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Champion Good Magic Retired to Hill ‘n’ Dale

Mon, 2018-09-24 16:22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Record-Setting Keeneland September Sale Concludes

Sun, 2018-09-23 18:06

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale proved more than able to live up to its record-setting 2017 edition, concluding Sunday in Lexington with a record average and the fourth-highest gross in sale history.

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

Through 13 sessions, Keeneland sold 2,916 horses for a total of $377,140,400. The average was $129,335, up 7.3% from its 2017 record of $120,487. The median was $50,000–down 12.3% from last year’s record mark of $57,000.

The 2018 gross sales exceeded last year’s 12-day auction total of $307,845,400 on the seventh day of selling and final receipts of $377,130,400 rose 22.51% over last year. It was sale’s highest gross since the 14-day September Sale in 2005 when 3,545 yearlings sold for $384,349,900. This year 2,916 horses sold, compared to 2,555 in 2017.

For the third straight year, Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier made the highest bid of the September sale. Magnier went to $2.4 million to acquire a colt by War Front (hip 458) from the Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency consignment. The yearling was one of three to break the $2-million plateau during the auction. Godolphin–the sale’s leading buyer by gross–purchased a colt from the first crop of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (hip 91) for $2.2 million from the Woods Edge Farm consignment and Phoenix Thoroughbreds purchased a son of Medaglia d’Oro (hip 899) for $2.1 million from the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment.

“I thought it was a really good sale,” said Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency, which was the auction’s leading consignor. “I thought there was a lot of participation from a lot of people and then you had Sheikh Mohammed [of Godolphin] get back in stronger than he has been, so that just added more heat to the bidding. It’s still a tough game if you’re breeding horses for the market because, if you breed 10 horses and you breed three or four of them people really want, you’re lucky. But it’s still a good market. It picked up some even from last year.”

Bidding was fast and furious throughout the four Book 1 sessions of the auction’s first week, setting up strong competition throughout the auction.

“Most of the buyers told us they were struggling to get orders filled up front, that prices that they had expected horses to bring were being blown out of the water,” Elliston said. “While there was great trade up there with that audience, it just pushed people back further into Book 2. And Book 2 was outstanding, pushing them into three and so on. We were looking at 30 to 35% increase in the average for every single session even in the middle market.”

A strong group of international buyers helped drive the competition throughout the 13-day sale, with buyers from across North America and more than 20 foreign countries representing Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America and Central America.

“Week one sets the table and then the second week follows,” Keeneland’s Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said. “We are able to recruit buyers from South America, Korea and Russia to buy in Books 3 through 6. They like the American-bred speed dirt horse and know they are going to get good quality when they come here regardless of the price.”

The buy-back rate, which was as low as 20.8% for the second session, concluded at 23.7%–another sign of the sale’s success, according to Elliston.

“You want to get trade done,” he said. “You want a good strong average, but you don’t want to take 35% of your horses back either. When we were seeing 18%, 19%, 20% buy-back rate versus 25% and 26% in prior years, that was also rewarding because these horses were fetching good prices and so many of them were finding good homes.”

Gatewood Bell’s Cromwell Bloodstock was active throughout the sale, buying yearlings from every price range starting at $10,000 and going up to $625,000.

“Like everyone [will say], the obvious ones you had to pay for,” Bell said. “We got outbid on a lot more than we bought, but we were very pleased with what we got. It was a really good group to be able to select from. That was the beauty of it. You had so many people with a lot of money and all these [horses] are finding new homes. There was something for everybody.”

10 years On

The 2018 Keeneland September Sale marked 10 years since the bottom fell out of the Thoroughbred market with the world-wide economic crash of 2008.

“We had the fourth highest grossing sale in history and the three previous were in ’05, ’06, ’07, right before the crash,” Elliston said. “So I think we’ve made a lot of gains back [since 2008]. There is a lot of optimism in the breeding industry right now.

Elliston continued, “There is some enthusiasm at the racetrack on big race days, purses are growing and so, while not everything is perfect, there are reasons to be optimistic and hopefully that this will continue. The economy drives a great deal of it. We all probably wonder when this economy is due for a slow down–it’s been 10 years since it hit bottom. That may temper our optimism because you’ve got to believe that some of the fire is going to come out of the economy, but right now it looks pretty positive.”

Taylor Made Sales Agency recorded its highest grossing sale since 2008, with 300 head grossing $47,317,400. In 2008, the company sold 369 yearlings for $48,502,900. Duncan Taylor thinks a broader buying bench has produced a stronger market a decade after the crash.

“I think the market is going to be better because the money is more spread out over more horses,” Taylor said. “It seems like [bidding] was tapering off at the $2.5-million mark now, but there are more of them being sold.”

Godolphin Leads All Buyers

Sheikh Mohammed was in attendance at the September sale for the first time in nearly a decade and his Godolphin was the auction’s leading buyer, purchasing 27 yearlings for $19,960,000, including three of the seven-figure yearlings. It was the highest amount for a single buying entity at the sale since 2006. In 2017, the operation was the third leading buyer, with 17 purchased for $8,065,000.

“We were pleased to welcome Sheikh Mohammed and his wife, Princess Haya, to Keeneland for the first time in a number of years,” Elliston said. “His presence and the participation of his brother, Sheikh Hamdan, and the Coolmore contingent change the atmosphere of the sale. It creates an excitement that reverberates around the sales grounds.”

Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Estate Company purchased 19 yearlings for $12,345,000, including three seven-figure offerings.

The auction’s 27 million-plus yearlings were purchased by 12 separate buying interests, with 13 purchased by domestic buyers and 14 by international interests.

“Sheikh Mohammed loves the auction business, he loves the racing business and the breeding business, so when he is here, it is very rewarding for us,” Elliston said. “But it also gets everybody else excited and enthusiastic about what is going on. Godolphin drove it at the top and it was rewarding, but we had a large number of high-grossing buyers.”

Perennial Leader Taylor Made Tops Again

Taylor Made Sales Agency was the September sale’s leading consignor for the fourth consecutive time and for the 20th time since 1988, selling 300 horses for $47,317,400. The company sold three seven-figure yearlings, including a $2.1-million son of Medaglia d’Oro.

“Our customers continue to support us and we can’t thank them enough,” Duncan Taylor said. “They really provide us with the product. They keep raising good horses that run well, so it just continues to feed each other. We hope that we’re doing a good job and other people are seeing that and we are attracting new customers, too. It’s a real blessing and we feel very privileged that the people choose us to sell their horses. We keep trying to make sure they believe that is the right choice.”

Sire Power

Uncle Mo was the sale’s leading sire by gross, with 65 yearlings sold for $22,392,000, including three million-dollar horses. Medaglia d’Oro ranked second, represented by 34 yearlings sold for $20,075,000 and five seven-figure offerings.

War Front was the sale’s leading sire by average, with 18 sold for an average of $782,500, followed by Tapit with 25 sold for an average of $611,200.

The 27 million-dollar yearlings were by 11 different sires: American Pharoah, Curlin, Empire Maker (with his first yearlings since returning to the U.S.), Ghostzapper, Into Mischief, Medaglia d’Oro, Pioneerof the Nile, Quality Road, Tapit, Uncle Mo and War Front.

The hype over the first crop of yearlings by American Pharoah continued to live up to billing, with 47 yearlings selling for $19,585,000, for an average of $416,702, and including three million-dollar horses.

New Year, New Format

For the last few years, Keeneland has been tinkering with the format of its mammoth September sale. In 2017, the sale started out with a super select one-session Book 1 and was followed by three Book 2 sessions. This year, Book 1 was held over four days and Book 2 was two sessions. The format had buyers stretched out covering ground all the way from barn 1 to barn 49 and heavy rains on the Sunday before the sale started forced Keeneland to delay the start time of its four Book 1 sessions by two hours. But, for Elliston, the success of the format was in the sale’s final numbers.

