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World of Trouble Proves Too Good in Jaipur

Sat, 2019-06-08 14:58

ELMONT, N.Y.–World of Trouble (Kantharos) proved too good for his foes in Belmont’s newly upgraded GI Jaipur Invitational S. Saturday, taking them from gate-to-wire for a gutsy score. Gunining straight to the lead as always, the 2-5 chalk zipped through an opening quarter in:21.99 and a half in :43.85 with Belvoir Bay (GB) (Equiano {Fr}) tracking from second. Belvoir Bay and Om (Munnings) tried to challenge in early stretch, but World of Trouble had plenty left in the tank, easily extending clear of those foes to register a 1 3/4-length score. Om got up for second and record-setting past Jaipur winner Disco Partner (Disco Rico) completed the trifecta.

“Man, what a horse,” trainer Jason Servis said. “I have to tell you, for some reason I missed the [fractions]. I was watching him on the binoculars. I was a little bit relieved that [Belvoir Bay] didn’t press him. I got a little worried at the eighth pole and then it looked like he was going to be okay. I think he runs a little scared like ‘I gotta go, I gotta go’ but he’s a special horse. I’m looking forward to training some of his offspring. If I had a mare, I think I’d want to breed to him with that speed.”

“No one can do what Jason has done, he’s really brought this horse along incredibly,” said owner Michael Dubb. “He picks his spots and hasn’t taken him to the mat every race. He just has spaced his races and done everything the right way. I’m really in awe of job he’s done.”

Privately purchased by Kim Valerio on behalf of Michael Dubb after his second start, World of Trouble dominated the Pasco S. on dirt last term in his first start for Jason Servis. Off the board in the GII Tampa Bay Derby and GII Woody Stephens S. last term, he reeled off wins in the Quick Call S. and Allied Forces S. on the turf and was nailed on the wire to finish a close second in the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint S. Nov. 3. Starting off this season on the right foot with a win in a sloppy off-the-turf renewal of the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint S. Jan. 26, the bay scored his first top-level success back on dirt in Aqueduct’s GI Carter H. Apr. 6 and captured the GII Twin Spires Turf Sprint on Derby weekend May 3.

Pedigree Notes:

Kantharos’s dam Meets Expectations is a half-sister to a MGSW turf sprinter by Kantharos in Bucchero. She is also responsible for stakes winner Money or Love (J Be K); an unnamed juvenile full-brother to the winner, who was a $285,000 KEESEP yearling; and a yearling filly by The Big Beast. She was bred back to Frosted last spring.

Saturday, Belmont Park
JAIPUR INVITATIONAL S.-GI, $400,000, Belmont, 6-8, 3yo/up, 6fT, 1:06.37, fm.
1–WORLD OF TROUBLE, 122, c, 4, by Kantharos
1st Dam: Meets Expectations, by Valid Expectations
2nd Dam: Meetmeontime, by General Meeting
3rd Dam: Parlay, by Mt. Livermore
($10,000 RNA Ylg ’16 OBSAUG). O-Michael Dubb, Madaket
Stables LLC & Bethlehem Stables LLC; B-Darsan Inc. (FL);
T-Jason Servis; J-Manuel Franco. $220,000. Lifetime Record:
13-9-2-1, $1,263,300. *1/2 to Money Or Love (J Be K), SW,
$211,840. Werk Nick Rating: A+.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Om, 120, h, 7, Munnings–Rare Cat, by Tabasco Cat. ($60,000
Ylg ’13 KEESEP; $125,000 2yo ’14 BARMAR). O-K. B. Sareen;
B-Lavin Bloodstock, Bernie Sams & William S. Farish, Jr. (KY);
T-Peter Miller. $80,000.
3–Disco Partner, 122, h, 7, Disco Rico–Lulu’s Number, by
Numerous. O/B-Patricia Generazio (NY); T-Christophe
Clement. $48,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, 3/4, HF. Odds: 0.40, 13.20, 4.40.
Also Ran: Belvoir Bay (GB), Diamond Oops, Dirty, Wild Shot. Scratched: Undrafted, Gidu (Ire). Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


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Midnight Bisou Does it Again in Ogden Phipps

Sat, 2019-06-08 14:23

ELMONT, NY – Apparently Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) didn’t get the memo about Belmont Park’s perceived inside, speed bias this weekend.

The popular dark bay, owned in partnership by Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing, exploded down the lane to post a breathtaking come-from-behind 3 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s GI Ogden Phipps S., a ‘Win and You’re In’ for the GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Midnight Bisou is unbeaten in eight career attempts at 1 1/16 miles.

Come Dancing (Malibu Moon), favored at 4-5 off the heels of a pair of runaway wins in her last two, including the GIII Distaff H. with a gaudy 114 Beyer Speed Figure and the local GII Ruffian S. in the slop May 5, was second after setting the pace. It was another 3/4 of a length back to longshot Mopotism (Uncle Mo) in third.

“She makes you so proud,” winning trainer Steve Asmussen said. “She changes people’s lives. She’s just a special horse and I’m proud to be associated with her. I believe she’s added to how great she is with consistency. She’s expecting to win, and I think the results speak for themselves.

Asmussen continued, “She will go back to Churchill immediately after this. The amount of time we’ve had her there, she’ll most likely have a breeze or two at Churchill before deciding on her next race.”

Midnight Bisou, off as the 8-5 second choice, tracked on the inside in fourth in the compact field of five as Come Dancing, who stumbled at the break, led comfortably through fractions of :23.39 and :45.96. Racing under confident handling by Mike Smith on the rail approaching the quarter pole, Midnight Bisou was tipped out to take on the pacesetter at the top of the lane, and, with a quick shake of the reins, turned on the jets in the stretch to win as much-the-best while stopping the timer in a very sharp final clocking.

Midnight Bisou has three other top-level wins on her resume, including last term’s GI Santa Anita Oaks and GI Cotillion S. at Parx via disqualification. She captured her previous first three starts of her 4-year-old campaign, headed by a nose victory over Escape Clause (Going Commando) in the GI Apple Blossom H. at Oaklawn last time Apr. 14. The 2018 GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff third-place finisher romped by six lengths in her lone previous attempt at Belmont Park in last June’s GII Mother Goose S.

“She just seems to be getting better with age, and she just loves it here at Belmont,” Smith said. “I don’t know what it is, but Big Sandy seems to bring out the best in her. She broke good, in the bridle. And she stayed parked inside waiting for a chance to let it run. I thought the filly in front would be good enough to put some space between us, so I can get out when I wanted to, and that’s what happened. She’s a really nice filly.”

Pedigree Notes:

Midnight Bisou is one of three Grade I winners for two-time GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint hero Midnight Lute. The winner’s dam 2010 GIII Florida Oaks heroine 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. Diva Delite has a 2-year-old colt by Warrior’s Reward, just a $1,500 purchase by Dalton Lawrence at this year’s OBS April Sale, and a yearling filly by Wicked Strong. Her now 3-year-old Stage Left (Congrats) was third in last year’s Sapling S.

