John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm announced fees for its 2014 roster of nine stallions, headlined by classic winner and multiple grade I-winning millionaire Shackleford who will stand his second season for $20,000.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas will send out a classic winner in Oxbow against another classic winner in Orb in this year's $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 8 at Belmont Park.
The connections of five horses who finished behind Orb in Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hope their starter can become 20th horse since 1973 to win the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) after coming up short in Derby.
There are grade I races and there are grade I races--the races trainers see themselves winning in the most pleasant of dreams. In knocking down several races from the latter category, Dale Romans won his first Eclipse Award.
Forestry, sire of 2012 Eclipse Award finalist Shackleford, will shuttle to Claudio Pizarro's Haras El Catorce in Peru.
Mike Lauffer, who bred and raced Shackleford in partnership with Bill Cubbedge, said the partners are looking for mares at the Keeneland sale to mate to the 2011 Preakness winner.
At year's end we typically see many of our favorite stars move into retirement or second careers. In spite of the many fan favorites and talented athletes who have left the track, one thing remains...their finishes. read blog
Revisit the racing career of the Shack Attack. view slideshow
- By Steve Haskin
Only in Thoroughbred racing can one of the greatest champions in the history of the sport share the same stage with a former $5,000 claimer from Penn National. read blog
A visual look at some of the top new stallions for 2013. View Slideshow
After seeing reaction to their initial five nominees, Penny Chenery and the Secretariat Vox Populi Committee have added two more nominees in Paynter and Shackleford.
A farewell victory by Shackleford in the Nov. 23 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) provided an exclamation point near the end of Churchill Downs' 21-day fall meet that concluded Nov. 25.
- By Steve Haskin
Few classic crops have been maligned more than the class of 2011. Well, perhaps it is time for the critics to re-evaluate their position. read blog
- By Claire Novak
Claire remembers Shackleford through all phases of his career. read blog
Evan Hammonds recaps the Thanksgiving holiday weekend races, including the Remsen S., Cigar Mile, Clark H., and Fall Highweight H. watch video
Images from Shackleford's victory in the 2012 Clark Handicap. View Slideshow
Shackleford gave his fans something to remember in the final start of his career with a gate to wire victory in the 138th edition of the $447,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 23 at Churchill Downs.
Claire and Frank preview the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 23. Watch Video
In his final career start, classic winner Shackleford will try to add one more highlight Nov. 23 in a compelling edition of the Clark Handicap presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Potential Clark Handicap (gr. I) highweight Shackleford breezed at Churchill Downs Nov. 17; a decision will be made Nov. 19 regarding his final start. Clark contenders Bourbon Courage and Cease were also on the worktab.
Game On Dude was named the 125-pound highweight for the $400,000-added Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 23, but is not expected to run. The likely highweight could be Shackleford.
The Turf Publicists of America honored trainer Dale Romans with the Big Sport of Turfdom Award Nov. 16, an honor that recognizes Romans' efforts to work with media and turf publicists to promote the sport.
Shackleford, the 2011 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner and a grade I winner this year, will begin his stallion career for a $20,000 fee at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.
Nominations for five graded stakes events to be run closing week at Churchill Downs were released Nov. 10. Headlining 158 runners are Clark contenders Shackleford, Game on Dude, Pool Play, Take Charge Indy, and Coil.
Shackleford, the 2011 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner, will likely make one more start before retiring to stud at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, according to trainer Dale Romans.
Multiple Grade I winner Shackleford will be available to breeders for viewing at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington Nov. 9-11 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Tapizar, returning to the scene of his only graded stakes wins for trainer Steve Asmussen, took the lead in upper stretch and drew away for a handy win in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 3.
A well-balanced field of nine, including 2011 top 3-year-old Shackleford, have been entered for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Nov. 3.
On a busy Saturday for Breeders' Cup drills Oct. 27, horses worked at Santa Anita Park, Belmont Park, and several tracks in between.
Shackleford, the 2011 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and 2012 Metropolitan Mile (gr. I) winner who is preparing to compete in the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), met about 100 of his fans Oct. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
The Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 24 that 180 horses, including eight former or defending winners, were pre-entered for the Nov. 2-3 World Championships at Santa Anita Park.
Breeders' Cup candidates were out in full force at Santa Anita Park Oct. 20, going through the late stages of their major drills for the World Championships events.
- By Ron Mitchell
Trainer Dale Romans talks about his Breeders' Cup horses, including Dullahan, Shackleford, and Little Mike. Watch Video
Charles Fipke's homebred Jersey Town, a 6-year-old son of Speightstown, blows by Shackleford in the stretch of the one-mile Kelso Handicap (gr. II). Favored To Honor and Serve finishes fourth.
To Honor and Serve and Shackleford renew their one-turn rivalry at Belmont Park in the one-mile Kelso Handicap (gr. II) as part of "Super Saturday" Sept. 29 at Belmont.
Trainer Dale Romans, who already has established a personal record for single-season North American earnings in 2012, has multiple chances to take down additional lucrative prizes over the next two weeks at Belmont Park
The top three finishers from the Aug. 4 Whitney Invitational are expected to headline "Super Saturday" Sept. 29 at Belmont, along with Point of Entry, Shackleford, Royal Delta, and others.
Scratched by trainer Dale Romans from the Forego Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 1 because of a persistent cough, Shackleford now will be pointed toward the $400,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. II), a one-mile race Sept. 29 at Belmont Park.
Favored Emcee earned the first graded victory of his career for Godolphin Racing and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, bursting away from the field in the final furlong to take the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 1 at Saratoga.
Multiple grade I winner Shackleford will not run in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 1, trainer Dale Romans said the morning of the race.
- By Pete Denk
Two-year-old divisions come into focus over Labor Day weekend. read blog
Jackson Bend will get the chance to defend his title in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 1, according to Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito.
Though it seemed doubtful 11 days ago, the resilient Jackson Bend was entered in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) to be contested Sept. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.
Hall of Fame rider has live mounts at Saratoga and Del Mar this week
- By Esther Marr
My first trip to Saratoga Springs was a whirlwind. read blog
Surging Poseidon's Warrior produced a 36-1 upset in the $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) when heavy favorite Shackleford failed to handle a muddy track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 5.
Shackleford arrived at Saratoga Race Course fit and feisty the morning of Aug. 2, ready to tackle seven other runners in the $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) on Aug. 4.
Shackleford is scheduled to enter stud at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington following the 2012 racing season. But before he becomes a stallion, the 4-year-old son of Forestry still has plenty of work to do.
Dullahan and Shackleford were among the stars from trainer Dale Romans' barn that posted published workouts at Churchill Downs June 23.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Shackleford became the first horse to win the Preakness at 3 and the Met Mile at 4 since Carry Back in 1961-1962.
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