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Constitution Weanlings Lead the Way at KEENOV Monday

Mon, 2019-11-11 19:23

LEXINGTON, KY – Led by a pair of weanlings by Constitution, the first of two Book 5 sessions of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale opened with steady trade Monday in Lexington. For the second day in a row, bloodstock agent Renee Dailey purchased the session’s highest-priced weanling, going to $150,000 for a son of Constitution from the James M. Herbener, Jr. consignment. Marette Farrell paid the day’s second-highest price when going to $145,000 to acquire a daughter of the WinStar stallion. Sandy Willwerth’s Machmer Hall purchased Monday’s highest-priced mare, going to $135,000 to acquire Dontwasteurpretty (Unbridled’s Song).

In all, 253 head sold Monday for $7,413,700. The session average of $29,303 was down 8.57% from the corresponding 2018 figure of $32,049, while the median rose 10% to $22,000 from $20,000 a year ago. With 75 horses reported not sold, the buy-back rate was 22.87%. It was 25.77% a year ago.

Bloodstock agent Chad Schumer was a prolific buyer Monday at Keeneland, signing for 10 mares, including the $130,000 Fortune Candy (Milwaukee Brew). He was the session’s leading buyer by gross at $368,000. Through the first week of the sale, Schumer has purchased 29 head for $1,930,000 and an average of $66,552.

“I think it’s typical,” Schumer said of the market as the Keeneland November sale marched through its sixth session Monday. “It’s up and down. Sometimes you get in there and you buy something and you are thinking, ‘Wow.’ I bought an A.P. Indy mare earlier today [Prize Catch (hip 2024)], she had produced a seven-figure yearling, almost a $2-million yearling [Althaaquib (War Front) sold for $1.9 million at the 2016 Keeneland September sale], and she wasn’t terribly old [12], and we bought her for $40,000 in foal to Connect. I thought that was just a shocker. It’s a mixed sale and I think that is the appeal of it. If you are patient and keep at it, you’re going to find things like that.”

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

Dailey Strikes Again for Constitution Colt

Bloodstock agent Renee Dailey, active all week purchasing pinhooking prospects for various partnership groups, struck again Monday at Keeneland, acquiring a son of Constitution (hip 2080) for $150,000 from the consignment of James Herbener, Jr.

“We are in pursuit of Constitution foals,” Dailey said, who by the end of the day had signed for four weanlings by the WinStar stallion this week in Lexington. “We are trying to stick to buying colts from here on out. My partners feel very strong about Constitution being the next Into Mischief and I felt like he was the best one I had seen so far.”

The bay colt is out of Spikes (Dixie Union) and is a half-brother to stakes-placed Powerpointer (El Corredor). He was bred by Herbener, and Dr. and Mrs. Patrick Ford.

Dailey, who purchased two weanlings at the Fasig-Tipton November sale, has purchased six weanlings so far at the Keeneland November sale. She acquired the session’s top-priced foal Sunday when going to $250,000 for a son of Connect (hip 1735).

Her list of weanlings by Constitution, in addition to hip 2080, includes a filly (hip 1487) for $30,000 at Keeneland and one at Fasig-Tipton (hip 63) for $135,000. Later in Monday’s session of the November sale, she signed for another colt by the stallion (hip 2289) at $57,000 on behalf of B & B.

Of the partnership groups she is representing, Dailey said, “I have a lot of different clients and they come together in different ways. We are very liberal with partnering with people. It’s a good way to make business and make clients. Carrie and Craig Brogden have been very supportive of me at this sale, as has John Greathouse. We’ve had a lot of different partners that come from them. I think we’re going to have a great group of people next year with these horses and hopefully we’re going to have fun at the sales.”

Constitution Filly a Fortunate Alliance

Rusty Roberts, who boards his Kentucky-based mares at Ralph Kinder’s Alliance Farm, was able to acquire Red White and Blu (Tiznow), in foal to Constitution, for just $6,500 at this year’s Keeneland January sale. The mare’s weanling filly by the hot freshman sire (hip 2034) returned to the Keeneland ring Monday and sold for $145,000 to the bid of bloodstock agent Marette Farrell. The dark bay filly was bred by Alliance Bloodstock Agency, which purchased mare and foal privately this spring, and was consigned by Alliance Sales.

“Rusty Roberts is a partner of mine from Oklahoma,” Kinder explained after watching the weanling sell. “Rusty bought the mare and then we made a deal. My daughter [Kathryn Kinder] took the mare and raised the baby and then, after raising the baby for him, he gave us the mare.”

Kinder subsequently put together a partnership to acquire the mare’s foal, as well, he said.

Red White and Blu was unplaced in just one start at the track. She is out of Lajitas (Siphon {Brz}), a half-sister to Colonel John.

Asked if he was surprised Roberts was able to get the 7-year-old mare for that $6,500 in January, Kinder said, “I was. Rusty is always looking for a bargain.”

Kinder added of Monday’s result, “After this morning and the reaction we had from everybody, I thought she would end up in six figures. I’m tickled pink with that result.”

Red White and Blu is now in foal to Competitive Edge, according to Kinder.

Roberts, meanwhile, may have found his next bargain. The Oklahoma horseman purchased the unraced Musadaqa (Bernardini) (hip 1981), in foal to Tamarkuz, for $4,000 Monday at Keeneland.

Farrell, who signed for the weanling in the name of John Cummins, said the plan was to pinhook the youngster next year.

“We have loved Constitution–all of his babies and 2-year-olds–and this filly was especially athletic,” Farrell said of the purchase. “I liked the family and I liked where she was raised. Collectively, all of our team made the determination this morning that she was the top of our list.”

Farrell, who purchased GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Storm the Court (Court Vision) for $60,000 on behalf of Exline-Border Racing at this year’s OBS April sale, admitted she was making her final bid at $145,000.

“I’ve made that mistake before, walking away from something like this,” she said. “But I believe Constitution will keep going on and I believe in this filly.”

Farrell added with a laugh, “That was my last bid, totally. I was supposed to stop earlier.”

Another Unbridled’s Song Mare for Machmer Hall

Sandy Willwerth admitted she and daughter Carrie Brogden have a bit of an addiction for mares by Unbridled’s Song and the two horsewomen added another daughter of the late sire to the Machmer Hall broodmare band Monday at Keeneland, purchasing Dontwasteurpretty (hip 2246) for $135,000 from the Taylor Made Sales consignment.

“She is beautiful,” Willwerth said of the mare’s appeal. “She was a $500,000 yearling. We have an addiction to Unbridled’s Song mares–they’ve been very good to us. We had a good year and at least it’s a tax beneficial thing to do. She is a long-term purchase.”

The 6-year-old Dontwasteurpretty, who sold in foal to Greenpointcrusader, is out of Wonder Lady (Deputy Minister) and she is a half-sister to stakes winner Yes She’s a Lady (Yes It’s True). Her second dam is Gather the Clan (Ire) (General Assembly), who produced Grade I winner Pure Clan (Pure Prize).

Purchased for $500,000 out of the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Dontwasteurpretty was winless in eight starts for St. Elias Stable. She produced a filly by Overanalyze in 2018 and a colt by Greenpointcrusader this year.

Willwerth continued, “We have 120 mares and, of them, I bet you we have 40 Unbridled’s Song mares. They are not making any more of them and they haven’t been making any more for a long while.”

Schumer Gets in on the Constitution

Bloodstock agent Chad Schumer, who said he thinks there is only upside to Constitution, went to $130,000 to secure Fortune Candy (Milwaukee Brew) in foal to the in-demand freshman sire Monday at Keeneland. Schumer was bidding on behalf of an undisclosed client and the mare is expected to remain in the United States.

“Obviously, it’s a very strong cover,” Schumer said. “I think this is probably the deepest group of freshman sires we’ve seen in a really long time. And, while American Pharoah obviously is the real deal, he got some tremendous mares, and I have great respect for him. I think Constitution is looking like the real deal, too. And to have a stakes-producing mare in foal to him, I think is just a no-brainer.”

The unraced 12-year-old Fortunate Candy (hip 2275) is out of Freedom Come (Lit de Justice) and is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Harlem Rocker (Macho Uno). She is the dam of stakes winner Art G Is Back (Exchange Rate) and was consigned by Buckland Sales.

Schumer also had success selling a Constitution weanling Monday at Keeneland. On behalf of a client, he paid $20,000 to acquire Spinning Time (Giant’s Causeway) in foal to the WinStar stallion at Keeneland last November. The mare’s Constitution weanling (hip 2081) sold for $80,000 Monday.

“I bought that mare for an American client, paid nothing for the mare last year–it was an in-between year and that’s the time, if you like a horse, to gamble–and we bought her for next-to-nothing and got $80,000 today,” Schumer said. “So we’re very, very pleased. The Constitution foals are quite hot.”


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Report: CHRB’s Baedeker To Retire

Mon, 2019-11-11 18:57

Rick Baedeker, since 2014 the executive director of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), has confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he intends to retire from that role before the spring. Baedeker was an executive at Hollywood Park prior to joining the CHRB.

