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Emily Upjohn Scores Epsom Redemption in Coronation

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-06-02 22:43
The Coronation Cup (G1) offered the chance of Epsom redemption and it was Emily Upjohn who seized it with a dazzling success June 2 under Frankie Dettori.

Songline and Sodashi Go At It Again in Yasuda Kinen

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-06-02 22:43
Songline and Sodashi face off again in the Yasuda Kinen (G1) June 4 at Tokyo Racecourse with Sodashi looking to use a more favorable draw to turn the tables on her rival.

Pletcher Facing Equine Medication Positives in Florida

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-06-02 22:43
Hall of Fame Trainer Todd Pletcher—suspended 10 days and fined $1,000 for a medication violation involving Forte in last summer's Hopeful Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course—faces three medication complaints from the winter at Gulfstream Park.

Filly By Upstart Breaks Maiden For Rudy Rodriguez

Thoroughbred Daily News - Fri, 2023-06-02 14:26

1st-Belmont, $90,000, Msw, 6-2, 2yo, f, 5f, :59.73, ft, 1/2 length.
STATUS SEEKER (f, 2, Upstart–Casual Cocktail, by Magna Graduate) breezed a furlong in :10.1/5 ahead of this year's OBS March sale and was put into training with Rudy Rodriguez, who also retains an ownership interest. Off as the 4-1 third choice here, Status Seeker lost a couple of spots from second up the backstretch, began to rally around the far turn and with good energy down the lane, ran down Permed (Street Boss) to break her maiden at first-asking by a 1/2 length. The winner's dam is responsible for a 3-year-old gelding named Closethegame Sugar (Girvin) and a yearling colt by Preservationist. She was bred back to that sire last year. Sales History: $85,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP; $45,000 2yo '23 OBSMAR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,500. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-Parkland Thoroughbreds, Robert Cotrone, Rudy R. Rodriguez and Israel Chavez; B-Brereton C. Jones (KY); T-Rudy R. Rodriguez.


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Stakes winner Battle Station dies at Belmont

New York Thoroughbred Breeders - Fri, 2023-06-02 10:30

Battle Station, upset winner of the 2020 Lucky Coin at Saratoga, died Sunday at Belmont Park. Chelsea Durand/NYRA Photo.

Three-time stakes winner Battle Station reportedly suffered injuries to his left hind leg in a workout Sunday at Belmont Park and had to be euthanized.

The 8-year-old New York-bred gelding by Warrior’s Reward suffered a comminuted pastern fracture, a lateral condylar fracture and a medial sesamoid fracture as he neared the end of his workout, according to Daily Racing Form. Battle Station was transported from Belmont to the nearby Ruffian Clinic but could not be saved.

“His injuries were a little worse than Barbaro’s,” Dr. Don Baker told the Form. “Because the pastern was so badly fractured, you couldn’t do a joint-fusion surgery.”

Bred by Lansdowne Thoroughbreds, Battle Station was out of the unraced Unbridled mare Uriel. A half-brother to five winners, Battle Station originally sold out of the Kearney Park consignment as a weanling for $50,000 to Ken and Sarah Ramsey at the 2015 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Battle Station started his career for the Ramseys and trainer Wesley Ward. He won his debut in August 2017 at Saratoga Race Course and followed that with a victory in the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes at Belmont Park. He later placed in a Churchill Downs allowance-optional and earned a finalist nod for champion 2-year-old New York-bred male.

Battle Station returned to New York for Ward and the Ramseys at 3 and finished fourth in the Damon Runyon Stakes in January 2018 before a victory in the Rego Park Stakes in February, both at Aqueduct. He earned finalist consideration that season for champion 3-year-old New York-bred male.

Battle Station changed hands via the claim box or transfer a few times, including a late August 2020 switch to Rob Atras before he won the Lucky Coin Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Battle Station placed in the Grade 3 Parx Dash Stakes and Laurel Dash Stakes in 2021 and the Say Florida Sandy Stakes and King T. Leatherbury Stakes in 2022. He was also a finalist for New York-bred champion turf male and champion sprinter honors in 2020 and 2021.

Dominick Schettino claimed Battle Station for $45,000 for Sal-Lou J G Stable out of a sixth-place finish in a 6-furlong turf allowance-optional April 27 at Aqueduct. He had also been claimed for the same price in his prior start, a seventh in a similar allowance-optional in mid-November at Aqueduct, by Winning Move Stable and trainer Linda Rice.

