Today’s Edition

Bartons More Than Spectators at OBS

Longtime California owner Richard Barton, who consolidated his breeding operation at the former Magali Farms in Santa Ynez last summer, purchased over 30 mares at the 2015 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale with the intention of supporting his family's stallion Champ Pegasus. One of those mares was Diva's Tribute (Henny Hughes), who Barton purchased for $4,700. Then five, the unraced mare had a weanling filly by Jimmy Creed and she sold in foal to Strong Mandate. The filly went on to become graded stakes winner and multiple Grade I placed...

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Taking Stock: Justify, Magnum Moon, and Florida

Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April Sale of 2-Year-Olds begins next week and it's a reminder that the Florida Thoroughbred industry in Ocala--and greater Marion County in Central Florida--made its name in its early years, in the 1950s, as the place to buy early maturing stock. The unlimited supply of sunshine and limestone-rich soil helped produce tough horses. With 24-hour access to outdoors and no winters of note, Florida-breds started off with physiological advantages over their Northern counterparts. Florida-breds frequently outran their pedigrees because of the land and the weather, but...

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Charlton On A Quest To Find Next Star

It feels unnecessary for Roger Charlton to talk of building his profile. This, after all, is a man who won two Derbies in his first season some 28 years ago, and in the meantime has developed a reputation perhaps the equal of any other current British trainer in terms of pragmatism and maximising the potential of sprinters, stayers and anything in between. Yet racing is a numbers game and memories are short in this data-rich age. So Charlton, who jots down every winner in a small notebook on his desk...

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Scat Daddy Stars At Craven

NEWMARKET, UK--The sickle moon hanging over the Tattersalls complex last night provided an apt symbol of the market as the Craven Breeze Up Sale drew to a close. For while many consignors found themselves plunged in darkness, the fringe of the market was picked out in a golden glow—much of it reflecting the final rays cast by the late Scat Daddy. After providing the outstanding sale during Tuesday's opening session, his final crop again bestrode proceedings with the two highest prices on Wednesday. The common link, apart from the dimming...

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Kantharos Colt Swiftest at OBS Wednesday

A colt by Kantharos set the fastest quarter-mile time of the day, while four juveniles equaled the swiftest furlong time as the under-tack show of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds marched through its third of six sessions Wednesday in Central Florida. Hip 531, a son of Kantharos, earned Wednesday's quarter-mile bullet when covering the distance in :20 4/5. Consigned by de Meric Sales, the chestnut is out of the unraced Jungle Love (Friendly Lover), a half-sister to Grade I winner Set Play (Van Nistelrooy). De...

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TDN Q&A: Ogden Phipps II

You certainly know the given name Ogden and the surname Phipps, but you may not know much about this particular Odgen Phipps. Ogden Phipps II is the 40-year-old son of Odgen Mills (Dinny) Phipps, who passed away in April of 2016. This Phipps shares the same traits that made his father, grandfather and great grandmother such integral parts of the sport, a love of the game and a willingness to step up and lead. Phipps II recently accepted a position on the NYRA Board. Phipps was a recent guest on...

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Giant’s Causeway Passes Away

After Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat--Mariah's Storm, by Rahy) dropped the narrowest of decisions in the 2000 GI Breeders' Cup Classic, following one of the greatest stretch battles in the history of the event, jockey Mick Kinane told the Irish Times: "If his progeny inherit a fraction of his speed and courage, the sport will be spoilt for champions." That statement could not have been more prescient about "The Iron Horse," who died after a brief illness at his birthplace at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky, the night of April 16,...

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A Crowning Achievement for Ontario Horseman Lima

Sam Lima has been an ardent supporter of Canadian horse racing in a variety of capacities for more than 50 years and now he is being rewarded for it with a special Sovereign Award to be presented Thursday night in Toronto. The 88-year-old will stand alongside the best in Canadian horse racing in 2017 while being recognized for his ongoing contributions as a horseman and an advocate for backstretch workers. Lima will be only the 11th recipient of the special Sovereign Award and the first one in 11 years. Lima...

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Market Selective At Craven Opener

NEWMARKET, UK--It was another all-or-nothing session; and once again, in what is proving a sticky round of sales for the sector, there was plenty of nothing. But here was a colt who had it all—from the last crop of the great Scat Daddy, and prepared for the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up by the great Willie Browne. And nobody had a better idea of the stakes involved in his breeze on Monday than the man in the saddle, John Egan, who had imported Lot 71 in partnership with Robert Moss from...

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TDN Derby Top 20 for April 17

The prep season is over, but that doesn't mean the intrigue has ended as the racing world locks its focus on the main event, the May 5 GI Kentucky Derby. Please note that the rankings below are independent from the "Road to the Derby" points leaderboard that Churchill Downs will use to determine starting berths; that list can be accessed here. 1) MAGNUM MOON (c, Malibu Moon-Dazzling Song, by Unbridled's Song) 'TDN Rising Star' O-Robert E. & Lawana L. Low. B-Ramona S. Bass, LLC (KY). T-Todd Pletcher. Sales history: $380,000...

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