Following is a list of horses to watch during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds in training that begins March 15 at 11 a.m. EDT.
A year-long stretch of near misses ended for Hoppertunity Feb. 6 in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Bob Baffert told Churchill Downs officials Nov. 28 that Hoppertunity would be prepared for a start in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26 next year.
Don't Leave Me will try to notch a second graded stakes win in Kentucky when she faces an expected six other 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 13 at Churchill Downs.
A Florida-bred daughter from the first crop of Big Drama ripped a quarter of a mile in :20 3/5 at Ocala Training Center April 16 to top the fourth under tack preview ahead of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale.
A filly by Any Given Saturday turned heads with a quarter mile breeze in a bullet :20 4/5 April 15, to top the third under tack preview for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
The catalog for the Tattersalls Guineas breeze-up and horses in training sale is available online at www.tattersalls.com.
Grade I winner Hoppertunity will run in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II), trainer Bob Baffert confirmed after the 4-year-old son of Any Given Saturday worked six furlongs at Santa Anita Park Feb. 1.
This time last year, Hoppertunity still had 20 days to go before breaking his maiden. On Jan. 10, the colt who became a grade I winner at the end of the season continued his rise with a solid San Pasqual (gr. II) score.
Rebel Stakes winner Hoppertunity will try the Clark Handicap in his second race off a layoff to allow healing of a quarter crack and the removal of an ankle chip.
Grade I winner Any Given Saturday has been purchased by the Korea Thoroughbred Breeders Association and will relocate to South Korea for the 2015 breeding season, it was announced Oct. 17.
Trainer Dale Romans has had success keeping his 2-year-olds in western Kentucky during July and August rather than upstate New York -- and it has nothing to do with purse money.
Challenged throughout, Cristina's Journey defied all rivals to deliver a front-running victory in the $231,000 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 6 at Churchill Downs.
Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Hoppertunity will rejoin Bob Baffert's California string next week, the Hall of Fame horseman confirmed July 8. The colt was in Kentucky recovering from surgery on his left front fetlock.
Hey Leroy ran down longtime leader Mr. Online and won the $100,000 Appleton Stakes (gr. IIIT) in the final stride March 29 at Gulfstream Park.
Hoppertunity might not know much about racing yet, but his pure talent was enough to get the job done in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 15.
On the outskirts of boom-town Panama City, past tin roof houses and enterprising food vendors with their roadside stands, past soccer players who practice diligently in the cooler morning hours, Panama's only racetrack hums.
Grade I winner Any Given Saturday will relocate from Darley near Lexington to stand at Dr. William O. Solomon's Pin Oak Lane near New Freedom, Pa., for $5,000 in 2014.
by John P. Sparkman
Curlin has not made the fastest start at stud with his first crop of 3-year-olds, but the victory of Palace Malice in the 145th Belmont Stakes June 8 gave him a first-crop classic winner.
Hall of Fame trainer Carl Nafzger recalls choosing the Tampa Bay Derby as a steppingstone for Street Sense's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) success.
Dry Summer relished a slow early pace and surged home to gain a definitive 1 1/2-length win in the $120,000 Mine That Bird Derby at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Feb. 23.
Show Some Magic, a maiden winner at Saratoga Race Course in August, broke through against winners for the first time in the $100,000 Riley Allison Futurity Dec. 23 at Sunland Park in New Mexico.
Favored Carving, co-owned by Olympic gold medalist skier Bode Miller, made it back-to-back wins for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park Nov. 10.
Darley will host an open house at its Lexington farm during the November sale at Fasig-Tipton and the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
It nearly was for Peachtree Stable and trainer Bob Baffert March 25 when Princess Arabella ran off to win the Sunland Park Oaks at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino by eight lengths while never tested.
Leading Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) candidate Princess Arabella, undefeated in two starts for trainer Bob Baffert, worked a sharp five furlongs in 59 seconds flat handily at Santa Anita March 9.
Grade I winner Any Given Saturday, who stands at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley near Lexington, was represented by his first two winners Aug 12.
Bernardini, who became the first freshman stallion in history to sire a grade I winner on dirt and a group I winner on turf, will stand in 2011 at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley near Lexington for $75,000.
The median price rose 8% as the yearling sale began its three-day run in Central Florida.
Street Cry to stand at Darley Australia for $137,500, which is 25% higher than his 2009 stud fee of $110,000.
Tait, COO of Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation, has been based in Central Kentucky now for just more than a year.
Weekend in Indy, dam of graded stakes winners Any Given Saturday and Bohemian Lady, died in mid-January from foaling complications.
The stallion barn at Darley America hosts a dazzling quartet of young stallions who have all celebrated the birth of their first offspring in recent weeks.
Darley America has announced the stud fees for its 16 stallions for the 2009 breeding season. All stallions, with the exception of Street Cry, Elusive Quality, and E Dubai, have had their fees reduced from their 2008 levels.
American combo of Bernardini, Elusive Quality, Hard Spun, Any Given Saturday, Consolidator, and Henny Hughes to shuttle to Darley Australia.
Eclipse Award winners Bernardini and Street Sense will be headed to Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation in Australia for the 2008 Southern Hemisphere breeding season once their duties are completed at Darley near Lexington.
Any Given Saturday Analysis by Avalyn Hunter
Any Given Saturday, who won the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) by 4 1/2 lengths, has been retired and will stand at Darley for $40,000 in 2008, it was announced Nov. 7.
By Jason Shandler - The late Saturday Pick 4 looks like an appetizing way to bet the World Championships.
Trainer Todd Pletcher is again in the eye of the Breeders' Cup storm. The Eclipse Award-winning trainer will saddle 11 runners, including Any Given Saturday and Lawyer Ron, both of whom are set to go 1 1/4 miles in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) during the two-day World Championship event Oct. 26-27 at Monmouth Park.
There are five top 3-year-olds in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), but there are strong 3-year-old contenders in at least three other World Championship races.
A field of nine was drawn Oct. 23 for one of the deepest and most contentious runnings of the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I). The two horses who drew the most attention were Hard Spun and Lawyer Ron, who likely will dictate how the race will be run.
The eyes of the horse racing world are squarely fixed on next week's Breeders' Cup, with a total of 160 pre-entries (141 individual horses, 19 cross-entered) for 11 races. It will be a year of many firsts for the World Championships.
Garrett Gomez, the leading jockey in the nation by purses earned, was scheduled to return to riding Oct. 4 but took off his mounts another day after an Oct. 3 incident at Belmont Park resulted in his hospitalization.
Jockey Garrett Gomez was hospitalized Oct. 3 following an incident at Belmont Park during the third race of the day.
Now, that was a super weekend of racing. Whether it was Turfway Park's Polytrack, Santa Anita's Cushion track, or the dirt track at Belmont, this was racing at its best. The races were thrilling, formful, and showcased a good number of the sport's top stars.
Saturday, Sept. 22 was a holiday of sorts for trainer Todd Pletcher. He was all prepared to celebrate the end of a two-month slump that has seen his normally lofty winning percentage of around 25% drop to 11%.
Trainer Todd Pletcher reported Sept. 24 that Any Given Saturday, Octave, and Fairbanks came out of their respective starts over the weekend in good shape.
There were some anxious moments for Any Given Saturday in the $150,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) Sept. 22 at Belmont Park. But the 1-5 favorite eventually took over at the sixteenth pole and then pulled away for a 2 1/2-length victory in his final prep before the Oct. 27 $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
Any Given Saturday will be a heavy favorite when he runs against a small field in the Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park Sept. 22.
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