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Wednesday’s Insights: Plenty of Juvenile Mischief at Saratoga

Tue, 2019-07-30 13:35

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency

3rd-SAR, $78,000, (S), Msw, 2yo, f, 6f, post time: 2:12 p.m. ET
Jeff Drown’s RISKY MISCHIEF (Into Mischief), a $350,000 Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearling purchase last August, who had been expected to debut on the Saratoga card which got rained out last Thursday, makes her first trip to the post here for trainer Jeremiah Englehart. She is a daughter of multiple stakes winner Risky Rachel (Limehouse) and her second dam is graded stakes winner Dancin Renee (Distinctive Pro). Her half-brother Yale (Scat Daddy) sold for $1-million at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale. TJCIS PPs

6th-SAR, $90,000, Msw, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, post time: 4:03 p.m. ET
Spendthrift’s Into Mischief has been on a hot streak and he has a pair of debuting juveniles in this affair. Rodolphe Brisset sends out Magic Cap Stables’ SLAM DUNK, a $450,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling acquisition. The dark bay filly worked a best-of-eight five furlongs in :59 3/5 July 22. Chad Brown saddles Klaravich Stables’ Figure of Speech, a $200,000 KEESEP yearling who tuned up for her debut with a bullet three furlongs in :36 (1/9) July 27.
Courtlandt Farms will be represented by firster One Time Around (Empire Maker), a $400,000 KEESEP yearling out of Sip Sip (Bernardini) trained by Mark Hennig. G. Watts Humphrey’s homebred Power of Magic (Honor Code), a daughter of graded placed Magical Ride (Storm Cat) and a half to MGISP Ride On Curlin (Curlin), debuts for trainer Rusty Arnold. TJCIS PPs.

 

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Deep Impact (2002-2019)

Tue, 2019-07-30 00:26

Deep Impact (Jpn) (Sunday Silence–Wind In Her Hair {Ire}, by Alzao), a Japanese Triple Crown winner who quickly rose to become one of the world’s most influential stallions, passed away Tuesday, according to a release from Shadai Stallion Station. The 17-year-old underwent surgery on his spine July 28, according to the release, and the operation was pronounced a success with a ‘stable’ post-operative prognosis. The release goes on to say that Deep Impact was unable to stand the morning of July 29 and X-rays were performed July 30 which indicated a cervical spine fracture.

Bred by Northern Farm, Deep Impact was purchased by Makoto Kaneko for ¥73.5 million out of the 2002 JHRA Select Foal Sale and won his lone start at two before adding his first six appearances as a sophomore, including the Satsuki Sho (2000m), Tokyo Yushun (2400m) and Kikuka Sho (3000m).He tasted domestic defeat for the only time in his career when going down narrowly to Heart’s Cry (Jpn) (Sunday Silence) in the 2005 G1 Arima Kinen. Winner of the Tenno Sho (Spring) and G1 Takarazuka Kinen in 2006, he carried the hopes of a nation in the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, but fell 3/4 of a length short in third before being disqualified to last for testing positive for a banned substance. He bounced back to add the G1 Japan Cup and the 2006 Arima Kinen before retiring to Shadai with 12 wins from his 13 starts, two Horse of the Year titles, four championships overall and earnings of over $12.8 million.

Deep Impact has more than lived up to his moniker as a stallion, having sired no fewer than 42 Group 1 winners at home and abroad. He has accounted for five winners of the Japanese Derby since his first foals turned three in 2011, his son Roger Barows (Jpn) having become the latest victor of the Tokyo feature earlier this year.

In addition to Japan, Deep Impact is the sire of top-level winners in Dubai and Hong Kong as well as Classic-winning colts in England and France. The sire of 135 black-type winners to date, including 113 at group level, Deep Impact has been represented by 16 champions, including two-time Horse of the Year and Japan Cup winner Gentildonna (Jpn).

Though still in his relative youth as a broodmare sire, Deep Impact has produced the dams of seven stakes winners, four at group level, including fellow Kikuka Sho hero Kiseki (Jpn) (Rulership {Jpn}).

His success as a sire of racehorses has made his offspring the most coveted offerings at the Select Sale, as his sons or daughters have topped the foal sale each year since 2012. In 2016, his son of Elusive Wave (Ire) (Elusive City) fetched ¥580 million ($5.09 million), while earlier this month, a colt foal out of Titan Queen (Tiznow) topped the Foal Sale on a bid of ¥470 million ($4.32 million). Both were purchased by Riichi Kondo.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

 

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Purse Hike at Charles Town

Mon, 2019-07-29 16:53

Beginning Aug. 8, purses at Charles Town will receive a boost due to a measure passed in the West Virginia legislature earlier this year. The bill that originally started as Senate Bill 13 and was passed by the Senate and House of Delegates before being signed into law by Governor Jim Justice returned a chunk of funds originally diverted from the purse fund in the mid 2000’s to address the state’s struggling workers compensation program. Based on the proportion of overnight races run so far in 2019, Charles Town’s blended purse increase equates to a hike of slightly more than 17% in the daily distribution of overnight purses.

Maiden special weight purses will receive an increase of $4,000 to $27,000, while existing allowance conditions will be augmented by anywhere between 12 and 22%. Claiming events will be increased in a similar range of percentages as the allowance ranks. Allowance races going longer than seven furlongs will also carry a $1,000 premium over events run at shorter distances while claiming races going longer than seven furlongs will similarly see purses bumped an additional $500 over those run up to and including that distance.

In conjunction with the purse increase at Charles Town, the Charles Town HBPA and Jockey’s Guild have reached an agreement that will bump the losing mount fees to a minimum of $100.

“This is certainly a significant help in bolstering our purse structure which had taken a hit in recent years due to a diminishment in gaming revenues going into it,” said Charles Town’s Director of Racing Operations Charlie McIntosh. “We understand it won’t happen overnight, but this will unquestionably make the racing program here at Charles Town and racing in West Virginia in general more desirable places to run which we hope in turn leads to a reinvigoration of our product.”

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NYRA, Saratoga to Honor Whitney’s Legacy

Mon, 2019-07-29 15:07

The New York Racing Association has announced plans to  honor the memory of the late Marylou Whitney, who passed away July 19 at the age of 93. The clubhouse entrance at Saratoga Race Course will officially be named the “Marylou Whitney Entrance.” Two jockey statues adorned in the Eton blue and brown silks representing the classic colors of Marylou Whitney stables will adorn the entrance. The statues will commemorate the 2004 victories of Whitney’s colt Birdstone in the GI Belmont S. and GI Travers S.

Whitney will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Friday. The induction will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion.

NYRA will formally celebrate Whitney at Saratoga Race Course Saturday, in conjunction with her family’s namesake race: the $1-million GI Whitney S. The day will include a special video tribute to the “Queen of Saratoga.” Fans are encouraged to wear pink in celebration of Whitney and her signature hue.

