Saarland, who was one of the top 2-year-olds of 2001, died March 11 because of injuries suffered after running into a feeder.
Ten-year-old Saarland, a grade II winner as a homebred for Cynthia Phipps, has been pensioned from stallion duty because of fertility problems.
Arabian Dancer, a prominent producer for the late Cynthia Phipps, was euthanized Oct. 23 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.
Grade II winner Saarland's first winner, Collegiate, won June 19 at Belmont Park in her first start.
Palais Versailles' $625,000 price kicks off Keeneland January sale's second session.
Versailles Treaty's yearling filly will be raced by Daisy Phipps.
Horses owned by Cynthia Phipps will be dispersed at Keeneland's January sale.
Darby Dan Farm has announced its 2008 stallion fees.
Led by the $122,000 given for a half-sister to grade II winner Dream Rush, the Sept. 24 session of the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale again produced lofty percentage increases over the corresponding 2006 session.
Darby Dan Farm announced that Aldebaran's fee has been reduced to $30,000 from $40,000.
Grade I winner and Canadian champion Perfect Soul and grade II winner Saarland were represented by their first foals as stallions.
A part interest in grade II winner Saarland, a son of Unbridled out of multiple grade I millionaire Versailles Treaty, has been sold to a syndicate and the sophomore sire will relocate to Darby Dan Farm to stand beginning with the 2006 breeding season.
In an Associated Press article published last year, one of Jess Jackson's employees called the California wine tycoon a whirlwind. But based on what's been happening in Central Kentucky lately, that description was an understatement. Jackson, 75, is roaring through the Bluegrass with the strength of a Category 5 hurricane.
Grade II winner Saarland will begin his stallion career in 2005 for a fee of $10,000 live foal at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.
Saarland, a homebred grade II winner for Cynthia Phipps, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington.
Monday's Memorial Day $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) kicks off Belmont Stakes week with an outstanding cast, including 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, last year's 3-year-old champion Funny Cide and Pico Central and Strong Hope, the 1-2 finishers of Aqueduct's Carter Handicap (gr. I).
Returning to a track he's had plenty of success on, Gygistar snapped a six-race losing streak Wednesday in the $109,500 Westchester Handicap (gr. III) on opening day of the 2004 Belmont Park spring meeting.
Ten Most Wanted heads a list of 19 nominees for the running of the $250,000
National Jockey Club Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne Race Course, which will be contested over 1 1/8-miles on April 17.
Presidentialaffair earned his first career stakes win with a gate-to-wire victory in the $110,300 Stuyvesant Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park Tuesday.
Shadwell Stable's Almuhathir, who missed time over the summer because of nagging foot problems, figures to be a fair price Tuesday on Aqueduct's special Veterans' Day card when he starts in the $100,000 Stuyvesant (gr. III) at 1 1/8 mile.
With Empire Maker withdrawn from Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), several trainers who had no plans to run are now reconsidering and will see how the field shapes up before deciding whether to enter on Thursday.
Mineshaft, impressive winner of the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) in his last start, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 Monday morning in preparation for Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Saturday's $200,000 Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) has come up strong this year with nine solid older horses passing the entry box.
Saratoga Notebook: Frankel Squelches Rumor; Dynever Unlikely for Travers; Bailey Gets Wake-Up; Day Watches 'Most Wanted'
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel made quick work of a rumor going around the backstretch Tuesday morning regarding Empire Maker's status for the Travers (gr. I).
There are so many possible scenarios in this weekend's big stakes, the Haskell, Whitney, and Jim Dandy, handicappers should be plenty busy over the next few days.
Saratoga Notebook: Spa Attendance Up, Handle Down; Harlan's Holiday Uncertain for Whitney; Frankel Update
Attendance was up but overall wagering declined during the first week of the Saratoga meet. Meanwhile, Bobby Frankel reports on his stars, Todd Pletcher says Harlan's Holiday is not a definite for the Whitney, and John Velazquez gets the mount on Saarland.
Iron Deputy, the least-heralded of the five runners in Saturday's $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II), used a big break in the weights and his own speed to score a front-running 2 ½-length victory in the nine-furlong race.
A short but select field of six older runners were entered for Saturday's $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park, including Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Volponi and graded stakes winners Harlan's Holiday and Evening Attire.
