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Twirl Supplemented to Keeneland November

Tue, 2017-10-17 16:57

Stakes winner and Irish group-placed Twirl (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}–Butterfly Cove, by Storm Cat), a full-sister to champion Misty for Me (Ire) and G1 1000 Guineas winner Ballydoyle (Ire), has been supplemented to the upcoming Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The 8-year-old mare, who will sell in foal to Curlin, will be consigned to the auction by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency.

“Twirl represents a unique opportunity to purchase a stakes-winning, graded-quality mare by the world’s leading sire, Galileo, from arguably the most prolific current pedigree in the world,” Hill ‘n’ Dale President John G. Sikura said. “Twirl is a full-sister to champion Ballydoyle and to Misty For Me, who is the dam this year of three-time Group 1 winner Roly Poly and U S Navy Flag, recent winner of the G1 Middle Park and G1 Dewhurst S. Twirl produced a beautiful filly by Tapit in 2017 and is in foal to leading sire Curlin. I don’t think there will be another mare presented at auction anywhere with this much quality and current relevance in Group 1 racing. She is a jewel.”

Twirl’s dam Butterfly Cove is a half-sister to Fasliyev and her full-sister Misty for Me produced last Saturday’s G1 Dewhurst winner U S Navy Flag (War Front), as well as multiple Group 1 winner Roly Poly (War Front).

“Twirl is one of those regally bred mares who is truly a collector’s item,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “She is an exciting addition to Keeneland’s November Sale catalog.”

The Keeneland November sale runs from Nov. 7 through 18.

Madefromlucky Retired to Northview

Tue, 2017-10-17 16:12

Madefromlucky (Lookin At Lucky–Home From Oz, by Pulpit), a multiple graded stakes winner of $1,351,500 out of a full sister to three-time leading sire Tapit, has been retired to Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for the 2018 season. Northview is syndicating the stallion, with details to be announced.

“Madefromlucky has a combination of racing ability and pedigree that we just could not pass up,” said Northview president Richard Golden.

The 5-year-old chestnut, a winner of six of his 24 career starts, heads into stud having won his final two starts–the GIII Greenwood Cup S. at Parx in September by more than a dozen lengths, and the Temperence Hill Invitational Oct. 1 at Belmont. He was a graded stakes winner twice at three, taking the GII West Virginia Derby and GII Peter Pan S.

Madefromlucky has arrived at Northview and is available for inspection.

“We’re very excited to have Madefromlucky at the farm,” said David Wade, general manager of Northview. “He has the looks to back up his high-profile pedigree and race record. I’d encourage breeders to make an appointment to come to the farm and see for themselves.”

Stuart Janney Responds to Pa. Secretary of Agriculture

Tue, 2017-10-17 15:59

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding recently wrote a letter to Stuary S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, saying that Janney’s comments at The Jockey Club Round Table that Pennsylvania regulators were “asleep on the job” when it came to “nearly universal cheating” in Pennsylvania racing were “inappropriate and inaccurate” and “spread misinformation.” The matter stemmed from an FBI criminal investigation into Penn National trainer Murray Rojas, who was subsequently found guilty of 14 felony charges related to misuse of drugs.

Janney responded to Redding with a letter Tuesday standing by his remarks, citing, among other things, testimony in the case from trainer Stephanie Beattie, who said that the vast majority of trainers at Penn National had their veterinarians provide race-day medications to horses in violation of the rules and that she herself had violated Pennsylvania’s medication rules a majority of the time.

“The above referenced testimony–that 95% to 98% of trainers were cheating on a daily basis, that Ms. Beattie and Dr. [Fernando] Motta were both able to impermissibly drug horses on race days a ‘thousand times,’ that PETRL did not have tests for numerous regulated drugs, that they were regularly not testing for all regulated drugs, and that they were deliberately diluting and corrupting certain testing samples–provides ample evidence in support of my conclusions that there were ‘regulators asleep on the job’ and that there was a ‘corrupted and ineffectual’ testing system,'” Janney said.

Janney’s full letter can be read here.

New October Record For Dabirsim Filly

Tue, 2017-10-17 14:32

Arqana’s four-day October Sale started in ebullient fashion with a new record price set three times during the afternoon, the third through the sale of a filly by France’s leading freshman sire Dabirism (Fr) for €500,000.

The Godolphin team made a concerted attempt to secure the first foal of the unraced Amour Eternel (Fr) (Elusive City {Ire}) (lot 147) but Charlie Gordon-Watson’s resolve was stronger and, bidding from the restaurant, the agent had the final say.

“She is an exceptional individual–a strong, powerful March foal with a great attitude and great conformation. She has everything,” said Gordon-Watson, who divulged that the filly from Dabirsim’s home farm of Haras de Grandcamp would go into training in Britain with Richard Hannon for a new client.

Just half an hour earlier, a Siyouni (Fr) half-brother to the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Zagora (Fr) (Green Tune) had also brought a record price of €420,000 when selling to Godolphin.

The Haras des Capucines-consigned colt (lot 133) was the subject of some intense bidding between the two teams of Godolphin and Hong Kong Jockey Club, with the former throwing in an extra offer past the €400,000 mark set earlier in the day by a daughter of Galileo.

“It’s just great to be able to buy a really lovely horse by a fantastic sire. He’ll almost certainly stay in France to be trained,” said Anthony Stroud.

A son of the unraced Zaneton (Fr) (Mtoto {GB}), the colt’s six winning siblings include not only Zagora but also the Listed winner and Group 2-placed Asmar (Fr) (Cape Cross {Ire}) and the Listed-placed Zanet (Fr) (Enrique {Ire}).

The previous October record-holder at €400,000 for a matter of hours was the Galileo filly (lot 86) consigned by Ecurie des Monceaux and bought by Robert Nataf on behalf of MV Magnier.

Like the Siyouni colt, the filly, who will be trained by Aidan O’Brien, was out of a mare whose offspring are more usually found in Arqana’s August Sale. In this case, Sasuela (Ger), a Dashing Blade (GB) half-sister to the German Classic winners Schiaparelli (Ger), Samum (Ger) and Salve Regina (Ger), topped August in 2014 when her Monsun (Ger) filly, later named Fadillah (Fr) was bought by Tony Nerses for €1.2 million, while last year her Frankel (GB) filly was sold to Kenji Ryotokuji for €600,000.

“We wanted to give the filly a little more time,” explained Henri Bozo of Ecurie des Monceax, which unusually didn’t end the day in its customary position of leading vendor, giving best to Haras des Capucines, which sold 14 yearlings for €1,503,000.

He continued, “She’s from a late-maturing family–one of the very best in the German studbook–and she was was bred by Monceaux in partnership with Andreas Putsch of Haras de Saint Pair.”

Figures Climb
A session which brought 42 six-figure yearlings, just seven fewer than for the entire October Sale of 2016, also saw improved figures in all sectors except for a small drop in the clearance rate, which was 79%. With 166 of the 210 horses offered finding new homes, the day’s aggregate of €12,274,500 was up by 5%. The average also rose by 5% to €73,943 and the median was up from €50,000 to €58,500 (+17%).

A Pair From Putsch
Andreas Putsch’s Haras de Saint Pair consigns solely at the Arqana October Sale and was rewarded with decent transactions for two colts from the six-strong draft.

