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).
J. Michael O'Farrell Jr.'s Ocala Stud has set 2017 stud fees for its expanded 13-stallion roster, led again by Canadian Horse of the Year Uncaptured and grade I winner The Big Beast, who will both stand for a fee of $6,000, stands and nurses.
At the current Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Three Chimneys Farm’s Will Take Charge leads sires with first foals of 2016 going under the hammer, with 18 sold for $2,312,000 through Nov. 15.
Less than two weeks after his son Arrogate reeled in champion California Chrome to capture the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Unbridled's Song has top billing once more as the leading sire by gross through Book 4 at Keeneland November.
Champion Will Take Charge's fee held steady at $30,000
Full Mast will tangle with improving Smokem Kitten and defending King Edward winner Tower of Texas in the one-mile turf battle at Woodbine. Solemn Tribute should improve off his first 2016 start.
The sire power lost when Scat Daddy collapsed and died suddenly Dec. 14, 2015, at age 11 was substantial, but he has six sons standing at stud.
Half brothers finished one-two in the $75,000 Sydney Gendelman Memorial Handicap for Ohio-breds on the turf June 11 at Belterra Park Gaming.
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.
Three Chimneys reported that the first reported foal for champion Will Take Charge was born at Siena Farm near Paris, Ky., on Jan. 13.
The first reported foal for Uncaptured, Canada's Horse of the Year of 2012, is a filly born Jan. 3 at J. Michael O'Farrell Jr.'s Ocala Stud Farm.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. read blog
Airoforce is one of two graded stakes winners and the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Dale Romans says "there's a strong possibility" that Donegal Racing's Keen Ice could make another start this year in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 27 at Churchill Downs.
For the third year in a row, Gainesway's Tapit leads all North American sires by Comparable Index (CI) of mares bred.
Frac Daddy, a front-running winner of the Eclipse Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine and Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland, will stand the 2016 season at Park Stud in Ontario, Canada, for a Can$4,000 fee.
Stonestreet buys $320,000 Emerald Gal and a $260,000 Curlin colt at Keeneland November's fifth session, which posted declines even as the 12-day auction's overall figures remained ahead of last year's sale.
The son of Curlin will stand at Three Chimneys Farm.
The last two winners of the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) have run well in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I); the connections of Frosted would love to see that trend continue.
With record purses of $750,000 for five stakes restricted to Ohio-breds, the Best of Ohio series attracted 54 entries for its Oct. 10 renewal at ThistleDown Racino.
Multiple graded stakes winner Frac Daddy has been retired from racing, according to a July 28 announcement from trainer Ken McPeek.
Charles Fipke's homebred grade I winner Java's War will look to return to winning form in the $150,000 Singspiel Stakes (Can-III) July 5, his first graded try since his 3-year-old season in 2013.
Racing Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will be honored by Churchill Downs with the naming of a stakes race in his honor at its September meet that will feature eight stakes events with total purses of $1.025 million.
Multiple graded stakes winner Departing opened some more options for his connections after winning a a grade II stakes on turf Saturday, June 27.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Dewey Square||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Fear the Kitten||Michael J. Maker||
|Frac Daddy||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Indiano Jones||Mark E. Casse||
|Java's War||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Lew and Mike||Thomas Drury, Jr.||
|Positively||Patrick B. Byrne||
|Silver Tongued||Jeffrey L. Greenhill||
|Track Rocker||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Uncaptured||Mark E. Casse||
|Will Take Charge||D. Wayne Lukas||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Take Charge Brandi S.||DED|
|Heavenly Prize Invitational S.||AQU|
|Gotham S. (G3)||AQU|
|Dixie Poker Ace S.||FG|