Letter to the Editor: Gary Falter, The Jockey Club

Ken Wilkins got it right: “The challenge is to identify and solve the real problem–we do not have enough people that want to own racehorses. More owners will create more demand for our breeding product, period. Conversely, less demand will exacerbate all our problems. It has already impacted us and we are experiencing a slow

The Nomination Struggle: Sean Tugel, WinStar Farm

Abel Tasman (Quality Road), Beholder (Henny Hughes), Stephanie’s Kitten (Kitten’s Joy), Plum Pretty (Medaglia d’Oro), Stellar Wind (Curlin) and Flower Alley (Distorted Humor). These names are recognizable champions, classic winners, and high-profile Grade I winners. Another common thread they all share is they were bred during their respective sires’ third season, on stud fees ranging

How ‘Dennis’ Jump Started Ballysax

Call it seizing the moment. Carl McEntee’s very first Saratoga consignment, just a couple of weeks after hanging out a shiny new Ballysax board at the July Sale in Lexington. A consignment, admittedly, comprising of a single Tiznow colt. “Obviously everyone wants to take a yearling to Saratoga,” McEntee says. “And it’s very simple to

Champion British Idiom, Finite Lead Kentucky Oaks Nominations

A total of 116 nominations, led by reigning champion 2-year-old filly British Idiom (Flashback), were received by the Churchill Downs racing office at the first entry stage for the $1.25-million GI Longines Kentucky Oaks, to be held Friday, May 1 beneath the Twin Spires. Campaigned in partnership by Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group, Madaket Stables

Benbatl Green-lighted for Saudi Cup

MG1SW Benbatl (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) has been given the green light to run in the inaugural $20-million Saudi Cup this weekend. Trainer Saeed bin Suroor let the Godolphin colourbearer take his chance on dirt for the first time at Meydan earlier this month, and his flag-bearer responded with a comfortable success in the G2 Al

20/20 Vision: Dermot Cantillon

In this TDN series we ask a group of experts for their predictions for the 2020 flat season in Europe. Today we hear from Dermot Cantillon. TDN: Who do you think will be the leading first-season sire this year? DC: This time last year there were some very positive comments coming from the breeze-up men

Soldier On Ballyhane Tour Of Duty

On a typically busy day last week at Ballyhane Stud, Joe Foley was asked by a visitor, “What do you actually do?” It’s a good question, and one which it would be hard for the master of Ballyhane to answer definitively. That’s not because he’s idle, but because there are few facets of Irish breeding

Multiple Champion Covfefe Retired

LNJ Foxwoods’s Covfefe (Into Mischief–Antics, by Unbridled), who last month was named champion 3-year-old filly and champion female sprinter at the Eclipse Awards, has been retired from racing and will be bred to boom sire Constitution for the upcoming breeding season. She will reside at Gainesway Farm. Bred in Kentucky by Alexander-Groves Thoroughbreds, Covfefe was

Renowned Racing Official Tommy Trotter Dies at 93

by Reg Lansberry Tommy Trotter, whose 56-year career encompassed decades as one of the sport’s most acclaimed racing secretaries, died Sunday in Aventura, FL, after a brief illness. In addition to his renown as a racing secretary, he was a widely respected handicapper who stamped the immortal careers of Kelso, Forego and other champions by

Double Trigger Dies at 29

Double Trigger (Ire) (Ela-Mana-Mou {Ire}), one of the most popular stayers of the modern era, died in retirement at Clarendon Farm on Sunday at the age of 29. During a long and illustrious racing career, Double Trigger won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 1995 but will perhaps be best remembered for his record-breaking

Santa Anita, TOC Announce Sunshine Bonus

The Sunshine Bonus, a program coordinated by Santa Anita and Thoroughbred Owners of California to attract out-of-state horses, will pay an additional 50% to the owners of horses who finish first through fifth, and have not raced in California during the previous 12 months. In addition to the 50% bonus, all eligible horses also will

Romans as Confident as Ever in Dennis’ Moment

It’s been nearly four months since Dennis’ Moment (Tiznow) was last seen finishing last in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the result of a bad stumble at the start. That’s not the way anyone wants to go into their 3-year-old season, but nothing that he has seen from Dennis’ Moment has lessened the enthusiasm trainer