The last 11 months have been especially difficult for Baedeker, as horse fatalities skyrocketed at Santa Anita over the winter, forcing the cancellation of racing for a time. The tide seemed to have turned when there were no catastrophic events over the course of the Del Mar meeting, but seven horses perished during the fall stand at Santa Anita, none more glaring than the death of Mongolian Groom (Hightail) following the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Additionally, California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has called for a cessation of racing, while Governor Gavin Newsom has also been critical of the sport and of the CHRB itself for perceived conflicts of interest.

The Times reports that with the likely resignation of CHRB Vice Chairman Madeline Auerbach and with Commissioner Fred Maas reportedly declining to be reappointed, Newsom will have the opportunity to structure the board as he desires.

The CHRB also came under fire for its handling–or mishandling–of an apparent scopolamine positive involving 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify (Scat Daddy).

Baedeker told the Times that he made the decision this past July and added that he was in good health.


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NYRA, NYTHA’s Bob Flynn Passes Away

Mon, 2019-11-11 07:54

Robert F. (Bob) Flynn, a mainstay of the New York Racing Association’s racing office for 18 years before becoming the executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and a member of the NYRA board of trustees, died Saturday, November 9, 2019 in Melville, NY after a long illness. He was 65 years old.

“He was an incredible guy and he just loved the game,” said his longtime friend Peter McGivney, the general manager of the National Steeplechase Association and a former NYRA racing office colleague. “He loved being at the track and being around people who appreciated horse racing. Everyone loved him.”

Flynn, a proud son of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, attended LaSalle Academy. He later received both a Bachelor of Arts degree and an MBA in finance from Fordham University.

He was hired by NYRA racing secretary Tommy Trotter as a clerk in the racing office in 1976 and spent 18 years there, the last six as assistant racing secretary.

Flynn was appointed as the executive director of the New York division of the HBPA (later renamed the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association) in 1994. He served in that capacity until 2007.

He also served on the NYRA board of trustees for approximately 18 months during that time.

Immensely well-liked and highly regarded by horsemen, elected officials and media, Flynn received the New York Turf Writers Association’s “Red Smith Good Guy Award” in 2003.

Flynn is survived by his wife, Judy. A wake will be held Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Cassidy Funeral Home, 156 Willis Avenue, Mineola, NY from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Corpus Christi Church, 155 Garfield Avenue in Mineola Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at a time to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Flynn’s name to the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center’s “Let’s Do Lunch” program, which provides physical, intellectual and social stimulation for individuals with young onset dementia, including frontotemporal degeneration. The center is located at 300 Forest Drive, East Hills, NY 11548.

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American Pharoah Colt Graduates in Del Mar Unveiling

Sun, 2019-11-10 19:54

9th-Del Mar, $53,404, Msw, 11-10, 2yo, 1mT, 1:37.32, fm.
ROYAL ACT (c, 2, American Pharoah–True Feelings {GSP, $111,205}, by Latent Heat) overcame a wide berth to triumph in his career debut at Del Mar Sunday. Quickly away from the stalls, he tracked a moderate early pace from third and continued to keep a close eye on the frontrunners until being given the cue by Rafael Bejarano approaching the quarter pole. Determined, the powerful bay forged to the front midstretch and proved best on the day, winning by a half length over Much More Halo (More Than Ready) with Special Day (Tiznow) back in third. The victory represented the 23rd winner for his freshman sire (by Pioneerof the Nile). True Feelings is a half-sister to Flirtatious (A.P. Indy), the dam of Champion 3-year-old Filly Wait a While (Maria’s Mon). This represents the family of Champion 2 & 3-year-old Lookin At Lucky (Smart Strike). True Feeling produced a filly by Into Mischief last season and was bred back to Justify this term. Sales history: $500,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $31,200. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-C R K Stable LLC; B-Stonehaven Steadings (KY); T-Peter Eurton.

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Three Horses Break Down Sunday at Del Mar

Sun, 2019-11-10 19:50

After a fatality-free summer racing meet at Del Mar, three horses broke down during Sunday’s card on opening weekend at the seaside oval, resulting in at least two deaths.

First, ERJ Racing and Lerner Racing’s Princess Dorian (Idiot Proof) was eased and pulled up nearing the stretch in the day’s second race, an $8,000 claimer. According to Del Mar’s official Twitter account, the 5-year-old mare, trained by Andrew Lerner, suffered an injury to her left front leg and was transported to San Luis Rey Equine Hospital for further care.

In the very next race, 3-year-old gelding Ghost Street (Ghostzapper) was pulled up out of a maiden special weight on the turf with a catastrophic injury to his left front sesamoid and was subsequently euthanized. “We are deeply sorry for owner Aaron Sones, trainer Patrick Gallagher, his staff and everyone who cared for him,” Del Mar wrote.

Then, in race six, Saratoga West’s Prayer Warrior (Ministers Wild Cat) pulled up midway on the far turn of a California-bred allowance/optional claimer with a front leg injury. Trained by Jeff Metz, the sophomore colt was later put down, as reported by Metz’s daughter, track photographer Zoe Metz.

“We unfortunately lost Prayer Warrior this afternoon,” Metz wrote on Twitter. “He was loved by everyone. The barn will definitely not be the same without him.”

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Keeneland November Book 3 Concludes

Sun, 2019-11-10 19:04

LEXINGTON, KY – The two-session Book 3 section of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale concluded Sunday with a day of lively bidding in Lexington. The book’s highest price came early in Sunday’s session when bloodstock agent Hubert Guy, bidding on behalf of John Gunther’s Glennwood Farm, went to $325,000 to acquire the unraced broodmare prospect Lark Rise (More Than Ready). The 3-year-old filly was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency on behalf of Juddmonte Farms.

A total of 500 horses sold during Book 3 for a gross of $28,481,200. The average of $56,962 was down 9.4% from the 2018 Book 3 average of $62,878, while the median of $45,000 was down 10% from last year’s figure of $50,000.

In the 2018 Book 3 section, 520 horses sold for $32,696,500. The book’s top price was $320,000, which was one of 19 to sell for $200,000 or over during the two sessions. Nine reached that mark in the 2019 Book 3.

“The market, it’s the same thing,” Guy said after signing for the session topper. “It’s the same as a yearling sale or any sale. The right horses sell for a lot of money. The right people are on the right horses and they’re not afraid to pay. But I think it’s pretty good, trade is good.

The weanling market continued to be competitive, although selective, with pinhookers dominating Sunday’s trade. Renee Dailey purchased the day’s highest-priced weanling, going to $250,000 for a colt from the first crop of Grade I winner Connect from the Paramount Sales consignment.

Bloodstock agent Phil Hager purchased the day’s second highest-priced weanling, a $185,000 son of Street Sense.

“It’s tough,” Hager said of the weanling market. “We bought a couple early and then we had to sit out for a few days because it got really strong. And now we’ve bought into three today. So it’s starting to soften up just a little bit, but the pedigrees are softening up a bit, too.”

Glencrest Farm’s John Greathouse purchased the day’s highest priced weanling filly, a $160,000 daughter of Street Sense.

“It is a very healthy market,” Greathouse said. “It’s the age-old thing, if you’ve got the right horse, you’re going to get plenty of money for it. Quality sells and brings plenty of money here. I think it’s healthy. I just hope it continues into the Election year, that’s the only thing I’m a little worried about.”

In all, 218 weanlings sold during Book 3 for a total of $11,601,700, an average of $53,219 and a median of $40,000. A year ago, 228 weanlings sold in Book 3 for a total of $13,917,500 for an average of $61,042 and a median of $50,000.

The result might not stand out on the sheets, but hip 1560 was still a notable offering. The weanling’s 97-year-old breeder is the legendary Ted Bassett, past Keeneland President and Trustee Emeritus. Bassett was on hand to watch the colt sell and was welcomed back by a long string of well-wishers as he sat in the pavilion ahead of the weanling’s arrival in the ring. The Summer Front colt sold for $15,000 to Equine Associates.

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

Gunther Strikes Early for Lark Rise

Bloodstock agent Hubert Guy, bidding on behalf of John Gunther’s Glennwood Farm, struck early in Sunday’s session of the Keeneland November sale to secure the unraced broodmare prospect Lark Rise (More Than Ready) for $325,000. The 3-year-old (hip 1525) was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency as agent for Juddmonte Farms, which had purchased her for $550,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

“[Gunther] loved the mare and he went back to Vancouver, so he asked me yesterday to bid for him,” Guy said. “I had him on the phone and he wanted her.”

Lark Rise is a daughter of Tare Green (Giant’s Causeway), a half-sister to Leroidesanimaux (Brz) (Candy Stripes). Tare Green is also the dam of Ocean Atlantique (American Pharoah), a 1.1-million euro Arqana May Breeze-Up purchase this year who was tabbed a ‘TDN Rising Star’ following his maiden score at Saint-Cloud in October.

