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Filly By Upstart Breaks Maiden For Rudy Rodriguez

Fri, 2023-06-02 14:26

1st-Belmont, $90,000, Msw, 6-2, 2yo, f, 5f, :59.73, ft, 1/2 length.
STATUS SEEKER (f, 2, Upstart–Casual Cocktail, by Magna Graduate) breezed a furlong in :10.1/5 ahead of this year's OBS March sale and was put into training with Rudy Rodriguez, who also retains an ownership interest. Off as the 4-1 third choice here, Status Seeker lost a couple of spots from second up the backstretch, began to rally around the far turn and with good energy down the lane, ran down Permed (Street Boss) to break her maiden at first-asking by a 1/2 length. The winner's dam is responsible for a 3-year-old gelding named Closethegame Sugar (Girvin) and a yearling colt by Preservationist. She was bred back to that sire last year. Sales History: $85,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP; $45,000 2yo '23 OBSMAR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,500. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-Parkland Thoroughbreds, Robert Cotrone, Rudy R. Rodriguez and Israel Chavez; B-Brereton C. Jones (KY); T-Rudy R. Rodriguez.


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HISA Issues Churchill Downs Update

Thu, 2023-06-01 17:25

After 12 horses suffered fatal injuries at Churchill Downs in the last five weeks, prompting the Louisville track to announce new safety initiatives Thursday, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) issued an update on the situation. The HISA statement appears below in its entirety:

Over the past several days, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) has undertaken multiple measures to better understand the circumstances surrounding the recent spate of equine fatalities at Churchill Downs in hopes of working with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) and Churchill Downs to mitigate additional risk to the horses and riders competing at Churchill Downs moving forward.

On Tuesday, May 30, HISA convened a Veterinary Summit with its counterparts at Churchill Downs and the KHRC to thoroughly review all veterinary information available and conduct additional analyses. Those discussions continued through yesterday with ongoing engagement between the veterinary teams. Specifically, the Summit included robust discussion of three different points of intervention with regard to racing injuries: 1) injury management, 2) preventing at-risk horses from racing via veterinary scrutiny, and 3) preventing at-risk horses from entering.

The dialogue was productive and conclusions from the Summit have been shared directly with key stakeholders to inform next steps. While no obvious or specific pattern emerged, HISA welcomes Churchill Downs' efforts announced earlier today to minimize risk of equine fatalities and is implementing the following additional measures:

  1. Effective with Saturday's entries, HISA's Director of Equine Safety and Welfare will conduct an additional layer of post-entry screening. HISA's rule 2142 (Assessment of Racing Soundness) requires post-entry screenings of previous pre-Race inspection findings of entered Horses to identify Horses that may be at increased risk for injury. The review includes past performances, lay-ups (more than 60 days without a timed Workout or Race), last 30 days medical history, previous injury and lameness diagnostics, intraarticular corticosteroid injections, previous surgery and other individual Horse risk factors.
  2. HISA has directed the Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit (HIWU) to collect blood and hair samples for all fatalities involving Covered Horses. The results from such collections will be used to facilitate investigations into the cause of such fatalities. The data collected by HIWU in connection with Covered Horse fatalities will also be used to track relevant statistics and trends in connection with fatalities.
  3. HISA has appointed Dr. Alina Vale, an equine forensics specialist, to conduct an additional thorough review of all necropsies performed on Covered Horses. Dr. Vale has conducted several postmortem reviews as an official veterinarian for the California Horse Racing Board, including participating in the review following a spate of equine fatalities at Santa Anita in 2019.

Additionally, Dennis Moore began his analysis of Churchill Downs' racing and training surfaces yesterday. That review is ongoing; Moore's conclusions will be shared publicly once his review is complete.

HISA continues to urgently seek additional answers to more clearly identify the causes of these recent fatalities as well as tangible interventions to prevent them in the future. All options remain on the table, and HISA will continue to vigilantly monitor events at Churchill Downs moving forward.

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Tapit Shoes Is Belmont-Bound for Brad Cox

Thu, 2023-06-01 17:06

Trainer Brad Cox has added a third GI Belmont S. contender to his lineup with Tapit Shoes, a stakes-placed son of Tapit who was last seen running second to Red Route One (Gun Runner) in the Bath House Row S. at Oaklawn Park on April 22.

“He's a pretty consistent workhorse, steady, and always gallops out well,” Cox said Thursday morning at Churchill Downs. “He gives us some confidence that he could like the mile and a half.”

Owned in partnership by Spendthrift Farm, Steve Landers Racing, Martin Schwartz, Michael Dubb, Ten Strike Racing, Jim Bakke, Titletown Racing, Kueber Racing, Big Easy Racing, Winners Win and Michael Caruso, the $300,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling purchase is a half-brother to GISW Cyberknife (Gun Runner).

Tapit Shoes broke his maiden by seven and a half lengths at Fair Grounds last December. This year, he ran fourth and then third against allowance company before his second-place finish in the Bath House Row S.

“He seems to be getting better with the more he does,” said Cox. “He took a move forward  in the Bath House Row S. and he's had plenty of time to recover from that. I think he obviously has to take another move forward and I'm hoping that he will.”

Cox's Belmont trio of Tapit Shoes, Angel of Empire (Classic Empire) and Hit Show (Candy Ride {Arg}) are all set to work at Churchill Downs over the weekend before shipping to Belmont on Monday evening.

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Bill Legalizing Horse Racing In North Carolina Advances

Thu, 2023-06-01 16:27

Tar Heel Downs anyone?

A sports betting bill that also contains language that will legalize racing in North Carolina was passed by the North Carolina State Senate Wednesday and now heads back to the House for a final vote. A similar bill, but one that did not include racing, has already been passed by the House, which will now vote on the amended legislation. The House is expected to vote in favor of the amended bill and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is also believed to be on board.

But even if the bill is signed into law, it appears unlikely that anyone would step forward to open a track in the state. The bill does not include any provisions where a track could partner with a casino or have historical horse racing machines.

