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$1.9M Tiz the Law Filly Stars as Action Picks Up at OBS Day Two

Wed, 2024-04-17 18:26

by Jessica Martini & Stefanie Grimm

OCALA, FL – The action picked up noticeably during the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training and, with the auction's first seven-figure offering leading the way, figures concluded above 2023 levels Wednesday evening.

“It was an excellent day,” OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski said at the close of business Wednesday. “As I said yesterday, there are plenty of good horses left to be sold and obviously that was borne out today. Quality horses sell well and we're fortunate to have a high-quality group of horses here. It was a good day and hopefully we can continue on the next two days.”

During Wednesday's session, 171 horses sold for $25,841,500. The session average was $151,120 and the median was $75,000.

Through two sessions, 324 horses have grossed $46,428,500. Halfway through the four-day auction, the average of $143,298 is up 9.6% from the same point a year ago and the median of $80,000 is up 14.3%.

A filly by Tiz the Law brought the auction's top price so far when selling for $1.9 million to Donato Lanni, bidding on behalf of Michael Lund Petersen. The seven-figure purchase was part of a frenzied day of bidding for Lanni, who signed for six of Wednesday's top 10 purchases for various clients for a total of $5,675,000.

The largely domestic buying bench at the top of the market was interrupted late in the day when Naohiro Sakaguchi went to $925,000 to acquire a colt by Into Mischief from the Scanlon Training & Sales consignment.

“Mr. Sakaguchi is new–that's the first horse he's ever bought,” Wojciechowski said. “So it will be his first racehorse in Japan. We're excited to have them here.”

Despite the lively bidding throughout the day, there was still some polarization in the market, according to consignor David Scanlon.

“It's been a little difficult in spots,” Scanlon said. “You will sell one good and you'll start to feel a little good and then you'll come back and it will humble you a little bit. But we've done good. We bought a couple back, but we sold them after the sale. We sold quite a few just over the reserve, so you have to be pretty decent with the reserves, you can't get too aggressive. For the horses at the upper end, it's very good. At the other end, we still continue to struggle a bit in the lower and middle market. But we are still getting horses sold, so I am happy with it.”

The OBS Spring sale continues through Friday with sessions beginning daily at 10:30 a.m.

$1.9M Tiz the Law Filly to Petersen

A filly from the first crop of GI Belmont S. winner Tiz the Law (hip 365) lived up to the pre-sale hype when bringing a final bid of $1.9 million from bloodstock agent Donato Lanni, who was acting on behalf of Michael Lund Petersen. She will be trained by Bob Baffert.

“[Petersen] has had great luck with fillies and Bob loved her,” Lanni said. “We're delighted to have her.”

Among his star fillies–all purchased at 2-year-olds in training sales–Petersen campaigned champion Gamine (Into Mischief), a $1.8-million purchase at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale; and Adare Manor (Uncle Mo), a $375,000 purchase at the 2021 OBS June Sale who captured Saturday's GI Apple Blossom H.; as well as Grade I winner Faiza (Girvin) ($725,000 '22 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May) and multiple graded winner Kinza (Carpe Diem) ($350,000 at '23 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May).

The session topper capped a frenetic few minutes for Lanni, who warmed up for the seven-figure purchase with hip 342, a colt by Nyquist acquired for $675,000 for Frank Fletcher; and hip 351, a colt by Bolt d'Oro for $800,000 acquired for Three Amigos. He concluded his morning buying frenzy with a $925,000 colt by American Pharoah (hip 371) for Fletcher and came back a little later to acquire a colt by Vekoma (hip 411) for $800,000 for Zedan Racing Stable and a colt by Curln (hip 417) for $575,000 for Fletcher.

The Tiz the Law session topper's work last week | Judit Seipert

Hip 365 worked the co-fastest quarter-mile of the auction's under-tack show when she covered the distance in :20 1/5 last Wednesday. She is out of Moonlight Sky (Sky Mesa), a half-sister to champion Abel Tasman (Quality Road) and the dam of Grade I-placed Urban (Quality Road).

Tom McCrocklin purchased the filly on behalf of Jim Tilton for $170,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale.

“She's a special, special filly,” McCrocklin said. “She showed it in her breeze. We bought her off of her physical conformation. She is out of a half to Abel Tasman, so she has a lot of quality in her pedigree. When we bought her, I didn't know, like all of us. And when she got here, it was effortless. She's very sound with clean vet work. She was amazing in her breeze with a strong gallop-out and she attracted the attention of all the buyers.”

Asked how the filly had changed since he purchased her for $170,000 last fall, McCrocklin said, “She didn't change a lot. She was a beautiful yearling and a beautiful 2-year-old. Just a little bigger and a little taller. But she really didn't change very much.”

McCrocklin has been working with Tilton for several years now and the partnership started out with a bang.

“We've done several horses together, but nothing like this,” McCrocklin said. “He actually owned a part of Ruby Nell (Bolt d'Oro) and that's when I was introduced to him. He owned a quarter of her when we sold her at Gulfstream for $1.2 million, so he got a little taste of blood and came back for more. He loves the action and loves the game. He races and now he pinhooks.”

McCrocklin was typically non-plussed by the big sale Wednesday. Asked how his client had reacted, McCrocklin said with a straight face, “He's probably more stoic than me. So it was a standoff of who would smile first.”

McCrocklin was also responsible for the $800,000 Bolt d'Oro colt, who was purchased for $160,000 on behalf of Michael Sucher's Champion Equine at last year's Fasig-Tipton July sale. @JessMartiniTDN

Lanni A Busy Man Wednesday

Agent Donato Lanni, working the pavilion on behalf of several top-end clients Wednesday, kicked things off early and kept the momentum rolling throughout the afternoon during the second session of OBS April. In addition to the $1.9-million session-topping Tiz the Law filly (hip 365) for Michael Lund Petersen, Lanni signed tickets on behalf of Frank Fletcher, Zedan Racing Stable and the Three Amigos.

Donato Lanni | Photos by Z

Fletcher got the action started shortly after the sale began, pairing up a $675,000 Nyquist colt (hip 342) with a colt by American Pharoah (hip 371) for $925,000 and a Curlin colt (hip 417) for $575,000.

