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Dialed In Colt on Top at KEENOV

Mon, 2018-11-12 19:05

A weanling colt by Dialed In topped all returns during Monday’s eighth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The first of two Book 5 sessions saw 234 offerings change hands for gross receipts of $5,197,600. The average was $22,212 and median was $14,500. The RNA rate was 21.48%.

Hip 2767, the aforementioned session topper, sold to Brookstone Farm for $145,000. He was consigned by Brendan and Olive Gallagher’s Frankfort Park Farm, which had purchased him in utero for $35,000 at this sale 12 months ago. The Mar. 2 foal hails from the extended female family of Grade I/Group 1 winners Elusive City, Coup de Fusil and Lukes Alley, but got a more immediate pedigree boost when 2-year-old half-sister Belle Laura (Mucho Macho Man) finished third in Keeneland’s GII J.P. Morgan Chase Jessamine S. last month before competing in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Click for Thorostride Video Inspection.

The second-priciest purchase of the day was racing or stallion prospect War Chest (War Front), who was picked up by Meah/Lloyd Bloodstock on behalf of BG Stables and D Meah Racing from the Lane’s End consignment as hip 3135. Out of MGSW Wine Princess (Ghostzapper), herself a daughter of Horse of the Year Azeri (Jade Hunter), the $500,000 KEESEP yearling was a Belmont Park maiden special weight winner on debut last September and has since hit the board in a pair of optional claimers on the NYRA circuit. Agent David Meah purchased recent GI Shadwell Turf Mile S. hero Next Shares (Archarcharch) at this same auction 12 months earlier.

“We got him under budget, and we are happy,” Meah said of War Chest. “He is the one horse of the day we wanted. If he wins [allowance races in Southern California], he will make his money back in two races. If we get super lucky and get some black-type, we have a chance to do things in the future [with him at stud]. BG Stables stands stallions in California.”

Meah’s wife Anna will train the current 3-year-old.

The session’s top mare was Holidays Saratoga (Harlan’s Holiday) (hip 2873), who sold as property of Fairlawn for $85,000 to ERJ Racing LLC. The winning daughter of MSW Saratoga Humor (Distorted Humor) and half to MGSW Heart Stealer (Speightstown) was carrying her first foal by Will Take Charge.

Keeneland November continues Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Visit for more information.

Chasing Yesterday Shines on Veterans Day at Del Mar

Mon, 2018-11-12 16:19

Chasing Yesterday was bet down to 1-2 favoritism in the Monday feature at Del Mar and delivered the goods in a scratch-reduced three-horse field. A ‘TDN Rising Star’ half-sister to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, the chestnut was pinched back a bit at the start and settled in last as It’sjustanillusion (Uncle Mo) and Boujie Girl (Flashback) sparred past the quarter-mile mark. Moving three wide at will, the regally bred filly ranged up to challenge for the lead in midstretch and gradually edged clear to score by 1 1/2 lengths over It’sjustanillusion. Chasing Yesterday captured her 5 1/2-furlong debut at the seaside oval July 28 and subsequently was unable to replicate that performance when seventh after a slow start as the 17-10 favorite in the GI Spinaway S. at Saratoga Sept. 1. She rebounded from that effort with a hard-fought score in the Anoakia S. traveling six furlongs at Santa Anita Oct. 14.

2015 U.S. Broodmare of the Year Littleprincessemma was purchased for $2.1 million by Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton November Sale and subsequently bred to Tapit, producing Chasing Yesterday in 2016. In addition to American Pharoah, Chasing Yesterday is a half to GI Del Mar Debutante S. runner-up American Cleopatra (Pioneerof the Nile), as well as St. Patrick’s Day (Pioneerof the Nile), who ran second in the G3 Rennaissance S. in Ireland. The accomplished mare produced a 2017 colt by Pioneerof the Nile named Theprinceofthebes and a 2018 colt by Tapit named Triple Tap before being bred back to Tapit this spring.

“I can’t explain what she means to me,’ Lyon said of Chasing Yesterday in the aftermath of the Desi Arnaz. “We’re so proud of her today. I was almost afraid to watch.” Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

DESI ARNAZ S., $92,000, Del Mar, 11-12, 2yo, f, 7f, 1:23.81, ft.
1–CHASING YESTERDAY, 122, f, 2, by Tapit
1st Dam: Littleprincessemma (U.S. Broodmare of the Year), by Yankee Gentleman
2nd Dam: Exclusive Rosette, by Ecliptical
3rd Dam: Zetta Jet, by Tri Jet
O/B-Summer Wind Equine (KY); T-Bob Baffert; J-Drayden Van
Dyke. $60,000. Lifetime Record: MSW, 4-3-0-0, $144,250.
2–It’sjustanillusion, 120, f, 2, Uncle Mo–Silent Fusaichi, by
Fusaichi Pegasus. O/B-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY);
T-Jerry Hollendorfer. $20,000.
3–Boujie Girl, 118, f, 2, Flashback–Super Girlie, by Closing
Argument. ($65,000 2yo ’18 OBSAPR). O-Rockingham Ranch &
David A Bernsen LLC; B-Pedro & P. J. Gonzalez (FL); T-Peter
Miller. $12,000.
Margins: 1HF, 1 1/4, NO. Odds: 0.50, 1.60, 4.70.
Also Ran: Der Lu. Scratched: Andyoushallreceive.

Pedigree Insights: Jaywalk

Mon, 2018-11-12 14:51

From a stallion viewpoint, the results at the recent Breeders’ Cup were remarkably even-handed, with the 14 Breeders’ Cup contests falling to the progeny of 14 different stallions. Several of these stallions have built enviably good records at the Breeders’ Cup contests, none better than the evergreen More Than Ready. His son Roy H’s repeat victory in the GI Sprint was the stallion’s sixth success, the other four all having come on turf.

More Than Ready is one win ahead of Galileo (Ire), who had been responsible for four winners of the GI Turf–Red Rocks (Ire), Magician (Ire), Found (Ire) and Highland Reel (Ire)–before Line of Duty (Ire) broke new ground in landing this year’s GI Juvenile Turf.

City Zip may no longer be around, but he made sure he isn’t going to be forgotten in a hurry, with his son Bulletin following Dayatthespa, Work All Week, Catch A Glimpse and Finest City as his fifth Breeders’ Cup winner. We also saw Quality Road justify the increase in his fee from $70,000 to $150,000 when City of Light followed Hootenanny and Caledonia Road as his third Breeders’ Cup winner from only five crops of racing age. Then there’s Game Winner’s sire Candy Ride (Arg), who had previously taken the 2017 GI Classic with Gun Runner. Also on the two-winner mark is the 24-year-old Stormy Atlantic, thanks to Stormy Liberal’s repeat success in the Turf Sprint.

The remaining eight stallions–Acclamation (GB), Cross Traffic, First Dude, Lookin At Lucky, Lope de Vega (Ire), Myboycharlie (Ire), Nathaniel (Ire) and Tapizar–were all achieving their maiden Breeders’ Cup victory, with some of them underlining the fact that a huge budget isn’t always essential for Breeders’ Cup success.

Shamrock Rose, the Pennsylvania-bred winner of the GI Filly & Mare Sprint, was conceived in Florida, where her sire First Dude was priced at $7,500. Sistercharlie (Ire), the ex-French winner of the GI Filly & Mare Turf, is by the well-travelled Myboycharlie, who stood the 2013 season at only €6,500. Even Tapizar’s rarely defeated daughter Monomoy Girl, whose earnings fall little short of $3 million, is the product of a $15,000 service fee.

The one I am singling out, though, is Jaywalk, who inflicted a 5 1/2-length defeat on the ‘TDN Rising Star’ Restless Rider (Distorted Humor) to take the GI Juvenile Fillies. In doing so, she turned the spotlight onto her first-crop sire Cross Traffic, who began his stallion career at Spendthrift at $12,500 but was soon down to $7,500. Needless to say, the fact that he now holds a clear lead on the first-crop sires’ table has earned him a sizeable increase, up to $25,000.

Five of Cross Traffic’s 37 starters have become black-type winners. Although some of these black-type successes have been gained in Canada, Minnesota and Puerto Rico, there is nothing provincial about Jaywalk’s recent achievements, which also include a decisive win in the GI Frizette S. In winning the Juvenile Fillies, she followed in the footsteps of such stars as Songbird, Beholder, Silverbulletday, Go For Wand and Open Mind, all of whom went on to add the Eclipse Award for 3-year-old filly to their 2-year-old award.

There is nothing in Jaywalk’s pedigree to suggest that this progressive filly won’t also develop into a leading contender for the top fillies’ prizes at three, apart from the issues which kept Cross Traffic from racing at the ages of two, three and five.

I delved into the TDN archive to remind myself of the Unbridled’s Song colt’s 4-year-old campaign, which began with a pair of stylish successes at Gulfstream. These were followed by impressive Beyer figures of 116 and 110 when Cross Traffic suffered narrow defeats in the GIII Westchester S. and GI Metropolitan H. The GoldMark Farm colt was then rewarded with victory in the GI Whitney H. when upped to a mile and an eighth.

After the Whitney, GoldMark’s Todd Quast explained to the TDN that “He was just a big, strapping colt, but I just thought he was a bit immature at two. We got him to the track at three and he was close to running–he worked a bullet at Belmont in May [5f in :59.41]–but came up with a shin problem. We just gave him the time and that was it. Knowing that sire and the family, we just decided to take our time.

“It’s really kind of phenomenal the progress he’s made. It’s a testament to taking time with him, because we always thought he was a quality colt.”

The 4-year-old stumbled badly at the start when only seventh of eight in the GI Jockey Club Gold Cup. A shin injury was diagnosed and he didn’t make it back to the races as a 5-year-old.

Jaywalk could be said to have been bred for Breeders’ Cup success, as her grandsires are Unbridled’s Song, who landed the 1995 Juvenile at Belmont Park; and Orientate, who sealed the title of 2002’s champion sprinter when he landed the Sprint at Arlington Park.

Unbridled’s Song has played a sizeable part in the success of Jaywalk’s family. It was another of his sons, Dunkirk, who sired the Grade III-placed Danzatrice from her once-raced dam Lady Pewitt. Unbridled’s Song was directly responsible for Mission Impazible, a half-brother to Jaywalk’s unraced second dam Spin Room. Mission Impazible shone at the Fair Grounds, where he landed the GII Louisiana Derby at three and the GII New Orleans H. at four, in the process becoming the third graded stakes winner produced by La Paz. Lady Pewitt’s 2018 filly is by Empire Maker, another son of Unbridled, and she was bred back to him.

Cross Traffic is the seventh son of Unbridled’s Song to sire a Grade I winner, following Old Fashioned, Dunkirk, Value Plus, First Defence, Even the Score and Rockport Harbor, with each of the last three siring a pair of Grade I winners.

To my mind, this doesn’t make Unbridled’s Song a successful sire of sires–yet–as several of these stallions failed to cement their place in Kentucky. There were also several Grade I-winning sons, such as Zensational, Buddha, Midshipman and Songandaprayer, which so far haven’t enjoyed Grade I success as stallions.

Don’t despair, though, as there is still time for Unbridled’s Song to come up with a top-class stallion. According to Racing Post ratings, the top five sons of Unbridled’s Song include Arrogate (136), Will Take Charge (126), Cross Traffic (125) and Liam’s Map (124). Will Take Charge, like Cross Traffic, will have his first 3-year-olds racing in 2019, when Liam’s Map’s first 2-year-olds reach the races (they averaged more than $160,000, off a $25,000 fee). And Arrogate, who was head and shoulders above these other sons on the track, is well placed to prove that Unbridled’s Song has been saving the best till last.


Two Classic Winners Make Ingordo Hungrier for the Next

Mon, 2018-11-12 13:35

Alpha to omega, A to Z: few men can have achieved as exhaustive a grasp as David Ingordo of what turns an unbroken Thoroughbred into a champion. Or make that Z to A. For in Zenyatta (Street Cry {Ire}) and now Accelerate (Lookin At Lucky), an agent who is still only 42 can be credited with finding two Breeders’ Cup Classic winners as yearlings in nine years.