Lot 106, a Dark Angel (Ire) son of the Group 3-winning Galileo mare Sub Rose (Ire) was initially led out of the ring unsold at €240,000 but a private sale at €300,000 was later agreed with Michel Zerolo of Oceanic Bloodstock. Sub Rose was herself the winner of the G3 Prix de Royaumont at Saint-Cloud and produced the G3 Prix André Baboin winner Subway Dancer (Ire) from a 2011 mating with Shamardal. That colt’s 3-year-old half-brother Secret Advisor (Fr) (Dubawi {Ire}) has won twice this season for Charlie Appleby and was third in the G2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot.

Saint Pair also sold the only Frankel (GB) colt in the catalogue (lot 55) out of Putsch’s G1 Prix Vermeille winner Pearly Shells (GB) (Efisio {GB}). The half-brother to black-type winners Pearl Banks (Fr) (Pivotal {GB}) and Pearls Or Passion (Fr) (Monsun {Ger}) was knocked down at €250,000 to trainer Marc Pimbonnet on behalf of Fabrice Petit.

“The owner wanted a Frankel yearling and he really liked this horse,” said Pimbonnet. “The mare has already produced some very good runners so I didn’t think I’d be able to get him for this price.”

Family Affair For Coulonces
Godolphin enhanced its leading buyer claims with the purchase of lot 95, a colt by the ever-popular Darley stallion Iffraaj (GB) from Anna Sundstrom’s Coulonces Sales draft for €210,000.

Bred by Sundstrom’s parents Jan and Maja of Team Hogdala, the half-brother to the black-type earners Toofi (Fr) (Henrythenavigator) and Silver Meadow (Fr) (Teofilo {Ire}) is out of the winning Royal Applause (GB) mare Silver Bark (GB), a sister to the dual American Grade I winner Ticker Tape (GB).

“He’s a beautiful colt with a lovely pedigree and will go into training in France,” confirmed Godolphin buyer Anthony Stroud, who later went to €180,000 for lot 161, a Le Havre colt out of the winning Galileo mare Blue Blue Sea (GB) from Lady Chryss O’Reilly’s Haras de la Louviere.

Coulonces struck again later when lot 149 was another to go the way of Robert Nataf’s Horse France operation at €190,000. The Oasis Dream (GB) filly hails from the Wildenstein family of GI Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Arcangues (Fr) and G1 Prix de Diane winner Aquarelliste (Fr) and is out the unraced Alzao mare Angelita (Ire), a sister to GI Beverly D S. winner Angara (Ire).

Crisford Strikes Late
Four lots from the end of the session, Newmarket trainer Simon Crisford went to €220,000 to secure a Lope De Vega (Ire) colt from Haras d’Etreham (lot 220), which was bred by the stud in partnership with Eric de Chambure.

The neat chesnut is the second foal of the multiple winner and G3 Prix Allez France runner-up Harem Lady (Fr) (Teofilo {Ire}), a half-sister to two American graded stakes winners in Little Treasure (Fr) (Night Shift) and Keep Quiet (Fr) (Elusive City {Ire}).

Bright Start To Big Day
A sign of what was to come was given in the first few minutes of the sale when two of the first three lots through the ring returned six-figure prices.

Haras de Montaigu’s Dabirsim (Fr) half-brother to the Derby de l’Ouest winner Fauguernon (Fr) (Martaline (GB) (lot 1) will join the sizeable Al Shaqab Racing string after being knocked down to Nicolas de Watrigant at €100,000, while lot 3, a Siyouni filly out of the G3 Prix Vanteaux winner Just Little (Fr) (Grand Slam) was bought from the Haras des Capucines draft by Jean-Claude Rouget for €150,000. The trainer signed for a total of 10 lots throughout the first session for a total of €721,000.

Trade continued in pretty consistent fashion, with Sylvain Vidal going to €140,000 for the first Australia (GB) yearling of the sale (lot 15).

“He will race in partnership for Gerard Augustin-Normand and Mr Marinopolous,” said Vidal, adding, “He’s a really good walker and the mare has produced some good horses already.”

The May-born colt is a son of the Quest For Fame (GB) mare Light Quest, whose seven winners include G3 Prix Fille de l’Air winner Skia (Fr) (Motivator {GB}) and dual Singapore Listed winner Tropaios (GB) (Excellent Art {GB}).



Admire Deus Suffers Serious Injury

Tue, 2017-10-17 12:57

The Darren Weir trained Japanese import Admire Deus (Jpn) (Admire Don {Jpn}) has suffered a serious leg injury in training which has placed both his career and his life in jeopardy. The 6-year-old entire was being put through his paces in advance of Saturday’s G1 BMW Caulfield Cup, for which he was one of the favourites, when he broke down badly on his foreleg. “It was very upsetting for all involved,” Weir told “He ruptured all the ligaments off the back of his joint in the leg, the ones that hold the joint up. It is a very unusual injury, when I got to the vet he said he hadn’t seen one of these in a few years and the next 72 hours are very important for the horse,” he added. Admire Deus had yet to race for Weir but his Japanese form was high class. He landed a Grade 2 double in 2015 and although winless since he has run some solid races in the highest company, most notably on his last run in April when he finished fourth to Kitasan Black (Jpn) (Black Tide {Jpn}) in the G1 Tenno Sho at Kyoto in April.

Zipessa Looks to Give Empyrean Stables a Heavenly Finish

Mon, 2017-10-16 18:56

It was the final day of the final major yearling sale of 2013, and Patrick Gallagher knew that time was running out. He had been to Fasig-Tipton July and Keeneland September looking for a moderately-priced racing prospect for his fledgling Empyrean Stables and came up empty both times. Fasig-Tipton’s Fall Yearling Sale in October was his last chance to get that horse.

“We didn’t find anything that fit,” Gallagher recalled. “Either the horse was too expensive or didn’t vet or there was some other issue. I got to October and wanted to be aggressive in trying to get something.”

Normally looking to spend around $50,000 per horse, Gallagher got a call from his bloodstock agent Marette Farrell imploring him to stretch his budget for a chestnut filly by City Zip near the very end of the sale. She was Hip 1113 out of 1,134 catalogued, and Farrell was smitten.

“What we loved about her was how athletic she was,” Farrell remembered. “She was very light on her feet and a really good mover. For me that’s very important, more important than the profile. I had to call Patrick and say, ‘I think this filly’s going to be a little bit more, but she’s by a really good stallion and we really, really like her. Could you, would you, please give us a little more?'”

Gallagher agreed, and the hammer dropped at $67,000 for the filly with Farrell as the winning bidder.

“I remember being so excited when we bought her, we went to the barn to have a few drinks afterward to celebrate,” Farrell said.

Thanks to Gallagher’s determination, the now four-horse Empyrean outfit figures to be able to throw the old budget out the window going forward, as their last-gasp buy turned into Zipessa, upset victress of the GI First Lady S. Oct. 7 at Keeneland and a catalogued broodmare prospect from the St. George Sales consignment at this fall’s Fasig-Tipton November sale.

Trained by Mike Stidham with his assistant Hilary Pridham, Zipessa showed promise from the jump, but endured hiccups as a 2-year-old and didn’t debut until May 31 of her sophomore season.

“We thought she would be a nice filly and Mike and Hilary got her in July of her 2-year-old year,” Gallagher said. “They had her up at Arlington, breezed her once and said that, mentally and physically, she wasn’t quite ready. They kept her in training, but didn’t breeze her again until the third week of September. We went to Churchill and I’ll never forget her first work at Churchill, Mike called me and said, ‘We might have something special here.’ She worked a half-mile with another 2-year-old they liked, dragged Hilary around the turn, took off down the backside and did it on her own.”

Zipessa was nearing her debut at Fair Grounds in December, but started to show signs of needing to mature further physically, so Stidham backed off on her once again.

