freshman sires

Belcarra a Black-Type First For Estidhkaar At Hannover

Ulrich Zerrath's Belcarra (Ire) (Estidhkaar {Ire}) ran 2 1/2 lengths off Libre (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) when second going seven furlongs in her Oct. 4 debut at Hannover and exacted revenge on that reopposing rival to secure a first black-type success for her freshman sire (by Dark Angel {Ire}) in Sunday's Listed Sea The Moon-Rennen over the same strip back at the Neue Bult venue. Settled off Libre's tempo in mid division through halfway, the 67-10 chance made stealthy headway in the straight and kept on strongly once called...

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Nyquist Filly Too Tough in Keeneland Maiden

7th-Keeneland, $69,943, Msw, 10-17, 2yo, f, 7f, 1:29.66, ft, 1 1/2 lengths. THINKING (f, 2, Nyquist--Critikal Reason {SP}, by Aptitude) was rated a 4-1 chance to improve off a debut sixth to next-out GIII Matron S. victrix Royal Approval (Tiznow) at Kentucky Downs Sept. 9 and made a successful transition to the main track to graduate at second asking Saturday at Keeneland. One of the first into stride from her high draw, Thinking raced in a share of third and three wide down the backstretch before and chased outside dueling...

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Body & Soul: How Quickly the Tide Turns…

Those of us who grew up in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s were not only blessed with some extraordinary major league teams and athletes, as well as more than enough superior racehorses, but were also lucky that so many of the radio and television play-by-play announcers were among the greatest of all time--ranging from Vin Scully in Brooklyn to Mel Allen in the Bronx to Fred Capossela at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga. But the voice that sticks in our mind is that of the man who called...

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Goken’s Go Athletico Pounces for Rochette Triumph

Philippe Decouz trainee Go Athletico (Fr) (Goken {Fr}) posted a second over seven furlongs in ParisLongchamp's July 14 Listed Prix Roland de Chambure on stakes bow last time and returned to the same Bois de Boulogne strip to cause a 17-2 surprise in Sunday's G3 Prix La Rochette. Positioned under some cover behind the leaders in third, he was shaken into action with 350 metres remaining and quickened smartly in the closing stages to edge Roland de Chambure third Sealiway (Fr) (Galiway {GB}) by a length for a career high...

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Freshman Sire Scissor Kick Off the Mark at Vichy

Haras d'Etreham-based Scissor Kick (Aus) (Redoute's Choice {Aus}) became the latest European freshman sire off the mark when Remy Dupuy-Naulot's twice-raced juvenile colt Kick Boxing (Fr), gained a narrow verdict in Tuesday's Prix de Pionsat over one mile at Vichy. 4th-Vichy, €15,000, Mdn, 8-25, 2yo, c/g, 8fT, 1:41.18, g/s. KICK BOXING (FR) (c, 2, Scissor Kick {Aus}--Dulche de Leche {Fr}, by Victory Note), a June 21 debut third at Lyon-Parilly before improving one spot going seven furlongs here last month, stole a length on the field with a sharp getaway...

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Body and Soul: Another Competitive Future Book

Following the completion of the last major 2-year-old sale of the season in each of the past two years, we looked at the potential success of the freshman sires by creating a handicapping event, noting both times that the freshman sires of 2018 and 2019 were very competitive bunches, i.e., many of them were capable of rising to the top five or so of their contemporaries after a few crops had raced. This year there was a substantial wrinkle in the process. Because of the Covid-19 situation, the sales season...

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Cinco Charlie Gets First Winner at Belterra

Spendthrift Farm's Cinco Charlie (Indian Charlie) was represented by his first winner Tuesday when Patricia and Daniel Yates' Big On Big scored a hard-fought victory in his career debut. Showing a mostly pedestrian local worktab until perking up with a five-furlong bullet in 1:02 4/5 (1/7) July 18, the dark bay took a late punch to be 28-5 at the off and led narrowly as the middle marker in a three-way pace duel through a sharp :22.40 quarter. Starting to find a bit of daylight past a :47.26 half, he...

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Freshman Sire The Gurkha Off the Mark at Limerick

Coolmore's G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains and G1 Sussex S. hero The Gurkha (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who operated at an initial fee of €25,000, became the latest European freshman sire off the mark when Aidan O'Brien trainee Finest (Ire) graduated in Friday's Well Done To All Frontline Staff From Limerick Racecourse Fillies Maiden at Limerick. 1st-Limerick, €11,000, Mdn, 7-17, 2yo, f, 6f 150yT, 1:25.45, gd. FINEST (IRE) (f, 2, The Gurkha {Ire}--Pearl Grey {GB} {SW & GSP-Eng}, by Gone West) was caught out by the intricacies of Bellewstown when fifth...

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Freshman Sire The Last Lion Off the Mark at Hamilton

Becoming the latest freshman sire to get off the mark in Europe, Kildangan Stud-based The Last Lion (Ire) (by Choisir {Aus}), who stands at a fee of €7,500, joined the club at Hamilton on Wednesday. He was represented by the 2-1 favourite Kraken Power (Ire) in the British Stallions Studs EBF Maiden S., where the June 15 Pontefract second struck the front two out and was firmly in command for a 3 1/2-length dismissal of Abduction (Fr) (Acclamation {GB}). 5th-Hamilton, £6,400, Mdn, 6-24, 2yo, 6f 6yT, 1:11.63, g/s. KRAKEN POWER...

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Freshman Sire Morandi Off the Mark at La Teste de Buch

Hugues Rousseau and Didier Guillemin's Healey (Fr) (Morandi {Fr}), who ran unplaced in a five-furlong claimer at Chantilly in his May 13 debut, stepped forward to cause an upset in Friday's Prix Hyper U Gujan Mestras, upped to six furlongs at Bordeaux's La Teste de Buch venue, and become the first winner for his Haras du Mont Goubert-based freshman sire (by Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}). 1st-La Teste de Buch, €14,000, Mdn, 6-19, 2yo, c/g, 6fT, 1:19.34, sf. HEALEY (FR) (c, 2, Morandi {Fr}--Bashasha, by Kingmambo) ran unplaced in a five-furlong...

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First Black-Type Winner For Goken At Chantilly

Haras de Colleville has the bragging rights after Alain Chopard's 2-year-old filly Livachope (Fr) provided their resident first-season sire Goken (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}) with the first black-type available for the current crop in Chantilly's Listed Prix la Fleche on Sunday. Flashing early speed from her wide draw to move to the rail and the lead under Anthony Crastus, the May 13 course-and-distance maiden scorer was in front the whole way up the five-furlong straight and despite drifting right in the last furlong held on to beat fellow filly Pom Malpic...

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Freshman Sire Awtaad Off the Mark at Kempton

Derrinstown Stud-based freshman sire Awtaad (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}) got off the mark when Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum's Live Stream (Ire) annexed Friday's British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Novice S. over six furlongs at Kempton. 2nd-Kempton, £6,400, Nov, 6-12, 2yo, f, 6f (AWT), 1:12.70, st/sl. LIVE STREAM (IRE) (f, 2, Awtaad {Ire}--Fluvial {Ire}, by Exceed and Excel {Aus}) was positioned in a close-up third along the fence after a sharp getaway in this debut. Shaken up approaching the quarter-mile marker, the the 7-2 chance quickened to challenge passing the...

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