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Juddmonte Reveals 2021 U.S. Mating Plans

Eclipse champion Close Hatches (First Defence), dam of multiple graded stakes winner Tacitus (Tapit), will be visiting WinStar Farm stallion Constitution this year, highlighting a list of high-profile U.S.-based mares whose 2021 mating plans were released Monday by Juddmonte Farm. The 11-year-old mare, who has a yearling filly by Constitution's sire Tapit and was bred to that Gainesway stallion last year, is one of several Juddmonte mares expected to be bred to Constitution this year. The list also includes 2012 Canadian 2-year-old filly champion and GI Darley Alcibiades S. winner...

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Champion Mitole's First Foal is a Colt

Spendthrift Farm's Mitole (Eskendereya-Indian Miss, by Indian Charlie) was represented by his first foal when a colt was born at Ballyrankin Stud near Lexington. The colt, bred by Jeff Ganje and out of Kiss Mine (Mineshaft), was reported as born Jan. 23. Kiss Mine captured six black-type wins and was multiple graded placed during her racing campaign. "He's a very attractive, good-sized colt with a nice hip and a lot of quality," said Sally Lockhart of Ballyrankin Stud. "I'm very pleased with him." Mitole was named Eclipse champion sprinter for...

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Beholder's First Foal, Q B One, Nears Debut at Santa Anita

He has yet to race, but Q B One (Uncle Mo) has already been the subject of several stories and a video feature from XBTV. That's the way it is when your dam is one of the best horses of her era. Now, the story of Q B One is about to heat up even further. After the 3-year-old colt worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 Jan. 8 at Santa Anita, trainer Richard Mandella said that Q B One was "a couple of weeks from starting." He will start for her...

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Thousand Words Retired to Spendthrift

Thousand Words (Pioneerof the Nile--Pomeroy's Pistol, by Pomeroy) has been retired from racing and will begin stud duties this year at B. Wayne Hughes's Spendthrift Farm. The 4-year-old, a $1-million Keeneland September purchase, was campaigned by Spendthrift and Albaugh Family Stables and was trained by Bob Baffert. He won the 2019 GII Los Alamitos Futurity and 2020 GIII Robert B. Lewis S. and Shared Belief S. He was also second in the GIII Los Alamitos Derby. Thousand Words retires with four wins and a second from nine starts and earnings...

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First Foal for Maximus Mischief a Florida-Bred Colt

Maximus Mischief (Into Mischief--Reina Maria, by Songandaprayer), one of three sons of 2020's leading sire on the Spendthrift Farm roster, was represented by his first foal when a colt was born early Saturday, Jan. 9. The bay colt is a Florida-bred out of Rosetta's Gift (Two Step Salsa) and is also the first foal for the mare. "This colt is very nice with a lot of size for a first foal," said Angela Ingenito, who bred both the foal and his dam. "The mare is a maiden and rather plain,...

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Champion Vino Rosso Represented by First Foal

Spendthrift Farm's Vino Rosso (Curlin--Mythical Bride, by Street Cry {Ire}), the champion older dirt male and winner of the GI Breeders' Cup Classic in 2019, was represented by his first foal Jan. 5 when the 6-year-old mare Shine Time (Malibu Moon) produced a filly at Jim and Pam Robinson's Brandywine Farm in Paris, Kentucky. "I tell you what, you could not ask for a better foal. She is just beautiful and very smart," Pam Robinson said. "Physically, she is a strong filly with good bone. I cannot say enough positive...

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Kalypso a Revelation in Santa Ynez

David Bernsen, Rockingham Ranch and Chad Littlefield's Kalypso (Brody's Cause), the 4-5 favorite, strode home an easy winner of the GII Santa Ynez S. at Santa Anita Sunday, becoming the second graded winner from the first crop of her Grade I-winning sire. Cutting back to seven furlongs following a runner-up effort behind her Santa Ynez-scratched stablemate Varda (Distorted Humor) in the 1 1/16-mile GI Starlet S. last month, the chestnut filly broke sharply and had the advantage in the early strides. But she was soon joined by Brilliant Cut (Speightstown)...

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Team Authentic Leading No. American Money Winner of 2020

By virtue of victories in the GI Kentucky Derby and in the GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic and combined with a third seven-figure success in the GI Haskell Invitational S., the ownership group that campaigned leading Horse of the Year hopeful Authentic (Into Mischief)--Spendthrift Farm LLC, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables LLC and Starlight Racing--finished 2020 as the leading owner by earnings with a total of $6,790,000. The partnership raced Authentic for his final four races. In total, Authentic won five of his seven starts in 2020 and led all horses...

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Who's Your Pick? George Adams

GEORGE ADAMS, Housatonic Bloodstock Instagrand (Into Mischief), $7,500, Taylor Made    Of the first-years, Instagrand is a really interesting horse and priced competitively at $7,500 at Taylor Made. If he'd retired after his first two starts, folks would have knocked him on soundness but they'd have bred to him because of that brilliance and the Into Mischief factor, and his fee would've been higher. Nothing he did after that changes anything about his juvenile campaign, and physically he's a beast. Plus, Into Mischief has only gotten hotter. I think the commercial...

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Authentic Wins Secretariat Vox Populi Award

Presumptive Horse of the Year Authentic (Into Mischief) has been voted the Secretariat Vox Populi Award winner by horse racing fans. Created by Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery, the award annually recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the general public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing. Winner of the GI Kentucky Derby and GI Breeders' Cup Classic, Authentic bested nominees Monomoy Girl, Swiss Skydiver, Tiz the Law and Whitmore. All five nominees were selected by the Vox Populi committee and presented to thousands of voters in...

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Pricey Malibu Moon Filly a Smart Winner in Big A Debut

2nd-Aqueduct, $80,000, Msw, 12-4, 2yo, f, 6fT, 1:10.45, gd,1 length. MISS DRACARYS (f, 2, Malibu Moon--Ask Me When, by Speightstown), the second-priciest offspring by her sire of 47 yearlings sold in 2019 when bringing $525,000 at Keeneland September, lit up the tote board at 23-1 in this debut run. She raced under a snug hold in seventh on the inside and was traveling nicely as the field hit the quarter pole. Kept along the fence by Kendrick Carmouche as they turned for home, the bay threaded the needle in deep...

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Eclipse Awards Ceremony to be Virtual in 2021

The Eclipse Awards Ceremony honoring champions of 2020 will be held Jan. 28 as a virtual event with portions hosted from Spendthrift Farm in Lexington. Winners in 17 human and equine categories will be announced in a virtual ceremony streamed live on multiple outlets, including TVG and Racetrack Television Network, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. The finalists for the 2020 Eclipse Awards will be announced Jan. 16. "Aligning the 50th Eclipse Awards with a historic property like Spendthrift Farm serving as the backdrop for the broadcast is a natural," said...

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