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Midnight Bisou on Top After Apple Blossom Stretch Battle

Sun, 2019-04-14 19:06

It took the length of the stretch, but Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) finally got her nose in front of an ultra-game Escape Clause (Going Commando) on the wire to win the GI Apple Blossom H. at Oaklawn Park Sunday. The 4-5 favorite settled near the back of the field as Wonder Gadot (Medaglia d’Oro) zipped out to the early lead and raced keenly through an opening quarter in :23.07. The pack began closing in after a half in :47.08 and, while 6-5 shot Elate (Medaglia d’Oro) was inching closer along the rail, Midnight Bisou took the overland route. She was three wide into the stretch as Escape Clause took over after a half in 1:12.12. Escape Clause was briefly able to open up on her foe in upper stretch, but Midnight Bisou battled on resolutely to just get the better of the gritty ‘Assiniboia Assassin’ in the shadow of the wire.

“Escape Clause ran huge, but you know, the great ones seem to pull it off no matter what,” jockey Mike Smith said after adding the Apple Blossom to his win aboard Omaha Beach (War Front) in Saturday’s GI Arkansas Derby.

“What an unbelievable filly,” trainer Steve Asmussen said in the wake of Midnight Bisou’s third career Grade I win. “We were talking about how special a filly she is, how much confidence she has this year. She really seems to be enjoying her job. We’re just blessed to have her.”

During a hard-knocking sophomore campaign in 2018, Midnight Bisou won the GI Santa Anita Oaks and was promoted to the victory over divisional champion Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) in the GI Cotillion S. In addition, she was third in the GI Kentucky Oaks, GI Alabama S. and GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff and was runner-up in the GI Coaching Club American Oaks. She is now three-for-three in 2019 after opening the year with a win in the Jan. 27 GIII Houston Ladies Classic and adding the Mar. 16

GII Azeri S. last time out.

Jockey Tyler Baze had nothing but respect for the plucky Manitoba-bred Escape Clause.

“She’s really and truly probably one of the best horses I’ve ever been on in my life,” Baze said. “She gives it her all. She got beat a nose and I got slammed pretty hard going into the first turn. I knew I got beat at the wire. It was a head-and-head battle all the way down the lane. She gave me everything. We were a little unfortunate we didn’t get the bob.”

After a sluggish start, Elate had to wait for racing room nearing the stretch and the trip may have made the difference, according to trainer Bill Mott.

“She got back into good position after that [sluggish start],” Mott said. “I thought [Jose Ortiz] was really loaded going into the turn, I thought he was going well. I thought he was going quite well. He had to wait a little until Midnight Bisou went past him and then he came out and around. I don’t know if that cost any momentum or not. I don’t have any big excuses.”

Pedigree Notes:

Midnight Bisou’s dam Diva Delite (Repent), in foal to Pioneerof the Nile, was purchased by Breeze Easy for $750,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton November sale. Winner of the 2010 GIII Florida Oaks, Diva Delite has a 2-year-old colt by Warrior’s Reward and a yearling filly by Wicked Strong. Her now 3-year-old Stage Left (Congrats) was third in last year’s Sapling S.

Sunday, Oaklawn Park
APPLE BLOSSOM H.-GI, $750,000, Oaklawn, 4-14, 4yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16m, 1:43.88, gd.
1–MIDNIGHT BISOU, 122, f, 4, by Midnight Lute
 1st Dam: Diva Delite (GSW, $300,067), by Repent
 2nd Dam: Tour Hostess, by Tour d’Or
 3rd Dam: Counsel’s Gal, by High Counsel
($19,000 RNA Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $80,000 2yo ’17 OBSAPR).
O-Bloom Racing Stable, LLC, Madaket Stables LLC & Allen
Racing LLC.; B-Woodford Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY); T-Steven M.
Asmussen; J-Mike E. Smith. $450,000. Lifetime Record:
14-8-3-3, $2,405,000. Werk Nick Rating: D+.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Escape Clause, 117, m, 5, by Going Commando
 1st Dam: Danger Pay, by Circulating
 2nd Dam: Anotherbuck, by Aferd
 3rd Dam: Choo Choo, by O’Hara
(C$5,000 Ylg ’15 CTHMAN). O-Don Schnell, Barry Arnason &
True North; B-Cam Ziprick & Arnason Farms (MB); T-Don
Schnell. $150,000.
3–Elate, 120, m, 5, by Medaglia d’Oro
 1st Dam: Cheery, by Distorted Humor
 2nd Dam: Yell, by A.P. Indy
 3rd Dam: Wild Applause, by Northern Dancer
‘TDN Rising Star’ O/B-Claiborne Farm & Adele B. Dilschneider (KY); T-William I.
Mott. $75,000.
Margins: NO, 2 3/4, 9. Odds: 0.90, 8.50, 1.20.
Also Ran: Viva Forever, Chocolate Martini, Wonder Gadot. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

OBS April Breeze Show Starts Monday

Sun, 2019-04-14 18:31

The Under-Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training begins Monday morning at 8 a.m. During the first of six sessions, hips 1 through 203 will work. Hips 204-406 will take to the track Tuesday; followed by 407-608 Wednesday; 609-813 Thursday; 814-1017 Friday; and 1018 through 1221 Saturday.

The four-day auction will be held the following Tuesday through Friday with sessions beginning daily at 10:30 a.m.

Omaha Beach in Fine Shape after Arkansas Derby Win

Sun, 2019-04-14 15:16

Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach (War Front) exited his victory in Saturday’s GI Arkansas Derby in fine shape, according to trainer Richard Mandella.

“We’ve had him out and checked him over,” Mandella said. “He looks great.”

Omaha Beach is expected to ship by van to Louisville Tuesday to continue preparations for the May 4 GI Kentucky Derby.

On the board in his first four career starts, Omaha Beach has now won three straight. He won the Mar. 16 GII Rebel S. prior to his Arkansas Derby win.

“I’ve said all along, some day somebody will ask me, ‘How did you get this horse beat so many times?” Mandella said with a laugh. “I started saying that way back because we always thought it was there.”

Arkansas Derby runner-up Improbable (City Zip) will also head to Louisville, but plans for third-place finisher Country House (Lookin at Lucky) are still undecided.

“I haven’t talked to the owners [Mrs. J.V. Shields Jr., E.J.M. McFadden Jr. and LNJ Foxwoods] this morning,” trainer Bill Mott said. “As far as I know, they were pleased. Initially, it sounded like they were last night. We didn’t talk Derby. I think that was one of the goals, to get enough points to go to the Derby. Now we’ve got to assess the situation and see if it makes sense to enter up.”

Peter Redekop’s Anothertwistafate (Scat Daddy), currently sitting 23rd on the Derby points list after his runner-up effort in Saturday’s GIII Stonestreet Lexington S. at Keeneland, will ship to Churchill Downs.

