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New York Change Would Relax Claiming Price Rule

Blood-Horse - Mon, 2018-09-24 18:11
State regulators in New York are moving to relax rules regarding claiming races established in the wake of the high-profile rash of equine deaths during the 2012 Aqueduct winter meet.

Abel Tasman Top Female in Latest NTRA Poll

Blood-Horse - Mon, 2018-09-24 18:11
Following Monomoy Girl's Cotillion Stakes (G1) Sept. 22 at Parx Racing, where she finished first but was disqualified to second behind Midnight Bisou, Abel Tasman moved into the best spot of any female in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll.

Champion Good Magic Retired to Hill 'n' Dale Farms

Blood-Horse - Mon, 2018-09-24 18:11
The son of Curlin was the 2017 champion 2-year-old and a grade 1 winner at 3. The colt, bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, is out of the Hard Spun stakes winner Glinda the Good.

Rivals No MATCH for Jessica Krupnick

Blood-Horse - Mon, 2018-09-24 18:11
One week after taking the lead in the race for the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series overall championship, Sycamore Racing V's Jessica Krupnick held off challenges by three horses in three different divisions to secure the title.

T.I.P. Announces Non-Competition Award Winners

Blood-Horse - Mon, 2018-09-24 18:11
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) today announced the recipients of its two non-competition awards, the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award, for 2018.

Catalog Online for Barretts Fall Sale

Blood-Horse - Mon, 2018-09-24 18:11
Barretts has cataloged 286 entries for its Fall Yearling and Horses of All Ages Sale to be held Tuesday, October 16 at Fairplex in Pomona, California.

Champion Good Magic Retired to Hill ‘n’ Dale

Thoroughbred Daily News - Mon, 2018-09-24 16:22

Last year’s champion 2-year-old Good Magic (Curlin–Glinda the Good, by Hard Spun) has been retired and will join his sire at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm. He will stand the 2019 season for a fee of $30,000.

“Good Magic is a fantastic addition to our stallion roster,” said John Sikura, president of Hill ‘n’ Dale. “It is rare indeed for a champion 2-year-old to retain his Grade I form at three, which was witnessed by Good Magic’s narrow defeat by super horse Justify in the GI Kentucky Derby. We sold Good Magic for breeder Stonestreet for $1 million as a yearling and he was a beautiful horse. I remember him as medium sized, a great mover and completely correct. Valiant, supremely talented and by Curlin–breeders will love him.”

Good Magic, a $1-million Keeneland September yearling, capped his championship season in 2017 with a win in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for owners e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables and trainer Chad Brown.

After a third-place finish while making his sophomore debut in the Mar. 3 GII Fountain of Youth S., he tuned up for the GI Kentucky Derby with a victory in the Apr. 7 GII Toyota Blue Grass S. Second behind Justify in the Derby, he battled the Triple Crown winner in the GI Preakness S. before grudgingly settling for fourth on a muddy day at Pimlico. Good Magic rebounded with a dominant victory in the July 29 GI Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

On the board in seven of nine starts, Good Magic won three times and earned $2,945,000.

“Good Magic showed incredible talent and durability as I put him through the most demanding campaign of any horse I’ve ever trained,” Brown said. “He’s an extremely rare colt and should make a top stallion.”

E Five Racing’s Bob Edwards added, “It is a bittersweet day. Good Magic had a tremendous effect on my family, friends, our racing connections and his fans. His heart and determination were second to none. Good Magic was a consummate professional throughout his racing career. My family and I look forward to seeing his offspring race at the highest level.”

Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet bred and co-owned the champion.

“Good Magic is the embodiment of the breeding philosophy we have at Stonestreet,” Banke said. “We are proud to stand a champion son of our two-time Horse of the Year Curlin.”

Free: Los Alamitos horses to watch for week of Sept. 24, 2018

Daily Racing Form - Mon, 2018-09-24 16:17
<p><strong>MUCHO GUSTO</strong><br /> <strong>Trainer:</strong> Bob Baffert<br /> <strong>Last race:</strong> Sept. 20, race 3<br /> <strong>Finish:</strong> First by four lengths<br /> <strong>Beyer:</strong> 78<br /> Another 2-year-old debut winner from a deep stable, this son of Mucho Macho Man broke from the rail, set the pace under pressure, and widened late. No telling how good.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Jess Ravin earns Champions spot with win in Mildred Vessels Memorial

