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Dream Ahead’s Sweety Dream Annexes Chantilly Debut

Sun, 2017-09-03 11:58

1st-CHY, €27,000, Mdn, 9-3, unraced 2yo, f, 8fT, 1:40.70, sf.

SWEETY DREAM (FR) (f, 2, Dream Ahead–Excellent Girl {GB}, by Exceed and Excel {Aus}), who was scratched from her intended debut at Deauville Aug. 8, broke well and cut across from an outer gate to lead after the initial exchanges of this belated unveiling. Holding sway thereafter, the 73-10 chance was shaken up with 300 metres to go and pushed out in latter stages to comfortably best Skrei (Ire) (Approve {Ire}) by 2 1/2 lengths. “She is a nice filly and was supposed to run at Deauville, but for some unknown reason she got scared going into the gates and flipped over and fell so was withdrawn by the starter,” trainer Pascal Bary explained. “She had been working well and that was most promising.” The €30,000 AROCT yearling, kin to a yearling colt by Siyouni (Fr), is the third scorer from as many foals to race for G3 Prix Cleopatre third Excellent Girl (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}), herself out of a half-sister 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}). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, €13,500. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Guy Pariente; B-Aleyrion Bloodstock Ltd (FR); T-Pascal Bary.

Cape Cross’s Guignol Takes the Grosser Preis Von Baden

Sun, 2017-09-03 11:03

Rested since a disappointing fourth in the July 1 G2 Grosser Hansa-Preis at Hamburg, Guignol showed what an effective front-runner he is on his best days by dominating this renewal under a perfectly-judged ride from Filip Minarik. The race is a “Win And You’re In” for the GI Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar in November. Jumping out of the shadows when sent to the lead by Michael Cadeddu in Munich’s G1 Grosser Preis Von Bayern in November, the Ullmann homebred had upset the Godolphin raiders Racing History (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) and Hawkbill (Kitten’s Joy). He traded at odds of 33-1 for that 12-furlong contest which were inflated given that he had finished third to the country’s standard-bearer Protectionist (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}) in both Hamburg’s G2 Grosser Hansa-Preis in July and the G1 Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten the following month. Cutting no ice when sixth on his return in the G1 Prix Ganay over 10 1/2 furlongs at Saint-Cloud at the beginning of May, the bay returned to domestic duty to upstage Iquitos by a neck in the 11-furlong G2 Grosser Preis der Badischen Wirtschaft here May 28 prior to his below-par effort in the Hansa-Preis.
Enjoying it easy initially, he started to wind it up a long way from home with Godolphin’s Prize Money (GB) (Authorized {Ire}) keeping him honest and by the time he had turned into the straight he looked to have all his opponents in trouble. With old rival Iquitos failing to pick up in his usual style on the inner and running slightly flat, Guignol stayed out on his own for a commanding success as Colomano fared best of the 3-year-olds.
Guignol is one of two group 1 winners out of the G1 Oaks d’Italia heroine Guadalupe, with the other being the G1 Grosser Dallmay-Preis hero Guiliani. Guadalupe is also the dam of the dual listed winner and G3 Walther J Jacobs-Stutenpreis runner-up Guantana (Ger) (Dynaformer), who is herself the dam of three black-type performers headed by the G2 Gerling-Preis scorer Guardini (Fr) (Dalakhani {Ire}). Guadalupe is a full-sister to the 2009 winner of this prestige event Getaway (Ger), who also captured the and G1 Grosser Preis von Dusseldorf, as well as being a half-sister 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}) and the high-class stayer Royal Rebel (GB) (Robellino). Guadalupe’s as-yet unraced 2-year-old filly by Lawman (Fr) is named Guardian Witch (Ire), while her yearling filly by Australia (GB) is named Gympie (Ger).

Sunday, Baden-Baden, Germany
145TH LONGINES GROSSER PREIS VON BADEN-G1, €250,000, BDB, 9-3, 3yo/up, 12fT, 2:32.55, gd.
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. €150,000. Lifetime Record: 13-5-0-2, €338,900. *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. €60,000.
3–Colomano (GB), 125, c, 3, Cacique (Ire)–Codera (Ger), by Zilzal. (€43,000 Ylg ’15 BBAGS). O-Stall Reckendorf; B-Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof (GB); T-Markus Klug. €25,000.
Margins: 2HF, SHD, 1. Odds: 3.80, 1.20, 7.50.
Also Ran: Windstoss (Ger), Best Solution (Ire), Prize Money (Ire). Scratched: Spend the Cash (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree.

Zukunftsrennen Win For Reliable Man’s Narella

Sun, 2017-09-03 10:58

Becoming the first black-type winner for her first-season sire, Narella built on the promise of her debut win over seven furlongs at Cologne July 9 to maintain her perfect tally with authority here. Settled towards the rear early, the grey was delivered wide in the straight by Adrie de Vries and after taking over approaching the furlong pole drew away in style from the previously unbeaten Auenperle, with the market leader Julio well adrift. Narella is a daughter of the listed winner Naomia, who is also the second dam of last year’s G2 Oaks d’Italia heroine Nepal (Ger) (Kallisto {Ger}). The dam, who has a yearling filly by Lope de Vega (Ire) named Navega (Ger) and a 2017 full-sister to Narella named Nadira (Ger), was the leading performer for another Oaks d’Italia winner in Nagoya, who is herself the best daughter of the G2 Hessen-Pokal scorer Nuas (Ger) (Aspros {Ger}). This is also the dynasty of the Listed Premio Archidamia winner North America (Ger) (Pivotal {GB}), who produced the dual listed winner and G3 Premio Verziele third Not For Sale (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}).

