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NYRA Partners With Encore Boston Harbor at Saratoga

9 hours 5 min ago

The New York Racing Association has entered into a partnership with Wynn Resorts’ newly-opened Encore Boston Harbor, an integrated luxury gaming resort located in Great Boston. The partnership includes the second floor of the new 1863 Club at Saratoga Race Course presented by Encore Boston Harbor, two races–the Saratoga Oaks Aug. 2 and the GI Forego S. Aug. 24–presented by Encore Boston Harbor and two handicapping contests presented by Encore Boston Harbor–the Saratoga Challenge Aug. 9 and Fourstardave Challenge Aug. 10.

“We’re excited to partner with Encore Boston Harbor this summer at Saratoga Race Course. The luxury resort and casino is an ideal match for our new hospitality venue,” said NYRA CEO & President Dave O’Rourke. “Wynn Resorts has a proven track record of providing the finest hotels, dining and gaming the casino industry has to offer. We look forward to welcoming racing fans to the second floor of the 1863 Club in partnership with Encore Boston Harbor.”

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F-T New York-Bred Yearlings Catalogue On-Line

11 hours 3 min ago

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 332 head for its upcoming New York-bred Yearlings Sale, which will be held Aug. 11 and 12 at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga. Sunday’s session of the two-day auction will begin at 7 p.m., while Monday’s session begins at noon.

“We have five recent graded stakes winners featured on this year’s catalogue, including Diversify and Fourstar Crook, who captured last year’s prestigious GI Whitney S. and GI Flower Bowl S., respectively,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “This sale, and the New York-bred program in general, produces horses for racing’s biggest stages.”

The New York-bred Yearlings Sale catalogue is now available on-line at www.fasigtipton.com and print catalogues are also available.

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Strong Opening Weekend at Spa

Sun, 2019-07-14 20:04

Saratoga’s opening weekend, which began Thursday and concluded Sunday, produced an all-sources handle of $73,441,101, up from the 2018 opening weekend all-sources total of $71,671,188. The 2018 opening weekend was from Friday, July 20 to Monday, July 23. Total paid attendance for opening weekend of the 2019 season was 105,690, nearly matching the 109,395 for the first four days of the 2018 season.

“We’d like to thank our fans, horsemen and the community for embracing the earlier-than-usual start to the season. Saratoga has certainly once again demonstrated its widespread popularity,” said NYRA CEO and President Dave O’Rourke. “From the thrill of opening day to welcoming our first guests to the 1863 Club, it has been an exciting four days filled with special events and activities, including a memorable visit from National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Mariano Rivera. We look forward to continuing to provide fans with world-class Thoroughbred racing and entertainment for the next 36 days.”

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Speedster Break Even Stays Unbeaten While Taking to Turf at Saratoga

Sun, 2019-07-14 18:51

The brilliantly fast and undefeated Break Even had never been seriously threatened in five tries on the dirt, and showed that her impressive speed could translate to the turf too with another jaw-dropping display Sunday. A five-length romper in a rained-off Fair Grounds heat on New Year’s Day that produced four other next-out winners, the Klein homebred cleared her first-level allowance condition later that month before resurfacing to run away with Oaklawn’s Purple Martin S. Mar. 30. She made the grade and handled seven furlongs just fine when taking Churchill GII Eight Belles S. by 5 1/2 lengths on GI Kentucky Oaks day May 3, and had last been seen holding on in Belmont’s June 9 Jersey Girl S. Emerging with the early advantage without exerting much effort, the dark bay sped away to post a lightning-fast opening quarter of :21.03. She got the half in :43.50 while still just cruising along, and was kept to task late by Shaun Bridgmohan to keep finding up front. The winner has a yearling full-brother.

“She does it easy. It’s not a run off. She’s very relaxed,” said owner Richard Klein. “We’ve had a lot of nice horses, but this may be the nicest we’ve ever had. To start six-for-six; she’s been at five different racetracks; she’s been on the turf, slop, dirt, seven-eighths, three-quarters, five and a half [furlongs]. She’ll do whatever you ask her to do… “We’re going to definitely look at the [Aug. 31 GII] Prioress and there’s a turf sprint here at the end of the meet. I just want to take care of her, and we just want her to be happy. She’ll tell us when she’s ready to run.”

CORONATION CUP S., $100,000, Saratoga, 7-14, 3yo, f, 5 1/2fT, 1:01.59, fm.
1–BREAK EVEN, 123, f, 3, by Country Day
1st Dam: Exotic Wager, by Saint Ballado
2nd Dam: Right Chanel, by Valid Appeal
3rd Dam: General Chanel, by General Holme
O-Klein Racing; B-Richard & Bert Klein (KY); T-Brad H. Cox;
J-Shaun Bridgmohan. $55,000. Lifetime Record: GSW, 6-6-0-0,
$424,900.
2–Eyeinthesky, 120, f, 3, Sky Mesa–Ruliontome, by Lion Heart.
($22,000 Ylg ’17 OBSOCT). O-Gary Barber; B-Rusty Kindratiw
(FL); T-Mark E. Casse. $20,000.
3–Bohemian Bourbon, 118, f, 3, Midshipman–Irene Adler, by
Bernardini. ($85,000 2yo ’18 OBSOPN). O-Bourbon Lane Stable
(J. Hill, M. McMahon); B-Fedai Kahraman (KY); T-Ian R. Wilkes.
$12,000.
Margins: 1, 1HF, NO. Odds: 1.10, 4.80, 7.70.
Also Ran: Midnight Fantasy, My Galina, Lyrical Lady. Scratched: Abyssinian, I’llhandalthecash, A Bit of Both. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Game Winner on Track for Travers

Sun, 2019-07-14 17:53

Gary and Mary West’s Game Winner (Candy Ride {Arg}) exited his effortless win in Saturday’s four-horse GIII Los Alamitos Derby in fine shape and remains on target for the Aug. 24 GI Runhappy Travers S.

“We were lucky the race even ran, but he’s been really well,” trainer Bob Baffert said of Game Winner’s Los Alamitos Derby effort. “I expected a big race out of him and a real positive race. He went along there with the blinkers and when he asked him to go, he took off that last eighth of a mile. He got something out of it and we’re happy with that. We did the same thing with West Coast and took the same route.”

