Although too early for objective conclusions, we can say subjectively with some confidence that Pioneerof the Nile is well on his way to an important career as a stallion.
Repole Stable's Stopchargingmaria took over rounding the far turn and drew off to an impressive five-length victory over Unbridled Forever in the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course July 20.
Aron Wellman and Lee Midkiff have grown a fledgling partnership group into the program producing grade I winners such as In Lingerie, Byrama, Capo Bastone, and now Arkansas Derby (gr. I) victor Danza.
"Paul Braverman said, 'Do you have any Derby horses this year?' and I said, 'Paul, this is our Derby horse.' " -- Kiaran McLaughlin on Cairo Prince.
Grade I winner In Lingerie, in foal to European champion Frankel, is being sold by Bluewster Sales at the Fasig-Tipton November sale Nov. 4. watch video
by Anne Peters
Female lines that continue to produce top-class runners.
Odds-on favorite Joyful Victory returned to her winning form with a 7 1/2-length humbling of four opponents in the $195,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes (gr. II) July 28 at Monmouth Park.
After Joyful Victory threw in a clunker in the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) in her most recent start, trainer Larry Jones says he's learned his lesson as he brings her to Monmouth Park for the Molly Pitcher Stakes July 28.
John Oxley's Funny Proposition upset reigning champion older female Royal Delta while securing the first stakes win of her career in the $186,375 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) June 15 at Churchill Downs.
Two-time champion Royal Delta faces just four others in her defense of the $175,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) June 15 at Churchill Downs.
Glencrest Farm's grade II winner Disposablepleasure has gone to the sidelines following a fourth-place finish in the May 27 Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I), owner John Greathouse said May 31.
CresRan Stable's homebred Tiz Miz Sue took advantage of a speed duel between Joyful Victory and Authenticity to post an impressive victory in the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park May 27.
Trainer Larry Jones will offer a stiff one-two punch in the $400,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I), with stablemates Joyful Victory and Believe You Can both entered for the May 27 event at Belmont Park.
After bypassing the Preakness, trainer Todd Pletcher has a deep group of possible contenders for the Belmont Stakes, including Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) third-place finisher Unlimited Budget.
Disposablepleasure scored her second 2013 straight victory when she kicked clear in upper-stretch and prevailed by an easy 1 1/2 lengths over Brushed by a Star in the April 20 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne.
Out from the shadow of rival Joyful Victory, Brushed by a Star has a chance to shine in the $200,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne Race Course April 20.
Godolphin Racing's Questing, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2012, has been retired and will be bred this year to Darley stallion Bernardini.
Higher-energy Eclipse Award ceremony Jan. 19 honors longtime owner/breeder Morton Fink with three trophies. Godolphin/Darley also picks up three awards.
A voting overview of the 2012 Eclipse Award winners and other candidates, along with number of first-place votes for each category is listed in this story.
Questing's amazing brilliance during the summer did not escape the Eclipse voters, despite her seemingly late-season decline and the return to top form by last year's 2-year-old filly champ My Miss Aurelia.
Questing and My Miss Aurelia have both made a good case for championship honors.
Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) winner In Lingerie has been retired from racing and will be bred to two-time Cartier Horse of the Year Frankel.
Godolphin Racing's Questing, who was eased in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) after showing no inclination to run, was found to have suffered an injury to her eye, though no one knows exactly how it happened.
Martin Schwartz's Zagora took the lead leaving the second turn and held off a tenacious Marketing Mix for a game victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2.
The Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) didn't draw the largest field, but it attracted eight fillies and mares that could put on quite a show in the $2 million event Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Disposablepleasure||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Funny Proposition||Mark E. Casse||
|In Lingerie||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Questing (GB)||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Yara||Juan Carlos Guerrero||
|Zo Impressive||Thomas Albertrani||
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