28/01/2021. (UK) O’Brien’s Stars in Good Form for 2021 Campaigns – (USA) Bill Farish Explains Why , He’s ‘Bullish’ on Racing’s Future on the TDN Writers’ Room – Leading Sires By Crop Year – Aste: Part 2 of Goffs February Sale (Weanlings) Rescheduled To Thursday 11 March


O’Brien’s Stars in Good Form for 2021 Campaigns


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Group 2 winner High Definition (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is doing well in advance of the 2021 Classics, however he is most likely to contest the G1 Epsom Derby instead of the G1 2000 Guineas, his trainer Aidan O’Brien revealed. A winner at The Curragh in August, the bay next took the G2 Beresford S. on Sept. 26 in good style. The decision was made to save him for his 3-year-old year instead of pressing on to juvenile Group 1s.

“He’s a big, rangy horse with an unbelievably long stride,” O’Brien said via a Zoom call during the European 2-year-old classification press conference. “He’s uncomplicated and has a good mind and has done very well over the winter. In the Beresford it looked like he couldn’t win for most of the race as on the round track at The Curragh it’s tough to make up ground. It looked like he couldn’t win a furlong down, he had a chance half a furlong down and won very easy at the line.

“At the moment he’d probably be a shorter price to go to a Derby trial than the Guineas, but the lads will make a decision and see what they want to do. The Guineas is obviously a great trial for the Derby, but when we have other horses there for the Guineas, it’s very possibly that High Definition might go to a Derby trial. He might only have one run before the Derby if he was doing that, I think.”

Freshly anointed European Champion 2-Year-Old St Mark’s Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), who beat Wembley (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the G1 Dewhurst S. and G1 Criterium International victor Van Gogh (American Pharoah) are also all major Ballydoyle contenders for the 2000 Guineas.

“The year was really a mess,” said the Ballydoyle handler. “With St Mark’s Basilica, we kind of rushed him out to get a run into him and then rushed him back to run in the Heinz [Phoenix S.]. It was all just happening too quick for him and he was on the back foot. In all fairness to him, he toughed it out and did man up.

“Wembley is another a horse we always liked. We thought he’d win at The Curragh first time and when he got to the front he was very green and babyish–he was like that a good bit. I suppose the form is open to question. Quite a lot of horses finished on top of each other, but Sir Mark’s Basilica and Wembley are two solid horses that are tough and learned a lot last season.

“Van Gogh is a big horse who was always going to be a big 3-year-old–he could make an awful lot of improvement.”

Another standout colt for the Coolmore operation is Battleground (War Front), a son of the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Found (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). A winner of the Listed Chesham S. and G2 Vintage S., the bay’s final juvenile run was a second in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland.

“He’s a Guineas horse as well, like the other three, but it’s very possible that if all of them are going to the Guineas, Battleground could go to Ascot and maybe have a run before, rather than them all going to the Guineas,” O’Brien continued.

“He’s a lovely horse and Newmarket would suit him. I suppose it depends on how they’re all going to fall, and obviously we’ll have to look at the Irish Guineas and the French Guineas as well. The English Guineas is the first one, so I’d imagine he will be in the mix for that, along with the two Dewhurst horses and Van Gogh.

“Whether Battleground goes there or goes for an easier race and then goes for the St James’s Palace–I suppose it will depend on how the spring is going with them all really.”

Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who won both the G1 1000 Guineas and G1 Oaks before adding the G1 Yorkshire Oaks to her haul, will most likely be seen in action in the summer to early fall. O’Brien noted that the going conditions dictate where the chestnut 4-year-old will appear for the Coolmore partners. She had been pencilled in to clash with Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) in the Arc before being scratched due to the ground and a trip to the Breeders’ Cup was also under consideration before being tabled.

“She’s very well and cantering away at the moment,” he said. “She will be ready for all those mile-and-a-quarter and mile-and-a-half races. She likes better ground and where she’ll start, I suppose, will depend on that.

“There’s the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh, but we probably wouldn’t go unless it was nice ground. She should be there for all those nice middle-distances races during the summer and into the autumn. Physically, she’s done very well.”


