Today’s Edition

Breeders’ Cup Announces 2019-’21 Host Sites

Breeders' Cup announced Friday announced its host sites for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Breeders' Cup World Championships. Santa Anita Park kicks off the series in 2019, followed by Keeneland Race Course in 2020 and the 2021 host, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, rounds out the trio. Santa Anita, which has hosted the championships on nine occasions previously, most recently presented the series in 2016. The Arcadia, California oval is also the only track to have hosted the Breeders' Cup for three consecutive years (2012-2014). Keeneland and Del Mar held the event for...

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The Meteoric Rise of Into Mischief

Let's be honest about this. The giddy rise of Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday) didn't please absolutely everyone. For one thing, he became a poster boy for the kind of aggressive incentives that won Spendthrift many friends, among breeders, while ruffling feathers at other farms. To start with, moreover, those rivals didn't yet have his half-sister Beholder (Henny Hughes) to help explain how the daughter of a stallion who ended up in New Mexico could have produced such an undeniably potent son. But it now feels as though even the most...

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Hungerford The Focus Of Saturday Fayre

Newbury and Deauville offer the pick of the action on Saturday, with the former venue staging the seven-furlong G2 Ladyswood Stud Hungerford S. Carrying a three-pound penalty, the G3 Criterion S. and G2 Lennox S. winner Sir Dancealot (Ire) (Sir Prancealot {Ire}) looks a specialist at this trip and will take some stopping despite his extra burden, while last year's runner-up Librisa Breeze (GB) (Mount Nelson {GB}) is coming right having finished fourth in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville 13 days ago. Trainer Dean Ivory is hoping...

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Judges Out In Force In Deauville

DEAUVILLE, France—After torrential rain on Thursday evening, by Friday morning the sky had cleared to ensure that the international supporting cast which has descended on Deauville could complete final yearling inspections bathed in sunshine. The European yearling season is ushered in with Arqana'a August Sale, which starts its three-day run this evening with two select post-racing sessions through the weekend. In the last four years the sale has cleared close to, or in one case just above, €40 million in turnover for the cream of the French yearling crop plus...

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Brisset, Talk Veuve to Me Ready for Alabama

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - In addition to an intriguing name and an admirable racing resume, GI Alabama S. contender and 'TDN Rising Star' Talk Veuve to Me (Violence) has an elevated status in young trainer Rodolphe Brisset's barn. After an 11-year tour as an assistant and exercise rider for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, Brisset, 34, knows well how top-quality Thoroughbreds look, act and feel. While Quip (Distorted Humor) was Brisset's first stakes winner, taking the GII Landholm South Tampa Bay Derby March 10, and is his top earner in...

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TDN Q&A: Tom Ludt

Tom Ludt has done a lot in horse racing. He was the president of Vinery, the chairman of the Breeders' Cup and has worked for the Stronach Group. But never has he been involved with a project as ambitious as Phoenix Thoroughbreds, the brainchild of Amer Abdulaziz. Ludt was hired in December to head the U.S. operations for the trail-blazing stable that has emerged in less than two years as a major force on the global racing scene and is spending millions at the sales in order to achieve its...

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It’s Va Va Voom at V.2

As has become the norm, the three-day Arqana August Sale will be followed on Tuesday by the single-session V.2 Sale which was introduced in 2013 with the aim of offering a slightly different type of yearling to a largely domestic buying bench. Well, that was the intention, and it's safe to say that the sale has swiftly become a success, even if it hasn't quite stuck to its original raison d'etre. "The initial mission of the V.2 was to be a more affordable option in August, more for the French...

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High Hopes For Capucines Draft At Arqana

Haras des Capucines was founded in 1994 by Eric Puerari and Michel Zérolo. Based on 200 hectares near the village of Nonant-Le-Pin in the Orme region of Normandy, it has become established as a leading breeder and consignor in France and is regularly among the top three vendors at Arqana's August Yearling Sale. Around 60 mares are boarded at Haras des Capucines, including some owned by prominent international breeders such as Martin Schwartz, Peter Brant, and OTI Management. Puerari and Zérolo hold shares in around 25 of the mares on...

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Rood & Riddle Gives Oscar Performance Clean Bill of Health

After a battery of tests performed at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital found nothing wrong with Oscar Performance (Kitten's Joy)--who was pulled up in last Saturday's GI Arlington Million--the horse will soon resume training at Saratoga for trainer Brian Lynch. Owner John Amerman told the TDN Wednesday that his horse will definitely race again. With the latest news, what happened to Oscar Performance in the Million remains somewhat of a mystery. The 9-5 favorite was third early, but started to fade in the stretch and then was pulled up before...

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The Summer of the New York-Bred

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY--The day was May 3, 2003. The 129th Kentucky Derby was set to unfold under clear skies in front of a crowd of 148,530 at Churchill Downs, and a chestnut owned by a ragtag group of six high school friends was getting ready to make history. Yes, the game victory of Funny Cide (Distorted Humor) was a significant one because it struck a blow for geldings, the blue-collar variety of racehorse, among the parade of colts with stallion futures who had so dominated the Run for the Roses....

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