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Penny Chenery Dies

Sun, 2017-09-17 14:06

Helen Bates ‘Penny’ Chenery, who bred and raced 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat under the Meadow Stable banner, passed away Saturday at the age of 95 following complications from a stroke. Penny’s children announced her death through Leonard Lusky, her longtime friend and business partner.

Born Jan. 22, 1922, in New Rochelle, New York, Chenery was immediately enamored with and was riding horses as early as age five.

“I had the horse bug,” she recalled. “I wasn’t ‘National Velvet.’ Horses were just my friends.”

After attending high school in Virginia, Chenery attended Smith College in Massachusetts, graduating in 1943. Two years later, at the behest of her father, Southern Natural Gas Company founder Christopher Chenery, she volunteered to join the Red Cross, traveling overseas to assist soldiers–“You had to be 23 to go. They thought younger girls weren’t mature enough. And they were right!”–she recalled, then enrolled in the Columbia Business School upon her return to the U.S. and was one of just 20 women in her class. During her time at Columbia, she met her future husband John Bayard Tweedy, whom she wed in 1949.

For the better part of the next two decades, Chenery lived an unassuming life as a housewife and mother in Denver while immersing herself into social, charitable, civic, educational and political pursuits, from the Junior League to Planned Parenthood. She and her husband helped raise the initial capital for the Vail ski resort, where Jack was the first Board Chairman and General Counsel, and Penny’s father was a major investor.

Chenery’s father, who had founded Meadow Stable, took ill in the late 1960s and passed away in early 1973. Original plans called for the sale of Meadow Stable, which had become unprofitable, but Chenery was keen on keeping a dream of her father’s alive-namely a victory in the Kentucky Derby. She took over management of the racing stable, with the help of her siblings, Margaret Carmichael and Hollis Chenery, and her father’s business secretary, Elizabeth Ham. Under the guidance of trainer Lucien Laurin, Meadow Stable’s 1971 Eclipse Award-winning juvenile Riva Ridge turned those dreams into reality in the 1972 Run for the Roses before adding the Belmont S., but the best was yet to come.

Chenery was responsible for the breeding of Somethingroyal to Bold Ruler in 1969 and the resulting foal, named Secretariat, won seven of his nine starts at two in 1972, following his stablemate as champion 2-year-old. In 1973, Secretariat became the first Triple Crown winner in a quarter-century, punctuating the sequence with his towering 31-length success in the Belmont. In October 2010, the motion picture ‘Secretariat’ premiered with actress Diane Lane cast as Chenery. Chenery herself had a cameo in the movie as a fan at the Belmont.

In 1983, Chenery joined Martha Gerry and Allaire du Pont as the first women to be admitted as members of The Jockey Club and served the industry in a variety of roles, including president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) and a member of the executive committee of the American Horse Council. She was also president of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and was a driving force behind the creation of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. In 2006, was the recipient of the prestigious Eclipse Award of Merit. In 2012, Chenery was the Honor Guest of the Thoroughbred Club of America’s annual Testimonial Dinner.

“I am just tickled to win this award,” said Chenery of the Eclipse Award of Merit. “I’ve had a wonderful time in racing, with the fans, my peers, and of course, the horses. The greatest sight in racing is seeing your horse with your silks on coming down the stretch in the lead. The second greatest thing is seeing a foal born. That’s God’s gift to us.”

Chenery created the Secretariat Vox Populi Award annually honoring racing’s most popular horse, as well as the Secretariat Foundation, which assists and supports various charities within the racing community. In recent years, she advocated for laminitis research and care advancement as well as efforts to ban the use of performance-enhancing drugs in racing, pledging her support to the Water Hay Oats Alliance as recently as recently as 2016.

Penny is survived by four children: Sarah Manning, Chris Tweedy, Kate Tweedy and John Tweedy; and by seven grandchildren: Elena Grath, Alice McGrath, Chris Manning, Amanda Tweedy, Paige Tweedy, and Marcus Tweedy.

“We are deeply proud of our mother, her accomplishments, and her courage.” said daughter Kate Tweedy. “As we mourn her loss, the example of her strength, her intelligence, and her enduring spirit continue to inspire us.”

While the family requests that its privacy be respected for an initial week of mourning, Lusky says that plans for a future public memorial service will be announced soon.

“We have always been overwhelmed and amazed by the love and support Mom received from her many fans,” John Tweedy said. “We look forward to a time soon when we can celebrate her life in a way that honors that legacy.”

In lieu of flowers, the Secretariat Foundation is offering special Penny Chenery Memorial fundraising projects on behalf of selected equine-related charities. For details, visit

Click here for an interview with Chenery on the 40th anniversary of Secretariat’s Belmont and Triple Crown victory.

World Approval Wire-to-Wire in Woodbine Mile

Sat, 2017-09-16 18:58

Live Oak Plantation homebred World Approval (Northern Afleet) scored his first win at the highest level going 1 3/8 miles in last term’s GI United Nations S. and has also won multiple races at nine furlongs. Trainer Mark Casse cut him back to a mile last time for Saratoga’s GI Fourstardave H. with great success and the gray now sports a pair of top-level scores as a turf miler, following his win at the Spa Aug. 12 with a front-running score in the GI Ricoh Woodbine Mile Sunday, a “Win and You’re In” event for the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile. Casse also won last year’s renewal of this test with two-time champion Tepin (Bernstein).

Away well from his rail draw, World Approval went straight to the front, battling Dragon Bay (Parading) through an opening quarter in :23.77 and a half in :46.45 with a host of other rivals swarming them from all sides. Shrugging off his rivals rounding the far turn, the 2-1 chalk hit a whole new gear in the lane, storming clear under a rail-skimming ride from Hall of Famer John Velazquez to win by 2 1/2 lengths over European invader Lancaster Bomber (War Front). Long On Value (Value Plus) completed the trifecta.

“I think he can do anything,” Casse said. “We found the mile is what he wants. We’re excited to be going to the Breeder’s Cup. I’m excited. Mrs. Weber’s been a big part of my life for a long, long, long time. We both grew up in Ocala. She’s been there and Live Oak has been part of Ocala for 50 years so this was special. It was nice for her to be there. She had never been there for a win before so that was nice.”

“I wasn’t sure who the speed horse was going to be and I see he’s always been pretty close to the pace, not on the lead, but pretty close,” said Velazquez, who won the Woodbine Mile in 2000 with Riviera (Fr) and captured the 2012 and 2013 renewals with two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan. “He broke well today, no one seemed to want the lead, I just kind of left him there and he held on very well.”

Runner-up in last term’s GI Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Derby day and winner of Monmouth’s United Nations, World Approval kicked off this term with a pair of facile victories in Tampa’s state-bred Turf Classic Apr. 2 and Pimlico’s GII Longines Dixie S. on Preakness day May 20. Fifth in the GI Woodford Reserve Manhattan S. on the GI Belmont S. undercard June 10, the 5-year-old returned to winning ways in the Fourstardave last time Aug. 12.

Pedigree Notes:

World Approval is the latest success story for his dam Win Approval, whose best produce was Miesque’s Approval (Miesque’s Son), the 2006 GI Breeders’ Cup Mile hero and that year’s Eclipse Award-winning turf male and now a sire in South Africa. Win Approval’s other seven-figure earners include Revved Up (Sultry Song) and Za Approval (Ghostzapper). World Approval’s half-sister Highest Approval (High Fly) is the dam of MGSP Roman Approval (Roman Ruler). World Approval is the final listed produce for his dam, who was barren to Northern Afleet in 2013.

Saturday, Woodbine
RICOH WOODBINE MILE S.-GI, C$801,600, WO, 9-16, 3yo/up, 1mT, 1:33.05, fm.
1–WORLD APPROVAL, 124, g, 5, by Northern Afleet
1st Dam: Win Approval, by With Approval
2nd Dam: Negotiator, by Hoist the Flag
3rd Dam: Geneva II, by Gulf-Weed
O-Live Oak Plantation; B-Live Oak Stud (FL); T-Mark E. Casse; J-John R. Velazquez. C$480,000. Lifetime Record: 23-10-2-4, $1,837,363. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. *1/2 to Revved Up (Sultry Song), MGSW, $2,648,879; Miesque’s Approval (Miesque’s Son), GISW, $2,648,879; Za Approval (Ghostzapper), MGSW & MGISP, $1,394,666.
2–Lancaster Bomber, 112, c, 3, War Front–Sun Shower (Ire), by Indian Ridge (Ire). O-Michael B Tabor, Mrs John Magnier & D Smith; B-Sun Shower Syndicate (KY); T-Aidan P. O’Brien. C$160,000.
3–Long On Value, 117, h, 6, Value Plus–Long Message, by Orientate. ($3,000 Ylg ’12 EASSEP). O-Wachtel Stable, George J. Kerr and Gary Barber; B-Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds (VA); T-William I. Mott. C$80,000.
Margins: 2HF, HF, NO. Odds: 2.35, 4.55, 9.60.
Also Ran: Mondialiste (Ire), Arod (Ire), Dutch Connection (GB), Conquest Panthera, Tower of Texas, Glenville Gardens, Best Bard, Deauville (Ire), Dragon Bay.
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Special Rate Filly Upsets the Pocahontas

Sat, 2017-09-16 18:14

Texas-bred Patrona Margarita pulled off a 23-1 upset and secured a spot in the gate for the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies with a decisive score in Churchill Downs’ GII Pocahontas S. Saturday. The dark bay ran three-wide in a joint sixth early as Primo Extremo (Overanalyze) clocked early fractions of :23.68 and :48.83. Advancing up the outside to take closer order on the backstretch run, the homebred was five wide turning for home and began drifting in a bit as she took control in early stretch. Kept to task by Brian Hernandez, Jr. Patrona Margarita powered home to a decisive victory. Kelly’s Humor was second and Debutante S. winner Sunny Skies was third.

“What a rollercoaster-day,” said winning trainer Bret Calhoun, whose trainee Mayla (Sharp Humor) crossed the line first in the Open Mind S. and was DQ’d and placed sixth for interference. “It’s tough when you think back on what could have been winning two stakes, but we are happy to win the Pocahontas. She’s not Breeders’ Cup eligible, so we’ll probably point towards the [Oct. 6 GI] Alcibiades [S.] at Keeneland.”

Calhoun continued, “After breaking her maiden over this track we tried her in the Debutante and she got stopped badly. She’s a Texas-bred, so we sent her to Lone Star for the Texas Futurity and she ran a solid third. She’s not a sprinter so we knew she’d improve as the distances got longer. She’s trained phenomenally over this racetrack recently and I’m happy to see everything come together.”

A debut winner at Churchill June 9, Patrona Margarita was non-factor eighth to Sunny Skies in the Debutante S. here June 30 and was third last time in the restricted Texas Thoroughbred Futurity S. going five furlongs at Lone Star July 22.

Pedigree Notes:

Patrona Margarita is a half to MGSW and millionaire Texas Chrome (Grasshopper); and a yearling filly by Data Link. Her dam Margarita Mistress did not produce a foal in 2017, but was bred back to Malibu Moon earlier this term.

