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Frankel’s Nelson Takes the Juvenile Turf

Sat, 2017-09-09 13:33

Aidan O’Brien has ruled the roost in this and it was the lesser-fancied Nelson who provided a seventh renewal in the last eight with a performance that arguably puts him in pole position concerning next year’s Derby. Unlucky when stopped in his run on debut and sixth behind stablemate and TDN Rising Star Delano Roosevelt (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in a course-and-distance maiden July 27, the bay was surprised by Riyazan (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}) when 2 3/4 lengths behind that rival as the runner-up in a seven-furlong Curragh maiden Aug. 7. Upped to this trip next time as he returned here, he was placed on the front end by Donnacha O’Brien and relished that no-nonsense approach when scoring by three lengths but all the talk was for Ryan Moore’s mount Delano Roosevelt in the lead-up.

Tanking along and in front after a furlong, Nelson kicked in early straight as his two stablemates failed to pick up instantly in the ruck and galloped to the line in isolation with all the enthusiasm his sire naturally imparts. Kew Gardens and Delano Roosevelt stayed on late to underline the strength of the yard’s Derby prospects for 2018, but this was Nelson’s day and Donnacha O’Brien was impressed.”I didn’t think I went too slow and it was a nice performance,” he said. “He quickened from the bend and kept galloping all the way to the line and I knew it was going to take a good one to come and get me.”

Aidan O’Brien is looking at the G1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster Oct. 28. “He’s improved with every run and the experience was a big help,” he said. “He got a nice easy lead and quickened up well off the bend. You would be delighted with all three of them really. He’s very well bred by Frankel out of Moonstone and is a horse to really look forward to. He stays well and looks a Racing Post Trophy-type horse. Ryan’s horse [Delano Roosevelt] had only one run so he was always going to be green around there. In an ideal world we would like to have two runs coming here. He was very raw, and Ryan said he got a bit disorganised early and he had to take him back a bit.”

Moonstone is now responsible for five black-type winners from as many runners, which is little surprise given her class on the track demonstrated by success in the G1 Irish Oaks and excellent bloodlines. Last year’s G3 Chester Vase winner and G1 Epsom Derby runner-up US Army Ranger (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who had earlier disappointed on this card, the G3 Munster Oaks scorer Words (Ire) (Dansili {GB}) and the Listed-winning pair Stubbs (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) and Nevis (Ire) (Dansili {GB}) have all flown her flag. Her listed-placed dam Sole de Lune produced the G1 Prix Saint-Alary heroine Cerulean Sky (Ire) and the G1 Irish Oaks runner-up L’Ancresse (Ire) from matings with Darshaan (GB), with the former going on to throw the G2 Doncaster Cup scorer and G1 St Leger third Honolulu (Ire). Also from the family of another of this stable’s Chester Vase winners Orchestra (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the Classic-placed sire Catcher In the Rye (Ire) and classy distaffers Dream Peace (Ire) (Dansili {GB}) and Only Mine (Ire) (Pour Moi {Ire}), Moonstone also has a colt foal by Galileo.

Saturday, Leopardstown, Ireland
WILLIS TOWERS WATSON CHAMPIONS JUVENILE TURF S.-G3, €100,000, LEO, 9-9, 2yo, 8fT, 1:47.35, g/y.
1–NELSON (IRE), 129, c, 2, by Frankel (GB)
1st Dam: Moonstone (GB) (G1SW-Ire & G1SP-Eng, $613,532), by Dalakhani (Ire)
2nd Dam: Solo de Lune (Ire), by Law Society
3rd Dam: Truly Special (Ire), by Caerleon
*1st stakes win. O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick
Smith; B-Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien;
J-Donnacha O’Brien. €59,000. Lifetime Record: 4-2-1-0,
$87,642. *1/2 to US Army Ranger (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), GSW &
G1SP-Eng, MGSP-Ire, $615,008; Words (Ire) (Dansili {GB}),
GSW-Ire; Nevis (Ire) (Dansili {GB}), MSW-Eng, $206,034; and
Stubbs (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), SW-Ire, SP-Eng & Nor,
$110,592. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Werk Nick Rating: A+.
2–Kew Gardens (Ire), 129, c, 2, Galileo (Ire)–Chelsea Rose (Ire),
by Desert King (Ire). O-Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael
Tabor; B-Barronstown Stud (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. €20,000.
3–Delano Roosevelt (Ire), 129, c, 2, Galileo (Ire)–Again (Ire), by
Danehill Dancer (Ire). O-Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier &
Michael Tabor; B-Orpendale & Chelston (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien.
Margins: 3, 3/4, HF. Odds: 5.50, 10.00, 1.10.
Also Ran: Riyazan (Ire), Camelback, Medal of Honour (GB), Mattymolls Gaga (Ire), Theobald (Ire), Sirjack Thomas (Ire), Verbitude (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree.

Galileo’s Hydrangea Upsets Winter In the Matron

Sat, 2017-09-09 13:08

HYDRANGEA (IRE), f, 3, Galileo (Ire)–Beauty Is Truth (Ire) (MGSW-Fr, $226,426), by Pivotal (GB).

*1st Group 1 win. O-Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor; B-Beauty Is Truth Syndicate (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Wayne Lordan. €206,500. Lifetime Record: MG1SP-Eng, 13-3-4-2, €617,557. *Full to The United States (Ire), G1SW-Aus & GSW-Ire, $1,684,244; and 1/2 to Fire Lily (Ire) (Dansili {GB}), Hwt. 3yo-Ire at 5-7f, MGSW & G1SP-Ire, G1SP-Fr & GSP-Eng, $412,541.

   Beaten on her last four starts by Winter (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Hydrangea wound back the clock to Apr. 8 when she had upstaged her soon-to-be dual Guineas-winning stablemate by a head in the seven-furlong G3 Ballylinch Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial S. by beating her by the exact same margin here. Sent off at 20-1, the bay tracked another stable star in Roly Poly (War Front) under Wayne Lordan and looked booked for a place as Ryan Moore sent the even-money favourite to the front with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining. With the market-leader failing to get away from her, the dogged Hydrangea wore her down late with pressure from Persuasive (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) on her outer spurring her on before finishing 3/4 of a length behind the Ballydoyle pair in third. “She is a very consistent filly who had run well all year and enjoys this track, as she likes turning,” her rider said. “Winter quickened up away from me, but she put her head down and tried very hard.”

