SHOPPING TIME IN LEXINGTON
The first year of the Mare Purchase Program initiated by the HBPA (Ontario) and CTHS (Ontario) will wrap up with today’s Fasig Tipton Febnruary Mixed sale in Leexington beginning at 10 a.m.
Plenty of Ontario bred mares and youngsters are in the catalogue:
51 M BM READY AND ALLURING MORE THAN READY APALACHEE ALLURE APALACHEE TOWN PRIZE ONTARIO 4 KAIZEN SALES (RICHARD KENT) AGENT
54 M BM READY TO RAMBLE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY READY AND ALLURING MORE THAN READY ONTARIO 4 KAIZEN SALES (RICHARD KENT) AGENT
63 M BM RIVERS TO SAIL CANYON CREEK (IRE) ONCE UPON A KISS CONQUISTADOR CIELO ONTARIO 12 MILLFORD FARM (MR. & MRS. ROBERT S. WEST JR.) AGENT II
106 M BM SIX ROADS MARCHFIELD ASK THE QUESTION SILVER DEPUTY ENGLISH CHANNEL ONTARIO 4 HILL ‘N’ DALE SALES AGENCY AGENT
136 M BM SUPERTUNIA WAR CHANT HELIOTROPE NORTHERN SCORE FLAT OUT ONTARIO 11 FOUR STAR SALES AGENT
147 M BM TALE OF THE FOX TALE OF THE CAT FOXY CONNECTION PHONE TRICK JACK MILTON ONTARIO 5 POPE MCLEAN (CRESTWOOD FARM)
166 M BM TIZ DREAMY TIZNOW DREAMS SILVER HAWK PADDY O’PRADO ONTARIO 14 VINERY SALES AGENT IV
169 M BM TRUELLADEVILLE YES IT’S TRUE DEVIL’S BRIDE DEVIL’S BAG SKY KINGDOM ONTARIO 1 BACCARI BLOODSTOCK LLC AGENT I
180 M BM VELVET HAMMER SMART STRIKE NOIR VELOURS TUNERUP DAREDEVIL ONTARIO 10 BUCKLAND SALES (ZACH MADDEN) AGENT
186 F BMP VOW TO ROMANCE BROKEN VOW VICTORY ROMANCE SLEW CITY SLEW ONTARIO 2 TAYLOR MADE SALES AGENCY AGENT X
191 F BM WESTERN EXECUTIVE BOLD EXECUTIVE PRIZED OF THE WEST GONE WEST SOCIETY’S CHAIRMAN ONTARIO 4 KAIZEN SALES (RICHARD KENT) AGENT
254 M BMP BIG BROWN BROOKSKI BIG BROWN MS BROOKSKI MONTBROOK ONTARIO 9 PAUL TACKETT AGENT
342 F BMP END OF TROUBLE INTO MISCHIEF MEHNDI PULPIT ONTARIO 8 BLUEWATER SALES LLC AGENT VI
381 M BMP GINGER BEER MILWAUKEE BREW GIN N GINGER GO FOR GIN ONTARIO 7 SCOTT MALLORY AGENT
402 F Y TALE OF EKATI -HEART LAKE UNBRIDLED ONTARIO 11 FOUR STAR SALES AGENT FOR WILLIAM D. GRAHAM (WINDHAVEN FARM)
412 C Y EXHI- HONG KONG DANCER TEJANO RUN ONTARIO 1 DENALI STUD (CRAIG & HOLLY BANDOROFF) AGENT VIII
477 M BM LISBONVALE ARCHERS BAY KATYROADPINK ALLEN’S PROSPECT SAN PABLO ONTARIO 11 FOUR STAR SALES AGENT
494 F Y PAYNTER -MALIBU QUEEN MALIBU MOON ONTARIO 11 FOUR STAR SALES AGENT FOR WILLIAM D. GRAHAM (WINDHAVEN FARM)
510 M BMP MILWAUKEE RED MILWAUKEE BREW SCARLET SLIPPER RED RANSOM ONTARIO 3 SHAWHAN PLACE LLC AGENT
538 M BM MY GIRL ANDY EMPIRE MAKER GO FIRST CLASS EASY GOER BAYERN ONTARIO 4 HILL ‘N’ DALE SALES AGENCY AGENT
624 F R/BMP SOARWITHTHEBIRDS GIANT’S CAUSEWAY SONG OF THE LARK SEEKING THE GOLD ONTARIO 5 PARAMOUNT SALES AGENT XXII
625 F R/BMP TELL THE DUCHESS SMART STRIKE CLASSIRA (IRE) DANEHILL ONTARIO 5 PARAMOUNT SALES AGENT XXII
634 F R/BMP LIMITLESS DISCREET CAT POSITION LIMIT BELLAMY ROAD ONTARIO 8 ST GEORGE SALES AGENT IX
And now we have another grey horse that could be a superstar. UNIQUE BELLA crushed her rivals in the Las Viregenes at Santa Anita on Sunday for her 3rd win in 4 races. The Tapit filly is the first foal from Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Unrivaled Belle (Unbridled’s Song). The filly is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for Don Alberto Stable who bought the filly for $400,000 as a yearling from Brushwood Stable.
