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TDN Writers’ Room Podcast Now Available

Wed, 2019-09-18 21:09

The September 18 edition of the TDN Writers’ Room podcast is now available by clicking here, or by visiting the TDN Podcast section of Apple or Spotify Podcasts.

This week, the writers–Joe Bianca, Alan Carasso and Bill Finley–talk about the story about the Justify Scopolamine positive, the three-year-old picture, the upcoming Pennsylvania Derby and Cotillion Stakes at Parx, and next year’s Derby picture. Plus, we talk on the phone with trainer Chad Brown about the Cotillion favorite, Guarana.

Opinions are in no short order.

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Outwork Colt Tops Book 4 Closer

Wed, 2019-09-18 19:58

A colt from the first crop of Grade I winner Outwork (Uncle Mo) topped the closing session of Book 4 Wednesday when selling for $220,000 to trainer Keith Desormeaux, who signed the ticket under the name Charles Marquis. Hip 2727 was consigned by Warrendale Sales on behalf of breeders Todd and Chad Frederick and Carl Potter. Warrendale led all consignors with 15 yearlings grossing $965,000.

“It is two brothers keeping the legacy going for their dad,” said Warrendale’s Kitty Taylor. “The father, Varrett Frederick, recently passed away. They are very much involved in the business. I sold for the dad, I sold for the grandad. They are great people with a farm in Georgetown and have bred some very good horses.”

She continued, “Keith Desormeaux bought the horse and he bought Exaggerator off of us as well. I believe Ciaran Dune was the underbidder. He is a big, strong colt and he sold very well. If they vetted and were big, good-looking colts, you were rewarded.”

The yearling colt is out of Westside Tapstress (Lookin at Lucky), who is a half-sister to GSW Discreet Hero (Honour and Glory). Outwork’s first foals have been well received at the yearling sales this year. Ten yearlings by the WinStar stallion sold for $1.075 million at the Fasig-Tipton July Sale, topped by a $300,000 colt. He was also represented by a $500,000 filly at the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sale.

“I think people like him,” Taylor said. “They like to buy horses by WinStar sires. They have a great program with good stallions. They don’t overbreed their stallions and their numbers are reasonable. They also support their stallions. He is a first-crop horse and when they see these first-crop horses that look fast, they like to buy them.”

A total of 290 yearlings sold for $12,880,500 Wednesday with an average of $44,416 and a median of $35,000.

“I thought it was very strong today,” said Taylor. “We sold horses for $150,000, $170,000. Fillies might have struggled a little more than colts in this book. There were end users there, but not quite as many and not as many people there for fillies right now.”

The highest priced filly of the session was Hip 2614, a daughter of hot young sire Constitution, whose first crop has hit the ground running on the racetrack this year. Consigned by VanMeter-Gentry Sales, she was purchased by R.A. Hill and Oracle Bloodstock for $190,000.

Keeneland September continues through Sunday with sessions beginning at 10 a.m.

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CDI Mum On Next Move, But Illinois Horsemen Have Ideas to Preserve Arlington Dates

Wed, 2019-09-18 18:48

In the aftermath of the Illinois Racing Board (IRB)’s verbal grilling of a Churchill Downs, Inc. (CDI) executive Tuesday over the company’s decision not to seek racino licensure at Arlington Park, the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (ITHA) is floating several proposals that could help the corporation that owns the suburban Chicago track demonstrate its commitment to racing in order to secure race dates there in 2020.

The mandate that CDI must show a racing-centric commitment was part of an IRB resolution voted on at Tuesday’s annual dates hearing that also included moving back the state’s awarding of race dates to Sept. 24.

The one-week delay was deemed necessary by the IRB because of CDI’s controversial and stunning decision last month to intentionally miss a deadline to apply for slot machines and table games at the track. CDI said it would apply for 2020 Arlington dates, plus sports betting, but made no commitment of any kind beyond 2021.

In late August, CDI cited the requirement of having to contribute gaming revenues to the Thoroughbred purse account as a competitive disadvantage it did not want to undertake by applying for Arlington’s gaming licensure.

But the simmering subplot over the past three weeks has centered around CDI’s ownership stake in a nearby casino and its stated intent to open another, fueling accusations that the corporation used the horsemen’s support to get gaming legislation passed but is now abandoning the idea of operating a racino at Arlington.

At Tuesday’s meeting, IRB commissioner Thomas McCauley chastised CDI for lacking “any regard for social responsibility whatsoever” and suggested that the company’s decision not to apply for gaming licensure was a ploy to gain leverage over state lawmakers in negotiations for more a more favorable gaming tax structure, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I’ve been going to dates hearings for probably 20 years, and I don’t ever remember one that went quite like that one,” David McCaffrey, the executive director of the ITHA, told TDN via phone Wednesday. “In fact, I would have given out high odds going into the meeting that it would have ended the way that it did.

“Essentially, the way I understand it, they gave Arlington a week to come back and show how they are dedicated to the sport of racing in Illinois,” McCaffrey continued. “In all of the questions that board members asked, the root of them all was, ‘What is Arlington’s dedication to racing?'”

According to the Sun-Times, the IRB’s McCauley was so incensed over alleged political gamesmanship and CDI’s previous declaration in a press release that it would move its Arlington license to some other location that he rhetorically demanded of Arlington president Tony Petrillo, “Does Churchill think that it owns this [racing] license? Because if they do, I’d encourage you to call them up and let them know that the state of Illinois owns that license, and we as the agents of the state of Illinois have the authority and responsibility to grant a privilege to those who earn it.”

Petrillo, at Tuesday’s IRB meeting, mainly toed the corporation’s line (high taxes, a saturated gambling market) in answering queries about what was driving its decision to bail out of the gaming bill it crafted and chaperoned through the state legislature over the past 12 years. According to the Sun-Times, Petrillo testified that Arlington’s profit margin is just 3.6% right now.

R. Alex Rankin, the chairman of the board of directors for CDI, did not return a Wednesday voicemail message prior to deadline for this story requesting clarification on CDI’s intentions in Illinois. He has also not answered previous queries by TDN seeking comment on the subject, so right now it is anyone’s guess what CDI’s proposal will be next week when the IRB reconvenes to decide Arlington’s fate.

Absent any publicly-stated input from CDI, the ITHA’s McCaffrey has several ideas on how the corporation could attempt to save racing at Arlington for 2020.

“Short of somehow figuring out how to re-apply for the gaming and to commit to it–and that’s fraught with problems–they could commit to giving half of the proceeds from sports betting to the purse account,” McCaffrey said.

“Tellingly, the sports betting bill gives nothing to purses,” McCaffrey added. The other thing they could do is forego their ‘recapture’ that is due [to] them next year. Recapture is this thing in the law that allows a racetrack to dip into the purse account and take money out to transfer it to their side of the ledger. Over the years, Arlington has taken out over $100 million. And next year that payment will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $4.5 million. If they were to forego that and leave it in the purse account, that would certainly be a demonstration of them showing dedication to racing. That would be huge.”

When asked if he thinks that CDI might actually want the IRB not to grant it 2020 race dates so the corporation can get out of the Illinois racing business altogether and reap the profits from selling Arlington to developers while still operating nearby casinos, McCaffrey said he doesn’t think that is CDI’s intent.

“I’ve heard that. That’s not from out of left field,” McCaffrey said. “But if that was their intention, then why did they apply for dates? They could have not applied to race in 2020 and just said ‘See ya!'”

At Tuesday’s meeting, McCaffrey said, the horsemen “tried to portray a willingness to participate in any way, shape, or form that we can to come up with a good solution.”

But the reality is, he added, that unless CDI contacts the ITHA to ask for help in presenting a unified plan before Sept. 24, all the Illinois horsemen can do is wait.

