Either the track at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic was playing faster or the horses were just faster as the under tack show for the May 23-24 sale of 2-year-olds in training concluded May 19 with five of the eight fastest clockings.
Topped by an Into Mischief colt bought by Spendthrift Farm for $335,000, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April sale of 2-year-olds in training began on a strong note April 19, with across-the-board increases in gross, average, and median prices.
Laminitis claims Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble, winner of the 2014 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and Super Derby (gr. II). The son of Into Mischief was put down March 11.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company kicked off its 2-year-olds in training sale March 15 with across-the-board declines as a striking son of Uncle Mo topped the day's trading at $1.3 million.
Three Into Mischief fillies and offspring of four freshmen sires were among 14 horses that shared the fastest eighth of a mile workout time of :09 4/5 during the March 9 first of three under tack workout sessions.
The 2016 breeding season brings challenges for stallion owners and breeders: more expensive stud fees for top-tier stallions, fierce competition for mares, and the stock market suffering a worst-ever start to a new year.
Last year's Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Saratoga Mischief is entered for his 3-year-old season debut Sunday, Feb. 14 in the $100,000 Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Best Behavior would not be denied Dec. 26, holding off a challenge from 1-5 favorite Stonetastic in the stretch to register a clear victory in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
The Jockey Club's Report of Mares Bred for 2015 shows a less than 1% rise in the number of mares covered this year over 2014, but the number of active stallions decreased 6.3%.
Malibu Moon and Into Mischief top the list of stallions fee-wise for 2016 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farms in Kentucky.
Fillies brought the top three prices Sept. 29 at the Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of Louisiana-bred yearlings. In all, 120 head averaged $9,250.
Book 3 of Keeneland's September yearling sale in Lexington spun off another remarkably high-priced yearling Sept. 21, when a Curlin filly sold for $975,000 as the auction rolled through its seventh session.
As well as brilliance, Beholder has also showed rare versatility, scoring at 5 1/2, six, eight, 8 1/2, nine, and 10 furlongs.
A colt from the first crop of Dialed In sold for the highest price of $55,000 at the Equine Sales Co.'s consignor select yearling sale Sept. 2 in Opelousas, La.
Spendthrift Farm has set 2016 fees for two of its most popular stallions. Into Mischief's fee will rise $10,000 to $45,000 and Malibu Moon's fee of $95,000 will be the same as last year's.
Siena Farm's homebred Isabella Sings, a winner of the faster division of the July 26 Little Silver Stakes, takes the spotlight Sept. 5 in the $100,000 Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) for sophomore fillies at Monmouth Park.
Led by an Into Mischief filly sold for $80,000, the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association summer yearling and mixed sale saw increases in gross and average for the fourth straight year.
Equine Sales Co. announced it has cataloged 188 horses for the consignor select yearling sale Sept. 2 in Opelousas, La.
Come to Mischief was ultra-impressive in her career debut June 28 at Woodbine, making all the pace to win the $125,000 My Dear Stakes by six widening lengths as the longest shot in the field.
A colt by Into Mischief matched the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s June sale record, bringing $575,000 from Frank Fletcher Racing Operations late in the sale's second session June 17.
A colt by Into Mischief (Hip 509) consigned by Jaime Mejia's Thoroughbred Champions Training Center posted the fastest quarter of a mile breeze of the third under tack preview for the OBS June sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Force the Pass gamely drove between horses and was up overhaul front-runner Night Prowler in a thrilling finish to the $500,000 Penn Mile (gr. IIT) May 30 at Penn National Race Course.
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s marathon six-session under tack preview for its spring sale of 2-year-olds in training soldiered on April 17 at Ocala Training Center with Hips 801-1,000 breezing for prospective buyers.
Vicar's in Trouble was named top accredited Louisiana-bred 3-year-old male when the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association earlier this month released results of its voting for divisional standouts of 2014.
Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's winter mixed sale completed selling Feb. 8 with declines in gross and average, but median increased after an opening session that saw graded winner Gamay Noir hit the top price of $375,000.
The first reported foal for the stallion Alternation was a colt foaled Jan. 20 at Jim and Pam Robinson's Brandywine Farm near Paris, Ky.
The Keeneland January sale posted across-the-board declines at its penultimate session topped by a $150,000 yearling Into Mischief colt, but the buyback rate moderated.
After flying through a half mile in :44.80, Goldencents dug deep to hold off a determined Tapiture in the stretch to win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), successfully defending his 2013 win in the race.
The daughter of Into Mischief is looking to extend a three-race winning streak and pick up her first graded stakes win.
Much has been made of Vicar's in Trouble's size--or lack thereof--throughout his career. But the modest 3-year-old has delivered again and again, giving his connections confidence to send him to the Breeders' Cup.
Led by increases in five major states, the number of mares bred in North America this year increased 1.1% while the number of stallions declined 8.9%, according to the Report of Mares Bred released by The Jockey Club Oct. 21.
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.
Capitalizing on a good start and perfect ride from jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., Vyjack rallied from fourth to take the $400,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. II) by a length over River Rocks.
Favored Vicar's in Trouble, back in his home state for the first time since winning the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in March, dominated the 35th renewal of the $400,000 Super Derby (gr. II) Sept. 6 at Louisiana Downs.
Goldencents, last year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner, is to make his next start Oct. 4 in Keeneland's Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT), where he would likely face two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan.
Goldencents avenged his loss in last year's $250,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. II) with a dominating wire-to-wire track record performance in this year's edition at Del Mar Aug. 24.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble is the 3-1 morning line favorite for the June 28 Iowa Derby (gr. III). The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief is making his first start since the May 3 Run for the Roses.
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding rights to multiple grade I winner Goldencents, who will retire to the Lexington farm at the end of his 4-year-old campaign and stand the 2015 breeding season.
Henry Ray Dunn's Ide Be Cool, unbeaten in four starts at 2 in 2013, was named accredited Louisiana-bred horse of the year May 24 at the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeder Association's annual meeting in Opelousas.
In stature Vicar's in Trouble will be one of the smallest starters in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but he will carry big hopes for not just his connections but the state of Louisiana as well.
Grade II winner Vyjack, at this time last year a contender on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned from a lengthy layoff April 27 to win a seven-furlong allowance at Aqueduct.
Vicar's in Trouble led every step of the way, turning back the challenge of favored Intense Holiday to post a comfortable win in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II)at Fair Grounds March 29.
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Gone West, Malibu Moon, Kitten's Joy, Into Mischief, A.P. Indy, Foals and more
PORTER ON PEDIGREES
Lecomte Stakes winner Vicar's in Trouble is keeping the spotlight on his sire Into Mischief.
After demolishing 10 over-matched Louisiana-breds to close out his 2012 season, Vicar's in Trouble gave open company the same treatment Jan. 18 when he rolled to an easy victory in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III).
Keeneland's November sale continued running up huge gains at its penultimate session Nov. 13, staying on track to beat last year's figures across the board.
After blazing through a half-mile in :44.75, Goldencents still had plenty in the tank to hold off the closing move of Golden Ticket in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farms announced its 2014 stud fees for 21 stallions both Kentucky-based and regional, led again by leading sire Malibu Moon whose fee jumped from $70,000 to $95,000 stands and nurses.
The Jockey Club's 2013 Report of Mares Bred shows a decline of 3.4% in the number of mares covered by stallions in North America compared to 2012's figures. To date, 34,174 mares have been covered by 1,861 stallions.
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