Saturday, Belmont Park
OGDEN PHIPPS S.-GI, $651,000, Belmont, 6-8, 4yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16m, 1:39.69, ft.
1–MIDNIGHT BISOU, 123, 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. $375,000. Lifetime Record:
15-9-3-3, $2,780,000. Werk Nick Rating: D+.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Come Dancing, 117, m, 5, by Malibu Moon
1st Dam: Tizahit, by Tiznow
2nd Dam: Never a No Hitter, by Kris S.
3rd Dam: Jeano, by Fappiano
O/B-Blue Devil Racing Stable (KY); T-Carlos F. Martin.
3–Mopotism, 117, m, 5, by Uncle Mo
1st Dam: Peppy Rafaela, by Bernardini
2nd Dam: Peppy Lapeau, by French Deputy
3rd Dam: Peppy Raja, by Raja Baba
($135,000 Wlg ’14 KEENOV; $200,000 Ylg ’15 FTSAUG;
$300,000 2yo ’16 FTFMAR). O-Reddam Racing LLC; B-Frank T.
Batten (KY); T-Doug F. O’Neill. $70,000.
Margins: 3HF, 3/4, 6 3/4. Odds: 1.70, 0.80, 21.30.
Also Ran: Escape Clause, Pacific Wind. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Rushing Fall Goes Gate to Wire in Just a Game

Sat, 2019-06-08 13:39

ELMONT, NY – ‘TDN Rising Star’ Rushing Fall (More Than Ready), just a neck shy of being undefeated, collected her fourth Grade I trophy in style with a runaway, front-running tally in the GI Longines Just a Game S. at Belmont Park Saturday.

Beau Recall (Ire) (Sir Prancealot {Ire}) finished like a rocket from far back to complete the exacta, 2 1/4 lengths adrift the winner. It was another head back to Daddy Is a Legend (Scat Daddy) in third.

The e Five Racing colorbearer, favored at 3-5, broke on top and it was pretty much all over from there. She coasted on the lead through fractions of :23.91 and :47.21 and was confronted by Daddy Is a Legend at the top of the stretch. Rushing Fall had plenty left in the tank, however, and rebroke in the lane beneath Javier Castellano to win for fun.

“Brilliant performance, probably her best to date,” winning trainer Chad Brown said. “She’s nearly unbeaten. One of the greatest turf mares I’ve trained, for sure. She’s earned that. When Daddy Is a Legend tackled her on the turn, I was concerned there for a moment because I knew it would be a real battle. I have a lot of respect for that horse. Thankfully, Rushing Fall showed her best stuff today and was able to fend her off and kick clear. I don’t use the word brilliant too often, but it was a real brilliant performance.”

As for what’s next, Brown added, “I want to speak to [owner] Bob Edwards, but I feel the logical thing to do is get her back to 1 1/8 miles in the [GI] Diana [S. at Saratoga July 13].”

An impressive come-from-behind heroine of the 2017 GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar, Rushing Fall suffered her first career defeat when an unlucky second in Churchill’s GIII Edgewood S. during her sophomore season. She has been perfect in four attempts since, rattling off wins in the GII Lake Placid S. at Saratoga Aug. 18, GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S. at Keeneland Oct. 13 and the GI Coolmore Jenny Wiley S. in her 4-year-old lid lifter in Lexington last out Apr. 13.

Saturday, Belmont Park
LONGINES JUST A GAME S.-GI, $671,000, Belmont, 6-8, 4yo/up, f/m, 1mT, 1:31.67, fm.
1–RUSHING FALL, 123, 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. $375,000. Lifetime
Record: 9-8-1-0, $1,893,000. *1/2 to Milam (Street Sense),
SW & MGSP, $239,651. Werk Nick Rating: C+.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Beau Recall (Ire), 121, m, 5, by Sir Prancealot (Ire)
1st Dam: Greta d’Argent (Ire), by Great Commotion
2nd Dam: Petite-D-Argent (GB), by Noalto (GB)
3rd Dam: Honey to Spare, by Track Spare (Ire)
(€17,000 Ylg ’15 TISEP; $385,000 RNA 5yo ’19 KEEJAN). O-Slam
Dunk Racing & Medallion Racing; B-Tom Wallace (IRE); T-Brad
H. Cox. $130,000.
3–Daddy Is a Legend, 115, f, 4, by Scat Daddy
1st Dam: Randie’s Legend, by Benchmark
2nd Dam: Eternal Legend, by Gold Legend
3rd Dam: Eternal Search, by Northern Answer
TDN Rising Star($140,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $160,000 Ylg ’16
KEESEP). O-Jim & Susan Hill; B-HnR Nothhaft Horseracing LLC
(PA); T-George Weaver. $70,000.
Margins: 2 1/4, HD, HF. Odds: 0.70, 4.10, 4.30.
Also Ran: Bellavais, Environs (GB), Capla Temptress (Ire). Scratched: Got Stormy. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Pedigree Notes:

Rushing Fall, already one of 24 Grade I winners for leading sire More Than Ready, was picked up by bloodstock agent and e Five Racing advisor Mike Ryan for $320,000 as a FTSAUG yearling. 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 unraced 3-year-old filly Queen Eli (Candy Ride {Arg}) but has not produced a live foal since. Autumnal, a $550,000 KEESEP yearling and maiden of three career starts, fetched $260,000 while in foal to Vindication, at the 2007 KEENOV Sale.



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Shackleford’s Majid Wires the Easy Goer

Sat, 2019-06-08 13:00

MAJID (c, 3, Shackleford–Jessamine, by Mineshaft) took his win streak to four with a wire-to-wire win in the Easy Goer S. to kick off the stakes action at Belmont Saturday. Seizing the early advantage, the bay ticked off opening splits of :23.70 and :47.55 with Still Dreaming (Flatter) and Alwaysmining (Stay Thirsty) in tow. Showing the way into the lane, the Zayat colorbearer held steady to score by a length. Still Dreaming held second over Grumps Little Tots (Sky Mesa), but was taken down for interference and placed fourth. Grumps Little Tots was moved into second and Alwaysmining promoted to third. Off the board when unveiled by Todd Pletcher at Gulfstream in May 2018, Majid was transferred to Brad Cox and failed to fire in his lone attempt for him at Ellis last September. Transferred yet again to Rudy Rodriguez, the $295,000 FTFMAR buy was dropped in for $30,000 at Aqueduct Jan. 27 and earned his diploma by a length. Winning a Laurel optional claimer next out Mar. 24, he scored in a one-mile test at this oval May 10. Lifetime Record: 6-4-0-0.

O-Zayat Stables; B-Forever Spring Farm Syndicate (KY); T-Rudy Rodriguez.


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Trio Share Furlong Bullet Time at OBS Friday

Fri, 2019-06-07 16:43

A trio of colts earned the co-bullet furlong time of :9 4/5  during Friday’s third session of the under-tack preview for next week’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, while a colt and filly set the day’s fastest quarter-mile mark of :20 4/5.

