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Jun 13/17

The water gets a touch deeper for Anais this Sunday at Parx. She has drawn in to post 4 of 8 for a six furlong state-bred allowance with top jockey Frankie Pennington getting the call. Six furlongs might be a touch short for her optimal distance but with the class Anais showed last time out we like our chances. A solid performance here should set her up for the deep end of the pool early in the Saratoga meet in July. Very excited to see Anais run again after her dominating performance first time out. Pasrt performances for the race can be found here.

 

June 4/17
One can never complain of improvement and that is what we saw yesterday from Bridal Arch. Breaking a bit slow she started from dead last and improved throughout to finish 4th in the Maiden Special at Golden Gate Fields. She was the only runner to improve her position down the straight although she never threatened the winner. Extra distance may help her next out which will likley be four weeks time at Pleasanton. Bridal Arch earned her highest lifetime equibase rating of 80 in the race. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

June 1/17
Bridal Arch drew post 4 of 8 for Saturdays Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs at Golden Gate Fields. We decided to give her another chance at this level on the advice of jockey Julien Couton who liked the way she moved in her breeze last week. We are waiting for the lightbulb to go on for Bridal Arch and are hoping Saturday is the day. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

May 28/17

A very exciting day for Highland Yard while in attendance at Anais' debut on Tuesday at Parx Racing. Our late off the mark 4-year-old filly proved much the best against state-bred allowance foes winning by an increasing eleven lengths. Her debut could not have gone better as she was only roused by jockey Pennington as they turned for home and responded willingly. She will likley get her next start back at Parx on June 17 and then an allowance start at Saratoga early in the summer. It could be a very fun summer if our Malibu Moon filly continues to improve. A chart of the race can be found on Anais' Roster Page.

May 28/17

Near trajedy struck Highland Yard this morning when London Calling came back from his first timed breeze lame. Xrays reveal a slab fracture and the end of his racing career before it starts. He is resting comfortably and will have surgery to remove the bone frgment. The prognosis for him to have a productive second career as a riding horse is positive. We will ensure a proper retirement after he recovers from surgery. We saw him last week and are very sad of this turn of events.... Get well London.

May 20/17
Anais has drawn post 5 of 10 for Tuesday's state-bred maiden at Parx Racing outside of Philadelphia. Top Parx jockey Frankie Pennington will get the leg up for filly. It is taken an unusually long time to get Anais to the races and we are hopeful this will be the beginning of a nice couple of years for are well bred runner. Anais has been named the 5/2 favourite despite being a first time starter. Highland Yard will be in attendance. Good luck first time out girl. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

May 15/17

Natalie Paige foaled a good size Northern Indy filly last week at Oakridges in California. She will grow up with the Wee Highland Lass colt foaled in late April. This filly marks the end of a very efficient foaling season for Highland YardOverall we had two Northern Indy fillys, a Northern Indy colt, and fillys by Into Mischief and Sky Mesa.

May 15/17

London Calling arrived in the barn of Ray Handal at Belmont a week ago to begin race track training. Hopefully a solid foundation has been built in Florida and he will make his debut this summer at Belmont or Saratoga.

May 15/17
Bridal Arch did not fire in the maiden at Golden Gate on Friday. We are not sure wether she wasn't ready or just isn't good enough for this group. She did have to check hard deep in the back stretch but she wasn't going to threaten the winner in any case. We will try her back in a few weeks against these or drop her to a lower level. A chart of the race can be found on Bridal Arch's Roster Page.

May 11/17
Anais is ready to run and we hasve landed on a Maiden Special Weight at Parx racing on May 23rd. This race is for Pennsylvania breds only and should provide an advantageous level of competition for her first start.  At this point it is all systems go for the 23rd of May.

 

May 7/17
We were considering giving Bridal Arch a couple of more works prior to her first start back but that has changed. She worked a blistering 59 2/5 for 5 furlongs on Friday and we caught her galluping out in 1.11 and change for the 6 furlongs. We have decided to run her this Friday in the Maiden Special at Golden Gate Fields. Jesus Velazquez has been working her every week and we have named his as our jockey. She will break from post 4 of 10 in a competiive tilt. Bridal Arch has been installed at 15-1 on the morning line. We will make a bet on her at those odds ....

Past Performances for the race can be found here.

 

April 29/17
Highland Lass foaled a big correct 122 pound colt last night at Woodbridge Farm in California. This son of Northern Indy is as homebred as they come with Highland Yard runners on the top and bottom of his pedigree. Look forward to watching him grow and race in California.

April 18/17
Anais has had four works at Payson Park over the last five weeks and is scheduled for two more and then a race. This game tests your patience and never more than with this Malibu Moon filly. Fingers are double-crossed that she will make it to the gate at Belmont on May 10 for her first race. She has looked good in the mornings.

April 18/17
Bridal Arch has had three works for OJ at Golden Gate and seems to have come back well from her break. A likely spot for her would be a mile on the all weather surface on May 12th. We will go see her work this Friday and should know more.

Apr 9/17
Bridal Arch is back in training at Golden Gate Fields and has worked two three-furlong breezes to date. We should look to see her at the races in about five weeks time.

April 7/17
Some excellent footage from  the Clement Stable on their visit to see the Highland Yard two-year olds at Oakridges in Ocala.

The Tiznow filly "Teatro" is an impressive looking sophmore to say the least. We think the Gio Ponti "Senja" colt is a bit on the small side but a real nice mover who should punch above his weight. Hopefully we see the two run at Saratoga this summer.

To see the video click 

here.

March 30/17
Mother Ruth's Will Take Charge colt was given am A++++ rating by the rep from Fasig Tipton reviewing stock for the upcoming select yearling sales season. This one will turn heads at Saraotga or Keeneland this summer.

March 30/17
All Due Respect's Ghostzapper yearling colt was reviewed yesterday by Fasig Tipton today at MacCauley Farm in Nicholasville, KY.

The colt was deemed an "absolutely great candidate for the Saratoga Select Sale" by the Fasig representative.

He has been a looker from day one and acts every bit of the part. Ghostzapper has one of hte top early money favourites for the Kentucky Derby in McCraken.

March 30/17

Smart n Dreamy foaled a healthy Sky Mesa filly on January 12th. Smart n Dreamy rejected the foal and we have hired a nurse mare to raise the filly. A pciture of the nurse mare and the filly below. This is not totally unusual for a maiden mare and does not mean she wont raise next years foal. Smart n Dreamy is back in foal having been bred back to Outwork on February 15th. Outwork is a new sire by Uncle Mo and was a most impressive looking horse. He was the favourite of the Highland Yard brain trust when visiitng sires last fall.

March 30/17

Mother Ruth foaled a striking 145 pound filly by trending sire Into Mischief on January 29th at MacCauley Farm in Nicholasville, KY.

Mother Ruth, perhaps more than any other Highland Yard mare, throws beautiful foals. They say a pciture is worth a thousand words so please see photo below. Mother Ruth will go to Hard Spun this breeding season.

March 30 / 17
Walk Close foaled a Medaglia d'Oro colt on March 17th. Medaglia d'Oro is one of the top sires in the world having had runners such as Song Bird, Rachel Alexandra, Mshawish and Vancouver. Here is hoping this colt combines the best of Tapit (Walk Close's Sire) and Medaglia d'Oro.

A picture of the foal below. Walk Close will go back to Pioneer of the Nile this breeding season.

March 30/17

Amaranth is in foal to Broken Vow following a February 18th cover. Her first baby should arrive in late January next year.

Broken Vow had last years Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies winner in Champagne Room. Hopefully the expected speedy offspring here can mimic that feat. A photo of 16 '2 hands Broken Vow.

March 30/17
Miss Chatelaine is in foal to Kentucky based International renowned sire More Than Ready. Miss Chatelaine was pregnant on one cover on February 28, 2017. More Than Ready was a multiple graded stakes sprinter and should put a little speed into the resulting foal. We are excited for an early February first foal for Miss Chatelaine.

A slow motion video of Miss Chatelaine at gallup can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnPNHT3gDOM

March 30/17
A Highland Yard bred colt by Justin Phillips out of the mare Town Belle brought $300,000 at the Barretts 2yo sale at Delmar yesterday. Consigned as hip 48 the colt sold to Japanese interests and will move overseas. We sold the colt as a weanling for $45,000 but are pleased with the type of foals being produced. Looking for big numbers like these from our tremendous yearling crop this summer.

Feb 20
Well rated by jockey Julian Couton, Bold Intent wound up in the stretch passing all rivals to hit the wire with a one length victory yesterday at Golden Gate Fields. It was grerat to see the filly relax a bit and run well after washing out last start. OJ did a nice job getting her ready for the race and the decision to drop the blinkers may have helped as well. Bold Intent ran her last race in the blue and white colours of Highland Yard as she was claimed out of the race and will move to the barn of Tim McCanna. Good luck girl.

Feb 19
Bold Intent drew post 1 of 6 in todays $20,000 claiming race over one mile at Golden Gate Fields. We have changed riders to Julian Couton to shake things up and dropped Bold Intent to this level. The class drop should help as her last race was one of the faster run this year at GGF. We have also taken off the blinkers for this one as she came out to the track nervous and washed out last time. Bold Intent has been installed as the 5/2 second favourite on the morning line. Might this be the day we find our way back to the winners circle? Past performances for the race can be found here.

Feb 13
The three yearling colts of Highland Yard are doing very well. This is a year where we likely sell all three given our proclivity to keep and race fillies and the potential for big returns at auction. Our consignors believe that any of the three could end up in a select sale in the summer or fall. In addition to good conformation and excellent breeding a little luck has come our way particularly as it relates to the All Due Respect Yearling.

All Due Respect 16 - Ghostzapper Colt

There is not a hotter sire in America as Ghostzapper is number one on the active sire list in America and has two on the Derby trail. McCraken is the (very) early Kentucky Derby favourite, undefeated in 4 starts including two graded stakes wins. Ghoszappers' son Iliad won the grade 2 San Vincente last weekend putting him as well, on the trail to the run for the roses. Suffice it to say we will be cheering these two on. As for the baby, strong balanced conformation makes him a very impressive individual.

Mother Ruth 16 - Into Mischief Colt

More good fortune here as Into Mischief is proving a up and coming sire to be sure. We need to thank Nathan McCauley for helping us decide on him as a sire for Mother Ruth last year. Into Mischief is the number seven sire in North America by AEI and has his own Derby hopeful in multiple grade 1 winner Practical Joke. Nothing to fault the looks on this growing yearling either, his development will determine wether he fits in the Fasig Tipton Sale this summer.

 

Purple 16 - Candy Ride Colt

Our luck continued with these breeding decisions as Candy Ride finished #4 in the General Sire Standings and also has a potential Derby horse in the Bob Baffert trained Mastery. Our colt has come along leaps and bounds. He was a small foal but although low to the ground is long and moves exceedingly well. We would love to race this one should he not make what will be a serious reserve. He moves like a cat.

 

Feb 13
Mother Ruth had a striking daughter of Into Mischief on January 29 at McCauley Farm in Kentucky. Weighing in at 145 pounds with straight legs and a healthy disposition she has been deemed "Hercules" at the farm. It is a long way to the starting gate or the auction ring but this one is off to an auspicious start.

Feb 13
Smart n Dreamy foaled a Sky Mesa filly last month in Kentucky. Her first foal was a touch on the small side at 115 pounds but is doing well.

Smart n Dreamy abandoned the foal and the McCauley's quickly found a nurse mare who is doing a great job as stand in mom. A pciture of the baby and her adopted mom is found below. Smart n  Dreamy's family is littered with stakes performers including and up and coming half-brother by Tapit named Dream Dancing.

Feb 13
Killarney Rose has finished her racing career after suffering a rear suspensory injury. She is jogging fine, totally comfortable and ready for her next career. Immediate plans are not comfirmed although a career as a broodmare is a possiblity given her breeding and conformation. Being a daughter of red-hot sire Ghostzapper will positively impact her progeny's value. Killarney Rose was responsible for Highland Yard's first win at Saratoga winning a milke on the turf on July 31 2015.

Jan 22
Bold Intent faced a very tough field to open up the Highland Yard season. Despite finishing last she ran her best number of her career against this salty group. Having said that she acted up in the paddock and did not relax for the race. OJ is trying to calm her down and we will likley take the blinkers off for her next start. She should also benefit from a class drop which she will get next time out. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page..

Dec 31

Much of the excitement this time of year is to look forward at potential two-year old runners in the upcoming summer. We have four potential two-year old runners this summer.

Cibo - A Northern Indy homebred will race from OJ's barn in Northern California.

Senja - A Gio Ponti colt out of Purple will race from Christophe Clements barn in New York.

Teatro - A Tiznow filly purchased out of the fasig tipton Saratoga sale last summer will also race with Clement.

Mom Said - A Lawman colt we purchased as a weanling will race with Ed Walker in England.

Dec 31
Thank goodness we are turning the page on the dissapointing racing year that was 2016. Despite many dissapointing efforts, a lack  of wins and numerous set backs, there were a few highlights for the year. Miss Chatelaine's 2nd place finish in the Grade 3 Ontario Matron and 3rd place finish in the Grade 3 Glens Falls at Woodbine and Saratoga respectively topped the charts. In both cases we were able to enjoy her runs with great family and friends which is always more exciting. We are hopeful the Blue and White silks will be seen in more winners circles in 2017.

More success was had on the breeding front with yearlings out of All Due Respect and Purple selling well and some impressive looking weanlings on the ground to make a future mark for Highland Yard on the track and in the sales ring.

Dec 31
Killarney Rose has arrived at OJ's barn in California and has begun prepping for her first California start.

Dec 31
Bridal Arch has been sent to Paradise Road Ranch for a freshening and will be brought back in 75 days to prepare for her 3 year old campaign.

Dec 31
Highland Lad came out of his last race with a suspsensory ligament injury. Thankfully it is not life threatening but has effectively ended his racing career. Highland lad will be retired to Whispering Meadow Ranch. Segrid and her team in Temecula do a great job caring for and placing retired horses. We are proud to be a donor to Whispering Meadows and look forward to a visit there next month.

Dec 3
Highland Lad finished a dissapointing 5th yesterday at Golden Gate Fields after being bet down to second favouritism. According to jockey Martinez, she pulled right from the start never relaxed and ran even down the lane. No excuses. We'll try again in three or four weeks time. A chart of the race can be found on his Roster Page.

Dec 2
Highland Lad has drawn post 1 of 9 for Saturday's maiden claimer at Golden Gate Fields going 1 Mile on the all weather surface. She fits this spot well and has been installed at 6-1 on the morning line under jockey Catalino Martinez. Past performances for for the racee can be found here.

Nov 28
Bridal Arch broke a couple of steps slow was brushed as the start and ran in 10th place for the first half-mile. Winding in and out of traffic she finished 5th in the field of 11 and was full of run down the lane. The chartist wrote that her run was "better-than-looked" and we tend to agree. We will try her again at MSW hopefully going 6 furlongs in three or four weeks time. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

November 22

Mother Ruth's 2 year old filly "Yuvetsi" will be on of the favourites in Saturday's G3 Jimmy Durante at Del Mar. A win or top three placing from her first foal would be immense for her pedigree and value. This is particularly exciting as her Will Take Charge weanling is striking and Mother Ruth is expecting an Into Mischief foal in the spring. Go Yuvetsi!

A photo of Mother Ruth from last week below

November 22

MSmart n Dreamy's sibling Dream Dancing will run in the Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill on Sunday. A top three finish for Dream Dancing would mark the third sibling of Smart n Dreamy to be graded stakes placed. We purchased Smart n Dreamy last year and have her in foal to Sky Mesa. The already sterling pedigree stands to further improve if Dream Dancing can get it done on Sunday.

Nov 18
Bold Intent ran a bit flat but nonetheless finished a respectable 3rd in a tough field of older allowance horses. As the only 3 year old in the field we take heart and hope to find a better race for her in four or five weeks time. She went off as the longest shot on the board at 15-1. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

Nov 16
We had the opportunity to visit Northern Indy in his spacious paddock at Paradise Road Ranch. Suffice it to say he looks fantastic. He had his first winner already in West Coast Indy from his first small crop. We look for more winners from him as he has his largest crop ever last year with 10 mares in foal. The quality of mares has also improved. We have three solid mares in foal to him all of which will be bred back to him this spring. The mares include Wee Highland Lass who has a Union Rags yearling that sold for $50,000 at Keeneland and the 2yo Highland Lad who crossed the finish line first last week at Golden Gate Fields. In addition the winning In Excess mare Nathalie Paige and the Betrando mare Bertie (A++ nick) are in foal to the big horse.

Nov 14
Bold Intent will face a tough but small field of five runners on Friday in a 1 1/16th miles allowance at Golden Gate Fields. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd (Bold Intnet) and 5th placed runners from last months race draw in with a new shooter for Hollendorfer. We anticipate Bold Intent will improve on her last performance as this is her second run back off the layoff and she is training well. Past Performances for the race can be found

here.

Nov 14
A perfectly executed ride and a very game performance by Highland Lad was nullified by a terrible stewards decision at Golden Gate Fields yesterday. Highland Lad set a restrained early pace under jockey Martinez. He dropped back to third at the 3/4 pole and got back up to cross the wire first over the one mile trek. After a lengthy inquiry the "brain trust" pulled him down for supposed interference down the stretch. The horse that ended up getting the first prize did not stay around for a photo as the connections did not think the inquirey had merit. We commend Catalino for a great ride and Highland Lad for showing grit to get back up for the win. A chart of the race can be found on Highland Lad's Roster Page.

Nov 6
We are heading east. After a pit-stop in Saratoga, we will land in Lexington on Thursday morning. After a full review and evaluation of the Highland Yard stock, if will be off to the Stallion farms. The main goal being to select stallions for the six mare broodmare band for this breeding season.

We will also attend the Keenland Breeding Stock sale where our lovely Gallileo mare "Purple" will be sold as Hip 969 on Friday morning. We have mixed feelings selling her as she has every chance to be an excellent broodmare. We purchased her from Coolmore in Ireland and we will follow her career with great interest. Her first foal the two-year old colt "Sir Leighdon" is training very well for Trainer Richard Baltas at Santa Anita. We retain her bloodlines through her yearling colt by Gio Ponti who is in Florida and will go to top conditioner Christophe Clement as a two-year old. Purple has a lovely Candy Ride baby on the ground and is sold in foal to freshman sire Will Take Charge.

We will not be heartbroken if she doesnt make her reserve and we get to keep her ........

Oct 29
Bridal Arch could not match the front running winner but did muscle down the stretch to edge her way into a 3rd place finish against top level maidens at GGF today. She is still an over-excitable 2 year-old whom we think will get much better with age. We will cut her back to 6 furlongs for another shot. Should she not fire perhaps a couple of months on the farm. This grey filly has a future and earned a pay cheque today. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster page.

Oct 29
Bold Intent ran very well yesterday first back from a six month layoff. Both the competition and the distance were big question marks that she answered. Running 3 wide for most of the the trip she nonetheless had enough left to close from 6th to just miss second in a very strong finish. She should improve off of this next time out and we look to meet her in the winners circle soon. Jockey Martinez things she would have won had the pace been a little faster to run into. We are excited and look for her to run big in three or four weeks. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

Oct 27
Bridal Arch has entered for the one mile Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate Fields thisi Saturday. The field is a tough one with southern Hollendorfer shipper "She's My First" to be ridden by Mike Smith who is in town for the stakes race that day. Bridal Arch has been training well and we hope for an improvement over her last start where she faded down the stretch. Ricardo Gonzalez will pilot Bridal Arch from the 4 hole of the 7 two year old fillies. Brdial Arch has been installed 10/1 second long shot. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

October 24
Miss Chatelaine will head to Kentucky later this week to begin a new career as a broodmare. She has brought us many thrills at the races including a stakes win in the Chelsea Flower, and graded stakes placings in both the Ontario Matron at Woodbine and the Glens Falls at Saratoga. We loved visiting her at the Clement barn at Saratoga and look forward to feeding her carrots in the buccolic fileds of Kentucky. This statuesque daughter of Pulpit has every chance to be a blue-hen mare for Highland Yard. We look forward to picking a top quality sire and seeing her foals down the road.

Oct 24
Bold Intent has been entered for the Allowance going 1 1/16th at Golden Gate Fields this Friday. She doesn't really fit in this spot for a comeback race but she is ready to run. A very tough field of 6 proven older fillies and mares makes this spot daunting. We hope she runs and finishes well which should set her up for a late fall / winter campaign. Catalino Martinez gets the mount. Bold Intent is 15-1 on the morning line. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Oct 24
London Calling has not taken well to training and will be turned out at McCauley farm for 60 days. It is iffy wether this NY bred colt will make it to the races. Fingers crossed.

October 21
Highland Yard will sell two mares at the upcoming Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Purple a mare by the world's leading sire Galilleo will be offered in foal to freshman sire Will Take Charge as hip 969 on Friday November 12. Smart n Dreamy will be offered in foal to Sky Mesa as hip 1855 on Sunday November 13. They sale can be watched live on the Keeneland Sales website.

October 21
Killarney Rose did not take to the off track at Keeneland yesterday and essentially stopped. She came back to the barn fine and looked great thsi morning. We will give her another try agaisnt softer company, yet again, and see if she still wants to race. It could be she is at the end of the line. Dissapointing result for this handsome daughter of Ghostzapper.

Oct 17
Killarney Rose has drawn post 4 of 7 for Thursdays route claiming race at iconic Keeneland Race Course. We would love to be able to be at the traditional old Keeneland Fall meet to watch the race. We will be cheering while watching on TV. Top Jockey Julian Leparoux will ride in the 1 and 1/8th mile race. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Oct 17
Highland Lad raced better his first time going long last weekend at the Fresno Fair. He rated well off the front runner and made a move at the 3/4 pole to lead for much of the stretch. He was eventually passed by the long shot winner Six Gun Smokin in deep stretch. We are pleased with how he took to the longer distance and will look for a race next mopnth at Golden Gate Fields. A chart of the race can be found on Highland Lads Roster Page.

October 11
Highland Lad has drawn post position 2 of 7 for Friday's Maiden Claimer going a mile on the dirt at the Fresno Fair. Catalino Martinez gets the mount. We are hopeful Highland Lad will like the longer trip and class relief. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

October 10
Another day another beaten favourite as Miss Chatelaine did not fire down the stretch in the Maple Leaf Prep. She will retreat back to Belmont, have a change in her diet and try one more time this year, possible in the Long Island Handciap. An unexpected performance after running very well last few times out. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

October 10
Killarney Rose was scratched from her race at Mountaineer as heavy rains forced the race off the turf. She will be reentered for a race at Keeneland next week.

October 6
Coming off a game placing in the G3 Glens Falls Stakes at Saratoga Miss Chatelaine has been entered in the prep race for the Maple Leaf Stakes this Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Miss Chatelaine finished second on the course in the G3 Ontario Matron Stakes back in July. She has drawn post position 5 of 6 and will be piloted by Alan Garcia who rode her last time at Woodbine. She looks to be the favourite in the small field and should benefit from the stretch out to 1 1/8th miles on the all weather surface. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Oct 3
Coming off two successive 2nd place finishes, Killarney Rose will try for the win in a seven-furlong turf race at Mountaineer on Saturday. Once again, she looks to be one of the favourites breaking from gate 2 under jockey Edgar Paucar. PPs for the race an be found here.

Sep 22
All Due Respect's yearling by Awesome Again sold for $150,000 direct from McCauley's Farm in Nicholasville, KY after being an out from Book One of the Keeneland Sale. We are very happy with the result and will be cheering the yet to be named colt on for his new European owners.  It would be fun to have a Highland Yard bred running at Ascot! All Due Repect has a striking Ghostzapper weanling on the ground who might be in the same sale next year or alternatively race in the Highland Yard silks. A photo of the weanling is below

Sep 22
Killarney Rose finished a game second in Sundays Allowance at Mountaineer although she couldn't get to the winner Steelaway Lady over the last quarter mile. Thiose two runners finished 13 lengths in front of the third place finisher. Two consecutive seconds for Killarney. Hopefully she notches a much need win for the stable next time out. A chart of the race can be found on Killarney Rose's Roster Page.

Sept 22
Highland Lad ran a bit better on the weekend finishing 7th of twelve runners at Golden Gate Fields. He seemed to have a chance at the quarter pole when 4th only to lack drive as they came down the stretch. At least encouraging that he was involved this time out. We will drop him a notch to find his level next time out. A chart can be found on Highland Lads Roster Page.

Sept 22
It is never fun being the one of the favourites and getting beat but that is exactly what happened to Bridal Arch on Saturday. Attending the pace two wide in a crowded field of 12 she faded badly down the stretch. It was her first time going long and we, of course, are hopeful she will improve with time. A chart of the race is available on Bridal Arch's Roster Page.

Sept 15
We are very excited for Bridal Arch's second race on Saturday going a mile on the turf at Golden Gate Fields. She has been training very well and is bred on her dams side to love the turf and the extended distance. We don't often tout our horses but believe a "flutter" here should she go off close to her morning line of  5-1.  Ricardo Gonzalez keeps the mount and will break from gate 9 of 12. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Sept 15
Highland Lad drew post 2 of 14 in Saturdays race at Golden Gate Fields. He has been installed at 20-1 and Francisco Duran retains the mount. We would hope He breaks a bit better and gets involved in this massive field. We have a decond cheering interest in this race as Northern Indy offspring "Radiant Rockstar" breaks from post 7. We have never seen such a large field at Golden Gate Fields. Past performances for the race can be found here.

July 19
Miss Chatelaine achieved a major milestone gaining her first Graded Stake placing by finishing 2nd in the G3 Ontario Matron Stakes. Our girl had a lot to overcome after having shipped up to Toronto from her New York base. She was bumped twice in the first furlong as a result of a sharp move in by eventual winner Midnight Miley and had to be taken back by jockey Alan Garcia. She settled in after the incident and began to get use to running on the all weather surface for the first time. According to Garcia she got acclimated to the surface and began to run very well closing from 8th to rally and finish a strong second as they crossed the wire. Two claims of foul against the winner were heard but no change made to the final order of finish.

Miss Chatelaine looked great and seems to be progressing which should lead to a nice summer fall campaign. A great group of friends and family joined in for the exciting day at Woodbine. A chart of the race can be found above. As well as a replay here http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/213390/midnight-miley-runs-away-with-ontario-matron

July 16
Miss Chatelaine has been installed as 3-1 second favourite as she tries to chase her first graded black type at Woodbine on Sunday.

A preview of the race can be found here. The strong Highland Yard contingent is excited to say the least. Miss Chatelaine vans out from New York tonight at 8pm and will be in Toronto at 5am Satuday morning. Lets hope she ships well and the weather moderates as expected in Toronto. A top three finish would establish her as a Graded Stakes placed filly.

July 14
Miss Chatelaine will try for her first and Highland Yard's second graded stakes victory in the Ontario Matron Stakes Sunday at Woodbine in Toronto. She definitely fits from a form basis but will be making her first start not on a turf surface. If she takes to the surface we have every hope she will make an impact on the running. It will be a festive day indeed as we expect upwards of twenty Highland Yard faithful in attendance. Past performances for the race can be found here.

July 14
Purple's 2-y-o colt named Sir Leighdon is working for a race at Kentucky Downs in September for McCauley Racing. Linked here is a video of her working up the hills at Keeneland yesterday. Sir Leighdon

July 14
Wee Highland Lass' yearling colt by Union Rags sold at the Fasig Tipton July Sale for $50,000. We would have hoped for a bit more for this good looking yearling. All in all not a bad result for the brother of Highland Lad who will debut over the next few weeks for Highland Yard and trainer O.J. Jauregui.

July 4
Our two-year old grey filly by ArchArchArch has been named "Bridal Arch". Her broodmare sired was named Down the Aisle so we kept the wedding theme for her. Bridal Arch has been coming along nicely in OJ's barn having breezed two smart three-furlongs and will move to half a mile this week. She is likley to get a start in early August at Delmar or Golden Gate Fields. Her Roster Page will be on the website shortly.

July 4
London Calling worked in company for Christophe Clement in Saratoga yesterday in preparation for a Saratoga debut in August. With any luck, he will get his first start in front of sizeable Highland Yard contingent. A video of his work can be found here https://vimeo.com/173248539/6911a3ae8a

July 4
Homebred Highland Lad worked a very easy 5 furlongs last week and will get a good lick this week in advance of a debut later this month. He is a big colt and we expect him to take a few races to figure things out. He should develop into a nice two-turn colt later in the year. His yearling brother by Union Rags sells in Kentucky next week.

July 4
Killarney Rose finished 5th beaten by 4 lengths in Friday's turf claimer at Monmouth. She will van Wednesday to join Tevis McCauley in Kentucky. Tevis is training Amaranth as well. We hope Killarney Rose will revert to last summers form in her new environment. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

June 26
Killarney Rose has been entered in Friday's turf claiming race at Monmouth Park on the Jersey Shore. She drew post 8 of 9 and will be ridden by top Jersey jockey Joe Bravo. When the morning line comes out later in the week, we assume Killarney Rose will be first or second favourite in what should be a slightly lesser level of competition than she has been up against lately. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

June 26
Miss Chatelaine raced well off the bench in her return to the races against a tough field. Saving ground mid-pack in a very fast first half mile in 46 seconds, she made a move at the 3/4 pole. Nudged along the inside path she was eventually squeezed a bit on the rail by eventual winner Robillard. Jockey Rosario gave her a ground saving trip but she ended up just shy losing by less than half a length. She picked uo a decent cheque and should fire back well next time out. We are debating an allowance start early in the Saratogs meet or a trip to Chicago to try and replicate stablemate Walk Closes' win in the grade 3 Modesty Handicap. A chart of the race can be found on Miss Chatelaine's Roster page.

June 20
After a couple of solid works Miss Chatelaine has been entered in Thursday's Allowance race going 1 and 1/16th on the Turf at Belmont. A solid field of six will vy for the purse. Miss Chatelaine will likely be second favourite to the Pletcher entry It's Only Acting Dad. We are excited to see our filly back at the races after a long break. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

June 6
Wee Highland Lass' yearling colt by the exciting freshman sire Union Rags has been assigned hip number 99 for the July Fasig Tipton Sale.

This good looking colt should bring some interest given his good looks and solid pedigree. His 2 year old brother by Successful Appeal named "Highland Lad" has been training forwardly in California and may well debut prior to the July 12 sale. It has taken awhile to get the Highland Yard breeding operation up and running and we are looking forward to seeing results. A picture of the colt and his catologue page are below.

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May 31
Please welcome to Highland Yard a two-year daughter of second crop sire Arch Arch Arch. This long, classy filly moves real nice and was acquired at the Barrets May Sale last week. The yet to be named grey has arrived at O.J.'s barn at Golden Gate Flelds where we will decide to carry on with her training or give her 45 days at the farm prior to more aggresive training. More details to follow.

 

May 31
Amaranth is back in training! Amaranth failed to get pregnant to Hard Spun. Giiven the lateness in the breeding season we have decided to race the speedy daughter of Mr Greeley one more year. This will allow us to get an early start on her breeding career in 2017. Rather than shipping her back west to OJ Jauregui (who has done an excellent job with her career to date), we will keep her in Kentucky with Trainer Tevis McCauley. That name may sound familiar as we keep most of our mares with McCauley Farms in Nicholasville, KY just outside of Lexington.

She has already had one good breeze and if she progresses well we will point her to the Rovelena Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 25th.

May 31
Killarney Rose stalked the pace throughout but never threatened on the turf at Belmont Sunday. We will look for an easier spot by dropping her in class and looking for a race likley at Monmouth in the coming weeks. A chart of the race can be found on Killarney Rose' Roster page.

May 28
Killarney Rose has drawn post 3 of 8 for tommorow's 4th race at Belmont Park in New York. Jockey Kendrick Karm,ouche will rideour 5 year old mare. We think she fits better at a slightly lower level than this but want to give her a run. If she can hang on down the stretch a top 3 position is possible. Wealth Creation will be favoured on the outside. Killarney Rose is 5-1 on the morning line. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

May 16
Highland Yard's two Irish Yearlings by Lawman and Dream Ahead had the same idea this morning on a lovely day at Harvey Bloodstocks' Yard in Ireland.

May 6
Killarney Rose displayed a lack of a closing kick today in the slop at Belmont Park. We will cut her some slack as this was her first race back .She managed to place third and will have to fight another day. Her best runs have been at Saratoga and we are hopeful she will gear up for a productive summer campaign at the Spa. A chart of the race can be found on Killarney Rose's Roster Page.

May 5

Killarney Rose makes her 2016 debut at Belmont Park tommorow in a $50,000 claiming event going 1 Mile on the Widener Turf Course.

Kendrick Carmouche will ride from post position 6. Bold Intent has been installed as the 4-1 second favourite to Chad Brown's Stella Street who is making a large class drop after a one year absence. The weather  is calling for rain in which case the racce may be taken off the turf. We will run in either case but think the favourite will scratch if the race moves to the dirt. An exciting morning tomorrow. Past Performcances for the race can be found here.

May 5
Sluggish for the first 3/4's Bold Intent finally got moving late but it was not enough as she improved her position to finish 5th in last weeks Allowance. We know that she likes the dirt better but went with the race that came up. We will wait for a mile race (or longer) on the dirt for her next start. A chart of the race can be found on Bold Intent's Roster Page.

April 29
Miss Chatelaine has been scratched from today's stakes at Keeneland. She tied up after working yesterday and we will send her to New York for a summer campaign. Dissapointing.

April 27
After a long winter break, Miss Chatelaine has been entered in the Grade 3 Bewitched Stakes at Keeneland this Saturday. It isn't a perfect spot for comeback race as the field drew very strong and deep with 12 starters. As they say, you have to start somewhere and this is it. Jockey James Graham who won the Modesty Handicap Stakes aboard Walk Close gets the call. We are looking for a good run out of Miss Chatelaine an in the money performance would be fantastic. Miss Chatelaine has been installed at 10-1 on the morning line. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

April 27
Killarney Rose may make her return to the races this Saturday at Belmont. She has been entered Main Track Only which means she will only race if the race is washed off of the turf course. Belmont is expecting some rain but it looks like the races are likely to stay onthe turf. Time will tell.

It is a good sign that she is entered and if this race doesn't go there should be a spot for her over the next couple of weeks.

