Special horses that deserved special issues
One of the benefits of a thriving Thoroughbred horse racing industry is the infrastructure of scenic and productive farmland needed to raise and cultivate racehorses.
America's Best Racing (ABR) was honored Nov. 20 at the EQUUS Film Festival in New York City as the Equestrian Series Award winner for its 2016 production of "Triple Crown Training: Where American Pharoah Learned to be a Racehorse."
American Pharoah's fee is private, while Uncle Mo's has doubled to $150,000. European champion Air Force Blue will stand for $25,000 in his first year, while reverse shuttler Vancouver will stand for $15,000.
Claire Novak recaps the news of the day, including Lord Nelson's scratch from the Sprint, and the withdrawal of Suedois from the Turf Sprint, which allows Green Mask to run. Plus, more Europeans hit the track, including 2015 Turf winner Found.
After winning last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland with a well-rested American Pharoah, trainer Bob Baffert hopes a similar approach with Arrogate delivers this season.
Spendthrift Farm's son of Pulpit has a cut on his right leg that has become infected and requires treatment with antibiotics.
Into Mischief's fee rises, while Malibu Moon's drops
Conventional wisdom suggests a West Coast-based horse might have the edge in the six-furlong Sprint, but historic results tell us otherwise.
Spendthrift Farm's two best current racehorses will almost surely make their final runs on the racetrack during the Breeders' Cup Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita Park.
Racing's 'rock stars' are selling the sport one Tweet at a time
The number of stallions declined 1.8% from the 1,449 reported at this time in 2015, and the number of mares bred decreased 2.5% from the 34,627 reported last year.
Three-time grade I winner Lord Nelson will stand at his owner B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm upon retirement, the farm announced Oct. 16.
J. Keeler Johnson takes an early look at the key contenders for the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
It may be unprecedented in the annals of Thoroughbred public auctions. Over the Oct. 7-10 weekend, all 10 grade I stakes contested in North America were won by horses that had either sold or been offered for sale at Keeneland in Lexington.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson continued his dominance in Southern California sprints Oct. 8 with a clear score in the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I), his final prep for the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson appears set to continue his tear through the top-level sprints on the Southern California circuit in the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) Oct. 8 at Santa Anita Park.
Keeneland has cataloged 4,762 horses for its 2016 November breeding stock sale, to be held Nov. 8-20 in Lexington.
Gormley made his stakes debut a winning effort, scoring a front-running win in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
After extending his win streak to three straight races and securing his first grade I score in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I), Klimt will try two turns for the first time in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
The New York Racing Association concluded its 2016 season at Saratoga Race Course with all-sources handle of $647,322,503, virtually even with last year's record wagering that had shattered the previous high water mark by more than 10%.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson got a perfect trip and made the best of it July 31 to collect his second straight grade I score in the $300,000 Bing Crosby at Del Mar.
Unlike her Triple Crown-winning sibling, Zayat Stables' homebred American Cleopatra won her debut at Del Mar.
Chris Hartman brought a string to Del Mar this year, but one in that group stood out. The trainer calls Black Hawk Stables' Alsvid the "head dog" of his stable and he'll try to earn his first top-level score in the Bing Crosby (gr. I).
Rise of Empire Maker and his sons and grandsons is good for Cherokee Run as a broodmare sire.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|American Pharoah||Bob Baffert||
|Conquest Panthera||Mark E. Casse||
|Daddy D T||John W. Sadler||
|Lord Nelson||Bob Baffert||
|Red Button||Mark Glatt||
|Reflected Star||James M. Cassidy||
|Sky Preacher||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Skyway||Mark E. Casse||
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