Dan Liebman

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    In It To Win It

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - On the night of the 36th Eclipse Awards Jan. 22 in Beverly Hills, Calif., every equine flat winner had one thing in common: all raced on Breeders' Cup World Championships day.

  • Texas-bred Champions Honored

    The 2006 Texas-bred champions were honored Saturday night as guest speaker Jack Knowlton of Sackatoga Stable told the crowd there will always be room for the little guy in racing.

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    2007 Stud Fees: More Declines than Increases

    A few years ago, Jay Brunker believed a breeder could slightly overbreed a mare and not get hurt by the decision. Now, the owner of Grade I Bloodstock is not so sure, and he is cautioning his clients to be conservative in their mating decisions.

  • Wednesday&#39;s one-for-six puts Russell Baze a win away from the record.

    Baze Pulls Within One of Pincay

    Russell Baze had to wait through dark days Monday and Tuesday, and now he will have to wait at least one more day in his quest to become racing's all-time winningest rider.

  • Mr. Greeley Filly Tops Keeneland Session

    On the day it was announced Mr. Greeley's stud fee was jumping to $75,000, a 3-year-old filly by the son of Gone West topped the action at the fourth session of the Keeneland November sale Nov. 9.

  • Worldly Feel

    <em>By Dan Liebman</em> - Despite the fact they added "world" to the name of the event several years ago, most people still simply call it the Breeders' Cup. But the 23rd edition, run Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs for a record sixth time, had a worldly feel to it.

  • Round Pond wins a somber Emirates Airline Distaff victory.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D634057%26%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Round Pond Wins Injury-Marred Distaff

    The Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) epitomized the highs and lows of the sport. Round Pond won the 1 1/8-mile race, but co-favorites Pine Island and Fleet Indian suffered injuries.

  • Dunlop Gears Ouija Board to World Championships

    The Breeders' Cup World Championships actually being just that has taken hold with at least one trainer. Ed Dunlop, who conditions Ouija Board, has planned three campaigns for the filly, each designed with the Breeders' Cup in mind.

  • Draw No Impact on Well-Matched Juvenile Field

    Everyone had been saying the field for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) was evenly matched. Obviously Mike Battaglia, who makes the morning line at Churchill Downs, agreed.

  • King of the Roxy won the Futurity at Belmont.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprocess%3Dgallery%26gallery_id%3DS279373%26provider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D565568%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Team Valor Purchase Lands in Breeders' Cup Juvenile

    A few minutes after King of the Roxy broke his maiden in his second start July 2 at Hollywood Park, Barry Irwin was on the phone speaking with his Team Valor partner, Jeff Siegel. Now they have a contender for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

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    Juvenile Preview: Pletcher Youth

    Leading trainer Todd Pletcher has started three horses in previous runnings of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). This year alone he has three entrants in the race sponsored by Bessemer Trust, including the probable favorite. And with the year Pletcher has had, one unlike anyone before him, the 39-year-old conditioner is not entering many horses that don't fit.

  • Precisionist, with Old Friends&#39; Michael Blowen, Tuesday afternoon.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D6305%26process%3Dgallery%26provider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D571290%26sequencenum%3D%26page%3D&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Hall of Famer Precisionist Euthanized

    Precisionist, a champion, Breeders' Cup winner, and member of racing's Hall of Fame, was euthanized Sept. 27 at Old Friends near Georgetown, Ky., less than four months after arriving at the facility. The 25-year-old horse was suffering from an inoperable tumor.

  • The Big Battles

    <em>By Dan Liebman</em> - Many famous bidding wars have taken place at Keeneland, but never has the competition been as fierce as that between the ruler of Dubai, and the master of Ireland-based Coolmore Stud.

  • Kingmambo colt sets September sale record.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D7157%26process%3Dgallery%26provider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D551350%26sequencenum%3D%26page%3D&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Keeneland Pace Remains Hot; Record Price Established

    The pace of the 2006 Keeneland September yearling remained brisk Tuesday with the buying power of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai leading the way. A new September sale record price of $11.7 million was established along with an all-time high for a session average.

  • One Reason Why

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Even Carl Hanford, on the day of his induction into the Hall of Fame, said the reason he was selected for membership was because of one horse. He's right, but is that necessarily a bad thing?

  • Waiting for Logic

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - From the belt buckles to the Longhorns, things are big in Texas. How's this for big--one billion dollars. That's billion, with nine zeros.

  • Match Point

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - There has been a great deal of emotion lately at Hilary Boone Jr.'s Wimbledon Farm near Lexington--first with Barbaro, and now with both Barbaro and Bernardini.

  • Standing Tall

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Nathan Fox is looking for the next Karen and Mickey Taylor. He has a beautiful new seven-stall stallion barn and office to show them. But will he ever find them? He is optimistic. He is also realistic.

  • Barbaro becomes sixth unbeaten Derby winner.

    Undefeated Barbaro Conquers All in Derby

    No horse had won the Kentucky Derby with a five-week or longer layoff since Needles 50 years ago. But Barbaro showed how special he is by remaining undefeated and winning the 132nd running of the race by a wide margin.

  • English Channel wins Woodford Reserve as Derby time draws near.

    English Channel Tops Deep Woodford Reserve

    English Channel, a top turf horse last year as a 3-year-old, may be even better this year, now two-for-two in 2006 after a win Saturday at Churchill Downs in the $454,900 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT).

  • Pussycat Doll wins Humana Distaff.

