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Jockey Club Glory For Deep Impact’s Study of Man

Sun, 2018-06-03 10:43

Making up for the Epsom eclipse of Saxon Warrior (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) 24 hours earlier, the Niarchos Family’s Study of Man (Ire) stepped up to provide Japan’s monarch with a first European Derby in Sunday’s G1 QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly. Connections had toyed with the idea of going to Epsom with the impressive G2 Prix Greffulhe winner, but opted to stay at home with this 10 1/2-furlong trip deemed more suitable at present for the grandson of the great Miesque (Nureyev). Anchored in mid-division early by Stephane Pasquier having received an ideal low draw, the 37-10 second favourite was brought to bear on the leaders passing the two-furlong pole and gained a slight advantage shortly after. Showing resilience in the acceleration-deadening ground on the run to the line, the homebred held off the 21-1 shot Patascoy (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) by a half-length, with the 58-1 chance Louis D’Or (Ire) (Intello {Ger}) a head back in third in a French-dominated renewal as the home team filled the first five places. Pascal Bary was equalling the modern-day record of Alain de Royer-Dupre with a sixth victory in this and a first in it after the distance was shortened in 2005.

“Since day one, I knew he was potentially a good horse and this season has been perfect,” he said. “Even though he was beaten on his first run this year [when second in the Apr. 8 G3 Prix La Force], the ground was much too soft and he needed the race. He maybe had a hard race today with that hot weather, so I don’t think he’ll run in the [G1] Grand Prix de Paris [at ParisLongchamp on July 14]. It is more likely we’ll give him a break.”

Electra Niarchos said, “It’s a great relief. He’s a fantastic horse with a lot of heart. He’s descended from Miesque and it’s a very special victory for everyone. It’s always special to win these type of races and it’s a fabulous feeling. Deep Impact is an incredible stallion.”

Stephane Pasquier added, “It’s incredible and he’s a super colt with a lot of heart. It wasn’t a race tailor-made for him, as I had to make more use of him than ideal. He showed his fighting qualities to the very end, as he’s better than the rest. It’s now full steam ahead to the Arc.”

There was much expectation surrounding Study of Man on his sole juvenile start over a mile at Saint-Cloud in September and he duly delivered by two lengths to give his esteemed connections time to dream during the winter. Second to the smart British raider Chilean (GB) (Iffraaj {GB}) in the Prix La Force over nine furlongs at ParisLongchamp on his return, the bay shot to the highest ranks of his generation when dismissing the top German colt Alounak (Fr) (Camelot {GB})–who is now bound for the July 8 G1 Deutsches Derby at Hamburg–with real authority in the Prix Greffulhe at this trip back at Saint-Cloud May 8.

The owner-breeders’ racing manager Alan Cooper paid tribute to the bloodstock organisation he has so long been a part of. “This is a great moment for the operation and it is a great privilege for all of us to work with these top families which were built up in the eighties,” he commented. “This is especially important due to the presence of Miesque, who is such a source of incredible winners and another Classic winner. Pascal Bary always said that this was a good horse. It is a moment to savour for a long time.”

Granted a genuine tempo as Kenya (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) played out the familiar Ballydoyle pace-making role, he raced alongside Rostropovich (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) halfway down the field but, unlike that contemporary, was able to produce a short burst of speed to get out of a potential pocket approaching two out. It may be that the 16-5 favourite Olmedo (Fr) (Declaration of War) was on the worst part of the ground on the rail, but the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains winner was never in the hunt once the pressure was applied in the home straight like the other market principals Rostropovich and Key Victory (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}). Study of Man was quickly past the ultra-game Patascoy and the chief overseas threat Hunting Horn (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) and although it was slow-motion action in the closing stages, he had that extra something to call on from his reserves to get him home in front.

The form of the G3 Prix de Guiche worked out particularly well, with that trial’s runner-up Patascoy defying a wide draw and trip to earn a sterling second. Trainer Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte said, “What a performance. He hadn’t run a bad race last time and today he had a bad draw, but that’s the sport and we have to deal with it. He’s run a very brave race, but is not entered in the Grand Prix de Paris so right now I have no plans.”

Tony Castanheira was equally delighted with the effort of Louis D’Or, who left his latest running when 11th in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains well behind. “People had discarded him as he ran badly last time, but in fact that was a strange race and he was bumped at halfway and had to travel wide, plus he lost two front shoes,” he explained. “He had run such a good race the time before [when third in the G3 Prix de Fontainebleau] that I thought he had a chance and the owner left it to me, so I thank him for that. Now we will stop with him and wait for the autumn, as his target is the Arc.”

Pedigree Notes…

Study of Man’s dam Second Happiness (Storm Cat), who was seventh on her only start at Longchamp 13 years ago, is one of seven daughters of this operation’s brilliant Miesque, one of the great international racemares who was able to plunder Classics in Europe and back-to-back runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The others include the G1 Prix de Diane and G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches heroine East of the Moon (Private Account) and the dams of the top-level winners Rumplestiltskin (Ire) (Danehill), Tapestry (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Amanee (Aus) (Pivotal {GB}). The Niarchos Family’s enterprise in using exotic sires with their European mares is well known and they must have drawn encouragement from the way that the Deep Impact-sired Real Steel (Jpn) was able to draw on this dynasty’s class when winning the G1 Dubai Turf. He was a grandson of Miesque’s daughter Monevassia (Mr. Prospector), who was herself responsible for the aforementioned Rumplestiltskin and Tapestry. This is the second European Classic victory in a week for the operation after Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}), who is out of an unraced daughter of East of the Moon, captured Sunday’s G1 Irish 1000 Guineas. The dam has a 2-year-old colt Tiki (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and a filly foal by Galileo (Ire) to come. Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree.

 Sunday, Chantilly, France
QIPCO PRIX DU JOCKEY CLUB-G1, €1,500,000, Chantilly, 6-3, 3yo, c/f, 10 1/2fT, 2:07.44, sf.
1–STUDY OF MAN (IRE), 128, c, 3, by Deep Impact (Jpn)
1st Dam: Second Happiness, by Storm Cat
2nd Dam: Miesque, by Nureyev
3rd Dam: Pasadoble, by Prove Out
1ST GROUP 1 WIN. O/B-Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd (IRE);
T-Pascal Bary; J-Stephane Pasquier. €857,100. Lifetime
Record: 4-3-1-0, €960,700. Werk Nick Rating: A+++. *Triple
   Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Patascoy (Fr), 128, c, 3, Wootton Bassett (GB)–Noble World
(Ger), by Winged Love (Ire). (€40,000 Ylg ’16 ARAU2).
O-Roberto Cocheteux Tierno; B-Mme Barbara Moser (FR);
T-Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte. €342,900.
3–Louis d’Or (Ire), 128, c, 3, Intello (Ger)–Soudanaise (Ire), by
Peintre Celebre. (€27,000 Ylg ’16 AROCT). O-Camille Garnier;
B-Dayton Investments Ltd (FR); T-Tony Castanheira. €171,450.
Margins: HF, HD, HD. Odds: 3.70, 21.00, 58.00.
Also Ran: Intellogent (Ire), Not Mine (Ger), Hunting Horn (Ire), Hey Gaman (GB), Key Victory (Ire), Rostropovich (Ire), Flag of Honour (Ire), Dice Roll (Fr), Stable Genius (Fr), Olmedo (Fr), Beat Generation (GB), Naturally High (Fr), Kenya (Ire). Scratched: Al Adaid (Fr), Pharrell (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Munnings’s Chief Cicatriz Breaks Through in Aristides

Sat, 2018-06-02 23:58

Sent off the 2-1 favorite, Chief Cicatriz (g, 5, Munnings–Super Buggy, by Grand Slam) chased the pace three wide, swept up deep on the track to challenge at the quarter pole and pulled away to post a facile 6 1/4-length success in Saturday’s GIII Aristides S. on the Downs After Dark program at Churchill. ‘TDN Rising Star’ Mr Crow (Tapizar) ran on nicely for second ahead of Wilbo (Candy Ride {Arg}) in third. The homebred was the toast of the desert southwest early in his career and was a two-time winner of the Phoenix Gold Cup prior to stepping up to the big leagues.for his latest, a respectable fifth to horse for the course Limousine Liberal (Successful Appeal) in a sloppy-track renewal of the GII Churchill Downs S. on the Derby undercard four weeks ago. The ninth graded winner for Munnings, Chief Cicatriz is therefore bred 3×3 to Gone West. Lifetime Record: 11-8-0-0. O/B-Roy Gene Evans (KY); T-Shawn H Davis.