Zenyatta he famously picked out for just $60,000; Accelerate, also at the Keeneland September Sale, for $380,000. Anyone familiar with this intense and driven figure, his eyes burning into the raw animal before him, will acknowledge the professionalism that yielded these discoveries. But that does not alter the fact that both were made for people he views more or less as family–and whose joy duly compounded Ingordo’s sense of fulfilment, in business or career terms, with a highly personal satisfaction.

Zenyatta was trained by his stepfather John Shirreffs for Jerry and Ann Moss, whose stable is managed by Ingordo’s mother Dottie. And John Sadler, who trains Accelerate for Hronis Racing, he considers virtually an uncle.

Funnily enough, Sadler’s barren record at the Breeders’ Cup had become as much of an albatross as had once been the case with the late Bobby Frankel, a cherished mentor to the young Ingordo. (His mother had served Frankel as bookkeeper and business manager.) And when Catalina Cruiser (Union Rags) disappointed as hot favorite for the Dirt Mile, and Catapult (Kitten’s Joy) was collared late in the turf equivalent, the team could have been forgiven for wondering if some malign destiny was against them at Churchill 10 days ago.

But that’s the thing about Accelerate: he just soaks up whatever you throw at him. The span of his career can be judged from the fact that he shared the podium with none other than Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) when both contrived to be beaten first time out in a Los Alamitos maiden.

“In a lot of ways he’s a throwback,” Ingordo reflects. “Even down to the weight he’s carried, something people don’t tend to think about anymore; and even down to how he looks. He’s not a real speedball type, he looks like a Classic racehorse and that’s the way he runs as well. But he does it on the bridle, he’s not coming out from way back. Everybody was amazed when he went to Lane’s End the next day, he was in such good nick. For a horse that had just run his eyeballs out to have such good coat, such good flesh, is a testament to his constitution. That’s why he has done what he has, and why we hope he’ll be a good stallion.”

(Below, Accelerate arrives at Lane’s End after the Breeders’ Cup)

The horse’s destination, moreover, means that Ingordo’s involvement really has been alpha-to-omega: a yearling purchase broken by his regular collaborators at Mayberry Farm, and now set to stand at Lane’s End, one of his key patrons of recent years.

Not that Ingordo claims any such diamond can be spotted without the help of fate; without the sun coming out from behind a cloud, just as you walk by; the momentary glint that makes you stop and look again.

In the case of Accelerate, that glint had been a son of Scat Daddy on whom Ingordo had been outbid at a 2-year-old sale in Florida. The following year, Ingordo took care not let his yearling brother slip through his grasp at Keeneland and, as Daddy D T, he made the podium in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf for Sadler and Hronis Racing. So naturally they were interested in the next foal out of the mare–and that was Accelerate.

It had taken a similarly lateral journey to introduce Ingordo to Kosta Hronis. He had bought a War Front filly as a weanling pinhook at the 2011 Keeneland November Sale, and it turned out that she had a Scat Daddy half-sister about to run in a maiden at Churchill. She got up on the wire, and Ingordo jumped in a car to size her up.

Who to call? Sadler, of course. Ingordo knew he had his complete trust. When he told Sadler he had found a filly to buy, he knew exactly what the response would be.

“No problem, David, go get it done.”

“She’s 200.”


“I mean, so, who do I get the money from?”

“Bill it to this man, he’s a new guy I got.”

That man was Hronis; and the filly was Lady Of Shamrock, subsequently a dual Grade 1 winner sold for $2 milllion. And even better was to come: Stellar Wind (Curlin), likewise bought after breaking her maiden, was sold for $6 million after six Grade 1 wins.

“I try to play the stallions like a stock,” Ingordo explains. “When I think one’s going to get hot, I try to buy before the market gets too high; and when he gets too high for me, I drop down. Curlin wasn’t a household name yet. My mother deserves a lot of credit, she said you need as many of those Curlins as you can get.”

He saw the video of this one winning at Laurel in December, and took a flight to Baltimore the next day. It was five degrees when he arrived on the backstretch in the morning. Friends ran into him: “What you doing here, man?”

But if Ingordo must often be a man in a hurry, it becomes a very different story once the deal is done. “With Accelerate, Mr. Hronis was so good, giving John the time,” he stresses. “So many things we see happen to horses are down to trainers doing the wrong thing because they feel pressure, in today’s world, to perform immediately. Accelerate was very forward mentally: he could have been a 2-year-old in any program, if they’d wanted. But he’d have been a one-and-done.”

Ingordo had admired exactly the same circumspection in the case of Zenyatta. “You don’t have to be horsemen to understand that the people working for you are doing the best for the horse, and that rewards them in spades,” he says. “My wife [Cherie DeVaux] is a young trainer starting out. I told her: ‘You’re not going starve, we’re okay; do right by these horses and don’t feel any pressure, the horse will pay you back.’ Quite frankly, if anyone but John Sherriffs had Zenyatta, she would have been lost to history as the ugly mare that brought 60 grand. He never forced her to do anything; he let her be her own person.”

But nor has Ingordo ever lost sight of the ultimate purpose of these animals. And that reflects his immersion, through his formative years, in the track environment. (Besides his mother’s work for Frankel, his late father Jerry was agent to a string of top jockeys.) Think about it: how many other agents look through a prism first shaped by walking hots at 14? How many of them even like to wager on races, as Ingordo does, on the basis of what he sees in the paddock? The bloodstock market is so focused on monetising stages of development, between cover fees and weanling and yearling and juvenile values, that it often overlooks the abiding priority of producing a runner.

“My greatest advantage was having worked at the racetrack,” Ingordo agrees. “I had to have a special licence to work as a child. I remember talking to Charlie Whittingham when I was little, remember things he said to this day. The day we got the first Juddmonte horses, I went with three other guys and picked them up and walked them over to Bobby’s barn. And then seeing horses my mother was involved with, with Mr. Moss. So I’m always waiting to see that horse again.

“I have the mindset of a trainer, I love to watch trackwork. You have to know what a horse should look like that wins races. Certain flaws I think give you a higher percentage of failure. I see people, intelligent people, buy horses with things I could never live with. I don’t give on the physical too much. They’re not all perfect, don’t get me wrong, but they’ve got to have the structural components, the presence. We’re starting out with the raw product, we’re picking a horse on the phenotype, if you will; a horse that’s designed to win races.”

Sure enough, the people with whom he likes to work share a knack similarly developed on the track. Jeanne Mayberry’s late husband Brian trained a Kentucky Oaks winner, Sardula in 1994; while their daughter April was an assistant to Bob Baffert.

Frankel himself never even went to the sales. One of Ingordo’s great regrets is that Frankel asked him to come back and work for him just as his illness brought him into the home stretch. As it was, a valuable stint with Juddmonte having run its course, he instead hooked up with Lane’s End.

Ingordo stresses his debt to Juddmonte manager Garrett O’Rourke. “I’d never seen a foal in my life until I went to Juddmonte from college,” he says with a grin. “I thought horses were born out of the back of the airplane.”

Having gained some experience there while still a student at the University of Kentucky, Ingordo had gone back to Juddmonte full-time after a spell at Walmac. Young as he remained, he already felt an affinity to the farm. As an adolescent, after all, he had worked with Toussaud, the dam of a promising juvenile named Empire Maker.

“She was smarter than most people,” Ingordo remembers. “Around the barn she was a sweetheart, but she just had her things. We used to train her backwards. Some of these mega-trainers today could never have had a Toussaud: they would have given up, it would have been too much. That’s why Bobby so respected the work John did with Zenyatta. John was one of the last people Bobby talked to. They were great friends in the end.”

This whole business of sensing when a horse needs time and space is vividly distilled by Ingordo’s recollection of a call from Jeanne Mayberry as early as the Thanksgiving after breaking in Zenyatta.

“David, you need to get down here.”

“What’s happened?”

“That black filly.”

“Is she okay, what’s wrong? Look, she cost $60,000. She’s insured.”

“No, no, you got to come see her yourself. We never had anything like this. Ever. She’s broken 60 days. And she takes one stride to everyone else’s two. We either have a superstar or everything else sucks.”

Ingordo went down around Christmas and, even though it was just an easy breeze, he too was blown away.

“I was like, holy cow!” he recalls. “So I called my mother and said: ‘I don’t know what to tell you but you better give this one a good name.’ I thought this could be a 2-year-old champion: big, does everything easy, just gallop everyone to death. We were right about the championship part. It just took a long time.”

In securing Zenyatta for around a quarter of the ballpark minimum he had anticipated with his mother and Jerry Moss, Ingordo had momentarily feared that he had bought the wrong horse.

“The hammer falls at 60 and in my mind I’m like, yesterday a Hall of Fame trainer bought the wrong horse for half a million dollars–did I just do that!?” Ingordo remembers. “So I cut across the back, where the horses come down, and the guy with the ticket is chasing me! But I see it’s her. Phew. And have to explain I wasn’t doing a runner; that, uh, I was just so excited…”

Zenyatta’s breeder, the late Eric Kronfeld, had been underbidder at his reserve. Ingordo subsequently became a good friend, but it was a while before he dared admit what the budget had been.

“It was just one of those things where you work hard, everyone does their thing, and it ended up it was meant to be,” Ingordo says. “Her final start, I’ve only watched that race one time since and, quite frankly, that was enough. But it’s maybe the one time you could lose and still win. It was the best race she ever ran, and if a legend can double or triple, she did it in that race. But when she won the Classic [the year before], there has never ever been a day like it at the racetrack: not American Pharoah, not Justify, not anything. It takes a lot to get me wound up, but that was the most amazing thing I have ever seen I my life.”

Zenyatta is now at Lane’s End herself, of course. And Ingordo feels no less at home there. Honor Code arrived soon after he came aboard, and he helped set up the highly successful Woodford partnerships. “Though I’m kind of a loner by nature, I do like to work on a team,” he says. “So it has been great for me that way.”

In fact, Ingordo has been working with some people for nearly half his life. Some have their own clients, and he has several different ones himself. But everyone is on the same wavelength.

“Whether they’ve trained me, or I’ve trained them, I don’t know which it is,” he says. “But we have a very good way of looking at it, from a horsemanship standpoint. Because we can’t put a saddle on a piece of paper. Everyone who works with me understands that we’re looking for the athlete first. Then we try to get as much pedigree as we can, for whatever the need is for our client. And then it’s nothing but boots on the ground, going through every barn, pulling out every horse. Remember what we do is an art, not a science. And my mother always says it’s a game of nuances and glances.

“Between working at the racetrack my whole childhood, and now doing this on an everyday basis; and by putting up my own money and having clients who have faith in me; and then seeing the results on the track–you get a pretty good idea of what works. And the biggest component is: you have to get lucky. Everything else doesn’t matter. You have to get lucky.”

That said, he could come away from Louisville echoing its most famous son, Muhammad Ali: “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” But there will be no resting on laurels; quite the reverse, in fact. As he notes, ours is a sport where the equivalent of winning the Super Bowl brings no guarantees, no enhanced or extended contract. You all go back and start from scratch to find the next champion. So he was determined–having been too young fully to appreciate the 2005 Kentucky Derby success of the Mosses’ homebred Giacomo (Holy Bull); and too stressed by the hype surrounding Zenyatta–that this time he would enjoy the moment.

“I really took it in,” he says. “I knew what the race meant personally and professionally but I watched it as a fan. And, yes, I enjoyed the victory lap round the sales the next day, because everybody out there is trying to do what we’ve done. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished and know that to have these things on the resume, they can’t take that away from me.

“But I am more motivated, after this, than ever before; hungry to continue pushing forward. I’m very cognisant of how difficult it is, and how lucky I am. But I’m very keen to go out and do it again. Going to the races that day, I said to my wife: ‘If this doesn’t motivate me, doesn’t leave me more energized, then I need to quit.’ And obviously I left nitrogen-fueled.