Christy Whitman’s Whitman Sales sent out a son of Algorithms (hip 495) to work the furlong in :9 4/5. The bay colt is out of Lignite (Run Away and Hide).

“He’s always been a really nice colt,” Whitman said of the speedy juvenile. “He’s incredibly athletic and we expected him to work well, but obviously he worked a little better than expectations. So we are super happy with that and look forward to see how he does in the ring.”

The colt was purchased by Jose Garcia Blanco for $14,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale.

“A client [Garcia Blanco] of ours actually bought the horse,” Whitman said. “But I did see the horse at Keeneland and I really liked him–he has a really athletic, attractive build. So we went in on a partnership on the horse with that client. And he has trained up to expectations. He looked like he was going to be really fast and everything fell into place.”

Whitman Sales has been busy through the first three sessions of the under-tack preview, sending out 16 juveniles to work over the OBS track. Whitman has seen uniform conditions throughout to preview.

“I feel like the track has been pretty fair,” Whitman said. “It’s the June sale, so there are a whole range of horses and abilities. I think the horse that has the ability to work well has worked well and I think some of the slower times are just going along with the individual that’s turning them in. But I think the track’s been fair and they’ve done a good job managing it.”

The June sale gets underway next Wednesday and Whitman is noticing plenty of interest at the barn.

“We’ve already had some traffic back at the barn, which is nice to see,” she said. “The sale still has a range of buyers in it. There are definitely some people who are looking for those good horses that didn’t get sold earlier in the year for whatever reason and some, like this particular colt, are just now getting to the sales season. So I think there is a market for all types of horses at this sale.”

A colt from the first crop of Bourbon Courage (hip 515), whose two winners to date include a stakes horse, also covered the furlong in :9 4/5. Consigned by Victor Dominguez’s Victory Stable, the bay is out of the unraced Lulu Quatorze, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Lovable Lady (Not for Love) and from the family of Grade I placed sophomore Signalman. He was bred in Florida by Martha Mallicote.

Mallicote, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine University of Florida, sold the colt privately as a yearling.

“He was a very feisty colt,” Mallicote recalled of the juvenile. “I’m not surprised at all that he has adapted so well to this because he was always a bit of a trouble maker and he had the right personality.”

Mallicote, who has three broodmares, is just getting started in Thoroughbred breeding with plans to sell all her foals as yearlings.

“I’m a large animal internist, so I’m involved in the industry, but this is one of the first Thoroughbreds that I’ve bred,” she said. “Being associated with the industry already and being a horse person, made getting involved with Thoroughbreds on the breeding side a natural idea.”

Mallicote owns Lulu Quatorze in partnership with a colleague. The mare has a foal on the ground by He’s Had Enough and she is back in foal to that Florida stallion.

Asked what it was like to have one of the first graduates of her breeding program work a bullet at OBS, Mallicote said, “Well, we will see how he sells next week, but this was certainly a good starting point.”

Rounding out the trio of furlong bullets was a colt by Overdriven (hip 462), who worked in :9 4/5 for the M R Racing consignment. Bred by William and Annabel Murphy, the bay is out of Lady Buddha (Buddha).

Through three sessions, five horses have worked the :9 4/5 bullet furlong time.

A filly by Majesticperfection (hip 524) shared Friday’s fastest quarter-mile breeze of :20 4/5. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, the chestnut is out of Madera Dancer (Rahy) and is a half-sister to group placed Legends of War (Scat Daddy), who was a $1.35-million purchase at last year’s Tattersalls Breeze Up sale. The filly was bred by DP Racing.

Hoppel’s Horse & Cattle Co. sent out a son of Raison d’Etat (hip 609) to work the quarter-mile Friday in :20 4/5. The dark bay is out of Neith (Dynaformer), a half-sister to graded placed Lady Chace (Tiznow) and Grade I placed Big Tiz (Tiznow). Pat Hoppel purchased the youngster for $10,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic October sale.

The under-tack show continues through Sunday with sessions beginning daily at 7:30 a.m. The OBS June sale will be held next Wednesday through Friday. Bidding commences each day at 10 a.m.

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Twirling Candy’s Fore Left Wires the Tremont

Fri, 2019-06-07 16:20

Fore Left followed his debut victory at Santa Anita May 19 with a sharp black-type win Friday in Belmont’s Tremont S. The bay colt’s favoritism was merited by the fact that the two-three finishers in his maiden score, Phantom Boss (Shackleford) and Raging Whiskey (Bourbon Courage) both found the winner’s circle in their subsequent starts last Sunday in Arcadia. In his first stakes attempt, Fore Left blasted from the gate to seize the lead, cruising along comfortably through an opening quarter in :22.58. Showing the way into the lane, $97,000 KEESEP buy kept on finding under mild encouragement, skipping clear to win decisively. New York-bred Theitalianamerican filled the place spot.

“He broke well and did it pretty easy,” said jockey Mario Gutierrez. “He was sharp out of the gate and found the lead and was in really good contention. In the stretch, I just had to be a little firm. But he did it easy. He’s composed. He seems promising, so hopefully, he keeps going the same way.”

Owner Paul Reddam hinted that a future start at Saratoga could be possible for Fore Left and that he would be keen to try the promising colt at longer distances.

“When he broke on top, I thought he’d be tough,” He said. “We hope that he can run a mile and quarter going forward, but you never know. We had [Champion Two-Year-Old and GI Kentucky Derby Winner] Nyquist (Uncle Mo), who broke his maiden going five [furlongs], and everyone said that horse can’t go two turns or he can’t go a mile and an eighth. [Fore Left] has the pedigree to go a mile and a quarter. Usually, with earlier speed you don’t see that, but we hope he’s the exception.”

Fore Left RNA’d for $145,000 at the OBS March Sale after breezing in :10 flat. He is the first winner produced from Simply Sunny, who has a yearling filly by Flatter and foaled a colt by Tiznow in March of this year.

TREMONT S., $150,000, Belmont, 6-7, 2yo, 5 1/2f, 1:04.44, ft.
1--FORE LEFT, 121, c, 2, by Twirling Candy
1st Dam: Simply Sunny, by Unbridled’s Song
2nd Dam: Carolina Sunrise, by Awesome Again
3rd Dam: Stylish Star, by Our Native
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. ($97,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP; $145,000 RNA
2yo ’19 OBSMAR). O-Reddam Racing LLC; B-Machmer Hall
(KY); T-Doug F. O’Neill; J-Mario Gutierrez. $87,000. Lifetime
Record: 2-2-0-0, $126,000.
2--Theitalianamerican, 118, r, 2, Girolamo–Quiet Kiss, by Quiet
American. ($4,000 RNA Wlg ’17 FTNMIX; $5,000 Ylg ’18
OBSWIN; $30,000 2yo ’19 OBSMAR). O-Monty Foss & John
Moirano; B-McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, LLC &
Spruce Lane Farm (NY); T-Gary C. Contessa. $30,000.
3--Rookie Salsa, 121, c, 2, Two Step Salsa–Kalambaka Queen, by
Pico Central (Brz). ($15,000 Ylg ’18 FTKOCT). O-Designated
Hitters Racing, LLC; B-Mikhail Yanakov Olympia Star, LLC (FL);
T-Jeremiah O’Dwyer. $15,000.
Margins: 4HF, 3 1/4, 1. Odds: 1.65, 5.50, 5.30.
Also Ran: Federale, Memorable, Dixie Mo, Now Is. Scratched: Maven. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Big Field Ready for ‘War’ in Belmont Stakes

Fri, 2019-06-07 14:33

ELMONT, NY – A highly anticipated showdown in the final leg of the Triple Crown, a Met Mile for the ages and ideal spring weather are all on the menu for Saturday’s blockbuster GI Belmont Stakes program. And if that’s somehow not enough, there are six other Grade I races on tap on the loaded 13-race card.

