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Freshman Stallion Review: Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge There simply could not be a better year to introduce a son of Super Saver as a freshman sire, since Super Saver's stud fee is now up to $65,000. His son Runhappy achieved Breeders' Cup and Champion status, and Super Saver finished 2015 second only to Munnings on the Second Crop Sires List. Runhappy continues to run, happily or otherwise remains to be seen, in 2016, but standing at stud at Ashford in Versailles, Kentucky, for a fee of $12,500, is a fine representative of Super Saver's first crop, Competitive Edge.
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Mor Spirit Climbs the Kentucky Derby Table with Robert B. Lewis Win

Horse Racing 2015: Los Alamitos DEC 19 Mor Spirit may have moved to the head of the 3-year-old class in Southern California with his sharp 1 1/2-length win in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 6. The long-striding son of Eskendereya, who was last seen winning the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) on Dec. 19 for trainer Bob Baffert, earned an additional 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to give him 24 in total. He now trails only 2-year-old champ and Southern California-based colleague Nyquist on the Derby qualifying points table.
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Mshawish Scores Dominating Win in Donn Handicap

Mshawish DonnIt was the end of a great day of racing at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida, on Saturday, February 7, as Mshawish thrilled race fans with a dominating performance to win the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) by two lengths over Valid. In third, two lengths behind the second-place finisher was Mexikoma. It was one of the biggest days of the year at Gulfstream. On the card were six stakes races, four of them graded stakes, highlighted by the Donn Handicap as the final race of the day.
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Lukes Alley Squeaks Out Gulfstream Turf Handicap victory

LukesAlleyThe $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1T) turned out to be one of the most exciting of the six stakes races at the Hallandale track on Saturday, February 6. With jockey Paco Lopez up, Lukes Alley moved three-wide into the lane coming out of the final turn, caught up to race leader Shining Copper deep in the stretch, and crossed the wire the winner by just a neck to capture his first Grade 1 victory.
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Stud Notes: Medaglia d'Oro's Humongous Day

medaglia1 Darley linchpin stallion Medaglia d'Oro had the kind of day on Saturday, February 6, that was the stuff that dreams are made of. The big race of the day was, without question, the Donn H.-G1, and Mshawish won it by two lengths, under a heady ride from John Velazquez. Mshawish was a $10,000 yearling at Keenland September 2011, which makes one wonder what everyone missed—especially since he sold for E170,000 as a two year old at Arqana May 2012.
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Champion Songbird Soars To Las Virgenes Score in Sophomore Bow

Songbird6Fox Hill Farms' Songbird unleashed yet another breathtaking performance when making her 3-year-old debut in the $300,000 Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 6. Sent off the 1-to-9 favorite, last year's undefeated 2-year-old filly champ went straight to the front in the one-mile Las Virgenes and never looked back to win by 6 1/2-lengths.
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Chris McCarron's NARA prepares students for careers in Thoroughbred Racing

ChrisMcCarron-portraitAs the sun rises over Barn 30 at the Thoroughbred Training Center on Paris Pike just north of Lexington, Kentucky, students at the North American Racing Academy (NARA) begin another day of learning. Around 8 a.m., students on the "Jockey Pathway" are out on the training track working their horses, while other students are out behind the barn riding horses around a large, picturesque field filled with lush Kentucky bluegrass and stands of trees stretching far into the distance.
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Pedigree Review: Sunny Ridge and Sassicaia

SassicaiaJanuary 30 was a big day of racing at Aqueduct. Sunny Ridge won the Withers S.-G3, and Sassicaia won the Toboggan S.-G3, and, surprisingly, they have pedigrees with much in common. Sassicaia is from one of the most prominent female families in the stud book, tracing tail female to Portage, Cozzene's tail female family, and his fourth dam, Fall Aspen, gave birth to ten stakes horses, among them champions and millionaires galore, and was the grand dam of the spectacular race horse and ultimately ill-fated Dubai Millennium.
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Stud Notes: Australian Import Hampton Court Joins The Roster At Spendthrift

HamptonCourtSpendthrift Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, has become a powerhouse of new, young stallions, as well as an innovator with its Share the Upside Program, which takes the huge burden of stud fees off the breeders' shoulders, while the farm itself shares the gamble of selling offspring. Their latest addition to the roster is from Down Under, the record setting, precocious, Group 1 winning Hampton Court.
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Stud Notes: Nominations for Kentucky Champions

KtbaThe Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders have announced the nominees for Kentucky Bred champions and Broodmare of the Year, and it should surprise no one that there is only one nomination for Kentucky Bred Horse of the Year—American Pharoah. The kudos just keeps on coming for him, making his 2016 start at stud all the more exciting.
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Frosted Crushes Field in Dubai World Cup Trial

FrostedDubaiTrialThe great, grey, Godolphin, Dubai World Cup hope, Frosted, put up a scintillating performance on his 4-year-old debut in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on Thursday, February 4th. Frosted took on a field of eight talented rivals and with jockey William Buick aboard, took the lead in mid-stretch and romped away to a five-length win over Gold City. Finishing third was Faulkner (GB). With the win Frosted showed that he not only likes the Meydan surface, but that he looks to be very ready for the $10 million World Cup on March 26.
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Forever Unbridled Puts Rivals on Notice with Ladies Classic Romp at Sam Houston

foreverunbridledThe regally-bred 4-year-old Forever Unbridled looks poised to make noise in the older distaff division this season following her impressive victory in the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston on Jan. 30, a race that was elevated to Grade 3 status for the first time this season. Forever Unbridled, who was last seen winning the Grade 3 Comely Stakes at Aqueduct at the end of November for owner-breeder Charles Fipke and trainer Dallas Stewart, didn't have the easiest of setups in annexing the Houston Ladies Classic.
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