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October 8/18

Princess Yaiza and the North American portion of her fan club are back home. What a tough filly she is as she surged twice in the stretch to hold off closing rivals to win her first stakes race. Not just any stakes race either but the Group 2 Prix de Royallieu at historic and georgeous Longhcamp Racecourse in Paris. We were thrilled with the gutsy effort after her long trip to France which included two ferry rides and 1200 kilometers. Her groom and rider pulled off yeoman effort to get her there and ready.

Trainer Gavin Cromwell has done a phenomenal job with Yaiza and we are contemplating a run in the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Sardinian jockey Andrea Atzeni rode Yaiza prominentlly but patiently to get the job done.

It has been a long time between sips for Highland Yard and we couldn't be happoier with our robust filly.

A replay of the race can be found http://www.france-galop.com/en/racing/detail/2018/P/RWZQMVdxNWplUmVQMHZTb2lZNkREQT09

 

October 2/18

Princess Yaiza is one of 12 entered for the Prix de le Royallieux on Saturday at famed and newly renovated Longchamp Racecourse in Paris. Yaiza will depart from the Dublin Port Wednesday eve, layover and jog at Kempton in London and prioceed to Longchamp Thursday morning. a tough field is assembled as one would expect for a valuable Group 2 Race on Arc de Triomphe weekend. The race is the second on the Saturday Card, October 6th and will run at 1:35 pm Paris time or 4:35 am on the west coast of North America. Yaiza's excercise rider remarked that she had her best work ever over the weekend and she should be ready to roll. We wish Yaiza a safe and comfortable trip. Entries for the race can be found on her Roster Page. A link to the newly renovated Paris Longchamp can be found here.

October 2/18

Just for One Day fired the bullet at Belmont Park working in nice fashion faster than the other workers in 1.00.43 for the five furlongs on Sunday. We are becoming excited as he approaches his debut, likely this month at Belmont.

Sept 26/18
Zahra improved again and ran a solid 4th of 7 in the top level maiden race at Golden Gate Fields. It was her first run on the turf and jockey Gomez stated that she really liked it. We will point to a similar race in mid-October. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

September 26/18

Princess Yaiza ran very well to take 2nd of 14 runners in the Listed Oyster Stakes at Galway on September 18th. She raced prominently throughout. She was headed in the last 100 yards and never quit. She tries hard every race and although not breaking through with the stakes win did pick up another nice cheque. We are very excited as she will point to the Group 2 Quatar Prix de Royallieu on Arc weekend at the newly redeveloped Longchamp Racecourse in Paris. It is sure to be a very solid field but we enter knowing she will try her hardest and fits with this company. Coming off of two straight seconds perhaps she can breakthrough on the big stage.A chart of the Oyster Stakes can be found on her Roster Page. We will post entries of the big race in France next week.

September 26/18

Senja ran like Senja on September 14 being outsprinted early and not having enough late to finish 4th of six at Golden Gate Fields. He will run back in a week or two. A chart of the race can be found on his Roster Page.

September 13/18
Princess Yaiza 
has been entered for Tuesday's Oyster Stakes at Galway. Final entries will be declared over the weekend. She looks to fit very well in this race over the same course and distance as her second place finish in the Guiness Premier last time out. We expect big things from our lovely chestnut filly and hopefully a stakes victory.

September 13/18

Walk Close's yearling sold in the back ring at Keeneland for $170,000 after not meeting his reserve at auction. Although sound as a pin it was remarked he was not a "sales horse" but a trainers horse as he was not a flashy type. He is a nice mover and i think the buyer Little Red Feather Racing will do very well with this well bred colt. We had a mind to keep him but wanted to be true to our breeding goals and wish the colt the very best and we will certainly be cheering him on.

September 13/18

Senja has drawn post 5 of 6 for tomorrows maiden claiming race at Golden Gate Fields. Another drop in class leaves him as morning line favourite at 9/5. He had a sharp breeze last week and he should have an easier trip than having to go 4 wide against 10 competitors last time out. Jockey Juan Hernandez gets the mount. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Sept 6/18
Walk Close's yearling colt by top sire Medaglia d'Oro will sell Wednesday at Keeneland in Book 1. The colt is listed as hip 569 and should go through the ring around 1pm eastern standard time. The sale an be watched on the Keeneland Sales website.

September 6/18

Earnest showed improvement running 3rd today at Los Alamitos. He did not take to the dirt very well and still seems young and green. He should improve again off of this race. Nonetheless an in the money performance for our son of Quality Road. A chart of the race can be found on his Roster page.

Aug 21/18
Mom Said will get his belated first start over hurdles in one of two races over the next week. Entries will be posted later this week.

Aug 21/18
Princess Yaiza is in "grand" form accordng to trainer Gavin Cromwell but we have decided to pass on the stake at York given hard ground, long trip and a tougher group of entries than expected. We will lookm to the Oyster Stakes closer to home in Galway in mid-September.

Aug 17/18

Wee Highland Lass' 3 year old colt Tattered provided Highland Yard a breeding success winning a maiden race at Delaware for Trainer Alan

Gold and owners Colts Neck Stable. Breeders awards will be paid to Highland Yard by the Kentucky Breeders Incentive Program. Hopefully more success to come from the young breeding program incuding Tattered's sistrer Zahra in training in California.

August 13/18

Highland Yard mare Mother Ruth was flattered with a graded stakes winning daughter yesterday as Yuvetsi won the Rancho Bernardo Stakes at Delmar. Great news that will impact the value of her progeny. It will be interesting to see what is next for Yuvetsi as she looked very strong in dispatching her well though of rivals. Perthaps a run in the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint? Mother Ruth's two-year-old colt "Just for One Day" owned by Highland Yard and McCauley is in training with Christophe Clement at Belmont Park. We also have a lovely Hard Spun weanling in Kentucky out of Mother Ruth.

