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Caledonia Road on Track for Acorn

Sun, 2018-05-27 18:48

Last year’s Eclipse champion 2-year-old filly Caledonia Road (Quality Road), absent from the major races this spring, will look to get back in the mix at the top of her division when she faces the likes of GI Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) in the June 9 GI Acorn S. at Belmont Park. The bay filly tuned up for the one-mile race with a bullet five-furlong work in :59.87 (1/12) at Belmont Saturday.

“She is doing good,” said trainer Ralph Nicks. “We are looking forward to getting her started in the Acorn. We all know it’s not going to be an easy race, there are some very accomplished fillies, like Monomoy Girl, in there. And going the one-turn mile, they are going to be hard for us to catch, I would think. I expect a very good effort from her and hopefully there will be enough pace to help us out a little bit. But it will be good to get a good race in her and we are looking forward to the two-turn races.”

Caledonia Road, second in the GI Frizette S. going one mile at Belmont in just her second career start last October, claimed her championship with a 3 1/4-length win in the Nov. 4 GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. She resurfaced with an authoritative victory in a one-mile allowance in Elmont Apr. 29.

“Absolutely,” Nicks said when asked if Caledonia Road had moved forward from her sophomore debut. “Look at her works. Her works have been good this year. She’s a much better work horse and she’s done well.”

Monomoy Girl Works for Acorn

Sun, 2018-05-27 17:01

Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, the Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables’s GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) worked five furlongs in :59 2/5 at Churchill Downs prior to the track’s first race Sunday, her latest move in preparation for a start in the GI Acorn S. on the GI Belmont S. undercard June 9. Working in company with her 5-year-old stablemate Dazzling Gem (Misremembered), Monomoy Girl galloped out six furlongs in 1:12 4/5.

“Very solid, what we were looking for,” trainer Brad Cox said. “She did it the right way. She never disappoints us in the morning, and she has yet to disappoint us in the afternoon. I’m really pleased with her.”

Monomoy Girl ran her record to six-for-seven with a score in the May 4 Oaks. Cox said the decision was made to work her thirty minutes prior to the first race after an early morning thunderstorm left the track in wet condition during the normal training hours.

“Thirteen days out, I wanted a good breeze in her,” he said. “We could have gone this morning if it had been more of a maintenance work. But I was kind of looking to do something today, so we were looking for a better track…I was glad we waited, and I appreciate Churchill giving us the opportunity to do this. It means a lot.”

 

Report: Battle of Midway Returns to Training

Sun, 2018-05-27 16:01

Battle of Midway (Smart Strike), winner of the 2017 GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, has been returned to training after being found to be subfertile, according to a report from the Daily Racing Form. WinStar Farm CEO Elliott Walden told the Racing Form that Battle of Midway impregnated five of the 60 mares he was bred to this spring.

According to the report, Battle of Midway galloped at Keeneland Sunday morning while under the training of Rodolphe Brisset, who also trains GII Tampa Bay Derby hero Quip (Distorted Humor) for WinStar, who owns the horse in partnership with China Horse Club and SF Racing.

Walden told the Racing Form that WinStar had a fertility policy through the Great American insurance company, which assumed ownership of Battle of Midway before he was ultimately purchased back by WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Corporation with the intent of returning him to training.

Under the training of Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, Battle of Midway won five times from 10 starts and banked $1,249,949 in earnings.

 

Munnings Debutante Graduates at Arlington

Sun, 2018-05-27 15:07

2nd-Arlington, $32,150, Msw, 5-27, 2yo, f, 4 1/2f (AWT), :52.34, ft.
O’KEEFFE (f, 2, Munnings–Coco Ecolo {SP, $170,222}, by Johannesburg) showed speed and dug in late to graduate at first asking on the Arlington polytrack. Picked up for $275,000 at OBS March after breezing a furlong in :10 flat, the dark bay was away in midpack as the 3-5 choice but soon blitzed to the front from her outside draw to show the way through a :22.86 quarter. Challenged by $250,000 OBSMAR grad Agi’s Cait (Tale of the Cat) into the final furlong, O’Keeffe found another gear late to repel that foe by 1 1/2 lengths on the wire. Sire Munnings has had quite the week with debut-winning juveniles-two of his sons won their respective unveilings at Lone Star Thursday evening as well. O’Keeffe has a yearling half-brother by Quality Road and her dam was bred to Clubhouse Ride last season. Owner Carolyn Wilson and trainer Larry Rivelli also went to a co-session-topping $775,000 at OBS March for a Strong Mandate colt who came out of the same Wavertree Stables consignment as Sunday’s winner. For more, see “Wilson, Rivelli Hoping to Be BC-Bound Again…Sales history: $135,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $19,200. Click for the Equibase.com chart.
O-Carolyn Wilson; B-K & G Stables (KY); T-Larry Rivelli.

