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Dubawi’s Emaraaty a New Rising Star At Newbury

Sat, 2017-09-23 09:48

2nd-NBY, £8,000, Cond, 9-23, 2yo, 7fT, 1:24.01, gd.
EMARAATY (GB), c, 2, by Dubawi (Ire)
1st Dam: Zee Zee Top (GB) (G1SW-Fr, SW & G1SP-Eng, GSP-Ire, $270,501), by Zafonic
2nd Dam: Colorspin (Fr), by High Top (Ire)
3rd Dam: Reprocolor (GB), by Jimmy Reppin (GB)
Emaraaty was big news before he set foot on a racecourse, sharing top billing at Tattersalls October 2016 when selling for 2.6million gns with another son of Dubawi in the recent G3 Prix la Rochette winner Glorious Journey (GB). An eye-catching fourth after a slow break under tender handling on debut over this trip at Sandown at the start of the month, the bay proved an entirely different proposition here bursting from the stalls full of gusto and tanking his way to the front after a furlong. Jim Crowley only had to keep the steering steady as the 4-9 favourite did it himself, powering well clear of all bar the runner-up Magnificent (GB) (Zebedee {GB}), who got to within 2 1/4 lengths at the line and pulled six clear of the remainder.
Trainer John Gosden is thinking of the G3 Greenham S. back here next April, which suggests he is considered 2000 Guineas material, and he said, “He got a bump leaving the gate and that slightly set him alight. Jim thought he would let him use his stride and he relaxed well in front and picked up well. He had an interesting first race. The first race didn’t go well, but this one was fine. He is a very promising horse costing all that money and he has a bit of class about him. We will see if he runs again this year or whether we wait for the spring. He certainly has a lot of natural speed.”
Shadwell’s big plunges at Tattersalls are paying off handsomely, with their 1.6million gns buy Elarqam (GB) (Frankel {GB}) also earning TDN Rising Star status at York last month. Emaraaty is a half-brother to the stable’s G1 Prix Jean Romanet and G1 Pretty Polly S. heroine Izzi Top (GB) (Pivotal {GB}), G1SW-Fr & Ire, MGSW & G1SP-Eng, $734,076, and G2 Prix de la Nonette scorer and G1 Prix de l’Opera runner-up Jazzi Top (GB) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), GSW & G1SP-Fr, SW-Eng, $275,616, out of the 2003 G1 Prix de l’Opera heroine Zee Zee Top. Izzi Top’s first foal Dreamfield (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) was unbeaten for this yard at two but has not been seen in 2017 and the family is pure magic through and through. The second dam Colorspin was successful in the G1 Irish Oaks before producing the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond S., G1 Eclipse S. and G1 Coronation Cup-winning European champion and sire Opera House (GB) and star stayer Kayf Tara (GB) as well as Zee Zee Top and is the second dam of the G1 Moyglare Stud S. scorer Necklace (GB) (Darshaan {GB}). The third dam is the G3 Lingfield Oaks Trial and G3 Lancashire Oaks-winning Meon Valley Stud foundation mare Reprocolor whose other notable performer was the MGSW sire Stagecraft (GB) and whose list of high-profile descendants seems endless.Further enhanced by the recent black-type achievements of Mildenberger (GB) (Teofilo {Ire}) and Ballet Concerto (GB) (Dansili {GB}), the dynasty will continue through Zee Zee Top’s as-yet unraced 3-year-old filly Fizzi Top (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and her yearling filly by Invincible Spirit (Ire). Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $7,358. Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B-Meon Valley Stud (GB); T-John Gosden.


Gio Ponti Filly Tops KEESEP Book 6 Opener

Fri, 2017-09-22 18:41

A filly by champion Gio Ponti topped the penultimate session and first of two Book 6 sessions of the marathon Keeneland September Yearling Sale Friday. A total of 159 head changed hands for a combined $2,111,900. Th average was $13,282 and median was $7,500. Perhaps in part due to a large number of outs as well as readjusted seller expectations at this point in the sale, the buyback rate was just 10.1%. Last year’s sale featured one more session and a larger catalog, so year-over-year comparisons are somewhat inexact, but 2016’s first Book 6 session saw an average of $8,871; median of $3,759; and RNA rate of 28.51%.

Acting on behalf of R 3 Stable, trainer John Brocklebank went to $115,000 to acquire the session-topping hip 3667. Bred in Kentucky by Frank Penn and offered by Penn and his brother John’s Penn Sales, the Gio Ponti filly is a half to GSP The Accuser (Flower Alley) from the immediate family of Grade I-winning juveniles Success Express (Hold Your Peace) and Greenwood Lake (Meadowlake).

Brocklebank was the leading buyer for the day with two purchased for $136,000. Lane’s End led all consignors, grossing $276,500 from 15 sold. The final KEESEP session begins Saturday at 10:00 a.m. For more information, visit

Scat Daddy Filly Scores on Debut at Belmont

Fri, 2017-09-22 15:28

+JODY’S SONG (f, 2, Scat Daddy–Speightful Lady, by Speightstown) drew in off the also-eligible list to win as she pleased at offs of 5-1 in this state-bred unveiling. Keeping tabs on the leaders from a two-wide third, the $250,000 FTSAUG yearling buy ranged up menacingly after a half-mile in :47.98. Sticking her head in front entering the far turn, the dark bay powered clear in the lane under a hand ride from Joel Rosario and hit the line three lengths clear of Purely Lucky (Lookin at Lucky) in 1:34.82. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0.

O-Parkland Thoroughbreds; B-Avanti Stable (NY); T-Jorge Abreu.


Warrior’s Reward Colt Romps in Bertram Bongard

Fri, 2017-09-22 14:53

BATTLE STATION (c, 2, Warrior’s Reward–Uriel, by Unbridled) took his record to two-for-two with a dominant wire-to-wire victory in the state-bred Bertram F. Bongard S. at Belmont Friday afternoon. A debut winner sprinting on the turf against fellow Empire-breds at Saratoga Aug. 25, he was sent off at 5-1 in this main track debut. Seizing the early advantage, the dark bay ticked off comfortable opening splits of :22.94 and :45.94. With plenty left in the tank entering the stretch, Battle Station effortlessly cruised clear to win for fun by eight lengths in 1:24.83. Inalienable Rights (Mission Impazible) was second. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0.

O-Ken & Sarah Ramsey; B-Lansdowne Thoroughbreds (NY); T-Wesley Ward.