Unique Bella Puts on a Show in Beholder Mile

Sat, 2018-06-02 20:14

Champion Unique Bella put on the show her fans were hoping for, battling MGISW Paradise Woods early and blowing her away in the stretch for a dominant victory in the Santa Anita’s GI Beholder Mile Saturday. Away alertly from her outside draw in this six-horse affair, the 1-2 favorite allowed her chief market rival to dictate terms, but remained glued to her side through sharp early fractions of :22.51 and :44.96. Bored with sitting second, the massive gray filly took command entering the far turn with Mike Smith still motionless in the irons and the race was over from there. Unique Bella instantly powered clear of Paradise Woods in the stretch and stormed home to the easiest of wins. La Force came running late to close the gap and Paradise Woods faded to third.

“We expected Paradise Woods to go out there like she did and Mike didn’t want to let her get away,” said Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer. “It’s nice to get her back home and it was nice to have Gary [Stevens] present the trophy.”

“It was always going to be a little bit of a chess match between me, Vale Dori (Arg) (Asiatic Boy {Arg}) and Paradise Woods,” said Smith. “I was pretty sure that if I got away well, I would go ahead and take it and I figured that Paradise Woods would be the speed today. I just have way too much respect for [the owners] to let Paradise Woods just take it and Unique Bella doesn’t like it if you take hold of her either. She likes to take it to the completion and sometimes it can hurt you at the end.”

Smith added, “She’s so talented though, that she puts so much ground between you and the competition that they can’t make it up. You’ve got to literally come home the last quarter in :20 to catch her.”

Ruling the West Coast 3-year-old fillies last winter with decisive scores in the GII Santa Ynez S., GII Las Virgenes S. and GIII Santa Ysabel S., Unique Bella was forced to miss the GI Kentucky Oaks due to sore shins and resurfaced with a facile victory in the GIII L.A. Woman S. in October. Seventh as the heavy favorite in the GI Breeders’ Cup F/M Sprint, the ‘TDN Rising Star’ made amends with a 3/4-length decision over fellow ‘Rising Star’ Paradise Woods in the GI La Brea S. in Arcadia Dec. 26, which earned her the Eclipse as the year’s top female sprinter. Kicking off this term with a nine-length romp in the GII Santa Maria S. Feb. 10, the $400,000 KEESEP buy was caught late and forced to settle for second after bobbling at the break of Oaklawn’s GI Apple Blossom H. last time Apr. 13.

Pedigree Notes:

Unique Bella’s dam Unrivaled Belle would be a champion herself had she not had her career-best year in 2010, which was Hall of Famer Zenyatta’s final year on the racetrack. The gray scored back-to-back victories in that term’s GIII Rampart S. and GII La Troienne S. and finished second in her next three starts, all of which were in Grade I company. She closed out 2010 with a career high, winning the GI Breeders’ Ladies Classic over 2010 champion 3-year-old filly and race favorite Blind Luck (Pollard’s Vision) and 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace (Saint Liam).

Making just two starts in 2011, Unrivaled Belle was retired and sent through the ring at Keeneland November, where she summoned $2.8 million from Brushwood Stable. She went back through the Keeneland ring in November 2016 and topped the sale on a final bid of $3.8 million from Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm. A daughter of MGSW Queenie Belle (Bertrando), the 12-year-old mare has a 3-year-old filly named Relicario (Malibu Moon), who sold for $550,000 at KEESEP and is currently racing in Japan. Unrivaled Belle failed to get in foal to Bernardini the following year, but produced the filly Unrivaled Princess (Tapit) in 2017 and foaled a Tapit colt Jan. 28 of this year.

Saturday, Santa Anita
BEHOLDER MILE S.-GI, $400,000, Santa Anita, 6-2, 3yo/up, f/m, 1m, 1:35.60, ft.
1–UNIQUE BELLA, 121, f, 4, by Tapit
1st Dam: Unrivaled Belle (GISW, $1,854,706), by Unbridled’s Song
2nd Dam: Queenie Belle, by Bertrando
3rd Dam: Lady Argyle, by Don B.
TDN Rising Star($400,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Don Alberto
Stable; B-Brushwood Stable (PA); T-Jerry Hollendorfer; J-Mike
E. Smith. $240,000. Lifetime Record: Ch. Female Sprinter,
11-8-2-0, $1,092,400. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–La Force (Ger), 121, f, 4, 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. $80,000.3–Paradise Woods, 123, f, 4, by Union Rags
1st Dam: Wild Forest, by Forest Wildcat
2nd Dam: Uforia, by Zilzal
3rd Dam: Long Legend, by Reviewer
TDN Rising StarO-Steven Sarkowsky, Martin J. & Pam
Wygod; B-Herman Sarkowsky (KY); T-Richard E. Mandella.
$48,000.Margins: 2 1/4, 5HF, 4HF. Odds: 0.50, 24.70, 2.50.
Also Ran: Vale Dori (Arg), Munny Spunt. Scratched: Mopotism.
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Rising Star Hawkish Green, But Extremely Good in Penn Mile

Sat, 2018-06-02 20:07

Having been cross-entered for a potential clash with fellow ‘TDN Rising Star’ Analyze It (Point of Entry) in Saturday’s GII Pennine Ridge S., Hawkish (Artie Schiller) shipped into Central Pennsylvania for the GII Penn Mile S. and arguably walked away with the mantle of the top sophomore turf male following a convincing three-length victory.

Ultimately sent off the 7-5 chalk after battling GII American Turf hero Maraud (Blame) in a pari-mutuel sense, the athletic gelding was in the mix and headstrong through the opening exchanges, but Manny Franco was ultimately able to get the gelding to settle better and he raced in about sixth as California raider Encumbered (Violence) set the pace inside of Maraud for the opening half-mile. Steered out into the four path and facing the breeze down the back, Hawkish leapt into the bridle leaving the three-eighths pole and began picking off rivals one by one while covering extra real estate.

Four or five deep off the home corner, he quickly descended upon Maraud at the furlong grounds while wanting to lug in, then raced away to post a clear-cut success. Way Early (Tizway) rallied from far back to be second just ahead of fellow outsider Coltandmississippi (Pioneerof the Nile) in third.

Hawkish uncorked a furious rally to annex his one-mile debut at Gulfstream Jan. 6 en route to Rising Star status, then gave a good account of himself to finish fourth to Maraud in the GIII Palm Beach S. in Hallandale Mar. 3. He made light work of an Aqueduct allowance test Apr. 15, driving clear to win by a widening 4 3/4 lengths.

Pedigree Notes:

Acquired by this breeder for $40,000 with this colt in utero at the OBS Fall Mixed Sale in 2014, Hawkish descends from a wildly productive Darby Dan family and one with which trainer Jimmy Toner would be very familiar. On behalf of John and Joan Phillips, Toner conditioned Hawkish’s wonderfully talented second dam Memories of Silver to a pair of Grade I victories in the late 1990s and has since conditioned that mare’s multiple Grade I-winning daughter Winter Memories (El Prado {Ire}) and Grade III winner La Cloche (Ghostzapper), the latter of which produced the Toner-trained MSW Bellevais (Tapit). Memories of Silver’s other stakes-winning offspring include British Blue (Storm Cat) and War Trace (Storm Cat). The further female family includes Memories (Hail the Pirates), dam of MSW & MGSP Russian Revival (Nureyev) and Singapore Guineas winner Forever Young, a son of current Darby Dan inmate Run Away and Hide. The dam of the current 2-year-old filly Champagne Diet (Declaration of War), Bridal Memories foaled a filly by Summer Front in 2017 and a colt by Data Link earlier this year.

