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Giant’s Causeway Filly Pulls Off the Upset at Belmont

Sat, 2017-10-28 15:22

6th-BEL, $75,000, Msw, 10-28, 2yo, f, 6fT, 1:09.52, fm.

ANDINA DEL SUR (f, 2, Giant’s Causeway–Andina {Ire} {SW & MGSP, $282,982}, by Singspiel {Ire}) blew up the tote at 23-1 to graduate on debut at Belmont. Racing in a five-wide fourth through a first half-mile in :45.55, the chestnut powered down the center of the course in the final furlong to win by two lengths. Tap Tap Taparoo (Tapit) checked in second. The winner’s dam produced fillies by Street Sense in 2016 and 2017. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $45,000. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O/B-Don Alberto Corporation (KY); T-Thomas Albertrani.


Point of Entry Colt Becomes Sire’s First ‘TDN Rising Star’

Sat, 2017-10-28 14:52

Bill Lawrence’s Analyze It (Point of Entry) became the first “TDN Rising Star” and seventh winner for his freshman sire (by Dynaformer) with an impressive debut graduation at Belmont Saturday afternoon. Let go at 13-1 despite his trainer’s prowess with first timers and turf horses, the bay broke on top and traded blows with Blockade (War Front) through an opening quarter in :23.41. That rival was rated back a bit and longshot Fast Boat (City Zip) took up the fight, pressing Analyze It through a half in :47.44. Analyze It regained command at the top of the lane and rocketed clear to a dominant 6 1/4-length victory. Blockade held second.

A $130,000 KEESEP yearling buy, Analyze It was purchased for $190,000 post sale at OBS March after breezing in :10 flat. The winner is the first foal out of Sweet Assay (Consolidator), who hails from the family of MGISW Came Home (Gone West). The 8-year-old mare’s 2016 colt by Point of Entry passed away and she failed to get in foal for 2017. She was most recently bred back to Point of Entry.

5th-BEL, $75,000, Msw, 10-28, 2yo, 1mT, 1:34.31, fm.

ANALYZE IT (c, 2, Point of Entry–Sweet Assay, by Consolidator) Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $45,000. O-William H. Lawrence; B-P. Headley Bell, Nancy Bell & NATO (KY); T-Chad C. Brown. Click for the chart, free catalogue-style pedigree or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Uncle Mo Colt Goes From Last to First at Belmont

Sat, 2017-10-28 13:44

3rd-BEL, $60,000, (S), Msw, 10-28, 2yo, 6fT, 1:10.44, fm.
NO MO PROMISES (c, 2, Uncle Mo–As Promised, by Century City {Ire}), sent off at 7-2 for his unveiling, was far back through early splits of :22.66 and :46.10. Starting to take a little closer order approaching the stretch, the bay swung out several paths wide while still well back turning for home, relentlessly narrowed his disadvantage through the lane and took over late, carrying the momentum all the way home to score by 1 ½ lengths over Throw the Deuce (Union Rags). As Promised produced a filly by Grade I winner Verrazano last season followed by a filly by Japan this term. She was bred back to Quality Road. Sales history: $100,000 Ylg ’16 SARAUG; $250,000 2yo ’17 FTFMAR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,000. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Colts Neck Stables LLC; B-Dr. Jerry Bilinski & Harry Patten (NY); T-Alan E. Goldberg.


It’s O’Brien’s Record As Deep Impact’s Saxon Warrior Takes the Trophy

Sat, 2017-10-28 10:48

There was a feeling of destiny at Doncaster on Saturday and TDN Rising Star Saxon Warrior (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) duly delivered the world-record-setting 26th group 1 success for Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stable in 2017 in the feature G1 Racing Post Trophy. Sent off the 13-8 favourite coming off a win in the G2 Beresford S. over this mile trip at Naas Sept. 24, the bay was left exposed in the strong wind heading the main pack as the Ballydoyle and Bolger pacemakers set off in isolation. In front before the quarter pole, he was headed soon after by Roaring Lion (Kitten’s Joy) and looked temporarily beaten, but Ryan Moore was in no mood to be denied and Saxon Warrior found something more in the final 100 yards to carve out a neck success from that rival and provide the stable with an eighth renewal, with Ballydoyle’s fellow TDN Rising Star The Pentagon (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) 2 1/2 lengths back in third. “He travelled very strong throughout the race and Ryan gave him a brilliant ride,” his trainer said. “I thought he was beaten, but he found plenty and I’m just delighted for everybody as there has been a lot of hard work from everybody to achieve this.”

