Visionaire

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Visionaire Won't Point for Breeders' Cup

Visionaire Won't Point for Breeders' Cup

Visionaire, winner of the Aug. 23 NetJets King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I), won't be pointed for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park in October because none of the races offers him the opportunity to do "what he does best," according to a recent article on Team Valor International's Web site.

Pyro's Heat Re-Found in Northern Dancer

Pyro's Heat Re-Found in Northern Dancer

Pyro's form of old returned June 14 at Churchill Downs as the son of Pulpit powered to a 1 3/4-length win over five fellow 3-year-olds in the Northern Dancer Stakes (gr. III). The Steve Asmussen-trained colt covered the 1 1/16 miles of the $190,925 race in 1:43.53.

Pyro Seeks Northern Dancer Redemption

Pyro Seeks Northern Dancer Redemption

The last time Winchell Thoroughbreds' Pyro raced at Churchill Downs, he finished a disappointing eighth, 15 lengths behind Big Brown, in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). In the June 14 Northern Dancer Stakes (gr. III), trainer Steve Asmussen looks for a much-improved effort.

Derby Contenders to Benefit RFE

As participants in The Race For Education's Racehorse Nomination Program, a percentage of any earnings by Colonel John, Court Vision, Monba, Visionaire, Z Fortune and Z Humor in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will go to the non-profit, which funds scholarships and educational grants for young people with significant financial need.

Matz is Quietly Confident in Visionaire

Matz is Quietly Confident in Visionaire

Things are relatively quiet at the barn of trainer Michael Matz and void of the media buzz that surrounded other such barns as Richard Dutrow and Eoin Harty leading up to Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Stutts a Hit at Derby Trainers' Dinner

Stutts a Hit at Derby Trainers' Dinner

An interview with Benny Stutts Jr. was the highlight of the annual Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners' and Breeders' Association's Derby trainers' dinner, as the 70-year-old trainer expressed his delight at preparing to saddle his first Kentucky Derby starter - Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air.

Visionaire Breezes As Expected

Visionaire Breezes As Expected

Michael Matz didn't expect Visionaire to sizzle in his final work before the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I), so the trainer was satisfied when the colt breezed a half-mile in :48.40 Monday morning at Churchill Downs.

Ky. Derby Trail: Welcome to Louisville

Ky. Derby Trail: Welcome to Louisville

The first morning at Churchill Downs brought sunny skies and warm temperatures, as the Kentucky Derby horses began their final stretch to racing's biggest day. From here on, there is no room for error. We'll give a brief rundown of the day's activities and continue with the plusses and minuses of each contender.

Blue Grass Notes, The Day After

Blue Grass Notes, The Day After

One day after his 3-year-olds ran 1-2 in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), trainer Todd Pletcher said he will take a few days before deciding when Monba and Cowboy Cal will ship to Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Downey: Pyro, Visionaire Look Best

Downey: Pyro, Visionaire Look Best

For Keeneland regulars, Saturday will be one of those days, with temperatures in the low 50's, wind sweeping through the grandstand left-to-right, and a chance of rain. For the connections of Pyro, the mission is to avoid rain on their parade toward the first Saturday in May.

Pyro in Final Blue Grass Tuneup

Pyro in Final Blue Grass Tuneup

Winchell Thoroughbreds' Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Pyro turned in his final major prep for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) by working a half-mile in :50.60 early Monday morning at Keeneland.

Pyro Works Six Furlongs at Keeneland

Pyro Works Six Furlongs at Keeneland

Winchell Thoroughbreds' Pyro, winner of the Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) and Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in his two starts this year, continued his preparations for the April 12 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) by working six furlongs in 1:14.60 March 31 at Keeneland.

Illinois Derby Could Have Deep Field

Illinois Derby Could Have Deep Field

Entries for the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) won't be drawn until March 31, but from the looks of the nominations, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) prep is shaping into a deep and competitive field with many of the nation's top trainers and horses participating.

Visionaire Exits Gotham in Good Shape

Visionaire Exits Gotham in Good Shape

Trainer Michael Matz said that Gotham winner Visionaire appears to have come out of his March 8 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) victory in good shape, and will ship back to Palm Meadows in Florida March 11.

War Pass and Pyro Head Derby Pool 2

War Pass and Pyro Head Derby Pool 2

Unbeaten 2-year-old champion War Pass, winner of the $2-million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), and Pyro, the runner-up in the Juvenile and winner of the Risen Star Stakes (gr. III), are the early favorites for Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens Mar. 6.

Ky. Derby Trail: A Rising Star

Ky. Derby Trail: A Rising Star

The Kentucky Derby trail received the spark it had been looking for when Pyro put on a spectacular exhibition in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. III). There is no doubt Pyro is a top-class horse with a powerful closing kick, but before we get too euphoric, let's not forget that this has happened many times at Fair Grounds.

Connections

Trainer Michael R. Matz
Jockey Alan Garcia
Owner Team Valor International (Barry Irwin) and Vision Racing, LLC (Brandon Perry)
Breeder Reiley McDonald

Pedigree

Visionaire View Five-Cross Pedigree Grand Slam Gone West
Bright Candles
Scarlet Tango French Deputy
Silver Tango

Auction History

Sale / Hip Type Buyer Consignor Price
FTSAUG2006
Hip 135
Yearling Vision Sales Paramount Sales, agent $300,000
FTFFEB2007
Hip 127
Two-year-old John D. Stephens ($90,000)
OBSJUN2007
Hip 439
Two-year-old Vision Racing Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent for Vision Sales $220,000

Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.

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