April 24/16
Highland Yards' first home-bred Highland Lad arrived at OJ's barn on Friday night. A photo of this strong son of Successful Appeal is below. Highland Lad has had a lot of miles put in to him and should train up for a June start in California.

April 24/16
Bold Intent drew post position 5 of 7 for Friday's Allowance at Golden Gate Fields. Catalino Martinez will ride in what looks like a tough field. Godolphin is sending a runner from Southern California and Hollendorfer has a Street Cry filly who won last time out. It has been a long wait for Boild Intent and we hope she can improve on her medicore effort last time out in the California Oaks. Past performances for the race can be found here.

April  3/16

If only the racing was going as well as the foaling! A perfect 4 for 4 foaling resulting in four healthy foals and mothers. It will be busier yet next year as Amaranth and Walk Close enter the broodmare band in Kentucky.

Wee Highland Lass - Daaher Filly - March 31 - back to Northern Indy

Purple - Candy Ride Colt - March 12 - back to Will Take Charge

All Due Respect - Ghostzapper Colt - February 23 - back to Hard Spun

Mother Ruth - Will Take Charge Colt - January 29 - back to Into Mischief

 

April  3/16

Well we haven't provided an update on Wee Highland Lass in a while!

We did not sell the Successful Appeal Colt born in 2014 as she was placed to far back in the sales book and would not have brought us as much as we thought she could earn as a race horse. He has been named "Highland Lad" and will go to OJ's barn this month for a hopeful early summer start.

Wee Highland Lass had a nice Union Rags colt in 2015 which is being prepped for the yearling sales this year. Union Rags is a more commercial sire than Successful Appeal and should bring a reasonable price.

On March 31st, Wee Highland Lass foaled a strapping 140 lb Daaher filly a photo of whom is below. She looks awesome and we look forward to running her as a Calbred as she was dropped in California.

March 28
One career ends and another begins for perhaps the two most accomplished Highland Yard runners. Amaranth and Walk Close have both been retired healthy from the race track and will move to the more bucolic life of a Kentucky pasture to begin careers as Broodmares. Walk Close has been booked to elite sire Medaglia d'Oro and Amaranth to up and coming sire Twirling Candy.

Walk Close was our first major yearling purchase taken from the first book of the September 2012 Keeneland Yearling Sale. She broke her maiden at first asking at Belmont Park as a two-year old and followed it up by winning an Allowance and the Wild Applause Stakes as a three-year old. Her career highlight was a game win in the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap at Arlington Park where she split horses in the stretch to take home the trophy. In addition to three other stakes placings, she was 4th in two other graded stakes. We will always have a special place in our heart for this hard trying Tapit filly. We look forward to visiting her on the farm before a likely sale at Fasig Tipton November.

Amaranth was purchased out of the OBS two-year old sale in April of 2012. She was a very late foal born May 20th. as a result it was not at all suprising she struggled as a two-year old. She certainly made up for it as a 3 year-old winning three consecutive races including the BetAmerica Oaks by 7 lengths. She followed that up by valiant second in the Grade 2 Great Lady M Stakes despite a saddle slip. She gave us thrills when winning the Senator Ken Maddy Stakes on Breeders Cup Saturday at Santa Anita and winning the Desert Stormer Stakes over Grade 1 Winner Sams Sister and multiple graded stakes winner Living the Life. She picked up another stakes win as a four year old to round out a career with $283,000 in earnings. We look forward to many speedy babies to come from this lightening quick daughter of Mr Greeley.

We extend our sincere appreciation to all those that made these two a success on the racetrack for Highland Yard. Dominic Brennan was instrumental in the purchase and raising of both fillies. O.J. Jauregui trained Amaranth to her four stakes victories and Christophe Clement trained Walk Close to Highland Yard's first graded stake victory.

March 28
Very dissapointing day for our talented Malibu Moon filly Anais. She has shown plenty of talent in training but gets hurt when prepping for her first start. Such was the case again yesterday as she fired the bullet work at Payson Park only to come back lame in her rear off leg. She will be sent to Dr Bramalage for a review tomorrow and we will see where she stands. Tough luck. 

March 26
Same old story for Amaranth. She set a lively pace and led the way for the first half mile only to be reigned in by Fantastic Style and fade in deep stretch. These were too good. We will try her in Allowance company and try and get back on the winning track with our speedy filly. She tried the whole way and never gave in but they were to good. A chart of the race can be found on Amaranth's Roster Page.

March 18
Amaranth drew post position 5 of 6 for Sunday's $100,000 Grade 3 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Amaranth was cross entered for the Camilla Urso at Golden Gate but we opted for this race. This will be our best chance to get additional graded black type to bolster her pedigree.

It was a tough decision as we were morning line favourite in the Camilla Urso. In this race we are the longest shot in the field albeit only at 12-1. She has been training well and deserves a shot. She won the Desert Stormer over this course and distance against a field as strong as this.

Northern California jock William Antongeorgi gets the mount and we are hopeful for the win. Past Performances for the Las Flores can be found here.

Mar 2
It is a wonder that these animals ever make it to the starting gate. Ready to be entered today Walk Close will have to miss a start in Saturday's stake race at Gulfstream. The State of Florida has imposed a quarantine on Payson Park as a result of a horse being diagnosed with the EHV-1 virus. No horses are allowed to enter or leave the grounds for 3 weeks thus ruling out Walk Close's start this weekend. We will now target the Grade 3 Orchid Stakes, April 2nd at Gulfstream.  A link to the quarantine article can be found http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/payson-park-under-quarantine-for-equine-herpes/

February 29
Amaranth fired the bullet working 5 furlongs at Golden Gate Fields in one minute flat on Friday. She continues to train well for her upcoming stakes. We have a dilemna in choosing between the Grade 3 Las Flores at Santa Anita where she would face 7 for 8 powerhouse Sunday Rules or a less salty field in the Canilla Urso Stakes at Golden Gate. We are leaning to the graded race but will nominate for both.

February 29
All Due Respect foaled a strong compact colt by Ghostzapper on February 23 at McCauley Farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Mom and baby are doing well. A couple of photo's below.

February 29
Walk Close has two graded stakes options looming. The Grade 2 Hillsborough at Tampa Bay Downs on the 12th or the more likley Grade 3 The Very One going 1 3/16th's mile on the turf at Gulfstream Park this Saturday. We will decide by Wednesday and look forward to some top notch racing.

February 29
The long path to get Anais to her debut continues. She was ready to go a week or so ago and developed a mild cough. We continue to do what is right for her and backed off for a few days. She had a work from the gate at Payson Park over the weekend and did not handle the gate well. She has shown talent in her works but remains immature in the gate. We will touch base with Christophe early this week and he wil let us know if she is ready to fire. A start at Aqueduct or perhaps Gulfstream over the next two weeks would seem likely.

February 18
Finally Walk Close avoided traffic and had room to run last Thursday at Gulfsteam Park. Paced well on the rail by Joel Rosario, she sat patiently until the quarter pole when he tipped her out. She began a long steady run picking off horses and closing in on eventual winner Cay Dancer in deep stretch. She didn't quite get to her and finished a head back for a solid second. After her last few runs we were pleased she moved unhindered and showed what she can do given racing room. We will target "The Very One Stakes" at Gulfstream on March 5th. A chart of her race can be found on her Roster Page.

February 7
Walk Close has drawn post 3 of 7 for Thursday's Savannah Jane Stakes going 1 1/2 miles on the turf at Gulfstream Park in South Florida.

Jockey Joel Rosario gets the mount as Walk Close looks to win her third career stakes. She has been installed third favourite at 3-1 very close to Maximova 2-1 and the always dangerous Chad Brown runner Cay Dancer 5/2. Highland Yard will be in attendance to cheer on our beautiful Tapit filly.

February 7
Bold Intent finished last yesterday in the California Oaks. She was a bit unsettled in the paddock and did not fit with this group. Jockey Martinez said that she didn't have the same cruising speed as in her previous race and he needed to hustle her to keep up to the faster pace. Having said that we were probably asking a bit much from her to run her third race in six weeks. Ironically she earned a career high equibase figure of 90 and finished only 8 lengths from the winner. We will give her a bit of a rest and look for a spot in mid- to- late March. We have certainly learned from Amaranth and others that one race is only one race and we look for more positive performances from our filly. A chart of the race can be on her Roster Page.

February 4
Bold Intent drew post 5 of 9 for Saturday's California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields. Two prohibitive favourites await her in Code Warrior and Kiss N Scat. Code Warrior at a morning line of 8/5 has a huge class advantage having placed second in the G2 Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita but will need to stretch out to the 1 1/16th mile distance for this one, Hollendorfer's Kiss N Scat is second choice at 5/2 off of a 13 length allowance victory on this track and distance last time out.

Our filly will need to improve to compete at this level but has been training well and schooling well in the paddock this week. Hopefully Catalino can give her a good trip and allow her one late run, a style has suited her well in her back-to-back wins coming into the race. Bold Intent has been installed at 12-1 on the morning line. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

January 30

Mother Ruth acquired at the Keeneland January Mixed sale 2016 foaed a 123 pound Will Take Charge Colt last night. Highland Yard's first baby of the year and an exciting one at that.

January 20
Our excitement is growing again for the prospects of our now three-year-old filly Anais. After working consistently last spring for an expected summer start as a two-year-old, Anais was taken out of training to calm some inflammation and to let her grow up a bit. After four works over the last four weeks at Christophe's Florida winter training center at Payson Park, it appears the filly is gearing up again. She went 4 furlongs from the gate this morning in company with a colt going 49 2/5ths seconds the fastest of 23 horses today. Could a late February start be in store at Gulfstream Park?

January 16
Bold Intent came from off the pace to get up for a nice Allowance score at Golden Gate Fields yesterday. Catalino Martinez had her relaxed as they approached the turn for home and steadily moved her up four wide to collar the even money favourite on the last jump. A bit trying on the nerves but the move proved perfect as she again, showed a very god kick down the stretch. Trainer Jauregui commented that she "was starting to get it" and seems to be a filly on the improve. Assuming she comes out of the race well, we plan on targeting the California Oaks going 1 1/16th on February 6th also at Golden Gate Fields. We expect a tougher field yet again as a couple of invaders from Santa Anita are likely. Bold Intent should do well with the added distance and we look forward to her first stakes opportunity. A chart of the race can be foundon Bold Intent's Roster Page.

January 13
Bold Intent will break from the gate on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields starting Highland Yard's 2016 campaign. She has drawn the isndie post of the 6 runners contesting the Allowance going a mile on the all weather track. We are excited to see how she runs Saturday following her scintillating stretch drive to break her maiden on December 26th. In that race she exploded down the stretch driving past the field to win by five lengths. She fits this group well and will have to take on Brookys Star who beat her back in October and speedster Claudia Mae who stretches out from a last out victory at six furlongs. If our horse doesn't regress from her last outing she should have everything to say about the outcome of this race.  A very exciting start to the year. Past Performances can be found here.

January 1
Highland Yard ran hot and cold in 2015 with some definite highlights.

Walk Close won our first Graded Stakes by taking the Modesty Handicap at Arlington under excellent handling by James Graham in July.

Killarney Rose started and won Highland Yard's first race at Saratoga also in July.

Miss Chatelaine struggled agaisnt tough company this year but did capture an Allowance at Belmont in September.

Amaranth, a true speedster, won both the Desert Stormer Stakes at Santa Anita in June at 47-1 and the Asparagus Stakes in September.

Bold Intent broker her maiden in scintillating style at Golden Gate Fields in  late December.

Next year will provide lots of opportunity with all runners returning to the races except perhaps Walk Close, who may retire to breed. New starters will hopefully include the striking Malibu Moon filly "Anais" and New York bred colt "London Calling" with Christophe Clement as well as the homebred son of Wee Highland Lass "Highland Lad" with OJ Jauregui. It should be an exciting year indeed.

 

Best Race of the Year -  Walk Close  Modesty Handicap

http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/13241855/walk-close-pounces-modesty-victory

Best Longshot of the Year - Amaranth - Desert Stormer Stakes

http://www.santaanita.com/press-releases/longshot-amaranth-fires-fresh-wins-75000-desert-stormer-stakes-by-1-¼-lengths-under-antongeorgi-jauregui-trainee-goes-six-furlongs-gate-to-wire-in-109-42/#.VobTtxwr59k

Most Promising Winner  - Bold Intent - Maiden at Golden Gate Fields

 

December 28
Wow we may have a racehorse here. After patiently tracking the field Jockey Martinez found a hole split horses around the turn and exploded in  mid stretch surging past the field to win drawing away by 5 lengths. Plenty of schooling in the sadlling enclosure by Trainer Jauregui resulted in a much calmer Bold Intent in the saddling paddock and entering the gate. We don't discount the mediocre fleld in yesterday's race in our analysis of her prospects but loved the way she did it. Her win breaks her maiden at two-years old which is nice and holds promise. She also ended Highland Yard's racing year on a high note. If she comes out of the race well, we will likely point her to the California Oaks over the same track and distance on February 6th.

December 28
More of the same for Walk Close on Boxing Day at Gulfstream Park. Once again she was left with too much to do late as she was caught far back in traffic as they headed for home. She was positiioned very far back in a bunched up filed and checked 2 or 3 times in the late running and never was able to make a legitimate run. We will see how she comes out of the race and make a determination as to wether to give her another chance at the races or send her to the breeding shed. Trainer Clement says we have not seen the best of her and if we get her in a position to make her late run unimpeded she can do more. Hmmm. A chart of the race can be found above.

December 22

Travel plans will not allow us to update the website over the next few days. We expect Walk Close to draw in tomorrow to the La Prevoyante on December 26th at Gulfstream Park. We anticipate a tough field for this Grade 3 going a mile and a half on the turf. Goldy Espony will be the prohibitive favourite but Walk Close should be among the best of the rest. Time for a Highland Yard Christmas present from our lovely filly?

December 21
We are cautiously optimistic for Bold Intent's race at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday. We have given her a length of time between races to train and she seems to be doing well. Her breezes have been effecient and she should be in good shape for the 1 1/16th mile turf course on the 27th. She has drawn post 5 of 10 and Catalino Martinez will ride. Hopefully this is a break through race. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

December 11
Northern Indy's stallion book is off to a great start in 2016 with six quality mares booked and a number more in the pipeline. Included in the book to date are Smart N Dreamy winner of $99,960 who is half to two graded stakes placed horses. Her second dam, Beautiful Pleasure was the 1999 Eclipse Award Champion Mare. Stakes winner Of Royalty and A++ nick Betrando mare Bertie add depth to a book that includes three other winners and Wee Highland Lass who is half to millionaire Win Willy.

Northern Indy's first crop will be 2 year-olds in 2016 and look like they have been stamped by their statuesque Sire.

Contact Highland Yard or Paradise Road Ranch for booking details.

December 11
Bold Intent and Walk Close both work towards late December starts. Bold Intent worked 5 furlongs this morning in 1:01 and 3/5th seconds and Walk Close worked 4 furlongs in 50 and 4/5th seconds at Payson Park earlier in the week. Walk Close is being pointed tp the Grade 3 LaPrevoyante Handicap at Gulfstream on Boxing Day and Bold Intent to a Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate Fields on December 27th.

November 26
The first crop of Northern Indy progeny has begun prepping for the racetrack in the spring. Seven foals from the initial 2014 test crop look to have been stamped by their very powerful and attractive sire. To say we are looking forward to watching the first group at the races is an understatement. Highland Yard has acquired two additional mares to breed to Northern Indy this spring, a Bertando mare and an In Excess mare both of which nick well with Northern Indy. Below is a photo of the Northern Indy yearling "Joan of Arlington" currently being trained in Kentucky. This filly certainly looks the part.

November 23
Have we seen this movie before? Amaranth raced to the lead only to succumb down the stretch in yesterday's allowance on the turf at Delmar. She was not good enough to duel with Sunday Rules or Velvet Mesquite and faded to a dissapointing 5th. The experiment on the Turf is over and she will run now only on her preffered dirt surface. A nice break at Peacefield farm in Temicula will be folllowed by gradual prep for her 5 year old campaign. A chart of the race can be foundon Amaranth's Roster Page.

November 20
Amaranth will run this Sunday at Delmar against a speedy bunch of fillies to finish up her year. We think she ran well on the turf last time out and we want to give her one more chance. Amaranth has drawn post 1 of 6 and will be ridden by red-hot jockey Mario Gutierrez who rode her last time out. Amaranth has been installed at 10-1. Given how she is training we like those odds despite the exceedingly tough field in the race. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Following the race, Amaranth will take a 30 day break at a farm in Southern California to allow her some time off prior to prepping for her 5 year old season at the races in 2016.

November 17
We decided to send Killarney Rose down to Florida for a month freshening in Ocala. She will then train at Payson Park and hopefully start backup at Gulfstream in February. We decided to try and steal a purse at Aqueduct last weekend before sending her on vacation. She did not run well back on such short notice but was still able to catch a part of the purse and help pay for her vacation. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

November 9
We are in no mood to count how many races it has been but we are officially in a slump. Killarney Rose was given a perfect trip by Rosario, saving ground throughout but had nothing left for a stretch run. We have learned this filly is one-paced and she didn't quite fit at this slightly better quality group. We will have a ong think and decide wether to drop her further down the claiming ranks or perhaps ship her to California and give her another chance followed by potential breeding to Northern Indy.

November 8
It doesn't get any easier for Highland Yard today as Killarney Rose has drawn into a tough bunch of fillies in a Starter Allowance at Aqueduct. She will break from Post 3 of 8 in todays one mile race on the turf. Top jockey Joel Rosario gets the mount. Killarney Rose has been installed as 8-1 on the morning line. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

November 8
Highland Yard's breeding program had a decent result yesterday at the Keenland Sale resulting in a thin profit for the breeding operation. The Justin Phillip Colt sold well for $45,000 whereas the mare Town Belle came up a little bit short at $25,000. All in all not a bad result and we continue to learn the process.

November 8
Walk Close is a very good race horse, she does however need pace to run into in order to perform as the closer that she is. Yesterday's doddling pace left her little chance to close on the front runners and really did not enable her much chance to make her late run. She was closing well at the end but it was all too little too late. We are pleased with her year highlighted by her Graded Stakes win in the Modesty. We look forward to more opportunities for her next year. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

November 5
Walk Close has drawn post 10 of 11 in Saturday's Grade 3 Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct. She has a very large task given the quality of the horses in the field including two Clement stable mates and Chad Brown runners Danza Cavallo and Goldy Espony. Walk Close has been away from the races for four months and will try and stetch out to the 1 1/2 mile distance on the turf. She has been assigned 8-1 on the morning line and will be ridden by veteran jockey Manny Franco. The 6 horse has been entered for maintrack only and will run only if the race gets washed off the turf. Given there is no rain in the forecast their will likely be 10 runners.

Despite the tough task, well known handicapper Ellis Star has selected Walk Close to win. His article and preview of the race can be found here.

Past performances for the race can be found here.

Here is hoping for a Graded Stakes placing in the top three!

November 3
Town Belle and her foal by Justin Phillip will sell Saturday November 7th as hips 2096 and 2097. We saw the baby last week and he looks great. Not a nick on him as per the xrays and an "A" throat. A photo pf the colt and mom can be found below.

November 3
Amaranth raced very well on her first trip down the unique downhill turf course at Santa Anita against a very talented bunch of fillies in the Grade 3 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes on October 25th at Santa Anita. We knew it wasn't the perfect spot for her but she acquitted herself well just missing out on a Graded Stake placing as she was past by two horses in the final furlong to finish a very close up 4th. Jockey Gutierrez said that she was spooked a bit crossing the dirt track and veered about three paths to the right before correcting herself. Excuses can be made up in any race but it is our thought that she would likley have held on for second if she had more experience on the course.

As well as she ran, it is clear to us that dirt is her favourite surface and 6 furlongs her favourite distance and we will focus on finding these types of big races for her in her final campaign as a five-year old net year. We may find one more race for her over the next few weeks and then back up on her and let her relax a bit before gearing up again in the spring.

It is intersting to note that Amaranth won the Senator Ken Maddy when taken off the dirt last year on Breeders Cup Saturday providing us with a big thrill.

November 3
Miss Chatelaine was left with too much to do in the Dowager Stakes at Keeneland on October 18 finishing 5th in the 10 horse field. Placed 8th in the early going some 8 lengths off the pace she moved in the four path to close slightly to end 5 lengths back of the winner. It was a tough graded
stake field but we expected more from our daughter of Pulpit who appears to be relatiely one-paced after showing more kick in her allowance win and in the Chelsea Stakes last year. We will try and find one more race for her this year and then give her some time over the winter. Hopefully she can grow into the promise of her two-year old campaign as a four-year old next year. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

November 3
Bold Intent was fractious and poorly behaved throughout the saddling and pre-race routine essentially losing the race prior to the gates being opened on November 1st at Golden Gate Fields. She had not shown that type of behaviour in her previous races and it is back to the drawing board for OJ to train her up before we bring her back to the races. To say the least she has been dissapointing to date. She is only two and we continue to hope for improvement. A chart of the rce can be found on Bold Intent's Roster page.

November 3
Bold Intent ran much improved at Fresno on October 16. She finished 2nd in a small field of 4 (after scratches) going a mile. It was nice to see her moving inthe right direction. A chart of the race can be found on Bold Intent's Roster Page.

October 1
We decided to run Killarney Rose today even though the race came off her preffered Turf surface due to heavy rains in the New York area. It turned out well as four horses were scratched as a result of the surface change and a meager five horse field was left. Jockey Rosario rated her well on the inside and she actually took the lead in the early stretch before being passed by a dirt horse to end up second. Not a bad result as she picked up a pay cheque and saves the non-winners of two condiition for later in the month. A chart of the race can be foundon her Roster Page.

September 29
Killarney Rose has been deemed luke warm favoutie at 5/2 for Thursday's 1 Mile turf claiming race at Belmont Park. Jockey Joel Rosario who won with her two back gets the mount. With some rain expected in New York over the next couple of days we will have to wait and see if the race goes. She has drawn post position 4 of 7 that are entered on the turf. Two other runners have been entered for the main dirt track only and will not run on the turf. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

September 24
The drop to Allowance company was just the right medicine for Miss Chatelaine as she chalked up a nice win at Belmont on Sunday. Jockey Rosario made his move at the 1/4 pole took the lead three wide at the top of the stretch and dug in to hold off Trophee who appeared to be gaining over the final furlong. A very determined effort by Miss Chatelaine and a needed victory, her first of the year. We will look for a race for her perhaps at Delmar in a months time.
A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

September 24
Amaranth drew clear of the field right out of the gate was given a well timed breather by Jockey Martinez down the back stretch and drove through the stretch to dominate the field in winning the Asparagus Stakes on short rest. The risk of bringing her back on such short notice paid off as she was much the best on Saturday. Amaranth beat two for two Hollendorfer trainee Mystery Strike by 3 1/2 lengths to capture her fourth stakes victory.We will give her a bit of a rest prior to finding her next start. A chart of the race can be foundon Amaranth's Roster Page.

September 24
Purple's  Colt brought $55,000 when the hammer fell at Keeneland last week. We were pleased with the result and will watch the colt's career as she ships back to Ireland for new owner Longwoods Stable
.

September 19

Purple's colt by Excelebration sells Saturday at Keeneland as hip 1441.She will go throught the ring late in the day somewhere around 8 pm edt. The sale can be watched live at Keeneland.com

September 17
We have decided to keep Miss Chatelaine closer to home and entered her in the Turf Allowance going 1 1/4 miles at Belmont Park on Sunday.

Miss Chatelaine will break form the 3 hole of 7 runners and will be piloted by Joel Rosario. Miss Chatelaine will carry low weight as one of two three year olds in the field as this is her first try agaist older filles and mares. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

September 17
Amaranth drew post 5 of 5 for Saturday's Asparagus Stakes at the San Joaquin Fair at Stockton. Jockey Catalino Martinez will get the mount as he is familiar with Amaranth breezing her at Golden Gate Fields. Amaranth has been installed the second favourite at 2-1 just behind Mysery Strike who was given the nod at 9/5. Mystery Strike is an undefeated three-year old who has gone two for two with Trainer Hollendorfer and will be ridden by Russel Baze. That horse was purchased for $500,000. We will be the fastest out of the gate and have every chance to get back in the winners circle in this 6 furlong sprint. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

September 14
Miss Chatelaine had a good work at Belmont Park on Saturday and is being pointed to the $200,000 Dueling Grounds Oaks at Kentucky Downs on Sunday. Miss Chatelaine shoud be a legitimate contender but will need to carry high weight of 124 pounds for the 1 5/16th mile route over the turf. It proves to be an exciting weekend for Highland Yard. Entries are on Thursday.

September 14
Amaranth came out of her race in good order. Given the timing of stakes and/or allowance races available we are considering running her back on two weeks rest in the Harvest Stakes in Stockton on September 19. This race has the benefit of being relatively close to Amaranth's regular barn at Golden Gate Fields and will not likely attract the top sprinters from Southern California. There are some good horses nominated including last years winner City by the Bay, but we would be hoping to steal a stake victory on short rest. We will make a game time decision on entry day this Wednesday.

September 6
Amaranth notched her 5th career stakes placing finishing 3rd today in the C.E.R.F. Stakes at Delmar. Under some pressure from speedster Tribal Gal, Amaranth set honest fractions of 22 and 45 seconds and dispatched that rival. Jockey Bejarano gave her a good ride and she looked to have a shot for victory at the top of the stretch. She tired a bit in a fast last quarter mile and was passed by the eventual winner Uzziel and barely caught by Ben's Duchess. The race was clocked in a very fast 1 minute and 9.08 seconds.

Amaranth picked up a nice cheque for her efforts and we are proud of her performance. A chart of the race can be found on Amaranth's Roster Page.

September 6
Amaranth has drawn post position 2 of 8 for today's C.E.R.F. Stakes at Del Mar. A competitive group of filles and mares have signed on for an interesting race. We have garnered the service of Del Mar leading jockey Rafael Bejarano to ride. We were disappointed to see Tribal Gal enter as she has shown a ton of early speed, just like Amaranth. We have seen too many races where Amaranth duels on the front end in impossible fractions only to fade when they turn for home. With that in mind Bejarano is expected to try and rate Amaranth so that she has something left for the stretch. With high quality closers Baruta and Ben's Duchess in the race this will not be an easy task. Past performances for the race can be found here.

September 1

Amaranth will get another try in stakes company in Sundays C.E.R.F. Stakes at Del Mar. She will move back to a dirt surface for this one and will gain the services of meet leading jockey Rafael Bejarano. Entries are out on Thursday but there doesnt seem to be alot of early speed in the race which may benefit our front running gal. Rumour has it Eclipse award winning champion Judy the Beauty will run and if so will go off as heavy favourite. We look forward to a crack at the champion!

September 1

Killarney Rose had us up and ready to run to the winner's circle when nailed at the wire by Daisy Cutter in the 11th at Saratoga on Sunday. With replacement Hall of Fame jockey John Velasquez in the irons Killarney raced very well only to be caught late. Breaking from post seven she had to travel the first 1/2 mile 3 and 4 wide to secure a nice stalking position for the second half of the race. Killarney got the first move and passed the front runners early in the stretch and looked to have every chance as they headed for the wire. Daisy Cutter who had a ground saving trip moved off the rail and rallied up to catch us in the final strides. A nice race for Killarney Rose to grab a piece of the purse. We will look for a similar race or a starter allowance at Belmont in three of four weeks time. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

August 19
Sales season is rapidly approaching and Highland Yard will be represented by the sale of two yearlings.

Purple's colt by Excelebration will sell in the Keenland September Yearling Sale as hip number 1441.

A picture of the colt can be found here.

Wee Highland Lass' Colt by Successful Appeal colt will sell at the October Fasig Tipton Sale.

A picture of the colt can be found here.

August 19
Miss Chatelaine dissapointed the faithful with a 6h place finish in the Grade 3 Pucker Up at Arlington Park. It is difficult to say wether she is not the calibre of filly we thought she was or if she was the victim of tough/bad trip which included her being blocked behind a wall of traffic and checked a couple of times in a belated stretch run. She did show her willingness and ability to "stay" as she closed from 10th place 10 lengths off the pace to only lose by 1 1/2 lengths. Of course, close losses don't pay the bills! It was dissapointing in the sense she was the even money favourite at post time.

Miss Chatelaine appears to have come out of the race well and we will evaluate her next start. Christophe is wondering wether her true calling might be as a marathoner and we may target longer races for her. A chart of her race can be found on her Roster Page..

August 19
We thought Bold Intent would need a race and we were definetly right. She ran green and slow. Thw green part we can deal with the slow part remains a concern. She will need two turns to become productive and with this in mind we will train her for a longer race next time out. We will likely bring her back to Golden Gate to train on the endurance building Tapeta track and to face easier competition next time out. A chart of her race can be foundon her Roster Page.

August 19
Natalie Paige set the pace and faded down the stretch to finish fourth in a claiming sprint at Del Mar on August 7. She has yet to show her form  of last year when she won two races in Southern California. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

August 19
Amaranth engaged in another speed duel with 3/5 favourite Home Journey costing them both a chance at victory. Amaranth lost a photo by the narrowest of margins to miss the major placings by a short nose. She ran realtively well first time on the turf but it prefers her favoured surface may be on the dirt. We will not lose sight of the fact she has faced the top two filly and mare sprinters on the west coast in her last two starts.
A chart of the race can be found above.

We will nominate for both the Harvest Stakes in Stockton and the CERF Stakes at Delmar and determine the best course for her. We look forward to meeting this speedy girl back in the winners circle soon ....

August 19
Anais had a slight set back in her training and will likely debut at Belmont in the early fall rather than Saratoga as we had hoped. She had minor inflammation that has been treated. Christophe thinks highly of her and wants her to be 100% for training.

August 19
Killarney Rose got the job done in impressive fashion to break her maiden on July 31st. Breaking well and ridden exceptionally by Joel Rosario, Killarney Rose split horses down the stretch to capture her first victory and the first ever victory for Highland Yard at Saratoga. A chart of the race can be foundon Killarney Rose's Roster Page.

July 27
Highland Yard is off to Saratoga! We are excited to be in attendance at Saratoga for the debut of Anais and hopefully a run by Killarney Rose over the next few weeks at the "Spa". Look forward to hanging out with a few Highland Yarder's and members of the horse race community in that beautiful town. We hope to be able to update the website from Saratoga but this may not be possible so keep your eye on our runners through the Equibase website.

July 27
For the second time we have decided to give Amaranth a try on the turf. The Senator Ken Maddy Stakes was taken off the turf on Breeders Cup Saturday as a result of rain. This turned out to be great for Amaranth who won that stake when transferred to the dirt. Amaranth faltered in the Great Lady M stake last time out after setting a blistering pace.

We plan to enter Amaranth in the Daisycutter Stakes going 5 furlongs on the turf at Del Mar on August 7th. She will get one breeze over the turf course next weekend prior to the race. It is very clear she will like the shorter distance but unclear as to her aptitude for the turf. Should be interesting ......

July 27
Miss Chatelaine is being pointed to the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington on August 15th. After winning a stakes last year this three year old daughter of Pulpit has done nothing wrong competing against the best three year old fillies inthe country. We are hoping a little bit of racing luck and a slight class relief might enable her a graded stake score like her stablemate Walk Close.

July 27
Both Highland Yard two-year old fillies are ready to debut. Bold Intent will breeze one more time and should be ready for a 6 1/2 Furlong start at Delmar on August 9. We are waiting for the condition book to come out at Saratoga and expect Anais will be find a race in the 2nd or 3rd week of August. We thibnk highly of both fillies. Both are likely to be two-turn fillies that will want more distance than offered in these two-year old maiden races. As a result we are looking for aa good experience and the hope they "finish" the races well. Anais may be in a position to suprise first time out.

July 27
Walk Close has had a setback and will need a visit to Dr Bramalage for diagnosis. She came back from the race well but has been a bit off over the last week or so. Sadly rest was not the answer and she will ship to Kentucky tomorrow for a diagnosis. Fingers crossed for a positive result for our graded-stake-winning daughter of champion sire Tapit.

July 22
Purple's Excellebration Colt will sell in Keenland September book 2 or 3. He is an athletic looking son of the freshman sire and should catch the eye of European pin-hookers at the sale. A video of the colt can be found here.

July 22
The Successful Appeal yearling colt out of Wee Highland Lass will sell in Keenland September or Fasig Tipton October. He lookslike a very fast colt and we will not be too upset if he doenst make his reserve price! A video of the colt can be found here.

July 22
Town Belle and her weanling colt by Justin Phillip will sell at the Keenland November Breeding Stock Sale. The colt has developed quite a significant prescence with a large hind end. He looks like he is going to grow into a big strong yearling. Town Belle herself looks good and should sell well given her strong pedigree. Town Belle will sell in-foal to Afleet Alex
. For a photo of Town Belle and the foal click
here.

July 12
Walk Close has fulfilled a longstanding goal of Highland Yard to win a graded stakes race capturing the Modesty Handicap at Arlington Park outside of Chicago yesterday. Under a patient and masterful ride by jockey James Graham our Tapit filly burst through horses in the final furlong and was clearly the best as they crossed the wire. Most encouraging was James' comment when interviewed after the race that "there is more to her" implying that she has room to improve off of this great win. 

Walk Close will be shipped to Saratoga today and we will think about her next step. By virtue of her win yesterday, she gets free entrance to the Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes back at Arlington on August 15th. That race is a possibility as is the Grade 3 Waya Stakes going the marathon distance of a mile and a half August 8th at Saratoga.

We could not be more excited with her prospects on the track and as a broodmare down the road. A chart of the race can be found on Walk Close's Roster Page.

For a review and replay of the race click http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/92979/walk-close-pounces-in-modesty-victory

July 12
She is certainly quick. Amaranth got locked in a nasty speed duel with Sunday Rules blazing through a quarter mile in 22.4 seconds and a half mile in 44 seconds flat. Of course, this proved unsustainable as Amaranth had nothing left as they turned down the stretch and faded out of contention and to the back of the pack. Sunday Rules the pre-race favourite also faded to third. As a result of this early pace the winner Fantastic Style stopped the clock just 1/8th of a second over the track record.

