The bidding could get hot early during the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, which opens Tuesday night in New York.
The story of Dance Smartly, inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Aug. 4, epitomizes the powerful breeding empire first developed by Ernie Samuel more than three decades ago.
Jockey Mike Smith's career is like a football game with two phenomenal halves and a halftime from hell. But with the final gun nowhere in sight, Smith has managed to march the ball straight down the field and into the Hall of Fame.
Precisionist, who ran in four of the first five Breeders' Cup race days, is the latest contemporary horse to be inducted in the Hall of Fame at National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing is on the verge of a landmark 100th grade or group I winner worldwide - in its 10th anniversary year.
If the halls of the National Museum of Racing seem a little brighter after Aug. 4, it is because of the presence of Hubert H. "Sonny" Hine, the latest trainer to be inducted into racing's Hall of Fame.
- By Victor Ryan
Stallion seasons and an intriguing list of "life experiences" will be auctioned at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club Monday night as a fundraiser for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
Will the top of the yearling market rebound from last year's major adjustment downward or will it suffer more setbacks? We'll start getting some answers Tuesday when the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale opens its three-night run in New York.
Danehill is officially Australia's champion sire on General Australian earnings for the 2002-03 season.
As the grand sweep of Seabiscuit's story reaches many more generations in movie theaters, the career has closed on one of Australia's wonderful underdog Thoroughbreds. Northerly departs far from the applause which accompanied his recently conferred Horse of the Year title.
Trainer Christophe Clement confirmed that Dynever, winner of the Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park in April and the Lone Star Derby (gr. III) at Lone Star Park in May, will run in the $600,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Park Saturday.
Ecurie Wildenstein's tenacious Irish invader Bright Sky got the lead from favored Six Perfections close to home and held on for a neck victory in the Prix d'Astarte (Fr-II) for fillies and mares Sunday at Deauville.
Godolphin's Highdown found nothing but trouble in the final furlong of Sunday's Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (Bayerisches Zuchtrennen) (Ger-I) at Munich, settling for a piece of second behind American-bred Ransom O'War.
Sprinter Taste of Paradise, ridden by Victor Espinoza, registered a stunning front-running victory at odds of 37-1 in Sunday's $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) over 1 1/16 mile at Del Mar.
Horse of the Year Black Tie Affair is returning from Japan. He has been purchased by Donna Hayes' The Stallion Company, and he will be syndicated to stand in 2004 at Blue Ridge Farm in Upperville, Va.
Wake At Noon, Canada's 2002 Horse of the Year, won his third straight stakes this season at Woodbine Sunday, taking the Seagram Cup in gate to wire fashion.
Jeffrey Sengara's grade 2 winner Bluesthestandard, the third-place finisher in last week's Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), blew out with a bullet three furlongs in :34 at Del Mar Sunday in preparation for his next probable start in the seven-furlong Pat O'Brien Handicap (gr. II) on Aug. 7.
Reel Buddy, who won the Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) at Goodwood last week in what could have been the final group I victory for retiring legendary jockey Pat Eddery, is likely to be sent to stud in Ireland, according to his trainer, Richard Hannon.
Peace Rules, ridden by Edgar Prado, was an easy front-running winner of Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, giving owner Edmund Gann and trainer Bobby Frankel a sweep of the nation's weekend grade I stakes.
In his second major upset in a row, Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Strong Hope led from start to finish and held off 1-5 favorite Empire Maker to win Sunday's Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. Congrats closed in the stretch to be third.
Volponi, second in the Whitney (gr. I) on Saturday, will have a new rider when he returns to the races.
Eclipse Award winner Golden Apples has been retired from racing because of a suspensory injury to her left front leg.
Margaret Glass, who worked at Calumet Farm during the glory days, died Aug. 2 at the University of Kentucky hospital.
Edmund Gann's Medaglia d'Oro withstood a determined rally from his rival Volponi in the stretch and pulled away for a one-length victory in the $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Saturday.
The little English-bred filly Katdogawn, beautifully ridden by jockey Julie Krone, mowed down the heavily favored Atlantic Ocean in the home stretch to win the featured $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 30,516 at Del Mar Saturday.