Saturday, Penn National
PENN MILE S.-GII, $500,000, Penn National, 6-2, 3yo, 1mT, 1:35.16, fm.
1–HAWKISH, 118, g, 3, by Artie Schiller
1st Dam: Bridal Memories, by Unbridled
2nd Dam: Memories of Silver, by Silver Hawk
3rd Dam: All My Memories, by Little Current
O-Robert V. LaPenta, AJ Suited Racing Stable, LLC & Madaket
Stables LLC; B-AJ Suited, LLC (KY); T-James J. Toner; J-Manuel
Franco. $284,000. Lifetime Record: 4-3-0-0, $359,700.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Werk Nick Rating: A. 2–Way Early, 118, g, 3, Tizway–Jill Robin L, by Precocity.
($35,000 Ylg ’16 SARAUG). O-Jim & Susan Hill; B-Mares Rule III
LLC (NY); T-George Weaver. $98,000.3–Coltandmississippi, 118, c, 3, Pioneerof the Nile–Selva, by
Forest Wildcat. ($400,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV). O-Teresa Viola
Racing Stables & St. Elias Stable; B-Alexander-Groves
Thoroughbreds (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher. $56,150.Margins: 3, NK, NK. Odds: 1.40, 20.70, 21.60.
Also Ran: Maraud, Encumbered, Therapist, He’s Bankable. Scratched: Smart Remark. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

More Than Ready’s Catholic Boy Comes Out on Top of Strangely Run Pennine Ridge

Sat, 2018-06-02 18:09

‘TDN Rising Star’ Analyze It was nearly everyone’s banker to take his unbeaten streak to four in Saturday’s GII Pennine Ridge S., but Catholic Boy had different ideas and, despite having to overcome trouble in a couple of spots when push was coming to shove, stuck to his guns and found the wire best.

Having never been closer than fifth at the opening call of any of his six previous trips to the post, Catholic Boy was given an enterprising ride by Javier Castellano and while many thought it would be the chalk who would make the running, the 4-1 second choice set a solid early tempo. Analyze It was content to lay second into the backstretch run, until Untamed Domain (Animal Kingdom) made a mid-race bid three wide on the track, forcing Jose Ortiz to go for Analyze It a bit earlier than he had wanted in order to maintain his position. Untamed Domain called it a day and began to retreat three furlongs out, and everything looked to be going swimmingly for Analyze It, who loomed boldly outside Catholic Boy at the quarter pole. The two looked to exchange bumps in upper stretch and Analyze It came in on his foe in a more pronounced way at the eighth pole, causing Castellano to check and lose momentum atop Catholic Boy. The race appeared in safe keeping for the favorite as late as the sixteenth pole, but Catholic Boy refused to go away and was along in the waning strides. Stewards conducted an inquiry into the stretch run and a curious and perhaps frivolous claim of foul against the winner by Ortiz was lodged. The result was ultimately allowed to stand.

“If we were going to beat Analyze It, I wanted to get control of the pace and make that horse come off the bridle and keep contact with us,” commented winning trainer Jonathan Thomas. “If we turned it into a sprint and walked the dog, I was afraid we wouldn’t out-foot him, so I wanted go ahead to send our horse – he’s fit, he gets into a good rhythm–and make [Analyze It] keep contact. It looked like it worked.”

The winner is likely to press on to the $1.2-milllion GI Belmont Derby July 7, a race that could also be the destination for Analyze It. The latter’s trainer was taking the loss in stride.

“I don’t think he did anything wrong,” said Chad Brown. “I guess he got whipped in the face on the turn, but it was before all the stuff happened. He’s steered clear and alone in his races before when he’s been in front. I’ll just have to regroup with the horse and see why he did that today.”

Winner of the grassy GIII With Anticipation S. at Saratoga at second asking, Catholic Boy was a troubled fourth to Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy) in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and suggested he could be a force to be reckoned with on the main with a 4 3/4-length score in the GII Remsen S. Dec. 2. A solid second as the odds-on choice in the GIII Sam F. Davis S. on sophomore debut Feb. 10, Catholic Boy was an excuse-free fourth to Audible (Into Mischief) in the GI Florida Derby Mar. 31, dashing any hopes of further travels along the Triple Crown trail.

Pedigree Notes:

One of 83 graded winners for his hugely successful stallion, Catholic Boy is a maternal grandson of GSP Winner’s Edge, the dam of SWs Return to Paradise (El Prado {Ire}) and Coya (Deputy Minister). Third dam Lucky Us was responsible for European highweight Lucky Song (Seattle Song), the dam of SW Heritage Hall (Ire) (Fairy King) and SW & GSP Lucky Di (Diesis {GB}). The dam of a 2-year-old colt by Super Saver, Song of Bernadette produced a filly by Carpe Diem in 2017 and foaled an Exaggerator filly Apr. 16.

Saturday, Belmont Park
PENNINE RIDGE S.-GIII, $196,000, Belmont, 6-2, 3yo, 1 1/8mT, 1:45.78, fm.
1–CATHOLIC BOY, 123, c, 3, by More Than Ready
1st Dam: Song of Bernadette, by Bernardini
2nd Dam: Winner’s Edge, by Seeking the Gold
3rd Dam: Lucky Us, by Nijinsky II
($170,000 RNA Ylg ’16 KEEJAN). O-Robert V. LaPenta, Madaket
Stables LLC, Siena Farm LLC & Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC;
B-Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding (KY); T-Jonathan
Thomas; J-Javier Castellano. $120,000. Lifetime Record:
7-4-1-0, $522,000. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Analyze It, 121, c, 3, Point of Entry–Sweet Assay, by
Consolidator. ($130,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $190,000 2yo ’17
OBSMAR). ‘TDN Rising Star’ O-William H. Lawrence; B-P.
Headley Bell, Nancy Bell & NATO (KY); T-Chad C. Brown.
$40,000.3–Channel Cat, 117, c, 3, English Channel–Carnival Kitten, by
Kitten’s Joy. O/B-Calumet Farm (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher.
Margins: NK, 4 1/4, 2 1/4. Odds: 4.40, 0.20, 31.50.
Also Ran: Untamed Domain, Irish Territory (Ire). Scratched: Hawkish, Up the Ante, Archaggelos.
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

New Approach’s Masar Powers to Derby Glory

Sat, 2018-06-02 12:03

In a renewal of Epsom’s G1 Investec Derby to savour, it was Godolphin’s royal blue which led the way home with TDN Rising Star Masar (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}) belying odds of 16-1 to become the first to prevail in this great race in these famed silks. Always travelling smoothly alongside the 4-5 favourite Saxon Warrior (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) in mid-division, the G1 2000 Guineas third went forward as soon as William Buick posed the question passing three out and he proved he stayed the mile and a half thoroughly to win by 1 1/2 lengths from Dee Ex Bee (GB) (Farhh {GB}), with Roaring Lion (Kitten’s Joy) a half length away in third. Saxon Warrior met some trouble in running, but looked unhappy on the track when in the clear and could only finish 2 1/2 lengths further behind in fourth. “It is not easy to win it, but we are pleased to be here to do it with a horse from Dubai,” Sheikh Mohammed simply stated as he prepared to welcome back the first Derby winner in the Godolphin silks. “It’s huge, massive,” Buick said. “This is my seventh Derby ride and there were a couple of times where I was thinking is my time ever going to come, so to do it for Sheikh Mohammed and his family in the royal blue makes me very happy. He stayed the trip and travelled beautifully. He’s a very good horse and the team believed in him even though it didn’t happen for him in the Guineas.”

Horses who can win a G3 Craven S. by nine lengths are categorically top-class and it was no surprise to see Masar sent off favourite for the Guineas back at Newmarket, but in that May 5 mile Classic he was left exposed on the wrong part of the track as Saxon Warrior enjoyed a dream trip down the middle. Not that tactics were the reason for their placings, with the winner clear best on that day and very few expected a turnaround in this race with the temptation to talk of Ballydoyle’s favourite almost as if he was already one of the greats. When it came down to it, Masar handled Epsom like a dream whereas his Newmarket conqueror was all at sea late on. Masar saw out the trip with all the relish that his sire did 10 years ago and his relatives Sea the Stars (Ire) and Galileo (Ire) did in their respective Derbys, while perhaps Donnacha O’Brien’s initial reaction on the way back to Newmarket’s winner’s enclosure that 10 furlongs is Saxon Warrior’s true distance was prophetic. Masar had the “lucky” draw in 10 here, while Saxon Warrior was in the dreaded one stall and the winner enjoyed a clearer run through the race, but all that aside he was the better on this all-important occasion.

