Main Sequence found North American turf racing to his liking in 2014, as the Niarchos Family's Flaxman Holdings homebred won all four of his starts--each at the grade I level--to secure the turf male Eclipse Award.
Flaxman Holdings' homebred Main Sequence put the cap on a brilliant season Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park, charging to victory over Flintshire in the $3 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Main Sequence earned his third consecutive grade I win in the United States since arriving from England when he narrowly outfought Twilight Eclipse in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT) Sept. 27 at Belmont Park.
Favored Main Sequence, slow out of the gate to trail the field, charged home on the outside to nip Imagining at the wire in the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) Aug. 17 on the lawn at Saratoga Race Course.
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Group III winner Mambia brought the top price at Arqana's Arc auction in Oct. 2, selling for 450,000 euros ($617,616 in U.S. funds) to Oceanic Bloodstock, agent for Martin Schwartz.
Pathfork kept his record unblemished with a hard-fought victory over Casamento in the boylesports.com Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh Sept. 11.
Taqarub, a son of Aldebaran, goes wire to wire in the six-furlong Maryland Sprint Handicap at Pimlico on the Preakness Day undercard.
Darby Dan Farm has announced that a purchase agreement has been reached between the Aldebaran Syndicate and the Japan Racing Association.
Grade I winner Good Journey was represented by his first stakes winner Feb. 16, when his 3-year-old son Sound Journey won the Top Cut Alister Clark Stakes (Aust-II) at Moonee Valley for trainer Mick Price.
Alan Porter discusses the short yearlings and carried foals that have the top-rated TrueNicks ratings and are entered in the second day of the Keeneland January sale.
When it comes to Grace Anatomy, trainer Doug O'Neill has her all figured out. She is a filly with "above average" talent and likes to come from off the pace.
Darby Dan Farm has announced its 2008 stallion fees.
A colt from the first crop of Sky Mesa worked an eighth of a mile in :10 seconds Monday as the fastest time during the training preview for the 2007 Barretts Summer Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age.
Aldebaran, champion sprinter of 2003, was represented by his first winner May 17 when his son Ascot Hall won at Belmont Park in his initial start.
Darby Dan Farm announced that Aldebaran's fee has been reduced to $30,000 from $40,000.
Darby Dan Farm plans to keep the fee for Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Aldebaran at $40,000. The 2006 season will be the third season for Aldebaran (Mr. Prospector--Chimes of Freedom, by Private Account) at the Lexington farm.
Darby Dan Farm announced the birth of the first foal by champion sprinter Aldebaran.
Darby Dan Farm announced that champion producer Sonada and grade I winner Plenty of Grace are among the first mares in foal to Aldebaran.
Aldebaran was the bridesmaid no longer in 2003. The son of Mr. Prospector, who finished second six times in eight starts in 2002, proved fully capable of reaching the winner's circle in 2003 and earned the Eclipse Award for champion sprinter in the process with five graded stakes wins in eight starts.
Bobby Frankel, back after a nine-day honeymoon in Barbados, is regrouping his forces, and will likely run Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) runner-up Medaglia d'Oro in the $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28.
Aldebaran, the leading contender for a sprint championship whose 122 Beyer Speed Figure is the second-highest of any runner this year, arrived for stallion duty the afternoon of Oct. 28 at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington and will be housed in the same stall that once was home to Honor Grades, Sailor, Sword Dancer, and the great farm homebred Roberto.
Aldebaran, the leading contender for a sprint championship, will arrive Oct. 28 at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Stonerside Stable's Congaree, who set the pace in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) before finishing fourth, will make his next start in the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 29 at Aqueduct.
Aldebaran, who figures to be the favorite for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) in what will be his final start, will begin his stallion career for $50,000 live foal at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.
Bobby Frankel said Tuesday that Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) winner Wild Spirit will not run in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), and will be given time off to point for next year's campaign. Frankel worked Peace Rules, Aldebaran, and Midas Eyes at Hollywood Park.
The cough that has been going through trainer Bobby Frankel's barn has knocked Sightseek out of Saturday's Ruffian Handicap (gr. I), but Frankel will be represented by Wild Spirit and You.