Saturday, Churchill Downs
POCAHONTAS S.-GII, $200,000, CD, 9-16, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:46.35, ft.
1–#@PATRONA MARGARITA, 118, f, 2, by Special Rate
1st Dam: Margarita Mistress, by Naevus
2nd Dam: Four O’Clock Post, by Regal Classic
3rd Dam: Fatal Hour, by Briartic
($4,000 RNA Ylg ’16 OBSAUG). O/B-Craig D Upham (TX); T-W Bret Calhoun; J-Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr. $115,320. Lifetime Record: 4-2-0-1, $150,253. *1/2 to Texas Chrome (Ghostzapper), MGSW, $1,022,762. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Kelly’s Humor, 120, f, 2, Midnight Lute–Cauy’s Humor, by Distorted Humor. ($29,000 Ylg ’16 FTKFEB; $35,000 Ylg ’16 OBSAUG). O-Ike & Dawn Thrash; B-Chappell Alpine Farm (KY); T-Brad H Cox. $37,200.3–Sunny Skies, 120, f, 2, Animal Kingdom–Skyscape, by Marquetry. ($47,000 RNA Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Normandy Farm; B-Normandy Farm LLC (KY); T-Kenneth G McPeek. $18,600.Margins: 3 3/4, NK, 1 3/4. Odds: 23.80, 5.10, 5.10.
Also Ran: Primo Extremo, Upset Brewing, Sultry, Harbor Lights, Firstmate, Snowfire, Take Charge Paula, Vision of Justice, Lady Freedom.
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Uni Wins the Sands Point

Sat, 2017-09-16 18:05

UNI (GB) (f, 3, More Than Ready–Unaided {GB}), by Dansili {GB}) was imported from France after winning two of her six starts, including a stakes score in the Prix Matchem at Maisons-Laffitte in May. Third in the GI Belmont Oaks Invitational for these new connections July 8, the chestnut recently finished second, beaten less than a length, by ‘TDN Rising Star’ Proctor’s Ledge (Ghostzapper) in the GII Lake Placid S. Aug. 19. Bet down to 6-5 favoritism here, the sophomore was hard held in traffic going around the opening bend and bided her time behind fractions of :25.67 and :49.99. Tipped out for clear sailing into the lane, she launched a prolonged rally to tag La Coronel (Colonel John) on the wire by a quarter-length. The final time was 1:48.97. Lifetime Record: 9-3-3-2, $462,880.

O-Michael Dubb, Head of Plains Partners, Robert LaPenta and Bethlehem Stables. B-Haras de Etreham (GB). T-Chad Brown.

Saturday, Belmont Park
SANDS POINT S.-GII, $400,000, BEL, 9-16, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, 1:48.97, fm.
1–@UNI (GB), 116, f, 3, by More Than Ready
1st Dam: Unaided (GB), by Dansili (GB)
2nd Dam: Wosaita (GB), by Generous (Ire)
3rd Dam: Eljazzi, by Artaius
(€40,000 Ylg ’15 ARAUG). O-M Dubb, Head of Plains Partners LLC, R LaPenta and Bethlehem Stables LLC; B-Haras d’Etreham (GB); T-Chad C Brown; J-Irad Ortiz Jr. $240,000. Lifetime Record: 9-3-3-2, $462,880. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–La Coronel, 118, f, 3, Colonel John–Listen, by Chester House. ($37,000 RNA Wlg ’14 KEENOV; $37,000 Ylg ’15 FTKOCT; $375,000 2yo ’16 OBSAPR). O-John C Oxley; B-Kim Nardelli, Rodney Nardelli, Susan Bunning, A & B Jaffreys (KY); T-Mark E Casse. $80,000.3–Fault, 118, f, 3, Blame–Charming N Lovable, by Horse Chestnut (SAf). ($120,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Agave Racing Stable; B-Claiborne Farm (KY); T-Michelle Lovell. $40,000.
Margins: NK, 1 1/4, NK. Odds: 1.35, 4.50, 14.90.
Also Ran: Inflexibility, Fifty Five, Vue Fantastique (Fr), Empressof the Nile, Defiant Honor. Scratched: Chastise, Bonita Bianca.
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English Channel’s Johnny Bear Upsets Hawkbill in Northern Dancer Photo

Sat, 2017-09-16 17:52

Johnny Bear was risked for a $40,000 tag as recently as last October, but that didn’t stop him from upsetting heavy favorite and European invader Hawkbill by a nose in the GI Northern Dancer S. at Woodbine Saturday.

Tracking the pace in third as Hawkbill brought the field through a measured six furlongs in 1:16.51, Johnny Bear slid up the rail and paused momentarily in search of running room on the far turn. Patiently handled, the gelding gained momentum coming off the turn, angled out and reached even terms with the favorite in midstretch. Hawkbill found more, and the pair did battle in the final furlong, but it was Johnny Bear who got the best of the tight win photo.

“I had faith in this horse, right from the beginning, and I didn’t give up on him,” said John Brnjas, whose Colebrook Farms co-owns the winner–who is in turn trained by his daughter, Ashlee.

Johnny Bear entered the race off a course-and-distance win in the restricted Halton S. Aug. 30. The Northern Dancer marked his second foray into graded stakes company, following a fifth-place effort in the 2015 GIII Singspiel S. on the local main track.

“When we got him he was a nice horse, but he was the equivalent of a marshmallow,” said Ashlee Brnjas. “It took a long time for him to develop, and we stuck it out, and it was the right decision.”

Pedigree Notes:

A $278,000 yearling purchase at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society sale, the winner is a full-brother to Breeders’ S. hero Channel Maker, while his second dam Bartered Bride (Shadeed) is herself a half to GISW Auntie Mame (Theatrical {Ire}) and Star de Lady Ann (Star de Naskra). In Return, who established a course record in her lone stakes win at Monmouth, produced a filly by Court Vision in 2016.

Saturday, Woodbine
NORTHERN DANCER TURF S.-GI, C$340,800, WO, 9-16, 3yo/up, 1 1/2mT, 2:27.30, fm.
1–@&JOHNNY BEAR, 119, g, 6, by English Channel
1st Dam: In Return (SW), by Horse Chestnut (SAf)
2nd Dam: Bartered Bride, by Shadeed
3rd Dam: Lady Vixen, by Sir Ivor
(C$275,000 Ylg ’12 CANSEP). O-Colebrook Farms & Bear
Stables Ltd.; B-Tall Oaks Farm (ON); T-Ashlee Brnjas; J-Luis
Contreras. C$216,000. Lifetime Record: 33-7-7-5, $487,214.
*Full to Channel Maker, MSW & MGSP, $371,453. Werk Nick
Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Hawkbill, 123, c, 4, Kitten’s Joy–Trensa, by Giant’s Causeway.
($350,000 Ylg ’14 KEESEP). O-Godolphin; B-Helen K. Groves
Revocable Trust (KY); T-Charles Appleby. C$60,000.3–Messi (Ger), 121, g, 7, New Approach (Ire)–Messina (Ger), by
Dashing Blade (GB). (€80,000 RNA Ylg ’11 BBAGS). O/B-Gestut
Brummerhof (GER); T-H. Graham Motion. C$30,000.Margins: HD, 3/4, 3 3/4. Odds: 9.10, 0.60, 3.10.
Also Ran: Seeking Albert, English Illusion, Noble Thought, Pumpkin Rumble, Camp Creek.
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Dialed In Colt Remains Unbeaten in Iroquois

Sat, 2017-09-16 17:40

The Tabulator kept his perfect record in tact and stamped his ticket to the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with a victory in Churchill’s GIII Iroquois S. Saturday afternoon. Receiving Lasix for the first time here, the juvenile tracked from second as Smart Remark (First Defence) ticked off opening splits of :23.12 and :47.73. Charging to the front entering the bend, the bay began to drift out in front of “TDN Rising Star” Hollywood Handsome in the lane, but never impeded him, and maintained his advantage to the line. This was the second Iroquois win for trainer Larry Rivelli, who won the 2015 edition with Cocked and Loaded (Colonel John).

“We’ve always thought highly of him and he’s always acted like a nice horse from the beginning,” jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr., said. “We won impressively in the debut but Larry couldn’t get an allowance race to go at Arlington so he shipped to Prairie Meadows. In both of these two starts he was still pretty green. Even in this race he still had a little immaturity. We inherited the lead a little before I actually wanted to. He broke so well and we got into a good position and relaxed early. When we turned for home in front he still looked around a little bit in the stretch but I’m just glad we were able to get there.”

“I’ve never had a horse start off like this and I’ve been in the game for more than 15 years,” owner Carolyn Wilson said. “Larry is a wonderful trainer. He and his entire team do such a great job with our horses and it’s so exciting to have a horse like this. It’s really easy when I just write a check and this happens.”

Purchased for $460,000 at the OBS March sale after breezing in :10 flat, The Tabulator romped by nine lengths in his 4 1/2-length unveiling over the Arlington synthetic July 2 and captured the Prarie Meadows Golden Juvenile S. July 28.

Pedigree Notes:

The Tabulator is the second graded stakes winner for his second-crop sire Dialed In, following MGSW and GI Travers S. runner-up Gunnevera. The winner is a half-brother to the SP Star Via Strada (Street Boss); a yearling filly by Take Charge Indy; and a weanling filly by Street Boss. The Tabulator hails from the family of GISWs Bellamy Road, Gold Fever and Boisterous.

Saturday, Churchill Downs
IROQUOIS S.-GIII, $150,000, CD, 9-16, 2yo, 1 1/16m, 1:45.50, ft.
1–@THE TABULATOR, 120, c, 2, by Dialed In
1st Dam: Fly to the Stars, by Giant’s Causeway
2nd Dam: Rub al Khali, by Mr. Prospector
3rd Dam: Arabian Dancer, by Damascus
($15,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $92,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $460,000 2yo ’17 OBSMAR). O-Carolyn Wilson; B-Extern Developments LTD. (KY); T-Larry Rivelli; J-Jose Valdivia Jr. $88,350. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $143,550.
Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Hollywood Star, 118, c, 2, Malibu Moon–Hollywood Story, by ‘TDN Rising Star‘ Wild Rush. ($550,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Albaugh Family Stables LLC; B-George Krikorian (KY); T-Dale L Romans. $28,500.3–Ten City, 122, c, 2, Run Away and Hide–Maiden America, by ‘TDN Rising Star‘ Rock Hard Ten. ($9,000 RNA Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $12,000 Ylg ’16 FTKOCT). O-Tommie M Lewis & Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek); B-Phillips Racing Partnership (KY); T-Kenneth G McPeek. $14,250.Margins: 3/4, 2HF, 5 1/4. Odds: 4.20, 1.30, 3.40.
Also Ran: Ebben, Big Gemmy, Flameaway, Pont Du Gard, Smart Remark, Tres Equis, Mo Diddley.
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More Than Ready Filly Is Just That in Debut, ‘Rushes’ to ‘Rising Star’ Status

Sat, 2017-09-16 15:55

eFive Racing’s Rushing Fall (More Than Ready) made her career debut a winning one Saturday, rewarding her backers as the 9-5 favorite and earning ‘TDN Rising Star’ status. The bay posted a series of works throughout the summer at Saratoga and was scratched out of a Sept. 4 maiden race rained off the turf, forcing her connections to seek an alternative spot. She worked twice in the interim at the Spa and was re-entered in this downstate contest. Off a touch slowly, the filly raced in heavy traffic and had her momentum briefly halted behind a quarter-mile in :23.46. Guided to the outside soon after than juncture, she gathered steam with a wide sweep on the far turn, picked off rivals easily turning for home and rallied to notch a 1 1/2-length score over Daddy Is A Legend (Scat Daddy). The final time for a mile was 1:35.26. The winner is a half to Milam (Street Sense), SW & MGSP, $239,651. Second dam Marie J. (Mr. Prospector) was graded stakes-placed. This is the deep family of GISW Albert the Great (Go For Gin). Autumnal produced a filly by Candy Ride (Arg) in 2016 and visited Frosted this spring.