Hip 371, consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent XVIII, worked in :10 and was sold as a yearling at FTKOCT last year for $115,000. He is out of a half to the dam of GSW/GISP Merneith (American Pharoah). Breeder D.C. Goff purchased that dam, More Roses, carrying hip 371 in utero for $475,000 at KEENOV in 2021

Lanni, who secured all three colts for Fletcher, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity after signing for hip 371.

“He's a cool horse, we're very happy,” said Lanni. “I'm just fortunate to buy good horses for good people.”

Around the same time, the Three Amigos secured a Bolt d'Oro colt (hip 351), who breezed a quarter-mile in :20.3, for $800,000 from the Tom McCrocklin, Agent XV consignment with Lanni signing the ticket.

Of that purchase, Lanni said: “He's beautiful and he looks like a racehorse. And the sire has done really well.”

Responsible for two of the top three highest-priced colts during Tuesday's opening session, Nyquist continued to be in demand Wednesday when Fletcher went to $675,000 early for hip 342. The colt, a half to GSP Sonic Brees (Maclean's Music), was consigned by Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne). Fletcher and Donato indicated that the trio of colts would wind up in training with Bill Mott.

“He just looked good to us,” said Fletcher after signing the ticket for hip 342. “We like the sire and we're excited to get him. He'll go to Eddie [Woods] for a rest and then to Bill Mott.”

Hip 342, who worked in :10, brought $300,000 as a yearling at Keeneland last September.

“We're excited to get him at that price,” Fletcher continued. “We'll see him [with Mott] hopefully in Kentucky and in New York.”

Later in the afternoon, Sequel Bloodstock, acting as agent for Chester and Mary Broman, sold the colt Rookie Racer (Vekoma) (hip 411) to Lanni (who signed on behalf of Zedan Racing Stable) for $800,000 after he worked in :9.4. Speaking from the back ring, Becky Thomas and Carlos Manresa joined Mr. Broman to celebrate the sale.

“Through the winter, he was a farm favorite,” said Manresa of the colt. “We had a lot of trainers out to the farm and we had nothing but good remarks about him. He's always been a beautiful mover, loves the dirt and we got him in front of pretty much everyone. He's got a beautiful body, beautiful paces and we're really happy with the result. We've got a really good gut feeling about Vekoma.” @SGrimmTDN

Into Mischief Colt Provides Late Bang at OBS

A flashily bred colt by Into Mischief out of multiple Grade I winner Separationofpowers (Candy Ride {Arg}) (hip 603) caused late fireworks when selling for $925,000 to Naohiro Sakaguchi. Sakaguchi, making his first-ever racehorse purchase, did his bidding on the colt, the second-to-last horse through the ring Wednesday, alongside trainer Makoto Saito. Through an interpreter, he credited Saito with picking the juvenile out and Saito confirmed the horse will be heading to Japan.

Separationofpowers in the 2018 Test | Sarah Andrew

The bay, who worked a furlong during last week's under-tack show in :9 4/5, was consigned by Scanlon Training & Sales. He was purchased by that operation for $350,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale.

“He's just been a real straightforward colt all winter,” David Scanlon said. “At the yearling sale, he was just a little immature, but he had a great hip and a great walk. He looked like a speedy horse, a real 2-year-old. We were really happy to get him.”

Of the colt's progression since last August, Scanlon said, “He came to the farm and he did really well. We took our time with him and he really matured. He is a really level-headed colt who has done everything right. We pointed him to this sale rather than March just to give him a little more time. He breezed great. He's a real honest horse. He gets really low and tries really hard. And he has a super pedigree.”

Saito trained 2014 G1 Japanese Oaks winner Nuovo Record (Jpn) (Hearts Cry {Jpn}) and saddled that filly to an 11th-place finish in the 2016 GI Breeders' Cup F/M Turf before winning the GIII Red Carpet H. a few weeks later.

Oscar Performance Colt to Speedway

Peter Fluor and K.C. Weiner's Speedway Stables added a colt by Oscar Performance to its roster when going to $725,000 to acquire hip 477 from the Wavertree Stables consignment Wednesday in Ocala.

“[Bloodstock advisor] Marette [Farrell] did wonderful research on the pedigree and we liked everything on both sides,” said Weiner. “And the speed obviously was important.”

Peter Fluor and K.C. Weiner | Photos by Z

The bay colt, a $180,000 Keeneland September purchase, is out of Post Script (Quality Road) and is a full-brother to stakes winner Act a Fool. He is from the family of graded winners Coffee Clique and Admission Office and worked a furlong last week in :9 4/5.

Hip 477 was the third purchase so far for Speedway at the OBS Spring sale. The operation also purchased a filly by Good Magic (hip 16) for $300,000 and a colt by Collected (hip 63) for $310,000.

It was a homecoming for hip 63, who is out of Golden Orb (Orb) and was bred by Speedway. The chestnut sold for $12,000 at last year's Keeneland January sale and again to Tom McCrocklin for $42,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October sale.

“He reminds us of Collected,” Weiner said of the colt. “It's a re-collect,” he added with a laugh.

Racing in the Speedway colors, Collected won the 2017 GI Pacific Classic.

“They do sell their yearlings,” Farrell said. “Peter and K.C. have a mandate that, to be open and honest, every yearling is sold. So it's fair for everyone.”

Of the colt, she added, “He had an amazing breeze. We had lots of conflabs. Do we do this? But it's supporting Collected who is having an amazing run with his progeny and we love him.” @JessMartiniTDN

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KY Judge Says He’ll Rule on Derby Lawsuit by End of Week

Wed, 2024-04-17 17:28

The Kentucky judge overseeing the lawsuit initiated by Amr Zedan's incorporated racing stable against Churchill Downs, Inc. (CDI) to try and get Bob Baffert-trained horses unbarred from the GI Kentucky Derby told both parties Wednesday he now has a clearer understanding of a relatively new “meritless lawsuit” law to be able to issue a written opinion by the end of the week.

That opinion is unlikely to decide the Apr. 3 civil lawsuit in full, but it is expected to address Zedan's motion for an injunction that could pave the way for his 'TDN Rising Star' Muth (Good Magic) to be able to race in the Derby. It could also address CDI's motion to dismiss.

CDI has banished Baffert from its properties since just after the 2021 Derby, which the now-disqualified Zedan-owned and Baffert-trained Medina Spirit won while testing positive for betamethasone.

