Thoroughbred News

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  • Soldier's Dancer storms past Presious Passion to take the Sunshine Millions Turf.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7536706%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Soldier's Dancer Hits Sunshine Turf Mark

    Classy Soldier's Dancer, far back for most of the journey, closed with a rush to overtake Presious Passion in the final 50 yards, winning the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at a soggy Santa Anita Park Jan. 24.

  • High Resolve cruises in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7535420%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    SM F&M Sprint: High Resolve Wire-to-Wire

    High Resolve opened up an early lead and never looked back, going wire-to-wire for a 2 1/4-length victory in the $300,000 Hill 'n' Dale Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Wild Promises strolls to her 6th consecutive win in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7535425%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Wild Promises Wins Sixth Straight

    Wild Promises confirmed that she is indeed a star-in-the-making, as the 5-year-old mare collected her sixth consecutive victory after roaring through the stretch to win the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf by 1 3/4 lengths Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Dunkirk, $3.7 million Yearling, Romps

    Dunkirk, a $3.7 million yearling purchase owned by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, made that price look like a potential bargain when he overcame traffic problems and blew his opposition away in his career debut.

  • This Ones for Phil is in control in the Sunshine Millions Dash.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7535422%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    This Ones for Phil Pulls SM Dash Upset

    This Ones for Phil, making his first start for Rick Dutrow Jr., took over at the top of the lane from 6-5 favorite You Luckie Mann and drew away for a 2 1/4-length victory in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park Jan. 24.

  • 'Capistrano Winner On the Acorn Retired

    On the Acorn, a rags-to-riches gelding who rose from the claiming ranks to win the 2007 San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IIT), was retired after suffering a ligament tear while preparing for a return to the races in the San Luis Rey Handicap (gr. IIT) on March 21.

  • Point Determined

    Point Determined Retired to Montesacro

    Point Determined, winner of the 2006 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) and runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), Swaps Stakes (gr. II) and San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) the same year, has been retired and will stand for a private fee at Montesacro Farm in Georgetown, Ky., it was announced Jan. 24

  • Smarty Jones

    Smarty Jones Now a Broodmare Sire

    Champion Smarty Jones, whose first foals just turned 3, is the broodmare sire of a filly born Jan. 18 in Pennsylvania.

  • Good Ba Ba Wins Stewards' Cup; Dubai Out

    Good Ba Ba emphatically confirmed his status as the world's number one older miler at Sha Tin Jan. 23, but even a $5 million purse in Dubai and a $1 million bonus incentive will not tempt trainer Andreas Schutz and owner John Yuen Se-kit to prove it on the world stage.

  • Display winner Patena

    LeComte Runner-up Patena Sold to IEAH

    IEAH Stables is back on the Kentucky Derby trail after purchasing majority interest in LeComte Stakes (gr. III) runner-up Patena from John and Glen Sikura and Dominic Dilalla.

  • Red Giant

    Millionaire Red Giant to Hill 'n' Dale

    Peachtree Stable's course record setter and grade I-winning millionaire Red Giant will begin his stud career for the 2009 breeding season at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington, where he will stand for a fee of $7,500.

  • TrackNet Signal Cut-Off Looms in Nevada

    Despite comments from TrackNet Media Group that negotiations are "going backwards" over issues involving racing signals to Nevada racebooks, the player on the other side of the table offered guarded hope matters can be resolved before a Jan. 25 cut-off deadline.

  • Macho Again is one of the top choices in the Sunshine Millions Classic.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5286679%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Macho Again Looking For Breakout Season

    After spending 2008 in Big Brown's shadow, West Point Thoroughbreds' Macho Again is ready to step into the sun as one of the top choices in the $1 million OBS Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park Jan. 24.

  • Street Sense

    Young Darley Stallions Have 1st Foals

    The stallion barn at Darley America hosts a dazzling quartet of young stallions who have all celebrated the birth of their first offspring in recent weeks.

  • Fair Grounds Breakdowns Look 'Unusual'

    Though five horses have been euthanized as a result of catastrophic breakdowns at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots since Jan. 17, Dr. Tom David, equine medical director for the Louisiana State Racing Commission, said the incidents appear to have no direct connection with the condition of the racing surface.

  • Free Country won an allowance race at Gulfstream Park on January 8.

    Derby Hopeful Free Country Purchased

    Nathan Fox's Richland Hills, Lee Einsidler's LRE Racing, and Al Ferri's Triple F Stable have purchased an interest in 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopeful Free Country from John Gerbas Jr.'s Silver Wing Stable.

  • Colorado Horse Groups Make Case for Bill

    Horsemen from all parts of Colorado rallied at the state capitol Jan. 20 to support efforts by the horse industry to pass legislation designed to revitalize the economics of the industry in Colorado through advance deposit wagering and Instant Racing.

  • TwinSpires to Show Handicapping Tourney

    TwinSpires.com, the official advance deposit wagering service for Churchill Downs Inc., will provide an inside look at the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship from Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas by providing online video coverage of the event throughout the Jan. 23-24.

  • Simon Pure's First Foal

    The first foal by grade II stakes-placed Simon Pure is a colt born Jan. 6 at Kelly Charles' Sonshine Acres near Ocala, Fla.

