J. Michael O'Farrell Jr.'s Ocala Stud has set 2017 stud fees for its expanded 13-stallion roster, led again by Canadian Horse of the Year Uncaptured and grade I winner The Big Beast, who will both stand for a fee of $6,000, stands and nurses.
Champion Will Take Charge's fee held steady at $30,000
Charles Chu's Drefong broke alertly from the outside in a field of 12, took the lead, and never faltered en route to victory in the $500,000 Ketel One King's Bishop (gr. I) Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course.
Gallant Stable's grade I winner Majestic Harbor will go for his second consecutive graded stakes victory of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots meet in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) Mar. 26.
Alex and JoAnn Lieblong's The Big Beast, who finished second in a pair of grade I sprints in 2015 at Saratoga Race Course, was named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year in the annual poll.
Ivan Dalos' Ami's Flatter is scheduled to follow up an auspicious recent 2016 debut in Saturday's $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
X Y Jet was untouchable on the lead again Jan. 16 in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint at Gulfstream Park.
Wildcat Red, who clearly enjoys Gulfstream Park, having won the 2014 Hutcheson Stakes and Fountain of Youth Stakes there, returns off a four-month layoff against other Florida-breds in the Sunshine Millions Sprint.
Elusive Bluff, a 10-year-old son of Elusive Quality who won both career starts, has been relocated to Southern Indiana Equine near Austin, Ind., for the 2016 breeding season.
X Y Jet continued his roll on Saturday, Dec. 19 as he easily secured the first stakes score of his career while nailing down his third straight win overall in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Neither has crossed the wire in front since notching their respective first graded stakes victories in the Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) a year apart, but Speechify and Singanothersong hope to end that streak Dec. 19.
J. Michael O'Farrell Jr.'s Ocala Stud has set fees for its 12-stallion roster, including new stallions The Big Beast ($6,000) and I Spent It ($3,000).
The Big Beast, winner of last year's King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I), has been retired from racing and will stand in 2016 at J. Michael O'Farrell's Ocala Stud in Florida.
The son of Curlin will stand at Three Chimneys Farm.
Three Chimneys has acquired a majority interest grade I-placed stakes winner Fast Anna, a son of Medaglia d'Oro out of champion Dreaming of Anna who will take up stud duty in 2016.
King's Bishop winner Runhappy and Breeders' Cup Sprint victor Work All Week bookend a field of 12 going six furlongs in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes Oct. 2 at Keeneland.
Grade I winner The Big Beast has been shut down for the year, owner Alex Lieblong said Sept. 25, because of nagging foot issues and a lack of races at his best distances.
Rock Fall will try for a second straight grade I victory and seventh consecutive win overall when he faces a half-dozen rivals in the $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 29 at Belmont Park.
Private Zone went out to the lead unchallenged in the seven-furlong Forego Stakes (gr. I) and remained there throughout to win by open lengths Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Desert Key, a grade I-placed son of E Dubai, was represented by his first winner Aug. 27 when Gospel Grey Key won the second race at Remington Park.
Still looking to recapture the magic from his performance on the first Saturday in May, Competitive Edge may have found the right spot in the $500,000 NYRA.com King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 29.
The Big Beast won't have to contend with Rock Fall, who beat him by a nose last time out in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I). But the seven-furlong Forego came up a tough race nonetheless, with a slew of new sprinters.
Trainer Larry Jones who trained Believe You Can, Coup de Grace, Eight Belles, Havre de Grace, Lovely Maria & more in the Aug. 22, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse. view slideshow
Multiple grade 1 winner Private Zone hit the main Saratoga track after the renovation break Saturday morning Aug. 22, working four furlongs in :45 4/5 to record a bullet for all horses at the distance.
Trainer Larry Jones who has trained Believe You Can, Coup de Grace, Eight Belles, Havre de Grace, Lovely Maria & more in the Aug 22, 2015 issue of The Blood-Horse.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|C. Zee||Stanley I. Gold||
|Coup de Grace||J. Larry Jones||
|Fast Anna||Wayne M. Catalano||
|Myositis Dan||Thomas F. Proctor||
|Noble Cornerstone||Thomas Morley||
|Noble Moon||Leah Gyarmati||
|The Big Beast||Anthony W. Dutrow||
|Wildcat Red||Jose Garoffalo||
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