Colonel Liam

Ocala Stud's First-Year Stallions Have Mares Confirmed in Foal

Roadster (Quality Road--Ghost Dancing, by Silver Ghost),  Colonel Liam (Liam's Map--Amazement, by Bernardini), and Gretzky the Great (Nyquist--Pearl Turn, by Bernardini)--all first-year stallions at Ocala Stud--have had their first mares confirmed in foal, the farm announced Monday. Alotofappeal, a stakes-producing daughter of Trippi owned by Ocala Stud, has scanned in foal to 2019 GI Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster. Oakleaf Farm's Florida-bred Sainted Dancer, a seven-time winner by Saint Anddan, is confirmed in foal to Colonel Liam, a three-time Grade I winner and back-to-back winner of the GI Pegasus World...

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Ocala Stud Offers Intriguing New Trio to Florida Breeders

As three newcomers acclimate to their surroundings in the historic stallion barn at Ocala Stud while the latest crop of 2-year-olds steadily progresses at the adjacent training facility, it's a time of hope and anticipation at Ocala Stud. David O'Farrell is outspoken in his belief that their Grade I-winning trio of new stallions makes for a special group. Two-time GI Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational S. winner Colonel Liam (Liam's Map) recently joined the roster alongside newcomers Roadster (Quality Road), another eye-catching dappled gray who did his best work on...

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Brazilian-Bred Ivar Named Morning-Line Favorite For Pegasus Turf

With the recent retirement of two-time winner Colonel Liam (Liam's Map), MG1SW Ivar (Brz) (Agnes Gold {Jpn}) was named the narrow 5-2 morning-line favorite for the GI Pegasus World Cup Turf. A winner of three of 12 starts in the U.S.--topped by the 2020 GI Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland--he has run in the GI Breeders' Cup Mile each of the last three years, running third in 2021 and fourth in 2020 and 2022. "I think his [last] race was very good," said trainer Paulo Lobo. "He lost to a...

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Colonel Liam out of Pegasus Turf, Retires to Ocala Stud

Three-time Grade I stakes winner Colonel Liam (Liam's Map--Amazement, by Bernardini) will not return to defend his title in Gulfstream Park's GI Pegasus Turf Invitational, but has been retired to stand at Ocala Stud in Florida, according to Jacob West. His introductory fee will be $6,500. "Colonel Liam took our whole family on quite a ride over a four-year period," said owner Robert Low. "Ocala Stud has a proven track record of developing young stallions into some of the most formidable stallions in the business and we are excited to...

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Pletcher Confirms Colonel Liam For '23 Pegasus

Colonel Liam (Liam's Map) remains on course for a three-peat effort in the GI Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Jan. 28.  Now 6-years-old, Colonel Liam was among a dozen horses on the initial invite list to the Pegasus Turf, released Wednesday. "He seems like he's in good shape, so we're still planning on the Pegasus Turf assuming that he trains accordingly," Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher said. Pletcher also said the Pegasus World Cup is under consideration for Pioneer of Medina (Pioneerof the Nile). "I think it's on the...

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Pegasus Prep for Colonel Liam in Fort Lauderdale

Robert and Lawana Low's Colonel Liam (Liam's Map) will line up in Saturday's GII Fort Lauderdale S. at Gulfstream Park as the lone prep for his attempt at a third consecutive victory in the $1-million GI Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. The gray was last seen finishing ninth in the G1 Dubai Turf at Meydan Mar. 26. "Ideally, we wanted a little bit more time between races back to the Pegasus, but it is what it is," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He runs well off the layoff so, hopefully, he...

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Background Check: Diana

In this continuing series, we examine the past winners of significant filly/mare races by the lasting influence they've had on the breed. Up today is Saratoga's GI Diana S., contested at 1 1/8 miles on the lawn. These days, the Diana is restricted to fillies and mares ages four and up. That wasn't always the case, as a number of 3-year-old fillies have won in the past. That's not the only thing that's changed: the Diana is such a fixture on the grass that it may come as a surprise...

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Country Grammer, Life Is Good to WinStar for R&R

Following their performances in the GI Dubai World Cup, beaten favorite Life Is Good (Into Mischief) and race winner Country Grammer (Tonalist) are on their way to WinStar Farm for a freshening before they return to serious training. WinStar President and CEO Elliott Walden estimated that their stay at the farm will last from 30 to 45 days. WinStar is the co-owner of both horses. Colonel Liam (Liam's Map), who finished ninth in the GI Dubai Turf, is also being sent to WinStar. The heavy favorite in the wagering, Life...

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Pletcher Talks Life Is Good, Colonel Liam, Top 3YOs On Writers' Room

Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher joined the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland Tuesday fresh off of a pair of seven-figure wins at Gulfstream and amid one of the hottest streaks of his training life. Sitting down with Joe Bianca, Bill Finley and Jon Green as the Green Group Guest of the Week, Pletcher talked about Life Is Good's dazzling win in the GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational S. and what's next for the superstar son of Into Mischief, a planned Dubai trip for MGISW turfer Colonel Liam (Liam's...

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All Pletcher in Pegasus Turf as Colonel Liam Defends Title

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL--Heading into this year's GI Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational S., defending champ Colonel Liam (Liam's Map) was clearly the one to beat despite coming back off a 239-day layoff. The Robert and Lawana Low runner once again proved he was all class when coming from off the pace to best stablemate Never Surprised (Constitution) in Gulfstream's marquee test on the turf. While best known for his dirt runners, trainer Todd Pletcher once again showed he not only knows how to prepare top turf runners, but also underscored...

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'Colonel' Looks for Pegasus Turf Repeat

As is the case in the day's feature event on the main track, Gulfstream's GI Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational highlights a returning champion in the form of Robert and Lawana Low's Colonel Liam (Liam's Map). Following a neck win in the 2021 renewal of the nine-furlong test, the Todd Pletcher trainee added a win in the GII Muniz Memorial Classic at the Fair Grounds in March before finishing on even terms with Domestic Spending (GB) (Kingman {GB}) in the GI Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic at Churchill Downs in...

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Quality on TAP on Pegasus Day

One can always count on Todd Pletcher to make a show of force on the big days. This Saturday's Pegasus World Cup Invitational card is no different, with the Hall of Fame trainer offering strong representation in all three of Gulfstream's Pegasus events. "It's a really marquee day for the Championship Meet at Gulfstream," Pletcher said. "The Pegasus has attracted some of the best horses in training since it's been in existence. It's early enough in the season for horses that want to go to stud like Gun Runner did...

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