Breeders’ Futurity

Carpe Diem’s First Foal A Colt At Ocala Stud

WinStar Farm’s Carpe Diem, Giant’s Causeway’s Grade 1 winner at both two and three, sired his first reported foal on New Year’s Day when a colt was born Sunday at Ocala Stud in Ocala, FL. Bred by Centaur Farm, the colt is out of the seven-time stakes-winning Songandaprayer mare, Evelyn’s Dancer. “He’s a nice-sized colt […]

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Gunnevera To Skip Juvenile, Point To Delta Jackpot

Peacock Racing Stables’ graded stakes-winning juvenile Gunnevera will be pointed to the $1 million Delta Jackpot (G3) at Delta Downs Nov. 19 instead of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 5. The 2-year-old son of Dialed In, who captured the Saratoga Special (G2) at Saratoga Aug. 18, finished fifth in […]

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Classic Empire Back On Track To Win Breeders’ Futurity

John Oxley’s Classic Empire, who inexplicably made a U-turn at the start of Saratoga’s G1 Hopeful, stayed on track in Saturday’s G1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, winning convincingly under Julien Leparoux. Defeating 11 other juveniles by three lengths, the son of Pioneerof the Nile covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.41 for trainer Mark Casse, earning […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Derby Dreams Inch Closer For Albaugh

During last year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale, a front-page story in a newsletter published by the Paulick Report focused on a significant new buyer at the auction, Dennis Albaugh, under the headline, “A New Player With Big Dreams.” Just over a year later, some of those dreams are beginning to come true. In Saturday’s $500,000 […]

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Blue Grass Winner Carpe Diem Retired To WinStar Farm

Stonestreet Stables’ & WinStar Farm’s Carpe Diem, Giant’s Causeway’s Grade 1-winning son at two and three, has been retired from racing due to a knee chip, and will stand stud in 2016 at WinStar Farm in Versailles, KY. “Carpe Diem was a standout physical at the 2-year-olds-in-training sales, and quickly demonstrated his precocious speed, breaking […]

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Juvenile: Carpe Diem Seizes Breeders’ Futurity

Living up to his namesake, the old Latin adage translating to “seize the day,” Carpe Diem took the lead on the far turn and kept on going, winning Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity by 6 1/4 lengths at Keeneland. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the 2-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway was making his second […]

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Increased Purses, Six G1 Races Highlight Keeneland Fall Stakes Schedule

Keeneland will offer 17 stakes worth a total of $4.925 million during its 2014 Fall Meet from Oct. 3-25. The 17-day season will award approximately $600,000 in average daily purses as one of the richest racing programs in North America, while Keeneland debuts a state-of-the-art dirt surface on the main track and features races for […]

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Claiborne to Sponsor Keeneland’s Breeders’ Futurity

The Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm has become the signature sponsor of Keeneland’s Breeders’ Futurity (G1), to be held Saturday, Oct. 4. The purse for the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity will increase from $400,000 to $500,000 in 2014. The stakes, for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, is a part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series in which […]

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Churchill Barn Notes: Talking Espoir City and Blame

PRESS RELEASE ESPOIR CITY GETS FIRST FEEL OF TRACK AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – Two days after arriving at Churchill Downs from Japan, Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) hopeful Espoir City (JPN), got the opportunity to set foot on the track beneath the Twin Spires. Leaving the quarantine barn at 9 o’clock Thursday morning, Espoir City was […]

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