“We have a long way to go,” said North Carolina-based owner Hubert Vester Jr. “This bill moves us a step closer but I would have some concerns about the economic impact and the viability of actually having a racetrack here in North Carolina. Maybe if they had something in the Charlotte area it could draw enough people, but I think, first, it would take having an economic study that would address the viability of having a track in the state. It would be an uphill battle. Now that it's about to be legal, maybe that is a step in the right direction. But I still think there are some economic hurdles that would have to be crossed.”

While live racing is unlikely to happen in the state, the bill will allow for North Carolina residents to open Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) accounts, which are currently illegal.

“This is long overdue,” said North Carolina resident and owner-breeder Bill Thompson Jr. “There has been a conservative majority in the state for a while representing a religious constituency. We've had a state lottery for quite some time, but that's all we've had. Pari-mutuel betting in the state has been prohibited. To me, that's been a big inconvenience, not being able to bet on your own horses. To have it legalized now where it will come to pass that we can have ADW accounts and mobile wagering, that will be very much welcomed.”

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TAA Calendar Photo Contest Open For Submissions

Thu, 2023-06-01 14:51

Judged on clarity, artistry and photographic quality, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) will select twelve winners–one featured photo for each month–for its annual Calendar Photo Contest, the organization said in a release Thursday afternoon.

Sponsored by Repole Stable, submissions must be relevant to the mission of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and align with all other criteria set forth in the official contest rules.

“We are so excited to begin work on the 2024 calendar generously sponsored once again by Repole Stable,” said Emily Dresen, Director of TAA Funding & Events. “We look forward to all the amazing photos showing off our accredited organization's Thoroughbreds and a big thank you to our friends at Tipperary for sponsoring our grand prize.”

Online submissions will be accepted now through June 30, 2023. Click here for more information, the official rules and the contest submission form.

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Churchill Downs Unveils New Safety Initiatives

Thu, 2023-06-01 12:50

In the wake of 12 horses suffering fatal injuries since Apr. 27 and after a Thursday meeting with horsemen, Churchill Downs announced new safety initiatives that will go into effect immediately.

They are:

  • A pause of track-based incentives such as trainer start bonuses and purse pay-out allocations to every race finisher through last place. Purse pay-outs will now be limited to the top five finishers. Churchill Downs officials will engage in ongoing discussions with horsemen to determine ways to reallocate these funds to best serve industry needs. With record-high purses, Churchill has been able to allocate purse money to all starters. For example, the 12th-place finisher in last Saturday's $225,000 Keertana S., Sinfiltre (Uncle Mo) earned $2,070 despite losing by 22 1/4 lengths.
  • Restricting the number of starts per horse to four starts during a rolling eight-week period.
  • Ineligibility standards for poor performance. Horses that are beaten by more than 12 lengths in five consecutive starts will be ineligible to race at Churchill Downs until approved by the Equine Medical Director to return.

Of the 12 horses who have died thus far at the meet, the new rules would have been applicable to only one, Kimberley Dream (Colonel John). The 5-year-old mare was beaten by 12 lengths or more in five straight races before breaking down in a race on May 27, the most recent fatality to occur at the track. During that stretch, she was beaten an average of 26 lengths per race.

The Thursday morning meeting also included a presentation by California-based equine surgeon Dr. Ryan Carpenter. He provided educational information and tools to trainers and practicing veterinarians about advanced interventions that can be considered for certain equine injuries.

“The attending veterinarians and trainers at Churchill Downs are incredibly capable and knowledgeable,” said Dr. Will Farmer, Equine Medical Director for Churchill Downs Incorporated, in a statement released by the track. “We feel a duty to provide the latest information on surgical interventions from an expert who experienced the challenges in California a few years ago that we currently face today. Any decision must be made first and foremost with the long-term well-being of the horse in mind. It is imperative that all available, educated and informed options can be efficiently, confidently and thoroughly relayed to the owners.”

Trainer Dale Romans was among those who attended the meeting, which was held at the backstretch recreation center. The Romans-trained Rio Moon (Bal a Bali {Brz}) is among the horses who have died, suffering a fatal injury in a May 14 race.

“It was packed. Standing room only,” he said. “It was the first horsemen's meeting I've ever been to that had that kind of turnout. Everyone is concerned.”

While Romans said he wasn't sure what kind of impact the new rules will have, he said he is confident that track management will do everything in its power to get the situation under control.

“People should just be glad that Churchill is on top of it,” he said. “They will do everything they can to keep every horse healthy and safe. This could help. I'm sure Churchill is studying this to try to find the common denominator. They must have found something where they think these rules will help. I trust in Churchill. This is a safe racetrack. It has always has been one of the safest tracks in the world. At Churchill, horses come first and horse racing comes second. The trainers here may be Churchill loyalists, but that's ok because they've earned our loyalty.”

Romans said a slew of breakdowns in a short period of time is always a possibility.

“In my opinion, this is a statistical anomaly,” he said. “We have a rash of breakdowns right now and then we might go for a very long time without one.”

Trainer Kenny McPeek did not attend the meeting, but touched based afterward with his assistant, who did. Like Romans, he wasn't ready to point any fingers.

“The unfortunate part of our sport is that horses do get injured,” he said. “Their efforts are genuine and they are trying to find some solutions. But I don't think it's ever going to be a zero game. Every time I breeze a horse or run a horse, I want them to come back good. You're always keeping your fingers crossed that nothing goes wrong. But it does sometimes. I don't want to jinx myself but my horses have done great over this track this spring. We've had a large group of horses at Churchill and we haven't had any issues. I think the track has been fantastic all spring.”

One issue not addressed by Churchill was the ratio between claiming prices and purses. Some in the industry believe that horsemen have an incentive to run unsound horses in claiming races when the purses are lucrative. At Churchill, $20,000 claimers run for a purse of $52,000 or 2.6 times the claiming price. The Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) had proposed a rule that the purse of a race could not be more than 1.6 times the claiming price. But that rule was rescinded in 2021 after HISA received negative feedback.