“She’s a very nice mare,” Guy said. “Physically, she looks like a real quality horse. She’s got a beautiful coat and she was very well-presented by Juddmonte and Hill ‘n’ Dale. She looks like she has a great temperament and she has a good size on her, which should be great to carry babies.”

Connect Weanling Draws a Crowd

A colt from the first crop of Connect attracted a host of admiring bidders before ultimately selling to Renee Dailey for $250,000 Sunday at Keeneland. Dailey was bidding on behalf of a pinhooking partnership which will look to reoffer the youngster at next year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale.

“I thought he was a very good-moving, scopey, beautiful colt who I feel still has a lot of upside for us,” Dailey said after signing the ticket on hip 1735. “I actually had Connect as a weanling and sold him in July as a yearling–he was one of the first horses I prepped. I’ve been looking for the best one and I think I got it.”

Dailey added, “He will probably go to Saratoga-that will be the plan.”

The weanling is out of Wild Hoots (Unbridled’s Song) and is a half-brother to Grade I placed Savings Account (Medaglia d’Oro). He was bred by Dell Ridge Farm and was consigned by Paramount Sales.

Connect, who was sold through VanMeter Sales to Paul Pompa, Jr. for $150,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton July sale, went on to win the 2016 GI Cigar Mile H. and GII Pennsylvania Derby. He stands at Lane’s End at a fee of $20,000.

“I’ve been looking at all of them,” Dailey said of Connect’s first crop of weanlings. “I’m very excited about the way they look as weanlings. There are a lot of them that were very desirable and I did bid on others, but I am glad I waited until now for this one.

Connect had a lot of scope. He looked like a racehorse. And some very astute people bought him in July. Hopefully they’ll be around next year to look at them as yearlings. But I am very pleased with the way they look; I’m very excited about the Connect babies.”

Of the weanling market at Keeneland this week, Dailey said, “It’s very strong. It’s hard to buy. The good ones are still selling very well. That’s encouraging for us moving forward. I’ve gone very hard at a lot of weanlings this week and this is the one that I got the ‘must buy’ on.”

Street Sense Weanlings Popular Sunday

A pair of weanlings by GI Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense led the foal list throughout the early going of Sunday’s fifth session of the Keeneland November sale.

Bloodstock agent Phil Hager made a final bid of $185,000-second highest of the day for foals–to secure a weanling colt by the Darley stallion on behalf of a pinhooking partnership. The bay colt was bred by Adrian Regan and was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm.

“We are probably going to sell him next year, that’s the game plan,” Hager said. “He’s a pretty colt, so hopefully we’ll have a few options on where we want to go with him.”

Hip 1689 is out of Take a Memo (Empire Maker), a daughter of graded stakes winner Memorette (Memo {Chi}). The 10-year-old mare, with the Street Sense colt in utero, sold for $50,000 to E.M.H. Bloodstock at last year’s Keeneland November sale.

“He’s a very two-turn looking colt, with a pretty head and a nice neck,” Hager said of the weanling. “He was everything we were looking for.”

John Greathouse of Glencrest Farm made a final bid of $160,000 to secure the day’s highest-priced weanling filly, a bay daughter of Street Sense (hip 1594) from the Hidden Brook consignment.

“We plan to pinhook her,” Greathouse said of the weanling. “We’ve got a little group together and that’s kind of what we do at this point. But she’s a nice enough horse that we wouldn’t mind racing her either.”

The May 1 foal is out of One Look (Henny Hughes), a half-sister to graded placed Before You Know It (Hard Spun) and Instant Reflex (Quality Road).

“Everything,” Greathouse said when asked what he liked about the filly. “She is very forward for a May foal, with plenty of leg. I thought she was a nice, correct filly who will just improve. In spring when the green grass hits, I think she’s just going to get better and better.”

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Maxfield to Get Rest of Year Off

Sun, 2019-11-10 16:10

Grade I-winning juvenile Maxfield (Street Sense), who was forced to scratch as one of the top choices in the GI TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile due to a minor foot bruise, will get a freshening for the remainder of 2019 and target a 2020 campaign, trained Brendan Walsh told the Churchill notes team Sunday.

“He’ll get a break at the farm for a little while and I’ll bring him back next year,” Walsh said. “I haven’t completely mapped out a campaign next year for the [GI Kentucky] Derby. This horse can really be anything. He’s extremely special.”

Rallying from last to graduate on debut Sept. 14 in Louisville, Godolphin homebred trailed the field again in the GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Oct. 5 at Keeneland and inhaled his competition on the far turn en route to an impressive 5 1/2-length romp. He was listed as the third favorite on the morning line before scratching out of the Juvenile.

“If he even had a hair turn we were going to scratch him,” Walsh said. “He just wasn’t right so obviously we weren’t going to take any chances. Our goal with him has always been a 3-year-old campaign. I was surprised he broke his maiden like he did first out. I thought he would be the type of horse that would take some time to break his maiden.”

Walsh reported that Maxfield will likely return to his Florida base this winter.

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Into Mischief Colt Sparkles on Del Mar Unveiling

Sat, 2019-11-09 17:57

5th-Del Mar, $52,351, Msw, 11-9, 2yo, 5 1/2f, 1:03.60, ft.
AUTHENTIC (c, 2, Into Mischief–Flawless, by Mr. Greeley), who was hammered into 3-5 favoritism at first asking with some strong morning trials on display, overcame a bit of an awkward departure to win very nicely Saturday afternoon at Del Mar. Off in a bit of a tangle, the May foal, who entered this debut off a best-of-42 five furlongs from the gate at Santa Anita in 1:00 flat Oct. 31, was hustled along to make up for lost time and sat just outside of the pacesetter into the turn. Asked to kick off the final corner, the $350,000 KEESEP purchase opened a bit of daylight and finished up well to defeat Jeffn’johnsthundr (Union Rags) by about two lengths. From the family of GISW Seventh Street (Street Cry {Ire}) and Dubai legend Reynaldothewizard (Speightstown), Authentic is related to the yearling colt Mint (Bodemeister) and a colt foal already named Push Button (Bodemeister). His dam was most recently bred to Mastery. Sales history: $350,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $31,200. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Frederick Hertrich III, John D. Fielding & Golconda Stables; B-Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert.

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Pioneerof the Nile Filly Stalks And Pounces in Churchill Bow

Sat, 2019-11-09 16:47

8th-Churchill Downs, $92,756, Msw, 11-9, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:11.20, ft.
HALAMA (f, 2, Pioneerof the Nile–Milania, by Bernardini) out-slugged her two chief rivals in the market to open her account at first asking Saturday at Churchill. Drawn widest of the seven remaining runners after the scratch of would-be chalk Further Lane (Lea), the $200,000 Fasig-Tipton October acquisition landed in midfield through the opening exchanges before working her way up into a three-deep third, as favored Weekend Fun (More Than Ready) cut out the running from 2-1 second choice Speighty Shirl (Speightstown). Those three stretched across the track at the top of the lane and raced heads apart into the final eighth of a mile before Halama asserted a sixteenth out en route to a two-length score. Weekend Fun boxed on gamely at the fence to hold second from Speighty Shirl in a WinStar-sired trifecta. Halama was acquired in utero for $310,000 at Keeneland November in 2016 and is out of a winning daughter of Keeper Hill (Deputy Minister), victorious in the 1998 GI Kentucky Oaks beneath the Twin Spires and later the dam of Mill Ridge stallion Keep Up (Unbridled’s Song). Keeper Hill was a half-sister to the good sprinter Golden Gear (Gulch), who also stood for a time at Mill Ridge. Halama, out of a Bernardini mare like her Grade I-winning stablemate Maxfield (Street Sense), is a half-sister to a Curlin filly who made $200,000 at KEENOV earlier this week. Milania visited Justify this term. Sales history: $125,000 Wlg ’17 KEENOV; $90,000 RNA Ylg ’18 KEESEP; $200,000 Ylg ’18 FTKOCT. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $54,412. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch; B-Buscar Stables, Inc (KY); T-Brendan P. Walsh.

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Tapit Filly Explodes In Two-Turn Bow

Sat, 2019-11-09 14:49

4th-Churchill Downs, $93,121, Msw, 11-9, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m (off turf), 1:46.91, ft.
IVYETSU (f, 2, Tapit–Compelling {Ire}, by Kingmambo), off as the even-money favorite, made light work of a rained-off Churchill maiden Saturday afternoon, romping by 5 3/4 lengths. Settled just behind the leading trio after a clean dispatch, the homebred fired up a bit when brushing with a rival at the midpoint of the first turn, but settled better turning up the backstretch. Stalking from a three-wide berth into the turn, Ivyetsu took command under a Tyler Gaffalione hold with better than a quarter-mile to race, opened an unassailable advantage and was ridden out to a facile success. Ivyetsu was stretching out in trip off a debut fifth at Keeneland Oct. 5 that really had to be seen to be believed. A well-bet 6-1, she dwelt at the start, spotting her rivals at least 10 lengths, and was out of the picture before poking her head into the frame with about a half-mile to race. She finished full of run to be fifth–albeit a distant one–behind a ‘TDN Rising Star’ performance from Specially (Tapiture), but one that suggested there was more than a little innate talent. A half-sister to French Group 3 winner Last Kingdom (Frankel {GB}), $360,852, Ivyetsu is a maternal granddaughter of G1SW and English highweight Damson (Ire) (Entrepreneur {GB}). Ivyetsu has a foal half-sister by Medaglia d’Oro and her dam was covered this year by Justify. Sales history: $300,000 RNA Ylg ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $56,542. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O/B-Michael Baum & Reiko Baum (KY); T-George R. Arnold, II.