The ban was initially just supposed to last for two Derbies. But in July 2023 CDI extended the penalty through 2024.

Zedan is claiming that he spent millions in buying horses at auction prior to the extension of the ban because he understood that Baffert would be allowed to train those horses for the 150th Derby in 2024.

Judge Mitchell Perry of Jefferson Circuit Court needed only a bit more than 20 minutes of testimony from all parties Apr. 17 to declare that he now had a better idea of how CDI's invocation of an “Anti-SLAPP” law (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation)–which carries an automatic pause in some related legal proceedings–might affect his forthcoming written opinion.

“Obviously, I deal with injunctions all the time in various [contexts],” Perry said. “So that part is obviously well known to the court. This new statute is not.”

CDI on Apr. 8 moved to dismiss Zedan's lawsuit, citing, in part, that the complaint runs contrary to Kentucky's Anti-SLAPP law that provides protections in certain cases based on a person's exercise of speech.

In April 2022, Kentucky became the second state to enact a version of the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act (UPEPA), a model anti-SLAPP law drafted by the Uniform Law Commission.

In arguing against the application of that statute, Zedan had articulated concerns that CDI's legal invocation of UPEPA/Anti-SLAPP was “not only meritless, but perverse.”

More importantly, in terms of timing, an Anti-SLAPP claim, if allowed to proceed by a judge,  would take at least 30 days, if not several months, to legally unfold.

At a previous hearing on Monday, no one seemed to know for sure if that law's invocation, if allowed by Perry, would mean a mandatory halting of all other legal proceedings, including Zedan's pending motion for the temporary injunction. Thus, Perry asked for representatives of the Kentucky State Attorney General to appear in court Apr. 17 with their interpretation.

At Wednesday's hearing, Lindsey Keiser, a Kentucky assistant attorney general, told the judge that under a subsection of the state's law, “UPEPA does not cut off judicial decisions or judicial discretions with respect to motions seeking a temporary injunction.”

Keiser continued: “Our interpretation is that under [a subsection of the law] you could proceed simultaneously [with deciding on CDI's motion invoking UPEPA and Zedan's injunction request]. Officially there's no stay with respect to a temporary injunction motion.”

Derek Shaffer, an attorney for Zedan, urged the judge to use that explanation from the attorney general's office to go ahead and rule on the temporary injunction. Horses declared for the Derby need to be on the grounds at Churchill by Apr. 27.

Regardless of larger questions concerning the UPEPA claim and the underlying lawsuit itself, “you ought to be resolving the temporary injunction motion on merits,” Shaffer said.

Thomas Dupree, Jr., an attorney for CDI, wanted to make it clear that the injunction relief sought by Zedan wasn't being requested to preserve well-documented rules established by CDI regarding the Derby, but rather, to upend them.

“I did want to underscore the nature of the temporary injunction they're seeking here is, of course, not a 'status quo' injunction,” Dupree said. “It is an injunction that would affirmatively disrupt the status quo substantially.”

Although it was not spoken of during Wednesday's hearing, a ruling allowing Muth into the race would have myriad downstream implications. It is unknown if an injunction in favor of Zedan would allow other Baffert trainees owned by different entities to also participate in the Derby, or if any lifting of the ban would also permit Baffert's trainees to enter the GI Kentucky Oaks or any other Derby undercard stakes.

The Kentucky news website WAVE3 reported on Tuesday that one of the partners who co-owns the Baffert-trained Imagination (Into Mischief) had filed an amicus brief with the court seeking similar eligibility-via-injunction for that colt, who on Apr. 6 ran second in the GI Santa Anita Derby.

Also unclear is what such a ruling would mean for Derby aspirants owned by other connections, specifically already-qualified horses that might get knocked below the points cutoff limit that CDI has been using to determine Derby eligibility if Muth (and potentially other Baffert trainees) are suddenly ordered into the race by the injunction.

CDI generally takes entries for 24 horses in the Derby, with 20 being allowed to start.

Perry said there would be no press conference or media announcement pertaining to his ruling, which would be delivered in the form of an opinion posted electronically to the court's filing system.

“And you'll know sometime before the end of the week,” Perry said.

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Whitney Viewing Stand At The Spa Opens To The Public Apr. 25

Wed, 2024-04-17 15:40

The Whitney Viewing Stand at Saratoga's Oklahoma Training Track will open to the public beginning Thursday, Apr. 25, the New York Racing Association said in a release Wednesday afternoon.

Prior to the start of the summer meet, the site will be open free of charge from Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET. The Oklahoma Training Track is accessible to pedestrians through Gate 21 on East Avenue. Parking is not currently available within the Oklahoma grounds.

The opening of the Whitney Viewing Stand also coincides with the on-sale for dining reservations for Saratoga's Clubhouse restaurants: The Turf Terrace, Club Terrace and The Porch.

Click here for information concerning all of the available dining options and how to purchase tickets.

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Catalogue For 2024 Wanamaker’s April Sale Now Available

Wed, 2024-04-17 14:53

According to a Wednesday press release, the 2024 Wanamaker's April Sale catalogue is now available, which includes yearlings, horses of racing age, open broodmares, and broodmares in-foal.

Bidding will open at 9:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 25, with the first listing set to close at 2:00 p.m. Subsequent listings will close in three-minute increments.


Highlights of the catalogue include:

  • Nyquist filly, Deck of Cards, who has won her last three starts at Keeneland and Turfway Park and has earnings of over $125,000.
  • Ligeia, a Florida-bred filly with two wins and eight placings by the late stallion, Speighster, whose progeny have accumulated over $21 million on the track.
  • GSW Designer Legs (Graeme Hall) who earned over $211,000, is being sold open and ready for mating.

Click here for more information.

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Arrogate’s Neon Icon Rolls to TDN Rising Stardom at Keeneland

Wed, 2024-04-17 14:37

Glen Bromagen II and Michael Dahir's Neon Icon (Arrogate) was given a 5-1 chance for an operation not typically known for its firsters, however, that price seemed like an overlay after the sophomore rattled across the wire an uncontested 4 1/4-length winner at Keeneland Wednesday, earning TDN Rising Star distinction in the process.