Irish Guineas Glory For Mastercraftsman’s Alpha Centauri

Sun, 2018-05-27 11:32

Labelled a TDN Rising Star due to her exciting early juvenile form, the Niarchos Family’s Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) picked the right stage to mount a serious comeback after some worrying reversals when annexing Sunday’s G1 Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas at The Curragh. Attracting support into 12-1 despite the latest evidence of her current state being a 10th placing in the G3 Ballylinch Stud 1000 Guineas Trial over seven furlongs on heavy ground at Leopardstown Apr. 14, the imposing grey left that well behind to become the third European mile Classic winner in four generations of her esteemed Niarchos dynasty. While lacking the dash of her second and third dams East of the Moon (Private Account) and Miesque (Nureyev), the homebred knows how to gallop and that was certainly tested with another War Front in Could It Be Love opening up a sizeable advantage which only she proved able to bridge. Getting to that huge article from Ballydoyle only in the final yards, Alpha Centauri had 1 3/4 lengths in hand of the 33-1 shot, with 3/4 of a length back to the 5-4 favourite Happily (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in third. The third of four British and Irish Guineas in 2018 to be won by a horse trading in double figures, she was not surprising connections. “She did a very nice bit of work at Leopardstown two weeks ago and we thought we had her spot-on,” trainer Jessie Harrington said. “She’s a big mare who is quite heavy and on soft ground she just sinks into it. This has to be right up there, it’s fantastic.”
For a filly of her size, Alpha Centauri was quick off the blocks at two and handed the subsequent G3 Anglesey S. winner and G1 Phoenix S. third Actress (Ire) (Declaration of War) two beatings in the space of three weeks by a combined margin of 7 1/2 lengths over six furlongs at Naas. The latter came in the often-informative staging post of the Listed Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies’ Sprint S. and she subsequently went to Royal Ascot a hot favourite but found the French raider Different League (Fr) (Dabirsim {Fr}) a neck too strong in the G3 Albany S. Her faithful were undeterred afterwards and backed her into favouritism for the G1 Moyglare Stud S., but she could only finish fifth behind Happily on ground with considerable ease in it and by the time she had trailed in the 1000 Guineas Trial it was clear that those conditions played against her.
Always comfortable travelling towards the rear under Colm O’Donoghue as Could It Be Love strode ever clear of the market leaders Soliloquy (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Happily, Alpha Centauri was not panicked into action despite the yawning gap to that half-sister to Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) who had shown up so well for so long when eighth in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches a fortnight previously. With everything in the main group working hard approaching the final quarter mile, Alpha Centauri began to undergo the stealthy gathering in of the runaway leader and by the time she reached the 100-yard marker it was clear that she was going to be on top. Despite a late leftward drift, which could have been the considerable effort taking its toll, she was firmly on top at the line. “She’s always given us a good feel and although I was a little bit disappointed with her run in the trial, the ground was very soft and she was drawn out very wide so I just had to ride her as she was comfortable,” O’Donoghue said. “She just got tired in my hands, but everyone has been very happy with her at home since and she worked well at Leopardstown so you can only go there and approach it confidently. Aidan’s never stop–they are fit and hard and well and run to the line, but my filly got very comfortable at halfway which gave me a lot of confidence even before we made the change. When I asked her to pick up, she ran hard to the line.”
Alpha Centauri, who is bound for the June 22 G1 Coronation S. at Royal Ascot, is out of the unraced Alpha Lupi (Ire) (Rahy), whose best performer prior to her was Ballydoyle’s Listed Golden Fleece S. winner and G2 Royal Lodge S. runner-up Tenth Star (Ire) (Dansili {GB}). The aforementioned East of the Moon also captured the G1 Prix de Diane and G1 Prix Jacques le Marois as well as the Pouliches before producing the G3 Prix d’Arenberg scorer Moon Driver (Mr. Prospector) and the MSP dam of the G3 Horrix Hill S.-winning sire Evasive (GB) (Elusive Quality) and last year’s G3 Brigadier Gerard S. winner Autocratic (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). The third dam, the champion Miesque, is also the second dam of Sunday’s G1 Prix du Jockey Club protagonist Study of Man (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) who after his recent G2 Prix Greffulhe success will trade as one of the leading hopes for that Chantilly Classic. The legendary 1000 Guineas and dual Breeders’ Cup Mile heroine is of course the dam of the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains-winning champion sire Kingmambo (Mr. Prospector), with other luminaries Rumplestiltskin (Ire) (Danehill) and her daughter Tapestry (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Karakontie (Jpn) (Bernstein), Amanee (Aus) (Pivotal {GB}) and Real Steel (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) among her descendants. Alpha Lupi’s 2-year-old filly by So You Think (NZ) is named Etoile Filante (GB), while she also has a yearling filly by Sea the Moon (Ger).

Sunday, Curragh, Ireland
TATTERSALLS IRISH 1000 GUINEAS-G1, €400,000, Curragh, 5-27, 3yo, 8fT, 1:38.71, g/f.
1–ALPHA CENTAURI (IRE), 126, f, 3, by Mastercraftsman (Ire)
1st Dam: Alpha Lupi (Ire), by Rahy
2nd Dam: East of the Moon, by Private Account
3rd Dam: Miesque, by Nureyev
1ST GROUP WIN; 1ST GROUP 1 WIN. O/B-Niarchos Family (IRE); T-Jessica Harrington; J-Colm O’Donoghue. €233,000. Lifetime Record: GSP-Eng, 6-3-1-0, $356,294. *1/2 to Tenth Star (Ire) (Dansili {GB}), SW & GSP-Ire, GSP-Eng. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Could It Be Love, 126, f, 3, War Front–Playa Maya, by Arch. O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Playa Maya Syndicate (KY); T-Aidan O’Brien. €80,000.3–Happily (Ire), 126, f, 3, Galileo (Ire)–You’resothrilling, by Storm Cat. O-Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor; B-Orpendale & Chelston Ireland (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. €40,000.Margins: 1 3/4, 3/4, 1HF. Odds: 12.00, 33.00, 1.25.
Also Ran: Soliloquy (GB), Yulong Gold Fairy (GB), Lightening Quick (GB), Who’s Steph (Ire), Most Gifted, Clemmie (Ire), Scriobh Nua (Ire), Chiara Luna, Alghabrah (Ire), Uluru Park (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Siyouni’s Laurens Wins Saint-Alary Battle

Sun, 2018-05-27 10:04

So game when second in the G1 1000 Guineas at Newmarket three weeks ago, John Dance’s Laurens (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) had to be every bit as tough again on Sunday to register a second top-level success in the G1 The Gurkha Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary at ParisLongchamp. Sent straight to the front by PJ McDonald, last year’s G1 Fillies Mile and G2 May Hill S. heroine was tackled and briefly headed by Flowrider (Street Cry {Ire}) approaching the furlong pole and for a stride or two it looked as if she could capitulate. Rallying to see off that threat soon after, she had to take off the gloves as TDN Rising Star With You (GB) (Dansili {GB}) forged up her inner using the cutaway rail but the visiting 7-10 favourite proved equal to the task to score by a short head.
Trainer Karl Burke was every bit as relieved as he was delighted afterwards. “She’d definitely be better with a lead, but with today’s small field and her long action and stride we knew it’d be difficult to get one,” he admitted. “The jockey told me she was sleeping in front and would have kicked himself if she’d been beaten. She is so brave and such a fighter. She trained well after the Guineas and the initial plan was to go for the Irish 1000 Guineas, but we feared fast ground at The Curragh. After the rain fell in Paris on Friday, we decided to come here instead. She has won a group 1 as a 2-year-old and a group 1 as a 3-year-old and we’ll come back to France for the [June 17 G1] Prix de Diane [at Chantilly]. Two long road trips is perhaps too much for her in the space of three weeks, so next time we’ll fly her over. I’ve not yet won a Classic, but she’ll probably be favourite so it’ll be fingers crossed on the day.”
With You’s trainer Freddy Head will also be there for the rematch and he said of the runner-up, “I’ve got mixed feelings and am disappointed to see her beaten so narrowly, but delighted to see her run so well on her first start of the year. I’ve had all manner of problems with her and haven’t been able to train her as I’d wished, so she should come on a lot for the run and we’ll bring her back in the Diane.”
Laurens will undoubtedly get further than this 10-furlong trip in time, with her dam Recambe (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}) a half-sister to the Hong Kong Derby hero Salford Mill (Ire) (Preintre Celebre). The third dam Raysiya (Ire) (Cure the Blues) is the second dam of the G1 Prix de l’Opera heroine Kinnaird (Ire) (Dr. Devious {Ire}). She in turn produced the G2 Royal Lodge S. scorer Berkshire (Ire) (Mount Nelson {GB}) and features as the second dam of the G2 July S. hero and G1 Middle Park S. runner-up Ivawood (Ire) (Zebedee {GB}) who was also third in both the G1 English and Irish 2000 Guineas.