Their meet titles long since clinched, trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez reflected on their record-setting achievements this summer.
Flaxman Stable's Aldebaran flashed his superiority at seven furlongs once again in the Forego Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Sunday, destroying a quality field of sprinters with his patented late run.
Flaxman Stable homebred Aldebaran, winner of four of six stakes starts earlier this year, will end a seven-week layoff in Sunday's grade I, $250,000 Forego Handicap at Saratoga.
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Fearing a wet track for Monday's scheduled breeze, trainer Barclay Tagg worked Kentucky Derby (gr.I) and Preakness (gr.I) winner Funny Cide early Sunday morning at Saratoga Race Course.
Running at his favorite distance of seven furlongs, Flaxman Stable homebred Aldebaran weaved through the field and drew off for an easy two-length victory in the grade II Tom Fool Handicap on the Independence Day card at Belmont Park.
Aldebaran, who finished third in the June 14 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, will shorten up from that race's nine-furlong distance when he competes in Friday's seven-furlong Tom Fool Handicap at Belmont.
Turns out Perfect Drift was carrying just a tad more than his assigned 115 pounds at Churchill Downs June 14 in the $856,500 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I). Tucked under the saddlecloth beneath Pat Day was a six-inch braid of hair made from John Henry's tail.
Mineshaft's attempt at a fourth straight graded stakes win will begin from post 12 in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs.
Grade I winners Aldebaran and Mineshaft expected to headline Saturday's contest at Churchill Downs, while Pat Day now has the mount on Perfect Drift.
Robert Baker, David Cornstein and William Mack's Proud Citizen, the runner-up to War Emblem in the 2002 Kentucky Derby, breezed five furlongs Monday in a quick :59.20 in his final prep for Saturday's Stephen Foster Handicap.
Trainer Bobby Frankel has informed Churchill Downs racing officials that Humana Distaff (gr. I) winner Sightseek will run in the $300,000-added Fleur De Lis (gr. II) on June 14.
William S. Farish's homebred Mineshaft, winner of the Pimlico Special (gr. I), and Flaxman Holdings' Aldebaran, winner of the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II) and Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) in his last two races, top the list of likely starters from a star-studded group of 32 horses nominated for Churchill Downs' $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).
As Saturday's deadline for nominations to the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) draws closer, the possible field for the $750,000 race is becoming clearer. Among the horses who could start next in the June 14 race are Aldebaran, Full Mandate, Proud Citizen, and Tenpins.
Flaxman Holding's homebred Aldebaran swept past the leaders entering the stretch and then held off a determined Saarland for a game victory in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) on the Memorial Day card at Belmont Park.
Congaree, who can join an elite group to win both the Carter and Metropolitan handicaps in the same year, is hard to ignore in Monday's Memorial Day feature at Belmont Park.
The $200,000-added Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II), like most of Saturday's stakes races at the Louisville track, will feature a Bobby Frankel-trained morning line favorite in Flaxman Holdings' Aldebaran.
Horse of the Year Azeri has been declared from the list of fillies and mares nominated to the $300,000-added Louisville Breeders' Cup (grade II) on Kentucky Oaks Day, a move that leaves Select Stable's Take Charge Lady as the likely starting highweight in the handicap for older fillies and mares.
Juddmonte Farm's Empire Maker, the strong favorite for the 129th running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), arrived at Churchill Downs Sunday afternoon to continue his preparations for the May 3 race. Several other leading contenders have joined the Wood Memorial winner at the historic track.
Congaree remained perfect from three starts at Aqueduct -- all graded stakes -- winning Saturday's $350,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) by 3 1/2 lengths over Aldebaran. The win in the seven-furlong race also marks his first in a sprint.
Empire Maker arrived Wednesday in New York, along with Aldebaran, Congaree, Senor Swinger, and others planning to battle Saturday in the Wood and the Carter.
Crafty C.T., a consistent sprinter who has finished first, second or third in 11 of 13 career starts, returns to action Sunday in the $200,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Congaree puts in an "awesome" performance in winning the Cigar Mile.
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