Back to Class, a stakes-placed full sister to multiple graded stakes winner Chapel Royal, sold for $85,000 to Adena Springs to top the consignor preferred session of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s winter mixed sale Jan. 22.
With Jose Ortiz setting her loose three wide turning for home, Royal Lahaina pounced on the lead, opened a two-length advantage in mid-stretch, and was never threatened late in upsetting the $300,000 Go for Wand Handicap.
Florida stallion Montbrook has been pensioned from stud duty and will remain at J. Michael O'Farrell's Ocala Stud in Florida, where he was foaled.
The son of Montbrook already has two group winners in Korea.
Irish stallion Invincible Spirit closed out 2010 with a record but it was a record for the number of 2-year-old winners in a single year for a stallion standing in either North America or Europe.
Irish stallion Invincible Spirit has shattered the world record mark for 2-year-old winners in a year.
Irish stallion Iffraaj set a European freshman sire record of 36 2-year-old winners when his son Dixlesio won Nov. 21 at Madrid in Spain.
Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) winner Advice will be shipped from Kentucky to California for the $300,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park July 18, according to the Inglewood track's racing office.
Chapel Royal, a former Kentucky stallion getting ready to stand his first season at William Schettine's Signature Stallions near Reddick, Fla., in 2009, has become the new leader among Northern Hemisphere first-crop sires.
The Jockey Club released the Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics Oct. 16 for 2008 that show a continued decline in North American Thoroughbred breeding activity.
Chapel Royal, a Florida-bred who has gotten off to grand start in Kentucky as a sire, will stand at Signature Stallions in Florida.
While the second-session figures weren't as lofty as the numbers from Aug. 9, Fasig-Tipton's sale of preferred New York-breds finished it's two-night run Sunday evening with an overall average price that was 5.4% higher than last year.
The 7-year-old Montbrook stallion Chapel Royal was represented by his first winner April 19 when Elite Racing Partners' Royal Card won an eventful third race at Keeneland.
- By Ron Mitchell
Is history destined to repeat itself at this year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale when it comes to first-crop sire power?
Nine colts and geldings are entered in the 93rd running of the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Saratoga July 26. The most experienced entrant is Ready's Image, the only stakes winner in the field.
Following a slow start, the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale picked up steam Wednesday during its third session in Lexington. The number sold, gross revenue, average price, and median price all were ahead of last year's figures for the comparable session.
A weanling filly from the first crop of Chapel Royal brought the top price of $180,000 during Thursday's session of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale.
The Jockey Club released their Report of Mares Bred in 2005 Thursday morning and report that 58,739 mares were covered by 3,097 stallions this year. The released data is reports that have been received through Oct. 13.
Graded stakes winners Lion Heart and Chapel Royal, both of whom were retired from racing within the past two months, will enter stud at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Chapel Royal, a grade II winner who ran third in last year's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has been retired from racing because of a minor injury, but no decision has been reached as to where he will enter stud.
Multiple graded stakes winner Chapel Royal, a leading 2-year-old last year, has been retired due to injury to Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky.
Although we're fascinated with numbers at TheDowneyProfile.com, we are not into numerology. However, it doesn't take much imagination to conjure up a projected field of 13 in Kentucky Derby 130.
Martin L. Cherry's Wynn Dot Comma held off Eurosilver by a head in a frantic finish to Saturday's $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park, giving jockey Edgar Prado his 5,000th career victory.
You normally don't see a leading Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (gr. III), but Buckram Oak Farm's Eurosilver will try sprinting one more time, as he faces five opponents, including the top-class 2-year-old Chapel Royal, who will be making his 3-year-old debut.
Read the Footnotes, Minister Eric, and Tapit top a record roster of 140 Early Bird nominees for the Rebel and Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. The Rebel and Arkansas Derby are the first two legs of Oaklawn's $5-million three race bonus with the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) being the final leg.
Will the Breeders' Cup Juvenile jinx be broken in 2004? We won't know until May 1--unless none of the Juvenile starters is entered in the Kentucky Derby--but this is as good a time as any to see what the starters from last year's edition of the race are doing now.
Trainer Todd Pletcher is armed and ready with three runners for the second annual East vs. West showdown in the Jan. 24 Sunshine Millions at Gulfstream and Santa Anita Park. Smok'n Frolic, Music's Storm and Pick'em are all on schedule for races on the program. The 3-year-old Chapel Royal will sit out the Sunshine Millions Dash.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company has catalogued 204 horses for its select sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course on Feb. 3. The number is up slightly from last year's total for the South Florida sale of 201.
