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Tapit’s Highest Honors Takes the Curlin S.

Fri, 2019-07-26 18:09

Highest Honors may have been the less fancied of the Chad Brown duo, but he was the one still running on in the end to earn his black-type badge in the Curlin S. at Saratoga Friday. Sent off at 4-1 with his unbeaten stablemate Looking at Bikinis favored at even-money, the Farish homebred was reserved at the back of the pack as his barnmate carved out opening splits of :24.23 and :49.36. Given the cue by Jose Ortiz on the backstretch, the gray made rapid progress to draw alongside the leader in tandem with Endorsed turning for home. Looking At Bikinis tried to battle back from the rail, but Endorsed and Highest Honors had more momentum as they knocked heads in the four and five paths, respectively. Highest Honors dug deep in the final strides to push clear of his stubborn foe and score, becoming the 124th black-type winner for leading sire Tapit.

Endorsed filled the place spot and Looking At Bikins hung on for third. GSW Cairo Cat (Cairo Prince) was a late scratch after rearing up and flipping over in the paddock. Trainer Ken McPeek tweeted that the colt returned to the barn in good order aside from a small scratch on his right side.

“I thought [Highest Honors] was doing really well and I thought Looking At Bikinis would be on the lead,” said Brown. “I was a little disappointed that [Looking At Bikinis] got tired when he did, turning for home, but he fought on bravely and still finished third. Today’s day was for Highest Honors. He made that big sweeping move and we thought he would get a mile and an eighth in his first time [going] two turns and it looks like even a little more distance won’t hurt him.”

As for whether the winner will go on to the GI Travers S. Aug. 24, Brown said, “It’s a race we’ve been thinking about for a long time, knowing the horse wasn’t going to get on the Derby trail early. He had some problems as a 2-year-old, and he got started late this year. We always thought he was very talented and the Travers was the dream.”

A neck second on debut sprinting at Keeneland Apr. 20, Highest Honors earned his diploma by a length next out when stretched to 1 1/16 miles at Belmont June 1. The gray is a half-brother to MGISW turfer Diamondrella, who summoned $1.5 million from Katsumi Yoshida at the 2013 Keeneland November Sale after RNAing for $1.1 million at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in 2009 and is the dam of GSW Spectroscope (Medaglia d’Oro). The winner is also a half to SW & MGISP Bonnie Blue Flag, who realized $1.5 million from Aaron and Marie Jones at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton November Sale. Tap Your Feet has a 2-year-old colt named Iron Bull (The Factor) and produced a Mineshaft filly Mar. 29 of this year. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

CURLIN S., $100,000, Saratoga, 7-26, (C), 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:52.27, my.
1–HIGHEST HONORS, 118, c, 3, by Tapit
1st Dam: Tap Your Feet (SW, $125,930), by Dixieland Band
2nd Dam: Exotic Moves, by Miswaki
3rd Dam: Syrian Dancer, by Damascus
($750,000 RNA Ylg ’17 FTSAUG). 1ST BLACK TYPE WIN.
O/B-W. S. Farish (KY); T-Chad C. Brown; J-Jose L. Ortiz.
$55,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, $114,800. *1/2 to
Diamondrella (GB) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}), MGISW, $825,808;
and Bonnie Blue Flag (Mineshaft), SW & MGISP, $259,270.
2–Endorsed, 118, c, 3, Medaglia d’Oro–Dance Card, by Tapit.
O/B-Godolphin LLC (KY); T-Kiaran P. McLaughlin. $20,000.
3–Looking At Bikinis, 120, c, 3, Lookin At Lucky–Bikini Beauty,
by Bernardini. ($45,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP; $240,000 2yo ’18
OBSAPR). O-Long Lake Stable LLC, Madaket Stables LLC,
Thomas Coleman & Doheny Racing Stable; B-Neil Jones (KY);
T-Chad C. Brown. $12,000.
Margins: 1HF, 5, NK. Odds: 4.10, 8.50, 1.15.
Also Ran: Rowayton, Intrepid Heart, Direct Order. Scratched: Mo Gotcha, Grumps Little Tots, Cairo Cat.

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Taking Stock: New Life for New Year’s Day

Fri, 2019-07-26 16:35

The unusual arc of New Year’s Day (Street Cry {Ire})’s stud career has given him new life. The sire of Gl Xpressbet Florida Derby winner Maximum Security, disqualified from an apparent victory in the Gl Kentucky Derby, but most recently the winner of the Gl TVG.com Haskell Invitational S. at Monmouth last weekend and one of the leading 3-year-olds of 2019, last stood for $5,000 at Hill ‘n’ Dale in 2018–his fifth season at stud. A $425,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase in 2012 by Ben Glass for Gary and Mary West [disclosure: clients of WTC, Inc.], New Year’s Day won two of three starts at two, including the Gl Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, earning $1,154,000. However, a chip in a hind sesamoid at the end of the year finished his career, and he went to stud at three, standing for $12,500.

Because the colt was a Grade l winner at two by a top stallion, an attractive individual (and a smoother and neater model than the typical Street Cry), and later, before the beginning of his third season, a half-brother to graded winner Mohaymen (Tapit), he had a lot to recommend him at the fee his first few years at stud. But reality is that after one season, the commercial marketplace isn’t kind to horses like New Year’s Day. Commercial breeders at every price point tend to flock to the newer horses each year, and horses at the lower end of the stud-fee spectrum are particularly prone to early dismissal. Each subsequent year at stud becomes that much more difficult for attracting mares, and if a horse doesn’t hit with his first crop, breeders will write him off ruthlessly.

The Wests had supported New Year’s Day heavily through his first several crops, but they sold him to a Brazilian stud late last year. I was in the Wests’ private room at Keeneland at the November sale when Glass told me he was expecting the Kentucky-based agent for the Brazilians to arrive at any minute that day to finalize the deal. The horse had been represented by his first crop of 3-year-olds and second crop of 2-year-olds in 2018 and had yet to sire a graded stakes winner, and Glass knew his future was bleak in Kentucky and a decision had been made to sell.

At the time the sale made sense for the Wests, owners of 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and subsequent Eclipse champion 2-year-old colt Game Winner (Candy Ride {Arg})–who will eventually become a future stallion for them–and had 2017 Eclipse champion 3-year-old colt West Coast (Flatter) entering stud in 2019 at Lane’s End. They also had graded winner American Freedom (Pulpit) at Airdrie to support this season, his second at stud.

As often happens after a young stallion gets exported or sold, New Year’s Day got his first graded stakes winner four months later. He was Maximum Security, a homebred for the Wests from his sire’s second crop, and he won the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Mar. 30 and thrust himself into the Derby picture as an undefeated winner of four starts–albeit after debuting in a $16,000 maiden claimer. From there he improbably went on to finish first in the Classic before ultimately coming down for interference.

If that and the subsequent legal actions protesting the DQ by the Wests weren’t topsy-turvy enough, the Brazilian syndicate that had purchased New Year’s Day inexpensively started getting significant offers for the horse, and though it was reported as far back as May in the BloodHorse that a Japanese farm had a deal in place to purchase him, the sale was only confirmed as completed this week in a Brazilian publication.