“The gaming bill was the long-term solution to bring back Illinois racing,” McCaffrey summed up. “And the craziest part of this whole story is that it was a gaming bill that Arlington helped craft and negotiate. Three years ago it was Arlington that wanted the bill changed to include table games, and they got it. Then they rejected it by not going after their license. That is a real affront to racing, and that is what the racing board called them on at Tuesday’s meeting.”

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Mia Mischief to Sell at Fasig-Tipton November

Wed, 2019-09-18 11:23

Mia Mischief (Into Mischief), who became her sire’s first Grade I-winning daughter with a victory in this year’s Humana Distaff, will be offered by Elite Sales at the Fasig-Tipton November Night of the Stars on November 4. The four-year-old filly is owned by Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt, Heider Family Stables and Madaket Stables. She has been trained by Steve Asmussen from the outset of her career.

Following Mia Mischief’s Humana Distaff win, where she defeated Grade I winners Marley’s Freedom (Blame) and Spiced Perfection (Smiling Tiger), she defeated GI Test winner Covfefe (Into Mischief) in the Roxelana S. at Churchill Downs.

Mia Mischief broke her maiden by 16 ¼ lengths at Keeneland in October, 2017. At three, she took the Purple Martin S. at Oaklawn by 8 ¼ lengths before winning the GII Eight Belles at Churchill Downs. She went on to run 2nd, beaten a neck, in the GI Test S. at Saratoga, after a stretch long duel with multiple Grade 1 winner, Separationofpowers (Candy Ride {Arg}).

Mia Mischief is out of the Speightstown mare Greer Lynn, who is set to deliver a War Front foal in 2020.

“Speed is our thing and Mia Mischief is one of the fastest we’ve ever owned,” said co-owner Bill Heiligbrodt. “Not only is she fast, but Corinne and I also recognized her as a superior physical, offering size and scope, placing her at the top of our list of Into Mischief offspring. We’ve won two Tests and Mia’s nose defeat kept us from our third. Derby Day is special; the Humana Distaff is special. We’ve run numerous superstar fillies in the Humana Distaff and were not able to get it done before Mia. It was a celebration we’ll never forget.”

“Mia Mischief is a superstar by the hottest stallion in America. She was a brilliant two-year-old, three-year-old and four-year-old, finishing first or second in 13 of 17 starts. She beat the best and she did it with blazing speed in a devastating style,” said Elite Sales’ Bradley Weisbord. She has earned just shy of $1 million.


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Opinions on the Cap: Matt Bowling

Wed, 2019-09-18 10:54

Editor’s Note: The Jockey Club has asked for public comment on their proposal to cap at 140 the number of mares a stallion can breed annually. In this ongoing series, we will publish the perspectives of breeders, stallion farms and others on the proposal.

Matt Bowling, Bowling Bloodstock
First and foremost I think we can all agree that that the safety and well-being of the horse should come first. With that being said, I’ve seen no data, studies, or empirical evidence provided by those in favor of limiting books to 140 mares that supports this premise. It’s an extremely slippery slope that has major implications to the economy of our business. The consensus has always been that we, as a breed, don’t use Artificial Insemination (AI) because we don’t want certain stallions breeding an almost unlimited number of mares. If we limit books to 140, then what’s the reason for not going to AI? If the health and well-being of the horse is truly a motivating factor, then that would naturally be the next step, as we know AI is not only safer for the stallion but the human handlers as well. Many regional programs already have much better breeders and stallion awards than we do in Kentucky. If we are shipping semen, does it really matter if the horse even stands in Kentucky anymore?

I’ve also heard others say that they don’t want to breed to a stallion that breeds 200+ mares, as there are too many at the sales grounds when they go to market. The beauty of a free market society is simply this: you don’t have to. It’s your business decision to breed to whatever stallion you want for whatever reasons. If you are right, you’ll be rewarded.

I also believe limiting books in hopes of increasing genetic diversity is misguided as well. If a horse like Into Mischief breeds 100 fewer mares, the assumption is they are all going to be bred to a different sire line – when in fact, the opposite is probably true. With breeders obsessed with getting an “A Nick,” wouldn’t they still try to go to something in the same sire line?

I feel like The Jockey Club’s time, energy, monies, and focus should be spent on the much more pressing issues our industry is facing today. The opening line in Pat Forde’s article that is front page on Yahoo today is, “Go ahead and mark down 2019 as the beginning of the end of horse racing.” Our industry is gasping for oxygen, yet our biggest discussion is whether or not to splint a pinky toe as we watch it die.

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Taylor Made Acquires Pitons Cup Slot

Wed, 2019-09-18 10:28

Taylor Made Farm has purchased the second slot in the Pitons Cup, days after a syndicate of Todd Pletcher, Sol Kumin and bloodstock agent Brad Weisbord were confirmed as Pitons Cup participants.

“Taylor Made is honored to participate in the inaugural Piton’s Cup,” said Mark Taylor, Vice President of Marketing and Public Sales Operations for Taylor Made. “We see Saint Lucia as a new emerging market for American horses. We fully embrace the vision of providing economic opportunities for the people of Saint Lucia as well as our core customers which are American breeders.

“We have seen in America how well the Pegasus World Cup has been received and know that The Everest has been immensely popular in Australia,” Taylor continued. “A high-profile race in the Caribbean that is more affordable to most racing fans is very appealing and we wanted to be a part of that,” Taylor added.

“We weren’t surprised to see some of the smartest guys in our industry move quickly here. We would be surprised if there wasn’t traction. The template works and when you have it in a lifestyle location like Saint Lucia there really is a lot of appeal.”

The $150,000 Pitons Cup will help launch horse racing at the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club on 13th December 2019.

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Another Horse Fatally Injured at Santa Anita

Tue, 2019-09-17 20:46

With 10 days to go before the start of Santa Anita’s fall meet, which include the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, a 4-year-old gelding named Zeke (Gio Ponti) fractured his pelvis during a work on Santa Anita’s training track Monday morning and was euthanized. The Dean Pederson trainee’s death brings the total number of fatalities at the Arcadia oval since Dec. 26 to 31.

Zeke, who was claimed by Pederson Aug. 29 at Del Mar and had not run since, was pulled up by his rider when he recognized an issue and was attended to by a team of on-track veterinarians led by April Mauro, according to a statement released by The Stronach Group Tuesday evening. He was vanned back to the barn where the pelvic fracture was diagnosed. Initially considered stable, his condition deteriorated that evening.

“Everyone at Santa Anita and throughout The Stronach Group is devastated by this loss,” said Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinarian for The Stronach Group. “We are carefully reviewing what factors could have contributed to Zeke’s injury. Santa Anita will continue to work closely with the California Horse Racing Board and will continue to be transparent with our stakeholders and all of our constituents, including the public, as more facts come in. Zeke will undergo a necropsy run by the University of California–Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine, as is mandatory for all on-track accidents. The accident and the necropsy report will be reviewed by the California Horse Racing Board team to learn what, if anything, could have been done to have prevented the accident.”

There were no racing fatalities during Del Mar’s summer meet, but Zeke’s death is the fifth training fatality in Southern California since Santa Anita closed June 23, according to an L.A. Times article. It was the second training track death of 2019.

Following the initial string of deaths over the winter, Santa Anita issued a series of new safety protocols and did extensive work on the surface of its main track. Part of the new safety measures applied to breezes starting with 48-hour notice of an intended work.

The TSG statement explained the policy in the following paragraph: “Every horse who works [a timed training run] at Santa Anita Park is required to undergo the same safety protocol, which includes applying 48-hours in advance to work, evaluation of their recent workout and racing history to identify risk factors and, for approximately 20% of those horses, a physical examination by an association veterinarian. In addition to those measures, every horse is required to be examined by that horse’s private veterinarian within five days prior to its workout. Horses working out are required to follow the same strict medication reforms enacted earlier this year.”

