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Racing and Training Canceled Indefinitely at Santa Anita; New Testing Ordered

Tue, 2019-03-05 22:05

Santa Anita Park has been closed for live racing and training effective immediately while the one-mile main track undergoes additional extensive testing, according to a press release issued at 1 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday morning by the Stronach Group.

All stakes races scheduled for this upcoming weekend, including the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the Grade II San Felipe and the Grade II San Carlos will be rescheduled, the release said.

“The safety, health and welfare of the horses and jockeys is our top priority,” said Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer, The Stronach Group. “While we are confident further testing will confirm the soundness of the track, the decision to close is the right thing to do at this time.”

According to the release, the Stronach Group has been in constant communication with the California Horse Racing Board and numerous key industry stakeholders who are in full agreement with the decision to suspend racing and training.

The additional testing of the track will be led by veteran trackman Dennis Moore, who returned recently to the track as a consultant. The testing will include expanding on the ground radar testing conducted earlier this week by the University of Kentucky’s Dr. Mick Peterson. Measures will include utilizing an Orono Biomechanical Surface Tester, a device that mimics the impacts of a horse running at full gallop allowing engineers to see how the track holds up. These test results will be evaluated to ensure track consistency and uniformity for both training and racing.

Further, The Stronach Group will be conducting a comprehensive evaluation of all existing safety measures and current protocols, the release said.

Track management continues to try to get to the bottom of what is causing a rash of fatalities since the meet opened Dec. 26. The timing of the closure comes at a particularly bad time as Saturday’s card is among the biggest of the meet and includes four graded stakes races, including the GI Santa Anita Handicap and the GII San Felipe, a major prep for the GI Kentucky Derby. The San Felipe was expected to attract two of the top 3-year-old Kentucky Derby contenders in the country in Game Winner (Candy Ride {Arg}) and Improbable (City Zip). Both are trained by Bob Baffert. When reached by text, Baffert said he had not decided yet what route he would now take toward the Kentucky Derby with his two 3-year-old stars.

Since Dec. 26, there have been 21 fatalities during racing or training. Last week, Santa Anita closed the track on Monday at 9 a.m. and did not re-open it until Thursday to let experts examine the surface. Racing resumed Thursday and there were no problems until Saturday, when a horse broke down during a race. On Tuesday, a filly named Lets Light the Way (Dunkirk) broke down during training and was euthanized.

Madaket Stables Buys Into Tikhvin Flew, Comedian

Tue, 2019-03-05 17:15

Sol Kumin’s Madaket Stables has purchased a minority interest in 3-year-old colts Comedian (Into Mischief) and Tikhvin Flew (Street Sense). They will both run under the ownership of Bloom Racing Stable and Madaket Stables, carrying the Bloom Racing Stable silks. Tikhvin Flew is scheduled to run in Saturday’s GIII Gotham S. at Aqueduct, while Comedian broke his maiden last out going a mile Feb. 18 at Oaklawn. Both colts are trained by Steve Asmussen. Madaket and Bloom had previously partnered on MGISW Midnight Bloom (Midnight Lute).

“Sol and I have been very lucky together in the past and we are extremely excited about where both of these talented colts will take us,” said Bloom Racing Stables Managing Partner Jeffrey Bloom.

De Luca Named Colonial Downs Racing Secretary

Tue, 2019-03-05 16:12

Allison De Luca will be the Colonial Downs racing secretary for the upcoming 15-date summer meet. After six years of closure, the Virginia track will reopen under new ownership in 2019, staging an Aug. 8-Sept. 7 season.

De Luca has worked as the Tampa Bay Downs racing secretary since 2006. Prior to that she was the assistant acing secretary at Churchill Downs from 1996 to 2006. She has also served as the Keeneland Race Course stakes coordinator and has worked as an official for the Breeders’ Cup.

When De Luca was hired in 1987 for a five-year stint as the racing secretary at now-defunct Sportsman’s Park in Illinois, she was reported to be the first woman in the country to be named racing secretary at a commercial track.

A graduate of the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona, De Luca has been involved in the horse racing industry in official capacities at racing jurisdictions in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania since 1978.

“I am looking forward to being part of Virginia racing at Colonial Downs and the efforts to bring competitive horse racing back to the commonwealth,” De Luca said in a Colonial press release. “This will be an exciting endeavor as we attract preeminent races to New Kent, including the Virginia Derby, the pinnacle of Virginia horse racing.”

Purse levels and a stakes schedule are pending, but Colonial has already targeted Aug. 31 as the return date for the Virginia Derby, which was previously a Grade II stakes.

Colonial’s 600-unit historic horse racing operation, which will fuel purses, is on schedule to go live at the refurbished venue in mid-April. The 1,000-stall stable area opens July 25.

Pedigree Insights: Code of Honor

Tue, 2019-03-05 15:20

As we are all being encouraged to recycle as much as possible nowadays, perhaps you will forgive me for re-using a promotional piece I was asked to write for Lane’s End Farm in late-2014, after Frankel’s younger brother Noble Mission had been added to the stud’s illustrious stallion team.

“When Will Farish announced that Noble Mission has been recruited to join the stallion roster at Lane’s End,” I wrote, “he made the point that ‘many of the world’s best stallions are in Europe and we feel the need to revert to the days of importing top-class European horses to stand in America. We’re confident he can add to the long list of influential stallions like Nasrullah, Roberto, Nureyev, Lyphard, Kingmambo, etc., to become a successful stallion here.’

I added that Lane’s End’s owner could also have mentioned numerous other top-notch European turf performers which made a sizeable contribution to American bloodstock, such as Giant’s Causeway, El Prado, Storm Bird, Blushing Groom, Riverman, Alleged and Caro.

Noble Mission has already started to repay Farish for his boldness, with Farish’s homebred colt Code of Honor defeating sons of Tapit and Candy Ride to land the GII Fountain of Youth S. The owner’s satisfaction must be made all the greater by the fact that Code of Honor’s dam Reunited is a homebred daughter of the former Lane’s End resident Dixie Union, himself a son of another Lane’s End stalwart in Dixieland Band.

Code of Honor’s future looks all the more rosy in view of the fact that his Fountain of Youth success was gained nearly three months before his actual third birthday, which is on May 23, 19 days after the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Shug McGaughey nominated the GI Florida Derby as his preferred target on the road to Churchill Downs.

It is worth pointing out that only seven colts have managed to complete the Fountain of Youth-Florida Derby double since 1990, but they include the champion two-year-old Fly So Free, the Kentucky Derby and Belmont S. winner Thunder Gulch, those excellent stallions Scat Daddy and Quality Road and the Kentucky Derby winner Orb. In other words, Code of Honor’s future will look very bright if he manages to land the Florida Derby. Another Fountain of Youth winner was Union Rags, the Dixie Union colt who landed the Belmont S. after finishing third in the Florida Derby.

