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Malibu Moon Firster Earns Rising Stardom at Churchill

3 hours 17 min ago

Albaugh Family Stable’s Hollywood Star (Malibu Moon) took solid late money to be off as the 3-2 favorite in a strong-looking Churchill maiden Wednesday afternoon and overcame a tardy dispatch to earn ‘TDN Rising Star’ status.

A 9-2 chance on the morning line, the racy dark bay was backed into 3-1, touched 9-5 and was back out to 2-1 before firming another half-point in the dying minutes before post. Off slowly beneath Robby Albarado, Hollywood Star looked to exchange bumps with the well-related 5-2 second choice Arrival (Tapit–Alittlebitearly), the half-brother to GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Bayern (Offlee Wild), and that duo raced at the tail of the field for the opening 100 yards. Hollywood Star tugged his way up into about midpack while a couple of paths away from the fence and was traveling well right in the slipstream of 14-1 Bourbon Resolution (New Year’s Day) into and around the turn. The $550,000 Keeneland September acquisition, the most expensive colt of his sire’s 44 yearlings to sell last year, accelerated sharply four deep off the final corner and was joined to his inside by Bourbon Resolution to settle it late, but the chalk did slightly the better–and more professional–work to take it by a half-length. Bourbon Resolution drifted in under a left-handed stick late while finishing a highly promising second. Ebben (Trappe Shot) was third, while Arrival weaved his way greenly through stretch traffic and finished with interest to be fourth.

Hollywood Star is a full-brother to Miss Hollywood, SW, $130,860; and a half to the mare’s first foal, Hoorayforhollywood (Storm Cat), MSP, $212,819.

The Vinery-bred Hollywood Story, purchased by George Krikorian for $130,000 out of the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale, annexed the 2003 GI Hollywood Starlet S. and the GI Vanity Invitiational S. in 2006. The dam of a yearling filly by Giant’s Causeway, Hollywood Story foaled a colt by Honor Code this past Mar. 13.

Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree.

4th-CD, $47,266, Msw, 6-28, 2yo, 6f, 1:10.83, ft.
+HOLLYWOOD STAR, c, 2, by Malibu Moon
1st Dam: Hollywood Story (MGISW, $1,171,105), by Wild Rush
2nd Dam: Wife For Life, by Dynaformer
3rd Dam: Huggle Duggle, by Never Bend
Sales history: $550,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $28,020.
O-Albaugh Family Stable; B-George Krikorian (KY); T-Dale L Romans.

Oaks Winner Favored in Queen’s Plate

4 hours 39 min ago

Stronach Stables’ Holy Helena (Ghostzapper) will look to become the seventh winner of the Woodbine Oaks to return and beat the boys in the C$1-million Queen’s Plate when she breaks from post three in Canada’s oldest race Sunday. The Jimmy Jerkens trainee was installed the 3-1 morning-line favorite when a field of 13 was assembled Wednesday. Channel Maker (English Channel), second in the GIII Marine S. May 28, drew the rail and is the second choice at 4-1 on the morning line. Guy Caballero (Quality Road), King and His Court (Court Vision) and State of Honor (To Honor and Serve), the top three finishers in the June 11 Plate Trial, will break from stalls two, six and seven, respectively.

Spendthrift Stallions to South Korea

7 hours 52 min ago

Officials at B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm have announced that Archarcharch (Arch–Woodman’s Dancer, by Woodman) and Tizway (Tiznow–Bethany, by Dayjur) have been sold and will continued their stud duties in South Korea in 2018. The deal was brokered by Jun Park.

“Korea is always looking for opportunities to improve the country’s breeding program,” said Park. “These stallions are a wonderful addition to Korea’s stallion roster, and we are excited to be able to offer them to Korean breeders.”

Archaracharch, winner of the 2011 GI Arkansas Derby, has been represented by five black-type winners to date and the winners of nearly $6 million to date, headed by Toews On Ice, victorious in the 2015 GIII Bob Hope S.

Tizway completed the GI Met Mile/GI Whitney H. double in 2011 and is the sire of nine stakes winners, including top earner Coasted, runner-up in last year’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Tizway’s 4-year-old son Buhwarui Banseok ( –Aim For the Moon, by Deputy Minister) has won six of 15 starts in Korea for earnings of nearly 560 million Won (about US$490,000).

As part of the conditions of sale, Spendthrift has the right of first refusal should the new owners ever decide to sell the stallions. Additionally, it has been agreed that the pair will return to the U.S. upon completion of their stud careers. Another former Spendthrift stallion, Tiz Wonderful, also stands in Korea.

Better Talk Now Euthanized

8 hours 55 min ago

Bushwood Stables’ multiple Grade I winner Better Talk Now (Talkin Man–Bendita, by Baldski) was euthanized Tuesday night at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center due to complications from intestinal surgery resulting from colic. He was 18 years old.

A staple in American turf racing for the better part of a decade, the dark bay, almost black, gelding won nine graded stakes over five seasons from ages four to eight. His defining score came in a 27-1 upset of Kitten’s Joy (El Prado {Ire}) in the 2004 GI Breeders’ Cup Turf at Lone Star, giving trainer Graham Motion and jockey Ramon Dominguez their first Breeders’ Cup victories (video). His last graded triumph came in the 2007 GI Manhattan H., but he also placed in multiple Grade I’s at ages nine and ten before being retired to due a hind suspensory injury in September of 2009 with earnings of $4,356,664.

“He displayed the same toughness fighting his final battle as he did when showing his special talents on the track that won him so many fans in the racing world,” owner Brent Johnson said in a statement. “We want to thank Better Talk Now for giving us and our families some of the greatest and most joyous experiences of our lives. It was truly a gift to be associated with such an amazing equine athlete and to enjoy an incredible eight racing seasons watching his talent flourish. He took us places few ever get to go, and we will be forever grateful to have had him in our lives.”

Better Talk Now, known as Blackie to his caretakers, lived out his retirement at Graham and Anita Motion’s Herringswell Stables at the Fair Hill training center in Maryland.

“Blackie came to Fair Hill as a 3-year-old in 2002 and never left us,” Herringswell’s Maggie Kimmitt wrote in a tribute on the stable’s website Wednesday. “A small group of us spent last evening with him, and Ramon and his wife Sharon joined us via Facetime. So many stories were shared. There were a great many tears shed, but just as many smiles. We’ll miss having a champion of his magnitude in our daily lives. But what a trip it’s been.”

Frankel Colt Wins the Daphne

10 hours 38 min ago

Last Kingdom ran into the future G1 Prix de Diane winner Senga (Blame) when two-lengths runner-up as the odds-on favourite for his second start in a Saint-Cloud conditions event over a mile in September and that was the last time he tasted defeat. Returning at this venue to beat the subsequent G2 Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (German 2000 Guineas) third Empire of the Star (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) in a mile maiden Apr. 10, the bay was sent back here to beat Normandy Spirit (Ire) (Myboycharlie {Ire}) by a length in a conditions event again at that trip May 29 and continued his progress with this first black-type success. Settled in second early tracking Neguev as Spotify raced on his tail, he was sent to the front with 300 metres remaining and stayed on to deny the latter as they pulled away.

The winner is the first runner for Compelling, whose dam Damson was an English and Irish highweight 2-year-old as a result of her successes in the G1 Phoenix S. and G2 Queen Mary S. Her son Requinto (Ire) inherited her precocity and speed and the G2 Flying Childers S. and G3 Molecomb S. winner is having fair success as a sire. Also the dam of the G3 Curragh S. runner-up Independence Day (Ire) (Dansili {GB}), she is a half-sister to the G3 Prestige S. scorer Geminiani (Ire) (King of Kings {Ire}) from the Aga Khan family of the sires Tiangar (Ire) and Tiraaz. Last Kingdom has a 2-year-old half-brother by Smart Strike, a yearling filly by Kitten’s Joy and a filly foal by Tapit.

Wednesday, Maisons-Laffitte, France
PRIX DAPHNIS-G3, €80,000, MLF, 6-28, 3yo, 9fT, 1:58.62, gd.
1–#@LAST KINGDOM, 123, c, 3, by Frankel (GB)
1st Dam: Compelling (Ire), by Kingmambo
2nd Dam: Damson (Ire), by Entrepreneur (GB)
3rd Dam: Tadkiyra (Ire), by Darshaan (GB)
($500,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Prince A A Faisal; B-Michael Baum and Reiko Baum (KY); T-Andre Fabre; J-Silvestre de Sousa. €40,000. Lifetime Record: 5-3-2-0, €83.910. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Spotify (Fr), 123, c, 3, Redoute’s Choice (Aus)–Gwenseb (Fr), by Green Tune. O/B-Wertheimer et Frere (FR); T-Christophe Ferland. €16,000.
3–Neguev (Ire), 123, c, 3, So You Think (NZ)–Lady Bering (GB), by Bering (GB). (€120,000 Ylg ’15 ARAUG).
O-Daniel-Yves Treves; B-EARL Ecurie la Boetie (IRE); T-Jean-Claude Rouget. €12,000.
Margins: NK, 2, SNK. Odds: 2.20, 1.30, 2.00.
Also Ran: Roc Angel (Fr). Scratched: Normandy Spirit (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Pivotal Filly Extends Unbeaten Record In the Ris-Orangis

11 hours 28 min ago

Stepping up from a debut success over six furlongs at Fontainebleau May 18, Rosa Imperial captured the Listed Prix Hampton over five furlongs here June 10 and enjoyed another upturn with a game defeat of the vastly more experienced Son Cesio. Settled in third early, the bay comported herself with a professional air belying her lack of race-conditioning and when asked to extend managed to get the better of that battle-hardened rival inside the final 150 metres. The winner is a half-sister to last year’s Listed Prix Dahlia scorer Rosental, who was third in the G3 Prix Fille de l’Air and fourth in last month’s G2 Prix Corrida. The second dam Mannington was the winner of the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude and finished third in the G1 Blue Diamond S. and G1 Newmarket H. before producing the G1 Victoria Derby-winning sire Benicio (Aus) and the G2 Moonee Valley Fillies’ Classic Oaks heroine Romneya (Aus) (Red Ransom). The third dam is the G1 Golden Slipper heroine and Australian champion 2-year-old Bint Marscay, who is also the dam of the G3 Blue Diamond Preview scorer Sheraton (Aus) (Woodman) and the G1 Coolmore Classic winner Bollinger (Aus) (Dehere), herself responsible for the GII Louisiana Derby-winning sire Friesan Fire. Also from the family of the sires Filante (Aus) and Kenny’s Best Pal (Aus) and the G1 Australia S. heroine Stella Cadente (Aus) (Centaine {Aus}), Rose Trail also has an as-yet unnamed 2-year-old colt by New Approach (Ire) and a yearling filly by Admire Moon (Jpn).

Wednesday, Maisons-Laffitte, France
PRIX DE RIS-ORANGIS-G3, €80,000, MLF, 6-28, 3yo/up, 6fT, 1:09.72, gd.
1–@ROSA IMPERIAL (IRE), 123, f, 4, Pivotal (GB)
1st Dam: Rose Trail, by Kingmambo
2nd Dam: Mannington (Aus), by Danehill
3rd Dam: Bint Marscay (Aus), by Marscay (Aus)
O-Godolphin SNC; B-Darley (IRE); T-Andre Fabre; J-Mickael Barzalona. €40,000. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, €80,000. *Full to Rosental (GB), SW & GSP-Fr. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Son Cesio (Fr), 127, h, 6, Zafeen (Fr)–Slitana (Fr), by Dansili (GB). O/B-Yves Borotra (FR); T-Henri-Alex Pantall. €16,000.
3–Attendu (Fr), 127, c, 4, Acclamation (GB)–Gwenseb (Fr, by Green Tune. O/B-Wertheimer & Frere (FR); T-Carlos Laffon-Parias. €12,000.
Margins: 1, 3/4, 1 1/4. Odds: 1.20, 6.00, 3.50.
Also Ran: Via Ravenna (Ire), Cersei (GB), Love Spirit (GB), Rangali (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.



Supreme Court to Hear New Jersey Sports Betting Case

Tue, 2017-06-27 17:27

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear the long-running case that pits the State of New Jersey against the four main professional sports leagues and the NCAA over the legality of sports betting.

Though the court’s latest move is by no means a guarantee that it will rule in favor of the state, the mere announcement that it would hear the case was seen as a major victory for the pro-sports betting side. It was also somewhat of a surprise as in May, Acting U.S. Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall advised the court that there was no need for the justices to hear the case.

“When I heard the news I was very happy,” said Dennis Drazin, who heads the management team at Monmouth Park and has been one of the driving forces behind the push to legalize sports betting in the state. “It was unexpected. Yesterday, I would have told you that this was a longshot for us. The Solicitor General came in and said ‘don’t take the case’ and that was a blow we did not expect. I am very happy that the court has decided to grant certiorari. I think this moves us up substantially in terms of the likelihood that sports betting will be permitted.”

New Jersey voters and the state legislature have approved a partial repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) that would allow sports betting at the state’s casinos, operating racetracks and defunct racetracks. However, the sports leagues successfully fought back in the courts and looked to have won out on the issue until the Supreme Court decided to take the case.

Drazin is optimistic that the court taking the case against the advice of the Solicitor General is a sign that it will rule in favor of the legalization of sports betting.

“I don’t think they would grant cert just to hand us a loss down the road,” he said. “Granting cert, to me, means the likelihood is that we will prevail on the merits”

New Jersey’s politicians, racing leaders and casino executives have come together in an effort to legalize sports betting with both the casino and racing industries struggling. The Atlantic City casinos have been hurt by the proliferation of gaming in the Mid-Atlantic states–Pennsylvania in particular–and Monmouth is having a hard time competing against tracks with purses that are fueled by casino and slot profits. New Jersey is the only state in the region that does not benefit from gaming revenue.

Drazin estimates that $10 billion would be bet annually in the state on sports.

“The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 has failed to protect sports and fans,” American Gaming Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman said in a statement Tuesday. “PASPA, which is approaching its 25th anniversary, is fueling an unregulated $150 billion illegal gambling market that continues to deprive states of vital public funding for services such as law enforcement and infrastructure. We are pleased the Supreme Court appears to have responded favorably to our arguments as to why they should hear this important case. And we are hopeful their engagement will provide further encouragement for Congress to take the steps necessary to create a regulated sports betting marketplace in the United States.”

The case is expected to be heard some time this fall, with a verdict being announced in the early months of 2018.

“The fact that the Supreme Court granted cert in this case is a very good sign for sports betting having a future in New Jersey,” governor Chris Christie said at a press conference Tuesday. “I’m encouraged by it. We’re not declaring victory, but at least we’re in the game, and that’s where we want to be.”

Should the Supreme Court rule in New Jersey’s favor, it is unclear how that will affect other states and the racing industry. There’s little doubt that other states will be watching the outcome closely and will push for legalized sports betting, as well, should New Jersey prevail. How they must go about it and what they can and cannot do may remain open to interpretation. One possible scenario is that the court fully repeals PASPA, which could make sports betting legal at places other than just racetracks and casinos.

When asked for comment, NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop kept the focus on Monmouth Park.

“The decision was a welcome surprise for Monmouth Park, given that the U.S. Solicitor General had recommended against granting cert in this case,” he said. “Admittedly, this case is unlikely to create anything more than a narrow exception for state deregulation of sports betting, but a favorable ruling from the court would be good news for Monmouth Park nonetheless.”

The case largely revolves around states’ rights issues, in particular where the line should be drawn when it comes to states making their own laws versus having to adhere to federal laws.

Ben’s Cat Retired

Tue, 2017-06-27 14:42

Veteran Ben’s Cat (Parker’s Storm Cat) has been retired from racing at age 11, according to owner/breeder/trainer King Leatherbury.
“It’s the end of an era,” Leatherbury said Tuesday. “He got me in the Hall of Fame and gave me many thrills and glory.”
Ben’s Cat first stepped onto the racing scene in his home state of Maryland as a 4-year-old in May of 2010, opening his account with eight straight victories. The hard-knocking gelding won 26 stakes, including two renewals of the GIII Turf Monster H. and two editions of the GIII Parx Dash.
The dark bay lasted visited the winner’s circle in May of 2016 when he scored his fifth Jim McKay Turf Sprint victory and has been off the board in three starts this season. Ben’s Cat retires with a record of 63-32-9-7 and earnings of $2,643,782.
“He’s had minor excuses, but you have to draw a line somewhere,” Leatherbury commented. “I had hopes for him since we brought him back because he was training well. It was sad to see him run and not get anything. I’m so used to him winning.”
The Hall of Famer added, “He’s going to a lady named Chris Welker in Kentucky. She’s been a huge fan of him. She’s had her order in for two and a half years.”

Ballymacoll Stud Brings €8.15 Million

Tue, 2017-06-27 14:27

The Weinstock family’s famed Ballymacoll Stud was sold for €8.15 million to solicitor Peter Walsh of Orpen Franks for an undisclosed Irish owner/breeder at public auction in Dublin on Tuesday, The Irish Field reported. The 294-acre property was bought in its entirety after bidding passed the reserve price, as the first lot (house and 265-acre parcel) attracted a bid of €5 million, while €500,000 was offered for  lot 2 (29 acres) by Brendan Hayes of Kilfrush Stud. There had been a bid of €7 million for the whole property, but the vendors opted for the €8.15 million offer. The sale was handled jointly by Willie Coonan of REA Coonan in Maynooth, Co Kildare and Knight Frank. The stud will continue in operation and likely be retained for bloodstock use, which pleased longtime manager for the Weinstock family, Peter Reynolds. The stud’s remaining bloodstock will go under the hammer at various Tattersalls auctions throughout 2017.

Expensive Fastnet Colt Wins for Powerhouse Partnership

Tue, 2017-06-27 14:05

Siege of Quebec (Aus) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}), an A$1.2 million purchase out of the 2016 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale who has brought together a syndicate of top owners from Australasia and further afield, got his career off on a winning note Tuesday afternoon at Newcastle in northeastern New South Wales.

Trained by the team of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, the Sept. 30 foal, winner of three barrier trials leading up to the debut, hit the gates hard and took them along at a solid tempo in the 1250m maiden test. Asked for an effort by Brenton Avdulla in upper stretch, the $2.20 (6-5) favourite displayed a good kick and was able to stave off a stiff challenge from market rival Intuition (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}) to take it by a half-length (video).

Bred by Belinda Bateman, Siege of Quebec was consigned to the Easter Sale by Newgate Farm and was knocked down to Coolmore’s Tom Magnier, Markus Jooste’s Nordic Racing and Breeding, Waterhouse and Julian Blaxland. The ownership group also includes Cambridge Stud’s Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan and Nasser Lootah’s Emirates Park, among others. Bateman has also remained in for a share of the colt.

Siege of Quebec is the second winner for his dam Rose of Cimmaron (Aus) (Bite the Bullet) and is a full-brother to Bull Point (Aus), the A$960,000 sales topper at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, subsequently successful at Group 3 level and Group 1-placed. Rose of Cimmaron is a full-sister to Mica’s Pride (Aus), the dam of three full black-type winners including four-time Group 1 hero Criterion (NZ) (Sebring {Aus}). Rose of Cimmaron is the dam of a yearling colt by Exceed and Excel (Aus), but missed to that stallion in each of the last two seasons.


Oppenheim: The Greatest Show on Earth

Tue, 2017-06-27 10:03

About Royal Ascot, you don’t use the phrase “at the end of the day”; rather you have to say “at the end of the week”. It is the sustained level of top-level racing, 30 races over five days, which sets Royal Ascot apart as the world number one horseracing experience; well, I suppose I should say it’s the world number one racing experience for professionals for that reason. For most of the nearly 300,000 fans who rock up sometime during the week, there are a lot of other motivations, too. Win, lose, or draw, the Americans who come over are invariably awed by the experience. WinStar’s Elliott Walden, a well-known devotee of dirt racing, even tweeted: “turf racing rocks,” even after his firm’s American Patriot (War Front) found himself out of his comfort zone in the meet’s opener, the G1 Queen Anne S.

The Breeders’ Cup currently consists of 13 races run over two days, all of them Grade I races. It doesn’t work that way at Royal Ascot. A total of 23 of the 30 races are black-type races, of which eight are Group 1s, eight more are Group 2s, three are Group 3 and four are listed Races. There are also six handicaps and one conditions race–the 21 1/2-furlong Queen Alexandra S. which closes the meet. But it’s the sheer weight of quality: 30-runner handicaps, 20-runner group races, one after another. It’s really an orgy of top-class racing, to tell the truth.

And boy, can sires burst into prominence with so many opportunities, as New Approach did in 2012 when he became the first sire to have the winner of three 2-year-old races at the meet. We wrote about Scat Daddy last week, of course, and sure enough, Caravaggio’s win in the white-hot G1 Commonwealth Cup provided Scat Daddy with his fourth win of the week, outscoring Europe’s two best sires, Coolmore’s Galileo and Darley’s Dubawi, who had three wins each. It’s just about impossible to imagine that Scat Daddy had four winners and two thirds from eight runners at the meet, and that his lifetime Royal Ascot record stands at eight wins from 15 starts–53%! It was one of those really cruel twists of fate that Coolmore lost Scat Daddy just as he was about to leap two notches, from a $35,000 stud fee in 2015 to a $100,000 fee in 2016, as he died of a heart attack in December 2015. They do have No Nay Never, his first Ascot winner of the G2 Norfolk S. (and later G1 Prix Morny) in 2013, and Caravaggio will certainly be headed to Tipperary, possibly, it has been suggested, by way of the new $10-million The Everest race in Australia in October. Coolmore will also be hoping their $3-million, sales-topping Scat Daddy half-brother to Beholder and Into Mischief from Keeneland September last year is the business, and one absolute certainty is that the good-looking yearlings from his last crop, this year, will sell for big premiums.

World number one Galileo was the money leader at Royal Ascot, garnering over £1.3 million in prize money, including, as mentioned, three wins, of which two were in Group 1 company (Highland Reel and Winter) and the third was a Group 2 win for Highland Reel’s year-younger little brother Idaho. Galileo had another eight placings, to make a total of 11 top-three finishes (runners-up Scat Daddy, Dubawi, and Sea The Stars had six top-three finishes each), including five more Group 1 placings: Decorated Knight, Order of St. George, Deauville, Hydrangea, and Ulysses. Of Dubawi’s six podium finishes, three were winners, including a Thursday ‘Dubawi Double’ as Benbatl won the G3 Hampton Court S. for 3-year-olds going 10 furlongs, followed by Coronet’s win in the 12-furlong G2 Ribblesdale S. Scat Daddy, of course, had four winners: 3-year-olds Caravaggio (G1), Lady Aurelia (G1), and Con Te Partiro (listed), plus 2-year-old G2 Norfolk S. winner Sioux Nation. Wesley Ward trained the Wednesday pair, Lady Aurelia and Con Te Partiro; leading Royal Ascot trainer Aidan O’Brien conditions the other two. Galileo’s half-brother Sea The Stars was the other sire with six top-three finishes, two winners including the G2 Queen’s Vase winner Stradivarius.