We will see how Amaranth comes out of the race and point her acccordingly. We will try and avoid speed duels liek this one that is for sure. We would like to give her a shot sprinting on the turf and may look for such a race. She is a multiple stake winner and will come back to fight another day.

July 9
Amaranth drew the rail for the Great Lady M Grade 2 Stakes at Los Alamitos to be run Saturday. This appears a tougher field than last year when Amaranth finished second despite a saddle slip. A lot of speed has signed on for this addition including undefeated Cal-bred Sunday Rules. Sunday Rules trainer Damato has already commented to the Daily Racing Form that "that horse on the inside will not have a comfortable lead". We shall see. Amaranth has been training well and will be schooled in the paddock at Los Alamitos prior to today's second race.

Grade 1 winner Warren's Veneda has been installed as the morning line favourite at 2-1 just in front of Sunday Rules at 5/2. Amaranth, with Billy Antongeorgi aboard is 8-1 on the morning line. Warren's Veneda is a route horse and will be running late. Hall of Fame, and triple crown winning trainer, Bob Baffert will be dangerous with Fantastic Style in post 6.

Past performances for the race can be found here.

July 9
Walk Close has drawn post 4 of 10 for Saturdays running of the Grade 3 Modesty Stakes. She arrived well to Arlington Park in Chicago and can be seen training this morning here. Accomplished jockey James Graham gets the mount, James was one of the top jockeys at Arlington until moving his tack to Kentucky this year.

Walk Close has been installed at 7/2 second favourite to multiple graded stakes winner Riposte in what is considered a wide open race. We are confident Walk Close can get a graded stakes placing from this race and perhaps a first graded stakes win for Highland Yard. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

July 6
Amaranth will ship to Los Alamitos Race Course tomorrow in advance of Saturdays Great Lady M Stakes. She has been training very well including a 1/2 mile breeze in 47 3/5ths seconds on Friday at Golden Gate Fields. We expect a very salty field including Grade 1 winners Sam's Sister and Warren's Venada, undefeated speed-ball Sunday Rules and the talented graded placed runner for Bob Baffert Fantastic Style.

July 6
A missed break from the gate likely cost Miss Chatelaine a bigger chunk of the pot and a possible Grade 1 Stakes placing on Saturday in the Belmont Oaks Invitational. No one was going to beat undefeated superstar Lady Eli who is now ranked the best three year-old filly in the country on any surface. Remarkably this race went two seconds faster than the Belmont Derby for colts run earlier in the card at the same distance and surface.

Having said that, our filly ran very well closing from 14th place and last at the 3/4 pole to 8th at the finish, losing by 5 lengths and less than 2 lengths from the show horse. The way she did it is notable swinging 8 or 9 horses wide to the extreme outside once entering the stretch. Given a bit more racing luck we are hopeful she will have a very prosperous summer and fall. Equibase gave Miss Chatelaine a 109 rating the highest ever achieved by a Highland Yard runner.

For ESPN's review of the race and video replay click here.

A chart of the race can be found on Miss Chatelaine's Roster Page.

July 6
Killarney Rose had a decent stalking position throughout the early stages but did not have the kcik needed to break her maiden at Belmont on Friday. She did have enough to dispatch the also runs and gather show honors at the 1 1/16th distance. She came out of the race okay and we anticipate a start, perhaps at a slightly longer distance at Saratoga in a few weeks time. She is a solid one pace filly and we are hopeful she will get the job done this summer. A chart of the race is found on her Roster Page.

July 1
A field of 14 will comprise the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks to be run Saturday at Belmont Park. I guess it is no suprise the type of loaded field that drew in given the Grade 1 status of the race and the $1,000,000 purse. The top turf filly on the east coast, undefeated Lady Eli wil have to face the top turf filly on the west coast, Spanish Queen who has three wins and a 2nd in her four starts. On top of that you have an Aidan O'Brien shipper from Ireland a Stakes winner from Germany and no less than nine stakes winners incuding our own Miss Chatelaine.

Miss Chatelaine drew well exiting from Post 5 with Jockey Rajiv Maragh aboard. If we don't get shuffled to far back in the break we think our filly can get the 1 1/4 mile distance and hopefully be up close with this group. For those of you who believe in the "second back after a lay-off" you would be richly rewarded as I expect her around 25 to 1.

The race can be watched live on NBC which is broadcasting the Belmont Oaks and Belmont Derby Saturday at 5pm edt.

Past Performances for the race can be found here.

June 29
Killarney Rose will kick off a huge nine days of racing for Highland Yard in a $40k Maiden at Belmont Park this Friday. She has drawn post 2 of 10 with veteran jockey Jose Lezcano aboard. On paper Killarney Rose looks the one to beat dropping down to this level. She has had some persistent injuries throughout her career causing over a year layoff that prevented her from running as a three-year old. We are not sure how many races are left in her but she has had a nice 5 week layoff in advance of this one. We may eventually breed her to Northern Indy back in California if she does not get taken through the claim box. Lets hope she starts the week off right and gets her picture taken this Friday!
Past performances for the race can be found here.

June 23

Highland Yard is approaching its most exciting two weeks of racing in its history with no less than three graded stakes starts anticipated between July 4 and July 11.

Most notably Miss Chatelaine has been invited to enter the one million dollar Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational on July 4th. This race is one of two feature races as part of Belmont Park's Stars and Stripes Day. This race will include undefeated champion Lady Eli who will be the favourite as well as a couple of European invaders. Optimists might recall Miss Chatelaine had a bit of a tough trip in the Wonder Again Stakes and still managed to close well in a very fast finish. It is possible the extra furlong in this 1 and 1/4 Mile route will help. This race is deemed a "win and your in" race for the 2015 Breeders Cup. The race will be shown live on NBC.

Amaranth will be a key contender in the Grade 2 Great Lady M Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course on July 11 coming off her scintillating win in the Desert Stormer Stakes at Santa Anita. She came out of that race well and will be sent down south to Los Al a few days prior to the race. Amaranth finished 2nd in this race last year despite a saddle slip marking Highland Yard's first and only graded stake placing to date.

After having her last start washed out by a storm in Kentucky, Walk Close should be fresh for a graded stake start of her own on July 11. One of two spots will be selected; either the Grade 3 Modesty Stakes at Arlington Park in Chicago going 1 3/16th miles or the Grade 3 Robert Dick Memorial going 1 3/8 miles at Delaware Park on the same day.

This could be the week Highland Yard captures it's first graded stake win. We think all three fillies should be competitive with Amaranth likely having the best shot.

June 23

They say the most exciting part of our sport is to have a two-year-old in training gearing up for their debut races. We agree and are looking forward to the initial race for both of Highland Yards's two-year old filllies, Bold Intent and Anais.

Bold Intent is a bit farther along having already breezed eight times including two 5 furlong works over the last two weekends at Golden Gate Fields. Trainer O.J. Jauregui should have her ready for a maiden special weight race early in the Del Mar summer meet. She has not shown much speed but has acted very professionally in training. She is looking to be a two-turn horse meaning she should do best at races of a mile or longer a little later in the summer.

Anais has had three works for trainer Christophe Clement at Saratoga and should be ready to debut in the middle off the prestigous Saratoga Summer Meet. She has already shown a little speed working 3 fulrongs in 37 seconds last weekend which was tied for fastest of the horses at that distance.

June 19
Heavy rains and a flash-flood warning have caused the officals to take all racing at Churchill today off-the-turf. All races will be conducted on the main dirt track. As a result we have scratched Walk Close. According to Christophe she haas been training very well and rather than waste a race on the dirt we will look for a Stakes race for her over the next few weeks, likely the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap at Arlington Park in Chicago.

June 17
A perfect time to try and regain some confidence, Walk Close has drawn post 5 of 7 for a high level allowance at Churchill Downs Friday. The race will be at a shorter distance than her recent races at 1 1/16th miles on the turf. Top Churchill jock Corey Lanerie gets the mount on Walk Close who has been installed as a slight favourite at 9/5. Walk Close ran well and was closing fast last time out in the Keertana Stakes and should have every chance. Past performances for the race can be found here.

June 15
Amaranth blew up the tote board at Santa Anita yesterday capturing the Desert Stormer Stakes at 43-1. The betting public could not get over her dissapointing performace in last December's LaBrea Stakes. Yesterday she made the front and was never passed cutting all her own fractions to win by a solid but declining 1 1/4 lengths. We were suprised she was able to dictate the pace with little pressure which allowed jockey Antongeorgi to give her a breather through the middle part of the race. The reality may be she is so fast the others, and there were other speed horses in this race, couldnt really challenge her in the early going.

She came out of the race well and we are very excited for her. We will point her to the Grade 2 Great Lady M next month at Los Alamitos, a race Amaranth placed second in last year. That race is another 1/2 furlong and may set up all well for yesterdays beaten favourite Sams Sister. Undefeated 5 for 5 runner Sunday Rules will also prove a challenge in that race.

For a photo from yesterdays race clickhere.


For ESPN's article on the race click http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=horse&id=13079509

June 13
The stiffest of tasks faces Amaranth in tomorrows Desert Stormer Stakes at Santa Anita. A field of eleven quality fillies will line up for the six furlong sprint. In this field are 5 Stakes winners and 2 Graded Stakes winners including Grade 1 winner Sams Sister whom beat Amaranth convincingly last December. The race is loaded with speed, making matters more difficult. To say the least, she will be class tested in her first race in six months tommorow afternoon. Northern California jockey William Antongeorgi gets the mount from post position 2 on Amaranth who is installed at 15-1 on the morning line. We may be watching this one with one eye closed. Past performances for the race can be found here.

June 13
Natalie broke well and contested the front end for most of the race before fading down the stretch. She definetly got tired as one might expect from a return race after a long layoff. Hopefully she will get alot out of the race and be ready to fire next time out. A chart of the race can be foundon Natalie's Roster Page.

June 11
Natalie Paige will make her first start in Highland Yard colours tomorrow at Golden Gate Fields. After a signficiant layoff and a long rehabilitiation and training regimen she should be ready to run against a competitive group of higher end claimers. Natalie will break from post four of seven with jockey Kyle Frey aboard. Past performances for the race can be found here.

June 1
After a seven month layoff, Miss Chatelaine ran well in yesterdays Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont Park. She earned her lifetime best 102 equibase figure running sixth, 3 lengths behind the top rated 3 year old filly in the country Lady Eli. Breaking slighlty slowly Miss Chatelaine tracked three and at times four wide through a doddling pace, bumped twice in the stretch and not losing ground in the lightening fast last 3/8ths of a mile that went in 34 seconds. It was a big ask for our filly off her layoff to go a mile and an eigth for the first time in this company.

She came out of the race well and will be pointed to her next start in four or five weeks A chart of the race can be found on Miss Chatelaines Roster Page. A picture of the filly being hosed down after the race can be found here, and a photo of the Highland Yard continegent with jockey Joel Rosario here.

May 26
Miss Chatelaine will be entered Thursday for this Sunday's Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont Park in New York. The top two finishers in this race get automatic invitations to the Belmont Oaks on July 4th, in addition to the nice purse of $200,000. Miss Chatelaine has been training well after her long layoff and we are anxious for her seasonal debut. The number one rated 3 year old filly in the country Lady Eli will be in the race and the consenus is the rest of the solid field will be running for second. Lady Eli won the Breeders Cup Juvenile Filles Turf last November at Santa Anita. We will have a nice contingent of Highland Yarders at Belmont this Sunday and will be unable to update this site prior to the race.

May 23
Killarney Rose did not respond today at Churchill Downs and finished a dissapointing 6th after working with the front pack for the early going. She has yet to show she can overcome much and it is time to evaluate her future. A number of options are available none the ones we would have liked for her. We can drop her to the claiming ranks and see if she can get the elusive win but would risk losing her, keep trying at the Maiden Special Weight level at easier race tracks, put her for sale, or think about breeding her. We will sit back and see how she comes out of the race and make a decision. She is a strong good looking filly with a decent pedigree. A chart of the race can be found on Killarney Roses roster page.

May 21
Killarney Rose has drawn post 4 of 11 in Saturdays maiden special weight at Churchill Downs. Rafael Hernandez gets the mount and will try and guide Killarney Rose to her first victory. Killarney Rose closed very well last month at Tampa finishing 3rd but only beat by 1/2 length. She galluped out past the two ahead of her and gets another 1/8th of a mile in this 1 1/8th mile race on the turf. She has been installed 5/2 second favourite. The horse just inside Killarney in gate 3, "Cash in My Pocket" is the 2-1 favourite. Past performances for the race can be found here.

May 17
Walk Close came up just short in the Keertana Stakes yesterday under the twin spires at Churchill Downs. Despite a solid trip and nice stretch drive along the rail she couldn't quite get to the Irish Bred winner Ceisteach. Walk Close lost the narrowest of photos for second. Walk Close ran well and showed she could make the mile and 3/8ths distance. This third place stakes performance will help her catalogue page as she continues to be very close to winning another stakes race. She was a little stiff this morning but should be ready to run in a few weeks time. A chart of the race can be found on Walk Closes' Roster Page.

May 14
Walk Close was installed 4-1 2nd favourite in the Keertana on Saturday. Christophe is very pleased with her with the main question being can she make the 1 3/8ths distance.

May 13
Walk Close drew post position 1 of 11 for Saturday's Keertana Stakes at Churchill Downs. Top Churchill jockey Corey Lanerie gets the mount at the route distance of 1 and 3/8ths miles on the turf. Walk Close had a brisk breeze last weekend and fits this group well on paper. The main question for her, and most of the field, is wether she can make the very long distance. Walk Close has shown mettle down the stretch in her career and we are hoping she can do so again on Saturday. Morning line odds will come out tomorrow and we think Walk Close will be one of the three favourites along with Always Kitten and Antonia Autumn. Past performances for the race can be found here.

May 6
There a very few occupations that require as much skill and bravery as being a jockey. Our favorite jockey and friend Dennis Carr had a terrible accident on April 19th at Goldend Gate Fields. After a six hour surgery the neuologist anticipates a full recovery although Dennis' riding career is in question. We were able to visit Dennis and his strong supportive wife Elisa at the hospital where Dennis was starting his recuperation.

Dennis and Amaranth gave us our best moment in racing winning the Senator Ken Maddy Stakes on Breeders Cup Saturday and also guided Amarnath to our only graded stakes placing to date. We wish and pray for Dennis and Elisa and look forward to his recovery.

For a chance to meet Dennis click here.

May 6
Amaranth has been training well at Golden Gate Fields and will likely be ready for a comeback race in a couple of weeks time.

May 6
The race for Killarney Rose will not go at Gulfstream Park. We will ship her to Churchill with Christophe and look for a race at Churchill or Indiana Downs. We considered other options but think she will fit best at Churchill. She is well bred, looks great and we need to break her maiden.

April 29
We have decided to wait until Belmont to make the 2015 debut for Miss Chatelaine. The race at Gulfstream this weekend is a bit short for her at a mile and the turf course is playing hard and fast which is not ideal. Christophe remains steadfast targeting the Belmont Oaks Invitational to be run on July 4th weekend and thinks one prep race at Belmont will be the best course. With this in mind we will target the May 31st Wonder Again Stakes going a mile and an 1/8th on the turf at Belmont.

April 29
Natalie Paige breezed a 3/8ths bullet in 37 1/5th seconds last Friday at Golden Gate Fields. She will work up to her first Highland Yard start in late June at Giolden Gate Fields.

April 29
Bold intent had her first breeze working 2 furlongs in company in 26 seconds. She did it professionally and will go 3/8ths later this week. We are not in a hurry with this scopey filly and will work towards a June or July start in Southern California. We will be cheering on El Kabeir in the Kentucky Derby as he is by Scat Daddy also the sire of Bold Intent.

April 19
Miss Chatelaine had her sixth consecutive weekly breeze this morning going 5 fulrongs at Payson Park training center. We are targeting one of two stakes races in two weeks time for her return. She will either line up for the Edgewood on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs or the Honey Ryder at Gulfstream on the same day as the Kentucky Derby, May 2. We are very excited to see what she can do as a three year old after an abbreviated but productive 2 year old campaign.

April 19
Walk Close ran very well first time back in the Santa Barbara Handicap. She was well placed by jockey Victor Espinoza and rated in the middle of the pack comfortably. Walk Close was attentive in the stretch drive and at the 8th pole Victor thought he might have the winner but she didn't have enough in the tank to pass Fanticola and keep up with the eventual winner Queen of the Sand. Walk Close picked up a decent cheque for her efforts but did get the "black type" that comes with a top three finish in a graded stakes. That is two fourth places finished in graded stakes. We are hopeful of a breakthrough over the summer.

We are proud of her performancce and vistited her in the barn this morning. For a photo of Walk Close this morning click here.

At the end of the day we were asking a lot of her. She travelled three time zones on her first flight, made her comeback race after a five month layoff, faced older horses for the first time, and extended to a mile and a quarter for the first time.

April 17
Walk Close shipped well and had a nice work at Santa Anita this morning. All systems go.

April 17
After much deliberation, we decided to ship Walk Close to California for tomorrows running of the Grade 3 Santa Barbara Handicap going 1 1/4 miles on the turf at Santa Anita. We have always thought she fits in graded company and has had some very close calls at this level including a 4th in the Grade 2 Sands Point last fall. Those of you that have followed Walk Close's career know she likes to do her running late and this extended distance of a mile and a quarter should fit her running style well.

There are many ifs when shipping such a distance but she is a class filly and we hope she takes to the travel and climate change well. Top tier kockey Victor Espinoza gets the mount and Walk Close will break from post 5 of 9. We would view a top three finish as a great step for our filly and she will be tested. Buena Vista winner Diversy Harbor should be in the hunt as well as Queen of the Sand and a top form Three Hearts. We hope Walk Close can keep close to the pace and run them all down as they head for home.

Past performaces for the race can be found here.

April 10
The Smooth Seas did not go meaning we are in a waiting pattern for Walk Close 2015 debut.
There is an allowance and a stakes at Keeneland we still have our eyes on.

April 8
Killarney Rose ran out of room in todays Maiden at Tampa Bay Downs. Bet down to 3/2 favourite, KR tracked the leading group for six furlongs before making a gradual move on the outside. Fourth by 4 lengths in the stretch she closed to just miss, finsihing third, half a length from the winner. KR went on to gallup out past them all. She was likely the best of this bunch but needed another furlong to get the nod. She will get another try in a few weeks and all signs point to her breaking her maiden in Florida. A chart of the race can be found on Killarney Rose' Roster Page.

April 6
We have entered Killarney Rose for a one mile maiden special weight on the Turf at Tampa Bay Downs for this Wedenesday. She has been training forwardly and fits well with this group of 10 fillies and mares. Killarney Rose has been installed as luke warm 3-1 favorite and will be ridden by Victor Lebron. She will need to run well but has every opportunity to win here. Past Perfomances for the race can be found here.

April 6
Walk Close has been nominated to the 1 mile and 3/16ths Smooths Seas Handicap on the turf at Gulfstream Park set to run this Sunday. It is the likely spot for her as we await entries on Thursday. There is also an Allowance at Keeneland on the 18th of April if this race doesn't go. We are excited to see her back at the races now against older fillies and mares.

April 6
Amaranth had her first breeze back from her break with regular jockey Dennis Carr aboard. Dennis said she breezed exeptionally and wanted to do more. She was clocked in 35 4/5ths seconds the bullet on the day of the six at that distance. A good sign as she trains up to a mid-May returd to the races.

Mar 28
Time is dragging as we await the real start of Highland Yard's race season. There is some solace in the reality that we will likely have plenty of runners through the summer and early fall. We anticipate summer debuts for our two 2-year-olds and aggressive allowance and stakes campaigns for our top runners Walk Close, Amaranth and Miss Chatelaine. The problem is we want races now!

Highland Yard faithful should think about the potential to join us for Delmar and/or Saratoga racing this summer the highlight of summer racing in North America. We expect Walk Close, Miss Chatelaine and Anais to race at Sartatoga and Amaranth, Rhapsody and potentially Natalie Paige to run at Delmar.

The waiting truly is the hardest part ........

Mar 28
We returned from the Ocala Breeders Sale with a striking daughter of Scat Daddy to round out the program. The filly has been named Rhapsody and her Roster Page will be up soon. She is already back with O.J. at Golden Gate Fields where she will train up to her expected debut at Delmar in July or August. We are now set with a solid stable of 2yo, 3yo and older fillies and mares to race and breed. We look forward to seeing what  these runners produce at the race track and in the sales ring in coming years.

Mar 28
Walk Close is essentially ready to run and we are nominating her to a number of stakes races to determine the best fit. The 1 1/2 mile Bewitched at Keeneland may be a big ask for a horse coming off a lay-off. We will see how she acts over the next week and how the race fields shake-out before making a final decision.

Mar 28
We are looking for a Maiden Special at Tampa Bay Downs for Killarney Rose. We anticipate one coming up in the early part of April and will await that race. K.R. has not shown to be of the top calibre that would be successful at the highest level at Belmont or Saratoga. As a result we will need to decide wether to campaign her on a less competitive circuit, breed her or sell her. She is a lovely strong mare with a solid pedigree. We will see what she can do at Tampa Bay and take it from there.

Mar 6
Amaranth returned to OJ's barn at Golden Gate Fields a few days ago. He had a solid six week break and will hopefully run at a very high level in 2015. We would expect to see her on the work-tab in two or three weeks and back to the races in 7 or 8.

Mar 2
Miss Chatelaine has returned from Ocala to Christophe's barn at Payson Park in south Florida. She will join stablemate Walk Close in preparation for her 2015 campaign. Stakes winner Miss Chatelaine went two wins from two starts in her two year old year and to say we are excited for her upcoming race season would be an understatement. If all goes well we would anticpate a start in late April perhaps at Keenland.

Mar 2
Town Belle birthed a colt this past Saturday morning in Kentucky. This was her first foal and is by the freshmen sprint sire Justin Phillip.
The colt looks like a first foal, a little awkward and a a little small out of the gate. No beauty prizes for him! I am sure with time and Kentucky blue grass he will be fine. A great job done again this year by the folks at McCauley Farm in Nicholasville. In two years we have gone seven for seven with live healthy foals, four of those from maiden mares. Thanks for all you do for Highland Yard.
For a picture of the foal click here.

Feb 25
Killarney Rose showed only one pace in finishing a close up 5th in today's maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park. Breaking well and chasing the pace through out, she could not overcome a slight bump at the 3/16th pole and was passed by a cadre of horses in deep stretch. The bump resulted in the disqualification of the offender but it is unlikely KR would have held on for the win in any case. She will get another chance in three weeks time and we will see how it goes. A chart of the race can be found on Killarney Rose's roster page.

Feb 21
Killarney Rose drew post position 7 of 8 for Wednesday's 1 1/16th mile maiden special weight on the Gulfstream Park turf course. The race came up a little light and K.R. should have a legit chance. Two of the horses in the race K.R. beat last time out. A well bred English import for Chad Brown "Casual Smile" has placed at both Newmarket and Ascot and maybe the morning line favourite with Killarney Rose just priced off of her. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Feb 20

A couple of weeks late but Wee Highland Lass delivered a 125 pound Union Rags colt in Kentucky early yesterday morning. All are doing well in the very cold Kentucky weather. A picture of the colt nursing can be found here. We have decided to change plans a bit and will breed Wee Highland Lass back to Daaher.

Feb 18
Walk Close has returned to Christophe's Payson Park training facility and will begin, in earnest to train for her 2015 campaign. We have high hopes of graded stakes placings from our favourite daughter of Tapit. Walk Close put on about 35 pounds while with Dominic. For a picture of her at Payson Park click here.

Feb 16
He came a couple weeks early but Purple's Gio Ponti foal was born yesterday afternoon in Kentucky. He is, understandably, a touch on the small side but was quickly up and nursing and all is well. A photo of the colt at less than an hour old can be found here.

Feb 14
All Due Respect gave birth to a leggy Awesome Again Filly yesterday at 8:45 pm in Kentucky. The foal tipped the scales at 125 pounds and is healthy and nursing. An exciting day to be sure. A photo of the filly, less than 12 hours old can be found here.

Feb 6
Spring must be around the corner as all four Highland Yard mares are expecting this month. All Due Respect is due an Awesome Again foal on the 10th; Wee Highland Lass is due a Union Rags foal on the 11th; Town Belle is due a Justin Phillips foal on the 19th; and Purple is due a Gio Ponti foal on the 28th. Perhaps most importantly Deborah has a Betrando mare named "Bertie" due to Northern Indy in April !

Photo's of the foals to be posted when available.

Feb 5
A very solid comeback race for Killarney Rose. Despite a 16 month layoff, K.R. proved race ready by jumping right out of the gate into the lead in Sunday's maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park. She set the pace before being tackled by a eventual winner "Ramble" and a couple of others at the 3/8th poll and looked to be in trouble. She actually faded back a bit before re-rallying around the turn and holding on for third place at the wire. She came back fine from the race and should have got a lot out of it from a conditioning standpoint. Killarney Rose will be one of the favourites when she returns to the turf in a few weeks time. Good to see her back and healthy. A chart of the race can be found on Killarney Rose's Roster Page.

Jan 29
Killarney Rose is finally going back to the races. After a combined layoff and rehab of 16 months Killarney Rose has been entered in Sunday's Maiden Special Weight at South Florida's Gulfstream Park. A field of 11 has been assembled for the 1 1/16ths mile run on the turf. Leading contenders will be the Tapit filly "Mumtaazah" and Graham Motion's "Place Card" third at the distance and condition last time out. K.R. has been training consistently and we are hopeful she will acquit herself well. A Highland Yard contingent will be in attendance and we are excited for the first race of the year for the blue and white gryphon.

Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Jan 16
We decided to send Amaranth for a 45 day break to Premier Equine in the belief the respite will do her well prior to an upcoming srpring / summer campaign. She haad a fantastic three year old year breaking her maiden, winning an allowance and scoring in two stakes. Last winters break did her wonders and we are hoping the same of this rest. We anticipate her back with O.J. at the end of February.

Jan 1

Highland Yard scaled to new heights in this 2014 and is now a competitor at a high level of thoughbred racing. Purse earnings of $460,000 marked a threefold increase from any previous year. The fact this was earned in only 28 starts highlights the level of racing and quality of horses that run in the Blue and White. In fact, this marks a win percentage of 32% and an in the money percentage of 64%. When one considers and average field size of approximately eight horses per race you can fully understand that a stable winning a third of it's starts is operating very effeciently. We attribute this fledgling success to a change in our business plan a couple of years ago, the solid work of our excellent trainers OJ Jauregui and Christophe Clement, and the close work being done with the McCauley family in Kentucky and our bloodstock and lay-up partner Dominic Brennan in Ocala.

Highlighting the year was three stakes wins from three differnt horses. Amaranth won the Betamerica Oaks in June, while Walk Close won the Wild Applause Stakes  the same month. Miss Chatelaine finished the trifecta winning the Chelsea Flower in fine fashion in late October. Looking forward to 2015 we fully anticipate all three could win stakes and possibly graded stakes over the summer. Add to this the exciting two-year old Anais and it stands to be a very exciting year for the Highland Yard faithful.

We expect more starts in 2015 than in 2014 as Amaranth, Walk Close, and Miss Chatelaine will be joined by a (hopefully) healthy Killarney Rose and our new two year old filly Anais who should be in training by mid-year.

Highland Yard's breeding business is also bearing some initial fruit. Highland Yard mare All Due Respect's filly sold at Keeneland for a very reasonable price. In 16 months we will have our first home bred runners and more destined for the sales ring.

Lastly, Northern Indy has yearlings on the ground now and will have his first runners next year. By the look of the yearlings they should make good athletes at the track.

As we leave 2014 and enter the new year we believe it is all systems go for the 'Yard.

 

Dec 27

Amaranth ran poorly to say the least in yesterday's La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita. To say she was flat would be a vast understatement. The winner of the race, Sam's Sister, ran a 101 equibase speed figure only slightly higher than Amaranth's season high of 98. In theory Amaranth should have fit in the race ..... but didn't. According to Dennis she didn't break as well as usual and was lifeless as they turned for home. Denns did the right thing and never touched her with the whip as all would have been futile. The track was a bit heavier than Amaranth's winning effort on the same course on Breeder's Cup Saturday but others handled it much much better than our girl.


We think she came out of the race okay and will see how she progresses over the next few days before we decide wether to continue the current camaign or give her a couple months off at the farm. That decision did wonders for her last winter.

Amaranth has had a great year winning four races incuding a stakes and coming a close second in the Grade 2 Great Lady M Stakes.

We will "put a line through yesterday's race" and move on.

Dec 21
Well it had to happen sooner or later and it is all set for next Friday December 26, Boxing Day for us Canadians. Amaranth has drawn post 8 of 10 in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita. This marks Highland Yard's first Grade 1 race, the same designation given to Breeders Cup races and the Kentucky Derby.

The fleld is befitting of a Grade 1 with five graded stakes winners entered. In fact, nine of the ten entrants, including Amaranth have won a stakes race. This is racing at its highest level complete with two Hall of Fame Trainers and elite owners including Winstar Farms, Khalem Shah, and Ken and Sarah Ramsay. The likely post time favourite "Taris" recently won the Grade 2 Lexus Raven Run by 9 lengths and was subsequently sold for $2.1mm. "Awesome Baby" is coming off a lay-off for Bab Baffert but has been training exceptionally and is the winner of three straight stakes races.

We are not sure Amaranth fits at this level but we do know she is the speed of the speed and has been training well for this chance. If she gets a chance to relax on the front end or can stalk from just off the pace in a slower pace we think she has a shot. We expect a morning line of around 20-1 for her given the longer distance (7 furlongs) and the step up in class.

Past performances for the race can be foundhere.

The race can be watched live on calracing.com

Dec 20
K.R. has had three strong breezes at Payson Park since joining Christophe's stable from Kilbride a few weeks ago. At this rate, and if all goes well, we should see her long awaited return to the races in January at Gulfstream park in Florida. Hopefully this filly can begin to show some of the promise we had hoped for when purchased at OBS in April of 2013.

Dec 20
Walk Close is taking a winter break at Kilbride in Ocala. This stakes winning daughter of Tapit will be back to Christophe in early spring to get ready for a prosperous four-year old season.

Dec 20
Miss Chatelaine has been back at Kilbride Stables in Ocala for nine days. She will have another 50 days off to relax and be put out to pasture each day. We will gear her up for an exciting three year old season in the spring. This stakes winning, undefeated daughter of Pulpit has shown flashes of what might be next year. Have a good vacation M.C. !

Dec 6
Our striking Malibu Moon Filly has been named "Anais". Anais is a girls name used most prominently in the Catalan and Provencale. The name translates to mean "Gracious" in English.

Anais has settled in nicely to Kilbride Stables in Ocala. She has taken to her new environment and is already wanting to do more. Dominic states that she is a as smart as any filly he has worked with. Her first trip to gallup the training track she went down and returned as professionally as you would like as if she had done it twenty times before. We look forward to getting down to Ocala in the winter and return with some photos of her as a a description of her stature could would not do her justice.

Dec 5
Amaranth worked a very useful 7 furlongs today at Golden Gate Fields in advance of the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita on Boxing Day. Regular jockey Dennis Carr was aboard and thought it was one of her two best works ever. Amaranth relaxed in the middle and finished exceptionally well with Dennis just sitting on her. The fact she did this over a sluggish track after the rains here bodes well for her on the dirt at Santa Anita. The excitement is growing as she works up to the big day in three weeks time.

November 27
After a very long but successful rehabilitation, Killarney Rose is ready to go in full training. She has been galluping and even breezing a few times with Dominic in Ocala Florida for the last few months. Killarney Rose shipped to Christophe's Payson Park stable early in the week and looks much stronger according to Christophe. She will begin full training with an eye to a start at Gulfstream in January or February.

November 27
This can be a tough business. Miss Chatelaine who has been training very forwardly shipped from New York to San Diego for Saturdays Jimmy Durante Stakes. Sadly, Miss Chatelaine spiked a fever of 104 degrees on the flight and will not be a starter in Saturdays race. We will give her a few days to get healthy before deciding to send her back or race her one more time in California. A dissapointing day for Highland Yard and our undefeated filly.

November 15
She delivered a gutsy performance again but it wasn't enough for Walk Close to deliver from the 13th post against this classy bunch of fillies.
Traffic problems are to be expected in such a large field and we had a slew of them throughout the race. We were very happy with how she closed as they came for home and improved from 11th to 6th in the last 1/8th of a mile. In the end she was only a length out of being in the money. Walk Close is destined to have a productive four year old campaign and garner the elusive graded stakes victory that is in her grasp.

Walk Close will be vanned from Churchill straight down to Ocala to join Dominic Brennan at Kilbride Stables for a well deserved break. She will be walked and turned out for 30 days before going back into very light training. We expect her to go back to Christophe February 1st to gear up for the srping turf racing in New York. A chart of the race can be found on Walk Close's Roster Page.

 

November 13
Walk Close has drawn post position 13 of 14 for Saturdays Grade II Mrs Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs. A sensational field of fillies including seven graded or group stakes winners are lining up for the 1 1/16 Mile trip on the turf course. We actually think Walk Close has a shot at one of the top three placings despite her 12-1 morning line. As you Highland Yarders will know she tends to run from off the pace so the outside post won't be a huge factor She has not got the best or luckiest trip in her last two starts and still performed well.

With jockey Irad Ortiz making the trip from New York we are hopeful the racing gods will shine a bit for her and give her a path to the money in the late running. Highland Yard is still searching for its's first Graded Stakes win as Amaranth's win inthe Ken Maddy Stakes was downgraded to listed from Grade 3 given the scratches when the race was taken off the turf.

Good luck Walk Close! Past performances for the race can be found here.

November 6
Amaranth scored a very popular win in the listed Senator Ken Maddy Stakes on Breeders Cup Saturday at Santa Anita. The race was taken off the turf after overnight rains which resulted in the scratch of seven horses. The remaining six sprinters moved to the 6 1/2 furlong main track. Amaranth broke like a bullet as is her way and was moved to the front ridden off the rail by regular northern California jockey Dennis Carr. Dennis got her to relax off the rail forcing Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith to bring the favorite Velvet Mesquite to her inside. Amaranth relaxed and eventually pulled away from that rival at the half mile pole. The favourite was forced to the outside down the stretch and although closing in on Amaranth was unable to pass. A great win for our fast filly and an exciting day for the Highland Yarder's in attendance. A chart of the race can be found on Amaranth's Roster Page.