“Marylou was integral in making our summer meet at Saratoga the success that it is today. It is truly fitting to have her name serve as a warm welcome to the many racing fans who pass through our clubhouse gates each summer,” said NYRA CEO and President Dave O’Rourke. “Marylou’s impact on racing and the community as a whole cannot be overstated. She was a passionate horsewoman who demonstrated unmatched generosity and grace. We look forward to honoring her memory while celebrating her many contributions to the Spa.”

The City of Saratoga Springs also announced plans to rename Centennial Park for Whitney. The park, located at the base of Union Avenue, will now be known as “Marylou Whitney Park.”

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Well-Named Preservationist Ready for Whitney

Mon, 2019-07-29 14:37

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Surely, there is a joke to be crafted about Preservationist (Arch)’s name and how little he has raced in what is now a four-year career for trainer Jimmy Jerkens and Centennial Farms. With a mere eight starts, he has spent way more time on the injured list than in the starting lineup, but the 6-year-old is finally rewarding the patience of his connections, who have been true believers in his potential to become a top-level competitor.

A decisive 4 1/2-length victory over Catholic Boy (More Than Ready) in the GII Suburban S. July 6, his first try in a graded stakes, has carried Preservationist to the Aug. 3 GI Whitney S., where he will tangle with four Grade I winners: Thunder Snow (Helmet {Aus}), McKinzie (Street Sense), Yoshida (Jpn) (Heart’s Cry {Jpn}) and Vino Rosso (Curlin). Though Jerkens said after the Suburban victory that he might wait for the Aug. 31 GI Woodward S., the $1-million Whitney rather quickly became the target.

“Some horses thrive in Saratoga. He’s doing well,” said Centennial president and co-owner Don Little, Jr. “There are only so many opportunities in life. The horse is doing very well and if he can repeat some of the performance from last time, why not?”

Little agreed that Preservationist is being asked to face a tough crew in the 1 1/8 miles, a “Win and You’re In” race for the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic.

“It’s very salty, but at some point you’re going to have to face the music and take on the big guys,” Little said. “We think that we’re one, that we deserve to be there after that performance.”

The Suburban score was Preservationist’s third straight win and pushed his record to 5-1-2.

Jerkens worked Preservationist on Saratoga’s main track July 27, in what was officially recorded as five furlongs in 1:00.60, the third-fastest of 30 at the distance. Little said that Jerkens was looking at it as a seven-furlong breeze but that time was not captured. Jerkens had the horse doing six furlongs in a tick or so over 1:13.

“The thing that is so exciting watching him is that it just looks like he’s doing a strong gallop, because he’s so athletic,” Little said. “It looks like a strong gallop and he’s doing it pretty easily. The rider almost stands up on him and lets him do his work and doesn’t bother him.”

Far more important to the partners than the time was that Preservationist looked sharp in the work and was en route for his fifth start in 2019. That is more than the combined total of his races in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He debuted midway through his 3-year-old season of 2016 with a second, but did not race again until December, 2017. After three starts in a little over three months, he was off again for nearly 11 months.

“He’s just always had some nagging things that we had to stop on him. It was getting frustrating,” Jerkens said. “He’s finally put it all together, it looks like. Obviously, the fact that he’s only run the few times that he’s run and he’s six years old there have been problems.”

Little said that Preservationist did not have a major physical issue and that time may be the most important reason for the turnaround.

“I think it’s the type of horse that he is, just a big, robust horse,” Little said. “It’s like any athlete you have to wait out the little hiccups. There wasn’t anything really wrong with him. He’d get a foot bruise. He’s a little bit of a heavy horse and you just needed to wait it out, let him grow into himself and be able to handle the talent that he had. The old saying that the horse is too fast for his own good, well, he’s a good example of that. He had so much talent that his body wasn’t grown up enough to handle it all.”

Centennial was founded in the early 1980s by Little’s late father, Don Sr., and has had plenty of success through the years. The highest point was the 1993 GI Belmont S. win by Colonial Affair. Rubiano was a champion sprinter. Five years ago, Wicked Strong won the GI Wood Memorial and the GII Jim Dandy, was nipped by stablemate V.E. Day in the GI Travers S. and was fourth in the GI Kentucky Derby and the GI Belmont S.

Some of the Preservationist partners have been involved in Centennial horses for decades, while others were first-timers with the horse bred by Emory A. Hamilton, a granddaughter of the late Robert Kleberg, who built the King Ranch bloodstock empire. Little said he was blown away by the reaction to Preservationist’s graded stakes victory.

“It’s been gratifying for everyone involved with the Suburban win. The partners were ecstatic,” he said.  “I had never had more texts and phone calls, even when we won the Wood with Wicked Strong and going to the Derby for the first time. It was not even close. This was by far the most gratifying win.”

Veterinarian Dr. Steve Carr has been with Centennial since 1983, is its racing manager and heads the company’s bloodstock selection team. Carr said that Hamilton’s Arch yearling colt stood out as a tantalizing prospect at the 2014 Keeneland September sale.

“Top and bottom pedigree, of course. It’s blue hen on the top and bottom,” Carr said. “The top, Arch, goes back to the Courtly Dee, Althea family. The bottom goes back to the Too Chic, Chic Shirine, Verrazano family. So you’ve got the two big King Ranch families top and bottom.

“And he met all of the criteria that all of our horses do: very athletic, nice walker. The only thing that might have made him a little different from some of the others is that he’s a big, strong horse. He was just bigger and stronger than a lot of them that we buy. For a horse of that size to walk and handle himself as well as he did is what attracted us to him.

“Because of that and because we liked him so much we actually spent a little bit more on him than we usually do. We’re normally in the $250,000 to $400,000 range, at the most. We paid $485,000 for him because we liked him so much.”

Nearly five years later, Preservationist is set for his first try in a Grade I. Little said there was no plan in place and that the Whitney just happened to be the stage because Preservationist has shown he is at long last ready for the challenge.

“Race horses only have so many years of their career. You don’t know when their best is,” he said. “Sometimes it’s cut short for whatever reasons. We’ve waited and the education process was good for everybody, I think. I learned a lot from it in how to deal with people and the business.

“I think it’s just a good story, too. You don’t have too many stories like that and racing needs good stories. I would hope that he could continue on. He’s a nice, rugged horse and everything is good now, so let’s go.”

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Stonestreet Farm Launches Yearling Warranty

Mon, 2019-07-29 09:55

In response to reports of off-label bisphosphonate use in growing horses, Stonestreet Farm has announced the development, in partnership with The University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center, of an innovative blood sampling, testing and secure storage protocol. The protocol, combined with newly available post-sale testing offered by auction houses, should provide buyers of a Stonestreet-bred and raised yearling the opportunity to review a blood-health window of at least six months prior to their purchase.

“Last year we raised and sold nearly $20 million of yearlings, but our focus has always been to raise racehorses, not sale horses. We are proud of what we do and I think transparency in raising a racehorse is so important. We want our buyers to have the utmost confidence in our yearlings” said Stonestreet Farm owner Barbara Banke.

