Justify

First Foal For The Lieutenant

The first foal by GSW The Lieutenant (Street Sense--Stage Magic, Ghostzapper) was a filly born Feb. 1 at Keane Stud for breeder Meadow Hill Lane Farm. She is out of Keysong (Songandaprayer). A half-brother to Triple Crown hero Justify (Scat Daddy), The Lieutenant was one of four stallions killed by intruders at Peru's Haras Barlovento in late December. "We will cherish every foal we get by The Lieutenant and are very happy that the first one came to one of our favorite New York breeders, Meadow Hill Lane Farm," said...

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Taking Stock: Notes From Lexington

January can be cold, bitter, and snowy in Lexington, but the weather was unseasonably warmer during Keeneland's Horses of All Ages sale, which made life easier for inspecting broodmares and short yearlings on the sales grounds and stallions at the nearby stud farms that power the industry here. Most of the major farms offer daily lunchtime stallion shows during sales week--the food, by the way, varies from farm to farm--but decent weather means outdoor showings and greater flows of traffic, which add some conviviality absent from the proceedings when shows...

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Trainer Ruis Files Petition Against CHRB

Trainer Mick Ruis filed a petition against the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) Monday in the Los Angeles Superior Court for writ of mandate and damages. The petition concerns Justify (Scat Daddy)'s victory in the 2018 GI Santa Anita Derby, in which the Ruis-trained Bolt d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) finished runner-up to the Bob Baffert-trained runner. In a post-race urine sample, Justify tested positive for scopolamine--a prohibited substance--as revealed by The New York Times in a bombshell story September of last year. Scopolamine is found in jimsonweed, which is known to...

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Week in Review: How Good is Jolie Olimpica?

The older filly and mare division could be sensational this year. Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lure) is coming off a stellar 4-year-old campaign and will be seen next battling the world's best horses in the Feb. 29 Saudi Cup. Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) is set to return to the races after a layoff of more than a year and will try to duplicate her 2018 form, when she was an Eclipse Award winner and the winner of the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff. And now you can add Jolie Olimpica (Brz) (Drosselmeyer) to...

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Justify Represented By First Foal

Triple Crown winner Justify (Scat Daddy) was represented by his first foal the evening of Friday, Jan. 3, when Foreign Affair (Exchange Rate) produced a bay filly at Amaroo Farm in Kentucky, Coolmore reported on its website. She was bred by Audley Farm, who acquired Foreign Affair for $385,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton November Sale. "She's got great bone and plenty of leg, a quality first foal for the mare. We couldn't be happier," said Audley Farm's Jamie McDiarmid. The filly is the first produce for her dam, a half-sister...

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West: Coolmore Buys Half-Interest in Maximum Security

A half-interest in likely champion 3-year-old male Maximum Security (New Year's Day) has been purchased by Coolmore, according to the colt's owner, Gary West. The story was first reported by Daily Racing Form. West responded to the TDN with a text that read, "I can confirm that Coolmore has purchased a half-interest in both the racing and breeding rights of Maximum Security. There will be no other announcements until Maximum Security is retired." According to Coolmore, there will be no announcement on the part of the farm. According to Dave...

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