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Weanling Curlin Filly Brings $775,000 To Lead Third Day of Keeneland November Sale

In an auction that can be quite top-heavy, the mantle for the most expensive weanling of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale was unexpectedly usurped on the second day of Book 2 on Friday when Larry Best of OXO Equine bought a Curlin filly for $775,000. Best has had a knack for making his presence […]

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March To The Arch Storms Home On Top In Wise Dan

Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak homebred March to the Arch got his first graded stakes win in Saturday’s G2 Wise Dan at Churchill Downs, sparking a 10-1 upset by a neck over 71-1 longshot All Right on the wire. The 4-year-old son of Arch, trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, covered 1 1/16 […]

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Win Win Win Carrying ‘Momentum’ Into Churchill, Will Ship Wednesday

Riding the wave of momentum as leading trainer of Laurel Park’s ongoing spring meet, trainer Mike Trombetta will ship record-setting stakes winner Win Win Win to Kentucky on Wednesday to finish preparations for the May 4 Kentucky Derby (G1). Trombetta’s plans also include giving Win Win Win, ranked 16th with 50 Derby qualifying points, one […]

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Champion World Approval Retired, To Reside At Breeder’s Live Oak Stud

Live Oak Plantation’s homebred World Approval, Eclipse Champion Turf Horse of 2017 and winner of that year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Del Mar, has been retired from racing. The gelded 7-year-old son of Northern Afleet is the last foal produced from the blue hen mare Win Approval. He is a half-brother to Champion Turf […]

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Awesome Slew Retired To Ocala Stud In Florida

Multiple graded stakes winner Awesome Slew has been retired and will stand the upcoming breeding season at Ocala Stud for $5,000 S&N. A versatile son of Awesome Again, Awesome Slew won stakes ranging in distance from seven furlongs to 1 1/16 miles and won or placed in 12 graded stakes over three seasons and over […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Rising ‘Approval’

World Approval remained undefeated in two starts this year when he rallied from off the pace to win the G2 Dixie Stakes at Pimlico May 20. The 5-year-old gelding provided his owner, Live Oak Plantation, with its third graded stakes winner of the year, which moves them into a tie for fourth on the American […]

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World Approval Stalks Pace, Draws Away Solidly To Take Dixie

World Approval stalked an early lead successfully to take the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes under Julien Leparoux on Preakness Saturday at Pimlico. The Mark Casse trainee sat outside early frontrunner Security Risk behind an easy pace and took command heading into the stretch, winning comfortably by 2 1/4 lengths. “He was relaxed and I knew he […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The ‘Thoughtful, Considerate’ Live Oak Legacy

A beautifully sunny Saturday at Keeneland greeted Charlotte Weber on April 8 as she arrived in the Blue Grass, anxiously awaiting the opportunity to watch a pair of her Live Oak Stud homebreds compete in some of the country’s premier graded stakes action. When both Holding Gold and Awesome Slew crossed the wire first in […]

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Sophomore Souper Tapit ‘Still Learning,’ But Very Impressive On Debut At Fair Grounds

There was a bit of buzz surrounding Live Oak Stud’s homebred Souper Tapit as the good-looking 3-year-old son of leading sire Tapit and Grade I winner Zo Impressive neared his first start at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Sunday— and it was not all positive. Known to be very talented and swift in […]

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Millionaire Za Approval Retired, Returns Home To Live Oak

Live Oak Stud homebred Za Approval has been retired sound after a long and successful racing career that saw the gray 8-year-old amass $1,394,666 in earnings over a span of six years on the track. “Za Approval is yet another extraordinary member of a family that has been especially gratifying to Live Oak Stud,” said […]

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