Forestry Passes at 27 in Brazil

Forestry (Storm Cat--Shared Interest, by Pleasant Colony), winner of the 1999 GI King's Bishop S. at Saratoga and sire of GI Preakness S. winner Shackleford and fellow GISWs Discreet Cat, Forest Danger and Diplomat Lady, passed away at the age of 27 in Paraná, Brazil on Wednesday. One of the longest-lived and most successful sires in all of South America, Forestry died due to health problems caused by old age, according to Dr. Joaquim Antunes, chief veterinarian of Haras São José da Serra. Bred by Robert S. Evans in Kentucky,...

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Stilleto Boy Gets His Grade I in Big 'Cap

Stilleto Boy (Shackleford), so often a major player in graded races but seldom a winner, finally got the big one, winning the GI Santa Anita H. Saturday at the Great Race Place. He was third in last year's Big 'Cap, had filled out the trifecta in both the 2022 and 2023 GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational S., and had placed in another two Grade I races. Saturday was his day to shine, as he wore down pacesetting favorite and GISW Defunded (Dialed In)--whom he finished one slot behind in the...

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Shackleford Filly Game as they Get in Fantasy

Sekie and Tsunebumi Yoshihara's Yuugiri (Shackleford) looked in all sorts of bother as she was besieged from either side with time ticking away in Saturday's GIII Fantasy S. at Oaklawn Park, but she refused to lay down and battled her way to a neck defeat of Beguine (Gun Runner). Second choice Bubble Rock (More Than Ready) was third in her first try on a conventional dirt surface. Quickly into stride from gate six, Yuugiri won the race into the first turn and set the pace from the two path, with...

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Shackleford Filly Swiftest at OBS Saturday

A filly by Shackleford (hip 573) worked the fastest quarter-mile of the week when covering the distance in :20 3/5 during Saturday's fourth session of the under-tack show ahead of next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds. Consigned by Jonathan Navas's Navas Equine, the bay filly is out of Moondancer (Cuvee) and from the family of Grade I winner Kitten's Dumplings. "She was always training well and has a good mentality," Navas said. "But last week when she prepped at OBS, she went :21 1/5. I usually...

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Stallion-Making Potential For Improbable and Promises Fulfilled

When considering stallion potential, brilliance and precocity are rarely left out of the equation. But a unique find emerges when a headlining juvenile can carry out his talent as a sophomore and even as an older horse before beginning his stud career. Two of WinStar Farm's new recruits for 2021, Improbable (City Zip) and Promises Fulfilled (Shackleford), showed brilliance early on in their careers as flashy debut winners before each went on to become stakes winners at three and four. We spoke with WinStar's David Hanley on the pair of...

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GISW Promises Fulfilled Retired to WinStar Farm

Robert J. Baron and WinStar Farm's Grade I-winning millionaire Promises Fulfilled (Shackleford--Marquee Delivery, by Marquetry) has been retired from racing and will enter stud at WinStar for the 2021 breeding season. His fee has been set at $10,000 S&N. Promises Fulfilled won five graded stakes at distances from six furlongs to 1 1/16 miles--winning the GI H. Allen Jerkens S., GII Fountain of Youth S., GII John A. Nerud S., GII Phoenix S., and GIII Amsterdam S. "When we look for stallion prospects, we want brilliance," said Elliott Walden, WinStar's...

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Shackleford Half to Monomoy Girl Tabbed a Rising Star at Del Mar

Superman Shaq (Shackleford), a half-brother to champion Monomoy Girl (Tapizar), disappointed with a dull effort in his debut, but made amends with a 'TDN Rising Star' worthy graduation at Del Mar Sunday. Shedding blinkers and sent off the 5-2 favorite for this second start, the chestnut colt strode out to the early lead and had company through a quarter in :22.08. He began inching clear turning for home, spurted further away after a half in :45.77 and bound home a 3 3/4-length winner. Parnelli (Quality Road) was second and Hot...

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Businesslike Opener to OBS July Sale

by Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis With attendance at the sales grounds down dramatically, but internet bidding brisk, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's July 2-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age Sale opened with a workmanlike session Tuesday in Central Florida. "It was a solid start," said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. "Obviously we had some nice horses go through the ring and sell well. It was a little slow early on in the day, but I thought it leveled out. We are dealing with strange times, that's for sure,...

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Half Ours Colt Zips Fastest Quarter of the Week at OBS

The under-tack show for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's July 2-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age Sale reached its midway point Wednesday in Central Florida and a colt by Half Ours (hip 383) turned in the week's fastest quarter-mile so far, covering the distance in :20 1/5. The bay colt is consigned by Sergio Centeno's Blue River Bloodstock and is out of All About Ju Ju (Into Mischief). "He prepped in :21 1/5, so I expected he could go :21 flat to :20 4/5, but he worked really, really...

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Shackleford Filly Sets Quarter-Mile Mark at OBS Breeze Show Monday

The six-session under-tack show for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's July 2-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age Sale began Monday and, with temperatures quickly rising into the upper 80's, the day's last of three sets was twice delayed as fierce rainstorms swept through the area. A filly by Shackleford (hip 15), working early in the day's first set, turned in the session's fastest quarter-mile time of :20 4/5. Consigned by Jesse Hoppel's Coastal Equine, the bay filly is out of Peace Queen (Indian Charlie), a half-sister to multiple graded...

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Wavertree On Fire at Friday's Breeze Show

Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables was on fire Friday at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training breeze show. The Irishman sent out one of two :20 2/5 bullet breezers, as well as four juveniles who worked in :20 3/5. "It was a great day," Dunne said. "I don't want to say it was unexpected because it wasn't, but it is very rare that everything goes exactly as you hoped. We felt we were loaded coming into today. We had some nice horses throughout the week, but...

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Classic Winner Shackleford Sold to South Korea

Shackleford (Forestry--Oatsee, by Unbridled), the 2011 GI Preakness S. winner, has been sold to continue his stud career in Korea, officials at Darby Dan Farm confirmed Thursday afternoon. Bred and raced by Mike Lauffer and Bill Cubbedge and trained by Dale Romans, the blaze-faced chestnut defied big odds to finish second in the GI Florida Derby and set the majority of the pace in the GI Kentucky Derby before settling for a close fourth-place effort. He defeated Derby winner Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux {Brz}) two weeks later and would go on...

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