Mercedes Stable's fast-improving Indian Ocean made the four-horse Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) a surprisingly exciting affair, outlasting his more experienced rivals in a tenacious victory Saturday for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park.
Outsider Hot Storm, ridden by Jerry Bailey, overcame a wide trip to hold off She's a Jewel by a head in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Oaks at Santa Anita Park Saturday, kicking off the eight-race series for California and Florida breds.
The Jockey Club released its Live Foal Report Thursday afternoon, and reports that 4,203 stallions covered 63,154 mares in North America during 2003, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 9. These coverings have resulted in 36,274 foals of 2004 being reported to The Jockey Club.
Big House Red, a colt by Stormy Atlantic consigned by Tony Bowling and Bobby Dodd, zipped a quarter-mile in :21 flat as the fastest work at the distance at Sundays second and final session of the "Under Tack Show" for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2004 June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age.
Arthur I. Appleton's homebred Icy Atlantic rolled to a 1 1/4-length and a quarter victory over Commendation in Monday's $100,00 Jersey Derby (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park.
Mercedes Stable's Twice as Bad, stakes-placed in Florida but on the sidelines since December, showed no effect from the layoff with a three-length win in the $150,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park Saturday.
The opening session of the 2004 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale at Timonium started off with a bang when a colt by Stormy Atlantic was purchased for $300,000. Jimmy Bell purchased the colt, acting on behalf of bloodstock agent John Ferguson, from the consignment of his breeder, Arthur Appleton's Bridlewood Farm.
The Leo Nechamkin owned and trained Gators N Bears won the $75,000 Hoover Stakes at Laurel Park Saturday, but not without a fight from Michael Gill's entry of Native Heir and My Good Trick.
Actor Joe Pesci and his filly, Pesci, are both scheduled to be on hand this Saturday at Gulfstream Park where the filly is entered in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Ocala Breeders' Sales Distaff.
Pesci, the 3-year-old filly owned by Academy Award-winning actor Joe Pesci, is beginning to attract a following of her own. She won the second race of her short career Sunday at Santa Anita, topping a $60,368 allowance optional claiming field by five lengths.
Academy Award-winning actor Joe Pesci was at Santa Anita Sunday morning to watch the 2-year-old filly Pesci work 1:00 2/5 over a fast track under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.
Leo Nechamkin's Gators N Bears turned in a sparkling front-running performance to win the $50,000 Sonny Hine Stakes for 3-year-olds at Laurel Park.
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm, which earlier released a $50,000 fee for incoming stallion Vindication, will keep major stallion Theatrical at $75,000.
Gators N Bears got the jump on the field rounding the turn and had enough left in the stretch to hold off a charging Mt. Carson for a half-length victory in the $100,000 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) on a Fourth of July Friday at Monmouth Park.
Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. III) winner Domestic Dispute, gearing up for his next start in the Mar. 16 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), worked a bullet seven furlongs in 1:24 1/5 handily over a fast main track at Santa Anita Sunday.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Atlantic Ocean will make her next start in the Mar. 8 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), trainer Bob Baffert said on Thursday. The daughter of Stormy Atlantic will be heading to the Big Easy with stablemate Kafwain, who is set to start in the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) the following day.
Atlantic Ocean, who many thought was a $1.9 million flop, captured her third straight stakes Saturday in the $250,000 John Deere Sunshine Millions Oaks at Santa Anita
Stormy Atlantic, who ranks ninth on the leading first-crop list by progeny earnings, will be relocated to John G. Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington
The Thoroughbred Corporation's Atlantic Ocean, a $1.9-million sale purchase who's been mostly disappointing in her 2-year-old season, woke up with a switch to the turf on Friday in Hollywood Park's $200,000 Miesque Stakes (gr. IIIT), posting an impressive one-length victory.
Besides the eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Day races, the race for leading freshman sire of 2002 could be determined Oct. 26 at Arlington Park.
The current favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), Storm Flag Flying, gets her final tune up before the World Thoroughbred Championships Saturday when she heads the field in the Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Making her first stakes appearance, The Thoroughbred Corporation's Atlantic Ocean posted an easy 3-length win in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at Turfway Park Saturday.
Atlantic Ocean, a record $1.9 million filly purchase at the March Barretts' sale for 2-year-olds, broke her maiden in her third attempt Thursday at Del Mar, defeating a field of seven opponents going a mile.
An Evansville Slew filly breezed the fastest eighth of a mile Wednesday during the first under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s April juvenile auction.
Pumped up by a world record price for a juvenile filly sold at public auction, the Barretts March sale of select 2-year-olds in training showed renewed signs of vigor Tuesday after suffering declines in gross revenue for five consecutive years.
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