During 2019, blood samples were drawn from each Stonestreet yearling on a regular schedule developed by the Gluck Equine Research Center using current bisphosphonate detection periods, according to the farm’s release. The samples were drawn by a third-party veterinarian experienced in handling samples within a regulatory environment who was hired by the Gluck Equine Research Center.

Sample collection was supervised by Dr. Scott Stanley, professor of analytical chemistry at the Gluck Equine Research Center, who ensured a strict chain-of-custody and authored documentation connecting each sample to the yearling from which it was taken. Samples were stored and frozen in accordance with the normal regulatory laboratory standards established for pre- and post-race blood samples in a dedicated freezer.

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The samples were tested by Gluck for bisphosphonates and anabolic steroids. The purchaser of any Stonestreet-bred and raised yearling in 2019 may request a report stating the test results for the individual that they purchased. Further, at their own expense, they may also request testing for anabolic steroids and/or bisphosphonates on the blood samples which remain in secure storage at the Gluck Equine Research Center. Purchasers have the opportunity to request any additional testing during the seven days following the fall of the hammer by completing the Request to Test form available at www.stonestreetfarms.com. Following completion of the secure storage period the blood samples will be donated to Gluck and used in research projects.

“We applaud Stonestreet’s efforts to employ an approach driven by transparency and good science as part of their sales operation. We look forward to further results of this project as time goes on,” said Nancy Cox, dean of UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “This kind of project is what we do best, to merge our college’s scientific capacity with a worthy industry goal. It also displays our commitment to safety in all aspects of the equine industry.”

Banke added, “We invite everyone to join us, because demonstrating that we breed and raise the healthiest and strongest racehorses is not only good for our business, it’s good for the entire sport.”

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Sweet Victory in Clement L. Hirsch for Ollie’s Candy

Sun, 2019-07-28 20:41

Paul and Karen Eggert’s homebred Ollie’s Candy (Candy Ride {Arg}) grittily repelled favored Secret Spice (Discreet Cat) in the dying strides to win the GI Clement L. Hirsch S. Sunday at Del Mar by a hard-fought head and earn an automatic berth in the GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff. The dark bay filly, returning to the main track for the first time since winning last year’s GII Summer Oaks at Santa Anita, took control around the first turn and set the pace through fractions of :23.05 and :46.68. She skipped clear entering the far turn, but Secret Spice uncorked an eye-catching rally, rolling up alongside the pacesetter in a matter of strides. Ollie’s Candy looked set to wilt under the pressure of the heavy favorite and Secret Spice got a nose in front at midstretch, but Ollie’s Candy refused to lose and battled back resolutely to earn her first Grade I victory.

“I was just letting her do her thing; reins were dangling,” said winning rider Kent Desormeaux. “At the quarter pole, I picked her up and she did the rest. That other mare got in front of us, but my mare is a fighter. She wants to win.”

It was the second Grade I and ‘Win and You’re In’ victory of the weekend for trainer John Sadler, who won Saturday’s GI Bing Crosby S. with Cistron (The Factor).

Ollie’s Candy opened her career with two romping victories over the all-weather at Golden Gate last spring and made her dirt debut while winning the GII Summer Oaks last June for trainer William Morey. Transferred to the turf, she was a narrowly beaten runner-up in both the July 21 GII San Clemente H. and Aug. 18 GI Del Mar Oaks. She was seventh in the May 27 GI Gamely S. in her first start for Sadler and was coming off a runner-up effort in the June 22 GIII Wilshire S. She turned in a best of 87 four-furlong work in :46 3/5 at Del Mar July 20.

“She is a really nice filly who ran in some big races here last year for Bill Morey, Jr,” Sadler said. “She came my way in really good shape and I’ve just kind of carried on for what he did last year. She ran a good race her last start at Santa Anita, came down here and had a bullet work over the track, which showed me she had an affinity for the dirt. A lot of Candy Rides can run on any surface.

Pedigree Notes:

Paul and Karen Eggert purchased Afternoon Stroll, with Ollie’s Candy in utero, for $85,000 at the 2015 Keeneland January sale. The mare, winner of the 2009 GIII Appalachian S., RNA’d for $57,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November sale and was subsequently exported to Saudi Arabia.

Sunday, Del Mar
CLEMENT L. HIRSCH S.-GI, $300,351, Del Mar, 7-28, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16m, 1:44.66, ft.
1–OLLIE’S CANDY, 119, f, 4, by Candy Ride (Arg)
                1st Dam: Afternoon Stroll (GSW, $213,630), by Stroll
                2nd Dam: Gertie, by Danzatore
                3rd Dam: Granny Ruth, by Key to the Mint
1ST GRADE I WIN. ($45,000 RNA Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O/B-Paul
Eggert & Karen Eggert (KY); T-John W. Sadler; J-Kent J.
Desormeaux. $180,000. Lifetime Record: 8-4-3-0, $452,151.
Click for eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick Rating:
   A+++. *Triple Plus*.
2–Secret Spice, 123, f, 4, by Discreet Cat
                1st Dam: Chimayo, by A.P. Indy
                2nd Dam: Chimichurri, by Elusive Quality
                3rd Dam: Hard Knocker, by Raja Baba
($4,500 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $125,000 2yo ’17 EASMAY). O-Little
Red Feather Racing & Bobby Flay; B-Godolphin LLC (KY);
T-Richard Baltas. $60,000.
3–La Force (Ger), 121, m, 5, by Power (GB)
                1st Dam: La Miraculeuse (Ger), by Samum (Ger)
                2nd Dam: L’Heure Bleue (Ire), by Kendor (Fr)
                3rd Dam: Loire Princesse (Ire), by Tate Gallery
(€22,000 RNA Ylg ’15 BBAGS). O-Roberta & Ward Williford &
Charles N Winner; B-Gestut Karlshof (GER); T-Patrick
Gallagher. $36,000.
Margins: HD, 5 1/4, 2HF. Odds: 4.00, 1.30, 7.10.
Also Ran: Paradise Woods, Spring in the Wind, Queen Bee to You. Scratched: Just a Smidge. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

 

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Shancelot Smokes Amsterdam Field

