Breeders' Cup Friday spotlight on 2-year-olds
Thursday, November 1, 2018
WinStar stallions Distorted Humor, Paynter and Pioneerof the Nile all will be represented during Friday's all-juvenile Breeders' Cup day at Churchill Downs.

Kicking off the trio will be Distorted Humors brilliant Restless Rider in the Juvenile Fillies (G1), race 7 at 4:40 p.m. Undefeated in two starts at Churchill, the gray/roan filly won at first asking on June 8, then ran one of the more remarkable races of the year when winning the June 30 Debutante S. by nearly a dozen lengths. A rough trip in the Spinaway S. (G1) resulted in a second place finish, but she more than made up for it with another electrifying performance in the Alcibiades S. (G1) on Oct. 5. The Ken McPeek trainee drew post 4 in the 10-horse field going 1 1/16-miles.

In the following race, the Juvenile Turf (G1) at 5:22 p.m., Pioneerof the Nile's Much Better was assigned post 3 in the full field of 14 youngsters going one mile. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Much Better won his debut on dirt Sept. 1 at Del Mar, then followed that up with a sneaky-good second in the Zuma Beach S. Oct. 8 at Santa Anita Park. The $600,000 weanling purchase is out of the multiple graded stakes winner Dust and Diamonds.

Wrapping up the day in the $2 million Juvenile (G1) is Paynter's first Grade 1 winner Knicks Go. The gray/roan colt blasted onto the scene with a 5 1/2-length victory in the Oct. 6 Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland. The Ben Colebrook trained colt drew post 10 in the full field of 14. Knicks Go's dam Kosmo's Buddy won or placed in 14 stakes. Knicks Go is one of Paynter's 10 stakes horses this year, helping him to a top-five spot on the 2018 Second-Crop Sire list.
WinStar Farm stallion Pioneerof the Nile dies at 13 title=

WinStar Farm stallion Pioneerof the Nile dies at 13

WinStar Farm stallion Pioneerof the Nile died suddenly today, the farm announced. The 13-year-old son of Empire Maker—Star of Goshen, by Lord at War (ARG), bred a mare this morning and started acting uncomfortable once he was back in his stall. He was en route to the clinic when he died.

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Banner closing day at OBS 2YO sale for Commissioner title=
Commissioner

Banner closing day at OBS 2YO sale for Commissioner

Wednesday's closing session of the OBS March 2-year-olds in Training Sale yielded some stellar results for First-Crop sire Commissioner, with a pair of fillies bringing $450,000 and $225,000...

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Top-class Constitution colt sells for $350,000 at OBS 2YO sale title=
Constitution

Top-class Constitution colt sells for $350,000 at OBS 2YO sale

Constitution's first 2-year-olds offered at auction were topped by a $350,000 colt on Wednesday at the OBS March 2-year-olds in Training Sale...

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Strong closing day for Super Saver at OBS March sale title=
Super Saver

Strong closing day for Super Saver at OBS March sale

Leading 2-year-old sire Super Saver had an excellent Wednesday at the OBS March 2-year-olds in Training Sale, with a $440,000 filly and $200,000 colt...

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$1.2 million Pioneerof the Nile colt a star at OBS title=
Pioneerof the Nile

$1.2 million Pioneerof the Nile colt a star at OBS

Pioneerof the Nile's sole offering Tuesday at the March 12-13 OBS 2-year-olds in Training sale certainly pleased his connections when the colt sold for $1.2 million...

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$650,000 Speightstown filly among top sellers Tuesday at OBS title=
Speightstown

$650,000 Speightstown filly among top sellers Tuesday at OBS

Speightstown's draw as one of the world's leading sires was on full display Tuesday at the March 12-13 OBS 2-year-olds in Training Sale...

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Huge opening day at OBS 2yo Sale for Carpe Diem title=
Carpe Diem

Huge opening day at OBS 2yo Sale for Carpe Diem

A pair of juveniles by First-Crop sire Carpe Diem were among the top sellers for Freshman sires during Tuesday's session...

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Daredevil filly goes to $155,000 Tuesday at OBS title=
Daredevil

Daredevil filly goes to $155,000 Tuesday at OBS

WinStar Farm's freshman sire Daredevil's first 2-year-old to sell at auction brought a winning bid of $155,000 during Tuesday's session of the March 12-13 OBS 2-year-olds in Training sale...

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Well-bred Super Saver colt gets first stakes win in 2019 debut title=
Super Saver

Well-bred Super Saver colt gets first stakes win in 2019 debut

Hawaiian Noises, who had been off since December 13, started off 2019 in style with a gallant effort in the Animal Kingdom S. Saturday at Turfway Park...

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Super Saver filly works bullet at OBS Under Tack Show title=
Super Saver

Super Saver filly works bullet at OBS Under Tack Show

Hip No. 305, a chestnut daughter of Super Saver, flew through a quarter-mile in :20 2/5 seconds during Friday's session of the Under Tack Show...

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