“If he doesn’t get in [the Derby], we still have the [May 18 GI] Preakness S.,” trainer Blaine Wright said. “He has done a lot of shipping, and I think the best thing now would be to get to one place and settle in.”

The Preakness could also be the next target for Lexington winner Owendale (Into Mischief), who sits 29th on the Derby points list. Third-place finisher Sueno (Atreides), already back at trainer Keith Desormeaux’s Churchill Downs base, sits in 24th on the leaderboard. “Now we will keep our fingers crossed,” assistant trainer Julie Clark said of making it into the Derby field.

The Week in Review: Handicapping the Derby’s Annual Game of Musical Jockeys

Sun, 2019-04-14 14:36

Mike Smith has a problem. It appeared that he had his mount for the GI Kentucky Derby when Roadster (Quality Road) won the GI Santa Anita Derby. Now, we’re not so sure, not after Omaha Beach (War Front) won Saturday’s GI Arkansas Derby.

Smith must choose between the two horses who will likely be the first and second choices in the Derby. And whenever he makes his pick, that will likely kick off a domino effect that will determine the mounts on several horses.

Smith, of course, will not make his decision until he absolutely has to. With a little less than three weeks to go to the Derby, there’s plenty that go wrong between now and then. He doesn’t want to commit to one horse over the other only to find out that his choice has spiked a fever and will miss the race.

“It’s a very hard choice,” Smith said Sunday. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. When I get back to California [Monday], I’ll talk it over with my agent.”

Unless Smith has a firm opinion on who is the better horse, and it’s hard to imagine that he does, I’ll set the odds at 3-5 that he rides Roadster and 9-5 that he chooses Omaha Beach.

His decision will be more about the trainers than the horses. Both Baffert (Roadster) and Richard Mandella (Omaha Beach) are Hall of Fame trainers, but only one has won five Kentucky Derbies, and that’s Baffert. Mandella has run six horses in the Derby and has yet to have a horse finish better than fifth.

Smith is also coming off a year where he rode a Triple Crown winner for Baffert in Justify (Scat Daddy). He was also the regular rider for another Baffert superstar, Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song). Would he ever choose to take off a horse coming off a Grade I win, who is trained by arguably the best Kentucky Derby trainer of all time and one for whom he just won a Triple Crown? Add up all the factors and it seems unlikely. That is unless he is firmly convinced Omaha Beach is the better horse.

Then what does Mandella do? Flavien Prat is the most likely answer. After riding Omaha Beach in his first five starts, he took off the horse to ride Gunmetal Gray (Exchange Rate) in the GII Rebel S. Omaha Beach won, while Gunmetal Gray was fourth. But it’s doubtful that Mandella will hold a grudge as Prat is his main rider. Since 2016, he’s ridden 614 horses for him, while Smith has been aboard just 76. Prat has no other mounts for the Derby.

If Smith chooses Omaha, there’s no clear path for Baffert. He also rides Joe Talamo and Drayden Van Dyke, but doesn’t appear to have the confidence in either one to put them aboard a possible Kentucky Derby favorite. He could also reach out to an East Coast jockey, maybe John Velazquez or Irad Ortiz, Jr. Todd Pletcher does have two horses that have the points to get into the Derby in Cutting Humor (First Samurai) and Spinoff (Hard Spun) and Velazquez could obviously have the mount on either one, but both will be among the longest shots in the race.

The other jockey with a tough decision to make is Jose Ortiz. Baffert put him on Improbable (City Zip) for the Arkansas Derby, replacing Van Dyke. He finished second behind Omaha Beach and remains a top Derby contender. Ortiz is also the regular rider of GII Wood Memorial and GII Tampa Bay Derby winner Tacitus (Tapit) for trainer Bill Mott. Improbable could be the better horse of the two, but the prediction is that Ortiz will go with Tacitus. He is based in New York and he’s going to get a lot more business from Mott than Baffert over the next several years. He’ll want to stay on his good side.

How about his brother? Irad Ortiz, Jr. is the regular rider of Win Win Win (Hat Trick {Jpn}). Win Win Win is a nice horse, but will be an outsider in the wagering. Does Ortiz stick with him or take off when, or if, he is offered an open mount on a more highly regarded horse?

Then there’s the Jon Court situation. At 58, he became one of the feel-good stories on the road to the Derby when he guided Long Range Toddy (Take Charge Indy) to a win in a division of the Rebel. But he is not considered a premier jockey and Long Range Toddy was up the track in the Arkansas Derby. Court has only ridden in three Derbies and none since 2013. Does trainer Steve Asmussen stick with him or go for his number one rider, Ricardo Santana, Jr.?

Easy Does It For Maximum Security

Perhaps it’s worth noticing that Jason Servis’s training style is unlike that of any other trainer in the country. He trains his horses so slowly you can barely call their works works. It happened again Saturday when GI Florida Derby winner Maximum Security (New Year’s Day) worked a half-mile at Palm Meadows in :54.85. In his first workout since the Florida Derby, it was the slowest work at the distance among the 50 horses who went four furlongs. In his prior workout, also at Palm Meadows, he went four furlongs in :52.95, also the slowest work at the distance among 63 horses.

Professional clocker Bruno De Julio said there’s a method to what others might consider Servis’s madness. He notes that Servis’s horses don’t work from a traditional starting spot to the wire.

“He’ll start off, for example, at the half-mile pole, and the horse will start galloping and he’ll go in an :18, :19, :20 clip,” De Julio said. “Then all of a sudden, when he gets to the seven-eighths pole or the mile-pole, he’ll finish off the last half-mile in :52 or the last three furlongs in :38. At Palm Meadows, he doesn’t train them through the stretch. He lets them pull up at the three-sixteenths pole. I think he believes that the stretch run there is affected by wind. The wind comes in at the eighth-pole and dries out the track from the eighth-pole on. It’s looser. With him, he lets them do their main running going around the turn, so he doesn’t have to set them down on a part of the track that is looser and tiring.”

De Julio believes the unusual pattern is among the reasons Servis is successful.

“When people would talk to Bobby Frankel, he’d often tell them horses are overtrained,” De Julio said. “Jason’s style gets horses ready and they’re not overtrained. I think it has something to do with the mental part of it. It teaches a horse to shut down. He doesn’t beat up his horses in the morning like some other trainers do.”

Steve Davidowitz, RIP

Noted handicapping author Steve Davidowitz passed away over the weekend at his home in Summerlin, Nevada at the age of 77. The news was reported by his son, Brad. Davidowitz first became well known in 1977 with the publication of his book, “Betting Thoroughbreds,” which was among the best handicapping books ever written. Davidowitz came into prominence right around the same time Andy Beyer did and was sometimes overshadowed by his fellow handicapper and friend. But Beyer has said that he learned much about the sport and handicapping from Davidowitz.

Betting Thoroughbreds introduced handicappers to terms like “key races” and “track biases.” Now part of everyone’s handicapping lexicon those were terms and concepts that Davidowitz developed.

