U.S. Breeders Rediscovering Daredevil


North American breeders are rediscovering Daredevil and restoring their confidence in the 10-year-old son of More Than Ready who spent one season standing for the Jockey Club of Turkey before a pair of high-profile grade 1-winning fillies, one an American classic winner, brought him back to the United States.

Thu, 04/28/2022

Taking Stock: Country Grammer Boosts Tonalist


Before the G1 Dubai World Cup, Country Grammer (Tonalist) was already a Grade l winner in North America, but that race that he won on May 31, 2021, the Gl Hollywood Gold Cup S. at Santa Anita, was worth only $180,000 to the winner.

Wed, 03/30/2022

Country Grammer Schools Rivals in Dubai World Cup


On paper, it was horseracing's version of the 'Dream Team.'

Trainer Bob Baffert, a three-time winner of the G1 Dubai World Cup, and the charismatic Frankie Dettori, still riding at the peak of his powers into his early 50s, also with three World Cup trophies to his name. Each of those victories was achieved as the retained rider for Godolphin and Saeed bin Suroor, but the Italian maestro hadn't hoisted the hardware since Electrocutionist (Red Ransom) took the 2006 renewal at old Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.

Sat, 03/26/2022

Candy Ride Colt Graduates a 'Rising Star' at Santa Anita


Though he was a bit chilly on the board for a Bob Baffert-trained, John Velazquez-ridden, $475,000 KEESEP buy by the powerful ownership conglomerate nicknamed The Avengers, Wharton (Candy Ride {Arg}–Her Smile, by Include) earned 'TDN Rising Star'-dom all the same Friday as he left a highly regarded second timer in his wake at Santa Anita.

Fri, 12/31/2021

Value Sires for '22, Part VII: Through the Crossroads


Bronze: UNION RAGS (Dixie Union–Tempo, by Gone West)

$30,000 Lane's End


Thu, 12/30/2021

Value Sires, Part VI: Earning their Stripes


Silver: TONALIST (Tapit–Settling Mist, by Pleasant Colony)

$10,000 Lane's End


Wed, 12/22/2021

Value Sires, Part V: First Sophomores in 2022


Silver: UNIFIED (Candy Ride {Arg}–Union City by Dixie Union), $10,000, Lane's End

The other steps on the podium go to a couple that could heat up a slightly tepid commercial reception for their yearlings, now that they are beginning to offer a more meaningful gauge of their ability to recycle their excellence. Unified, in contrast, has achieved an absolutely unmissable momentum at auction.

Wed, 12/15/2021

Value Sires, Part IV: First Juveniles in '22


Gold: ACCELERATE (Lookin At Lucky–Issues by Awesome Again)

$15,000 Lane's End

Mon, 12/13/2021

Value Sires, Part II: First Foals in '22


Silver: HONOR A. P. (Honor Code–Hollywood Story, by Wild Rush)

$15,000 Lane's End


Still fantastic value, still a whole lot of racehorse for this money. And I cling stubbornly to the belief that he was as talented as any of his generation, beating the Horse of the Year on merit the only time they met properly toe-to-toe (undercooked for their first encounter; undone by a shocking trip in their third).

Mon, 12/06/2021

'Meaux' Brilliance at Del Mar


Twenty-four hours after producing Say the Word (More Than Ready) from last to scoop the GII Hollywood Turf Cup, jockey Kent Desormeaux rode a perfect race from the front to upset Saturday's GI Hollywood Derby with the appropriately named Beyond Brilliant (Twirling Candy) for Lee Searing's C R K Stable and trainer John Shirreffs. Midwest shipper Santin (Distorted Humor) was given a peach of a ride from the 14 hole by Umberto Rispoli and was getting to the winner late, while Cathkin Peak (Ire) (Alhebayeb {Ire}) checked in third.

Mon, 11/29/2021

Lexitonian to Stand at Lane's End


Grade I winner Lexitonian (Speightstown–Riviera Romper, by Tapit) will stand the 2022 breeding season at Lane's Farm and will command a fee of $10,000.

Winner of the GIII Chick Lang S. as a sophomore in 2019 and beaten a nose I the 2020 GI Bing Crosby S., the Calumet Farm homebred defeated the likes of next-out GII Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix S. winner Special Reserve (Midshipman) and 2020 champion sprinter Whitmore (Pleasantly Perfect) in the prestigious GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. at Saratoga this July.

Sat, 11/13/2021

Can't Catch Corniche in the Juvenile


Following the unfortunate vet scratch of speedy morning-line favorite and 'TDN Rising Star' Jack Christopher (Munnings), unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' Corniche (Quality Road) had things his own way on the front end and ran to the money as the 7-5 favorite for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert in Friday's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar.

Sat, 11/06/2021