The 2016 breeding season brings challenges for stallion owners and breeders: more expensive stud fees for top-tier stallions, fierce competition for mares, and the stock market suffering a worst-ever start to a new year.
- Bay Colt
- Born 2011
There will be several longshots that come in, some at huge prices. The toughest past of the Breeders' Cup is finding them among the morass of top-class horses who will be competing. read blog
The son of Unbridled's Song drew post 3 of 11 in the Dirt Mile (gr. I) and will look to use his swift turn of foot in the shorter race rather than throwing in with American Pharoah and Beholder in the Classic (gr. I).
Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding rights to Centennial Farms' Wicked Strong. The 4-year-old son of Hard Spun will stand at the farm in 2016 after a start in the Breeders' Cup.
Training Progeny of Hard Spun: Wicked Strong, Free as a Bird, Hard Aces and More! view slideshow
Robert S. Evans' Tonalist rated early and exploded late to win the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 3 at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old Tapit colt won the Gold Cup last year as well.
While Tonalist enters the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I) Saturday, Oct. 3 on -- by his standards -- a downward trend, the Tapit colt will be favored to repeat his 2014 victory in the Belmont Park race.
Reigning Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Tonalist drilled a bullet five furlongs Sept. 26 at Belmont Park in preparation for this year's edition of the race Oct. 3.
The fields for six graded stakes on Belmont Park's Oct. 3 "Super Saturday" card are beginning to take form.
One race after being caught late in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I), Liam's Map led at every call in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, drawing off to easily earn his first grade I victory.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) featuring Wicked Strong, Liam's Map, Mylute, and Protonico. Watch Video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) featuring Wicked Strong, Liam's Map, Mylute, and Protonico. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Woodward.
Four weeks after just missing his first grade I victory in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I), Liam's Map will try again when he faces an expected seven other horses in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.
Off a scintillating Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) win on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard, Honor Code was installed as the 3-1 favorite for the Whitney Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
Several Whitney (gr. I) contenders drilled July 31 for the upcoming $1.25 million race next weekend at Saratoga Race Course, including 2014 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist, who put in his final serious work.
Honor Code turned on the afterburners and flew home June 6 in the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park, with last year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist getting up for second.
The Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) is on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard for the second year in a row. With the 2014 edition won by the previous year's Belmont winner, Christophe Clement hopes Tonalist can also win.
Instead of 3-5 favorite Wicked Strong winning in his second start of the season, it was the 6-1 Effinex who made a sweeping move on the final turn and put away pacesetter Red Rifle to win the 1 1/4-mile test.
Wicked Strong, winner of last year's TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) and Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), tries to get back on a winning track April 25 as he takes on seven opponents in the $200,000 Excelsior Stakes (gr. III).
Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm's Honor Code, in his first start of 2015, mowed down the front-runners with a strong rally to capture the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) March 7.
Good Friends' Stable's Private Zone, who closed last season with his third grade I stakes win in New York, is scheduled to make his 6-year-old debut Saturday, March 7, in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II).
My Miss Sophia, second in this year's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), sold for $2.15 million as a racing/broodmare prospect at the Nov. 3 Fasig-Tipton November sale.
Centennials Farms' Wicked Strong, who clipped heels in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and unseated jockey Rajiv Maragh, will not be sent to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup and will be put away for the remainder of the year.
Although Super Saturday in New York and California had several twists that no one was expecting, it did help clarify the Breeders' Cup picture to some extent, but also raised questions as well. read blog
Tonalist and Zivo, first and second, respectively, in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), could meet up again in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), their trainers said the morning of Sept. 28.
Jockey Rajiv Maragh underwent surgery the morning of Sept. 28 at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., to repair a broken right arm suffered when he was unseated during the Jockey Club Gold Cup a day earlier.
Sophomores Wicked Strong, Tonalist, and V.E. Day take on elders such as Whitney (gr. I) winner Moreno in the 1 1/4-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup Sept. 27 on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.
