Sheikh Mohammed and other top buyers are ready to shop at the yearling auction in upstate New York.
J. Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill have been known to take their chances, and their latest paid off when first-time starter Know More surged late to prevail in the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 5 at Del Mar.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Whitney Invitational Handicap, West Virginia Derby and more! watch video
- By Esther Marr
Esther Marr asks Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales about his optimism in the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale. watch video
Poseidon's Warrior lived up to his namesake's dominion over the sea in Sunday's Grade 1, $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga, taking full advantage of the wet, muddy track to score by a neck over a relentless Justin Phillip.
The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale will be first test in 2012 of the top of the market for yearlings. Here's what people had to say about their expectations and other thoughts about the auction.
Robert S. Evans' Irish Mission struck out in the first two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, running second in the Queen's Plate and sixth in the Prince of Wales, but gutted out victory in the third and final jewel when taking Sunday's $506,739 Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine by a half-length over a tenacious Aldous Snow.
Surging Poseidon's Warrior produced a 36-1 upset in the $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) when heavy favorite Shackleford failed to handle a muddy track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 5.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Whitney Invitational Handicap, West Virginia Derby and more!
Esther Marr asks Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales about his optimism in the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale.
A $650,000 purchase at OBS this past April, Executiveprivilege recovered from a slightly tardy start to demolish a Hollywood maiden by 4 1/2 lengths in her debut. The daughter of First Samurai wheeled back 16 days later for the Landaluce and got off to a better beginning. After stalking the pace and splitting foes, she won again with authority by 3 1/4 lengths. Rafael Bejarano, who has been aboard both times, will pilot the 123-pound highweight from post 7.
Fillies accounted for two-thirds of the 2012 Canadian Triple Crown when the late-running Irish Mission outfought Aldous Snow to capture the $506,739 Breeders' Stakes by a half-length on the Woodbine turf Aug. 5.
- By Esther Marr
Esther Marr interviews Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning on the Saratoga Yearling Sale. watch video
These Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale yearlings could sparkle in the auction ring during the first session Aug. 6.
Royal Delta, last year's champion three-year-old filly, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 2/5 Sunday morning over Saratoga's fast Oklahoma training track in preparation for her next start, the Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign on August 26.
Apprentice rider Keiber Coa suffered a fractured bone in his left hand after being unseated in the sixth race Aug. 4, according to his agent, Cory Moran.
Trainer Ian Wilkes reported that Fort Larned was a tired but happy horse the day after his breakthrough victory in the Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 4.
Gold Edge and All Her Class, first and second, respectively, less than a length apart at the finish in Arlington Park's Lisa M Stakes on Saturday, might well be matching strides again in Chicago's centerpiece race for two-year-old fillies, the upcoming Grade 3, $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie to be contested at one mile on September 8.
Moonlight Cloud swept past longtime leader The Cheka in the final furlong and cruised to a sharp five-length victory in the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 5.
Salomina charged through a gap along the rail and swept to an impressive 3 1/2-length victory in the Henkel-Preis der Diana, or German Oaks (Ger-I) at Dusseldorf Aug. 5.
Esther Marr interviews Boyd Browning on the Saratoga Sale. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
Trainer Ian Wilkes reported Sunday morning that Fort Larned was a tired but happy horse the day after his breakthrough victory in the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap.
Veteran trainer Allen Jerkens was all smiles Sunday morning outside his barn, where Emma's Encore was resting after giving the Hall of Fame trainer his first Grade 1 victory in Saturday's Prioress Stakes at Saratoga since Miss Shop took the Personal Ensign in 2007.
Palace Malice, who became the first North American winner sired by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin with a dominant 3 1/2-length maiden score Saturday at Saratoga, is the latest addition to New York Watch. The Dogwood Stable colorbearer will now be pointed for the Grade 2 Hopeful on September 3.
- By Vic Zast
Hernandez had probably recorded the biggest triumph of his life and seemed more pre-occupied with helping the media know how Fort Larned managed to win than with celebrating. read blog
Some horse owners in drought-affected states have been searching high and low for affordable forage for their horses. To that end, one research team recently completed a study evaluating an alternative type of grass hay that could be a viable option for some equids: teff hay.
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