White Birch Farm

A Joke to Be Taken Very Seriously

NEWMARKET, UK—After such giddy disruption to the last cycle, the first session of the European breeze-up calendar gave the sector a comforting sense that its world might be easing back on its axis. But those seeking continuity could find it, not between the market that was eventually salvaged last summer and the one that was tested here on Tuesday, but extending from the 2-year-old sales already staged this year across the ocean. Practical Joke has been the toast of the Florida sales, not least with the $750,000 filly who topped...

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Godolphin Named Leading French Owner in 2020

Godolphin has been named the leading owner in France for 2020 by France Galop. Their 77-strong French string, trained primarily by Andrew Fabre and Alex Pantall ran 281 times with 60 wins. They earned $2,235,078, just $1,707 more than White Birch Farm at €2,233,371. Godolphin's British string's French successes of over €600,000 are not included in these totals. Peter Brant's White Birch Farm celebrated a win in the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) last season. Third on the list is His Highness The...

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MGSW Regal Glory Summons $925K at KEEJAN

MGSW Regal Glory (Animal Kingdom--Mary's Follies, by More Than Ready) sparked early fireworks at Keeneland Tuesday, summoning $925,000 from Peter Brant's White Birch Farm just three hips into the session. The 5-year-old mare was consigned by Lane's End as part of the complete dispersal of the Estate of Paul Pompa, Jr.

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Fog of War to Stand in New York

Fog of War (War Front--Say {Ire}, Galileo {Ire}), winner of the GI Summer S. at two, will stand the 2021 season at Questroyal/Hidden Lake Farm near Stillwater, New York. The 4-year-old stands as property of White Birch Farm Inc. and Three C Stables LLC with a stud fee set at $7,000, live foal stands and nurses. A $400,000 Keeneland September yearling, Fog of War was purchased by White Birch Farm and raced under the colors of Peter M. Brant his entire career. He was trained by Chad Brown. Fog of...

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Siyouni's Sottsass Prevails In the Arc

It was a home success in Sunday's G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe as Peter Brant's Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) realised his owner's longtime dream when providing him and Jean-Claude Rouget with a first renewal of the showpiece as Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) failed to fire in sixth. Third in 2019, last year's G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero--who holds the record time in that Classic since the race was shortened to 10 1/2 furlongs in 2005--had stayed slightly under the radar as he was geared towards his second...

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Sottsass Pleases In Gallop; Gontaut-Biron Next

Last-out G1 Prix Ganay winner Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) is on course for the G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron at Deauville on Aug. 15 after pleasing connections in a route piece of work on Thursday. "He did a simple work, as we are accustomed to do," said trainer Jean-Claude Rouget of Peter Brant's 4-year-old. "The goal is not to have a hard work; once they have made their seasonal bow, we do maintenance work. They worked over 1,800 metres-all went well. The horse has a good action and he behaves as he...

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Raven's Pass's Lemista Takes the Kilboy Estate

Ger Lyons had suffered a rare downturn at The Curragh's weekend meeting when Frenetic (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) was overturned in the G2 Airlie Stud S., but the Irish Oaks-winning trainer was straight back in the game with Peter Brant's Lemista (Ire) (Raven's Pass) in Sunday's G2 Kilboy Estate S. Causing an upset when upstaging Saturday's Classic heroine Even So (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) in the G3 Park Express S. over a mile at Naas Mar. 23, the bay had confirmed her class when adding the Listed Victor McCalmont Memorial S. to...

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Sottsass Back To Winning Ways In the Ganay

It was not easy for Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) in Sunday's G1 Prix Ganay at Chantilly, but White Birch Farm's G1 Prix du Jockey-Club hero and G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe third duly delivered to put his 4-year-old campaign on the right track. Settled third early by Cristian Demuro racing without cover as Shaman (Ire) (Shamardal) enjoyed an unpestered lead, the even-money favourite who had been fourth in the G2 Prix d'Harcourt at ParisLongchamp May 11 gained a narrow advantage with 300 metres remaining and battled gamely as Way...

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Exciting Kingman Duo Unveiled At Deauville

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today's Observations features a pair of 3-year-olds by standout young sire Kingman. 1.25 Deauville, Debutantes, €20,000, 3yo, c/g, 8fT EDGE OF VICTORY (IRE) (Kingman {GB}) is a son of the G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Beauty Parlour (GB) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), who was bought by White Birch Farm...

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American Pharoah Colt Wins on Debut in Hallandale

5th-Gulfstream, $38,000, Msw, 4-25, 3yo, 7f, 1:23.25, ft. BASQUIAT (c, 3, American Pharoah--Divalarious {SP}, by Distorted Humor) was legged up for this debut at Payson Park, closing a formidable worktab with a strong five-furlong move in 1:02 2/5 over the deep surface Apr. 19. The second betting favorite at 19-10, about $3,400 less than 9-5 Ashiham (Tapit), the Brant homebred was asked for a bit of speed by the comebacking Irad Ortiz, Jr. and raced prominently early on behind Chasing Anna (Fast Anna) before taking back into fourth while racing...

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Coolmore to Purchase Half of Sottsass

Coolmore has agreed to purchase a 50% interest in last year's G1 Prix du Jockey Club winner Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), who stays in training this year with trainer Jean-Claude Rouget. The news was first reported by Paris-Turf. Bred by Ecurie des Monceaux out of Starlet's Sister (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Sottsass was a €340,000 purchase at the 2017 Arqana August Yearling Sale by Peter Brant through Michel Zerolo's Oceanic Bloodstock. Racing in the green silks of Brant's White Birch Farm, Sottsass won at second asking at two. He took the...

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