Sunday, Longchamp, France
THE GURKHA COOLMORE PRIX SAINT-ALARY-G1, €250,000, ParisLongchamp, 5-27, 3yo, f, 10fT, 2:08.39, g/s.
1–LAURENS (FR), 126, f, 3, by Siyouni (Fr)
1st Dam: Recambe (Ire), by Cape Cross (Ire)
2nd Dam: Razana (Ire), by Kahyasi (Ire)
3rd Dam: Raysiya (Ire), by Cure the Blues
(£220,000 Ylg ’16 GOUKPR). O-John Dance; B-Bloodstock Agency Ltd (FR); T-Karl Burke; J-P J McDonald. €142,850. Lifetime Record: G1SW-Eng, 6-4-2-0, €717,173. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–With You (GB), 126, f, 3, Dansili (GB)–In Clover (GB), by Inchinor (GB). O/B-George Strawbridge (GB); T-Freddy Head. €57,150.
3–Soustraction (Ire), 126, f, 3, Lope de Vega (Ire)–Mathematicienne (Ire), by Galileo (Ire). O/B-Wertheimer & Frere (IRE); T-Carlos Laffon-Parias. €28,575.
Margins: SHD, 2, NK. Odds: 0.70, 3.00, 8.00.
Also Ran: Flowrider, Tosen Gift (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Bushranger Filly Gets the Bob to Upend Gamely

Sat, 2018-05-26 19:40

DP Racing’s Sophie P (Bushranger {Ire}) pulled off an upset in the GI Gamely S. by a nostril over Madam Dancealot (Ire) (Sir Prancealot {Ire}) in the tightest of photo finishes. The 14-1 shot raced in a joint third early as Madame Stripes (Arg) (Equal Stripes {Arg}) ticked off an opening quarter in :23.92 and pulled well clear of her competition through a half in :47.24. Sophie P advanced up the fence to close in on the leader with three-eighths left to run. Madame Stripes tried to go on with it in the lane, but was swarmed by Sophie P to her outside and Madam Dancealot to her inside. Those rivals edged clear of the pacesetter in the final strides, hitting the line together in a very tight photo, with Sophie P getting the bob.

“I really wasn’t sure if we got the bob, but if I had to bet on it, I would have said ‘no,'” said trainer Jim Cassidy. “If they put up ‘dead heat,’ I would not have been surprised. I was thinking Kent [Desormeaux]’s a great rider as I watched the stretch. He put her in the right position and didn’t let anybody get clear.”

Previously campaigned in England with trainer R. Michael Smith, Sophie P won four of her 19 starts overseas and hit the board on six other occasions. She closed out 2017 with a pair of victories in Musselburgh handicaps Oct. 1 and again just eight days later Oct. 9, after which she was privately purchased by DP Racing and transferred to Cassidy.

Pedigree Notes:

Sophie P is the sixth graded winner and 11th black-type winner for her sire Bushranger. Her dam Fountains Abbey has produced just one foal since the winner, a 4-year-old filly named Frankie Cloud (GB) (Zebedee {GB}). She hails from the family of champion grass mare Flawlessly (Affirmed), German and French Highweight Signs of Blessing (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) and Group 1 winner Nadia (GB) (Nashwan).

Saturday, Santa Anita
GAMELY S.-GI, $300,690, Santa Anita, 5-26, 3yo/up, f/m,
1 1/8mT, 1:48.53, fm.
1–SOPHIE P (GB), 121, m, 5, by Bushranger (Ire)
1st Dam: Fountains Abbey, by Giant’s Causeway
2nd Dam: Dream Bay, by Mr. Prospector
3rd Dam: Nazoo (Ire), by Nijinsky II
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN, 1ST GRADE I
WIN. (160,000gns 4yo ’17 TATMA). O-D P Racing; B-New Hall
Stud (GB); T-James M. Cassidy; J-Kent J. Desormeaux.
$180,000. Lifetime Record: SP-Eng, 21-5-5-1, $256,570.
Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Madam Dancealot (Ire), 123, f, 4, by Sir Prancealot (Ire)
1st Dam: Sisal (Ire), by Danehill
2nd Dam: Ship’s Twine (Ire), by Slip Anchor (GB)
3rd Dam: Twine (Ire), by Thatching (Ire)
(4,761gns RNA 2yo ’16 TATABR; £100,000 2yo ’16 GOFLON;
€260,000 2yo ’16 GOFFCH). O-Slam Dunk Racing; B-Tally Ho
Stud (IRE); T-Richard Baltas. $60,000.
3–Madame Stripes (Arg), 121, m, 6, by Equal Stripes (Arg)
1st Dam: Courtisane (Arg), by Silver Finder
2nd Dam: Compagne (Arg), by Payant (Arg)
3rd Dam: Celine (Arg), by Lefty
O-Gainesway Stable; B-Alvarez, Gustavo Javier (ARG); T-Neil D.
Drysdale. $36,000.
Margins: NO, NK, 1 3/4. Odds: 14.00, 4.20, 10.90.
Also Ran: Beau Recall (Ire), Hawksmoor (Ire), Midnight Crossing (Ire), Mopotism. Scratched: Uni (GB).
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Accelerate Leads Home Lookin At Lucky Exacta in Gold Cup at Santa Anita

Sat, 2018-05-26 17:57

ACCELERATE (h, 5, Lookin At Lucky-Issues, by Awesome Again), a romping winner of the GI Santa Anita H. over this track and trip Mar. 10, settled for second behind race favorite City of Light (Quality Road) in the GII Oaklawn H. Apr. 14, but turned the tables on that one and the rest of his foes here to post a convincing success. Settled in just off an honest pace, the 9-5 shot proved much too much for his competition to handle, as he powered away in the lane by about four lengths in 2:01.38. Pacesetter Dr. Dorr (Lookin At Lucky) completed an exacta for his sire, while City of Light faded a bit late to settle for third. Sales history: $380,000 yrl ’14 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 19-7-5-5.
O-Hronis Racing LLC. B-Mike Abraham (Ky). T-John Sadler.