August 13/18

Senja did indeed go off as the favourite but did not live up to that status running 6th at Santas Rosa. Not possessing enough speed to gain a solid position in the large field of ten and breaking from post ten he settled for a wide trip throughout. This small gelding trys hard enough but will need everything to go right to break through with a win. We will give him another chance at Golden Gate Fields next month and then mase a decision on him regarding his "forvever job". this gelding will be very popular as a pleasure or equestrian horse given his stature and breeding. He is sound as can be.

August 11/18

Senja has been installed as a luke warm favourite in the mile turf maiden tomorrow at Santa Rosa. A full field of 10 has been drawn with Senja starting from the outside post. Our gelding will need to run late and gets the services of jockey Ricardo Gonzalez.

August 11/18

Earnest ran about as expected. He broke okay and tracked two or three wide throughout. He made up a bit of ground over the last part of the race but did not switch leads down the stretch. Overall a decent performance and one tired horse after the race. He should get alot out of this race and will hopefully run less green next time out. He is a big horse and will fill in that frame over the next year. We will give him another chance in 5 weeks or so and then decide wether to send him to the farm for a few months or train on. He will do his best running when more mature. A chart of the race can be found on his Roster Page.

August 9/18

Princess Yaiza has come out of her race well and is being pointed to the Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes, August 23 at York Racecourse in England. The mile and one-half test should suit our filly well. We would hope for a little rain in York as Yaiza has shown an appreciation for softer ground. Exciting times for her and Highland Yard.

August 9/18

Earnest will make his debut tomorrow at Santa Rosa. Earnest has had plenty of works and shown little speed but a nice long stride. We have chosen to enter him here as the race is a mile which is rare for two-year olds this early in the year. The race is on turf which didn't trouble us as having a longer distance was the key. We think Earnest might need this race and hope he has a good initial experience and finishes well the last part of the race. Caralino Martinez will ride from post 4 of 7. Earnest has been installed at 7/2 third favourite on the morning line. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Aug 8/18
A great day of racing at the Galway Racing Festival was enjoyed last Friday. Our filly ran in the feature Guiness Premier Handicap and ran well. Tracking the leader for the majority fo the race she made slow steady impact on the winner only to land one jump short at the wire. Yaiza does not have an explosive final kick but her heart and determination make her a grinding filly that is not going to go away. She will return to a listed stakes race in a few weeks time and we are excited for her next steps. A chart of the race can be found 
on her Roster Page.

July 30/18
Walk Close's yearling colt by top sire Medaglia d'Oro has been accepted into book 1 of the Keeneland Yearling Sale and will sell September 10th or 11th. This will be an interesting benchmark for the Highland Yard breeding program.

July 30/18
Highland Yard principals are packing for a pilgrimage to Galway races in Ireland. The storied race meet begins this week and we are fortunate to have Princess Yaiza contest the Guiness Premier Handicap on Friday. Final entries will not be out until later in the week but we are confident Yaiza fits very well with this group. A photo of Princess Yaiza below.

July 30/18
Flammetta fought every step of the way in her first graded stake attempt finishing 5th of 13 only 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner War Heroine. She gave us a thrill as they turned for home as she looked like she just might get there. We will look for a good return spot for her likely before the end of the Delnar meet
and will nominate her for the Delmar Oaks. A chart of the race can be found here.

July 30/18
Zahra showed a bit of early speed and contested in a stalking second place position until fading in mid stretch. Pleased to see she is getting the hang of it but dissapointed she did not have a run late. We will give her a small brerak and run her back at Golden Gate Fields
August 25th. A chart of the race can be found
on Zahra's toster page.

July 19/18
A full field of 14 three-year old fillies will contest
the Grade 2 San Clemente Stakes at Delmar Saturday afternoon. Flammetta has drawn post 3 with up and coming jockey Giovanni Franco riding. Giovanni has won races for Highland Yard when his tack was at Turf Paradise including wins on barn favourites Wee Highland Lass and Jerry's Fever. Lets hope he can do it again aboard Flammetta. Past Performances can be found here.

July 19/18
After her learning experience
last month Zahra will return to the races today at Sacramento. She has drawn post 2 of 7 with Alejandro Gomez aboard. Zahra will need to improve off of her debut to score in this maiden. Zahra has been installed 8-1 on the morning line. Past performances for the race can be found
on Zahra's Roster Page.

July 14/18

It will be a big day for Highland Yard next Saturday at Delmar. Flammetta will be Highland Yard's first graded stakes runner since Miss Chatelaine's 3rd in the Glenns Falls at Saratoga almost two years ago. Owned in partnership with Ron McCauley we expect a full field of twelve when entries are taken Wednesday. Nominations show a high quality field is certain. Flammetta will be an up and comer in the field having never competed in a stakes race. Having said that her closing style while winning her last two races at 6 1/2 furlongs should translate to a solid performance going a mile for the first time. She has been training very well for Richard Baltas including a great move of 1.01 flat going five furlongs and galluping out very well on July 10th. We will update after entries.

July 14/18

Highland Yard has two 2-year-old colts prepping for debut. We are excited for their prospects.

Earnest a big Quality Road colt purchased out of the Barrettts Mixed Sale as a short yearling is under the care of OJ Jauregui at Golden Gate Fields. Earnest has had a number of four furlong works. He has shown little speed but a lovely long stride that bodes well for two-turn classic distance races. Earnest had his best work today, his first going 5 furlongs, in 1.01.60 at Golden Gate Fields. That was fastest of the eight 2-year-olds at the distance and 6th of 50 overall. He looks a big strong type that will improve with training and time. We would have thought a fall start for him but after todays work an August start is possible. Excitement grows in Northern California.

On the other side of the country is our hombred Will Take Charge colt Just for One Day out of our mare Mother Ruth. Mother Ruth was flattered with her first stakes winner last month. Just for One Day had his early training with Dominic Brennan in Ocala and moved to Christophe Clement's tutelage a couple of weeks ago. He has had a few untimed breezes, is acting professionally and showing a bit of precocity in his early training. He is a large colt but quite lean as a result he is another that might start sooner than we expected. We look forward to watching him progress up to his debut likely at Belmont in September. Just for One Day is owned in partnership with Ron and Tyson McCauley.

