Evan Hammonds

  • Will Take Charge
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    Champion Will Take Charge Retired

    Will Take Charge, last year's champion 3-year-old male, has been retired and will take up stud duty at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. The colt has a mild strain to a branch of his suspensory apparatus.

  • Kandaly

    Kandaly, 1994 Louisiana Derby Winner, Dies

    Kandaly, winner of the 1994 La. Derby (gr. III) who was scratched the day of the Kentucky Derby, died Sept. 12. The 23-year-old from the last crop of Alydar died of founder at Main Street Thoroughbreds near Lake Charles, La.

  • Where's the Ring to Peaceful Valley

    Where's the Ring will stand the 2015 breeding season at Peaceful Valley Farms in Alberta, Canada. The son of Seeking the Gold previously stood at Gardiner Farms in Ontario.

  • Lexie Lou

    Lexie Lou Takes On Elders in Canadian

    Gary Barber's Lexie Lou steps outside 3-year-old competition in the nine-furlong Canadian Stakes (Can-IIT) Sept. 14 at Woodbine. The $300,000 race is a "Win and You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).

  • Hip 749, a half brother to Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner New Year's Day, sold for $2.2 million on Sept. 11.

    Tapit Colt Goes for $2.2M to Co-Top Day 4

    A son of leading sire Tapit and a half brother to Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner New Year's Day sold for $2.2 million deep in the final session of Book 1 at the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 11.

  • Julie's Love returns from a layoff to run in the Noble Damsel Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-races-2012/i-qCfG3Lg">Order This Photo</a>

    Freshened Julie's Love Heads Noble Damsel

    Julie's Love, who has plenty of graded stakes experience, gets a slight edge in the Sept. 13 Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park. The $200,000 race for older fillies and mares is at a mile on the Widener Course.

  • Keeneland Sept Yearling Sale: Day 3 Wrap

    Evan Hammonds recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland September yearling sale, including comments from Peter Berglar of Stonereath Stud, which purchased Hip 549, a Tiznow filly, for $1.1 million. Brought to you by Taylor Made Sales.

  • Hip 549, a filly by Tiznow, brought $1.1 million.

    Tiznow Filly Brings $1.1M at Keeneland

    Stonereath Farm went to $1.1 million for a Tiznow filly Sept. 10 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Consigned by Stone Farm, she's the second million-dollar filly to sell on the day.

  • Hip 508, a filly by Dubawi brought a final bid of $1.45 million Sept. 10.

    Dubawi Filly Brings $1.45M at Keeneland

    Flaxman Stables bought the lone Dubawi yearling in the Keeneland September sale Sept. 10 for $1.45 million. Out of the 2003 Vodafone Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) winner Casual Look, the bay filly was bred by William S. Farish.

  • Palace Malice won the 2013 Belmont Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Belmont-Stakes-145/29744699_jpqpwR#!i=2562968408&k=TqQX6Hp">Order This Photo</a>

    Palace Malice Injured, Retired

    Dogwood Stable's classic winner Palace Malice (by Curlin), a winner of four of five starts this year at 4 including the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), has been retired from racing.

  • Carve won the 2014 West Virginia Governor's Stakes.

    Carve Faces Only Four in Ack Ack

    Carve, riding a three-race winning streak, is the main danger in the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap Sept. 6 at Churchill Downs. The one-turn mile race for older horses drew only five runners.

  • Tritap (left) finished second to Fed Biz in the 2013 San Fernando.

    Tritap, a Son of Tapit, to Heritage Stallions

    Tritap, a grade II-placed runner by runaway leading sire Tapit, is in the process of being syndicated by Heritage Stallions near Cheasapeake, Md., for 2015. He will be the first son of Tapit to stand in Maryland.

  • Stryker Phd is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Longacres Mile.

    Stryker Phd Smart Choice in Longacres Mile

    Jim and Mona Hour's Stryker Phd, a 5-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Bertrando, is the 121-pound highweight and 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Aug. 24 Longacres Mile (gr. III)at Emerald Downs.

  • Starstruck won the Matchmaker Stakes on July 27 at Monmouth.

    Starstruck Heads Cast in Monmouth's Violet

    Starstruck, Calumet Farm's 5-year-old Galileo mare, headlines the $100,000 Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT) Aug. 20 on the Jersey Shore, but the chestnut will have her work cut out for her against a full field.

  • Unbridled's Heart to Double Infinity in Texas

    Unbridled's Heart, a son of top sire Unbridled's Song, will relocate to Wes Melcher's Double Infinity Ranch in Texas for the 2015 breeding season. He is the first stallion for the operation near Sulphur Springs.

  • She's a Tiger

    Champion She's a Tiger Retired

    She's a Tiger, last year's champion 2-year-old filly, has been retired and will be offered for sale in the fall at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale.

  • My Option runs away from the field to win the Chicago Handicap.

    My Option Runs Off with Chicago Handicap

    Tim Keeley's My Option drew well clear of pacesetter Flower Spell to win the Chicago Handicap (gr. III) June 28 at Arlington Park. The 4-year-old Belong to Me filly covered the seven furlongs in 1:23.72.

  • Silver Max comes home strong to win the Firecracker Stakes at Churchill Downs.

    Sparks Fly as Silver Max Wires Firecracker

    Making his first start since finishing fourth in last year's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I), favored Silver Max wired his seven rivals in Churchill Downs' Firecracker Stakes (gr. IIT), covering the mile in 1:34.21.

  • Vicar's in Trouble is the 3-1 morning line favorite for the Iowa Derby.

    Trouble Brewing in Iowa Derby

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble is the 3-1 morning line favorite for the June 28 Iowa Derby (gr. III). The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief is making his first start since the May 3 Run for the Roses.

  • Tonalist wins the Belmont Stakes.
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    Tonalist Denies 'Chrome' Crown in Belmont

    Robert Evan's Tonalist rallied late to edge Commissioner to win the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). California Chrome, bidding for the Triple Crown, finished in a dead-heat with Wicked Strong for fourth behind Medal Count.

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    Undrafted Strong in Stretch of Jaipur

    Wes Welker's Undrafted charged from off the pace to win the $300,000 Jaipur Invitational Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 7 at Belmont Park. The son of Purim completed the six furlongs in 1:07.24.

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    Humphrey Could Score a Classic Double

    G. Watts Humphrey Jr., who bred Ride On Curlin with his late mother, is the breeder of 1985 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Creme Fraiche. A win in the June 7 Belmont could provide him with a classic double.

  • Trainer Barclay Tagg

    Tagg Takes 'Cides' with California Chrome

    Barclay Tagg, trainer of 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide, discusses the distractions and pitfalls of Belmont week as California Chrome nears his run to become racing's 12th winner of the Triple Crown.