Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse, reports the latest developments from Saratoga.
Chestnut colt, foaled Feb. 28, 2000
Will's Way -- Olympio, by Tippecanoe Creek
Michael Tabor, who has owned such notable Kentucky Derby prospects as Thunder Gulch and Johannesburg, has purchased Lion Tamer from Peachtree Stable for an undisclosed amount.
Taylor Made Farm has been named as the broker for Kentucky Derby runner-up Invisible Ink. John Fort, president of Peachtree Stable, the syndicate that owns Invisible Ink, said that the farm will be the sole agent in negotiating deals to stand the son of Thunder Gulch.
Peachtree Stable's 2001 Kentucky Derby-runner-up Invisible Ink, whose miraculous return from near death made national headlines, has been retired to stud, Peachtree president John Fort said Thursday.
Chimichurri broke alertly and made every pole a winner as she cruised to victory in the 27th running of the $110,400 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct on Sunday.
Keeneland's closing-day feature, the $150,000-added Fayette Stakes (gr. III), brings out a tight-knit field of five, ready to run 1 1/8 mile on the main track.
Those heading to Louisville early for Kentucky Derby weekend might want to dust off their "Go Inky Go!" caps and bring them along. Last year's Derby runner-up, whose health problems as a 2-year-old touched the hearts of race fans when publicized heading into the big race, is entered to run Thursday at Churchill Downs.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Invisible Ink finished second in his 4-year-old debut Wednesday at Gulfstream Park. Invisible Ink finished 4 3/4 lengths behind 9-5 favorite He's a Knockout in the seven-furlong optional claiming/allowance race.
The depleted handicap division may soon receive a boost as last year's 3-year-olds make their way back to the races. Dollar Bill returned at Fair Grounds March 8, winning a contentious allowance heat and Invisible Ink is entered in a seven-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream Park Wednesday. Also at Gulfstream, Outofthebox returned to the work tab Sunday morning.
Peachtree Stable's American Century breezed five furlongs for trainer Todd Pletcher Sunday morning, completing the distance in 1:02 2/5 over a muddy track at Saratoga. The 2-year-old, who won a Sartoga maiden race by 7 1/4 lengths, will run next in the $150,000 Saratoga Special (gr. II) on Wednesday at Saratoga.
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