“Look, there’s a big element of luck in this–but it’s cool. And I’m thinking I’d like to do it one more time. I set that goal for myself now, to get a third one.”

Keeneland November Book 4 Concludes

Sun, 2018-11-11 19:41

LEXINGTON, KY – The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale entered its second week after a workmanlike session Sunday, which concluded the auction’s two-day Book 4 section. Bloodstock agent Jason Litt made the day’s priciest purchase, going to $300,000 to acquire the broodmare Ducru (Broken Vow) on behalf of Grandview, LLP from the Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency consignment. Hill ‘n’ Dale also sold the second-highest priced offering of the session when Dixon Enterprises purchased the racing/broodmare prospect Princessof the Nyl (Pioneerof the Nile) for $200,000.

A colt by Kantharos (hip 2380), consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, had the day’s highest weanling price tag when selling for $180,000 to Magnolia Farm.

In all 14 horses sold for six figures Sunday, bringing the two-day Book 4 total to reach that threshold to 26.

Sunday’s session saw 256 head sell for $7,733,100. The session average was $30,207 and the median was $18,000. The buy-back rate was 20.99%.

During the two-day Book 4, Keeneland sold 479 horses for a total of $14,969,500. The average was $31,252 and the median was $19,000.

Last year’s Book 4 section saw 562 horses gross 19,486,400. The average was $34,673 and the median was $25,000. The section’s top price was $440,000 and there were 34 horses to sell for six figures.

Keeneland will offer horses of racing age during its Monday and Tuesday sessions of the November sale. The auction runs through Friday with sessions beginning at 10 a.m.

Magic Result for Ducru

Ducru (Broken Vow), who sold for $150,000 at the Keeneland January sale last winter, returned to the ring at Keeneland Sunday in foal to Violence and sold for $300,000 to bloodstock agent Jason Litt.

“We have clients who have shares in Good Magic, so we bought her to breed to Good Magic,” Litt explained. “She was a standout here. She’s absolutely beautiful and from a very precocious family. We think it’s a really perfect mating for him. He is a beautiful horse and talented and all we need to do is to find something that won’t get in his way. And she is the right type.”

The 4-year-old mare (hip 2430) is out of stakes-placed Union City (Dixie Union) and is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Unified (Candy Ride {Arg}). She was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency.

Bloodstock agents Nick Sallusto and Hanzly Albina signed the ticket on the mare at the Keeneland January sale on behalf of Steven Marshall of Black Rock Thoroughbreds. Sallusto was the first over to congratulate Litt on the purchase.

“Our plan was to do exactly this,” Sallusto said. “We wanted to buy her potentially for Violence because [Marshall] owns many shares in him. So we were looking for mares who would be compatible to use our seasons. We wanted to use them and not sell the seasons. The plan was to offer her and, if she brought what we felt was acceptable money, to sell her.”

Of Sunday’s result, Sallusto added, “We’re very happy with that. It’s hard to double your money in any market in that short amount of time.”

Waters Parts With the Nyl

Mike Waters purchased a bay filly by Pioneerof the Nile for $35,000 at the 2017 Pegasus sale, named her Princessof the Nyl and watched as she carried the colors of his Muddy Waters Stables to an eight-length victory in this year’s Washington Oaks. Waters decided to test the market with his stakes-winning filly Sunday at Keeneland and was rewarded when the 3-year-old (hip 2613) sold for $200,000 to Dixon Enterprises.

“We had had a lot of interest in her,” Waters said of his decision to offer Princessof the Nyl at the November sale. “People were calling about possibly buying her. She ran really well for us as a 3-year-old and we thought we’d try to sell out and she what she’d sell for. She sold for a good number, so we decided to let her go.”

Asked if he was tempted to breed the filly, Waters said, “I just race them.” He added with a laugh, “That is a bad enough addiction as it is.”

Princessof the Nyl is out of Arabisini (Bernardini), a daughter of stakes winner Arabis (Deputy Minister) and from the family of Atelier, Althea and Aldiza.

Fred Seitz signed the ticket on Princessof the Nyl on behalf of a partnership and he said it remained to be seen if the racing/broodmare prospect would race again.

“We’re actually not sure if she’ll race again, but it’s more likely she won’t,” Seitz said. “But, it’s not positive yet.”

Of the filly’s appeal, Seitz said, “Number one, she has probably one of the best pedigrees you can buy, in my opinion. And number two, she’s just a really pretty mare. Everybody wants a really good-looking horse and I’m just like everybody else in that. To me, she was really pretty.”

In Search of First Derby Win, Godolphin Turns to Baffert

Sun, 2018-11-11 16:49

The Week in Review

An unraced horse named Coliseum (Tapit) worked four furlongs in :47 2/5 yesterday morning at Santa Anita. It was his fourth recorded public workout, and the word is out. The off-shore bookmaker Bovada has the horse at 20-1 in its latest winterbook wagering for the Kentucky Derby.

It should come as no surprise that the colt is trained by Bob Baffert, but when it comes to the owner it’s not one of Baffert’s usual suspects. The horse is owned by and was bred by Godolphin.

Godolphin only recently became a client of Baffert’s. The trainer explained that he is now getting horses from them because they are appreciative of his on-going support of the Dubai World Cup races and they want to win the GI Kentucky Derby. With Godolphin having just won its first G1 Melbourne Cup with Cross Counter (GB) Teofilo {Ire}), the Derby remains of one of the few iconic races on the globe that the stable has not won.

“They’re counting on me,” Baffert said. “They’ve won everything there is to win but the Kentucky Derby. I think they’re saying, ‘Ok, it’s up to you now, Bob, to get it done.’ They sent me a couple of 2-year-olds, but this one (Coliseum) is definitely the best one.”

Before you rush off to Las Vegas to bet on Coliseum to win the Derby, you might want to note that Baffert also said,” I don’t have any American Pharoahs (Pioneerof the Nile) or Justifys (Scat Daddy) in my barn this year.”

But he does believe that Coliseum is a horse with a lot of upside.

“He’s a nice horse, but he’s a Tapit and has a lot of typical Tapit issues,” Baffert said. “He can be a head case. In the middle of his works he just wants to take off. But his work (Sunday) was definitely his best so far.”

Courtesy of XBTV, here’s a video of Coliseum working Sept. 21.

Baffert is planning to debut Coliseum in a six-furlong maiden race next Saturday at Del Mar. He said the horse will probably be at his best when he gets a chance to go around two turns.

It’s easy to see why Godolphin has put its Derby eggs in the basket of Baffert. He has won the race five times and over the last four years has produced two Triple Crown winners.

If Coliseum does not pan out, Baffert should still have plenty of firepower for the 2019 Derby. His 2-year-old contingent is led by GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and champion in waiting in Game Winner (Candy Ride {Arg}). He’s looking forward to the return of Roadster (Quality Road), who finished third in the GI Del Mar Futurity in his last start.

“He’s a very good horse,” Baffert said. “He had to have throat surgery, but should come back strong.”

Some believe that Improbable (City Zip) could be Baffert’s best Derby prospect. On the same day as the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Improbable was an impressive winner of the Street Sense S. at Churchill. He will go next in the GI Los Alamitos Futurity On Dec. 8

“He’s really good. He’s the real deal,” Baffert said. “He looks like a smaller version of Justify; a 50% version of Justify. He’s the same color and has the same markings on his face.”

The Latest from The Thoroughbred Idea Foundation

The Thoroughbred Idea Foundation released its second white paper last week, calling for North American racing to switch its rules when it comes to disqualifications. The TIF would like to see racing go to the Category 1 system, which is used most elsewhere in the world. Under that system, a horse is not disqualified unless the stewards feel the horse it bothered would have otherwise finished in front of the horse causing the foul. The U.S. uses the Category 2 system, whereby a horse can be taken down if it causes another horse to finish further back than it would have without the infraction.

Going to have to respectfully disagree with the TIF on this one. If a horse is clearly bothered and would have finished, say, third, instead of fourth if not being interfered with, the horse causing the problems should come down. To do otherwise, is unfair to the owners of the bothered horse, which lost purse money due to the interference, and to bettors who might have, in this particular instance, used the horse in trifectas or bet it to show.

There is, however, one thing that definitely needs to change when it comes to DQ’s. Can anybody explain why the stewards still discuss the race with the jockeys after it’s over? What do they expect, that a jockey is going to say, “You know what judge, I almost put that horse over the rail, you need to take me down.”

In no other sport do officials talk to the participants when adjudicating an infraction. Imagine how ridiculous it would seem if an NFL referee spoke with the wide receiver and the cornerback before deciding on a possible pass interference call.

Election Day, 2018

While most of the country was fixated Tuesday on which party would take control of Congress, there were two ballot initiatives that were pertinent to racing.

With the passing of Amendment 13, Florida joined the New England states in banning dog racing. No track can continue racing following the end of 2020. That means there will be thousands of greyhounds looking for homes. If you’d like to help a good website to visit is

The greyhound industry has all but been wiped out. Eleven of the 17 remaining dog tracks in the U.S. are in Florida.

It was a major win for animal rights activists, but that’s not what should alarm the racing industry. Even the most strident PETA types have never compared Thoroughbred racing to dog racing or made any serious calls for a ban of horse racing.

What’s worrisome is that the tracks will be allowed to stay open and offer whatever forms of alternative gaming they current have. Any dog track owner that might have called for the end of the sport for humane reasons is likely a hypocrite. This was more about “decoupling.” The on-going effort by casino companies to drop whatever form of racing they offer and still keep their casinos. It worked, and don’t think for a minute that it won’t inspire some Thoroughbred/casino track owners to up their efforts to find ways to decouple in their states.

In Arkansas, voters approved an initiative that allows for four casinos in Arkansas. Two of the licenses will go to Oaklawn and a greyhound track in West Memphis. Those two tracks already have casinos, but ones that are limited so far as what forms of games they can offer.

But with Oaklawn’s casino doing so well, it’s doubtful that track owners are happy to trade an upgraded casino when the cost was added competition. The two new casinos will be built in Jefferson and Pope Counties. Pine Bluff, the largest city in Jefferson County, is just 84 miles from Hot Springs.

Could this be a problem for Oaklawn? Stay tuned.

Animal Kingdom ‘Rising Star’ Stays Unbeaten at the Big A

Sun, 2018-11-11 16:03

Regal Glory, named a ‘TDN Rising Star’ for a super impressive 5 1/2-length debut romp at Belmont Oct. 6, made good on even-money favoritism in Sunday afternoon’s Stewart Manor S. at Aqueduct–though she did have to work for it. Off a beat slowly from the rail, the Paul Pompa homebred rushed up to sit third as Introduced applied a bit of pressure to Guacamole through a :46.07 half. Regal Glory was swung out for clear sailing by Jose Ortiz into the stretch, and had Introduced squarely in her sights as that one seemed to be drifting out slightly. Undeterred, Regal Glory fought on to take a narrow advantage, and while Introduced punched back got a good bob at the wire, Regal Glory kept a whisker in front to stay unbeaten.

Ortiz had ridden Introduced when she finished second to subsequent GII Jessamine S. winner Concrete Rose (Twirling Candy) first out at Saratoga. That relatively pricey OBSMAR pick-up broke through in a rained-off waiver maiden claimer at Laurel in September.

“She’s a nice filly and I remember the horse who finished second from Saratoga and know she is a horse the trainer [Alan Goldberg] is high on,” Ortiz said. “When we got to the eighth pole, I knew it was going to be a battle because Manny [Franco on Introduced] had her running. My horse started to run, too, and we went head-to-head. I’m just glad we got it at the end.”

The winner’s dam, who was campaigned by Pompa for the second half of her career–which included a win in the 2009 GII Mrs Revere S.–has a yearling colt by American Pharoah and most recently visited Candy Ride (Arg).

