As 2014 enters the home stretch, the freshman sire title seems to have boiled down to a three-way race.
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A $115,000 Unbridled's Song mare brought the top price Nov. 13 at Keeneland November's 10th session, which remained stable but saw declines that reflected buyers' continuing caution.
Liatris, the first starter for freshman sire Warrior's Reward, drew off in the stretch for a 3 3/4-length victory in her career debut May 30 at Pimlico Race Course.
A quartet of fillies topped the breeze tab at Ocala Training Center in Ocala, Fla., April 15 during the first of four under-tack previews for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farms announced its 2014 stud fees for 21 stallions both Kentucky-based and regional, led again by leading sire Malibu Moon whose fee jumped from $70,000 to $95,000 stands and nurses.
The appeal of first-year sires for buyers at the Keeneland September yearling sale, which waned during the Great Recession, seems to be making a comeback in 2013.
When the Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sale kicks off in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., breeding industry professionals will be looking closely to see how offspring of first-crop sires fare.
While several buyers and consignors noted that it seemed difficult to guess where upper-end prices will fall at the July 15 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, here's six they figure to be keeping a close eye on.
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The first reported foal by grade I winner Warrior's Reward is a filly born Jan. 18 at Gary Biszantz' Cobra Farm near Lexington.
Cash-strapped breeders prefer proven sires over young stallions, making it tougher to launch the careers of new studs.
Mares reported in foal to first-year stallions Warrior's Reward, Line of David, and Temple City.
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Grade I winner Warrior's Reward has been retired from racing for stallion duty at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.
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Musket Man, Paddy O'Prado, and Fly Down offer good value in Breeders' Cup Classic.
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It was another busy day for clockers at Churchill Downs as many contenders of the Nov. 5-6 Breeders' Cup World Championships completed their workouts Nov. 1.
A pair of horses trained by Brian Koriner topped the Breeders' Cup work tab at Churchill Downs Oct. 26.
California shipper Wickedly Perfect carried her form to Kentucky, taking a field of juvenile fillies wire-to-wire to score the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) Oct. 8 on opening day at Keeneland.
Keeneland opens its 17-day fall meeting Oct. 8 with a pair of graded stakes, highlighted by the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies on Polytrack.
Two champions -- Gio Ponti and Informed Decision -- are among the horses scheduled to run at Keeneland this weekend as part of the Lexington track's "FallStars Weekend."
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has added a pair of grade I winners to its 2011 stallion roster
The $250,000 Forego Handicap (gr. I) came up very strong, but the Godolphin coupled entry of Vineyard Haven and Girolamo will be tough to overcome.
Quality Road remained perfect in three starts this year, as the star 4-year-old held off a charging Musket Man in deep stretch to take the $500,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) under John Velazquez.
Freshened up since his sensational 12 3/4-length length triumph in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) nearly four months ago, Quality Road is the one to beat in the $500,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park May 31.
Calvin Borel guided his mount to an early lead and never looked back. This time, Borel steered 10-1 chance Atta Boy Roy to a wire-to-wire score in the $250,000 Churchill Downs (gr. II) May 1.
A Baker's Dozen passed the entry box for the seven-furlong Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) including Munnings, Hull, Kensei, and recent Carter Handicap (gr. I) winner Warrior's Reward.
Warrior's Reward, with Julien Leparoux aboard, caught Musket Man in deep stretch and nosed out his rival during a head-bobbing finish in the $250,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) April 3 at Aqueduct.
Munnings and Musket Man will square off in the grade I, $250,000 Carter Handicap April 3 at Aqueduct.
Warrior's Reward wins Feb. 11 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park; Capt. Candyman Can working toward 4-year-old debut.
Warrior's Reward, who ran fifth as the favorite in the Perryville (gr. III) Oct. 17 at Keeneland in Central Kentucky, was tentatively scheduled to return to trainer Ian Wilkes' barn at Churchill Downs late Oct. 18.
