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TVG Will Not Televise NYRA Races

Mon, 2020-06-01 13:47

While the Thoroughbred industry is set to welcome back racing at Belmont Park this Wednesday, the races will not be shown on TVG. Reporting for HorseRacingNation, Ron Flatter said that NYRA races will appear only on FOX Sports, MSG+ and across advance-deposit wagering platforms, including TVG.

“FOX Sports has significantly increased its commitment to horse racing every year since our partnership began in 2016,” said Tony Allevato, Chief Revenue Officer for NYRA and the president of the company’s advance-deposit wagering platform NYRA Bets. “This year, FOX Sports presented NYRA with the opportunity to further expand national television coverage of Belmont Park. We jumped at the opportunity to provide horseplayers and racing fans with more hours of live horse racing than ever before through FOX Sports and their family of regional networks.”

Officials at Churchill Downs were also unable to come to an agreement to have its races broadcast on TVG this spring. Instead, the races are appearing on the network’s sister channel TVG2 and also daily on the ‘America’s Day at the Races Program,’ in which Churchill partners with NYRA and FOX.

“NYRA has informed us that it will not entertain granting non-exclusive television rights to TVG,” Kip Levin, CEO of TVG, told HRN. “We are disappointed that after a 20-year partnership and at such a crucial time for the sport, racing fans will be inconvenienced because Belmont Park’s races will not be available on either TVG or our simulcasts of ‘Trackside Live’ on NBCSN.”

NYRA Bets is available in 29 states, according to its website. Churchill Downs operates an ADW of its own at, while The Stronach Group–which operates Gulfstream, Santa Anita and Laurel–runs 1/ST Bet, Xpressbet and XBTV.

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Imperial Hint Retired

Sun, 2020-05-31 18:59

Raymond Mamone’s multiple Grade I winner Imperial Hint (Imperialism–Royal Hint, by Lahint) has been retired from racing, Daily Racing Form reported Sunday. The diminutive speedster captured the 2018 and 2019 renewals of both the GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. and the GI Vosburgh S.

“He’s retiring sound, but has a little bit of wear and tear,” trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr. told DRF. “I think he might not be able to perform as well as last year and I don’t want to run him if he’s not going to be able to race at the same level.”

On the board in 20 of 25 starts, Imperial Hint won 14 times, including seven graded events, and earned $2,209,055. He was off the board in the Saudia Sprint Cup in Riyadh in is final trip to the post and shipped to Dubai only to have the World Cup card at Meydan cancelled.

Stud plans are being discussed for the 7-year-old.

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Action Returns to OBS Ahead of Spring Sale

Sun, 2020-05-31 16:19

The juvenile sales season, on pause since March due to the global pandemic, began its return to action with the first of seven under-tack sessions for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s delayed Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training in Central Florida Sunday.

A New York-bred filly by Into Mischief (hip 1240) recorded the day’s fastest furlong breeze when covering the distance in :9 4/5. Consigned by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds and part of the sale’s supplemental catalogue, the filly is out of Miss Vigilance (War Pass), a half-sister to Grade I winner Man from Wicklow (Turkoman) and multiple graded stakes winner Wild Heart Dancing (Farma Way). The juvenile was purchased by Hartley/DeRenzo for $200,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. She had originally been targeted for the canceled Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale.

“I knew she was going to be good if I could ever get her somewhere,” Randy Hartley said. “I loved her all year at the farm. She has been my favorite horse. I knew when we first started breaking her that she was just going to be good. I’ve been telling everybody about this filly. I’ve brought a bunch of people to the farm to see her just because I thought she was so special.”

OBS hosted the first juvenile sale of the year in March, but subsequent auctions have been canceled or rescheduled. The reshuffling of the calendar forced a wait and see, but be ready to strike training schedule, according to Hartley.

“We were trying to keep these horses trained without overtraining or under training them because we didn’t know when we were going to go,” he said. “So it was kind of tricky. After they cancelled Miami, I backed off of everybody. We were still turning them out just like when we were breaking them. We did a lot of jogging and hacking in the field and tried to keep them happy and fit at the same time.

He continued, “The timing has been bad for everybody, as far as waiting and having them a longer period of time, but honestly, it’s probably really good for the horses in the long run, this little bit of time. I’ve seen mine mature so much over the last two months. Some of the sales are kind of early.”

With all the uncertainty, not just in the racing industry, but across the globe, expectations for next week’s Spring sale are guarded.