“If outcomes are any indication, it’s pretty positive when you’re going to be $70-million plus north of where you were last year,” Elliston said of the new format. “We heard a lot of good things. We’ll always listen to our customers and try to find the right format that fits. But this one certainly worked well. I think some of the stabling issues that we are faced with, it may have been a bit inconvenient for some of the buyers to have to travel all the way from barn 1 to barn 48, but the quality stock was worth it. That’s what they told us. This crop really seemed to be an outstanding crop of horses. So they couldn’t just spend time in one part of the barn area, they had to go see them all and fortunately they did and we had some exceptional trade.”

For Duncan Taylor, the longer Book 1 meant watered down quality.

“I think it’s good to have consistency,” he said. “I think it’s better for everybody if we concentrate on getting the very highest caliber in Book 1 and the ones that aren’t, have them be part of Book 2. I think we should weed out some of the horses that were in Book 1, instead of forcing them up there.”

Court Vision Colt Tops September Finale

A colt by Court Vision topped Sunday’s final session of the Keeneland September sale when selling for $70,000 to Ken and Sarah Ramsey. The yearling (hip 4435) is out of Baytree (Forestry) and is a full-brother to graded stakes placed Hammers Vision and a half to stakes-placed First Goal (First Defence). He was consigned by Vinery Sales as agent for Haymarket Farm.

During Sunday’s session, 183 yearlings sold for $1,334,200 at an average of $7,291 and a median of $4,000.

The Week in Review: McKinzie Wins, But “How Impressively?

Sun, 2018-09-23 16:46

The GI Pennsylvania Derby win by ‘TDN Rising Star’ McKinzie (Street Sense) was undoubtedly the headline-grabber of the weekend. Prior to being sidelined with an ankle injury in April, the Bob Baffert-trained bay had been perched firmly in the top tier of favorites for the GI Kentucky Derby, and Saturday’s comeback win at Parx generated a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 107 and “incredible horse” praise from jockey Mike Smith for being able to score at nine furlongs off a half-year layoff.

But with the Breeders’ Cup looming in six weeks, McKinzie’s Pennsylvania Derby performance also raised several significant questions about whether or not we saw a winner who would loom as a serious threat in a race like the GI Classic at Churchill Downs. (The GI Dirt Mile could be another option, as might a later-season race like the GI Clark H. at Churchill Nov. 23.)

McKinzie’s final clocking of 1:52.05 was the slowest in the 39-year history of the Pennsylvania Derby. He broke running, rated kindly, then got floated wide on the clubhouse turn as the jockeys in the first flight all avoided a perceived dead rail like the inside paths were strung with barbed wire. He settled for the backstretch run just to the outside of an ideal target: An 81-1 pacemaker loping along at a lethargic tempo (:48.91 for the opening half mile).

McKinzie responded to a mild drive and seized the lead on cue three-eights out, and with the other four entrants whose odds were below 10-1 all failing to fire, the 2-1 favorite was never seriously threatened in the run to the wire.

Thus, we didn’t get to see a true heat-of-battle stretch test, which is important in assessing where McKinzie belongs in the overall pecking order.

In his first four career races, McKinzie didn’t always look comfortable fighting late in the lane. He swished his tail in the stretch runs of his first three races when called upon for more aggression, and in his GII San Felipe S. disqualification he was bearing out while fully extended. Again in the Pennsylvania Derby, McKinzie flicked his tail four times in reaction to Smith’s left-handed stick work.

Regardless of which race is chosen next for McKinzie, the only certainty is that it’s bound to be a much tougher spot than his comeback race at Parx. Will he be up to the task?

Runner-up Axelrod (Warrior’s Reward) continues to build on his reputation as an overachiever who consistently outruns long odds. He didn’t compete in the Triple Crown races, but since June has racked up two Grade III wins and a pair of seconds in a Grade I and a Grade III stakes–all dirt routes after starting the year sprinting on the turf.

Hofburg (Tapit) could emerge as the Pennsylvania Derby participant with the best chance to shrug off a blah performance. His no-kick fourth as the second choice might have been hampered by being too far off a dawdling pace even though he was equipped with blinkers for the first time. He gave up plenty of real estate while parked wide for most of his trip, including a six-path middle move on the far turn that he could not sustain late into the lane.

Triple Crown Trivia

Heading into the final week of the baseball season, J.D. Martinez of the Boston Red Sox has an outside chance to rally late and win the sport’s Triple Crown (he currently leads in runs batted in and is second in both home runs and batting average). In a historical sense, Martinez is also chasing Justify (Scat Daddy)’s sweep of the Triple Crown races earlier this spring. Can you name the last time that both baseball and horse racing produced Triple Crown winners in the same year? (Answer below.)

Insurmountable Odds are No Jackpot

Last week’s news that The Stronach Group will be introducing a new bet to link the GI Pegasus World Cup with the just-announced GI Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational is not surprising. But the mind-numbing mathematical magnitude of what’s being billed as the “Pegasus Pick 24” left some people openly wondering if the announcement was for real.

Brace yourself, it’s no joke: According to a Gulfstream Park press release, “The Pegasus Pick 24 will offer up the chance to bet on the exact finish order for both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, adding another layer to the race-day excitement. A whopping $5 million bonus awaits the lucky fan who hits on the Pegasus Pick 24.”

Without taking into consideration the actual past-performance chances of individual horses, there are 479,001,600 possible finish-order combinations in a field of 12.

In order to win this wager, you not only have to overcome that 479 million-to-one (theoretical and rounded) proposition in the first leg, but then you must miraculously complete that exact same task in the second Pegasus leg.

To calculate the probability of selecting the exact order of finish in a 12-horse field twice on the same ticket, multiply 479 million by itself.

This pegs the theoretical chance (again, rounded) of winning the Pegasus Pick 24 at more than 229 quadrillion to one.

So scooping the bet’s pari-mutuel pool, plus its $5 million advertised bonus, hardly seems like a “whopping” payday considering the astronomical odds involved. In fact, it’s an absurd underlay for the investment and effort.

In an era when pari-mutuel venues should be doing everything they can to return more winnings to bettors so horseplayers don’t get burned by the lack of churn, it’s dismaying to see how strongly the “lottery mentality” has taken hold at the track management and racing commission levels.

The tantalizing prospect of betting a little to make a life-changing score is perceived as better/easier to market than the concept of making tangible tweaks to existing wagers so established, grind-it-out customers get more bang for their betting bucks.

In a similar vein, on Monday the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) will discuss and possibly vote on allowing “jackpot” or “rainbow” pick six wagers at the state’s Thoroughbred tracks.

According to a brief written by NYSGC general counsel Edmund Burns that was included in the informational packet for Monday’s meeting, this type of bet “appeals to bettors by giving a larger prize when there is only one winning wager from a pool.”

That “appeal” is debatable. If it passes the preliminary vote, the jackpot concept should be challenged in its public commentary period by diehard traditional pick six players who see more value in sharing six-correct splits and five-correct consolation winnings rather than having that money accrue in a hard-to-claw-back carryover.

Past-Post Perceptions

Meanwhile, on the left coast, the California Horse Racing Board this Thursday will take up another oft-debated (and very legitimate) horseplayer complaint: Odds fluctuations that occur well after a race has started.

“One of the biggest perception challenges facing horse racing in North America is the problem of odds changing significantly after the start of a race,” reads the brief for this agenda item in the CHRB meeting packet. “The odds dropping on a winning horse just before the finish creates suspicion that someone bet on the horse after the start of the race. Although the CHRB has investigated dozens of complaints about late odds changes and determined in every instance that all wagers were legally placed before the start of the race, some bettors remain skeptical.”

The CHRB will discuss and possibly vote on a new rule to remedy this, which reads in draft form: “Any association, advance wagering provider, or other entity licensed by the Board to distribute the audiovisual signal of any California race shall post the final odds for that race on all displays within five seconds of the close of wagering.”

Trivia Answer

The last (and only) year that horse racing and baseball shared Triple Crown winners was 1937, when War Admiral and Joe Medwick of the St. Louis Cardinals both accomplished the feat.


