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Ventura, Indian Blessing May Clash Again

Ventura, Indian Blessing May Clash Again

A rematch of last fall's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint battle at Santa Anita between the victorious Ventura and champion filly Indian Blessing looms in the $300,000 Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) Jan. 31. But after entries were taken Jan. 28, trainer Bob Baffert said he was unsure if Indian Blessing would run.

Narrow Miss for Gomez in Earnings Chase

Narrow Miss for Gomez in Earnings Chase

Garrett Gomez made a valiant effort to break the record for purse earnings in a year when he won with his first three mounts at Santa Anita Dec. 31. But in the one race he had to win, the $76,400 Kalookan Queen Handicap, the 2007 Eclipse Award-winning jockey finished third aboard Baroness Thatcher.

Biancone Buys Baroness Thatcher

Biancone Buys Baroness Thatcher

Trainer Patrick Biancone went to $1.8 million to acquire grade III winner Baroness Thatcher during the late portion of day two of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 4 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

Keeneland November Sale Slumps at Start

Keeneland November Sale Slumps at Start

The opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale generated some fireworks, but the results were a lot less spectacular than in 2007 when the gross revenue ($109,064,000) and the number of horses sold for $1 million or more apiece (28) established world Thoroughbred auction records for a single sale session. Also last year, Playful Act set a $10.5-million world mark for a broodmare or broodmare prospect, which since has been eclipsed by Better Than Honour's $14-million price.

Copper State Hopes to Break Through

Copper State Hopes to Break Through

Millennium Farms' Copper State, a bridesmaid in four consecutive stakes efforts, will finally try to get over the hump Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs when she takes on 10 rivals in the $150,000 Chilukki Stakes (gr. II), a one-mile main track test for fillies and mares.

Hystericalady Among Keeneland Prospects

Hystericalady Among Keeneland Prospects

Hystericalady, a grade I winner and an earner of $2,390,556, is scheduled to be offered (as Hip No. 53) on the opening day of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3. She comes into the auction after a fifth-place finish in the Oct. 24 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I), which was won by the undefeated Zenyatta.

BC Sale Horses: How They Did

BC Sale Horses: How They Did

A number of female runners that competed in the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park are entered in the upcoming Fasig-Tipton November select mixed and Keeneland November breeding stock sales in Lexington. By far the most successful was Stardom Bound, who scored in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) as the favorite. She is Hip No. 65 in the Fasig-Tipton auction, which is scheduled for Nov. 2.

Indian Blessing 2-1 Choice in F&M Sprint

Indian Blessing 2-1 Choice in F&M Sprint

Champion Indian Blessing drew post position 5 and was installed the 2-1 morning-line favorite in a full field for the Sentient Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita Oct. 21. That puts the front-running filly three outside another speedster, 12-1 Indyanne, in the seven-furlong event.

Zayat Adheres to Plan, Selling Horses

Following his business plan, Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables will offer more than 70 horses, including grade III winner Baroness Thatcher, during the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, which begins Nov. 3. Eaton Sales will consign the horses, which will include racing, broodmare, and stallion prospects, as well as a few weanlings.

Indyanne Holds Off Wild Gams

Indyanne Holds Off Wild Gams

In her last start, David and Jill Heerensperger's Indyanne lunged at the start and missed winning Saratoga's Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) by just half a length. At Keeneland Oct. 4, she got the perfect break and trip, and returned to her winning ways in the $300,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. III) on the Keeneland Polytrack.

Horse Trainer Breeder / Owner
Baroness Thatcher Patrick Biancone
  • Stock Place
  • Sally Andersen
Change Up Steve Margolis
  • Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein
  • Bertram W. Klein & Reklein Stables
Graeme Six Thomas M. Amoss
  • Johns Martin, Tom O'Grady and Team West Side Stables (Dennis Lawrence)
  • William F. Murphy & Annabel Murphy
Hystericalady Jerry Hollendorfer
  • Rancho San Miguel (Tom Clark), George Todaro and Jerry Hollendorfer
  • Abbott Properties
Intangaroo Gary Sherlock
  • Tom Grether Farms, Inc.
  • Pollock Farms & Taylor Made Farm, Inc.
Miraculous Miss Steve Klesaris
  • Puglisi Racing, LLC (Jeff Puglisi) and Steve Klesaris
  • Dr. Akijiro Ohara
Miss Macy Sue Kelly R. Von Hemel
  • Roll Reroll Stables Inc. (Dennis Albaugh & William L. Gessmann)
  • Bryan J. Howlett
Sugar Swirl Brian A. Lynch
  • Stronach Stable (Elfriede and Andrew Stronach)
  • Adena Springs
Windyindy Carl A. Nafzger
  • James B. Tafel, LLC (James B. Tafel)
  • Jim Tafel, LLC

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