Favored Za Approval, runner-up in last year's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), broke through with his first win of 2014 when he led gate-to-wire to capture the $98,000 Real Courage Stakes on the Belmont Park turf Sept. 7.
And the beat goes on for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. at Monmouth Park Aug. 31 as he captured the racetrack's top 2-year-old stakes events just one day after saddling Itsmyluckyday to win the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I).
Big Drama generated plenty of headlines during a stellar racing career, and the 2010 champion sprinter and multimillionaire is now a distinguished young stallion.
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan will get his 2014 campaign started April 11, when he takes on six foes in the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland in his first start of the year.
Za Approval ran to his recent form and easily captured the $200,000 Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park Oct. 12, coming off recent runner-up efforts behind Wise Dan and Obviously.
Grade I winner Boisterous is looking to get back on track in the $200,000 Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 12 at Belmont Park, a race he has won twice before, but Live Oak Plantation's Za Approval looms large.
Front-running favorite Lady Cohiba outlasted the closing White Rose to win the $150,000 Glens Falls Stakes, which was taken off the inner turf and contested on a muddy main track on closing day at Saratoga Sept. 2
After winning his previous start by more than 10 lengths, Souper Speedy found a different route to the winner's circle June 7 in the $147,000 Jaipur Stakes over a sloppy track at rainy Belmont Park.
With a well-timed ride from Joe Bravo, favored Za Approval caught outsider Tune Me In in the final yards to capture the $111,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. III) on the turf May 18 at Monmouth Park.
Favored Za Approval took advantage of a hot pace to rally for his first career stakes victory in the $100,000 Appleton (gr. III) March 30 at Gulfstream Park.
Successful Song was supposed to be embarking on a new career as a broodmare by now, but her connections at Live Oak Plantation changed the plan for their homebred daughter of Successful Appeal thanks to her winning ways.
Teaks North secured his first victory since 2011 when the two-time grade I winner opened a clear lead in the stretch on his way to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes Jan. 19 at Gulfstream.
In what is expected to be her final start, Successful Song secured the most lucrative victory of her career when she cruised through the stretch to easily win the $300,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Distaff Stakes.
Antony Beck of Gainesway, which stands new stallions To Honor and Serve and Tapizar, has been shopping at both the Keeneland November breeding stock sale and the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale for mares.
Onepointhreekarats made her stakes debut successfully for trainer Graham Motion when she drew off mid-stretch to win the $104,250 Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes Dec. 22 comfortably at Laurel Park.
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Brilliant Speed will be geared toward a start in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 3, trainer Tom Albertrani said Oct. 16.
To Honor and Serve and Shackleford renew their one-turn rivalry at Belmont Park in the one-mile Kelso Handicap (gr. II) as part of "Super Saturday" Sept. 29 at Belmont.
Bill Mott will use the Sept. 29 one-mile Kelso as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Trainer Bill Mott says he's considering another start for Woodward Stakes (gr. I) winner To Honor and Serve before the Breeders' Cup.
To Honor and Serve was undeniable in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 1, holding off the late challenge of 4-5 favorite Mucho Macho Man to earn his second grade I by a neck.
Grade I winner Zo Impressive was resting comfortably in her stall Aug. 19, the day after suffering a condylar fracture in her right front leg while running fourth in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
A Street Cry colt was the first seven-figure transaction at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale when he brought a final bid of $1.2 million from Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock agent John Ferguson.
Live Oak Plantation's Zo Impressive took the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 23 when 1-2 favorite Contested faded badly and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Believe You Can failed to menace.
He only defeated three horses in a scratched-filled edition of the $142,500 Westchester Stakes (gr. III), but To Honor and Serve could not have looked any better in his season debut April 28 at Belmont Park.
Brilliant Speed, winner of last spring's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), is expected back in action for the $100,000 Appleton (gr. IIIT) on the Gulfstream Park turf March 31, trainer Tom Albertrani said.
U.S. champion female sprinter was bred by Ocala Stud and sold as a 2-year-old at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s April sale.
Cutting back in distance in search of his first grade I win, To Honor and Serve put away Calibrachoa in upper stretch and held off Hymn Book late to take the Cigar Mile Handicap Nov. 26 at Aqueduct.