“They felt that she was worth the time to give her,” Gallagher said. “She never had any issues where we were concerned about her soundness and we always were confident that she’d make it to the races. We just wanted to make sure she was ready.”

Zipessa was certainly ready by that May 2015 unveiling, cruising to a 6 3/4-length score sprinting on the Arlington polytrack. After a similarly impressive allowance victory in July over the Del Mar turf, her connections took a shot in the GI Del Mar Oaks. That backfired, as she was injured and faded to finish last of eight, but after being given nearly seven months off, she returned with a dominant optional claiming win at Fair Grounds in March and annexed the GIII Dr. James Penny Memorial S. at Parx in July. She had gone winless in her next eight starts, however, before triumphing at 16-1 in the First Lady.

“Last year, she did so well and when we discussed plans for this year, the plan and the hope was that she would win a Grade I,” Farrell said. “We felt that she did have it in her. A few things didn’t go her way this year. I was actually a little concerned that maybe we were running out of time, but everything came together at Keeneland and she won emphatically, she didn’t just win. I think she’s really on a high right now, she’s very confident in herself and Mike and Hilary have her looking fantastic.”

In her career finale in a few weeks, Zipessa will try to avenge a loss that nevertheless was arguably her career-best effort prior to the First Lady. Starting as a 53-1 longshot in the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf last November at Santa Anita, the speedster was sawed off at the start and found herself in an unfamiliar position, last of 13 through the first half-mile. Showing admirable courage, she weaved her way through traffic on the final turn and came with a strong late bid to finish fifth, beating five Grade/Group I winners home.

“We were super excited last year and obviously were not expecting to be last coming across the wire the first time,” Gallagher said. “She put in just an amazing run and we feel great about her again. She seemed to mature from four to five and got a lot bigger physically. She looks like she’s in the best form of her life and looks as good as she’s ever looked.”

Gallagher grew up in Sycamore, Illinois, about 60 miles west of Chicago. His family had saddlebred show horses and he went to graduate school at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center. While there, he met trainer John Ward and worked for Ward as an assistant trainer for a few years after graduating. Though he had a passion for the sport, like a lot of young people in the game, he eventually had to find a career with more security and, as a 31-year-old, he enrolled in law school to become a patent attorney.

“I loved working on the racetrack and being around horses, but it’s certainly a tough life,” Gallagher said. “I never gave up my love of horses.”

One of Gallagher’s classmates in his first year of law school was a woman named Emma Salustro. The two became friends, and Salustro’s family liked going to the races at Arlington Park. After getting his degree, Gallagher was interested in investing in a Thoroughbred and approached Emma’s father, Larry about creating a partnership, one that eventually became Empyrean.

Apart from Zipessa, Gallagher and Salustro also own Diadura (Hard Spun), a ‘TDN Rising Star’ who captured the Arlington-Washington Lassie S. last September, La Bruna Forte (Big Brown), a 6-year-old mare who they are retraining to become a jumper, and a 2-year-old Macho Uno filly who Farrell got for them for $50,000 as an OBS August yearling. The latter is one Empyrean may be grooming as a replacement for its barn star.

“She shows a lot of promise, not unlike Zipessa,” Gallagher said. “We’re giving her time and making sure that we don’t push her.”

That ethos of patience in Empyrean’s approach has been rewarded so far, and it also makes them dream clients for Farrell and Stidham.

“They are the perfect owners, Patrick and Larry,” Farrell said. “They take the good with the bad, they take the news the same way and they love the game. They have a real appreciation for the horse and how it all works. They love going out in the mornings and watching them train, they love every aspect. They incorporate everybody as they go along, which I think is very special. For me, at the end of the day, I just bought the horse, but they’ve invited me along for everything. Anything that I could or would show up for, they want me to come along.”

Stidham concurs, glowing about his experience working for Empyrean.

“I’ve got to say that Patrick and his partners, Larry and Susan Salustro, they have been so supportive and patient with everything that we’ve told them,” the trainer said. “Sometimes in this business, there are going to be problems with horses and some people handle the bad news better than others and Patrick has never, ever questioned anything that we’ve told him. He’s been 100% supportive behind me and Hilary in everything we’ve said, so you love to see those people who make our job easier do well. It’s really rewarding to see. They’re good people and they’ve really been good to us.”

Over the past 2 1/2 years, Empyrean has fielded offers from other owners looking to buy into Zipessa, but has always had the same answer: thanks, but no thanks.

“There were inquiries after she broke her maiden and we thought about it there, but she went on and did well at Del Mar,” Gallagher said. “There were more after her allowance at Fair Grounds and the Penny, but she’s been so much fun and we invested a lot in her, not just in money and time. It kind of felt like she was part of the family at that point. We wanted to continue to keep the faith in her and she’s rewarded us. She’s been special.”

Now, as Empyrean prepares for one last break from the gate Nov. 4 at Del Mar, it starts to prepare for life after Zipessa. And what better place to try to recreate her magic than where it all started?

“It’s been a fabulous ride,” Gallagher said. “We’ll be at the October sale again, and we’ll certainly have our eye out.”

Into Mischief Colt Tops Record-Setting Fasig Saratoga Fall Sale

Mon, 2017-10-16 18:10

The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Sale, held for the sixth time Monday in upstate New York, produced across-the-board gains over its 2016 renewal with a colt by Into Mischief bringing a sales record top price of $170,000. In all, 144 horses sold for a total of $3,265,000. The average rose 33.8% to $22,674–highest in the young auction’s history–and the median was up 41.2% to a sales record tying $12,000. Monday’s buy-back rate was 39%. It was 37.2% in 2016.

Britt Wadsworth’s Mahoney Eden Manor and Danzel Brendemuehl’s Classic Bloodstock teamed to purchase the day’s top-priced lot, a weanling colt by Into Mischief (hip 200) from the RFHF Bloodstock consignment, as agent for Hidden Lake Farm and Kingsport Farm. The bay colt is out of Darling Mambo (Broad Brush). Chris Bernhard of Hidden Lake Farm purchased the mare, with the Into Mischief colt in utero, for $75,000, at last year’s Keeneland November Sale. She is already the dam of multiple stakes placed Darling Sky (Sky Mesa).

“Into Mischief was just such a popular horse at the time,” Bernhard said of the mare’s appeal. “She is a little stakes producer and that horse is still running in stakes competition. So I felt like if we could jump in and get the mare anywhere near the stud fee or a couple of hits over, we would be in pretty good shape. We got that done. And the weanling was a pretty popular guy here.”

Bernhard’s Hidden Lake Farm was also responsible for the day’s second-highest priced weanling, selling a filly by Tiznow (hip 108) for $150,000 to Triple A Thoroughbreds. Bernhard purchased the weanling’s dam Raesunbridledfaith (After Market) for $60,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale.

Monday’s results continued a trend of sales successes for Hidden Lake Farm, which topped the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Yearling sale in August when selling a colt by Cairo Prince for $500,000. The yearling had been purchased in utero for $37,000 at the 2016 Keeneland January sale.

“I have been doing this a long time with those kind of horses,” Bernhard said. “If I can go to Kentucky and try to avoid risk, I can do well. Tiznow is just a good, honest racehorse sire. And Into Mischief is such a good horse–he is just such a good popular sire line, I just figured having a New York-bred you’d have a little bit of an advantage. It’s a niche market up here for me. When I’ve come up here with horses like that–horses who don’t have a whole lot of risk–I’ve done well.”

More under the radar, but equally gratifying for Bernhard, RFHF Bloodstock sold a filly by Verrazano (hip 209) for $52,000 Monday. The weanling was purchased in utero for $5,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November sale.