Justify to Stand for $150,000 in 2019

Sun, 2018-09-23 15:58

Undefeated Triple Crown winner and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Justify (Scat Daddy), who settled in at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud last Monday, will stand for a fee of $150,000 in 2019, it was announced Sunday. Justify will join 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), who will stand for $110,000, and dominant leading fourth-crop sire Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie), whose fee has been set at $125,000, as the headliners on the Ashford roster.

A son of the late Scat Daddy, Justify took the sport by storm, capturing each of his six starts in the span of just four months. Having won the GI Santa Anita Derby in April, he delivered as the favorite in the GI Kentucky Derby May 5 and added the GI Preakness S. two weeks later. He became racing’s 13th American Triple Crown winner with an authoritative score in the June 9 GI Belmont S.–his final appearance on the racetrack.

Three years prior, it was American Pharoah storming home down the Belmont stretch to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. The bay, who has topped all first-crop sires during the yearling sales season with an average price of $471,598, won a total of eight Grade I races and retired after capturing the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2015.

Uncle Mo, meanwhile, continues to make his mark in 2018 as his fourth crop of runners have hit the racetrack. The champion juvenile of 2010 has a total of 13 Black-Type winners this year, headlined by GI Apple Blossom H. winner Unbridled Mo.

Also among Uncle Mo’s most successful performers on the racetrack is Grade I winner and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Mo Town, who will enter stud at Ashford in 2019 for a fee of $12,500. Winner of the GII Remsen S. on dirt as a juvenile, Mo Town made a successful transition to turf in his sophomore season in 2017, romping in a Belmont optional claimer before shipping westward to claim the GI Hollywood Derby at Del Mar.

“He’s simply awesome,” trainer Anthony Dutrow said of Mo Town’s top achievement in the Hollywood Derby. “He went into the Hollywood Derby fantastic. When I breezed him before, it wan an astonishing workout, and we went out there very confident in Mo Town and he was magnificent.”


Breeders’ Cup Possible For Roaring Lion

Sun, 2018-09-23 15:41

The Breeders’ Cup could be on the agenda for Roaring Lion (Kitten’s Joy), trainer John Gosden revealed at Newmarket’s Open Weekend on Sunday.

“I’m very happy with Roaring Lion and we are pointing towards the [G1] Champion S. at Ascot on Oct. 20,” he said. “The Breeders’ Cup comes pretty sharply after Champions Day. If it was heavy he wouldn’t run at Ascot, but if it was good to soft he would run as he has won on it before.”

Gosden said the meeting’s showpiece $6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic on dirt would be under consideration.

“If he went to the Breeders’ Cup, it could be the mile and a half on turf [the Breeders’ Cup Turf] or we could have a look at the Classic. He is a mile-and-a-quarter horse, so you would consider the Classic as well as the turf.”

Gosden also provided an update on his 2017 Horse of the Year Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}), who made a successful belated 4-year-old debut in the G3 September S. at Kempton earlier this month.

“She has been good since the race at Kempton and we are happy with her,” he said. “She has been cantering away. We are just building her up to the Arc and we are happy with her progress and she seems well in herself. Hopefully they will get a bit of rain in Paris as I thought the ground was a bit fast there last week, which is not entirely her scene as she appreciates getting her toe in. She will do a couple of pieces of work between now and then.”

Enable could be joined in the Arc by last year’s champion 3-year-old colt Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}), who was scintillating winning last year’s Champion S. but was beaten last-out by Poet’s Word (GB) (Poet’s Voice {GB}) in the G1 Prince of Wales’s S.

“Cracksman is building up for the Arc as well,” Gosden said. “If we get the rain there he will be running there, if not we will wait for the Champion S. He worked yesterday and he is coming back. He very much enjoys this type of weather.”

October Families Keep On Blooming

Sun, 2018-09-23 14:17

As the clock ticks ever closer to the start of the October Sale at Tattersalls on Oct. 9, the team at Park Paddocks has been kept busier than usual making some pretty serious updates to a range of yearlings’ pages.

“I don’t think I’ve ever known a year like it for updates,” says Marketing Director Jimmy George. “I thought last year’s catalogue was as good a Book 1 as we’d seen since we went to this format, but this compares pretty favourably.”

“There is a reason these horses are in Book 1. They are from the best families, but even I can be surprised, at times, by how these top-class families just keep generating, and keep producing winners. Whether it’s a spectacular maiden winner or a listed winner, or even a Group 1 winner since the catalogue has come out.”

Indeed, when summarising Book 1, it’s hard to know where to begin and end. For those who enjoy the theatrical drama of big sales-ring moments, make sure you’re in the ring when lot 325 goes through the ring. As his catalogue page goes, being a son of Dubawi, a brother to two stakes winners, out of a multiple Group 1 winner who was herself a half-sister to a Group 1 winner and daughter of a Group 1 winner–well that’s none too shabby.

But then there are the updates. Since the catalogue went to press, this son of Dar Re Mi (GB) (Singspiel {Ire}) has had further boosts, meaning he’s now a brother to three stakes winners, with Lah Ti Dar (GB) having recently finished runner-up in the G1 St Leger and Too Darn Hot (GB) establishing himself as the best darn 2-year-old in Europe with a facile victory in the G2 Champagne S. In short, it’s the hottest page in the book as regards active families and it will ensure that Watership Down Stud will have a bigger stream of visitors than ever to its pitch in the Highflyer paddock.

When Lah Ti Dar set sail in hot pursuit down the Doncaster straight last weekend, the one horse she couldn’t quite peg back was Kew Gardens (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). That colt’s full-sister will enter the ring approximately an hour before Lah Ti Dar’s brother and by that stage she might not just be a sister to a Classic winner, but also to an Arc winner, with Kew Gardens looking likely to line up in Paris on the Sunday before the sale starts.

The filly will be sold as lot 298 by her breeder, David Nagle of Barronstown Stud, who achieved the extraordinary feat of being responsible for two St Leger winners in the same weekend when Flag Of Honour (Ire), also by Galileo (Ire), won the Irish equivalent the day after Kew Gardens triumphed at Doncaster.

The above mentioned are by the two most sought-after sires in Europe, and both Dubawi and Galileo are, unsurprisingly, well represented in Book 1 by the offspring of some pretty swanky mares.

Among Dubawi’s tribe of 21, you’ll find yearlings out of Group 1 winners Sky Lantern (Ire) (Red Clubs {Ire}), Voleuse de Coeurs (Ire) (Singspiel {Ire}), Ambivalent (GB) (Authorized {Ire}) and Fallen For You (GB) (Dansili {GB}), the last named having provided the co-top lot of 2016, the subsequent dual Group 3 winner Glorious Journey (GB). Then there’s the half-siblings to Group 1 winners Cursory Glance (Distorted Humor), Beauty Parlour (GB) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), Legatissimo (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) and Charming Thought (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}).

Galileo, meanwhile, also has 21 Book 1 yearlings, including brothers to Oaks victrix Was (Ire) and St Leger winner Secret Gesture (GB); a sister to another St Leger winner and Irish Derby winner Capri (Ire); and half-siblings to Golden Horn (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}), Garswood (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}), Ivawood (Ire) (Zebedee {GB}) and GI Florida Derby winner Materiality (Afleet Alex). Furthermore, Gestut Fahrhof, selling an increasing number of yearlings at Tattersalls this year through sister stud Newsells Park, offers lot 346, a brother to treble Group 1 winner Earl Of Tinsdal (Ger), who is by Galileo’s full-brother Black Sam Bellamy (Ire).

But there’s more to Book 1 than just the offspring of those two luminaries. Leading second-crop sire Camelot (GB) has 13 yearlings on offer in the sale at which his Classic-winning son Latrobe (Ire) was bought for 65,000gns. This year’s leading freshman No Nay Never has 10 on offer including a full-sister to his most exciting runner to date, the unbeaten Group 3 winner Ten Sovereigns (Ire), who will be sold as lot 103 by Camas Park Stud.

