Fox Hill Farm's Normandy Invasion has returned to the track under the tutelage of Larry Jones, the second-leading trainer at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Sharp filly Cassatt won the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic as a heavy favorite the night of Jan. 24 at Sam Houston Race Park, holding on by neck over the fast-charging Angelica Zapata.
Rick Porter, already a successful owner and mare pinhooker, steps into the 2-year-old game with Pegasus Bridge yearling purchases.
At its second session, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's October yearling sale saw a $400,000 sale leader and gains that suggest the auction could surpass 2013's record numbers, but buybacks were still trending higher.
Normandy Invasion, the talented but trouble-prone Fox Hill Farms runner who finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has fractured a sesamoid, according to owner Rick Porter.
The $500,000 Kettle One King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) pits front-running speedster Wildcat Red against proven closer Coup de Grace, both sharing highweight assignments of 121 pounds Aug. 23 at Saratoga.
Fox Hill Farms' highly regarded Cassatt muscled her way to victory Aug. 9 in the $105,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) at Monmouth Park, earning her first graded stakes score and extending her winning streak to three.
Fox Hill Farms' Coup de Grace closed with gusto in the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga Race Course July 26, taking advantage after a quick early pace set-up in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint for his late-running style.
Owner Rick Porter said June 19 he has moved multiple graded stakes-placed Normandy Invasion to the barn of trainer Larry Jones.
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Will Take Charge, last year's champion 3-year-old male, tops a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) reunion in the May 2 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. Four runners from last year's Derby are entered.
A brief player on the Triple Crown trail in Florida earlier this year, Fox Hill Farm's Coup de Grace got back to sprinting and scored a game nose win in the $300,000 Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Owner Rick Porter has picked out a couple of stakes options for Normandy Invasion following the colt's record-breaking return to action in allowance company Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.
Normandy Invasion, last seen finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned with a track record win in an allowance optional claiming race Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.
Since mid-December Fox Hill Farm's Normandy Invasion has been working steadily under the tutelage of trainer Chad Brown at Palm Meadows in Florida. On Feb. 22, the son of Tapit is to make a return to racing at Gulfstream.
Normandy Invasion and Itsmyluckyday, both highly regarded sophomores early in the season, have returned to training in Florida and will prepare for their 4-year-old campaigns in 2014.
Fox Hill Farm owner Rick Porter said his millionaire mare Joyful Victory will be retired after finishing third in the Sept. 28 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Son of Unbridled's Song out of graded stakes winner Summer Raven (by Summer Squall) retired, will stand at Brent and Crytal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.
Owner Rick Porter initially thought he might get 3-year-old Normandy Invasion back to the races before the end of 2013, but confirmed Aug. 9 the Fox Hill Farms runner will miss the remainder of the season.
Regardless of the amount of money Sheikh Mohammed spends at this year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of yearlings, both consignors and buyers expect plenty of interest.
Fox Hill Farm's Normandy Invasion is back in training following a brief setback due to an abscess and could be a week away from breezing, but no decision has been reached on a race target for the 3-year-old son of Tapit.
Fox Hill Farms' Normandy Invasion was examined by a hoof specialist July 12 at Saratoga and will miss the Travers Stakes (gr. I), but could still make the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), owner Rick Porter said.
Trainer Larry Jones will offer a stiff one-two punch in the $400,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I), with stablemates Joyful Victory and Believe You Can both entered for the May 27 event at Belmont Park.
Rick Porter, owner of Normandy Invasion, said May 12 the Tapit colt will not compete in the upcoming Preakness Stakes (gr. I) in favor of a summer campaign instead.
World War II veteran Alan Reeves had some advice for Fox Hill Farm's Rick Porter on May 3 when he and three other veterans of the Normandy Invasion visited Barn 42 where Kentucky Derby contender Normandy Invasion is stabled.
Rick Porter has seen both Hard Spun and Eight Belles finish second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). He's hoping Normandy Invasion can make his patented late run to get to the Derby wire first.
Remsen runner-up needs to finish first or second to qualify for the Kentucky Derby.
The inaugural running of the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic -- -the richest race run at Sam Houston Race Park since it opened in 1994 -- -will feature round three for rivals Joyful Victory and Brushed by a Star.
Mandy Pope, who paid $14.2 million in November for major broodmare prospects Havre de Grace and Plum Pretty, has taken important steps in what she believes will pay off handsomely.
Havre de Grace, the 2011 Horse of the Year who was retired earlier this year after sustaining an injured ligament, will be sold at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky breeding stock sale in Lexington Nov. 5.
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Havre de Grace, 2011's Horse of the Year, is "doing terrific" in retirement, according to her owner, Rick Porter, and he's planning to send her to a November mixed sale in Kentucky.
Owner Rick Porter posted on his Fox Hill Farm website April 23 that 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace has been retired after an injury was detected in her right front ankle following a workout at Churchill Downs April 22.
Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms said in a telephone interview the afternoon of April 23 he would entertain private offers for 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders has named Havre de Grace the 2011 Horse of the Year and champion older female.
Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farms went to $560,000 to acquire a colt by Speightstown at the 2012 Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Saying that weight assignments for the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) were "unfair," owner Rick Porter and trainer Larry Jones will bypass the April 13 race at Oaklawn Park with Horse of the Year Havre de Grace.
For Rick Porter and Larry Jones, Plan A is to run Havre de Grace in the Apple Blossom Handicap April 13. However, the connections have also made one thing clear: They will only do so under the right weight conditions.
Horse of the Year Havre de Grace commenced her 2012 campaign in fine style with a facile victory in the $150,000 New Orleans Ladies Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots March 17.
Shotgun Gulch, a grade I winner who was retired from racing following an injury in February, has been purchased privately by Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farm from breeder/owner/trainer C.R. Trout.
Fox Hill Farms' reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace continued her string of sharp works with a six-furlong drill in 1:11 2/5 at Fair Grounds March 5 in preparation for her 2012 debut in the New Orleans Ladies March 17.
Reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, preparing for her 2012 bow in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes March 17 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, breezed a bullet five furlongs in 59 seconds flat over the track Feb. 26.
Instead of shipping the mare to Oaklawn Park for her season debut in the $150,000 Azeri (gr. III) on March 17, Horse of the Year Havre de Grace will stay at Fair Grounds for the New Orleans Ladies Stakes on the same day.
Fox Hill Farms' Havre de Grace, the Horse of the Year in 2011, will make her first start of the year in the Azeri Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park March 17, owner Rick Porter announced Feb. 22.
Horse of the Year Havre de Grace breezed a half-mile in :48 3/5 Feb. 15 at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, her second official workout in advance of her 2012 debut.
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For the third straight year, a female was crowned Horse of the year when Fox Hill Farm's Havre de Grace took home top honors Jan. 16 at the annual Eclipse Awards ceremony.
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