Revistahorse.com.br said on Wednesday that the legal work had been completed at the end of June and the sale price was $5 million–a significant return on investment for the Brazilians over a short period of time.

The stallion has since been shipped back to the U.S. from Brazil and is in quarantine at Darby Dan Farm, awaiting export to Japan, although the identity of the Japanese buyer hasn’t yet been officially revealed. Several sources, however, have told me that the horse is headed to the Yoshida brothers’ Shadai Stallion Station, which, if true, is a bit of a coup for them. It’s also another chance for the Street Cry horse to show what he’s got– this time in another environment and with an updated resume that lists a very good colt on it. Sometimes that’s all a horse needs to restart his career, and his prospects appear bright in Japan with Sunday Silence-line broodmares awaiting him. Mr. Prospector-line horses like New Year’s Day have been tremendously successful with Sunday Silence-line mares, particularly the Shadai-based King Kamehameha (Jpn) (Kingmambo), and the reverse cross with Sunday Silence-line sires and mares by Machiavellian (sire of Street Cry) or his sons has produced five Group 1 winners so far.

Sire Success…

No one could have predicted the turn of events that made New Year’s Day a marketable prospect again. In fact, two weeks after Maximum Security won the Florida Derby, the sire’s 4-year-old Bourbon Resolution won the Glll Ben Ali S. at Keeneland, giving the stallion two new graded winners in his first two crops. Had either one appeared last year, the stallion would probably still be at Hill ‘n’ Dale. Such is timing and fate, because New Year’s Day was retired to stud late and the Wests didn’t have ample time or opportunity to select enough appropriate mares for his first year at stud as they did for his second season–from which they got Maximum Security.

Omniscient narrators, of course, don’t exist when it comes to the story of sire success or failure.

Consider the tale of Sunday Silence (Halo) and Easy Goer (Alydar), rivals and top-class runners. The former was arguably the better racehorse while the latter, who was always expected to defeat Sunday Silence more times than he did, had a significantly better pedigree and was considered by most as the standout stallion prospect of the two. You already know the tale, which could have been spun by an unreliable narrator and beggared belief: Zenya Yoshida took the son of Halo to Shadai in Japan, where Sunday Silence rewrote the history books and established an international reputation, while the celebrated and well-connected son of Alydar went to Claiborne carrying the promise of a future superstar stallion that wasn’t fulfilled.

In retrospect, Alydar, an outstanding stallion, never amounted to much as a sire of sires, but Halo, a good stallion, got two principal sons that have carried his line forward. The first was the non-stakes winner Southern Halo, a force in Argentina whose son More Than Ready has been a high-level stallion in both North America and Australia, and the other was Sunday Silence, whose son Deep Impact (Jpn), a Japanese Triple Crown winner, has been every bit as good–and maybe better than–his sire was to this point in their careers. Like his sire, Deep Impact has also established an international reputation from Shadai, and he’s underlined his quality with European Classic successes. Last year, Deep Impact’s Saxon Warrior (Jpn) won the G1 2000 Guineas and Study of Man (Ire) took the G1 Prix du Jockey-Club (French Derby), adding to the 2012 win of Beauty Parlour (GB) in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas).

Another successful son of Sunday Silence is Heart’s Cry (Jpn), who will be represented by G1 Japan Cup winner Cheval Grand (Jpn) in the G1 King George V and Queen Elizabeth S. at Ascot Saturday against Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) and Crystal Ocean (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}). Cheval Grand carries three crosses to Halo (3x4x5) and is notably from a Machiavellian mare.

Sir Prancealot…

Speaking of second chances, Sir Prancealot (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}), who entered stud in 2013 at Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland for €6,000, is getting another shot to further his career. It was recently announced that he will reverse shuttle from Cornerstone Stud in Australia to Rancho San Miguel in California, an unsual move but one that does make some sense. The TDN carried the notice on Tuesday here. Like New Year’s Day, Sir Prancealot only raced at two, but unlike the Street Cry horse, Sir Prancealot’s first 2-year-olds did enough to earn him the title of champion freshman sire in Great Britain and Ireland, but he was surprisingly dispatched to Australia for good in 2017 when he hit a slow patch.

In the interim, he’s had a run of success in U.S. black-type races, particularly with some California-based connections (notably Slam Dunk Racing and trainer Richard Baltas)-Grade ll winners Beau Recall (Ire) and Madame Dancealot (Ire); Grade lll winner Lady Prancealot (Ire); and Listed winner Ginger Nut (Ire).

Sir Prancealot is a Mr. Prospector-line sire through Gulch/Nayef/Tamayuz, and Northern Dancer-line mares have been instrumental in his success. His sire has two stakes winners from Nureyev-line Pivotal mares, including a Group 1 winner, and Beau Recall is out of a mare by the Nureyev-line Great Commotion, which suggests that daughters of leading California sire Unusual Heat (Nureyev) will suit the horse well, too.

Sid Fernando is president and CEO of Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, Inc., originator of the Werk Nick Rating and eNicks.

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Into Mischief Firster Scores at Ellis

Fri, 2019-07-26 16:24

6th-Ellis, $44,480, Msw, 7-26, 2yo, 5 1/2fT, 1:04.35, fm.

PRINCE OF THIEVES (c, 2, Into Mischief–Dais, by Divine Park) broke a bit slow, but finished fast to score on debut at Ellis Park Friday. Breezing a best-of-19 half-mile in :48 1/5 on the local main track July 13, he was given a 2-1 chance while carrying the same black and white silks as GI Belmont S. victor Sir Winston (Awesome Again). Off a step slow from his rail draw, the bay ran second last off a swift first quarter in :22.05. Launching a two-wide bid on the backstretch, the Tracy Farmer homebred charged up four wide turning for home and was countered by Two Dot (Soldat), who was making rapid progress in the stretch, weaving between horses to take the inside path. However, Prince of Thieves proved to be going best of the two and powered clear in the lane to win by 3/4 of a length. The winner’s unraced dam Dais is a half-sister to MGISW Commentator (Distorted Humor) and GSW Savvy Supreme (Distorted Humor). The winner is her second foal and she has since produced a yearling colt by Broken Vow and a 2019 colt by Union Rags. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $30,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart.

O/B-Tracy Farmer (KY); T-Mark Casse.

 

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Kentucky Moves Forward With Medication Reforms

Fri, 2019-07-26 16:07

Churchill Downs and Keeneland Race Course on Thursday jointly submitted draft rule language to Kentucky’s Equine Drug Research Council (EDRC) that could pave the way for the state to adopt racehorse medication reforms spearheaded by California earlier this year.

Natalie Voss of Paulick Report first broke the story, which listed among its changes a partial Lasix phase-out that would bar the race-day administration of the drug to 2-year-olds beginning in 2020 and the elimination of race-day Lasix in stakes for all ages in 2021.

In addition, withdrawal times for non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) would be pushed back from 24 hours pre-race to 48 hours, and corticosteroid withdrawal times would go from one week to 14 days pre-race. Bisphosonates would be banned.