Daughter of Shamardal Clicks First Time At Newbury

Fri, 2017-09-22 12:35

7th-NBY, £16,500, Cond, 9-22, 2yo, f, 7fT, 1:25.99, gd.
MAGNOLIA SPRINGS (IRE) (f, 2, Shamardal–Rainbow City {Ire}, by Rainbow Quest), sent off at 25-1, was anchored in rear of the tightly-packed field throughout the opening stages by Charles Bishop and made eye-catching progress between rivals passing halfway. Coaxed to the front approaching the furlong pole, the €105,000 GOFORB yearling stayed on powerfully to register a 3 1/2-length success from Melodies (GB) (Iffraaj {GB}). Veracious (GB) (Frankel {GB}), the half-sister to Mutakayyef (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) out of the MG1SP Infallible (GB) (Pivotal {GB}), held every chance inside the final quarter mile but was unable to match the winner’s pace and finished a head away in third. The winner is the sixth foal to race for the Ballymacoll representative Rainbow City, who was second on the first of her two starts for the Sir Michael Stoute stable behind L’Ancresse (Ire) (Darshaan {GB}) in this race in 2002. She is a full-sister to the G2 Geoffrey Freer S. winner Multicoloured (Ire) and a half to the former Freemason Lodge stalwart Gamut (Ire), whose victories included the G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, G2 Jockey Club S. and G2 Princess of Wales’s S. and who was also runner-up in the G1 Irish St Leger. This is the family of another Irish Leger placegetter in Saddler’s Rock (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), the G2 Doncaster Cup and G2 Goodwood Cup-winning half-brother to the G2 Blandford S. scorer and G1 Epsom Oaks runner-up Tarfasha (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) and also Galileo Rock (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) who placed in the G1 English and Irish Derbys and G1 St Leger. The dam, who is also connected to the GI E. P. Taylor S. and GII Sheepshead Bay S. winner Tannery (Ire) (Dylan Thomas {Ire}) and one of Ballymacoll’s most memorable recent runners, the G1 Epsom Derby-winning sire North Light (Ire), has a yearling daughter of Dawn Approach (Ire) and a filly foal by War Command. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $13,950. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Anthony Rogers; B-Airlie Stud (IRE); T-Eve Johnson Houghton.

Ulysses To Cheveley Park In 2018

Fri, 2017-09-22 07:26

This year’s G1 Juddmonte International and G1 Coral-Eclipse S. winner Ulysses (Ire), by Galileo (Ire) out of the G1 Epsom Oaks winner Light Shift (Kingmambo), will enter stud next year at Cheveley Park Stud after David and Patricia Thompson’s operation purchased a majority share in the 4-year-old. Ulysses, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, will continue to race in the colours of Flaxman Holdings for the remainder of the year, with his next intended start being next weekend’s G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Ulysses was considered promising enough to contest the G1 Investec Derby last year off a maiden win, but the blue riband proved to be too much too soon for the blueblooded colt, who checked in 12th. He quickly rebounded to take the G3 Gordon S. and finished off the year with a fourth behind Highland Reel (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf. He has won or hit the board in all five starts this campaign, winning Sandown’s G3 Gordon Richards S. ahead of a third in the G1 Prince of Wales’s S. He then bested top 3-year-old Barney Roy (Ire) (Excelebration {Ire}) in the Coral-Eclipse, and was beaten only by Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) in the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. Ulysses beat dual Guineas winner Churchill (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) by two lengths in the Juddmonte International on Aug. 23.

Cheveley Park Stud Managing Director Chris Richardson said, “David and Patricia Thompson are delighted to have acquired a significant interest in Ulysses, who certainly adds a notable and exciting element to the portfolio of stallions available at Cheveley Park Stud, for both domestic and international breeders.”

Paynter Half-Sister to Constellation Debuts a Winner at Churchill

Thu, 2017-09-21 20:10

4th-CD, $50,251, Msw, 9-21, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:10.98, ft.
+QUEEN MUM (f, 2, Paynter–For Royalty {SW}, by Not For Love) fired a best-of-83 four-furlong bullet in :47 2/5 at Churchill Downs Sept. 5 and took some play here at 3-1. She didn’t break all that cleanly from her inside draw and was outsprinted early in seventh through an opening quarter in :22.00. The dark bay began to motor once guided to the outside about five wide on the far turn and came rolling down the center of the course in the stretch to graduate by 1 1/2 lengths. Cosmic Burst (Violence) was second. Queen Mum becomes the third winner for her freshman sire (by Awesome Again). Queen Mum is a half-sister to Constellation (Bellamy Road), GISW, $619,464. The winner’s dam For Royalty is also represented by an Into Mischief yearling colt and a foal filly by Tapit. She was bred back to Bernardini. Sales history: $190,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $30,600. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Bach Stables LLC; B-WinStar Farm LLC (KY); T-Mark E. Casse.

Judge Strikes Down ‘Jail’ Rule; Effect On Claiming Rules Unclear

Thu, 2017-09-21 19:48

A federal judge in Indiana struck down a version of the Thoroughbred industry’s long-standing “jail” rule on Wednesday that prohibits claimed horses from racing outside the state for 60 days.

District Judge William T. Lawrence (Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division) wrote in a Sept. 20 summary judgment that an Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) rule restricting where and when claimed horses can run is an impermissible restriction of interstate commerce.

The judge’s order bars the IHRC from taking any action to implement or enforce the jail rule upon the plaintiff in the civil lawsuit, horse owner Jerry Jamgotchian, and it also prevents the IHRC from applying the rule to other Indiana-licensed owners or trainers.

Yet even though Jamgotchian, in a prepared statement, declared the federal court’s decision a “victory for every horse owner in America,” the federal ruling doesn’t mean jail rules that are similarly in effect in dozens of other states will change overnight.

In theory, Wednesday’s ruling striking down the jail restrictions for claimed horses sets a legal precedent. But even Jamgotchian’s own attorney in the case, Kentucky-based Barry Hunter, acknowledged that other owners and trainers might have to file similar lawsuits to get racing commissions in other states to roll back their own versions of jail rules.

“This ruling technically only applies in Indiana. So yes, unless [other states change their rules] voluntarily, trainers or owners would have to bring claims in those states,” Hunter said in a phone interview several hours after the ruling was handed down.

So-called jail rules have been on the books for decades in America as a protective policy to keep horses claimed locally from being transferred to other racetracks. Since the dawn of the racino era about two decades ago, and especially since the North American foal crop has plummeted in recent years, individual racetracks have been especially leery of what they believe are “poaching” practices, which can cause tracks with lower purses to lose claimed horses to other circuits that offer more purse money for the same claiming prices.