Bill Farish Explains Why , He’s ‘Bullish’ on Racing’s Future on the TDN Writers’ Room
     There are few people in racing more qualified to speak on the health of the sport than Lane’s End’s Bill Farish. In addition to running the historic farm, Farish is Chairman of the Board of the Breeders’ Cup, Chairman of the Horse PAC and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Keeneland Association, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Foundation. Wednesday, Farish joined the TDN Writers’ Room presented by Keeneland, calling in as the Green Group Guest of the Week to explain why he’s “bullish” on racing’s future, share his thoughts on the 140-mare cap and much more.
   ”I’m incredibly bullish on the future of the sport,” he said. “I think we’ve got a lot of positives. The state of Kentucky needs to get the historic horse racing deal figured out, because that’s a huge, huge boost to the industry. If we can keep those purses where they were heading, and the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act that was recently passed, I think is hugely important for our future. We’ve got to get the testing right. We need to have greater integrity and more confidence from the bettors in the product. I think that will go a long way in helping that. I was going to say restoring it, but I’m not sure it’s ever been there to the degree it should be. I think that’s a huge thing.”
   Elsewhere on the show, the crew reacted to the dominant performance of Knicks Go (Paynter) in the GI Pegasus World Cup, talked about where some of the weekend’s dominant 3-year-old colts fit on the Derby trail and, in the West Point Thoroughbreds news segment, broke down the tricky situation surrounding historical horse racing in Kentucky. 
Leading Sires By Crop Year

TDN sire lists allow you to look at the leading sires by crop year, giving you the ability to compare new and older sires by the same standard of measure. You have to go all the way

back to 2015 to find a year when Into Mischief wasn’t on top; he currently leads the pack with his 2018, ’17 and ’16 foals. 

So who’s on top by foals of 2015? That honor goes to the late Scat Daddy, whose foals born in 2015 earned over $21 million.

But who takes home the Gold Medal for percentage

of Graded Stakes Winners to foals at a whopping

8.85 percent? That honor goes to this big guy. 

by TDN

Part 2 of Goffs February Sale (Weanlings) Rescheduled To Thursday 11 March 


Part 2 of Goffs February Sale, a standalone day of weanlings previously rescheduled to 2 March, will now be delayed until Thursday 11 March following the Government’s decision to extend the current Level 5 lockdown to 5 March.  

By this time, it is expected that it will be possible to offer a safe and compliant environment for vendors and purchasers to conduct the sale onsite at Kildare Paddocks.  This will be supported by the Goffs Online bidding platform and a telephone bidding service for any buyers unable to attend.

Goffs will monitor the situation on an ongoing basis taking account of any Government announcements, and further updates will be issued as and when appropriate.  If it becomes clear that a sale at Kildare Paddocks will still not be possible on 11 March, it will be cancelled no later than the end of February with the weanlings redirected to Goffs yearling sales in the autumn.  

Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby commented:

“It is unfortunate to have to further delay this sale date but we believe that another week will make an onsite sale possible at Kildare Paddocks, and that the strong interest from potential purchasers since publication of the catalogue will lead to trade that mirrors our successful November Foal Sale.  

“As at the Goffs sales in December, we will have strict protocols in place that reflect the latest Government directives to ensure the safety and well-being of all attendees.  Goffs Online will also allow any buyer who cannot attend to bid remotely.  The platform has been widely embraced since the outbreak of the pandemic taking over 6,000 bids and leading to €6.5 million of otherwise unattainable business. The Goffs team will also be available to take telephone bids for those absentees who prefer that method.

“As last year we have coordinated the revised February Part 2 date with Tattersalls Ireland who we understand will hold their delayed February NH Sale on Tuesday 9 March”.

Part 1 of the Goffs February Sale goes ahead as planned as a live online sale of breeding stock, older horses and two-year-olds from 9 – 10 February.  Registrations to bid online will open via GoffsOnline.com on Monday 1 February and close at 5pm on Monday 8 February.  

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