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Fools In Love Worth a Cool Million at KEENOV

Thu, 2017-11-09 13:24

Fools In Love (11, Not For Love–Parlez, by French Deputy), whose 2-year-old son and $750K KEESEP graduate Seahenge (Scat Daddy) won the G2 Champagne S. and was third in the G1 Dewhurst S. since the catalogue, could be a potential suitor for Ulysses (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) after Cheveley Park Stud paid an even $1 million for the 11-year-old mare Thursday at Keeneland November. The half-sister to MGSW International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus), also the dam of GSP Urban Bourbon (City Zip) and SP Frank’s Follies (Mineshaft), was consigned to KEENOV by Lane’s End and was offered not in foal.

POTN Colt Takes the Early Lead at KEENOV Thursday

Thu, 2017-11-09 11:22

A Bedouin Bloodstock-consigned colt by Pioneerof the Nile from Bobbie Use (Not For Love) was hammered down to Baccari Bloodstock for $550,000 to lead the way early on during the opening session of book 2 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington. The April foal, a half-brother to GISW Starship Truffles (Ghostzapper) and cataloged at hip 420, was bred by SF Bloodstock, who acquired the stakes-winning Bobbie Use for $110,000 in foal to Indian Ocean at the Fasig-Tipton November sale in 2013. The mare’s Paynter colt of 2015 was a $150,000 graduate of this sale as a weanling and subsequently sold for $520,000 as a KEESEP yearling.

Gun Runner To Debut at $70K at Three Chimneys

Wed, 2017-11-08 17:49

Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}–Quiet Giant, by Giant’s Causeway), who concluded what is likely to be a Horse of the Year campaign with his front-running tour-de-force in the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 4, will enter stud at Three Chimneys following a programmed start in the $16-million Pegasus World Cup and will command a first-season fee of $70,000.

Campaigned by Three Chimneys and Winchell Thoroughbreds, Gun Runner was overhauled by Arrogate in the late stages of the G1 Dubai World Cup in late March, his only loss of the season. Returned to the U.S., the slick chestnut colt won the GI Stephen Foster H., the GI Whitney S. and the GI Woodward S. over the summer and set a searching pace in the Classic en route to a 1 1/2-length victory. He sports a career record of 18-11-3-2 for earnings of $8,998,500.

Gun Runner was flown to Kentucky and is currently available for inspection at Three Chimneys through Friday, Nov. 10. He will then ship to trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn at the Fair Grounds to begin preparations for the Pegasus.


Arrogate to Stand for $75K

Wed, 2017-11-08 17:02

TDN Rising Star Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song–Bubbler, by Distorted Humor), who concluded his career with a North American earnings record of $17,422,600, will stand his first year at stud at Juddmonte Farms in 2018 for a fee of $75,000, stands and nurses. His book will be restricted to 142 mares, according to a release.

“Our goal is always to provide the best value to our breeders,” said Garrett O’Rourke, manager U.S. operations for Prince Khalid Abdullah’s operation. “We will select the highest quality of mares to offer Arrogate the best chance to be as great a sire as he was a racehorse.”

Bred by Clearsky Farms, the $560,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase went on a run for the ages with victories in the 2016 GI Travers S. prior to besting California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) in the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic. The gray was the easy winner of the inaugural GI Pegasus World Cup last January, then overcame a world of trouble to defeat recent Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}) in the G1 Dubai World Cup.

Among the mares already booked for Arrogate are Juddmonte’s MGISWs Paulassilverlining (Ghostzapper) and By The Moon (Malibu Moon).


Cool ‘Million’ on Curlin Colt

Wed, 2017-11-08 15:42

Just a few hips out from the last lot of the afternoon, Hip 365, a colt by Curlin, reeled in a $1 million final bid from Andre Lynch, signing on behalf of a partnership. A half brother to GI Cashcall Futurity winner Violence (Medaglia d’Oro), the Feb. 8 foal was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, who also bred the horse with Dell Ridge. This is the family of champion and Triple Tiara heroine Sky Beauty (Blushing Groom {Fr}) and GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Dayjur.

GSW Sister to Ky Oaks Winner Draws $1.5 M at KEENOV

Wed, 2017-11-08 14:59

Grade III winner Sky Girl (Sky Mesa), sister to GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Abel Tasman (Quality Road), was snapped up for $1.5 million by Mt. Brilliant at Keeneland Wednesday. Offered by Mill Ridge Sales as Hip 330, the 7-year-old mare–in foal to Union Rags–is out of Vargas Girl, a sister to graded winner and dam Moonlight Sonata.

