The Groom Is Red and Yankee Victor, both grade I winners in New York, died in the Republic of Korea.
A smooth-striding Grand Slam colt brought $400,000 early in the afternoon during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Shortly after it was announced Thursday that Atswhatimtalknbout would not contest the June 7 Belmont Stakes, the classic lost another starter when Team Valor's Colita was withdrawn from the 1 1/2-mile race at New York's Belmont Park.
Team Valor Stable's Colita, a 3-year-old son of Grindstone, won Wednesday's seventh race at Belmont Park and in doing so, earned a trip to the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Team Valor Stables' Colita will not run in the Wood Memorial,
according to trainer Carlos Morales. The beaten favorite in Tampa's Sam Davis and Aqueduct's Gotham (gr. III) will now be pointed to the Federico Tesio at Pimlico on April 19.
Colita, whose two victories from four starts were both in New York, will return to the Big Apple on Friday to contest Sunday's Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct as a prep for the Wood Memorial.
Favored True Direction rallied from the outside on the turn and pulled away in the stretch for a 2 1/2–length victory in the $100,000 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday.
My Own Business, Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt in his native Venezuela last year, makes his U.S. debut Wednesday in the seventh race at Saratoga.
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