In a heavyweight battle between champion My Miss Aurelia and multiple grade I winner Questing through the stretch of the $971,200 Cotillion Stakes (gr. I), My Miss Aurelia prevailed by a head to remain undefeated Sept. 22.
The Keeneland September auction completed its first four days - books one and two of the sale's catalog - with more seven-figure horses than in 2011's entire auction.
A chestnut son of Smart Strike lit up the sales ring late in the day of the fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, bringing $900,000 from John Moynihan, agent, who bought the horse for Stonestreet Farm.
Stuart S. Janney III's homebred Air Support found his best stride late in the Bowling Green Stakes Sept. 8 at Belmont Park, winning his first race of 2012 by a head and perhaps punching his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Turf.
Hit It Rich struck gold with her impressive, gate-to-wire performance under Javier Castellano in the Sept. 3 Glens Falls Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga for owner/breeder Stuart Janney and trainer Shug McGaughey.
The grass proved greener for Dominus at Saratoga Race Course when the 4-year-old son of Smart Strike took the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT). It was his first graded stakes score and his first try on turf.
Trainer Steve Asmussen expressed satisfaction with My Miss Aurelia's breeze Aug. 19 at Saratoga Race Course in New York.
My Miss Aurelia made her 2012 debut a winning one Aug. 8, overpowering four other 3-year-old fillies to take the $100,000 Mandys Gold Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
My Miss Aurelia, the unbeaten champion 2-year-old filly of 2011, will make her 2012 debut in the $100,000 Mandy's Gold overnight stakes Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
Centre Court, weaving through traffic in the stretch run on the Saratoga Race Course turf under Julien Leparoux, got the lead in deep stretch and prevailed in a roughly-run renewal of the $200,000 Lake George Stakes July 25.
Now the winner of four consecutive races, Strait of Dover not only went gate to wire to defeat Irish Mission but set a new Woodbine track record of 2:01.99 for the Polytrack surface.
The Japan Racing Horse Association has cataloged 250 yearlings and 226 foals for its July select sale. The auction will be held July 9-10 at the Northern Horse Park on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.
Hudson Steele stormed to the lead at the eighth pole then held off his rivals by 2 1/2 lengths in the $300,000 Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) May 19 at Pimlico Race Course.
Dullahan is the now the only likely starter for the Kentucky Derby with two grade I wins.
It was close, but Hit It Rich prevailed in the $150,000 Orchid Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 31 at South Florida's Gulfstream Park. The 5-year-old daughter of Smart Strike got up late to defeat Aqsaam by a half-length.
Classy 6-year-old Smart Bid nailed pacesetter Mr. Vegas on the wire to score as the favorite in the $122,500 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT) Feb. 25.
Sci Fin Kin, dam of grade II winner Pretty Unusual, tops the Jan. 23 Barretts January mixed sale. The auction's average rises 14.2% over last year's figure.
Grade I winner Stacelita, an Eclipse Award finalist for 2011 champion female turf runner, has been retired from racing and booked to Smart Strike.
My Miss Aurelia, named for co-owner George Bolton's mother, remained undefeated when she prevailed by a game three lengths in the Nov. 4 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Unbeaten My Miss Aurelia, winner of the Frizette Stakes (gr. I) in her last start, was made the 5-2 favorite for the $1 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Lane's End stallion Smart Strike, this year's leading sire by progeny earnings, will stand in 2012 for $85,000, up from $75,000 in 2011.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale is saving the best for last. Early in the afternoon of the third and final session, a Smart Strike colt became the highest-priced horse sold so far when he brought $270,000.
Never Retreat, ridden by the red-hot Julien Leparoux, overcame the far outside post to capture the $350,000 First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) on the Keeneland turf Oct. 8.
Smart Sting became the first stakes winner produced by the champion turf mare Perfect Sting when she pulled away from the field to win the $248,448 Selene Stakes (Can-III) by 3 1/2 lengths in an upset at Woodbine Sept. 25.
Never Retreat picked up her second grade II win of the season on the Woodbine turf when she outlasted a deep field to capture the Canadian Stakes (Can-IIT) Sept. 18.
Odds-on choice My Miss Aurelia won the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) as expected at Saratoga Aug. 14, fighting off a determined Millionreasonswhy through the homestretch to prevail by a neck.
Air Support, coming from the clouds, surged past 20-1 shot Casino Host in deep stretch to capture the $600,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) by a neck over the closing Banned on the turf at Colonial Downs July 16.
Never Retreat, beaten as the favorite when second to Bay to Bay in last month's Nassau Stakes (Can-IIT), turned the tables on her rival at Woodbine in the $313,395 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-IIT) July 10.
Smash, Cal Nation ship in to take on locals Close It Out, Indiano, and the wild card Bulaga in the $200,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. II) during Calder's July 9 Summit of Speed.
Inglorious' pedigree is rich with solid female strains, surely a good omen for her own career as a broodmare. But that is for the future -- her present is as the undisputed queen of Candian racing.
Unbeaten filly is mild 4-1 morning line favorite in 10-horse Edgewood field; $100,000 race kicks off stakes action on Oaks day at Churchill Downs
Never Retreat found a yielding turf to her liking when she swept past the leaders in the stretch and cleared off for a 1 3/4-length win in the $200,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland April 16.
Smart Bid prevailed for the first time since November 2009 in a four-horse photo finish to the $396,000 Mervin H. Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) March 26 on the Fair Grounds turf.
For the second consecutive year, Giant's Causeway claimed the top spot on the 2010 leading sires' list, according to final figures provided by Equineline Company.
Forever Together, voted the 2008 champion turf female after winning the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), has been retired from racing to become a broodmare for owner George Strawbridge Jr.
Lookin At Lucky, buried near the back of the pack on a sloppy track, rallied wide for jockey Martin Garcia to score a popular victory by 1 1/4 lengths in the $510,900 Indiana Derby (gr. II) at Hoosier Park Oct. 2.
Two of the stallion's progeny bring $550,000 apiece during the Keeneland auction's fifth session.
A Smart Strike filly, the second yearling of the day to bring $550,000 was bought by investment manager George Bolton from Gainesway, agent for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.
A $550,000 Smart Strike colt fetched $550,000 during the Sept. 16 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. Bought by Bradley Weisbord, for Ahmed Zayat's Zayat Stables, he was consigned by Gainesway, agent.
A bay ridgling by Smart Strike commanded a seven-figure price during the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale when he was bought for $1 million by George Bolton.
The Smart Strike ridgling stars in the Keeneland September sale's third session for his breeder, who was a member of an NCAA Division I championship basketball team.
A bay ridgling by Smart Strike was bought for $1,000,000 by George Bolton at the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale from Greenfield Farm for B.D. Gibbs Farm, agent.
A bay colt by Smart Strike out of grade I producer Sluice sells for $750,000 to John Ferguson at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale Aug. 3.
Preakness (gr. I) winner Lookin At Lucky put away Derby winner Super Saver at the top of the stretch and annihilated the field in the IZOD Haskell Invitational Aug. 1 at Monmouth Park.
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Donato Lanni's is the bloodstock services director for Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington. But he's also the person Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert turns to when he searches for future classic winners.
Smart Strike, who has had three grade I winners in a single day, can only be held down so long.
In his first start in more than 10 months, Strike a Deal wired the field for jockey Ramon Dominguez in the $200,000 Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT), registering a bit of larceny in the race preceding the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Life Is Sweet, the 2009 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) winner for Martin and Pam Wygod, has been pronounced in foal to Smart Strike.
Buy-back rate drops, falling to 28.7% from 41.1% last year.
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