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Motivator’s Showroom Achieves TDN Rising Stardom in Goodwood Debut

Tue, 2017-09-05 10:30

3rd-GOO, £25,000, Mdn, 9-5, 2yo, c/g, 8fT, 1:40.79, sf.

SHOWROOM (FR), c, 2, by Motivator (GB)

1st Dam: Lemon Twist (Ire), by Marju (Ire)

2nd Dam: Lia (Ire), by Desert King (Ire)

3rd Dam: Lisheba, by Alysheba

   Showroom, a Sept. 30 G2 Royal Lodge S. and 2018 G1 Epsom Derby entry, was sharply into stride and seized control after the initial strides of this unveiling. Shaken up at the quarter-mile marker, the 7-2 pick quickened in impressive fashion to surge clear approaching the final eighth and maintained a high tempo in the run to the line, stopping the clock five lengths in advance of Ship of the Fen (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}). Showroom, who was produced by an unraced half to Listed Prix Urban Sea victress Lake Palace (GB) (Nayef) and last Saturday’s Listed La Coupe de Marseille winner Hebah (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}), is a half-brother to last term’s G2 Prix de Malleret heroine Al Wathna (GB) (Nayef) and a yearling colt by Wootton Bassett (GB). His dual stakes-placed granddam Lia (Ire) (Desert King {Ire}) is kin to Listed Prix Delahante runner-up Lit (Ire) (Danehill), who in turn is the granddam of GI American Oaks third Little Journey (Fr) (Great Journey {Jpn}). The winner’s fourth dam, G2 Prix de Pomone-winning G1 Prix Vermeille third Light the Lights (Fr) (Shirley Heights {GB}), is also the granddam of G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero and MG1SW sire Lawman (Fr) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), G1 Prix de Diane victress and GI E.P. Taylor S. runner-up Latice (Ire) (Inchinor {GB}), and GSW G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest second Satri (Ire) (Mujadil). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, £15,563. Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Nick Skelton); B-Petra Bloodstock Agency Ltd (FR); T-Mark Johnston.

Drosselmeyer Filly Wins the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf

Mon, 2017-09-04 21:23

DEL MAR JUVENILE FILLIES TURF S., $103,105, DMR, 9-4, 2yo, f, 1mT, 1:37.57, fm.
1–#TERRA’S ANGEL, 118, f, 2, by Drosselmeyer
1st Dam: Vindicated Angel, by Vindication
2nd Dam: Fantasy Angel, by Saint Ballado
3rd Dam: Tales of Long Ago, by Raise a Cup
($7,500 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Johnny B. Evans & Terry Eoff.
B-Hargus & Sandra Sexton & Silver Fern Farm, LLC (KY);
T-Dallas E. Keen; J-Sasha Risenhoover. $60,000. Lifetime
Record: 3-2-0-1, $96,420.2–One Fast Broad, 120, f, 2, Decarchy–Awesome Broad, by Mr.
Broad Blade. O-Ruis Racing LLC; B-Richard Allen Kritzski, AGR
Racing (CA); T-Mick Ruis. $20,000.
3–Multiplayer, 120, f, 2, Giant’s Causeway–Style Squad, by
Dynaformer. ($65,000 RNA Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O/B-George
Krikorian (KY); T-Tim Yakteen. $12,000.Margins: HF, HF, HD. Odds: 19.00, 46.80, 10.00.
Also Ran: Klosters (Ire), Holy Diver, Scat Home Lady, Dawn Traveller (Ire), Unstablenthemornin, Thisoleheartofmine, Medaglia Gold, Navajo Dreamer (Ire), Streetwithnoname, Camino Song (Ire), Bonneville Flats. Scratched: Lemon Crush.
Terra’s Angel took to the turf, capturing the Monday supporting feature over the Del Mar lawn. A first-out winner at Lone Star Park May 13 for trainer Terry Eoff, the filly resurfaced to run third in the local 6 1/2-furlong GII Sorrento S. for trainer Dallas Keen, with Johnny Evans acquiring a share of the ownership along with Eoff. Stretched out to two turns on the grass here, the chestnut was dismissed at odds of 19-1 and raced in third behind fractions of :22.78 and :47.60. Bidding to seize control coming off the far turn, the filly dug in to rebuff a challenge from longshot One Fast Broad (Decarchy)–who closed from far back–and prevailed by a half-length. “We were having kind of a rough meet other than the third in the Sorrento (with Terra’s Angel),” said Keen. “This is a nice one to wind up with. We had a good meet.” The winner’s second dam is GSW Fantasy Angel (Saint Ballado). Vindicated Angel produced a filly by Gemologist in 2016 and a filly by Flat Out this spring before visiting Commissioner. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Bolt d’Oro Shrugs Off Tough Trip to Take Futurity

Mon, 2017-09-04 20:45

Mick Ruis, out of racing for eight years, returned to the game in a big way last year, taking down the GI Del Mar Debutante with second-time starter Union Strike (Union Rags). The owner/trainer was back in the winner’s circle at the oceanside oval Monday when his Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) overcame a troubled trip to come home first in the track’s closing-day feature, the GI Del Mar Futurity.

“He got wiped out in the beginning, again,” Ruis said. “But this horse has so much talent, he can go to the front, he can come from the back. We were, what, six wide around the turn to take the lead. I had this horse maybe 70% cranked. I’ll have him a little bit tighter for the [Sept. 30] GI FrontRunner S., so we’re really excited about that. Then we’ll see about the big race here [Breeders’ Cup Juvenile] What does the sign say up front–Fifty Nine Days away?”

Sent off the 7-2 third choice, Bolt d’Oro got squeezed back towards the rear of Futurity field early as longshot Master Ruler (Overdriven) zipped out to set the pace with Soul Streit (Maclean’s Music) and GII Best Pal S. winner Run Away (Run Away and Hide) in close pursuit through a quarter in :21.88. Soul Streit grabbed a clear lead down the backstretch, but he was quickly tackled by Run Away who had his nose in front after a half in :44.54. Zatter (Midnight Lute) overtook a tiring Run Away into the lane, but Bolt d’Oro had made an eye-catching five-wide move to loom a threat at the head of the lane. Zatter and Bolt d’Oro sparred until just outside the sixteenth pole, where Bolt d’Oro started to assert his superiority, wearing down his foe to score by three-quarters of a length in 1:22.91.