STEWART MANOR S., $100,000, Aqueduct, 11-11, 2yo, f, 6fT, 1:10.94, gd.
1–REGAL GLORY, 120, f, 2, by Animal Kingdom
1st Dam: Mary’s Follies (MGSW, $338,889), by More Than Ready
2nd Dam: Catch the Queen, by Miswaki
3rd Dam: Wave to the Queen, by Wavering Monarch
TDN Rising Star‘ 1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. O-Paul P. Pompa, Jr.;
B-Paul P Pompa (KY); T-Chad C. Brown; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $55,000.
Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $96,250. *1/2 to Night Prowler
(Giant’s Causeway), MGSW, $472,582.
2–Introduced, 120, f, 2, El Padrino–Stuttgart, by Cherokee Run.
($30,000 Ylg ’17 EASOCT; $310,000 2yo ’18 OBSMAR). O-Colts
Neck Stables LLC; B-Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds, LLC (MD);
T-Alan E. Goldberg. $20,000.
3–Guacamole, 120, f, 2, Flat Out–Officially, by Officer. ($2,000
Ylg ’17 FTKOCT; $100,000 2yo ’18 OBSMAR). O-Repole Stable;
B-Preston Stables LLC (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher. $12,000.
Margins: NO, 6 1/4, 1HF. Odds: 1.00, 3.50, 20.90.
Also Ran: Red Hot Dame, Jaded Lady, Shak’s Hidden Gem, Dragic, Tradeable, Brooke Marie. Scratched: Music of Life, Monette (Fr). Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

A Tale of Two Danzigs

Sun, 2018-11-11 14:44

Let us not take anything away from Accelerate’s smashing victory in the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic–he was a worthy and basically easy winner. Yet there was a horse missing from the starting gate who might have had some kind of impact on the event because he could have outrun the early leaders and then maintained the kind of momentum he exhibited over the past year to dare Accelerate to catch him.

That would be the New York-bred Diversify, the front-running fool of an East Coast gelding whose speed figures around two turns were equal or close to those piled up by Accelerate on the West Coast. That would have been a match with regional flavor requiring super strategic moves. But in a denouement of sadness, it did not happen because Diversify came out of his dull GI Jockey Club Gold Cup effort worse for wear, and then his trainer, Rick Violette, passed away.

However, there is another reason we were shortchanged by this set of circumstances, and that was a chance to see a piece of a puzzle that is evolving regarding Diversify’s heritage, specifically that of his great-great-grandsire, Danzig. Yes, Diversify is a Danzig-line runner and would not be spotted as such by most experts unless they were quite familiar with his sire, Bellamy Road. That’s because like most of Bellamy Road’s offspring that we have analyzed over the years, Diversify is a virtual clone in appearance, size and biomechanics, indicating that this branch of the Danzig sire line has evolved from what could be referred to as a Danzig-type to something that has become (sorry, we cannot resist) more diversified.

To wit: See Danzig to Bellamy Road Phenotype Target. To the eye, Bellamy Road is as atypical of his sire, Concerto, his grandsire Chief’s Crown, and Danzig as one could imagine-the latter was a superbly balanced individual who in his early years sired a host of excellent colts in North America who were all over the aptitude and phenotype map. They included Chief’s Crown, who was very similar to his sire but carried a little more weight which did not prevent him from winning the first GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile but might have brought him up short in all three Triple Crown races.

Danzig also flooded the North American racing landscape with Classic performers and two-turn gallopers such as Danzig Connection, Pine Bluff, Polish Navy, Polish Numbers, and Sea Salute, as well as outright speedballs like Belong to Me. Most of these were good one-generation sires but the only North American-based sire to carry on a branch was Chief’s Crown, and he did that only through Concerto.

A winner of Grade II and Grade III events, Concerto was a good middle-distance performer whose broodmare sire In Reality may have helped him tilt the branch toward power, but not dramatically. Concerto sired some nice runners while based in Florida and after his export to Panama was a major success in Central American and Caribbean venues. Bellamy Road, who won the GI Wood Memorial by a stunning 17 lengths, was by far his best runner, somewhat lightly made but able to settle quickly and get into a powerful rhythm and keep on going. His broodmare sire, GI Preakness S. winner Deputed Testamony, may have helped. As one can see from Diversify’s position on the Target, the line continues to move away from its center.

Now we get to a series of ironies that may tickle your fancy or cross your eyes.

The first irony is that as Diversify got really, really good, the chief noise-maker of the Danzig line in North America was sending out carbon copies of his own self, including more than half a dozen of which have already entered stud. That, of course, is War Front.

(We are not overlooking Hard Spun and the late Exchange Rate, who are doing quite well on their own in getting quality horses but have no serious sons at stud yet. Nor, are we overlooking Big Brown, who bears more of a resemblance to Bellamy Road than to his own sire, Boundary, who is much like War Front. That Bellamy Road has just moved to the same barn as Big Brown at Irish Acres Farm in Saratoga Springs may be Irony One).

Now for Irony Squared: Take a look at the War Front Sire Line Phenotype Target and note where he is positioned. Yup, he is virtually identical phenotypically to Bellamy Road though one would be hard pressed to gather that from looking at them. (Indeed, to many observers War Front may appear to be closer in looks to Danzig as well as the latter’s two most overall successful sons, Danehill and Green Desert, whose influence on international racing from their European and Australian bases is breathtaking; but that’s another story.

More interestingly and importantly, War Front’s first sons at stud are clustered around him in such a way as to indicate that he might be able to pass on siring consistencies to some of them. This “clustering” is not often seen in our programs and it will be interesting to follow this crowd, and those that follow.

And now for Irony Cubed: It did not escape attention that War Front’s son Declaration of War, who will stand in Japan this coming season, had a very good Breeders’ Cup weekend during which his juvenile son Empire of War won the Awad S. at Aqueduct the day after his son Uncle Benny was second in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, pipping out the pacesetter of that race, Somelikeithotbrown, who happens to be by Big Brown.

Ah, diversification! There you go.

(Bob Fierro is a partner with Jay Kilgore and Frank Mitchell in DataTrack International, biomechanical consultants and developers of BreezeFigs. He can be reached at

Yearling Market Growing At All Levels

Sat, 2018-11-10 21:07

The European yearling market is positively booming. That’s the inescapable conclusion when we examine the returns this year and compare them to the results going back as far as 2010. And it’s not just the top of the market that is carrying the whole show, either. At every level from the elite end to the very bottom, there has been extraordinary growth. It is the kind of growth that would be the envy of almost any other industry.

Year-in and year-out, vendors will always be disappointed not to get their yearlings on the right final lists and will often cite the fact that only the elite yearlings are making proper money. That will always be the case–that’s how most markets work. But they can at least console themselves with the fact that investment in yearlings in Europe–at all levels–is most definitely progressing in the right direction.

The top 10% of the market is undoubtedly very lucrative. The average price in this segment was £234k this year, up from £212k a year ago. That represents an increase of 9.4%. In fact, the top segment has risen every year since 2010, when the average price was less than half what it is now. But it’s the same story with every other segment in the market as well. The sixth decile, which is just below the middle market, shows just as much growth–up 14.3% on last year and 100% on 2010. That’s £19k to £37k in less than 10 years. Even the bottom 10% is up 12% on 2017 and nearly 100% on 2010.

The growth is all the more impressive when we take into account the supply side of the equation. The number of yearlings offered at European sales this year looks very much like it did in 2010, but there is an upward trend in the period: in 2011 just over 6,000 yearlings were offered for sale, compared to over 7,100 last year. Clearance rates are also at their highest in recent years at around 79%. Remarkably, the growth in stud fees in the same period for those sires with 10 or more yearlings sold looks comparatively subdued at 11%.

Keeneland November Sale Marches Into Book 4

Sat, 2018-11-10 20:44

LEXINGTON, KY – The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale continued to churn out steady results as the auction’s Book 4 section opened Saturday in Lexington. Brad and Misty Grady made the day’s highest bid when going to $235,000 for the 4-year-old broodmare K J Warrior (Tapit). The gray mare was consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield on behalf of Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings. Summerfield and Stonestreet teamed up to sell two of the 12 six-figure offerings Saturday. A filly by Kitten’s Joy brought the top weanling price of the day, selling for $145,000 to En Fuego Stables from the Perrone Sales consignment.

During Saturday’s session, 223 horses sold for $7,236,400. The session average was $32,450 and the median was $20,000. The buy-back rate on the day was 31.60%.

Through six sessions, Keeneland has sold 1,316 head for $165,074,900. The cumulative average is $125,437 and the median is $67,000.

After six sessions of the 2017 auction, 1,172 horses had grossed $174,295,500 for an average of $148,716 and a median of $80,000.

The Keeneland November sale continues through Friday with sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m.

Gradys Stay Busy Supporting Girvin

Brad and Misty Grady have been busy all week at Keeneland, buying mares to support their recently retired Grade I winner Girvin, who stands his first season at stud next year at Ocala Stud. Before heading home to Texas Saturday, the couple made their biggest purchase of the auction when paying a session-topping $235,000 for K J Warrior (Tapit) (hip 2123).

Consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield on behalf of Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, the 4-year-old mare sold in foal to Kantharos. She is a daughter of J Z Warrior (Harlan’s Holiday), a half-sister to Grade I placed A Z Warrior (Bernardini) and graded stakes winners Jojo Warrior (Pioneerof the Nile) and E Z Warrior (Exploit).

“She has a fast family and we think she’ll fit well with Girvin,” Grady said after signing for the mare while seated in the pavilion with his wife and bloodstock agents Bobby Dodd and Jacob West. “My wife and I are really going to support Girvin–that’s who all these mares are for.”

The Gradys purchased 12 mares through six sessions of the November sale for a total of $1,214,000 and an average of $101,167. In addition to K J Warrior, the couple purchased Brandenburg (Dunkirk) (hip 305) and Ten Demerits (Into Mischief) (hip 1022), both for $190,000.

“I have Jacob West doing a lot of the pedigree work,” Grady said. “We are trying to find mares with speed and obviously as pretty and correct as we can buy. We are putting Classic pedigrees to him, too. We don’t know what’s going to work, so we’re trying a little variety.”

He continued, “I’ve got Bobby Dodd here with me, he’s my bloodstock agent through and through, and when you buy the horses that fit Bobby’s criteria and Jacob’s criteria, they are going to be at the upper echelon of the prices.”

In horse racing only since 2009, the Gradys got their first taste of racing at the highest level with Girvin, who was originally purchased as a pinhooking prospect but who carried Grady’s colors to victory in the 2017 GI Haskell Invitational, GII Louisiana Derby and GII Risen Star S.

“My wife has always liked the breeding operation,” Grady, who estimated they would be sending 30 mares to Girvin next season, said. “That’s more her love than mine. I don’t mind it, but she likes the horses. So, happy wife, happy life. I love the racing and I love the pinhooking, too. I like fast stuff, the breeding, that’s her deal.”

Girvin (Tale of Ekati–Catch the Moon, by Malibu Moon) will stand his first season for $7,500.

“Girvin is a beautiful horse,” Grady said. “He was a precocious 2-year-old, won as a 2-year-old first time out going :10 1/5. He won several graded stakes and he was pretty versatile. Beau Lane has really got me pumped up on the horse’s pedigree–going back to the 1800s to Domino–and he’s educated my wife and I on the pedigrees. We’ve been buying some mares that are Beau Lane recommended, too. Beau Lane will get you really excited and willing to spend a lot of money on pedigrees.”

As for plans for Girvin’s first foals, “We’ll do a little bit of both, [selling and racing],” Grady said. “The bulk of them, we’ll run ourselves.”

Asked if he planned on continuing his buying spree at the November sale, Grady said, “My wife and I are going home this afternoon. We have young kids and we can only keep my wife away from the kids for so long. Jacob will still be here shopping the sale for us.”

I’m Pretty Strong Heading Down Under

I’m Pretty Strong (Street Cry {Ire}) will be heading to Australia where she may continue her racing career before becoming a broodmare after Boomer Bloodstock’s Craig Rounsefell signed the ticket at $220,000 for the dark bay filly (hip 2099) from the Upson Downs Farm consignment.