Saxon Warrior’s debut performance when taking a Curragh maiden over this trip stamped him as a colt out of the top drawer Aug. 27 and he had to plough through testing conditions which would have played against him when collecting in the Beresford. Again facing ground softer than ideal, he was the victim of his own brilliance here with his natural ability taking him to the fore of the group containing the main contenders as his stable pacemaker Coat of Arms (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Jim Bolger’s Theobald (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) set off far too strong up ahead. The latter’s stablemate, the G1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National S. hero and strongly-supported TDN Rising Star Verbal Dexterity (Ire) (Vocalised), was laboured from the outset with Kevin Manning having to urge him into the race which contrasted with Saxon Warrior’s smooth-motoring progress through the early stages. When the tempo-setters began to backpedal, it was left to the two market protagonists to take control of the race and O’Brien’s record attempt looked briefly a formality until Qatar Racing’s previously unbeaten G2 Royal Lodge S. winner Roaring Lion loomed on the outer. Sweeping past Saxon Warrior and bumping that rival as both colts lugged left with a furlong remaining, Roaring Lion appeared to have the race in safe keeping but Moore energised the favourite to re-assert as they pulled away from some class acts in behind.

It could be that Saxon Warrior was an apt horse to break the record with, as he looks capable of anything at this stage. He has the pace to play a part in a 2000 Guineas that looks wide-open at this stage with no obvious champion among the speedier colts, while he now occupies short-priced favouritism for the Derby which this race often points to. This was as strong a renewal of the Racing Post Trophy as has been witnessed in years and the winner could easily belong in the same category of the leading recent winners High Chaparral (Ire), Motivator (GB), St Nicholas Abbey (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) and Camelot (GB). Aidan O’Brien clearly thinks that Saxon Warrior could follow suit in providing more Classic glory to the yard in 2018. “Ryan said he surprised him how quickly he jumped into it,” he commented. “He was very impressed with him and he’s a horse to really look forward to. He’s a very special horse, we think. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him and he’s only been a baby. Originally we thought we’d get one run into him. He had that run and then we said we might chance another and then he won in Naas. He came out of Naas so well we said we’d come here. It’s incredible really. I’d say there’s no doubt he’ll be better on better ground.”

Reflecting on the magical 26th top-level success, he said, “You’re always afraid when you want something to happen, it doesn’t happen. I couldn’t believe it when this horse came back. When John’s horse came by him I said ‘that’s it, he’ll be second’, but Ryan really conjured a new run out of him. It’s been a funny year really. A lot of horses have progressed and progressed. There were so many horses like that, it was unusual. A lot of very well-bred horses just got better and better. The lads have an unbelievable band of mares and stallions and there are a lot of horses with blue-chip pedigrees. The genes are obviously there if you can get them to fire up.” Roaring Lion’s trainer John Gosden said of Ballydoyle’s unprecedented tally, “It’s a fabulous achievement. He’s a great man to compete against and to get 26 in one year is incredible.”

Saxon Warrior is the second foal out of the stable’s European champion juvenile filly Maybe (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) after his Listed Platinum S.-placed full-sister Pavlenko (Jpn). Maybe went through her juvenile campaign similarly unbeaten after going to Royal Ascot for the Listed Chesham S. and following that outing took in the G3 Silver Flash S., G2 Debutante S. and G1 Moyglare Stud S. Her first defeat came in the G1 1000 Guineas when she was upset by stablemate Homecoming Queen (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) and was only third as the 13-8 favourite, while she was fifth in the Oaks before her form tailed off. She is a full-sister to last year’s G3 Silver Flash S. winner and G1 Prix Marcel Boussac and G1 Criterium International-placed Promise To Be True (Ire) and their dam is the Listed St Hugh’s S. scorer Sumora (Ire) (Danehill). She in turn is a half to the G1 Epsom Oaks, G1 Preis der Diana and G2 Qipco British Champions Fillies’ and Mares’ S. heroine Dancing Rain (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), whose daughter Magic Lily (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) earned TDN Rising Star status with a wide-margin win on debut at Newmarket last month and was a close-up third in the G1 Fillies’ Mile. The third dam Rain Flower (Ire) (Indian Ridge {Ire}) is a half-sister to the G1 Epsom Derby, G1 Irish Champion S. and G1 Dewhurst S.-winning sire Dr Devious (Ire), the Irish champion sprinter Archway (Ire) and fellow sires Shinko King (Ire) and Royal Court (Ire), while her unraced half-sibling Rose of Suzuka (Ire) (Fairy King) produced the G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen-winning sire Suzuka Phoenix (Jpn). Maybe also has a colt foal by American Pharoah and was bred to War Front this year.

Saturday, Doncaster, Britain
RACING POST TROPHY S.-G1, £215,500, DON, 10-28, 2yo, 8fT, 1:40.12, g/s.
1–SAXON WARRIOR (JPN), 127, c, 2, by Deep Impact (Jpn)
1st Dam: Maybe (Ire) (Ch. 2yo Filly-Eur, G1SW-Ire & G1SP-Eng, $469,223), by Galileo (Ire)
2nd Dam: Sumora (Ire), by Danehill
3rd Dam: Rain Flower (Ire), by Indian Ridge (Ire)
O-Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor; T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Ryan Moore. £122,210. Lifetime Record: GSW-Ire, 3-3-0-0, $257,871. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Roaring Lion, 127, c, 2, Kitten’s Joy–Vionnet, by Street Sense. ($160,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Qatar Racing Limited; B-Ran Jan Racing, Inc. (KY); T-John Gosden. £46,333.3–The Pentagon (Ire), 127, c, 2, Galileo (Ire)–Vadawina (Ire), by Unfuwain. O-Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor; B-Barronstown Stud (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. £23,188.
Margins: NK, 2HF, 3/4. Odds: 1.60, 8.00, 10.00.
Also Ran: Verbal Dexterity (Ire), Gabr (GB), Chilean (GB), Loxley (Ire), Seahenge, Merlin Magic (GB), Alfa McGuire (Ire), Coat of Arms (Ire), Theobald (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Historic Win For Wonderful Winx

