Not surprisingly, Bob Baffert is holding a strong hand for the June 16 Affirmed Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park. The Hall of Fame trainer will send out half the field in the $100,000 event for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles.
Menifee quickly rose to the top as a stallion in the country and became a fan favorite beloved by the Korean racing industry. He was the leading sire there from 2012-17.
“I decided to sell him because he was a very good-looking horse and I thought I would get an awful lot of money for him,” Strawbridge said. “Instead, I got $200,000 for him and he’s gone on to win over $4 million, so it wasn’t a very good business transaction.
Trainer Graham Motion came to Belmont Park and won the battle, but lost the war.
Number one right now? I’ll go with Bricks and Mortar (Giant’s Causeway), but only by a nose. That’s how good some of the other winners were on the card.
With the kickoff of the American yearling sale season just around the corner, prospective buyers will soon be scrutinizing the progeny of the latest first-season sires.
ELMONT, NY – Bricks and Mortar (Giant’s Causeway) came charging down the stretch to lead home a Chad Brown-trained trifecta and continue his domination of the older male turf division in the GI Manhattan S. at Belmont Park Saturday.