“She’s been purchased for clients in Australia,” Rounsefell said. “We think that, with her residual value as a broodmare prospect, she’s extremely exciting. Street Cry has been very much a proven stallion all over the world and particularly in Australia and she’s out of a champion turf mare.”

I’m Pretty Strong is a daughter of Shared Account (Pleasantly Perfect), who won the 2010 GI Breeders’ Cup F/M Turf in the colors of Sagamore Farm. Bred and raced by Sagamore, I’m Pretty Strong won two of seven starts for trainer Horacio DePaz.

“This filly has shown a lot of ability on the track,” Rounsefell said. “With seven starts to date, she is one that we think, physically is still immature. We think there is improvement in her physically. She is going to really develop and let down. But we have time until the breeding season next year, so we will probably put her in training and, if she is measuring up down there, we’ll keep it going because we think she has a lot of ability on the track. She might race in Australia, but predominantly she’s been bought as a broodmare.”

Australian buyers have been active all week at Keeneland and Rounsefell said the success of the progeny of mares imported from America have made the move a popular one in the country.

“The statistics don’t lie,” he said. “American mares have done very well in Australia. They’ve over achieved percentage wise. There is a small number of them there and they have done really well. They’ve produced top-quality horses. The gene pool in Australia is getting very condensed down the Danehill line, so there are people here looking to expand their bloodlines and to bring in the American speed. The market has been very strong in Australia and people are looking to replenish their broodmare bands and this is the best place to do it.”

Of the market at Keeneland this week, Rounsefell said, “We’ve followed quite a few up and the two that we really wanted we walked away with. We tried on a number of others up to a point, but I think the market is very strong, like it is all around the world, for anything that is commercial. There are plenty of breeders who made money at the yearling sales and are looking to continue their

Kitten’s Joy Filly a Starr

Jim Perrone sold four horses on behalf of Jon Starr during Saturday’s session of the Keeneland November sale, but it was a daughter of Kitten’s Joy who was the obvious standout. The weanling sold for $145,000–highest foal price of the day–to En Fuego Stables. Starr purchased the mare Sunday Sport (Honour and Glory), with the filly in utero, for $20,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale.

“Every day, she was nothing but class,” Perrone said of the weanling (hip 2268). “She came in from Oklahoma and she went over to Polo Green Stable, to Nobu Araki. He made her beautiful. The horse did it herself. She was correct, had a big walk, and looked good and showed class. As the sale went on, she was one of the better horses of the day. We intentionally put her on this day because of that.”

Starr served as mayor of Hot Springs, Arkansas in the 1980s, and his success Saturday proved popular with the auctioneers at Keeneland.

“He owned the Thoroughbred sale company in Arkansas,” Perrone explained. “I think he started half of these auctioneers when they were young. He gave them their first jobs.”

Araki added, “Everyone [from the auction stand] came out high fiving after she sold.”

Sunday Sport, who also produced stakes placed Norma’s Charm (Creative Cause) and Touchdown Kitten (Kitten’s Joy), was already 19 when Starr purchased her last year.

“Jon is very good at that,” Perrone said. “He can pick out those older mares who have some quality to them. That’s what he does. He keeps some mares in Oklahoma. He foals them in Oklahoma and has someone raise them for him there. Then he ships them to Nobu for a couple months to refine them and get them ready for the sale.”

The weanling impressed Araki right from the start.

“She was one of my favorites,” he said. “As soon as she stepped off the van, she was my favorite. She is the most correct Kitten’s Joy I’ve ever seen.”

Of his results for the day, Perrone said, “I sold four for Jon today. The other three we just brought down and found new homes for. This one was the home run.”

Kerbers Adding Grammar

Iowans Jeff and Robin Kerber added to their fledgling broodmare band with the $130,000 purchase of Good Grammar (Exchange Rate) (hip 2073) Saturday at Keeneland. Consigned by Darby Dan Farm, the 4-year-old mare sold carrying a foal from the first crop of Grade I winner Klimt (Quality Road).

“She is young and comes from a good family,” Jeff Kerber, who did his bidding out back with bloodstock agent Mike McMahon, said.

“Klimt is a sire we wanted to get–that Quality Road line is so hot,” McMahon added.

The Kerbers were quickly back in action Saturday, again paying $130,000 to secure the broodmare prospect Pray for Leslie (Bernardini) (hip 2206) from the Lane’s End consignment. The 3-year-old mare is out of multiple graded stakes placed C J’s Leelee (Mizzen Mast), a half-sister to Grade I winner Capo Bastone.

The Kerbers are building a commercial broodmare band which currently numbers five head. Kerber admitted it’s been tough bidding at Keeneland this week.

“We were tired of losing,” he said with a chuckle. “It’s been very difficult.”

McMahon added, “We’re pretty picky and the ones we like have been popular.”

The Kerbers have been involved in racing for several years, but have decided to up their participation in the game after selling the family’s livestock-based Kerber Companies earlier this year.

McMahon revealed his client’s hopes for the new broodmare band.

“I think he said something really cool just before,” McMahon said of Kerber. “He said, “We’d really like to breed a nice one.’ I think that’s a good goal.”


Pricey Uncle Mo Colt Makes the Grade at Churchill

Sat, 2018-11-10 17:55

Woodford Racing LLC’s Hot Springs (Uncle Mo) ran his record over the Matt Winn turf course to a perfect four-from-four, rallying from last for a first graded-stakes victory in Saturday’s GIII Commonwealth Turf S., the lone graded event on the domestic racing calendar.

Drawn widest in the field of seven, Hot Springs was by a little more than $1,600 the second favorite in the wagering to Live Oak’s March to the Arch (Arch) and took up a spot towards the rear of the field early on as Marzo (Medaglia d’Oro) galloped them along at a leisurely tempo over ground which was still labeled yielding. Hot Springs’s stablemate Reride (Candy Ride {Arg}) got a good trip just on the back of the frontrunner and it was that Winchell runner who looked loaded for bear as he peeled to the outside of Marzo nearing the lane just as March to the Arch, a forward factor for the opening six panels, began to back pedal.

Hot Springs was held together by Ricardo Santana, Jr. while gaining ground at the rail into the lane, angled out very abruptly–coming across Sniper Kitten (Kitten’s Joy)–at the furlong marker before galloping home a convincing winner.

“He’s 4-for-4 over the surface here, but today was the most impressive one,” said trainer Steve Asmussen, who won the 2007 Commonwealth with Inca King (Sir Cat). “The way he was finishing up was very impressive. Hopefully we’ll be able to come back to Churchill next year. There are some very nice races down the road for this colt.”

Hot Springs graduated in his first appearance beneath the Twin Spires in June and followed up with a good-looking allowance victory before enduring a troubled passage when runner-up in the July 14 GIII Kent S. at Delaware Park. A respectable fourth to the Chad Brown-trained Raging Bull (Fr) (Dark Angel {Ire}) in Saratoga’s GIII Saranac S. Sept. 1, he reaffirmed his affinity for this strip with a one-length success in the Sept. 29 Jefferson Cup over this distance.

Pedigree Notes:

Purchased for $750,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September sale, Hot Springs was the most expensive of 72 Uncle Mo yearlings to sell that season and became his sire’s 22nd graded winner in the Commonwealth. Hot Springs’s second dam was raced by her breeder Bo Hirsch to an upset victory over odds-on Santa Catarina (Unbridled) in the 2002 GI Del Mar Debutante S. for Warren Stute and later went on to produce the 2009 GII Arkansas Derby hero Papa Clem (Smart Strike) for Gary Stute. C. L. Hirsch raced third dam Magical Maiden to victories in the 1991 GI Hollywood Starlet S. and the 1992 GI Las Virgenes S. Magical Victory is the dam of the 2-year-old filly Bye Bye Bully’s (Stay Thirsty) and a yearling colt by Declaration of War. She was most recently bred to Dialed In.

Saturday, Churchill Downs
COMMONWEALTH TURF S.-GIII, $100,000, Churchill Downs, 11-10, 3yo, 1 1/16mT, 1:46.97, yl.
1–HOT SPRINGS, 120, c, 3, by Uncle Mo
1st Dam: Magical Victory (SP), by Victory Gallop
2nd Dam: Miss Houdini, by Belong to Me
3rd Dam: Magical Maiden, by Lord Avie
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($750,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP).
O-Woodford Racing, LLC; B-Bo Hirsch LLC (KY); T-Steven M.
Asmussen; J-Ricardo Santana, Jr. $60,760. Lifetime Record:
7-4-1-0, $248,480. Werk Nick Rating: A++.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Zero Gravity, 118, g, 3, Orb–Freedom Rings, by Proud Citizen.
($13,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $125,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP).
O-Barry & Joni Butzow; B-Peter Berglar (FL); T-Joe Sharp.
3–Marzo, 118, g, 3, Medaglia d’Oro–Spring Party, by Smart
Strike. ($1,000,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $35,000 3yo ’18 FTKHRA).
O-Marc Detampel; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC
(KY); T-Ben Colebrook. $9,800.
Margins: 1HF, 1HF, 2HF. Odds: 1.90, 15.60, 11.10.
Also Ran: Reride, March to the Arch, Sniper Kitten, Year of the Kitten. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Veteran Exercise Rider Dies at Churchill Downs

Sat, 2018-11-10 14:47

Odanis Acuna, a veteran exercise rider for trainer Kenny McPeek, died early Saturday morning during a training accident at Churchill Downs. He was 42. The accident occurred shortly after the track opened for training when the unraced 2-year-old New York Harbor (Verrazano), with Acuna aboard, fell about a sixteenth of a mile before the finish line. Onsite emergency medical technicians who arrived on the scene to treat Acuna believe he died instantly, while New York Harbor sustained catastrophic injuries.

“Today is a somber day,” said Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery. “We extend our deepest sympathy to Odanis’ family, friends, colleagues and the entire team at trainer Kenny McPeek’s barn. Our hearts are with them in this difficult time of extreme sorrow.”

Known to his racetrack friends as “Cuba” –a nod to his native homeland–Acuna is remembered by friends as a tireless worker who was dedicated to improving the life of his family.

“Odanis was one of the hardest working guys you’d ever meet; he was working the American dream,” said McPeek, who employed Acuna for nearly a decade. “He galloped for me in the morning and worked for the feed company in the afternoon.”

Training at Churchill Downs ceased Saturday morning shortly after the accident. A moment of silence was observed in Acuna’s honor prior to Saturday’s first race.

“When he started with me he had little or nothing and he got himself pretty well setup and had been saving money,” McPeek said. “He bought himself a car and was getting ready to buy a house. He was hard at it all day, every day. We worked together a long time and he traveled with us wherever we went. He rode a lot of my best horses for years and was a guy who could handle just about any horse you put him on. He was just a good guy and loved what he was doing. I am just sickened by this tragedy.”

A GoFundMe page had already raised better than $31,000 for Acuna’s family by 7 p.m. ET Saturday, including donations from fellow jockeys, trainers, owners, bloodstock agents and horse racing personalities. Funeral arrangements and a memorial service for the family are pending.

TDN Q & A: Adrian Wallace on Justify

Sat, 2018-11-10 12:58

In September, Justify left WinStar Farm for a career at Ashford Stud after the undefeated Triple Crown winner was purchased by Coolmore. Two months later, he is on display for breeders and fans alike and has proven to be a popular draw during the Keeneland November Sale. We caught up with Adrian Wallace to see how the big chestnut was settling in.

TDN: Justify has been here around two months now. He looks fantastic. How has he settled in?

AW: He has settled in fine. We have been overwhelmed by the response from our breeders. It goes without saying he’s always going to be a popular horse, but he looks the part, he’s very mature, and WinStar obviously did a great job with him. He arrived here in good weight, and he has taken to his new role of being our number one show stallion quite well. We have probably had three hundred people through over the last two days. It will be interesting to see what happens when Pharaoh comes back. Having two Triple Crown winners in the same place will be quite overwhelming, I’m sure. But we’re quite happy with him, he’s a beautiful-looking horse, he’s 16.3, a lovely rich color, and in a great mood. And we couldn’t be happier.

