Tom McCrocklin

Summer Breezes: Arrogate Filly Drawn Widest for Debut

Some of the most highly anticipated races during the summer racing season are the 'baby' races during the boutique meetings at both Saratoga and Del Mar and at Ellis Park, which attract its fair share of high-priced offspring from a variety of top national outfits. Summer Breezes highlights debuting 2-year-olds at those meetings that have been sourced at the breeze-up sales earlier in the year, with links to their under-tack previews. To follow are the horses entered for Saturday at Saratoga, Del Mar and Ellis Park: Saturday, August 19, 2023...

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Fasig-Tipton Midlantic June Sale Makes its Debut in Timonium Wednesday

TIMONIUM, MD - The juvenile sales season will add one more stop this year with the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Midlantic June 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale which will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Bidding is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. With a svelte catalogue of 99 head, the auction's under-tack show was held Tuesday morning. After a night of heavy rain and thunder storms, the first of five sets began at 8 a.m. under a light drizzle, but skies cleared throughout the show, which concluded...

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Into Mischief Colt Punctuates Frenetic Finish to OBS June Sale

OCALA, FL - A flurry of late activity carried the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training to its conclusion Thursday in Ocala, with final numbers slightly off the auction's robust 2022 renewal. "Coming off of a record gross of last year, I think we kind of held our own," said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. "It seemed like the market held up through the entire season. There were no big surprises--the market is what the market is. There is money for the perceived higher quality...

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The X-Ray Files: Tom McCrocklin

The TDN sat down with 2-year-old consignor Tom McCrocklin for this first offering in a new series presented in cooperation with the Consignors and Breeders Association (CBA). Through conversations with buyers and sellers, the series looks to contribute to the discussion on radiograph findings and their impact on racetrack success. Tom McCrocklin, who was represented this spring by graduates in both the GI Kentucky Derby and the GI Kentucky Oaks, as well as by a pair of million-dollar juveniles in the sales ring, admitted his approach to vet work varies...

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Solomini Colt, Noble Mission Filly Share Quarter-Mile Bullet at OBS Monday

A colt from the first crop of Solomini (Curlin) (hip 41) and a filly by Noble Mission (GB) (hip 39) shared the quarter-mile bullet of :20 3/5 during the first of six under-tack sessions ahead of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training Monday in Central Florida. Hip 41 turned in his :20 3/5 quarter-mile breeze shortly after the day's 7:30 a.m. start time for consignor Omar Ramirez. "He prepped really, really good for me," Ramirez said. "I didn't know it was going to be :20...

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Awesome Slew Colt Sets Furlong Mark at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Tuesday

TIMONIUM, MD - The three-day under-tack show ahead of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale began on a picture-perfect day in Timonium Tuesday with a colt by Awesome Slew (hip 91) working the bullet furlong of :10 flat early in the first of the day's seven sets. The juvenile is consigned by Tom McCrocklin, who purchased him on behalf of Michael Sucher's Champion Equine for $150,000 at last year's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's October Yearling Sale. "He's a very fast horse," McCrocklin said Tuesday. "I was not surprised...

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Old College Pals Could Be Derby 'Kings'

Tom McCrocklin was calling all that winter, on and on about the same horse. "Listen," he said. "I got a Bolt d'Oro filly that can really run. I'm telling you, maybe as good as anything I've ever had." Mark Toothaker had to take heed; had to pass on the word to his employers at Spendthrift, where he is Stallion Sales Manager. After all, he has known McCrocklin since 1985, when he'd arrived at Louisiana Tech and found this guy who was a real man of the world: already a graduate,...

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Good Magic Filly Earns Bullet at OBS Saturday

A filly by Good Magic (hip 1112) turned in the fastest quarter-mile work of Saturday's final session of the under-tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training when covering the distance in :20 3/5 for consignor Tom McCrocklin. "I don't clock my horses at any point," McCrocklin said. "All these 2-year-olds I sell, I never have a stopwatch in my hand. But at this point, I think I know who can run and who can't. That filly has appeared to be fast for a...

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Strength at the Top as OBS March Concludes with a Million-Dollar Munnings Filly

by Jessica Martini & Christina Bossinakis OCALA, FL - With plenty of activity at the top of the market, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training concluded its three-day run with increases in average and median over last year's two-session renewal and five juveniles selling for seven figures, led by a co-record $2-million son of Good Magic. "I thought it was a really good sale and it held strong all the way through," said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. "There were quality horses on each...

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$1-Million Munnings Filly Gets OBS Wednesday Off to Quick Start

A filly by Munnings (hip 558) got the final session of the OBS March sale off to a quick start when selling for $1 million Wednesday in Ocala. Bloodstock agent Donato Lanni signed the ticket on the filly on behalf of Frank Fletcher. She will be trained by Bill Mott. The bay filly was consigned by Tom McCrocklin, who purchased her for $450,000 on behalf of Michael Sucher's Champion Equine at last year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. She is out of In Full Compliance (Smart Strike) and worked a quarter-mile last...

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$2-Million Good Magic Colt Paces OBS March Tuesday

by Jessica Martini & Christina Bossinakis OCALA, FL-The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, which had four million-dollar juveniles a year ago, has matched that mark with another day to go as a colt by Good Magic topped Tuesday's trade with a sale co-record final price of $2 million. Bob Baffert, sitting in the press box alongside Donato Lanni while on the phone with Amr Zedan, made the winning bid, which matched the $2-million price tag of Chestertown (Tapit), who sold at the auction in 2019. "It...

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Arrogate Full-Bro to Cave Rock Brings $1.05 Million

A colt by Arrogate (hip 489), who is a full-brother to multiple Grade I winner Cave Rock, will be heading to Japan after selling for $1.05 million to the bid of bloodstock agent Shingo Hashimoto of Northern Farm. The juvenile was consigned by Tom McCrocklin, who purchased him for a sale-topping $700,000 on behalf of Michael Sucher's Champion Equine at last summer's Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Yearling sale just days after Cave Rock's TDN Rising Star-worthy debut at Del Mar. Just minutes after the seven-figure sale, McCrocklin was already looking ahead...

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