“It’s going to be scary,” Hartley admitted. “Coming over here, we’re thinking we’ll have a good year if we just get our money back. But all of the regular people are here-Donato [Lanni] is here, [David] Ingordo is here, Patti Miller is here. I think pretty much all of the agents are here. Now it’s just going to be if we get people to come for the sale. There are some awful good horses here that should draw people. In a normal time, this would be the best book OBS has ever had. They have a lot of quality horses here. But it’s like you’re in trouble with your parents and you have to go home and face it. You don’t know how bad it’s going to be. It could be not that bad, but it could be bad.”

A pair of colts shared Sunday’s fastest quarter-mile time of :20 4/5.

Hip 149, a son of Blame, hit the :20 4/5 mark for Wavertree Stables. Out of Mommo (Speightstown), the 2-year-old was purchased by the Red Wings pinhooking partnership for $77,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton July sale.

“He is out of a Speightstown mare and he’s very Speightstown looking,” said Wavertree’s Ciaran Dunne. “He looks like a fast horse, he has a bit of length to him and a bit of size.”

Dunne said the two-month delay was likely beneficial to his colt.

“He’s matured a lot mentally,” Dunne said. “He was very babyish. I think that’s been the biggest help for him, mentally he has kind of grown up. Physically he’s always been a pretty easy horse to be around, but he could be a little scatterbrained and the extra time has allowed him to mature that way.”

Wavertree has catalogued some 80 head to the Spring Sale and the extra time may end up being a positive for the overall consignment, Dunne agreed.

“I think we have probably come into this sale sounder than normal for this number of horses,” Dunne said. “There are fewer shins, which I think is a maturity thing, and fewer niggles and this and that. I think they are probably ready to do more than we are asking them to do. Which is always a help in terms of keeping them together. We just sort of tipped along and treated them like they were going to the races. We put the last work into them once we got to OBS and other than that, we just trained them like they were going to go to the races and run three-quarters.”

Asked if it felt good to start selling again, Dunne admitted, “I never thought I’d be excited to go to a sale, but we were very excited to get in here and get this going and see how it works.”

Dunne said he expects to see familiar trends when bidding begins again next Tuesday in Ocala.

“I don’t think it will be much different than usual,” he said. “The top-end horses are going to be very hard to buy and the middle and the lower end are going to be very hard to sell. Isn’t that always how it is? The horses who advertise themselves as nice horses usually have suitors, and the ones who miss just a little bit can get very lonely.”

De Meric Sales sent out hip 1236, a colt by Quality Road, to share the :20 4/5 bullet time. The bay, a $400,000 purchase at last year’s Keeneland September sale, is out of Loveofalifetime (Medaglia d’Oro) and is a half to stakes placed Into Mystic (Into Mischief). Loveofalifetime is a half to Grade I placed Rogue Romance (Smarty Jones).

“We were very happy with his breeze,” Tristan de Meric said. “We were expecting big things from him. He’s been an awesome horse all year. We were planning on taking him down to Miami [to the Fasig Gulfstream sale], but obviously that didn’t happen. We have always loved the horse. He’s big, rangy and very athletic. He’s a special horse to have in the barn.”

De Meric is selling the juvenile on behalf of breeder Tami Bobo, whose First Finds purchased Loveofalifetime with this foal in utero for $50,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November sale.

Despite the many uncertainties surrounding the sale, de Meric is hoping for a strong market.

“I’m optimistic,” he said. “There are a lot of people here. I think the market will be fair. People have been looking through the farms the last couple of months. A lot of these horses have been looked at on the farm. So people have a line on them already. I am hoping the market is fair for everybody.”

The Spring sale traditionally has a six-session breeze show, but in a nod to the steamy summer weather in Florida, it has been extended to seven days this year.

“I think it is the right move,” de Meric said of the extension. “Nobody wants to go out there at three in the afternoon-it’s hot. It’s hot at 10:30 in the morning. I think the extra day is the best thing they could have done.”

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

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Wanamaker’s Launched for Online Thoroughbred Auctions

Sun, 2020-05-31 16:11

Godolphin Flying Start graduate Jack Carlino and current Flying Start trainee Liza Hendriks have launched Wanamaker’s, an online auction house for Thoroughbreds. The website will host a sale each month, with the first going live June 17. Entries are now open on

For each monthly auction, entries will be open for approximately three weeks, the catalogue will be live for nine days, and online bidding will take place on the final day and begin to close at 5:00 p.m. ET. An entry into a sale costs $300 and sellers are charged a 5% commission on sales and 0% commission on RNAs. The online catalogue will feature photos, videos, pedigree information, and more. Racehorse entries will also contain DRF past performances, Ragozin figures, and race replays. Horses will remain in their location throughout the auction and buyers may schedule in-person inspections with the seller.

