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Thu, 2017-11-02 11:22

The Breeders’ Cup is upon us, and we’ve got in-depth previews of each championship event plus plenty of other content to get you ready for the big weekend. Download Friday’s special edition here, and Saturday’s here.

Pricey Candy Ride Firster Graduates at Del Mar

Wed, 2017-11-01 18:13

6th-DMR, $53,035, Msw, 11-1, 3yo/up, 6 1/2f, 1:17.01, ft.
STEELY RESOLVE (g, 3, Candy Ride {Arg}–Fencelineneighbor {GSW, $612,588}, by Wild Rush), an $875,000 OBS April buy in 2016, made his belated debut a winning one, rallying from off a strong pace to graduate going away at Del Mar. Showing an upbeat and stamina-building worktab at San Luis Rey, capped by a five-furlong move in 1:00 4/5 (3/18) Oct. 24, the bay was a bit chilly in the early wagering, but received all the late support to break as the 21-10 chalk. Sitting fifth as Sigur Ros (Gemologist) showed the way through a swift :21.72 quarter, Steely Resolve started to get going three wide midway around the turn and arrived at the head of the stretch as the main danger. Sidling up to the frontrunner at the furlong grounds, he surged past outside the sixteenth marker and edged clear from there to a 2 1/4-length success. Sigur Ros did well to hold for place money. The winner, a $280,000 Keeneland September yearling, went for the second-highest lot at OBSAPR after breezing one furlong in :10 flat. He is a half to Barbie Wire (Tapit), SW, $108,044; and Nextdoorneighbor (Lido Palace {Chi}), GSP, $370,334. His dam is responsible for a juvenile Tapit filly named Tactical Affair who sold to Phipps Stable for $430,000 at KEESEP and a yearling filly by the Gainesway resident who went for $300,000 at the same sale to Hades Bloodstock. She was bred to Empire Maker this season. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $31,200. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Reddam Racing LLC; B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. (KY); T-Doug F. O’Neill.

Cape Cross’s Guignol Takes the Grosser Preis von Bayern

Wed, 2017-11-01 11:48

Joining a club whose members include Acatenango (Ger), Mondrian (Ger) and Luso (GB), Stall Ullmann’s Guignol (Ger) (Cape Cross {Ire}) made all to record a second success in the G1 Pastorius – Grosser Preis von Bayern at Munich on Wednesday. Granted an easy lead under Filip Minarik, the 17-5 shot kept finding as old rivals Iquitos (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}) and Dschingis Secret (Ger) (Soldier Hollow {GB}) came at him late and prevailed by a neck from the former, with Dschingis Secret the same margin behind in third.

Guignol ran third to Protectionist (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}) in Hamburg’s G2 Grosser Hansa-Preis last July and the G1 Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten the following month prior to running sixth in the G1 Gran Premio del Jockey Club at the San Siro in October and returning home to upset the Godolphin pair Racing History (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) and Hawkbill (Kitten’s Joy) when 33-1 in this race 12 months ago. Sixth on his comeback in the G1 Prix Ganay over 10 1/2 furlongs at Saint-Cloud May 1, the bay built on that effort when denying Iquitos by a neck in the 11-furlong G2 Grosser Preis der Badischen Wirtschaft May 28 prior to running fourth in the July 1 G2 Grosser Hansa-Preis at Hamburg. Rebounding to capture the G1 Grosser Preis Von Baden in September, he had avoided the Arc unlike Iquitos and Dschingis Secret and that may have been the key to this outcome as very little separated Germany’s leading middle-distance trio again.

Taken straight to the front and able to lead at a relative crawl, Guignol was kicked on before the home turn and stayed on the far rail as Iquitos was angled wide on the track for his finishing effort. There was enough time for the latter to get to the long-time leader, but the Ullmann homebred was typically game when threatened and thrust himself forward for the win as Dschingis Secret struggled to make a real impact and the G1 Prix du Jockey Club runner-up Waldgeist (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) was just out of the thick of it in fourth.

Guignol’s dam is the G1 Oaks d’Italia heroine Guadalupe (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}), who also produced the G1 Grosser Dallmay-Preis hero Guiliani (Ire) (Tertullian). Her dual listed-winning and group-placed daughter Guantana (Ger) (Dynaformer) is the dam of three black-type performers headed by the G2 Gerling-Preis scorer Guardini (Fr) (Dalakhani {Ire}). Guadalupe’s full-brother is the G1 Grosser Preis von Baden and G1 Grosser Preis von Dusseldorf hero Getaway (Ger), while she is also a half to the Listed Grand Prix de Lyon winner and G2 Prix de Pomone and G3 Geoffrey Freer S. runner-up Guadalajara (Ger) (Acatenango {Ger}). This is also the family of the five-times group 1-winning Alexander Goldrun (Ire) (Goldaway {Ire}), whose daughter Goldrush (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) is now a dual listed winner. Guadalupe’s as-yet unraced 2-year-old filly by Lawman (Fr) is named Guardian Witch (Ire), while she also has a yearling filly by Australia (GB) named Gympie (Ger).

Wednesday, Munich, Germany
PASTORIUS – GROSSER PREIS VON BAYERN-G1, €155,000, MUN, 11-1, 3yo/up, 12fT, 2:37.83, sf.
1–GUIGNOL (GER), 132, h, 5, by Cape Cross (Ire)
1st Dam: Guadalupe (Ger) (G1SW-Ity, G1SP-Eng & Ger, $449,281), by Monsun (Ger)
2nd Dam: Guernica (GB), by Unfuwain
3rd Dam: Greenvera, by Riverman
O/B-Stall Ullmann (GER); T-Jean-Pierre Carvalho; J-Filip Minarik. €100,000. Lifetime Record: 14-6-0-2, €438,900. *1/2 to Guiliani (Ire) (Tertullian), G1SW-Ger & SW-Fr, $283,906; Guantana (Ger) (Dynaformer), MSW & GSP-Ger; and Gauguin (Ger) (Tertullian), SP-Fr. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Iquitos (Ger), 132, h, 5, Adlerflug (Ger)–Irika (Ger), by Areion (Ger). O-Stall Mulligan; B-Dr Erika Buhmann (GER); T-Hans-Jurgen Groschel. €30,000.
3–Dschingis Secret (Ger), 132, c, 4, Soldier Hollow (GB)–Divya (Ger), by Platini (Ger). O-Horst Pudwill; B-Gestut Park Wiedingen (GER); T-Markus Klug. €15,000.
Margins: NK, NK, 1HF. Odds: 3.40, 3.60, 1.90.
Also Ran: Waldgeist (GB), Khan (Ger), Amigo (Ger), Tusked Wings (Ire), Atillio (Ire), Wild Chief (Ger). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.

