Trainer Mark Casse swept the top three spots in the the $193,574 Grey Stakes (Can-III) when upset-minded Prospective outfought his better- fancied stablemate Lockout by two lengths at Woodbine Oct. 9.
R. Larry Johnson, who began racing horses for $2,000 purses at Charles Town Races in the mid-1970s, more than stepped it up a notch Sept. 17 when his homebred Strike the Moon won the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks.
While racing erratically through the lane, front-running Ask the Moon captured the Personal Ensign Invitational Stakes Sept. 3 for her second grade I stakes win in a row at Saratoga this summer.
Ask the Moon, claimed for $75,000 last month, took the lead and never looked back while widening her advantage through the Saratoga stretch to produce an 18-1 shocker in the $250,000 Ruffian Invitational (gr. I) July 31.
Cash-strapped breeders prefer proven sires over young stallions, making it tougher to launch the careers of new studs.
Looking to rebound from a disappointing effort in the Gamely Stakes (gr. IT) one month ago, Malibu Pier put away three rivals in the $98,000 Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Hollywood Park turf June 26.
Six horses set the pace at an eighth of a mile May 18 during the first session of the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training in Maryland. They each posted a time of :10 1/5.
Multiple grade I winner Devil May Care, a starter in the 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was euthanized May 4 after a confirmed diagnosis of lymphosarcoma, a form of cancer.
Malibu Pier rewarded the confidence of trainer Carla Gaines when she scored an impressive half-length victory in the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita grass April 16.
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Malibu Pier let pace rival Lilly Fa Pootz go on the final turn, then ran her rival down in the stretch to post her first stakes victory in the $150,000 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita turf March 19.
Multiple grade I winner Devil May Care, who finished 10th in the 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), continues to struggle from complications of a non-contagious form of hepatitis.
Multiple grade I winner Life At Ten worked for the first time this year Feb. 13, covering three eighths of a mile in an easy :38.50 at Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida.
Odds-on Alec's Moon made easy work of the $82,700 Portland Meadows Oaks after steadying early, cruising to a 6 1/2-length victory with leading jockey Joe Crispin aboard for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer Jan. 29 in Oregon.
Seeking to add a little bit spice to their Kentucky winter mixed sale, Fasig-Tipton officials decided to devote a portion of the Feb. 7 auction in Lexington to no guarantee seasons to prominent stallions.
Temple City, who recently retired as the only track record-setting son of Dynaformer at stud, will stand the 2011 breeding season at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington for $5,000 stands and nurses.
For the second consecutive year, Giant's Causeway claimed the top spot on the 2010 leading sires' list, according to final figures provided by Equineline Company.
Graded stakes winner Temple City, whose dam is a half sister to prominent stallion Malibu Moon, will enter stud alongside Malibu Moon at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.
Grade I winner Warrior's Reward has been retired from racing for stallion duty at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.
Malibu Moon, third on this year's leading sires' list by progeny earnings, will stand in 2011 for $60,000, up from his 2010 fee of $40,000.
Statistics from The Jockey Club for the 2010 breeding season show that the number of stallions that serviced mares fell 9.3% and the number of mares bred fell 10.5% when compared to the same period a year ago.
Malibu Moonshine, a winner of seven stakes in a hard-knocking seven-year campaign, has been retired and will stand at Carlland Stables near Avon, N.Y. for the 2011 breeding season.
Todd Pletcher worked a number of Breeders' Cup hopefuls Sept. 25 at Belmont Park. Devil May Care and Life At Ten may both race next Oct. 2.
The 2,387 yearlings sold through Sept. 23 have generated $192,884,100. The gross last year for the entire auction was $191,859,200.
During the seventh session of Keeneland's Sept. yearling sale, prices were stronger than the corresponding session of 2009
A Dynaformer colt and a filly by hot sire Malibu Moon fetched $500,000 and $700,000, respectively. The Dynaformer colt was consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent, while the Malibu Moon filly was sold by Elm Tree Farm.