Masar’s Craven performance did not come from nowhere, as he had flashed ability at two when beating the recent G1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Romanised (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) in the G3 Solario S. at Sandown and when third in the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly on Arc day. Like another chestnut who was on the premises in the Guineas before storming to Derby glory in Generous (Ire), he started out over a short trip as a juvenile and it is worth remembering that the runner-up in his six-furlong debut at Goodwood last May was the leading sprinter Invincible Army (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). Even his sixth behind Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy) in Del Mar’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in November was marked by a stirring finale having met significant trouble in running, but like many he was languishing in the backwaters approaching this test as Saxon Warrior’s aura proved so beguiling for the purists. One voice that could be heard if people were willing to listen was Charlie Appleby’s, as he issued nothing but positive bulletins in the lead-up and when the ground dried to good it was set fair for Godolphin’s true homebred. Interestingly, his Classic season had amazingly begun with a failed try on dirt when 10th in the Listed Al Bastakiya at Meydan Mar. 10, but where Masar is concerned there seems to be no setback that is capable of diminishing his unstinting will.

In the race, Masar was out smartly with William Buick having to rein back as the Lingfield Derby Trial first and second Knight To Behold (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) and Kew Gardens (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) carved it out up front. Masar and Saxon Warrior, the latter of which had to use some petrol to get up from his much-maligned draw, went comfortably beside each other halfway down the field and it was all straightforward until coming off Tattenham Hill. At the three-furlong pole, Masar was looking at clear daylight ahead but Ryan Moore was trapped behind his stablemate The Pentagon (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Dee Ex Bee and that was where the pinch happened for the favourite. Masar strode effortlessly to the lead before the two pole and while Moore was trying to get Saxon Warrior to move around Roaring Lion and into a challenging position, his mount was wanting to hang down the camber. The Triple Crown dream died there and then. Roaring Lion, who had yet to beat Masar in two previous encounters, looked a real threat a furlong later but Masar had the greater stamina and kept rolling to the line with Dee Ex Bee plugging on into second despite looking unhappy on the track.

This was a magnificent result for the Maktoums, with the winner representing a triumph as a fourth-generation homebred whose relatives have been flagbearers at the Dubai carnival and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum finishing second with a colt from the first crop of the operation’s recent stalwart Farhh. Charlie Appleby was exhilarated and said, “I always said when I started this job that all I wanted to do was to be the first trainer to have a winner in this race in the Godolphin blue and I’m so delighted for Sheikh Mohammed and all the royal family–it’s a dream,” he said. “It’s a fantastic team effort, Brett Doyle rides him every day and has been sweet on him since the Guineas. He said he would stay and William has given him a peach of a ride.”

Dee Ex Bee’s trainer Mark Johnston was looking ahead to racing on more conventional tracks with the gallant runner-up, who left his G3 Chester Vase defeat well behind. “We came here with doubts about his effectiveness on the track and I’m not sure it suits,” he said. “Because of the camber he rolled on to the one on his inside, but he rallied again up the hill so it bodes really well for the future. You could go to the [G1] Irish Derby [at The Curragh June 30], but I’ve said before that I don’t think I’ve ever had a horse more suited to the [G1] St Leger [at Doncaster Sept. 15], so I think it could be best to work backwards from that. He’s still a big baby and probably the biggest horse in the field, everything suggests there should be better to come.”

Aidan O’Brien was not ruling out staying at a mile and a half with Saxon Warrior and going for the Irish Derby and said, “We will see how is, but I wouldn’t rule it out.” Clearly disappointed, the Ballydoyle handler remained stoical in defeat. “It wasn’t to be,” he said. “He ran a good race and I’d not like to take it away from the winner anyway. These things happen, but I wouldn’t be making excuses. We will take him home and see how he is. It might have been all new to him as he was drawn in there and down there on the rail and it would have been a big shock to him. I’ve often seen that happen to horses and they leave a run behind them very quick. I think he was a little bit in awe of the whole thing, really. He is a baby horse. It’s only his fifth run. We will look forward to him the next time. He has run on very easy, uncomplicated tracks and this is probably the first complicated track he has had to handle.” Ryan Moore commented, “He just didn’t pick up. Maybe it was the track or the ground, but I just don’t think he fired. These races are always tight–the winner got first run and I followed him through so I can’t have too many excuses.”

Roaring Lion was again on the premises in his most straightforward display yet and he fully vindicated the decision of connections to head down this route. “He ran a blinder and I’m delighted with him,” John Gosden said. “He travelled well into the race. He did nothing wrong, he just simply didn’t stay. He handled the track beautifully and came through, but he simply didn’t stay the mile and a half. I think we will drop back to the mile and a quarter and the [G1] Eclipse [S. at Sandown July 7] is an obvious place to go.” David Redvers, racing manager for Qatar Racing, added, “I’m still all a flutter really, to see a horse travel that well over a field as good as that. We always had a doubt that this could be a step too far, certainly on this ground, and it’s proven that, but we’ll have a fun summer. What a machine, it’s very exciting.”

Eighteen years after the third dam Melikah (Ire) (Lammtarra) was third in the Oaks here before finishing runner-up in the G1 Irish Oaks, Masar was bringing Epsom glory back home to this incredible family of Urban Sea (Miswaki). His dam is the G2 UAE Derby and G3 UAE Oaks heroine Khawlah (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}), a half-sister to the G2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano winner and G1 Jebel Hatta runner-up Vancouverite (GB) (Dansili {GB}) connected to the G2 Grand Prix de Deauville winner and G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe third Masterstroke (Monsun {Ger}) and the G3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial and G3 Meld S. scorer Moonlight Magic (GB) who is also by Cape Cross. Nobody would bet against Masar adding another King George and Arc to the dynasty now that he is top dog among the Classic crop. Khawlah had a 2-year-old colt by Shamardal who unfortunately died this year, but she also has a filly foal by Dubawi (Ire) whose track appearance will be keenly anticipated.

Saturday, Epsom, Britain
INVESTEC DERBY-G1, £1,500,000, Epsom, 6-2, 3yo, 12f 6yT, 2:34.93, gd.
1–MASAR (IRE), 126, c, 3, by New Approach (Ire)
1st Dam: Khawlah (Ire) (Hwt. 3yo-UAE at 7-9.5f, MGSW-UAE & GSP-Eng, $1,366,175), by Cape Cross (Ire)
2nd Dam: Villarrica, by Selkirk
3rd Dam: Melikah (Ire), by Lammtarra
1ST GROUP 1 WIN. O/B-Godolphin (IRE); T-Charlie Appleby; J-William Buick. £850,650. Lifetime Record: G1SP-Fr, 9-4-0-3, $1,366,410. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Dee Ex Bee (GB), 126, c, 3, Farhh (GB)–Dubai Sunrise, by Seeking the Gold. O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum; B-Godolphin (GB); T-Mark Johnston. £322,500.3–Roaring Lion, 126, c, 3, Kitten’s Joy–Vionnet, by Street Sense. ($160,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Qatar Racing Ltd; B-Ran Jan Racing Inc (KY); T-John Gosden. £161,400.
Margins: 1HF, HF, 2HF. Odds: 16.00, 20.00, 6.00.Also Ran: Saxon Warrior (Jpn), Hazapour (Ire), Delano Roosevelt (Ire), Young Rascal (Fr), The Pentagon (Ire), Kew Gardens (Ire), Sevenna Star (Ire), Knight To Behold (Ire), Zabriskie (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Point of Entry Filly Impresses in Gulfstream Unveiling

Fri, 2018-06-01 20:04

9th-Gulfstream, $48,100, Msw, 6-1, 2yo, 5fT, :57.77, fm.
ENTIRELY (f, 2, Point of Entry–Reef Bay, by Danzig) showed an upbeat tab at Bridlewood Farm for this first go, and took the most early tote support before settling as the co-5-2 chalk. Slow from the gate, the Strawbridge homebred started picking off rivals down the backside and advanced ominously leaving the bend while spinning very wide. Green but clearly well on her way to victory when she figured out her lead changes in upper stretch, the bay kicked away with promising strides to win wrapped up by 3 3/4 lengths in a performance reminiscent of her MGSW stablemate Catholic Boy (More Than Ready)’s own debut down here last July. Entirely has a yearling full-brother foaled in Saudi Arabia–that colt was being carried by Reef Bay when she sold for $10,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November sale. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $24,000. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Augustin Stable; B-George Strawbridge (KY); T-Jonathan Thomas.