“That was almost as fun [as the top two weanlings,” Bernhard admitted with a chuckle.

RFHF Bloodstock sold 30 horses for a total of $1,070,500 and an average of $35,683 during Monday’s auction.

“It was up and down,” Bernhard said at the close of business Monday evening. “I dissolved a partnership and I bought a few horses out of the partnership that had a few vetting issues that I was comfortable with. We’ll roll the dice with them and hope that we can bring them back next year.”

He continued, “[The market] was on par with what I thought was going to happen. The two horses brought significantly more than I thought they were going to bring, but obviously you just get a couple of people to lock horns and they push it along.”

The Fall sale follows on the heels of a red-hot renewal of Fasig-Tipton’s New York-Bred Yearling sale and Bernhard confirmed activity at the sales grounds this past weekend was brisk.

“We came in on Friday and usually Saturday is pretty quiet,” he said. “But this go-around, we showed 50 times on Saturday, which was a lot, and we showed probably another 70 or 80 times Sunday. I would say our shows were up by 35-40%. And then there were a lot of people who just came this morning for the first time.”

Bernhard maintains a commercial broodmare band of 80 head. The dams of both of Monday’s sale-topping weanlings were bred back to the New York-based Bellamy Road this year.

“When I buy these mares in Kentucky in foal to Kentucky sires, the drawback for me is that I have to breed back to New York stallions to qualify those foals,” he explained. “They stay with me, I foal the New York-sired horses out and the better mares, like Darling Mambo and Raesunbridled Faith, they’ll both go to Kentucky this year to be bred and they will be permanent fixtures. Garden City (Carson City), the dam of the Cairo Prince, was open last year to Japan and I sent her to Kentucky and she is in foal to Carpe Diem for next year and then we’re going to breed her probably to Frosted.”

Always Dreaming to Race in 2018

Mon, 2017-10-16 17:29

Always Dreaming (Bodemeister), winner of the 2017 GI Kentucky Derby, will return to training and be pointed for a 4-year-old campaign in 2018, it was announced Monday. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the colt was found to have severe stomach ulcers after finishing ninth in the GI Travers S. Aug. 26, but was recently cleared by veterinarians after treatment and a month of being turned out at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.

“When Always Dreaming came to the farm, we had a complete physical conducted by Dr. [Larry] Bramlage and his team at Rood & Riddle. He checked out extremely well and was in very good shape, except for his stomach,” said WinStar President & CEO Elliott Walden. “He had a pretty bad case of ulcers. Dr. Steve Reed of Rood & Riddle said it was one of the worst cases of ulcers he has seen. The interesting thing is Todd said that his appetite was always stellar, and he has been treated with Gastrogard all year. Todd is extremely vigilant on taking care of his horses, and it was a complete shock to all involved. The great news is we’ve been able to clear up the ulcers and he’s doing fantastic right now. It also explains a lot about his regression in form, and we are extremely excited about his racing potential in 2018. The sky is the limit.”

Always Dreaming will have a follow-up scope of his stomach in the coming weeks, and he’ll continue to be turned out through the end of October. Plans call for him to resume light training at WinStar’s training facility Nov. 1, before being sent down to Palm Beach Downs Dec. 1 to rejoin Pletcher’s Florida operation.

“I’m glad we found something that we could fix,” Pletcher said. “Up until the Preakness, I had never seen Always Dreaming get beaten at anything, whether it be a workout or a race. He did not act like a typical ulcer horse, but the pictures we got from the stomach scope were about as bad as I have seen. Gastrogard is a good treatment plan and works for the majority of my horses, but, every now and then, you run into a horse that gets ulcers through the medication. I can’t wait to get him back.”

The dark bay, who also captured the GI Florida Derby this spring, could return to the races in late winter, with the GI Metropolitan H. and GI Stephen Foster S. being early targets for his return to Grade I company.

WinStar Farm, SF Bloodstock and China Horse Club have joined the ownership group of MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa Viola, St. Elias, Siena Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds for Always Dreaming’s 4-year-old campaign and future stallion career.

“We are excited to race Always Dreaming next year with the original partnership of myself, Anthony Bonomo, West Point and Siena, along with now WinStar, SF Bloodstock, and the China Horse Club,” said co-owner Vinnie Viola. “Obviously, the last few races were not the real Always Dreaming. He is a special horse, and we look forward to watching him regain the form that was so dominant in the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby.”

Hall of Famer Inside Information Passes Away

Mon, 2017-10-16 16:42

Champion Inside Information (Private Account-Pure Profit by Key to the Mint) passed away Saturday, Oct. 14 from natural causes at the age of 26 at Claiborne Farm.
Racing in the famous red and black silks of Ogden Phipps and trained by Shug McGaughey, she won 14 of her 17 starts and never finished worse than third in her career, good for earnings of $1,641,806. She won six Grade 1 races including the Shuvee H., Ruffian H. and Spinster H. and capped off her career with a 13 1/2 length romp in the GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff en route to Champion Older Mare honors in 1995.
Following her career, she retired to Claiborne Farm, where she was born, and went on to produce multiple winners, most noticeably Smuggler (Unbridled), who was named Champion 3-Year-Old Filly in 2005. She was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2008. She now has a graded stakes race named in her honor run annually at Gulfstream Park. She will be buried at Claiborne’s Marchmont cemetery.

Pedigree Insights: U S Navy Flag

Mon, 2017-10-16 13:47

With his lead now extending to nearly £8 million on the general sires’ table, Galileo has long had his ninth sires’ championship safely in the bag. However, the race for the broodmare sires’ title is proving much more competitive, with little more than £800,000 separating the top-ranked Sadler’s Wells from fourth-placed Danehill.

With the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday and the G1 Racing Post Futurity a week later, there are still millions of pounds yet to be distributed. As Sadler’s Wells’s main earner, Enable, is finished for the season, this great sire could be overhauled by second-placed Galileo, who is in search of his first broodmare sires’ title. He has Barney Roy, Roly Poly and Saxon Warrior among his Group 1 contenders. And it isn’t out of the question that third-ranked Pivotal could overtake the leading pair, as he has the likes of Cracksman, Rhododendron and Hydrangea among his possible Group 1 representatives.

Even if Galileo fails to pull back the deficit of around £230,000, he has had a terrific season in this secondary role and it can only be a matter of time before he adds the broodmare sires’ title to his many honours. As I explained in an article in the March issue of Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder “It is essential to remember that success as a broodmare sire tends to grow exponentially, as more and more daughters become producers. This helps explain why only one of the champion broodmare sires of the last 20 years was younger than 20 at the time (the exception was Rahy, who was only 15 in 2000, when he owed the title almost entirely to Giant’s Causeway, the first foal of Rahy’s first-crop daughter Mariah’s Storm).”

“Sadler’s Wells was 24 by the time he took the first of his (seven consecutive) titles, having gained his best previous finish–second place in 2001–at the age of 20. With this in mind, Galileo has already shown immense promise. Last year saw him finish as high as fourth at the age of 18.”

He looks sure to finish higher still this year, even though he had had fewer representatives (230) than his main rivals Sadler’s Wells (305) and Pivotal (258). His total of stakes winners in the UK and Ireland stands at 14, compared to Pivotal’s 12 and Sadler’s Wells’s eight. Needless to say, Galileo’s broodmare daughters have also enjoyed plenty of success elsewhere in the thoroughbred world (as have Pivotal’s) and Equineline credits Galileo’s daughters with 26 stakes winners this year, one in front of A.P. Indy at 25.

The latest stakes winner to join the club is Ghaiyyath, winner of the G3 Autumn S. three days ago. This colt, who holds a Racing Post Trophy entry, is another fine advertisement of the virtues of sending Galileo mares to Galileo’s arch rival Dubawi. Pairing these two top-class stallions has produced 22 foals of racing age. Seventeen have started, 13 have won and Ghaiyyath is the third group winner, following the G1 2000 Guineas winner Night of Thunder and the very smart Group 2 winner Dartmouth. Other representatives of this cross include Red Galileo (Racing Post rating 111), Appeared (108) and Secret Advisor (106). There are at least 13 yearlings bred this way, so expect to hear plenty more from this Dubawi–Galileo cross. It may one day come to rival the War Front–Galileo partnership responsible for U S Navy Flag and Roly Poly.

Roly Poly’s admirable brother U S Navy Flag demonstrated his speed and toughness once again when he added the G1 Darley Dewhurst S. to his G1 Juddmonte Middle Park S. victory two weeks earlier. In addition to these two, Team Galileo also features their fellow Group 1 winners Zhukova and Barney Roy.

Achieving the Middle Park-Dewhurst double on the ninth and 10th appearances of his demanding campaign reflects great credit on U S Navy Flag and his connections, especially when Roly Poly had previously enjoyed Group 1 success on the 13th, 14th and 16th starts of her busy career. Their sire War Front never raced more than seven times in a season and his 13 starts were spread over three years in training, so it is tempting to give the lion’s share of the credit for these siblings’ durability to the very sound Galileo.

U S Navy Flag and Roly Poly’s joint total of five Group 1 victories also make their dam Misty For Me a contender for any Broodmare of the Year award for which she might be eligible. Her only previous foal was Cover Song, a Fastnet Rock filly who triumphed in the GIII Autumn Miss S. over a mile at Santa Anita in 2016, shortly before she was sold for $1.6 million.

Working on the basis that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, Misty For Me also has a 2016 filly by War Front, a 2017 colt by him and she was bred to the Claiborne star again this year. Perhaps it isn’t mere coincidence that Misty For Me is a great- granddaughter of Anne Campbell, a mare once voted Kentucky Broodmare of the Year. Anne Campbell produced the GI Kentucky Derby seconds Desert Wine and Menifee.

Misty For Me, with three group winners from three foals of racing age, is shaping up as an exceptional producer–and a possible rival to the 3-years-older You’resothrilling. This sister to Giant’s Causeway has four group winners among her first five foals, headed by the Group 1 winners Marvellous, Gleneagles and Happily, and all five of her runners have won or placed at Group 1 level.

The common denominator between You’resothrilling and Misty For Me is Storm Cat, the sire of You’resothrilling and broodmare sire of Misty For Me. I have spent a considerable amount of time over the last few years pointing out the burgeoning success being enjoyed by Galileo’s progeny out of Storm Cat mares. The up-to-date figures are that Galileo has 54 foals out of daughters of Storm Cat, of which 12 have become black-type winners. A sensational total of eight have become Group 1 winners–that’s virtually 15%. Four of them–Misty For Me, Marvellous, Gleneagles and Churchill–have become Classic winners.

Misty For Me’s younger sister Ballydoyle won the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac and was runner-up to the great Minding in the G1 1000 Guineas, but still fell some way short of matching Misty For Me’s achievements. Misty For Me had also won the Prix Marcel Boussac at two, but only after she had landed the G1 Moyglare Stud S. Despite being described by Timeform as small and workmanlike, she trained on very well, winning the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas and the G1 Pretty Polly S., in which she made all on very soft ground to defeat the odds-on Midday by six lengths. She rounded off her career with a creditable third after stumbling at the start of the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

Her four Group 1 wins were gained from seven furlongs to a mile and a quarter, on ground ranging from very soft to good to firm. The only downside to her career was her failure to produce anything close to her best form when she was sent to England for the G1 1000 Guineas and G1 Oaks. It was no doubt thanks to Galileo that she stayed as well as she did, as her dam Butterfly Cove was a half-sister to Fasliyev, the outstanding two-year-old of 1999. The unbeaten Fasliyev won the G2 Coventry S., G1 Phoenix S. and the Prix Morny before a serious injury ended his career.

When U S Navy Flag won the Middle Park, he was chased home at a distance of only a half-length by Fleet Review, another representative of the proliferating War Front-Galileo cross. They are the best so far of this nick’s 13 2-year-old representatives in 2017, but most of them have yet to race. Another which has raced is Battle of Jericho, who was beaten only three lengths in the G3 Cornwallis S. four days ago.

The exact merits of this War Front–Galileo cross should become clear over the next couple of seasons, as there are at least 18 yearlings bred this way. Among the dams are Oaks winner Was, the Irish 1000 Guineas winners Marvellous and Misty For Me, Group 1 winner Together, the Group 1-placed Moth and the Group 3 winners Aloof, Say and Starstruck. They also include A Star Is Born, dam of Fleet Review, and Greenery, the dam of high-class American horse Lea.

By the time they start to race, U S Navy Flag may well have become a Classic winner. His display over seven furlongs was several pounds better than anything he had achieved over six and I see no reason why this tough colt shouldn’t stay a mile, like his sister.

Bullards Alley Lights Up Tote in International

Sun, 2017-10-15 18:31

Bullards Alley (Flower Alley) exploded clear down the lane to pull a 42-1 shocker in the GI Pattison Canadian International S. at Woodbine Sunday. The dark bay gelding, making his first start in Grade I company, settled in fourth as Messi (Ger) (New Approach {Ire}) took the field through fractions of :26.58, :52.81 and 1:18.98 over the rain-softened course. Messi attempted to slip clear of the field entering the far turn, but Bullards Alley was making a bold three-wide move to take the lead into the homestretch and he burst clear in a matter of strides to come home a much-the-best winner.

“What a brilliant horse,” exclaimed rider Eurico Da Silva as he returned to the winner’s circle Sunday. “I’m just in love with him.”

Bullards Alley last saw the winner’s circle 15 starts ago when capturing the GIII Louisville H. in May of 2016, but Da Silva had plenty of confidence while riding the gelding for the first time.

“I watched all the replays and I thought, ‘This horse can run a very good race,'” Da Silva said. “He always closes. And God help us, yesterday it rained a lot and this guy likes a wet track. There we go.”

Still, the dominant performance was a pleasant surprise for co-owner Wayne Spalding, who purchased the gelding for $11,000 from the Melnyk dispersal at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton July Horses of Racing Age sale.

“It just blew my mind,” Spalding, celebrating his biggest racing victory, said. “I never believed he would run that good, but he’s got the heart to do it, he just hasn’t got a break here lately and he finally got one. He likes the deep turf, so it all worked out good.”

A neck second in the course-and-distance GIII Singspiel S. July 2, Bullards Alley was a well-beaten fifth in the GIII American St. Leger S. at Arlington Aug. 12 and was sixth last time in the GIII Kentucky Turf Cup at this distance Sept. 9.

“Up here he barely got beat [in the Singspiel], that’s one of the reasons we brought him back because he seems to like this course a lot,” explained winning trainer Tim Glyshaw. “At Arlington, he had a horse make a right hand turn right in front of him. He was going to be competitive in that race, and Kentucky Downs in the last race, the turf was just too hard for him.”

The trainer continued, “He ran the best race of his life in a graded stakes at Churchill last year on a yielding turf course, so we knew he liked it, but so did the Europeans and a lot of the others in the field,” Glyshaw continued. “I think today, he just got first jump on them and sometimes they stay off you when you’re a longshot like that and it was just too late for them.”

