A memorial service has been set for highly respected pinhooker and trainer Ricky Leppala, 62, who died Nov. 4 at his home in Ocala, FL, after a brief battle with cancer.
Stakes winner Indian Evening will begin his stallion career in 2014 at Ellen Jackson's Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville, Calif., after his recent purchase from Vinery Stables in Kentucky.
The first half of Book Four of the Keeneland September yearling sale sees fillies fill the top three price slots.
Uncle Mo, last year's champion 2-year-old male and undefeated winner of the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), received the high weight assignment of 128 pounds on the 2010 Experimental Free Handicap.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Favorite Trick has proven not to be as strong a sire as he was a racehorse. But a strong pattern, which can be found in his grade III-winning daughter Trick's Pick, shows that the right mare can bring out the best of his pedigree. The pattern is so strong that it appears in six of Favorite Trick's 11 stakes winners.
Trick's Pic, a disappointment since being transferred to Southern California late last year, woke up in her first start for red-hot trainer Doug O'Neill in winning the $110,300 Tuzla Handicap (gr. IIIT) in fine style on Santa Anita's turf course Jan. 19.
Vinery Stables' Lantana Mob looks for his fourth victory as a juvenile when a field of 10 line up for the $250,000 Favorite Trick Breeders' Cup Stakes at Monmouth Park Oct. 26.
Favorite Trick, the 1997 Horse of the Year as a 2-year-old, and Saratoga Six, a grade I winner, died last night in a barn fire at Jim and Marilyn Helzer's JEH Stallion Station near Hondo, N.M.
Making his second lifetime start, Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Datrick disposed of stablemate Sentry in mid-stretch and edged away to win the $184,250 Kentucky Breeders' Cup (gr. III) for 2-year-olds Thursday at Churchill Downs.
A Favorite Trick filly, whose value increased dramatically from earlier this year, was in the spotlight Wednesday at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s August yearling sale, going to Northern California trainer Lonnie Arterburn for $100,000.
Favorite Trick the 1997 Horse of the Year as a 2-year-old, will relocate to R.D. Hubbard and Jim Helzer's JEH Stallion Station near Hondo, N.M.
Favorite Trick, the first 2-year-old Horse of the Year since the great Secretariat, and 2004 graded stakes winner Alke will stand next year at John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.
For reasons no-one, bar possibly Aussies themselves – can fathom, breeze-up and or ready to run sales have been, hitherto, a complete disaster in Australia.
Favorite Trick, the 1997 Horse of the Year as a 2-year-old, recorded his first Australian stakes winner when the 3-year-old gelding Rutherford Eagle won the Moneywise 3-year-old Classic at Gosford by seven lengths in wire-to-wire fashion on Aug. 19.
Evil Elaine, dam of Horse of the Year Favorite Trick, was euthanized March 15 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington after foundering in both feet.
Jill Byrne, who has previously worked in studio and as an analyst and reporter on such TVG programming as "The Works" and "Trackside Live," will join the network as a full-time analyst beginning with TVG coverage of the Keeneland spring meet on April 2.
Evil Elaine, the dam of Horse of the Year Favorite Trick, foaled a filly by Unbridled's Song Thursday, Feb. 5, at Frank and Jane Lyons' Summer Wind Farm near Lexington, Ky.
The gross revenue, average price, and median price all increased by more than 20% apiece during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's winter mixed sale on Sunday at Emerald Downs.
If Breeders' Cup history repeats itself at this year's World Thoroughbred Championships, bet on sunny weather and horses who have raced previously at Santa Anita.
Stan Fulton's stakes-winning 3-year-old Sum Trick will be out of action for at least three months after undergoing surgery to remove chips from both front knees, trainer Rafael Becerra said. The son of Favorite Trick last raced on May 3 when he finished third in an allowance event over a wet-fast track at Hollywood Park.
A 2-year-old daughter of the Kentucky-based stallion Favorite Trick was the most expensive horse sold Saturday at the Goffs France breeze-up sale, attracting a bid of 44,000 euros (approximately $47,234) from Elevage de Courteilles. She was consigned by Mocklershill Stables.
Trainer Rafael Becerra said that Great State Challenge Juvenile winner Crackup bled badly during his sixth-place effort in Saturday's El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields and has been declared from consideration for any of the Triple Crown races.
Nothing to Lose, unbeaten since moving to the grass, and Hypnotist, a colt who has already won at Gulfstream Park, head a full field entered in Friday's $100,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 mile on the turf.
Dogwood Stable's Hypnotist and jockey Jerry Bailey held off White Cat and Edgar Prado by a neck Sunday in winning the $75,000 Dave Feldman for 3-year-olds on the turf at Gulfstream.
Major sire Miswaki, whose son Black Tie Affair won the 1991 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and was Horse of the Year, will stand for a private fee in 2003
Horse of the Year Favorite Trick, who is represented by a graded stakes-placed filly from his first crop, welcomed his first winner July 31, when his son Favorite One won at seven
furlongs at Laurel for Harry and Tom Meyerhoff.
To Keeneland racing official Howard Battle, it was simple when it came time to decide who was going to get top weight on the 2001 Experimental Free Handicap for males. "He won very easily. How could you not give him the top weight?"
Three Chimneys Farm announced it will sponsor a stakes race at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day. The $100,000 race, a five-furlong dash for 2-year-olds, will be called the Three Chimneys Juvenile.
Raging Fever, one of several fast juvenile fillies owned by Edward Evans, heads a field of six 2-year-old fillies entered in the 6 1/2-furlong Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) Monday at Saratoga.
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