July 14/18

Zahra raced a bit green in her debut traveled five wide was steadied in the stretch and finished evenly. We would have hoped for more from her but are willing to cut her some slack first out. We are pointing to a maiden either at Sacramento or Santa Rosa. A chart of the race can be found on Zahra's Roster Page.

July 14/18

Senja taught us what we already knew. She does not run well ont he dirt and the longer the race the better. She finished 5th at Pleasanton on June 29. We will wait for Santa Rosa and run her back long on the turf. A chart of her race can be found on his Roster Page.

June 26/18
Highland Yard homebred "Zahra" will make her debut going 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track at Pleasanton on Friday. She has been working adequately and we are interested to see what she does first time out. She will face a big field of nine two year olds from post 6 with top bay area jockey Juan Hernandez aboard. Our hope is she learns from the experience and finishes well in the latter part of the race. She has shown some speed
and we imagine she will be placed just off the pace early. Past Performances for the race can be found
here.

June 26/18

Senja will be back in action at Pleasanton on Friday faing a field of 7 in the maiden claiming race going one mile on the dirt. Senja breraks from post 7 with Abel Cedillo riding. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Jun 23/18

Flammetta with Flavian Prat in the irons did it again at Santa Anita beating a group of allowance foes on the downhill turf course. It was a visually impressive performance coming form dead last to win in a drive catching favourite Rockin Ready at the wire. She dug deep down the lane and clearly showed great will. In a sign of further progresss she galluped out well clear of the field and will benefit from an increase in trip. Should be a fun summer at Delmar with Flammetta. A chart of the race can be found here.

Jun 23/18

Mother Ruth was flattered Friday by her first stakes winner when daughter Yuvetsi scored in the Santa Lucia Stakes at Santa Anita. Yuvetsi is Mother Ruth's first runner and has booked $161,000 in winnings. Very pleased for our mare and look forward to more great runners from her.

Jun 19/18

No excuses for Mom Said yesterday at Windsor. He did improve to a 5th place finish but never was on terms with the leaders. He is perfectly sound and we will likely put him in the upcoming Ascot sale. He may make a decent jumper horse as he has shown the ability to stay at least a mile and a quarter.

Jun 16/18

Ryono Tesoro will compete in the Grade 3 Unicorn Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse Sunday. Ryono was bred out of Town Belle a mare we claimed at Santa Anita and is by Gio Ponti. We are excited to see positive results from the Highland Yard breeding program iniated a few years ago.

Jun 16/18

Mom Said will be back in action on Monday at Windsor Racecourse trying to break his maiden in a handicap race. Veteran Jockey Pat Cosgrove will ride from stall 2 of 10. It looks like a well matched field and we are hopeful Mom Said will progress and get a share of the purse.

Jun 16/18

Another solid performance by hard trying Princess Yaiza who captured the bronze in Thursdays listed stake at Newbury. Of the three top choices Yaiza tried to make the running but was caught late by the obvious winner Sea of Class. The tactic probably cost her second place but we were there to win. Proud of our consistent filly and her three straight stakes placings. We will regroup and try and find her a spot a bit closer to home to get an elusive victory.

 

Jun 13/18

Princess Yaiza with Adam Kirby up will break from post 7 in the Johnnie Lewis Memorial Stakes at Newbury Racecourse. Yaiza has been installed as 6 to 1 second choice on the tote behind highly thought of odds on favourite Sea of Class. A short article on the race below.

 

Sea aiming to demonstrate her Class at Newbury

Wed 13 Jun 2018

 

Sea Of Class bids for a second successive Listed victory when she lines-up for the Johnnie Lewis Memorial British EBF Stakes at Newbury on Thursday.

The daughter of Sea The Stars opened her account over a mile and a quarter at the Berkshire track last month and became a leading fancy for the Investec Oaks. 

However, after much deliberation, trainer William Haggas took her out of the fillies’ Classic at Epsom at the final declaration stage to wait for this race, registered as the Abingdon Stakes.

“Sea Of Class is fine,” said Haggas.

“I wanted to keep her at a mile and a quarter for her next run, so that is what we are doing.

“She has a small penalty to carry on Thursday, but she is doing very well and I hope she will run a good race.”

Haggas also saddles Dramatic Queen, who makes her seasonal debut after getting off the mark on her second start as as a two-year-old. 

“Dramatic Queen wants a bit of dig in ground and will need her first run,” said the Newmarket handler. 

“She is a lovely filly, but she is a bit rusty and needs to get on now, which is why she is running as well.”

Princess Yaiza is the sole Irish contender and Gavin Cromwell’s charge makes her second trip across the Irish Sea this season after finishing third in the Cheshire Oaks on the Roodee last month.

She looked like being second to Magic Wand until being run out of that place close home by Forever Together, who went on to win the Oaks.

“She came out of Chester well. She’s in good nick and I’m expecting a big run,” said Cromwell.

The Chester race was over one mile, three and a half furlongs and the County Meath trainer is not worried about the distance.

“She won over seven furlongs as a two-year-old so the trip won’t be a problem,” he said.

The Andrew Balding-trained Shailene, who was fourth in the Cheshire Oaks, takes her chance while Daddies Girl, Herecomesthesun, Mrs Sippy and Rasima make up the eight-strong field.

 

Jun 11/18

Princess Yaiza has been entered at Newbury for Thursday in the listed Johnnie Lewis Stakes. Yaiza will cross on the ferry from Ireland tommorow night and have Wednesday to get acclimated prior to the race. Final entries are on Tuesday but it looks like a solid field. We anticipate Yaiza will be one of the top three favourites depending on who opts in Tuesday. She has been training well and we expect her to run her race over the mile and 1/4 distance. We will update tommorow after the final draw.

