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Ghostzapper Colt Gives Frommer Another Pinhooking Score

Tue, 2017-05-23 16:10

Cary Frommer has tasted much success over the past few seasons with smashing yearling-to-juvenile pinhooks, and hip 516, a Ghostzapper colt out of the unplaced Malibu Cougar (Malibu Moon), made for another when hammering to Donato Lanni for $800,000. A $200,000 purchase by Frommer out of last year’s Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale, the chestnut is out of a full-sister to TDN Rising Stars Kauai Katie (MGSW) and Winding Way (GSW). Hip 516 breezed a furlong in :10 1/5.

Distorted Humor Colt Fetches $850K at FTMMAY

Tue, 2017-05-23 15:33

A well-related Distorted Humor colt catalogued as hip 490 to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale was hammered down to California trainer Simon Callaghan on behalf of “an existing client” for $850,000 to take over as the second-dearest offering of the auction. The Apr. 5 foal is a son of SW Lemon Kiss (Lemon Drop Kid), a full-sister to GSW Kiss the Kid and dam of GISW Lochte (Medaglia d’Oro) in addition to the promising Japanese-based 3-year-old filly Ten Mohs (Speightstown). Lemon Kiss was sold to the Courtelis’ Town and Country Farms for $1.325 million carrying this colt in utero at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton November sale. Grupo 7C signed the winning ticket on the colt following a winning bid of $350,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale. Hip 490 was consigned to the Midlantic sale by Eddie Woods, agent, and breezed his eighth of a mile in a smooth :10.2.

Pricey Malibu Moon Filly Debuts a Winner at Parx

Tue, 2017-05-23 15:26

6th-PRX, $36,000, (S), Msw, 5-23, 3yo/up, f/m, 7f, 1:25.41, ft.
+ANAIS (f, 4, Malibu Moon–Trail Magic, by Indian Charlie), a $610,000 Fasig-Tipton August yearling buy back in 2014, made her belated debut a winning one with a romping score against state-breds at Parx. Coming in off of a five-furlong gate breeze in 1:01 3/5 (3/7) on Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track May 16, the bay was bet down to 11-10 favoritism and broke decently before tugging her way up to run a close second past a :22.99 quarter. Cruising to the lead on her own power passing a :46.75 half, the favorite was cut loose at the three-sixteenths pole and quickly widened away to hit the wire 11 1/4 lengths to the good of Aussie Mist (Cat Thief). The winner’s dam, purchased for $160,000 out of last term’s Keeneland November sale, is a half to GISW Sweet Talker (Stormin Fever) and MGSW Silver Medallion (Badge of Silver). She is responsible for a juvenile Speightstown filly named Magic Town, a yearling full-brother to the victress and foaled a colt by Speightstown Apr. 30. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $21,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Highland Yard LLC; B-Brushwood Stable (PA); T-Christophe Clement.

Curlin Colt Sparkles at FT Midlantic

Tue, 2017-05-23 13:25

A Hartley/DeRenzo-consigned son of Curlin–Franscat, by Stormin Fever (hip 388), who shared the sale’s fastest time of :10 flat for his under-tack preview, was knocked down to Mark Casse for $1.5 million Tuesday afternoon as the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training rolled on in Northern Maryland. A half-brother to seven winners from as many to race from his dam, including GSW Swinger’s Party (Medaglia d’Oro), the Florida-bred was knocked down to these noted resellers for a sales-topping $475,000 at the Fasig-Tipton July Sale in Lexington last summer.

Orb Colt Shoots to Head of the Class at Timonium

Tue, 2017-05-23 13:08

An athletic bay colt from the first crop of GI Kentucky Derby winner Orb (Malibu Moon) became the new sales-topper at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training after hammering to bloodstock agent Dennis O’Neill for $710,000 Tuesday afternoon. The Apr. 15 foal, who was purchased by bloodstock agent Mike Ryan for $170,000 out of last year’s Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale, was consigned to the sale by Crupi’s New Castle Farm as agent, and worked an eighth of a mile in a co-fastest :10 flat. A half-brother to GSP Colonel Sharp (Colonel John), hip 373 is a maternal grandson of the seven-time Grade I winner Sharp Cat (Storm Cat). The latter is in turn a half-sister to the talented European turf galloper Royal Anthem (Theatrical {Ire}).

‘Empire’ to Coolmore Upon Retirement

Tue, 2017-05-23 12:40

The breeding rights to Champion 2-year-old and recent GI Preakness S. runner-up Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile–Sambucca Classica, by Cat Thief) have been acquired by Coolmore in a deal brokered by Justin Casse, brother of the colt’s trainer Mark Casse, it was announced Tuesday. The bay will continue to race in the colors of owner John Oxley. Upon his retirement from racing, Classic Empire will stand at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud alongside fellow Eclipse Award-winning juveniles American Pharoah–also by Pioneerof the Nile out of a Storm Cat-line mare–Uncle Mo and Shanghai Bobby.

“Coolmore does an outstanding job of marketing their stallions,” Oxley commented. “American Pharoah is there and he is by Pioneerof the Nile, as is Classic Empire, so I think it is a good fit there. There is a big demand for American Pharoah and the spillover, so to speak, will definitely enhance the following of Classic Empire. Coolmore has been quite good about acquiring excellent young horses as stallions and they have quite a following of customers because of that. I think Classic Empire will benefit from that history.”

“The Casse family and the Oxleys are delighted to be in business with the Coolmore team,” Justin Casse commented. “They have a track record that is unprecedented. They reached out to me towards the end of last year, and obviously, I was a medium between them and Mr. Oxley. The fact that their development of stallions who were champion two-year-olds or Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winners was a key point to Mr. Oxley.”