An article on the race can be found here http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/88493/amaranth-takes-off-turf-ken-maddy

October 29
A little bit of good news this morning as 5-1 second favourite "Ageless" has drawn in to the Breeders Cup Turf Sprint as a result of a scratch in that race. The field for the Senator Ken Maddy Stakes is down to 13 quality sprinters. Amaranth arrived at Santa Anita in the same van as Breeders Cup Classic favourite "Shared Belief" last night. Accoding to O.J she is doing fine, will walk today and gallup tomorrow as well as getting some schooling in the Santa Anita Paddock. As of now it is all systems go.

October 28
Amaranth has drawn in to the Grade 3 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes on Breeders Cup Saturday. As one might expect on such a day, every trainer and owner wants to have a shot at the purse and the winners circle in front of 35,000 race fans. A full field of 14 have signed up to run down the hill on the Santa Anita turf course. We have drawn post position 12 of the 14 which is not a bad post on this course with the long straight run before the major turn. Amaranth has been installed at 15-1 morning line against a number of invaders from Kentucky, New York and over seas.

There is a lot working agaisnt us as it will be Amaranth's first run on turf and first down the hill. Having said that we know our fily is very fast and we would be suprised if she wasn't on or very near the front end 1/4 mile into the race. The big question is if the filly will take to the turf and relax through the middle part of the race under the hand of Jockey Dennis Carr and be ready to fire as they hit the stretch. It will be an exciting day with a number of Highland Yard faithful in attendance.

Past performances for the race can be found here.

October 25
This is one classy filly. Highland Yard's Pulpit filly Miss Chatelaine made it two for two today with a solid win in the Chelsey Flower Stakes. Dropping back to next to last on the back stretch Jockey Rosario had a firm hold on Miss Chatelaine. Rosario finally loosened on her a bit rounding the turn and she moved five wide into the stretch and starter to roll. The problem was eventual second place finisher Ack Naughty lurched into Miss Chatelaine's path forcing Rosario to take her inside to make a final run for the wire. Miss Chatelaine split two runners on the inside at the 16th pole and kicked away for the victory. Of note Rosario hand rode the filly and never once showed her the whip.

This filly shows indications of a very bright future and with this in mind we will likely put her out for a few months at Dominic Brennans Kildbride Stables in Ocala, Florida and bring her back in the spring for her three year old campaign. A chart of the race can be found on Miss Chatelaine's Roster Page.

October 23
Miss Chatelaine has been installed as the luke warm 3-1 favourite for Saturdays running of the Chelsea Flower Stakes at Belmont Park.
We have enlisted Belmont Park leading rider Joel Rosario for the mount as the jockey for Miss Chatelaine's debut Rajiv Maragh is currently recovering from an injury. There are a few promising fillies in the field including Grillo Stakes second place finisher "Margaret Reay", Shug McGaughey's "Path" and Chad Brown's "Ack Naughty". We think our big filly has a huge future and has been training forwardly. Given a clear trip we will be very hard to beat over the last 1/4 mile. Past performances for the Chelsea Flower can be found here.

October 18
Walk Close had to much left to do again in the Pebbles Stakes. She was in 8th place buried behind two walls of horses at the quarter pole and had to fan seven wide in two stages to rally up for 3rd place. She is a tough competitor and we are very pleased with her run. The folks at Equibase agree giving her a lifetime best equibase rating of 104. Walk Close picked up another nice check for her late closing effort.

She seems to have come out of the race well and we will likely point her to the Grade 2 Mrs Revere Stakes at Churchill in mid-November. It is thrilling to have such a competitor at this level in our stable. By best American sire Tapit and out of a graded stakes placed dam, Walk Close is destined to be a very exciting broodmare. A chart of the race can be found on Waalk Close' Roster Page.

Oct 12
The dream may come true. Amaranth breezed a very easy, very impressive 1/2 mile in 47 seconds flat this week at Golden Gate Fields which was 1st of 16 at the distance by more than a second. This type of work had us thinking that maybe she belongs in the $1mm Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at the Breeders Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on November 1st. What started as a search on potential entrants turned into a real possibility as we think she would qualify for one of the last of the 14 spots for the race. Amaranth lost to the likely co-favourite in the race, Judy the Beauty, by 5 lengths after engaging in an upfront speed duel with Renee's Got Zip in the Rancho Bernardo Handicap. Renee's Got Zip will not be in the race as she has opted for the Turf Sprint.

Amaranth would be a deep longshot in the race but given the way she is performing currently and the short distance to travel down to Santa Anita we might just have to giver her a shot. We will watch her work this Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields and make a final determination on wether to enter her on the 20th of October. It is also a possibility we could enter here and she would not draw in if other horses are selected over her. Stay tuned.

Oct 12
Walk Close drew post 6 of 11 for tommorow's Pebble Stakes on the 1 Mile Widener Turf Course at Belmont Park. The salty field includes six European breds including multiple Group 3 winner Sandiva and back-to-back allowance winner Kenzadargent. We look to be the second entry for Christophe Clements barn as he has entered first time North American starter Indian Rainbow and gains the service of top Jockey Irad Ortiz. Cornelio Velasquez will wear the Blue and White of Highland Yard for the second straight start.

Walk Close has been training well and given the right sort of trip should be in contention as they come down the stretch. She will have to get moving a bit earlier as now two races in a row she was closing but left with too much to do at the end. A large field like this will require some adept riding and we hope we get that tomorrow.

Past performances for the race can be found here.

Oct 6
All Due Respect's beautiful chestnut filly by Speightstown is headed to the auction ring. The well conformed filly was selected for book one in the sale and we anticipate she may bring some fireworks when she goes through the ring on November 5th at the famed Keeneland sales grounds. This marks the first foray into commercial breeding for Highland Yard and we fully antiicpate sending more weanlings and yearlings through the ring in coming years. A video of the foal can be found here. The catologue page for the foal can be found here.

All Due Respect is doing very well carrying a foal by Awesome Again.

Oct 6
Walk Close breezed a half mile on the inner turf course at Belmont today with stable mate Sea Queen. The two of them went a comfortable 49 and 3/5ths seconds which was 9th of 19 on the day. This isexpected to be her last work before next Monday's Pebble Stakes at Belmont. She seems to have come out of the work well and we anticipate entering her on Saturday for the race.

Oct 6
Miss Chatelaine breezed an easy 5 furlongs on the dirt at Belmont Park this morning in 1.02 2/5ths seconds which was 13 of 20 at that distance. It was designed to be an easy work as she preps for the Chelsea Flower Stakes on October 25th at Belmont. She came back in good order.

Oct 6
Blue Line Cat showed no run in yesterdays route claiming race at the Fresno State Fair. Despite breaking well and being placed in a decent position in the early stages of the race he seemed disintersted in the late stages and provided no kick as they headed for home. We have reached out to a trainer at Turf Paradise to see if he might want to buy and train him at that location hoping a change in venue for the winter months might do him well. If that trainer shows no interest we will retire Blue Line Cat to Whispering Meadows and find him a good home. This gelding has a lovely demeanour and will make a great riding horse in his next career. A chart of the race can be found above.

Oct 5
Blue Line Cat has drawn post 4 of 8 for today's 1 1/16th mile claiming event at the Fresno Fair. He has been made 5-1 fourth favourite after his recent poor performance sprinting at Golden Gate Fields. We are not sure what kind of run we will get today and it is very hot up in Fresno. One of the top local jockeys Ricardo Gonzalez who won a nice allowance race for OJ's barn yesterday gets the mount. Past Performacnes for the race can be found here.

Sep 23
We have decided to give Amaranth a bit more time prior to her next start. We are currently targeting the Ken Maddy Stakes on Breeders Cup Saturday at Santa Anita.

Sep 15
We Amaranth had her best work in months yesterday churning through 6 furlongs at Golden Gate Fields in 1:13 and change which was first of eight at that distance. Jockey Dennis Carr said she is back where she was when winning the Bet America Oaks and that she improved every fulrong of the work. This is all good news as she preps for the Unzip Me Stakes going down the hill at Santa Anita in less that two weeks.

Sep 15
Walk Close finished a closing 4th of 9 starters in the $500,000 Grade 2 Sands Point Stakes on the Belmont inner turf course on Saturday.
She broke well and was a settled 5th along the rail behind the front-runners for the early and middle stages of the race. She could have perhaps been asked a little earlier by jockey Velasquez as she seemed to have a little bit to much to do in the closing furlong. She seemed to have to take back just a touch finding to find room and when she did it was a little to late to get up for the placings. Overall we are very pleased both with the nice purse for fourth place in such a big race and that she prooved she clearly belongs with these top three year old turf fillies.

She came back very well from the race and will likely get a start in the Pebbles Stakes at Belmont on October 13th or the Grade 3 Pin Valley Oak Stakes at Keeneland on October 17th. Both of those will be high quality races but a step down in competition compared to the top runners today. If healthy, Walk Close should fit very well in either of those races. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

For a vdeo replay of the race click here.

 

Sep 13
Blue Line Cat stumbled out of the gate and showed no run at Golden Gate Fields yesterday. Not much to say about this dull effort. We will lengthen her back to a mile where she has shown slightly more promise and remove the blinkers next time out, likely at the Fresno Fair. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's roster page.

Sep 10
We have decided to roll the dice a bit and enter Walk Close in the $500,000 Grade 2, Sands Point Stakes at Belmont this Saturday.

We were also looking at stakes races at Arlington Park in Chicago and Woodbine in Toronto for her but decided to give this a shot. She has done nothing wrong, has won over this track and is in training at Belmont including a decent work over the turf last weekend. To say she is in tough is an understatement. Jockey Irad Ortiz has moved over to ride one of the favourites "Xcellence" who has won group stakes races in France. We have garnered the services of Cornelio Velasquez who is a well regarded rider at Belmont and is winning with his mounts at a 19% clip this meet.

We hope Walk Close builds on her recent performances including the troubled trip last time out in the Tenski Stakes. We know our rfilly finishes very well and she will have an exrta 1/8th of a mile to do so in this 1 1/8th mile race. For past performances for this race click here.

Sep 10
Blue Line Cat has been entered for Friday's claiming sprint at Golden Gate Fields. He is shortening up to this 6 furlong event from his last two tries going a mile. The field came up pretty tough for this $6,500 claiming event but if he reverts to form he should be competitive. Veteran jockey Frank Slvarado gets the mount. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Sep 7
Miss Chatelaine won impressively in her debut at Belmont this afternoon. The leggy two-year old filly got a great pcoket trip from jockey Rajiv Maragh and squeezed through at the quarter pole to mow them all down in the stretch. We thought she might have needed a race and we were wrong. Showing some temperament before the race and even dislodging jockey Margagh prior to going in to the gate we were not sure how she would handle the trip.

Whe the gate opnened she was all class and sat content just off the pace until her grinding move over the last 1/4 mile. It is exciting to think what might be next for this young filly and we will take a couple of weeks to think that through. A chart of the race can be found on Miss Chatelaine's Roster page. A video of the race can be found here.

Sep 3
Miss Chatelaine makes her long awaited debut Sunday at Belmont Park in New York. She drew post position 2 of 9 in the $75,000 Maiden Mile on the turf. Rajiv Maragh gets the mount. Miss Chatelaine has not shown a tremendous amount of speed in her works but seems to have a decent galluping speed. As is often the case in these big New York circuit races she will meet tough runners from both Todd Pletchers barn (Eskenformoney) and Chad Brown's (Breach of Duty). We will not look for to much in her first race and hope she can hold her own against these runners. A positive experience and a good run as they head for home would be great. An in the money performance would be fantastic. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Sep 3
We have decided to give Amarnath another few weeks before getting her back to the races. She was a touch sluggish in her work over the weekend and we decided not to ship her back down to Los Angeles for this weekends stakes. She is talented filly and we are not in a hurry with her. We will tentatively point her to the Unzip Me Stakes on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita in a few weeks time. We were encouraged today when Renees Got Zip, who engaged in the speed dual in the Rancho Bernardo with Amaranth, was an easy and clear winner in the CERF stakes today at Delmar. It is clear we were running against the best older sprinters in the country a couple weeks ago. This bodes well for our three year old filly going forward.

Sep 2
Killarney Rose has finished her long recovery and is jogging at Dominic Brennan's Kilbride stable. She look great and we have every hope she will be sent to Christophe when he moves the string to Payson Park in Florida. If all goes as planned Killarney will get a start in December at Gulfstream Park. It will be great to see this athletic daughter of Ghostzapper at the races.

Aug 19
It was pretty much as expected. Amaranth broke like a rocket in the Rancho Bernardo on Sunday at Delmar. She set all the fractions leading the trip in a very fast 21 4/5ths quarter and 45 4/5 half mile. The problem was multiple Graded Stakes winner Rreneesgotzip was on or near her shoulder at all times applying pressure. For a brief moment as they turned for home it looked like Amaranth might hold but given the fast pace and the quality of mares chasing her it wasn't meant to be. Amaranth held her own against these and it speaks well for her future given she was a 3 year old racing agaisnt the countries best 5 year old sprinters. She was tired after the race but seemed to come out no worse for wear. Amaranth pciked up $9,000 to her bankroll. We will consider long and hard her next step with many optiuons available to us. A chart of the race can be found on Amaranth's Roster Page.

Aug 16
Amaranth has drawn post 5 of 6 for Sundays Rancho Bernardo Stakes at Delmar. It could not have been a more quality laden field with three grade 1 winners and the second place finishers in last years Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint and Breeders Cup Turf Sprint. We are in above our heads but hope for the best from our filly. A third place finish would be grand. Of course if we were to win or finish a close up second .....
Amaranth travelled well and is in fine form for Sunday. Dennis Carr will ride. Hopefully she can relax and not get in a speed duel upfront with Reneesgotzip and have enough left at the end for Judy the Beauty who will be coming hard.

Past Performances of the race can be found here.

Aug 11
A tough day at the office for Walk Close today in the Tenski Stakes. Walk Close broke sharply to the right bumping foe Sweet Acclaim when leaving the gate. Irad Oritz righted her enough to sit middle of the pack for the first half a mile. Boxed in traffic Walk Close veered sharply to the outside well into the stretch and battled to finish a very game and willing 4th despite being 8th as they turned for home. She closed best of them all but ran out of room given her earlier traffic troubles.

It is dissapointing she didn't get up to third to gain some more black type. Other than that we are not dismayed in the least with her performance and think she will offer great value to the punters next time out. We will learn tomorrow how she came out of that rugged race and will point her accordingly. A slightly longer route of 1 1/16th or 1 1/8th miles on the Belmont turf may loom for her mid-September.

For a video of the race click here.

Aug 9

This is what it was all about when Highland Yard was started four years ago. Over the next 8 days we will start in stakes races on the two most storied, tradition laden and competitive race courses in the United States. Win or lose we are very excited for our two fillies Walk Close and Amaranth as they will parade to the post at Saratoga and Delmar August 11th and 17th respectively. 

Aug 9
Walk Close has been enlisted as the luke warm 5/2 favourite in the running of the Tenski Stakes this Monday on the Saratoga turf course.

A full field of ten awaits her including two fillies (Sweet Acclaim and Hillhouse High) whom she has beaten by a nose! As a result of those two victories she is high weight at 122 pounds giving between 4 and 6 pounds to the field. Walk Close has been training her "best ever" according to assistant trainer Christophe Loreil and is coming off a great sub one minute breeze on the inner turf on July 31st. Walk Close has drawn an advantageous inside post (3 of 10) and of course will be ridden by the only jockey ever to ride her in a race, Irad Ortiz Junior.

Aug 9
Amaranth breezed a very sharp 5 furlongs in 1:01 and change this morning at Golden Gate Fields. This will be her last breeze before next Sundays Graded 3 Rancho Bernardo Stakes at Delmar. According to Jockey Dennis Carr she breezed very relaxed and responded in well to a horse who tried to join her at the 1/4 pole. She pulled away in fine fashion and galluped out a strong 7 furlongs. Dennis said "we should be very confident going into the race". We sure hope she ships down to Delmar well and is ready given the challengers she will face in the Rancho Bernardo. The list of nominees includes no less than four graded stakes winners including likely favorite Reneesgotzip who was second by 1/2 length in last years Breeders Cup Turf Sprint. Amaranth is one of three 3 year old fillies nominated. Entries will be taken this Thursday.

Aug 8
Blue Line Cat got caught in a speed duel on the front end with Papa's Thrashed and faded in the last quarter mile to finish 6th in yesterdays mile on the turf at Santa Rosa. We probably ran him back a little quick and we will give him a few weeks before trying him again, perhaps shorter back at Golden Gate Fields. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

Aug 6
Highland Yard went east to Saratoga to acquire a lovely Malibu Moon filly at the Fasig Tipton Sale. A full story of the trip will follow for now a couple of videos of the filly after our purchase. Here and here.

Aug 6
Blue Line Cat will be ridden once again by Jockey Carlos Silva in Santa Rosa wine country for tomorrows one mile turf claimer. The race drew "saltier" than we would have hoped but Blue Line's track record would have us believe he wil be there or there-abouts. Pasat performances for the race can be found here. The race can be watched live on Calracing.com.

July 25
Blue Line Cat ran a very solid mile on the turf yesterday at Santa Rosa. Breaking alertly he was settled in along the rail by Jockey Silva. Content to track the three frontrunners, Blue Line finally made a move along the rail as they approached the quarter pole. He hustled through along the rail to grab the lead which he held convincingly to the 16th pole before getting nailed by the Baze ridden favorite who had been stalking him the whole trip. Blue Line Cat earned a lifetime best 88 Equibase rating which will having us thinking to take him up the ladder a notch for his next start. A good day for  the Highland Yard consistent runner. A chart of the race can be found on Blu Line Cat's Roster Page.

July 22
Blue Line Cat has drawn post 3 of 7 for Friday's One Mile Turf Claimer in Wine Country. Not exactly sure what we were thinking switching to a mile on the turf after winning sprinting on the dirt last timeout. In reality he is a versatile runner having placed on both surfaces and at both distances. We think he fits well here and antiicpate he will be in the money on Friday. Jockey Silva will return after breaking Blue Line Cat's maiden last time out. For past performances click here.

July 15
Twenty Rose's went through the auction ring at Tattersalls last week and has been sold. We love the concept of racing in England and remain enthralled with the methods of training and racing there. At the end of the day, our very pretty filly did not turn out to be a racehorse and the financial bleeding had to stop. We will try again a bit down the road when time permits more travel to the United Kingdom. We were blessed to see her run at Ayr and it will be a day we never forget. Personal thanks to Ed Walker who was most professional at every step of the way.

She may not have been a race horse but a prettier filly you will not see. For proof click here.

July 15
Miss Chatelaine continues to train well in advance of her Saratoga debut. We remain ontrack for an early August run at the "Spa".
For a video of Miss Chatelaine breezing against a colt (she is on the outside) click here.

July 13
Amaranth proved she belonged in Graded Stakes company yesterday fighting valiantly, despite a saddle slip, to capture second in the Great Lady M Stakes. Breaking alertly as usual Amaranth tugged her way to the front by the 5/8ths pole and began to relax for Jockey Dennis Carr. Nothing was going to be easy though as the saddle slipped right up to her withers in the middle of the backstretch. Dennis had to perform a bit of a balancing act the rest of the way which involved Amaranth lugging out a bit on the backstretch and around the turn for home.

Amaranth's speed was never in question but there was a lingering fear that she would not respond well to being under pressure. In fact she fought hard down the stretch against the four year old, multiple stakes winner Doinghardtimeagain and held second. We visited Amaranth in the barn after the race where she was tired but happy and was eating her grass between visits to the front of her stall.

We expect she will come out of the race well and we will give her a well deserved freshening before pointing her to a stakes near the end of August. The Prioress at Saratoga (Grade 2), The Rancho Bernardo (Grade 3) or the Torry Pines (Grade 3) at Delmar are all possibilities.

Very exciting times ahead for this improving young filly.

A chart of the race can be found on Amaranth's Roster page.

July 13
For ESPN's review and replay of the Great Lady M Stakes click here.

July 10
We established this business with the stated target of winning Graded Stakes races. Saturday is our best chance and biggest race to date as Amaranth faces a classy field of distaffers in the $200,000 Grade 2, Great Lady M Stakes. The field is littered with Graded Stakes winners including Heir Kitty the 5/2 morning line favorite and winner of the Grade 1, $300,000 La Brea Stakes.

Amaranth has been made 6th favorite of the seven entrants at 8-1 in the morning line. With hall of famers like Baffert, Hollendorfer and jockey Mike Smith in the race it is hard for the turf writers and odds makers to give much credence to the three-year old from Northern California.

I would just say these class horses and connections better have a way to deal with the speed of the Highland Yard Chestnut or she may just run away with this purse. Amaranth is one of only two three year olds in the race and we debated entering her. At the end of the day she has deserved this chance given her performance as a three year old. Jockey Dennis Carr will fly in for the race. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Go Amaranth!

July 5
Amaranth had her first official work since her stakes win of two weeks ago, this morning at Golden Gate Fields. It honestly could not have gone better for her in light of a potential Graded Stakes race next weekend (The Great Lady M) or the following (The San Clemente). Jockey Dennis Carr who has been aboard for each of ther last three races and wins worked her a half-mile on the all weather track.

He was absolutely motionless on her and asked for nothing Amaranth worked a very, very easy 48 1/5ths seconds with a gallup out in 1:01.
It was "just a lope for her" according to Carr and she did not look at all tired post the breeze. The time of the work was 2nd of 37 on the day.
It is all systems go for our speedy filly and all that awaits is a determination as to wether she goes to Los Alamatios or Del Mar.

 

June 29
He finally did it. Blue Line Cat held on to grab the photo for the win yesterday at Pleasanton. Blue Line followed the pace of a wall of four horses for half a mile before Jockey Silva pulled her outside to make a determined run nose and nose with the Morey trained Private Stevens. Blue Line passed that runner in the final 1/16th of a mile and gamely held on at the wire. It took 20 tries but he got it done. This marks the 15th in the money result for Blue Line Cat from 20 races. We will look for a spot at the Sacramento Fair in 3 or 4 weeks. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

June 27
Blue Line came out of her race very well and is ready to run again. She has been entered in tomorrows Maiden Sprint at Oak Tree Pleasanton. Blue Line has finished in the money in 10 of her last 11 races and we expect the same this weekend. On paper she is the best but the oddsmakers have installed her as 5-1 fourth favourite. We can't blame them for this as she has had so many chances to break her maiden and has yet to do so. She has drawn an advantageous post in post 4 of 10 and we think she has every chance. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

June 23
Having been dismissed at 8-1 in the morning line, perhaps Amaranth felt she had something to prove yesterday in the BetAmerica Oaks at Pleasanton. She proved her point indeed demolishing a field of eight 3 year-old fillies by 7 expanding lengths. Included in the carnage was previous undefeated City by the Bay and the Hollendorfer/Baze runner Lady Fifty Two. Two invaders from Los Angeles finished a distant second and third behind Amaranth. Amaranth cut a fast opening fraction of 22 and change and led from wire-to-wire. She was ahead by one length at the half mile cruising comfortably, she really kicked in as they headed for home and was up 5 lengths at the 16th pole and 7 lengths at the finish. Jockey Carr suggested Amaranth is perhaps "the best gate filly I have ever been on".

We are thrilled with her performance and will try and find the best spot for her perhaps at Delmar or Los Alamitos in July. The excitement is building around our two three year old fillies, both stakes winners on the weekend. A chart of the race can be found above.

For a story on the race from the DRF click here.

June 21
Walk Close did it again. Seemingly buried behind a wall of four horses as they turned for home, Jockey Ortiz puller her to the outside for a resounding stretch run to pass them all at the wire. She has all the heart one would want in a racehorse and seems to will herself past horses down the stretch. As a Highland Yarder said "she has a beautiful nose" as that tneds to be her winning margin.. It is worth noting the final quarter went in 22 4/5 seconds which is very impressive to say the least. it doesn't seem to matter where she is at the half mile pole, she is never out of the running when it turns serious....

We couldn't be more thrilled and are only gaining in anticipation of what might be next for her. Not every day do you see a filly winning maiden, allowance and stakes in only three races.

If she comes out well, as we expect, we will point her to the big stage at Saratoga for the Grade 2 Llake George Stakes on July 23rd.

The chart for the race can be found on Walk Close's Roster Page.

June 20
Amaranth drew post position 3 of 8 for Jockey Dennis Carr in Sunday's Betamerica.com Oaks at Pleasanton. She will have her hands full with undefeated runner City by the Bay who will break just inside of Amaranth is post position two. Amaranth was given little respect by the odds maker who enlisted her as 5th favourite at 8-1. We think our filly has an abundance of speed the likes of which some these fillies have not encountered. Amaranth has been training very well and if she runs her race will win or come second. She has been a nervous filly in the past and if she does not ship well or sweats out prior to post time it will not be a good sign. All in all a contentious field.

As our friend and top horseman Dominic says "that is why the line them up behind the gate and let them run".

Past performances for the race can be found here.

June 19

Walk Close has drawn post 3 of 8 for Saturday's Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont. Jockey Irad Ortiz who has piloted Walk Close to both of her starts will ride. Walk Close has been instaled at 4-1 in the morning line which makes her 3rd favorite in the field. Chad Brown's runner Sweet Acclaim will be very tough as will the European invader Nisharora making her first start in North America after winning two of three races in France and Italy. I like our filly's chances and believe she has a great deal of heart and athleticism. Post time for the race is 4:46 pm edt.

Past Performances for the race can be found here.

June 19
Twenty Roses has been entered for next Tuesday June 24 at Brighton. The 7 furlong handicap for Maidens may well be her last run in the blue and white silks of Highland Yard. We don't expect much but will be cheering on infront of the computer next Tuesday. Draws will be on Sunday.

June 16

This weekend is shaping up as a huge one for Highland Yard with a Stakes runner on both Saturday and Sunday. Walk Close has been breezing regularly at Belmont Park including a workman like five furlongs in 1:01.50 yesterday. Entries are on Wednesday and we will know exactly what we are facing. The nominations are solid and Walk Close will surely be facing her toughest field yet. She has shown heart in the blue and white to date and we are excited to see her face the next level on Saturday. After all ..... she is undefeated.

Amaranth was vanned by O.J. up to Pleasanton to breeze over the track she will run over in next Sunday's Pleasanton Oaks. Amaranth fired a bullet working a five furlong piece in 59 and 4/5th seconds fastest of eight at that distance. She is sure to face a formidable field including undefeated three time winner City By The Bay who races for Bill Morey. Entries will be out on Thursday.

June 16
The two year old Pulpit filly "Miss Chatelaine" is on a full breeze schedule at Saratoga for trainer Christophe Clement. Christophe says she is doing well and with any luck wil start in an early maiden race at Saratoga in July. Exciting times to come.

June 16
Blue Line Cat ran another solid if not spectacular mile on the turf at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday. Breaking from the outside post he was hustled by Jockey Martinez into contention. Placed 5th at the half in the field of nine she closed steadily for a solid third place finish. He picked up another check for his efforts and has now been in the money six times in a row. He will likely get his next start at Pleasanton in early July. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

June 16
Twenty Roses ran horribly at Ayr, Scotland last week. A great day was had as Ed Walker and five Highland Yarder's took the train down from Edinburgh for a day at the races. Twenty Roses's did not keep up her end of the deal running disinterested and slow to finish last in the field of ten. One could blame the long travel but more realistically she is not looking like she wants to be a racehorse. We will give her one more run in late June / early July and then sell her at the July Tattersalls sale. She is bred well and is half to a stakes winner in addition to being a pretty filly and should bring a decent price at the sale. A chart of the race can be found on Twenty Rose's Roster Page.

May 18
Walk Close made it two for two in the closest fashion possible winning a photo for the money at Belmont Park today. Ridden from off the pace by Jockey Irad Ortiz she worked her way through traffic, altered course in mid stretch and just got up for the win at the wire. She beat a very solid field of nine fillies trained by the top names in the business including Todd Pletcher, Chad Brown and Shug McGaughey. She showed a lot of class in both her races not getting flustered in what looked like very tough positions.

We are thrilled with Walk Close and her prospects. In the words of trainer Christophe Clement we will "find a stakes race for her next". Assuming she comes out of the race well, a likely target would be $100,000 Wild Applause Stakes June 20th at Belmont Park.

May 18
Amaranth thrilled the Highland Yard faithful with a speed demonstration at Golden Gate Fields yesterday afternoon. With Jockey Dennis Carr up, Amaranth broke from gate 1 moving straight to the lead and cut fast fractions throughout. As they turned for home it was reasonable to expect the field to catch up given the early pace ........ it didn't happen if anything Amaranth extended her lead and drew clear to win by three lengths. Amaranth seems to be running within herself and doing it with relative ease compared to her two year old year when she would go guns blazing through the half and never settle down. Her improvement is a testament to her maturing, O.J. Jauregui's training and the experienced hand of  Jockey Carr.

If she comes out well, next up for Amaranth will likely be the $50,000 added Pleasanton Oaks on June 22.

May 18
Blue Line Cat with Catalino Martinez up made steady progress through the field to capture second place in yesterday's Maiden claimer going a mile over the turf. The fact she beat 10 of 12 horses instills hope that this runner up specialist will break his maiden soon. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

May 15
The long wait is over as Walk Close drew the rail for Sundays one Mile Turf allowance for three year old fillies at Belmont Park. A purse of $77,000 will be up for grabs for the tough field of 9 runners. Walk Close has been ready to run for weeks but the allowance at Aqueduct never went, leaving her with the long wait. She has not seemed to train particularly well although trainer Clement has deemed her ready. If she can show any of the form from her maiden debut last September on this same turf course she should be legit. This a top field of trainers and runners and is a huge race for Highland Yard. A win here and Walk Close could be any kind of horse. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

May 15

Amaranth drew the rail in Saturday's salty Allowance at Golden Gate Fields. Jockey Dennis Carr returns to ride after winning last time out in an excellent performance four weeks ago. Amaranth has been installed 7/2 third favorite as she makes her first try at Allowance. A win here would catalpult her into Stakes races for this very fast daughter of Mr Greeley. Amaranth has fired two bullet works with Carr since her last start and is showing signs of maturity which should allow her to rate. Sienna Ridge will be very tough from post two. This is a very exciting start for the table of eight Highland Yard supporters who will be cheering her on from the Turf Club at Golden gate Fields Saturday. Past performacnes for the race can be found here.

May 15
Blue Line Cat drew post position 6 of 12 for the one mile Turf Maiden at Golden Gate Fields this Saturday. A full field will make for an interesting race. Jockey Catalino Martinez will need to have Blue Line positioned near the front of the pack to have a chance as they head for home. Blue Line Cat has been at installed 8-1 in the morning line.

May 15
The results are in and Northern Indy is throwing some tremendous looking foals. The two most recent babies are show at about one month in the attached photo's. Very athletic and well balanced. Here, here.

May 15

After picking the relatively easy Kentucky Oaks / Kentucky Derby Double dead-on two weeks ago, highladn yard tries to pick Pimlico races this Saturday:

Black Eyed Susan: 1st Arethusa 2nd Joint Return

Preakness Stakes: 1st. California Chrome 2nd General A Rod

Good luck

May 5
Amaranth is providing Highland Yard faithful with plenty of optimisim as she continues to train very well coming out of her maiden victtory two weeks ago. She fired the bullet at 4 Furlongs over the weekend at GGF breezing in 47 3/5ths seconds. This was the fastest work of 27 at that distance. We excitedly await her first crack at the Allowance level in 12 days. A good showing there and a Stakes race may be in her near future.

May 5
The All Due Respect Filly by Speightstown is looking to be something special. At 3 Months old she has developed into a lovely fillly with a huge hip on her. For a photo of the filly click here.

May 1
Here are the offical Highland Yard Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby picks:

Kentucky Oaks: 1st Untapable / 2nd Fashion Plate / 3rd My Miss Sophia

Kentucky Derby: 1st California Chrome / 2nd Medal Count/ 3rd Tapiture

May 1
Twenty Roses ran relatively well in her first start of the year. She eagerly took to the front from post 13 of 15 and led through 7 furlongs. Her interest was vastly improved and she just ran out of gas in this long 1 1/4 mile race. She will likely gain alot of conditioning from the race and we will look to shorten her to a mile race next time out. A chart of the race can be founon Twenty Rose's Roster Page.

April 26
Blue Line Cat dissapointed investors again yesterday finishing third while favoured in the Maiden Sprint at Golden Gate Fields. Russell Baze thought she might have been a bit short of air down the stretch which was suprising given how well he has trained. If he comes out of the race well we will run him back in a couple of weeks time at a lower class level. One of these days ...... A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

April 21
Amaranth looked very impressive in winning the six furlong maiden special weight at GGF on Saturday against a field of 10 including two Holendorfer's and a very well bred Morey runner. Jockey Dennis Carr was able to get her to rate somewhat and that proved to be the difference as she held off a couple of late runners down the lane and won in a very fast time of 1:10.51 by 1 and 1/4 lengths. Perhaps more interestingly she was still nervous and ran a little "green" down the stretch. It is likely we have yet to see her best run so all is possible with this speedy runner. She has kept very good company as two of the runners in her first maiden race at Delmar (Awesome baby and Fashion Plate) will be among the favorites in the Kentucky Oaks run the day befoe the Derby at Churchill Downs. A chart of the race can be found on Amaranth's Roster page.

April 21
Blue Line Cat's race did not fill for last weekend but did for this Friday April 25th at GGF. Russell Baze will be aboard as he was for 'Cats second place finish last time out. Blue Line Cat drew post position 7 of 8 and has been tabbed the morning line favorite at 2-1. The claiming price for the race is $25,000 and has an enhanced purse of $14,000. We are hopeful as he continues to train well and has placed 2nd three races in a row. For past performances for the race click here.

April 21
The "going" was fast and hard at Nottingham last weeknd and we decided to scratch Twenty Rose's and reenter her for April 29th back at Nottingham. She will benefit from a softer turf course and we are hoping that will be the case. She has been training very well and her workmate won a race last week.

