Balletomane, the dam of Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Silic, sold for $750,000 (approximately $404,625 in U.S. funds) Tuesday during the second session of the William Inglis & Son Australian broodmare sale. She shared the honors for the session's top price with the Sir Tristram mare Fly the Flag.
Diagnostic tests were being done Monday on Buddha, the colt who was scratched out of the Kentucky Derby after coming up lame, with the cause of his physical problems still uncertain.
Vinery Australia consigned the sale-topping bay filly by Red Ransom at the annual Australian select weanling sale in Sydney on May 3. From champion South African filly Tracy's Element was purchased at $300,000 (Australian funds) by Gerry Harvey, a leading electrical goods retailer and co-Magic Millions principal. Harvey also owns Baramul Stud.
Thunder was more than an accompaniment as lightning struck twice in the same place when Tully Thunder won the Australasian Oaks (Aust-I) in Adelaide on May 4. Ridden flawlessly by Damien Oliver, the Thunder Gulch daughter won the 2,000 meters classic by three-quarters of a length from She's Archie.
Jockey Victor Espinoza returns to Southern California to win the Inglewood aboard Night Patrol.
With only the top two Kentucky Derby finishers and fourth-place Medaglia d'Oro confirmed for the Preakness (gr. I), a crowd of new shooters are expected for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Danthebluegrassman may race next in the $500,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) Saturday at Lone Star Park, and the Bob Baffert trainee may face the horse he kept out of the Kentucky Derby.
Voodoo Dancer beat Golden Corona by 2 3/4 lengths in the $113,2000 Beaugay Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct on Sunday, giving trainer Christophe Clement a sweep of the two graded stakes races run at Aqueduct this weekend.
Trainer Robert Frankel made it perfectly clear the morning after the Kentucky Derby what his plans are for Medaglia d'Oro, who finished fourth with a troubled trip, eight lengths behind the victorious War Emblem. "I'm going to win the Preakness with him," Frankel said.
Cynthia Phipps' Saarland came out of Saturday's Kentucky Derby with a bone chip in his left front ankle, trainer Shug McGaughey said on Sunday morning.
Johannesburg and Castle Gandolfo, the respective eighth- and 12th-place finishers in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, left Churchill Downs early Sunday morning to be flown back to Ireland.
Godolphin's German-bred Kazzia resisted a late challenge from 28-1 longshot Snowfire to win Sunday's Sagitta One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) by a neck at Newmarket.
Brisk trade and beautiful autumn weather combined to make the opening session of the Australian broodmare sale a great success.
Although totals are not complete, wagering on the 2002 Kentucky Derby will establish betting records for both the race and the overall Derby Day card. A total of $79,094,806 was wagered on the Kentucky Derby, with overall betting on the entire 11-race card at
One day after War Emblem's stunning front-running victory in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Bob Baffert said he believes the colt can win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
Amerman Racing's Adoration set moderate fractions while alone on the lead, then held 3-5 favorite High Society in the stretch to win Saturday's $107,300 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.
H. L. Mencken once wrote, "The theory seems to be that as long as man is a failure, he is one of God's children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the devil." On May 4, the "devils" got their due...again. Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas, the same two masters of the racing universe who captured five consecutive Kentucky Derbys (gr. I) from 1995 to 1999, were allowed to team up with 20-1 War Emblem and 23-1 Proud Citizen for the largest exacta payoff in Derby history.
Fast Decision rallies strongly to win the Withers; trainer Christophe Clement takes both stakes.
The attendance at Kentucky Derby 128 is the fifth largest in history. At Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, 145,033 patrons were on hand to witness a race in which seven betting interests are under 10-1.
Beat Hollow, a winner of four of six entering the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT), added another win to his tally Saturday at Churchill Downs. Under Alex Solis, he sat in second through most of the race, then eased to the lead down the lane in the nine-furlong turf race.
The Churchill Downs stewards took down a winner for the second time on the Kentucky Derby Day card, moving Celtic Melody ahead of Gold Mover in the Humana Distaff (gr. I).
Jerry Bailey won his second consecutive stakes on the Kentucky Derby Day card, winning the Citgo Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT) aboard Stylish. In the previous race, he won the Three Chimneys Juvenile aboard Holiday Runner.
With 90 minutes until post time of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Saarland is the 6-1 favorite. Saarland was 15-1 in the morning line.
Always one of the highlights on the Kentucky Derby Day card, the Three Chimneys Juvenile went to Holiday Runner, a Meadowlake filly trained by D. Wayne Lukas.
D'Wildcat finished second but was put up following an objection in the first stakes on the Kentucky Derby Day card, the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II).
Rock of Gibraltar made up for the disappointment his owner, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, felt earlier this week when his soccer team was defeated in the Champions League semifinals with a neck-length victory in Saturday's Sagitta Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) at Newmarket.
Chalk players were happy with the results of the first three races at Churchill Downs on Derby Day, the parade of stakes races now ready to start.
