Jamie McCalmont

What Was Your Favorite Moment of 2023: Aurelien Voileau

As 2023 draws to a close, the TDN is asking industry members to name their favorite moment of the year. Send yours to [email protected]. I think my favorite moment of 2023 was Epsom Derby day. The Derby was a great race which included Passenger for Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd., who was a bit too immature for this big event but who has won the G3 Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor since. The winner, Auguste Rodin, doesn't need any introduction now but what an impressive horse. Winning a Group 1 as...

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Mandatory Trial Run For Lezoo Prior To Guineas Bid

Group 1 winner Lezoo (GB) (Zoustar {Aus}), the Cartier Champion 2-Year-Old Filly, will only run in the May 7 G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas if she runs in a trial race first, owner Marc Chan's racing manager Jamie McCalmont revealed on Thursday. He said, "If she's ready to run in a trial, then she could run in a trial, but we wouldn't run in the Guineas without a run. "Her form is solid--she never ran a bad race last year and was unlucky not to be unbeaten. But we wouldn't go...

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No Nay Never's Meditate Makes All In The Albany

The heat was on at Royal Ascot on Friday, but Aidan O'Brien could rest easy with Ryan Moore and Meditate (Ire) (No Nay Never) keeping it simple as they dominated the G3 Albany S. with a performance that was as impressive as it was straightforward. Sent off the 5-2 second favourite with Godolphin's Mawj (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) shading it at 2-1, the €360,000 Arqana Deauville August graduate who had already passed the test of Naas's G3 Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint S. with comfort was sent to...

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Demand Strong at the Top of the Gulfstream Market

by Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - A diverse buying bench vied for a select offering of juveniles during a rapid-fire three hours under the sunshine at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale Wednesday afternoon. A filly from the first crop of Bolt d'Oro brought the day's highest bid when selling for $1.2 million to Spendthrift Farm. Consigned by Tom McCrocklin, the youngster was one of two to bring seven figures during the auction. Jamie McCalmont, bidding on behalf of Coolmore's M.V. Magnier, went to $1.1 million to acquire...

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Coolmore Lands $1.1M Justify Colt at Gulfstream

Agent Jamie McCalmont, bidding on behalf of Coolmore's MV Magnier, went to $1.1 million to land a regally bred son of Triple Crown winner Justify Wednesday afternoon at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale. Out of GISW juvenile Appealing Zophie (Successful Appeal), hip 84 is half to three stakes horses (and two more producers), including fellow GI Belmont S. winner and freshman sire Tapwrit (Tapit). The Apr. 20 foal was a $290,000 Fasig Saratoga buyback bred by Barronstown Stud. He was consigned by Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables and breezed in :10 flat....

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Building From Good Foundations

With the elite pedigrees on offer at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, buying plans can be as much about a long-term strategy as the yearling's immediate future. With that in mind, TDN asked breeders and agents for their pick of the catalogue when it comes to finding a potential foundation mare. Trevor Stewart, breeder: Lot 155 "This is a solid fast Group 1/Group 2 family over a mile on the dam's side now with the influence of Galileo (Ire) on top. Miss France (Ire) (Dansili {GB}) has...

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Bullet Breezer Leads Big One-Two for Nyquist at Fasig Gulfstream

A Nyquist colt (hip 28) who breezed a bullet furlong in :9 4/5 at Gulfstream Monday was popular as expected in the track's paddock on Wednesday, bringing $2.6 million early in the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale from agent Jamie McCalmont, acting on behalf of Coolmore's M.V. Magnier. Consigned by Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables, Inc., the Feb. 4 foal was a $160,000 Fasig-Tipton Select Showcase buy. His third dam is GISW Victory Ride (Seeking the Gold). Coolmore bought the Gulfstream sale's top two lots in 2019, including  $3.65-million Cezanne (Curlin). The next...

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So Who's the Leading First-Crop Sire for 2020: Jamie McCalmont

My leading sire for this year would be Nyquist. I was connected with him in my role with Paul Reddam. It's quite rare that you see a two-year-old win three Grade I races and then come back and win the Derby as an unbeaten horse. My number two pick is Air Force Blue. He was a very good two-year-old in Ireland and War Front seems to be a good sire of sires. My favorite horse at the sale at OBS March was Hip 27, a son of Air Force Blue...

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