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Champions showcased on Arizona Breeders’ Festival card

Three newly minted Arizona-bred champions of 2017 went to post on Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders’ Festival day at Turf Paradise on April 21, and each returned a winner in their respective events.

Fortified Effort, champion Arizona-bred 2-year-old male of 2017, bounced back from a unplaced outing in the Grade 3 Sunland Park Derby to win the Gene Fleming Breeders’ Derby. The Ez Effort gelding held Zippy Groom at bay to win the mile and a sixteenth event in 1:45.83 for a consortium of owners that includes J. Lloyd Yother, recipient of the 2017 Julep Cup. Fleming Thoroughbred Farm bred the winner.

Foggia, champion Arizona-bred 2-year-old filly of last year, was the 1-5 favorite in the Joanne Dye Breeders’ Oaks. The daughter of Rocky Bar was seeking her first victory since the ATBA Sales Stakes last November, but won as much the best, dispensing with rival Myrcella and going on to win by four and a quarter lengths in 1:30.27 for seven and a half furlongs on the turf. Filippo Santoro bred the filly, who runs for Sawyer Cattle Company.

Champion Arizona-bred older female Bar Scene took on open company in the Lyman and Bradley Rollins Handicap at six furlongs and after pulling away from odds-on Royal Privacy on the turn, held on to win by a length over late-running Jilas Miracle. Triple AAA Ranch bred and owns the Rocky Bar mare, who was timed in 1:09.64.

Sierrita, another mare tackling males, won the Dwight D. Patterson Handicap by a half-length over Silvanus, traveling a mile and a sixteenth on the turf in 1:42.66. A Triple AAA Ranch-bred daughter of Top Hit, Sierrita runs for Seven Arms Stable.

ATBA Breeders Banquet, Festival coming soon

The ATBA Breeders Banquet is slated for Friday, April 20, to be followed on Saturday by the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Festival, a stakes-filled day at Turf Paradise for Arizona-breds. The banquet, to be held at the Turf Club Terrace at Turf Paradise, begins with a no-host bar at 5:30 pm, with dinner starting at 7 pm. The […]

The Jockey Club announces new mares bred report fee for 2018

The Jockey Club has announced that starting with the 2018 breeding season, there will be a $35 charge for each mare reported bred. The fee is earmarked to support thoroughbred aftercare initiatives: the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) and the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP). For more information: See the full story […]

Yavapai Downs purchased by JACOR Partners

Yavapai Downs has been purchased by real estate company JACOR Partners for $3.22 million. Depending on how long it takes to receive a permit from the Arizona Racing Commission and the amount of work needed on the property, the track could open in 2018. The return of live racing to the facility would more likely […]

Fortified Effort, Myrcella stars of Arizona Breeders’ Futurity Day

Fortified Effort and Foggia, the winners of November’s ATBA Fall Sales Stakes events, returned for their respective Arizona Breeders’ Futurity events on Dec. 9 at Turf Paradise, meeting different outcomes as odds-on favorites of their races. Trapped behind horses until well into the stretch, Fortified Effort turned in a strong victory in the Colt and […]

Foggia, Fortified Effort win ATBA Fall Sales events

The ATBA Fall Sales Stakes events, held on Nov. 4 at Turf Paradise, both featured authoritative winning favorites. Foggia turned in a sparkling effort, with a front-running victory in the filly division in 1:09.62 for six furlongs – nearly a full second faster than the colt and gelding division contested two races later on the […]

ATBA Fall Yearling and Mixed Sale ~ 2017

The 2017 ATBA Fall Yearling and Mixed Sale will be held Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre.  The sale will begin at 2:00pm. Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre 20464 East Riggs Road Queen Creek  AZ  85142