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Tapit’s Dream Dancing Up Late in DMR Oaks

Sat, 2017-08-19 22:10

John Oxley’s Dream Dancing got the most favorable of bobs and became the 23rd Grade I winner for her sire in Saturday’s Del Mar Oaks.

Julien Leparoux wasted no time at all snagging Dream Dancing back into the latter third of the field from their double-digit draw and the duo was third-last with a circuit to travel. Ridden very quietly while allowed to settle into her stride, the homebred held her position through the middle furlongs and still had just two of her rivals behind her as they raced midway on the second turn. With Leparoux waiting for just the right moment to release the hand brakes, Dream Dancing was pulled to the outside of Beau Recall and was fanned about seven wide to deliver her challenge with a furlong and a half to travel. Roused right-handed at the eighth pole, she joined Beau Recall to that one’s outside, and although she trailed in the final jump prior to the wire and in the first jump past the line, Dream Dancing dropped her head when it mattered most. Madam Dancelot closed from last to be a very good third, while Sandringham H. winner Con Te Partiro (Scat Daddy) closed off well to be fourth after getting shuffled back leaving the three-eighths marker.

“The last time I rode her, I asked her at the three-eighths and she got a little weary at the end,” Leparoux explained. “This time I tried to wait as long as I could and she was still strong at the finish. This feels good; a win is a win, no matter where you get it.”

Despite breaking her maiden on turf last summer at Saratoga, Dream Dancing was given a chance to make a name for herself on the dirt, but failed to factor in three graded attempts before calling it a season. Victorious in Gulfstream’s GIII Herecomesthebride S. in her second start of the season, the gray was runner-up to fellow Oxley runner La Coronel (Colonel John) in the GIII Edgewood S., third to MGISW New Money Honey (Medaglia d’Oro) in the GIII Wonder Again S. and a latest seventh to Saturday’s GII Lake Placid S. winner and “TDN Rising Star” Proctor’s Lodge (Ghostzapper) in the July 21 GIII Lake George S.

Pedigree Notes:

Dream Dancing is out of an unraced daughter of Beautiful Pleasure (Maudlin), a full-sister to MGISW Mecke who gave Oxley the first of his two Breeders’ Cup winners when taking the 1999 GI Distaff. Dream Dancing’s GSP half-sister Sky Dreamer (Sky Mesa) is the dam of Kimbear (Temple City), runner-up to GII Woody Stephens S. victor American Anthem (Bodemeister) in this year’s GIII Lazaro Barrera Memorial S. To Dream About produced the winner’s yearling full-brother Dream About, aborted to Empire Maker for 2017 and was most recently bred to Tapit’s treble Grade I-winning son Frosted.

Saturday, Del Mar
DEL MAR OAKS PRESENTED BY THE JOCKEY CLUB-GI, $302,415, DMR, 8-19, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, 1:48.06, fm.
1–&DREAM DANCING, 122, f, 3, by Tapit
1st Dam: To Dream About, by Monarchos
2nd Dam: Beautiful Pleasure, by Maudlin
3rd Dam: Beautiful Bid, by Baldski
O/B-John C. Oxley (KY); T-Mark E. Casse; J-Julien R. Leparoux.
$180,000. Lifetime Record: 12-4-2-1, $415,210. *1/2 to Sky
Dreamer (Sky Mesa), GSP, $176,065; and Awesome Sky (Sky
Mesa), GSP, $143,166. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Beau Recall (Ire), 122, f, 3, by Sir Prancealot (Ire)
1st Dam: Greta d’Argent (Ire), by Great Commotion
2nd Dam: Petite-D-Argent (GB), by Noalto (GB)
3rd Dam: Honey to Spare, by Track Spare (Ire)
(€17,000 Ylg ’15 TISEP). O-Slam Dunk Racing and Medallion
Racing; B-Tom Wallace (IRE); T-Simon Callaghan. $60,000.
3–Madam Dancealot (Ire), 122, f, 3, 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. $36,000.
Margins: NO, NK, 1HF. Odds: 6.60, 5.40, 3.60.
Also Ran: Con Te Partiro, Meadowsweet, Vexatious, Storm the Hill, Tapped, Kathy’s Song, Pacific Wind, Kenda, Blame It On Alphie. Scratched: Pistol Packin Rose, Bernina Star. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Collected Wins Pacific Classic; Arrogate 2nd

Sat, 2017-08-19 21:08

It was no surprise that Hall of Famer Bob Baffert saddled the top two finishers in Saturday’s GI TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar. However, the order in which they finished surely surprised many racing fans as Collected (City Zip) scored a narrow triumph over his champion stablemate Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) to register his first Grade I success and secure a spot in the gate for the

GI Breeders’ Cup Classic. Despite finishing a lackluster fourth last time in this venue’s GII San Diego H. July 22, Arrogate was hammered down to 3-5 favoritism and Collected was sent off as the 3-1 second-choice along with Accelerate (Lookin at Lucky), who sprung an 8-1 upset in the San Diego with his 8 1/2-length victory.

Collected seized the early advantage with Accelerate glued to his hip and Arrogate sitting a close third to that one’s outside through early fractions of :23.76 and :47.19. Arrogate began to back out of it a bit at that point, but still retained third as Collected continued to cruise along on the front end, clocked three-quarters in 1:11.06. The top three were well clear of the rest of the field rounding the far turn and Collected began to skip away from his pursuers entering the lane. Though Accelerate kept plugging away, he never truly threatened, but Arrogate began to show renewed interest as Smith floated him out a few paths in mid-stretch. The “TDN Rising Star” kicked into gear, opening up his massive stride in the final furlong, but his rally came too late and Collected hit the line a half-length clear of his superstar stablemate. Arrogate covered 51 more feet than the winner and clocked his final quarter in :24.90 compared to Collected’s final quarter of :25.42.

“Arrogate, at least he tried today,” winning trainer Bob Baffert said. “He’s getting there, but I think that when I ran him in the San Diego it messed up his psyche a little bit. I don’t think I have a problem bringing him back in the Breeders’ Cup Classic [Nov. 5 at Del Mar]. But he’s got to be fresh, just like Collected came in here fresh. And Collected is a very good horse.”

“Obviously, this is a big thrill,” said Peter Fluor, who operates Speedway Stables with partner K. C. Weiner. “Arrogate is a legend and I’m a great fan. I guess you’d say I’m a bit humbled by all of this, but very proud to beat Arrogate. When I have a cocktail tonight, I’ll say Collected is a special horse too.”

It was the fifth Pacific Classic win for Baffert, who won in 1999 with General Challenge, 2009 and 2010 with Richard’s Kid and 2013 with Game On Dude, who was also ridden by Collected’s pilot Martin Garcia. Bobby Frankel still holds the record for most Pacific Classic wins with six. Collected is the third Grade I winner campaigned by Speedway Stables, whose colors were also carried by “TDN Rising Star” Noted and Quoted (The Factor) in last term’s GI Chandelier S. and MGISW turfer Hard Not to Like (Hard Spun).