Breaking from the inside stall, the $220,000 Keeneland September grad settled in a ground-saving fourth as a pair of 4-year-olds–Kara and Colleen (Bolt d'Oro) and Dynamism (Uncle Mo)–led through a :23.55 opening quarter. Finding herself behind a wall of horses and searching for a slip of daylight to open straightening for home, the grey cut her way through rivals in the lane, popped to the front midstretch and drew off under a hand ride to post the impressive win. Fellow 3-year-old Foreseen (Uncle Mo) was up for second, while Dynamism rounded out the trifecta. Final time for the 1 1/16-mile test was 1:47.08.

Neon Icon is the fourth foal out of Mademoiselle Coco, who is a half-sister to Horse of the Year and Ch. Older Mare Havre de Grace, who realized $10-million at the Fasig-Tipton Fall Mixed sale in 2010. The 11-year-old mare is also responsible for Mademoisellejackie (American Pharoah), a $200,000 KEESEP yearling purchase who went on to become a minor winner.

Last term, she produced a colt by Essential Quality and was bred back to that Darley sire.

This also represents the family of MGISW Risaverse and Classic winner Tonalist.


3rd-Keeneland, $100,000, Msw, 4-17, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16m, 1:47.08, ft, 4 1/4 lengths.
NEON ICON, f, 3, by Arrogate
1st Dam: Mademoiselle Coco, by Medaglia d'Oro
2nd Dam: Easter Bunnette, by Carson City
3rd Dam: Toll Fee, by Topsider
Sales history: $220,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $61,227. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV. Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree.

O-Glen S. Bromagen, II and Michael Dahir; B-Nancy S. Dillman (KY); T-George R. Arnold, II.

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Dennis Albaugh Joins TDN Writers’ Room Podcast

Wed, 2024-04-17 14:32

When it comes to getting horses to the GI Kentucky Derby few have done more with less. Dennis Albaugh's Albaugh Family Stable doesn't have nearly the numbers of a Mike Repole or the partnership of SF Racing, Starlight Racing, and Madaket Stables, but he keeps coming up with Derby starters. This year he has Catching Freedom (Constitution), the winner of the GII Louisiana Derby, who will be his tenth starter under the Twin Spires over the last seven years. The goal this time around is not to simply make into the field but to win the race.

Albaugh joined the TDN Writers' Room podcast Presented by Keeneland to talk about Catching Freedom, his super sire Not This Time (Giant's Causeway), his case of Derby Fever and more. Albaugh was this week's Green Group Guest of the Week.

Finding Derby horses at the sales takes a top team of advisers for Albaugh, who focuses on colts who have the right stuff when it comes to making it to America's greatest horse race.

“We've got a team of guys that helped me pick out horses,” he said. “Every year I go over to the Keeneland September Sale and there are thousands of horses for sale. I say every year, we're going to pick at least one that is going to go to the Derby. I take my hat off to the team. We've done it and this year in Catching Freedom we have a really good contender.”

The Derby is still more than two weeks away, but Albaugh is already having restless nights.

“I don't sleep a lot at night,” he said. “I think about the Derby all the time. This horse has got a lot of speed, but in his races he just seems to slow down right off the bat. With 19 other horses out there, it's hard to get through that field. Our horse last year, Angel of Empire, proved that. So we kind of want an outside post. Not clear outside. Ideally, I'd like to draw somewhere between a six and 15. That way he won't get trapped in behind a whole bunch of horses and have to go completely wide around them.”

Albaugh owned Not This Time, the promising colt who never ran again after finishing second in the 2016 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile for trainer Dale Romans. With such a small sample size to go on as far as his racing career went, Not This Time was hardly a sure thing as a stallion. But Albaugh stayed in and owns the majority share in the horse who has gone on to be one of the sport's top sires.

“I wish I had kept all of him,” he said. “Sometimes you just have to take some money off the table. I really didn't want to sell him.

But when you go to the auctions now you see that it is very expensive to buy Thoroughbreds. There's a lot of teaming up going on, and I mainly buy by myself. With Not This Time we decided that it was time to recoup some of the money that I'd spent through the years. So that's why we put just half of him up for sale.”

In our breeding spotlight section, we examined the WinStar stallion Two Phil's. Podcast team member Randy Moss insists he was the best 3-year-old to race in 2023. We also spotlighted the Coolmore stallion Corniche.

Elsewhere on the podcast, which is also sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders' Association, Coolmore, West Point Thoroughbreds, WinStar, Pleasant Acres Farm and, the team of Moss, Bill Finley and Zoe Cadman discussed the latest battle between Churchill Downs and Amr Zedan, who is hoping that a court will grant a temporary injunction that would force the track to allow Muth (Good Magic) to race in the Derby.

The trio also talked about HIWU's case against George Weaver. The trainer is dealing with a positive for Metformin, which is used in humans to combat Type II diabetes.

To watch the Writers' Room, click here. To view the show as a podcast, click here.

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Tiz the Law Filly Brings $1.9M at OBS

Wed, 2024-04-17 11:58

A filly by Tiz the Law (hip 365) brought a final bid of $1.9 million from bloodstock agent Donato Lanni acting on behalf of Michael Lund Petersen. Consigned by Tom McCrocklin, the filly had worked a quarter-mile last week in :20 1/5. She is out of Moonlight Sky (Sky Mesa), a half-sister to champion Abel Tasman. McCrocklin purchased the bay for $170,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale.

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Bolt d’Oro Colt Hits $800k For Three Amigos

Wed, 2024-04-17 11:45

Agent Donato Lanni went to $800,000 to secure hip 351, a gray or roan colt by Bolt d'Oro consigned by Tom McCrocklin for the Three Amigos. The colt, who sold for $160,000 at FTKJUL last year, breezed a quarter in :20.3.

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Sixth Annual PDJF Telethon Scheduled For Apr. 21

Wed, 2024-04-17 11:37

Edited Press Release

FanDuel TV, the New York Racing Association, Keeneland and Santa Anita will team up with Hall of Fame jockeys along with some of the top active riders in the country and other prominent racing personalities on Sunday, Apr. 21 for the sixth annual telethon presented by Lane's End to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

The event will be broadcast on both FanDuel TV and America's Day at the Races on the Fox Sports family of networks as well as streamed on Fans can participate in the telethon by calling 1-844-884-7353 between 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET or they can donate directly by clicking here.

