As 2014 enters the home stretch, the freshman sire title seems to have boiled down to a three-way race.
The undefeated Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained colt galloped to a 4 1/2-length victory without even a hint of encouragement from jockey Gabriel Saez in his first attempt to transfer his talent around two turns.
Two-year-old Katie's Kiss romped to a front-running victory in the third race at Gulfstream Park July 26 and became the first winner for Florida-based freshman sire Kantharos.
Three juveniles each sped an eighth of a mile in :09 4/5 to share honors for the fastest time at the distance during the second under tack preview for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds April 16.
An active third and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale Aug. 22 in Ocala, Fla. fueled new sale open session records for average and median prices.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2013 August Yearling Sale, with 841 youngsters cataloged, begins its three-day run Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Kantharos, an undefeated multiple graded stakes winner at 2, has been relocated to J. Michael O'Farrell Jr.'s Ocala Stud near Ocala, Fla.
Among Todd Pletcher's top 2-year-olds this year are Rose Junction and Onetwentyeight, who headline the $200,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) going six furlongs July 22 at Saratoga.
Circle Unbroken survived an objection after turning in a game performance in the $109,800 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) to remain unbeaten June 30 at Churchill Downs.
Newly crowned juvenile champion Hansen breezed five furlongs at Gulfstream Park Jan. 22, completing the main preparation for his 3-year-old seasonal debut in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III).
A well-matched stakes undercard featuring a pair of grade III events and two other races worth $100,000 apiece supports the WinStar Kentucky Cup in its return to Turfway Park Sept. 24 after a one-year absence.
Inhisglory, an impressive allowance winner last out at Turfway Park and two-for-three as a juvenile, will begin his 3-year-old campaign as one of the horses to beat in the $50,000 Turfway Prevue Stakes Jan. 8.
The undefeated son of Lion Heart will stand at Vinery Florida for $5,000.
Carolyn and Karen Scisney's homebred Maybesomaybenot, winner of the Sanford (gr. II), headlines a field of 11 in the $400,000 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) for 2-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack.
Two-time graded stakes winner and leading juvenile Kantharos suffered a career-ending leg fracture earlier this week while galloping out following a routine workout at Saratoga it was announced Aug. 31.
Todd Pletcher sent out Bittel Road and Interactif to win the With Anticipation the past two years and will have another live chance when he sends out Sensational Slam in a field of 10 and two also-eligibles.
A long wait between races is in store for recent impressive 2-year-old winners.
The son of Lion Heart is roaring through the juvenile ranks after selling for $250,000 earlier this year.
- By Vic Zast
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Stonestreet Stables' Kantharos remained undefeated in three career starts after the 2-year-old son of Lion Heart blew away three other 2-year-olds in a daylight victory in the Aug. 16 Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II).
Stonestreet Stables' Kantharos, who turned in the summer's most impressive juvenile stakes performance last out, returns to face four rivals in the $150,000 Saratoga Special (gr. II) Aug. 16 at Saratoga.
Overlooked Maybesomaybenot took the lead from the inside post for jockey Julien Leparoux and never looked back, springing a 9-1 surprise in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) by 1 1/2 lengths July 25 at Saratoga.
Dogwood Stable will send out a pair of juveniles for Saratoga's opening weekend Sanford Stakes (gr. II), including the only stakes winner, Lou Brissie.
Stonestreet Stables' Kantharos shrugged off a stumble at the break and cruised to a 9 1/2-length victory in the $108,200 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) July 3 at Churchill Downs.
Dogwood Stable's undefeated Lou Brissie, winner of the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes (gr. III), headlines a field of six 2-year-olds in the $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) July 3 in the $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Gold for Cash||Jesse E. Caudill||
|Kantharos||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Lou Brissie||Michael J. Maker||
|Saturday Dance||Larry W. Demeritte||
|Speed Demon||W. Bret Calhoun||
|Thewayitusedtobe||Rafael I. Flores||
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