Keyword: Benchmark

  • California Sire Benchmark Pensioned

    Prominent California stallion Benchmark, sire of champion Points Offthebench and several other grade I winners, has been pensioned from stud duty due to fertility issues, Ballena Vista Farm announced April 21.

  • Idiot Proof to Stand at Victory Rose

    Grade I-winning Idiot Proof has been acquired by Victory Rose Thoroughbreds, near Vacaville, Calif., and will stand there as the property of a partnership, commencing in 2014. His fee has been set at $1,500, live foal.

  • Points Offthebench gets the jump on favorite Goldencents to win the Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

    Points Offthebench Nails Santa Anita Sprint

    Points Offthebench will take a four-race win streak into the Nov. 2 Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) following a sharp victory in the $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) Oct. 5.

  • Points Offthebench wins the Bing Crosby Stakes.

    Points Offthebench Shows His Game in Crosby

    Points Offthebench made his first venture into stakes company a successful one, winning the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (gr. I) over Goldencents in a terrific fight to the wire July 28 at Del Mar.

  • Grazen

    Grazen Is New Benchmark for Alydar Line

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <p>California homebred Grazen's first graded win is more proof that Benchmark is the true heir to Alydar's male-line legacy.

  • Idiot Proof

    Idiot Proof

    Clifford Sise, Jr. says that a normal trainer, without the consistent backing of big-money owners, will only get a superstar horse about ever 20 years. Sise had his last big horse in 1996, so he's nine years ahead of schedule as he heads toward this weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships with a Sprint (gr. I) hopeful named Idiot Proof.

  • California October Yearling Sale Looks to Build on Opening Year Success

    Last year's inaugural California October yearling sale, co-sponsored by Barretts Equine Limited and the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, concluded with solid across the board results. And the two entities hope to build on last year's success for even stronger results during the 2006 edition Oct. 3 at Barretts Fairplex Park facility.

  • Proposed and jockey Patrick Valenzuela, right, hold off Star Parade and Martin Pedroza to win the Milady BC Handicap Saturday at Hollywood Park.

    Proposed Leads Her Own Parade at Hollypark

    For all her accomplishments, the millionaire mare Star Parade has never been able to win successive races. That dubious distinction held when the even-money choice in Saturday's $168,000 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) came up a head short of the winning Proposed after a stretch-long drive to the wire at Hollywood Park.

  • Looking for Sire Power in the Derby

    One thing the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) has taught us over the years is that the winner can come from anywhere. And the same goes for the winner's sire.

  • Jockey Alex Solis crosses the finish line aboard Brother Derek after an easy victory in Saturday&#39;s Santa Anita Derby.

    Brother Derek On Script in Santa Anita Derby

    The heavily backed Brother Derek heads for next month's Run for the Roses as the likely favorite after he ran as expected in an easy gate-to-wire victory Saturday in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) before 54,189.

  • Brother Derek and jockey Alex Solis win the Santa Catalina, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Relentless Brother Derek Captures 'Catalina

    It's hardly a leap of faith to make Brother Derek the early favorite for this year's Run for the Roses after his impressive win in the $200,000 Santa Catalina (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • Proposed and jockey Patrick Valenzuela win the El Encino Stakes, Sunday at Santa Anita.

    Proposed Toasts Her Rivals in El Encino

    Favored Proposed reached the front at the top of the stretch and overpowered her rivals in the run to the wire, easily winning the $150,000 El Encino (gr. II) for 4-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Sunday.

  • Brother Derek and Alex Solis, right, race ahead of Stevie Wonderboy and Garrett Gomez to win the San Rafael Stakes, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Brother Derek Tops Chart in San Rafael

    In spite of his grade I victory in the Hollywood Futurity last month, Brother Derek has been ignored on the national scene, his trainer, Dan Hendricks feels. But after Saturday's impressive win over Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) champ Stevie Wonderboy under steady handling by Alex Solis in the $150,000 San Rafael (gr. II) at Santa Anita, that shouldn't be the case any longer.

  • Brother Derek wins the Hollywood Futurity, Saturday at Hollywood Park.

    Brother Derek Latest Star on California Horizon

    Cecil N. Peacock's Brother Derek, coming off a fourth-place finish in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), showed he's the best West Coast-based 2-year-old not named Stevie Wonderboy with a comfortable win over favored Your Tent Or Mine in the $407,250 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) Saturday.

  • Brother Derek Sneaks Away With Norfolk

    California-bred Brother Derek broke sharply for jockey Alex Solis and never looked back in winning the $200,000 Norfolk (gr. II) for 2-year-olds Sunday by three-quarters of a length over favored A.P. Warrior at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.

  • California-bred Red Warrior, with Garrett Gomez aboard, crosses the finish line to win the Sunshine Millions Vinery Sprint, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Red Warrior's Ambush Takes Millions Sprint

    Red Warrior, last of 11 after a quarter of a mile, closed powerfully to register a one-length victory at odds of 47-1 in the $300,000 Padua Stables Sprint Saturday, part of the Sunshine Millions program at Santa Anita Park.

  • Santa Anita Oaks winner Silent Sighs sidelined for four months.

    Silent Sighs Sidelined Due to Bone Chips

    Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's grade I winner Silent Sighs will be sidelined for at least the next four months after being diagnosed with bone chips in both front ankles, trainer Julio Canani said. The California-bred filly most recently finished 10th of 11 in the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Silent Sighs, upsets Halfbridled in the Santa Anita Oaks.

    Halfbridled's Invincibility Ends With Sighs

    Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's California homebred Silent Sighs, facing open company for the first time, held on gamely over a surging Halfbridled to win the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) Saturday.

  • California Champions Announced; HOY Named Monday

    California will announce its 2003 Horse of the Year Monday; the three finalists are Continental Red, Excessivepleasure, and Joey Franco The annual awards dinner will be held at the Sacramento Sheraton Grande Hotel.

  • Silent Sighs, left, leads Wacky Patty en route to winning the Ocala Stud Sunshine Millions Oaks, Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    Silent Sighs Makes Noise Late to Win Ocala Stud Oaks

    Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Wygod's homebred Silent Sighs took advantage of the fast pace set by Wacky Patty, catching the pacesetter in the final strides in winning the $250,000 Ocala Stud Oaks that was part of the Sunshine Millions Day card at Gulfstream Park.

  • Bettors Ignore Don'tsellmeshort at Peril

    Bettors would have done well to heed the aptly-suggestive Don'tsellmeshort's name after the Dan Hendrick-trained 2-year-old colt took the $125,000 California Breeders' Champion Stakes at odds of 13-1 at Santa Anita Friday.

  • Don'tsellmeshort Wins Del Mar's Graduation

    Cecil N. Peacock's Don'tsellmeshort broke sharply under jockey Patrick Valenzuela and never looked back while scoring a gate-to-wire triumph in Wednesday's featured $125,000 Graduation Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds.

  • Standard Setter led throughout to post Golden Gate Derby upset.

    Golden Gate Derby Goes to Standard Setter

    Standard Setter surprised Saturday's $100,000 Golden Gate Derby (gr. III) field with a front-running victory at odds of 17-1. The only California bred in the field of 10 in the first derby of the year, the 3-year-old chestnut son of Benchmark held off Ozzie Cat by a neck in a tremendous stretch run.

  • Hennessy Colt Tops Day 1 at FT Texas

    A colt by Hennessy attracted a record bid of $150,000 from Tom Durant to highlight the opening day of the Fasig-Tipton Texas Yearling Sale Monday at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie near Dallas.