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une 10/19
Just for One Day showed talent in debut at Belmont Friday. Moving well he was in 2nd position at the top of the stretch and looked poised to takeover the front runner. Instead she stopped and faded to 5th. Scoping after the race explained why. It appears Just for One Day suffered from Laryngeal Hemiplegia or a paralysis on one side of her larynx. We will do a dynamic scope next week and decide a course of action. The most likely outocme will be a realtively common "tie-back" surgery which will require about 4 weeks out of training. We appear to have a telaneted racehorse and will try to do the best thing for him and his career. We were hoping he would be a runner for us at Saratoga this summer but it looks more likley a fall campaign for him. A chart of the race can be found on Just for One Day's Roster Page

News

July 9/19

After a year's hiatus, Highland Yard is off to Saratoga for the summer. We are grateful for the runners we have on both sides of the pond and are hopeful we can overcome some niggling injuries and start putting some points on the board! We will not be posting on this site through the summer but will be back in September.

 July 9/19

We couldn't help ourselves and reached out to the HORA sale at Fasig Tipton to purchase a tough little geldng (He Iz Gone) to run at Saratoga in the Highland Yard blue and white. He will be trained by Christophe Clement and should get a start by the end of the month.

July 9/19

Point Reyes has been entered for this Thursday at Leopardstown. She will be trying to improve off her sub-par debut at the end of May. Jockey Gatry Carroll has been working her with upmost confidence. Gary remarks that she is a "black type filly". From Gary's lips to Gods ears.....

July 2/19

Two - Year Old - Update

Bottle of Smoke - first breeze last Sunday at Golden Gate target debut late August

Zibo - first breeze at Golden Gate last Sunday target debut mid August

Point Reyes - in training with Gavin Cromwell, likely second race in Ireland over next few weeks

Bay Witch - light training with Richard Baltas in Southern California target debut September

Snicket - shipping from Kentucky to Clement barn July 10, target debut September

 

June 30/19

Zahra returned to form running a solid second at the fair yesterday. She contested the pace throughout but was a touch leg-weary late still holding on for a nice cheque. She was a tired girl this morning but should be ready to try again July 27th at Sacramento. Nice run Zahra!

June 29/19

Zahra has drawn post 5 of 6 for todays Maiden Special Weight at Pleasanton. She will need to race up to her prior form to be a factor. Should she do that she fits very well with this group. Is this finally the day? Past performances for the race can be found here..

June 29/19

Exciting time of the year with the two-year olds staring serious prep for upcoming debuts. Below is a nice photo of homebreds Zibo (inside) and Bottle of Smoke working at Golden Gate Fields. (Photo Credit Emily LaRoche).

June 29/19

Come September scoped a bit of mucous last week and was sratched from her start at Limerick. It is not uncommon for a horse changing barns to have a bit of an issue adapting to their new environment. Luckliy she had not shipped up to Limerick and will get a little time prior to her next scheduled start.

June 20/19

Come September will make her first start in Highland Yard silks tomorrow at Limerick Racecourse. Drawn post 5 of 5 she will have Chris Hayes riding in a small but competitive group of previous winners. She is dropping in trip but has a chance to improve off of her maiden victory at Gowran. Just September is currently 6 to 1 with the bookies in Europe.

June 20/19
The
punishing hits keep coming. Group stake winner and Breeders Cup participant Princess Yaiza has popped another splint and will be out of action for a few months. She was just coming off two "spectacular" works according to trainer Clement and was set to be one of the favourites for the summer route turf races for mares at Belmont and Saratoga. We are hopeful she will heal well and still be a runner for us in the late fall.

June 10/19
The last addition to this years Highland Yard roster is complete with the acquisition of "Come September" in Ireland. Come September was purchased with the help of Daithi Harvey and will be trained by Gavin Cromwell. Come September has only had one run winning at Gowran Park on June 3rd. We believe she can be a stakes filly and will campaign her with this goal in mind. Come September's Roster Page will be added late this week.