The TSG statement on Zeke’s death finished by saying, “The Stronach Group and Santa Anita’s safety measures put horse and rider safety above all else. There is an expected level of safety and accountability that is required to participate at a Stronach Group racetrack. If anything less is found which could have contributed to this accident, it will be addressed immediately. Santa Anita and The Stronach Group remain committed to leading transformative change in this traditional sport.”

Santa Anita is set to kick off its fall meet Sept. 27.


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A ‘Flattering’ Beginning to Book Four

Tue, 2019-09-17 20:19

A yearling filly by Flatter led the way during a lively day of trade at Keeneland September’s Book 4 opener Tuesday, bringing $310,000 from bloodstock agent Mike Ryan.

Consigned by Select Sales, agent for Machmer Hall as Hip 2379, the dark bay or brown filly is out of the graded stakes-placed Candy Ride (Arg) mare Co Cola. She was bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall. This is the extended female family of two-time G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen winner and millionaire Mind Your Biscuits (Posse) and Canadian champion Kimchi (Langfuhr).

A son of Palace Malice was the highest-priced colt of the day, registering a $280,000 bid from Michael Dorsey. Hip 2440, out of the multiple stakes-placed mare Giant Sensation (Giant’s Causeway), was consigned by Eaton Sales, agent. Bred in Kentucky by Overbrook Farm & Kildare Stud, he RNA’d for $75,000 as a KEENOV weanling. His second dam is graded winner Sensation (Dixie Union).

Tuesday’s gross receipts totaled $15,463,700 for 273 horses sold, good for an average of $56,644 and a median of $40,000. Through eight sessions of the 13-day sale, Keeneland has sold 1,582 yearlings for a sum of $330,293,200. The cumulative average is $208,782 and the cumulative median is $130,000.

“It’s still playing solid for the horses that people want,” Ryan said at the conclusion of the day’s trade. “It’s all about having what the customer wants. If you have what they like, as perceived quality, you’ll get paid. It’s very discriminating though. We bought a nice Flatter filly today to race–I knew she was going to be right up there in the $300,000 range. She’s a quality filly by a very good sire and she’s a really impressive, imposing individual. She’s for a client of Chad Brown’s. She looked like a Saratoga 2-year-old to me.”

Ryan also signed for a $105,000 Palace Malice colt (Hip 2170) and a $55,000 Brody’s Cause colt (Hip 2387) during Tuesday’s session. In total, Ryan has purchased a total of 30 head at the Keeneland September Sale thus far, led by a $2.1-million son of Pioneerof the Nile (Hip 519), for a sum of $10,345,000. His purchases have averaged $344,833.

“It’s been an incredible sale,” Ryan said. “I don’t recall in many years seeing a sale like last Wednesday, the final day of Book 1. That afternoon was one of the strongest sales I can remember in many years and its carried through. Book 2 was extremely strong as was Book 3. Some of the pinhookers have done very well and some breeders have done very well based on stud fees, too. A lot of people have had a good week, which is great for the business. The energy and electricity here all week has been pretty palpable. Even today early this morning, there were still a lot of people working the barns looking for horses.”

Gainesway, agent, was the top consignor of Tuesday’s session with sales of $2,548,000 for 31 yearlings, good for an average of $82,194. J. Stevens Bloodstock, agent, purchased four yearlings for $482,000 to be the session’s leading buyer by gross.

The September Sale continues through Sunday with all sessions starting at 10 a.m.

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Maximum Security Out of PA Derby

Tue, 2019-09-17 15:06

 Dual Grade I winner Maximum Security (New Year’s Day) has been ruled out of an expected start in Saturday’s GI Pennsylvania Derby due to a large colon nephrosplenic entrapment that developed after the colt returned from his morning work Monday. He was rushed to Mid-Atlantic Equine Clinic in Ringoes, N.J., but is now back at Servis’s Monmouth Park barn.

“I’ve spoken to the Wests and they understand that it’s all about the horse. That’s first and foremost,” said trainer Jason Servis. “There’s nothing that anyone could have done to prevent it. It’s one of those things that just happens. It’s unfortunate and the timing is terrible but that’s horse racing.”

Maximum Security breezed three furlongs at Parx in :41.77 Monday morning without incident, but Servis was summoned to the barn at 3:30 p.m. because something was amiss with the bay.

“He was doing great,” Servis said. “But, as soon as I saw him I could tell he was in trouble, so we got him right on the van and sent him to Mid-Atlantic Clinic.”

Maximum Security was seen by Mid-Atlantic Equine Clinic’s Dr. Janik Gasiorowski, who provided the following statement about the colt’s condition:

“Maximum Security went through a severe, acute bout of colic. He got his colon displaced, which is actually very common in Thoroughbred racehorses. He just got his displaced tightly enough that it was extremely painful. He was sent to our clinic immediately and we managed to get him to correct without doing surgery.

From a physiologic standpoint the horse is going to be recovered in a short period of time. We’re talking a couple of weeks and he will be fine. From a racing, training and athletic standpoint he needs a little bit of time off. He went through a big episode and he is going to need some time to recover. As far as his career goes, there are zero long-term ramifications from what he just went through.

The reason horses going through this survive is because of the rapid response of the veterinary team at the track, the trainer’s involvement and the fact that Gary and Mary West were willing to act immediately by doing what is in the horse’s best interests. They’ve chosen not to race and I think that is a wise decision that puts the horse first.”

Servis does not have a time frame for Maximum Security’s return to racing, but is holding out hope for the Breeders’ Cup or “something else that might be out there.”


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Lakow Appointed VP of Racing Operations at Gulfstream

Tue, 2019-09-17 14:51

Mike Lakow has been appointed Vice President of Racing Operations at Gulfstream. He had most recently served as racing secretary for NYRA during the Saratoga and Aqueduct meets. Lakow takes over for Bill Badgett, who has taken a position with the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

“I’m thankful to The Stronach Group for offering me the opportunity to return home and join Gulfstream Park, which was my favorite racetrack when I started in the Thoroughbred industry,” Lakow said. “Gulfstream has unlimited potential and has so much to offer for the racing fan and horseman year-round.”

Lakow previously served as President and CEO of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, General Manager at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms, jockey agent for Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano and worked as a steward in Florida and for the Emirates Racing Authority. He was also racing director at Santa Anita from 2013 to 2014.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Mike to The Stronach Group and Gulfstream Park,” said Tim Ritvo, COO of The Stronach Group. “Mike’s expertise in Thoroughbred racing and his credibility with horsemen will make Gulfstream’s year-round product even stronger. We’re very fortunate to have someone of Mike’s caliber running Gulfstream’s racing program.”


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Opinions on the Cap: Hutton Goodman

Tue, 2019-09-17 14:22

Editor’s Note: The Jockey Club has asked for public comment on their proposal to cap at 140 the number of mares a stallion can breed annually. In this ongoing series, we will publish the perspectives of breeders, stallion farms and others on the proposal.

Hutton Goodman, Racing Manager, Mt. Brilliant Farm:
We breed and we sell horses, but we breed to race first. So if we think our best shot to get a good racehorse is going to be to a stallion that covers 200 mares, and it’s going to affect us at the sale, but it’s going to get us a good racehorse, we’re going to do it because at the end of the day, we want race horses before we want sales horses. I don’t think it would be bad for commercial breeders if they limited them, but I hate them telling people what they can do with their horses. My dad always said we have a rule: we only breed to freshman sires if we have a share or if they won a Triple Crown.