Friday’s Belmont Updates

Fri, 2018-06-01 16:23

Undefeated Dual Classic winner Justify (Scat Daddy) schooled in the starting gate and galloped 1 1/8 miles Friday morning at Churchill Downs. He will gallop Saturday and Sunday and breeze Monday. Click here for video.

“He’s just breathing fire out there,” trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes said. “You can tell he’s feeling full of himself. He’s happy with what he’s doing and that’s most important. He is getting fitter and fitter each day. He has a solid foundation under him now and I think he’s ready to take the big step forward.”

Todd Pletcher breezed both of his Belmont contenders, ‘TDN Rising Star’ Noble Indy (Take Charge Indy) and Vino Rosso (Curlin) in the rain over the Belmont training track Friday morning. GII Louisiana Derby winner Noble Indy worked in company with Hyndford (Street Cry {Ire}), covering five furlongs in 1:01.22 (1/11) with Javier Castellano aboard (video). With John Velazquez in the irons, Vino Rosso went five furlongs in 1:01.55 (3/11) in company with popular GI Stephen Foster H. contender Patch (Union Rags).

“I thought they both worked very well,” said Pletcher, who won last year’s Belmont with Tapwrit (Tapit). “We got the type of [Belmont] work we were hoping for, kind of a long steady five-eighths with a big gallop-out. I got them both in around 1:42 for the mile which was what I was looking for. Both of them showed they were in good form.”

Pletcher also breezed some of his other Belmont week runners: GII Brooklyn Invitational S. runners Hard Study (Big Brown) and Outplay (Bernardini) (:48.69); GI Ogden Phipps S.-bound Ivy Bell (Archarcharch) (:49.11) and Unbridled Mo (Uncle Mo) (:49.09); GII Jaipur S. hopeful Blind Ambition (Tapit) (:48.89); GI Manhattan S. contender Hi Happy (Arg) (Pure Prize) (:48.89); and Tremont S. runner Outshine (Malibu Moon) (:49.87).

Heavy rain Friday morning caused trainer Chad Brown to call an audible and move Gronkowski (Lonhro {Aus})’s breeze to Saturday. He will likely work on the main track after the break.

“I was going to work and I waited until after the break, I wasn’t comfortable going today,” Brown said. “It’s just bad luck. I was moving it up a day anyway because there might be some rain. I prefer to work Saturday anyway, but I was prepared to work today.”


Shakin It Up Gets First Winner at Churchill

Fri, 2018-06-01 14:10

3rd-Churchill, $49,584, Msw, 6-1, 2yo, 5f, :59.37, ft.
B. B. DUDE (c, 2, Shakin It Up–Purrfect Song, by Unbridled’s Song), the less fancied of a pair of Steve Asmussen-trained firsters at 5-2, held off stablemate Carter Cat (Tale of the Cat) late to become the first winner for his freshman sire (by Midnight Lute). Perched three deep off of a :22.45 opening quarter, the dark bay ranged up to take over at the top of the stretch and kept finding to don cap and gown by 3/4 of a length. B. B. Dude was a $40,000 KEENOV weanling purchased by owner Jerry Durant for $105,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton July sale. He was bought back for just $15,000 at the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s 2-year-old sale in April. Dam Purrfect Song is a half to GSW/MGISP Santa Catarina (Unbridled). She produced another Shakin It Up colt in 2017 before being bred back to Verrazano. Shakin It Up, whose signature win came in the 2013 GI Malibu S., stands at Spendthrift Farm. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $30,600. Click for the chartor VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Jerry Durant; B-Sally Thomas & New Dawn Stable LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.


Forever Puts It Together In The Oaks

Fri, 2018-06-01 12:01

Still a maiden entering Friday’s G1 Investec Oaks at Epsom and never nearer than 3 1/2 lengths away from the winner in three starts, Forever Together (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) left that tag at the start as she powered to a 4 1/2-length success from Wild Illusion (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) under the 2000 Guineas-winning jockey Donnacha O’Brien. Settled in a share of fourth early along with that 5-2 favourite, the 7-1 shot who had been second in the May 9 Listed Cheshire Oaks was brought stand’s side and had the Godolphin rival’s measure approaching the two-furlong pole. Staying on stoutly to the line, the bay provided her trainer with a seventh renewal in the process as stablemate Bye Bye Baby (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) trailed by another 3 1/2 lengths in third. “She was very impressive and I got a beautiful trip through the race,” her rider commented. “I got onto the rail and she was very genuine and galloped out to the line very well. She’s a proper staying filly and I should have been a lot closer at Chester. When the rain came I was a bit worried, but she handled it well. I didn’t expect her to do that, but it all played out perfectly and the stand’s rail seems the place to be. Dad’s an absolute genius and is able to do things with these horses I don’t understand. He tweaks little things and brings out massive improvement in them.”

Forever Together, who was becoming the first maiden to win this since Sun Princess (GB) in 1983, was fitting a now-familiar pattern for her stable as she learnt on each outing at two without the need to produce big figures before she was ready. Enjoying the ideal introduction under a hands-and-heels finish when fourth to Who’s Steph (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) over a mile at Naas in the first week of October, the bay was more aggressively ridden later that month when third to TDN Rising Star Contingent (GB) (Frankel {GB}) at that trip at Leopardstown. Beaten a combination of almost 14 lengths in those two juvenile starts, she re-emerged a different proposition but encountered trouble in running when 3 1/2 lengths second to Ryan Moore’s choice Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) at Chester’s May meeting which has become a tried-and-tested trialling ground for Ballydoyle’s Epsom candidates.

Keeping TDN Rising Star Wild Illusion company as Bye Bye Baby set a demanding tempo in the conditions with Magic Wand just ahead, Forever Together was allowed the stand’s rail as Ryan Moore glanced behind on the labouring Magic Wand after Tattenham Corner and that proved crucial as Wild Illusion was sent on into a brief lead. Once the eventual winner was past last year’s G1 Prix Marcel Boussac heroine with over two furlongs still to race, there was no fight left in her main rival and they finished strung out on the testing ground with four of the five O’Brien fillies in the first five places. Aidan O’Brien, who had missed Donnacha’s triumph on Saxon Warrior (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) in the Guineas, was on hand this time but was typically keen to attribute the credit elsewhere. “It is incredible–I’m so delighted and thankful for everyone,” he said. “She’s a staying filly that gets the trip very well. I’m over the moon and so happy for everyone.”

The winner is almost guaranteed to head to The Curragh for the Irish equivalent now according to her trainer. “I think it will be the [July 21] Irish Oaks next, we’ll see what the lads want to do, but that’s what you’d be thinking. She’d love the Curragh, you’d imagine. I was very happy with all the fillies really. Donnacha rides her in her work and rode her at Chester and she was the filly he wanted to ride, Ryan couldn’t get off his filly as he was delighted with her at Chester. It’s incredible what Donnacha is doing and we’re grateful to a lot of people who work hard every day, we really appreciate it. Donnacha has always been a very good rider, he’s very cool, he rides a lot of work at home, but he’s only 19. He’s a tall fella, we’re very grateful to him, he’s very confident, he’s been watching racing since he opened his eyes so tactically he’s very aware. He can make his own decisions and stand by them.”

Wild Illusion was unable to overcome the much-discussed one draw that Saxon Warrior also has in the Derby, but William Buick was not blaming that for the favourite’s defeat. “You do just have to use a bit going uphill from there, but it was only a nine-runner race and I certainly wouldn’t call it a coffin draw,” he said. “It’s really the ground that is the issue, as it has now changed a few things. I’m rely proud of her, as she’s grown up a lot and stayed on well. It’s very testing out there for those fillies and I had a fair fight with Donnacha in a straightforward race, so fair play to the winner. My filly stays a mile and a half and has a bit of zip and class, so there is a lot to look forward to.” Trainer Charlie Appleby added, “William said she was not comfortable coming down the hill. She came there to win her race, but the winner has outstayed us and was the better horse on the day.”