Dream Ahead’s Sweety Dream Swoops Late for Miesque Triumph

Wed, 2017-11-01 10:51

   Sweety Dream (Fr) (Dream Ahead) made all to graduate in her Sept. 3 debut going one mile at Chantilly, but was too keen when attempting another frontrunning role in a valuable sales heat back over that course and distance last time Sept. 30. Adopting hold-up tactics stalking the pace in fourth through halfway in this black-type bow, she was under pressure when slipping to sixth as the field bunched approaching the eighth pole and quickened in impressive fashion to swoop late for a career high. Trainer Pascal Bary was not in attendance, but commented via telephone from Del Mar and said, “There is no doubt this filly has quality. She won very nicely first time out at Chantilly, but was too keen in front and did too much too early in her second run. With the change of tactic she was able to deliver her turn of foot and showed what she is capable of, winning quite safely in the end. She’s through for this season and we’ll aim to start her off [back here] in the [G3] Prix Imprudence next year.”

   Sweety Dream, half-sister to a yearling colt by Siyouni (Fr), is the third scorer and leading performer produced by G3 Prix Cleopatre third Excellent Girl (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}), herself out of a half to GI Garden City Breeders’ Cup S. victress Luas Line (Ire) (Danehill) and G2 International Bosphorus Cup hero Lost in the Moment (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), from a family which includes Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup H.-winning sire Prince Arch (Arch) and G1 Vincent O’Brien National S.-winning sire Kingsfort (War Chant).

Wednesday, Maisons-Laffitte, France
PRIX MIESQUE-G3, €80,000, MLF, 11-1, 2yo, f, 7fT, 1:25.89, vsf.
1–SWEETY DREAM (FR), 123, f, 2, by Dream Ahead
1st Dam: Excellent Girl (GB) (GSP-Fr), by Exceed and Excel (Aus)
2nd Dam: Dame Blanche (Ire), by Be My Guest
3rd Dam: Streetcar (Ire), by In the Wings (GB)
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. (€30,000 Ylg ’16 AROCT). O-Guy Pariente; B-Aleyrion Bloodstock Ltd (FR); T-Pascal Bary; J-Pierre-Charles Boudot. €40,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, €53,500. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Seaella (Ire), 123, f, 2, Canford Cliffs (Ire)–Gems (GB), by Haafhd (GB). (€18,000 Wlg ’15 GOFNOV; €14,000 Ylg ’16 TIRSEP). O-Daniel-Yves Treves, Jose Bruneau de la Salle, Gerard Augustin-Normand & Jean-Claude Rouget; B-Siobhan Ryan (IRE); T-Fabrice Vermeulen. €16,000.
3–Moisson Precoce (GB), 123, f, 2, Lawman (Fr)–Arch of Colours (GB), by Monsun (Ger). (40,000gns Ylg ’16 TAOCT). O-Isabelle Corbani; B-Mascalls Stud (GB); T-Francois Rohaut. €12,000.
Margins: SNK, 1 1/4, 1 1/4. Odds: 9.20, 3.10, 12.40.
Also Ran: Spaday (Ire), Stella di Camelot (Ire), Massina (Fr), Bonita Fransisca (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Ruis: Back And Better Than Ever

Tue, 2017-10-31 19:05

DEL MAR, CA–After several years as an owner and trainer, Mick Ruis left racing to earn the capital needed to operate at the highest level of the game. Now, nine years later, he is not only back in racing, but is the owner and trainer of an undefeated, two-time Grade I-winning juvenile, Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro), who is the morning-line favorite for the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar Saturday.

“I got back into it because I needed a good tax write off when I sold my company. My accountant said, ‘Well you messed that up. Now you are making money,'” Ruis said with a laugh.

Back in 1979, Ruis was an 18-year-old horse racing fan dreaming of the day when he could get $3,000 together to own a horse. Fast forward to 2001, Ruis was not only an owner, but was also his own trainer.

“I just loved the horses,” Ruis said in Del Mar’s Barn LL, where Bolt d’Oro is being housed. “I am one of those guys that just jumps in and I am not afraid to ask questions. I have 600 employees now and I always like to be the dumbest guy in the room and ask all the questions. People always say, ‘You ask this. You ask that. You must not know anything. You just like to listen to what everyone has to say and see what works for you.'”

Ruis did well, but was not able to compete at the level he wanted, so he took a hiatus and started a company now known as American Scaffold.

“One year we had the best win percentage at San Luis Rey, but it was just hard to compete with the Bob Bafferts of the world when we shipped out for the big races,” Ruis explained. “I said, ‘If I ever get back in it, I need to get back in in a way I can compete with them.’ I really needed money. So, I went back to work. We ended up being the largest supplier for scaffolding for the United States Navy fleet. We are on over 50 ships a day within the five different states we work. I am still the CEO. I started it from scratch with five guys and when I sold the majority share two years ago there were 500 employees and now there are 600.”

In 2016, Ruis began his reentry into racing, making his presence felt at the 2-year-old sales. He got a Grade I winner from that first crop in $375,000 OBSAPR buy Union Strike (Union Rags), heroine of last term’s GI Del Mar Debutante S.

“We spent about a $1.5 million that year and got Union Strike and a couple of other good horses,” Ruis said. “She paid for herself that year. We spent $1.9 million with the crop that we bought Bolt [d’Oro] in and he has earned a lot of money back. We have been very fortunate with the horses we bought.”

While Ruis, returned to racing as an owner in 2016, he did not return to training until earlier this year. His 26-year-old daughter Shelbe Ruis was the trainer of record for Union Strike’s Grade I victory and the horses were later transferred to Craig Dollase. The Ruis Racing string was then listed under Mark Rheinford’s name until Ruis’s license was reinstated this spring.

“Since it had been so long since I had been training, I had to take my test again,” Ruis said. “I am a pretty stubborn guy and I said, ‘You’re kidding me. I really have to take my test again.’ I waited and waited and the stewards said, ‘Mick, we see you out there training everyday.’ So, I went and took the test.”

