After favored runs in two grade 1 races on her home soil in Southern California, Kaleem Shah's homebred American Gal broke through for her first graded win on the opposite coast July 9 with a determined victory in the Victory Ride Stakes (G3).
The first winner for freshman sire Smiling Tiger, Jacks Masterpiece ran away to a 4 1/2-length score at Pleasanton in his debut June 24.
When Ocala Breeders' Sales begins its two-day 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale June 13, a half brother to champion Classic Empire and two sons of Scat Daddy will be among the horses to watch.
While the sales company now conducts its 2-year-olds in training and yearling auctions at Del Mar, for 2017 it has returned its mixed sales to its previous home of Fairplex in Pomona, near Santa Anita.
During their association, Baffert trained several top-level runners for Shah, including 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern and 2015 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Dortmund. The latter will be transferred to Art Sherman.
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.
J J Brevan Stable's Chance of Luck dug in late to win the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay Downs and become the first black-type stakes winner for sire Skipshot.
A yearling from the first crop of Smiling Tiger, a multiple grade I-winning sprinter and millionaire, topped the Barretts October mixed sale at $190,000.
Smiling Tiger filly tops Aug. 30 auction
Power Jam joined the crowded Bob Baffert barn of 3-year-old prospects with an easy 4 1/4-length victory in a six furlong maiden special weight event Feb. 14 at Santa Anita Park.
The first reported foal by grade I-winning Smiling Tiger is a colt out of the grade I-placed and stakes-winning broodmare Erica's Smile, Premier Thoroughbreds and Harris Farms announced Feb. 5.
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington has released its stallion roster and fees for 2015, headed by Stormy Atlantic and Midnight Lute at $25,000 live foal stands and nurses.
The Keeneland September yearling sale ended Sept. 21 with slight declines in gross and average but equaled last year's $50,000 record for median in a market roughly level with that of 2013.
After a successful first breeding season, California stallion Smiling Tiger is being moved to John Harris' Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif., co-owner Phil Lebherz confirmed Sept. 3.
Tritap, a grade II-placed runner by runaway leading sire Tapit, is in the process of being syndicated by Heritage Stallions near Cheasapeake, Md., for 2015. He will be the first son of Tapit to stand in Maryland.
Sizzling Quatorze, a first-out winner by 7 3/4 lengths at Delaware Park, is the first reported for first-crop sire Concord Point.
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She's a Tiger was taken down and placed second for interfering with Ria Antonia in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), but gets the Eclipse as the top juvenile filly based on her sterling 3-3-0 slate from six starts.
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington has released its 2014 stallion roster and stud fees, headed by Stormy Atlantic and Midnight Lute, who will stand for $30,000 and $25,000, respectively.
The ceiling for top prices dropped as Keeneland's September yearling sale ended its penultimate session Sept. 20, but overall figures for the 12-day auction stayed on course to beat last year's returns.
The three-day OBS August yearling sale got off to a strong start with double-digit increases in average and median.
She's a Tiger came as advertised in the $150,000 Landaluce Stakes, speeding to a sharp victory as the 3-5 choice July 13 over six rival juvenile fillies at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Smiling Tiger, a multiple grade I winner and millionaire, has been retired from racing. The son of Hold That Tiger will stand at Premier Equine near Oakdale, Calif., in 2014 for a fee of $5,000
Favored Smiling Tiger, back on his home track at Betfair Hollywood Park, posted his first win of the year in the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 2.
Grade I winners Comma to the Top and Smiling Tiger tackle four entrants from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, making for an intriguing Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 3 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Big Man Has a Sign||Julio C. Canani||
|Concord Point||Bob Baffert||
|Dixie Trouper||David E. Hofmans||
|Domonation||Justin R. Evans||
|Hawaiian Springs||Kathy Walsh||
|Macias||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Mr Tokyo||James Lloyd||
|Smiling Tiger||Jeff Bonde||
|Working Capital||Doug F. O'Neill||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Schuylerville S. (G3)||SAR|
|Lake George S. (G3T)||SAR|
|Albuquerque Distaff H.||ALB|
|Eddie Read S. (G2T)||DMR|