Flaxman Holding's homebred Aldebaran swept past the leaders entering the stretch and then held off a determined Saarland for a game victory in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) on the Memorial Day card at Belmont Park.
Buckram Oak Farm's Najran shattered the one-mile track record at Belmont Park on the opening day card with an impressive victory in the Westchester Handicap (gr. III). His time for the one-turn mile was a blistering 1:32.24.
Cynthia Phipps' Saarland, one of last year's leading Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prospects, won his first race since November on Friday at Aqueduct Park, defeating four rivals in an allowance race as the 7-5 favorite.
Champion Storm Flag Flying and stakes winners Saarland, Trust N Luck, Take Charge Lady, and Repent are among the many standouts currently in training in Florida.
Making his first start since finishing tenth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 4, Saarland surged past pacesetter Short Hair in mid-stretch and continued on comfortably to the wire to win the sixth race at Aqueduct on Friday, a one mile allowance contest.
Saarland, who has not raced since finishing 10th in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is entered in Aqueduct's sixth race Friday.
<b>Saratoga Notebook: </b>Freedom's Daughter to Skip Adirondack; Saarland Working; Texas Glitter Eyes Vanderbilt; Labamta Babe Gears for King Bishop
Schuylerville winner Freedom's Daughter will pass the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) on August 12 and will instead make her next start in the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) on August 30, trainer Todd Pletcher said Thursday.
Saarland, 10th-place finisher as the co-second choice in the Kentucky Derby, underwent surgery Monday to remove a chip fracture from the front of his left front fetlock joint, according to Dr. Larry Bramlage.
Cynthia Phipp's Saarland, who finished 10th in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), had surgery May 6 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington to remove a chip fracture from the front of his left fetlock joint.
Cynthia Phipps' Saarland came out of Saturday's Kentucky Derby with a bone chip in his left front ankle, trainer Shug McGaughey said on Sunday morning.
With 90 minutes until post time of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Saarland is the 6-1 favorite. Saarland was 15-1 in the morning line.
With just under $252,000 wagered Friday, Saarland is the early favorite for Saturday's 128th renewal of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
With $34,186 wagered on him to win, Saarland emerged as the 5-1 Kentucky Derby favorite at the conclusion of advance wagering on Friday. A total of $251,953 was bet in advance wagering Friday.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Handicapping 101 teaches things like pace, trips, and class, but does not cover what the late oddsmaker Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder used to refer to as the "intangibles." When it comes to handicapping the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the intangibles sometimes seem just as important as the measurable factors.
Unalienable Right, a Green Dancer 5-year-old bred by Phipps Stable, is slated to start Thursday in the $100,000 Hard Scuffle Hurdle Stakes (NSA-I) at Churchill Downs. The Hard Scuffle is the first race in the Steeplechase Triple Crown series for novice hurdlers.
If you blinked Monday morning, chances are you missed one of the 10 works turned in by Derby hopefuls. Starting with Proud Citizen's blazing five-furlong work and Sunday Break's six-furlong move in company at about 5:45, and ending with the five rapid-fire works following the renovation break, it was quite a showcase of Kentucky Derby horses.
An ecstatic D. Wayne Lukas jumped off his pony and declared, "We are very much in the Derby." Lukas was referring to Lexington Stakes winner Proud Citizen, who had just worked 5 furlongs in a quick :58 4/5 in the pre-dawn darkness of Churchill Downs in preparation for Saturday's 128th Kentucky Derby.
Here is a revised workout schedule for horses vying for this year's Kentucky Derby.
The first week of training is in the books, and it's on to Derby Week. So, what have we learned, if anything, from this past week's works? We learned, as usual, it's best to stay tuned for Week Two.
The state of confusion that has been so prevalent over the past several months has now manifested itself in the form of real live horses.
For all you Saarland fans who are looking for some positive news, it was discovered after the Wood Memorial that the colt had displaced his soft palate. On Wedneday, veterinarian Mark Cheney performed a tenectomy to correct the problem.
Gary and Mary West's Buddha dueled though the Aqueduct stretch with Medaglia d'Oro and Sunday Break en route to a head-length win in Saturday's exciting renewal of the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I). Under Pat Day, the gray son of Unbridled's Song completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.61 on a fast track.
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