Daily Racing Form - Mon, 2018-09-24 15:59
<p>CYPRESS, Calif. - Jess Ravin won her first start since November in Sunday&rsquo;s $125,000 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap for Quarter Horse fillies and mares at Los Alamitos, earning a berth to the $600,000 Champion of Champions against males on Dec. 15.</p> <p>Ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala, Jess Ravin ($8.20) ran 400 yards in 19.52 seconds, finishing 1 1/2 lengths in front of 9-2 One Sweet Racy in a field of 10. Jess Ravin broke from the outside and was in front shortly after the start.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Woodbine Mohawk Park: Tuesday 9/25 Analysis

Daily Racing Form - Mon, 2018-09-24 15:50
<p><strong>Best Bet:&nbsp;</strong>LISVINNIE&nbsp;(8th)</p> <p><strong>Spot Play:&nbsp;</strong>CATCH A SECRET&nbsp;(2nd)</p> <p><strong>Race 1 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool</strong></p> <p><strong>Race 4 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool</strong></p> <p><strong>PICK 5:&nbsp;3,6,7 / 3,5 / 3,6,8 / 3,8,10 / 4,7,9 = $32.40</strong></p> <p><strong>EARLY PICK 4:&nbsp;3,8,10 / 4,7,9 / 4,8 / 3,6,8 = $54</strong></p> <p><strong>LATE PICK 4:&nbsp;3,5 / 1,2,3 / 4,5,6 / 8,9 = $36</strong></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Yonkers: Tuesday 9/25 Analysis

Daily Racing Form - Mon, 2018-09-24 15:45
<p><strong>Best Bet:&nbsp;</strong>NASHURALLABILITY (8th)</p> <p><strong>Spot Play:&nbsp;</strong>ROLL WITH ANN (1st)</p> <p><strong>MEET STATS:&nbsp;171 - 845 / $1,256.20</strong></p> <p><strong>BEST BETS:&nbsp;22 - 78 / $103.70</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Race 1</strong></p> <p>(4) ROLL WITH ANN can boss this weak group and gets the services of Bartlett. (2) KIMS DESIRE has been facing open foes upstate, so facing this group could help her cause. (1) REAL ICE should benefit drawing the fence; threat.</p> <p><strong>Race 2</strong></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Andrew Hawkins' Hong Kong selections and analysis for Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Daily Racing Form - Mon, 2018-09-24 15:36
<p><strong>HAPPY VALLEY SELECTIONS</strong></p> <p><em>(Wednesday, September 26, 2018)</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RACE 1:</strong> #6 Multimax, #2 Perfect Choice, #9 Cour Valant, #10 Trendiful</p> <p><strong>RACE 2:</strong> #6 Top Ace, #1 Chiu Chow Kid, #3 Dutch Windmill, #8 Celebration</p> <p><strong>RACE 3:</strong> #5 Young Empire, #2 Navas, #6 Universal Go Go, #12 Raichu</p> <p><strong>RACE 4:</strong> #5 Country Star, #6 Naboo Star, #2 Winning Supreme, #4 Peace N Prosperity</p> <p><strong>RACE 5:</strong> #4 Red Warrior, #3 Rickfield, #5 Happy Life, #10 Amazing Satchmo</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Date change for 2019 Super Derby

Daily Racing Form - Mon, 2018-09-24 15:36
<div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mary Rampellini </div> </div> </div> <p>Louisiana Downs moved the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby back to dirt after a one-year experiment on the turf, and plans are to keep the race on the main track, said Louisiana Downs director of racing David Heitzmann. The date of the race, however, will have a slight change for 2019.</p> <p>The Super Derby was run Sunday, Sept. 2, this year, and will be moved to the second Saturday in September next year, Heitzmann said.</p> <p>&ldquo;There was so much going on that weekend,&rdquo; said Heitzmann, referring to Labor Day weekend.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Servis sending improving pair for Oklahoma Derby

Daily Racing Form - Mon, 2018-09-24 15:30
<div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mary Rampellini </div> </div> </div> <p>The Smarty Jones show is coming to Remington Park.</p> <p>Well, sort of.</p> <p>John Servis, who trained Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones, intends to start a pair of colts exiting a race named for his most famous trainee in the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sunday at Remington Park.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Red Warrior may be wiser in Country Club Challenge Cup

Daily Racing Form - Mon, 2018-09-24 15:23
<div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Red Warrior may be wiser in Country Club Challenge Cup </div> </div> </div> <p>Red Warrior had a stern introduction to Hong Kong racing on Sept. 5, running wide throughout a minor handicap at Happy Valley before finishing fourth by 2 1/4 lengths.</p> <p>The handicap was Red Warrior&rsquo;s first start in eight months. The experience may help Red Warrior when the 3-year-old gelding starts in Wednesday&rsquo;s $176,685 Hong Kong Country Club Challenge Cup at one mile, 50 yards at Happy Valley.</p> <p>Red Warrior will be ridden for the first time by leading rider Zac Purton, who replaces Alberto Sanna, who does not have a mount in the field of 10.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Yonkers: Strong field taking shape for International Trot

