Days after John Oxley's champion Classic Empire finished a well-beaten third to Irish War Cry in the Holy Bull Stakes (G2), a foot abscess was discovered in the son of Pioneerof the Nile.
Nearly ten years to the day since his sire signaled his brilliance at Gulfstream Park, Irish War Cry showed he could follow in his father's footsteps as a force on the Triple Crown trail.
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have full slates of stakes at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park, and a Triple Crown prep in New York.
If you're thinking a pick three on the three Derby prep races—all scheduled within a 95-minute window—would surely stimulate some nationwide interest in the proceedings, you're right. And you're also out of luck, because that makes too much sense.
John Oxley's reigning juvenile male champion Classic Empire makes his anticipated seasonal bow in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G2) against eight rivals at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Mark Casse declared 'all systems go' for Classic Empire to make his sophomore debut in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 4 after working an easy five furlongs with grade 1 winning-stablemate Pretty City Dancer.
After recording a five-furlong work from the gate in 1:00.75 at Palm Meadows Training Center Jan. 21, trainer Mark Casse doesn't see any reason why Classic Empire shouldn't be on track for the Feb. 4 Holy Bull Stakes (G2).
John Oxley will turn 80 Jan. 24 but the classic-winning owner feels like he's half that age. And, he's ready to spend that energy on a busy upcoming racing and personal schedule.
While the sales company now conducts its 2-year-olds in training and yearling auctions at Del Mar, for 2017 it has returned its mixed sales to its previous home of Fairplex in Pomona, near Santa Anita.
Trainer Antonio Sano has mapped out a best-case-scenario schedule for multiple graded-stakes winner Gunnevera, targeting the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 4 at Gulfstream Park following a prep race.
Dubawi had just the one representative in Book 2 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale, and demand for the sire's progeny remained high.
Yearlings by the champion son of Harlan's Holiday have been largely well-received during Book 1 of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
A son of third-leading first crop sire Mission Impazible is among the yearlings that could attract buyers’ attention during the Aug. 24 second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s August sale.
The sire power lost when Scat Daddy collapsed and died suddenly Dec. 14, 2015, at age 11 was substantial, but he has six sons standing at stud.
Bern Identity, a grade II-winning son of Bernstein, has been retired from racing and will stand at stud at Bombay Stud Farm in Jamaica.
This week we take a closer look at Mohaymen, winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) on Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen, who won the Jan. 30 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) to remain undefeated in four starts, came out of the race in good order and is on target for the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I).
Shadwell Stables' Mohaymen made easy work of five rivals to draw clear in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 30, pushing his perfect record to 4-for-4.
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Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) featuring Mohaymen, Greenpointcrusader, and Conquest Big E. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) featuring Mohaymen, Greenpointcrusader, and Conquest Big E. Sponsored by Equibase. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Holy Bull.
A colt and filly by hot stallion Curlin posted the two top prices at the 2016 Consignor Preferred Session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company winter mixed sale Jan. 27.
Regarded as the top 3-year-old prospect on the East Coast, Mohaymen is the third major contender to open his sophomore season in the Holy Bull for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Cairo Prince and Frosted also ran here.
Conquest Stables' Tapit colt Conquest Big E took another step toward his 3-year-old debut in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park with an easy half-mile breeze Jan. 24.
Shadwell Stable's undefeated multiple graded-stakes winner Mohaymen signaled his readiness for the Jan. 30 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park with a sharp final work Jan.21.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bern Identity||Kelly J. Breen||
|Dewey Square||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Frac Daddy||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Itsmyluckyday||Edward Plesa, Jr.||
|Joshua's Comprise||Barry R. Rose||
|Shanghai Bobby||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Sr. Quisqueyano||Jeffrey A. Radosevich||
|Tulira Castle||Michael J. Maker||
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