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Orb Full-Brother Proclaims Rising Stardom

Fri, 2017-06-09 14:47

A RISING STAR PROCLAMATION
Emancipation (Malibu Moon), a full-brother to none other than 2013 GI Kentucky Derby winner and promising first-crop sire Orb ($2,612,516), came with a stinging late rally down the center of the Belmont main track and raced past favored Marshall Plan (Speightstown) to cause a 29-1 upset in Friday’s fourth race at Belmont Park. Drawn widest in this field of 12, Emancipation was one of the first to break the line, but drifted back through the field to lope along from second-last through the opening exchanges. Busily ridden on the turn by Jose Ortiz, Emancipation was swung out widest entering the stretch, but still had the better part of 10 lengths to make up on the front-running Marshall Plan. But the homebred colt went through his gears once swapping over to his correct lead about a furlong and a half from the wire and roared past Marshall Plan for a good-looking victory. Heavily bet firster Mr Classical (Bernardini) took some time to find his best stride and weaved his way through between rivals to finish a running-on third. The winner’s second dam was victorious in the GII Black-Eyed Susan S. in 1996, while his SW & GSP third dam Steel Maiden (Damascus) was a half-sister to GISW Private Terms. Lady Liberty, who died earlier this year, is the dam of Orb and Emancipation’s 2-year-old fill-brother Personal Time and she produced a colt by Honor Code Feb. 22.

4th-BEL, $85,000, Msw, 6-9, 3yo/up, 7f, 1:24.09, ft.
+EMANCIPATION, c, 3, by Malibu Moon
1st Dam: Lady Liberty, by Unbridled
2nd Dam: Mesabi Maiden, by Cox’s Ridge
3rd Dam: Steel Maiden, by Damascus
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $51,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
O/B-Stuart S Janney III LLC & Phipps Stable (KY); T-Claude R McGaughey III.

Sea the Stars Half to MG1SW Shareta Graduates in Compiegne Debut

Fri, 2017-06-09 08:27

1st-CMP, €25,000, Mdn, 6-9, unraced 3yo, 12fT, 2:46.97, hy.

+LONDRES (c, 3, Sea the Stars {Ire}–Shawara {Ire} {SW-Fr}, by Barathea {Ire}), a 650,000gns TATOCT yearling, broke well and led from the outset of this first go. Holding sway for the most part thereafter, the 3-5 favourite was nudged along at the top of the straight and stayed on well under mild urging inside the final quarter mile to prevail by four lengths from Okmoss des Mottes (Fr) (Moss Vale {Ire}). He is out of Listed Prix de Lieurey victress Shawara (Ire) (Barathea {Ire}) and is a half to three black-type performers headed by G1 Yorkshire Oaks and G1 Prix Vermeille heroine Shareta (Ire) (Sinndar {Ire}). Shawara is herself a half to G1 Irish Oaks winner Shawanda (Ire) (Sinndar {Ire}), who in turn produced G1 St Leger victor Encke (Kingmambo). The winner is also kin to a 2-year-old filly by War Front, a yearling filly by Declaration of War and a filly foal by American Pharoah. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, €12,500. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor, Mayfair Speculators SARL & Susan Magnier; B-Barronstown Stud (KY); T-Andre Fabre.

Stay Thirsty ‘Rising Star’ Wins Again at Big Sandy

Thu, 2017-06-08 17:35

7th-BEL, $90,000, Alw, 6-8, (NW1$X), 3yo/up, 6 1/2f, 1:16.15, ft.

COAL FRONT (c, 3, Stay Thirsty–Miner’s Secret, by Mineshaft) was tabbed a ‘TDN Rising Star’ after annexing his six-furlong debut at Keeneland Apr. 20 by 6 1/2 lengths. The dark bay resurfaced here as a heavy favorite and, despite acting up a bit behind the starting gate, delivered the goods with an authoritative victory. The $575,000 OBS April buy broke alertly and pressed the pace in the two-path through a quarter-mile in :22.13. Turning for home with gas left in the tank, he forged to the front and drew off to a 2 3/4-length tally over Patternrecognition (Adios Charlie). The winner is a half to Conquest Titan (Birdstone), SW & GSP, $241,344. His dam, a half to MGSW Woodlander (Forestry), has a yearling colt by Noble Mission (GB) as well as a weanling filly by Pioneerof the Nile. Sales History: $575,000 2yo ’16 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $96,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Robert V. LaPenta; B-Michael Edward Connelly (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher.

Candy Ride Colt a ‘Rising Star’ in Churchill Debut

Thu, 2017-06-08 17:15

Winchell homebred Reride (Candy Ride {Arg}) was backed down to 11-10 off a fairly tame set of drills for this first go, and performed to expectations with a facile tally worth of the ‘TDN Rising Star’ distinction. In an early tussle outside of chief market rival Nothings Changed (Street Boss) after an alert break, the bay left that foe in his wake in midstretch without seriously being asked and required only a hands-and-heels ride to draw off by 6 1/4 lengths. Third timer Just Like Richie (Divine Park) got up to complete the exacta, while Nothings Changed faded to fourth. Reride was produced by a multiple stakes-winning full-sister to MGSW/GISP Tapiture (Tapit) and SW/GSP Retap. He has a yearling half-brother by Bodemeister and a foal half-sister by Munnings.

1st-CD, $45,849, Msw, 6-8, 2yo, 4 1/2f, :51.97, ft.
+RERIDE, c, 2, Candy Ride {Arg}
1st Dam: Remit (MSW, $257,556}, by Tapit
2nd Dam: Free Spin, by Olympio
3rd Dam: Spin N Win, by Private Account
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $28,020. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. Free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
O/B-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.

Majestic Warrior’s I Still Miss You Wins the Astoria

Thu, 2017-06-08 16:27

I Still Miss You showed good debut speed to defeat state-bred foes by daylight on debut here May 11, and handled deeper waters without issue to keep her unblemished record intact. Quickest from the gate, the dark bay was pestered by favorite Sugar Queen (Gemologist) with Waki Patriot perched three deep through an opening split of :22.19. Best Performance ranged up with a bid heading for home, but I Still Miss You still had plenty left in the reserves and spurted clear in midstretch with a few reminders from Javier Castellano.