Dark Angel’s Harry Angel Dominates Haydock’s Sprint Cup

Sat, 2017-09-09 09:47

   Fresh from plundering Newmarket’s G1 July Cup in his latest start July 15, Godolphin’s champion sprinter-elect Harry Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) advanced his credentials as Europe’s leading speedster–and allayed all concerns about his abilty to cope on heavy ground–with a dominant performance in Saturday’s G1 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock. Sharply away to race on the front end of a stellar field from the outset of this straight dash, the crowd’s 2-1 selection was threatened soon after passing the two pole, but put the contest to bed in a matter of strides when quickening clear approaching the final furlong and kept on strongly for continued rousting in the closing stages to win by daylight. At the line, he held a four-length advantage over Tasleet (GB) (Showcasing {GB}) with The Tin Man (GB) (Equiano {Fr}) 1 1/2 lengths further adrift in third. “I believe that a proper champion should be able to go on any ground, but he’s so fast I was concerned about the [heavy] going,” admitted rider Adam Kirby. “It’s a great team effort, fair play to [trainer] Clive Cox for taking the decision to run him and it’s paid off really well. He’s a machine, he’s got speed to burn and I knew he’d won as soon as he picked up. He’s very good and is just getting better.”

   First or second in each of his seven starts to date, Harry Angel’s stakes resume also includes wins in last year’s G2 Mill Reef S. and this term’s G2 Sandy Lane S., over this course and distance, and runner-up finishes in the May 3 G3 Pavilion S. and June 23 G1 Commonwealth Cup. Reflecting on a late decision to run, which was in doubt until the witching hour, trainer Clive Cox explained, “It was a case of deja vu as we had the same decision to make with Lethal Force a few years ago and he hated the ground. Harry Angel is so good on fast ground there had to be a chance he wouldn’t go on it, but he’s proved he goes on any ground now. It’s difficult to change gear on ground like that and to win by four lengths against soft-ground horses was super. It’s a huge relief after walking the course, as that ground is as bad as it gets, and thank goodness we made the right decision. He’s maturing all the time and we can now head to Ascot [for the Oct. 21 G1 British Champions Sprint] without worrying what the ground does. He’s a champion on fast ground and a proven champion on easier ground now and I hope he stays in training next year.”

   The front three, at least, are set fair to cross swords once more with Tasleet and The Tin Man both slated for starts in Ascot’s G1 British Champions Sprint, according to their trainers. “Tasleet ran a very good race, but we’re going to have to come up with a way of beating Clive [Cox]’s horse,” said William Haggas. “We can’t just let him have an easy lead and put the race to bed. I think it’s now clear we’re better on soft ground so we’ll head to Ascot next I think.” James Fanshawe, analysing a third-place finish for The Tin Man after running second last year, added, “He ran very well again, but the [heavy] ground has blunted his speed. Ever since [winning the G1 Diamond Jubilee S. at] Royal Ascot the main aim has been to head back to Ascot [for the G1 British Champions Sprint] on Champions Day, as he runs so well there.”

   Harry Angel is the lone stakes winner produced by Beatrix Potter (GB) (Cadeaux Genereux {GB}), a half-sister to the dual G1 BMW Champions Mile scorer Xtension (Ire) (Xaar {GB}), out of Listed BMW Preis Dusseldorf runner-up Great Joy (Ire) (Grand Lodge), who in turn is a half-sister to Listed October S. victress A La Carte (Ire) (Caerleon) and Bally Souza (Ire) (Alzao). The latter is the dam of Listed Round Tower S. victor and G1 National S. runner-up Wathab (Ire) (Cadeaux Genereux {GB}), with this being the immediate family of top-level winners Lord Avie (Lord Gaylord), Steven Got Even (A.P. Indy) and Artemis Agrotera (Roman Ruler). Beatrix Potter has also produced the as yet unraced 2-year-old filly by Cileopatra (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}).


Saturday, Haydock, Britain

32RED SPRINT CUP S.-G1, £260,000, HAY, 9-9, 3yo/up, 6fT, 1:13.90, hy.

1–HARRY ANGEL (IRE), 127, c, 3, by Dark Angel (Ire)

1st Dam: Beatrix Potter (Ire), by Cadeaux Genereux (GB)

2nd Dam: Great Joy (Ire), by Grand Lodge

3rd Dam: Cheese Soup, by Spectacular Bid

(£44,000 Ylg ’15 DNPRM). O-Godolphin; B-CBS Bloodstock (IRE); T-Clive Cox; J-Adam Kirby. £147,446. Lifetime Record: 7-4-3-0, $821,390. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2–Tasleet (GB), 129, c, 4, Showcasing (GB)–Bird Key (GB), by Cadeaux Genereux (GB). (£52,000 Ylg ’14 DNPRM). O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B-Whitsbury Manor Stud (GB); T-William Haggas. £55,900.

3–The Tin Man (GB), 129, g, 5, Equiano (Fr)–Persario (GB), by Bishop of Cashel (GB). (80,000gns Ylg ’13 TAOCT). O-Fred Archer Racing – Ormonde; B-Mrs Elizabeth Grundy (GB); T-James Fanshawe. £27,976.

Margins: 4, 1HF, 2HF. Odds: 2.00, 4.50, 5.50.

Also Ran: Blue Point (Ire), Cougar Mountain (Ire), Mr Lupton (Ire), Growl (GB), Kimberella (GB), Brando (GB), Queen Kindly (GB), Magical Memory (Ire). Scratched: Spirit of Valor. Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Rising Star Gives Frankel First U.S. Stakes Winner in Christiecat

Fri, 2017-09-08 17:33

RUBILINDA (f, 3, Frankel {GB}–Rubina {Ire}, by Invincible Spirit {Ire}), named aTDN Rising Starfor a smashing last-to-first victory over this distance and surface on debut May 27, bounced back from a slight hiccup last time to earn the first stakes victory of her promising career. Sluggishly away, the 4-5 chalk was content to give her competition a head start through splits of :22.48 and :45.54. Tipped widest when finally asked for more at the top of the stretch, she inhaled her competition despite a touch of greenness to power past pacesetting Smiling Causeway (Giant’s Causeway) by a half-length. Second at 2-5 going an additional furlong in a first-level allowance here July 9, Rubilinda had been entered in a one-mile optional claimer at Saratoga Sept. 3 but was scratched when that event came off the turf. Rubilinda becomes the first U.S. stakes winner and 15th overall for her popular young sire. She has an unraced 2-year-old half-sister named Ruffina (Street Cry {Ire}) and a weanling half-brother by Empire Maker. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0.
O/B-Don Alberto Stable Ky). T-Chad C Brown.


