Champion Personal Ensign delivered a colt by Forest Wildcat April 2 at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. The chestnut colt was bred by the Phipps Stable and is Personal Ensign's 11th foal.
The first foals out of grade I winners Sightseek and Storm Flag Flying have been born.
Win or lose Saturday in the Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel (gr. I), champion Storm Flag Flying will be making her last start.
With the defection of defending older filly champion Azeri to the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), Ashado and Storm Flag Flying were installed the morning-line favorites for the $2-million Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel (gr. I).
Trainer Shug McGaughey is gearing up Ogden Mills Phipps' Storm Flag Flying for a historic run at the Breeders' Cup Distaff - Presented by Nextel (gr. I) at Lone Star Park. The $2-million Distaff kicks off the eight-race World Thoroughbred Championships.
The past two years, a homebred filly has come into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) with three straight wins and exited the World Thoroughbred Championships with four victories, a win that made history, and being an easy choice for an Eclipse Award.
Azeri is already among elite company: Horse of the Year in 2002, back-to-back champion older mare in 2002 and 2003, and all-time leading North American female earner. With a victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff - Presented by Nextel (gr. I), she would join the brilliant Bayakoa as the only two-time Distaff winners in history.
Juddmonte Farms' Sightseek goes out on top with a win in the Beldame, the seventh grade I victory of her stellar career. Meanwhile, Proud Accolade drew raves for his Champagne victory and Darley has another top filly in Balletto.
Juddmonte Farm's Sightseek ended a spectacular career in a gallop Saturday afternoon, waltzing off to a repeat victory in the $750,000 Beldame (gr. I) for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.
She's tackled the best of the best in the 3-year-old filly division. Now Society Selection is ready to take on tolder grade I winners Sightseek and Storm Flag Flying in Saturday's $750,000 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Storm Flag Flying, preparing for a showdown with Sightseek in Saturday's $750,000 Beldame (gr. I) at nine furlongs, worked a half mile over Belmont's main track Sunday morning in :47 3/5, handily.
It was a family affair at Saratoga on Friday when Storm Flag Flying wore down 3-5 favorite Azeri to win the Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) by more than a length.
Michael Paulson's Azeri, a three-time champion who became North America's all-time richest female in winning the Aug. 1 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, was assigned top weight of 122 pounds in Friday's $400,000 Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I).
Ogden Mills Phipps' Storm Flag Flying breezed six furlongs in 1:13 4/5 over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Saturday morning as the 2-year-old filly champion of 2002 prepped for Friday's grade I, $400,000 Personal Ensign at 1 1/4 miles.
Azeri's victory over Sightseek in the $245,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) Sunday at Saratoga Race Course not only erased many doubts about her recent form, it also made her the richest mare of all time.
The champion mare Azeri can become the all-time top-earning mare in North American racing with a victory in the $250,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Sunday. But to do so, she'll have to overcome Sightseek, who trounced her in their most recent start in the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 19.
Just three accepted the challenge of extending Azeri's two-race losing streak in Saturday's $300,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares at Belmont Park, but the task figures to be far from easy for the 6-year-old champion.
Storm Flag Flying returned to her championship form Saturday at Belmont Park, winning the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. II) by a half-length as the even-money favorite.
A champion trying to get back on track heads the field for Saturday's Shuvee Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
Joseph Allen's Randaroo had everything going her way in Saturday $147,900 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at seven furlongs at Aqueduct. With Richard Migliore aboard, she got an early lead and left Storm Flag Flying in her wake.
The presence of two fillies with near impeccable credentials has kept the entry box light for Saturday's $150,000 Distaff Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at seven furlongs. Storm Flag Flying, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2002, will have her work cut out for her trying to run down Randaroo.
Storm Flag Flying, the champion 2-year-old filly in 2002, was victorious Thursday at Gulfstream Park in her first start in more than eight months, going over the $1 million mark in career earnings in the process.
Champion Storm Flag Flying returned to the winner's circle Thursday at Gulfstream Park by notching a 3 3/4-length win in an optional allowance claiming contest. Redoubled Miss was second, with Keiai Sakura 1 1/4 lengths back for third. Storm Flag Flying completed the mile and 70-yard distance in 1:42.78.
Ogden Mills Phipps' Storm Flag Flying, the champion juvenile filly of 2002 who made only two starts last year, returns to the races at Gulfstream Park Feb. 26 in a field of seven fillies and mares in the $46,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at one mile and 70 yards.