“While development began well before the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel the platform we have created is going to serve our customers’ needs in the immediate future and in years to come,” said Carlino. “Online auctions provide some great advantages such as consistent and opportune timing, an ability to maximize visibility and reach to buyers, and the reduction of costs and labor required for a physical sale.”

“As soon as we began talking to buyers and sellers, we saw that there was a huge opportunity for the industry,” added Hendriks. “In a time where so many markets are taking advantage of the efficiencies of e-commerce, our industry hasn’t. We built this platform to give our customers more freedom and power than they’ve ever had in the sales process.”

Learn more at

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Baffert Leaning Toward Belmont With Charlatan

Sun, 2020-05-31 15:14

After giving some thought to passing the race, trainer Bob Baffert said he is leaning toward starting Charlatan (Speightstown) in the GI Belmont S. June 20.

Baffert had been considering running Charlatan the GI seven-furlong Woody Stephens S., also June 20, and Nadal (Blame) in the Belmont. But Nadal was injured last week and retired.

“I was thinking about running Charlatan in the Woody Stephens and then the Haskell because I had Nadal for the Belmont. Now that has changed,” he said.

Charlatan is scheduled to breeze Monday morning. Baffert said he will have a final decision regarding the Belmont after the colt has another workout the following week.

“I am leaning toward the Belmont,” he said. “The next work will be an easy half-mile. We’ll know for sure after his work the next week. Right now, I would say it is the Belmont.”

Charlatan won a division of the GI Arkansas Derby in his last start. According to published reports, the horse tested positive for the banned substance lidocaine, which could result in his being disqualified. The Arkansas Racing Commission is awaiting results of a split sample that was sent to a referee lab. The Belmont will be limited to 16 starters, but it doesn’t appear that the race will be oversubscribed.

The Belmont may also include Maxfield (Street Sense), the winner of the GIII Matt Winn S. Trainer Brendan Walsh has yet to announce his next start.

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Kodiac Filly a Debut Winner at Gulfstream

Sun, 2020-05-31 14:37

2nd-Gulfstream, $42,000, Msw, 5-31, 2yo, 5fT, :55.66, fm.
CAMPANELLE (IRE) (f, 2, Kodiac {GB}–Janina {GB} {SW-Eng}, by Namid {GB}), a 190,000gns TATOCT yearling, was sent off the 2-1 second choice in this unveiling. The bay filly broke alertly and grabbed the early lead. Pressed by stablemate and 8-5 favorite Royal Approval (Tiznow) through an opening quarter in :22.24, she scampered clear into the stretch and came home a 3 1/2-length winner. Royal Approval came home second, 9 1/2 lengths in front of longshot C.P.A Genius (Anthony’s Cross).

“Both horses early on were meant for Royal Ascot, then all this [coronavirus pandemic] came about,” said trainer Wesley Ward. “For the most part, we’d have had a turf race or two at Belmont early on. This is the first turf race in the United States this year. To run 1-2 was a big go. The other filly who was second is also very talented. She’s a bigger filly. We’ll sit down with the owners of both fillies to see what they want to do moving forward. Both of these fillies, I kept them both in Florida, because they’re much better on turf than dirt.”

Tally Ho Stud purchased Janina, in foal to Exceed and Excel (Aus), for 39,000gns at the 2016 Tattersalls July sale. She is a daughter of group winner Lady Dominatrix (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}). Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $24,000.
O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Tally Ho Stud (IRE); T-Wesley A. Ward.

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Constitution’s Laura’s Light Wins Honeymoon

Sat, 2020-05-30 20:20

Laura’s Light got the bob to take home the GIII Honeymoon S. Saturday in Arcadia. Seizing the early advantage, the gray was overtaken by Parkour (Carpe Diem), who shot out to a clear lead, clocking a half-mile in :46.98. Laura’s Light remained patient, slowly closing in on the leader approaching the bend. Taking control in the lane, she was chased home by Stela Star and Croughavouke, but held them off to the line.

“She’s a gutty little filly and I can’t say enough about the ride Abel gave her,” said Peter Miller. “It was a world class ride. Great judge of pace and knowing when to push the button, that was Abel today…I’m happy for Mr. Barber, this has been a very difficult period for all of us and it’s great to be back racing.  We’ve got a lot of options with her. Del Mar’s all about turf racing for 3-year-olds and we’re looking forward to it.”

A debut winner for Scott Herbertson and trainer Jamey Thomas, Laura’s Light was privately purchased by Gary Barber and transferred to Peter Miller. Runner-up in the GIII Jimmy Durante S., she captured the Blue Norther S. in Arcadia in December and followed suit with a win in the GIII Sweet Life S. Feb. 16. She faded to fourth last time on the synthetic at Turfway in the Bourbonette Oaks Mar. 14.