After failing to get a similar jail rule overturned by the Kentucky Supreme Court in a 2011 suit that dragged on for five years, Jamgotchian, on Aug. 31, 2016, challenged Indiana’s rule at the federal level after stewards at Indiana Grand racetrack refused permission for him to run several claimed horses outside the state before the IHRC-mandated 60-day period expired.

The crux of Jamgotchian’s legal argument was that Indiana’s jail rule violated the “dormant commerce clause” that broadly prohibits discrimination against interstate commerce.

The IHRC defended its jail rule by arguing that it was not protectionist discrimination, and that it “is part of a larger, non-discriminatory racing regulation, not a trade regulation.” The IHRC further cited a goal to “protect horse racing’s integrity and to promote fairness.”

But, as Judge Lawrence wrote, “they fail[ed] to explain how allowing a horse to race within Indiana, but prohibiting it from racing outside of Indiana accomplishes this goal.”

Another murky legal aspect in the wake of Wednesday’s ruling is that it remains unclear whether the new federal order also applies to “house rules” about claiming horses in instances where privately owned individual racetracks, and not state racing commissions, establish the jail rules.

“I don’t know the answer to that candidly. I haven’t looked at that,” Hunter said when queried about the judgment’s applicability to house rules.

Hunter continued, “If this decision is followed, and certainly we think it’s a sensible decision, it means that the rule in most states is unconstitutional. The commerce clause cases make it clear that you can’t favor in-state businesses over out-of-state businesses. If you have a rule that says that you can only run horses at tracks in the state and not at tracks out of the state, it’s hard to see how that doesn’t run afoul of the rule.”

Andrew Mollica, a New York-based attorney who specializes in horse racing, told TDN that he agreed with the federal ruling, but he underscored how difficult it will be for owners and trainers in other states to get racing commissions and tracks to abide by the legal precedent.

“The judge is right. The dormant commerce cause is clear. States, racing commissions, racetracks–you can’t do anything to impede interstate commerce,” Mollica said.

“[Jamgotchian] put up his money. He bought the horse. He’s got every right to run that horse wherever he wants to,” Mollica continued. “The protectionist argument that has permeated racing for all these years, it’s just like a lot of things we do on the racetrack–nobody challenges it. I understand the racetracks’ protectionist position. But it’s unconstitutional. The dormant commerce clause, it’s first-year-of-law-school stuff, you know?”

As far as the federal order’s effect on rules set by other racing commissions, Mollica said this: “What [racing commissions nationwide] will do is what most racing commissions will do. They’ll do nothing; continue to the beat of their own drum until somebody challenges them. You know how the racetrack works–commissions think they can do whatever they want, and they’ve had that farcical view for far too long.’

Jamgotchian’s statement, emailed to news outlets after his long-fought victory, had a more idealistic tone.

“This landmark ruling will make horse racing much more owner-friendly and [it] puts every state on legal notice that commerce clause violations will no longer be tolerated,” Jamgotchian wrote. “It’s time for the tracks and racing commissions to stop controlling our horses…. Economic protectionism will not be tolerated by horse owners any longer and aggressive litigation will be commenced against any state and racing commission [that] ignore[s] this district court ruling.”

Representatives from the IHRC could not be reached to find out whether the commission plans to appeal the ruling.



McGrath to Return to TDN As Sr. Market Columnist

Thu, 2017-09-21 19:43

Chris McGrath, a multiple award-winning journalist and author, has accepted the position of Senior Market Columnist at the Thoroughbred Daily News and will begin those duties January 1, 2018. McGrath currently serves as Bloodstock Editor at the Racing Post, and will leave that position in December to take up his new role with the TDN.

McGrath, who worked for the TDN as a contributor in 2016-’17, has twice been Racing Writer of the Year in the U.K. His debut book–a social history of the turf, charted through the Darley Arabian line–was shortlisted for the 2016 William Hill Sports Book of the Year, the premier international prize of its kind. A Times Book of the Week, ‘Mr Darley’s Arabian’ saw McGrath acclaimed by The Sunday Times as “one of the finest sportswriters of this generation…brilliant.” He has also spent time working within the industry, managing both a leading flat racing stable and a champion jockey. Previously a racing correspondent on The Times and The Independent, he has covered sales around the world.

McGrath will write a regular column on the market, contribute to sales coverage, and write regular features both for the TDN and for TDN Weekend.

“I am hugely excited and honoured to be joining a publication so dedicated to, and respected by, the professional community,” he said. “TDN has a true affinity with the business and I look forward with due humility to joining a team so thoroughly immersed in the priorities and perspectives of horsemen and women. Nobody in this walk of life will ever have all the answers, but TDN infectiously shares the passion of all those who depend, for their livelihood or satisfaction, on unraveling the mysteries of breeding and racing thoroughbreds.”

Deep Impact Grandson Of Miesque In Smooth Debut Win

Thu, 2017-09-21 12:30

2nd-SCD, €27,000, Debutantes, 9-21, 2yo, c/g, 8fT, 1:47.03, hy.
STUDY OF MAN (IRE) (c, 2, Deep Impact {Jpn}–Second Happiness, by Storm Cat), who gave Stephane Pasquier a temporary scare exiting the widest stall as he lost his left iron for a few strides, quickly recovered to press the pace in a close-up second. Taking over from Near Gold (GB) (Dansili {GB}) with two furlongs remaining, the 22-5 shot asserted to beat that rival by two lengths as they pulled five lengths clear of the rest. The winner is a grandson of the great Miesque (Nureyev), arguably the Niarchos’s most famous female as the multiple champion of England, France and the U.S. Her influence extends far and wide, with her daughter East of the Moon (Private Account) bringing up the rare Classic double of G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and G1 Prix de Diane before adding the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois to her tally, while her most accomplished son Kingmambo captured three group 1 contests including the Poule d’Essai des Poulains before achieving renown as a significant sire presence. Miesque’s descendants include another Poulains hero in Karakontie (Jpn) (Bernstein) who emulated that brilliant mare by succeeding in the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile, the European champion Rumplestiltskin (Ire) (Danehill) whose daughter Tapestry (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) won the G1 Yorkshire Oaks and the G1 Dubai Turf hero Real Steel (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}). Just this year, two more from the esteemed branch in Autocratic (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) made their own mark by winning the G3Brigadier Gerard S. and Listed Coolmore Stud Irish E.B.F. Fillies Sprint S. respectively. The dam, who has yet to produce a black-type performer, also has an as-yet unraced 3-year-old son of the operation’s Arc hero Bago (Fr) and a yearling colt by Galileo (Ire). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, €13,500. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O/B-Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd (IRE); T-Pascal Bary.