Sat, 2017-10-28 02:16

WINX (AUS) (m, 6, Street Cry {Ire}–Vegas Showgirl {NZ}, by Al Akbar) became Australia’s richest-ever racehorse and just the second three-time Cox Plate winner when lifting that A$3-million feature at Moonee Valley on Saturday. Breaking sharply, Winx raced three-wide throughout and in the second half of the field early as Gailo Chop set the pace. Looming ominously on the outside as they turned into the short straight, Winx had Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo {Ire}) hard on her heels and that one ensured the finish was a thrilling one, running the great mare down to a half-length on the wire, with Godolphin’s British raider Folkswood (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) checking in third. The win is Winx’s 22nd straight and her 15th Group 1 win, which brings her equal to Black Caviar in that realm. Lifetime Record: 31-25-3-0, A$15,578,000. O-Magic Bloodstock Racing (Mgr: P G Tighe), R G Treweeke & Mrs D N Kepitis. B-Fairway Thoroughbreds. T-Chris Waller.

Uncle Mo’s Dream Tree Holds On to Graduate in Arcadia

Fri, 2017-10-27 18:54

+DREAM TREE (f, 2, Uncle Mo–Afleet Maggi, by Afleet Alex), a $750,000 FTFMAR grad, held on in the tightest of photo finishes to earn her diploma as the 4-5 chalk. Pressing from second through an opening quarter in :21.85, the bay took command as they registered a half-mile in :45.37 and charged clear in the lane. She looked like she would be a dominant winner, but Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) came flying late to hit the line in unison with Dream Tree. The photo revealed Dream Tree had held on for the narrowest of victories. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0.

O-Phoenix Thoroughbreds; B-Mike & Pat Freeny (KY); T-Bob Baffert.


Successful Appeal Filly Scores on Debut at Keeneland

Fri, 2017-10-27 17:09

8th-KEE, $63,799, Msw, 10-27, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:11.29, ft.

+EMMA KATE (f, 2, Successful Appeal–One for Jim {MSP, $131,555}, by Distorted Humor) breezed a bullet five furlongs in :59 3/5 (1/15) over this course two back Oct. 15 and was favored at 2-1 to earn her diploma for a barn that has been very successful with juvenile first time starters this season. Stalking from a joint second through a swift first quarter in :22.59, the bay drew even with the pacesetter through a half in :46.56. Edging clear in the lane, she was joined on her inside by Bootsy’s Hadenough (Paynter), but kept that foe at bay and outlasted a late-running Ipanema Beach (Candy Ride {Arg}) to score by a length. The winner is a half to Bold Conquest (Curlin), GISP, $461,233; a yearling colt by Lookin at Lucky; and a weanling filly by Palace Malice. Her dam was bred back to MGISW Frosted. Emma Kate traces her lineage back to MGISW Jersey Girl (Belong to Me), who produced GISW Jersey Town (Speightstown). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $39,000. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Ackerley Brothers Farm; B-Glory Days Breeding Inc. (KY); T-Steve Asmussen.


Scat Daddy Filly Cruises to Rising Stardom in Lexington

Fri, 2017-10-27 15:46

Daddy is a Legend (Scat Daddy) became the latest “TDN Rising Star” with a decisive victory going nine furlongs over the Keeneland lawn Friday afternoon. Fifth on debut at Saratoga Aug. 6 behind Chelsey Flower S. contender Golden Orb (Orb), the $160,000 KEESEP yearling checked in second next out Sept. 16 at Belmont behind a “TDN Rising Star” performance from Rushing Fall (More Than Ready), who captured Keeneland’s GIII Jessamine S. next out and is one of the likely favorites for next Friday’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar.

Running second last through a first half-mile in :49.73, the 3-5 chalk steadily advanced down the center of the course and ranged up outside the top three as they registered three-quarters in 1:16.19. The dark bay stuck her head in front rounding the far turn and the race was over from there as she cruised clear to win as she pleased. Gentle Ruler (Colonel John) ran on late, closing the gap to 2 3/4 lengths at the line.

Daddy is a Legend is out of the unraced mare Randie’s Legend (Benchmark), a half-sister to MSW Eternal Rule (Tribal Rule) and GSW Frumious (Grindstone). The 10-year-old mare did not produce a foal in 2016, but foaled a City Zip colt named Belleau Wood this term and was bred back to Tiznow.