Sunday, Baden-Baden, Germany
144TH STEINHOFF ZUKUNFTSRENNEN-G3, €55,000, BDB, 9-3, 2yo, 7fT, 1:25.57, gd.
1–NARELLA (IRE), 125, f, 2, by Reliable Man (GB)
1st Dam: Naomia (Ger) (SW-Ger), by Monsun (Ger)
2nd Dam: Nagoya (Ger), by Goofalik
3rd Dam: Nuas (Ger), by Aspros (Ger)
*1st stakes win. O/B-Gestut Rottgen (IRE); T-Markus Klug; J-Adrie de Vries. €32,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, €35,000. Werk Nick Rating: First SW from this cross. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Auenperle (Ger), 125, f, 2, Areion (Ger)–Aotearoa (Fr), by Doyen (Ire). O-Rudolf Remund; B-Gestut Auenquelle (GER); T-Jens Hirschberger. €12,000.
3–Julio (Ger), 128, c, 2, Exceed and Excel (Aus)–Julissima (GB), by Beat Hollow (GB). (€58,000 Ylg ’16 BBAGS). O-Eckhard Sauren; B-Gestut Brummerhof (GER); T-Mario Hofer. €6,000.
Margins: 2, 4, 4HF. Odds: 3.50, 11.40, 1.70.
Also Ran: Tax Exile (Ire), Domberg (Ger), Starlight Mystery (Ire), South Coast (Ger), Dusky Dance (Ire), Kabir (Ger). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree.

St Patrick’s Day Holds on at Del Mar

Sat, 2017-09-02 20:42

 8th-DMR, $61,725, Msw, 9-2, 2yo, 6 1/2f, 1:17.81, ft.
ST PATRICK’S DAY (c, 2, Pioneerof the Nile— Littleprincessemma, by Yankee Gentleman), a full-brother to Triple Crown hero American Pharoah (Horse of the Year, Ch. 2yo & Ch 3yo, MGISW, $8,650,300), had to settle for second behind stablemate Zatter (Midnight Lute) after pressing the pace in his six-furlong debut at Del Mar Aug. 20. The 4-5 favorite quickly joined Eskimo Roses (Eskendereya) on the front end and they were three in a line down the backstretch through a quarter in :21.97. The favorite inched away after a half in :44.92 and turned back a determined Eskimo Roses late before just lasting by a half-length over the late-closing $1.05-million OBS March graduate Instilled Regard (Arch). The winner is also a full-sister to last year’s GI Del Mar Debutante runner-up American Cleopatra (GISP). Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm purchased Littleprincessemma, with St Patrick’s Day in utero, for $2.1 million at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton November sale, just months before American Pharoah swept through the Triple Crown. Lyon sold St Patrick’s Day privately as a yearling last spring. The mare has a yearling filly by Tapit and produced a colt by Pioneerof the Nile this year before being bred back to Tapit. American Cleopatra, still owned by the Zayat family, was bred to Uncle Mo this year. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $48,000.
O-Mrs. John Magnier; B-Summer Wind Farm (KY); T-Bob Baffert. 


Moonshine Memories Wires Del Mar Debutante

Sat, 2017-09-02 20:15

The Coolmore contingent and Bridlewood Farm’s Moonshine Memories followed a “TDN Rising Star”-worthy debut in San Diego with a front-running Grade I victory in the Del Mar Debutante Saturday evening. Breaking a step slow in her Aug. 19 unveiling over this strip, the $650,000 FTSAUG buy burst through horses to grab the lead and fended off a determined rival in the lane to earn her diploma and the “Rising Star” moniker.

Dispatched at 5-1 in this major class hike, Moonshine Memories was away alertly and retained a narrow lead over Gabrielleelizabeth (Bellamy Road) through a sharp first quarter in :21.97 with favored fellow “TDN Rising Star” Just a Smidge (Into Mischief) hot on their heels in third. Gabrielleelizabeth quickly faded to the back of pack as they hit the half in :44.85 and Just a Smidge threw in the towel a few strides later as longshot Piedi Bianchi took up the chase. Moonshine Memories and Piede Bianchi spurted clear of the rest of the field with Moonshine Memories finding just enough to hold that rival at bay by a half-length on the line. It was 5 1/4 lengths back to previously unbeaten GII Sorrento S. romper Spectator in third.

“We were actually looking for any small excuse not to run her back [in two weeks],” winning trainer Simon Callaghan said. “There was no pressure from the owners. This filly just did everything you’d want from a horse in between [starts]. She showed in the paddock, her disposition and how calm she was, is something you can’t instill in them, it’s within them. [During the race] I liked the way she was traveling within herself, but then you look at the fractions and you get a little worried. She just kept running potential rivals off and she was all heart at the end.”