Tapit Mare Yields $1.8 million at KEENOV

Wed, 2017-11-08 14:39

Hip 316, Royal Obsession (Tapit) realized a $1.8 million final bid from the busy Don Alberto Corp. at Keeneland today. Offered in foal to Curlin, the grey was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale sales Agency, agent. The four-year-old’s dam–Rote (by Tiznow)–is a half sister to Grade I winner Magnificent Song (Unbridled’s Song). The graded placed mare brought $1.15 million at this venue in 2015 and $1 million at the Fasig Tipton Saratoga sale in 2014.

‘Knight’ to Stand at Irish National Stud

Wed, 2017-11-08 14:00

Decorated Knight (GB) (Galileo {Ire}–Pearling, by Storm Cat), who races for breeders Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, will retire to the Irish National Stud for 2018, joining fellow new recruit G1SW National Defense (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). A limited number of breeding rights will be available in the three-time Group 1 winner and his fee will be announced in the coming days.

Bred at his owners’ Blue Diamond Stud, the Roger Charlton trainee enjoyed his best season at the races in 2017, taking the G1 Jebel Hatta at Meydan to join the ranks of Group 1 winners, and upped his top-flight tally to two when favoured in The Curragh’s Tattersalls Gold Cup over 1 1/4 miles at the end of May. The 5-year-old continued to perform with credit throughout the season, and scored by a half-length in the G1 QIPCO Irish Champion S. at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend in September. A winner of the 2016 G3 Meld S., Decorated Knight was also runner-up to Highland Reel (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the 2017 G1 Prince Of Wales’s S. at Royal Ascot. Last seen competing in the GI Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar on Nov. 4, he retires to the Irish National Stud with a record of 19-8-4-1 and prize money of $1,786,522.

“The Irish National Stud are thrilled to add a high class son of Galileo to our burgeoning roster,” said Cathal Beale CEO of the Irish National Stud. “With performance, physical and pedigree to die for, Decorated Knight ticks all the boxes.”

The first foal out of a full-sister to European Horse of the Year and U.S. champion sire Giant’s Causeway and MGSW You’resothrilling, Decorated Knight’s second dam is the MGSW Mariah’s Storm (Rahy). You’resothrilling has already produced European champion and dual Classic hero Gleneagles (Ire), this year’s MG1SW Happily (Ire), G1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Marvellous (Ire) and GSW & GISP Coolmore (Ire), all to the cover of Galileo (Ire).

“Decorated Knight has the distinction of being the best horse bred by Blue Diamond Stud and we’re delighted that he is to stand at the Irish National Stud,” said Tony Nerses, advisor to Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar. “He possesses an excellent turn of foot as well as durability that saw him win three Group 1 races this season. He is also a member of one of the most influential families of the modern era, behing out of a sister to champion sire Giant’s Causeway and multiple Group 1 producer You’resothrilling. We look forward to supporting him at stud.”

GISW Paola Queen Draws $1.7 Mil at Keeneland

Wed, 2017-11-08 13:58

GI Test heroine Paola Queen (Flatter–Kadira, by Kafwain) drew a final bid of $1.7 million  during the second session of Keeneland’s November sale. Consigned by Elite sales, Hip 297 was purchased by Don Alberto. Out of mutiple stakes winner a graded placed Kadira, the 4-yeard-old broodmare prospect is from the family of Grade I scorer Point Ashley.

Tapit Filly Brings $675K at KEENOV

Wed, 2017-11-08 13:46

Hip 289, a filly by Tapit out of GI Spinster winner and millionaire Mushka (Empire Maker), secured a $675,000 final bid from Skara Glen Stables at the Keeneland November sale today. Mike Levy signed the ticket on the grey. Offered by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, the May 26 foal is from the family of four-time Grade I winner Lakeway (Seatte Slew).

For Royalty–dam of Constellation–Yields $2.1 MIL at KEENOV

Wed, 2017-11-08 12:59

For Royalty, offered as Hip 244, realized a $2.1 million final bid from Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Equine during the second session of Keeneland’s November sale. Consigned by Denali Stud (Craig and Holly Bandoroff), Agent LIV, the 10-year-old mare is believed to be in foal to Bernardini. A minor stakes winner at two, the Not For Love mare–who is a half sister to graded scorer Kiss To Remember–is responsible for Grade I winner Constellation (Bellamy Road). Bred by Mr and Mrs Charles McGinnes, this represents the family of Irish Cherry, dam of Grade I winners Spun Sugar and Daaher.

