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Barring significant changes in discussions between Gulfstream Park officials and the connections of Gun Runner, the Candy Ride colt will not make it to the South Florida racetrack for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28.
Classic Empire, a rangy, good-looking son of Pioneerof the Nile, came to hand under the tutelage of Mark and Norm Casse, and then left the rest of the juvenile division in arrears as he claimed the Eclipse Award for 2016’s top 2-year-old male.
The possibility that grade 1 winner Gun Runner could start in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park came closer to fruition after a deal was reached to use Ruis Racing's slot in the 12-horse starting gate.
WinStar Farm's Daredevil sired his first reported foal Jan. 10, when a filly was born at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y.
The official clocking on Arrogate's special late-morning workout Jan. 8 was 1:11.94 for six furlongs, but the stopwatch doesn't tell the whole story.
The Casse Racing shedrow got their first positive answer to some questions Jan. 8 when Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Classic Empire and champion turf female Tepin each turned in their first moves of 2017.
WinStar Farm's Carpe Diem, a grade 1 winner at both 2 and 3, sired his first reported foal on New Year's Day when a colt was born Sunday at Ocala Stud in Ocala, Fla.
The first reported foal from the initial crop by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was born at Brookdale Farm early morning Jan. 3, the family-run operation announced.
Champion and classic winner Nyquist, who is set to stand his first season at Darley in 2017, is currently recovering at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute after undergoing successful colic surgery Dec. 22.
Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has been retired from racing, it was announced Dec. 8. Stud plans are pending.
A start in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland is the first choice for Classic Empire's final Derby prep, but the race's downgraded status has prompted his connections to put other options back into the discussion.
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Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys' Gun Runner handily defeated older horses to earn his first grade I victory Nov. 25, turning back longshot Breaking Lucky for a gate-to-wire score in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
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America's Best Racing (ABR) was honored Nov. 20 at the EQUUS Film Festival in New York City as the Equestrian Series Award winner for its 2016 production of "Triple Crown Training: Where American Pharoah Learned to be a Racehorse."
American Pharoah's fee is private, while Uncle Mo's has doubled to $150,000. European champion Air Force Blue will stand for $25,000 in his first year, while reverse shuttler Vancouver will stand for $15,000.
Leading the roster are Creative Cause, Cairo Prince, and Majesticperfection at $15,000.
Trainer Mark Casse was openly confident regarding John Oxley's Classic Empire, and was proven right when the bay colt held off favored Not This Time to win the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
After winning last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland with a well-rested American Pharoah, trainer Bob Baffert hopes a similar approach with Arrogate delivers this season.
Klimt will try to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile for owner Kaleem Shah and trainer Bob Baffert, two years after the team sent out Bayern to take the Breeders' Cup Classic, also at Santa Anita.
This year we not only have a deep, talented field for the Juvenile, but the vast majority of them also look like Derby horses in terms of class, pedigree, and running style.
A geographically diverse and evenly matched field is set to face the starter in the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) going 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita Park Nov. 5.
The 4-year-old son of Flatter and multiple graded stakes winner will enter stud in 2017 with a $10,000 fee.
|Date||Race||Position / Horse / Points|
Claiborne Breeders' Futurity
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|American Pharoah||Bob Baffert||
|Blue Dancer||Greg Tracy||
|Carpe Diem||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Danny Boy||Dale L. Romans||
|Daredevil||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Lucky Player||Karl Broberg||
|Mr. Z||D. Wayne Lukas||
|One Lucky Dane||Bob Baffert||
|Private Prospect||Michael B. Campbell||
|Souper Colossal||Edward Plesa, Jr.||
|Upstart||Richard A. Violette, Jr.||
|War Envoy||Mick Ruis||
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