“It was a big field and with the inside [two] post, I had to use her speed and she responded,” offered Castellano. “We didn’t have a chance to rate; we had to send her because of the position she had. From the outside post, we can ask her to relax a little bit and don’t push her too much, I think you’ll be able to stretch her out. I think she’s a straightforward filly, it’s the first time I rode her. She’ll move forward well.”

Added conditioner Jeremiah Englehart, “Coming out of that [first] race she’s done everything right. She didn’t lose any weight, her blood work remained good and we thought she would give a similar effort here if she was fast enough and she proved that today. I thought Javier did a great job with her. I’ve had two great rides from her with Irad [Ortiz, Jr.] the first time and Javier now and you’re pretty lucky when you’re in that company.”

A debut winner herself at two, the winner’s dam was claimed by these Gold Star Racing and Englehart for just $8,000 at Penn National in 2011, and won eight times for her new connections, mostly at Finger Lakes, before being retired in 2013. Lion’s Terms is a full-sister to a pair stakes winners. I Still Miss You is her first foal. She produced a Blame colt in 2016 and was bred back to Orb.

ASTORIA S., $150,000, BEL, 6-8, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 1:04.85, ft.
1–#I STILL MISS YOU, 120, f, 2, by Majestic Warrior
1st Dam: Lion’s Terms, by Lion Hearted
2nd Dam: Maddy’s Terms, by Private Terms
3rd Dam: Maddy’s Tune, by Key to the Kingdom
O-Gold Star Racing Stable, Matthew Hand & Brian McKenzie;
B-Emcee Stable, LLC (NY); T-Jeremiah C. Englehart; J-Javier
Castellano. $87,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $124,200.2–Best Performance, 120, f, 2, Broken Vow–Give My Regards,
by Smart Strike. ($185,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $300,000 2yo ’17
FTFMAR). O-West Point Thoroughbreds & Tango Uniform
Racing LLC; B-Mercedes Stables LLC (KY); T-Christophe
Clement. $30,000.3–Waki Patriot, 120, f, 2, Awesome Patriot–Tacky Waki, by
Miswaki. ($1,200 RNA Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Donna G Hancock,
& Charles W Brown; B-Brandywine Farm (Jim & Pam Robinson)
(KY); T-John A. Hancock. $15,000.Margins: 2 1/4, HD, 10 3/4. Odds: 4.40, 2.95, 6.40.
Also Ran: Sugar Queen, Di Maria, One Last Cast, Contrarity, Zodacious.
Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

New Money Honey Back to Winner’s Circle in Wonder Again

Thu, 2017-06-08 15:16

New Money Honey, winner of last year’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, rebounded from a sixth-place finish in the Apr. 13 GIII Appalachian S. to win the third graded race of her career in the GIII Wonder Again S. at Belmont Thursday.

Sent off the prohibitive favorite, New Money Honey broke sharply from her outside post and angled to the rail around the bend. Uncharacteristically on the front end, the bay filly was well in hand while setting fractions of :24.44 and :49.09. She turned back Dream Dancing in upper stretch and skipped clear to the wire, as stablemate Fifty Five found clear running late to get up for second.

“Heading into the race and looking at the field, I didn’t see too many horses that could keep up with her,” commented winning rider Javier Castellano. “My plan was to just dictate the pace and go to the lead. She was much the best. I give all the credit to Mr. [Chad] Brown. The way he’s been training that filly, I just enjoyed the ride.”

Brown added of the winner, “There wasn’t much speed and, out of our three horses, she was the fastest. So we figured we’d send one out there and let everyone go along. Since she was the fastest of the three horses, we sent her out to the lead and we’re happy with how she handled it. She ran very well.”

Fifty Five, winner of the GIII Florida Oaks in March for Tom Bush, was making her second start for Brown after a third-place finish in the Apr. 23 Memories of Silver S.

“I thought Fifty Five ran a much better race this time,” Brown said. “She got a better trip today. She was more forwardly placed today because there wasn’t enough speed. I was very encouraged with how she ran, and it looks like she’ll improve with longer distances as well. I wanted all three of them to adapt to the pace and be there as far as they can. And they all were closer than they normally are.”

New Money Hone opened her career with a runner-up effort behind subsequent graded stakes winner La Coronel (Coronel John) last September at Saratoga. She graduated in the Oct. 2 GIII Miss Grillo S. in her second start and bested Coasted (Tizway) by a half-length to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Nov. 4. She was most recently a non-factor sixth over a firm course at Keeneland in the Appalachian.

Pedigree Notes:

New Money Honey is out of the unraced Weekend Whim, a full-sister to Grade I winner Any Given Saturday and a half to graded stakes winner Bohemian Lady (Carson City). The mare produced a filly by Pioneerof the Nile in 2016 and a colt by Carpe Diem in 2017. New Money Honey’s multiple stakes placed half-sister Coconut Shrimp (Giant’s Causeway) sold for $485,000 while in foal to Palace Music at last year’s Keeneland November Sale. The winner’s second dam Weekend in Indy was purchased by WinStar’s Lisa Troutt for $290,000 while in foal to Carson City at the 2000 Keeneland November sale.

Thursday, Belmont
WONDER AGAIN S.-GIII, $200,000, BEL, 6-8, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, 1:48.01, fm.
1–NEW MONEY HONEY, 123, f, 3, by Medaglia d’Oro
1st Dam: Weekend Whim, by Distorted Humor
2nd Dam: Weekend in Indy, by A.P. Indy
3rd Dam: Whow, by Spectacular Bid
($450,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-e Five Racing Thoroughbreds;
B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY); T-Chad C. Brown; J-Javier Castellano.
$120,000. Lifetime Record: GISW, 5-3-1-0, $807,017.
Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Fifty Five, 121, f, 3, Get Stormy–Soave, by Brahms. ($24,000
RNA Ylg ’15 FTKOCT). O-Peter M. Brant; B-Empire Equines, LLC
(NY); T-Chad C. Brown. $40,000.3–Dream Dancing, 121, f, 3, Tapit–To Dream About, by
Monarchos. O-John C. Oxley; B-John C. Oxley (KY); T-Mark E.
Casse. $20,000.
Margins: 2, 1HF, 1 3/4. Odds: 1.05, 6.80, 3.45.
Also Ran: Coasted, Enchanting Kitten, Corporate Queen. Scratched: Bonita Bianca.
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

 

Unbridled’s Song Filly Romps to ‘Rising Stardom’ in Belmont Debut

Thu, 2017-06-08 14:17

Stormy’s Song led wire-to-wire to win her career debut and earn ‘TDN Rising Star’ honors, kicking off GI Belmont S. week with a bang. The gray posted a steady series of works at Keeneland and Belmont in recent weeks and was let go at odds of 9-1 here. Away without incident, she showed the way comfortably through fractions of :22.17 and :45.48. Shaking off her closest pursuer spinning into the stretch, Stormy’s Song drew clear to notch a seven-length victory. Privy Council (Majesticperfection), returning from a year-plus layoff, rallied to complete the exacta.

The winner’s second dam is Lady Tak (Mutakddim), winner of the 2003 GI Test S. and 2004 GI Ballerina H. Stormy Tak is the first foal from Stormy Tak, who is also responsible for the unraced 2-year-old Tiznow colt Time for War, a yearling filly by Declaration of War and a weanling filly by Will Take Charge. Stormy Tak’s stakes-winning half-sister Melody Lady (Unbridled’s Song) is herself the dam of 2-year-old Buy Sell Hold, who became the first winner and first stakes winner for freshman sire Violence with a pair of wins in Kentucky in recent months.

1st-BEL, $85,000, Msw, 6-8, 3yo/up, f/m, 6 1/2f, 1:17.78, ft.
+STORMY’S SONG, f, 3, by Unbridled’s Song
1st Dam: Stormy Tak, by Stormy Atlantic
2nd Dam: Lady Tak, by Mutakkdim
3rd Dam: Star of My Eye, by Lucky North
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $51,000. O-Victory Racing Partners; B-Pauleeanna Thoroughbreds (FL); T-Brian A. Lynch.
Click for the Equineline.com Pedigree, Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Ballydoyle’s Deep Impact Daughter of Peeping Fawn a New Rising Star

Thu, 2017-06-08 13:39

+SEPTEMBER (IRE) (f, 2, Deep Impact {Jpn}–Peeping Fawn {Hwt. 3yo Filly-Ire at 11-13f, Hwt. 3yo Filly-Ire at 9 1/2-10 1/2f, MG1SW-Eng & Ire, $1,387,274}, by Danehill) broke well to stalk the leading quartet against the rail before being angled off turning for home. Rushing to the front with a furlong remaining, the 9-2 joint-favourite surged clear to win by 5 1/2 lengths from Himmah (Ire) (Intikhab). “I think that’s the first one we’ve had that’s won first time out [this season],” jockey Seamie Heffernan said. “She’s bred to be okay and I’d say she’s okay as she gave me a good feeling. Ours can work really, really well at home and then on their first runs can disappoint, but that’s just the way they are. I’d say she has an engine all right.” The dam, whose 3-year-old colt from the same stable and by the same sire Winsconsin (Jpn) scored last month at Tipperary, is the four-times group 1 winner who lays reasonable claim to being the best of her sex to represent Aidan O’Brien prior to the arrival on the scene of Minding (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). The G1 Irish Oaks heroine also produced the G2 Coventry S. third Sir John Hawkins (Henrythenavigator) and has a yearling colt by Australia (GB). The second dam Maryinsky (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells) finished second in the G1 Fillies’ Mile before throwing the G1 Criterium International-winning sire Thewayyouare, with her $1million once-raced winning 3-year-old filly Crimson Rock (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) an exciting prospect. This is the family of the GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Blush with Pride (Blushing Groom {Fr}), whose descendants include Better than Honour (Deputy Minister) and her Rags To Riches (A.P. Indy), Casino Drive and Jazil. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, €10,780. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-John Magnier & Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Orpendale and Chelston (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Seamie Heffernan.

 

Champion, Hall of Famer Holy Bull Euthanized

Thu, 2017-06-08 12:10

Holy Bull (Great Above–Sharon Brown, by Al Hattab), champion 3-year-old and Horse of the Year in 1994 and sire of six Grade I winners, was euthanized Wednesday, June 7, at Jonabell Farm owing to the infirmities of old age. Holy Bull, who was 26 years old, had been pensioned from stud duty in 2012.

The gray colt was originally owned by Rachel Carpenter, who bequeathed all her horses to trainer Jimmy Croll, who was the owner of ‘the Bull’ when he made his first trip to the races at Croll’s Monmouth Park base in August 1993. The Florida-bred was perfect in four starts at two, including a defeat of champion Dehere (Deputy Minister) in the GI Futurity S. Winner of the GI Florida Derby and GII Blue Grass S., Holy Bull was the 22-10 favorite for the 1994 GI Kentucky Derby, but never traveled over the sloppy strip and finished 12th. His championship season resumed with a defeat of elders in the GI Met Mile before defeating his peers in the GI Haskell H. and GI Travers S. Put away for the year following a five-length defeat of older males in the GI Woodward S., Holy Bull defeated Birdonthewire in the 1995 Olympic H., but, facing off for the first time in his career with Cigar (Palace Music), was abruptly pulled up in the GI Donn H. and was retired to Jonabell with 13 wins from 16 starts and earnings of $2,481,760. He was ridden by Mike Smith in every start bar his career debut and was inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame in 2001.

Holy Bull was the sire of 48 black-type winners, six at Grade I level and 16 graded stakes winners, including Giacomo, victorious in the 2005 Kentucky Derby. His progeny have earned nearly $62 million to date.

“If you were putting together your fantasy horse stable for the last 25 years, you’d have to have Holy Bull in your top five. Horses like Holy Bull just don’t come along that often,” commented Jimmy Bell, president of Darley USA. “I’ve always said, he wasn’t a specialist–short, grass, long or dirt. Just a fantastic racehorse. You can’t mention his name without using such words as ‘fighter, determination and guts.” He continued, “the whole story of Holy Bull, Mrs. Carpenter and Jimmy Croll, jockey Mike Smith…it was just a sensational ride. No doubt, at the time, Holy Bull was an icon for our family farm.”

 

Pair Share Bullet Furlong at OBS

Wed, 2017-06-07 17:53

The four-day under-tack show ahead of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training kicked off on a rainy day in central Florida Wednesday. The session, scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m., got underway a half-hour late and was delayed twice more during the day before finally finishing close to 4 p.m. with a pair of juveniles sharing the day’s fastest furlong time of :9 4/5 and four sharing the fastest quarter-mile time of :20 3/5.

A colt by Malibu Moon (hip 15) turned in the bullet :9 4/5 furlong time for Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables, which consigns the bay on behalf of Julio Rada.

“The ones that are fast are always fast,” Dunne said. “So it was no surprise that he went quick, but you hope rather than expect a :9 4/5. But he’s always advertised himself as a good horse, so it was about what we were expecting.”

An $85,000 Keeneland November weanling purchase out of the Regis Farm dispersal in 2015, the youngster is out of graded stakes winner Golden Mystery (Awesome Again).

“He is a very typical Malibu Moon,” Dunne said. “He is a medium-sized horse with a lot of quality.”

Also hitting the :9 4/5 mark was hip 159, a colt by Tale of the Cat. The juvenile is consigned to the June sale by Top Line Sales.

“He’s a really fast, early-looking horse,” Top Line’s Torie Gladwell said. “Physically, he’s a typical Tale of the Cat in size, but he’s got a lot of Unbridled’s Song about him as well.”

The gray is out of Midnight Ramble (Unbridled’s Song), a half-sister to graded stakes winner Mo Cuishle (Saint Ballado). He was a $60,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic October Yearling purchase. “We picked him out at Timonium for ourselves,” Gladwell said. “He’s got a really good walk on him–he’s got a big walk, so typically that correlates into a big stride on the track. But he’s got an engine, a beautiful hip behind him to push him as well.”

Top Line Sales also sent out one of four horses to work the fastest quarter-mile of the day. Hip 199, a colt by First Dude, breezed in :20 3/5.

“That horse is incredible,” Gladwell said of the dark bay. “I have to give all the credit to Double Diamond Farm. David Keely trained that horse for Double Diamond and Mr. David Dizney owns him. He just came ready. He covers a lot of ground. He looked like he was galloping in the breeze. He just did it so easy.”

Bred by Dizney, the juvenile is out of Natalie’s Moment (Kris S.) and is a half to stakes placed Sola Gratia (Touch Gold), as well as to the dam of recent GIII Hendrie S. winner Code Warrior (Society’s Chairman).

“I think he is a pretty special horse,” Gladwell continued. “He was pointed specifically to the June sale because he is a big colt and he needed just a little bit more time. Physically and mentally, the time between April and June really helped this horse.”

Hip 10, a filly by Kantharos, also shared the :20 3/5 bullet time. Consigned by Tom McCrocklin, the bay is out of Glittering Georgia (Texas Glitter).

Consignor James Layden sent hip 33 out to work a quarter in :20 3/5. By Scat Daddy, the youngster is a full-brother to graded stakes winner Conquest Daddyo and a half to stakes winner Hangingbyathread (Giant’s Causeway).

Rounding out the :20 3/5 quarter-mile workers was hip 177, a filly from the first crop of Grade I winner Jimmy Creed. The bay, from the family of graded winners Liquor Cabinet (Ire) and Pants on Fire, is consigned by Envision Equine.

While weather conditions on the day were less than ideal, consignors were happy with the condition of OBS’s synthetic track.

“I can’t complain about the rain because it kept the track fair all day long,” Gladwell said. “I had horses breeze :10 flat on the second page and :10 flat on the third page. The track stayed really good all day. The rain keeps the track from getting sticky. For me, honestly, if it rained every day of the tack show I would be happy.”

Dunne admitted, “It was a horrible day.” But he added, “For all the people who want to sit out there and say, ‘I wish OBS would go back to a dirt track, they need to look at a day like today. If we had a dirt track today, there would have been no breeze show. That’s the beauty of the synthetic. You don’t have to deal with a sloppy racetrack and you don’t have to push breeze shows back. And the track was good right to the end. Four horses from the end, I think, a horse went :10 flat. So it maintains its consistency throughout the day and, as consignors, that’s all we can ask.”

The breeze show continues through Saturday, with sessions scheduled to begin daily at 7:30 a.m. The June sale will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hamiltons Get Another Shot at the Big ‘Time’

Wed, 2017-06-07 16:25

Bonnie and Tommy Hamilton of Silverton Hill Farm had their first Classic runners in 2007 when GI Toyota Blue Grass S. winner Dominican (El Corredor) and GII Lane’s End S. runner-up Sedgefield (Smart Strike) ran in that year’s GI Kentucky Derby. Neither colt was able to get the job done that day, but now 10 years later the Hamiltons take another shot at Classic glory with Meantime (Shackleford) in Saturday’s GI Belmont S.

The Hamiltons love affair with racing started innocently enough back in the late nineties when a friend, who happened to be a racehorse trainer, suggested that the lifelong horse lovers might enjoy the Sport of Kings.

“We both have had show horses, beer and pretzel horses, whatever kind, all of our lives,” said Bonnie Hamilton just a few minutes before the Belmont post position draw. “We also have competitive field trial bird dogs and one of our friends who competes the bird dogs is also a racehorse trainer. He kept saying, ‘If you like this, you should have a racehorse.’ My husband was all about it, but I was like, ‘All those things do is run around in circles. We don’t need one of them.’ We bought one who was already running and winning. All he did was win and we thought, ‘Wow, why doesn’t everybody have a racehorse?'”

And the rest, as they say, is history. The Hamiltons have about 25 horses in training, half of which are with trainer Darrin Miller, and have since expanded into breeding. They own Silverton Hill Farm, a 2,000-acre farm in Springfield, Ky, that includes Polytrack and turf courses, and is also used to raise cattle and produce hay and grain.

