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Regally Bred Forge to Stand in Argentina

Forge (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}--Heat Haze {GB}, by Green Desert) was purchased by Heritage Stud and will stand the upcoming South American breeding season at Haras Carampangue in Argentina. Bred and campaigned by Juddmonte Farms, the son of MGISW Heat Haze (GB) (Green Desert) was a three-time winner. He was twice Group 3-placed in Europe for Sir Michael Stoute, and hit the board in four more graded events Stateside for trainer Bill Mott, including a close second to champion World Approval (Northern Afleet) in the 2018 GIII Tampa Bay S.; a...

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Arnold Named WinStar Rehab/Breaking Manager

Terry Arnold has been hired as WinStar Farm's Rehabilitation and Breaking Manager, the farm announced Monday. Arnold, a third-generation horseman with 35 years of farm management experience, has been responsible for breaking, training or rehabilitation of the likes of Graded winners Alphabet Soup, Yes It's True, Clear Mandate, Larrier, Tareef, Tricky Creek, Benny the Bull, West By West, and Annie Apple. Arnold studied agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky, and upon graduation served as farm manager at Payson Stud, followed by six years at Waggoner Farm helping that operation...

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Derby Museum Opens Annual Student Art Show

Hundreds of works by student artists went on display Monday for the Kentucky Derby Museum's 33rd annual Horsing Around with Art: A Student's view of the Sport of Kings competition, presented by WinStar Farm. The competition is open to 1st-12th graders from the Louisville, Kentucky area. A total of 223 pieces were submitted by 30 schools this year. "Every year we look forward to the unbelievable talent and creativity showcased by all the students who participate in Horsing Around with Art," Kentucky Derby Museum President Patrick Armstrong said. "It is...

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TDN Derby Top 12 for Jan. 22

There's a fair amount of parity within this week's edition of the Top 12. The dozen GI Kentucky Derby hopefuls are sired by 10 different stallions. Three of them are homebreds, and auction prices for the rest of the pack range from $32,000 up to $1.2 million. The horses ranked as Nos. 1-3 have held their positions all season long based on strong 2018 credentials, Nos. 4 and 5 delivered eye-opening performances in their first 2019 starts, and everybody else has flashed talent, but will need to do more to...

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The Week in Review: War of Will Shows War Front’s Versatility

When you go all the way to France to buy a 2-year-old who is by War Front out of a Sadler's Wells mare, you might have dreams of winning the GI Belmont Derby, the GI Secretariat S. or a Breeders' Cup race on the turf. But the GI Kentucky Derby? That didn't cross Mark Casse's mind when War of Will (War Front) showed up at his barn after being purchased by his brother Justin last year at the Arqana May 2-Year-Old Breeze Up Sale. Why would it? On behalf of...

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Tiznow Filly Backs Up Reputation to Become Latest Baffert Rising Star

Flor de La Mar, universally tipped leading up to her debut, proved worth the hype with an easy romp at Santa Anita to earn the 'TDN Rising Star' nod Sunday. Bought for $500,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling, the dark bay showed a typically sharp series of drills for trainer Bob Baffert, capped by a five-furlong spin in :59 1/5 (2/17) here Jan. 13. Off on top as the 1-5 chalk, she deferred to sit a close third past a :22.24 quarter and drew on even terms three deep passing...

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Under the Radar: Algorithms

Shawn Collins, Mare Solutions ALGORITHMS, Claiborne Farm, $5,000 As we know, the breeding component is essential to the overall investment of our clients, and I have found that booking mares early is the key in the competitive race to winning coveted breeding nominations. One sire I'm particularly high on this year is Algorithms. Few horses have the distinction of retiring both a graded stakes winner and undefeated. Added to that accolade is the fact he is by classic winner and emerging broodmare sire Bernardini. I remember watching Algorithms defeat champion...

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Wolfendale Turns Lifelong Passion into a Career

As a third-generation horse woman with a degree in broadcasting, the position of paddock analyst for the New York Racing Association was a perfect fit for Maggie Wolfendale. She started the job in 2010 and has since become the face of the New York racetracks, or at least their paddocks. "I grew up at the barn, barn 18 at Laurel Park [where her father Howard Wolfendale trained]," Wolfendale said on a blustery winter day at Aqueduct. "I had ponies and retired racehorses before really starting my life at the track....

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Roy H Romps in Return

Roy H (More Than Ready), a back-to-back winner of the GI Breeders' Cup Sprint and a heavy favorite to become the first horse to earn consecutive champion sprinter honors since Housebuster (1990-91) in Hallandale later next week, ran to his 1-5 odds to successfully defend his Palos Verdes title here. He sat a tracking third as they blazed the way through an opening quarter in :21.44. The 7-year-old set his sights on the leader as jockey Paco Lopez took a look in rearview mirror on the far turn, gained command...

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War Front Colt Runs to the Money in Lecomte

By War Front, out of a mare by Sadler's Wells and bred by the Niarchos Family's Flaxman Holdings Ltd., War of Will is--on paper, at a minimum--meant to be a turf horse. With turf Grade I/Group 1 winners such as Spinning World (Nureyev), Good Journey (Nureyev), Chimes of Freedom (Private Account) and Denon (Pleasant Colony) in his immediate family, who would really argue otherwise? Runner-up in the GI Summer S. and a competitive fifth in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, all as a maiden, the bay colt was switched...

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