5th-KEE, $56,420, Msw, 10-27, 2yo, f, 1 1/8mT, 1:53.37, fm.

DADDY IS A LEGEND (f, 2, Scat Daddy–Randie’s Legend, by Benchmark) Lifetime Record: 3-1-1-0, $47,910. O-Hill, Jim and Susan; B-HnR Nothhaft Horseracing LLC (PA); T-George Weaver. *$140,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV. Click for the chart, or the free catalogue-style pedigree or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Klimt Retired to Darby Dan

Fri, 2017-10-27 15:45

Kaleem Shah’s ‘TDN Rising Star’ Klimt (Quality Road–Inventive, by Dixie Union) has been retired from racing and will enter stud for the 2018 breeding season at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington. He will command a service fee of $10,000, stands-and-nurses terms, with breeders also afforded the option to participate in the farm’s ‘Share the Upside’ program beginning in 2018. Matt Bowling Bloodstock brokered the deal for Klimt to stand at Darby Dan as part of a syndicate.

A $140,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling turned $435,000 OBS March juvenile, Klimt broke his maiden at second asking at Del Mar, graduating by 5 1/4 lengths while covering the 5 1/2 furlongs in a swift 1:03.37 en route to his TDN Rising Star. He validated the decision with powerhouse performances to win the GII Best Pal S. and the GI Del Mar Futurity, in which he clocked a smart 1:21.80 and for which he earned 94 Beyer. Both the time and figure were the second-fastest in the race in over a dozen years, with only future Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) faster.

Runner-up in the GI FrontRunner S. in his first try around two turns, Klimt was second to future GI Travers S. and GI Pennsylvania Derby hero West Coast (Flatter) in the GIII Los Alamitos Derby July 15 and third to GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile candidate and fellow ‘TDN Rising Star’ Battle of Midway (Smart Strike) in the Aug. 26 Shared Belief S.

“Klimt was an exceptionally fast 2-year-old, and he possesses a stallion-producing pedigree and a great physical to match. It’s a combination we believe breeders are looking for and will gravitate towards,” said Ryan Norton, Stallion Director at Darby Dan. “He was one of the fastest 2-year-olds at OBS last year and was well sold to Bob Baffert, who obviously has one of the best eyes for a horse in our business.

He added, “We invite breeders to come out and see Klimt, as we believe they are really going to like him,” Norton added. “On the heels of the prosperity we have had with Dialed In via our ‘Share The Upside’ program, we feel Klimt is a perfect fit to continue that success.”

To earn a lifetime breeding right to Klimt through Darby Dan’s “Share The Upside” program, breeders will be required to do one of two options: either breed 2 mares in 2018, or breed a mare in 2018 and 2019. Both options will require the breeder to have two total live foals on a stands-and-nurses basis. After that is fulfilled, the breeder will earn a lifetime breeding right starting in 2020 that will last throughout Klimt’s stallion career, with zero additional fees associated. Klimt’s one-time stud fee is also $10,000 on a standard stands-and-nurses contract for people who do not wish to participate in the “Share The Upside” program.


Another Listed Win For Frankel’s Goldrush

Fri, 2017-10-27 14:52

Off the mark by three lengths over a mile at Navan on debut Sept. 2, Goldrush captured the Listed Carlingford S. over an extended 10 furlongs here Oct. 13 and was able to cope with this drop back in trip to extend her unbeaten record. Prominent from the outset, the bay gained a narrow advantage two furlongs from home and dug in tenaciously as Aneen closed in out wide. “I didn’t think dropping back to a mile would inconvenience her, as she won over a mile at Navan and showed plenty of pace,” jockey Kevin Manning told Irish “She’s just a filly on the up and I’m very, very pleased with her. She’s a filly for the future. Her mother was the same. She’s going the right way and I think there is plenty more improvement in her. I don’t think we have seen the last of her yet. She stays well and she has pace, but all the good ones have that. Anything we have asked her to do she has done it. I can see her going plenty further than this. I don’t think there is a great deal left for her this year, but we’ll see plenty of her next year.”

The dam Alexander Goldrun was world renowned during her career, winning the G1 Pretty Polly S. twice and the G1 Nassau S., G1 Prix de l’Opera and G1 Hong Kong Cup. She is a half-sister to the sire Medecis (GB) who was runner-up in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains and G1 Prix de la Foret who hails from the family of the dual G1 Ascot Gold Cup hero Royal Rebel (GB) (Robellino) and group 1 winners Getaway (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}), Guiliani (Ire) (Tertullian) and Guignol (Ger) (Cape Cross {Ire}). Alexander Goldrun’s 2-year-old daughter of Shamardal named Une Alliance (Ire) sold at Goffs Orby last year for €600,000, while she also has a colt foal by Muhaarar (GB).