One other sire, Darley’s Exceed And Excel, had two winners, including the one-three in Tuesday’s Listed Windsor Castle S. (five furlongs, 2-year-olds). He is also the sire of Coolmore’s Excelebration, the only other European second-crop sire, besides Juddmonte’s Frankel, to have a winner at Ascot last week. Frankel had four 3-year-olds hit the board, his winner coming in the 12-furlong King George V H. for 3-year-olds, while Excelebration did beat him to the distinction of being the first second-crop sire to have a European Group 1 winner, as G1 English 2000 Guineas winner Barney Roy turned the tables on his Newmarket conqueror, Churchill (only fourth), in the St. James’s Palace S. The other second-crop sire with Ascot form was Tweenhills’s Harbour Watch, himself an unbeaten 2-year-old by Acclamation, whose colt Santry ran a bang-up second to Sioux Nation in the Norfolk.

Two first-crop sires had big results. Dabirsim, who is from Hat Trick’s first crop, was the unbeaten French champion 2-year-old in 2011. He stood his first two seasons in Germany, then came back to France’s Haras de Grandcamp. His first crop includes the filly Different League, upset 20-1 winner of the G3 Albany S., for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs. The other freshman sire with a Royal Ascot placing this year was Havana Gold, who like Harbour Watch raced for Qatari Sheikh Fahad al-Thani. A son of Teofilo who won the G1 Prix Jean Prat as a 3-year-old, Havana Gold is the sire of Headway, who lost a narrow decision to Rajasinghe in last week’s G2 Coventry S. Right now Dabirsim, who has six winners, holds a small lead over Havana Gold (eight winners) by progeny earnings (click here–first-crop EU Sires, worldwide earnings), with Tally-Ho’s deceased Society Rock (Rock of Gibraltar) third by progeny earnings, but leading by number of winners so far, with 10.

Honorable Mentions: Claiborne’s War Front, three seconds, all 3-year-olds, two Group 1-placed (Lancaster Bomber in the St. James’s Palace and Roly Poly in the Coronation); also Darley’s Iffraaj, who gets a boost via his 4-year-old Ribchester, convincing winner of the G1 Queen Anne and locking up his spot in the Darley stallion barn; and Japan’s Shadai Farm’s Deep Impact, the best son of Sunday Silence and the sire of September (out of the top-class Peeping Fawn), winner of the seven-furlong Chesham S. (Listed) on Saturday, the race Churchill won last year on his way to stardom. Contact Bill Oppenheim at (cc

NYSGC Approves Third-Party Lasix Administration Rule

Mon, 2017-06-26 17:34

The New York State Gaming Commission unanimously approved a proposal to formalize race-day administration of Lasix by third-party veterinarians during its meeting Monday in Manhattan. Under the rule, recommended by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) and consistent with model rules of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, Inc., only third-party veterinarians who are not caring for the horses of a trainer or owner who participates at the race meeting are permitted to administer Lasix on raceday. Already implemented in-house at the state’s Thoroughbred tracks, Monday’s vote extends the rule to Standardbred tracks.

Prior to voting on the proposal, the board spent several minutes debating the merits of a partial Lasix ban in the state, either in New York’s graded races or in the carding of designated Lasix-free races. Further discussion on the issue was proposed for the commission’s next meeting in Saratoga, where the members hoped to hear from New York’s equine medical director Dr. Scott Palmer.

Speightstown Colt Debuts With Sharp Score at Delaware

Mon, 2017-06-26 17:08

8th-DEL, $34,000, Msw, 6-26, 3yo/up, 6f, 1:11.02, ft.
+PARADE BLUE (c, 4, Speightstown–Meadow Saffron {SW & GSP, $200,725}, by Military) made the pace and finished full of run in the stretch to graduate on debut at Delaware. Sporting a steady series of breezes going back to the end of March, rounded out by a bullet half-mile from the gate in :48 2/5 (1/19) June 16 at Fair Hill, the bay was made a slight second favorite at 6-5 and came away well from his rail post. Leading narrowly over even-money chalk firster Cedartown (Candy Ride {Arg}), a $620,000 half to MGSW Danzing Candy (Twirling Candy), through a :22.84 quarter, Parade Blue was taken on by that one and a three-wide Split the Uprights (Cape Blanco {Ire}) nearing the top of the lane. Called on for his best after straightening, he responded strongly and sped clear by the eighth pole before hitting the wire five lengths to the good. Cedartown was second-best. The winner has a juvenile half-brother by Orb named Impeachableoffense who sold for $160,000 to Gary Broad at Barretts March, and his dam was bred to Super Saver last season. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $20,400. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Frederick J. Seitz; B-Brookdale (KY); T-H. Graham Motion.

Hill ‘n’ Dale Purchases Interest in Bubbler

Mon, 2017-06-26 13:16

John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm has purchased a 50% interest in Bubbler (Distorted Humor–Grechelle, by Deputy Minister), dam of champion Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song), from the Cleary family’s Clearsky Farm. The 11-year-old mare is currently in foal to Tapit.

“Hill ‘n’ Dale has established itself as among the very best in all areas of the Thoroughbred business, so we are very pleased to be involved in a partnership with them on Bubbler,” a statement from Clearsky Farm read. “We are very excited about Bubbler’s future, with her second, third and fourth foals yet to race, and hopefully we can both share some success with her.”

Arrogate, who has taken the racing world by storm with wins in the GI Travers S., GI Breeders’ Cup Classic, GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational, and G1 Dubai World Cup, is Bubbler’s first foal. She has a 2-year-old filly by Medaglia d’Oro, a yearling filly by Giant’s Causeway and she produced a filly by Into Mischief this spring.