April 16
Amaranth has drawn post position 8 of 10 for Saturdays Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate Fields. We have selected jockey Dennis Carr to ride. Dennis has impressed us with his understanding of pace over this course. Amaranth has been training exceptionally well and if is able to relax and sit a bit off the pace should have every chance in this full field. We think we are for a sitting ona bit of a suprise on Saturday.Past performacnes for the race can be found here.

April 9
For Twenty Roses gallup video click here.

April 8
Purple Colt at 3 months looking strong. For a photo click here and here.

April 3
Another Northern Indy foal this time with a picture. She looks solid for a two-day old good luck to the breeder who anticipates running her at Canterbury. For a picture of the foal out of the mare "Pansamante" click here.

April 2
The recently acquired Pulpit Filly has been named "Miss Chatelaine". Please click here for her theme song.

April 2
Amaranth is showing great signs of maturing as a racehorse. O.J. has been working to get her to relax and come off the pace a bit, or at least not run flat out the minute she leaves the gate. The best training result yet was on Sunday when she rated behind two horse for 4 furlogns prior to blowing by them down the stretch. Officially she was 5 0f 57 in 1 minute and 4/5ths seconds. More importantly she relaxed. This was only "practice" as they say but we are encouraged nonetheless. We anxiously await her 2014 debut in a little over two weeks time. On a sidenote, the filly that won Amaranths first maiden race at Delmar, Awesome Baby, is one of the early favorites in the Kentucky oaks to be run May 2nd.

March 30
Walk Close is moving steadily towards her 2014 debut working 5 furlongs yesterday at Payson Park in Florida.

For a video of the work (she is on the inside) click here.

March 30


After a tough winter Twenty Roses has, in the words of Trainer Ed Walker is "turning a corner". A note from Ed below:

"Twenty Roses is turning a corner. I have tweaked around with her diet and put her on a different supplement which seems to have helped but it could also just be the fact that spring is here! This week I took her to the famous Al Bahathri gallop where she just did a strong canter. Being her first time there I did not want to ask too much of her and she will do more next week.

Given the way she is progressing now she could well be ready to run during the second half of April. She will take little getting fit and there is a race at Nottingham on April 19th over 10 furlongs which will suit her well in my opinion. Let's see how the next few weeks but that could be a good starting point."

Indeed spring is near for Highland Yard runners.

March 28
Blue Line Cat returned to the races after an extended layoff today at Golden Gate Fields. After breaking alertly she took the bit and was rated by Baze. She made gradual headway through the pack and finished second. One can't ask too much from a horse off of an extended layoff but there was some dissapointment given her favouritism at post time. Expect to see her back at the races in 3 to 4 weeks time as he tries, yet again, to get her first win. It is frustrating that she now has 6 seconds and 5 thirds from 16 starts and yet is stil a maiden. Next time. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

March 24
Please welcome a strong looking Pulpit filly to the Highland Yard Stable. This January 2012 foal will have a brief respite at Kilbride Stable prior to going to Christophe Clement in Belmont for May 1st. If all goes well she should get an early start in New York, likely in June. This strong athletic looking daughter of Pulpit impressed us at the sale where we saw her act professionally on three consecutive days. She is out of a Broad Brush stakes winning mare of over $200,000. We will name her and get a roster page for her shortly. For a video of her breeze click here. For a photo of the filly click here.

March 24
Blue Line Cat has been installed as the morning line 8/5 favorite for Friday's Maiden Sprint at Golden Gate Fields. Russel Baze has the mount. It has been a long time off for Blue Line and he has been training well and should fit here. If a horse has been off for more than six months they can race back at the same level and not be subject to a claim. That is the case here. He has been in the money 10 of 15 starts but is still searching for his first win. Past performances for the race can be found here.

March 3

Congratulations to Northern Indy. The big stakes winning son of A.P. Indy sired his first foal last night. Storming Slew gave birth to a healthy good looking filly. Brothers and sisters will be coming at a good pace over the next few months from the nine mares he covered last spring.

March 3

Amaranth breezed her first  half mile in 50 seconds on Sunday at GGF. We are trying to get her to relax a bit more on the track so that she is not so hell bent for speed when she returns to the races. She is currently on target for an April return to the races in what we think will be a productive three year old campaign.

March 3
Blue Line Cat breezed his third 5 furlong breeze Sunday in 1:02 and 3/5ths seconds at GGF. She galluped out well but will need a few more works prior to racing. We are now pointing him to a Maiden Sprint on March 28th.

February 16
Blue Line Cat has been breezing for the last five weeks including a 5 furlong work today in 1:01 2/5ths seconds. The work was 12th of 54 at that distance. He will work the next two weekends and should be well ready for the Maiden Sprint at GGF on March 6th.

February 13
Walk Close has recovered from her bruised tendon and has been galloping for 40 days at Kilbride. She will return to Christophe at Payson Park this week and begin breezing towards an April or early May three year old debut.

February 12
Wee Highland Lass birthed a large healthy Successful Appeal Colt last Saturday at McCauley Farm in Kentucky. For a video of the colt at 18 hours of age click here. We are thrilled to have three healthy foals from three maiden mares in our first year of breeding. Thank you to the team at McCauley Farm.

February 4
Finally a about a week late All Due Respect delivered a Speightstown Filly. The foal was standing within 30 minutes and nursing soon thereafter. We are looking for big things from her down the road but for now some quiet weeks and months with her mom. For a series of pictures click here. and here and here.

January 17
Purple had a Chestnut Colt on Wednesday at McCauley Farm in Kentucky. This sturdy looking colt came with a sizeable white blaze on his head/face which will be very distinctive. He nursed at 11pm that night and is well on his way. We are thrilled to have the first Highland Yard Foal on the ground, standing and nursing. One down two to go. For picture of the colt click here. and here.

January 11
A day of wide ranging emotions for Highland Yard yesterday as Jerry was claimed by Phoenix based trainer Jeffrey Metz out of the 9th race at Golden Gate Fields. Jerry, as usual, gave every effort to get the nod for 2nd place with Russell Baze aboard in a very fast 6 furlong race run in 1:10.15 sconds. This game can be tough and so it was for us as another trainer led Jerry back to his new stall and owner. We will keep a close eye on Jerry and wish the very best for him in his ongoing career. Jerry was one of our very first runners and has been in the money an astounding 20 of 26 races lifetime and is just shy of $100,000 in earnings. O.J. and I bought him at the Fasig Tipton 2 year old sale in Florida in 2010 and he has raced valiantly for us ever since. Farewell Jerry. A chart of the race yesterday can be found on Jerry's Roster Page.

January 11
Town Belle finished her racing career in fine fashion coming from off the pace to garner second place in yesterdays high level claimer at Golden Gate Fields. She will move on to Paradise Road Ranch to begin her second career as a Broodmare and will be matched with Highland Yard stallion Northern Indy aver the next couple of months. In addition to a solid race career with earnings of $88,000 she is by top sire Speightstown and out of a multiple graded stakes winning mare of over $500,000. A chart of the race yesterday can be found here.

Jan 9
Highland Yard's Day at the Races will be this Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. The winning bidders at last springs Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk will join the Highland Yard principals in the turf club as well as the saddling enclosure to cheer on both Highland Yard's runners. We are excited to have the proceeds from the auction to go to such a great cause. As always, 10% of all Highland Yard winning purses will go to the National Brain Tumor Society. For the Daily Racing Form's handicap selections for Saturday click here.

Jan 9
Town Belle returns to the track to face high end claimers in Saturday's one mile race at Golden Gate Fields. We retain apprentice jockey Gonzalez to ride after Gonzalez rode her into third place last time out against similiar. Town Belle will be one of the longer shots in the race but has been training well and takes a 7 pound weight allowance into this race. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Jan 9
The old warrior Jerry's Fever returns to action this Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. Hall of Fame Jockey Russell Baze gets the mount in the six furlong claiming race. Jerry's jockey in his last race, Juan Hernandez, has left Jerry to ride likely racetime favorite "Localsucess". Jerry will likley be second favorite in the field of eight. One thng is for sure Jerry will give every effort and has every chance to be in the money for the sixth time in a row. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Jan 6
Purple is doing very well late in her pregnancy at McCauley Farms in Nicholasville, KY. She is due to foal in mid January and we are exctied she will produce Highland Yard's first breeding produce. We have slated Gio Ponti as her next sire and are excited to breed her to this Freshmen Sire and winner of over $6mm at the race track. Gio Ponti was trained by current Highland Yard Trainer Christophe Clement. For a photo of Purple in foal click here.

Jan 6

Our prize mare All Due Respect is coming along well carrying top sire Speightstown's foal at McCauley Farm in Kentucky. ADR has a due date in late January and we eagerly antiicpate the arrival. All Due Respect has been lined up with Adena Springs Sire Awesome Again in the spring. Awesome Again has already been flattered by a Graded Stakes Winner in 2014 as Awesome Baby won the Santa Ynez Stakes this past weekend. For a photo of a pregnant All Due Respect click here.

Jan 6
Wee Highland Lass is closing in onher due date in late January. We are excited for this Highland Yard runne to have her foal to Successful Appeal. For a photo of Wee Highland Lass please click here. We have selected Wee Highland Lass' next sure and that will be Belmont Winner Union Rags. This is another freshmen sire that is stunning to look at and out by one of our favorite sires, the deceased Dixie Union. Pictures of the foal will be coming!

Dec 13
Jerry's Fever beat an eleven horse field in yesterdays sprint claimer at Golden Gate Fields. Masterfully ridden by Juan Hernandez, Jerry was given a perfect stalking trip. Hernandez held a tight reign on Jerry early whilst the favorite "Stormin Kentucky" and two others dueld it out on the front end. Jerry was preserved to the 1/4 pole where he rallied smartly passing all in the stretch and lengthening his lead at the end to just under a length. Jerry picks up a check and a photo and went back to the barn the happy warrior that he is. We will give him a little time off and bring him back at a similar condition in the new year. A chart of the race can be found on Jerry's Fever's Roster Page.

Dec 9
Town Belle ran suprisingly tough against a field of Allowance horses yesterday at Golden Gate Fields. Her 3rd place finish (a neck out of second) yielded $3,480 for the Highland yard coffers and of course $348 for the National Brain Tumor Society. Apprentice Jockey Rodriguez did a great job rating Town Belle who closed well to get up for the money just shy of second place. Given this positive performance, we are likley to find one more race for her in December prior to shipping her to Paradise Road. A chart of the race can be found here.

Dec 9
Jerry's Fever has drawn post position 7 of 12 for Thursdays sprint claimer at Golden Gate Fields. We weren't expecting such a full field but you take what you can get. Jerry will likley be favored at post time given two straight second places finishes at this condition or higher. Hot jockey Juan hernandez again gets the mount and we can always count on a spiritied run by Jerry. We think he is set to win but second place would be no suprise. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Dec 8

Town Belle, whom we claimed as a broodmare prospect will have her last race today at Golden Gate Fields prior to being shipped to Paradise Road Ranch to begin her new career. She will be the longest shot on the board and any piece of the purse would be unexpected. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Dec 3
Twenty Roses made a steady run closing in on the leaders at Wolverhampton Monday afternoon. She does not have great speed and had to work her way around the course three wide from the 7th post posiition only to come a neck short of the money and 1/2 a length from 2nd place. Twenty Roses will not lead us to any Roayal Ascot dreams but has steadily improved and will win races next year. For the next couple of months she will just be a horse and will start training again in February for her 3-year-old campaign. A chart of the race can be found on Twenty Rose's Roster Page.

Nov 30
An improving Twenty Rose's will make her fourth and final start of her two-year old season Monday at Wolverhampton in England. She is moving forward very well for trainer Ed Walker and he is very confident she will make leaps forward as a three year old. He thinks she will be very competitive here but is still growing and maturing and remains a little "weak". Twenty Rose's with Graham Lee again aboard drew post 7 of 10 for the race which is not ideal but better than last race when she drew the outside on this tight oval race track. The race can be watched live at TVG.com for account holders as can all throughbred races of Highland Yard horses. The card for the race can be found here.

Nov 30

What else is new! Jerry finished 2nd in the claiming sprint at Golden Gate Fields on Thanksgiving Day. Going off as second favorite, Jerry beat the favorite Baze/Morey entry but succumbed to a late outisde bid by 6 to 1 shot JT Quick. This was Jerry's 18th in the money performance of 24 life time starts. As O.J. said, "if only Northern Indy had Jerry's heart ......". Jerry will be entered back for December 12th sprint against non-winners in 2013 and will likely be favored in that race. Of course a betting man would bet on Jerry to place in that or any other race. Nice run Jerry.

Nov 30

Highland Yard acquired All Due Respect as a broodmare in foal at the recent Keeneland Breeding Stock Sale. She is a large well conformed mare who was the best runner of her sire Value Plus. All Due Respect won $468,000 as a stakes winning race horse with nine graded stakes placings. ADR came second in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks beating 2010 Champion 3 Year Old filly Blind Luck in that race. A horse of considerable quality, size and endurance she is destined to be a great broodmare. As an added bomus she is in foal to the current second place sire for 2013 Speightstown. The foal is due on Janaury 21st and we are excited to see the arrival of ADR's first foal.

Nov 30
Killarney Rose's race didn't go due to a cancellation earlier in the week of a race card at Acqueduct due to weather. We are still hopeful the Maiden Turf race will go on Friday or Saturday of next week before Acqueduct Turf racing closes for the season. K.R. will breeze tomorrow morning and be ready for the race should it go. Fingers crossed as she is training very well.

Nov 25
Killarney Rose will make her much anticipated return to the races on Sunday December 1st in a route race over the turf at Acqueduct. K.R. breezed a bullet work Saturday at Belmont going 5 furlongs in 1 minute and 1/8th seconds. These high level maidens are alway tough and we expect no different here when entries are made Thursday morning. If the race is taken off the turf (which is very possible this time of year out east) we will likely scratch her for another day. Hope for good weather as a few Highland Yard hopeful will be at the races hoping for a Killarney Rose victory.

Nov 25
Twenty Rose's is being pointed to a Nursery Handicap race on Monday December 2nd at Kempton in England. Coming off her last, much improved, race we are eager to see what she can do if given a decent draw. Entries will go in tommorow and a final determination will be made by Saturday.

Nov 25
The warrior gets set to return to the starting gate on Thanksgiving Day Thursday at Golden Gate Fields. We watched him breeze yesterday and he looks great. Jerry should be ready to strike in a tough field second race back after his layoff. Jerry will need to beat the Baze/Morey entry that beat him last time out by a neck, in that race Jerry broke from the 9th post this time he gets the much more advantageous Post 4. A crew of us will be there to cheer Jerry on. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Nov 19
Twenty Rose's showed substantial improvement again running a Maiden Filly Stakes at Wolverhampton on Saturday. Wolverhampton is one of the few All weather tracks in England and is a very tight oval with lots of tight turns. As a result drawing post 11 of 11 was the worst possible place for T.R. to start. Despite the post she battled gamely closing to finish 6th of 11 missing out on fourth (in the money in England) by a mere 1/2 length. Jockey Graham Lee said he had to work pretty hard to get her going as she wasn't sure she wanted any part of it at the start. At about the 2 furlong mark she dug in and competed racing four wide as a result of her post and finsihed up very well. After a horrible start to her race career she has improved in both subsequent races and Lee thinks "she can win this year". As a result we will give her one more chance before the end of the race meetings this year likley getting a atart at the end of the month. A chart of the race can be found on Twenty Rose's Roster Page.

Nov 19
Jerry had a solid breeze over the weekend going 4 furlongs in 46 and 3/5ths 7th of 39 at that distance. Off his close second place finish a couple of weeks ago we will enter him back at a slightly harder claiming level for a race by the end of the month.

Nov 19
Walk Close continues to be slightly hampered by a sore tendon. The good news is a scan shows no damage and it is definetly an ailment that will heal in time. If she were a claiming horse we would likely have her race through this type of injury. Given she is a well bred daughter of Tapit who broke her maiden at the very highest level at Belmont we have decided to give her a couple of months off at Dominic Brennan's Kildare Stables in sunny Ocala, Florida. We have an eye to get her back to the races at Gulfstream in late winter or early spring. Enjoy the sunshine W.C. we are looking for a big 3 year old campaign!

Nov 19
Killarney Rose breezed a solid 3 furlongs in 36 4/5ths seconds Saturday at Belmont. The work was 5th of 16 at the distance. Christiphe thought this was a good work and will target her for a Maiden Special Weight at Acqueduct by the end of the month or very early December. We are excited for her return to the races and better trip second time out. Acqueduct is putting up large purses as a result of the attached casino and we hope to get a piece of that purse.

Nov 11
Fresh off a Group 3 Stakes win in Australia trainer Ed Walker called to discuss the next race for Twenty Rose's. She had a really solid work on Saturday and we have decided to, once again, target one more race for her prior to the winter break. As it stands she will run in a Maiden Fillies Stakes at Wolverhampton this Saturday. Final declaration will on Wednesday but it looks like a green light. The idea is to give her one positive experience before letting her "grow up" for what will hopefully be a solid three-year old campaign next year.

Nov 11

Town Belle debuted in the Blue and White on Sunday at Golden Gate Fields. She moved up in class and it showed in a 7 length defeat after being shuffled back in the first 1/2 mile. The idea is to breed her to Northern Indy in February so we can play with her at the races for perhaps one more start prior to shipping her to Paradise Road Ranch to start her second career. Being by Speightstown and out of a mare who is a multiple graded stakes winner of over $500,000 we are hopeful a mating to Northern Indy will yield a lovely and marketable foal.

Nov 7
Another race with the same result for Amaranth. Dissapointment on Friday as Amaranth went led to the stretch and faded to fourth of seven in the Maiden Allowance at Golden Gate Fields. Being very fast isn't enough in this game and Amaranth needs to be retrained. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same dumb thing over and over again. With this in mind this young two-year old will be "put on the shelf" out at Paradise Road for a couple of months to think about nothing. When she comes back she will need to be retrained to not be so speed crazy. We haven't given up on her but certainly realize something needs to change. Have a good break Amnaranth and get your head straight. A chart of the race can be found on Amaranth's Roster Page.

Nov 7
Jerry's Fever ran a strong second in his first race since April. If not for a superb ride and easy tripo on the inside for the favorite it looked like Jerry had this one. Caught in the last fews strides for the win, Jerry competed very well and placed in the money as is his form. Jerry came out of the race well and will be very live at this level next time out. A chart of the race can be found on Jerry's Fever's Roster Page.

Oct 31
Amaranth has been entered for Saturday's feature Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate Fields. After a two month freshening she has breezed very well the last two weeks. She showed plenty of speed at Delmar but not the running style or endurance to finish when it mattered. She galluped out extremely well in her last work and appears to be more mature and in better shape. As a late May baby she was very young when running at Delmar and we expect better now. Of course in a big Maiden like this we are running against a Hollendorfer trained, Baze ridden expensive filly. "Rever de Vous" will start just inside us and hopefully we can get the better of her. Jockey Alejandro Gomez gets the mount and we are very excited going into Saturday. A big crowd will be expected at Golden Gate as people will be wagering on the simulcast of Breeders Cup Day at Santa Anita. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Oct 31

Jerry's Fever has been installed as the 5/2 second favourite in the field of 9 for tommorow's claiming sprint at Golden Gate Fields.

Past performances for the race can be found here. We will have a contingent cheering barn favourite Jerry on tomorrow at GGF.

Oct 31

Highland Yard claimed a well-bred 5 year old mare off the race track at Santa Anita last Friday. "Town Belle" is a daughter of top sire Speightstown out of the multiple stakes winning mare Clearly a Queen. We have sent the mare to O.J. at Golden Gate Fields where she is likely to have a couple more starts prior to being bred to Northern Indy in February. We are very excited to add to our growing broodmare band.

Oct 31
Ed decided to wait another couple of weeks to send Twenty Rose's to the post. She breezed well last week but was not eating-up as well as he would have liked. Ed is over with a stakes horse in Australia and will evaluate Twenty Roses upon his return. A mid-month start sees likely before putting her out for the winter.

Oct 27
Jerry's Fever drew post position 9 of 9 for Friday's 5 furlong sprint at Golden Gate Fields. Jerry looks like his old self and we are confident he will give his usual effort. The post is a bit of a hinderance but we think he will run well first time off the layoff. Top Seattle jockey Isaias Enriquez gets the mount.

Oct 27
Twenty Rose's has been nominated for a Maiden at Lingfield on Thursday. Jockey Tom McLaughlin will ride. We are hoping she continues in the right direction and improves on her last start. This will likely be her last race of the year as the horses in England are generally wintered until early spring. Trainer Ed Walker is confident she will be a winner next year and wants to give her one more start this year.

Oct 21
The old warrior Jerry's Fever breezed an impressive 1:01 and 2/5ths yesterday at Golden gate which was 11th of 81 at the distance.
Assuming he comes out of the work well, hhe will make a return to the races in early November. It will be exciting to see this "honest" horse compete .

Oct 21
Walk Close had a disappointing breeze yesterday on the turf course at Belmont. Christophe would like to see her more crisp prior to tackling Stakes horses and as a result we will pass on the Chelsey Flower Stakes next weekend. She is a lovely filly who won first time out and we are going to condition her with the hope of big things ahead. A bit disappointing but with the right long term plan in mind.

Oct 21
Amaranth was back at work this weekend after a brief refresher. She worked a very solid half mile in 48 2/5ths seconds and galluped out extremely well. We would have thought three works before being ready to race again but now think perhaps one more work. If all goes well, she will be pointed to a Maiden Special Weight at Golden gate Fields in two weeks time.

Oct 5
What a difference a month makes. Twenty Roses ran and raced well in a full fleld of 17 horses at Redcar in England this morning. She competed well the first 5 furlongs and was positioned 4th for the final two furlongs. She got a bit caught in traffic and tired a bit down the stretch to finish 10th or midpack in a much improved return to the races. Twenty Roses sustained a "two staple" cut early in the race which may have effected her performance later in the race. She showed somehting today and Ed will try to up her fitness level a bit and perhaps dial her back to 6 furlongs next time out.  A sense of relieve here and hope looking forward for this filly. A chart of the race can be found on Twenty Rose's Roster page.

Oct 5
Killarney Rose breezed a solid 4 furlongs in 49 and 3/5ths at Belmont on Friday. She worked well and has recovered from the cut she received in her debut. We think she needs a surface change and as such will train her on the turf this week with the goal of running in a route maiden on the turf in late October. She looks great and is very sound for her training.

Oct 3
Twenty Roses has drawn post 8 of 19 for Saturday's 7 Furlong Maiden Stakes at Redcar in England. According to trainer Ed Walker she has been training well and we are hopeful she will improve on her debut. A mid-pack showing would be a vast improvement and show us that she can race. Post time is 1:40 pm GMT which corresponds to 5:40 am on the west coast here in North America. Entries for the race can be found here.

Oct 3
Great to see Jerry back on the work out tab today going 4 furlongs in a smart 49 seconds flat at Golden Gate Fields. He has been the hardest trier we have had and we are hopeful he can compete again for the Blue and White. If all is well he should get a start in 3 or 4 weeks time.

Sep 28
Twenty Roses will get her second chance at the racetrack in early October. Ed has decided to put blinkers on her for a maiden fillies race at Leicester on October 8th or Warwick on October 3. She has been training well and we are hoping she will perform better than her disapointing debut.

Sep 28
Walk Close won impressively at first asking on Thursday at Belmont Park. Breaking awkwardly, jockey Irad Ortiz had to shuffle her up from 9th to get in contention for the long run down the Belmont Turf back stretch. Once there she settled in nicely and was in Irad's words "relaxed" for the majority of the race. Coming around the bend he asked her for something and she responded in kind working through traffic and splitting horses to the outside for the stretch drive. She showed pluck and conditioning when taking on the 2-1 Chad Brown trained favorite down the lane to disptach that rival and extend the lead to two lengths at the wire looking like she could well go farther.

To have Walk Close show such maturity and competiive spirit through traffic and rally for the win was thrilling for us. She came back from the race well as you will see in the photo taken the morning after the race here.

Christophe is pointing her to the $100,000 "Chelsey Flower Stakes " going one mile on Turf on Sunday October 27th.

Sep 24
Killarney Rose finished 5th of 8 in her debut going a mile at Belmont Park. She broke well and stayed with the leaders for the first half mile before lagging and making up a bit of ground over the last furlong. She came back to the barn with a good size cut on the front of her leg which we think happened coming out of the gate. Hard to say wether it effected her performance but we are willing to cut her some slack first time out. She will recuperate from the laceration and likely try back at this elite level in a bout one months time. A chart of the race can be found on Killarney Rose's Roster Page.

Sep 22
Killarney Rose will make her debut today! After the rain overnight in New York, the turf races today have been moved to the main (dirt) track which is curently rated "muddy". As a result Killarney Rose draws in to the race which is scheduled to post at 5:49 pm EDT. The only way I know to watch the races live from Belmont is to open an acoount on TVG or some other online wagering company with a live video feed.

Live Audio of the races at Belmont can be found at http://www.nyra.com/belmont/

Sep 21
Walk Close has been entered for the 7 furlong Maiden Special Weight on the Widener Turf Course at Belmont Park next Thursday September 26th. Like her stablemate Killarney Rose, Irad Ortiz gets the call. Walk Close has trained well perhaps a touch less so then Killarney Rose but should have a decent chance against this group of maidens. It has been fun watching Walk Close mature since her purchase as a yearling in Kentucky last year. Dominic and Christophe have done a good job getting her ready for her career and we hope for a positive learning experience first time out. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Sep 21
Killarney Rose has been entered for "Main Track Only" in a Maiden Special Weight at Belmont for tomorrow. This entry is for the Turf race going a mile. Killarney Rose will only run if the race is taken off the turf due to rain or other factors that make the turf course unavailable. There is some rain forecast overnight at Belmont and we will need to await the determination of course condition until Sunday morning. If the race does go on the turf, Killarney Rose will be re-entered for a 7 furlong Maiden next Sunday September 29th. In any case the time is drawing near to see if her solid training over the last two months will pay off early in her debut. Up and coming jockey Irad Ortiz has been named to ride. Past performances for tomorrows race can be found here.

Aug 26
We are excited to report that the two fillies "Walk Close" and "Killarney Rose" fired the bullet at Belmont Park this morning working 3 furlongs from the gate handily in 36 and change. These were the fatest times of the nine at that distance. This is a week after they both worked a solid 4 furlongs over the same track. Everything seems to point to a debut at the upcoming Belmont meet. The third week of September remains a logical target. Trainer Clement informs that both fillies cam out of the work in good order.

Aug 26
Amaranth ran a much better second race yesteray at Del Mar. She again showed considerable speed breaking on top with leading Woodbine jockey Luis Contreras aboard. She settled much better this time and led the way until dueling at the half mile pole with eventual winner "Antiquity". She got quite tired and faded down the stretch but never stopped trying and finished 5th of 9 only 4 1/2 lengths from the winner. We are cognizant she is a very young Two year old with a late May birthday compared to most 2 year olds that are born in February or March. Del Mar also did not prove a track that held speed throughout the summer. We will give her a little time off and perhaps target a Maiden at Santa Anita in late September or early October. Santa Anita tends to have a bias for speed which we think will suit Amaranth. O.J. will try and settle her down as she did sweat out a bit and get nervous prior to the race. All in all, a good performance.

Aug 26
Twenty Roses ran a clunker first time out showing none of the talent we have seen in the morning on the Newmarket Gallups. We could not be more dissapointed with the total lack of effort and interest she showed under an encouraging ride from Jockey Mclaughlin. The whole Highland Yard team is embarrased with the performance including trainer Ed Walker who commented as follows "Twenty Roses has come out of her racecourse debut (if you can call it that) very well. I am mortally embarrassed about what happened and enormously surprised as I know she has ability. Naturally I am concerned about her behaviour on the racecourse. It took all of us in the yard by surprise and I will do everything in my power to get her head straight. I will keep you posted with her progress over the next few weeks and we will go from there. She is sound and eating well so she is not worrying about anything."

We will draw a line through this one and target a Maiden in a few weeks time. A chart of the race can be found on Twenty Roses Roster Page.

Aug 18
Twenty Roses abscess has rescinded and she is 100%. She only missed one day of training and had her best work yesterday on the Newmarket gallups. She has been tentatively entered for a maiden at Newmarket next Friday. Newmarket (like Saratoga and Delmar) has the highest calibre maiden races. If she should start we will be targeting a "mid-division" finish and a good learning experience. The racetrack is only one mile, as the crow flys, from Grange House Stables. A decision on wether she will run on Friday will be made Wednesday.

Aug 13

Twenty Roses will have to wait a couple of weeks for her debut after developing an abcess over the last couple of days. Ed's report is as follows:

This morning was very odd and unfortunate being so close to her racecourse debut as when her rider went to put the bridle on her she almost reared over as the bit went into her mouth. On close examination it is clear she has developed an abscess on her jaw which is quite enflamed and very sore. My vet has examined her and prescribed her some bute until the abscess comes to a head and bursts. This has unfortunately ruled her out of Thursday's race.

I will see how she is over the next couple of days and keep you posted. It is by no means a setback not being able to run this week as she was going to need the experience anyway so we will just have to see how long it takes to burst. As soon as it does burst she will be ready to go so hopefully I will find a race for her next week.

Sorry for the 'false start' but at least there is nothing serious to worry about.

Aug 10
We are very excited to report that both Killarney Rose and Walk Close had their first official timed breezes today. The two fillies worked together and went an identical 37 and 1/8ths seconds at Belmont Park in New York. These marked the bullet works of the day of the eight horses that went three furlongs. A very solid start for these young ones. Assuming they come out of the breeze well and continue to progress it certainly looks like a September start is in the cards.

Aug 10
Twenty Roses will become Highland Yard's first European runner when debuting in next Thursday's Maiden Stakes at famed Newmarket racecourse in England. This is designed to be a learning experience for her and we expect much better from her going longer next year. Nonetheless, it is in her backyard and an opportunity to go through the routine of a race. She has grown into a much stronger looking filly. 

Below are words from trainer Ed Walker outlining his thoughts on her and the process:

"I am pleased to report that I now feel Twenty Roses is ready to make her racecourse debut. She has done plenty of work at home and now needs to make the next step in her education. She worked on Wednesday and she continues to make good progress. Like most of my 2 year olds she will go to the races very much with the intention of having a pleasant experience in which she will learn a great deal.

It is a six furlong maiden which will be too short for her ultimately but seems a good starting point as I never like to ask them to go too far first time up. She will improve with time and stepping up in trip and from what I have seen at home I think she is capable of winning a maiden over seven furlongs to a mile. Next year she may well stay ten furlongs.

Since her work has stepped up she has shown a lot more life at exercise and her character is developing. She is a very straight forward filly but sometimes has her own ideas about things and just needs kidding along. Physically she has grown a great deal and is not going to come into her own until next year. Despite this I think she is more than ready to gain some valuable racecourse experience and keeping her close to home makes sense. These Newmarket maidens are usually red hot and she will be up against some of the best stables and pedigrees but I see no reason why she will not hold her own and I would be delighted with a mid division finish under a sympathetic ride.

Tom McLaughlin rides out for me every morning and knows the filly very well so as long as you are happy I would like him to ride her in the race. As she is just having a quiet educational run I trust him more than any for the job because he is a team player and will not be tempted to 'have a feel' which some better known jockeys may do in order to work out if they want to ride the horse again in the future."

Aug 7
Well we knew she was fast and so she was. Amaranth made her debut at Del Mar on Sunday against a field of top two year olds. She broke wildly to the right but showed her blazing speed by still running on to challenge for the lead through the stretch and well into the turn. She did not have enough in the tank to keep pace with the eventual winner and pre-race favorite "Awesome Baby". Jockey Leparoux wrapped her up down the stretch which was probably the best decision for a first time starter. All in all a decent first experience for our fast filly and we will likely give her one more maiden chance at Del Mar before the end of the meet. It remains to be seen wether this filly will be able to carry her speed an approriate distance to be a winning race horse at a high level. We will learn more next time out. A chart of the race can be found on Amaranth's Roster Page.

Aug 6
Golden Child had succesful surgery at San Francisco Equine last week and is recovering well. We will let her convalesce for a few months before finding a second home for him, likely at Whispering Pines. It is important to do the right thing with these beautiful animals after their racing career ends.

July 27

Golden Child broke his sesmoid this morning in training at Del Mar. After a very good work he apparently stumbled. He will come back to Northern California for surgery and will recuperate at Paradise Road Ranch. He will be retired from the racetrack to, hopefully, change careers. Shock and disspointment for us this morning.

July 22
Amaranth was shipped to Delmar this morning after another solid gate breeze over the weekend. Jockey Herrara was very pleased by the breeze as he was able to rate Amaranth a bit early and asked him for a little more late. At the urging Amaranth showed a second gear which is a great thing to see in a young race horse. Amaranth is working against his late birthday (May 27th foal) but has shown enough to more than justify a start in the big leagues at Del Mar. We hope she takes the trip and her new environment well and settles in for a potential debut on August 4th. We will report on her breeze next weekend from Delmar as the excitement grows.

July 22
Golden Child was shipped to Delmar this morning with promising stablemate Amaranth. After a strong breeze on Sunday (6th of 117 over 5 furlongs) Golden Child will be given a chance to compete on the big stage. Ther is an allowance race for Cal breds only for which he qualfies. We expect he will be a long shot but the purses are big!

July 22

Walk Close and Killarney Rose are on the move. The excitment is building as the two well bred two-year-olds are moving this week from Kildare Stables in Ocala up to the Belmont Park racing stables of Breeders Cup winning Trainer Christophe Clement. Christophe will get a good look at them over the next weeks and begin a plan to train them for a debut some time later in the summer or fall. Dominic is pleased with both of them and believes Killarney Rose is a little "more forward" at this point. This is not suprising as she was trained to breeze at the sale back in April. We look forward to their respective debuts at Saratoga or Belmont over the next couple of months.

July 22
We are pleased to announce Go Papi Go has been accepted for retraining and adoption at Whispering meadows Ranch in Temecula, California. Sigrid Lunde and her staff do great job for these lovely animals once retired from racing. Highland Yard is a proud financial supporter of Whispering Meadows Equine. Other than a bowed tendon which would make a return to the race track questionable Go papi Go looked great when we saw her last week with a glowing coat and a lovely disposition. We certainly wish him well.

July 22

Highland Yard's stake in Frisco Fog has been sold to end her brief time as a runner for Highland Yard. We wish her well in her recovery at Paradise Road Ranch. Highland Yard retains an option to purchase back our 50% stake in the future.