A prolific writer, Davidowitz was still penning columns for Horse Racing Nation right up to his death.

The cause of his death has not yet been determined.

Due to Power Outage, Sunday’s Newsletter to be Released in Morning

Sat, 2019-04-13 23:27

Due to a power outage at TDN headquarters in Red Bank, New Jersey, the Apr. 14 edition of the newsletter will not be available until Sunday morning. We apologize for the delay.

War Front’s Omaha Beach Holds Off Improbable in Arkansas Derby

Sat, 2019-04-13 20:01

No amount of rain was going to ruin this ‘Beach’ day.

Omaha Beach (War Front) followed up on his game victory in the split-division GII Rebel S. with a determined, one-length tally over ‘TDN Rising Star’ Improbable (City Zip) in the GI Arkansas Derby over a sloppy, sealed track Saturday. It was another 5 3/4 lengths back to fellow ‘Rising Star’ Country House (Lookin At Lucky) in third.

“He looked like he was well within himself and Mike [Smith] just let him enjoy his job, just stride out and go where he went,” winning Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said.

Omaha Beach jumped well from his inside draw, but was quickly outsprinted by a quartet of runners heading into the clubhouse turn. Hall of Famer Mike Smith guided the Fox Hill runner to the outside and began to launch his patented, slingshot early move.

Omaha Beach hit the front with a four-wide blitz into a sharp opening quarter of :23.08 entering the backstretch, about seven furlongs from home. He held a narrow advantage over longshot leader One Flew South (Giant’s Causeway) through a half-mile in 47.50. Improbable, meanwhile, began to wind up with a flashy move of his own, and the stage was set as those two led the field of 11 into the far turn before an estimated crowd of 45,000 on a soggy day in Hot Springs.

Omaha Beach, confidently handled once again by Smith, responded well to a trio of left-handers close to home, and was never seriously threatened by the runner-up, who lost little in defeat for the second straight effort.

“My first thought was, ‘Jeez, don’t move too quick’ and then I thought, ‘Don’t be second-guessing Mike Smith,’ one of the greatest of all times,” Mandella said. “Just appreciate having him and can’t tell you how much I appreciate this horse and his owner [Rick Porter]. We’d already ran in the slop at home, so that wasn’t much of a concern. He’s a very tractable horse. I don’t think we need to pick a surface.”

The dark bay broke through with a nine-length maiden win going seven furlongs at fifth asking in the Santa Anita slop Feb. 2, then defeated champion Game Winner (Candy Ride {Arg}) by nostril in the aforementioned second division of the Rebel. Omaha Beach was working bullets back at Mandella’s Arcadia base for this, headed by a five-furlong move in 1:00 3/5 (1/45) Apr. 6.

“I had a great trip,” Smith said. “He jumped extremely well. There were several horses that wanted the lead. Mr. Mandella has been teaching him in the morning to break off strong and then relax. He did just that. Picked a nice little spot and stayed right there. His cruising speed just takes him up there. I just basically tried to stay out of way. He’s doing it so easy, I’m better off letting him than fighting him.”

On having to choose between Omaha Beach and GI Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster (Quality Road) on who to ride in the GI Kentucky Derby, Smith added, “It’s a lovely decision to have. We’re going to go back and see how everyone comes back and go from there. Evaluate the situation. Then my agent will make the decision. That’s why I pay him.”

Last year’s GI Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity winner Improbable, drawn on the fence, was reloaded after causing a ruckus in the starting gate. He was also a narrow second to Long Range Toddy (Take Charge Indy) in sophomore debut in the GII Rebel S.

“I was a little bit worried in the starting gate,” Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said of Improbable. “He was acting up in there. I had a few moments there of maybe he was going to rear up or do something and get left. Luckily, they unloaded him and put him back and he left there well. I thought Jose Ortiz did a masterful job of riding him. We got beat by a good horse. They showed how these California horses are good horses.”

Pedigree Notes:

Omaha Beach, a $625,000 RNA as a KEESEP yearling, hails from one of the more successful families found on this year’s path to the Kentucky Derby. His dam, Charming, is by preeminent broodmare sire Seeking the Gold, whose 166 stakes winners, 29 at Grade I level, produced by his daughters include a baker’s dozen of champions the likes of Blame and Surfside. One of his champions as a broodmare sire is 2014’s top 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi (Giant’s Causeway), a half-sister to Omaha Beach. Charming is a daughter of multiple GI winner Take Charge Lady (Dehere), who was later named 2013 Broodmare of the Year after producing Champion sophomore Will Take Charge (Unbridled’s Song) and additional GI winner Takes Charge Indy (A.P. Indy). Omaha Beach is by War Front, sire of 81 black-type winners, including another prominent runner on this year’s Derby trail in War of Will. Omaha Beach is the 20th Grade I winner for War Front.

Saturday, Oaklawn
ARKANSAS DERBY-GI, $1,000,000, Oaklawn, 4-13, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:49.91, sy.
1–OMAHA BEACH, 122, c, 3, by War Front
1st Dam: Charming, by Seeking the Gold
2nd Dam: Take Charge Lady, by Dehere
3rd Dam: Felicita, by Rubiano
1ST GRADE I WIN. ($625,000 RNA Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Fox Hill Farms, Inc.; B-Charming Syndicate (KY); T-Richard E. Mandella; J-Mike E. Smith. $600,000. Lifetime Record: 7-3-3-1, $1,121,800. *1/2 to Take Charge Brandi (Giant’s Causeway), Ch. 2yo Filly, MGISW, $1,692,126. Werk Nick Rating: D+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Improbable, 122, c, 3, City Zip–Rare Event, by A.P. Indy. ($110,000 Wlg ’16 KEENOV; $200,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). **TDN Rising Star** O-WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club International Ltd. and Starlight Racing; B-St. George Farm LLC & G. Watts Humphrey Jr. (KY); T-Bob Baffert. $200,000.
3–Country House, 118, c, 3, Lookin At Lucky–Quake Lake, by War Chant. **TDN Rising Star** O-Shields, Jr., Mrs. J. V., McFadden, Jr., E. J. M. and LNJ Foxwoods; B-J. V. Shields (KY); T-William I. Mott. $100,000.
Margins: 1, 5 3/4, 1. Odds: 1.70, 1.90, 8.00.
Also Ran: Laughing Fox, Galilean, Long Range Toddy, Jersey Agenda, Tikhvin Flew, Gray Attempt, Six Shooter, One Flew South.

Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Hard Spun Rising Star Remains Unbeaten in Arcadia

Sat, 2019-04-13 19:30

7th-Santa Anita, $59,403, Alw (NW1$X)/Opt. Clm ($40,000), 4-13, 3yo/up, f/m, 6 1/2f, 1:17.53, ft.