“More than half the horses in the catalogue are by the top 15 to 20 stallions standing in Europe currently,” says George. “And the first-crop sires are exciting this year. It’s always difficult to hone in on a few individuals, but the first-crop yearling sires have arguably one very high-profile young stallion in each category. The sprinter is Muhaarar, the miler is Gleneagles, and the middle-distance horse is Golden Horn. There’s a nice symmetry to that.”

Along with the young brigade there are plenty of tried and trusted names. The retirement of one of Britain’s elite sires, Dansili (GB), was announced earlier this year but there will still be several of his crops to come and this season’s yearlings include a colt out of the Oaks winner Talent (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) (lot 152), who is offered by his co-breeder Ashbrittle Stud.

The consistently eye-catching exploits of Dark Angel (Ire) have ensured that he is a well-represented Book 1 sire and among his 20 to be heading to Tattersalls is Yeomanstown Stud’s full-brother to the G1 Coolmore Nuntorpe S. winner Mecca’s Angel (Ire) and to Group 3-winning sprinter Markaz (Ire).

Frankel (GB) has similarly high representation through 25 sons and daughters, including a half-sister to St Leger winner Masked Marvel (GB) (Montjeu {Ire}) from Newsells Park Stud (lot 186) and the first foal of Elite Racing Club’s Group 1 winner Ribbons (GB) (Manduro {Ger}), who is being consigned by Chris Budgett’s Kirtlington Stud as lot 68.

Frankel’s fellow Banstead Manor Stud resident Kingman (GB), whose reputation continues to grow during the fledgling days of his stallion career, has a bumper batch of 31 yearlings at Book 1, including Round Hill Stud’s half-sister to the outstanding Rizeena (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}) (lot 107) and a colt out of Waldlerche (GB) (Monsun {Ger}) (lot 185) whose half-siblings Waldgeist (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and Waldlied (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) have both won group races this season.

Another from the Newsells Park Stud draft who is sure to arouse interest is lot 32, a half-brother to treble Group 1-winning sprinter The Tin Man (GB) (Equiano {Fr}) from the first crop of a stallion who should also impart speed, Muhaarar (GB). Among Muhaarar’s 30 Book 1 yearlings is Mountarmstrong Stud’s colt out of champion racemare Alexander Goldrun (Ire) (Gold Away {Ire}) (lot 214) and a half-sister to Group 2 winner Now Or Never (Ire) (Bushranger {Ire}) from the family of champion sprinter Dream Ahead (lot 58).

Of course when one thinks of Book 1, it’s those memorable millionaire moments that live on in the mind, but the sale has a good track record of producing stakes winners that have been bought at more everyday prices. Only last week, Shepherd Market (Ire) won the Listed Prix Coronation for the partners in Windmill Racing and the filly is a rarity for two reasons. Not only is she the first stakes winner from the sole crop of just 18 foals for the subfertile and now gelded Reckless Abandon, but she is also the least expensive yearling to win a Book 1 Bonus, having been bought by Fiona Marner for 22,000gns.

“She’s an example of the fact that you can find value and top quality in every sector of Book 1, and I think that’s such a key element of it,” says George. “I think the trainers and the owners are getting the message that if you’re going to spend 50,000gns on a yearling it’s nice if you can win 30 to 40,000 for winning your maiden rather than four to five grand for winning your maiden. That’s a big deal, and I think it’s given more vibrancy to every sector of Book 1 because there is that angle, and prize-money like that is unprecedented in this country and in Ireland.”

Clive Cox is the trainer who guided Shepherd Market and her sire Reckless Abandon to success and he is also the trainer of the most recent winner of a bonus, the juvenile Swift And Sure (Ire) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}), who is the 121st horse to claim a Book I Bonus, meaning that the total amount now paid out from this scheme is £3,025,000.

The October Sale is not, however, just about Book 1. The second week of the sale sees three days of Book 2 followed immediately by a two-session Book 3 and a final half-day for Book 4 on Saturday, Oct. 20. To add extra incentive for buyers during the second half of the sale, Tattersalls stages the £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes at Newmarket for juveniles each October, which is open for graduates of Books 3 and 4. George says, “It’s a busy fortnight but there is something for everyone, starting at Book 1 and working your way all the way through to Books 3 and 4. I think it’s fantastic that you can look at the back cover of the three catalogues this year and there’s a Group 1 winner–at least one Group 1 winner–from each of those. There’s Urban Fox (GB), who cost 10,000gns as a Book 3 yearling a couple of years ago. The Book 2 poster boy is Poet’s Word (GB), which is about as good as it gets. Book 1 you’ve got Blue Point (Ire) and Latrobe (Ire). Latrobe is an Irish Derby winner and he cost 65,000gns as a Book 1 yearling. To be able to find Classic winners for that sort of money shows you what a unique sale it is. The Group 1 quality is at every level and that’s crucial.”

Uncle Mo’s Barretts 2YO Topper Successful in Los Al Stakes Unveiling

Sat, 2018-09-22 19:54

Galilean, the $600,000 topper at April’s Barretts Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training off a :21 1/5 quarter-mile breeze, began to repay that investment with a hard-fought debut victory in Saturday’s Barretts Juvenile S. Taking the bulk of tote attention, the bay was banged at the start, but quickly recovered to chase the pace through splits of :21.65 and :44.86. Clear in midstretch despite traveling on his wrong lead, the chalk cut it close late, but found the line a neck to the good of Seven Scents (Goldencents) in 1:15.28. A $60,000 Barretts Select yearling, Galilean was also a $35,000 KEENOV ’15 in utero purchase. His dam is a half to MGSW His Race to Win (Stormy Atlantic), and hails from the same important Sam-Son family as Dance Smartly, Smart Strike, et al–as well as Saturday’s Woodbine maiden breaker Malibu Dawn (Malibu Moon). The 44th stakes winner for his sire after Monkeys Uncle’s impressive score in the Selima S. earlier in the day, Galilean has a foal half-brother by Harbor the Gold.

BARRETTS JUVENILE S., $100,000, Los Alamitos, 9-22, 2yo, c/g, 6 1/2f, 1:15.28, ft.
1–GALILEAN, 116, c, 2, by Uncle Mo
1st Dam: Fresia, by El Prado (Ire)
2nd Dam: Fleet of Foot, by Gone West
3rd Dam: Seattle Classic, by Seattle Slew
($60,000 Ylg ’17 BARSEL; $600,000 2yo ’18 BARAPR).

1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. O-West Point Thoroughbreds, Denise
Barker & William Sandbrook; B-Bar C Racing Stables, Inc. (CA);
T-Jerry Hollendorfer; J-Drayden Van Dyke. $56,000. Lifetime
Record: 1-1-0-0, $56,000.
2–Seven Scents, 116, c, 2, Goldencents–Forever Vow, by
Broken Vow. ($38,000 Wlg ’16 KEENOV; $70,000 Ylg ’17
KEESEP; $40,000 2yo ’18 BARAPR). O-Six-S Racing Stable &
Shirley A Barron; B-FPF LLC (KY); T-Craig Anthony Lewis.
3–Our Silver Oak, 118, c, 2, Unusual Heat–Strawberry Flash, by
Alphabet Soup. ($30,000 Ylg ’17 BARSEL). O-Robert Jones,
Michael Nentwig & Ray Pagano; B-M Auerbach, LLC (CA);
T-William E. Morey. $13,000.
Margins: NK, 1, 7. Odds: 0.90, 2.60, 6.60.
Also Ran: Kid Koil, Big Impression, My Mandate.
Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Uncle Mo Filly Flies Home to Take Selima S.

Sat, 2018-09-22 18:54

A debut winner at odds-on going two turns on the Delaware turf Aug. 30, Monkeys Uncle found herself much further back early in this shorter affair, but the result was the same. Dropped back to second last from her high draw, the Jackson colorbearer still had a ton to do midway along the bend. She came alive while well out into the course, and gobbled up foes with an impressive turn of foot to reach contention as they straightened. Taking over in midstretch, she idled a bit in the late stages, but had enough left in the tank to fend off Shoobiedoobydoo’s late advances.

