Book Three of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale opened with significant improvement in all key indices over 2010 figures, with the gross rising 24%.
A forced change of tactics helped Coil capture the the $1 million Resorts Casino Hotel Haskell Invitational (gr. I) in a spirited stretch duel with favored Shackleford at Monmouth Park July 31.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Aug. 1 that Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Coil emerged from the race without any problems and is being considered for the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Front-running Irish Gypsy, all-out under urging from Martin Garcia, got to the wire in the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) by an official nose over favored Ultra Blend at Hollywood Park July 16.
Trainers Jim Cassidy and Ron Ellis have been elected and Glory Haley re-elected to the board of California Thoroughbred Trainers. Voting was conducted in June to fill three positions on the nine-member CTT board.
Faced with criticism and a move to decertify it as the official horsemen's organization in California, the Thoroughbred Owners of California held a public forum at Hollywood Park June 25.
Irish Gypsy capped a big card at Hollywood Park for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Martin Garcia on Father's Day when she captured the $76,050 Desert Stormer Handicap by 1 1/4 lengths as the favorite June 19.
Coil appears to be the latest top-notch 3-year-old in the barn of trainer Bob Baffert after the son of Point Given passed his initial route test in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park June 11.
Letthebighossroll, a million-dollar earner that was among the first of Bob Baffert's top horses after he became a Thoroughbred trainer, died May 23 of a pulmonary hemorrhage at the age of 23.
Two introductory seminars on horse ownership, 'Derby Fever!' are being offered by the Thoroughbred Owners of California free of charge at Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita Park April 2.
Lookin At Lucky became the first horse since Spectacular Bid to be named champion 2-year-old male and 3-year-old male. The son of Smart Strike won the Preakness (gr. I), IZOD Haskell (gr. I), and two grade II stakes.
Indian Firewater refused to give way in the final strides when challenged on the far outside by stablemate Tweebster to give trainer Bob Baffert his fourth victory in the $150,000 San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita Jan. 15.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert collected the 2,000th win of his carer when the maiden Free Pourin held off Baffert stablemate Tokubetsu in the third race at Hollywood Park Dec. 5.
Lookin At Lucky, the 2009 champion 2-year-old male and winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), is being retired and will stand at Ashford Stud in 2011.
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Real Quiet, who was nosed out of becoming racing's 12th Triple Crown winner, died Sept. 27 in a paddock accident at Michael Jester's Penn Ridge Farm near Harrisburg, Pa.
Arnold Zetcher was elected the new chair of the Thoroughbred Owners of California during a meeting of the board of directors July 23 at Del Mar.
The Thoroughbred Owners of California will be looking for a new chairman after Marsha Naify, who has headed the organization's board of directors since May 2007, was not re-elected to the post.
Donato Lanni's is the bloodstock services director for Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington. But he's also the person Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert turns to when he searches for future classic winners.
The good karma returned, as Lookin At Lucky had a dream trip to win the Preakness. Read Column
Lookin At Lucky redeemed himself in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), as he took the lead at the top of the stretch and stubbornly held off pacesetter First Dude and Jackson Bend under new rider Martin Garcia may 15 at Pimlico.
Baffert says Lookin At Lucky "52%" likely to run in the Preakness (gr. I).
The two men, in the name of Gulf Coast Farms, bred morning line favorite Lookin At Lucky and Conveyance.
Lookin at Lucky and Sidney's Candy draw far inside and far outside.
Probable Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite covers five furlongs in 1:00 4/5.
Favored Ventana, ridden by a riled up Garrett Gomez, outfought Gotta Go Win in deep stretch to post an exciting nose victory in the $150,000 Potrero Grande Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita April 3.
Favored Lookin at Lucky, trying blinkers and dirt for the first time in his 2010 debut, won the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park when his late bid produced a neck victory over the stubborn Noble's Promise.
Last year's champion juvenile male, Lookin At Lucky, is on schedule for his first start of the year, the March 13 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, after a workout at Santa Anita March 8.
Despite an average six-furlong work on Feb. 22, trainer Bob Baffert said champion Lookin At Lucky is doing very well.
- By Steve Haskin
Won grade I Del Mar Futurity, Hollywood Futurity for Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman; most by a head as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Heavy favorite Lookin At Lucky wrapped up divisional honors as the nation's top 2-year-old after his convincing win in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park Dec. 19.
Lookin at Lucky and Noble's Promise, two of the leading sophomores in the nation, will meet again in a highly-anticipated edition of the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 19 at Hollywood Park
Undefeated Lookin At Lucky handled his first try at two turns successfully in the $300,000 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 4, allowing Bob Baffert to look forward to the Nov. 7 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Even-money choice Lookin at Lucky remained unbeaten in three starts and gave trainer Bob Baffert his ninth win in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) in the past 14 years Sept. 7 at the seaside track.
Newest Hall of Fame inductee, trainer Bob Baffert has dominated on horse racing's biggest stages since 1997.
Three-million dollars in earnings, two Eclipse Awards, Breeders' Cup and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) wins, and 12 years later, the champagne runner named after a light beer will enter the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame along with her trainer Aug. 14.
Favored Lookin at Lucky, in the familiar Mike Pegram silks for trainer Bob Baffert, jumped into graded company with a three-quarters of a length win in the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar Aug. 9.
Mike Pegram is quick with a joke when his horses win, but the owner said he felt very humbled when the Southern California racing industry turned out to honor him and his wife, Mary Ellen.
Thoroughbred owner Mike Pegram will be honored at a dinner presented by the Edwin Gregson Foundation, which helps provide college scholarships to the children of backstretch workers.
- By Esther Marr
Nominated as one of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's moments of the year, Midnight Lute's TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) feat cemented him as the obvious choice for an Eclipse Award as champion of his division.
James Barry's Divine Park looks to make it a perfect 4-for-4 in his young career, but will have overcome post 14 and defeat a full field of challengers in the $250,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 26 on opening day at Santa Anita Park.
With a strong last-to-first move in the slop at Monmouth Park, Midnight Lute stormed to a 4 3/4-length victory over the front-running Idiot Proof in the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Even-money choice Pussycat Doll, returning from a layoff of nearly nine months, proved anything but vulnerable with her third grade I win in the $250,000 Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita Sunday.
Midnight Lute, a recent arrival from California trained by Bob Baffert, drew off by 4 3/4 lengths in winning the $200,000 Perryville Stakes (presented by Budweiser Select) (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Keeneland Friday.
Former National Thoroughbred Racing Association executive Terry Meyocks said he is working with a group interested in purchasing Ellis Park from Churchill Downs Inc.
Mike Pegram's odds-on favorite Wanna Runner ran his five rivals in the $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III) into the ground on the far turn and cakewalked through the stretch under Victor Espinoza for an easy win Saturday in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Wanna Runner, the Bob Baffert-trained winner of last month's WinStar Derby at Sunland Park, arrived at Lone Star Park Wednesday morning in anticipation of Saturday's $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III).
Garrett Gomez jerked Pussycat Doll off the rail and the filly went by stablemate Behaving Badly to win the $291,000 Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) by one length at Churchill Downs Saturday.
The Bob Baffert-trained Preachinatthebar took command on the final turn in Saturday's $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, and held on to beat Stockholder by a neck in front of 14,437 fans.
Preachinatthebar, a Triple Crown hopeful for trainer Bob Baffert and owner/breeder Mike Pegram two years ago before being sidelined by knee problems, won his first graded stakes race since the 2004 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday when victorious in Santa Anita's $110,600 Tokyo City Cup (gr. III).
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