Glyshaw saddled Bucchero (Kantharos) to win the GII Woodford S. at Keeneland last week and was earning his first Grade I tally Sunday.

Pedigree Notes:

Breeder Eugene Melnyk purchased Flower Forest for $260,000 at the 2001 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and she went on to win the 2004 Justakiss S. at Delaware Park. The mare, in foal to Flower Alley, sold to Sierra Farm for $62,000 at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton February Sale. Her Jimmy Creed colt–her most recent reported foal–sold to Bradley Thoroughbreds for $70,000 at last month’s Keeneland September sale.

Bullards Alley’s third dam Pattern Step produced Woodman’s Dancer, dam of 2011 GI Arkansas Derby winner Archarcharch (Arch).

Sunday, Woodbine
PATTISON CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL S.-GI, C$800,800, WO, 10-15, 3yo/up, 1 1/2mT, 2:34.37, sf.
1–BULLARDS ALLEY, 126, g, 5, by Flower Alley
1st Dam: Flower Forest (SW, $107,891), by Kris S.
2nd Dam: Nortena, by Mr. Prospector
3rd Dam: Pattern Step, by Nureyev

1ST GRADE I WIN. ($11,000 2yo ’14 FTKHRA).
O-Wayne Spalding & Faron McCubbins; B-Eugene Melnyk (KY); T-Tim
Glyshaw; J-Eurico Rosa Da Silva. C$480,000. Lifetime Record:
35-6-4-6, $841,989. *Full to Karibu Gardens, GSW, $298,779;
and Nessy, SP, $163,420.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick
Rating: A++.
2–Oscar Nominated, 126, r, 4, Kitten’s Joy–Devine Actress, by
Theatrical (Ire). O-Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey; B-Jerry
Amerman (KY); T-Michael J. Maker. C$160,000.
3–Flamboyant (Fr), 126, g, 6, Peer Gynt (Jpn)–Relicia Bere (Fr),
by Until Sundown. (€28,000 Ylg ’12 OS12). O-David Bienstock
& Charles N. Winner; B-SNC Regnier & San Gabriel Inv. Inc.
(FR); T-Patrick Gallagher. C$80,000.Margins: 10 3/4, HF, HF. Odds: 42.95, 8.25, 10.95.
Also Ran: Idaho (Ire), Erupt (Ire), Chemical Charge (Ire), Enterprising, Postulation, Messi (Ger), Johnny Bear. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Blond Me Springs the Upset in the E.P. Taylor

Sun, 2017-10-15 17:48

BLOND ME (IRE) (m, 5, Tamayuz {GB}–Holda {Ire}, by Docksider), already a two-time Group 2 winner, scored her first win at the highest level in Woodbine’s GI E.P. Taylor S. Sunday. The 8-1 shot raced off the hedge in second last as Rainha Da Bateria (Broken Vow) clocked early fractions :26.72, :52.20 and 1:17.20. Swung out to the center of the track in the lane, the chestnut picked up steam, picking off rivals and collaring Kitten’s Roar (Kitten’s Joy) late for a half-length success in 2:08.08. Winner of the G2 International Topkapi Trophy last term, Blond Me kicked off this term with a victory in the G2 Middleton S. at York May 18 and checked in second in Goodwood’s G1 Nassau S. Aug. 3. She took a bad step and faded to the rear last time in Chantilly’s G1 Prix Vermeille S. Sept. 10, finishing 11th. Lifetime Record: 17-6-5-0.

O-Mrs. Barbara M. Keller; B-Wardstown Stud Ltd (Ire); T-Andrew Balding.


Trappe Shot Colt Up Late in Speakeasy

Sun, 2017-10-15 17:44

BEAUTIFUL SHOT (c, 2, Trappe Shot–Beauty for Ashes, by City Place) took advantage of a fast pace and rallied to the lead late to upset heavily favored ‘TDN Rising Star’ Mourinho (Super Saver) in the Speakeasy S. at Santa Anita. Showing a strong stretch punch to nail well-regarded Nero (Pioneerof the Nile) on the wire first out Aug. 27, the $105,000 OBS April buy was made the distant 4-1 second choice behind 1-5 Mourinho in this stakes debut and settled in fifth as the favorite dueled three wide on a scorching :21.32 quarter. Mourinho kicked away from his pace challengers midway around the turn and went clear into the lane, but started to shorten stride noticeably at the eighth pole and Beautiful Shot, after drifting in a bit during his rally, straightened out to run down the favorite with 70 yards to go and earn a 1 1/4-length success in 1:10.82. The winner is a half to Putyourdreamsaway (Put It Back), SW, $153,050. His dam dropped a filly by Liaison this season. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $78,000. O-Calumet Farm; B-Southern Chase Farm Inc., Karen & Gregg Dodd (FL); T-J. Keith Desormeaux.

Tiznow’s Tiz a Slam Bests Holy Helena in Ontario Derby

Sun, 2017-10-15 16:38

TIZ A SLAM (c, 3, Tiznow–Flaming Rose, by Grand Slam) checked in second to Holy Helena (Ghostzapper) in the Queen’s Plate, but turned the tables on that heavily favored filly Sunday with a decisive score in the GIII Ontario Derby. The 9-1 shot broke sharply, but a bit inward, brushing with his inside neighbor. Quickly straightened out, the bay tracked from third, running off the trail through leisurely early fractions. Launching a three-wide bid on the backstretch, he drew even with the leader entering the far turn and spurted clear in the lane to win by three lengths in 1:51.57. Running near the back most of the way, Holy Helena rallied down the center of the course in the stretch, but could not catch the leader and settled for second. Fifth in the Princes of Wales S. July 25, Tiz a Slam was most recently fourth in Indiana’s turfy Centaur S. Sept. 6. Lifetime Record: 11-4-2-0.

O/B-Chiefswood Stables (ON); T-Roger Attfield.


Bird Song to Gainesway in 2018

Sun, 2017-10-15 16:09

Multiple graded stakes winner Bird Song (Unbridled’s Song–Bird Town, by Cape Town) will enter stud at Gainesway in 2018. The 4-year-old, a homebred for Marylou Whitney, won this year’s GII Alysheba S. and GIII Fred W. Hooper S. The gray was also second in the GIII Hal’s Hope S. and third in the GIII Ben Ali S. On the board in eight of 14 starts, Bird Song won five times and earned $512,707.

“Bird Song’s greatest attribute was his natural speed,” trainer Ian Wilkes said. “I look forward to sending mares to him.”

Bird Song is a son of Whitney’s 2003 GI Kentucky Oaks winner and Eclipse champion 3-year-old filly Bird Town, who is a half-sister to 2004 GI Belmont S. and GI Travers S. winner Birdstone (Grindstone). Birdstone, who also stands at Gainesway, is the sire of GI Kentucky Derby winner Mine that Bird and Belmont S. winner Summer Bird.

“Bird Song is a multiple graded stakes winner with an excellent physical, and he’s out of a champion, Bird Town, who ran the fastest Kentucky Oaks ever,” said Whitney’s husband John Hendrickson. “You can’t ask for much more in a stallion prospect.”

Gainesway president Antony Beck added, “Bird Song is similar to outstanding sires such as Empire Maker, Malibu Moon, Speightstown, Bernardini, Smart Strike, and Kingmambo, who, like Bird Song, were produced from mares who were either Grade I winners or champions.”