“[Trainer] Arnaud [Delacour] told me six furlongs would probably be a little short, but we had to try it, so I just wanted to break and settle her down and try to make one run,” winning rider Daniel Centeno said. “I tried to save a little ground on the last turn, but it’s really soft and the ground was giving out, so I moved outside and she saw the clear. I moved a little early and a little wide but she held it all the way to the wire. She was a little more focused today. She’s a really smart filly and she really tried.”

The winner, who covered an eighth at OBS March in :10 2/5, is a granddaughter of MGISW Lazy Slusan (Slewvescent).
Her dam’s yearling filly by Verrazano was purchased for just $10,000 by Crystal and Marcus Ryan’s Mason Springs earlier this week. Humor Section, a half to GISW Last Full Measure (Empire Maker), produced a Shanghai Bobby filly this season before being bred back to Bernardini.

SELIMA S., $100,000, Laurel, 9-22, 2yo, f, 6fT, 1:16.11, yl.
1–MONKEYS UNCLE, 120, f, 2, by Uncle Mo
 1st Dam: Humor Section, by After Market
 2nd Dam: Lazy Slusan, by Slewvescent
 3rd Dam: Three Flights Up, by Topsider
($180,000 Ylg ’17 FTKJUL; $300,000 2yo ’18 OBSMAR).
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. O-Lael Stables; B-Parrish Hill Farm &
Ashford Stud (KY); T-Arnaud Delacour; J-Daniel Centeno.
$60,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $80,400.2–Shoobiedoobydoo, 120, f, 2, Dialed In–Honorville, by
Petionville. ($15,000 Wlg ’16 KEENOV). O-James Morrissey, III;
B-Pope McLean, Pope McLean Jr. & Marc McLean (KY); T-John
C. Servis. $20,000.3–Helen, 120, f, 2, Gio Ponti–Un Bel Di, by Rahy. O/B-Pia M
Kirkham (KY); T-Claudio A. Gonzalez. $10,000.
Margins: HF, HF, 3. Odds: 8.20, 16.40, 8.60.
Also Ran: Surge of Pride, Creedibility, Margie Is Livid, Elsa, Jazzy J, Just a Whim, Little Miss Raelyn, Andarta. Scratched: Questionoftheday. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Street Sense’s McKinzie Back to Winning Ways in PA Derby

Sat, 2018-09-22 18:10

Making his first start since suffering the first ‘defeat’ of his career in the GII San Felipe S. better than six months ago, TDN Rising Star‘ McKinzie (Street Sense) belied his inactivity with a comfortable 1 3/4-length victory in Saturday’s GI Pennsylvania Derby, giving trainer Bob Baffert his third win in the race in the last five years (subsequent GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Bayern, 2013; champion West Coast, 2017).

“If anything can take the sting of a Triple Crown horse retiring (recent retirement of Justify), it is a horse like this,” said winning rider Mike Smith, who was aboard West Coast last year. “He is an incredible horse. Really, really proud of him. Bob had him ready. To come off the bench at a mile and an eighth, Bob is just a tremendous trainer.”

Asked for some early speed, McKinzie landed in third spot early, behind Trigger Warning (Candy Ride {Arg}) and the positively ridden Bravazo (Awesome Again), then was shifted to the outside of those two into the first turn. That move consigned Mr Freeze (To Honor and Serve), front-running winner of the GIII West Virginia Derby, to a very wide run around the bend, while Core Beliefs (Quality Road) settled inside of GIII Smarty Jones S. hero Axelrod (Warrior’s Reward). The well-bet Hofburg (Tapit) lagged well behind through the opening furlongs.

Trigger Warning got a breather of sorts during the middle stages of the race, but McKinzie was glued to his flank, and Smith finally gave the colt his head and they strode into a narrow lead with three-eighths of a mile to come. At that stage, McKinzie looked to idle a bit, and Axelrod emerged as a real danger from the second flight of horses, coursing wide to challenge outside McKinzie in upper stretch. But despite the absence, the favorite had a little something left and though he raced greenly and nearly hit the rail inside the furlong marker, came away to an ultimately convincing tally.

Added Smith, “I felt very confident that I could be aggressive early and move a little early. He is still learning as well, although he has raced he had a lot of time off he got to looking around, looking at the tracks and gawking around and I had a really good hold of him today and I didn’t really want to bother anyone. I picked his head up and when I asked him to finish, he really got underneath me and really galloped out really well.”

McKinzie, named in honor of the late Los Alamitos track executive Brad McKinzie, earned ‘Rising Star’ status for a

5 1/2-length graduation in a seven-furlong Santa Anita maiden Oct. 28, then crossed the line just behind stablemate Solomini (Curlin) in the GI Los Al Futurity, only to be moved up to the win via a much-maligned disqualification. An easy-as-you-like winner of the GIII Sham S. on sophomore debut Jan. 6, he went tooth-and-nail with Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) down the lane in the San Felipe and had his head in front at the wire, but this time was the victim of a protest that really could have gone either way.

Pedigree Notes:

McKinzie’s dam Runway Model won the 2004 GII Darley Alcibiades S. and that year’s GII Golden Rod S., in addition to a runner-up effort in the 2005 GI Ashland S. for trainer Bernie Flint. She was purchased by Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm for $2.7 million at the 2006 Keeneland November Sale, carrying a foal by Storm Cat. The 16-year-old mare is also responsible for the juvenile colt Smart Alchemy (Super Saver) and the yearling filly Map Maker (Liam’s Map). Out of MSW Ticket to Houston, Runway Model is a half-sister to SW & MGSP Mambo Train (Kingmambo) and SP Texas Kitty (Forest Wildcat), the dam of GSW Saham (Lemon Drop Kid). This is also the family of graded winners Southern Honey (Colonel John) and Lucky Player (Lookin at Lucky).

Saturday, Parx
PENNSYLVANIA DERBY-GI, $1,000,000, Parx Racing, 9-22, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:52.05, ft.
1–MCKINZIE, 122, c, 3, by Street Sense
1st Dam: Runway Model (MGSW & GISP, $725,598), by Petionville
2nd Dam: Ticket to Houston, by Houston
3rd Dam: Stave, by Navajo
‘TDN Rising Star’ ($170,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Karl Watson,
Michael Pegram, & Paul Weitman; B-Summer Wind Farm (KY);
T-Bob Baffert; J-Mike E. Smith. $556,000. Lifetime Record:
5-4-1-0, $906,000. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Axelrod, 122, c, 3, Warrior’s Reward–Volatile Vickie, by
Elusive Quality. ($25,000 Ylg ’16 OBSWIN). O-Slam Dunk
Racing; B-Hidden Point Farm Inc. (FL); T-Michael W. McCarthy.
$192,000.3–Trigger Warning, 117, c, 3, Candy Ride (Arg)–Magic Appeal,
by Successful Appeal. ($6,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Brinley
Enterprises LLC; B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY); T-Mike L. Rone.
$110,100.Margins: 1 3/4, 7HF, 1. Odds: 2.00, 10.00, 81.70.
Also Ran: Hofburg, Core Beliefs, King Zachary, Bravazo, Mr Freeze, Instilled Regard. Scratched: First Mondays. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Midnight Bisou Put Up Over Monomoy Girl in Cotillion

Sat, 2018-09-22 17:22

She needed some help from the stewards to do it, but MIDNIGHT BISOU (f, 3, Midnight Lute–Diva Delite, by Repent) finally got the better of leading sophomore filly Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) in Saturday’s GI Cotillion S. The GI Santa Anita Oaks heroine had been third to that one in the GI Kentucky Oaks and second to her in the GI Coaching Club American Oaks, and was cutting back to her seeming preferred 1 1/16-mile distance off a third in the 10-furlong GI Alabama S. Aug. 18. Monomoy Girl, meanwhile, was looking for a sixth win from as many starts this season and was heavily favored. Relaxed off a fairly crowded pace that saw Monomoy Girl stuck on a dead rail, Midnight Bisou emerged as the chalk’s only challenger as that one entered the lane well clear. Mike Smith on Midnight Bisou opted to attempt to go inside of Monomoy Girl in upper stretch, but that foe shut off her path. He then looked to go outside, but again Monomoy Girl went in the same direction while getting out on Florent Geroux. Monomoy Girl stuck the wire a neck to the good, but had carried Midnight Bisou out a number of paths in the process and was subsequently taken down after Smith lodged an objection. Sales history: $19,000 RNA yrl ’16 KEESEP; $80,000 2yo ’17 OBSAPR. The final time was 1:39 1/5. Lifetime Record: 10-5-3-2.
O-Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables LLC & Allen Racing LLC. B-Woodford Thoroughbreds (Ky). T-Steven M. Asmussen.