  • Derby Contender Workouts

    No prominent 3-year-old races this weekend, but plenty of action on the worktab. Triple Crown Talk blog, with host Jason Shandler, looks at this week's works for Derby contenders.

  • Trainer Bobby Frankel has Kyniska ready for the Tuzla Handicap.

    Frankel's Kyniska Makes U.S. Stakes Bow

    Kyniska, victorious in both of her American starts for trainer Bobby Frankel, makes her initial U.S. stakes try in the $100,000 Tuzla Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Santa Anita turf Jan. 25. She is part of a 14-horse field of older fillies and mares expected to crowd the gate.

  • Johnny Eves brings the strongest credentials to the Palos Verdes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6822807%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Weak Palos Verdes Opens Possibilities

    With the richer Sunshine Millions Sprint the preceding day, Santa Anita's $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) Jan. 25 will have a weak field, giving several of the eight entrants an important graded stakes opportunity.

  • That Handicapping Show: Sunshine Classic

    Jason and Tom analyze the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 24. The Wizard has a pair of Spotlight Plays for Saturday: the Sunshine Millions Dash, Race 7 at Gulfstream; and also Race 8

  • Proud Tower Too

    Proud Tower Too Retired

    Grade I winner Proud Tower Too, who stood at stud in 2008 and then was returned to training, has been retired again.

  • Lane's End Breeders' Futurity winner Square Eddie is headed to the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6182741%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Square Eddie to Try Dirt at Oaklawn

    High-profile Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopefuls Old Fashioned, Silver City, and Flat Out are all likely for the Feb. 16 Southwest (gr. III) at Oaklawn, and now it seems there's a new contender coming from Southern California by the name of Square Eddie.

  • F-T to Sponsor Fountain of Youth Stakes

    Fasig-Tipton is teaming with Gulfstream Park to sponsor the $250,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II). The 63rd running of the race, which will called the "Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes," is scheduled for Feb. 28 in South Florida. The Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training will be held March 3.

  • Free Country is one of several promising 3-year olds in trainer Ken McPeek's barn.

    McPeek Sets Plans For Talented 3YOs

    The trainer will seperate his three promising Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prospects. He is also hopeful that a fourth will soon make his mark on the Triple Crown trail.

  • Slew's Saga to California

    Slew's Saga, a major stakes winner by Seattle Slew, will stand at Sue Hubbard and Associates near Santa Margarita, Calif.

  • The animal-rights group PETA is pushing for reform at 2-year-olds in training sales.

    Uniform Policies Set for Horse Sales

    The four major U.S. sale companies - Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and the Ocala Breeders' Sales - have issued a set of uniform policies that will govern medication, prohibited practices, riding crops, and horseshoes, effective with the Feb. 17 OBS selected sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • OBS February Sale Has 200 Juveniles

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has more horses for its February select sale of 2-year-olds in training than it did in 2008, according to Tom Ventura, the auction firm's general manager and director of sales. OBS will catalog 200 juveniles, up 16.3% from last year's total of 172.

  • Briecat winning the Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II).

    13 to Choose From in Sunshine Distaff

    Briecat and Amazing, riding three-race winning streaks, take on multiple grade II victor Leah's Secret in a highly competitive renewal of the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff at Santa Anita Jan. 24. Other races in this series include the Sunshine Millions Sprint and the Sunshine Millions Oaks. Four races are run at Santa Anita and four are run at Gulfstream Park. The series is worth a total of $3.6 million.

  • Millionaire Presious Passion tries Santa Anita for the first time in the Sunshine Millions Turf.

    Florida Raiders Head 14 in Millions Turf

    Presious Passion, who bounced back from a ninth-place finish in last year's Sunshine Millions Turf at Gulfstream Park to become a grade I winner, invades Santa Anita for the 2009 renewal Jan. 24.

  • Nashua Stakes winner Break Water Edison is working towards a start in the Hutcheson.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6571312%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Promising Colts Work Toward Hutcheson

    Under jockey Alan Garcia, Break Water Edison breezed five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 in his first work since Kimmel shipped the son of Lemon Drop Kid from Payson Park to Gulfstream to prepare for a likely start in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) on Jan. 30.

  • My Charmer winner Wild Promises takes on 7 in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf.

    Wild Promises Tops Millions F&M Turf

    On Jan. 24, Wild Promises will take yet another step and try for her biggest payday to date, as she'll do battle with seven rivals in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf at Gulfstream Park.

  • Chief Financial Officer Exits NYRA

    The New York Racing Association's top fiscal executive has left, but the corporation is declining to provide any explanation or to say whether the departure was voluntary.

  • Kentucky VLT Measure Has First Hearing

    Legislation to authorize video lottery terminals at Kentucky racetracks will be amended in several key areas, one of which is a substantial increase in the licensing fee racetracks would pay for VLT licenses.

  • Noble Causeway Sires First Foal

    The first foal by grade I stakes-placed Noble Causeway is a filly born Jan. 18 at Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Riggio's My Meadowview near Water Mill, N.Y.

  • First Foal for BC Winner Wilko

    Wilko, the 2004 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner, sired his first foal Jan. 8 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.

  • Silent Name's First Foal

    The first foal by Sunday Silence's son Silent Name is a colt born Jan. 17 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Paris, Ky.