Keeneland January

Pompa Dispersal Provides More Fireworks As KEEJAN Concludes

by Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, propelled by a pair of power-packed dispersals and held in the shadow of the ongoing global pandemic, concluded its four-day run Thursday in Lexington. The dispersal of the Estate of the late Paul Pompa, Jr., which, along with the Sam-Son broodmare dispersal dominated much of Tuesday's action, provided the auction with one last round of fireworks late in the day Thursday with a bevy of high-priced racehorse prospects. Leading the way was Carillo (Union Rags) (hip...

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‘Rising Star’ Summons $875K at KEEJAN

It's been quite a week for the 3-year-old colt Carillo (Union Rags). He captured his debut at Aqueduct in 'TDN Rising Star'-fashion last Friday and summoned a whopping $875,000 from bloodstock agent Lauren Carlisle at Keeneland January Thursday. The Paul Pompa homebred sold as part of the complete dispersal of that late owner and breeder's estate, which was handled by Lane's End Farm.

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Another Sam-Son Mare Sparks Fireworks at KEEJAN

Shortly after her barnmate Danceforthecause (Giant's Causeway) summoned $925,000, Deceptive Vision (A.P. Indy) provided Sam-Son Farm with another lucrative sale when summoning $900,000 from John Sikura, who signed as Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa. Hip 598 is part of the dispersal of Sam-Son's broodmare band. The 11-year-old mare sold in foal to War Front.

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Steady Opener to Keeneland January

by Jessica Martini and Christie DeBernardis The four-day Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale opened with a workmanlike session in Lexington Monday as the industry continued to adjust to the market's new pandemic-induced reality. "I think it was a continuation of the November sale," said Keeneland's Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell. "I think people have adjusted to the marketplace and I think it was a good, steady start to the January sale. Consignors are very happy because they have adjusted to the new normal." From a catalogue of...

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KEEJAN-Bound Union Rags Colt Earns ‘TDN Rising Star’

Sent off as part of an entry at odds of 13-4, The Estate of Paul Pompa Jr.'s Carillo (Union Rags) overcame a bit of a sluggish start and an overland run around the far turn to graduate at first asking, earning the 'TDN Rising Star' designation in the process. Squeezed back a bit at the break, the homebred trailed early before improving in traffic to sit midfield as they hit the turn. Consigned to a wide trip around the bend, Carillo rallied deep into the stretch and sustained a long...

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Weisbord to be Released from Hospital After Successful Brain Surgery

Bradley Weisbord is expected to be released from Weill-Cornell Medical Center in New York City on Saturday, Dec. 19, after a successful six-hour surgery Tuesday to remove a benign cavernous malformation symptomatic hemorrhage in the left temporal lobe of his brain, according to his father. "The surgery went well, but it was difficult and complex," said Barry Weisbord. "Brad will recover for six to eight weeks before returning to work in February." The surgery was performed by Dr. Philip Stieg, who has been the Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at New York Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell for...

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Grade III Producer Surrender Among Nine Horses Supplemented to Keeneland January

Surrender (Stormy Atlantic), dam of recent GIII Bob Hope S. winner Red Flag (Tamarkuz) who is in foal to Catholic Boy; Red Flag's half-brother foaled in 2020; and Exotic Notion (Lemon Drop Kid), a half-sister to multiple Grade I winner City of Light who is in foal to Quality Road, are among the nine horses supplemented to Book 1 of the 2021 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, which covers four sessions from Jan. 11-14. Keeneland will continue to accept approved supplements until the January Sale begins. Supplemented to...

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Breeders’ Cup Extends Late Foal Nomination Deadline to Feb. 28

In advance of the major Thoroughbred auctions scheduled in January and February of next year, the Breeders' Cup announced Monday that it has extended the late nomination deadline for all 2020 North American foals to Feb. 28, 2021. This late foal nomination will be the last opportunity for horsemen to nominate weanlings of 2020 to the Breeders' Cup program at a fee of $1,500. The $1,500 nomination entitles each foal with lifetime racing eligibility to the Breeders' Cup World Championships and the Breeders' Cup racing programs. All foals sired by...

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Keeneland January to Include Dispersal of Pompa Stock

Keeneland will offer 39 horses in the Complete Dispersal of the late Paul P. Pompa Jr.--including Turned Aside (American Pharoah), winner of Saturday's Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship S., and additional 2020 Grade III winners Country Grammer (Tonalist) and Regal Glory (Animal Kingdom)--during the 2021 January Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held Jan. 11-14. Lane's End will serve as agent for the consignment, which consists of broodmares, foals of 2020, horses of racing age and broodmare or stallion prospects. The January Sale catalog is scheduled to be online at...

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Notable US-Bred & -Sired Runners in Japan: Oct. 24, 2020

In this continuing series, we take a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners entered for the upcoming weekend at the tracks on the Japan Racing Association circuit, with a focus on pedigree and/or performance in the sales ring. Here are the horses of interest for a busy Saturday running at Kyoto and Tokyo Racecourse, including a pair by American Pharoah and the stakes debut of the exciting Vanishing Point. Sunday's runners will feature in Saturday's TDN: Saturday, October 24, 2020 4th-KYO, ¥13,400,000 ($128k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1800m RUSSIAN SAMOVAR (f,...

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My Girl Red Gives Texas the Green Light

"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face." Erich Brehm is quoting Mike Tyson. He knows how it might look, from the outside: this charmed, clockwork progress from one fairytale to the next. Texas Red (Afleet Alex) cost just $17,000 as a yearling and--racing for Brehm, trainer Keith Desormeaux and a bunch of pals--won the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile of 2014 by 6 1/2 lengths. Upon his retirement to stud, Brehm bought Texas Red a mare for $21,000. The resulting foal, My Girl Red, pulverized her opponents...

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Candy Ride Homebred Runs Away to Rising Stardom at Keeneland

Therideofalifetime (Candy Ride {Arg}) built on a promising debut with a sharp wire-to-wire score early on the blockbuster Saturday card at Keeneland to become the latest 'TDN Rising Star'. Rallying to be runner-up behind the sharp Jackie's Warrior (Maclean's Music) when unveiled June 19 at Churchill, the chestnut was backed down to 3-2 favoritism here and easily outbroke the field. Showing the way in the clear through splits of :22.45 and :46.02, Therideofalifetime faced a brief challenge to his outside from second choice Swill (Munnings) in early stretch, but made...

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