Winner of the GIII Sham S. last term, Collected also won the Sunland Festival Racing S., which replaced the GIII Sunland Derby that was canceled due to an EHV-1 outbreak and subsequent quarantine at the New Mexico track. The chestnut followed suit with a victory in the GIII Lexington S. last spring, but faded to 10th behind Exaggerator (Curlin) in the GI Preakness S. and was subsequently shelved.

Kicked off this term with a facile victory in the Santana Mile at Santa Anita Apr. 1, Collected captured the nine-panel GII Californian S. with similar ease Apr. 22. He made a mockery of the GIII Precisionist S. last time June 24, strolling home a 14-length winner over stablemate Cat Burglar (Unbridled’s Song) and Accelerate.

Pedigree Notes:

A $150,000 KEESEP yearling turned $170,000 OBSMAR juvenile, Collected is the eighth Grade I winner, and the third at 10 furlongs, for his late sire City Zip, who was euthanized July 25 at 19-years-old due to chronic foot issues. The winner has a 3-year-old full-brother named Industrialist, who sold for $300,000 at last term’s Fasig-Tipton March sale. Their dam Helena Bay, who won one of her four starts for breeder Runnymeade Farm and Peter J. Callahan, did not produce a foal in 2015, but had a Lookin at Lucky colt in 2016 and foaled a Hard Spun colt Apr. 2 of this year. She was bred back to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Saturday, Del Mar
$1 MILLION TVG PACIFIC CLASSIC S.-GI, $1,000,690, DMR, 8-19, 3yo/up, 1 1/4m, 2:00.70, ft.
1–&COLLECTED, 124, c, 4, by City Zip
1st Dam: Helena Bay (GB), by Johannesburg
2nd Dam: Josette (Ire), by Danehill
3rd Dam: Loure, by Lyphard
($150,000 Ylg ’14 KEESEP; $170,000 2yo ’15 OBSMAR). O-Speedway Stable LLC; B-Runnymede Farm Inc. & Peter J. Callahan (KY); T-Bob Baffert; J-Martin Garcia. $600,000. Lifetime Record: 11-8-1-0, $1,260,500. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Arrogate, 124, c, 4, Unbridled’s Song–Bubbler, by Distorted Humor. *TDN Rising Star* ($560,000 Ylg ’14 KEESEP). O-Juddmonte Farms, Inc.; B-Clearsky Farms (KY); T-Bob Baffert. $200,000.3–Accelerate, 124, c, 4, Lookin At Lucky–Issues, by Awesome Again. ($380,000 Ylg ’14 KEESEP). O-Hronis Racing LLC; B-Mike Abraham (KY); T-John W. Sadler. $120,000.Margins: HF, 3 3/4, 6HF. Odds: 3.00, 0.70, 3.20.
Also Ran: Curlin Road, Hard Aces, Royal Albert Hall (GB), Donworth. Scratched: Sorry Erik.
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Malibu Moon Firster Rolls to ‘Rising Star’ Status at Del Mar

Sat, 2017-08-19 19:59

The Simon Callaghan barn is very well-stocked these days, and it unveiled another promising runner on the GI Pacific Classic S. undercard Saturday in the form of juvenile filly Moonshine Memories (Malibu Moon), who was named a ‘TDN Rising Star’. Given a 37-10 chance off a fairly unassuming worktab, the $650,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga grad broke a half-step slow but quickly burst through horses to grab the lead. Challenged from her inside through an opening quarter in :21.88, she was joined on her right flank by odds-on Tyfosha (Flatter) exiting the bend. Going better–and straighter–than that foe as they pulled far clear of the rest of the field, she was a length in front of her main rival at the wire while stopping the timer in 1:10.08 and galloping out all by herself. Tyfosha was 11 1/2 lengths clear of fellow Doug O’Neill pupil Dr. Ann (Eskendereya) in third. While she hasn’t broken through yet, Tyfosha seems to be a good barometer for other runners in this division. The $410,000 OBSMAR grad was second at 1-2 on debut behind subsequent Landaluce S. romper Surrender Now (Morning Line), and filled the same slot behind ‘Rising Star’ Just a Smidge (Into Mischief) on opening day here July 19. Moonshine Memories is a half-sibling to precocious Indian Evening (Indian Charlie), SW & GSP, $140,172, who sired this year’s very speedy Northern California-based stakes-winning juvenile Kimberlea K. Unenchantedevening, a half to 1997’s champion 2-year-old and Horse of the Year Favorite Trick (Phone Trick), produced a filly by Distorted Humor in 2016 followed by a colt by Honor Code this term. She was bred back to Malibu Moon.

6th-DMR, $61,380, Msw, 8-19, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:10.08, ft.
+MOONSHINE MEMORIES, f, 2, Malibu Moon
1st Dam: Unenchantedevening, by Unbridled’s Song
2nd Dam: Evile Elaine, by Mediaval Man
3rd Dam: Distinctive Elaine, by Distinctive
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,000. Click for the chart, VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton or the free catalogue-style pedigree.
O-Bridlewood Farm, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith & Michael B Tabor; B-Summer Wind Farm (KY); T-Simon Callaghan. *$650,000 yrl ’15 FTSAUG.

Elate Tops ‘Rising Star’ Exacta in Alabama

Sat, 2017-08-19 17:57

ELATE (f, 3, Medaglia d’Oro–Cheery, by Distorted Humor) parlayed her narrowly beaten runner-up finish behind Abel Tasman (Quality Road) in the July 23 GI Coaching Club American Oaks into a rousing success in the 10-furlong GI Alabama Saturday at the Spa. Racing towards the outside in midpack behind a half in a swift :46.96 and six furlongs in 1:10.92, she rallied to the front on the turn and widened in the stretch to score by six lengths over gritty pacesetter and fellow ‘TDN Rising Star’ It Tiz Well (Arch). The final time was 2:02.19. Tabbed a Rising Star off a romping debut win at Aqueduct in November, Elate went a bit off form over the winter, but regained her best form with a win in Delaware’s Light Hearted S. June 15 as a stepping stone toward her CCA Oaks effort. The winner’s second dam is MGSW/MGISP Yell (A.P. Indy), a half to GISW Eastern Echo (Damascus) and MGSW Roar (Forty Niner). Cheery is responsible for a yearling colt by Ghostzapper named Haunt and foaled a Blame colt earlier this season. Lifetime Record: GISW, 8-3-3-1.

O/B-Claiborne Farm & Adele Dilschneider (KY). T-Bill Mott.

‘Rising Star’ Proctor’s Ledge Takes the Lake Placid

Sat, 2017-08-19 17:24

“TDN Rising Star” Proctor’s Ledge made an eye-catching late move to score her second consecutive graded victory at Saratoga Saturday. Away well, the homebred bided her time in a ground-saving fourth as fellow “TDN Rising Star” Coasted (Tizway) ticked off comfortable opening splits of :24.39 and :50.03 with Party Boat and La Coronel (Colonel John) close behind. MGSW La Coronel ranged up menacingly as Coasted hit the 3/8ths pole in 1:14.11, but Party Boat and Proctor’s Ledge were right on her tail. Those four lined up across the track with Proctor’s Ledge running widest of all and Uni continuing to trail, but Coasted soon threw in the towel leaving the other three to fight it out. While La Coronel and Party Boat remained locked together, Proctor’s Ledge hit another gear and unleashed a furious late turn of foot, powering clear of her rivals and holding off a bold rally from Uni to score. Party Boat edged out La Coronel to be third and Coasted finished last of the quintet.