“I was pretty confident going into the race,” said winning jockey Corey Nakatani. “I thought he was the horse to beat; that they’d have to pick their feet up to beat him. But he’s a very talented colt; he’s very classy. I knew I’d have to have some patience today; to just wait some. And it worked out. In the lane, he was big. I have to thank Mick. He gave me this shot and I’m glad it worked out.”

Rafael Bejarano, aboard Zatter, had no excuses for the runner-up.

“I had a good position; right where I wanted to be,” Bejarano said. “When we went for home, I asked him and he responded. He never stopped running. The winner was just too much today.”

Bolt d’Oro, a $630,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga August yearling purchase, was the 4-5 favorite in his 6 1/2-furlong debut at Del Mar Aug. 5 and recovered from a slow start to duel on the front end before drawing off to win by 2 1/4 lengths.

Pedigree Notes:

Globe Trot, a $100,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase in 2009, was bred by Claiborne and raced in the colors of WinStar Farm. The mare’s first foal is Sonic Mule (Distorted Humor), second in last year’s GII Saratoga Special and third in this year’s GII Swale S. Bolt d’Oro is her second foal. The mare produced a colt by Curlin in 2016, but died last year. Out of Claiborne’s multiple graded stakes winning homebred Trip, the mare was a half-sister to the dam of stakes winner and multiple graded stakes placed Recruiting Ready (Algorithms). Trip is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Joke (Phone Trick), dam of multiple Grade I winner Zensational (Unbridled’s Song), as well as to the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Departing (War Front).

Monday, Del Mar
DEL MAR FUTURITY-GI, $301,380, DMR, 9-4, 2yo, 7f, 1:22.91, ft.
1–#@&BOLT D’ORO, 120, c, 2, by Medaglia d’Oro
1st Dam: Globe Trot, by A.P. Indy
2nd Dam: Trip, by Lord At War (Arg)
3rd Dam: Tour, by Forty Niner
($630,000 Ylg ’16 FTSAUG). O-Ruis Racing; B-WinStar Farm,
LLC (KY); T-Mick Ruis; J-Corey S. Nakatani. $180,000. Lifetime
Record: 2-2-0-0, $216,000. *1/2 to Sonic Mule (Distorted
Humor), MSW & MGSP, $214,230. Werk Nick Rating: A+++
*Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Zatter, 120, c, 2, Midnight Lute–Katori, by Dixie Union.
($160,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Zayat Stables, LLC; B-Sean Speck
& Speck (KY); T-Bob Baffert. $60,000.
3–Run Away, 123, c, 2, Run Away and Hide–Cabales, by Pulpit.
($9,500 RNA Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $35,000 Ylg ’16 OBSAUG;
$325,000 2yo ’17 BARMAR). O-Kaleem Shah, Inc.; B-Erv
Woolsey & Ralph Kinder (KY); T-Simon Callaghan. $36,000.
Margins: 3/4, 4 3/4, NO. Odds: 3.90, 3.40, 2.60.
Also Ran: Dia de Pago, Soul Streit, Tatters to Riches, Gracida, Master Ruler, Fleetwood. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Giant’s Causeway Debutante Just Gets Up at Del Mar

Mon, 2017-09-04 19:17

+RETRO (f, 2, Giant’s Causeway–Grace Anatomy {GISP, $171,340}, by Aldebaran) was bet hard for her debut and narrowly rewarded her backers on the Del Mar lawn. Showing an above-average worktab, finished off by a five-furlong local main track spin in 1:00 flat (7/26) Aug. 29, the $170,000 KEESEP grad got backed down to 12-5 and came away well to sit in fifth along the rail, about seven lengths behind sharp splits of :22.75 and :46.85. Angling off the fence heading into the far turn, the dark bay moved in tandem with two other runners after pace player Super Good (Super Saver) and was just up to beat that one by a head in 1:36.98. The winner’s third dam is GISW turfer Plenty of Grace (Roberto). She has a yearling half-brother by Declaration of War and a weanling Uncle Mo half-brother. Sales History: $170,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,000. O-LNJ Foxwoods; B-Barronstown Stud (KY); T-Richard Mandella.

Sporting Chance Bears Out, Still Wins Wild Hopeful

Mon, 2017-09-04 17:19

The whisker tight chase for the trainer’s title came down to the fifth race at Saratoga on closing-day Monday, but the drama of the 2017 Spa meeting didn’t end with Todd Pletcher’s record-tying 40th win. That honor went to Sporting Chance (Tiznow), who appeared well on his way to giving Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas his eighth win in the GI Hopeful S. only to veer out sharply in deep stretch, nearly unseating jockey Luis Saez, who righted the dark bay just in time to maintain a neck advantage over favored Free Drop Billy (Union Rags) on the wire.

“Well, this surprised me more than it did the horse,” Lukas said. “I thought he was comfortably in front and he was moving well. I think he was best in the last 50 yards where he accelerated, that’s his style. Unfortunately, he saw something. I guess Luis explained that he ducked from the whip. I have a tendency to think it might have been something else, you never know. These are 2-year-olds and he’s just in his third race, so you can see things happen like that everyday in 2-year-old races.”

Given a 57-10 chance in his stakes debut, Sporting Chance pressed the pace from second through splits of :22.50 and :45.92 and took charge at the top of the lane before being confronted by Free Drop Billy heading into the final furlong. Turning back that rival under right-handed urging, Sporting Chance suddenly, sharply bore out a few strides before the wire. Saez grabbed the left rein to stay on the horse, but Sporting Chance straightened out just in time for Saez to give him one more cross to hit the wire just in front of Free Drop Billy. An inquiry and objection were lodged against the winner, but it was determined that he was in the clear when he drifted out and the result stood.

“I thought the fractions were realistic,” Lukas said. “I wasn’t so worried about the fractions posted. I thought Luis was well within himself clocking the speed. That’s the thing I was comfortable with. Somebody said :22 [seconds] in our box and I said, ‘At this point, they’re all there.’ Everyone was in contention in the first quarter. Even at the half-mile they weren’t spreading out, there were horses all bunched there. So I was more comfortable with what Luis was doing. He was in comfortable position, he was on the outside of one of the obvious speed horses and I felt comfortable that we’d finish.”

On winning his eighth Hopeful, Lukas said, “You know what that says? You’re damn old.”

Lukas’s last three Hopeful wins have all been for longtime clients Robert Baker and William Mack, who took the race in 2013 with Strong Mandate (Tiznow) and in 2015 with Dublin (Afleet Alex).

“They’ve been great,” Lukas said. “They’ve been loyal and have been with us 27 years. They buy two horses a year and they let me pick them out and they’ve been great signing the ticket.”

Free Drop Billy, a debut winner at Churchill in June, was favored in the Hopeful off a runner-up effort in the July 22 GIII Sanford S. Trainer Dale Romans said the winner’s antics may have cost his charge the race.

“You can’t tell [for] a 2-year-old who has run three times in his life and the horse bolts in front of him, how much it stops his momentum,” Romans said. “If they all stayed straight, he may run right past him. You don’t know what it does to a horse’s mind. He got beat a head by a horse who bolted in front of him. It’s a ridiculous call.”

Mack and Baker purchased Sporting Chance for $575,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Second behind subsequent Ellis Park Juvenile winner Dak Attack (Ghostzapper) in his 5 1/2-furlong debut at Churchill Downs June 15, he was tabbed a ‘TDN Rising Star’ with a wire-to-wire victory at that same distance at Saratoga July 22.

As for what is next for his most recent Hopeful winner, Lukas said, “I’m going to get together with the [owners]. My first blush reaction is to maybe get a two-turn race. I might try to go straight to the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but I’m not real fond of Del Mar. I know that sounds crazy, but I’m going to weigh all our chances. Another logical spot would be the GI Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland and go two-turns. There’s all kinds of options now.”

Pedigree Notes:

Trainer Ron McAnally purchased Sporting Chance’s dam, Wynning Ride, as a yearling for $120,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September Sale. Racing for Arnold Zetcher, the chestnut was second in 2008 GI Hollywood Starlet and third in the following year’s GI Coaching Club American Oaks for trainer Bob Baffert. Hunter Valley purchased Wynning Ride, carrying her first foal by Tale of the Cat, for $300,000 at the 2013 Keeneland January Sale. The Kentucky operation sold the mare, in foal to Pioneerof the Nile, to Carrol Castille for $410,000 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton November sale. The mare produced a colt by that sire in 2016 and a filly by Closing Argument in 2017. She was bred back to Tapizar.

Monday, Saratoga Race Course
HOPEFUL S.-GI, $350,000, SAR, 9-4, 2yo, 7f, 1:23.71, gd.
1–#@&SPORTING CHANCE, 118, c, 2, by Tiznow
                1st Dam: Wynning Ride (SW & MGISP, $345,108),
                                by Candy Ride (Arg)
                2nd Dam: Wynyard, by Mr. Greeley
                3rd Dam: Dixie Lass, by Dixieland Band
‘TDN Rising Star’ ($275,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $575,000 Ylg ’16
KEESEP). O-Robert C Baker & William L. Mack; B-Hunter Valley
Farm (KY); T-D. Wayne Lukas; J-Luis Saez. $210,000. Lifetime
Record: 3-2-1-0, $269,140. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the
   eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Free Drop Billy, 118, c, 2, Union Rags–Trensa, by Giant’s
Causeway. ($200,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Albaugh Family
Stable; B-Helen K. Groves Revocable Trust (KY); T-Dale L.
Romans. $70,000.3–Givemeaminit, 118, c, 2, Star Guitar–Powerful Nation, by
Turkoman. ($20,000 RNA Ylg ’16 ESLYRL). O-Valene Farms LLC;
B-Clear Creek Stud LLC (LA); T-Dallas Stewart. $35,000.
Margins: NK, HD, 4. Odds: 5.70, 3.00, 6.20.
Also Ran: Firenze Fire, National Flag, Oskar Blues, Mojovation, Psychoanalyze.
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Into Mischief Filly Off the Mark at Ellis

Mon, 2017-09-04 17:04

7th-ELP, $40,158, Msw, 9-4, 2yo, f, 1mT, 1:35.52, fm.
+BREAKING BEAUTY (f, 2, Into Mischief–Que Belle {MGSW-Ger, SW-US, G1SP-Ger & Fr, $367,711}, by Seattle Dancer), tabbed a 7-2 shot in this unveiling on the back of a five-panel Churchill Downs bullet in 1:00 3/5 (1/25) Aug. 27, broke well and doled out fractions of :24.26 and :48.16 while dogged by 4-5 favorite Jing (Sky Mesa). The latter appeared to have all the momentum and a half-length advantage on the far turn, but Breaking Beauty cut the corner into the lane and eventually edged away to win by three-quarters of a length. Out of dual German Classic heroine Que Belle, who has already produced Osidy (Storm Cat), GSW-US & GSP-Fr, $297,187; and Quetsche (Gone West), GSW-Fr, $131,437, Breaking Beauty is followed by a yearling Dominus filly and a weanling colt by Can the Man. $110,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $24,000. Click for the chart.
O-TOLO Thoroughbreds, Inc.; B-Malibu Farm, LLC (KY); T-Wayne M. Catalano.

Pavel Puts Them On Ice in Smarty Jones Rout

Mon, 2017-09-04 16:59

Making just his third lifetime start, California invader Pavel shipped East for the second time in his career and absolutely dominated the field in the GIII Smarty Jones S. at Parx. Let go at 39-10, the $90,000 KEENOV buy stalked the pace of GIII West Virginia Derby Colonelsdarktemper (Colonel John) through moderate splits of :24 1/5 and :47 4/5. Sidling up to that one at the top of the lane, Pavel left the frontrunner in his dust soon after and never left the outcome in doubt from there, winning wrapped up in the final sixteenth by five lengths. Pavel is the sixth stakes winner for his sophomore sire (by Giant’s Causeway).

Pavel was tabbed a ‘TDN Rising Star’ after a 4 1/2-length victory in his 6 1/2-furlong debut at Santa Anita July 1 and was immediately thrown into the deep end when shipped across the country for the July 29 GII Jim Dandy S. where he ran a respectable fourth while tackling seasoned graded stakes winners and the stretch-out to nine furlongs. He prepped for his return to the East Coast with a bullet six-furlong work in 1:12 at Del Mar Aug. 27.

