Calumet Farm

Jack Sisterson Talks Vexatious, Returning Calumet to Glory On TDN Writers’ Room

Two years ago, when it was announced that legendary Calumet Farm was hiring Jack Sisterson as its primary trainer, there was skepticism. At just 33 years old, with only experience as an assistant to his name, it was fair to question whether or not Sisterson was prepared to carry the flag for such a powerful racing and breeding brand. Those questions have now been answered--resoundingly in the affirmative, as just a short while later, Sisterson has not only proved equal to the task, but appears on his way to the...

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Jack Sisterson on the TDN Writers’ Room

Trainer Jack Sisterson joins this week's TDN Writers' Room to discuss recent GI winner Vexatious and Sisterson's role in returning Calumet to glory.

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Giant’s Causeway’s Vexatious Gets Better of ‘Bisou’ in Personal Ensign

Champion Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) was bet like she could not lose Saturday's GI Personal Ensign S. at 1-5, but apparently no one told 9-1 shot Vexatious (Giant's Causeway). The Calumet runner refused to yield to the Eclipse winner in the final furlong of the Saratoga stretch to secure a spot in the starting gate for the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff. Stakes winner Motion Emotion (Take Charge Indy) went straight to the front with Vexatious stalking in a close-up second and Midnight Bisou just off of them in third through...

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Jungle Runner on Track for Belmont

Calumet Farm's homebred Jungle Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}) posted a half-mile breeze in :50.50 (12/15) over the Belmont training track Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's GI Belmont S. Winner of the Clever Trevor S. at Remington Park last November, the bay colt is coming off an eighth-place effort in the May 2 GI Arkanas Derby. "It was a nice easy half in :50 and change," said Toby Sheets, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen. "He galloped out in a minute. Not a big gallop out, but we're very happy with it....

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Kitten’s Joy’s Kameko The Guineas Victor

There was a real buzz surrounding Qatar Racing's Kameko (Kitten's Joy) as the delayed G1 QIPCO 2,000 Guineas approached and the G1 Futurity Trophy winner justified all the expectation as he swooped to conquer the Newmarket Classic on Saturday. Arriving at the forefront of his generation with an emphatic win in Doncaster's traditional juvenile feature which was re-arranged on Newcastle's Tapeta in November, the bay had earned rave reviews from Andrew Balding's Kingsclere base during this year's prolonged waiting period. In mid-division on the rail as the pace proved strong...

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Cairo Prince Colt Goes Two-for-Two at Gulfstream

8th-Gulfstream, $39,000, Alw (NW1$X)/Opt. Clm ($75,000), 5-16, 3yo, 1m, 1:36.57, ft. CASINO GRANDE (c, 3, Cairo Prince--Selective {GSP, $111,639}, by Tapit) took his record to two-for-two, winning a salty Gulfstream allowance. A front-running debut winner at Tampa Mar. 14, he fired a pair of bullet works at Payson leading up to this, including a five-furlong move in 1:02 3/5 (1/7) May 8. Dispatched at 5-1 here, the dark bay stalked the leaders from a two-wide third through a first half in :46.03. Sticking his nose in front on the backstretch...

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English Channel Colt ‘Storms’ to Debut Victory at Meydan

2nd-Meydan, AED165,000, Mdn., 1-18, NH & SH 3yo, 1600m, 1:39.09, ft. EMBLEM STORM (c, 3, English Channel--American Girl {Ire}, by High Chaparral {Ire}), one of five in the race for trainer Satish Seemar, made his racing debut a winning one, drawing off in late stretch for the victory at Meydan on Saturday. Racing a touch keenly in midpack once the gates flew, pilot Antonio Fresu steered his mount to the rail for the backstretch run. He dropped back through the pack on the turn, but, asked for his bid at...

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Ransom the Moon Sires First Foal

Multiple Grade I-winning sprinter Ransom the Moon (Malibu Moon) was represented by his first foal Monday evening. Out of Terri's Pass by War Pass, the filly was foaled at Shannondoe Farm in Ontario. Ransom the Moon rallied to win the GI Bing Crosby S. in 2017 and 2018. "This is a good filly. Very impressive with deep shoulder and big hip. Plenty of bone and leg under her. I'd say she looks like daddy. We are very pleased," said Arika Everatt-Meeuse of Shannondoe Farm. Ransom the Moon stands for $7,500...

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Calumet Farm Tops Breeders List in 2019

Calumet Farm has topped the individual breeders list in North America in 2019 with $12,545,854 in earnings, according to statistics released Wednesday by The Jockey Club Information Systems. Calumet Farm bred 410 starters with 332 wins, 310 seconds and 323 thirds out of 2,435 starts. Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey was second with earnings of $8,249,834 with 276 wins out of 1,779 starts. Calumet Farm also topped the breeders list that includes partners with $12,760,517 in earnings and 337 wins from 2,459 starts. WinStar Farm, LLC came in...

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Klaravich and Lawrence, Ortiz, Jr. and Brown Top Annual Standings

Seth Klarman's Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence finished the year as the leading owner by earnings, while jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. and trainer Chad Brown not only repeated as the top earners for jockeys and trainers, respectively, but each established single season earnings records, according to final statistics released Thursday by Equibase Company LLC. The GI Longines Breeders' Cup Turf winner Bricks and Mortar (Giant's Causeway) led all Thoroughbreds in North American earnings with $6,723,650. Owned, ridden and conditioned by the leading owner, jockey and trainer, Bricks and...

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