“She’s something else, to beat fillies like that so impressively,” said trainer Brendan Walsh. “She’s been threatening all the time to do this and getting better and better. It’s just fantastic and great for everybody involved: super owners, my guys working with her. It’s just brilliant.”

As for her next start, the conditioner said, “I don’t know about the Breeders’ Cup, but you have to think about a race like the [GI QEII Challenge Cup at Keeneland Oct. 14] next for her.”

Winning rider Javier Castellano was equally pleased, saying, “You could tell the pace was comfortable. She was laid back. I liked the way she finished. I love the way she runs. No matter where you put her, she’ll always show up.”

A second out graduate at Gulfstream Jan. 28 at odds of 49-1, Proctor’s Ledge earned her Rising Star nod when circling the field for an impressive last-to-first optional claimer victory in Hallandale Feb. 18. Third to La Coronel in Keeneland’s one-mile GIII Appalachian S. Apr. 13, the bay was fourth to that rival in the GIII Edgewood S. at Churchill Downs May 5. Completing the exacta behind fellow “TDN Rising Star” Sweeping Paddy (Paddy O’Prado) in the nine-panel GIII Regret S. beneath the Twin Spires June 17, Proctor’s Ledge charged home to a decisive victory in this venue’s GIII Lake George S. July 21 while receiving Lasix for the first time and a new rider in Eclipse winner Castellano.

Saturday, Saratoga
LAKE PLACID S.-GII, $294,000, SAR, 8-19, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, 1:47.74, gd.
1–PROCTOR’S LEDGE, 120, f, 3, by Ghostzapper
1st Dam: Archstone (SP, $105,312), by Arch
2nd Dam: Aliata, by Mr. Prospector
3rd Dam: Drumtop, by Round Table
TDN Rising Star O/B-Patricia L. Moseley (KY); T-Brendan P.
Walsh; J-Javier Castellano. $180,000. Lifetime Record: 8-4-1-1,
$361,083. Werk Nick Rating: A++.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Uni (GB), 118, f, 3, More Than Ready–Unaided (GB), by
Dansili (GB). (€40,000 Ylg ’15 ARAUG). O-M. Dubb, Head of
Plains Partners LLC, R. LaPenta &Bethlehem Stables LLC;
B-Haras d’Etreham (GB); T-Chad C. Brown. $60,000.
3–Party Boat, 118, f, 3, Into Mischief–Pavati, by Unbridled’s
Song. ($52,000 Ylg ’15 KEEJAN; $100,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP).
O-Hope H. Jones; B-Fred W. Hertrich lll (KY); T-H. Graham
Motion. $30,000.
Margins: 3/4, 1HF, 3/4. Odds: 2.20, 1.80, 6.00.
Also Ran: La Coronel, Coasted. Scratched: Berned.
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Pedigree Notes:
Proctor’s Ledge was bred and is owned by Patricia Moseley, the former chairwoman of Suffolk Downs and widow of prominent Massachusetts racing figure James Moseley. James Moseley campaigned Proctor’s Ledge’s third dam Drumtop to a number of stakes victories and course-record-breaking performances going long on the turf, and her bred her second dam Aliata in partnership with legendary horseman Paul Mellon. Dam Archstone’s best performance was a runner-up finish in Belmont’s Sabin S. over 10 turfy panels for Patricia Moseley in 2008. Archstone produced a Street Sense filly in 2016 and was bred back to Orb, but failed to get in foal. The 14-year-old mare was sent back to Ghostzapper earlier this term. For more on Moseley, Walsh and Proctor’s Ledge from a TDN feature by Ben Massam in February, click here.

Best For Last At Arqana

Sat, 2017-08-19 15:41

The highest-priced lot of the opening session of Arqana’s August Yearling Sale on Saturday was saved until last, with lot 88, the final offering of the evening, bringing €1-million from Mayfair Speculators, Peter and Ross Doyle and MV Magnier. The Galileo (Ire) colt from Ecurie des Monceaux is out of Tonnara (Ire) (Linamix {Fr}), and therefore a half-brother to Group 1 winners Most Improved (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}) and Ectot (GB) (Hurricane Run {Ire}).

Fast Bullet Firster Fires for Asmussen at the Spa

Sat, 2017-08-19 15:29

5th-SAR, $83,000, Msw, 8-19, 2yo, 6f, 1:11.00, ft.
+PURE SHOT (c, 2, Fast Bullet–Darn That Girl, by Darn That Alarm) was drawn widest for this career debut and dismissed at odds of 22-1, but none of that mattered when the gates opened, as the chestnut immediately rocketed to the front and cleared the field through a quarter-mile in :22.47. Traveling well within himself while maintaining a clear advantage coming off the turn, he was never truly headed and kicked away to score by 2 1/4 lengths. Allured (Flatter) completed the exacta. 3-1 favorite Avery Island (Street Sense) finished seventh. Pure Shot became the second winner for his freshman sire (by Speightstown). The winner is a half to Dream of Me (High Cotton), MSW, $290,850. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,800. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Scott Dilworth & Norma McKathan; B-McKathan Bros. (FL); T-Steven M. Asmussen.

€700,000 for Galileo Filly In Deauville

Sat, 2017-08-19 14:30

Ecurie des Monceaux was the consignor of another high-priced Galileo (Ire) filly at Arqana on Saturday when a half-sister to the stakes-placed Normandy Eagle (Fr) (New Approach {Ire}) (lot 65) fetched €700,000 from Mayfair Speculators and Peter and Ross Doyle. One lot later, Charlie Gordon-Watson signed for lot 66, a daughter of Frankel (GB), for €650,000, while a Dubawi (Ire) filly (lot 55) had made that same price from Japan’s Koji Maeda earlier in the session.

Galileo Filly Sets Arqana Standard

Sat, 2017-08-19 13:54

A Galileo (Ire) half-sister to G1 Irish Oaks winner Chicquita (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) has set the standard midway through the opening session of Arqana’s August Yearling Sale when selling to Mayfair Speculators, Peter & Ross Doyle and MV Magnier for €950,000. Consigned by her co-breeder Ecurie des Monceaux, lot 51 is the sixth foal out of the stakes-winning Prudenzia (Ire) (Dansili {GB}).