TimeformUS Plays for Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Jockey Club Gold Cup and examine it's implications for the Breeders' Cup. The duo also touch on several other big races and key horses from around the country. watch video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Jockey Club Gold Cup and examine it's implications for the Breeders' Cup. The duo also touch on several other big races and key horses from around the country. Join in a live chat about this weekend's races with Tom LaMarra, Friday, Sept. 26! Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Trainer Eric Guillot believes Moreno ran his best race ever in the July 5 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park, so he's looking for another top effort from the 4-year-old gelding in the Sept. 27 Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Belmont Park's TVG Super Saturday card Sept. 27 looks to be shaping up as a stellar day of racing with a number of elite runners listed as likely to compete in six graded stakes worth combined purses of $3.4 million.
Several horses aiming for races on Belmont Park's TVG Super Saturday card Sept. 27 put in works at various tracks Sept. 20, including Itsmyluckyday and Moreno.
Travers (gr. I) winner V. E. Day worked seven furlongs in 1:28.30 at approximately 8 a.m., with TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) victor Wicked Strong going six furlongs in 1:15.93 at 9:45 a.m.
Watch Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman bid Steve farewell as And They're Off moves to the next chapter with Lenny's Place. The duo discuss the Travers Stakes, Jimmy Jerkens, Tom Durkin, and give the top 8 reasons Steve is leaving ATO.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens had the best horse in the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I), but it wasn't the one everyone was betting on.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Travers Stakes, Ballerina Stakes and what Artemis Agrotera could hold for the Breeders' Cup. watch video
The morning after his horses produced a rare 1-2 finish in the $1.25 million Travers (gr. I) Aug. 23, trainer Jimmy Jerkens continued to be amazed by his good fortune.
TimeformUS looks at the Travers and the Pacific Classic. read blog
On paper, the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course appears to be a three-horse race among Bayern, Tonalist, and Wicked Strong, there are several improving 3-year-olds who could be potential upsetters.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Evan Hammonds handicap the exciting Travers Stakes at Saratoga this week. Will you pick the Jim Dandy Stakes winner? watch video
Claire Novak and Evan Hammonds handicap the exciting Travers Stakes at Saratoga this week. Will you pick the Jim Dandy Stakes winner? Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Travers Stakes.
- By Steve Haskin
First, Bayern is going to be very tough on an uncontested lead, especially breaking from post 2 and with a stone closer, Commanding Curve, inside him. Second, Tonalist and Wicked Strong are both sitting on big efforts. read blog
Trainer Christophe Clement proclaimed Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist ready for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) after the colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01.88 over the Oklahoma training track Aug. 16.
Centennial Farms' Wicked Strong breezed a half mile in :48 3/5 over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 8 in preparation for his expected start in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) in two weeks.
Monmouth Park, Saratoga, Del Mar, Europe, Parx, Canterbury, Woodbine & More! view slideshow
After a somewhat disappointing Triple Crown campaign, Wicked Strong started the second half of his sophomore season in fine style, defeating Tonalist in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 26 at Saratoga.
- By Claire Novak
Tonalist and Wicked Strong will face several new shooters this week in the Jim Dandy Stakes. Who do you like in the Jim Dandy? Listen to Claire Novak and Frank Angst give their picks. watch video
Tonalist and Wicked Strong will face several new shooters this week in the Jim Dandy Stakes. Who do you like in the Jim Dandy? Listen to Claire Novak and Frank Angst give their picks. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Jim Dandy Stakes.
|Trainer||James A. Jerkens|
|Jockey||John R. Velazquez|
|Breeder||William F. Lynn|
|Wicked Strong View Five-Cross Pedigree||Hard Spun||Danzig|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Centennial Farms||Three Chimneys Sales, agent||$375,000|
|Catch a Glimpse|
|Keep Quiet (FR)|