Fasig-Tipton November

Godolphin Into Mischief Homebred Rolls to Rising Star Honors

Sent off at odds of 2-1 despite a difficult draw in gate 12, Godolphin's Pretty Mischievous (f, 2, Into Mischief--Pretty City Dancer, by Tapit) did it toughest of all, but was there for Tyler Gaffalione when push came to shove and went on to prevail by 2 1/4 deceptively easy lengths to become the 33rd 'TDN Rising Star' for her boom sire. Away without incident from the wide outside, the homebred raced four wide in the breeze just off a trio of pacesetters up ahead of her. Cruising along in...

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Notable US-Sired Runners in Japan: May 22, 2022

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 Sunday running at Tokyo Racecourse, where the featured event is the second leg of the Japanese Filly Triple Crown, the G1 Yushun Himba over 2400 meters: Sunday, May 22, 2022 2nd-TOK, ¥9,900,000 ($77k), Maiden, 3yo, 1600m CHAMP DE MARS (JPN) (c, 3, Arrogate--Pressurizing,...

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American-Bred Mares Feature Prominently in Satsuki Sho

As has been well-documented, Japanese interests have--over the course of many years--accumulated some of the best bloodstock from all corners of the globe, and as evidenced in Riyadh and Dubai in the last couple of months, the Japanese are breeding horses that can compete anywhere at any level. Classics season in the island nation kicked off last weekend with the running of the G1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas), with the colts' equivalent--the G1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas)--set for this weekend at Nakayama Racecourse. The 3-year-old offspring of some...

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Danon Beluga Boards Classic Trail at Tokyo

Twelve months ago, Efforia (Jpn) (Epiphaneia {Jpn}) posted an authoritative success in the G3 Kyodo News Service Hai en route to a victory in the G1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) and ultimately Japanese Horse of the Year honours. While it remains to be seen whether Danox Inc.'s Danon Beluga (Jpn) (Heart's Cry {Jpn}) can ascend to similar heights, the bay colt stamped himself as one to watch with a 1 1/2-length defeat of narrowly favoured Geoglyph (Jpn) (Drefong) in Sunday's 1800-metre test at Tokyo. The third betting choice at...

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Progeny of American-Sourced Mares Set to Shine at Gold Coast

The Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, one of Australia's two premier yearling sales, was to kick off Tuesday (Australian time) in Queensland, with the cream of the crop of those foals born in 2020. Buyers will relish the opportunity to get not only into some of Australia's pre-eminent female families, but also into some American bloodlines that have been sourced by a variety of bloodstock professionals at auction houses in this country. In today's TDN, we look at horses selling in the first two sessions. Horses being offered Thursday and...

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Notable US-Bred & -Sired Runners in Japan: Jan. 9 & 10, 2022

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 Sunday and Monday running at Chukyo and Nakayama Racecourses, with a pair of newly turned 3-year-old fillies taking a step up into Group 3 competition off maiden-breaking victories: Sunday, January 9, 2022 3rd-CKO, ¥9,900,000 ($86k), Maiden, 3yo, 1900m THE KING (JPN) (c, 3,...

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Stars Align at Fasig-Tipton November

by Jessica Martini, Brian DiDonato, and Christie DeBernardis LEXINGTON, KY - The Fasig-Tipton November Sale opened Tuesday afternoon with strong returns for its weanling offerings before exploding with frenetic bidding from an internationally diverse buying bench on a wide selection of superstar mares that ultimately produced a sales record gross of $103,699,000 for 149 head. That figure bested the auction's previous record of $89,473,000 which was set in 2018. The average of $695,966 was the second highest in sale history, falling short only of the 2008 average of $772,297, while...

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Champion Vequist Joins Spendthrift Band

The second Eclipse winner to be offered in the space of eight hips, Vequist (Nyquist--Vero Amore, by Mineshaft) fetched a final bid of $3.4 million from Spendthrift Farm as the Fasig-Tipton November Sale marched towards its conclusion. Consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent, as hip 253, the dark bay filly shipped up to Saratoga off a narrow debut second at Parx and romped to a 9 1/2-length victory in last year's GI Spinaway S. at Saratoga. Beaten by Dayoutoftheoffice in the GI Frizette S., Vequist turned the tables on the biggest...

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Shedaresthedevil Hammers for $5M to Whisper Hill at FTKNOV, Will Remain in Training

Multiple Grade I winner Shedaresthedevil (Daredevil) sparked an intense bidding war Tuesday night at Fasig-Tipton November before eventually hammering for $5 million to Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm. Several of her owners during her racing career will remain part of her ownership, however, and the bay will return to racing in 2022. Selling via Hunter Valley Farm, agent as hip 232, the 4-year-old bay captured a pair of Grade III stakes early in her 3-year-old season before upsetting champion Gamine (Into Mischief) in last September's GI Longines Kentucky Oaks. She...

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West Takes Home Moonshine Memories For $3.4M

'TDN Rising Star' Moonshine Memories (Malibu Moon--Unenchantedevening, by Unbridled's Song), pregnant to Into Mischief, fetched $3.4 million from West Bloodstock at Fasig-Tipton November as the hits just kept on coming rapid fire Tuesday evening. Consigned by Denali Stud as hip 211, the 6-year-old mare is a half-sister to SW & GSP Indian Evening (Indian Charlie) and is out of a half-sister to Horse of the Year Favorite Trick (Phone Trick). Raced by Bridlewood Farm, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor and trained by Simon Callaghan, Moonshine Memories raced...

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Guarana's Dam Magical World Sells For $5.2M at FTKNOV

Some 21 hips after her Grade I-winning daughter Guarana (Ghostzapper) was hammered down for a then sales-topping $4.4 million, Magical World (Distorted Humor--Pleasant Home, by Seeking the Gold) soared past that amount and then some, eventually achieving a final bid of $5.2 million during a white-hot renewal of the Fasig-Tipton 'Night of the Stars' Tuesday in Lexington. Whisper Hill Farm's Mandy Pope signed the winning ticket on the 11-year-old mare, who was consigned by Hill 'n' Dale, agent, to dissolve a partnership with Three Chimneys. Pope indicated that she would...

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Hard Not to Love To Gainesway/Whisper Hill

Hard Not to Love (Hard Spun--Loving Vindication, by Vindication), victorious in the 2019 GI La Brea S. at Santa Anita, was the latest mare to shine at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale Tuesday, selling to a partnership consisting of Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm and Gainesway for $3.2 million. The Ontario-bred, cataloged as hip 184, was consigned to the sale by Lane's End and is a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year Wonder Gadot (Medaglia d'Oro) and SW & GSP Solemn Tribute (Medaglia d'Oro). Her second dam is GSW/GISP Chimichurri...

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