Kentucky is unique in that the EDRC serves as an advisory board to the state’s racing commission regarding the research and testing of equine drugs.

Damon Thayer, an EDRC member and the Republican Majority Floor Leader for the Kentucky State Senate, tweeted Thursday that he is in favor of the proposal:

“As the longest serving member of the Equine Drug Research Council, I support these proposed changes in concept and look forward to working with [EDRC chairman Stuart Brown II, DVM] & others on the details. My EDRC record is one of reform. Kentucky will lead the way!”

 

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Ruling in Hollendorfer’s Favor Confirmed Friday; Trainer Can Race at Del Mar

Fri, 2019-07-26 15:53

In a ruling Friday in the San Diego County Superior Court, permission was given for the name Jerry Hollendorfer to return to the Del Mar program book for the remainder of the current meet.

Judge Ronald Frazier upheld a “tentative ruling,” granting Hollendorfer and co-plaintiffs the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) a preliminary injunction on the action taken by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, barring the Hall of Fame trainer from stabling and entering horses under his name at the facility.

“Now I can feel free to go to Del Mar and participate in the meet down there,” said a subdued Hollendorfer afterwards, outside the court room. “I’m very grateful the judge ruled in our favor.”

When asked how soon he might resume training duties at Del Mar, Hollendorfer prevaricated.

“I wasn’t taking anything for granted, so, I didn’t make any advance plans, but I’ll be there probably this Sunday,” he said.

The day before, the judge found in his “tentative ruling” that Del Mar “is not permitted to arbitrarily deny” Hollendorfer’s stalls, nor to “arbitrarily refuse him” entry to a race at the track.

“There is evidence Del Mar TC did indeed arbitrarily deny Mr. Hollendorfer’s stall application without first providing him fair procedure,” the tentative ruling stated. “Accordingly, the court finds there is adequate evidence to conclude Plaintiffs have a reasonable likelihood of prevailing on the merits, as to their claims for declaratory relief and breach of contract.”

The decision comes after weeks of uncertainty and unanswered questions. In June, The Stronach Group (TSG) ordered Hollendorfer to remove his horses from Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields after American Currency became the fourth Hollendorfer-trained horse fatally injured during the six-month Santa Anita meet. During that same period, another two Hollendorfer trainees were catastrophically injured at the organization’s San Francisco facility.

Following TSG’s lead, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and Del Mar subsequently barred Hollendorfer from running horses at their facilities under his name, but opened their doors to his assistants, Don Chatlos now training owner Larry Best’s horses in New York, and Dan Ward assuming the role of trainer for his Southern California string. However, no formal regulatory ruling has been metered out to Hollendorfer in California and New York.

Hollendorfer and the CTT filed their complaint earlier this month, at which time CTT legal representative Darrell Vienna suggested they were on the legal back-foot, telling the TDN that “ex parte applications for temporary restraining orders are not easy to obtain.”

In a subsequent court filing earlier this week, Del Mar argued against the injunction for a number of reasons, including how the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has yet to rule on the similar complaint filed by the plaintiffs, and that the optics of permitting Hollendorfer stalls at the facility would have been a PR headache, calling the trainer “radioactive.”

“Unfortunately, despite his lengthy and successful career during the past six months Hollendorfer has accounted for 15% of the horses that have lost their lives in racing and training at two California tracks,” Del Mar’s filing stated.

This story will be updated with more information.

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Discreet Cat Filly Scores Impressively at Ellis

Fri, 2019-07-26 15:47

3rd-Ellis, $51,000, Alw, 7-26, (NW2L), 2yo, f, 6 1/2f, 1:17.44, ft.
LADY GLAMOUR (f, 2, Discreet Cat–Repeta, by Broken Vow) broke her maiden for a $40,000 tag first time out May 9 at Churchill before finishing a solid third to ‘TDN Rising Star’ Magic Dance (More Than Ready) in the June 29 Debutante S. After that stakes effort, the chestnut RNA’d for $145,000 at the July 8 Fasig-Tipton Horses of Racing Age Sale. Making her third career start, Lady Glamour was content to trail the field early as favored Josie (Race Day) set an opening quarter of :22.56. Under the slightest encouragement from jockey James Graham, she exploded around the turn in an impressive last-to-first move, collaring the leaders with ease and powering down the lane to score by a widening 7 1/4 lengths over Josie. The victress has a yearling half-brother by Mucho Macho Man and a half-sister by Verrazano born this past season. Sales history: $1,000 Ylg ’18 FTKOCT; $145,000 RNA 2yo ’19 FTKHRA. Lifetime Record: SP, 3-2-0-1, $61,765. Click for the Equibase.com chart.
O-Inga Demeritte; B-BHMFR, LLC (KY); T-Larry W. Demeritte.

 

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Hollendorfer Granted Preliminary Injunction

Thu, 2019-07-25 21:31

The Superior Court of San Diego has granted trainer Jerry Hollendorfer a preliminary injunction, which will allow him to resume racing at Del Mar.

In issuing the ruling, the court wrote: “Plaintiffs have submitted sufficient evidence for the court to conclude that Mr. Hollendorfer will suffer irreparable harm if an injunction is not issued. Mr. Hollendorfer has been a licensed Thoroughbred owner and trainer for approximately 40 years. This is his only occupation and his principal income is derived from participating in races. Mr. Hollendorfer asserts that if he is excluded from the Del Mar Fairgrounds and/or Los Alamitos Racetrack, he will have lost the opportunity to engage in his occupation and will face imminent loss of business.”

The court ruling noted that since Del Mar’s ban of Hollendofer had been made public, he has lost approximately 40 horses. However, most of those horses were turned over to his former assistant, Dan Ward. It was not immediately clear if they would now be returned to Hollendorfer’s care.

According to attorney Darrell Vienna, who is representing the co-plaintiffs in the case, the California Thoroughbred Trainers, the two parties are still scheduled to meet in the San Diego court Friday and Del Mar can contest the ruling. However, he did not expect the judge to change his mind.

“The ruling looks to be pretty well thought out,” he said. “We appear to be on solid ground,” Vienna said.

A preliminary injunction does not mean the battle is over for Hollendorfer. If Del Mar wants to continue the fight to keep Hollendorfer from racing, the next round in court will take place later this year. A preliminary injunction is not a final ruling. Vienna thought that would not happen until October, or well after the current meet concludes. Racing returns to Del Mar in November for the Bing Crosby meeting.

In response to Hollendorfer’s complaint that he be reinstated, Del Mar filed court papers defending its actions in which its lawyers called Hollendorfer a “radioactive PR risk” after six horses of his has to be euthanized earlier this year, four of them at Santa Anita and two more at Golden Gate Fields.

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Del Mar Bullet for Midlantic Topper

Thu, 2019-07-25 16:38

Gamine (Into Mischief), who sold to Michael Lund Petersen for an auction-record $1.8 million at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale two months ago, continued to train forwardly in Southern California for Bob Baffert. The filly turned in a bullet five-furlong work at Del Mar Thursday, covering the distance from the gate in 1:00.00 (1/48).