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Cairo Prince Firster Goes Gate To Wire at the Big A

Sat, 2019-11-09 14:10

5th-Aqueduct, $70,000, Msw, 11-9, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 1:42.99, fm.
SEDUCER (f, 2, Cairo Prince–Zloty {MSP, $131,634}, by Exchange Rate), let go at 15-1 for top connections with a slow and unassuming Saratoga worktab on display, was given a well-rated ride from the front by Joel Rosario and had plenty left for the stretch drive to charge home a very impressive debut winner Saturday at Aqueduct. Given a positive ride from gate four, the dark bay covered the opening quarter in :23.65, but took a breather through the next couple of furlongs and the six panels was up in a manageable 1:13.18. Shaken up off the home corner, Seducer put a couple more lengths on her rivals and had Rosario checking the rearview through the final sixteenth. Favored Luck Money (Lookin At Lucky) sat a good trip from fourth and made inside progress into the lane, but was no match for the winner and was beaten by 3 1/4 lengths into second. Purchased in utero for $145,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November Sale, Seducer has a yearling half-sister by Into Mischief who fetched $260,000 at this year’s September sale, and a foal half-sister by Candy Ride (Arg). The multiple stakes-placed Zloty was most recently bred to More Than Ready. Sales history: $24,000 RNA Ylg ’18 KEEJAN; $75,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $38,500. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
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A Stall for Ben

Sat, 2019-11-09 08:40

As many readers know, the TDN lost a family member Nov. 1 with the passing of our News and Features editor, Ben Massam, at the age of 31. Ben loved racing, and he loved horses, and we wanted to honor him by helping to provide not only a place where we could remember him, but a place where his memory could continue to generate good. Because if there’s one thing we all agree upon, it is that Ben was one of the best people we ever met. (Read his story here .)

Ben’s life and his story in the TDN has touched people who knew him as well as people who didn’t, and since his passing, so many of you have asked what you can do and where you can donate to help keep his memory alive.

We have decided to raise money to sponsor at stall at New Vocations in Lexington, Kentucky, where at-risk horses can find a soft landing when their racing careers are over–learning a second career, and getting a second chance at life. It is our hope that the project will help to provide an ongoing source of funding for the charity. We thought Ben would have liked that.

In the TDN, we’ll tell the stories of the horses who end up in Ben’s stall, which will help them to find new homes.

In this way, we hope to help Ben’s memory to live on. If you would like to participate, you may click here.

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Keeneland November Book 2 Concludes

Fri, 2019-11-08 19:34

by Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis

LEXINGTON, KY – The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale concluded its Book 2 section Friday in Lexington and figures remained in line with the auction’s 2018 edition. Larry Best continued to make his presence felt, going to a session-topping $775,000 to acquire a weanling filly by Curlin from the Indian Creek consignment.

“The quality today was similar to the quality yesterday,” said Keeneland’s Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell. “I thought we had a good cross-section of international and domestic buyers. The international buyers are still here, some Japanese, some Europeans. The foal market was very strong today, spread between end-users and pinhooking partnerships. Overall, I think Book 2 ended pretty well.”

During the two Book 2 sessions, 448 horses sold for $66,257,000. The average of $147,895 was off 2.5% from the 2018 Book 2 figure of $151,684 and the median was down 4% to $120,000 from $125,000.

In 2018, 453 Book 2 horses grossed $68,713,000. A pair of mares brought the book’s top price of $750,000 and 21 sold for $400,000 or over. Eighteen hit that mark during the 2019 Book 2.

During this year’s Book 2, 224 weanlings grossed $37,675,000 for an average of $168,192 and a median of $127,500. In Book 2 a year ago, 232 weanlings sold for $31,527,500, an average of $135,894 and a median of $105,000.

Bloodstock agent Arthur Hoyeau purchased Friday’s top-priced mare, paying $585,000 to acquire the 15-year-old Slewfoundmoney (Seeking the Gold) who was consigned by Warrendale Sales on behalf of Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Stud. Warrendale and Live Oak Stud also sold the day’s second highest-priced mare, with China Horse Club paying $550,000 for the 14-year-old Daveron (Ger) (Black Sam Bellamy {Ire}).

“They had a little bit of age on them, but they are good mares for stallions owners to take to a first-season sire,” Russell said of the Live Oak duo. “They are multiple stakes producers and we are very pleased Mrs. Weber offered them here. I think the market respected them greatly.”

Through three sessions of the November sale, Keeneland has sold 634 for a gross of $139,307,000. The cumulative average is up 0.96% to $219,727 and the median is unchanged at $150,000. The buy-back rate stands at 22.49%. It was 22.76% at this point in 2018.

“It’s very difficult to buy in this market,” said bloodstock agent Mike McMahon. “It is a good time to sell foals. There don’t seem to be as many on the market as usual. Breeders may be keeping some. Mares are difficult to find. I have only bought one so far and here we are on the second day of Book 2. It is hard.”

The Keeneland November sale continues through Nov. 17 with sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m.

Best Pounces For Curlin

OXO Equine’s Larry Best has been quite active throughout both November Sales this week and despite being noticeably absent at Keeneland Friday, he still made his presence felt, going to a session-topping $775,000 for a weanling filly by Curlin (Hip 1039). Taylor Made’s Mark Taylor did the bidding with Best on the phone and Stonestreet’s John Moynihan was the underbidder.

“[Best] had already looked at her before he left,” Taylor said after signing the ticket. “She is a nice filly. We loved her. She had a great walk.”

Indian Creek raised and sold the chestnut filly on behalf of breeder Peter Redekop and the operation’s president Shack Parrish said she had always been a standout.

“She has always been very nice and straight forward,” said Parrish. “Up here, she has been an angel. She showed in the rain all day [Thursday] and it didn’t affect her.”

The horseman continued, “Special thanks to Alistair Roden, who represents Mr. Redekop. It was huge for us and our team at home [to top the session]. We have been number two in a few sales this year. This is big for our management team and the team at home. They do all the work. I don’t do anything but drive up here, get out of the car and carry a book with me.”

Roden echoed Parrish’s comments on the filly, adding that Mr. Redekop was very happy with her sale.

“She was an early foal and they do such a wonderful job at Indian Creek,” Roden said. “She has been a superstar right from day one. She has been fantastic.”

Roden liked Hip 1039’s dam Fly to the Stars (Giant’s Causeway) so much, he bought her twice. The first time he got her for Dr. Ben Anderson for just $21,000 in foal to Street Boss at the 2017 Keeneland January Sale. She was re-offered later that year at the Fasig-Tipton November sale, where Roden bought her on Redekop’s behalf for $125,000. The 16-year-old mare RNA’d for $300,000 carrying Hip 1039 at last year’s Keeneland November Sale, but sold to Springhouse Farm for $175,000 (Hip 1040) in foal to Street Sense Friday.

A half to two stakes winners, Fly to the Stars is also responsible for GSW The Tabulator (Dialed In) and SP Star Via Strada (Street Boss). Her now 3-year-old Annie Go Lightly (Take Charge Indy) brought $200,000 at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton October Sale and broke her maiden by almost 20 lengths earlier this summer. The chestnut also has a juvenile filly named Fly Away (Street Boss). @CDeBernardisTDN

Live Oak Mare a Hot Commodity at Keeneland

It is not often breeders have the chance to purchase a producer of four black-type horses in foal to one of the hottest stallions in the country, but Keeneland buyers had just that in Slewfoundmoney (Seeking the Gold) (Hip 826), who was offered pregnant to Into Mischief. Many flocked to her, but it was Arthur Hoyeau left holding the ticket on a final bid of $585,000 for the 15-year-old mare from the Warrendale Sales consignment.

“She will stay in Kentucky,” said Hoyeau. “She was bought for a new client. She is already in foal to a very hot sire and has been a good and consistent producer. She ticks all of the boxes.”

Charlotte Weber’s operation purchased Slewfoundmoney’s MGSW dam Borodislew (Seattle Slew) for $750,000 at this auction 19 years ago. That mare also produced GSWs Seeking Slew (Seeking the Gold) and Canadian Frontier (Gone West).

