Topped by a $370,000 Super Saver ridgling, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's October yearling sale rang up increases across the board, but the buyback rate also climbed.
Favored Passion for Action, making his stakes debut, kicked clear in the drive for an impressive 3 1/4-length win in the $223,966 Cup and Saucer Stakes for 2-year-old Canadian-breds on the Woodbine turf Oct. 12.
While Eugene Melnyk is winding down his Thoroughbred ownership and breeding operation, the multiple Sovereign Award winner will have at least one chance to pick up another Breeders' Cup victory.
- By Frank Angst
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A tribute to Aaron Jones, breeder of three Breeders' Cup winners. Read the full feature in the October 4, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse. view slideshow
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Kentucky Oaks, Thoroughbred Sales, West Region, Kentucky
Aaron Jones, who enjoyed the heights of success on the racetrack, in breeding horses, and in the sales ring, died Sept. 22 at his Eugene, Ore., home.
Golden Ticket and Alpha, dead-heat winners of the 2012 Travers Stakes (gr. I), met up again in the Left Bank Stakes on opening day of the Belmont Park fall meet Sept. 5, but this time Golden Ticket was the clear victor.
Grade II-winning sprinter Fast Bullet will stand alongside his sire, Speightstown, for the 2015 season at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Seek Again overcame traffic in the stretch, advancing at the rail with an eye-catching run to win the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. II) in course-record time Aug. 9 at Saratoga Race Course.
Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga select yearling sale continues its two-night run Aug. 5 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Following is a selection of noteworthy yearlings from the final session.
Even-money choice Pirate's Trove was all out to stave off an upset-minded Cactus Kid in the $116,451 Duchess Stakes by a nose July 20 at rainy Woodbine to remain unbeaten in two starts.
Bedford Land, a 2-year-old daughter of Speightstown, was purchased by Three Chimneys Farm for $1,075,000 to top the July 14 Fasig-Tipton summer selected horses of racing age sale in Lexington.
Bedford Land, a winning 2-year-old filly out of grade I winner Pool Land, surpassed the $1 million mark at the Fasig-Tipton summer selected horses of racing age sale Monday, July 14 in Lexington.
Mid-Atlantic-based trainer John McKee secured the 1,000th victory of his career June 18 when he saddled Silkentown to a win in the first race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Prominent U.S. and Canadian owner-breeder Eugene Melnyk announced June 11 his retirement from the sport of horse racing, with his racing and breeding stock to be dispersed July 14 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky.
Bridgetown, a dual graded stakes winner on the turf, was euthanized last month at Barry Ostranger's Questroyal North near Stillwater, N.Y.
Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., concluded its two-day run on May 20 with mixed results.
Grade II winner Munnings was represented by his first winner as a stallion when his 2-year-old son Natural Order won at Doncaster Racecourse in England May 3.
A colt by Speightstown posted the fastest quarter mile breeze April 18, stopping the timer in :20 3/5 during the fourth and final session of the under tack preview for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale.
While Coastline and Conquest Titan have not yet registered breakthrough graded stakes victories, trainer Mark Casse sees some positive signs as they prepare for their most important stakes races to date.
Among this year's classic prospects, the list with Mr. Prospector inbreeding includes California Chrome, Noble Moon, In Trouble, Rise Up, Vinceremos, and Ring Weekend.
Finishing far behind champion Groupie Doll in her first start of the year, Heart Stealer got back to the winner's circle in the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) March 22 at Gulfstream Park.
Odds-on choice Admiral Kitten surged through the stretch to catch Fredericksburg just in time for a neck victory in the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup (gr. IIIT) on the night of Jan. 25 at Sam Houston Race Park.
Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale kicked off with solid trade and a gain in median but few fireworks during the opening session Jan. 6 in Lexington.
Kitten's Joy, the Ken and Sarah Ramsey-raced stallion who stands at their Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., overcame the odds to emerge on top as North America's leading sire for 2013.
Photographer Chad Harmon, who won the WinStar StableMates Saratoga Challenge, shares photos from his visit to WinStar Farm on December 20, 2013. View Slideshow
Newly crowned single-season North American earnings record holder Javier Castellano picked up a graded win Dec. 14 at Gulfstream Park when he guided Heart Stealer in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes.
British invader Seek Again, making his United States debut, rode the rail under Corey Nakatani to an impressive victory in the $250,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT), which was run for the final time Dec. 1 at Hollywood Park.
After rolling to victory in the Street Sense Stakes Oct. 27 at Churchill Downs, Coastline will make his graded stakes debut in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 23.
Ridden with confidence by jockey Victor Espinoza, Bajan, the 4-5 favorite, responded with a decisive victory in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes Nov. 9 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Multiple graded-stakes winner Bridgetown will join grade I winners Boys at Tosconova and Courageous Cat for the 2014 breeding season at Questroyal North in Stillwater, NY, near Saratoga Racecourse.
Grade II winner Fast Bullet has been retired from racing and will take up stud duty at Pauls Mill for a fee of $7,500 live foal stands and nurses, it was announced Nov. 7.
Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., announced 2014 stud fees for its expanded 23-stallion roster, led again by leading sire Distorted Humor who stands for $100,000 stands and nurses.
The great Secretariat is not exactly in Herod's position yet as a universal influence on pedigrees, but he may be moving in that direction.
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) contender Dance to Bristol put in her final work at the Bowie Training Center Oct. 25, going five furlongs in a bullet :58 3/5.
Agent Steven W. Young went to $235,000 to acquire a Speightstown colt to top the early portion of the October 21 session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's two-time Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix winner Sum of the Parts worked a half under jockey Leandro Goncalves Oct. 19, prepping for the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Joe and Helen Barbazon of Morriston, Fla., announced Oct. 15 the formation of Pleasant Acre Stallions to be located in Marion County near their current Thoroughbred facility, Pleasant Acres Farm.
Sum of the Parts popped the gate and never looked back en route to a repeat victory in the $200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (gr. III), posting his first win of the season on opening day at Keeneland Oct. 4.
Mandy Pope collected another high-class filly Sept. 11 at the Keeneland yearling sale, scooping the $2.2 million session-topper and sale leader, a half sister to grade I winners Will Take Charge and Take Charge Indy.
A half sister to champion and top sire Speightstown was purchased by Torrealba Holdings for $1,750,000 to light up the Keeneland sales ring early during the September yearling sale's third session Sept. 11.
Hip 459, a colt by champion Speightstown out of group I winner Sleepytime. Offered by Taylor Made Sales. watch video
Hip 459, a colt by champion Speightstown out of group I winner Sleepytime. Offered by Taylor Made Sales,
Dance to Bristol ran her winning streak to seven races with her first grade I tally in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes, staving off favored Book Review by a head with determination Aug. 23 at Saratoga Race Course.
A record-setting $430,000 yearling was the highlight of a strong Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, which ended its two-night run on a powerful upswing for the third year in a row.
Richlyn Farm's homebred Lighthouse Bay upset the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course July 27, winning at odds of 21-1 while 2-5 favorite Kauai Katie failed to fire.
Essence Hit Man had to survive a claim of foul after holding off 28-1 shot Dimension in deep stretch by a neck to score a repeat victory in the $162,002 Bold Venture Stakes (Can-III) July 17 at Woodbine.
The undefeated Speightstown colt Eastwood commanded attention during the Fasig-Tipton summer horses of racing age sale when he was hammered down for $800,000 at the July 15 auction.
A dark bay or brown colt by Speightstown out of the Medaglia d'Oro mare Haute Couture was the first yearling to bring $200,000 at the Fasig-Tipton sale of select yearlings July 15 in Lexington.
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