Rachel's Valentina continued to impress Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, remaining perfect in two starts with her win in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) for Stonestreet Stables.
Spinaway's family continues to produce runners of the highest class, so the race that carries her name at Saratoga is a wonderful way to keep her memory alive.
Two-year-old filly Tap to It overcame some difficulty in capturing her career debut Aug. 16 at Saratoga Race Course, pleasing trainer Ralph Nicks and stamping herself as a candidate for the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) next month.
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah returns to gallop home in the Haskell and more in the August 8, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
Keeneland's September yearling sale posted more across-the-board gains Sept. 17 at its ninth session as four horses brought $200,000 or more, helping the 13-day sale remain ahead of last year on average and median prices.
Sweet Reason, smashing winner of the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, is the headliner in the 1 1/16-mile Frizette Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
by John P. Sparkman
Despite admirable objective accomplishments, some very good sires like Dixie Union seem fated not to be fully appreciated within their lifetimes.
Undefeated 2-year-old filly So Many Ways will not travel to California to run in the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, owner Maggi Moss announced Sept. 26.
Craig B. Singer's homebred Salty Strike jumped out to the early lead and never looked back as the 4-year-old filly posted her third consecutive stakes win in the $100,000 Gardenia Stakes (gr. III) at Ellis Park Aug. 11.
Joyful Victory and Sassy Image top a strong field of 11 fillies and mares in the $100,000 Gardenia Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 11 at Ellis Park, the first race back in Kentucky for jockey Robby Albarado since his May 4 arrest.
Sassy Image will attempt to become the first repeat winner of the $300,000 Humana Distaff (gr. I) when she faces a strong lineup in the 26th renewal of the seven-furlong test May 5 at Churchill Downs.
As bigger names garnered the publicity, Musical Romance completed her rags-to-riches story when she was named champion female sprinter for 2011.
Barbara Banke is carrying on the prominent Thoroughbred operation, Stonestreet Stables, which will be represented by My Miss Aurelia and Wilburn in the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Grace Hall probably won't be the favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Nov. 4 -- that honor will likely go to My Miss Aurelia -- but trainer Tony Dutrow would not change positions with anyone.
Multiple grade I winner Sassy Image has been taken out of consideration for the $1 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) after a chip in a hind ankle was discovered.
- By Vic Zast
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Front-running Hilda's Passion became a grade I winner with a romping triumph in the $250,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 27.
Already a dual grade I winner this year, Sassy Image can keep it going for brothers Jerry and Dale Romans in the $250,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 27.
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Favored Sassy Image came from out of the clouds to capture the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) to highlight the "Summit of Speed" program at Calder Casino & Race Course July 9, her second grade I win in two months.
Grade I winners Sassy Image and Champagne d'Oro will knock heads with local sharpster Musical Romance going six furlongs in the Princess Rooney H. at Calder July 9.
Sassy Image made her win in the grade I Humana Distaff look easy earlier this month at Churchill, but she was pushed to the limit by longshot Beat the Blues May 30 before prevailing by a neck in the Winning Colors (gr. III).
Sassy Image, upset winner of the Humana Distaff (gr. I) for the owner-trainer brother duo of Jerry Romans and Dale Romans, headlines a field of 10 fillies and mares entered in the $100,000 Winning Colors (gr. III).
Jerry Romans' filly, a daughter of Broken Vow, rallies from off the pace to win going away; 4-year-old filly was longest shot on the board at 16-1.
Hilda's Passion, a two-time graded stakes winner this season at Gulfstream Park, heads a strong field of eight older fillies and mares in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 7.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Beautician||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Bickersons||Kelly J. Breen||
|Hot Dixie Chick||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Magic Appeal||Stanley M. Hough||
|Opus A||Richard A. Violette, Jr.||
|Sassy Image||Dale L. Romans||
|Sky Fever||Juan Ortiz||
|Snap Happy||Scott A. Lake||
|Worstcasescenario||Richard A. Violette, Jr.||
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