Sun, 2019-07-28 18:53

The lightly raced Shancelot put on a devastating display of speed in Sunday’s GII Amsterdam S. at Saratoga, storming home an unchallenged 12 1/2-length winner to remain unbeaten in three career starts. Breaking from the outside post in the 12-horse field, the 6-5 favorite broke sharply and angled over to the rail to take the early lead. The dark bay zipped through a quarter in :21.79 and was some six lengths in front after a half in :43.94. He turned for home with an unassailable lead and strode down the lane a never-in-doubt winner. Shancelot’s three-quarter mile split of 1:07.63 bettered Imperial Hint (Imperialism)’s track-record setting six-furlong time of 1:07.92 in Saturday’s GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt H.
Winning trainer Jorge Navarro summed up the performance in one word.
“Wow,” he said. “To say what I said a month ago, that this is the best horse I’ve ever trained–you know, [four-time Grade I winner] Private Zone was good. [2017 GI Cigar Mile winner] Sharp Azteca was good. [2019 G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen winner] X Y Jet is still good. Going into the race, I knew he was running against some good horses, I thought, ‘Am I going to be wrong?’ I guess not.”
Winning jockey Emisael Jaramillo was equally impressed.
“He was excellent today,” Jaramillo said. “He did it easy. He was moving fast, but he did it like it was normal. That’s him. He’s that talented. This is probably the best horse I’ve ever ridden in my life, next to X Y Jet.”
Shancelot opened his career with a dimishing neck victory over subsequent GI Florida Derby runner-up Bodexpress (Bodemeister) going seven furlongs at Gulfstream Feb. 16. He returned to score a front-running 6 1/4-length victory going six furlongs at Monmouth June 23.
Navarro said the Aug. 24 GI H. Allen Jerkens S. could be next up for Shancelot.
“If everything comes out good, that’s where we’ll end up,” he said. “We’ll go through everything with him, make sure everything is fine. That’s our plan.”

Pedigree Notes:
Co-breeder Charles Muth purchased True Kiss for $70,000 at the 2006 Keeneland November sale. In foal to Tiz Wonderful, the mare RNA’d for $32,000 at that same auction in 2010. The resulting foal was graded stakes placed Tiz Kissable.
Shancelot, whose juvenile half-sister Sweet Kisses (Carpe Diem) broke her maiden at Saratoga July 19, was purchased by Raul Reyes’s Kings Equine for $50,000 at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. The colt sold for $245,000 after working a furlong in :9 4/5 at the 2018 OBS March sale.
True Kiss’s yearling colt by Runhappy RNA’d for $145,000 at this year’s Keeneland January sale. She produced a colt by Carpe Diem this year.
Shancelot is the ninth graded winner and 22nd black-type winner for Shanghai Bobby, who now stands at Arrow Stud in Japan. The stallion, who was Eclipse champion juvenile in 2012, has also been represented by 2019 stakes winners Shanghai Tariff, Joevia, Shang, Toss of Fate, and Chilean Group 1 winner Coconut Bobby (Chi).

Sunday, Saratoga Race Course
AMSTERDAM S.-GII, $200,000, Saratoga, 7-28, 3yo, 6 1/2f, 1:14.01, ft.
1–SHANCELOT, 118, c, 3, by Shanghai Bobby
   1st Dam: True Kiss (SW, $115,418), by Is It True
   2nd Dam: Kissin Rene, by Kissin Kris
   3rd Dam: Monique Rene, by Prince of Ascot
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($50,000 Ylg
’17 FTSAUG; $245,000 2yo ’18 OBSMAR). O-Ivan Rodriguez &
Albert & Michelle Crawford; B-Charles Muth & Patrick Murphy
(KY); T-Jorge Navarro; J-Emisael Jaramillo. $110,000. Lifetime
Record: 3-3-0-0, $164,300. *1/2 to Tiz Kissable (Tiz
Wonderful), GSP; One True Kiss (Warrior’s Reward), MGSP,
$231,459. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the
   eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Nitrous, 122, c, 3, Tapit–Speedinthruthecity, by City Zip.
‘TDN Rising Star’. O-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC &
Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (KY);
T-Steven M. Asmussen. $40,000.
3–Honest Mischief, 118, c, 3, Into Mischief–Honest Lady, by
Seattle Slew. ‘TDN Rising Star’. O-Juddmonte Farms, Inc.;
B-Juddmonte Farms Inc (KY); T-Chad C. Brown. $24,000.
Margins: 12HF, 1 3/4, 3 1/4. Odds: 1.35, 5.70, 3.10.
Also Ran: Super Comet, The Big S, Bourbon Calling, Achilles Warrior, Lemniscate, Garter and Tie, Wendell Fong, Strike Silver, Classy John.
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Hollendorfer Update: Horses Back Under His Name ‘Next Week’

Sun, 2019-07-28 18:29

In a brief call with the TDN Sunday morning, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer explained that the horses “we enter next week” at Del Mar will once again run under his name.

This follows a judicial ruling Friday in the San Diego County Superior Court, granting Hollendorfer and co-plaintiffs the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) a preliminary injunction on the action taken by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, barring the trainer from stabling and entering horses under his name at the facility. Del Mar took the action after The Stronach Group (TSG) ordered Hollendorfer to remove his horses from Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields after American Currency became the sixth Hollendorfer-trained horse fatally injured at both facilities during a six-month period.

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) subsequently appeared to bar Hollendorfer from running horses at their facilities under his name, but opened its doors to his assistant, Don Chatlos, now training owner Larry Best’s horses in New York. Dan Ward assumed the role of trainer for his Southern California string at Del Mar. Nevertheless, no formal regulatory ruling has been metered out to Hollendorfer in California and New York.

By Hollendorfer’s own estimates, his stable has shrunk by half through a variety of ways, including owners removing their horses and through the sale of those he himself owned. Hollendorfer’s reinstatement at Del Mar might have stemmed the leak, but “the owners that I have lost have not come back,” he said.

“You can’t take 10 horses and transfer them to a trainer for two weeks or three weeks and then go to the guy and say, ‘Well, I’m giving them back to Hollendorfer.’ That’s not the way it works,” he explained. “Although they might not have actually wanted to do what they did, it would be hard for them to reverse their decision once they made it. If they would have stuck it out, they probably would have been okay, no matter what, but they didn’t, and that was their decision.”

Far from being a settled issue, Del Mar could yet take the matter into arbitration. Hollendorfer said that Del Mar hasn’t indicated to him its plans.

“I think that’s something the Del Mar Turf Club would have to decide–that’s up to them,” he said.

According to attorney Darrell Vienna, representing the CTT, Del Mar’s legal representative, Chris Jaczko, raised in the court room Friday the issue of arbitration.

“But my guess is, it wouldn’t take place before the meeting had ended anyway, so it may not be something that comes to fruition,” said Vienna, adding, “I’m hoping that it sets the groundwork for a settlement of these issues. Arbitration is when you can’t decide between yourselves.”

The issue of arbitration isn’t the only hanging question mark. The CTT has filed two separate complaints with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), said Vienna, one July 12 concerning the actions taken by Del Mar against Hollendorfer, and the other July 24 concerning The Stronach Group’s (TSG) actions.

According to Vienna, he has yet to respond to an email from the CHRB sent Friday, after the judge’s ruling, about the complaints.

“And their response didn’t indicate that they had gone forth with the complaints at any point, even though it required an immediate action,” Vienna added.

The legal specifics of the complaint lodged with the CHRB concerning TSG’s actions is slightly different to that concerning Del Mar, with TSG-related complaint focused around the issue of “breach of contract,” Vienna explained. “I’ve seen in the media lots of discussion about private property rights, but you can contract around private property rights.”

Nevertheless, Vienna said that he hopes Friday’s ruling, in which the judge “basically found that the CTT and Mr. Hollendorfer would [likely] prevail in a full trial on merit,” will bring about broader resolution.

