With a Paco Boy weanling leading the way, the opening day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale Nov. 28 in Newmarket enjoyed across-the-board increases.
Grade II winner Trappe Shot has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2012 at Claiborne Farm, according to farm representative Bernie Sams.
In trainer Kiaran McLauglin's mind, Trappe Shot is a star. But Mill House's 4-year-old son of Tapit hasn't won a grade I race. He'll try to achieve that goal in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
Trappe Shot continued preparations for the Oct. 1 Vosburgh Invitational (gr. I) with a breeze Sept. 17, working in company with stablemate Rattlesnake Bridge. The tandem was clocked in :49.90 for the four-furlong distance.
Son of Tapit wins the True North Handicap by 8 1/2 lengths in 1:08.86; gives trainer Kiaran McLaughlin his second stakes score in a row on Belmont Stakes undercard.
After scoring an impressive victory in the $175,000 Long Branch Stakes July 10 at Monmouth Park, Mill House's Trappe Shot may have earned himself a spot in the Aug. 1 Izod Haskell Invitational (gr. I).
After setting a Maryland record in the sale ring, the Tapit colt could develop into a major force in this year's 3-year-old division.
Hour Glass, trainer Todd Pletcher's second horse in Belmont Park's Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II), held off Tar Heel Mom by a half-length to win the $150,000 event for fillies and mares May 29.
Mill House's Brilliant, the morning line favorite for Saturday's $150,000-added Commonwealth Turf at Churchill Downs, was scratched from the race by trainer Neil Howard on Saturday morning after the colt tied up following a trip to the track on Friday.
Mill House's Brilliant, whose season includes victories in Churchill Downs' Jefferson Cup (gr. IIT) and the Kent Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park, will finish his year Saturday as the likely favorite in the second running of the $150,000-added Commonwealth Turf for 3-year-olds.
Mill House's homebred Brilliant, under steady handling from Mark Guidry, rolled to a 6 1/2-length win in the $492,500 Kent Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the Delaware Park turf Saturday.
David "Duke" Nicholson, a successful English jump jockey who achieved greater prominence as a trainer, died Aug. 27 while being driven home from a hospital.
Mill House's homebred Brilliant, the 4-5 favorite, kicked his way to the front at the sixteenth pole and stayed unbeaten on the turf in three starts with a half-length victory in the Jefferson Cup (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs Saturday.
Mill House's favored America Alive, last of a tightly bunched field at the head of the stretch, rallied on the outside to get up in the final stride, nosing G P Fleet to win the $167,700 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) Sunday on the Churchill Downs turf course.
Having just missed last time out when they moved too soon, Robby Albarado and 17-1 shot America Alive timed their move perfectly Saturday, taking the $470,400 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
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