Irish Mias

Pricey Vintage Print Back at Keeneland for Transylvania

OXO Equine's $1.8-million Keeneland September yearling Vintage Print (Curlin) returns to Lexington for Sunday's GIII Kentucky Utilities Transylvania S. The Chad Brown trainee didn't show much in a pair of main-track efforts in New York last fall, but looked like a different horse when trying turf to graduate at Gulfstream Feb. 22. The son of GISW Molly Morgan (Ghostzapper) ran down speedy Mike Maker pupil Fancy Liquor (Lookin At Lucky) to clear his first-level allowance condition at Churchill June 11. Another Transylvania pair who made up a Churchill exacta last...

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Valedictorian Named NJ-Bred Horse of the Year

Valedictorian (Temple City), a two-time graded-stakes winner in 2019, has been named New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year, champion older female and champion turf runner by the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of New Jersey. Trained by Kelly Breen for Epic Racing, the daughter of Smart N Classy (Smart Strike) posted a 9-1 upset of the GIII Suwannee River S. last February and added Monmouth Park's GIII Eatontown S.--won by her dam in 2005--as the odds-on favorite in June while also hitting the board in the GIII Honey Fox S. and GIII...

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Competitive Field Set For First Graded Kitten's Joy

An evenly matched field is set to line up at Gulfstream Saturday for the GIII Kitten's Joy S., which is running as a graded event for the first time. The morning-line nod went to Isabelle de Tomaso homebred Irish Mias (Sky Mesa). Breaking his maiden at third asking when stretched to two turns for the first time in the Laurel Futurity S. Sept. 21, he was fourth in the Awad S. at Belmont Oct. 26 and second in this venue's one-mile Pulpit S. Nov. 30. Mike Maker saddles a son...

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