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Lone Star Revises Stakes Schedule for 2020

Thu, 2020-06-04 13:53

Lone Star Park, which kicked off its abbreviated 36-day meet May 22, released its revised stakes schedule, featuring 18 stakes worth $1.4 million. The meet continues through Aug. 2.

Texas Champions Day, originally scheduled to be contested at Sam Houston Race Park Mar., but cancelled due to a blown transformer, will be hosted by Lone Star June 14. Texas Champions Day includes the Bara Lass S., Groovy S., Richard King Turf S., San Jacinto S., Spirit of Texas S., Star of Texas S. and Yellow Rose S. Three additional stakes-the Lone Star Park Turf S., Grand Prairie S. and Lone Star Mile-are scheduled for June 28. The Stars of Texas Preview July 5 features the Wayne Hanks Memorial, Lanes End Danny Shifflett Scholarship S. and the divisional Texas Stallion S., made up of a filly division and colt & gelding division. The final four stakes of the season will be contested July 26 as part of Stars of Texas Day. They are the Valor Farm S., Highlander Training Center Assault S. and Texas Thoroughbred Futurities, the filly division and the colt & gelding division. Each will run for an estimated purse of $100,000.

“We have worked closely with the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership and the Texas Thoroughbred Association to put together a schedule that benefits everyone, especially our horsemen,” said Lone Star Park’s Vice-President of Operations, Kent Slabotsky.

For more information, visit www.lonestarpark.com

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Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Semi-Finalists Announced

Thu, 2020-06-04 10:55

A total of six semi-finalists, from 15 submissions, for the 2020 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award have been selected by a panel of racing industry and literary judges. The semi-finalists are:

Better Lucky Than Good: Tall Tales and Straight Talk from the Backside of the Track, by Louisville Story Program

  • Justify: 111 Days to Triple Crown Glory, by Lenny Shulman
  • The Key to the Quarter Pole, by Robin Traywick Williams
  • Spectacular Bid: The Last Superhorse of the Twentieth Century, by Peter Lee
  • The Travers: 150 Years of Saratoga’s Greatest Race, by Brien Bouyea and Michael Veitch
  • The Triumph of Henry Cecil, by Tony Rushmer

“This year’s 15 titles are of consistently high quality, which is proven by the excellent books that just missed the semifinalists cut,” said lead judge Kay Coyte, who went on to explain that emphasis when judging is placed on “clarity and elegance of writing, a book’s ability to entertain, and an author’s commitment to his or her subject.”
Customarily announced in April, the Award timeline was altered this year due to Covid-19. The three finalists will be revealed this summer, with plans to honor the winner yet to be determined. The brainchild of the late Dr. Tony Ryan, the award combined the horseman’s passions–racing and literature. The competition was established in 2006 to honor the best of long-form writing in racing, with a $10,000 prize to the winner.

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Shug McGaughey Talks Code of Honor, Belmont Reopening, FBI Indictments on TDN Writers’ Room

Thu, 2020-06-04 09:38

There was no better place to be in American horse racing than Belmont Park Wednesday morning as the track prepared to reopen New York racing later in the day after months of being shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic. That’s where Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey called in from as the Green Group Guest of the Week on this week’s TDN Writers’ Room podcast presented by Keeneland. In a wide-ranging discussion, McGaughey talked about the return of stable star Code of Honor (Noble Mission {GB}), racing finally resuming at his Big Sandy home base, his reaction to the FBI’s indictments of Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro and more.

“He had a little bit longer vacation than I expected,” McGaughey said of Code of Honor, last year’s GI Runhappy Travers S. winner and runner-up for champion 3-year-old male who is slated to make his return in Saturday’s GIII Westchester S. at Belmont. “But I don’t think that’s hurt anything. We gave him off until the 1st of February and put him back in training, and he’s an athletic type of horse, so it doesn’t take a whole lot to get him ready, and I think he’s ready. He had a good winter at Payson Park and his two works here at Belmont have been just as good as I can expect. We’re looking forward to running him on Saturday.”

Asked about goals for Code of Honor’s 4-year-old season beyond Saturday, McGaughey said, “The Metropolitan could be on the map, the Whitney can really be on the map, the Woodward or Jockey Club Gold Cup. Who knows how they’re going to have those scheduled. We would definitely like to get to the Breeders’ Cup, especially with it being at Keeneland, which has a special meaning for me and Mr. [Will] Farish. But we’ll still let him tell us like we did last year.”

As the conversation turned to the much-anticipated start of the Belmont spring/summer meet, McGaughey commented, “I’m a Belmont guy. I’d rather train here than anywhere. I love the races here. I think for New York and for us, as racing people and in the sports world, getting Belmont going is going to be a big addition. This is the first big sporting event that’s opened up here. I’m excited about it. I was getting a little flustered that we weren’t getting open, but we’re here now, all systems go.”

Known as one of the cleanest big-name trainers in racing, McGaughey was asked for his opinion on the bombshell indictments from March and what it’s like, as a person who tries to do things the right way, to lose races to people he knows are cheating. The pill was especially bitter to swallow for McGaughey last year when Code of Honor finished second in the Eclipse voting behind Servis-trained Maximum Security (New Year’s Day).

“Navarro never was a big problem for me, because I didn’t run against him much, but Servis was,” he said. “I had a hard time with a horse that breaks his maiden for $16,000, winning the Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby and all that it did. I read every sentence of those indictments and it’s pretty disappointing. It’s also disappointing when I look at what the [indicted] veterinarians are doing, when most of the time, they’ve gotten an education and when they graduate they’re sworn to uphold their doctors’ commitment, and they’re doing things that I think they know better that they shouldn’t be doing. I’m hoping that, in the long run, we can get a hold on this thing, and that everybody feels like when they go over there, they’ve got an equal chance to everybody else.”

Elsewhere on the podcast, in the West Point Thoroughbreds news segment, the writers remembered the great Arrogate after Tuesday’s news of his tragic death, and conducted a fantasy draft of 3-year-olds for a new contest that will run through the end of the Triple Crown. Click here to listen to the audio-only version, and click here to watch on Vimeo.

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Spendthrift Acquires Majority Interest in Authentic

Wed, 2020-06-03 19:13

B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm has acquired a majority ownership interest in 3-year-old colt Authentic (Into Mischief–Flawless, by Mr. Greeley), the undefeated GI Kentucky Derby contender who is set to go postward as the likely favorite in Saturday’s GI Santa Anita Derby.