Teofilo’s Massaat Impressive In the Hungerford

Sat, 2017-08-19 11:23

Making his comeback having been injured in the G3 Sovereign S. at Salisbury last August, Massaat was straight back in the swing as he conjured up his basic class to re-establish himself in an elite position he had previously enjoyed when runner-up in the 2015 G1 Dewhurst S. and in last year’s G1 2000 Guineas. After trailing Galileo Gold (GB) (Paco Boy {Ire}) by 1 1/2 lengths in the Newmarket Classic, the homebred was tried in the G1 Epsom Derby in June but failed to see out the mile-and-a-half trip and wound up ninth before being remodelled into a miler. Connections only got as far as his next run in the Sovereign and he had become something of a forgotten horse in the interim, but this re-entry made sure he was back in the limelight once again with a potentially profitable autumn campaign ahead.

Remarkably 12-1 despite the withdrawal of the three group-winning fillies Daban (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}), Spangled (GB) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) and Mix and Mingle (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) due to the rain-softened ground, the bay showed his wellbeing and enthusiasm early as he tanked along for Jim Crowley over two lengths off the pace set by the other Shadwell representative Ibn Malik (Ire) (Raven’s Pass). Looking the winner a long way from home, Massaat moved to the front smoothly with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining. Librisa Breeze, who had met momentary trouble in running, emerged from behind with his customary deadly finishing kick but the winner was beyond recall and not stopping. “It’s a great training performance to have him ready,” Crowley said. “It’s the first time I’ve ridden him and he gave me a great feel. He loved that slower ground and I think it’s quite important to him as he’s a big horse who hits the ground quite hard. Seven furlongs was ideal first time back, as he was a little bit fresh and free early on. He saw it out well and galloped out well. He’s a strong traveller and a mile will be fine for him when he relaxes better next time.”

Trainer Owen Burrows is not looking too far ahead following the colt’s previous problems, but was taking much out of the performance which he admitted had come as a surprise. “I thought he’d be rusty and I was just looking to get him back on track, but he won impressively,” he said. “He had a chip removed from his front fetlock and then was injured in recuperation, so the whole team have done a great job with him. We’ll get him back home and fingers crossed he’ll be fine in the morning and we’ll plot then. We’ll have to look at group 1s, but it’s important that he has a bit of cut in the ground as it was firm at Salisbury when he injured himself. We’ll keep away from that ground.”

Massaat, whose half-brother Eqtidaar (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) was an impressive debut winner for the Stoute stable at the track on Friday, is out of a half to the MSW Zeiting responsible for five black-type performers headed by the G3 Strensall S. winner and G1 Caulfield Cup runner-up Scottish (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}). Her daughter Zut Alors (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}), who was third in the G3 Prix Miesque, is the dam of this year’s G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches heroine Precieuse (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}) and also the smart sprinter Baccarat (Ire) (Dutch Art {GB}). Zeiting’s half-sister Dolled Up (Ire) (Whipper) captured the G3 Prix du Bois and is now the dam of Fou Rire (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}) who took part in Saturday’s G3 Prix du Calvados. The dam, who has proven an inspired 130,000gns purchase by Shadwell at the 2009 Tattersalls October Book 1 Sale and who showed useful sprint form for Charlie Hills, also has a yearling colt by Kodiac (GB).

Saturday, Newbury, Britain
BETFRED HUNGERFORD S.-G2, £150,000, NBY, 8-19, 3yo/up, 7fT, 1:25.84, sf.
1–MASSAAT (IRE), 132, c, 4, by Teofilo (Ire)
1st Dam: Madany (Ire), by Acclamation (GB)
2nd Dam: Belle de Cadix (Ire), by Law Society
3rd Dam: Gourgandine (Ire), by Auction Ring
*1st stakes win. O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B-Shadwell Estate Company Ltd (IRE); T-Owen Burrows; J-Jim Crowley. £85,065. Lifetime Record: MG1SP-Eng, 7-2-3-0, $443,241. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Librisa Breeze (GB), 132, g, 5, Mount Nelson (GB)–Bruxcalina (Fr), by Linamix (Fr). (60,000gns Ylg ’13 TAOCT; 90,000gns 3yo ’15 TA15). O-Tony Bloom; B-Newsells Park Stud (GB); T-Dean Ivory. £32,250.
3–Nathra (Ire), 129, f, 4, Iffraaj (GB)–Rada (Ire), by Danehill. (270,000gns Ylg ’14 TAOCT). O-Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah; B-Pier House Stud (IRE); T-John Gosden. £16,140.
Margins: 1 3/4, HF, 1HF. Odds: 12.00, 1.60, 6.00.
Also Ran: Breton Rock (Ire), Sir Dancealot (Ire), Ibn Malik (Ire), Kaspersky (Ire), Poet’s Vanity (GB). Scratched: Mix and Mingle (Ire), Spangled (GB), Daban (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Galileo’s Order of St George Back To His Best At The Curragh

Sat, 2017-08-19 11:07

Losing his G1 Gold Cup title by a short head to Big Orange (GB) (Duke of Marmalade {Ire}) at Royal Ascot June 22, Order of St George returned to home soil in the kind of mood that has seen him gain such prominence in his career to dominate this trial for the Sept. 10 G1 Irish St Leger. That was another race he had previously dominated when a 3-year-old and a crown he also had to surrender last year as Wicklow Brave (GB) (Beat Hollow {GB}) refused to let him past. That rival was in this contest too and as he loomed to the favourite at the top of the straight it looked as if they could resume battle as they had in September. Order of St George, who had been roused from the break by Ryan Moore to gain a prominent position in third, gave generously when committed passing the quarter pole and drew clear powerfully with the 3-year-old G2 Curragh Cup winner Rekindling putting up the most meaningful pursuit. “He’s a high-class horse and the race suited him well, so hopefully he can keep going forward from here,” jockey Ryan Moore commented. “He likes that nice ground and it helps him, but he was third on fast ground in the Arc.”

The dam, who also has an as-yet unraced 2-year-old colt by Declaration of War named Shakour (Ire) and a yearling colt by Australia (GB), produced the GIII Pin Oak Valley View S. winner Angel Terrace (Ghostzapper) and the G3 Prix Paul de Moussac scorer Asperity (War Chant). She is out of the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and GI Frizette S. heroine Storm Song, herself a half-sister to the GII Oak Leaf S. winner Diamond Omi (Giant’s Causeway) and the dam of the GI Wood Memorial runner-up Trojan Nation (Street Cry {Ire}). Her descendants include the G2 Sankei Sports Sho Flora S. winner Midsummer Fair (Jpn) (Tanino Gimlet {Jpn}) and the Singapore champion Better Life (Aus) (Smarty Jones), while under the third dam Hum Along is the GIII Northern Dancer Breeders’ Cup S.-winning sire High Cotton.

