Joe Ragsdale has been an owner for less than three years and the Oklahoman finds himself heading to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) winner Sarah Sis, trained by Ingrid Mason.
After winning the Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) starting from the outside post in a field of eight, Sarah Sis will look for a similar outcome from the inside post in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. III) April 4.
Vicar's in Trouble was named top accredited Louisiana-bred 3-year-old male when the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association earlier this month released results of its voting for divisional standouts of 2014.
Sarah Sis cruised to an easy win in the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) March 7 at Oaklawn Park, defeating favorite Oceanwave by 1 1/2 lengths while tallying a breakthrough stakes win.
The would-be spoiler will get a chance at victory sans 'Brandi' March 7, as her more accomplished rival will start against boys March 14. Sarah Sis heads a group of nine sophomore fillies in the $150,000 Honeybee.
Oaklawn officials said Take Charge Brandi appears headed for a showdown against top 3-year-old males in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 14, as last year's champion 2-year-old filly will not race in the Honeybee (gr. III).
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said he hopes to breeze champion filly Take Charge Brandi March 2 at Oaklawn Park in preparation for her next start, possibly against males in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 14.
Willis Horton's champion Take Charge Brandi posted a five-furlong bullet work in 1:00 2/5 Feb. 21 at Oaklawn Park, a major move in preparation for her upcoming outing in the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) March 7.
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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.
Champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi will get a new rider when she makes her sophomore debut Jan. 31 at Oaklawn Park, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said.
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.
Henry Ray Dunn's Ide Be Cool, unbeaten in four starts at 2 in 2013, was named accredited Louisiana-bred horse of the year May 24 at the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeder Association's annual meeting in Opelousas.
Juddmonte Farms' Riposte may be the class of the field in the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. IIT) May 24, run over 1 3/8 miles on Belmont Park's inner turf course.
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.
Princess of Sylmar used the $100,000 Cat Cay Stakes as a good starting point for the 2014 season at Aqueduct Racetrack April 6, gliding through an opening off the turn and cruising to victory.
The 3-year-old filly was disqualified from victory in the Honeybee on March 8, but was back in front in the Fantasy. More
Trainer Lynn Chleborad reached the 1,000-career win milestone March 14 at Oaklawn Park when The Rocks Rolls won the last of 10 races under jockey Alex Birzer.
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders' Association has announced its 2013 champions. An award presentation and Horse of the Year announcement will take place at the Equine Sales Company of Louisiana May 24.
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.
Euphrosyne was awarded the win in the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) March 8 after first-place finisher Sugar Shock was disqualified for interference in the Oaklawn Park stretch.
The major prep for the grade II Fantasy Stakes April 5 drew mostly up-and-coming locally based fillies, but it is the two shippers -- Please Explainand Taris -- who may be the most intriguing.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|American Sugar||Lynn Chleborad||
|Awesome Mama||Hugh I. McMahon||
|Broken Spell||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Flash Forward||Dominick Schettino||
|Flashy Gray||William I. Mott||
|Liberty Girl||Eoin G. Harty||
|Rose to Gold||Sal Santoro||
|Sister Ginger||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Sittin At the Bar||Brett A. Brinkman||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Torrey Pines S. (gr. III)||DMR|
|Philip H. Iselin S. (gr. III)||MTH|
|Smart N Fancy S.||SAR|
|Belle Mahone S.||WO|
|Vice Regent S.||WO|