Spendthrift joins forces with Starlight Racing and Madaket Stables, which have both retained an ownership interest in the undefeated colt. SF Racing, Fred Hertrich, John Fielding and Golconda Stables–all part of the original ownership group–have sold their respective interests in Authentic.

“We are very excited to join an accomplished team on such a talented and promising colt as Authentic,” said Ned Toffey, general manager at Spendthrift. “We believe Into Mischief is still in the early stages of his successes, and we are hopeful Authentic can be a significant part. This colt possesses all the signature attributes we have come to know from Into Mischief, and we feel strongly that those attributes are going to carry on through his sons in the breeding shed.”

Authentic won on debut as a juvenile going 5 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar and jumped onto the Kentucky Derby trail with runaway victories in the GIII Sham and GII San Felipe S. at Santa Anita in his two starts thus far as a 3-year-old. Trained by Bob Baffert, Authentic breezed a bullet six furlongs in 1:12.40 last Sunday in his final workout before the Santa Anita Derby. The colt is currently ninth on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 60 points. Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby is worth 100 points to the winner.

“Authentic was a beautiful yearling, an unfurnished May foal at the time but with a wonderful presence and way about him,” said Tom Ryan of SF Racing. “Watching Bob and his team develop this colt, with his 2-year-old win at Del Mar and two more domineering wins as a 3-year-old, has been a great experience. Authentic is the very best of Into Mischief, with brilliance in abundance and an effortless running style that should carry him the distance.”

Donato Lanni, who signed for Authentic as a yearling for $350,000, described his impression of the colt at the 2018 Keeneland September Sale: “He was a very athletic mover, a fast-looking colt with the size and scope to carry his speed.”

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KTDF in ‘Fragile’ State; Ellis ‘Moving Heaven and Earth’ to Have Race Meet

Wed, 2020-06-03 18:27

As the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF) closes in on the three-month mark without being able to generate money via historical horse race (HHR) gaming and on-track wagering, Bill Landes III, the chairman of the fund’s advisory committee, warned in a public teleconference meeting Wednesday that the money that gets allocated to pay a portion of purses on the state’s racing circuit is running dangerously low.

Although no specific dollar amounts were mentioned about how dry the funding is because of the recent COVID-19 business closures, a real-life example of just how dire the situation is emerged when executives from Ellis Park were asked several times by KTDF advisory committee members to address allegations that the track might be planning on scrapping its summer race meet over a lack of money.

“Maybe it’s time for a state of the union address,” said Landes, who represents the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (KTOB) on the advisory board. “And the state of the union for the KTDF is fragile. It’s fragile, and it’s obvious why it’s fragile, because our funding sources have been suspended.”

At a later point in the meeting, Landes underscored that “The bottom line and the fact of the matter is, if we don’t get [revenue sources] opened up, this is the last KTDF meeting we need to have.”

Yet there was enough KTDF money remaining for the advisory committee to unanimously recommend approval to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) to allocate purse money to Keeneland Race Course, Ellis, and Kentucky Downs for their upcoming race meets.

And board members also agreed to draft a letter to the KHRC asking, as Landes put it, “to advocate for our case with Kentucky government” to get racetracks and HHR establishments reopened to the public as soon as possible.

The KTDF is funded by three-quarters of 1% of all money wagered on both live Thoroughbred races and HHR gaming, plus 2% of all money wagered on Thoroughbred races via inter-track wagering and whole-card simulcasting.

Rick Hiles, the president of the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, is also a KTDF advisory committee member. At the June 3 meeting, he wanted Ellis officials to go on the record as to whether or not they are committed to running a summer race meet under a schedule that has already been curtailed because some July and September dates have been ceded to Churchill Downs and Keeneland.

“On two occasions, if not three, [Ellis executives Jeff Inman and Ken Mimmack] have just flat told me that they have no intentions of running if they don’t have a revenue stream from instant racing machines and live fans,” Hiles said. “And I’m just wondering if that’s still the case.”

Inman, the Ellis general manager, was granted the floor to explain his track’s position.

“You know, it’s going to be tough. We’re working to get you a race meet. But again, if we don’t have any [revenues] at all, it’s going to be tough. With that being said, we’re very, very hopeful that come mid-June or so [the business climate is] going to break loose,” Inman said. “We are moving heaven and earth to have a race meet.”

Doug Hendrickson, who represents the KHRC on the KTDF advisory committee, stressed the need for all of the tracks to keep working together so the year-round state circuit doesn’t fall apart.

“Please hang in there Ellis. You’re very important to Kentucky racing. We’re behind you and want to support you,” Hendrickson said.

In other business, Tom Minneci, the senior director of finance at Churchill Downs, Inc., reported on purses for the meet’s second condition book, which goes into effect with the June 6 races.

“We looked at our condition book for the second half of the spring meet, and overall purses are going to be commensurate with the first condition book,” Minneci said. “We did, however, reduce the amount of KTDF [funding] and we increased the association purses … Unfortunately, as of this point in time, Derby City Gaming has not been reopened, and that was really our only source of KTDF funds that we were counting on for this spring meet.”

Bob Elliston, Keeneland’s vice president of racing and sales, got his track’s $426,000 KTDF request approved by the committee while noting that 25% of purses at Keeneland’s upcoming July 8-12 meet would be funded by KTDF money. He said that’s up from the usual 20% funding level.

Keeneland’s maiden special weight races will be carded for $70,000. “That is down from where we were planning to be at the April race meeting, but we were planning on generating a heck of a lot of revenue stream from our on-track handle and on-track business as well,” Elliston said. He added that the July condition book could be online within the next day or so.

In consideration for Ellis agreeing to give Keeneland those July race dates, the committee also approved Keeneland’s request to transfer $125,000 of its KTDF money into the Ellis horsemen’s purse account.

Ellis’s request for $1.15 million in KTDF funding includes the Keeneland transfer but does not yet factor in a potential settlement with Churchill in exchange for September dates. Dan Bork, the racing secretary at Ellis, said that figure is being negotiated.

Bork said maiden special weight purses at Ellis project to be in the $20,000 to $25,000 range, “so it’s not looking that great right now. Hopefully we’ll get something up and going soon to generate some more revenue.”

Kentucky Downs had a KTDF request approved by the committee for up to $4.7 million for its September turf meet.

Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs’s senior vice president and general manager, said maiden special weight races would go for $90,000. “That’s a 30% decrease from last year, and our allowance races will probably take a 30% haircut as well,” he added.