Ocala Also Bracing For Irma’s Punch

Fri, 2017-09-08 17:31

While Hurricane Irma is expected to do its worst damage in Florida in the Miami and Dade County areas, it appears that Ocala, located in Marion County, is not going to be spared. The latest forecasts are calling for Irma to hit the Ocala area early Monday and to bring with it winds of up to 100 miles per hour. That has farm owners and other horsemen, many of whom have taken in horses fleeing Gulfstream, busily preparing to do everything they can to keep their horses, employees and property as safe as possible.

“Our barns are really strong structurally,” said Glen Hill Farm President and CEO Craig Bernick. “We have had hurricanes where we’ve lost power for a couple of weeks. We have generators and we have wells on the farm. We can feed the horses and take care of them. I think this will bother the people more than the horses.”

Bernick continued, “I think it’s going to be OK. If it’s going to be an ‘end-of-the-world’ storm, none of us are going to be OK, but our farm is probably in as good a situation as any in Ocala.”

Ocala Stud sold its first crop of 2-year-olds in 1958, so the team there has plenty of experience dealing with difficult weather situations in Florida. Michael O’Farrell, who runs the operation with his sons, says the horses have an innate ability to handle storms on their own, one of the reasons why many horses at their Ocala farm will spend the storm outside.

“The horses that are outside are in great shape,” he said. “They are smart and they weather storms pretty good. They’ll find the lowest spots in field, they’ll lay down with their butts to the wind or they’ll stand up with their butts to the wind. They gravitate to the lowest area in the field and they handle it. The ones who are out, that’s the safest place to be. If you’re in a barn, trees can blow down on the roofs, which scares the horses inside and that’s when they get hurt. In most cases horses are better off out than in.”

O’Farrell said horses in training will not be let outside for the storm.

“With the horses we have in training, you can’t just all of a sudden turn them out; they’re too fit it and will run like hell and hurt themselves. The ones that stay out are broodmares and the yearlings that aren’t going to sales. They’re normally out 22 hours a day anyways, so they are used to being out.”

While Ocala will be far from the ideal place to weather the storm once Irma hits, most feel it is a better alternative than staying in South Florida. Gulfstream has ordered the evacuation of nearly 750 horses from its backstretch and many have showed up in Ocala. Tom Ventura, the president of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company, said 400 stalls on the sales grounds have been promised to horsemen fleeing from the south. He did not know, however, if all 400 will show up, as some horsemen have told him they have changed their minds and are going to keep their horses at home.

“We’re fielding calls from people constantly and we are trying to be a safe haven for people,” he said. “It’s been a real challenge for people to get here from Miami. It usually takes about four hours and one guy said it took him 8 1/2 and I hear others have had a worse time. Everybody here is prepared and everybody is cognizant that this has the potential of being a very serious storm, the most significant hurricane to hit Ocala since I have been here. We have had storms here in the past and have always come out of them in pretty good shape. We have very strong block barns.”

Randy Bradshaw, who runs a training and breaking facility in Ocala, has taken in 12 show horses from Wellington.

“We’re just hoping it goes in a different direction, out into the Atlantic,” Bradshaw said. “There’s not a whole lot you can do. You Just prepare and do the best you can. One good thing about Florida is it can take a lot of water and then in a day or two it dries up. That helps. I think we’re as prepared as we can be.”

Each of the individuals interviewed by the TDN said they are well stocked on gasoline, water and food for the horses, all things that are essential and can become scarce during a hurricane. If the storm lives up to expectations, it is likely that many of the farms and training centers will lose power.

“Our corner gas station has been out of gas for a couple of days,” Bradshaw said. “Luckily, we’ve got everything filled up and I have a 150 gallon gas tank here on the farm, which we’ve filled up. That’s for the generators. I’ve even got a jet ski if the water gets too deep. Let’s hope I don’t have to use that.”

The weather reporters are still debating about when the storm will hit Ocala and how strong it will be. But it’s coming. Marianne Siegel, a small breeder with three mares, knows that because her horses are telling her so. She plans to keep her three mares in a large open paddock during Irma.

“They’re amazing, ” she said. “It’s beautiful and sunny here today, but they are sensing that something is coming. They’re standing in middle of the paddock with their butts turned to the south. They knows what’s coming and that’s why they are standing where they are with their butts turned to where the weather is coming from. They know.”


American Freedom Retired to Airdrie

Fri, 2017-09-08 16:23

American Freedom (Pulpit–Gottcha Last, by Pleasant Tap), winner of the 2016 GIII Iowa Derby and runner-up to Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) in the GI Travers S., has been retired from the races and will enter stud for the 2018 breeding season at Brereton C. and Elizabeth Jones’s Airdrie Stud. He will command a first-season fee of $10,000, stands-and-nurses terms.

Bred in Kentucky by the late Vernon Heath’s Centaur Farms, American Freedom was purchased by owners Gary and Mary West for $500,000 out of the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and won three of his first four trips to the post, posting a 98 Beyer Speed Figure in his seven-furlong debut last April ahead of a score in the Sir Barton S. in just his third career start. A comprehensive 4 3/4-length winner of the GIII Iowa Derby in his first graded-stakes foray, American Freedom was a clear second to GI Preakness S. hero Exaggerator (Curlin) after leading into the final furlong of last year’s GI Haskell Invitational S. and rounded out a Bob Baffert-trained exacta behind the future 3-year-old champion in the Midsummer Derby. In those two races, he finished ahead of Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}), GI Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist (Uncle Mo) and future Grade I conqueror Connect (Curlin).

“American Freedom is as good looking as any stallion we’ve put in our stallion barn. He’s absolutely, drop-dead beautiful” said Airdrie’s Brereton Jones. “On top of that, he showed he belonged in any conversation of last season’s best 3-year-olds by defeating the winners of the Derby, Preakness and Belmont and beating the great Gun Runner both times they met. Both Airdrie and the West family have committed to breed no less than 20 mares apiece to him in each of his first three years at stud because this horse deserves every opportunity to be special. We’re betting big on American Freedom and we really believe we’re on a winner.”

American Freedom retires with a record of 8-3-2-0 and earnings of $705,100.