“We didn’t get into any breeding for the first four or five years because our main focus was getting into the Kentucky Derby, so we only bought colts,” the 61-year-old explained. “Finally, we bought some fillies and you know how it is, it’s like, ‘Well she’s a pretty good filly, so let’s keep her and breed her.’ We only breed eight or 10 mares a year. We aren’t big, serious breeders and we don’t have big, serious pedigrees, but we’ve done pretty well with our homebreds.”

The Hamiltons have bred several nice runners, including five-time graded stakes winner Havelock (Great Notion), but their biggest scores have come courtesy of their auction buys, such as 2013 GI Carter H. hero Swagger Jack (Smart Strike), a $280,000 KEESEP buy; Dominican, a $150,000 OBSMAR purchase; and Sedgefield, a $300,000 KEEAPR buy.

Bonnie, a neuro surgical nurse, and Tommy Hamilton, who started a coal mining company called Nally and Hamilton, were in the racing business less than 10 years when those latter two purchases made it into the Derby, a feat which thrilled their entire small Kentucky town. Though Dominican could do no better than 11th and Sedgefield checked in fifth, Springfield has continued to show its support for the Silverton Hill runners.

“Nothing to take away from the Belmont, but if you’re a Kentuckian, you are all about the Kentucky Derby,” Bonnie Hamilton commented. “When we had our Derby runners, it was really exciting. We live in a small, rural community and when something good happens to one of our horses, the whole community gets fired up. Every time we go to town, there is somebody who is like, ‘Do you have a Derby horse this year?'”

Hamilton continued, “When you get into the Derby or the Belmont, you have to appreciate what an honor it is to have a horse that can step up on the big stage and deserves to be there. The longer you are in this, the more you realize every race, even if it is claiming race, you need to appreciate that that animal is able to step up and do the job. When you get to the Classics and the Grade Is, you should just be honored that you have a horse sound enough and talented enough to be in that race. I think that is probably the biggest thing we’ve learned.”

Hamilton plans to appreciate every moment this time around with her first Belmont runner Meantime, who bloodstock agent Ben McElroy purchased for the couple for $230,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September sale.

“He was always a very good looking horse,” Hamilton recalled. “He never did anything wrong and always had a good mind, but if I said, ‘Oh yeah when we bought him, we knew he was the one,’ that would be a lie. Tommy told [trainer] Brian [Lynch] to pick two horses off the farm and he picked Meantime and another homebred we had and he liked [Meantime] immediately. After he had the horse for six months, we thought, ‘Wow he is pretty nice.'”

Second behind a “TDN Rising Star” performance from the reopposing Patch (Union Rags) at odds of 53-1 on debut at Gulfstream Feb. 18, Meantime checked in third behind another “TDN Rising Star”-worthy winner in Time to Travel (Hard Spun) and next out winner Caviar Czar (Medaglia d’Oro) in Hallandale Apr. 1. The half-brother to MGISW millionaire Sweet Reason (Street Sense) put it all together when extended to nine furlongs at Keeneland, romping home in the mud to a 7 1/2-length graduation Apr. 22, and was a respectable second to “TDN Rising Star” Timeline (Hard Spun) last time in a sloppy renewal of Belmont’s GII Peter Pan S. May 13.

“He ran well in the Peter Pan and we were like, ‘Okay, we will find a race for him,'” Hamilton said. “The more he trained, Brian kept saying, ‘This horse is training really well and he just loves Belmont. He really loves it.’ The horse just kind of talked us into running him. He just kept training so well and we didn’t decide until Saturday, but we said, ‘Okay, let’s go to the Belmont with him.'”

Meantime drew post nine for the Test of a Champion and was given a 15-1 morning-line quote. Hall of Famer Mike Smith, who is in from California to ride two-time champion Songbird (Medaglia d’Oro) in the GI Ogden Phipps S. and GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Abel Tasman (Quality Road) in the GI Acorn S., will have the mount.

“If you look at his pedigree, you think there is no way he is going to get a mile and a half, but nobody thought Smarty Jones was going to win the Derby either,” remarked Hamilton. “He is a very sound horse. He has a good mind to him. Yes, he likes the front end, but we have Mike Smith, who is brilliant, and maybe he can back him down and get ‘er done.”

The Hamiltons and their family are flying in from Kentucky to attend the race and could not be more excited for Saturday. Bonnie Hamilton’s enthusiasm and anticipation were palpable when asked what a win in the Belmont would mean to her and her husband.

“You’d probably have to call 911! It would be okay if I died at that point because it would be like, ‘Oh my God! We won the Belmont,'” Hamilton exclaimed with a laugh. “I’m kidding, really, but it makes everything that you do every day worth while. We live here, so we do this every day. When I say this, I don’t mean it condescendingly, but we are not like most owners. We know everything there is to know about that horse, just about. It just means so much more when your heart and your soul is into them, so it would be the biggest thing that has ever happened to either one of us horse wise by far.”

 

Wednesday’s Trackside Belmont Report

Wed, 2017-06-07 15:29

ELMONT, NY – With rumors beginning to circulate on the backstretch of the defection of champion Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile), the action began early for the GI Belmont S. runners on the grounds on another cloudy and unseasonably cool Wednesday morning.

Todd Pletcher’s formidable duo of Tapwrit (Tapit) and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Patch (Union Rags)–once again training without their Belmont S. saddle towels–were among the first spotted on the main track gearing up for the third leg of the Triple Crown just a tick after 6:00 a.m.

Leading sire Tapit has certainly flexed his muscle in the 12-furlong ‘Test of the Champion’ the past three years, led by a one-three finish courtesy of Creator and Lani in 2016; a runner-up finish by Frosted behind Triple Crown hero American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in 2015; and a dramatic win via ‘TDN Rising Star’ Tonalist in 2014.

Multiplier (The Factor) was also out getting his first look at Big Sandy during this early time slot just after sunrise. The GIII Illinois Derby winner, hailing from the up-and-coming Brendan Walsh barn, finished with interest in the GI Preakness S. to place sixth, beaten 5 3/4 lengths.