Jockeys of today and years past will be live at call centers from Santa Anita and Keeneland.

Since the inaugural event in 2018, the telethon has raised in excess of $1.5 million in support of the PDJF.

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Charlie Appelby Outlines Plans for U.S. Team

Wed, 2024-04-17 10:24

NEWMARKET,UK–Charlie Appleby, who is aiming for a fourth victory in the first of the major British Classic trials, Thursday's G3 Craven S., has outlined plans for his team of Godolphin horses currently stabled at Keeneland.

One of those, Master Of The Seas (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), landed the Craven back in 2021 before being beaten a short-head when second in the 2,000 Guineas. Now six, he claimed the Maker's Mark Mile Saturday to notch his third Grade I strike in North America, including last season's Breeders' Cup Mile.

“Master winning last weekend was great,” said Appleby at Newmarket Wednesday morning. “He'll carry on campaigning through the summer.”

Another of Appleby's Breeders' Cup winners, Rebel's Romance (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), won the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic at the end of March after his victory in the HH The Amir Trophy in Qatar.

The trainer continued, “They're two 6-year-olds and this is going to be potentially their last season in training. Rebel's might go to Hong Kong yet, we're not sure, but if he doesn't go there then the target will be the Sword Dancer at Saratoga in the hope of then going back to the Breeders' Cup Turf. It would be nice to have Rebel's Romance and Master Of The Seas, both past winners, at the Breeders' Cup again at the end of the season.”

He added, “Master Of The Seas goes to the Fourstardave at Saratoga, and he could then potentially look at the Coolmore Turf Mile, which he just got touched off in last year, then the Breeders' Cup.”

Appleby said of his select satellite stable in America, which includes the GI Canadian International S. and GI Saratoga Derby winner Nations Pride (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}), “We have 10 or 12 horses out there. They are at Keeneland at the moment and we will hopefully have three runners on Kentucky Derby day and then Nations Pride will run the following week at Aqueduct. Then the whole team will ship to Saratoga, because Belmont is obviously closed, so Saratoga will be opening up early.

“The racing suits some of those horses who have been running in Dubai, and you want to go there with quick-ground horses, but it suits some of them. [Assistant trainer] Alex Merriam will go out there for a week for Churchill and Aqueduct and I will try to get to Saratoga.”

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$775K Caracaro Filly Tops Solid OBS Spring Opener

Tue, 2024-04-16 20:14

by Jessica Martini & Stefanie Grimm

OCALA, FL – While it took some time to find its stride, the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training gained momentum throughout the day and concluded with figures in line with the first session of its record-setting 2023 renewal.

“I thought it was a good day,” said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. “A good horse sells well and I thought we had a lot of nice horses today. Holding true to last year, that's a great start to the week. Obviously, there are a lot of nice horses left to come.”

From a catalogue of 302 juveniles, 205 horses went through the ring Tuesday for a gross of $19,725,000. The average of $136,034 was right on par with the 2023 figure of $136,665, while the median of $87,000 rose 16% from a year ago.

With 60 horses reported not sold, the buy-back rate was 29.3%.

The auction's first hour included a number of RNA's as the Spring Sale settled into rhythm and many of them were getting sold Tuesday evening after bidding had stopped for the evening.

“I think some of that was the sale just getting started,” Wojciechowski said of the measured start to the sale. “I think a little bit of that maybe getting their feet wet, getting their sea legs. I wouldn't be surprised to see a number of those horses getting sold in the post-sale setting here pretty quick.”

Bloodstock agent Donato Lanni and trainer Bob Baffert purchased the session's top-priced lot, going to $775,000 for a filly by Caracaro on behalf of Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman. The filly was consigned by Global Thoroughbreds.

Pedro Lantz, bidding on behalf of KAS Stables, purchased the session's top-priced colt, a son of Global Campaign, for $650,000. The juvenile was consigned by Eddie Woods, who was the session's leading consignor with nine sold for $2,213,500.

The OBS Spring sale continues through Friday with sessions beginning daily at 10:30 a.m.

Three Amigos Strike for Caracaro Filly

A filly from the first crop of Grade I-placed Caracaro (hip 199) turned heads with a quarter-mile work in :20 2/5 during last week's under-tack show and she duly delivered in the sales ring Tuesday when selling for session-topping $775,000. Bloodstock agent Donato Lanni, alongside trainer Bob Baffert, handled bidding out back of the pavilion to acquire the speedy filly on behalf of Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman. She was consigned by Global Thoroughbreds and was bred by the consignment's Rafael Celis.

The Caracaro filly's work last week | Judit Seipert

“We are happy to get her,” Lanni said. “She did everything she was asked to do. She went fast, came back great.”

The filly is out of Key d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro), a half-sister to stakes-placed Twirled (Twirling Candy).

Caracaro, who was second in the 2020 GI Travers S. and GIII Peter Pan S., stands at Crestwood Farm for $6,500.

“He is throwing a beautiful athletic horse,” Lanni said of the stallion's first crop of foals. “You see a lot of Uncle Mo's influence.” @JessMartiniTDN

Caracaro Keeps Rewarding Celis

Caracaro is the stallion who keeps giving for Rafael Celis, who campaigned the bay in partnership with Lucas Noriego's Top Racing. After watching his homebred filly from the first crop of Caracaro sell for $775,000 at OBS Tuesday, the native of Venezuela was beaming with pride.

Rafael Celis and family | Jessica Martini

“That was our best filly in the whole program,” Celis said. “We had high expectations for her. She's by Caracaro, who is our stallion that we own with Crestwood Farm. We were really excited about her. She had been doing well all the way in training. We weren't sure if we should work her a furlong or a quarter, but she prepped really nice and we decided to go a quarter. She was really fast and the gallop out was really strong. She went out in :44 and :59, which was very good.”

Celis purchased Caracaro for $95,000 as a weanling at the 2017 Keeneland November sale. He admitted he almost had the horse sold as a 2-year-old in 2019.

“In our program, we buy weanlings and take them to the 2-year-old sales,” Celis said. “That's what we do. I almost had him sold, but he had an issue and we got him back after we sold him. So we decided to race him.”

In the COVID-delayed season of 2020, Caracaro broke his maiden by six lengths at Gulfstream Park in January and returned to just miss when second behind Country Grammer in the GIII Peter Pan S. in July. He was second behind Tiz the Law in the GI Travers S. in what proved to be his final career start.