Saturday, Curragh, Ireland
COMER GROUP INTERNATIONAL IRISH ST LEGER TRIAL S.-G3, €63,000, CUR, 8-19, 3yo/up, 14fT, 3:05.44, yl.
1–ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE), 134, h, 5, by Galileo (Ire)
1st Dam: Another Storm, by Gone West
2nd Dam: Storm Song, by Summer Squall
3rd Dam: Hum Along, by Fappiano
($550,000 Ylg ’13 KEESEP). O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & LLoyd J Williams; B-Paget Bloodstock (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Ryan Moore. €37,170. Lifetime Record: Hwt. 3yo-Eur at 14f+, Hwt. Older Horse-Eur at 14f+, G1SW-Ire & Eng, G1SP-Fr, 19-9-6-1, $1,680,360. *1/2 to Asperity (War Chant), GSW-Fr & GSP-Eng, $245,483; Angel Terrace (Ghostzapper), GSW-US, $298,848; and Sehoy (Menifee), SW-Swe, $144,199. Werk Nick Rating: C. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Rekindling (GB), 129, c, 3, High Chaparral (Ire)–Sitara (GB), by Salse. (60,000gns Wlg ’14 TATFOA). O-LLoyd J Williams; B-The Pocock Family (GB); T-Joseph O’Brien. €12,600.
3–Twilight Payment (Ire), 134, c, 4, Teofilo (Ire)–Dream On Buddy (Ire), by Oasis Dream (GB). O-Godolphin; B/T-Jim Bolger (IRE). €6,300.
Margins: 4 3/4, 2HF, HF. Odds: 0.50, 6.50, 20.00.
Also Ran: Wicklow Brave (GB), Renneti (Fr), Aussie Reigns (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Oasis Dream’s Polydream Clear Best In the Calvados

Sat, 2017-08-19 10:56

Registering a decisive success on debut over six furlongs here July 30, Polydream was outnumbered by the British raiders in this hot renewal but was well on top at the end to remain unbeaten for a yard that has a supply of above-average juveniles. Settled off the pace early by Maxime Guyon among the group racing down the centre of the track, the bay made her move out wide and hit the front travelling strongly 1 1/2 out. Despite the efforts of the promising visitor Laurens, the homebred had established an unassailable lead and was being patted down the neck as she crossed the line. “She’s a lovely filly and a real good one,” trainer Freddy Head said. “She’s a lovely mover with a lot of speed and we now have to make a decision about whether we drop back down to six for the [G1] Cheveley Park S. [at Newmarket Sept. 30] or step up to a mile for the [G1 Prix] Marcel Boussac [at Chantilly Oct. 1]. Nothing is definite–we will see how she is and discuss it with the owners.”

Polydream is out of the Listed Prix d’Angerville and GIII Monrovia H. runner-up Polygreen, whose previous best was the dual listed scorer Evaporation (Fr) (Red Ransom) who also placed in the G2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein and G2 Prix de Sandringham. The second dam is the Listed Prix La Camargo and Listed Prix Saraca winner Yxenery, a daughter of the dual black-type scorer Polyxena who in turn is out of Minstrel Girl (Fr) (Luthier {Fr}). Runner-up in the G1 Criterium des Pouliches, she produced the MGSW sire Truculent. Polygreen also has a yearling filly by Invincible Spirit (Ire).

Saturday, Deauville, France
SHADWELL PRIX DU CALVADOS-G3, €80,000, DVL, 8-19, 2yo, f, 7fT, 1:23.21, g/s.
1–POLYDREAM (IRE), 123, f, 2, by Oasis Dream (GB)
1st Dam: Polygreen (Fr) (SW-Fr & GSP-US, $173,671), by Green Tune
2nd Dam: Yxenery (Ire), by Sillery
3rd Dam: Polyxena, by Lyphard
*1st stakes win. O/B-Wertheimer & Frere (IRE); T-Freddy Head; J-Maxime Guyon. €40,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, €53,500. *1/2 to Evaporation (Fr) (Red Ransom), MSW & MGSP-Fr, $366,599. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Laurens (Fr), 123, f, 2, Siyouni (Fr)–Recambe (Ire), by Cape Cross (Ire). (£220,000 Ylg ’16 GOUKPR). O-John Dance; B-Bloodstock Agency Ltd (FR); T-Karl Burke. €16,000.
3–Bonita Fransisca (Fr), 123, f, 2, Pedro the Great–Siendra (Ire), by Refuse to Bend (Ire). (€16,000 RNA Ylg ’16 ARAUG). O/B-Mario Genovese (FR); T-Antonio Marcialis. €12,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, 2HF, 2HF. Odds: 1.60, 7.40, 38.50.
Also Ran: Capomento (Ire), Spring Cosmos (Ire), Musical Art (Ire), Fou Rire (Ire), Model (Fr), Ellthea (Ire), Debutante’s Ball (Ire), Lili du Sud (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Dubawi’s Sobetsu Takes the Nonette

Sat, 2017-08-19 10:23

This race lost a key player when Shutter Speed (GB) (Dansili {GB}) was ruled out due to the rain-affected going, but another TDN Rising Star in Sobetsu stepped forward to inject a touch of class over the course and distance over which she had won the May 14 G1 Prix Saint-Alary. Eighth of nine in the June 3 G1 Epsom Oaks and third in the G1 Nassau S. back at this trip at Goodwood last time Aug. 3, the bay who is becoming a genuine soft-ground specialist was in front initially before settling in third for James Doyle. As the returning G1 Prix de Diane heroine Senga loomed on her outer in early straight, she was asked to move forward and take command and duly responded in her usual game fashion to do so with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining. Staying on strongly as that rival flattened out, the homebred had put her seal on the contest in which the Diane faller Onthemoonagain made further progression as she denied Senga the runner-up spot.

Charlie Appleby is looking at big targets again with Sobetsu. “We have had this in mind for her for a long time, ever since her run in the Oaks where we hoped for ease in the ground and it didn’t happen,” he explained. “The truth is, she didn’t stay a mile and a half at Epsom and she had since run a very good race in the Nassau. With the ground like it is in Deauville at present, we were quite confident. She has had two solid races in a short period of time, so maybe she needs a break. She could possibly go for the [G1 Prix de l’] Opera [at Chantilly Oct. 1], but we also have in mind the [GI] QEII Cup at Keeneland.” Senga’s trainer Pascal Bary said, “It looks like she might have needed it and she was also a bit wide throughout, so we will stick to the plan which is the Opera followed by the [GI] Breeders’ Cup Fillies & Mares Turf.”

Sobetsu hails from the outstanding dynasty of Doff the Derby, responsible for two Epsom Classic winners in the brilliant champion Generous (Ire) and Imagine (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), who upstaged her full-sister Strawberry Roan (Ire) by also winning the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas. The Listed Prix Caravelle-winning Lake Toya, who was also third in the G3 Prix de Flore, is a daughter of Shinko Hermes who also produced three other black-type performers headed by the Listed Winkfield S. scorer and G3 Prix des Chenes third Sixth Sense (Ire) (Shamardal). She is also the second dam of last year’s G1 Japanese 2000 Guineas hero Dee Majesty (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), while the family also includes the ill-fated G1 Grand Criterium scorer Horatio Nelson (Ire) (Danehill), the GIII Monrovia H. and G3 C. L. Weld Park S. winner and G1 Phoenix S. third Wedding Bouquet (Ire) (Kings Lake). She is the second dam of the multiple Group 1-winning miler and sprint champion Moonlight Cloud (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}).