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KEESEP Powers On As High-Demand Book 3 Concludes

Mon, 2019-09-16 21:15

LEXINGTON, KY – The Keeneland September Yearling Sale concluded its two-day Book 3 section with a day of frenetic bidding Monday in Lexington. A colt by Quality Road became the day’s highest-priced offering when selling to bloodstock agent Justin Casse for $625,000. The yearling was one of five to sell for $400,000 or over on the day.

A total of 524 yearlings sold in Book 3–which encompassed the auction’s sixth and seventh overall sessions–for a gross of $56,781,500. The average was $108,362 and the median was $80,000. The buy-back rate was 29.1%.

With a slightly different format a year ago, the 2018 Book 3 was held over the auction’s seventh and eighth sessions and saw 560 yearlings sell for $41,963,900. The average was $74,936 and the median was $50,000. The section’s top price was $450,000 and there were five yearlings to sell for $400,000 or over.

Bidding was still fast and furious late Monday evening when Casse made his session-topping buy, securing hip 2119 from the KatieRich Farms consignment.

“I am surprised by the demand that is still here,” Casse said. “I’ve been selling some and trying to buy some. You’ve got to be prepared to pay for the ones you like. Generally, you’ve got to jump through all the hoops and do everything right, but I’m finding that even horses that make three out of four hoops, or who check most of the proverbial boxes, are getting done for a good price. We have probably the best high-end market that we’ve ever had, so there is going to be a trickle down from there. It’s nice to see. I just hope it stays this way for a little while. It doesn’t even have to get better–if it just stays this way for a little while.”

Greg Goodman’s Mt. Brilliant Farm led consignors with more than one sold on the day by average. The operation sold four yearlings for an average of $350,000, including a $500,000 son of American Pharoah. Goodman echoed many consignors who felt Book 3 was a good place for their yearlings to stand out.

“I love Book 3,” Goodman said. “We just felt really good about Book 3. We thought they would stand out more here. I think if you have a decent horse, the buyers are here. This whole sale has been incredible the whole way through. And I guess a lot of people didn’t get what they wanted in Book 1 and 2 and they are still here. So we’re happy about that.”

The first consignment of Everett Dobson’s Candy Meadows Sales had its biggest sale to date when selling a filly by Nyquist for $425,000.

“It’s all about the product,” said Candy Meadows Senior Vice President Matt Lyons. “If you have the right one, they are here for it. And it doesn’t matter what book. I think it shows the strength of the market. Books 1 and 2 were strong and a lot of people didn’t get horses, so now the good ones might be sticking out a little bit more and people are zeroing in on them.”

With six sessions still to go, the September gross passed the $300-million mark Monday, with 1,309 yearlings selling for an aggregate of $314,829,500. This is the third straight year the sale has passed that milestone. Prior to the 2017 edition, the last time the auction hit that mark was 2008–the year of the global economic crash. The 2018 gross of $377,130,400 was the highest since 2007.

The Keeneland September sale continues through Sunday with sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m. For complete results, visit

Casse Calls for Back-Up on Quality Road Colt

As Book 3 steamed aggressively towards its conclusion Monday evening at Keeneland, bloodstock agent Justin Casse made the day’s highest bid, going to $625,000 to acquire a colt by Quality Road. Casse admitted he had to make a quick call to extend his budget before ultimately signing the ticket on hip 2119 in the name of Team Casse.

“I was given a budget and, once it went past that, I had to make a late phone call,” Casse said. “As the horse got closer up and I got to see him more, he really presented himself well and he looked the part, so I had a feeling that he was going to bring a little more than we had first hoped. But he’s a Quality Road and we’re in the second day of Book 3, so he’s going to stand out like a sore thumb. The pedigree is going to stick out pretty well here. It’s an active female family by one of the best sires in the world and he came from a good farm. I think he’ll be a beautiful horse once he gets into training.”

Bred and consigned by KatieRich Farms, the yearling is out of multiple stakes winner Miss Red Delicious (Empire Maker) and is a half to graded winner Nootka Sound (Lonhro {Aus}).

“He was a standout here,” KatieRich’s Tammy Ingebritson explained of the colt’s placement in Book 3. “He was a very nice colt, probably a little immature for Book 1. So he just looked like he would be the right type for Book 3. He got a lot of attention here.”

KatieRich owner Larry Doyle was enjoying the standout sale and gave credit for the success to the farm’s staff.

“The team works very hard and it’s great to see their efforts rewarded,” Doyle said. “It was very nice.”

Tiznow Colt to Winchell

A colt by Tiznow jumped to the top of the results sheets Monday at Keeneland when selling for $525,000 to David Fiske, racing manager for Winchell Thoroughbreds.

“We thought he was the nicest one in today,” Fiske said after signing the ticket on hip 1941. “We had not bought a Tiznow yet this week, so we had to fill a slot. We had bought one by everyone else practically, just not a Tiznow.”

The bay yearling is out of the unraced Catch the Moon (Malibu Moon), who also produced Grade I winner Girvin (Tale of Ekati) and graded winner Cocked and Loaded (Colonel John).

He was consigned by Warrendale Sales as agent for Stonestreet Bred and Raised. Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet purchased Catch the Moon, in foal to Shanghai Bobby, for $240,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale.

On its own and in partnership with Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Ron Winchell’s Winchell Thoroughbreds has been active all week at Keeneland.

“He will have been the 12th one that we’ve bought this week,” Fiske said. “I think he fits in with all our other ones this week. He was a little tough to buy. He was a little bit higher than I thought he’d be. But the other highest price of the day was $500,000, so I kind of figured he’d be right around $400,000 to $500,000.”

Winchell partnered with Phoenix Thoroughbreds on an $875,000 Into Mischief colt (hip 488) and a $375,000 son of Tapit (hip 879) earlier in the week. The operation also bought a filly by Uncle Mo (hip 378) for $450,000.

Fiske said he wasn’t surprised by the continued demand as the September sale entered its second week.

“It seems like every year there are a couple of individuals in the later books that are really nice and for some reason, either the consignors thought they would stand out in the later books, or whatever, they go in later.”

Fiske added a 13th yearling to his Keeneland haul Monday, going to $230,000 to acquire a colt by Constitution (hip 2000).

Glass in Action for Wests

A colt by American Pharoah is joining the racing stable of Gary and Mary West after the couple’s bloodstock advisor Ben Glass went to $500,000 to acquire the yearling bred and consigned by Mt. Brilliant Farm Monday at Keeneland.

“We like American Pharoah,” Glass said after signing the ticket on hip 1895. “We actually just had an American Pharoah born in Australia yesterday, a half-brother to Fighting Mad (New Year’s Day). We like the family and we like the colt. He looks like he’ll take a lot of training–he looks like a tough son of a gun.”

West homebred Fighting Mad won the GIII Torrey Pines S. at Del Mar in August. Her dam Smokey’s Love (Forestry) produced her first Australian-bred foal with a son of Tapit in 2017.

Hip 1895 is out of You Make Luvin Fun (A.P. Indy), a half-sister to graded winner Classic Elegance (Carson City) and to the dam of GI Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can, whose yearling colt by War Front sold for $2.9 million during Book 1.

Glass has now purchased 18 yearlings–all colts–on behalf of the Wests this week at Keeneland for a total of $5,480,000. In addition to the American Pharoah colt, Glass signed for a Quality Road colt (hip 470) for $535,000.

“It’s been tough here all the way through,” Glass said of his September bidding assignments. “Mr. West went far on a lot of horses and they just kept going, they never quit. The partnerships are tough to outrun. If you lead a good one in there, it’s tough. We…really weren’t going to buy that many this year. But we found some colts that we liked and Mr. West said to keep going.”

Later in Monday’s session, Glass purchased a pair of colts by Candy Ride (Arg), going to $250,000 for hip 2066 and $105,000 for hip 2081.