 

Jun 11/18

Senja ran well yesterday at Golden Gate coming again from well off the pace to grab third place although not in contact with the winning pair. With time and perhaps a more aggressive ride early in his races, we think he will get to the winner circle one day soon. We are a bit hamstrung now as Golden Gate is cliosed for two months while the racing moves to the fair circuit. The fairs, other than Santa Rosa which opens August 1st, do not have turf racing. We will ikely give him one chance on the dirt over the next few weeks and then point to a race back on the turf in August. A chart of the race can be found on his Roster Page.

 

May 29/18

Flammetta owned in partnership with our good friends the McCauley's broke through with a victory at Santa Anita yesterday. She certianly did it the hard way, stumbling out of the gate dead last, gradually joining the pace only to swing seven wide around the turn and catch them all at the wire. It is exciting to see her win this way leading us to believe she can improve off of this race. If she comes out of this race well we would imagine another start at Santa Anita prior to the Delmar summer meet. A chart of the race can be found here.

 

May 29/18

Senja ran into a tough group of maidens on Sunday at Golden Gate. He ran his usual style from dead last and made little impression down the lane for a 5th place finish but only three lengths from the winner. The race was very fast and in fact Senja earned a lifetime best equibase figure on Sunday. Joceky Martinez said she ran well but only in fits and starts and did nopt stay focuaed for the whole race. Back to the drawing board with Senja and hopefully a quick return start for him prior to the end of the Golden Gate meet. A chart of the race can ber found on his Roster Page.

 

May 25/18

A busy weekend for Highland Yard runners with Senja slated to run at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday and Flammetta in a starter allowance at Santa Anita on Monday. Highland Yard bred Tattered is favoured at Parx tommorow. Past performances for Senja can be found on her Roster Page. Flammettas past performances can be found here.

 

May 25/18

Mom Said was posiitioned well but displaced her palate effectively ending her chances at haydock this afternoon. We will regroup for a run in four weeks time.

 

May 9/18

Princess Yaiza earned her second stakes placing in three weeks with a brave third in today's Cheshire Oaks. Jockey Franny Norton rode her hard out of the outside post to establish position although she did have to run 6 and 5 wide throught the initial two turns on the tight Chester oval. She worked hard from the three furlong marker making no impression on the winner Magic Wand but just losing second in the last hundred yards. We were pleased with her hard working performance and will look to run her back at Gowran Park in the Victor McMalount Stakes if she bounces out of this race well. She seems a resilient and hard working type but we dont want to use to much of her in what is a promising campaign. The winner Magical Wand will be a good chance in the Epsom Oaks and our filly seems just a notch below. Excited for what Yaiza has accomplished and what she has ahead.

It is notable that the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th placings came from posts 1,2,3 and 4 while Yaiza's placing came from gate 10.

A chart of the race can be found on Princess Yaiza's Roster Page.

May 8/18

Racing Post article on Princess Yaiza in the Cheshire Oaks here.

May 7/18

Walk Close's 3 week old Hard Spun colt looks the part at Brookdale this morning.

May 7/18

Stakes placed Princess Yaiza gets another crack at the top prize in Wednesday's Cheshire Oaks going 1 3/8th miles on Chester England's tight turf course. This will be the biggest race a Highland Yard runner has been in for a few years with a purse of 75,000 Sterling. We like our filly's chances but have drawn the outside post in a racetrack notorious for an inside post bias. Hopefully veteran jockey Franny Norton can work out a trip for our filly who we believe will run well over these "classic" longer distances.

Princess Yaiza will make the three hour crossing by ferry this afternoon then the 90 minute drive to Chester to acclimate to her surroundings prior to the her race Wednesday. Princess Yaiza will face three more Aiden O'Brien runners including potential favourite Magic Wand. A list of runners can be found here.

May 7/18

Senja showed further improvement with his first in the money performance yesterday at Golden Gate Fields. Senja again trailed early but gradually made up ground to finish third only one and a quarter lengths behind the winner. Our gelding does his best running late and we will look for a race of 1 1/16th or 1 1/8th miles next time out. A chart of the race can be found on his Roster Page.

May 4/18

Senja has drawn post 3 of 8 for Sunday's Maiden on the turf at Golden Gate Fields. Senja ran better than expected last time out and we are hoping she can build on that performance. Jockey Martinez will try and place her a little closer to the pace this race as she was left with too much to do last time out. If she improves she should be competitive with this field. Past Peformances can be found here.

Apr 29/18

Due to standing water, racing was cancelled at Gowran Park today. We will likely hear of a make up date over the next few days.

 

Apr 27/18

We have entered Princess Yaiza right back to run in the listed Victor McCalmont Stakes at Gowran Park in Ireland this Sunday. She came out of her race well and this opportunity was to good to pass up. A field of 9 is entered and Yaiza drew saddle cloth number 9 and will break from the inside post 1. We are fortunate to get champion jockey Colin Keane back to ride and are very excited for the prospects of another stakes placing and legit chance at the win. This race includes older fillies and mares but as a 3 year old Princess Yaiza gets a "stone" weight allowance. It will be an early morning in front of the screen here with post time set for 6:20 am pacific time (2:20 pm in Ireland).

 

Apr 26/18

Princess Yaiza under a well timed ride from champion jockey Colin Keane earned third place in the listed Salsabi Stakes at Navan racecourse on Sunday. Ridden in touch but off the pace, Yaiza took up the running about three furlongs out making steady progress to finsh in third. We will likely run Yaiza back quickly in next Sunday's Victor McCalmont Stakes at Gowran Park. That race will involve some tough older horses but there is a significant weight allowance for three yer olds like Princess Yaiza. Sixteen have been entered with final declarations on Friday. Princess Yaiza earned black type status with her placing in the Salsabil. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster page. A video of the race can be found here.

 

Apr 26/18

Engaging in a speed duel with Classy Atlantic was certainly not the strategy of choice for Flammetta racing a mile on the turf at Santa Anita last Saturday. To top it off Flammetta came out in the stretch interfering with another runner and was placed down to fifth on the disqualification. We expect a better trip and result when coming back in a few weeks time. A chart of the race can be found here.