“She is training like a good one,” Baffert reported. “She’s very classy and has a great mind.”

Gamine, out of stakes placed Peggy Jane (Kafwain), worked the co-bullet furlong of :10 flat before Petersen made his record-setting bid at the Midlantic sale. She was consigned to the sale by Bobby Dodd and had been purchased by Brad Grady’s Grand Oaks for $220,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale.

“She’ll probably make a start in August,” Baffert said when asked about the filly’s expected debut.

Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield, on behalf of Stonestreet, will offer Gamine’s yearling half-brother by Speightstown (hip 81) at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale.

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Saratoga Cancels Thursday Card After Four Races Due to Thunderstorms

Thu, 2019-07-25 16:16

The New York Racing Association cancelled the remainder of Thursday’s card at Saratoga–seven races in total–after the day’s fourth race due to severe thunderstorms. The unexpected precipitation rolled in as the horses were approaching the gate for the fourth, a 1 3/8-mile maiden special weight event on turf, which was run in a driving rainstorm and won wire-to-wire by Tide of the Sea (English Channel).

Initially, the remainder of the day’s grass events were moved to the main track, but following a lengthy delay due to track maintenance as horses were in the paddock for the fifth race, officials decided to cancel the rest of the card.

“Due to adverse track conditions caused by extremely heavy rainfall, live racing was cancelled in the best interests of the safety of our equine athletes and horsemen,” NYRA said in a statement.

The last cancellation due to rainfall at Saratoga came on GI Whitney S. day last August, when the final two races on the card were cancelled. Live racing resumes Friday at the Spa with a 10-race card, highlighted by the Curlin S. First post is 1 p.m.

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New Vocations Louisiana Aftercare Initiative Hits Full Stride

Thu, 2019-07-25 14:13

Just eight months after retired jockey Rosie Napravnik first initiated talks with both New Vocations and the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (LAHBPA) about creating better aftercare options for retired Thoroughbreds from the state’s four tracks, a satellite facility of the nation’s largest racehorse adoption charity is up and running and has already adopted out five horses while currently housing 10 others awaiting new homes.

That’s a pretty quick turnaround from concept to reality. And to underscore how interconnected the lives of racetrackers and racehorses are when it comes to aftercare, Napravnik told TDN she is grateful to see that a durable gelding she rode to back-to-back stakes wins in 2012 and 2013 is currently the star of the barn at Equi-Best Equestrian Center in Covington, where New Vocations has been basing its Louisiana operations since March.

Heavy On Themister (Lion Tamer), now 11, was a three-time Louisiana-bred stakes winner over a 68-race career that ended with 15 victories and $725,350 in earnings when he was retired by owner Coby Michael Landry one year ago this week.

“He was really cool to ride, very classy,” Napravnik said of the gelding, with whom she partnered to win the Louisiana Champions Day Classic S. at Fair Grounds and the Louisiana-Bred Premier Night Championship S. at Delta Downs prior to her own retirement from the saddle in 2014.

“He has the right build, a desirable personality, the soundness, and the brain–just what everybody is looking for in a second-career sport horse,” Napravnik said. “I really loved that horse, and I was so pleased to find out that he would be going through the New Vocations program.” (View Heavy On Themister’s adoption page here.)

Anna Ford, the Thoroughbred program director for New Vocations, added that “he’s a nice, classy, what we call ‘war horse.’ The people that donated him really wanted to make sure he got into the right place for his retirement. The amazing thing is, with all his starts and everything he’s done, we only had to give him just a little bit of time off. We did some chiropractic adjustments, just minor things, and he’s one of the sounder horses in our program.

“He wants to have a job,” Ford continued. “He just loves interaction with people. The last couple weeks, Equi-Best had a pony camp, so the barn was full of little girls. He just took it all in, and loved the attention–ate it all up. We’ve promoted him as being able to do some jumping, or he could do some dressage or be a trail horse. It’s all about finding that right person who is going to appreciate him for who he is, and partner with him for his next stage of life.”

Ford said New Vocations was not specifically looking to open an adoption facility in Louisiana when Napravnik first pitched the idea last autumn.

“Although our goal is always continuing to expand and increase our capacity, our next facility was not necessarily going to be in Louisiana,” Ford said. “But we recognize that where there’s a need, we try to help out. So we spent a good four months hashing through funding and location details, and it just came together so well that we knew we just had to open a facility in Louisiana. But it all started with Rosie, because she let us know that there’s a really great need down there, and we go where we’re needed if we can find the right connections, the right facility, and the funding to do it.”

Napravnik said that her career switch from being a jockey to an assistant for her husband, trainer Joe Sharp, gave her a different perspective on the adoption needs that are specific to Louisiana. The couple’s home is in Kentucky, but Sharp’s horses are stabled at Fair Grounds for the duration of the track’s five-month winter meet.

“I became a little bit more aware of how many horses have issues that might make them not competitive as racehorses, but that don’t prevent them from doing something in a second career,” Napravnik said. “Aftercare has taken such big steps in the last five to seven years that it just became so much more in my face, especially in Louisiana. The horsemen have just been begging for alternatives and outlets for these horses, and I think they’re starting to appreciate having a unique program like New Vocations down there.

“There are so few organizations like New Vocations in that area,” Napravnik continued. “There are a lot in Kentucky and on the East Coast, but not down in the southern states. With some of the exploiting of horses that were ending up at livestock auctions in Louisiana and Texas, it just came to a point where it was a big problem, and it was a no-brainer to partner with New Vocations. I’ve always known that I would be involved with an aftercare organization in some way, and with this all the pieces just fell together.”

The Covington facility is the eighth New Vocations stable to open since the non-profit racehorse adoption program was founded in 1992 (six cater to Thoroughbreds and two to Standardbreds). Its five other Thoroughbred facilities in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have rehabilitated, retrained, and rehomed nearly 7,000 horses over the better part of three decades, with almost 500 retirees served by the program each year. About 90% of horses are able to be rehomed as “riding sound,” Ford said, most within 60 days of being retrained.

All of the New Vocations locations are accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), which means the facilities have been determined to have met or exceeded requirements in the areas of operations, education, horse care management, and adoption policies and protocols.

Ford said when New Vocations branches out into new states, the preference is to work with a pre-existing facility, like Equi-Best in Covington, which provides not only stabling but oversight by two trainers.

“Currently, we have 10 horses there and we’ve already adopted out five others,” Ford said. “Although 10 doesn’t sound like a very big number, our goal is adoption. We want to get the horses rehabbed and adopted into homes so we can take in more horses. Long-term, we would like to have 20 [stalls], and that probably will mean branching out of that facility and utilizing two facilities. Our goal in the next 12 months is to have 40 or 50 horses adopted [out of Louisiana].”

New Vocations partners with The Right Horse Initiative, which is a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition.

“The Right Horse is giving us a grant for $100,000 to help us run the Louisiana facility for the first two years,” Ford said. “We have also received donations from owners Barry and Joni Butzow, Bradley Grady, Andrea Pollack, and trainers Carl Moore and Bret Calhoun.”