IRISH STALLION FARMS EBF COOLEY FILLIES S.-Listed, €55,000, DUN, 10-27, 3yo/up, f/m, 8f (AWT), 1:37.59, st.
1–GOLDRUSH (IRE), 129, 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). (€1,700,000 Ylg ’15 GOFORB). O-China Horse Club International Ltd; B-Noel O’Callaghan (IRE); T-Jim Bolger; J-Kevin Manning. €32,450. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $79,824.
2–Aneen (Ire), 126, f, 3, Lawman (Fr)–Asheerah (GB), by Shamardal. O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. €10,450.
3–Belle Boyd (GB), 126, f, 3, Oasis Dream (GB)–Portrayal, by Saint Ballado. O-Godolphin; B-Darley (GB); T-W McCreery. €4,950.
Margins: HF, NK, NO. Odds: 2.25, 12.00, 9.00. Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Cupid to Stand at Ashford in 2018

Thu, 2017-10-26 18:41

Cupid (Tapit–Pretty ‘n Smart, by Beau Genius) will stand at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky for 2018, the farm announced Thursday. A $900,000 Keeneland September yearling, the Bob Baffert trainee was a three-time Grade II winner last year at three, and scored a career highlight this term when taking the GI Gold Cup at Santa Anita decisively May 27. He is being pointed to next Friday’s GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. He has earned $1.7 million from a record of 12-6-1-0 to date on behalf of Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith.

“We loved Cupid as a yearling and he has developed into a smashing horse just like you would have hoped,” Coolmore America Manager Dermot Ryan said. “He’s a quality individual with plenty of size and great balance and the pedigree and race record to match. He’s an exciting prospect.”

Out of the graded stakes-placed Pretty ‘n Smart, Cupid is a half-sister to MGSW Heart Ashley (Lion Heart), GSW Ashley’s Kitty (Tale of the Cat) and SW Indianapolis (Medaglia d’Oro). Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier paid a sale-topping $2.7 million for a full-sister to Cupid at this year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

While Cupid’s stud fee will be announced at a later date, Coolmore did announce it’s 2018 Kentucky roster and the majority of its stud fees for next year. Champion Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile), who was retired last week, will command a fee of $35,000. Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile)’s fee will remain private, while Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie)’s fee was lowered slightly to $125,000.

CHRB Imposes Tweaked 2018 Norcal Dates

Thu, 2017-10-26 17:30

For the second consecutive year, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) imposed a slightly different next-year calendar of race dates on the Northern California circuit because the involved stakeholders couldn’t agree on presenting a unified schedule that satisfied all tracks and fairs-racing licensees.

Although the 2018 NorCal schedule that the CHRB voted in by a 4-0 unanimous vote at the Oct. 26 meeting is not radically different from the 2017 version, it does slice a week of racing off the allotment that the California Exposition & State Fair at Sacramento got in 2017.

In addition, the Pleasanton meet at the Alameda County Fairgrounds will get a four-week block of concurrent summer dates (instead of five weeks divided among two separate summer and autumn meets), and Golden Gate Fields (GGF) will gain dates by moving into Pleasanton’s former autumn-meet slot.

Also, the Humboldt County Fair at Ferndale gets a break by not having to race head-to-head with GGF for the first week in its season, another deviance from the ’17 schedule.

“There’s no question that when you’re dealing with a situation where the stakeholders themselves can’t agree, that no matter what the regulators do, there’s going to be some folks who are happy and some folks who aren’t happy and maybe everybody won’t be happy,” said CHRB chairman Chuck Winner. “We did what we thought was in the best interest of racing, for any number of reasons; a whole variety of reasons.”

The framework that was voted on by the full CHRB board at Thursday’s meeting had been adopted unanimously one day ahead of time by the race dates committee, and the compounded months–actually, now years–of frustration were evident among CHRB members.

“You’re like an unruly family. You’re like having 18 kids, and none of you wants to give in to your brother or your sister,” said Commissioner Madeline Auerbach. “Chairman Winner is right: If everybody’s a little unhappy, we probably did a good job. But I don’t think we went to the point of making any really major changes…. We did our best. If you’re not happy we’re sorry. It’s not personal. It’s trying to do what’s best for racing.”

The 2018 NorCal schedule (in blocks of dates, not actual race days) will be as follows:

Golden Gate Fields: Dec. 26-June 12 (24 weeks; no significant change from 2017).

Pleasanton: June 13-July 10 (four weeks concurrent with the actual summer fair, but no additional autumn dates like in ’17 that resulted in five total weeks for Pleasanton).

Sacramento (Cal Expo): July 11-24 (two weeks instead of the three-week allotment in ’17).

Santa Rosa: July 25- Aug. 14 (three weeks as in ’17, but the meet will start one week earlier on the calendar).

Ferndale: Aug. 15-28 (two weeks as in ’17, but the meet starts one week earlier on the calendar, meaning only a single week of head-to-head conflict with GGF instead of two like in ’17).

Golden Gate Fields: Aug. 22-Oct. 2 (six consecutive weeks).

Fresno: Oct. 3-16 (same two-week slot as ’17).

Golden Gate Fields: Oct. 17-Dec. 18 (same nine-week block as ’17).