Pedigree Notes:

Laura’s Light is one of five graded winners and five stakes winner from the first crop of red hot young sire Constitution. Stakes-placed Light of a Star is also the dam of SW & MGSP ‘TDN Rising Star’ Barry Lee (Violence). The half-sister to GSW Summer Hit (Bertrando) also produced a 2-year-old colt by Mineshaft and a yearling colt by Cairo Prince. She was bred back to Violence.

Saturday, Santa Anita
HONEYMOON S.-GIII, $101,500, Santa Anita, 5-30, 3yo, f,
1 1/8mT, 1:49.02, fm.
1–LAURA’S LIGHT, 122, f, 3, by Constitution
1st Dam: Light of a Star (SP, $140,590), by Muqtarib
2nd Dam: Mia F Eighteen, by Tough Knight
3rd Dam: Lucky Mia, by Regal Bearing (GB)
($95,000 Wlg ’17 KEENOV; $25,000 RNA Ylg ’18 KEESEP).
O-Gary Barber; B-Golden Pedigree LLC (KY); T-Peter Miller;
J-Abel Cedillo. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 6-4-1-0, $214,370.
*1/2 to Barry Lee (Violence), SW & MGSP, $167,824. Werk
   Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Stela Star (Ire), 120, f, 3, Epaulette (Aus)–Compostela (GB),
by Sea The Stars (Ire). (€23,000 Ylg ’18 GOFOR). O-Hronis
Racing LLC; B-Vimal & Gillian Khosla (IRE); T-John W Sadler.
3–Croughavouke (Ire), 120, f, 3, Dandy Man (Ire)–Coin Case
(Ire), by Frozen Power (Ire). (€4,500 RNA Ylg ’18 GOFSPT).
O-Red Baron’s Barn LLC & Rancho Temescal LLC; B-Joe Fogarty
(IRE); T-Jeff Mullins. $12,000.
Margins: NK, NK, 2HF. Odds: 2.30, 1.90, 11.70.
Also Ran: Red Lark (Ire), Guitty (Fr), K P Dreamin, Parkour, Fashion Royalty (GB). Scratched: Little Bird (Ire). Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Bell’s the One Upsets Winning Colors

Sat, 2020-05-30 17:08

Bell’s the One (Majesticperfection) sprung the upset in the GIII Winning Colors S. Saturday at Churchill Downs with Grade I-winning 4-5 favorite Mia Mischief (Into Mischief) finishing third. The 13-1 shot sat well back off the pace in sixth as the speedy Break Even (Country Day) zipped through an opening quarter in :21.28 with Mia Mischief stalking from second. Bell’s the One launched a four-wide bid turning for home as Mia Mischief did her best to keep up with the pacesetter. The chalk began to falter and Break Even valiantly tried to keep going as Bell’s the One ranged up on their outside with a powerful rally. The bay charged clear of her foes with ease for a decisive victory. A determined Break Even held second over a tiring Mia Mischief in third.

A two-time stakes winner at age two, Bell’s the One finished second to dual champion Covfefe (Into Mischief) in the Dogwood S. beneath the Twin Spires in September and captured Keeneland’s GII Raven Run S. a month later. Fifth in the GI La Brea S. Dec. 28, she was seventh last time in the 5 1/2-panel Mardi Gras S. Feb. 25 when getting back on turf for the first time since her win in the LaCombe Memorial S. in 2018.

Pedigree Notes:

Bell’s the One is one of 19 black-type winners and six graded winners by Majesticperfection. Her dam Street Mate, a half-sister to GSW & GISP Tap Day (Pleasant Tap), is also responsible for SP Running Mate (Creative Cause); the unraced 2-year-old filly Summer Mate (Summer Front); and a yearling filly by Cairo Prince. She failed to get in foal to Collected last breeding season and was barren for 2020.


Saturday, Churchill Downs
WINNING COLORS S.-GIII, $100,000, Churchill Downs, 5-30, 4yo/up, f/m, 6f, 1:08.70, ft.
1–BELL’S THE ONE, 120, f, 4, by Majesticperfection
1st Dam: Street Mate, by Street Cry (Ire)
2nd Dam: Day Mate, by Dayjur
3rd Dam: Possible Mate, by King’s Bishop
($155,000 Ylg ’17 FTKJUL). O-Lothenbach Stables, Inc. (Bob
Lothenbach); B-Bret Jones (KY); T-Neil L. Pessin; J-Corey J.
Lanerie. $60,140. Lifetime Record: 12-6-2-0, $461,240.
Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the
   eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Break Even, 120, f, 4, Country Day–Exotic Wager, by Saint
Ballado. O-Klein Racing; B-Richard & Bert Klein (KY); T-Brad H.
Cox. $19,400.
3–Mia Mischief, 122, m, 5, Into Mischief–Greer Lynn, by
Speightstown. ‘TDN Rising Star’ ($135,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP;
$300,000 2yo ’17 FTFMAR; $2,400,000 4yo ’19 FTKNOV).
O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (KY);
T-Steven M. Asmussen. $9,700.
Margins: 3, 2HF, 3/4. Odds: 13.10, 2.20, 0.90.
Also Ran: Unique Factor, Sneaking Out, Spiced Perfection, Princess Causeway, Take Charge Angel. Scratched: Lady Suebee.
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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OBS Under Tack Show Begins Sunday

