While Red Lodge is the only stakes winner entered in the $250,000 Natalma Stakes (Can-IT) Sept. 18 on the Woodbine turf, the expected full field is dotted with juvenile fillies who flashed talent in their maiden wins.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Woodbine Mile (gr. I) at Woodbine
Santa Anita unveiled its new turf course Sept.15. The autumn meet runs 23 days from Sept. 30 to Nov. 5, and includes the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Living The Life, a four-time stakes winner and an earner of nearly $1 million, certainly has nothing to be ashamed of regarding her career, but it's hard not to wonder what could have been if she arrived in the U.S. a handful of years earlier.
The spotlight is on our neighbors to the North this Saturday as Tepin returns in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT). The undisputed "Queen of the Turf" takes on seven older males in the Sept. 17 event, the last of four graded stakes on a 12-race card.
Settles in for Sept. 17 Woodbine Mile bid
As the Keeneland September yearling sale moves to Book 2 after a one-day hiatus followed the blockbuster three-day Book 1, the catalog consists of horses with a little less pedigree and conformation, but they are nonetheless quality individuals.
The winner, Sound Prospect, also known as "Sounder," was named a divisional winner in the Rood & Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse Awards earlier this year.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 319 entries for The Saratoga Fall Sale, the company's mixed sale annually held in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Off his dominating victory in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 20 at Del Mar, California Chrome has moved back to the top of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2016.
Sprint male champion Runhappy continues to move toward his 2016 debut with a six-furlong work in 1:14 1/5 from the gate Sept. 15 at Churchill Downs. Hall of Fame rider Edgar Prado flew in for the move.
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Claire Novak recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland September yearling sale, including a look at some of the top sellers, and an overall look at Book 1. Also includes comments from Geoffrey Russell. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency
Sheep Pond Partners and Bradley Thoroughbreds' Dacita will look to win her third straight race in her first trip to Canada Sept. 17 for the $300,000 Canadian Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine, but she'll have to deal with a local in top form.
Buyers’ appetites for yearlings by leading sires Tapit and War Front fueled a frenzied Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale topped by a Scat Daddy colt sold for $3 million as Book 1 ended with numbers well ahead of last year.
- By Steve Haskin
All you had to do was replace the sandy loam of Saratoga Racetrack with the lush green grass of Europe's finest racecourses
Wake Forest, Big Blue Kitten, and The Pizza Man all have to prove they can regain past form when they square off against solid runners Danish Dynaformer and World Approval in 12-furlong turf test at Woodbine
Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm bought two back-to-back Tapit fillies, each for seven figures, during the late stages of Book 1's final session Sept. 14 at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Trainer Mark Casse has plenty of firepower in Churchill Downs' two 1 1/16-mile stakes for 2-year-olds Sept. 17, the Iroquois and Pocahontas stakes.
Shadwell Estate Company struck again for a well-bred yearling at the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, going to $1.9 million to acquire a War Front colt from the Lane’s End consignment.
My Meadowview Farm's homebred Tin Type Gal and Dell Ridge Farm's Galileo's Song, just a neck apart July 24 in the Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park, will face off again Sept. 17 in the $500,000 Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT).
A Tapit colt who is a half brother to multiple grade I winner Mucho Macho Man lit up the Keeneland bid board when purchased by Bridlewood Farm and M. V. Magnier for $2 million during the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
The Meadowlands all-turf Thoroughbred meet, which begins Sept. 28, will offer an across-the-board takeout rate of 15%, the lowest in the nation.
Ahh Chocolate, winner of two graded stakes, looks to have a class edge in the Locust Grove, but will have to turn the tables on Innovative Idea, who outfinished her in the Groupie Doll Stakes last out.
Cash Is King's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Cathryn Sophia continued preparations for Parx Racing's $1 million Cotillion (gr. I) Sept. 14 with a half-mile breeze over the Bensalem, Pa. oval.
A War Front colt produced from the two-time grade I-winning A.P. Indy mare Love and Pride became the second seven-figure yearling Sept. 13 at the Keeneland September yearling sale when purchased by Shadwell Estate Co. for $1.3 million.
Clarkland Farm hit another home run at the Keeneland September yearling sale when a half brother to three-time champion Beholder and to grade I winner and sire Into Mischief was purchased by M. V. Magnier for Coolmore interests for $3 million.
Mark Casse holds his north of the border success up as one of the catalyst behind his career rebirth, and brings reigning champion turf female Tepin to his adopted hometrack for the first time to face seven male rivals in the eight-furlong test.
The first yearlings by Darley's Kentucky Derby winner have been lauded for their intelligence.
First-crop yearlings by Claiborne Farm's son of Malibu Moon are attractive with "great walks," say breeders and consignors.
TOBA National Awards Dinner 2016
Yearlings by the champion son of Harlan's Holiday have been largely well-received during Book 1 of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Wayne Sweezey had a sleepless night Sept. 13, after a well-bred horse he consigned to the Tuesday session of the Keeneland September yearling sale went unsold following a rare mistake by the well-respected horseman.
Claire Novak recaps Day 2 of the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale, including a look at some of the top sellers. Also includes comments from Geoffrey G. Russell, Keeneland Director of Sales. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency
The Keeneland September yearling sale's second session offered plenty of excitement: a new sale topper, an expensive buy-back that turned out to be a mistake, two high-priced yearlings sold by Airdrie Stud, and a continued uptick in prices.
They saved the best for last during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale when a colt by Tapit out of the grade I winner Hooh Why was bought by Crupi's New Castle Farm for $1.2 million.
The first colt produced from Horse of the Year Havre de Grace was bought back by Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm for $1.9 million during the Sept. 13 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Sails through pre-Cotillion move Sept. 12
The week in photos has a major international flare this week, including Ireland, France, Korea plus several domestic races!
The European contingent for the Sept. 17 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) program, which features three graded turf stakes, arrived late evening Sept. 12 following a flight from Amsterdam.
Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud had its second $900,000 yearling sale during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13 when Japan-based Shadai Farm went to that level for a War Front colt.
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program Sept. 13 announced the recipients of its two non-competition awards for 2016: the TIP Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the TIP Young Rider of the Year Award.
A striking gray Tapit colt who is a half brother to multiple grade I winner Mucho Macho Man is among the top horses to watch for during the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
One of the best-bred Tapits in the Keeneland September yearling sale catalog lit up the bid board early during the Sept. 13 second session, selling for $900,000 to William Mack and Robert Baker.
Claire Novak brings us the Keeneland September Yearling Sale session 1 numbers. Listen to Geoffrey Russell and Bob Elliston share thoughts on how session 1 finished and their projections for the rest of the sale. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales
Could prep in Oct. 2 Miss Grillo
Kentucky Downs has already smashed its single-season mark for wagering and still has the Sept. 15 card remaining in the all-grass track's five-date meet.
Boosted by a broad-based international buying bench and the appeal of top-caliber sires Medaglia d’Oro, Tapit, and War Front, the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale had a solid opening Sept. 12.
A War Front filly who had a significant update in her pedigree became the second-highest priced offering at the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 12 when agent John Ferguson went to $900,000 to acquire the bay filly on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed
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