Dansili Sister To We Are a New Rising Star

Thu, 2017-09-21 11:17

1st-SCD, €27,000, Debutantes, 9-21, 2yo, f, 8fT, 1:46.42, hy.
WITH YOU (GB), f, 2, by Dansili (GB)
1st Dam: In Clover (GB) (GSW-Fr, $222,716), by Inchinor (GB)
2nd Dam: Bellarida (Fr), by Bellypha (Ire)
3rd Dam: Lerida (Fr), by Riverman
Sent off the 7-2 favourite in this intriguing affair, With You who is a full-sister to the same connections’ 2014 G1 Prix de l’Opera heroine We Are (Ire) broke well and tanked her way towards the fore. Always travelling strongly a length off the pace, the bay found herself in front 500 metres out and surged clear to win, eased down, by six lengths from Octeville (Ire) (Le Havre {Ire}). We Are, who also placed in the 2015 renewal of the G1 Prix de l’Opera and that year’s G1 Prix Jean Romanet, G1SW-Fr, $437,651, is one of three black-type performers out of the G3 Prix de Flore winner In Clover. The others are Dream Clover (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), MSW & GSP-Fr, $163,406, and that smart runner’s listed-winning full-sister Incahoots (GB). In Clover, whose 3-year-old colt Call the Wind (GB) (Frankel {GB}) is near his racecourse introduction for the same stable and who also has a yearling full-sister and foal half-brother to the winner and We Are, is one of four who acquired black-type out of the G3 Prix de Royaumont scorer Bellarida. Her descendants to make a mark on the international stage include the G1 Hong Kong Vase-winning champion stayer Dominant (Ire) (Cacique {Ire}), his G2 Lennox S.-winning half-brother Es Que Love (Ire) (Clodovil {Ire}) and his listed-winning half-sister Listen in (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) who wasplaced three times this year in pattern races for these connections including when runner-up in the G2 Prix de Malleret. Others to feature are the Australian group winners Adjusted (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) and Observational (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and the G3 Chartwell Fillies’ S. scorer and G1 Matron S. runner-up Lily’s Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) and her half-sister Zurigha (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}) who placed in Dubai’s G2 Cape Verdi and G2 Balanchine. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, €13,500. Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O/B-George Strawbridge (GB); T-Freddy Head.

Exchange Rate Filly Stays Unbeaten in Belmont’s Joseph A. Gimma

Wed, 2017-09-20 17:32

JOSEPH A. GIMMA S., $150,000, BEL, 9-20, (S), 2yo, f, 7f, 1:25.27, ft.
1–#HELD ACCOUNTABLE, 120, f, 2, by Exchange Rate
1st Dam: New Harmony, by A.P. Indy
2nd Dam: Battle Creek Girl, by His Majesty
3rd Dam: Far Beyond, by Nijinsky II
O/B-Chester & Mary R. Broman (NY); T-Philip M. Serpe; J-Luis
Saez. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $133,800. *1/2 to In
Harm’s Way (Hook and Ladder), GSP, $196,168; and Strike
Accord (Smart Strike), SP, $263,523.2–Berning Rose, 120, f, 2, Freud–Peach Flambe, by Flying
Chevron. O/B-Robert D. Rosenthal & Bradford H. Bernstein (NY); T-Dominick L. Schettino. $30,000.
3–Newport Breeze, 120, f, 2, Majestic Warrior–Coy Cat, by Hold
That Tiger. ($50,000 Ylg ’16 SARAUG; $100,000 2yo ’17
OBSMAR). O-Ryan Exline, Justin Border & Steven Gail Johnson;
B-Crossed Sabres Farm (NY); T-Peter Eurton. $15,000.
Margins: 2 1/4, 1 1/4, 3 1/4. Odds: 9.70, 3.10, 1.30.
Also Ran: Pauseforthecause, Miss Mystique, Aunt Babe, Girl’s Dance Party, Beaux Arts.

Held Accountable, a first-out winner on the Saratoga turf last month, took to dirt with alacrity, rallying from off the pace to take the New York-bred Joseph A. Gimma S. at Belmont.

Dueling on a quick tempo debuting Aug. 17 at the Spa, the Chester and Mary Broman homebred shook clear strongly in the final furlong to graduate by open lengths. Taking late play to be 9-1 in this initial dirt try, the bay settled in fifth behind modest fractions of :23.31 and :47.13. Rallying in the four path nearing the straightaway, she split horses at the three-sixteenths pole, ran to the lead inside the furlong marker and edged clear from there to register a 2 1/4-length success. Berning Rose was second-best, ahead of heavily favored Newport Breeze.

The victress’s unraced dam was bought for $180,000 at the 2008 KEENOV sale by Chester Broman and sold for $20,000 to Mersad Metanovic Bloodstock in foal to Central Banker at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton October sale. She is a half to Wavering Girl (Wavering Monarch), Canadian champion and dam of GISW Military (Danzig), MGSW/GISP Tricky Creek (Clever Trick), MGSW Parade Ground (Kingmambo) and GSWs Parade Leader (Kingmambo) and Speed Dialer (Phone Trick). Second dam Battle Creek Girl is a SP half to Wings of Grace (Key to the Mint), the GSW dam of champion Soaring Softly (Kris S.) whose progeny Manitoulin (Awesome Again) won earlier in the Belmont card, and GISW Plenty of Grace (Roberto). New Harmony is responsible for a yearling colt by Central Banker and foaled a filly by Daredevil this season before being bred to Carpe Diem.

“We were at the starting gate with Mr. Broman and his farm manager Greg and the filly was about to get her gate card,” winning trainer Phil Serpe recalled. “She popped out of the gate and we watched her outwork two of our other 2-year-olds that were pretty nice horses, in hand. We’re all looking at each other, asking ‘So, why are we running this filly on the turf first time out?’ But, she had turf pedigree and we had another filly to run on the dirt. We were very confident today that this filly could do this. You have to be hopeful and we’ve always thought a lot of this filly. It’s just great training for people like the Bromans. They’re all well-meant horses and they’re very good people to deal with.”

