While the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) gets the most buzz from the 'best milers make the best sires' adage, the Cigar Mile (gr. I) coming up on Nov. 29 has also produced its fair share of top stallions.
To Honor and Serve
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Gainesway has announced the 2015 fee schedule for its seven-horse stallion roster, headed by leading sire Tapit with more than $15 million in current progeny earnings, a North American record.
The first reported foal for multiple grade I winner To Honor and Serve is a bay filly born Jan. 9 at Gainesway Farm near Lexington.
Gainesway's benchmark stallion Tapit will stand the 2014 season for $150,000, the Lexington farm announced Nov. 6 in releasing its stud fees for the coming year.
Pedigrees don't win races, but on paper, none of the new faces to emerge so far in 2013 looks better than Elnaawi.
Antony Beck of Gainesway, which stands new stallions To Honor and Serve and Tapizar, has been shopping at both the Keeneland November breeding stock sale and the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale for mares.
Multiple grade I winner To Honor and Serve has been retired from racing to stand at Antony Beck's Gainesway Farm near Lexington.
Janis R. Whitham's Fort Larned led from gate to wire and held off a sustained stretch bid by Mucho Macho Man to win the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) before a crowd of 55,123 at Santa Anita Park Nov. 3.
Game On Dude could put himself atop the favorites list for Horse of the Year with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Bill Mott sent his quartet of Breeders' Cup hopefuls out for their final works Oct. 28, with Royal Delta (:48.96), To Honor and Serve (:47.72) and Flat Out (:48.01) all turning in half-miles.
The Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 24 that 180 horses, including eight former or defending winners, were pre-entered for the Nov. 2-3 World Championships at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Bill Mott sent out Royal Delta and two of his three contenders in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) for workouts at Belmont Park Oct. 13.
A chilly, cloudless October morning at Beautiful Belmont provided the setting for trainer Bill Mott and his band of Breeders' Cup big guns. read blog
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott says all four of his Super Saturday horses, including Beldame winner Royal Delta and repeat TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup victor Flat Out will be pointed to the 2012 Breeders' Cup Nov. 2-3.
Charles Fipke's homebred Jersey Town, a 6-year-old son of Speightstown, blows by Shackleford in the stretch of the one-mile Kelso Handicap (gr. II). Favored To Honor and Serve finishes fourth.
To Honor and Serve and Shackleford renew their one-turn rivalry at Belmont Park in the one-mile Kelso Handicap (gr. II) as part of "Super Saturday" Sept. 29 at Belmont.
Bill Mott will use the Sept. 29 one-mile Kelso as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Trainer Bill Mott, speaking Sept. 16, confirmed Royal Delta for the Beldame Invitational (gr. I) and said To Honor and Serve could compete in the Kelso Handicap (gr. II) after the pair posted separate breezes at Belmont
Evan Hammonds recaps the holiday weekend races including performances by To Honor And Serve and Emcee! watch video
Trainer Bill Mott says he's considering another start for Woodward Stakes (gr. I) winner To Honor and Serve before the Breeders' Cup.
- By Vic Zast
Final Stretch Weekend begins with the Woodward Stakes. read blog
To Honor and Serve was undeniable in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 1, holding off the late challenge of 4-5 favorite Mucho Macho Man to earn his second grade I by a neck.
- By Tom LaMarra
Pete and Tom handicap the Woodward Stakes field racing at Saratoga this weekend. watch video
Suburban Handicap (gr. II) winner Mucho Macho Man seeks the first grade I stakes victory of his career in the Sept. 1 Woodward at Saratoga Race Course; it would also be a first for trainer Kathy Ritvo.
Hall of Fame rider has live mounts at Saratoga and Del Mar this week
Grade I winner To Honor and Serve, an earner of $1.3 million, will enter stud in 2013 at the Beck family's Gainesway Farm near Lexington, the farm announced Aug. 19.
Bill Mott pair work for the Personal Ensign Stakes and Woodward Stakes, respectively.
Several key contenders for the Aug. 4 Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) breezed July 29 on the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course, and trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Mike Repole's Caixa Eletronica.
Even though it's more than a week away, the Aug. 3-5 stakes extravaganza at Saratoga Race Course is taking shape, with the release by the New York Racing Association of a list of probables for the four graded stakes.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith flew from California to ride Mucho Macho Man in the $300,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park July 7, and the trip paid off as the big bay colt won the 1 1/8-mile test.
Top older horses face off at Belmont Park July 7 in the 127th renewal of the $350,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II), one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious races.
Shackleford led from start to finish and the 4-year-old son of Forestry held off a fast-closing Caleb's Posse to win the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park May 28.
Experience and previous success on the Belmont Park dirt surface could be the deciding factor when a short but strong field gathers for the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at one mile May 28.
He only defeated three horses in a scratched-filled edition of the $142,500 Westchester Stakes (gr. III), but To Honor and Serve could not have looked any better in his season debut April 28 at Belmont Park.
Three grade I winners--To Honor and Serve, Jersey Town, and Boys at Tosconova--headline the $150,000 Westchester (gr. III) April 28, the first of 35 stakes at Belmont Park's 2012 spring/summer meet.
A slew of horses coming out of the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships in early November returned to the races in the next month, seeking redemption and perhaps a better shot at various divisional championships. read blog
Concept isn't new...but worth revisiting... read blog
There is an impressive list of older horses returning next year. read blog
Cutting back in distance in search of his first grade I win, To Honor and Serve put away Calibrachoa in upper stretch and held off Hymn Book late to take the Cigar Mile Handicap Nov. 26 at Aqueduct.
With four wins at the track and a strong comeback effort in his most recent start, Haynesfield figures prominently in the $250,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I), which headlines Aqueduct's Nov. 26 program.
Bill Mott is pointing To Honor and Serve to the $250,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 26 at Aqueduct.
A day after one of the closest first-to-last finishes in the history of the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), connections of the horses that participated in the race won by Drosselmeyer were at the track early Nov. 6.
Who will win the Breeders' Cup Classic? How will the others finish? Predict the Order
Two horses who will face off in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)--Flat Out and To Honor and Serve--breezed a quarter of a mile over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs the morning of Nov. 4.
Preston Stables' Flat Out, who could be one of the favorites for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), zipped a half-mile in an impressive :46 3/5 in the pre-dawn cold at Churchill Downs Oct. 30.
Royal Delta and To Honor and Serve worked Oct. 23, on the main track at Churchill Downs for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott
No trainer has won more races at Churchill Downs than Mott. read blog
A trio of Breeders' Cup contenders from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott--To Honor and Serve (Classic, gr. I), Royal Delta (Ladies' Classic, gr. I) and Courageous Cat (Mile, gr. IT)--worked Oct. 16 at Churchill.
It took 10 months, but the Classic now has our full attention. read blog
Twin Creeks Farm enjoys breeding, racing success read blog
|Trainer||William I. Mott|
|Jockey||John R. Velazquez|
|Owner||Live Oak Plantation|
|Breeder||Twin Creeks Farm, Larry Byer & Rancho San MIguel|
|To Honor and Serve View Five-Cross Pedigree||Bernardini||A.P. Indy|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Weanling||Sommer Smith, agent||Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent||$250,000|
|Yearling||Live Oak Plantation||Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent||$575,000|