Lael Stables' Divining Rod worked an easy half-mile in :51 3/5 at Fair Hill Training Center the morning of May 9 in preparation for a scheduled start in the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Likely Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite American Pharoah leads a trio of homebreds being pointed to this year's classic.
Triple Crown contenders Upstart and Frosted took to the track just after 8:00 a.m. ET April 25 at Palm Meadows to record their final pre-race breezes for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Following an opening session with relatively few highlights, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training picked up the pace April 22 on day two of the four-day auction in Ocala, Fla.
A filly by Tapit -- Silver Wolf sells to agents Alex Solis II and Jason Litt for a record $1.9 million April 22 at the OBS Spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Ron Winchell of Winchell Thoroughbreds talks about buying Tapit as a yearling, his evolving bloodstock strategy, and a potential matchup between Untapable and Beholder. Listen Now
Divining Rod came into the $250,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland with the best credentials in the seven-horse field, and did not disappoint April 11.
Godolphin Racing's Frosted punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands with a clear victory in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday, April 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Champion Groupie Doll delivered her first foal on March 5, about a week before her original March 11 due date. The colt was rushed immediately to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington.
John Sykes' Woodford Thoroughbreds now owns 100% of He's Had Enough, a grade I-placed son of Tapit. Woodford, one of Florida's largest stallion operations, began standing He's Had Enough this year in partnership.
Trainer Steve Asmussen said champion Untapable exited her runner-up effort in the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) March 14 in good condition and will remain in training at Oaklawn Park until early April.
Racing lore says that a good, big horse can beat a good, little horse, or wait, is it the other way around?
Two-time grade II winner Tapiture, who closed out last season with a runner-up finish to Goldencents in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), is scheduled to make his 4-year-old season debut March 14, in the Razorback H.
Judging by the final results of Fasig-Tipton's Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training at Gulfstream Park March 4, the sales company's decision to return its select offering to South Florida was clearly a winning one.
14-year-old Tapit and Ron Winchell are just getting started.
Favored Mufajaah went six wide in the final turn and closed to win the $100,000 Bayakoa (gr. III) by a neck over Flashy American for her second straight stakes win at Oaklawn Park Feb. 15.
Untapable, last year's 3-year-old filly champion, continued her steady works at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, breezing an easy half-mile in :51 on Feb. 2, while stablemate Tapiture breezed his half in :50 3/5.
The six broodmares, six racing prospects, four yearlings, one 2-year-old, and one stallion that were to be offered at the Barretts sale Jan. 26 represent the last vestiges of the holdings of the co-owners of Seattle Slew.
Sharp filly Cassatt won the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic as a heavy favorite the night of Jan. 24 at Sam Houston Race Park, holding on by neck over the fast-charging Angelica Zapata.
Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred Untapable was a runaway winner for best 3-year-old filly with four grade I victories, including defeating older mares in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
The Keeneland January sale posted across-the-board declines at its penultimate session topped by a $150,000 yearling Into Mischief colt, but the buyback rate moderated.
Some horses to watch at the Jan. 12 opening session of Keeneland's January mixed sale.
As a companion to the January 10, 2015 issue of The Blood-Horse, we present a look at Tapit's 2014 successes on the track and at the sales. view slideshow
Watch Tapit at Gainesway Farm as Michael Hernon reviews the year's success. Hernon discusses Tapit's big races, his background, personality, some of his top winners. watch video
As a companion to the January 10, 2015 issue of The Blood-Horse, we present a look at Tapit's 2014 successes on the track and at the sales.
Watch Tapit at Gainesway Farm as Michael Hernon reviews the year's success. Hernon discusses Tapit's big races, his background, personality, some of his top winners. Read more on Tapit's year in the January 10, 2015 issue of The Blood-Horse.
West Coast Belle kept her record perfect in three career starts for owners Gary and Mary West when coming from off the pace to take the $230,400 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs.
Godolphin Racing's Snowbell led from the start and drew off through the stretch for an authoritative win in the $400,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 29 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
While the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) gets the most buzz from the 'best milers make the best sires' adage, the Cigar Mile (gr. I) coming up on Nov. 29 has also produced its fair share of top stallions.
Bouncing back from a ninth-place finish in last month's Raven Run Stakes (gr. II), eastern invader Cassatt led at every call while drawing off in the final furlong for an emphatic win in the $309,000 Zia Park Oaks Nov. 26.
Keeneland's 11-day November breeding stock auction ended Nov. 14 with a record-equaling median and gains in gross sales and average price for a market the sales company characterized as "vibrant."
He's Had Enough, a regally bred son of Tapit, will join the stallion roster at Woodford Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla., for his first breeding season in 2015.
WinStar's offering of racing-age stock, led by $340,000 session-topper Barbados, contributed strongly to Keeneland November's eighth session returns. Barbados now heads to Gulfstream Park for new owner Paul Hanifl.
WinStar's racing-age consignment added to Keeneland November's six-figure horses Nov. 11, and, despite session losses, the auction still is ahead of last year's cumulative returns.
Gainesway has announced the 2015 fee schedule for its seven-horse stallion roster, headed by leading sire Tapit with more than $15 million in current progeny earnings, a North American record.
Ian Tapp recaps Day 2 of the 2014 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, including comments from Pat Costello of Paramount Sales, consigner of Aloof, who was purchased by Mandy Pope for $3.9 million. Watch Video
A $3.9 million broodmare, a record $3 million weanling filly, and a daylong parade of seven-figure horses helped the Keeneland November sale post gains across the board at its lively second session Nov. 5 in Lexington.
Bridlewood Farm buys the highest priced weanling at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, a Tapit filly, who brought $3 million. Watch Video
A weanling filly by Tapit brought $3 million Nov. 5 to set a record price for a weanling of either sex sold at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale or at any auction in North America.
Don Alberto Corp. went to $2.85 million to purchase a 2-year-old filly in foal to Distorted Humor Nov. 5 at the Keeneland November yearling sale.
The mares Hard Not to Like and Her Smile brought back-to-back winning bids of $1.5 million Nov. 5 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Grade I winner Egg Drop, in foal to leading sire Tapit, brought a final bid of $1.9 million from John Malone's Bridlewood Farm during the Nov. 4 first session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Twenty-three horses sold for $1 million or more at November mixed sale in Lexington, but median was down 20% from last year.
Broodmare Lemon Kiss, who produced grade I turf winner Lochte, sold for $1,325,000 to Town & Country, S. Potter, agent, Nov. 3 at the Fasig-Tipton November sale.
Tapit, the nation's leading sire who stands at the Beck family's Gainesway near Lexington, will command a $300,000 fee for the next breeding season.
The Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland mixed sales, which run Nov. 3-14 in Kentucky and feature some standout horses and Breeders' Cup-related catalog updates, should maintain market stability, officials say.
Gainesway sire Tapit set the single-season earnings record for a North American-based sire Oct. 31, when Untapable won the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Untapable put the finishing touches on her 3-year-old filly championship campaign when she won the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in a driving finish Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Recalling the strides Untapable made -- and top races she delivered -- during an extended stay at Fair Grounds, trainer Steve Asmussen shipped the top 3-year-old filly early to Santa Anita Park.
Chiefswood Stable's homebred Leading Edge, a daughter of Tapit out of a grade II winner, heads Woodbine's Princess Elizabeth Stakes Nov. 2. The $250,000 race is for Canadian-foaled fillies at 1 1/16 miles.
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