A MSW & MGSP herself, Slewfoundmoney proved to be just as talented in the breeding shed, producing GSP Souper Lucky (Giant’s Causeway) right off the bat. Her next foal was MGSW & MGISP millionaire Awesome Slew (Awesome Again). The dark bay produced MSW He’s Bankable (Arch) two years later and is also responsible for the SP 3-year-old Souper Jackpot (Ghostzapper). She had a Tapit filly in 2018 and an Into Mischief filly this year. @CDeBernardisTDN

Daveron Joins China Horse Club Band

China Horse Club concluded its broodmare purchases for the year with the acquisition of Daveron (Ger) (Black Sam Bellamy {Ire}) (hip 989) for $550,000 at Keeneland Friday. The 14-year-old mare, in foal to Uncle Mo, was consigned by Warrendale Sales on behalf of Live Oak Stud.

“She’ll stay here in the States,” China Horse Club’s Michael Wallace said after signing the ticket on the mare. “No mating decided as yet. She’ll probably finish us up for buying this year, so we’ll sit down and work out these last few matings for these American mares.”

China Horse Club purchased seven mares at the Keeneland November sale, led by the $1.1-million Hourglass (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) (hip 256). Also Friday, the operation purchased Taperge (Tapit) (hip 865) for $325,000.

Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Plantation purchased Daveron for $750,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November sale, following a season in which the German-bred had won the GII Ballston Spa S. and GIII Beaugay S. and was third in the GI First Lady S. Retired after making one start in the Live Oak colors, she produced GII Wise Dan S. winner March to the Arch (Arch) and GIII Marine S. winner Global Access (Giant’s Causeway. She has a yearling colt by Kitten’s Joy and a weanling filly by Quality Road.

“She’s off to a great start,” Wallace said. “She obviously ran herself and she’s done the job already. There wasn’t much not to like really. If she puts out a good foal, you’re out in one hit.”

Warrendale Sales consigned the two top-priced mares of Friday’s session. Also on behalf of Live Oak, the operation consigned Slewfoundmoney (Seeking the Gold) (hip 826) who sold for $585,000 to Arthur Hoyeau.

“We’re very happy with those results,” said Warrendale’s Hunter Simms. “We appraised them right around that number right around entry deadline for the sale when Live Oak asked us to appraise them. They are such great producers and they were both good race mares. What they have produced and who they were in foal to sold them. They were both very nice offerings.” @JessMartiniTDN

Multilingual Heads Back to Europe

Multilingual (GB) (Dansili {GB}), a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner and hot young sire Kingman (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), will be returning to Europe after Oliver Sangster signed the ticket on the 7-year-old mare at $525,000 early in Friday’s session of the Keeneland November sale. In foal to Noble Mission (GB), Multilingual (hip 734) was consigned by Mill Ridge Sales on behalf of breeder Juddmonte Farms.

“The page, of course,” Sangster said of the mare’s appeal. “Her half-brother is making waves back in Europe and looking like the real business as a sire. It’s a beautiful Juddmonte family.”

Sangster, who said he was making the purchase on behalf of his father Ben Sangster, is the grandson of the legendary late owner-breeder Robert Sangster.

“To be honest, we thought she would make a bit more,” he said. “You are never too sure how to value these massive pages. Time will tell whether it’s a good price or not, but it’s nice to get on the sheets.”

Multilingual made only one racetrack start. She has produced three colts to date; a First Defence 2-year-old; an English Channel yearling; and a Kitten’s Joy weanling.

Multilingual is out of multiple Group 1 placed Zenda (GB) (Zamindar), a half-sister to Oasis Dream (GB) (Green Desert). In addition to Kingman, Zenda has produced group winner Remote (Dansili {GB}) and group placed First Eleven (GB) (Frankel {GB}).

“It’s Juddmonte. To get into that kind of family is truly a gift,” said Mill Ridge’s Headley Bell. “Those guys consider it an opportunity and it is. We had had a couple of foals, people think they are exposed, but the fact is that she had a fantastic Kitten’s Joy foal. It was opportunity. Juddmonte is magic and people like to be a part of it.”

Also Friday, Sangster signed for Elandess (Scat Daddy) (hip 1013) for $300,000. @JessMartiniTDN

Arrogate Filly to Return to the Sales Ring

Hip 704, a daughter of champion Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song), proved quite popular early in Thursday’s session, hammering for $425,000. However, buyers will have another opportunity to acquire the filly, as she was purchased by McMahon and Hill Bloodstock on behalf of their Spruce Lane pinhooking partnership.

“Jamie Hill and I organize a pinhook group every year for high-end fillies and colts and she certainly fit the bill,” said Mike McMahon. “We have been getting shut out, so it is nice to get a high-quality one early on today.”

When asked what he liked about the filly, McMahon said, “Everything. The farm manager John Durr told us what an aggressive horse she was in the field and how on top of everything she was. That is my kind of horse, I love that.”

Consigned by Gainesway on behalf of Bonne Chance Farm, Hip 704 is a daughter of MSP Lucas Street (Silver Deputy), who RNA’d for $335,000 while carrying this foal at last year’s Keeneland November Sale. The mare is also responsible for GI Breeders’ Cup F/M Sprint victress Wavell Avenue (Harlington).

The gray filly is a member of the first crop of Eclipse winner, four-time Grade I scorer and over $17-million earner Arrogate.

“We have tried to buy three Arrogates,” McMahon said. “I am really impressed by them. I think he has a very real chance to be a super sire.” @CDeBernardisTDN

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Best Pounces for Curlin Filly

Fri, 2019-11-08 17:43

Larry Best continued his high-priced purchases in Lexington this week, going to $775,000 to acquire a weanling filly by Curlin. Frank Taylor, on the phone with Best, made the winning bid from the back of the sales pavilion. The youngster is out of Fly to the Stars (Giant’s Causeway) and is a half to graded stakes placed The Tabulator (Dialed In). She was consigned to the sale by Indian Creek on behalf of breeder Peter Redekop. Stonestreet’s John Moynihan was underbidder on the weanling.

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Steady Opener to Keeneland November Book Two

Thu, 2019-11-07 20:04

by Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis

LEXINGTON, KY – The first Book 2 session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale opened in Lexington Thursday with a day of steady bidding and numbers largely in line with the 2018 Book 2 opener. During Thursday’s session, 235 horses sold for $36,372,000, compared to 234 grossing $36,372,000 in 2018. The average of $154,064 was just 0.88% off the corresponding 2018 average of $155,436, while the median remained constant at $125,000. With 65 horses reported not sold, the buy-back rate was 21.67%. It was 22.52% a year ago.

“I think Book 2 opened very well,” said Keeneland’s Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell. “It was very comparable to last year’s sale. I thought the mares that were young and well-covered sold very well. The foals had tough criteria they had to meet. Those that made the criteria sold exceptionally well.”

The Mitchell family’s Clarkland Farm made Thursday’s highest bid, going to $650,000 to acquire multiple Grade I-placed Conquest Eclipse (Malibu Moon) from the Summerfield consignment.

During the session, 10 horses sold for $400,000 or over, while 12 hit that mark at last year’s Book 2 opener, which was topped by a $750,000 mare.

China Horse Club and Maverick Racing teamed up to purchase the day’s highest-priced weanling, a $600,000 son of Quality Road consigned by St George Sales. The top three weanlings on the day were all purchased by typical end-users, with Shadwell Estates paying $500,000 for a son of Kitten’s Joy and Larry Best’s OXO Equine paying $460,000 for a daughter of Into Mischief. Pinhookers were also active in the weanling market during a session in which 87 foals sold for $11,101,000 and an average of $127,598.

“We have seen a trend over the last couple of years of some end-users coming into the weanling market,” Russell said. “The last three years, the yearling market has been exceptionally good, so I think it gives confidence to pinhookers, as well, to participate at a certain level at the top end of the market. Weanlings, yearlings, it makes no difference, they have to vet. If they vet, the sky’s the limit and if they don’t vet, they don’t.”

The Keeneland November sale continues with a final Book 2 session beginning at 10 a.m. Friday. The auction runs through Nov. 17.

A Double Dose of Triple for Clarkland

The Mitchell family’s Clarkland Farm enjoyed epic success at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale two months ago, selling an American Pharoah half-sister to champion Beholder for $8.2 million. The operation reinvested that windfall, doubling up on mares in foal to Triple Crown winners at Keeneland this week, purchasing Fairyland (Scat Daddy) (hip 263), in foal to American Pharoah, for $700,000 Wednesday, and going to $650,000 to acquire Conquest Eclipse (Malibu Moon) (hip 570), in foal to Justify, Thursday.

“She was a gorgeous mare and she’s in foal to Justify. And I really wanted a Justify,” Fred Mitchell said as daughter Marty Buckner signed the ticket on the 7-year-old Conquest Eclipse. “Our goal is to reinvest some of the money the filly brought for us in September. We are probably through now and we’re just hoping luck stays with us and these mares have some beautiful foals for us.”

Clarkland also purchased C. S. Incharge (Take Charge Indy) (hip 106), in foal to Bolt d’Oro, for $250,000 at Monday’s Fasig-TIpton November sale.

Of the mare’s final price, Mitchell added, “It was a little bit more than I thought, but the good mares are bringing a price here.”

Conquest Eclipse was consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield, which signed for the mare on behalf of R.J. and Kelcey Roberts’ Brinker Hill Farm for $375,000 at the Conquest Stables dispersal at the 2016 Keeneland November sale and was reselling for the Illinois-based couple Thursday.

“She was beautiful and she had a lot of ability and we look for mares with that quality,” Francis Vanlangendonck said of the mare’s appeal three years ago.

Second in the 2014 GI Chandelier S. and third in that year’s GI Del Mar Debutante, Conquest Eclipse produced a filly by Tiznow in 2018 and a filly by Into Mischief this year.

“The plan was to buy her, get a couple of fillies out of her and sell her,” Vanlangendonck explained. “That was the plan from the beginning. She was nice enough to give us two fillies instead of four colts in a row. So they’ll keep the fillies to race.”

Of the mare’s appeal Thursday, Vanlangendonck added, “We bred her to Tiznow and to Into Mischief, so she has a great shot at being a producer and she’s in foal to a really nice horse.” @JessMartiniTDN

China Horse Club & Maverick Racing Strike For Quality Colt

China Horse Club and WinStar’s Maverick Racing have been making headlines at the yearling sales for a few years now, scooping up pricey colts for their racing partnership. The duo moved into the weanling market Thursday, going to $600,000 to acquire a son of Quality Road. Hip 362 was consigned by St. George Sales on behalf of breeder Dell Ridge Farm.

“It was an opportunity to acquire a quality colt by a quality stallion,” China Horse Club’s Michael Wallace said. “It was a way to circumvent the yearling market a little bit, which seems to be pretty strong for these type of colts. It was a way to get ahead of the curve a little bit.”

As for the price, Wallace said, “These quality colts by these quality stallions, that’s what they make. When we go to the yearling sales, they make more. We can control them now, take them out to the farm and rear them. We can continue on the great job that Archie St. George has done with him so far.”

Dell Ridge bought Hip 362’s unraced dam Princess Aspen (Birdstone) for $300,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November sale. She was entered in this year’s renewal, but was scratched. Out of Rhumb Line (Mr. Greeley), Princess Aspen is a half-sister to MGISW Zazu (Tapit), GSW & GISP Flashback (Tapit) and SW Corinthian’s Jewel (Corinthian).

Hinkles Strike Early for Ladies’ Privilege

Hinkle Farms, which enjoyed exceptional results selling at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale two months ago, reinvested in its broodmare band early in Thursday’s second session of the Keeneland November sale, going to $575,000 to secure stakes winner Ladies’ Privilege (Harlan’s Holiday) (hip 277) from the Claiborne Farm consignment.

“She is one of the nicest mares that we’ve seen at the sale,” said Anne Archer Hinkle, who signed the ticket on the mare while seated alongside her father Tom and her uncle Henry. “Just everything about her physically is so nice. She really checked all the boxes for all three of us. We think she can carry a really nice foal. We breed to sell, so we’ll bring her yearling up here in two years.”

Bred and raced by Dorothy Matz, Ladies’ Privilege won the 2017 Hall of Fame S. at Parx. The 5-year-old mare sold in foal to More Than Ready and was consigned by Claiborne Farm.

Hinkle Farms sold a pair of seven-figure yearlings, including a $2.5-million Tapit colt who is a half-brother to GI Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist (Uncle Mo).

“We are always trying to improve our broodmare band and being so fortunate to have the kind of September sale that we had, we want to reinvest and continue to improve our broodmare band slowly, but surely. Even though we had such a great sale, we are disciplined with our budget numbers and we are probably not going to be buying a million-dollar mare.”

Hinkle Farms purchased the very first horse through the November ring Wednesday, purchasing the racing or broodmare prospect Ladies Night (Eskendereya) (hip 1) for $90,000.

“We bought a mare yesterday to breed early in the sale, that we’ll probably sell back next year,” Hinkle said. “That is probably going to be it for us at this sale. The idea is that we are selling more mares in this sale than we’re buying.”

Hinkle Farms hit a home run when purchasing Seeking Gabrielle (Forestry) for $100,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November sale. The mare’s weanling who sold at that same sale was future Derby winner Nyquist. In addition to her $2.5-million yearling of this year, the mare’s now 2-year-old filly by War Front sold for $1.75 million at last year’s September sale.

Hinkle said picking out mares for the farm’s commercial broodmare band was a family project.

“We all see all of the mares and we all have to agree on it,” she said, speaking of herself, father, and uncle. “Sometimes we don’t agree. If something is a question, we’ll go back and take another look. But generally, if two of us feel good about a mare and the other one is on the fence, we are pretty agreeable. It doesn’t really make sense to dig your heels in with family because everyone is bound to be wrong one time or another and whenever you’re wrong, you want your family to be there for you. My dad and my uncle set a really good example, always getting along and supporting each other.” @JessMartiniTDN

More ‘Joy’ For Shadwell

Shadwell Estate Co. purchased four yearlings by Kitten’s Joy at the Keeneland September sale for a total of $1.625 million and they also campaign a $450,000 colt by that stallion named Dawaam, who is two-for-two in Europe. Sheikh Hamdan’s operation was back in action for offspring of that Hill ‘n’ Dale sire Thursday, securing a weanling colt by Kitten’s Joy for $500,000 (Hip 468).

“We will take him back to Shadwell and I have a feeling when Sheikh Hamdan sees him next September, he will probably want him to go to England to train with that pedigree and everything,” said Shadwell’s Rick Nichols. “He has great conformation and a good way of going. He is a colt you would like to have.”

John Mayer’s Nursery Place bought Hip 468’s dam Uniformly Yours (Grand Slam) for $100,000 for George Doetsch, Jr. at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton February Sale. Her first foal is MSW Enchanted Ghost (Ghostzapper) and her next foal, who came two years later, is recent GIII Miss Grillo S. winner Selflessly (More Than Ready). Her 2018 Honor Code filly sold to Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable for $100,000 at Keeneland September.

“He never put a foot wrong,” said Mayer. “We bought his dam as a maiden for a client in Maryland and Enchanted Ghost was her first foal.” @CDeBernardisTDN

Green Hits the Jackpot With Naples Lady

Terry Green’s Jackpot Farm purchased Naples Lady (Ghostzapper) (Hip 334) for $140,000 at last year’s Keeneland November Sale. They bred the bay to City of Light and re-offered her Thursday, selling her for $410,000 to Claiborne Farm, Agent.

“We more than doubled our money today,” said Green’s bloodstock advisor Bobby Powell, who picked out the operation’s GI Runhappy Hopeful S. winner Basin (Liam’s Map). “Any time you can do that in 12 months in the horse industry, are you kidding me? Everybody was very happy.”

Out of SW Glacken’s Gal (Smoke Glacken), Naples Lady is a half to GSW Live Lively (Medaglia d’Oro), as well as the dam of MGISW and future champion Mitole (Eskendereya).

“Ghostzapper is the right name on the page,” said Powell. “He is a good broodmare sire. The mare was very correct and an excellent physical, I thought. A lot happened in the family. I am in and out of Steve Asmussen’s barn so I knew about Mitole ahead of time. I was hoping he would have a big year. I didn’t know it would be this big. The 2-year-old was promising, the 3-year-old was promising, so it was a very active family. I will say that Ed Cox, as a breeder, has been on top of my list for years. Buying a mare from him was not something you would give a second thought to. She was a foundation mare.”

Naples Lady was not originally purchased as a pinhook, but with Mitole continuing to score impressive Grade I victories, Powell advised Green to keep his options open and enter the sale, a decision that paid off handsomely.

“She was not bought to pinhook, but with Mitole doing what he was doing this summer, after he won the [GI] Met Mile, the decision was made to enter her in the sale because you have to enter in August,” Powell said. “It is like the starting gate, if you are not in the race, you can’t do good. We put her in and everything else fell into place. Lane’s End did a wonderful job. Everything just kind of worked out.”

Powell also offered an update on Grade I-winning ‘TDN Rising Star’ Basin.

“The plan is to let Steve Asmussen call the shots,” said the horseman, who has worked for Mike Rutherford of Manchester Farm for 37 years. “He got a little break and now he is back with Steve. They are going to go slow and the intention today would be the 3-year-old series at Oaklawn.”

Powell was also active on Jackpot Farm’s behalf on the buyer side, purchasing Bella’s Way (Giant’s Causeway) (Hip 517) for $135,000. She will be the first mare on Jackpot Farm’s brand new Lexington property. Green has been in racing for about five years and boarded his mares at Manchester before building his own farm, which was recently finished. @CDeBernardisTDN

Guy Calls an Audible with Andromaque

When bloodstock agent Hubert Guy purchased a filly by Quality Road for $7,000 as a weanling at the 2016 Keeneland November sale, the plan was to pinhook the youngster as a yearling. After a series of detours, the 3-year-old (hip 494) returned to the sales ring Thursday unraced and in foal to Uncle Mo and sold for $380,000 to Narvick International.

“The plan the first time was to eventually pinhook her to sell as a yearling,” Guy recalled. “But she was not very precocious. She wasn’t coming quite the way I wanted her to. I was partnered on her with a friend of mine and we decided to race her because we had paid very little money for her.”

Named Andromaque, the bay put in a series of works at the Thoroughbred Training Center last summer, but she never made it to the races.

“She was training fine and then, unfortunately, a year ago in October, she banged her tendon,” Guy said. “We don’t know what happened. We could have done some work, took two or three months and then take a chance to run her. The vet was pretty optimistic of a 100% recovery, but we were not very comfortable. We have a bit of experience and a lot of times horses come back OK and then just before the race, the thing blows up. So we decided, because she was a nice filly and by Quality Road, we decided to breed her and not race her. We thought that was the sensible thing.”

Out of Abba Gold (Devil’s Bag), Andromaque is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Kathmanblu (Bluegrass Cat) and multiple graded placed Kathballu (Bluegrass Cat).

The Keeneland result wasn’t Guy’s only win on the day. Marly (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), purchased by the Frenchman as a yearling in 2018 and resold this year, broke her maiden at Chantilly Thursday. @JessMartiniTDN

Timely Claim for Keogh

Sympathetic (Smart Strike), claimed for $12,500 last April at Gulfstream, was haltered with a purpose. The mare (hip 441) was bred to American Pharoah and sold Thursday at Keeneland for $300,000 to Alastar Thoroughbreds.

“She is a beautiful, beautiful mare,” said James Keogh, whose Grovendale consigned the 5-year-old mare, and who was involved with the 2018 claim. “She’s bred to be a broodmare-by Smart Strike out of a Deputy Minister mare and in foal to the most fashionable horse in the United States right now.”

Out of stakes winner Initiation (Deputy Minister), Sympathetic is a half-sister to multiple stakes placed Forward Thinker (Indian Charlie).

Asked if the mare had been claimed with an eye specifically towards breeding her to the Triple Crown winner, Keogh said, “Yes. I loved the horse and physically, he was a perfect match for her.”

Of Thursday’s result, Keogh said, “I’m thrilled. Over the moon.”

Just a handful of hips later, the Grovendale consignment had another claiming-to-auction success with Tinabud (Lookin at Lucky). Claimed for $50,000 last August at Del Mar by trainer Jeff Mullins, the 4-year-old mare (hip 457) sold in foal to City of Light for $240,000 to Dixiana Farms. @JessMartiniTDN

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Grade I-Placed Into Mischief Filly Rolls at Churchill

Thu, 2019-11-07 17:54

10th-Churchill Downs, $96,839, Msw, 11-7, 2yo, f, 1m, 1:38.66, sy.
SLAM DUNK (f, 2, Into Mischief–Easy Slam, by Grand Slam) was dropping back into maiden company off a very solid third-place effort in the GI Frizette S. when last spotted at Belmont Oct. 6 and made light work of the Churchill finale Thursday, easing home 5 1/2 lengths to the good of Loaded (Ghostzapper). Away without incident from the middle of the gate, the $185,000 Keeneland November weanling and $450,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling raced by her lonesome in fourth as a three-way battle for the lead developed about five lengths ahead of her. Racing in the clear and out of any kickback over the sloppy strip on the turn, Slam Dunk began to zero in on the leaders approaching the stretch, inhaled them at will three off the inside with better than a furlong to race and was taken in hand by Ricardo Santana, Jr. for the final 100 yards. Favored at 9-4 for her Saratoga debut July 31, she was off a bit tardily and made a bit of a move into the stretch, but faded out to be fifth behind next-out GI Spinaway S. third Figure of Speech (Into Mischief). She ran into another tough customer in the form of subsequent GISP Alandra (Blame), finishing second to that foe in a seven-furlong Spa maiden Sept. 1 and was six lengths adrift of ‘TDN Rising Star’ Wicked Whisper (Liam’s Map) in the Frizette. A half-sister to Kitten Kaboodle (Kitten’s Joy), GSW, $129,000, Slam Dunk is the latest produce for her dam. Sales history: $185,000 Wlg ’17 KEENOV; $450,000 Ylg ’18 FTSAUG. Lifetime Record:4-1-1-1, $124,012. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Magic Cap Stables; B-Jay Goodwin, Meredith Krupp, Indian Creek & Rick Smith (KY); T-Rodolphe Brisset.

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Classic Hero Vino Rosso Arrives at Spendthrift

Thu, 2019-11-07 17:35

Vino Rosso (Curlin), last Saturday’s GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero, has arrived at B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, KY to take up residence for his next career as a stallion. The MGISW is set to be unveiled to the public for the first time at Spendthrift Friday, Nov. 8 from 1-3 p.m.

Coal Front (Stay Thirsty), the five-time graded stakes-winning millionaire, has also arrived and will be available for inspection.

“Vino Rosso and Coal Front both came to the farm in great shape, and we’re extremely excited to be able to show them to breeders starting Friday afternoon from 1-3,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. “It’s not every day you get to stand a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, especially one that’s as well-bred and as good looking as Vino Rosso. And you would be hard pressed to find many stallions better looking than Coal Front, who is the newest horse being offered through our Share The Upside program. We think people are going to like what they see with both.”

Vino Rosso, an earner of $4,803,125 on the track, will stand his first season in 2020 for a fee of $30,000 S&N. Coal Front, who earned $1,825,280, will stand for $5,000 S&N and will be offered at $7,500 S&N through Spendthrift’s renowned “Share The Upside” program.

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Friday’s Racing Insights: Joint Most-Expensive Malibu Moon Colt Debuts

Thu, 2019-11-07 16:56

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency

7th-CD, $95K, Msw, 2yo, 1m, post time: 4:06 p.m. EDT
CERNAN (Malibu Moon) gets his career started for Grandview Equine and Everett Dobson’s Cheyenne Stables LLC and trainer Steve Asmussen, who strikes with about one of every five of his first-starters. Produced by an unraced half-sister to standout Japanese turf stayer and two-time Horse of the Year Symboli Kris S (Kris S.), the Apr. 16 was hammered down to these connections for $500K at last year’s Keeneland September sale, making him the joint most-expensive of 51 of this outstanding sire’s yearlings to sell in 2018. TJCIS PPs

Seven-Figure Medaglia Colt Looms Large at Laurel
5th-LRL, $40K, Msw, 2yo, f, 1m, post time: 2:40 p.m. EDT
CORRECTNESS (Medaglia d’Oro), a $1-million acquisition by Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stables out of the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale, is a daughter of Veracity (Distorted Humor), a full-sister to SW Cheery, the dam of newly retired dual Grade I winner and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Elate (Medaglia d’Oro); and a half-sister to the dam of MGSW Tax (Arch). Veracity, who was bought back on a bid of $1.7 million when offered in foal to Justify at FTKNOV this past Tuesday, is also the dam of a yearling full-sister to Correctness who was knocked down to Claiborne Farm, agent, for $900K at FTSAUG this past summer. TJCIS PPs

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Taking Stock: American Pharoah Alone At Top

Thu, 2019-11-07 16:45

Coolmore is a stallion maker, and its American division at Ashford Stud has a specialty for minting leading first-crop sires. Over the last nine years, this includes Scat Daddy (2011), Henrythenavigator (2012), Dunkirk (2013), and Uncle Mo (2015). There’s every chance that Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will become the Irish-based global operation’s fifth champion North American first-crop sire in the last 10 years.

Back on June 28 in this space, I wrote about first-crop sires and American Pharoah’s placement on the list at the time: “The Triple Crown winner, the most expensive sire to enter stud in 2016 with a listed fee of $200,000, currently sits at number seven with three winners, but he’ll have action on Saturday and the next six months to launch his expected move to the top of the list with well-bred runners in North America and Europe.”

That happened, but not without a tussle from WinStar’s Constitution (Tapit), whose son Tiz the Law won the prestigious Gl Champagne S. at Belmont and assumed a leadership role among juvenile colts. Constitution has since added another promising colt to his record with Glll Nashua S. winner Independence Hall.

Three weeks ago, I wrote here: “As of Thursday, Constitution was ranked second behind American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) on the first-crop sire list with less than $25,000 separating the two as the high-dollar and game-changing Breeders’ Cup races loom in a few weeks…”

Through Wednesday, days after the Breeders’ Cup, American Pharoah led the freshmen sires’ list by winners (20), black-type winners (4, co-tied with Constitution, Competitive Edge {Super Saver}, and Race Day {Tapit}), black-type horses (9), graded stakes horses (7), Grade l stakes horses (3), and progeny earnings ($2,374,844). Constitution, who leads by number of graded stakes winners (4, one ahead of American Pharoah), is still in second place by progeny earnings, but that $25,000 difference between the two has widened to almost $750,000 in American Pharoah’s favor, with seven weeks to go to the end of the year. But if this was an election, it would probably be safe to call it for the Triple Crown winner at this point.

American Pharoah sits alone at the top because his sons and daughters arrived at the Breeders’ Cup and performed. Four Wheel Drive won the Gll Juvenile Turf Sprint as the favorite, with Another Miracle third in the same race at 19-1, cumulatively collecting $640,000 in purse money for their sire. And Sweet Melania was third in the Gl Juvenile Fillies Turf, pocketing another $90,000. Part of the battle for athletes is to get to the main event healthy, and the other part is to perform when they get there. Like their sire, the American Pharoahs didn’t choke on the big stage, but unlike him, they did it on grass. In fact, American Pharoah, surprisingly, has many more winners on turf than dirt, including all four of his black-type winners: Four Wheel Drive, Another Miracle, Sweet Melania, and Maven.

Breeze Easy LLC’s Four Wheel Drive, a $525,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling and a $825,000 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old RNA, won the Juvenile Turf Sprint over five furlongs in impressive style, leading throughout to finish three-quarters of a length in front. Trained by 2-year-old turf specialist Wesley Ward, it was his third black-type win in three starts. Four Wheel Drive’s dam is the fast and precocious More Than Ready 2-year-old black-type winner Funfair, who won her debut at Belmont Park over six furlongs on turf and followed that effort with a win in the Listed Colleen S. at Monmouth over five furlongs on grass. This colt is very much his dam’s son by aptitude, but his sire might have something to say about how he progresses next year. Funfair made only one start at three. And you already know what American Pharoah did.

Bred by Irishman Ciaran “Flash” Conroy’s Glenvale Stud, Four Wheel Drive had been purchased as a yearling by the partnership of Breeze Easy and Hartley/DeRenzo to pinhook at two. “They defended him pretty well [at the 2-year-old sale],” said Alan Porter, a pedigree advisor to Breeze Easy. “Hartley/DeRenzo and the Breeze Easy team liked him physically, we liked the pedigree. The mare was really fast, and there’d been a Pioneerof the Nile horse–Grade lll winner Vinceremos–who was from a More Than Ready mare. Wesley Ward had trained Shang Shang Shang (Shanghai Bobby), who’d won the G2 Norfolk at Royal Ascot for Breeze Easy, and he trains [current 2-year-old] stakes winner Karak [Karakontie (Jpn)] for them, too, so they were prepared to race him if he didn’t sell.”

Wesley Ward

Having Wesley Ward in your corner, as Coolmore does, is a potent weapon for any global commercial stud farm, in part because Ward’s program famously includes European raids, particularly at Royal Ascot and mostly with early 2-year-olds. Ward played an important role in bolstering Scat Daddy’s reputation by training Stonestreet’s European champion Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy) to win the 2017 Group 1 King’s Stand S. at Royal Ascot, one year after she had won the G2 Queen Mary S. at the same venue and the G1 Prix Morny at Deauville. For Coolmore specifically, Ward also trained Scat Daddy’s Acapulco (Queen Mary S.) and No Nay Never (G2 Norfolk S. at Royal Ascot and the Prix Morny), the latter in partnership with Ice Wine Stable; and the Quality Road colt Hootenanny (Gl Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf).

Ward doesn’t have any American Pharoahs for Coolmore at the moment, but he did breed five mares to the horse when he initially went to stud, and aside from Four Wheel Drive, he currently has four others, including Maven, who won the G3 Prix du Bois at Chantilly June 29, one day after the column I wrote that mentioned that American Pharoah was poised to take flight. And Ward has now trained two of American Pharoah’s first four black-type winners.

Maven was bred by Ward and races in the name of his partner Richard Ravin, but Four Wheel Drive was the colt Ward wanted at the Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-olds in training sale. “That was my pick. I trained his brother [3-year-old Born Great, an unraced son of Scat Daddy who is a lay-up at the moment]; I loved his brother, so the Breeze Easy guys, with the success we had with Shang Shang Shang, were going to give me my pick. Their consignors, Hartley/DeRenzo, were kind of pushing them to sell, because that’s what they do. They want to make a profit for them. Unfortunately, it didn’t come to fruition for them, but, fortunately for me, I got him. I loved the colt. I really thought a lot of him, and I loved his brother, who could really run. His brother was plagued by some shins, and when we sent him home he did something in the stall there, so he has yet to make it.”

Four Wheel Drive, likewise, had shin issues, Ward said. “Many of them do, coming out of the 2-year-old sales,” Ward noted, but his patience with the colt has paid dividends all around, including for Coolmore, because Ward had the colt healthy and at the top of his game when it counted.

Ward is tight with the Coolmore crew, including Paul Shanahan, a good friend, but it was Bob Baffert, he said, that convinced him to breed to American Pharoah. “I had a conversation with Bob Baffert when the horse went to stud about what he thought about him being a grass sire,” Ward said. “He said that’s the one thing he said he wished he had done, that he wished he had run him on grass. For him to say that, you know, he knows what he’s doing, and there was no reason for him to be selling me on the question I was asking, so I thought he gave me a truthful answer. And the [horse] has really stepped it up on being a turf sire, that’s for sure.”

Northern Dancer and Sunday Silence are two breed-shaping Kentucky Derby winners that established themselves as premier turf sires. It’s way too early to associate American Pharoah’s name with theirs or to pigeonhole the horse as strictly a turf sire–one son, American Theorem, is Grade l-placed on dirt–but the horse’s lop-sided success on turf to date is intriguing for an Unbridled-line stallion. However, American Pharoah’s sire was a Grade l winner on all-weather, sired some good turf runners, and has another son, Cairo Prince, who’s also sired some turf black-type winners. And American Pharoah has been bred to quite a few mares that performed on turf or are by sires or from families with strong turf backgrounds.

Maven, for example, is from the stakes-winning turf sprinter Richies Party Girl, and Another Miracle is out of Canadian juvenile all-weather stakes winner Retraceable. But Sweet Melania, who won the Gll Jessamine S. on turf at Keeneland, is from dirt stakes winner Sweet N Discreet.

Turf or dirt, Ward thinks we haven’t seen the best of the American Pharoahs yet. He’s got a homebred filly from Judy the Beauty named Wish Way that could be any kind, he said, while watching her train at Turfway on Thursday. Coolmore said they have a few “dark horses” at Ballydoyle that are potential Guineas runners, in addition to the exciting Saint-Cloud maiden winner Ocean Atlantique with Andre Fabre in France. And Baffert said, “I have one” that’s outstanding–and chances are, he means on dirt.

He can’t be crowned just yet with the first-crop championship, but American Pharoah is delivering on the promise he took to stud for Coolmore–and in a surprising way, too.

Sid Fernando is president and CEO of Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, Inc., originator of the Werk Nick Rating and eNicks.

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Honor Code Firster Runs To Hype, Becomes a ‘TDN Rising Star’

Thu, 2019-11-07 12:01

The subject of considerable pre-race chatter, Rio Angie (Honor Code) lived up to those lofty expectations to become the 11th winner for her freshman sire (by A.P. Indy) and follow in his hoofprints to become the newest ‘TDN Rising Star’ in Thursday’s opening race from Meydan.

The selection of stable jockey Pat Dobbs and drawn gate one in the field of five, Rio Angie showed good gate speed to track the early pace while racing a bit keen down on the inside. The athletic dark bay edged to the front entering the turn, was held together while traveling strongly into the stretch and accelerated away from her rivals in the final 200 metres to score by an impressive 4 3/4 lengths, with a flashy final furlong in :12.22, according to Trakus. Majhoola (Trappe Shot) was second best.

A half-sister to Quantum Miss (Smoke Glacken), GSW, $251,950; Kelwynne (Yes It’s True), SP, $154,014; and Tonasah (Malibu Moon), MGSP, $196,660, Rio Angie was a $100,000 purchase out of the 2017 Keeneland November Sale and was bought back on a bid of $150,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. That proved a wise decision when the March foal fetched $320,000 at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale after breezing her eighth of a mile in a smooth :10 1/5.

Rio Angie’s multiple stakes-placed dam was most recently covered by Jimmy Creed.

1st-MEY, AED165,000 (US$44,929), Mdn, 1400m, 1:26.24, ft.
RIO ANGIE, f, 2, by Honor Code
1st Dam: Quanah County (MSP), by Valid Expectations
2nd Dam: Platinum Pearl, by Plugged Nickle
3rd Dam: Pink Platinum, by Quadrangle
Sales history: $100,000 Wlg ’17 KEENOV; $150,000 RNA Ylg ’18 FTSAUG; $320,000 2yo ’19 FTMMAY. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $26,957. Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree.
O-Hamid Radan; B-Redmon Farm (KY); T-Doug Watson.


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