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APB: Uncle Benny Gearing Up at the Spa

Thu, 2019-07-25 12:43

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Uncle Benny (Declaration of War), last seen finishing a huge second in an ultra-key renewal of the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs Nov. 2, is nearing a return to the races.

Last term’s Futurity S. winner, owned by Beach Haven Thoroughbreds and trained by Jason Servis, breezed five furlongs in 1:03.23 (8/8) at Saratoga July 22. He was previously credited with a three-furlong breeze in :38.22 (19/41) downstate July 6.

“Uncle Benny is doing very well training up at Saratoga,” Beach Haven’s Founding Partner Ara Aprahamian said. “We should expect him to have his first race within the next 30 days. We are encouraged with how fast he has come back since he started training-he had a slight injury following the Breeders’ Cup. We expect him to have a successful remainder of 2019 and maybe even find his way back to the Breeders’ Cup.

Aprahamian added, “He had edema–fluid buildup–in his ankle and we decided to give him time off to get back to 100%. We don’t have a specific race picked out, but we’re looking at races going 5 1/2 furlongs on turf–an allowance or a small stakes. Then we’ll stretch him back out.”

A game front-running debut winner sprinting over the Monmouth dirt Aug. 24, the $185,000 FTSAUG graduate switched to grass with an eye-catching last-to-first win in Belmont’s Futurity.

There was certainly no shortage of talent finishing behind him in the aforementioned Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, including: Somelikeithotbrown (Big Brown) (third), subsequent winner of the GIII Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway; War of Will (War Front) (fifth), hero of this year’s GI Preakness S.; The Black Album (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) (eighth), winner of the Charlie Barley S.; Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) (ninth), victor of the G1 Investec Derby; and Henley’s Joy (Kitten’s Joy) (13th), winner of the GI Belmont Derby Invitational.

Uncle Benny is out of the unraced Storm Cat mare Celebrity Cat. His second dam is millionaire Starrer (Dynaformer). This is also the extended female family of MGISW Stellar Jayne (Wild Rush).

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Racing’s Winningest Trainer Looking to Shake Up Jockey-Agent Relationship

Wed, 2019-07-24 21:42

Karl Broberg has been the leading trainer in the country by wins every year since 2014 and looks to have this year’s title already wrapped up. But that doesn’t make him a racing insider. In fact, he’s anything but. While running an advertising business specializing in products promoting high school sports, he got involved in the sport as a horseplayer. Then he became an owner. He didn’t begin training until 2009.

That’s among the reasons why Broberg doesn’t see the sport through the same prism as so many others. There are racing traditions he doesn’t understand and is unwilling to accept, the latest example being the system of jockeys hiring agents and then turning over as much as 30% of their earnings to them.

“It’s absolutely absurd that these jockeys, who have such short careers, are giving 25 to 30% of their money solely to have some guy enter horses for a trainer,” Broberg said. “It doesn’t make sense.”

While Broberg does acknowledge that some jockey agents earn their money and do more than just help a trainer with entries, he wants to shake up the status quo. He took a pretty big step toward just that when bringing C.J. McMahon on board to be his stable rider at Evangeline Downs and Delta Downs. The two agreed that with Broberg using McMahon exclusively, the jockey did not need an agent.

“When he rides for me, there is no agent,” Broberg said. “He doesn’t have to pay anyone anything. He gets to keep all his money, except for taking care of the valet.”

The Broberg-McMahon combination is among the few situations where a jockey likely will thrive without an agent.

McMahon was among the top jockeys in the Southwest and won 216 races in 2016, many of them for Broberg. In 2017, he decided to try to break in on more prominent circuits and rode at Gulfstream and in Kentucky. His numbers plummeted, and he won just 48 races in 2018. He needed a way to revive his career and saw Broberg’s proposal as a perfect way to do so.

“This is a tremendous opportunity and I’m ecstatic that he believes in me and is going to give me a chance to show my talent and ride good horses,” McMahon said. “To ride for a guy like Karl, who wins 500 plus races a year, how can you say no? I was in a position where I won 40 something races last year. Now, who knows how many we can win together.”

The relationship should be most lucrative for McMahon at Delta Downs, which opens Oct. 8. Because Delta’s purses are significantly higher than those paid out at Evangeline, it’s a meet Broberg points for. At the 2018-2019 meet, he won 107 races and his stable earned $2 million. Had McMahon won 107 races at that meet, he would have been the second leading rider at the track.

If Broberg has a horse in a race at Evangeline or Delta, McMahon cannot accept an outside mount. Broberg said he will give McMahon advance notice when he knows there is a race he will not have a starter in and, in that case, McMahon is free to ride for anyone he wants. He will also be required to work for Broberg on all mornings when his Louisiana division is breezing horses.

When Broberg runs more than one horse in a race, he will bring in an outside rider, but one who will likely wind up on the lesser-regarded part of his entry.

“I made this offer with C.J. McMahon because we have had great success in the past,” Broberg said. “A few years ago, he was winning races for us left and right. C.J. has a gift, he’s incredibly talented. When he got back [after riding in Florida and Kentucky] he approached me and said he’d like to ride for me again. But he wasn’t able to get any outside business. Some agents are earning their money. But here you have a fellow who was not able to get any outside business and I’m able to latch on to what I perceive to be one of the most talented jockeys around here, so why not let the jockey keep all the money and get back up on his feet?”

The Broberg-McMahon combination is among the few situations where a jockey likely will thrive without an agent.

McMahon was among the top jockeys in the Southwest and won 216 races in 2016, many of them for Broberg. In 2017, he decided to try to break in on more prominent circuits and rode at Gulfstream and in Kentucky. His numbers plummeted, and he won just 48 races in 2018. He needed a way to revive his career and saw Broberg’s proposal as a perfect way to do so.

“This is a tremendous opportunity and I’m ecstatic that he believes in me and is going to give me a chance to show my talent and ride good horses,” McMahon said. “To ride for a guy like Karl, who wins 500 plus races a year, how can you say no? I was in a position where I won 40 something races last year. Now, who knows how many we can win together.”

The relationship should be most lucrative for McMahon at Delta Downs, which opens Oct. 8. Because Delta’s purses are significantly higher than those paid out at Evangeline, it’s a meet Broberg points for. At the 2018-2019 meet, he won 107 races and his stable earned $2 million. Had McMahon won 107 races at that meet, he would have been the second leading rider at the track.

If Broberg has a horse in a race at Evangeline or Delta, McMahon cannot accept an outside mount. Broberg said he will give McMahon advance notice when he knows there is a race he will not have a starter in and, in that case, McMahon is free to ride for anyone he wants. He will also be required to work for Broberg on all mornings when his Louisiana division is breezing horses.

When Broberg runs more than one horse in a race, he will bring in an outside rider, but one who will likely wind up on the lesser-regarded part of his entry.

“I made this offer with C.J. McMahon because we have had great success in the past,” Broberg said. “A few years ago, he was winning races for us left and right. C.J. has a gift, he’s incredibly talented. When he got back [after riding in Florida and Kentucky] he approached me and said he’d like to ride for me again. But he wasn’t able to get any outside business. Some agents are earning their money. But here you have a fellow who was not able to get any outside business and I’m able to latch on to what I perceive to be one of the most talented jockeys around here, so why not let the jockey keep all the money and get back up on his feet?”