Winning rider Luis Saez added, “The last time she ran, she was a little green running on the turf, but today was a different story. She was rating well and when I had the opportunity put her in the clear, she took off. It was the perfect distance for her. She broke pretty good and everything came together.” Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Exceed and Excel’s Sound and Silence Wins the Prix Eclipse

Wed, 2017-09-20 12:36

Looking unlucky when a strong-finishing second to Rimini (Fr) (Elusive City) in the G3 Prix d’Arenberg over five furlongs at Chantilly Sept. 3, Sound and Silence was sent straight to the front by James Doyle and the simple approach paid handsome dividends as he led at every step to dominate this affair. This display showed how far the bay has come since he was fourth under positive tactics in Sandown’s Listed National S. over five furlongs May 25, which came before softly-softly tactics were employed to annexe Royal Ascot’s Listed Windsor Castle S. June 20. Disappointing when 11th trying this trip for the first time in the G2 July S. at Newmarket July 13, he had come from rear to capture York’s Listed Roses S. back at five furlongs Aug. 26 prior to his d’Arenberg effort.

Sound and Silence is a grandson of the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas and G1 Fillies’ Mile heroine Gossamer, whose best performer raced in these silks in the G1 Racing Post Trophy scorer Ibn Khaldun (Dubai Destination) and who is also the second dam of the G2 Park Hill S. winner and G1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares S. runner-up Silk Sari (GB) (Dalakhani {Ire}). The G1 Prix de la Foret-winning third dam Brocade was also responsible for the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas and GI Breeders’ Cup Mile-winning European Horse of the year and sire Barathea (Ire) and the GIII Countess Fager H. scorer Free At Last (GB) (Shirley Heights {GB}). She later produced Coretta (Ire) (Caerleon), who won the GII Orchid H., GII Long Island H. and GII La Prevoyante H. twice and was runner-up in the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and GI Flower Bowl Invitational H. This is also the family of the GI E. P. Taylor S. runner-up Talmada (Cape Cross {Ire}), the G2 Champagne S. scorer Saamidd (GB) (Street Cry {Ire}) and another smart distaffer to race in the Leigh colours in the MSW and GSP Seta (GB) (Pivotal {GB}). Veil of Silence has a yearling filly by Pivotal (GB) and a filly foal by Dubawi (Ire).

Wednesday, Maisons-Laffitte, France
PRIX ECLIPSE-G3, €80,000, MLF, 9-20, 2yo, 6fT, 1:13.81, hy.
1–SOUND AND SILENCE (GB), 123, c, 2, by Exceed and Excel (Aus)
1st Dam: Veil of Silence (Ire), by Elusive Quality
2nd Dam: Gossamer (GB), by Sadler’s Wells
3rd Dam: Brocade (GB), by Habitat
*1st Group win. O/B-Godolphin (GB); T-Charlie Appleby; J-James Doyle. €40,000. Lifetime Record: MSW-Eng, 7-4-1-0, €162,268. Werk Nick Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus* Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Coeur de Beaute (Fr), 120, f, 2, Dabirsim (Fr)–Twilight Tear (GB), by Rock of Gibraltar (Ire). (€30,000 Ylg ’16 OSASEP). O-Ahmed Mouknass, Alain Jathiere, Ecurie Pandora Racing & Gerard Decocq; B-Haras de Grandcamp EARL (FR); T-Mikel Delcher Sanchez. €16,000.
3–French Pegasus (Fr), 123, c, 2, French Fifteen (Fr)–Etrangere, by Fusaichi Pegasus. (€19,000 Ylg ’16 OSASEP). O-Jean Justin Fournier; B-Mme G Forien & G Forien (FR); T-Yann Barberot. €12,000.
Margins: 3, 1 3/4, HD. Odds: 0.90, 3.20, 5.90.
Also Ran: Arecibo (Fr), River Cannes (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Warrendale Draft Proves Popular at KEESEP Tuesday

Tue, 2017-09-19 21:08

A long-standing and successful business relationship between Kitty Taylor’s Warrendale Sales and the husband-and-wife team of the late Hargus and Sandra Sexton was front and center during Tuesday’s round of bidding at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. In partnership with Steven and Brandi Nicholson’s Silver Fern Farm, the Sextons were responsible for two of the day’s top three sellers, hammering to a pair of prominent racing operations.

Owing to the change in the format of this year’s September sale, strict year-over-year comparisons are difficult, but statistically, it was another day of substantial gains. The average of $54,635 for the eighth overall session was a 34.6% gain over the corresponding session nine from 2016, while the median price of $40,000 was better by one-third. With gross receipts approaching $289 million, already surpassing the $272.9-million gross from the 2016 September sale, the average of $166,017 represents a hike of 22.5%, with the median a full 25% better than 12 months ago.

The Sextons have long been successful breeders, accounting for the likes of Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and GI Met Mile winner Corinthian (Pulpit)-in partnership with Ben Walden’s Gracefield–as well other Grade I winners Gayego (Gilded Time) and Capo Bastone (Street Boss), the latter with Tom Bozarth and Silver Fern. For Taylor, Tuesday’s results were especially satisfying as they come a short time following the passing of Hargus Sexton this past June.

“I am just thrilled to have such a great day selling for the Sextons, who have always been just so loyal to me. It was a very gratifying day,” Taylor said. “I am so happy it worked out for all the parties, especially so soon after Hargus’s passing.”

Warrendale consigned the session eight co-topper, a filly by Warrior’s Reward–Unbridled Appeal (Unbridled). Hip 2702 was purchased by trainer Mark Casse on behalf of Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Plantation, who over the weekend celebrated the victory of World Approval (Northern Afleet) in the GI Ricoh Woodbine Mile. Casse had a fair bit of familiarity with the family, as he trained the filly’s full-sister Unbridled Reward, a $95,000 Keeneland September yearling turned $330,000 OBS March breezer to a 7 3/4-length debut victory and a runner-up effort in the Debutante S.

“Warrior’s Reward isn’t the kind of sire that is going to have a lot of expensive horses, but she was a beautiful filly with a great deal of presence,” Taylor explained. “Mark Casse is very familiar with the family. He trained the full-sister, who was a nice stakes horse. Hopefully he bought himself another one. It was also very gratifying to see Live Oak buy her. I also sell some horses for Mrs. Weber, so it’s fantastic and I wish her very well.”

Warrendale also consigned hip 2442, a Bodemeister filly out of a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint hero Desert Code (E Dubai) that was hammered down to Glen Hill Farm’s Craig Bernick for $260,000.

