A Ghostzapper filly who is a half sister to superstar Songbird was purchased by Tom Haughey's PTK Racing for $800,000 during the Aug. 8 first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale
A son of Tapit who is a half brother to grade II winner Corfu lit up the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sales bid board when bought by China Horse Club for $750,000.
Irish sales company Goffs is to handle Wildenstein Stables' dispersal of 110 horses, to be offered by The Castlebridge Consignment during the Goffs Orby and November sales.
Jeff Drown's Summer Revolution, who won his two career starts by a combined 10 1/4 lengths, appears to be stakes-caliber. But whether he jumps up to grade I company for his third start remains to be seen.
After a stellar 2015/16 season for Cambridge Stud, Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan, Aug. 7 were named New Zealand Breeders of the Year at the annual New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Awards in Auckland.
Two sons of leading sire Tapit headline the list of horses with potential to ring a bell during the Aug. 9 second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.
Chad Brown is off to a quick start in his bid to unseat Todd Pletcher as the top trainer at the prestigious Saratoga meet
The Steve Asmussen pair of classic winner Creator and multiple grade II winner Gun Runner each worked a half-mile Aug. 8 on the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga.
Andrew Motion’s life has come full circle. Motion, who has a one-horse consignment to the Saratoga selected yearling sale, worked on the Fasig-Tipton muck crew when he was young and accompanied his father, agent Michael Motion, to the auction.
Sires of earners of $250,000 or more from 2011-13 crops
Undefeated Lady Eli is right on course for her expected return in the $400,000 Ballston Spa (gr. II) Aug. 27 at Saratoga following a five-furlong breeze the morning of Aug. 7, trainer Chad Brown said.
A decade after guiding Invasor through an undefeated campaign that helped land him in the Racing Hall of Fame, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is enjoying a similar kind of ride with his current stable star.
Yoshida Katsumi's Sobradora Inc changed continents and hadn't raced since December, but remained undefeated Aug. 6 at Del Mar with a victory in the $75,000 Osunitas Stakes.
Internationally renowned trainer Criquette Head-Maarek said she believes Al Shaqab Racing removed its horses from her yard because she is a woman, Racing Posts reports. Racing adviser Harry Herbert said her claim is untrue.
Trainer Chad Brown said 2015 champion turf male Big Blue Kitten has developed a foot abscess and will miss the Aug. 13 Arlington Million (gr. IT), a race in which he ran second last year.
The more Exaggerator races and wins the more the overall picture of his talents become obscured by the fact that they have all been on sloppy tracks.
"I got her in November, and she's a lovely filly," Ward said. "You can ship her anywhere, she's absolutely no problem."
Robert Marzilli's Caren, patiently handled by jockey Jesse Campbell, made the lead and never looked back en route to a comfortable score in the $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara, at Woodbine Aug. 7.
Godolphin Racing's Innovative Idea, winner of Ellis Park's Aug. 6 Groupie Doll (gr. III), came close to being retired and bred in late March.
An Animal Kingdom filly, a daughter of Frankel, Songbird's half sister, and the only colt by War Front in the sale highlight the potential top sellers at the Aug. 8 session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
Jockey Francisco Torres was transported by ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville, Ind. after his mount flipped in the starting gate before the fifth race Aug. 7 at Ellis Park.
Fasig-Tipton doled out the hospitality for buyers and sellers over the weekend as a lead-up to the week's Saratoga selected yearling sale in which recent the recent trend of polarization between the top and bottom is expected to continue.
Signs of Blessing set the pace and was virtually unchallenged through the final furlong for a clear win the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-I), a race that was marred by the fatal breakdown of former Hong Kong champion miler Gold-Fun Aug. 7 at Deauville.
Caravaggio stayed unbeaten in winning the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) Aug. 7 at the Curragh, in an effortless performance some observers said was no more than glorified workout for the Kentucky-bred Scat Daddy colt.
For John Stuart, the champion filly Stellar Wind, sold at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale for $40,000, epitomizes how the super-selectivity of yearling sales buyers can end up costing them the opportunity to purchase a future champion.
Art and Alan Sherman wanted California Chrome to run an easy half-mile in his first breeze following his hard-earned victory in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II), and the father-son training duo got what they asked for Aug. 7 at Los Alamitos.