A $475,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase, Classic Empire captured his debut at Churchill Downs traveling 4 1/2 furlongs and added the GIII Bashford Manor S. in July. He closed out his juvenile campaign with a pair of convincing victories in the GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland and GI Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, landing him unanimous honors as Champion 2-Year-Old Male at the Eclipse Awards in January.

At three, Classic Empire captured the GI Arkansas Derby Apr. 15 before running fourth in the GI Kentucky Derby after a troubled start. He was beaten a head in Saturday’s Preakness after contesting a swift early pace.

“We are very proud,” Oxley said of Classic Empire’s Preakness effort. “We were just thrilled. We were there rooting him home and thought we were going to be at the wire first, but we got beat by a very good horse. Nevertheless, it was a thrilling race and we are proud of Classic Empire. He is doing quite well, so we will be moving on to the [GI] Belmont S. [June 10] and see if we can finally win one of these Triple Crown races.”

Easy Tapeta Win For Giant’s Causeway Colt

Tue, 2017-05-23 11:54

4th-NC, £5,500, Mdn, 5-23, 3yo, 10f 42y (AWT), 2:11.28, st.
MASTER SINGER (c, 3, Giant’s Causeway–Ring of Music {GB}, by Sadler’s Wells), third over 11 furlongs at Newbury on his 3-year-old debut Apr. 22, raced behind the leading quartet under cover throughout the early stages. Moving to the front without turning a hair passing the three-furlong pole, the 8-15 favourite sauntered clear from there and was eased well before the line to record a 16-length success. The winner is a half-brother to Campanologist (Kingmambo), winner of the G1 Deutschland-Preis, G1 Rheinland-Pokal, G1 Preis von Europa, G1 Gran Premio Jockey Club, G2 King Edward VII S. and G2 Dubai City of Gold, MG1SW-Ger, G1SW-Ity, MGSW-Eng, GSW-UAE, G1SP-Ire & GSP-Tur, $1,691,040. Unfortunately, he died before his first crop hit the track last year and they include the useful Langtang (Ger) and Incampo (Fr). The unraced Ring of Music, who has the 2-year-old filly Gloria Song by Malibu Moon and a yearling colt by that sire, is also the second dam of the G2 Matriarch S. winner Well Rounded (Aus) (Reset {Aus}), the G3 Umzimkhulu S. winner and G1 Golden Horseshoe runner-up One Fine Day (SAf) (Trippi) and the listed-placed Isobel Baillie (GB) (Lomitas {GB}). She in turn has produced Isabella Sings (Eskendereya), who captured the GII Mrs. Revere S. and three other graded-stakes races, and also Alaura Michele (Arch) who won two stakes contests and was third in the GIII Dr. James Penny Memorial H. The second dam is the multiple champion Glorious Song (Halo), dam of the outstanding mid-to-late-nineties Stoute stable luminary Singspiel (Ire) who earned group and grade 1 laurels in Britain, Canada, Japan and Dubai when he second running of the World Cup. Like his GII Bel Air H.-winning half-brother Rahy, he also made his presence felt at stud. Descendants of Glorious Song include the G1 Prix Vermeille heroine Mezzo Soprano (Darshaan {GB}) and G1 NHK Mile Cup-winning sire Danon Chantilly (Jpn), while she is a half-sister to the champion and sire Devil’s Bag and leading sire Saint Ballado. Lifetime Record: 3-1-0-1, $6,122. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Teneri Farms Inc.; B-Teneri Farm Inc & Bernardo Alvarez Calderon (KY); T-John Gosden.

 

Sea the Stars’s Armande Comes Good In the Corrida

Tue, 2017-05-23 09:14

Prior to this race, Armande had just the one win on her record and that came here on debut last April, but she had long promised to deliver in a decent prize and she duly delivered with authority here. One of the leading outsiders for last year’s G1 Prix de Diane following her eye-catching effort when third after a troubled trip in the G3 Prix de Royaumont at Chantilly in June, the bay’s fortunes dived further in that Classic when badly hampered and losing her regular rider Pierre-Charles Boudot. Brought back steadily by Andre Fabre for an autumn campaign, she was second on her reintroduction in a 12-furlong conditions event at Compiegne in early October before finishing fourth in the G3 Prix de Flore over this course and distance later that month and third in the Listed Prix Belle de Nuit over another two furlongs again here in November.

Beaten a neck by That Which Is Not again over this track and trip in the Listed Prix Zarkava Apr. 2, the homebred was ahead of that rival next time but still came up short when runner-up to The Black Princess (Fr) (Iffraaj {GB}) in the G3 Prix Allez France over 10 furlongs at Chantilly Apr. 30. Always in an ideal position racing in mid-pack against the rail, she was handed a perfect split at the top of the straight and was sent clear from there. With That Which Is Not held up for her run for precious seconds and last year’s G1 Prix Vermeille heroine Left Hand (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) failing to make any impact under her seven-pound penalty, it was all Armande in the closing stages as she stayed on strongly for the breakthrough success. “She’s a lovely filly, but she got hurt last year in the Diane and it took her a while to get her confidence back,” owner-breeder Eduoard de Rothschild commented. “This year, she has improved with every start and fully deserved to win such a race. All being well, we’ll be back here over a mile and a half for the [July 2 G1] Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.”