“I’m hoping now, given that, there’s some impetus for Santa Anita, The Stronach Group, to think about these things a little more differently, and hopefully come to some mutually acceptable agreement, short of involvement of the CHRB or the courts.”

According to Vienna, he wrote a letter July 24 to TSG chief operating officer, Tim Ritvo, in which he gave TSG 48 hours to reach a settlement with Hollendorfer and the CTT.

“This is after everybody else has attempted it, now I’m involved. We really would like to settle this, but we’re not going to let it drag on,” he said.

On Friday after the hearing, Hollendorfer’s attorney Drew Cuoto, explained that TSG has communicated with Hollendorfer about the possibility of the trainer and TSG chairman and president Belinda Stronach meeting to discuss the situation.

“They want Jerry to go into a meeting alone with several TSG representatives without his council present, him against however many they choose to put into a room and we frankly don’t think that’s an appropriate way to handle it,” said Cuoto.

TDN reached out to TSG, Del Mar and the CHRB for further clarification on some of these issues, but didn’t receive a direct response to the questions raised.

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Daughter of Into Mischief Airs at Gulfstream

Sun, 2019-07-28 18:13

10th-Gulfstream, $51,880, (S), Msw, 7-28, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 1:04.76, ft.
SOUND MACHINE (f, 2, Into Mischief–Ava Pie, by Distorted Humor), a $500,000 purchase at Keeneland September, showed speed for this unveiling with a series of local breezes, most recently going five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 (1/12), and was hammered late to even-money in this Florida-bred event. Breaking well, the bay tracked a longshot pacesetter from second through fractions of :22.73 and :46.17, took over at the top of the stretch and drew clear to an 8 1/4-length rout. Awesome Indra (Awesome of Course) was second best. The winner is a half to Forever Liesl (Mineshaft), SW & GSP, $370,564 and has full-sister from each of the last two seasons. Her dam was paired with Malibu Moon this spring. Sales History: $500,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $31,200. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-e Five Racing Thoroughbreds; B-Farm III Enterprises (FL); T-Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.

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Into Mischief Filly Gets Rising Star Nod at Del Mar

Sun, 2019-07-28 17:21

1st-Del Mar, $61,000, Msw, 7-28, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 1:04.72, ft.
IMMEDIATE IMPACT, f, 2, by Into Mischief
1st dam: Bubbler {MSW, $211,622}, by Distorted Humor
2nd Dam: Grechelle, by Deputy Minister
3rd dam: Meadow Star, by Meadowlake
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,600. O-Clearview Stables LLC; B-Clearsky Farms (KY); T-Bob Baffert. *1/2 to Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song), Ch. 3yo Colt, Hwt. Older Horse at 9.5-11f-UAE, MGISW-US, G1SW-UAE, $17,422,600.
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Immediate Impact, a half-sister to Champion 3-year-old colt Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song), lived up to her 2-5 billing, becoming a TDN Rising Star with an emphatic score at Del Mar Sunday afternoon. In front soon after the start, she allowed an eager Majestic Gigi (Artie Schiller) to overtake her momentarily as the leader carved out an initial quarter in :22.21. Still hot on the heels of that rival leaving the backstretch, the Bob Baffert trainee was given her cue approaching the quarter pole, she scooted past the pacesetter with ease, and the outcome was never in question from there as she widened her advantage with every stride, scoring by 6 3/4 lengths. Nora’s Joy (Street Sense) was clear of Tacocat (Tale of the Cat) for second. The filly became the second TDN Rising Star for Spendthrift sire Into Mischief, who was also represented by Shoplifted, who took the fourth race at Saratoga Saturday.

‘She got away well and got away right,” said trainer Bob Baffert. “Drayden [Van Dyke] did the right thing–she can be a bit flighty. Arrogate his first time was a mess, and she looking around everywhere. We won’t be able to run her back until the [GI] Debutante [S. Aug. 31] We know she’s a nice filly, she’s a little quirky, but she looked like a really good one right there.”

Multiple stakes winning and graded-placed Bubbler is best known for producing Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song), Champion 3-year-old Colt in 2016 and Highweight Older Horse at 9.5-11f at four in the UAE. A winner of over $17 million in career earnings, the $560,000 KEESEP yearling purchase accounted for the G1 Dubai World Cup, GI Pegasus World Cup, GI Breeders’ Cup Classic and GI Travers S. among his most important victories. Additionally, the 13-year-old mare is responsible for stakes-winning Osare (Medaglia d’Oro)–a $300,000 KEESEP yearling buy–and an unraced 3-year-old filly by Giant’s Causeway named Boyne Beauty. In 2017, breeder Clearsky Farm sold a 50% interest in Bubbler (for complete story, click here), who was carrying a filly by Tapit at the time. The resulting foal sold for $750,000 at Keeneland last November. The granddaughter of 2-year-old champion filly and six-time Grade I winning Meadow Star (Meadowlake) was bred back to Horse of the Year Curlin this season.

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Cairo Prince Firster Overcomes Slow Start to Graduate at Spa

Sun, 2019-07-28 16:41

New and Improved (f, 3, Cairo Prince–High Style, by Giant’s Causeway) overcame a poor start to take her career bow at Saratoga Sunday afternoon. Sent off at 7-2 in the eight-furlong test, the Chad Brown runner was caught flat-footed at the start, spotting the field a few lengths. Unhurried through moderate early fractions, the $320,000 KEESEP yearling purchase launched her bid approaching the quarter pole, was several paths wide turning for home, passed horses through the lane and got up late en route to a deceptively easy 1 1/2-length score over the oncoming Pat Pat Pat (Real Solution). Confessing (Scat Daddy) was passed late and held on for third. Final time for the turf event was 1:36.85. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $54,000.

O-Klaravich Stables Inc.; B-Sun Valley Farm (KY); T-Chad Brown.

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Indiana Grand Joins in PDJF Across America

Sun, 2019-07-28 14:46

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino joined with racetracks across the country Saturday in “PDJF Racing Across America,” with activities throughout the evening dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Indiana Grand jockeys participated in several activities throughout the night, including a jockey foot race from the starting gate, a tug of war with the track maintenance crew and a dunk tank. Racing fans purchased used racehorse shoes provided by paddock blacksmith Buddy Rickly and peppermints were sold to feed to the pony horses between several races during the popular “Peppermints for Ponies” with all proceeds going to PDJF.
The Indiana HBPA donated $10,000 to PDJF in a special presentation between races and trainer Genaro Garcia and owner Bruce Murphy made a $300 donation to the cause.
“The PDJF is so important to our industry, and I’m really glad we can participate in this national event,” said Rodney Prescott, Indiana’s all-time leading jockey. “It’s always a lot of fun and the jockeys really enjoy the entire night.”