Pedigree Notes:

Moonshine Memories’ dam Unenchantedevening is a daughter of SW Evil Elaine (Medieval Man), making her a half-sister to Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old colt Favorite Trick (Phone Trick). The 13-year-old mare is also responsible for SW & GSP Indian Evening (Indian Charlie); SP Mo for the Money (Uncle Mo); the yearling filly No Joke (Distorted Humor) and a weanling colt by MGISW Honor Code. She was bred back to Malibu Moon earlier this term. This is also the female family of MGSW Favorite Tale (Tale of the Cat) and GSW Fury Kapcori (Tiznow).

Saturday, Del Mar
DEL MAR DEBUTANTE S.-GI, $300,690, DMR, 9-2, 2yo, f, 7f, 1:23.61, ft.
1–#@&MOONSHINE MEMORIES, 120, f, 2, by Malibu Moon
1st Dam: Unenchantedevening, by Unbridled’s Song
2nd Dam: Evil Elaine, by Medieval Man
3rd Dam: Distinctive Elaine, by Distinctive
‘TDN Rising Star’ ($650,000 Ylg ’16 FTSAUG). O-Bridlewood
Farm, Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith & Michael Tabor;
B-Summer Wind Farm (KY); T-Simon Callaghan; J-Flavien Prat.
$180,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $216,000. *1/2 to Indian
Evening (Indian Charlie), SW & GSP, $140,172; Mo for the
Money (Uncle Mo), SP, $127,120. Werk Nick Rating: A+++
*Triple Plus*. Click for eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Piedi Bianchi, 120, f, 2, by Overanalyze
1st Dam: Adore You, by Tactical Cat
2nd Dam: Autumn Music, by Unbridled’s Song
3rd Dam: October Beauty, by Flying Paster
($60,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $80,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $80,000
2yo ’17 OBSMAR). O-Nice Guys Stables & Jay Oringer; B-Deann
& Greg Baer DVM (IN); T-Doug F. O’Neill. $60,000.3–Spectator, 123, f, 2, by Jimmy Creed
1st Dam: Diva’s Tribute, by Henny Hughes
2nd Dam: Swiss Diva, by Swiss Yodeler
3rd Dam: One Stop, by Mr. Leader
O/B-Eric & Sharon Waller (KY); T-Philip D’Amato. $36,000.
Margins: HF, 5 1/4, 1 3/4. Odds: 5.70, 18.90, 2.30.
Also Ran: Dancing Belle, Just a Smidge, Poetic, Gabrielleelizabeth. Scratched: Gas Station Sushi.
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Gun Runner a Hot Shot in Woodward

Sat, 2017-09-02 19:01

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys’ Gun Runner (c, 4, Candy Ride {Arg}–Quiet Giant, by Giant’s Causeway) continued his domination of the east coat handicap ranks with a devastating eight-length victory in the GI Woodward S. at Saratoga Saturday. Part of a four-way battle for the lead going into the first turn, Gun Runner eased back off the pace as Neolithic (Harlan’s Holiday) took charge. The handsome chestnut rated in second as Neolithic took the field through fractions of :23.20 and :46.56. He moved smoothly to challenge the pacesetter midway on the turn and glided clear effortlessly into the stretch to run unchallenged to the wire, completing the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.43. Rally Cry (Uncle Mo) was second and Neolithic was third. Since running second behind Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) in the Mar. 25 G1 Dubai World Cup, Gun Runner was a seven-length victor of the June 17 GI Stephen Foster H. and a 5 1/4-length winner of the Aug. 5 GI Whitney S. Lifetime Record: 17-10-3-2, $5,738,500. O-Winchell Thoroughbreds & Three Chimneys Farm. B-Besilu Stables LLC (Ky). T-Steve Asmussen.

Lady Ivanka Trumps the field in Spinaway

Sat, 2017-09-02 18:29

Lady Ivanka (f, 2, Tiz Wonderful–Lady Leftennant, by Officer) stalked a speedy pace and picked up the pieces down the lane to take the GI Spinaway S. by 3/4 lengths over Maya Malibu (Malibu Moon) Saturday at Saratoga. The 8-1 shot settled just off the pace as favored Separationofpowers (Candy Ride {Arg}) and Pure Silver (Mission Impazible) battled through fractions of :22.36 and :45.30. As the pacesetters began to falter in upper stretch, Lady Ivanka made her move and held off the late-rallying Maya Malibu to the wire. Separationofpowers was third. Lady Ivanka completed the seven furlongs in 1:24.97. The bay filly, an $80,000 EASMAY juvenile, romped home by eight lengths in her Aug. 9 debut at Saratoga. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $259,800. O-Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables & Michael Imperios. B-Scott Pierce (Ok). T-Rudy Rodriguez.