The top two choices in the main event–War of Will (War Front) and Tacitus (Tapit)–will get a very good look at each other breaking from the two outside stalls when they spring the latch for the 151st renewal of the Belmont S. at 6:37 p.m.

The Gary Barber colorbearer looks for his second Classic victory following a powerful 1 1/4-length defeat of Everfast (Take Charge Indy) in the GI Preakness S. three weeks ago. The striking bay, eighth across the line and elevated to seventh after losing all chance on the turn for home in the GI Kentucky Derby, will be the only sophomore to contest all three legs of the Triple Crown this year. War of Will also won the GIII Lecomte S. and GII Risen Star S. earlier this term.

“I think he’s put on 40-50 pounds and that’s what we’ve been looking for,” trainer Mark Casse said of War of Will’s condition since the Preakness. “We kind of know everyone in the field by now. I tend to just worry about my horses and not anybody else’s. If the pace is slow, he’ll probably be on the lead. If it’s quick, hopefully he’ll sit behind the pacesetters.”

The blue-blooded Juddmonte homebred Tacitus, meanwhile, winner of this year’s GII Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby and GII Wood Memorial S., closed smartly from far back to cross the line fourth-elevated to third-in Louisville.

“Had Tacitus won the Kentucky Derby, I suppose we would have taken a chance at the Preakness, but we didn’t feel like we wanted to run him back in two weeks,” said Hall of Famer Bill Mott, who collected his first Kentucky Derby win with Country House (Lookin At Lucky). “Generally, going a mile and a half they won’t be further back. If anything, we will be closer. We hope he goes a good mile and a half.”

While the top two have trained all week in the Big Apple like they’re ready to put on a show, there are eight other rivals standing in their way.

Trainer Todd Pletcher will have two upset chances with ‘TDN Rising Star’ Intrepid Heart (Tapit) and Spinoff (Hard Spun) to register his fourth Belmont win.

The former adds blinkers following a disappointing third after stumbling at the start while making his stakes debut in the local GIII Peter Pan S. May 11. Spinoff, runner-up in the GII Louisiana Derby, reported home 18th at 52-1 over the sloppy going in the Derby.

“[Spinoff] has trained, to me, consistently with some of the horses that we’ve run in the Belmont over the years that have performed well, and I’m hoping he catches a fast track and gets to prove how good he is or is not,” Pletcher said.

As for Intrepid Heart, Pletcher added, “I really think this horse needs blinkers, he’s so worried about what everybody else is doing instead of what he should be doing.”

Japanese raider Master Fencer (Jpn) (Just a Way {Jpn}), runner-up in Nakayama’s Fukury S., has received plenty of attention off his rallying seventh-he was moved up to sixth via disqualification-on the First Saturday in May, while Bourbon War (Tapit), a punchless eighth in the GI Preakness S., attracts Hall of Famer Mike Smith for the first time.

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Scat Daddy Colt Romps to Rising Stardom at Belmont

Fri, 2019-06-07 14:23

E Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Mike Ryan’s Valid Point (c, 3, Scat Daddy–Goldbud, by Buddha) took his record to two-for-two at Belmont Friday to become one of a trio of ‘TDN Rising Stars’ on the day amidst a flurry of them in recent weeks. A debut winner going a mile at Gulfstream Feb. 10, the $140,000 KEESEP buy was given a 7-5 chance to repeat in this first try against winners. Stalking from second early as Jerome Avenue (Speightstown) clocked splits of :24.26 and :48.17, the bay looked like could have the leader whenever he wanted him and blew by that foe in the stretch, rolling clear to a seemingly effortless 3 1/2-length score. James W. Murpy S. third Shootin the Breeze (Hard Spun) got up for second. Jerome Avenue was fourth. Valid Point had been flattered when the runner-up from his debut Bar Harbor (Orb) came back to score impressively at Keeneland in April and fourth finisher Hardredcandy (Hard Spun) scored at Pimlico in May. Two more also-rans returned to finish good seconds next out.

Valid Point is the 16th ‘Rising Star’ for the late, great Scat Daddy, who earned the publication’s distinction himself. His dam, a half to GISW Santa Teresita (Lemon Drop Kid), has a yearling filly by Orb and a filly foal by Connect.

3rd-Belmont, $89,240, Alw (NW1$X)/Opt. Clm ($80,000), 6-7, 3yo, 1mT, 1:33.09, fm.
VALID POINT, c, 3, Scat Daddy
1st Dam: Goldbud, by Buddha
2nd Dam: Sweet Gold, by Gilded Time
3rd Dam: Anti Social, by Pretense
Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $76,400. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree.
O-e Five Racing Thoroughbreds & Michael J. Ryan; B-Westwind Farms (KY); T-Chad C. Brown. *$140,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP.


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Met A Supporting Act in Name Only

Fri, 2019-06-07 13:49

Though it technically plays second fiddle to the GI Belmont S. some two hours later, Saturday’s running of the GI Runhappy Metropolitan H. is arguably the race of the year, with a mixture of horses proven at trips of a mile and further taking on some progressive types with best form up to the eight-furlong distance.

TDN Rising Star‘ McKinzie (Street Sense) looms the betting choice as he attempts to give trainer Bob Baffert his second Met victory in three years (Mor Spirit, 2017). The $170,000 Keeneland September bargain is perfect in two appearances around one turn, including an eye-catching 4 3/4-length success in the GI Malibu S. last December. Runner-up back at two turns in the GII San Pasqual S. and the GI Santa Anita H., the bay looked in some trouble when buried down inside in the GII Alysheba S. at Churchill May 3. Eased back and into the clear for the drive, he blasted away to defeat admittedly overmatched foes by 4 3/4 lengths. Having drawn gate two here, it will be interesting to see what sort of trip he works out beneath two-time Met winner Mike Smith.

Thunder Snow (Ire) (Helmet {Aus}) returns to the scene of his near-miss effort in last year’s GI Jockey Club Gold Cup as he tries a mile on dirt for the first time since finishing second in the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge-R2 in January 2018. A resilient third to champion Accelerate (Lookin At Lucky) in the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic in November, the homebred was a short horse when a distant second in Round 3 of the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge (2000m) but came on for the effort to become the first to go back-to-back in the G1 Dubai World Cup when last spotted Mar. 30. Christophe Soumillon flies in for the ride.

