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Saez Handed 15-Day Suspension for Derby Ride

Mon, 2019-05-13 12:15

The Churchill Downs Board of Stewards has suspended jockey Luis Saez 15 days for his ride about Maximum Security (New Year’s Day) in the GI Kentucky Derby. In one of the more controversial Derbies in history, Maximum Security appeared to come out several paths nearing the top of the stretch, impeding War of Will (War Front). That began a chain reaction in which War of Will banged into Long Range Toddy (Take Charge Indy). Maximum Security was placed 17th.

Saez’s suspension will be in effect on the following dates: May 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30 and June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14. The days not included in the ruling are days Churchill is dark.

In their ruling, the stewards said the suspension was “for failure to control his mount and make the proper effort to maintain a straight course thereby causing interference with several rivals that resulted in the disqualification of his mount.”

The TDN will continue to update this story.

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Diversify Back on Worktab

Sun, 2019-05-12 16:23

Multiple Grade I winner Diversify (Bellamy Road) returned to the worktab for the first time since last September with a three-furlong move in :37.00 (4/41) Saturday over the Belmont training track. Owned by Ralph and Lauren Evans, Diversify won the 2017 GI Jockey Club Gold Cup S. and 2018 GI Whitney S. for late trainer Rick Violette. Saturday was the 6-year-old gelding’s first work for new trainer Jonathan Thomas.

“I was really surprised,” said Thomas. “He’s a quiet horse galloping in the morning and I thought he’d maybe need a little slow three-eighths [work] and he ended up breezing in :37, very well on the muscle. He came back to the barn and cooled out quickly. I thought maybe we were off schedule just because it took us a while to get him going. But from what I saw today, I think we’re, if not on schedule, maybe even head of schedule.”

Violette’s longtime assistant Melissa Cohen recently joined Thomas’s barn to head his New York division.

“Rick did a tremendous job with this horse and we’re the beneficiaries of Rick and Melissa’s hard work,” Thomas said. “We’re just honored to have him and hopefully we can continue his good work.”

Also working for the Thomas barn Saturday was last year’s GI Travers S. winner Catholic Boy (More Than Ready), who went five furlongs in 1:02.19 (1/5) over the inner turf course and in company with stakes winner Osare (Medaglia d’Oro). Catholic Boy is possible for Saturday’s GII Dixie S. at Pimlico.

“The Dixie is possibly a soft target,” Thomas said. “We’re going to talk to the owners and our other partners about some other options. We could, off of that, from what I saw today possibly be ready for the Dixie. We’ll know in a couple of days. We’d love to target races like the GII Suburban and even the GI Whitney or GI Woodward would be massive targets. The fact that he’s been productive as a 2-year-old and 3-year-old in Saratoga, to do something nice up there this summer would be great.”

Osare, a half-sister to champion Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song), may make her first start since winning the Dueling Grounds Oaks last September in the May 18 Searching S. at Pimlico.

“I was really pleased with her,” said Thomas. “They’re both targeting the same weekend and both coming off of big breaks. They coincided from a training schedule perspective. While I thought he was maybe getting the better of her on the dirt the past two weeks, I thought she more than held her own on the turf today. She breezed really well.”

Thomas continued, “There’s the Searching at Pimlico going a mile and a half and there’s an allowance race here at Belmont on Sunday. We’ll look at both spots and see which makes the most sense and then target, we’ll see what happens.”

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Connections Mull Options for Global Campaign

Sun, 2019-05-12 16:15

Sagamore Farm and WinStar Farm’s Global Campaign (Curlin) exited his win in Saturday’s GIII Peter Pan S. in fine shape and possibilities for his next start include the June 8 GI Belmont S., the June 22 GIII Ohio Derby at Thistledown and the July 6 GIII Dwyer S. at Belmont.

“He’s a very talented horse and it was good to see him get that behind him,” Stanley Hough said of the ‘TDN Rising Star.’ “Everything is on the table. I wouldn’t say which spot necessarily he should go. It could be the Belmont or the Dwyer or the Ohio Derby. There’s a lot of options right now. He’ll go back to Churchill, he’ll leave [Monday] and get there Tuesday, and we’ll take it a day at a time. Obviously, the Belmont would be a great thrill, I just can’t say we’re pointing towards that way.”

Tracy Farmer’s Sir Winston (Awesome Again), a late-closing runner-up in the Peter Pan, will now target the Belmont S.

“He’s a unique horse,” trainer Mark Casse said. “He doesn’t have a whole lot of speed and he’s kind of at the mercy of everyone else in the race, but he’ll run all day.”

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Market King Joins Preakness Fray

Sun, 2019-05-12 16:08

Robert Baker and William Mack’s Market King (Into Mischief) has been added to the list of contenders for Saturday’s GI Preakness S. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, the bay colt was third behind Omaha Beach (War Front) and Game Winner (Candy Ride {Arg}) in the Mar. 16 GII Rebel S. and was most recently 11th in the Apr. 6 GII Toyota Blue Grass S. at Keeneland.

The decision to target the Preakness came after Market King worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs Saturday in 1:00.40 (3/31).

“He’s training excellent,” Lukas said.

The addition of Market King pushes the expected Preakness field to 12 horses, the largest field since 14 competed in 2011. He joins previously confirmed Preakness contenders: Alwaysmining (Stay Thirsty), Anothertwistafate (Scat Daddy), Bodexpress (Bodemeister), Bourbon War (Tapit), Improbable (City Zip), Laughing Fox (Union Rags), Owendale (Into Mischief), Signalman (General Quarters), War of Will (War Front), Win Win Win (Hat Trick {Jpn}) and Warrior’s Charge (Munnings).

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Australia’s Broome Adds To Ballydoyle Epsom Assault

Sun, 2019-05-12 11:49

“There are a lot of horses there”, commented Aidan O’Brien in his typically understated way at Leopardstown on Sunday as he pondered the stable’s tsunami of Epsom Derby hopefuls including the easy G3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial S. scorer Broome (Ire) (Australia {GB}). Ballydoyle have now won every recognised Derby trial in Britain and Ireland in 2019 and this talented and progressive colt is responsible for two having rated a very impressive winner of the Apr. 6 G3 Ballysax S. over this course and distance. Uncovering which of the yard’s plethora of contenders for the blue riband will come out on top was an already taxing pursuit, but after another convincing prep performance from Broome it is fitting more into the unsolvable conundrum criteria.

