Sunday Insights: Tapit Filly Looks To Pen Strong Debut At Santa Anita

1st-SA, $54K, Msw, 3-5yo, f, 7f, 4:00 p.m. ET. JANE AUSTEN (Tapit) makes her first start for Muir Hut Stables and trainer Mark Glatt. A $750,000 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale, the gray is out of MGSP Shayjolie (Indian Charlie), who Speedway Stables acquired for $400,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale. The filly's SP second dam produced GI Woodward S. runner-up Mythical Power (Congaree). Making her debut for trainer Richard Mandella is Quick Brown Fox (Justify). The Spendthrift homebred's dam MGISW Bast (Uncle) went to the...

[ Read More ]
Saturday Insights: First Foal Out Of MGISW Bast Debuts At Santa Anita

4th-SA, $65K, MSW, 3yo, f, 6f, 5:32 p.m. QUICK BROWN FOX (Justify), the first foal out of MGISW Bast, debuts Saturday for owner/breeder Spendthrift Farm and trainer Richard Mandella. Spendthrift went to $4.2m, a top-four price, at FTKNOV in 2020 for the daughter of Uncle Mo who earned over $850,000 on the track for trainer Bob Baffert. Bast herself is out of $1.5m Eaton Bloodstock broodmare buy Laffina (Arch) and the family has plenty of graded-stakes caliber runners led by GISW and $1.2m FTKNOV broodmare Fault (Blame) and SW/MGSP South...

[ Read More ]
Uncle Mo's Royal Slipper Fits As A New 'TDN Rising Star' At Keeneland

No matter whether it is April or October, if it's Keeneland, then you know a Wesley Ward 2-year-old who sets sail for a maiden voyage has a chance to sparkle. Royal Slipper (Uncle Mo) certainly did that on opening day Friday afternoon when the juvenile filly won impressively as a newly-minted 'TDN Rising Star'. Breaking along the fence, Royal Slipper shot to the lead and quickly opened up a distinct advantage up the backstretch. As fellow firster Loveland (Munnings) gave chase into the far turn, the Ward trainee continued to...

[ Read More ]
Breeders' Cup Champion Tuesday to Visit Into Mischief

GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Tuesday (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) will be bred to perennial leading sire Into Mischief this year, Spendthrift Farm confirmed. Tuesday raced for her breeder Coolmore, in partnership with Swiss car manufacturer Georg Von Opel's Westerberg, and racked up a career line of 10-3-3-1, $1,828,827, which also included a victory in the G1 Cazoo Oaks (Epsom Oaks) and a second in the G1 Yorkshire Oaks. Tuesday is a daughter of English champion and MG1SW Lilly Langtry (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) and therefore a full...

[ Read More ]
Insights: Half to Bast Debuts at GP

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 6th-GP, $60K, Msw, 3yo/up, 6f, 2:56 p.m. ET Well-related UNEXPECTED (California Chrome) makes his debut here for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. and the Chu family's Baoma Corporation, which also campaigned his MGISW half-sister Bast (Uncle Mo). A $500,000 FTSAUG '18 yearling, Bast was a frequent visitor to California winner's, scoring victories in the GI Del Mar Debutante S., GI Chandelier S., GI Starlet S. and the GII Santa Ynez S. in her final career start. She was also a stubborn third in the GI Breeders'...

[ Read More ]
MGISW Bast Sells to Spendthrift for $4.2M

Three-time Grade I winner Bast (Uncle Mo--Laffina, by Arch) was a hot-ticket item on a superstar-laden Fasig-Tipton November 'Night of the Stars' Sunday. Selling in foal to Justify as hip 245 for consignor Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, the Bob Baffert pupil hammered for $4.2 million to Spendthrift Farm, who made their fourth seven-figure mare purchase of the night. Annexing a trio of top-level events in the Del Mar Debutante S., Chandelier S. and Starlet S. at two, Bast started her 3-year-old campaign with a score in the GII Santa...

[ Read More ]
Bast the Highest of Highs for Baoma Corp

   Only a few years after first becoming involved in Thoroughbred ownership, Susan and Charles Chu watched their first Grade I winner also become a Breeders' Cup Champion when 'TDN Rising Star' Drefong (Gio Ponti) crossed the wire first in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Sprint under their Baoma Corporation banner. While they'd had several graded stakes contenders come along prior to Drefong's campaign, after the millionaire took his third Grade I in the Forego S. for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert in 2017, Baoma Corporation went through a bit...

[ Read More ]
Multiple Grade I Winner Bast to Be Offered at Fasig-Tipton November

Three-time Grade I winner Bast (Uncle Mo), in foal to Triple Crown winner Justify (Scat Daddy), will be offered at this year's Fasig-Tipton November Sale through Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, who will consign the 3-year-old bay on behalf of owner Charles Chu's Baoma Corporation. The only three-time Grade I winning filly of her crop in the U.S., she is also the only Grade I-winning juvenile filly of that crop to add a graded stakes victory at three. Trained throughout her career by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, she established...

[ Read More ]
Chu Elected to Old Friends Board of Directors

Old Friends elected owner/breeder Susan Chu to its Board of Directors Mar. 9. Chu and her husband have campaigned the likes of champion Drefong (Gio Ponti) and MGISW Bast (Uncle Mo) under the Baoma Corp. banner. "I am honored to be able to participate in such a worthwhile organization," said Chu. "Old Friends contributes so much to the welfare of these incredible retired Thoroughbreds." Chu will join current Old Friends board members: President Michael Blowen, Vice President Bill Vandendool, Chairman Cynthia Grisolia, Secretary Barbara Fossum, Treasurer Mark Otto, and voting...

[ Read More ]
Bast Bred to Quality Road

Multiple Grade I winner Bast (Uncle Mo--Laffina, by Arch) has been bred to Quality Road, Susan and Charles Chu's Baoma Corporation announced Thursday. Susan Chu said it was still to be decided if the 3-year-old would be offered at public auction this fall or kept for the Baoma Corp.'s broodmare band. Bast won last year's GI Del Mar Debutante S., GI Chandelier S., and GI Starlet S. and was third in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. In her only sophomore start, Bast captured the Jan. 5 GII Santa Ynez...

[ Read More ]
Bast Retired

Three-time Grade I winner Bast (Uncle Mo--Laffina, by Arch) has been retired from racing after suffering a soft tissue injury, trainer Bob Baffert reported Thursday afternoon. "She wasn't off at all, but we noticed some slight filling in an ankle," Baffert said. "It's minor, but she'd need at least four months off and there is no guarantee how she'd come back. So we just decided to retire her. She'll go back to Kentucky to be bred." Owned by Susan and Charlie Chu's Baoma Corporation, Bast broke her maiden with an...

[ Read More ]
The Week in Review: Louisiana Mystery Horse Spices Up Derby Trail

There's never been a GI Kentucky Derby contender quite like No Parole (Violence), who stayed undefeated when winning Saturday's Premier Night Prince S. at Delta Downs. He may not be the best 3-year-old in the country, but he is certainly the most intriguing. How good is he? It's impossible to tell. His route to the Derby has included a maiden race, an allowance race and the Prince, all races against fellow Louisiana-breds. Normally, anyone winning those races wouldn't register on anyone's radar, but this horse is different. The 'TDN Rising...

[ Read More ]

Never miss another story from the TDN

Click Here to sign up for a free subscription.