Saratoga Notebook: No Lull for Pletcher; Tagg Talks Bonuses; Birdstone's Timing Right; During's Dandy Test
After setting a record with 40 victories at the Belmont spring/summer meeting trainer Todd Pletcher wasn't sure what to expect at Saratoga.
Arlington Park will offer a special International Festival of Racing Pick 4 with a guaranteed gross pool of $250,000 on Aug. 16. The guaranteed Pick 4, will cover races eight through 11 and will include the $700,000 Beverly D. Stakes, the Arlington Million and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes. All are grade I turf events.
Double S Stable's French Charmer pulled off a mild surprise in winning the $150,000 John D. Schapiro Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap, which was contested on the soft turf Saturday at Laurel Park.
Trainer Bobby Frankel continues his seemingly insatiable quest for graded stakes wins Monday when he sends John Amerman's Urban King in the $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds running a mile and an eighth on the turf.
Seeking The Ring and Brattothecore, who finished in a deadheat for the victory in their last meeting, square off again in Monday's Wonder Where Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine.
Chopinina, last year's Sovereign Award-winning turf filly, is no longer a bridesmaid after winning Saturday's $219,050 Royal North Handicap (Can-III) on the turf for her first career stakes victory.
Michael Tabor's Zavata and jockey Jerry Bailey won a speed duel with Trust N Luck and pulled away in the stretch for a comfortable victory in Saturday's $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga.
Only two fillies have committed to taking on Horse of the Year Azeri in the upcoming $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar.
Marylou Whitney Stable's 2-year-old homebred Birdstone, a half-brother to multiple grade I winner Bird Town, won his debut at Saratoga Saturday by 12 1/2 lengths.
No horses were injured as a result of a minor stable fire at Ellis Park on U.S. 40-North Friday morning, but the blaze caused about $500 in damage and two security workers who put it out were treated for smoke inhalation, the Henderson Gleaner reported.
The Niarchos Family's filly Denebola, ridden by Thierry Thulliez for trainer Pascal Bary, rallied for a half-length in Saturday's Prix de Caboug (Fr-III) for 2-year-olds at Deauville.
Cheveley Park Stud's Russian Rhythm made hard work of things, but managed to register her third consecutive group I triumph Saturday, defeating French invader Ana Marie by a neck in the Vodafone Nassau Stakes (Eng-I) at Goodwood.
Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey Ryan Fogelsonger will pack his tack and join the Southern California riding colony before the end of the current Del Mar meeting, his agent Michelle Barsotti said on Friday.
Sarava, the 2002 Belmont Stakes winner who underwent emergency colic surgery last Sunday morning after making his first start in 14 months, could be released from the San Luis Rey Equine Hospital within a week, trainer Bob Baffert said on Friday.
One Pick Six ticket paid a California record of $1,562,818 at Del Mar Friday night.
Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales champion Wando was certainly in sync during a Breeders' Stakes workout over Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Turf Course on Friday morning.
Two-time Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Milwaukee Brew is entered in an allowance race at Monmouth Park Sunday.
Saratoga Notebook: Howard Watch; Stakes Trifecta Rule Changes; Lady Tak's Breather; Sights Lowered for Wonder Again; Pletcher On Fire
Mineshaft's trainer Neil Howard will be paying close attention Saturday when the Whitney Handicap (gr.I) is run at Saratoga Race Course.
The highly acclaimed Candy Ride, winner of the American Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park July 4, took another step along the road to the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) with a sizzling seven-furlong workout Friday morning.
The rare summer stakes race on the grass in Maryland has attracted eleven entries for Saturday's $150,000 John D. Schapiro Memorial Breeders' Cup at Laurel Park, the only six figure race in the 22-day summer meet.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Empire Maker returns to action Sunday, one of seven entered in Saratoga's Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds.
Longtime Maryland track photographer Jerry Frutkoff died Friday from complications of kidney disease and cancer. He was 81.
Willa On The Move made her move at the right time under Edgar Prado to pass the field and take the $107,600 Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. III) over a sloppy Saratoga surface Friday.
Kona Gold, a popular champion and Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner who was recently retired, will be paraded at Del Mar on Aug. 9.
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