 

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Campaign Guts It Out in the Cougar II

Wed, 2019-07-24 20:53

Campaign (Curlin) looked to have the field for Wednesday’s GIII Cougar II H. over a barrel on paper, but the 4-year-old made jockey Rafael Bejarano work for it–and those that crushed him into 7-10 favoritism sweat for it a fair bit–before edging away to take his career batting average to .500.

Drawn widest in a field scratched down to five, the $675,000 Keeneland September purchase dropped himself right out the back door and trailed by double digits a furlong into the race, forcing Bejarano to ride him along entering the stretch for the first time. For the Top (Arg) (Equal Stripes {Arg}) took them along at a decent gallop for the distance, chased along by Morse Code (Tapit) with Itsinthepost (Fr) (American Post {GB})–very much at home at the trip, but a question mark trying the dirt for the first time–close in tow. For his part, Campaign continued to lob along from well back at midway, and sensing a bit of urgency, was asked to take closer order from fourth down the backstretch. Called upon for everything he had at the three-eighths marker, the heavy chalk began to gain ground, but still looked in deep water, as Itsinthepost struck to the front with under two furlongs to race. But Campaign took a deep breath at the three-sixteenths, grabbed Itsinthepost with 100 yards to race and came away to a hard-fought success.

A maiden winner going 12 grassy furlongs at Kentucky Downs last summer while under the care of Steve Asmussen and an allowance winner over an extended mile-and-a-quarter trip, Campaign was 10th in Keeneland’s GIII Sycamore S. before switching to this barn this season. A running-on fourth to stablemate and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Gift Box (Twirling Candy) in the GI Santa Anita H. Apr. 6, he backed up eight days later to easily land the 12-furlong GIII Tokyo City S. Campaign was exiting a fourth in the GII Brooklyn Invitational S. at Belmont June 8 in which he was under a similarly busy ride for most of the opening 10 panels, then was locked away in traffic when full of run late.

Pedigree Notes:

Campaign is out of an unraced daugher of SW & GSP Aurora (Danzig), the dam of GISWs Arch (Kris S.) and Acoma (Empire Maker), GSW Festival of Light (A.P. Indy) and Arch’s MSW full-brother Alisios. Aurora is also the second dam of Japanese MGSW & MGISP Albiano (Harlan’s Holiday) and of the GSW & track record-setting Covfefe (Into Mischief), who will be one of the favorites for the GI Longines Test S. next weekend. Aurora’s dam was the outstanding racemare Althea, champion 2-year-old filly of 1983 and winner of the 1984 GI Arkansas Derby. Campaign’s 2-year-old half-brother, Aster Horn (Speightstown), was purchased for $360,000 out of last year’s September sale and has been sent to Japan, no surprise given that horses from this family like Rabbit Run (Tapit) and Asukusa Genki (Stormy Atlantic) are recent group winners in the country. Arania is the dam of a yearling Speightstown filly and was barren to Mastery for 2019.

Wednesday, Del Mar
COUGAR II H.-GIII, $100,000, Del Mar, 7-24, 3yo/up, 1 1/2m, 2:32.36, ft.
1–CAMPAIGN, 123, c, 4, by Curlin
1st Dam: Arania, by Dynaformer
2nd Dam: Aurora, by Danzig
3rd Dam: Althea, by Alydar
($675,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Woodford Racing LLC;
B-Alexander-Groves Thoroughbreds (KY); T-John W Sadler;
J-Rafael Bejarano. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 10-5-1-0,
$394,753. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Werk Nick Rating: A++.
2–Itsinthepost (Fr), 121, g, 7, American Post (GB)–Sakkara Star
(Ire), by Mozart (Ire). (€5,000 Ylg ’13 OSLATE). O-Red Baron’s
Barn LLC; B-Julien Leaunes (FR); T-Jeff Mullins. $20,000.
3–For the Top (Arg), 119, c, 4, Equal Stripes (Arg)–Stormy
Martyr (Arg), by Bernstein. O-RRR Racing Inc; B-El Turf (ARG);
T-Bob Baffert. $12,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, 12, 1 3/4. Odds: 0.70, 4.10, 2.80.
Also Ran: Morse Code, Original Intent. Scratched: Premium Forest, Zestful.
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Strong Mandate Filly Remains Undefeated at the Spa

Wed, 2019-07-24 19:17

10th-Saratoga, $92,000, Alw, 7-24, (NW1$X), 3yo/up, f/m, 7f, 1:22.79, ft.
RISKY MANDATE (f, 3, Strong Mandate–Paying Off {SW, $192,380}, by Malibu Moon) was a stylish first-time out winner June 22 at Churchill, handily defeating her foes by 6 1/4 lengths and earning an 80 Beyer Speed Figure. Tackling a good-looking group here, the 2-1 favorite broke a step slowly before quickly grabbing a stalking position on the inside directly behind the pacesetting Fair Regis (Bustin Stones). The leader rolled through a :22.63 opening quarter and jockey Jose Ortiz pulled the trigger on Risky Mandate after a half-mile in :45.22. She drew alongside Fair Regis, dueling with that rival down the lane and kicking clear in the final sixteenth for a 3 1/2-length tally. Fair Regis held on for second over Proximity Bias (Flatter). Risky Mandate is a half-sister to Joint Custody (Outflanker), MSW, $274,530, the unraced juvenile Carpe Victoiram (Carpe Diem) and a yearling colt by Hard Spun. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $105,448. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O/B-Ghost Hollow Farms, LLC (KY); T-Thomas M. Amoss.

 

 

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American Pharoah Colt Goes Wire-to-Wire at the Spa

Wed, 2019-07-24 17:06

6th-Saratoga, $90,000, Msw, 7-24, 2yo, 5 1/2f (off turf), 1:03.33, ft.
ANOTHER MIRACLE (c, 2, American Pharoah–Retraceable {MSW, $370,564}, by Medaglia d’Oro) became the sixth winner for his freshman sire (by Pioneerof the Nile) when he blazed home in this off-the-turf event at the Spa. In his prior start July 4 at Belmont, the $210,000 KEESEP buy battled head-and-head through a quick early pace yielding late to check in second behind impressive fellow firster Green Light Go (Hard Spun). Lining up at the rail here, the 9-5 shot rocketed from the barrier to immediately seize command of the lead, rattling off splits of :22.79 and :45.37. Uncontested at the top of the stretch, the bay streaked to the wire to score by 1 1/4 lengths, withstanding the spirited late rush of Irish Mias (Sky Mesa), who recovered nicely from a poor start to finish a strong second. Another Miracle’s dam Retraceable captured her debut before landing Woodbine’s Princess Elizabeth S. during her juvenile season. She produced a Flatter filly this term. Sales history: $210,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $65,500. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Leonard C. & Jonathan I. Green; B-J. Betz/CHNNHK/D.J. Stables/Lamantia/CoCo/Ramsby (KY); T-Gary C. Contessa.

