Last week saw the end of the yearling sales season in North America and the release of the 2014 Jockey Club Report of Mares Bred. Let’s take a look at some figures and trends from the Jockey Club data followed by some insights on 2014 yearling averages.
The last race was simply too bad to be true. The racetrack wasn’t to her liking. She’s reached that point in the year, and maybe her career, when she’s had enough with the whole racetrack thing.
Owner Hank Nothhaft was in the market for horses in England this winter and set a budget of about $100,000. The idea was to buy a well-bred filly, see if she could improve in a different program, move her to the United States and after a season or two retire her to his broodmare band.
Eddie Graham trains steeplechase horses, and knows what he’s looking for when he goes over a prospect. And he loved Hardest Core when he saw him at the Keeneland Sales last fall.
In the midst of Breeders’ Cup fever in Thoroughbred racing, the National Steeplechase Association circuit turns its final corner with three weekends to go in the season. Let’s play catch up from the weekend.
The wait is over. Well, almost over, since only the fields for the 13 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races will be drawn Monday afternoon and evening. The races will be long in the books in a week’s time, results left to dissect, scrutinize, analyze and reflect upon.
Like plenty before her, Ageless heads to Hollywood in search of her big break – only she’s not looking for a part in a movie.
Less than a week remains until all eyes look to Santa Anita Park for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Get right back on the horse. After a Saturday of championship races at the richest stop on the circuit last week at Far Hills, the steeplechase crowd goes racing in Virginia and South Carolina Saturday.