I find it interesting that McGaughey felt it necessary with Code of Honor “to get into him,” training him “a little harder and more frequent.” Noble Mission, of course, is a son of the great Galileo. When Chris McGrath interviewed Aidan O’Brien about the stallion who has been the source of so much of the Irishman’s success, he was told that “Galileos never question anything they are asked” and they are usually sound enough to cope with a tough campaign.

Noble Mission fitted this description. After a single juvenile start, he raced a further 20 times over the next three seasons, with 15 of his races being Group events. However, his career wasn’t as straightforward or predictable as that might suggest.

As a youngster he was considered to be more forward and precocious than his year-older brother but, whereas Frankel proved himself a champion at two, Noble Mission was held up by sore shins. And, whereas Frankel was campaigned at up to a mile as a three-year-old, Noble Mission was initially considered a Derby candidate, even though he ran out an easy winner of a maiden race over a mile on his reappearance at three.

Noble Mission was never to tackle a distance shorter than a mile and a quarter during the rest of his career and for a while he had his connections scratching their heads in puzzlement. When tried over a mile and a quarter he often gave the impression that he needed further, but when upped to a mile and a half he sometimes looked as though he didn’t quite stay.

His comparatively disappointing four-year-old season coincided with the terminal illness of his trainer, Sir Henry Cecil., and Noble Mission was often steadied at the start in the hope that he would relax better. His new handler, Lady Cecil, eventually came to the conclusion that he would be better suited by more positive tactics and the five-year-old Noble Mission was transformed. Ridden in front, he won five of his last six starts, his only setback coming when he was forced wide from a high draw on a trip to Germany.

His victories included G1 successes in Ireland, France and England and he followed in Frankel’s footsteps in winning the Qipco Champion S. on what proved to be his final appearance. His courage was very apparent at Ascot, when he held on most gamely to defeat Al Kazeem after a prolonged battle. Timeform summarised Noble Mission’s performance on its website as “one of the gamest displays of recent years, a 140 performance if guts were quantifiable.” The time was also very fast, given the conditions, and Noble Mission and Al Kazeem recorded the two fastest Timeform timefigures of 2014.

The sectional times for the race didn’t escape the notice of Lady Cecil, who reported to Juddmonte that Noble Mission’s sectional times at Ascot bore favorable comparison to the Queen Elizabeth II S., run over a mile on the same card.

“I think the prospect of running him over a mile in G1 company would be very exciting,” she suggested. “So much of his improvement has been down to the style of running and I believe these assertive tactics would prove equally effective over the shorter distances. He has such a high cruising speed – not dissimilar to Frankel – that he could draw the sting from other milers.”

This suggestion was never tried, as Noble Mission was sold to Lane’s End, to start his career at a fee of $25,000. In addition to Code of Honor’s exploits on dirt, several other members of Noble Mission’s first crop, such as Creationist, Spanish Mission, Humanitarian and Buffalo River, have displayed plenty of potential on Britain’s all-weather tracks, while others have won on turf, both in the U.S. and Europe.

He will probably need an injection of dirt ability from his mares if he is to sire more main-track performers such as Code of Honor. This colt’s dam Reunited raced exclusively on dirt and his second dam Tivli gained six of her seven wins on dirt. Both mares were stakes winners over sprint distances, and Reunited was good enough to win five of her eight starts as a three-year-old, including the GIII Thoroughbred Club of America S. over six furlongs.

This raises the question of whether a mile and a quarter will ultimately suit Code of Honor. I will be surprised if it doesn’t, as Noble Mission’s G1 wins were gained at up to a mile and a half and the colt’s broodmare sire, the versatile Dixie Union, stayed at least a mile and an eighth, as he showed in defeating Captain Steve, Milwaukee Brew and More Than Ready in the GI Haskell Invitational H.

Dixie Union had to be euthanized at the comparatively young age of 13, because of a deteriorating neurological problem. His comparatively early demise looks even more unfortune now that his sons and daughters are doing well at stud. Two of his sons have sired GI winners, with Union Rags making such a bright start at Lane’s End that his fee has risen from $35,000 to $60,000.

Code of Honor will be bidding to become the sixth GI winner produced by a daughter of Dixie Union, following the two-year-old Breeders’ Cup winners New Year’s Day and Caledonia Road, the high-class filly Salty, the Met Mile winner Mor Spirit and the Del Mar Futurity winner Klimt. Three of these are by Lane’s End’s Quality Road,

Incidentally, anyone who tries to assess Noble Mission later this year will need to remember that he was sidelined by colic for part of his second season, so he has only 39 two-year-olds. However, he has around 80 live foals in his third crop, so has enough ammunition in his bid to justify Lane’s End’s belief that he can become “the next great European import.”

Honeybee Next for Promising Motion Emotion

Tue, 2019-03-05 15:06

When Motion Emotion (Take Charge Indy) drew away to an effortless 6 3/4-length allowance victory Feb. 17 at Oaklawn Park (video), owner Mark DeDomenico had plenty of interest in his promising filly, but the bay sophomore will still be carrying DeDomenico’s colors when she heads postward in Saturday’s GIII Honeybee S.

“There were quite a few people over to visit her looking for private purchases,” trainer Tom Van Berg said Tuesday. “Dr. Mark had a deal in place and then at the last moment, I think he watched the replay again, and decided he wanted to keep her. So we changed course and we’re staying with her. We are going to point for the Honeybee this coming Saturday. Hopefully she’ll repay that decision.”

Motion Emotion, a $55,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase, began her career with DeDomenico’s west coast trainer Mike Puhich. Facing the boys, she finished fourth going 5 1/2 furlongs at Emerald Downs Sept. 9.

“Mike is a firm believer that a race equals two or three works,” Van Berg said. “And he didn’t really have her tightened down. He told us he was going to give her a start so we’d get two or three works into her and give her experience. She ran a decent race, but it wasn’t lights out and it was against the boys, so it kind of worked out to plan.”

Motion Emotion joined Van Berg’s barn at Churchill Downs and made her second start over a sloppy strip in Louisville Nov. 1 where things decidedly did not go to plan.

“About four strides out of the gate, her back end went totally out from beneath her and she slipped,” Van Berg recalled of that ninth-place effort. “The starter at Churchill told me, ‘Tom, it was so violent and so quick, I can’t believe she didn’t go down. I thought she might have broke her down because her legs went out from under her at such an awkward angle.’ And then she gathered herself up and the jock, for whatever reason, he went five or six wide around the turn to go head to head with the leader. She made this massive sweeping move and I thought, ‘I’m going to move by 10 by the way she’s moving.’ And then she got tired. The winner drew off to win by six. If the jock had just sat, we could have run a good second. We weren’t going to beat the winner with the start we had.”

