Last year, we undertook a review of the prospects of stallions with first 2-year-olds of 2016. The series focused on pedigree and biomechanical values as well as on our impressions of how their offspring performed at the juvenile sales.
Darby Dan Farm's freshman sire Dialed In held onto the title of leading North American first-crop sire, which he claimed after moving past Lane End's Union Rags in late November.
The build up around McCraken live up to the billing in the 1 1/16 miles Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes as Janis Whitham's homebred used his big turn of foot to edge clear late under Brian Hernandez Jr. and remain unbeaten in three career starts.
Eleven challengers will provide a litmus test on the quality of undefeated McCraken as a dozen juveniles have passed the entry box for the 1 1/16 miles Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).
Calumet Farm will introduce four new stallions in 2017, led by 2015 champion turf male Big Blue Kitten.
Topped by an Orb colt from the family of champion Songbird, the second session of Fasig-Tipton’s October yearling sale Oct. 25 saw solid across-the-board trade, with downturns in average and median prices.
China Horse Club and WinStar Farm's Theory parlayed his success from a standout debut win at Saratoga Race Course into the graded stakes ranks Oct. 15 with another impressive score in the $200,000 Futurity Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
Gainesway Stable's Cherry Lodge and WinStar Farm's Spirituality were well supported in their respective stakes debuts following impressive maiden victories, but failed to reach the winner's circle in their second starts.
Only five passed the entry box for Belmont Park’s $200,000 Futurity Stakes (gr. III), with impressive first-out maiden winner Theory figuring to be the one to beat.
Yellow Agate found some punch in deep stretch and just edged Libby's Tail to score a narrow victory in the $400,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
In her first foray into Thoroughbred ownership, Samantha Menker paid $2,700 for a Gemologist colt at this year’s Keeneland January mixed sale and sold him in September for $125,000.
The Sept. 21 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale saw 274 yearlings sell for $11,120,100, up 4.1% from the same session a year ago; the average rose 6.4% from $38,158 to $40,584, while the median jumped 20% from $25,000 to $30,000.
The only Ghostzapper yearling cataloged and the highest-priced pinhook are among the horses to watch during the Aug. 23 select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale in Ocala, Fla.
Grade I winner Gemologist was represented by his first winner July 16, when first-time starter Morganite captured the eighth race at Del Mar.
Topped by a filly from the first crop of Stay Thirsty, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale began June 14 with across-the-board declines when compared with the same session a year ago.
If the speediest horses bring the highest prices, then the June 14 first session should get the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.'s June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age off to a fast start.
The penultimate under tack session June 9 for next week’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training sale once again resulted in a handful of juveniles sharing the day’s fastest times for both the eighth-mile and quarter-mile breezes.
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s management won its race against Mother Nature June 6, completing the second under tack show workout session for the June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale before heavy rainfall and thunderstorms.
Offspring of freshman sires Gemologist and Overdriven topped the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April 2-year-olds in training sale April 20 during a session in which gross, average, and median prices declined from the comparable sale date a year ago.
A colt from the first crop of Gemologist was sold for $550,000 to agent David Ingordo and trainer Peter Eurton for an undisclosed client during the April 20 session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-year-olds in training sale.
Although the number of horses cataloged is down this year from last at the Texas 2-year-olds in training sale that will be held April 4, sales director Tim Boyce said the auction will still likely have as many quality horses.
A Texas-bred filly by Too Much Bling worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 as the fastest worker during the April 2 under tack show for the Texas 2-year-olds in training sale at Lone Star Park.
Judging by how they looked at Gulfstream and Ocala, the seven by Hansen left little doubt that he will help establish Tapit as an emerging sire-of-sires.
Three Into Mischief fillies and offspring of four freshmen sires were among 14 horses that shared the fastest eighth of a mile workout time of :09 4/5 during the March 9 first of three under tack workout sessions.
This week we take a closer look at Mo Tom, winner of the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) on Jan. 16 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Atigun||James A. Jerkens||
|Cyber Secret||Lynn S. Whiting||
|Ever So Lucky||Jonathan E. Sheppard||
|Fine||Ernest M. Haynes||
|Gemologist||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Mr. Prankster||Ronney W. Brown||
|Saint Honore||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Seve||Dale L. Romans||
|Timely Tally||Ian R. Wilkes||
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