5th-BEL, $75,000, Msw, 9-16, 2yo, f, 1mT, 1:35.26, fm.

+RUSHING FALL (f, 2, More Than Ready–Autumnal, by Forestry) Sales History: $320,000 Ylg ’16 FTSAUG. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $45,000.

O-e Five Racing Thoroughbreds; B-Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding (KY); T-Chad C. Brown.

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Bernardini Colt Wire-to-Wire in Belmont Debut

Sat, 2017-09-16 14:47

3rd-BEL, $75,000, Msw, 9-16, 2yo, 6 1/2f, 1:18.22, ft.

+PROLIFIC (c, 2, Bernardini–Gozlan, by Tiznow) shipped in from Fair Hill off a series of swift workouts to capture his career debut in Elmont Saturday. Given a 2-1 chance, the colt broke on top and was adroitly rated in the clear by Irad Ortiz Jr. through measured fractions of :23.23 and :47.25. Spinning into the stretch without meeting a real challenge, he drew off with plenty in reserve to score by a length over Gravitating (Astrology). The winner’s dam, a half-sister to MGSW & GISP Tizaqueena (Tiznow), produced a colt by City Zip in 2016 and a filly by City Zip in 2017. Third dam Ziggy’s Act (Danzig) captured the GIII Pucker Up S. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $45,000. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Godolphin Racing LLC; B-Godolphin (KY); T-Michael Stidham.

Leger Glory For Galileo’s Capri

Sat, 2017-09-16 10:57

Freshened up after his G1 Irish Derby victory, Capri (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) came to Doncaster’s Town Moor with a stable troupe to produce the perfect scenario for him and duly rewarded their hard front-running efforts by justifying 3-1 favouritism under Ryan Moore. Always comfortable in fourth off the searing pace, the grey was committed passing the three-furlong marker and held off TDN Rising Star Crystal Ocean (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) and the G1 Goodwood Cup hero Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) by a half length and a short head as the best horses came to the fore in a strong renewal. “He’s a very good horse and he’s very honest,” his rider commented after registering a first St Leger success. “He dug in and fought very hard when Crystal Ocean came to him. He’s done very little wrong in his career and has progressed from race to race.”

Ironically, Capri had Rekindling (GB) (High Chaparral {Ire}) back in second when breaking his maiden over an extended mile at the Galway festival last July before adding Tipperary’s Listed Coolmore Canford Cliffs S. to his tally over an extended seven furlongs the following month. Picked by Ryan Moore when taking the G2 Beresford S. from fellow Galileo-sired stablemates Yucatan (Ire) and Exemplar (Ire) in a tight finish at The Curragh in September, he was third behind Waldgeist (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) in a strong renewal of the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud in October which contained Wings of Eagles (Fr) (Pour Moi {Ire}) and also Rekindling. Returning this term to be fourth under a five-pound penalty as Rekindling enjoyed his own day in the sun in the G3 Ballysax S. over 10 furlongs at Leopardstown Apr. 8, Capri was third to Douglas Macarthur (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Yucatan in a thriller for the G3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial S. over the same course and distance May 7.

There was a market move for Capri as the G1 Epsom Derby looked likely to be affected by rain in the lead-up, but as the weather stayed mainly dry he was unable to make a serious impact without being disgraced when less than four lengths sixth in the June 3 Classic. Back at The Curragh for the Irish equivalent four weeks later, he stuck close to the pacemaker The Anvil (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and was the first of the main protagonists to strike for home in a move by Seamie Heffernan that paid dividends as Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and the Derby winner Wings of Eagles failed to get past. His withdrawal from the G2 Great Voltigeur S. due to a bad scope leaves a major question unanswered, with Cracksman making a leap forward in his absence and Aidan O’Brien had expressed nervousness as he brought him here without a prep.

By the time The Anvil had skipped clear of Douglas Macarthur and Venice Beach (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) with Capri in fourth and the Gosden duo in fifth and sixth, the 2017 St Leger was already characterised as a genuine test of physical and mental stamina. Moore sat happy on Capri as James Doyle and Frankie Dettori tracked his every move on Coronet (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Stradivarius respectively and as they entered the straight they were all poised for action. Stradivarius enjoyed a split to take the rail as Capri was cajoled forward with Jim Crowley moving through the pack smoothly as his mount Crystal Ocean showed the same pizzazz as he had in the G3 Gordon S. Once Capri had edged ahead of Stradivarius, Crystal Ocean was facing a tough task attempting to make up lengths on him at full flight and although his speed carried him into a genuinely threatening position it was not enough to subdue the granite-hard grey.

“The lads did a great job on him and were all delighted with him at home,” commented O’Brien, who was greeting his fifth winner of the oldest Classic. “He had a bit of a blip during York time and I was a little bit worried, but Ryan gave him a class ride and everybody was happy with the pace they were going. He is a horse with a lot of class and we saw that in the Irish Derby. Seamus [Heffernan] rides him in a lot of his work and in his races and has always been a big believer in him. He says that braveness is his big thing and when Ryan really wanted him today he gave it to him. We thought that he would improve for this run and if everything went well we could have a look at the Arc, but the lads will decide whether to do that or put him away for next year. Probably a mile and a half is the trip where he shows his real class, although he has no problem with a mile and a quarter. He has a great cruise, courage and stamina.”

Crystal Ocean’s trainer Sir Michael Stoute revealed that his colt is finished for the season and said, “We were always a little bit worried about the trip and he won’t run beyond a mile and a half again, but he acquitted himself well and we’re thrilled with him. We rate our fellow, but the other horse is better than him at a mile, six-and-a-half. There are plenty of races for Crystal Ocean and I’ll put him away for the year now.” John Gosden is looking at running Stradivarius and Coronet on Champions Day and commented, “That was a very very smart, classy race with two group 1 winners there. The jockeys said it was a relentless pace and there were no hiding places and the winner won well. Coronet got to Capri’s girth, but those colts are just a bit too strong and so we’ll freshen her up and go for the [Oct. 21 British Champions Fillies & Mares S., while if the ground is not too soft Stradivarius will go for the two-miler [the G2 Long Distance Cup]. He did get a little bit isolated on his own, while the first and second had each other to stretch themselves and he was left wondering ‘where is everyone’. The interesting thing is, in the last 50 yards, he was coming back at them and all being well we’ll see him at Ascot.”

Capri was bringing up a Doncaster double of distinction here, 24 hours after his relative Desert Skyline (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}) captured the G2 Doncaster Cup. His family flew the late Jean-Luc Lagardere’s flag for years, with the second dam being the G2 Prix de Malleret and G3 Prix de la Nonette winner and G1 Prix Vermeille second Diamilina. Her dam Diamonaka, who was runner-up in the Malleret, is a half-sister to the G2 Prix Greffulhe winner Diamond Mix (Ire) (Linamix {Fr}) who produced Diamond Green (Fr). Successful in the G3 Prix La Rochette, he was also placed in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains, G1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and G1 St James’s Palace S. There could never have been any serious doubts about Capri’s capacity for stamina, with his family also boasting the narrow G1 Melbourne Cup second Bauer (Ire) (Halling) and the G2 Prix de Pomone winner Diamond Tango (Fr) (Acatenango {Ger}) who is the dam of Desert Skyline. Capri’s 2-year-old full-brother is named Cypress Creek (Ire), while he also has yearling and foal full-sisters to follow.
Saturday, Doncaster, Britain
WILLIAM HILL ST LEGER S.-G1, £700,000, DON, 9-16, 3yo, c/f, 14f 115yT, 3:04.04, g/s.
1–CAPRI (IRE), 127, c, 3, by Galileo (Ire)
1st Dam: Dialafara (Fr), by Anabaa
2nd Dam: Diamilina (Fr), by Linamix (Fr)
3rd Dam: Diamonaka, by Akarad (Fr)
O-Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor; B-Lynch Bages Ltd & Camas Park Stud (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Ryan Moore. £396,970. Lifetime Record: G1SW-Ire & G1SP-Fr, 10-5-1-2, £1,266,483. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Crystal Ocean (GB), 127, c, 3, Sea the Stars (Ire)–Crystal Star (GB), by Mark of Esteem (Ire). O-Sir Evelyn de Rothschild; B-Southcourt Stud (GB); T-Sir Michael Stoute. £150,500.
3–Stradivarius (Ire), 127, c, 3, Sea the Stars (Ire)–Private Life (Fr), by Bering (GB). (330,000gns RNA Ylg ’15 TATOCT). O/B-Bjorn Nielsen (IRE); T-John Gosden; J-Andrea Atzeni. £75,320.
Margins: HF, SHD, 1HF. Odds: 3.00, 5.00, 4.50.
Also Ran: Rekindling (GB), Coronet (GB), Count Octave (GB), Raheen House (Ire), Venice Beach (Ire), Douglas Macarthur (Ire), Defoe (Ire), The Anvil (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Scat Daddy’s Seahenge Takes the Champagne

Sat, 2017-09-16 10:26

Seahenge had made a highly encouraging debut over six furlongs at Naas July 8, winning his maiden in cosy fashion under a perfectly-timed ride from Donnacha O’Brien and was subsequently as short as 4-1 taking in Glorious Goodwood’s G2 Vintage S. No match for the generation’s current pack leader Expert Eye (GB) (Acclamation {GB}) when eight-lengths fifth in that seven-furlong contest Aug. 1, the bay attracted notable support into 8-1 here despite Ryan Moore opting for the $3million Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy) of the Ballydoyle duo.

Switched off in last early by O’Brien junior, the imposing Seahenge was allowed to creep into contention as Hey Gaman applied the pressure from the front in habitual fashion. Initially looking to Mendelssohn to lead him into contention, he was switched around him to chase the trio racing up the centre away from the small pack led by TDN Rising Star Dream Today (Ire) (Dream Ahead). Building a head of steam to split the Listed Washington Singer S. first and second Hey Gaman and Red Mist (GB) (Frankel {GB}) as he worked towards the win, he was able to reel in the front-runner in the final 75 yards for a relatively comfortable success as the favourite Mythical Magic join in to pull clear of the remainder. “He was very aggressive with me going to the start, so I thought I’d take my time with him and when they quickened from the three I got caught a little bit but I let him find his feet,” the winning rider said. “My lad will be suited by a step up in trip again and I think he’s a nice horse.”

