Smart Strike, a two-time champion sire in North America, was euthanized March 25 at Lane's End Farm near Lexington after succumbing to a case of laminitis. He was 23.
Stephanie's Kitten was ready to run in her return to the races, as she took the $150,000 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay Downs March 7.
When entries for the Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) came out, the field of 12 included multiple grade I winner Stephanie's Kitten, grade II winner Ball Dancing, and grade II winners Sparkling Review and Filimbi.
Untapable completed the first workout of her 4-year-old season Monday, Jan. 26, when she breezed four furlongs in :51.4/5 on a fast track at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for trainer Steve Asmussen.
On Nov. 1 Take Charge Brandi won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). It was her first score for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas since breaking her maiden in June, but launched her championship season.
On the strength of their prepotent stallion Kitten's Joy, Ken and Sarah Ramsey earned their fourth Eclipse Award as top owner and second in a row as their 2014 runners earned $10,524,948.
Though she didn't start for seven months, New York-bred Dayatthespa proved her credentials at season's end with a powerful victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I) to earn an Eclipse as top female turf horse.
Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale, topped by $2.2 million mare Up, closed Jan. 15 with across-the-board declines in a year that featured no major dispersals.
Ian Tapp recaps Day 2 of the Keeneland January sale, including comments from Frank Taylor about session-topper Up, and from Katey Caddel of Solis/Litt Bloodstock regarding $800,000 War Front filly out of Up. Watch Video
Aptly named Up, a multiple group stakes-winning daughter of top international sire Galileo, lit up the bid board when she was sold for $2.2 million during the Jan. 13 second session of the Keeneland horses of all ages sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
Kerry Cauthen of Four Star Sales talks about his Keeneland consignment that includes group winner Up. Up is by international star Galileo and is in foal to War Front. watch video
Two half-length losses from arguably being a champion, Top Decile has zeroed in on the listed $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as her sophomore debut for trainer Al Stall Jr.
Favored Take Charge Brandi registered her second grade I win of the year and third graded victory in a row when she narrowly captured the $350,000 Starlet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies Dec. 13 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Take Charge Brandi, the surprising winner of last month's 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will return to California for the $350,000 Starlet (gr. I) Dec. 13 at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino said Nov. 11 it received 13 pre-entries for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III), the richest 2-year-old stakes in North America outside of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Twenty-three horses sold for $1 million or more at November mixed sale in Lexington, but median was down 20% from last year.
John Velazquez won his third Bill Shoemaker Award as most outstanding Breeders' Cup jockey in races Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Front-running Dayatthespa, making her first start at the 1 1/4-mile distance, skipped away in the stretch to post a mild upset in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Two of America's best chances to wrest the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) from the firm grip of European challengers both reside in trainer Chad Brown's barn.
Top Decile didn't win the Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland in early October, but she raced well enough to capture second and earn a trip to California for the Nov. 1 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap several Breeders' Cup Friday races. They look at the Breeders' Cup Distaff, Mile, Juvenile Fillies, and Juvenile Fillies Turf. Return Saturday for the Breeders' Cup Classic! watch video
Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon shipped well from New York to California Oct. 28 and is getting some light exercise in advance of the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Nov. 1.
Mark DeDomenico and North American Thoroughbred Horse Co.'s Majestic Presence galloped on the main track at Santa Anita Park Oct. 28, and her connections believe she is primed for a big effort.
Dank is seeking to become the second two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and the first to complete this feat in consecutive years.
Several 2-year-old fillies with strong last-out efforts in graded stakes figure to grab the most attention in a field of 12 entered for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Awesome Belle||Stanley I. Gold||
|Frolic's Revenge||Milton W. Wolfson||
|Grace Hall||William I. Mott||
|Homecoming Queen (IRE)||O'BRIEN AIDAN||
|Miss Netta||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|My Miss Aurelia||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Northern Passion||Mark E. Casse||
|Putthebabiesdown||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Questing (GB)||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Rocket Twentyone||W. T. Howard||
|Say a Novena||Edward Plesa, Jr.||
|Self Preservation||Ben D. A. Cecil||
|Sky High Lady||Mark E. Casse||
|Stephanie's Kitten||Chad C. Brown||
|Stopshoppingmaria||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Up||Aidan P. O'Brien||
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