For part of the committee meeting, advisory board members batted around various ideas about how to phrase the advocacy request letter to the KHRC that Landes proposed. The opening-up strategy touched on three issues: Allowing owners to watch their horses race, opening tracks to some spectators, and opening the HHR facilities.

Hiles said he met with Jonathan Rabinowitz, the newly appointed KHRC chairman, and “he iterated to me last week that he wanted to start having owners with horses in races back at the races on Friday and Saturday at the latest. But that did not happen.”

Hiles explained that he’s okay with that decision for the time being because, “It’s really not much fun to be on the [Churchill] front side right now. There’s nobody there and it’s vacant. Everything’s closed up. There’s no concessions. It’s hard to find a bathroom. If the owners were allowed to come watch their horses, I’m sure they wouldn’t hang around, because they would watch their horse and leave. With that being said, they don’t have any betting windows open. So if they can’t make any bets, there’s still not going to be any KTDF money generated.”

J. David Richardson, who represents the KTOB on the KTDF advisory committee, said it is his belief that spectators could safely return to the races under proper protocols, but he pointed out that getting HHR venues open first should be the higher priority.

Richardson made reference to the anti-police brutality protests in Louisville and other cities nationwide over the past week, seemingly trying to make the point that social distancing precautions are already being ignored by people gathering in public places.

“As we’ve seen, there’s an awful lot of failure of social distancing in a lot of places in Kentucky in the last few nights,” Richardson said. “And compared to that, lord god, this [creating protocols to host bettors] ought to be the safest thing in the world.”

Richardson continued: “But then you get into issues like cleaning the machines or having mutuel clerks and face-to-face contact in the lines and that kind of thing. To me, what we really need to get online is HHR, frankly. That’s where we’re going to get more bang for the buck.”

Richardson noted that he owns horses currently stabled in Louisiana, where gaming facilities are getting set to reopen, and another committee member pointed out that gaming in Arkansas is also being rolled out ahead of Kentucky.

“If we want to call ourselves the horse capital of the world, we can’t be last to do everything,” Richardson said.

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Breeders’ Cup Announces June and July Challenge Series Races

Wed, 2020-06-03 16:37

The Breeders’ Cup has announced its June and July schedule of races for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, with highlights that include a pair of automatic qualifiers for the GI Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic and four berths on offer at the Royal Ascot meeting. The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, now in its 14th year, is an international series of stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting spots and fees paid into a corresponding race in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held this year on Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. The 15 Challenge Series races scheduled over the next two months will be televised on either NBC Sports, TVG or Fox Sports and kick off with Saturday’s GI Runhappy Carter H. from Belmont Saturday (FS1, GI Sprint) and Sunday’s G1 Yasuda Kinen from Tokyo Racecourse (TVG, GI TVG Mile). For the complete schedule of announced challenge races and television listings, click here. Breeders’ Cup will be announcing the remainder of its Challenge Series in the coming weeks.

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Kevin Scheen Named FHBPA Director

Wed, 2020-06-03 15:31

   The Florida HBPA has named Kevin Scheen its new Executive Director, replacing Billy Badgett, who in March became Executive Director, Florida Racing Operations, for The Stronach Group. A native of Louisville, KY, Scheen has been the Florida State Steward at Gulfstream Park and Calder/Gulfstream Park West for the past 15 years. He will begin his new role on June 12.

   “I would like to thank President Stephen Screnci, the search committee and the Board for providing me this opportunity,” said Scheen. “I have been working with horsemen on contingency issues my entire career, and now will be moving from regulatory to an advocacy role. Having worked the South Florida racing scene the past 15 years, I am aware of the great group of professionals we have racing here, and I am excited to be working with them.

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Breeders’ Cup Classic Hero Pleasantly Perfect Dies in Turkey

Wed, 2020-06-03 15:03

Pleasantly Perfect (Pleasant Colony–Regal State, by Miswaki), who completed a historic Breeders’ Cup four-timer for trainer Richard Mandella in the 2003 GI Classic and went on to sire a trio of top-level winners, passed away Wednesday in Turkey. He was 22 years old and died of natural causes.

Bred in Kentucky by Clovelly Farms, Pleasantly Perfect was purchased by Gerald Ford’s Diamond A Racing Corp. for $725,000 at the 1999 Keeneland September sale. Turned over to Mandella, the strapping bay won back-to-back runnings of the GII Goodwood Breeders’ Cup H. in 2002 and 2003 before upsetting Medaglia d’Oro (El Prado {Ire}) at 14-1 in that year’s Classic (see below) at Santa Anita, adding to victories by Action This Day (Kris S.) in the Juvenile, Halfbridled (Unbridled) in the Juvenile Fillies and Johar (Gone West) in the Turf (dead-heat). There were just eight Breeders’ Cup races run at that time.

Pleasantly Perfect slugged it out again with Medaglia d’Oro in the 2004 G1 Dubai World Cup, prevailing by a hard-fought three-parts of a length (video) before adding the GI Pacific Classic. He was retired to Lane’s End after finishing third to Ghostzapper in defense of his Classic title with nine wins from 18 starts and earnings of nearly $7.8 million.

Pleasantly Perfect sired 10 U.S. crops, good for 18 black-type winners, including GISW Whitmore and GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf upsetter Shared Account, dam of reigning GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf winner Sharing (Speightstown). Rapid Redux, a member of his first crop of foals in 2006, was the recipient of the Eclipse Special Award in 2011 after compiling a 22-race winning streak. Pleasantly Perfect was exported to Turkey in late 2014, where he has sired 25 winners, including two black-type winners, from two crops to race. He was pensioned from stud duties in the summer of 2019 and his final crop of foals was born this year.

 

WATCH: Pleasantly Perfect springs the upset in the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Classic

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Liam’s Map, The Big Beast Fillies Share Bullet at OBS Wednesday

Wed, 2020-06-03 14:56

A colt by Lemon Drop Kid and a filly by Majesticperfection turned in the fastest furlong works and fillies by The Big Beast and Liam’s Map shared the fastest quarter-mile time during Wednesday’s fourth under-tack preview for next week’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training.

Randy Miles sent a son of Lemon Drop Kid (hip 701) out to work a furlong in :9 4/5 Wednesday in Ocala. The gray colt is a half-brother to stakes placed La Dame Blanche (Point of Entry). His unraced dam Adjudication (Giant’s Causeway) is a daughter of multiple graded stakes winner Criminologist (Maria’s Mon) and a half-sister to multiple graded winner Inspector Lynley (Lemon Drop Kid).