Kitten’s Joy Colt Impresses At Kempton

Fri, 2017-09-08 14:42

2nd-KEM, £6,600, Cond, 9-8, 2yo, 8f (AWT), 1:40.38, st/sl.
ROARING LION (c, 2, Kitten’s Joy–Vionnett {GISP-US, $175,140}, by Street Sense), sent off the 4-5 favourite despite racing under a six-pound penalty as a result of his debut success over this trip at Newmarket Aug. 18, broke well to race in a close-up second throughout the early stages. Taking command with two furlongs remaining, the $160,000 KEESEP yearling drew away while veering left to win by six lengths from Compliance (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}). The first foal out of the GI Rodeo Drive S. third Vionnet, Roaring Lion is a grandson of the GIII Las Cienegas H. and GIII Senator Ken Maddy H. winner Cambiocorsa (Avenue of Flags). Under her auspices are four black-type performers headed by the GII John C Mabee S. winner Moulin de Mougin (Curlin) and the GII Royal Heroine Mile heroine Schiaparelli (Ghostzapper), while she is a half to the three-times GIII Morvich H. winner California Flag (Avenue of Flags) who also took the second running of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. The dam also has a yearling colt by Medaglia d’Oro and was bred to More Than Ready this year. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $11,422. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Qatar Racing Limited; B-Ran Jan Racing, Inc. (KY); T-John Gosden.

Frankel’s Herculean Is Up To The Task In Ascot Debut

Fri, 2017-09-08 11:27

3rd-ASC, £12,000, Mdn, 9-8, 2yo, 7fT, 1:33.29, sf.

HERCULEAN (GB) (c, 2, Frankel {GB}–African Rose {GB} {Hwt. 3yo-Fr at 5-7f, G1SW-Eng, GSW & G1SP-Fr, $401,755}, by Observatory) broke well and settled under cover in fourth until beyond halfway in this first go. Stoked up approaching the two pole, the 11-10 favourite led with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and was ridden out to score by 1 3/4 lengths from Wadilsafa (GB) (Frankel {GB}). Out of G1 Haydock Sprint Cup-winning French highweight sprinter African Rose (GB) (Observatory), the homebred chestnut if a full-brother to last term’s G3 Princess Margaret S. victress and G2 Rockfel S. runner-up Fair Eva (GB), and half to a yearling colt by Kingman. African Rose is herself a full-sister to GSW G1 Prix Marcel Boussac second Helleborine (GB) and they are both daughters of G3 Lancashire Oaks third New Orchid (Quest for Fame {GB}), who in turn is a half-sister to G1 Dewhurst S.-winning sire Distant Music (Distant View). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $10,171. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Khalid Abdullah; B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB); T-Roger Charlton.

Tepin to Be Offered at Fasig November

Fri, 2017-09-08 10:57

Two-time champion Tepin (Bernstein–Life Happened, by Stravinsky), who is carrying her first foal by Curlin, will be offered by owner Robert Masterson at the Nov. 6 Fasig-Tipton November sale as part of the Elite Sales consignment.

“My interest and my love of the sport lies in racing, and my family and I have decided to sell her because we wanted her breeding career to be nurtured by someone who loves that aspect of the business as much as I love the racing aspect,” said Masterson. “It’s impossible to describe what Tepin has meant to me and my family. What happened is not believable. Everyone who races horses and who loves to do so has witnessed greatness. But never could you believe, even in your wildest dreams, that the best of the best could be yours.”

“Tepin captured the hearts and imagination of Thoroughbred fans around the world,” said Boyd Browning, President & CEO of Fasig-Tipton. “Her brilliance was only surpassed by her courage and determination to win. Tepin truly has unlimited potential as a broodmare. She is in foal on one cover to Curlin, sire of five Grade 1 winners in 2016 alone. It’s a once-a-decade type offering that is truly elite.”

Tepin earned her first Eclipse Award as the nation’s best turf mare in 2015 after racking up a trio of Grade I wins. Kicking off that term with victories in the GII Churchill Distaff Turf Mile and the GI Longines Just a Game S., the Mark Casse pupil missed by a nose to Hard Not to Like (Hard Spun) in that term’s GI Diana S. and came up just a head short to subsequent Grade I winner Dacita (Chi) (Scat Daddy) in the GII Ballston Spa S. Returning to winning ways with a dominant seven-length score in Keeneland’s GI First Lady S., the then 4-year-old Tepin dazzled fans in Lexington again next out with a decisive score over 2016 GI Arlington Million hero Mondialiste (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Opening her 2016 account at Tampa with facile wins in the GIII Lambholm South Endeavour S. and GII Hillsborough S., Tepin romped by five lengths in the GI Coolmore Jenny Wiley S. last spring at Keeneland and easily defended her Churchill Distaff Turf Mile title. Her connections felt confident enough in their turf superstar to make the trip across the pond to Royal Ascot, where she rewarded their good faith with another sensational success in the prestigious G1 Queen Anne S.

Given a bit of a breather at Saratoga over the summer following her European exploits, Tepin returned a winner with another impressive victory against males in the GI Ricoh Woodbine Mile last September. Second to a loose-on-the-lead Photo Call (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) when attempting a First Lady title defense, the bay closed four wide to be a valiant second to Tourist (Tiznow) by just a half-length in last term’s Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita Nov. 5.

Tepin was retired this past April when her connections felt she had lost interest in racing and bred to Curlin. She closed out her illustrious career with a record of 23-13-5-1 and earnings of $4,437,918.

“I have trained some Breeders’ Cup winners and champions, but there is no doubt this is the best horse I ever trained,” Casse said. “She came with her ‘A’ game at 10 different racetracks, under every possible surface and condition, including wins on turf, dirt and synthetic. It is a special feeling leading one over knowing they are going to run big. We felt that every time with Tepin. She was first or second in her final 15 starts, 11 of those wins. Believe it or not, I think her extremely-wide second in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Mile was her best race ever. We never ducked anyone, and she took my son Norman, my staff and me around the world, and we are proud she went out on top.”

Tepin will be part of the first Fasig-Tipton November consignment for Elite Sales.

“Tepin was legendary on the racetrack, but the chance to add a collector’s item like her to a broodmare band is historic,” said Elite Sales’ Brad Weisbord. “She is the first mare to come to public auction having been both a Breeders’ Cup Mile and Queen Anne winner, which gives her unique worldwide appeal. Tepin has a great chance to shape catalogue pages for decades to come. Of the four fillies that have been Eclipse Champion Female Turf Horse twice, like Tepin, three have produced Graded or Group winners including Kingmambo and Australia, and the fourth had daughters produce Graded or Group winners.”


