Colts by leading sire Tapit and his son Tapizar, third on this year’s first-crop sire list, are among the top horses to watch when the three-day Fasig-Tipton October sale launches Oct. 24.
Maybe it was the extra distance or maybe it was the sloppy going, but in his third start Hotfoot became freshman sire Aikenite's first winner with a 9 1/2-length gate-to-wire romp in a $62,500 maiden claiming race Oct. 21 at Belmont Park.
The number of stallions declined 1.8% from the 1,449 reported at this time in 2015, and the number of mares bred decreased 2.5% from the 34,627 reported last year.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed Frosted would be pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) only.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and owner Godolphin Racing are likely to announce Oct. 20 if Frosted goes in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) or Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
Led by a $150,000 Street Cry mare, Fasig-Tipton kicked off the mixed auction season Oct. 17 with figures on nearly even terms with the 2015 edition of the Saratoga fall sale at the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
International success at the highest levels and strong commercial results allow War Front's fee to rise to $250,000 from $200,000 in 2016.
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.
Steps to Heaven wins Oct. 2 in Panama
After watching Godolphin Racing's Frosted breeze Oct. 5 at Greentree Training Center, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed the gray son of Tapit will train up to the Breeders' Cup.
Tom's Ready was doing well Oct. 2, the morning after defeating champion sprinter Runhappy in the Ack Ack Stakes (gr. III) and is set to make his next start in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
After finishing fourth in her grade I debut in the Del Mar Debutante, Noted and Quoted found success in her second try at the top level with a half-length victory in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
If you’re a pedigree geek and been wondering what it is about Uncle Mo that has made him such a sire sensation with his first crop to race, you might scrunch your nose over his "page."
WinStar Farm added two new stallions to its 2017 roster with the recent retirement of grade I winner Outwork and grade III victor Speightster.
Only sires with a median above $500,000
Texas Chrome's victory Sept. 25 in the grade III, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park may have punched his ticket to the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
Buyers with unfilled orders continued to shop the Keeneland September yearling sale during the Sept. 24 penultimate session as numbers for the marathon auction are nearly identical to 2015.
An Uncle Mo filly bought by a Greathouse family partnership for $30,000 as a weanling was the most profitable pinhooking transaction during Books 1-4 of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Lane’s End went to $750,000 to secure an Uncle Mo colt from the family of millionaire and sire Papa Clem during the Keeneland September yearling sale’s fifth session Sept. 17.
In order to give some insight into what buyers might expect from how the freshmen sires of 2016 are doing, we’ve come up with some statistical compilations to project where they might be long-term.
Union Strike became freshman sire Union Rags' first graded stakes winner at the highest level in the Sept. 3 Debutante Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar. American Cleopatra, a full sister to American Pharoah, was second. The final time was 1:23.22.
The $200,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. II) didn't look like a top race with an automatic berth to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) on the line Aug. 27 at Del Mar.
After noticing Reddam Racing's Nyquist was getting a little skinny at Del Mar, trainer Doug O'Neill decided to send the Uncle Mo colt north on Interstate 5 to train at the much more relaxed San Luis Rey Training Center.
- By Ron Mitchell
The only Mineshaft yearling in the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale is among the horses to watch during the Aug. 25 final session of the two-day open sale in Ocala, Fla.
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.
|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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