The California native continued, “I am not a really good test taker because I didn’t finish high school. Shelbe, my daughter, schooled me a couple of nights. I took it and got a 98% and they said the only person that got as good of a score as I got was Shelbe. She is an assistant for us and is at the barn at Santa Anita while we are down here. She arrives Thursday.”

Ruis currently has 35 horses under his care and another 21 yearlings on his ranch in Montana, which is managed by Ike Green, who picks out and breaks all of Ruis’s horses.

“All of my horses, including Bolt, were picked out by Ike Green,” Ruis said. “This year Ike went back to Keeneland with my wife and myself and Eric Kruljac, who we have known for 25 years, and he helped us pick out horses. He has a great eye for a young horse.”

When asked why he chose Montana, as opposed to somewhere warmer, as the place to break his young horses, Ruis said, “I like the air there for them. I like the soil we have there in the Flathead Valley. When we break them, we take them on trail rides. They see deer, they see elk, they see all kinds of stuff. I walk down shedrows today and my wife can have a plastic bag and I say, ‘Be careful because you are going to spook a horse.’ A lot of horses are afraid bushes, bags, etc. When our horses get out there, they’ve seen it all. That is a testament to Ike. He said, ‘Boss, We have to let them be horses.'”

After Green breaks the horses, they are sent to Ron Glatt at San Luis Rey, who prepares them to join Ruis at Santa Anita. It was Green and Glatt that first identified Bolt d’Oro’s talent.

“He had such an athletic walk,” Ruis said. “We liked his long body and how balanced he was. When Ike got him on the ranch, and he is a cowboy and they don’t like to brag too much, he said, ‘Boss, I’ve been on a lot of horses, but I have never been on one that moves like him.’ I said, ‘You are just saying that because you spent 630,000 of my dollars.’ He said, ‘No, boss. He is the real deal.'”

He continued, “When he got down to San Luis Rey, the exercise rider said he moved like he wasn’t even touching the ground. We got him to Santa Anita and they said the same thing. We clocked him and he went :34 his first 3/8ths. We were like, ‘Whoa!’ He didn’t look like he was going that fast and he was so big. Then we just totally backed off because we didn’t want him to think he was a sprinter. He just has this natural speed and he eats up the ground and you don’t think he is going that fast until you look at your watch.”

Overcoming a slow start and being bumped by a rival to break his maiden impressively on debut sprinting at Del Mar Aug. 5 (video), Bolt d’Oro overcame another trouble trip to capture the seven-panel GI Del Mar Futurity Sept. 4 (video), which was the first Grade I score his conditioner.

“We didn’t think he would get wiped out at the gate and everything else, but he just bullied his way through and was much the best [on debut],” Ruis said. “That made me a little nervous because he was 3-5 that day, so I thought, ‘Wow, if we lose this, then I am really looking bad.’ In the Futurity, we went off at 7-2 and paid $9. I thought, ‘Well, I am not even supposed to win this.’ Bob [Baffert] had two and [Simon] Callaghan had one who was undefeated. I felt we had the best horse and he was much the best in that race.”

Bolt d’Oro proved more ground was even better for him with a dominant 7 3/4-length victory when stretched to 1 1/16 miles for Santa Anita’s GI FrontRunner S. Sept. 30 (video).

“We get to the FrontRunner and we are back down to 3-5 odds,” Ruis said. “I was a little nervous, but I actually felt the most confident in that race because he just showed us he wanted to go two turns all day long. When he came out of the Futurity at Del Mar he wasn’t blowing like all of the other horses. He needed more. I think we are on the right track. We just hope nothing happens between now and when he gets in the gate and everything goes smooth coming out of the gate. He should be tough.”

Less than a week after his FrontRunner victory, Spendthrift announced that they would stand Bolt d’Oro following the completion of his career in a 50/50 split with Ruis Racing.

“The only pressure I really feel at all is for his breeding when we eventually put him out to stud,” Ruis said. “It would be nice for him to go undefeated as a 2-year-old, win sprinting as a Medaglia d’Oro, win routing Grade Is, win the Eclipse Award. That is exciting and it would mean a lot for the breeders. I just a feel a little pressure to see what he can really do in this race. But, it’s all up to him.”

Drawn in post 11 for the Juvenile, the $630,000 FTSAUG grad was installed as the 9-5 favorite and will be piloted by regular rider Corey Nakatani.

“I like [the post] and Corey likes it,” Ruis said. “You have plenty of time to establish [position] and get out of trouble. I’d rather be there then be from the six-hole in. I’d say Corey would be right off the pace, not too far, kind of like the FrontRunner, but if no one goes, don’t be surprised if you see Bolt in the front.”

Ruis returned to the game with the goal of being competitive against the likes of Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and with Bolt d’Oro he has achieved just that as he goes postward in the Breeders’ Cup as the favorite over horses conditioned by the likes of Baffert, Todd Pletcher and Chad Brown.

“Those guys are amazing with the stock that they’ve got,” Ruis said. “I asked Bob, because he has the wise words I guess, so I asked him, ‘Hey Bob, how do I go into the Juvenile race?’ He said, ‘Mick, when you’ve got a good horse like Bolt, he can train himself. As a matter of fact, my son Bode could train him.’ So I said, ‘Is that who trained American Pharaoh, Bode?’ He just grinned.”

Born and raised in San Diego, Ruis said winning his first Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar, his hometown racetrack, would be extra special.

“It would be amazing [to win the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar],” Ruis said. “When my wife thinks about it, she just starts crying. She can’t believe all of the hard work and where he is. We have a lot of good horses in the barn that are coming up under our program, so we know it is working. We may not find another one like Bolt. We hope we do, but he is just special, really special.”

Tuesday’s Trackside Breeders’ Cup Report

Tue, 2017-10-31 17:37

DEL MAR, CA – Apparently it does rain in San Diego.

Cool temperatures and yes, some light rain, greeted this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup runners Tuesday morning at the Seaside oval.

Bob Baffert’s loaded arsenal–headed by defending GI Breeders’ Cup Classic & Sprint winners and ‘TDN Rising Stars’ Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) and Drefong (Gio Ponti)–are now on the grounds after making the trip from Santa Anita in the pre-dawn hours.

Fellow Hall of Fame conditioner Richard Mandella kept a close eye on ‘TDN Rising Star’ Paradise Woods (Union Rags) (Distaff) and Avenge (War Front) (F/M Turf) as they both did some paddock schooling beneath a very ominous cloud cover shortly after 7 a.m. Just like this year’s GI Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming (Bodemeister), the speedy Paradise Woods has been training in draw reins throughout the week.

