In a dramatic reshaping of graded status of 2017 Triple Crown prep races, the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association has downgraded the Toyota Blue Grass and the Wood Memorial from grade I to grade II.
Stud fees for Medaglia d'Oro and Bernardini unchanged at $150,000 and $100,000, respectively.
Led by a $150,000 Street Cry mare, Fasig-Tipton kicked off the mixed auction season Oct. 17 with figures on nearly even terms with the 2015 edition of the Saratoga fall sale at the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Despite reservations expressed by owner J. Paul Reddam after what he called "the worst performance of (Nyquist's) life" in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), the Uncle Mo colt will target the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Connect was in fine fettle Sept. 25, the day after his Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) victory at Parx Racing and trainer Chad Brown said the Breeders' Cup will be considered along with several other races.
After a poor performance in his first graded stakes try in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), late-developing 3-year-old Connect bounced back with a narrow win over Gun Runner in the $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 24 at Parx Racing.
After six previous meetings that include one-two finishes in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Nyquist and Exaggerator go toe to toe for Round 7 in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).
Will we see the same Nyquist we saw last year and this past winter and spring in the Pennsylvania Derby?
Analysis of the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) and Cotillion (gr. I) card.
In most of Nyquist’s 10 starts, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner has led or raced closed to the leaders early, but trainer Doug O’Neill doesn’t believe last year’s champion juvenile male needs to be close early.
The stage was set for the biggest day of the year at Parx Racing when entries were taken and post positions drawn Sept. 19 for the Cotillion Stakes (gr. I) and Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), which anchor a five stakes program Sept. 24.
Exaggerator delivered a five-furlong move Sept. 17 at Churchill Downs in preparation for a planned start in the Sept. 24 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II). Meanwhile at San Luis Rey Downs, Nyquist also worked.
After the worst start of his career in the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) July 31 at Monmouth Park, Awesome Slew bounced back with the top race of his young career in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III).
After noticing Reddam Racing's Nyquist was getting a little skinny at Del Mar, trainer Doug O'Neill decided to send the Uncle Mo colt north on Interstate 5 to train at the much more relaxed San Luis Rey Training Center.
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.
The first reported foal by Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Alpha was born Jan. 28 at Sequel Stallions near Hudson, N.Y.
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Joe and Helen Barbazon's Pleasant Acres will inaugurate its new stallion facility in Morriston, Fla., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala from 6-10 p.m. (ET) Jan. 16.
Freud, this year's second-leading sire in New York who topped the list in 2014, will stand for $10,000 in 2016 at Sequel Stallions New York near Hudson.
Medaglia d'Oro will command a $150,000 fee next year as he heads Darley's Northern American roster of 14 stallions for 2016, the operation announced Oct. 27.
The last two winners of the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) have run well in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I); the connections of Frosted would love to see that trend continue.
The grade I-winning son of Speightstown will stand in New York for $7,500 live foal.
Rallying three wide at the top of the stretch, Frosted put away Iron Fist and cruised to victory by two lengths in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Parx Racing.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra take a look at the Pennsylvania Derby and briefly discuss the Cotillion Stakes. watch video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra take a look at the Pennsylvania Derby and briefly discuss the Cotillion Stakes. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Pennsylvania Derby.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Alpha||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Casual Trick||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Csaba||Philip A. Gleaves||
|Golden Ticket||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Handsome Mike||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Macho Macho||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Stephanoatsee||Nicholas P. Zito||
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