Now that connections know how to ride him to best effect, the bay was again held up towards the rear by Donnacha O’Brien as a familiar Rosegreen offensive played out way up ahead courtesy of the 33-1 handicap winner Blenheim Palace (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and the Ballysax runner-up Sovereign (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). With that duo stretching the remainder of the field beyond comfort, the 2-5 favourite who required his customary nudging along three out began to come on strong once again as he straightened for home. Making light of the stiff finish at this Dublin venue, he was comfortably on top from a furlong down and there was much to appreciate about the manner in which he lowered his head and drove to the line for a 2 1/2-length success. Blenheim Palace, a full-brother to Churchill (Ire), kept on well for a marked career-best, but it was all Broome at the end and rightly so.

Epsom’s mile and a half will surely bring out even more improvement if his last two outings are any guide and like Saturday’s Listed Lingfield Derby Trial winner Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) he has group 1 form at two as ballast. Current betting for Epsom suggests only Too Darn Hot (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) is capable of wedging the door open for the British-trained contingent and if he fails to come back strong in Thursday’s G2 Dante S.–in which he meets this stable’s winter number one for the Derby, Japan (GB) (Galileo {Ire})–it could already be slammed shut. The best prices on offer at the end of Sunday’s action tell their own story, with Sir Dragonet at 7-2, Too Darn Hot at 9-2, Broome at 7-1 and Anthony Van Dyck and Japan at 8-1. That’s four of the top five trained at Ballydoyle, with the Lloyd-Webbers’ champion juvenile still a doubtful participant. One of the very few things O’Brien has yet to achieve is a one-two-three in the Derby, but few would bet against it occurring this year.

Despite the adrenaline rush of Chester, Lingfield and now Leopardstown the humble master of Co. Tipperary’s racing powerhouse is keeping the excitement levels to a minimum. “We’re delighted with Broome–he has a lazy way of racing, but is able to make up ground very well and Donnacha was very happy he was going to get there,” he said. “He went to the line very well and the plan in the spring was always these three races for him, the two trials and then Epsom. He is out of a fast mare and has a lot more speed than you’d think. It’s more laziness than anything that makes you think he needs much further, but we hope he’ll get a mile and a half.”

Whether Broome can become the first Derby winner to come off a success in this since High Chaparral (Ire) in 2002 is more a question of if there is a more talented colt in his stable. His obvious staying power is a surprise, given that his dam Sweepstake (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}) captured the five-furlong Listed National S. as a juvenile, but it is worth noting that she did go on to finish runner-up in the GIII Appalachian S. over a mile when with David Carroll. This is the stout Hesmonds Stud family of the G3 Fred Darling S. winner Bulaxie (GB) (Bustino {GB}), her G2 Premio Lydia Tesio-winning daughter Claxon (GB) (Caerleon) and the latter’s G1 Nassau S. runner-up Cassydora (GB) (Darshaan {GB}), all three of which were sent to Epsom by John Dunlop only to disappoint in the Oaks.

Cassydora, who went on to win the GIII  Hillsborough S. for Todd Pletcher, produced this stable’s dual G3 Curragh Cup-winning classy stayer Ernest Hemingway (Ire) from a mating with Australia’s sire Galileo (Ire). The Coolmore monarch’s influence in this pedigree is also felt via his greatest son Frankel (GB) whose son Rostropovich (Ire) turned out to be a mile-and-a-half performer through and through for this yard last year. Second in the G1 Irish Derby, he was even fifth in the G1 Melbourne Cup over two miles in November having won this track’s 12-furlong G3 Kilternan S. Along with Ernest Hemingway, Coolmore have also drawn from the deep well of this family with the G1 Phoenix S. hero and successful sire Zoffany (Ire) (Dansili {GB}) and Rostropovich’s G3 Anglesey S.-winning half-brother Wilshire Boulevard (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}). Sweepstake has since produced a 2-year-old filly by Invincible Spirit (Ire) and a yearling filly by Rostropovich’s sire Frankel.

Sunday, Leopardstown, Ireland
DERRINSTOWN STUD DERBY TRIAL S.-G3, €100,000, Leopardstown, 5-12, 3yo, 10fT, 2:09.18, g/y.
1–BROOME (IRE), 129, c, 3, by Australia (GB)
1st Dam: Sweepstake (Ire) (SW & GSP-Eng, SW & GSP-US, $114,162), by Acclamation (GB)
2nd Dam: Dust Flicker (GB), by Suave Dancer
3rd Dam: Galaxie Dust, by Blushing Groom (Fr)
(€120,000 RNA Ylg ’17 GOFOR; 150,000gns Ylg ’17 TATDEY). O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier; B-Epona Bloodstock Ltd (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Donnacha O’Brien. €59,000. Lifetime Record: G1SP-Fr, 7-3-2-0, $259,337. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Blenheim Palace (Ire), 129, c, 3, Galileo (Ire)–Meow (Ire), by Storm Cat. O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Liberty Bloodstock (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. €20,000.
3–Sovereign (Ire), 129, c, 3, Galileo (Ire)–Devoted To You (Ire), by Danehill Dancer (Ire). O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Barronstown Stud (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. €10,000.
Margins: 2HF, HF, 1 3/4. Odds: 0.40, 33.00, 7.00.
Also Ran: Rakan (GB), Buckhurst (Ire), Guaranteed (Ire), Pythion (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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First Classic Victory For Kingman as Persian King Prevails

Sun, 2019-05-12 10:27

Testing conditions at ParisLongchamp on Sunday created by a deluge of rain meant that equine pyrotechnics were unlikely despite the formidable presence of Persian King (Ire) (Kingman {GB}). Hot favourite for the G1 The Emirates Poule d’Essai des Poulains, Godolphin and Ballymore Thoroughbred Ltd’s TDN Rising Star duly won, but it was more a case of a thankless task being carried out in professional manner as he delivered a first Classic success for his exhilarating sire. Patiently ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot in a share of fourth on the rail, the imposing bay was sent up the inner as the cutaway came in the straight. Sinking into the ground to a degree as he earned the advantage with 250 metres remaining, the 1-2 market-leader nevertheless kept on strongly and willingly to the line to score by a length from the similarly game Wertheimer representative Shaman (Ire) (Shamardal), with the British raider and 28-1 outsider San Donato (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) a head away in third. “The ground didn’t help, as he is such a great mover with a beautiful action but he showed courage,” commented Andre Fabre, who was collecting a seventh edition. “On top of his ability and consistency, he’s also a game horse built more for Cheltenham! He has proved his quality yet again and has done nothing wrong. He’s in all those big races, but the [June 2 G1 Prix du] Jockey Club [at Chantilly] is very tempting. It looks like he’ll stay another quarter of a mile.”