Sweet August Moon outfought even-money choice Alpha Kitten to win the $147,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar Aug. 22 and earn a spot in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) this fall.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Alan Porter's focus this week is the interbreeding of close genetic relatives The Minstrel and Nijinsky II, as exemplified by recent stakes winners A Little Warm and Malibu Prayer.
Malibu Prayer turned back 3-5 favorite Unrivaled Belle in upper stretch and held on gamely to win the $250,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 1 to give owner/breeder Edward P. Evans a second major victory at the Spa.
Making her case as the best 3-year-old filly in the nation, Devil May Care dispatched five overmatched rivals in the Betfair TVG Coaching Club American Oaks, easily drawing away in the stretch for her third grade I victory
Sweet August Moon returned to the winner's circle for the first time in more than 17 months when she took an inside path to defeat odds-on favorite Free Flying Soul by 1 3/4 lengths in the $150,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II).
Life At Ten earned a berth in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) with her victory July 17 in the Delaware Handicap (gr. II) at Delaware Park.
Life At Ten overcame a slight stumble at the start to record her fifth consecutive win and first grade I score in the $250,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park June 12.
Funny Moon recorded her fourth win at Belmont Park May 15, pulling away in the stretch to easily defeat odds-on favorite Seattle Smooth in the $150,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. II) under Alan Garcia.
Johnny Greathouse and trainer Todd Pletcher are still unsure whether Devil May Care will run in the Oaks or Derby after her 1:00 1/5 drill Saturday morning in the slop at Churchill Downs
Life At Ten, making her graded stakes debut for trainer Todd Pletcher, outfought pacesetter Jessica Is Back in the stretch drive to win the $200,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne Racecourse April 17.
Derby contender finished last under Rajiv Maragh as the 5-1 co-third choice in the April 10 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I); has a bone chip in his left knee according to owner Satish Sanan.
Trainer Todd Pletcher had three of his Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands contenders work a half-mile the morning of April 11 at Palm Meadows in Florida: Discreetly Mine, Misson Impazible, and Rule.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
The Malibu Moon colt Odysseus embarked on what what might be an epic lead-in to a 2010 Triple Crown campaign when he captured the recent Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III).
Padua Stables' Odysseus, who looked like a beaten horse turning for home in the Tampa Bay Derby, re-rallied during an incredible stretch run and nosed Schoolyard Dreams in the final jump. View Profile
Craig Bandoroff of the Paris, Ky.-based Denali Stud, paid $950,000 for Bon Jovi Girl, a stakes-winning daughter of Malibu Moon at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
Diamond A Farms owner wins a Range Rover from Castleton Lyons.
Clutch Player, who broke his maiden last month in his first start and was considered a possible prospect for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), died Jan. 4 of pneumonia, Daily Racing Form reported.
Sara Louise, wheeling back in three weeks following a fourth-place showing in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), held off Justwhistledixie in the final furlong Nov. 27 to win the $150,000 Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) as the odds-on favorite at Aqueduct.
Thoroughbred Charities of America Nov. 17 announced that its annual fundraiser, the 20th Select Stallion Season Auction, will be held Dec. 4 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center.
Weanlings commanded the top prices Sunday, Nov. 15, as Keeneland's November breeding stock sale approached the halfway point.
Malibu Moon, who ranks 12th on the leading sire's list, will stand in 2010 for the same $40,000 fee he stood for in 2009.
The Thoroughbred market's dismal downward trend this year continued during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale Oct. 5 in Maryland. The gross revenue suffered a moderate 9.5% loss from 2008, but the median price plummeted 35% while the average price fell 19.4%.
Market conditions remained the same at the Keeneland September yearling sale Thursday, Sept. 24 as major indices continued their decline over a last year's figures. Four horses, however, broke through the six-figure barrier on the day, with the top three prices coming for fillies.
Luna Vega overcame Spritely in the homestretch to post a mild surprise in the $223,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 30 for her second win in as many starts on the Monmouth Park main track.
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