Aidan O’Brien has another big name to bring to the table in the closing juvenile features and said of Seahenge, “You’d have to be very impressed. He was very green at Goodwood, but Ryan loved him that day and he is a beautiful big, rangy and powerful horse. The Scat Daddys have loads of speed and there is no doubt that he’ll be better on quicker ground. We brought him here with the view that if he was going to be a horse for the [G1] Dewhurst [S. at Newmarket Oct. 14] he had to have another run.”

Hey Gaman’s trainer James Tate said of the runner-up, “I’m delighted and gutted at the same time, that’s what second is all about. He’s run a cracker and a career-best, but we’ve just met one that was able to quicken by us today. He could try something like the [G1] Racing Post Trophy [at Doncaster Oct. 28], but that was his seventh run today so I will probably put him away. He’s just run off 548 Kilos and he’s got bigger as the season’s gone on. He’ll definitely be a better horse next year. I nearly didn’t run him today as he really does prefer it softer than this. With a horse that likes soft ground, you have one eye on many races. He’ll never run on ground with the word ‘firm’ in it and ideally he wants the word ‘soft’ in it.”

Charlie Appleby said of the third, who was losing his unbeaten record, “I was pleased with Mythical Magic, who has stepped up again from his win at Deauville. He slightly over-raced in the early part of the race but hit the line strongly and the first three home have pulled clear of the rest of the field. We will see how he comes out of this race and then potentially consider his options for the back-end of the season. With the way he stayed on today, the [G1] Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere [at Chantilly Oct. 1] over a mile could be an option. He is a big horse and time is only going to help him.”

Seahenge, who compared to Mendelssohn was a relatively cheap purchase, is the third foal and third stakes performer for Fools In Love, who was herself the winner of the Orleans S. and runner-up in the Sorority S. Her others were the GIII Dania Beach S. third Urban Bourbon (City Zip) and Frank’s Folly (Mineshaft), who was third in the Weber City Miss S. Fools In Love is a full-sister to the Maryland Million Sprint H. winner D C Dancer and a half-sister to the GII Louisiana Derby and GII Risen Star S. scorer International Star whose sire Fusaichi Pegasus shares Mr. Prospector as a sire with Not For Love. The third dam Speak Halory is a half-sister to five stakes winners, most notably the G2 Futurity S. hero Van Nistelrooy (Stom Cat), the GII Blue Grass S. winner Halory Hunter (Jade Hunter) and the GIII National Jockey Club H. scorer Prory (Procida). Fools In Love also has a yearling colt by Exchange Rate and colt foal by Honor Code.
Saturday, Doncaster, Britain
HOWCROFT INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES CHAMPAGNE S.-G2, £75,000, DON, 9-16, 2yo, c/g, 7f 6yT, 1:25.78, g/s.
1–SEAHENGE, 126, c, 2, by Scat Daddy
1st Dam: Fools in Love (SW-US, $240,746), by Not For Love
2nd Dam: Parlez, by French Deputy
3rd Dam: Speak Halory, by Verbatim
*1st stakes win. ($750,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier; B-K & G Stables (KY); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Donnacha O’Brien. £42,533. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, £56,600. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Hey Gaman (GB), 126, c, 2, New Approach (Ire)–Arsaadi (Ire), by Dubawi (Ire). (100,000gns RNA Ylg ’16 TATOCT). O-Sultan Ali; B-Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd (GB); T-James Tate. £16,125.
3–Mythical Magic (Ire), 126, c, 2, Iffraaj (GB)–Mythie (Fr), by Octagonal (NZ). (140,000gns Wlg ’15 TATFOA). O-Godolphin; B-Peter Kelly & Ms Wendy Daly (IRE); T-Charlie Appleby. £8,070.
Margins: NK, NK, 4. Odds: 8.00, 6.00, 2.25.
Also Ran: Red Mist (GB), Dream Today (Ire), Island Sound (GB), Mendelssohn. Scratched: Grand Koonta (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Acclamation’s Aclaim Wins the Park

Sat, 2017-09-16 10:24

Since he was upped from six furlongs to win an Ascot mile handicap in early September last year, Aclaim has proven himself to be a solid pattern-race campaigner especially over this trip at which he captured the G2 Challenge S. at Newmarket in October. Sixth in the G1 Lockinge S. back at a mile at Newbury on his return May 20, the bay reverted to six for the G1 Diamond Jubilee S. and put up another taking effort when eighth after meeting trouble in that June 24 Royal Ascot feature. Again denied a clear passage when sixth but beaten under two lengths in total in Glorious Goodwood’s G2 Lennox S. returning to this trip at the start of August, he was next seen powering home behind Brando (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) when runner-up in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest over 6 1/2 furlongs at Deauville Aug. 6.

Oisin Murphy was initially reserved on Aclaim before Home of the Brave drew him forward like a magnet as the Godolphin runner stuck to the centre of the track. Denied a run between that rival and Spirit of Valor (War Front), the bay had to switch around but there was ample time to reel in the filly Nathra and he duly took command 100 yards from the line and stayed on strongly from there. “I got a lovely tow into the race from Home of the Brave and wanted to stay following something for as long as I could,” his rider explained. “It got a bit tight, but when you are on a class horse I’d rather stay in there than waste ground coming out wide. He’s the best horse in the race and was entitled to win as he did.”

Trainer Martyn Meade is looking at a return to France for the Oct. 1 G1 Prix de la Foret at Chantilly. “He’s just going the right way now. It was a shame he didn’t win in France, in another few strides he probably would have done. We’ve got to look for a group one now and he’ll go to the Foret next, seven furlongs is his trip and softer ground is no issue. That was pretty impressive today, you can ride him anywhere.”

Aclaim’s dam Aris, who was third in the Listed Flame of Tara S. over a mile, is a half-sister to the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas and G1 Moyglare Stud S. heroine Again (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), who is the dam of the recent G3 Golden Fleece S. third Delano Roosevelt (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). The second dam Cumbres, who also produced the G3 Give Thanks S. third Arkadina (Ire) (Danehill), is out of the famed Floripedes who captured the G3 Prix de Lutece and was runner-up in the G1 Prix Royal-Oak before producing the unforgettable champion Montjeu (Ire). She is also the ancestress of last year’s G1 2000 Guineas and G1 St James’s palace S. hero Galileo Gold (GB) (Paco Boy {Ire}) and the dual group 1-winning sprinter Goldream (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}). Aris also has an as-yet unraced 2-year-old colt by Dawn Approach (Ire) named Accept (Ire) and a yearling filly by Slade Power (Ire).


Saturday, Doncaster, Britain
ALAN WOOD PLUMBING & HEATING PARK S.-G2, £100,000, DON, 9-16, 3yo/up, 7f 6yT, 1:25.59, g/s.
1–ACLAIM (IRE), 130, c, 4, by Acclamation (GB)
1st Dam: Aris (Ire) (SP-Ire), by Danroad (Aus)
2nd Dam: Cumbres (Fr), by Kahyasi (Ire)
3rd Dam: Floripedes, by Top Ville (Ire)
(€130,000 Ylg ’14 GOFORB). O-Canning Downs & Partner; B-D Farrington & Canning Downs (IRE); T-Martyn Meade; J-Oisin Murphy. £56,710. Lifetime Record: G1SP-Fr, 14-6-1-1, £294,802. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Nathra (Ire), 127, f, 4, Iffraaj (GB)–Rada (Ire), by Danehill. (270,000gns Ylg ’14 TAOCT). O-Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah; B-Pier House Stud (IRE); T-John Gosden. £21,500.
3–Home of the Brave (Ire), 130, h, 5, Starspangledbanner (Aus)–Blissful Beat (GB), by Beat Hollow (GB). (€80,000 Ylg ’13 ARAUG). O-Godolphin; B-Ecurie du Grand Chene (IRE); T-Hugo Palmer. £10,760.
Margins: 3/4, 1, SHD. Odds: 3.00, 6.50, 2.25.
Also Ran: Spirit of Valor, Breton Rock (Ire), Sir Dancealot (Ire), Viscount Barfield (GB), Peace Envoy (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Kyllachy’s Heartache Wins Flying Childers Match

Fri, 2017-09-15 10:10


Coming out of the G2 Prix Robert Papin with muscular issues, Heartache was put back together again by the rampant Clive Cox stable and duly returned to deny Havana Grey in what had promised to be and what amounted to be a match on Town Moor. Going from a Bath maiden win on debut May 26 to G2 Queen Mary S. glory at Royal Ascot June 21, the bay had the class to fill third spot behind the subsequent G1 Prix Morny winner Unfortunately (Ire) (Society Rock {Ire}) in the Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte despite having sustained an injury during that 5 1/2-furlong contest July 23. Settled just off the pace racing far side as the Morny runner-up Havana Grey made the running up the centre, she worked her way past him inside the final 100 yards as Ryan Moore asked for reserves and as expected the pair of talented sprinters drew well away from May Girl and the remainder.

“When they said it was heavy ground at the start of the week, the last thing I thought possible was to come and win like this,” Cox said. “Obviously it’s kept drying and she’s done so well from her last run. Ryan was very impressed by her and said she was just taking it easy and enjoying the last little bit, so it was very good.” Explaining Heartache’s recent problem, he added, “She was muscle-sore after the Prix Robert Papin. There was a coming together at the start which is where I think it happened. We’ve got a great team at home who got her back in good nick and she’s grown and is stronger, too. The [G1] Cheveley Park [Stakes at Newmarket Sept. 30] is very much on the cards, stepping up to six, as long as it’s not too soft. In the meantime we’ve got nothing to lose and the way she’s developed and grown, she’s an awfully nice filly for next year. She’d be a Commonwealth Cup filly if she gets six. I think that’s hopefully on the cards. The only reason Adam [Kirby] was not on board today was because he couldn’t do the weight. Ryan was a more than able deputy and I was delighted to have him.”

Karl Burke is another trainer enjoying a stellar campaign and he said of the runner-up, “I think we’ve bumped into an improving filly. I saw her in France and for me she looked a bit bigger and stronger today. I said that to Clive before the race and he said she’d grown. That was her fourth run, this was our eighth run, so she’s entitled to keep improving. PJ [McDonald] said he quickened and he couldn’t believe the other horse got back to him, so we have no excuses. There are no real five-furlong races for him now, so I doubt he’ll run again this season.”

Heartache’s dam Place In My Heart, who also has a yearling filly by Showcasing (GB) and a filly foal by Iffraaj (GB), captured the Listed Lansdown Fillies’ S. and was third in the G3 Prix de Saint-Georges for this stable. She is a half-sister to the G3 Tetrarch S. winner Leitrim House (GB) (Cadeaux Genereux {GB}), while the listed-placed second dam Lonely Heart is a half to the dam of the G2 Sapphire S. and G3 Flying Five S. winner Stepper Point (GB) (Kyllachy {GB}).


