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Brisk Trade Continues at OBS April

OCALA, Fla.--Activity remained brisk as the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds continued with a record-setting second session in Central Florida Wednesday. During the session, 180 juveniles grossed $18,932,500--a highwater mark for the April sale. The session average was $105,181, an increase of 24.5% from last year's second session, while the median rose 40% to $56,000. "I think it was an excellent session," OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski said at the close of business Wednesday. "It displayed a lot of depth from top to bottom. Eighteen...

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Congrats Half-Brother to Midnight Bisou Sharp in Keeneland Debut

3rd-KEE, $56,809, Msw, 4-25, 2yo, 4 1/2f, :51.91, my. STAGE LEFT (g, 2, Congrats--Diva Delite {GSW, $300,067}, by Repent), a $15,000 KEESEP yearling and a half-brother to leading GI Kentucky Oaks contender Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute), GISW, $450,000, continued the torrid run by trainer Wesley Ward in Keeneland's baby races with another runaway tally here. Quickly clear through an opening quarter in :22.56, Stage Left kicked for home in command, and despite remaining on his left lead in the stretch, splashed home an easy four-length winner. Dalliance (Dublin) filled the...

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Op/Ed: Aftercare Vital for Racing’s Future

For all the opinions, ideas, and strategies about promoting the future health of the Thoroughbred industry, I think every breeder and stallion owner can agree on one thing: Horses are our lifeblood. That might sound cliche, but it's the truth. Horses literally and figuratively are the vehicles for the racing and breeding industries. Their treatment is rightfully the focus of public perception and scrutiny, and, therefore, the sustainability of the Thoroughbred business depends on how we take care of our primary resource both during and after their careers. In recent...

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Powell Meshes Old and New in Hands-On Approach

When Leonard Powell was eight, he wasn't like the other kids. Football. Scuffles. Comics. Cops and robbers. All the usual mischiefs his snot-nosed peers were getting into were quietly shunned by the young Powell in favor of something altogether more...cultivated. "Me and my brother were pedigree buffs," explained the French-born trainer recently, the mid-morning sun beating through his Santa Anita office window. "During school at recess, at night, we would teach ourselves who was the great grandad of whatever horse won a couple of days ago. We could recite eight...

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Dansili’s Crossed Baton Prevails in Epsom’s Blue Riband Trial

   Crossed Baton debuted with a sixth, behind subsequent G2 Royal Lodge S. victor and G1 Racing Post Trophy runner-up Roaring Lion (Kitten's Joy), in an Aug. 18 one-mile novice event at Newmarket. He shed maiden status over the same trip at Sandown in his only other juvenile start Sept. 15 and lined up for this black-type bow coming off a snug defeat of the dual stakes-placed Tigre du Terre (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) in a 10-panel all-weather heat at Kempton last time Mar. 31. Sent to the fore after...

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Solid Opener to OBS April

OCALA, FL--The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds sale got off to a good start Tuesday in Central Florida with steady trade and an increase in average and median over last year's opening session. A total of 151 of the 210 juveniles offered sold for $15,083,000 compared to last term's opening session, when 185 of 222 youngsters to pass through the ring sold for a gross of $15,675,700. The average was up 17.8% from $84,734 to $99,887 and the median increased 14.6% from $48,000 to $55,000. "We...

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Stronach to Receive Dinny Phipps Award

Frank Stronach, the founder and honorary chairman of The Stronach Group and a leading Thoroughbred owner and breeder, will be presented with the Dinny Phipps Award at the Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration on Thursday, June 7, at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced Tuesday. Earle Mack, an active participant in Thoroughbred racing and breeding for more than five decades, created the award in 2017 to honor an individual or individuals who have demonstrated dedication to equine health. The Phipps family received the...

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Gronkowski Eyes Belmont Stakes

Gronkowski (Lonhro {Aus}), ruled out of consideration for the GI Kentucky Derby with a minor infection, will resume training next week in preparation for a tilt at the GI Belmont S., owner Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Ltd., announced Tuesday. He has won four straight races, including the 32red Burradon S. "Gronkowski the horse is recovering very well from a small infection, " said Tom Ludt, Vice President of equine operations for Phoenix Thoroughbreds. "He's extremely strong and we are excited about getting him to the U.S. to compete at the Belmont." The...

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Quality Road Filly Summons $800K at OBS April

Hip 95, a filly by red hot sire Quality Road, sparked a lively round of bidding at OBS April, selling for $800,000 to owner Frank Fletcher, who was seated alongside bloodstock agent Donato Lanni. Breezing in :22 flat for consignor Eddie Woods, the bay RNA'd for $190,000 at Keeneland September. Bred by John Gunther, Eurowest Bloodstock & Celebre Investments, Hip 95 is out of Betty Brite (Medaglia d'Oro). She hails from the family of Horse of the Year and top sire Tiznow and MGSW Betty's Bambino.

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AHC Study Shows Significant Growth In New York Racing Industry

The American Horse Council (AHC)'s Economic Impact Study published earlier this month found that New York State's equine industry has grown by $1.1 billion and added nearly 10,000 new jobs since the New York Horse Racing and Agriculture Industry Alliance conducted a parallel study in 2012, it was announced Tuesday. With over 154,000 horses stabled in New York--39,000 of which are Thoroughbreds--the state's equine industry is the second largest agribusiness in the state, generating $5.3 billion in economic impact, a 26% increase over the last five years and a 121%...

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