Alpine Snow, who was the winner of the Listed Prix Urban Sea and was third in the G3 Prix Fille de l’Air, is a half-sister to the smart stayer Terrubi (Ire) (Dalakhani {Ire}) who won the G2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil and was runner-up in the G3 Prix de Barbeville. Their dam, the unraced Altruiste (Diesis {GB}), is a half-sister to the great Urban Sea (Miswaki) whose multiple accomplishments on the track and in the paddocks include producing Sea the Stars, who of course is Armande’s sire. Her remarkable dynasty is always at the fore and in recent weeks the filly Alluringly (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) and Franz Schubert (GB) (Dansili {GB}) have shown Classic potential, not to mention the sudden rise in profile as a sire of another of her descendants, the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois and G1 Prix Jean Prat-winning Tamayuz (GB). Alpine Snow’s 2-year-old colt is by Invincible Spirit (Ire) and he is named Rapture’s Delight (GB).

Tuesday, Saint-Cloud, France
PRIX CORRIDA-G2, €130,000, SCD, 5-23, 4yo/up, f/m, 10 1/2fT, 2:16.69, gd.
1–#@ARMANDE (IRE), 123, f, 4, by Sea the Stars (Ire)
1st Dam: Alpine Snow (Ire) (SW & GSP-Fr), by Verglas (Ire)
2nd Dam: Altruiste, by Diesis (GB)
3rd Dam: Allegretta (GB), by Lombard (Ger)
O-Baron Edouard de Rothschild & Lady Chryss O’Reilly; B-Petra Bloodstock Agency Ltd & Ecurie de Meautry (IRE); T-Andre Fabre; J-Pierre-Charles Boudot. €74,100. Lifetime Record: 10-2-4-2, €152,600. Werk Nick Rating: F. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–That Which Is Not, 123, f, 4, Elusive Quality–Shiva (Jpn), by Hector Protector). O-Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd; B-Flaxman Holdings Ltd (KY); T-Francis-Henri Graffard. €28,600.
3–Haggle (GB), 123, f, 4, Pivotal (GB)–Barter (GB), by Daylami (Ire). (125,000gns 3yo ’16 TATMAR). O-Mme Rebecca Hillen; B-Fittocks Stud (GB); T-Henri-Francois Devin. €13,650.
Margins: 3, 3/4, 2. Odds: 2.50, 6.10, 9.50.
Also Ran: Rosental (GB), Saimaa (Ire), Left Hand (GB), Redcold (Fr), Glade (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Cleopatre Success For Galileo’s Daughter Of Goldikova

Tue, 2017-05-23 08:57

Earning TDN Rising Star status with a convincing 3 1/2-length winning debut over nine furlongs on Chantilly’s Polytrack in November, Terrakova returned to justify that tag and hint at the bigger things that could come naturally as a daughter of the famed Goldikova. Settled in a stalking third early by Maxime Guyon as Treve’s sister Terre (Fr) (Motivator {GB}) took up the mantle of pace-setting duties, the bay was delivered between that tiring rival and Penny Lane to lead passing the furlong pole before asserting for a straightforward and comfortable verdict over Panthelia.

Terrakova has a weight of responsibility on her shoulders as the second foal out of the world-renowned Goldikova, but she is already not far off the equivalent level of her dam who by this point in her career had finished second in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches. The Wertheimers’s ground-breaking mare was third in the G1 Prix de Diane on her next start and that is where her daughter heads now according to Freddy Head, who also finished second in that Classic in 2011 with Goldikova’s half-sister by Galileo, Galikova (Fr), who won this race en route. “The winter has been long and cold and it took a long time for her to come around,” he explained. “At one stage, I thought she might come back earlier for a mile race but at that stage she had not yet reached her best condition so I decided to wait for this race. Being by Galileo, I thought she would stay and she stayed very well today. She got bumped early in the race and Maxime had to rush her a little to get a position. Sometimes those incidents cause them to race a little bit too keenly, but she relaxed perfectly well. When he asked her for an effort in the straight, she produced a nice turn of foot and ran on nicely to the line. I feel there is more improvement to come and of course she will now go for the Prix de Diane [at Chantilly June 18].”

Goldikova’s considerable achievements are staggering, with three renewals of the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile her particular masterpiece in an enviable body of work over four seasons racing at the highest level. As mentioned, her half-sister Galikova went on to capture a race of that status in the G1 Prix Vermeille six years ago, while Goldikova’s full-brother Anodin (Ire) took the G3 Prix Paul de Moussac and was placed on five occasions at the top including when a length second to his compatriot Karakontie (Jpn) (Bernstein) in the 2014 edition of the Breeders’ Cup Mile. He now stands at Haras du Quesnay. Along with Galikova, the second dam Born Gold also provided a Prix Cleopatre winner in 2000 via the Criquette Head-trained Gold Round (Ire) (Caerleon). Her 3-year-old in this stable, Gold Luck (Fr) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}), won the G3 Prix Vanteaux last month while another of her half-siblings Born Something (Ire) (Caerleon) is the dam of the exciting Jessie Harrington-trained 3-year-old colt Red Label (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}). Goldikova’s 2015 foal by Galileo unfortunately died, but she has been followed by a yearling filly by Intello (Ger) named Goldika (Ire) and a filly foal who is a full-sister to this winner.

