Grade II winnner and millionaire Hap has been relocated for stallion duty to Still Creek Farm near Brookville, Ind.
Darby Dan Farm announced today the launch of the "Darby Dan Profit Protection" plan for its stallions that stand for less than $10,000.
Millionaire Hap, a six-time graded stakes winner, has arrived at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington
Hap, a six-time graded stakes winner, has been retired because of an ankle injury.
Forbidden Apple will make his 7-year-old debut Saturday at Belmont Park when he attempts to win the $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) for the second straight year.
A large group of talented turf runners are keeping the Aug. 17 Million open as an option.
Sarafan's California connections take the winner's share in the Explosive Bid
A field of 14 older horses, including six graded stakes winners, has entered for Sunday's $700,000 Explosive Bid Handicap (gr. IIT) at the Fair Grounds.
Team Mott-Bailey will be favored to chalk up another stakes victory Saturday when Hap heads a field of nine older horses in the $150,000 Canadian Turf Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the Gulfstream turf course.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott had Hap on Belmont's main track this morning for a four-furlong breeze. The son of 1987 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Theatrical was clocked at :50 1/5.
Plans may be changing for Sakhee, who wasn't coming to the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I), but after a scintillating run in the Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) he may indeed head to New York.
Pedigree Analysis for Hap
Hap's 1 1/2-length victory in Sunday's $500,000 Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile H. (gr. IIT), coming from third in the field of nine under Jerry Bailey, was his fourth graded stakes win of the year and appeared to set him up perfectly for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). Bill Mott, who trains the son of Theatrical for the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust, wasn't so sure.
Hap surged past Where's Taylor in the stretch to win Sunday's $500,000 Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IIT). Under a well-timed ride from Jerry Bailey, the Bill Mott-trained son of Theatrical completed the mile in 1:35.98 on firm turf.
Hap figures to be the solid favorite in the $200,000 Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap going 1 1/8 miles on the turf at Belmont Park.
Globe-trotting German horse Silvano pulls the upset in the Arlington Million.
German-bred Silvano ran away from the field in the stretch to post a three-length win in Saturday's $1-million Arlington Million (gr. IT) at Arlington Park. Hap finished second, six lengths ahead of Redattore.
Hap, winner of the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga in his last start, drew the rail and has been installed the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Arlington Million (gr. IT). He will face 11 other 3-year-olds and up in the nineteenth running of Arlington Park's signature race and leg three of the Emirates World Series.
British-bred Caitano has been added to the list of European campaigners likely to invade the Midwest for the 19th running of the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 18.
Michael Paulson and Edward White's Hap made it two consecutive Bernard Baruch (gr. II) victories when he easily pulled away from the field to score by two lengths over a 'good' Saratoga turf course. Hap covered the nine furlongs in 1:47.00 under Jerry Bailey.
Hap retained his unblemished record for the current year, drawing off to win the $200,000 New Hampshire Sweepstakes Handicap (gr. IIIT) by seven lengths on Saturday at Rockingham Park.
Disco Rico cut all the fractions and still had plenty in the tank to easily win the $200,000 Maryland Breeders' Cup (gr. III) Saturday at Pimlico, the race preceeding the Preakness (gr. I).
Quiet Resolve won last year's Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) by a nose last year over Haami and Holditholditholdit. The 2001 edition of Pimlico's grade II turf event doesn't look to be any easier. Holditholditholdit is back, and joining the fight for Saturday's $200,000 race is North East Bound, who in his last start defeated Quiet Resolve and six other horses in Keeneland's Maker's Mark Mile Stakes (gr. IIT).
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, a model of consistency himself, sent three of his eight Breeders' Cup hopefuls to the main track at Belmont Park Wednesday morning, and the trio came back with identical results. Hap (Mile) and Vision and Verse (Classic) both breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5, with King Cugat (Mile) going a half in :48 3/5 and galloping out in -- you guessed it -- 1:01 2/5.
Arthur I. Appleton's homebred Forbidden Apple collared pacesetter Affirmed Success in the stretch en route to winning the $250,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. IIT) by a neck Sunday at Belmont Park.
Guided by jockey Jerry Bailey, betting favorite Hap saved ground along the hedge, rallying through the stretch to win the $200,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) by 3/4-lengths Saturday at Saratoga.
Edward White and Michael Paulson's Hap stalked the leaders in third place through the early going en route to his first career stakes win, a 1 1/4-length victory in Friday's $150,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.
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