“We were expecting something good, but you never expect a :9 4/5,” Miles said. “I was in the back chute when he did his breeze and I could see all the way across the track that he was just running. He took off and he was happy to do it. You wouldn’t expect a Lemon Drop Kid out of a Giant’s Causeway mare to be your bullet of the day, but he’s a very attractive, racy-looking colt.”

The juvenile was purchased as part of Miles’s Royal Flush pinhooking partnership for $85,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale.

“When I saw him at Keeneland when we bought him as a yearling, he was my favorite of all of our purchases,” Miles said. “So I was very excited to get him. And he never let us down, not one day. He’s always been a very attractive horse. He’s always trained very well and he didn’t let us down.”

Hip 701 was the second to hit the :9 4/5 mark for Miles. The consignor sent out a filly by Munnings (hip 318) to work in :9 4/5 Monday.

“We love her, but she’s supposed to do that,” Miles said of the filly. “She is built like that. She is built like a sprinter and she’s always been fast. We were expecting that. We even took her in the third set that day, so you can see how much confidence we had in her. She has the temperament of a pony. She’s the quietest one in the barn, but boy when you ask her to go, she just goes. She’s the barn favorite.”

While the Munnings filly worked in the final set Monday, Miles said he thinks the OBS track tends to be slower later in the day.

“If you take a fast horse, they go plenty fast and stay true to their form,” he said. “But the horses that need a little help, it hurts them. I have noticed just watching horses gallop out, they look like they are more tired than usual. I don’t think it’s the heat. I think the track later in the day pulls them down. It gets a little sticky later in the day.”

Miles said he has been inundated by people looking at horses following the breeze show each day.

“We were not prepared for the activity. When they showed me the amount of cards we had yesterday, I was really shocked,” he said. “It’s great. It’s not a complaint. It’s nice to see. You sleep good at night with all of the activity around the barns. I hope these guys aren’t just going through the motions. I hope they really have orders to fill.”

A daughter of Majesticperfection (hip 634) shared Wednesday’s :9 4/5 bullet time. Consigned by Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables, the bay filly is out of Very Few Details (Great Notion), a full-sister to stakes-placed Details R Sketchy. The juvenile was purchased by Dunne’s Waves Bloodstock pinhooking partnership for $70,000 at last year’s inaugural Fasig-Tipton California Yearlings Sale.

A filly by Into Mischief owns the fastest furlong work of the preview so far, covering the distance in :9 3/5 Tuesday. Through four sessions of the under-tack preview, seven horses have worked the furlong in :9 4/5

A filly from the second crop of The Big Beast (hip 558) shared Wednesday’s quarter-mile bullet time of :20 4/5. Bred and consigned by Ocala Stud, the bay filly is out of stakes-placed Take Me to Zuber (Toccet).

“We expected her to breeze very well, but you never know until you get down to it,” said Ocala Stud’s David O’Farrell. “We are very ecstatic with the breeze, she looked good doing it and she came back good.”

Among the fillies in The Big Beast’s first crop to race are Grade I placed Inspiressa, stakes winner Hear My Prayer and the talented Up in Smoke.

“I think she is similar,” O’Farrell said when asked to compare hip 558 with other well-regarded fillies by the Ocala Stud stallion. “She is very athletic. She is a medium-sized filly, but just has a lot of quality about her. I think she is typier than some of the other ones we’ve had, but she is just a solid filly.”

O’Farrell sees plenty of upside to The Big Beast, who won the 2014 GI King’s Bishop S.

“I think he’s done really well,” O’Farrell said. “He wasn’t a 2-year-old himself per se, so I think they are going to be better as 3-year-olds and going on. I think it’s a bonus that they performed well at the 2-year-old sales, but I think they are able to carry their speed a little bit from what we’ve seen with his first crop. I think the best is yet to come with him.”

Ocala Stud is offering the first 2-year-olds by its resident Jess’s Dream next week at OBS. The regally bred freshman stallion is by Curlin out of champion Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d’Oro).

“We have one that works on the last day (hip 1150) that we love,” O’Farrell said of his offerings by the stallion. “And we have another filly that we really love that is unfortunately going to miss the sale due to a minor setback. But the ones that we have tend to have a little more quickness than I anticipated. I think he’s a horse that they are not going to be really designed for quarter-mile or eighth-of-a-mile breezes. They are going to want to go a route of ground, I believe. But the ones that we have are showing some early speed and I think that’s kind of exciting because I wasn’t really expecting it. I am very hopeful, given Jess’s Dream’s pedigree, that they can certainly show some of the quality that’s in the pedigree line.”

After all the disruptions to the sales season, O’Farrell is excited to see things returning to normal around the industry.

“I am optimistic about the sale,” he said. “I think the breeze show has gone on very well. I think it’s been very well attended. People seem upbeat and back in the routine. I think people are starting to relax a little bit. We will see if the money shows up and how well the market can sustain this. But I want to be optimistic. I am happy with how the week has gone so far.”

Also working in :20 4/5 Wednesday was hip 1275, a filly by Liam’s Map consigned by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds. She is a half-sister to stakes winner Our Caravan (Daaher). Her unraced dam Alwaan (Elusive Quality) is a daughter of multiple Grade I winner Jersey Girl (Belong to Me) and a half-sister to Grade I winner Jersey Town (Speightstown). She was purchased by Hoby Kight for $130,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale and had been catalogued in the canceled Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale.

A filly by Not This Time owns the fastest quarter-mile time of the breeze show so far, covering the distance in :20 1/5 Monday. Four juveniles have worked in :20 3/5 and 15 have gone in :20 4/5.

The under-tack show continues through Saturday with sessions beginning daily at 7:30 a.m. The Spring Sale will be held next Tuesday through Friday with bidding commencing each day at 10 a.m.

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Violence Colt Takes No Prisoners at Belmont

Wed, 2020-06-03 14:48

3rd-Belmont, $62,080, Msw, 6-3, 2yo, 5f, :58.42, gd.