June 10/19
Just for One Day showed plenty of talent on debut at Belmont Park. He looked poised to challenge for the victory at the top of the stretch only to fade badly to finish 5th. A post race scope explained why as he suffered laryngeal hemiplegia which restricted his air intake. He is likely to undergo a rather common tie-back surgery which sadly will take him out of training for 4 weeks and make a Saratoga start unlikely. Given we appear to have a very talented colt
we will do the right thing for his career and try address the problem. A chart of the race an be found on his Roster Rage.

June 10/19
Earnes
t appeared dull in the paddock and ran that way on the race track Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. Earnests best run to date was on the dirt at Los Alamitos. We will give him a month off and try him on the dirt at Sacramento at a lower level. A chart of the racw can be found on Earnest's Roster Page.

June 6 /19
Earnes
t has drawn post 3 of 8 for Saturdays Maiden at Golden Gate Fields. Catalino Martinez rides. Earnest needs to stay in touch with the field and if he can do so should be running late. Past performances can be found here.

June 4/19

The big week is finally here. Just for One Day has been entered in a nice 7 furlong maiden on day 1 of the Belmont Stakes Festival at Belmont Park. Our colt has been training well and we are excited to see him enter the gate. Flavian Prat gets the mount from stall 4 of 8. Looks like a wide open field other than the likely favourite Ahead of Plan who placed a close up 2nd in a maiden last summer at Saratoga for top connections. Past performances for the race can be found here.

May 31/19

Just for One Day Schooling for Debut

 

May 31/19

A nice photo of Amarnath's 5 day old colt!

May 26/19

We are happy to report Amaranth birthed a healthy Twirling Candy colt late Friday night. It took Amaranth a couple of years but she is finally a mom. We will be excited to see if her colt will carry Amaranth's speed gene! Photos to come.

May 26/19

We knew we were asking alot entering Flammetta in the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita and got about what we expected. Running against the best speed fillies and mares on the West Coast she finished 5th and picked up a cheque for her efforts. She did not take to the dirt track well according to jockey Arroyo and will return to the turf for her next start.

May 26/19

Zahra did not have the speed to compete with the maidens sprinters yesterday at Golden Gate. We will look for a mile race on the fair  circuit next time out. A chart of the race can be found on Zahra's Roster page.

May 26/19

We expected more on debut from Point Reyes on Friday at the Curragh. Granted she was running against some of the top young two-year olds in Ireland but she did not respond to pressure in the late running and finished 9th of the 13 runners. Hopefully she gained fitness and learned from the run and will acquit herself better next out. A chart of the race can be found on her Roster Page.

May 23/19

Point Reyes will have Gary Carroll ride in the important maiden race at The Curragh tomorrow morning (our time). It is a tough field of maidens with three representatives from the powerful Coolmore barns. Fingers crossed she translates her solid training in the race. The field for the race can be found here.

May 23/19

Flammetta is likely to be entered in the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday. She will be a bit of a longshot but the big prize and graded stake placing are worth a shot! We will see how she runs at the short distance of 5 furlongs in this turf sprint.

May 20/19

Exciting times as Point Reyes has been entered for the maiden filly race at the famed and totally renovated Curragh this Friday May 24th. Point Reyes will be the first of our two year old runners to debut this year and we are optimistic of her chances. This is traditionally one of the higher rated maiden races and twenty have been entered to run. At the declaration phase this will probably winnow down to 14 or so runners. We will report back with final entries and confirm our jockey later in the week.

May 19/19
Earnest had a very eventful day yesterday, actually running quite well first back off the layoff.
After holding back in last place by 9 or 10 lengths, Earnest started a slow steady run. Heading down the home straight, he was gaining when the horse in front of him dumped his jockey directly in Earnest's path. Jockey Martinez took Earnest back and deftly swerved to miss the fallen rider costing him a pretty definite in the money perfromance. We did learn Earnest is fit and will run him back in a few weeks time prior to the end of the spring meet at Golden Gate. With a bit more racing luck it looks like he can get the job done at this level. A chart of the race can be found on Earnest's Roster Page.

