Just a week after the completion of an epochal Triple Crown series, the Stephen Foster threw up a new star in Noble Bird.
John Oxley's Noble Bird claimed his first graded stakes in style June 13, outlasting favored Lea in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs to punch his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 13 at Churchill Downs. Watch Video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. read blog
Grade I winner Lea will return to the races and a U.S. campaign when the son of First Samurai starts in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) Saturday, June 13 at Churchill Downs.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is scheduled to parade during the June 13 "Downs After Dark" program at Churchill Downs.
Claire Novak updates us on American Pharoah's June 7 activities and plans to parade him on Stephen Foster Day at Churchill Downs. watch video
It's back to the main track for Gallant Stables' Majestic Harbor, who will bid to return to the winner's circle June 13 in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Protonico, winner of the Discovery Handicap (gr. III) and runner-up in the Clark Handicap (gr. I) to close 2014, will carry top weight of 120 pounds in a field of six entered for the April 11 Ben Ali (gr. III) at Keeneland.
Ron the Greek, a multiple grade I winner in the U.S. who now races in Saudi Arabia, will miss the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 28 because of an unspecified injury.
Matthew Schera's Race Day edged past a stubborn Midnight Hawk near the wire to capture the $250,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) for 4-year-olds and up March 14 at Oaklawn Park.
Two-time grade II winner Tapiture, who closed out last season with a runner-up finish to Goldencents in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), is scheduled to make his 4-year-old season debut March 14, in the Razorback H.
Iron horse Ron the Greek, a former multiple grade I winner in the U.S., notched a fourth consecutive win Feb. 14 in Saudi Arabia as he romped to a seven-length triumph in the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup.
Fort Larned, a three-time grade I winner, including the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic, was represented by his first foal Jan. 26. Fort Larned will stand in 2015 at Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.
Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale opened its four-day run Jan. 12 with mixed results, as gross fell but average gained and median remained level in a market widely described as "fair" by consignors.
WinStar Farm's Take Charge Indy, the regally-bred grade I-winning millionaire by A.P. Indy, had his first reported foal Monday, Jan. 5 when a dark bay or brown filly was born at Royal Thoroughbreds in Freedom, N.Y.
Fort Larned, winner of the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will shift from Central Kentucky to stand in 2015 at Frank Stronach's newly reopened Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.
Graded winner Central Banker drew a $400,000 bid Nov. 10 at Keeneland November's robust seventh session, which saw more gains in average and median prices.
Average and median increased Nov. 8 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale's fifth session, where a robust but select market continued into Book 3.
Adena Springs has announced 2015 service fees for nine stallions standing in Kentucky, including new stallion Mucho Macho Man at $15,000.
The winner of last year's edition of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) leads a group of 11 entered for the 2014 edition as he aims to become the first two-time victor in the race's seven-year history Oct. 31.
Now in its eighth year, the Breeders' Cup Challenge provides automatic bids to horses that win top stakes in the U.S. and throughout the world that correspond with one of the 13 Breeders' Cup World Championships races.
Goldencents, winner of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) in 2013, leads a group of 12 pre-entered contenders for the 2014 edition as he aims to become the first two-time winner in the race's seven-year history.
Itsmyluckyday bounced back from a pelvic fracture to win the Woodward (gr. I), and now will try to add the Kelso (gr. II) on Sept. 27 to his resume en route to a potential Breeders' Cup bid.
Golden Ticket and Alpha, dead-heat winners of the 2012 Travers Stakes (gr. I), met up again in the Left Bank Stakes on opening day of the Belmont Park fall meet Sept. 5, but this time Golden Ticket was the clear victor.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Fort Larned||Ian R. Wilkes||
|Golden Ticket||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Pool Play||Mark E. Casse||
|Ron the Greek||William I. Mott||
|Successful Dan||Charles LoPresti||
|Take Charge Indy||Patrick B. Byrne||
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