 

Apr 26/18

Mom Said tired late in his 2018 debut finishing a dissapointing 10th of 15 at Pontrefact racecourse in England. No excuses for our gelding and we hope he improves off of this for a run in three or four weeks.

 

Apr 19/18

The big day approaches. Princess Yaiza has been entered to run in the 1 1/4 mile Salsabil Stakes at Navan Racesourse in Ireland this Sunday. She is coming off of a 5th place finish behind UAE Derby winner and Kentucky Derby bound Mendelssohn and won't run into quite that hard of a field here. Nonetheless it is indeed a deep field of 13 for the early entries and likely around 10 will go to the post. Top trainer Aiiden O'Brien has 4 entered including stakes winner Bye Bye Baby. Trainer Gavin Cromwell has been pleased with our filly and we are hopeful of a big run and hopefully a stakes placing. A Highland Yard contingent will be in attendance. Early entries for the race can be found here.

 

Apr 19/18

We are very excited to report Flammetta has been entered to run in Saturday's one mile turf allowance at Santa Anita. Flammett, whom we are partners in with good friend Ron McCauley, will break from post 6 of 8 with Alonso Quinonez aboard. She has been training exceptionally well and seems to fit with this tough field of 3yo fillies. Alonso will be wearing Mr McCauley's Yellow and Black silks. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

 

Apr 19/18

Mom Said has been entered in two spots for an expected run this weekend. She will run at either Pontrefact on Monday or Yarmouth on Tuesday. We are excited to see him back at the races for his 2018 debut.

 

Apr 16/18

Trainer Ed Walker scratched Mom Said from todays race at Windsor. An additional 10 ml of rain on an already wet course was not what we were looking for. We will find a spot for her next week.

 

Apr 16/18

We are seldom pleased running 4th in a race but such was the case yesterday with Senja. He showed no talent in his first race and has not shown us much in training. Yesterday, in his first chance on the turf he came from last well off the pace to finish a respectful 4th at Golden Gate Fields. Jockey Martinez remarked that it took him  awhile to get used to the surface but he adjusted and seemed to like it. He certianly showed us enough to prep him up for another try on the grass in 3 or 4 weeks time. A chart of the race can be found on his Roster Page.

 

April 14/18

Mom Said drew post 10 of 10 for his seasonal debut at Windsor racecourse in England on Monday. Trainer Ed Walker is excited for his prospects this year although he may want a bit of a longer trip and was done no favours drawing the outside here. We expect some wins for Mom Said this year. Entries for the race can be found here.

April 14/18

Walk Close foaled a Hard Spun colt on Thursday at Brookdale Farm in Kentucky. Mare and foal are healthy. Photos to follow next week. Highland Yard has now been blessed with four healthy foals (3 colts and a filly) this year with only Amaranth to come as she is due May 3.

Apr 14/18

Senja drew post 1 of 6 for Sunday's 1 mile and 1/16th maiden claiming race on the turf at Goiden Gate Fields. He continues to show very little in training and we are hoping a switch to the turf may help him. He is bred for turf being out of the Irish Galileo mare Purple. Past performances can be found here.

 

Apr 3/18

Highland Yard has a very exciting breeding program which will be updated and outlined here:

Mother Ruth

Our multiple stakes winning Speightstown mare has a very able first runner in allowance winner Yuvetsi and we will be very excited to race, in partnership with McCauley farm, her two-year-old colt Just for One Day later this summer.

Mother Ruth has a yearling filly by Into Mischief that we will likely race in the Highland Yard blue and white. Into Mischief is the hottest sire in the country with a son (Audible) and a half-brother (Mendellsohn) both touted for Kentucky Derby.

She also has a weanling Hard Spun and confirmed back in-foal to Creative Cause.

Miss Chatelaine

This stakes winning daughter of Pulpit has a Mare Than Ready filly born January 29th and is comfirmed back in-foal to War Front.

Miss Chatelaine may have the highest ceiling of our broodmarers and we look forward to running the filly in a couple of years.

Walk Close

Graded Stakes winning Tapit mares are hard to come by. She has a yearling colt by elite sire Medaglia d'Oro who we will llkely sell in September. Walk Close is due a Hard Spun foal next week and will go back to Uncle Mo. Certainly the most valuable family in the Highland Yard broodmare band currently.

All Due Respect

This multiple Grade 1 placed mare has a winner from her first runner and a Nyquist foal on the ground in Kentucky. She is back in foal to Claiborne sire Flatter.

Amaranth

This speedy mare who won four stakes in the Highland Yard silks is destined to have very fast babies. The first of those is due in early May by sire Uncle Mo. It is hard to imagine we won't want to race her first offspring down the line. Amaranth will go back to Twirling Candy.

Wee Highland Lass

A stable favorite out-west this pretty chestnut mare has already produced a $225,000 Fasig Select Sale two-year-old and has a lovely Daaher two-year-old in training with OJ Jauregui in Northern California. She is doing all the right things and we are eagerly awaiting "Zahra's" racing career. Wee Highland Lass has a Northern Indy Yearling and is being bred to Shaman Ghost in California.

Anais

Anais won a couple of races for Highland Yard but didn't live up to her pedigree and stunning good looks. Hopefully she can pass down the better aspects of her breeding to her foals. She is so good looking we had to give her a shot. Anais visited up and coming sire Munnings at Coolmore last month.

 

Apr 3/18
Princess Yaiza's run in the Patton Stakes at Dundalk March 9th was flattered in a huge way last weekend. Winner of the Patton Stakes, Mendellsohn trained by Aiden O'Brien went on to win the $2,000,000 UAE Derby at Meydan Race Course in Dubai. Mendellsohn is now listed at 10-1 to win the Kentucky Derby. Hopefully our filly will further flatter that race with a good run in the upcoming Salsabil Stakes April 22nd.

Apr 3/18
Bridal Arch came nicely from a bit off the pace to close a willing second on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. She was claimed away from us in that race and we wish the best of luck to her and her new connections. A chart of the race can be found
on her Roster Page.