Friday, Doncaster, Britain
WAINWRIGHTS FLYING CHILDERS S.-G2, £70,000, DON, 9-15, 2yo, 5f 3yT, :58.73, g/s.
1–HEARTACHE (GB), 124, f, 2, by Kyllachy (GB)
1st Dam: Place In My Heart (GB) (SW-Eng & GSP-Fr), by Compton Place (GB)
2nd Dam: Lonely Heart (GB), by Midyan
3rd Dam: Take Heart (GB), by Electric (GB)
O-The Hot to Trot Syndicate – Heartache; B-Whitsbury Manor Stud (GB); T-Clive Cox; J-Ryan Moore. £39,697. Lifetime Record: GSP-Fr, 4-3-0-1, $153,751. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Havana Grey (GB), 127, c, 2, Havana Gold (Ire)–Blanc de Chine (Ire), by Dark Angel (Ire). (42,000gns Wlg ’15 TATFOA; €70,000 Ylg ’16 ARAUG). O-Global Racing Club & Mrs E Burke; B-Mickley Stud & Lady Lonsdale (GB); T-Karl Burke. £15,050.
3–May Girl (GB), 124, f, 2, Mayson (GB)–Instructress (GB), by Diktat (GB). O/B-Bottisham Heath Stud (GB); T-Robert Cowell. £7,532.
Margins: HF, 4HF, HF. Odds: 1.50, 1.00, 10.00.
Also Ran: Pursuing the Dream (Ire), Roland Rocks (Ire), Midsummer Knight (GB), Spoof (GB), Yogi’s Girl (Ire), Wings of the Rock (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Tapit Colt Brings $900k

Thu, 2017-09-14 17:51

A Tapit half-brother (hip 1125) to GI Humana Distaff S. heroine and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Taris (Flatter) brought a final bid of $900,000 from agent Ian Brennan acting for Eric Fein at Keeneland September Thursday. The Denali Stud-consigned and Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings-bred gray is also a half to SW & MGSP Theatre Star (War Front), while third dam is Grade III winner Don’t Be Silly (Lord At War ({Arg}). His dam was acquired by Stonestreet carrying this foal in utero for $1.5 million during the 2015 Keeneland November Sale.

Radcliffe Stretches to $1 Million for Scat Daddy Filly

Thu, 2017-09-14 15:59

Agent Kerri Radcliffe snapped up hip 1041, a daughter of the late Scat Daddy, for $1 million at Keeneland September Thursday, equaling the day’s top price after a Tapit filly out of GISW Believe You Can hit that seven-figure benchmark just three hips earlier. Consigned by Gainesway, Agent VII, the bay was bred by Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd., Brian Graves and Michael Hernon. She is out of Ghostzapper mare Beloveda, who was second in the GIII Rampart S. and is a half-sister to Grade III winner Golden Mystery (Awesome Again). Radcliffe was also active earlier in the day, purchasing a colt (hip 884) by Verrazano for $650,000.

Tapit Filly Out of Believe You Can Goes For $1 million

Thu, 2017-09-14 15:48

It’s not every day a daughter of a GI Kentucky Oaks winner is available, and hip 1038, by Tapit and out of Oaks heroine Believe You Can (Proud Citizen) was knocked down for an even $1 million on the bid of Don Alberto Corporation to top Thursday’s session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Bred by consignor by Brereton C. Jones of Airdrie Stud who also bred and raced her Classic-winning dam, the gray is from the extended family of GII Schuylerville S. heroine Classic Elegance (Carson City).

Siyouni’s Laurens Takes the May Hill

Thu, 2017-09-14 09:59

Laurens was introduced at this track July 20 and overcame a tardy start to comfortably beat the dual subsequent winner Exhort (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}) over seven furlongs before taking to Deauville for the G3 Prix du Calvados. Runner-up to the Wertheimers’s exciting Polydream (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}) and clear of some smart peers in that seven-furlong test last time Aug. 19, the bay left it late but was able to justify favouritism in a thrilling four-way finish here. One of the first to be niggled at in mid-division as Nyaleti took no prisoners up front in customary fashion, she kept finding for P J McDonald and her lengthy stride saw her work her way past Ballydoyle’s Sizzling (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Nyaleti and finally Dark Rose Angel close home. “We’ve had so much faith in this filly from the start,” the winning jockey said. “She was showing a lot on the gallops earlier in the year and anybody could have got excited, but [trainer] Karl [Burke] had patience. Whatever this filly does this year, I can’t wait to ride her next year when she’s a three-year-old. I’ve never ridden a group one winner before, but I’d be shocked if this filly can’t make up into one.”

Burke’s 2017 campaign gets better each week and Laurens was adding to the group-race successes of Havana Grey (GB) (Havana Gold {Ire}) and Unfortunately (Ire) (Society Rock {Ire}) here. “She’s a beautiful-natured filly with the looks, the class and the action,” he said. “She was an expensive yearling and you can see why now. [Owner] John [Dance] was nervous and would rather have gone for a listed race and got that black-type win into her, but there weren’t too many opportunities and I persuaded him to come here.” Of her future, he added, “She’s had a tough race today, so we’ll see if she runs again this year. She’s not in the [Oct. 1 G1] Prix Marcel Boussac [at Chantilly], but could be supplemented and has the form to go for that. There is the [G1] Fillies’ Mile [at Newmarket Oct. 13], which gives her an extra week, so that’s possible but if we don’t run again this year it won’t be the end of the world. There’s a long way to go from now until next year and a lot can happen in a racehorse’s life in a week, never mind six months but if everything stays together and she’s in one piece, then she’s very useful. Next year the Prix de Diane will be perfect for her, as she qualifies for the French premiums. She’s in all the Guineas, but the Diane is the target I’ve always had for her. She’s the best filly I’ve had at this stage of her career and she can only get better, as she’s still very green.”

Laurens was no bargain purchase for John Dance, who also recently bought the classy 4-year-old filly Aim To Please (Fr) (Excellent Art {GB}) for £340,000 at the Goffs London Sale, which is no surprise given that the dam is a half to the Hong Kong Derby-winning sire Salford Mill (Ire) from the family of the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas and G1 Prix Jean Prat runner-up Shifting Power (GB) (Compton Place {GB}) and G1 Prix de l’Opera heroine Kinnaird (Ire) (Dr Devious {Ire}). The latter is also the dam of the G2 Royal Lodge S. winner Berkshire (Ire) (Mount Nelson {GB}) and the second dam of Ivawood (Ire) (Zebedee {GB}) who captured the G2 July S. and G2 Richmond S. and was second in the G1 Middle Park S. and third in the G1 English and Irish 2000 Guineas.

Thursday, Doncaster, Britain
WILLIAM HILL MAY HILL S.-G2, £70,000, DON, 9-14, 2yo, f, 8fT, 1:40.06, g/s.
1–LAURENS (FR), 126, f, 2, by Siyouni (Fr)
1st Dam: Recambe (Ire), by Cape Cross (Ire)
2nd Dam: Razana (Ire), by Kahyasi (Ire)
3rd Dam: Raysiya (Ire), by Cure the Blues
*1st stakes win. (£220,000 Ylg ’16 GOUKPR). O-John Dance; B-Bloodstock Agency Ltd (FR); T-Karl Burke; J-P J McDonald. £39,697. Lifetime Record: GSP-Fr, 3-2-1-0, $75,051. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Dark Rose Angel (Ire), 126, f, 2, Dark Angel (Ire)–Roseraie (Ire), by Lawman (Fr). (60,000gns Ylg ’16 TATOCT). O-Hussain Alabbas Lootah; B-Skymarc Farm (IRE); T-Simon Crisford. £15,050.
3–Nyaleti (Ire), 126, f, 2, Arch–America Nova (Fr), by Verglas (Ire). (40,000gns Ylg ’16 TATOCT). O-3 Batterhams and a Reay; B-SF Bloodstock LLC (IRE); T-Mark Johnston. £7,532.
Margins: HD, HD, NK. Odds: 2.75, 14.00, 4.00.
Also Ran: Sizzling (Ire), Billesdon Brook (GB), She Believes (Ire), Tajaanus (Ire), Miss Bar Beach (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Scat Daddy On Top Again at KEESEP

Wed, 2017-09-13 22:03

By Jessica Martini, Brian DiDonato & Christie DeBernardis

A colt by Scat Daddy (hip 578) earned top billing for the second day in row Wednesday during the middle session of the three-day Book 2, selling to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier for $1.1 million. A son of the late Ashford sire also topped Book 2’s opening session Tuesday on a $950,000 bid from bloodstock agent Kerri Radcliffe. There were a total of three seven-figure purchases Wednesday with sons of Quality Road (hip 804) and Orb (hip 844) each bringing $1 million.

A total of 194 yearlings sold Wednesday for a gross of $47,018,000. The average for the session was $242,361 and the median was $180,000, with an RNA rate of 33.33%. Twenty-two youngsters sold for $500,000 or more.

“We had a good day today,” Keeneland’s Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell said. “Book 2 started off strong yesterday and continued on today. Having three million-dollar horses was a great bonus. It is also interesting the sires involved, Scat Daddy, Quality Road, Orb. It’s good American stock being bought by an international market.”

Throughout the first three sessions, a total of 483 horses have exchanged hands for $149,414,000, with an average of $309,346 and a median of $220,000. The cumulative RNA rate was 33.74%.

There have been 11 horses to reach the million-dollar mark so far in this year’s sale compared to nine for the entire 2016 September sale.

Due to the new format, in which Book 1 was taken from three days to one, and Book 2 was expanded from two days to three, stats cannot be compared to last year.

“The way the format is, having the super select Book 1 of 167 horses, those [Book 2] horses were spread out through the three sessions last year, so it is hard to do a comparison study between each session,” Russell said. “I think [the new format] has done what we wanted it to do, and showed the results we hoped and expected to get. The buyers have been very involved all the way through and very engaged. The prices have been very good. So far, so good.”

Buyers and sellers alike are adjusting to the new format and all agree that it does increase the workload on both ends.

“It was a little hectic at first and took the buyers a little time to catch up,” Gainesway’s Brian Graves said. “It is a lot of information to absorb, but now that they have gotten caught up, it seems to be going really well to me.”

Indian Creek’s Shack Parrish expressed similar sentiments, saying, “The marketplace is good in spots. It has been hard work for buyers to get to barns and it has been a push for us, but we are here to sell.”


Offspring of Scat Daddy have been red hot at racetracks around the world this year and that success has carried over to the yearling auctions with his final crop making headline after headline. The second session of Keeneland September’s Book 2 was no exception as a colt by the late Coolmore sire (hip 578) sold to the operation’s M.V. Magnier for $1.1 million, marking the first seven-figure sale for breeder/consignor David Anderson of the Ontario-based Anderson Farms.

“I am more than thrilled,” Anderson said. “This is over the top. It is my first million dollar horse. I couldn’t ask for a better home for him. I hope he goes on and does well for the connections. He is going to one of the greatest trainers in the world. It’s very emotional for me. I wish my father was here.”

Anderson added, “As the momentum built the last day, there were a lot of the proper players in the game looking at the horse and I felt like the stars were aligned for a big price. I just didn’t know how much.”

Magnier was equally happy with his new purchase and felt the big price tag was justified.