Nyquist Filly Draws a Crowd

Richard Rigney, bidding out back alongside trainer Phil Bauer, went to $425,000 to acquire a filly from the first crop of GI Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist for his Rigney Racing stable Monday at Keeneland.

“She just looks like a racehorse,” Bauer said of hip 2054. “She looks precocious and fast. And she seemed to have a good mind on her.”

The bay yearling, bred and consigned by Everett Dobson’s Candy Meadows, is out of the unraced Is It Safe (Yes It’s True), a half-sister to Grade I winners Justin Phillip (First Samurai) and Greenpointcrusader (Bernardini), as well as graded winners Keyed Entry (Honour and Glory) and Algorithms (Bernardini).

Of the filly’s final price, Bauer said, “It seems like for the good ones, you’re going to have to give a little more than you probably want.”

Rigney and Bauer signed for the filly under the name J.C.M., which was also the name on the ticket for four other yearlings this week, including a Liam’s Map filly (hip 1676) for $295,000. Rigney Racing was the name on the ticket for a filly by Ghostzapper (hip 534) for $350,000 and an Into Mischief filly (hip 1038) for $280,000.

“We’ve bought a few,” Bauer confirmed. “We think [hip 2054] might be the best. You never know what you’re going to run into in these later books. Hopefully she’ll turn out to be what we hope she is. She’ll go to Bill and Gene Recio in Ocala and probably come to us at Churchill in the spring.”

Dobson purchased Is It Safe, in foal to Hard Spun, for $275,000 at the 2016 Keeneland January sale. Her Hard Spun colt sold for $100,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September sale and the mare herself, with the Nyquist foal in utero, RNA’d for $150,000 at that year’s Keeneland November sale.

The September sale has marked Candy Meadow’s first-ever consignment and the farm recognized its highest result with the Nyquist filly.

“It felt great, but we had a high-value product there,” said Candy Meadows senior vice president and COO Matt Lyons. “She was a beautiful filly and I think she was perfectly placed in Book 3. She’s been an absolute queen the last couple of days. She showed 100 times yesterday and she showed close to 60 times today. A lot of very, very good judges had vetted her and that made us feel pretty good coming up here. You never know for sure when you come up to the auction ring what they’re going to bring, but we felt good about the judges that were looking at her. Thankfully, she realized a great price and we’re very pleased.”

Bernardini Colt to Speedway

Bloodstock agent Marette Farrell continued buying yearlings for Peter Fluor and K.C. Weiner’s Speedway Racing Monday at Keeneland, going to $425,000 to take home a colt by Bernardini (hip 2086). Farrell made her biggest of five September purchases for the group when going to $1 million for a colt by Candy Ride (Arg) (hip 1062) last Friday.

Hip 2086 is out of Listen (Chester House) and is a half-brother to Grade I winner La Coronel (Colonel John). He was bred by Kim and Rodney Nardelli and William Werner and was consigned by Nardelli Sales.

“We loved him from the day he was born,” Kim Nardelli beamed after the sale. “We knew he was special. We were hoping to get close to that [price], but we are very happy that he made it. We wanted Book 3–we wanted to be a big fish in a small pond.”

Red Oak Strikes for Uncle Mo Colt

Red Oak Stable co-owner Steve Brunetti, bidding out back alongside the farm’s Rick Sacco and Barry Dolan, went to $380,000 to acquire a flashy colt by Uncle Mo in partnership with Newtown Anner Stud Monday at Keeneland.

“He’s very well-balanced and we’ve had a lot of luck with Uncle Mo–we had a Grade I winner with Unbridled Mo, and of course, King for a Day,” Sacco said of the yearling’s appeal. “We loved everything about him and he checked all of our boxes.”

Bred and consigned by Mt. Brilliant Farm, hip 1801 is the first foal out of Secret Someone (A.P. Indy) who was a two-time stakes winner and third in the 2016 GIII Modesty H. for Greg Goodman’s operation. The mare is a daughter of Private Gift (Unbridled), whose Into Mischief filly sold for $750,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale in August. She is also a half-sister to the dam of recent GI Alabama S. winner Dunbar Road (Quality Road).

Secret Someone produced a filly by Candy Ride (Arg) this year and was bred back to Into Mischief.

Red Oak has enjoyed plenty of success with its homebreds in recent years. Unbridled Mo won the 2018 GI Apple Blossom H. and sophomore King for a Day has won two stakes for the farm this year. Mind Control (Stay Thirsty), winner of last year’s GI Hopeful S., recently added the GI H. Allen Jerkens S. to his resume.

Hip 1801 was Red Oak’s fifth purchase of the Keeneland sale. The operation, founded by the late John Brunetti, Sr. and now run by his sons Steve and John, Jr., also purchased a colt by Into Mischief (hip 1258) for $360,000; a filly by Union Rags (hip 1687) for $190,000; and a Carpe Diem filly (hip 1040) for $170,000.

“We are starting to [buy more yearlings],” Sacco said of the buying spree this week in Lexington. “We have a lot of homebreds. Steve breeds all of our mares and we are a boutique stable. We have eight broodmares and we are trying to fill some gaps. Right now, we don’t have a strong crop of yearling colts, we have six or seven yearling fillies and hardly any colts. So everything we’re doing, we’re trying to do everything a little better. We’re upgrading all of our stock.”

Red Oak also partnered with Newtown Anner to acquire a colt by Tiznow (hip 208) for $420,000 at this year’s OBS April 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

“We had partnered with them in the April sale with a Tiznow colt, so we partnered with them we again. We have two-thirds and they have a third,” Sacco said of the partnership.

Timely Update for Runhappy Colt

When James Keogh first sent a colt by Runhappy out of True Kiss (Is it True) through the Keeneland sales ring, the youngster RNA’d for $145,000 as a short yearling this past January before selling privately to Jim and Katie FitzGerald. Eight months on, the bay is now a half-brother to speedy graded winner Shancelot (Shanghai Bobby) and his stock was decidedly on the rise when he sold for $360,000 during Monday’s session of the Keeneland September sale. Bloodstock agent Susan Montanye, bidding alongside trainer Steve Asmussen out back, signed the ticket on the colt on behalf of Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt.

“He was a smashing horse,” Keogh said of the yearling (hip 1866). “He was raised by Chip Muth over at Glendalough Farm. He owns the mare. I RNA’d the foal here in January and Jim, a very good friend, came in and bought the foal off of me. He raised him on his Chilly Bleak Farm in Virginia.”

Of the FitzGeralds, Keogh added, “They pinhook about six or eight a year and they have about 15 broodmares.”

Shancelot, a $50,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling turned $245,000 OBS March juvenile, romped by 12 1/2 lengths in the GII Amsterdam S. and was just nipped at the wire when third in the Aug. 24 GI H. Allen Jerkens S. In addition, the colt’s half-sister Sweet Kisses (Carpe Diem) was a maiden winner at Saratoga in July.

“The pedigree sure has,” Keogh said when asked what had changed since January. “The update was huge. I would fully expect the 2-year-old half-sister to win a Grade I and Mr. [Jorge] Navarro has done a fabulous job with Shancelot. I think we’ll see him back in the [Dec. 26 GI] Malibu S., I think that’s what he’s calling for.”

The Heiligbrodts certainly know something about speedy types. The couple campaign GI Forego S. winner Mitole (Eskendereya), who heads to stud at Spendthrift next year.

“He looks like a fast, early, precocious horse,” Montanye said of the yearling. “He was bought for the Heiligbrodts and he quite fits their program.”

Whether the yearling will be reoffered for sale next year or race in the Heiligbrodts’ colors is still to be determined, according to Montanye.

“We’ll get all these horses home and broke and going,” she said. “Most of everything is offered in the 2-year-old sales. We’ll just see how he comes along. He might just go right to Steve. I’m not sure yet.”