“[The Bodemeister filly] had a very similar profile to the Warrior’s Reward, just not quite as mature as the Warrior’s Reward,” Taylor said. “I think that Harvey Clarke was the underbidder and he loved her, said she was the pick of the day. She’s a big, rangy filly and stood over a lot of ground.”

Glen Hill has signed for five horses, all fillies, for gross receipts of $995,000.

Taylor was pleased with the traffic on the sales grounds and also that both her top sellers Tuesday had landed in the hands of end-users.

“It was very nice to see that,” she said. “It was a very, very busy sale [Tuesday]. There was very good energy on the grounds with lots of people looking. It’s great for these breeders to see these horses go to people that will race them.”

Casse also has some history with the Silver Fern. The Nicholsons are also the breeders of the Casse-conditioned Eclipse Award winner Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile).

“He knows them and has confidence in their ability to raise a good horse,” Taylor said.

Warrendale was Tuesday’s leading consignor by gross, selling 17 head for $1,568,000.

Hess a Chip Off the Ol’ Block…

Trainer Bob Hess, Jr. knows when to listen to his father, the veteran horseman Bob Hess, Sr.

“When dad says, ‘you need to buy this one,’ you pretty much have no choice. We had to have him,” the California-based horseman said.

It was hip 2779, a Betz Thoroughbred-consigned son of Stay Thirsty that was the object of the affections of Hess Senior and Junior, and the younger Hess was happy to land the horse he and his father deemed “the best physical of the sale.”

“We think he’s got the pedigree to become a Classic winner,” Hess Jr. said. “He’s a very lovely horse. Baffert’s got 100 of them, and we’ve got this one. Hopefully he’s the right one.”

Hess Jr. said he bought the horse on behalf of a group he refers to as ‘friends and family,’ a group of clients for which he has trained for several years.

Hess Jr. echoed the sentiments of many on the grounds over the first eight days of selling, admitting that it’s been tough sledding.

“It’s been extremely strong, which is very good for the industry, I think,” he said. “We’ve been trying for the better part of a week and this is the first one we’ve been able to buy.”

At the end of the day, Hess Jr. would not be denied. “Like I said, dad wanted this horse and we would have kept going if we had to.”

Selling continues with the first of two Book 5 sessions Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. in Lexington. The Keeneland September sale continues through Saturday, Sept. 23. For full results and other information, visit

Records Set At Tattersalls Ireland

Tue, 2017-09-19 16:39

Vibrant trade at a bustling Fairyhouse resulted in record-breaking prices on the opening day of the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale on Tuesday, as two colts sold for €200,000 or more, a feat that had not been seen in the sale’s history.

Ballyphilip Stud in County Limerick is enjoying a stellar season thanks to the exploits of graduate Harry Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), successful in both the G1 Darley July Cup and the G1 32red Sprint Cup at Haydock. Along with another son of Dark Angel bred by the McCartan family, the 3-year-old Battaash (Ire), who was fourth in the G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe S. at York in August, Ballyphilip’s stock has never been higher. So when a colt by Showcasing (GB) bred by the family and selling as lot 219 strode into the sales ring, every available vantage point was taken with the big players in the market all determined to be the ones to get their hands on the latest potential star from the home of G1 Cheveley Park S. heroine Tiggy Wiggy.

Michael O’Hagan was in the thick of the fray from the start, first duelling with trainer Michael O’Callaghan, but when O’Callaghan had to surrender, Matt Coleman of Stroud Coleman Bloodstock and Ballyhane Stud owner Joe Foley joined battle with O’Hagan. The atmosphere electrified as the bids crept over €200,000.

It was O’Hagan who made the record-breaking bid of €230,000 for the colt out of the Invincible Spirit (Ire) mare Starfly (Ire), a winner at two and the dam of a winner from her lone runner.

“This is a farm that has been lucky for me in the past and for me, this colt is one of the nicest horses in the sale,” said O’Hagan. “We picked him out and separately Clive Cox chose him too, and he will train him for an existing client of mine. He is a real athlete and looks a very exciting prospect.”

Cox trains Harry Angel–who he bought from the McCartans as a yearling–for Godolphin, which purchased the 3-year-old after his success in the G2 Sandy Lane S. at Haydock in May.

The record-priced Showcasing colt contributed to gains across all sectors on Tuesday, resulting in what the sale company described as “the best set of returns ever for day one of the September Sale.” A total of 195 yearlings were sold for €5,624,500, compared to 121 sold for €5,529,500 on the same day last year. The buyback rate was 10% compared to 15.5% last year.

The average rose 11% to €28,844, while the median was up 20% to €24,000.

Godolphin appeared on the buyers list at the September Yearling sale for the first time in its own right, purchasing a colt by Kodiac (GB) for €200,000. Consigned by John Foley’s Ballyvolane Stud, lot 152 is out of Queen Wasp (Ire), a mare bred by Darley by its leading sire Shamardal (Ire). She is a half-sister to Naheef (Ire) (Marju {Ire}), victorious in the G3 Champagne Lanson S. at Glorious Goodwood and second in the G1 National S. at The Curragh.

Anthony Stroud, who was marking his return to the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale after a considerable absence, did the bidding on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed.

“This is a lovely, athletic horse by a wonderful stallion,” said Stroud.

The sale was highly significant for John Foley, who is consigning under his own brand of Ballyvolane Farm for the first time, having previously sold as Gortskagh House. He sold the colt, a half-brother to Rusumaat, a four-times winner by Arcano (Ire) for Mark Johnston and Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud, on behalf of his breeders Kilminfoyle House Stud.

“It is a great result for all the team who have put in such a big effort,” said the consignor. “It is great for the farm to have a result like this in our first year too. The stallion and the pedigree are a really big help–his half-brother is rated 109 and what else can you say about Kodiac? I have sold Kodiac’s stock since the start of his career and he is an incredible stallion.”

Trainer of the moment Karl Burke returned to this sale buoyed by the success of G1 Prix Morny hero Unfortunately (Ire) (Society Rock {Ire}). The trainer picked up that colt, who also won the G2 Prix Robert Papin, at this venue last year for what now looks the bargain price of €24,000 from Tally-Ho Stud, and he returned to the well to replenish his string for next season.

Burke was a busy bidder during Tuesday’s sales, buying four yearlings on his own and another in partnership with Middleham Park Racing. He teamed up with the successful syndicator to purchase a colt from the first crop of The National Stud and Rathasker Stud’s sire Gregorian (Ire) consigned by Ullardbeg Stables (lot 116). A half-brother to four winners, the colt is related to Classic winner and Group 1 sire Footstepsinthesand (GB); Pedro The Great, winner of the Group 1 Phoenix S.; G1 Irish 2000 Guineas victor and young sire Power (GB); and Curvy (GB), successful in the Grade I EP Taylor S. for David Wachman.