Tuesday, Saint-Cloud, France
PRIX CLEOPATRE-G3, €80,000, SCD, 5-23, 3yo, f, 10 1/2fT, 2:16.32, gd.
1–#@TERRAKOVA (IRE), 123, f, 3, by Galileo (Ire)
1st Dam: Goldikova (Ire) (Ch. Older Horse-Eur, Ch. Older Mare-Eur, 2x Ch. Grass Mare-US, MG1SW-Eng & Fr, MGISW-US, $7,176,551), by Anabaa
2nd Dam: Born Gold, by Blushing Groom (Fr)
3rd Dam: Riviere d’Or, by Lyphard
O/B-Wertheimer & Frere (IRE); T-Freddy Head; J-Maxime Guyon. €40,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, €53,500. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Panthelia (Fr), 123, f, 3, Gentlewave (Ire)–Panthesilea (Fr), by Kendor (Fr). O-Guy Pariente; B-Guy Pariente Holding (FR); T-Philippe Sogorb. €16,000.
3–Penny Lane (Ger), 123, f, 3, Lord of England (Ger)–Peace Time (Ger), by Surumu (Ger). (€40,000 Ylg ’15 BBAGS). O-Ecurie de Montlahuc; B-Gestut Etzean (GER); T-Francis-Henri Graffard. €12,000.
Margins: 3/4, 1, HF. Odds: 1.70, 23.00, 7.20.
Also Ran: Rythmique (Ire), Mademoiselle Marie (Fr), Pink Paint (Fr), Terre (Fr), Limited Edition (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Dansili’s Trais Fluors Stays Perfect in the Pontarme

Tue, 2017-05-23 07:31

Trais Fluors lined up for this black-type bow coming off wins going 7 1/2 furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte Oct. 7 and over a mile at Compiegne on seasonal return last time Apr. 24, and maintained his perfect record with a smooth score. Employing a watching brief positioned last of the four runners until nudged along soon after turning for home, he quickened smartly to challenge entering the final eighth and kept on powerfully under minimal coaxing in the closing stages to claim a career high with ease from the pacesetting D’bai and TDN Rising Star Ratiocination.

Trais Fluors is the sole representative of G3 Prix Vanteaux victress Trois Lunes (Fr) (Manduro {Ger}), who is the only black-type performer produced by stakes-winning G3 Grosse Hessen Meile-Pokal runner-up Trip to the Moon (GB) (Fasliyev), herself a granddaughter of MGSP Listed Prix de la Seine winner Brillante (Fr) (Green Dancer), who in turn is a half-sister to the sires Run and Deliver, Bellypha (Ire) and Bellman (Fr).

PRIX DE PONTARME-Listed, €55,000, SCD, 5-23, 3yo, 8fT, 1:44.80, gd.
1–#TRAIS FLUORS (GB), 126, c, 3, by Dansili (GB)
1st Dam: Trois Lunes (Fr) (GSW-Fr), by Manduro (Ger)
2nd Dam: Trip to the Moon (GB), by Fasliyev
3rd Dam: Sparkling Isle (GB), by Inchinor (GB)
O/B-Haras de Saint Pair (GB); T-Andre Fabre; J-Vincent Cheminaud. €27,500. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, €54,000.
2–D’bai (Ire), 130, c, 3, Dubawi (Ire)–Savannah Belle (GB), by Green Desert. O-Godolphin. €11,000.
3–Ratiocination (Ire), 126, c, 3, Excelebration (Ire)–Denebola, by Storm Cat. O-Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd. €8,750.
Margins: 1HF, 3/4, 2HF. Odds: 4.50, 4.50, 0.80.
Also Ran: Veranda (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Trappe Shot Debutante Graduates at Parx

Mon, 2017-05-22 15:54

7th-PRX, $50,180, Msw, 5-22, 3yo, f, 5 1/2f, 1:05.91, my.
+NERAI (f, 3, Trappe Shot–Krista, by Jump Start) ran to a swift worktab, scoring a frontrunning success in the Parx slop. Showing a steady string of quick breezes, capped off by a local half-mile gate breeze in :48 flat May 16, the dark bay was given a 13-2 chance and emerged from between rivals to show the way through a :22.45 quarter. Challenged to her inside by eventual runner-up Gina’s Honey (Discreet Cat) heading into the turn, Nerai made it a little tight on that one around the five-sixteenths marker before kicking away strongly by the eighth pole to a 4 3/4-length success. An objection was lodged by the rider of Gina’s Honey for the incident on the turn, but no change was made. The victress is the first foal out of a dam whose subsequent produce is a juvenile colt by United States named Macherano Mania and a yearling Flashstorm colt. She was bred to Gone Astray last term. Second dam Heart of Joy (Lypheor {GB}) was a MGSW in the U.S. and was second in the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas in 1990. Sales History: $18,000 Ylg ’15 OBSAUG; $55,000 2yo ’16 OBSMAR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $27,600. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Pewter Stable; B-Inversiones FI, LLC (FL); T-Kathleen A. Demasi.

Devil His Due Dies at 28

Mon, 2017-05-22 15:44

Five-time Grade I winner and sire Devil His Due (Devil’s Bag–Plenty O’Toole, by Raise a Cup) was euthanized Monday morning due to infirmities of old age, Margaux Farm general manager Michael Hardy announced. The stallion, pensioned at the farm since the conclusion of the 2013 breeding season, was 28 years old.

Bred in Kentucky by Peter Blum, Devil His Due campaigned for Lion Crest Stable and Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens on the racetrack and captured 11 of his 41 starts, earning $3.9 million. His five wins at the highest level came in the GI Wood Memorial S., GI Gulfstream Park H., GI Pimlico Special H. and the GI Suburban H. (twice). Among his most memorable victories was a dead heat win shared with Lure (Danzig) in the 1992 GII Gotham S. at Aqueduct. The dark bay entered stud in 1996 and produced 1048 foals in 18 crops, accounting for 673 winners. Among his 40 black-type winners is 2005 G1 Dubai World Cup hero Roses in May.

“Devil His Due was a truly great horse,” Hardy said. “He was the type of racehorse that anyone would want to own or breed. His soundness and resilience on the track was matched only by the tenacity that he instilled in his offspring. He will be missed by all here at the farm.”

