Today’s Edition

‘Brut’ Adds Sparkle to London Sale

In no time at all, the Goffs London Sale has come to seem something of an institution. The auction, staged for only the fifth time on Monday, has quickly found a niche in terms of both business and pleasure. In the former regard, as many as 22 of the 30 lots on offer hold entries at Royal Ascot this week; in social terms, meanwhile, the grounds of Kensington Palace provide an apt milieu for members of the international bloodstock community to convene on the eve of the most cosmopolitan meeting...

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Boyd Browning on the Summer Yearling Sales and the Freshman Sire Class of ’18

   Editor's note: On July 10, the Fasig-Tipton July Sale of Selected Yearlings kicks off this year's yearling marketplace in Lexington. There is cause for enthusiasm about this year's first-crop sire ranks; the 2017 first-crop weanling sires are led by no other than American Pharoah, who looks to keep the current Triple Crown buzz going through the summer. (TDN Sales Statistics.) He is joined in the top 10 by a trio from Lane's End Farm (Honor Code, Liam's Map and Tonalist) and others spread over Kentucky, from WinStar to Hill...

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Siyouni’s Laurens Wins the Fight In Epic Diane

There are horses that are just solid group 1 material through and through and John Dance's Laurens (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) proved the epitome of that yet again on Sunday when producing her usual level best to garner glory in an epic renewal of Chantilly's G1 Prix de Diane Longines. Always prominent under P J McDonald, the 15-2 shot took up the baton two furlongs from home and those "come and get me" tactics which had served her so well in her previous top-flight wins in the G1 Fillies Mile and...

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Justify Parades Beneath Twin Spires

The careers of Triple Crown winners American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and Justify (Scat Daddy) will be inexorably linked due to their proximity in history and their shared trainer. Likewise, the celebrations for each respective horse at Churchill Downs following their Classic sweeps reflected the public personas each have established. American Pharoah's celebration was a release, allowing fans who had waited nearly four decades to heap praise on a horse that soaked in every camera lense pointed his way. Justify's parade on Saturday evening was, like the horse, more reserved...

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Pavel Lights the Lamp in the Stephen Foster

'TDN Rising Star' Pavel (Creative Cause) had given the impression that he had Grade I-caliber talent last fall, and while he'd been off the board in five tough spots since a third-place run in October's GI Jockey Club Gold Cup, he finally ascended to the highest level Saturday night in Churchill's GI Stephen Foster H. The prestigious event was a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the GI Breeders' Cup Classic. Off at 6-1 from the widest slot as money poured in on last-out GII Alysheba S. romper Backyard Heaven...

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O’Donoghue Rises To New Challenge

It was only when he removed himself from the comfort zone that Colm O'Donoghue could discover quite how comfortably he operated in the sport's most challenging crucibles. He had been at Ballydoyle for two decades, literally since the day he left school. And if Europe's premier stable is scarcely lacking in intensity, the fact was that O'Donoghue--though amply qualified, in the view of many--was never going to experience either the benefits or burdens that go with appointment as its number one jockey. That had become still more obvious as a...

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OBS June Sale Concludes

OCALA, Fl - The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age, the final auction of the juvenile sales season, concluded its three-day run Friday with a colt by Scat Daddy (hip 742) attracting the day's top price of $360,000. Another son of the late Coolmore stallion, sire of Triple Crown winner Justify, brought the sale's highest price of $650,000 when he sold during Wednesday's first session of the auction. Through three sessions, OBS sold 520 horses for $17,125,500. The average was $32,934...

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Golden Gate Update: TOC Conducts Meeting Friday

The latest salvo in a rapidly escalating simulcasting dispute in Northern California has been fired by the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC), which hosted a meeting of owners at Golden Gate Fields Friday morning to advocate an approach of business as usual for the rest of the year. This would mean the track stays open for training this summer and that it runs its originally scheduled race dates between Aug. 22 through Oct. 2, but that all necessary parties work together to restructure the Northern California Off-Track Wagering Inc. (NOTWINC)...

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Zoustar To Shuttle To Tweenhills

Zoustar (Aus) (Northern Meteor {Aus}-Zouzou {Aus}, by Redoute's Choice {Aus}) will shuttle to Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire for the 2019 breeding season. The speedy Zoustar, winner of the G1 Coolmore Stud S. and G1 Golden Rose S. in 2013 and Australia's champion 3-year-old, currently heads that country's first-season sires table by earnings, his tally of over A$3-million almost double that of closest pursuer Spirit of Boom (Aus). His progeny are headed by the Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner and G1 Golden Slipper-placed Sunlight (Aus), the G2 Sires' Produce S. winner...

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Taking Stock: The Uniqueness of Fipke

Niki McCardell was tense as Justify (Scat Daddy) rolled into the Belmont stretch, and with each stride the big chestnut took to secure his place in history, McCardell's pent-up excitement became noticeably palpable. She started clenching her fists and raising her arms at the sixteenth pole and finally emptied her emotional tank when the colt hit the wire. Shortly afterward, I heard McCardell almost sheepishly tell her companion Chuck Fipke that witnessing Justify's GI Belmont S. was as exciting--if not more--as seeing Fipke's homebred Bee Jersey (Jersey Town)'s win the...

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