Boosted by a $1.55 million son of Bernardini, the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington enjoyed an upbeat third session. The gross, average price, and median price all rose.
Sunday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Presented by Vonage (gr. I) lost one of its starters when California invader Stormello developed colic soon after arriving at Monmouth Park Friday night. The son of Stormy Atlantic was taken to Mid Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, N.J., about 70 miles away.
Ever So Pretty, a 2-year-old full sister to Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) winner Stormello, made her racing debut a winning one June 2 at Hollywood Park. Under jockey Mike Smith, Ever So Pretty jumped out to an early lead in the five-furlong maiden race, led at one point by 3 1/2 lengths, and held off a closing Tasha's Miracle to score by a neck.
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Tiago and Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) victor Stormello gave their connections encouragement for an anticipated date in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 5 with strong works at Hollywood Park Sunday.
If you've forgotten about Stormello after his fourth-place finish in the Florida Derby (gr. I), be prepared to see a new version of the old speed horse when the colt breaks from the gate in the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The trip from California to South Florida behind him, Alvin Eisman and Bill Currin's Stormello tried the Gulfstream Park main track Friday morning for the first time ahead of his challenge in Saturday's $350,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II).
Film Maker, the probable favorite for Monday's $300,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park, won't be making the trip from Maryland after she popped a quarter-crack, according to trainer H. Graham Motion.
Trainer Bill Currin gave Memorette the green light for the $750,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park on July 3 after the 3-year-old filly worked five furlongs in 59 seconds over the course Wednesday morning in her first drill on grass.
California trainer Bill Currin and his wife Betty acknowledge that Friday's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill will be a difficult challenge for their filly, Memorette. "I think the field is strong," Bill Currin said. "And we feel we have a superior filly. If I didn't feel I could beat Sis City, I wouldn't be here."
They are stabled together on the backside of Churchill Downs and Sunday morning Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contenders Sis City and Memorette logged their final workouts over the racetrack only minutes apart from each other.
Bill Currin and Al Eismann's stakes winner Outta Here, who was scratched behind the gate by jockey Kent Desormeaux before the running of last week's West Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT) at Mountaineer Park, is being pointed to the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT).
Stakes winner Outta Here, who dead-heated for third in the July 13 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, worked five furlongs in :58 2/5 under jockey Kent Desormeaux on Tuesday at Del Mar and was confirmed as heading to Mountaineer Park for the $600,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) by trainer Bill Currin, who is also the colt's co-owner.
Trainer Ian Jory hopes that Continental Red has better luck in Hollywood Park's $150,000 Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT), the 1 1/2-mile closing day turf feature, than he did last year.
Tifonica, a 5-year-old Argentine-bred mare, will run against males in the $150,000 Sunset Handicap, closing-day feature at Hollywood Park next Sunday, trainer and co-owner Bill Currin confirmed.
Bill Currin and Al Eisman's Outta Here was confirmed a starter for Sunday's Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park after logging a five-furlong work in :59 4/5 handily over Hollywood Park's main track Thursday morning.
Ministers Wild Cat is finally where trainer Neil Drysdale wants him following a six-furlong work in 1:13.20 at Hollywood Park Tuesday for the $100,000-added Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles Sunday.
Currin and Eisman's Outta Here will not make the starting gate for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), trainer Bill Currin said in a prepared statement released Monday morning.
Al Eisman and Bill Currin's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) possibility Outta Here worked one mile in 1:43 4/5 handily around the dogs over Hollywood Park's firm turf Sunday morning. Currin, who trains the colt wasn't prepared to commit to running in Saturday's Triple Crown finale, however.
Trainer Bill Currin said on Tuesday that his and Al Eisman's stakes winner Outta Here, the seventh-place finisher in the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is possible for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but a final decision won't likely come until later this week.
Kentucky Derby candidate Outta Here was put through his final major Run for the Roses preparation at Hollywood Park on Thursday, working five furlongs in :59 4/5 handily over a fast main track. The move was the second fastest of the 29 clocked at the distance.
The heat is on in Dubai. It can be felt not just from the baking sun that beats through the hazy skyline, but among the trainers who have produced the strongest ever numerical raiding party for Saturday's $15.2 million World Cup meeting.
Gary Stevens has scrapped plans to ride in Dubai on March 29, due to the war in the Middle East.
K.K. & Vilasini Jayaraman's Comic Truth, winner of the Lafayette Stakes at Evangeline Downs, heads a field of 10 2-year-olds entered Wednesday for Delta Downs' $500,000 Delta Jackpot Stakes at a mile Saturday.
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