TDN Rising Star‘ Coal Front (Stay Thirsty), also victorious on World Cup night, can be a major player at bettable odds from the one hole. A determined winner of the GIII Razorback H. when trying two turns for the first time at Oaklawn Feb. 18, he was consigned to a tough trip from a wide gate in the G2 Godolphin Mile, but he raced handy to the pace and pulled out just enough late to account for course specialist Heavy Metal (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}).

Mitole (Eskendereya), by the sire of the aforementioned Mor Spirit, is very much the now horse in this year’s Met, but has some questions to answer as he stretches out to the mile. Laid off following a towering defeat of subsequent Grade II winner Still Having Fun (Old Fashioned) in the Chick Lang S. last May, the bay earned a career-best 108 Beyer Speed Figure in defeating GII True North S. hopeful Whitmore (Pleasantly Perfect) in the GIII Count Fleet Sprint H. and successfully negotiated seven-eighths of a mile with a stalk-and-pounce score in the GI Churchill Downs S. May 4. His well-traveled owner thinks the world of him.

“I’ve been in racing a long time and he’s the fastest I’ve ever had,” Bill Heiligbrodt said. “He’s an unusual horse in the way he runs and trains. He never looks like he’s going as fast as he is. He just does things so easy.”

The Met is a ‘Win and You’re In’ challenge race for the GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

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More Than Ready Miss Follows in Big Sis Guarana’s Hoofsteps to Garner Rising Stardom

Fri, 2019-06-07 13:02

Magic Dance (f, 2, More Than Ready–Magical World, by Distorted Humor) didn’t garner much attention in the wagering to be let go at 8-1 in Friday’s Churchill opener, but she hogged the spotlight in the stretch to follow in big sis Guarana (Ghostzapper)’s hoofsteps and earn the ‘TDN Rising Star’ nod. Perched three deep off a :22.60 opening quarter after breaking well from the widest of five stalls, she ranged up to challenge heavily bet fellow firster Josie (Race Day) in upper stretch and pulled clear of that rival with ease at the eighth pole en route to a promising 4 3/4-length score in :57.70. Josie held second.

The aforementioned Guarana aired by 14 3/4 lengths in the Keeneland slop Apr. 19 for Three Chimneys and Chad Brown, earning a 93 Beyer Speed Figure in the process. She is favored over GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Serengeti Empress (Alternation) at 2-1 on the morning line for the GI Acorn S. at Belmont Saturday.

Dam Magical World was campaigned by her breeder Phipps Stable and trainer Shug McGaughey. She just missed in her dirt sprint debut in March of her sophomore season and broke through routing on the Gulfstream grass the following January. Magical World is a daughter of none other than GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff heroine Pleasant Home (Seeking the World)–this is the hugely potent Phipps family of the likes of Grade I winners Sky Beauty, Point of Entry, Pine Island, et al. Magical World produced a Pioneerof the Nile colt in 2018 but was barren when bred back to Into Mischief.

Conditioner Steve Asmussen has now sent out a More Than Ready juvenile to be named a ‘Rising Star’ during each of the last three Churchill spring meets–GIII Bashford Manor S. hero Sir Truebadour got the nod last year and eventual GII Saratoga Special S. victor Copper Bullet impressed at second asking in 2017.

1st-Churchill Downs, $89,712, Msw, 6-7, 2yo, f, 5f, :57.70, ft.
MAGIC DANCE, f, 2, More Than Ready
1st Dam: Magical World, by Distorted Humor
2nd Dam: Pleasant Home, by Seeking the Gold
3rd Dam: Our Country Place, by Pleasant Colony
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $54,848. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree.
O/B-Three Chimneys Farm, LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.


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Orb Colt Springs the Upset in Belmont Opener

Fri, 2019-06-07 13:01

DOUBLE ORB (c, 3, Orb–Impassionit, by Include) sprung the upset in Belmont’s opener Friday, graduating on debut at odds of 12-1. Dueling Just For One Day (Will Take Charge) for control from the getgo, the duo clocked early splits of :22.23 and :45.46. Shaking free of his foe in the lane, Double Orb rolled clear to win as he pleased by 4 1/2 lengths. The Chad Brown-trained pair of Ahead of Plan (Big Drama) and Per Capita (Tapit) finished second and third, respectively. The final time was 1:21.77. Sales history: $55,000 2yo ’18 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0.

O-Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum; B-Wind Hill Farm (FL); T-Steve Asmussen.


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Strong Mandate Firster Becomes Stakes Winner, Rising Star in Astoria

Thu, 2019-06-06 18:39

Maryanorginger (Strong Mandate) looked to be in deep water after finding early trouble her rail draw in Thursday’s Astoria S., but she showed ample determination and talent to find a way to win, garnering her diploma, first black-type tally and the ‘TDN Rising Star’ distinction all at once.

Backed at 3-1 with some buzz behind her as the lone first timer in this historic event, she stutter-stepped at the start, and found further trouble soon after that to get shuffled back to second last. The bay came alive heading for home while scraping paint, and tipped out for clear sailing into a :45.53 half. Perhaps idling slightly once she hit the front, she “skipped” on from there to deny race favorite Perfect Alibi (Sky Mesa)–who seemed to be checking out of it on the turn–by about 3/4 of a length in 1:03.94.

“The first time out it’s really not the way you want to start against winners, but she’s really been professional,” said trainer Jeremiah Englehart of the graduate of the late J.J. Crupi’s New Castle Farm. “Other than a little rear up in the paddock, she’s been really good and really smart. And I thought Jorge [Vargas, Jr.] did a good job. He let her settle and didn’t get nervous.”

Of the decision to debut in this tough spot, the trainer said, “I was actually targeting a turf race, but everyone at the barn was telling me do dirt. And [owner] Al [Gold] likes to run his horses the first time on dirt. And I said, ‘all right.’… [After her last workout I said] ‘Why don’t we take a shot at the Astoria? It’ll be a tough field, but she’s nice.’ We took a shot and it paid off.”

Maryanorginger is the fourth black-type winner for her young sire Strong Mandate (Tiznow) and is out of a winning half-sister to GII Del Mar Futurity winner Icecoldbeeratreds (In Excess {Ire}) and his MSW full-sister Controlled, the dam of Sovereign Award winner and MGSW Bear Now (Tiznow) and SW & GSP Controlled Meeting (General Meeting). Timetobegone is the dam of a yearling filly by Temple City and a filly foal by Connect (Curlin).

