Chuck Fipke has traveled the world many times over searching for precious metals, and this weekend he will mine Belmont Park looking for something equally as valuable -- a classic win for his homebred Tale of Verve.
Hips 201-400 took to the track at the Ocala Training Center on April 14 for the second of six installments of under tack previews for the OBS spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
The Big Beast, a ginormous long-striding runner with a penchant for peppermints, will return to the big leagues April 4 in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Grade I King's Bishop winner The Big Beast and defending Carter Handicap winner Dads Caps turned in final preparations March 28 for the April 4 Carter, while 3-year-olds tuning up for the Wood Memorial were also on the tab.
Ekati's Phaeton, a surprise winner of the one-mile Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II), attempts to stretch out an additional sixteenth of a mile March 28 in the $250,000 Gulfstream Oaks (gr. II).
Will VanMeter's sixth career victory as a trainer was one for the family.
Ekati's Phaeton, a 25-1 shot, went wire-to-wire to win the $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old daughter of Tale of Ekati covered the one-turn mile in 1:37.66.
Ekati's Phaeton wouldn't be denied in her bid for a first stakes victory, holding off R Sassy Lass through the stretch to take the $100,000 Old Hat (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park by a half length Jan. 3.
Grade I winner Swagger Jack, a son of two-time leading sire Smart Strike, will stand the 2015 season for $2,500 at Nicks Farm in Sellersburg, Ind.
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 threat of a Thanksgiving Eve holiday snowstorm set to hit the mid-Atlantic region has forced the postponement of the Wednesday, Nov. 26 Holiday Racing Festival card at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
The 2015 stud fees for Darby Dan Farm's roster of seven stallions remained unchanged from 2014.
Champion sprinter and second-crop sire Kodiak Kowboy will shuttle to Haras Bage do Sul in Brazil to stand this year's Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
Dads Caps, a front-running sprint specialist who won the April 5 Carter Handicap (gr. I), tops the nine-horse field of 4-year-olds and up entered for the $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park June 6.
Colts by Kodiak Kowboy and Elusive Quality clocked the overall fastest breeze time for one furlong May 15 during the second and final under tack show for next week's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale.
Hard-knocking Dads Caps had been three times the bridesmaid in recent starts, but he broke through at the highest level April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack when stealing the Carter Handicap (gr. I) at odds of 10-1.
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Runner-up in the 2013 Carter Handicap (gr. I) and lightly raced since then, California-based Sahara Sky will get another crack at the seven-furlong sprint April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Dual grade I winner Tale of Ekati was represented by his first winner as a stallion when his juvenile daughter Princesa Gold won the first race at Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico March 28.
Dual stakes winner Understatement was represented by his first foal when a colt was born in Oregon Feb. 9.
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Grade I winner Swagger Jack has been retired from racing and will stand at Millennium Farms in Kentucky in 2014 as part of a partnership, farm owner Ro Parra said Nov. 25.
Morning Line, a grade I-winning son of Tiznow, will stand at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky for 2014. The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) runner-up will stand for $10,000.
When the Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sale kicks off in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., breeding industry professionals will be looking closely to see how offspring of first-crop sires fare.
Freshman sire Kodiak Kowboy was represented by his first starter and winner when 2-year-old filly Bear Facts won a Trial race at Turf Paradise April 19.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Ah Day||King T. Leatherbury||
|Biker Boy||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Driven by Success||Bruce N. Levine||
|Fabulous Strike||Todd M. Beattie||
|Kodiak Kowboy||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Tale of Ekati||Barclay Tagg||
|True Quality||Roy Sedlacek||
|Understatement||Todd A. Pletcher||
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