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TDN Look: A Young Man, an Old Man, a Second Chance, and a Dream

Mon, 2019-09-16 13:06

Cameron Beatty was at that stage in life–young, healthy, athletic, motivated, naive–where he never even imagined the possibility that everything he had could be taken away from him. He was the starting quarterback at Freehold Township (NJ) High School and had accepted an offer to play at Fairleigh Dickinson, where he had an academic scholarship. He was going places, and on the fast track.

In an instant, everything changed.

In 2010, Beatty, now 27, was on his way to the gym to workout when he had a motorcycle accident so serious that it nearly cost him his life. He suffered a brain injury, a ruptured spleen and internal bleeding. At first, the doctors did not realize the extent of the spleen injury and the bleeding it was causing, but when his heart rate dropped to under 20 beats per minute he was rushed into emergency surgery.

“I woke up one morning bleeding to death,” he said.

It was a windy, grey morning on the backstretch at Monmouth Park as Beatty told his story. He was there not just to talk about his accident but about the horse he owns, Horologist (Gemologist). The New Jersey-bred is coming off an upset win over 2018 Eclipse Award winner Jaywalk (Cross Traffic) in the GIII Monmouth Oaks and is preparing for the biggest start of her career, the GI Cotillion S. Sept. 21 at Parx. Life is good now. He’s married, got his degree from New Jersey City University, recovered from his accident to the point where he was able to play semi-pro football and owns a valuable and talented horse.

What does one story have to do with the other? Everything.

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Opinions on the Cap: Arthur Hancock

Mon, 2019-09-16 09:33

Editor’s Note: The Jockey Club has asked for public comment on their proposal to cap at 140 the number of mares a stallion can breed annually. In this ongoing series, we will publish the perspectives of breeders, stallion farms and others on the proposal.

Arthur Hancock, Stone Farm
I’m all for the proposal. I used to stand stallions; we had Halo, Bold Forbes, Northern Baby, and Cougar, the sire of Gato del Sol, but I got out of it because in order to buy a stallion prospect, you had to go out and breed so many mares. My father, Bull Hancock, everyone knows, was a top stallion man. I asked him, `Why don’t you take a few more mares to Bold Ruler?’ He told me in his own words: overbreeding a stallion compromises the quality of the offspring. And I agree with my father. And he told me back then if you had a son of Bold Ruler, even if he didn’t race, you could sell him for $50,000 to Argentina or Turkey, or somewhere. In the old days, you could get $25,000-$50,000 for the top 10-15 colts in all kinds of countries. If you’re the 10th best three-year-old colt in America now, it doesn’t mean a damn thing. If you’re the 10th best colt in the sale, maybe you’ll make two or three times your stud fee, maybe not. Now if you’ve got a son of Tapit, or any of these other good stallions, you can’t get anything for him unless he wins a graded stakes, and unless he wins a Grade I, you’re still out of the ballgame. If a stallion doesn’t hit, and most of them don’t, you pollute the gene pool with mediocre stock.

Another wise old saying that my father used to say is that a good bull is half your herd and a bad bull is all of it. So a lot of bad bulls that you don’t know are going to be bad bulls go to stud and that downgrades the American bloodstock registry.

Also, I think it’s unfair if you’re out here at the sales and you’ve got a yearling by a really good stallion, and you’re one of 60 or 70. There will be a few that hit big or do great, but talk to the others. I always felt it was unfair as a person who stood stallions to my customers who had bred to them, because if I did that, they’re going come out here and be one of 50 yearlings.

So I think it’s the best thing for the future of the bloodstock industry. I think it’s the best thing for your customers. I agree with my father, because overbreeding stallions compromises the quality of the offspring.

How many Secretariats have you seen lately? I haven’t seen any track records broken the past few years. When I was a boy, if you owned a racehorse, you could expect 45 lifetime starts. Now it’s nine or 10. Maybe that’s part of the reason. It compromises the quality of the offspring.

I think the stallion people would b a lot better instead of breeding 200 mares to breed 100 to 130 and charge double or one-and-a-half times the current stud fee, and you can make your money back that way. I don’t know how stallions can breed that many mares. In the old days, my dad wouldn’t double a stallion two days in a row. Now, they breed four mares a day, every day.
If you’ve got 100,000 Cadillacs to sell, each one is going to be worth less money than if you old had 1,000. It’s the old law of supply and demand. So we’re saturating the supply and it’s costing us all, I think, in the long run.

We’d all be better off if we did this. The industry would, the breeders would, the people who buy would. I think it’s a win-win situation across the board.

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Competitive Bidding As Book 3 Opens at Keeneland

Sun, 2019-09-15 20:29

LEXINGTON, KY – The Keeneland September Yearling Sale’s Book 3 section opened with a day of competitive bidding Sunday in Lexington as 256 yearlings changed hands for a total of $30,025,000. The sixth session average was $117,285 and the median was $85,000. Of the 366 horses offered, 110 failed to reach their reserves for a buy-back rate of 30.05%.

A pair of yearlings topped the $500,000 mark Sunday, with a colt by Quality Road attracting the session’s highest bid of $510,000. The session topper was consigned by Select Sales and WinStar Farm’s Elliott Walden made the winning bid on behalf of a partnership with the farm and China Horse Club International.

WinStar has been active as both buyers and sellers this week at Keeneland.

“It’s been solid on both sides,” Walden said. “It’s tough to buy and conversely, it’s good when you sell. I think it’s a healthy market. Looking at the dynamics of everything in the industry, there is not a better time that I can remember to be an owner in the industry because of the purses. You’re running for $130,000 at Kentucky Downs, $90,000 at Saratoga. The expenses had to go up a decade ago, just because hay, feed, labor, everything’s gone up. But now the purses are catching up. It’s a good time to be in the horse business, I think. Just from an economic standpoint.”

Select Sales sold 19 yearlings Sunday, including the session-topping Quality Road colt, for a gross of $2,850,000.

“The great thing about Book 3 is that the horses that hit the target are selling and the horses that don’t hit the target are also selling,” Select Sales’ Carrie Brogden said. “There is more depth of buyers and also my owners are being more realistic in selling their horses. If I say, ‘This horse has this, this and this,’ we are adjusting the reserves. People are wanting to trade.”

Following a competitive opening week of bidding, pinhookers became a more obvious presence on the results sheets Sunday.

“We have bought 10 so far and we got most of them on the first two days, which I am delighted about,” said Ocala horseman Eddie Woods. “But we’ve been scrambling ever since. We got three today and one yesterday.”

Of the increased participation from pinhookers, Woods said, “That the way it’s supposed to be. The quality kind of drops off, the big planes have left. It’s always been the time when the tide has turned. It won’t be a great sale if you have pinhookers in there the first two days just banging away any time they want. Then it’s not good. But it’s been a great sale so far and for the better horses, it’s going to hold all the way through.”

The Keeneland September sale continues through next Sunday with sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m.

Quality Sells at Keeneland Sunday

A colt by Quality Road (hip 1385) shot to the top of the leaderboard early in Sunday’s session of the Keeneland September sale when bringing a session-topping final bid of $510,000 from WinStar Farm CEO Elliott Walden. WinStar purchased the yearling in partnership with China Horse Club International.

“He’s a nice athletic colt by Quality Road,” Walden said of the yearling’s appeal. “We felt like he was one of the better ones on the day.”

Hip 1385, bred by Machmer Hall and consigned by Select Sales, is out of Spring Storm (Unbridled’s Song). He is a half-brother to multiple graded placed Stainless (Flatter).

Spring Storm, in foal to Proud Citizen, sold for $29,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November sale. The 12-year-old mare, whose second dam produced champion Countess Diana, has a weanling colt by Malibu Moon and was bred back to West Coast.