Enchanted Rock, dam of GISW Verrazano, brings $2 Mil at KEENOV

Wed, 2017-11-08 12:45

Hip 238, Enchanted Rock (Giant’s Causeway–Chic Shirine, by Mr. Prospector) offered some fireworks early at Keeneland Wednesday, realizing a $2 million final bid from Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm. Consigned by Gainesway, Agent XXII, the 13-year-old mare–in foal to More Than Ready–is out of Grade I winning Chic Shirine, a sister to champion Queena. Accomplished in her own right as a broodmare, the Emory Hamilton-bred mare has already produced GI Haskell Invitational and Wood Memorial hero Verrazano (More Than Ready) in addition to Grade II scorer El Padrino (Pulpit).

Practical Joke, Cupid Stud Fees Announced

Tue, 2017-11-07 17:42

Three-time Grade I winner Practical Joke (Into Mischief–Halo Humor, by Distorted Humor) will retire to Coolmore’s Ashford Stud following a start in the Dec. 2 GI Cigar Mile and will stand for $30,000 in 2018, Coolmore America announced Tuesday. The farm also released the 2018 fee for their recently retired GI Gold Cup at Santa Anita S. hero Cupid (Tapit–Pretty ‘N Smart, by Beau Genius), who will command $12,500.

Victor of the GI H. Allen Jerkens S. this summer and the GI Champagne S. and GI Hopeful S. as a juvenile, Practical Joke finished fourth in the GI Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile last Friday and will take another crack at his elders in the Cigar Mile next month. Owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, the Chad Brown trainee’s record currently stands at 11-5-2-2 with $1,1720,800 in earnings.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Cupid collected three Grade II victories during his 2016 sophomore campaign, in addition to his top-level success this term. Retiring with a record of 13-6-1-0 and earnings of $1,701,873, the $900,000 KEESEP yearling has arrived at Ashford and is available for inspection at the farm’s open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this week.

Practical Joke and Cupid join champion Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) as the three new stallions on Ashford’s roster for 2018. Classic Empire’s stud fee was previously announced at $35,000.


Gun Runner to Retire After Pegasus

Tue, 2017-11-07 17:27

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}–Quiet Giant, by Giant’s Causeway) will make his final start in the $16 million GI Pegasus World Cup in January, after which he will retire to stand the 2018 season at Three Chimneys. The leading candidate for Horse of the Year will be available for viewing at his future home from 9-11 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 8 to Nov. 10 before shipping back to trainer Steve Amussen to resume training.

“I have been fortunate enough to own several great horses, but Gun Runner is clearly at the top of my list,” said part-owner Ron Winchell, who also campaigned leading sire Tapit and several of his top offspring. “He is the horse of a lifetime. His brilliance was recognizable early and improved with every season. His consistency, soundness and race recovery were comparable to none. These traits should serve him well as a stallion. I am a believer and will be supporting him 100%.”

Three Chimneys’ Goncalo Torrealba expressed similar sentiments, saying, “This horse is the dream result and is a testament to why my family and I re-entered racing and breeding in the US. I am a big believer in top families, and with two Horses of the Years in his first two dams, one could make a case that there is no more active or relevant pedigree in the stud book today than that of Gun Runner. He gave all of us the thrill of a lifetime and joined us to Ron Winchell, who became a partner and a friend and who, in turn, introduced me to Steve Asmussen and his family. These friendships have made the whole journey exponentially more enjoyable. At Three Chimneys we believe in partnerships and our co-ownership with Ron Winchell in Gun Runner is the ‘poster child’ for why we believe this. We are very excited to have him join the stallion roster, and we will be committing our best mares to him, including the dams of Twirling Candy and La Verdad, and GI winners Stopchargingmaria, Pure Clan, and Malibu Prayer, to name a few.”

A three-time graded stakes winner last term, in addition to his third in the GI Kentucky Derby, Gun Runner capped his sophomore season with his first top-level success in the GI Clark H. Prepping for Dubai with a victory in the GIII Razorback H. in February after an EHV quarantine forced him to miss the Pegasus, he was second behind an unbelievable performance from champion Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) in the G1 Dubai World Cup in March.

Gun Runner has been unstoppable since his return to the States, scoring dominant victories in the GI Stephen Foster H., GI Whitney S. and GI Woodward S., and went wire-to-wire to notch an impressive victory in the BC Classic, which likely secured him a pair of Eclipse awards. The chestnut’s record currently stands at 18-11-3-2 with earnings of $8,988,500.

“I have been associated with many great horses in my life, but Gun Runner is the best racehorse I have ever been around,” said Three Chimneys board member Doug Cauthen. “As a stallion prospect he brings impeccable credentials, with a super physical, a royal pedigree and admirable speed and toughness–he deserves his fan base. He’s the kind of horse people dream about, and it’s a tribute to the Torrealba family’s commitment to the US that they were able to add such a specimen to their racing stable and stallion roster so quickly in their tenure.”