“We qualified for the Kentucky Derby, but we couldn't make it because he had a problem with his suspensory,” Celis said. “We couldn't race in the Derby, so we went shopping around to see who wanted him as a stallion. The Crestwood people were open and we made a deal with them.”

While Celis has just 10 broodmares in the U.S., his family has plenty of experience in the breeding industry.

“We have a breeding farm in Venezuela,” he said. “So we have been in the horse business for 50 years. The name of Caracaro is actually the name of our farm in Venezuela, which my father, who passed away, named and that's why we named the horse Caracaro.”

Celis will offer two more juveniles by Caracaro this spring and has an additional 10 yearlings for next year. But he won't completely divest his foals by the stallion.

“We are going to keep two for racing,” he said. @JessMartiniTDN

Global Campaign Colt Sells To KAS Stables

Hip 291, a colt consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent III from the first crop of WinStar's Global Campaign, may be bound for Saudi Arabia after bringing a final bid of $650,000 from Pedro Lantz, acting as agent for KAS Stables. Selling late in Tuesday's session, the colt impressed Lantz not only during his :10 breeze last week but also as a yearling at OBS last October.

Global Campaign | Sarah Andrew

“I tried to buy this horse as a yearling at OBS October [last year]. And I saw his breeze–he has spectacular action and a very fluid stride.”

Buying for Saudi Arabia-based KSA Stables, Lantz noted that the colt may ship overseas but could also stay in America as KSA is looking to expand their operation. By Global Campaign, who is represented by his first 2-year-olds this year, the colt's price exceeded Lantz's expectations.

“I was expecting four [hundred thousand], maybe five [hundred thousand] but people are paying and everyone is on the same horses. So I told them [KSA Stables] to be prepared for at least five [hundred thousand] because the horse [vetted] clean and was about perfect.”

Lantz was busy throughout the day, also picking up hip 195, a filly by Nyquist also from the Eddie Woods consignment for KAS Stables bound for Saudi Arabia, and looks to stay busy throughout the remainder of the week.

“This is a sale that you can get a good horse,” Lantz continued. “I expect to go for [a few] more horses this week. There are a lot of nice horses–in the final two days especially.” @SGrimmTDN

Uncle Mo Filly to Coolmore

A filly by Uncle Mo (hip 166) jumped to the top midway through the session at OBS Tuesday when selling for $600,000 to Justin Casse, who was bidding on behalf of Coolmore's M.V. Magnier. The bay, who was consigned by Tom McCrocklin, worked a quarter-mile last week in :20 3/5. She is out of graded winner Jacaranda (Congrats), who is a half-sister to Constitution and is the dam of Grade I-placed Be You (Curlin) and stakes-placed American West (Curlin).

Justin Casse at OBS in March | Photos by Z

“She is extremely attractive,” Casse said of the filly. “It's a lovely family. The dam is a half-sister to Constitution. She's an Uncle Mo filly, everything you would want from a nice female family sire line and possible future broodmare prospect.”

McCrocklin purchased the filly for $380,000 on behalf of Michael Sucher's Champion Equine at the Fasig-Tipton October sale last fall.

Of the filly's final price tag Tuesday, Casse said, “I thought she was one of the best fillies here, so it was good to get in at that price. I haven't seen what the rest of the sale has been like, I know it's early, but we are happy to get her.” @JessMartiniTDN

Spendthrift Partners Up on Nyquist Colt

A third of the way through Tuesday's opening session, Spendthrift Farms's Ned Toffey started the action off, going to $550,000 for a colt (hip 125) by GI Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. Bred in Maryland by Bowman and Higgins Stable, the colt was purchased as a yearling for a sale-topping $205,000 by Thorostock & Seth Morris Thoroughbreds at last year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale and is out of a winning half-sister to the dam of MGISW and young Spendthrift sire Cyberknife (Gun Runner).

Ned Toffey | Spendthrift

“He was hard to miss,” said Toffey after signing the ticket. “He's a big, beautiful colt and [we] had him identified based off his breeze. I love the sire and he's just a big, athletic-looking horse.”

Toffey confirmed that the colt, who worked in :10,  will head west to race in partnership with MKW Racing and Breeding LLC.

“He'll go back to Spendthrift to get a little bit of a break and then we'll send him out to Richard Mandella.” @SGrimmTDN

Maryland Sale Topper Shines at OBS

A Maryland-bred son of Nyquist (hip 125) brought the top price of last year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale when bringing a final bid of $205,000 from Thorostock and Seth Morris Thoroughbreds and he helped kick start the OBS Spring sale Tuesday when selling for $550,000 to Spendthrift Farm/MKW Racing and Breeding.

“He was an extraordinarily well-balanced, good-minded horse,” Thorostock's Nick Sallusto said after sending the colt through the ring Tuesday. “He had almost perfect conformation. He was really typical of Nyquist. We felt really lucky the day we found him.”

Nyquist | Sarah Andrew

Sallusto continued, “At the time, Nyquist wasn't as fashionable as he is right now. But I have long been a fan of his. I just felt he was a lot of horse at that particular sale and I wasn't sure I would be able to get him.”

The juvenile worked a furlong during last week's under-tack show in :10 flat.

“He's really advanced since [October],” Sallusto said. “He is a later foal, so we knew he had plenty of advancement left in him. And he still does. He has so much more to go. He has put every foot forward the right way. He never had a day of missed training. He was a lovely horse.” @JessMartiniTDN

Omaha Beach Filly Brings $390,000 For JVC Training And Sales

JVC Training and Sales's Jorge Villagomez saw a good return on investment when the Omaha Beach filly (hip 127) he purchased for clients for $40,000 at Keeneland September last year brought a final bid of $390,000 from Woodford Thoroughbreds during Tuesday's session.

“Her particularly, she's been special for a long time,” said Villagomez. “They say the cream always rises to the top and she was always very fast so it's no surprise that she came over here and did what she did.”

Omaha Beach | Spendthrift/Autry Graham

After working in :10, hip 127 stayed busy throughout the lead up to the sale.

Villagomez continued: “She had a ton of activity–almost an overwhelming amount. She was shown over 100 times and got plenty of attention [from vettings]. We're not at all surprised that she brought the kind of money she did. [Her breeze] was exceptional and everyone was on her.”