Pacific Gale first stakes winner for Flat Out

Sat, 2017-09-02 16:39

Tobey Morton’s Pacific Gale (f, 2, Flat Out–Pacific Whisper, by Forestry) powered past Little Dipper (Eskendereya) late and drew clear to win the Sorority S. at Monmouth Park Saturday and become the first stakes winner for her freshman sire (by Flatter). Sent off at 4-1, the bay filly stalked pacesetting Little Dipper through fractions of :22.14 and :44.95. She collared that foe with a sixteenth to run and sailed home an easy 2 1/2-length winner. Dark Artist (Paynter) was third. Favored Jehozacat (Tapit) stumbled badly at the break and rushed up to chase the early leaders, but flattened out down the lane and finished fourth. A debut winner at Belmont June 29, Pacific Gale was a well-beaten sixth while making her second career start in the July 21 GIII Schuylerville S. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $82,000. O-Tobey L Morton. B-Bally Breeders (Ky). T-John Kimmel.

New Year’s Day Colt Graduates at the Spa

Sat, 2017-09-02 16:13

6th-SAR, $83,000, Msw, 9-2, 2yo, 7f, 1:23.51, ft.
BOURBON RESOLUTION (c, 2, New Year’s Day–Vindicated Ghost, by Vindication), on the board in his two previous starts, broke through with a 2 1/2-length graduation. Sent off at 4-1, the juvenile set the pace while pressed by favored Lionite (Quality Road) through fractions of :22.90 and :46.29. He dug in gamely when challenged by Lionite to his outside and Slot (Candy Ride {Arg}) to his inside and found another gear in the final sixteenth to pull away late. Slot was second and Lionite third. Bourbon Resolution is the sixth winner for his freshman sire (by Street Cry {Ire}). A $125,000 FTKJUL yearling, Bourbon Resolution missed by just a neck when second behind ‘TDN Rising Star’ and subsequent GII Saratoga Special S. runner-up Hollywood Star (Malibu Moon) in his June 28 debut at Churchill Downs and was third going six furlongs at Saratoga July 29. His dam Vindicated Ghost is a half-sister to GSP Mymich (A.P. Indy) and to graded stakes winners Chelokee (Cherokee Run) and Salute the Sarge (Forest Wildcat). Lifetime Record: 3-1-1-1, $67,440. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Bourbon Lane Stable; B-Gary & Mary West Stables, Inc. (KY); T-Ian R. Wilkes.


Frankel’s Daughter of Alexander Goldrun Wins On Debut

Sat, 2017-09-02 13:52

6th-NAV, €17,110, Mdn, 9-2, 3yo/up, 8fT, 1:44.05, yl.
GOLDRUSH (IRE) (f, 3, Frankel {GB}–Alexander Goldrun {Ire} {Hwt. 3yo Filly-Ire at 9 1/2-10 1/2f, Hwt. Older Mare-Ire at 9 1/2-10 1/2f, MG1SW-Ire, G1SW-Eng, Fr & HK, G1SP-Sin, $3,387,103}, by Gold Away {Ire}), a daughter of the same stable’s remarkable Alexander Goldrun who had taken time to make her debut after costing €1,700,000 as a GOFORB yearling, raced behind the leading duo throughout the opening stages. Sent to the front with a quarter mile to race, the 6-1 shot was pushed out to assert for a ready three-length success from Wooster (Ire) (Duke of Marmalade {Ire}). “It’s always nice to win with a filly as well-bred as she is,” Jim Bolger told Irish “She has been working well, but we’ve had a few little hiccups along the way. She was a bit weak last year so we didn’t run her and a few times we had her ready to run this year and she had small little problems, nothing serious. She was declared to run a few times and she got rained off one day. She doesn’t want soft ground, but she handled that well today so she might handle a little ease in it. Hopefully she will go on now and be a Stakes filly.” Alexander Goldrun was the winner of the G1 Pretty Polly S. twice in her native Ireland, the G1 Nassau S. in Britain, G1 Prix de l’Opera in France and G1 Hong Kong Cup and that is only half her story. Also a half-sister to the sire Medecis (GB), who won the G3 Prix de la Jonchere and placed second in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains and G1 Prix de la Foret, she has a 2-year-old daughter of Shamardal named Une Alliance (Ire) who sold at Goffs Orby last year for €600,000. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $10,594. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-China Horse Club International Ltd; B-Noel O’Callaghan (IRE); T-Jim Bolger.

Blame Colt a First-Out Winner at Saratoga

Sat, 2017-09-02 13:50

2nd-SAR, $83,000, Msw, 9-2, 2yo, 1 1/16mT, 1:41.85, fm.
+MARAUD (c, 2, Blame–Unbridled Empire, by Empire Maker), sent off the 7-5 favorite, settled in mid-pack and was seven lengths off the pace through a half in :48.42. He rallied three wide into the stretch, gained command with a furlong to run and drew clear to score by two lengths. Desert Stone (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) was second despite lugging in late. Maraud is a half-brother to GII American Turf S. winner Arklow (Arch, GSW, $245,987). Unbridled Empire, a half-sister to Grade I winners Cindy’s Hero (Sea Hero) and Fourty Niners Son (Distorted Humor), produced a filly by Flatter in 2016, a colt by Will Take Charge in 2017 and was bred back to Runhappy. Jeff Treadway, bidding alongside bloodstock agent Charlie Boden, purchased Maraud for $375,000 at this year’s Midlantic Juvenile sale after the colt worked a furlong in :10 1/5. Crupi’s New Castle Farm purchased him for $100,000 at last year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,800.
O-Treadway Racing Stable; B-John R. & Frank Penn (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher.


