Traffic Guard was a Timeform 123. World-class. The next sign lies in the foals. Top-class. Don't miss this high "speed"; train - bookings now open.
Twice a Group One hero at 2000 meters, Linngari chalked up a Group 2 victory at 1200 meters, too. Twice the winner of the two races that defined it, Linngari was twice the victor ludorum at the Dubai carnival. Yet who could forget his heads-up, heads-down second in the race that's announced so many outstanding French stallions, the Prix de la Foret (Gr.1), or his agonising runner-up in the Dubai Duty Free (Gr.1)? For that matter, remember his versatility for his gut-busting run in the Hong Kong Cup (Gr.1), and his cheque-earning dash in the English Champion Stakes (Gr.1)? Linngari was a racehorse, no doubt about it.
Capetown Noir was born into equine royalty. A son of the stallion Emperor, Western Winter, his mother is a former Broodmare of the Year by Champion Sire, Fort Wood. His grandmother was a Guineas winner by Summerhill's own Champion, Northern Guest, from a daughter of yet another Champion, Jungle Cove. He didn't disappoint.
Sent off the 9-10 favorite to follow up on his hard-fought defeat of Firing Line (Line of David) and Dortmund (Big Brown) in the GI Kentucky Derby May 2, Zayat Stables' American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) came through for his backers with a much easier success in the GI Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes before a record 131,680 ultimately rain-soaked fans at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course.
The great pendulous of life was back in full swing on Saturday, with the outcomes of the first two French Classics of the season harking back to the glory days of French breeding, when the stallion firmament glittered with the stars Riverman, Lyphard, Nureyev, Blushing Groom, Cavo, Arctic Tern, Irish River and Green Dancer.
There was a time at the height of Sadler's Wells' hegemony in the pantheon of the planet's great sires, that I wondered, as no doubt earlier generations did during the reign of Hyperion, whether we would see his like again. That it might happen within a single generation was unprecedented, yet it has, and despite what Sadler's Wells might've meant to thoroughbred breeding, and in an era when the European stallion power is greater than ever before, Galileo is the new colossus, supreme beyond any imagining.
The local racing fuss on the weekend was mainly about Legislate's return to racing in the Drill Hall Stakes (Gr.2), with the press overlooking the fact that Greyville was also the scene for the KZN versions of both the Colts' and the Fillies' Guineas, with Kenilworth staging the winter version of the same event.
Ahmed Zayat's Zayat Stables, a three-time runner-up in the GI Kentucky Derby, finally broke through in the "Run for the Roses" Saturday with homebred American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), a son of Zayat's 2009 Derby runner-up. Firing Line (Line of David) completed the exacta over pacesetting Dortmund (Big Brown), who gave Hall of Famer Bob Baffert a one- three finish with his two superstars.
South African trainer Mike de Kock is set to make history Saturday at Churchill Downs when the talented Mubtaahij will become the first South African-based horse to compete in the Kentucky Derby. Here is the 2015 Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet from TDN Senior Editor Steve Sherack and TDN Racing Editor Brian DiDonato.
If you read our piece on the Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale last Sunday, this is episode two. That there is a need for a second report is a symptom of the dilemma consignors face in the battle for sales ground supremacy between their “spiritual” home, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) and Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS).