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Mr. Monomoy 'Full of Himself' After Risen Star Victory

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2020-02-16 20:45
With two divisions of the Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lemarque Ford (G2) among the 3-year-old classic prep races Feb. 15 at Fair Grounds Race Track & Slots, several trainers will look to what's next for their charges.

Laura's Light Prevails in Sweet Life

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2020-02-16 20:45
Gary Barber's Laura's Light picked up right where she left off in her 3-year-old debut and returned to the Santa Anita Park winner's circle Feb. 16 after running down Lighthouse to win the $101,000 Sweet Life Stakes (G3T).

Impressive Charlatan Adds to Baffert's Derby Hopefuls

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2020-02-16 20:45
Its no surprise Bob Baffert has unveiled another Kentucky Derby (G1) hopeful Feb. 16 at Santa Anita Park, where Charlatan broke his maiden by 5 3/4 lengths while stopping the clock in 1:08.85 for the six furlongs on a fast track.

Midnight Bisou, Mucho Gusto Work Toward Saudi Cup

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2020-02-16 20:45
Two major Saudi Cup contenders from the United States, Midnight Bisou and Mucho Gusto, turned in works Feb. 16 toward their next start in the Feb. 29, $20 million event in Riyadh.

Additional Horses DQ'd After Levamisole Positives

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2020-02-16 20:45
Silver Dust was disqualified from his Jan. 18 Louisiana Stakes (G3) victory, and Blackberry Wine was disqualified from an allowance optional claiming victory on the same day at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Beauty Generation, Time Warp Take Hong Kong Features

Blood-Horse - Sun, 2020-02-16 20:45
Beauty Generation won the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (G1) for the fourth time, and Time Warp took the Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (G1) for his first victory since November 2018.

Laura's Light shows her versatility in Sweet Life Stakes

Daily Racing Form - Sun, 2020-02-16 19:22
<p>ARCADIA, Calif. &ndash; Laura&rsquo;s Light has compiled a varied collection of stakes wins on turf this winter at Santa Anita.</p> <p>After winning the minor Blue Norther Stakes at a mile on turf on Dec. 29, Laura&rsquo;s Light won her debut in a turf sprint in Sunday&rsquo;s Grade 3 Sweet Life Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.</p> <p>Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Laura&rsquo;s Light ($2.80) caught pacesetter Lighthouse in the final furlong to win by three-quarters of a length, finishing 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:02.90.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/lauras-light-shows-her-versatility-sweet-life-stakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Ginobili bound for Bay Shore Stakes

Daily Racing Form - Sun, 2020-02-16 19:02
<p>ARCADIA, Calif. &ndash; Ginobili, a game second to the well-regarded Nadal in the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Feb. 9, will remain in sprints in coming months.</p> <p>Trainer Richard Baltas said on Sunday that Ginobili will be pointed for the Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct on April 4. The $250,000 Bay Shore Stakes is run at seven furlongs.</p> <p>&ldquo;He came out of the race in good shape,&rdquo; Baltas said.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/ginobili-bound-bay-shore-stakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Mucho Gusto drills for Saudi Cup

Daily Racing Form - Sun, 2020-02-16 18:56
<p>ARCADIA, Calif. &ndash; Mucho Gusto, the winner of the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park last month in his 2020 debut, worked six furlongs in a quick 1:11.80 at Santa Anita on Sunday.</p> <p>Mucho Gusto is scheduled to be flown to Saudi Arabia early Tuesday for the $20 million Saudi Cup at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Feb. 29 where he rates as a leading contender in the race at 1 1/8 miles.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/mucho-gusto-drills-saudi-cup" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Mineshaft Winner Silver Dust DQ’ed From Louisiana Victory

Thoroughbred Daily News - Sun, 2020-02-16 18:06

Silver Dust (Tapit), who scored in Saturday’s GIII Mineshaft S. at Fair Grounds, has been disqualified and placed last for his previous victory, in the GIII Louisiana S. Jan. 18, due to a failed drug test, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. The Bret Calhoun-trained gray tested positive for levamisole, the same drug that got eight Joe Sharp trainees disqualified from wins at the meet earlier this month. Calhoun is married to Sharp’s mother, Sara Escudero, and the two trainers’ barns at Fair Grounds are next to one another, according to the DRF.

