Fox Hill Farm's Songbird logged her final workout June 6 for her 2017 debut in the $750,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1) June 10, and is set to depart for Belmont Park.
Only other year dominated by first-crop 3-year-olds since 1973
Zenyatta, the only female to win the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) and a 2016 inductee into racing's Hall of Fame, foaled a filly by Medaglia d'Oro May 9
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's gritty homebred I'm a Chatterbox will transition into her second career, as a broodmare whose first visit will come this season to Darley stallion Medaglia d'Oro.
After her trainer's cue, the 4-year-old Medaglia d'Oro filly breezed through the turn and into the stretch for her first timed workout of 2017 and covered three furlongs in the easiest :35 4/5.
The trend of high-powered owners partnering up continued April 5 in Australia, where a group formed at the last minute went to AU$2.4 million to buy a Medaglia d’Oro colt at the William Inglis & Son Easter sale.
Allen Poindexter's homebred Chanel's Legacy has dominated in Oaklawn's Dixie Belle and Martha Washington stakes. The 3-year-old filly takes the next logical step March 11 in the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) in Hot Springs, Ark.
Oaklawn Park's road to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) begins Feb. 11 with the one-mile Martha Washington Stakes.
Fox Hill Farms' unbeaten 2-year-old of 2015 carried through her sophomore campaign in much the same way, with seven consecutive victories, earning her the Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old filly.
Mike Ryan has been associated with six Breeders’ Cup winners, but the hard-working Kentucky agent says the most recent, New Money Honey’s victory in the Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I) was the most satisfying because of the filly’s ownership.
Stud fees for Medaglia d'Oro and Bernardini unchanged at $150,000 and $100,000, respectively.
Australian champion and young stallion Vancouver will reverse shuttle from Coolmore Australia to Coolmore's Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. for the 2017 breeding season.
After a second-place finish in her debut, e Five Racing Thoroughbreds' New Money Honey stepped up in a big way Oct. 2 to break her maiden in the $200,000 Miss Grillo Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.
- By Myra Lewyn
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Northeast Region, West Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated Songbird logged her final serious work at Santa Anita Park Sept. 18 before her Sept. 19 flight east, where she is scheduled to start in the Sept. 24 Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) at Parx Racing.
Boosted by a broad-based international buying bench and the appeal of top-caliber sires Medaglia d’Oro, Tapit, and War Front, the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale had a solid opening Sept. 12.
A Medaglia d'Oro colt became the first seven-figure purchase during the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. M. V. Magnier of Coolmore Stud bought the colt for $1 million early during the Sept. 12 session.
With so many siblings and half siblings to top-class runners and so many yearlings sired by the world’s leading sires, winnowing down the list of top horses to watch to light up the Keeneland September sale bid board can be a daunting task.
In Australia's biggest races Sept. 10, Astern secured the first group I win of his career in the Golden Rose Stakes (Aus-I) at Rosehill while Palentino upset stablemate Black Heart Bart in the Makybe Diva Stakes (Aus-I) at Flemington.
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated champion Songbird, now settled back in at her home base in Southern California following a pair of grade I wins at Saratoga Race Course, put in her first workout Aug. 31 in preparation for the $1 million Cotillion (gr. I).
The value of a Medaglia d'Oro filly consigned to the Keeneland September yearling sale increased after her half brother Arrogate romped to a Travers Stakes (gr. I) triumph in track-record time.
Libby's Tail, a 2-year-old daughter of Tiz Wonderful who came from seventh to win first time out at Belmont Park going 5 1/2 furlongs July 2, is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the redrawn Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 20.
Nine Tapit yearlings averaged $713,889
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak recaps Day 2 of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale, including comments from Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
The opportunity to buy a well-bred filly from the stock of Josephine Abercrombie proved irresistible to Mandy Pope, who bought a Medaglia d’Oro filly from the breeder for $1.45 million to top the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale Aug. 9.
A Medaglia d'Oro filly from the consignment of Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali Stud lit up the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale bid board Aug. 9 when she was bought for $1.45 million.
Two sons of leading sire Tapit headline the list of horses with potential to ring a bell during the Aug. 9 second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.
Fox Hill Farms' champion Songbird returned to the worktab for the first time since her victory in the Coaching Club American Oaks for what trainer Jerry Hollendorfer described as a "perfect work."
If your brain can sniff out what you remember about Songbird's third dam Torsion Belle, whose four black-type horses appear as siblings to Songbird’s second dam Beaty Sark (by Deputy Minister), a few bells might have started to ring.
A day after she had her way with an overmatched field in her fourth consecutive start at Santa Anita Park, owner Rick Porter decided Songbird needs to take it to the other top fillies in her division.
Songbird didn't have the early lead for the first time in her career, but the result remained the same in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks (gr. II) June 18 at Santa Anita Park.
The 35-year-old program at the Kentucky Horse Park offers equine-assisted activities and therapies to people of all ages. The halters are part of the silent auction in CKRH's annual gala fundraiser, Night of the Stars.
A low-grade fever may have knocked Fox Hill Farms' undefeated champion Songbird out of the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), but her 3-year-old campaign will restart June 18 in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
After a positive seven-furlong workout from undefeated Songbird June 11 at Santa Anita Park, owner Rick Porter said the champion filly is ready to make her return to racing June 18 in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks (gr. II).
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.
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated Songbird worked five furlongs in 1:00 on Santa Anita Park's fast main track shortly after daybreak May 29 with exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez aboard.
The legacy of El Prado, who has emerged as a serious sire-line contender through two sons whose race records and stud accomplishments could not be more diverse.
Topped by a Medaglia d’Oro colt sold for $600,000, the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale got off to a rocky start May 23 in Timonium, Md., with major downturns in every key statistical category from the 2015 first session.
Mike Recio signed the ticket for a Medaglia d'Oro colt bought for $600,000 during the early part of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale May 23 in Timonium, Md.
Jerry and Ann Moss' Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, was bred to Medaglia d'Oro the morning of May 2, according to Zenyatta.com, the mare's official website.
Songbird will not participate in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) because of a low-grade fever, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said April 17.
Bill and Susan Casner's Well Dressed, the dam of Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Well Armed, was euthanized April 4 due to complications from foaling. She was 19.
After Team Colors provided some pressure entering the lane, 2-5 favorite Valid provided the answer, putting that one away and cruising to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $150,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) April 2.
We have a unique opportunity to examine both the completely opposite pedigree patterns and remarkably similar biomechanical structures of three leading classics candidates.
Al Shaqab Racing's multiple grade I winner Mshawish will stand at Taylor Made Stallions in 2017, the stud farm announced March 11.
California Chrome and Frosted are the accomplished headliners of what is shaping up to be an exciting edition of the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), but Al Shaqab Racing's Mshawish also looms.
Songbird, perfect in six races after her front-running, 3 3/4-length victory in the Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) March 5, was fittingly "perfect" the morning of March 6.
Like seemingly every start before, Songbird shot to the lead March 5 at Santa Anita Park and humbled a field of overmatched fillies in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III).
Below is a list of horses to watch at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training to be conducted March 2, beginning at 4 p.m. EST.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith is generally a pretty cheerful guy, but when he brings Songbird back to the Jerry Hollendorfer barn after her workouts, his mood hits another level.
It was more of the same for Fox Hill Farms' undefeated champion Medaglia d'Oro filly Songbird Feb. 21 when she cruised through a five-furlong work under Mike Smith in 1:00 4/5 at Santa Anita Park.
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