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1/ST Racing Invests In MyRacehorse

Thu, 2023-06-01 10:54

MyRacehorse has entered into an agreement with 1/ST Racing, which is among a group that has invested $7 million in the company that sells fractional ownership and will help market MyRacehorse at its family of tracks, according to a joint press release from the groups Thursday morning.

Michael Behrens, the founder and CEO of MyRacehorse, told TDN that his company was looking to add investors with the passing of B. Wayne Hughes. Hughes, who owned Spendthrift Farm, was an early supporter of MyRacehorse and an investor in the company. MyRacehorse continues to own horses in partnership with Spendthrift but the farm itself is not an investor in the company.

“I've been talking to people globally now that we're in Australia, Ireland, the UK and the U.S., and have put together a nice collection of investors, led by 1/ST,” Behrens said. “We raised $7 million collectively. This is the next chapter in our journey and validation that people see what we've done in democratizing ownership and getting more and more people involved is working. 1/ST has been a big supporter since day one. With 1/ST's commitment to innovation, this made a lot of sense and I was happy they decided to come in.”

1/ST will not have an ownership stake in any of MyRacehorse's horses and will have no influence over any decisions that are made regarding a horse's career or racing schedule, said Behrens.

“1/ST's mission to introduce and engage the next generation of fans and owners in innovative and entertaining new ways aligns perfectly with the MyRacehorse concept,” said Aidan Butler,
Chief Executive Officer, 1/ST RACING & GAMING. “The ability to become an owner of a Thoroughbred racehorse and to be part of an ownership experience that until now has been inaccessible for many, is truly exciting. We have seen firsthand the success of MyRacehorse and we look forward to helping scale this platform across racing, wagering and beyond.”

“The majority of this investment will go toward the building out the framework of the technology to continue to provide better technology for mass ownership for horse racing and set us up for expansion into other sports,” Behrens said. “It's 1/ST. There will be a lot of interesting collaborations around the on-track experiences and gaming through their ADW. They own all the assets that are symbiotic with ownership and I think that you will see an evolution of the product and the ownership experience.”

Behrens said MyRacehorse will team with 1/ST to provide on-track experiences and perks available to MyRacehorse customers and that new initiatives will be announced in the months ahead.

“(1/ST CEO) Aidan (Butler) and the whole team at 1/ST have always been big supporters and have always helped us to provide the best possible experience,” Behrens said. “With this partnership there are a bunch of things in play that we will be announcing over the next months and quarters that will be incremental to the ownership experience. We will plan on larger and larger events now that we have the partnership solidified. The race-day experience you will see right away will evolve at those tracks.”

The funding will also be used to allow MyRacehorse to expand its stable of horses, Behrens said. Launched in Los Angeles in 2018, MyRacehorse offers prospective owners the chance to buy into a racehorse for as little as $100. Hughes was one of the investors in the seed-round funding, and became an active partner, campaigning the 2020 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic in partnership with MyRacehorse, among others.

“In our first chapter we have served nearly 100,000 users and the app has enabled us to fractionalize more than $50 million in racehorse offerings,” said Behrens. “We see this partnership and investment as the start of new chapter–one of significant scale and growth. Just the fact that we are well capitalized and have raised $7 million, that gives us access to not only having liquidity in the company but also being able to get more money through credit lines to buy more horses. Luckily, we've been in a position where the majority of our horses sell out relatively quickly. We've been trying to balance our growth. When Wayne first came in, we went from buying a handful of horses to dozens of horses. I would expect another step change. We went from being very modest founder-funded to being able to capitalize with our partnership with Spendthrift. It was a major step change. I see this as another move. We now have the ability to go out there and meet demand.”

The platform currently boasts more than 50,000 active owners and 100 active horses who have won over 160 races worldwide, with earnings in excess of $20 million. MyRacehorse is
predominantly focused in the United States and Australia and has recently expanded to the United Kingdom and Ireland.


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Dilger Offers 2024 Irish National Stud Scholarship

Thu, 2023-06-01 10:25

The Gerry Dilger Foundation invites applications by July 1 for those interested in attending the Irish National Stud in Kildare, Ireland. The scholarship is aimed at individuals currently working on a Kentucky horse farm with multiple years of experience, those enrolled as a 2023 KEMI spring intern or participants who have completed last year's fall program.

Application Requirements:

  • Resident of the US
  • Bachelor's degree in equine science preferred, but not required
  • Application and information due July 1, 2023


Scholarship Provides:

  • Round trip airfare for travel. Ticket must be economy/coach class, maximum amount $1500. Must provide proof of payment for reimbursement.
  • Fully paid tuition (approx. $6,500) for the Irish National Stud in Kildare, Ireland, including room and board.
  • Travel/Medical insurance policy while in Ireland. Maximum $500.

Click here for the online application and more information.

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Lois Green of DJ Stables Passes Away

Thu, 2023-06-01 09:10

Lois Green, the co-owner of DJ Stables with her husband Len, passed away Wednesday morning, May 31, according to her husband. She was 84.

Green graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Biology. She was a trustee of the Leonard and Lois Green Charitable Foundation.

“Lois was an avid reader of the TDN and was a truly involved horse person,” said Len Green in an email. “Her specialty was the vet work and breeding. She was manager of DJ Stable in the early years. Under her leadership we won two Parx ownership awards and are in their Hall of Fame.”

Wonder Wheel | Coady

Fifteen hundred of the stable's now 2,500 wins came under Lois Green's management, along with seven leading owner titles at different tracks, and the stable's first Grade I winner, Do It With Style, purchased by her son, Jon, for $23,000 at Fasig-Tipton. Len Green had told him he could go to $20,000, and told him to resell the horse; Lois vetoed that decision, and they kept the filly, who went on to win the Ashland at Keeneland.

Green was a certified genius, said Jon, and a MENSA member with an IQ of over 160. She completed a certification course at Cornell on how to assist mares with foaling, learned to fly an airplane, and could fix anything mechanical, he said.

“She was a strong advocate for safety and fair play,” said Len Green. “She named (two-year-old champion filly) Wonder Wheel after her favorite Coney Island ride. She was a credit to the game and will sorely be missed by all who knew her.”

