Champion Classic Empire Purchased By Korean Racing Authority

Champion 2-year-old male Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) was purchased by the Korea Racing Authority and arrived Dec. 18 to continue his stud career for the 2024 breeding season, as first reported by The Paulick Report and confirmed by Ashford Stud. The 9-year-old stood at the farm in Versailles, Kentucky, where he was shuttled to Chile on multiple occasions. As of 2023, his oldest foals are 4-year-olds, and his progeny have won 113 races with earnings of more than $13.5 million. Angel of Empire is his most successful offspring, who...

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Lookin At Lucky Won't Return to Kentucky for the 2024 Breeding Season

Long-time Ashford Stud sire Lookin At Lucky (Smart Strike--Private Feeling, by Belong to Me) will be staying in Chile at Haras Don Alberto for the next season and will not be available to cover mares in Kentucky in 2024, officials at Coolmore America confirmed Thursday. A champion at two and three, as well as winner of the GI Preakness S. and four other Grade I events, Lookin At Lucky's first foals were born in 2012. Among his 74 black-type winners and 49 graded winners worldwide are champion and GI Breeders'...

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Sky Racing World To Simulcast Racing From Hipodromo Chile

Hipodromo Chile has been added to Sky Racing World's content portfolio of International Racing it was announced Thursday. The live simulcast is to be distributed across North America commencing June 15 and is available to watch on the SRW website, major ADW platforms, and the SRW App. Racing typically takes place every Thursday and Saturday with the first post at approximately 12pm EST. David Haslett, CEO of Sky Racing World, stated: "We are proud to offer the simulcast of racing from Hipodromo Chile to North America and expand the audience...

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Taking Stock: Practical Joke Is Value

There's a lot that can be gleaned from the freshman sires and leading sires of 2-year-olds lists. Last year, Coolmore America's Practical Joke (Into Mischief) was second to Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}) on the freshman sire list by progeny earnings, $2,339,717 to $4,315,980. Those numbers were good enough to make Gun Runner the leading sire of 2-year-olds and Practical Joke third, with leading sire Into Mischief splitting the newcomers with $2,971,018. That Practical Joke tied Gun Runner by number of black-type winners with six, tops among all freshman sires,...

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Dance Brightly Dead in Chile

Dance Brightly (Mr. Prospector--Dance Smartly, by Danzig) died at the age of 27 in Chile, Turf Diario reported. The Sam-Son Farm homebred raced for trainer Mark Frostad and ran out a maiden special weight winner at Woodbine in October 1997. The Ontario-bred then ran second in the Listed Coronation Futurity later in his juvenile season, but was ultimately retired due to an injury suffered in a workout in 1998. A son of Canadian Horse of the Year and Canadian Triple Crown heroine Dance Smartly started his stud career at Hill...

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International Star to Stand in Chile

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus--Parlez, by French Deputy) has relocated to Haras Porta Pia stud in Chile for stallion duties, in a deal brokered by Sullivan Bloodstock of Chile and Jim Perry Bloodstock of Lexington. A winner six times in 19 career starts for earnings of $1,247,529, International Star carried the Ramsey silks to victory in all three of Fair Grounds's GI Kentucky Derby preps--the GI Louisiana Derby, GII Risen Star S. and GIII Lecomte S.--in 2015. He added another stakes win the following year and placed...

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Bricks and Mortar Meets Title-Defending Stablemate in Million

When stablemates Bricks and Mortar (Giant's Causeway) and Robert Bruce (Chi) (Fast Company {Ire}) first met in the June 8 GI Manhattan S. at Belmont, division-leading Bricks and Mortar got the jump while Robert Bruce was stuck in some midstretch traffic, and kicked away to a 1 1/2-length conquest. Saturday, the two will reconvene at Arlington Park for the 37th running of the GI Arlington Million, where Robert Bruce will be defending his title after taking home last year's Million trophy. Klaravich Stables and Bill Lawrence's Bricks and Mortar, four-for-four...

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