Woodbine Cancels Card Due to Death of Exercise Rider

Fri, 2017-09-08 10:32

Woodbine canceled their eight-race card Friday after 43-year-old exercise rider Darren Fortune died from injuries suffered during a training accident at the Canadian track earlier that morning.

No horses were harmed in the accident and the Ministry of Labour is currently investigating the details.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our community this morning and our hearts and condolences go out to his family and friends,” said Jamie Martin, Executive Vice-President Racing for Woodbine Entertainment Group.


Rochette Success For Dubawi’s Glorious Journey

Fri, 2017-09-08 08:39

   Soon after they had been officially launched, Sheikha Al Jalila Racing’s maroon-and-white silks were off the mark and they graced the winner’s enclosure at Saint-Cloud as the big-money purchase Glorious Journey made virtually all to capture this prize. Having raced in the Godolphin blue when beating the useful Grand Koonta (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) and Take Me With You (Scat Daddy) on his sole start over six furlongs at Newmarket June 10, the bay soon took over front-running duty from A Quiet Man with James Doyle intent on setting his own pace. Only Feralia emerged with a genuine threat in the straight, but Glorious Journey gave generously to hold that rival and double his tally. “He’s always been a nice horse and very promising, but I didn’t run him for three months after his debut as I thought he needed time,” trainer Charlie Appleby said. “He is a 3-year-old really, so his future is next year but he could possibly have another run this season. It is not a certainty.”
   Glorious Journey was the co-highest priced yearling at last year’s Tattersalls October Sale when selling to John Ferguson for 2.6million guineas and is the first winner for his G1 Coronation S.-winning British highweight Fallen For You. The second dam is the MGSP and Listed Silver Trophy winner Fallen Star, who is a half-sister to the G1 Lockinge S.-winning sire Fly to the Stars (GB) and to the dam of the G2 German 2000 Guineas winner Peace At Last (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}). Fallen Star’s daughter Fallen In Love (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) was runner-up in the G2 Lancashire Oaks and produced Loving Things (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) who was third in that Haydock feature and also won the G3 Prix de Flore, while another of her offspring Shine Like a Star (GB) (Fantastic Light) was responsible for the SW & MGSP Light Up Our World (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) and MGSP Light Up My Life (Ire) (Zamindar). The dam has a yearling colt by Frankel (GB) and a colt foal also by Dubawi to come.


Friday, Saint-Cloud, France
PRIX LA ROCHETTE-G3, €80,000, SCD, 9-8, 2yo, 7fT, 1:26.42, gd.
1–GLORIOUS JOURNEY (GB), 126, c, 2, by Dubawi (Ire)
1st Dam: Fallen For You (GB) (Hwt. 3yo Filly-Eng at 7-9.5f & G1SW-Eng, $286,833), by Dansili (GB)
2nd Dam: Fallen Star (GB), by Brief Truce
3rd Dam: Rise and Fall (GB), by Mill Reef
*1st stakes win. (2,600,000gns Ylg ’16 TATOCT). O-HH Sheikha Al Jalila Racing; B-Normandie Stud Ltd (GB); T-Charlie Appleby; J-James Doyle. €40,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, €45,288. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Feralia (Fr), 122, f, 2, Pedro the Great–Centralienne, by Dixie Union. (€12,000 Ylg ’16 AROCT). O-Bertrand Belinguier; B-SNC Regnier (FR); T-Jean-Claude Rouget. €16,000.
3–A Quiet Man (Ire), 126, c, 2, Literato (Fr)–Priceless Baby (Ire), by Peintre Celebre. (€47,000 Ylg ’16 AROCT). O-Antoine Gilibert, Fabrice Chappet & Benoit Chalmel; B-Ecurie Haras du Cadran & Malcolm Parrish (IRE); T-Fabrice Chappet. €12,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, 3HF, 2. Odds: 1.50, 1.10, 2.90.
Also Ran: Calva d’Auge (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Corey Johnsen Talks Kentucky Downs on the TDN Podcast

Thu, 2017-09-07 15:07

When Corey Johnsen and Ray Reid took over Kentucky Downs in 2007, they were handed the reins of a track that had had financial problems and was little more than a blip on the radar when it came to the national racing scene. Today, Johnsen, the president and part-owner of Kentucky Downs, oversees a meet where the purses are huge, the takeout is low and the racing is so good that everyone is taking notice. Johnsen is this week’s guest on the Thoroughbred Daily News podcast, brought to you by Taylor Made. Click here to listen.

Dubawi’s The Revenant Triumphs in Haydock Debut

Thu, 2017-09-07 12:01

3rd-HAY, £7,000, Cond, 9-7, 2yo, c/g, 7f 212yT, 1:43.99, g/s.

THE REVENANT (GB) (c, 2, Dubawi {Ire}–Hazel Lavery {Ire} {GSW-Eng, $246,630}, by Excellent Art {GB}) was last from the gates, but recovered to track the leaders under restraint in sixth for most of this first go. Inching ever closer on the bridle in the straight, the 11-2 chance quickened smartly to challenge with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and was ridden out in the closing stages to assert by 3/4-of-a-length from Global Conqueror (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), with the Dubawi trifecta completed by Godolphin’s 1.2-million guineas TATOCT yearling Ghostwatch (Ire) 2 1/4 lengths further adrift in third. The homebred bay is the first winner for G3 St Simon S. victress Hazel Lavery (Ire) (Excellent Art {GB}), herself a half-sister to G3 St Leger Italiano and G3 Give Thanks S. runner-up Leo Gali (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), and he is kin to a yearling filly by Kingman (GB). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $5,905. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O/B-Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd (GB); T-Hugo Palmer.