Upon being named TOBA Owner of the Month in November, 2019, Lois was asked about the dynamics of operating a family stable. “Well, fortunately, we've learned how to discuss without arguing and come to conclusions that are the best for the horses and for each other,” she said at the time. “And obviously we don't always agree on everything, but having great trainers to work with and good therapists helps,” she said with a laugh. “Family businesses are always interesting.”

DJ Stables' longtime trainer, Mark Casse, was shaken by the news.

“Tina and I are heartbroken,” he said. “She was just the epitome of class and a lovely, lovely lady. Jon is obviously very involved in racing, as is Len, but I don't think a lot of people realized how much she loved horse racing. After we would win a big race–or any type of race, really–she would call me and we would go over the race in detail. I'm going to miss those calls. I'm crushed. I just wish we could have won the (Kentucky) Oaks this year for her. It's tough.”

Lois Green and Mark Casse | courtesy of the Green Group

Len and Lois Green were married for over 60 years.

She is survived by her children, Jon, the general manager of DJ Stables and his wife Michelle, her daughter Beth, her daughter Debbie and her husband Marty, and grandchildren Carly, Griffin, Robin, Wyatt and Kenny, as well as “adopted family members” Aron Yagoda and Karlene Bauer.

Services will be held Friday, June 2, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Congregation B'nai Israel, 171 Ridge Road, Rumson, NJ.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution in her name should do so to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, or to the New York Racetrack Chaplaincy.


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Santa Anita’s ‘Folds of Honor’ Raises Over $40K for Charity

Wed, 2023-05-31 17:12

After racing on Memorial Day, jockeys, trainers, owners, and racing fans played in Santa Anita's third annual 'Folds of Honor' charity poker tournament, which raised more than $40,000 to benefit spouses and children of fallen or disabled veterans.

“After a long and exhilarating weekend, it was fantastic to see this kind of support for our veterans and their families,” said Santa Anita Director of Marketing Andrew Arthur. “Folds of Honor is a tremendous charity and we're honored to be affiliated with them. We raised more money than we did last year and we're confident this is something we can continue to build upon. Sincere thanks to everyone who participated, it was a lot of fun.”

Among the horseman who participated were trainers Mark Glatt, Ryan Glatt, Doug O'Neill, and Ryan Hanson; and jockeys Geovanni Franco, Ricky Gonzalez, Edwin Maldonado, and Jessica Pyfer; while the tournament winner was former Breeders' Cup Chairman Tom Ludt.

“It was great to participate in this year's Folds of Honor tournament,” said Ludt. “The tournament is a great way to finish up the Memorial Day weekend because it raises money for military families. It was a lot of fun and I was very fortunate to get the right cards at the right time. Wonderful event and a great time. I'll be back next year to defend my bracelet.”

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Weekly Stewards and Commissions Rulings, May 23-29

Wed, 2023-05-31 16:49

Every week, the TDN publishes a roundup of key official rulings from the primary tracks within the four major racing jurisdictions of California, New York, Florida and Kentucky.

Here's a primer on how each of these jurisdictions adjudicates different offenses, what they make public (or not) and where.

With the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) having gone into effect on July 1, 2022, the TDN will also post a roundup of the relevant HISA-related rulings from the same week.


Track: Santa Anita

Date: 05/26/2023

Licensee: Armando Aguilar, apprentice jockey

Penalty: Four-day suspension

Violation: Careless riding

Explainer: Having received notice from the California Horse Racing Board that the appeal of LATS Ruling #59 (May 7, 2023) has been withdrawn, the original ruling is reinstated.  Apprentice Jockey Armando Aguilar is suspended for 4 racing days (May 27, 28, 29 & June 2, 2023).

Track: Santa Anita

Date: 05/26/2023

Licensee: George Papaprodromou, trainer

Penalty: $500 fine

Violation: Out-of-competition medication violation

Explainer: Trainer George Papaprodromou, who worked the horse The Slap at Santa Anita Park on February 19, 2023, is fined $500.00 and assessed one half (1/2) point in accordance with California Horse Racing Rule #1843.4 (Multiple Medication Violations – Expires 5/26/24) pursuant to California Horse Racing Board Rule #1887 (Trainer or Owner to Insure Condition of Horse) for violation of California Horse Racing Board Rule #1868 (Authorization Medication During Workouts) and Rule #1843.1 (b) (Prohibited Drug Substances – Phenylbutazone [Class 4].

New York

Track: Belmont Park

Date: 05/25/2023

Licensee: Steven Lascher, racing official

Penalty: $8,000 fine

Violation: Failure to administer lasix

Explainer: Official Dr. Steven Lascher is hereby fined the sum of $8,000 for failing to follow proper lasix procedures, necessitating the scratches of horses racing in the 3rd race on May 19th 2023 at Belmont Park.

For more on the story, read here.

Track: Belmont Park

Date: 05/25/2023

Licensee: Christopher Carmac, racing official

Penalty: $2,000 fine

Violation: Unauthorized participation of horse

Explainer: Mr. Christopher Camac is hereby fined the sum of $2,000 for allowing the unauthorized participation of horse (Georgie's Ladies) on January 8th 2022 race 9, March 12th 2023 race 9, March 24th 2023 race 3 and April 16th 2023 race 9.

Track: Belmont Park

Date: 05/26/2023

Licensee: Rob Atras, trainer

Penalty: Ten-day suspension, $1,000 fine

Violation: Medication violation

Explainer: Mr. Rob Atras as responsible trainer under 9 NYCRR 4043.4(a), violated commission rules in that Mr. Rob Atras trained horse “Market Alert” , that finished 4th in race 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack on February 20th 2023, and having received a report from the New York Drug Testing and Research Program that a race-day sample taken from the horse “Market Alert” had the substance Phenylbutazone present at a concentration, including an assessment of the measurement and imprecision of the quantitative threshold, in excess of the quantitative threshold, in excess of 0.3 mcg/ml in plasma in violation of 9 NYCRR 4043.4 (a) 26. Having waived the right to request a hearing , Mr. Rob Atras is suspended 10 Calandar days effective Sunday June 11th 2023 through June 20th 2023 inclusive, and fined the sum of one thousand ($1,000) dollars.

