No one is expecting all the big names in racing to make the Breeders' Cup Classic, but one can always hope, especially when you have a year like this with such a wide variety of talent gearing up for a run at America’s richest horse race.
Doug O'Neill didn't want Reddam Racing's Nyquist to burn up the track June 25 in just his second work back following his run in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and the son of Uncle Mo gave his trainer just what he wanted.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate had the look of something special June 24 at Santa Anita Park.
Grade III winner Mo Tom has several things in his favor for the June 25 Ohio Derby at Thistledown which is the reason he's the 5-2 favorite on the morning line.
Uncle Mo's remarkable start at stud begs the question of whether he has been the most successful first-crop and second-crop sire ever in North America.
In his first timed move since the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Reddam Racing's Nyquist worked a half-mile in :48 3/5 under the watchful eye of trainer Doug O'Neill June 17 at Santa Anita Park.
In quick succession, two horses sold for $350,000 and $370,000 during the second session of the ongoing Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale.
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.
Juveniles by freshman sires Bodemeister and Stay Thirsty were sold for highest prices early during the June 14 first session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships will have its purses increased this year to $28 million from $26 million. Purses for the Classic and the Turf will each get $1 million bumps.
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.
Kentucky-bred filly wins in England
Homebreds and pinhooks at just about every price range make up the catalog for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age.
Mademoiselle Coco, a half sister to champion Havre de Grace, broke her maiden in her third start May 25 at Delaware Park.
With an Uncle Mo filly selling for a sale-topping $1 million, the two-day Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale that was expanded in numbers this year concluded May 24 with a record gross.
An Uncle Mo filly who had one of the fastest pre-sale workouts was purchased May 24 by trainer Linda Rice for $1 million to become the first horse to reach the seven-figure mark at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale.
Value starts at $120 million, but most say that's too low
There may not be a Triple Crown on the line June 11 at Belmont Park, but a budding rivalry between the top two 3-year-old colts in the country is probably the next-best option.
Trainer Gary Sherlock, now 70 years old, is making his first classic start with high-school friend Tom Mansor.
Repole Stable's Lost Raven showed a new dimension May 20 at Pimlico Race Course and it paid off for her first graded stakes victory.
Either the track at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic was playing faster or the horses were just faster as the under tack show for the May 23-24 sale of 2-year-olds in training concluded May 19 with five of the eight fastest clockings.
Florida horseman Niall Brennan, along with Mike Ryan, purchased Nyquist as a yearling, then broke, trained, and sold the Derby winner as a 2-year-old.
Trainer Doug O'Neill and Nyquist's connections were happy with what they saw during the colt's two-mile jog May 18 at Pimlico Race Course.
With steady rain falling, the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale began May 17, with two juveniles sharing the top eighth of a mile workout time of :10 and four equaling the best quarter-mile time of :21 3/5.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist galloped a strong mile May 15 at Pimlico Race Course in preparation for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I ).
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Await the Dawn||Aidan P. O'Brien||
|Drosselmeyer||William I. Mott||
|Flat Out||William I. Mott||
|Game On Dude||Bob Baffert||
|Gio Ponti||Christophe Clement||
|Havre de Grace||J. Larry Jones||
|Headache||Michael J. Maker||
|Ice Box||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Prayer for Relief||Dale L. Romans||
|Rattlesnake Bridge||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Ruler On Ice||Kelly J. Breen||
|So You Think (NZ)||Aidan P. O'Brien||
|Stay Thirsty||Todd A. Pletcher||
|To Honor and Serve||William I. Mott||
|Uncle Mo||Todd A. Pletcher||
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