Clearsky Farms plans to retain both the mare’s Giant’s Causeway filly and her Into Mischief filly to race. The Medaglia d’Oro filly sold for $300,000 to Bridlewood Farm at last year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

The late Eamon Cleary purchased Bubbler for $170,000 at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton November Sale. The mare, in foal to Into Mischief, RNA’d for $4.7 million at that auction last fall, just days after Arrogate’s Breeders’ Cup Classic victory.

“We are grateful and excited to become co-owner with Clearsky Farm of Bubbler,” Sikura said in a statement. “As the dam of Arrogate, the world’s highest-rated racehorse, and in foal to Classic sire Tapit, we feel Bubbler is a remarkable opportunity to enhance our brand. Our goal is to continue to assemble a world-class broodmare band and associate with leading breeders like Clearsky Farm.”

Pedigree Insights: Galileo & Scat Daddy

Mon, 2017-06-26 12:17

The magnificent four-timer by the much-lamented Scat Daddy ensured that the Royal Ascot meeting wasn’t all about Galileo, but the eight-time champion sire still enjoyed a terrific time–in more ways than one. Galileo was directly responsible for a one-two-three in the G1 Prince of Wales’s S., with the teak-tough Highland Reel once again displaying his appetite for a battle. There was also G1 Coronation S. success for Winter, another of Galileo’s serial Group 1 winners, and then Highland Reel’s Classic-placed brother and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Idaho returned to his best in winning the G2 Hardwicke S. Altogether Galileo notched up three wins, four seconds (including Order of St George in the G1 Gold Cup) and four thirds, the end result being that he now holds a lead of nearly £3 million on the Anglo-Irish sires’ table.

Galileo’s stallion sons and broodmare daughters also got into the act. Teofilo’s son Permian bounced back from his Derby disappointment to take the G2 King Edward VII S., and Frankel’s daughter Mori went very close to winning the fillies’ equivalent, the G2 Ribblesdale S. Frankel also did well with Atty Persse, Mirage Dancer and Count Octave.

Daughters of Galileo arguably did even better, as one of them–Alina–enjoyed Group 1 success when her son Barney Roy took the G1 St James’s Palace S. ‘TDN Rising Star’ Roly Poly, a War Front filly out of Galileo’s Classic-winning daughter Misty For Me, provided another Galileo one-two-three (of sorts) when she separated Galileo’s daughters Winter and Hydrangea in the Coronation S. There was also a solid third-place effort in the G2 Queen’s Vase for Secret Advisor, a colt out of Galileo’s daughter Sub Rose.

Sub Rose had looked a high-class filly in the making when she easily won the G3 Prix de Royaumont on only her second start, but injury prevented her racing again. With Roly Poly also being out of a very talented Galileo filly, one could be excused for thinking that it is these distinguished racemares which are going to be the foundation of Galileo’s reputation as a potential champion sire of broodmares.

The evidence so far, though, suggests that all of Galileo’s broodmare daughters have to be treated with considerable respect, even if they failed the racecourse test. Barney Roy is the 10th Northern Hemisphere Group 1 winner with a dam by Galileo and the surprising statistic is that only one of them (Zhukova) has a group-winning dam. As many as five of them are out of Galileo mares which either failed to win or failed to race.

Between them these five mares have produced performers of the quality of Galileo Gold (G1 2000 Guineas and G1 St James’s Palace S.), La Cressonniere (G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and G1 Prix de Diane), La Collina (G1 Phoenix S. and G1 Matron S.), Intricately (G1 Moyglare Stud S.) and now Barney Roy.

Part of the explanation is that Galileo’s fee has never been lower than €37,500. Consequently, he has always enjoyed the advantage of covering mares which mainly come from successful female lines. The strength of these female lines is clearly standing his daughters in good stead as broodmares.

Galileo’s daughters’ first seven runners by Excelebration include Barney Roy and the group-placed Pellucid, who has won well at Santa Anita since leaving England, This suggests that plenty of other Galileo mares are destined to visit Excelebration, whose grandsire Danehill has played such a large part in Galileo’s success story.

The Coolmore team must also be delighted that Caravaggio, with his blemish-free record of six wins from as many starts, has emerged as another potential mate for the operation’s burgeoning number of Galileo mares. The son of Scat Daddy possesses the type of speed and precocity which Coolmore is constantly looking for in the mares which visit Galileo.

Although Scat Daddy spent his nine-race career racing exclusively on dirt, this winner of the GI Florida Derby was a son of the very versatile Johannesburg, who followed up Group 1 victories on turf in Ireland, France and England with victory on dirt in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Scat Daddy’s record as a sire at Royal Ascot highlights his prowess as a turf sire. In addition to this year’s four-timer, headed by the Group 1 sprint victories of last year’s G2 Queen Mary winner and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Lady Aurelia and last year’s G2 Coventry S. winner Caravaggio, he has also sired the Queen Mary winner Acapulco and the G2 Norfolk S. (and Prix Morny) winner No Nay Never. Scat Daddy also sired the G2 Royal Lodge S. winner Daddy Long Legs and one can only wonder what he might have achieved had he lived long enough to stand the 2016 season, for which his fee was set at $100,000–up from $35,000 in 2015. As it is, we can look forward to just one more crop but that crop numbers around 170, so there should be some big prices for the Scat Daddy yearlings at this year’s sales.

Scat Daddy was inbred 5 x 4 to Northern Dancer, via Storm Bird and Nijinsky II, but this ubiquitous stallion appears only once in Caravaggio’s five-generation pedigree, as the G1 Commonwealth Cup winner’s dam, Mekko Hokte, is a total outcross.

An interesting aspect of Mekko Hokte’s pedigree is that it contains a high proportion of greys. Both her parents, the recently deceased Holy Bull and Aerosilver were grey, as were two of the grandparents, four of the great-grandparents and six of the great-great-grandparents. Mekko Hokte is inbred 4 x 4 to The Axe, a grey son of the grey Derby winner Mahmoud, but she is also inbred 4 x 4 to Intentionally, a black horse whose male line gave European racing the likes of Known Fact and Warning.

