The Keeneland November sale's eighth day Nov. 9 ended lower despite selling 11 six-figure horses, but the 12-day auction still remained ahead of 2014's numbers overall.
Darby Dan Farm's schedule of 2016 fees is unchanged from 2015 apart from new additions Tapiture ($7,500) and Sky Kingdom ($5,000).
Gainesway Farm announced Thursday, Nov. 5 that Tapit, well on his way to a second straight season as leading sire, will again stand for $300,000 in 2016.
Moments after Liam's Map scored a clear victory in the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), one of his co-owners confirmed that the 4-year-old son of Unbridled's Song will be retired to stand at Lane's End.
Liam's Map, who typically races on the lead, rallied to win Friday's $1 million Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Keeneland.
The son of Unbridled's Song drew post 3 of 11 in the Dirt Mile (gr. I) and will look to use his swift turn of foot in the shorter race rather than throwing in with American Pharoah and Beholder in the Classic (gr. I).
In the early morning hours, Asmussen worked Untapable, Tapiture, Holy Boss, and Nickname for their respective Breeders' Cup races.
After Lea's strong :47 2/5 half-mile work Oct. 26 at Keeneland, trainer Bill Mott said the horse will run in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding rights to Centennial Farms' Wicked Strong. The 4-year-old son of Hard Spun will stand at the farm in 2016 after a start in the Breeders' Cup.
Multiple graded stakes winner Bradester had his first work over the main track at Keeneland the morning of Oct. 17, breezing five-eighths of a mile in company in a quick :58 3/5.
"He breezed awful fast," trainer Marcus Vitali said of the five-furlong move, timed in 1:00.85 Oct. 12 at Palm Meadows Training Center.
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey was pleased after Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) candidate Honor Code worked five furlongs in a sparkling 1:00 2/5 Oct. 12 over the main track at Belmont Park.
Tapiture and Holy Boss, two Breeders' Cup World Championships hopefuls trained by Steve Asmussen, breezed at Keeneland the morning of Oct. 11.
Teresa Viola Racing Stables' grade I winner Liam's Map breezed five furlongs at Keeneland the morning of Oct. 11 as the colt continued working toward the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Oct. 30.
After winning the first main-track mile race held in many years, perhaps ever, at Keeneland, jockey Corey Lanerie had some advice for riders trying the distance in the weeks to come: Get out of the gate.
Grade I winner Liam's Map will contest the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Oct. 30 at Keeneland and not the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Oct. 7.
Take a look back at the Saratoga Race Course meet, where trainer Mark Casse almost couldn't buy a winner, and it's remarkable to see how the tables have turned.
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile hopeful Appealing Tale dashed gate-to-wire in the $400,000 Kelso Handicap (gr. II) Oct. 3 at Belmont, while Honor Code, expected to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), finished third.
- By Frank Angst
Thanks to some creative thinking, communication with top riders and trainers, and efforts to measure the distance to the first turn, this year's Dirt Mile will be contested at the mile distance, well close to it. read blog
Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid gamely put away an onslaught of closers to win the $75,000 Groomstick Stakes Sept. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
The colt is out of graded stakes winner Afleeting Lady, a half sister to classic winner Shackleford and grade I winner Lady Joanne.
Tapiture, Winchell Thoroughbreds' multiple grade II-winning son Tapit, will stand at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington following the 2015 racing season.
Although Private Zone's dominating victory in the Priority One Jets Forego Stakes (gr. I) guaranteed him a spot in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), trainer Jorge Navarro is already considering an alternative.
A son of Harlan's Holiday and a daughter of Tapizar each brought $90,000 to top the inaugural Barretts select yearling sale at Del Mar racetrack Aug. 15.
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.
|Date||Race||Position / Horse / Points|
San Diego H
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Delegation||Mark E. Casse||
|Emcee||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Fed Biz||Bob Baffert||
|Handsome Mike||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Jersey Town||Barclay Tagg||
|Jimmy Creed||Richard E. Mandella||
|Rail Trip||Ronald W. Ellis||
|Second City||Nicholas Esler||
|Shackleford||Dale L. Romans||
|Tapizar||Steven M. Asmussen||
Breeders' Cup Divisions
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies S.||PEN|
|Fabulous Strike H.||PEN|
|Sir Barton S.||WO|
|Eddy County S.||ZIA|