Burke’s faith in first-crop sire Society Rock has been handsomely rewarded and he was willing to put his trust in three of this year’s class. From Unfortunately’s breeders Tally-Ho Stud, Burke paid €15,000 for lot 82, a colt by Morpheus (GB), an Oasis Dream (GB) half-brother to Frankel (GB) and Noble Mission (GB) who stands at the O’Callaghan’s farm in County Westmeath.

On a day that saw the median and average prices increase yet again from last year’s impressive returns, a colt from Rathbarry Stud made the early running as the first horse to break the six-figure barrier. By Rathberry’s own sire Acclamation (GB), the grey is a full-brother to four winners out of New Deal (GB), a winning daughter of Rainbow Quest. He will go into training with Karl Burke for Mark and Aisling Gittins, who purchased lot 104 for €110,000.

“He was the standout yearling for us today,” revealed Gittins, who bred dual Group 1-winning juvenile Shalaa (Ire) with his wife from their Castlefarm Stud. “Acclamation is a very good sire who is having a great year and we are happy to have been able to get this colt.”

Tattersalls Ireland cast its net far and wide for international buyers and reeled in a group that encompassed more countries than ever before. Hong Kong, America, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain as well as Ireland, France and the UK are among the final destinations for the yearlings who changed hands on Tuesday.

For the first time, Hong Kong Jockey Club’s representatives made the trip to Tattersalls Ireland. The Club’s agents made their presence felt in the sales ring, claiming the spoils in a tug of war between three different buyers for a son of second season sire Requinto (Ire).

Hong Kong’s team were forced to go to €85,000 to secure lot 66, who is the first foal of the unraced mare Maraglen (Ire), a daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar (Ire) from the family of GI Yellow Ribbon H. winner Super Staff.

The sale represented a handsome profit for Jonathan and Mary Hillman’s Danesrath Farm, which purchased the colt at last year’s inaugural Tattersalls Ireland Flat Foal and Breeding Stock Sale for just €11,000.

Godolphin’s dual hemisphere sire Exceed And Excel was represented by a single yearling in the catalogue on Tuesday and lot 208 fell just short of the six-figure mark, selling to Con Marnane for €90,000. The colt boasts an impressive pedigree, with his dam So Secret (Ire) (Barathea {Ire}) being a half-sister to Tarfsha (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}), runner-up in the G1 Oaks for Dermot Weld and Sheikh Hamdan and a three-parts sister to Saddler’s Rock (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), winner of both the G2 Doncaster and Goodwood Cups and third in the G1 Ascot Gold Cup. It is the further family of Ballymacoll Stud’s G1 Grand Prix de Saint Cloud hero Gamut (Ire).

Renowned pinhooker Marnane celebrated the G3 Albany S. win of Different League (Fr) (Dabirsim {Fr}) with his family at Royal Ascot this year, and he said he thinks this colt could be a star for that meeting next year.

“Exceed And Excel is a sire I have been lucky with over the years and this is a really athletic colt, a proper runner,” said the proprietor of Bansha House Stables. “To me this is a Royal Ascot 2-year-old and I could bring him to the Craven Breeze-Up Sales, but that decision will be made down the line.”

Two sires with their first yearlings made an impact during Tuesday’s opening session, with Gale Force Ten (GB) responsible for the most expensive yearling sold by a first-crop sire. His colt out of Paris Glory, consigned by Bill Dwan’s Castlebridge Consignment, sold to Armando Duarte for €65,000 and could be headed for next year’s breeze up sales. The colt by the Irish National Stud’s young sire was catalogued as lot 122 and is a half-brother to four winners out of an unraced half-sister to G1 Prix Morny winner and sire Elusive City from the further family of current Canadian star turf performer Lukes Alley, winner of the GI Gulfstream Park Turf H.

“I know the mare quite well,” Duarte said. “I bought his half-sister Vale Of Paris (Ire) as a yearling but that didn’t work out as well as I had hoped. He comes from a very good farm in Mattock Stud and I think I might prepare and sell him for the breeze ups myself.”

The sale was the highlight of a good day’s trading for progeny of Gale Force Ten, who won the G3 Jersey S at Royal Ascot. He stands for a fee of €5,000 at the Irish National Stud and on Tuesday four lots by him sold for an average price of €32,000.

Godolphin’s first-crop sire Slade Power (Ire) was the sire of Tuesday’s most expensive filly, a good-walking daughter of Slope (GB) (Acclamation {GB}), who was third in the G3 Grangecon Stud Balanchine S. at The Curragh. Selling from Loughmore Stables as lot 205, the filly is the second foal of her dam and was bought by Daniel Creighton and Josh Schwartz for €60,000.

Three offspring of the G1 Diamond Jubilee S. and G1 July Cup winner sold on Tuesday for an average price of €40,667, just over double his 2015 covering fee of €20,000.

Op/Ed: Memories of Penny

Tue, 2017-09-19 16:07

I was just 14 years old when my late sister, Ellen, took me to the Kentucky Derby with some of her friends. I was a horse-crazy kid who entered the sport by virtue of having taught myself to handicap a few years earlier.

I had fallen in love with the horses, the racetracks, the experience and most importantly at that age, by the challenge of handicapping.

We took up our place in line to enter the infield at about midnight, spending the night with thousands of others who either couldn’t afford a grandstand ticket or who simply wanted to spend Derby day in the party area of the track.

As we staked out our spot, I began to wonder if anyone else in the infield that day was there for the same reason I was–to see the horses and handicap the races. As a bright-eyed kid, I saw much more than that–alcohol, drugs and nudity. But while all that was going on around me, I pressed my face to the fence at the end of the backstretch each time the field moved by on the undercard races.

It was the first Saturday in May in 1973, and my life was about to change. In 1:59 2/5.

When the Derby field moved by me, Shecky Greene and Sham were on the lead. Secretariat was in fourth on the outside. He wouldn’t hit the front until they had straightened away for home.

When Secretariat went on to win the Preakness, passing the entire field with a sweeping move on the first turn, and then took the Belmont in the most breathtaking performance I have seen, I was hooked.