Motion Emotion began her 2019 campaign with a front-running maiden score going six furlongs at Oaklawn Jan. 25. She stretched out to 1 1/16 miles last time out and glided home a never-in-doubt winner.

“I wasn’t surprised that she was as good as she was stretching out, but I didn’t know to what extent she would show that form,” Van Berg said of the Feb. 17 victory. “She had acted a lot like that in the morning where you’d see her do things so easily and so effortlessly and she covered a lot of ground. And she did it with such class and a mind set that showed she was enjoying what she was doing out there all the time. She is just a really neat filly to be around; she has a great mind on her.”

Both of Motion Emotion’s victories to date have been recorded in front-running fashion. Van Berg decided to test his charge’s ability to rate with a four-furlong drill in :50.00 (60/102) at Oaklawn last Saturday.

“It wasn’t the work we were looking for,” Van Berg admitted. “I wanted to set her in behind another pretty nice horse that we had. I didn’t want him to exert too much and take too much out of her, but I wanted to see how she would respond if she had to be behind horses. So he settled in behind and the lead horse kind of did the right fractions and Jon [Court] just kind of eased her up there, never pushed her up a ton and she never really got head to head, but she did it really easily and she came out like it was just a gallop. So hopefully we got enough out of it. She’s definitely fit, so hopefully we don’t need anymore. She came out of it great and she showed she could relax behind horses and can rate if she needs to.”

While there is a forecast for rain in Hot Springs Saturday, Van Berg said he isn’t too worried about an off track.

“She’s trained great on the off track and she’s worked good on the off track,” Van Berg said. “I think that [Churchill race] was just an isolated incident. Hopefully it was and, if it rains Saturday, we’ll be ok. We’ve nominated her to a couple different places just to keep our options open, but that’s where we are pointing to now. We’ll see what the track looks like on Saturday.”

The first future wager pool for the GI Kentucky Oaks opens Friday and Motion Emotion is listed at 50-1 on the morning line.

“I’d put money on her,” Van Berg said with a laugh. “I have faith in her. She’s a nice little filly. I don’t think at this point we’re a Bellafina or one of those top ones, but I think we’re right in the next tier. If she takes another step forward, there is no telling how good she can be. She has the mind for it and she has the body for it. Everything she has done, it seems like she is that type of filly. Time will tell. Hopefully she’ll be able to keep on going towards the Oaks. That would be nice. It’s a long time between now and then. A lot of things could happen.”

Bridging The Gap: De Burgh’s Global View

Tue, 2019-03-05 08:00

If you’re still in any way doubting just how global the Thoroughbred business really is, take a look at Hubie de Burgh’s calendar thus far in 2019.

After a week on the Gold Coast of Australia buying yearlings for local syndicators Darby Racing, the Irish-based agent jetted over to New Zealand for the Karaka yearling sales buying for Sheikh Hamdan and Darby Racing, and then on to Sydney for Inglis’s Classic yearling sale. In between, there were stock inspections in the Hunter Valley. A week after returning home to Ireland with sales receipts for 19 yearlings, and with the internal clocks barely having had time to reset, de Burgh had bounced over to England to check in on some clients. That’s where I at last connected with him by phone, over a crackling connection as he raced between stud farms in the back country.

“You have to have a global mindset to financially survive,” de Burgh reasoned. “I personally spent five months of last year away from my office and already six weeks of this year in Australia. The result of this meant that between Will Johnson and myself, my company de Burgh Equine brokered deals in 13 different countries around the world in 2018. It is very noticeable that in the last 10 years there have been a number of breeders and bloodstock entities investing and trading in all the major markets in the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time.”

If de Burgh was at all worn out from his travels, it didn’t show through the enthusiasm in his voice. It wouldn’t have hurt either that overnight Time To Reign (Aus) (Time For War {Aus}), a colt he had purchased as a yearling with Darby Racing, had won the G2 Silver Slipper S. in Australia, stamping himself a leading contender for the G1 Golden Slipper on Mar. 23. De Burgh was reflecting on Time To Reign’s money-making potential, both in the purses he’d now be aiming for and the way his stud fee had likely shot into the stratosphere in a matter of minutes.

“The Silver Slipper was a $250,000 race, and we’re going for a $3.5-million race in a month, the Golden Slipper,” de Burgh said of the half-brother to Darby Racing’s 2017 Slipper winner She Will Reign (Aus) (Manhattan Rain {Aus}).

De Burgh said the Australian Thoroughbred business is as healthy as ever, and made no bones about the fact that he thinks it’s the country’s outstanding prizemoney structure that fuels it all.

“When you’re racing in Sydney or Melbourne, a standard race on a Saturday is A$125,000 minimum,” he said. “But even if they don’t quite make it in the city and you move them out to the country, they’re still racing for A$30,000 out there. You can put your hand on your heart in Australia and look a guy in the eye and say, ‘give me some money to go in on a horse because you have a chance of getting it back again.'”

Genuine love of the sport runs deep Down Under, but it is likely these prizemoney levels are what fuel so many every day Aussies to take a small share of a racehorse. Syndicators in Australia are capped at spending $500,000 including costs on any one horse, and that in turn has made spending in the middle market quite competitive.

“Darby Racing has to work under the syndication rules, so they’re only allowed to buy horses up to a certain value, and that includes all the costs,” de Burgh said. “So that’s why we’re cut off at about A$400,000. But even if we [could spend more], it was very hard to compete against the likes of China Horse Club, Henry Field, the Maktoums, James Harron and some of these consortiums with American investment at the top level. We’re more comfortable when we’re trying to buy colts in the $200,000 to $350,000 bracket.”

De Burgh described syndication as “the lifeblood of Australia.”

“It’s really interesting because I’ve now worked with Darby Racing for three years, so I’ve seen it from the grassroots and how many people follow them on Facebook and social media, and where they get their client base from,” he said. “What’s really interesting is that I went out last year for their open day and they had 600 people there just to see the horses. Parts of a lot of those horses were sold on that day, but the fact that up to 600 people turned up was quite incredible. And it wasn’t held in Sydney, it was held an hour outside of Sydney.”

Darby Racing’s profile was no doubt boosted by its rags to riches Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign, but de Burgh stressed the importance of the network the company has built up on social media.

“Darby Racing buys a horse in the sales ring, and the moment it’s bought, within 30 seconds of signing the buyers’ contract, they have that out on their website,” the agent said. “You will watch people hitting it, seeing what they’ve just bought. Registration of interest is shown within a minute of them actually buying the horse. That’s because they’ve built such a big social network structure, and anyone doing that has to start from scratch. They’re working with their trainers and the trainers will often take a percentage of the horse as well. Everyone is working together in Australia. They get good credit from the sales companies. You get to the racetrack and the racing clubs are giving you tickets. Everyone is working together to get the product into the fast lane.”