Early in the sale, Villagomez, who will sell three more hips later in the week, was cautiously optimistic on his expectations.

“For the good horses? The buyers are here. They're here for horses that breeze well and [vet] well. The rest of [the horses] will be hit or miss. But I don't think anyone will have a problem selling a good horse.” @SGrimmTDN

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CHRB Denies Stay of Justify Decision, Will Entertain Appeal

Tue, 2024-04-16 19:37

In the latest detour in the exhaustive legal saga stemming from Justify's 2018 GI Santa Anita Derby win, the connections of the horse during his racing career filed a notice last week with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) requesting that the agency entertain an appeal of a recent board of stewards decision disqualifying the horse from the race and to stay the purse distribution.

In response, the CHRB have denied a stay of the stewards' decision but stated that it will “assign a Hearing Officer in this matter where the issue of timeliness of the appeal and appeal itself will be heard and a proposed decision submitted to the Board for consideration,” according to an order issued by the CHRB Tuesday.

The plaintiffs in the appeal are owners China Horse Club International Limited, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing, WinStar Farm, jockey Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert.

After the New York Times first reported that Justify had tested positive post-race for scopolamine, Mick Ruis, owner-trainer of the runner-up that day, Bolt d'Oro, sought to have the result of the race overturned with Bolt d'Oro declared the winner.

Ruis alleged that the CHRB failed to follow its own rules when it decided not to pursue penalties after Justify's positive test. The CHRB argued that Justify should not be disqualified because the positive test was the result of contamination linked to jimson weed.

At the end of last year, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ordered the CHRB to set aside the stewards' 2020 decision and issue a new ruling disqualifying winner Justify from the Santa Anita Derby.

Early in March, the CHRB reached a separate settlement that called for the agency to pay Ruis $300,000, and to order a redistribution of the $1-million purse.

In last week's notice, Amanda Groves, who represents Justify's connections, argued that grounds for an appeal included how the plaintiffs were not a party to the lawsuit between Ruis and the CHRB, leading to “Procedural irregularities and denial of due process and/or a fair and impartial hearing.”

Groves also reiterated the CHRB's original claim, writing that “it is undisputed that the positive scopolamine test was a result of environmental contamination due to inadvertent exposure to jimsonweed in hay/straw.”

BloodHorse reported that Ruis's attorneys had filed a response arguing that none of the grounds raised in the appeal are relevant.

When asked about the contents of the letter, Darrell Vienna, who represents Ruis, told the TDN that the CHRB issued the disqualification order “because they were ordered to do so by the court.”

The court did not demand that the CHRB hold another hearing on the matter, Vienna added. “It just issued an order to disqualify the horse, Justify, and to redistribute the purse,” he said.

“If the Justify parties have issue with that, that issue should be addressed at the Superior Court, in my opinion,” said Vienna. “If the court orders a subordinate agency to do something, they must do it.”

According to last week's notice of appeal, Justify's first-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby accrued the owners a combined $585,000, while Smith and Baffert each received $58,450.

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Century Mile Kentucky Derby Party

Tue, 2024-04-16 17:44

Century Mile Racetrack and Casino will host a Kentucky Derby party Saturday, May 4. The event, which begins at 3:15 p.m., will be held in the suites at Century Mile Racetrack and Casino.

V.I.P. access tickets are $55 plus GST each and include access to the suites, a program, and appetizers.

V.I.P. Premium access tickets are $70 plus GST and also include tables against the glass, a betting voucher, and one drink ticket per person. Limited tickets are available.

For tickets please call the CTHS Alberta office at 403-229-3609 or email

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Even the Score Dead at 26

Tue, 2024-04-16 17:12

Even the Score (Unbridled's Song–Ashtabula, by Rahy), a resident of Old Friends for the past year, has died at the age of 26 after colicking. He was euthanized at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital on Saturday, Apr. 13.

A MSGW & GISP during his four-year racing career, Even the Score stood at Rosendo “Ro” Parra's Millennium Farms before he was pensioned in 2020. Among the 17 career black-type winners he sired from his 15 crops are multiple Grade I winners Dullahan and Take the Points.

“Even the Score was a special horse to our family,” said Parra. “My wife and I shed some tears when we learned he had to be put down. Even the Score was our first graded stakes winner. We are very thankful to Old Friends for taking care of him over the past year.”

John Nicholson, president and CEO of Old Friends, added: “Although Even the Score enjoyed a proud career both on the track and at stud, he was particularly special to us at Old Friends because he was a friendly and gentle stallion who was beloved by everyone at the farm. We will miss this good horse and will always honor his memory.”

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Three Amigos Go To $775k For Caracaro Filly

Tue, 2024-04-16 16:44

Agent Donato Lanni purchased a filly for the Three Amigos from the first crop of Caracaro (hip 199) for $775,000 halfway through Tuesday's opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sale Spring 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The filly breezed a quarter in :20.2, the third-fastest quarter time of the sale, and will race for trainer Bob Baffert.

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MJC Supports Local Businesses Through Return of ‘Preaks Weeks’

Tue, 2024-04-16 14:37

Preak Weeks initiative in partnership with Heidi Klotzman of HeidnSeek Entertainment returns for its second season, 1/ST and The Maryland Jockey Club announced Tuesday. Preak Weeks shines a spotlight on Baltimore-based businesses in the lead up to the Preakness, the second jewel in the US Triple Crown. Each day from Apr. 26 through May 17, one of 22 participating businesses will give away to a set of customers the “Ultimate Preakness Experience,” a four-pack of tickets to Preakness 149 that includes access to this year's Preakness Live festivities. In addition, each participating business will receive a custom QR code for Preakness 149 ticket sales at 10% off and will receive 10% of all proceeds made through their individual code.

The public is encouraged to patronize the establishments–ranging from restaurants and cafes to boutiques, services and community organizations–throughout the three-week promotion, both as a show of support to Baltimore-based businesses and for a chance to win or purchase their tickets through the custom QR codes. No purchase is necessary to win the tickets.