Preakness Week Events Raise Money for TAA

Mon, 2017-05-22 14:30

A series of events and booths during Preakness week in Maryland helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

The festivities were headlined by the fourth annual Pre-Preakness Party presented by America’s Best Racing held Wednesday at the Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore. The event was sold out and featured a silent auction to benefit the TAA and their 64 accredited organizations across North America. Overall, $3,000 was raised from the auction and ticket sales.

Friday at Pimlico, the TAA booth gave out free gifts in return for donations, and the Maker’s Mark Dipping Station distributed two Maker’s Mark glasses hand-dipped in the bourbon’s iconic red wax for each $5 donation. The two setups raised over $3,200 and the day was capped off by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Race presented by All Pro Championships in the 12th race on the card.

Saturday featured the Latin American Racing Channel Race Sponsorship to benefit the TAA, and LARC made a $30,000 donation to the organization for the second consecutive year.

Smart Strike Filly Fetches $525k

Mon, 2017-05-22 13:09

A filly by Smart Strike became the top seller early in Monday’s session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale when bringing a final bid of $525,000 from agent Chris Brothers of Xavier Bloodstock. The chestnut filly, who worked a co-bullet furlong in :10 flat Thursday, is out of Salty Response (Cozzene), a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Salty Strike (Smart Strike). She was consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, which purchased her for $275,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale.

Sea The Stars Filly Graduates in Chantilly Unveiling

Mon, 2017-05-22 10:36

5th-CHY, €30,000, Mdn, 5-22, unraced 3yo, f, 11fT, 2:21.32, g/s.

+BAIYOUNA (FR) (f, 3, Sea the Stars {Ire}–Balankiya {Ire}, by Darshaan {GB}) raced off the pace in rear through halfway in this unveiling. Making relentless headway on the outside once into the straight, the 33-10 second choice ponced for control entering the final furlong and was pushed out to comfortably account for Belfast (Fr) (Manduro {Ger}) by 1 3/4 lengths. The homebred bay is a half-sister to GI Secretariat S. victor Bayrir (Fr) (Medicean {GB}) and the 2-year-old colt Balannjar (Fr) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}). Her dam is a winning daughter of the stakes-winning G2 Prix de l’Opera third Balanka (Ire) (Alzao), who also produced G2 King Edward VII S.-winning sire Balakheri (Ire) (Theatrical {Ire}) and G3 Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial victress Baliyana (Ire) (Dalakhani {Ire}) and is from a family which includes G1 Prix du Jockey Club-winning sire Bering (GB) (Arctic Tern). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, €14,100. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-H H The Aga Khan; B-H H The Aga Khan’s Studs SC (FR); T-Alain de Royer-Dupre.

The TAA: Accredit to the Industry

Sun, 2017-05-21 16:57

On a warm spring morning in April, Closing Ahead, a 4-year-old colt by Closing Argument, strides out of his stall. Big by any standard, Closing Ahead is new to this small farm on the outskirts of Louisville. It is, in fact, his first day under tack since arriving, and the colt, feeling good but sensible, is steered cautiously up a small hill behind the barn, down a grass path, and to a show ring with a number of jumps. Eddie Orantes, an exercise rider at Churchill Downs who drives over a few times a week to ride, is aboard. Orantes is patient and calm, a reassuring presence to the recent arrival. After all, test drives can be nerve-wracking, and this test drive will help determine Closing Ahead’s future course.

Welcome to Second Stride, a 501 (c) (3) not for profit that rehabs, retrains and helps place retired Thoroughbred racehorses. It’s one of dozens of organizations that have sprung up in past 15 years that have helped the racing industry with the crucial issue of finding second careers for horses when their racing days are done.

It’s been a busy morning at Second Stride, and it’s not just due to a curious menagerie that, on this day, includes a garrison of chickens patrolling a muck wagon for morsels.

Today, Second Stride is being inspected by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, or TAA. Conceived just five years ago, the TAA was the brainchild of industry leaders and set into motion by Starlight Racing’s Jack Wolf. The goal was to create a broad-based industry initiative, an organization that would pull together different power centers. If the TAA is ever in danger of being lost among the industry’s alphabet agencies, it’s showing on this visit what sets it apart. The TAA, through its Code of Standards (click here), is North America’s lone accrediting organization of Thoroughbred retirement and retraining facilities.

That fact might be lost on some who view the TAA only as a fund-raising organization for aftercare-which it is…in part. But it’s this accrediting arm that is at the heart and soul of the TAA, and is important in a day and age when people, rightly, are hyper-aware of where their donated dollars are going.

“The TAA ensures the industry that the money they invest in aftercare is being invested well,” says the TAA’s Operations Consultant Stacie Clark. “Having inspections, and surprise inspections, validates that an organization does what it says it’s going to do; that horses are being looked after, and industry money that supports these organizations is at its best use.”

For an organization to be eligible for TAA grants, it must first be accredited. Many of these organizations, like the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and New Vocations, already have effective fundraising arms, but can also make good use of TAA funds. Each individual farm involved with these organizations, then, needs to get the TAA stamp of approval.

That’s no mean feat. Back at the TAA’s Lexington-based office, located in The Jockey Club building, Janice Towles acts as Accreditation and Grants Manager. Towles oversees a no-stone-unturned application process that might best be described as grueling. To be considered, a farm must meet five requirements. Among them, the farm must be a 501(c)(3), must have been in operation for at least three years, and must have a written euthanasia policy “consistent with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).”

From there, the application requires extensive information in five areas: operations; education; health care management; facility standards and services; and adoption policies and protocols. In total, it’s a good binder’s worth of forms. If Towles and her team give an applicant a thumbs-up, the application moves to the Accreditation Committee. An up vote there means that then, and only then, is a verifying inspection scheduled.

