For all the jaw dropping that surrounded the success of Scat Daddy's offspring at the Royal Ascot meet came a bit of head scratching about how this could have been predicted.
Multiple graded stakes winner McCraken recorded a half-mile breeze in :49 3/5 at Churchill Downs July 1 in preparation for a likely start in the July 30 betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park, trainer Ian Wilkes said.
Battle of Midway's connections were looking for a Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (G1) prep June 24 in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes (G3), and they accomplished their mission at Santa Anita Park.
With the $1 million, betfair.com Haskell Invitational (G1) leading the way, Monmouth Park will offer a $3,725,000 stakes schedule for the 2017 racing season, which kicks off May 13.
Last year, we undertook a review of the prospects of stallions with first 2-year-olds of 2016. The series focused on pedigree and biomechanical values as well as on our impressions of how their offspring performed at the juvenile sales.
Darby Dan Farm's freshman sire Dialed In held onto the title of leading North American first-crop sire, which he claimed after moving past Lane End's Union Rags in late November.
Topped by an Orb colt from the family of champion Songbird, the second session of Fasig-Tipton’s October yearling sale Oct. 25 saw solid across-the-board trade, with downturns in average and median prices.
China Horse Club and WinStar Farm's Theory parlayed his success from a standout debut win at Saratoga Race Course into the graded stakes ranks Oct. 15 with another impressive score in the $200,000 Futurity Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
Gainesway Stable's Cherry Lodge and WinStar Farm's Spirituality were well supported in their respective stakes debuts following impressive maiden victories, but failed to reach the winner's circle in their second starts.
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.
Yellow Agate found some punch in deep stretch and just edged Libby's Tail to score a narrow victory in the $400,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
In her first foray into Thoroughbred ownership, Samantha Menker paid $2,700 for a Gemologist colt at this year’s Keeneland January mixed sale and sold him in September for $125,000.
The Sept. 21 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale saw 274 yearlings sell for $11,120,100, up 4.1% from the same session a year ago; the average rose 6.4% from $38,158 to $40,584, while the median jumped 20% from $25,000 to $30,000.
A colt from the first crop of grade I winner Paynter sold for $520,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 16, becoming the fourth session's highest-priced horse a bit more than a quarter of the way into the session.
The only Ghostzapper yearling cataloged and the highest-priced pinhook are among the horses to watch during the Aug. 23 select session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August yearling sale in Ocala, Fla.
Big Chief Racing, Head of Plains Partners, and Rocker O Ranch's Exaggerator continued to show his affinity for off tracks with a sweeping off-the-pace victory in the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 31 at Monmouth Park.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator threw his hat into the betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) ring, when his connections told the Monmouth Park racing office their 3-year-old colt will be headed to the Jersey Shore for the July 31 race.
WinStar Farm and Bobby Flay's Creator completed his major preparations for the July 30 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) with a half-mile breeze on the Oklahoma Training Track in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Live Oak Plantation's stakes-placed Awesome Slew, who is based at Monmouth Park this summer, is being aimed for the Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 31.
Grade I winner Gemologist was represented by his first winner July 16, when first-time starter Morganite captured the eighth race at Del Mar.
Coming off a wire-to-wire romp at Churchill Downs, Gun Runner will head to Monmouth Park for rematch with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist in the $1 million Betfair.com Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 31.
Last week, it was reported that King Glorious had died in Japan at the age of 30, having been pensioned since 2010 due to declining fertility.
Shadwell Stable's multiple grade II winner Mohaymen returned to the worktab June 23 with a three-furlong breeze at the Greentree Training Center adjacent to Saratoga Race Course.
The sire power lost when Scat Daddy collapsed and died suddenly Dec. 14, 2015, at age 11 was substantial, but he has six sons standing at stud.
Topped by a filly from the first crop of Stay Thirsty, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale began June 14 with across-the-board declines when compared with the same session a year ago.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Dullahan||Dale L. Romans||
|Gemologist||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Handsome Mike||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Stealcase||Steven M. Asmussen||
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