ASTORIA S., $150,000, Belmont, 6-6, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 1:03.94, ft.
1–MARYANORGINGER, 117, f, 2, by Strong Mandate
1st Dam: Timetobegone, by Vindication
2nd Dam: Guilded Times, by Crafty Prospector
3rd Dam: Our Mahney, by Olden Times
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. ($25,000 Wlg ’17 FTKNOV; $190,000 Ylg ’18 FTKJUL). O-Gold Square LLC; B-C Kidder, N Cole & Linda Griggs (KY); T-Jeremiah C Englehart; J-Jorge A Vargas Jr. $87,000. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $87,000.
2–Perfect Alibi, 120, f, 2, Sky Mesa–No Use Denying, by Maria’s Mon. ($220,000 Ylg ’18 FTSAUG). O-Tracy Farmer; B-Pin Oak Stud LLC (KY); T-Mark E Casse. $30,000.
3–Talk You Out of It, 118, f, 2, Overanalyze–Mahala, by Indian Charlie. ($3,200 Ylg ’18 FTKOCT). O-Windylea Farm LLC; B-Kim & Rodney Nardelli & Hans Albrecht (KY); T-Bruce R Brown. $15,000.
Margins: 3/4, 1 1/4, 6 3/4. Odds: 3.30, 1.25, 18.40.
Also Ran: Reiterate, Punk Rock Princess, Twirling Owen, Ms Headley. Scratched: Dixie Mo, Sneaky Surprise.
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Cairo Prince Filly a Fitting Tribute to Late Harvey Clarke

Thu, 2019-06-06 17:38

4th-Belmont, $90,000, Msw, 6-6, 3yo/up, f/m, 6 1/2f, 1:16.60, ft.
STIFLE YOURSELF (f, 3, Cairo Prince–Gloria S, by Tapit) provided a fitting tribute to her late breeder, who passed away at the beginning of this year. By the best horse Harvey Clarke co-campaigned in MGSW Cairo Prince, and out of a half-sister to the best horse he bred in GI Kentucky Derby and GI Preakness S. winner I’ll Have Another (Flower Alley), Stifle Yourself was let go at 9-1 for a typically patient barn in a race filled with noteworthy pedigrees. She was away well to press the pace from the two path through an opening quarter in :22.47 before taking over into a :45.62 half. Floating a bit wide into the straight, she hit another gear when asked for a bit more and reported home clear by 2 3/4 lengths while geared down. My Happy Place (Tapit–My Happy Face) put in a promising late run to be second. The winner’s unraced dam was a $240,000 buyback as a 2-year-old at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton November sale, and her own dam Arch’s Gal Edith (Arch) RNA’d for $950,000 at the same sale some six months after I’ll Have Another’s Classic exploits. Gloria S has an unraced 2-year-old filly named Harvey’s Lil Goil (American Pharoah) and produced a full-brother to Stifle Yourself this term. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,500. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Estate of Harvey A. Clarke; B-Harvey A. Clarke (KY); T-William I. Mott.

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Medaglia d’Oro Stablemate Runs Down Newspaperofrecord in Wonder Again

Thu, 2019-06-06 16:27

Cambier Parc, a well-beaten fourth over good going in the GIII Edgewood S. on the GI Kentucky Oaks undercard, powered past her highly regarded stablemate Newspaperofrecord in deep stretch to pull off the upset.

Last year’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf heroine was an overwhelming 1-9 favorite looking to bounce back from a first defeat when second in the Edgewood, but it was more or less a repeat of that outing, with the heavy chalk completely controlling things up front before getting run down late.

Cambier Parc was always traveling nicely while saving ground in the compact field in third as Newspaperofrecord led through fractions of :23.96 and :48.58. Locked and loaded on the far turn, the Oxo Equine colorbearer was tipped out for the stretch run and kicked home nicely to get the money.

“I’m not surprised Cambier Parc ran this well,” winning trainer Chad Brown said. “That’s why we had her in the race. She’s a much better horse on firm ground. That race at Churchill didn’t do her any justice. She has the bloodlines to do it. Her mother was second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. As you saw today, she’s an up-and-comer in this division.”

Fourth as the even-money favorite after getting steadied at the start in her debut sprinting over a muddy Aqueduct main track Nov. 3, the bay switched to grass in style with a runaway maiden win over the Gulfstream lawn Jan. 2 and posted her first stakes victory with a decision in the GIII Herecomesthebride S. Mar. 2.

As far Newspaperofrecord, Brown added, “Newspaperofrecord was disappointing. She couldn’t stay a mile and an eighth today. I didn’t see any excuse for the trip she got, or the fractions. The only thing I would say about her is what I’d like to see next time against a bigger field if we go on to the Belmont Oaks. I would like to see her have someone to follow deeper into the stretch.”

Pedigree Notes:

Cambier Parc, bred on the same cross responsible for dual-surface GISW Mshawish, was the most expensive of 44 yearlings sold by her sire in 2017 when bringing $1.25 million from Larry Best’s OXO Equine at the Keeneland September Sale. The winner’s dam, a three-time Canadian champion, was bought by Bonne Chance Farm for $750,000 at Keeneland November in 2015 with Cambier Parc in utero. Sealy Hill, who also has produced Hillaby (Distorted Humor), Ch. Female Sprinter-Can & GSW, $282,265; Belle Hill (Sky Mesa), GSW, $180,725; and Gale Force (Giant’s Causeway), GSW, $138,611, has another Medaglia d’Oro filly who went for $425,000 to Whisper Hill Farm at KEESEP in the fall, and she produced a colt by Into Mischief last spring. She was barren on a Distorted Humor cover for the 2019 season.

Saturday, Belmont Park
WONDER AGAIN S.-GIII, $194,000, Belmont, 6-6, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, 1:46.34, fm.
1–CAMBIER PARC, 121, f, 3, by Medaglia d’Oro
1st Dam: Sealy Hill (Horse of the Year, Ch. 3yo Filly,
Ch. Grass Mare & Filly Triple Crown Winner-Can, MSW
& MGISP, $1,747,081), by Point Given
2nd Dam: Boston Twist, by Boston Harbor
3rd Dam: Chou Chou, by Premiership
($1,250,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-OXO Equine LLC; B-Bonne
Chance Farm LLC (KY); T-Chad C. Brown; J-Jose L. Ortiz.
$110,000. Lifetime Record: 5-3-0-0, $242,460. *1/2 to Hillaby
(Distorted Humor), Ch. Female Sprinter-Can, GSW, $282,265;
Bell Hill (Sky Mesa), GSW, $180,725; Gale Force (Giant’s
Causeway), GSW, $138,611. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple
Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Newspaperofrecord (Ire), 123, f, 3, Lope de Vega (Ire)–
Sunday Times (GB), by Holy Roman Emperor (Ire).
TDN Rising Star(200,000gns Ylg ’17 TATOCT). O-Klaravich
Stables, Inc.; B-Times of Wigan Ltd (IRE); T-Chad C. Brown.
3–Kelsey’s Cross, 119, f, 3, Anthony’s Cross–Amy’s Allie, by
Trippi. O-Bacon Barn & Patrick L. Biancone; B-T. Wynn Jolley &
Mary Jolley (FL); T-Patrick L. Biancone. $24,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, 4, 4 1/4. Odds: 5.20, 0.15, 11.40.
Also Ran: Chocolate Kisses, Blonde Moment. Scratched: Nonsensical. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Thursday’s Trackside Belmont Stakes 151 Report

Thu, 2019-06-06 16:01

ELMONT, NY – With the star-studded GI Belmont Stakes card right around the corner, the main track was in terrific shape for training hours early Thursday morning despite receiving a soaking from heavy overnight rains.