Pedigree Notes:

Pavel’s full-brother sold for $18,000 at this year’s OBS June sale to trainer Saffie Joseph and was exported to Trinidad and Tobago. Mons Venus produced a filly by Fed Biz in 2016 and a colt by Carpe Diem this year before being bred back to Upstart. Airdrie Stud and WinStar Farm teamed up to purchase the unraced mare, in foal to Harlan’s Holiday, for $250,000 at the 2012 Keeneland January Sale.

Monday, Parx Racing
SMARTY JONES S.-GIII, $300,000, PRX, 9-4, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 1:42.27, ft.
1–#@PAVEL, 117, c, 3, by Creative Cause
1st Dam: Mons Venus, by Maria’s Mon
2nd Dam: Bid to the Mint, by Key to the Mint
3rd Dam: Cautious Bidder, by Bold Bidder
‘TDN Rising Star’ ($90,000 Wlg ’14 KEENOV; $80,000 RNA Ylg
’15 KEESEP). O-Reddam Racing LLC; B-Brereton C. Jones &
WinStar Farm, LLC (KY); T-Doug F. O’Neill; J-Mario Gutierrez.
$180,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $242,400. *1/2 to
Caracortado (Cat Dreams), MGSW & MGISP, $885,775; and
He’ll Pay (Haynesfield), SW & MGSP, $183,389. **Sixth SW for
sophomore sire (by Giant’s Causeway). Werk Nick Rating: A.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Talk Logistics, 117, c, 3, High Cotton–Alotofappeal, by Trippi.
($100,000 2yo ’16 OBSAPR). O-Hardway Stables; B-Ocala Stud
& Edward Wiest (FL); T-Edward Plesa, Jr. $60,000.
3–Colonelsdarktemper, 124, c, 3, Colonel John–Sweet Temper,
by Stormy Atlantic. ($35,000 Ylg ’15 FTKOCT). O-Anthony J.
Foyt, Jr.; B-Hargus & Sandra Sexton & Silver Fern Farm, LLC
(KY); T-William H. Fires. $33,000.Margins: 6, 1, HF. Odds: 3.90, 10.20, 2.10.
Also Ran: Bonus Points, Battalion Runner, Hence. Scratched: You’re to Blame. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Heart to Heart Wire to Wire in Bernard Baruch

Mon, 2017-09-04 16:02

Hard-knocking Heart to Heart went wire-to-wire to win the ninth graded victory of his career in the GII Bernard Baruch H. Monday. The bay jumped out to the early lead and took the field through modest splits of :24.27, :48.01 and 1:12.02 over the yielding Saratoga turf course. Heart to Heart opened a clear advantage turning for home, enjoyed a three-length advantage at the top of the lane and strode to the wire unchallenged.

“He was ready today and the guys at Belmont I give full credit to, they have done a great job getting him ready and I look forward to the [Oct. 7 GI] Shadwell Mile [at Keenland] with him,” said winning trainer Brian Lynch.

The reliable bay, worse than fourth just once in the last two years, led from start to finish to take the Mar. 4 GIII Canadian Turf S. at Gulfstream and then was narrowly beaten in a pair of Grade I events, finishing a neck short when second in the Apr. 14 GI Maker’s 46 Mile and third, beaten 3/4 lengths in a blanket finish in the June 3 GI Shoemaker Mile H. last time out.

“He is a little horse,” Lynch said of the winner. “He doesn’t take a lot of work. He is an unbelievable little guy, a few half miles and [he is back in shape]. Like last year, I didn’t run him until the [GIII] Knickerbocker [at Belmont Park] and he got a mile and an eighth off the bench. So, this year we had the Shadwell in mind, wanted to get a race back into him, and so the Bernard Baruch came into play perfect. So I was confident he was ready.”

Lynch is already looking forward to a possible start in the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile with Heart to Heart.

“We will go the Shadwell Mile, that is a [Breeders’ Cup] ‘Win and You’re In’ and if he runs well, then I think this horse will be very effective at Del Mar with those tight turns,” the trainer said. “I have always said that I think one of his biggest assets is how he runs the turns. So that would be the end of the year goal for him. If we didn’t do that then we have all those races at Gulfstream that he clean sweeps every year. So we have something to look forward to anyway.”

Pedigree Notes:

Ask the Question produced a filly by Animal Kingdom in 2016, a colt by Liam’s Map this year and was bred back to Quality Road. In foal to Silent Name (Jpn), she sold for $35,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November sale. Heart to Heart is the result of the English Channel season purchased by Red Hawk Ranch in the 2010 Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction.

Monday, Saratoga
BERNARD BARUCH H.-GII, $250,000, SAR, 9-4, 3yo/up, 1 1/16mT, 1:42.45, yl.
1–HEART TO HEART, 120, h, 6, by English Channel
                1st Dam: Ask the Question, by Silver Deputy
                2nd Dam: Fair Advice, by Cozzene
                3rd Dam: Fair Astrologer, by Quack
(C$25,000 Ylg ’12 CANSEP). O-Terry Hamilton; B-Red Hawk
Ranch (ON); T-Brian A. Lynch; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr.. $150,000.
Lifetime Record: Ch. 3yo Colt-Can. & MGSW & MGISP,
30-13-4-3, $1,354,870. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the
   eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Forge (GB), 115, c, 4, Dubawi (Ire)–Heat Haze (GB), by Green
Desert. O/B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB); T-William I. Mott. $50,000.
3–Delta Prince, 115, c, 4, Street Cry (Ire)–Delta Princess, by A.P.
Indy. O-Stronach Stables; B-Adena Springs (KY); T-James A. Jerkens. $25,000.Margins: 1 1/4, 1 1/4, 2 1/4. Odds: 2.30, 13.20, 3.20.
Also Ran: Ring Weekend, Projected (GB), Takeover Target, Glorious Empire (Ire). Scratched: Highland Sky, American Patriot.
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Into Mischief Colt Peels One Back for Brown, Clinches Riding Title for Ortiz

Mon, 2017-09-04 15:31

6th-SAR, $83,000, Msw, 9-4, 2yo, 6f, 1:11.13, gd.
ENGAGE (c, 2, Into Mischief–Nefertiti {SP}, by Speightstown), a beaten favorite on debut earlier in the meet, scored in his second try despite drifting out badly through the stretch, bringing trainer Chad Brown (39) within one win of Todd Pletcher (40) for the Saratoga training title and clinching the riding title for Jose Ortiz. Dueled into defeat by GI Hopeful S. entrant National Flag (Speightstown) Aug. 5, the $550,000 OBS March buy broke as the 3-5 chalk this time around and settled in third as Pletcher firster Impact Player (City Zip) dueled through a :22.03 quarter. Creeping up to the sparring pair passing a :45.34 half, Engage looked like money in the bank at the top of the lane, but bore out steadily as Impact Player hugged the fence. Those two went at it six or seven paths apart in the final furlong, with the favorite just able to edge out his rival by a half-length. The winner has a weanling half-sister by Will Take Charge and his dam was bred to Quality Road this spring. Second dam Clearly a Queen (Lucky North) was a MGSW on turf. Nefertiti has a weanling filly by Will Take Charge and was bred back to Quality Road. Sales history: $200,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $550,000 2yo ’17 OBSMAR. Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $66,400. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Woodford Racing, LLC; B-Woods Edge Farm, LLC (KY); T-Chad C. Brown.