 

Holy Roman Emperor’s Romanised Shocks Irish Guineas Rivals

Sat, 2018-05-26 11:33

With Elarqam (GB) (Frankel {GB}) running no sort of race, Saturday’s G1 Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas at The Curragh was open to something from leftfield and so it proved as Romanised (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) sprang a 25-1 upset to provide the Ken Condon stable with a first Classic. Highly tried as a 2-year-old, the bay had partially justified his trainer’s lofty opinion when second to Masar (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}) in the G3 Solario S. in August but his return sixth in the Listed Tetrarch S. understandably set few pulses racing on his warm-up at Naas May 7. While he missed the break and raced in rear early, that may have proved a blessing with Ryan Moore taking no prisoners on U S Navy Flag (War Front) up front. That pace had already begun to see off Elarqam at halfway, where Shadwell’s representative looked nothing like the 2-1 favourite he started at, but Romanised’s rider Shane Foley was just getting into his stride and he was delivered wide with a strong-staying effort to reel in the long-time leader 150 yards from the line for a 2 1/4-length success.
Introduced over six furlongs at Navan last April, Romanised was 14-1 there but served early notice that he was at least useful when swooping on the subsequent listed winners Brick By Brick (Ire) (Big Bad Bob {Ire}) and Declarationofpeace (War Front) to get off to the perfect start. Taken to Royal Ascot for the G2 Coventry S. from there, he missed the kick and met some trouble in running but kept on to be just over two lengths away in seventh before running just over three-lengths sixth behind Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy) in the G1 Phoenix S. here in August. Upped to a more suitable seven furlongs next time, he was unable to match Masar but was determined in pursuit and was only two lengths behind at the line. In the last fortnight, that race had received several boosts with Arbalet (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) and Purser (Mizzen Mast) winning and Vintager (GB) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) a solid third in the Listed Heron S., but Romanised had already become a sideline act by the time he reappeared in the seven-furlong Tetrarch. Staying on late, he almost ran into the back of the filly Hence (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and his effort was finished there and then but there was market support for him despite this looking beyond him on form.
Gradually creeping into contention in a war of attrition created by last year’s champion juvenile, he arrived alongside the trio of Gustav Klimt (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Symbolization (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}) and Threeandfourpence (War Front), who got in each other’s way chasing US Navy Flag. Taking dead aim at the leader passing the furlong pole, he had all the momentum there with the Ballydoyle runner possibly running out of steam after such endeavours. “I had to make up quite a bit of ground to get to them, so I just nursed him and he got there,” Foley said. “I quietly fancied this horse, so it is not a great shock to me. His run in the Solario last year was good enough and everything worked out today. It’s just amazing. After I rode my first Classic winner I wasn’t sure where my next one was going to come from, so it’s great to have this.”
Condon was also far from shocked by the outcome. “We kept faith in him and he had excuses at Naas on his comeback,” he said. “He worked the best he’s worked all spring last Tuesday. We knew we were a long-shot coming in here, but I felt he was going to run a big race. He’s always shown talent and he just seems to have come to himself in the last few weeks. I’m in a bit of shock and it will be a few days before it sinks in. It’s just amazing to win a Classic. It’s all I wanted to do when I entered racing. We just train 30 and we are lucky enough to have a few stakes performers among them. There are a lot of guys like me. The country is full of very good horsemen and very good riders and we’re all looking to get our hands on a good horse and show what you can do. Thankfully he walked through our door and he showed us very early on that he was talented.” He is looking at Royal Ascot now. “He’s in the [June 19 G1] St James’s Palace and [June 22 G1] Commonwealth Cup, we’ll see how he comes out of this,” he added. “We’re in the Commonwealth because he’s always shown lots of pace in his work. But there’s no doubt now he’ll stay the mile and we’ll talk to connections.”
Elarqam ended up a very disappointing sixth and trainer Mark Johnston’s son and assistant Charlie had no explanation for the laboured effort. “It was a disappointing run–there are no two ways about it, but I spoke to dad briefly and he says there are no obvious physical issues,” he said. “My gut instinct is either that the ground was too quick or the trip too short or maybe both, but we’ll get him home for the debrief and regroup. He’s not become a bad horse overnight.”
This is not the first time that Holy Roman Emperor has been responsible for a big-priced Classic winneer, with Homecoming Queen (Ire) having taken the 2012 1000 Guineas at the same odds as Romanised. His dam Romantic Venture (Ire) (Indian Ridge {Ire}), who was a winner at the Galway festival for Moyglare Stud Farm and Dermot Weld, was sold for €40,000 to Brendan Corbett at the 2008 Goffs November Mares Sale. She went on to produce the G3 St Leger Italiano winner Rock of Romance (Ire) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) and the dual listed-winning Fictional Account (Ire) (Stravinsky), who accounted for Fame and Glory (GB) (Montjeu {Ire}) in the 2011 Listed Irish St Leger Trial here. Romantic Venture is a full-sister to the G3 Brigadier Gerard S. and G3 Arc Trial S. winner Sights On Gold (Ire) and a half to the MG1SW and Hong Kong Horse of the Year Designs On Rome (Ire), who is also by Holy Roman Emperor, as well as the GII American Derby hero Simple Exchange (Ire) (Danehill). The third dam Seasonal Pickup (The Minstrel) won four races in listed company and her descendants include the G2 Feehan S. winner and G1 George Ryder S. runner-up Rekindled Interest (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}) and the G1 Irish Derby and G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup hero Grey Swallow (Ire) (Daylami {Ire}). Romantic Venture’s 2-year-old full-sister to Romanised is named Roman Venture (Ire).

Saturday, Curragh, Ireland
TATTERSALLS IRISH 2000 GUINEAS-G1, €400,000, Curragh, 5-26, 3yo, 8fT, 1:38.93, g/f.
1–ROMANISED (IRE), 126, c, 3, by Holy Roman Emperor (Ire)
1st Dam: Romantic Venture (Ire), by Indian Ridge (Ire)
2nd Dam: Summer Trysting, by Alleged
3rd Dam: Seasonal Pickup, by The Minstrel
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN; 1ST GROUP 1 WIN. O-Robert Ng; B-Mrs Monica Aherne (IRE); T-Ken Condon; J-Shane Foley. €233,000. Lifetime Record: GSP-Eng, 6-2-1-0, $298,407. *1/2 to Fictional Account (Ire) (Stravinsky), Hwt. Older Mare-Ire at 14f+, SW-Eng & Ire, $178,094; and Rock of Romance (Ire) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}), GSW-Ity, SW & MGSP-Ger, $125,944). Werk Nick Rating: B+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–U S Navy Flag, 126, c, 3, War Front–Misty For Me (Ire), by Galileo (Ire). O-Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor; B-Misty For Me Syndicate (KY); T-Aidan O’Brien. €80,000.
3–Gustav Klimt (Ire), 126, c, 3, Galileo (Ire)–Massarra (GB), by Danehill. O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. €40,000.
Margins: 2 1/4, 1 1/4, 1. Odds: 25.00, 3.30, 4.50.
Also Ran: Threeandfourpence, Symbolization (Ire), Elarqam (GB), Theobald (Ire), Zihba (Ire), Landshark (GB), Would Be King (Ire), Spanish Point (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Kodiac’s Fairyland Leaves the Boys Behind in the Marble Hill

Sat, 2018-05-26 10:24

A 925,000gns TATOCT purchase, Fairyland had earned TDN Rising Star status on debut at Naas May 7 and fully justified that by leading home an Aidan O’Brien-trained one-two-three to give her stable an 11th renewal. Sent off the 4-1 second favourite with all the focus on her stablemate Van Beethoven (Scat Daddy), she broke smartly for Seamie Heffernan and raced just behind Land Force (Ire) (No Nay Never) before taking over travelling much the best passing two out. Striding clear as the 4-6 favourite Van Beethoven struggled to match her pace, she hit the line with 2 1/4 lengths and a neck to spare over that pair of colts. “We’ve not had many Kodiacs, but the boys loved her at the sales,” her rider said. “We were always aware that the Kodiacs were all speed and might not stay, but the lads have done a great job relaxing her at home and she got has got very relaxed. She has class and is so straightforward, so she could be nice.”