In addition, Sharp pupil Blackberry Wine (Oxbow), who finished seventh in the first division of Saturday’s GII Risen Star S. at the New Orleans oval, was disqualified from a victory in his previous race, an allowance/optional claiming event also run on Jan. 18.

Levamisole, which Sharp said earlier was found in an over-the-counter deworming product he purchased, is listed as a Class 2 drug by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

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Chowda serves up determined victory in Gander Stakes

New York Thoroughbred Breeders - Sun, 2020-02-16 17:54

NYRA/Elsa Lorieul

By Sarah Mace

Eddie F`s Racing’s Chowda (Emcee) was all grit and determination to win Sunday’s Big A feature, the $100,000 Gander Stakes for New York-bred sophomores run at a one-turn mile. Aggressive from the bell, Chowda was headed in the stretch by Bank On Shea, but battled back hard to nail down a three-quarter length victory.

One of two horses from the Gary Sciacca barn signed on for the Gander, Chowda handed his stablemate Microscope a neck loss last out on January 17 in a first-level state-bred allowance at Aqueduct. On display that day were qualities that served him so well in the Gander: ample early speed and tremendous grit. He refused to lose that race, eking out the neck win in a three-horse blanket finish. Colormepazzi, the third place finisher from that January tilt, also a one-turn mile, returned to contest the Gander as well.

Bettors gravitated away from the first three finishers of that allowance, however, sending Chowda, Microscope and Colormepazzi off at odds of 15-1, 16-1 and 31-1, respectively. Instead they focused on a trio of well-matched and, on paper, more accomplished rivals. Bourbon Bay, who dead-heated for second behind Independence Hall in the Jerome was favored at even money. Stakes winners Scilly Cay and Bank On Shea were not far behind at odds of 2-1 and 5-2.

Eric Cancel, aboard for all six of Chowda’s prior starts, got his mount out of the gate fourth, but was single-minded about reaching the front in short order, gunning Chowda to the lead where he set opening splits of 24.03 and 48.07. One length back, Bank On Shea at the fence and Colormepazzi dueled for second, while favorite Bourbon Bay shared the caboose with Microscope.

In the turn Chowda was confronted with a two-pronged attack. Riding the rails Bank On Shea advanced to get on even terms while Scilly Cay loomed on the outside. Scilly Cay did not go on with it, but Chowda was decisively headed by Bank On Shea by midstretch.

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

Chowda absolutely would not throw in the towel. Inexorably wearing down Bank On Shea, he retook the lead in the final sixteenth and, for good measure, made sure the outcome was not even a photo finish, getting the win by three-quarters of a length in a final time of 1:40.06 over the fast going. Bourbon Bay closed four-wide to pick up third, 3 1/2 lengths behind Bank On Shea. Completing the order of finish were Scilly Cay, Microscope and Colormepazzi.

Unveiled late in the Saratoga meet, Chowda took two more tries to break his maiden, ultimately scoring a determined neck victory over a debuting (and next-out winner) Bourbon Bay at Aqueduct on November 11. Unplaced in the sodden, foggy Great White Way division of New York Stallion Stakes on December 14, which was won by Bank On Shea, Chowda rebounded for his January 17 allowance win.

Both pilot and trainer singled out Chowda’s will to win for praise.

“He’s a grinder,” said Eric Cancel. “He’s a horse that needs to feel other horses [beside him] to keep on going. I’ve been getting along with him really well and the trainer [Gary Sciacca] and staff have done a great job with him. He’s a horse that never gives up.”

Sciacca added, “He’s a fighter and a battler. It looked like he was going to get beat and he came back again. He just ran tough. He does better when he has someone to battle with. In his last two wins, he lost the lead and came back and won. Today, he fought it out and came back and won.”

Bred by Fedwell Farm, Chowda has won three of six starts and finished third once, earning $142,793. He is a second generation New York-bred out of Salty Little Sis, a multiple winner by Chief Seattle bred by Phil Trowbridge. Salty Little Sis has produced one other winner to date. Currently she has a juvenile full-brother to Chowda (delightfully named Lobsta) and an unnamed yearling colt by Micromanage. She was bred back to the same stallion last year.

