Rodolphe Brisset

Minnesota Ready Tops Lothenbach Dispersal on Fasig-Tipton Digital

The Lothenbach dispersal of Horses of Racing Age on Fasig-Tipton Digital, run Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, closed with 66 horses selling for $4,840,000 with MSP Minnesota Ready (More Than Ready) leading all lots at a final price of $380,000, changing hands to Richard Colton Jr.. The first in the digital ring, Minnesota Ready was most recently seen Jan. 20 in the Duncan F. Kenner S. at the Fair Grounds, where he again ran third in a blanket finish with SW Sosua Summer (Summer Front) and MSW & MGSP Just...

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At Long Last, Flightline's Full Brother Getting Closer to a Race

When Olivier (Tapit) worked a half-mile in :49.80 last week at Oaklawn Park for trainer Rodolphe Brisset there was nothing special about the breeze. It was the 45th best work at the distance out of 137 horses who went the half-mile. But it was a step in the right direction, albeit a small one, for a soon-to-be 4-year-old who can't seem to get on the right path. Barring a setback, he should make his debut some time early next year at Oaklawn. Might he finally be ready to turn things...

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Federal Judge Drops The Hammer On Extra Anejo To Open Derby Card

1st-Churchill Downs, $95,885, Alw (NW1X)/Opt. Clm ($100,000), 5-6, 3yo, 6 1/2f, 1:16.08, ft, 1 length. FEDERAL JUDGE (c, 3, Army Mule--Congarette, by Congaree) impressed in his unveiling over a quick six furlongs at Oaklawn Apr. 1, nearly going gate-to-wire in route to a 4 1/2-length win and a 97 Beyer Speed Figure. The narrow 8-5 favorite over returning 'TDN Rising Star' Extra Anejo (Into Mischief), the bay sat just off early pacesetter Olazabal (Bolt d'Oro) through a quick opening quarter in :22.09 before pouncing between rivals to take command into...

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All Rise: Army Mule's Federal Judge Drops the Gavel on Debut

Angel of Empire (Classic Empire) and Wet Paint (Blame) weren't the only 3-year-olds to impress on Oaklawn Park's loaded GI Arkansas Derby program. WinStar Farm and Siena Farm's Federal Judge (c, 3, Army Mule--Congarette, by Congaree) announced his presence with authority on the undercard, kicking off his career for trainer Rodolphe Brisset with a razor sharp, front-running performance, good for a flashy 97 Beyer Speed Figure. He broke sharply from post five beneath Ricardo Santana, Jr. and quickly cleared his six rivals, including a trio of older horses, at debut...

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Hot Little Thing Dominant First Stakes Winner for Army Mule

Hot Little Thing, coming off a seven-length maiden romp at Horseshoe Indianapolis, became the first stakes winner for her freshman sire Army Mule (Friesan Fire) with a dominant victory in the Back Home Again S. at the Indiana oval Wednesday. The even-money favorite zipped out to the early lead and was in control through fractions of :23.18 and :46.47. She skipped effortlessly clear down the lane and cruised home under wraps a much-the-best winner. Hot Little Thing contested the pace before coming up 3/4-lengths short when second in her off-turf...

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Thursday Insights: Quality Road Colt Tries the Turf at Kentucky Downs

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 2nd-KD, $150k, Msw, 2yo, 6 1/2fT, post time: 1:58 p.m. ET WinStar and Gainesway Farm's SUNDANCE (Quality Road), an $800,000 Keeneland September yearling, moves to the lawn for his second outing. The Rodolphe Brisset trainee was a well-beaten fifth in his main-track debut at Ellis Park Aug. 6. The juvenile is the first foal out of Grade I-placed Cherry Lodge (Bernardini). Richard and Connie Snyder's Tollgate Canyon (Arrogate) makes his first trip to the post for trainer Joe Sharp. Out of graded-placed Burg Berg (Johannesburg),...

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Sunday Insights: Full to Derby winner Among Into Mischief Juveniles in Action at Ellis Park Sunday

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 2nd-Ellis Park, $60k, Msw, 2yo, 6f, 2:18 p.m. ET WinStar Farm and CMNWLTH's PENSACOLA (Into Mischief) opens his career for trainer Rodolphe Brisset. The bay colt was acquired for $600,000 following a :10 1/5 work at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale earlier this year. He is a son of stakes winner Stormy Regatta (Midshipman) and a half to stakes winner Bay Storm (Kantharos). Also debuting is AMO Racing's Hurricane J (Nyquist), a $330,000 KEESEP yearling trained by Paulo Lobo. He is a half to Grade...

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Thursday Morning with Kentucky Derby Winner Rich Strike

ELMONT, NY - With regular exercise rider Gabriel Lagunes in the saddle, GI Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike (Keen Ice) circled the shedrow shortly after 8:30 a.m. on a sticky Thursday morning at Belmont Park. Making his way through the picturesque Belmont backstretch about 10 minutes later with a good-sized entourage in tow, Rich Strike entered the paddock via the tunnel as owner Richard Dawson and trainer Eric Reed, both sporting plenty of black-and-red Rich Strike swag, chatted by the famed Secretariat statue. With torrential pre-dawn thunderstorms leaving the main...

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Stars Come Out on a Steamy Wednesday Morning at Belmont Park

ELMONT, NY - With the rising sun making its way through cloudy skies, GI Belmont S. longshot Skippylongstocking (Exaggerator) began to get into his gallop on the clubhouse turn on a steamy Wednesday morning at beautiful Belmont Park. Sporting plenty of trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr.'s flashy yellow-and-blue stable colors, the GI Preakness S. fifth-place finisher continued to catch the eye upon return while jogging along the outer rail with his neck arched. He stood briefly by the gap and soaked up plenty of attention from a handful of photographers as...

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Flay Buys Into Belmont Contender We the People

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay has acquired an interest in recent GIII Peter Pan S. romper and 'TDN Rising Star' We the People (Constitution), who figures to be one of the top betting choices in Saturday's GI Belmont S. on Long Island. The famed restaurateur also bought into Creator (Tapit) ahead of his Belmont victory in 2016. Flay joins an ownership group that consists of WinStar Farm, CMNWLTH and Siena Farm on the Rodolphe Brisset trainee. "I'm thrilled to join the We the People team," said Flay. "I have been an...

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Top Contenders Put in Final Belmont Breezes

Several major contenders for next week's $1.5-million GI Belmont S. completed their final serious preparations Saturday morning. Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher seeks his fourth Belmont trophy, and sent out his pair of representatives, GII Wood Memorial S. winner Mo Donegal (Uncle Mo) and GI Longines Kentucky Oaks runner-up Nest (Curlin), to an in-company half in :49.90 (68/129) over the Belmont training track. Irad Ortiz, Jr. and Jose Ortiz, respectively, piloted the pair, who Pletcher caught breaking off in :24.80 and galloping out six furlongs in 1:14 and seven furlongs...

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Pletcher Stars, Including Potential Belmont S. duo, Highlight Busy Worktab

Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher's potential GI Belmont S. duo of Mo Donegal (Uncle Mo) and the filly Nest (Curlin) worked in company Friday morning. Nest, with Jose Ortiz aboard, and Mo Donegal, who was piloted by Irad Ortiz, Jr., went to the fast main track under cloudy skies and temperatures in the 60s. Nest worked to the inside of Mo Donegal as both horses completed their five-furlong moves in 1:02.99, followed by an extended three-eighths gallop out. "The main thing I tried to emphasize to Jose and Irad...

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