The Wests and Baffert teamed up with West Coast (Flatter) to win the Travers two years ago en route to earning the 3-year-old championship.

Game Winner capped an unbeaten championship 2-year-old season with a win in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He was second in both the Mar. 16 GII Rebel S. and Apr. 6 GI Santa Anita Derby and had been off since finishing sixth in the GI Kentucky Derby.

Another Baffert trainee with a Saratoga assignment is McKinzie (Street Sense), who is expected to start in the Aug. 3 GI Whitney S. The 4-year-old was a troubled second in the June 8 GI Runhappy Metropolitan H. last time out.

“He just had a little tough spin there on the inside, but we put that behind us. It’s on to Cincinnati, as Belichick would say,” Baffert quipped. “I was always really high on him as a 2-year-old. He was immature, but now he’s starting to put it together. I don’t think distance will be a problem. He just has to be ridden the right way and I think that [jockey] Mike [Smith] has him figured out now.”

In other Saratoga news, GI Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress (Alternation) worked four furlongs in :47.69 (9/90) over the main track Sunday in preparation for the Aug. 3 GI Longines Test S.

“Serengeti Empress had a very good workout today,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “It was her first time over the Saratoga course. We went right after the break, which is a very busy time and there was a lot of traffic throughout her workout. She handled it fine and she was a pro when it comes to that, so I was very happy with how she did.”

Serengeti Empress was most recently second behind Guarana (Ghostzapper) in the June 8 GI Acorn S. at Belmont Park.

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American Pharoah Filly Takes to the Saratoga Turf

Sun, 2019-07-14 13:30

1st-Saratoga, $90,000, Msw, 7-14, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 1:45.87 fm
SWEET MELANIA (f, 2, American Pharoah–Sweet N Discreet, Discreet Cat) became the fifth winner for her freshman sire (by Pioneerof the Nile) when she exploded down the lane to take the opener at Saratoga. Bet down as the 8-5 favorite in her third career start and turf debut, the $600,000 KEESEP purchase tracked the pacesetter in second through a leisurely early pace of :25.61 and :52.15 before striking the front at the quarter pole. The chestnut streaked to the wire under jockey Jose Ortiz to secure the win by 1 1/4-lengths over first time starter Morning Gold (Morning Line). Sweet Melania is out of the graded stakes-placed mare Sweet N Discreet (Discreet Cat), who is a full-sister to graded stakes winner Discreet Dancer and a half to graded stakes victor Travelin Man (Trippi). Sales history: $600,000 Ylg’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 3-1-0-2.
O-Robert & Lawana Low. B-St. Elias Stables LLC (KY). T-Todd Pletcher.

 

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More Cold Cash For Mr. Money In Indiana Derby

Sat, 2019-07-13 22:25

The 4-5 post-time favorite to add to previous victories in the GIII Pat Day Mile and in the GIII Matt Winn S., Mr. Money (Goldencents) continued his winning ways with a convincing three-length victory in the $500,000 GIII Indiana Derby Saturday evening.

Outposted in gate 11, Mr. Money hit the ground running and managed to secure a good stalking position from third as Maryland raider Alwaysmining (Stay Thirsty) and Long Range Toddy (Take Charge Indy) eyeballed one another on the front end. The front-runners were forced to deal with a bit of in-race adversity in the form of longshot Eskenforit (Eskendereya), who dumped jockey Julien Leparoux a couple of strides away from the gate and ran a fair bit of interference, particularly in the final half-mile. Mr. Money traveled in the slipstream of the loose horse around the turn and into the stretch and, with Eskenforit lapped on his outside, raced away to the victory. Gray Magician (Graydar) capitalized on a cozy inside trip to grab second, while Math Wizard (Algorithms) proved that his runner-up effort in the GIII Ohio Derby was no fluke, closing from the latter half of the pack to finish a game third despite being hampered by Eskenforit in upper stretch.

A respectable fourth in last year’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Mr. Money was an unfinished product when seventh to future GI Preakness S. winner War of Will (War Front) in the GII Risen Star S. Feb. 16 and fifth to stablemate By My Standards (Goldencents) in the GII Louisiana Derby. Dropped back to Churchill’s one-turn mile for the Pat Day Mile, the bay defeated next-out GI Woody Stephens S. hero Hog Creek Hustle (Overanalyze) by better than five lengths and he was exiting a dominating 6 1/2-length tally in the Matt Winn June 15.

Pedigree Notes:

A half-brother to the 2-year-old colt Mr. Kidd (Palace), a yearling filly by Awesome Again that fetched $190,000 as a weanling at KEENOV last fall and a filly foal by Speightstown, Mr. Money is out of a winning daughter of O’Toole, a full-sister to GSW Witty and to GISP Helsinki. His stakes-winning third dam produced G1 Dubai World Cup hero Well Armed (Tiznow) and Life Well Lived (Tiznow), the dam of GISW American Patriot (War Front).

Saturday, Indiana Grand
INDIANA DERBY-GIII, $500,000, Indiana Grand, 7-13, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 1:41.80, ft.
1–MR. MONEY, 124, c, 3, by Goldencents
1st Dam: Plenty O’Toole, by Tiznow
2nd Dam: O’ Toole, by Distorted Humor
3rd Dam: Well Dressed, by Notebook
($130,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Allied Racing Stable LLC; B-Spruce Lane Farm (KY); T-W Bret Calhoun; J-Gabriel Saez. $282,000. Lifetime Record: 9-4-2-0, $773,220. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Gray Magician, 118, c, 3, Graydar–Burg Berg, by Johannesburg. ($18,000 RNA Ylg ’17 FTKJUL). O-Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Gary Barber & Wachtel Stable; B-Twin Creeks Farm (KY); T-Peter Miller. $94,000.
3–Math Wizard, 118, c, 3, Algorithms–Minister’s Baby, by Deputy Minister. O-John Fanelli, Collarmele Vitelli Stables LLC, Bassett Stables, Ioannis Zoumas, Wynwood Thoroughbreds & Saffie A Joseph Jr; B-Lucky Seven Stable (KY); T-Saffie A Joseph Jr. $51,700.
Margins: 2HF, 1HF, 4 1/4. Odds: 0.90, 8.00, 5.50.
Also Ran: Chess Chief, Long Range Toddy, Frolic More, Roiland, Hero Tiger, Alwaysmining, Market Garden, Eskenforit.
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.