Forever Together wins no prizes in the naming department, being a full-sister to the operation’s G1 Fillies’ Mile heroine Together Forever (Ire) who was only seventh in this three years ago. Also a half to the speedier G1 Prix Jean Prat-winning sire Lord Shanakill (Speightstown), she is a granddaughter of an unraced sister to Shadwell’s magnificent G1 Irish 1000 Guineas-winning matriarch Al Bahathri (Blushing Groom {Fr}). This is the family of the GI Yellow Ribbon S. scorer Spanish Fern (El Gran Senor), G1 Gran Criterium winner Hearts of Fire (GB) (Firebreak {GB}), the GI Santa Anita H.-winning sire Heatseeker (Ire) (Giant’s Causeway) and MGSW sire Democratic Deficit (Ire) (Soviet Star). Under Al Bahathri is a lengthy list of high-class runners including the G1 2000 Guineas and G1 Champion S.-winning sire Haafhd (GB) (Alhaarth {Ire}), the MGSW sire Munir (GB) (Indian Ridge {Ire}), Hong Kong Horse of the year Military Attack (Ire) (Oratorio {Ire}), last year’s G1 Gold Cup hero Big Orange (GB) (Duke of Marmalade {Ire}), the G1 Hong Kong Vase hero Red Cadeaux (GB) (Cadeaux Genereux {GB}) and even last year’s G3 Molecomb S.-winning sprinting juvenile Havana Grey (GB) (Havana Gold {Ire}). Green Room was bought by Vimal and Gillian Khosla for $240,000 at the 2006 Keeneland January Sale and her last two daughters to go up for auction were this filly and the useful Signe (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}). They fetched €2million in total at the Goffs Orby Sale and she has a yearling full-sister to Forever Together and Together Forever to come.

Friday, Epsom, Britain
INVESTEC OAKS-G1, £500,000, Epsom, 6-1, 3yo, f, 12f 6yT, 2:40.39, sf.
1–FOREVER TOGETHER (IRE), 126, f, 3, by Galileo (Ire)
1st Dam: Green Room, by Theatrical (Ire)
2nd Dam: Chain Fern, by Blushing Groom (Fr)
3rd Dam: Chain Store, by Nodouble
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN; 1ST GROUP 1 WIN. (€900,000 Ylg ’16 GOFORB). O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier; B-Vimal & Gillian Khosla (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Donnacha O’Brien. £283,550. Lifetime Record: 4-1-1-1, $401,495. *Full to Together Forever (Ire), G1SW-Eng & SW-Ire, $318,729; and 1/2 to Lord Shanakill (Speightstown), G1SW-Fr, MGSW & MG1SP-Eng, $908,475. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Wild Illusion (GB), 126, f, 3, Dubawi (Ire)–Rumh (Ger), by Monsun (Ger). O/B-Godolphin (GB); T-Charlie Appleby. £107,500.
3–Bye Bye Baby (Ire), 126, f, 3, Galileo (Ire)–Remember When (Ire), by Danehill Dancer (Ire). O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier; B-Remember When Syndicate (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. £53,800.
Margins: 4HF, 3HF, 3. Odds: 7.00, 2.50, 8.00.
Also Ran: Magic Wand (Ire), Flattering (Ire), Give And Take (GB), Perfect Clarity (GB), I Can Fly (GB), Ejtyah (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Cracksman In Coronation Cup Thriller

Fri, 2018-06-01 10:36

Things may be getting so easy for Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}) that he is taking it upon himself to make it more exciting and he overcame some self-made adversity on Friday to gain a last-gasp success in the G1 Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom. Never in his smooth rhythm, Anthony Oppenheimer’s G1 Champion S. and G1 Prix Ganay winner was several lengths off the pace set by Salouen (Ire) (Canford Cliffs {Ire}) and being niggled at by Frankie Dettori despite his odds of 2-7. Taking all of the straight to get to that surprise package, the homebred managed it once he was switched to the stand’s rail in the final yards. At the line, there was a head between them as they pulled clear of Windstoss (Ger) (Shirocco {Ger}) in third. “He was a bit sleepy today and I couldn’t really lay up,” Dettori explained. “He doesn’t really enjoy running downhill and I wanted to close the gap but couldn’t. We had to work for this one, but he’s a better horse than he showed today and his class showed through. Any other horse would have downed tools.” John Gosden added, “It’s hard to pick them up when they are that far ahead on this ground and he was not in love with the track. He showed his class to get there in the end and we’ll look at Royal Ascot now [for the G1 Prince of Wales’s S.].”

CRACKSMAN (GB), 126, c, 4, by Frankel (GB)
1st Dam: Rhadegunda (GB) (SW-Fr), by Pivotal (GB)
2nd Dam: St Radegund (GB), by Green Desert
3rd Dam: On the House, by Be My Guest
O-Anthony Oppenheimer; B-Hascombe & Valiant Studs (GB); T-John Gosden; J-Lanfranco Dettori. £238,182. Lifetime Record: Hwt. 3yo-Eur at 9.5-11f, G1SW-Fr & G1SP-Ire, 9-7-1-1, £1,894,584. *1/2 to Fantastic Moon (GB) (Dalakhani {Ire}), GSW-Eng.

40 Candidates on Ballot for Breeders’ Cup Member Election

Thu, 2018-05-31 18:04

The Breeders’ Cup announced Thursday that 40 individuals are on the ballot for the election of 20 Breeders’ Cup Members. On June 6, the Breeders’ Cup Election website will open for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup foal and stallion nominators to begin the voting process. Of the 40 candidates on the ballot, 17 are incumbent Members standing for re-election. The 20 individuals receiving the most votes will each serve a term of four years.

Members are elected every other year by Breeders’ Cup foal and stallion nominators through a proportional voting system based on the level of nominations paid to the organization. There are a total of 39 elected Breeders’ Cup Members. The Members meet each July for the election of individuals to the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors, which oversees the activities of the organization.

The 40 candidates for the Members election are:

Joseph Appelbaum
Gray Lyster
Perry Bass
Anthony R. Manganaro *
Antony R. Beck *
M.V. Magnier
Gatewood Bell
Pope McLean, Jr.
Craig Bernick *
Julio Menditeguy
Carter Carnegie *
Gavin Murphy
Case Clay *
Garrett O’Rourke *
Alan Cooper
Daisy Phipps Pulito
Donald Dizney
Mike Pons
Everett Dobson
Amanda Pope
Bob Edwards
Dan Pride *
William S. Farish, Jr. *
Hunter Rankin
Sean Feld
Dean Reeves
H. Greg Goodman *
Andrew Rosen
Fred W. Hertrich III *
Jaime Roth
Roy Jackson *
Tom Ryan *
Bret Jones *
Ben Walden
Jak Knelman
Bradley S. Weisbord *
Michael T. Levy *
David S. Willmot *
Tom Ludt *
Justin Zayat

*Denotes Member standing for re-election


Caledonia Road Eventually Headed to Auction

Thu, 2018-05-31 16:30

Champion Caledonia Road (Quality Road), heroine of last term’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, will be sold publicly at auction either at the end of this year or next year.

The filly’s managing partner, Luc Paiement, who runs under the Zoom And Fish Stable banner and owns Caledonia Road along with Charlie Spiring and Newtown Anner Stud, told TDN there are two factors for the eventual sale.

“You saw at the [Fasig-Tipton November] sales last year Songbird (Medalia d’Oro) sold for $9.5 million and Stellar Wind (Curlin) for $6 million [at Keeneland November] and Tepin (Bernstein) for $8 million [at Fasig-Tipton November],” Paiement said. “It’s highly likely that I will sell her either at the end of this year or the end of next year. I will not keep her as a broodmare. She is worth too much for me to keep, and I don’t want to be in the breeding business. I like to buy yearlings and I will sell them when I think the price is right.

Paiement, Executive Advisor of the National Bank of Canada, has been in the horse racing business for 40 years with Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. He and Spiring, Chairman/Founder of Wellington-Altus Private Wealth, became partners in horses a few years ago after previously having interests in Team Valor horses. They bought Caledonia Road for $140,000 as a KEESEP yearling and sold a one-third interest in the filly after her second start to Maurice and Samantha Regan’s Newtown Anner Stud. The deal included that the filly would run every third race in Newtown Anner Stud’s colors.