“It is a lot of money for a horse, but he is by the right sire that everybody wants, so I supposed he is entitled to make it,” Magnier said. “He looks like he is going to be a fast horse. He is a very good mover, all quality. Mr. Anderson said he is the best horse he ever had on the farm, so let’s hope he is right. He will most likely go back to Europe.”

Hip 578 is the first foal out of fellow Anderson homebred Orchard Beach (Tapit), who is a half-sister to GSW Necessary Evil (Harlan’s Holiday). Orchard Beach produced a filly by Hard Spun earlier this year.

“He’s without a doubt the greatest colt who has ever come off our farm,” Anderson said. “I had many people tell me he was the best Scat Daddy in the sale. Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know, but we certainly thought so.”

He continued, “I bred him. I bred his mother actually. I still have the mother and I have a half-sister to sell next year. Obviously, I am looking forward to that now.”

Anderson works on a lot of his matings with bloodstock agent Marette Farrell, who recommended mating Orchard Beach to Scat Daddy.

“Marette and I talked about it and she is a real student of pedigrees. She thought right from the get-go the cross with Scat Daddy was really going to work with his mare and obviously it has so far.”

Anderson added, “Scat Daddy has been very good to me. I got on the band wagon late. I have another filly that I bred and sold by him that is with Chad Brown right now, and it looks like she is a very good filly. He’s just been a tremendous sire and I think it is evident with the prices of his yearlings.”

A colt by Scat Daddy (hip 506) topped Tuesday’s session when selling to Kerri Radcliffe for $950,000 and he was also responsible for a pair of colts that shared top billing at Sunday’s Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Sale. Through the opening three sessions of the Keeneland September sale, 31 yearlings by Scat Daddy have sold for a total of $11,240,000, putting him third behind Tapit and War Front in the sale’s leading sires standings.

“Sadly, as you know, we lost Scat Daddy a couple of years ago,” Magnier said. “He is probably one of the biggest losses we will ever experience, but we are lucky to have [his sons] No Nay Never and Caravaggio to follow in his footsteps. It’s a big loss, but that is life, I suppose.” @CDeBernardisTDN


Shortly after getting outbid on a $1-million Quality Road colt, Eric Fein and team regrouped, joined forces with bloodstock agent Kerri Radcliffe and returned to the sales pavilion to secure a colt by Orb (hip 844) for that same $1 million late in Wednesday’s third session of the Keeneland September Sale.

“We keep bidding against each other, we finally decided to bid together,” Fein, who sat alongside Radcliffe and bloodstock advisor Ian Brennan, said. “The high-end horses are all going for a lot of money. It’s come down to partnerships, otherwise you’re bidding against each other and these horses are bringing crazy amounts. I was underbidder on the Quality Road. I was buying that one on my own and then I found out I was bidding against another friend. It’s time to come together and do it together.”

Radcliffe added, “Instead of beating each other up, we might as well be in a partnership together.”

The million-dollar colt, out of stakes-placed Tally Ho Dixie (Dixieland Band), is a half-brother to stakes winner and graded stakes placed Kyriaki (Scat Daddy) and the from the family of Grade I winners Stellar Jayne, Starrer and Star Billing.

“We liked everything about him,” Fein said. “He’s going down to Stonestreet and I think we’ve decided on Todd Pletcher as the trainer.”

Fein, who campaigns GI Champagne S. runner-up Syndergaard (Majesticperfection), has stepped up his presence at the sales over the last year. He purchased a colt by Curlin (hip 45) for $1 million at this summer’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale.

The Queens, N.Y. native recently sold his national title insurance company, which he said has left extra time for his racing interests.

“I sold my business, so that helped,” Fein said when asked about his increased participation at the sales. “My children have enough already, so it was time for me to spend some money and enjoy the rest of my life.”

The Orb yearling, bred by Copper Penny Stables, was consigned to the September Sale by Gerry Dilger’s Dromoland Farm. Dilger, along with longtime client Barbara Facchino of Barouche Stud, purchased the youngster for $175,000 at last year’s Keeneland November Sale.

“I thought he was a very beautiful, really nice baby,” Dilger said. “He was well-grown and strong, a good-moving horse. He just caught my eye right away.”

The dark bay colt continued to improve throughout the winter.

“He just kept growing,” Dilger said. “He did well over the winter months and came into the spring and still had that strength about him.”

Asked if he was expecting the colt to bring seven figures, Dilger said, “No, I wasn’t. No way. I’m grateful to the lads on the farm–they did a great job with him. We were just lucky to get him here.”

The colt was the second million-dollar yearling for GI Kentucky Derby winner Orb (Malibu Moon), whose first foals are 2-year-olds this year. Radcliffe purchased a son of the Claiborne stallion (hip 186) for $1 million at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. Bloodstock agents Alex Solis and Jason Litt paid $1.25 million for a 2-year-old colt by Orb (hip 127) at the OBS March Sale this past spring. @JessMartiniTDN


Peter Brant of White Birch Farm and Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier joined forces for the second time this week to take home a son of Quality Road (hip 804) for $1 million late in Wednesday’s session. The two powerhouse operations also teamed up during Tuesday’s session for a $675,000 Uncle Mo colt (hip 236).

“He was one of the nicest colts we saw all week,” said trainer Chad Brown, who signed the ticket on both this colt and the Uncle Mo. “He has a good pedigree and we are happy to get him. He has everything we are looking for.”

Bred by Keats Grove Farm, hip 804 is out of SW Storm Minstrel (Storm Cat), who is a daughter of MGSW and GISP Colonial Minstrel (Pleasant Colony). The breeder acquired the mare for $150,000 carrying a foal by Quality Road as part of the Edward P. Evans dispersal at the 2011 Keeneland November sale, and the resulting foal was MGSW Blofeld.

“He is a really nice horse and was extremely well received,” said consignor Indian Creek’s Shack Parrish. “Today he really did everything right. It is above what we were expecting. It exceeded the reserve by a considerable amount. You can look at the produce record and see what a producer [Storm Ministrel] has been at this sale, so it is really nice for [the breeder].”

Hip 804 was the first seven-figure sale for Quality Road, who has been having a career-best year at stud.‘TDN Rising Star’ Klimt got the ball rolling with wins in last term’s GIII Best Pal S. and GI Del Mar Futurity and a second in the GI FrontRunner S. He had another Grade I-winning juvenile in 2016 in Abel Tasman, who is currently leading the 3-year-old filly division after a trio of top level victories in the GI Kentucky Oaks, GI Acorn S. and GI Alabama S. for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.

The Lane’s End resident has had eight individual graded stakes winners in the United States in 2017 at varying distances on both turf and dirt. In addition to Abel Tasman, the stallion was represented by Grade II winners Salty, High Ridge Road, Frank Conversation and Illuminant; and Grade III victors Long Haul Bay, Cowboy Culture and Guest Suite. @CDeBernardisTDN


Willis Horton, who campaigned 2013 champion 3-year-old Will Take Charge, went to $975,000 to take home a colt from the first-crop of the stallion Wednesday at Keeneland. Three Chimneys Farm’s Case Clay signed the ticket on Horton’s behalf.

“Mr. Horton obviously loves Will Take Charge,” Clay said. “And this colt reminded him a lot of Will Take Charge, so he’s excited to have him. He’ll go to Steve Asmussen.”

Horton campaigns GII Saratoga Special winner Copper Bullet (More Than Ready) along with Winchell Thoroughbreds and Clay did his bidding sitting alongside Ron Winchell.

Asked if there was another partnership afoot, Clay said, “It’s just Mr. Horton at the moment.”

Out of Oblige (Bernardini), hip 564 is a half-brother to this summer’s GII Bowling Green S. winner Hunter O’Riley (Tiz Wonderful) and is from the family of graded stakes winners Diplomat Lady and Dream Play.

“He stood like a statue and did everything right throughout the whole process–he checked all the boxes,” Clay said of the colt’s appeal.

Will Take Charge, who stands at Three Chimneys for $30,000, has gotten off to a strong start in the sales ring, with colts selling for $500,000 (hip 331) and $400,000 (hip 345) Tuesday at Keeneland after a strong showing at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale.

“I think there is a vote of confidence in the market for him and hopefully he meets those expectations,” Clay said.

The bay yearling was consigned by Elm Tree Farm and was co-bred by Elm Tree, Curt Leake and Bart and Angie Stark. Elm Tree’s Jody Huckabay purchased Oblige, with this Will Take Charge foal in utero, for $150,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale.

“Hunter O’Riley had just broken his maiden and we had a partnership put together with some guys. We were just looking for a mare and this one fit the bill,” Huckabay said. “As they say, we were just in the right place at the right time.”

Huckabay, whose Elm Tree commercial broodmare band numbers some 30 head, was impressed by the bay colt from the start.

“We really did know early on that he was special,” he said. “He was a really, really nice animal from the time he hit the ground. And then when Hunter O’Riley won the graded stakes, that was just icing on the cake.”

The yearling’s final price far exceeded expectations.

“We were hoping for maybe $400,000 or $500,000. Hoping,” Huckabay admitted. “The reserve was $199,000–when we bring our horses up here, we bring them up to sell them. It was a great day.”

Elm Tree opened Wednesday’s third session of the September sale with another big result. On behalf of Stonestreet, the consignment sold a filly by Scat Daddy (hip 514) for $650,000 to trainer Wesley Ward.

“Stonestreet has been very nice to us and let us sell a few horses. Each year we end up hitting a lick with them and that was a very, very nice filly,” Huckabay said. “And we have a couple more coming up.”

Huckabay thinks the September marketplace mirrors the polarization prevalent in the industry recently.

“When you leave the barn, you know whether you have got some people who can play or not,” he said. “If you don’t, there is not a whole lot of people to buy. It’s very similar to what we’ve been seeing the last few years. It’s about placement. If you guess wrong and have them in the wrong place, you’re in trouble. We’ve got a few who are in trouble, but we’ve also had a few to bail us out, thank goodness.” @JessMartiniTDN


Trainer/owner Mick Ruis has long desired a Pioneerof the Nile and he finally got one Wednesday, stretching to $825,000 for a filly (hip 672) by the WinStar sire, who is also responsible for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and champion Classic Empire.

“We have always wanted to get a Pioneerof the Nile,” Ruis said. “We were only going to go $550,000, but we were only going to go $500,000 for [GI Del Mar Futurity winner] Bolt [d’Oro] (Medaglia d’Oro) and we had to stretch to $630,000 to get to him.”

Consigned by Four Star Sales, hip 672 is the second foal out of MSW and GISP R Gypsy Gold (Bernardini), who was purchased by breeder Goncalo Torrealba’s Three Chimneys Farm for $625,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November sale. Her first foal, the now-2-year-old filly Incredible Grace (Medaglia d’Oro), was purchased by bloodstock agent Steve Young for $775,000 on behalf of owner Robert LaPenta at last year’s September sale and she is currently in training with Todd Pletcher. The 9-year-old mare is back in foal to Medaglia d’Oro.

A daughter of SW Broadway Gold (Seeking the Gold), R Gypsy Gold is a half-sister to MGSWs Broadway’s Alibi (Vindication) and Golden Lad (Medaglia d’Oro). This is also the family of GISW sire Dialed In (Mineshaft).