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Elate Doubles Up at Delaware

Sat, 2019-07-13 19:28

‘TDN Rising Star’ Elate (Medaglia d’Oro) joined some elite company by adding her second straight romp in Saturday’s GII Delaware H.

Heavily favored at 1-5 following a strong bounceback performance beneath the lights in the ‘Win and You’re In’ GII Fleur de Lis H. at Churchill Downs June 15, the attractive dark bay broke well from her outside draw and raced in fifth first time past the grandstand. Kept out in the clear throughout, Elate traveled four wide into the backstretch while racing midpack. Jose Ortiz hit the gas as they entered the far turn and Elate made a flashy, sweeping move to stick her head in front leaving the quarter pole. From there, it was just a matter of by how far once they straightened, as she was geared down late as a much-the-best winner.

Hall of Famer Royal Delta, also campaigned by Bill Mott, was the most recent back-to-back winner of this race in 2012-13.

A two-time Grade I winner at three, Elate faced the starter only two times in 2018. She captured this demanding contest in style in her seasonal debut, then was a painful second to champion Abel Tasman (Quality Road) in the GI Personal Ensign S. She was forced to sit out last year’s GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff, a race she finished fourth in the previous year, after popping a splint.

Elate was a bit disappointing in a pair of prior efforts to kick off her 2019 campaign going 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn, finishing second in the GII Azeri S. Mar. 16 and third in the GI Apple Blossom H. Apr. 14. The winner of both of those races, Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute), added a jaw-dropping score in the GI Ogden Phipps on the GI Belmont S. undercard.

Pedigree Notes:

Two-time Delaware H. victress Elate made it three straight wins in this race for leading sire Medaglia d’Oro, who also sired the popular 2017 heroine Songbird. Stakes winner Cheery produced Elate as the first of her three foals to date, the youngest of which is the unraced juvenile colt Smirk (Blame). Elate shares lineage with GSW Tax (Arch), whose most recent effort was a good fourth in the GI Belmont S., MGSW and MGISP Yell (A.P. Indy) as granddam. Yell hails from one of the most prestigious families in the stud book with Wild Applause (Northern Dancer) as her dam, making Yell a half-sibling to GISW Eastern Echo (Damascus), MGSW Roar (Forty Niner), GSW Blare of Trumpets (Fit to Fight), and the dam of GSW and GISP Congrats (A.P. Indy) and GSP Flatter (A.P. Indy). MGISW New Money Honey was bred on the same Medaglia d’Oro-Distorted Humor cross.

Saturday, Delaware Park
DELAWARE H.-GII, $750,125, Delaware, 7-13, 3yo/up, f/m,
1 1/4m, 2:02.51, ft.
1–ELATE, 122, m, 5, by Medaglia d’Oro
1st Dam: Cheery (SW, $172,762), by Distorted Humor
2nd Dam: Yell, by A.P. Indy
3rd Dam: Wild Applause, by Northern Dancer
O-Claiborne Farm & Adele B. Dilschneider (KY); T-William I.
Mott; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $400,000. Lifetime Record: 16-7-5-2,
$2,098,775. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
**Triple Plus** Werk Nick Rating: A+++
2–Escape Clause, 119, m, 5, Going Commando–Danger Pay, by
Circulating. (C$5,000 Ylg ’15 CTHMAN). O-Don Schnell, Barry
Arnason & True North; B-Cam Ziprick & Arnason Farms (MB);
T-Don Schnell. $145,000.
3–Blue Prize (Arg), 120, m, 6, Pure Prize–Blues for Sale (Arg), by
Not For Sale (Arg). O-Merriebelle Stable LLC; B-Bioart S.A.
(ARG); T-Ignacio Correas, IV. $75,000.
Margins: 4HF, HD, 4HF. Odds: 0.30, 5.30, 3.60.
Also Ran: Gotham Gala, Promise of Spring, Queen Nekia, Another Broad, Goodonehoney, Vente to Go.
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Candy Ride’s Game Winner Returns to Winning Ways at Los Al

Sat, 2019-07-13 18:49

Sent off at a nickel on the dollar for Saturday’s GIII Los Alamitos Derby, Gary and Mary West’s reigning champion 2-year-old male Game Winner (Candy Ride {Arg}) bounded home to his first victory as a sophomore, earning a trip to the GI Runhappy Travers S. in the process.

Drawn the rail in a field of four and racing with the blinkers back on, Game Winner was away without incident, but was content to drop back into third, allowing stablemate Kingly (Tapit) to set the pace unopposed up front. Well held by regular rider Joel Rosario and guided into the three path for the run up the backstretch, Game Winner was ridden along three wide at the midpoint of the hairpin turn. Carried a bit wide into the stretch by Parsimony (Dominus) as Kingly plugged on gamely enough at the fence, the heavy chalk lugged in a bit with an eighth of a mile to travel, but he kicked away from there to win with something in reserve.

“I think this was a perfect race for him,” trainer Bob Baffert commented. “I put the blinkers back on him because I wanted him to get a little bit more focused leaving the gate and into the race a little bit more. He was falling back a little too far. He had worked exceptionally well coming into this. I think that break really helped him. I love the way he finished the last eighth of a mile. I told (Rosario) to give him an easy out, but try to get something out of the race and have a little foundation.”

Perfect in four runs as a juvenile, including a 2 1/4-length success in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Game Winner lost his unbeaten record by a nose to Omaha Beach (War Front) in a division of the GII Rebel S. at Oaklawn Mar. 16. Second by a half-length to barnmate Roadster (Quality Road) in the GI Santa Anita Derby Apr. 6, the bay endured a tough trip–though remained clear of the well-documented interference–in the GI Kentucky Derby and finished sixth, beaten under four lengths, before being promoted to fifth.

Pedigree Notes:

Game Winner is out of an unraced daughter of Eclipse Award winner Fleet Indian, a dual Grade I winner and victorious in the 2006 GII Delaware H., who was acquired privately after RNA-ing for $3.9 million at the 2007 Keeneland November Sale. Game Winner is her last listed produce.