Sporting a nameless Belmont S. saddle towel, late addition Hollywood Handsome (Tapizar) took his first spin over the surface for trainer Dallas Stewart just before 7 a.m. as the temperatures remained chilly in the low 50s. A well-beaten fifth in the Illinois Derby and a narrow first-level allowance winner at Churchill Downs last out May 14, the Mark Stanley colorbearer exited the track through the paddock tunnel.

With the aforementioned narrow Preakness runner-up and likely odds-on favorite forced to the sidelines with an untimely foot abscess, only one horse will line up for all three of the American Classics this year. Lookin At Lee (Lookin At Lucky), out for a strong gallop just before 7:30 a.m., will earn that distinction off the heels of a 33-1 runner-up finish in the Derby and a fourth-place finish in the Preakness. Winless in eight attempts since capturing last summer’s Ellis Park Juvenile S., he was met on the track near the clubhouse turn by Steve Asmussen assistant trainer Toby Sheets aboard a stable pony.

Trainer Dale Romans watched from the clubhouse apron as the sun briefly attempted to make its way through the thick cloud cover as ‘TDN Rising Star’ J Boys Echo (Mineshaft) hit the track just before 9 a.m. following the day’s lone renovation break. With Tammy Fox in the irons, the GIII Gotham S. winner and Kentucky Derby 15th was out only for light exercise, jogging once the wrong way around the outer rail during his first local appearance before heading off by the clubhouse turn gap. He will be equipped with first-time blinkers in the Belmont.

‘TDN Rising Star’ Irish War Cry (Curlin) continued his Belmont S. preparations at trainer Graham Motion’s Fair Hill base before earning the slight 7-2 morning-line nod at Wednesday’s post position draw held in Manhattan.

12 Enter Wide-Open Belmont Stakes

Wed, 2017-06-07 13:04

A total of 12 sophomores remained in the line-up for Saturday’s GI Belmont S. when post positions were drawn in New York City Wednesday afternoon. With the morning defection of expected heavy favorite Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile), GII Lambholm South Holy Bull S. and GII Wood Memorial S. hero Irish War Cry (Curlin) inherited favoritism at 7-2 on Eric Donovan’s morning line. TheTDN Rising Star, last seen fading to 10th in the GI Kentucky Derby May 6, will break from post seven.

“It’s a post I would have chosen instead of 8 inward, so I’m very happy with it,” trainer Graham Motion said. “I guess it’s more up to [jockey] Rajiv [Maragh] though, really.”

Japanese invader Epicharis (Jpn) (Gold Allure {Jpn}) will leave from stall 11 and was installed the 4-1 second choice. Four-for-four in his native Japan, he was beaten a nose by Thunder Snow (Ire) (Helmet {Aus}) in Meydan’s G2 UAE Derby Mar. 25. Lookin At Lee (Lookin At Lucky) drew post six and was given a 5-1 morning-line quote. Trained by last year’s Belmont-winning conditioner Steve Asmussen, the late runner was second in the Derby and fourth in the GI Preakness S.

The remainder of the field for the Belmont is as follows: 1-Twisted Tom (Creative Cause), 20-1; 2-Tapwrit (Tapit), 6-1; 3-Gormley (Malibu Moon), 8-1; 4-J Boys Echo (Mineshaft), 15-1; 5-Hollywood Handsome (Tapizar), 30-1; 8-Senior Investment (Discreetly Mine), 12-1; 9-Meantime (Shackleford), 15-1; 10-Multiplier (The Factor), 15-1; 12-Patch (Union Rags), 12-1.

Flay, Looking for Back-to-Back Belmonts, Buys Into J Boys Echo

Wed, 2017-06-07 11:14

Bobby Flay will hope lightning can strike in back-to-back runnings of the GI Belmont S., having reached a deal Wednesday with Dennis Albaugh’s Albaugh Family Stables to acquire a minority interest in TDN Rising Star‘ J Boys Echo (Mineshaft). The celebrity chef purchased a piece last year’s winner Creator (Tapit) just days before the race.

“[Flay] called me on Monday after he studied the Belmont prospective field and said he’d like to buy into J Boys Echo,” revealed BSW Bloodstock’s Bradley Weisbord, who brokered the deals both for J Boys Echo and Creator. “I didn’t necessarily think it could be done because the Albaugh Family generally owns 100% of their horses, but he said to get to work. Through the help of [Dennis Albaugh’s son-in-law and the stable’s general manager] Jason Loutsch and [trainer] Dale Romans, we were able to come to an agreement. We vetted the horse yesterday and today–the horse checks out good–and we’re hoping lightning can strike twice, obviously relating back to last year’s Wednesday-before-the-Belmont purchase of a minority interest in Creator.”

A winner of Aqueduct’s GIII Gotham S. over eventual GI Preakness S. hero Cloud Computing (Maclean’s Music) Mar. 4, J Boys Echo, a $485,000 KEESEP yearling, was fourth in the GII Blue Grass S. Apr. 8 and was last seen finishing 15th after a rough start in the GI Kentucky Derby May 6. He will continue to carry the Albaugh Family silks and be conditioned by Dale Romans.

“Bobby’s excited,” Weisbord added. “He’s a New York guy. There’s nothing more fun for a horse lover in New York than to be running in the Belmont S., and I expect him to be there with bells on.”

 

Classic Empire Out of Belmont

Wed, 2017-06-07 09:00

Champion Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) has been ruled out of a start in Saturday’s GI Belmont S. due to an abscess in his front right foot. The news was originally reported by the Blood Horse.

“He was fine coming off the plane yesterday, but he could hardly walk this morning,” trainer Mark Casse said Wednesday morning. “It is a foot abscess in the right front in the same area he had it after the [GII] Holy Bull [S.]. That is the thing about him. He is just so tough that he doesn’t show you until it’s bad.”

The John Oxley colorebearer will remain in New York until the foot improves and will be pointed at a start in Monmouth Park’s GI Haskell Invitational S. next month.

“He is soaking in epsom salts right now and it could be gone in an hour,” the conditioner said. “It is bad timing, so now we just have to go out and win the Haskell.”

