Nun the Less and Syntax, the one, three finishers in the Mystic Lake Derby will square off again Sept. 26 in the Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs. Saratoga stakes winner High Noon Rider figures in the mix as well.
Songbird, Fox Hill Farms' unbeaten Medaglia d'Oro filly, faces three fillies she topped in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. II) Sept. 26 in Santa Anita's Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) at 1 1/16 miles.
Cyber Secret, winner of the 2013 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) for Charles Cella, will move from Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla., to Dr. Linda Robbins' Starfish Stables near Hot Springs, Ark., for the 2016 breeding season.
A bay colt from the last crop of Harlan's Holiday brought a $285,000 final bid as Book 3 got under way at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
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Magdalena Racing's Dothraki Queen splits 2-year-old fillies in mid-stretch and draws clear to win the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 12 at Churchill Downs. Just Wicked, the 1-2 favorite, tires and finishes fourth.
Flaxman Holdings' Tacticus, a homebred son of A.P. Indy, went wire to wire in winning Belmont Park's $197,000 Temperence Hill Stakes at 1 5/8 miles. V. E. Day, the 1-2 favorite, was second.
Tapiture, Winchell Thoroughbreds' multiple grade II-winning son Tapit, will stand at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington following the 2015 racing season.
Silver Max, a consistent turf miler who went 12-5-1 in a 27-start career and won the 2013 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland over Wise Dan, has been retired. He will stand at Adena Springs North for 2016.
Calgary Cat, Canada's defending sprint champion, seeks a repeat in the Sept. 13 Bold Venture Stakes (Can-III) at 6 1/2 furlongs. Making his second start off a long layoff is two-time sprint champ (2011-12) Essence Hit Man.
Conquest Windycity, an $800,000 juvenile sale buy in March, gets a second chance to break his maiden from the rail in the Sept. 12 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist, the 1-2 favorite, wins the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) under wraps. The son of first-crop sire Uncle Mo covers the seven furlongs in 1:23.28.
Ironicus, who has an electrifying late kick, will have to catch front-running Constitution, who makes his turf bow and first start since the Donn Handicap (gr. I) in the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Sept. 7 at the Spa.
Adios Charlie, a grade II-winning son of Indian Charlie who stands at Ocala Stud in central Florida, got his first winner Sept. 3 when R Sweet Exchange won the sixth race at Gulfstream Park.
Spendthrift Farm has set 2016 fees for two of its most popular stallions. Into Mischief's fee will rise $10,000 to $45,000 and Malibu Moon's fee of $95,000 will be the same as last year's.
Siena Farm's homebred Isabella Sings, a winner of the faster division of the July 26 Little Silver Stakes, takes the spotlight Sept. 5 in the $100,000 Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) for sophomore fillies at Monmouth Park.
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Swagger Jack, a grade I-winning son of leading sire Smart Strike, has relocated to Dana Point Farm near Lenhartsville, Pa., for the 2016 breeding season. His fee will be $3,500.
Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Red Rifle faces tougher targets in the Aug. 29 $1 million Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga including Juddmonte Farms' interntional traveler Flintshire.
Stopchargingmaria and champion Untapable were one-two in the Aug. 2 Shuvee Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga. They meet again at the same nine-furlong trip Aug. 29 in the $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I).
Seven of the 11 3-year-old fillies for the Aug. 22 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) come into the race off wins, but the only graded winner in the field -- High Dollar Woman -- drew the outside post in the 1 1/16-mile event.
The two-session Fasig-Tipton sale of New York-breds Aug. 15-16 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., figures to be strong off the recent history of the sale and the demand seen so far this year in the open yearling market.
John Nerud, Hall of Fame trainer and industry leader, died the morning of Aug. 13 at his home in Old Brookville, N.Y. He had turned 102 Feb. 9.
Queen's Plate runner-up Danish Dynaformer takes on Prince of Wales winner Breaking Lucky in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes for Canadian-breds Aug. 16 at Woodbine. The 12-furlong race is the third leg of Canada's Triple Crown.
Decked Out, with a pair of 91 Equibase Speed Figures under her belt, holds the experience edge in Saratoga's Aug. 15 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies.