HARD NOT TO LOVE (f, 3, Hard Spun–Loving Vindication, by Vindication) made good on her ‘TDN Rising Star’-worthy debut victory in Arcadia Feb. 16 with a solid defeat of her elders Saturday. A half-sister to Canadian champion and Queen’s Plate victress Wonder Gadot (Medaglia d’Oro) (MGSW & MGISP, $1,509,861), the one-eyed filly was on the outside of a four-horse duel for control through a swift first quarter in :21.83. Taking control as the half went in :45.12, the $400,000 KEESEP grad cruised clear of the field and looked home free with Tiago Pereira motionless in the saddle. Lady Ninja (Majesticperfection) came flying late in the stretch, looking a threat to the winner, but Pereira never moved and Lady Ninja was still a half-length behind at the line. In addition to last term’s GI Kentucky Oaks runner-up and two-time graded winner Wonder Gadot, the winner is a half to Solemn Tribute (Medaglia d’Oro), SW & GSP, $181,234. Dave Anderson of Anderson Farms purchased Loving Vindication for $180,000 at the 2011 Keeneland January Sale and sold her first foal, the aforementioned Solemn Tribute for $385,000 at KEESEP. She produced a Bodemeister colt in 2017, who summoned $300,000 from trainer Catherine Day-Phillips at last year’s Fasig-Tipton October Sale, and a Nyquist filly in 2018. The 14-year-old mare, who is a daughter of GSW & GISP Chimichurri (Elusive Quality), RNA’d for $1.45 million carrying a foal by Curlin at last term’sFasig-Tipton November Sale. Sales history: $400,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $67,200. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Dorothy & David Ingordo & Steve Mooney; B-Anderson Farms Ont. Inc. (ON); T-John A. Shirreffs.


Tapit’s Valiance Wins on Debut at Gulfstream

Sat, 2019-04-13 18:54

12th-Gulfstream, $42,800, Msw, 4-13, 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 1:42.02, fm.
VALIANCE (f, 3, Tapit–Last Full Measure {GISW, $293,245}, by Empire Maker), let go at 8-1 for this unveiling despite her high-profile connections, hefty price tag and big pedigree, was away in good order from post 12 and pressed the pace from second through opening splits of :24.61 and :49.37. Sticking her nose in front approaching the far turn, the gray extended clear in the lane to win by a length. Favored Dyna Passer (Lemon Drop Kid) beat Call to Victory (Jimmy Creed) to the wire for second but that order was flipped after the stewards determined that Dyna Passer was guilty of interference. The winner’s dam, who typically raced in turf routes and who was MGSP under those circumstances, cut back to upend the 2013 GI Madison S. on the Keeneland Polytrack at 17-1 in her final career start. The daughter of MGISW Lady Slusan (Slewvescent) brought $1.5 million in foal to War Front at the following year’s Keeneland November sale. Last Full Measure has a 2-year-old filly by Medaglia d’Oro, a yearling colt by Exaggerator and a filly foal by Mastery. Sales history: $650,000 Ylg ’17 FTSAUG. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $24,000. Click for the chartor VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Martin S. Schwartz &China Horse Club International Ltd.; B-China Horse Club International Limited (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher.


More Than Ready’s Rushing Fall Wires the Jenny Wiley

Sat, 2019-04-13 18:22

Entering Saturday’s running of the GI Coolmore Jenny Wiley S. at Keeneland, only two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan (Wiseman’s Ferry, seven) and the talented galloper and producer Take Charge Lady (Dehere, four) had won three or more black-type events at the iconic Lexington oval. Making her first start of the season, eFive Racing’s TDN Rising Star‘ Rushing Fall (More Than Ready) joined that elite group under a perfectly rated ride from the red-hot Javier Castellano, giving trainer Chad Brown three wins in the race in the last five years and his second in succession. Champion Sistercharlie (Ire) (Myboycharlie {Ire}) took down top honors last spring.

Making her first appearance since cutting out all the fractions in this track’s GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup last October, Rushing Fall jumped alertly from gate two and took the field under the line for the first time as Princess Warrior (Midshipman), fourth in the QE II, rolled forward to provide some token pressure through an opening quarter in :23.81. Able to continue to control the pace, Rushing Fall was allowed soft internal sectionals of :24.60 and :25.21, all under her own steam, and was not asked a serious question until drifting a bit wide off the home corner. A bit tardy in switching her leads, Rushing Fall was confronted by Got Stormy (Stormy Atlantic) to her outside at the eighth pole, but turned back that bid, following which her stablemate Rymska (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) took a crack at her with a dive down towards the fence. But Rushing Fall had all the answers and sealed the deal with a final 110 yards that were clocked in :5.85 seconds.

Rushing Fall parlayed a victory in this track’s GIII Jessamine S. into a second straight success for eFive in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in 2017, then returned to action with a popular tally in the GII Appalachian S. here last April. Beaten a neck into second by California raider Toinette (Scat Daddy) in Churchill’s GIII Edgewood S., she bounced back to land the GII Lake Placid S. at Saratoga before closing the season in the QE II.

Pedigree Notes:

A half-sister to the good SW & MGSP distaff dirt sprinter Milam (Street Sense), Rushing Fall is a maternal granddaughter of GSP Marie J, the dam of GSP Sisti’s Pride (Forestry). Rushing Fall’s MSW third dam produced SP Bright Feather (Fappiano), whose son Albert the Great (Go For Gin) won the GI Jockey Club Gold Cup. Autumnal is the dam of the 3-year-old filly Queen Eli (Candy Ride {Arg}) but has not produced a live foal since.

Saturday, Keeneland
COOLMORE JENNY WILEY S.-GI, $350,000, Keeneland, 4-13, 4yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16mT, 1:42.77, fm.
1–RUSHING FALL, 120, f, 4, by More Than Ready
1st Dam: Autumnal, by Forestry
2nd Dam: Marie J, by Mr. Prospector
3rd Dam: In My Cap, by Vice Regent
TDN Rising Star ($320,000 Ylg ’16 FTSAUG). O-e Five Racing
Thoroughbreds; B-Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding (KY);
T-Chad C. Brown; J-Javier Castellano. $210,000. Lifetime
Record: 8-7-1-0, $1,518,000. *1/2 to Milam (Street Sense),
SW & MGSP, $239,651. Werk Nick Rating: C+.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Rymska (Fr), 118, m, 5, by Le Havre (Ire)
1st Dam: Foreign Raider (Ire), by Lend a Hand (GB)
2nd Dam: Chania (Ire), by In the Wings (GB)
3rd Dam: Chalon (Ire), by Habitat
(€35,000 Wlg ’14 ARQDEC). O-Madaket Stables LLC, Tom
Coleman, Team Hanley & Elayne Stables; B-Eric Feurtet (FR);
T-Chad C. Brown. $70,000.
3–Got Stormy, 118, f, 4, by Get Stormy
1st Dam: Super Phoebe, by Malabar Gold
2nd Dam: Air France, by French Deputy
3rd Dam: Twin Propeller, by Known Fact
($23,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $45,000 2yo ’17 EASMAY). O-Gary
Barber; B-Mt. Joy Stables, Pope McLean, Marc McLean & Pope
McLean Jr. (KY); T-Mark E. Casse. $35,000.
Margins: 1, HF, NK. Odds: 0.90, 2.00, 21.30.
Also Ran: Onthemoonagain (Fr), Bellavais, Phantom Opening, Princess Warrior, Goodyearforroses (Ire). Click for the chart, the PPsor the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Into Mischief’s Owendale Upsets the Lexington

Sat, 2019-04-13 17:54

Owendale (Into Mischief), a maiden winner at third asking at Indiana Downs last September, took a big step forward in two attempts at Fair Grounds this winter, including a win in a salty optional claimer Jan. 17. He was freshened after finishing a disappointing eighth-albeit with a disadvantageous, wide trip-in the GII Risen Star S. Feb. 16. The bay, working bullets in the interim, headed by a five-furlong drill in :59 4/5 (1/31) at Churchill Downs Apr. 6, was overlooked at 12-1 in this second attempt in graded company.