    Pussycat Doll Edges Stablemate in Humana Distaff

    Garrett Gomez jerked Pussycat Doll off the rail and the filly went by stablemate Behaving Badly to win the $291,000 Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) by one length at Churchill Downs Saturday.

  • Mirabilis wins the Churchill Distaff.

    Mirabilis Takes Churchill Distaff for 1st U.S. Win

    Mirabilis had been close in all three of her starts since arriving in the United States from France. On Saturday at Churchill Downs, she did better than get close, winning the $115,100 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT) for her first win in a year.

  • Joint Effort wins the the La Troienne.

    Joint Effort Burns Adieu in La Troienne

    Joint Effort put in a top effort Saturday, winning the $119,600 La Troienne (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies going away on the Kentucky Derby day undercard at Churchill Downs.

  • Trickey Trevor wins the Churchill Downs Handicap.

    Trickey Trevor Starts Derby Stakes Program

    Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Russell Baze have won a lot of races together, mostly in northern California. But Saturday they began the stakes program on Kentucky Derby day with a win in the $229,000 Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II).

  • Lemons Forever surprise winner of Kentucky Oaks.

    Lemons Forever Posts Juiciest Oaks Upset

    Last year there was a 50-1 shot that won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). This year, a 47-1 shot captured the $755,900 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), the longest winning odds in the 132-year history of the race.

  • Stream Cat takes the Crown Royal American Turf.

    Stream Cat Wins Crown Royal for Biancone, Leparoux

    Patrick Biancone has been a big supporter of Polytrack and Stream Cat, who trained on the surface at Turfway Park, won the $114,300 Crown Royal American Turf (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs Friday.

  • Easy win in Louisville Breeders&#39; Cup H&#39;cap by Oonagh Maccool gives trainer Todd Pletcher his fourth winner in four tries on the day.

    Pletcher Gets Hotter with Oonagh Maccool

    It is Todd Pletcher day at Churchill Downs Friday. When he sent out Oonagh Maccool to an easy win in the $271,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares, the trainer was notching his fourth winner of the day...and that's from four races in which he had runners.

  • Man of Illusion wins Aegon Turf Sprint.

    Man of Illusion Gets Clean Trip and Win

    This time Man of Illusion had a clean trip. In his first start in this country, the Australian-bred horse had tons of trouble and still was beaten only two lengths in Keeneland's Shakertown (gr. IIIT). Friday, he had clear sailing and won the $116,000 Aegon Turf Sprint (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Magnificent Song wins Edgewood to cap perfect string for Todd Pletcher.

    Pletcher Perfect 3-for-3 After Edgewood Score

    Trainer Todd Pletcher is having a perfect day at Churchill Downs Friday, winning all three of the races in which he had entries. The third was Magnificent Song, who won the $114,900 Edgewood Stakes, the first undercard stakes on Kentucky Oaks day.

  • Appeal Filed in Brass Hat Disqualification

    Attorney William E. Johnson officially filed an appeal May 4 on behalf of Fred and William "Buff" Bradley, the owner and trainer, respectively, of Brass Hat.

  • Belly-to-Belly Business

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - You may think it is ludicrous to spend $16 million for an unraced horse--any unraced horse--and for 99.99% of the buyers in the world, you would probably be right. But for the buyer and underbidder on this colt, Coolmore and Darley, respectively, it can make sense.

  • Special agents with the Internal Revenue Service were posted at the entrances to ClassicStar Farm Thursday.

    ClassicStar Operating a Day After IRS Visit

    A day after agents from the Internal Revenue Service were at ClassicStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., the horse operation is continuing, the farm manager said today.

  • Older Female honors go to Ashado.

    Eclipse Award: Ashado, Older Female

    You have to go back 20 years to find a distaffer who won an Eclipse Award at three and came back the following year to win the older female title as well. Ashado is in elite company.

  • Dan Liebman&lt;br&gt;Executive Editor

    Clearance Sale

    <i> By Dan Liebman</i> - Like many businesses, the Thoroughbred industry enters the new year facing countless serious issues. In New York, the racing association is threatening bankruptcy; in Maryland, Texas, and Kentucky, slots are needed to compete with neighboring states that are reaping their benefits; in Louisiana, a natural disaster has changed the landscape; in California, there is a shortage of horses; in Florida, purse levels are below those of other major racing states.

  • International Flavor

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Standing outside the quarantine barn at Belmont Park a week prior to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Nick Clarke, retired head of the International Racing Bureau, was reflecting on the foreign participation over the history of the event.

  • Artie Schiller Gets It Right in 2005 Mile

    Artie Schiller, who finished 12th in last year's NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), came back as the 5-1 second choice to upset favorite Leroidesanimaux and take this year's edition by three-quarters of a length.

  • Silver Train Stops Lost in the Fog's Streak in Sprint

    The biggest favorite on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships day program faltered, Lost in the Fog going down at 3-5 odds and finishing off the board in the $1.06 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

  • No Catching Intercontinental in Filly & Mare Turf

    The bettors thought Intercontinental would not like the soft turf but she proved them wrong, going nearly wire-to-wire to win the $972,020 Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).

  • Griffin's Juvenile Win Signed, Sealed, Delivered

    After jockey Edgar Prado got his first Breeders' Cup win in the $1.59 million Alberto VO5 Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) the $1.6 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) provided the first Breeders' Cup win for trainer Doug O'Neill and rider Garrett Gomez.