The connections of Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful Condo Commando passed on a trip to last year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park and have a fresh, strong contender at Churchill Downs.
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Condo Commando, the 3-5 favorite, was an easy winner of the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) April 4 at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old filly covered the nine furlongs in 1:52.17.
Last seen cruising to an easy win in the Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) to close 2014, Condo Commando is scheduled to make her 3-year-old season debut Feb. 21 in the $100,000 Busher Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Rudy Rodriguez passed the Nov. 2 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) with Condo Commando to wait for the $400,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II), and his patience paid off as she crushed her opposition at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 29.
Central Kentucky stallion Tiz Wonderful, currently ranked second among leading third-crop sires in the U.S., has been sold to stand in Korea.
Topped by a Curlin colt with a strong female family, the Sept. 15 seventh session of the Keeneland September yearling sale saw increases comparable to those generated during the first six sessions.
Condo Commando took all of the drama out of track announcer Tom Durkin's final call when she romped to victory in the $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) over a sloppy track at rainy Saratoga Race Course Aug. 31.
Carter Sales Co.'s OKC summer sale Aug. 17 enjoyed resulted in record total receipts and a rise in average price, with trading at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds led by a Tiz Wonderful yearling colt for a sale record $67,000.
Team D's Big Trouble, an easy 4 1/2-length debut maiden winner at Belmont Park, won the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) July 19 at Saratoga Race Course by a neck over Mr. Z.
Three juveniles from the same consignment sped a furlong in :09 4/5, the fastest time at the under tack preview for the Barretts Sales & Racing May sale of 2-year-olds in training May 9.
In a result that could have implications later in the 3-year-old season, improving Bourbonize got up just in time to edge favored Knock Em Flat by a neck in the $100,000 Northern Spur Stakes April 12 at Oaklawn Park.
Scherzinger, given a crafty ride by Mike Smith in her stakes debut, registered a one-length victory in the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 25 at Santa Anita Park.
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farms announced its 2014 stud fees for 21 stallions both Kentucky-based and regional, led again by leading sire Malibu Moon whose fee jumped from $70,000 to $95,000 stands and nurses.
Morning Line, a grade I-winning son of Tiznow, will stand at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky for 2014. The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) runner-up will stand for $10,000.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
If the Man o' War line is to extend far into the current century, it will almost certainly rely on the success of Tiznow as a sire of sires.
There were five 2-year-olds entered in the $196,000 Futurity Stakes (gr. II) Sept. 29 at Belmont Park, but it turned out to be a two-horse race as fast-developing In Trouble topped favored Corfu for a comfortable win.
My Happy Face, runner-up in the 2012 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) and winner of that year's Tempted Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack, is off the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) trail with a virus contracted at Gulfstream Park.
In a juvenile filly stakes worthy of Breeders' Cup weekend, My Happy Face nipped Cue the Moon by a neck in the $142,500 Tempted (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 4.
Spendthrift Farm stallion Tiz Wonderful sired the first winner from his debut crop when 2-year-old filly Scammony earned an impressive debut victory in a $57,000 maiden special weight June 21 at Churchill Downs.
Big Brown, the 2008 champion 3-year-old male and dual classic winner, took a major step up as a stallion at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale.
Grade I winner Warrior's Reward has been retired from racing for stallion duty at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.
Stormy B, sold in foal to Tiz Wonderful for $67,000, headlined the Nov. 19 session of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale.
Spendthrift Farm recently announced the first confirmed in-foal mares for all three of its new stallions for 2009 - Into Mischief, Notional and Tiz Wonderful.
Graded stakes winners Into Mischief, Tiz Wonderful, Notional will enter stud in 2009 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.
Malibu Moon, whose progeny earnings have reached $4.3 million this year, will stand for $40,000 in 2009 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.
B. Wayne Hughes will stand three new stallions in 2009--Notional, Tiz Wonderful, and Into Mischief.
Trainer Bob Baffert will use the $75,000 More Than Ready Stakes at Belmont Park Sept. 12 as gauge as to what the future holds for multiple stakes winner E Z Warrior.
Tiz Wonderful, a graded stakes winner and undefeated 2-year-old last year, suffered a career-ending and potentially life-threatening suspensory injury and is being treated at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.
Stunt Man, the longest price at 11-1 in the four-horse field that ran in the $75,250 More Than Ready Stakes at Belmont Park Sept. 12, powered home a 2 1/2-length winner.
Ginger Punch, prepping for the Sept. 8 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I), and Discreet Cat, who is returning off a long layoff, were among the horses that worked Sept. 2 at Saratoga.
With 12 days remaining until the 138th running of the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, the field is starting to take shape.
Street Sense made his return to racing a successful one Sunday with a facile victory at short odds in the $500,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II) at Saratoga.
Trainer Carl Nafzger will saddle Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Street Sense in the Jim Dandy (gr. II) July 29. The race will make his first start since finishing a neck behind Curlin in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Trainer Steve Asmussen had his corps of 3-year-old colts ready for action, working Curlin, Tiz Wonderful, Zanjero, and Forty Grams over the Oklahoma training track Tuesday for their upcoming stakes engagements.
The second season for 3-year-olds began on July 4, with the emphatic victory by Any Given Saturday in the Dwyer Stakes (gr. II), and judging from the works turned in by Curlin and Hard Spun on Monday, as well as Street Sense's work on Sunday, the heavy hitters from the Triple Crown are all primed and ready for their respective returns.
The winners of this spring's memorable first two Triple Crown races were in action at Churchill Downs July 1 as Street Sense, winner of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and Curlin, who edged the Derby winner to take a memorable renewal of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), each worked five furlongs under the historic Twin Spires.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Curlin completed his serious preparation for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with a four-furlong work at Churchill Downs on Monday, June 4.
When 2007 began, trainer Steve Asmussen was having Triple Crown dreams about a colt named Tiz Wonderful. Those dreams were dashed when the son of Tiznow injured his right front tendon and was sent to the sidelines, and it looked as if Asmussen would be watching the spring classics alongside his talented runner.
Undefeated multiple stakes winner Tiz Wonderful will miss this year's Kentucky Derby after rapping his front tendon at Fair Grounds on Friday, Jan. 19.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Street Sense tops Steve Haskin's first list of leading contenders for this year's May 5 Kentucky Derby.
Ten graded or group stakes winners are among 107 "early bird" nominations for the 94th running of the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 10 at Fair Grounds Race Course.
Unbeaten odds-on favorite Tiz Wonderful, ridden by John Velazquez, fought back after being passed in the stretch by Any Given Saturday to regain the lead near the finish and post a half-length victory in the 80th running of the $223,800, grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes for two-year-olds on the closing day of the 21-day Fall Meet at Churchill Downs.
Stonestreet Stable's Tiz Wonderful, who has won his two career starts by a combined margin of 19 Â¼-lengths, is the odds-on morning line favorite in a field of nine 2-year-olds entered in Saturday's $200,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).
Odds-on choice Tiz Wonderful, ridden by Garrett Gomez in his second start, emerged from a speed duel to romp to a 6 ¾-length victory in the $110,900 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs Sunday.
Frank Fletcher's Officer Rocket will put a three-race winning streak on the line when he takes on six rivals in the $100,000-added Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
|Trainer||Steven M. Asmussen|
|Jockey||John R. Velazquez|
|Tiz Wonderful View Five-Cross Pedigree||Tiznow||Cee's Tizzy|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Don Mattox||Bluewater Sales, agent||$200,000|
|Two-year-old||Stonestreet Stables||Hoby & Layna Kight, agent||$475,000|
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