Live Oak Plantation's Dynaslew is an outsider in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), but is a front-running danger while rounding into best form after a rough start to the year.
Royal Delta and To Honor and Serve worked Oct. 23, on the main track at Churchill Downs for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott
To Honor and Serve made a sweeping move past pacesetter Rush Now at the three-sixteenths pole and cruised to a dominating 2 1/4-length victory in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 24 at Parx Racing.
Odds-on choice Unbridled Humor opened up a big lead in the stretch of the $100,000 Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIIT) and held on comfortably to register her fifth win in six lifetime starts Sept. 18 on the Belmont Park turf.
Back on turf after trying the Triple Crown trail this spring, Charlotte Weber's Brilliant Speed kicked clear in the final eighth of a mile to win the $103,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) by 2 1/2 lengths
Tom Albertrani, who has done just about everything around a racetrack, hopes to fill in a gap in his local New York resume when he sends Brilliant Speed out to contest the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
He may have been sent off at 19-1 in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland April 16, but Brilliant Speed's victory that day didn't surprise his owner-breeder Charlotte Weber of Live Oak Plantation.
Successful Mission parlayed a ground-saving trip into his first graded stakes win, resisting favored Voodoo Swinge in the final strides by a neck in the $125,000 Miami Mile Handicap (gr. IIIT) on turf at Calder.
A year after he was disappointed by the results of Keeneland's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), trainer Tom Albertrani is heading for the 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with Brilliant Speed.
Live Oak Plantation's 19-1 longshot Brilliant Speed nosed out Twinspired to win a thrilling edition of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 16 at Keeneland.
To Honor and Serve, third in the Florida Derby (gr. I) and Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) earlier this year, has strained the suspensory ligament in his left foreleg, the Daily Racing Form reported April 8.
To Honor and Serve was widely touted as the horse most likely to pose a danger to Uncle Mo this spring, but his popularity took a hit after he faded badly to finish a distant third in the Fountain of Youth (gr. II).
Live Oak Plantation's To Honor and Serve, the second highweighted colt on the 2010 Experimental Free Handicap, breezed five furlongs in 1:04 1/5 at Payson Park Training Center Jan. 31.
With four of the five sessions completed, the number of horses sold and average price are ahead of 2010's pace at the same point, the median is holding steady, and the buy-back rate is about the same.
Chad Brown, 31, won his first training title on the New York Racing Association circuit, saddling nine winners to edge Gary Contessa and Rudy Rodriguez at the recently concluded Aqueduct fall main track season.
To Honor and Serve wasn't as dominant as he was in his stakes debut, but the talented juvenile was still much the best in the $200,000 Remsen (gr. II) and will now move on to Florida for the start of his 3-year-old season.
Heavily favored To Honor and Serve cruised to a front-running four-length victory over Mucho Macho Man in the $150,000 Nashua Stakes (gr. II), one of a trio of graded stakes Nov. 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Souper Spectacular, a 3-year-old half-brother to undefeated Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Zenyatta, broke his maiden in the fifth race at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 4, a mile turf maiden special weight.
Live Oak Plantation's Dynaslew sat off of pacesetter Silver Reunion for a mile, pulled even in mid-stretch, and inched clear for a half-length victory in the $200,000 Ballston Spa Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 28 at Saratoga.
Stradivinsky took advantage of the favorite being knocked out of contention early in the race, as the 7-year-old gelding scored his first graded stakes win in the $200,000 Jaipur Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 17 at Belmont Park.
The Keeneland September yearling auction continued its merciless battering of commercial breeders and consigners, posting results that fell far short of last year's figures for the third consecutive day.
A striking filly by Medaglia d'Oro was purchased by Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation for $1.3 million to highlight the Sept. 16 third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. The filly was consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck's Summerfield.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale broke slowly from the starting gate Aug. 24 in Central Florida, suffering downturns of more than 30% from 2008 in its gross revenue, average price, and median price. But a powerful-looking Medaglia d'Oro filly topped the select session by attracting a $275,000 final bid from Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation that surpassed last year's peak price for an individual horse of $200,000.
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