Atalanta Win For Shamardal’s Aljazzi

Sat, 2017-09-02 11:22

   Tried in the G1 1000 Guineas last May, Aljazzi was 10th in that Newmarket Classic before headinng to Haydock to capture the Listed Dick Hern Fillies’ S. also over a mile in August. Limited to only two more outings at three, the bay was fourth in the G3 Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies S. over an extended nine furlongs at Gowran Park the following month and ninth in the Listed Gillies Fillies’ S. attempting 10 furlongs on soft ground at Doncaster in November. Returning at this trip to take Kempton’s Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ S. Apr. 15, the homebred failed to see out the extra furlong of the G2 Dahlia S. when fifth in that Newmarket contest May 7 before outrunning her 40-1 odds when second in the G2 Duke of Cambridge S. at Royal Ascot June 21. That meant that bar her Guineas effort, only Qemah   (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) had beaten her at this trip so far in her career but the punters remained unconvinced and sent her off only third best in the market.
   Held up in rear racing keenly after a tardy start, Aljazzi needed rousting along at the end of the back straight and needed to be kept up to her work to close down the outer once straightened for home. When she hit her stride, it was over as soon as she struck the front approaching the furlong pole and she powered up the incline to put the solid yardstick Nathra firmly in her place. “The plan was to sit a bit closer to the pace, but she hasn’t run for over two months and she was a bit rusty early on,” jockey Andrea Atzeni said. “I left her alone and she likes to pass horses anyway. She picked up really well. She’s quite light and busy, so I think the two-month break suited her.”
Trainer Marco Botti will aim Aljazzi at the G1 Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot S. at Newmarket Oct. 7. “She’s definitely a filly who has got better as a four-year-old. She’s more mature and stronger,” he commented. “The plan was to be a bit closer to the pace, but they went a genuine pace all the way and Andrea sat at the back and she picked up well. She’s progressing and she’s a nice filly to have in the yard. If she did well here the plan has always been to go straight to the Sun Chariot and I think that will be the plan.”
   The first foal out of the Listed John Musker Fillies’ S. winner Nouriya, Aljazzi descends from Shy Danceuse whose progeny list includes the Listed Oppenheim-Rennen scorer Shy Lady (Fr) (Kaldoun {Fr}). She in turn can boast four black-type winners among her own progeny, headed by the G1 St James’s Palace S.-winning sire Zafeen (Fr) and the G3 Prix du Calvados winner Ya Hajar (GB) (Lycius). She is herself the dam of the Listed Patton S. winner and G3 Diamond S. runner-up Prince of All (GB) (Iffraaj {GB}). Nouriya’s 2-year-old colt by Henrythenavigator is not currently named, while her yearling filly is by Australia (GB) and she also has a filly foal by Frankel (GB).


Saturday, Sandown, Britain

BETBRIGHT CASINO ATALANTA S.-G3, £65,000, SAN, 9-2, 3yo/up, f, 8fT, 1:40.64, gd.

1–ALJAZZI (GB), 127, f, 4, by Shamardal

1st Dam: Nouriya (GB) (MSW-Eng), by Danehill Dancer (Ire)

2nd Dam: Majestic Sakeena (Ire), by King’s Best

3rd Dam: Shy Danceuse, by Groom Dancer

*1at Group win. O/B-Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar (GB); T-Marco Botti; J-Andrea Atzeni. £36,862. Lifetime Record: 10-4-1-0, $182,496. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2–Nathra (Ire), 127, f, 4, Iffraaj (GB)–Rada (Ire), by Danehill. (270,000gns Ylg ’14 TAOCT). O-Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah; B-Pier House Stud (IRE); T-John Gosden. £13,975.

3–Tisbutadream (Ire), 122, f, 3, Dream Ahead–Choose Me (Ire), by Choisir (Aus). (€100,000 Ylg ’15 GOFORB; £400,000 3yo ’17 GOFLON). O-King Power Racing Co Ltd; B-J F Tuthill (IRE); T-David Elsworth. £6,994.

Margins: 3, 1HF, 3/4. Odds: 4.50, 3.00, 7.00.