“She is a good-looking filly,” Ruis said. “I liked that my guys liked her. Ike Green is on my team and Eric Kruljac picked this one out. She is going to go to Montana, where we broke Bolt d’Oro and all of our horses. She will come to California around January.”

Ruis decided to take a break from training in 2008 and entered the construction business with his son, former jockey Mick Ruis, Jr. In 2016, they sold their company American Scaffold and decided to get back into the game, starting with several expensive 2-year-old purchases. One of those was $375,000 OBS April buy Union Strike (Union Rags), who went on to win that year’s GI Del Mar Debutante S. (Click here for a feature on Ruis Racing).

Ruis signed for a total of five yearlings during Wednesday’s session, taking home a $275,000 Malibu Moon colt (hip 639); $200,000 Candy Ride (Arg) filly (hip 530); a $125,000 daughter of Tiznow (hip 637); and a $50,000 Bodemeister filly (hip 594).



Prominent owner/breeder Ramona Bass spent $2.4 million to acquire Stanwyck (Empire Maker) at the 2014 Keeneland November Sale, and began to make back that investment Wednesday when the well-bred mare’s first foal, a War Front colt, garnered a winning bid of $750,000 from Shadwell. Claiborne Farm consigned the Mar. 28 foal as hip 790.

A half-sister to 2005 GI Kentucky Derby upsetter Giacomo (Holy Bull) and to MGISW Tiago (Pleasant Tap), Stanwyck herself annexed Belmont’s 2013 GIII Turnback the Alarm H. at 21-1 before finishing third in the following year’s GI Santa Margarita S., GI Apple Blossom H. and GI Personal Ensign S.

“I’m really excited, but I loved him–he’s special,” said Bass after conferring with Claiborne’s Walker Hancock and her bloodstock advisor Steve Young. “It’s kind of sad at the same time, but he’s going to a great place, so you’ve got to be happy with that, right?”

When asked what went into the decision to sell, Bass said, “Well, I spent a lot of money on the mare, so I feel like it’s important to try to make some of that money back. He’s a colt, and I’m kind of a filly gal, so it worked out well. I’m glad that he’s going to a good place. It matters to me because I love my horses.”

Stanwyck was barren to Speightstown after producing hip 290, but is in foal to Uncle Mo.

“I didn’t know what to expect–this sale is funny, so I’m just thrilled about it,” Bass said of the price, adding, “He’s pretty powerful. He’s grown a lot in the last month or so, and he’s even loved the sale–he’s improved every day. He’s very sweet. He’s a very kind of gentle guy, and I just think he looks very athletic and very strong. I wish [Shadwell] the best and I’m excited for them.”

Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Estate Company, Ltd. has taken its usual spot atop the KEESEP buyer’s list. Bidding behind closed doors by phone, the Shadwell team has snatched up 15 youngsters so far for $11,375,000. @BDiDonatoTDN


Juddmonte Farms gave $560,000 for an Unbridled’s Song colt here in 2014 who blossomed into none other than superstar ‘TDN Rising Star’ Arrogate, and Juddmonte’s Garrett O’Rourke sees shades of the $17.3-million earner in hip 820, a son of Curlin who he picked up on behalf of Khalid Abdullah’s operation for $725,000 Wednesday.

The son of MSP Sumptuous (Hennessy), herself a daughter of GSW Belle of Perintown (Dehere) and half to GSW Strike It Rich (Unbridled’s Song), was consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield on behalf of breeder Stonestreet.

“He’s a Classic-looking horse; the type of horse who we like to race and along the lines of Arrogate,” O’Rourke said. “In looking for that type, he fills an awful lot of the categories that we looked for in Arrogate when we were buying him.”

O’Rourke said that Arrogate’s trainer Bob Baffert and agent Donato Lanni were instrumental in the selection process.

“They liked him–it was one of those where Bob looked at him and he liked him straight away, and that makes it easy,” he said. “Everyone fell on him. There was no trying to convince anyone about him–he’s an easy horse to like. Obviously, [considering] the price we had to pay for him, there were more than us that liked the horse as well, but he’s a very good looker and he’s a horse that if he reaches the level that his pedigree and looks suggest, he should be a Classic horse.”

Juddmonte grabbed another yearling late in the session–a More Than Ready filly (hip 853) out of a half-sister to Leroidesanimaux (Brz)–for $550,000. She was consigned by her breeder, Shack Parrish’s Indian Creek.

“There are horses that, four, five, six years ago would have been in the $300,000 or $400,000 range, but they’re making in the $700,000 range,” O’Rourke said of the market. “That’s reflective of a strong economy, and it’s reflective of a strong industry, which I’m delighted to see. The only time I’m not happy about that is when I have to fight it out with Prince Khalid’s money for horses like this.” @BDiDonatoTDN


Ron Winchell and Gainesway have enjoyed much success together thanks to leading sire Tapit, but Tuesday it was a son of WinStar’s Bodemeister (hip 668) who provided the duo with their latest success when selling to Shadwell Estate Company for $700,000. Bloodstock agent Steve Young was the underbidder.

“There were six or seven of the best judges out there on that horse,” Gainesway’s Brian Graves said. “He sold well through what we expected, but as we all know Ron Winchell and David Fiske have an excellent reputation for raising horses and I think that gives people confidence. That is why he sold so well.”

Tapit was still involved as the sire of the colt’s dam Remit, a MSW Winchell homebred. She is a full-sister to the owner/breeder’s MGSW and GISP millionaire Tapiture and GSP Retap.

“He is a very nice colt and we thought he would sell well, so we are happy with it,” Winchell said. “We knew he was very popular, so we knew he would bring a lot, but a lot sometimes means half of what it actually is. I love the family obviously and Bodemeister looks like he is doing great.” @CDeBernardisTDN


If anyone’s going to find the 2018 G2 Queen Anne S. winner at this year’s September Sale, it’s trainer Wesley Ward. He’s won the Royal Ascot juvenile fillies dash three times previously, including two with daughters of the late Scat Daddy, so it wasn’t surprising to see him holding the $650,000 ticket early in Wednesday’s session for hip 514, a bay miss by the late Coolmore resident. The Feb. 29 foal was consigned by Mr. and Mrs. Jody Huckabay’s Elm Tree Farm on behalf of her breeder, Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Farm.

Dam Misty Lady (Arg) (Lucky Roberto) was a G1SW in her native country. Stonestreet bred and co-owns brilliant TDN Rising Star Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy), who aired by seven lengths in the 2016 Queen Mary and added the G1 Darley Prix Morny en route to European champion 2-year-old filly honors. A winner of Keeneland’s Giant’s Causeway S. and Royal Ascot’s G1 King’s Stand S., she remains a leading candidate for the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint despite getting nosed out in York’s G1 Nunthorpe S. last month.

“This was my pick of the sale for the Queen Mary,” said Ward of hip 514. “We’re looking for a filly who can do that. Dr. Jim and Fitri Hay are the principal owners. I’ve been speaking with Barbara [Banke] many, many times and I will be shortly again to see if she’ll come back in as a partner. I love that filly. For what I have done and hope to do in the future, she’ll be at the forefront of everything.”

He added, “To me, again, for the purpose I have her for–that being hopefully to win at Royal Ascot–she was my pick of the sale for that.”

Ward did his bidding alongside close associate and bloodstock agent Gatewood Bell, who purchased and managed another Scat Daddy-sired, Ward-trained Royal Ascot winner in now 3-year-old filly Con Te Partiro. The ‘Rising Star’ was a stakes winner at Saratoga last season and upended the Sandringham H. in fast-finishing fashion at the 2017 Royal Meeting in June.

“When you’re talking about that quality, I knew we’d have to pay dearly for her,” Ward said of the price paid for hip 514. “We’re hopefully going to put a nice partnership together for her, hopefully involving the breeder.”

Of the market, he said, “The good ones are selling and should be. There’s no better game in the world than horse racing, and if you’re going to play at the top level, you have to pay for it–or get lucky. One of the two.” @BDiDonatoTDN


Lewis Lakin’s success with the family of hip 638–a relative of his MGISW Pure Clan (Pure Prize)–continued Wednesday afternoon when Godolphin went to $650,000 for the daughter of Orb, who was consigned as property of Lakin’s Lakland Farm.

Lakin bred hip 638’s dam Pure Indy (Pure Prize), out of an A.P. Indy half to Pure Clan as well as to the dam of Grade I-winning juvenile Sky Diva (Sky Mesa), and sold her for $195,000 at the 2012 Barretts March Sale. A winner for West Point Thoroughbreds–which Lakin has partnered with in the past–Pure Indy was reacquired by Lakin for $70,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton February Sale. Pure Indy’s first foal, a Paynter colt, cost $22,000 here last year. She aborted a Summer Front foal earlier this term before being bred back to Competitive Edge.

“[Pure Indy is] very pretty; she looks a lot like Pure Clan,” said Becky Thomas, who in the past partnered with Lakin and his wife Brenda in a major pinhooking and breeding operation and has been Lakin’s longtime advisor. “It started when he bought [third dam] Gather the Clan [for $175,000 at the 1992 Keeneland January Sale],” Thomas said. “[Hip 638] was a beautiful colt and we’re both big Orb fans.”

Thomas noted that Lakin also bred Golden Orb (Orb), a debut winner for Speedway Stables and Christophe Clement on the Saratoga sod Aug. 6. She has been entered in Sunday’s GI Natalma S. at Woodbine. A fellow great granddaughter of Gather the Clan, the half-sister to fleet-footed MGSW Finley’sluckycharm (Twirling Candy) was bought back for $30,000 here 12 months ago, but blossomed into a $320,000 BARMAR juvenile as part of Thomas’s Barretts March consignment under her Sequel Bloodstock banner.

“It’s just a great family, and we’ve kept going back to Orb because it looks like he’s throwing a lot of turfy type horses,” Thomas said. “It’s very exciting.”

Lakin and his family own a large Chicago-based tire recycling company. @BDiDonatoTDN


B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm and Starlight Racing teamed up to purchase a colt by First Samurai for $575,000 Wednesday at Keeneland. The chestnut (hip 794), bred and consigned by Arthur Hancock’s Stone Farm, is a half-brother to Grade I winner Mastery (Candy Ride {Arg}).

“He is just a really, really nice individual,” said Spendthrift General Manager Ned Toffey, who did his bidding alongside Starlight’s Jack Wolf and Frank Brothers. “The fact that he is a half to Mastery is a pretty nice bonus.”

The two operations teamed up during Monday’s first session of the September Sale to purchase a Street Sense colt (hip 14) for $700,000.

“We wound up on the same horse a little earlier in the sale and did the same thing here,” Toffey explained of the partnership. “We just happened to land on the same horse. They do a great job and we’re happy to be partners with them.”

The yearling is out of Steady Course (Old Trieste). Hancock purchased the mare, in foal to Yes It’s True, for $20,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November Sale.