Midnight Lute Filly Romps to Put Pletcher Up Two on Brown

Mon, 2017-09-04 14:59

CRITIQUE (f, 2, Midnight Lute–Bemused, by Maria’s Mon) took over at the three-eighths pole and never looked back, romping to a dominant graduation in an off-the-turfer at Saratoga. Second in another washed-off event over track and trip Aug. 13, the $155,000 Fasig-Tipton July purchased was backed to 6-5 favoritism to go one better here and tracked the pace from second through a :22.41 quarter. Sidling up alongside the leader midway on the turn, the gray willingly took charge passing a :45.87 half and blew the race apart in the stretch, cruising by some 13 lengths in 1:24.67. Lady by Choice (Shanghai Bobby) completed the exacta. The win was the 40th of the meet for trainer Todd Pletcher, tying a record set by Chad Brown last year and putting Pletcher two up on Brown for this season’s training title. The victress shares a second dam with GISW and freshman sire Overanalyze (Dixie Union). Sales History: $80,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $155,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $66,400. O-Paul P. Pompa, Jr.; B-AJ Suited LLC (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher.

Medaglia d’Oro-It’s Tricky Colt Graduates On Debut at Saratoga

Mon, 2017-09-04 12:43

1st-SAR, $83,000, Msw, 9-4, 2yo, 6f, 1:12.14, my.
+ENTICED (c, 2, Medaglia d’Oro–It’s Tricky {MGISW, $1,666,500}, by Mineshaft), the first foal out of his MGISW dam to race, took advantage of a pace duel and rolled past the leaders late to take his debut at Saratoga. Coming away in fifth while climbing a bit behind a three-way scrum through a :22.26 quarter, the homebred started to get going at the five-sixteenths pole and overhauled tiring frontrunner Dirty (Maclean’s Music) with 70 yards to go, kicking away to a 1 3/4-length success in 1:12.14. The winner has an unraced 3-year-old full-sister named Too Complicated. It’s Tricky foaled a filly by Ghostzapper last season. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,800. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O/B-Godolphin (KY); T-Kiaran P. McLaughlin.

Grandson of Urban Sea Sheds Maiden Tag in Belated Unveiling

Mon, 2017-09-04 12:16

5th-WDS, £4,600, Mdn, 9-4, 3yo, 11f 99yT, 2:38.27, g/s.

ROYAL LINE (GB) (c, 3, Dubawi {Ire}–Melikah {Ire} {SW & G1SP-Eng, G1SP-Ire, $125,309}, by Lammtarra), who sported the maroon-and-white silks most famously associated with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s palmarès, was the slowest of six into stride and remained in rear for most of this unveiling. Shoved along with a half-mile remaining, the 4-6 pick received one reminder at the three-furlong marker and surged clear once quickening to the front at the two pole to easily account for Lazarus (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) by a geared-down 2 3/4 lengths. The homebred chestnut is a son of G1 Epsom Oaks and G1 Irish Oaks placegetter Melikah (Ire) (Lammtarra), herself a product of storied blue hen Urban Sea (Miswaki), and is kin to a trio black-type winners headed by G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe third Masterstroke (Monsun {Ger}) and dual Irish Group 3 winner Moonlight Magic (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}). Melikah is also the granddam of G2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano victor and G1 Jebel Hatta runner-up Vancouverite (GB) (Dansili {GB}), and has a 2-year-old filly by Dubawi (Ire) and a yearling colt by Dansili (GB) to come. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $3,855. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-HH Sheikha Al Jalila Racing; B-Darley (GB); T-John Gosden.

Scat Daddy’s Albany Third Take Me With You Graduates at Windsor

Mon, 2017-09-04 10:22

1st-WDS, £6,100, Cond, 9-4, 2yo, 6f 12yT, 1:13.82, g/s.

TAKE ME WITH YOU (f, 2, Scat Daddy–Me and Miss Jones, by Smarty Jones) ran third in her June 10 Newmarket debut and again when behind Different League (Fr) (Dabirsim {Fr}) and Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) in Royal Ascot’s June 23 G3 Albany S., and showed early dash to lead from flagfall in this easier spot. In command until nudged along at the two pole, the 4-11 lock was comfortably clear entering the final eighth and coasted home in hand, stopping the clock nine lengths in advance of Sergio Leone (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}). The bay is the second scorer and leading performer produced by an unraced daughter of dual Grade III winner Forest Heiress (Forest Wildcat), herself a full-sister to GISW sire Wildcat Heir, from a family which features GI Preakness S.-winning sire Louis Quatorze (Sovereign Dancer). She is kin to a yearling filly by Yes It’s True and a colt foal by Wicked Strong, and her dam Me and Miss Jones (Smarty Jones) was bred to Wicked Strong again this year. Sales history: $205,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $285,000 Ylg ’16 FTSAUG; $800,000 2yo ’17 FTFMAR. Lifetime Record: GSP-Eng, 3-1-0-2, $16,885. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Phoenix Thoroughbred Ltd; B-Mane Chance LLC (KY); T-Jeremy Noseda.

‘Samurai’ Stays ‘Sharp’ in Del Mar Derby

Sun, 2017-09-03 20:49

Sharp Samurai has done little wrong since switching to the turf and Sunday’s GII Del Mar Derby was no exception. The bay launched a strong rally to the front and held off a late bid from Big Score (Mr. Big) to earn the second graded stakes success of his young career. The Mark Glatt trainee was sent off as the 2-1 post-time favorite. Racing in midpack behind fractions of :24.10 and :48.91, Sharp Samurai swung to the outside coming off the turn and rallied to strike the front in upper stretch. Kept to his task by Gary Stevens, he had plenty left in the tank to hold the runner-up, who spent the first half of the year competing on the East Coast, at bay.

