PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Soldat's bloodlines initially appear to indicate he could have problems with the Kentucky Derby's distance -- but he has close pedigree connections to good classic runners.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Stuart S. Janney III's Laughing Look, dam of grade I winner Coronado's Quest and two other stakes winners, was euthanized Sept. 10 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.
Gottcha Gold often likes to set the pace, but the Centaur Farms Florida homebred stalked his way straight to the winner's circle March 15 in the $150,000 Skip Away Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Hunting, a Stuart S. Janney III homebred and the longest price in a field of six, ran down 2-1 favorite Utopia in the final yards of the $108,500 Stuyvesant Handicap (gr.III) at Aqueduct to win by a length Nov. 17.
- By Claire Novak
Ask Rick Porter and Vinery Farm manager Tom Ludt to comment on the sales histories of the 2-year-old Posse colt Kodiak Kowboy and his dam, Kokadrie, and the two men spin a circular tale.
If the 2007 racing season ended right now, it would be hard to argue against Kodiak Kowboy as the champion 2-year-old male. With four straight wins under his girth, he is the most accomplished colt to emerge so far this season. Kodiak Kowboy is by Posse, who has has five stakes winners so far from 59 named foals of racing age, 29 of which have started and 13 have won. Three of Posse's stakes winners are out of mares from the Mr. Prospector sire line. Another pattern that has been frequently tried with Posse is inbreeding to Northern Dancer.
Centaur Farms' homebred Gottcha Gold took command at the start and never looked back as he gamely hung on for a neck victory over 1-10 favorite Lawyer Ron in the $150,000 Salvator Mile (gr. III) at Monmouth Park on Saturday.
Awesome Gambler closed from sixth at the quarter pole to catch odds-on favorite Cobalt Blue in deep stretch, going on to post a 1 1/2-length victory under jockey Joe Talamo in Saturday's $80,800 Alydar Stakes for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park.
A Keeneland official said an active contingent of buyers from South America and South Korea contributed to double-digit gains during the Nov. 15 session of the November Breeding Stock Sale.
Coronado's Quest, one of the top 3-year-olds of his year and from the same female family as the great Ruffian, died March 8 from heart failure after covering a mare at the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association's Shizunai Stallion Station.
Cheveley Park Farm's Battle Chant slipped between horses straightening away for home and bounded to victory Saturday the $150,000 John D. Schapiro Memorial Breeders' Cup on the turf at Laurel Park.
Irvin and Marjorie Cowan's multiple grade I winner Society Selection halted a three-race losing streak Saturday by winning the $196,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at a mile.
Colts by Coronado's Quest and Unbridled's Song were among the standouts Monday during the first under tack show for the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training. They both worked a quarter mile in :20 3/5 seconds on a warm, partly sunny spring day in Central Kentucky.
If looks have anything to do with the outcome, sophomore Society Selection has an outstanding chance to get Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens his first win in a Breeders' Cup race Saturday in the $2-million Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel (gr. I).
The "giant killer" did it yet once again. Trainer Allen Jerkens sent out Society Selection to upset heavily favored Ashado in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Saturday at Saratoga.
The Arlington Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) was a thrilling race, with Lovely Afternoon near the lead the entire race while the filly that should have been on the lead Catboat, broke poorly and had to rally on the rail. The two hit the wire together.
Society Selection unleashed a big sweeping move around the turn to win the $250,000 Test for 3-year-old fillies in a muddy romp Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, giving jockey Edgar Prado a sweep of the grade I stakes on the day.
Favored Society Selection, who lost twice in graded stakes races at short odds at Gulfstream Park earlier this year, turned in a smashing effort Friday to win the $112,000 Comely (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.
Stonerside Stable's homebred Miss Coronado, shipping from Southern California and making her first start on the dirt, held off Eye Dazzler, Society Selection and Last Song in going gate to wire to win the $150,000 Davona Dale (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Claiborne Farm stallion Coronado's Quest, whose unbeaten daughter Society Selection won the Oct.4 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, has been sold to the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association in a private transaction.
The "Giant Killer" H. Allen Jerkens did it again Saturday as Irving and Marjorie Cowan's Society Selection, under a patient ride by Ray Ganpath, came from well off the pace to run down Victory U.S.A. close to home in the $500,000 Frizette (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park Saturday.
Claiborne Farm announced its stallion fees for 2004, including a sizable drop for major sire Seeking the Gold.
After two days of Keeneland's September sale in which 27 horses brought $1-million bids or more, Wednesday's session of the annual yearling sale in Lexington slowed down as the "select" portion gave way to the first of 10 remaining days of the auction.
Coronado's Quest, whose fee was reduced from $75,000 to $35,000 for the 2003 season, instead will stand for $50,000 next year
Richard Englander's Abderian and James B. Tafel's Allspice captured the closing-day Arlington Park stakes races Sunday.
On Sunday, John Salzman, trainer of Xtra Heat, will be represented in Grade 3, $100,000-added Cowdin, this time by a colt named Run Production.
The Hancock family's Claiborne Farm increased the 2003 fee for prominent second-crop stallion Pulpit
Millionaire Coronado's Quest was represented by his first winner when his daughter La Violette won May 15 at Belmont Park in her first start.
Canadian champion Primaly produced her first foal, a Coronado's Quest filly, on Feb. 6 for Robert and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stable.
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