While the top races in Europe are generally decided by a handful of superpowers, the prizes are generally spread much further in Australia.

“In Australia, you can watch a group race with 10 runners and they’re probably owned by 10 different people, and seven of those are syndicators,” de Burgh said. “A lot of the good horses in the last three or four years have been owned by syndicates. The charm of Australian racing is that a guy can walk in and put A$2,000 in and own 1% of a horse. For example, we bought She Will Reign for $20,000 as a yearling. Those people who invested in her put in A$2,500 each. She won over A$3-million in prizemoney and then we sold her to Japan for considerable millions. Those guys’ original A$20,000 purchased picked them up millions between the prizemoney and what she was sold for.”

De Burgh explained that the monopoly of owners in Britain is exacerbated by the fact that many promising young horses are purchased privately and change silks early in their careers. Smaller owners in Britain are much more motivated to trade their horses on because they’re less likely to recoup their costs through purses. In Australia, de Burgh noted, it’s much harder to seal private deals; small owners would rather hang on to their horses, enjoy the ride and scoop up some big prizemoney pots. “In Europe you can have a smaller owner with a horse that suddenly wins his maiden or a listed-race really impressively,” de Burgh said. “He’s either sold to Hong Kong or to one of the big entities, because the prizemoney is so bad. So they trade on. A lot of the time in Australia, when there are 20 guys in a horse, they hang on to it, because if someone is offering A$1,000,000 and you divide that by 20, that’s A$50,000. That probably doesn’t change anyone’s lifestyle, and they haven’t had to put much money into it and they’re getting a lot of fun from it. So a lot of the time they don’t sell them down there–they keep racing. We’re seeing that in trying to buy horses in Australia to go to Hong Kong. We’re ringing them to offer them what we think the horse is worth, and we’re finding out they’ve been offered double that. At home, the smaller guy’s horse will pretty much always sell.”

One place in Europe that it isn’t easy to find a bargain is at the top of the public sales markets, where competition for the best stock is becoming more and more fierce. De Burgh said this trend is becoming especially pronounced as breeders begin to offer fewer and fewer of their top mares and fillies for sale.

“The problem is no one wants to sell their nice young mares anymore, and so the market is getting full of these 10-year-old mares that have already been exposed,” he said. “If we have an order to go and buy a really big mare, we can’t get one, because they’re all in the hands of keepers and everyone is after the same horses. It’s been like that for 20 years, but now it’s getting more noticeable. Even some of the people we used to buy off, when you could walk in and buy a couple nice fillies, even they’re keeping them now because they can’t replace them either. There is no supply because it’s so limited.”

Another trend that is becoming more pronounced in Europe is the rising fashionability of speed sires. It allows for an interesting juxtaposition with Australia, which has hinged its reputation on sprinters for years. De Burgh reflected that there is nothing wrong with Europeans producing sprinters, but doing so at the expense of preserving the continent’s middle-distance and staying lines is dangerous because whereas those types of horses are routinely sold to race on in Australia, America and Hong Kong, there is little overseas market for precocious European sprinters.

“A lot of the owners that are coming in now want a quick return on investment,” de Burgh said. “So everybody is trying to breed a sharp horse that will come out the first couple months and race at Royal Ascot if it’s good enough. The problem then is that a lot of these horses that are five-furlong sprinters, where do you sell them on to afterwards? America has their own sprinters, they don’t need them. Australia are world-class with their sprinters. So what do you do with them? The Middle Eastern countries aren’t looking for five-furlong horses. We’re breeding a horse that is a quick-fix solution in the early part of its career, where in Australia you look at the horses and they look fast, they look like Usain Bolts, they look like speed, speed, speed–but there are a lot of races for them. No one in Australia wants back-end 2-year-olds, but their quick-fix solution to that is they just go to Europe and buy a 10-furlong horse as a 3- or 4-year-old.

“On the other hand, when Australians give the Derby horse a chance, they do get rewarded, like with Dundeel for example. He’s absolutely flying at the moment. So if some guys in Australia would take a chance and start to stand some of these horses, and they started winning a lot of races, I’m sure people would come back and buy them. We go to New Zealand to buy Savabeels; they’re later maturing, but they’re very, very good mile to 10-furlong horses. When we were in New Zealand this year we bought a Savabeel for Darby and one for Sheikh Hamdan.”

De Burgh said that as long as Europeans continue to breed top-class milers, they will have the product that overseas buyers are looking for. He praised the entities that are keeping these branches alive.

“Australia wants the stayers and America will take the mile to 10-furlong horses, so we’ve got to stay strong in Europe breeding these kinds of horses, because we’re such an export market, and we’re the first place everyone comes to buy horses. This is going to become even more noticeable as the U.S., one of the biggest and most important markets in the world, seems to be laying on more and more turf races.

“Thank goodness for John Magnier and the Maktoums, Prince Khalid and others, because they will put horses to stud that are 10-furlong horses. Someone has to do it,” he said. “You look at Europe now and you have a lot of really good milers. You do have the likes of Kodiac and Dark Angel who are really popular because they’ll be out early winning a lot of the good 2-year-old races, but you also have some really good milers coming through. As long as people are breeding to get a mile, it’s not just going to be cheap speed. Cheap speed is the problem. You have in Europe horses like Lope de Vega, who I think is a very good stallion; you’re not using him to get mile and a half horses, you’re using him to get mile to 10-furlong horses. It comes back to again, thank goodness for people like the Maktoums, Prince Khalid Abdullah, Coolmore; they’re actually keeping these horses in Europe. If they were selling overseas all the time we wouldn’t be world leaders at breeding turf horses.”

De Burgh pointed out a few sires he likes at the moment that he considers value for their fee.

“Exceed and Excel is just a proper, Group 1-producing stallion and he’s now turning into a very good broodmare sire. I’d love to have fillies and colts by him,” he said.

“Zoffany started off so well, and then he got a much higher grade of mare and the produce of those are just coming onto the track now. There’s every reason to think he could bounce back and get a whole bunch of group winners and the next thing he’s back up on top again. He had seven stakes-winning 2-year-olds last year. Fashion is a very fickle thing in our business, and I’ve seen stallions go in and out of favour three times in a year.

“Cracksman, I just think was a very good racehorse, and he’s standing at a fraction of the price of his father [£25,000],” he added. “He’s a nice horse who trained on and at that sort of money I think he’s worth taking a chance with.”

In America, de Burgh is high on Kantharos, who made a fast start in Florida before moving to Hill ‘n’ Dale in 2017. His first Kentucky-bred progeny are yearlings this year.