In his second start since moving to trainer Richard Baltas and owner Abbondanza Racing, Free Rose provided a weekend stunner at Del Mar Aug. 6 in the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Shade Tree Thoroughbreds' Three Rules and Curtis Mikkelsen's Cajun Delta Dawn won their respective divisions of the Florida Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds Aug. 6 at Gulfstream on a day that produced a 24% spike in handle from the same card a year ago.
Great Britain's William Fox-Pitt defied all odds to take the early lead as Olympic Eventing got underway at Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 6.
Trainer Peter Eurton saw enough in Champagne Room's first start July 16 at Del Mar that got him convinced to change plans for the daughter of Broken Vow.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak previews the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale which features yearlings by Frankel, Uncle Mo, War Front, and Tapit. Also includes comments from Mark Taylor. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales Agency
Crestwood Farm freshman sire Bullet Train, a three-quarters brother to undefeated European champion and hot young sire Frankel, was represented by his first winner Aug. 6 when Difamante went from last to first in his career debut at Gulfstream Park.
Innovative Idea yielded the early lead but regained top status when it mattered most to win the $100,000 Groupie Doll Stakes (gr. III) by a half-length over 28-1 longshot Emmajestic Aug. 6 at Ellis Park.
The financial penalty recently imposed by the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association on Monmouth Park-stabled trainers who run at Suffolk Downs and then try to return did not keep anyone away from the starting gate in Massachusetts Aug. 6.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Michael Tabor, Susan Magnier, and Derrick Smith's Cupid, no worse for wear after his second trip from California in a month, dominated nine other 3-year-olds in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 6 at Mountaineer.
Joel Rosario had ice in his veins and Frosted was breathing fire in a scorching edition of the $1.25 million Whitney Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 6 at Saratoga Race Course.
Don Alberto Stable's Chilean import Guapaza took over from pacesetter Photo Call in early stretch, then was hard ridden to repel Suffused to win the $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya (gr. IIIT) Aug. 6 at Saratoga Race Course.
Switching to an off-the-pace running style paid big dividends for Paola Queen Aug. 6 as she rallied in the center of the track to score a 55-1 upset win in the $500,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
A day after graded stakes winner Recepta suffered a fractured pelvis while galloping at Saratoga Race Course, trainer Jimmy Toner reported that she is in comfortable and stable condition at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga Springs.
Racing at Ruidoso Downs was canceled Aug. 6 following a torrential downpour with hail that hit the track several minutes before horses were set to come on to the track for the first race. The heavy rain lasted about 30 minutes.
The trip from Charles Town Aug. 6 proved lucrative for Coleswood Farm, which swept both $100,000 West Virginia-bred stakes at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort on its West Virginia Derby (gr. II) program.
Former jockey and Maryland Jockey Club clerk of scales Thomas "Tommy" Lee died Aug. 3 at the Delaware Hospice Center. He was 79.
At last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, Pat Costello’s Paramount Sales had an auction that most consignors can only dream about, with all nine horses offered sold.
Grade I winner and deceased freshman sire Brilliant Speed, who was killed by lightning in his paddock at Three Chimneys Farm last month, was represented by his first winner Aug. 5 when Fly won the second race at Laurel Park in her debut.
With Parx Racing in Pennsylvania closed for live racing from Aug. 10-Sept. 2, the Maryland Jockey Club Aug. 6 said it will pay all shipping expenses to Laurel Park for horses stabled at Parx throughout August.
Edward Seltzer and Beverly Anderson's homebred 3-year-old colt Surgical Strike has banked $340,813 thus far, which bodes well for his half brother, Preemptive Strike, who broke his maiden in his second start Aug. 5 at Ellis Park.
Camelot Kitten defeated a game Airoforce in an exciting finish in the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old turf runners Aug. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.
The Jim Stable's 10-year-old Ben's Cat, winner of 26 stakes in his career, will try for his seventh consecutive victory in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes Aug. 20, which is "Maryland Pride Day" at Laurel Park.
There are 551 yearlings cataloged for Book 1 of the 2016 Tattersalls October yearling sale, scheduled for Oct. 4-6 in Newmarket.
Del Mar has never offered an elite race restricted to 3-year-olds and continues to see young stars ship east for lucrative purses.
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