Modernist to Chile for Southern Hemisphere Season

Darby Dan Farm's first-year sire Modernist (Uncle Mo) will stand the Southern Hemisphere season at Haras Santa Olga in Santiago, Chile. He bred 141 mares this spring at Darby Dan while standing for an initial fee of $10,000, stands and nurses. Hall of Famer Bill Mott conditioned Modernist for Martin and Pam Wygod, who campaigned him as a homebred. His wins included the GII Risen Star S. at Fair Grounds and Aqueduct's GIII Excelsior S., while also placing in another three graded events. His unraced dam is a half-sister to...

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First Mares Confirmed in Foal to Modernist

The first mares bred to Darby Dan Farm's MGSW Modernist (Uncle Mo) have been confirmed in foal, the farm announced Friday. Special Trip (Gemologist), a half-sister to Grade I winner Tell a Kelly and to stakes winner Wait For Nairobi, has been scanned in foal, as has Not My Problem (Connect), a daughter of champion She Be Wild.

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Mating Plans: Wasabi Ventures Stables

With the 2022 breeding season right around the corner, we will feature a series of breeders' mating plans over the coming weeks. Today we have George Adams of Housatonic Bloodstock, who serves as the Director of Stallions and Breeding for Wasabi Ventures Stables. "With a relatively young group of mares, ideally we'd like to send them to a proven stallion at least once or twice in their first few years, just to get a better handle on their ability as producers," said Adams. "At a lower stud fee price point...

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Mating Plans: Harper Ridge Thoroughbreds

With the 2022 breeding season right around the corner, we will feature a series of breeders' mating plans over the coming weeks. Today we have Erin Fisher of Harper Ridge Thoroughbreds. "All my horses are crossed with stallions that I feel will throw appealing and sound horses that can provide second and third careers off the track and provide longevity to the breed," said Fisher. "I look for soundness and attitude with the idea that my foals can have long futures in any discipline after racing." APPEALING WAY (m, 8,...

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Value Sires for 2022, Part 1: New Stallions

Welcome to our annual winter survey of Kentucky stallion options--with the difference, this time round, that the emphasis will be far more strictly and succinctly on value. Over the past couple of years, acknowledging of the brevity of commercial momentum for so many sires once losing their freshman luster, we've got into the habit of granting some attention (more or less courteous!) to just about every stallion in the Bluegrass. But such an exhaustive approach has doubtless proved still more exhausting for the reader than for the compiler. So, we've...

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Dialed In Heads Darby Dan 2022 Roster

Darby Dan Farm has set 2022 stud fees for its roster of 12 stallions that will stand the upcoming breeding season, led by Dialed In, who will stand for $15,000 S&N, the same fee as a year ago. The Darby Dan roster also features Tapiture, Higher Power, and Modernist, new for 2022, who will each stand for $10,000 S&N. Dialed In, champion freshman sire of 2016 and a perennial leading sire of his crop ever since, is a leading sire of 3-year-olds in 2021 with nine black-type sophomores and five...

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Modernist to Stand at Darby Dan

MGSW Modernist (Uncle Mo--Symbolic Gesture, by Bernardini) has been retired and will begin his new career as a stallion in 2022 at Darby Dan Farm in a deal brokered by Matt Bowling. He will stand for a fee of $10,000 S&N. "We are excited to offer Modernist to breeders," said Ryan Norton, stallion director at Darby Dan Farm. "He is a tremendously good-looking horse with a mind to match and hails from a strong and accomplished female family." A homebred for Martin and Pam Wygod trained by Bill Mott, Modernist...

[ Read More ] Triple Crown Throwdown: Peter Pan

Ed DeRosa of takes on TDN's Steve Sherack and Brian DiDonato as they handicap Triple Crown prep races plus the big three races themselves. The three will make $100 Win/Place bets in the preps and $200 Win/Place bets in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. Highest bankroll at the end wins. DeRosa - Blue Grass Result - Art Collector (+$530) wore down Swiss Skydiver for a breakout victory. Bankroll: $4210. GIII Peter Pan S. - I normally don't like horses who need 1 1/8 miles on dirt to break...

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Saratoga Meet Kicks off with Shifted Peter Pan

A field of nine sophomores, including the field's lone graded winner Modernist (Uncle Mo), will line up for Thursday's GIII Peter Pan S. on Saratoga's opening day program. Traditionally run as a prep downstate for the GI Belmont S., the Peter Pan was moved to Saratoga as a potential prep for this summer's GI Runhappy Travers S. The Peter Pan carries 85 qualifying points (50-20-10-5) toward the GI Kentucky Derby. Modernist, a 12-1 upset winner of the split-division GII Risen Star S. Feb. 15, followed a third-place finish in the...

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Tiz the Law Tunes Up for Belmont

Sackatoga Stable's Tiz the Law (Constitution) breezed a half-mile Sunday at Belmont Park in his final work ahead of next Saturday's GI Belmont S. Jockey Manny Franco was aboard the bay colt who, working solo from the half-mile pole, breezed through splits of :26.50, :50.42 (41/46) and out in 1:03.12. "He went well. We weren't looking for anything special today," said trainer Barclay Tagg, who ponied Tiz the Law to and from the work. Franco added, "When Barclay turned me loose, he got strong a little bit, but when we...

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Full Field for Elongated Louisiana Derby

With the abrupt cancellation of racing indefinitely at Aqueduct and the announcement earlier this week that Keeneland has canceled its Spring Meeting, Saturday's GII Louisiana Derby offers one of the final few springtime opportunities at amassing points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, now tentatively scheduled to be contested on the first Saturday of September. The centerpiece of the meet in New Orleans, the Louisiana Derby will be run over a mile and three-sixteenths for the first time and is one of four races scheduled to be run over...

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Split Divisions, But No Split Decision in Risen Star

The Week in Review, by T.D. Thornton When you think of the Fair Grounds and its series of GI Kentucky Derby preps, it's easy to conjure up images of stamina-centric closers who can stay all day. The track's imposing 1,346-foot home stretch--for decades billed as the longest in North America, until the reconfigured Los Alamitos surpassed it by 34 feet in 2014--is the primary reason. The other, which is new this year, is the elongated change in distance for the three races in the Fair Grounds' January-March prep series. Most...

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