Also Ran: Opal Tiara (Ire), Intimation (GB), Dancing Breeze (Ire), Lbretha (Fr), Urban Fox (GB), Lincoln Rocks (GB), Greta G (Arg), Always Thankful (GB). Scratched: Somethingthrilling (GB), On Her Toes (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

New Approach’s TDN Rising Star Masar Wins the Solario

Sat, 2017-09-02 10:11

   Earning TDN Rising Star status with a defeat of the subsequent G2 Gimcrack S. runner-up Invincible Army (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) on debut over six furlongs at Goodwood May 25, Masar was third to the leading fillies September (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) and Nyaleti (Ire) (Arch) in the Listed Chesham S. over this trip at Royal Ascot June 24 and came into this staging post fresh after a break. Settled behind the leading duo early, the homebred was roused to take over with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and stayed on strongly up the hill. “I thought it was a nice, professional performance,” jockey James Doyle commented. “He had good form in the book, obviously and we knew he’d see out the trip well so we just kept it simple. He took a little bit of time to drop down into gear, but once he did he powered away nicely. I’d say a step up in trip will suit him.”
   Charlie Appleby is looking at the G2 Royal Lodge S. at Newmarket Sept. 30 for the chestnut. “He got a dream run round and I was confident going into the final furlong he was going to carry on galloping and he did nicely,” he said. “It was a pleasing performance and I hope he’s a horse with a bright future. He’s potentially a horse for the Royal Lodge. We feel next year will be his year, so we’ll treat him with some kid gloves, hopefully get another run under our belts and then put him away for the winter.”
   Masar is the second foal out of the G2 UAE Derby and G3 UAE Oaks heroine Khawlah, who is herself a half-sister to the G2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano scorer and G1 Jebel Hatta runner-up Vancouverite (GB) (Dansili {GB}). The third dam Melikah captured the Listed Pretty Polly S. before placing in the G1 English and Irish Oaks and produced three black-type winners headed by the G2 Grand Prix de Deauville hero Masterstroke (Monsun {Ger}) who also finished third in the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Her other notable performer is the G3 Meld S. scorer Moonlight Magic (GB) who shares Cape Cross as a sire with Khawlah. Melikah is in turn a daughter of the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine and outstanding producer Urban Sea (Miswaki), whose Sea the Stars (Ire) is also by Cape Cross, suggesting Masar’s juvenile achievements are only a bonus over trips short of his ideal. Khawlah’s yearling colt is by Shamardal.


Saturday, Sandown, Britain

BETBRIGHT SOLARIO S.-G3, £45,000, SAN, 9-2, 2yo, 7fT, 1:27.89, gd.

1–MASAR (IRE), 127, c, 2, by New Approach (Ire)

1st Dam: Khawlah (Ire) (Hwt. 3yo-UAE at 7-9.5f, MGSW-UAE & GSP-Eng, $1,366,175), by Cape Cross (Ire)

2nd Dam: Villarrica, by Selkirk

3rd Dam: Melikah (Ire), by Lammtarra

*1st stakes win. O/B-Godolphin (IRE); T-Charlie Appleby; J-James Doyle. £25,520. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-1, $52,394. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2–Romanised (Ire), 127, c, 2, Holy Roman Emperor (Ire)–Romantic Venture (Ire), by Indian Ridge (Ire). O-Robert Ng; B-Mrs Monica Aherne (IRE); T-Ken Condon. £9,675.

3–Arbalet (Ire), 127, c, 2, Dark Angel (Ire)–Miss Beatrix (Ire), by Danehill Dancer (Ire). (€370,000 Wlg ’15 GOFNOV). O-Vefa Ibrahim Araci; B-Ms Mags Durkan (IRE); T-Hugo Palmer. £4,842.

Margins: 2, 1 1/4, HF. Odds: 1.35, 7.00, 14.00.

Also Ran: Purser, Vintager (GB), Connect (GB), De Bruyne Horse (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Pricey City Zip ‘Rockets’ Home Late

Fri, 2017-09-01 17:23

8th-SAR, $83,000, Msw, 9-1, 3yo/up, 6 1/2f, 1:16.21, ft.

+C Z ROCKET (c, 3, City Zip–Successful Sarah {GSP, $169,614}, by Successful Appeal) summoned $800,000 at last term’s OBS June sale after breezing in :21 1/5 and was dispatched at x-x for this career bow. Caboosing the field as Tommy T (Shackleford) ticked off an opening quarter in :21.89, the bay moved into sixth, still several lengths off the leader, through a half in :45.01. Tommy T appeared home free in early stretch, but C Z Rocket found another gear when tipped out two wide and came flying past the pacesetter late to score by two lengths. The winner’s GSP dam Successful Sarah is responsible for the juvenile filly City Success (City Zip); a yearling colt by Verrazano and a weanling filly by Tale of the Cat. She was bred back to that Ashford resident. C Z Rocket hails from the same family as last weekend’s GII Pat O’Brien S. winner Giant Expectations (Frost Giant). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,800. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Frank Fletcher Racing Operations Inc.; B-Farm III Enterprises LLC (FL); T-Albert Stall, Jr.

O-Frank Fletcher Racing Operations Inc.; B-Farm III Enterprises LLC (FL); T-Al Stall, Jr.