July 22
Blue Line Cat will go for a recuperative stint for a couple of months out to Paradise Road Ranch. We do not see his shoulder ailment as career threatening and think a couple of months in the sun should turn him around. Get well 'Cat.

July 18
Blue Line Cat was scratched by the state vet in Sacramento today for being a bit off on his right side. The vet seems to be a bit overzealous as Blue Line was one of seven scratches on today's card. Disappointing.

July 14
Blue Line Cat drew post position 4 of 9 for Thursday's Maiden Claimer at Cal Expo in Sacramento. Cat' again competes at the $12,500 level in which he has come second two races in a row. This is far and away the easiest group he has faced and he should be the heavy favorite come post time. Jockey Hernandez again gets the mount. Is this the day Blue Line Cat finally gets his picture taken? Past Performances for the race can be found here.

July 14
Amaranth continues to show she is a very fast filly firiing the bullet at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday over 5 Furlongs, She went in a smooth one minute flat with a gallup out we caught in 11 2/5ths. This was first of 52 training on the day. She is fast. Now can we keep her together and teach her to race? This may be a different story. Nonetheless you would rather have a fast one than a slow one .... She will work from the gate next weekend hopefully with horses on either side of here so she gets a bit of experience in traffic. She is on track for an August debut.

July 7
Another bad day for Highland Yard. This time 2 year old filly Frisco Fog was pulled up shortly after the start by Jockey Juan Hernandez who felt she "was off". Very dissapointing to say the least as we had high hopes for her after her speedy debut in April. She was not in distress at any time and seemed to be walking well back at the barn after the race. The vet will see her on Tuesday and we should have more news. The hits keep on coming. A chart of the race can be found on Frisco Fog's Roster Page.

July 5

Find linked the daily Racing Form preview of the Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes http://www.drf.com/news/pleasanton-frisco-fog-brings-speed-promise-juan-gonzalez-memorial

July 4
Frisco Fog drew post position 7 of 8 for Saturday's $50,000 added Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes at Pleasanton. Jockey Hernandez who won with Frisco at first asking retains the mount. It will be very interesting to see if Frisco can carry his speed over the 5 1/2 furlong race. If he can do so he should be very competitive against a reasonable Stakes list of contenders. Highland Yard has won only one stakes race that by Northern Indy in the Hasta La Vista Handicap. We and our partners would love to get the win here. Past Performances of the race can be found here.

June 30
Amaranth breezed 4 fulongs in 47 3/5ths seconds fastest of the two year olds and 2nd of 61 horses on the day. The gallup out wasn't great but that should come with maturity and training. She is fast.

June 30
Jerry's Fever has been scratched from todays race at Pleasanton. The good news is he never had to leave his barn at Golden Gate prior to the decision. Some days are better than others for Jerry at this point in his carrer and we will give him a iittle time before trying again at Sacrmamento.

June 30
We knew it was going to be tough but Golden Child ran poorly and has not had a decent run since his accident some months ago, certainly the outside post of 10 horses did not help. We will now drop Golden Child to the claiming ranks and see if we can pick up a win at Sacramento. More and more it looks like we will need our young two-year old crop to provide some excitement and some wins for the Blue and White of Highland Yard. A chart of the race can be found on Golden Child's Roster Page.

June 30
Blue Line Cat ran for second money at Pleasanton on Friday. He broke and ran well although had to make a wide trip given his outside post. He never challenged for the win but was a relatively easy second place finisher. He picked up $2,450 and will likely run at Sacramento in three weeks time. On the bright side, Cat has been in the money in 10 of 15 starts although has yet to have his picture taken. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

June 27
Blue Line Cat drew post position 7 of 7 for tommorows maiden mile at Pleasanton. Installed at 4-1 with Juan Henrandez aboard we think highly of his chances. Will this finally be the day he breaks his maiden? His high in the money percentage needs to translate into wins. Past performances for the race can be found here.

June 27
Jerry's Fever makes his return to the races in California in a 6 furlong sprint Sunday at Pleasanton. He drew post position 7 of 7 and will benefit from having top jockey Juan Hernandez aboard. Jerry has trained well for this one and should be competitive in this field. Welcome back Jerry. Past performances for the race can be found here.

June 27
Golden Child drew post position 10 of 10 for another tough allowance race this Saturday. He will need to revert to his pre-accident form to have a chance against this tough field. He has had one good breeze since his last come back effort and we are hoping for better Saturday. Golden Child has been installed at 15-1 morning line. Past performances for the race can be found here.

June 22
Twenty Roses continues to progress with Ed in Newmarket doing some light work in advance of his debut expected in 3 or 4 weeks time. A note from Ed is below
:


I hope that you are well and that you had a good trip to Ireland. I bumped into Daithi Harvey yesterday at Ascot who spoke very highly of you and said that you had a good time.

Twenty Roses is coming along very nicely, she has done a couple of pieces of light work which so far look encouraging. However last week I saw her slightly lame on her left front, my vet was not alarmed and we have just given her a few days on the easy list. She was trotted up this morning and was sound so I intend to work her this weekend and all being well I envisage her being ready to make her debut in 3-4 weeks time. She continues to have a great temperament and so far has taken everything in her stride.

I am looking forward to seeing Well Acquainted run in the Jersey Stakes this afternoon and hopefully he can further enhance your pedigree. I will give you a call on Sunday once she has galloped.

June 22
KIllarney Rose and stablemate Walk Close breezed an easy 3 fulrongs at Oakridge training center going in around 39 flat. They both are doing very well and will begin some extensive gate work this week with Dominic. The timetable is playing out such that Christophe will likely take them up to Saratoga or Belmont in 3 or 4 weeks time. Dominic will have them up to a half mile by then and Christophe should be able to carry right on with them pointing to Saratoga debuts later in the summer. The excitement builds.

June 18
A Blue Line Cat lost the closest of photo's for the win at Golden Gate Fields last weekend. Cat' sat just off the pace for the first half of the sprint and then gradually picked up ground to look the winner on the final lunge. The photo apeared inconclusive but the stewards gave the nod to "Morning Storm". At least Blue Line Cat gave a better account of himself today and will train up to a maiden start at Pleasanton or Sacramento over the next few weeks. A chart of the race can be found on Cat's Roster Page.

June 18
A dissapointing day for Golden Child who finished laat in a tough fleld of allowance horses at Golden Gate Fields last weekend. After breaking reasonably well and making one mild bid four-wide he essentially stopped at the quarter mile pole. We knew he would need this race for conditioning but were still dissapointed with how outclassed he was. We will get him back on a breeze routine and will ensure he is in better fitness net time out. A chart of the race can be found on Golden Child's Roster Page.

June 7
Highland Yard is off to Ireland in quest of a mare from top world sire Galileo. With the help of Daithi Harvey of the irish Thoroughbred Marketing Board we will visit top stallion farms Coolmore and Bolger to try and acquire a Galileo mare to breed commercially in North America. The undoubted (in our minds) best sire in the workd is severly under represented stateside and we believe well bred foals of a Galileo mare will be very marketable at the major yearling and two-year old sales in North America. Of course it is all about finding the "best horse" and we will endeavour to do so over the next week. The mares we are revieing are mostly in foal to young European sires which will prove very exciting next spring foaling season.

June 7
Golden Child drew post position 10 of 10 for Saturday's Allowance sprint at Golden Gate Fields. We are looking forward to his return to the track after dismounting Jockey Alvarado at the start last time out. Golden Child suffered a deep cut in the incident which has now healed and he has had two solid breezes in advance of this race. We debated saving him for a start a few weeks down the road but anticipate he will get alot from this race. The race came up very strong with three starters who have won or placed 2nd at this level returning. The outside post with Baze just one inside of us will not be easy. Alvarado returns for the mount. Past performances for the race can be found here.

June 7

Blue Line Cat drew post position 4 of 8 for Saturday's Maiden Claimer at Golden Gate Fields. He should go off as the favorite given the class drop and hopefully will finally break his maiden over the 5 and 1/2 furlong sprint. Jockey Cristobal Herrera gets the mount. Blue Line Cat has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite. Past performances can be found here.

June 7

Frisco Fog was nominated to both the Lost in the Fog and the Cinderella Stakes yesterday, both to be run on Saturday June 15th. We are leaning to the Lost in the Fog as she won't have to travel and certainly seems to like the Golden Gate surface. She breezed very well from the gate last Sunday and we caught her quite a bit faster than the clocker. Entries are next Wednesday June 12th. Jockey Juan Hernandez is slated to ride after breaking her maiden at first asking in April. We haven't had many chances at Stakes and this will be a big race for Highland Yard and partners Sea Mist and Glen Road Racing.

May 29

Amaranth had her first breeze at Golden Gate going a smooth two furongs in 24 seconds flat with jockey Cristobal Herrera in the irons. THe filly galluped out very well and according to Herrera "this filly likes to run". Anmaranth should be on a consistent work schedule from here still pointing to a Del Mar Maiden debut.

May 29
Golden Child had his first breeze since his accident going an easy half mile in 49 4/5ths seconds which was 33rd of 49 on the day. He likely point to an Allowance sprint at Pleasanton on June 28th.

May 29
Walk Close had her first breeze ever last week! She went a furlong in company with stable mate at Kilbride Stables in Ocala. Dominic reports everything went more than satisfactory. We were waiting confirmation that her "knees had closed" which we received last week after the Vet
x-rayed her She should move forward quickly now as she has taken everything to date very professionally. It is likely she will move with stable mate Killarney Rose to trainer Christophe Clement over the next few weeks. We are targeting a summer debut for Walk Close likely at Saratoga.

May 22
Amaranth has settled into to O.J.'s stable over the last few weeks and has flashed some of the nervous temperment she showed at the breeze sale. She sweated out fairly bad the first couple of times at to the track and tied up a bit after a jog. She has since come around and is more comfortable with her surroundings. She will, if all goes well, begin breezing over the next two weeks with the goal of a Delmar debut later in the summer.

May 22
KIllarney Rose has settled in at Kilbride Stables over the last few weeks and was given a little time to come down after the sale. She is scheduled to have her first breeze under Dominic's care later this week. It is likely Killarney Rose and Walk Close will move over to Christophe Clement in the next few weeks to begin training in earnest for a summer debut, likely at Saratoga. Our excitement is growing as these two year old fillies gain training momentum.

May 22
Golden Child's cut is healing well after some complications with infection. He has been jogging consistently now for a couple of weeks and will go back into training this week. If all goes as planned he will need about three breezes before he is ready to race again. We are hopeful that the accident April 13 will not effect his mental toughness and he will get back to his early form soon after returning to the races. We anticipate a start in about four weeks time.

May 22
Frisco Fog is training towards her stakes race on June 15th. The partners, including Highland Yard are leaning towards running her in the $50,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields rather than the Cinderella Stakes at Hollywood Park. In either case Frisco Fog is training well for the race including a brisk 4 furlong work in 47 3/5ths seconds which was 3 of 56 at that distance (and the fastest of the 2 Year Olds) last weekend. Here is hoping she continues to progress over the next few weeks leading up the race.

May 19
Blue Line Cat faded down the stretch again finishing a dissapointing 5th. We are confused by this horse who trains fairly well but can't get it done on game-day. He also didn't seem to take to the turf yesterday. What is there to do but re-group and try and find a spot for him prior to the end of the Golden Gate meet or early in the fair circuit. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's roster page.

May 16
Keep an eye on this site for Roster Page updates expected over the next week. New Roster Pages for the two 2yo fillies purchased at Ocala and the Maiden winning "Frisco Fog" ownded in partnership with Glen Road Racing and Seamist Racing.

May 16
Blue Line Cat has drawn post 5 of 12 for Saturday's route race on the turf at Golden Gate Fields. We have been waiting for a spot for him and this race, although not ideal, came up. The oddsmaker has installed Blue Line Cat as a luke warm 5/2 favorite and we hope he can live up to this expectation. His last work, although fast, did not reveal a great gallup out like one would want to see prior to a race of a mile and 1/16ths. Jockey Couton winning at a 16% clip this meet is back on board. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Apr 28
Taffeta Disaster was claimed away from Highland Yard for $20,000 yesterday at Golden Gate Fields. We were not happy to see her go especially after running a vastly improved 3rd of 11 after setting the pace the whole way. We have likely underestimated her value as a brood-mare and anticipate the new buyers who train with Peter Miller at Hollywood Park likely have designs to breed Taffeta Disaster after her racing career. This filly has a special place in our hearts as she was named by someone very dear to us. So long Taffy we will be watching your career from afar.

Apr 27
Trainer Ed Walker wrote us an update on the two year old Irish bred filly "Twenty Roses" which speaks highly of her development. She appears to be coming along nicely at Grange House Stables in Newmarket, England. In Ed's words:

"Twenty Roses is divine. The more I get to know this filly the more I love her. She has done a few nice canters on the grass and polytrack and she just has the most wonderful way of going about her business. She moves beautifully, carries herself like an old pro, and finds it all very easy at this stage.  She is still a bit 'in parts' physically so she needs to grow into herself over the next few weeks before I ask any more of her. I will give you a call soon and we can dream!

Best regards,

Ed

A new photo of her can be found here.

Apr 27
The karma was bad from the start. With the scratch of the 1 horse, Baze led the runners from the paddock on to the track only to yell back "this isn't my saddle" at which point all runenrs had to return to the paddock and dismount. Baze tracked down his valet and his saddle and Blue Line Cat had to re-saddle. Baze remarked that is the first time he can remember that happening which is something given he has ridden in more then 30,000 races.

It only got worse from there as 'Cat got caught in his version of a speed duel upfront with a 50 to 1 shot who eventually faded to last. Two other horses (and almost a third) caught 'Cat in the stretch and 'Cat faded third. I guess the good news is he finished in the money but a big dissapointment nonetheless as he went off at 1 to 2 favorite in the small field of five that went to the post. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

Apr 26
Blue Line Cat drew post position 2 of 6 for tomorrows maiden $20,000 claiming sprint at Golden Gate Fields. Regular Jockey Couton is riding at Hollywood Park on Saturday and will be unavailable. Some times thinks work out for the best as Hall of Fame Jockey Russell Baze has jumped off "Career Student" to ride our even money favoured Blue Line Cat. Comb your hair 'Cat you have every chance to get your picture taken for the first time tomorrow. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Apr 26
Taffeta Disaster returns to the Golden Gate Turf on Sunday for the 1 1/16th route. Jockey Alejandro Gomez retains the mount. Taffeta has dropped to the Maiden $20,000 claiming level and should be more competitive with this bunch. Taffeta has drawn post 8 of 11 and been installed at 8-1 in the morning line. We are pleased that she tried late last outing against better and believe she has the capability to be in the money this trip. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Apr 26
Jerry's Fever finished in the money for the 16th time in 22 starts for an impressive 73% in the money percentage. Jarry worked two and three wide the whole trip and still chased turning for home and earned the place. We love Jerry and once again he gave us everything. He came out of the race well and will be shipped back to O.J. at Golden Gate as the Turf Paradise Meet draws to an end next week. A chart of the race can be found on Jerry's Fever's Roster Page.

Apr 20
Highland Yard has been working diligently with "our man" in Ocala Dominic Brennan in preparation for the largest two-year old horse sale in the world next week in Florida. As part of the ongoing program to purcdhase and develop race fillies with broodmare potential we will be targeting one or two at the sale. The thinking at this time is one will stay "out east" and be assigned to our trainer Christophe Clement with one potentially coming back to O.J. in California. Wish us luck ........

Apr 20
Highland Yard acquired 50% of impressive maiden winner "Frisco Fog" this week. Frisco Fog was purchased by O.J. at the January Barretts sale for the price of $8,500. This is two years in a row O.J. has selected an "early" two year old winner which is a testament to his training and equine selection. Highland Yard is partnered with Glenroad and Seamist Racing on this filly. Frisco Fog's mare was a stakes placed winner of over $200,000 and it looks like her son has plenty of speed. Frisco Fog won the first 2-year-old maiden race of the year at Golden Gate Fields in a time less than 2/10ths off of the track record. A chart of the rce can be found here.

Apr 20
Jerry's Fever tries to make it two in a row Monday at Turf Paradise. Jerry drew post 8 of 8 with jockey Juan Ochoa returning to the saddle after winning on Jerry last time out. Jerry has been installed as 5-1 in the morning line. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Apr 14
What was a very exciting day with a sizeable contingent of Highland Yard supporters in the Golden Gate Fields clubhouse turned to shock as Golden Child spooked into the fence and unseated jockey Frank Alvarado just seconds into the race yesterday. There was much breath held as we awaited to see the plight of both jockey and horse. As it turned out things could have been much, much worse. Jockey Alvarado came back to win the 8th race on the card and Golden Child ran the full dsitance of the course and was gathered with little issue after the race. He sufffered a two inch gash on his left rear hock from hitting the fence which was stapled and stitched up by Dr. Coleman. The thinking at this point is just a couple weeks out of training. Better luck next time we hope. The chart of the race can be found on Golden Child's Roster Page.

Apr 11
Golden Child will step up another notch in class on Saturday to face open allowance competition at Golden Gate Fields. A salty field of eight drew in for the 6 furlong sprint including "Malibu Rum" who has been second at this condition the last two times out and Santa Anita invader "Gnarly Dude". Golden Child has been training very well for the race including two handy 4 furlong works in 48 and 1/5th seconds. It should be a very competitive race with a nice purse at stake. Jockey Alvarado will be astride having won twice on Golden Child in his only two starts. We drew unfortunate post 1 of the 8 entered but hopefully Golden Child can overcome that disadvantage. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Apr 8
Taffeta Disaster ran a bit green in her comeback race at GGF yesterday. Jockey Gomez commented that it took her a while to get used to the turf which she had never experienced before. After starting and competing well through a half mile she faded to ninth and looked like she was done. The big positive of this race is that she tried hard down the lane and moved up into 7th spot. Certainly nothing tremendous but if the horse didn't try we would be in a deep hole. At the end of the day this was a very deep, experienced and tough group of three year old fillies all with much more exoerience than Taffeta. We will see how she comes out of the race and find a nice spot for her at the upper maiden claiming level. A chart of the race can be found on Taffeta Disaster's Roster Page.

Apr 5
Taffeta Disaster will return to the races for the first time since September on Sunday at Golden Gate Fields. She has been training very

well and we lok forward to see what she can do in her return. The race drew very tough with 12 starters including four who raced at Santa Anita last time out and two who finished 2nd at this condition last race. Alejandro Gomez gets the mount. We have a feeling Taffeta will outrun her odds in this race. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Apr 5
Blue Line Cat came out of his stall with a sore foot this morning and will be scratched from tomorrows Allowance at Golden Gate Fields. No use running a sore horse. We will hear more from the vet and hppefully have him back in training shortly.

Apr 3
Blue Line Cat has drawn post position 6 of 7 for Saturday's Maiden Allowance at Golden Gate Fields. Jockey Couton again gets the mount haviing piloted "Cat to two straight second place finishes at this level. Hollendorfer and Baze team up on Santa Anita invader Candy's Jewel who will be the likely post time favorite. Blue Line Cat had a good breeze last weekend after being a bit sick for a couple of weeks at the end of February. He may need this race to get back in form. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Apr 1

Below is an update note from Trainer Ed Walker on the 2 year old filly Twenty Roses in training at Newmarket, England.

"I hope you are well and enjoying some better weather than we are. This has to be the longest winter I can remember. We are still getting night frosts and highs of 3 degrees during the day which is becoming very tiresome now. As a result a few of my fillies are not quite thriving as I would like them to be at this stage. I am taking my time with them and being patient until this cold weather passes. Twenty Roses is very well in herself and we have had no further colic scares so I am hoping it was just a blip. She is growing at the moment but as a result she has become a bit weak and leggy. She could do with now putting on some weight and strengthening up so until she does that I will not put any pressure on her.

Her education continues though and she has had plenty of experience of cantering upsides another 2 year old and she is very professional. She has walked through the starting stalls and I am delighted by her attitude. She is a very willing and honest filly. To go with that she has the athleticism and looks so once she has finished developing I think we will have a lovely filly on our hands. She is just going through a backward growing phase in her development which is common at this time of year.

I hope all is good your end and I will get some photos to you when the sun is shining! I hope we don't have to wait too long. "

Mar 29
Jerry's Fever was scratched from today's Starter Alloewance at Turf Paradise. He was shod two days ago and has not taken to his new shoes. We will target Jerry for the Starter Stakes on April 7. Gicen Jerry just ran (and won) two weeks ago this will work out fine, we were probably rushing him back a bit anyway.

Mar 25
Jerry's Fever has drawn post 7 of 7 for this Friday's Starter Stakes going 6 1/2 furlongs at Turf Paradise. Jerry has been installed at 8-1 given little respect by the oddsmakers despite his recent win at a the shorter 5 furlongs distance. If Jerry can stay with the expected hot pace perhaps he will close well enough to be a factor as they enter the stretch. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Mar 16
Trainer Christophe Clement has been chosen to train Walk Close when she is ready to leave Dominic Brennan's barn in a couple of months time. Clement is among the top tier of trainers whose horses have won 1368 races and purses in excess of $83mm. The depth of his training career can not be encapsulated in a few lines but, among other things, is know for having trained multi-millionaire Gio Ponti who won numerous Grade One races and was second to Zenyatta in the Breeders Cup Classic. We are very excited to work with Chisitophe and visitied him at his stables in late January.

Christophe visited Walk Close two weeks ago and deemed her a "very athletic filly" and one whom he thought was moving forward and will have every opportunity at the race track. He also spoke highly of the work Dominic has done with her and we will let Dominic tell us when the horse is ready to go to the race track.

It is altogether possible Walk Close will be seen at Saratoga this summer.

Mar 16
Golden Child returned from a ten month layoff to score in Starter Allowance company at Golden Gate Fields yesterday. This marks two wins from two starts for G.C. and an exciting future ahead. Given little respect on the tote board as fifth favorite of six, Golden Child won convincingly. Poised second after the break he kept near constant pressure on the Baze/Hollendorfer entry "Free Return" until passing him at the 3/8ths pole, he continued to increase his lead until tiring slightly over the last furlong which was somewhat expected given his first race back off the layoff. A n excellent job of training by O.J. to bring him back for the win after the long layoff. Next up for G.C. wil be either a first level allowance race at Golden Gate Fields or a Cal bred allowance at Santa Anita. The chances are good our son of In Excess will be seen at Delmar later this summer. An exciting win for sure! A chart of the race can be found on Golden Child's Roster Page.

Mar 16
Jerry's Fever "came from the clouds" to capture yesterday's low level claiming sprint at Turf Paradise. Jerry was dropped considerably to face this field and as a result went off an even money favorite. After falling back to 6th at the half mile post Jerry looked pretty much out of it before a late strong stretch drive over the last furlong layed waste to the field. We were pleased with Jerry's win and will look for another race or two for him at Turf Paradise prior to the season ending on May 7th. A chart of the race can be found above.

Mar 15

Wee Highland Lass has been confirmed in foal to Successful Appeal by the veterinarian. If all goes well Highland Yards'  first foal should be on the ground in early February of next year. Good luck to the mom to be.

Mar 12
Golden Child drew post position 3 of 6 for his return race this Friday at Golden Gate Fields. It has been a long wait but G.C. has been training well and should compete favorably in this 5 1/2 furlong starter allowance. Frank Alvarado gets the mount and has been training on him for the last few weeks. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Mar 12
Jerry's Fever drew post position 2 of 8 for Friday's low level claimer at Turf Paradise. After a short series of less than stellar performances, we have dropped Jerry to a level we think he should be very competitive. Jockey Juan Ochoa gets the mount for the 5 furlong sprint. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Mar 07
A frustrating lull in the action for Highland Yard as races for both Jerry's Fever at Turf Paradise and Golden Child at Golden Gate Fields did not fill. It will only be a matter of time but is is frustrating to have horses ready to run and not have the right spot for them. As it turns to spring we will begin to see a lot more action as Taffetta Disaster is close to returning as a much improved filly and and Blue Line Cat is only a few weeks away. Of course, leading into the summer we are already looking forward to debut's for the two-year olds currently at Newmarket (Twenty Roses) and Ocala (Walk Close).

Feb 28
Wee Highland Lass was bred to stallion Successful Appeal at Walmac Farm in Kentucky on February 21st. A vet appointment in a couple of weeks will verify that she is in foal. For a link to Succesful Appeal's stallion page click here.

Feb 18
Golden Child is ready! Golden Child breezed a very strong 5 furlongs in 59 3/5ths second which was 2nd of 50 yesterday at Golden Gate Fields. Jockey Frank Avarado deemed him ready as did Trainer Jauregui. This was his 8th work in 8 weeks and he is all the way back from the surgery he had last summer to remove a bone chip. GC will be entered in a Starter Allowance going 5.5 fulrongs on Saturday, March 9th. Alvarado will get the mount. We fully expect him to be competitive right back in his first race given then strength and consistency of his works.

Feb 9
Jerry's Fever couldn't overcome the trials of the week and finished a fading 7th in his first start at Turf Paradise. After the long trip to Phoenix he drew the outisde post which has resulted in only 5% winners on the Turf Paradise turf course this year. He raced well for the first 6 furlongs only to "step in hole" at which point he checked and was done for the race. He will come back at this level back on the dirt in 3 or 4 weeks time and we fully expect a much better performance. A chart of the race can be foun on Jerry's Roster Page.

Feb 7
Northern Indy "covered" his first mare yesterday and all went smoothly according to Doreen at the farm. He was a little tenuous at the beginning and not sure "if he was allowed to do this" but in the end the mare "Stormy Slew" and Northern Indy got the job done. A toast tonight to a long and fruitful stallion career for N.I.

Feb 4
The book for Northern Indy is growing. Eight mares have been booked or agreed to come to Norhern Indy so far. This is very early in the process and many breeding decisions will be made over the next two months. Northern Indy looks great and has taken to the larger stallion enclosure at Paradise Road Ranch with aplomb. We have been pleased with the quality of mares booked to date many of whom won at the race track and "Nick" very well with Northern Indy. We antiicpate a book of 20 or more mares to Northern Indy when all is said and done.

Feb 4
Jerry's Fever is meant to be vanning to Phoenix today. He has been entered to race at Turf Paradise in Fridays one mile allowance on the turf. Assuming he arrives well he should be very competitve and Trainer Silva has named leading jockey Giovanni Franco to ride. O.J. has Jerry in good shape after a nice breeze on Saturday. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Feb 1
Blue Line Cat worked steady to score a 2nd place finish in the MSW sprint at Golden Gate Fields today. He beat the two favorites but alas was out raced by 7-1 long shot Argento's Frost. Three straight in the money performances at this level would suggest he is ready for the big score next time out. He took a small cut in his left hind-leg when clipped by the Baze/Hollendorfer horse at the 3/16 ths pole. We took a close look at it and it is superficial and will not keep Cat out of training. A nice pay check but not the one we were looking for today. We will evaluate wether to try him again at this level for the 12th time or drop him to Maiden $32k where he would likely be a be a prohibitive favorite. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster page.

Jan 28
Blue Line Cat worked a solid 4 furlongs in 48 4/5ths seconds in advance of next Fridays Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate Fields. Cat drew post position 4 of 5 and again will have Jockey Julien Couton aboard. Blue Line Cat beat two of these horses last time out although they were both charging at the end. In addition, Hollendorfer and Baze hook up with an invader from Santa Anita although that one doesn't look much on paper. Blue Line Cat should be one of the favorites in this one and we hope he gets his picture taken on Friday. For past performances click here.

Jan 28
Jerry's Fever breezed a smart 5 furlongs at Golden Gate Fields yesterday and is slated to take a van to Phoenix over the next few days. He will join the barn of top Turf Paradise trainer Miguel Silva and be pointed to an Allowance race on the turf in the early February.

Jan 28
After three months on the sidelines, Taffeta Disaster was back on the work tab breezing 3 furlongs in 36 4/5ths which was 4th of 24 at that distance. She is in good spirits and the healing of her nasty laceration is almost complete. We hope to see her back at the races in March.

Jan 28
We visited the Tapit Filly "Walk Close" last week in Ocala. Trainer Dominic Brennan is very pleased with how she is progressing. She seems very alert and intelligent and to this point is taking all that is being thrown at her. She is galluping a little over a mile a day now and has walked through the starting gate a few times. She is friends with another filly down there and the two of them are often put out together to play and relax in the Florida sunshine. We are in the process of selecting a race trainer for Walk Close and will do so over the next couple of weeks. if things progress as planned she will probably move to a trainer up in Kentucky or New York by May or June.

Jan 28
We have generated solid early interest in Norhern Indy as a sire and have close to 10 contracts signed or under discussion. He looks great and will be ready for his new career in a few weeks time. A "True Nicks" button has been added to the website to allow mare owners to find a historical "nick" rating for there mares is mated to Northern Indy.

Jan 17
We are off to the Barretts January Sale to market the services of our new stallion Northern Indy. The sale includes approximately 300 mares all of whom will be in the market for a sire in the spring. We will be talking to mare buyers to let them know of the potential to breed to the only son of Northern Indy standing in California. "Nicking" statistics show Norhtern Indy matches extremely well with many broodmare sires prevalent in California including Betrando, Storm Cat, Deputy Minister, Quiet American. Red Randsom, Louis Quatorze, Mr. Prospector and ohers. Hopefully we can book a number of "Dates" for Indy this spring.

Jan 6

Twenty Roses has settled in to Grange House Stables without a care in the world. She is very level headed with a great attitude towards her work but at the same time has the twinkle in her eye that you like to see in fillies. She has plenty of personality but is very kind and easy to deal with.

I could not be happier with how she is doing at the moment. She is cantering every day now and twice a week she is doing two canters. At this stage it is all very steady stuff but her education is coming along well and over the next few weeks she will learn to canter upsides another 2 year old and in groups. She has experienced the nursery starting stalls, leading a string and has done plenty of cantering in figures of eight to teach her balance and to change her legs.

Physically she is also making good progress. She has grown a bit but more is to come. She has a lovely stride and way of carrying herself when cantering and I am very excited about her. It is very early days but at this stage we could not ask for any more so fingers crossed!

I have attached a photo taken yesterday but I am afraid it is rubbish! I will get some better ones next week and email them to you.

I hope to catch up soon with you and let me know if and when you are coming to the UK.

Let's hope for a lot of fun and success in 2013!

Best regards,

Ed

Ed Walker Racing Ltd

For a Photo Of Twenty Roses click here.

Jan 6
Blue Line Cat put in his best performance yesterday earning a 81 Equibase rating and a $5,400 check while getting beat in a photo for the win at Golden Gate Fields. One more step and he likely would have beat 5/2 second favorite Slycy. Jockey Couton had Cat relax through out the early part of the trip placed 4th on the rail,  at the 3/8ths pole Couton angled him out where he gained two lengths down the stretch to get edged for the win.  The winner has to move on leaving Blue Line Cat as one of the favorites along with the third place horse in this race next time out. It appears more likely that Blue Line Cat will break his maiden at this allowance condition over the next two months. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

Jan 6
Jerry's Fever took to the turf fairly well finishing 4th only three and 1/2 lengths behind the winner in his first turf race yesterday. Jerry was his usual steady self racing evenly for jockey Antongeorgi. Although picking up $1,740 for his efforts we need to place Jerry in races where he will be favoured or close to it. With this in mind, we are contemplating taking him down to Turf Paradise for an Allowance on the turf in early February. No final decisions as of yet. A chart of the race van be found on Jerry's Roster Page.

Jan 3
Blue Line Cat drew post position 2 of 9 for Saturday's Maiden Alllowance Sprint at Golden Gate Fields. Regular jockey Julien Couton gets the mount. Cat has been a dissapointment for Highland Yard and co-owner O.J. Jauregui, in fact, Blue Line Cat's sire Bluegrass Cat has also proven a dissapointment as a young sire. This will be Blue Line's last chance at the Maiden Allowance level barring a strong performance. We have shortened him to the sprint distance from a mile last time out. Cat has been assigned morning line odds of 12-1. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Jan 3
Jerry's Fever drew post position 6 of 9 for the One Mile Alowance on the Turf this Saturday. We talked about dropping Jerry to the claiming ranks but decided we would give him one shot on the turf and stretch him out to a mile. We have no idea if he will take to the turf but wanted to give him a try. He is training very well and fired the bullet of 25 going 4 furlongs last Satuday in a speedy 48 and 1/5th. Jerry has been assigned morning line odds of 10-1 and will have William Antongeorgi aboard. Lets hope Jerry kicks off the Highland Yard year with an in the money performance. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Jan 3
Golden Child had his first offical work in many months breezing 3 furlongs last Monday at Golden Gate Fields. O.J. said that she came out of the breeze fine and will begin a regular breeze schedule. Fingers crossed this speedy son of In Excess will be back at the races in 8 weeks time.

Dec 16
Highland Yard wrapped up a reasonable year of racing in 2012 again ending with purse earnings just below $150,000. The year can best be marked by alot of solid performances particularly by Jerry's Fever, Wee Highland Lass, Northern Indy and Go Papi Go. We did not have that big race or big horse to equal Northern Indy's $60,000 win in last years Canadian Derby but rather a solid 52% in the money record and finishing the year with 9 wins. Our thanks to trainer O.J. Jauregui as well as Miguel Silva in Arizona.

They say happiness in horse racing is having a promising two-year old in the barn. We are excited about two yearlings both of whom will race as two year olds next year. Walk Close, the Tapit filly, will likely campaign on the East Coast while Twenty Roses will train and race in England. Both of these animals have excellent conformation and pedigree and instil high hopes for Highland Yard in 2013.

We are also very much looking forward to the performances of Golden Child and Taffetta Disaster both of whom are back in training and will essentially restart their racing careers at Golden Gate Fields in the very early spring. Golden Child especially has shown an abundance of speed.

We are also very excited to begin our first foray into the breeding business standing Northern Indy as sire in California and breeding Wee Highland Lass to a Kentucky Stallion in the early spring.

All in all, new chanllenges and new very high hopes for Highland Yard in 2013.

Hope we get a chance to see all readers at the races next year. Please join us if you can!