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Cistron Wires Bing Crosby

Sat, 2019-07-27 21:13

Hronis Racing’s Cistron (The Factor) went straight to the front and never looked back to secure his first Grade I and a spot in the gate for the GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint in Saturday’s GI Bing Crosby S. at Del Mar. Seizing the early advantage, the 9-2 shot zipped through an opening quarter in :22.10 with favored Recruiting Ready (Algorithms), Chief Cicatriz (Munnings) and recent Fasig-Tipton July Horses of Racing Age topper Jalen Journey (With Distinction) hot on his heels. Continuing to dictate terms through a half in :45.16, the bay was confronted by Cal-bred and last out Thor’s Echo S. romper Desert Law (Desert Code) at the top of the stretch, but Cistron kept on finding, holding that runner at bay to secure the victory. Jalen Journey held on for third while Recruiting Ready and Chief Cicatriz faded.

“The way we were drawn, we knew we’d have to go to the front,” said winning trainer John Sadler. “It looked like there was a lot of speed in the race, but we didn’t really have a choice to change our style. Once he got away and got in the clear he gets energy from that. He had a super work over this track, a bullet six furlongs in 1:13 4/5 (1/8) July 20], and he showed up for the big race today. We’ve got so many moveable parts [versatile horses] I’m not sure what’s next, but if he runs again here it will be in the [GII] Pat O’Brien [S. Aug. 24].”

Scoring his first two wins on turf early on in his career, Cistron secured his first black-type victory on the main track in Oaklawn’s 2017 Northern Spur S. going 1 1/16 miles. Campaigned solely on turf in 2018, the $180,000 KEESEP buy secured a listed stakes placings, but no wins in seven starts. Off the board in the GIII Joe Hernandez S. sprinting over the Santa Anita lawn on New Year’s Day, the 5-year-old completed the exacta in the grassy Clocker’s Corner S. sprinting at Santa Anita Jan. 27 and was fourth in a turf sprint allowance there Feb. 22. Switched back to the main track for the first time since August 2017, Cistron romped by 5 1/4 lengths in the GII Kona Gold S. at Santa Anita Apr. 20 and missed by just a head to the reopposing Air Strike (Street Sense) last time in the GII Triple Bend S. on the Arcadia main track May 25.

Pedigree Notes:

Cistron is just the second Grade I scorer for his sire The Factor and one of six graded winners and 22 black-type winners for the Lane’s End stallion. Breeder St. George Farm purchased his dam Major Allie (Officer), a daughter of GSW & GISP Nervous Baba (Raja Baba), for $100,000 as a 2-year-old at the 2006 Keeneland April Sale and she was winless in eight starts for them. The 15-year-old mare did have foals in 2016 or 2017, but produced an English Channel filly in 2018 and an Honor Code filly Mar. 8 of this year.

Saturday, Del Mar
BING CROSBY S.-GI, $300,702, Del Mar, 7-27, 3yo/up, 6f, 1:09.95, ft.
1–CISTRON, 121, h, 5, by The Factor
1st Dam: Major Allie, by Officer
2nd Dam: Nervous Baba, by Raja Baba
3rd Dam: Nervous Queen, by Nervous Energy
1ST GRADE I WIN. ($180,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Hronis Racing
LLC; B-St. George Farm, LLC (KY); T-John W. Sadler; J-Victor
Espinoza. $180,000. Lifetime Record: 27-5-7-6, $700,719.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick
Rating: C+.
2–Desert Law, 119, g, 5, Desert Code–Treasure Chest, by
Lemon Drop Kid. O/B-Harris Farms (CA); T-Carla Gaines.
$60,000.
3–Jalen Journey, 119, r, 4, With Distinction–Petunia Face, by
Congrats. ($14,000 Ylg ’16 OBSAUG; $510,000 4yo ’19
FTKHRA). O-Rockingham Ranch and David A Bernsen LLC;
B-Dennis Foster & Edward Pendray (FL); T-Peter Miller.
$36,000.
Margins: HF, 2 1/4, 2HF. Odds: 4.80, 5.30, 4.80.
Also Ran: Air Strike, Line Judge, Recruiting Ready, Chief Cicatriz. Scratched: Calexman. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

 

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A Dandy Effort by Tax

Sat, 2019-07-27 19:33

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A dramatic stumble at the start by 8-5 favorite Tacitus (Tapit) left the announced crowd of 34,517 on a sunsplashed afternoon at Saratoga completely stunned as they sprung the latch in Saturday’s GII Jim Dandy S.

The overachieving former claimer Tax (Arch), meanwhile, a good second to the handsome gray earlier this spring in the GII Wood Memorial S. at the Big A, turned the tables on that one with a hard-fought, 3/4-length decision after sitting a perfect stalking trip. Tacitus, runner-up in the GI Belmont S., ran a remarkable race to finish second. It was another 3 3/4 lengths back to ‘TDN Rising Star’ Global Campaign (Curlin) in third.

The GI Runhappy Travers S. Aug. 24 will be next for Tax, per trainer Danny Gargan.

“We got the perfect trip and it worked out,” Gargan said. “[The Travers] is the goal, so hopefully if he comes out of this well, we’re in. I think he likes this track and he likes it here, so that’s something we’re pushing towards and hoping we make.”

Tax broke alertly from his inside draw and led them on their journey into clubhouse turn, but backed off as the keyed-up GI Preakness S. winner War of Will (War Front) took over through an opening quarter in a :24.89. Tax settled kindly and was content to chase in second through a half mile in :48.80. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. made his move on the far turn and Tax took command as the six-horse field bunched up at the top of the stretch. Tax wandered some to the outside under left-handed encouragement down the lane and Tacitus miraculously looked every bit a danger rallying along the inside after his impossible start, but Tax proved too tough, holding the Juddmonte homebred safe to pull off the slight upset. War of Will, ninth in the final leg of the Triple Crown, tired to fifth.

“When the speed horse [Global Campaign] didn’t break that sharp, I changed my plan,” Ortiz Jr. said. “I just decided to go. I told myself, ‘I don’t want to be down on the rail.’ When I got outside in the clear, I held it. That was my plan. We never expected War of Will to be in front. When I let him run, he picked it up. I let him go and when I asked and said, ‘Let’s go,’ he was feeling great.”

Tax, campaigned in partnership by R. A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable, was claimed from breeders Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider and trainer Ben Colebrook for $50,000 out of a winning maiden effort at Keeneland last fall. Third at 17-1 in the GII Remsen S. Dec. 1, Tax overcame a stumble at the start to gamely capture the GIII Withers S. Feb. 2. Just 1 1/4 lengths adrift Tacitus in the Wood Memorial, Tax crossed the line 15th-elevated to 14th via disqualification–in the GI Kentucky Derby. He rebounded nicely with a close fourth in the Belmont S. last time.

“It’s a wide-open division, he was unfortunate a couple of times,” Gargan said. “The Derby was a throw-out race because of the way the break went and the way the track was. If you take the Derby out, he’s run as good as anyone all year. With the right trip and the right situation, he can be right there. He’s a gelding, so he will get better with age. When a horse like this just matures and gets bigger and stronger, he can be any kind of horse at the end of the year. I’m really, really happy with him.”

