OBS April

'I Don't See Racing's Future as Rosy' – Trainer Eddie Plesa Looks Ahead Following Milestone Victory

Eddie Plesa, Jr. secured his 2,500th career training victory with the 3-year-old gelding Raging Fury at Gulfstream Park Apr. 13. TDN's Senior Racing Editor Steve Sherack caught up with the highly respected 74-year-old conditioner for a wide-ranging interview to discuss the milestone victory, his trip to the 2-year-old sales in Ocala this spring, the future of the sport and much more. TDN: Let's start things off with your milestone victory. What does it mean to you to reach 2,500 wins? EP: When you hit a number like that, you take...

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Three Amigos Go To $775k For Caracaro Filly

Agent Donato Lanni purchased a filly for the Three Amigos from the first crop of Caracaro (hip 199) for $775,000 halfway through Tuesday's opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sale Spring 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The filly breezed a quarter in :20.2, the third-fastest quarter time of the sale, and will race for trainer Bob Baffert.

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Bolt d'Oro Colt Fastest On OBS Friday

Delayed a day due to severe weather in central Florida, the under-tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training got back underway Friday with a colt from the third crop of Spendthrift stallion Bolt d'Oro (hip 787) setting the high mark at :9 3/5. Consigned by Top Line Sales, which continued to be well-represented Friday after posting five of the top 18 fastest furlong works during Wednesday's session, the juvenile was purchased as a yearling by Cash Bloodstock at Keeneland September last year for...

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Gun Runner Son of Stellar Agent Looks To Star at Hanshin

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 Fukushima, Nakayama and Hanshin Racecourses. The colts' Classics kick off Sunday at Nakayama in the G1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), with champion Jantar Mantar (Jpn) (Palace Malice) squaring off against Sottsass's sales-topping full-brother Shin Emperor (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) from...

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Palace Malice's Noble Roger Goes For Three Straight In Mainichi Hai

Saturday, March 23, 2024 11th-HSN, Mainichi Hai-G3, ¥77.8m ($514k), 3yo, 1800mT NOBLE ROGER (c, 3, Palace Malice--Noble Ready, by More Than Ready), a $70,000 OBS April breezer, was an impressive debut winner going a mile at Tokyo Nov. 12 and successfully negotiated the hike to group level with a cozy success in the G3 Nikkan Sports Sho Shinzan Kinen at Kyoto in early January (see below, SC 5). A May foal, Noble Roger is out of a multiple stakes-placed full-sister to GSW Zindaya, whose 'TDN Rising Star' son Carl Spackler...

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Maymun As Good As Advertised In 'Rising Star' Debut

Maymun (Frosted), a $50,000 KEESEP yearling pinhooked into a $900,000 OBS April 2-year-old by Paul Neatherlin, and racing for trainer Bob Baffert and Zedan Racing Stables, absolutely rolled on the front end Saturday in his 6 1/2-furlong debut to become the latest 'TDN Rising Star'. Maymun was an OBS April star, breezing in :9 3/5 and leaving no doubt in his now-trainer's mind of his ability. "He was ridiculously fast," Baffert said of the colt shortly after the sale. "He worked beautifully and came out of it well. That's half...

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Another 'Wyn' for Baffert in Los Alamitos Futurity

Wynstock (Solomini), campaigned in partnership by Los Alamitos track owner Ed Allred and one-time Hollywood Park president and current Los Al vice president Jack Liebau, provided his New York-based stallion with his second stakes winner of the afternoon and first at the graded level when narrowly outlasting Stronghold (Ghostzapper) in Saturday's GII Los Alamitos Futurity. It was the eighth victory in the 10 runnings of the Futurity since relocating to Orange County for trainer Bob Baffert and first since 2020. Ironically, Solomini crossed the wire best in the 2017 renewal,...

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'Rising Star' Nysos Headlines Bob Hope

Nysos (Nyquist), a jaw-dropping 10 1/2-length debut winner at Santa Anita Oct. 21 and a no-brainer 'TDN Rising Star,' takes on four rivals in Sunday's GIII Bob Hope S. at Del Mar. Purchased by Baoma Corp for $550,000 at the OBS April Sale, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert takes the blinkers off for this seven-furlong test. He is the 4-5 morning-line favorite. Baffert will also saddle Wine Me Up (Vino Rosso), who followed a second-place finish in the GI American Pharoah S. Oct. 7 with a well-beaten eighth in...

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Omaha Beach's Code Omaha Off The Mark at First Asking

7th-Horseshoe Indianapolis, $34,000, Msw, 9-25, 2yo, 5fT, :58.40, fm, 2 1/4 lengths. CODE OMAHA (c, 2, Omaha Beach--Lantiz {SP, $271,821}, by Tizway) was favored by $15 over fellow firster Silent Heart (Heart to Heart) in a five-furlong turf dash Monday at Horseshoe Indianapolis and the duo comprised what turned out to be a fairly rich return to exacta players. A $180,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling turned $550,000 OBS April breezer, the bay broke sharply, but inward, causing a bit of a chain reaction to his inside. Easing to the lead for...

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Monday Insights: Expensive Omaha Beach Breezer Gets Going at Indy

7th-IND, $34k, Msw, 2yo, 5 1/2fT, 5:36 p.m. ET CODE OMAHA (Omaha Beach) debuts here for Lauren and Rene Woolcott and trainer Jonathan Thomas. The Feb. 15 foal is the first produce for his stakes-placed dam and was purchased by Bregman Family Stable for $185,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale. The bay breezed a quarter-mile in a slick :20 3/5 at this year's OBS April Sale and was originally led out unsold, but was subsequently acquired by the Woolcotts for $550,000 in a private transaction. The Complexity yearling...

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Summer Breezes: Raging Torrent Moving Forward For Futurity

Some of the most highly anticipated races during the summer racing season are the 'baby' races during the summer's boutique meetings. Summer Breezes highlights debuting 2-year-olds at those meetings that have been sourced at the breeze-up sales earlier in the year, with links to their under-tack previews. To follow are the entries for Sunday at Del Mar, including previously raced horses competing in the GI Del Mar Futurity: Sunday, September 10, 2023 Del Mar 4, $82k, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 5:59 p.m. ET Horse (Sire), Sale, Price ($), Breeze Blisterinthesun...

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Summer Breezes: 'Rising Star' Julias Dream Tries Dirt in Debutante

Some of the most highly anticipated races during the summer racing season are the 'baby' races during the summer's boutique meetings. Summer Breezes highlights debuting 2-year-olds at those meetings that have been sourced at the breeze-up sales earlier in the year, with links to their under-tack previews. To follow are the entries for Saturday at Del Mar, including previously raced fillies going postward in the GI Del Mar Debutante: Saturday, September 9, 2023 Del Mar 3, $82k, 2yo, f, (S), 5 1/2f, 5:30 p.m. ET Horse (Sire), Sale, Price ($),...

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