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Candy Ride’s Vekoma Runs to the Money in the Blue Grass

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Barely 15 minutes after Tax (Arch) finished a bang-up second in the GII Wood Memorial S. and in so doing locked up a berth in the GI Kentucky Derby, part-owner Randy Hill was front and center at Keeneland after Vekoma (Candy Ride {Arg}), campaigned in partnership with Gatsas Stable, stamped his authority on the GII Toyota Blue Grass S.

Mon, 04/08/2019

Twirling Candy’s Gift Box Bests McKinzie in Too Close to Call Big ‘Cap

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‘TDN Rising Star’ Gift Box provided his connections with back-to-back wins in the GI Santa Anita H., besting favored fellow ‘Rising Star’ McKinzie in a very tight photo finish. Hronis Racing and John Sadler won last year’s renewal with champion Accelerate (Lookin at Lucky).

Mon, 04/08/2019

A LIVING LEGEND: A.P. INDY TURNS 30

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From the start, he was the chosen one. The best-looking yearling, the best pedigree. He came from one of the best farms in the Bluegrass and commanded attention at every turn of his young life. He got it.

 

Fri, 03/29/2019

CANDY RIDE FILLY UP IN TIME IN HONEYBEE

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Chocolate Kisses made a powerful late surge to overtake pacesetting favorite Motion Emotion in the shadow of the wire to win the GIII Honeybee S. at Oaklawn Park Saturday. Off a tad awkwardly, the bay filly raced at the back of the field as the freewheeling favorite powered along on the front end through fractions of :22.46 and :45.99. Chocolate Kisses began picking off foes on the turn, but was still well back of Motion Emotion, who had a three-length advantage at the top of the lane.

Mon, 03/11/2019

CONCRETE ROSE TAKES CONTROL IN FLORIDA OAKS

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Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing's Concrete Rose emerged victorious in her sophomore debut March 9 at Tampa Bay Downs, earning the second graded score of her career in the $200,000 Florida Oaks (G3T). 

"This was a big one to get out from under her, to come off a layoff and carrying top weight (of 123 pounds)," said trainer Rusty Arnold. "I was worried she was a little bit hyper in the paddock, which she's never been, but she had never shipped, so I think we can handle that when we get back to Keeneland. This was a quality bunch."

Mon, 03/11/2019

DO SHARE TAKES THE TOM FOOL AT AQUEDUCT

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Do Share came flying late to earn his graded stakes badge in the GIII Tom Fool H. The bay caboosed the field as defending winner Skyler=s Scramjet (Creative Cause) blazed through opening splits of :21.92 with Syndergaard (Majesticperfection) and Bavaro in tow. Improving his position while four wide on the backstretch, Do Share swept past the leading trio in the lane and cruised clear for a dominant victory. Life in Shambles got up for second over Bavaro.

Mon, 03/11/2019

CODE OF HONOR BOUNCES BACK IN FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

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Code of Honor (Noble Mission {GB}) had seen his stock fall a bit since a fast-finishing second in last October’s GI Champagne S., but he got back on an upward trajectory Saturday, rallying to annex a strong renewal of Gulfstream’s GII Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth S. A debut winner–somewhat surprisingly in a dirt sprint–at Saratoga last August, the W. S. Farish homebred was a popular pick for the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after his eye-catching rally in the Champagne.

Mon, 03/04/2019

BELLAFINA HOLDS OFF ENAYA ALRABB IN LAS VIRGENES

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It wasn't a romp, geared down and cruising to the wire like she's done before, but Kaleem Shah's Bellafina was still impressive in a very different way Feb. 9 in the $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park.

Unlike her four previous graded wins, where she's mostly had things her own way, the Simon Callaghan-trained Quality Road filly had multiple factors working against her in the one-mile test.

Mon, 02/11/2019

SON OF CANDY RIDE GETS BEST OF BAFFERT DUO IN SAN VICENTE

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The buzz going into Sunday’s GII San Vicente S. at Santa Anita undoubtedly centered around Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s bid to notch his 10th victory in the Southern California sprint fixture, but when all was said and done, a rallying Sparky Ville (Candy Ride {Arg}) proved too much to handle for Baffert’s ‘TDN Rising Star’ pair.

Mon, 02/11/2019

UNDER THE RADAR: TONALIST

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Clark Shepherd, Shepherd Equine Advisers: TONALIST — Lane’s End Farm, $15,000

 

When I analyze matings for my clients, I try to stay commercial, but first and foremost, I want to design a racehorse. I make a list of OPTIMAL Matings from my overall analysis, then drop back and ask what makes sense physically, then what makes sense commercially.

Mon, 02/04/2019

CITY OF LIGHT SHINES IN PEGASUS

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL.–It was dark, dreary and getting wetter by the minute as the rain that plagued Hallandale Beach on and off all day picked up as the field for the $9 million GI Pegasus World Cup approached the gate. However, the dreary conditions did not stop City of Light (Quality Road) from shining brightly in his career finale Saturday as he charged home a dominant winner of America’s richest race. The GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner will now join the stallion roster at Lane’s End Farm to stand alongside his red hot sire Quality Road.

Mon, 01/28/2019

FIRST FOAL FOR LANE’S END SIRE UNIFIED

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The first foal by freshman Lane’s End stallion arrived Thursday, Jan. 10. The colt, who was bred by Colby Marks, was born at Stonehaven Steadings in Versailles, Kentucky.

 

The colt is out of Proud Citizen mare Citizen by Day, who is a full-sister to the graded stakes winning 2012 Derby fourth place finisher Went The Day Well. She hails from the family of G2 winner and G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up Sweet Roberta and multiple G1 winner Brody’s Cause.

 

“High quality colt, I think I’ll breed the mare back to Unified,” said Marks.

 

Thu, 01/10/2019