Pedigree Notes:

Tax hails from a very deep Claiborne and Adele Dilschneider family that started with his third dam MGSW Wild Applause (Northern Dancer), who was purchased by Claiborne’s Seth Hancock for $1.025 million carrying a foal by Forty Niner at the 1992 Keeneland November Sale. She proved to be a blue hen, producing the likes of Tax’s second dam MGSW and MGISP dam Yell (A.P. Indy), as well as MGSW sire Roar (Forty Niner), GSW Blare of Trumpets (Fit to Fight) and GISW Eastern Echo (Damascus). Her daughters and grandaughters are responsible for top runners such as GSW and sire Congrats (A.P. Indy); GSP Claiborne stallion Flatter (A.P. Indy); MGSW & MGISP Ironicus (Distorted Humor), who also stands at Claiborne; MGSW On Leave (War Front) and graded winners Norumbega (Tiznow), Hunting (Coronado’s Quest) and Quiet Harbor (Silver Deputy). In addition to Tax’s dam Toll, Yell is responsible for SW Cheery (Distorted Humor), who in turn produced MGISW Elate (Medaglia d’Oro), and GISP Chide (Blame). Tax is the fifth foal and first black-type winner out of Toll, who did not produce a foal in 2017, but had an Orb colt in 2018 and was sold to Charles Fipke for $50,000 carrying a foal by Blame at last year’s Keeneland November Sale. The resulting foal was a filly born Jan. 14 of this year and Toll was bred back to Fipke’s Danish Dynaformer.

Saturday, Saratoga
JIM DANDY S.-GII, $600,000, Saratoga, 7-27, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:49.28, ft.
1–TAX, 120, g, 3, by Arch
1st Dam: Toll, by Giant’s Causeway
2nd Dam: Yell, by A.P. Indy
3rd Dam: Wild Applause, by Northern Dancer
O-R. A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Lynch, Hugh and Corms Racing Stable; B-Claiborne Farm & Adele B. Dilschneider (KY); T-Danny Gargan; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr. $330,000. Lifetime Record: 8-3-2-1, $756,300. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Tacitus, 122, c, 3, Tapit–Close Hatches, by First Defence. O-Juddmonte Farms, Inc.; B-Juddmonte Farms Inc (KY); T-William I. Mott. $120,000.
3–Global Campaign, 120, c, 3, Curlin–Globe Trot, by A.P. Indy. ($250,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Sagamore Farm, LLC and WinStar Farm, LLC; B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY); T-Stanley M. Hough. $72,000.
Margins: 3/4, 3 3/4, HF. Odds: 4.50, 1.60, 2.70.
Also Ran: Laughing Fox, War of Will, Mihos.
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Imperial Hint Repeats in Vanderbilt

Sat, 2019-07-27 18:11

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Imperial Hint (Imperialism) put on a show for the Saratoga faithful to capture back-to-back renewals of Saturday’s GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. in track-record time.

The ‘little rocket,’ off at odds of 5-1, was placed in a perfect spot in a tracking third by Javier Castellano as the rail-drawn Mitole (Eskendereya)–off as the imposing 1-2 favorite riding a seven-race winning streak headed by a sensational score in the GI Runhappy Metropolitan H.-slugged it out with the speedy Strike Power (Speightstown) through an opening quarter in :21.77. The Raymond Mamone colorbearer slingshotted past the dueling leaders with a three-wide blitz approaching the quarter pole and kept on motoring down the lane to defeat longshot Diamond Oops (Lookin At Lucky) by a visually impressive four lengths while stopping the clock for six furlongs in a scorching 1:07.92. It was another 3 1/2 lengths back to Mitole in third.

“I got to give credit to owner Raymond Mamone,” winning trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr. said. “He had a feeling that he was going to do well in this race, even though we thought he was a little short because we lost a week of training with the weather back in New Jersey, but he was right. This horse keeps surprising me and surprising everybody.”

Castellano added, “He’s a little horse with a big heart. I knew they were going pretty quick early in the first part of the race. I had a perfect position in the race tracking them. Turning for home, the way he did it was very impressive. He wanted to go. He was feeling good and gave me everything he had today.”

Saratoga’s previous six-furlong track record of 1:08.04 was held by both Spanish Riddle (8-18-72) and Speightstown (8-14-04). The latter earned the mark in the 2004 Vanderbilt, then contested as a Grade II.

Imperial Hint, runner-up in the 2017 GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Del Mar, followed last year’s Vanderbilt heroics with a sharp score in the GI Vosburgh S. at Belmont Park. The dark bay completed the trifecta in his last three trips to the post-the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs Nov. 3, the Pelican S. at Tampa Bay Downs Feb. 16 and the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen, beaten only two lengths, most recently Mar. 30, respectively.

Imperial Hint was firing bullets at trainer Carvajal Jr.’s Monmouth base heading into this, including a five-furlong move in 1:00 2/5 (1/14) July 17.

“Mitole is a very nice horse,” Carvajal said. “He won all of those races in a row. It’s an amazing feeling. I couldn’t believe what was going on around the turn, but he’s a really good horse. He has a lot of heart. He doesn’t have a big body, but he has a lot of heart.

He continued, “When I looked at the times, my hairs stood up. Last year, he gave me my first Grade I, and this year he breaks the track record. It’s an amazing feeling, especially with [my] family here. He has a lot of heart, every time he works he has bullet works.”

Imperial Hint is the first back-to-back winner of the Vanderbilt since Cognizant pulled off the feat in 1985-86. Bred in Florida by Shade Tree Thoroughbreds, Imperial Hint is the only graded stakes winner for Imperialism.

Saturday, Saratoga
ALFRED G. VANDERBILT H.-GI, $350,000, Saratoga, 7-27, 3yo/up, 6f, 1:07.92 (NCR), ft.
1–IMPERIAL HINT, 123, h, 6, by Imperialism
                1st Dam: Royal Hint, by Lahint 
                2nd Dam: Ray’s Trial, by Skip Trial
                3rd Dam: Ray’s Gift, by Text
O-Raymond Mamone; B-Shade Tree Thoroughbreds Inc (FL);
T-Luis Carvajal, Jr.; J-Javier Castellano. $192,500. Lifetime
Record: MGISW, 22-13-2-3, $2,034,155. Werk Nick Rating: A+.
   Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Diamond Oops, 116, g, 4, Lookin At Lucky–Patriotic Viva, by
Whywhywhy. ($42,000 RNA Wlg ’15 KEENOV). O-Ivy Hui,
Amy E. Dunne, Deron Pearson & Patrick L. Biacone; B-Kin Hui
Racing Stables LLC (KY); T-Patrick L. Biancone. $70,000.
3–Mitole, 125, c, 4, Eskendereya–Indian Miss, by Indian Charlie.
($20,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $140,000 2yo ’17 OBSAPR). O-William
& Corinne Heiligbrodt; B-Edward A. Cox (KY);
T-Steven M. Asmussen. $42,000.
Margins: 4, 3HF, 2HF. Odds: 5.80, 29.75, 0.50.
Also Ran: Firenze Fire, Strike Power, Do Share. Scratched: Mr. Crow.
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Tiznow Colt Romps to Become a TDN Rising Star

Sat, 2019-07-27 17:15

Dennis’ Moment (Tiznow) went wire-to-wire in impressive fashion at Ellis Park Saturday afternoon to become a TDN Rising Star for trainer Dale Romans and the Albaugh Family Stables.

