The Japan Racing Association's select sale of foals and yearlings July 9 and 10 offers Americans an opportunity to get caught up with some old friends.
"The best is yet to come," according to the trainer, who says the operation is downsizing to focus on quality.
Grade I winners Point Ashley and Spoken Fur, both in foal to Ghostzapper, have been sold privately after being scratched from the Jan. 12 second session of the Keeneland horses of all ages sale.
Citing budgetary constraints, the New York Racing Association has cancelled the $2 million "Triple Tiara" bonus after one season.
Spoken Fur, who developed into one of the year's top 3-year-old fillies for Amerman Racing Stables and trainer Bobby Frankel, has been retired from racing.
Buy the Sport, sent off at 48-1 with jockey Pat Day, stormed home through the stretch to defeat tiring favorite Lady Tak in the $250,000 Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park Saturday.
The grade I, $250,000 Gazelle Handicap at 1 1/8 miles features a rematch between Island Fashion and Spoken Fur, the 1-3 finishers in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I), and has also attracted Test Stakes (gr. I) winner Lady Tak.
Saratoga Notebook: Harlan's Holiday Update; Fur OK, but Frankel Unhappy; Volponi Battled; Mineshaft Breezes; Bailey Hurting
According to trainer Todd Pletcher, Harlan's Holiday is likely to retired after damaging a suspensory ligament during the running of the Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II).
Jeffrey L. Nielsen's Island Fashion, a lights-out winner of her last start, proved it wasn't a fluke Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, romping home in the $750,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies, denying Spoken Fur's bid to sweep the New York Triple Tiara.
John Amerman's Spoken Fur will take aim at a $2 million bonus when she attempts to sweep New York's Triple Tiara in the 1 1/4-mile Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Saturday.
It is still unknown if the Aug. 23 Travers Stakes (gr. I) will result in the much-anticipated meeting of Empire Maker and Funny Cide, but that race isn't the only graded stakes scheduled for that weekend at Saratoga.
When Spoken Fur takes the gate for Saturday's Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, the Bobby Frankel-trainee will be looking for more than her sixth consecutive win. She'll be looking to sweep the inaugural edition of the Triple Tiara and receive a $2-million bonus for owners John and Jerry Amerman.
Mother Goose (gr. I) and Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) winner Spoken Fur breezed four furlongs in :51 2/5 Sunday morning over the muddy Oklahoma training track in preparation for the Alabama (gr. I) on Saturday.
Saratoga Notebook: No Luck for Day, Sheppard; Volponi Moves; Funny Cide Gallops; Frankel Sorts Options
With Anticipation's bid to become the first horse to win the Sword Dancer (gr.IT) three straight times ended before it began.
Saratoga Notebook: Funny Cide 'Feeling Good'; Jetsetter Bobby Frankel; Odds On at Spa; During Stays in New York
Trainer Barclay Tagg was smiling Wednesday when he talked about Funny Cide. "He's feeling good today," Tagg said. "He's still on some medication, but he's acting real good, bouncing around, pretty happy."
Volponi, second in the Whitney (gr. I) on Saturday, will have a new rider when he returns to the races.
Spoken Fur and jockey Jerry Bailey turned in a dominating performance to easily capture the $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Belmont Park Saturday, collecting the second jewel in New York's Triple Tiara for owner Amerman Racing Stables.
Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) winner Spoken Fur will attempt to move one step closer to the NYRA's $2 million Triple Tiara bonus Saturday in the 1 1/2-mile Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Spoken Fur, making her first start for owner Amerman Racing Stables and trainer Bobby Frankel, stepped into stakes company for the first time Saturday and registered a smashing victory in the prestigious $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.
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