PRISONER (c, 2, Violence–Al Max Diner {SW, $131,226}, by End Sweep) denied the overly hyped Fauci (Malibu Moon) to graduate on debut in New York’s first baby race of the year. Seizing the early advantage, the 6-5 second-choice dueled with favored Fauci through a :22.54 opening quarter and into the far turn. Prisoner shrugged off his foe in the stretch, cruising clear to a dominant 4 3/4-length victory. The winner is a half to Manuka Honey (Borrego), SW & MGSP, $177,084. Stakes winner Al Max Diner produced a Wildcat Red colt last year and was bred back to that Florida-based stallion. Sales history: $180,000 Wlg ’18 KEENOV; $195,000 RNA Ylg ’19 FTSAUG; $175,000 2yo ’20 OBSMAR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $35,200. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Repole Stable; B-Buck Pond Farm (KY); T-Todd Pletcher

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Will Rogers Meet Concludes with Huge Wagering Gains as Expected

Wed, 2020-06-03 14:25

   Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma, one of the handful of North American racetracks that was able to continue racing throughout the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, concluded its meet May 20 with significant handle increases, as expected. More than $131 million was wagered in total (from 17 more races than in 2019) for a 687% increase over the $16.8 million bet the previous year. “Our racing shifted steadily toward center stage this spring. I am very proud that we were able to complete our season safely,” said racing secretary and track announcer John Lies. “With tremendous teamwork and diligent protocols, we were able to provide a bright light to horsemen and horseplayers during a difficult time.”  David Cabrera took home the jockey’s title 36 to 35 over last year’s leading rider Floyd Wethey Jr.; while trainer Robertino Diodoro bested last meet’s leading conditioner Scott Young 28-27. Trainer Karl Broberg was third behind Diodoro and Young, and his 13 wins for his End Zone Athletics, Inc. garnered the owner’s title.

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Woodbine, TSN Partner for Weekly Dual-Breed Horse Racing Broadcasts

Wed, 2020-06-03 14:09

Woodbine Entertainment and premier Canadian sports broadcasting network TSN are expanding their broadcast partnership to bring Canadians live horse racing every Thursday night throughout the summer with Racing Night Live, the two companies announced jointly Wednesday. The action begins Thursday, June 11 at 6 p.m. ET on TSN and features a mix of live Thoroughbred races from Woodbine in Toronto and Standardbred races from Mohawk in Milton, Ont.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Woodbine Entertainment to bring Canadians exclusive access to live, weekly horse racing action,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice President, TSN and Discovery. “Horse racing fans can enjoy live races throughout the summer in the lead-up to the great sports tradition that is the Canadian Triple Crown, airing live on TSN this fall.”

“It’s exciting to be one of the first live sports events to return to Canadian soil after a long and difficult shutdown for all of us,” said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. “Working with TSN on Racing Night Live will help to open up horse racing to a new generation of Canadian sport fans.”

Woodbine Entertainment will partner with Dome Productions to produce the weekly editions of Racing Night Live, hosted by TSN’s Laura Diakun and Woodbine Entertainment’s Jason Portuondo, with Brodie Lawson and Chad Rozema contributing reports from track level.

For the premiere broadcast, TSN’s Brian Williams sits down with Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the horse racing industry and how Woodbine Entertainment will operate live racing to ensure the safety of all participants.

The weekly broadcasts lead up to TSN’s broadcast of all three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, including the 161st running of the Queen’s Plate, which has been rescheduled for Sept. 12.

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TDN’s Amanda Crelin a Breeders’ Cup Contest Finalist

Tue, 2020-06-02 17:16

TDN Advertising Designer Amanda Crelin is one of five finalists in the Breeders’ Cup’s design-a-t-shirt contest to raise money to help COVID-19 efforts.

The contest, launched in May to support industry workers affected by the pandemic, challenged people to design a t-shirt that could be sold on www.breederscupshop.com, with the proceeds from the winning design supporting backstretch communities and other industry stakeholders impacted by the Coronavirus.

“My dad forwarded me the news about the contest,” said Crelin. “He loves horseracing, so he gets Breeders’ Cup emails, and he said maybe this is something that you’re interested in. I wasn’t really sure I’d have time to work on it, but the next time I saw him, `he said how’s your design coming along?’ I hadn’t realized just how interested he was in it, and I got to work on it that night.”

Crelin, who was born in the TDN’s hometown of Red Bank, New Jersey, has a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Arcadia University, and has been with the TDN since 2011. “I had the idea to do horse racing mixed with the idea that we’re all in this together,” she said. “It was fun to do. It was something different. It’s horse-racing related, but I could make it whatever I wanted. I  sent my initial design to a few friends and they gave me their input. I found out on Monday that I was a finalist.”

The five finalists can be seen at www.breederscup.com/contest. Crelin’s is the first on the page, with the name Amanda C. Fans can vote every day until the contest closes on June 7 by clicking on the heart.

 

 

 

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Into Mischief Filly Sets New Furlong Mark at OBS

Tue, 2020-06-02 15:00

A filly by Into Mischief (hip 429) turned in the fastest furlong work of the week so far (:9 3/5) and a pair of juveniles shared the day’s fastest quarter-mile time during Tuesday’s third under-tack preview session ahead of next week’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. A filly by Street Sense (hip 493), consigned by Pick View, and a colt by Runhappy (hip 1266), consigned by S B M Training and Sales, both covered the quarter-mile distance in :20 3/5.

Five juveniles have turned in furlong-works in :9 4/5 over the first three sessions of the seven-day under-tack show, but hip 429, a daughter of Into Mischief, was a tick faster with her breakout :9 3/5 work Tuesday. The filly is out of multiple stakes winner and graded placed Shanon Nicole (Majestic Warrior) and is consigned by Randy Bradshaw on behalf of her breeder, Sharon Hudon’s Sierra Farm.

“She definitely exceeded all expectations,” Sierra Farm manager Michael Callanan admitted after the breeze show Tuesday. “Randy sent Sharon and me a text right when she was in the chute. And then the next text, I just said, ‘Holy crap.’ And Randy wrote back ‘Yes. Holy crap.’ I don’t think even Randy thought she’d go that fast, to be honest with you.”

Sierra Farm began consigning yearlings under its own banner three years ago and had its first seven-figure yearling at the 2018 Keeneland September sale. Hip 429 was originally slated to be offered at Keeneland last fall, but was rerouted and is now among the first handful of juveniles the farm will offer at auction as 2-year-olds this year.

“She was a really nice filly as a yearling, but right before the sale, she came up with a little X-ray issue that was going to take some time,” Callanan said. “We entered her in the October sale, but we talked to Randy at September and he said, ‘Mike, don’t put her in the sale. Just give her the time and this will go away and it won’t be an issue.’ So we just gave her the time. We broke her on the farm and sent her down to Randy in December.”