Caravaggio represents a male line which has repeatedly proven its prowess as the age of two. Scat Daddy finished fourth in the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, having earlier won three of his four starts including the GI Champagne S. Johannesburg won the 2001 Juvenile, to become a Group/Grade 1/I winner in four different countries. Next in line is Hennessy, who was beaten a neck by Unbridled’s Song in the 1995 Juvenile, having previously won the GI Hopeful S. Hennessy in turn was by Storm Cat, a close second in the Juvenile of 1985, when he was also a Grade I winner.

This suggests that Caravaggio has the potential to stay a mile and it will be interesting to see whether he is eventually allowed to show whether he has more than one string to his bow. I was thinking that a win in the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile would add greatly to his appeal as a stallion, but it looks as though the prize-money of The Everest may see him heading for Australia rather than the U.S.

If there is any doubt about Caravaggio’s ability to stay a mile, it stems from Mekko Hokte, who–in common with most American fillies–raced mainly over sprint distances. She won the Delta Miss S. over 6.5 furlongs as a 2-year-old but was also third in a stakes race over a mile at three. The other concern is that Mekko Hokte’s previous stakes winner, the GII Gallant Bloom H. winner My Jen, was a sprinter, even though she was by the GI Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus.

Caravaggio’s sire Scat Daddy has the fine record of having three black-type winners among his seven foals out of Holy Bull mares. One of the others, the American 3-year-old Conquest Farenheit, is a stakes winner over 6 1/2 and eight furlongs on turf this year, after being sold for $735,000 last November.

Holy Bull earned the title of Horse of the Year at three, when his Grade I victories included three over nine furlongs and one over a mile and a quarter. His big winners included one in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Macho Uno) and one in the Kentucky Derby (Giacomo). Caravaggio’s next two dams, the dirt and turf winner Aerosilver and the Grade II-placed Silver In Flight, were daughters of Relaunch and Silver Series. Relaunch was once a close second in the GI San Luis Rey S. a mile-and-a-half race run in world-record time, and Silver Series won the GI Widener H. over a mile and a quarter.

If Caravaggio proves to be a sprinter pure and simple, the blame could perhaps be attributed to Holy Bull’s sire Great Above, as he also appears in the pedigree of the brilliantly speedy Lady Aurelia, as the sire of her third dam. Great Above, who once set a track record for six furlongs in the GIII Toboggan H., was a son of the flying filly Ta Wee, who twice took the title of champion sprinter in the U.S.–a feat matched by her half-brother Dr Fager.


Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Catalogue Online

Mon, 2017-06-26 10:46

A total of 227 yearlings have been catalogued for the 97th edition of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, slated for Aug. 7-8 at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, New York. Each session will begin at 6:30 p.m.
“Our consignors have supported us with outstanding quality once again this year,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.  “Buyers will find the very best of this year’s yearling crop when they arrive at Saratoga, including several offerings from some new faces in the consignor and breeder ranks.”
“Saratoga continues to produce the sport’s biggest and brightest stars,” continued Browning.  “GI Belmont S. winner Tapwrit (Tapit) is remarkably the fourth Belmont winner in the last six years to have been offered at Saratoga, and Eclipse Champions Songbird (Medaglia d’Oro), Stellar Wind (Curlin), and Tepin (Bernstein) are some of the finest fillies and mares we have seen in some time.”
For more information click here. Print versions of the catalogue will be available June 30.

‘Birdie’ Earns BC Berth in Pamplona

Sun, 2017-06-25 20:09

Favorite Birdie Gold (Birdstone) continued her ascent and posted a career best victory in the G1 Gran Premio Clasico Pamplona to earn an automatic berth into the $2-million GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf as part of the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge series. Nearly unbeaten, the lightly raced daughter of Birdstone closed ground along the rail to gain the advantage in upper stretch en route to a three-length score under Edwin Talaverano.
A winner of three dirt allowance starts at six furlongs, seven furlongs and a mile, Birdie Gold was making only her second career start around two turns and on the grass, following a runner-up effort in the Clasico Republica Argentina at 1 1/4 miles on Apr. 20, her first stakes try.
“She is nominated and I think she is very good and will probably go,” said Breeders’ Cup South American representative John Fulton.
The Pamplona, Peru’s only Group 1 race reserved for fillies and mares on the grass, was the third Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare qualifier on the third different continent so far this year.

Sunday, Lima, Peru
CLASICO PAMPLONA-G1, P$116,000 (US$35,662), Hipodromo de Monterrico, 6-25, 3yo/up, f/m, 2000mT, 2:01.44, fm.
1–#@&BIRDIE GOLD, 120, f, 3, by Birdstone
1st Dam:  Gold Revenue, by Touch Gold
2nd Dam: Nappelon, by Bold Revenue
3rd Dam: Sally Go Gray, by Wise Exchange
($22,000 RNA Ylg ’15 FTKJUL). O-Stud Couet; B-Teneri Farm &
Bernardo Alvarez Calderon; T-Juan Suarez. J-Edwin Talaverano.
P$72,500. Lifetime Record: 5-4-1-0, P$98,700. *4th
Grade/Group I/1 winner for her sire (by Grindstone). Werk
   Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Soy Realidad (Chi), 127, f, 3, Ivan Denisovich (Ire)–Misia
Juanita (Chi), by Dushyantor. O-Stud El Castillo; B-Haras Don
Alberto (Chi); T-Felix Banda. P$21,750.
3–Chicuela (Per), 132, f, 4, Yazamaan (GB)–Como Una Luz (Per),
by Domingo; O-Stud Starbucks; B-Haras Gina Santa Rosa (Per);
T-Juan Suarez. P$14,500.
Margins: 3,  1/4, 1/4.  Odds: 4.50, 11.40, 11.40.
Also Ran: Smart Choice, Maggie Lee (Per), Rayito de Luna (Per), Green Wave (Arg), Princess Cata (Per), Tequila Blue (Per), Rayito de Luna (Per), La Candy (Per), Marivais (Per).
Click for the Hipodromo de Monterrico chart, or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Hipodromo de Monterrico Video.

