Hard Not to Like came flying and secured her second consecutive grade I victory July 25, edging out Tepin in the final strides of the $500,000 TVG Diana Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga while setting a turf course record.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the Diana Stakes (gr. IT) featuring Tepin, Hard Not to Like, and Stephanie's Kitten. Watch Video
Robert Masterson's Tepin will take on Hard Not to Like July 25 in the $500,000 TVG Diana Stakes (gr. I), both last-out grade I winners looking to add another event of the highest caliber to their resumes.
A Deep Impact filly out of U.S. grade I winner Weemissfrankie sold for the highest price of Ã‚Â¥180 million ($1.46 million) July 14 at the foal session of the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale in Hokkaido.
Mrs. Paul Shanahan's Waltzing Matilda provided quite a shock in the $300,000 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) June 5, taking the 1 1/2-mile turf event at Belmont Park at odds of 22-1 in her U.S. debut.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's multiple grade I winner Stephanie's Kitten returns in the June 5 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park. The daughter of Kitten's Joy won Tampa Bay's Hillsborough Stakes (gr. III) last time out.
Critics Acclaim, the dam of grade I winner Rosalind, died May 24 after delivering a full brother at Hurstland Farm near Midway, Ky. She was 20.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star has been scratched from today's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Several other horses owned by the Ramseys have been scratched from the May 2 Churchill card.
Juddmonte Farms' Seek Again, who just missed winning last year's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs, will try again in his first start of the year in $500,000 turf stakes May 2 at the Kentucky track.
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.
|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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