Persian King’s fully-expected Classic triumph was just one more addendum to the remarkable tale of the Danzig sire line. Invincible Spirit (Ire), by Danzig’s prolific Green Desert, had enjoyed a first of his own as Magna Grecia (Ire) provided him with an initial English Classic eight days earlier and now his much-lauded son Kingman is off the mark in this sphere with a member of his first crop. Fabre had spoken of the sire potential of Juddmonte’s brilliant miler when pondering Persian King’s program during the winter and it is fitting that the veteran commander general of the French training ranks is the one to benefit first from the transferring power of Banstead Manor’s latest elite resident.

Carrying the Ballymore silks at two, the physically arresting bay from a distinguished Wildenstein family ran into Anodor (Fr) (Anodin {Ire}) on debut over 7 1/2 furlongs at Deauville in August and met with his sole reversal as the subsequent G3 Prix des Chenes winner quickened away in the straight. Next time he was at this trip, at which he would remain thereafter, he showed what the benefit of racecourse experience can do by slamming Juddmonte’s Boardman (GB) (Kingman {GB}) by six lengths at Chantilly at the start of September. By the time he had turned back TDN Rising Star Lone Peak (Fr) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) with ease by five lengths back at Chantilly a fortnight later, he was already emphatically of pattern-race calibre but he was made to prove it by Magna Grecia in a demanding G3 Autumn S. at Newmarket in mid-October.

Fears that the rain-afflicted surface would take the shine off Persian King here were well-founded from a visual standpoint, but a quick analysis of the times of the course-and-distance G3 Prix de Fontainebleau staged on fast ground Apr. 14 and this reveal a different story. While he achieved a race-record time of 1:36.41 in that trial, this effort was carried out in a highly respectable 1:38.98 given the heavy surface. It is going to take hard labour to deny him the Poulains-Jockey Club double achieved by Brametot (Ire) (Rajsaman {Fr}) two years ago, fellow Fabre trainee Lope de Vega in 2010 and Shamardal in 2005.

One who looks unlikely to take up that particular challenge at Chantilly is the runner-up Shaman, who ran with great credit dropping back a furlong having won the G3 Prix la Force. “He has run a great race and was drawn wide while the winner was on the inside,” trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias said. “It’s not made a huge difference, but maybe a little so he’s given a great account of himself. Maybe we’ll try to avoid the winner next time and he’s in the [June 18 G1] St James’s Palace Stakes as well as the Jockey Club and that could be his next race, but we’ll decide in time.”

Roger Varian was also looking at the Royal meeting for San Donato, who was having his first start over further than six furlongs. “I’m delighted with his run, it was a great effort for a horse who hasn’t run so far this year against two very good horses with a previous run behind them,” he commented. “He’s a very nice-moving horse who is sure to appreciate faster ground than that and he has various possibilities.  He showed he stays a mile, but maybe that’s his limit. He’s in the [June 19 G3] Jersey [S. at Royal Ascot], the St James’s Palace and the [G1] Prix Jean Prat [at Deauville July 7] which is over seven furlongs this year, so we’ll see.”

Persian King is the second foal bred from the Mikel Delzangles-trained Pretty Please (Ire) (Dylan Thomas {Ire}), whose sole win came on testing ground over the Prix du Jockey Club course and distance in 2012. She is closely related to the G1 Prix Ganay hero Planteur (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), who was second to Lope de Vega in the 2010 renewal of the “French Derby”, with their dam Plante Rare (Ire) (Giant’s Causeway) being a half to three pattern-race winners headed by the four-times group 2 scorer Policy Maker (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells) who was twice runner-up in the G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. The third dam Palmeraie (Lear Fan) is kin to the GII Long Island H. heroine Peinture Bleue (Alydar), who in turn is the dam of the 1997 G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Prix du Jockey Club hero and leading sire Peintre Celebre (Nureyev). Pretty Please’ 2-year-old filly by Australia (GB) is named Petite Folie (GB).

Sunday, ParisLongchamp, France
THE EMIRATES POULE D’ESSAI DES POULAINS-G1, €600,000, ParisLongchamp, 5-12, 3yo, c, 8fT, 1:38.98, hy.
1–PERSIAN KING (IRE), 128, c, 3, by Kingman (GB)
1st Dam: Pretty Please (Ire), by Dylan Thomas (Ire)
2nd Dam: Plante Rare (Ire), by Giant’s Causeway
3rd Dam: Palmeraie, by Lear Fan
1ST GROUP 1 WIN. O-Godolphin & Ballymore Thoroughbred Ltd; B-Dayton Investments (Breeding) Ltd (IRE); T-Andre Fabre; J-Pierre-Charles Boudot. €342,840. Lifetime Record: GSW-Eng, 6-5-1-0, €462,092. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Shaman (Ire), 128, c, 3, Shamardal–Only Green (Ire), by Green Desert. O/B-Wertheimer & Frere (IRE); T-Carlos Laffon-Parias. €137,160.
3–San Donato (Ire), 128, c, 3, Lope de Vega (Ire)–Boston Rocker (Ire), by Acclamation (GB). (500,000gns Ylg ’17 TAOCT). O-Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum; B-J Hanly, A Stroud & Skymarc Farm (IRE); T-Roger Varian. €68,580.
Margins: 1, HD, 1 3/4. Odds: 0.50, 6.40, 28.00.
Also Ran: Graignes (Fr), Duke of Hazzard (Fr), Van Beethoven, Anodor (Fr), Senza Limiti (Ire), Munitions, Simply Striking (Fr). Scratched: No Needs Never (Ire), Never No More (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Channel Maker Gets Another Belmont Grade I in Man o’ War

Sat, 2019-05-11 18:43

Channel Maker (English Channel) added his second Grade I victory over the Belmont lawn Saturday, delivering a neck decision over Arklow (Arch) in the GI Man o’ War S.

