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Empire Maker’s Stud Fee Set At $85,000 For 2020

Gainesway announced that Empire Maker’s stud fee has been set at $85,000 for the 2020 breeding season. The sire of 12 Grade 1 winners, 62 stakes winners, and 33 graded winners, Empire Maker is responsible for such headliners as two-time Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner, three-time Eclipse Award champion, and six-time Grade 1 winner Royal Delta […]

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Eight Rings ‘Very Good’ In Final Work For Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Working in company with Azul Coast on Sunday morning, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contender Eight Rings had his final breeze for Saturday’s $2 million race, going four furlongs in 47.20. Azul Coast, inside of Eight Rings throughout, was timed in 47.60 over Santa Anita’s main track. “I wanted to give him a target,” Bob Baffert said […]

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Tapit Leads Gainesway’s 2020 Roster At $200,000

Gainesway has released stud fees for its 2020 stallion roster, led once again by commercial juggernaut Tapit. Leading sire Tapit, currently the number-one ranked sire in North America by stakes winners and graded stakes winners, will stand for $200,000 in 2020. Tapit is sire of 25 Grade 1 winners, more than any other active sire […]

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Coolmore Purchases Breeding Rights To Leading Juvenile Contender Eight Rings

Coolmore has secured the breeding rights to Grade I winner Eight Rings (Empire Maker–Purely Hot, by Pure Prize) with plans to stand the colt at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud following his retirement from racing. Owned and raced by the co-ownership comprised of SF Racing, LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, LLC, Frederick Hertrich, III, John D. […]

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Liam’s Map Colt Tops OBS Selected Yearlings Sale For $230,000

Hip No. 224, a son of Liam’s Map consigned by Select Sales, agent, went to de Meric Stables, agent, for $230,000 to top the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. 2019 Selected Sale of Yearlings. The gray or roan colt is out of Dad’ssilverpitcher, by Giant’s Causeway, a half sister to stakes winner Melodic. Hip No. 185, […]

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Eight Rings Delivers In American Pharoah

SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Fred Hertrich, John D. Fielding and Golconda Stables’ Eight Rings was all business in Friday’s Grade 1 American Pharoah Stakes, galloping to an easy five-length win on opening day at Santa Anita Park. The 2-year-old son of Empire Maker, named in honor of New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick’s […]

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Flatter Filly From Family Of Mind Your Biscuits Tops Tuesday Session At Keeneland September

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale showed no sign of slowing down on Tuesday as Mike Ryan, agent, spent $310,000 for a filly by Flatter from the family of Canadian champion Kimchi and Grade/Group 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits to top the session. Tuesday’s gross receipts reached $15,463,700 for 273 horses, for an average of $56,644 and […]

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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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‘About What We Expected’: Steady Returns Kick Off Yearling Season At Fasig-Tipton July Sale

There were a wide range of unique forces working for and against a successful renewal of the Fasig-Tipton July Selected Yearling Sale on Tuesday, ranging from the momentum of a record-setting juvenile market this spring to the uncertainty over the state of racing in southern California. When it all shook out, the returns generally came […]

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Undefeated Valiance ‘Gains Experience’ With Open Mind Stakes Win

Unbeaten Valiance continued to live up to her lofty yearling price, swinging out from a stalking trip in mid-stretch and going on to 1¼-length victory in Sunday’s $75,000 Open Mind Stakes at Monmouth Park. A $650,000 yearling purchase, the Todd Pletcher-trained filly improved to 3-for-3 lifetime while recording her first stakes victory in an evenly-matched […]

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