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Sottsass Full-Brother, Arqana Topper Shin Emperor Unveiled at Tokyo

Shin Emperor (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), the full-brother to G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sottsass (Fr) and €2.1-million topper at the 2022 Arqana August Sale, will make his much-anticipated career debut in an 1800-metre newcomers' event Saturday afternoon at Tokyo Racecourse. Bred by Ecurie des Monceaux, the chestnut carries the colours of prominent and big-spending owner Susumu Fujita and is under the care of trainer Yoshito Yahagi. Takeshi Yokoyama will be in the saddle. An Apr. 30 foal, Shin Emperor is related to six winners from as many to...

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Friday's Observations: Craven Breeze Up Sensation Debuts at Nottingham

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Friday's Observations features Tattersalls Craven Breeze up co-topper Vandeek (Havana Grey). 14:15 Nottingham, Mdn, £6,850, 2yo, 6f 18yT VANDEEK (GB) (Havana Grey {GB}) emerges a touch later than would have been expected from a colt who at 625,000gns was the joint sale topper at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up....

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Spirit of St Louis Wins Easily On Debut At Aqueduct

3rd-Aqueduct, $70,000, (S), Msw, 2-17, 4yo/up, 1m, 1:39.47, sy, 8 1/2 lengths. SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS (g, 4, Medaglia d'Oro--Khancord Kid {GSW, $167,343}, by Lemon Drop Kid), picked up for $300,000 as a yearling at Keeneland September in 2020, took his time making the races but made his belated debut at 2-1 over a sloppy New York track Friday. Poised just off the lead after enduring contact at the break, the well-related gelding sat a wide trip, chasing three wide up the backstretch as Central Pride (Lord Nelson) paced the...

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Son of Madame Chiang Debuts in Storied Maiden

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Wednesday's Insights features a son of G1SW Madame Chiang (GB). 1.00 Nottingham, Mdn, £11,900, 2yo 8f 75yT GALILAEUS (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) is a son of the G1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares S. heroine Madame Chiang (GB) (Archipenko) who cost Jim and Fitri Hay a potentially bargain 200,000gns...

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Oct. 1 Insights: Half to Yaupon Debuts at the Big A

5th-BAQ, $95K, Msw, 2yo, 6 1/2f, 3:05 p.m. EDT Allen Stable's $575,000 KEESEP acquisition LIMITS OF POWER (Good Magic) makes his career bow in this spot for trainer Chug McGaughey. Out of GISP Modification (Vindication), the dark bay is a half-brother to Grade I-winning sprinter and new Spendthrift stallion Yaupon (Uncle Mo), as well as MGSP Sawyer's Hill (Spring At Last). He breezed a best-of-153 half-mile in :47 flat on the Belmont training track two works back Sept. 17. Chad Brown unveils another pricey graduate of that auction in $475,000...

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Summer Breezes: July 22, 2022

Some of the most highly anticipated races during the summer racing season are the 'baby' races during the boutique meetings at both Saratoga and Del Mar and even at Ellis Park, which attracts its fair share of high-priced offspring from a variety of top national outfits. Summer Breezes highlights debuting 2-year-olds at those meetings that have been sourced at the breeze-up sales earlier in the year, with links to their under-tack previews. Already this year at Saratoga, City Man (Mucho Macho Man), Mo Strike (Uncle Mo) and Empress Tigress (Classic...

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Observations: Arabian Queen's Brother Debuts at Newbury

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Tuesday's Insights features a full sibling to G1SW Arabian Queen (Ire). 1.35 Newbury, Mdn, £6,500, 2yo, 6 1/2fT STORMBUSTER (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) is a full-brother to the G1 Juddmonte International heroine Arabian Queen who debuts for the Andrew Balding stable. Jeff Smith's February-foaled homebred, a son of the G2...

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1/2 to Cappella Sansevero Debuts at Windsor

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Monday's Observations features Madam Macho, a half-sister to Group 3 winner Cappella Sansevero (GB) (Showcasing {GB}). 5.40 Windsor, Novice, £13,500, 2yo, f, 5f 21yT MADAM MACHO (GB) (Camacho {GB}) debuts for Chasemore Farm and Charlie and Mark Johnston and is a half-sister to the G3 Round Tower S.-winning sire...

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Observations: Son of Pleascach Debuts at Kempton

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Saturday's Insights features Thundersquall (GB), a son of G1SW Pleascach (Ire). 5.55 Kempton, Novice, £7,000, 3yo, 11f 219y (AWT) THUNDERSQUALL (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) is one of two Godolphin representatives from the Charlie Appleby stable to feature in this contest, with the son of the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas and...

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Pricey Violence Colt Wins Debut at Fair Grounds

9th-Fair Grounds, $58,000, Msw, 1-22, 3yo, 6f, 1:11.65, ft, 2 3/4 lengths. FEROCIOUSLY (c, 3, Violence--Brinkley {SP}, by City Zip), sent off the 5-2 choice while facing a pair of seven-figure purchases, settled in a close-up second behind 9-1 chance Vintage Vinyl (Maclean's Music), who led through :22.15. Meanwhile, $1.5-million Fasig-Tipton grad Vincoe (Quality Road), sent off at 7-2, tried to make a grab for the lead along the inside but had the door slammed in his face, and soon found himself in last, about six lengths off the front....

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Friday Insights: $1.25M Quality Road Unveiled at Santa Anita

2nd-SAX, $61K, Msw, 3yo, 7f, 4:31 p.m. Kaleem Shah's THALES (Quality Road) gets his start for Simon Callaghan Friday. The half to SW and MGISP Standard Deviation (Curlin), who sold for $240,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October sale, realized a $1.25 million final bid following a :20.3 quarter at the OBS Spring sale last season. The ridgling was the highest-priced colt and the second highest priced offspring by the Lane's End stallion last term. Pegram, Watson & Weitman's Essential Wager (Honor Code) also represents a sale's coup for his sire. One...

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Half to Tiggy Wiggy Set For Navan Debut

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Wednesday's Observations features a half-sister to Group 1 winner Tiggy Wiggy (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}). 15.30 Navan, Mdn, €12,000, 2yo, 8fT Masaaki Matsushima and Coolmore's NINJA (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is an unraced half-brother to G1 Cheveley Park S. heroine Tiggy Wiggy (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), herself the dam of G1 Futurity...

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