Medaglia d’Oro’s Fee Raised to $250K

Tue, 2017-11-07 15:37

Leading sire Medaglia d’Oro (El Prado {Ire})–Cappucino Bay, by Bailjumper), initially increased from 150,000 to $200,000 when Darley’s 2018 stud fees were announced Oct. 25, has been raised yet again to $250,000 on the heels of a very successful Breeders’ Cup, where he was represented by a pair of winners. The new 2018 fee will apply to a limited number of remaining seasons.

Talismanic (GB)’s success in the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf and Bar of Gold’s 66-1 upset the GI Breeders’ Cup F/M Sprint brought Medaglia d’Oro’s number of 2017 Grade I winners up to seven. He is now the leading American sire of Grade I victors this term with a list that includes dual champion Songbird, who topped Monday’s Fasig-Tipton November sale at $9.5 million, MGISW juvenile Bolt d’Oro, turfers New Money Honey and Dickinson; and MGISW “TDN Rising Star” Elate. The only other North American stallions to have as many as seven individual top-level winners in a single year are Mr. Prospector, Danzig and Storm Cat.

“Even before the Breeders’ Cup, the demand for Medaglia d’Oro was extremely high,” said Darren Fox, nominations sales manager at Darley America. “After the wins by Bar Of Gold and Talismanic this past Saturday, we feel it incumbent on us to listen to what the market is telling us and adjust his fee accordingly. We have always set our fees at fair and competitive levels and we think that this is certainly in line with that historical approach.”


Tammy the Torpedo Summons $1.65m

Tue, 2017-11-07 15:08

“TDN Rising Star” TAMMY THE TORPEDO (m, 5, More Than Ready–Search and Seizure, by War Chant) summoned $1.65 million from Dr. Iida’s Chiyoda Farm late in the opening session of Keeneland November Tuesday. Consigned by Claiborne Farm, the dark bay is carrying her first foal by War Front. Winner of five of her 11 starts, Tammy the Torpedo captured the 2016 GIII Suwanee River S. and concluded her career for trainer Chad Brown, Long Lake Stable and Beacon Hill Thoroughbreds with a victory in the GIII Violet S. last September before retiring with $355,530 earnings. Hip 163 is out of a half-sister to MGSW Criminologist (Maria’s Mon), who is the dam of MGSW Inspector Lynley (Lemond Drop Kid).

Grade I Winning Street Fancy Brings $1.5 Million at KEE

Tue, 2017-11-07 15:02

Hip 158, Street Fancy (Street Sense–Bold Angel, by Cat Thief) was knocked down for $1.5 million at Keeneland Tuesday. Consigned by Taylor Made sales Agency XXXIX, the four-year-old was secured by Bridledwood. Bred by Hunter Valley Farm, the GI Starlet winner sold for $725,000 at this venue while in foal to Tapit last season.

Sparkling $6 Million on Stellar Wind at KEENOV

Tue, 2017-11-07 14:45

The much anticipated sale of three-year-old champion filly Stellar Wind (Curlin–Evening Star, by Malibu Moon) went pretty much according to script when the chestnut landed a $6 million final bid from M.V. Magnier at Tuesday’s opening session of the Keeneland November sale. Bred by Keswick Stables and Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, the five-year-old mare–who was offered as a racing or broodmare prospect–was consigned by Lane’s End, agent. The Virginia bred already has six Grade Is to her credit, including scores in the GI Santa Anita Oaks, GI Beholder Mile and GI Zenyatta S. She has 10 wins from 15 starts and earnings over $2.2 million.

Oscar Party Reels in $1.9 Mil at KEENOV

Tue, 2017-11-07 13:55

Hip 114, Oscar Party (Dixie Union–Dream Lady, by Old Trieste) realized a final bid of $1.9 million from agent Reynolds Bell acting on behalf of Alpha Delta Stables at Tuesday’s session of the Keeneland November sale. The seven-year-old mare is in foal to Tapit. A stakes winner and graded placed, the half sister to Grade I winner Room Service (More Than Ready) and graded scorer Major Gain (More Than Ready) was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent LIII.

Tapit Weanling Yields $775K at Keeneland

Tue, 2017-11-07 13:37

Hip 105, a daughter of Tapit out of Grade 1 winning mare My Conquestadory (Artie Schiller), brought a final price of $775,000 from Chris Baccari at Tuesday’s opening session of the Keeneland November sale. Consigned by Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, the May 11 foal is the first foal out of the winner of the GI Darley Alcibiades S. Carrying this foal, My Conquestadory was secured by SF Bloodstock & New gate Farm for $1.5 million at this venue last year.