The well-regarded Dennis’ Moment was given ample support at 5-2 in his career debut going five furlongs at Churchill Downs June 23, but he clipped heels, unseating rider Robby Albarado and failing to finish the race. Coming into this off a pair of inspiring morning works, including a five-furlong bullet move in :59 flat at Churchill July 15, the $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling drew the outside post this time, and was still made the 4-5 choice.

Hustled to the front straight away, the handsome bay carved out opening fractions of :22.92 and :45.84 as the entry of Cairo King (Cairo Prince) and Elite Class (Will Take Charge) settled in not far behind. Despite his rivals’ best efforts, Dennis’ Moment was given his cue entering the home turn, turned on all boosters in a flash and rolled home an eye-catching 19 1/4-length winner over Cairo King. Sounion (Liam’s Map) closed to be third. Final time for the seven-furlong test was 1:21.95.

In addition to Dennis’ Moment, dam Transplendid is also responsible for the 3-year-old colt Bridge to Heaven (Verrazano), a $180,000 KEENOV weanling turned $650,000 KEESEP yearling, who has since been sent to the UAE; and a yearling filly by the Coolmore stallion. The 9-year-old mare foaled a filly by Into Mischief this term and was bred back to More Than Ready.

7th-Ellis, $50,243, Msw, 7-27, 2yo, 7f, 1:21.95, ft.
DENNIS’ MOMENT, c, 2, Tiznow
1st Dam: Transplendid, by Elusive Quality
2nd Dam: Doyenne, by Deputy Minister
3rd Dam: Seewillo, by Pleasant Colony
Sales history: $400,000 Ylg ’18 FTSAUG. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $30,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
O-Albaugh Family Stables LLC; B-Tolo Thoroughbreds (KY); T-Dale L. Romans.

 

 

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Pricey Colt Becomes Sky Kingdom’s First Winner at Del Mar

Sat, 2019-07-27 17:13

1st-Del Mar, $61,000, Msw, 7-27, 2yo, 6f, 1:12.22, ft.
WRECKING CREW (c, 2, Sky Kingdom–Truelladeville, by Yes It’s True) became the first winner for his freshman sire (by Empire Maker), overcoming a bit of a slow start to win clear. Awkwardly into stride, the scopey dark bay was soon into third and was content to stalk dueling pacesetters into the turn. Ambling up to join the fray without really being asked three deep nearing the entrance to the lane, the 2-5 chalk hit the front three-sixteenths from home and was never in danger from there as Tizamagician (Tiznow) whittled the margin down to 1 3/4 lengths at the wire. An $18,000 KEENOV weanling, Wrecking Crew made for a solid pinhooking score when hammering for $115,000 at FTKJUL last summer. But the best was yet to come, as he was one of two to breeze in :9 4/5 for this year’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale and fetched $875,000 from these connections. Sky Kingdom raced for this breeder and did his best work over 12 furlongs, winning back-to-back renewals of the GIII Tokyo City Cup while also placing third in the 10-furlong GI Hollywood Gold Cup. The winner’s Ontario-bred dam was exported to Korea in late 2017. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,600. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Rockingham Ranch & David A Bernsen LLC; B-Westrock Stables (KY); T-Peter Miller.

 

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Into Mischief 2yo Earns TDN Rising Star Badge in Debut

Sat, 2019-07-27 15:10

The more fancied member of the 3-5 entry, Shoplifted (Into Mischief) came from off the pace to win in impressive style, earning TDN Rising Star status in the process at Saratoga Saturday afternoon. Favored along with the Todd Pletcher-trained Soviet (Super Saver), Shoplifted broke sharply and settled in the second flight, several lengths behind the leading duo of 7-2 chance Kowalski (Will Take Charge) and Always Misbehaving (Into Mischief) as they raced through an initial quarter in :22.18. Starting to take closer order as the pair closed out a half in :45.18, the Steve Asmussen trainee rounded into the home turn three wide, bore down on the leaders while under steady encouragement, swept past a game Kowalski midstretch and drew off late to win by an easy 4 1/2-length margin. Kowalski was 1 ½ lengths head of Complexifier, who rounded out the trifecta. Soviet broke slowly and closed to be fourth.
Shoplifted, a $525,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase, flourished into an $800,000 buy after working an eighth in :10.1 at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old in Training sale at Gulfstream Park in March. In addition to the winner, Shopit has a yearling colt by Graydar and filly by Central Banker from this year. She was bred back to Fast Anna.

4th-Saratoga, $90,000, Msw, 7-27, 2yo, 5 1/2f, 1:03.99, ft.
SHOPLIFTED, c, 2, Into Mischief
1st Dam: Shopit, by Yes It’s True
2nd Dam: Shop Here, by Dehere
3rd Dam: Shopping, by Private Account
Sales history: $525,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP; $800,000 2yo ’19 FTFMAR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,500.
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O-Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stables, LLC and LNJ Foxwoods; B-Machmer Hall, Carrie & Craig Brogden (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.

 

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Malibu Moon Firster Scores at the Spa

Sat, 2019-07-27 14:01

2nd-Saratoga, $90,000, Msw, 7-27, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f, 1:10.38, ft.
LEXINTONIA (f, 3, Malibu Moon–Antonia Autumn {SW & GSP, $215,941}, by Bernstein), armed with a sharp three-furlong bullet breeze from the gate in :36 2/5 over the Oklahoma track July 17, got to the front early Saturday and never looked back, racing home a two-length debut winner. Prompted by Rapido Gatta (Adios Charlie) while reeling off an opening quarter in :22.51, Lexintonia remained in front as 5-2 Quasar (Orb) joined her through a half in :45.73. Narrowly ahead turning for home, the Castleton Lyons hombred left Quasar behind in the stretch as Rapido Gatta re-rallied, but it was too little too late as Lexintonia crossed the wire in front. Quasar held on for third over 5-2 chance Doll Collection (Tapit), who broke poorly and ran on well to finish fourth. Final time for the six furlong event was 1:10.38. The winner’s dam is a half-sister to two-time champion grass horse and champion older horse Gio Ponti (Tale of the Cat), earner of over $5 million. A debut winner herself going a mile on the Belmont grass for these same connections, Antonia Autumn has an unraced 2-year-old filly by Curlin, a yearling colt by Speightstown and a filly foal by Malibu Moon. She was bred back to More Than Ready. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,500. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O/B-Castleton Lyons (KY); T-Christophe Clement.

 

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