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, sporting a New York Yankees cap, got a feel for the track walking the freshly harrowed surface, labeled “good,” under a dense cloud cover and extremely humid conditions just after 6 a.m.

Mark Casse watched a set train from the rail, including the GI Longines Just a Game S.-bound Got Stormy (Get Stormy), and began contemplating whether or not to send his Belmont S. duo of War of Will (War Front) and Sir Winston (Awesome Again) out a little earlier than usual due to the sticky, summer-like conditions.

Former Doug O’Neill assistant trainer Jack Sisterson, off to a promising beginning since striking out on his own last summer, kept a close eye on the galloping gray Bandua (The Factor), who lines up in the GI Manhattan S. He will also saddle Lexitonian (Speightstown) in the GI Woody Stephens S. and Vexatious (Giant’s Causeway) in Friday’s GII New York S.

While Belmont S. live longshot Spinoff (Hard Spun) went about his business for Todd Pletcher at the adjacent training track, 9-5 morning-line favorite Tacitus (Tapit) enjoyed another very impressive session galloping over Big Sandy with Mott watching aboard a stable pony while the sun began to play a bit of hide-and-seek just after 6:40 a.m.

Speaking of the mighty Tapit–sire of three of the last five Belmonts–he will also be represented in this year’s final leg of the Triple Crown with Bourbon War (Tapit) and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Intrepid Heart (Tapit). The former, looking to rebound from a disappointing eighth in the GI Preakness S., was getting over the ground nicely while galloping over the main oval at 7 a.m.

Casse, in fact, did decide to call that audible, and sent his aforementioned pair, led by the Preakness winner War of Will, out to train about 20 minutes later. They had previously visited the track following the 8:30 a.m. break since shipping in to New York. Under a nice hold once again by exercise rider Kim Carroll, War of Will seemed a bit more relaxed during Thursday’s exercise while striding powerfully down the lane.

With Tammy Fox aboard and equipped with a camera on her red helmet, longshot Preakness runner-up Everfast (Take Charge Indy) trained after the renovation break as did two-time G1 Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow (Ire) (Helmet {Aus}). The latter, fitted with a pair of cheek pieces and a Godolphin blue saddle towel, remained on his left lead for most of the stretch while blowing out three furlongs in :36.42 for an absolutely loaded renewal of the GI Met Mile.

With training hours winding down as the temperatures continued to rise, GII Wood Memorial S. runner-up and former claimer Tax (Arch) closed things out galloping over the sun-splashed training track just after 9:30 a.m.

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Distorted Humor Colt Fastest at OBS Thursday

Thu, 2019-06-06 15:31

A colt by Distorted Humor worked the fastest furlong of Thursday’s second session of the under-tack preview ahead of next week’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. Consigned by de Meric Sales, hip 254 covered the distance in :9 4/5, tying the fastest time of the week so far.

“We were happy with the work–we were expecting him to work really well and he did not disappoint,” said Tristan de Meric.

The bay colt is out of the unraced Driven (Forestry) and is a half-brother to multiple stakes-placed Glamoride (Ide). Driven is a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed Out for a Spin (Distorted Humor) and graded-placed Wise Action (Wise Times).

The juvenile, bred by Russell Reineman Stable, RNA’d for $245,000 after working a quarter in :20 3/5 at the OBS March sale.

“We’ve only had the horse for a short amount of time,” de Meric said. “Tami Bobo sent him to us about six weeks ago. He got some time after the sale–she took him back to her farm. He’s been really straightforward and it’s been a pleasure to have him.”

The five-session under-tack preview continues through Sunday and de Meric said the results so far are in line with expectations.

“It’s going about as expected in most spots,” he said. “There have been no big surprises either way.”

De Meric Sales has enjoyed plenty of success at the juvenile auctions this spring. The consignment sold two seven-figure lots at the OBS April sale, including the $1.3-million sale topper.

“We’ve been very fortunate,” de Meric said. “It’s been a great year.”

Of expectations going into next week’s last major 2-year-old sale of the year, de Meric said, “I think there will still be demand. I think we’ll see the same trends we’ve seen all year. The right horses will sell well and we’ll hope there are enough people here to buy the rest of them because there are quite a few.”

Two horses shared the fastest quarter-mile breeze Thursday in Ocala. Hip 388, a filly by Adios Charlie, covered the distance in :20 4/5. Bred and consigned by Ocala Stud, the gray filly is out of Holiday Tune (Concorde’s Tune) and is a half to stakes-placed Angel’s Tune (Hight Cotton). Holiday Tune is a half to graded winner R Holiday Mood (Trippi).

A filly by Shakin It Up (hip 427) matched that :20 4/5 quarter-mile breeze time. Consigned by CM Thoroughbreds and bred in Florida by Pedro Gonzalez, the juvenile is out of Italian Rose (Forestry). Her second dam is multiple stakes winner Extend (Unbridled’s Song).

Under-tack sessions begin daily at 7:30 a.m. The sale will be held next Wednesday through Friday with bidding commencing each day at 10 a.m.


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Record Number of Riders to Attend Jockeys and Jeans

Thu, 2019-06-06 14:43

A Jockeys and Jeans-record 19 Hall of Fame riders are expected to attend the sixth annual Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser to benefit Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund at Santa Anita Saturday, June 22. They will be there to honor the seven permanently disabled riders who attend, mix and mingle with the attendees and sign autographs.

They include Braulio Baeza, Bill Boland, Steve Cauthen, Kent Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Pat Day, Earlie Fires, Sandy Hawley, Julie Krone, Chris McCarron, Donald Pierce, Laffit Pincay Jr, Edgar Prado, Jose Santos, Alex Solis, Mike Smith, Gary Stevens, Bobby Ussery, and Jorge Velasquez.

New this year are Kent Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens.

The six honorees at this year’s event are Oscar Andrade, Stacey Barton, Dennis Collins, Jack Fires, Armando Rivera and Diego Sanchez. All became pari or quadriplegics as a result of racing accidents. Committee member Jayme LaRocca, a severely injured former rider who oversees relations with injured riders, will also be there. Andrade, Collins and Sanchez will attend for the first time.

“It’s truly an honor to help my severely injured brothers and sisters and I know it’s the same for every Hall of Famer who has taken the time out of their lives to attend,” said organizing committee member Sandy Hawley.

Tickets are limited and on sale at, and an online auction of memorabilia is in place until the event at For more information, contact Jockeys and Jeans VP Marketing, Eddie Donnally at (818) 653-3711 or or Alexis Garske, Santa Anita Media Relations at (626) 574-6413 or

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McIngvale to Offer ‘Runhappy Bonus’ at Saratoga in 2020

Thu, 2019-06-06 14:35

Jim McIngvale, who owned champion Runhappy (Super Saver) during his racing career, is offering a $100,000 bonus paid to the connections of any of Runhappy’s offspring who win an unrestricted maiden race at Saratoga in 2020, when he will be represented by his first crop of 2-year-olds.