Daily Racing Form - Mon, 2018-09-24 14:53
<p>A stellar field loaded with International talent including five Elitloppet finalists is taking shape for the $1,000,000 Yonkers International Trot scheduled for Saturday, October 13 at Yonkers Raceway.</p> <p>Racing Secretary Steve Starr has locked up nine of the 10 available spots with horses from Canada, Sweden, Italy, France, Norway, Denmark and Netherlands. He is still weighing his options for the United States representative.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Fawkes targets My Dear Girl with Select Friday

Daily Racing Form - Mon, 2018-09-24 14:46
<div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fawkes targets My Dear Girl with Select Friday </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Welsch </div> </div> </div> <p>HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. &ndash; Like many of his local colleagues who are year-round South Florida racing veterans, trainer David Fawkes targets the Florida Sire Stakes as soon as the first batch of 2-year-olds arrives at the barn each spring.</p> <p>Fawkes has been very successful with the series over the years, including a sweep of the open division with Big Drama in 2008. One of the stallion races that has eluded him, however, is the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl, the finale of the filly division of the series.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Texas-bred Hadifly Named Thoroughbred Incentive Program Horse of the Year

Southern Racehorse - Mon, 2018-09-24 12:22

Hadifly pictured with some campers. (Photo courtesy of New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding)

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) today announced the recipients of its two non-competition awards, the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award, for 2018.

The Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work, and includes a $5,000 grant to the non-profit organization associated with the horse or, if no organization is associated with the horse, to a horse-related charity chosen by The Jockey Club.

This year’s winner is Fly, registered as Hadifly, a 20-year-old gelding that serves as a riding horse at the New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding (NMCTR). NMCTR works with students from the Santa Fe Public Schools and the New Mexico School for the Deaf, at-risk teens, and other clients with cognitive, emotional, and physical special needs.

Hadifly is a Texas-bred son of longtime leading Texas stallion Hadif who raced 48 times before becoming a three-day event horse and then joining the team at NMCTR. He is known for his patience, sensitivity, and will to please. He spent most of his racing career in New Mexico, where he won eight times with five seconds and 11 thirds and more than $80,000 in earnings.

Last year Texas-bred Raja’s Best Dancer, a now 24-year-old gelding that serves as a police mount with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, won the same award.

“I feel this is his calling,” said Ashley Armijo, the program director and Fly’s owner. “The calmest and happiest I’ve ever seen him is while he’s working with clients, helping them fulfill their dreams.”

The young rider award, which recognizes riders 18 or younger who own or lease a Thoroughbred for use in 4-H, Pony Club, or other activities, has been awarded to Lottie Crawford, Katelynn Krieger, Katie Kalfayan, and Caitlin McFarland.

Lottie Crawford, 13, lives in Ashland, Va., and owns Get it in Ink, also known as Ink, a 12-year-old gelding. They compete in dressage at training level, and Crawford serves as a T.I.P. Youth Ambassador.

Crawford was introduced to Thoroughbreds through her mother, who has owned and ridden them for years. She plans to use her award funds to pay for upper-level training and to work on her horse trailer so that she can travel to attend the T.I.P. Championships in Lexington, Ky.

“Through it all, Get it in Ink has been right by my side as a testament to how amazing the Thoroughbred is as a breed,” said Crawford. “But, he is, after all, a Thoroughbred. Having a huge heart with athletic ability is what sets them apart from other horse breeds.”

Katelynn Krieger, 18, lives in Bushkill, Pa., and owns Texas Living, also known as Hollister. The pair has been together since 2012 and competes in jumpers. In 2017, the pair was named the T.I.P. Champion in the Jumper division and the Junior Rider division.

Krieger’s partnership with Hollister has inspired her to pursue a career as an equine veterinarian. She would like to put the funds from her award toward tuition at the University of Kentucky.

“Hollister was my first horse and is my forever horse,” said Krieger. “I could not be prouder of all that Hollister has accomplished in the six years that we have been partners.”

Katie Kalfayan, age 16, lives in Morganville, N.J., and leases Cattail Creek, also known as Norm. She competes in equitation and dressage and is a Youth Ambassador for T.I.P.

“Since becoming an ambassador, I have met so many other Thoroughbred lovers that are just as passionate as me and those that work incredibly hard to find ex-racehorses a loving final career,” Kalfayan said. “Additionally, I have learned more about racing, rehoming, and education of the general public on ex-racehorses.”