Saturday, Curragh, Ireland
COLD MOVE IRISH EBF MARBLE HILL S.-Listed, €60,000, Curragh, 5-26, 2yo, 6fT, 1:13.20, g/f.
1–FAIRYLAND (IRE), 124, f, 2, by Kodiac (GB)
1st Dam: Queenofthefairies (GB), by Pivotal (GB)
2nd Dam: Land of Dreams (GB), by Cadeaux Genereux (GB)
3rd Dam: Sahara Star (GB), by Green Desert
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. (925,000gns Ylg ’17 TATOCT). O-Evie Stockwell, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Tally-Ho Stud (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Seamus Heffernan. €35,400. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $55,224. *1/2 to Now Or Never (Ire) (Bushranger {Ire}), GSW & G1SP-Ire, GSW-Aus, $283,187.
2–Van Beethoven, 129, c, 2, Scat Daddy–My Sister Sandy, by Montbrook. O-Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor. €12,000.
3–Land Force (Ire), 129, c, 2, No Nay Never–Theann (GB), by Rock of Gibraltar (Ire). (€350,000 Ylg ’17 GOFOR). O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith. €6,000.
Margins: 2 1/4, HF. Odds: 4.00, 8.00.
Also Ran: Gee Rex (Ire), Recon Mission (Ire), Evasive Power, Wartime Hero (GB), Chestnut Express (Ire), Scotts Honor (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Dansili’s Just Wonderful a New Rising Star At The Curragh

Sat, 2018-05-26 09:24

The word was out about Just Wonderful (Dansili {GB}), whose dam Wading (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) had been so impressive when winning Newmarket’s G2 Rockfel S. on what proved to be her last start in 2013, but a late drift to 9-2 second favouritism suggested she would need this introduction every bit as much as her stable’s other juveniles. Keen initially after a sharp break, the bay was settled behind the leaders racing among the far-side group as the field split into two. Sent forward with two furlongs remaining, she was notably green out on her own but still managed a neck winning margin over the stand’s side’s best Lethal Promise (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). That sounds far from exciting, but there was over five lengths back to the next filly racing in her group and her trainer was excited afterwards.
“We thought she was a lovely filly and just let her go a bit last week and she worked really well,” commented Aidan O’Brien, who had introduced Clemmie (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in this last year. “You’re never sure when they have never been on the grass and she was just ready to come racing, but Ryan was very happy with her. After that, we have to look at Royal Ascot and the [June 22 G3] Albany is the obvious race. She must be natural in herself to do that if the others are anything to go on. She should improve and when Ryan rode her dam at Newmarket all those years ago he always though she was one of the best he ever rode. We couldn’t be happier.”
Just Wonderful is the third foal out of Wading and the first winner, with a yearling half-brother by War Front to follow. The dam is a daughter of Ballydoyle’s G3 Blue Wind S. runner-up Cherry Hinton (GB) (Green Desert) who was fifth in the G1 Epsom Oaks and also produced the stable’s G1 Irish Oaks and G2 Ribblesdale S. heroine Bracelet (Ire)–who like Wading was by Montjeu–as well as last week’s Listed Newbury Fillies’ Trial runner-up Athena (Ire) (Camelot {GB}). It hardly needs mentioning that Cherry Hinton is a half to the legendary Sea the Stars (Ire) and Galileo (Ire), as well as My Typhoon (Ire) (Giant’s Causeway) and Born To Sea (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). Wading was bred to American Pharoah for 2018.

3rd-Curragh, €17,500, Mdn, 5-26, 2yo, f, 6fT, 1:14.57, g/f.
JUST WONDERFUL, f, 2, by Dansili (GB)
1st Dam: Wading (Ire) (GSW-Eng), by Montjeu (Ire)
2nd Dam: Cherry Hinton (GB), by Green Desert
3rd Dam: Urban Sea, by Miswaki
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $12,553. O-Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier; B-Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt (KY); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Ryan Moore. Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Well-related Point of Entry Colt Finishes Fast at Belmont

Fri, 2018-05-25 19:01

9th-Belmont, $75,000, Msw, 5-25, 3yo/up, 1 1/16mT, 1:40.23, fm.
ADMISSION OFFICE (c, 3, Point of Entry–Miss Chapin, by Royal Academy) was off at 13-1 despite a nice pedigree and high-profile connections, as the bulk of play went towards fellow Chad Brown trainee Frontier Market (Lemon Drop Kid), who was looking to break through after missing by a neck last out with a solid 88 Beyer Speed Figure. Sluggishly away and in a far-back last early, Admission Office sat back behind swift early splits and started to come alive around the turn for home. Circling up down the center, he took some time to level off, but found his best stride late to inhale his stablemate by a widening half-length under a confident Jose Ortiz ride. According to Trakus data, the winner covered his final quarter in a swift :23.06. He is a half-brother to Coffee Clique (Medaglia d’Oro), GISW, $1,063,988; Royal Fury (Langfuhr), MGSP, $313,377; and Schoolofhardrocks (Rock Hard Ten), SP, $221,330. His dam produced an Animal Kingdom filly last term and another Point of Entry colt earlier this season. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $45,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Amerman Racing LLC; B-Jerry Amerman (KY); T-Chad C. Brown.

Alex Solis, More in Love With Racing Than Ever

Fri, 2018-05-25 15:55

For seventeen years, those who’ve swung by the Richard Mandella stable in Southern California have done so expecting the presence of a Hall of Famer. But right now, Mandella’s barn can boast a two-for-the-price-of-one deal when it comes to one of racing’s most auspicious accolades.

“Anything that needs to be done, I do it,” said Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis, about his latest role as Mandella’s assistant. From exercising the horses, riding work, feeding them, shadowing his boss as he watches the horses train or goes around checking legs, “I’m just trying to understand everything that’s going on in the barn,” Solis added.

The two men were far from strangers when the former jockey knocked on Mandella’s door, resume in hand. During Solis’s riding career, which spanned more than 5000 victories, some of his biggest wins came on Mandella trained horses–think Johar in the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Turf, or Pleasantly Perfect in the 2004 Dubai World Cup.

And now, with a handful of months as assistant under his belt already, Solis sat down to talk about what he’s learning from his mentor. He also looked back on his riding career–he retired from the saddle officially last year–and forward towards plans to eventually take out his own training license. The following conversation has been edited for brevity and clarity.

