Stakes results from the holiday weekend are a reminder of the importance of 2-year-old racing in the yearling marketplace...especially for the younger stallions trying to build their résumés and for sires that stand below the five-figure line.
Baby Zip, the 2005 Broodmare of the Year and dam of grade 1 winners and sires City Zip and Ghostzapper, was euthanized at age 26 due to complications from laminitis, Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Kentucky announced April 20.
Trainer Graham Motion went to $700,000 to secure a City Zip filly to become the new sale-topper midway through the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March 2-year-olds in training sale.
This week is a recap of the 2004 Tom Fool Handicap (G2), run that year on July 4 at Belmont Park and won by Ghostzapper. Following is a short recap written by Steve Haskin followed by the stakes shell filed by Dan Liebman.
Using 2016 sales to find mid-market opportunity
When his daughter Finest City pulled off the upset in the Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), she became the fourth Breeders' Cup winner sired by City Zip in the last three years.
With a solid position atop the leading freshman sire list, Union Rags has had his stud fee raised to $50,000 for the 2017 breeding season, according Lane's End.
Ian Kruljac has one horse under his name and she could run big in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).
A yearling colt by City Zip was purchased by Robert Hess Jr. for $50,000 to top the Aug. 16 Northern California yearling and horses of racing age sale.
Mo Diddley, a son of Uncle Mo from the family of champion Bear Now, became the highest-priced yearling ever sold at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale Aug. 14 when he was bought by Everett Dobson's Cheyenne Stables for $450,000.
A City Zip colt from the Indian Creek consignment was purchased by Linda Rice on behalf of Sheila Rosenblum for $375,000 to become the top-priced offering at the Aug. 14 Fasig-Tipton sale of New York-bred yearlings.
Empyrean Stables' Zipessa broke through the graded ranks July 4 at Parx Racing, obtaining the lead early and maintaining it late in the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Topped by a sale record $800,000 City Zip colt purchased by Frank Fletcher Racing, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale ended on a strong note June 17.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s June sale got a new sale-topper early on its final day when a colt by City Zip brought $800,000 from Frank Fletcher Racing, a record price for the sale.
The penultimate under tack session June 9 for next week’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training sale once again resulted in a handful of juveniles sharing the day’s fastest times for both the eighth-mile and quarter-mile breezes.
Already a stakes winner on dirt and grass, Stays in Vegas reached another level May 7 in the Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.
When the rubber hit the road on raceday May 6, the Canadian Horse of the Year was in the zone for her sixth straight victory
Alert Bay shook off pacesetter G. G. Ryder in the stretch and dug in to repel good-closing graded winners Gabriel Charles and Bal a Bali to win the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) April 30 at Golden Gate Fields.
Swipe, a four-time runner-up to Nyquist in graded stakes last year, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the April 16 Lexington Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland.
The 3-year-old City Zip filly had plenty to give in the one-mile Appalachian, and held off the bid of Ava's Kitten to claim her fifth straight victory for trainer Mark Casse.
Speedway Stable's Collected powered wire to wire and won the $415,000 Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes for 3-year-old males March 20 at Sunland Park.
A racing rarity, if not a first at Santa Anita Park, occurred when Seventh Sense captured the fifth race March 12 at the Southern California track.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company wrapped up three days of under tack workouts March 11 ahead of its March 15-16 sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Catch a Glimpse, the 2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) winner, shined again in her 3-year-old debut Feb. 27 at Gulfstream Park with an open-lengths score in the $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT).
X Y Jet has won his last four, including two stakes starts at Gulfstream Park, and figures to make it five in the Feb. 27 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 27.
Hot City Girl enters the seven-furlong Barbara Fritchie off a second-place finish in the Dec. 26 La Brea (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, which followed three consecutive victories by a combined 14 lengths.
Lane's End will host a stallion season auction and open house to coincide with the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Mixed Sale.
Peter Redekop's Alert Bay will head down to Southern California from his Golden Gate Fields home base to seek his fourth straight victory Nov. 27 in the $250,000 Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT) at Del Mar.
Multiple graded stakes winner Majestic City will stand the 2016 breeding season at Questroyal North in Stillwater, N.Y., for a $3,500 fee.
Peter Redekop's Alert Bay got all he could ask for in his Nov. 6 allowance prep for the Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT), edging rival G. G. Ryder by a nose in a 1 1/16-mile turf event at Golden Gate Fields.
Millionaire son of City Zip will stand for $7,500 as part of the farm's "Share the Upside" program. His one-time stud fee will be $6,000.
A pair of colts that Mandy Pope bred led selling Tuesday at the Keeneland September auction's opening session of Book 4, including the day's highest-priced lot, a $425,000 colt by first-crop sire Astrology.
Lady Sheila Stables' Hot City Girl sped to the lead in the $350,000 Charles Town Oaks (gr. III) and never relented, securing her first graded score in gate-to-wire fashion.
There are 811 horses cataloged for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale, which begins Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Trainer Mark Casse visited the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred preferred yearling sale for the first time Aug. 16 and ended up signing the ticket for a $300,000 Speightstown filly on behalf of owner John Oxley.
With two straight stakes wins at Emerald Downs, local star Stryker Phd appears poised to defend his title in the $200,000 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 16.
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah returns to gallop home in the Haskell and more in the August 8, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
Making his first start against New York-breds in 18 months in the $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes July 30, 6-year-old Palace suffered a deep gash in his left front foot after breaking awkwardly from the gate.
Moyglare Stud Farm homebred Free Eagle will try to score at the highest level Wednesday, June 17, in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot.
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s marathon six-session under tack preview for its spring sale of 2-year-olds in training soldiered on April 17 at Ocala Training Center with Hips 801-1,000 breezing for prospective buyers.
Dayatthespa, winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), was named 2014 New York-bred Horse of the Year April 6 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She also was named state-bred champion turf female and older female.
Fresh off an upset win over the highly touted Daredevil in last month's Fasig-Tipton Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, Ready for Rye enters the Bay Shore having won two of his four starts.
Ready for Rye became Tom Albertrani's third winner on the day when he upset favored Daredevil by 2 3/4 lengths in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (gr. II) March 7 at Gulfstream. The trainer entered the card 0-for-60.
Zip Quik, a grade II-placed son of City Zip, will enter stud this year at Menoken Farms in Montrose, Col., for a $1,500 live foal fee as the property of a syndicate.
When he won the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), Work All Week became only the second Illinois-bred to capture a Breeders' Cup event. He won five of six starts in 2014 and was second once for earnings of $1,131,173.
Though she didn't start for seven months, New York-bred Dayatthespa proved her credentials at season's end with a powerful victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I) to earn an Eclipse as top female turf horse.
Alert Bay held back a powerful late challenge from Home Run Kitten to prevail in the $201,250 Mathis Brothers Mile (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds Dec. 26, opening day at Santa Anita Park.
Stakes winner Music City will stand his first season in 2015 at Chris Rosell's Win Row Farm in Lebanon, Ohio, for a $1,000 fee.
Achiever's Legacy, dismissed at 9-1 as the longest shot in a four-horse field of 2-year-old fillies, rallied in the stretch to win the $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 16 under apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke.
Front-running Dayatthespa, making her first start at the 1 1/4-mile distance, skipped away in the stretch to post a mild upset in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
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