Saoirse Abu has become a legitimate contender for a Cartier Award as European champion juvenile filly with victories in the Independent Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) and the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I).
- By Ron Mitchell
Senior staff writer Ron Mitchell identifies the top ten offerings on the first day of the 2007 Keeneland Yearling Sale.
Odds-on choice Istan, a one-mile specialist from trainer Bill Mott's huge stable, was the easiest of winners in the $100,000 Turfway Park Fall Championship (gr. III) over the Polytrack Sept. 8.
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. realized increases in average and median prices during the open sale portion of its annual August yearling sale that finished Aug. 24 and recorded a final gross total nearly the same as last year.
Horses attracting the attention of shoppers prior to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale in Lexington included a strapping filly from the A.P. Indy line that might remind you of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Rags to Riches and a More Than Ready colt that was described by one of his owners as a "spitting image" of his sire.
The Japan Racing Horse Association (JRHA) 's select foal and select yearling sales will be held July 9-11 at the Northern Horse Park on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.
Classic Star Stable's Southwestern Heat, the first foal of champion filly sprinter Xtra Heat, won his first race April 11 in impressive style.
Darpat S.L. Stable's 5-year-old Istan went to the front at the start of Saturday's $100,000 Artax Handicap for older horses at Gulfstream Park and went all the way to score by 2 1/2 lengths over Paradise Dancer.
An autopsy has determined the $900,000 Storm Cat yearling, purchased as a yearling by Florida-based consignors Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo, died of an aneurysm suffered during a Feb. 25 breeze show for the March 6 Fasig-Tipton Calder sale of 2-year-olds in training .
Marsh Side kept his perfect Polytrack record intact by taking Sunday's $125,000 Valedictory Stakes on closing day of the 2006 season at Woodbine under meet riding champion Emma-Jayne Wilson.
Some record prices, an increase in million-dollar horses, and the presence of the world's top buyers drove significant increases in totals as the Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale reached its midpoint Saturday.
A pair of weanlings--a filly and a colt--stole the show Nov. 7 during the second session of the 14-day Keeneland November breeding stock sale, with both establishing record-price marks.
Mill Ridge Farm will keep the fee for veteran stallion Gone West at $125,000.
Union Avenue opened up a clear advantage in the stretch and was able to hold off an unlucky Can't Beat It by a half-length to capture the $250,000 American Derby (gr. IIT) at odds of 23-1 for trainer Bill Mott on the Arlington Park turf course Saturday.
Audrey Reed's top producer Secrettame, dam of leading sire Gone West, died March 17 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., following a severe bout of colic. The daughter of Secretariat was 28.
Changeintheweather, a grade I-winning son of Gone West, will relocate to Ron and Barbara Rickline's Xanthus Farm near Gettysburg, Pa. for the 2006 breeding season. The dual stakes winner, who entered stud in 2004, moves from Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Gone West, a leading sire for years at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, will have his fee dropped to $125,000 from $150,000.
The Thoroughbred Club of America announced Tuesday that Alice Chandler has been elected by its board of directors as Honor Guest for the Club's annual Testimonial Dinner. The event will be held at Keeneland Race Course Nov. 5.
The Gone West syndicate has donated $100,000 to the Kentucky Equine Education Project, which was formed to promote and protect the horse industry in the state.
ReRun announced it will celebrate the coming Father's Day by exhibiting various "Moneighs" created by famous sires and their progeny including; A.P. Indy and sons, Mineshaft and Rock Slide, among others.
Grade I winner Shared Interest, the nation's "Broodmare of the Year" in 2000, died March 10 as a result of a difficult foaling. She was 17 years of age.
The first two mares have been confirmed in foal to Speightstown, the champion son of Gone West who is standing his first season at stud this year.
Irish trainer Dermot Weld scored his 3,000th career win Feb. 17 at Nad al Sheba Racecourse when King Jock, under jockey Pat Smullen, posted a 1 3/4-length victory in the San Siro International Stakes over 1,500 meters on the turf during the Dubai International Racing Carnival.
The Hong Kong International Sale realized a record price Dec. 11 at Sha Tin Racecourse when a gelded son of King's Best sold for HK$6 million (US $771,506).