City Zip Colt Scores in Kentucky Downs Juvenile

Wed, 2017-09-06 18:30

FASIG-TIPTON TURF SHOWCASE JUVENILE S., $346,000, KD, 9-6, 2yo, 7fT, 1:31.97, gd.
1–#SNAPPER SINCLAIR, 120, c, 2, by City Zip
1st Dam: True Addiction (GSP, $115,510),
by Yes It’s True
2nd Dam: Java Jolt, by Hennessy
3rd Dam: Risen Colony, by Pleasant Colony
($30,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $180,000 2yo ’17 OBSAPR). O-Bloom
Racing Stable; B-K & G Stables (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen;
J-Ricardo Santana, Jr.. $201,810. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0,
2–John Tippmann, 120, c, 2, Tiz Wonderful–It’sthemoneyhoney, by Lion Heart. O-Baldassari, Albert T., Lion, Daniel, Demayo, Francis and Tippmann, John; B-Albert Baldassari (KY); T-Kenneth G. McPeek. $65,100.
3–Arawak, 120, c, 2, Uncle Mo–Spicy Teddy, by Spanish Steps. ($200,000 Ylg ’16 FTKJUL). O-Tabor, Michael B., Magnier, Mrs. John, and Smith, Derrick; B-Parrish Hill Farm & Ashford Stud (KY); T-Wesley A. Ward. $32,550.
Margins: 1 3/4, NO, NK. Odds: 2.10, 15.20, 5.50.
Also Ran: Sky Promise, Bantu, Stolen Pistol, Renaisance Frolic, Mr Ashley, Little Jimmy B, Tigerbeach, Northern Trail, Make Noise. Scratched: East Rand, Pont Du Gard, Smart Remark, Captivating Moon.
Snapper Sinclair backed up a dominant maiden victory with a game, pace-pressing tally here. A non-threatening sixth on the Belmont dirt first out July 8, the $180,000 OBS April buy ran off to a four-length graduation switched to the lawn Aug. 14 at Saratoga and was made the favorite in this stakes debut. Stalking the speed from third, the bay sidled up to the frontrunners at the three-sixteenths pole and took command into the final furlong. John Tippmann and the well-traveled Arawak made late bids, but the chalk kept to his task and registered a convincing score. John Tippmann stayed on well to complete the exacta.
The winner’s dam is GII Adirondack Breeders’ Cup S. runner-up True Addiction (Yes It’s True), who foaled a colt by Tale of the Cat in 2016. Third dam Risen Colony (Pleasant Colony) captured the GIII Honey Bee H. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Scat Daddy Filly Makes All for Ward in KD Juvy Fillies

Wed, 2017-09-06 17:36

EXACTA SYSTEMS JUVENILE FILLIES S., $348,000, KD, 9-6, 2yo, f, 7fT, 1:32.38, gd.
1–#ULTIMA D, 118, f, 2, by Scat Daddy
1st Dam: La Violette, by Coronado’s Quest
2nd Dam: Comical Cat, by Exceller
3rd Dam: Six Months Long, by Northern Dancer
($300,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-For the People; B-Hunter Valley
Farm, Jayne Johnson & Keith Lazarz (KY); T-Wesley A. Ward;
J-Julio A. Garcia. $201,810. Lifetime Record: 4-1-2-0, $229,178.
*1/2 to Feels Like Flying (Pure Prize), SP, $180,088.
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 & Masiello, Robert; B-Mercedes Stables LLC (KY);
T-Christophe Clement. $65,100.
3–Go Noni Go, 120, f, 2, Get Stormy–Lady Larkspur, by Perfect
Soul (Ire). ($1,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $8,500 RNA Ylg ’16
FTKOCT; $100,000 2yo ’17 FTKHRA). O-Three Diamonds Farm;
B-David E. Hager, (KY); T-Michael J. Maker. $32,550.
Margins: 1HF, 1, 1. Odds: 3.00, 2.40, 7.60.
Also Ran: Katie’s Reward, Our Graycious Girl, Arabella Bella, Classy Music, Moonlight Rain, Waki Patriot, High Tech, Secret Passion, Elizabeth Nicole. Scratched: Emmport, My Peeps, Bridaled Temper, Delaphene.
(cont. from p1)
Ultima D broke alertly and wired the field to break her maiden in the Juvenile Fillies, staving off a late bid from favored Best Performance to complete a 1-2 finish for Saratoga shippers. Ultima D finished a dull fifth as the favorite on debut Apr. 20 at Keeneland and the $300,000 Keeneland September grad was runner-up to subsequent Victoria S. heroine Blueblood (City Zip) May 19 at Woodbine before running a neck second sprinting on the Saratoga turf July 29. Made the 3-1 second choice in this stakes debut, the chestnut broke alertly and was immediately put on the engine by Julio Garcia, facing only light pressure from Go Noni Go (Get Stormy) through fractions of :25.81 and :51.11 over the undulating turf course. Turning into the lane in control, Ultima D was shaken up past the quarter pole and instantly responded, slamming the door by the sixteenth marker to claim a convincing victory. Best Performance, second in both the June 8 Astoria S. and July 21 GIII Schuylerville S. on dirt, ran on well to be second again after encountering some traffic trouble in the lane, while Go Noni Go settled for third money.

The winner is a half to Feels Like Flying (Pure Prize), SP, $180,088, as well as a full to stakes-placed Scatladybdancing. She shares a second dam, MGSP Comical Cat (Exceller), with Wesley Ward’s G1SW No Nay Never (Scat Daddy). La Violette was bred to Tapiture this spring. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Galileo Half To Reckless Abandon Scores On Debut At Gowran

Wed, 2017-09-06 12:36

2nd-GOW, €16,500, Mdn, 9-6, 2yo, c/g, 7fT, 1:34.36, hy.
FAMILY TREE (GB) (c, 2, Galileo {Ire}–Sant Elena {GB} {SP-Can}, by Efisio {GB}), a 420,000gns TAOCT yearling, was sluggish from the outset and needed urging from Seamie Heffernan to close from worse than mid-division turning for home. Gettinng the message approaching the final furlong, the 5-1 shot rolled by Meagher’s Flag (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) 100 yards out and hit the line the ultimately cosy winner by 3/4 of a length. The winner is a half-brother to the G1 Middle Park S., G1 Prix Morny, G2 Norfolk S. and G2 Prix Robert Papin-winning multiple highweight Reckless Abandon (GB) (Exchange Rate), and to this year’s G2 Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho runner-up Best Approach (GB) (New Approach {Ire}), MGSP-Jpn, $436,503. The dam, who also has a yearling filly by Kingman (GB), is a half to two top-class performers in Ticker Tape (GB) (Royal Applause {GB}) and Brando (GB) (Pivotal {GB}). The former needs little introduction as the heroine of the GI American Oaks Invitational and GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, while Brando significantly enhanced his reputation last month by winning the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest. This is also the family of the G1 Racing Post Trophy hero and GI Pacific Classic runner-up Crowded House (GB) (Rainbow Quest). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, €10,164. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Susan Magnier; B-Car Colston Hall Stud (GB); T-Aidan O’Brien.