With Florent Geroux at the controls for the first time here, he found a spot toward the rear in eighth as the pair of Hawaiian Noises (Super Saver) and Knicks Go (Paynter) showed the way through fractions of :24.33 and :48.23. Owendale began to wind up with a flashy, sweeping move while about four wide as they rounded the far turn, reached even terms with Knicks Go as they straightened for home and kept on rolling down the lane to pull off the upset.

“Last race, we felt like he ate too much dirt, and he kind of backed out down the backside and then had too much to do,” Ricky Giannini, assistant to winning trainer Brad Cox, said. “Today, he ate the same amount of dirt. I think he’s just maturing and turning into a good horse. He’s always trained like it and today he put it all together and got the job done.”

Geroux added, “It changed a lot when the gates opened. He didn’t break so well, [Knicks Go] went out and [Zenden] looked at me. Things change a lot–sometimes you need to go to Plan B very quick. He ran a very good race.”

Pedigree Notes:

Owendale makes it 47 stakes winners for his leading sire, who sends his eighth crop to race this year. The Lexington winner’s unraced dam sold for $25,000 to Korean interests at the 2017 Keeneland November sale and has since produced a 2018 colt by Kantharos in that country. Owendale’s 2-year-old half-brother Yeng Again (Carpe Diem) brought $75,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale. The extended family has been prolific, as Owendale’s granddam, Zenith, is a graded-placed stakes winner whose produce included GI Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity winner Great Hunter (Aptitude). Zenith’s half-sister produced champion Stellar Wind (Curlin), a six-time GI winner who brought $6 million as a broodmare prospect in 2017.

Saturday, Keeneland
STONESTREET LEXINGTON S.-GIII, $200,000, Keeneland, 4-13, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 1:44.14, ft.
1–OWENDALE, 118, c, 3, by Into Mischief
1st Dam: Aspen Light, by Bernardini
2nd Dam: Zenith, by Roy
3rd Dam: Sequins, by Northern Fashion
Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Rupp Racing; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred
Holdings LLC (KY); T-Brad H. Cox; J-Florent Geroux. $120,000.
Lifetime Record: 8-3-1-1, $187,225. Werk Nick Rating: B+.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Anothertwistafate, 120, c, 3, Scat Daddy–Imprecation, by
First Defence. ($360,000 2yo ’18 OBSOPN). O-Peter Redekop
B. C., Ltd.; B-Pursuit of Success LLC (KY); T-Blaine D. Wright.
3–Sueno, 118, c, 3, Atreides–Class Above, by Quiet American.
($1,500 Wlg ’16 KEENOV; $61,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Silverton
Hill LLC; B-Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc (KY); T-J. Keith
Desormeaux. $20,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, 1 1/4, 5. Odds: 12.70, 1.40, 3.90.
Also Ran: Knicks Go, Shang, Roiland, Harvey Wallbanger, Zenden, Hawaiian Noises, Chase the Ghost. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Candy Ride’s Pyron Remains Perfect in Hot Springs

Sat, 2019-04-13 16:48

6th-Oaklawn, $101,000, Alw (NW1X)/Opt. Clm ($75,000), 4-13, 3yo, 6f, 1:10.45, sy.
PYRON (c, 3, Candy Ride {Arg}–Tapatia {SP}, by Tapit) took his record to two-for-two with a first-level allowance score in the slop at Oaklawn Saturday. Breaking on top, the 5-2 shot settled in a close-up third, just a neck off the dueling leaders through a first quarter in :22.07. Sticking his nose in front as the half went up in :45.31, the homebred was three wide turning for home and kept on finding to splash home 2 3/4 lengths clear. Stablemate You’vesaiditall (Lookin at Lucky) rallied for second on what was a very productive afternoon for the Steve Asmussen barn. The winner, who earned an 87 Beyer Speed Figure for a 3/4-of-a-length victory over track and trip Feb. 24, has a 2-year-old full-brother named Tap Attack and a yearling half-sister by Will Take Charge. His dam was most recently bred to Carpe Diem. Pyron shares his GSW/GISP second dam Call Now (Wild Again) with Grade I winner and sire Tapizar (Tapit). Sales history: $15,000 2yo ’18 EASMAY. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $110,400. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC; B-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.


Eskendereya’s Mitole Bests Whitmore in the Count Fleet

Sat, 2019-04-13 15:32

Mitole (Eskendereya) made the grade with an ultra-impressive win over two-time Count Fleet Sprint defending champ Whitmore here.

He blasted out from his rail draw and was hounded by Whitmore through fractions of :22.49 and :45.54 over the sloppy going. Whitmore challenged for command while drifting out some as they turned for home, but Mitole had plenty left in the tank and splashed clear in the stretch to post a stylish victory.

Mitole entered riding a four-race winning streak, including runaway tallies in last term’s Bachelor S. in Arkansas in April and Pimlico’s Chick Lang S. in May. Off since the latter, he aired in his comebacker in Arkansas in an optional claimer Mar. 2.

“To win his first graded stakes is special,” winning trainer Steve Asmussen said. “He’s an elite caliber horse. He handles the wet track extremely well. He won the Chick Lang under similar conditions. He broke well and was fast to the wire. Very grateful to have him in our barn.”

Pedigree Notes:

One of 18 stakes winners for 2010’s GI Wood Memorial winner Eskendereya, Mitole is out of a mare by burgeoning broodmare sire Indian Charlie, whose daughters have produced 50 blacktype winners to date. Mitole’s dam is out of 2007 Astoria S. winner Glacken’s Gal, making her a half-sister to 2013 GII Davona Dale winner Live Lively (Medaglia d’Oro). Three members of Mitole’s immediate family have gone through the sales ring in the last year, including the now 3-year-old Tipperary Jack (Violence), a half-brother who sold at Goffs for the equivalent of $252,320, and a yearling half-brother by Oxbow who brought $17,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale in February. In addition, his dam sold in foal to Into Mischief at Keeneland November, bringing $240,000 from WinStar Farm.

