Skipshot, Sire Of Vasilika, Moves To Buck Pond Farm For 2020 Breeding Season

Skipshot, the sire of top turf mare Vasilika, has been relocated to Buck Pond Farm in Versailles, Ky., where he will stand the 2020 breeding season for an advertised fee of $5,000, BloodHorse reports. The 12-year-old son of Skip Away previously stood at Considine Farm in Paris, Ky., where he entered stud in 2013. Douglas […]

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‘She Taught Me A Lot’: Prat Bids Farewell To ‘Special’ Mare Vasilika

Flavien Prat had answered the questions and provided comments on his victory aboard Toinette in the Goldikova Stakes on Sunday, November 3, closing day of the Santa Anita fall meeting, when another item of business was brought up. He was asked for his thoughts on the retirement of Vasilika, the 5-year-old mare that Prat had […]

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Breeders’ Cup Distaff Winner Blue Prize Sells For $5 Million At Fasig-Tipton November, Turf Sprint Winner Belvoir Bay Brings $1.5 Million

Nothing boosts an offering’s stock at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale like a Breeders’ Cup victory in the days leading up to the marquee auction, and that proved itself out on Tuesday with Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Blue Prize, who sold to Larry Best’s OXO Equine for $5 million and Turf Sprint winner Belvoir Bay who […]

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Iridessa Outduels Vasilika To Win Filly & Mare Turf

Irish-bred Iridessa gave Joseph O’Brien his first Breeders’ Cup victory as a trainer and jockey Wayne Lordan earned his initial success in the World Championships on Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., reeling in front-runner Mirth and then outdueling local favorite Vasilika in the final furlong to win the $2-million, Grade 1 Filly […]

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Higher Power To Challenge McKinzie During Action-Packed Breeders’ Cup Qualifier Weekend

The first of two action-packed Breeders’ Cup Challenge weekends is highlighted by Opening Weekend at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California and Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. A combined seven “Win and You’re In” races for the Breeders’ Cup will be run, including the last two for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic: the […]

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Vasilika Nails Juliet Foxtrot At Wire In Del Mar’s John C. Mabee

Even-money favored Vasilika, seemingly beaten in mid-stretch, unleashed a brilliant burst of speed in the final furlong to get up in the final stride and nose out Eastern invader Juliet Foxtrot in a thrilling renewal of the Grade 2 $200,000 John C. Mabee Stakes Saturday at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. […]

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Despite Yellow Ribbon Loss, Vasilika Favored in Saturday’s John C. Mabee

Vasilika, third as  the 4-5 choice in the Grade II $200,000 Yellow Ribbon on August 3, will try to make amends as the 9-5 morning line choice in Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 John C. Mabee Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. The Yellow Ribbon, in which Vasilika finished a half-length […]

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Hollendorfer’s Vasilika To Defend G2 John C. Mabee Title

A field of 10, topped by defending race champion Vasilika, was entered Wednesday for Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II John C. Mabee Stakes. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Vasilika has won eight of her last 10 starts, all but one in graded stakes, while building career earnings of more than $1.3 million. Vasilika was ridden by Julien […]

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Beau Recall Noses Out Storm The Hill In Yellow Ribbon Handicap

Irish-bred Beau Recall, who as a three-year-old filly suffered a nose loss in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks, was on the right side of the photo Saturday as she edged longshot Storm the Hill by the narrowest of margins in the Grade II $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap for older fillies and mares. With Drayden […]

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