Furthermore, “Market Alert” is disqualified from any part of the purse and the Stewards order the purse redistributed as follows:

  1. #5 Bourbon Calling
  2. #4 King Kumbalay
  3. #6 Practical Coach
  4. #2 Chestertown
  5. #1 Lobsta
  6. #7 No Burn

During this period of suspension, Mr. Rob Atras shall not directly nor indirectly participate in New York State pari-mutuel horse racing, is denied privileges and use of the grounds of New York State racetracks, and is forbidden to participate in any share of purses. In addition, every horse is denied the privileges of the grounds and shall not participate in pari-mutuel racing in New York State that is (A) owned or trained by Mr. Rob Atras, or by any individual who serves as Mr. Rob Atras agent or employee during this period of suspension; or (B) for which Mr. Rob Atras is directly or indirectly involved in training during this period of suspension, including any arrangements to care for, train, enter in a race, race, invoice, collect fees or other payments related to, manage funds, employ and / or insure workers, provide advice or other information, or otherwise handle or assist with any aspect of the training of such horses.


The following rulings were reported on HISA's “rulings” portal, except for the voided claim rulings which were sent to the TDN directly. Some of these rulings are from prior weeks as they were not reported contemporaneously.

One important note: HISA's whip use limit is restricted to six strikes during a race.

Violations of Crop Rule

Delaware Park

Xavier Perez Rivera – violation date May 25; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 9 strikes

John Paul Hiraldo – violation date May 25; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 7 strikes


Juan Valez – violation date May 23; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 1-3 strikes over the limit

Santa Anita

Antonio Fresu – violation date May 27; $250 fine and one-day suspension, 7 strikes

Hector Berrios – violation date May 28; $584 fine and one-day suspension, 7 strikes

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Kentucky Derby Replica Trophy Goes on Display at Epsom

Wed, 2023-05-31 15:43

The Kentucky Derby Museum is partnering with The Jockey Club in England to display a replica Derby Trophy at the Epsom Downs Racecourse for the 244th running of the Epsom Derby June 3. The Epsom Derby was the inspiration for the Kentucky Derby, which will celebrate its 150th running in May 2024.

A representative from Kentucky Derby Museum will attend the Epsom Derby to answer questions about the trophy and to engage guests in the unique ties between British and American racing. The trophy's journey to England will launch the museum's line-up of celebrations leading up to Kentucky Derby 150.

“The Kentucky Derby Museum is honored to be a guest at the Epsom Derby,” said Patrick Armstrong, Kentucky Derby Museum President and CEO. “We're excited to travel back to our Derby roots and share how the greatest two minutes in sports is an integral part in Louisville's story and Kentucky's success. We believe a trip to Derby 150 will be a bucket-list item for British horseracing fans, and we're excited for the museum to be part of Louisville's continued growth in international tourism.”

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Arcangelo Tunes Up for Belmont

Wed, 2023-05-31 13:40

Blue Rose Farm's Arcangelo (Arrogate), last-out winner of the GIII Peter Pan S., worked five furlongs in 1:02.81 (2/5) at Belmont Park Wednesday in preparation for the June 10 GI Belmont S. New York Racing Association clockers caught the grey galloping out six-furlongs in 1:15 4/5 and seven-furlongs in 1:28 4/5. Javier Castellano was in the irons.

“He's a nice, beautiful-moving horse and he did it easy. He's a good work horse. In the morning, you can work him :59 if you wanted,” Castellano said. “We all know that [the Belmont is] a mile and a half and you don't want to go crazy with a bullet work. We just give him a good foundation and I think we both agree we let him do what he wants to do in the morning and be happy. You can see he's a very happy horse and he goes to the post nice–very relaxed, comfortable rhythm. I let him gallop out and in the turn I asked him a little bit and he took off and had a good open gallop. He's a big horse, long beautiful stride. He likes to reach for more ground. The farther he can go, the more he's comfortable.”

Trained by Jena Antonucci, Arcangelo broke his maiden going one mile at Gulfstream in March and was making his stakes debut when getting his head in front on the line in the nine-furlong Peter Pan. The Belmont will be the ridgling's first start around two turns.

“It's not a secret he hasn't gone two turns yet and that's the obvious conversation and we talked a lot about that,” Antonucci said. “The second half of the work was more important for me than the first half. Going off, he was super relaxed and that's what we were looking for–I didn't want him dragging Javier to the pole and him having to take any natural ability momentum away from him. He did that perfectly and Javier was a statue aboard the horse. We wanted to get that second turn around him and Javier was concerned to smooch at him too much.”

Antonucci will be starting her first horse in a Triple Crown race as Arcangelo looks to become the first Peter Pan winner since Tonalist won the Belmont in 2014.

“They're all special, and not the be cliche, but my job is to stay out of his way,” Antonucci said. “It [the opportunity] doesn't fall on deaf ears. It's special–if it's 10 in the gate or 11 in the gate of that entire foal crop, that's a very small percentage. So, I definitely don't lose sight of that and I'm very blessed to have the opportunity and for the team to have the opportunity. They've put in a lot of work and they deserve it.”

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Wanamaker’s New York-Bred Catalogue Online

Wed, 2023-05-31 12:40

The catalogue for the second annual New York-Bred Horses of Racing Age Sale hosted by the digital auction company Wanamakers, in conjunction with New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., is now available online at Bidding will open June 8 at 8 a.m. ET, with the first listing set to close at 5 p.m. Subsequent listings will close in three-minute increments.

Highlights of the catalog include: Cinderella's Cause (Congrats), a 5-year-old racing/broodmare prospect who most recently won a first-level, state-bred allowance at Belmont Park and is entered to run June 1; Liberty Flame (Bellamy Road), a 4-year-old two-time winner who is eligible for allowance and starter conditions; Slant (Union Rags), an unraced 2-year-old  who is half-brother to stakes winner and Grade III-placed Conquest Hardcandy (Candy Ride {Arg}); and Stewie (Exaggerator), an unraced 2-year-old colt whose dam is a half-sister to the multiple-graded stakes winner Nikki's Sandcastle.