Kalfayan has been riding for more than a decade and fell in love with Thoroughbreds through her mother, who founded New Beginnings Thoroughbreds, a retraining and rehoming organization for ex-racehorses, in 2014. Kalfayan would like to use her funds to help support her goals of competing in equitation at the national level and riding in clinics.

Caitlin McFarland, age 15, is from Collegeville, Pa., and owns Alfar, or Ally, a 5-year-old Thoroughbred mare. McFarland adopted Ally from Turning for Home, a racehorse retirement program affiliated with Parx Racing, in July 2017.

Ally is McFarland’s third horse and second Thoroughbred. She plans to put her award toward her college fund or competing at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“I love Thoroughbreds because they all come with a different story, different backgrounds, and they have character,” McFarland said. I believe if you are willing to put the time and effort in, you can come so far and transform a Thoroughbred.”

Created and announced in October 2011, T.I.P. recognizes and rewards the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows, year-end performance awards, a recreational riding program and non-competition awards. Additional information about T.I.P. is available at and on the T.I.P. Facebook page at

NY-bred yearling sales success: key indicators up by a quarter at Keeneland September

New York Thoroughbred Breeders - Mon, 2018-09-24 11:34

Keeneland photo

By Sarah Mace

In the context of this year’s highly successful 13-day Keeneland September yearling sale, which established a record average price and recorded a 22.51 percent increase in total sales, the New York-bred contingent set its own benchmarks. The New York-bred average and median prices improved by a quarter over last year, total sales were up by nearly a third and buybacks – which were elevated in the early books – posted a significant decline compared to last year.

This year 76 New York-bred yearlings were offered at the Keeneland sale, comparable to last year’s group of 75. Gross sales were $5,530,500, up a whopping 31.1 percent over $4,064,200 in 2017. Accordingly, this year’s average price of $97,026 was up 24.1 percent over $78,158 in 2017. The New York-bred median price, which came in at $45,000 this year, was up 25.0 percent over last year’s median of $36,000.

New York-bred buybacks, too, went in the right direction year-over-year. Despite the alarming 42.9 percent RNA rate for New York-breds in the first book and 37.0 percent rate through the first two books, the buyback percentage came down significantly over the course of the sale, ending up at 25.0 percent, which was significantly lower than 2017 when 52 of 75 sold for a 30.7 buyback rate.

While the strong New York-bred median is always a positive indicator for the marketplace as a whole, there was significant action at the very top of the market, as we have come to expect in recent years. In both 2017 and 2018, a total of 14 individuals sold for six figures. The topper in 2017 was an Into Mischief colt by Into Mischief out of Indian Rush bred by Pine Ridge Stables who was purchased by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate Company for $750,000. This year’s top seller was a $500,000 American Pharaoah yearling bred by Chester and Mary Broman who is a half-brother to Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Bar of Gold. Additionally, this year 10 New York-bred yearlings sold for $200,000 and up, compared to four last year.

In the sale at large, the cumulative average established a Keeneland record, increasing 7.34 percent from $120,487 to $129,331. The median of $50,000 was 12.28 percent below $57,000 in 2017. Total sales in 2018 exceeded last year’s 12-day auction total of $307,845,400 on the seventh day of selling. Final receipts of $377,130,400 rose 22.51 percent over last year and represent the highest gross since the 14-day September Sale in 2005 when 3,545 yearlings sold for $384,349,900.

“We were optimistic that it was going to be a terrific sale,” Keeneland’s Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said Sunday. “But to be $70-million plus over the gross of last year and to have 27 millionaires, versus 13 last year, and to see the strength of the market carrying on through Book 5, quite honestly, exceeded our expectations.”

Elliston credited the strength of the catalogue as the reason for the sale’s success. “Credit goes to the breeders and consignors who brought one of the best crops of yearlings to market in years. Buyers responded with an enthusiasm that exceeded all our expectations.”

Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell agreed. “In the end, it has to be the horse,” he said. “Yes, there are external factors like a strong economy and stock market and new tax laws that obviously help raise the bar. But if the horses aren’t top quality, buyers aren’t going to pay extra money for them just because they have it in their pocket.”

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Yulong Warrior Wins First U.S. Stakes in Getaway Day

Blood-Horse - Mon, 2018-09-24 06:11
Yuesheng Zhang's well-traveled Yulong Warrior has raced on three continents in his 10-race career and has now won stakes on two after his score in the $100,000 Getaway Day Stakes Sept. 23 at Emerald Downs.


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