Champion Proud Spell returns to the races March 12 at Oaklawn Park, making her 2009 debut in a 1 1/16-mile allowance/optional claiming event. Her regular rider, Gabriel Saez, will be aboard as the 4-year-old filly prepares for the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) April 4 at Oaklawn.
Saratoga Sinner, shadowing pacesetter Bear's Rocket from the start, took control in the final furlong to post a 12-1 upset in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 31.
Mr. Nightlinger picked a good year for a strong improvement in form. The son of Indian Charlie could soon find himself in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred championship, contesting the inaugural Turf Sprint.
Brother Derek, who captured the 2005 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) and 2006 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), has been retired to Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky.
Prohibitive favorite Proud Spell bounced back from a rough trip in the Mother Goose (gr. I) just two weeks ago to win the $500,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. I) in determined fashion July 12.
Race favorite Mr. Nightlinger led from start to finish as he defeated seven rivals in the $100,000 Aegon Turf Sprint (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs May 2. Salute the Count checked in second, while Atticus Kristy came running late to grab third.
Former Kentucky Gov. Brereton C. Jones said April 27 that Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) winner Proud Spell would be pointed only to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and not the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
A daughter of Harlan's Holiday brought $105,000 as the top purchase during the 12th day of Keeneland's September yearling sale as the Sept. 22 session saw an increase in gross, average, and median.
Joy Ride Racing's odds-on favorite Noble Court was all out to do it, but under a strong-armed ride from Corey Nakatani they held off the determined closer Law Breaker to win the $150,000 San Vicente (gr. II) for 3-year-olds by a head at Santa Anita Sunday.
Cash Included, purchased privately by J. Paul Reddam after her maiden victory at Del Mar Sept. 2, left the 1-2 favorite Point Ashley in her wake to win the $247,000 Oak Leaf Breeders' Cup (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies Saturday at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meeting.
For the third consecutive year, Adena Springs tops the list of leading individual breeders in North America in 2005 with earnings of $11,672,247, according to statistics released Friday by The Jockey Club Information Systems.
Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale continued to soar through its sixth session Saturday, as all key indicators were on the rise.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club Selection Committee has chosen Tim Thornton of Airdrie Stud as 2005 Farm Manager of the Year.
Records are made to be broken. But what happens if no one knows it's a record?
With seven days remaining, gross receipts for Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale already top last year's total. Through Friday's fifth session of the 12-day auction, Keeneland has sold 1,180 horses for $236,323,000, an average of $200,274 and a median of $93,500.
Canadian Frontier, a graded stakes-winning sprinter this year, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky.
Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud has purchased grade I winner Friends Lake for stallion duty from Chester Broman Sr. and his wife, Mary.
Bob and Beverly Lewis' Classic Elegance came from far off the pace to win the Schuylerville Stakes (gr. II), the traditional opening day feature at Saratoga. The Carson City filly covered the six furlongs in 1:12.48, running down the front-running Angel Trumpet by a length in the final strides.
Two days before the Monday start of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale, all the signs were positive for a strong market.
Yankee Victor, winner of the 2000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), was represented by his first winner when his son Miracle Man won May 8 at Churchill Downs at first asking.
A filly from the first crop of millionaire Include was born Jan. 25 at Paul and Claire Reece's Rockwell Farm near Lexington.
Adena Springs, with earnings of $11,550,052, heads the list of leading individual breeders in North America in 2003, according to statistics released Monday by The Jockey Club Information Systems, Inc.
Keeneland's September Yearling Sale reached the halfway point Sunday with substantial increases in gross sales, average and median.
Marching from gate to wire, Patton's Victory held off Colorful Tour by a length Wednesday in the $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes for older horses at Oaklawn Park's "Racing Festival of the South."
Gaye's Locket, a 7-year-old daughter of Ogygian, was purchased by Brereton C. Jones for $55,000 to top Monday's December Mixed Sale conducted by Fasig-Tipton Kentucky.
Yankee Victor, a proven runner at a mile, had his first foals sell at Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton, where they averaged 5.55 times his $15,000 stud fee.
Grade I winner Include, who at one time captured nine of 10 starts, has been retired from racing and will stand at Brereton and Libby Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky.
Comments from buyers, sellers, and Keeneland on the decline in average and gross prices during the unofficial "selected" sessions of the Keeneland September yearling sale:
By Brereton C. Jones -- It was with great sadness that I watched the industry I love unintentionally embarrass itself and many of us involved by the way it approached the Kentucky General Assembly in an effort to get slot machines at the horse tracks.
- By Scott Davis
Political Attack, a 3-year-old colt owned and bred by a former governor of Kentucky, posted a front-running 4 1/2-length victory in Tuesday's $100,000 Tropical Park Derby at Calder Racecourse.
The annual sale of broodmares from Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm was held at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Thursday night, with the top price of $225,000 paid by J. S. McDonald for Twist a Lime, a 9-year-old Copelan mare in foal to Touch Gold.
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