Sat, 2020-05-30 15:17

The under tack show for the rescheduled OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training begins Sunday and runs through Saturday, June 6.

Hip No.’s 1-176 plus supplements 1233-1244 will breeze on Sunday. Hip No.’s 177-352 and supplements 1245-1256 go to the track Monday; Hip No’s 353-528 plus supplements 1257-1267 breeze Tuesday; Hip No’s 529-704 and supplements 1268-1278 work Wednesday, Hip No.’s 705-880 plus supplements 1279-1289 breeze Thursday, Hip No’s 881-1056 and supplements 1290-1300 work on Friday and Hip No’s 1057-1231 plus supplements 1301-1315 will go to the track Saturday. Each session will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Originally scheduled for April 21 – 24, the OBS Spring Sale was rescheduled for June 9 – 12 with sessions starting at 10 a.m.

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Ohio Derby Added to Road to the KY Derby

Sat, 2020-05-30 14:41

The GIII Ohio Derby has been added to the extension of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve.” The $500,000 race will be held June 27 at Thistledown Racino. Points to the Top 4 finishers will be worth 20-8-4-2 on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

Also on the schedule are the June 6 GI Santa Anita Derby (100 points), the June 20 GI Belmont S. (150 points), the July 4 GIII Los Alamtios Derby (20 points), the July 8 GIII Indiana Derby (20 points), the July 11 GII Blue Grass S. (100 points), the July 18 GI Haskell Invitational S. (100 points), the Aug. 1 Shared Belief S. (50 points) and the Aug. 15 Pegasus S. (20 points).

The Ellis Park Derby (50 points) and stakes races at Saratoga Race Course will be added to the series once their stakes schedules are finalized.

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Oklahoma Training Track To Open To Essential Personnel June 4

Fri, 2020-05-29 15:53

The Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course will open for training Thursday, June 4, with the barn area set to open to horsemen beginning Tuesday, June 2, officials at the New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced Friday.

Both the training track and the Whitney viewing stand are to remain closed to the public and access will be restricted to essential personnel licensed by NYRA and the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC).

In consultation with the NYSGC and state and local public health officials, NYRA has implemented a comprehensive set of health and safety protocols designed to protect and mitigate risk for employees, horsemen, backstretch workers and the Saratoga community.

All personnel working at the Oklahoma Training Track must test negative for COVID-19 or test positive for the antibodies for COVID-19. This applies to both local personnel as well as those arriving from other regions.

All personnel licensed and approved to be on the property will be required to complete a daily health screening and temperature check conducted by trained EMTs.

Face masks or coverings and adherence to strict social distancing measures will be mandatory at all times. Masks and personal protective equipment will be provided.

The opening of the Oklahoma Training Track was delayed from its traditional mid-April timeline due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The summer meet at Saratoga Race Course is scheduled to begin Thursday, July 16 and run through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

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Speightster Gets First Winner at Gulfstream

Fri, 2020-05-29 15:07

5th-Gulfstream, $42,000, Msw, 5-29, 2yo, f, 5f, :59.54, ft.

QUEEN ARELLA (f, 2, Speightster–Unbridled Sonya, by Unbridled’s Song) became the first winner for her freshman sire (by Speightstown) at Gulfstream Friday. Overlooked at 8-1 for this career bow despite a half-mile bullet in :47 flat at Gulfstream West (1/15), the bay raced back off a :22.78 opening quarter. Progressing up the outside approaching the bend, she swept up four-wide at the top of the lane and sailed clear to score by four lengths over Hara (Hard Spun). The winner has a yearling half-brother by Daredevil. Sales history: $1,000 Ylg ’19 FTKOCT. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $24,000. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-J Stables LLC; B-WinStar Farm, LLC (NY); T-Roderick Rodriguez.

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Horse Racing Gets Green Light in New Jersey

Fri, 2020-05-29 13:57

During his daily press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy announced that horse racing in the state can return, spectator-free, as early as next week. Sticking to its original plan, Monmouth Park will conduct its first day of live racing Friday, July 3.