The Euros certainly didn’t seem to mind the conditions, including the Sir Michael Stoute-trained duo of 2016 F/M Turf heroine Queen’s Trust (GB) (Dansili {GB}) and major Turf player Ulysses (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who were both out at 7:15 a.m. Godolphin representatives from the Charlie Appleby yard Masar (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}) (Juvenile Turf) and Wuheida (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) (F/M Turf) took a spin over the grass about 15 minutes later as the break approached.

International riding sensation Frankie Dettori, popular broadcaster Nick Luck and trainer Simon Callaghan made their way through the grandstand while the main track was being harrowed. Callaghan will be represented by the likely Juvenile Fillies favorite with the unbeaten ‘TDN Rising Star’ Moonshine Memories (Malibu Moon).

Trainer Peter Miller and jockey Kent Desormeaux couldn’t have been happier chatting about Roy H (More Than Ready)’s outside draw in the GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint as the GI Santa Anita Sprint Championship winner awaited the track’s re-opening by the gap prior to blowing out three furlongs.

‘TDN Rising Stars’ Beach Patrol (Lemon Drop Kid) (Turf) and Elate (Medaglia d’Oro) (Distaff); Gunnevera (Dialed In) (Classic); Marsha (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}) (Turf Sprint); and Ribchester (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}) (Mile) were among the headliners spotted training after the break.

‘TDN Rising Star’ Wonder Gadot (Medaglia d’Oro) appeared to be getting over the surface quite nicely as she prepares to make her dirt debut in the Juvenile Fillies while the physically imposing Whitmore (Pleasantly Perfect) (Sprint) really caught the eye while jogging the wrong way.

A trio of French runners–Al Shaqab’s Karar (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) (Mile) and Zelzal (Fr) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) (Mile) and Flaxman homebred and G1 Prix de Diane heroine Senga (Blame) (F/M Turf)–have appeared to settle in nicely.

Lady Eli (Divine Park) appropriately headed a Chad Brown set late in the morning, which also included promising Juvenile Fillies Turf contenders in ‘TDN Rising Star’ Rushing Fall (More Than Ready) and Significant Form (Creative Cause). Lady Eli, of course, is one of the barn’s three previous winners of the Friday co-feature.

November TDN Weekend features Barbados, Carson Kressley & More

Tue, 2017-10-31 15:32

Just before landing in Barbados, you look down and think that the sight you see below you could be a racetrack if only it weren’t shaped like a triangle. And then you realize…it’s a racecourse, shaped like a triangle. That’s just one of the many charms of the place you’ll discover in this month’s TDN Weekend story on Garrison Savannah, home of the Barbados Gold Cup. On the other side of the world, Kelsey Riley reviews a restaurant in Tokyo that’s a favorite of celebrities and racing folk alike. If you’re headed to the Japan Cup, you’ll want to check it out. It’s Breeders’ Cup time, and if you’re getting caught up in the social media frenzy of it all, there’s a good chance that you’ve interacted with Grand Slam Social, the team responsible for creating a buzz about the event. And speaking about big events with a lot of buzz, earlier this year, Racing New South Wales announced it would hold a $10 million event, The Everest, Australia’s answer to the Pegasus. If you weren’t on hand for the big day last month (or even if you were), check out our video which will help you relive the magic. Finally, Breeders’ Cup Ambassador Carson Kressley shares some fashion tips with Alexa Reisfeld (no more parachute pants!) in this month’s Last Word. Click here to read it.

Dubawi Son Of First City Off the Mark

Tue, 2017-10-31 14:45

2nd-WOL, £4,500, Cond, 10-31, 2yo, 8f 142y (AWT), 1:50.79, st.
LAIETH (GB) (c, 2, Dubawi {Ire}–First City {GB} {GSW-UAE & G1SP-Eng, $388,814}, by Diktat {GB}), a 550,000gns TAOCT yearling, had been fourth on his racecourse bow behind the impressive winner Glendevon (Scat Daddy) over seven furlongs on Kempton’s Polytrack Oct. 11, was keen early under restraint as Pat Cosgrave sought a lead. Quickly settling to track the pace in second, the 8-15 favourite kicked clear from the two pole as soon as he was given the command and was eased down late to register an authoritative 2 1/4-length success from Escalator (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}). Laieth is the first runner for First City, who was third in the G1 Falmouth S. and G2 Windsor Forest S. and successful in the G2 Cape Verdi. A half-sister to last year’s G2 Royal Lodge S. third Sea Fox (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) who descends from the GII All Along S. scorer Marble Maiden (GB) (Lead On Time), she is connected to another star Dubawi performer in the GI Northern Dancer Turf S. winner Sheikhzayedroad (GB) who also captured last year’s G2 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup and G2 Doncaster Cup. First City’s yearling is a colt by New Approach (Ire). Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $4,163. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Godolphin; B-Rabbah Bloodstock Limited (GB); T-Saeed bin Suroor.

 

Appleby Looks To Keep Perfect BC Record Intact

Tue, 2017-10-31 12:06

DEL MAR, California–In 2013, trainer Charlie Appleby capped his first season as a Godolphin trainer with a win by Outstrip (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita. Four years on, the 42-year-old Brit has recorded top-level victories for Sheikh Mohammed across the globe, from Britain and France to Australia, but he returns to the Breeders’ Cup this weekend at Del Mar for the first time since that initial visit looking to keep his perfect record intact with the two-horse team of Wuheida (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Masar (GB) (New Approach {Ire}).

Appleby said his absence is simply down to a desire to be as competitive as possible.

“I’ve always felt, as much as these trips are great to be apart of, I want to make sure we come with the right horse and be competitive; it’s a long way to come just to turn up for the fun of it all,” he said. “Breeders’ Cup puts on a great event so it’s great to be here and we hope we’ve brought the right horses that are going to be competitive on the weekend.”

The 3-year-old Wuheida is 20-1 on the morning line for Saturday’s GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf after drawing post five and looks for her first win of the year. Wuheida became the first 2-year-old Group 1 winner by Dubawi when scooping last year’s Prix Marcel Boussac over good ground. She made a belated seasonal debut this year when second to the three-time Group 1 winner Roly Poly (War Front), who re-opposes on Saturday, and was stifled by soft ground when third in the G1 Preis Der Diana in August. She was beaten 1 3/4 lengths when fourth in the G1 Matron S. a month later and again had the ground go against her when fourth, beaten three-quarters of a length, by another returning rival, Rhododendron (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), in the Oct. 1 G1 Prix de l’Opera. Wuheida made the trip to Kentucky for the GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on Oct. 14, but was pulled from that race after developing a corn on a foot.

