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Colt by Freshman Sire Frosted Graduates at Belmont

8th-Belmont, $63,000, Msw, 10-16, 2yo, 1 1/16m, 1:43.43, sy, 8 lengths. TEN FOR TEN (c, 2, Frosted--Summer Vacation, by Eskendereya) kicked off his career with a second-place effort sprinting six panels at Saratoga Sept. 7 and was backed down to slight 2-1 favoritism while getting blinkers in his route debut. Hustled to the front by Jose Ortiz straight off the blocks, the $410,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase repelled a bid from 2-1 chance Savoy (Honor Code) approaching the quarter pole and spurted clear through the lane, scoring by an impressive...

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New Winner for California Chrome at Churchill Downs

4th-Churchill Downs, $69,074, Msw, 9-20, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 1:04.50, ft. DECADE (f, 2, California Chrome--Emma Carly, by Unbridled's Song) was pounded down to 1-5  after a close-up second in her career debut at Ellis Aug. 15. Firster Color of Dawn (Exxaggerator) jumped to the lead early and Decade was hustled into a stalking position through an initial quarter in :22.82. Asked for more by Ricardo Santana Jr. leaving the far turn, the heavy favorite collared Color of Dawn and was on equal terms with her rival turning for home....

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Upstart Colt Graduates in Debut at Ellis

6th-Ellis, $46,200, Msw, 8-30, 2yo, 6 1/2f, 1:16.52, ft. UPSTRIKER (c, 2, Upstart--Casanova Striker, by Smart Strike) opened with the money on but drifted up to a generous 11-1 at the off while looking to become his first-crop sire's fifth winner and second in as many days after the impressive unveiling Saturday at Saratoga of pricey Founder. Showing good speed to chase in second, the dark bay confronted pacesetter Bluegrass Pharoah (American Pharoah) after a :45.98 half. He went by willingly at the top of the lane, and widened at...

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Taking Stock: Not This Time Leads Freshman Sires

The year 2020 will have an asterisk next to it in racing history, but there will nevertheless be a leading first-crop sire at year's end, and Taylor Made's Not This Time (Giant's Causeway) might be the stallion atop it. As we head into September, Not This Time leads all N. American-based first-crop sires by number of winners, with nine, and he's a close third behind Ashford's Air Force Blue (War Front) and WinStar's Speightster (Speightstown) on the progeny earnings list. The major 2-year-old graded events the next few months leading...

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Debut Winner for Nyquist in New York

6th-Saratoga, $72,000, Msw, 8-2, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:11.77, ft. LADY LILLY (f, 2, Nyquist--Miss Inclined {MSP, $184,451}, by Pulpit) raced out to take an early lead, showing the way through initial splits of :22.48 and :45.82. In the clear turning for home, the $280,000 KEESEP yearling appeared to be home free, but despite getting leg-weary in the final sixteenth, the 9-5 choice held on for a neck victory over the oncoming Mo Dean (Uncle Mo). The winner's freshman sire, Nyquist, was registering his third winner, following Gretzky the Great's maiden...

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Nyquist Colt Posts Easy Win at Woodbine

6th-Woodbine, C$108,646, Msw, 8-2, 2yo, 6f (AWT) (off turf), 1:09.84, ft. GRETZKY THE GREAT (c, 2, Nyquist--Pearl Turn {MSP, $182,560}, by Bernardini), sent off the hot 1-2 choice, jumped out to an early advantage, led through splits of :22.77 and :45.09 and turned on all boosters late, crossing the wire 4 1/2 lengths ahead of Liars Club (Broken Vow). The Ontario bred kicked off his career for Mark Casse with a second-place effort sprinting five panels over the local turf July 12 behind Ready to Repeat (More Than Ready), who...

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First Winner for Tourist

Kactus Kate (Tourist) became the first winner for her freshman sire (by Tiznow) at Emerald Downs Wednesday evening. Off at odds of 15-1 in her unveiling, the Oak Crest Farm homebred forced the issue on the outside in second, poked her head in front as they hit the quarter pole and kicked clear in the stretch to graduate by two lengths. Kactus Kate is a half-sister to Sutra (Meadowlake), GISW, $356,873. Tourist, winner of the 2016 GI Breeders' Cup Mile, stands at WinStar Farm. 5th-Emerald Downs, $19,340, Msw, 7-1, 2yo,...

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Freshman Brody’s Cause Gets First Career Winner

William Thompson Jr.'s Gospel Way (Brody's Cause) came from off the pace to graduate in his career unveiling at Woodbine Sunday afternoon. Sent off at 24-1 in the five-furlong main track test, the homebred settled in the second flight third early as Dancing Dragon (Old Forestor) established early fractions. Improving his position while two paths wide turning for home, the gelding bore down on the frontrunner through the lane, took over with relative ease and drew off to win by 1 1/4 lengths. The victory represented the first winner for...

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TDN Writers’ Room with Mark Taylor

This week on the TDN Writers' Room, we spoke with Taylor Made's Mark Taylor and discussed Not This Time's (Giant's Causeway) fast start as a freshman sire, as well as his predictions looking towards the upcoming sales season.

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Speedy First Two-Year-Olds for WinStar’s Speightster

WinStar's Speightstown continues to prove himself as an accomplished sire of sires. Already, he's had four sons go on to produce Grade I winners and just in the last two years, he's seen eight additional sons, including GISW Force the Pass and the multiple graded stakes-winning Qurbaan, begin their stud careers. In 2017, WinStar welcomed their graded stakes-winning homebred Speightster into the same stud barn as his prodigious sire. With an initial stud fee set at $10,000, a price that has stayed in place since, Speightster has been supported with...

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Freshman Sire Kodi Bear Off the Mark With Two Winners

Rathbarry Stud's first-season sire Kodi Bear (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), who stands for €6,000, has had his first winner after the filly Campachoochoo (Ire) scored in the Gubbion's Green Maiden Auction Fillies' S. on Chelmsford's Polytrack. Chasing the frantic early pace, the 9-2 shot stayed on to grab the lead passing the furlong pole and win by two lengths from Tattoo (GB) (Equiano {Fr}). Twenty minutes later, his daughter Follow Suit (GB) provided him with a quickfire double when scoring on debut at Wolverhampton. 1st-Chelmsford City, £5,400, Mdn, 6-9, 2yo, f,...

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Another Debut Winner for Freshman Sire Not This Time

2nd-Gulfstream, $40,000, Msw, 5-22, 2yo, 5f (off turf), 1:00.00, ft. SWAGGY GEORGE (c, 2, Not This Time--Ottaviano, by Elusive Quality) provided his freshman sire Not This Time (Giant's Causeway) with his second winner in as many days with a smart debut victory in this rained-off affair at Gulfstream Park. The 9-1 shot was outsprinted early after exiting from post seven, but began to wind up with an eye-catching, sweeping move around the far turn. He kicked for home in complete command and stayed on down the lane to graduate in...

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