Callanan continued, “She hasn’t taken a backwards step. All we heard from Randy all winter long was just, ‘This filly is an absolute tank’ and ‘She is a rocket.’ Those were the only two words he used to describe her.”

The late Ed Hudon, co-founder of Sierra Farm, purchased Shanon Nicole for $220,000 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale.

“Ed Hudon went to the sale because he had heard the IRS were conducting a dispersal. He didn’t tell anybody else about it until we all got a text message saying Sierra Farm just bought her,” Callanan said with a laugh.

“Her first foal was a Tiznow and we got $200,000 for him,” Callanan continued, “The Into Mischief is her second foal. And she has a Quality Road yearling who is probably our best filly on the whole farm. Keeneland were out here looking at her yesterday and they were very impressed with her. Unfortunately, we lost the mare this year. She colicked. But she blessed us with the Into Mischief filly and the Quality Road filly and we have her last foal, the Uncle Mo colt here. He is an absolute cracker of a foal. A beautiful colt she left us with.”

Also through Bradshaw’s consignment, Sierra Farm will offer a filly by Malibu Moon (hip 1162) who is scheduled to work Saturday in Ocala. The 2-year-old RNA’d for $190,000 last September at Keeneland.

“She is a very different filly, she’s got a bit of stretch to her,” Callanan said. “She was a Book 1 filly. She went through the sale and we couldn’t get $200,000 for her. She is the last foal out of that mare. Both of these are really nice fillies and we’re going to protect them a little bit. Hopefully, we won’t have to worry about it too much with the Into Mischief filly, but definitely the Malibu Moon filly we’d like to protect her a little bit.”

Sierra Farm partnered with consignors Brandon and Ali Rice on a colt by Air Force Blue (hip 27) who sold for $390,000 at the OBS March sale. The chestnut colt had RNA’d for $95,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale.

“We couldn’t get $100,000 for him at the sale,” Callanan said. “Brandon loved him and he came to us and we partnered up on her and we did very well with that.”

Sierra also partnered with consignor Michelle Hemingway on a filly by Violence out of Fontanne (Distorted Humor) who will be offered next week as hip 1041. Hemingway will also offer a Ghostzapper colt (hip 7) as part of the partnership at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale.

“We want to keep the options open,” Callanan said. “It’s good to have relationships with all these different people because then they will realize the horses we sell are what we say they are and hopefully they can do well out of it and we can do well out of it. If a 2-year-old guy really likes one of our horses and it’s a little out of his budget and we don’t sell it for whatever reason, we’re able to partner up which is what we did with Michelle and Brandon and Ali. We definitely will be looking to do more of that going forward.”

Sierra Farm-breds have enjoyed success at racetracks across the globe recently. The farm bred GI Arkansas Derby winner Nadal (Blame) and Grade I placed American Theorem (American Pharoah), as well as Saudi Derby Cup winner Full Flat (Speightstown).

“We stand by our horses,” Callanan said. “We are very proud of what we produce here on the farm. This year has been a good year. We want to keep doing that.”

While Monday’s bullet quarter-mile time of :20 1/5 was left untouched, two horses shared Tuesday’s bullet time of :20 3/5. Four horses have now hit that mark so far at the under-tack show.

A filly by Street Sense (hip 493) shared Tuesday’s bullet quarter-mile work of :20 3/5. Consigned by Pick View, the bay is out of the unraced Special Thanks (Broken Vow) who is a daughter of multiple graded stakes winner Bedanken (Geri). She was purchased by Pick View for $22,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale.

A colt from the first crop of sprint champion Runhappy (hip 1266) also turned in a quarter-mile work in :20 3/5 Tuesday in Ocala. Named Happymac, the bay was originally entered in the canceled Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale. Out of True Kiss (Is It True), he is a half-brother to last year’s GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner-up Shancelot (Shanghai Bobby). He is consigned by S B M Training and Sales and was purchased by Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt for $360,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale.

The breeze show continues through Saturday with sessions beginning daily at 7:30 a.m. The Spring Sale will be held next Tuesday through Friday with bidding commencing each day at 10 a.m.

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Arrogate Euthanized After Suffering From Undetermined Illness

Tue, 2020-06-02 12:28

Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song–Bubbler, by Distorted Humor), the richest North American racehorse in history, was humanely euthanized Tuesday morning at Juddmonte Farms in Lexington, Kentucky, after suffering from an undetermined illness, Juddmonte Farms announced via press release. He was seven years old.

“It is with great sadness that Juddmonte confirms that Arrogate was euthanized this morning, after a battle to save him [from] an illness that began last week. It is still unclear what the illness was and a post -mortem is currently being carried out,” the release said.

“Arrogate had a very successful breeding season this year, until last week when his breeding was suspended due to an initial suspected sore neck,” it continued. “Later in the week, he fell to the ground in his stall and efforts to get him back up proved unsuccessful. He was transported to the Hagyard Clinic under the care of Dr. Bob Hunt and Dr. Nathan Slovis with Dr. Steve Reed representing the insurance company.

“They worked tirelessly with the staff from the Hagyard Clinic eliminating all the obvious causes and performing all available tests, including spinal tap evaluation, X-ray, ultrasound, CT Scan and many blood tests.

“Unfortunately, Arrogate was still unable to stand after four exhausting days for him. His will to fight, so valuable to him on the racetrack, became a challenge in his care. When serious secondary health issues set in, the decision was made to put him to sleep.”

A $560,000 purchase at Keenealnd September, Arrogate was named a ‘TDN Rising Star’ for a powerful second-out graduation in June of 2016. Two starts later, he shattered the 33-year-old track record for 10 furlongs at Saratoga when romping to a devastating 13 1/2-length score in the GI Travers S. in 1:59.36, earning a 122 Beyer. Trained up to the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic by Bob Baffert, he ran down Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) to win by a half-length, securing Eclipse champion 3-year-old male honors.

Cruising to victory in the inaugural GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational S. in his 4-year-old debut, the hulking gray produced a jaw-dropping performance, arguably his career best, when overcoming a disastrous break to win the G1 Dubai World Cup with ease over eventual Horse of the Year Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}). He was runner-up in the GI TVG Pacific Classic two starts later before finishing his career with a fifth when defending his title in the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic.