Channel Maker, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, wired the GI Joe Hirsch Turf Classic with a gaudy 108 Beyer Speed Figure the last time he stepped foot on the local lawn back in September, and was off the board in a pair of attempts at Gulfstream since, a fifth-place finish in the GI Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Jan. 26 and a fourth-place finish to Zulu Alpha (Street Cry {Ire}) in the GII Mac Diarmida S. Mar. 2.

The 6-1 shot sat third early as Hunting Horn (Ire) (Camelot {GB})-one of two Aidan O’Brien invaders-zipped out to take a clear lead through sharp fractions of :22.98 and :47.47. Hunting Horn, fourth in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic last time Mar. 30, seemed like he might just forget to stop as he headed for home still with a significant advantage, but he grew leg weary by midstretch and the cavalry charge started to bear down on him.

Channel Maker was the first to collar him, and he kept on to the wire, holding off a flourish from Arklow, who rallied smartly from last of nine. The filly Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the other O’Brien runner who was runner-up in the Pegasus World Cup Turf, wasn’t far back in third, while Hunting Horn rounded out the super.

“He’s a good horse and runs hard all the time,” winning rider Joel Rosario said. “I’m glad we got the money today. I thought the horse [Hunting Horn] around the last turn might keep going, but I thought he was going too fast for the distance and the last half-furlong would be tough to get. I felt confident, and he’s [Channel Maker] the kind of horse that has a good, strong stride. The more you ride him, the more he gives to you.”

On possibly making his next start in the GI Manhattan on Belmont S. Day, June 8, co-owner Randy Hill said, “I’ll leave that to Billy Mott, but I’m sure after the way he ran today that he’s got the Manhattan right on his radar.”

Pedigree Notes:

A full-brother to Sovereign Award-winning turfer and two-time GI Northern Dancer S. hero Johnny Bear, Channel Maker hails from the extended female family of Lazy F Ranch’s outstanding turf distaffer Auntie Mame (Theatrical {Ire}), who won Belmont’s GI Flower Bowl Invitational. Channel Maker’s third dam also includes Grade I winner Star de Lady Ann (Star de Naskra). In Return’s last listed produce is a 3-year-old Court Vision maiden filly named Court Return who races for her breeder and trainer Josie Carroll. In Return was purchased by Tall Oaks Farm for $32,000 at the 2009 KEENOV Sale.

Saturday, Belmont
MAN O’ WAR S.-GI, $700,000, Belmont, 5-11, 4yo/up, 1 3/8mT, 2:12.43, fm.
1–CHANNEL MAKER, 124, g, 5, by English Channel
1st Dam: In Return (SW), by Horse Chestnut (SAf)
2nd Dam: Bartered Bride, by Shadeed
3rd Dam: Lady Vixen, by Sir Ivor
($57,000 RNA Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber,
R. A. Hill Stable and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing; B-Tall Oaks
Farm (ON); T-William I. Mott; J-Joel Rosario. $375,000.
Lifetime Record: 24-5-4-3, $1,917,108. *Full to Johnny Bear,
Ch. Turf Male & MGISW-Can, $702,706. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick Rating: A+++
*Triple Plus*.
2–Arklow, 119, h, 5, Arch–Unbridled Empire, by Empire Maker.
($160,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger
& Peter Coneway; B-John & Frank Penn (KY); T-Brad H. Cox.
$130,000.
3–Magic Wand (Ire), 116, f, 4, Galileo (Ire)–Prudenzia (Ire), by
Dansili (GB). (€1,400,000 Ylg ’16 ARAUG). O-Tabor, Michael B.,
Magnier, Mrs. John, and Smith, Derrick; B-Ecurie Des
Monceaux & Skymarc Farm Inc (IRE); T-Aidan P. O’Brien.
$70,000.
Margins: NK, HF, NK. Odds: 6.80, 6.20, 3.05.
Also Ran: Hunting Horn (Ire), Epical, Focus Group, Zulu Alpha, Village King (Arg), Kulin Rock. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Exchange Rate Filly Impresses in U.S. Debut, Tops Brown 1-2 in Beaugay

Sat, 2019-05-11 17:06

Saturday, Belmont
BEAUGAY S.-GIII, $200,000, Belmont, 5-11, 4yo/up, f/m,
1 1/16mT, 1:44.76, fm.
1–HOMERIQUE, 119, f, 4, by Exchange Rate
1st Dam: Chiquita Picosa, by Congaree
2nd Dam: Conchita, by Cozzene
3rd Dam: Desert Gold, by Seeking the Gold
($34,000 RNA Wlg ’15 KEENOV; 22,000gns RNA Ylg ’16 TAOCT; €75,000 2yo ’17 ARQMAY). O-Peter M. Brant; B-Nicky & Francois Drion (KY); T-Chad C. Brown; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr. $110,000. Lifetime Record: GSW & MG1SP-Fr, 7-3-1-2, $392,950. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Competitionofideas, 121, f, 4, Speightstown–Devil by Design, by Medaglia d’Oro. ($325,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Klaravich Stables, Inc.; B-John D. Gunther, Tony Chedraoui & Eurowest Bloodstock Services (KY); T-Chad C. Brown. $40,000.
3–Chipolata (Fr), 115, f, 4, Muhtathir (GB)–Chicago May (Fr), by Numerous. (€18,000 RNA Ylg ’16 AROYRG). O-West Point Thoroughbreds, Honore, Hubert and Masiello, Robert; B-Hubert Honore (FR); T-Christophe Clement. $24,000.
Margins: HF, 2HF, HF. Odds: 0.85, 2.15, 7.70.
Also Ran: Andina Del Sur, Matty’s Magnum, Binti Al Nar (Ger).
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
Given the way Saturday’s GIII Beaugay S. unfolded, it would be no surprise that Homerique (Exchange Rate) would feel right home. In a race that was run at a hack canter for the opening three-quarters of a mile, the talented grey filly came with a strong rally in the final furlong and a half to lead home a Chad Brown-trained one-two in one of the day’s co-featured events at Belmont Park.