“This is very exciting,” said Glatt. “I thought he was well-placed early, in the clear which is where we wanted to be. We didn’t think they’d be going very fast and when they don’t go fast they have a tendency to bunch. Gary rode him perfectly, pushed the button exactly when he needed to and the horse responded.”

Winner of the Rainbow S. over nine furlongs on the Santa Anita turf June 10, Sharp Samurai made it two-in-a-row with a hard-fought tally in the GIII La Jolla H. here Aug. 6.

Pedigree Notes:

Canadian stakes winner Secret Wish is a half-sister to the filly Academic (Henny Hughes), who won the 2015 Woodbine Oaks prior to besting males in the GIII Canadian Derby and GIII British Columbia Derby. Secret Wish is also kin to Awesome Fire (Strong

Contender), winner of the grassy 2012 Wonder Where S.

and third in that year’s Woodbine Oaks. Sharp Samurai is the

last of two listed foals for his dam.


Sunday, Del Mar Derby
DEL MAR DERBY-GII, $251,725, DMR, 9-3, 3yo, 1 1/8mT, 1:48.03, fm.
1–SHARP SAMURAI, 122, g, 3, by First Samurai
1st Dam: Secret Wish (SW, $188,908), by Street Cry (Ire)
2nd Dam: Awesome Lass, by Awesome Again
3rd Dam: Smart n’ Irish, by Smarten
($85,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Red Baron’s Barn LLC, Rancho
Temescal LLC & Mark Glatt; B-Cudney Stables (KY); T-Mark
Glatt; J-Gary L. Stevens. $150,000. Lifetime Record: 8-5-0-0,
$345,870. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Big Score, 122, c, 3, Mr. Big–Not Unusual, by Unusual Heat.
O/B-George Krikorian (KY); T-Tim Yakteen. $50,000.3–Bowies Hero, 122, c, 3, Artie Schiller–Remembered, by Sky
Mesa. ($16,000 RNA Wlg ’14 KEENOV; $17,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP;
$32,000 2yo ’16 EASMAY). O-Agave Racing Stable & Hebert
Bloodstock; B-Pope McLean, Pope McLean Jr. & Marc McLean
(KY); T-Philip D’Amato. $30,000.Margins: HF, HF, NK. Odds: 2.30, 3.30, 3.40.
Also Ran: Colonist, Fashion Business (GB), Ritzy A. P., Double Touch (GB), Monster Man, Marckie’s Water, Harbour Master (GB). Scratched: Sorry Erik. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


$850k Exchange Rate Filly Graduates for Drefong Connex at Del Mar

Sun, 2017-09-03 19:48

+ALLURING STAR (f, 2, Exchange Rate–Spring Jump {MSP, $121,883}, by Jump Start), bought for an eye-popping $850,000 at OBS March after breezing a quarter-mile in :20 4/5, showed speed and gameness to graduate impressively on debut at Del Mar for the connections of MGISW Drefong (Gio Ponti). Showing a string of sharp workouts capped off by a five-furlong spin in 1:00 flat (7/26) here Aug. 29, the bay was given a 49-10 chance and broke alertly to show the way through a :21.99 quarter while tracked by second-timer Ms Bad Behavior (Blame). That one drew on even terms with the leader passing a :45.13 half, but Alluring Star had plenty in reserve and turned back her pursuer by the eighth pole, edging clear from there to a 2 1/4-length success in 1:16.82. Ms Bad Behavior was well-clear for the place. The winner is the first foal out of a dam whose subsequent produce is a yearling colt by Goldencents and a weanling Palace Malice filly. She was bred to Cairo Prince this spring. Sales History: $125,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $850,000 2yo ’17 OBSMAR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,000. O-Baoma Corporation; B-Woods Edge Farm LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert.

Violence Colt Keeps Callaghan Rolling in DMR Juvy Turf

Sun, 2017-09-03 19:20

ENCUMBERED (c, 2, Violence–Dying to Dance, by Street Cry {Ire}), a well-regarded maiden winner earlier at the meet, overcame a wide draw to double up in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf S. Sunday afternoon and keep trainer Simon Callaghan’s dream stand going. Debuting in the Santa Anita Juvenile S. July 3, the $225,000 OBS April buy was a respectable fourth behind undefeated GSW Run Away (Run Away and Hide), but he showed his true ability with a game graduation over course and distance July 30. Made the 7-2 second choice in this 14-horse war, the bay was angled over to the two-path from the 13-hole and tracked from a distant fifth behind a tearaway leader through splits of :22.91 and :46.23. Angling into the five path at the top of the lane as the leader started to retreat, Encumbered swept to the front in midstretch and held on gamely by a long neck over My Boy Jack (Creative Cause), who was also runner-up to him in the aforementioned July 30 maiden spot. The victor becomes the second stakes winner for his freshman sire (by Medaglia d’Oro). His second dam, Domludge (Lyphard), is a half to three-time European champion Mrs. Penny (Great Nephew {GB}) and a full to Cadeaux d’Amie, the MGSP dam of MG1SW Hatoof (Irish River {Fr}) and GISW Irish Prize (Irish River {Fr}). Dying to Dance has a yearling filly by Exchange Rate and a weanling filly by Noble Mission (GB). Sales History: $33,000 Ylg ’16 FTKJUL; $225,000 2yo ’17 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $102,000. O-Reddam Racing LLC; B-Rose Hill Farm & Ralph Stroope (KY); T-Simon Callaghan.

