Spendthrift Farm's freshman sire Liaison, the grade 1-winning son of Indian Charlie, had his first winner June 18, when Vicente's Shadow rallied strongly to win a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight by a length at Emerald Downs.
A filly from the first crop of Hill ‘n’ Dale stallion Violence bought in July for $25,000 returned a quick substantial profit for her owner when sold for $190,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale.
The Keeneland November sale's eighth day Nov. 9 ended lower despite selling 11 six-figure horses, but the 12-day auction still remained ahead of 2014's numbers overall.
The first reported foal by grade I winner Liaison is a filly that was born Jan. 6 in Micanopy, Fla.
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.
Grade I winner Liaison has been retired from racing and will stand the 2014 breeding season at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington for a fee of $10,000.
Grade I winner Paynter, whose comeback from life-threatening illness more than a year ago was stalled in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I), will attempt to atone at Santa Anita Sept. 28 in a race named for his sire, Awesome Again.
Grade I winner Liaison will stand at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington following his retirement at the end of the season, and will participate in the farm's "Share The Upside" program for the 2014 season.
Martin Garcia was slated to ride Liaison in the Aug. 25 TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar, but inherited a bigger assignment when jockey Joel Rosario fractured his foot in an Aug. 23 racing accident at Saratoga.
A six-time grade I winner whose problems with the Polytrack at Del Mar have been well-chronicled, Game On Dude is on the verge of a breakthrough in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 25, trainer Bob Baffert believes.
Continuing a storybook comeback from near death last spring after winning the Haskell Invitational (gr. I), Paynter will pack 122 pounds versus five solid rivals July 27 in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. I).
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert worked Paynter and Liaison, top contenders for the upcoming San Diego Handicap (gr. II), in tandem July 21 and pronounced them both ready for the $200,000 event.
Clubhouse Ride, freed from Game On Dude for the first time in five months, finally had his day when he captured the $150,000 Californian Stakes (gr. II) for his first graded stakes win June 1 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Six-S Racing Stable and Niko Petralia's Clubhouse Ride, second to Game On Dude in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) in his last start, will face six others in the $150,000 Californian Stakes (gr. II) June 1.
Liaison disposed of favored Blueskiesnrainbows coming off the far turn and lengthened stride impressively through the stretch to take the Mervyn Leroy Handicap (gr. II) handily May 4 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Liaison returns to the scene of the biggest victory of his career when he battles six other well-matched older horses at Betfair Hollywood Park in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) May 4.
Idle since he was well beaten in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 25, Liaison came back running in the $71,500 Santana Mile March 31, defeating favored Midnight Transfer by a half-length at Santa Anita Park.
- By Pete Denk
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Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) winner Alpha was installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in an 11-horse field drawn for the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Travers Stakes (gr. I) candidates Nonios, Liaison, Atigun, and Stealcase put in final works Aug. 19. The $1 million Travers, at 1 1/4 miles, is Aug. 25 at Saratoga Race Course.
Grade I winner Liaison figures to be Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's lone representative in the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 25.
Unraced since a 12th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Godolphin Stables' Alpha proved his mettle off the layup July 28 when he took the $600,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II) wire-to-wire at Saratoga.
A deep, competitive field of eight will face off in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 28 to determine who continues to the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 25.
After upsetting Liaison in the Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) at 15-1 odds one month ago, Nonios will face his rival once again in the $150,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II), the Independence Day feature at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Nonios, making his stakes debut for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, overcame some early trouble to post a 15-1 upset by a half-length over Liaison in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park June 3.
Liaison, sixth in the Kentucky Derby at odds of 56-1, should find the company a little more to his liking when he returns to action in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) June 3 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
I'll Have Another made it to the track May 9 for the first time since his upset win in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) four days earlier, jogging around muddy Pimlico Race Course.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner I'll Have Another departed Churchill Downs at 1:19 p.m. May 7 and was taken to nearby Louisville International Airport for a flight to Baltimore, Md.
Ron Mitchell talks about how I'll Have Another and his connections are doing on Sunday morning. Ron also touches on future plans for other Kentucky Derby contenders. watch video
Some of the starters in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will go on to the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) while plans are undetermined for other runners.
Lenny Shulman talks to Bob Baffert about his Derby horses, and his health. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm. Watch Video
It sure felt like summer as several Derby horses schooled this morning and afternoon. read blog
Zayat Stable's Bodemeister, the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner, drew post 6 and was made the 4-1 morning line favorite for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
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Cal-bred Rousing Sermon, trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, was the last and lone Derby worker May 1 at Churchill Downs. Jockey Jose Lezcano aboard the son of Lucky Pulpit for the first time.
The works are done, and all that remains are the final gallops and observing how the horses are thriving during the final week read blog
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert considers himself a lucky man to be back at Churchill Downs healthy and happy two months after a severe health scare.
Lenny Shulman talks about the final Derby work outs for Creative Cause, Liaison, Daddy Nose Best, Sabercat and Mark Valeski. Daddy Long Legs works today across the Ocean and of course the weather forecast! watch video
Arnold Zetcher's Liaison, winner of the 2011 CashCall Futurity (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 under jockey Martin Garcia at Churchill Downs April 30 in preparation for the May 5 Kentucky Derby.
It was a warm, humid day at Churchill Downs on Monday, April 30, and the track was fast as a handful of contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands went through their final workouts.
Liaison, the 2011 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) winner, breezed six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan at Churchill Downs April 25.
Jockey Mike Smith apparently will retain the mount on Bodemeister, the colt he guided to a 9 1/2-length victory in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 14.
Three big Kentucky Derby preps are on tap on Saturday from around the country. read blog
Jason Shandler and Tom LaMarra handicap the Santa Anita Derby and Wood Memorial this week. Sponsored by TVG Watch Video
Creative Cause, one of the leading contenders for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), drew the rail as the 6-5 favorite for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 7.
Many horses move up in Steve's Dozen this week, see who is now knocking on the door! watch video
Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Secret Circle remains on edge for his expected start in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) following a bullet five-furlong drill in :58 2/5 at Santa Anita Park March 29.
Do Daddy Nose Best and Went the Day Well both enter Steve's Derby Dozen for this week? Read to find out! watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps the Tampa Bay Derby and San Felipe Stakes from the weekend. watch video
Creative Cause established himself as the favorite for the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) when he came from off the pace to defeat favored Bodemeister in the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. I) March 10 at Santa Anita.
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