TDN: American Pharaoh will be back soon enough from Australia. In terms of breeders and the public, how do you prepare for a demand like that?

AW: We’re close partners with Horse Country, who do a great job in promoting the farms and arranging the tours. So for the first couple of weeks in November, we stopped our Horse Country tours to give breeders a chance to come see the horse, and come see Mo Town as well, who’s also new for 2019. So once the sales are over, we’ll start again with our Horse Country tours and try to get them available to the fans again. But we want to be mindful of the horse. It wasn’t so long ago he was racing, so we want to do the right thing by him, not overwhelm him, and that’s why we’ve got sort of a fairly strict measure of time.

TDN: It’s quite a historic achievement, standing two Triple Crown winners.

AW: We’re the fourth farm in history to stand two Triple Crown winners, so that puts us now in a bracket that includes Claiborne Farm, Calumet, and Spendthrift. It’s a place that we’re honored to be in. Having horses like Justify and American Pharaoh is a responsibility to the business and to the industry, and it’s one we don’t take lightly. We’re looking forward to getting a good book of mares under both these stallions. Obviously Pharaoh is going to have his first runners next year, and his yearlings couldn’t have sold any better. And we think Justify will get a justifiably good book of mares.

TDN: How do you go about sorting through the mares and trying to get him the best start?

AW: We get the applications, some mares are more obvious than others. A Raving Beauty was booked into Justify this morning, so she’s obviously one you don’t have to think about too hard. We’ll breed 40 or 50 of our own mares to them as well. We hope to get a good solid book behind them. The criteria is that we want young, good-looking, well-credentialed mares, but they don’t have to be Grade I winners or Grade I producers. As long as they’ve got good families behind them and have the credentials, we’re happy to take a look at them.

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TDN: You have Uncle Mo and now you’ve got one of his sons, Mo Town, standing here next year. How is the demand for Uncle Mo from breeders this year?

AW: Uncle Mo is one of those horses; he’s very young, but he’s already had six Group 1 winners in his first two crops. He’s a horse that doesn’t really need any introduction. He’s popular in the sales ring, he’s popular with buyers, he’s popular with breeders, and the trainers like them. Getting Nyquist in your first crop puts you in fairly rarified air, so I think he’s a horse that really doesn’t need too much explaining. But he’s been very well received as well. He, Pharaoh, and Justify really are the horses that are filling up very very well. And obviously our newer horses are starting to fill now as well.

TDN: And finally, naturally after Accelerate won the Breeders’ Cup, his connections are campaigning for him as Horse of the Year. What is your argument for Justify as Horse of the Year?

AW: There’s only one Triple Crown. There have only been 13 winners of the Triple Crown. And he is the 13th Triple Crown winner. He should be Horse of the Year. He’s one of those horses who, when he’s running, you never really doubt that he was going to win the race. He gave Mike Smith the confidence, he gave Bob Baffert the confidence to put him in the Santa Anita Derby in only his third start, and the Kentucky Derby only his fourth start. What the horse achieved this spring and early summer was quite incredible. I think being a Triple Crown winner in six starts was pretty amazing stuff. Let’s not forget the Curse of Apollo, either.


Into Mischief Colt On Top as Book 3 Concludes

Fri, 2018-11-09 20:20

LEXINGTON, KY – The Book 3 section of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale concluded Friday with continued demand for the quality offerings. A weanling colt by Into Mischief attracted the day’s highest bid when selling for $300,000 to the pinhooking partnership Clear Ridge Stables, headed by Gainesway’s Brian Graves. The second-highest priced weanling on the day was also by Into Mischief. A filly by the Spendthrift sire sold for $230,000 to Dudley Racing.

“It’s very expensive for the ones you like,” Graves said of the weanling market. “You think it’s Book 3 and you might get a little better deal, but when a nice horse walks up there, it’s expensive.”

Carrie Brogden of Machmer Hall purchased the session’s most expensive broodmare on the day, going to $280,000 for Sweet Lollipop (Candy Ride {Arg}).

“It’s strong in parts and weaker in others,” bloodstock agent Hanzly Albina said of the mare market. “There is still a lot of money, but there are still a lot of horses to go. The market has been good and solid. It’s been an honest sale.”

Through two Book 3 sessions, Keeneland sold 520 head for $32,696,500.

The session average was $62,878 and the median was $50,000. The top price of Book 3 was $320,000 and there were 19 horses sold for $200,000 or over.

A reformatted 2018 sale–which began with a single Book 1 section–makes comparisons to the 2017 renewal inexact, but last year’s Book 3 saw 512 horses sell for $30,198,500. The average was $58,981 and the median was $47,000. The top price for the section was $275,000 and that was one of eight horses to bring $200,000 or over.

The Keeneland November sale continues through Nov. 16 with sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m.

Into Mischief Colt a Pinhook Prospect

A colt by Into Mischief is destined for resale after pinhooker Brian Graves paid $300,000 to secure the youngster from the Eaton Sales consignment.

“I thought he was a well-balanced, leggy colt with a good walk,” said Graves. “I think he’ll be attractive for the market next year. The sire is doing great and that number was within his averages here at the sale.”

The weanling (hip 1574) is the first foal out of Daryanna (Friends Lake), a half-sister to Canadian champion Kimchi (Langfuhr) and to the dam of multiple Grade I winner Mind Your Biscuits (Posse).

It was that connection to Mind Your Biscuits that had breeder Samantha Will-Baccari pursuing members of the family two years ago. Will-Baccari bred the two-time G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen winner, but sold his dam Jazzmane (Toccet) for $11,000 when he was still a weanling at the 2013 Keeneland November sale.

“I found [Daryanna] in Washington state,” she said after congratulating Graves on the purchase. “Jazzmane went to Korea and when Biscuits won the [2016 GII] Amsterdam, when he first stepped up on the big stage, I have a gentleman in Canada who finds me horses and he found her for me.”

After purchasing Daryanna privately, Will-Baccari bred her to Into Mischief and the resulting foal impressed the breeder right from the start.

“He’s been a nice baby all along,” Will-Baccari said of the weanling. “The baby has only gotten better and better and better. In this business, I have to turn over horses, so I’m very happy Brian Graves got him because he does a great job.”

The 8-year-old Daryanna was bred back to Empire Maker.

Will-Baccari, the wife of consignor and breeder Chris Baccari, has a broodmare band of 10 head based at her Parkland Farm.

“My husband and I have two farms–we have his and hers farms because we got married older–so I keep probably 10 mares and my husband has 20 and then probably 40 or 50 outside mares,” she said. “We buy to sell, we breed to sell and we race what we don’t sell. So we basically do everything in-house between two farms. I’ve been very blessed to breed Mind Your Biscuits from a very small band of broodmares.”

More Unbridled’s Song for Brogden

Machmer Hall’s Carrie Brogden helped get Friday’s session off to a good start with the $205,000 purchase of one granddaughter of Unbridled’s Song, Buy Sell Hold (Violence), and she struck again late in the day to acquire another, Sweet Lollipop (Candy Ride {Arg}), for $280,000.

“She looked all Unbridled’s Song to me,” Brogden said after signing the ticket on Sweet Lollipop (hip 1875). “Anyone who knows me, knows I’m his biggest fan.”

The 5-year-old mare, in foal to Practical Joke, was a $350,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase in 2014 by Robert and Lawana Low. Out of graded stakes placed Unbridled Beauty (Unbridled’s Song), she is a half-sister to graded stakes placed Meal Penalty (Tale of the Cat) and Danny Boy (Harlan’s Holiday). She was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

“She is just that kind of physical,” Brogden said of the mare. “She has the pedigree, she has the sire power. The only thing she doesn’t have is the race record, but she cost the money like she did.”

Stakes-winner Buy Sell Hold will also be joining the broodmare band at Machmer Hall after Brogden bid $205,000 to secure the 3-year-old racing or broodmare prospect from the Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency consignment.

“She’ll be a long-term broodmare for Machmer Hall,” Brogden said of the gray filly. “Hopefully, she’ll produce a graded stakes winner and we’ll sell her when she’s 10 years old for $1 million.”

Buy Sell Hold (hip 1535) is out of stakes-winner Melody Lady (Unbridled’s Song), a daughter of multiple Grade I winner Lady Tak (Mutakddim). Purchased by Kirk and Judy Robison for $67,000 as a Keeneland September yearling in 2016, the filly won last year’s Kentucky Juvenile S. and was third in this year’s GIII Miss Preakness S. for the Robisons and trainer Steve Asmussen.

“This is not a big mare, she’s about 15.2,” Brogden said. “I know it’s a smaller, really well-made family, so we’ll breed her to something with a lot of stretch.”

Machmer Hall has had plenty of success breeding out of daughters of Unbridled’s Song and Brogden is hoping that success carries to the next generation.

“If you can’t have an Unbridled’s Song, get a filly out of an Unbridled’s Song mare,” she said.

Among Machmer Hall’s other purchases at the Keeneland November sale this week are Rachel’s Ready (More Than Ready) (hip 957) for $235,000 and Majestic Monarch (Majestic Warrior) (hip 878) for $200,000.

“We’ve had a really good year,” Brogden said. “We’ve sold a lot of our graded stakes producers, and so we have to get young mares and try to hope to do it again. Hopefully, this is the next group of graded stakes producers.”

Microburst Joins Moulton’s Band

Susan Moulton, who is building a broodmare band for the former Pauls Mill property she purchased in May, added Microburst (Awesome Again) to the operation when farm manager Debbie Ward paid $275,000 for the 6-year-old mare Friday at Keeneland. The mare is a half-sister to recent GI Champagne S. winner Complexity (Maclean’s Music) and sold in foal to that colt’s sire.

“She looks a lot like a sister that we have now,” Ward said after signing the ticket on the mare out back. “[Moulton] owns [half-sister] Naylor (Afleet Alex), so she is partial to that family. And we loved the big update. We thought she was a really pretty Awesome Again mare with a lot of quality. And the Maclean’s Music cover was a big part of it, too.”

Out of Goldfield, Microburst (hip 1727) is also a half-sister to graded stakes winner and Grade I placed Valadorna (Curlin). Jeffrey Bloom’s Bloom Racing Stable purchased the chestnut for $21,000 at the 2014 OBS April Sale and she won two times in 13 starts for trainer Jeff Mullins. The mare was consigned to Friday’s sale by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

A native of Texas, Moulton was a founder of Safari Bloodstock and has renamed her new farm Safari North at Pauls Mill.

“We currently have five mares, but we are looking to build and grow,” Ward said. “We are just getting started. We have a lot of horses in training.”

Asked if Moulton was breeding to race or sell, Ward said, “A little of both.”

Rio Carnival to Newtown Anner Stud

Bloodstock agents Hanzly Albina and Nick Sallusto secured Rio Carnival (Storm Cat) on behalf of Maurice and Samantha Regan’s Newtown Anner Stud when going to $270,000 Friday at Keeneland. The 12-year-old mare (hip 1815) is a daughter of Group 1 winner Zenda (GB) (Zamindar) and is a half-sister to champion Kingman (Invincible Spirit). She is the dam of graded stakes placed Let’s Meet in Rio (Flatter) and sold Friday in foal to Twirling Candy. Mill Ridge Sales consigned the mare on behalf of Juddmonte Farms.

“I’ve heard good things about Storm Cat mares–hopefully that will work out for us,” Albina said jokingly.

He added, “I think it’s a unique opportunity to get into a really nice family with a great broodmare sire to boot.”

Claim Pays for Gainesway

Antony Beck’s Gainesway had plenty of experience with the family of Edith Court (Pomeroy) when the gray filly made her lone racetrack appearance in May of 2017. She ran third that day at Belmont and the farm–through trainer Linda Rice– claimed the then 3-year-old for $40,000. In foal to Gainesway’s Empire Maker, Edith Court went through the ring at Keeneland Friday and sold for $230,000 to Manganaro Bloodstock.