“We bought her before Stainless was graded placed,” explained Select Sales and Machmer Hall’s Carrie Brogden. “This colt jumped through all of the hoops. He had great vetting. He was very uncomplicated and he was just one of those horses that got better and better as he got older.”

Brogden said Machmer Hall has built its brand at the sales and on the racetrack.

“This if the first sale where people have specifically said to me, ‘Ah. This is a Machmer Hall horse. We know you’ve raised it as a runner,'” Brogden said. “That makes me feel really good.”

Frosted Filly to McPeek

A filly from the first crop of Grade I winner Frosted will be joining the barn of Ken McPeek after the trainer bid $500,000 to acquire the youngster on behalf of Scott and Dana Leeds’s Walking L Thoroughbreds Sunday at Keeneland.

“She was the best filly of the day, in my opinion,” McPeek said as he watched on his phone while one of his charge’s headed into the gate at Churchill Downs. “We got one early, as well, and I’m really thrilled to take her home.”

The yearling was McPeek’s seventh purchase of the September sale. He also purchased a colt by Frosted (hip 1487) Sunday for $180,000.

Walking L Thoroughbreds campaigns recent GIII With Anticipation S. winner Fighting Seabee (Summer Front) and graded winner Cairo Cat (Cairo Prince).

Hip 1578 was bred by Runnymede Farm, Peter Callahan, Manlius Stable and Bill Oppenheim, and was consigned to the sale by Runnymede Farm. She is out of Dream to Dream (Scat Daddy), who is a full-sister to group winner Daddy Long Legs.

“She was a very well-balanced individual with a great walk and a great mind,” said Runnymede vice president and general manager Romain Malhouitre. “She came here and never put a step wrong along the way. She was very busy in the barn. Did we expect that? No. But we liked her all the way.”

The breeding partnership purchased Dream to Dream for $60,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November sale.

Malhouitre agreed 2011 G2 Royal Lodge S. winner Daddy Long Legs’s presence in the pedigree was part of the mare’s appeal, but added, “It was the individual as well. And being by Scat Daddy. Our partner Bill Oppenheim just pointed out to us that she was in the sale and we went to see her and we liked her. She is a compact, well-made Scat Daddy.”

Dream to Dream RNA’d with this now-yearling in utero for $120,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November sale.

“In the beginning, we didn’t know what we wanted to do,” Malhouitre explained. “Frosted was quite popular, so we tried to see if we could flip her and make money, but the market was not having it. So we were happy to just keep her.”

Dream to Dream produced a filly by Animal Kingdom this year and was bred back to Will Take Charge.

Runnymede Farm had further success Sunday, selling a filly by Liam’s Map for $300,000 to Team Casse. The yearling (hip 1619) is out of multiple stakes winner Half Heaven (Regal Classic). Bred by Dixiana Farms, she RNA’d for $70,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale.

“I raised her half-sister Highestmaintenance (Macho Uno) when I was at Dixiana and bought her from Mr. [William] Shively at the November sales,” Malhouitre said. “He was very kind to sell her to me. She’s another one with a great walk and a great mind. Those two fillies have been unbelievable the last three days at the sales.”

Both Runnymede fillies were by first-crop sires.

“We have to balance things,” Malhouitre said. “With young mares, we do different things. We go unproven, proven, unproven, proven. We would like to breed everything on the top, but value wise, it’s not possible for all the mares. So we are trying to have good balance between proven sires, the ones on the bubble, and the freshmen. We think it’s good for all of us. We have the land and the team at Runnymede who help us to develop some very good horses. So, it works.”

Runnymede chief executive officer Brutus Clay, III, standing nearby as Malhouitre spoke, added, “We also have to thank our general manager and the whole team at the farm, as well as the bidders and underbidders.”

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Blame’s Abscond Lands Woodbine’s GI Natalma S.

Sun, 2019-09-15 18:07

Abscond turned back odds-on Fair Maiden and won a desperately close photo with European raider Walk In Marrakesh to upset the GI Natalma S. Sunday at Woodbine, a “Win and You’re In” event for the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Rallying to a narrow first-out score July 21 at Ellis, the $90,000 Keeneland September pickup was no match for G2 Queen Mary S. runner-up Kimari (Munnings) when second in the Bolton Landing S. Aug. 14 at Saratoga and was sent off as the fourth choice making her initial route attempt in this seven-horse group.

Breaking on top from her outside stall, the bay hooked up with rail-drawn Walk In Marrakesh through a :23.99 quarter as Fair Maiden posted up widest of a trio in the second flight. Those two continued to spar through a :48.24 half before the favorite sidled up to make it three in a line passing six furlongs in 1:12.56. Fair Maiden appeared ready to run to her billing outside the eighth pole, but idled when striking the front and started drifting out at the sixteenth marker. That left Abscond and Walk In Marrakesh to hash it out in the final 50 yards, and Abscond tenaciously turned back her rival by a nostril under Irad Ortiz, Jr., who swept both of the day’s Grade Is. Fair Maiden was a neck back in third.

“She was acting really good, she broke out of there sharp and just stayed in the middle of the turf course and she was relaxed,” said Ortiz. “She’s a fighter. She fought with the outside horse and came back on the inside. She fought back and she put a head in front in the last couple of jumps. Everything worked out good for us.”

“I’m really impressed with her,” said Kelly Wheeler, assistant to winning trainer Eddie Kenneally. “She’s done everything right since she broke her maiden. Really, we’ve asked a lot of her– shipping her up to Saratoga, she handled that great. So we shipped her up here, it looked like a good spot, and she came through.”

Pedigree Notes:
Abscond is the 26th stakes winner, 14th graded stakes winner and fourth Grade I/Group 1 winner for Claiborne Farm’s Blame. She is the second foal out of 9-year-old Solitary Life, a half-sister to three-time South African champion sprinter Overarching (Arch), herself the producer of South African G1SW Lady of the House (SAf) (Dynasty {SAf}), as well as GSW Temeraine (Arch) and Sassification (Smart Strike), the dam of MGSW turfer Cambodia (War Front). Bought by Redmon Farm for $50,000 at Keeneland November in 2017, she is responsible for a yearling Violence filly and was bred to Not This Time this spring.

Sunday, Woodbine
NATALMA S.-GI, C$250,000, Woodbine, 9-15, 2yo, f, 1mT, 1:36.51, yl.
1–ABSCOND, 121, f, 2, by Blame
1st Dam: Solitary Life, by Grand Slam
2nd Dam: Lonely Fact, by Known Fact
3rd Dam: Lonely Beach, by Kennedy Road
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN, 1ST GRADE I WIN. ($35,000 Wlg ’17 KEENOV; $90,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP; $30,000 RNA 2yo ’19 EASMAY). O-Apogee Bloodstock & Mike Anderson Racing LLC; B-Michael Niall (KY); T-Eddie Kenneally; J-Irad Ortiz Jr. C$150,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, $162,875. Werk Nick Rating: C+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Walk In Marrakesh (Ire), 121, f, 2, by Siyouni (Fr)
1st Dam: Walk In Beauty (Ire), by Shamardal
2nd Dam: Zelda (Ire), by Caerleon
3rd Dam: Mill Princess (Ire), by Mill Reef
O-Merriebelle Stable LLC; B-Merriebelle Irish Farm Ltd (IRE); T-Mark Johnston. C$50,000.
3–Fair Maiden, 121, f, 2, by Street Boss
1st Dam: Shieldmaiden, by Smart Strike
2nd Dam: Code Book, by Giant’s Causeway
3rd Dam: Secret Status, by A.P. Indy
O/B-Godolphin LLC (KY); T-Eoin G Harty. C$27,500.
Margins: NO, NK, 1. Odds: 9.50, 4.75, 0.60.
Also Ran: Diamond Sparkles, Secret Stash (Ire), Saratoga Vision, Runway Dreamer. Scratched: Coach Lori.
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Well-related Pioneerof the Nile Filly Wins Debut at Churchill