“Kantharos, he got a lot of winners early on and then came up to stand at one of the best stallion-producing farms in America, Hill ‘n’ Dale,” de Burgh said. “He’s getting a much better quality mare, and I think he’ll never be that price [$15,000] again.”

In a business where intercontinental ties are rapidly increasing, it is important, de Burgh advocates, to operate with a global mindset not only for the good of one’s business, but for the greater good of the industry.

Gulfstream Summer Stakes Worth $3.775 Million

Mon, 2019-03-04 17:07

Gulfstream Park’s 2019 Summer stakes schedule will be worth $3.775 million and will be highlighted by the June 29 Summit of Speed Day featuring the $250,000 GII Princess Rooney S. and $250,000 GIII Smile Sprint S. The summer season, which runs from Apr. 4 through Sept. 29, will also include the $1.4-million FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes. The series, for juveniles by nominated Florida stallions, kicks off Aug. 3 and continues Aug. 31 before concluding Sept. 28.

Average daily purses for the four-day race week will be $315,000 and there will be $1 million in Florida-bred incentive rewards for all levels of 2-year-old races beginning in April.

“The summer racing season at Gulfstream has grown every year and we’re looking forward to our best summer season ever,” said Gulfstream’s General Manager Bill Badgett. “With horsemen supporting our product and more horses being stabled in South Florida year-round, we will continue growing our product and working with all our partners.”

Gulfstream also announced fifth to last-place finishers will receive a stipend of $750 or $500, depending on the race.

“The summer should be strong,” said Stephen Screnci, President of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association. “I’m also happy about the [$750 to $500] for running a horse because that’s a 15 or 20% reduction to owners every month in expenses.”

Shon McLain Joins TRF Board

Mon, 2019-03-04 14:01

Shon McLain has joined the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Board of Directors. McLain founded Saratoga Strategic Partners 12 years ago. Before becoming a financial planner, he worked for 10 years as a foreman for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

“Shon brings a passion and knowledge of the Thoroughbred industry to our organization as well as deep ties within the Saratoga Springs community. We are thrilled to have him on our team to further the mission of the TRF and increase awareness of Thoroughbred aftercare,” said TRF CEO John P. Roche. “We are all looking forward to working with Shon. TRF will benefit from his years of hands-on experience working directly with Thoroughbred racehorses.”

McLain added, “I wanted to be involved with the TRF mostly because of my background in racing. I have been involved with Little League and PTAs and now that my kids are older, I wanted to also help out a local cause that was personal to me. I wanted to be involved because of all that racing and racehorses have given me.”

Gulfstream Graded Winners Earn Keeneland Bonus

Mon, 2019-03-04 13:45

Jeltrin (Tapizar), A Thread of Blue (Hard Spun) and Cambier Parc (Medaglia d’Oro) each won graded stakes at Gulfstream Park Saturday and earned Keeneland September Sale Bonuses for their sellers at the 2017 yearling sale.

Jeltrin, a $7,000 Keeneland September graduate, earned a $7,500 Seller Bonus for Corner Woods Farm, the filly’s owner at the time of sale, for her win in the GII Davona Dale S.

A Thread of Blue won the GIII Palm Beach S. to earn a $5,000 Seller Bonus for Flaxman Holdings, which sold the colt for $150,000 in 2017.

A $1.25-million Keeneland September yearling, Cambier Parc won the GIII Herecomesthebride S. and generated a $5,000 Seller Bonus for Bonne Chance Farm.

The September Sale Seller Bonus Program, initiated in 2017, offers cash rewards to sellers of horses sold at the September Sale who win Grade/Group 1, 2 or 3 stakes as a 2- or 3-year-old. Sellers receive cash rewards based on the following criteria: $10,000 Seller Bonus for the first Grade/Group 1 stakes win; $7,500 for the first Grade/Group 2 win; and $5,000 for the first Grade/Group 3 victory.

Oxley to Receive Dinny Phipps Award

Mon, 2019-03-04 13:14

Longtime owner and breeder John “Jack” Oxley will be honored with the Dinny Phipps Award at a celebration of The Jockey Club’s 125th anniversary in New York City June 6, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced Monday. The award was created in 2017 by Earle Mack in memory of Phipps and to recognize individuals who have demonstrated dedication to equine health.

“Jack’s dedication to equine health and wellness epitomizes the spirit of the Dinny Phipps Award, and I am pleased to bestow this honor on such a deserving individual,” said Mack.

Grayson chairwoman Dell Hancock added, “We are incredibly grateful for Jack’s support of Grayson and equine research. From his generous pledges to his participation on our board of directors, he is an inspiration to all of us who are committed to horses.”

Oxley campaigned GI Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, as well as champions Classic Empire and Beautiful Pleasure. A member of Grayson’s board of directors, he created the Oxley Challenge in 2004, by which the Oxley foundation pledged to donate $1 million to Grayson over four years contingent on Grayson’s raising an equal amount of funds.

“I’m very flattered and humbled to receive this award,” said Oxley. “I’m extremely honored because Dinny Phipps was a great friend, and I think he did more for racing and Grayson than any other man in the sport.”

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, a leading source of private funding for equine medical research that benefits all breeds of horses, has provided $26 million to fund 358 projects at 43 universities since 1983.

So, Who’s the Leading First-Crop Sire of 2019: American Pharoah

Mon, 2019-03-04 12:56

It’s always among the key questions on everyone’s mind as 2-year-olds begin racing when Keeneland opens in April and the first-year sires have their first chance to show off their progeny. In this ongoing series, we have sought the opinion of several top judges as to who will be on top of the podium when 2019 is in the books.

Eddie Woods, Pinhooker and Pre-Trainer


“First of all, it’s a great group. But I would have to say Pharoah. Mentally, they have all kinds of quality. I’ve had 12. They move beautifully. I do wonder how quick they’re going to be. They’re not like early, early, 2 year-olds, but they’ll be quality horses at the end of the day. They’re not ‘sprintery’ sorts. They’re fancy moving horses that look like they’ll be two-turn horses. The other thing he has working for him is volume. There are a lot of them out there.

“I’ll be selling four Pharoahs at the 2-year-old sales. I have one in OBS March that is a beautiful big horse and I have another one going to Fasig-Tipton who is a gorgeous horse. I expect they will sell very well.

“A sleeper? Could you call Tonalist a sleeper? Then he’s my pick. They are nice horses, good movers, great natured. I have five.”


With Heavy Rain in Forecast, Santa Anita Cancels Thursday Card

Sun, 2019-03-03 18:20

With heavy rain forecasted for Tuesday and Wednesday, Santa Anita Park has canceled its Thursday card of live racing, it was announced Sunday. Live racing is scheduled to return with an 11-race card Friday. The track said the decision was a proactive one made in order to avoid most of the expected heavy rain.