Saturday, Parx Racing
COTILLION S.-GI, $1,000,000, Parx Racing, 9-22, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:45.95, ft.
1–MIDNIGHT BISOU, 124, f, 3, by Midnight Lute
1st Dam: Diva Delite (GSW, $300,067), by Repent
2nd Dam: Tour Hostess, by Tour d’Or
3rd Dam: Counsel’s Gal, by High Counsel
($19,000 RNA Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $80,000 2yo ’17 OBSAPR). O-Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables LLC and Allen Racing
LLC.; B-Woodford Thoroughbreds, LLC. (KY); T-Steven M.
Asmussen; J-Mike E. Smith. $562,000. Lifetime Record:
10-5-3-2, $1,385,000. Werk Nick Rating: C.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Monomoy Girl*, 124, f, 3, by Tapizar
1st Dam: Drumette, by Henny Hughes
2nd Dam: Endless Parade, by Williamstown
3rd Dam: Mnemosyne, by Saratoga Six
($100,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-M. Dubb, Monomoy Stables LLC,
The Elkstone Group LLC & Bethlehem Stables LLC; B-FPF LLC &
Highfield Ranch (KY); T-Brad H. Cox. $194,000.
3–Wonder Gadot, 119, f, 3, by Medaglia d’Oro
1st Dam: Loving Vindication, by Vindication
2nd Dam: Chimichurri, by Elusive Quality
3rd Dam: Hard Knocker, by Raja Baba
TDN Rising Star ($80,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $325,000 2yo ’17
OBSAPR). O-Gary Barber; B-Anderson Farms Ont. Inc. (ON);
T-Mark E. Casse. $111,200.
Margins: 10HF, NK, NK. Odds: 4.20, 0.50, 6.10.
Also Ran: Separationofpowers, Chocolate Martini, Dixie Serenade, Jump Ruler, Norma’s Charm. *Disqualified from first to second for interference. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Goldencents Filly, Danza Colt top Saturday KEESEP Session

Sat, 2018-09-22 16:44

A filly from the second crop of Goldencents and a colt from the first crop of Danza were responsible for the $65,000 co-toppers during the penultimate session of the marathon Keeneland September Sale Saturday. A total of 187 head changed hands during the first of two Book 6 sessions for gross receipts of $2,228,600. The average and median were $11,918 and $7,000, respectively, while the RNA rate was 19.4%. For the sale, 3,571 yearlings have changed hands for a combined $375,806,200 at an average of $137,507 and median price of $60,000. The cumulative buyback rate is 23.5%.

Hip 4088, a Goldencents filly out the six-time-winning Tapit mare Bellezza Rosso (Tapit), was picked up by James McKathan’s Grassroots Training & Sales for $65,000. Bred by W C Racing–who campaigned her MGISW sire, the current leading U.S. freshman–the Apr. 9 foal was consigned by Four Star Sales, agent.

Sharing top billing Saturday was a colt (hip 4107) by GI Arkansas Derby winner Danza, who stands at Spendthrift like Goldencents. Spendthrift also bred hip 4107, who hails from the female family of Grade II winners Rockport Harbor and Regally Appealing. Ken and Sarah Ramsey took home the Scott Mallory consignee.

The Ramseys had success in Book 6 last year as well, picking up another Spendthrift-bred filly in the eventually named Moonlight Romance (Liaison) for $42,000. Turned over to Wesley Ward, that juvenile now boasts earnings of nearly $360,000 thanks in large part to a last-out victory in the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint S. Sept. 8.

The 13th and final session of the Keeneland September sale kicks off Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Visit for more information.

Will Take Charge Filly Earns Rising Stardom at Churchill

Sat, 2018-09-22 15:20

Newcomer Take Charge Angel (f, 2, Will Take Charge–Georgie’s Angel, by Bellamy Road) backed down to 7-5 favoritism for this unveiling, looked like a winner every step of the way at Churchill Downs Saturday and garnered ‘TDN Rising Star’ status in the process. Away on top, she sat second one off the fence under a tight Shaun Bridgmohan hold through splits of :23.42 and :47.80. The dark bay seized command in between foes heading for home, found another gear when asked for more at the head of the lane and poured it on under minimal encouragement to score by six lengths in 1:17.89. Rumandice (Congrats), making her first start since a close second first up at Churchill June 30, kicked on for second. Take Charge Angel is the eight winner for her first-crop sire (by Unbridled’s Song). She is the third foal out of the precocious Georgie’s Angel, a debut romper under the Twin Spires in July of 2011 who added Saratoga’s GIII Schuylverville S. in her next attempt. Georgie’s Angel’s first foal to race is fellow Brad Cox trainee Rue de l’Ange (Street Sense), who broke her maiden second out at Indiana in June. Georgie’s Angel lost her 2017 foal (by Super Saver), but produced a Frosted filly Mar. 10 before being bred back to Tiznow. Georgie’s Angel isn’t the only 2-year-old stakes winner on Take Charge Angel’s page–second dam Lalka (Dynaformer) also produced GIII Bourbon S. winnner Lawn Ranger (U S Ranger), while third dam Celmis (Bold Ruckus) was a MSW who produced two stakes-winning juveniles in Canada. Take Charge Angel’s fourth dam was Ada Prospect (New Prospect), a champion 2-year-old filly north of the border.

5th-Churchill Downs, $55,985, Msw, 9-22, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f, 1:17.59, ft.
TAKE CHARGE ANGEL, f, 2, Will Take Charge
1st Dam: Georgie’s Angel (GSW, $129,564), by Bellamy Road
2nd Dam: Lalka, by Dynaformer
3rd Dam: Celmis, by Bold Ruckus
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $33,600. Click for the chart, the free catalogue-style pedigree or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Sheffer Racing, LLC; B-Sheffer Equine Partners LLC & Ronald Stocks (KY); T-Brad H. Cox.

Mucho Macho Man Filly Headlines Single-Session Book 5

Fri, 2018-09-21 19:02

After a banner day at the races Thursday with two impressive new winners, young sire Mucho Macho Man had a good day at the sales Friday with a $170,000 filly from his second crop topping the single-session Book 5 of Keeneland September.

A total of 287 yearlings changed hands Friday for a gross of $5,313,000, an average of $18,512 and a median of $11,000. There were 54 youngsters who failed to meet their reserves for an RNA rate of 15.8%.

Friday’s session was the 11th of 13 for the marathon auction, which has sold 2,546 yearlings thus far for $373,577,600. The average currently stands at $146,731 with a median of $70,000. A total of 793 horses were led from the ring unsold for an RNA rate of 23.7%.

Friday’s topper (Hip 3745) was purchased by Dean and Patti Reeves’s Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, which campaigned the filly’s GI Breeders’ Cup Classic-winning sire Mucho Macho Man (Macho Uno). The freshman sire was represented by his fourth and fifth winners Thursday when Mucho Gusto was named a ‘TDN Rising Star’ after an ultra-impressive debut at Los Alamitos and Belle Laura powered home to a decisive score on the grass at Churchill Downs. Consigned by Eaton Sales, Hip 3745 is out of the Awesome Again mare Carolina Sunrise and is a half-sister to SW & GISP Reveron (Songandaprayer) and MSP Carolina Mist (Mr. Greeley).