Hinkle Farms Seeking Big September

Tue, 2017-09-05 12:10

Four years ago, Tom Hinkle, brother Henry and daughter Anne Archer watched a weanling colt by Uncle Mo go through the sales ring at the 2013 Keeneland November sale, attracting a final bid of $180,000. The team jumped into action to secure the colt’s dam Seeking Gabrielle (Forestry) for $100,000 just one hip later. The purchase proved to be fortuitous when that weanling, who sold for $230,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale the following fall and for $400,000 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale, went on to become champion 2-year-old and GI Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. Hinkle Farms will offer a half-brother by Flatter to the champion as hip 84 during Monday’s Book 1 session of the Keeneland September sale.

“I was there at the sale with my dad and my uncle,” recalled Anne Archer Hinkle. “It’s always great when a mare sells at the same time as her foal. That way you can kind of gauge what you think other foals out of her will look like. [Nyquist] was great looking. He sold really, really well. He sold one hip in front of her and we were walking into the sales pavilion to get a seat and I just remember everybody saying, ‘Wow–he sold really well for an Uncle Mo.’ That was Uncle Mo’s first crop at the time and not that many people had seen too many of his weanlings. He was not Uncle Mo yet. I’m sure there were people out there smarter than us who knew what he was going to turn into now, but we certainly didn’t know that at the time.”

The 2013 auction was Seeking Gabrielle’s second straight appearance at the November sale. The mare, with Nyquist in utero, RNA’d for $90,000 in 2012.

“There is nothing wrong with the mare,” Hinkle said. “She is attractive, but she is not a show-stopper. I think she is one of those mares that, her foals are more striking and more attractive than she is. She is just not flashy.”

Of the mare’s appeal to her family’s commercial breeding operation, Hinkle added, “We were looking for more mares that year. When we purchased her, she was in foal to Blame, and I know my dad and my uncle were especially excited about Blame and thought it would be great to have another foal by him. Then after seeing how great the weanling was, I think that was even more reason to go for the mare. Honestly, I think we were surprised when she only sold for what she did. And now, of course, that looks like a bargain.”

The yearling received another boost when his sire Flatter was represented by recent GI Travers S. winner West Coast.

“That was great–we all shared a text between ourselves,” Hinkle said. “It was perfect timing. But Flatter is a really great sire, so there is no reason why he can’t have really top-tier horses.”

Hip 84 is one of two half-siblings to Kentucky Derby winners scheduled to sell at Keeneland next Monday. Dromoland Farm will offer a half-sister by Pioneerof the Nile to 2017 Derby winner Always Dreaming (Bodemeister) as hip 124.

Hinkle admitted having such a well-related yearling in the shedrow provides the consignment with an extra bit of buzz.

“We’re really fortunate just to have the family on the farm and to own the mare,” she said. “For a small consignment like ours, it’s definitely really exciting. We just hope when he gets there, he lives up to the hype. Because he certainly does have a lot of hype around him. It’s a special thing to be the only Flatter in Book 1, as well.”

Seeking Gabrielle produced a filly by Blame in 2014. That foal sold for $330,000 to Bridlewood Farm at the 2015 Keeneland September sale. The mare produced a filly by War Front this year and is currently in foal to Tapit.

“Historically, we try to sell everything, so the plan now, and when we bred to War Front, is to sell the foal,” Hinkle said. “That’ll be a decision that we have to finalize further down the road. Of course it’s always in the back of your mind, at one point I know we’ll want to hold on to a filly of hers and you can’t do much better than War Front. But that foal will be so appealing to so many people. It’s hard to turn away from that as well. The mare is back in foal to Tapit and she’s carrying a colt. We’ve taken a big swing with her, but I think she’s worth it and she’s proven herself.”

Hinkle Farms will offer three yearlings during the Monday’s Book 1 session. In addition to the Flatter colt, the farm will also send an Orb half-sister to multiple Grade I winner Divisidero (Kitten’s Joy) (hip 44) through the sales ring; as well as hip 100, a daughter of Candy Ride (Arg) out of stakes placed Sweet Tess (Afleet Alex).

Hinkle Farms purchased Madame du Lac (Lemon Drop Kid), with Divisidero in utero, for $150,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November Sale.

“She is so beautiful,” Hinkle said of the Orb yearling. “She has a massive walk and everything out of that mare has the best temperament. They are all smart and this yearling is exactly the same way. She’s also the only Orb in Book 1.”

Madame du Lac’s Bernardini colt RNA’d for $60,000 at last year’s September sale. Hinkle Farms retained a 50% interest in the colt, who has been training at Fair Hill, and will campaign him in partnership with Gunpowder Farms, which owns Divisidero.

Hinkle Farms purchased Sweet Tess, in foal to Candy Ride, for $250,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. The mare is a half-sister to GISP Lady Melesi (Colonial Affair), dam of MGSP Seruni (Saint Liam).

“She is a beautiful, beautiful mare,” Hinkle said of Sweet Tess. “We’re all so pleased with this filly. She is big and she has plenty of bone. Sometimes you worry with the first foal, you worry that they might be a little slight, but she is not. She is super strong. I think people are really going to like her.”

Hinkle Farms has catalogued 21 yearlings to the Saratoga sale, including an additional five yearlings in Book 2.

“We are also really pleased with our Book 2 yearlings, which include colts by Curlin, Pioneer of the Nile, and Uncle Mo and fillies by Arch and Into Mischief,” Hinkle added.

The draft also includes a half-sister by City Zip to recent P.G. Johnson S. winner Orbolution (Orb) (hip 1762).

Hinkle Farms currently is home to a broodmare band of close to 40 head.

“Or, as my dad said earlier today, ‘Too many,” Hinkle laughed. “We are selling a few in November because we have to cut down on our numbers, but we need to have enough. You can’t just have five or six mares if you are trying to sell foals as yearlings. We’ve realized if you bring too few to the sales, if the big ones that you’re really banking on doing well don’t do as well for you as you’re hoping, it can be harder to come back from that. You just need enough numbers to have a little bit of a safely net.”

The farm traditionally offers all of its crop as yearlings, but in an unusual turn, will sell some weanlings at the upcoming Keeneland November sale.

“This year we are selling three weanling colts, but that is only because we have 18 colts and eight fillies and we don’t have enough paddocks for when they get to be yearlings to separate all the colts. Some years, it is a really even 50-50 split, but we were really hit hard by colts this year. It isn’t a bad thing, but we do have to let a few go.”

Following in her father and uncle’s footsteps, Hinkle is the third generation of her family to help operate the 1,000-acre Hinkle Farms in Paris, Kentucky. The 27-year-old will be making her third trip to the September sale as the farm’s director of bloodstock services, but she originally had other plans.

