A brief snow flurry during the running of the $150,000 Central Bank Transylvania (gr. IIIT), Friday's opening day feature at the Keeneland spring meet, couldn't stop Marcavelly, who sprinted away from his 3-year-old rivals in the stretch to post a 3 1/2-length win on the turf.
Favored Scat Daddy put away his rival Stormello soon after they reached the stretch and finished strongly to hold off the grinding Notional, capturing the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park in an impressive effort Saturday.
Trainers and bloodstock agents from across the country converged on the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's grounds March 25 to inspect the 520 horses catalogued for the annual selected 2-year-olds in training sale March 27-28 in Central Florida. Here's a look at some of the leading prospects.
A colt by Vindication and a filly by Forest Camp worked eighths in :10 flat to post the fastest times at the distance Saturday at the first session of the Under Tack Preview for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2007 March Sale of Selected 2-Year-Olds in Training.
The offspring of Johannesburg, Berstein, and Malibu Moon worked fast Monday during the first under tack show for the Barretts select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Scat Daddy, somewhat overlooked in trainer Todd Pletcher's rich stable for this year's Triple Crown trail, stormed from far back to tag the tough-luck loser Stormello by a nose in the final stride of Saturday's $350,000 Fountain of Youth (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.
Bisnalth Parbod's 3-year-old colt Johannesburg Star worked six furlongs in 1:12 1/5 Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park in preparation for his longshot bid in Saturday's $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II).
In one of the first hurdles of the Triple Crown campaign, Teuflesberg wins the $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, paying $48.80. The heavy 1-2 favorite, previously unbeaten Hard Spun, finishes fourth.
Colts by Johannesburg, Carson City, and Trippi ranked among the fastest workers during the second and final under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. February select juvenile auction.
The experiment to make session five of the expanding Magic Millions Yearling Sale didn't produce the fireworks expected -- but records still continued to fall.
Zayat Stables' Baroness Thatcher, running Saturday for the first time for trainer Patrick Biancone, took advantage of a stalking trip under Garrett Gomez to win the $108,200 Santa Ysabel (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park.
Surprising Fernando Po and favored Rutherienne each captured $100,000 stakes races for 2-year-olds Saturday on the turf at Calder Race Course.
Ashford Stud announced leading third-crop sire Giant's Causeway will stand for a private fee in 2007.
Scat Daddy gave trainer Todd Pletcher his record 93rd stakes victory in 2006 with a smart win over favored Nobiz Like Shobiz in the 135th running of the $400,000 Champagne (gr. I) for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park Saturday.
- By Ric Chapman
New Zealand-based bloodstock agent Rob McAnulty out-bid Starcraft's owner Paul Makin and paid Aust$825,000 (U.S.$658,000) for a Dehere colt (setting a new Australasian record for a 2-year-old in-training.
A Johannesburg colt that brought $525,000 became the top seller during Sunday's session of the Keeneland September yearling auction in Lexington. Purchased by John Brocklebank, the bay colt was consigned by Dave Parrish Jr., agent, under the name Indian Creek.
Johannesburg and Officer, who raced against each other as 2-year-olds, now are battling each other as freshmen sires.
Scat Daddy pushed his backers to the brink but delivered an impressive performance late to run down Teuflesberg in the final strides of the $147,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga July 27. Scat Daddy was the 3-10 favorite in the five-horse field of 2-year-olds while Teuflesberg went off at 13-1 odds.
International champion Johannesburg was represented by his first winner when his son, Johannesburg Jack, won May 31.
A Johannesburg colt named Zounds set a record for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training when he brought $625,000 Monday at Timonium in Maryland. The price was also a new high for a horse sold at public auction in Maryland.
The first under tack show for Keeneland's select sale of 2-year-olds in training provided more excitement than South Carolina pinhooker Kip Elser wanted on Monday. But everything turned out for the best.
Johannesburg and A.P. Indy colts are among horses that could bring big prices at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
A filly by Officer sped a quarter in :21 1/5 to post the fastest time at the distance Friday at the first session of the Under Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2006 March Sale of Selected 2-Year-Olds in Training.
The 2006 Inglis premier yearling sale in Melbourne, which opened on Sunday in Australia, continued the global trend of buyers willing to spend on well-topped, muscular yearlings.
English and Irish champion Minardi sired his first winner June 10 when Suetowa broke her maiden in Milan, Italy.
An Irish-bred mare in foal to Johannesburg topped the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale Feb. 13 at the sales company's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington, Ky. Robert Lail went to $160,000 to acquire grade III winner Dancal from the consignment of Four Star Sales, agent.