The most intense last-minute lobbying prior to the vote came from Rick Pickering, the chief executive officer of the California Exposition & State Fair.

“The third week of your California State Fair that you’re suggesting taking a week of racing away from is one of the largest-attended weeks of fair in Northern California,” Pickering said.

Pickering testified that the (eventually cut) late July week of attendance at Sacramento schedule “is bigger than the three weeks of the Santa Rosa fair.” He also said the CHRB would be forfeiting $10 million in handle because the plan doesn’t “add an additional week of racing at Santa Rosa, [it] just [slides] them one week earlier in the calendar.”

In other business, the CHRB unanimously advanced two veterinary-related rules changes to a 45-day public comment period.

Presented in tandem, the two proposed changes stipulate that any horse that receives an intra-articular injection (glucocorticosteroid/cortisone) will be ineligible to race for five days after that treatment. In addition, veterinarians administering this type of treatment must provide a record of it to the trainer, and trainers will be required to maintain those records for one year for the purpose of making them available to CHRB veterinarians who administer pre-race soundness inspections.

One other item that had been in the news this week did not come up for debate at all: Santa Anita Park’s request to have the option to run seven-race weekday programs during the track’s upcoming Dec. 26-June 24 meet will instead be part of the Santa Anita license application that comes up for a vote at the November CHRB meeting.


Keen Ice Out of Breeders’ Cup, Retired to Calumet

Thu, 2017-10-26 16:27

Donegal Racing and Calumet Farm’s $3.4-million earner Keen Ice (Curlin–Medomak, by Awesome Again) will be forced to miss the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic due to a wrenched ankle and will instead retire to Calumet Farm to take up stud duties in 2018. Next Saturday’s Classic was scheduled to be his final career start.

Third in the 2015 GI Belmont S. and second in the GI Haskell Invitational S. behind Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), the $120,000 Keeneland September yearling acquisition played spoiler to the eventual Horse of the Year’s perfect sophomore season when running him down in the GI Travers S. at Saratoga.

Transferred from Dale Romans to Todd Pletcher midway through last season, he was third in the 2016 GI Breeders’ Cup Classic and really came to hand over this past summer. A clear-cut winner of Belmont’s 10-panel GII Suburban S. July 8, the bay was second to leading handicap horse Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}) in the GI Whitney S. Aug. 5, and filled the same slot in the GI Jockey Club Gold Cup Oct. 7. He retires with three wins, four seconds and five thirds from 24 starts, 21 of which were at the graded or group level.

“Donegal Racing has been blessed to campaign a number of Grade I race winners,” said Jerry Crawford, president of Donegal. “But only Keen Ice has pulled off one of the biggest sports upsets of the century when he beat Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah in the 2015 Travers S. at Saratoga.”

Keen Ice’s dam is a half to graded stakes winner and Haskell runner-up Coal Play (Mineshaft), and his third dam is Grade II winner Tara Roma (Lyphard), who in turn produced MGSW Cappuchino (Capote) and GISW Serra Lake (Seattle Slew).

“Thoroughbred racing needs more durable horses with stamina to succeed in the big contests,” Crawford said. “In Keen Ice we had both. We see nothing but positives for his genetic line.”

A stud fee will be announced at a later date.


Lani Retired to Arrow Stud in Japan

Thu, 2017-10-26 13:12

Lani (Tapit–Heavenly Romance {Jpn}, by Sunday Silence), who became a worldwide cult hero for his quirkiness and personality as much as his racetrack ability, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Arrow Stud on the island of Hokkaido for the 2018 breeding season.

Bred and raced by the Maeda family’s North Hills Co. Ltd., Lani won twice from four juvenile appearances, and despite a lacklustre performance in the Listed Hyacinth S., made the trip to Dubai and carried Yutaka Take to a defeat of ‘TDN Rising Star’ Polar River (Congrats) in the G2 UAE Derby (video). Having earned Kentucky Derby points for that victory, Lani shipped to the US to be ninth to Nyquist (Uncle Mo) in the Run for the Roses and fifth to Exaggerator (Curlin) in the GI Preakness S. He turned in his best stateside effort when a staying-on third, after looking dangerous for a stride or two, in the GI Belmont S.

Ninth, but not beaten far in last year’s G1 Champions Cup at Chukyo, Lani failed to be a factor in two starts at the 2017 Dubai International Racing Carnival, including an eighth behind Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) in the G1 Dubai World Cup, and was unplaced in three subsequent stakes appearances in Japan.

Lani is a son of the Maedas’ 2005 Tenno Sho (Autumn)-winning dam Heavenly Romance (Jpn), who dropped her first two foals in Japan, but has since been sent to America either to foal and/or to visit a variety of stallions. The mare’s produce have excelled over Japan’s deep dirt tracks and also include MGSW & MG1SP Awardee (Jungle Pocket {Jpn}) and the multiple stakes-winning mare Amour Briller (Smart Strike). In addition to a pair of fillies by Distorted Humor, now in training in Japan, Heavenly Romance is the dam of a yearling colt by Awesome Again and was covered this year by Tapit. Her Tapit foal of 2017 died.

