Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens shares his favorite Breeders' Cup memories, talks about the hardest Breeders' Cup races to win, and fills us in on his roster of runners as he returns from a seven-year absence.
Oddly enough events conspired to prevent me from watching live one of my best Breeders' Cup wagers. Instead, the welcomed news of Anees' victory arrived via a friend's phone call to the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette news room.
Jayeff B Stables' Awfully Smart took command in upper stretch and rolled to a 5 1/2-length win in the $300,300 Leonard Richards (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park Sunday.
A colt by Belong to Me sped a quarter in :21 flat to post the fastest time at the distance at the second session of the Under Tack Preview for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2006 March Sale of Selected 2-Year-Olds in Training.
A sloppy track at Keeneland Saturday brought out the best in Peachtree Stable's surprising Coin Silver, who romped to victory in the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stake (gr. III) in his stakes debut.
The Darley Stable-owned Swither's first career victory was an impressive 10-length romp Saturday in the $200,000 Delaware Park NATC Sorority.
Anees, champion 2-year-old male and Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner, was represented by his first winner when his daughter Nine Cats won June 26.
A chestnut filly sired by grade II winner Good and Tough zipped an eighth of a mile in a quick 9 4/5 seconds as she posted the fastest time at the distance during Sunday's Under Tack show for Fasig-Tipton Florida selected sale of 2-year-olds in training that will be held at Calder Race Course on Feb. 24.
Boosted by the offspring from the first crops of promising Florida-based sires like grade I winners Yes It's True and Greenwood Lake, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale roared out of the starting gate Monday.
Champion Anees, who was in the middle of standing his third season at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, was euthanized the morning of April 5.
Anees, champion 2-year-old male of 1999 who is standing his third season at stud at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, fractured his left front leg in a paddock accident
Anees, whose victory in the 1999 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) secured him a championship, and 2000 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Commendable were represented by their first foals.
Champion Anees and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Commendable have made successful starts as stallions at Dr. and Mrs. John C. Chandler's Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington.
Alice Chandler of Mill Ridge Farm announced that 1999 champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Anees will take up stud duty for $15,000 live foal at the Lexington farm on behalf of a syndicate.
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