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Fasig-Tipton October Opens Monday

LEXINGTON, KY - The Fasig-Tipton October Fall Yearlings Sale will attempt to build on its record-setting 2017 renewal when it opens for a four-day run at the company's Newtown Paddocks Monday in Lexington. A total of 1,464 yearlings have been catalogued for the auction, with bidding scheduled to begin daily at 10 a.m. through Thursday. A broad cross-section of shoppers were out at the sales barn on a chilly, but sun-dappled day in Lexington Sunday. "We've had good steady traffic here at the barns the last two days," said Gainesway's...

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Poseidon’s Warrior Relocates to Darby Dan

Grade I winner Poseidon's Warrior (Speightstown), sire of GISW Firenze Fire, will relocate from Pleasant Acres Farm in Ocala, Florida to join the stallion roster at John Phillips's Darby Dan Farm in 2019, it was announced Sunday. The stallion will be offered as part of Darby Dan's "Share the Upside" program and will stand for a fee of $6,500 in 2019. "There's a lot to like about Poseidon's Warrior, and we are excited to add him to our roster," said Ryan Norton, stallion director at Darby Dan Farm. "He has...

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Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Catholic Boy, Brown Brigade, Baffert Duo Work

Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables's Catholic Boy (More Than Ready) worked five furlongs in 1:02.60 Sunday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for a start in the GI Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 3. "I thought everything went really well," said trainer Jonathan Thomas. "He broke off kindly from the pony. He started the work slowly but really picked it up from there. It was more of an endurance-building work this morning. He ran two tough races over the summer, so we didn't really need...

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Trainer, Horsemen’s Advocate Violette Passes Away at 65

Rick Violette Jr., who achieved success on the racetrack as a trainer and off the track as a tireless and influential advocate for horsemen and backstretch workers, died Sunday after a lengthy illness. He was 65 and passed away at his home in Delray, Florida. To racing fans, Violette was known as a steady and long-time presence among the New York training colony. He began training in 1977 in his native New England. In 1983, he opened his own stable in New York and would go on to train major...

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Retirement Possible For Rhododendron

Aidan O'Brien issued a clean bill of health for all his Champions Day runners from Ascot on Saturday while also hinting that retirement could be on the cards for this year's G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge S. winner Rhododendron (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). The triple Group 1 winner who is out of a Classic winner in Halfway To Heaven (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) finished fifth behind Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}) in the G1 QIPCO Champion S. Suggesting she may have run her last race her trainer said on Sunday, "Rhododendron might be left...

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Castellano Steals the Show on Empire Showcase Day

Belmont hosted an 11-race all New York-bred card Saturday with eight stakes races worth a total of $1.75 million. While the Empire-breds certainly put on a show, it was Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano who stole the spotlight, winning three races and scoring his 5,000th win in the process aboard Runaway Lute (Midnight Lute) in the Hudson H. He also piloted Mohawk S. victor Offering Plan (Spring at Last) and Ticonderoga S. heroine Fifty Five (Get Stormy). "I'm thankful to all the owners and trainers who have helped me...

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First Dude Filly Finishes Fast in Raven Run

Shamrock Rose pulled off the upset in the GII Lexus Raven Run S., scoring her first graded victory in Keeneland's Saturday feature. Breaking sharply from post 12, the 18-1 shot raced two-wide in mid-pack as Blamed blazed through opening splits of :22.27 and :44.83. Ranging up four wide turning for home, the $120,000 OBSAPR buy looked Blamed in the eye in mid-stretch for just a moment before confidently striding clear to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Blamed held second over a gutsy Take Charge Paula, who made an astounding late...

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GISW Sharp Azteca to Stand at Three Chimneys

GI Cigar Mile victor Sharp Azteca (Freud--So Sharp, by Saint Liam) will take up stud duty at Three Chimneys Farm for a 2019 fee of $10,000 LFSN. The 5-year-old's retirement was announced in September, concluding his career with a record of 17-8-5-1 and earnings of $2,406,740. "Sharp Azteca was brilliantly fast, and when you watch his races, you will see speed, toughness and tenacity, all three of which are elements we like in a stallion prospect," said Three Chimneys Chairman Goncalo Torrealba. "We believe that Sharp Azteca can be another...

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Into Mischief Colt Airs at Parx to Become a ‘Rising Star’

Cash Is King LLC & LC Racing's Maximus Mischief (c, 2, Into Mischief--Reina Maria, by Songandaprayer) proved that his 8 3/4-length debut romp with an 82 Beyer Speed Figure Sept. 29 was no fluke, breezing home to remain perfect in two career appearances at Parx while becoming a no-brainer 'TDN Rising Star.' Favored at a nickel on the dollar in a scratched-down field of three, the bay raced a bit awkwardly through the opening couple of furlongs, his head cocked to the right, but fleet enough to establish an early...

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Curlin Filly Storms Clear at First Asking at Woodbine

3rd-Woodbine, C$72,280, Msw, 10-20, 2yo, f, 7fT, 1:23.04, fm. WESTERN CURL (f, 2, Curlin--Quinte West, by First Samurai), bet in half from a morning line of 4-1, took flight in the final eighth of a mile and pulled away to post an impressive debut victory. The January foal landed close to the front from gate four as longshot Tallulah Darling (Atreides) went winging on the front end. Claiming that rival at will approaching the ultimate furlong, the favorite lugged in towards the rail, but was full of run as she...

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