After more than a five-month break from racing, Al Shaqab Racing's Sandiva will look to add more South Florida success to her record in the My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 21 on the Gulfstream Park West turf.
- By Ian Tapp
Ian Tapp reviews session 1 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Hear from Gary Bush of Denali Stud, Goncalo Torrealba of Three Chimneys, and Hugo Merry of Nawara Stud. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency watch video
Keeneland's 12-day November breeding stock auction's opening session, topped by DATTT Farm's $2.2 million purchase of Hard Not to Like, saw across-the-board increases Nov. 2 but also a higher buyback rate.
Spring in the Air, a Canadian champion in foal to War Front, was acquired by Nawara Stud, for $1.65 million as the bidding picked up late in the first session of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale.
A selection of notable yearlings to watch at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale's Aug. 11 session, which closes out two days of selling.
Ian Tapp recaps the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale. Hear thoughts from Boyd Browning and Elliott Walden explains to whom sale topper Rose to Gold will be bred. watch video
Multiple graded winner Rose to Gold brought $450,000 from WinStar Farm to top the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale, but the market saw across-the-board declines from last year's returns.
They saved the best for last at the two-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale as Rose to Gold, in the ring as the third horse from the end of the auction, brought the sale's top price of $450,000, going to WinStar Farm.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 82 entries in the supplemental catalog to the winter mixed sale that will be held in Lexington Feb. 8-9.
Daddy's Kid could be the class play as he takes on eight opponents in the $200,00 John B. Connally Turf Cup (gr. IIIT) at Sam Houston Race Park the night of Jan. 24. Also on the bill is the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic.
Brereton C. Jones' Albano looks to kick off what could be a breakthrough year when he heads the Louisiana Handicap; grade I winner Kitten's Dumplings returns for her first race since November of 2013 in the Marie G. Krantz.
Spring in the Air, a grade I winner at 2 and a consistent player in graded stakes events in her two subsequent seasons of racing, will bid for millionaire status against nine rivals in Churchill Downs' Chilukki Stakes.
This year, Patricia Pavlish has been on "fire" -- literally. Pavlish bred Fire with Fire, who has been a dominant presence on the turf.
Melnyk Racing Stable's Canadian champion filly Leigh Court led at every point of call as the 13-10 favorite and coasted to a comfortable win the $142,172 Seaway Stakes (Can-III) Aug. 24 at Woodbine.
A well-balanced field of 10 fillies and mares, including 2013 winner Youcan'tcatchme, are set to contest the $150,000 Seaway Stakes (Can-III) Aug. 24 at Woodbine.
Speedsters La Verdad, Red Velvet, R Free Roll, and Merry Meadow will ensure a prompt pace in the Honorable Miss at six furlongs at Saratoga July 28.
A competitve field of nine fillies will face off in the two-turn Ontario Matron over Woodbine's Polytrack July 26, including a pack of stakes winners at Arlington and over the home track outside Toronto.
Grade I winner Spring in the Air returned her winning ways with an off-the-pace charge in the $162,891 Hendrie Stakes (Can-III) May 24 at Woodbine, handing trainer Mark Casse his third consecutive win in the Polytrack event.
Fresh off her first stakes tally in the Whimsical (Can-III) at Woodbine in April, former claimer Purely Hot returns to the Polytrack in the $150,000 Hendrie Stakes (Can-III) May 24.
Purely Hot, a former claimer who once dared to look champion Groupie Doll in the eye, earned her first graded stakes victory and continued success for her new connections April 26 at Woodbine.
The last time John Oxley's Spring in the Air dropped back to a sprint after a series of two-turn races, she won the seven-furlong Fury Stakes at Woodbine. She'll make her 2014 debut in the six-furlong Whimsical April 26.
Defeating four older fillies and mares, Juddmonte Farms' Close Hatches secured her third grade I with a front-running performance in the $588,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) April 11 at Oaklawn Park.
Close Hatches will try to add a third top-level victory to her resume in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I), in which she meets four opponents, including last year's winner On Fire Baby, April 11 at Oaklawn Park.
Joe Mulholland Jr. is a throwback to the days of homegrown Kentucky horsemen. He works tirelessly on the family farm with his siblings and father to produce top-quality Thoroughbreds.
Alpha Delta Stable's Devil's Cave delivered a superb frontrunning performance in the $200,000 Sabin Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 16 at Gulfstream Park, setting a track record while earning her first graded stakes win.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Almost an Angel||Mohamed Jehaludi||
|Broken Spell||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Cloudy Vow||Timothy E. Hamm||
|Daar Zayed||Eoin G. Harty||
|Dancinginthecircle||J. Larry Jones||
|Fully Living||George R. Arnold, II||
|Gold Edge||Keturah E. Obed-Letts||
|Kitten's Dumplings||Michael J. Maker||
|La Song||Wayne M. Catalano||
|Magical Moon||Albert M. Stall, Jr.||
|Pure Indy||Craig Dollase||
|Rose to Gold||Sal Santoro||
|Skyfall||George R. Arnold, II||
|Speedinthruthecity||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Spring in the Air||Mark E. Casse||
|Tara From the Cape||Todd A. Pletcher||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Mardi Gras S.||FG|
|Savannah Jane S.||GP|
|Houston Distaff S.||HOU|
|Houston Turf S.||HOU|
|Sam Houston Sprint Cup S.||HOU|