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Mohawk: Another Gold Series victory for Kadabra Queen

Daily Racing Form - Sat, 2018-08-18 19:59
<p>Mohawk Racetrack hosted the 2-year-old trotting colts and fillies on Friday evening, and the novices put on an impressive show in a trio of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Maturing Paradise Woods Headlines Santa Monica

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2018-03-21 21:22
Paradise Woods, once a wildcard when she went to the track, has shown a level of consistency in three straight starts.

Hutcheson on Delacour’s ‘to Doo’ List

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2018-03-21 21:22
Trainer Arnaud Delacour entered Lael Stable's Tricks to Doo in Saturday's $100,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park with confidence that the son of Into Mischief will improve on a fourth-place finish in the Feb. 3 Swale Stakes (G3).

Woodbine Adds 2-Year-old Turf Stakes for 2018 Meet

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2018-03-21 21:22
Woodbine will introduce a pair of six-furlong turf sprints for 2-year-olds to its Thoroughbred stakes program along with various other racing opportunities during the 2018 meet, which gets underway April 21.

Popular HRRN Shows Move To XM 201

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2018-03-21 21:22
The shows can also be accessed on terrestrial affiliates across the country and via live streaming provided on the HRRN website, 

Asmussen Repeats as Leading Trainer at Sam Houston

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2018-03-21 21:22
The Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred meeting concluded Saturday, March 17.

My Boy Jack Seeks More Graded Glory in Louisiana Derby

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2018-03-21 21:22
With qualifying points and dirt credibility now in his pocket, the dark bay colt aims to bolster his sophomore portfolio March 24 as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2).

Charles Town Cancels March 21 Card

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2018-03-21 21:22
Because of winter weather moving through the region, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has cancelled live racing for Wednesday night, March 21.  

Oaklawn Reports Record Rebel Day Handle

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2018-03-21 21:22
Total pari-mutuel handle on the 10-race Rebel Day March 17 card at Oaklawn Park was a record for March and a non-Arkansas Derby Day, eclipsing marks set from last year's corresponding program, despite one fewer race.

Late Triple Crown Nominations Make 10 More Eligible

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2018-03-21 21:22
John Oxley's Flameaway, winner of the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) and 10th on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, is among the late nominees.

McCutchen Saddles Three Winners at Aiken Trials

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2018-03-21 21:22
Trainer Robert B. McCutchen enjoyed a big day at the Aiken Trials March 17, sending out three winners.

Bass Family Keeps Raising the Bar

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2018-03-21 21:22
Only five months after toasting its first grade 1 winner as a breeder, the Bass family of Fort Worth is traveling the fast lane of the Road to the Kentucky Derby with a live contender they bred named Magnum Moon.

Yonkers: Horses to watch from Mar. 16 - Mar. 20

Daily Racing Form - Wed, 2018-03-21 17:11
<p><strong>2018 Meet Stats: 12 - 45 / $62.30</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>ECLIPSE ME N </strong>(Matchmaker) - Stacked up wide from behind dull cover and closed in very willingly.<br /> <br /> <strong>EVENIN OF PLEASURE</strong> (Levy) - Classy veteran raced well to be second best in his first start for a new barn.<br /> <br /> <strong>KEYSTONE PHOENIX</strong> (NW4) - Sprinted off early under urging, yielded to the heavy favorite and kept up well to be second best.<br /><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Pocono: Horses to watch from Mar. 17 - Mar. 20

Daily Racing Form - Wed, 2018-03-21 17:09
<p class="MsoNormal"><em><span>Saturday, March 17</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><strong>VERDAD</strong> (NW3000) rolled 4 wide in the final turn and strong to be second best. Should be tough in next race or two.</span></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Woodbine Harness: Horses to watch from Mar. 15 - Mar. 19

Daily Racing Form - Wed, 2018-03-21 17:07
<p class="MsoNormal"><em><span>Thursday, March 15</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><strong>HIGHLAND DYNAMITE</strong> (NW1) crushed her foes with wire to wire romp in last and should take more.</span></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Rampellini: Oaklawn horses to watch for week of March 21

Daily Racing Form - Wed, 2018-03-21 16:49
<p><strong>TITLE READY&nbsp; </strong>&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Trainer:</strong> Steve Asmussen<br /> <strong>Last Race:</strong> March 17, 10th<br /> <strong>Finish:</strong>&nbsp;4th by five lengths<br /> <strong>Beyer:</strong> 90</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Relative New Shooter ‘Meah’-ns Business

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2018-03-21 16:33

Part exercise rider, part assistant trainer and part fledgling bloodstock agent who comes with a deep pedigree, 35-year-old David Meah is fast making a name for himself as a keen identifier and reseller of young horses.

