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Indian Blessing Heads Fair Grounds Oaks

Indian Blessing Heads Fair Grounds Oaks

In a recent Q&A with Blood-Horse staff writer Jason Shandler, trainer Bob Baffert said the Eclipse Award-winning Indian Blessing is "so talented, I think she can handle anything." The 3-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie will only have to handle three other runners in the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 8.

Better Than Honour Back to A.P. Indy

Better Than Honour Back to A.P. Indy

Better Than Honour, the dam of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners Rags to Riches and Jazil, will be bred back to A.P. Indy after losing an A.P. Indy colt earlier this year, according to Eric Guillot of Southern Equine Stables.

Cool Coal Man Makes It Two

Cool Coal Man Makes It Two

PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter

Another Triple Crown contender by a son of A.P. Indy is hot on the Derby trail. A couple of weeks ago it was Pyro, a son of Pulpit. Now it is Cool Coal Man, a colt by Mineshaft who recently won the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) against a field of top challengers. He is extending the success already seen when A.P. Indy is crossed with Fappiano-line mares.

Rags to Riches Top 3-Year-Old Filly

Rags to Riches Top 3-Year-Old Filly

Rags to Riches, the first filly in 102 years to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), was voted champion 3-year-old filly of 2007. She finished ahead of two other Todd Pletcher trainees--Octave and Panty Raid--in Eclipse Award voting.

TrueNicks for Keeneland's Day Five

TrueNicks for Keeneland's Day Five

Alan Porter discusses the short yearlings and carried foals that have the top-rated TrueNicks ratings and are entered in the fifth day of the Keeneland January sale.

Champion Queena Euthanized

Champion Queena Euthanized

Queena, who won three straight grade I races in 1991 to earn champion older mare honors, is euthanized because of colic complications.

Actin Good Leads Fred Hooper Field

Actin Good Leads Fred Hooper Field

Actin Good, a lightly raced 3-year-old gelded son of Yes It's True, has the advantage of being the lone graded stakes winner in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III) Dec. 15 at Calder Race Course, and drew the outside post in the 1 1/8-mile event on the main track.

KEEP Raises Nearly $4 Million

KEEP Raises Nearly $4 Million

Many horse industry figures were in the spirit of giving during the Kentucky Equine Education Project's stallion season auction, billed with the tag line, "No Time to Hold Your Horses." The auction was held for the first time since 2004 to benefit causes supported by the organization.

Damages Awarded in Stallion Trial

A Las Vegas federal jury has awarded nearly $1.9 million in damages to a New York horsewoman and her partners in a case involving the undisclosed sale of shares and seasons of prominent Thoroughbred stallions.

A.P. Arrow Shoots Straight in Clark

A.P. Arrow Shoots Straight in Clark

The Todd Pletcher-trained A.P. Arrow survived a cavalry charge at the head of the lane and a stretch duel with Fred Bradley's Brass Hat to win the $554,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 23, bumping his career earnings past the $1-million mark.

Court Vision Eyes Remsen Score

Court Vision Eyes Remsen Score

Bill Mott has a barn full of promising juveniles. But of all of them, Court Vision may have the pedigree, speed and talent to give the trainer a legitimate Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender.

A.P. Indy Leading Covering Sire

A.P. Indy Leading Covering Sire

Among the most-watched statistics at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale is that of leading covering sires, which are those stallions represented by mares sold in-foal from their matings earlier this year.

Average Up and the Middle Solid

Average Up and the Middle Solid

Keeneland's Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell termed the Nov. 9 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale "a very good day at the office" as a slight drop in gross was untainted by a rising average and a strong middle market.

Veteran Sires Lead Way at Keeneland

Veteran Sires Lead Way at Keeneland

Veteran stallions A.P. Indy, Kingmambo, and Smart Strike -- all of whom stand at Lane's End Farm -- top the list of covering sires by average during the first two sessions of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Master Command Retires to Taylor Made

Master Command Retires to Taylor Made

Master Command, a record-setting, multiple graded stakes-winning son of A.P. Indy, has been retired to Taylor Made Stallions, in Nicholasville, Ky. Purchased for $650,000 by Aaron and Marie Jones at the 2003 Saratoga Select Yearling sale, the flashy chestnut went on to win five graded stakes and earn $1,137,188.

Weighing Averages and Medians

One of the more widely used methods of comparing sales results for stallions whose progeny have been offered at a yearling sale is to look at the average prices. Many number-crunchers, however, believe the median price provides a more accurate picture of how well the stallion fared.

MAHUBAH'S CORNER: Looking for Storm Cat's Successor

MAHUBAH'S CORNER: Looking for Storm Cat's Successor

Storm Cat, the leader of American commercial sires for most of the last decade, is still strong commercially and is slated to continue in stud service in 2008. But for the second consecutive year, Storm Cat finished second rather than first among leading sires by average at the Keeneland September select yearling sale, and this year, Storm Cat averaged less than half what he did in 2006 ($559,773 vs. $1,270,208). As a result, speculation as to who will assume the old king's mantle is off and running.

Storm Cat's Stud Fee May Be Reduced

Storm Cat's Stud Fee May Be Reduced

The shift in sire power at the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale could result in a decreased stud fee for Storm Cat and a reduction in the number of mares to be bred to the most expensive sire in North America.

Two Jockeys Hurt, Horses Euthanized in Belmont Spill

Two Jockeys Hurt, Horses Euthanized in Belmont Spill

Two horses were euthanized and two riders were transported to the hospital after a spill in the fifth race at Belmont Park Sept. 13. They were Unrestricted, ridden by Javier Castellano, and Gruffles, under John Velazquez.

Rags to Riches Skips Workout Due to Temp

Rags to Riches Skips Workout Due to Temp

After a postponed Aug. 26 work due to wet track conditions, Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Rags to Riches took another step back in her training program when trainer Todd Pletcher canceled an Aug. 27 workout due to the filly's elevated temperature.

Rags to Riches Back at Belmont

Rags to Riches Back at Belmont

Rags To Riches, this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner, returned to Todd Pletcher's barn at Belmont Park July 27 following a two-day complete physical exam at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center.

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