Saturday, Deauville, France
SHADWELL PRIX DE LA NONETTE-G2, €130,000, DVL, 8-19, 3yo, f, 10fT, 2:05.94, g/s.
1–SOBETSU (GB), 126, f, 3, by Dubawi (Ire)
1st Dam: Lake Toya (SW & GSP-Fr, SW-Eng, $135,852), by Darshaan (GB)
2nd Dam: Shinko Hermes (Ire), by Sadler’s Wells
3rd Dam: Doff The Derby, by Master Derby
O-Godolphin; B-Darley (GB); T-Charlie Appleby; J-James Doyle. €74,100. Lifetime Record: G1SW-Fr & G1SP-Eng, 7-3-0-2, €319,004. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Onthemoonagain (Fr), 126, f, 3, Cape Cross (Ire)–Ma Preference (Fr), by American Post (GB). (€55,000 Ylg ’15 AROCT). O-Martin S Schwartz Racing; B-Patrick Chedeville (FR); T-Jean-Claude Rouget. €28,600.
3–Senga, 126, f, 3, Blame–Beta Leo, by A.P. Indy. O-Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd; B-Flaxman Holdings Ltd (KY); T-Pascal Bary. €13,650.
Margins: 2HF, 3/4, HD. Odds: 2.00, 6.60, 2.20.
Also Ran: Strathspey (GB), Araaja (Ire), Penny Lane (Ger), Vue Fantastique (Fr), Ibiza (Fr), Body Sculpt (Fr). Scratched: Shutter Speed (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Dalakhani’s Defoe Wins the Geoffrey Freer

Sat, 2017-08-19 09:45

With the G1 St Leger already looking a strong renewal, this race provided another potential big player ready to enter the mix for that Doncaster Classic as Defoe continued his rise to the fore when upstaging some smart older horses. His only moderate effort came on his 2-year-old finale, when he was 11th in the Listed Zetland S. at Newmarket in October won by the subsequent G2 Ribblesdale S. scorer Coronet (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and in which Permian (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) and Wings of Eagles (Fr) (Pour Moi {Ire}) were third and fourth respectively. Unbeaten so far at three, he captured the London Gold Cup here May 20 and another 10-furlong handicap at York July 1 before beating the subsequent G3 Rose of Lancaster S. winner Frankuus (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) in Hamilton’s Listed Glasgow S. over 11 furlongs July 21.

Dropped out in rear early by Andrea Atzeni, the bay was moving noticeably strongly in the straight and by the time he hit the front with two furlongs remaining already had the measure of the G1 Coronation Cup runner-up Frontiersman. Shaken up soon after, Defoe drifted across the path of Wall of Fire and sparked an inquiry in the process but had a comfortable margin over that rival at the line as his stamina came more and more into play. “He’s a gentleman of a horse and is very laid-back–he travelled beautifully and got there fairly easily,” Atzeni said. “He definitely stays really well and although the Leger is turning out to be a good race, he’s there with a big chance.”

Wall of Fire is reportedly G1 Melbourne Cup-bound, while Frontiersman could also go up in trip now. “I am putting Frontiersman’s performance down to the ground, while it also looked like he potentially wants further than today’s trip,” trainer Charlie Appleby commented. “He travelled nicely into the race but the first two have quickened away, whereas Frontiersman has just kept galloping. I would like to get him back on a sound surface and it wouldn’t worry me stepping up in distance.”

Defoe, who is the first foal out of a half-sister to the MSP Akira (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}), also has a yearling half-brother by Shamardal. His third dam Close Comfort is a half-sister to the G1 Prix Morny-winning champion and multiple stakes-producing Ancient Regime (Olden Times), whose descendants include Mubtaker (Silver Hawk) who won this three times when it was run as a group 2 and who was also runner-up in the 2003 G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Close Comfort is also the dam of the G3 Scottish Classic-winning sire Husyan, while others to feature in this family are the GI Vosburgh S. and GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. hero Rock Fall (Speightstown) and the G3 Oh So Sharp S. scorer Tabassum (Ire) (Nayef).

Saturday, Newbury, Britain
BETFRED GEOFFREY FREER S.-G3, £60,000, NBY, 8-19, 3yo/up, 13f 61yT, 2:51.50, sf.
1–DEFOE (IRE), 122, c, 3, by Dalakhani (Ire)
1st Dam: Dulkashe (Ire), by Pivotal (GB)
2nd Dam: Saik, by Riverman
3rd Dam: Close Comfort, by Far North
*1st Group win. O-Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum; B-Darley (IRE); T-Roger Varian; J-Andrea Atzeni. £34,026. Lifetime Record: 7-5-1-0, $179,008. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Wall of Fire (Ire), 131, c, 4, Canford Cliffs (Ire)–Bright Sapphire (Ire), by Galileo (Ire). (92,000gns Wlg ’13 TATFOA; 270,000gns Ylg ’14 TATOCT). O-Aziz Kheir; B-B V Sangster (IRE); T-Hugo Palmer. £12,900.
3–Frontiersman (GB), 131, c, 4, Dubawi (Ire)–Ouija Board (GB), by Cape Cross (Ire). O-Godolphin; B-Stanley Estate & Stud Co (GB); T-Charlie Appleby. £6,456.
Margins: 3/4, 3HF, 2HF. Odds: 1.60, 14.00, 1.85.
Also Ran: Crimean Tatar (Tur), Harlequeen (GB), Agent Murphy (GB), The Tartan Spartan (Ire), To Eternity (GB). Scratched: Horseplay (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

New Approach’s Hey Gaman Wins the Washington Singer

Sat, 2017-08-19 09:17

Hey Gaman had shown some quality when winning two six-furlong conditions races at Yarmouth July 6 and at Newmarket last time July 29, on the latter occasion dispensing a five-length beating to the dual listed runner-up Roussel (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}). Ninth in the June 24 Listed Chesham S. at Royal Ascot and 12th in the Listed July S. at Newmarket July 13, the bay showed no diminution in his enthusiasm for the game when leading from pillar to post to register a first black-type success. Working hard in front to battle the elements as Martin Harley opted to stretch his rivals, he had to contend with the promising Sandown maiden winner Red Mist from the furlong pole but toughed it out to hold sway in the photo. “It was tough out there–the testing ground was one thing, but the headwind was another,” his jockey said. “The second pressed me a long way down, so it was a good performance from a good horse. He’s got a big heart and it rode like a good race.”

Trainer James Tate has a useful collection of 2-year-olds and will be moving Hey Gaman up in class now. “He has always worked really well and although I was disappointed with a couple of his runs, it turns out he likes it soft,” he explained. “There was nothing good enough to lead him today and I felt the second had the advantage of slipstreaming him, so the best horse won. He’ll go for a seven-furlong group race next and we hope he’ll get a mile next year. I’d be nervous about running him on ground with no mention of soft in the description.” Red Mist’s trainer Simon Crisford was far from disheartened by the outcome and said, “I am delighted with his run. He is obviously very inexperienced and he put in a huge effort there. He handled that ground and that was not an issue. He would prefer better ground, as then his turn of foot comes into play. He’s in the [Sept. 16 G2] Champagne at Doncaster and that is a consideration. Sheikh Ahmed will make a plan for him.”

