The market for 2-year-olds in training continued to build on this year's gains when the action moved to Barretts in Southern California Tuesday. A daughter of Awesome Again brought $2 million, breaking the world record for a juvenile filly sold at public auction.
Cat Fighter, winner of the La Canada Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita on Feb. 14, was purchased by John Sikura for $1.3-million to top the dispersal of horses of racing age owned by The Thoroughbred Corp. that preceded the Barretts March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training Tuesday in Pomona, Calif.
There has been "real solid interest" from prospective buyers in the Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training, according to the company's president Jerry McMahon.
Valentine Dancer, winner of the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Jan. 24, and Victory Encounter, who captured the El Encino (gr. II) a week earlier, head the field for Saturday's $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
Under a patient ride from substitute jockey Jon Court, Valentine Dancer split horses at the head of the stretch and stormed to a three-quarters of a length victory in the $500,000 John Deere Filly and Mare Turf on Sunshine Millions Day Saturday on the Santa Anita turf course.
Stonerside Stables' millionaire Congaree, an Eclipse Award finalist for 2003‚s older male, will most likely make his 6-year-old debut in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) on Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Bob Baffert said.
Elloluv, second to 40-1 outsider Adoration in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25, "is geared up and ready to go" for Saturday's $250,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I), first leg of the three-race La Canada Series won last season by Got Koko.
The Thoroughbred Corp. will disperse all of its racing stock at the Barretts March 2-year-olds in training sale on March 2. Among the 58 horses to be sold is multiple graded stakes winner Atlantic Ocean.
The Thoroughbred Corp. homebred Dessert, making her debut in stakes company, captured Sunday's $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) in gate-to-wire fashion, holding off an unlucky Solar Echo by a neck on the grass.
Eight 3-year-old fillies, including two entries of two horses each, are set for Sunday's $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) at 1 1/8 miles on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
Headed by San Clemente Handicap winner Katdogawn and multiple stakes winner Atlantic Ocean, a field of at least eight appears likely for Sunday's 47th edition of the grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks.
The little English-bred filly Katdogawn, beautifully ridden by jockey Julie Krone, mowed down the heavily favored Atlantic Ocean in the home stretch to win the featured $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 30,516 at Del Mar Saturday.
Led by multiple graded stakes winners Buffythecenterfold and Atlantic Ocean, a field of nine 3-year-old fillies go to the gate for Saturday's $250,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) at one mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
One of last season's top 2-year-old fillies on the grounds is back for a crack at the top 3-year-old filly stakes this season. Buffythecenterfold, owned by Allen Brian and Stronach Stables and trained by Mel Stute, leads the pack of prospects for Saturday's 35th edition of the grade II, $150,000 San Clemente Handicap.
Globetrotting Irish trainer Dermot Weld shipped Dimitrova all the way to Southern California Saturday to capture the rich $750,000 American Oaks on the Hollywood Park grass.
Trainer Bob Baffert's Santa Catarina is the 7-2 favorite among fourteen 3-year-old fillies in Saturday's second running of the $750,000 American Oaks at 1 1/4 mile over Hollywood Park's Lakeside Turf Course. The Oaks tops a bill that includes the $300,000 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap at seven furlongs and the $100,000-added Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Hollywood Park Racing secretary Martin Panza has invited 14 fillies to the second running of the $750,000 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/4 mile on turf July 5.
Thanks to a well-timed ride from Tyler Baze, Old Friends Inc.'s Quero Quero hit the front at just the correct moment to upset favored Atlantic Ocean by a neck in Saturday's $215,950 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies on the Hollywood Park turf.
Atlantic Ocean, The Thoroughbred Corporation's $1.9-million filly, returns to to the grass in Saturday's $200,000-added Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park.
Bob and Beverly Lewis' Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) runner-up Santa Catarina will make her next start in the $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico on May 16, trainer Bob Baffert said.
Lady Tak, the Fair Grounds Oaks winner who will probably be second choice in Friday's Kentucky Oaks, worked a half-mile in :49 under jockey Lonnie Meche at Churchill Downs Monday.
The Thoroughbred Corporation's Atlantic Ocean worked five furlongs under exercise rider Dana Barnes in :59 3/5 according to Churchill Downs clockers. Also on Monday, three-time stakes winner Lady Tak worked six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 in company after the renovation break.