TAA accreditation requires inspection at least every two years, and surprise inspections are conducted to ensure the integrity of the program. In its first full year, in 2013, the TAA accredited 23 organizations. Last year, that number had grown to 64 organizations.

“Every organization is different,” says Clark. “Maybe 80% are retraining and rehoming facilities, and the rest may be considered sanctuaries. In either case, we want to make sure these organizations are setting the gold standard for aftercare.”

On hand at Second Stride are several of the TAA’s key players. Inspection Coordinator Suzie Picou-Oldham is here, as is Accreditation Committee Chair Kristin Werner Leshney. Leshney, who also serves as a legal associate at The Jockey Club, is conducting this inspection, and stands with a pen and notepad and chats with Second Stride founder Kim Smith.

Smith says that upwards of 60% of the horses at Second Stride need some form of rehabilitation from injury, but the farm has had to humanely euthanize just “three or four in our history.”

Leshney and Smith get into the nitty gritty of the inspection. What are the feed and vaccination protocols? How does the farm and its vet handle particular injuries?

A walking tour commences, and Leshney notes the number of horses in each paddock, the fencing, the grass cover. Smith explains that she works closely with dozens of trainers, including Dale Romans, Buff Bradley, Al Stall, Jr. and Tom Amoss. This is no rubber-stamp process, but it seems clear to an outsider that Second Stride has its proverbial ducks in a row.

Second Stride stands in good company should it retain its accreditation. Other operations that are accredited by the TAA include CANTER, The Exceller Fund, The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, New Vocations, Old Friends, Our Mims Retirement Haven, ReRun, and the TRF.

So, how much does it mean to organizations that receive accreditation? Plenty, it turns out. First, they can point to this accreditation as evidence of excellent stewardship. That’s no small thing when it comes to raising money for aftercare.

Second, they become eligible for annual TAA grants, which grew from $1 million in 2013 to over $2.4 million in 2016. (Initially funded by seed money from the Breeders’ Cup, The Jockey Club, and Keeneland, the TAA has now expanded its donation base to include all four of the major U.S. sale companies and one in Canada, as well as horsemen’s groups, racetracks, trainers and stallion farms.)

Third, the accreditation program itself becomes a clearinghouse for best practices. What one organization does exceptionally well might make its way into the TAA’s best practices, or simply might be passed along by word of mouth.

For Second Stride’s Kim Smith, that’s a huge opportunity to get better.

“TAA really does do amazing work in mentoring and helping programs like ours,” says Smith. “They give us access to a professional level of help for developing a solid infrastructure. Not only are we given helpful care protocols for our horses, but all the contracts, financials, procedures and office work best-practices protocols are touched on as well. Though we are very proud of our program and facilities, we still get lumps in our throat hoping we make the muster and make the TAA proud!”

Michael Blowen, founder of Old Friends, agrees. “I think the TAA is the best thing to happen to aftercare,” he says. “There are two reasons. The most important reason is that the accreditation process is diligent-and I’m being kind. It’s tougher than an audit by the IRS [laughs]. But that makes you think through all the things you’re doing, and that they’re up to snuff, whether it’s budgeting or raising income for the farm. The second thing is that they raise money that goes right to the horses. It goes to feed, goes to the farrier, goes to the vet clinic. One of the provisos when you get a grant from them is that you can’t use the money to do something like improve your farm. It has to go directly to the horses. I just can’t say enough about them.”

Back at Second Stride, Eddie Orantes and Closing Ahead are slowly touring the show ring. They walk around and in between the jumps. Closing Ahead looks curiously at each obstacle, and Orantes gauges his response. After a few minutes, they turn and head back to the barn. This test drive has been a good one, and with a little luck, Closing Ahead will have a second career in no time.

Classic Success For Poet’s Voice Colt At Cologne

Sun, 2017-05-21 12:35

Off the mark on debut at Dusseldorf Mar. 26, Poetic Dream went on to be third behind the useful Mankib (GB) (Tamayuz {GB}) in a well-contested conditions event at Maisons-Laffitte Apr. 18 and made another step forward to overcome adversity and take this Classic. Settled in mid-division early, the bay was denied a run in the straight as the British raider Lockheed threatened to get away along with Empire of the Star. When the gap finally came on the fence, he was able to make up significant ground and reel in Lockheed in the final yards in what amounted to an impressive finishing burst.

Zain Al Boldan, who captured the Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial by six lengths and finished third in the 13-furlong G3 Bahrain Trophy, is a half-sister to the G3 Prix Edmond Blanc-winning miler and sire Svedov (Fr) (Exit To Nowhere). Their respective dam Carla was a dual listed scorer and is a half to another Edmond Blanc scorer in Golani (Ire) (Nikos {GB}), as well as to the dam of the G2 Prix de Malleret scorer Never Forget (Fr) (Westerner {GB}). Zain Al Boldan also has an as-yet unnamed 2-year-old filly by Dawn Approach (Ire) and a yearling colt by Sea the Moon (Ger).