 

Tuesday’s Trackside Belmont Report

Tue, 2017-06-06 16:12

ELMONT, NY – With champion Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) in transit from trainer Mark Casse’s Churchill Downs base, a handful of GI Belmont S. contenders were at it early to beat the impeding rain on a chilly and breezy Tuesday morning beneath cloudy skies on Long Island.

Trainer Todd Pletcher arrived at the clubhouse gap and watched by himself as his one-two punch of Tapwrit (Tapit) and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Patch (Union Rags)–neither sporting Belmont S. saddle towels–hit the track to gallop shortly after 6 a.m. The gray GII Tampa Bay Derby winner, sixth with trouble in the GI Kentucky Derby, trained with his regular black blinkers on.

His popular one-eyed stablemate, a well-beaten 14th after a rough trip of his own on the First Saturday in May, may own arguably the best pedigree in the likely field of 12 to see out the 1 1/2 miles of the Belmont. By 2012 Belmont winner Union Rags and produced by an A.P. Indy mare, Patch’s second dam Unbridled Wind (Unbridled) is a full-sister to champion Banshee Breeze, heroine of the GI CCA Oaks at this distance and also the GI Alabama S. at 10 furlongs.

Pletcher, now a well-documented two-time Kentucky Derby- winning trainer courtesy of Always Dreaming (Bodemeister)’s exploits earlier this spring, has also enjoyed more than his share of success in the third leg of the Triple Crown, led by 2007 heroine Rags to Riches (A.P. Indy) and 2013 winner Palace Malice (Curlin). Destin (Giant’s Causeway) became Pletcher’s fifth runner-up finisher in the Belmont after falling a painful nose short in 2016.

The action shifted to Belmont’s nearby training track with Japan’s Epicharis (Jpn) (Gold Allure {Jpn}) breezing an easy five furlongs in 1:06.06 (14/14) at 6:30 a.m. The blaze-faced dark bay looked to be getting over the ground quite well and was reaching out nicely as he picked up the pace considerably down the lane, covering his final three-eighths in a sharp :37. By comparison, the fastest three-furlong move of 11 conducted over the training track Tuesday morning was completed in :37.05, a full second better than the second-fastest move.

Freshened since suffering his first career defeat when beaten just a nose in the G2 UAE Derby Mar. 25, Epicharis was still walking with exercise rider and assistant trainer Masa Aki up about a half hour later outside of the Quarantine Barn as trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara met with a small group of press (with an assist from a translator) for approximately 15 minutes.

Has Hagiwara had a chance to check out any of the sites in New York City yet? “Peter Luger,” he responded with a big smile of his trip to the popular steakhouse since arriving in the Big Apple.

The morning for Epicharis, however, was not quite over yet as he briefly snuck out for another trip to the track–this time he just stood by the main track–after taking a spin through Belmont’s scenic paddock while Hagiwara continued to chat with the media. Epicharis, eligible for NYRA’s $1-million bonus offered to any Japan-based winner of the Belmont, will be ridden by regular rider Christophe Lemaire Saturday.

Derby runner-up and Preakness fourth Lookin At Lee (Lookin At Lucky) was on his toes nicely during some light exercise at 7:15 a.m. The blinkered bay, trained by Steve Asmussen, breezed four furlongs in :48.33 (8/52) over Big Sandy Sunday. Asmussen shoots for his second straight Belmont fresh off the heels of Creator (Tapit)’s upset victory last year.

Back from his trip to Epsom, trainer Kenny McPeek was on hand to supervise Senior Investment (Discreetly Mine)’s four- furlong breeze in :50.19 (8/13) at daybreak Tuesday morning. The flashy chestnut got rolling late to finish a good third at 31-1 in the Preakness.

Grade 1 Winner Rafeef Retired to Highlands Stud

Tue, 2017-06-06 14:36

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum’s Rafeef (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}), one of two sons of 2006 South African Horse of the Year National Colour (SAf) (National Assembly) to register Group 1 victories at Turffontein May 6, has been retired from racing and will enter stand his first year at Highlands Stud near Cape Town beginning with the upcoming breeding season. The deal was brokered by Jehan Malherbe’s Form Bloodstock.

Bred in partnership by John Messara’s Arrowfield Stud and Ralph Koster’s Klawervlei Stud from a treble Grade 1-winning dam, Rafeef was consigned by Arrowfield to the 2014 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and was purchased by Shadwell’s Australasia arm for A$800,000. Trained by Mike de Kock, Rafeef made his racetrack debut as a 4-1 chance in the 2015 G1 S A Nursery S., then proceeded to cross the wire first in six of his next nine outings, including the G2 Hawaii S. (1400m) at Turffontein Mar. 4 before following in the considerable hoofprints of his dam by taking out the May 6 G1 Computaform Sprint (1000m) in the slick time of :55.95. Four races earlier on that program, Rafeef’s Shadwell-owned full-brother, the A$1.75-million Easter grad Mustaaqeem (Aus), drilled his fellow juveniles by four lengths in the S A Nursery.

“We knew from the start that Rafeef was an exceptionally talented horse gifted with brilliance,” de Kock commented. “We saw only a glimpse of that in the Computaform Sprint and I have no doubt that he would have won many more Grade 1s had he been kept in training. He has the ‘wow’ looks to go with his ‘wow’ ability.”

Craig Carey of Highlands thanked Malherbe for putting together, “a very nice group of shareholders” and said: “We are very pleased to have a horse of this calibre coming to the farm. Our special thanks must go to Mike de Kock, who fought hard for Rafeef to stay in South Africa. This is a very exciting venture for us.”

Rafeef, who was named Horse of the Year, champion older horse and champion sprinter at the recent Highveld Feature Season Awards, will command a fee of R50,000.

Twilight Eclipse Retired

Tue, 2017-06-06 13:53

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Grade I-winning millionaire Twilight Eclipse (Purim–My Twilight Dancer, by Twilight Agenda) has been retired from racing and will be pointed to a second career in eventing, West Point announced Tuesday.

