OBS April

Carpe Diem Colt Breaks Through in Hong Kong

Sent off the 35-100 favorite in Sunday's 1000-meter Chairmen's Day Plate at Hong Kong's Sha Tin Racecourse, Chancheng Prince (Carpe Diem) made light work of four other rivals to score by 3 1/4 convincing lengths (video). The event was restricted to so-called griffins, Southern Hemisphere 2-year-olds and Northern Hemisphere 3-year-olds that are unraced prior to their arrival in Hong Kong. With second-leading rider Joao Moreira taking the reins for the first time, the gray colt hopped slightly at the start, then raced prominently on the stands' rail. Sent into the...

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Apr. 11 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency WELL-BRED CURLIN FILLY DEBUTS AT OAKLAWN 5th-OP, $60K, Msw, 3yo, f, 6f, 3:41p.m. Steve Asmussen unveils a blue-blooded filly in Hill 'n' Dale and Stretch Run homebred CASUAL (Curlin). Out of MGISW and millionaire Lady Tak (Mutakddim), the chestnut is a half-sister to SW & GSP Japanese runner and millionaire A Shin Spartan (Zensational and SW Melody Lady (Unbridled's Song), who is the dam of SW & GSP Buy Sell Hold (Violence). TJCIS PPs   PLETCHER UNVEILS EXPENSIVE LIAM'S MAP 8th-GP, $45K, Msw, 3yo/up, 1mT,...

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‘These Three Months Are Our Year’: Consignors Look for Light in Sales Darkness

While the coronavirus pandemic's most notable interruption to the world of horse racing has been the lack of, well, horses racing, many of the gears normally turning behind the scenes of the sport have been slowed or halted altogether as well. That includes the sales circuit, which has gone dark for several months as stay-at-home orders and bans on mass gatherings have, in some cases belatedly, trickled in to nearly all of the 50 states. As timing would have it, that shutdown basically covers all of 2-year-old sale season aside...

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Thursday’s Racing Insights: $1-Million Quality Road Filly Debuts at Gulfstream

10th-GP, $45K, Msw, 3yo, f, 1mT, 5:38 p.m. ET MIGHTY ROAD (Quality Road), a $220,000 KEESEP yearling turned $1-million OBSAPR breezer (:9 4/5), makes her debut for trainer Chad Brown and owner HRH Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud over the Gulfstream lawn. The 3-year-old filly is a half-sister to graded winner Decelerator (Dehere). Mighty Road's dam Paris Rose (Accelerator) is a half-sister to GI Test S. heroine Fabulously Fast (Deputy Minister) and Paris Notion (Dehere), dam of MGISW City of Light (Quality Road). TJCIS PPs

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Fasig-Tipton Santa Anita 2YO Sale Canceled

The Santa Anita 2-Year-Olds-in-Training Sale has been canceled, according to officials at Fasig-Tipton, "owing to the current restrictions in place at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA, relating to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and in light of the changes to the 2020 Thoroughbred auction calendar." The event had been scheduled for June 3. "Factors beyond our control have necessitated the sale's cancellation," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. "We greatly appreciate the support we received from those that had already committed entries, as well as the efforts and cooperation of Santa...

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