In addition to his 3-year-old championship, Arrogate was named the Longines World’s Best Racehorse in 2016 and 2017. Bred by Clearsky Farms and out of a MSW/GSP dam, he entered stud at Juddmonte in 2018 and his first crop will sell as yearlings this year.

“This is very hard on everyone at Juddmonte, most especially on Steve Dotsey, Stallion Manager and Jorge Chavarria who cared for Arrogate daily and who had such a great rapport with him,” Douglas Erskine Crum, CEO Juddmonte Group said. “It was a bold decision to ask Bob Baffert to purchase and train top dirt horses for Prince Khalid and, assisted by Donato Lanni, the selection of Arrogate was one of the success stories of the decade on the racetrack. Arrogate has bred three crops at stud, has his first yearlings to present to the sales this year and his physical and personality traits are passing very strongly to his offspring.”

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Collmus to Join Wrona As Kentucky Downs Announcers

Tue, 2020-06-02 09:16

Larry Collmus, the voice of NBC’s Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup broadcasts, will join Michael Wrona in the announcer’s booth for Kentucky Downs’s six-day live race meet, the track announced Tuesday.

“I’m excited about calling the races at Kentucky Downs and looking forward to getting back in action,” said Collmus, who was the New York Racing Association announcer from 2015 through last fall after spending a year calling the races at Churchill Downs. “The purses at Kentucky Downs are second to none and the unique layout is a fun challenge. I’m thrilled to share the mic with Michael. We’ve known each other for decades, and we certainly have a lot in common.”

Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs’ senior vice president and general manager, said that Collmus and Wrona will split the races for the track’s opening Labor Day card Sept. 7, with Wrona announcing on Sept. 9 and 10 and Collmus closing out the meet Sept. 12, 13 and 16.

Wrona joined Kentucky Downs’s live meet team last year before becoming the full-time announcer at Los Alamitos Race Course upon the retirement of longtime race-caller Ed Burgart. Collmus will be in Kentucky to call the Kentucky Derby, which was postponed until Sept. 5. He was Churchill Downs’s announcer in 2014 before replacing the iconic Tom Durkin in New York.

“This is a great coup for Kentucky Downs to get two of the best announcers in the world to call our six days of racing,” said Nicholson, who met Collmus when both worked at Boston’s Suffolk Downs. “For Larry to be even available is incredible, but I’m thrilled he was. I’ve known Larry for 30 years. It’s great to get him alongside Michael. To have both of them on opening day–our first on Labor Day–is just amazing. They are two of the best announcers anywhere. We’ll have fun with this.”

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Judge Denies KHBPA’s Motion for Temporary Injunction in Lasix Case

Mon, 2020-06-01 17:32

Franklin (Ky) Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate has denied a motion by the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (KHBPA) that sought a temporary injunction that would have kept Churchill Downs and Keeneland from running Lasix-free 2-year-old races.

Wingate also granted a motion from the defendants to dismiss the case for “lack of standing.”

Much of the KHBPA’s case resolved around its assertion that only the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) could make rules regarding Lasix. The ban on the medication at the two Kentucky tracks were house rules, written into the conditions by the tracks themselves. The KHRC’s rules regarding a Lasix ban in 2-year-old races have yet to take effect.

“Obviously we are disappointed with the ruling. We felt that this is the responsibility of the racing commission and not the individual tracks to decide an issue as important as medication,” said KHBPA Executive Director Marty Maline. “That is a key component to what we were trying to argue, not whether you agree with Lasix or don’t agree with Lasix. We didn’t feel like the court necessarily covered the issues we were trying to address.”

The court ruled that under Kentucky racing regulations, a track can select International Medication Protocols as a race condition and use it to bar Lasix in a race.

Wingate did not agree with the HBPA’s stand that its rights had been violated and members will suffer injury due to the Lasix ban, which are conditions for granting a temporary injunction.  The court noted that the two tracks announced their intention to ban Lasix in 2-year-old races in April of 2019.

“The Defendants argue that the KHBPA cannot suddenly allege, notably after Churchill has successfully held multiple Lasix-free races, irreparable and immediate harm when, for over a year, its members were aware of Defendants’ plan,” Wingate wrote.

The KHBPA was also asserting that there was a possibility that horses would be harmed if racing without Lasix. To that point, the court noted that an injunction cannot be granted on the grounds of an anticipated danger.

The Court also found that the KHBPA did not have “associational standing” and noted that “…The KHBPA is merely required to show that it represent(s) at least one member with an injury in order to obtain relief, but the Court finds that the KHBPA cannot satisfy this simple requirement.”

In addition, the court filing brought up the question as to whether or not the KHBPA represents the position of the majority of owners and trainers in the state.

“Confusingly, the KHBPA claims to have a membership of 5,150 owners and trainers, yet the KHBPA brings this action without identifying one affected member,” Wingate wrote.

Wingate wrote that he was not passing judgment on the merits of the medication.

“It must be emphasized that the Court is not determining whether Lasix should be provided on race day to horses,” Wingate wrote. “Ethical and medical debates on the administration of Lasix on race day to Thoroughbreds are beyond the scope of this litigation. Instead, the Court is solely focused on its task of interpreting the relevant law to ensure that the actions of Defendants do not exceed the permissible bounds.”

Maline said the KHBPA will consider an appeal of Monday’s ruling.

The Breeders’ Cup, The Jockey Club and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association filed Amicus Briefs in support of Keeneland and Churchill Downs.

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Milligan Promoted to VP of Racing at Oaklawn Park

Mon, 2020-06-01 16:50

Jason Milligan has been promoted to Vice President of Racing at Oaklawn Park, effective immediately.

“We are so happy to have Jason step into the role of Vice President of Racing,” General Manager Wayne Smith said. “Having a career of over 25 years here, 11 as Director of Operations, Jason truly knows the ins and outs of all things Oaklawn. He has worked closely and built great relationships with the racing office, racing officials, and horsemen and we look forward to the knowledge and enthusiasm he will bring.”

A Hot Springs native, Milligan began working at his hometown track in 1994. He spent his first two years at Oaklawn in customer service as a Red Coat, before taking a job as a field analyst with the Daily Racing Form. He returned to Oaklawn in 1997 and held various management roles before being named Director of Operations in 2009.

“I have grown up both personally and professionally here at Oaklawn,” Milligan said. “As a child, I have so many fond memories of coming to watch the horses run. The thrill of racing was something that excited me 40 years ago and is still with me today. Oaklawn is one of the top Thoroughbred racetracks in the country and there is no place I’d rather be. I look forward to using my experience to help Oaklawn continue to achieve a new level of racing.”