TDN: What kind of teacher is Mandella?

AS: He’s a great teacher. Very patient. He always explains, “This is why we’re doing things this way.” Or, “You don’t do things this way because this is the consequence.” How long has he been training–50 years? [Mandella started out as a private trainer in 1974] I’m getting the crash course.

TDN: If you could boil down the most valuable lessons you’ve learned so far, what would they be?

AS: I don’t know if I want to share that info–I’m putting in all this work, and people will know my secrets! Seriously, one of the things I’ve really learned from Richard is you never stop paying attention to the horses. He can look a horse in the eye, and he can tell you things–if it’s not eating right. He can see if something’s bothering them. All those little details.

It’s amazing how much he has on his mind at one time. Every little aspect, he sees it. That’s one of the things I’ve come to understand, and why I keep my hand in everything that goes on in the barn. It’s cool–I never paid much attention to this side of things.

TDN: As a jockey, did you not appreciate all that went into getting a horse to the races?

AS: As a jockey, you love the horses and you know the risks. But now, doing this kind of work, you really get to know the horses a lot more, and the people, too. It’s long hours that we all put in together to even make the race. I understand that now. I enjoyed being a horseman, but now, this is more complex. To really understand it, you really have to live it.

TDN: Would it have been useful to have done something similar when you were a jockey?

AS: Yes. In Panama, you have this kind of program [at what is now called the Laffit Pincay Jr. Jockey School at Preisdente Remon Racetrack]. It’s intense–you have it for two years when you go to jockey school. But of course, you don’t carry on with it. I wish I’d known as a jockey what I know now. Galloping horses, being around the barn, doing more stuff, I feel like I’m a way better horseman now.

And the bottom line is, I have more love for the sport than I ever have. It’s the soul of the horse, the soul of the people, as to why it works. If we didn’t have these people making the sacrifices that we do, there wouldn’t be this sport.

TDN: So, you think a similar kind of apprenticeship program would be useful for young jocks coming through?

AS: It should be brought back. If you remember, a long time ago, most of the riders used to learn at a barn or at a farm. They were great horsemen. Why? They knew how to work. Just look at Drayden Van Dyke [2014 winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey]. He learned how to do everything in the barn of Tom Proctor the old-fashioned way.

TDN: Has this experience helped inform your work as a commissioner for the California Horse Racing Board?

AS: I understand that we’re just trying to keep horses safe. Like, some people see a lip-chain over the lip of a horse and they think that you’re hurting them. But actually, you’re trying to stop that horse from hurting himself. Same thing with medication–if you’re doing it right, give them enough time, then you’re helping them.

One of the guys who’s really helped me with this is Jeff Blea [a Santa Anita-based practicing veterinarian]. Jeff’s very patient-I’m always asking questions, and he always answers. When Jeff and Richard talk about what we can do to help this horse, I’m always listening.

TDN: Is it hard to switch from jockey brain to trainer brain?

AS: The hustling–that’s the thing [as a jockey]. The hustle. When you get to the backside, you’re so focused on which horse you want to ask the guy to put you on. But one of the things I’ve learned from [Richard], he doesn’t use jockeys very often [in the morning]. He trusts the people he hires–the people working there have been with him for a long time. He’s got a good eye for them, too. He knows what he wants, and right away, he can see someone galloping his horses, and he’ll say, “Yeah, I can use them in the program or not.”

And it’s easy to get into his program because it’s very simple. You get to know [the horses], do what he asks you to, and then spend time with the horse, walk them around. It makes sense to me because these horses are in a stall all day long.

TDN: When are you looking to take out your own license?

AS: I don’t want to rush anything. I’m having a lot of fun just being around the barn and the people. I’ve a few people telling me, “Just tell me when you’re ready.”

TDN: Potential owners? Am I allowed to ask who?

AS: I can’t say anything right now.

At the same time, it’s a hard job–you’re under so much stress every day because of the hours, seven days a week. And any little thing could happen.

I had a horse a couple weeks ago, we went in the paddock a few days before he was supposed to run. Really quiet. Another horse spooks in the paddock, rears up and runs back into my horse. Now, my horse runs into the rail and needs some stitches. This horse was so ready to race, he’s looking for action and he’s out. All that work.

It’s hard to explain it to people–you have to live it. So many little things. The bottom line is, you need to have a unique kind of person to do this. The trainer doesn’t get a vacation–and you need time away for yourself.

TDN: That was a big component of your riding career, working out how to maintain your mental equilibrium.

AS: I think it’s very important to give yourself a little break–it’s easy to get caught up in the rat race. I’ll have to make sure I don’t get caught up.

TDN: How does Mandella cope with it?

AS: That’s what he said to me, “Even when I’m home, I’m thinking about what I’m going to do with this horse or that horse. It never ends.” Again, it takes a really unique kind of person to do this kind of work. You have to really love it and understand it.

TDN: How will you manage?

AS: I’m preparing myself for it. You only live once, and you’ve got to do something you really love. When I set out as a jockey, I never thought I would win 5000 races. Now, I have goals I’m putting on myself. I want to train winners. I want to win races. Why not a Kentucky Derby? Why not be the first Hall of Fame jockey to make it into the training Hall of Fame?

Even if it doesn’t work out, you’ve got to do something with your life. I was off for a year doing nothing, drinking beer, going to the beach, fishing. Afterwards, I was pulling my hair out. For 37 years, I was always focusing on accomplishing something. I’ve always had goals. I had to find something that would make my heart beat-something for which I can be recognized.

I’m getting more and more in tune with everything [as a trainer]. I’m grasping a lot of stuff–there’s so much that’s going on all the time. That’s one thing [Mandella] always does, writes things down, keeping it in files. Everything’s very organized in that barn. It’s a lot of work, but it’s well worth it, recording all the things he did with each horse, so, if you can’t remember, you can go back…

TDN: A file for everything?

AS: Every little thing, there’s a file for it. It’s a lot of work, but it’s well worth it. That’s the way it should be. If you’re going to take a horse’s life in your hands, you should be that prepared. He’s very serious about that. And he listens to you. He’s a pretty amazing guy–there’s a reason he’s in the Hall of Fame.

 

Acorn Next for Monomoy Girl

Fri, 2018-05-25 15:50

Streaking GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Monomoy Girl (Tapizar)  will make her next start in the GI Acorn S. on the GI Belmont S. undercard.

“The Acorn is a Grade I, sits right on the calendar five weeks after the Oaks, and we think a mile is probably her best distance,” trainer Brad Cox said. “She’s proven she can carry her speed going a mile at one turn. The one-turn mile at Belmont, we think she’ll take to that.

The $100,000 KEESEP yearling purchase, campaigned in partnership by Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables, has won six of seven career starts, including the GI Central Bank Ashland S. at Keeneland Apr. 7.