May 19/19
Flammetta was scratched out of todays race at Santa Anita as rains caused the race to be taken off the turf. Look for her to get back on the track as soon as we can find a suitable race.

May 15/19
Flammetta makes her second start back from the layoff this Sunday at Santa Anita. She catches a short field of 5 and will likely be the post time favourite.
Flammetta will be guided by Tiago Pereira for the short sprint on the turf. This looks like a good spot for Flammetta and we are hopeful the stable can pick up our first win of the year. Past performances for the race can be found here.

May 15/19
After a long break and a number of weeks regaining fitness, Earnest will return to the races Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
We think Earnest will need a race and also think his prefered surface is dirt so we are looking at this one as a fitness run. Francisco Monroy gets the mount as Earnest will break from gate 5 of 8 to travel one mile on the turf. Past performances for the race can be found here.

May 9/19

The newly named "Point Reyes" participated in a schooling race at Navan Racecourse in Ireland this morning. This is a concept used in Europe to train your horse for race day conditions and, to a lesser degree, see how they stack up against competition. Point Reyes excelled on both accounts handling the travel, paddock and race conditions like a veteran and running very well. She started mid-pack of the 15 or so runners and threaded her way through traffic to finish 3rd by 3 parts of a length. The first two across were older horses. Point Reyes, like most, was never asked a serious question in her run but did her best running late. We couldn't be more excited as she preps for her first race in three weeks time at the famed Curragh Racecourse or Fairyhouse. Jockey Gary Carroll was very pleased with her effort and excited for her debut.

May 5/19

Flammetta ran well first time back after her layoff and looked like she might be the winner late in the race. She held on for 3rd under the ride of Kentucky Derby winning jockey Flavien Prat. She seems to fit this group well and will get another shot in a few weeks time. A chart of the race can be found here.

May 5/19

Another day at the office for Zahra never threatening but running well enough to secure her fifth straight in the money performance. We will give her three or four weeks prior to her next run. She is not hard on herself and is a sweetheart around the barn. Her quest continues.

A chart of the race can be found on Zahra's roster page.

May 3/19

Zahra will be back on the track Sunday running in the 6 furlong Maiden at Golden Gate Fields. Her regular jockey Julian Couton gets the mount in the six horse field. Zahra hs drawn post 4 and has been enlisted 7/2 on the morning line. Past performances for the race can be found here.

May 2/19

We have our Kentucky Derby pick! We hear from the "wise guys" in Kentucky that By My Standards has been training well and is coming off the most visually impressive of the Derby preps when winning the Louisianna Derby. Its $10 across for number 3 - By My Standards.

May 2/19

Back from a 5 month freshening, Flammetta returns to the races Sunday at Santa Anita. She has drawn post 7 of 9 and the services of top jockey Flavian Prat. The race looks highly competiive but we are hopeful Flammetta's will return in good form. Past performances for the race can be found here.

April 24/19

Arriving cute as could be was Wee Highland Lass' Shaman Ghost colt. He was born March 30 in California. Wee Highland Lass has been bred back to Danzig Candy a high profile sire new to California. A picture of the colt below.

April 24/19

We are thrilled to report the arrival of Anais' first foal. The Munnings colt was born at McMahon Thoroughbred Farm in Saratoga Springs and as such will be a NY bred. Look forward to getting to meet him and get some photos in a few months time.

April 24/19

All Due Respect foaled a Flatter filly Feb 16th at McCauley Farm in Kentucky. We look forward to her running in the Blue and White in two years time! Meanwhile, All Due Respects' Nyquist yearling colt has been selected for the Fasig Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale this August.

April 24/19

Although not having a published breeze since her return, stable star Princess Yaiza is back in full work with Christophe at Payson Park. She had a few months off after dealing with a splint issue which seems to be resolved. We will be very excited when she gets her chances in Graded Stakes company this summer. A photo from a couple of months ago of her stronger physique.