Sunday, Cologne, Germany
32ND MEHL-MULHENS-RENNEN – GERMAN 2000 GUINEAS-G2, €153,000, COL, 5-21, 3yo, c/f, 8fT, 1:34.83, gd.
1–#@POETIC DREAM (IRE), 128, c, 3, by Poet’s Voice (GB)
1st Dam: Zain Al Boldan (GB) (SW & GSP-Eng), by Poliglote (GB)
2nd Dam: Carla (Fr), by Cadoudal (Fr)
3rd Dam: El Quahirah (Fr), by Cadoudal (Fr)
O-Jaber Abdullah; B-Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd (IRE); T-Andreas Wohler; J-Eduardo Pedroza. €100,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-1, €107,900. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Lockheed (GB), 128, c, 3, Exceed and Excel (Aus)–Clinical (GB), by Motivator (GB). (450,000gns Ylg ’15 TATOCT). O-China Horse Club International Ltd; B-Cheveley Park Stud Ltd (GB); T-William Haggas. €30,000.
3–Empire of the Star (Fr), 128, c, 3, Siyouni (Fr)–Etoile Nocturne (Fr), by Medicean (GB). O-Rennstall Gestut Hachtsee; B-Gestut Hachtsee (FR); T-Andreas Wohler. €13,000.
Margins: NK, SHD, 2. Odds: 6.10, 1.80, 4.70.
Also Ran: Dragon Lips (Ger), Savile Row (Fr), Fulminato (Ger), Shinzaro (Ger), Dia Del Sol (GB), Rostam. Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.

Easy For Scat Daddy’s Caravaggio In the Lacken

Sun, 2017-05-21 11:28

Off since winning the G1 Phoenix S. at The Curragh in August, Caravaggio returned with a vengeance to issue a shot across the bows of his potential opponents in the June 23 G1 Commonwealth Cup. Proven on ground with some cut in, having overcome those conditions to win the Listed Marble Hill S. at The Curragh last May and G2 Coventry S. at Royal Ascot in June, the grey sat fifth early with Ryan Moore wearing an air of understandable confidence. Once shaken up, he was able to gain the lead without a major effort with a furlong remaining and draw away to beat Psychedelic Funk by the same margin that he had at last year’s Royal meeting. “He was always an unbelievably quick horse and although he never showed anything at home that said he wouldn’t stay a mile, we were afraid that if we trained him for it he might lose some of his brilliance,” Aidan O’Brien said. “I’m delighted that’s the route the lads decided to go, as we have never had a quicker one. His raw power is incredible, really. He was just ready to start today and we were a little bit worried, as he was a good bit above what he was last year [in weight]. He could go as short in trip as is possible, but we’ll go to the Commonwealth now.”

Caravaggio is a half-brother to the GII Gallant Bloom H. winner My Jen who descends from the stakes-winning and GII Black Helen H. runner-up Silver in Flight, who in turn is the second dam of the GIII Lexington S. and GIII Lawrence Realization H. winner and GI Secretariat S. third Sharp Performance (Kris S.). Silver In Flight’s stakes-winning half-sister Stark Winter (Graustark) is the dam of the four-times grade I-winning sire Bien Bien and the GIII Long Branch S. and GIII Royal Palm H.-winning sire Dr. Schwartzman. This is also the family of the GI Donn H. winner Spring At Last and the GI Las Virgenes S. heroine Sharp Lisa (Dixieland Band), who was responsible for this stable’s group performers by Galileo (Ire), Foundry (Ire) and Housesofparliament (Ire), the latter of which was third in last year’s G1 St Leger. Mekko Hokte also has a yearling full-sister to Caravaggio and a 2017 colt by American Pharoah.

Sunday, Naas, Ireland
EMS COPIERS LACKEN S.-G3, €65,000, NAA, 5-21, 3yo, 6fT, 1:12.33,.
1–CARAVAGGIO, 132, c, 3, by Scat Daddy
1st Dam: Mekko Hokte (SW-US), by Holy Bull
2nd Dam: Aerosilver, by Relaunch
3rd Dam: Silver in Flight, by Silver Series
O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Windmill Manor Farms Inc & Petaluma Bloodstock (KY); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Ryan Moore. €38,350. Lifetime Record: G1SW-Ire & GSW-Eng, 5-5-0-0, $371,835. *1/2 to My Jen (Fusaichi Pegasus), GSW-US, $203,000.Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Psychedelic Funk (GB), 129, c, 3, Choisir (Aus)–Parabola (GB), by Galileo (Ire). (13,000gns Wlg ’14 TATFOA; £30,000 Ylg ’15 DNPRM). O-Sean Jones; B-Mrs J Imray (GB); T-Ger Lyons. €13,000.
3–Mr Scarlet (GB), 129, g, 3, Dandy Man (Ire)–Scarlet Buttons (Ire), by Marju (Ire). (€8,000 Ylg ’15 GOFFEB; €72,000 Ylg ’15 TISEP). O-John Lavery; B-Heather Raw (GB); T-Sheila Lavery. €6,500.
Margins: 4 3/4, 1 3/4, HD. Odds: 0.50, 10.00, 25.00.
Also Ran: Gorane (Ire), Khukri (Ire), Pedestal (Ire), Mister Trader (GB). Scratched: Tinder (Ire), Virtudes (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Decisive Listed Win For Mastercraftsman’s Alpha Centauri

Sun, 2017-05-21 11:06

Earning TDN Rising Star status with a defeat of Actress on debut over this course and distance at the start of the month, Alpha Centauri again put that rival to the sword to earn a trip to Royal Ascot. In second initially, the imposing grey was in front before halfway and responded to the threat from her Ballydoyle nemesis passing the quarter pole to lengthen clear and register a commanding success. “She’s so relaxed and takes everything in her stride,” trainer Jessie Harrington said. “She hardly breaks sweat. If she goes to Ascot it would be for the [G3] Albany [S. June 23]. She’s such an easy filly to train and she has some stride on her.”