 

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A Head Start to Training

Wed, 2019-07-24 08:50

As one Head retired from the French training ranks in 2018 with a deserved fanfare of tributes, quietly another member of the family added his name to the list of Chantilly trainers some months later.

The low-key entrance of Christopher Head was quite deliberate. The 32-year-old son of Freddy and nephew of Criquette–who retired 18 months ago–has worked alongside both his father and his aunt, as well as completing a stint with leading French jumps trainer Guillaume Macaire, but he is determined that when it comes to training, he is doing things his way.

“I thought it was important not to be in my father’s stable,” says Head, who is renting boxes alongside Chantilly’s famous Les Aigles training grounds from fellow trainer Pascal Bary. “For a start, he has enough horses, and also I wanted to be seen as a trainer in my own right. If I worked from the same stable as my father, if a horse wins, everyone would say it’s down to my father, or if it doesn’t win it’s down to the son. I wanted to be on my own as I wanted to have my own identity, so that people can see how things work for me. If I was working alongside him, I’m not going to tell someone like my father how to train horses. It would be hard, because he knows all about it, I mean, he’s a very good trainer, probably the best of course for me, so if I had a new idea it would be hard to ask him to change things.”

Head represents a fifth generation of the famous Anglo-French racing dynasty to take a place in the training ranks, his ancestors having been among the earliest members of the racing tribe to occupy what is now France’s largest training centre of Chantilly.

“I started training last November,” Head says. “Jean-Louis Bouchard gave me a few horses, some older horses initially that came from my father, including one I really liked called Near Gold (GB) (Dansili {GB}). As he wasn’t as good as they had expected, they wanted to give him a chance with a new trainer, so we both had a new chance, which was really nice. I’m extremely grateful to M. Bouchard because he gave me my first runner and my first winner in January.”

Near Gold has subsequently been sold on to race in America and Head now has a string of six 2-year-olds, assembled with the help of bloodstock agent Gerard Larrieu, with which to continue his fledgling career. They include Ecurie Normandy Spirit’s Le Bayou (Fr) (Dabirsim {FR}), who has been placed at ParisLongchamp and Chantilly.

“At the beginning of my career I asked myself if I should be in the provinces but it’s a great place to be here in Chantilly, it’s close to Paris and I want to be among the best,” says the trainer, whose father apparently did his level best to coax his son into following an alternative career.

“Like every man who works in racing, my father wanted his children to do something easier and less stressful,” he admits. “So he ensured that I studied and worked with computers, and all of that, but you know how it is, it calls you back. If you love one horse you love them all, and when I was 19 I told my father I wanted to work with the horses and with him. I started from the bottom in the stable doing a bit of everything.”

Head went on to spend three years at another hugely successful Chantilly stable, that of his aunt and, as the name on the young trainer’s jacket as we speak reminds us, the former home to the dual Arc winner Treve (Fr) (Motivator {GB}).

“I’ve always been here in Chantilly apart from a few months spent with Guillaume Macaire because I felt it was important to see how it was with the jumpers,” he says. “All the same logic is still there in preparing them for the race but there are a few things that he did differently which I have tried to adapt and bring into training flat horses. But I’m still working on my own ideas and my own mix.”

Despite operating from Bary’s stable, Head can still call upon his father if he wants to join up with his much larger string to work some of his own horses. He says, “The good thing is I still have a very good relationship with him and since I don’t have enough horses to work them as I’d like–stayers with stayers, sprinters with sprinters–I need him so I can work my horses with his.”

Among the crew of juveniles currently being prepared by the young trainer is the as-yet unraced Beside (Fr) (Sidestep {Aus}), a well-grown colt from Julian Ince of Haras du Logis, where the former Australian shuttle stallion stood for three seasons.

“It was good timing because Julian sold me half of this horse the night before Kiamichi (Aus) won the Golden Slipper,” says Head. “I am really looking forward to running him but it will be a bit later in the year. I need to be patient and sometimes that is hard, but it is the key.”

One of the biggest challenges for any new trainer is encouraging owners to send them horses, while a bigger challenge for the sport generally is attracting a new, young audience. Fresh-faced himself, Head also has a fresh approach to trying to lure an international client base to his stable.

“I’m learning Japanese right now and I hope to be able to encourage international owners to my stable. I love the way the Japanese behave, they have such good manners, and I love the breeding system that they have there–it’s probably one of the best in the world,” says Head in his near-perfect English, which certainly wouldn’t deter owners from over the Channel.

“I’m open to everything when it comes to ideas and most of all I want owners to have fun, so we will start trying to put some syndicates together. I love English people–they are so funny, they love horses, it’s part of their culture. When they come here they actually recognise their horses which is wonderful.”

Despite all the weight that his famous family name could carry, it seems that Head is content to start small and learn the big lessons along the way. He adds with a maturity beyond his years, “There are many lessons in humility when it comes to training. It took my father 10 years before he thought to himself, ‘maybe I’m a trainer.’ I must give it time.”

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Broken Vow Colt Turns the Tables in Prince of Wales

Tue, 2019-07-23 20:30

Tone Broke, third behind both One Bad Boy and Avie’s Flatter in the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine June 29, finished fastest to turn the tables on his more heralded rivals in Tuesday evening’s middle jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown. Perched out in the clear through splits of :23.50, :48.03 and 1:12.59 doled out by One Bad Boy, he was scrubbed on for a bit more as Avie’s Flatter ratcheted up the pressure on the frontrunner heading for home. Avie’s Flatter seized a narrow lead in upper stretch as One Bad Boy boxed on, but neither could match strides late with Tone Broke as he leveled off and kicked away over the top.

Tone Broke romped by 15 1/4 lengths to graduate at third asking in a rained-off Remington Park heat back in September, and resurfaced to take an optional claimer there Nov. 23. Fourth behind subsequent graded stakes-winning stablemate Long Range Toddy (Take Charge Indy) in the Springboard Mile Dec. 16, he was subsequently brought to Meydan for two far-back finishes. The dark bay turned things around markedly since resurfacing Stateside–he was second behind King for a Day (Uncle Mo) in Pimlico’s restricted Sir Barton S., and was further flattered when that one bested Maximum Security (New Year’s Day) in the Pegasus S. at Monmouth. He was far from disgraced while trying a synthetic surface for the first time in the Queen’s Plate, and was shedding the blinkers this time after three outings with them on. The colt was also being reunited with Ricardo Santana, Jr., his Hall of Fame trainer’s go-to pilot and the rider aboard for the Sir Barton. This was Santana’s first time riding at Fort Erie.

The winner’s dam is a half to the dam of Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry’s Mr Havercamp (Court Vision), upset winner of the GIII Forbidden Apple S. on Saratoga’s opening day card. A year-younger full-sister to Tone Broke brought $210,000 at KEESEP from agents Solis and Litt and has been prepping for her debut at Woodbine, most recently covering a half-mile in :48 flat (4/21) over the Tapeta July 19. Mendocino Beano produced a Hard Spun filly last term. Stakes-winning ‘TDN Rising Star’ half-sister Stallion Heiress (Exchange Rate) was bought for $125,000 by SF Bloodstock and Newgate Farm at this year’s Keeneland January sale. Third dam Trishyde was a Group 2 winner in France and GSW/MGISP in the U.S.

