Concrete Rose

Million-Dollar Matings

The fireworks at the annual Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton November sales are always a highlight of the year as seven-figure bids abound on some of racing's top broodmares and broodmare prospects. But after the dust settles, it can be years before words get out on the breeding careers of the sales' top offerings. We catch up with the connections of a few of these most recent million-dollar broodmares and learn of their mating plans for 2021 in our 'Million-Dollar Matings' series. [tdn_vimeo_embed title="Blue Prize at Taylor Made" admp4="https://player.vimeo.com/external/515489558.sd.mp4?s=c7e72749717e8d52cab5b5ce2ae192d51a7af636&profile_id=165" videomp4= "https://player.vimeo.com/external/522978900.sd.mp4?s=86df5ecc14e6d906dbebdf808f5c0ef9029e5cc0&profile_id=165" thumbnail=...

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First Mares Confirmed in Foal to Instagrand and Instilled Regard

Instagrand (Into Mischief) and Instilled Regard (Arch) have both had their first mares confirmed in foal. MGISW Cambier Parc (Medaglia d'Oro) scanned in foal to Instilled Regard, and Grade I winner Concrete Rose (Twirling Candy), confirmed in foal to Instagrand. Both stallions stand at Taylor Made.

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Keeneland November Sale Wraps Up

Despite the upheaval and chaos caused by COVID-19 this year, the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale proceeded during its usual spot on the calendar following the Breeders' Cup, which was held at the Lexington oval this year. Starting on Nov. 9, the auction concluded its 10-day run Wednesday with nine million-dollar mares, topped by Grade I winner Concrete Rose (Twirling Candy), who sold to Larry Best's OXO Equine for $1.95 million. "If I had a takeaway from this whole fall, it's a word we usually use this time of the...

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Serengeti Empress Retires to Taylor Made

Taylor Made Farm welcomed dual Grade I winner Serengeti Empress (Alternation) home to her birthplace on Monday afternoon. The 2019 Kentucky Oaks victress will be bred to red hot sire Into Mischief. Shipping in from the Tom Amoss barn at Churchill Downs, Serengeti Empress will become barnmates with several other high-profile maiden mares, including Larry Best's recent $1.95 million Keeneland November purchase Concrete Rose (Twirling Candy). "It's just special," said Frank Taylor, the Vice President of Boarding Operations for Taylor Made. "When you get these Grade I winners come to...

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Best Buys Top Two During KEENOV Book 1

by Brian DiDonato, Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis LEXINGTON, KY--OXO Equine's Larry Best took home the top two lots Monday during the lone Book 1 session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Early in the day he went to $1.9 million for Indian Miss (Indian Charlie) (hip 32), the dam of champion sprinter Mitole (Eskendereya) and last Friday's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow), in foal to Into Mischief and from the Hill 'n' Dale consignment; and towards the end of the session he paid $1.95...

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Best Goes To $1.95M for GISW Concrete Rose

Larry Best continued his spending spree during the early stages of breeding stock sales season, going to a session-leading $1.95 million to secure 2019 GI Belmont Oaks Invitational S. winner Concrete Rose (Twirling Candy) at Keeneland November Monday. The 4-year-old filly, a daughter of GI Humana Distaff S. runner-up Temple Street (Street Cry {Ire}), was consigned to the sale by Lane's End as agent for Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing as hip 216 and took Best's purchases Monday to four horses for gross receipts of $4.54 million. Best also signed...

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Grade I-Winning Millionaire Concrete Rose to be Offered at Keeneland November

Grade I winner and millionaire Concrete Rose (f, 4, Twirling Candy--Solerina, by Powerscourt {GB}) will be offered as a racing or broodmare prospect during the premier Book 1 of this year's Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, which begins Monday, Nov. 9, and follows the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland Nov. 6-7. Concrete Rose has won six of seven career starts and has bankrolled $1,218,650, led by wins in the 2019 GI Belmont Oaks Invitational S. and Saratoga Oaks Invitational S. She will be consigned by Lane's End, agent for...

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Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2YO Catalogue Online

A total of 550 juveniles have been catalogued for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, June 29 and 30, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds at Timonium. Both sessions will begin at 11 a.m. ET. The online catalogue may be viewed here. Print catalogues will be available beginning June 8. Under-tack shows will take place Wednesday through Friday, June 24-26 and will kick off at 8 a.m. ET. "Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training has produced more Grade I winners than any other U.S. 2-year-old sale in...

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In Their Footsteps: Bo Bromagen

Glenn "Bo" Bromagen might bear the same name as his dear old dad, but he's very much his own (horse)man. A bloodstock agent and racing manager for his family's Ashbrook Farm in Versailles, Ky., Bromagen came about working with horses in a unique way. The 36-year-old said, "Honestly, when I was growing up, my dad owned a few and it's more of kind of a spectator sport for me as a kid. We didn't have horses on the farm; we had cattle growing up." And by the time Bromagen graduated...

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Spa Notebook: Concrete Rose 'Probable' for Turf Tiara Finale

Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing's Concrete Rose (Twirling Candy) is 'probable' to proceed to the final leg of the inaugural Turf Tiara series, the $750,000 Jockey Club Oaks, to be contested over a mile and three-eighths at Belmont Park Sept. 7. Also victorious in the GI Belmont Oaks last month, the $61,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic juvenile acquisition remains under consideration for Keeneland's GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Oct. 12. "We'll probably run at Belmont," trainer Rusty Arnold told the NYRA notes team. "If she's good, she'll probably run [in the...

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Historic Aiken Training Center Battles to Restore Past Glory

For one weekend, it seemed like the good old days for the Aiken, South Carolina Training Center. In fewer than 24 hours, starting with the July 5 evening card at Prairie Meadows, horses that had trained at Aiken won the GIII Cornhusker H., the GI Belmont Oaks Invitational, the GI Belmont Derby Invitational and the GIII Kent S. For a training center whose horse population now peaks at about 110, it was a tremendous accomplishment. But such a run of success was not unusual. That is if you take a...

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