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TOBA Releases Saratoga Educational Seminar Dates

Wed, 2023-05-31 11:47

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association outlined the Saratoga Educational Seminar, set for Aug. 17-18. The seminar is among a calendar of events featuring various topics for prospective, new, and established Thoroughbred owners and breeders.

The 2023 seminars are listed below:

  • June 23-24 – Woodbine – Toronto, Canada
  • July 27-28 – Del Mar Thoroughbred Club-Del Mar, California
  • Aug. 17-18 – Saratoga-Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Oct. 23 – Lexington, Kentucky

Details for each seminar will be announced closer to the event. Seminars for this year will cover topics pertaining to both Thoroughbred owners and breeders. Topics may include racing and stable management, common training practices, common breeding practices, owner and trainer communications, horse selection with a bloodstock agent, partnerships, conformation analysis, and equine business. Educational seminars are open to both members and non-members, with discounts for members of TOBA or any hosting/sponsor organizations. Meals, materials, and a TOBA gift bag are included with registration.


  • 2-Day Seminar: $295/Non-Member $245/Member
  • 1-Day Seminar: $145/Non-Member $99/Member

For more information or to register, visit

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GISP Loggins Retired

Wed, 2023-05-31 11:08

GISP Loggins (Ghostzapper-Beyond Blame, by Blame), a TDN Rising Star following an 8 1/2-length victory at Churchill Downs last September, has been retired from racing. Stud plans are pending.

Purchased for $460,000 at Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga, the Popatop-bred colt was campaigned by a partnership consisting of Spendthrift Farm LLC, Steve Landers Racing LLC, Martin S. Schwartz, Michael Dubb, Ten Strike Racing, Jim Bakke, Titletown Racing Stables, Kueber Racing LLC, Big Easy Racing LLC, and Winners Win.

Agent Liz Crow, reflecting on the purchase of Loggins in Saratoga, said, “When we bought Loggins in Saratoga, Brad Cox and I thought he was the best physical in the sale. We relooked at our list the evening before the sale and felt he was a must have.”

He had athleticism, power, and was very mentally tough.”

Following his impressive win in Kentucky, he returned to be a close-up second behind ultimate juvenile champion Forte in the GI Breeders' Futurity.

“Loggins was a beautiful yearling. I was quickly drawn to him given the fact we had trained the mare,” said trainer Brad Cox. “He was a precocious, fast 2-year-old that showed brilliance from day one. His race in the GI Breeders' Futurity may have been one of the most impressive races by a 2-year-old that season.”

“We were looking forward to running him in the classics after that performance. Unfortunately, he had a setback he could not come back from. He was cut out to be special.”

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Dutrow Licensed to Train in Kentucky

Tue, 2023-05-30 16:00

Richard E. Dutrow, Jr., was approved for a training license by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC)'s license review committee Tuesday. The voice vote was unanimous and without drama, and Dutrow's license goes into effect immediately.

Dutrow in February had regained his license to train horses in New York after sitting out a 10-year revocation imposed by the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC).

The 63-year-old GI Kentucky Derby-winning trainer with the long and controversial history of racing infractions has a 1-1-1 record from six starts at Belmont Park since returning to the sport May 6.

“I just want to get my license there. Bring some horses there. Start racing. Start winning and losing, just like everybody else,” Dutrow said prior to the vote.

Dutrow's presentation in front of the committee clocked in at just 2 1/2 minutes, and consisted of him making very brief introductory remarks prior to providing concise answers to four questions from the license review committee members.

Dutrow appeared at the Lexington, Kentucky, meeting via video from New York that bore the identifying stamp of the law firm Paul Weiss. Dutrow was seated at a conference table, presumably next to an attorney, although that person did not speak during the presentation while Dutrow calmly and politely stated his own case.

Dutrow's presentation was by far the shortest among the four license applicants who were on the afternoon's agenda, and its brevity also stood in contrast to the last time Dutrow appeared before the KHRC committee seeking licensure in July 2020. At that last hearing, his legal strategy had involved testimony given by several industry participants who had vouched for Dutrow's worthiness to be licensed.

At that hearing nearly three years ago, Dutrow hadn't been licensed by any jurisdiction, and he hadn't served the full term of his New York revocation. He chose to withdraw his 2020 application when the committee gave him the option of doing so after making it clear his application wasn't going to be approved.

It was a different outcome on May 30, 2023, when Dutrow did not have anyone else speak on his behalf, and he was not pressed on any of his past transgressions by any member of the KHRC's license review committee.

Asked by one committee member to outline the extent of his planned racing stable in Kentucky and who would be taking care of his horses there if he was not on the grounds, Dutrow responded, “Yes, sir. I plan on being in Kentucky quite often with my horses, yes.”

That answer, albeit vague, seemed to satisfy the committee members.

Asked in how many states he currently holds a training license, Dutrow said New York is the only current jurisdiction, and that his application before the KHRC is his only active application.

In response to a query about how many horses are now under his care, Dutrow said, “I have 23 horses under my care at Belmont. But there's a bunch of them on farms that I would consider under my care. There's too many to count.”

One committee member then wanted to know about the conditions that had been placed on Dutrow's New York license regarding his need to submit to human drug testing. Was there something about his personal drug use that would cause the NYSGC to do that?

“Not that I'm aware of. I'm not aware of it,” Dutrow said.

That was it for the questioning. After hearing individually from all four applicants on the agenda, the committee went into executive session to deliberate before coming back into open session to vote on each applicant.

Dutrow's video feed had been turned off after his presentation, so his reaction to gaining licensure wasn't part of the KHRC meeting's YouTube video. A staffer indicated that Dutrow would be phoned afterwards with the results of the vote, but that he couldn't be phoned prior to the vote, because if he spoke without all committee members being able to hear and see him, it would be a violation of open meeting rules. TDN was not successful in reaching Dutrow for comment after the vote in his favor was taken.

