The appeal of first-year sires for buyers at the Keeneland September yearling sale, which waned during the Great Recession, seems to be making a comeback in 2013.
Optimism is high heading into the 12-day Keeneland September yearling sale. A new four-day format for Book One greets buyers and sellers beginning Sept. 9.
Son of Unbridled's Song out of graded stakes winner Summer Raven (by Summer Squall) retired, will stand at Brent and Crytal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Spinaway Stakes, Torrey Pines Stakes, and Del Mar Debutante. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps the Arlington Million and Alabama Stakes while highlighting Kitten's Joy and Ken Ramsey's achievement. watch video
Evan Hammonds recounts the steps of Wise Dan in the Fourstardave, Groupie Doll's return in the Gardenia and Concave's efforts in California. watch video
Greg Swinford, senior catalog writer for The Jockey Club Information Systems in Lexington, died Aug. 3. The 27-year employee was 59.
Evan Hammonds relives the stretch runs of Cross Traffic and Departing this weekend. watch video
Bulldog Racing's Alpha Bettor came from off the pace Aug. 3 to win the $153,343 Seagram Cup Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine for a second straight time.
Champ Pegasus, a grade I-winning son of Fusaichi Pegasus has been retired from racing and will stand the 2014 breeding season at Legacy Ranch near Clements, Calif.
Elaine Klein, who had great success racing and breeding horses with her husband, Bertram, and son, Richard, died July 31 after a battle with cancer.
Evan Hammonds recaps the efforts of Palace Malice and Verrazano from the weekend. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps the efforts of Emollient and Boisterous. watch video
First-crop sire Denis of Cork (by Harlan's Holiday) records his first winner, Celtic Moon, who breaks his maiden July 7 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Susan and Jim Hill take Woodbine's Highlander Stakes Presented by Pizzaville (Can-III) just two races after winning the Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-II) with Solid Appeal. Their Go Blue Or Go Home covers six furlongs in 1:10.46.
Susan and Jim Hill's Solid Appeal, a 4-year-old daughter of Successful Appeal, knocked down her second straight grade II Canadian stakes, winning the Dance Smartly Stakes at Woodbine July 7 by two lengths.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Firecracker Handicap, New York Stakes, and Iowa Oaks. watch video
Richard Santulli's Laughing tops 2-5 favorite Dayatthespa in Monmouth Park's Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT). The 5-year-old Irish bred daughter of Dansili sets a turf course mark of 1:39.26 for 1 1/16 miles.
Paul Pompa Jr.'s Baby J re-rallies to overtake Bridgehampton in the final furlong to win the June 29 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park. The daughter of J Be K covers the six furlongs in 1:10.84.
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Star Guitar, a 22-time stakes winner and a perfect 3-for-3 in 2012, was named Louisiana's horse of the year for the fourth year in a row June 8 at the LTBA's annual meeting at Fair Grounds.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Belmont Stakes, how the rest of the summer looks for the 3-year-old crop, and then mentions a special 10-year-old named Calidoscopio. watch video
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Evan Hammonds recaps the Metropolitan Handicap, Ogden Phipps Handicap, and Acorn Stakes. watch video
Beat the Blues, runner-up in Churchill Downs' Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) the last two years, gets the win May 27 in wire-to-wire fashion.
Evan Hammonds recaps Oxbow and his Preakness Stakes win and how Orb performed. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps the effort of Freedom Child in the Peter Pan Stakes and digs up some Triple Crown history from Freedom Child's 2012 racing career. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps the efforts of the 2013 Kentucky Derby contenders. watch video
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable's Orb stormed to the lead in mid-stretch to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 4. The 5-1 favorite gave Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first Derby win.
Princess of Sylmar roared past Beholder in deep stretch to win the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 3 at Churchill Downs. At 38-1, she's the second highest-priced winner in Oaks history.
Padua Stables' Authenticity held off On Fire Baby in a fierce stretch battle to win the La Troienne Stakes (gr. II) by a head May 3 at Churchill Downs. The 6-year-old mare sets a stakes record of 1:42.09 for 1 1/16-miles.
Chuck Fipke's homebred Golden Soul, pegged at 50-1 on the morning line, is the ultimate outsider for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Marketing Mix was made the 5-2 morning-line favorite for her 2013 debut, the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (presented by Longines) (gr. IIT) on the Derby Day undercard. Hungry Island, last year's winner, returns.
Miner's Mark, a grade I winner and the first foal out of the legendary Personal Ensign, was euthanized April 30 at Blue Ridge Farm in Virginia. The son of Mr. Prospector was 23.
Orb was made the 7-2 morning-line favorite for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after drawing post 16 May 1 at Churchill Downs. Verrazano will break from post 14 and is the 4-1 second choice.
New Jersey-based trainer Kelly Breen and jockey 'Jersey' Joe Bravo have Black Onyx ready for a longshot run at the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Orb, winner of the Besilu Florida Derby (gr. I), heads the NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll that came out April 29 in advance of the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Frankie Perez, assistant trainer for Eddie Plesa Jr., makes his third trip to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), this time with Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) winner Itsmyluckyday.
Juddmonte Farms' Close Hatches drills a half-mile in :47 2/5 in advance of the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). The daughter of First Defence is unbeaten in three starts, all this year.
Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel headlines the 2013 class for the Hall of Fame. Joining him will be Housebuster, Invasor, Lure, and steeplechase greats McDynamo and Tuscalee.
He managed the stallion career for Storm Cat for W.T. Young's Overbrook Farm. Storm Cat was euthanized April 24 due to the infirmities of old age at 30.
Donoharm, winner of the Fifth Season Stakes and Essex Handicap this winter at Oaklawn Park, headlines Lone Star Park's Texas Mile (gr. III) April 27.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Wood Memorial Stakes, Santa Anita Derby, and Ashland Stakes. watch video
Rosa Stephany Taveras' Sr. Quisqueyano pulls away from odds-on Speak Logistics to win the $250,000 Calder Derby by 7 1/2 lengths.
Silverton Hill's Swagger Jack rallies to win the seven-furlong Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct. The son of Smart Strike gets the trip in 1:21.44.
David Blethen's Withgreatpleasure skimmed the rail around the turn, then held on for a three-quarter-length victory over favorite My Wandy's Girl in the Ruffian Handicap (gr. II) April 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Racing's Orb, winner of the March 30 Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I), leapfrogs Verrazano to top the April 1 NTRA 3-year-old poll.
Evan Hammonds recaps the efforts of Orb and Revolutionary in the weekend's Kentucky Derby prep races; the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby. watch video
Favorite Cigar Street edges clear of Take Charge Indy to win Gulfstream Park's Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) by two lengths. He covers the 1 3/16 miles in 1:56.84.
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