This is the second in a series of early looks at next year's potential Derby horses. Todd Pletcher and Richard Mandella hold hot hands on opposite ends of the country. The next report will focus on Bob "See me in January" Baffert and the Godolphin/Darley team.
Trainer Todd Pletcher worked his trio of Breeders' Cup starters -- Chapel Royal, Ashado, and Balto Star -- at Belmont Park Sunday morning.
Marylou Whitney Stable's improving Birdstone put away favored Chapel Royal in the final furlong to comfortably capture the $500,000 Champagne (gr. I) for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park Saturday.
Chapel Royal, the East's leading 2-year-old throughout the spring and early summer, will be out to prove he is more than a sprinter in Saturday's grade I, $500,000 Champagne at 1 1/16 miles. Seven rivals, including Birdstone and Notorious Rogue, will stand in his way.
Trainer Todd Pletcher had some of his best juveniles out on the track for workouts Sunday morning, including Chapel Royal, Ashado and Limehouse.
Although Hopeful (gr. I) winner Silver Wagon will not be heading to Santa Anita in October, that's not to say we didn't see any contenders for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) last weekend.
Saratoga Notebook: All Good With Silver Wagon; Decision Due on Trust n Luck; Big Pick 6 Closing; America America Update; Educating Birdstone; Champagne for Chapel Royal
After attending church in Saratoga Springs Sunday morning, trainer Ralph Ziadie visited Barn 30 to check on Silver Wagon the winner of the Hopeful (gr. I) on Saturday. "He came out good," Ziadie said. " Everything was good."
Buckram Oak Farm's Silver Wagon and jockey Jerry Bailey kicked into gear near the eighth pole and pulled away to register a four-length upset over 2/5 favorite Chapel Royal in the $200,000 Hopeful (gr. I) at Saratoga Saturday.
Chapel Royal will put his undefeated record on the line against eight rivals in Saturday's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Trainer Todd Pletcher is readying for a busy weekend at Saratoga where he will saddle the dynamic juvenile duo of Limehouse and Chapel Royal in the Aug. 30 Hopeful Stakes.
Saratoga Notebook: Scrimshaw OK; Santos Begins 'Vacation'; Pletcher Pair on Track; Evening Attire Wins
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Monday an examination done on Scrimshaw showed that the colt was not injured during the running of the King's Bishop (gr. I) on Saturday.
Saratoga Notebook: Frankel Squelches Rumor; Dynever Unlikely for Travers; Bailey Gets Wake-Up; Day Watches 'Most Wanted'
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel made quick work of a rumor going around the backstretch Tuesday morning regarding Empire Maker's status for the Travers (gr. I).
Saratoga Notebook: No Lull for Pletcher; Tagg Talks Bonuses; Birdstone's Timing Right; During's Dandy Test
After setting a record with 40 victories at the Belmont spring/summer meeting trainer Todd Pletcher wasn't sure what to expect at Saratoga.
Chapel Royal remained unbeaten in three career starts and picked up his second graded stakes victory with an eye-catching win in the Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course Thursday.
Todd Pletcher's powerful barn will be in early evidence during the Saratoga season when he saddles a pair of favorites, Chapel Royal and Heckle, in Thursday's $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds.
Is it possible Saratoga will provide an early sneak preview of next year's classic scene, or are the heavy-duty arsenals of Todd Pletcher and D. Wayne Lukas merely today's weapons?
Trainer Todd Pletcher won the Flash Stakes in 1999 with More Than Ready. He appears to hold a strong hand in this year's running with a two-horse entry of Chapel Royal and Korsakoff in Friday's running of the five-furlong dash for 2-year-olds.
Final nominations for Calder's 2003 Florida Stallion Stakes closed early this month with a total of 880 juveniles eligible for the rich $1.2 million series, which begins Aug. 9.
Chapel Royal, a son of Montbrook who topped the OBSC Calder select sale of 2-year-olds in February with a final bid of $1.2 million, showed he may have been well worth his hefty price after a dazzling performance in his career bow at Belmont Park Thursday.
Chapel Royal, a son of Montbrook who topped the OBSC Calder select sale of 2-year-olds in February with a final bid of $1.2 million, will make his career debut in the second race at Belmont Park Thursday.
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