She ran 1 mile, her first 2 turn race, in 1:35.66.
Mike Smith rides the good sized, powerful filly.
QUEEN’S PLATE CONTENDERS KING AND HIS COURT/STATE OF HONOR AIMING FOR ‘DAVIS’ NEXT SATURDAY
Tepin to return, Kaigun possible
The eyes of much of the Thoroughbred racing community will be focused on Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, when a number of legitimate Triple Crown hopefuls will compete in the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the main track.
The 37th edition of the Sam F. Davis is the showpiece of the track’s annual Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South, with three graded stakes on the card and total stakes-purse money of $650,000.
The Sam F. Davis Stakes is a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” race, with the top four finishers receiving 10-4-2-1 points toward qualifying for the Run for the Roses starting gate on May 6 at Churchill Downs. It is also the major prep race for the Grade II, $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 11.
Also scheduled Saturday are the Grade III, $150,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the turf; the Grade III, $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes for horses 4-years-old-and-upward at a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the turf; and the $100,000 Suncoast Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at a mile-and-40-yards on the main track.
Reigning two-time Eclipse Award champion mare Tepin, who won the 2016 Lambholm South Endeavour, is scheduled to work Monday at Palm Meadows, after which trainer Mark Casse will decide whether to return for a defense of last year’s triumph.
Back to the Sam F. Davis and unbeaten 3-year-old colt McCraken, considered by many observers to be the leading Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands candidate. The son of 2004 Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame member Ghostzapper is expected to make his 2017 debut in the Sam F. Davis for breeder-owner Whitham Thoroughbreds and trainer Ian Wilkes. McCraken breezed five furlongs Tuesday in 1:01.1 at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla.
McCraken, who has raced solely at Churchill Downs, concluded his 2-year-old campaign with an impressive victory in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes under jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Another leading Kentucky Derby prospect, the Lael Stables-homebred colt No Dozing, has been prepped locally for the Sam F. Davis by Tampa Bay Downs trainer Arnaud Delacour, breezing five furlongs here Saturday in 1:01.20. Now 2-for-4 lifetime, No Dozing opened a lot of eyes with his game runner-up finish to Mo Town in the Grade II Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 26. No Dozing’s sire, Union Rags, won the 2012 Belmont Stakes.
Seven-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, who has won the Sam F. Davis six times in the last 11 years, including last year with Destin, is expected to send an unbeaten colt to the Sam F. Davis in Fact Finding, who is 3-for-3 for the ownership group of Michael Tabor, M.V. Magnier, Derrick Smith and Stonestreet Stables. The speedy Fact Finding won his 2-year-old races by a combined 13 ¾ lengths, including a season-ending, seven-length victory on Dec. 10 in the Smooth Air Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Other likely starters for the Sam F. Davis include Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes runner-up Wild Shot, trained by George R. Arnold, II, and Oldsmar trainer Gerald Bennett’s Chance of Luck, who won the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes here on Dec. 3 and finished second in the $100,000 Pasco Stakes on Jan. 21.
Also probable are King and His Court, a Casse-trained gelding who won the Coronation Futurity and the Display Stakes last fall at Woodbine in Toronto; State of Honor, another Casse runner who finished second in the Coronation Futurity and the Jan. 7 Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream; and Six Gun Salute, trained by Eoin Harty.
Tepin, owner Robert E. Masterson’s 6-year-old mare who has earned $4,437,918 while also defeating males on some of the biggest stages imaginable, began her second Eclipse Award-winning season here last year with victories in the Lambholm South Endeavour and the Grade II, $200,000 Hillsborough Stakes.
Among those also expected to compete in the 18th running of the turf stakes are Light In Paris, an impressive winner of the Endeavour Prep here on Jan. 8, from the barn of 2016 Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown; the third-place finisher in the Endeavour Prep, 6-year-old Lots o’ Lex, trained by Gerald Aschinger; Hall of Fame trainer Claude “Shug” McGaughey’s 4-year-old French-bred filly, Azaelia; stakes-placed 4-year-old Cactus Copy, from the barn of Ryan Walsh; and Aschinger’s 5-year-old Emerald Pond.
McGaughey, who won last year’s Tampa Bay Stakes with Reload, is expected to send Grade III winner Inspector Lynley for Saturday’s 31st edition. The 4-year-old colt, a son of 2000 Eclipse Champion Older Horse Lemon Drop Kid, is a homebred competing for Stuart S. Janney, III and Phipps Stable.
Kaigun, Casse’s 7-year-old multiple Grade II-winning millionaire gelding who last raced in July, is a possible for the Tampa Bay Stakes.
SOVEREIGN AWARDS APRIL 13 – 9 WEEKS!
Celebrate the 2016 champion and the return of racing at the biggest party of the year (next to the Queen’s Plate).
Get your Early Bird deals for the Sovereign awards ceremony at PALAIS ROYALE in downtown Toronto by visiting the new Sovereign Award website..