Knocked from last year's Triple Crown trail by injury just two weeks apart, both Honor Code and Top Billing are nearing their 4-year-old debuts this winter at Gulfstream Park.
Despite the fact she has seven empty mares and has yet to decide which stallions to breed to this year, Joanne Nielsen has had an uplifting start to 2015. She is the breeder of Upstart, who won the Holy Bull (gr. II) Jan. 24.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Commissioner was a commendable third in his comeback from injury Jan. 10 after pressing the early pace in Gulfstream Park's third race and then fighting out a three-way finish.
Congrats, A.P. Indy's only champion freshman sire, is recovering in good order following December colic surgery in Australia, where he was wrapping up his shuttling obligations at Vinery Australia.
Honor Code returned a winner following a layoff of more than eight months Nov. 22 at Aqueduct Racetrack, rallying from sixth at mid-stretch to score impressively while in hand for jockey Javier Castellano.
Florida stallion United States had his first reported winner the evening of Nov. 20 when 2-year-old Melvian Star graduated in the third race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm's Honor Code will make his first start since March on Nov. 22 at Aqueduct Racetrack, returning from the injury that knocked him off the road to the Kentucky Derby.
Mr. Besilu, a $4.2 million yearling by A.P. Indy out of three-time grade I winner Balance, has been retired and will stand at Mike Grossman's Eureka Thoroughbred Farm in Texas for $2,000 in 2015.
These Thoroughbreds are among the few to achieve feats of glory at the races and have gotten the opportunity to pass their genes on to the generations that follow. Read the full feature in the October 18, 2014 issue of TBH. view slideshow
Deceptive Vision earned a berth to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) after taking the $305,250 Canadian Stakes (Can-IIT) Sept. 14 over the Woodbine turf.
Brethren, a half brother to Kentucky Derby winner and leading freshman sire Super Saver, is moving from Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla., to Pleasant Acres, near Morriston, Fla., for the 2015 breeding season.
- By Frank Angst
While Steve Coburn said they had Triple Crown dreams from the start, the partners also were thinking about the Breeders' Cup World Championships for California Chrome. read blog
Delta Princess, the dam of champion Royal Delta, was euthanized Aug. 5 due to a degenerative stifle condition according to a release from Adena Springs.
Godolphin's well-bred Antipathy moved to take charge on the turn and scooted clear to victory in the Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) July 27 at muddy Saratoga Race Course.
Majestic River proved her affinity for Monmouth Park July 27, rolling to a third consecutive victory over the New Jersey oval and picking up her first graded stakes score in the $203,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes (gr. II).
Doug Salvatore looks at a baby race & the A.P. Indy Curse Wednesday at Saratoga. read blog
This year Pleasant Colony's maternal grandson Tonalist, wearing the colors of Thomas Evans' son Robert 'Shel' Evans, played the role of Summing to deny California Chrome a Triple Crown.
This year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) includes Commissioner, who will be the final classic starter for A.P. Indy. Going into this edition, 14 Belmont victors have gone on to sire a Belmont winner.
A historical look at the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the third jewel of the Triple Crown. view infographic
Many of the leading contenders in this year's Test of the Champion have pedigrees that are so contradictory, it is difficult to say with any conviction who can and cannot get the distance. read blog
The son of an $8,000 mare and a stallion that stood for $2,500 in the year of his conception, the flashy chestnut became the first California-bred since Decidedly in 1962 to win the Run for the Roses.
While Seattle Slew did well crossed back to almost any of the major strains in his pedigree, he was particularly effective when bred to mares carrying Buckpasser in their pedigrees.
Once upon a time there was a brave young prince named Bold Ruler, who became the greatest stallion of his time.
Remsen Stakes (gr. II) winner Honor Code will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after a slight tear in his right hind upper suspensory was detected morning the morning of March 23.
A California-bred eye-catcher with flashy white markings, but in his case, handsome is as handsome does.
Remsen Stakes winner Honor Code was defeated by Social Inclusion March 12 at Gulfstream Park as the speedster drew away to a 10-length victory in track record fashion.
Steve Haskin discusses the Kentucky Derby path of Honor Code. Honor Code has not started this year due to set backs, but is entered in a race on Wednesday.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES
The impression that Kobe's Back was an early season 2-year-old flash in the pan was dismissed when he won the San Vicente Stakes.
Images taken by equine photographer Joy B. Gilbert presented as a tribute her life and work. View Slideshow
Grade II winner Honor Code is unlikely to contest the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, but could target the March 1 Gotham (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
Astrology, a grade III-winning son of A.P. Indy, sired his first foal on Thursday, Jan. 9, when a colt was born at Rick Sutherland's farm near Ocala, Fla.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES
In just his third start, Noble Moon impressed with a determined two-length victory in the Jan. 4 Jerome Stakes.
The last crop of Lane's End Farm's champion and leading sire A.P. Indy turns 3 this year.
Recently retired three-time grade I winner Flat Out will enter stud for 2014 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington. He will participate in Spendthrift's Share The Upside program and stand for a fee of $10,000.
As a son of A.P. Indy, Honor Code should have no problems with stamina, nor is there much concern as to whether he will train on at 3.
Honor Code proved a popular winner of the 100th renewal of the $400,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 30 when he battled back along the inside to nip Nashua Stakes (gr. II) winner Cairo Prince in a terrific finish at Aqueduct.
The great Secretariat is not exactly in Herod's position yet as a universal influence on pedigrees, but he may be moving in that direction.
For trainer Brendan Walsh, preparing his first Breeders' Cup starter in two years of training is a brand new world that could lead to the first graded stakes victory of his career coming on the sport's biggest stage.
Champagne Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Honor Code will bypass the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) in favor of the $250,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said Oct. 10.
The most expensive Breeders' Cup World Championship winners as determined by their auction prices were sold as yearlings.
- By Steve Haskin
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss the Saratoga Meet, Breeders' Cup current events, A.P. Indy winners, the Keeneland September Sale, and Departing. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm watch video
Consignor John Stuart of Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services has 11 yearlings entered in the Aug. 5-6 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale, including a half sister to multiple graded stakes winner Optimizer.
Trainer Pat Byrne said the Whitney Invitational (gr. I) and the Monmouth Cup (gr. II) are potential races for the 4-year-old colt, who will work July 19 at Churchill Downs before a decision is made.
On June 15, the Clasico Tanteo de Potrancas (Chi-I), fell to Divina Preciosa, a daughter of the American export Crocker Road, yet another of the busy clan of Missy Baba.
Although his past performance lines don't jump off the page, his pedigree does, and so Godolphin is running Incognito in the Belmont Stakes, hoping the A.P. Indy colt runs to his promise and his bloodlines.
Just looking at recent history, eight of the previous dozen Belmont Stakes winners were by sires who won grade I races at 1 1/4 miles or longer, including three winners by previous Belmont Stakes winners.
McLaughlin is relying strictly on pedigree in his belief that the regally bred son of A.P. Indy - Octave, by Unbridled's Song has some sort of chance of making an impact on the finish of the mile and a half race. read blog
Champion Royal Delta will seek a title defense in the June 15 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. She is expected to be joined in her trip to the Louisville oval by sales-topping stablemate Mr. Besilu.
Noel O'Callaghan, best known in the U.S. for acting as agent in the yearling purchase of A.P. Indy, has died, reports Racing Post. O'Callaghan died May 12 in Dublin. He was 77.
Trainer Pat Byrne had Take Charge Indy sharp for the Alysheba Stakes (gr. III), but even he did not expect the overpowering 6-length performance the 2012 Florida Derby (gr. I) winner turned in May 3 at Churchill Downs.
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