After taking eight starts to secure her maiden win, Verve's Tale didn't waste any time securing her first stakes victory.
The opening Book 2 Keeneland November breeding stock sale session saw strong interest in broodmares and broodmare prospects—helped in part by a Phipps Stable reduction—as sale numbers improved compared with the same session in 2015.
Breeder Charles Fipke went to $530,000 to purchase 2005 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Pleasant Home in early trading during Book 2 of the Keeneland November sale.
Charles Fipke’s Forever Unbridled, the 3-5 favorite, swept to the lead turning for home and won Belmont Park’s Beldame Stakes (gr. I) by open lengths. Tiger Ride was second.
Deep Impact offspring dominated the top of the market at the yearling session of the JRHA select sale July 11 with eight in the top 10 highest prices, including the first six best sellers that were topped by a colt out of champion Awesome Feather.
Charles Fipke homebred Forever d'Oro is under consideration for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), according to trainer Dallas Stewart, following his maiden victory May 29 at Belmont Park.
The PDJF pays a monthly stipend to injured jockeys unable to work, and doesn't have permanent guaranteed funding.
Charles Fipke's homebred Forever Unbridled claimed her third straight graded score and first at the top level April 15 in the $600,000 Apple Blossom (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park.
Brody's Cause and Destin, both graded stakes-winning sons of Giant's Causeway, head a field of 10 for the March 12 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II).
Last year's Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice will become the latest U.S. raider to prep for the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) in Dubai when he runs March 5 in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (UAE-I).
Forever Unbridled continued her recent run of good form Jan. 30, taking over from pacesetter and defending race winner Cassatt to claim the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic (gr. III) at Sam Houston Race Park.
Treated for a suspensory issue and osselets at Rood & Riddle, the 5-year-old daughter of Tapit returned in her second start off the layup to win the Dec. 13 She's All In Handicap. Her connections hope for another win Jan. 30.
For the third consecutive year, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey topped the individual breeders list in North America in 2015 with $9,399,425 in earnings.
In her second start off a more than five-month layoff following a run in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Forever Unbridled broke through Nov. 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack in the $300,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III).
Set to make her fifth consecutive graded stakes start and first in New York, Charles Fipke's Forever Unbridled will face nine challengers in the $300,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
Rene and Lauren Woolcott didn't necessarily plan to be the breeders of Tonalist, but they've loved every moment of their association with the classic winner.
Keen Ice, who will train up to the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), went a half in :51 1/5 for trainer Dale Romans, while Dallas Stewart trainee Tale of Verve went five furlongs in 1:01 2/5.
Five proven graded winners will try for their first top-level victory in North America Sept. 13 in the $300,000 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes Presented by HPIBet (Can-IT) at Woodbine.
After knocking on the door of grade I company last year, Unbridled Forever finally broke through when making her second start of the season Aug. 29 in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Danish Dynaformer shook off pacesetter Samuel Dechamplain into the stretch and romped away to an open-lengths victory in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the third jewel in Canada's Triple Crown, Aug. 16 at Woodbine.
A Shamardal colt sold for the highest price of 720,000 euros (U.S. $799,919) at the opening session of the Arqana Deauville yearling sale, launching Europe's yearling auction season Aug. 15.
Tale of Verve, runner-up to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the May 16 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), arrived at Saratoga Race Course this week to train for a possible start in the Aug. 29 Travers (gr. I).
Queen's Plate runner-up Danish Dynaformer takes on Prince of Wales winner Breaking Lucky in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes for Canadian-breds Aug. 16 at Woodbine. The 12-furlong race is the third leg of Canada's Triple Crown.
Charles Fipke's homebred grade I winner Java's War will look to return to winning form in the $150,000 Singspiel Stakes (Can-III) July 5, his first graded try since his 3-year-old season in 2013.
Danish Dynaformer closed gamely to win the $150,000 Plate Trial by three-quarters of a length June 14 at Woodbine, but the Queen's Plate prep race was marred by the fatal breakdown of Danzig Moon.
Trainer Dallas Stewart talks about Belmont Stakes contender Tale of Verve after the post position draw.
Dallas Stewart, trainer of Charles Fipke's homebred Tale of Verve, finds himself in a familiar spot heading into Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Tale of Verve took to the Belmont Park main track May 30 to log his final breeze in advance of the $1.5 million race June 6.
After a second-place finish in the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), longshot runner Tale of Verve is headed to New York for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Tale of Verve entered the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) picture after a five-furlong work in 1:00 2/5 May 10 at Churchill Downs, and Zayat Stables' Mr. Z was withdrawn from consideration.
Forever Unbridled, out of 2006 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lemons Forever, makes the gate for this year's Oaks. Her full sister, Unbridled Forever, was third in the race last year.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contenders Angela Renee and Eskenformoney got in their final works April 24; trainer Todd Pletcher moved the works of multiple Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopefuls up a day due to pending rain.
The $200,000 Indiana Oaks (gr. II) has drawn a field of 11 fillies vying for grade II status going 1 1/16 miles Oct. 4.
Will Take Charge, last year's champion 3-year-old male, tops a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) reunion in the May 2 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. Four runners from last year's Derby are entered.
Unbridled Forever has the same end goal as her dam -- 2010 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) Lemons Forever -- did at this time eight years ago: a blanket of lilies.
Unbridled Forever ran like her mother Jan. 18 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, taking down Divine Beauty with a solid performance in the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes.
Jersey Town, a grade I-winning miler by leading sire Speightstown, sired his first reported foal when a filly was born Jan. 10 at Pennland Farm in Paris, Ky.
Golden Soul, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), comes to Kentucky Downs Sept. 18, where he tops a full field of 14 in the featured race.
Barclay Tagg said he has no concrete plans for Charles Fipke's grade I winner Java's War, who was moved to the trainer's barn Aug. 14 after previously being trained by Ken McPeek.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Oxbow, stablemate Will Take Charge, and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Golden Soul turned in preparations for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on the morning of May 30 at Churchill Downs.
Golden Soul, runner-up to Orb in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs on the morning of May 25 but trainer Dallas Stewart delayed the work for another few days.
Before an enthusiastic crowd of 500 at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in Louisville, nearly all of the trainers with starters pointing for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) talked about their horses.
Trainer Dallas Stewart talks about Kentucky Derby (gr.I) contender Golden Soul
Frac Daddy and Java's War have five-furlong maintenance works at Churchill Downs April 27.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Java's War demonstrated he was a legitimate Derby threat with a thrilling last-to-first victory in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
Owner/Breeder Charles Fipke discusses Blue Grass Stakes winner Java's War. Watch Video
Charles Fipke's homebred Java's War overcame a troubled start in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes April 13 at Keeneland, closing from last to first to earn his way into the field for the May 4 Kentucky Derby.
Tampa Bay Derby runner-up will remain in the U.S. and point for the Kentucky Derby.
Charles Fipke's homebred Jersey Town has been scratched from the Nov. 24 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct with a fever in what was supposed to have been the horse's final start.
Jersey Town, a grade I-winning miler by Speightstown, will retire to stud at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.
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