Mar 29/18
Bridal Arch has drawn post 2 of 7 for Saturday's race 5 at Golden Gate Fields/ Jockey Flavien Prat in town from Santa Anita will ride. Bridal Arch will be one of the favourites in what looks like a very evenly matched race. Hopefully our grey filly can get it done. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

March 19/18
Senja
showed little in his debut running greenly throughout after a bad break from the gate. She will train up for a start on the lawn in a few weeks time. A chart of the race can be found on Senja's roster page.

March 18/18
Senja makes his first start today
at Golden Gate Fields. He has been training for a couple of months and we decided he might as well get some racing experience. He has not shown speed and look to this as a race he will need prior to hopefully making his mark in longer races on the turf over the late spring and summer. Being out of a Galileo mare he is bred to go long on the turf. Hopefully a good learning experience for him and he shows some run late in the proceedings. Apprentice jockey Lucas Guiterez gets the mount from gate 6 of 10. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Mar 13/18
Princess Yaiza ran very well off of an 87 day layoff for jockey Rolan Whelan at Dundalk in the Patton Stakes. Running against a sterling field including Breeders Cup winner Mendelssohn and group 2 stakes winner Sea Henge she got tired in the late running but held on for 5th place. She picked up a bit of a cheque for her efforts and will face fillies next out likely in the Salsabil Stakes in Navan on April 22nd prior to be shipped to the United States for the summer campaign. A chart of her race can be found on her Roster Page.

Mar 13/18
Bridal Arch
ran a dissapointing 4th at Golden Gate Fields last Saturday. Breaking from the inside post she was unable to make the front and as a result had to race wide throughout and indeed fanned four-wide around the final bend. She was unable to make an impression from that spot and placed fourth although only beaten by 3 1/2 lengths. We look for a better result next time out. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

Mar 5/18
I
n our ongoing quest to race at the highest level we have partnered on a couple of well bred horses. We have sold an interest in our two-year old colt Just for One Day and purchased an interest in impressive maiden winner Flammetta. We will, as policy, maintain Roster Pages for horses we maintain majority interest (like Just for One Day) and will report starts for all horses including where we have a minority interest. To a large degree the industry has transitioned to more of a partnership model to spread risk and pool resources in a quest to find the "big horse".

Mar 5/18
Zahra in the house! Our pretty two-year old home bred out of Wee Highland Lass has been doing everything right and has been galloping between horses and is another that should be ready for the spring.

Mar 5/18
Earnest has arrived at Golden Gate Fields! He is a big boy and a January foal. He will have some time to get aclimated to OJ's barn and begin to build a foundation. We will see how he comes along but a late spring early or summer start is a reasonable target. Serious looking two-year old.

Mar 1/18
Given the snow storms in Ireland and England, the Patton Stakes has been postponed until next Friday, March 9th. Luckily the Highland Yard contingent had not started the journey to Ireland. We plan to be in full force for Princess Yaiza next week at Dundalk.

 

Feb 24/18
It is hard to believe
but our first two year olds are coming to the racetrack next week. "Earnest" the Quality Road colt we purchased at Barrett's and Wee Highland Lass' Daaher filly "Zahra" will both be at OJ's barn next week. Hope springs eternal with two-year olds and we look forward to seeing these two develop. We will have Roster Page's up for them next week.

Feb 24/18
A racing career comes to an end and a broodmare career begins.
Our striking Malibu Moon mare never quite lived up to her good looks or her Saratoga Summer purchase price but gave us a few thrills along the way. A few niggling injuries early in her career didnt help. She is a lovely strong mare and has every chance to be a star broodmare for Highland Yard. She is on her way to Kentucky tommorow where she will reside at beautiful McCauley Farm. Breeding plans will be determined shortly.

Feb 24/18
Cibo is  moving on to a different career. She never
took to the racetrack and showed little natural racing ability. She is a very sound horse and will move to Whispering Oaks in Temecula to begin training for her new career. Thank you to Segrid who will get the process underway.

Feb 17/17
Bridal Arch made the running every step of the way and held on nicely down the lane to win yesterdays route race at Golden Gate Fields.
Bridal Arch was well ridden by apprentice jockey Lucas Guiterrez. We look forward to her next race as she seems to be coming into her own. A chart of the race can be found on Bridal Arch's Roster Page.

Feb 17/17
Cibo will start from post 2 of 9 in Monday's maiden claiming
race at Golden Gate Fields. Cibo will need to show a whole lot more than she has shown in her two previous starts. Jockey Francisco Duiran gets the mount. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Feb 17/17
Oh-Oh top European trainer Aidan o'Brien will enter one or two super stars to run in the Patton Stakes on March 2nd against our filly Princess Yaiza. Either G1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf winner Mendolssohn or G2 Champagne Stakes winner Sea henge are likely. Time for our filly to shock the world (or at least grab a 2nd or 3rd) ....

Feb 11/18
Bridal Arch has been entered for Friday's 1 1/16th claiming race at Golden Gate Fields. Apprentice jockey Lucas Gutierrez will break from the four hole of seven starters with a 7 pound weight allowance. We continue to try and find the right level for Bridal Arch to break through and are hoping this latest drop will get the job done. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Feb 7/17
Princess Yaiza will stay in Ireland for the time being and run in the March 2nd Patton Stakes at Dundalk.
This turn of events resulted from a delay in the flight for her trip to the USA. Having won two races in a row over the Dundalk all weather surface we are excited to see her run against the boys in the Patton. She will be trained up to the race by her current trainer, Gavin Cromwell who has had much success with the filly. Oddly enough the Patton Stakes is part of the "European Road to the Kentucky Derby" and Kentucky Derby points will be assigned to the top four finishers.

 

Jan 30/18
Miss Chatelaine is a mom. She foaled her first foal, a filly, on January 28 at 9:52 pm. The leggy daughter of More Than Ready and mom are doing well. Congrats on her first of hopefully many healthy foals. Thanks to the team at Brookdale for their work and photo below.

