Today’s Edition

Zipessa Looks to Give Empyrean Stables a Heavenly Finish

It was the final day of the final major yearling sale of 2013, and Patrick Gallagher knew that time was running out. He had been to Fasig-Tipton July and Keeneland September looking for a moderately-priced racing prospect for his fledgling Empyrean Stables and came up empty both times. Fasig-Tipton's Fall Yearling Sale in October was his last chance to get that horse. "We didn't find anything that fit," Gallagher recalled. "Either the horse was too expensive or didn't vet or there was some other issue. I got to October and...

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Always Dreaming to Race in 2018

Always Dreaming (Bodemeister), winner of the 2017 GI Kentucky Derby, will return to training and be pointed for a 4-year-old campaign in 2018, it was announced Monday. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the colt was found to have severe stomach ulcers after finishing ninth in the GI Travers S. Aug. 26, but was recently cleared by veterinarians after treatment and a month of being turned out at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. "When Always Dreaming came to the farm, we had a complete physical conducted by Dr. [Larry] Bramlage and his...

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The Weekly Wrap

The wrap is back after a brief hiatus to make way for the major yearling sales at Goffs and Tattersalls. This week's round-up comes to you from Deauville as Arqana prepares to open its doors again for the four-day October Sale. With the yearling season gradually drawing to a close, thoughts are already turning to next season's matings and a number of stallion announcements have been made in the last week, particularly in France. One sad farewell will be to the redoubtable Sinndar (Ire), whose retirement was made official last...

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Week in Review: Barbaro’s Best Sibling Yet?

Ever since the tragic demise of the great Barbaro (Dynaformer) in 2006, his many, many fans have been hoping to see a second coming of the GI Kentucky Derby winner emerge from his bloodlines. That's a pretty tall order since horses like Barbaro come around only once in a great while, yet the Friends of Barbaro have every right to be disappointed. Barbaro's dam, La Ville Rouge, has been bred 12 times since she foaled Barbaro and has very little to show for it. Trying the formula that worked so...

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Bullards Alley Lights Up Tote in International

Bullards Alley (Flower Alley) exploded clear down the lane to pull a 42-1 shocker in the GI Pattison Canadian International S. at Woodbine Sunday. The dark bay gelding, making his first start in Grade I company, settled in fourth as Messi (Ger) (New Approach {Ire}) took the field through fractions of :26.58, :52.81 and 1:18.98 over the rain-softened course. Messi attempted to slip clear of the field entering the far turn, but Bullards Alley was making a bold three-wide move to take the lead into the homestretch and he burst...

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Blond Me Springs the Upset in the E.P. Taylor

Blond Me, already a two-time Group 2 winner, scored her first win at the highest level in Woodbine's GI E.P. Taylor S. Sunday. The 8-1 shot raced off the fence in second last as Rainha Da Bateria (Broken Vow) loped along through early fractions :26.72, :52.20 and 1:17.20. Splitting horses and swung out to the center of the track entering the lane, the chestnut picked up steam, sweeping past rivals and collaring new leader Kitten's Roar late for a half-length success. Winner of the G2 International Topkapi Trophy last term,...

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La Coronel Gets her Grade I in QEII

Trainer Mark Casse continued a red-hot run at Keeneland with Oxley colorbearers Saturday as John Oxley's La Coronel (Colonel John) went right to the lead and kept finding in the prestigious GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S. Casse had already saddled Debby Oxley's GI Darley Alcibiades S. heroine Heavenly Love (Malibu Moon) on opening day last week, and John's Flameaway (Scat Daddy) got his nose down in Sunday's rained-off GIII Dixiana Bourbon S. Given a 5-1 chance in a solid QE II renewal, La Coronel quickly seized the early...

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Ballydoyle Dominates The Dewhurst

Newmarket's faithful expected to be hailing another locally-trained champion in Expert Eye (GB) (Acclamation {GB}) in Saturday's G1 Darley Dewhurst S., but what could have been a victory lap for the Juddmonte homebred actually amounted to an exhibition of the remarkable as a rampant Ballydoyle stable filled the first four places with American-breds. Making all and completely domineering affairs to set a new track record and gain his fabled yard a 24th worldwide top-level success in 2017, U S Navy Flag (War Front) became the first since Diesis (GB) in...

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Weather to Play a Role in International

European raiders have annexed the last seven runnings of the GI Pattison Canadian International S., and to be sure, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Idaho (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and defending race champion Erupt (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) figure to dominate the markets for Canada's richest turf race. But with rain a near certainty Saturday night into and perhaps during the program Sunday, Mother Nature figures play some role in the outcome. Of the two heaviest hitters, Idaho, a full-brother to the globetrotting Highland Reel (Ire), has far better form over varying degrees of...

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‘Ledge’ Seeks Grade I Crown in Wide Open QE II

A quick glance at the morning line for Saturday's GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup is all you need to determine just how competitive the Keeneland feature is, but the depth of the race extends far beyond a surface level with a field of 11 of accomplished sophomore fillies vying for top level success. 'TDN Rising Star' Proctor's Ledge (Ghostzapper) brings a two-race win streak into her first tilt at the highest level, entering off scores in the July 21 GIII Lake George S. and Aug. 19 GII Lake Placid...

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