Saturday, Los Alamitos
LOS ALAMITOS DERBY-GIII, $150,000, Los Alamitos, 7-13, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:48.30, ft.
1–GAME WINNER, 122, c, 3, by Candy Ride (Arg)
1st Dam: Indyan Giving, by A.P. Indy
2nd Dam: Fleet Indian, by Indian Charlie
3rd Dam: Hustleeta, by Afleet
($110,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Gary and Mary West; B-Summer
Wind Equine LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert; J-Joel Rosario. $91,500.
Lifetime Record: Ch. 2yo Colt & MGISW, 8-5-2-0, $2,027,500.
‘TDN Rising Star’ Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click
for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Parsimony, 122, c, 3, Dominus–Lil Cora Tee, by Lil E. Tee.
($41,000 Ylg ’17 KEEJAN; $85,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP; $400,000
2yo ’18 OBSMAR). O-Reddam Racing LLC; B-Maria M Haire
(PA); T-Doug F. O’Neill. $31,500.
3–Kingly, 122, c, 3, Tapit–Justwhistledixie, by Dixie Union.
O-Clearview Stables, LLC, RAC 04 Racing, LLC & Michael
Meegan; B-Clearsky Farms (KY); T-Bob Baffert. $18,000.
Margins: 5, 4, 3/4. Odds: 0.05, 35.70, 10.40.
Also Ran: Feeling Strong. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

 

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Champ Sistercharlie Wins Battle of the Browns in Diana

Sat, 2019-07-13 18:01

In its 20-year history, the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf has been won by some seriously talented distaffers, the honor roll including names like Banks Hill (GB), Islington (Ire), Ouija Board (GB) (2004 & 2006), Intercontinental (GB), Midday (GB), Dank (GB), Dayatthespa and Stephanie’s Kitten.

Peter Brant’s Sistercharlie (Ire) (Myboycharlie {Ire}) missed targets in the first half of the season after taking ill, but if her performance in Saturday’s GI Diana S. is a harbinger of things to come for the balance of the year, she could become the first to annex the Filly & Mare Turf back-to-back in California this November.

One of four in the race for trainer Chad Brown, Sistercharlie was somewhat surprisingly sent off the 19-10 second favorite to stablemate and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Rushing Fall (More Than Ready) and took up a position in fifth, inside of Secret Message (Hat Trick {Jpn}) as Thais (Fr) (Rio de la Plata) was gunned to the front by Manny Franco and set an unsustainable pace in advance of GI Kentucky Derby winner Country House (Lookin At Lucky)’s GIII Gallorette S.-winning half-sister Mitchell Road (English Channel). The latter opted out of the speed duel down the backstretch, allowing Thais to bowl along through a half-mile in :45.90 and six furlongs in 1:11.51, but the heavy hitters began to hit their best stride, with Rushing Fall gaining first run three deep outside of Mitchell Road and a spent Thais at the top of the lane. Rushing Fall floated Sistercharlie out into about the five path in upper stretch and pinched a bit of a break nearing the eighth pole, but, possessed of a significantly better turn of foot, Sistercharlie corraled her stablemate and edged away to a decisive tally. Brant’s Homerique (Exchange Rate), previously unbeaten in the U.S., rallied from last to be third despite racing a bit greenly and on her incorrect lead in the final stages.

“Another great performance from a great mare,” said Brown. “She showed why she’s the best. [Owner] Peter [Brant] made the decision to come back and race her another year. He’s a great sportsman and he loves seeing this horse run. We were going to start her campaign a little earlier in the year, and she got sick on us. We had to wait and he was very patient. She just hit all her works right leading up to this race.”

A Group 3 winner in France for Henri-Alex Pantall, Sistercharlie was beaten a neck into second by stablemate New Money Honey (Medaglia d’Oro) in the 2017 GI Belmont Oaks before missing several months owing to an illness. Comebacking winner of the GI Jenny Wiley S. last April, she dropped a head decision to fellow Brown trainee Fourstar Crook (Freud) in the GII New York S. before getting her nose down on the wire in this event. The bay bested Fourstar Crook and Thais in the GI Beverly D. S. in August and capped a championship season with a hard-fought defeat of Wild Illusion (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) in bottomless ground in the Filly & Mare Turf.

Sistercharlie and Homerique are likely to face a rematch in the Beverly D. at Arlington Aug. 10. Rushing Fall is also a candidate for the 1 3/16-mile test, but could opt for the GII Ballston Spa S. Aug. 24.

Pedigree Notes:

One of four top-level winners–two each in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere–and one of two Beverly D. winners (Euro Charline {GB}) for her sire (by Danetime {Ire}), Sistercharlie is a half-sister to Sottsass, winner for Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm of this year’s G1 QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby). Starlet’s Sister, a full-sister to French Group 3 winner Leo’s Starlet, is also a half-sister to SW & GI/G1SP Anabaa’s Creation (Ire) (Anabaa), dam of SW Create a Dream (Oasis Dream {GB}). Sistercharlie is a half-sister to the 2-year-old colt Radiant Child (Ire) (Charm Spirit {Ire}), purchased by Brant for €400,000 out of the 2018 Arqana August Yearling Sale, a yearling colt by Fastnet Rock (Aus) and a filly foal by Dubawi (Ire).

Saturday, Saratoga
DIANA S.-GI, $500,000, Saratoga, 7-13, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/8mT, 1:47.93, gd.
1–SISTERCHARLIE (IRE), 124, m, 5, by Myboycharlie (Ire)
1st Dam: Starlet’s Sister (Ire), by Galileo (Ire)
2nd Dam: Premiere Creation (Fr), by Green Tune
3rd Dam: Allwaki, by Miswaki
(€12,000 Ylg ’15 AR15). O-Peter M. Brant; B-Ecurie Des
Monceaux (IRE); T-Chad C. Brown; J-John R. Velazquez.
$275,000. Lifetime Record: Ch. Female Turf Horse, GSW &
G1SP-Fr, 12-8-3-0, $2,850,603. *1/2 to My Sister Nat (Fr)
(Acclamation {GB}), GSW-Fr, $104,972; and Sottsass (Fr)
(Siyouni {Fr}), G1SW-Fr, $1,011,199. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click
for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Rushing Fall, 124, f, 4, by More Than Ready
1st Dam: Autumnal, by Forestry
2nd Dam: Marie J, by Mr. Prospector
3rd Dam: In My Cap, by Vice Regent
($320,000 Ylg ’16 FTSAUG). O-e Five Racing Thoroughbreds;
B-Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding (KY); T-Chad C. Brown.
$100,000. ‘TDN Rising Star’
3–Homerique, 118, f, 4, by Exchange Rate
1st Dam: Chiquita Picosa, by Congaree
2nd Dam: Conchita, by Cozzene
3rd Dam: Desert Gold, by Seeking the Gold
($34,000 RNA Wlg ’15 KEENOV; 22,000gns RNA Ylg ’16 TAOCT;
€75,000 2yo ’17 ARQMAY). O-Peter M. Brant; B-Nicky Drion &
Francois Drion (KY); T-Chad C. Brown. $60,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, NK, 3. Odds: 1.90, 1.60, 2.90.
Also Ran: Secret Message, Mitchell Road, Thais (Fr). Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Pricey Violence Colt Green But Good at First Asking

