An End Sweep --She's My Choice filly was bought by Jan, Mace, and Samantha Siegel for $180,000 as the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale continued Wednesday.
Lailani, bred in Great Britain, is by Unfuwain, winner of six of 10 career starts in the late 1980s. The son of Northern Dancer won two group II and two group III events in his career and earned $489,367.
Like all juveniles, Jump Start has some questions to answer if he is to jump up and be victorious in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at 1 1/16 miles. While he is bred to run all day on top, his female family on his bottom side presents stamina issues that the colt must overcome.
While Tranquility Lake has spent the better part of her career racing on turf, the 6-year-old mare has the kind of versatile pedigree that shows why she is a proven commodity on both dirt and turf.
This is the weekend that should clear up a very murky 2-year-old picture three weeks out from the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Hopefully, and we do mean with fingers crossed, as injuries and illnesses continue to take their toll on the juvenile ranks, we will get to see The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Officer prep for racing's biggest day.
Janet has won two of the premier turf events for fillies and mares in California this year, but it appears she's not going to the Filly & Mare Turf. After a super last-to-first win in the grade I Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita Park Sept. 29, trainer Darrell Vienna and owner Jed Cohen said they had no interest in paying a supplemental fee of 9% of the $1-million purse.
It's now or never. The two major preps for the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) are this weekend in Kentucky and New York, and it's time for those seeking a berth in the Distaff to deliver or pack it in.
Caressing, the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old filly for 2000, will start from the inside post in Friday's $200,000 Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks at 1 1/16 miles at Hoosier Park. She will be joined by eight other 3-year-old fillies in the race, a grade III event, and Hoosier Park's only graded stakes.
The 2001 Tattersalls Houghton Yearling Sale in Great Britain got off to a good start Tuesday night when two horses sold for more than a million guineas. Average for the first day was 254,937 guineas ($391,000), up a bit from last year, while the median of 170,000 guineas ($242,000) was up 31% on last year's corresponding session. Overall, 32 lots were sold for 8,158,000 guineas ($12.5 million).
Results at Woodbine and Belmont over the weekend--Lailani winning the Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT), European-trained runners1-2-3 in both the E. P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT) and Canadian International (Can-IT)--have put a smile on European faces.
Siphonic, expected to compete in Saturday's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland, worked six furlongs in "a shade under 1:12" Monday morning at Hollywood Park.
Two Adena Springs stallions will return to the operation's Ocala, Fla., farm for the 2002 breeding season. Birdonthewire (Proud Birdie -- Silk and Wrapper, by Jontilla), who stood at Adena Springs in Canada the past two years, will stand for $3,000. He is the sire of four crops of racing age and is represented by five stakes winners. He stood at the Florida farm from 1996 to 1999.
Friendly Lover (Cutlass -- Glide Along, by Great Above) has two crops of racing age and has sired four stakes winners. He stood at Adena Spring's Kentucky farm this year and will stand for $5,000. He stood at the Florida farm from 1997-2000. Adena Springs is owned by Frank Stronach.
Owner/trainer Janis Gerace netted $190,000 in bonuses when two members of her barn -- Sea of Green and Loaded Gun -- starred in this year's Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships (MATCH), which concluded Sept. 29.
Favored Queen's Logic romped in the group I Shadwell Stud Cheveley Park Stakes Tuesday at Newmarket, while Sophisticat, a 2-year-old filly by Storm Cat out of Serena's Song, checked in second, seven lengths back. Good Girl was third.
Thoroughbred breeders are being offered a different deal on shares in Point Given than they were when it was announced two weeks earlier that he would enter stud in 2002 at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
A strained ligament in the left foreleg has sidelined turf star King Cugat for the rest of the year and means the 4-year-old son of Kingmambo will miss the Breeders' Cup Turf.
Halory Hunter, who won the 1998 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) for the Celtic Pride Stable of basketball coach Rick Pitino, is being moved for the 2002 breeding season from William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky., to Wade and Fred Feuring's Rockin River Ranch in Winterset, Iowa.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has established criteria for the distribution of riverboat casino admissions-tax revenue in light of the fact a second racetrack is scheduled to open in 2002 in the state.
By Victor Zast -- My 4-year-old maiden named Ensign Shipp was vanned from the track in an ambulance. Everyone knows that horse racing isn't an easy game, yet I wonder why it takes a moment like this to remind me of it.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- The challenge breeders face in the current market is reminiscent of the cycle of the 1980s.
Both of trainer Nick Zito¹s starters for Saturday¹s grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup worked five-eighths in :59, breezing, over the good track this morning. A P Valentine went out about 20 minutes after Albert the Great.
Generous, who was purchased recently by Glenmorgan Farm in New Zealand from the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association (JBBA), will stand the Northern Hemisphere season at Plantation Stud in England.
Robert and Blythe Clay have again added to their Three Chimneys Farm with the recent acquisition of Big Sink Farm, which will house yearlings.
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