Twenty years later, I waited impatiently for Penny Tweedy to sign a Secretariat poster. I wanted to tell her what she, and her horse, had meant to me during my youth. How they had captured my body, my mind and my spirit, not to mention my brain and heart. How I had not been the same person since the 1973 Kentucky Derby.

Penny listened politely while I told her how in college, the final exam for a senior-level public speaking course was to give a speech in which you tried not just to inform your listeners but convince them of your position.

I spoke passionately about how Secretariat was the greatest horse to have ever raced.

I saw Penny many times after that, but I have always remembered that day in 1993 when she listened to me gush about my love for Secretariat and how he helped shape my life.

Penny was a great ambassador for racing, lending her name to causes and always willing to appear in public when her schedule permitted.

She understood that her place in the limelight was not of her own making; it was of Secretariat’s. But she embraced it, and used his popularity–which grew even greater over time–to help promote the sport.

Penny was the better for it. And so was the industry.

Each year since Big Red was three, I have either attended or watched the Derby. I think back to having witnessed his Derby and consider where that year’s winner stacked up.

Admittedly, it is a mighty high measuring stick.

It wasn’t just that Secretariat had great talent. He had great legs. He had a huge heart. He had the cover of Time. And Secretariat had Penny.

Horses can’t choose their owners. But Secretariat was lucky to have Penny. And she was damn lucky to have him.

He gave the sport its first Triple Crown winner in a quarter-century. In the process, he helped Penny save the family stable.

She then took his greatness and used it to become an integral part of the industry.

It is the stuff they make movies about, which, of course, they did.

I still find handicapping a challenge. And I wonder if not for the Derby of 1973, and my dear sister taking me to see it, what might have been different in my life.

Capla Temptress to Mott

Tue, 2017-09-19 15:14

Team Valor International’s Capla Temptress (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}), who burst through a late seam to win Sunday’s GI Natalma S. at Woodbine going away, will remain in North America and be transferred to the Bill Mott barn in preparation for a start in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, trainer Marco Botti announced Tuesday.

“The plan before the race was to send her [to Woodbine] and for her to stay in America if she ran well, or was lucky enough to win,” Botti said. “The first step has been achieved and it is the Breeders’ Cup next. There was not much point in considering the costs to bring her back [overseas] and send her out again. If they left the filly in my care for seven weeks, it would not be the same as having her with a trainer based there. As much as I would love to have a runner at the Breeders’ Cup, we are trying to do the best [thing] for the horse and the owners.”

The bay filly captured her debut on an all-weather surface June 21 at Chelmsford before annexing a Newmarket allowance when switched to turf July 22 and running third in the G3 Sweet Solera S. at the latter oval Aug. 12. With the Natalma being a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event, Capla Temptress has already secured her place in the gate Nov. 3 at Del Mar.

Cheveley Park Buys Unfortunately

Tue, 2017-09-19 07:36

Cheveley Park Stud has purchased Group 1-winning 2-year-old Unfortunately (Ire) (Society Rock {Ire}). Previously campaigned by Jeff Laughton and trainer Karl Burke’s wife, Elaine, Unfortunately has won three of his six starts and has twice finished second. He won the G2 Prix Robert Papin on July 23 before taking the G1 Darley Prix Morny on Aug. 20 at Deauville. Unfortunately is set to line up next in the G1 Middle Park S. at Newmarket on Sept. 30.

Cheveley Park Managing Director Chris Richardson said, “We are delighted to have formed an association with trainer Karl Burke, who was instrumental in us acquiring Unfortunately, for Cheveley Park Stud. Being by Society Rock, we feel Unfortunately will, in time, add an interesting commercial

opportunity for breeders and he enhances the portfolio of stallions currently standing at Cheveley Park Stud.”

Baffert Assistant Barnes Injured, To Have Surgery

Mon, 2017-09-18 16:47

Jimmy Barnes, an assistant to Bob Baffert of almost 19 years and a constant travel companion to celebrated Thoroughbreds such as American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song), suffered a fractured pelvis in a training mishap Sunday at Santa Anita. Barnes was unseated from his stable pony during training hours.

“It was very scary,” Baffert said Monday morning. “We won’t know more until they put him back together after surgery today or tomorrow at Huntington Memorial Hospital. There was a lot of internal bleeding, but as of this morning he was stable–which is good–and he wasn’t in too much pain.

The Baffert stable had no choice but to resume their normal routine Monday morning, with North America’s all-time richest Thoroughbred Arrogate drilling a half-mile at Santa Anita in :49.60 over the main track. Also on the worktab were GI Awesome Again S. hopeful Cupid (Tapit) and GI Pennsylvania Derby entrant West Coast (Flatter), who worked four furlongs in company in :47.40. MGSW American Anthem (Bodemeister) worked a bullet half-mile in :47.20, while GI Cotillion S. entrant Abel Tasman (Quality Road) stopped the clock in :48 flat.


Cathryn Sophia, Her Emmynency Cataloged for Keeneland November

Mon, 2017-09-18 15:12

GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Cathryn Sophia (Street Boss) and Her Emmynency (Successful Appeal), winner of Keeneland’s GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, have been consigned by Bedouin Bloodstock to Keeneland’s 2017 November Breeding Stock Sale, which begins Nov. 7, it was announced Monday. Both mares are carrying their first foals, both by leading sire Pioneerof the Nile.

Campaigned on the racetrack by Chuck Zacney’s Cash is King LLC, Cathryn Sophia captured five of her first six starts, culminating with her triumph on the first Friday in May in 2016. She retired later that year with earnings of over $1.2 million and subsequently sold for $1.4 million at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale to SF Bloodstock. She was bred to Pioneerof the Nile this spring.

“We dare to dream what this mating can produce,” Tom Ryan of SF Bloodstock said. “Physically Pioneerof the Nile and Cathryn Sophia are made for each other. Cathryn Sophia possessed genuine brilliance. She carried her speed all the way to win the Oaks with authority.”

Grade I-placed as a juvenile, Her Emmynency went on to amass more than $500,000 with victories on both dirt and turf, topped by a hard-fought win in 2015 QE II. The bay was a high-priced RNA for $1,425,000 at Fasig-Tipton November last year.

“We loved her determination–she pinned her ears and refused to let Miss Temple City past [in the QE II],” Ryan said. “She is a Grade I winner on the turf and Grade I-placed as a 2-year-old on the dirt. She is a beautiful, versatile mare for an exceptional sire in Pioneerof the Nile.”

Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston added, “Keeneland is excited to showcase these two very special mares, both in foal to a top stallion, in November.”