J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sham Stakes (gr. III) and recaps Irish War Cry's win in the Marylander Stakes.
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.
In order to give some insight into what buyers might expect from how the freshmen sires of 2016 are doing, we’ve come up with some statistical compilations to project where they might be long-term.
Whitney Stakes, Longines Test Stakes, West Virginia Derby, Sorrento Stakes, Fasig-Tipton Waya, La Jolla Hadicap and more.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Michael Tabor, Susan Magnier, and Derrick Smith's Cupid, no worse for wear after his second trip from California in a month, dominated nine other 3-year-olds in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 6 at Mountaineer.
GMB Racing's Mo Tom, entered in the Aug. 6 West Virginia Derby (gr. II), will pass on the race, trainer Tom Amoss said Aug. 4.
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort will be in the spotlight Aug. 6 with its $1.65 million all-stakes program featuring the West Virginia Derby. But on a day-to-day basis, the track continues to struggle in a difficult economic environment.
Indiana Derby (gr. II) winner Cupid and Ohio Derby victor Mo Tom are among a field of 12, with another on the also-eligible list, entered for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) for 3-year-olds Aug. 6 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.
A full field of 12 appears possible for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby Aug. 6 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, according to the track's racing office.
Regulators and track executives in West Virginia hope to have about 50% of the starters in two upcoming graded stakes tested out of competition as part of a launch of the program in the state.
The West Virginia Racing Commission plans to launch its out-of-competition program in conjunction with the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 6 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.
Hansen's Victory went gate to wire in the first race at Hastings Race Course June 5 and became the first winner for U.S. champion and South Korean-based freshman sire Hansen.
Millennium Force, a daughter of Hansen, turned in the fastest furlong work of :09 4/5 at the under-tack preview for the Barretts May 2-year-old sale at Del Mar. Among those working a quarter-mile, a son of Speightstown posted :20 3/5.
Three juveniles shared the eighth of a mile fastest time of :09 4/5 during the April 15 fifth set of under tack workouts for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2016 spring sale of 2-year-olds in training sale.
A total of 94 horses (including also-eligibles) have been entered for the nine-race card, which features a first-race post time of 7 p.m.
Judging by how they looked at Gulfstream and Ocala, the seven by Hansen left little doubt that he will help establish Tapit as an emerging sire-of-sires.
Three Into Mischief fillies and offspring of four freshmen sires were among 14 horses that shared the fastest eighth of a mile workout time of :09 4/5 during the March 9 first of three under tack workout sessions.
Texas oilman Mike Rutherford has sold his 250-acre Manchester Farm adjacent to Keeneland Race Course to Brad Kelley's Calumet Farm for $12.5 million.
Dr. Kendall Hansen, whose homebred colt Hansen was champion 2-year-old male of 2011, is hoping his new purchase Let Me Go First, a son of Paddy O' Prado, makes some noise in the early-season 3-year-old races.
Bourbon Courage and Imagining, both graded stakes-winning millionaires, will stand at Heritage Stallions in Chesapeake City, Md., in 2016.
The millionaire son of Lion Heart is a grade II winner that also placed in 10 other graded stakes.
Private Zone went out to the lead unchallenged in the seven-furlong Forego Stakes (gr. I) and remained there throughout to win by open lengths Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
The Big Beast won't have to contend with Rock Fall, who beat him by a nose last time out in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I). But the seven-furlong Forego came up a tough race nonetheless, with a slew of new sprinters.
Live Oak Plantation's Souper Colossal, a sharp second in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) in his last start, will attempt to capture his first graded stakes in the Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Parx.
Glenye Cain Oakford looks at some of the opening session's sire results, recent commercial acceptance of turf-oriented pedigrees, and talks to Dr. Kendall Hansen as champion Hansen's first yearlings head for the ring.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bourbon Courage||H. Graham Motion||
|Called to Serve||Justin R. Evans||
|Hansen||Michael J. Maker||
|Hero of Order||Gennadi Dorochenko||
|Le Bernardin||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Macho Bull||Gennadi Dorochenko||
|Macho Macho||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Morgan's Guerrilla||Michael J. Maker||
|Penn's Grant||Marya K. Montoya||
|Z Camelot||Dale L. Romans||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Any Limit S.||GP|
|Skip Away S. (G3)||GP|
|Southern Park S.||MVR|
|Purple Martin S.||OP|