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).
The scintillating form shown by Dean Kannemeyer’s string since moving into Summerveld for their maiden Champions Season onslaught continued at Scottsville on Sunday when the Kahal gelding Solar Star scored his first feature victory when beating some decent sorts in the R135,000 Listed The Sledgehammer.
Bloodstock South Africa's National yearling sale ended its three-session run Friday with figures slightly down on last year, although the average and median were up marginally. The aggregate wrapped up at R126,527,500 (US$10,451,592), versus R134,615,000 last year (a decrease of 5.9%, although with 58 fewer yearlings offered). The buyback rate was up slightly to 15.8% from 14.7%. The average was up 8.7% from R338,229 to R367,812 (US$30,275), while the median increased by 6.7% from R225,000 to R240,000 (US$19,795).
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Bloodstock South Africa's National Yearling Sale saw a new South African sales record for a filly during the second session Thursday, with Lot 221 selling for R4.75 million (US$390,927). The bidding on the daughter of Fort Wood, consigned by Lammerskraal Stud, started at a million and jumped in million-rand increments, finally slowing down at the R4 million mark.
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First they pioneered inner city sales, now in the shape of the Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale, Cape Thoroughbred Sales have conducted the world's first "inner hotel" auction of racehorses, a surreal affair in the heart of a transformed garden unrecognisable even to those of us who know it so well.