“We’re incredibly thankful to Governor Murphy for letting us get back to work,” said Dennis Drazin, Chairman and CEO of Darby Development, LLC, operators of Monmouth Park. “This is welcome news for horsemen and even better news for New Jerseyans.

“The Governor has always said ‘data determines dates’ and today we’re grateful that racing’s date has come, and lucky that we have a governor who not only understands our business, but the economic impact it has on the Garden State.”

This story will be updated

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Street Sense Colt Romps to Rising Stardom in Louisville

Fri, 2020-05-29 13:53

CAZADERO (c, 2, Street Sense–Wild Gams, by Forest Wildcat) was a bit chilly on the board at 5-1 for this unveiling, but proved the betting public wrong with a ‘TDN Rising Star’-worthy graduation. The Stonestreet homebred broke on top and was hounded by Knicks Front (Outwork) through a :22.12 first quarter. A bit wide off the turn for home, the dark bay slammed the door on his foe in the stretch, cruising clear with ease to win by eight lengths in :57.65. Barbara Banke’s operation purchased the winner’s MGSW & GISP dam Wild Gams for $1-million at the 2008 KEENOV Sale. She is also the dam of SW Mt. Brave (Malibu Moon) and GSP Almost Famous (Unbridled’s Song). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0.

O/B-Stonestreet Stables (KY); T-Steve Asmussen.

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Fasig-Tipton Now Accepting Nominations for July Selected HORA Sale

Fri, 2020-05-29 12:09

Fasig-Tipton will conduct its July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale, as scheduled, on Monday, July 13 at the company’s Lexington, Kentucky facility. Nominations for the sale are now open.

“We are pleased to announce that we will be conducting our popular July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale on its originally scheduled date,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. “In 2020, this sale is as important as it has ever been, providing racing stables a much-needed venue to transact business ahead of the major summer race meets.”

“Our intent is to have horses and buyers on the sales grounds,” continued Browning. “We are working to establish proper health and safety protocols as we speak.”

First held in 2013, the July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale has quickly established itself as a leading market for ready-to-run racehorses, led by GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint victress Wavell Avenue (Harlington).

Horses may be nominated to the sale through Fasig-Tipton’s consignor portal, or by downloading a nomination form online.

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Keeneland Launches Digital Sales Ring; Online Select Horses of Racing Age Sale Set for June 23

Fri, 2020-05-29 11:32

Keeneland officials have announced the launch of the Keeneland Digital Sales Ring, a stand-alone online auction platform accessible to buyers and sellers around the world at Kicking off the new digital platform will be a Select Horses of Racing Age Sale scheduled for June 23.

“The Keeneland Digital Sales Ring marks a significant milestone in our rich sales history and expands the realm of high-quality sales options Keeneland can deliver,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “This tool does not replace Keeneland’s traditional live sales format but rather provides us the flexibility to host small, select auctions throughout the year.”

Keeneland developed the Digital Sales Ring platform together with Kentucky-based technology company Horseco. It is similar to the successful Magic Millions Online technology used by the Thoroughbred sales company in Australia.

“We’ve been working to make the Keeneland Digital Sales Ring a reality for a while but expedited the offering in light of the current COVID-19 crisis as a service to our clients who have experienced a disrupted sales year,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “We received positive and constructive feedback after presenting the platform to a focus group of buyers and consignors in early May. Their input informed the final product that we are making available to the public.”

The Select Horses of Racing Age Sale June 23 will be the first sale conducted on the Keeneland Digital Sales Ring, with the prospect of additional sales to be held throughout the summer.

Select Horses of Racing Age Sale – June 23

Entries: Keeneland will accept entries for the sale from June 1-12. Entries may be submitted via the traditional entry process by clicking here.

Fees: Entry fee of $500 per horse. As with live auctions, Keeneland’s 5% commission rate will apply to sales, however no commission will be charged on RNAs.

Buyer Registration: Buyers must register for an account online in advance of the sale by clicking here.

Sale Catalog: Catalogs will be available online approximately one week prior to the sale date and continually updated as entries are submitted.

Promotional Assets: Sellers have the opportunity to upload photos, video and other promotional assets to the Digital Sales Ring to market each individual hip to prospective buyers. They will receive access to do so after entry has been accepted.

Sale Format: The format of this auction is similar to online auction platforms in other industries. Reserves may be set and incremental bidding occurs until the auction closes. Auctions will be conducted under a Conditions of Sale.

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Del Mar Stakes Schedule Worth More Than $5.5 Million

Fri, 2020-05-29 11:21

Del Mar will conduct its 81st summer racing season between July 10 and Sept. 7 featuring a 38-race stakes schedule offering more than $5.5 million in purses. The meet kicks off on a Friday and will feature the traditional Opening Day headliner, the $100,000 Runhappy Oceanside S.

