Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin took a shot with well-bred maiden Imperia in the $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 28 at Belmont Park, and the colt now appears Breeders' Cup bound after uncoiling a big late charge.
Keeneland's September yearling sale opened Monday with a pair of million-dollar fillies by Bernardini and Curlin leading higher average and median.
A Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Bernardini brought a winning bid of $1.2-million from Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager John Ferguson, making her the top-priced yearling to this point at the 2014 sale.
Coming off a 2013 March sale that sent out its three top-priced horses to win stakes, Barretts Sales & Racing will host its 25th anniversary select 2-year-old sale March 3. Many top national consignors are back this year.
Moving the under-tack preview forward a day to dodge wet weather paid off for the Barretts Sales & Racing March 2-year-old select sale. A nice crowd of prospective buyers was on hand Feb. 27 to witness 104 horses breeze.
The Breeders' Cup announced that at this year's 30th running of the World Championships, the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) will be returned to its original name, the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Overlooked at odds of 10-1, Lady of Fifty found redemption as she took the overland route under Corey Nakatani to capture the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 3 at Del Mar.
Trainer Ron Ellis is taking a patient approach with Include Me Out as the 5-year-old mare prepares to defend her title in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 3 at Del Mar.
A return trip to the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic after she was third last year is the goal for Jay Em Ess Stable's 5-year-old, says owner Samantha Siegel.
by Anne Peters
During the first weekend in February, he was represented by three graded stakes winners: Flashback, Honorable Dillon, and Tapicat.
During that time of year when champions are gearing up for their new campaigns, a familiar name popped up at Payson Park. Royal Delta is back on the worktab and prepping for a start in the Feb. 17 Sabin (gr. III).
Questing and My Miss Aurelia have both made a good case for championship honors.
Calimonco, a multiple stakes winner and the only full brother to Breeders' Cup champions Sweet Catomine and Life is Sweet, will enter stud at Donald and Karen Cohn's Ballena Vista Farm in 2013.
Godolphin Racing's Questing, who was eased in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) after showing no inclination to run, was found to have suffered an injury to her eye, though no one knows exactly how it happened.
- By Esther Marr
Esther Marr talks with Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell. Esther also asks Geoffrey about Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic winner Royal Delta in last year's sale. watch video
Comments from the connections of Royal Delta after her win the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. Watch Video
Besilu Stables' Royal Delta took control after an early scramble for the lead and never looked back en route to a strong victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2.
Class Included, a big winner in the Pacific Northwest, takes on the top fillies and mares from across the continent for her hopeful Washington connections.
Trainer Bill Mott said Oct. 30 that a cut sustained by Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) favorite Royal Delta on her right hip was superficial and should not pose any problems for the daughter of Empire Maker.
The Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) didn't draw the largest field, but it attracted eight fillies and mares that could put on quite a show in the $2 million event Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
The State of Washington will have one of its own to root for in the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships. Mike Feuerborn's Class Included is pre-entered in both the Ladies Classic and the Filly & Mare Sprint.
Although owner Benjamin Leon is still leaning heavily toward the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) for Royal Delta, he has decided to pre-enter last year's 3-year-old filly champion in the Classic (gr. I) as well.
Trainer Chad Brown sent out undefeated Awesome Feather Oct. 21 at Belmont Park for her penultimate morning work prior to an expected start in the 1 1/8-mile Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I).
Godolphin Racing's multiple grade I winner It's Tricky has been retired with an injury to her right hind ankle.
There's plenty of time between now and pre-entry day on Oct. 22, but based on a survey of several sources, there's a list of six definites, with only one of them based in Southern California
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Careless Jewel||Josie Carroll||
|Cocoa Beach (CHI)||Saeed bin Suroor||
|Lethal Heat||Barry Abrams||
|Life Is Sweet||John A. Shirreffs||
|Mushka||William I. Mott||
|Music Note||Saeed bin Suroor||
|Proviso (GB)||William I. Mott||
|Rainbow View||Jonathan E. Sheppard||
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