Unusual Heat, the all time leading sire in California progeny earnings, has been pensioned from stud duty at Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif. at the age of 26.
A yearling colt by City Zip was purchased by Robert Hess Jr. for $50,000 to top the Aug. 16 Northern California yearling and horses of racing age sale.
Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget's outstanding season looks likely to have spawned several new relationships, judging by the action during a lively Part II of the Arqana August yearling sale Aug. 16 in Deauville.
Champion and California freshman sire Acclamation gained his first winner Aug. 12 at Del Mar when son Accountability posted a game half-length victory in the eighth race.
California-bred What a View made quite a jump from winning against state-bred company in his last start to take the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) March 12 at Santa Anita Park in his first graded stakes attempt.
Bolo will put his undefeated record over the Santa Anita Park lawn on the line March 12 in the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT), with grade II winners Om and Midnight Storm in to challenge.
Unusual Heat, the six-time leading sire in California and California's all-time leading stallion in total progeny, turf, and California-bred earnings, already has a full book for 2016 at a fee of $20,000.
Barretts Sales has expanded its traditional October yearling sale to include horses of racing age and broodmares in the first edition of the auction at Del Mar Oct. 27.
The auction of 270 horses, including 210 yearlings, will be held Oct. 27 starting at 11 a.m. PDT on the grounds of Del Mar.
Barretts Sales, having conducted paddock auctions of horses of racing age during the Del Mar race meeting the past four years, is inaugurating a select yearling sale this season. It will be held Aug. 15.
E. W. "Buddy" Johnston, a major California breeder who headed his family's Old English Rancho, died May 5 in his sleep. He would have turned 78 May 6.
The catalog for the Tattersalls Guineas breeze-up and horses in training sale is available online at www.tattersalls.com.
Santa Anita Park is returning the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) to $1 million in 2015, and also hiked the purse for its other leading main track event for older horses, the San Antonio Stakes (gr. II), to a record $500,000.
A rare yearling by hot sire Starspangledbanner was the top seller at the opening session of Doncaster Bloodstock Sales' premier yearling sale Aug. 26.
Trading was robust at the second session of the Tattersalls July sale July 10 as both total revenue and median rose by double-digit percentage points while 95% of the horses offered were sold.
Argentinian import Winning Prize streaked gate-to-wire in the $350,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park March 8, securing his first grade I score in the U.S.
Lochte, impressive 39-1 winner of the Feb. 9 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT), will attempt to repeat his success in his first trip to California when he faces nine others in the March 8 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr.IT).
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The Louisiana State Racing Commission has concluded that no further action is needed in the case involving the former grade I winner Monzante who broke down and was euthanized following a race at Evangeline Downs July 20.
Monzante, a grade I stakes winner competing for a $4,000 tag at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana. He was injured in the race, and upon the advice of the owner's veterinarian, was euthanized.
Jackie Thacker, the trainer that opted to euthanize grade I winner Monzante, said he made the call when it was apparent the gelding was suffering after a breakdown in a July 20 claiming race at Evangeline Downs.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Blue Chagall (FR)||Julio C. Canani||
|Ever a Friend||David Jacobson||
|Fluke (BRZ)||Humberto Ascanio||
|Monzante||Jackie W. Thacker||
|Proviso (GB)||William I. Mott||
|Red Alert Day (GB)||John W. Sadler||
|Red Sun||Carla Gaines||
|Tuscan Evening (IRE)||Jerry Hollendorfer||
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