Appleby said he is looking forward to getting the chestnut back on her preferred fast surface.

“Wuheida brings a good level of form from Europe,” he said. “I think the quicker ground will suit her. I think she ticks a lot of boxes, which she can hopefully prove on Saturday.”

Masar comes into Friday’s GI Juvenile Turf with similar credentials to Outstrip at the same point in his career. Like Outstrip, Masar comes into the race with a Group 3 win and a Group 1-placing under his girth. A debut winner at Goodwood in May, he was third in Royal Ascot’s Listed Chesham S. before lifting the G3 Solario S. by two lengths on Sept. 2. He was beaten just 1 1/2 lengths by the filly Happily (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) over soft ground in the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Oct. 1, and will appreciate the return to quicker going when he breaks from post six on Friday.

“On the last start that ground was really slow for him, which he struggled in,” Appleby said. “[Masar and Wuheida] both have good draws and they’re both strong travelers, and I think that’s a positive on these tight tracks; you’ve got to be up there and traveling. Both of them tick a lot of boxes and hopefully we’ll see them be competitive on the weekend.”

Wuheida shipped in from Keeneland, where she stayed after her Queen Elizabeth setback, and has “gone well and thrived since she’s been down here,” according to Appleby. She was joined on Saturday by Masar.

“He’s done a little bit of traveling in Europe, he went to France obviously and this helps with the experience side of it,” the trainer said. “They traveled well and had their first morning out on the track this morning and took it very well.”

Although Appleby makes his keenly awaited return to the Breeders’ Cup, he has been a constant force on other international racing circuits, much the chagrin of his rival trainers. This has perhaps been nowhere truer than in Australia, where Appleby last spring won stakes races with five of 10 starters. He added the G1 Sydney Cup in the autumn with Polarisation (GB) (Echo Of Light {GB}), and Folkswood (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) won the Oct. 15 Listed Cranbourne Cup before finishing third last weekend behind Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}) in the G1 Cox Plate.

“We’re in a very fortunate position with the number of horses we have back in Europe,” Appleby said. “With Godolphin, we want to be known as a global operation, and therefore competing at the high end on the international stage. We were very fortunate last year, we went to Australia and did particularly well. Folkswood went around very well in the Cox Plate and he won the Cranbourne before that and he’ll hopefully head to the [G1] Emirates there in a couple weeks’ time. Polarisation winning the Sydney Cup was a nice feather in the cap. It’s all about having the right horses and making sure the trip is worthwhile.”

It isn’t just on his travels that Appleby has enjoyed a fruitful year. He has been successful on the home front as well, his 70 winners of 94 races in Britain in 2017–many of which were exciting 2-year-olds–contributing handsomely to Godolphin taking out the leading owner title. Appleby pointed to the 2-year-old colt Sound and Silence (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) as an example of how the stable has stayed strong through the year. Sound and Silence has won or placed in six of eight runs including a win in Royal Ascot’s Listed Windsor Castle S.

“I brought Sound and Silence over here to run in a stakes race on the undercard on Saturday. He was my first 2-year-old winner back in Europe at the Craven meeting and he’s still going strong,” Appleby said. “He deserved the trip over here and I think he’ll run a big race on Saturday. The 2-year-olds have campaigned well through the summer and we’ve picked up some nice races, and are hopefully going into our European winter we have some nice horses we can put away and live the dream for the winter and potentially look at Classic potential.”

Pricey Galileo Filly Scores On Debut At Chantilly

Tue, 2017-10-31 09:59

4th-CHY, €27,000, Mdn, 10-31, 2yo, f, 9fT, 1:56.56, vs.
TOUJOURS (FR) (f, 2, Galileo {Ire}–Quetsche {GSW-Fr, $131,437}, by Gone West), bought for €650,000 at Arqana August by Peter & Ross Doyle, M V Magnier and Mayfair Speculators, was sent off the 3-1 favourite for this racecourse bow and broke smartly to race prominently throughout the early stages. Racing greenly and jumping the road at one point, the bay nevertheless stayed close to the pace and when sent to the front passing the quarter pole by Pierre-Charles Boudot comfortably saw off the threat of Godolphin’s Zendia (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) to win by a length. The winner is the last known foal out of the G3 Prix de Royaumont scorer Quetsche, who is a daughter of the G2 German 1000 Guineas and G2 Preis der Diana (German Oaks) heroine Que Belle (Seattle Dancer), who was also second in the G1 Prix Ganay. Also responsible for the GIII Will Rogers S.-winning sire Osidy (Storm Cat), she is related to the G2 Adelaide Cup scorer Johann Zoffany (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and the GII Best Pal S. winner and GI Del Mar Futurity and GI FrontRunner S. second Know More (Lion Heart) from the family of the sires Bakharoff (The Minstrel) and Emperor Jones (Danzig). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, €13,500. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Michael Tabor, Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith & Markus Jooste; B-Ecurie des Monceaux (FR); T-Andre Fabre.

 

Gun Runner Favored over Arrogate in Classic

Mon, 2017-10-30 20:53

DEL MAR, CA–It was a packed house at the Barn at the Beach at Del Mar’s Powerhouse Park Monday as MGISW Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}) was anointed the 9-5 morning-line favorite over defending champion Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song), who was installed as the 2-1 second-choice, for the Nov. 4 GI Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar.

Runner-up to superstar Arrogate in the G1 Dubai World Cup, Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Gun Runner has been unstoppable since, reeling off impressive victories in the GI Stephen Foster H. June 17, the GI Whitney S. Aug. 5 and the GI Woodward S.

Sept. 2 at Saratoga. The Steve Asmussen trainee drew post five for the Classic and will be piloted by regular rider Florent Geroux.

There was audible groan from the crowd as Juddmonte’s champion Arrogate drew the rail for Saturday’s $6-million event. Crowned North America’s richest racehorse and the world’s best following a win in the inaugural $12 million GI Pegasus World Cup and an astounding victory in the Dubai World Cup, the ‘TDN Rising Star’ has not been quite the same since returning to the States, finishing a lackluster fourth in the GII TVG San Diego H. July 22 and rallied late to be second to stablemate Collected (City Zip) last time at Del Mar for the GI TVG Pacific Classic Aug. 19.

