Mill Ridge Farm announced April 22 the death of Easter Bunnette, dam of 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace. The 17-year-old mare hemorrhaged and died April 18 after foaling a colt by Bernardini.
Gold Medal Dancer traveled five furlongs in a brisk :59 1/5 March 28 at Oaklawn Park, prepping for a run in the April 10 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I). A decision will be made March 30 as to whether Untapable will run.
Trainer Steve Asmussen said champion Untapable exited her runner-up effort in the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) March 14 in good condition and will remain in training at Oaklawn Park until early April.
Untapable wasn't unstoppable in her season debut March 14, missing the victory by half a length to gate-to-wire winner Gold Medal Dancer in the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park.
Last year's 3-year-old filly champion and Breeders' Cup Distaff winner faces five opponents in 1 1/16-mile test at Oaklawn Park.
Mufajaah, impressive winner of the Bayakoa Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park, will be pointed for the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) March 14, postponing retirement at least one more race, trainer Dan Peitz said Feb. 18.
Thunder Gulch, champion 3-year-old male of 1995 and leading sire of 2001, has been retired from stallion duty at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. The 23-year-old is the sire of 96 stakes winners.
- By Ian Tapp
Ian Tapp recaps Day 1 of the Keeneland January sale. Consignors Craig Bandoroff and Mark Taylor discuss the auction, while Keeneland's Geoffrey Russell comments on the final numbers. watch video
Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale opened its four-day run Jan. 12 with mixed results, as gross fell but average gained and median remained level in a market widely described as "fair" by consignors.
Champion Blind Luck was bought back for $1.4 million when the six-time grade I winner did not achieve her reserve price at the Jan. 12 first session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
- By Claire Novak
Champion Blind Luck walks at Hill 'n' Dale's Keeneland January sale consignment. She sells as hip No. 207. watch video
Some horses to watch at the Jan. 12 opening session of Keeneland's January mixed sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale Farm discusses the Keeneland January sale. watch video
Keeneland's January sale, featuring champion Blind Luck, is expected to continue the stability and positive momentum seen in the 2014 November breeding stock market.
Three winners of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) are among the 35 grade or group I winners or producers consigned to this year's Fasig-Tipton November sale that will be held Monday, Nov. 3.
The Blood-Horse and Glenye Cain Oakford catch up with 2010 Kentucky Oaks winner Blind Luck. Learn about life at Hill 'n' Dale Farm and view her Oaks race replay! watch video
The Blood-Horse catches up with 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty. Learn about what Plum Pretty and her connections have been up to since her Kentucky Oaks win. Also, learn more about pasture friend Havre de Grace! watch video
An assistant to Larry Jones said April 20 the trainer had shown improvement from injuries he sustained the previous day when thrown from a horse at Delaware Park.
Four-year-old filly took the Azeri Stakes in her 2014 debut. More
Favored at odds of 3-5 and making her first start of the season, Juddmonte's 4-year-old First Defence filly galloped wire to wire in the 1 1/16-mile test, taking rider Joel Rosario straight to the winner's circle March 15.
It will be fun to watch some (future) stars shine at likely low prices. read blog
Don't Tell Sophia has sailed through the early part of 2014, but faces a stout test March 15 in the $200,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) against multiple grade I winner Close Hatches, On Fire Baby, and Flashy American.
Whisper Hill Farm's Havre de Grace and Plum Pretty both produced their first foals at Timber Town Farm near Lexington, a Tapit filly from Havre de Grace and a colt by Distorted Humor out of Plum Pretty.
- By Tom LaMarra
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Eight stakes were elevated in or to graded status and 11 were downgraded for 2014 during the meeting of the American Graded Stakes Committee Dec. 4 in Lexington.
A half sister to Havre de Grace sold for $1.7 million late in the fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 12 in Lexington. Alex Solis, agent, signed the ticket for the Tiznow filly.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Absinthe Minded||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Blind Luck||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Havre de Grace||J. Larry Jones||
|Kimber Lily||Kellyn Gorder||
|Shotgun Gulch||C. R. Trout||
|Spacy Tracy||Anthony W. Dutrow||
|Tidal Pool||D. Wayne Lukas||
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