April 24/19

It has been a long frustrating wait for Just for One Day. The set backs appear to be over. Our colt has had a series of 5 works at Payson Park and is, according to Christophe, close to a race. He has shown plenty of talent and now needs to translate it to race day.

A video of him from yesterday can be found here.

Apr 24/19
Despite her stature Teatro never did make it to the racetrack. She has however started her second career as a broodmare. She is confirmed infoal to Pin Oak Stud stallion Alternation. We will be cheering fro Alternations three year old filly Serengeti Empress who wil run in the Kentucky Oaks on May 3.
We look forward to Teatro's progeny.

April 23/19
Zahra had her fourth consecutive in the money performance on Saturday at GGF. She came from off the pace in a strong field of 11 to capture third prize honours. She is a hard tryer and has become a mini-cash machine consistently picking up a nice cheque. She just needs a bit of a softer field and she will get to the winners circle.
Love this tough littel filly. A chart of the race can be found
on her Roster Paage.

April 20/19
Zahra will break from post 3 of 12 for todays
Maiden Sprint at Golden Gate Fields. A big field to say the least. We have drawn well and have the services of Julien Couton who knows the filly well. Lets hope the drop back in distance will lead to another nice pay cheque for Zahra! Past performances for the race can be found here.

April 19/19
Our trip to England was fruitful as we managed to purchase our favourite horse in the sale, Hip 93 a filly by Competitive Edge out of the multiple graded stakes placed mare "Hug and a Kiss". The filly missed the start on her breeze but went on to be the 3rd fastest of 106 for the 2nd furlong and had the 4th fastest gallup out. She has a lovely temperament
and has already arrived at Gavin Cromwells' stables in County Kildare. Will be an exciting summer ahead for this tough filly. Now we have to name her...

 

For a nice video of the filly going through the ring and an interview with Daithi Harvey our good friend and bloodstock man cut and paste

http://www.tattersalls.com/tv/?sale=2&video=210

Our fillys part of the video is at 2:46

March 29/19
Fiery Lady, a filly we own in partnership with Joe Michelson,
has drawn post 4 of 11 for Sundays Irish O'Brien Stakes at Santa Anita. Jockey Drayden Van Dyke will pilot. A tough field to be sure and Fiery lady has been installed at 8-1 on the morning line. We expect a nice run from her off of her allowance win over the same course and distance in February. Of course the waters are deeper as we test stakes company. Past performances for the race can be found here.

March 17/19
Highland Yard acquired a lovely daughter of
Lemon Drop Kid at the recent OBS 2 year old sale in Ocala. This classy filly was very popular at the sale which is not surprising given her easy long walk, well built frame and the fact she breezed a quarter of a mile in 21 sconds flat well within herself. She will be let down out of the sale at Brookdale in Lexington for a couple of months before going to the barn of Christophe Clement. We hope to see her at the races later this fall. A photo below.

March 17/19
We were fortunate to check in on our Group 2 winning filly Princess Yaiza at Payson Park in Florida.
We could try and tell you how great she looks as she gears up for a New York summer campaign but think the photo below is all that is needed. Cant wait to see her at Belmont or Saratoga.

March 17/19
A very sad event last month as our lovely graded stakes producing mare Mother Ruth died while foaling. The foal was lost as well.

It is a very tough game and her memory will live on through her 3yo colt Just for One Day in training with Christophe Clement and a lovely yearling colt in Kentucky.

March 17/19
Zahra ran very well again on Friday with another maiden placing at Golden Gate Fields. The only two to beat her were southern California shippers as she finisehd 3rd under a nice ride by Julien Couton. She increased her earnings to over $17,000 for the year. This was a very strong maiden field of 10 and she will be tough to beat next time out. A chart of the rac
e can be found on Zahra's roster page.