Homerique fell out of the stalls and settled ahead of only Andina del Sur (Giant’s Causeway) through the opening exchanges as Chipolata (Fr) (Muhtathir {GB}) led them along in splits that more resembled a Standardbred race than a Thoroughbred. Though there was no marked increase in the tempo for the next couple of furlongs–the half was up in :52.86–Irad Ortiz, Jr. was content to mark time at the rear, in the slipstream of GI American Oaks-winning stablemate Competionofideas (Speightstown) before edging a bit closer on the turn. Waited with until heads were turned for home, Homerique was angled out for clear running three-sixteenths out and proved a cozy winner in the finish. Competitionofideas was beaten by a better horse on the day and completed the exacta ahead of the pacesetter in third.

Previously trained by Francis-Henri Graffard for Ecurie De Montlahuc, Homerique parlayed an eight-length victory over soft Chantilly turf last April into a runner-up effort in the G3 Prix Penelope the following month and a neck third in the G1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) in June. A first group tally in the G3 Prix de Psyche had owner Steve Burggraf thinking about the 12-furlongs of the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, but the filly–only seventh in the G1 Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp in September–insrtead took on her peers in the G1 Prix de l’Opera on Arc weekend and finished a good third. The strength of that effort was validated when Wild Illusion (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) returned to finish second and fourth, respectively, in the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

According to winning owner Peter Brant, Homerique will be pointed for the 10-furlong $600,000 GII New York S. on Belmont eve June 7.

Pedigree Notes:

One of 93 black-type winners and 42 group/graded winners for the late Exchange Rate, Arqana May Breeze-Up grad Homerique, is out of a half-sister to Exchange Rate’s G3 UAE Oaks third Music Chart. Stakes-winning and Grade III-placed third dam Desert Gold is the dam of Group 1-winning juvenile filly White Moonstone (Dynaformer) and SW & GSP Albasharah (Arch). Homerique’s 2-year-old Temple City half-sister was an €130,000 purchase out of last year’s Arqana August yearling sale and her yearling relation is a colt by Fast Company (Ire).

 

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Curlin Colt Stalks and Pounces to Peter Pan Score

Sat, 2019-05-11 15:23

‘TDN Rising Star’ Global Campaign, an impressive winner of his first two career starts at Gulfstream this winter, was freshened after tiring late to finish fifth in the GII Xpressbet Fountain of Youth S. Mar. 2.

Sent off as the 2-1 second-choice in this comebacker, Global Campaign sat a stalking second beneath Luis Saez, took over at the five-sixteenths marker and kept finding in the stretch to hold off late-charging Sir Winston to record his first stakes victory in a sharp final time.

Intrepid Heart, favored at even-money off back-to-back wins to kick of his career, stumbled at the start from his rail draw and never really found his stride, settling for a well-beaten third.

“It went quicker than we thought it would,” winning trainer Stanley Hough said. “We didn’t want to end up in a duel, but it looked like he did it pretty comfortably. He missed some training after the Fountain of Youth, so [the distance] was a concern, but we did want to go one turn.”

On a potential GI Belmont S. start, Hough added, “We just wanted to get him back. We believe in the horse, but you just never know until he does it. He was good in his first couple of races and I thought he had an excuse in the Fountain of Youth, so we’ll see where he takes us.”

Winning rider Luis Saez said, “I had a lot of horse. He’s nice. Since I rode him the first time, he’s always had that talent. I knew he would respond when we came to the stretch. Definitely, I think he can stretch out. We were in a perfect spot. The track is pretty fast. He was very comfortable in that position and when we came to the stretch, he was all right.”

Pedigree Notes:

Global Campaign becomes the 59th stakes winner for his two-time Horse of the Year-earning sire, Curlin, and the 200th stakes winner out of daughters of Horse of the Year A.P. Indy. The stunning statistic here though comes from Global Campaign’s dam, Globe Trot, whose three foals are all blacktype winners. They include Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro), a multiple GISW winner and millionaire who is standing his first season at Spendthrift Farm, and Sonic Mule (Distorted Humor), a multiple blacktype winner who is also multiple graded-placed and is still in training with his most recent work Saturday at Saratoga. Global Campaign, who sold for $250,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September sale, has multiple graded winner Trip (Lord At War {Arg}) for a granddam and is also closely related to MGISW Zensational (Unbridled’s Song) and recent GSWs Recruiting Ready (Algorithms) and Departing (War Front). Globe Trot, a $100,000 KEESEP yearling and three-time winner, died in 2016.

Saturday, Belmont Park
PETER PAN S.-GIII, $291,000, Belmont, 5-11, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:46.71, ft.
1–GLOBAL CAMPAIGN, 116, c, 3, by Curlin
1st Dam: Globe Trot, by A.P. Indy
2nd Dam: Trip, by Lord At War (Arg)
3rd Dam: Tour, by Forty Niner
TDN Rising Star‘ 1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES
WIN. ($250,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Sagamore Farm, LLC &
WinStar Farm, LLC; B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY); T-Stanley M.
Hough; J-Luis Saez. $165,000. Lifetime Record: 4-3-0-0,
$228,480. *1/2 Sonic Mule (Distorted Humor), MSW & MGSP,
$264,190; Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro), MGISW, $1,016,000.
Werk Nick Rating: A+.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Sir Winston, 120, c, 3, Awesome Again–La Gran Bailadora, by
Afleet Alex. ($50,000 RNA Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Tracy Farmer;
B-Tracy Farmer (KY); T-Mark E. Casse. $60,000.
3–Intrepid Heart, 116, c, 3, Tapit–Flaming Heart, by TouchGold. TDN Rising Star ($750,000 2yo ’18 OBSAPR). O-Lawana
L. & Robert E. Low; B-WinStar Farm, LLC & Winchell
Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher. $36,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, 4 3/4, 2HF. Odds: 2.00, 14.00, 1.15.
Also Ran: Final Jeopardy, Federal Case. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Oaks Winner Targeting Acorn

Sat, 2019-05-11 14:43

Joel Politi’s GI Longines Kentucky Oaks heroine Serengeti Empress (Alternation) could target the GI Acorn S. on the undercard of the June 8 GI Belmont S., according to trainer Tom Amoss.

