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Azul Leon Puts Lion Heart On Top

Azul Leon Puts Lion Heart On Top

PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter

Lion Heart, currently the freshman sire leader, and Friends Lake, who is ranked eighth, got big boosts from their recent graded stakes winners Azul Leon and Screen Your Friends, respectively. The talent both of these sires showed as juveniles appears to be passing along to their offspring.

Porter on Pedigrees: Rolling Sea

Porter on Pedigrees: Rolling Sea

One of the great charms of Thoroughbred racing is that it has always been possible for a good horse to emerge from almost anywhere. The diminishing gap between the best and rest, however, will probably make this an increasingly likely occurence. One example is Rolling Sea, who won the Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3. She is by a sire who stands for $2,500 and is out of mare who finished fourth in a $6,500 claimer in her final race.

A New Year, Same Old Proven Cure

The new year has begun, and all across the country, 3-year-olds are preparing for the grueling march to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The horses that remain from last year's classic crop are just beginning their journey to the Breeders' Cup. But the main headlines should belong to Proven Cure, who truly is the star of the year so far.

Keeneland: One More Day to Go

The penultimate session of the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale ended Sunday with both average prices and the total gross down slightly --while the median stayed the same and the buyback rate improved-- from last year's figures for the same day.

Saoirse Wins Chicago Handicap

Saoirse pressed the early pace of Runaway Venus, took the lead after a 1/2-mile run in :45.14 seconds, was headed in the stretch by the late charging Quanah, and drew clear late to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $170,325 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr.III) Sunday at Arlington International.

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