Hey Gaman is the first foal out of the G3 International Istanbul Trophy runner-up Arsaadi, who proved the leading performer for Arsad who in turn is a half-sister to three black-type winners headed by the G2 King’s Stand S. and G3 King George S. winner The Tatling (Ire) (Perugino). Also from the family of the stakes winner Billy Allen (Ire) (Night Shift), Arsaadi has a yearling full-brother to the winner to follow.

DENFORD S.-Listed, £25,500, NBY, 8-19, 2yo, 7fT, 1:28.79, sf.
1–HEY GAMAN (GB), 127, c, 2, by New Approach (Ire)
1st Dam: Arsaadi (Ire) (GSP-Tur & MSP-Eng, $207,928), by Dubawi (Ire)
2nd Dam: Arsad (Ire), by Cape Cross (Ire)
3rd Dam: Astuti (Ire), by Waajib (Ire)
*1st stakes win. (100,000gns RNA Ylg ’16 TATOCT). O-Sultan Ali; B-Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd (GB); T-James Tate; J-Martin Harley. £14,461. Lifetime Record: 6-3-1-0, $38,518.
2–Red Mist (GB), 127, c, 2, Frankel (GB)–Red Dune (Ire), by Red Ransom. O-Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum. £5,483.
3–Another Batt (Ire), 127, g, 2, Windsor Knot (Ire)–Mrs Batt (Ire), by Medecis (GB). O-Excel Racing (Another Batt). £2,744.
Margins: NO, 1 3/4, NK. Odds: 3.30, 2.25, 4.50.
Also Ran: Learn By Heart (GB), Ann Without An E (GB), Ripley (Ire). Scratched: Master of Wine (Ger), Ventura Knight (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Scat Daddy Colt Takes Rained-Off Skidmore

Fri, 2017-08-18 15:28

Flameaway was a debut winner by daylight at odds-on the Woodbine Tapeta May 28, and handled this surface switch with convincingly, even if it wasn’t the surface his connections had been looking for. Slowest to start, he was scrubbed on to sit fifth of six while saving ground into the bend. Checked sharply behind foes approaching the stretch, he re-broke professionally in midstretch and split rivals determinedly to open up and safely hold off favored El Dulce. Dial One, well back early, made an eye-catching run in the stretch while very far out on the muddy track.

“Unbelievable; the way he did it, very professional horse,” said rider Javier Castellano. “I really like the way he was inside on the rail and came out and finished the way he did. You know he got pinched a little bit and checked a little bit, lost some momentum, but he still opened it up when we got to the top of the stretch accelerating and finishing the way he did. Very professional.”

Trainer Mark Casse added, “He made a move at about the five-sixteenths pole and Javier got stopped for about 100 yards. He’s a big horse, and he [Castellano] said it took him a little while to get his momentum going again, and that’s what you saw when he finished. He’s a little slow to begin.”

Flameaway is the 85th black-type winner for his late sire.

“He’s a big, strong colt. [Owner] Mr. [John] Oxley asked me before the race if he liked the mud. I said, ‘I’ll tell you in 20 minutes.’ Those Scat Daddys; they’re good.”

While Casse admitted that while his plans for Flameaway involved a move to the turf, the colt could remain on the dirt following Friday’s effort.

Vulcan Rose is a half to GSW Essential Edge (Storm Cat), as well as to the dam of stakes winner and 2017 Queen’s Plate runner-up Tiz a Slam (Tiznow). Flameaway’s third dam is Irish and English Group winner Flame of Tara (Ire) (Artaius), who produced 1990 G1 Epsom Oaks and G1 One Thousand Guineas heroine Salsabil (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), G1 St. James’s Palace S. winner Marju (Ire) (Last Tycoon {Ire}), etc. Vulcan Rose has a yearling colt by Victor’s Cry and a weanling colt by Flat Out. She was bred back to Tiznow.

SKIDMORE S., $100,000, SAR, 8-18, 2yo, 5 1/2f (off turf), 1:06.68, my.
1–#FLAMEAWAY, 122, c, 2, by Scat Daddy
1st Dam: Vulcan Rose, by Fusaichi Pegasus
2nd Dam: Rose of Tara (Ire), by Generous (Ire)
3rd Dam: Flame of Tara (Ire), by Artaius
($150,000 Ylg ’16 KEEJAN; $400,000 Ylg ’16 FTSAUG). O-John C.
Oxley; B-Phoenix Rising Farms (ON); T-Mark E. Casse; J-Javier
Castellano. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $92,574.
*1/2 to Ellan Vannin (Spring At Last), SW, $108,989.2–El Dulce, 122, c, 2, Twirling Candy–Figureta (Arg), by The
Leopard. ($85,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $200,000 2yo ’17 OBSMAR).
O-Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners; B-Clearsky Farms (KY);
T-Todd A. Pletcher. $20,000.3–Dial One, 122, c, 2, Dialed In–Wild One, by War Front.
O/B-Robert V. LaPenta (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher. $10,000.Margins: 1HF, 2 1/4, 4. Odds: 4.40, 1.30, 3.85.
Also Ran: My Chinumado, Nuclear Option, Joopster. Scratched: Mentality, Nauti Buoy. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Kitten’s Joy’s Roaring Lion Triumphs in Newmarket Debut

Fri, 2017-08-18 14:32

3rd-NEW, £7,000, Cond, 8-18, 2yo, 8fT, 1:43.37, g/s.

+ROARING LION (c, 2, Kitten’s Joy–Vionnet {GISP-US, $175,140}, by Street Sense) broke in mid division and found a smooth rhythm there through halfway in this debut. Coaxed into contention approaching the final quarter mile, the 7-2 chance quickened smartly to lead passing the eighth pole and ran on strongly up the hill to comfortably account for Abandon Ship (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) by 1 3/4 lengths. Ghostwatch (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), who was the joint-second highest priced yearling at Tattersalls October Book 1 when knocked down for 2.1-million guineas last year, shaped with some promise and finished a further 1 3/4 lengths adrift in third. The $160,000 KEESEP yearling is the first foal out of GI Rodeo Drive S. third Vionnet (Street Sense), who is a daughter of GIII Las Cienegas H. and GIII Senator Ken Maddy H. heroine Cambiocorsa (Avenue of Flags), and therefore kin to four black-type performers headed by GII John C Mabee S. winner Moulin de Mougin (Curlin) and GII Royal Heroine Mile victress Schiaparelli (Ghostzapper). Vionnet has also produced a yearling colt by Medaglia d’Oro and was bred to More Than Ready this year. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $5,827. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Qatar Racing Ltd; B-Ran Jan Racing Inc (KY); T-John Gosden.

