Average and median increased Nov. 8 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale's fifth session, where a robust but select market continued into Book 3.
The top-selling horse the first day of the Tattersalls Ireland September yearling sale was a colt from the first crop of Central Kentucky stallion Twirling Candy.
View more photos from our magazine series training offspring of Lemon Drop Kid. view slideshow
The Keeneland September yearling sale's 10th session saw gains in gross and average, with a steady median, while cumulative average and median on pace to end higher than last season's comparable session.
Lemon Drop Kid was the complete package when he went to stud in 2001 with an impeccable pedigree, top-of-his-class ability all three years racing, and dashing good looks.
Millionaire and multiple grade I winner Richard's Kid (Lemon Drop Kid--Tough Broad, by Broad Brush) has been retired to Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, Calif., where he will stand the 2014 season for $4,500.
Woodford Thoroughbreds will stand first-year stallions Soldat for $5,000 and Currency Swap for $3,500.
Graded stakes performers Keyed Entry, Patriot Act, Roaring Fever, and Zavata have been sold to continue their stud careers in Saudi Arabia in deals brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock.
Richard's Kid, two-time winner of the Pacific Classic (gr. I) and of six total graded stakes through a 47-start career, has been retired due to a slight tendon tear.
Gabriel Charles and Ethnic Dance used different tactics to get there, but both were winners in separate divisions of the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 1.
Overcoming concerns about the Del Mar Polytrack, Game On Dude demolished the field by a record 8 1/2 lengths in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) in the most dominant performance of his career Aug. 25.
A six-time grade I winner whose problems with the Polytrack at Del Mar have been well-chronicled, Game On Dude is on the verge of a breakthrough in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 25, trainer Bob Baffert believes.
Game On Dude will break from post 11 at Del Mar Aug. 25 in a field of 13 for the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), the richest race in the west for older horses.
Richard's Kid, looking for an unprecedented third victory in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), had trainer Doug O'Neill smiling after a six-furlong jaunt in 1:13 3/5 over the Polytrack for Joe Talamo Aug. 16.
Mired in a year-long slump since moving to the Doug O'Neill barn from Bob Baffert, Richard's Kid snapped out of it with a repeat victory in the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) July 26 at Del Mar.
Consistent Kettle Corn is to try for the second graded stakes win of his career and first since 2011 when he faces an expected 10 other starters in the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) on the night of July 26 at Del Mar.
Odds-on choice Last Gunfighter collared pacesetter Eighttofasttocatch in the final furlong and drew off by 4 1/4 lengths for his sixth consecutive victory May 17 in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III) in Baltimore, Md.
John Gunther's Last Gunfighter, who has won five in a row since his maiden victory last October, will invade Maryland and face mostly locally based horses in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III) May 1.
Cyber Secret has not won on the dirt at Churchill Downs, but fresh off a 5 3/4-length victory in the April 13 Oaklawn Handicap, trainer Lynn Whiting is willing to put his unbeaten season on the line.
Successful Dan, coming back off a layoff of nearly 10 months, dictated an easy pace and held off the pursuing Boisterous in the final furlong to post a one-length victory in the Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) April 21 at Keeneland.
There was a time when "the other Dan" was Wise Dan, who went on to become Horse of the Year. On April 21 fans will witness the return of the original, Successful Dan, in the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland.
by Anne Peters
Awesome Again is one of the most consistent sires of high-class runners in North America.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak catches up with the connections of Wise Dan, Richard's Kid, Ramsey Farm, and Daisy Devine. read blog
Sky Kingdom, on the comeback trail for trainer Bob Baffert, spurted away from challenger Oilisblackgold in the stretch to easily record his first stakes victory in the marathon Tokyo City Cup (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
Calidoscopio makes his first appearance since he scored a major upset in last fall's Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. II) when he takes on seven opponents in the $100,000 Tokyo City Cup (gr. III) March 23 at Santa Anita Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Crowded House (GB)||Ben D. A. Cecil||
|Crown of Thorns||Richard E. Mandella||
|Dakota Phone||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Informed||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Richard's Kid||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Twirling Candy||John W. Sadler||
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