The National Weather Service is calling for a 100% chance of rain Wednesday, with the likelihood of significant rain diminishing Thursday and through the weekend.

Santa Anita will remain open for training every day this week.


Code of Honor in Fine Condition, Likely on to Florida Derby

Sun, 2019-03-03 16:14

William S. Farish’s Code of Honor came out of his victory in Saturday’s GII Fountain of Youth S. in good order, trainer Shug McGaughey reported Sunday morning.

“So far, all systems are go,” said McGaughey less than 16 hours after watching the 3-year-old colt win Saturday and bounce back from a disappointing performance in the Jan. 5 Mucho Macho Man S. “He seems to have come back fine. We shipped him back last night to Payson [Park Training Center] and he seems fine this morning.”

Second in the GI Champagne S. at Belmont Park last fall, Code of Honor redeemed himself for a defeat as the heavy favorite in the Mucho Macho Man with a rallying win in the Fountain of Youth.

“Obviously, I thought about [the Mucho Macho Man] a lot,” he said. “I thought from what I saw he probably needed the race and probably, maybe, needed to change his running style just a little bit. We needed to get into him and train him a little harder and more frequent and see if he would take it.”

McGaughey said his preference is to remain at Gulfstream and run next in the GI Florida Derby March 30.

Trainer Mark Hennig said Sunday morning Bourbon Lane Stable and Lake Star Stable’s Bourbon War (Tapit) was “bright and very happy” after closing to finish second behind Code of Honor in the Fountain of Youth.

“He came out of it well,” Hennig said. “There were a few things that might have made a difference. Coming off the turn he had to swing just a little wide. But that’s horse racing.”

Hennig said his immediate thought is to run next in the Florida Derby. “We have to see how the horse is doing,” he added. “He’s also won at Aqueduct.”

One race before the Fountain of Youth, Cash is King and D.J. Stable’s MGISW champion Jaywalk (Cross Traffic) was a head-scratching fourth behind Jeltrin (Tapizar) in her sophomore debut as the heavy favorite in the GII Davona Dale S. Trainer John Servis reported the filly exited the effort in fine condition Sunday morning.

“She’s doing super, very good,” Servis said. “She was bright-eyed this morning, looked great. She just needed the race, that’s all. It’s a stepping stone, and that’s what we were using it as. I thought she could win anyway and she didn’t, but that’s all right. She came out of it good and we’re going to move forward. She’ll be ready in May, I can tell you that.”

Servis said Jaywalk remains on course for her first major goal of 2019, the May 3 GI Kentucky Oaks, and expects to have one more prep race, either in the GII Gulfstream Park Oaks March 30 or the GI Ashland S. Apr. 6 at Keeneland.


Super Steed Off Derby Trail

Sun, 2019-03-03 14:42

Mike Pressley and Steed Jackson’s Super Steed (Super Saver), winner of the GIII Southwest S. at Oaklawn Park Feb. 18, is off the GI Kentucky Derby trail due to bone bruising in a front leg, trainer Larry Jones said Sunday morning. Jones said the problem was discovered Saturday and isn’t career threatening, but Super Steed will need 60-90 days off. Super Steed made a sweeping, wide rally en route to a three-quarter length victory in the Southwest.

“He came out of that last race with a little more of an issue than I realized,” Jones said. “We did some X-rays and it just looks like if we don’t stop now, we’re going to run into trouble. Thank God, there’s no surgery, nothing is needed. He just needs rest.”

Jones said Super Steed will be sent to Kentucky to recover.

Super Steed broke his maiden at second asking in a November allowance test at Churchill Downs and subsequently was fourth and seventh in the Dec. 22 Sugar Bowl S. and Jan. 25 Smarty Jones S. before rebounding with his Southwest score.

In other Oaklawn news, Smarty Jones winner Gray Attempt (Graydar) will also miss the Mar. 16 GII Rebel S. because of a minor setback, trainer Jinks Fires said Sunday morning. Fires said the hope is Gary Attempt, who finished 11th in the Southwest, can make the Apr. 13 GI Arkansas Derby.


Quality Road Filly Proves Deserving Favorite at Gulfstream

Sun, 2019-03-03 13:49

4th-Gulfstream, $43,140, Msw, 3-3, 3yo, f, 1m, 1:37.34, ft.
DUNBAR ROAD (f, 3, Quality Road–Gift List, by Bernardini) was backed down to 8-5 favoritism for the prominent connections of Saturday’s GIII Honey Fox S. heroine Precieuse (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}) and did not disappoint in her racetrack debut. Hard ridden for early position by Jose Ortiz, the $350,000 KEESEP yearling chased the pace in second through splits of :23.83 and :46.89. She found another gear heading for home, took over in upper stretch and poured it on from there to don cap and gown by an emphatic 8 3/4 lengths. Hightailing (Orb) rallied to complete the exacta for the second time in as many starts. The winner hails from the female family of Grade I winner Secret Status (A.P. Indy). She has a 2-year-old half-sister named On the Good List (Speightstown) who was a $175,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling. Her dam died last year. Sales history: $350,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $25,800. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Peter M. Brant; B-Jeffery J. Drown (KY); T-Chad C. Brown.


Hi Happy to Stand in Argentina

Sun, 2019-03-03 13:14

Hi Happy (Arg) (Pure Prize–Historia {Arg}, by French Deputy), Argentina’s Horse of the Year, champion stayer and Triple Crown winner of 2015 who would later annex the GI Man o’ War S. at Belmont last year, has been retired to stand stud in his native country. He will stand at Haras Vacación on behalf of a syndicate of his owner/breeder Haras La Providencia, Haras Firmamento and Haras Santa Ines.

A full-brother to Chilean Group 1 winner Hinz (Arg) and Argentinian Group 1 winner Hispanidad (Arg), the chestnut annexed the prestigious G1 Carlos Pellegrini in 2015 before being sent to Southern California with trainer Felipe Souza. He was a close third in the GIII Tokyo City S. on the dirt at Santa Anita in 2017, but really blossomed last term when sent to Todd Pletcher, racking up a pair of graded wins including the aforementioned Man ‘o War in May and earnings of $780,800. He retires with an overall record of 19-8-1-4 and a total bankroll in excess of $1.3 million.

“We were always aware of what his future could be, with an interest in being able to add it when his campaign ended,” said Agustín Ventimiglia of Haras Vacación. “We were convinced that he deserved his opportunity here and we wanted to give it to him. Any breeder would like to have a horse like that… Unbeaten in Argentina, with four Group 1 victories, and then tested in the United States among the best, he made clear his quality.”


Code of Honor Bounces Back in Fountain of Youth

Sat, 2019-03-02 18:06

Code of Honor (c, 3, Noble Mission {GB}–Reunited, by Dixie Union), a disappointing fourth as the favorite in the Mucho Macho Man S. Jan. 5, bounced back in a big way with a 9-1 upset while making his two-turn debut in Saturday’s GII Xpressbet Fountain of Youth S. at Gulfstream Park.