Bird Song will stand for $5,000 LFSN and will be available for inspection at Gainesway beginning Oct. 17, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Distorted Humor Filly Runs to the Money in the Matron

Sun, 2017-10-15 14:16

Happy Like a Fool, a debut winner at Keeneland in April, returned to the U.S., and the dirt, after a pair of outings in England and duly delivered an authoritative victory in the GIII Matron S. at Belmont Park Sunday.

The 3-5 favorite, shedding blinkers for this fourth start, attended the pace from a two-wide third through an opening quarter in :22.87 and ran in a joint second through a half in :46.21. Ranging up outside the leader turning for home, the juvenile powered clear in the lane, rolling home to a 2 1/4-length score. Take Charge Paula gave chase from second, but the winner always had her measure. Paco Lopez, aboard the runner-up, lodged an objection against the winner for interference in early stretch, but the stewards ruled the results would stand.

“She’s got a very nice mind,” winning trainer Wesley Ward said. “We were looking for her to settle early on, and so we took the blinkers off and she did that. We just wanted to see if she could do this and she did. We’ll sit down and talk to the owners from here. What she showed me in the mornings came out here this afternoon and next year’s going to be a very big year for her.”

Happy Like a Fool turned in an impressive debut victory at Keeneland Apr. 9 for owner/breeder/trainer Ward. Privately purchased by Merriebelle Stable and the Coolmore contingent after that effort, she made the trip to Royal Ascot, where she finished a good second in the G2 Queen Mary S. June 21. Ward kept the filly in England and sent her to York’s G2 Lowther S. Aug. 24, where she finished sixth.

“I had her in Florida before any of her starts, she showed an affinity for the turf, so that’s why she ran in England [on turf], but I do think she’s better on the dirt,” Ward said. “She ran on the grass because she’s a good filly. She has the physique of a sprinter and the mother was a sprinter, so we’ll see what happens as we look further from this.”

Pedigree Notes:

Wesley Ward, with Cromwell Bloodstock as agent, acquired Lastofthsummerwine (Sky Mesa), in foal to Kitten’s Joy, for $50,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November sale. Ward had trained the mare, who was second in her only trip to the post for Ken and Sarah Ramsey in 2008. The mare’s first foal bred by Ward became Maniacal, second for the owner/trainer/breeder in last year’s GII Amsterdam S. The mare produced Conquest Panthera (Kitten’s Joy) in 2012 and that gelding–a $475,000 OBS March juvenile–sold for $100,000 as part of the Conquest Stables dispersal at last year’s Keeneland November sale. He won the GII Play the King S. for new owner Gary Barber in August. Lastofthsummerwine produced a colt by Super Saver in 2016 and a filly by American Pharoah this year. She was bred back to Distorted Humor.

Sunday, Belmont Park
MATRON S.-GIII, $147,000, BEL, 10-15, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:10.98, ft.
1–HAPPY LIKE A FOOL, 117, f, 2, by Distorted Humor
1st Dam: Lastofthsummerwine, by Sky Mesa
2nd Dam: French Line, by Boundary
3rd Dam: Clef d’Argent, by Key to the Mint
O-Merriebelle Stable, Michael B. Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs.
John Magnier; B-Wesley Ward (KY); T-Wesley A. Ward; J-Tyler
Gaffalione. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 4-2-1-0, $160,197.
*1/2 to Conquest Panthera (Kitten’s Joy), GSW & GISP,
$266,576; and Maniacal (Kitten’s Joy), GSP, $153,307. Click for
the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick Rating: A+.
2–Take Charge Paula, 119, f, 2, Take Charge Indy–Perfect Paula,
by Songandaprayer. ($40,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $47,000 RNA
Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $50,000 2yo ’17 OBSMAR). O-Bruce Tallisman;
B-Extern Developments LTD. (KY); T-Kelly J. Breen. $30,000.
3–Valuable Package, 117, f, 2, Kantharos–Unwrapped Package,
by Value Plus. ($22,000 2yo ’17 OBSOPN). O-Hoover
Thoroughbred Racing LLC; B-Nicholas Mouttet (FL); T-Skip
Einhorn. $15,000.
Margins: 2 1/4, 8, 3/4. Odds: 0.60, 6.10, 11.50.
Also Ran: Tarawa, Honey Graeme. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Reliable Man’s Erasmus Puts Rivals To the Sword

Sun, 2017-10-15 11:51

Third behind the subsequently listed-placed Royal Youmzain (Fr) (Youmzain {Ire}) at Dusseldorf on debut Aug. 20, Erasmus stepped up to register a 4 3/4-length success over this course and distance Sept. 24 and continued his upward trajectory with a scintillating performance here. Shadowing the market-leader Wild Max throughout the early stages, the dark bay opened up from three out to annihilate his rivals in a rare display of power from a juvenile.
Erasmus’s dam Enora was successful in the G1 Preis der Diana (German Oaks) in 2010 and there is every chance that he will add further Classic glory to the immediate family on this evidence. The second group winner for his owner-breeder’s first-season sire after the G3 Zukunftsrennen scorer Narella (Ire), he is a grandson of the G2 Premio Lydia Tesio runner-up Enrica who is also the dam of the four-times group-winning and G1 Grosser Preis von Baden and G1 Preis von Europa runner-up Egerton (Ger) (Groom Dancer) and the G3 Oleander-Rennen winner Ephraim (GB) (Rail Link {GB}). Also from the family of the GSW sire Erminius (Ger) and the G1 Premio Roma and G1 Premio Presidente della Repubblica scorer Estejo (Ger) (Johan Cruyff {GB}), Enora also has a yearling colt by Lord of England (Ger).

Sunday, Cologne, Germany
PREIS DES WINTERFAVORITEN-G3, €155,000, COL, 10-15, 2yo, 8fT, 1:39.37, sf.
1–ERASMUS (GER), 128, c, 2, by Reliable Man (GB)
1st Dam: Enora (Ger) (G1SW-Ger, $303,781), by Noverre
2nd Dam: Enrica (GB), by Niniski
3rd Dam: Eicidora (Ger), by Surumu (Ger)
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. (€43,000 RNA Ylg ’16 BBASEP). O/B-Gestut Rottgen (GER); T-Markus Klug; J-Adrie de Vries. €85,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-1, €88,600. Werk Nick Rating: C+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Salve Del Rio (Ire), 128, c, 2, Rio de la Plata–Salve Aurora (Ger), by King’s Best. O/B-Gestut Hony-Hof (IRE); T-Jean-Pierre Carvalho. €31,000.
3–Wild Max (Ger), 128, c, 2, Maxios (GB)–Wildfahrte (Ger), by Mark of Esteem (Ire). (€220,000 Ylg ’16 BBASEP). O-Australian Bloodstock Stable; B-Gestut Brummerhof (GER); T-Andreas Wohler. €20,500.
Margins: 8, 1 1/4, 3HF. Odds: 1.90, 17.60, 1.40.
Also Ran: Pathfinder (Ger), Ancient Spirit (Ger), Tenger (Ire), Theo (Ger), Ernesto (Ger), Zargun (Ger). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree.

La Coronel Gets her Grade I in QEII

Sat, 2017-10-14 17:56

Trainer Mark Casse continued a red-hot run at Keeneland with Oxley colorbearers Saturday as John Oxley’s La Coronel (Colonel John) went right to the lead and kept finding in the prestigious GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S. Casse had already saddled Debby Oxley’s GI Darley Alcibiades S. heroine Heavenly Love (Malibu Moon) on opening day last week, and John’s Flameaway (Scat Daddy) got his nose down in Sunday’s rained-off GIII Dixiana Bourbon S.

