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The result of the Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale, which ended Dec. 11, posted modest gains of 6% in gross and 7% in average that only slightly reduced what were ultimately minor declines at the three major European mixed sales during 2018.
Flashing speed from the start and opening up in the stretch under a hand ride by Flavien Prat Dec. 16 at Los Alamitos, Galilean added the $100,000 King Glorious for 2-year-old California breds to his resume at odds of 1-5.
Jerold Zaro's homebred Blindwillie McTell turned back all comers with a scintillating performance to graduate while making his stakes debut in the $150,000 New York Stallion Series Great White Way division for juveniles Dec. 16 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Sam Riddle's recollections of Man o' War's 2-year-old campaign were not among the aforementioned papers discovered in Mary Simon's box of old articles and papers. But what follows is a riveting account of Big Red's three-year-old campaign.
In a thrilling finish, Ricardo Benedicto's Stud Rubio B's 3-year-old Il Mercato prevailed by a head at odds of 17-1 over the favored Sixties Song to win the Gran Premio International Carlos Pellegrini (G1) Dec. 15 by a head at San Isidro Racecourse.
Admire Mars rallied from a perfect, stalking trip to post a mild upset in the Dec. 16 Asahi Hai Futurity (G1) at Hanshin Racecourse as the odds-on favorite, Gran Alegria, sputtered through the late going to finish third.