Windways Farm's El Brujo notched his second straight graded stakes score when he split horses in mid-stretch and went on for a 1 1/4-length win in the $150,000 Perryville (gr. III) for 3-year-olds Oct. 17 at Keeneland.
Ted Julio's Not For Silver and Windways Farm's El Brujo will carry top weight of 121 pounds each and concede four pounds to their rivals in the $150,000 Perryville (gr. III) for 3-year-olds Oct. 17 on the Polytrack at Keeneland.
Summer Bird continued his meteoric rise to the top of the nation's 3-year-old ranks, as he rolled through the slop for an easy 3 1/2-length score in the $1-million Shadwell Travers (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga.
A pair of quarter cracks may have kept Quality Road out of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but nearly four months later the record-setting 3-year-old will get his shot at the next best thing -- the Mid-Summer Derby.
This year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) is such an odd concoction of grass and synthetic horses and undistinguished older dirt horses it's difficult to make a worthwhile list of potential starters.
Trainer Ian Wilkes was not bothered by the slop Sunday morning and sent Warrior's Reward out for a five-furlong work over the sloppy main track at Saratoga Racecourse with jockey Calvin Borel in the irons as he worked toward the $1-million Shadwell Travers Stakes (gr. I).
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The weekend brought a couple of new players to the 3-year-old scene and also underlined just how strong the second-crop sires are.
Stonestreet Stables and Gulf Coast Farms' Kensei, who powered home to a 2 1/4-length victory over Warrior's Reward in the Aug. 1 Jim Dandy (gr. II) came out of the race in good shape, according to trainer Steven Asmussen's assistant Larry Ulrich.
Kensei notched his second straight grade II score Aug. 1 in the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga, as he pulled away from Warrior's Reward in the stretch for a convincing victory under Edgar Prado.
Kensei, ridden by Edgar Prado and trained by Steve Asmussen, made a powerful move on the far turn en route to an impressive 3 1/4-length victory in the 92nd running of the grade II, $200,000 Dwyer at Belmont Park on the July 4 holiday card.
A. Stevens Miles Jr.'s Warrior's Reward, who lost a tough duel with Successful Dan three weeks ago in the Northern Dancer (gr. III), will look to break through for his first graded stakes score in the $200,000 Dwyer (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park.
The storybook ride of Calvin Borel and Mine That Bird has come to an end, with the connections of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner now looking for a new jockey.
Morton Fink's homebred gelding Successful Dan kept his perfect record in tact when outdueling favored Warrior's Reward to win the $108,900 Northern Dancer (gr. III) by a head June 13 at Churchill Downs.
Warrior's Reward, who scored a strong allowance victory last month, looks like the one to beat in the $100,000 Northern Dancer Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds June 13 at Churchill Downs.
Tom McCarthy's General Quarters, impressive winner of last month's Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III), will try to prove that his runaway victory was no fluke when he returns for $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) on March 14.
Dunkirk, who made headlines before he ever started as a $3.7 million Keeneland September yearling buy, figures to be making many more on the track following his impressive 4 3/4-length win in an important 3-year-old allowance race at Gulfstream Park Feb. 19.
There have been many stakes this year that have been less competitive than Thursday's eighth race at Gulfstream, a first-level allowance test at a mile and an eighth.
Nicanor's debut wasn't one to remember. The 3-year-old full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro finished 10th in a one-mile maiden race at Gulfstream Park Jan. 31, hardly an encouraging step toward what his connections hoped would be a journey into this year's Triple Crown races.
|Trainer||Ian R. Wilkes|
|Jockey||Julien R. Leparoux|
|Owner||A. Stevens Miles, Jr.|
|Breeder||Jayeff B Stables|
|Warrior's Reward View Five-Cross Pedigree||Medaglia d'Oro||El Prado (IRE)|
|For All You Do||Seeking the Gold|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||A. Stevens Miles Jr.||Burleson Farms, agent||$180,000|