 

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Chowda very game in Gander Stakes

Daily Racing Form - Sun, 2020-02-16 17:47
<p>Turning into the stretch of Sunday&rsquo;s $100,000 Gander Stakes at Aqueduct, the pace-setting Chowda was confronted by Bank On Shea from the inside and Scilly Cay on the outside.</p> <p>If Chowda has shown anything in his brief career, it&rsquo;s that he was not going to give way willingly. So even after Bank On Shea put a head in front in mid-stretch, Gary Sciacca, the trainer of Chowda knew the race was not over.</p> <p>&ldquo;I said &lsquo;Don&rsquo;t quit now,&rsquo;&quot; Sciacca said. &ldquo;He switched leads and he fought back.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/chowda-very-game-gander-stakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Hard Not to Love targeting Beholder Mile

Daily Racing Form - Sun, 2020-02-16 17:25
<p>ARCADIA, Calif. &ndash; Hard Not to Love was a quiet and cool filly in the minutes before Saturday&rsquo;s Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita. That does not bode well for the opposition in coming months.</p> <p>Hard Not to Love, a one-eyed filly who has had bouts with anxiety, refused to warm-up before the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs on Dec. 28, standing stubbornly in front of the stands for several minutes before she was coaxed into a jog by jockey Mike Smith and an outrider. Hard Not to Love won the race by 2 1/4 lengths at 11-1.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/hard-not-love-targeting-beholder-mile" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Speightstown Colt the Latest ‘TDN Rising Star’ for the Baffert Barn

Thoroughbred Daily News - Sun, 2020-02-16 17:18

Charlatan (Speightstown) would’ve likely gone favored in most Santa Anita maiden special weights if not for the presence Sunday of Lane Way (Into Mischief)–who was third behind Charlatan’s ‘TDN Rising Star’ and GII San Vicente S.-winning stablemate Nadal (Blame) here last month–and he made 6-5 look like a particular bargain after zipping away in dominant fashion to get the ‘Rising Star’ nod himself. Seizing the lead without having to work particularly hard for it, the chestnut bowled along through splits of :21.89 and :44.72. He looked like a lock entering the stretch with a clear advantage, and Drayden Van Dyke didn’t have to ask for anything from there as he glided to the wire 5 3/4 lengths in front. Shooters Shoot (Competitive Edge) held second over odds-on chalk Lane Way.

“I gigged him just a little after the break, just to get him into the race,” said Van Dyke. “I really didn’t know that much about him. You could see he had a couple bullet works from the gate and that he’d been training well. He blew by those horses so easy and as you could see, he galloped out big.”

The winner was the second most expensive Speightstown yearling to sell in 2018 after bringing $700,000 from his formidable ownership group at Keeneland September. His dam annexed the 2013 GII La Troienne S. for Todd Pletcher and Padua Stables, and finished second in a trio of Grade I events behind Tiz Miz Sue (Tiznow), Royal Delta (Empire Maker) and Beholder (Henny Hughes) before checking in third behind Beholder and Close Hatches (First Defence) in the 2013 GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She sold days later for $1.2 million at Fasig-Tipton November to Stonestreet.

Authenticity’s first foal was Hanalei Moon (Malibu Moon), SW, $295,090. Charlatan was her second foal. Her now 2-year-old colt Bennyfromthebronx (Tapit) was a $300,000 KEESEP yearling himself. Authenticity produced an Into Mischief filly last May 1 before being bred to Curlin. She is a granddaughter of MGSW and GISP Appealing Missy (Lypheor {GB}).

4th-Santa Anita, $53,900, Msw, 2-16, 3yo, 6f, 1:08.85, ft.
CHARLATAN, c, 3, Speightstown
1st Dam: Authenticity (MGSW & MGISP, $883,362), by Quiet American
2nd Dam: Court of Appeal, by Deputy Minister
3rd Dam: Appealing Missy, by Lypheor (GB)
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $33,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. Free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
O-SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Stonestreet Stables LLC, Frederick Hertrich, III, John D. Fielding, & Golconda Stables; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert. *$700,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP

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Finite headed for Fair Grounds Oaks

Daily Racing Form - Sun, 2020-02-16 16:33
<p>NEW ORLEANS &ndash; Finite raised her ceiling with a breakout performance winning the Grade 2, $300,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/finite-headed-fair-grounds-oaks" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

