Mandy Pope

John William Pope Foundation Awards $80,000 To Thoroughbred Nonprofits

The John William Pope Foundation, a grantmaker based in Raleigh, N.C., has awarded $80,000 to Thoroughbred-related nonprofits during its most recent board meeting. Recipients included Backstretch Employee Services Team of NY for citizenship classes for track employees ($5,000); Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation for a study examining PET technology’s use in the early detection of fetlock […]

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It’s A Girl! Champion Songbird Has Filly By Tapit

Songbird, a two-time champion and near-record priced auction horse, had her second foal, a filly by commercial juggernaut Tapit, on Jan. 26 at Timber Town Farm in Lexington, Ky. The announcement was made through Timber Town’s social media channels, which reported that both mare and foal were doing well following the birth. The birth comes […]

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Keeneland September Sale Produces Near-Record Returns, Record-Priced Filly

The 2019 renewal of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale didn’t keep up with last year’s record-setting edition when it came to the measurables. Even so, the returns from this year’s auction established a steady cruising altitude for the marketplace, showing it’s fully clear of the Great Recession that brought the Thoroughbred industry to a screeching […]

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Pope Secures Record-Priced American Pharoah Filly, Half to Beholder, Into Mischief, Mendelssohn, For $8.2 Million

Everything has to go right for a horse to command a record price at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, and the filly wearing the Hip 498 sticker on Wednesday was the perfect storm to make that happen. On the top side of her page was Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, a stallion defying all rules […]

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Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms Buys Champion Lady Eli For $4.2 Million At Keeneland November Sale

The first session of the 12-day Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale got the auction started on a solid note, with an octet of seven-figure horses leading the trade, including the $4.2-million champion Lady Eli. At the end of Monday’s session, a total of 120 horses sold for revenues of $56,429,000. The average sale price finished […]

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Havre De Grace Daughter Graceful Princess Successful On Debut At Saratoga

Juvenile filly Graceful Princess, the blue-blooded daughter of Tapit and 2011 Horse of the Year Havre De Grace, won her debut on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course. Trained by Ralph Nicks and ridden by Manny Franco, Graceful Princess took the lead shortly after the start and carried on through the wire to win by 1 […]

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Bloodlines: Unlikely Story Of How Unique Bella Nearly Slipped Through The Cracks

Sometimes, breeding top-class horses looks so easy. Just take three-time leading sire Tapit (by Pulpit) and breed him to a mare who won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and there you have it, champion Unique Bella, who won the Eclipse Award as the best sprint filly of 2017. Doesn’t that look simple? Unique Bella makes it […]

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Songbird Visits Arrogate At Juddmonte Farm

Champion Songbird took a short van ride from Timber Town Stable over to Juddmonte Farm on Tuesday for a meeting with Arrogate, according to the two farms’ Twitter accounts. “They were both stars, of course,” reads a post from Timber Town. The 5-year-old Songbird (Medaglia d’Oro) was purchased for $9 million by Mandy Pope at […]

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Groupie Doll’s First Foal To Debut On Jan. 13 At Fair Grounds

Much of the focus on Saturday, Jan. 13 will be placed on the field of 14 3-year-olds chasing Kentucky Derby dreams in the Gr. III LeComte at the Fair Grounds. Earlier on the card however, Tapability, the first foal out of two-time Champion Female Sprinter Groupie Doll, will be making his career debut for trainer William “Buff” Bradley. […]

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