The session’s top colt was Hip 3804, a yearling from the first crop of Secret Circle, who brought $140,000 from SBM. Consigned by Select Sales, the dark bay is out of Fantasy Slam (Smoke Glacken).

Gainesway was the day’s top consignor with 18 yearlings selling for $567,000.

Keeneland September continues through Sunday with sessions beginning at 10a.m.


Team Valor Purchases The Black Album with Eye on BC ok

Fri, 2018-09-21 15:18

Team Valor International has acquired recent G3 Prix La Rochette winner The Black Album (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) and will point him to the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Nov. 2. It was the juvenile’s third win in four starts.

“This colt is just the right size for American racing, with tremendous athleticism,” Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin said. “He has the ability to lay handy, pounce instantly when asked and moxie to hold off all challengers the length of the stretch. What’s so darn exciting about this guy is that he has top form already. In fact in all the years we’ve been doing this, we have never bought a European colt that was so highly ranked or accomplished as a juvenile.”

The Black Album will be considered for one final race in France, the G3 Prix Thomas Bryon Oct. 4 at Saint-Cloud, but it is possible that he will train straight up to the Breeders’ Cup. His current trainer Jane Soubagne will saddle The Black Album for the Breeders’ Cup and then turn the colt over to Kentucky-based trainer Rodolphe Brisset.


Shirley Day Smith Passes Away

Fri, 2018-09-21 15:07

Shirley Day Smith, who spent more than 60 years as the administrative assistant in the press office for the New York Racing Association and its predecessors, died Sept. 20 after a brief illness at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, NY. She was 99-years-old. Smith had retired from NYRA in the mid-1990’s.

“Shirley was loved by everybody,” former NYRA publicity director Glen Mathes said. “And I’d venture to say she helped more people than anyone in the history of horse racing. That was certainly true when it came to members of the media. She was a great worker and an even better person.”

Smith, who lived in Lido Beach, NY, was a popular figure among media from throughout the country. She was honored as a Kentucky Colonel and she was a recipient of the National Turf Writers Association’s Joe Palmer Award for meritorious service to racing. The New York Press Photographers Association presented her with a “Good Gal Award” in 1987 for cooperation and assistance to the media.

A funeral is planned for Monday, Sept. 24 at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Point Lookout, NY, with the burial afterward at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.


Q & A: Shug McGaughey & Randy Romero

Fri, 2018-09-21 14:57

Over 34 years and hundreds of races, the Breeders’ Cup has provided many a thrill and many a great race. But virtually everyone agrees that one race stands alone–the 1988 Distaff won by Personal Ensign. It may have been the greatest Breeders’ Cup race ever run. This year marks the 30th anniversary of that race. In the latest Thoroughbred Daily News podcast, brought to you by Taylor Made, we looked back at this great race with trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Randy Romero. Excerpts from that podcast are below:

TDN: Shug, not only had you already beaten Winning Colors in the Maskette, but Winning Colors’ prep in the Spinster was not very good. It looked at the time that perhaps she was not coming into the race in her best form. What did you think of her as a competitor coming into the race?

SM: I agree with you. We’d beat her pretty fair and square going a mile here doing what she wanted to do and then she went to the Spinster and threw a real dud in. [D.] Wayne [Lukas]’s always had a way of having horses bouncing back and, obviously, she liked the sloppy track at Churchill. She was pretty much at home there. She ran an outstanding race, but I don’t think going into it that I was really that … I mean I was concerned, but I wasn’t overly concerned really because we beat her and then she had run such a bad race in the Spinster. I think there were some others that maybe had my eye a little bit more than her, including Goodbye Halo.

TDN: So let’s get into the race itself. They’re about half way down the back stretch. Winning Colors is going easily on the lead and Personal Ensign? Well, she seemed to be spinning her wheels. At that point, were you worried? Were you worried before then? What did you think as Winning Colors was three, four lengths in front and seemingly going comfortably down the backstretch?

SM: I was never really comfortable because she got back farther than she usually does even though she came from back. Then we got to the half-mile pole and nothing was happening. She used to start picking up her horses then. And then at the 3/8-pole I was standing with a friend of mine and he kind of looked at me and I kind of looked at him and I said ‘it doesn’t look like it today.’ Then all of a sudden she started making that run, but Winning Colors was still comfortably in front. I didn’t think she was going to be able to catch her, I just wanted to make a good account of herself. Then BAM! She did catch her, but Randy told me it was never in doubt.

TDN: Randy, of the millions of people watching the race you may have been the only person who believed she was going to win, even when it looked impossible. What did you know?

RR: Because I rode Winning Colors when she broke her maiden. I always knew she came up late. The way the track was, Gary [Stevens] had opened up a lot of lengths on the field. The field was spreading so I knew I was going pretty fast. The timing wasn’t fast, but the track was muddy, but it was still going fast. I had rode her in that race and she’d get late at the end, so I just never gave up on my filly. I could see when I switched my stick to my left hand at the 3/8-pole or the 5/16-pole that she got on a hard surface and she started picking up horses. The last sixteenth of a mile, I could feel her accelerating to get to that filly. I passed by Goodbye Halo and she thought it was over. But when she looked over to the other side, she saw Winning Colors. She was brilliant this filly, this mare. She looked over and saw her. She dug in again. I used to ride Quarter Horses. In those races you win by inches and feet. So when you ride Quarter Horses you know when you can win and not. It’s something you sense.

TDN: As you mentioned earlier, at about the 3/8-pole or so, maybe a little closer to the quarter-pole, you were down on the inside. Then you shifted out to about the five or six path. That really seemed to be the pivotal moment in that race. What was going through your mind? Why did you make that decision to get off the rail and go to the middle of the track?

RR: Some instinct made me do it. I don’t know why I did it. It’s just an instinct that I had to do something because I wasn’t getting anywhere where I was. So something in my mind just made me switch sticks and hit her left handed and then when I did, she adjusted out. It was just like an act of God that it happened. I don’t know why I did it. People ask me that all the time. It’s just an instinct that I had to do something and there was nothing I was doing that was correct. So it just came to my mind to do it. I wasn’t gaining any ground and I needed to get after her and get ground picked up. That was a pivotal move. And that’s what made her win the race.


TDN: So you believe if you stayed on the inside she would not have won.

RR: No, no. Absolutely not

TDN: Shug, after the race was over and to no one’s surprise, you told the NBC commentators that you thought she was ‘hopelessly beaten.’ Did you underestimate her determination? Did she have an even bigger heart and an even bigger will to win than even her trainer knew?

SM: I think so. When you see something like that, for her to run down the [GI Kentucky] Derby winner and the [GI Kentucky] Oaks winner to win…I mean, I don’t know that you ever know that they’ve got that much determination because really, in most all of her other races, she was kind of winning fairly easy. So it’s hard to measure that kind of heart unless they showed it to you and she obviously showed it that day.

TDN: Shug, you’ve won plenty of big races. Many Breeders’ Cups, you won a Kentucky Derby, you won the Belmont S. The overall career of Personal Ensign and how you guided her through a surgery, 13 races, undefeated, pulling off the impossible in the Breeders’ Cup, something nobody thought could be done at the 1/8-pole, at the 3/16-pole. Where do you rank this whole story so far as your top achievements as a trainer?

SM: At the top. Like you said, she was the first champion to be retired undefeated in 80 some-odd years. I don’t think there has been one since. It would have been a shame if she would have gotten beat that day after all she’d done. But to be able to have a filly and be able to participate in those types of races and have her win as many of them as she did, in all of them, was something that’s a career maker. I think that a lot of the awards that I’ve gotten have been because of her career. It’s very satisfying to me to look back on it and think that we all went through that together. Joe Hirsch, years ago, gave me a poster that I’ve got framed in my office of all the 13 races. I will sometimes walk up there and look at it and just kind of look at the charts and see who she ran against. It’s still exciting for me. I never have watched the replay that much. The next summer we were at Saratoga and every time you turned the TV on they’d show the finish of the race. But as for me sitting down watching the rerun that much, I haven’t because it’s still kind of scary to relive.