“My senior year in college, I was really dead-set on going to veterinarian school,” Hinkle said. “When I got out of school, I worked for some small animal hospitals and, I think going through the application process and actually getting some real experience in that setting, I just realized I didn’t quite think it was for me.”

She continued, “But even early on in college, I thought whatever I do, I always want to be able to help out with the farm. My dad and my uncle did other things–they were really involved in highway construction–and my dad managed the farm, as well. So that was a lofty goal of mine. But then when I decided I didn’t want to go to vet school, I talked to my dad and my uncle about working full time for the farm and they were kind enough to find a place for me. And I’ve been working with the farm ever since.”

Hinkle is clearly relishing her role at the farm which is steeped in generations of her family’s history.

“It’s been really fulfilling to be involved with something that is so special to my family and to be able to work with my family,” she said. “Most people look up to their dad and think that he hung the moon. That’s how I feel. I know that I have such a special opportunity to learn from my family members, who I have a tremendous amount of respect for. Of course it’s challenging learning how to work with family when you’re just used to interacting with them on a personal level, but it’s been a great experience and I’ve learned so much from them. I know I have a lifetime more to learn, but I’ve really enjoyed it so far.”

The Keeneland September sale begins Monday at 3 p.m.

Practical Joke to Ashford in ’18

Tue, 2017-09-05 11:41

Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Practical Joke (Into Mischief–Halo Humor, by Distorted Humor), most recently winner of the GI H. Allen Jerkens S. at Saratoga, will stand at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud for the 2018 breeding season.

“He’s a very, very good-looking horse, he’s by one of the hottest sires in the country and he’s amongst the very best racehorses of his generation,” Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan said of Practical Joke. “We’re absolutely delighted that he’s coming to stand here.”

Practical Joke, unbeaten in five one-turn starts, won last year’s GI Hopeful S. and GI Champagne S., as well as this year’s GIII Dwyer. Before winning the Aug. 26 Allen Jerkens, the sophomore was a close-up third in the GI Haskell Invitational.

On the board in nine of 10 starts to date, Practical Joke has won five times for earnings of $1,670,800. His lone off-the-board finish was a fifth-place finish in the GI Kentucky Derby.

He is currently targeting a start in the GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

Shamardal’s Usherette Back To Winning Ways

Tue, 2017-09-05 11:08

Needing to come down some a couple of pegs after a latest sixth in the G1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville July 30, Usherette duly returned to the winner’s spot for the first time since last year’s G2 Duke of Cambridge S. In the interim, the homebred had suffered two knocks to her confidence when sixth in the G1 Falmouth S. at Newmarket last July and on her latest outing but had shown she retained all her ability in between when third in the G1 Prix d’Ispahan at Chantilly May 28 and the latest edition of the Duke of Cambridge at Royal Ascot June 21. Unlike in the Rothschild, when she was ridden from the front, the bay was anchored with two behind early tanking along for Mickael Barzalona. Getting a couple of smacks to deliver her winning effort, she veered left as she gained the lead in the final 50 metres but was allowed to keep it by the officials after an inquiry.
Usherette is the first foal out of the useful Monday Show, whose second was the winner’s full-sister Show Day (Ire) who was a listed winner in Germany and finished third in the G3 Premio Elena E Sergio Cumani. The second dam is the G3 Prix Penelope scorer La Sylphide (Swi) (Barathea {Ire}), who produced two other black-type performers headed by the GII Red Smith H. and GIII Fair Grounds H. winner Expansion (Maria’s Mon) who was also third in the GI Man o’ War S. and GI Manhattan H. From the family of the G1 Grand Prix de Paris and G1 Prix Jean Prat-winning sire Vespone (Ire) and the G1 Melbourne Cup and G1 Hong Kong Vase runner-up Purple Moon (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), as well as the top-level scorers Vallee Enchantee (Ire) (Peintre Celebre), Volga (Ire) (Caerleon) and Maids Causeway (Ire) (Giant’s Causeway), Monday Show’s 2-year-old colt by Cape Cross (Ire) is named African Jazz (Ire), while she also has a yearling filly by Exceed and Excel (Aus).

PRIX DE LA COCHERE – FONDS EUROPEEN DE L’ELEVAGE-Listed, €52,000, MLF, 9-5, 3yo/up, f/m, 8fT, 1:43.50, sf.
1–USHERETTE (IRE), 130, m, 5, Shamardal–Monday Show (SP-Ger), by Maria’s Mon
. O-Godolphin SNC; B-Darley (IRE); T-Andre Fabre; J-Mickael Barzalona. €26,000. Lifetime Record: Hwt. Older Mare-Eur, Eng & Fr at 7-9 1/2f, MGSW-Eng & G1SP-Fr, 13-7-0-3, €125,725.
2–Game Theory (Ire)
, 130, m, 5, Aussie Rules–Atullia (Ger), by Tertullian. (€60,000 Ylg ’13 AROCT). O-Mme James Norton. €10,400.
3–Ettisaal (GB)
, 121, f, 3, Dubawi (Ire)–Al Ishq (Fr), by Nureyev. O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. €7,800.
Margins: SNK, HF, HD. Odds: 1.10, 12.40, 2.00. Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Dansili Filly Impresses in Goodwood Graduation

Tue, 2017-09-05 10:43

2nd-GOO, £7,000, Cond, 9-5, 2yo, f, 7fT, 1:30.89, gd.

JULIET FOXTROT (GB) (f, 2, Dansili {GB}–Kilo Alpha {GB} {SW-Fr}, by King’s Best), an Aug. 12 debut fifth going seven furlongs at Newmarket last time, broke well and accepted a tow in third until inching closer in the straight. Challenging on the bridle passing the two pole, the 8-11 chalk quickened clear approaching the final eighth and was pushed out to score by an impressive seven lengths from Richenza (Fr) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}). She is out of Listed Prix de Bagatelle victress Kilo Alpha (GB) (King’s Best) and is thus kin to G3 Prix Thomas Bryon third Alpha Bravo (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), a yearling filly by Siyouni (Fr) and a colt foal by Kingman (GB). Kilo Alpha, herself a full-sister to MGSP three-time stakes winner Runaway (GB), is a granddaughter of GII Molly Pitcher H. and GIII Falls City H. winner Navajo Princess (Drone), who in turn produced MG1SW multiple champion and sire Dancing Brave (Lyphard) and MG1SW European highweight Jolypha (Lyphard). Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $5,856. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Khalid Abdullah; B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB); T-Charles Hills.