“We keep an eye out on the claim box for fillies with pedigree,” explained Gainesway’s Michael Hernon. “This one popped up.”

Edith Court (hip 1598) is out of Receivership (End Sweep) and is a half-sister to Grade I winner Palace (City Zip). Gainesway, which purchased Receivership in 2014, also sent that mare through the ring Friday where she RNA’d for $19,000. The farm sold a colt by Tapit out of that mare for $430,000 at last month’s Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale.

Receivership is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner French Park (Ecton Park), who was also formerly a part of the Gainesway band.

Gainesway repatriated Empire Maker from Japan in 2015 and the stallion’s first crop of yearlings since returning to the U.S. were in demand this summer and fall with 49 selling for an average of $316,530.

“She was probably claimed with a view to breed to Empire Maker,” Hernon said. “We own half the horse and have some breeding rights on top of that. He is off to a good start and she’s a young mare and half to a Grade I winner.”

Of the decision to send Edith Court through the sales ring Friday, Hernon said, “We’re in the business of trading horses, breeding horses and making money. We have to pay for the stallion, and obviously, think big picture. He has been a great profit maker for everyone who has used him. The price well exceeded the reserve and it’s good business. And that’s the business we’re in, to bring horses to auction and to sell them.”

Gary Broad Purchases Walmac Farm at Auction

Fri, 2018-11-09 19:53

Looking to shift his focus from the racing to the breeding side of the sport, owner Gary Broad was the winning bidder when historic Walmac Farm was auctioned off Wednesday. Broad’s winning bid for the 248-acre property that sits about six miles from the center of Lexington was $4.8 million.

Walmac was founded by John T.L. Jones Jr., and stood numerous top stallions throughout its history, including Nureyev, Miswaki, Successful Appeal and Alleged. In 2016, it was announced that, as part of consolidation process, Walmac was putting its main property up for sale and shifting its operation to a smaller farm near the Fayette/Bourbon County Line.

“Gary was very pleased,” said realtor Tom Biederman, who represented Broad at the sale.

“The auction was very well publicized and marketed well. There were a lot of people at the auction and it brought fair value. Gary was very happy to be the purchaser and looks forward to making improvements and bringing the farm back to very good condition.”

Biederman said since Walmac has not been in operation since 2016, Broad will need to make an investment to refurbish parts of the farm.

The new Walmac will operate differently than the old Walmac. According to Broad’s advisor Shannon Potter, Broad has no intention of standing any stallions there.

“Gary wanted to branch out and get into the commercial breeding game, so he didn’t buy this for stallions,” he said. “That’s not the plan. He strictly wants to be a commercial breeder.”

Potter said Broad currently owns about 15-20 broodmares and will be looking to buy more and improve upon the quality he already has.

“We’re going to cull some of the ones we already have and really start to get better quality and go about raising quality babies,” he said. “The goal is to have 25 to 30 broodmares. He’s wanted to have his own broodmare operation for a while.”

Potter, who is also the CEO of Town and Country Farm, said Broad wasn’t necessarily expecting to buy Walmac, but felt the price was too good to pass up for such an historic facility. He added that it has yet to be decided whether or not Broad will rename the farm.

“We looked at quite a few farms and we weren’t necessarily looking to buy this one,” he said. “But we just thought the location is outstanding and there have been so many good horses raised here. We know the ground is good, the soil is good. When it came up for auction, we were there just to see what it would bring and it brought a figure we thought was fair and Gary was willing to jump all over it.”

Town and Country is owned by Kiki Courtelis, who has owned horses in partnership with Broad. According to Potter, Broad will rely on Courtelis’s knowledge to help him rebuild Walmac.

With the shift into the breeding side of the business, Broad will begin cutting down on the number of horses he currently has in training. Potter estimated the Broad stable consists of about 50 to 60 horses.

“The plan is to cull what he has at this point in time,” Potter said. “It’s not something that will be done quickly, but, yes, there will be a culling process. He will continue to race, but will probably have no more than 10 or 15 horses. Some could be our own homebreds.”

Broad’s top horse this year was Core Beliefs (Quality Road), winner of the GIII Ohio Derby.

Remembering Robert P. Levy

Fri, 2018-11-09 16:10

My father-in-law, Robert P. Levy, was a larger-than-life character. Philanthropic, enthusiastic, a straight-shooter, and a true sportsman. I met Bob before I began dating Angela, his daughter and my future wife. With me having not grown up in the U.S. and he being a co-owner of the Philadelphia Phillies, Bob took great pride in introducing me to his brand of Americana through the sport of baseball, showing me the strategy and science that had made it a national pastime.

Of course, Bob also loved horse racing, and as a racetrack owner, was a pioneer in every respect. In the early years that he operated Atlantic City Race Course, Bob was eloquently but accurately described by Daily Racing Form turf writer Joe Hirsch as “a veritable fountainhead of fresh and intriguing thoughts on racing.” Bob was able to channel his passion into brilliant and creative marketing. In the 1960s, he devised the Matchmaker S. to attract the best fillies and mares, not merely by purse money but also by awarding seasons to popular stallions like Hail to Reason and Round Table.

In 1976, Bob had lighting installed around the oval to make Atlantic City the first major Thoroughbred track to conduct night racing. In 1983, he successfully lobbied for legislative approval to broadcast the Meadowlands races at Atlantic City and so trailblazed a future of full-card simulcasting. In 1994, he brought racing to Houston opening Sam Houston Race Park as a start-up.

Bob was a founding director of Breeders’ Cup, former president of the Thoroughbred Racing Association, and a past director at Fasig-Tipton. He carried on his family’s tradition of racing and achieved the highest levels of success as a racehorse owner with Belmont S. winner Bet Twice and Eclipse champion sprinters Housebuster–voted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2013–and Smoke Glacken.

Bob had tremendous insight into every aspect of the Thoroughbred industry, and he could draw on his knowledge to advise me. No matter how detailed his analysis might have been, he liked to underscore his point with a lighthearted axiom. (“Just because they can go three-quarters doesn’t mean they can go seven-eighths!”)

For as enthusiastic as he was, Bob was a kind and decent man, and he possessed an incredible amount of patience. I remember an afternoon on the golf course, him teaching me how to chip and putt (he got me as close as I’ve ever gotten to what you could call a reasonable stroke). Even though I was a poor golfer, he had a natural ability to coach to match his love of sport.

In college at the University of Pennsylvania, Bob played four years of tennis, later coached the women’s tennis team, and was named to the Penn Tennis Hall of Fame. His father, dentist Dr. Leon Levy, founded Penn’s School of Dental Medicine–one of the best dental schools in the country–and Bob continued his parents’ tradition of philanthropy to Penn.

He was also immensely philanthropic outside of Penn, devoting time and money to championing causes he was passionate about. In 1953, he founded and organized the Philadelphia Little Quakers football program, which remains active today and has benefitted at least 2,500 inner-city student-athletes. Throughout his life, Bob cared deeply about the Little Quaker team members he had coached, and he would often sponsor their education and mentor them long after their youth football days.

Similarly, Bob became an Overseer of William Penn Charter School–the long-established Philadelphia college prep institution from which he had graduated–and in that role enriched the lives of hundreds of students.

Many people have reasons to be grateful for Bob, his ideas, his friendship, and his generosity. I will count myself as one of those people. I am grateful to him for the way he welcomed me into his family, for his daughter Angela, and for our five children. Bob will be missed and well-remembered.

Antony Beck is president of Gainesway Farm.

Memorial Set for Rick Violette at Belmont Park

Fri, 2018-11-09 14:12

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association will host a memorial for late trainer Rick Violette Jr. from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the Belmont Cafe at Belmont Park.

Violette, the long-time president of NYTHA, passed away last month. Donations in Violette’s memory can be made to the Backstretch Employee Service Team (BEST) or the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program.

For more information, contact the NYTHA Office at (718) 848-5045.

TIF Releases `Changing the Rules’

Fri, 2018-11-09 11:38

Clarity and consistency in the adjudication of North American racing is possible with a switch to the Category 1 philosophy, says a new white paper released by the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation. Changing The Rules, the 24-page white paper available for download here, discusses the two adjudication systems currently in place in the world; Category 1, which every country in the world uses with the exception of the U.S. and Canada, and Category 2, which is used in North America.

According to the definition from the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities, Category 2 jurisdictions are: “Countries whose Rules provide that if the interferer is guilty of causing interference and such interference has affected the result of the race then the interferer is placed behind the sufferer irrespective of whether the sufferer would have finished in front of the interferer had the incident(s) not occurred.”

In contrast, Category 1 jurisdictions are those where: “If, in the opinion of the Staging Authority’s relevant judicial body, a horse or its rider causes interference and finishes in front of the horse interfered with but irrespective of the incident(s) the sufferer would not have finished ahead of the horse causing the interference, the judge’s placings will remain unaltered.”

“This issue reaches across so many constituencies,” said TIF Executive Director Patrick Cummings. “Racing stakeholders in North America, and particularly horseplayers, yearn for a more consistent standard in race officiating. The stewards aren’t the problem, they are simply interpreting and enforcing an interference philosophy that, by its very nature, yields inconsistent outcomes.

“Our white paper presents a logical alternative to the current philosophy in place across North America. There is a path forward to adopt a new model rule which individual jurisdictions can accept, bringing an improved experience for the countless frustrated stakeholders of our great sport.”

Solid Book 3 Opener at Keeneland

Thu, 2018-11-08 21:04

LEXINGTON, KY – The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale marched into Book 3 Thursday in Lexington with continued competitive bidding. Nine horses sold for $200,000 or over during the session, led by the 3-year-old broodmare prospect Saucy Dame (Distorted Humor) who sold to Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings for $320,000. Two weanlings topped the $200,000 mark, with a colt by Speightstown bringing the top foal price of the day when selling to Evergreen Stable for $285,000.

In all, 259 horses sold Thursday at Keeneland for a total of $17,381,000. The session average was $67,108 and the median was $52,000. With 76 horses reported not sold, the buy-back rate was 22.69%.

“I think it’s great,” Tom VanMeter, whose VanMeter-Gentry Sales consigned the session topper, said of the market. “I don’t think it’s absolutely killer, but nice mares like [Saucy Dame] are selling. I’ve been trying to buy mares and getting shut out. And the weanlings are good. You walk up there, they are ferocious to buy them, if they are good. But we’ve bought a few. So we’re happy and we’re rocking on.”

Bloodstock agent Chad Schumer, who sold the day’s second-highest priced weanling, said there were plenty of opportunities in Book 3 of the reformated November sale–which started with a single Book 1 session Monday.

“I think this is Book 3, but it really feels like Book 2 to me,” he said. “Book 2 tends to have some soft spots because you’re transitioning from the very top of the market to the more middle of the market. So I try to work Book 2 pretty hard for that reason.”

Through four sessions, 833 head have grossed $142,608,000 for an average of $171,198 and a median of $105,000. At this point in last year’s auction, which had a two-session Book 1 section, 660 horses had sold for $144,097,000. The average was $218,329 and the median was $130,000.

The Keeneland November sale continues through Nov. 16 with sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m.

Nothing Like a Saucy Dame

Saucy Dame (Distorted Humor) will be joining the broodmare band at Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet after selling for a session-topping $320,000 Thursday at Keeneland. The 3-year-old filly, who sold as a broodmare prospect, is a daughter of Storm Beauty (Storm Cat), a half-sister to champion Gold Beauty (Mr. Prospector). Saucy Dame is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Buffum (Bernardini) and graded stakes placed Stormy West (Gone West) and Renaissance Lady (A.P. Indy).

“She was a Distorted Humor, who is a great broodmare sire, and she comes from a great female family,” Stonestreet’s John Moynihan said of the filly’s appeal. “It’s a great female family and all of the daughters from that family have produced. If this one goes on to produce horses like some of the other daughters have, we’ll be in good shape.”

This wasn’t the first time Moynihan had purchased a member of the family at auction.