Caledonia Road, a winner in her seasonal debut in an optional claimer at Belmont Apr. 29, will carry Newtown Anner’s colors in the GI Acorn S. at Belmont June 9. A combination of surgery to remove a chip from her right front ankle last fall and a virus this year forced her to miss some training time since her big win at Del Mar.

“We really want to go to Saratoga in top shape,” Paiement said of future plans. “Ideally we’d like to win two Grade Ones and go to the Breeders’ Cup in November. That would be our main goals.”

Thursday’s Belmont Stakes Update

Thu, 2018-05-31 14:04

• Undefeated GI Kentucky Derby and GI Preakness S. winner and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Justify (Scat Daddy) returned to the racetrack at Churchill Downs Thursday morning for a one-mile jog following his half-mile breeze in :46.80 Tuesday as he continued training for the 1 1/2-mile GI Belmont S. June 9. “It was a really good first day back at the track,” trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes said. “He was pretty strong out there and full of himself. It was exactly what we wanted to see after his breeze Tuesday.”

• Preakness runner-up Bravazo (Awesome Again) breezed one mile in 1:42.60 with exercise rider Danielle Rosier aboard for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The Calumet Farm homebred worked through eighth-mile splits of :13.20, :25.60, :38.20, :50.60, 1:03.40, 1:16.60 and 1:30 before completing a 1 1/8-mile gallop out in 1:58, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols. “I was very pleased with the work,” Lukas said. “With workouts, I’m not really looking at the time but rather how they’re doing it. He did everything we asked. You have to be a tough horse to compete in the Triple Crown series and I think we have a tough horse.”

• The Belmont S. field could possibly be comprised of the following 11 horses: Bandua (The Factor), Blended Citizen (Proud Citizen), Bravazo, Free Drop Billy (Union Rags), Gronkowski (Lonhro {Aus}), Hofburg (Tapit), Justify, Noble Indy (Take Charge Indy), Restoring Hope (Giant’s Causeway), Tenfold (Curlin) and Vino Rosso (Curlin).

Pickett Becomes First Winner for Goldencents

Thu, 2018-05-31 13:20

1st-Evangeline, $24,000, (S), Msw, 5-30, 2yo, 4 1/2f, :52.87, ft.

PICKETT (g, 2, Goldencents–Street Beat, by Dixie Brass) became the first winner for his two-time GI Breeders’ Dirt Mile-winning freshman sire (by Into Mischief) with a dominant debut win Wednesday night. The 5-2 shot broke sharply and zipped through an opening quarter in :22.93. Showing the way into the stretch, he rolled clear to a 6 1/2-length graduation. Hoops Cigar (Bind) was the runner-up. The winner is a half to Ahead of Her Time (Leestown), MSW, $340,100; and Hisse (Buddha), MSW, $435,681. Sales history: $50,000 Ylg ’17 ESLYRL. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $14,400. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Charles Carlton; B-William D. Pickett (LA); T-Glenn Delahoussaye.

Magics Book One Closes On Par

Thu, 2018-05-31 11:47

Book 1 of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale came to a close on Thursday evening on the Gold Coast, and it certainly ended on a high, with the final lot through the ring, the supplementary entry Courgette (Aus) (Charge Forward {Aus}) (lot 1670), attracting a final bid of A$2.1-million from Tony Bott of E Thoroughbreds. That sum was good enough to top the session, and was the second-highest price of a blockbuster week of trade.

The 10-year-old Courgette has little to fault her on paper. Her first foal was last year’s G1 Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign (Aus) (Manhattan Rain {Aus}), and she was sold in foal to rising star sire I Am Invincible (Aus)-in fact, three of the 10 top-priced mares on Thursday were in foal to him, and his Book 1 average for six in-foal mares sold was A$937,500-tops among all sires. It doesn’t hurt, either, that Courgette’s sire Charge Forward is enjoying a growing profile as a broodmare sire; he also supplied the dam of this year’s Golden Slipper winner Estijaab (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}). Courgette has an as-yet unraced 2-year-old filly by Shamus Award (Aus) named Rosina Kojonup (Aus) that was a A$425,000 yearling, a yearling colt by Time For War (Aus) who made A$325,000 at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale and a filly foal by that same late sire.

“It was a long day for everyone with her being the last lot, but we thought she was the prized lot today,” said Tony Bott. “She’s the only horse we have bought [at the sale] for our syndicate at Evergreen Stud Farm in the Hunter Valley. She’s the dam of a Group 1 winner–a Golden Slipper winner–they don’t come along that often. We studied up the pedigree and we loved her on type and everything about her. She’s a young mare and to have thrown a Group 1 winner with her first foal we believe is possibly the making of a very good broodmare and she’s in foal to the champion sire in I Am Invincible. She ticked all the boxes for us.”

“It was a sensational end to the day,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. “It was fantastic theatre and it kept people right around to the end. As I’ve been saying all week you don’t find the dam of a Golden Slipper winner, a young mare and in foal to a champion sire like I Am Invincible–you don’t get those through the ring too often. Tony Bott is a great supporter of our National Broodmare Sale at the top end. He was underbidder on Listen Here a couple of years ago at A$3.3-million so for him to take [Courgette] home, we’re thrilled for him.”

Figures at the close of trade for Book 1 were on par with last year’s renewal of the sale. A total of 683 were sold for A$102,831,000, which was down 2.5%; however, the catalogue was smaller and the number sold was down 4%. The clearance rate, at 84%, stayed the exact same, while the average climbed just a tick at A$150,553, and the median was equal to last year at A$70,000.

“Our bloodstock team did a great job to bring these mares together and then to work on getting so many buyers to the sale was a great team effort,” Bowditch said. “To be clearing some 84%, for the average to be up on last year and with a gross of over A$102-million is a fantastic effort and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

“This is the epicentre in the Southern Hemisphere for breeding stock,” Bowditch added. “We had a strong weanling sale and for Book 1 of the Broodmare Sale to round out like this is just fantastic.”

Baramul’s Buys…

Magic Millions proprietor Gerry Harvey was busy this week buying up mares for his Baramul Stud, and while he ended as underbidder on Courgette, he had been successful earlier in the day on a pair of prized lots: the A$1.2-million Shamal Wind (Aus) (Dubawi {Ire}) (lot 1644), and the A$650,000 Precious Lorraine (Aus) (Encosta de Lago {Aus}) (lot 1315), both from Newgate Farm.

The 8-year-old Shamal Wind, winner of the G1 Oakleigh Plate, was sold in foal to Redoute’s Choice carrying her third foal. Her first foal, a colt by Sea The Stars (Ire), was a A$325,000 purchase by Godolphin at this year’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale, and she has a weanling colt by Redoute’s Choice.

“I thought she was a really good mare,” Harvey said. “I’m hoping she can do it [at stud]–some of them do and some of them don’t. But she’s a good mare, she’s an outcross and she’s in foal to Redoute’s Choice. If I get a filly I will keep it, if I get a colt I will sell it and I will put her to Fastnet Rock.”

Dubawi was also the sire of the A$900,000 Arabian Gold (Aus) on Wednesday.

Newgate Farm went to A$1.5-million to take Precious Lorraine home from the Teeley dispersal at this sale in 2014. They sold a Snitzel (Aus) filly out of her for A$500,000 at this year’s Inglis Easter sale, and got A$650,000 when sending her back through the ring here in foal to I Am Invincible. The 10-year-old Precious Lorraine is out of the five-time stakes producer Monsoon Wedding (Aus) (Danehill), herself a full-sister to Redoute’s Choice, fellow Group 1 winner and sire Platinum Scissors, and a half to Manhattan Rain as well as the dams of racetrack standouts Rubick (Aus) (Encosta de Lago {Aus}) and Shoals (Aus) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}).

Also sold in foal to Yarraman Park’s I Am Invincible on Thursday was the listed-winning and multiple group-placed Marianne (NZ) (Darcia Brahma {NZ}) (lot 1640), who is headed to Coolmore Australia after being knocked down to Tom Magnier for A$1.1-million from the Kitchwin Hills consignment. The 7-year-old was offered carrying her third foal, and it would be tough to knock her record with I Am Invincible, with her first foal, a colt by him, selling to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for A$1-million at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in April. She has a colt foal from the first crop of Vancouver (Aus).

“She’s a quality mare,” Magnier said. “It’s a good page and the team were very keen on her all week. We’re delighted to have her.”

