Dunkirk, the front-running, second-place finisher in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will undergo surgery today for a condylar fracture of the left hind cannon bone.
Michael Tabor, Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith's $3.7 million sale yearling Dunkirk drilled five furlongs in 1:01 the morning of April 25 at Palm Meadows training center. The son of Unbridled's Song will ship to Louisville, Ky., on April 28 for next Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Dunkirk, who made headlines before he ever started as a $3.7 million Keeneland September yearling buy, figures to be making many more on the track following his impressive 4 3/4-length win in an important 3-year-old allowance race at Gulfstream Park Feb. 19.
One year ago, Rags to Riches was a superstar on the racetrack and the favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Today, she is an expectant mother spending her retirement days at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
A striking son of Unbridled's Song brought a final bid of $3.7 million from Coolmore and associates to establish a high price for the second session and the first two days of the Keeneland September sale.
Alumni Hall, a multiple graded stakes winner of more than $740,000 on the flat, will give steeplechasing a try this season for trainer Jonathan Sheppard.
Grade I winner Cindy's Hero and Secret Status produced their first foals within a day of each other
Millionaire and multiple grade I winner Secret Status has been retired following an unplaced effort in the Oct. 7 Overbrook Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.
For the fifth time in the last 13 renewals, a South American-bred won the Overbrook Spinster Stakes (gr. I) when Miss Linda kicked clear in the stretch to win the $562,000 feature at Keeneland Sunday.
The major players for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) remained on the sidelines over the past weekend, waiting for the Overbrook Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland and the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park the first weekend of October. However, a couple of horses looking to have an impact at the World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 27 were in action at Belmont and at Turfway Park.
Pentatonic and Secret Status, who had hoped to hook up in the Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) last Saturday, instead ran at Belmont Park today in an allowance race. The Ruffian, a prep for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) was part of a card canceled at Belmont after the terrorist attacks Sept. 11 on the World Trade Centers.
When racing resumes at Belmont Park on Wednesday after five days of cancellations due to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the stakes schedule will continue as published, according to the New York Racing Association. However, because of conflicts with other stakes races during the fall meet, four of the five graded stakes cancelled last weekend--the Ruffian, Belmont Breeders' Cup, Matron and Futurity--will not be rescheduled.
Secret Status, who banged her head in the starting gate and had to be scratched from the July 29 Go For Wand (gr. I), returned to the track with a vengeance Friday, capturing a 1 1/8-mile allowance contest over four foes and a muddy Saratoga surface. The daughter of A.P. Indy will now be pointed for the Aug. 24 10-furlong Personal Ensign (gr. I).
Beautiful Pleasure, the nation's top distaff runner two years ago, will try her luck in the grade I $250,000 Go For Wand at Saratoga for the third year in a row. She was beaten in 1999 by Banshee Breeze, and last year was second to Heritage of Gold.
Secret Status, winner of the 2000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), heads a long list of nominees to the July 22 $600,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares. The Del 'Cap will be run across 10 furlongs and headlines the Del 'Cap Festival that includes the grade III Kent Breeders' Cup and the grade III Delaware Oaks.
Secret Status, an allowance winner at Keeneland in her first start after a layoff, is slated to contest the July 22 Delaware Handicap (gr. III) at Delaware Park.
Secret Status and Saudi Poetry will continue their rivalry in Saturday's 27th running of the $300,000-added, Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. The pair last tangled in the grade II Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap on Kentucky Oaks Day 2001, where Saudi Poetry pulled the upset and Secret Status finished two lengths back in sixth.
Secret Status, the winner of the 2000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) but an upset victim in a sixth-place finish in the Louisville Breeders' Cup (gr. II) on May 4, completed her serious training for Saturday's Fleur de Lis (gr. III) with a strong five furlong breeze at Churchill Downs. The 4-year-old chestnut daughter of 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy covered the distance in 1:01.
Secret Status won the Kentucky Oaks a year ago. This year on Kentucky Oaks Day, she ran out as the 4-to-5 favorite in the $250,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup (gr. II). The winner in a photo was the Bob Baffert-trained Saudi Poetry over a fast closing Royal Fair.
Critical Eye earned her first career stakes win as she battled with pacesetter Plenty of Light through the stretch, winning by a nose in the $200,000 Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Secret Status will go to post as the 121-pound highweight when she faces seven other 3-year-old fillies in the $200,000 Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park.
Fox Hill Farms' Jostle earned her second consecutive grade I victory Saturday, beating Secret Status to the wire by 3 3/4 lengths in the $750,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Secret Status and Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) winner Jostle will renew their rivalry in the $750,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Saturday at Saratoga.
Fox Hill Farms' Jostle led at every call en route to an upset victory over heavily favored Secret Status in the $350,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park.
Secret Status confirmed her Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) win Saturday at Belmont Park, rallying through the stretch to win the $250,000 Mother Goose.
Secret Status heads the seven-horse field in Saturday's Mother Goose Stakes.
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