Mr. Greeley, whose runners have earned $4.4 million this year and include grade I winners Celtic Melody, Nonsuch Bay, and Whywhywhy, will stand for $50,000 in 2003
Members of the Mr. Greeley syndicate and Spendthrift Farm have purchased a 50% interest in the breeding rights to top 2-year-old Whywhywhy.
Fabien Ouaki & Patrick L. Biancone's Whywhywhy, the 1 3/4-length winner of Belmont Park's Futurity (gr. I) Sept. 15, worked a bullet five furlongs handily in :59 3/5 at Arlington Park Saturday morning.
Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable went to $485,000 to acquire a Mr. Greeley--Star of Paris (by Dayjur) filly as the top price paid during Monday's session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
They call it the Sport of Kings. But sometimes the little guys have their moments, too. One of those little guys is James E. Jones. A farrier in Central Kentucky, he is the breeder of Whywhywhy, winner of the Sanford Stakes (gr. II).
Whywhywhy answered a lot of questions Thursday afternoon with an authoritative 2 3/4-length victory in the Sanford Stakes for 2-year-olds at Saratoga.
Classic Contenders' Puck, winner of the Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) in his last start, had his final serious drill for the Aug. 4 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Thursday morning at Monmouth Park when he worked six furlongs in 1:13 with Juan Arias aboard.
Whywhywhy won the Flash Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Friday, a race marred by a spill in which Renegade Warrior apparently broke down, and then Windsor Lodge fell over him. Both jockeys, Ramon Dominguez on Renegade Warrior and John Velazquez aboard Windsor Lodge, were conscious and walking after the horrific episode.
A Mr. Greeley filly named Comeon Dixie blazed through an eighth of a mile in :10 to lead the way in Monday's second session of workouts for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
In a surprise move, Classic Contenders Stable on Thursday plunked down the $3,000 fee to nominate Puck, a 3-year-old colt who has won or placed in all four career starts, to the March 16, $1-million Florida Derby.
Two juveniles from the Cleveland Wheeler consignment each breezed a quarter mile in :21 3/5 as the fastest time for the distance during Sunday's Under Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2002 Selected Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.
Grade I winner El Corredor has arrived at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, where he will enter stud for a syndicate for $20,000 live foal.
Mr. Greeley, who ranks second among third-crop sires by lifetime progeny earnings, had his fee upped from $15,000 to $25,000 for the 2002 breeding season.
It's not hard to see where El Corredor gets his speed. The 4-year-old colt is by a sprinter and out of a mare by a sprinter. Of course it is not always that simple. The leader of the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) division, Kona Gold, has nothing but stamina influences in his family.
Brief items pertaining to racing and breeding.
A bay colt by Mr. Greeley brought a top price of $90,000 at Thursday's session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.
The North American yearling market continued to show strength Thursday as three colts brought final bids in excess of seven figures during the third session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale. The day's average price rose 21.3% over the comparable session one year ago.
More horses were sold at the Japan Racing Horse Association's select foal sale than ever before. But the gross revenue suffered a setback, and the average price fell to its lowest level in the auction's four-year history.
A Sunday Silence colt produced from 1996 Yerba Buena Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Fanjica sold for ¥150 million ($1,190,476) to top the first session of the Japan Racing Horse Association's select foal sale on Monday. Consigned by Shadai Farm, the colt was purchased by Hiroyoshi Usuda.
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