Esther Marr

  • Plum Pretty

    Plum Pretty Confirmed for La Troienne

    Last year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Plum Pretty has been confirmed by owner John Fort as a starter in the La Troienne (gr. II) at Churchill Downs May 4, the same day as this year's Run for the Lilies.

  • Grace Hall

    Grace Hall Breezes Half-Mile at Palm Meadows

    Major Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Grace Hall posted her final workout before the Run for the Lilies when she breezed four furlongs in :52:10 over a sloppy track at Palm Meadows Training Center April 29.

  • Mamma Kimbo

    Mamma Kimbo Out of Oaks; Sacristy In

    John Fort's Mamma Kimbo, who was slated to run in the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, will instead be pointed to the May 18 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico.

  • Jockey Eddie Razo Jr.

    Jockey Eddie Razo Found Dead

    Jockey Eddie Razo Jr., a well-known rider on the Midwest circuit, was found dead following the extinguishing of a garage fire in Long Grove, Ill. April 24. His death was confirmed by jockey agent Ronnie Ebanks.

  • Eden's Moon

    Eden's Moon Works 5F in 1:00 Flat

    The Bob Baffert-trained Eden's Moon worked five furlongs in 1:00 flat over a fast track at Santa Anita Park April 22 in preparation for the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Amie's Dini works towards the Kentucky Oaks.

    Amie's Dini Has Initial Work at Churchill

    Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful Amie's Dini worked for the first time over the Churchill Downs track April 22. Trained by Ron Moquette, the daughter of Bandini covered four furlongs in :50 2/5.

  • Princess Arabella

    Undefeated Princess Arabella Retired

    Undefeated Princess Arabella, decisive winner of the Sunland Park Oaks, will not advance to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). The daughter of Any Given Saturday will instead be retired, according to trainer Bob Baffert.

  • Six Horses Involved in Van Accident

    Six Thoroughbreds that were traveling by van from Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida to Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland April 18 were involved in an accident along Interstate 95 in Colleton County, S.C.

  • Grace Hall (the horse)

    Grace Hall Named After Famed Wrestling Arena

    The fact Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Grace Hall has had such a stellar campaign has been especially meaningful for co-owner Mike Caruso, a wrestling champion who used to compete at the arena for which the filly was named.

  • It's Tricky and Eddie Castro capture the Distaff Handicap.

    It's Tricky Rolls to Distaff Handicap Win

    Godolphin Racing's It's Tricky swung three-wide into the stretch, fought her way to the front, and drew clear by 3 1/2 lengths in the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct April 14.

  • Willa B Awesome

    Willa B Awesome to Skip Kentucky Oaks

    Willa B Awesome will not advance to the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) in spite of winning the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I). The California-bred filly will instead be pointed to the Melair Stakes at Hollywood Park April 28.

  • Grace Hall

    Kentucky Oaks Field Taking Shape

    This year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) picture is shaping up nicely, with a talented cast of fillies poised to contend on the first Friday in May at Churchill Downs.

  • OTTB Spotlight: Doctor Decherd

    Once again, I will be turning the attention of my blog to all things Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) after this week...But first I wanted to bring you this touching story about a sweet gelding named Doctor Decherd.

  • Yara won the Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park on February 25.

    Gulfstream Oaks: Yara, Grace Hall Meet Again

    While Florida-bred Yara may have a resume with the most potential to score a victory in the March 31 Gulfstream Oaks Stakes (gr. II), there are several other fillies in the eight-horse field with impressive credentials.

  • Beyond The Blinkers: OTTB Spotlight: El Bomba

    The 13-year-old was turned out to pasture at Erin and Dan Hall's Caerindoll Farm near Versailles, Ky. early this spring after making his 101st start, and life couldn't be better for the son of Signal Tap.

  • Hip 149, by Big Brown, sold for $1.3 million dollars at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale.

    Big Brown Colt Commands $1.3 Million at F-T

    A bay son of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Big Brown became the new sale topper at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds when he fetched $1.3 million from Demi O'Byrne

  • Hip 96, by Distorted Humor, sold for $1.2 million from Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock agent John Ferguson.

    Distorted Humor Colt Brings $1.2 Million

    A chestnut colt by Distorted Humor commanded $1.2 million from Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock agent John Ferguson to lead the Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-year-old sale at Palm Meadows Training Center March 26.

  • Zenyatta and her Bernardini Colt

    Lane's End Officials Talk Zenyatta

    As Zenyatta becomes accustomed to being a mother to her newborn Bernardini colt, numerous questions have been raised by fans -- from how the champion mare is handling her new role--to which stallion she will be bred to next.

