A large and energetic crowd packed the grandstand for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 26th annual Day of Champions races at Ocala Training Center in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 27, and the festive day of racing did not disappoint.
Stakes winners Firespike and Quality Rocks top the respective male and filly divisions of the OBS Championship Stakes at Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. Jan. 27.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2014 "Day of Champions" races will be run Jan. 21 in conjunction with the OBS Winter Mixed Sale for the first time.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association named J. Paul Reddam the leading owner of 2012. Ocala Stud was named the top national breeder and Morton Fink was honored as the leading small breeder of 2012.
Jockey Gary Boulanger, away from the races for nearly nine years, rides John Oxley's Conquestor to victory in the OBS Sprint Stakes during the OBS Day of Champions. Spring Venture returns a winner in the filly division.
After a six-year hiatus, the Calder Casino & Race Course Hall of Fame will welcome nine new members to its roster when inducting three horses, two jockeys, two trainers, and two owners/breeders.
Musical Romance, who sold for $1.6 million at the Fasig-Tipton November sale, is headed to Japan where she will be a broodmare, one of her former owners said.
The Fasig-Tipton November sale, which is known for its prominent cast of selected entries, will again feature several standouts, including this year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Zagora.
- By Ron Mitchell
Trainer Bill Kaplan discusses champion sprinter Musical Romance. Watch Video
Having stunned the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) a year ago at odds of 20-1, reigning divisional champion Musical Romance seeks to defend her title in the 2012 edition of the race.
Fans at Santa Anita's Clockers' Corner had plenty of action on the morning of Oct. 25 as 10 horses pointing to the Breeders' Cup breezed. At Calder, defending Filly & Mare Sprint winner Musical Romance worked five furlongs.
The Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 24 that 180 horses, including eight former or defending winners, were pre-entered for the Nov. 2-3 World Championships at Santa Anita Park.
Champion Musical Romance breezed six furlongs in 1:14 1/5 at Calder Casino & Race Course Oct. 18 as she continues to work toward a defense of her title in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).
Pinnacle Racing Stables and Bill Kaplan's 2011 Eclipse Award-winning female sprinter Musical Romance bid a proper farewell to Calder Casino & Race Course Oct.6.
Dust and Diamonds, getting good at the right time, disposed of better-known rivals Musical Romance and Turbulent Descent with ease in capturing the $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) by 1 1/4 lengths at Belmont.
Headed by national female sprint champion Musical Romance and multiple grade I winner Turbulent Descent, the $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) Sept. 22 at Belmont Park came up as an exceptionally tough race.
Musical Romance, the champion female sprinter of 2011, will be consigned to the upcoming Fasig-Tipton November sale, Three Chimneys announced Sept. 18.
Emma's Encore and Turbulent Descent are among the others targeting the Sept. 22 race at Belmont Park.
Multiple grade I stakes winner Groupie Doll, who got a freshening in the spring and summer, is among the 12 fillies and mares entered in the Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II) at Presque Isle Downs & Casino Sept. 8.
- By Claire Novak
Calder-based rider of female sprint champion Musical Romance bound for bigger circuits sometime soon read blog
Evan recaps the wins by Game On Dude, Musical Romance, Mucho Macho Man and more! watch video
Last year, Musical Romance missed victory by a neck in the Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I). This season, the 2011 Eclipse Award-winning female sprinter would not be denied.
In step with the trend from recent years, the July 7 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) at Calder Race Course has attracted mostly local horses, highlighted by reigning champion female sprinter Musical Romance.
Female sprint champion Musical Romance, preparing for the upcoming Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) at Calder Casino & Racecourse, turned in a bullet half-mile in :46 1/5 over the track June 29.
Groupie Doll made it consecutive grade I wins when she dominated the field in track-record time while taking the Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 5.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Allegation||Mark E. Casse||
|Cindyrella||Murray L. Rojas||
|Dreamed to Dream||Freddie Hyatt||
|Indulgence||Martin D. Wolfson||
|Miss Afleet Alex||Robert L. Roughton||
|Miss Olivia Rae||Henry Collazo||
|Musical Romance||William A. Kaplan||
|Splendid Sound||William P. White||
|Volare Cantare||Leigh Delacour||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|I'm Smokin S.||DMR|
|Bird of Pay S.||NP|
|Evan Shipman S.||SAR|
|Del Mar Juvenile Turf S.||DMR|
|Del Mar Debutante S. (gr. I)||DMR|