Mastery sold to Cromwell Bloodstock, as agent for Everett Dobson’s Cheyenne Stables, for $425,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September Sale. The dark bay colt was unbeaten in four starts, including last year’s GI Los Alamitos Futurity and this term’s GII San Felipe S. and begins his stud career in 2018 at Claiborne. @JessMartiniTDN


Gabriel Duignan enjoyed a successful day at Keeneland Wednesday, as both a breeder and as a pinhooker. A colt by Speightstown (hip 659), consigned by Paramount Sales, attracted a final bid of $535,000 from trainer Ken McPeek as agent for Fern Circle. The yearling is out of the unraced Red Carpet Miss (Malibu Moon), a mare Duignan purchased while she was in foal to Declaration of War for $255,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November Sale. Her Declaration of War colt sold for $400,000 at last year’s September Sale.

“She is a beautiful-looking mare, I love Malibu Moon mares,” Duignan, who was instrumental in launching that stallion’s career when he was president of Castleton Lyons, said. “It’s a nice family and I just loved the mare.”

Red Carpet Miss is a daughter of multiple graded stakes winner Stylish (Thunder Gulch). She produced a filly by Uncle Mo this year and was bred back to American Pharoah.

The Speightstown yearling was co-bred with Crosshaven Bloodstock, Petaluma Bloodstock and Circular Road Breeders.

“Kenny McPeek bought a really nice horse,” Duignan said. “He’s just beautiful and a great horse to be around.”

Earlier in Wednesday’s session, a son of Kitten’s Joy (hip 625) out of Pretty Hard (Rock Hard Ten) sold for $350,000 to the Albaugh Family Stable. Through his Springhouse Farm, Duignan purchased the chestnut for $100,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton November Sale.

“He was a very backward foal when I bought him,” Duignan explained. “He’s a May foal and he was skinny. But he’s done very well. And Kitten’s Joy has been having a great year. He just did everything I hoped for and he walked in here a nice horse.”

Of the September market, Duignan said, “It’s good. A little selective, but good.” @JessMartiniTDN

Stellar Result for Orb Colt; Brings $1-Million at KEESEP

Wed, 2017-09-13 19:28

Hip 844, a son of Kentucky Derby hero Orb, kept things interesting nearing the end of Wednesday’s session at Keeneland, yielding a $1-million final bid. Eric Fein and Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock teamed up for the purchase. The Valentine’s day colt, who sold for $175,000 at this venue last November, is out of stakes placed Tally Ho Dixie (Dixieland Band), who is also responsible for stakes winnerand graded placed Kyriaki (Scatt Daddy). Consigned by Gerry Dilger’s Dromoland Farm Inc. and bred by Copper Penny Stables, the youngster is from the family of three-time Grade I winning Stellar Jayne in addition to fellow Grade I scorer Starrer.

Quality Road Colt Brings a ‘Cool’ Million at Keeneland September

Wed, 2017-09-13 18:24

Hip 804, a colt by Quality Road, produced fireworks later in Wednesday’s session when realizing a $1-million final bid from White Birch Farm and M.V. Magnier. Trainer Chad Brown signed the ticket. Out of the stakes winning Storm Minstrel (Storm Cat), the Mar. 1 foal is a full brother to Blofeld, victorious in a trio of Grade II stakes, including the Gulfstream Park H. and Futurity S. Consigned by Indian Creek, Agent, the bay was bred by Keats Grove Farm in Kentucky.

Joe Osborne Talks Godolphin

Wed, 2017-09-13 17:27

In June of this year, Joe Osborne, a longstanding member of Sheikh Mohammed’s team, was named group chief executive of Godolphin. Godolphin has been in the headlines this summer due to its personnel changes, but even more so because of its racetrack successes with horses like Group 1 winners Barney Roy (GB) (Excelebration {Ire}), Ribchester (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}), Harry Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) and Thunder Snow (Ire) (Helmet {Aus}). TDN International Editor Kelsey Riley caught up with Osborne at Keeneland this week, where team Godolphin was busy buying yearlings, to discuss his first few months in his new role as well as his background and family connection with Sheikh Mohammed.

KR: You’ve now had about three months in the role of group chief executive of Godolphin. How has it been so far?

JO: It’s been a great three months for Godolphin. I started in the role the week of Royal Ascot, which was an incredibly successful week for the entire team. It reconfirmed Sheikh Mohammed’s enthusiasm for the game and it showcased how his children are enthusiastic as well, which is a great message for everybody. We’ve had a good summer since. We had a series of Group 1 placings in August but the successes this past weekend, with Harry Angel and Ribchester winning Group 1s, has given everyone a great boost. When you’re in the business we’re in, racing success is what drives it.

I spent a lot of July travelling to the Godolphin locations around the world to meet our teams in the UK, Ireland, Japan, Australia and America. It was an opportunity to reassure our people that the future is bright for us all.

KR: You were previously the managing director of Godolphin Ireland, but you have also been heavily involved in helping to set up most of the Godolphin entities around the world. Have you had to do much catch up, then?

JO: We have great teams everywhere and I’ve worked closely with all of them over the past 20 years. It wasn’t so much catch up in terms of the people but catch up in terms of the message. My job is one of coordinating and communicating to our world-class people and giving any support I can in helping them achieve our shared goals.

KR: You’ve been with Godolphin since 1994, but your family’s association with Sheikh Mohammed goes back even further, as your father, Michael Osborne, was pivotal in starting up Darley in Ireland as well as racing in Dubai. Can you talk about your father’s relationship with Sheikh Mohammed?

JO: My father was managing North Ridge Farm in Kentucky from 1982 to 1986 at which point he was head-hunted by Sheikh Mohammed. He met Sheikh Mohammed at what was then the July Sale and built up a rapport with him. He was asked over to Dubai to give him some advice on his racing camels, and it just grew from there. Sheikh Mohammed offered him the job to help set up his operation in Ireland in 1986. At the time I was living in Kentucky managing Pin Oak Stud and was there from 1986 to 1994. I started with Sheikh Mohammed in January of 1994, so I have been involved with Darley and Godolphin for almost 24 years.

KR: As we already touched on Godolphin has had a great summer on the racing side in Europe, winning Group 1s with Barney Roy, Ribchester, Harry Angel and Thunder Snow, as well as some other exciting prospects coming up. Can you talk about the plans for those Group 1-winning colts, in terms of heading to stud or racing on?

JO: The specific plans for which horses will retire to stud and which will stay in training next year will be decided by Sheikh Mohammed over the next few weeks. All of those headline colts we have in training have Group 1 targets over the remaining weeks and months of the season.

It’s been a very good year in Europe for us, with Andre Fabre in France and Saeed bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby in the UK. We have some very exciting 2-year-olds that have taken the step from breaking their maidens to winning group races. The next few weeks will tell us a lot about the prospects for next year, but it certainly looks promising.

KR: It must be extra satisfying that two of those Group 1 winners are by your own sires. Your European sires, the likes of Dubawi, Shamardal, Iffraaj and Teofilo, are having a good year.

JO: That really is exciting, and keeps the whole thing ticking forward for us. All four of those stallions have had another fantastic year. The Darley stallions are a hugely important part of Godolphin and we are very fortunate to stand some of the world’s leading stallions but we also have a team of promising stallions that are in the early stages of their stud careers. There is plenty of promise in both the northern and southern hemispheres.

KR: Godolphin has bought 15 yearlings up to this point at Keeneland this week, including some by Coolmore sires, which Godolphin hasn’t bought at auction in many years. Anthony Stroud told the press that Sheikh Mohammed had instructed the team to “evaluate each yearling on its own merit, regardless of sire.” Can you elaborate on that?

JO: I think that’s it in a nutshell. Looking back over the years we’ve purchased horses in training like Teofilo and New Approach, by Galileo and they turned out to be very successful racehorses and stallions for us. That is the brief, to find racehorses. It is likely that many of yearlings that were purchased in Keeneland this week will be heading back for racing careers in Europe, so the team are looking for good racing prospects. If they are by a non-Darley sire, they’ll just be evaluated on their merits.

KR: You’ve had some of your regular buying team out here and you’ve had John Gosden out here. Can you talk about his inclusion on your buying team? He’s obviously a brilliant horseman and has a long association with Godolphin and Sheikh Mohammed.

JO: John Gosden has a longstanding association with Sheikh Mohammed going back to his relocation to Europe from the U.S. He has trained successfully for the family and has been involved in the yearling buying as well. David Loder also has worked with us for a long time as has Anthony Stroud, so it’s a lot of familiar faces and a lot of skill between them all.

KR: You have a history here in Kentucky, you’re a graduate of the University of Kentucky and managed Pin Oak Stud for a number of years; what’s your outlook on racing in America?

JO: Very positive. Kentucky is a second home to me, I lived here for 11 years so there is a great sense of familiarity to it. Chatting to people here this week, I think there’s a renewed optimism about the future. There are some great stories coming out of racing here over the last few years. Our American racing team is an important part of the Godolphin operation. Frosted is starting his stallion career, having had a very successful racing career and horses like him are important for the Godolphin brand and Sheikh Mohammed.

Part of our overall story is racing in Dubai and particularly racing at Meydan, and the American horses have had a great history there, particularly with success in the Dubai World Cup.

KR: Weeks like Royal Ascot this year must have been particularly exciting for Sheikh Mohammed. He’s obviously a busy man with a lot on his plate, but is his enthusiasm for Godolphin and horse racing in general as strong as ever?

JO: Absolutely. The importance of Royal Ascot from a European point of view, you can’t describe it. It’s world-class racing, and it’s racing that now has a very strong American influence as well, American-breds but also American-trained horses are hugely important. Having a big week there means so much for us and everybody that works for Sheikh Mohammed.

KR: And to come so close to the leading owner title…

JO: It just added to the drama. We just missed out on leading owner by one second-place finish. It gives us something to aim for next year, and that is part of working for Sheikh Mohammed: no one will ever become complacent. It’s all about looking for the next challenge and trying to bring him and his family and friends more racing success.

KR: Also looking to the future, this summer we’ve seen Sheikh Mohammed’s 9-year-old daughter Sheikha Al Jalila have a couple good winners in her own colours. Is she very enthusiastic about racing?

JO: Sheikha Al Jalila loves her horses, and it’s a great story for everyone that’s involved with Sheikh Mohammed, but also the racing public as well to see the historic maroon and white colours coming back into action. To have two very impressive winners in those colours already is a huge thrill and it is great to see that next generation so engaged and having success.

KR: You have also been heavily involved with the Godolphin Flying Start since its inception. Is that something you plan to stay involved with?

JO: I’ve been involved with Flying Start since it launched as a programme and it’s something I want to continue. Flying Start is a very important part of what we do, it’s a programme that’s very close to Sheikh Mohammed’s heart as well and it’s continuing to achieve great things in the business. We’re looking forward to continued enthusiasm and a bright future for it. I’m planning to keep my commitment to Flying Start as strong as ever.

We said when the programme was founded that we wouldn’t really have a sense of how successful it would be until 10 years after the first graduates and that’s the stage we’re at now, and it’s just incredibly gratifying to see their success in so many different countries and parts of the business. The retention within the business is impressive as well; I don’t think any programme in the world could say that 96% of its graduates stay within the industry. That’s a great satisfaction for us as well. You give the gift of education and the payback lasts for decades. Not only have the graduates been successful, but I think they’re making it a better industry.