Passing almost unnoticed in early October was the death of Quiet American, one of the most intriguingly successful, yet somewhat overlooked, members of a tribe whose physical attributes have revolutionized racing and breeding in North America.
James Stone's homebred Ahh Chocolate, by Candy Ride, tracked the pace of longshot Gamblers Rose and pounced to win the $200,000 Falls City Handicap Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs.
There is considerable buzz surrounding the Jan. 7-11 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, thanks in large part to the 80-horse dispersal of Issam Fares' Fares Farm.
Havre de Grace, the 2011 Horse of the Year and champion older mare, brought some major fireworks to the Fasig-Tipton November sale when she commanded a final bid of $10 million from Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm.
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.
Upgrade earned the first stakes win of his career when he denied Right One a repeat victory in the $150,000 Jaipur Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Belmont Park turf June 8.
Minstrella, a homebred champion and major producer for the late Edward P. Evans, was euthanized early this year at age 28.
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.
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.
Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, set to make her 2012 debut in the $150,000 New Orleans Ladies Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots March 17, drew post position 2 and will face four opponents.
Fox Hill Farm's Havre de Grace zipped five furlongs in :59 4/5 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Feb. 20 as the reigning Horse of the Year continued to work toward her 2012 debut.
Graded stakes winner Congressionalhonor will stand in 2012 at Sandy Way Farm near Greene, N.Y.
Stakes winner Dance Quietly, a 3-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy and a half sister to champion Saint Liam (by Saint Ballado), brought $2 million at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Standout filly Havre de Grace put herself in the picture for Horse of the Year honors with a gutsy win in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) over males at Saratoga Sept. 3.
One of the biggest events of the 2011 Thoroughbred auction season will be the complete dispersal of stock owned by the late Edward P. 'Ned' Evans. Lane's End will consign the more than 200 horses.
The catalog for the Edward P. Evans Estate's complete dispersal is available online at Keeneland's website.
Prohibitive choice Havre de Grace tookn her third consecutive graded event this year with a facile 2 1/4-length triumph over four rivals in the $168,000 Obeah Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park June 11.
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Buddy's Saint, a graded stakes winner at 2 that had been nearing a return to the races, broke down in a workout on the Belmont Park main track Nov. 14 and was euthanized, according to a statement released by the NYRA.
Graded stakes winner Congressionalhonor has been relocated to Dr. Joe and Teri Carter's Oklahoma Equine in Washington, Okla. for the 2011 breeding season.
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Buddy's Saint rose to the top of the eastern-based 2-year-olds at the end of the season with impressive November wins in the Nashua and the Remsen - two solid performances for that upcoming journey on the Triple Crown Trail.
Stakes winner Grand Minstrel has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Linda Wood's Menoken Farms near Montrose, Colo.
Trainer Bruce Levine, currently at Gulfstream with a string of a dozen horses, took some time out from his Monday morning to answer five questions.
Buddy's Saint, open-length winner of the Nashua Stakes (gr. II) and Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct in November, is being pointed toward the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Buddy's Saint, one of the winter book favorites for the 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), arrived at Gulfstream Park from New York Dec. 23 to prepare for his 3-year-old campaign.
Buddy's Saint, a 12-length winner of the one-mile Nashua Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 7, returned to the Big A Nov. 28 and turned the $200,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) into a romp, winning by 4 lengths over 20-1 longshot Peppi Knows.
The huge Keeneland September auction provided the yearling selling season's biggest and stiffest test of the commercial appeal of new stallions' progeny. Because many young sires had a large number of offspring offered, their success depended less on a few carefully-selected top individuals and more on their ability to pass along good conformation consistently to their offspring.
Opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale holds steady under new sire showcase, despite questionable economic times.
It's always of note when a Horse of the Year's first crop comes to market. But it's even more significant this year when it's 2005 Horse of Year Saint Liam's only crop.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 195 horses for its Saratoga select yearling sale, which will be conducted Aug. 4 and 5 in New York.
William K. (Bill) Warren Jr., has a unique perspective of this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I). He knows what it's like to have a top horse trained by Rick Dutrow. Not only that, but to have a top horse trained by Dutrow that has foot problems.
Tequesta, a 7-year-old son of Saint Ballado, will stand at Blue House Farm near Chambersburg, Pa.
A Saint Liam yearling colt sold for $220,000 to top Saturday's session of the Keeneland January sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
One of the most-watched sectors of the fall mixed auction market is the sales record for broodmares in foal to stallions that stood their first seasons this year.
- By Ron Mitchell
With 2,323 weanlings cataloged for the Keeneland November sale, buyers will be looking closely at those from their respective sires' first crops.
Saint Liam's first reported foal arrived Jan. 11 at ClassicStar near Versailles, Ky.
Horse of the Year Saint Liam, who was euthanized Aug. 22 after suffering a fracture of his left hind leg, had no chance for survival because of the severity of the injury.
Horse of the Year Saint Liam, who completed his first year at stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., suffered a fractured hind leg while being led to his paddock Tuesday.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders has named Saint Liam as the state-bred Horse of the Year and Baby Zip as Broodmare of the Year.
Saint Liam, who clinched his Horse of the Year campaign with a solid victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Belmont Park, led the list of 2005 award winners announced March 15 by the New York Turf Writers' Association.
- By Jack Shinar
Most handicappers expected a close race for the 2005 Horse of the Year Award, but it didn't turn out that way as Saint Liam won in a landslide.
In the fall of 2004, following Saint Liam's victory in the Clark Handicap (gr. II), the colt's trainer, Richard Dutrow Jr., owners William and Suzanne Warren, and racing manager Mark Reid mapped out a campaign for 2005 with the ultimate goal being a Horse of the Year title.
Afleet Alex's dramatic win in the 2005 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), in which he overcame bumping incident at the top of the Pimlico stretch, has been voted the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's "Moment of the Year."
With the exception of Horse of the Year, three finalists in each category for Eclipse Awards were announced Thursday by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers Association, and Daily Racing Form, the three organizations that vote for year-end honors.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze and Texas-based trainer Steven Asmussen wrapped up the 2005 season as North America's leading jockey and trainer by wins.
Not to take anything away from the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, or Saint Liam's grade I victories in the winter, summer, and fall, or Giacomo's stunning upset in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), or Lost in the Fog's remarkable cross-country odyssey, but 2005 will be remembered for the heroic deeds of Afleet Alex.
Hurricane Run, winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe – Lucien Barriere (Fr-I), continues to head the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) rankings of the top racehorses of 2005 after a very extensive month of International racing that included the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships in America, Melbourne Cup in Australia, and major events in Europe and Canada.
The 2005 World Thoroughbred Championships proved to be a good day of racing though it had an opportunity to provide several unforgettable chapters in the annals of the Breeders' Cup.
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