Articles posted August 20, 2007

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Spanish Steps: Gathering No Moss

Spanish Steps: Gathering No Moss

Florida-based stallion Spanish Steps had a breakout day during the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's select yearling sale, as he emerged as not only the leading first-crop sire but also the second-leading sire by average.

Arrowfield Stud Tops in Australia

Led by champion filly Miss Finland, Arrowfield Stud topped Australia's list of leading breeders of stakes winners in the 2006-07 season. Arrowfield bred the winners of 19 stakes races, including seven by 3-year-old star Miss Finland. That was well ahead of Gerry Harvey and Gooree Park, who were second and third with 11 and 10 stakes winners, respectively.

Brisk Trade at Select Sessions Lift Deauville

Brisk Trade at Select Sessions Lift Deauville

The four-day Arqana August yearling sale at Deauville ended on a strong note Aug. 20, with gross sales climbing 25.8% and the average increasing 20.5% above the equivalent 2006 statistics. Europe's top buyers were extremely active during the two select sessions, which sold a 1.4 million euros record-breaking Galileo colt, who is a half-brother to Turtle Bowl.

Street Sense Readies for Travers; Curlin Works

Street Sense Readies for Travers; Curlin Works

Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Street Sense galloped 1 1/8 miles over Saratoga's main track Aug. 20, and weather permitting, will perform a five-furlong work tomorrow in preparation for the 138th running of the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 25. Curlin breezed for the first time in three weeks as well.

Oklahoma Champions Announced

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The divisional champions for Oklahoma were presented at the 22nd Annual Oklahoma Thoroughbred Association Awards Presentation July 28.

A Day At The Spa: Aug. 20, Story Without Words

Cut the audio on a day at the races, and you'd still have a completely interpretable scene. The bettor, slumping his shoulders and running a worn hand over his worry-creased forehead, equals losing. The trainer, leaning forward in his box and jumping to his feet, beaming, as his horse crosses the wire, equals winning.

Student Council Crashes Pacific Classic Party

Student Council Crashes Pacific Classic Party

In a sign of the times, a Midwest also-ran with a liking for Polytrack came west to win the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 19. Student Council, purchased recently by Ro Parra's Millennium Farms to run in the 1 1/4-mile test, vanquished Lava Man and upset a large field at odds of 23-1 at Del Mar.

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