Bloodstock agent Julio Rada and his Platinum Bloodstock agency clients have been moving the needle in this season's yearling market, part of a strong South American contingent of buyers influencing North American sales.
Ben's Cat, a millionaire two times over, will go for his 25th lifetime stakes victory in the Governor's Cup at Penn National Race Course against his three closest pursuers from his last race.
The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat, in the second start of his 9-year-old season, got back to his winning ways with a dramatic off-the-pace victory in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint May 15 at Pimlico Race Course.
Veteran Ben's Cat opened his 9-year-old season with a runner-up finish Friday, April 17 in an allowance race at Pimlico Race Course. The 23-time stakes winner chased Bold Thunder throughout Friday's test.
Trainer King Leatherbury was confident Ben's Cat would exit the Laurel Dash with another victory Sept. 27, but instead watched the 8-year-old gelding finish third behind longshots Dreamsgonewild and Bold Thunder.
The first runners broken and trained last year at Gelfenstein Farm have shipped to South Florida and are in training with Antonio Sano.
Something Extra, whose theft effort came up just shy last time out in the Connaught Cup (Can-IIT), shortens up a bit in distance for his return to the Woodbine turf in the $200,000 Highlander Stakes (gr. IIT) July 6.
Two of the more accomplished juveniles of 2013 will make their 3-year-old season debuts March 1 when Havana and No Nay Never meet in the Swale Stakes (gr. II) March 1 at Gulfstream Park.
Godolphin Racing's Outstrip roared to the front in the stretch to post an upset victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1.
Gary and Mary West's Poker Player unleashed a huge move in mid-stretch to collar the leaders for an impressive victory in the off-the-turf Bourbon Stakes at a water-sogged Keeneland Race Course Oct. 6.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT) winner Pluck headlines the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT), as opening day of the 2011 Keeneland spring meet kicks off on Friday, April 8.
Rogue Romance, last on the turn for home, devoured his 11 juvenile rivals in the stretch to win as much the best in the $100,000 Bourbon Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Keeneland turf Oct. 10.
Machisa and Z Appeal, both stakes winners on turf, top a full field of a dozen 2-year-olds for the $100,000 Bourbon Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 10 at Keeneland.
Slight favorite Pluck used a powerful stretch kick to run down the field in the $243,176 Summer Stakes Presented by TVG (Can-IIIT) Sept. 18 at Woodbine, earning a spot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT) this fall.
The nation's leading trainer, Todd Pletcher, who has won the Summer Stakes (Can-IIIT) twice and the Natalma Stakes (Can-IIIT) once, will have solid chances to record victories in both of Woodbine's 2-year-old races Sept. 18
Nijinsky Bullet, a four-time winner at Suffolk Downs last year, was named the recipient of the 2008 James B. Moseley Horse of the Year Award by the New England Turf Writers Association at its 67th Annual Awards Dinner July 16 at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, Mass.
The New England Turf Writers Association has selected its champions and award winners for 2008.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bluegrass Derby||Luis Duco||
|Bold Thunder||Patricia Farro||
|Bon Accord||Antonio Sano||
|Can't Stop the Kid||Donna Green||
|Full Moon's Back||Jorge Navarro||
|Hold On Smokey||Joyce Kielty||
|Jo Jo's Comet||Ralph E. Nicks||
|Starship Sulu||Alfred G. McIntosh||
|Stormy Rush||Lorne Richards||
|Texas Rustler||Mickey Kroger||
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