Monomoy Girl Puts Perfect Season on the Line at Parx

Fri, 2018-09-21 13:23

The brilliant 3-year-old filly Monomoy Girl (Tapizar), a perfect five-for-five this season, gets back to business in Saturday’s GI Cotillion S. at Parx.

The GI Kentucky Oaks heroine, freshened following an easy win over Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) and Chocolate Martini (Broken Vow) in the GI Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga July 22, seeks her fifth straight win at the top level.

Monomoy Girl worked a bullet five furlongs for trainer Brad Cox in 1:00 2/5 (1/33) at Churchill Downs Sept. 9.

The aforementioned GII Mother Goose S. heroine and Kentucky Oaks third Midnight Bisou, unbeaten in three attempts at this distance, including the GI Santa Anita Oaks, enters off a disappointing third-place finish as the favorite in the 1 1/4-mile GI Alabama S. at Saratoga Aug. 18.

After failing to land a blow against the boys in the GI Travers S. Aug. 25, ‘TDN Rising Star’ Wonder Gadot (Medaglia d’Oro) takes another shot at the 3-5 morning-line favorite. Second, beaten only a half-length by Monomoy Girl on the First Friday in May beneath the Twin Spires, the Ontario-bred returned to sweep the first two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown–the Queen’s Plate S. at Woodbine June 30 and the Prince of Wales S. at Fort Erie July 24.

‘TDN Rising Star’ Separationofpowers (Candy Ride {Arg}) stretches to two turns following a game win in the seven-furlong GI Test S. at the Spa Aug. 4. She finished fourth in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Del Mar in her previous lone attempt at this distance.

Union Rags Colt Tops Book Four Finale

Thu, 2018-09-20 19:45

A colt by Lane’s End’s popular young stallion Union Rags and consigned by Larry and Karen Doyle’s KatieRich Farms fetched a final bid of $250,000 to top Thursday’s 10th session of the mammoth Keeneland September Sale in Lexington, Kentucky.

With three days of trade remaining, some 2,259 horses have been reported as sold for gross receipts of better than $368 million, already the fourth-highest turnover in the history of the September sale. At the close of trade Thursday, the average price rested on $163,021, while the median sits at $85,000. When all was said and done, last year’s sale–conducted over 12 sessions–grossed nearly $308 million, the highest in nine years, while the cumulative average ($120,487) and median ($57,000) easily eclipsed previous records.

KatieRich bred Thursday’s session-topper from the Maryland-bred mare Town Flirt (Speightstown), who was claimed by Larry Doyle for $30,000 out of a victory at Churchill Downs in November 2013 and who went on to post a record of 6-1-1-1 for KatieRich. Hip 3265 is the second foal for her dam, a half-sister to SW Financial Modeling (Street Sense) and SP Qualify (Medaglia d’Oro). The bay’s third dam, the Grade II-winning With a Wink (Clever Trick), was responsible for MSW & GSP Jena Jena (Dixieland Band) and the New York-bred stakes winners Win With a Wink (Dixieland Band) and Up Like Thunder (War Chant). Ben Glass, bidding on behalf of his clients Gary and Mary West, had the winning bid.

Four of the eight yearlings sold by KatieRich during the September sale have realized six figures, including a top price of $450,000 for hip 545, a son of Quality Road–Uncontrolled (Unbridled’s Song), also purchased by Glass. All told, the KatieRich draft has grossed just shy of $1.5 million.

Hip 3382, a Warrendale Sales-consigned daughter of Cairo Prince, was knocked down to Marc Tacher for $182,000 to reign as the session’s top member of the fairer sex. Bred by Mr. & Mrs. Nick Bentley, the February-foaled dark bay is out of the unraced Crozat (Street Sense), whose first foal Perfect Wife (Majesticperfection) won the 2016 Trapeze S. Crozat is a half-sister to the good graded-stakes winning turf sprinter Jungle Prince (Sir Cat). Hip 3382 was making her second trip through the Keeneland sales pavilion, having been bought back on a bid of $65,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale.

The single-session Book 5 kicks off Friday morning at 10 a.m. For full results, visit

Mucho Macho Man’s Mucho Gusto Is Just That in ‘Rising Star’ Debut

Thu, 2018-09-20 18:25

MUCHO GUSTO (Mucho Macho Man) lived up to his name and then some with an ultra-impressive debut victory at Los Alamitos Thursday to become his freshman sire (by Macho Uno)’s fourth winner and first ‘TDN Rising Star.’ Hammered down to even-money favoritism, the $625,000 EASMAY buy broke on top from his rail draw and was just loping along under a motionless Joe Talamo as he zipped through a first quarter in :21.96. He floated out three wide turning for home, but was still going easily, registering a half-mile in :45.75. Confronted by a rival to his inside at the top of the stretch, the chestnut instantly powered clear when given the signal by Talamo, pouring it on down the lane to win by a geared-down four lengths. Vantastic (Dialed In) completed the exacta.

Picked up for just $14,000 at Keeneland January, Mucho Gusto brought $95,000 in his next trip through the Keeneland ring that September. The colt RNA’d for $55,000 at the OBS March sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat over the synthetic and was sent through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale two months later, where he summoned $625,000 from Michael Lund Petersen after working a quarter-mile over a sloppy dirt track in an eye-catching :21 1/5. He is currently the most expensive offspring of 2013 GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Mucho Macho Man to be sold at auction.

Mucho Gusto hails from the family of Canadian Horse of the Year and MGISW Peaks and Valleys (Mt. Livermore) and MGSW millionaire Alternation (Distorted Humor). The winner’s dam Itsagiantcauseway (Giant’s Causeway) did not produce a foal in 2017, but had a Jack Milton colt Apr. 15 of this year and was bred back to Alpha.

3rd-Los Alamitos, $40,690, Msw, 9-20, 2yo, 6f, 1:10.14, ft.

MUCHO GUSTO, c, 2, Mucho Macho Man

1st Dam: Itsagiantcauseway, by Giant’s Causeway

2nd Dam: Countervail, by Seeking the Gold

3rd Dam: Strike a Balance, by Green Dancer

Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $24,000. Click for the chart, the free catalogue-style pedigree or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Michael Lund Petersen; B-Teneri Farm Inc. & Bernardo Alvarez Calderon (KY); T-Bob Baffert.


Gulfstream Stakes Schedule Worth Over $29M

Thu, 2018-09-20 17:51

Anchored by the $9-million GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the $7-million GI Pegasus World Turf Cup, the 2018-2019 stakes schedule at Gulfstream Park will feature a record 105 stakes races worth $29,079,000, also a record, it was announced Thursday.

Outside the two multi-million dollar races, to be contested Jan. 26, the Gulfstream stakes program is anchored by the $1-million GI Florida Derby, the marquee event on a program that will feature seven additional black-type events, four of which are graded, Saturday, Mar. 30. Three of the six most recent winners of the Florida Derby have gone on to add the GI Kentucky Derby. The Florida Derby is the last of Gulfstream’s four-race series for the sophomore set, which also includes the Jan. 5 Mucho Macho Man S., the GII Holy Bull S. Feb. 2 and the GII Fountain of Youth S. Mar. 2.

Sophomore fillies will also take their turn in the spotlight on Derby Day as they contest the GII Gulfstream Park Oaks, a key steppingstone to the GI Kentucky Oaks five weeks down the road. The 3-year-old filly series includes the Forward Gal S. and the GII Davona Dale S.

As it has the past several years, the $1.1-million Claiming Crown series will feature on opening day of the meet Dec. 1, while Gulfstream will also play host to the Clasico del Caribe Dec. 8 and the Eclipse Awards in January for the seventh consecutive year. The Sunshine Millions will be held Jan. 19.

The entire schedule may be viewed here.