Unusual Heat, the all time leading sire in California progeny earnings, has been pensioned from stud duty at Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif. at the age of 26.
The Woodward, Spinaway, Hopeful, Del Mar Futurity, Prioress, Del Mar Derby, Bernard Baruch Handicap, John C. Mabee, Saranac, Smarty Jones, Sprint Cup and more.
Abbondanza Racing and Nathan McCauley's Free Rose roared to the lead on the far turn and held on for a narrow win the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 4 as a the field threatened to engulf him.
Gary Barber's Monster Bea and Abbondanza Racing's Free Rose, who won the first two legs of the Del Mar turf series for 3-year-olds, will have a rubber match of sorts Sept. 4 in the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT).
A yearling colt by City Zip was purchased by Robert Hess Jr. for $50,000 to top the Aug. 16 Northern California yearling and horses of racing age sale.
Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget's outstanding season looks likely to have spawned several new relationships, judging by the action during a lively Part II of the Arqana August yearling sale Aug. 16 in Deauville.
Champion and California freshman sire Acclamation gained his first winner Aug. 12 at Del Mar when son Accountability posted a game half-length victory in the eighth race.
David Taylor Jr.'s Mana Strike will seek his second consecutive Golden Gate Fields stakes in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 16 at the Bay Area racetrack.
Unusual Heat, the six-time leading sire in California and California's all-time leading stallion in total progeny, turf, and California-bred earnings, already has a full book for 2016 at a fee of $20,000.
Barretts Sales has expanded its traditional October yearling sale to include horses of racing age and broodmares in the first edition of the auction at Del Mar Oct. 27.
The auction of 270 horses, including 210 yearlings, will be held Oct. 27 starting at 11 a.m. PDT on the grounds of Del Mar.
K. B. Sareen's Om took the field gate to wire to win the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 6, flipping the script on rival Prospect Park, who took their last meeting in the La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) Aug. 9.
Three familiar runners will try to take down breakthrough La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Prospect Park in the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 6.
Barretts Sales, having conducted paddock auctions of horses of racing age during the Del Mar race meeting the past four years, is inaugurating a select yearling sale this season. It will be held Aug. 15.
E. W. "Buddy" Johnston, a major California breeder who headed his family's Old English Rancho, died May 5 in his sleep. He would have turned 78 May 6.
The catalog for the Tattersalls Guineas breeze-up and horses in training sale is available online at www.tattersalls.com.
Eclipse Award Horse of the Year California Chrome was officially named California-bred Horse of the Year for 2014 at the annual California Thoroughbred Breeders Association awards dinner at the Pasadena Westin.
Midnight Storm was able to parcel his speed effectively while on an easy lead in the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) and glided through the stretch in command to post a 17-1 surprise Aug. 31 over the turf.
Enterprising will attempt to become the fourth horse in Del Mar history to sweep the 3-year-old grass series for males when he tackles seven opponents in the $300,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Aug. 31.
A rare yearling by hot sire Starspangledbanner was the top seller at the opening session of Doncaster Bloodstock Sales' premier yearling sale Aug. 26.
Trading was robust at the second session of the Tattersalls July sale July 10 as both total revenue and median rose by double-digit percentage points while 95% of the horses offered were sold.
"Going Green" is a feature published in the March 8, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse. The feature examines why turf sires may be making a comeback in North America. view slideshow
"Going Green" is a feature published in the March 8, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse. The feature examines why turf sires may be making a comeback in North America.
Gabriel Charles and Ethnic Dance used different tactics to get there, but both were winners in separate divisions of the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 1.
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Spinaway and Del Mar Derby. read blog
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Afleet Eagle||Vladimir Cerin||
|Gretsky||George Northrop, Jr.||
|Meteore||Richard E. Mandella||
|Midnight Mischief||Carl J. Deville||
|Oil Man (IRE)||Gary C. Contessa||
|Papa Clem||Gary Stute||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Sycamore S. (gr. IIIT)||KEE|
|My Trusty Cat S.||DED|
|Pin Oak Valley View S. (gr. IIIT)||KEE|
|Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint S.||RP|
|Oklahoma Classics Distaff S.||RP|