Tuesday, Fort Erie
PRINCE OF WALES S., C$400,000, Fort Erie, 7-23, (C), 3yo, 1 3/16m, 1:56.56, ft.
1–TONE BROKE, 126, c, 3, by Broken Vow
1st Dam: Mendocino Beano (GSP), by Smart Strike
2nd Dam: Trishyde Slew, by Seattle Slew
3rd Dam: Trishyde, by Nureyev
($40,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). 1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. O-L and N
Racing LLC; B-Sean Fitzhenry (ON); T-Steven M. Asmussen;
J-Ricardo Santana, Jr. C$240,000. Lifetime Record: 10-3-1-1,
$347,760. *1/2 to Stallion Heiress (Exchange Rate), SW,
$109,187.
2–Avie’s Flatter, 126, c, 3, Flatter–Avie’s Empire, by EmpireMaker. O-Ivan Dalos; B-Tall Oaks Farm (ON); T-Josie Carroll.
C$80,000.
3–One Bad Boy, 126, r, 3, Twirling Candy–Cumulonimble, by
Stormy Atlantic. ($65,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Sayjay Racing LLC,
Greg Hall & Brooke Hubbard; B-Ron Clarkson (ON); T-Richard
Baltas. C$40,000.
Margins: 2, NK, 6 1/4. Odds: 5.60, 2.35, 1.00.
Also Ran: He’s a Macho Man, Skywire.
Click for the Equibase.com chart.

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Report: Del Mar Claims Hollendorfer Became ‘Radioactive PR Risk’

Tue, 2019-07-23 18:28

Del Mar has responded to a complaint filed on behalf of Jerry Hollendorfer in San Diego County Superior Court in which the trainer is seeking reinstatement saying that allowing the Hall of Fame trainer to compete was a public relations risk it was not willing to take on.

The story was broken by USA Today, which obtained a copy of a 13-page filing submitted by Del Mar by their attorney, Chris Jaczko. The story said that Del Mar claimed Hollendorfer was a “radioactive public-relations hit for the sport.”

Four horses under Hollendorfer’s care had to be euthanized at the Santa Anita meet that ended in June. He also trained two horses that had to be put down at Golden Gate Fields. According to USA Today, Hollendorfer accounted for 15% of the horse deaths at California racetracks up to the time he was banned by The Stronach Group, which owns both Santa Anita and Golden Gate.

“The racing industry in California is in the midst of an almost existential crisis amid calls from the public, media, Governor’s office, the California legislature, Congress and the (California Horse Racing Board) to pull out all reasonable stops to assure everyone that the industry is doing everything it reasonably can to ensure the safety of horses,” an attorney for Del Mar, Chris Jaczko, wrote in 13-page filing in San Diego County Superior Court, according to the newspaper.

Jaczko also wrote: “Criminal investigations are ongoing in Los Angeles relating to what led to 30 thoroughbred race horses losing their lives in the first six months of this year at Santa Anita, and animal rights activists have called for the industry in California to be shut down. Ordering DMTC to permit Hollendorfer to train and race horses at Del Mar will lead to cries that DMTC is not doing what it can to ensure horse safety, and if a fatal injury were to occur to one of his horses, the clamor to end horse racing would be deafening.”

The paper also reported that Del Mar’s president, Josh Rubenstein, submitted a statement to the court as well, claiming that Hollendorfer’s attorney, Drew Couto, told him, “We get it. Jerry’s radioactive.”

Attorneys representing Hollendofer and the California Thoroughbred Trainers have argued that Del Mar’s ban of the trainer is arbitrary and capricious and in violation of an agreement between the track and the CTT.

A ruling is expected to come from a San Diego County judge on Friday.

 

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Sir Prancealot to Reverse Shuttle to California

Tue, 2019-07-23 13:59

South Australia-based stallion Sir Prancealot (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}–Mona Em {Ire}, by Catrail) will shuttle from Cornerstone Stud to Rancho San Miguel in California for the 2020 breeding season, it was announced Tuesday. Europe’s champion freshman sire in 2016, the 9-year-old has been well represented in the States, with nine winners from 13 runners, including four stakes winners. Included in that group has been Beau Recall (Ire) and Madam Dancealot (Ire), both multiple Grade II winners and Grade I-placed and both successful on the Southern California circuit.

“The statistics in America were becoming quite freakish so the United States became the next natural home for him in the Northern Hemisphere,” said Sam Hayes of Cornerstone

Stud. “”The team at Rancho San Miguel share our excitement regarding Sir Prancealot’s obvious potential and we are most grateful to Adrian Gonzalez from Checkmate Thoroughbreds who made the introduction and brokered the deal.”

“We are very excited to bring Sir Prancealot to the U.S. and more specifically to California,” said Gonzalez. “It’s amazing to think that this horse began his stud career in Europe, moved to Australia and now his top runners are running in the U.S. With his statistics, he could arguably be the most useful stallion in the world. He’s been the big fish I’ve been after my whole career and I’m thrilled to syndicate him and begin selling shares

immediately. Sam Hayes has been incredible to work with and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work together with him and Cornerstone Stud. With Rancho San Miguel, we’ve had tremendous success promoting Danzing Candy in his first two seasons at stud. Clay Murdock along with his staff at Rancho San Miguel, will give us the best opportunity to properly introduce Sir Prancealot as a new and unique offering to the U.S. breeding market.”

San Miguel’s Clay Murdock added, “Sir Prancealot gives California breeders a spectacular opportunity to be involved with a stallion that has Grade I stakes performers from a limited number of starters.”

A stud fee has yet to be determined. For season and share info, contract Adrian Gonzalez (805) 720-5395 or Clay Murdock (805) 610-2290.

 

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Personal Ensign Next for Elate

Tue, 2019-07-23 12:19

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – After successfully defending her title in the GII Delaware H. July 13, ‘TDN Rising Star’ Elate (Medaglia d’Oro) will set her sights on the GI Personal Ensign S. at Saratoga Aug. 24.

The two-time Grade I winner finished second, beaten a neck, to champion Abel Tasman (Quality Road) in a roughly run renewal of the 1 1/8-mile contest at the Spa last year. Currently a perfect three-for-three for Hall of Famer Bill Mott at the Classic 1 1/4-mile distance, including a runaway win in Saratoga’s prestigious GI Alabama S., the Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider 5-year-old homebred earned a free berth to this fall’s GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita following a victory in the ‘Win and You’re In’ GII Fleur de Lis H. beneath the lights at Churchill Downs June 15.

Any chance we see Elate take on males in either the GI Jockey Club Gold Cup or GI Breeders’ Cup Classic at her preferred trip later this year?

“We are going to take it one race at a time,” Claiborne President Walker Hancock responded. “Right now, she is pointing towards the Personal Ensign, and depending on how it goes, that will dictate where she goes the rest of the year. The Jockey Club Gold Cup has been discussed.”

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