Sun, 2019-09-15 17:43

10th-Churchill Downs, $94,794, Msw, 9-15, 3yo/up, f/m, 7f, 1:23.15, ft.
CARDAMON (f, 3, Pioneerof the Nile–Soothing Touch, by Touch Gold) came from just off the pace for a professional score at Churchill Downs Sunday. Settled in a stalking position behind initial fractions of :22.02 and :45.71, the 7-5 favorite spurted to the front turning for home, opened up in the stretch and was a comfortable 1 1/2-length winner over Getridofwhatailesu (Ghostzapper) at the wire. Cardamon, a full-sister to Courtier, SW & GSP, $221,103, is a half-sister to Emollient (Empire Maker), MGISW $1,350,400, who herself is dam of dual group-placed Peace Charter (GB) (War Front) and to Hofburg, SW & MGISP, $551,800. This represents the family of French Highweight juvenile champions Coup de Genie and Machiavellian. Soothing Touch, a $550,000 KEESEP yearling purchase, has an unraced American Pharoah juvenile named Best Company in addition to an unnamed yearling colt by the sire. Responsible for a filly foal by Arrogate this season, she was bred back to that sire. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $54,412. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Juddmonte Farms, Inc.; B-Juddmonte Farms Inc (KY); T-William I. Mott.

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Into Mischief Fee Bumped Up to $175K

Sun, 2019-09-15 17:30

Spendthrift Farm’s star sire Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday–Leslie’s Lady, by Tricky Creek) will stand for $175,000 S&N with a full book in 2020, Spendthrift announced Sunday. That’s an increase of $25,000 from the $150,000 he stood for in 2019.

“I don’t know if we’ve seen anything quite like Into Mischief, it’s truly remarkable the things he’s doing,” said Ned Toffey, general manager at Spendthrift. “Aside from amounting results on the track and in the sales ring, he’s the consummate professional and loves his job. This year, over 96% of his mares checked in foal. We think Into Mischief is making a positive impact on the breed that will be felt for years to come, particularly with the heart and durability that are signatures of his offspring.”

Spendthrift said it plans to announce fees for the rest of its 2020 roster in the near future.

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‘Invader’ Punches Ticket to Breeders’ Cup with GI Summer S. Win

Sun, 2019-09-15 17:05

Decorated Invader, bet hard throughout, backed up his support and overcame a slow pace to capture the GI Summer S. Sunday at Woodbine, a “Win and You’re In” race for the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Showing a strong late kick to be second debuting July 13 at Saratoga, the $200,000 Keeneland September grad won geared down there next out Aug. 10 and was crushed down to even-money from a 9-2 morning line early in the wagering here before drifting up to fractional second favoritism by post.

Away a step slowly, the West Point Thoroughbreds colorbearer tugged his way up a few spots into seventh as huge longshot Cadet Connelly went on with it through pedestrian splits of :24.26 and :48.43 over yielding turf. Switched into the two path by Irad Ortiz, Jr. nearing the bend into the turn, he angled four deep and bore out a bit making the corner for home. Drawing alongside the pacesetter outside the eighth pole, the blaze-faced bay took charge soon after and kicked clear under mild urging to a convincing success. Cadet Connelly held bravely between third-running European shipper Vitalogy (GB) (No Nay Never) to his outside and longshot Proven Strategies (Sky Mesa) on his left to secure second in a three-way photo.

“We were just looking for him to relax in the first part of the race and then let him run in the end,” said Ortiz. “We know he can run so we just want to relax him and teach him the first part. He’s only had three races so I think he’s getting better and better. Today, I really liked the way he did it. He was floating in a little bit in the stretch, he always does, but hopefully he learns and if he just keeps a little more straight in the stretch that would be great. He keeps learning.”

Pedigree Notes:
With the victory, Decorated Invader becomes the 22nd stakes winner and 11th graded/group stakes winner for third-crop sire Declaration of War, who stood the 2019 season at the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association’s Shizunai Stallion Station in Hokkaido, Japan. He is also Declaration of War’s third Grade I/Group 1 winner, and his first top-level scorer in America, following up Australia’s G1 BRC Queensland Oaks heroine Winning Ways (Aus) and France’s G1 French 2000 Guineas victor Olmedo (Fr). He is the second black-type winner for 16-year-old Gamely Girl, who scored by four lengths at odds-on over the local main track in 2006 in her only outing before selling for $450,000 the following fall at Keeneland November. She foaled a colt by Violence Mar. 9 before visiting Distorted Humor. Third dam Hail Atlantis was a GISW who produced the long-productive turf sire Stormy Atlantic (Storm Cat).

Sunday, Woodbine
SUMMER S.-GI, C$251,300, Woodbine, 9-15, 2yo, 1mT, 1:36.34, yl.
1–DECORATED INVADER, 122, c, 2, by Declaration of War
1st Dam: Gamely Girl, by Arch
2nd Dam: Helstra, by Nureyev
3rd Dam: Hail Atlantis, by Seattle Slew
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN, 1ST GRADE I WIN. ($200,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP). O-West Point Thoroughbreds, William T Freeman & William Sandbrook; B-Redmon Farm, LLC (KY); T-Christophe Clement; J-Irad Ortiz Jr. C$150,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, $180,375. *1/2 to Jubilant Girl (Henrythenavigator), SW, $107,067. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Cadet Connelly, 122, g, 2, Grey Swallow (Ire)–Channel Lady, by English Channel. ($1,800 Ylg ’18 KEESEP). O-Endeavor Bloodstock LLC; B-Calumet Farm (KY); T-Teresa Connelly. C$50,000.
3–Vitalogy (GB), 122, c, 2, No Nay Never–Sylvestris (Ire), by Arch. (40,000gns RNA Wlg ’17 TATFOA; 80,000gns Ylg ’18 TAOCT; €120,000 2yo ’19 ARQMA). O-Qatar Racing Limited & Marc Detampel; B-Mr W A Tinkler (GB); T-Joseph Patrick O’Brien. C$25,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, HD, HD. Odds: 2.40, 109.50, 6.50.
Also Ran: Proven Strategies, Pleasecallmeback, Talking, Cucina, Zoological, Mystic Lancelot, Keep On Truckin. Scratched: Secret Stash (Ire).
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Honor Code Firster Gains Easy Woodbine Win

Sun, 2019-09-15 15:43

5th-Woodbine, C$91,143, Msw, 9-15, 2yo, 6f (AWT), 1:09.97, ft.
CORSI (c, 2, Honor Code–Beth’s Bling, by City Zip) provided his freshman sire (by A.P. Indy) with his second debut winner in as many days and fifth overall Sunday at Woodbine. An 11-2 gamble in his unveiling, the Ontario-bred was near the tail of the field upon settling before being scrubbed along with fully four furlongs to travel. Sent along four wide on the turn, he rallied from that position into the stretch and found a bit more to hit the wire 3 1/2 lengths better than Tomcat Black (Bernardini) despite covering an additional 34 feet (about 3 3/4 lengths) according to Trakus. Corsi, produced by a stakes-placed half-sister to the good sprinter Too Much Bling (Rubiano), has a yearling half-sister by Congrats and a foal half-brother by Kantharos. Beth’s Bling was most recently bred to Flatter. Sales history: $55,000 RNA Ylg ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $38,468.
O-Glenn Sikura, Mario Serrani, Showay Chen & Stephen Crooks; B-Hill ‘N’ Dale Farms & M Serrani (ON); T-Josie Carroll.
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