TDN Rising Star

Charlatan The Real Deal

Freshly anointed 'TDN Rising Star' Charlatan (Speightstown) appears no worse for wear a day after his impressive 5 3/4-length victory in 1:08.85 at Santa Anita Saturday afternoon. "We knew he was a really fast horse," said Baffert Monday morning. Campaigned by SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables and Stonestreet Stables, the 3-year-old reeled off three consecutive bullet works at Santa Anita this winter, including an eye-catching five-furlong move in :59.60 Jan. 22. Prior to Saturday's debut score, he breezed five furlongs in :1:00.60 (5/50) at Santa Anita Feb. 11. "His...

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Speightstown Colt the Latest ‘TDN Rising Star’ for the Baffert Barn

Charlatan (Speightstown) would've likely gone favored in most Santa Anita maiden special weights if not for the presence Sunday of Lane Way (Into Mischief)--who was third behind Charlatan's 'TDN Rising Star' and GII San Vicente S.-winning stablemate Nadal (Blame) here last month--and he made 6-5 look like a particular bargain after zipping away in dominant fashion to get the 'Rising Star' nod himself. Seizing the lead without having to work particularly hard for it, the chestnut bowled along through splits of :21.89 and :44.72. He looked like a lock entering...

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Elusive Quality Filly Makes Big Middle Move to Earn Rising Stardom

Manganaro Bloodstock and David Ingordo's Remanded (Elusive Quality) entered her unveiling Sunday at Gulfstream with an upbeat worktab at Payson Park, and was given a 4-1 chance for trainer Cherie DeVaux, who had won with five of her first 23 debuters. Out-breaking only 4-5 favorite Union Maiden (Union Rags), the bay sat toward the back of the pack behind a :22.45 opening quarter before launching a sweeping move into the turn that found her three deep and vying for command after a :45.85 half. She went on with it from...

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Ascendant Hard Not to Love Appears Hard to Beat in Santa Monica

Hard Not to Love (Hard Spun), one blemish from being undefeated in her five-race career, will look to validate a scintillating upset of the GI La Brea S. and continue her rapid ascent as a likely short price this time around in Saturday's GII Santa Monica S. at Santa Anita. Debuting with a local front-running score one day short of a year ago, the $400,000 Keeneland September buy repeated in an allowance Apr. 13 before suffering her only career defeat as a well-beaten third in the Angels Flight S. May...

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Hard Not To Admire This Model Breeder

David Anderson had lost his father barely two months previously, at just 64, to a heart attack. Returning home, trying to light a path through the fog of sudden grief, Anderson had sat down with the farm manager, Ray Carroll. "Ray, what are we going to do here?" Carroll looked at Anderson and said: "Dave, I couldn't imagine working anywhere else in my life." "Perfect. That's all I need to hear. Let's put the pedal down and go for it." It was much the same with Marette Farrell, whose eye...

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APB: ‘Rising Star’ Siblings Guarana and Magic Dance on the Comeback Trail

A pair of talented half-sisters owned and bred by Three Chimneys Farm are nearing a return to action. 'TDN Rising Star' Guarana (Ghostzapper), victress of last term's GI Acorn S. and GI Coaching Club American Oaks, joined trainer Chad Brown's Palm Meadows string to begin the New Year and is close to her first breeze back. She's been sidelined since suffering her first career defeat when second as the even-money favorite in the GI Cotillion S. at Parx Sept. 21. "She came back jammed up after her race in Pennsylvania,...

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‘Rising Star’ No Parole Takes No Prisoners in Prince S.

Tom Amoss has taken this slowly with No Parole (Violence), allowing him to progress through the restricted Louisiana-bred ranks. But it's likely on to bigger and better for the colt, who posted a third consecutive dominating victory in annexing his first two-turn test in Saturday's Louisana Premier Night Prince S. at Delta Downs. Drawn outside in a field of six, No Parole found his way to the front with a minimum of fuss and settled very kindly through an internal second quarter mile that was timed in nearly 26 seconds....

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Dennis’ Moment Breezes for Fountain of Youth

Albaugh Family Stables LLC's 'TDN Rising Star' Dennis' Moment (Tiznow) breezed five furlongs in 1:00.22 (4/35) at Gulfstream Park Saturday in preparation for a planned 2020 debut in the GII Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Feb. 29. The GIII Iroquois S. winner stumbled badly at the start and was a non-factor eighth as the 4-5 favorite in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Nov. 1. "Everything went well, exactly what we were looking for," trainer Dale Romans said. "He hasn't missed a beat. His progression has been great. He's...

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Independence Hall Steps Up in Sam Davis

Undefeated and impressive in all three of his career starts thus far, Independence Hall (Constitution) has earned respect as one of the top early choices for the GI Kentucky Derby. Saturday, fans will get a much clearer picture of whether that stature is justified, as the Mike Trombetta trainee heads south to take on a quality field in the GIII Sam F. Davis S. at Tampa Bay Downs. Sent off as a 7-5 favorite debuting in a seven-furlong event on the GI Pennsylvania Derby undercard at Parx, the dark bay...

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Feb. 6 Insights: Curlin Rising Star Returns Off Long Layoff at Big A

7th-Aqueduct, $75K, Alw/Opt. Clm ($62,500), 1m, 4:25 ET Repole Stable's LEGIT (Curlin) followed up a dominant debut victory going a mile at Gulfstream with an equally impressive two-turn, 'TDN Rising Star'-earning score in the Pimlico slop on Preakness weekend in 2018, but disappeared after that and resurfaces off a near 21-month layoff in this mile feature at Aqueduct. Unveiled as a 17-10 chance in Hallandale, the chestnut scampered away to triumph in hand by 7 1/4 lengths, then rallied from well off the pace to a four-length tally despite a...

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Taraz Easily Passes Two-Turn Test in Martha Washington

Taraz earned the 'TDN Rising Star' moniker after romping by 7 1/2 lengths in her Churchill Downs unveiling Nov. 14 and made good on that initial promise with an 11 1/4-length tour de force in the Letellier Memorial S. in the slop at the Fair Grounds Dec. 21. Heavily favored to continue her hot streak in this sophomore bow, the Juddmonte homebred went straight to the front, cruising through early splits of :23.44 and :47.50. Still just cantering along as she turned for home in front, Taraz sauntered home to...

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Curlin Firster Tons Best En Route to ‘Rising Star’ Tag

Chiefswood Stable homebred Edge of Fire (Curlin) was crunched into 17-10 favoritism off a morning line nearly three times that and the money proved smart indeed, as the chestnut wheeled off heels passing the midstretch marker and went on to a deceptively easy two-length debut score and 'TDN Rising Star' honors in the process. Away fairly, but given a busy ride by Jose Ortiz, Edge of Fire--who blew out three furlongs in a bullet :35 1/5 Jan. 28--was rousted along and responded to sit just behind the leading trio while...

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