“Team Runhappy is delighted to award a $100,000 bonus to add even more excitement to the great atmosphere at the nation’s oldest sporting venue,” McIngvale said. “The bonus is designed to support the people who are key to horse racing–the breeders, owners and trainers. They are the ones who bring the game to life.”

Runhappy currently stands for $25,000 at Claiborne Farm and is the title sponsor of Saturday’s GI Metropolitan H. at Belmont.

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NY Senate Hears Diverse Views on Racehorse Welfare

Wed, 2019-06-05 18:32

A New York Senate public hearing on the welfare of racehorses elicited four hours of diverse pro-and-con testimony in Albany on Wednesday, with legislators probing regulators, racing industry participants, veterinarians, aftercare personnel, and advocates for responsible animal care for their views on how the state should move forward with legislation and funding to address the issue.

Invited speakers were limited to 10 minutes of time at the microphone, although senators established early in the meeting that New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) equine medical director Scott Palmer, VMD, would be given the courtesy of an expanded time slot by members of both the Senate’s Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering and the Standing Committee on Domestic Animal Welfare because of his role in overseeing the state’s racehorse health protocols.

“The existential threat to Thoroughbred racing worldwide is the death of racehorses,” Palmer told the committee members after detailing nearly a decade’s worth of safety interventions the NYSGC has implemented to lower New York’s catastrophic injury rate to 1.29 per thousand starts in 2018 versus the national average of 1.68.

“This is an effort to control that and mitigate it, and it worked,” Palmer said. “[New York has] basically been below the national average for quite a long time.”

Palmer said the perils of high-speed exercise and a racing industry facing a drastic reduction in its Thoroughbred population are among the chief risks to racehorse health.

“Let’s be honest: Risk is a part our daily lives,” Palmer said. “Horse racing is a hazardous business. There’s no question about it. And why is that? It’s not because we don’t understand it. It’s not because we don’t think it’s dangerous. It’s not because we’ve got our head in the sand. It’s just dangerous [because of] the nature of the animal. They’re big and they’re fast. It’s about force times mass [equals] acceleration. It’s a very simple equation. The bigger they are, the faster they go, the more likely they are to get hurt.”

With regard to economics, Palmer said, “It’s very simple: Horse racing is in the business of running races…. The racing organizations want to hold more races. The more races they can hold, the more money they can earn…. So right off the bat, there’s a business model challenge for horse racing…. It’s not often talked about, but it’s very significant.”

Palmer urged senators to understand that his priority is to provide positive equine welfare results backed by data rather than to craft a public-relations campaign to gloss over the issue.

“Part of [my job] is managing the media, and managing concerns of the people in the public and animal rights organizations,” Palmer said. “How do we do that? Well my approach to this is you don’t manage the media. You don’t manage animal rights organizations. You manage your business. If you take care of your business internally, that takes care of everything else.”

Asked to name the most important factor in risk reduction, Palmer prefaced his statement by saying that horse health at racetracks in multi-factorial, but he did point to one “huge” difference in recent years at the New York Racing Association, where veterinarians are no longer overseen by the racing department.

“This is painful to even say this, but the veterinary department was under the direct supervision of the racing office,” Palmer said. “That’s an enormous conflict of interest. The job of the racing office is to fill races. The job of the veterinary department is to make sure horses that race in those races are safe.”

Modifying the purse-to-claiming price structure and cutting back dosage withdrawal times for corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs has also had “enormous implications” in a positive sense, Palmer said.

But not everybody agreed with Palmer on whether enough is being done.

“What goes on at these racetracks…is that the veterinarians have completely abdicated their authority as medical professionals and their duty according to the statutes of the Veterinary Practice Act,” said Sheila Lyons, DVM, the founder and director of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Homecoming Farm, Inc. “What they do, is they simply deliver drugs at trainers’ requests.”

Lyons said this results in racehorses having “the kitchen sink of drugs dumped into them within days of arriving at a racetrack in New York.”

Lyons said she often checks the pre-stakes veterinary logs that the NYSGC posts online prior to big races like the GI Belmont S., where she sees “pre-race” listed as the diagnostic reason for pharmaceutical treatments.

“‘Racing’ is not a medical condition. So right there they have violated the Veterinary Practice Act,” Lyons said.

John Scheib, the director of Responsible Animal Care, Inc., testified that he took umbrage with the way Palmer and other regulators cite on-track equine deaths as a per-start function, because it paints a “misleadingly low” assessment of the situation.

“We kill an average of three racehorses every single day competing and training on tracks in America,” Scheib said. “The welfare of racehorses is directly related to the need to win, to make money…. Equine welfare on the track will always fail, because it’s 100% about a business, and there will always be enough bad actors to ruin it for the rest of us.”

Scheib also testified that the litany of protocols and safety programs that the sport has thought up to police itself strains credulity.

“No one I know who owns equines outside of racing has to make policies to keep their horses safe from their own barn staffs,” Scheib said, citing concerns over outfits drugging their own horses. “That’s unique to racing.”

The fiercely competitive economic nature of the industry also surfaced in discussions about equine slaughter.

John Holland, the president of Equine Welfare Alliance, said the amount of horses that get exported from the United States for slaughter “can’t be cured with our present racing structure. You can’t just put a band-aid on and give a little money here and there to rescues. You can do PR that way, but you can’t cure the problem.”

Holland added that “when horses and money meet, horses lose. It’s just been that way for a long, long time. I’d love to see it changed, but I’m not sure it can be changed.”

The issue of which is better for horses–life at a sanctuary or going through a rehab program–came up, and Anna Ford, the Thoroughbred program director for New Vocations, told the politicians that in order to provide the most bang for the welfare buck, retraining programs were the way to go.

“At New Vocations, we have room for 150 horses. If those were sanctuary horses, they’d be [maxxed out at stabling capacity],” Ford said. “We can help over 350 horses a year for the same amount of money. Not that we don’t need sanctuaries–we need them. But we need to put a heavy focus on rehab and retraining” to cycle horses into permanent outside homes.

Richard Schosberg, the chairman of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association aftercare committee, advocated for the support of programs that are accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), the non-profit nationwide organization that inspects and awards grants to approved organizations to retire, retrain, and re-home racehorses using industry-wide funding.

“We feel that any funding mechanism created by the legislature must support the TAA-accredited organizations,” Schosberg said. “We can be assured that way that the funds are being used prudently and as intended to support New York’s retired racehorses.”


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Daughter of Bernardini Realizes $420K at F-T Santa Anita Sale

Wed, 2019-06-05 17:39

A daughter of Bernardini out of Elbe (GB) (Dansili) reeled in a $420,000 final bid from agent Donato Lanni, who signed the ticket on behalf of Sarah Kelly. The filly, a $11,500 Fasig-Tipton October yearling purchase, was consigned by Kings Equine. Hip 45, who breezed an eighth in :10.1 Monday, was bred by Don Alberto Corp.

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