Lani joins a stallion roster at Arrow Stud dominated by dirt-performed horses, including GSW & GISP Battle Plan (Empire Maker), GI Toyota Blue Grass S. romper Sinister Minister (Old Trieste), South Vigorous (End Sweep) and North Hills’s MG1SW Transcend (Jpn) (Wild Rush).


Ribchester Greenlighted For Breeders’ Cup

Thu, 2017-10-26 09:28

Godolphin’s Ribchester (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}) has been given the go-ahead by trainer Richard Fahey to make his final career start in the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile at Del Mar on Nov. 4.

Ribchester, the winner of three Group 1s over a mile this year and one last year, was beaten a length when second in last weekend’s G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. on British Champions Day, and Fahey said the 4-year-old has bounced out of that soft-going contest.

“He has kept his coat, he looks a picture, and clearly, he wants to go,” Fahey said. “He has done everything but tell me himself that he should be on the plane to California.”

“I’m very happy with him,” the trainer added. “He’s in great order; he’s very tough.”

Ribchester, who retires to Darley’s Kildangan Stud next year, has been off the board just once in 15 starts and will be lining up for a Group/Grade I race for the 11th time.

Candy Ride Rising Star Takes to the Turf

Wed, 2017-10-25 16:45

7th-KEE, $64,669, Alw, 10-25, (NW2L), 2yo, 1mT, 1:39.28, sf.
RERIDE (c, 2, Candy Ride {Arg}–Remit {MSW, $257,556}, by Tapit), making his first start since being named a ‘TDN Rising Star’ on Churchill main-track debut June 8, sat a cozy inside trip, took over in upper stretch and withstood a late challenge from Mr. Recio (Scat Daddy) to run his record to two-for-two Wednesday at Keeneland. Stretching out to a route of ground and trying the grass for the first time, the homebred was able to secure the box seat from gate two and traveled nicely under a long rein from Ricardo Santana Jr. Inside on the turn, Reride was shifted out neatly into the three path in upper stretch and was joined at the eighth pole by turf debut winner Mr. Recio at the furlong grounds, but fought on grimly for a 3/4-length victory at odds of 10-1. Reride is out of two-time stakes winner Remit, herself a full-sister to MGSW & GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile runner-up Tapiture as well as to SW & GSP Retap. Reride’s yearling half-brother by Bodemeister fetched $700,000 from Shadwell at last month’s Keeneland September sale and Remit foaled a Munnings filly earlier this year before being covered once again by Candy Ride. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $68,220. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O/B-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (KY); T-Steven M Asmussen.

Cosmic Burst Gives Violence Two on the Day at Keeneland

Wed, 2017-10-25 13:54

2nd-KEE, $54,275, Msw, 10-25, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:46.00, ft.
COSMIC BURST (f, 2, Violence–Peggy Ring, by Ghostzapper) became the 16th individual first-crop winner for her sire (by Medagalia d’Oro) and second on the Keeneland program with a narrow graduation. Stretching out to two turns off a runner-up effort in a six-furlong Churchill maiden Sept. 21, the bay argued the pace under a snug hold while maintaining a spot at the rail. Given some rein with about three furlongs to travel, the Pennsylvania-bred cut the corner for home under a right-handed stick and found the line in the nick of time to take it by a short neck as the 8-5 favorite. The tough-luck story of the race was first-starter Eskimo Kisses (To Honor and Serve), who walked out of the gate and spotted her rivals some five lengths. She made steady inside progress down the backstretch and rallied smartly in the final furlong, but just missed while covering 16 extra feet (about 1 3/4 lengths) than the winner, according to Trakus. The dam of a colt by Winchill, Peggy Ring was most recently bred to Danza. Sales history: $20,000 Ylg ’16 EASJAN; $25,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $39,480. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Norma Lee Stockseth & Todd Dunn; B-Pewter Stable (PA); T-Donnie K Von Hemel.

Arrogate and Gun Runner Headline 187 Horses Pre-Entered for 2017 Breeders’ Cup

Wed, 2017-10-25 12:44

Led by defending GI Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and the world’s all-time leading money earner ‘TDN Rising Star’ Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song), four-time Grade I winner Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}, defending GI Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Highland Reel (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the incomparable Lady Eli (Divine Park) and unbeaten juvenile Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro), an all-star international cast of 187 of the world’s best Thoroughbreds, including a record 45 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Led by defending GI Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and all-time leading North American money earner ‘TDN Rising Star’ Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song), four-time Grade I winner Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}, defending GI Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Highland Reel (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the incomparable Lady Eli (Divine Park) and unbeaten juvenile Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro), an all-star international cast of 187 of the world’s best Thoroughbreds, including a record 45 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

The 34th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious two-day global event, consisting of 13 Grade I races with purses and awards totaling more than $28 million, will be held for the first time at the Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4. There will be four Breeders’ Cup races on Championship Friday and nine Breeders’ Cup races on Championship Saturday.