The overall stakes slate consists of 32 stakes that carry purses of no less than $100,000, along with six overnight stakes, each worth $65,000. Twenty-one of the stakes are graded–six at Grade I, 11 at Grade II and four at Grade III.

The $100,000 Shared Belief S. (Aug. 1) for 3-year-olds will take on added importance this year as it will serve as a significant stepping stone to the GI Kentucky Derby, which due to COVID-19 has been rescheduled to run on Saturday, Sept. 5. The Shared Belief has been lengthened from one mile to a mile and one-sixteenth and now will offer Kentucky Derby qualifying points (50-20-10-5) to the first four finishers.

“It’s nice to offer local horseman who have horses on the Kentucky Derby trail the option to stay home and not have to ship out of town to earn Derby qualifying points,” said Tom Robbins, the head of Del Mar’s racing department in his role as executive vice president of racing. “Overall, I’m happy to report we’re presenting a very similar stakes schedule that our horsemen have been used to over the past several years. We again will feature a blockbuster TVG Pacific Classic Day card with five graded stakes in one afternoon. And, certainly, to offer 38 stakes over 28 days of racing is impressive anyway you look at it.”

In addition to the 30th running of the GI $500,000 TVG Pacific Classic, the Saturday, Aug. 22 card also will showcase the GI $250,000 Del Mar Oaks; the GII, $200,000 Del Mar H.; the GIII, $100,000 Torrey Pines S. and the GIII, $100,000 Green Flash H.

The track’s other Grade I tests are the $250,000 Bing Crosby S. Aug. 1; the $250,000 Clement L. Hirsch S.  Aug. 2; the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante Sept. 6, and the $250,000 Runhappy Del Mar Futurity Sept. 7.

As in previous summers, five of the track’s key stakes have been scheduled as Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races. The TVG Pacific Classic is a “Win and You’re In” race that assures entry into the $7 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The other four “Win and You’re In” races are the Bing Crosby (guaranteeing admission to the $2 million BC Sprint); the Clement L. Hirsch ($2 million BC Distaff); the Del Mar H. ($6 million BC Turf), and the GII Pat O’Brien S. Aug. 29 ($2 million BC Dirt Mile.)

Del Mar will race on a Friday-Saturday-Sunday schedule throughout the meet, while adding in a closing day Monday, Sept. 7, which is Labor Day. First post daily will be 2 p.m.

Click here for a complete stakes schedule.

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Points-Based Whip Violation Rules on the Way for Mid-Atlantic Tracks

Thu, 2020-05-28 18:02

A unified set of whipping regulations is in the pipeline for the mid-Atlantic region jockeys, and the plan could be announced by early June with the goal of rolling out the new rules as tracks start to reopen from COVID-19 closures.

“We are very actively working on finalizing a riding crop policy–rule if you want to call it [that]–for the mid-Atlantic region that will bring a consensus to the region on the use of the crop,” Alan Foreman, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, said at Thursday’s Maryland Racing Commission meeting as part of an update on policy changes.

“There’s been a lot of discussion and a lot of proposals about the use of the crop over the past year. We’re bringing that to a head in the mid-Atlantic. We have created, for the first time, a penalty system to ensure that the rule is adhered to,” Foreman said.

“What I think will be approved is a points system that will be very similar to the Multiple Medication Violation points system that is used for trainers for medication violations,” Foreman said, adding that the new guidelines will “incentivize compliance with the rule, [promote] better riding, and identify those riders whose attention we need to get with regards to use of the crop.

“I think that’s going to be a very positive step,” Foreman continued. “We believe we may even have that recommendation done within the next week. We’d like to get it started with a grace period for the riders to comply with the rule as racing is rolled out throughout the region,” Foreman said.

Terence Meyocks, the president and chief executive officer of the Jockeys’ Guild, replied to a TDN request for comment by emailing that he was in a meeting and would not be able to speak in time for deadline for this story.


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Industry Groups Submit Briefs in Support of Lasix Ban

Thu, 2020-05-28 17:35

The Jockey Club, the Breeders’ Cup and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association have filed Amicus Curiae briefs supporting the rights of Churchill Downs and Keeneland to prohibit Lasix in races for 2-year-olds. The two Kentucky tracks are being sued by the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which is seeking a temporary injunction that would stop the tracks from instituting so-called house rules that cover the Lasix ban. The three groups have asked the court to deny the injunction.

The news of the filing of the briefs by the industry groups was first reported by the Blood-Horse.

On Tuesday, a hearing regarding the Lasix matter was held before Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate. Wingate said he would have a ruling shortly.