Participating businesses in this season's Preak Weeks includes six returning from last year's inaugural initiative (designated with an *):


Art of Balance Wellness Spa (Federal Hill)*

Baja Tap (Fells Point)

Black Acres Roastery (Station North)*

Blk Swan (Harbor East)

Christopher Schafer Clothier (Canton)*

Citron Restaurant (Pikesville)


Greedy Reads (Fells Point)

Jody Davis Designs (Downtown)

Katwalk Boutique (Fells Point)

LifeMed Institute (Timonium)

Nick's Fish House (Baltimore Peninsula)

NOLA Seafood & Spirits (Federal Hill)*

Prima Dopa Cucina & Cocktail House (Fells Point)

Prim & Proper (Downtown)

Reginald F. Lewis Museum (Downtown)*

Sassanova Boutique (Lutherville)

Self.ish Beauty Spa (Pikesville)

The Doll House Boutique (Pikesville)

The QG (Downtown)

The Urban Oyster (Hampden)

Vinyl & Pages (Midtown)*

All participating businesses, and access to their websites for additional details, can be found online at The participating business of the day will be prominently featured on the Preak Weeks homepage. A full calendar of the promotion, noting which business will be highlighted and giving away tickets on which day, can also be found on the site.

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Horse Tests Positive For EHV at Laurel

Tue, 2024-04-16 11:22

The Maryland Jockey Club was alerted to a horse displaying neurological abnormalities in its hind limbs Apr. 14, and the horse in question subsequently tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus (EHV), according to a Maryland Jockey Club release. As a precautionary measure, both the affected horse and another, which had been in close proximity to the affected animal but showed no symptoms, were relocated to an isolation barn at Laurel Park. Additionally, Barn 33, where the affected horse was housed, was promptly placed under quarantine.

The MJC, who alerted the State Veterinarian's Office, received confirmation that the initial nasal swab tested positive for EHV Monday evening. Further testing is scheduled for later this week.

A MJC issued statement reads: “In collaboration with the State Veterinarian's Office, we are in the process of developing a comprehensive quarantine protocol for Barn 33. This plan will allow horses in this barn to train separately from the general population and enable other barns to continue their regular racing and training activities.”

“It is imperative that all horses within our care are closely monitored for any signs of fever or symptoms consistent with EHV. Any horse registering a temperature above 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, or exhibiting signs of incoordination, must be reported immediately to an MJC Veterinarian.”

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Churchill Downs Pledges $150K to 20 Aftercare Organizations in Conjunction with Ky Derby

Tue, 2024-04-16 10:59

The Churchill Downs Foundation has partnered with 20 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations for the upcoming 150th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve by pledging a $150,000 donation to support the organizations.

On Monday, Apr. 29, an aftercare post position draw will be held on the Churchill Downs backstretch where each horse in the Kentucky Derby field will be paired with an aftercare organization. Each organization is guaranteed at least a $5,000 donation from the Churchill Downs Foundation with the organization paired with the winner of the Kentucky Derby receiving a $25,000 donation. The runner-up will be awarded $20,000, the third-place finisher will receive $15,000 and fourth place will garner $10,000.

“We're thrilled to embark on this meaningful partnership with 20 of the best aftercare organizations in North America,” said Cathy Shircliff, Director of Equine Industry Relations for Churchill Downs Incorporated. “The Kentucky Derby is the pinnacle of Thoroughbred racing and it is all of our responsibilities to ensure every horse receives the care and support they deserve after their career on the racetrack.”

The organizations chosen this year are: After the Races, Friends of Ferdinand, Galloping Out, Horse and Hound Rescue, James River Horse Foundation, Kentucky Equine Adoption Center, MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, New Vocations, Old Friends, Racing For Home, Remember Me Rescue, ReRun, Inc., Second Stride, Secretariat Center, Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Thoroughbred Retirement Network of Louisiana, TRRAC, United Pegasus Foundation, Virginia Thoroughbred Project and Win Place Home.

To make a donation for each of the Kentucky Derby contenders, visit

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Midlantic May Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale Catalogue Online

Tue, 2024-04-16 10:22

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 556 entries for its upcoming Midlantic May Two-Year-Olds in Training sale, to be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 20-21, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland.

“We have a phenomenal catalogue this year–quality sire power and strong individuals,” said Midlantic Sales Director Paget Bennett. “Consignors are increasingly pointing many of their best prospects to this sale from the start of their training, and the lengthy list of high-profile sale graduates over the last year make Midlantic May a must shop sale.”

The under-tack show will be held over three sessions, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 14-16.  Each under tack show session will begin at 8 am. The May 18 GI Preakness S. will precede the sale on May 20 and 21. Each sale session will begin at 11 am.

The catalogue may now be viewed online and will also be available via the equineline sales catalogue app. Print catalogues will be available beginning Apr. 22.

The list of top recent graduates is headlined by Mage, winner of the 2023 GI Kentucky Derby and earner of more than $2.5 million. Mage, whose victory in the Kentucky Derby is pictured on the catalogue's front cover, is the twenty-first Fasig-Tipton graduate to capture the American classic.

Fasig-Tipton will also offer a supplemental catalogue and is now accepting entries.

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OwnerView Thoroughbred Conference Virtual Series Covers Owners Resources

Tue, 2024-04-16 10:12

The second panel in the 2024 OwnerView webinar series held Apr. 9 covered information resources for owners, including OwnerView, Equineline, Equibase, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) and BloodHorse.

The conference is hosted by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and presented by Bessemer Trust, Stoll Keenon Ogden, and The Green Group. The panel was sponsored by Equilume and Pleasant Acres Stallions. Gary Falter, project manager for OwnerView, moderated the panel with guests Scott Carling, general manager, BloodHorse; Tim Leith, senior vice president, The Jockey Club Information Systems; Dan Metzger, president, TOBA; and Rhonda Norby, director of Marketing and Communications, Equibase.

A Q&A was sponsored by West Point Thoroughbreds, and attendees were able to ask questions through a Q&A link.

The replay of Tuesday's Thoroughbred Owner Conference panel is available at

Eight additional Thoroughbred Owner Conference virtual panels are scheduled for 2024.

The next session, “Equine Nutrition: Best Practices from Foals to Racehorses,” will be held May 14 at 2 p.m. ET. A full schedule can be found here:

There is no registration fee for the 2024 virtual conference series, but registration is required. For more information about the owner conference series, including the schedule of panels and registration, please visit conference or contact Gary Falter at 859.224.2803 or

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