The Tattersalls February mixed sale enjoyed a record-setting performance Thursday in Newmarket, England, posting its largest ever gross revenue, average price, and median price.
Any fears that an indifferent start would deter pinhookers as Tattersalls' December Foal Sale came to life Thursday were soon banished after a day of strong trade that all but matched the record-breaking 2003 figures.
The Jockey Club released its Live Foal Report Thursday afternoon, and reports that 4,203 stallions covered 63,154 mares in North America during 2003, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 9. These coverings have resulted in 36,274 foals of 2004 being reported to The Jockey Club.
The first reported foals by international champion Johannesburg and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Red Bullet were born the beginning of January.
The Jockey Club released the 2003 Report of Mares Bred on Thursday. The report, while not complete, shows less than a 1% decline in both the number of covering stallions and the number of mares bred over last year's figures.
Ashford Stud announced a major reduction in the 2004 fees for young stallions Fusaichi Pegasus and Giant's Causeway, both of whom stood the past breeding season for $125,000.
Ashford Stud, a satellite of Irish-based Coolmore Stud, announced fees of $125,000 for Fusaichi Pegasus and Giant's Causeway.
Johannesburg, who was last year's brilliant champion but this year's disappointment, has been retired and will stand at stud next year alongside his sire at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Malhub, a homebred racing for Shiekh Hamdan al Maktoum, won Saturday's Golden Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot by 1 1/2 lengths. Favored Johannesburg finished ninth.
Johannesburg, last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner and Eclipse Award recipient, heads a field of 16 to run Saturday in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Trainer James Chapman has remained busy this year travelling to Dubai and Singapore with Caller One and Western Pride and will saddle the both at the Royal Ascot meet in England in June. His stable recently added an international dimension as well with the acquisition of two formerly South American-based runners.
Aidan O'Brien has entered 13 horses, including his two classic winners so far this season, Rock Of Gibraltar and Landseer, for Europe's premier sprint, the Darley July Cup (Eng-I) at Newmarket on July 11. He has also entered the horse considered by most to be an unlucky loser of the Sagitta 2000 Guineas, Hawk Wing.
Johannesburg and Castle Gandolfo, the respective eighth- and 12th-place finishers in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, left Churchill Downs early Sunday morning to be flown back to Ireland.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien's Kentucky Derby hopefuls galloped over the muddy main track at Keeneland Race Course before an audience of media and other spectators.
Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) repeat winner Caller One, currently in Singapore preparing for a race there on May 11, may make his follow-up start in England during the Royal Ascot meet. The Jim Chapman trainee is one of four American horses pre-entered in the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I), a six-furlong turf dash for horses 3-year-old and older.
Johannesburg and Castle Gandolfo finally arrived in Kentucky on Tuesday. The horses stepped off a chartered plane and on to a partitioned ramp at Blue Grass Airport about 6:10 p.m. EDT, and were immediately loaded into a horse van for the short drive to a quarantine barn at Keeneland.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained duo of Johannesburg and Castle Gandola will arrive in Lexington, Ky. around 5:10 p.m. (ET) Tuesday and will undergo quarantine for 48 hours at Keeneland Racecourse.
Irish jockey Michael Kinane won't ride Johannesburg in the Kentucky Derby after losing his appeal Friday against a seven-day racing ban.
The Jockey Club's Disciplinary Committee upheld the suspension given to Kinane for "irresponsible riding" on Sahara Desert during the Boadicea Conditions Stakes at Newmarket on April 18.
Jockey Jerry Bailey may ride either of Coolmore's two Kentucky Derby candidates, according to a report in the Irish Times.
Time is running out for this year's Derby picture to come into focus. Heavy hitters Came Home, Repent, and Johannesburg are in the books, but the questions continue.
Champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Johannesburg suffered a shock defeat on his seasonal debut at The Curragh on Sunday, which must throw a serious doubt over his participation in the Kentucky Derby.
As pool three of the Kentucky Derby future wager offered by Churchill Downs enters its stretch run, a pair of contenders have crept closer to early leader Johannesburg. After day three of the four-day event, Johannesburg remains favored, but his odds have drifted up to 6-1, with Came Home (7-1) and Harlan's Holiday (8-1) next in line.
Johannesburg remains favored in pool three of the Kentucky Derby future wager despite drifting up to 5-1 at the close of Friday's wagering after beginning the day at 4-1.
Johannesburg is the early favorite in pool three of the Kentucky Derby future wager offered by Churchill Downs, taking in $6,549 of $40,282 wagered on Thursday. After beginning the day the 6-1 co-second choice, the undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner is currently available at 4-1.
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