“If you go look at the Travers and the Pegasus, he broke from the rail and won,” Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith said. “The good ones can overcome it. I have to establish position, so I will ride him pretty hard. If I can get right in behind the first group I will pretty happy with that.”

Smith continued, “He is training like [his old self]. His work this morning was fantastic. The good thing is he showed me last time in the Pacific Classic that he can run over it. He didn’t run his A race, but he ran really well. If he runs his race and brings his A game, I wouldn’t trade places with anyone.”

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert did not attend the draw, but when asked for his thoughts on the post position via text, he said, “Not the end of the world.” He added that Arrogate “looked great” in his breeze Monday morning at Santa Anita.

In addition to Arrogate, who is scheduled to be retired to Juddmonte Farm following the race, Baffert has three other chances to score his fourth straight Classic win, having captured the event for the first time in 2014 with Bayern (Offlee Wild) followed by wins with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in 2015 and Arrogate last year. The Hall of Famer saddles 6-1 shot Collected, who breaks from post 11 with Martin Garcia aboard; GI Awesome Again S. winner Mubtaahij (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), who drew post six at 12-1 odds with Drayden Van Dyke at the controls; and GI Travers S. and GI Pennsylvania Derby hero West Coast (Flatter), a 6-1 chance from the eight-hole with Javier Castellano taking over for Smith.

Friday’s card will, as always, be highlighted by the $2-million GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff and this year morning-line favoritism was awarded to champion and MGISW Stellar Wind (Curlin), second in this event in 2015. Drawn in post two for this eight-horse affair, the chestnut was quoted at 5-2 on the morning-line with Victor Espinoza in the irons for trainer John Sadler and owner Hronis Racing.

“It would be great [to win my first Breeders’ Cup],” trainer John Sadler said. “Del Mar has been very good to me over the years. We have won a lot of races here. It is in our own backyard and it is very exciting to have it here at Del Mar.”

Champion 3-year-old filly in 2015, Stellar Wind is a perfect three-for-three this year following wins in the GI Apple Blossom H. Apr. 14, GI Beholder Mile June 3 and GI Clement L. Hirsch S. July 30.

“She’s been a great mare for us,” Sadler said, “She has won so many Grade Is, was a champion at three. I’d imagine she would stalk the speed. At a mile and an eighth there is no real bad post, you can work out a trip going into the first turn. We will leave it up to Victor. He knows her well.”

MGISW sophomore Elate (Medaglia d’Oro) was installed as the second-choice at 3-1 with Jose Ortiz in the irons for Hall of Famer Bill Mott. Baffert trainee Abel Tasman (Quality Road), winner of the GI Kentucky Oaks, GI Acorn S. and GI Alabama S. this year, is co third-choice at 4-1 and will exit post four with Smith aboard. Forever Unbridled (Unbridled’s Song), last seen besting two-time champion Songbird (Medaglia d’Oro) in the GI Personal Ensign S., was also quoted at 4-1. The Dallas Stewart pupil drew the six-hole and will be guided by Hall of Famer John Velazquez.

California’s unbeaten juvenile duo of Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) and Moonshine Memories (Malibu Moon) were awarded favoritism in their respective races. The former, owned and trained by Mick Ruis, will depart from stall 11 in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and was given morning-line offs of 9-5. The Simon Callaghan-trained “TDN Rising Star” Moonshine Memories will exit gate seven at odds of 7-2 in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

A total of 13 Breeders’ Cup races were drawn at Monday’s event for the world championship event, which will take place at Del Mar Nov. 3 and Nov. 4.

GI BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC, Saturday, Del Mar, 1 1/4 miles 

1) Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song), Smith, 2-1

2) War Decree (War Front), Heffernan, 30-1

3) Win the Space (Pulpit), Talamo, 30-1

4) War Story (Northern Afleet), Ortiz, 30-1

5) Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}), Geroux, 9-5

6) Mubtaahij (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), Van Dyke, 12-1

7) Churchill (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Moore 15-1

8) West Coast (Flatter), Castellano, 6-1

9) Gunnevera (Dialed In), Zayas, 30-1

10) Pavel (Creative Cause), Gutierez, 20-1

11) Collected (City Zip), Garcia,  6-1

Caravaggio Leads Trio Retiring to Coolmore Ireland

Mon, 2017-10-30 10:23

Coolmore Ireland will stand a new trio of MG1SWs for the 2018 season led by MG1SW sprinter Caravaggio (Scat Daddy–Mekko Hokte, by Holy Bull), who landed wins in the G1 Keeneland Phoenix S. at The Curragh and Royal Ascot’s G1 Commonwealth Cup. All told, the son of Scat Daddy also scored in the G2 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five S., the G2 Coventry S. G3 Lacken S. and was third in the G1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint S., winning six of his nine starts for earnings of $983,107. Caravaggio, a half-brother to GII Gallant Bloom H. heroine My Jen (Fusaichi Pegasus) and out of the SW Mekko Hokte, will stand for €35,000.

Dual Guineas hero Churchill (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}–Meow {Ire}, by Storm Cat) will retire to Coolmore Ireland for 2018, but still has at least an engagement at the Breeders’ Cup. The highweighted English/Irish juvenile colt of 2016 on the back of wins in the G1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National S. and G1 Dubai Dewhurst S., Churchill rattled off victories in Newmarket’s G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas and the G1 Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas at The Curragh during his sophomore season. The Aidan O’Brien trainee also put his stamp on the G2 Futurity S. and G3 Tyros S. during a 12-start career, saluting the judge seven times, with earnings of $1,787,877 to date. A full-brother to this year’s G1 Juddmonte Cheveley Park S. heroine Clemmie (Ire), his fee is yet to be revealed, as he has been pre-entered to contest the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar.