The Hong Kong International Sale realized a record price Dec. 11 at Sha Tin Racecourse when a gelded son of King's Best sold for HK$6 million (US $771,506). The sale was held for the first time inside the new HK$410 million retractable roof walking ring on the Saturday afternoon prior to the Dec. 12 Cathay Pacific International races.
Speightstown, winner of the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), will stand in 2005 for $40,000.
Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Speightstown roared to the front in early stretch, opened up a commanding lead, then held off the late run of Kela to win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) by 1 ¼ lengths. The son of Gone West covered the six furlongs in 1:08.11.
The Todd Pletcher-trained Speightstown will enter the gate for Saturday's $1-million Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Lone Star Park as one of the heavy favorites to win the six-furlong race, but a win could almost guarantee end of the year divisional honors.
Elusive Quality, who began his stallion career standing for $10,000 and has sired 16 stakes winners to date including Smarty Jones, will stand in 2005 for $100,000.
Speightstown, winner of the recent Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II), will stand next year at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Even though a deal to sell Dr. William O. and Audrey Reed's Mare Haven Farm near Lexington could close in mid-September, the great producer, Secrettame, will not be leaving.
Speightstown remained undefeated in four starts in 2004 with a track record-equaling victory in the $200,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
Gone West, who stood the past six seasons at $125,000, will stand in 2005 for $150,000.
Speightstown, a lightly raced multiple graded stakes winning son of Gone West, will be retired at the end of 2004.
One day after paying a world-record price for a suckling or weanling sold at public auction, Japanese owner Fusao Sekiguchi went to â280 million ($2,592,593) to acquire a Gone West colt on the final day of the Japan Racing Horse Associations select foal sale at Northern Park on the island of Hokkaido.
John Velazquez was on some speedballs Saturday at Belmont. A race after he guided Bear Fan to a track record going 6 1/2 furlongs, he took Speightstown on a tour-de-force at six furlongs.
Taking advantage of a disastrous start for odds-on favorite Shake You Down, Canadian Frontier romped to victory in the $107,700 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park Saturday.
Keeper Hill, winner of the 1998 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), delivered her first foal Thursday morning. The foal, a colt by Gone West was delivered at Dr. John and Alice Chandler's Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington.
Sheikh Mohammed stressed his enthusiasm for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) even though Godolphin will not be represented in the big race for the second year in a row.
Some Kentucky Derby pundits have questioned Smarty Jones' pedigree due to the speed influences of his sire, Elusive Quality, and broodmare sire, Smile. Their problem lies in the fact they haven't scratched much beyond the surface.
Godolphin Racing has revealed that the American-bred Great Exhibition is its main hope for the UAE Derby (UAE-II) at Nad Al Sheba on Dubai World Cup night March 27.
Adi Selvaratnam's amazing Conroy, a 6-year-old gelded son of Gone West, landed his third consecutive Mahab Al Shimaal (UAE-III) over six furlongs at Nad Al Sheba on Saturday night.
Godolphin's Rosencrans, winner of his sole juvenile start in the United States last year, turned the 3-year-old conditions race over 1,500 meters at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday night into a procession.
Following the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's grand slam season opener, Fasig-Tipton steps to the plate next Tuesday, Feb. 24, for its sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course in South Florida.
Champion and grade I winner Farda Amiga delivered her first foal, a Gone West filly, Feb. 15 at the Taylor family's Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.
Castle Gandolfo, a group III stakes winner who was also twice group I stakes placed, will enter stud this year at John T.L. Jones' Walmac International near Lexington. He will stand for $6,000.
A young mare in foal to the freshman stallion Officer brought a top price of $340,000 Saturday as Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale passed the halfway point. The sale continued to post a strong showing.
Johar, who made history with High Chaparral as the first to produce a dead-heat in the 20 years of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will make his next start in the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) at Tokyo Racecourse on Nov. 30, trainer Richard Mandella said Wednesday.
Gone West, whose yearling filly out of Touch of Greatness brought the top price of $3.8 million at the Keeneland September sale, will stand once again for $125,000.
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