Don Alberto Stable's Unique Bella finally got a challenge March 4 in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3), but shrugged it off in the final furlong to reestablish her standing as the current favorite for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Fox Hill Farms' Songbird grabbed the early lead and easily captured her seventh win in seven starts to take the grade I Santa Anita Oaks at Santa Anita Park April 9 and remain the dominant favorite for the Kentucky Oaks.
With six perfect starts to her credit, Fox Hill Farms' Songbird has one more hurdle to clear -- the April 9 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) -- before heading to Kentucky as the favorite for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Fox Hill Farm's undefeated filly Songbird continued to progress toward the April 9 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) the morning of March 29. The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro worked six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 with Mike Smith aboard.
Songbird, perfect in six races after her front-running, 3 3/4-length victory in the Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) March 5, was fittingly "perfect" the morning of March 6.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith is generally a pretty cheerful guy, but when he brings Songbird back to the Jerry Hollendorfer barn after her workouts, his mood hits another level.
In her first timed workout since the easiest of scores in the Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II), Fox Hill Farms' undefeated Songbird covered four furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Feb. 14 in :48 2/5.
Led by a $410,000 Tapit colt, Fasig-Tipton's expanded October sale ended with slightly lower gross and average and an 18.9% drop in median amid consignors' concerns over broader yearling market polarization.
Victor Espinoza was fined $300 by the Santa Anita Park stewards May 8 for "causing a break in the skin" with his whip on Stellar Wind during her victory in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) April 4.
Stellar Wind, prepping for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1, worked six furlongs April 24 in 1:12 4/5 at Santa Anita Park for trainer John Sadler.
Stellar Wind, the 6-5 favorite for the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), delivered with a commanding 5 1/4-length win over Luminance April 4 at Santa Anita Park. The daughter of Curlin traveled the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.26.
Knowing she can always take Bolo back to the turf, trainer Carla Gaines tried him on the main track with success. Gaines also has Curlin's Fox making the move from turf to dirt in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I).
- By Ian Tapp
Ian Tapp recaps Day 1 of the Keeneland January sale. Consignors Craig Bandoroff and Mark Taylor discuss the auction, while Keeneland's Geoffrey Russell comments on the final numbers. watch video
Ian Tapp recaps Day 1 of the Keeneland January sale. Consignors Craig Bandoroff and Mark Taylor discuss the auction, while Keeneland's Geoffrey Russell comments on the final numbers, which resulted in a rise in average but no change in median. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale opened its four-day run Jan. 12 with mixed results, as gross fell but average gained and median remained level in a market widely described as "fair" by consignors.
Champion Blind Luck was bought back for $1.4 million when the six-time grade I winner did not achieve her reserve price at the Jan. 12 first session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
- By Claire Novak
Champion Blind Luck walks at Hill 'n' Dale's Keeneland January sale consignment. She sells as hip No. 207. watch video
Some horses to watch at the Jan. 12 opening session of Keeneland's January mixed sale.
Champion Blind Luck walks at Hill 'n' Dale's Keeneland January sale consignment. She sells as hip No. 207. Watch John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale discuss Blind Luck selling in the Keeneland January Sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale Farm discusses the Keeneland January sale. watch video
John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale Farm discusses the Keeneland January sale. Watch video of Blind Luck at the Keeneland January Sale.
Keeneland's January sale, featuring champion Blind Luck, is expected to continue the stability and positive momentum seen in the 2014 November breeding stock market.
Three winners of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) are among the 35 grade or group I winners or producers consigned to this year's Fasig-Tipton November sale that will be held Monday, Nov. 3.
Pleasantly Perfect, one of the few Breeders' Cup winners at stud to sire a Breeders' Cup winner, will stand the 2015 breeding season at Taylor Made Stallions near Nicholasville, KY.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent Hoppertunity through his final move for the Kentucky Derby and Ria Antonia through her prep for the Oaks on April 28, squeezing in the drills between downpours at Churchill Downs.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|All Due Respect||Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.||
|Blind Luck||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Cozi Rosie||John W. Sadler||
|Crisp||John W. Sadler||
|Riviera Chic||Michael J. Maker||
|Sister Dawn||Jeffrey D. Thornbury||
|Warren's Jitterbug||Jorge Gutierrez||
|Zilva||H. Graham Motion||
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