Until now, the Whithams' best runners have primarily been older horses, but 2016 marked a change. In addition to McCraken, they own Linda, a four-year-old filly who captured the Mrs. Revere (Gr. II) at Churchill Downs last year.
- By Alicia Wincze Hughes
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, Kentucky
As the regular rider for McCraken, the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3), jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. could find his current groundswell of momentum dwarfed by what could come his way should his mount prevail.
Multiple grade I winner Fort Larned will relocate from Florida back to Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris, Ky., along with King's Bishop (gr. I) winner Capo Bastone and City Wolf, the graded stakes-winning half brother to Ghostzapper and City Zip.
In our first installment we focused on the new stallions with a half-dozen or more yearlings in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale. Here we will look at 11 other stallions—those that had 50 or more foals in their first crop.
The addition of blinkers and a dawdling pace may have helped, but in any event the consistent 3-year-old Red Giant colt Surgical Strike finally broke through for his first grade stakes victory May 28 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Dale Bennett learned about Thoroughbred training from his father, Gerald, a native of Canada who has won more than 3,500 races in his career and regularly winters at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida.
Swagger Jack, a grade I-winning son of leading sire Smart Strike, has relocated to Dana Point Farm near Lenhartsville, Pa., for the 2016 breeding season. His fee will be $3,500.
Team Valor International and Gary Barber's Triple Threat, an impressive off-the-pace winner of the June 7 Monmouth Stakes (gr. IIT), is being pointed toward the Aug. 15 Arlington Million (gr. IT).
Millionaire Willcox Inn had his stallion career cut short when he had to be euthanized after being injured in a paddock accident May 24.
The first reported foal for RisenStorm Thoroughbreds stallion Swagger Jack, a grade I-winning son of Smart Strike, is a colt born Jan. 24 at Summer Hill Farm in Folsom, La.
Fort Larned, a three-time grade I winner, including the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic, was represented by his first foal Jan. 26. Fort Larned will stand in 2015 at Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.
Grade I winner Swagger Jack, a son of two-time leading sire Smart Strike, will stand the 2015 season for $2,500 at Nicks Farm in Sellersburg, Ind.
Fort Larned, winner of the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will shift from Central Kentucky to stand in 2015 at Frank Stronach's newly reopened Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.
Graded winner Central Banker drew a $400,000 bid Nov. 10 at Keeneland November's robust seventh session, which saw more gains in average and median prices.
Average and median increased Nov. 8 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale's fifth session, where a robust but select market continued into Book 3.
Adena Springs has announced 2015 service fees for nine stallions standing in Kentucky, including new stallion Mucho Macho Man at $15,000.
Now in its eighth year, the Breeders' Cup Challenge provides automatic bids to horses that win top stakes in the U.S. and throughout the world that correspond with one of the 13 Breeders' Cup World Championships races.
European invaders Brown Panther and Hillstar will be well-backed as part of a competitive field of 10 expected for the $1 million Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT) at Woodbine Oct. 19.
Zach Madden has joined the team at Millennium Farms as the head of customer relations, it was announced Oct. 8.
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Suntracer, beaten by 20 lengths in his last start, was all out to hold off the closing Pyrite Mountain by a nose to win the $347,400 Kentucky Cup Turf (gr. IIIT) over the twisting Kentucky Downs turf course Sept. 13.
Grade II winner War Dancer will try to secure the most lucrative victory of his career when the 4-year-old son of War Front faces an expected 10 rivals in the $600,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 13.
Since its creation in 2012, the $400,000 American St. Leger has belonged to Darren Dance's Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock and trainer Marco Botti. On Aug. 16 they return with 2013 winner Dandino.
Roy and Gretchen Jackson and All Inn Stable announced Aug. 8 the retirement of millionaire and multiple graded-stakes winner Willcox Inn, who will stand at Saratoga Stud.
The Pizza Man almost always delivers, and he did so again in a front-running half-length tally in the marathon Stars and Stripes Stakes (gr. IIIT) for his first graded stakes win July 12 on the Arlington International turf.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Crimson Knight||Gerald S. Bennett||
|Forbidden Forest||Leo G. Gabriel, Jr.||
|Fort Larned||Ian R. Wilkes||
|Legendary King||Jay P. Bernardini||
|Pulpitarian||H. Graham Motion||
|Sandys Diamond||Justin R. Evans||
|Strong Appeal||Jeffrey D. Thornbury||
|Suntracer||Chris M. Block||
|Swagger Jack||Martin D. Wolfson||
|Willcox Inn||Michael Stidham||
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