 

Dec 16
A Highland Yard is proud to announce a donation of $14,650 will be made to the National Brain Tumor Society this week. The donation represents ten percent of Highland Yard's purse earnings for the year. In total Highland Yard has donated in excess of $34,000 since the program began in 2010. We are hopeful a substantially larger donation will be made next year!

 

Dec 16
All good things must come to an end and so it was with Jerry's Fever's ten race in the money streak. Jerry finished a respectable 5th in a very tough field of ten to wrap up his and Highland Yard's racing for the year. Jerry will freshen for a few weeks and be back in mid January at a reduced competition level perhaps running for a tag in a high claiming race. We are likely to try Jerry on the turf and perhaps stretch him out to a mile in the new year. A chart of the race can be found on Jerry's Roster Page.

Dec 13

Jerry drew post position 3 in a very tough Allowance fixture at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday. Favorite Red Creme is allowed to race back at this condition as a Cal-bred despite winning this condition last time out by beating Jerry's Fever by two lengths. In addition, Morey sends out recent Starter Allowance winner "Toss the Dice" who has won his last two races by a combined 12 lengths and Hollendorfer sends two tough competitors. Jerry will have his hands full in continuing his in the money streak currently at ten straight races. Jockey Catalino Martinez retains the mount despite a troubled trip last time out, hopefully this race runs smoother for Jerry. Jerry is morning line 8-1 which is 5th favorite of the ten runners.

Past performances for the race can be found here.

Dec 8

The Mastercraftsman Filly purchased at the Goffs sale in Ireland has been named. Given twenty years of wedded bliss as of last week and her being out of the mare "Stunning Rose" she has been named "Twenty Roses". Twenty Roses has "settled into her routine and throughly enjoys her work" according to trainer Ed Walker. Twenty Roses trains on the gallups in New Market, England. Roster Pages for Twenty Roses and Walk Close will be up in a week or two. If these fillies were to follow a standard progression they would be slated to debut in mid-2013.

Dec 5

Northern Indy is in great shape and aquacizing a few times a week as he preps for his sire career. We will be running ads in the major breeding and thoroughbred racing magazines over the next 3 months to gain interest for Northern Indy. There is a number of stallions in California retiring or moving out of state this year includuing Giacamo, Aragorn and the only other son of A.P. indy we know to be standing in California Olmavor. This should be good news to get Indy off on the right foot. We have already had our first enquiry's and expect to start booking mares soon.

Dec 5
The hits keep coming this year for Highland Yard runners. The latest bad news is that Go Papi Go has an inflamed tendon. After a solid breeze at Turf Paradise he came back sore and was scratched from last weeks race. We will look at options for Go Papi who has been a nice runner from humble beginnings.

Nov 24
Outrunning his odds yet again, Jerry's Fever closed well to pick up second place money in the $30,000 sprint on the main track at Golden Gate Fields. After a somewhat troubling trip where Jerry broke to the lead, was taken back 5th, rushed up at the 3/8ths pole to almost clip the horse ahead of him, and was taken back again, Jerry still had enough left for a solid stretch drive. This was Jerry's 10th straight in the money performance marking a consistent quality about him. He is very calm and professional in the paddock before his races and just goes out and does his job start after start. We will contemplate wether to stretch Jerry out to a mile next time out as he seems to be exhibiting the ability to go longer. A chart of the race can be found on Jerry's Roster Page.

Nov 24
Blue Line Cat raced evenly over the one mile turf course at Golden Gate Fields to finish a respectable 3rd for jockey Julien Couton. After pressing the pace for the first three quarters of a mile on the outside shoulder of the leader it looked like he might have a shot to win as they headed for home. As we have seen from Cat many times before he does not have a great finishing kick but did run evenly down the stretch to grab third place money. Given the slight improvement in outcome we will have to determine wether to try him again at this level or drop him to high maiden claiming next time out. A chart of the race an be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

Nov 21
Jerry's Fever has been installed as 6-1 in his second chance at this allowance level Friday after a third place finish last time out. Jerry has been in the money nine times in a row and we expect the same this time out. Jerry had a very good breeze last Sunday and galluped out impressively. Catalino Martinez returns to the saddle and should have plenty of speed to work with from the inside post. A stiff field of seven awaits but Jerry is use to outperforming his odds.  We will have a good contingent of Highland Yard supporters at the race and hope Jerry can do it again. A nice $30,000 purse awaits the winner. For past performances click here.

Nov 21
Blue Line Cat has drawn post position 5 of 7 for Friday's Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate Fields. This will likely be Cat's last chance to break his maiden at the Allowance level and he should have a reasonable shot as he stretches out on the turf. Jockey Couton gets the mount and we hope Cat's even running style will be better suited for the mile race. Past Performacnes for the race can be found here. He has been installed at 8-1 which is 4th favorite of the 7 runners.

Nov 16

A racing career ends and a stallion career begins for Northern Indy. We have made a business decision and decided to stand Indy as a stallion at Paradise Road Ranch in Lathrop, California. Although Indy could have come back to the racetrack it was unclear wether he would be able to improve upon his recent form given a slight tendon issue. His excellent pedigree and good race record makes him an ideal stallion candidate in California. The market for Yearlings has started to climb significantly higher as evidenced by the average prices at Barretts up 36% this year and the median up 85%. This upturn in the market combined with the pension, departure or death of a number of California Stallions including Bertrando and Giacomo make in an opportune time to begin a stallion.

Northern Indy provided our biggest thrill as owners when placing second in the $300,000 Grade 3 Canadian Derby with fifteen family members and numerous friends in attendance in August of 2011. Winning the Hasta la Vista Handicap and placing in the Seattle Slew Handicap were other career highlights.

Indy is settling in well at Paradise and is "swimming" in the acquaciser which he loves. This will keep him in great shape for his career ahead. He has excellent conformation and we want him to keep his athletic body tone. We anticipate Indy may cover 10 to 15 mares this year to beginhis career. We will likely bring Wee Highland Lass back to California from Kentucky in foal to Successful Appeal to breedback to Indy next year. The two families provide an "A" nick which is very positive. Given the 11 month gestation period for a horse, the first foals should be born in the early spring of 2014 and the first runners in the summer of 2015. It takes awhile to make a racehorse!

For a link to the CTBA Press Release click here.

For a link to the upcoming magazine advertisement click here.

Nov 16

Golden Child has returned to O.J.'s barn to go back in training after laying up at Paradise Road for the last 10 weeks. He looks good off the layoff and, if all goes well, will be breezing in four weeks time and racing early in the new year.

Nov 4

The Starter at Golden Gate Fields has had a hard time getting good two year old races to go. This combined with Go Papi's recent stellar performance in Fresno on the dirt rather the synthetic surface at Golden Gate has led us to move Go Papi to Turf Paradise for the winter meet. Go Papi will be sent down over the next few days and will likely get a start at Turf Paradise over the next couple of weeks.

Nov 4
Jerry's Fever did it again hitting the board for the 9th straight time as he passed horses down the stretch to grab third place in the Allowance at GGF yesterday. He always tries and yesterday was no exception as he overcame the step up in class and was sent off at 32-1. With the winner moving on, Jerry will be well positioned to try and get the Allowance win next time out. A chart of the race can be found on Jerry's Fever's Roster Page.

Nov 4
Blue Line Cat ran an even 4th in the 6 furlong maiden special yesterday at GGF. He acquitted himself well in a tough 10 horse field and picked up a cheque for his efforts. Talking with Jockey Martinez and O.J. after the race we have decided to stretch Cat out to a mile for his next attempt to break his maiden. He is does not have "closing speed" but can maintain a pace well. The only problem is the next mile maiden is on the Turf so he may change surface and distance. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

Nov 1
Jerry's Fever drew post 6 of 8 for his first test against the higher allowance group on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. Highland Yard readies for a big day with two runners while hosting the Brain Tumor Walk raffle winners. Young Jockey Arnold Perez gets the mount in a salty field of solid runners. Jerry is a morning line long shot at 15/1 but has been training brilliantly and is seldom out of the money, perhaps a good place or show bet. Past Performances for the race can be found on Jerry's Roster Page.

Nov 1
Blue Line Cat drew into the 4th post for Saturdays Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate Fields. Julien Couton gets the mount. Blue Line Cat is the 5th favourite of a full 12 horse field and has morning line odds of 10-1. A tough spot to be sure but hopefully acquits himself well as we are hosting the Brain Tumor Walk raffle winners on Saturday. Past Performances for the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

Oct 22
A King's Life has become a stallion and will stand at Brazeau Farms in California. We are suprised but pleased he has found a second career after carrying the Highland Yard colours. Have fun in the breeding shed old boy.

Oct 16
Highland Yard returned from the Goff's Sale in Ireland with a gorgeous and hopefully precocious Mastercraftsman Filly. We went with the intent of acquiriing a filly from a proven Irish sire such as Galilleo or Montjeu but those proved to be either flawed conformation wise or well above our price range. The good news is we didn't have to "settle" for this beautiful filly, as she stood out at the sale as one fine specimen.

Mastercraftsman is as Irish as they come breaking his maiden at The Curragh and going on to win over $1.7mm and named Irish 2 Year-Old Champion of 2009 winning 7 races including the Irish 2000 Guineas. The filly has been sent to a farm in Newmarket for a short rest and will go into training with up and coming English trainer Ed Walker at Newmarket. Ed, my good friend Matt and Bloodstock man Matt Coleman were all part of the team working the sale with us. We have to thank Daithi Harvey of the Irish Thoroghbred marketing board for his assistance in helping us navigate the sale. The experience in Dublin and Naas as well as the trip to The Curragh will not be forgotten.

Our filly is out of the Saddler's Wells mare Stunning Rose who won over $50,000 on the track and foaled a cuerrent two year old winner who is already stakes placed. Given this pedigree our filly may be ready for the race track sooner rather than later.

For a picture of the filly click here.

For a picture of trainer Ed Walker and Highland Yard friend Matt click here.

For the Mastercraftsman Filly's pedigree click here.

 

Oct 13
Highland Yard returned from The Keeneland Yearling Sale in Kentucky with an athletic daughter of Tapit purchased in session two of the sale. For those that have never been to a horse sale I would suggest you put it on your "bucket list" and join us next year. Our goal at the sale and all sales for the next few years is to acquire well bred athletic looking fillies. The hope with acquiring well bred fillies is that they offer the best chance to have a good residual value after their racing careers are over. Of course, the most important determinant of value as a brood mare is performance on the race track but good breeding goes a long way.

We think we definitely fulfilled our objective as our filly is a very athletic looking yearling that should grow over the next number of months. Her Sire "Tapit" is among the best regarded sires and was 2nd on the world wide earnings list of progeny among North American sires. Tapit was also a quality race horse winning over 1/2 million dollars and the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at 1 1/8ths miles. The owners and connections of Zenyatta have chosen to breed her to Tapit and Zenyatta is currently carrying a Tapit foal.

We had great people working with us at the sale including my good friend Skovran and long time horseman Dominic Brennan. Dominic has been a tremendous horseman based out of Ocala, Florida for years and is particularly known for breaking and the early training of champion race horse Curlin.

The yet to be named Tapit Filly is currently at Dominic's Farm in Ocala and will begin the breaking process in a few weeks. We haven't decided what do with her in the spring but will be looking at all options as far as Trainer and location to begin her racing career.

For a "bad" photo of the filly click here.

For the fillies pedigree click here.

All name suggestions for the filly are welcome.

Oct 11
Go Papi Go destroyed the field of two year olds at the Fresno Fair today winning the 6 furlong sprint by an expanding 8 lengths. Couton positioned Papi nicely behind the speed ball Bishop Amat and moved steadily to overtake him at the 3/8ths pole. Under gentle urging from Couton, Papi built on his lead down the stretch winning comfortably. A great win for O.J. and Highland Yard. We will look for a good spot for Go Papi Go back at Golden Gate in a few weeks time. A chart of the race can be found on Go Papi Go's Roster Page.

Oct 10
Go Papi Go has been installed as morning line 5/2 favorite in tomorrow's $16k claimer at Fresno. It is a very competitive field and any of four horses could win. Jockey Couton gets the mount from gate 5 of 6 in the race. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Oct 10
Taffeta Disaster threw her rider and bolted during training last week. She left the race track which is always a dangerous situation. She slipped and slid doing no damage to any bone, muscle or ligament but causing very painful lacerations and scrapes. She has been stitched up and is out at the farm for one month's time. This set back should have no lasting effect on her racing ability.

Oct 10
Blue Line Cat finished a dissapointing 4th in the Maiden Speecial Weight in Fresno on Sunday. We will drop him to the maiden claiming ranks at Golden gate to try and break his maiden nerxt time out. Given the large purse size he at least picked up a decent cheque for his outing. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

Sep 27
Highland Yard is off to Ireland tomorrow for the Goff's Orby Yearling Sale. We will also have the good fortune to attend a race meet at The Curragh on Sunday prior to next weeks sale. They have been selling horses at Goff's since 1866 and the first recorded race at The Curragh was in 1727. I have attached a short list of hip numbers that we will be reviewing prior to the auction. Our hope is to get a well bred filly to race in England (Ascot anyone?) and bring back to North America for a broodmare career down the road. For the Highland Yard short list click here. To follow the sale go to goffs.com.

Sep 24
Blue Line Cat had his best race to date finishing second in the Maiden Special Weight at Stockton yesterday. After breaking poorly, Jockey Couton rushed him from his outside post to fit in a comfortable 3rd down the back stretch. He worked his way to second by the top of the stretch and finished a comfortable second behind the even money four year old favorite losing by only 3 lengths. Cat tried hard down the stretch which is a vast improvement compared to his earlier races.With the winner moving up a class, Cat will be one of the favorites when he tries again in this grouping in 2 to 3 weeks time. Blue Line Cat earned a nice check of $5,250 for Highland Yard and partner Carina Jauregui. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

Sep 20
Blue Line Cat has been entered in Sunday's six furlong Maiden Special at Stockton. We are hoping Blue Line Cat starts to show the promise we saw in him two races ago. He has been training well for this and should be competitive in this field of seven. Second leading jockey at Golden Gate Fields Julien Couton gets the mount. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Sep 20
Jerry's Fever finished in the money for the 8th race in a row but this time it was a victory at Fairplex in Pomona. After leading most of the way Jerry appeared to falter down the stretch, a story we have seen before. Jockey Hernandez got after him pretty good and he re-rallyed to claim the money and the picture. A nice says payday for Jerry raising her life-time earnings to over $70,000. Jerry will travel home tomorrow and get a short rest before finding him a good spot over the next 3 or 4 weeks. Thanks Jerry for getting the losing monkey off our back! A chart of the race can be found on Jerry's Fever's Roster page.

Sep 19
Jerry's Fever has been installed as the 8/5 favorite in tomorrow's Starter Allowance at Pomona. A nice Purse of $26,000 is up for grabs. Here is hoping Jockey Juan Hernandez can get Highland Yard and Jerry off the schnide tomorrow!

Sep 17
Go Papi Go was a beaten favorite at Golden Gate in his first run in the claiming ranks. A disappointing performance to lose as favorite and one that has happened to often in recent Highland Yard races. He ran okay but it wasn't good enough to win. A chart of the race can be found on Go Papi Go's Roster Page.

Sep 17
Jerry's Fever finished third in last Sunday's Starter Allowance at GGF marking his 7th consecutive in the money performance. A decent return performance for Jerry who in usual fashion led half way through the race. The Winner's Circle has proven very elusive for Jwerry over the last year and he needs to have a break through race. He came out of the race well and has been re-entered at Pomona for this Thursday September 20th. A Chart of the race can be found on Jerry's Roster Page. Past Performances for Thursday's race can be found here.

Sep 17
Taffeta Disaster showed very little in her debut in the Maiden Sprint at GGF last weekend. We knew she didn't have any speed and she proved it breaking essentially last in the nine horse field and running evenly throughout. She will be better going two turns and we will train her accordingly. A chart of the race can be found on Taffeta's Roster page.

Sep 06
Out two-year old Unusual Heat filly Tafetta Disaster makes her debut this Sunday at Golden Gate Fields. Nine horses drew in this maiden race, six of which have racing experience. Tafetta has trained well but not shown a ton of speed and is destined to be a two-turn route horse. Nonetheless she has to start somewhere and will benefit greatly from the race. Jockey Daviod Lopez gets the mount from post position 6. We have made an ethical decision to try racing her without Lasix the anti-bleeding medication that has been linked to improved performance. There is a group of owners that have agreed to try and race their two-year olds without Lasix and we are giving it a try. We hope to see her run well, get use to being in traffic and take a positive step towards her later starts over a mile distance or longer. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Sep 06
Jerry's Fever drew a tough group of six for his return to the races this Sunday. He may well "need a race" after his extended layoff although he has been training well. Jerry has finished in the money 6 races in a row and we hope for the same from him this time out. One of the top Jockeys at GGF this meet, Alejandro Gomez gets the mount. Jerry has been installed as the 9/2 third choice and will break from post position 4. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Sep 03
Wee Highland Lass has arrived at McCauley farm in Nicholasville, KY to continue her so far solid recovery. If all goes as planned she will be bred to a yet to be determined sire next breeding season marking Highland Yard's first venture into commercial breeding. We will get a chance to see her and meet our new partners at the farm next week while attending the Keeneland Yearling Sale.

Sep 03
After weeks of statistical analysis and the help of software guru Matt Higgins, Highland Yard is very excited to be going to the Keenland Yearling Sale starting September 10th in Lexington Kentucky. The focus going forward for Highland Yard will be to purchase, race and eventually breed top rate fillies. With this in mind we will focus on fillies with viable breeding pedigree at this sale and the upcoming Goff's Sale in Ireland. The medium term goal is to develop a strong brood-mare band of five to seven mares to breed commercially and sell the progeny at the yearling and two year old sales. We have partnered with Nathan McCauley at Mccauley Farms in Kentucky to begin this process.

Sep 03
Jerry's Fever worked 4 furlongs in 49 2/5ths seconds yesterday in his final prep for his return to the races next Sunday at GGF. He may need a race after her seven month lay-off but we are hoping he gets alot out of this race conditioning wise. If he comes back close to his old self, he should win at this condition in the not to distant future. Entries go in Wednesday.

Sep 03
Taffeta Disaster worked 4 furlongs in 48 and 2/5ths which was 7th of 69 yesteray at GGF. This will be her last work before her long awaited debut next Sunday in a Maiden Special Weight for 2 Year Old Fillies. She has trained professionally but has not shown a lot of speed and is likely to develop into a two turn filly who likes a route of ground. Nonetheless, she needs to start some where and we hope she performs admirably next weekend. Entries go in this Wednesday.

Aug 26
Another unsettled, rank trip for Northern Indy. Jockey Garcia, like many jocks berore him, was unable to settle Indy in the 1 5/8ths mile Humboldt Marathon at Ferndale today. The high handicap weight of 127 pounds did not help Indy either. We have decided to move Indy to Miguel Silva at Turf Paradise for the winter meet and see if the change of scenery and track surface that worked for Indy last fall will work again. We picked up a scant $1,850 for his 4th place finish. A chart of the race can be found on Northern Indy's Roster Page.

Aug 24
Northern Indy was installed as the 8/5 slight favorite in Sunday's Humboldt County Marathon over 1 and 5/8ths miles at Ferndale.
Indy was assigned high weight of 127 lbs which is a difficult task over the marathon distance. Indy has done well at long distances in the past and hope Jockey Garcia can get him to relax and have lots of horse left for the last 1/2 mile. A daily racing form article on the race can be found here. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Aug 19
Blue Line Cat dissapointed yesterday goofing off to a seventh place finish among the 8 runners. This is not the first time we have seen this from this immature son of Bluegrass Cat. After breaking well he stayed with the group for half a mile and packed it in when turning for home. He was looking around and not keeping his mind on his business yet again. Back at the barn he wasn't even tired, fighting with the groom and continuing his immature ways. We hope for a lot better from this 3 year old and have decidded to take action. Cat will be gelded Monday morning which sometimes gets immature colts to focus on the job at hand. A chart of the race is found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

Aug 15
Blue Line Cat will wheel back and run his second start off the layoff this Friday at Golden Gate Fields. After finishing a close 3rd last time out he should be well prepared for the 6 Furlong Maiden Special Weight. In addition to the horse that beat Blue Line Cat in a photo last time out, Hollendorfer brings his colt Enduring Promise up from Delmar to round out a competive field of 8. Blue Line Cat will likely be the 3rd favorite as they head to post Friday Night. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Aug 09
Blue Line Cat had a solid return to the races after an 8 month layoff following surgery for a bone chip. Despite going off at 16 - 1, the three year old colt finished in the money. In fact, he fell short of second by a nose and a very small one at that. He should be able to win this condition and gather the nice cheque that goes with it soon and will likely be one of the favorites next time out. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's Roster Page.

Aug 09
Golden Child has gone under the knife to remove a bone chip or "OCD". The surgery is a minor one as the chip was small and in a very accessbible location. He will go to the farm for about four months before going back in training. Bad things happen in three's and hopefully this along with the Yard Bully and Wee Highland Lassinjuries mark the end of a bad stretch of luck for Highland Yard. Speedy recovery to G.C. we hardly knew yee!

Aug 09

From bad to worse for Yard Bully and Highland Yard in recent weeks. Yard Bully broke alertly and took the lead with Russell Baze aboard on the turf at Santa Rosa last week. It would be his last time in a starting gate as he was pulled up by Baze at the 3/8'ths pole and vanned off the race course marking the end of his racing career. The second Highland Yard runner to fracture a bone in 5 weeks. The only positive news in this horrible situation is that the break is not life threatening. Baully was operated on yesterday and a deal has already been negotiatged to sell him as a quarter horse sire prospect for slightly more than the cost of the surgery. Given his often speedy starts and competitive drive that always had him in or near the money, he will hopefully be suited to this task. Farewell Bully you were always a favorite on our tote board. A chart of his last race can be found on his Roster Page.

July 28

Yard Bully will move to the turf for the first time in the starter allowance sprint at Santa Rosa on August 1st. The race drew a full field of 10 and Bully will break from post 6 with hall of fame jockey Russell Baze aboard. It looks like a farily competitive field and much will be detemined by who takes to the turf. We anticipate Yard Bully will go off as slight favorite or second choice in the race. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

July 15
Yard Bully was scratched in the gate at Sacramento yesterday. In a ridiculous loading, King and two other horses in the five horse field were scratched leaving two horses to compete for the $20,000 purse. The three horse reared in the gate first causing a chain reaction that included Yard Bully also bucking in the gate. In a cautionary move three horses were scratched. O.J. reviewed Bully after the scratch and found nothing wrong with him. We should be able to re-enter him in the next couple of weeks likely at Santa Rosa. Not a good day for our colt or the loading staff at Cal Expo!

July 14
A King's Life was claimed away from Highland Yard for $5,000 by Trainer Jeffrey Metz. A King's Life was our first ever purchase at the Barretts Yearling sale in 2009 and was a valiant competitor. We watched his development from being broken in the round pen, fighting through an early disease and eventually breaking his maiden at Golden Gate Fields. We wish the new connections luck with him and will be cheering him on from afar. King won just over $21,000 in his Highland Yard career including $950 for a fourth place finish yesterday from the dreaded and dead inside post at Sacramento. Good Luck King. A chart of his race can be found on King's Roster Page.

July 12
A quick two-week turn around for Yard Bully after an unusually poor effort last time out. Bully draws the inside again with Francisco Duran aboard. We'll have to beat the always tough Hollendorfer / Baze entry Worldly Lad to try and notch Yard Bully's first Allowance victory. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

July 12
King drew post one of six for tomorrows 6 Furlong Claimer at the State Fair in Sacramento. We are hoping that the inside part of the track isn't
dead like it was at Pleasanton. King usually breaks well as he did in victory last time out with apprentice Jockey Richards who gets the mount
again tomorrow. King has been installed as 5-1 third favorite. We will be making our first trip to Sacramento where the purses have been increased for this meet. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

July 9
Go Papi Go ran a green race bouncing around a couple of times and lugging in after being checked at the 3/16th pole yesteray at Pleasanton. He has lots of room to improve. We will drop him down a notch next time out and perhaps lengthen him out over two turns as he seemed to come on a bit near the end of yesterdays race. A chart of the race can be found on Papi's Roster Page.

July 7

Go Papi Go with Christobal Herrera aboard drew Post 8 of 10 for tomorrows $50,000 Alameda County Stakes at Pleasanton. Papi has been installed as 10-1 in the race and will need to run his best to be competitive here. Past performacnes for the race can be found here.

July 3
O.J. and I have agreed to give Go Papi Go another chance at the Stakes level despite a poor showing last time out. I am of the view we should drop him to claiming but given there is nothing in the condition books until more two year old maiden races are run, there is little loss in giving him one more shot. As a result, he has been nominated for this weekends Alameda County Stakes with entries due Thursday.

July 3

Blue Line Cat has been breezing consistently over the last six weeks and is ready to look for a race. The Sacramento condition book holds nothing for him so we will point to a Maiden Special Weight in Santa Rosa at the end of the month.

July 3
Sentimental favourite and perennial in the money gelding Jerry's Fever has been back in O.J.'s barn for the last couple of weeks getting back into the training regimen. Other than being gelded, Jerry has enjoyed his lengthy break from training and has a put on a few pounds. Jogging for the last two weeks has started to have an effect and he should begin breezing this weekend. If all were to go as planned, we should see Jerry in race condition in about eight weeks.

July 2
Wee Highland Lass' racing career has come to an end. She suffered a transverse fracture of her 3rd carpal bone in her right fore leg. A sad turn of events for her as she had been performing well in recent months and was installed at a 6-1 morning line for the $75,000 Northbound Oaks Stakes. Fortunately Lass is able to bear weight on the leg and thus the fracture does not appear to be life threatening. She is in decent mental standing and is taking some Bute for the next two weeks. She will stay under the watch of Miguel Silva on stall rest for a couple of months at which point the bone hopefully will have knitted enough to allow her to ship back to Califormia or potentially Kentucky. There will be some arthritis we will monitor in six months time. If all were to go exceptionally well, she would be covered by a stallion in the spring of next year. For now it is about getting her healthy and happy to begin her new career.

Her race career combined with a good pedigree as a daughter of Include and out of a Carson City mare should enable her a decent shot as a brood-mare. She retires having won four races on dirt, turf and synthetic with total earnings of $40,351.

She was our first filly, and gave us plenty of thrills including breaking her maiden at Pleasanton at 15-1 and winning two Allowance races at Turf Paradise one with my Dad in attendance. She was always a favorite around the barn with a sweet temperament and her light Chestnut coat. She will make a great mare.

July 1
Tough, tough news for our up and coming filly. Wee Highland Lass was very sore this morning when Miguel checked in on her at the barn at Canterbury Park. Her right foreleg seems to be the issue and she will definetly be scratched from the July 4 Northbound Stakes. This sport can be tough and no more so than this morning after a discussion with Miguel. Her legs are plastered and the Vet will take some Xrays tomorrow morning. Of little consolation is the fact she had a beautiful breeze yesterday and Miguel thought she would beat all comers this week. We are not of high hopes and will await the inevitable call from the Doc. We hope that a promising career as a broodmare is not put in jeopardy.

June 29
Things don't always work out as planned and Yard Bully's run yesterday at Pleasanton is testament to that. Despite going off as the slight favorite, Yard Bully didn't fire and had nothing left for the stretch run after running with the front pack for the first 1/2 mile. Jockey Duran said nothing felt wrong but Bully just didn't have anything in the tank. Myabe he doesn't like the dirt track at Pleasanton or maybe hr just had an off day. We'll just put this one behind us and target a race in 3 or 4 weeks time. A chart of the race can be found on Yard Bully's Roster Page.

June 25
Yard Bully has been installed as the slight favourite at 8/5 in the 6 Furlong Allowance Sprint at Pleasanton this Thursday. Jockey Francisco Duran retains the mount after getting caught at ther wire last time out. The field came up small at five horses and Yard Bully drew the inside post. There does not appear to ber as much speed in the race as Yard Bully has faced recently and we anticipate he will, as usual, break to the front. Hopefully he can relax there and be under a little less pressure than in previous races and have lots left for the stretch run. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

June 24

Apprentice Jockey Richards beat favored Hall of Famer Russell Baze today in the sprint at Pleasanton. Atop King, Richards broke extremely well and rushed King into contention from the outside post. More importantly he didn't chase the lead horses but settled in a comfortable third for a nice ground saving trip through the first 4 furlongs. When he asked King for more he had it in spades and won by 1 1/2 lengths drawing off from the field. A great result and a fun afternoon at Pleasanton for the Highland Yard faithful. A chart of the race can be found on A King's Life's Roster Page. A video of the race can be found for the next two days here.

June 22
A King's Life drew unfortunate post 9 for Sunday's 5 furlong sprint at Pleasanton. The field drew tougher than we would have thought for King who is dropping in class for this one. Hopefully he can overcome the outside post with apprentice jockey Richards aboard and get a piece of the prize money. King has been set as 3rd favorite at 4-1 in the morning line. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

June 18
Go Papi Go finished a dissapointing 6th in the Lost in The Fog Saturday at GGF. Jockey Gryder hustled Papi up after a slow break to claim the rail just off the front runners. He tracked there and appeared in good position as they turned for home. Papi ran green down the stretch refusing to switch leads and looking a bit scared of splitting horses to go the to the front. It is possible he just wasn't enough for this group but hopefully he will learn from this race. Papi will have a good long rest and wait for a MSW or high two year old claimer late in mid-summer. A chart of the race can be found on Go Papi Go's Roster Page.

June 16
Go Papi Go drew the post two of nine for today's Lost in the Fog Stakes at GGF. This is the same post Papi won from last time out. Papi has been working very well including a 9 of 96 four furlong breeze last weekend in 48 seconds flat. Papi has been installed as second favorite after the other Maiden Special Weight Winner Native Treasure, speedy first time starter filly Pearl Seeker with Russell Baze in the irons is also dangerous. It should be a great stakes race for these young two year olds and we are hopeful Aaron Gryder can get Papi there first and O. J. Jauregui Racing Stable and Highland Yard can claim the trophy. Past Performances for the race can be found here.
We are looking forward to a fun day with a full contingent of Highland Yarders in attendance!

June 10
Northern Indy was outclassed in the Prove it Stakes faltering badly over he last half mile and finishing a fading 5th. We learned more about the type of horse we have and will adjust our expectations accordingly. This athletic looking son of A.P. Indy doesn't have the ability to compete at this level. That is not to say we won't be able to find spots for him to be an earner. We are pointing to a marathon race for him at Ferndale at the end of August. Indy will get a few weeks off at Paradise Road Ranch before training up to the race. A chart of the race can be found on Northern Indy's Roster Page.

June 4
Northern Indy drew post position 2 of a small field of 5 for Friday nights Prove It Stakes at Hollywood Park. Despite the small field this is a significant step up in class for Indy as he will face four tough rivals including multiple Grade 1 Stake winner of over $1,700,000 Richard's Kid.
We may be a bit crazy to try this spot but like the way Indy moved while winning the marathon Hasta La Vista Handicap. Although not as long as that race this race will be contested over the long distance of 1 3/8ths miles at Hollywood Park. if you are looking for a long-shot angle we are only one of two in the race that has won at race at this distance or longer. Up and coming jockey Agopita Delgadillo gets the mount. Past performances for the Prove It can be found here.

June 3
We are not sure we would have won but we would have been a lot closer if regular jockey Geovanni Franco was able to ride Lass today. Geo is recovering from a spill last Friday and was unable to take any mounts today. The good news is Geo is improving and will be back in the saddle in a few days time. As it was, Lass broke well and for reasons not clear to us was hussled up 4 wide for the first two furlongs despite her running style of coming from off the pace. Although she competed well for the first 3/4's there was nothing left for the stretch after the long hussling trip she had. It was a tough task today against older horses as Lass was, for the second race in a row the only three year old in the field. She will be back in training next week pointing to the three yer old fillies stakes race next month with Geovanni back on top. Nothing positive from this outing and we hope for better next time out. A Chart of the race can be found on Wee Highland Lass's Roster Page.

June 1

Wee Highland Lass drew post position 8 of 8 for Saturdays 7 1/2 furlong allowance race on the turf at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. This race is for three year olds and up and will be a good prep for the upcoming 3 year old stakes race. Lass won against older horses last time out and should be competitive here. She has been assigned morning line odds of 6-1 making her the 5th favorite. Jockey Franco who has ridden Lass to two straight wins at Turf Paradise is not available to ride on Saturday and the reigns will be handed over to veteran jockey Scott Stevens. Past performances for the race can be found here. Live video available at http://www.canterburypark.com/LiveRacing/RaceReplays/tabid/107/Default.aspx.

May 26
Highland Yard made its frst foray into the world of claiming by claiming a 3 year-old named Golden Child out of the $32,000 Maiden Claiming sprint at Golden Gate Fields yesterday. There were a number of things that attracted us to this colt including his stellar work-out pattern going into the race. He had worked seven weeks in a row like clock-work achieving excellent times including a bullet work. In addition, this Oregon bred colt by California sire In Excess was an extremely late foal being born in July making him three or four months younger than his peers.

Top Golden Gate Fields trainer's Hollendorfer and Morey also put in a claim for Golden Child resulting in a three way "shake" for the colt after the race. Our number was drawn and we walked the colt back to his new home in O.J.'s barn. Golden Child won the race relatively easily by 2 lengths. We are excited about his prospects. We will build a Roster Page for the newest addition to the Highland Yard Stable.

May 26
A King's Life was a badly beaten favorite yesterday in the 6 furlong claimer at Golden Gate Fields. After breaking a bit slow he began to position himself on the outside, albeit four wide, for a move around the turn. He looked ready to fire but lacked the needed response as they turned for home. A dissapointing effort for King. We will have the vet look at him this morning to see if there is something wrong. A chart of the race can be found on A King's Life's Roster Page.

May 24
Yard Bully ran an excellent race today at GGF only to get caught on the wire by who else but Russell Baze on the 3/5 favorite Planet Sunshine. Bully had to break fast to overcome the inside post and was pressured on the front end by eventual third place finisher Pale Outlaw. The two of them went a sizzling first quarter in 21.67 seconds. Despite the fast 1st quarter Bully wore down his foe and took the lead down the stretch. The favored stalking horse under the expert ride of Baze just got up to catch Bully at the wire in a photo finish. The good news is Planet Sunshine moves on and Bully beat the theird place horse by 4 lengths and will be very tough in this condition next time out. Bully has never finished worse than 4th in a race in his ten life time starts. He is a gamer. A chart of the race can be found on Yard Bully's Roster Page.