“We have a four-race plan right now: Acorn, Coaching Club American Oaks or possibly the Alabama or Cotillion, then on to the Breeders’ Cup,” Cox said. “It would be nice to get four more races out of her this year. We’ve gotten three so far, and everything has gone as planned.”

Audible Will Not Run in Belmont

Fri, 2018-05-25 12:52

Audible (Into Mischief), who most believed was the main threat to ‘TDN Rising Star’ Justify (Scat Daddy) in the GI Belmont S., is no longer being considered for the final leg of the Triple Crown, reports Elliott Walden, the president and CEO of the colt’s co-owner, WinStar Farm.

The story was first reported by the Daily Racing Form’s David Grening.

Audible and Justify are owned by the same partners, and that could have created one of the more unusual and potentially awkward situations in Triple Crown history. The owners of Justify potentially could have cost their horse a Triple Crown sweep by beating him with another horse they own. Now, it’s a moot point.

Walden said the decision not to run Audible was not a matter of ducking Justify. Rather, he said the decision was made by Audible’s trainer, Todd Pletcher. Walden said Pletcher was not pleased with the way the colt was training after his third-place finish in the GI Kentucky Derby. Pletcher had scheduled a work for Audible Friday morning at Belmont but decided to gallop him instead.

“I know people are going to wonder about Audible and all that, but Todd called me yesterday and said he didn’t want to work him this morning,” Walden said. “He wanted to give him a little more time. I told him it was completely up to him. I was for running (Audible). I think we showed that by running Quip (Distorted Humor) in the Preakness. These are good problems to have and we’re blessed to have so many good horse. We just want to do what’s best for each individual horse.

“It was really up to Todd. Todd decided that he didn’t want to run him. He felt like he wasn’t back to where he was before the Derby and wanted to give him a little more time”

WinStar will still enter a competitor to Justify in the Belmont. Walden said ‘TDN Rising Star’ Noble Indy (Take Charge Indy), which it owns in partnership with Mike Repole, worked well Friday and is being pointed for the race. Noble Indy won the GII Louisiana Derby before finishing 17th in the Kentucky Derby. While a quality horse, Noble Indy isn’t as accomplished Audible, whose biggest win came in the GI Florida Derby.

“With Noble Indy, Mike and I have been talking about it for a week and decided to see how he was doing,” Walden said. “He worked head and head with Vino Rosso (Curlin) and Javier (Castellano) thought he worked great. We’re going to proceed through next work and if he’s doing as well as he is now he will run.”

Walden said he is fine with tackling Justify with horses owned by WinStar and its partners. They already did just that with Quip in the Preakness. Quip, the winner of the GII Tampa Bay Derby, was sent off at 12-1, but did not fire. He finished last.

“I don’t think anybody is going to beat Justify in the Belmont if Justify runs his race,” he said. “I feel very good about that. He’s doing really well and came out of the Preakness in good shape. The idea behind running Audible or Noble Indy in the Belmont was, if for some reason Justify doesn’t run his ‘A’ race, somebody else has to win and we would feel stupid if we had a contender and didn’t run him in there.”

Walden said there were no firm plans for Audible but speculated he would be pointed for one of the big summer races, the GII Jim Dandy, the GI Travers or the GI Haskell.

Favoured Lah Ti Dar Out Of Oaks

Fri, 2018-05-25 09:37

Favoured Lah Ti Dar (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) has been ruled out of next Friday’s G1 Investec Oaks by trainer John Gosden after returning an unsatisfactory blood picture. The unbeaten ‘TDN Rising Star’ won by six lengths on debut at Newbury on Apr. 20 and took the Listed Pretty Polly S. at Newmarket on May 6 by 3 1/4 lengths.

The news continues a streak of bad luck with the Oaks for owner/breeders Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber; Lah Ti Dar’s full-sister So Mi Dar (GB) last year won the Musidora S. by four lengths but was forced to miss Epsom due to injury, and The Fugue (GB) (Dansili {GB}) started favourite in 2012 but suffered a bad trip and was third. Lah Ti Dar’s dam, Dar Re Mi (GB) (Singspiel {Ire}), did not start in the Oaks but went on to win three Group 1s.

“It was a routine blood sample, but it was not to our satisfaction,” Gosden said. “Therefore she will not be able to work this weekend in preparation for the Oaks, so in view of that she will not be running at Epsom.”

“I’ll have to let that come right and hopefully it will be the [G2] Ribblesdale at [Royal] Ascot now. It’s incredible bad luck for the owners, it being the Oaks again. The mother [Dar Re Mi], her sister [So Mi Dar] and now another one, but that is the way it goes. They are fantastic owner-breeders and fully understand the need to do what is right for the filly.”

Godolphin’s G1 Prix Marcel Boussac winner Wild Illusion (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) now assumes favouritism with most bookmakers, followed by Ballydoyle’s G2 Debutante S. winner Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), a full-sister to recent G1 Lockinge S. winner Rhododendron, who was second as the favourite behind Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) in last year’s Oaks.

WinStar: Justify’s Breeding Rights Still Undetermined

Thu, 2018-05-24 19:15

The breeding rights for undefeated dual Classic winner Justify (Scat Daddy) are still undetermined, according to a statement from WinStar Farm released in response to an ESPN story published Thursday afternoon. The story stated that Coolmore had purchased the colt’s breeding rights for around $60 million.

The statement from WinStar, who owns Justify in partnership with the China Horse Club, SF Racing, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing, said, “We have had numerous inquiries into the breeding rights of Justify, including from Coolmore. Nothing is finalized at this time and won’t be in the foreseeable future. We are focused on the [GI] Belmont [S.] and his racing career at this time.”

Click here to read the ESPN story.

On A Session Doubles Up For Noble Mission at Angers

Thu, 2018-05-24 10:20

4th-Angers, €24,000, Cond, 5-24, 3yo, 6fT, 1:14.53, sf.
ON A SESSION (c, 2, Noble Mission {GB}–Destiny Calls {MSW-US, $644,220}, by With Approval), the first winner for his freshman sire (by Galileo {Ire}) when successful going five panels at Lyon-Parilly on debut last time May 10, was shuffled back to race at the tail of the field after breaking in the front rank here. Coming under pressure at the top of the straight, the 7-10 pick kept on strongly under mainly whipless rousting in the closing stages to prevail by 3/4 of a length from Jamala (Fr) (Evasive {GB}). Full-brother to a filly foal and half to a yearling filly by Paynter, the bay is one of four winners for six-time stakes scorer Destiny Calls (With Approval), herself a half-sister to the stakes-winning duo You’llbeinmyheart (Broad Brush) and Nowandforevermore (Sky Classic), from a family which features G1SW sire and dual champion juvenile Storm Bird (Northern Dancer). Sales history: $50,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP; £60,000 RNA 2yo ’18 GOFAPR. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, €21,000. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Mme Theresa Marnane; B-Green Lantern Stables (KY); T-Matthieu Palussiere.