Sat, 2019-07-13 17:29

7th-Ellis, $47,480, Msw, 7-13, 3yo/up, 6f, 1:10.84, ft.
VOLATILE (c, 3, Violence–Melody Lady {SW}, by Unbridled’s Song), the priciest son or daughter of Violence to sell at auction when he brought $850,000 at KEESEP ’17, took the first step towards repaying his owners’ investment with a green-but-good debut score against a particularly salty-looking group of maidens Saturday at the Pea Patch. Dismissed at 9-1, the grey sat off the pace in between horses early behind splits of :23.14 and :46.59. Traveling well into the stretch but with nowehere to go, he was sharply shifted out by pilot Rayan Gazader and he inhaled foes to strike the front. Shifting in once he made the lead, he righted the ship enough to hold sway by 3/4 of a length over Encinitas (Union Rags). The winner is a full to Buy Sell Hold, SW & GSP, $125,520; unraced 2-year-old colt Soccer Dad (Bayern)–a $260,000 KEESEP grad–and another Bayern colt foaled last year. MGISW second dam Lady Tak (Mutakddim) is also the dam os Japanese SW/MGSP A Shin Spartan (Zensational). Sales history: $850,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $30,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart.
O-Phoenix Thoroughbred III, Ltd & Three Chimneys Farm, LLC; B-Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc & Stretch Run Ventures, LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.

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Saturday’s Saratoga Notes

Sat, 2019-07-13 17:18

• Classic winner War of Will (War Front), a disappointing ninth in the GI Belmont S., breezed in company with GI Woody Stephens S. fourth Strike Silver (Violence) at Saratoga Saturday. With Tyler Gaffalione in the irons, War of Will, breezing outside of Strike Silver, overtook his stablemate down the lane and galloped out strong. He covered five furlongs in 1:00.43 while Strike Silver stopped the clock in 1:00.64. The GI Preakness S. hero is targeting this summer’s GII Jim Dandy S. July 27 and GI Runhappy Travers S. Aug. 24. Strike Silver is being pointed to the GII Amsterdam S. July 28.

“He always amazes me how effortlessly he does things,” trainer Mark Casse said of War of Will. “I wanted to put a little air into him. He looks great. He’s put on about 100 pounds and his color is really good. He doesn’t look like a horse that has been through the wars of the Triple Crown.”

Tax (Arch), winner of this term’s GIII Withers S. and a close fourth in the GI Belmont S., breezed a half-mile on the Oklahoma training track in :49.95 seconds Saturday in preparation for a start in the GII Jim Dandy S. “He’s moving great. He’s doing better than he’s ever done right now,” trainer Danny Gargan said. “I wanted him to go in :50 and he went :49 4/5. He worked fast last week and I just wanted to have an easy breeze this week and then we’ll bring him back next week and tighten him up. I’m really happy with how he’s doing. He looks better now than he’s ever looked. His coat is coming around. Everything about him is good right now.”

Tacitus (Tapit), winner of the GII Wood Memorial S. and runner-up in the GI Belmont S., and last term’s GI Woodward S. winner Yoshida (Jpn) (Heart’s Cry {Jpn}), breezed five furlongs in tandem over the Oklahoma training track Saturday. Tacitus, targeting a start in the GII Jim Dandy S., completed the five-furlong breeze in 1:01 flat. Yoshida, being aimed at the GI Whitney Aug. 3, worked in 1:00.90. “Real good work,” Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said. “I thought they both went well. We just want to keep them happy, healthy and stay on their respective courses. [Tacitus is] pretty much about the same as we had him for the Belmont. He was going good into that race and he’s continued to do so.”

‘TDN Rising Star’ Global Campaign (Curlin), a sharp winner over subsequent GI Belmont S. hero Sir Winston (Awesome Again) in the GIII Peter Pan S. last time May 11, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.16 Saturday morning over the Saratoga main track. He remains on target for the GII Jim Dandy S. “I thought he worked great and came back good,” trainer Stanley Hough said. “He cooled out good. It was a step in the right direction.”

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Sky Mesa Colt Earns Rising Star Distinction at the Shore

Sat, 2019-07-13 15:22

MERU (c, 2, Sky Mesa–Lady Lavery, by Elusive Quality) didn’t take much money to be off at 9-2 with a decidedly unassuming worktab at nearby Colts Neck Stables showing, but the youngster put on a very impressive afternoon display to garner the ‘TDN Rising Star’ distinction. Not off particularly sharply, the bay tugged his way up to chase Embolden (The Factor) through a :22.42 opening quarter. Poking his head in front at the top of the lane, he leveled off powerfully from there and widenened his edge to about six lengths on the frontrunner, stopping the clock in :57.32. A $75,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling, Meru blossomed into a $300,000 OBS April grad after breezing a co-quickest :9 4/5 during the sale’s second under-tack session. Sales history: $75,000 Ylg ’18 FTKOCT; $300,000 2yo ’19 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0.
O-Colts Neck Stables LLC. B-Godolphin (Ky). T-Jorge Duarte, Jr.