Declaration of War’s Eirene Powers to St Hugh’s Success

Fri, 2017-08-18 11:31

   Eirene, who hit the board going six furlongs and three yards at Yarmouth in her June 13 unveiling, broke through over one yard shorter at Doncaster June 30 before running second over an extended six panels at Nottingham last time Aug. 3, and stepped forward to register a career high in this stakes bow. Restrained at the tail of the far-side group through swift early fractions, she made eyecatching headway from halfway to deliver her bid with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and ran on strongly once taking over at the eighth pole to win going away in impressive fashion. “She bumped into a decent sort [Sands of Mali] at Nottingham and it was very heavy that day over six furlongs,” explained rider Robert Winston. “She just got outstayed on the ground and the drop back to five on soft ground has helped her today. She has always been very highly thought of at home and today was a chance to prove herself in Listed company. I think the long-term goal could be the [Sept. 30 G1] Cheveley Park [S. at Newmarket] and she will get six furlongs when it’s not so soft.”

   Eirene, half-sister to a yearling colt by Champs Elysees (GB) and a colt foal by Iffraaj (GB), becomes the second black-type winner for her freshman sire (by War Front) and is the leading performer out of Listed Radley S. second Za Za Zoom (GB) (Le Vie Dei Colori {GB}). Za Za Zoom is herself a full-sister to Listed Wentworth S. runner-up Highland Colori (Ire) and a half-sister to G3 Chipchase S. victor and G1 Haydock Sprint Cup third Genki (Ire) (Shinko Forest {Ire}).


BATHWICK TYRES ST HUGH’S S.-Listed, £25,500, NBY, 8-18, 2yo, f, 5f 34yT, 1:03.31, sf.

1–EIRENE (GB), 126, f, 2, by Declaration of War

1st Dam: Za Za Zoom (Ire) (SP-Eng), by Le Vie Dei Colori (GB)

2nd Dam: Emma’s Star (Ity), by Darshaan (GB)

3rd Dam: Notte Chiara, by Artaius

*1st stakes win. (85,000gns Wlg ’15 TATFOA). O-M J Yarrow; B-Scuderia Archi Romani (GB); T-Dean Ivory; J-Robert Winston. £14,461. Lifetime Record: 4-2-1-1, $24,422.

2–Sankari Royale (Ire), 126, f, 2, Epaulette (Aus)–Amethystos (Ire), by Danehill Dancer (Ire). (€8,000 RNA Wlg ’15 GOFNOV; €4,500 Ylg ’16 GOYHIT). O-Richard Frayne. £5,483.

3–Mrs Gallagher (GB), 126, f, 2, Oasis Dream (GB)–A Huge Dream (Ire), by Refuse to Bend (Ire). (140,000gns Ylg ’16 TATOCT). O-Ms E L Banks. £2,744.

Margins: 1 3/4, 1 3/4, HD. Odds: 10.00, 8.00, 9.00.

Also Ran: Yogi’s Girl (Ire), Looks A Million (GB), Sarshampla (Ire), Out of the Flames (GB), Misty Spirit (GB), Listen Alexander (Ire), One Minute (Ire), Validator (GB), Wings of the Rock (Ire), Reflect Alexander (Ire), Boragh Steps (Ire), Wirral Girl (Ire). Scratched: Formidable Kitt (GB). Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Invincible Spirit’s Eqtidaar Graduates in Nottingham Unveiling

Fri, 2017-08-18 10:53

1st-NOT, £5,000, Mdn, 8-18, 2yo, 6f 18yT, 1:16.63, g/s.

+EQTIDAAR (IRE) (c, 2, Invincible Spirit {Ire}–Madany {Ire}, by Acclamation {GB}), was well away to race on the front end from the outset of this first go. Nudged into an outright lead with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining, the 6-4 favourite was pushed out in the latter stages to comfortably best Mountain Guard (Ire) (Society Rock {Ire}) by 2 1/2 lengths. The homebred bay is the third scorer from as many foals to race out of Madany (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}) and is a half-brother to G1 2000 Guineas and G1 Dewhurst S. runner-up Massaat (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) and a yearling colt by Kodiac (GB). Madany is a winning half-sister to MSW Zeiting (Ire) (Zieten), who produced five black-type performers headed by GSW G1 Caulfield Cup second Scottish (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) and is the granddam of this year’s G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches heroine Precieuse (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $4,163. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B-Shadwell Estate Company Limited (IRE); T-Sir Michael Stoute.

Lope de Vega’s Bay of Poets Registers Pelleas Win

Fri, 2017-08-18 09:24

Bay of Poets, who won once in his first six starts, ran second to subsequent G1 Epsom Derby runner-up Cliffs of Moher (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in Chester’s May 12 Listed Dee S. before running seventh in the June 4 G1 Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly. Gelded after that Classic, he was 12th of 13 in Royal Ascot’s June 22 G3 Hampton Court S. and went postward for this coming back from a second in the Aug. 1 Listed Prix de Tourgeville at Deauville. Positioned behind all four rivals for the most part, he made progress into contention on the home turn and was ridden out once taking control in early straight to comfortably register a career high.

   Bay of Poets, kin to a yearling filly by Lope de Vega (Ire) and a filly foal by Power (GB), is out of a winning half-sister to G2 St Leger Italiano-winning dual European highweight Burma Gold (Ire) (Java Gold) and Listed Prix Finlande second Burma Sea (Fr) (Lope de Vega {Ire}). His dam Bristol Bay (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) is also a full-sister to the dam of G3 Killavullan S. victor and G1 Irish 2000 Guineas third Blue de Vega (Ger) (Lope de Vega {Ire}), and is a granddaughter of MGSW European highweight Britannia (Ger) (Tarim {GB}), who produced MG1SW G1 Deutsches Derby winners Borgia (Ger) (Acatenango {Ger}) and Boreal (Ger) (Java Gold).


PRIX ECOLE BLONDEAU – PRIX PELLEAS-Listed, €55,000, DVL, 8-18, 3yo, c/g, 9fT, 1:49.70, gd.
1–BAY OF POETS (IRE), 126, g, 3, by Lope de Vega (Ire)
1st Dam: Bristol Bay (Ire), by Montjeu (Ire)
2nd Dam: Bougainvillea (Ger), by Acatenango (Ger)
3rd Dam: Britannia (Ger), by Tarim (GB)
*1st stakes win. (€190,000 Wlg ’14 GOFNOV; 400,000gns Ylg ’15 TATOCT). O-Godolphin; B-Gestut Ammerland (IRE); T-Charlie Appleby; J-Cristian Demuro. €27,500. Lifetime Record: SP-Eng, 11-2-2-1, €67,184.2–Born To Be Alive (Ire), 126, g, 3, Born To Sea (Ire)–Yaria (Ire), by Danehill. (10,000gns Ylg ’15 TAOCT). O-Tim Dykes & Mrs E Burke. €11,000.
3–Volfango (Ire), 126, c, 3, Dutch Art (GB)–Celebre Vadala (Fr), by Peintre Celebre. O-Haras de Saint Pair. €8,750.
Margins: 1 3/4, 1HF, HD. Odds: 4.60, 5.40, 1.10.
Also Ran: Glen Shiel (GB), Neguev (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.