First Samurai

Plenty of high quality horses were on offer during the first two books of the Keeneland September yearling sale, and of the 13 horses to sell for seven figures, five of them were by Claiborne stallions, which is a healthy 38.5%. Offspring by War Front always prove popular at major auctions, and this year’s September […]

Sharp Samurai notched his second graded stakes victory of the Del Mar meet with his half-length score in the Del Mar Derby (G2). Sent off as the race favorite, the 3-year-old First Samurai gelding was mid-pack in the early stages of the nine-furlong grass contest before sweeping past his opposition in the upper stretch and […]

Progeny by Claiborne stallions received a great deal of interest during the highly respected Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale. Leading the way were a $1 million colt by Orb, who was the overall co-sale topper, and a colt by War Front, who fetched the next highest price of the two-day auction. Freshman sire Orb proved […]

In his first attempt at graded stakes company, Sharp Samurai didn’t disappoint. Sent off as the race favorite in the La Jolla Handicap (G3) at Del Mar, the First Samurai gelding went five-wide entering the stretch and held off Fashion Business to win by a head. “That was, as they say in Europe, a messy […]

Fasig-Tipton’s Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale featured multiple high-priced offerings by Claiborne stallions during its two day run in Timonium, Md., from May 22-23. Leading the way was Orb, who was well represented by several members of his first crop. One of his colts, Hip 373, sold for a hefty $710,000 to Dennis O’Neill from […]

Offspring by Claiborne stallions brought some impressive prices at the Ocala Breeders Sale Co.’s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training April 25-28. Orb led the way when his son, Hip No. 28, fetched $685,000 to top the first session of the sale. Consigned as Hip No. 28 by Randy Miles, agent, the colt was bought […]

Claiborne will have a major rooting interest this Friday in the G1 Kentucky Oaks. One of the farm’s stallions—First Samurai—has a daughter that will go postward in the Run for the Lilies. Miss Sky Warrior represented her sire in a big way and stamped her ticket for the Oaks with a resounding 13-length victory in the G2 Gazelle over nine […]

First Samurai’s 3-year-old daughter Miss Sky Warrior continued her hot streak and stamped her ticket for the G1 Kentucky Oaks with a resounding 13-length victory in the G2 Gazelle at Aqueduct Racetrack April 8. Trained by Kelly Breen for owner/breeder Arlene London, Miss Sky Warrior completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.71 under jockey Paco […]

First Samurai was represented by his first stakes winner of 2017 when Miss Sky Warrior scored a half-length victory in the G2 Davona Dales Stakes following an impressive three-wide move on the final turn at Gulfstream Park March 4. The sophomore filly recorded a final time of 1:38.49 over a fast track in the one-mile […]

First Samurai enjoyed a stellar Thanksgiving weekend when two of his offspring—Miss Sky Warrior and Stacked Deck—scored stakes victories on consecutive days Nov. 25 and 26. The son of Giant’s Causeway–Freddie Fisson, by Dixieland Band now has three black-type scores to his credit for the month of November. First Samurai picked up his first victory […]

Stacked Deck, the speedy son of Claiborne sire First Samurai, picked up the third graded stakes win of his career with a victory in the Kennedy Road Stakes (G2) at Woodbine Nov. 25. It was the second time in as many years the 5-year-old sprinter has won this six furlong event, and puts him in a […]

Miss Sky Warrior became the latest star among the dozen graded stakes winners sired by First Samurai when the juvenile filly captured the G3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct Nov. 5. Miss Sky Warrior was making her stakes debut in the $200,000 one-mile race. She outlasted Berned and Eloquent Riddle in midstretch and posted a three-quarter-length advantage […]

Reigning Canadian Sprint Champion Stacked Deck returned to his winning ways Sept 11, capturing the Ontario Jockey Club Stakes at Woodbine. The final time for the six furlongs was 1:08.79. This marked the 8th win of his career and pushed his career earnings to $476,601. The Sovereign Award-winning son of Claiborne sire First Samurai is trained […]

Stacked Deck, the son of Claiborne stallion First Samurai, was named Canada’s champion male sprinter at the recent Sovereign Awards ceremony. In 2015, Stacked Deck captured the Bold Venture Stakes (G3) and Kennedy Road Stakes (G2), both just ticks off the track records. In addition to his success in Canada, Stacked Deck hit the board at Keeneland, […]

A filly by FIRST SAMURAI (Hip 282), was among the fastest breeze times at 1/8 mile on Thursday, going the distance in :9.4. At a quarter mile, a colt by TRAPPE SHOT (Hip 320), worked in :20.3, also one of the fastest times of the day at the distance. The colt, out of That’s Ok, […]

STACKED DECK won his second Graded stakes in his last four starts taking Woodbine’s Grade 2 Kennedy Road S. by 2 3/4 lengths. The 4-year-old son of FIRST SAMURAI stalked the pace early, went five wide on the turn taking over after they straightened for the run home, and pulled away impressively. The final time […]

Making his first start on turf in two years, LEA closed through the stretch to finish just a 1/2-length back in the runner-up spot of the $1 Million Ricoh Woodbine Mile S.-G1. The son of FIRST SAMURAI sat in mid pack in third for the first six furlongs. LEA began his closing kick as they […]

STACKED DECK became FIRST SAMURAI’s newest Graded stakes winner with his score in the Bold Venture S.-G3. The 4-year-old forced the pace from the start in this 6 1/2-furlong sprint on Woodbine’s all-weather surface. He challenged for the lead on the turn, disposed of that one in the stretch and then held off a late […]

Stakes winner STACKED DECK put in a game effort to place in the Grade 2 King Edward S. at Woodbine. The 4-year-old son of FIRST SAMURAI set the pace in this one mile turf event after breaking from post seven. He set fractions of :23 1/5 for the quarter, :45 for the half and ran […]

Making his first start since placing in the G1 Dubai World Cup March 28th, LEA put in valiant effort to be runner-up, beaten just a neck, in the Stephen Foster H.-G1. Racing in fourth for the first half mile, the son of FIRST SAMURAI began to pick up the pace around the far turn. He […]