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 penultimate under tack session June 9 for next week’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training sale once again resulted in a handful of juveniles sharing the day’s fastest times for both the eighth-mile and quarter-mile breezes.
A $190,000 weanling colt by first-crop sire Graydar and the $180,000 broodmare prospect Judy Legend were the six-figure lots at the Keeneland November sale's 10th session, which posted sharp gains.
English Channel tops the Calumet roster at $25,000, followed by Oxbow ($17,500) and Red Rocks ($12,500).
The first reported foal for grade I-placed Make Music for Me arrived Jan. 11 at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds near Santa Ynez, Calif. The dark bay or brown filly was bred by Peter O. and Ellen Johnson.
Aikenite, a multiple grade II stakes winner, will stand at John and Leslie Malone's Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla., for the 2015 breeding season.
Windy Hill Farm's Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) runner-up Smarty's Echo was in action Oct. 19 at Keeneland, tuning up for a start in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
We Miss Artie caught front-runner Smarty's Echo in the stretch and shook free for a clear win in the Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) for 2-year-olds Oct. 5 at Keeneland.
Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms near Hemet, Calif., announced Oct. 3 the acquisition of two recently retired runners who will stand their first seasons at Brazeau in 2014.
Solitary Ranger, who broke his maiden by 5 1/2 lengths when winning the Sept. 7 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III), headlines a field of 14, plus two also-eligibles for the $400,000 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I).
Catalano's plan for Solitary Ranger included the Breeders' Cup World Championships long before the talented juvenile runner broke his maiden. read blog
Trainer Mike Maker was represented by his 1,000th career winner March 16 when Magical Season won the third race at Fair Grounds.
Game On Dude took some heat for six furlongs, then sped away in the stretch to take the $196,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) as expected Feb. 3 for his sixth win in seven tries at Santa Anita Park.
Game On Dude will have at most four rivals when he returns to Santa Anita Park in the $200,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) on Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 3.
Z Thoroughbreds' homebred Infrattini earned his fourth straight victory, accomplished over four different tracks, by outfinishing odds-on choice Mark Valeski in the $100,000 Louisiana Handicap Jan. 19 at Fair Grounds.
Calumet Farm has listed stud fees for three new stallions scheduled to spend the 2013 breeding season at the historic Thoroughbred operation near Lexington.
A new Ocala area farm named Sovereign Farm of Ocala will stand three stallions in 2013 in graded stakes winners Field Commission, Backtalk, and Motovato.
Game On Dude, looking to rebound from his seventh-place finish as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), drew the rail for the $250,000 Native Diver Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 1 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Aikenite, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Yes It's True who campaigned for Dogwood Stable, has been purchased privately for stallion duty by Calumet Farm.
Dogwood Stable's dual graded stakes winner Aikenite has been retired from racing after re-injuring an ankle while prepping for his final appearance in the Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
While Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) contender Wise Dan captivated the attention of many on the Keeneland grounds with his morning breeze Oct. 20, Willcox Inn, Atigun, Golden Ticket, and Brown Almighty were also on the worktab.
Stately Victor, a grade I winner in Kentucky, and Bring the Heat, a 14-year-old stallion, will stand in 2013 at Doug Arnold's Buck Pond Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Breaking from the rail, Joha withstood numerous challenges to score a front-running victory in the $400,000 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland Oct. 6.
The 3-year-old son of Speightstown earns a spot in the Breeders' Cup Sprint with the win.
Join Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk to talk about this weekend's racing, including opening weekend at Keeneland, and its implications for the Breeders' Cup. Sponsored by HRTV.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Aikenite||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Backtalk||Thomas M. Amoss||
|Callide Valley||Larry R. Reed||
|Dixie Band||Wayne M. Catalano||
|Hockley||Eoin G. Harty||
|Hurricane Ike||Michael Stidham||
|Looks Purrrfect||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Make Music for Me||Alexis Barba||
|No Shenanigans||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Noble's Promise||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Piscitelli||Richard W. Sacco||
|Raging Wit||William I. Mott||
|Roman Invasion||Kelly J. Breen||
|Soundman||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Stately Victor||Michael J. Maker||
|Wildcat Nation||Ronny W. Werner||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|New Orleans Ladies Overnight S.||FG|
|Crescent City Oaks||FG|
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