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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Munnings Filly Runs to Rising Stardom in NOLA

Sun Path (Munnings) was heavily favored at 1-5 to improve off a good-looking maiden breaker last time and ran to the money with an ultra-impressive victory at Fair Grounds Friday. The Juddmonte homebred stalked from second, keeping a close eye as Rock Star Parking (Upstart) clicked off opening splits of :24.05 and :47.72. Taking control at the three-eighths pole, the chestnut ran with her head cocked to the right as she ran on the wrong lead in early stretch. Once she swapped leads midway down the lane, Sun Path took...

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Friday's Insights: Promising Munnings Filly Takes on Winners at Fair Grounds

8th-Fair Grounds, $48k, Alw, N2L, 2yo, f, 1m70yds, post time: 5:23 p.m. ET Juddmonte homebred SUN PATH (Munnings) stretches to two turns and takes on winners for the first time for Brad Cox following a good-looking, maiden breaker at second asking going seven furlongs at Churchill Downs Nov. 8. The 2-year-old is a full-sister to the Cox-trained Bonny South, heroine of this year's GII Fair Grounds Oaks and runner-up in the GI Alabama S. Her dam is a half to French Group 1 winner Etoile Montante (Miswaki), who is...

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New Faces in Ashford's Stud Barn

Coolmore's Ashford Stud welcomes a trio of new stallions to their program for the upcoming season. Maximum Security (New Year's Day) and Echo Town (Speightstown) will start off their stud career at the Versailles, Kentucky-based farm, while Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) will stand his first year in the States since relocating from Coolmore's headquarters in Ireland after spending two seasons there. Today we sat down with Adrian Wallace to discuss their two first-season sires. [tdn_vimeo_embed title="Echo Town and Maximum Security at Ashford Stud" admp4="" videomp4= "" thumbnail= ""]   Maximum Security...

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Another NY-Bred 'Starrs' at Aqueduct in Go For Wand

Sharp Starr (Munnings) became the second New York-bred to defeat open company in a graded event at Aqueduct Saturday, defeating her elders in the GIII Go for Wand H. Co-favored at 6-5, the Barry Schwartz homebred pressed from second, glued to the outside hip of leader Portal Creek (Shanghai Bobby) through opening splits of :23.26 and :46.72. Scrubbed on by Jose Ortiz turning for home, the bay was the only one chasing after Portal Creek in the stretch as they pulled well clear of the others. Sharp Starr dug deep...

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From the Experts: Joseph Burke

On the back of the eagerly anticipated stallion fee announcements in Europe, Gary King spoke with a number of leading industry figures about value. Today we hear from Joseph Burke. GK: Who have you identified as a first-year stallion at an appealing opening fee? JB: I must admit that whilst I have not inspected any of the first-season sires yet, on paper I expected Earthlight (Ire) (Shamardal) to be standing for a little more than €20,000. So I booked one of our better mares to him, a Group 3-winning 2-year-old...

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Finite Back to Her Best in Chilukki

  Finite (Munnings), a leading contender for the GI Longines Kentucky Oaks earlier this year after capping a five-race win streak in the GII Rachel Alexandra S., returned to her best form Saturday to annex the GIII Chilukki S. over a one-turn Churchill mile that proved right up her alley. Backed as the even-money choice coming off a close second in the GII Lexus Raven Run S. at Keeneland going seven panels Oct. 17, the blaze-faced chestnut settled well off the pace early while drafting behind rivals. Asked for more after...

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Munnings Colt Romps to 'TDN Rising Star' Performance at Pimlico

Jaxon Traveler (c, 2, Munnings--Listen Boy, After Market) shot out to the front and left them all in the dust, romping to a 'TDN Rising Star' performance on debut at Pimlico Friday. The even-money favorite, a $140,000 purchase by West Point Thoroughbreds and Marvin Delfiner after breezing in :10 flat at the postponed OBS April Sale, was working bullets at Steve Asmussen's Belmont base, including a five-furlong move from the gate in :59 3/5 (1/18) Sept. 13. The dark bay raced under pressure early, but appeared to be doing it...

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Arqana-Osarus October Catalogue Features 784 Yearlings

The 784-strong Arqana-Osarus October Yearling Sale catalogue is now online. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the sale has been completely restructured combining the Arqana October Yearling Sale and the Osarus September Yearling Sale, running from Oct. 19-Oct. 23. Alumni of the October sale include Group 3 winner and dual Classic bridesmaid The Summit (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}), G1 Prix Jean Romanet scorer Audarya (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}), MGISW Sistercharlie (Ire) (Myboycharlie {Ire}), G1 French 1000 Guineas runner-up Speak of the Devil (Fr) (Wootton Basset {GB}), and GSWs Policy of...

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What's In a Name? Sir Alfred James

6th-Churchill Downs, $101,097, Alw, 9-5, (NW1X), 3yo/up, 7f, 1:21.41, ft. SIR ALFRED JAMES (g, 4, Munnings--Super Phoebe, by Malabar Gold) The Ashford stallion Munnings (by Speightstown out of La Comete) and his winning son SIR ALFRED JAMES (out of Super Phoebe) represent a welcome return to the old tradition of giving painters' names to racehorses. Both father and son are obviously named after Suffolk-born Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878-1959), great classic painter of horses and World War I battle scenes. No one was fonder of this practice than the illustrious...

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'Rising Stars' Square off Again in Prioress Showdown

After a second straight year of rounding out the exacta at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting, 'TDN Rising Star' Kimari (Munnings) returns from across the pond as the 2-1 morning-line choice in Saturday's GII Prioress S. at Saratoga. The 2019 G2 Queen Mary S. runner-up and 2020 G1 Commonwealth Cup second-place finisher has won her two prior attempts on dirt-airing on debut at Keeneland last spring and defeating the re-opposing 'TDN Rising Star' Frank's Rockette (Into Mischief) in a sloppy renewal of Oaklawn's Purple Martin S. Apr. 4. Kimari has...

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Munnings 'Rising Star' Gets the Bob in Catch a Glimpse

'TDN Rising Star' Alda got up in the shadow of the wire to take Sunday's Catch a Glimpse S. narrowly over a fellow granddaughter of Speightstown in Dreaming of Drew (Speightster). A fast-finishing third against the boys going five grassy furlongs at Belmont June 12, the chestnut broke through convincingly over an extra eighth of a mile there July 9. Drifting up to 5-2 at the off after vying for favoritism early with big-figure second-out graduate Dreaming of Drew, the Wertheimer homebred dropped out the back early and a snug...

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