City of Light

OBS 2023 Calendar Opens with Winter Mixed Sale

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company will open its 2023 schedule with the Winter Mixed Sale and Horses of Racing Age which begins its two-day run Tuesday morning in Central Florida. The auction begins at noon with a consignor preferred mixed session of 143 catalogued head, followed immediately by an offering of 148 horses of racing age. Wednesday's open mixed session, which also begins at noon, includes 253 catalogued offerings. "We are excited to be kicking off the year with a good sale," said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. "I...

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Connect's The Alys Look Steals Silverbulletday S. Win

After romping by seven lengths to break her maiden at third asking over this same track and distance Dec. 1, The Alys Look checked in second behind 'TDN Rising Star' Pretty Mischievous in the Untapable S. Dec. 26. Going for her third straight effort at a mile and 70 yards Saturday, the Brad Cox trainee hung a length back outside of pacesetter Hayunevano through fractions of :24.37 and :48.08. As that leader began to fade past the quarter pole, The Alys Look got the first jump to take command as...

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City of Light's Mimi Kakushi Too Strong in UAE 1000 Guineas

Having celebrated a maiden-breaking victory in the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial over seven furlongs Dec. 23, MIMI KAKUSHI (f, 3, City of Light--Rite Moment, by Vicar) ran out a convincing 4 1/2-length winner of Friday's $150,000 Listed UAE 1000 Guineas at Meydan. The bay, fourth in her first two trips to the races over sprint distances in November and early December, jumped well enough for Mickael Barzalona, but was beaten for speed by Awasef (Cairo Prince) to the outside and was ultimately eased back and into the two path to...

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Thursday Insights: Quartet Of Well-Related Fillies Tackle Tampa

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 9th-TAM, $27K, Msw, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 4:33 p.m. Facing a full field of 13 from the inside gate, JUST THE SKY (Justify), a homebred for Eurowest Bloodstock with her freshman sire's (by Scat Daddy) connections John Gunther also involved, stretches out over the grass for trainer Chad Brown. Out of a half-sister to MGSW & MGISP Honorable Duty (Distorted Humor), Just the Sky traces back to broodmare of the year Toussaud (El Gran Senor), herself the dam of MGISW & late sire Emire Maker...

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Quality Road Heads Lane's End 2023 Roster At $200,000

Quality Road will lead the pack at the Lane's End stallion barn for the 2023 breeding season, standing for $200,000. Up from $150,000 in 2022, the 16-year-old is responsible for 2022 GI New York S. winner Bleecker Street, GII Rebel S. runner-up Ethereal Road, GI American Pharoah S. runner-up National Treasure, as well as three new 'TDN Rising Stars.' In the sales ring, he had seven yearlings bring seven figures at the 2022 Keeneland September Sale, including the $2.5-million colt who topped the sale. At $75,000, the same fee he...

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Tapit Filly on Top as Vibrant Trade Continues at Fasig-Tipton October

LEXINGTON, KY - The Fasig-Tipton October Yearlings Sale, which produced a day of brisk trade during Monday's first session, saw activity tick up another notch during a vibrant day of trade Tuesday in Lexington. "The first horse through the ring this morning brought six figures and the last horse through the ring brought six figures," said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning. "There was brisk activity and great trade, literally from start to finish today. It was very similar to yesterday." Midway through the four-day auction, 524 yearlings have sold for $28,232,900....

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Taking Stock: Freshman Sires Are Flexing

This is somewhat of a watershed year for freshman sires, with six first-crop sires within the top 10 on the list of leading sires of 2-year-olds in North America through Monday. Spendthrift stalwart Into Mischief leads the group (as he has for five of the last seven years), but the same farm's freshman Bolt d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) is second, Hill 'n' Dale's Good Magic (Curlin) is third, Coolmore America's Justify (Scat Daddy) is fourth, Hill 'n' Dale's Army Mule (Friesan Fire) is fifth, Three Chimneys's Sharp Azteca (Freud) is seventh,...

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Friday Insights: $1.6M Quality Road Half To Midnight Bourbon And Girvin Debuts At Keeneland

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency  7th-KEE, $100K, Msw, 2yo, 6 1/2f, 4:12 p.m. Bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbreds and purchased for $1.6 million by Woodford Racing & West Point Thoroughbreds, WEYHILL ROAD (Quality Road) makes his debut Friday at Keeneland. Out of the Malibu Moon mare Catch the Moon, Weyhill Road is a half-brother to GSW & MGISP Midnight Bourbon (Tiznow), GISW and up-and-coming sire Girvin (Tale of Ekati), GSW Cocked and Loaded (Coloniall John), and GSW Pirate's Punch (Shanghai Bobby).Trained by Shug McGaughey, Weyhill Road enters off a four-furlong work...

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Good Magic Blazing the Trail

First things first, because this was not just a proxy war. Congratulations, then, to Blazing Sevens (Good Magic) for carving his name on the GI Champagne S. roll of honor, one of the most storied on the American Turf. John and Carla Capek of Rodeo Creek Racing have only owned racehorses for a couple of years, but here they are with the winner of a race once won in three consecutive runnings by Seattle Slew, Alydar and Spectacular Bid. They must be tremendously excited as Chad Brown prepares their colt...

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Friday Insights: Godolphin Unveils Uncle Mo Half To Matareya

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency               7th-CD, $120K, Msw, 2yo, f, 7f, 3:50 p.m. Debuting in the royal blue Friday, METHODOLOGY (Uncle Mo) is the third foal out of GSW Innovative Idea (Bernardini), making her a half-sister to GI Acorn S. winner Matareya (Pioneerof the Nile). Further back in her family is GISW & sire Sky Mesa (Pulpit) and MGISW & Darley stallion Maxfield (Street Sense). In training with Brad Cox, Methodology has made her two most recent works over the Churchill main track and...

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City of Light Represented by First Japanese Starter

In this continuing series, we take a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners entered for the upcoming weekend at the tracks on the Japan Racing Association circuit, with a focus on pedigree and/or performance in the sales ring. Here are the horses of interest for this three-day weekend running at Nakayama Racecourse: Saturday, September 17, 2022 4th-NKY, ¥13,400,000 ($94k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1800m EIGHT WAN (c, 2, City of Light--Banree, by Macho Uno) fetched a solid $150,000 as a short yearling at last year's Keeneland January Sale and improved over...

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Courtlandt Farm Goes to $1m for City of Light Colt

Don and Donna Adam's Courtlandt Farm went to an even $1 million to acquire a son of young sire City of Light (Hip 73) Monday. Bred by Betz/B&K Canetti/J. Betz/CoCo Equine/D.J. Stables, the bay is out of MSW Tea Time (Pulpit). He was consigned by Betz Thoroughbreds.

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