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In his first mount since it was announced he was headed to the Hall of Fame, jockey Victor Espinoza applied a deft touch in to guide favored Liam the Charmer to a head victory in Santa Anita Park's allowance feature April 28.
With little more than a month before the June 3 Investec Derby (G1) at Epsom, Sandown Park Racecourse staged its first flat group races April 28. Heading the card was the group 3 bet365 Classic Trial for 3-year-olds going about 1 1/4 miles.
Abel Tasman went on the work tab for seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5, but was asked for more run after the wire by jockey Martin Garcia and continued to run strongly well into the clubhouse turn at Santa Anita Park.
After trainer Chad Brown watched how Practical Joke breezed wearing blinkers April 28 at Churchill Downs, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer is leaning toward equipping the two-time grade 1 winner with a small cup pair for the Kentucky Derby.
WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Stable's Battle of Midway put in his final timed workout April 28 at Santa Anita Park in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). He covered six furlongs in 1:13 2/5.
Blissfully unaware of the weight upon his stout shoulders, Gunnevera went about his final serious paces in advance of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), working an easy five furlongs in 1:03 3/5 at Churchill Downs April 28.
After scoring a big pinhooking profit during the April 28 final session of Ocala Breeders' Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, Billy Koch became emotional when discussing the effort required to get a horse to that point.
Led by a record-priced $2.45 million Tiznow colt who was one of three seven-figure transactions, the third session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale posted dramatic increases April 27.
With a pair of Santa Anita executives before them to discuss the recent race meets at the track, the CHRB commissioners did not directly broach the subject of the April 27 live racing card's cancellation.
The meeting featured a panel discussion, moderated by TPA president Rhonda Norby, and a question-and-answer period involving five Kentucky-area journalists and media executives representing news organizations and industry publications.
A new pinhooking partnership group made a big hit at the April 27 session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale, where a Union Rags colt was sold for $1 million, a tie for the second-highest price of the sale.
For a brief moment April 27, a dark bay or brown daughter of More Than Ready (Hip 778) was the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale-topper when sold for $1 million, only to be eclipsed by the record-priced Tiznow colt (Hip 793) sold for $2.45 million.
A Tiznow colt out of the Distorted Humor mare Moonbow lit up the board during the third session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale when he sold to Coolmore's M.V. Magnier for $2.45 million April 27.
Brad Grady's Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin is currently battling a quarter crack in his right front foot but his connections are still hopeful the son of Tale of Ekati can run in the May 6 Kentucky Derby (G1).
Todd Pletcher told officials at Ascot Racecourse that he is seriously considering the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot for American Patriot. The straight mile contest on turf is scheduled for June 20.
Richard Mandella has a certain giddiness about him when one of his good horses is going well. Not so long ago, after Beholder's morning breezes, he had a frequent pep to his step. In the Santa Anita grandstand April 27, the excitement was back.
Tom Pedulla is interviewing prominent racing personalities for America's Best Racing as they travel the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The opening leg of the Triple Crown will be run on May 6 at Churchill Downs.
The past three winners of the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) all will be looking for a repeat April 30 at Sha Tin against contenders from Japan, France, and Australia, and another pair from their own ranks.
This week is a stakes report of the 1965 Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland, which was split into divisions won by Justakiss and Ole Liz. At the time, the Bewitch was for 2-year-old fillies. Following is a BloodHorse staff report from the May 1, 1965 issue.
Among the last horses through the ring during the April 26 second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale was an attractive daughter of Malibu Moon who eventually went to Speedway Stable for $650,000.
Eric Fein, Christopher McKenna, Harris Fein, Guri Singh, and Jerry Walia's Syndergaard headlines a field of seven 3-year-olds entered for the $100,000 William Walker Stakes April 29, opening night at Churchill Downs.
A son of Medaglia d'Oro produced by grade 2 winner Indian Vale was purchased by a high-powered partnership for $850,000 to become the new sale-topper at the Ocala Breeders' Sales spring 2-year-olds in training auction.
Amidst growing speculation regarding the status of Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin, trainer Joe Sharp said April 26 the colt is still on track to have his last serious workout for the Kentucky Derby (G1) in the coming days.
Continuing the momentum from the previous day’s opening session, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring auction of 2-year-olds in training continued its bull run April 26, with strong increases in gross and average prices.
A group of four high-profile owners banded together April 26 to purchase a well-bred son of Medaglia d'Oro for $850,000 to become the new sale-topper at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale.
Andro and Tracey Price had the biggest score to date for their pinhooking operation when a Munnings filly bought for $67,000 sold for $425,000 during the April 26 of the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale.
A well-bred daughter of Distorted Humor sold for $575,000 to become the first 2-year-old of the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring sale to pass the half-million dollar mark early April 26.