Vertical Oak Stands Tall in Prioress Romp

Sun, 2017-09-03 17:46

Saturday, Saratoga
PRIORESS S.-GII, $250,000, SAR, 9-3, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:10.00, sy.
1–VERTICAL OAK, 120, f, 3, by Giant Oak
1st Dam: Vertical Vision (MSW, $202,979), by Pollard’s Vision
2nd Dam: Caney Creek, by Service Stripe
3rd Dam: Grace Creek, by Allen’s Prospect
($20,000 Ylg ’15 FTKOCT). O-J. Kirk and Judy Robison; B-Millennium Farms (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen; J-John R. Velazquez. $150,000. Lifetime Record: 12-5-2-1, $444,200. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree2–Nonna Mela, 118, f, 3, Arch–Cool Storm, by Storm Cat. ($310,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-St. Elias Stable; B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher. $50,000.3–Dawn the Destroyer, 118, f, 3, Speightstown–Dashing Debby, by Medaglia d’Oro. O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Kiaran P. McLaughlin. $25,000.Margins: 5 1/4, 1 1/4, NK. Odds: 4.70, 3.50, 2.80.
Also Ran: Golden Mischief, Student Body, Downtown Mama, Royal Inheritance, Yorkiepoo Princess. Scratched: Sister Kan.
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Vertical Oak (Giant Oak) found the seven furlongs of the Aug. 5 GI Test S. to be a bit out of her scope when she disputed the pace and flattened out to finish fifth, but the filly rebounded in a big way with an authoritative score in Sunday’s six-furlong GII Prioress S. over a sloppy racetrack at Saratoga. The win was the second graded stakes tally for the J. Kirk and Judy Robison colorbearer–who captured the GIII Miss Preakness S. at Pimlico May 19–and her second win in as many tries over an off track.

“This race suited us better than the Test, and we took a bit of a shot in the Test,” said winning trainer Steve Asmussen. “She’s a very seasoned filly. She broke her maiden here last year. She likes it here at Saratoga…Backing up to three-quarters today helped her for the distance. The cool mornings that we’ve had has kept her sharp.”

Away to a clean start, Vertical Oak prompted the pace outside of Student Body (Colonel John) through fractions of :22.21 and :45.24 and moved to reach even terms with that rival midway on the far turn as Downtown Mama (Speightstown) ranged up on the outside to make it three across the track. Finding more as those two rivals faltered turning for home, the filly bounded clear to win easily as Nonna Mela (Arch) gave belated chase to finish second.

“Steve told me she loves the slop and to let her do her thing,” said Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez, who has enjoyed a stellar Saratoga meet, winning at a 26% rate. “I came out running to make sure I got the position I wanted. Once I got the horse to the outside, I gave her a little chance to run around the turn and when I asked her down the lane she was running nicely.”

A second-out maiden winner over trip-and-track last August, Vertical Oak added a second win in a Churchill optional claimer in November. She added her first stakes success with a front-running score over a wet strip in the Goldfinch S. at Prairie Meadows Apr. 29, a win that set her up for her Miss Preakness score the following month. The chestnut was declared a non-starter after getting an unfair break in Belmont’s June 11 Jersey Girl S. and bounced back from that debacle with a good runner-up effort in the GIII Victory Ride S. in Elmont July 9. The Test marked her first try beyond 6 1/2 furlongs and the only finish outside of the superfecta in her career.

“Today was perfect and most likely a try against older mares at three-quarters is what we’ll [do] next,” Asmussen said.

Pedigree Notes:

Dam Vertical Vision was a two-time stakes winner as a 2-year-old in 2010 for Asmussen and longtime client Heiglbrodt Racing Stable and was subsequently purchased by winning breeder Millennium Farms for $77,000 as part of Fasig-Tipton’s Heiglbrodt dispersal. Vertical Oak is the second foal out of the now 10-year-old mare, who is also responsible for a juvenile colt by Paynter and a yearling colt by Animal Kingdom. Jody Huckabay purchased Vertical Vision, in foal to Elusive Quality, for $50,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale and the resulting foal was a filly born Apr. 11. Vertical Oak became recently deceased sire Giant Oak’s first graded stakes winner with her Miss Preakness score.

Quality Road Filly Splashes to Debut Score at the Spa

Sun, 2017-09-03 16:07

7th-SAR, $83,000, Msw, 9-3, 2yo, f, 7f, 1:25.36, sy.
+CALEDONIA ROAD (f, 2, Quality Road–Come a Callin, by Dixie Union) overcame some greenness and kicked away nicely in the final furlong to graduate on debut at Saratoga. Showing a sharp five-panel breeze in 1:00 flat (2/12) here Aug. 20 out of an otherwise unremarkable worktab, the $140,000 KEESEP buy broke sharply but inwardly at 10-1 and stalked the pace of favored second-timer Mockery (Distorted Humor) through splits of :22.89 and :46.15. Drawing alongside the frontrunner while drifting wide at the top of the stretch, Caledonia Road took a while to straighten out, but ran by the leader once she did just inside the eighth pole, and skipped clear to a 2 3/4-length success. Mockery held for second over late-running Indy Union (Union Rags). The winner’s dam is a half to MSW/GSP Citizen Advocate (Proud Citizen), while second dam Twilight Service (Horse Chestnut {SAf}) is a half to Vespers (Known Fact), the MSW dam of GISW Hymn Book (Arch), and Database (Known Fact), the SW dam of GISW and freshman sire Data Link (War Front). Come a Callin is responsible for a yearling filly by Majestic Warrior and she was bred to Blame this season. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,800. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Zoom and Fish Stable Inc. & Charlie Spiring; B-Vegso Racing Stable (FL); T-Ralph E. Nicks.

