Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale concluded its three-day run Aug. 28 with a second day of open session declines.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Aikenite||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Big Drama||David Fawkes||
|Caleb's Posse||Donnie K. Von Hemel||
|Force Freeze||Jerenesto Torrez||
|Giant Ryan||Bisnath Parboo||
|Hamazing Destiny||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Jackson Bend||Stanley I. Gold||
|The Factor||Bob Baffert||
|Trappe Shot||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
The first of two open sessions of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale Aug. 27 experienced across-the-board declines when compared to last year's record-setting open sale.
Belmont Sprint (gr. III) stakes winner Clearly Now takes on nine opponents as he attempts to duplicate his Herculean performance in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30 at Saratoga Race Course.
Tritap, a grade II-placed runner by runaway leading sire Tapit, is in the process of being syndicated by Heritage Stallions near Cheasapeake, Md., for 2015. He will be the first son of Tapit to stand in Maryland.
Big Drama generated plenty of headlines during a stellar racing career, and the 2010 champion sprinter and multimillionaire is now a distinguished young stallion.
The $500,000 Kettle One King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) pits front-running speedster Wildcat Red against proven closer Coup de Grace, both sharing highweight assignments of 121 pounds Aug. 23 at Saratoga.
Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel won the 2,000th race of his career on the evening of Aug. 9 with favored Storm Rush in the fifth race at Indiana Grand Race Course.
John Mayer and sons Griffin and Walker enjoyed success at Fasig-Tipton's recent Saratoga select sale with a small consignment from the family's historic Kentucky farm.
Multiple grade I winner Jackson Bend heads a field of 11 as part of a one-two punch for trainer Stanley Gold in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (gr. III); Gold also has 2013 winner Fort Loudon in the Feb. 8 race.
Multiple grade I winner Caleb's Posse (Posse--Abbey's Missy, by Slewacide) was represented by his first two reported foals.
Canadian Horse of the Year and prominent sire Afleet died Jan. 22 at the age of 30 at Breeders Stallion Station in Japan.
The first grade I winner for trainer Tim Yakteen is now his first Eclipse Award winner as Points Offthebench received the award as champion male sprinter.
The first reported foal for freshman sire The Factor was a filly born Jan. 16, Lane's End Farm announced.
Ribo Bobo, who has won six of seven since he was claimed, and the solid mare My Pal Chrisy top the fields for the Florida Sunshine Millions Sprint and Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint Jan. 18 at Gulfstream.
In the male sprinter division, tragedy ended the spectacular season of Points Offthebench, Secret Circle made a memorable return to racing, and Sahara Sky delivered a stirring victory in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I).
Lea shook off pacesetter Csaba in early stretch and comfortably held back runner-up Jackson Bend as he romped clear to win the $100,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 11 at Gulfstream Park.
- By Frank Angst
Tom LaMarra and Frank Angst cashed tickets with the Jerome Stakes. This week they hope to repeat in the Hal's Hope Stakes. Can Jackson Bend win his first race of the year? watch video
Csaba, winner of the 2013 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) returns to Gulfstream Park for this year's renewal at one mile on the main track as part of a 10-horse field Jan. 11.
Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale kicked off with solid trade and a gain in median but few fireworks during the opening session Jan. 6 in Lexington.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve Haskin talks about who deserves to win Eclipse Awards for the Sprint divisions.
Recent Sunshine State Stakes winner Star Harbour again will try to carry his early speed to the wire when he faces an expected seven other sprinters in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 28 at Gulfstream Park.
- By Frank Angst
Tom LaMarra and Frank Angst handicap the Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park. watch video
Apriority, winless in 12 starts since taking the Mr. Prospector Stakes Dec. 31, 2011, returned to the winner's circle Nov. 24 after a five-length victory in a $41,500 optional claiming allowance test at Gulfstream Park.
Eclipse Award champion and Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Big Drama heads HallMarc Stallion's 2014 roster.
Three Chimneys Farm announced their 2014 stallion roster, with several of their stallions' fees showing decreases from 2013.
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