As young sires go, about the only question left for Uncle Mo to answer is his ability to get a classic horse, and he'll begin that effort for the first time this year.
Danzing Candy on April 30 breezed through five furlongs in :59 4/5, with a gallop out to six furlongs in 1:13 2/5, in his final timed workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Back where he first learned to be a racehorse at San Luis Rey Training Center, Danzing Candy put in a surprisingly fast workout—at least to trainer Cliff Sise—in his first drill since his fourth-place finish the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Almost every runner Danzing Candy put away to win the San Felipe (gr. II) impressively will be back to challenge the son of Twirling Candy April 9 in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Danzing Candy, in the first timed workout since his breakout score in the March 12 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), went five furlongs in :58 3/5 March 26 at Santa Anita Park.
They saved the best for last at the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2-year-olds in training sale March 16, when a Smart Strike colt lit up the bid board late for $1.7 million.
An attractive Twirling Candy filly was purchased by LNJ Foxwoods for $825,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's sale of 2-year-olds in training March 16.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company kicked off its 2-year-olds in training sale March 15 with across-the-board declines as a striking son of Uncle Mo topped the day's trading at $1.3 million.
A Twirling Candy colt was bought by a partnership of Al Shaqab Racing, WinStar, and China Horse Club for $850,000 to become the new sale-topper at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Following is a list of horses to watch during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds in training that begins March 15 at 11 a.m. EDT.
Unraced until November of last year, Danzing Candy emphatically announced his arrival on the Triple Crown trail with a gate-to-wire, two-length score over favored Mor Spirit in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company wrapped up three days of under tack workouts March 11 ahead of its March 15-16 sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Two days ahead of Santa Anita Park's second official Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) prep, another 3-year-old colt made waves with what could end up being his first step on the Triple Crown trail Feb. 4.
Lane's End will host a stallion season auction and open house to coincide with the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Mixed Sale.
A 2-year-old Florida-bred daughter of High Cotton topped the Barretts January mixed sale, selling for $55,000. The sale, held at Del Mar Jan. 20, had an average of $8,239, down 2.9% from the 2015 average of $8,487.
Woodford Thoroughbreds of Reddick, Fla., has announced it will introduce a special incentive plan in 2016 for breeders who send mares to the farm's seven stallions.
A 2-year-old Crown of Thorns filly and a 4-year-old Malibu Moon gelding zipped three-eighths of a mile in :32 4/5 to top the under tack show for the horses of racing age section of the OBS fall mixed sale.
An unexpectedly fierce bidding war for a Quality Road colt produced a $710,000 session-topping price Sunday to open the Keeneland September yearling sale's Book 3 at a session that otherwise underperformed.
A colt from the second crop of Twirling Candy sold for $320,000 during the sixth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 20 in Lexington.
Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the eldest son of Sheikh Mohammed, died of a heart attack the morning of Sept. 19.
Crown of Thorns was represented by his first winner Aug. 8 when I'malreadythere won the seventh race at Gulfstream Park.
California-based freshman sire Informed picked up his first winner July 11 when his first starter, juvenile filly Dragon Flower, won her debut by 2 1/4 lengths in the fifth race at Los Alamitos.
Queen of Silence scored a tenacious neck victory in her career debut May 25 in the second race at Gulfstream Park, fighting off rivals late and becoming the first winner for Twirling Candy.
Jamie Hill discusses how breeders can get to booked-full stallions and what he looks for when pinhooking weanlings versus buying racing prospects. Listen Now
With no seven-figure horses this year, the numbers declined at the 2015 Barretts selected sale of 2-year-olds in training Feb. 23 in Pomona, Calif., with a $400,000 son of Twirling Candy topping the one-day auction.
|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||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Kentucky Juvenile S.||CD|
|Royal Heroine S. (gr. IIT)||SA|
|Gold Fever S.||BEL|
|La Troienne S. (gr. I)||CD|
|Eight Belles S. (gr. II)||CD|