Headlines for Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • The Gurkha winning the group I Sussex over Galileo Gold

    The Gurkha to Coolmore in 2017

    Dual group I-winning miler The Gurkha will retire to Ireland's Coolmore Stud for 2017 to stand alongside his champion sire Galileo, the farm announced Sept. 21.

  • Big Blue Kitten retires with four grade I wins, a championship, and course record to his credit

    Champion Big Blue Kitten Retired

    The homebred son of Kitten's Joy ran first for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, then was acquired by Calumet Farm at the end of his championship year and made three starts for that outfit in 2016. He will stand at Calumet.

  • Session-topping Majestic Warrior colt.

    Keeneland's Book 4 Ends on Upward Note

    The Sept. 21 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale saw 274 yearlings sell for $11,120,100, up 4.1% from the same session a year ago; the average rose 6.4% from $38,158 to $40,584, while the median jumped 20% from $25,000 to $30,000.

  • American Patriot won the Kent Stakes and was grade I-placed in the Secretariat

    American Patriot Heads Commonwealth Derby

    WinStar Farm's American Patriot is among 10 3-year-olds entered for the $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (gr. IIT) coming up Sept. 24, bringing grade I stakes-placed credentials into the 1 1/8-mile turf stakes.

  • Records Fall at Tattersalls Ireland September

    Part I of the Tattersalls Ireland September sale concluded with the highest returns for the two-day sale with a record average, record median, and the best aggregate of any year aside from 2006 when the sale was held over three days.

  • Appleton Stakes winner Reporting Star is the highweight for the Commonwealth Turf Cup

    Reporting Star Heads Commonwealth Turf

    Bettors will have a challenge sorting out the improving horses from the ones who displayed earlier talent and could be ripe for a rebound in the Commonwealth Turf Cup Stakes (gr. IIT) Sept. 24 at Laurel Park.

  • Breeze-Link Launched to Help RNA Owners

    Longtime horsemen Olin Gentry, Thomas Clark, and Julie Cauthen have partnered to launch Breeze-Link, a risk management business created specifically for yearling RNA owners looking to sell at the following year’s 2-year-olds-in-training sales.

  • Peter O’Callaghan

    O'Callaghan: Sale Better Than Anticipated

    With the Keeneland September yearling sale continuing to show vibrancy midway through its second week, Peter O’Callaghan of Woods Edge Farm is among consignors having one of the best auctions in recent history.

  • Zindaya won the Intercontinental Stakes on June 9.

    Clement, Brown Pair Off in Noble Damsel

    Both Christophe Clement and Chad Brown have two runners for Belmont Park's Sept. 24 Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIIT). The $200,000 race for older fillies and mares is at a mile on the Widener turf course.

  • Cathryn Sophia could be the best rival Songbird has had to face thus far

    Servis Has Plan to Get Songbird With 'Sophia'

    Part of what Servis is counting on headed into in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) is the fact Songbird has yet to hook a rival who offers what his Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I)-winning charge, Cathryn Sophia, brings to the table. 

  • Victor Espinoza on California Chrome

    Espinoza: California Chrome Never Better

    Victor Espinoza, regular rider of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, said the 5-year-old California-bred has never been doing better as he prepares for a start in the Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Magazine Feature Breaking & Training back to school

    Breaking & Training: Back to School

    Aside from merely accepting a bit, a saddle, and a rider, the developing racehorse needs to become accustomed to the routine of the backside, the tight quarters of a starting gate, and how to relax when racing in company.

  • Magazine Feature Breaking & Training yearlings

    Breaking & Training: Yearlings

    Buying a yearling is the easiest part of acquiring a racing prospect. Next for the young Thoroughbred lies many lessons to be learned, with patience and experience going a long way toward ensuring these lessons are taught well.

  • Lounge Party at Downs After Dark

    Original Makers Club and Churchill Downs to throw a unique VIP Trackside Lounge party at the Sept. 24 Downs after Dark.

  • Songbird schools Sept. 20 in the Parx Racing paddock. The filly will have Eva Cassidy's family members cheering her Saturday.

    Porter Hosts "Songbird" Singer's Kin at Parx

    Rick Porter, who enjoys bringing special guests to the races, will host the family of singer/guitarist Eva Cassidy at Parx Racing Sept. 24 after he named his filly Songbird to honor the late Cassidy's rendition of the tune