TDN Snippets: Week of Apr. 18 – Apr. 24

Letruska and trainer Fausto Gutierrez Sarah Andrew


There was history being made this past week and there is history yet to be made. Break out your encyclopedias, your preferred tomes of ancient references, any long-dusty papers from years past, and enjoy the show.

Who run the world? Girls.
Letruska joined elite, and truly rarified air with her successful defense of her GI Apple Blossom title over another Apple Blossom winner in Ce Ce. Only three other mares have accomplished the feat of multiple wins in Oaklawn's signature event for dirt distaffers dating back to 1973, and their names grace the walls in the Hall of Fame: Paseana (Arg), Azeri, and Zenyatta.

Royal Ascot bound?
The former Wesley Ward-trained No Nay Never had two TDN Rising Stars, Ballydoyle's Deneuve (filly) and Aesop's Fables (colt), over the span of three days in Ireland. That also makes it five winners from seven juvenile runners for Mr. O'Brien this season. Roll on Ascot…

History in the making?
This year we have not one, not two, but seven stallions with the potential to pull off a Derby-Oaks sire double, something that hasn't been done since Native Dancer sired the winners of both races 56 years ago. In the 147 years of Derby-Oaks history, the feat has been accomplished exactly four times.

Busy, busy…
Chad Schumer was the sale's top buyer at OBS last week, taking home 15 horses for $3.03-million. They ranged from a $30,000 Kantharos colt (Hip 1192) to a $800,000 Justify filly (Hip 1139).

McCraken throws a firecracker…
Airdrie Stud stallions just keep rolling out the winners as this freshman sire claimed his first starter and winner at the ever-competitive Keeneland Spring meet. Crackalacking was a modestly sold runner -$15,000 at KEEJAN and $20,000 KEESEP last year- who blitzed the field by five lengths.

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