Dutrow's trainees earned more than $87 million between 1979 and 2013. They won multiple graded stakes, including three Breeders' Cup races and the 2008 Kentucky Derby with Big Brown. He often topped the trainer standings at New York tracks during the 2000s decade.

Around that same time, Dutrow's official rap sheet maintained by the Association of Racing Commissioners International began to swell with violations related to an array of equine pharmaceuticals.

Between 2000 and his attempt to win the Triple Crown in 2008 with Big Brown, Dutrow was cited for 18 drug infractions, ranging from comparably benign violations for overages of legal medications phenylbutazone and Lasix, to more serious charges of using mepivacaine, an anesthetic that can be used to make sore horses feel no pain.

In addition to $20,000 in drug fines, Dutrow racked up a $5,000 penalty for providing misleading information to authorities about a workout, and was slapped with a $25,000 fine in 2007 for having contact with his stable while he was supposed to be serving a suspension.

On Nov. 20, 2010, the Dutrow trainee Fastus Cactus tested positive for butorphanol after a winning effort at Aqueduct. Dutrow's barn was searched and investigators claimed to have found in a desk drawer three syringes filled with a muscle relaxer, xylazine.

The NYSGC's predecessor agency, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, revoked Dutrow's license on Oct. 12, 2011.

Dutrow battled that revocation for two years, both at the racing commission level and in the courts. His suspension officially commenced Jan. 17, 2013. Later that year he filed a failed federal lawsuit seeking monetary damages and a reinstatement of his licensure.

Dutrow has since paid a $50,000 NYSGC fine, his term of revocation in New York ended on Jan. 17, 2023, and he now has valid licenses from New York license and Kentucky.

Asked via email after the meeting to clarify whether the committee's vote signified full approval of Dutrow's licensure or if the entire KHRC board still had to vote on what the  committee approved, KHRC executive director Jamie Eads wrote, “Yes, he is licensed.”

According to the roll call, the voting members of the committee were Eads, Paul Brooker, Greg Harbut and George Haydon.

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Op/Ed: No More Dirt

Tue, 2023-05-30 13:39

In the wake of the tragic deaths of 12 horses at Churchill Downs, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) has called for an emergency summit. This presents both a moment of leadership for HISA and an important test for the independent directors of the Churchill Downs Corporation to protect shareholder interests and ensure the survival of the entire horse racing industry. They must step up and meet the moment or step down. This can be achieved by ending dirt racing in America and transitioning to synthetic surfaces.

These heartbreaking events in recent weeks have forced the horse racing industry to confront a harsh reality. On average, two Thoroughbred horses lose their lives every day on U.S. tracks. If we fail to take decisive action, the Triple Crown and horse racing itself may soon be mourned as relics of the past.  Animal rights groups, emboldened by each equine death, are gaining traction in their campaign against horse racing. The calls to ban or severely restrict the sport grow louder with each life lost. We cannot afford to lose this race for the soul and survival of our sport.

Tradition holds great power in our sport, with our most prestigious races historically being run on dirt tracks. However, the stark and troubling statistics demand a shift in thinking. We must abandon old norms and embrace new practices that prioritize the safety and welfare of our noble equine athletes.  The benefits of synthetic tracks are not mere conjecture; they are a proven truth. Their superior safety record and fewer injuries make their adoption not just an option but an ethical imperative.

Skeptics may argue that altering the character of the Triple Crown races would alienate fans. However, declining attendance at Thoroughbred races tells a different story. Fans are turning their backs on a sport they once adored, disheartened by the undeniable fact that their entertainment comes at a deadly price. When other sports have bravely evolved to improve safety and gameplay, we must question why horse racing clings to traditions that increasingly prove deadly.

Certainly, progress has been made. Since 2009, fatal injuries during races have declined by 37.5%. But when we consider that synthetic tracks have been proven to be three times safer than dirt tracks, it becomes glaringly apparent that we have only scratched the surface of what we must achieve. We have solid evidence, compelling data, and a clear path forward. It is time we summon the courage and resolve to embark on this path. Ironically, despite their proven safety record, synthetic tracks are in decline. This is primarily because our marquee Triple Crown events remain steadfastly tied to dirt. The stubborn adherence to tradition in our industry's pinnacle races is a disparity we can no longer afford. Shifting the surface of the Triple Crown to synthetic would be a revolutionary step, igniting an industry-wide transformation and ensuring a safer, fairer field for our equine athletes.

This is where the independent directors of the Churchill Downs Corporation can make a historic difference. Independent directors have played a crucial role in preserving shareholder value and rebuilding consumer trust for some of the world's largest companies.

In 2015, Volkswagen faced a scandal involving emissions test cheating, leading to the resignation of the company's CEO and the appointment of a new board of directors, the majority of whom were independent. The new board took swift action to address the scandal, and Volkswagen is now working to rebuild its reputation.

In 2017, companies such as Uber and The Weinstein Company appointed independent directors to address workplace harassment following a series of scandals in that regard.

In 2018, companies like Equifax and Marriott appointed independent directors to improve their cybersecurity measures after experiencing a series of data breaches.

Today, the challenges facing both the Churchill Downs Corporation and our industry provide an opportunity for its independent directors to lead by proactively and boldly addressing the crisis of equine safety instead of reacting to a growing regulatory and societal movement to ban the sport.

That is why I am calling on the independent directors of the Churchill Downs Corporation, Daniel P. Harrington, MBA, CPA, Ulysses Lee Bridgeman Jr., and Robert L. Fealy, CPA, to get on board today and publicly support this change.

The responsibility lies with horse racing's governing bodies, influential race track directors, and all key stakeholders to rally behind a transition to synthetic tracks. Their public endorsement and commitment to safer racing conditions would signal the beginning of the transformative change our industry desperately needs. But Churchill Downs Corporation must lead the way.

Fortunately, we are not without hope. NYRA's Belmont Track, a vital component of the Triple Crown, is already leading by example, planning to install a synthetic track for its 2024 spring meet. This serves as the spark we need to ignite a safety revolution.

