Sunday Insights: Ellis Park Maidens Highlight Sunday Card

5th-ELP, $70K, Msw, 2yo, 6f, 2:45 p.m. Shadwell's MUAZARAH (Into Mischief) leads a battle of the homebreds in Sunday's fifth race at Ellis Park. The Todd Pletcher trainee is out of a half-sister to the dam of a pair of prolific European runners in MG1SW Baaeed (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}), who debuted at Shadwell Stud this season, and MG1SW Hukum (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}). Just to his outside, Unreasonable (Honor Code), racing in the Calumet Farm colors, is out of a half to both GISW Geri (Theatrical {Ire})...

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Modern Games Returns To Keeneland In Friday's Maker's Mark

Last year's Eclipse champion turf male returns to the place of his Breeders' Cup glory Friday with an expected start in the GI Maker's Mark Mile S. Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), trained by Charlie Appleby, makes his 4-year-old debut since taking the GI FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland last November. Off the board in only two of his 13 prior starts, the chestnut just missed in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. at Ascot leading into the Breeders' Cup, took the GI Woodbine Mile by 5 1/4 lengths...

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Baaeed, Minzaal Continue Reporting In-Foal Mares

Shadwell and Derrinstown Stud report that both Baaeed (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), the highest-rated turf racehorse in the world for a decade, and Minzaal (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), the highest-rated sprinter in Europe in 2022, have over 30 mares scanning in-foal as the stallions commence covering their first books. Baaeed's in-foal mares include G1 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares S. winner Eshaada (GB) (Muhaarar {GB}); Seeking Solace (GB) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}), dam of 2019 champion 3-year-old sprinter in Europe and joint champion 3-year-old colt in England & Ireland...

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Moyglare Matings Include Baaeed Debut for Search For A Song

Following news that last season's Irish 1000 Guineas winner Homeless Songs (Ire) is working up to an early seasonal debut, her owner-breeder Moyglare Stud has released the farm's mating plans for 2023, with her dam Joailliere (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) set for a return visit to Frankel (GB), the sire of her illustrious daughter. The 10-year-mare, herself a listed winner, produced a filly foal from the first crop of St Mark's Basilica (Fr) on Feb. 17. She is not the only one of the Moyglare matriarchs to be heading to Juddmonte's...

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Value Sires Part V: Everything to Prove

For this final part of the series, we are looking at stallions who have retired to stud since 2021 and will thus have either first foals or yearlings at the sales this year or are about to cover their first book of mares. There is plenty to digest from three years' intake and of course prices can often drop after a stallion's first year at stud, so there could be some value to be found for breeders willing to roll the dice on a stallion about to embark on his...

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'It's a Privilege to Have a Horse Like Baaeed'

Speaking in the TDN's Conversations series last month, Shadwell's racing manager Angus Gold reiterated the fortuitous appearance of Baaeed (GB) on the global stage so soon after the sad death of his breeder Sheikh Hamdam Al Maktoum. "I don't think it could be overstated how important Baaeed coming along, and the timing of it, was," Gold told Brian Sheerin. Baaeed's significance as a racehorse was exemplified by his recent ratification as the top-rated turf horse in the world in 2022, his mark of 135 making him the clear leader among...

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Angus Gold: 'You Could Never Underestimate The Significance Of Baaeed'

In this week's Starfield Stud-sponsored Q&A, Brian Sheerin speaks to the long-standing Shadwell racing manager Angus Gold, who explains why Baaeed (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), recently crowned the highest-rated turf horse in the world, came along at a hugely important time for the operation and much more.   Brian Sheerin: To what degree do you think Baaeed (GB) helped to secure the future of Shadwell given he reached his pomp during a difficult time for the operation? Angus Gold: I don't think it could be overstated how important Baaeed...

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Baaeed Crowned World's Top-Rated Turf Horse For 2022

Flightline (Tapit) has been rated as Frankel's equal in the 2022 Longines World's Best Racehorse rankings on Tuesday with the GI Breeders' Cup Classic winner handed 140, while the brilliant Baaeed (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) ended the year as the world's top-rated turf horse and the second-highest-rated horse in the world after achieving a mark of 135. Baaeed, who lost his unbeaten record on his final start in the G1 Champion S. at Ascot, secured his rating of 135 when beating Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) in the G1...

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Flightline Matches Frankel–Official!

LONDON, UK--It was perhaps not as apt a setting for a coronation as its sumptuous Palladian aspect suggests, bearing in mind that it was on a scaffold outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall that the first King Charles was executed in 1649. But the accession of a third version will instead leave all contention to those historians of the Turf who must determine where the most regal American Thoroughbred of recent times may stand in the pantheon of the modern breed. Flightline (Tapit) is about to start his second career...

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Top 10 Videos of 2022

It was a banner year for TDNtv with over 11.3 million views of our TDN videos and advertisers' commercials. That number exploded from just 4.1 million views last year. Our videos brought in audiences from all the major horse racing countries, with the U.S. leading the way with 618,461 unique viewers this year, but people tuned in from every corner of the globe (shout out to our 24 viewers in Iceland!). While Kentucky accounted for the most total views by a state this year, New York led the way with...

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Baaeed and Alpinista Vie for Cartier HOTY Honours

Kirsten Rausing's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Alpinista (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and Shadwell's outstanding colt Baaeed (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) head the nominations for the 32nd Cartier Racing Awards, which will be held at London's Dorchester Hotel on Wednesday, November 9. Both trained in Newmarket throughout their careers, Alpinista and Baaeed have won 11 Group 1 races between them. They are joined on the short list for Cartier Horse of the Year by John Fairley's treble Group 1-winning sprinter Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) and Moyglare...

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Baaeed Welcomed To Shadwell's Nunnery Stud

Baaeed (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) has officially joined Nunnery Stud from trainer William Haggas and is now the headline act for Shadwell's 2023 stallion roster. Shadwell's European bloodstock manager Stephen Collins and racing manager Angus Gold were at Haggas's Sommerville Lodge to watch Baaeed's groom Ricky Hall lead the superstar colt onto the horsebox where stallion manager Mark Dean was waiting to oversee the 30-minute journey to Nunnery Stud.  Baaeed's jockey Jim Crowley, along with Richard Hills and Michael Hills, were also in attendance as those closest to Baaeed...

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