 

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Constitution Colt Cruises to Popular Score in Sanford

Sat, 2019-07-13 14:31

BY YOUR SIDE (c, 2, Constitution–Revered, by Dixie Union) took serious tote attention to go off as the 7-5 chalk in Saturday’s GII Sanford S. at Saratoga, and the flashy colt ran to the money to become the first black-type winner for his first-crop sire (by Tapit). Breaking on top from the outside post five, the blaze-faced bay tracked speedy Tomato Bill (More Than Ready) while out in the clear through splits of :22.60 and :46.19. He came to tackle the frontrunner in the lane, and wore him down by midstretch en route to a comfortable three-length tally in 1:10.22. Tomato Bill dug in to cross the wire second ahead of California invader Raging Whiskey (Bourbon Courage) while seeming to squeeze that one out from his rail spot late. The stewards looked at the incident, but ruled that it did not impact the order of finish. By Your Side took his Churchill debut by a nose June 14–third that day was subsequent GIII Bashford Manor S. show horse Verb (Dialed In). Conditioner Eddie Kenneally, who had an extremely strong Churchill Downs spring meet that saw him win at a 30% clip, took the 2016 Sanford here with ‘TDN Rising Star’ Bitumen (Mineshaft), who was also a first-out winner in Louisville. Sales history: $240,000 yrl ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0.
O-Anderson Stables LLC. B-Columbiana Farm LLC (Ky). T-Eddie Kenneally.

Saturday, Saratoga
SANFORD S.-GIII, $145,500, Saratoga, 7-13, 2yo, 6f, 1:10.22, ft.
1–BY YOUR SIDE, 120, c, 2, by Constitution
1st Dam: Revered, by Dixie Union
2nd Dam: Lady Tap, by Pleasant Tap
3rd Dam: Chelseanna, by Nice Dancer
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($240,000
Ylg ’18 KEESEP). O-Anderson Stables, LLC; B-Columbiana Farm
LLC (KY); T-Eddie Kenneally; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr. $82,500. Lifetime
Record: 2-2-0-0, $137,348. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for
the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Tomato Bill, 120, c, 2, More Than Ready–Allez Marie, by
Unbridled’s Song. ($500,000 Ylg ’18 FTSAUG). O-George
Bolton, Three Chimneys Farm, Barry & David Lipman & Lady
Sheila Stable; B-Stud TNT LLC (KY); T-Christophe Clement.
$30,000.
3–Raging Whiskey, 120, c, 2, Bourbon Courage–Fullerene, by
Quiet American. ($25,000 Ylg ’18 FTKOCT; $120,000 RNA 2yo
’19 FTSANA). O-Charles Bartlett & Greg Pappas; B-Finn’s
Nickel, LLC & Anchor & Hope Farm, Inc (MD); T-Doug F. O’Neill.
$18,000.
Margins: 3, 1 3/4, NK. Odds: 1.40, 4.60, 3.35.
Also Ran: Cucina, Memorable. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

 

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Former Hollendorfer Assistant Dan Ward to Operate Del Mar Stable

Fri, 2019-07-12 18:43

Dan Ward, a longtime assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, will operate a stable of his own at the upcoming Del Mar meet.

The story was first reported by the Daily Racing Form‘s Steve Anderson.

The TDN spoke to Hollendorfer’s attorney Drew Couto early Friday and he confirmed that Hollendorfer himself will not be entering any horses when entries are taken for the opening day card. Del Mar opens Wednesday and entries for the first card will be taken Saturday.

Though Del Mar has yet to make any official announcements concerning Hollendorfer’s status for the meet, they did not allocate him any stalls. That does not necessarily mean that Hollendorfer could not at least attempt to enter horses to race at Del Mar, a move that could have brought the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) into the controversy. Couto said it was decided that, for now, that would not be the best course of action.

“One of Jerry’s main concerns right now is making sure that his long-time employees are taken care of and that so are the owners who have been very loyal to him over the years. For now, that’s his main focus,” Couto said.

In an earlier interview with the TDN, Couto maintained that Del Mar was likely to ban Hollendorfer because it was afraid of the “PR risks” involved with allowing him to run.

“I have my trainer’s license, insurance and stalls at Del Mar and am ready to go,” Ward said via text.

When asked about his feeling about taking over for Hollendorfer during difficult times, Ward replied: “His concern for his employees during this has given me even more respect for him than I even had before.”

Ward added that he is not sure how many stalls he will have because some details still need to be worked out over horses that are co-owned by Hollendorfer. But he will have what is perhaps the stable’s biggest star, Vasilika (Skipshot). The mare, who has won four straight and 12 of her last 13, is being pointed for the GII Yellow Ribbon H.

Ward has not started a horse under his own name since 1987, when he went two for nine. He was an assistant to Bobby Frankel from 1976 through 1998 and has worked for Hollendorfer since 2007.

A similar situation has unfolded at the NYRA tracks, where Hollendorfer has also been denied stalls and not allowed to enter horses. Several horses that had previously been trained by Hollendorfer were turned over to another assistant, Don Chatlos.

Hollendorfer was banned by The Stronach Group from its two California tracks, Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, after a fourth horse of his had to be euthanized June 22 during a Santa Anita meet in which there were 30 equine fatalities. However, the CHRB took no action against Hollendorfer, meaning he is not serving or appealing any suspensions. Tracks have often used the rights given to private property owners to ban individuals without going through the norms of due process. Del Mar could be in a different situation because the land the track sits on is owned by the State of California.

After the Santa Anita ban, Hollendorfer was permitted to stable and race at Los Alamitos.

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Figures Rise At Tattersalls July

Fri, 2019-07-12 16:59

New King (GB) (lot 710) became the second-highest priced horse in the history of the Tattersalls July Sale when selling to Australian-based agent James Harron for 450,000gns.

Consigned by Jamie Railton as agent, the well-bred son of Frankel (GB) appealed on paper, having brought his official rating to 102 with an impressive eight-length win over nine furlongs last time out. In fact, he was the reason for Harron’s presence in Newmarket. He said, “I haven’t been to this sale for a few years and I specifically came for this horse. European horses have been doing extremely well in Australia, especially in the last few years, and Timeform is a very handy guide for us in sourcing suitable horses.”

New King was bought for a group of existing clients, though his future trainer and a potential campaign have yet to be decided. Explaining his appeal, Harron commented, “He’s a lovely horse– he’s not overly big but has very good form and is highly rated by Timeform. If you compare him to horses exported from Britain to Australia, he fits the profile of those who have done very well previously. We all know how difficult it is to get horses like this and he has been very well-managed.”

