Today’s Edition

Lady Eli Officially Retired, To Visit War Front

After considering the possibility of racing their star mare this year, co-owners Jay Hanley and Sol Kumin, partners in the Sheep Pond Partners stable, have decided to retire Lady Eli (Divine Park--Sacre Coeur, by Saint Ballado). She will be bred to War Front and then sold at the 2018 Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale as part John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale consignment. Following a seventh-place finish in the GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Lady Eli was entered in the 2017 Keeneland sale, but had to be withdrawn when...

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An Enduring Dream For Cheveley Park Stud

Behind the heady commerce of the sales ring, which nowadays often threatens to take centre stage ahead of events on the racecourse, we are all involved in a sport fuelled by dreams. Whether it's a hobby breeder with one mare hoping to produce a winner anywhere, or Sheikh Mohammed with his ploy to promote his country through worldwide participation in his grand equine passion, we all have a dream. "We could see our dream," says Patricia Thompson in her personal message on the homepage of Cheveley Park Stud's website in...

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Mourinho Calls Shots in Smarty Jones Score

Mourinho, named a 'TDN Rising Star' after an impressive debut at Santa Anita, rebounded from a pair of short-priced defeats to take the Smarty Jones S. wire-to-wire at Oaklawn Park Monday, continuing an unprecedented run of success for Bob Baffert trained 3-year-olds at the Hot Springs oval. The bay, who sold for just $30,000 to William Danny Pate as a Keeneland September yearling, was bought by Phoenix Thoroughbred III for $625,000 at last year's OBS March sale after breezing a quarter-mile in :20 1/5. Scoring by 4 1/4 lengths in...

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Pedigree Insights: Instilled Regard

When a two-year-old son of Arch sold for $1,050,000 in Florida last March, the successful bidder, Lawrence Best of OXO Equine, commented that the youngster was "a very good-looking horse" and a hard, hard runner, while Mike Ryan, the underbidder, was sufficiently impressed to describe the colt as a "hell of a horse," before adding that "he makes the hair stand up on the back of your head." That's quite a compliment from a man of Ryan's vast experience and it is beginning to look as though his instincts were...

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Scat Daddy Well Represented In Ireland

Pilgrims doing the rounds of the extremely successful and popular Irish Stallion Trail will have seen some exciting new stallions as well as the established stars. Possibly the most familiar of the new recruits on view was the charismatic grey sprinter Caravaggio, a winner at Royal Ascot in each of the past two seasons. Possibly the least familiar was El Kabeir, a 6-year-old who had never left the United States prior to his recent arrival at Yeomanstown Stud and whose best win came in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club S....

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The Week in Review: Maker Magic on Display

Back in 2015 when Mike Maker claimed Shining Copper (Aragorn {Ire}) for $62,500 for Ken and Sarah Ramsey the expectations were modest. They wanted the horse not so much for where he finished but how he started. He was claimed to be a rabbit for the Ramseys' multiple Grade I winning ridgling Big Blue Kitten (Kitten's Joy). That Shining Copper has now developed into a graded stakes winner in his own right would be a surprise, if not for the incredible track record of his trainer. As grass racing has...

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Big Names in Town for Smarty Jones

Oaklawn Park's road to the GI Kentucky Derby begins in earnest Monday with the $150,000 Smarty Jones S. headlining the holiday card of racing. With the later Arkansas preps proving to be some of the most productive races in recent years, the Smarty Jones has attracted a number of highly regarded out-of-town shippers, headlined by Bob Baffert-trained 'TDN Rising Star' Mourinho (Super Saver) and Navistar (Union Rags), a recent maiden winner for Todd Pletcher. Phoenix Thoroughbred III's Mourinho, a $625,000 OBS March purchase, graduated at first asking at Santa Anita...

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Dean Ivory: a Study in Versatility

Radlett is generally associated with the leafy streets and luxury sports clubs befitting one of London's most exclusive commuter towns. This year, though, the Hertfordshire enclave could also boast a top-class racehorse as Librisa Breeze (GB) (Mount Nelson {GB}) prepares for the first of what could be many overseas assignments. The grey has already made his mark at the highest level, rectifying a string of what-ifs in the G1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint S., and is most likely to reappear in 2018 on Dubai World Cup night. Precise plans have...

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Arch Colt Much the ‘Best’ in Lecomte

California invader Instilled Regard (Arch) provided his owner, OXO Equine's Larry Best, with his first graded stakes win with a decisive victory over previously undefeated "TDN Rising Star" and 6-5 favorite Principe Guilherme (Tapit) in Saturday's GIII Lecomte S. at Fair Grounds. The winner earned 10 points towards a start in the GI Kentucky Derby. Sent off as the 2-1 second-choice, the $1.05 million OBS March purchase was aggressively ridden from the 10-hole by Javier Castellano to sit in a tracking third as regally-bred Believe in Royalty (Tapit--Believe You Can)...

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Firenze Fire Back to Winning Ways in the Jerome

Last term's GI Champagne S. upsetter Firenze Fire (Poseidon's Warrior) rebounded off a lackluster effort in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile last out Nov. 4 with a narrow victory in Aqueduct's Jerome S. Saturday. The Jerome was downgraded from a Grade III to a listed stakes for 2018, but still awards the winner 10 points towards a spot in the gate for the GI Kentucky Derby. Hammered down to 2-5 favoritism while cutting back to one-turn here, Firenze Fire was unhurried early, running two-wide at the back of the tightly...

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