Trainer Shug McGaughy is on the lookout for a race for champion Storm Flag Flying following some positive workouts at Palm Beach Downs. Storm Flag Flying ended her juvenile season undefeated, but growing pains and minor ailments held back her 3-year-old season.
Sky Mesa returned to the track on schedule Wednesday, five days after bruising a hoof while finishing last in the Travers (gr. I).
Storm Flag Flying report...Proud Citizen, Sightseek, Whitmore's Conn work in preparation for grade I starts at Belmont.
Storm Flag Flying, the 2002 juvenile filly champion, will be out of action for approximately 60 days after a small fracture was discovered in her right hind leg at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.
Storm Flag Flying, seeking to get back to her championship form from a year ago, will break from post 1 for Friday's Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The Ogden Mills Phipps' homebred daughter of Storm Cat out of My Flag will face six 3-year-old fillies in the one-turn mile contest.
Storm Flag Flying, last year's Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old filly, worked three-eighths of a mile in :36 4/5 Tuesday at Belmont Park in preparation for Friday's Acorn Stakes (gr. I).
Storm Flag Flying, last year's Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old filly, will likely face six challengers next Friday in the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, according to New York Racing Association racing secretary Mike Lakow.
Ogden Mills Phipps' Storm Flag Flying, the 2-year-old champion filly of 2002, worked three furlongs in :35 3/5 over Belmont Park's main track Wednesday morning and is gearing up for the $250,000 Acorn (gr. I) on June 6th.
Front-running Cyber Secret, a former claimer, handed champion Storm Flag Flying the first defeat of her career in Friday's $107,900 Comely Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct Park.
Storm Flag Flying is scheduled to make her first start this year in Friday's Comely Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct. Last year's champion 2-year-old filly has not raced since winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) last October.
The Phipps family's Storm Flag Flying, last season's champion 2-year-old filly, took another step toward her seasonal debut, breezing a half mile over Belmont's main track in :47 1/5.
Elloluv, who ran away from previously undefeated Lady Tak and the remainder of the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) field in an impressive display at Keeneland Saturday, is still a good price in Kentucky Oaks Future Wager at 12-1.
Undefeated Storm Flag Flying is a lukewarm favorite at 5-1 in the first-ever Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) Future Wager as the betting closed on Friday.
Storm Flag Flying, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and champion 2-year-old filly of 2002, has been installed as a narrow morning line favorite for the first Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which will open its inaugural four-day run on Thursday.
Grade I winners Storm Flag Flying and Elloluv and undefeated Lady Tak are among the 67 fillies nominated for the April 5 Ashland Stakes.
Trainer Shug McGaughey said champion Storm Flag Flying could make her 3-year-old debut in the March 14 Stonerside Forward Gal Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Champion Storm Flag Flying, and eight fillies each from the Godolphin operation and trainer Todd Pletcher, are among those nominated to the 129th Kentucky Oaks.
The full list of 138 nominees for the Kentucky Oaks.
Softly readies for Rampart rebound with five furlong work...Gal O Gal and Alpha Squire Expected for Gaily Gaily.
Champion Storm Flag Flying breezed a half-mile in 50 3/5 at Gulfstream Park Wednesday...Florida Derby hopeful Senor Swinger also worked.
Ogden Mills Phipps' Storm Flag Flying, the regally-bred filly who was named champion 2-year-old female of 2002, could make her 3-year-old debut in the $100,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park on March 14.
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.
The suspense leading up to the end of January wasn't whether the colt Vindication and the filly Storm Flag Flying would be voted champion 2-year-olds. They were. The suspense was whether the two unbeaten juveniles would be weighted above the standard weight--126 pounds for males and 123 for fillies--on the 2002 Experimental Free Handicap. They weren't.
With all the debating about Azeri's Horse of the Year credentials, it turned out to be a landslide. The daughter of Jade Hunter did not defeat males during her 2002 campaign, but she certainly dominated them in the voting for racing's highest honor.
The late Ogden Phipps, who bred and raced generations of champion Thoroughbred racehorses, and longtime racing secretary and handicapper Howard Battle, who died of cancer last summer, have been named co-recipients of the Eclipse Award of Merit.
Composure, second by one-half length to unbeaten Storm Flag Flying in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) on Oct. 26, returns to action for trainer Bob Baffert at Hollywood Park on Saturday as the solid favorite in the $376,500 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I).
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