Globetrotting veteran Highland Reel (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}–Hveger (Aus), by Danehill), will also retire to Coolmore Ireland for 2018 season for an undisclosed fee. The Irish highweight at 11-14 furlongs in 2016, the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf victor is one of the most well-traveled runners for Aidan O’Brien and Coolmore, compiling an impressive resume with group scores over all fours seasons of racing and Group 1 wins during the past three campaigns. The six-time Group 1 winner sports top-level wins in America, England and Hong Kong and was runner-up in the 2016 G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Tromphe. Highland Reel also counts a third-place finish to the mighty Winx (Aus) (Street {Ire}) in her first of three G1 Cox Plate victories in 2015. An earner of over $8.8 million, the full-brother to MGSW & MG1SP Idaho (Ire) and half to Australian MG1SP Valdemoro (Aus) (Encosta de Lago {Aus}) has nine wins from 25 starts and is eyeing a repeat in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

“We are delighted to have three very exciting new prospects for the coming season and are very much looking forward to seeing Churchill and Highland Reel run at the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday,” said David O’Loughlin, Director of Sales for Coolmore. “Mindful of the fact that breeders are keen to get on with their mating plans, we have set the fees for all of the others including Scat Daddy’s brilliantly fast son Caravaggio and we think they offer excellent value for money.”

Supersire Galileo (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells) who has sired the earners of over $23 million this year and is well on his way to his ninth champion sire’s title, will stand for a private fee, while reverse shuttler Fastnet Rock (Aus) (Danehill) will command €70,000. G1 Epsom Derby hero Australia (GB) (Galileo {Ire}), who will have his first 2-year-olds in 2018, is listed at €35,000, will fellow Derby scorer Camelot (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}), who is off to a bright start with his first juveniles, is standing for €30,000.

Other stallions of note on the 23-strong Coolmore Ireland roster include dual Guineas hero Gleneagles (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), whose first foals arrived in 2017, at €40,000 and G1 Prix Morny hero No Nay Never (Scat Daddy) and G1 French 2000 Guineas victor The Gurkha (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), with that duo standing for €25,000 apiece.

 

Shanghai Bobby Colt Game to Capture Street Sense

Sun, 2017-10-29 17:40
STREET SENSE S., $83,001, CD, 10-29, 2yo, 1m, 1:37.48, ft. 1–GOTTA GO, 118, c, 2, by Shanghai Bobby 1st Dam: Disturbingly Hot, by Unbridled’s Song 2nd Dam: Diablo’s Blend, by Diablo 3rd Dam: Blend of Poetry, by Iron Constitution ($250,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). 1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O-Lothenbach Stables, Inc.; B-Machmer Hall (KY); T-Ian R.

Malibu Moon’s Sultry Upsets Spendthrift Juvenile Fillies

Sun, 2017-10-29 17:08

SPENDTHRIFT JUVENILE FILLY STALLION S., (NB) $100,000, CD, 10-29, 2yo, f, 7f, 1:24.51, ft.
1–SULTRY, 120, f, 2, by Malibu Moon
1st Dam: Viva Carina (Arg) (GSP, $145,920),
by Giant’s Causeway
2nd Dam: Altamira (Fr), by Highest Honor (Fr)
3rd Dam: Prospector’s Star, by Mr. Prospector
($400,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Joseph W. Sutton; B-Three
Chimneys Farm (KY); T-Eddie Kenneally; J-Corey J. Lanerie.
$60,140. Lifetime Record: 5-3-0-0, $126,606.2–Mia Mischief, 120, f, 2, Into Mischief–Greer Lynn, by
Speightstown. ($135,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $300,000 2yo ’17
FTFMAR). O-L. William & Corinne Heiligbrodt; B-Spendthrift
Farm LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen. $19,400.3–Aerial Assets, 118, f, 2, Into Mischief–Assets of War, by
Lawyer Ron. O/B-Stoneway Farm (KY); T-Kelly J. Breen. $9,700.
Margins: 1 1/4, 6, 1. Odds: 4.30, 0.30, 22.50.
Also Ran: Breaking Beauty, Foxy Mischief, Southampton Way, Cinema Doll, Bibbidibobbidi Boo. Scratched: Wendy Peffercorn.
Sultry rallied strongly along the rail to upset 1-5 ‘TDN Rising Star’ Mia Mischief (Into Mischief) and capture the Spendthrift Juvenile Fillies S. at Churchill Downs. Sixth at this oval on debut June 19, the $400,000 Keeneland September buy came from last to graduate going away Aug. 12 at Ellis and, after running sixth in the GII Pocahontas S. here Sept. 16, annexed an allowance last out Oct. 12 at Keeneland. Dropping out near the back of the field as the second choice in this spot restricted to progeny of Spendthrift Farm stallions, the dark bay started to make headway while hugging the rail at the three-eighths pole after Mia Mischief put away her pace pursuers through a :45.65 half. Quickly emerging as the lone challenger to the favorite as heads pointed for home, Sultry closed relentlessly to take the lead at the sixteenth pole and edge away late to post the upset. The winner is the first foal out of a dam who produced colts by Candy Ride (Arg) in the last two seasons before returning to Malibu Moon this term. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Tapizar Filly Stays Unbeaten in Rags to Riches Romp

Sun, 2017-10-29 16:38

RAGS TO RICHES S., $82,670, CD, 10-29, 2yo, f, 1m, 1:36.29, ft.
1–MONOMOY GIRL, 120, f, 2, by Tapizar
1st Dam: Drumette, by Henny Hughes
2nd Dam: Endless Parade, by Williamstown
3rd Dam: Mnemosyne, by Saratoga Six
($100,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP).
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O-Michael Dubb & Monomoy Stables,
LLC; B-FPF LLC & Highfield Ranch (KY); T-Brad H. Cox; J-Florent
Geroux. $48,950. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $99,350.2–Queen Mum, 118, f, 2, Paynter–For Royalty, by Not For Love.
($190,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Bach Stables LLC; B-WinStar
Farm, LLC (KY); T-Mark E. Casse. $15,827.3–Foxtrot Sally, 118, f, 2, Oxbow–Inspired Exchange, by
Exchange Rate. O/B-Calumet Farm (KY); T-George R. Arnold, II.
$7,913.Margins: 6HF, 1HF, 5. Odds: 3.40, 4.20, 9.60.
Also Ran: She’s Pretty Lucky, Saguaro Row, Dark Artist, Over Thinking, Firstmate, Grats Road, Missap.
Monomoy Girl, two-for-two over turf to start her career, took to dirt with alacrity and dominated the Rags to Riches S. at Churchill Downs. Rallying strongly to a 3 3/4-length graduation first out Sept. 5 at Indiana Grand, the $100,000 Keeneland September graduated showed versatility in wiring a local optional claiming field 23 days later. Made the 3-1 second choice in this main track bow, the chestnut broke sharply to set the pace through honest fractions of :22.73 and :45.86. Shaking off her closest pursuer turning into the lane, it briefly appeared as though Queen Mum would produce a challenge, but Monomoy Girl had plenty left and slammed the door by the eighth pole en route to a decisive score. The victress has a yearling full-brother and her dam produced a Palace Malice colt this term before being bred to Shackleford. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Into Mischief Colt Wins Spendthrift Juvenile for Spendthrift