Insights on the American Racing Scene: Sept. 2, 2017

Fri, 2017-09-01 16:18

1st-WO, C$61k, Msw, 3/up, f/m, 6 1/2f (AW), post time: 1:00 p.m. ET
MARLINSPIKE (Tapit) ships in from Arlington for a crack at a big purse on debut and is a daughter of champion Surfside (Seattle Slew), who was acquired by the Gainesway braintrust for $500K in foal to Giant’s Causeway at KEENOV in 2009. The foal Surfside was carrying at the time became GSW Irish Surf (Giant’s Causeway) and Marlinspike is the mare’s only live produce since. Surfside’s dam Flanders (Seeking the Gold) was 1994’s champion 2-year-old filly and is also responsible for MGSW Battle Plan (Empire Maker), now a sire in Japan. Marlinspike carries 4×2 inbreeding to Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. Essentially (Maclean’s Music) is a daughter of the late SW Ticket to Houston (Houston), dam of MGSW & MGISP Runway Model (Petionville) as well as SW & MGSP Mambo Train (Kingmambo). TJCIS PPs

2nd-SAR, $83k, Msw, 2yo, 1 1/16mT, post time: 1:34 p.m. ET
A $100K KEESEP yearling, MARAUD (Blame) breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 over the Timonium main track a little less than two weeks after his year-older close relative Arklow (Arch) pulled a minor upset in the GIII American Turf S. at Churchill Downs. Maraud fetched a final bid of $375K, the most expensive of 10 juveniles to sell by the Claiborne stallion in 2017. Maraud is out of a half-sister to the successful turf runner Fourty Niners Son (Distorted Humor) and to 2000 GI Del Mar Debutante victrix Cindy’s Hero (Sea Hero), dam of MGSW Delegation (Speightstown). Oroscopo (Orb) was a $75K purchase out of last year’s KEESEP sale and matured into a $325K OBSAPR 2yo after breezing an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5. Half-sister Indian Pond (Speightstown) was a SW on synth and Grade II-placed on the grass. TJCIS PPs

6th-SAR, $83k, Msw, 2yo, 7f, post time: 3:51 p.m. ET
Storm Dixie (Catienus), dam of 2013 GI Kentucky Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar (Majestic Warrior), was purchased in foal to Tapit for $1.9 million by Barronstown Stud at FTKNOV in 2014, and that produce, BIBLICAL, gets his career underway for China Horse Club and Princess of Sylmar’s trainer Todd Pletcher. A $500K KEENOV weanling, the gray was an $800K acquisition at FTSAUG in 2016. Hofburg (Tapit) is a Juddmonte homebred half-brother to GISW Emollient (Empire Maker) and SW & GSP Courtier (Pioneerof the Nile), while Venezuela (Violence), out of a half-sister to the dam of MGISW Miss Temple City (Temple City), is an $85K FTKNOV weanling turned $300K KEESEP yearling, fourth most expensive of the sire’s 70 first-crop youngsters to sell in 2016. TJCIS PPs

8th-DMR, $60k, Msw, 2yo, 6 1/2f, post time: 8:26 p.m. ET
INSTILLED REGARD (Arch) was led out of last year’s KEESEP sale unsold when bidding stalled out at $110K, but it was a different story at OBSMAR when the maternal grandson of champion Heavenly Prize (Seeking the Gold) was hammered down to Larry Best’s OXO Equine for $1.05 million after working a quarter-mile in :20 4/5. Instilled Regard’s dam Enhancing (Forestry) is a half-sister to GSW Pure Prize (Storm Cat) and MGISW Good Reward (Storm Cat). Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile)’s full-brother St Patrick’s Day is back in the entries 13 days after finishing a big-figure second to Zayat Stables’ Zatter (Midnight Lute) going six furlongs. TJCIS PPsAlan Carasso

Kentucky Downs Reschedules Opening Day Card

Fri, 2017-09-01 14:51

Kentucky Downs has rescheduled its opening day card to Wednesday, Sept. 6. The fields for the 10-race all-grass card will remain the same, with no redrawing of entries or post positions.
Kentucky Downs’ showcase five-date meet now will be conducted Sept. 6-7, Sept. 9-10, and Sept. 14. First post is 1:25 p.m. Central each day. Kentucky Downs could not reschedule for Sunday or Monday because of its conflict with the final two days of live racing at Ellis Park in Henderson. Kentucky Downs will remain open today its year-round daily simulcast wagering and Historical Horse Racing operations.
“The ongoing impact of Hurricane Harvey makes it impossible to run Saturday,” said Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs’ senior vice president and general manager. “The forecast was for one to five inches of rain, and we got six inches in 12 hours. It is in the best interest of the horses, jockeys and our guests to move the entire card to Wednesday.”
The Wednesday card will four stakes: the $400,000 Tourist Mile, $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Juvenile; $350,000 Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies and $150,000 One Dreamer.
Scratch time for Wednesday’s racing program will be 9 a.m. Central Tuesday. For more info, visit

Ward Wins With Another Scat Daddy Filly

Fri, 2017-09-01 13:44

2nd-SAR, $83,000, Msw, 9-1, 2yo, f, 5 1/2fT, 1:02.28, fm.