Algorithms’s Serengeti a Natural Wonder in Rising Star-Earning Romp

Sun, 2017-06-25 19:25

Serengeti, a well-bet second on debut over track and trip, took no prisoners in his second journey to the post, blitzing an overmatched field of juveniles by double digits and earning ‘TDN Rising Star’ status.

Made the 11-10 chalk first out June 10, the $200,000 Keeneland September buy dueled for command and just weakened a bit late to be runner-up. Crushed in the wagering throughout to be off at 2-5 while switching pilots from Martin Garcia to Mike Smith and adding blinkers this time, the bay blasted out of the blocks from his inside post and made a clear lead in the opening strides. Honeymoonz Over (Congrats), a $360,000 Barretts March buy who also completed the exacta in a local debut, was scrubbed on to go after the leader and managed to draw within a length past a :21.77 quarter. Shaking away from that foe with remarkable ease nearing the top of the lane, Serengeti cut the corner smoothly and opened up a half-dozen lengths in a matter of a few strides. Slamming the door by mid-stretch, he was ridden with hands and heels by Smith the rest of the way, and the favorite coasted home 11 lengths to the good. On the Right (Gone Astray) showed late interest to nail Honeymoonz Over in the last jump for second money at 35-1.

The winner’s unraced dam is a half to GSW Fast Bullet (Speightstown), while third dam Brave Raj (Rajab) captured the 1986 GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies en route to champion 2-year-old filly honors that year. Cinq Etoiles is responsible for a yearling Liaison filly named Loop the Loop and she was bred to Race Day last spring.

7th-SA, $55,035, Msw, 6-25, 2yo, 5f, :57.98, ft.
SERENGETI, c, 2, Algorithms
1st Dam: Cinq Etoiles, by Five Star Day
2nd Dam: Renfro Valley Star, by Dayjur
3rd Dam: Brave Raj, by Rajab
Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $43,200. Click for the chart, VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton or the free catalogue-style pedigree.
O-Peachtree Stable & Natalie J. Baffert; B-Scott Pierce (OK); T-Bob Baffert.

Spa Next for Finley’sluckycharm

Sun, 2017-06-25 16:15

Speedy female sprinter Finley’sluckycharm (Twirling Candy) will take her show on the road for the rest of the summer, trainer Bret Calhoun told the Churchill Downs media team Sunday morning. Having upped her record under the Twin Spires to a perfect six-for-six with a convincing victory in Sunday’s GIII Chicago H., the 4-year-old will soon head to Saratoga and be pointed to the GII Honorable Miss H. July 26 and GI Ballerina S. Aug. 26. “It was great to keep her at home for these series of races,” Calhoun said. “We originally were going to point her to the [May 6 GI] Humana Distaff for her first start of the year, but we got a little behind in her training. The [Apr. 29] Roxelana was a perfect starting point for her. Leading up to the [May 27 GIII] Winning Colors, I completely forgot the Chicago H. got moved to Churchill [from Arlington] in June. So, I was really happy to be able to keep her home after the Winning Colors and not ship her around the country just yet.”

Street Cry’s Abingdon Lays Siege to Pontefract Castle

Sun, 2017-06-25 11:47

TOTEPOOL PONTEFRACT CASTLE FILLIES’ S.-Listed, £45,000, PON, 6-25, 4yo/up, f, 12f 5yT, 2:37.54, g/f.
1–ABINGDON, 126, f, 4, Street Cry (Ire)–Justlookdontouch (Ire), by Galileo (Ire). O/B-Ballymacoll Stud (KY); T-Sir Michael Stoute; J-Ryan Moore. £25,520. Lifetime Record: 7-4-1-0, $140,538.2–Lucy the Painter (Ire), 126, m, 5, Excellent Art (GB)–Royal Bounty (Ire), by Generous (Ire). O-J P Carrington. £9,675.
3–Shearling (GB), 126, f, 4, Rail Link (GB)–Casual (GB), by Nayef. (25,000gns 3yo ’16 TAJUL). O-Victoria & Jane Greetham. £4,842.
Margins: 10, 3/4, 2 1/4. Odds: 1.00, 9.00, 40.00.
   Abingdon posted wins in last year’s June 9 Listed Lord Weinstock Memorial S. at Newbury and York’s Aug. 18 Listed Galtres S., and closed her sophomore campaign with a fifth in Doncaster’s G2 Park Hill S. in her most recent start Sept. 8. Rushed up from the inside gate to stalk the tempo along the fence in third, she eased into second on the home turn and surged clear onced angled into open runway at the top of the straight to register a third black-type score by daylight.
   Abingdon is the leading performer out of an unraced half-sister to Islington (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), who went one better than her G1 Yorkshire Oaks-winning dam Hellenic (Ire) (Darshaan {GB}) by winning that York feature on two occasions. Islington was also successful in the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, which sealed US champion Grass Mare status, as well as the G1 Nassau S., and she is a full-sister to G1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis winner Greek Dance (Ire) and a half to G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud-winning sire Mountain High (Ire). Justlookdontouch, whose family also includes the G1 Melbourne Cup-winning Australian champion Fiorente (Ire) (Monsun {Ger}), is also the dam of 3-year-old filly Superioritycomplex (Ire) (Hard Spun), who ran second at Salisbury last week, the hitherto unraced 2-year-old filly Aim of Artemis (Ire) (Leroidesanimaux {Brz}) and a yearling filly by Kingman (GB). Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.