Freshman son of Flatter's first crop showing potential
Workouts for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April spring sale of 2-year-olds in training continued April 12, with three horses equaling the fastest breeze time for an eighth of a mile.
Returned to his favorite distance, Ami's Flatter registered a clear victory in the $250,000 Commonwealth Stakes (gr. III) April 9 at Keeneland to secure the first graded stakes of his career.
Battling wide in the lane, Upstart completed a long drive to edge away from Domain's Rap and others for a one-length win in the $350,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
Expectations are high for his 4-year-old campaign.
Kobe's Back broke slowly and trailed by as many as 10 1/2 lengths, but he unleashed his patented closing kick and was just able to track down Salutos Amigos in the final strides to win the Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II).
Taris has been a proven sprinter since moving to the barn of Simon Callaghan late in 2014, but shined in her two-turn debut for the trainer in the 1 1/16-mile La Canada Stakes (gr. II).
Coming off a third in the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), Taris collected another stakes score Nov. 27 when she rolled clear to victory in the $300,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
Proven more than formidable sprinting, Taris will try a slightly new aspect heading east for the $300,000 Go For Wand Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 27 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Taris' final timed workout at Santa Anita Park before shipping to Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup Filly &Mare Sprint (gr. I) was impressive enough on paper, a bullet five furlongs in :59 flat.
Although he's yet to win on the Southern California sprint circuit this season, Kobe's Back is heading to Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) for good reason.
The connections of Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) contender Taris are drawing a line through her last race and hoping her true talent shines Oct. 31 in Kentucky.
A bay colt by Flatter out of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Caressing was purchased by agent Ben Glass for $425,000 Sept. 19 during the fifth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
A Flatter colt led early trading the evening of Aug. 15 when he brought $290,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
In her first race in more than seven months, grade II winner Taris will encounter a familiar foe in the $100,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 16 at Del Mar.
Force proved one to be reckoned with in the $150,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack July 3, upsetting at odds of 13-1 to give trainer Mark Casse his second win in the New York Derby.
Joanne Nielsen, the breeder of Upstart, has been released from the hospital after an 11-night stay for viral pneumonia, and is hopeful to make it to Louisville for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Triple Crown contenders Upstart and Frosted took to the track just after 8:00 a.m. ET April 25 at Palm Meadows to record their final pre-race breezes for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
An Ohio-bred colt by Flatter sold to Carrol Castille's Whispering Oaks Farm for $280,000 to top the opening session of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training April 21 in Ocala, Fla.
Six days after missing a scheduled move because of a fever, Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) winner Upstart breezed four furlongs in a bullet :47 2/5 on Friday, April 17 at Palm Meadows training center.
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. held the first of a marathon six-session under tack preview at Ocala Training Center April 13 ahead of its spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, slated for April 21-24.
Although Upstart has a better pedigree for getting a distance than many of his contemporaries, there is reason to think he might be better suited to intermediate distances.
Despite the fact she has seven empty mares and has yet to decide which stallions to breed to this year, Joanne Nielsen has had an uplifting start to 2015. She is the breeder of Upstart, who won the Holy Bull (gr. II) Jan. 24.
Upstart, a prime contender on the Triple Crown trail, was contentedly grazing across from his stall at trainer Rick Violette Jr.'s barn at Palm Meadows a day after his impressive win in the Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II).
New York-bred Upstart proved his class Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park, tracking pacesetter Bluegrass Singer to the final turn and then drawing away impressively to win the $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II).
Multiple grade I-placed Upstart will look to take another step forward toward his sophomore debut with a workout at Palm Meadows Training Center Jan. 12.
Spendthrift Farm's Flat Out, the three-time grade I stakes winner of $3,645,383, sired his first reported foal Jan. 2 when a dark bay or brown filly was born at Six Gables Farm in Tottenham, Ontario, Canada.
Once a claimer, Classic Point is now a graded stakes winner after taking the $300,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Taris, runaway winner of the Oct. 18 Lexus Raven Run Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland, has been supplemented to the Fasig-Tipton November sale, where she will be offered by Darby Dan Sales.
Taris blazed to the lead and kept on going in the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes Oct. 18, drawing off to an authoritative nine-length score in the seven-furlong sprint at Keeneland.
The Paris, Ky., farm's top sire War Front will remain at $150,000 for the 2015 breeding season.
A weanling colt from the first crop of Shackleford was the standout on the second and final day of the reformatted Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga fall sale Oct. 7 and brought the auction's overall highest price of $150,000.
Hillwood Stable landed the top two highest-priced yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall sale, which saw declines in all three key economic indicators at the one-day sale Sept. 29
Five youngsters shared honors for the fastest eighth of a mile breeze in :10 during the first of six sessions of the under-tack preview for next week's OBS June sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age.
A quartet of fillies topped the breeze tab at Ocala Training Center in Ocala, Fla., April 15 during the first of four under-tack previews for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES
The impression that Kobe's Back was an early season 2-year-old flash in the pan was dismissed when he won the San Vicente Stakes.
R Free Roll will stay in South Florida as she tries to nail down the first graded stakes win of her career Dec. 14 at Gulfstream Park in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (gr. III).
Three-time grade I winner Flat Out has been retired, owner Art Preston confirmed. Stallion plans are pending.
Preston Stables' hard-knocking Flat Out took the overland route to victory Nov. 30 in the Cigar Mile (gr. I), a race worth $753,000 due to the winner's previous grade I-winning status.
Claiborne Farm announced its 2014 stud fees Oct. 9. Two stallions' fees have risen: War Front's fee has increased to $150,000 from his 2013 fee of $80,000; and First Samurai will stand for $15,000 next year, up from $10,000
Figures rose across the board for the second straight day at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale Aug. 21 in Ocala, Fla.
Nearly unbeatable at Belmont Park, Flat Out collected his fifth win from six starts at the New York oval while finishing much the best for his second victory in the $350,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) July 6.
Last Gunfighter has won six in a row, including the Pimlico Special (gr. III) last time out. On July 6 he looks to make it seven when he takes on a compact field including multi-millionare Flat Out.
Lucy's Bob Boy didn't give the bridge-jumpers a scare when he took the early lead and coasted in workout-like fashion to win the $50,000 Confucius Say Stakes at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races April 20.
The average rose 9.2% and the median was up 23.1% during the first session of the OBS March sale of 2-year-olds March 13 in Ocala. David Ingordo went to $480,000 for the day's topper, a son of Flatter for $480,000.
An inside look and consignor comments from some of the top hips for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March 2-year-old sale March 12-13.
Dual graded stakes winner Mad Flatter will stand at Glen and Becky Brok's Diamond B Farm near Mohrsville, Pa.
Brigand, shipped to Laurel Park from New York by trainer Bob Baffert, responded with a front-running one-length victory in the $104,000 City of Laurel Stakes Dec. 8.
Glen Hill Farm buys the Storm Cat daughter, believed in foal to Flatter, for $435,000.
Lucy's Bob Boy left odds-on pick Russell Road and the rest behind on the final turn en route to an eight-length romp in the $450,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Oct. 20.
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