Barretts' paddock sale at Del Mar in Southern California offers a twist to the usual horses of racing age sale.
Doug O'Neill and Bob Baffert, who train the one-two finishers in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will also be training several of the high-priced horses out of the Barretts 2-year-old sale May 14.
Coming off three consecutive 2-year-old auctions with increases in average, Barretts Equine Limited will offer a catalog of 116, plus eight supplemental entries for its May 14 2-year-old sale in Pomona, Calif.
A Sky Mesa filly sped an eighth-mile in :09 4/5, the quickest of the day at the May 11 under-tack preview for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds.
Heinz Steinmann, who enjoyed success with Swiss Yodeler, teams again with trainer Mike Harrington on top colt Creative Cause.
Bill Spawr got Amazombie as part of a two-horse package for $5,000...and turned him into last year's Sprint champion read blog
Kicking off the juvenile sales season coupled with a strong turnout from Japanese buyers boosted the Barretts March selected 2-year-olds in training sale March 5 in Pomona, Calif.
A rare "no contest" was declared after Santa Anita's third race March 3 when the starting gate malfunctioned and only three of the seven horses came out of the gate properly.
The synergy of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) weekend coupled with the kick-off of the national schedule of 2-year-old auctions positions the Barretts March sale well for a good showing.
Two colts previewed in :09 4/5 at the under-tack preview for the Barretts March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training March 2. The sale is March 5 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex Park.
Rider gains U.S. citizenship, bags both divisions of the Southwest Stakes in one memorable weekend. read blog
If Algorithms, makes it to the Kentucky Derby, nothing will keep breeder Pat Klussman away from Churchill Downs. read blog
Exchange wagering in California drew some strong opposition from The Stronach Group and several horsemen's organizations during its first California Horse Racing Board committee hearing Feb. 9 at Santa Anita.
Sci Fin Kin, dam of grade II winner Pretty Unusual, tops the Jan. 23 Barretts January mixed sale. The auction's average rises 14.2% over last year's figure.
Sire power will be on display among the broodmares and broodmare prospects that will be offered as part of the Barretts mixed sale scheduled for Jan. 23 in Pomona, Calif.
A crowd of 44,579 thronged to Santa Anita for its opening-day card Dec. 26, the largest since 1994.
Training and simulcasting resumed at Santa Anita as power was restored Dec. 2 after a severe windstorm hit the area Wednesday. No injuries to humans or horses were sustained.
Jockey Chantal Sutherland may be the most famous Canadian female participating in the Breeders' Cup. But she's not the only one. Gail Cox is operating under the radar as the trainer of Hard Not to Like.
If Euroears wins the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), Jim Helzer will have championship contenders in two breeds.
Carl Lizza in recent years revamped his breeding program to upgrade his stock, but he didn't live long enough to reap the rewards. The New York owner and breeder died just two weeks before Pure Gossip made her racing debut.
Don't be distracted because Giant Ryan's trainer Bisnath Parboo is not a household name. This horse is coming into the Breeders' Cup Sprint off a six-race winning streak.
Trainer Chad Brown knows how to win the Juvenile Filly Turf (gr. IIT) and he's seen Dayatthespa as a strong candidate for this race since the spring.
Trainer David Fawkes has two for the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I): last year's winner Big Drama and Apriority.
Elusive Kate, the group I-winning daughter of Elusive Quality and morning-line favorite for the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf was sold Oct. 31 to Terry Yoshida.
The fuss and bother of the Breeders' Cup won't faze Amazombie, who is slated to compete in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Trainer Bill Spawr says the gelding's laid-back attitude should serve him well once he ships to Churchill.
Trainer Brian Koriner has secured Rafael Bejarano to ride My Gi Gi in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT).
B.J. Wright and Trainer Mike Pender enjoy a phenomenal week with Jeranimo and Ultimate Eagle. read blog
Barretts concluded its two-day October yearling sale in Southern California with an overall average price of $16,881, an increase of 19.5% from 2010.
Led by two colts who each brought $100,000, the first session of the Barretts October Yearling Sale rose 47.15% in average, to $27,145. The 55 head sold at the Oct. 11 session grossed $1,493,000, up 42% from the 2010 gross.
With California-breds dominating the Barretts October yearling sale catalog, buyers looking to take advantage of the recently announced Cal-bred stakes additions will have plenty of choices.
Coil, winner of the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I), worked a mile in 1:38 4/5 at Santa Anita Sept. 20.
Rustin and Juliana Kretz jumped into horse ownership after trip to last year's Kentucky Derby. read blog
Tres Borrachos' owner George Hicker is no newcomer to owning horses. read blog
Trainers Jim Cassidy and Ron Ellis have been elected and Glory Haley re-elected to the board of California Thoroughbred Trainers. Voting was conducted in June to fill three positions on the nine-member CTT board.
Faced with criticism and a move to decertify it as the official horsemen's organization in California, the Thoroughbred Owners of California held a public forum at Hollywood Park June 25.
It took more than 60 years for William Gregory to realize his boyhood dream of training Thoroughbreds. read blog
Yavapai Downs will not run a race meet in 2011 due to financial difficulties. Track management informed the Arizona Racing Commission and horsemen of the cancellation at a May 25 meeting.
A large increase in assessed property taxes at the Arizona racetrack threatens the scuttle this year's meet.
Santa Anita's dirt racetrack will be undergoing renovation in the coming months to bring it back to the combination of sand, silt, and clay initially approved when the new dirt surface was installed late last year.
George Bolton buys the Barretts May Sale topper, going to $220,000 for a son of Hard Spun. The sale's average increases 2.5% over last year's figures as the buy-back rate tumbles to 19.1%.
Barretts hopes for a continued upswing at its May sale of 2-year-olds.
A son of Congrats and a filly by Speightstown work a quarter-mile in :10 during the under tack show for the May 16 Barretts May 2-year-old sale.
A walk April 17 after the final race of Santa Anita's winter/spring meet raised $100,000 for the Women's Cancer Program. The walk was held on the racetrack.
Martin Garcia took off the rest of his mounts at Santa Anita April 17 following a spill in the third race.
- By Tracy Gantz
Bolton bought The Factor for $250,000 at the 2010 Barretts May 2-year-old sale and brought in David Shimmon's Fog City Stable as his partner. Read Blog
Divisiveness among horsemen's groups in California "seems to me a terrible waste of industry resources," said Jack Owens, chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, during an interview April 2.
California, Pennsylvania, and Japanese buyers converged on Barretts for the March 2-year-olds in training sale, resulting in a strong auction, particularly at the top end.
A small but select group of 2-year-olds in training will be offered at the Barretts sale March 21 in Pomona, Calif. The auction will be held in the evening for the first time and in one session.
Consignors sent their 2-year-olds in sensible times for the March 18 under-tack preview of the March 21 Barretts selected 2-year-olds in training sale in Southern California.
Veteran Santa Anita paddock guard John Shear was injured March 12 as he threw himself in front of a young girl in order to protect her from a loose horse.
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