Throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, the name Darby Dan Farm and the Galbreath family were synonymous with the Triple Crown, especially the Kentucky Derby.
On the heels of his 3 3/4-length triumph in the Feb. 4 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G2), Irish War Cry can give trainer Graham Motion the distinction of having a divisional favorite should he prevail in the Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2)
Days after John Oxley's champion Classic Empire finished a well-beaten third to Irish War Cry in the Holy Bull Stakes (G2), a foot abscess was discovered in the son of Pioneerof the Nile.
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.
Nearly ten years to the day since his sire signaled his brilliance at Gulfstream Park, Irish War Cry showed he could follow in his father's footsteps as a force on the Triple Crown trail.
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have full slates of stakes at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park, and a Triple Crown prep in New York.
If you're thinking a pick three on the three Derby prep races—all scheduled within a 95-minute window—would surely stimulate some nationwide interest in the proceedings, you're right. And you're also out of luck, because that makes too much sense.
John Oxley's reigning juvenile male champion Classic Empire makes his anticipated seasonal bow in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G2) against eight rivals at Gulfstream Park.
The only short yearling in the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic winter mixed sale sired by 2016 leading freshman sire Dialed In was purchased by Machmer Hall Farm for $70,000 to top the one-day auction Jan. 29.
Trainer Mark Casse declared 'all systems go' for Classic Empire to make his sophomore debut in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 4 after working an easy five furlongs with grade 1 winning-stablemate Pretty City Dancer.
After recording a five-furlong work from the gate in 1:00.75 at Palm Meadows Training Center Jan. 21, trainer Mark Casse doesn't see any reason why Classic Empire shouldn't be on track for the Feb. 4 Holy Bull Stakes (G2).
Who he really is a son of A. P. Indy, already one of the great American sires.
John Oxley will turn 80 Jan. 24 but the classic-winning owner feels like he's half that age. And, he's ready to spend that energy on a busy upcoming racing and personal schedule.
San Gabriel, Santa Ynez, Sham, Las Cienegas, Dania Beach, Violet Handicap, Bauhinia Sprint Handicap, Old Hat, Mucho Macho Man, Ginger Brew.
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.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will undergo hip replacement surgery next week, the legendary rider announced Dec. 13, and is unsure when or if he will return to the saddle for yet another comeback.
Trainer Antonio Sano has mapped out a best-case-scenario schedule for multiple graded-stakes winner Gunnevera, targeting the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 4 at Gulfstream Park following a prep race.
Two dominating performances by juveniles happened back-to-back at Delta Downs Nov. 19 as Gunnevera, under jockey Javier Castellano, took the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) by 5 1/2 lengths.
Dialed In and Shackleford set at $15,000.
For those who’ve been waiting to see what the first foals sired by recent racing stars Mucho Macho Man, Verrazano, Handsome Mike, and Goldencents look like, they’ll get their first chance Oct. 17 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale.
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.
Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Reckling graduated in his second start, going wire-to-wire to win the first race on the Travers Day card at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 27.
- 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.
Gunnevera, a son of Dialed In, rallied from last to win the Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 14. With Javier Castellano up, the Antonio Sano-trained colt covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.00.
Maximum Edge shows competitive spirit in first win.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Black N Beauty||Henry Dominguez||
|Dialed In||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Gourmet Dinner||Bruce R. Brown||
|Leave of Absence||Philip M. Serpe||
|Major Gain||Louie J. Roussel, III||
|Mucho Macho Man||Katherine Ritvo||
|Printing Press||Edward K. Auwarter||
|Ribo Bobo||Jason Servis||
|Sweet Ducky||Kelly J. Breen||
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