Battle Station compiled a record of 9-10-6 in 53 starts, earning $745,475.

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Westover Choice in Coronation Cup Off Second to Equinox

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2023-06-01 22:39
Last year's Oaks and Derby belonged to Tuesday and Desert Crown, whose names are etched as classic winners rather than Emily Upjohn and Westover. The Coronation Cup provides a redemption opportunity for two hard-luck stories from those races.

White Frost Looks to Continue Momentum in Locust Grove

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2023-06-01 22:39
Six days before trainer Bill Mott delivers a lethal four-way punch on Belmont Stakes weekend with grade 1 stars Cody's Wish, Casa Creed, Elite Power, and War Like Goddess, he'll saddle the improving White Frost in the Locust Grove Stakes (G3T).

The Alys Look Ventures West for Summertime Oaks

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2023-06-01 22:39
Two formidable fillies, both seeking to bounce back off defeats in the Kentucky Oaks (G1), will clash in the June 3 Summertime Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita Park.

Savethelastdance Could Waltz Away Again in Betfred Oaks

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2023-06-01 22:39
Aidan O'Brien has struck with four of his 11 Oaks favorites, and market leader Savethelastdance will bid to enhance that statistic on the back of a 22-length demolition of the May 10 Cheshire Oaks.

Geaux Rocket Ride, Skinner Regroup in Affirmed

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2023-06-01 22:39
Geaux Rocket Ride and Skinner, two last-out scratches from grade 1 races this spring, chase a consolation prize when they lead a field of six 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita Park June 4.

Artie's Storm Back to Defend Eclipse Stakes Title

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2023-06-01 22:39
Artie's Storm will face 10 rivals in the CA$175,000 Eclipse Stakes (G2) June 4 at Woodbine.

My Trusty Cat Arrives at Our Mims Retirement Haven

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2023-06-01 22:39
My Trusty Cat amassed $902,753 in 32 starts for her then-owner Carl Pollard.

Trainer Nick Dilodovico: ‘Still So Much to Learn’

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2023-06-01 22:39
Nick Dilodovico, the 32-year-old son of Laurel Park-based trainer Damon Dilodovico, is off to a fast start after going out on his own, winning with four of his first nine starters.

Weaver Readying Juveniles for Royal Ascot Tests

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2023-06-01 22:39
Trainer George Weaver's No Nay Mets and Crimson Advocate won Royal Ascot qualifying races at Gulfstream Park. No Nay Mets will be entered in the Norfolk Stakes (G2) and Crimson Advocate will go for the Queen Mary Stakes (G2).

TAA Third Annual Calendar Photo Contest Now Open

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2023-06-01 22:39
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Calendar Photo Contest is now open for submissions. For the third year, the TAA is seeking photos of Thoroughbreds to feature in the 2024 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Calendar sponsored by Repole Stable.  

Jockey Castillo Eager for Monmouth Park Return

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2023-06-01 22:39
In a lot of ways, when jockey Isaac Castillo moves his tack to Monmouth Park June 3 the 25-year-old Panamanian will be coming home.

Uncle Mo Son Shaaz to Stand at Barton Thoroughbreds

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2023-06-01 22:39
Shaaz, a $1.1 million 2-year-old sale purchase and grade 3-placed son of Uncle Mo, will stand at Barton Thoroughbreds in 2024.

Family Matriarch Lois Green Dies May 31 at 84

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2023-06-01 22:39
Lois Green, co-owner of D.J. Stable with Leonard Green, her husband of more than 60 years, died May 31. She was 84.

Cox Adds Tapit Shoes to His Belmont Lineup

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2023-06-01 22:39
Trainer Brad Cox revealed in a June 1 NTRA conference call with the media that in addition to Belmont Stakes (G1) contenders Angel of Empire and Hit Show, he would also be saddling Tapit Shoes in the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Breeder Bought Dam of Coronation Contender for a Song

Blood-Horse - Thu, 2023-06-01 22:39
Ronnie Boland thinks he must have found a four-leaf clover or encountered a pair of magpies on his way to the sales in the winter of 2019, as he was granted extraordinarily good fortune when he got there. 


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