The Munnings colt Barkley did everything he could to remain undefeated, but the improving Sky Mesa gelding Opportunistic just got the better of him in the $75,100 Emerald Downs Derby for 3-year-olds July 31 at the Washington racetrack.
Presque Isle Downs juvenile victor Jay Wow became the first winner for Darby Dan Farm sire Jersey Town July 6.
Darby Dan Farm's schedule of 2016 fees is unchanged from 2015 apart from new additions Tapiture ($7,500) and Sky Kingdom ($5,000).
With a brilliant stretch drive, Bear Stable and Riversedge Racing Stables' Academic beat males for the second straight contest in the $250,000 British Columbia Derby (Can-III) Sept. 13 at Hastings Racecourse.
Other than a troubled run in the Queen's Plate, Academic has had a standout year and she'll run against the boys for the third straight race in the $250,000 British Columbia Derby (Can-III) Sept. 13 at Hastings Racecourse.
While the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) gets the most buzz from the 'best milers make the best sires' adage, the Cigar Mile (gr. I) coming up on Nov. 29 has also produced its fair share of top stallions.
The 2015 stud fees for Darby Dan Farm's roster of seven stallions remained unchanged from 2014.
Alert Bay took command in the drive and posted a comfortable two-length win in the $135,225 British Columbia Derby (Can-III) at Hastings Racecourse Sept. 14 as owner Peter Redekop won the race for a third straight year.
Koffee Grinder, whose four-race win streak at Hastings Racecourse ended in August, looks to get back to the winner's circle in the $150,000 British Columbia Derby (Can-III) Sept. 14 at the Vancouver bullring.
Jersey Town, a grade I-winning miler by leading sire Speightstown, sired his first reported foal when a filly was born Jan. 10 at Pennland Farm in Paris, Ky.
John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm announced fees for its 2014 roster of nine stallions, headlined by classic winner and multiple grade I-winning millionaire Shackleford who will stand his second season for $20,000.
Multiple grade III winner Title Contender could continue his recent success in Canada Oct. 14 at Hastings Race Course, when he goes up against eight others in the $100,000 British Columbia Premier's Handicap (Can-III).
Title Contender, rebounding from a dismal effort in the Canadian Derby (Can-III), snatched the lead from pacesetter Modern and romped to victory in the $144,045 British Columbia Derby (Can-III) Sept. 8 at Hastings Racecourse.
Craig MacPherson, leading the trainer standings at Hastings Racecourse, sends out a formidable duo in Reporting Star and Bluegrass Pride for the $150,000 British Columbia Derby (Can-III) Sept. 8 at the Vancouver track.
Jockey Ricky Frazier and 7-year-old gelding Noosa Beach -- who combined for a dominating victory in the 2010 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) -- retired simultaneously in a winner's circle ceremony July 3.
Two of Emerald Downs' all-time greats--Noosa Beach and jockey Ricky Frazier--will be honored in a joint retirement ceremony at the Seattle-area track July 3.
Emerald Downs, the Northwest's premier racing venue near Seattle, Wash., springs back into action for its 18th season on the evening of April 19.
by John P. Sparkman
It took five years for that hope to be fulfilled.
Trainers comment on the offspring of Speightstown they have raced. Read the full feature in the Jan. 12, 2013, issue of The Blood-Horse. view slideshow
Charles Fipke's homebred Jersey Town has been scratched from the Nov. 24 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct with a fever in what was supposed to have been the horse's final start.
Off a smashing victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Groupie Doll, from the outside post of 7, challenges a salty cast of older runners in the Nov. 24 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct.
Jersey Town, a grade I-winning miler by Speightstown, will retire to stud at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.
The final contingent of Breeders' Cup runners, including Mile favorite Wise Dan and Classic contenders Mucho Macho Man, Fort Larned, and Brilliant Speed, arrived at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31.
Bill Mott sent his quartet of Breeders' Cup hopefuls out for their final works Oct. 28, with Royal Delta (:48.96), To Honor and Serve (:47.72) and Flat Out (:48.01) all turning in half-miles.
Working handily, Trailblazer completed five furlongs in 1:02 on the Cushion Track in preparation for the Breeders' Cup. Trailblazer has been pointing to the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Gather de Justice||Troy Taylor||
|Jersey Town||Barclay Tagg||
|Noosa Beach||Doris Harwood||
|Rooster City||Tim McCanna||
|Senor Rojo||David Forster||
|Tommy Danzigger||Robert Gilker||
|Winning Machine||Frank Lucarelli||
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