“We’re very lucky at home,” Magnier added. “We have an exciting roster at the moment, there’s a few exciting sires amongst them, so we’ll take her home like the rest of them and decide what we’ll do.”

American Pharoah Leads Rookies…

American Triple Crown winner American Pharoah had nine of his Australian in-foal mares sell this week (from 10 offered) for an average of A$412,222-not a bad return for breeders considering he stands for A$66,000 Down Under. The highlight among those came on Thursday when Kia Ora Stud went to A$850,000 for the triple group winner and Classic-placed Sabatini (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}) (lot 1363), who was offered by Coolmore as part of the Alpara Lodge breeding stock dispersal. The 6-year-old mare produced her first foal, a filly by Redoute’s Choice, last spring.

American Pharoah was the leading first-season covering sire by average at Book 1, and was followed by Capitalist (Aus) (A$230,417), Astern (Aus) (A$149,659), Flying Artie (Aus) (A$106,737) and Shalaa (Ire) (A$106,250).

Saxon Warrior Draws One Box For The Blue Riband

Thu, 2018-05-31 07:29

Friday’s draw for the G1 Investec Derby saw Saxon Warrior (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), like the Oaks favourite Wild Illusion (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), also in the perceived hoodoo stall one as he takes on 11 rivals, four of which are from his own stable. Aidan O’Brien took out the G1 Prix du Jockey Club-Bound Rostropovich (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) and G3 Ballysax S. winner Nelson (Ire) (Frankel {GB}), with the stable’s chief deputy Seamie Heffernan on board fellow TDN Rising Star Delano Roosevelt (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Stall one at Epsom is one of those much-discussed jinx theories, but Oath (Ire) was just an average winner of the blue riband in 1999 and he came from that post position. The bet is that the draw will concern the Coolmore/Ballydoyle contingent and Ryan Moore about as much as whether Saxon Warrior’s name will appear in chalk writing on the famous wishing well outside the nearby Amato pub. Of more concern is the ground, which remains soft, as Deep Impact was never asked to race on such a surface but his dam Wind In Her Hair (Ire) (Alzao) ran second to Balanchine (Storm Bird) in the 1994 Oaks which was hit by rain and in which the field came stand’s side. Maybe (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) took the Listed Chesham S. on soft in 2011 and the family’s Oaks heroine Dancing Rain (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) thrived in these conditions, but there is negativity creeping in where the outside world is concerned for the first time since Saxon Warrior won the G1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket May 5. The last time the Derby was hit by a thunderstorm, Dermot Weld capitalised with His Highness The Aga Khan’s Harzand (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) and his relative Hazapour (Ire) (Shamardal) is fine-tuned following his success in the G3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown May 13. “Hazapour has an each-way chance, but I think it could be a really good renewal of the race,” Weld said. “It could be a very exciting Derby. The word is that the favourite is an outstanding colt, and the horse that won the Dante was very impressive. I’m happy with my fella. He’s so laid-back. I was satisfied with his work the other day, but Frankie [Dettori] was delighted.”

Saturday, Epsom, Britain, post time: 4.30 p.m.
INVESTEC DERBY-G1, £1,500,000, 3yo, c/g, 12f 6yT
1 6 Dee Ex Bee (GB) Farhh (GB) de Sousa Johnston 126
2 4 Delano Roosevelt (Ire) Galileo (Ire) Heffernan A O’Brien 126
3 3 Hazapour (Ire) Shamardal Dettori Weld 126
4 12 Kew Gardens (Ire) Galileo (Ire) D O’Brien A O’Brien 126
5 2 Knight To Behold (Ire) Sea the Stars (Ire) Kingscote H Dunlop 126
6 10 Masar (Ire) New Approach (Ire) Buick Appleby 126
7 5 Roaring Lion Kitten’s Joy Murphy Gosden 126
8 1 Saxon Warrior (Jpn) Deep Impact (Jpn) Moore A O’Brien 126
9 7 Sevenna Star (Ire) Redoute’s Choice (Aus) Havlin Gosden 126
10 11 The Pentagon (Ire) Galileo (Ire) Lordan A O’Brien 126
11 9 Young Rascal (Fr) Intello (Ger) Doyle Haggas 126
12 8 Zabriskie (Ire) Frankel (GB) Beggy A O’Brien 126

Bill Graves Passes Away

Wed, 2018-05-30 19:02

Highly respected Thoroughbred horseman William E. “Bill” Graves, a senior vice-president with Fasig-Tipton for 26 years, passed away after a short illness Wednesday at the University of Kentucky hospital in Lexington. Graves was accompanied by family, including his son Brian–director of public sales at Gainesway Farm–during his final days.

A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, where he developed a formidable reputation as a competitor on the national show horse circuit, Bill transitioned into a career in the Thoroughbred industry that ultimately saw him become one of the best yearling showmen at Saratoga and in Kentucky. After stints at several leading Thoroughbred farms in Kentucky, Bill opened Graves Stable, which primarily trained and sold 2-year-olds. Graves and his late wife Michele were perennially among the leading consignors at Fasig-Tipton’s premier juvenile sale at Calder Race Course in Florida.

In 1992, Graves was recruited by Fasig-Tipton to review and manage its selected yearling sale process and, up to the last 10 days of his life, was working with consignors, pulling together catalogues for The July Sale and The Saratoga Sale.

As a rider, Graves was inducted into the Virginia Show Horse Hall of Fame in 2007. In addition to his own success as a graded stakes-winning breeder, he also served as an advisor to Angus Glen Farm of Art and Gordon Stollery, orchestrating the sale of a $3,000,000 son of Mr Prospector at the 1999 Saratoga Sale.

Through a lifetime of achievements, Graves was unquestionably proudest of the accomplishments of his son Brian as a horseman, and, with his wife Lesley, as the parents of Bill’s three treasured grandchildren, Will, Catherine and Carson. He is also survived by his brother, Reed Graves, and his sister, Elizabeth (Ditty) Stone, both of Lynchburg, Virginia.

Funeral arrangements in Lexington, KY., will be announced in the coming days.


Equestricon Announces First Wave of Sponsors

Wed, 2018-05-30 15:33

With exactly five months until the doors open for Equestricon 2018 at the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC), event organizers have released an initial wave of sponsor and partner commitments for the convention. Equestricon’s Kentucky debut, which kicks off Breeders’ Cup World Championships week in Louisville, will feature appearances by many prominent racing personalities, panels, interactive exhibits, educational workshops and an industry-wide trade show.

In addition to the TDN, the list of partners for the convention, which will be held at KICC Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 30, includes the Breeders’ Cup, Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), Horse Country, Keeneland, National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Fasig-Tipton, America’s Best Racing (ABR), TVG, Daily Racing Form (DRF), and Equestricon’s official charity partner Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).

“We continue to be humbled and extremely encouraged by the enthusiasm for Equestricon and our core mission of putting on a fun event that increases access to the sport,” said Equestricon co-founder Justin Nicholson. “We’re working on a number of other big partnership announcements and with the convention being paired with Breeders’ Cup this year, attendees and participants can expect to see just about every major racing organization and personality in the building.”

To view the initial list of sponsors, which features more than 40 major racing organizations, racetracks, media outlets, ownership groups, farms, sales agencies, wagering platforms, bourbon brands and stakeholder advocacy groups, can be found here.

Thoroughbred Idea Foundation Adds Donovan and Reynolds to Board

Wed, 2018-05-30 14:13

Catherine Donovan and Tom Reynolds have joined the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation (TIF) Board of Directors, it was announced Wednesday. The pair will assist the organization in its strategic planning, governance, and marketing initiatives.

Donovan is a retired NY attorney who has been involved in Thoroughbred breeding and racing for over 20 years. She has worked with SF Bloodstock, as well as Newgate Farm and Amarina Farm in Australia.

Reynolds has over 30 years of consumer products sales and marketing experience for companies such as PepsiCo and Quaker Oats. All the while, Reynolds has been an avid follower of horse racing as a handicapper, and he most recently has become a horse owner through his involvement with Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners.

The full TIF Board of Directors is: Craig Bernick, Catherine Donovan, Lesley Howard, Corey Johnsen, Paul Matties, Justin Nicholson, Tom Reynolds, Gary Stevens and Jack Wolf.