Having cut his teeth as a rider under the tutelage of such prominent English trainers such as the legendary Sir Michael Stoute and James Fanshawe overseas, the British-born Meah arrived in this country for good about 15 years ago and over the last 3 1/2 years or so, has been increasingly successful on the bloodstock side of the business, figuring prominently in the purchase of horses like GISW Union Strike (Union Rags), for example. With his future every bit ahead of him, Meah celebrated a remarkable feat over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, when Mr Melody (Scat Daddy), a horse successfully pinhooked at the 2017 OBS April Sale, and Madam Dancealot (Ire) (Sir Prancealot {Ire}), acquired as a racing prospect at the Goffs Champions Sale in 2016, won graded stakes on either side of the Pacific Ocean.

Having relocated permanently to this country in 2003, Meah worked for trainers like Ben Cecil, Don Chatlos, Neil Drysdale, Ron Ellis and Doug O’Neill, giving him access to and/or galloping such horses as Golden Apples (Ire), GI Breeders’ Cup Mile hero Singletary, champion Declan’s Moon, Kentucky Derby hero I’ll Have Another and Goldencents. After seven years with the O’Neill barn, Meah found himself at a crossroads and departed that outfit to join trainer Richard Baltas. Almost simultaneously, his interest in bloodstock grew and he purchased his first yearling at auction in 2014.

“The transition to bloodstock has been kind of natural, it’s been a work in progress, but thankfully, I’ve been very, very lucky and I’ve had great backing from my clients and others,” Meah said. “John Sadler, Kosta Hronis, Pete Miller have all supported me and we’ve been fortunate to pick up some nice horses.

“I started learning some about the bloodstock side of things from Dennis O’Neill,” he added. “I wouldn’t necessarily shadow Dennis, but I’d keep an eye on him and how he does things, pick his brain every so often about how he picks out horses and things like that. Obviously, Doug has always been very influential in my career as well, he’s always pushed me as well. From the day I left, he’s always been so supportive. Richard’s first Grade I winner, Big Macher, beat Goldencents in the Bing Crosby and the first text message I got before I even got down to the winner’s circle was from Doug saying, ‘massive congrats, super proud of you. If we had to get beat, I’m happy it was by you.'”

Meah credits Baltas, a quiet force on the Southern California circuit, with making him a better overall horseman.

“Since I’ve been working for Richard, I feel like I’ve learned a lot,” he said. “He’s a very hands-on guy and he’s taught me a hell of a lot. He took me under his wing and has really helped and push and encourage me to reach for better every day. Richard has helped build the bloodstock business, given him some of his clients, has told them that ‘David buys my horses.’ And it works the other way–if I run into clients or friends–I’ve always said that Richard is one of the best trainers around. If you want to be out there competing in the nice races, I think he can get the horses to the top level. I strongly believe we have such a strong team that it’s a great spot I’m in and we work really great together.”

It was on behalf of first-time client, George Yeager’s B G Thoroughbreds, that Meah signed the ticket for a colt from the penultimate crop of the late Scat Daddy, going to $100,000 for the son of Trusty Lady (Deputy Minister) from the VanMeter-Gentry consignment at Keeneland September in 2016.

“With a baby, I try to picture them six or eight months down the line,” Meah explained. “How are they going to develop, how are they going to look, how are they going to move with that saddle on them? Mr Melody looked like he was going to have a bit more length, but he also had a good, strong body to him, so I figured he would be a lovely looking 2-year-old. He really presented himself well when he walked. He was a very proud horse. He had that look about him like ‘I’m something special, I know it and I’m going to prove it to you.’ Sometimes you just have a feeling about some horses and we had a good feeling about him. He came in well under what we expected, so we were super excited about the price we got him for.”

Meah said the late March foal was a quick study.

“Pretty much from four weeks in of having tack on, [2-year-old consignor] Robbie Harris said this horse is something special,” Meah said. “He started to grow and everything he did–from getting his tack on to jogging in the field to the first time he saw the race track to the first time he saw the gate–it was a one-day process. He’d see the gate one time, he’d be good with the gate forever afterwards. He’d jog on the track, he’d be good with that. He was a very fast-learning horse, everything came fast to him. Everything you asked of him he would do effortlessly.”

That was the good news. The not-so-good news was that he was cataloged as hip 1205 of 1208 at OBS April and there was a material impact.