Four Lasix-free races for 2-year-olds have already been run so far at Churchill. Keeneland has been approved to run a summer meet from July 8 to 12 and may have some 2-year-old races during the five days of racing. Both tracks are also set to eliminate the use of Lasix in stakes races in 2021.

“The United States is the only major racing jurisdiction within the world that continues to permit the use of furosemide on race day,” read the Breeders’ Cup’s brief. “Fortunately, other major racing jurisdictions within the United States have taken proactive measures to eliminate the use of furosemide on race day, including California, Florida, and New York (in Florida and New York solely through actions by the tracks). Breeders’ Cup anticipates that many other States will also shortly participate in this initiative as the leading racing associations announced in April of 2019 the commitment to prohibit the use of furosemide in 2020 in two-year-old races. If Kentucky wants to remain a leader in thoroughbred racing, Kentucky must unite to protect our horses, protect the sport, and protect most of the racing and breeding operations in the United States. Keeneland and Churchill certainly have the legal right to take such action.”

The KTA brief contended that the HBPA does not speak for the racing industry and went on to say that denying the temporary injunction “will promote the integrity ans safety of the horseracing industy and allow members of the KTA and the KHPBA alike to race their horses on equal competitive terms.”

The Jockey Club made many of the same points, arguing that “Thoroughbred horses compete Lasix-free in every major racing country around the world (including England, Ireland, France, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan) without harm to the horses, their connections, or the integrity of racing.”

According to the Blood-Horse report, Wednesday’s hearing focused on 2015 regulations enacted by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which was also named in the HBPA’s suit, that permitted the tracks to decide whether or not to allow Lasix. Then Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway issued an opinion that a regulation that permitted tracks to ban Lasix “was an invalid and illegal delegation of the KHRC’s authority to private actors.”

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved a plan that calls for phasing out Lasix, but the new rules have not undergone all the steps that must take place before the regulations can become part of Kentucky’s state code. Because the KHRC’s rules have yet to go into effect, it was left to tracks to take steps to ban Lasix in 2-year-old races.

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Nadal Retired Due to Condylar Fracture

Thu, 2020-05-28 15:55

Unbeaten superstar sophomore andTDN Rising Star‘ Nadal (Blame) exited a breeze Thursday morning with a condylar fracture and has been retired. The Bob Baffert trainee was credited with a four-furlong drill in :48.80 (7/45) (XBTV Video) at his Santa Anita home base before X-rays revealed the injury and he underwent surgery, requiring two screws.

“I always say to get my trophies–and I have three Eclipse Awards and one Cartier–you have to get massive scars along the way,” co-owner George Bolton told the TDN. “You have to understand days like this will happen. This is a very sad day. It’s very hard to get these kinds of horses.”

Bolton said the surgery went well and that the injury could have been much more severe if it hadn’t been caught when it was.

A $65,000 KEESEP yearling turned $700,000 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream juvenile purchase by Kerri Radcliffe off a :10 flat breeze, the bay colt is owned by Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau, Barry Lipman and Mark Mathiesen. A debut winner in Arcadia Jan. 19, he added a sprint score in the GII San Vicente S. Feb. 9 before stretching out effectively while surviving a hot early pace in the GII Rebel S. at Oaklawn Mar. 14. Nadal was last seen winning the faster division of the GI Arkansas Derby May 2–stablemate Charlatan (Speightstown) won the other division. He was expected to compete next in the GI Belmont S. June 20.

Nadal’s post-surgery X-rays courtesy George Bolton

“It would have been really fun to see him against Tiz the Law (Constitution) in the Belmont,” Bolton said. “I think both are really goods horses. It was going to be like Green Bay vs. New England. That’s the sad part. When a horse gets hurt you wind up getting a bill and no more fun. We thought this was going to be a really exciting summer ahead.”

Nadal hails from the extended female family of champion Pleasant Stage and Grade I winners Marsh Side, Changeintheweather, A Phenomenon and Seattle Meteor.

“He’s going to have a great career at stud,” Bolton said. “He took a second to wind up. Coming out of the gate, he wasn’t a little bottle rocket. Once he got going three or four strides later, he was a :21, :43 horse. That’s what the breeders want. His resume includes the San Felipe and the Arkansas Derby, two great stallion-maker races.”

Bolton said that the phone had been “ringing off the hook” from stud farms calling to secure Nadal’s breeding rights, adding, “Spendthrift [Farm] is in the pole position.”

The Nadal news comes just days after reports that two Baffert trainees from that May 2 Oaklawn card–believed to be Charlatan and allowance winner Gamine (Into Mischief)–tested positive for an illegal substance.

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