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.
At the current Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Three Chimneys Farm’s Will Take Charge leads sires with first foals of 2016 going under the hammer, with 18 sold for $2,312,000 through Nov. 15.
Less than two weeks after his son Arrogate reeled in champion California Chrome to capture the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Unbridled's Song has top billing once more as the leading sire by gross through Book 4 at Keeneland November.
Champion Will Take Charge's fee held steady at $30,000
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.
Three Chimneys reported that the first reported foal for champion Will Take Charge was born at Siena Farm near Paris, Ky., on Jan. 13.
Trainer Eric Guillot is not prepared to say if Moreno will return to racing in 2016, but he gave the grade I winner a work Dec. 19 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
For the third year in a row, Gainesway's Tapit leads all North American sires by Comparable Index (CI) of mares bred.
Stonestreet buys $320,000 Emerald Gal and a $260,000 Curlin colt at Keeneland November's fifth session, which posted declines even as the 12-day auction's overall figures remained ahead of last year's sale.
The son of Curlin will stand at Three Chimneys Farm.
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.
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.
Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol's Madefromlucky will attempt to make it back-to-back grade II victories in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby Sept. 19 at Parx Racing.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Battier||Michael W. McCarthy||
|Fury Kapcori||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Java's War||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Moreno||Eric J. Guillot||
|Speak Logistics||Gary C. Contessa||
|Will Take Charge||D. Wayne Lukas||
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