“There were a lot of people that had bought horses 100 or 200 hips prior that had left the sale,” Meah said. “We lost a lot of money at the sale that day, because a lot of the clients didn’t want to wait until the end, they’d already gotten their horses.”

Despite the late hour, the Scat Daddy colt–who breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 flat–fetched $400,000 from Emmanuel de Seroux’s Narvick International buying on behalf of Japanese clients (click for sales coverage).

“We were over the moon, because four times your money is pretty good and it actually paid for the whole venture,” adding that Yeager bought three horses that September for $327,000.

Named Mr Melody, Meah’s purchase proved equally adept as a racehorse, not only winning his maiden on the dirt at Tokyo at first asking, but doing so in track-record time (video).

Another win and two runner-up efforts on the main track followed, but Mr Melody was stepped up to the G3 Falcon S., a 1400-meter grass test, for his latest at Chukyo Racecourse Mar. 17. The results were equally spectacular, as the 7-1 chance powered home late to defeat fellow American-bred Asakusa Genki (Stormy Atlantic) in his turf bow.

“Breaking the track record the first time out was a bit of a surprise, because as much as he looked like he could be an early type, I didn’t think he’d do that,” Meah admitted. “When he did that I was like, ‘wow, he really is something special.’ It hasn’t surprised me that the horse has gone on and done well.”

Less than 24 hours later, Meah’s resume was padded when the Baltas-trained Madam Dancealot, overcame a slow pace and double-digit deficit to win the GII Santa Ana S. at Santa Anita. Meah teamed with Lillingston Bloodstock’s Barry Lynch to purchase Madam Dancealot for €260,000 as a horse of racing at the 2016 Goffs Champions Sale.

“I had one client that was interested and I thought I was going to do it with him, but he literally backed out one day before the sale,” Meah said. “Funny enough, we were just getting done that morning and I saw [Slam Dunk Racing’s] Nick Casato and figured if I don’t at least mention it to him, I’m not doing my job. I tell him literally less than 24 hours before the sale. He says to me that he’s interested and asked when the sale was. I said it’s tomorrow and he’s like ‘whoa’, but thankfully he went home and watched the replays and we chatted several times. We had to call Goffs and see if they could help out on short order, and they were very kind and helpful and sure enough we got the horse. And the rest is history, she’s been awesome, she’s been a flag-bearer for the barn.”

Upset winner of the GII San Clemente H. and beaten a neck into third in the GI Del Mar Oaks, Madam Dancealot could remain in California for the GI Gamely S. May 26, but will also be considered for the GI Coolmore Jenny Wiley S. at Keeneland Apr. 14.

Meah admits that his accomplishments have far exceeded his modest expectations.

“When I first got into it, I knew it was something I really wanted to get involved in, but I would have been quite happy buying three, four or five horses a year,” he said. “To be in this position right now, it’s crazy. It’s been a roller coaster, but it’s been mostly highs. That weekend is one I’ll never forget and hope there’s more in the future.”


Meadowlands: Friday 3/23 Analysis

Daily Racing Form - Wed, 2018-03-21 16:06
<p><strong>Best Bet:</strong> OPULENT YANKEE (2nd)</p> <p><strong>Spot Play: </strong>ANDERSON SEELSTER (9th)</p> <p><strong>Race 3 - $25,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool</strong></p> <p><strong>Race 8 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool</strong></p> <p><strong>MEET STATS: 120 - 452 / $816.50 (-$87.50)</strong></p> <p><strong>BEST BETS: 14 - 36 / $48.50 (-$23.50)</strong></p> <p><strong>Race 1</strong></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Woodbine Harness: Friday 3/23 Analysis

Daily Racing Form - Wed, 2018-03-21 16:01
<p class="MsoNormal"><b>Best Bet: </b>RUBIS PRESCOTT (10th)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Spot Play: </b>STELLENBOSCH (7th)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Race 1 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Five Pool</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Race 4 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool</b></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>

Yonkers: Friday 3/23 Analysis

Daily Racing Form - Wed, 2018-03-21 15:56
<p><strong>Best Bet</strong>: MACHO CHICK (12th)</p> <p><strong>Spot Play: </strong>SHADY CITY (3rd)</p> <p><strong>MEET STATS: 44 - 258 / $366.00</strong></p> <p><strong>BEST BETS: 6 - 23 / $33.50</strong></p> <p><strong>Race 1</strong></p> <p>(1) BLADE SEELSTER ran out of gas in his last try, but he should boss this weak group from the fence. (5) FINAL JUSTICE is knocking at the door based on his last two starts. (2) MISTER LIVAN N could land a share of the purse.</p> <p><strong>Race 2</strong></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p>


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