May 23

A King's Life is favored for the Friday evening claimer at GGF. Late Friday racing results in a 6:15 pm post. Jockey Cedillo finished 2nd on King last time out and gets the return trip on King here. King lines up against this group well and draws the outside post which should allow him to stay out of trouble. Veteran Baze has the second favorite and it is important Cedillo doesn't get trapped in a pocket by the wily veteran. This looks like a good chance for King's second career trip to the winners circle. Past performances for the race can be found here.

May 23
Yard Bully should be well rested for tomorrows Starter Allowance at GGF. Bully drew the tough 1st post in a field of 7 for the 5 1/2 furlong sprint. Bully has faded a bit the last two starts at 6 furlongs and may benefit from this slightly shorter distance. Francisco Duran gets the mount and Bully is the morning line 2nd favorite at 5/2. Past performances for the race can be found here.

May 13
Blue Line Cat was feeling so good around the barn and in his morning gallups that O.J. decided to breeze him today. He went 3 Furlongs in a cool 37 4/5ths seconds. It looks like our son of Blue Grass Cat will be working towards a start at the Fairs this summer. Good news all around.

May 12
Go Papi Go broke his maiden in fine fashion yesterday defeating a group of two year olds handily. Papi led from the break but was shoulder to shoulder with Red Deputy to mid-stretch where Papi pulled away smartly to score by 4 1/2 lengths. Given the additional Cal Bred bonus available for the race Papi banked $22k for the win, a fine return on a $4,200 purchase! Highland Yard and partner Jauregui racing are thrilled with the win and what may be ahead for this son of Officer. Papi will get a well deserved rest for a five or six weeks while we await other winners to emerge from this two year old crop to race against. We are trying not to look to far ahead with this colt but certainly have one eye on the Barretts Juvenile Stakes, a race available only to Cal Breds who were sold at the Barretts sale. For now we will sit back and enjoy the win. A chart of the race can be found on Papi's Roster Page.

May 09

We are currently constructing the Roster Pages for the two two-year olds who will campaign for Highland Yard in 2012. Taffeta Disaster is an Unusual Heat Filly who is in light training with O.J. after being broken at Randy Leighton's Running Horse Equine. Go Papi Go was purchased at the Barretts March Select sale with O.J. on a 50/50 partnership. Go Papi has already run one race coming second in a 2 Furlong MSW at GGF last month. The winner of that race broke the track record for that distance. We are excited about Go Papi's prospects. He will run this Friday in a large purse MSW at Golden Gate Fields and has been installed as the morning ine favorite at 7/5. O.J. and I split him at the sale for a mere $4,200. He has already won $5,800 and stands to win $20,000 if he can score Friday. A Highland Yarder from Ottawa via the University of Toronto will be in attendance with us on Friday, as will our goodfriend and ex-business partner from Marin. Go Papi indeed. Past Performances for the race on Friday can be found here.

May 07

Northern Indy striked a claim as a marathon man having won America's longest horse race the 1 mile and 7/8ths Hasta La Vista Handicap on the Turf Paradise turf course. Indy broke alertly under the expert ride of Jockey Geovanni Franco. Franco placed Indy on the ourtside shoulder of Keen Bidder as the two seperated from the rest of the field by up to 12 lengths through the first mile and a quarter. Northern Indy rated beautifully, something he has had a hard time doing in his career. As they headed down the stretch Franco had Indy change leads, cracked the whip a couple of times and he lunged past his foe to win ther marathon by two lengths. Trainer Jauregui had Indy in great condition to ship down to Silva in Phoenix, Silva in turn did a great job having him ready on race day. This marks the first trophy for Highland Yard and was a thrilling day for the dinner party assembled watching the race on television back in Northern California. A chart of the race is found on Indy's Roster page. A video replay can be found here.

If Indy comes out of the race well, as expected, we will target some distance route races with an ultimate eye to the Grade 3 Cougar Handicap at Delmar in July.

May 05

Wee Highland Lass moved up in class and won at the wire. Our filly, the only 3 year old in the field, waited patiently under the expert ride of Geovanni Franco and was placed 5th of 6 at the half mile mark. Lass weaved through a bit of traffic in the stretch and held on to score by a mere nose in a blanket photo finish with two other horses. It was great to catch a little racing luck at the wire. The bottom line is a nice check and further opportunity looming. We have decided to send her with Trainer Silva to Canterbury Downs in Minnesota as Turf Paradise closes tomorrow. Silva takes most of his string there and is very pleased to take Lass with him. In particular we are pointing her to the $50,000 Northbound Pride Oaks for three year old fillies to be run July 4th at one mile on the turf. Those fillies better be ready for Highland Lass because she will be coming at them from off the pace. A chart of the race can be found on Wee Highland Lass' Roster Page.

May 03
Another Highland Yard runner and another tough trip. King broke well, was shuffled back and positioned near the back of the pack through the first half-mile. With 2 furlongs to go jockey Cedillo brought him up the outside where he was cut off and ducked back in to the rail where he closed well to grab second place. We are pleased with the result but not the trip and will try and find another jockey next time out. We are pleased that King didn't fade this time out and improved his position to close well near the wire. All in all a nice race. Assuming King comes out of this race healthy he should be hard to beat at this level next time out. A chart of the race can be found on King's Roster page.

May 02
Blue Line Cat is back in the Barn. He has started jogging and should be training fully in a couple of weeks. Good luck Cat!

May 02
We thought we should do something dramatic with Northern Indy given his poor performance this year and we did. We shipped Indy off to Turf Paradise to run in the Hasta La vista Handicap this Sunday. This race is a true marathon at 1 7/8ths miles. The hope is that Indy will be well suited for this incredibly long distance. We do know that in his longest race to date the 1 3/8th mile Grade 3 Canadian Derby Indy charged from well off the pace to pick up the second place cheque. No shippers came in for this race and the $35,000 Purse would make for a nice score should indy pull it off. There are a good number in the field of 9 with marathon experience. Hopefully Indy can relax and his pedigree will carry him through in the late going. Leading Turf Pardise Jockey Giovanni Franco gets the mount an Indy will break from post position 3. Past performances for he race can be found here.

May 02

A King's Life is set to go in Thursday's 6 Furlong claimer at GGF. He should have every chance against this field although he needs to beat Pale Outlaw who beat King by a short length last time out. Abel Cedillo returns for another chance to ride after fading to fourth as the favorite last time out. Past Performances fore the race can be found here.

May 02
Wee Highland Lass has drawn post position 2 of 6 for Saturday's 7 1/2 Furlong Allowance on the turf for 3 year old and up fillies and mares. This move up in class should provide a stiff challenge for her as she runs against winners for the second time. Wee Highland Lass is the only 3 year old in the field but does take a 5 pound weight allowance as a result. She should like the additional distance as she has closed so well in both starts at Turf Paradise. What remains to be seen is wether she will like running on the grass. Her one previous start on Turf was a dissapointing 5th at Golden Gate Fields last fall. Lots of interesting things to look for here and we would not be suprised to see our filly fun them down at the wire. Giovanni Franco returns to ride. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Apr 23
Yard Bully suffered another close loss fading to 4th in the deep stretch after challenging the eventual winner the whole race in second place. This makes five times Bully has lossed by less than two lengths. He has never finished worse than 4th in his nine career races but has only one win to show for his efforts. Nothing to do but reload and train hard at this same level in a months time. A chart of the race can be found on Bully's Roster Page.

Apr 18
Yard Bully has been in the money in 6 of 8 career starts. There is no reason to believe he won't be again this Saturday in the 6 furlong Allowance for three year olds at GGF. Bully drew post position 4 of 7 for this sprint. The race came up a little soft as Summer Hit who beat Bully last time out has shipped to run at Santa Anita. This leaves us in a good position to score. Having said that the second place horse last time out returns and anther Hollendorfer / Baze horse will be in the starting gate. O.J. convinced me to give the kid Martinez a return ride after riding Indy poorly last time out. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Apr 17
Our courageous filly split horses at the 1/4 mile pole drove to overtake the leader in deep stretch and held off a late challenge from the favorite to score an Allowance win at Turf Paradise today. 'Lass has taken to the dirt track at Turf Paradise and hopefully can squeeze in one more start before it closes for the season May 6th. Wee Highland Lass, the fourth choice in the parimutuals made her second straight off the pace run and showed considerable guts. The best part was seeing a Highland Yarder who winters in Mesa in the Winners Circle giving the thumbs up sign with Trainer Silva. He said he worked harder than 'Lass down the stretch cheering her in. A great day for the Blue Gryphon. A chart of the race can be found on Wee Highland Lass' Roster Page.

Apr 14
Wee Highland Lass steps up in class to face Allowance horses next Tuesday at Turf Paradise. Lass drew post position 2 of 6 for the 6 furlong sprint for Fillies and Mares 3 years old and upward. Lass looks to fit in this group well and should be very competitive if she can mimic her last performance when she stormed down the stretch to catch all but one runner on this same track. Jockey Franco will have to get her going a bit earlier this time out as the distance is shortened to 6 furlongs from 6 1/2 furlongs. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Apr 12
King worked as hard as he could dueling with Baze ridden Swiss G's for 5 furlongs before tiring down the stretch. Given the heart he shows in every race, it is hard not to think what might have been if he hadn't been so ill as a yearling. Nonetheless, he picks up a nice check for his run and will get a few weeks off before his next race. The winner of this race moves on so we will likely try King back at this level again. A chart of the race can be found on King's Roster Page.

Apr 08
Northern Indy led the way for the first half mile despite fighting the jockey every step of the way. Under instructions to get him to relax jockey Martinez tugged on Indy's reins and fought him through the back stretch. The amount of energy expended left little doubt Indy would have nothing left for the stretch and that proved to be the case. Suffice it to say we will change jockeys at the very least next time out. Today was not a measure of Indy's ability in any way given the horrible trip he was given. Frustrating to say the least as Indy looked full of energy and the lead. Lots of ruminating here and big changes are liikely for the way Indy is trained and raced. Oddly, after yesterdays outing we think he is enough horse to try and win in a differnt manner. We are not giving up. A chart of the race can be found on Indy's Roster Page.

Apr 07
A King's Life drew post position 2 of 6 for next Thursday's $6,250 claimer at GGF. We decided to drop him a notch to give him the best chance to win and that decision looks good for the moment. King was competitive last time out at $12.5k and looks the likely favorite at this lower level. That is not to say it is an easy field as Baze has a decent mount and there is a recent invader from Santa Anita that will be tough. Past Performances for the race can be found here. We run a risk that King will be claimed out of this race.

Apr 04
Northern Indy has drawn post position 6 of 9 for Saturday's feature Allowance Race at Golden Gate Fields. Indy has failed at this level in recent tries and has not trained significantly better over the last number of weeks. We hope he improves back to his form of last summer, if not we will have to think of dropping him to the claiming ranks and/or gelding him in the hope his mind will return to training. Given his pedigree we will not make the gelding decision lightly. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Apr 04
Wee Highland Lass's race did not go. We will have to wait and see if the racing secretary brings it back or wether we will have to find another spot for her. Although this spot looked perfect, it would have meant a quick turnaround for her and she will likely benefit from an extra few days between races.

Mar 31
After breaking well and challenging and eventually taking the lead at the 1/4 pole, King was eventually worn down in the stretch to fade to 4th only 1 1/2 lengths from the win in his first race against winners at Golden Gate Fields yesterday. King earned a lifetime high 81 Equibase speed figure and acquitted himself well. We will see how he comes out of the race and point him to another at this level or drop him a level where he would be a likely favorite. A chart of the race can be found on King's Roster Page.

Mar 30
Yard Bully closed well to finish third in his first trip against winners yesterday at Golden Gate. Jockey Martinez had to pull Bully 4 wide entering the stretch to make a run that came up a bit short. Winning Jockey Russell Baze had Bully trapped in on the rail and as he iold us after the race "wanted to keep him there". We aren't the first to be outsmarted by Baze but it still hurts. We think Yard Bully will win at this level with a slightly better trip having only lost by 1 1/2 lengths in this one. We will try and get Baze back on him next time out! A chart of the race can be found on Yard Bully's Roster page.

Mar 27
Wee Highland Lass charged from well off the pace to grab the second prize paycheque against older horses in her desert debut yesterday at Turf Paradise. Dead last at the half-mile pole jockey Franco gathered 'Lass up for a 5-wide run around the turn and she nailed all but one at the wire for her first in the money performance of 2012. She showed some meddle and should beneift from stretching out to a mile or 7 furlongs. Trainer Silva is excited for a race coming up against 3 year olds fillies only where he thinks 'Lass will be most formidable. We will wait to see the race come up in the condition book likely in 3 or 4 weeks time. It would be ideal to have her win as a three year old and to not lose her to a claim as she sets up for a breeding career next winter. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

Mar 25
After breaking his maiden in convincing fashion last time out, King has drawn post position 4 of 6 in Friday's $12,500 claimer going 6 Furlongs at Golden Gate. King breezed 3 furlongs this morning in 36 4/5ths seconds, 6th of 29 at that distance and appears in good shape for the race. It is a big step up to run against winners but they way he did it last time out leaves us hopeful. Abe Cedillo gets the mount as Catalino Martinez who won with King last time out chose to ride the likely favorite. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Mar 24
Yard Bully drew post position 4 of 7 for Thursday's Starter Allowance sprint at GGF. Yard Bully has been training exceptionally and has the best speed figure of the group going into the race. A bit of a grudge match in this one as Russell Baze who rode Yard Bully to victory last time out dropped us to ride Hollendorfer's Summer Hit in this one. Catalino Martinez gets the mount. Would be a sweet win for us. Past performances for this race can be found here.

Mar 23
Wee Highland Lass drew post position 2 of 8 for Monday's 6 1/2 Furlong $16,000 claiming race at Turf Paradise. This is significantly higher claiming level that will make it less likely for her to be claimed. Of course it also makes it a more competitive field and 'Lass will have her hands full. She has been training well and should benefit from leading Turf Paradise Jockey Geovanni Franco. The third race on the card with a Phoenix post time of 1:59 PM. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Mar 17
We decided to scratch Wee Highland Lass from Sunday's claiming race at Turf Paradis. It was apparent that she was going to be claimed and we decided we don't want to lose her. We have also had a private bid for her. Given her sibling Win Willy is a multiple graded stakes winner with over $800,000 in earnings and her brother just sold for $200,000 at the OBS two-year old sale we believe she is worth more as a brood-mare than as a race horse. The decision will now be where to breed her and wether we will let her run at allowance level another time prior to sendin her to the breeeding shed. This will mark a new and exciting path for Highland yard. Stay posted.

Mar 13
Wee Highland Lass drew post position one of six for Sunday's 7 Furlong turf test at Turf Paradise. She is dropping down in class and should be tough assuming she takes to the turf course. Her one previous turf start at Golden Gate was mediocre. Young Jockey Juan Arosemena gets the mount for leading Turf Pardise Trainer Miguel Silva. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Mar 02
Yard Bully "trounced the field" according to Golden Gate track announcer Michael Wrona today. Yard Bully led at every calling to win by 5 1/2 lengths and show that he can carry his speed through a whole race. Adding $9,900 to his win total and placing himself for an Allowance test next time out. Hall of Fame jockey Russel Baze said he just had to "keep one foot on each side of the horse" for this impressive victory. A chart of the race can be found on Bully's Roster Page.

Mar 01
Yard Bully has been installed as 7/5 favorite and Daily Racing Form choice for tomorrows 6th race high level maiden claimer at GGF. A Highland Yard contingent will be in the Turf Club cheering him and Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze on. Go Bully!

Mar 01
Wee Highland Lass has settled in nicely for leading trainer Miguel Silva at Turf Paradise. The 3 Year Old Fillies race did not fill for this weekend so we will look for a race over the next couple of weeks for her.

Feb 26
Yard Bully has drawn post position 1 of 7 for Friday's high level maiden claimer at GGF. Yard Bully will be the likely favourite as he tries to become the second Highland Yard runner to break his maiden in six days. Leading Jockey Russell Baze gets the mount. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Feb 26
Northern Indy broke well and competed in the front part of the pack for 1/2 mile and then stopped badly to finish 7th of 8 in the Allowance field at GGF yesterday. Indy galluped out well and came back to the barn not even breathing heavy. He is too smart for his own good and is in OJ's words "cheating on us". We will search for a hard riding jockey who will hopefully get more out of this beautiful well bred colt. Failing that we might think about gelding Indy to keep his mind on his business at the track. This would be a hard decision given the A.P. Indy breeding of our colt. We may also consider dropping him to the high claiming ranks as he doesn't, at least now, appear to be able to compete at the Allowance level. We need to find a wat to get Indy back to his Graded Stakes placed form of last summer. A chart of the race can be found on Indy's Roster page.

Feb 26
A King's Life pulled away from the claiming field yesterday at GGF after leading at every calling. He broke well fought for the lead and drove to the finish besting the second place horse by 4 furlongs. His win is a testament to the work done by O.J. as King came has come back from EPM early in his career. Assuming he comes out of the race fine we will look for a spot against winners in 3 or 4 weeks time. A chart of the race can be on King's Roster page.

Feb 22
Fresh off a fast breeze A King's Life is entered in the 5 Furlong $8,000 Claimer this Saturday at GGF.The field drew very soft and it is safe to say King will be the prohibitive favorite in the field of seven. Highland Yard has been favored twice this year and come up short, so here is hoping King can break his maiden and get us off the schnide. Catalino Martinez rides King back after finishing in the money last time out. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Feb 22
Northern Indy entered as one of eight for Saturday's One Mile Alowance at GGF. He will be one of the longshots given the strength of the field and his lack of finishing kick last time out. This field is stronger than the last and Indy will have to show improvement to compete with these. It is his second back off the lay-off which is an oft used handicapping angle; we hope it works here. Kerwin John is again on Indy. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Feb 12
The Highland Yard slump continues as Yard Bully finished 4th in the Maiden Special Weight at GGF yesterday. Bully broke well but got caught in a speed duel on the front end with the eventual 5th place finisher. Yard Bully fought hard to take the lead and carry it to the top of the stretch before being overtaken. He is a little horse and seems to have to work exra hard to carry his speed. We will drop him and try him against lesser next time out. Bully ran well but it wasn't enough agaisnt these. A chart of the race can be found on Yard Bully's Roster Page.

Feb 10

Yard Bully drew Post Position 4 of 6 for Saturday's Six Furlong Maiden Sprint at GGF. Tere is a big pot for this race and we could use the win. Yard Bully has been picked by the Daily Racing Form to win the race and is second favorite to a Hollendorfer first time starter by the House Handicap at GGF. Bully has the experience and form to compete very favorably against these. 50% in the money jockey Kerwin John who rode Bully last time out gets the call. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Feb 10

Wee Highland Lass faded to a dissapointing 6th in her sprint outing yesterday at GGF. She has not shown much heart or determinationsince her win in December and may not be the type of race horse we envisioned. We have decided to send her to the leading trainer at Turf Paradise, Miguel Silva, to see if we can turn her around against softer competition. Lass will likely be in a van by early next week to her new home in the desert. A chart of the race can be on her Roster Page.

Feb 7

Wee Highland Lass drew post position 3 of 6 for Thursday's 5 1/2 Furlong Claimer at GGF. She will need a large improvement over her last race to be competitive here although she is dropping down in class. Catalino Martinez, who won with 'Lass two times out, gets the mount. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Feb 7

Northern Indy finished a dissapointing 5th in his return race after a 5 month layoff. In retrospect it is not suprising he needed a race after such a layoff as he tired at the end after challenging the pace for the first 6 furlongs. He should get a lot out of this race and be ready to fire next time out. At the very least he will be out of excuses. Indy came back tired but fine after the race. We will point him for a similar race in 3 or 4 weeks time. A chart of the race can be found on Northern Indy's Roster Page.

Feb 7

A King's Life finished in the money in his return to the races after a nine month lay-off. Although tiring badly down the stretch he held on for a third place finish and should be competitive at this level next time out. We will always wonder what could heve been for this son of Silic if not stricken with EPM early in his life. As it stands we think he can be a useful colt. A chart of the race can be found on King's Roster Page.

Feb 2

Jerry's Fever came back a little sore from his recent work. Nothing on the Xray but an ultrasound showed a slight tear to his suspensory ligament. Jerry will be on the shelf for four or five months as he receives shock treatment and a lay-off to Paradise Road Ranch. Bad news for Jerry and Highland Yard but nothing he shouldn't be able to come back from. After six straight in the money finishes we were hopeful Jerry would hit the Winners Circle this weekend but it wasn't meant to be. We'll post as jerry begins to recuperate and hope to have him back with O.J. for late spring early summer.

Feb 2

Northern Indy drew post position 5 of 5 for Saturday's 1 1/16th mile allowance at GGF. We are anticipating a strong return for Indy who has been training reasonbly well and looks refreshed following his lay-off at Paradise Road Ranch. He is likely to need a race after his break but should be competitive. He will need to stay closer to the pace than in his recent starts that were going longer distances. If he can stay close early we are hopeful of an in the money finish. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Feb 2

A King's Life has been training well in advance of his return from a nine month lay-off. He may need a race but on paper lines up well against these Maiden Claimers. He has the highest class rating in the field and did breeze a fast 4 furlongs over the weekend. Catalino Martinez gets the mount and King will break from post position 1 of 10 in this 5.5 Furlong Sprint. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Jan 30
Four stable runners including three that are slated to race next weekend had solid breezes at GGF Sunday.

A King's Life went very well in company going 4 furlongs in 48 3/5ths (8 of 85 for the day)

Jerry's Fever went the same distance in 49 2/5ths (25 of 85)

Northern Indy had a maintenance breeze in advance of his return race going in 49 4/5ths (42 of 85)

Wee Highland Lass went slower but was caught in error by the timers in 49 2/5ths.

We should have some very live runners for next weekend and would anticipate being in the hunt in all three races.

Jan 23
Yard Bully finsished third in his return to the races after a near five month layoff. Bully broke slowly but chased up the back stretch to be a closing second before fading a bit in the deep stretch. He ended up only 1 3/4 lengths behind the Hollendorfer trained Baze ridden favorite which bodes very well for next time out. Often a horse needs a race after a long lay off and Bully should benefit greatly from this in the money finish. Like his stable mate Jerry's Fever, Bully is developing a habit of being in the money but short of the winners circle. He is now been in the money in 4 of 5 career starts but has yet to break his maiden. If he comes out of the race well, we should see him at this level again (minus the winner who has to move on) in mid to late February. A chart of the race can be found on Yard Bully's roster page.

Jan 20
Yard Bully drew a full field of 10 for the six furlong MSW this Sunday at GGF. We are eager to see him back at the races and have selected hot jockey Kerwin John to ride Bully. Kerwin has been working him in the mornings and likes what he has. Our hopes are high but we have to realize a horse some times "needs a race" when coming off a long lay-off. Yard Bully has been in the money in three of four lifetime starts including a 6 length loss to subsequent California Derby winner Russian Greek. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Jan 18
Jerry's Fever finished 2nd in the 6 furlong Starter Allowance over the weekend getting caught in the stretch by Curly Boy. Jerry set the pace and held the lead for 5 furlongs and held off the co-leader through the stretch but was caught by a three wide Curly Boy. Jockey Baze said that Jerry held off the horse beside him and never saw the 3/4 length winner "or would have held him off too". A sixth straight in the money performance for Jerry got us close to the Winners Circle. Jerry has now been in the money a noteworthy 10 of his 13 races but has only won one race. We were pleased how he did first time going a mile and will point him accordingly. A Chart the race can be found on Jerry's Roster page.

Jan 14
Wee Highland Lass was outclassed today and finished last in the 6 horse Allowance race at GGF. She was always close and only finished a few lengths back but didn't have enough to compete at this level. We will drop her in class and perhaps stretch her out to a mile and try and get her back to her winning form of last month. A chart of the race can be found on WHL's roster page.

Jan 14
Jerry's Fever is the morning line favorite for Mondays One Mile Allowance at GGF. This will be Jerry's first time racing two-turns but he has been training well and has been in the money four straight races. Jockey Russell Baze aboard won't hurt and we hope Jerry can relax early and have enough left at the end to get his picture taken. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Jan 13
Wee Highland Lass drew a salty field of six for Saturday's 6 Furlong Allowance race at GGF. The field includes four horses that won last time out many at much faster fractions than Lass in her last race. Having said that our girl has been ttraining very well and should acquit herself well under Jockey Catalino Martinez who won with her last time out. Hoping for some good racing luck on Saturday. Past performacnes for the race can be found here.

Jan 01
Northern Indy looks great at the track and breezed a solid 5 furlongs in 1:02 1/5th which was 11th of 27 at the distance. He galluped out very strong and is becoming more fit by the week. A couple more breezes and we will look for a spot to begin what should be a strong four year-old campaign.

Jan 01
In prep for his first one mile start on January 16th, Jerry's Fever worked 7 furlongs in 1:29 3/5ths which was 4 of 5 at the distance yesterday.
He tired over the last couple of furlongs and should have gotten alot out of this long work. Russell Baze will ride Jerry in his first route start.

Jan 01
Wee Highland Lass worked a solid 1/2 mile in 49 and 2/5ths over a cuppy GGF main track yesterday, 13th of 32 at that distance. After her win
two weeks a go she will move up to the starter allowance class on January 14th. She is a happy sort and continues to train well.

Jan 01
Yard Bully had another excellent breeze yesterday going 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat, 2nd fastest of 27 at that distance. It looks like we are three or four weeks from getting back to the starting gate with this speedy son of Lion Heart. We are counting on some solid pay cheques from him in 2012. He looks like a differn't colt after his four month break from the races.

Dec 30
Blue Line Cat came back to the barn a little off yesterday. An XRay revealed a small chip that is not uncommon. The Vet suggested arthoscopic surgery that will pick out the chip and keep Cat out of training for about three months. Given the relative ease of the procedure, the amount we spent for this son of Bluegrass Cat and the Vet's view "he will come back better" as a result of the surgery we have decided to have this done with every anticipation he will be back at the races by early summer. Of course, we have scratched BLC from Sunday's race.

Dec 18
Yard Bully fired the bullet in training today being the fastest of 66 at four furlongs in 47 seconds flat. This was his third work back after layoff and he is showing excellent speed. He should be back at the races in 5 weeks time. We eagerly await his return.

Dec 18
Wee Highland Lass mowed down five horses in the stretch to win the 5 1/2 furlong claimer at GGF this afternoon. Jockey Catalino Martinez got her to relax for the first half of the race before moving outside and making a furious stretch drive to "catch 'em all" in a fast time of 1:05 and change. She undoubtedly fired a life time best Equibase speed rating which we will know tomorrow. We anticipate racing her back in Starter Allowance company in the new year around this distance or perhaps six furlongs. We have 'Lass to thank for getting us off the schnide and back in the Winners Circle. She pocketed $7,200 for the win. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

Dec 16

Wee Highland Lass has entered for this Sunday's $12,500 Claimer going 5 1/2 Furlongs at GGF. A filed of 8 has drawn and we should be competitive. "Lass breezed very well last weekend (5th of 78 at 4 Fulrongs) and we are hoping she can finish in the money. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Dec 12

Saturday marked a day of solid work outs for five Highland Yard runners. The two runners back in training after long lay-offs Yard Bully and A King's Life both went 3 furlongs in 37 1/5th seconds, 10th of 28 at that distance. These two have had two of approximately seven beezes required before they will, hopefully, be back at the races. If things progess well they will be racing in late January.

Northern Indy also breezed 3 furlongs in 37 and 1/5th but galluped out very strongly and looks great. He should only require four or five breezes after his short vacation and be ready for what we anticipate will be a strong four year old campaign.

Jerry's Fever and Wee Highland Lass had excellent maintenance breezes in advance of their starts at the end of the month. Jerry went 5 Furlongs in 1:01 and 4/5ths which was 17th of 72 at that distance. 'Lass went 4 furlongs in 48 and 1/5th which was 5th of 78 at that distance.

A good day for all.

Dec 4
Blue Line Cat earned third money in the One Mile and 1/16th Maiden Special Weight on the turf at GGF today. Breaking well jockey Antongeorgi took him toi the early lead a position he maintained for 3/4's of a mile. We are pleased with the performance third time out at this long distance. Blue Line Cat bit his tongue during the race and bled a iittle. He will be fine and we will prep him for a race in four weeks time. We will run him back at this top condition as we think he will break his maiden at this level. Turf racing ends for the season in a couple of weeks and we think he will take well to the main track. A chart of the race can be found on Blue Line Cat's roster page.

Dec 1
We received a call from the Starter at GGF asking if we would enter Blue Line Cat in this Sunday's two-year old MSW going a mile and 1/16th at GGF. The race came up light with only 5 horses. We decided to go for it and as a result Cat will race on 15 days rest Sunday. We should be competitive agaisnt a couple we have already beat and a few going two turns for the first time. Hollendorfer has a nice filly coming from L.A. for this one but we definitely have a good chance of finishing in the money and hopefully can hit the winners circle. Past Performacnes can be found here.

Nov 28
Wee Highland Lass performed better than expected and better than any time since July while finishing third in the 6 furlong claimer at GGF on Sunday. Despite breaking poorly she got quickly back in contention and was closing on the leaders throughout the back stretch. Going off as the longest shot on the board we were pleased with her gutty performance. No speed records were set but she did bank $1,440 for her efforts. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page. We will try her back in 3 or 4 weeks time.

Nov 25
Wee Highland Lass is entered for the 4th race at GGF this Sunday November 27th. After a series of dissapointing races she is getting one more chance at this level. She did have a great work last weekend and hopefully can return to her maiden winning form. She will be one of the longer shots in the seven horse field. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Nov 25
Jerry's Fever finished on the money for the 5th race in a row in the 6 furlong allowance at GGF. Jerry set the pace in a sizzling 22 seconds spelling trouble down the stretch. The race went in 1:10.18 seconds the fastest 6 furlong time of the meet. This horse is very fast but does not rate himself well at all. We will try something counter-intuitive for Jerry and try him over a mile next time out without blinkers. The idea being to flatten him out and not burn himself out in the first half of the race. It is a testament to his ability he continues to finish in the money despite ripping off ridiculous fractions. Jerry is a gamer and will come back and win. All-in-all another good day for him and a cheque for $2,360. A chart of the race can be on Jerry's roster page.

Nov 21

Jerry's Fever has drawn Post Position 6 of 8 for Thursday's 7th race at GGF. Jerry's morning line odds have been set at 5/2 for second favoritism and he should be flying from the gate as usual in the 6 furlong sprint. After knocking at the door with three consecutive in the money finishes we are hopeful Jerry can hit the winners circle and break what has become a long drought for Highland Yard. Leading Jockey and Hall of Famer Russell Baze gets the mount. We will be joined by a contingent of close relatives from Toronto for the races and look forward to a great afternoon. C'mon Jerry get it done! Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Nov 19
Blue Line Cat finished 4th in his first attempt at one mile. He pressured the pace throughout sitting second and moving well through the first 3/4's of a mile. Blue Line Cat faded down the stretch finishing four lengths from the winner. Jockey Antongeorgi thinks he has more to give and should benefit greatly from the mile race. We will evaluate our options and try him back at this level in a distance to be determined. A chart of the race can be found above.

Nov 16
The big boy is back from vacation at the farm and arrived in O.J.'s barn yesterday. He will go back into training and should be back at the races near the end of the year. All told he will have been approximately three months between races which hopefully will be the refresher he needs for a strong 2012 campaign.

Nov 16
Blue Line Cat has entered for Saturday's One Mile Starter Allowance on the Turf at GGF. He has been galluping very strongly and appears fit to go a mile rather than the previously contemplated six furlong race. We don't know if he will like the turf but think he will like the distance. Given rain in the forecast this weekend there is every chance this race will move off the turf to the main track anyway. Antongeorgi gets the mount as he did nothing wrong in Blue Line Cat's fairly strong debut three weeks back when finishing third. There are a couple of strong contenders in the race including the Hollendorfer trained and Baze ridden Via Villagio who will be favored and has finished 2nd at this level three races in a row. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Nov 16
Wee Highland Lass worked 4 furlongs in 49 seconds flat on Saturday which was 29th of 99 at that distance. We are going to give this two-year old filly one more race to see if she shows improvement. We are contemplating a mile on the turf for her against Starter Allowance company on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24. If she performs poorly as she has the last number of races we will send her to the farm for a few months to see if she matures. She is extremely sound and has been working well but shown nothing at the races since her Maiden win.

Nov 7
Wee Highland Lass finished 8th of 10 in Friday's Claimer at GGF. She showed no speed and little rally to never really be in contention. Back to the drawing board for this beautiful filly. It could be we don't have a race horse here although she did show a decent performance back in the summer breaking her maiden at Pleasanton. Likely try to find her yet an easier spot and see if we can turn her around. A chart of the race can be found on her roster page.

Nov 3
Another race, another in the money finish for Jerry. Jerry finished 2nd in the Starter Allowance today at GGF. The 2 to 1 second choice Jerry set the pace, leading throughout the race to the final 1/8th where he was overtaken by the flying favorite Red Creme. Dissapointing to be sure but the reality is the race set up perfectly for the off the pace winner. There is nothing to do but reload at the same condition next time out which, if Jerry comes out of the race fine, will be Thankgiving Thursday, November 24th. Jerry banked $3,600 for his efforts today. A chart of the race can be found on Jerry's roster page.

Nov 1

A King's Life has returnd to O.J.'s barn to resume training after an extensive nearly 5 month layoff at Running Horse Equine Center. This will be King's last chance as a race horse as he fights to come back from his early life ailments. He has shown some ability and has been competiive in his races and will hopefully benefit from the layoff. I haven't seen him since his return but Randy from Running Horse says he looks much better for the vacation. We will see if he can stand up to the rigors of training. If all were to go well we would expect King to be bak at the track by the end of the year.

Nov 1
Yard Bully returned to O.J.'s barn after two months off at Paradise Road Ranch. This colt has shown lots of guts and has been knocking on the door to break his maiden finishing in the money in 3 of 4 races since his debut in June. We are hopeful the time off has allowed him to mature and enable a strong continuation to his racing career. If all goes well w