+CHIPOLINA (f, 2, Scat Daddy–Classy Citizen, by Proud Citizen), sent off at 9-2 in this unveiling, broke alertly from post 10 and sprinted up to press from second through a sharp first quarter in :22.55. Sticking her head in front entering the far turn, the chestnut skipped clear in the lane and held off a late charge from favored fellow firster Brattata (More Than Ready) to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Chipolina is the first foal out of Classy Citizen, who failed to get back in foal to Scat Daddy the following year, but produced a colt by Into Mischief earlier this term and was bred back to the Spendthrift sire. Classy Citizen is a half-sister to Grade I winner Nereid (Rock Hard Ten) and SW & GISP Sea Queen (Lemon Drop Kid). Sales history: $45,000 RNA Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $85,000 yrl ’16 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,800. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Don Alberto Stable; B-Lane Seliger, Dr. Aaron Sones, Dr. Eric Crawford & Dr. Naoya Yoshida (KY); T-Wesley Ward.


Bill Thomason on the TDN Podcast

Fri, 2017-09-01 11:34

Keeneland is unique in that it is both a sales company and a racetrack, which means its president and CEO Bill Thomason must be well versed in just about all aspects of the sport. Thomason took over the head roles in 2012 and his steady leadership has allowed Keeneland to maintain its place as one of the iconic names in the sport. On the eve of the newly restructured Keeneland September Sale, Thomason joins us as this week’s guest on the Thoroughbred Daily News podcast, brought to you by Taylor Made. Click here to listen to the podcast.

September TDN Weekend features Sydney, Manganaro, and more

Fri, 2017-09-01 09:04

The inaugural success of the Pegasus World Cup quickly gave birth to its Southern Hemisphere counterpart, the Everest at Royal Randwick October 14. Vicky Leonard tells us that the biggest hurdle for first-time visitors just might be the language, from smashed avo to snags. Her Sydney primer is a gem.   Back home in the USA, we visit Siena Farm in Kentucky and meet co-owners Anthony Manganaro and Ignacio “Nacho” Patino, who emphasize modern technology and thinking outside the box. Out in San Diego, celebrity chef Brian Malarkey, whose Herb and Wood is the year’s new smash restaurant, is getting ready to cook for the Breeders’ Cup crowd (and when was the last time you met a celebrity chef who’s a former racetrack photographer?) In Newmarket, John Berry gives you the skinny on taking in two QIPCO Champions’ days, plus the Tattersalls sale in between. And finally, the NBA’s Rashard Lewis talks racehorse ownership, and who he was surprised to run into at Saratoga. Visit to read the September TDN Weekend.

Notable US-Breds in Japan: Sept. 2 & 3

Fri, 2017-09-01 08:48

In this ongoing series, Alan Carasso takes a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners entered for the upcoming weekend at the tracks on the Japan Racing Association circuit, with a focus on pedigree and/or performance in the sales ring. Here are the horses of interest for this weekend running at Kokura, Niigata and Sapporo Racecourses, with several entries in the weekend’s group races, plus the debut of the first foal from the 2011 GI La Brea S. winner:

Saturday, September 2, 2017
11th-SAP, Sapporo Nisai S.-G3, ¥59,310,000 ($538k), 2yo, 1800mT
MATSUKAZE (c, 2, War Front–Night Lagoon {Ger}, by Lagunas {Ger}) was purchased in utero for $1.7 million at FTKNOV in 2014 and with good reason, as his half-brother Novellist (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}) was a G1 winner in Germany, Italy, France and the King George at Ascot. Matsukaze, a $550K KEESEP grad, tries this rich event as a maiden, having finished a promising runner-up on his course-and-distance debut Aug. 13 (video, gate 8). B-Barronstown Stud (KY)

Sunday, September 3, 2017
6th-NII, ¥13,400,000 ($122k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1200m
DELIGHT PROMISE (f, 2, Lemon Drop Kid–Teddy’s Promise, by Salt Lake) is the first foal from her dam, who rose through the California-bred ranks to win the GI La Brea S. in 2011 (video) before becoming a reliable sprinter on the West Coast over the next few seasons. The mare has since been exported to Japan, where she produced a colt by Heart’s Cry (Jpn) this past February. This filly’s third dam produced GSW & GISP General Meeting (Seattle Slew). Leading rider Mirco Demuro takes the call. B-Ted & Judith Nichols Trust Dated Feb. 18 1999 (KY)

10th-SAP, ¥30,400,000 ($276k), Open Class, 2yo, 1200mT
MOLTO ALLEGRO (f, 2, Speightstown–Mo Chuisle, by Free House), a half-sister to ill-fated champion and MGISW Points Offthebench (Benchmark) and GSW Bench Points (Benchmark), cost $525K as a KEESEP yearling and got her career off on the right foot with a debut victory over the dirt at Hakodate June 24 (video, gate 1). Her second dam Visible Gold (Deputy Minister) was a Grade III winner on the grass. B-Town & Country Horse Farms & Frank & Kim Taylor (KY)

11th-KOK, Kokura Nisai S.-G3, ¥59,510,000 ($540k), 2yo, 1200mT
ASAKUSA GENKI (c, 2, Stormy Atlantic–Amelia, by Dixieland Band) (profile) was off the mark at third asking over this course and distance (video, gate 1) Aug. 13, while MOZU SUPERFLARE (f, 2, Speightstown–Christies Treasure, by Belong to Me) (profile) is back on two weeks’ rest after leading home a US-bred 1-2 over track and trip Aug. 19 (video, gate 11). Each has a double-digit draw to overcome Sunday.