Given a 5-1 chance in a solid QE II renewal, La Coronel quickly seized the early advantage and doled out splits of :23.81, :48.60 and 1:13.47 while on a loose rein. She was still going strongly past the quarter pole as her closest pursuer Daddys Lil Darling (Scat Daddy) continued to chase, and kept finding under Jose Lezcano’s encouragement to deny the GI Kentucky Oaks runner-up by a half-length. Longshot California invader Madam Dancealot (Ire) (Sire Prancealot {Ire}) rounded out the trifecta.

“It was a fantastic race,” said Casse’s assistant David Carroll. “Jose rode her beautifully. All the credit goes to [Casse’s son and assistant Norm]. She came down to me [from Churchill Downs] during the week. We schooled her [in the Keeneland paddock] and she settled in well.”

He added, “We’re just so happy for the Oxleys and for [La Coronel] to get a Grade I win and redeem herself. Some people might have doubted her, but she showed her true colors today. We couldn’t be any happier.”

A smashing winner of the GIII Jessamine S. here almost exactly a year ago, La Coronel couldn’t overcome a very wide trip in the GI Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and settled for sixth. Second by a neck at odds-on in the GIII Florida Oaks at Tampa on seasonal return in March, she bounced back with a convincing success over Friday’s GIII Buffalo Trace Franklin County S. heroine Morticia (Twirling Candy) and three of these returning rivals in April’s GIII Appalachian S. Doubling up over stablemate Dream Dancing (Tapit) in Churchill’s GIII Edgewood S. May 5, she was far from disgraced when fifth behind Europe’s best sophomore fillies in Royal Ascot’s G1 Coronation S. June 17. A bit dull for her when fourth behind Proctor’s Ledge (Ghostzapper) and Uni (GB) (More Than Ready) in the GII Lake Placid S. at the Spa Aug. 19, she just got tagged late by the latter after setting the pace first time under Lezcano in Belmont’s Sept. 16 GII Sands Point S.

“I wanted to go to the lead,” her pilot said. “She was very comfortable there. Last time I rode her, she jumped a little bit early into the bit, but after that she relaxed on the backside. Today she broke and was very comfortable, so I let her be. She was comfortable the whole way around.”

Pedigree Notes:

Out of a half-sister to MGSW Listen Here (Gulch) from the family of MGISW Listening and last year’s Grade II-winning grasser Linda (Scat Daddy), La Coronel was by far the priciest juvenile by her sire (by more than double) to sell last year when she provided a nice pinhooking score for Teresa and David Palmer’s Winner’s Circle Thoroughbreds. Dam Listen’s yearling colt by Gemologist brought $235,000 at Keeneland September from SBS III. She didn’t produce a foal this spring, but was bred back to Bernardini.

Saturday, Keeneland
QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP S. PRESENTED BY LANE’S END-GI, $500,000, KEE, 10-14, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, 1:48.99, fm.
1–LA CORONEL, 121, f, 3, by Colonel John
1st Dam: Listen (GSP), by Chester House
2nd Dam: Listen Now, by Storm Bird
3rd Dam: Listen Well, by Secretariat
1ST GRADE I WIN. ($37,000 RNA Wlg ’14 KEENOV; $37,000 Ylg
’15 FTKOCT; $375,000 2yo ’16 OBSAPR). O-John C. Oxley; B-Kim
Nardelli, Rodney Nardelli, Susan Bunning, A. Jaffreys & B.
Jaffreys (KY); T-Mark E. Casse; J-Jose Lezcano. $300,000.
Lifetime Record: 12-5-2-0, $754,844. Werk Nick Rating: B+.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Daddys Lil Darling, 121, f, 3, by Scat Daddy
1st Dam: Miss Hot Salsa, by Houston
2nd Dam: Miss High Blade, by Highland Blade
3rd Dam: Darling Miss Q., by Alydar
O/B-Normandy Farm (KY); T-Kenneth G. McPeek. $100,000.3–Madam Dancealot (Ire), 121, 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. $50,000.Margins: HF, 3HF, 1HF. Odds: 5.10, 9.50, 20.70.
Also Ran: Uni (GB), Beau Recall (Ire), New Money Honey, Dream Dancing, Proctor’s Ledge, Con Te Partiro, Unforgetable Filly (GB). Scratched: Wuheida (GB). Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Into Mischief Colt Runs to the Money in Futurity

Sat, 2017-10-14 16:59

ENGAGE (c, 2, Into Mischief–Nefertiti, by Speightstown) was hammered down to 1-2 favoritism for this first black-type attempt in the GII Futurity S. and justified the public’s support with a decisive score. The bay caboosed the short field early as Red Peril (Jimmy Creed) ticked off early fractions of :22.52 and :45.26. Swinging out to the center of the stretch, he skipped past his rivals and cruised clear for an impressive victory. “TDN Rising Star” Barry Lee (Violence) was second. Purchased for $550,000 at OBS March after breezing in :09 4/5, Engage checked in second on debut at Saratoga Aug. 5 and earned his diploma next out there Sept. 4. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0.

O-Woodford Racing LLC; B-Woods Edge Farm (KY); T-Chad Brown.

Saturday, Belmont
FUTURITY S.-GIII, $147,000, BEL, 10-14, 2yo, 6f, 1:10.09, ft.
1–ENGAGE, 118, c, 2, by Into Mischief
1st Dam: Nefertiti (SP), by Speightstown
2nd Dam: Clearly a Queen, by Lucky North
3rd Dam: Cryptoqueen, by Cryptoclearance
Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $550,000 2yo ’17 OBSMAR). O-Woodford
Racing, LLC; B-Woods Edge Farm, LLC (KY); T-Chad C. Brown;
J-Jose L. Ortiz. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, $156,400.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick
Rating: A+.2–Barry Lee, 120, c, 2, Violence–Light of a Star, by Muqtarib.
“TDN Rising Star” ($210,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $220,000 RNA
Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $380,000 2yo ’17 OBSMAR). O-Sagamore Farm
& Stanley Hough; B-Golden Pedigree LLC (KY); T-Horacio
DePa. $30,000.3–Mojovation, 118, c, 2, Quality Road–Starship Warpspeed, by
Congrats. ($330,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Zayat Stables, LLC;
B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher. $15,000.Margins: 3HF, 4 3/4, 1HF. Odds: 0.55, 4.50, 2.90.
Also Ran: Red Peril, Smooth B. Scratched: Happy Like a Fool. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Pricey Tapit Colt Scores on Debut at Parx

Sat, 2017-10-14 14:29

4th-PRX, $45,750, Msw, 10-14, 2yo, 1m, 1:39.48, ft.

TAP RAP STRIKE (c, 2, Tapit–Cherokee Queen {GSW, $628,312}, by Cherokee Run), an $875,000 OBSMAR buy after breezing in :10 3/5, tracked from fourth through modest opening splits in this debut. Swung out on the backstretch, the 6-5 favorite rallied down the center of the stretch to nab the dueling duo of Tattered (Union Rags) and Incubator (Stephen Got Even) late for a half-length success. Tattered remained a half-length clear of Incubator at the line. The winner is a half to Entertainer (Malibu Moon), MSP, $147,140. Their GSW dam did not have a foal in 2016, but produced an American Pharoah filly earlier this term and was bred back to Tapit. Sales history: $500,000 RNA Ylg ’16 FTSAUG; $300,000 Ylg ’16 FTKOCT. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $27,000. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-D. J. Stable LLC and Cash is King LLC; B-Doug & Felicia Branham (KY); T-John C. Servis.