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Woodbine Launches Horse Racing App

Mon, 2020-06-01 14:52

Woodbine Entertainment has launched a new horse racing app as it prepares for live racing to return without spectators Saturday, June 6. Dark Horse was designed to benefit both first-time bettors and more experienced horse players and to provide users with betting insights and strategies. The first legal sports betting app in Canada, Dark Horse also allows users to stream the races right in the app for immediate action. Users can play for free or bet with real money.

“Dark Horse is the perfect horse racing betting app for any sports bettor who is looking for some action,” said Chris Lush, Senior Vice President, IT, Wagering and Distribution of Woodbine Entertainment. “The app was created with the sports bettor in mind and uses a simplified user experience and artificial intelligence to make it easy for new players to engage with the sport of horse racing.”

Dark Horse is now available in the Apple App Store and can be downloaded on other devices by visiting PlayDarkHorse.com. Dark Horse is being launched across Canada and is currently available in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

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Not This Time Filly Zips Fastest Quarter at OBS

Mon, 2020-06-01 14:14

A filly by Not This Time, mirroring the quick start of her freshman sire’s progeny on the racetrack, claimed the fastest quarter-mile breeze time of the week so far when covering the distance in :20 1/5 during Monday’s second under-tack preview ahead of next week’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. Consigned by Top Line Sales, hip 1254 is out of graded stakes winner Sheza Smoke Show (Wilko).

“When we led her up there, we knew she would go fast, but we had no idea she would go :20 1/5,” said Top Line’s Torie Gladwell. “She had prepped really fast, so we were thinking maybe a :20 3/5 if everything went right and we got lucky, or a :20 4/5 would be fantastic. But when they said :20 1/5, I was like, ‘Did that just happen?'”

The bay filly was originally catalogued for the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale, but was rerouted to the Spring sale when the South Florida auction was canceled.

“She has been sitting on go since the Gulfstream sale,” Gladwell said. “We backed off of her a little bit just to give her a rest. So we skipped a couple of breezes, took it easy with her, but she never went out of training.”

Gladwell is such a fan of the filly, she was already shopping for more of the family Monday.

“She is beautiful to boot. She’s not a little pocket rocket,” Gladwell said. “She’s a big, strong filly. She has some scope and some length to her. And she’s really smart with a big eye and a beautiful head. I was actually trying to find where the yearling and the baby were today, trying to track down the family to see if anything would be for sale. I like her that much.”

Mark Marino signed the ticket to acquire the filly as part of a pinhooking partnership for $135,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale. She was bred by International Equities Holding, which purchased Sheza Smoke Show with the filly in utero for $185,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November sale.

“Mark Marino is a really good friend of ours and we sign his name every now and then on horses that are going to be more exclusive on,” Gladwell said. “It’s a group of four people in the partnership and they are all excited. A couple of them are in a different time zone, so they were waking up at 6:30 to watch her breeze.”

Not This Time became the first North American freshman sire in the winner’s circle this year when Hopeful Princess won at Churchill Downs May 21. He followed up the next day when Swaggy George won at Gulfstream Park.

“For sure that will help us,” Gladwell said of Not This Time’s early success. “That’s just luck right there. Obviously his horses are going to be precocious and early. They are going to have a lot of speed and talent. This filly is the same way.”

Speightster is the only other member of the freshman sire class of 2020 to have a winner following Queen Arella’s triumph at Gulfstream May 29. Top Line Sales will offer three juveniles by the graded stakes winner: hip 515, hip 790, and hip 912.

“They are more Speightstown body types,” Gladwell said of Speightster’s offspring. “They are a little bit smaller, quicker sprinter type horses. I think the Not This Times are going to be bigger and stretchier and get more of a two-turn type horse. But I like both stallions-they are both my top picks. Speightster, Not This Time, and I like the Air Force Blues. There are some good freshman sires this year.”

Three juveniles tied the fastest furlong of the week so far when working in :9 4/5 Monday.

A filly by Street Boss (hip 286) worked in :9 4/5 for Grassroots Training and Sales LLC, which purchased the chestnut for $37,000 at last year’s Keeneland September Sale. The 2-year-old is out of the unraced Pride of Place (A.P. Indy), a full-sister to multiple Grade I winner Flashing. She was bred by Calumet Farm, which purchased Pride of Place with the filly in utero for $55,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November sale.

A colt by Ghostzapper (hip 1250) shared the furlong bullet time of :9 4/5. Consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, the bay colt is out of Roberta Turner (Smart Strike), a half-sister to multiple graded placed Foxy Danseur (Mr. Greeley). Bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbreds, he was purchased by Joey Platts for $250,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale.

During Monday’s third and final set of breezes, a filly by Munnings (hip 318) also completed her furlong work in :9 4/5. Consigned by Randy Miles, the bay juvenile is out of the unraced Quick Click (Tiznow). Her second dam is Click Your Heels (Pulpit), a full-sister to Tapit. Bred by Eric Antonio, she was purchased by Daniela Boyd for $37,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale.

Monday’s three :9 4/5 works tied Sunday’s mark set by a filly by Into Mischief. Five horses Monday equaled Sunday’s quarter-mile bullet mark of :20 4/5 and a pair of juveniles worked the quarter-mile in :20 3/5; a colt by Into Mischief (hip 208) and a filly by Bayern (hip 248).

“The track was a little faster today,” Gladwell said. “We had a lot of rain the past couple of days, but last night I don’t think it rained hardly at all. So I think the track tightened up a little bit from yesterday to today because we didn’t have all of that water on it. And then the cloud cover kept it cooler-it’s probably 10 degrees cooler today and that really helps keep the track tight throughout the day. There was a :9 4/5 in the last set, so nobody can say that the track doesn’t play semi-fair throughout the whole day.”

The breeze show has attracted a good-sized crowd and Gladwell hopes that translates into a competitive marketplace next week.

“There are a lot of people in the stands watching the tack show and if you don’t see somebody and you talk to someone about them, they say they are coming later and they are having others do work for them,” Gladwell said. “So I think it’s going to end up a pretty busy sale as far as traffic goes. Now whether they are coming to spend money, I don’t know. But I have heard a lot of people say they have orders to fill, so that always gives us hope.”

The breeze show continues through Saturday with sessions beginning daily at 7:30 a.m. The Spring sale will be held next Tuesday through Friday with bidding beginning each day at 10 a.m.

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