Queen's Logic, the One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) future book favorite, may not run in Sunday's race at Newmarket after she was found lame Saturday.
Mike Pegram's Danthebluegrassman was scratched from the Kentucky Derby early Saturday morning after he "tied up" following a routine gallop at Churchill Downs.
At 10 a.m. Saturday at Churchill Downs, the sun is shining and the clouds are moving out. The National Weather Service is calling for a high of 70 under partly cloudy skies when the Kentucky Derby is run at approximately 6:04 p.m.
After five months of scrutinizing over this year's crop of 3-year-olds, and two weeks of studying the Derby horses at Churchill Downs, it is finally time to break down all the logic and observations, and attempt to make some sense out of one of the most wide-open and perplexing Derbys ever.
With just under $252,000 wagered Friday, Saarland is the early favorite for Saturday's 128th renewal of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
With Buddha scratched out of Saturday's Kentucky Derby due to injury, trainer Bill Mott moved quickly Friday to secure the services of Hall of Famer Pat Day to ride Blue Burner in the classic.
With $34,186 wagered on him to win, Saarland emerged as the 5-1 Kentucky Derby favorite at the conclusion of advance wagering on Friday. A total of $251,953 was bet in advance wagering Friday.
Paulo Lobo can call himself an American success story. The 33-year-old trainer came from his native Brazil 16 months ago to try to build a successful career, much like his father has back home. Lobo is off to an impressive start after longshot Farda Amiga won the Kentucky Oaks by 1 1/4 lengths over favored Take Charge Lady on Friday.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien's Kentucky Derby hopefuls galloped over the muddy main track at Keeneland Race Course before an audience of media and other spectators.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Spain became North America's all-time leading female by earnings when she won Friday's Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.
William Clifton Jr.'s Legislator put in a sustained rally to run down favorite Stage Call to win the Crown Royal American Turf (gr. IIIT) in the race before the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. The $100,000-added race was for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
Coming with a strong move late while wide, Testify rallied to win the Aegon Turf Sprint (gr. III) by a head over Texas Glitter in the five-furlong dash. Ridden confidently by Jerry Bailey, Testify waited off a hot pace, came wide with his rally and was just up for the win.
After a cloudy morning, partly cloudy skies and a high temperature around 71 degrees are predicted for Saturday afternoon in Louisville, Ky.
Maliziosa, a Florida-bred daughter of Dynaformer, rallied in the middle of the turf course to post a 1 1/2-length triumph over favored Cellars Shiraz in the $100,000-added Edgewood Stakes, the first stake on the Kentucky Oaks card at Churchill Downs.
Godolphin's 5-year-old Marienbard earned his first win since last May in Friday's Jockey Club Stakes (Eng-II) at Newmarket in England. Under Jamie Spencer, the son of Caerleon utilized a strong finishing kick to upset favored Millenary in the 1 1/2-mile race. Also at Newmarket Friday, Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum's Tarfshi upset favored Spring Oak in the listed Dahlia Stakes.
Dr. Larry Bramlage, the on-call veterinarian representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, said the cause of lameness in the left foreleg that led to Buddha being scratched from the classic appeared to be a "soft-tissue" injury and not a fracture.
McDynamo remained perfect over jumps, winning Thursday's $102,141 Hard Scuffle Hurdle Stakes, the first race in the Steeplechase Triple Crown for novice hurdlers.
Wednesday, Team Valor's Steve Asmussen trainee Windward Passage was denied a berth in the Kentucky Derby due to the surprise entry of Bob Baffert-trained Danthebluegrassman. Team Valor and Asmussen turned the tables on Baffert Thursday when their Cashier's Dream outdueled Baffert-trained Shameful to win the La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs.
A field of 13 will take the gate for Saturday's $200,000 Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Topping the list is the Dallas Stewart co-owned and trained filly Nasty Storm. Last fall, she cruised wire to wire in winning the Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap (gr. II). Her seasonal return resulted in a disappointing fifth-place finish April 10 in the Madison Stakes (gr. III)at Keeneland, beaten 2 3/4 lengths by top sprinter Victory Ride.
A deep and talented field of 10 sprinters will contest Saturday's $100,000 Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II) at seven furlongs in what could be an east-west showdown of sorts.
Brand equity will give Thoroughbred racing a legitimate shot at winning the interest of the public and sponsors, National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner Tim Smith said May 2 during the Warner L. Jones Distinguished Lecture sponsored by the University of Louisville.
A compact field for middle-distance turf mares are assembling for Saturday's $100,000 Citgo Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT). Trainer Tom Amoss has the red-hot La Recherche among the possible starters off her three wins in her last four starts. La Recherche exits a 2 3/4-length victory in Lone Star Park's Irving Distaff. She was an allowance winner over the Churchill lawn last winter.
One of the week's most competitive races could be Friday's Crown Royal American Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT). The $100,000, 1 1/16-mile event has lured a field of 10 sophomores to Churchill Downs.
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