The rail-drawn Farish homebred raced in a midpack fifth as 6-5 favorite and jaw-dropping debut winner Hidden Scroll (Hard Spun) hit the gas through fractions of :22.80 and :45.69. Code of Honor put in a flashy run on the far turn, challenged for command at the top of the stretch, took over shortly thereafter, and held the fast-finishing Bourbon War (Tapit) safe for a 3/4 of a length decision.

The comebacking GIII Nashua S. winner Vekoma (Candy Ride {Arg}) was third; Hidden Scroll tired to fourth.

The final time for the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth was 1:43.85.

An impressive front-running winner first out at the Spa last summer, the chestnut put in an impressive rally for second after stumbling badly at the start in the GI Champagne S. at Belmont last fall.

Sales history: $70,000 RNA yrl ’17 KEESEP.

Lifetime Record: 4-2-1-0.

O/B-W S Farish (Ky); T-Shug McGaughey.

How Steve Young Found the Bargain of the Year

Sat, 2019-03-02 17:48

When Soldado (Verrazano) goes to the post in Sunday’s 12th race at Gulfstream, a one-mile allowance, he’ll look a lot like many Todd Peltcher-trained horses. He’s a well-bred 3-year-old colt, won his debut easily and could prove to be any kind of horse. Then why did he only cost $8,000?

Steve Young, the bloodstock agent and owner who bought the colt at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, has his theories, but he’s more focused on the future than the past.

“I think he has the ability to move forward and run in the [GI] Kentucky Derby, especially when you watch him gallop out after his works and after his race,” Young said. “He compares equally to some of the really good 3-year-olds I have bought and trained. That being said, to get to the Kentucky Derby, we only have two months. A lot of good stuff can happen to a horse in the spring of their 3-year-old year and a lot of bad stuff can happen, too. He has time to get there as long as he doesn’t take a step back. The only thing to do now is for him to get into the ring and fight and get experience.”

Soldado made his debut Feb. 2 and won a six-furlong Gulfstream maiden by 2 3/4 lengths while receiving a Beyer Speed Figure of 91. Young is a wheeler-dealer and let the word out that he was willing to listen to offers. He said he turned down several before selling a 50% interest in the colt to Lets Go Stables, which is led by Kevin Scatuorchio and Bryan Sullivan. They were also the owners of Verrazano. Young wouldn’t reveal what price he got for the half-interest in the horse, but it’s obvious that he made a substantial profit.

Young wasn’t thinking about the Kentucky Derby or some day cashing in on selling part of the then 2-year-old when he first came across Soldado at the Timonium sale. But, he did believe he had found a horse that slipped through the cracks.

The first thing Young noticed was that Soldado had sold for $80,000 a year earlier at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Turf Showcase Yearling Sale. He marked him down as one to watch and liked what he saw when he worked.

“He didn’t have that fast of a breeze, but I loved the way he did it and the way he ran around the turn and showed his mechanics and athletic ability,” Young said.

The colt’s breeze went in :10 3/5.

Young estimated that, under normal circumstances, a horse with the pedigree Soldado had and with the sort of impressive work he had turned in, had a market value in the range of $400,000 to $450,000.

He believes the colt’s potential price tag began to drop when fellow shoppers had him vetted.

“I don’t know how many times he was vetted,” Young said. “When we vetted him he had, if you will, insignificant flakes, in both knees and ankles. He also had a bucked shin. I would imagine people were turned off by that. I don’t know what other people saw, but that’s what he had. What that does is it takes a bunch of people off of him.”

Young didn’t think the colt’s problems were that severe or anything that couldn’t be corrected. So, he waited for Soldado to come into the ring. It was a long wait. He was hip 593 in a sale that had 600 horses in the catalogue.

“You also have to factor in when a horse is selling in the last seven numbers in a two-day sale,” he said. “It’s dark. There’s no one around.”

The consignor did not put a reserve on the horse and when the hammer fell, the bidding had stalled at $8,000 and Young had a new Verrazano colt as part of his team.

“With the way he breezed, if he would have vetted, he probably would have been a top six horse at that sale and was he going to bring five times what he cost as a baby,” Young said.

Young had vets repair the problems that apparently discouraged other buyers and then sent the horse to WinStar Farm to recuperate. When he was ready, he was sent to Pletcher’s division at Palm Beach Downs. Young said he knew he had a good horse, but maybe not how good.

“Every day has been a good day since he arrived at Palm Beach Downs,” Young said. “I think I can speak for all of us that I thought he was very good going into his first race, but he was even better than I thought he was. To run in a race where a lot of people liked their horses, to run the last half-mile in :46 and then to pass a horse from a top farm ]Juddmonte Farm] and a top barn [Chad Brown] that liked their horses, that says a lot. And then he galloped out 10 in front.

“You have to feel that he wants to run further that six furlongs off that. He’s a May 7 foal. It all leads us to be very exited. There’s no ceiling so far as to what he might be able to do.”

Soldado could flop Sunday afternoon, he could win a few stakes races here or there, he might even win the Kentucky Derby. There’s no telling.

But Young can already take his bows. He bought a good horse with a good pedigree for peanuts and sold half of him for a lot of money. It’s not supposed to be that easy.


Shocking Upset in Davona Dale; Champion Jaywalk Off the Board

Sat, 2019-03-02 17:32

With all eyes on returning champion Jaywalk (Cross Traffic), it was 51-1 longshot Jeltrin (Tapizar) who came flying late to just nip pacesetting Cookie Dough (Brethren) on the line in the GII Davona Dale S. at Gulfstream Park Saturday. Heavily favored Jaywalk tired to fourth after pressing the pace in her first race since winning the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last November.

Jeltrin chased in third in the early stages as Cookie Dough set the pace through fractions of :24.21 and :47.41 with Jaywalk a menancing presence to her outside. Jaywalk looked poised to make her move turning for home, but quickly threw in the towel as Cookie Dough scampered clear into the lane. Jeltrin, who loomed a threat with a three-wide run on the far turn, rallied resolutely down the lane to reel in Cookie Dough in the shadow of the wire.

“I’m very happy, it’s a good feeling–a dream,” said winning trainer Alexis Delgado. “We’ve been working for three months leading up to this race. Congratulations to my staff and to [jockey] Luis Saez, it was perfect today, what a great race. I was happy when they were coming down the stretch, it was three months of hard work all preparation for the Davona Dale, it was great.”

Saez added, “Everything came like we planned. We did well. I was right there and we hit the three-eighths [pole] and I started asking and she responded. When I saw I can beat the horse in front of me, I just tried so hard and we got it done.”