“She’ll just do some light training at Churchill Downs the rest of the month and we’ll look at [the Acorn] as a possible next target,” Amoss said. “It’s been beyond words to describe the emotions of winning the Kentucky Oaks. It’s been a complete team effort to even get to this point.”

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Smashing Aussie Debut for Former Ward Runner

Sat, 2019-05-11 09:10

Making her Australian debut in Saturday’s Group 3 Arrowfield Dark Jewel Classic S. at Scone in New South Wales, former Wesley Ward trainee Con Te Partiro (Scat Daddy) looked to be in a jackpot at the 200-meter mark, but dug deep and showed tremendous resolve for a brave neck victory (video). Sent off at odds of 17-1, the daughter of Temple Street (Street Cry {Ire}) is now trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and was ridden by jockey Sam Clipperton.

Originally a $130,000 Keeneland September yearling acquisition by Gatewood Bell’s Cromwell Bloodstock and racing under Bell’s Hat Creek Racing partnership, Con Te Partiro won Saratoga’s Bolton Landing S. on her turf debut in the summer of 2016 and in her second sophomore appearance, belied odds of 20-1 with a similarly strong late surge to scoop the Listed Sandringham H. at Royal Ascot. Third in a Keeneland allowance and in the synthetic-track GIII Arlington Matron S. last season, Con Te Partiro was purchased by SF Bloodstock and Newgate Farm for $575,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Sale, where she was consigned by Bryan and Gray Lyster’s Ashview Farm.

A half-sister to SW & MGSP and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Donworth (Tiznow) and from the family of GISW Seattle Meteor, Con Te Partiro is the first of four runners to succeed in Australia for her late stallion, who now has winners in 23 separate racing jurisdictions and graded/group winners in nine different countries on five different continents. She is the 71st group/graded winner overall for Scat Daddy. The Dark Angel also provided a trifecta of sorts for the late Street Cry, who was represented by his 28th GSW as a broodmare sire and also accounted for the race’s second- and third-place finishers Savatiano (Aus) and Organza (Aus), both campaigned by Godolphin.

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Trainer Don Warren Dies

Fri, 2019-05-10 16:52

Courtesy Santa Anita Park

Trainer Don Warren, a hard-working fixture in California for almost half a century, died at his Laguna Woods home in Orange County early Thursday morning. He was 67 and had been in ill health since a failed back surgery.

“He had been taking pain medication for a degenerative back disease, which caused his kidneys to shut down,” said his sister, Rhonda Schiewe, wife of former trainer Paul Schiewe. “He had other health issues, too.

“He was one of the finest horsemen I ever knew, and I’m not saying that because he was my brother. He started in racing when he was 18 or 19.”

The oldest of 10 children, Warren’s best horse was Acclamation, who won the 2011 GI Pacific Classic en route to capturing an Eclipse Award that year as outstanding older male. A son of the late Unusual Heat, Acclamation had career earnings of nearly $2 million and stands at Harris Farm in Coalinga.

Training most of his career for California’s iconic Old English Rancho in Ontario, California, later in Sanger, Warren won 646 races from 5,316 starters that earned $21,226,170.

“He wasn’t just a good trainer,” said former trainer Kim Lloyd. “He was a good family man; a good husband and a good father.”

Warren is survived by his wife, Patty, twin daughters Jennifer and Diana, and daughter Amanda. Don’s brother Ron is a former jockey who was based in the Bay Area and currently resides in Lake Tahoe.

Funeral services are pending.

 

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Separationofpowers Returns in Vagrancy

Fri, 2019-05-10 16:45

Patrons at Belmont will get a very early look at a multiple Grade I winner Saturday, as Klaravich Stables’ Separationofpowers (Candy Ride {Arg}) headlines the GIII Vagrancy S. in her 4-year-old debut, carded as the day’s first race.

A slam-dunk ‘TDN Rising Star’ when unveiled with an 11 3/4-length romp two summers ago at Saratoga, the $190,000 Keeneland November pickup annexed the GI Frizette S. two starts later at this oval. Fourth in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, the bay had an abbreviated 3-year-old campaign, but one that included a game conquest of the GI Longines Test S. back at the Spa. She was last seen retreating to finish fourth in the GI Cotillion S. Sept. 22 at Parx.

The distant two-three finishers behind streaking Come Dancing (Malibu Moon) in the GIII Distaff H. look to pose the biggest threats to the returning chalk. Tobey Morton’s Pacific Gale (Flat Out) earned a career-high 98 Beyer when second at 26-1 in the aforementioned Distaff, and Stonestreet Stables’ Dawn the Destroyer (Speightstown), beaten 14 lengths while third, looks to get back to the form that saw her capture the Interborough S. Jan. 25 at Aqueduct.

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Alwaysmining ‘Aggressive’ in Final Preakness Prep; Win Win Win Confirmed for Middle Jewel

Fri, 2019-05-10 15:58

The streaking Alwaysmining (Stay Thirsty) put in his final breeze for next Saturday’s GI Preakness S. Friday morning, covering five panels in a bullet :48 1/5 (1/13) over the all-weather surface at Fair Hill.

“I was very happy with his work today,” said conditioner Kelly Rubley. “He started off nice and easy and finished up strong. He galloped out very well, so we’re very pleased.”

Campaigned by Runnymede Racing LLC, Alwaysmining has won each of his last six starts by daylight, most recently annexing Laurel’s Federico Tesio S. by an emphatic 11 1/4 lengths and earning an entries-paid spot in the Preakness starting gate.

“I wanted to see him start out nice and easy and finish up strong,” Rubley said of Friday’s move. “My rider [Felix Astudillo] thought he was very aggressive going to the pole, which is a great sign. Now we’ll see how he comes out [Saturday] and get through this week.”

She added, “His confidence level seems to be getting better and better, so he’s getting more aggressive to breeze. He loves what he does. It makes a big difference. He makes it look easy. It’s a lot of fun to watch.”

In other Preakness news, Live Oak Plantation’s Win Win Win (Hat Trick {Jpn}) has been confirmed for the race. The Pasco S. winner and GII Toyota Blue Grass S. runner-up was most recently ninth in the GI Kentucky Derby.

“He seems pretty darn good,” said trainer Mike Trombetta, noting that regular rider Julian Pimentel will retain the mount.