  • Winner's Circle: 'Capping It Off

    Adam Wachtel is no newbie to the Thoroughbred world. As a child, he was introduced to the industry by his father, prominent New York owner Ed Wachtel, and he grew up on the New York circuit racetracks.

  • Running for Remember Me Rescue

    After a near-death experience last year, horsewoman Carmel Heitzman decided to run the Mardi Gras Marathon and raised more than $8,500 for Remember Me Rescue.

  • Three Stallions Among Barn Fire Victims

    Officials at the Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association confirmed that Campbell Stables stallions War Image, Valid Trefaire, and Fire Blitz were among the horses that died in a Southern Michigan barn fire.

  • Believe You Can

    Believe You Can Seeks Another FG Victory

    The first three finishers in the Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will square off again at the Louisiana track when they return for the Feb. 25 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III).

  • Questroyal Stud Purchases Sez Who

    Barry Ostrager's Questroyal Stud announced Feb. 13 it has signed a contract to purchase Sez Who North, a 265-acre farm near Stillwater, N.Y., outside of Saratoga Springs. Gus Schoenborn Jr. will be a minority owner.

  • Winner's Circle - Totally Awesome

    When Willa B Awesome was a foal, breeder/co-owner Terry Lovingier would often stroll from his house to the filly's pasture with a glass of wine to observe her.

  • Bellacourt

    NY Stakes Winner Bellacourt Euthanized

    Stakes winner Bellacourt, who finished third to 2011 champion 2-year-old filly My Miss Aurelia in last year's Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, was euthanized in mid-December due to complications from laminitis.

  • Proceed Bee is the only previous stakes winner in the John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes.

    Proceed Bee Stands Out in Connally Turf Cup

    Proceed Bee is the obvious choice in the Jan. 28 John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Sam Houston Race Park. But he will face some still competition from the likes of several other promising horses.

  • Royal Delta in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic.

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    Royal Delta: Winner On and Off the Track

    Royal Delta had a huge year in 2011, both on the racetrack and in the auction ring, and the filly will kick off 2012 with an Eclipse Award as new owner Ben Leon Jr. points her toward greater accomplishments.

  • OTTB Riding Center Spotlight: Square Peg

    When Rupert Issacson, creator of the Horse Boy Method, asked if she could bring horses into the San Jose Convention Center and do a demonstration for kids with autism at the Abilities Conference, she couldn't resist.

  • Cozi Rosie in the Keeneland January Sale.

    Cozi Rosie Sold to Japan's Shadai Farm

    Teruya Yoshida's Japan-based Shadai Farm paid $525,000 for multiple graded stakes winner Cozi Rosie during the second session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale Jan. 10.

  • Michael Hernon with Rhumb Line, dam of Zazu and Art Princess.

    Yoshida Acquires Half Sister to Zazu

    On behalf of Katsumi Yoshida, Naohiro Hosoda went to $400,000 for Art Princess, a half sister to grade I winner Zazu (by Tapit), during the second session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

  • Hip 562, (Empire Maker - Ticker Tape by Royal Applause), at the Keeneland January Sale.

    Empire Maker Filly is Top Yearling at $400K

    A bay filly by Empire Maker bought the highest price for a yearling thus far at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale when she fetched $400,000 from Tim Hyde during the auction's second session Jan. 10.

  • Magnificent Honor, Hip 417, at the Keeneland January Sale.

    Magnificent Honour Commands $600,000

    Magnificent Honour, a half or full sister to Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners Rags to Riches and Jazil, commanded $600,000, the highest price so far during the second session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

  • Topliner, hip 198, at the Keeneland January Sale.

    Topliner Brings $1.4 Million at Keeneland

    Topliner, a half sister to two grade I winners and a grade I producer, commanded $1.4 million to establish a new high price during the first session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale Jan. 9.

  • Spice Island, hip 153, in the Keeneland January Sale.

    Spice Island Fetches $775,000 at Keeneland

    Spice Island, a grade II-winning daughter of Tabasco Cat, became the sale topper thus far at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale when she fetched $775,000 from Hunter Valley Farm, agent.

  • Caracortado (o/o Mons Venus) winning the Daytona Stakes.

    WinStar and Airdrie Partner to Buy Mons Venus

    A day after Caracortado captured the Daytona Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park against some of the best sprinters in the country, his dam, Mons Venus, commanded $250,000 from Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm and Airdrie Stud.