Trainer Wesley Ward needed the April 18 season debut of Hootenanny to help gauge the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) winner's conditioning levels. It took just over a minute at Keeneland to find out good to go.
The marathon six-session under tack preview for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale concluded April 18 at Ocala Training Center with Hips 1,001-1,203 breezing for prospective buyers.
The 3-year-old son of Quality Road is finally ready for his first start of 2015, and will make that outing at Keeneland in the fourth race on the April 18 card.
The first day of turf works for the upcoming spring meet at Keeneland brought out a contingent of horses from trainer Wesley Ward's barn March 31, headed by two Breeders' Cup winners.
Zip Quik, a grade II-placed son of City Zip, will enter stud this year at Menoken Farms in Montrose, Col., for a $1,500 live foal fee as the property of a syndicate.
The good old college days continue for Ken McPeek and Rusty Jones, whose Lawn Ranger goes in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, and adds to their success with graded stakes winners such as My Baby Baby, War Dancer, and Pure Fun
- By Steve Haskin
Let's start by saying that this year's Breeders' Cup is one of the toughest to handicap in many years, with deep, wide-open fields, none of which, except perhaps one, have a clear-cut favorite that stands far above the others read blog
Aktabantay has been scratched out of the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) due to a stress fracture of his right rear leg caused by kicking his stall, according to Breeders' Cup officials.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who were disappointed last year by Bobby's Kitten's third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, will send out both International Star and Luck of the Kitten to try to win this year's version
Godolphin Racing's Imperia, winner of the Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) in his last start, drew post 11 in a field of 14 2-year-olds entered for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Hootenanny has proven himself against talented juvenile turf runners in Europe and Luck of the Kitten banked a graded stakes at Santa Anita, giving trainer Wesley Ward two good chances to land his first Breeders' Cup win.
Nearly half of the runners pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf made their previous start over foreign grass, as European invaders seek to continue their success in the one-mile contest for freshmen.
With an Irish-themed partnership, it was only fitting that Donegal Racing pay tribute to the Irish anthem by naming a runner after the song "Danny Boy." The colt has proven to be precocious and Breeders' Cup bound.
Only one horse that was bred, owned, and trained by domestic interests has won in the first seven runnings of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Will the Kittens change that?
While Eugene Melnyk is winding down his Thoroughbred ownership and breeding operation, the multiple Sovereign Award winner will have at least one chance to pick up another Breeders' Cup victory.
Aptly named Lawn Ranger raced into Breeders' Cup contention when he surged to the lead at the top of the stretch and drove relentlessly to the wire to win the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland Oct. 5.
Conquest Tsunami, who won his career debut in the spring on the former Polytrack at Keeneland, will make his second start at the track Oct. 5 with a still unblemished record in the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (gr. III).
Maiden Conquest Typhoon capped a big day for Conquest Stables in a big way at Woodbine Sept. 13, galloping clear in a dominant performance over seven other 2-year-olds in the $211,673 Summer Stakes (Can-IIT).
Unbeaten in four starts, Conquest Tsunami makes his graded stakes debut for trainer Mark Casse in the $200,000 Summer Stakes (Can-IIT) on the Woodbine turf Sept. 13.
The first runners broken and trained last year at Gelfenstein Farm have shipped to South Florida and are in training with Antonio Sano.
New York-bred Startup Nation rolled to an impressive victory Aug. 28 in the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, surviving and inquiry and claim of foul to earn his first graded stakes score.
Kingman avenged his lone career loss when the Khalid Abdullah homebred posted a 2 1/4-length victory in the $637,500 St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng I) June 17 at Royal Ascot.
Bridgetown, a dual graded stakes winner on the turf, was euthanized last month at Barry Ostranger's Questroyal North near Stillwater, N.Y.
Multiple graded-stakes winner Bridgetown will join grade I winners Boys at Tosconova and Courageous Cat for the 2014 breeding season at Questroyal North in Stillwater, NY, near Saratoga Racecourse.
Comments from the connections of Outstrip, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Watch Video
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Awesome Act||Jeremy Noseda||
|Becky's Kitten||Gregory DiPrima||
|Bridgetown||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Buzzword (GB)||AL ZAROONI MAHMOOD||
|Dean's Kitten||Michael J. Maker||
|Gallant Gent||Craig Anthony Lewis||
|Interactif||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Kera's Kitten||Michael J. Maker||
|King Ledley||Gus Headley||
|Pounced||GOSDEN J H M||
|Summer Movie||Art Sherman||
|Viscount Nelson||DE KOCK MIKE||
|Zip Quik||Patrick L. Biancone||
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|California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association S.||DMR|
|Arctic Queen S.||FL|
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|Addison Cammack H.||AP|