Next year marks the historic 150th anniversary of the Triple Crown. This milestone should be more than a nostalgic reflection on the past; it should be a fervent pledge for a safer future. A future where our sport remains a thrilling spectacle but also evolves into a beacon of safety, integrity, and respect for our equine athletes.

The prestigious Triple Crown races–the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness S., and the Belmont S.–now stand on the edge of a daunting, dark abyss. Each life lost serves as a deafening alarm, signaling that change is urgently needed and indeed horse racing as a whole hangs in the balance. We owe it to our equine athletes, our loyal fans, and future generations to ensure that our sport does not crumble into a mournful memory of bygone times.

We stand at the threshold of a monumental shift. Our response to this crisis must be immediate, bold, and unwavering. The clarion call for a race towards a safer future is sounding. Switching surfaces will mean fewer breakdowns and fewer drugs in the sports. Let us answer this call with the courage and determination our horses display every time they take to the track.

This is our defining moment. Let us ensure that the Triple Crown not only continues to sparkle with excitement and glory, but also radiates a renewed commitment to the safety and well-being of our equine companions. The reins of the future of horse racing are in our hands. We must grasp them firmly and steer our sport towards a safer, more responsible era. The heart of horse racing beats in the chest of every horse that runs for us; let us honor them by championing a sport that safeguards their lives.

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National Treasure on Track for Belmont

Tue, 2023-05-30 12:47

National Treasure (Quality Road) turned in his first work since winning the May 20 GI Preakness S., going four furlongs in :50.62 (9/15) at Belmont Park Tuesday as he continues preparations for the June 10 GI Belmont S.

With jockey John Velazquez up for trainer Bob Baffert, National Treasure was caught by New York Racing Association clockers in a swift opening split of :23 2/5. Velazquez had the colt under a hold down the lane before letting the talented bay gallop out strongly.

“I wanted to jog him to the mile pole and start him galloping nice and easy. He got pretty strong on the bridle, so I kept him on the outside and Bob told me when I get to the four and a half, just drop him in and try to go :49,” Velazquez said. “He picked it up pretty quick. I slowed him down as best I could and down the lane I just held him together. Going past the sixteenth pole, I gave him his head and let him gallop out.”

It's a beautiful day for a breeze! @PreaknessStakes winner NATIONAL TREASURE breezed a half mile on the main track at #BelmontPark this morning under hall of fame jockey @ljlmvel in preparation for the Belmont Stakes, presented by @NYRABets!

— Belmont Stakes (@BelmontStakes) May 30, 2023

Velazquez, who won the Belmont with Rags to Riches in 2007 and with Union Rags in 2012, said that he expects National Treasure should be able to handle the stretch out to 12 furlongs in the Belmont S.

“After the races, he always gallops out really strong. I just hope that he can put it together,” Velazquez said. “The whole thing with him is he gets a little spotty. We put blinkers on him and he's been pretty good with them. Hopefully, he stays like that.”

Tom Ryan, managing partner of co-owner SF Racing, was on hand to watch the breeze and said Velazquez was pleased with the work.

“He said he was getting over the track very well, which is most important,” Ryan said. “He said that it's good to get a horse acclimated to the track.”

On the board in five of six starts to date, National Treasure was second in the GI American Pharoah S. and third in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile last year. His six starts have come at four different racetracks, providing him with a solid education, according to Ryan.

“He went from Del Mar to Santa Anita to Keeneland and back,” Ryan said. “He got that early education we wanted him to get of getting on the plane and going to Kentucky with a big crowd. He's experienced that now on a number of days on Breeders' Cup to Preakness to this.”

National Treasure was purchased by the stallion-making partnership of SF Racing, Starlight Racing, and Madaket Stables for $500,000 at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale and his ownership line also includes Robert Masterson, Stonestreet Stables, Jay Schoenfarber, Waves Edge Capital and Catherine Donovan.

Asked what a Belmont win would mean for National Treasure's future value as a stallion, Ryan said, “I think it's very important. A race like the Belmont is very important when pairing it with a race like the Preakness. I think a standalone Belmont definitely has value on a resume, but when you put two Classics on your resume, it's pretty hard to top isn't it?”

Also Tuesday, Ryan confirmed the same ownership group's Reincarnate (Good Magic) will skip the Belmont and will be aimed at the GI Travers S. at Saratoga Aug. 26. The gray colt was most recently 13th in the GI Kentucky Derby.

“He'll redirect to the Travers. It'll fit him well and will give him some time to fill up again out of the Derby,” said Ryan. “It feels like he's getting bigger and stronger with time. We all want everything to happen tomorrow, but if you're patient with these horses and give them the chance to be able to be what they can be, it's amazing how they can repay you.”

SF Racing, Startlight Racing and Madaket Stables, along with various partners, will also be represented on the Belmont undercard by Doppelganger (Into Mischief) in the GI Hill 'n' Dale Metropolitan H. and by Fort Bragg (Tapit), Gilmore (Twirling Candy), and Fort Warren (Curlin) in the GI Woody Stephens S.

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Caravel to Skip Royal Ascot, Aim for Jaipur

Tue, 2023-05-30 12:08

Quatar Racing, Marc Detampel and Madaket Stable's Caravel (Mizzen Mast), winner of last year's GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, will skip an expected trip to Royal Ascot for the June 20 G1 King's Stand S. and will instead aim for the June 10 GI Jaipur S. at Belmont Park, trainer Brad Cox confirmed Tuesday. The news was first reported by the Daily Racing Form's Dave Grening.

“We just feel it's the right decision with getting her back to the Breeders' Cup,” Cox said.

Purchased for $500,000 at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton November sale, Caravel won the GIII Franklin S. before her front-running victory in the Turf Sprint last November. Scratched from the Keeneland November sale just days after that win, the 6-year-old mare returned this term with a determined score in the Apr. 8 GII Shakertown S. and added a win in the Unbridled Sidney S. at Churchill Downs in her most recent start May 5.

The six-furlong Jaipur is part of the Breeders' Cup challenge series and offers an automatic berth in this year's Turf Sprint, which will be held at Santa Anita Nov. 4.

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