The Essex will also have a purse increase, as will ten other stakes races.
Gainesway's grade I-winning freshman stallion Tapizar got his first winner May 26 in a $40,000 maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park.
Judging by how they looked at Gulfstream and Ocala, the seven by Hansen left little doubt that he will help establish Tapit as an emerging sire-of-sires.
Battling wide in the lane, Upstart completed a long drive to edge away from Domain's Rap and others for a one-length win in the $350,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
Following is a list of horses to watch during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds in training that begins March 15 at 11 a.m. EDT.
Expectations are high for his 4-year-old campaign.
The Wavertree Stables consignment was the highest-priced colt not to hit $1M at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale March 2. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert selected him for Charles Chu's Baoma Corp.
Naughty Natisha, the dam of 2007 New York-bred horse of the year Naughty New Yorker, died Feb. 24 at Stepwise Farm near Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Following a five-furlong workout earlier this week at Oaklawn Park, trainer Mark Casse said John Oxley's Noble Bird continues to progress toward his first major objective this year, the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II).
Gainesway Farm announced Thursday, Nov. 5 that Tapit, well on his way to a second straight season as leading sire, will again stand for $300,000 in 2016.
A son of Harlan's Holiday and a daughter of Tapizar each brought $90,000 to top the inaugural Barretts select yearling sale at Del Mar racetrack Aug. 15.
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.
Oaklawn Park has made several enhancements to its 2016 stakes schedule, most notably increasing the purse of the March 19 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) from $750,000 to $900,000.
Fasig-Tipton kept true to its tradition of showcasing the first yearlings by some of the nation's eagerly awaited young stallions at its July sale at Newtown Paddocks in Lexington.
R.A.C.E. Fund's annual fund drive will launch May 23 with an online auction on eBay that runs through May 30.
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.
Runner-up in the Essex Handicap Feb. 14, Ride On Curlin will point toward the $250,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) in one month, trainer Billy Gowan said the morning after the son of Curlin made his return to stakes action.
The first reported foal for the stallion Alternation was a colt foaled Jan. 20 at Jim and Pam Robinson's Brandywine Farm near Paris, Ky.
Trainer Billy Gowan had several options for the 4-year-old debut of Ride On Curlin, but he decided to take what he believes is the path of least resistance: a second-level allowance Jan. 15 in the ninth race at Oaklawn.
Keeneland's 11-day November breeding stock auction ended Nov. 14 with a record-equaling median and gains in gross sales and average price for a market the sales company characterized as "vibrant."
A $115,000 Unbridled's Song mare brought the top price Nov. 13 at Keeneland November's 10th session, which remained stable but saw declines that reflected buyers' continuing caution.
WinStar's racing-age consignment added to Keeneland November's six-figure horses Nov. 11, and, despite session losses, the auction still is ahead of last year's cumulative returns.
Gainesway sire Tapit set the single-season earnings record for a North American-based sire Oct. 31, when Untapable won the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) may not have the storied history of many of the World Championship races, but what it lacks in longevity it makes up for in quality with a roster of seven impressive performances.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Alternation||Donnie K. Von Hemel||
|Color Me Blue||Brian Williamson||
|It Happened Again||Thomas M. Amoss||
|Shraded Edge||J. R. Caldwell||
|Tapizar||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Win Willy||McLean Robertson||