Keeneland November

Notable Runners By US-Sires in Japan: Apr. 11, 2021

In this continuing series, we take a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners (and, in today's case, by a US-based shuttle stallion) 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 this weekend running at Niigata and Hanshin Racecourse. The second of those venues hosts the first of this year's fillies' Classics, the G1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas), featuring champion Sodashi (Jpn) (Kurofune): Sunday, April...

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Notable US-Bred & -Sired Runners in Japan: Apr. 3 & 4, 2021

In this continuing series, Alan Carasso takes 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 this weekend running at Nakayama Racecourse. The weekend's other meetings take place at Hanshin, which on Sunday stages the G1 Osaka Hai, featuring a mouth-watering clash between Triple Crown hero Contrail (Jpn) (Deep Imact {Jpn}) and Gran Alegria (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), who...

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Notable US-Bred & -Sired Runners in Japan: Jan. 23 & 24, 2021

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 this weekend running at Chukyo and Nakayama Racecourses: Saturday, January 23, 2021 4th-NKY, ¥11,400,000 ($110k), Newcomers, 3yo, 1200m MIRATIO (f, 3, Verrazano--My Fast One, by Elusive Quality) is the latest to make the races from her dam, a half-sister to SW No Mo Dough...

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Notable US-Bred Runners in Japan: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021

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 this Saturday running at Chukyo Racecourse. A pair of US-bred runners entered for Sunday's races and making their career debuts at Chukyo will feature in Saturday's TDN: Saturday, January 9, 2021 6th-CKO, ¥11,400,000 ($110k), Newcomers, 3yo, 1600mT GALLANT MANNER (c, 3, More Than Ready--River...

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Notable US-Bred Runners in Japan: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021

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 the first meeting of the new year to be held Tuesday at Nakayama Racecourse: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 2nd-NKY, ¥9,680,000 ($94k), Maiden, 3yo, 1800m AMERICAN YELL (c, 3, Tapit--Sindy With An S, by Broken Vow), a $700K Keeneland September purchase by owner Katsumi Yoshizawa,...

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Mutasaabeq Makes Successful Dirt Return in Mucho Macho Man

'TDN Rising Star' Mutasaabeq (Into Mischief), already a graded winner on turf of the GII Bourbon S. at Keeneland last season, returned to the main track and asserted his authority late to take Saturday's Mucho Macho Man S. at Gulfstream Park. Away in good order, the $425,000 Keeneland November weanling fell into a good stalking trip as Awesome Gerry took them along at a solid tempo down the backstretch. The 11-10 chalk appeared to be making hard work of it as they hit the three-furlong marker and Luis Saez was...

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Notable US-Bred & -Sired Runners in Japan: Nov. 21-23, 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 this holiday weekend running at Tokyo and Hanshin Racecourses. Sunday's action at the latter venue features the G1 Mile Championship, which has drawn this year's G1 Yasuda Kinen (1600mT) and G1 Sprinters' S. (1200mT) heroine Gran Alegria (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), a daughter of...

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Hidden Scroll Tops KEENOV Tuesday

'TDN Rising Star' Hidden Scroll (Hard Spun) (Hip 3295) topped Tuesday's session of the Keeneland November Sale, which was highlighted by the horses of racing age section, when selling for $525,000 to Fergus Galvin, who was acting on behalf of Marc Detampel. The 4-year-old colt was consigned by WinStar Racing as agent for owner/breeder Juddmonte Farms. " He is going to go to Brad Cox," Galvin said. "His pre-race antics are well-documented. We are just hoping a change of scenery might benefit the horse. We know he has a world...

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ER Nurse Cashes in on Keeneland November Book 3 Topper

Over the past eight months, there have been very few jobs more demanding, more exhausting, more defeating, than that of an ER nurse. Malia Hopkins can attest to that. She's the ER nurse manager for not one, but two ERs in Stuttgart, Arkansas. It's been an unimaginable year for the well-practiced RN, but she said one event last week made the ongoing battle against the pandemic more than worth it. In the fourth session of the Keeneland November Sale, her first-ever horse to go through a sales ring hammered down...

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Mo Town Colt Leads Way Into Book 4 at KEENOV

A total of 265 head changed hands for gross receipts of $6,278,400 Saturday during the first of two Book 4 sessions of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The average price was $23,692 and median was $15,000. The RNA rate was a notably low 16.4%. While year-to-year comparisons are perhaps slightly inexact due to a smaller KEENOV catalog this year, during last year's corresponding sixth session the average was $29,426 and median was $20,000 with a 24.7% buyback rate. Topping the day's trade Saturday was hip 1913, a colt from...

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Keeneland Marches Into Book 3

LEXINGTON, KY - The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale continued to generate steady trade as its two-session Book 3 opened Thursday in Lexington. A pair of mares from the Bluewater Sales consignment brought the day's co-highest price of $300,000 and were joined at that price by a weanling colt from the first crop of Mendelssohn who was purchased by Larry Best from the Four Star Sales consignment. During Thursday's session, 227 head grossed $13,153,000. The session average of $57,943 ticked up 2.29% from last year's corresponding session and the median...

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Brad Cox Talks Breeders' Cup Grand Slam, Monomoy Girl 6YO Campaign On Writers' Room

Already considered one of the hottest barns in America heading into Breeders' Cup weekend, Brad Cox's stable provided an exclamation point to a monster 2020 season with a whopping four World Championship victories at Keeneland. Now leading all conditioners with 28 graded stakes wins this year and a legitimate threat to unseat four-time defending champion trainer Chad Brown at the Eclipse Awards, Cox joined the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland Wednesday. Calling in via Zoom as the Green Group Guest of the Week, Cox explained his barn's breakout success...

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