The April 15 opening day of the under tack show leading up to next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training was challenging, as work times were impacted by headwinds and a track perceived to be heavier than usual.
Zoustar will stand for AU$154,000 (US$104,000) in the Southern Hemisphere, while multiple group 1-winning newcomer Trapeze Artist will begin his first season at a fee of AU$99,000 ($71,000) to spearhead the Widden Stud stallion roster in 2019.
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Rick Porter's decision in 2017 to purchase a War Front yearling that had gone unsold looks most prescient now that the colt, named Omaha Beach, is one of the probable favorites for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1).
The reign of California-based horses atop the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Top 3-Year-Old Poll continues this week in a new set of hands with Fox Hill Farms' Omaha Beach taking over the No. 1 position from Roadster.
Merriebelle Stable's Blue Prize will make her 6-year-old debut in the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons- Baird Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) April 19 at Keeneland against eight older fillies and mares in the 1 1/16-mile feature.
With a recent engineering study finding the northern grandstand section at Pimlico Race Course unsafe, Maryland Jockey Club owner The Stronach Group said the section will not be open for this year's Preakness Stakes Weekend.