Olympio, whose name was synonymous with "Derby" in 1991, recently died of a ruptured aorta at Ellen Jackson's Victory Rose Thoroughbreds near Vacaville, Calif.
When Tapizar won last weekend's Sham Stakes (gr. III, video) in easy, front-running style, he became the newest graded stakes winner to emerge from the successful breeding program developed by late Verne Winchell. Read Blog
Classy Women, a graded stakes winner and dam of Irish champion Ad Valorem, was euthanized March 15 at Calumet Farm near Lexington.
Young stallion Wild Wonder, who was gearing up for his first season at Doug Arnold's Buck Pond Farm near Versailles, Ky., died Jan. 25 of an apparent rupture of the aorta at the farm.
Cuvee, last year's runner-up in Eclipse Award balloting for best 2-year-old male for Winchell Thoroughbreds and Bruce Kline and partners' Spendthrift Farm, was retired following his unplaced effort in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and will enter stud at Spendthrift near Lexington, Ky. for a fee of $10,000.
Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC's Tapit, jumped from a debut maiden score a month ago to trounce a field of 2-year-olds in Saturday's $100,000 Laurel Futurity (gr. III).
The knock on Cuvee is that he has a sprint pedigree, but so far, the longer the distance for the standout chestnut colt, the bigger his margin of victory. The Verne Winchell-bred Carson City colt drew off to win Sunday's $200,000 Belmont Futurity (gr.I) for 2-year-olds by 8 1/4 lengths.
Cuvee cruised to an easy 7 1/2-length win over a sloppy going in Wednesday's $150,000 Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga. The Steve Asmussen trainee covered the 6 1/2-furlong distance in 1:15.4. Pomeroy was second, followed by Limehouse 2 3/4 lengths back in third.
The Winchell family's Oakwind Farm announced that its grade II winner Wild Wonder will be moved to Bruce Kline and partners' Spendthrift Farm
U.S. millionaires Golden Pheasant and Tight Spot will take up stallion duty in China
Verne H. Winchell, who founded a successful donut company and campaigned champions Mira Femme and Tight Spot, died Nov. 26 of a heart attack following his daily exercise routine at his Las Vegas home. He had turned 87 in October.
- By Mike Kane
Trainer Michael Dickinson's appeal of a medication violation with Fleet Renee in the 2001 Mother Goose (gr.I) and a $250 fine was turned down Wednesday by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board during its monthly meeting in Albany.
Pedigree Analysis for Fleet Renee
Verne Winchell's Fleet Renee, winner of the grade I Ashland and Mother Goose Stakes, will not run in Saturday's $750,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
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