Firmly landing himself prominently on the charts as a serious contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), the $200,000 Keeneland September 2015 purchase now looks to make a hit out of his sophomore debut, the Risen Star (G2).
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.
Stakes winner and 2016 Preakness Stakes (G1) pacesetter Uncle Lino has been retired from racing to stand stud at Northview PA in Peach Bottom, Pa., according to trainer and co-owner Gary Sherlock.
Grade 3 winner Super Majesty is among the horses to keep an eye on during the Feb. 6 opening session of the two-day Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale in Lexington. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. ET daily.
It appears Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs have another speedy colt ready to hit the Triple Crown trail.
Several contenders for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) coming up Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park worked Jan. 21 throughout South Florida, led by champion California Chrome in the final breeze of his career.
Multiple graded stakes winner worked five furlongs Jan. 14 in :59 1/5 at Gulfstream Park.
The Keeneland January horses of all ages sale came to an end Jan. 13 with across-the-board declines for the auction that was bereft of quality offerings.
The second session of the Keeneland horses of all ages sale Jan. 10 had more vibrancy than did the opener, but at the end of the day the results were the same, with significant declines in all key categories.
If Mike Ryan’s instincts are correct, an Uncle Mo short yearling the agent selected for $370,000 on behalf of Key Palm Stable at the Jan. 10 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale will prove to be a bargain.
The 3-year-old Shackleford colt scored by 15 lengths under Javier Castellano over a muddy track.
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.
Two high-quality horses who had less-than-ideal trips during the Nov. 5 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) will return to the track Dec. 10 in the $300,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Owner Charles "Chuck" Sandford died at his home near Chicago Dec. 2 following a long battle with cancer. He was 70.
Using 2016 sales to find mid-market opportunity
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys' Gun Runner handily defeated older horses to earn his first grade I victory Nov. 25, turning back longshot Breaking Lucky for a gate-to-wire score in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Will stand at Jeju Stud Farm in 2017
Three-time champion and this year's Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Beholder arrived at Spendthrift Farm near Lexington, Ky. Nov. 21 to start her new life as a broodmare.
Three Chimneys Farm stallion Caleb's Posse recorded his first stakes winner when the Donnie Von Hemel-trained Sweet Posse triumphed in the $75,000 Slide Show for Oklahoma-bred 2-year-old fillies at Remington Park Nov. 18
Calumet Farm will introduce four new stallions in 2017, led by 2015 champion turf male Big Blue Kitten.
Gainesway released its 2017 fees Nov. 10, which includes a reduced fee to $85,000 for Empire Maker.
Wilburn, a grade II-winning son of Bernardini, has been relocated to Lori and Francisco Bravo's River Oaks Farms near Sulphur, Oklahoma.
Shadwell Stable's Tamarkuz, a convincing winner of the Nov. 4 Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) has been retired and will stand 2017 at Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm near Lexington. The son of Speightstown's fee will be $12,500.
American Pharoah's fee is private, while Uncle Mo's has doubled to $150,000. European champion Air Force Blue will stand for $25,000 in his first year, while reverse shuttler Vancouver will stand for $15,000.
Leading the roster are Creative Cause, Cairo Prince, and Majesticperfection at $15,000.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Aikenite||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Alpha||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Caleb's Posse||Donnie K. Von Hemel||
|Creative Cause||Mike Harrington||
|Crusade||Aidan P. O'Brien||
|Daddy Long Legs||Aidan P. O'Brien||
|Dullahan||Dale L. Romans||
|Fort Loudon||Stanley I. Gold||
|Hansen||Michael J. Maker||
|Jackson Bend||Stanley I. Gold||
|Jersey Town||Barclay Tagg||
|Prayer for Relief||Dale L. Romans||
|Prospective||Mark E. Casse||
|Rule||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Shackleford||Dale L. Romans||
|Sidney's Candy||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Speightscity||Stephen R. Mick||
|Take Charge Indy||Patrick B. Byrne||
|Tapizar||Steven M. Asmussen||
|The Factor||Bob Baffert||
|To Honor and Serve||William I. Mott||
|Trappe Shot||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Tres Borrachos||Martin F. Jones||
|Uncle Mo||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Union Rags||Michael R. Matz||
|Wilburn||Steven M. Asmussen||
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|Colonel Power Overnight S.||FG|
|Daisy Devine S.||FG|
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