Mar 2/19
A definite lull in race starts for Highland Yard should turn to a plethora of runners in late spring and through the summer.

Princess Yaiza - The stable star had a splint setback and has fully recovered. She is back in training at Payson Park with Christophe Clement.

Just for One Day - This talented homebred 3yo colt is also in full training with Clement and will breeze this week to prep for a late spring start.

Earnest - Has had a two month vacation inlduing daily swim sessions in February. He has come back gelded to OJ's barn and will begin prep for a late spring start.

Bottle of Smoke / Zibo / Fulham Road - all three of these homebred, Northern Indy 2 year olds will begin training with OJ. Hopeful a coupole of them start later this spring at Golden Gate Fields.

Highland Yard is working on a couple of new acquisitions in Europe and domestically to bolster the racing squad and develop some nice race mares. Details to follow!

Mar 2/19
Miss Chatelaine foaled a leggy War Front filly this week who is healthy and looks like a rockstar including the star on her forehead. She is Miss Chatelaines second produe and his half sister to a More Than Ready filly who is developing nicely at Brookdale farm in Kentucky. A photo below

Mar 2/19
Zahra ran her best race to date finishing 2nd in a top level maiden race at Golden Gate Fields. Thwe mile distance suiter her and she will try again at the same disrtance on March 15th.
A chart of the race on be found on her Roster Page.

Jan 1/19
Highland Yard's first runner oif the year will be Zahra slated for the maiden special weight this Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. Alejandro Gomez will pilot Zahra from post 4 of a full field of 12. Zahra has been installed at 12-1 on the morning line. Past performances for the race can be found
here.

Jan 1/19
Highland Yard's breeding program made significant strides in 2018. On the sales side of the ledger we sold our highest priced yearling bringing $170,000 for Walk Close's 2017 Medaglia d'Oro colt. We also made a decision for the breeding program to part ways with one of our all time favourites Walk Close. She brought $550,000 at the the Fasig Tipton Select sale.
With the market strong and two up and coming young stakes winning mares in Miss Chatelaine and Princess Yaiza we decided to strike while the iron was hot. Our ties to Walk Close's family continue as we have her now yearling colt by Hard Spun.

Other home bred yearlings we may race or sell include Mother Ruth's colt also by Hard Spun, a Nyquist Colt out of All Due Respect, and a More Than Ready filly out of Miss Chatelaine.

Highland Yard will keep our breeding farms in Kentucky busy over the next few months. We below list our mares, who they are due to and who they will visit for matings in the spring. The breeding program is growing and will enable us to make a large impact at the racetrack and in the sales rings in coming years.

All Due Respect due a Flatter (Feb 4) breed back to Not this Time

Amaranth due a Twirling Candy (April 9) breed back to Mastery

Anais due a Munnings (March 8) breed back to Central Banker

Miss Chatelaine due a War Front (Feb 23) breed back to Nyquist

Mother Ruth due a Creative Cause (March 6) breed back to Bolt d'Oro

Wee Highlad Lass due a Shaman Ghost (March 17) breed back to Danzing Candy

 

Dec 31/18
Highland Yard had an increase in purse earnings for the year thanks to our exciting three year old filly Princess Yaiza. Virtually all of the years highlights are thanks to this lovely chestnut daughter of Casamento. Yaiza was in the money in 6 of 9 starts in 2018 competing against the best fillies in Europe. She was impressive in placing in high level races in Ireland (Salsabil and Oyster Stakes)
and England (Cheshire Oaks and Abingdon Stakes).  The highlight of the year was Princess Yaiza's win in the Group 2 Prix de Royallieux at famed Longchamp Racecourse in France. This marked the best performance for a Highland Yard horse to date. We experienced our first Breeders Cup start when she ran a dissapointing race in the Filly and Mare Turf as one of three 3 year olds in the 14 horse field.