 

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Intrepid Heart Tries to Stay Unbeaten in Peter Pan

Fri, 2019-05-10 15:47

Expectations have been high for Robert and Lawana Low’s Intrepid Heart (Tapit) ever since he hammered for $750,000 at OBS April, and they’ve grown to the point where the imposing gray will be a clear favorite to punch his ticket to the GI Belmont S. in Saturday’s GIII Peter Pan S. at Big Sandy.

Opening his career going a mile Feb. 18 at Oaklawn, the Todd Pletcher trainee couldn’t have been much more impressive, shaking off a stiff pace challenge and running away in the stretch to a 7 3/4-length score, easily good enough for ‘TDN Rising Star’ honors. He was much busier in the closing stages Apr. 5 at Keeneland, but overcame a wide trip and surged late to stay unblemished by a half-length. Intrepid Heart is a half-brother to 2014 Peter Pan and GI Belmont S. runner-up Commissioner (A.P. Indy).

Sagamore Farm and WinStar Farm’s Global Campaign (Curlin), another ‘Rising Star’, looms the clear main danger. Universally tipped as a good thing when 11-10 on debut Jan. 5 at Gulfstream, the $250,000 Keeneland September purchase didn’t disappoint, cruising by 5 3/4 lengths in hand. He repeated with another easy victory there Feb. 9, and ran creditably when fifth after chasing a sizzling pace in the GII Xpressbet Fountain of Youth S. last out Mar. 2. The Stanley Hough trainee tuned up for this with swift a five-furlong breeze in :59 2/5 (3/43) Apr. 27 at Churchill.

Gary and Mary West and Jason Servis look to get one back after getting disqualified out of GI Kentucky Derby glory last Saturday with $110,000 Keeneland November grad Final Jeopardy (Street Sense). A dominant first-out winner Dec. 9 at Gulfstream, he was third when favored in the Limehouse S. there Jan. 5. Registering a sharp allowance score Mar. 3, he earned a trip to the GII Wood Memorial S. Apr. 6 at Aqueduct, but endured a rough trip before finishing with some late interest to be sixth.

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Fatalities Among Racing’s Biggest Issues According to The Jockey Club Poll Respondents

Fri, 2019-05-10 14:42

Sixty-nine percent of respondents to a national and Kentucky-based poll commissioned by The Jockey Club said that horse fatalities are a “very important” issue facing the horse racing industry, according to a press release Friday sent by the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity. The “misuse of drugs” was considered “very important” by 65% of respondents, while “integrity and corruption” scored highly at 63%.

“This survey is further proof that the horse racing industry has reached a tipping point,” said Jim Gagliano, The Jockey Club president and COO. “The health of horses is of concern to both horse racing fans and the general public, and it’s time we make some real changes.”

The poll also measured responses towards the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019, with 91% of respondents saying they would view horse racing “much more” or “somewhat more” favorably if the national oversight and strict anti-doping rules–like those embodied in the HIA–were adopted.

“With industry leaders banding together showing support for passage of HIA, we will be easing concerns of Americans who feel we are not doing enough to protect the health of racehorses,” said Gagliano.

The poll was conducted by PSB, a “full-service custom research and analytics consultancy with a heritage on political polling,” and was conducted from Apr. 16-Apr. 21 among likely U.S. and Kentucky voters. Click here for PSB’s complete report.

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Instagrand Sidelined with Sesamoid Fracture

Wed, 2019-05-08 17:45

‘TDN Rising Star’ Instagrand (Into Mischief) suffered a sesamoid fracture during the running of the GIII Pat Day Mile at Churchill Saturday, in which he finished a eighth as the even-money favorite, owner Larry Best confirmed Wednesday. The $1.2 million FTFMAR co-topper will undergo surgery at Rood and Riddle and has a positive prognosis for returning to the track. The story was first reported by the Blood-Horse.

“We put him in the Pat Day Mile and he injured himself,” Best told the TDN. “He didn’t show up in the race, so I knew something was wrong. I held him in Kentucky and sent him to Taylor Made until I could get him into Rood and Riddle. He went there this morning to get an assessment, not knowing what it was. They found a left hind sesamoid fracture. It is going to require surgery to take a segment out next week at Rood and Riddle. Then he will probably need 90 to 120 days off before he returns to training. It is a set back, but at least we know why he didn’t show up in the Pat Day Mile.”

He continued, “I was hoping it was not a fracture, but it is. We will get him back in top shape, get him back in training in late summer and hopefully get him back in some races before the year is out.”

Undefeated in two starts as a juvenile, including the GII Best Pal S., Instagrand finished third in both the Mar. 9 GIII Gotham S. and Apr. 6 GI Santa Anita Derby prior to his unplaced effort in the Pat Day Mile Saturday.

 

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MJC Moves to Dismiss Baltimore’s Preakness Lawsuit

Wed, 2019-05-08 16:49

The Maryland Jockey Club filed a Motion to Dismiss Baltimore City’s lawsuit captioned, Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, et al. v. The Stronach Group, et al., Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Case No. 24-C-19-001776. That lawsuit seeks to condemn and confiscate the GI Preakness S., Pimlico Race Course, the Woodlawn Vase, the Maryland Jockey Club and related intangible, personal and intellectual property.

According to Alan Rifkin, attorney for the Maryland Jockey Club, “Under state law, the City has no right to confiscate the privately held assets of the Maryland Jockey Club, including the Preakness Stakes and Pimlico Race Course. State law is very clear that the City is preempted and precluded from taking that action.”

As stated in the Motion to Dismiss:

•For almost 100 years, the Maryland Racing Code has provided that the State has “statewide and exclusive” jurisdiction, dominion and control over all aspects of horse racing. Bus. Reg. § 11-102(a).

•The State’s “statewide and exclusive” jurisdiction and dominion extends to all matters affecting racing, including Pimlico Race Course, the Preakness Stakes® and all associated and related horse racing enterprises and activities.

•State law provides that no “county, municipal corporation, or other political subdivision” may “make or enforce a local law, ordinance, or regulation about racing.” § 11-102(b).

•The City is, therefore, preempted and precluded from seeking to condemn and confiscate those privately held assets.

