Practical Joke

Practical Joke's Girl With a Dream Takes Letellier Memorial

Girl With a Dream broke sharply and made all to win the Letellier Memorial S. and become the fifth stakes winner for her freshman sire Practical Joke (Into Mischief) Monday at Fair Grounds. The 3-5 favorite, adding Lasix for this effort, grabbed the lead and was pressed through an opening quarter in :22.49. She was joined by stablemate Com' on Sweet Luv at the top of the lane after a half in :46.42 and determinedly held that rival at bay to the wire. Girl With a Dream graduated by 6...

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Value Sires, Part V: First Sophomores in 2022

So finally we come to a group of stallions that has at least offered some initial indication of their competence actually to produce a runner. Not that the market tends to enjoy this process! Its nervousness about sires at this stage of their career makes it easy to see why so much investment is instead concentrated in that period of grace when they haven't yet been exposed in such heartless fashion. Yes, the one or two that are prompt to seize their chance are instantly on their way: their second...

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Racing Insights for Saturday, Nov. 6

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 8th-GP, $55K, Msw, 2yo, 7f, 4:02 p.m. ET Some two years after his half-brother Spun to Run (Hard Spun) dominated the GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, Sabana Farm homebred Practical Way (Practical Joke) makes his debut for trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. Also responsible for stakes winner Tap It All (Tapizar), SW dam Yawkey Way (Grand Slam) sold to Gainesway and Whisper Hill Farm for $600,000 last Keeneland November while carrying a full brother to Spun to Run. Joseph will also send out A. P.'s Secret...

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Practical Joke Represented By First Japanese Winner

Coolmore America's successful first-crop sire Practical Joke (Into Mischief) was represented by his first Japanese winner and 15th overall when Dugat validated even-money favoritism in a 1200-meter turf maiden Saturday afternoon at Hanshin Racecourse. Bred in Kentucky by Erv Woolsey and Ralph Kinder, the son of the mutiple stakes-placed Untraveled (Canadian Frontier) was knocked down to trainer Hideyuki Mori for $190,000 from the McKathan Bros. draft at this year's OBS March Sale after the Mar. 31 foal breezed an eighth of a mile in the bullet time of :9 4/5....

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Oct. 10 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency PLETCHER UNVEILS PRICEY INTO MISCHIEF 1st-BEL, $90K, Msw, 2yo, 1mT, 12:35 p.m. Spendthrift Farm teamed up with My Racehorse on a $600,000 son of Into Mischief in KEESEP acquisition PROVOCATEUR, who debuts in this test for trainer Todd Pletcher. The bay is a full-brother to Grade III winner One Liner and SP Roderick. This is also the family of Grade I-winning stallions Daredevil (More Than Ready) and Albertus Maximus (Albert the Great). Christophe Clement unveils Ruthenian (Union Rags) here as well. He is a half...

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Wanamaker's Catalogues 29 Hips for October Sale

Wanamaker's has catalogued 29 hips for its October Sale. The sale is comprised of broodmares, mares-in-foal, racehorses, 2-year-olds in training and yearlings. Highlights from the catalogue include Savedbythebelle (Super Saver), a 4-year-old broodmare prospect and daughter of the talented Grade I winner Belle Gallantey (After Market), as well as 2-year-olds in training by hot, young stallions Nyquist and Practical Joke. More detailed information on the 29 offerings can be found at Prospective buyers may browse the website to view pedigrees, pictures and videos of each hip offered. In-person inspections...

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Catalog For Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Sale Online

A total of 284 horses of all ages have been cataloged for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Sale, the auction house's annual New York breeding stock sale, to be held in a single session Monday, Oct. 18 at the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, New York. The event returns to the calendar for 2020, having been a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic 12 months ago. "After being forced to cancel last year's sale due to the pandemic, Saratoga Fall returns with a larger catalogue than 2019," said Fasig-Tipton...

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Practical Joke Filly Tops CTHS Sale

A filly by Practical Joke (hip 75) brought the top price of C$180,000 and was one of five yearlings to sell for six figures during the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Premier Yearling Sale Wednesday at Woodbine. Consigned by Shannondoe Farm, the bay filly is out of multiple stakes winner Silent Treat (Silent Name {Jpn}) and was bred in Ontario by Stablemates. She was purchased by J. Nelson. The top-priced colt at the sale was a son of Silent Name (Jpn) out of stakes-placed Sweet Bama Breeze (City Zip) (hip 94)....

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Wit Finds It Easy Like a Sunday Morning

The whole place was overgrown, and there was just so much work to be done. But among the weeds and dilapidation were rampant wild roses, and hedge apples; and they had each other, and they had a dream. For all the toil ahead, Rosilyn Polan and her husband Kenneth felt such a sense of homecoming that she had to scroll all the way back to girlhood for an answering chord of memory. "When I was little, waking up on a Sunday morning, you'd smell coffee brewing in the kitchen, and...

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Another First-Time Starter Winner for Practical Joke

6th-Ellis, $45,968, Msw, 7-24, 2yo, f, 5f, :57.06, ft, 6 3/4 lengths. GIRL WITH A DREAM (f, 2, Practical Joke--Henley, by Corinthian) was sent off the 6-5 chalk to open her account at first asking and turned it on through the Ellis stretch to graduate by an imposing margin Saturday afternoon. The $115,000 Keeneland September yearling graduate jumped alertly from an outside gate and pressed the pace through an opening quarter-mile in :22.24. Allowed to stride into the lead with about 2 1/2 furlongs to travel, the chestnut was shaken...

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Sunday's Racing Insights: Flashy Juveniles Line Up on Both Coasts

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 1st-SAR, $100K, Msw, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:05 p.m. Tout Ensemble (Practical Joke) makes her first start here for Chad Brown and the powerful partnership of Peter Brant, Mrs. M. V. Magnier and Mrs. Paul Shanahan. The $185,000 KEENOV weanling topped the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale this April at 360,000gns (approximately $520,000). Click for more. A half to Group 2-placed juvenile Rebel Tale (Tale of the Cat), the May 4 foal hails from a productive female family of graded/group winners. Her dam is half to...

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Wit Helps Everyone to Get the Joke

Let's get one thing straight, right off the bat. Even setting aside the fact that our industry--with the complicity of the media--devotes disproportionate attention and resources to freshman sires, July is way too early to be deciding which few will ultimately build a sustainable career in Kentucky. True, it can only be auspicious to see Gun Runner already perched at the top of their prizemoney table. Though he put together his Horse of the Year campaign as a 4-year-old, he has already had eight winners from 18 starters. But other...

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