Princess Yaiza will carry the colours of Highland Yard under the tutelage of Christophe Clement in 2019. We look for big things from her starting with a stakes start at Gulfstream Park in the late winter or early spring. Other runners to watch for in 2019 include 3 year old colt Just for One Day who has shown talent in the mornings and should gear up for a spring debut and hopefully a campaign at Saratoga this summer. Flammetta, whom we own in partnership, will try and build on her Allowance win in 2018 with trainer Richard Baltas at Santa Anita.

Later on in the summer we will look to the up and coming two years olds, all three of which are California home breds and will be trained by OJ Jauregui at Golden Gate Fields. We will try and bolster the racing squadron by adding a two year old with Clement at Saratoga and with Gavin Cromwell in Ireland.

An update on the years breeding program will follow.

Dec 1/18
Zhas drawn post 5 of 12 in todays Cal Maiden at Golden Gate Fields. The two year old fillies will run for the rich pot of $35,000 plus a breeders bonus for home breds like Zahra. Javier Matis gets the mount. This is a cut back in distance for Zahra and if she breaks well she could be dangerous. Past Performances for the race can be found
here.

Nov 18/18
Earnest
has drawn post 6 of 8 in todays top level maiden at Golden Gate Fields. We think the big 2 year old is going to be good but frankly is still growing into himself and trying to figure it out. We'll see if he can improve today and make a determination wether to play on or give him a couple months to pick grass at the farm. Juan Hernandez gets the mount. Earnest has been installed 9/2 on the morning line. Past Performances for the race can be found on Earnest's Roster Page.

Nov 18/18
Zahra
has drawn post 5 of 10 in todays top level maiden race at Golden Gate. Alejandro Gomez gets his third successive mount on Zahra who will hope to improve on her third place finish last time out. Zahra has been installed at 15-1 on the morning line and will have to deal with favoured southern invader "Queen of the Track". Past performances for the race can be foun
d on her Roster Page.

Nov 12/18
We had hoped for a bit more from our lovely three year old filly Princess Yaiza but it was a bit to much to ask.
After shipping from Ireland she was a a bit fractious in her stall and at the start of the race fighting jockey Andrea Atzeni for control. This was uncharateristic for her. Needless to say that use of energy did not help Yaiza late in the race when she faded from her prominent position. You have to bring your "A" game when competing against some of the best fillies and mares in the world. The good news is she is only three and was competing agaisnt older.

Princess Yaiza will now begin her North American career under the watchful eye of Christophe Clement and has been shipped to Christophe's Belmont, NY barn. We will forever be grateful to the work done by Gavin Cromwell in Ireland to develop our filly. We look forward to having more runners with that up and coming stable in Ireland soon!.

Below is a photo of Head Lass Nikki and a Highland Yard supporter shortly after the race. Nikki did a phenomenal job with Princess Yaiza at Churchill Downs.

 

Below is a photo of Highland Yard with Gavin Cromwell and Christophe Clement the old and new trainer of Princess Yaiza.

Nov 12/18
We have parted ways with two Highland Yard runners. Mom Said has been retired in Ireland. He will be the second of two paddock ponies at a bed and breakfast in County Meath.
He always tried hard but was not meant for a career at the races. We have sold Senja privately to a trainer at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. Hopefully the change in venue and slight drop in competition will help him.

Oct 30/18
It is all systems go for Princess Yaiza who had her second spin around the the Churchill Downs main track today. She acted "fresh and within herself" acording to head lass Nikki Walsh. The Highland Yard contingent will begin the trek to Kentucky tomorrow and this will be our last post for a week or so. Don't listen to the silly morning line. Yaiza is trading at 16/1 in Europe and has a chance to make some noise on Saturday.

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Oct 29/18
Princess Yaiza was released from quarantine this morning and had a nice first jog around Churchill Downs.

A nice video of her entring the track below. BTW it is pronounced "Yayza"!