The Breeders’ Cup will be televised live by NBC Sports Network and NBC. The $6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic will be broadcast live on Sat., Nov. 4 at 5:35 p.m. PT/8:35 p.m. ET on NBC (8-9 p.m. ET).

Aidan O’Brien has pre-entered 14 horses, the most among trainers, one more than Chad Brown. The Coolmore partnerships led all owners with 14 horses pre-entered.

“I think we have some exceptional horses on this card, but if you want to compete internationally like we are about do in the Breeders’ Cup, you have to have a horse that has international class,” said Brown.

This year’s Breeders’ Cup features nine returning or former champions: Arrogate, Highland Reel, ‘TDN Rising Star’ Drefong (Gio Ponti), ‘TDN Rising Star’ Oscar Performance (Kitten’s Joy), Lady Eli, Champagne Room (Broken Vow), Queen’s Trust (GB) (Dansili {GB}), Finest City (City Zip) and Mongolian Saturday (Any Given Saturday).

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has pre-entered five horses for the Classic, which would be a record for a Breeders’ Cup trainer if all start, breaking the mark of three each for Bill Mott in 2012 and the late Bobby Frankel in 1993.

“I feel fortunate that I have this many nice horses,” said Baffert. “Our barn has always been set up to play at this level and they’re all doing well. I give all the credit to the clientele. Without them, you just can’t make it happen.”

Baffert, who has 14 Breeders’ Cup wins, will be shooting for his fourth consecutive Classic with five horses pre-entered. In addition to Arrogate, who will be rematched with Gun Runner after defeating that rival in the G1 Dubai World Cup in March, Baffert is also poised to saddle dual-Grade I winning 3-year-old West Coast (Flatter), GI Awesome Again S. winner Mubtaahij (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) and GI Pacific Classic hero Collected (City Zip). Cupid (Tapit) has also been entered, but is designated as first preference for the Dirt Mile.


Casse Splurges for Medaglia d’Oro Colt at FTOCT

Wed, 2017-10-25 10:39

Trainer Mark Casse, bidding out back, secured a colt by Medaglia d’Oro for $700,000 early in Wednesday’s third session of the Fasig-Tipton October sale. Casse purchased the youngster on behalf of a partnership. Consigned by Baccari Bloodstock, the yearling is out of Broadway Gold (Seeking the Gold) and is a half to graded stakes winner Broadway’s Alibi (Vindication) and a full to graded stakes winner Golden Lad. SF Bloodstock purchased Broadway Gold, with this foal in utero, for $950,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. He RNA’d for $475,000 at last month’s Keeneland September sale.

Intello Colt Prevails On Saint-Cloud Debut

Wed, 2017-10-25 10:22

3rd-SCD, €27,000, Debutantes, 10-25, 2yo, c/g, 8fT, 1:48.20, sf.
INTELLOGENT (IRE) (c, 2, Intello {Ger}–Nuit Polaire {Ire}, by Kheleyf), a €320,000 ARAUG yearling, laid handy throughout the early stages in third and was left in front at the top of the straight. Passed by the smooth-travelling Mind Mapping (Medaglia d’Oro) with 300 metres remaining, the 16-5 second favourite stayed on strongly to reel in that rival in the final strides and prevail by a head as they pulled 12 lengths clear of the remainder. The dam, who has already produced the listed-placed Lightupthenight (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}), also has a yearling colt by Excelebration (Ire) and a filly foal by Gleneagles (Ire). The winner is related to Sunday’s G3 Baden-Wurttemberg-Trophy scorer Navaro Girl (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) as they share the same second dam Night Teeny (GB) (Platini {Ger}). A significant presence in her native Germany, she produced three black-type performers, with the most distinguished being the G2 Oaks d’Italia heroine Night of Magic (Ire), who in turn produced the dual G1 Preis von Europa heroine Nightflower (Ire) (Dylan Thomas {Ire}). Her G3 Fahrhofer Stutenpreis runner-up Neele (Ire) (Peintre Celebre) earned the title of broodmare of the year there in 2015 courtesy of the G1 Deutsches Derby hero Nutan (Ire) (Duke of Marmalade {Ire}) and she was also responsible for the G1 Grosser Preis von Berlin heroine Nymphea (Ire) (Dylan Thomas {Ire}) and as well as the aforementioned Navaro Girl. The third dam Nightrockette (Ger) (Rocket {GB}) produced the G2 Preis der Diana winner Night Petticoat (Ger) (Petoski {GB}), who threw a pair of Classic winners in her own mold in the G1 Deutsches Derby hero Next Desert (Ire) (Desert Style {Ire}) and the G1 Preis der Diana heroine Next Gina (Ger) (Perugino). Her dual listed-winning daughter Nina Celebre (Ire) (Peintre Celebre) is also the dam of Ninas Shadow (Ger) (Shamardal) who was runner-up in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup and Hong Kong Derby. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, €13,500. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Fiona Jean Carmichael; B-Ecurie des Monceaux (IRE); T-Fabrice Chappet.