2-year-olds

Second Chances: Ambivalent

In this continuing series, TDN's Senior Editor Steve Sherack catches up with the connections of promising maidens to keep on your radar. After kicking off his career with a promising runner-up effort at Santa Anita last month, the highly regarded 2-year-old Ambivalent (Constitution) will look to go one better at the upcoming Del Mar meeting. "Being a son of Constitution, which is just a huge feather in your cap, he's a horse that we've been excited about from day one," two-time GI Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O'Neill said. Purchased for...

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OBS Under Tack Show Begins Sunday

The under tack show for the rescheduled OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training begins Sunday and runs through Saturday, June 6. Hip No.'s 1-176 plus supplements 1233-1244 will breeze on Sunday. Hip No.'s 177-352 and supplements 1245-1256 go to the track Monday; Hip No's 353-528 plus supplements 1257-1267 breeze Tuesday; Hip No's 529-704 and supplements 1268-1278 work Wednesday, Hip No.'s 705-880 plus supplements 1279-1289 breeze Thursday, Hip No's 881-1056 and supplements 1290-1300 work on Friday and Hip No's 1057-1231 plus supplements 1301-1315 will go to the track Saturday. Each...

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Kantharos 2-Year-Old Colt Sharp on Debut at Churchill Downs

1st-Churchill Downs, $75,449, Msw, 5-22, 2yo, 4 1/2f, :51.76, ft. COWAN (c, 2, Kantharos--Tempers Flair {SP}, by Smart Strike), a $185,000 KEESEP yearling buy, RNA'd for $385,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 at OBSMAR earlier this spring. The chestnut fired a four-furlong bullet in :46 2/5 (1/90) at Keeneland May 2 and wasn't much of a secret at 3-5 here. Drawn on the fence, Cowan was hustled to the front beneath Ricardo Santana, Jr., but was hounded to his outside by the slow-starting Sheriff Bianco (Speightster), who made a...

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Equine Sales Company Moves Consignor Select Sale to August

The Equine Sales Company has moved their 2020 Consignor Select Yearling Sale, which will include 2-year-olds in training, from Sept. 3 to Aug. 20. This decision was made after Fasig-Tipton moved their Selected Yearling Sale and New York-Bred Sale, typically held in Saratoga in August, back to September 9 and 10. The new deadline for entries is June 5.

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Colts by The Factor, Dialed In Fire first OBSMAR Bullets

A colt by The Factor (hip 129) and a son of Dialed In (hip 141) breezed the quickest eighth and quarter, respectively, during Thursday's first of three breeze shows for next Tuesday and Wednesday's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. Consigned by GOP Racing Stable Corp., hip 129 covered a furlong in :9 4/5 despite starting his breeze well out into the track and finishing it close to the fence. A $22,000 KEENOV weanling RNA and $17,000 OBSOCT yearling, the Maryland-bred is out of SW and GSP...

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Talking 2-Year-Old Sales With Mike Ryan

With the OBS March Sale slated to kick off the 2-year-old auction season Mar. 17 & 18, TDN's Senior Editor Steve Sherack caught up with prominent bloodstock agent Mike Ryan for a Q&A session. Structor (Palace Malice)--an $850,000 OBS March (:21 1/5) purchase by Ryan from the Pick View LLC, Agent II, consignment at this sale last year--capped a perfect three-for-three season for owners Jeff Drown and Don Rachel and trainer Chad Brown with a dramatic win in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita. Fellow OBS March...

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Keeneland and Churchill Downs to Ban Lasix in 2-Year-Old Races

Keeneland and Churchill Downs will ban the race-day use of Lasix in all 2-year-old races under the International Medication Protocol authority granted in 810 KAR 8:050 of the Kentucky Administrative Regulations beginning with Keeneland's 2020 Spring Meet and following at Churchill Downs Racetrack's 2020 Spring Meet, according to a joint press release Thursday. Kentucky's Thoroughbred race tracks supported sweeping medication reforms, including the Lasix ban, adopted by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) in late 2019. The tracks also jointly announced major changes in racing and training policies to strengthen...

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Osarus Breeze Up Catalogue Online

A total of 77 lots have been catalogued for the Osarus Breeze Up Sale at La Teste Racecourse. Held at 12:30p.m. on Apr. 9, the sale features 68 2-year-olds eligible for the French owners' premiums. Breezes will take place on Apr. 8 beginning at 2:30 p.m. local time and can be viewed live at www.france-sire.com, with individual breezes available afterward at www.osarus.com. Some lots of note include: Haras de Saint-Arnoult's colt (lot 17) by Wootton Bassett (GB) out of a half-sister to GSW Darbuzan (Fr) (Zamindar); a Galiway (GB) colt...

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Stallion Prospect Adds Spice to Goffs February

Tuesday sees Goffs kick off its 2020 sales year with the two-day February Sale consisting of yearlings, 2-year-olds, older horses, horses-in-training, breeding stock and even a stallion prospect in the 2017 G1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National S. winner Verbal Dexterity (Ire) (Vocalised). The 5-year-old will be offered late in the day on Wednesday through his owner/breeder/trainer Jim Bolger's Glebe House Stables as lot 545. This is the second year in a row the February Sale has been compressed into two days having been a three-day event in both 2017 and...

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OBS March Sale Catalog Now Online

The catalog for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2020 March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training is now available via the OBS website at www.obssales.com. A total of 681 juveniles have been cataloged for the two-day sale, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar. 17 and 18, with both sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Under Tack Show will span three days, beginning Thursday, Mar. 12 with Hips 1-227. Hips 228-454 will breeze Friday, Mar. 13 and Hips 455-681 will go Saturday, Mar. 14. All three sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m....

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Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton and OBS Announce Major Reforms to Medication and Riding Crop Policies for 2-Year-Old Sales

Officials from Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton Company Inc. and Ocala Breeders' Sales Company Inc. have jointly announced significant changes to policies regarding medication, including restriction of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and a ban on bronchodilators at all 2-year-old sales, and limited use of riding crops at under-tack shows. The revised Conditions of Sale for each sales company take effect March 2020. These proactive measures demonstrate continued uniformity among the United States' three largest Thoroughbred auction houses and are the latest round of leadership reforms undertaken in recent years, following action in...

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