Jan 22/18
Cibo finished last in the sprint at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday. We are not sure wether racing is the right career
for her but have decided to try her again with blinkers next time out. If she doesn't start to take to racing we have an excellent new vocation for her as an equestrian horse through Whispering Meadows in Southern California

Jan 18/18
Derby dreams ....
Highland Yard struck at yesterdays Barretts Janaury sale purchasing a lovely Quality Road two year old colt from the consignment of Checkmate Thoroughbreds. He will go to the stable of OJ Jauregui who facilitated the purchase. A Bloodhorse article referencing the sale can be found here.

Jan 18/18
Highland Yard sold Smart n Dreamy's short yearling filly by Sky Mesa at the Keeneland January sale. We were pleased with the result and wish the best to her new owners.

Jan 18/18
No Excuses for Anais yesterday at Gulfstream as she didn't fire, was never seriously involved and finished a dissapointing 6th in the turf sprint. She came out of the race in suprisingly good order and will train up for another try in three or four weeks time. A chart of the race can be found
on her Roster Page.

Jan 16/18
Cibo has drawn post 2 of 8 for Saturday's maiden claiming race going 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track at Golden Gate Fields.
Golden Gate is done running on the turf until spring and thus the move to the main track. We are unsure how she will like the surface and are hoping for an improvement of her debut three weeks ago. Catalino Martinez retains the mount and Cibo has been set at 8-1 on the morning line. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Jan 13/18
Anais drew post 6 of 9 for Wednesday's allowance sprint on the turf at Gulfstream Park in Florida. She comes in off of a nice second place photo finish last out at this same level. She is likley to be one of the favourites here and we are hopeful Nik Juarez can get it done on her this time. This marks her second career start on the turf. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Jan 10/18
A series of bad runs from Bridal Arch continued on Sunday at Golden Gate. She missed the break and was never invloved finishing last in the seven horse field. Wwe are perplexed as she has been training relatively well. We will drop he in class and look for a race in 3 or 4 weeks time. A chart of the rqace can be found on her Roster Page.

Jan 1/18
Bridal Arch
will be Highland Yard's first runner of 2018 drawing in for a Starter Allowance on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. She should enjoy the drop in class and the shortend trip. She has been installed 9/2 on the morning line. Jockey Catalino Martinez keeps the mount. Bridal Arch worked a lighnting quick bullet 3 furlongs in 35 seconds flat this morning and should be ready to fire. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Dec 30/17
Highland Yard has acquired a two-year old filly named Princess Yaiza in Ireland. Working with Harvey Bloodstock the deal was culminated last week to bring the two-time winner to North America to race in the Highland Yard silks. We intend to ship her to Payson Park to join Anais and Teatro under the tutelage of Christophe Clement. We will build a Roster Page for Princess Yaiza in the near future.

Dec 30/17
Cibo had an experiential run at Golden Gate Fields yesterday cutting the early fractions before yielding to the off pace horses over the last 3/8ths of a mile. All in all a decent first out as she handled herself well in the paddock and on the track. She seemed to take to the turf and came back in fine order. She was the only first time starter in the eight horse field. We look forward to seeing what she does next time out in a few weeks. A chart of the race can be found onn Cibo's Roster Page.

Dec 27/17
Our homebred Cibo debuts Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
She is the barn sweetheart but has shown very little in her works to date. Given she has shown no speed we have decided to debut her long on the grass and thus the 1 1/16th mile route against seven other two-year-old fillies. She has drawn well and will break from post three with accomplished jockey Catalino Martinez getting the call. Will watch this one with one eye closed and hope she has a positive experience to work from. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Dec 27/17
Anais raced on the turf for the first time yesterday and performed well rushing along the rail to grab second place in the large twelve horse field. She certainly outperformed her odds as she went off at 21-1 with Nik Juarez in the irons. Hopefully she can improve on the turf second time out and pick up an allowance victory. She came out of the race well and we anticipate another crack at this level at beautiful Gulfstream Park on January 17th. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

Dec 8/17
Bridal Arch looked to have every chance yesterday at Golden Gate Fields but faded down the stretch to finish a dissapointing 7th. Jockey Duran had her just off a slow pace through 6 furlongs but she failed to respond leaving us scratching our heads.
 Yes this was difficult allowance company against older but she showed little when it counted. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

Dec 7/17
We finally have a race for a well rested B
ridal Arch. Bridal Arch will break from post 4 of 10 for Friday's Allowance going a mile on the main track at Golden Gate Fields. Her excercise rider Francisco Duran gets the mount in a competitive large field. We expect a nice run from her and would hope to be on the board tomorrow. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Nov 24/17
Highland Yard
reached a significant milestone over the last two weeks with the first two Highland Yard bred winners. This speaks very well of the future of the breeding program established four years ago and just now coming into fruition.

All Due Respect's 3 year-old filly In It For The Gold broke her maiden on the turf course at Aqueduct beating 7 horses to mark Highland Yard's first bred winner. The race was at the highest Maiden Special Weight level. All Due Respect is in foal to Nyquist with a foal due in February of next year.

Three days later Town Belle's 2 year-old Ryono Tesoro broke her maiden at second asking in Tokyo beating fifteen others at Japan's highest level. Town Belle was sold to Japanese interests in 2015.

Nov 24/17
Highland Yard's sales season was mixed. All Due Respect's Ghostzapper
colt did not bring the type of money we had hoped and Mother Ruth's Will Take Charge went unsold returning to the farm to race in the Highland Yard silks next year. Purple's Candy Ride sold well as did our Smart n Dreamy mare. We are very excited for our soon to be yearlings by Walk Close (Medaglia d'Oro), Mother Ruth (Into Mischief) and Wee Highland Lass (Daaher) and believe they will light up the sales and/or hit the winners circle over the next two years. Perhaps even more exciting Highland Yard mares will deliver foals in 2018 by sires Hard Spun, More Than Ready, Nyquist and Uncle Mo. It is a game of patience and we are very excited of the outlook for Highland Yard stock in coming years. Rome was not built in a day.