Saturday, Oaklawn
COUNT FLEET SPRINT H.-GIII, $490,000, Oaklawn, 4-13, 4yo/up, 6f, 1:09.36, sy.
1–MITOLE, 121, c, 4, by Eskendereya
1st Dam: Indian Miss, by Indian Charlie
2nd Dam: Glacken’s Gal, by Smoke Glacken
3rd Dam: Lady Diplomat, by Silver Deputy
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($20,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $140,000 2yo ’17 OBSAPR). O-L. William and Corinee Heiligbrodt; B-Edward A. Cox (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen; J-Ricardo Santana, Jr. $300,000. Lifetime Record: 9-6-2-1, $701,510. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Whitmore, 123, g, 6, Pleasantly Perfect–Melody’s Spirit, by Scat Daddy. O-Robert V LaPenta, Southern Springs Stables and Head of Plains Partners LLC; B-John Liviakis (KY); T-Ron Moquett. $100,000.
3–Bourbon Cowboy, 117, g, 7, Cowboy Cal–First Installment, by Broken Vow. ($45,000 Ylg ’13 OBSAUG; $50,000 2yo ’14 OBSAPR). O-Randy Howg, Selman Shaby and Lana Smith; B-Richard Forbush & Pin Oak Stud, LLC (KY); T-Robertino Diodoro. $50,000.
Margins: 2 3/4, 7, NK. Odds: 0.40, 1.60, 16.50.
Also Ran: Operation Stevie, Storm Advisory.
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Winx Out a Winner in the Queen Elizabeth

Sat, 2019-04-13 09:50

by Paul Vettise, courtesy TDNAus/NZ

The last act has been played out to rapturous applause as the curtain came down on the glittering career of a superstar of the turf. Wonderful Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}) bowed out to a rousing reception and one that shook Randwick to its foundations.

Winx has held the racing world in awe for the last four years, undefeated in her last 33 appearances and a collection of records that have put together a play list that will be heard long and loud for years to come.

And yes, she provided everybody with the send-off they clamoured for by demolishing her G1 Longines Queen Elizabeth II S. rivals. The old maxim that there are no certainties in racing simply didn’t apply to her.

A sell-out crowd of 42,000 fanatical supporters had their dreams fulfilled when Winx waved goodbye with the panache only she could have showcased. On a wildly emotional afternoon at Randwick, the mare of the world did what she does best – win for fun.

Winx was settled back of midfield and one off the fence by Bowman before he urged her around the field from the 700 metre mark and they swung widest into the straight.

Winx was clear with 200 metres to run and coasted home clear of the gallant pair of Kluger (Jpn) (King Kamehameha {Jpn}) and Hartnell (GB) (Authorized {Ire}) with Happy Clapper (Aus) (Teofilo {Ire}) home for fourth.

“This is a fairy-tale ending. We weren’t sure we would get that, but how wonderful with that girl,” part-owner Debbie Kepitis said. “She is the most amazing, supreme athlete that I think I’ve ever seen and handled by the most supreme coach. It’s very exciting to have this come to fruition. Congratulations to everybody who has ever been involved with this wonderful mare. The farriers, the dentists and the chiropractors, every person – they all deserve accolades as well.

Co-owner Peter Tighe also paid a special tribute to the conditioning skills of trainer Chris Waller, who celebrated his 100th Group 1 success in the Queen Elizabeth.

“He’s the captain of the team. It’s been really exciting and it’s amazing what it’s all done for racing,” he said.

Winx’s career was one littered with firsts. She owns a world record 25 Group 1 titles and her credits include a surely never to be beaten four consecutive G1 Cox Plate victories as well as quartets of wins in the G1 George Ryder S. and the Chipping Norton S. She has also won the last three Australian Horse of the Year titles.

WATCH: Winx makes it 33 in a row in the Queen Elizabeth

Curlin Filly Takes the Fantasy

Fri, 2019-04-12 18:29

Lady Apple (Curlin) squeezed through a very tight spot inside of favored Motion Emotion (Take Charge Indy) inside the final furlong and fought her way to a game victory in the GIII Fantasy S. at the Oaklawn Park.

One of the first to break the line, Lady Apple found her way to the fence with a minimum of fuss for Ricardo Santana Jr. and took up the box seat from third as the race favorite and chief market rival and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Brill (Medaglia d’Oro) ding-donged it on the business end. Still under a nice long hold from Santana entering the turn, Lady Apple drew ever closer approaching the stretch and loomed dangerous if able to find a spot to run. Motion Emotion managed to fend off the race-long challenge from Brill to her outside, but with Santana Jr. riding for luck, there was just enough room for Lady Apple to knife through and edge away to score.

“Ricardo gave her a dream trip and the filly showed tremendous heart,” said winning trainer Steve Asmussen. “She broke smoothly. He worked out the perfect trip for her. I think the only option was the fence and she showed a lot of heart to go through there.”

Second as a maiden in the Astoria S. at Belmont last June, Lady Apple was fifth in the GIII Schuylerville S. The following month and a distant fifth as the favorite to ‘TDN Rising Star’ Feedback (Violence) in a Spa maiden Aug. 12 before calling it a season. She defeated a next-out winner to graduate in the local slop Feb. 7 and handled the stretch out to two turns with a decisive allowance success here Mar. 23.

Pedigree Notes:

Lady Apple, the 24th graded winner and 57th black-type winner for Arkansas Derby winner Curlin, is one of 10 winners from 11 to race for the 2002 GII Schuylerville S. runner-up, who is also responsible for SW & GSP Dr. Diamonds Prize (Pure Prize) and Miss Red Delicious, who won the Ellis Park Debutante in 2005 to become the first stakes winner sired by Empire Maker. Lady Apple is a half-sister to the 2-year-old colt Apple Empire (Empire Maker) and a filly foal by More Than Ready that was born this past Feb. 24.

Friday, Oaklawn Park
FANTASY S.-GIII, $500,000, Oaklawn, 4-12, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:43.88, ft.
1–LADY APPLE, 117, f, 3, by Curlin
1st Dam: Miss Mary Apples (GSP, $171,172), by Clever Trick
2nd Dam: Sacred Sue, by Holy Bull
3rd Dam: Bootshine Girl, by Green Dancer
RNA Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Phoenix Thoroughbred III & KatieRich
Stables; B-KatieRich Farms (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen;
J-Ricardo Santana, Jr. $300,000. Lifetime Record: 7-3-2-0,
$452,200. *1/2 to Miss Red Delicious (Empire Maker), MSW,
$203,425; and Dr. Diamonds Prize (Pure Prize), SW & GSP,
$240,903. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Werk Nick Rating: C+.
2–Motion Emotion, 118, f, 3, Take Charge Indy–Golden Motion,
by Smart Strike. ($55,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Mark
DeDomenico LLC; B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY); T-Thomas L. Van
Berg. $100,000.
3–Brill, 117, f, 3, Medaglia d’Oro–Hung the Moon, by Malibu
Moon. ‘TDN Rising Star’ ($1,000,000 Ylg ’17 FTKJUL). O-OXO
Equine LLC; B-Southern Equine Stables, LLC (KY); T-Jerry
Hollendorfer. $50,000.
Margins: 1, 3/4, 4HF. Odds: 9.80, 1.20, 3.10.
Also Ran: Orra Moor, Irish Mischief, Cosmic Code, Super Tap, Destiny Over Fate, K P Slickem, Oxy Lady, Filly Joel. Scratched: Kiffle. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Into Mischief Filly Runs Them Off Their Feet in Keeneland Finale