“It is disconcerting that the City is attempting to confiscate the Maryland Jockey Club’s private property and assets because we have raised legitimate questions as to whether the Maryland racing industry can sustain two sprawling and capital-intensive racetracks less than 20 miles apart from one another,” said Tim Ritvo, President, Maryland Jockey Club of Baltimore City, Inc.

Alan Rifkin added, “We have repeatedly suggested to the City that it should reconsider the wisdom of its lawsuit so that good faith discussions between the City, State and all stakeholders could be conducted without the shadow of this ill-conceived action. Unfortunately, our suggestion has gone unheeded and we are compelled to file this Motion to Dismiss.”

 

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Wednesday’s Preakness Updates

Wed, 2019-05-08 14:50

War of Will (War Front) returned to the track Wednesday at Churchill Downs for the first time since being bumped around and tangling legs with Maximum Security (New Year’s Day) in Saturday’s GI Kentucky Derby. He crossed the line eighth, but was promoted to seventh after the disqualification of his aforementioned rival.

The flashy bay was scheduled to jog Tuesday, but trainer Mark Casse did away with that plan after he noticed the colt was feeling some discomfort in his right front foot. It was discovered that the shoe had shifted during the race.

“After a day or two, it was starting to bother him,” Casse said. “He was a little uncomfortable [Tuesday] morning. So we pulled his shoe off, soaked his foot, put his shoe back on today. And he was 100% and went out to train today.”

War of Will jogged a mile Wednesday morning and is being pointed to the GI Preakness S. May 18.

“I do a lot of jogging with him anyways,” Casse said. “Obviously, we just missed winning the Preakness two years ago by a head with Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile). I never breezed him in between the two races, and I’m not going breeze this one either.”

The conditioner continued, “To me, it’s more about getting back your energy level. We don’t have to worry about fitness at this point in time. He’s not going to do a whole lot of anything. He’s going to Baltimore Monday if everything stays like it is today, and everything is perfect and he’s happy and his energy level is good. We’ll do some blood work on him in a day or two.”

The Bob Baffert-trained Improbable (City Zip), who crossed the line fifth, but was promoted to fourth in the Derby, will return to the track at Churchill Thursday. He will likely ship to Pimlico May 15 for the May 18 Preakness.

“He’s walked four days and he’ll go back to the track tomorrow,” said Baffert. “I fly back to Louisville Sunday and I’ll watch him train Monday. If I’m happy with what I see, then he goes…I don’t want to be chasing any ghosts. He’s got to be enjoying himself and have that desire.”

Irad Ortiz climbed aboard the ‘TDN Rising Star’ for the first time in the Derby, but Hall of Famer Mike Smith has the mount for the Preakness. Baffert and Smith won last year’s renewal with Triple Crown hero Justify (Scat Daddy).

“The other guys [Ortiz and previous rider Drayden Van Dyke] didn’t do anything wrong, but Mike and I have had a little luck together,” Baffert said.

Live Oak Plantation’s Win Win Win (Hat Trick {Jpn})–who crossed the line 10th in the Run for the Roses, but was promoted to ninth–may join War of Will in the Preakness. He returned to the track at trainer Mike Trombetta’s base at Fair Hill Wednesday morning and his conditioner will make a final decision on the Preakness Friday.

“I have the luxury of being close to home for a change,” he said. “I just want to see the horse train for a couple of days and figure there is no reason to make that decision before I see that. It’s only fair to the horse at this point.”

He continued, “Today was his first day back on the track for a light jog. It was fine. Everything seems fine. I just want to observe and make sure that I am completely happy before I go in that direction and make that commitment. It was a hard trip and it was a bit of tough circumstances with the race.”

Also possible for the Triple Crown’s middle jewel is GI Florida Derby runner-up Bodexpress (Bodemeister), who finished 14th, but was placed 13th and was one of the horses affected by the incident in the lane. The bay also returned to the track at Churchill Wednesday, jogging two miles accompanied by a pony.

“He was one of the affected ones,” said Gustavo Delgado, Jr., assistant to his father. “We think he could have hit the board if it wasn’t for that, the way he was developing. The most important thing is that the horse came back in good shape and is doing well.”

As for when the final decision will be made on the Preakness, Delgado, Jr., said, “I’ve got to wait for Pops to get here to see his horse. He’ll make the decision. But the owners would like to run.”

Likely to pass on the Preakness is GIII Pat Day Mile victor Mr. Money (Goldencents).

“I think we are going to stay here and point to the [1 1/16-mile GIII] Matt Winn [S. June 15],” trainer Bret Calhoun said.

 

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Gary Barber Answers West’s War of Will Claim

Tue, 2019-05-07 21:21

War of Will (War Front)’s owner Gary Barber issued a press release Tuesday night in response to what he says are claims Gary West made on Fox News accusing War of Will of causing the interference in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby that led to Maximum Security (New Year’s Day)’s disqualification. West repeated those claims to the Blood-Horse Tuesday, which quoted him as saying, “(War of Will) did things to us that could have endangered the entire field. Everybody is saying we endangered all these people, which is bullshit. My reputation is worth something and so is the reputation of (jockey) Luis Saez and the horse and (trainer) Jason Servis. This is beyond winning the Kentucky Derby. It is a reputational matter. It would be that way to anyone.”

West made his claims after watching a video posted by Horse Racing Nation with graphics making the case that the interference was caused by War of Will and not Maximum Security.

In response, Barber issued the following statement:

“It has recently been brought to my attention that Mr. Gary West stated on Fox News that my horse War of Will caused the infraction in the Derby. I categorically deny this false accusation. The video evidence irrefutably shows that his horse, Maximum Security, caused a major infraction that almost led to a catastrophe and in doing so, denied my horse and others of a better placing.

“The facts are Maximum Security is a great horse that crossed the line first in the Derby, but unfortunately committed a major infraction that denied him a Derby victory. I empathize with Mr. West on this fact and feel the pain of losing out, but Mr. West’s horse, and not mine nor my jockey Tyler Gaffalione, denied him the Derby victory and it is wrong for him to deflect blame anywhere else.

“I am very disappointed that War of Will was deprived of the opportunity to show his best because of Maximum Security, but I painfully accepted that as part of horse racing. Thankfully, I am glad both War of Will and Maximum Security survived the day unscathed and will be good to race another day!”

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