Nov 24/17
Anais is prepping up for her first turf start at Gulfstream
on December 6th. Winner of 2 of 5 races we are hoping she takes to the turf and can outsprint allowance rivals and begin a new phase of her career on the turf.

Nov 24/17
B
ridal Arch is fit and ready to run. We have had much difficulty finding a starter allowance at Golden Gate at her preferred distance on the all weather surface. She will work tomorrow as we await the right race for her. We are excited to get her back in the starting gate.

Nov 24/17
Teatro is ensconsed
at Christophe's Payson Park training center in South Florida and is preparing for her first breeze this week. Another Highland Yard two-year old that is a bit slow to put it together but liked by Christophe. We would hope for a first start at Gulfstream early in the new year.

Nov 24/17
Homebred Cibo has been in training with OJ at Golden Gate Fields and has a number of 5 furlong works but has yet to put it together physically or mentally. She will get a stiffer breeze tomorrow in the hope she will respond to a bit more pressure.
The horses pace of improvement will dictate a start date.

Nov 24/17
Senja has had five works for OJ at Golden Gate Fields and has shown little speed. His pedigree from a Galileo mare and by turf sire Gio Ponti would lead us to believe he will do his best running long on the turf so we will give him some time to prepare. A trial start in January on the all weather surface is likely but spring racing on the turf
should show his true ability.

Oct 5 /17
Bridal Arch has drawn post 9 of 12 for Saturday's Starter Allowance going one mile on the turf course at Santa Anita.
We had to give her a try on the turf as a dirt race did not come up for her. She has had one turf start way back in her two-year old year and hope she takes to it better this run. She does have a lot of tuf in her pedigree. Jockey Tiago Pereira will ride. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Oct 5 /17
Mom Said ran very green and babyish in his first start at Kempton yesterday. We would have hoped for more although trainer Ed Walker is confident he will improve at second asking. We will run him back over the next four weeks. Ed thinks he will benefit greatly from the experience. A chart of the r
ace can be found on Mom Said's Roster page.

Oct 2 /17
Mom Sai
d will run in his debut tommorow at Kempton in England. This is essentially a trial for him and a learning experience. we hope he learns from the event, finishes well and comes back sound. Nonetheless we are excited to see him run in the new English Highland Yard silks.Mom Said is number 5 and will break from post 11 of 14. Jockey Liam Keniry will ride.

Sep 25 /17
Mom Said has progressed well in his training with Ed Walker in England and will target a debut at Salisbury Racecourse next week in England.

We are looking for a promising run but expect him to run a bit green and hopefully learn from the experience. Entries for the October 4th race over 7 furlongs on the turf should be out early next week.

Sep 25 /17
Bridal Arch did her best running late but it wasn't enough to collar the front runners finishing fourth on Saturday at Los Alamitos. The two length loss was encouraging enough to keep her down south and try another time at Santa Anita. We will look to run her back in two or three weeks time. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

Sep 21 /17
Bridal Arch drew post 2 of 7 for Saturdays Starter allowance going 6 1/2 furlongs at Los Alamitos Racecourse. She has trained well in Northern California and will have the services of top apprentice jockey Evin Roman. We would have hooped for a mile race to come up for Bridal Arch but think she fits well with these and will likely be post time favourite. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Sep 6 /17
Bridal Arch had a prosperous summer. On August 9th she broke her maiden at Delmar with an impressive run to beat fading contestants by 3 lengths. We wheeled her back on short rest to try and win a starter allowance over the same course and distance but she didn't quite get the trip running 3 and 4 wide to finish a solid 3rd and pick up another cheque. She will breeze tommorow and we will try her back in a couple of weeks at Santa Anita or Pleasanton at the same level. She tries hard every time out and is turning into a nice racehorse.

Sep 6/17

Anais has had mixed results over the summer. An impressive allowance win on August 9th was followed by the Dr Teresa Garafalo Stakes where she faded badly down the stretch. She was found to have bled slightly during that race and is in the middle of hyperbaric treatment to, hopefully, resolve that issue. She will be on the bench for a couple of months.

Sep 6/17

Mom Said has progressed with Ed Walker in Upper Lambourn England. It is likely this Irish bred son of French sire Lawman will debut in the UK in a few weeks time.

Sep 6/17

Cibo is in training with OJ at Golden Gate Fields and will breeze in a weeks time. A first start in late fall seems likely. We are excited to see this son of Northern Indy on the race track.

 

July 18 /17
Highland Yard is off to Saratoga for the summer meet and will only be posting occasionally. We'll be cheering on Bridal Arch out west and Anais out east and hoping our two-year olds progress. The highlight may prove to be the three yearlings we are selling at Fasig Tipon August 7th and Keeneland in September
. Have a great summer.

July 6 /17
Bridal Arch showed significant improvement again on the weekend. She tracked well under a nice ride by Juan Hernandez fighting all the way to finish a game third against a tough group of maidens. In the end she lost by 1 3/4 lengths with the fourth place horse 18 lengths further back!

She certainly showed enough to give her another try to break her maiden at this level. We will see how she comes out of the race and target another in 3 or 4 weeks time. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

July 1 /17
Bridal Arch drew post 3 of 7 in the July 4 maiden allowance at Oak Tree Pleasanton. We are hopeful the longer distance of 1 1/16th miles will suit her against a tough field of maidens. Veteran jockey Juan Hernandez gets the mount. Past Performances for the race can be found here.

Jun 28/17

Mother Ruth's yearling by freshman sire Will Take Charge has drawn hip number 19 for the top select yearling sale in the country. The striking colt will go through the Fasig Tipton auction ring at Saratoga on August 7th. We are excited to see him this summer and see what he brings.

The colt's catologue page is linked below

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Jun 28/17

Anais faltered down the stretch but retained third place in her first try at Alllowance company on June 18th at Parx. She received an improved equibase number of 82 off of that performance and we are hopeful for more from this daughter of Malibu Moon. We will try her back at parx in the same condition or a similar race agaisnt open company at Saratoga in late July. A chart of the race can be found on Anais' Roster page.

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.