TimeformUS Aqueduct Horses in Focus for Monday, Feb. 17, 2020

Daily Racing Form - Sun, 2020-02-16 16:20
<p><strong>RACE 6: RUDE AWAKENING (#5)</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/timeformus-aqueduct-horses-focus-monday-feb-17-2020" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Beauty Generation returns to winning ways in Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup

Daily Racing Form - Sun, 2020-02-16 16:09
<p>Beauty Generation, the Horse of the Year in Hong Kong the last two seasons, ended a four-race losing streak in Sunday&rsquo;s Group 1 Queen&rsquo;s Jubilee Silver Cup at Sha Tin, a victory that could lead to an appearance in Dubai on March 28.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/beauty-generation-returns-winning-ways-queens-silver-jubilee-cup" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby: Risen Star (second division) analysis

Daily Racing Form - Sun, 2020-02-16 15:16
<p><strong>Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (second division), 1 1/8 miles, Fair Grounds, Feb. 15, 2020</strong><br /> (50 Derby qualifying points for a win, 20 for second, 10 for third, 5 for fourth)<br /> <strong>Winner: </strong>Modernist, by Uncle Mo<br /> <strong>Trainer: </strong>Bill Mott<br /> <strong>Jockey:</strong> Junior Alvarado<br /> <strong>Owner: </strong>Pam and Marty Wygod<br /> <strong>Beyer Speed Figure:</strong> 84</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/road-2020-kentucky-derby-risen-star-second-division-analysis" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Modernist likely for Louisiana Derby; Mr. Monomoy could go elsewhere

Daily Racing Form - Sun, 2020-02-16 15:03
<p>NEW ORLEANS &ndash; Modernist, the horse that shipped to Fair Grounds from Florida to win the second division of the Risen Star Stakes on Saturday, is scheduled to return to New Orleans for the $1 million Louisiana Derby on March 28. But Fair Grounds-based Mr. Monomoy, who won the first division of the Risen Star, is less certain to make his next start in the Louisiana Derby.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/modernist-likely-louisiana-derby-mr-monomoy-could-go-elsewhere" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Elusive Quality Filly Makes Big Middle Move to Earn Rising Stardom

Thoroughbred Daily News - Sun, 2020-02-16 12:55

Manganaro Bloodstock and David Ingordo’s Remanded (Elusive Quality) entered her unveiling Sunday at Gulfstream with an upbeat worktab at Payson Park, and was given a 4-1 chance for trainer Cherie DeVaux, who had won with five of her first 23 debuters. Out-breaking only 4-5 favorite Union Maiden (Union Rags), the bay sat toward the back of the pack behind a :22.45 opening quarter before launching a sweeping move into the turn that found her three deep and vying for command after a :45.85 half. She went on with it from there, and while she grew a bit leg weary late, Remanded still maintained a 1 1/2-length advantage on second timer Royal Meghan (Uncaptured) at the line while garnering ‘TDN Rising Star’ honors. Union Maiden could only manage fifth after her rough start.

A $75,000 KEESEP yearling, Remanded was bought back for $190,000 at last year’s OBS April sale after a :10 1/5 breeze. Her precocious dam Sleepless Dixie (Dixie Union), who was MSP as a 2-year-old, is out of GSW Dream About (Cherokee Run), making her a half to GSW Deeply Undervalued (Kitten’s Joy) and SW/MGSP Sleepless Knight (War Chant). Remanded is bred on a version of the extremely potent cross that has produced three Grade I winners (Caledonia Road, Klimt and Salty) by Elusive Quality’s son Quality Road out of Dixie Union mares.

A $205,000 yearling, Sleepless Dixie sold to Clarkland Farm for $210,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November sale carrying a colt by Quality Road. She produced a filly by Mastery in 2019 before being bred back to Accelerate.

1st-Gulfstream, $44,400, Msw, 2-16, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:11.27, ft.
REMANDED, f, 3, Elusive Quality
1st Dam: Sleepless Dixie (MSP, $180,445), by Dixie Union
2nd Dam: Dream About, by Cherokee Run
3rd Dam: Social Director, by Deputy Minister
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $25,800. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. Free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
O-Manganaro Bloodstock & David Ingordo; B-K & G Stables (KY); T-Cherie DeVaux. *$75,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP; $190,000 RNA 2yo ’19 OBSAPR

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