Trained by Tom Albertrani, the 8-year-old gelding won or placed in 19 graded stakes and earned his signature win when capturing the 2015 GI Man O’ War S. He also set a world record for 1 1/2 miles in capturing the GII Pan American S. at Gulfstream in 2013, covering the distance in 2:22.63. He retires with a record of 8-5-11 from 40 starts and earnings of $2,103,953.

“Twilight Eclipse is one of racing’s unsung heroes, a durable and honest horse who showed up at the highest level time and time again,” said West Point president Terry Finley. “He owes us nothing, and Mother Nature was telling us it’s ‘time.’ I’m forever grateful to Tom Albertrani and his team for keeping him sound and at the top of his game for five years. We’ll miss having him in the barn, but look forward to seeing him excel in his second career.”

Bred in Kentucky by Epona Thoroughbreds, Twilight Eclipse was originally purchased for just $1,000 by John Langemeier at the 2010 Keeneland January sale, and he was bought privately by West Point in the summer of 2012.

Hagiwara Hopes to Make History

Tue, 2017-06-06 13:08

ELMONT, New York–Only one foreign horse has ever managed to win the GI Belmont S. and that was Ireland’s Go and Go (Ire), who took the 1990 renewal of the Test of a Champion. Japanese trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara hopes to change that Saturday when he saddles G2 UAE Derby runner-up Epicharis (Jpn) (Gold Allure {Jpn}) in the final leg of America’s Triple Crown.

“He recovered from the long flight well, better than Dubai,” Hagiwara said through the help of a translator during a mini press conference held outside Barn 5, Belmont’s quarantine barn, where Epicharis has been housed since he arrived Thursday. “He is doing very well. I think he showed he is a good horse [in the UAE Derby]. I am very proud of him.”

Opening his account with a trio of dominant victories as a juvenile last term, one of which was a stake, Epicharis earned automatic berth to the GI Kentucky Derby May 6 after winning his homeland’s Hyacinth S. Feb. 19, which is part of the new Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby. However, his connections felt he needed more time following a close second to Thunder Snow (Ire) (Helmet {Aus}) in the UAE Derby Mar. 25 and opted to wait for this spot instead.

“It was difficult to come to the Derby because we didn’t have much time from the UAE Derby to the Kentucky Derby so we decided to try the Belmont S.,” Hagiwara explained. “He was a little bit tired after the UAE Derby, so we needed to have some time. Epicharis won the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby so we were given the right to run, but we couldn’t and we were sorry about that.”

The conditioner thinks the race’s 1 1/2-mile distance will suit his charge perfectly and was not at all concerned about Belmont’s deep, sandy surface.

“I think the distance is very good for him,” remarked Hagiwara. “Originally I thought over 2000 meters is good for him, so this is a good opportunity.”

He continued, “I feel [the surface] is a little bit firmer than Japanese dirt. That’s the difference between a Japanese dirt course and a U.S. dirt course. The Japanese dirt course is like sand.”

Epicharis took to Belmont’s training track at 6:30a.m. on a cloudy and cold Tuesday morning for his final breeze, covering five furlongs in 1:06.06 under assistant trainer Masa Aki.

“He looked very good,” Hagiwara said when asked his thoughts on the work. “His run on the backstretch, especially, was very good.”

Though Epicharis has displayed some speed in his prior races, Hagiwara plans for him to be coming from a bit off the pace Saturday.

“I am talking with the jockey about the position, but I think he would likely come from off the pace,” the Japanese horsemen offered. “I think it is better to get position behind some horses.”

This is Hagiwara’s first visit to New York and though he has spent most of his time at the racetrack, he did manage to squeeze in a visit to New York’s famous Peter Luger Steak House, an aside which drew laughs and nods of approval from the assembled media.

“This is my first experience here,” Hagiwara remarked. “It is a good atmosphere and the climate is better than Japan. It is very good here.”

Epicharis is scheduled to head back to Japan after the Belmont, but if all goes well Saturday, a return to the U.S. could be in the cards.

“The plan is to ship back to Japan after the race, but if the result was very good I would consider running in the Breeders’ Cup or other great races in America,” offered Hagiwara.

Epicharis is not the first Japanese horse to run in the Belmont. Just last year, the country was represented by the extremely popular Lani (Tapit) in all three of the Triple Crown races. Lani’s best finish was a strong third to Creator (Tapit) in last year’s Belmont, but he became one of the best known horses on the 2016 Triple Crown trail due to his antics and unusual training style.

As a newcomer to the U.S., Epicharis, who seems to be more level-headed than Lani, has not developed quite the same following in America just yet, but the Japanese people are already showing their support for their representative.

“I am hoping for a good result for the fans,” Hagiwara said. “I am getting a lot of stuff from fans and fellow horsemen and other connections. I’m sure a lot of fans will watch in Japan and cheer for him.”

Epicharis’ owner, the Japanese syndicate U. Carrot Farm, made history in 2005 when Cesario (Jpn) won the GI American Oaks, making her the first Japanese runner to win a Grade I win in the United States. That horse was not trained by Hagiwara, but he has saddled a Group 1 victor in his homeland, winning the 2009 G1 Japanese Derby with Logi Universe (Jpn).

That victory remains as the conditioner’s only top-level success and, on what coincidentally was the two-year anniversary of American Pharoah’s Triple Crown victory, Hagiwara took a moment to reflect on what a Belmont win would mean to him.

“As a Japanese horsemen, this is the most exciting thing that has ever happened,” the trainer said. “It is an honor to have a horse here to run in the Belmont. I am very excited.”

 

Ferguson Resigns From Godolphin; Osborne Named Interim Chief Executive

Tue, 2017-06-06 09:18

John Ferguson, longtime advisor to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has resigned from his post as chief executive and racing manager of Godolphin. Originally reported in Racing Post, the news comes after that publication ran an interview with longtime Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor on Monday revealing a breakdown in communication between the two men. Joe Osborne, managing director of Godolphin in Ireland, will take up the position of interim chief executive of Godolphin.

“We are committed to our objective of achieving success for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and his family,” Osborne said. “Our thanks go to John Ferguson for his longstanding contribution to Godolphin and Darley.”

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