Last year’s July Sale was a tough act to follow, particularly with fewer horses offered this year, but in spite of this figures increased across the board. Strong trade over the three days saw 93% of lots find new homes; bettering last year’s 87%. They contributed to an increased total aggregate of 12,748,800gns, while the average improved by 11% to 23,830gns, and the media grew by 20% to 12,000gns.

At the conclusion of sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony reflected, “This has been another strong renewal of the Tattersalls July Sale. Two lots selling for more than 400,000 guineas for the first time at this fixture, a record July price for a filly in training and improved figures in all the key indicators of turnover, average, median and clearance rate are about as many positives as one could wish for.”

Mahony said he was delighted by the variety of buyers active. “Domestic British and Irish buyers have been prominent and every sector of the market has been further boosted by international demand, which has included the sale-topping 450,000gns 3-year-old colt New King, who was purchased by leading Australian based bloodstock agent James Harron, the prolific buying of our loyal buyers from the Gulf region and a particularly strong contingent of buyers from Greece,” he said. “There have been buyers at Park Paddocks this week from more than 30 different countries and it is a source of pride that many of them would view Tattersalls as their primary, if not only, source of Thoroughbreds year-after-year.”

Jono Mills was among those who tried but failed to secure the top lot, but gained some compensation when buying the next most expensive horse, listed winner Inverleigh (Ire) (Excelebration {Ire}) (lot 824), for 350,000gns. Offered by Michael Downey, who owns the 3-year-old in partnership with Kildaragh Stud’s Antoinette Kavanagh, the colt ignited a hard-fought bidding duel with Dubai trainer Ahmed bin Harmash, who was standing with Amer Abdulaziz of Phoenix Thoroughbreds. The resulting price repaid Kavanagh and Downey’s faith in Inverleigh, who they had originally bought as a foal for €30,000.

“He didn’t make the yearling sales,” explained Downey. “Peter Kavanagh’s son Roderic always said he was good, from the day he broke him, but when he didn’t breeze well, we decided to retain him.”

He quickly rewarded connections, winning on debut before running consistently in stakes contests. Commenting on Inverleigh’s career to date, Downey said, “Ger Lyons did a fantastic job with him and he’s always run very well–he only once ran out of the placings at stakes level. He was second in a Group 3 last time out and his form is very strong.”

So why part with him? “We’re traders, we’re dealers,” explained Downey, adding, “We thought we’d sell him at the July Sale when he had some mileage left in the tank for someone else.”

Gassim Mohammad Ghazali claimed top honours on the buyers sheet, with his 18 purchases totalling 1,316,000gns. Contributing to his haul was 160,000gns buy Make A Wish (Ire) (No Nay Never) (lot 735), who won a seven furlong handicap on the Coral-Eclipse undercard on her final start for Simon Crisford.

Standing alongside the leading Qatari trainer, agent Will Douglass commented, “She ran very nicely at the weekend. Those races are hard to win, especially on the Eclipse undercard. She’ll qualify for a lot of races in Qatar, so hopefully we can squeeze a bit more out of her. She’s by a good sire in No Nay Never, plus you would expect her to like firm ground, which is obviously important for us.”

The Kevin Prendergast offering Sam Langford (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) (lot 821) will join Make A Wish at Ghazali’s stable, with the recent maiden winner valued at 92,000gns in the ring. The 3-year-old finished third on debut and was narrowly denied next time out, before scoring over a mile by 3 1/2 lengths.

Mags O’Toole forced Oliver St. Lawrence to 130,000gns for four-time winner New Show (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}) (lot 862A), his fifth purchase of the week for Fawzi Nass. The 4-year-old’s appeal was obvious, the agent explained. “He was a lovely looking horse and ticked all our boxes, right up to the outside ring, where he showed a very sensible attitude.”

Offered by trainer Michael Bell’s Fitzroy Stables as a wildcard, New Show is a son of top race mare Music Show and has proven form on good-to-firm ground.

Among St. Lawrence’s other purchases on the day was the Jamie Railton-consigned Wiretap (Fr) (Charm Spirit {Ire}), catalogued as lot 711 and for whom he parted with 75,000gns for. Trained by David Simcock, the June winner brought his official rating to 83 when upped in class last time out when he finished third.

From the same consignment came lot 708, Military Law (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), also owned and bred by Qatar Racing. Nasir Askar, who operates in Dubai as Oasis Stable, was the successful purchaser at 110,000gns and his racing manager commented on their newest recruit, “He has been running very well, especially last time out, and with his rating he will qualify for the Dubai Carnival. We believe he has a good chance of suiting racing in Dubai and will dream of running him on World Cup night.”

A 2-year-old winner over a mile, Military Law was last seen winning a competitive handicap over the same distance in June. Trained by John Gosden, he is a half-brother to listed winner Marina Piccola (Ire), whose son French King (GB) won Doha’s valuable local Group 1, the Amir Trophy, before posting back-to- back Group 2 victories in Germany.

Later in the afternoon, Nasir Askar went to 60,000gns for lot 743, Scat King (Ire) (Scat Daddy), consigned by Richard Hughes’s Weathercock House Stables. The 3-year-old gelding had primarily raced on the all-weather and gained his maiden win at Southwell by six lengths in April.

Another bound for sunnier climes is Count Calabash (Ire) (Big Bad Bob {Ire}) after selling for 100,000gns to bloodstock agent Paul Harley, acting on behalf of Abdul Rahman Fahd Al Bawardi’s Emblem Stables. Harley, who previously trained in Germany, explained what drew him to lot 794: “He’s been bought to go to Saudi Arabia, where they race on dirt, so his high all-weather rating of 102 was a big draw. The 5-year-old factor was a concern, but with his form on the all-weather, he could be a very good horse in Saudi Arabia.”

Harley also mentioned that the bay came highly recommended by trainer Eve Johnson-Houghton, who added Fearless Warrior (Fr) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) to her string earlier in the day at a cost of 90,000gns. Consigned by Jamie Railton as lot 709, the half-brother to two stakes winners won his maiden as a 2-year-old before finishing second in a valuable 10-furlong contest at Newmarket.

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Lea Gets Second Winner at the Spa

Fri, 2019-07-12 16:39

5th-Saratoga, $90,000, Msw, 7-12, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 1:04.67, ft.