Sun, 2017-10-29 16:10

SPENDTHRIFT JUVENILE STALLION S., (NB) $100,000, CD, 10-29, (C), 2yo, 7f, 1:24.87, ft.
1–FIGHT ON, 118, c, 2, by Into Mischief
1st Dam: Havenlass, by Elusive Quality
2nd Dam: Cruising Haven, by Shelter Half
3rd Dam: Sailing Leader, by Mr. Leader
($340,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Spendthrift Farm LLC;
B-Haymarket Farm LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen; J-Ricardo
Santana, Jr. $60,140. Lifetime Record: 4-1-2-0, $80,340. *1/2
to Two Weeks Off (Harlan’s Holiday), GSP, $279,210.2–Captivating Moon, 120, c, 2, Malibu Moon–Appealing Storm,
by Valid Appeal. O/B-Lothenbach Stables, Inc. (KY); T-Chris M.
Block. $19,400.
3–Dream Baby Dream, 118, c, 2, Into Mischief–Galetoire, by
Songandaprayer. ($20,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $210,000 Ylg ’16
KEESEP; $210,000 2yo ’17 OBSMAR). O-Dream Baby Dream
Racing Stable; B-Pegasus Stud LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.
$9,700.
Margins: HD, NK, HD. Odds: 5.10, 4.90, 28.80.
Also Ran: O’Malley’s March, John Tippmann, Ezmosh, El Rubio, Just Be Frank.

Fight On did just that through the stretch of the Spendthrift Juvenile S. at Churchill, holding off a slew of challengers to prevail late in the colors of the race’s namesake. Fourth on debut July 15 at Ellis, the $340,000 Keeneland September buy was runner-up there Aug. 19 and over this track Sept. 29. Let go at 5-1 in this spot restricted to progeny of Spendthrift stallions, the dark bay stalked the pace of odds-on Ezmosh (Tizway) through a :23.12 quarter. Taking over in tandem with a longshot as the chalk dropped away turning for home, Fight On dug in to turn back several bids in a wild stretch run, scoring by a head in a blanket finish over Captivating Moon. The victor’s unraced dam, a half-sister to MGSW Royal Haven (Hail Emperor) and GSW/GISP Belterra (Unbridled)–the second dam of GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Cathryn Sophia (Street Boss)–has a yearling filly by Tiznow and a weanling colt by Malibu Moon. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Saint-Cloud Card Off After Protest

Sun, 2017-10-29 10:12

Racing at Saint-Cloud on Sunday, which was set to feature the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud, G1 Criterium International and G3 Prix Perth, has been abandoned following a protest led by a “Save Racing” group, which also involved trainers, owners and breeders and their representatives. Having blocked the entrance to the parade ring at Saint-Cloud, the members of the demonstration were unable to be placated by France Galop officials and the decision was made to stop racing after the first race. The remaining seven races on the card will not be run this year.

The group “Save Racing” is protesting over France Galop’s planned €25-million budgetary cuts which include a reduction in payments made to cover transport and the rise in VAT, as well as owners’ and breeders’ premiums. France Galop officials had met with representatives of “Save Racing” prior to racing on Sunday to discuss the budget reduction, with France Galop President Edouard de Rothschild and France Galop General Manager Olivier Delloye in attendance. Although the mood proved constructive in the hour-long meeting, ultimately a solution was not reached. The France Galop Executive Board will meet on Monday, Oct. 30, with the 2018 budget on the agenda, as planned.

Georges Rimaud, who is on the board of directors at France-Galop, told At The Races, “I don’t think the blockage as such was pre-planned, but it was planned to have a meeting with the leaders of the organisations involved. They have met with them and discussed with them. The blocking was due to reforms, and the finances, being announced by France-Galop. It is difficult to get everybody to agree to any reform of such size. Hopefully they will find something.”

Street Sense Colt Romps to Rising Stardom for Baffert

Sat, 2017-10-28 19:06

MCKINZIE (c, 2, Street Sense–Runway Model, by Petionville)‘s 7-2 odds for this debut seemed quite generous as he stormed clear in the stretch to become the second “TDN Rising Star” of the day. Named for longtime Los Alamitos racing executive Brad McKinzie, who passed away in August after a battle with cancer, the bay raced out wide in mid-pack off a sharo first quarter in :22.38. Picking off rivals to stick his nose in front as they hit the half in :45.24, he charged clear in the lane under confident handling by Hall of Famer Mike Smith to win for fun. The $170,000 KEESEP buy is out of MGSW & MGISP Runway Model (Petionville), who was purchased by breeder Summer Wind Farm for $2.7 million carrying a foal by Storm Cat at the 2006 Keeneland November sale. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0.

O-Pegram, Watson & Weitman; B-Summer Wind Farm (KY); T-Bob Baffert.

 

Distorted Humor Filly Takes Her Record to Two-For-Two

Sat, 2017-10-28 18:16

WELL HUMORED (f, 3, Distorted Humor–Life Well Lived, by Tiznow) took her record to two-for-two with an off-the-turf allowance victory at Keeneland Saturday. Saving ground in mid-pack through moderate early fractions, the bay split horses and switched to the outside, ranging up two-wide outside the leaders approaching the far turn. Battling Into Summer (Into Mischief) down the stretch, she edged clear late for a one-length success in 1:37.85. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0.

O/B-WinStar Farm (KY); T-Arnaud Delacour.

 

Freud’s Therapist Remains Perfect in Awad S.

Sat, 2017-10-28 17:33

THERAPIST (c, 2, Freud–Lady Renaissance, by Smart Strike) took his perfect record to three-for-three with his second stakes tally in Belmont’s Awad S. Saturday. Donning cap and gown at first asking against fellow Empire-breds here July 2, the homebred followed suit with a victory in the Laurel Futurity S. Sept. 16. Sent off at 4-1 in this first try beyond six furlongs, Therapist saved ground in fourth off opening fractions of :23.16 and :46.90. Patiently ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., the chestnut was punched through on the rail late to score another narrow victory. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0.

O-Oak Bluff Stables; B-Oak Bluff Stable LLC & C. Clement (NY); T-Christophe Clement.

 

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