The first foal out of the extremely well-connected Alpha Lupi was another smart juvenile in Tenth Star (Ire) (Dansili {GB}), who captured the Listed Golden Fleece S. and was runner-up in the G2 Royal Lodge S. for Ballydoyle. The dam did not make it to the track, but as a daughter of the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, G1 Prix de Diane and G1 Prix Jacques le Marois heroine East of the Moon had substantial value to the Niarchos family. Among her siblings are four black-type performers headed by the G3 Prix d’Arenberg scorer Moon Driver (Mr. Prospector), with the dual listed-placed Canda (Storm Cat) going on to produce the G3 Horris Hill S.-winning sire Evasive (GB). East of the Moon’s dam is the indefatigable Miesque, heroine of an astounding ten races at the highest level in Europe and the States including the 1000 Guineas, Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and two editions of the Breeders’ Cup Mile and Prix Jacques le Marois. Her full-brother to East of the Moon is no less than Kingmambo, himself a leading sire and the winner of the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains, G1 St James’s Palace S. and G1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, while her descendants feature another Poule d’Essai des Poulains hero in Karakontie (Jpn) (Bernstein), who emulated his third dam by also capturing the Breeders’ Cup Mile, the G1 Moyglare Stud S. and G1 Prix Marcel Boussac-winning European champion Rumplestiltskin (Ire) (Danehill) and her G1 Yorkshire Oaks-winning daughter Tapestry (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Alpha Lupi also has a yearling filly by So You Think (NZ).

COOLMORE STUD IRISH EBF FILLIES SPRINT S.-Listed, €65,000, NAA, 5-21, 2yo, f, 6fT, 1:13.53, g/y.
1–#ALPHA CENTAURI (IRE), 126, f, 2, by Mastercraftsman (Ire)
1st Dam: Alpha Lupi (Ire), by Rahy
2nd Dam: East of the Moon, by Private Account
3rd Dam: Miesque, by Nureyev
O/B-Niarchos Family (IRE); T-Jessica Harrington; J-Colm O’Donoghue. €38,350. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $54,721.
2–Actress (Ire), 126, f, 2, Declaration of War–Nasty Storm, by Gulch. ($250,000 Ylg ’16 FTSAUG). O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier. €13,000.3–Shapes (Ire), 126, f, 2, So You Think (NZ)–Maskaya (Ire), by Machiavellian. (€68,000 RNA Ylg ’16 GOFORB). O-Cathal D Brosnan. €6,500.
Margins: 5, 1, 5. Odds: 0.70, 2.25, 8.00.
Also Ran: Moonlight Bay (GB), Camacho Dancer (Ire). Scratched: Gasta (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Holy Roman Emperor’s True Blue Moon Prevails in the Rochestown

Sun, 2017-05-21 10:57

    True Blue Moon bested Dali (Scat Daddy) by a half length in his Apr. 12 debut going five panels at Dundalk, but was usurped for favouritism by that re-opposing rival and was let go at a generous 8-1 for this black-type debut. Steadied to race in a handy fourth after an alert getaway, the grey was shaken up when shuffled back one spot at the quarter-mile marker and quickened smartly under continued urging inside the final furlong to assert for a career high “He won nicely first time out and we intended going for a winners’ race afterwards, but he had a little setback and we ended up coming straight here,” explained trainer Joseph O’Brien. “They went a good gallop, he’s won nicely and I’m delighted with him. We’ll have to go down the Royal Ascot road, but I don’t yet know which race we’ll go for. He could stick to five furlongs, but we’ll decide closer to the time.”

   True Blue Moon is the seventh winner, and first stakes scorer, from eight runners for Fancy Intense (GB) (Peintre Celebre), whose dam Joyeuse Entree (GB) (Kendor {Fr}) landed the G3 Prix d’Aumale as a juvenile. Joyeuse Entree is also the dam of the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains-winning sire and G1 Prix Morny and G1 Grand Criterium runner-up Tin Horse (Ire) (Sakhee), and Listed Criterium de l’Ouest victrix Becomes You (GB) (Lomitas {GB}), who also ran third in the G3 Prix de Conde. Joyeuse Entree is a granddaughter of Eglantine (Fr) (Lightning {Fr}), whose other descendants are headed by G3 Prix de Flore heroine Miss Salvador (Fr) (Smadoun {Fr}). Fancy Intense has also produced an as yet unnamed yearling filly by Canford Cliffs (Ire).

 

COOLMORE WAR COMMAND ROCHESTOWN S.-Listed, €65,000, NAA, 5-21, 2yo, 5fT, 1:02.00, g/y.

1–#TRUE BLUE MOON (IRE), 129, c, 2, by Holy Roman Emperor (Ire)

1st Dam: Fancy Intense (GB), by Peintre Celebre

2nd Dam: Joyeuse Entree (GB), by Kendor (Fr)

3rd Dam: Cape of Good Hope, by Crystal Glitters

(€19,000 RNA Ylg ’16 TIRSEP). O/B-Brian Dolan (IRE); T-Joseph O’Brien; J-Donnacha O’Brien. €38,350. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $52,779.

2–Verhoyen (GB), 129, c, 2, Piccolo (GB)–Memory Lane (GB), by With Approval. (€9,000 Ylg ’16 TIRSEP). O-Paul Cullen, Joseph E Keeling, E J Dwyer & Patrick Pearse. €13,000.

3–Simmy’s Copshop (GB), 129, c, 2, Bahamian Bounty (GB)–Conversational (Ire), by Thousand Words (GB). (15,500gns Wlg ’15 TATFOA; €45,000 Ylg ’16 GOFORB). O-Middleham Park Racing CXX & Partner. €6,500.

Margins: HF, 3/4, HF. Odds: 8.00, 20.00, 3.00.

Also Ran: T For Tango (Ire), Mamba Noire (Fr), Sirici (Ire), Dali. Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

 

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