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  • Bellavais brought $485,000, the highest price of the Jan. 8 session

    Strong First Day of Keeneland January Sale

    Keeneland realized double-digit growth in gross, average and median prices during the Jan. 8 opening session of the 2018 January horses of all ages sale, which was highlighted by the $485,000 purchase by agent Steve Young of Bellavais.

  • American Pharoah Colt New Yearling Topper at $400,000

    A bay son of American Pharoah, out of the multiple stakes producer Air France, became the top-selling yearling on the Jan. 8 opening day of the Keeneland January sale when agent Robbie Harris went to $400,000 for owners Alex and JoAnn Lieblong.

  • Sharp Azteca

    Paolucci Secures Two Pegasus Entries, Eyes Third

    Owner Ron Paolucci, who races as Loooch Racing Stable, has worked out a deal to run Ivan Rodriguez's Sharp Azteca and his co-owned War Story in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1). He is eyeing a spot for his Game Over.

  • Moonshine Bertie and her Speightster filly at the Brandywine Farm consignment at Keeneland

    2018 Foal to Accompany Dam Into Keeneland Ring

    When Moonshine Bertie, consigned as Hip 539 by Jim and Pam Robinson's Brandywine Farm, goes through the ring at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale during the Jan. 9 second session, the mare will be accompanied by her 2018 foal.

  • Dan Rosenberg (left) receives the Allaire du Pont Leadership Award from Thoroughbred Charities of America president Mike McMahon

    Rosenberg, Caribbean Group Honored by TCA

    The 28th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America stallion season auction and celebration honored Dan Rosenberg and Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare during its main fundraising event Jan. 7 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center.

  • Tim Ritvo

    Tim Ritvo Lays Out Substantial Changes for Santa Anita

    Tim Ritvo stressed that drastic changes—ideas to expand the barn area, build a second turf course, expand the main track, and build a brand-new training facility in nearby West Covina, Calif.—are not only desired, but essential for Santa Anita.

  • Bolt d'Oro is a finalist for champion 2-year-old male

    San Felipe New Goal for Bolt d'Oro

    Mick Ruis holds more than a modicum of hope that Bolt d'Oro, a finalist for 2017 champion 2-year-old male, will embark on the Triple Crown trail after missing valuable training time recently due to a pulled muscle.

  • Gun Runner will line up for the last race of his career in the Jan. 27 Pegasus World Cup

    Gun Runner, Seeking the Soul Continue Pegasus Works

    Horse of the Year favorite Gun Runner had another methodical work on his march to Gulfstream Park's $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1), motoring six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 with Gettysburg at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Jan. 7.

  • Stellar Wind at the Keeneland November sale

    Stellar Wind Serious in Latest Pegasus Work

    Stellar Wind, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2015 and a six-time grade 1 winner, breezed for the first time as a 6-year-old the morning of Jan. 7, as she continued preparations for a start in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 27.

  • McKinzie cruises to the wire to win the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park

    McKinzie Shines in Sham

    McKinzie's run in the final furlong of the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) Jan. 6 at Santa Anita Park looked more like at typical workout for trainer Bob Baffert than any kind of arduous test on the early Triple Crown trail.

  • Mask and Javier Castellano win the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park

    Mask Makes it Look Easy in Mucho Macho Man

    The first take-notice effort from a classic prospect came six days into the calendar year as Mask made his challengers pay for letting him have things his own way during a 6 1/4-length win in the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes Jan. 6.

  • Flameaway wins the Kitten's Joy Stakes

    Flameaway Game in Kitten’s Joy Win

    Guided by jockey Julien Leparoux through a ground-saving trip, Flameaway battled back when challenged in the deep stretch to win the $100,000 Kitten's Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park Jan. 6. 

  • Mark Taylor expects a solid market at the Keeneland January sale

    Taylor: Market Should Remain Strong in January

    Mirroring the November market, demand for just-turned yearlings should be strong and overall business solid at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, according to Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • A colt by American Pharoah consigned as Hip 303 is shown at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm consignment at Keeneland

    Will 'Pharoah Mania' Continue at Keeneland?

    As buyers braved single-digit temperatures the morning of Jan. 6 to inspect horses entered in the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, some of the most-requested showings were for the short yearlings sired by American Pharoah.

  • Ax Man wins a conditional maiden special weight race at Santa Anita Jan. 1

    Santa Anita Tries Out New Conditions to Retain Owners

    In an effort to relieve some of the frustration regarding horse ownership, Santa Anita Park has instituted conditions at the maiden special weight level based on auction price and at the claiming level based on barn size, in limited races.

  • Eclipse Awards for Writing, Photography Announced

    The NTRA, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) announced Jan. 5 the Media Eclipse Award winners in the Feature Commentary and News Enterprise Writing categories as well as the Photography category.

  • Larry Jones has a trio of 3-year-olds primed for the first Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifier in Louisiana

    Jones Primes Trio for Lecomte Stakes

    Trainer Larry Jones can't help but speak blessings of his three contenders for the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (G3) coming up Jan. 13 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the first of the Louisiana oval's three prep races Road To The Kentucky Derby.

  • Keeneland January Sale Preview

    Keeneland January Sale Preview

    Claire Crosby previews the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, including comments from Bill Farish of Lane's End regarding offspring selling by Honor Code, Liam's Map, Tonalist, and Mr Speaker. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency

  • Reiley McDonald

    Mrs McDougal Could Be Keeneland Sale Standout

    When the owner of the grade 2-winning mare Mrs McDougal decided last year to retire the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, they and Kentucky horseman Reiley McDonald thought she would be a good fit for the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

  • Emcee Sold, Heading to Brazil

    Darley America confirmed Jan. 5 that its homebred grade 1 winner Emcee has been sold to Julio Bozano's Haras Santa Maria de Araras and will relocate to Brazil.

  • Gun Runner breezes to a decisive victory in the  Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 4 at Del Mar

    Gun Runner Heads Up Eclipse Award Finalists

    The expected coronation of Gun Runner took a step closer to becoming official Jan. 5, when the reigning Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner was announced as one of the three finalists in the Eclipse Award balloting for 2017 Horse of the Year.

  • Win the War pulls away to win the Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine

    Undefeated Win the War Ships West for Santa Ynez

    A 3-year-old daughter of War Front owned by Gary Barber and John Oxley, Win the War won the Glorious Song Stakes by 11 1/4 lengths last time out and will try dirt for the first time in the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (G2) Jan. 7 at Santa Anita Park.