Should fan favorite The Pizza Man start in the Arlington Million XXXIII Stakes (gr. IT), then Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Hyper becomes the main threat for the 1 11/16-mile American St. Leger Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Speighter Man, a 7-year-old son of top sire Speightstown and a half brother to Colonel John, will stand in 2016 at Jack Hebert's All Star Thoroughbreds near Sulpher, La. His fee will be $2,000.
Sagamore Farn and Mel Paikoff's Happy My Way, a grade III-winning gelding by Wilko, was put down following a slab fracture that could not be repaired. The 5-year-old ran fifth Aug. 1 in a stakes race at Mountaineer.
Hillaby, a close second to Endless Light in the July 1 Sweet Briar Too Stakes, figures to be tighter second time out in the Aug. 8 Seaway Stakes at Woodbine. The seven-furlong race drew seven older fillies.
Most Inspiring, from the first crop of three-time champion Gio Ponti, breaks her maiden in her first attempt July 31 at Woodbine, winning a six-furlong maiden special weight on the turf in 1:10.36.
New York-bred filly is 4-for-4 this year.
Graded stakes winners Testa Rossi and I'm Already Sexy face rising filly Casual Smile on the turf at Monmouth Aug. 2 in the $150,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Sudden Surprise, a Repole Stable homebred, is the first winner for his sire Giant Surprise. Giant Surprise broke his maiden in his debut at Saratoga July 30, 2011.
The Pizza Man, the popular 4-5 choice in the 12-furlong Stars and Stripes Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday, July 11 at Arlington International, wins by a neck over Roman Approval in 2:34.13.
Kevin Warner's Quiet Force, a sharp $40,000 claim in March 2014, comes from just off the pace to win the Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT). The son of Dynaformer will likely start in next month's Arlington Million (gr. IT)
A filly by Tapit brings a sale-topping bid of $500,000 deep in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale in Lexington. Bloodstock agent Steven Young signed the ticket on the chestnut out of French Dip, by Speightstown.
Florida horseman James J. Crupi, already quite active during the first half of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale, goes to $385,000 for son of Scat Daddy.
A colt by Blame, pinhooked by First Finds for $20,000 as a weanling in 2014, brings $335,000 during the July 9 Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale. Ellen Charles, of Washington, D.C., is the buyer.
The first two hours of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale see figures on par with last year's final numbers. A filly by Quality Road selling for $300,000 highlights the early going.
Triple Threat, a game winner of the Monmouth Stakes (gr. IIT) in his U.S. debut, heads the cast for the $100,000 Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 11 in Arlington Heights, Ill.
Sarah Sis, winner of the Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) earlier this year, heads the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) off her win in the May 30 Panthers Stakes over the Prairie Meadows surface.
Pamela Ziebarth's homebred grade I winner My Sweet Addiction makes her Kentucky debut against five exiting the La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) in the June 13 Fleur de Lis Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.
Claiborne Farm stallion Trappe Shot got his first winner June 7 when Shoot Craps won the first race on the card at Belmont Park. Trappe Shot is a son of leading sire Tapit.
The $750,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I), for 3-year-old fillies at a mile, drew a well-heeled bunch that includes three unbeaten fillies.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's multiple grade I winner Stephanie's Kitten returns in the June 5 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park. The daughter of Kitten's Joy won Tampa Bay's Hillsborough Stakes (gr. III) last time out.
Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Red Rifle, a front-running type, will carry the field a long way in the June 5 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational Stakes at two miles on the Widener Turf Course.
The grandstand at Hollywood Park, vacant since the fall meet closed in December 2013, was imploded the morning of May 31, clearing the way for a proposed $2 billion football stadium, entertainment, and residential complex.
Grade I winners Materiality (:47.78) and Frosted (:47.84) both worked a half-mile May 29 at Belmont Park in preparation of the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Critics Acclaim, the dam of grade I winner Rosalind, died May 24 after delivering a full brother at Hurstland Farm near Midway, Ky. She was 20.
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out a pair of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) prospects May 29 at Belmont Park. Carpe Diem drilled a half-mile in :47.66 and Madefromlucky was clocked in :47.84.
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