A new Ocala area farm named Sovereign Farm of Ocala will stand three stallions in 2013 in graded stakes winners Field Commission, Backtalk, and Motovato.
GoldMark Farm's Backtalk, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Smarty Jones, has been retired from racing and will stand the upcoming breeding season at Tom Simon's Vinery Florida near Summerfield, Fla.
Comedero broke on the lead and was never challenged in winning the $400,000 Red Legend Stakes as the 1-5 favorite at Charles Town Races & Slots on the night of June 19.
Peter Redekop's Comedero looks to continue his push towards the head of the class for 3-year-old sprinters when he takes on six others in $400,000 Red Legend June 19 at Charles Town.
Lookin At Lucky was made the 3-1 choice for Saturday's Kentucky Derby after drawing the rail. Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Sidney's Candy, the 5-1 second choice, draws post 20.
Backtalk and Make Music for Me drew into Derby 136 after the defections of Interactif and Endorsement Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs
One day after saying it was unlikely that Interactif would enter the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), trainer Todd Pletcher indicated the colt is still being considered and that a final decision won't be made until Wednesday, April 28
Backtalk and Make Music for Me, two horses whose connections would like to get them into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) worked Sunday, April 25.
Gold Mark Farm's Backtalk worked five furlongs in 1:04 with a final quarter-mile in :24.40 under Miguel Mena before the renovation break at Churchill Downs on April 18.
Homeboykris is on his way to the Kentucky Derby, while Backtalk's status is up in the air for the May 1 classic
American Lion ran the race his connections have been waiting for all season April 3, taking the field in the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. III) all the way around to score by 2 3/4 lengths.
Backtalk has already amassed more than $170,000 in graded earnings, which is likely already enough to secure him a slot in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) starting gate.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Brent Fernung stands to go down in history as a three-time purchaser of "Derby dams" if Backtalk's impressive style carries him to a win on the first Saturday in May.
With a lull in the stakes action, this is a good time to complete a Top 20 list in what has been a wide-open year.
With a spot in the $2-million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) on the line, an overflow field of 14 was drawn for the $500,000 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) Oct. 10 at Keeneland.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas earned his fifth victory in the $300,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful (gr. I) when favored Dublin posted a two-length win on closing day of the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meet Sept. 7.
GoldMark Farm's undefeated Backtalk will try to remain perfect in four lifetime starts, but will have to overcome post 13 when he meets a dozen rivals in the $300,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), Saratoga's final major race for 2-year-olds on Labor Day.
Strong pedigrees link Saratoga's first two juvenile stakes winners of 2009 - but will genes be enough to keep Backtalk and D'Funnybone in stakes contention after their 2-year-old campaigns?
This year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) is such an odd concoction of grass and synthetic horses and undistinguished older dirt horses it's difficult to make a worthwhile list of potential starters.
Favored Backtalk is undefeated in three starts after motoring home on the outside of a closely grouped field to win the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds by a neck over Enumerate at Saratoga Race Course July 30.
Two-year-old colts take center stage at Saratoga July 30 as nine up-and-coming young Thoroughbreds look to take the next step on their budding career paths in the 95th running of the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II).
Sent off as the 4-5 favorite among the eight 2-year-olds, Gold Mark Farm' Backtalk stumbled at the start but recovered and steadily progressed to the fore en route to a one-length victory in the $110,500 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs July 3.
It is unlikely that Hal Wiggins will find a horse like Rachel Alexandra any time soon, but he does have a promising young colt making his stakes debut in the $100,000 Bashford Manor (gr. III), a sprint for 2-year-olds July 3 at Churchill Downs.
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