Fri, 2019-04-12 18:17

10th-Keeneland, $78,580, Msw, 4-12, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:11.77, my.
PALOMITA (f, 3, Into Mischief–Palomanegra, by Grand Slam) broke alertly, cleared her inside competitors and never gave anyone a chance in the stretch to score a romping graduation in the Keeneland nightcap Friday. Bet down to 9-10 debuting Feb. 2 at Gulfstream, the bay was a distant second behind ‘TDN Rising Star’ Violencia (Violence) and showed six interim drills, capped by a half-mile move in :48 4/5 (34/109) here Apr. 6. Taking the bulk of the play once again to be 8-5, the $375,000 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream buy beat the blocks and went on with it easily through a sharp :21.90 quarter. Cruising around the turn under a hot-handed Javier Castellano, she gave her rivals the slip past midstretch and rolled home four lengths to the good. Violent Lady (Violence) was second-best, while Doll Collection (Tapit), the second foal out of dual champion Groupie Doll (Bowman’s Band) won a three-horse photo for the show. The winner’s has a juvenile full-brother and her dam, a half to MGSW/GISP Falling Sky (Lion Heart), was bred to Kitten’s Joy last season. Sales History: $75,000 RNA Wlg ’16 KEENOV; $175,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP; $375,000 2yo ’18 FTFMAR. Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $56,000. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-e Five Racing Thoroughbreds; B-Kendall E. Hansen, M.D. Racing, LLC (KY); T-Chad C. Brown.

Delta Prince Goes Last to First in Maker’s 46 Mile

Fri, 2019-04-12 17:39

Delta Prince (Street Cry {Ire}, one of a remarkable six ‘TDN Rising Stars’ for the wonderful producer Delta Princess (A.P. Indy), became his dam’s second Grade I winner at Keeneland, producing a stinging late rally that carried him to an ultimately comfortable victory in Friday’s GI Maker’s 46 S. His ‘Rising Star’ half-sister Crown Queen (Street Sense) won the 2014 GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.

Away without incident from the three hole, the Stronach homebred looked to have secured a good position covering the well-backed GI Hollywood Derby winner Raging Bull (Fr) (Dark Angel {Ire}), but the latter failed to corner especially well, consigning Delta Prince to a four-wide run around the first bend as defending champ Heart to Heart (English Channel) exchanged blows up front with the positively ridden Great Wide Open (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}). Delta Prince did not appear to be traveling very well at the rear of the field through the middle stages of the race and he had to be asked for an effort fully three-eighths of a mile from home. Still trailing turning for home, Delta Prince was switched out after following the move of Raging Bull into the stretch and finally found his best stride before running out a good-looking winner.

“He’s grown up and matured into a really nice horse,” said winning trainer Jimmy Jerkens, whose last and only other Keeneland stakes win came courtesy of Christmas Kid (Lemon Drop Kid) in the 2007 GI Ashland S. “When [jockey Javier Castellano] swung him out, he looked like he was starting to kick in. But I was really nervous down the backside.”

Delta Prince was making just his 13th trip postward Friday afternoon and celebrated his best season to date at five in 2018, with a breakthrough graded success in the GII King Edward S. before just failing to catch loose-on-the-lead Voodoo Song (English Channel) in the GI Fourstardave H. at Saratoga Aug. 11. An even fourth as the favorite in the GI Woodbine Mile last September, the dark bay was a distant third in the GIII Bold Ruler H. on the Aqueduct main Nov. 2. Ridden by Frankie Dettori in the GI Pegasus World Cup Turf Jan. 26, he made a run from last and hit the front a furlong out before settling for third to Bricks and Mortar (Giant’s Causeway). He shipped to California for the GI F.E. Kilroe Mile last month, but was rerouted to the Maker’s 46 when the Kilroe was canceled and rescheduled.

Pedigree Notes:

On the eve of Winx’s career finale in the G1 Queen Elizabeth S. in Sydney, Delta Prince becomes the 21st top-level winner for the much-missed Street Cry (Ire). He is the 25th Grade I winner and one of 98 graded winners produced by a daughter of A.P. Indy. A half-sister to G1SW Biondetti (Bernardini) and a full-sister to Grade I-winning turfer Indy Five Hundred, Delta Princess was the dam of seven winners from as many to race, including Khozan (Distorted Humor) in addition to the four other siblings listed in the mare’s produce record above. Three-time champion Royal Delta, purchased by Ben Leon for $8.5 million at Keeneland November in 2011, sadly passed away from complications from foaling a filly by Galileo (Ire) in February 2017. Now named Delta’s Royalty (Ire), she is in training in Europe with Roger Varian.

Friday, Keeneland
MAKER’S 46 MILE S.-GI, $300,000, Keeneland, 4-12, 4yo/up, 1mT, 1:35.97, gd.
1–DELTA PRINCE, 118, h, 6, by Street Cry (Ire)
1st Dam: Delta Princess (MGSW,$740,918), by A.P. Indy
2nd Dam: Lyphard’s Delta, by Lyphard
3rd Dam: Proud Delta, by Delta Judge
1ST GRADE I WIN‘TDN Rising Star’. O-Stronach Stables; B-Adena Springs (KY);
T-James A. Jerkens; J-Javier Castellano. $180,000. Lifetime Record: 13-5-3-4, $1,173,819. *1/2 to Royal Delta (Empire Maker), Ch. 3yo Filly, 2X Ch. Older Mare, MGISW, $4,811,126; Carnival Court (Street Sense), GISP, $161,662; Crown Queen (Smart Strike), GISW, $593,000; and Empire Way (Empire Maker), GSP, $119,170. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Clyde’s Image, 118, g, 5, Get Stormy–Marquetessa, by Marquetry. ($24,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Sullimar Stable; B-Barr Inman (KY); T-Thomas M. Bush. $60,000.
3–Qurbaan, 118, h, 6, Speightstown–Flip Flop (Fr), by Zieten. ($300,000 Wlg ’13 KEENOV). O-Shadwell Stable; B-Justin Carthy (KY); T-Kiaran P. McLaughlin. $30,000.
Margins: 1HF, NK, HD. Odds: 1.70, 46.10, 4.00.
Also Ran: Raging Bull (Fr), Doctor Mounty, Great Wide Open (Ire), Heart to Heart. Scratched: Hembree.
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Dubawi Rising Star ‘March’-es to Lead Late in Keeneland Allowance