Lope de Vega’s Soustraction Beats the Rising Stars In the d’Aumale

Sun, 2017-09-03 13:35


Beaten three lengths by TDN Rising Star Efaadah over 7 1/2 furlongs on debut at Deauville Aug. 8, Soustraction rewarded trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias’s guile in pitching her back in against that rival by readily reversing the form. Settled third early by Maxime Guyon, the chestnut snuck up the fence to gain the lead with 300 metres to race as Efaadah and fellow TDN Rising Star Wild Illusion got going from behind. Pressed all the way to the line by that duo, the homebred was too strong for either on a day when closers had tough assignments around this circuit.
This race is significant in its own right, but also serves as a vital trial for the Oct. 1 G1 Prix Marcel Boussac over the same course and distance. “I have to say I was very disappointed not to see her win first time out, but in a race for newcomers you never know and you can run into a very fit horse,” Laffon-Parias commented. “I did not hesitate to run her here, as I knew she had improved and I knew she stays very well and this course would suit her better than Deauville. This is the first time I have won a group race with a maiden and she has earned a place in the Marcel Boussac.” Efaadah’s trainer Freddie Head could not hide his dismay at the result. “I am disappointed, certainly, but I think it was a combination of the ground being unsuitable for a Dansili and not having the best of trips,” he said. “I have no plans for her at this stage.”
Soustraction’s dam Mathematicienne is a full-sister to the Listed La Coupe des Trois Ans winner Galipad (Ire), with their respective dam Never Green having taken the Listed Prix Occitanie. She is a daughter of the G3 Prix Cleopatre winner and outstanding producer Brooklyn’s Dance, whose six black-type winners are headed by the surprise G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Solemnia (Ire) (Poliglote {GB}). She is also responsible for the dual pattern-race scorer and G1 Prix du Jockey Club runner-up Prospect Park (GB) (Sadler’s Wells) and his G2 Prix Greffulhe-winning full-brother Prospect Wells (Fr) who was also runner-up in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris. Poliglote and Galileo share Sadler’s Wells as a sire and Never Green’s Listed Prix de la Pepiniere-winning half-sister Gold Dodger (Slew O’Gold) is the second dam of another son of Galileo in last year’s G1 Sussex S. and G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains hero The Gurkha (Ire). Mathematicienne’s yearling filly is by Rock of Gibraltar (Ire) and is named Mathematica (Ger).

Sunday, Chantilly, France
PRIX D’AUMALE-G3, €80,000, CHY, 9-3, 2yo, f, 8fT, 1:37.88, sf.
1–SOUSTRACTION (IRE), 126, f, 2, by Lope de Vega (Ire)
1st Dam: Mathematicienne (Ire), by Galileo (Ire)
2nd Dam: Never Green (Ire), by Halling
3rd Dam: Brooklyn’s Dance (Fr), by Shirley Heights (GB)
*1st stakes win. O/B-Wertheimer & Frere (IRE); T-Carlos Laffon-Parias; J-Maxime Guyon. €40,000. Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, €45,400. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Efaadah (Ire), 126, f, 2, Dansili (GB)–Albaraah (Ire), by Oasis Dream (GB). O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B-Shadwell Estate Company Ltd (IRE); T-Freddy Head. €16,000.
3–Wild Illusion (GB), 126, f, 2, Dubawi (Ire)–Rumh (Ger), by Monsun (Ger). O/B-Godolphin (GB); T-Charlie Appleby. €12,000.
Margins: 1, HD, 8. Odds: 5.80, 0.90, 3.50.
Also Ran: Chipolata (Fr), Expressiy (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Dark Angel’s Stage Magic Upsets Olmedo In the Chenes

Sun, 2017-09-03 13:07


Godolphin’s productive weekend continued here, with Stage Magic pulling another rabbit out of the hat for the organisation by getting the better of TDN Rising Star Olmedo. Having beaten the subsequently listed-placed Albishr (Ire) (Clodovil {Ire}) by 4 1/2 lengths on debut over seven furlongs at Newbury July 21, the bay was a short-head second in the Listed Criterium du FEE over a mile at Deauville Aug. 19 and was placed in front from the outset by James Doyle keen to utilise his mount’s knowledge. With Cristian Demuro keen to obtain cover on the 3-5 favourite Olmedo from his wide draw, he had to sit in rear which gave the upper hand to the leader on easy ground which was against the Rouget runner. Stage Magic was tackled and headed by Zyzzyva with over a furlong remaining as Olmedo tried to get organised on the outside, but the Godolphin representative battled gamely against the rail to retrieve the advantage. As Zyzzyva gave best 75 metres from the line, Olmedo found a surge but it was too late for the market leader.
Charlie Appleby was a happy trainer afterwards as he reflected on his stable’s strength in depth among its juveniles. “This horse had good experience and loved the ground and maybe that made a little bit of difference today,” he said. “We might have something better for the [Oct. 1 G1] Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere–maybe Masar who won the Solario yesterday–so we’ll see and make a decision about this colt in time.” Olmedo’s trainer Jean-Claude Rouget said, “Obviously, he lacked experience and I did not want him to have a hard race today so he did what he did on his own. The post just came a stride too soon, but it was a very good effort and he will improve a lot. He will run in the Lagardere if he is in good form and will definitely be two lengths better next time.”
Stage Magic’s dam Witnessed is a daughter of the GIII Royal Heroine S. winner Magic Mission, who also produced the recent G2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil winner Talismanic (GB) (Medaglia d’Oro). Magic Mission’s dam Dream Ticket is a daughter of the GIII Vineland H. scorer Capo Di Monte (Ire) (Final Straw {GB}), who is herself a half-sister to the G1 Aral-Pokal heroine Wind In Her Hair (Ire) (Alzao). Her claim to fame came as the dam of the Japanese Triple Crown winner and G1 Japan Cup hero and leading sire influence Deep Impact (Jpn). Witnessed’s yearling filly is by Bungle Inthejungle (GB).

Sunday, Chantilly, France
PRIX DES CHENES-G3, €80,000, CHY, 9-3, 2yo, c/g, 8fT, 1:38.77, sf.
1–STAGE MAGIC (IRE), 128, c, 2, by Dark Angel (Ire)
1st Dam: Witnessed (GB), by Authorized (Ire)
2nd Dam: Magic Mission (GB), by Machiavellian
3rd Dam: Dream Ticket, by Danzig
*1st stakes win. (160,000gns Wlg ’15 TATFOA). O-Godolphin; B-Darley (IRE); T-Charlie Appleby; J-James Doyle. €40,000. Lifetime Record: 4-2-2-0, €73,529. Werk Nick Rating: B+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Olmedo (Fr), 128, c, 2, Declaration of War–Super Pie, by Pivotal (GB). (€100,000 Ylg ’16 ARAUG). O-Ecurie Antonio Caro & Gerard Augustin-Normand; B-Dream With Me Stable Inc (FR); T-Jean-Claude Rouget. €16,000.
3–Zyzzyva (Fr), 128, c, 2, Siyouni (Fr)–Zanatiya (Fr), by Sinndar (Ire). (€37,000 Wlg ’15 ARQDEC; €105,000 Ylg ’16 ARAUG; €210,000 2yo ’17 ARQMAY). O-Paul Hancock; B-SCPA Fertilia (FR); T-Robyn Brisland. €12,000.
Margins: SHD, NK, 6. Odds: 2.80, 0.60, 11.30.
Also Ran: Diamond Vendome (Fr), Contortioniste (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.