Hall of Fame Announces 12 New Pillars of the Turf

Wed, 2018-05-23 17:51

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will induct 12 additional members in 2018 as Pillars of the Turf. The Pillars of the Turf below will join previously announced 2018 selections of horses Heavenly Prize and Preakness and trainer William Lakeland to be inducted at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga on Friday, Aug. 3 at 10:30 a.m. The museum’s executive committee approved a measure to induct up to 12 additional members as Pillars of the Turf in 2018 and 2019 in order to address the sizable backlog of worthy candidates.

The 2018 Pillars of the Turf are as follows:

Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin (1828 – 1909), owner of champions Emperor of Norfolk and Los Angeles and one of the first major breeders in California. He also opened the original Santa Anita racetrack.

August Belmont I (1813-1890), the extremely prominent New York-based owner, breeder and track operator involved in the opening of Jerome Park and Long Branch Race Track (eventually renamed Monmouth Park). Upon his death, Belmont’s vast Thoroughbred holdings were dispersed for a then record $639,500. His son August Belmont II purchased several of his father’s broodmares to begin his own breeding operation. Belmont II later built the original Belmont racetrack.

Cot Campbell (born 1927), who began syndicating racehorses in 1969 and is considered the founding father of racehorse partnerships. His Dogwood Stable has raced more than 80 stakes winners, including 1990 GI Preakness S. hero Summer Squall and 2013 GI Belmont S. winner Palace Malice. A member of The Jockey Club, Campbell received the Eclipse Award of Merit in 2012.

Penny Chenery (1922-2017), who guided her family’s famed Meadow Stud in Virginia and most famously campaigned legendary racehorse and Hall of Famer Secretariat. Chenery remained a prominent fixture in the racing community until her death last September.

John W. Galbreath (1897-1988), former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates who oversaw the construction of the new Aqueduct Racetrack and rebuilding of Belmont Park. A member of The Jockey Club, he was involved in the purchases of both Hialeah Park and Churchill Downs. He founded important Kentucky nursery Darby Dan Farm in 1949.

Arthur B. Hancock, Sr. (1875-1957) founded Claiborne Farm in Paris, KY some 100 years ago and the nursery remains one of the world’s foremost Thoroughbred operations today. A perennial leading breeder, he imported significant breeding stock from Europe, and had a major hand in shaping the breed both domestically and internationally.

Hal Price Headley (1888-1962), a Lexington, KY native who took over the management of his family’s farms, Beaumont and La Belle, after graduating from Princeton in 1908. He would go on to become one of America’s most significant breeders, breeding the champions Alcibiades, Apogee, Menow and Askmenow. He was one of the original organizers of Keeneland Race Course, and was its first president from 1936 to 1951. Headley was involved in establishing the Breeders’ Sales Company, which later became part of Keeneland Association.

John Morrissey (1831-1878), born in Ireland, began Thoroughbred racing in Saratoga. A bare-knuckle boxing champion who later became a Congressman and New York State Senator, he amassed a fortune through gambling houses in New York City and the Saratoga area. He organized the first formal racing meet at Saratoga in 1863, and opened Saratroga Race Course the following year.

Dr. Charles H. Strub (1884-1958) was a Hollister, CA dentist who partnered with filmmaker Hal Roach to develop the Los Angeles Turf Club and Santa Anita Park. Through innovations like the inauguration of the well-funded Santa Anita H.–known as the “Big Cap”–California racing rose to prominence under Strub’s leadership. Strub is credited with introducing finish line cameras, electronic timing and electronic starting gates.

William Collins Whitney (1841-1904), a politician who was introduced to racing by August Belmont II and John E. Madden, purchased his first racehorse in 1898 and had immediate success, winning the Belmont S. in 1899 with Jean Bereaud and the Epsom Derby in 1901 with Volodyovski. He spearheaded the restoration of Saratoga Racecourse, promoted the relocation of New York’s premier yearling sale to Saratoga, and was also involved in the creation of Belmont Park. He bred three champions, and was instrumental in the establishment of Aiken, SC as a popular winter destination for racing stables.

Harry Payne Whitney (1872-1930) followed in his father William Collins Whitney’s footsteps after purchasing much of the bloodstock from the dispersal of his late father’s holdings in 1904. The younger Whitney went on to develop one of the most successful racing and breeding operations in America, breeding 192 stakes winners and an incredible 20 champions. He was leading breeder 11 times and leading owner eight times.

Cornelius Vanderbilt “Sonny” Whitney (1899-1992), son of Henry Payne Whitney, carried on the Whitney family legacy in both polo and racing. He won the U.S. Open polo title three times and acquired his father’s breeding and racing stock in 1930, enjoying success with the likes of Equipoise, Top Flight, Phalanx and Counterpoint. He bred 176 stakes winners and five champions, and was one of the founders and first president of the National Museum of Racing. He was presented with an honorary Eclipse Award in 1984.

The Pillars of the Turf committee is comprised of D. G. Van Clief (chairman), Edward L. Bowen, Bob Curran, Jane Goldstein, Ken Grayson, Jay Hovdey, G. Watts Humphrey, Bill Marshall, Daisy Phipps Pulito, Barry Schwartz, Mary Simon, Stella Thayer and Gary West.

 

Mind Your Biscuits Sold, To Stand in Japan

Wed, 2018-05-23 14:48

Three-time Grade I/Group 1-winning sprinter Mind Your Biscuits (Posse) has been sold to Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm in Japan, where he will stand after being retired from racing, trainer Chad Summers confirmed Wednesday. The story was first reported by Thoroughbred Racing Commentary.

The 5-year-old chestnut, voted New York-bred Horse of the Year in 2016, is best known for winning back-to-back renewals of the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen the past two years.

“They approached us last summer at Saratoga and had some representatives come look at the horse and liked him,” Summers said. “Over the wintertime, [bloodstock agent] Eugenio [Colombo] stayed in touch with us. When we won in Dubai again this year, they came and made us an offer, which I turned down. Then they made us another offer, which I took.”

Unraced since his Meydan heroics, Mind Your Biscuits is scheduled to make his return in the GI Metropolitan H. on the GI Belmont S. undercard June 9, a stepping stone on the way to the GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs in November. He finished third in that event last year and second the previous fall. His specific path beyond the Met is undetermined.

“It’s all going to be up to him,” Summers said. “I think he’s going to love Churchill Downs, we’re excited about that, but from the Met Mile to the Breeders’ Cup, how we get there is going to be kind of a wait-and-see approach. We’re all in on the Met Mile and it’ll depend on the outcome of that race where we go in the future.”

Summers also added that plans beyond the Breeders’ Cup aren’t set, but that this will probably be Mind Your Biscuits’s final campaign of racing.

“That decision will be made at the end of the year, but more than likely he’ll go to stand stud over there,” he said. “They’re excited about that, but the decision will be made by Mr. Yoshida and the Shadai team.”

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