Fri, 2019-04-12 14:58

4th-Keeneland, $72,297, Alw, 4-12, (NW1X), 3yo, 1 1/16mT, 1:44.63, gd.
DEMARCHELIER (GB) (c, 3, Dubawi {Ire}–Loveisallyouneed {Ire}, by Sadler’s Wells) named a ‘TDN Rising Star’ on debut, backed up that effort by running down MGISW Oscar Performance (Kitten’s Joy) half-brother Award Winner (Ghostzapper) in the closing stages of a first-level allowance at Keeneland. Left with a lot to do at the top of the lane when favored first-out Nov. 21 at Aqueduct, the 425,000gns purchase showed a strong late kick to get up over Seismic Wave (Tapit), recent winner of the Cutler Bay S. at Gulfstream. Made the 8-5 favorite to double up in his 3-year-old debut, the bay came away well and traveled in seventh behind splits of :24.23 and :49.71 over the good ground. Advancing three wide midway around the far turn, he swung five deep at the top of the lane and drew alongside Award Winner at the eighth pole. Appearing poised to blow past that one, Demarchelier encountered a stubborn foe, but kept grinding to edge to the lead late and score a half-length success in 1:44.63. The winner’s unraced dam is a full-sister to G1SWs and Irish Highweights Yesterday (Ire) and Quarter Moon (Ire), the latter of which produced G1SW Diamondsandrubies (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}). This is also the female family of MG1SWs Aussie Rules (Danehill), Alborada (GB) (Alzao) and Albanova (GB) (Alzao). Loveisallyouneed is responsible for a juvenile Sea The Stars (Ire) colt and a yearlingcolt by Golden Horn (GB). Sales history: S425,000gns Ylg ’17 TATOCT. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $78,520. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Peter M. Brant; B-Newsells Park Stud (GB); T-Chad C. Brown.


California Representatives Announce Hearing, Legislation On Horse Racing Safety

Fri, 2019-04-12 11:02

California state senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and assemblymember Adam Gray, D-Merced, have announced plans for a joint oversight hearing on horse racing safety. The duo also announced the introduction of new legislation to authorize the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to promptly suspend racing if dangerous conditions exist.

The hearing “will include testimony from expert witnesses highlighting the steps the industry and regulators have already taken to improve safety as well as exploring areas where more needs to be done,” according to a press release from Dodd’s office. Dodd and Gray met with California Horse Racing Board head Chuck Winner weeks ago to discuss steps that could be taken to improve safety at Santa Anita.

“This common sense bill is one part of the solution, and Chairman Gray and I will be convening a hearing to determine whether there are additional steps the industry or the state should take to enhance safety,” said Sen. Dodd. “It’s clear that state regulators need the power to act swiftly and decisively when exigent safety concerns arise.”

When it comes to the joint oversight hearing, which is between the state senate and assembly, specifics are light.

In an email to TDN, a spokesman for Sen. Dodd wrote that the agenda is currently being developed for the possible speakers at the hearing, which “should include” regulators, veterinary experts and industry people. The hearing is expected to be scheduled sometime in the second week of May, he said.

According to the spokesman, Dodd has spoken with industry stakeholders as well as state regulators about other horse racing-related issues like safety. “And we’ll be working collaboratively to see what can be accomplished administratively as well as what items like emergency race delays might require legislative action,” the spokesman wrote.

“Broadly, the senator appreciates that the board and track are taking the issue seriously and have taken steps to demonstrate that. The hearing will help him determine if there are additional steps that should be taken,” the spokesman wrote. As to what those steps might include, “we won’t speculate or pre-suppose what steps should be taken. That’s the goal of the hearing,” the spokesman replied.

Senate Bill 469 would allow racing board directors to convene an emergency meeting to consider temporary track closure when a situation emerges requiring prompt action. The usual 10-day meeting notice would be waived, but the board would still be required to notice the emergency meeting to the media and public.

SB 469, which is scheduled for its first hearing Apr. 23, is also co-authored by Sen. Susan Rubio, D-Baldwin Park, and assemblymember Ed Chau, D-Arcadia, whose districts include Santa Anita.

In an emailed statement to TDN, Asm. Chau wrote that “the actions taken by the CHRB and Santa Anita management are an important step in raising the standards for the industry, but further reforms may be necessary, so I am looking forward to the oversight hearing on what more needs to be done, and continuing my involvement in future Legislative efforts, as I have been with SB 469.”

When it comes to the racing calendar, the board has the authority to transfer race dates from one track to another track if it receives approval from both participating tracks. If the CHRB doesn’t receive approval from both tracks, then the board has the authority to unilaterally move race dates around, but only if it receives a race dates application which is subsequently posted for at least 10 days. If necessary, the board can hold an unscheduled board meeting at the end of those 10 days.

Coolmore Buys Into Galilean

Thu, 2019-04-11 16:56

The Coolmore contingent has purchased an interest in MSW Galilean (Uncle Mo) ahead of his impending start in Saturday’s GI Arkansas Derby.

“We are immensely gratified to have Coolmore join us in the ownership of Galilean as he looks to lock down a spot in the Kentucky Derby,” West Point CEO Terry Finley said.

Opening his account with a win in the Barretts Juvenile S. in September, the $600,000 BARMAR topper was second to ‘TDN Rising Star’ Cruel Intentions (Smiling Tiger) in the Golden State Juvenile S. in November and returned to winning ways in the King Glorious S. at Los Al Dec. 16. A decisive victor of the California Cup Derby Feb. 18 at Santa Anita, Galilean was third behind Long Range Toddy (Take Charge Indy) and Improbable (City Zip) in the split GII Rebel S. at Oaklawn Mar. 16.


Del Mar’s “Ship and Win” Program Returns With Bigger Bonuses in 2019

Thu, 2019-04-11 15:33

Del Mar’s “Ship and Win” program, which for the past eight years has provided incentives to owners and trainers to import out-of-state horses to race locally, will be back for a ninth summer at the shore with an enhanced bonus package attached in hopes of luring more runners to the seaside oval.

At its inception in 2011, “Ship and Win” offered horsemen an automatic check for $1,000 and a further 20% first-race, purse-enhancement bonus for their new starters. In 2017, those monies were raised to $1,500 and 30%. Last year, the automatic check was elevated again to $2,000. For the 2019 season, which opens Wednesday, July 17, that initial check for all imports has climbed once more to $2,500. Additionally, the first-race purse bonus has been boosted anew to 40%.

“This has been a very positive program for our horsemen and for racing in general in the west,” said Del Mar racing secretary David Jerkens. “We’ve brought in more than a thousand horses under ‘Ship and Win’ and they’ve made thousands of starts at all of the state’s racetracks. When these horses come west, they almost all stay here. With our new and even more lucrative incentives, we hope to add more stock for our summer session and beyond.”