“I actually bought her mother years ago as a yearling,” he said.

Moynihan purchased Storm Beauty for $650,000 at the 1996 Keeneland July sale. The dark bay went on to win the 1998 Miss Preakness S. and Wilma C. Kennedy S. for Robert Lewis and trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The mare sold, in foal to A.P. Indy, to Brushwood Stable for $2.2 million at the 2004 Keeneland November sale.

Saucy Dame (hip 1386) was consigned to Thursday’s sale by VanMeter-Gentry Sales as agent for Louise Lally’s Summerplace Farm. Summerplace purchased the chestnut filly for $200,000 as a Keeneland September yearling in 2016. She won two of nine starts for Summerplace and trainer Eddie Kenneally.

“We are pleased with that result,” said Tom VanMeter. “She is a breeder’s mare. We put her back here [in Book 3] for a reason. We wanted her to stand out and I think she did. She had 100 shows–100 shows is pretty impressive for a mare.”

Summerplace Farm sold 2017 GI Ashland S. winner Sailor’s Valentine (Mizzen Mast) (hip 177) for $800,000 during Monday’s first session of the November sale.

Speightstown Colt to Partnership

A colt by Speightstown was the highest-priced weanling, and second highest-priced lot overall, of Thursday’s fourth session of the Keeneland November sale when selling for $285,000. The weanling is out of the unraced Magical Dream (Malibu Moon), a half-sister to multiple Grade I winner Dream Rush (Wild Rush). Dream Rush is the dam of Grade I winner Dreaming of Julia (A.P. Indy) and the speedy Atreides (Medaglia d’Oro), both of whom were bred and raced by Stonestreet Stables. The operation’s John Moynihan signed the ticket on hip 1282 in the name of Evergreen Stable.

“I bought him for a partnership,” Moynihan said. “He may be resold and he may be raced, we’ll just see.”

The weanling was consigned by St. George Sales on behalf of breeder Bonnie Baskin’s Blue Heaven Farm.

“It’s a great price and he is going to great owners,” Archie St. George said after watching the colt sell. “I wish them the best of luck. Hopefully we will see him down the road and that is the important part. Credit goes to the breeder; they do a very good job. The price exceeded expectations.”

Blue Heaven Farm purchased Magical Dream, in foal to Pioneerof the Nile, for $210,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November sale. The colt she was carrying at the sale returned to bring $300,000 at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. The mare’s More Than Ready colt sold to Spendthrift Farm for that same price this past August at Saratoga.

Magical Dream was bred to Candy Ride (Arg) this year.

Bachman Restocks

Tom Bachman of Fairview was at the Keeneland November sale looking to restock his broodmare band. Before heading for the airport for a flight home to California, the breeder bid $230,000 to secure the 9-year-old Harbor Mist (Rockport Harbor), in foal to Frosted, from the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment.

“She’s a young mare and I think Frosted is going to be a nice sire,” Bachman said. “We’ll breed her to a horse in California and make that [in utero foal] a Cal-bred.”

The stakes-winning Harbor Mist (hip 1228) is out of Jaramar Miss (Risen Star) and is a half-sister to graded stakes placed Jaramar Rain (Thunder Gulch). The mare, then in foal to Speightstown, was purchased by WinStar Farm for $410,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. In foal to Distorted Humor, she RNA’d for $270,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale.

Fairview was represented by three of the top five lots during the final Barretts August Select Yearling Sale three months ago, led by a $230,000 son of Square Eddie. The farm topped the 2017 edition of the sale with a $300,000 filly by Bodemeister. Both yearlings are out of Bachman’s mare North Freeway (Jump Start), who also produced multiple stakes winner Take the One O One (Acclamation).

“My broodmare band is getting up in average age, so I’m trying to drop it down,” Bachman explained. “So that’s what this mare is going to do. I bought a Malibu Moon mare earlier and she is going to be in the same program.”

Bachman purchased Moon River Gal (Malibu Moon) (hip 487) for $270,000 at Keeneland Wednesday.

He agreed the market for mares was tough in Lexington this week.

“A young, good-looking mare who is bred right is very tough to buy,” Bachman said.

“I was an underbidder four times yesterday, so it’s tough. But it’s getting thin now, so what is going to happen is everybody is going to focus on the same ones. The nice mares and pedigrees, everyone is going to be on the same ones.”

Flatter Colt a Score for Schumer, Burke

Chad Schumer saw a golden opportunity at Keeneland last January and struck, purchasing Vegas Trip (Aldebaran), in foal to Flatter, for $23,000. The mare’s Flatter colt (hip 1474), co-bred with Glidawn Stud’s Gerry Burke, returned to the Keeneland sales ring Thursday and rewarded the investment when selling for $200,000 to deMeric Stables.

“The mare is a half-sister to two graded stakes winners and she had a good produce history,” Schumer said of the 10-year-old mare’s appeal. “Her previous Flatter had sold very well to a great judge in Mike Ryan. So at that price, I couldn’t resist.”

Out of group-placed Nawal (Fr) (Homme de Loi {Ire}), Vegas Trip is a half-sister to Grade I winner Mast Track (Mizzen Mast) and Group 1 winner Jemayel (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}). Ryan paid $70,000 for the weanling’s full-brother at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

“He was absolutely lovely when he was born, but he kind of went through an awkward stage and we weren’t entirely sure we were going to bring him here,” Schumer admitted of the weanling.

“But he really came on the past three weeks, I mean unbelievably strong. So he is definitely headed in the right direction. And his half-brother, an Into Mischief, sold for $270,000 to Chad Brown [at this year’s Keeneland September sale]. That really encouraged us to go on.”

Vegas Trip was bred back to Lea this spring and Schumer said of her, “Another client has the mare, so it’s still in the family.”

Of his operation, Schumer explained, “We always dabble a little bit here and there with partnerships. We have been buying for clients for a long time and sometimes we take a leg here and there and we’ve done some breeding partnerships with some of the other consignors.”

Burke has been buying weanlings at Keeneland to pinhook in his native Ireland for two decades, but he enjoyed two sales successes in Lexington Thursday. In addition to the Flatter colt, Burke sold a colt from the first crop of GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Tamarkuz for $140,000 as the first horse through the ring in Book 3. He had purchased the weanling’s dam, with the colt in utero, for $36,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale.

“We’ve become very good friends and he’s seen what I’ve done and he said, ‘I want a leg of a mare here or there, too,'” Schumer said of Burke.

The partners did experience some of the lows of the sales game Thursday, as well, when forced to scratch hip 1196.

“We had a beautiful Flintshire (GB) filly in today as well, but we had to scratch her because she got sick,” Schumer said. “That was a bit of a blow. Three weeks ago, I would not have thought [the Flatter colt] would have made the sale and I was sure she would shine. And it flipped. That’s the vagaries of doing this.”

Upstart Colt a Career Score for Wente

Longtime Indiana breeder Tommy Wente decided to make a change some four years ago and, along with partners Shane and Calvin Crain, leased St. Simon Place and set about setting up a commercial broodmare band on the 380-acre Lexington farm. The new program enjoyed its biggest success to date when a colt from the first crop of multiple graded stakes winner Upstart sold for $195,000 to Clear Ridge Stables Thursday at Keeneland.

“When he was born, he was just a knock out from day one,” Wente said of hip 1256, who was co-bred with Scott Stephens. “He was very, very correct and very pretty. He was a pretty colt with a beautiful walk and a beautiful neck.”

Of breeding to a first-season sire, Wente said, “I think you can find value because no one has them. They haven’t been on the track, so they can’t ding them on anything. So if you get a good-looking first-year baby, people are willing to take chances. But when you get on that bubble year, when those horses are starting to go to the track, we back off of them. Because it’s hard to make a stallion. A lot of them don’t make it, so you kind of want to stay away from those years. We did well with the first-year studs because you can’t really get hurt and you don’t have to put a whole lot of money into them.”

Of Thursday’s result, Wente admitted, “It’s kind of surreal because he was the most expensive horse I’ve ever sold. We just basically got into this. We leased this farm about four years ago.”

Wente continued, “I was an Indiana guy–I was breeding these cheap Indiana-breds and I was just not going anywhere. It’s just the same old stuff and you can’t make any money and you’re kind of stuck in a rut. So when I was offered a chance to come over here, it was either now or never because I was 45 or 46 at the time. I wasn’t getting any younger and you kind of know where you want to be, but you’ve just got to get there. We leased the farm and then we had to start from scratch.”

The St. Simon Place broodmare band currently numbers 15 head, plus an additional handful of mares owned in partnerships. Wente is looking to improve the farm’s bloodstock little by little over the next several years.

“We want to jump up our program every year,” he said. “So we started at the bottom and we are trying to jump our program up. This year’s babies are going to be from higher stud fees and next year’s are going to go up a little bit more.”

Joyous Music is an example of that philosophy. The 10-year-old mare is currently in foal to Violence and is booked back to Street Sense.

No Nay Never Up To €100,000 For 2019

Thu, 2018-11-08 13:45

No Nay Never (Scat Daddy), Europe’s leading first-season sire, will have his fee quadrupled next season at Coolmore, jumping to €100,000 from €25,000.

The G2 Coventry S. and G1 Prix Morny winner started out at a fee of €20,000 in 2015. He dipped to €17,500 for the subsequent two seasons, but was bumped back up to €25,000 this year after his first yearlings were very well received by the market last fall. Those rosy predicaments translated to success on the track this year: No Nay Never is Europe’s leading first-crop sire by earnings (over $1.3-million), winners (27), wins (38), black-type winners (6), black-type horses (13), group winners (two) and group horses (five). His leading earner is the G1 Middle Park S. winner Ten Sovereigns (Ire)*.

No Nay Never now stands for the highest advertised fee of Coolmore’s 29 Irish-based stallions-Galileo (Ire)‘s fee once again is private.

Coolmore will introduce five new stallions in Ireland this year: Group 2-winning juvenile Gustav Klimt (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) (€7,500), Australian champion 3-year-old sprinter and Royal Ascot winner Merchant Navy (Aus) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) (€20,000), G1 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) (€30,000), G2 Norfolk S. and G1 Phoenix S. winner Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy) (€12,500) and triple Group 1-winning sprinter U S Navy Flag (War Front) (€25,000).

U S Navy Flag, Saxon Warrior and Merchant Navy will stand at the farm’s headquarters in Co. Tipperary, and Coolmore’s Director of Sales David O’Loughlin said, “Coolmore have long been associated with standing top-class 2-year-olds and Classic 3-year-olds, but the new additions for 2019 see the introduction of some really quality speed.”

“War Front’s son U S Navy Flag was last year’s European champion 2-year-old and was a runaway winner of the July Cup when dropped back to six furlongs. Merchant Navy won Group 1 races over six furlongs both in Australia and at Royal Ascot and is the fastest son of his champion sire Fastnet Rock. Saxon Warrior is the best son of Deep Impact to stand in Europe to date. He bested Roaring Lion in the G1 Racing Post Trophy to remain unbeaten at two and displayed a devastating turn of foot to win the Guineas. All three are by top sires and all three also have exceptionally strong pedigrees on the female side.”

Gustav Klimt and Sioux Nation will join the roster at Castlehyde, and that stud’s manager John Kennedy said, “The 2018 racing season was a fantastic one for Castlehyde. Our stallions Champs Elysees and Holy Roman Emperor sired three Classic winners between them while Ruler of the World sired the G1 Fillies Mile winner from his first 2-year-old crop. Amongst the many high-class horses foaled here were Irish Derby winner Latrobe and Prince of Wales’s S. and King George winner Poet’s Word. We are thrilled to have two very exciting horses coming for 2019. There is every reason to believe that Scat Daddy’s Norfolk and Phoenix S. winner Sioux Nation could be the next No Nay Never, while Gustav Klimt was a very high-class 2-year-old, is the highest-rated son of Galileo over six furlongs and comes from the family of Invincible Spirit and Kodiac.”

*All figures for No Nay Never as of 11/8/2018.