Trainer John Servis was pragmatic about Jaywalk’s fourth-place effort.

“She just needed the race,” Servis said. “She just came up a little bit empty, that’s all. She pulled up fine and looks fine. [Joel Rosario] didn’t want to beat her up. I told him that if she comes up empty, don’t beat her up. I thought she was tight enough, but obviously she wasn’t. I’m not happy that she didn’t win. I thought she’d win. Shame on me for thinking that she was good enough to beat these horses anyway, but she’ll be fine. We’ve still got a few months until May.”

Jeltrin graduated in her second trip to the post, scoring a wire-to-wire eight-length victory over $50,000 maiden claimers going 6 1/2 furlongs at Gulfstream Park West Oct. 25 and she returned to finish third in a Dec. 12 optional claimer at Gulfstream Dec. 12. She opened 2019 with a fourth-place effort as a 63-1 outsider in the Jan. 5 Glitter Woman S. and was dismissed at 124-1 when fourth again in the Feb. 2 GIII Forward Gal S. last time out.

Pedigree Notes:

Juan Sanchez’s C & J Stable purchased Jeltrin for $7,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September sale. The filly RNA’d for $27,000 after working a furlong in :10 flat at last year’s OBS April sale.

The winner’s dam, Song to the Moon, is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes placed Tap for Luck (Tapit) and produced colts by sons of Tapit the last two years: Tapiture in 2017 and Anchor Down in 2018. She was bred back to American Freedom–a son of Tapit’s sire Pulpit–last year. The Tapiture 2-year-old sold for $20,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale.

Tapizar (Tapit), sire of last year’s GI Kentucky Oaks winner and champion 3-year-old filly Monomoy Girl, has now sired three graded stakes winners from his four crops to race.

Saturday, Gulfstream Park
DAVONA DALE S.-GII, $200,000, Gulfstream, 3-2, 3yo, f, 1m, 1:36.83, ft.
1–JELTRIN, 116, f, 3, by Tapizar
1st Dam: Song to the Moon, by Successful Appeal
2nd Dam: Foxy Friend, by Crafty Friend
3rd Dam: Gerri n Jo Go, by Top Command
’17 KEESEP; $27,000 RNA 2yo ’18 OBSAPR). O-ADR Racing
Stable, LLC; B-C. Kidder, N. Cole & J. K. & Linda Griggs (KY);
T-Alexis Delgado; J-Luis Saez. $121,520. Lifetime Record:
6-2-1-1, $158,588. Werk Nick Rating: A.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Cookie Dough, 121, f, 3, Brethren–Brooke’s Valentine, by
Fusaichi Pegasus. O/B-Arindel (FL); T-Stanley I. Gold. $39,200.
3–Champagne Anyone, 116, f, 3, Street Sense–Lucevan, by
Ghostzapper. ($70,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Six Column Stables,
LLC & Randall L. Bloch; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings
LLC (KY); T-Ian R. Wilkes. $19,600.
Margins: HD, 4HF, 1. Odds: 51.50, 13.00, 9.00.
Also Ran: Jaywalk, Bold Script, Another Time, High Regard. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Here Comes Another Talented Filly for the Chad Brown Barn

Sat, 2019-03-02 15:23

Cambier Parc, a $1.25-million KEESEP yearling purchase, stayed perfect on grass with a popular win in Saturday’s GIII Herecomesthebride S. at Gulfstream Park.

The 4-5 favorite broke well from her outside draw and sat a perfect stalking trip in second through fractions of :24.48 and :49.67. She turned up the heat on the far turn, took a narrow advantage into the stretch and fought her way free late for a well-measured decision.

Fourth as the chalk after getting steadied at the start in her debut sprinting over a muddy Aqueduct main track Nov. 3, the bay switched to grass in style with a runaway maiden win over this course and distance Jan. 2.

“She’s learned a lot with more experience and maturity,” said winning Chad Brown, who also captured this race with the talented Dayatthespa in 2012. “She’s a horse that we’ve always liked and she’s been looking better as she’s gotten older. I think once we got her on the grass we found her niche and I think she has a bright future ahead of her. From here, we may go to the Belmont Oaks in July. I think she’ll stay a mile and a quarter; how we get there, I’m not sure. We’re very excited about the season coming up.”

Pedigree Notes:

Cambier Parc becomes the 60th graded/123rd black-type stakes winner for leading sire Medaglia d’Oro. She was the most expensive of 44 yearlings sold by her sire in 2017 when bringing $1.25 million from Larry Best’s OXO Equine at the Keeneland September Sale. The winner’s dam, a three-time Canadian champion, was bought by Bonne Chance Farm for $750,000 at Keeneland November in 2015 with Cambier Parc in utero. Sealy Hill, who also has produced Hillaby (Distorted Humor), Ch. Female Sprinter-Can & GSW, $282,265; Belle Hill (Sky Mesa), GSW, $180,725; and Gale Force (Giant’s Causeway), GSW, $138,611, has another Medaglia d’Oro filly who went for $425,000 to Whisper Hill Farm at KEESEP in the fall, and she produced a colt by Into Mischief last spring.

Saturday, Gulfstream Park
HERECOMESTHEBRIDE S.-GIII, $150,000, Gulfstream, 3-2, 3yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 1:42.03, fm.
1–CAMBIER PARC, 115, f, 3, by Medaglia d’Oro
      1st Dam: Sealy Hill (Horse of the Year, Ch. 3yo Filly & Grass
              Mare-Can, MSW & MGISP, $1,747,081), by Point Given
      2nd Dam: Boston Twist, by Boston Harbor
      3rd Dam: Chou Chou, by Premiership
Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-OXO Equine LLC; B-Bonne Chance Farm LLC
(KY); T-Chad C. Brown; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $90,210. Lifetime
Record: 3-2-0-0, $120,210. *1/2 to Hillaby (Distorted Humor),
Ch. Female Sprinter-Can, GSW, $282,265; Belle Hill (Sky Mesa),
GSW, $180,725; Gale Force (Giant’s Causeway), GSW,
$138,611. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for
   eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Princesa Carolina, 116, f, 3, Tapit–Pure Clan, by Pure Prize.
O/B-Three Chimneys Farm (KY); T-Kenneth G. McPeek.
3–Belle Laura, 115, f, 3, Mucho Macho Man–Belle Chaussee, by
Giant’s Causeway. ($32,000 Ylg ’17 FTKOCT). O-GU Racing
Stable, LLC; B-Reeves Thoroughbred Racing (KY); T-Norm W.
Casse. $14,550.
Margins: 3/4, HF, 2 3/4. Odds: 0.80, 21.50, 8.40.
Also Ran: Primela (Fr), Vow to Recover, Golconda (Fr), Connectivity, My Gal Betty. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.