Princess Yaiza jogs at Churchill

Oct 29/18
Great news for Princess Yaiza on two fronts today
. She drew a very nice post 5 of 14 for the $2,000,000 Breedwers Cup Filly and Mare Turf. The outside posts would have been a disadvantage given the close proximity to the first turn from the starting gate. In addition the forecast calls for a fair amount of rain in Louisville Wednesday and Thursday which should lead to a soft or even heavy turf course both of which suit Yaiza well. The odds maker set a very high morning line of 30/1 for Yaiza which we would love to bet, we think closer to post time Yaiza will be around 18 or 20 to 1. Post positions and entries below.

Oct 28/18
Zahra
showed some improvement again yesterday but not quite enough to get the win. She "ran every step of the way" according to jockey Alejandro Gomez and claimed third spot and a decent cheque. We wil try again at this top level in 3 or 4 weeks time. A chart of the race can be found on Zahra's Roster Page.

Oct 28/18
Flammetta was given far to much to do breaking from post 13 of 14 in yesterdays Autumn Miss Stakes. Dropping back to dead last 15 lengths from the front runner
put her in a very tough position to say the least. She rallied to finish 6th in the 14 horse field but still was 8 lengths behind the winner. Flammetta will likely get a chance against allowance company at Del Mar next and will be very competiive at that level.

Oct 25/18
All veterinary certificates and travel documents obtained, Princess Yaiza began her trip to Kentucky this morning. She will van from County Meath in Ireland to Dublin Port where she will ferry to England. A further van trip and overnight at Newmarket Racecourse will precede her direct flight to Louisville. All this going smoothly will have her in the quarantine barns at Churchill Downs late Friday night. Gavin Cromwell's Head Lass Nicola Walsh will meet with Princess Yaiza at Churchill. A photo of Yaiza leaving her Danestown yard this morning is below.

 

Oct 25/18
If not for Princess Yaiza's upcoming Breeders Cup bid, we would be more focused on Flammetta's Grade 3 Autumn Miss Stakes entry at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Coming off a solid 5th in the 13 horse Grade 2 San Clemente, Flammetta will need to be respected by the handicappers. She has had a bit of a freshening and we are hopeful she will fire on Saturday. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens gets the mount. Past performances for the race can be found here.

Oct 25/18
Zahra has drawn post 5 of 8 for Saturday's Maiden
going a mile at Golden Gate Fields. Zahra has improved in each of her four starts and will need to do so again in order to run down heavy favourite, southern California shipper Noble Contessa. Zahra has been training well and we look forward to a good run from her on Saturday. Past performances for the race an be found
on her Roster Page.

October 25/18

Senja has been entered for Sunday at Golden Gate Fields. He will break from gate 5 of 7 going a mile on the all weather surface. He looks to be 2nd or 3rd favourite with Alex Solis aboard. Past performances for the race can be found on Senja's Roster Page.

October 23/18

Princess Yaiza has been accepted to run in the Grade 1 Breeders Cup FIlly and Mare Turf November 3rd at Churchill Downs. We couldn't be more excited as this has been a long term goal of Highland Yard. Even better, Andrea Atzeni who guided Princess Yaiza to victory in the Prix de Royallieu in Paris has signed on to ride. Andrea is a very hot jockey having won both grade 1 contests on the turf at Woodbine in Toronto ten days ago. Yaiza will be running against some of the best fillies and mares in the world but continues to train well and is on the improve according to her regular excercise rider as well as trainer Gavin Cromwell. Shipping details are complete and Princess Yaiza and the other European horses shoud arrive at Churchill late this Friday night after the flight from Stansted airport north of London.. Many more details, articles and past performances to come.....

October 23/18

Earnest has been made 3/1 second choice for Friday's Maiden Special Weight going a mile at Golden Gate Fields. We hope Earnest can improve off of his 3rd place outing at Los Alamitos but he has not shown us a lot in training since that race. He will have his hands full with Southern California shipper Yak. Our big colt should get better with age but we will try him in this spot and hope for improvement. Past performances for the race can be found on Earnest's Roster Page.

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 happier 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.