VAST (f, 2, Lea–Enth, by Seeking the Gold) became the second winner for her freshman sire (by First Samurai) when she gamely prevailed in her career debut at the Spa. Dismissed at odds of 12-1, the homebred burst out of the barrier and vied for the early lead with Pure Wow (The Factor) through a first quarter in :22.67. Hugging the rail around the turn, she appeared to be momentarily defeated before digging in and finding another gear into the lane. The bay came out and brushed with a rival  inside the eighth pole before being straightened out by her rider Junior Alvarado, driving to the wire to finish a half-length in front of a closing Good Shabbs (Munnings). Hailing from the family of GI Breeders Cup Classic winner Blame (Arch), Vast is a half-sister to Sower (Flatter), MSW/MGSP, $299,890 and a yearling filly by Runhappy. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,500. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O/B-Claiborne Farm & Adele B. Dilschneider (KY); T-William I. Mott.

 

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Sea Hero Dies in Turkey

Fri, 2019-07-12 16:00

Sea Hero (Polish Navy–Glowing Tribute, by Graustark), winner of the 1993 GI Kentucky Derby and GI Travers S., passed away earlier this week in Turkey. At 29 years of age, he was the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner until his death.

Bred in Virginia by the legendary Paul Mellon, Sea Hero was a half-brother to MGISW Hero’s Honor (Northern Dancer) and MGSW Glowing Honor (Seattle Slew). His dam was named broodmare of the year in 2003. Trained by MacK Miller, Sea Hero broke his maiden at fourth asking on the grass, but won the 1992 GI Champagne S. before closing the year with a seventh behind Gilded Time in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Defeated in his first three outings as a sophomore, Sea Hero upset favored Prairie Bayou in the Run for the Roses (video), but failed to factor in the GI Preakness S. and GI Belmont S., finishing fifth and seventh, respectively. Unplaced in the GII Jim Dandy S., he bounced back to take the Midsummer Derby by two lengths. A life-size bronze in the Saratoga paddock commemorates his accomplishments.

Originally retired to Lane’s End, Sea Hero was responsible for 13 U.S. black-type winners, including one Grade I winner, the 2000 GI Del Mar Debutante victress Cindy’s Hero. Other graded winners by Sea Hero were Hero’s Tribute, Desert Hero and Hero’s Pleasure. Nine months after Mellon’s passing, Sea Hero was sold for $700,000 at the 1999 Keeneland November Sale and continued his stud career in Turkey. A top-10 stallion for many years, Sea Hero was pensioned from stud duties in 2015.

 
WATCH: Sea Hero winning the 1993 Kentucky Derby (race starts at 37:12)

 

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Sistercharlie Returns in Diana

Fri, 2019-07-12 10:58

Champion Sistercharlie (Ire) (Myboycharlie {Ire}) makes her highly anticipated seasonal bow Saturday in Saratoga’s prestigious GI Diana S., which was the start of a three-race win streak for her last term that culminated in an Eclipse award. Kicking off last term with a win the GI Jenny Wiley S. at Keeneland, the bay came up a head short to stablemate Fourstar Crook (Freud) in the GII New York S. last June before taking the Diana by a nose. Following suit with a win in Arlington’s GI Beverly D. S. in August, she refused to be denied yet again in the GI Breeders’ Cup F/M Turf Nov. 3.

Sistercharlie is one of four strong contenders for trainer Chad Brown, who has won the last three renewals of this test, and four overall, with Zagora (Fr) (Green Tune) (2011), Dacita (Chi) (Scat Daddy) (2016), Lady Eli (Divine Park) (2017) and Sistercharlie (2018). Her biggest competition comes from her own shedrow in the form of once-defeated MGISW Rushing Fall (More Than Ready), who earned a Breeders’ Cup victory of her own in 2017 as a juvenile. The ‘TDN Rising Star’ is two-for-two this term thus far with victories in the Apr. 13 Jenny Wiley and June 8 GI Just A Game S. at Belmont last time.

Brown saddles another filly who is two-for-two this season in Homerique (Exchange Rate), who, like Sistercharlie, carries Peter Brant’s colors. A Group 3 winner in France, the gray captured Belmont’s GIII Beaugay S. May 11 and GII New York S. June 7. Brown and Brant will also be represented by longshot Thais (Fr) (Rio de La Plata), who was last seen finishing fourth in Aqueduct’s Plenty of Grace S. Apr. 14.

Rounding out the field is the Bill Mott-trained Mitchell Road (English Channel), victress of the GIII Galorette S. last time at Pimlico May 18 and Graham Motion pupil Secret Message (Hat Trick {Jpn}), heroine of Woodbine’s GII Nassau S. May 26.

 

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Horse Saved at Fort Erie After Falling Into Sinkhole

Thu, 2019-07-11 19:09

A 6-year-old horse at Fort Erie Racetrack was saved during a dramatic rescue Thursday morning after falling into a sinkhole on the backstretch caused by a broken water main.

Mr. Changue (Gottcha Gold), trained by Ken Albu for Tom Passero, was grazing when the ground gave way. The incident did not happen close to the actual track.

Along with the help of horse people and the Fort Erie Fire Department, the horse was rescued safely and unharmed. Tom Valiquette, chief operating and financial officer of the track, which is owned and operated by Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium, said key members of the racetrack’s maintenance, security and racing office staff have been trained to manage these types of situations through programs such as the Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training.

“The safety of our horses is always a priority,” Valiquette said. said. “We would like to thank our horse people, staff, and local fire department for assisting with the safe rescue.”

Mr. Changue has raced five times this year and has posted a win and two thirds and earnings of $8,831. Overall, the horse has career earnings of six wins in 42 starts and earnings of $92,184.

Fort Erie is the site of the annual Prince Of Wales S., which will be run July 23. The Prince of Wales is the second leg of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Canadian Triple Crown and has a purse of $400,000. The track just announced a 5% increase in purse scale for the remainder of the 2019 season. It also announced a 20% increase for all of the races on the Prince Of Wales card.

This year the Canadian Triple Crown has a $500,000 bonus if a horse wins all three races, which includes the Breeders’ S. Aug. 17.

One Bad Boy (Twirling Candy), trained by Richard Baltas for owners Savjay Racing LLC, Greg Hall and Brooke Hubbard, won the Queen’s Plate, the opening leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, and is being pointed to the Prince Of Wales.

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