Peace Rules jumps into the Kentucky Derby picture with a convincing win in Louisiana.
Lady Tak proved her class and determination and extended her record to a perfect 5-for-5 in winning the $350,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) in New Orleans Saturday.
At least one winning streak will come to an end Saturday in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) when Lady Tak and Atlantic Ocean put their marks on the line in the 1 1/8-mile race.
Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. III) winner Domestic Dispute, gearing up for his next start in the Mar. 16 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), worked a bullet seven furlongs in 1:24 1/5 handily over a fast main track at Santa Anita Sunday.
With rain forecast for Sunday night and continuing all day Monday, the Santa Anita work tab was full Sunday morning. In all, 275 workouts were recorded.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Atlantic Ocean will make her next start in the Mar. 8 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), trainer Bob Baffert said on Thursday. The daughter of Stormy Atlantic will be heading to the Big Easy with stablemate Kafwain, who is set to start in the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) the following day.
Trainer Bob Baffert revealed Saturday that The Thoroughbred Corp.'s early Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Kafwain will likely make his next start in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds.
Atlantic Ocean, who many thought was a $1.9 million flop, captured her third straight stakes Saturday in the $250,000 John Deere Sunshine Millions Oaks at Santa Anita
A total of 96 California and Florida breds were entered for Saturday's $3.6 million Sunshine Millions eight-race series at Gulfstream and Santa Anita.
The Thoroughbred Corporation's 3-year-old filly Atlantic Ocean is making her $1.9 million purchase price look better after winning the $110,900-added Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Sunday.
Sea Jewel, fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), faces stakes winners Atlantic Ocean and Summer Wind Dancer in Sunday's $100,000-added Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park.
The Dec. 21 Delta Jackpot isn't a graded race, but its $500,000 purse makes it among the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America.
Composure, winner of the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) and runner-up to Storm Flag Flying in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), figures to be a heavy favorite in the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles Dec. 14.
The Thoroughbred Corporation's Atlantic Ocean, a $1.9-million sale purchase who's been mostly disappointing in her 2-year-old season, woke up with a switch to the turf on Friday in Hollywood Park's $200,000 Miesque Stakes (gr. IIIT), posting an impressive one-length victory.
Jockey Mike Smith and trainer Jenine Sahadi teamed up with the 2-year-old filly Puxa Saco to win Saturday's seven-furlong $100,000 Moccasin Stakes.
Florida import Puxa Saco, victorious in Oak Tree's Anoakia Stakes despite getting banged around at the start, will seek her fourth win in five starts Saturday as the probable favorite in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.
Select Stable's Overbrook Spinster (gr. I) winner Take Charge Lady breezed a half-mile at Churchill Downs Saturday, preparing for her next scheduled start in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr.i).
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem had his final major drill for next Saturday's $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Arlington Park, working publicly at Santa Anita just after noon on Saturday.
The question in the grade II Walmac International Alcibiades (gr. II) at Keeneland Friday was who would relish the off going. The answer was Westerly Breeze and Ruby's Reception.
Five of the nine fillies scheduled to run in the $400,000 Walmac International Alcibiades Stakes are stakes winners or stakes-placed.
Storm Flag Flying and Vindication were made the favorites in the Breeders' Cup Future Bet for the juvenile championship races to be contested Oct. 26 at Arlington Park as part of the World Thoroughbred Championships.
Storm Flag Flying remained an overwhelming 1-2 favorite in thesecond day of the Breeder's Cup Future Bet for the $1 million Juvenile Fillies division.
Well, if you want good stories, the results of the races this past weekend affecting the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) division couldn't have been more perfect.
Making her first stakes appearance, The Thoroughbred Corporation's Atlantic Ocean posted an easy 3-length win in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at Turfway Park Saturday.
Claiborne Farm's Trip has been made the 2-1 morning line favorite for the Turfway Breeders' Cup (gr. III), to be run during the Kentucky Cup card at the northern Kentucky track Sept. 14.
Atlantic Ocean, whose price of $1.9 million at the Barretts March sale set a world record for a 2-year-old filly, won Aug. 29 at Del Mar.
Atlantic Ocean, a record $1.9 million filly purchase at the March Barretts' sale for 2-year-olds, broke her maiden in her third attempt Thursday at Del Mar, defeating a field of seven opponents going a mile.
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