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Turf Paradise ‘Not Going Out of Business’ Over Stronach Simo Signal Dispute

Mon, 2020-01-27 15:38

Three days into a state-mandated simulcast standoff that has resulted in Arizona horseplayers being unable to wager on signals distributed by a subsidiary of The Stronach Group (TSG), management at Turf Paradise issued a press release to try and quell rumors that the track would be closing because of its inability to accept wagers on popular winter tracks.

“Turf Paradise is not going out of business. The Phoenix-based track…is not closing its doors,” stated the first line of an update posted on the track’s website signed by Turf Paradise general manager Vincent Francia.

“We wish to dispel any concerns you might have or rumors you may have heard, because effective Saturday, Jan. 25, Turf Paradise was ordered to stop offering simulcast wagering on Santa Anita, Gulfstream Park, Golden Gate, etc…” Francia wrote.

At issue is a long-simmering dispute between TSG’s Monarch Content Management, LLC, and the Arizona Department of Gaming over whether a relatively new state law or the federal Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 should take precedence. Monarch has initiated a federal lawsuit over the dispute.

The Turf Paradise press release explained the issue from the track’s perspective:

“At a Racing Commission meeting on Friday, Jan. 24, a motion was made and passed by three of the Arizona Racing Commissioners that the law (HB 2547) would have to be followed by the three race tracks in the state, Turf Paradise, Arizona Downs and Rillito Park. What HB 2547 basically says is that, all simulcast providers sending their races into Arizona have to offer their race products to all tracks and all their Off Track Betting parlors (OTB) equally. In other words, what is offered to one must be offered to all. The constitutionality of HB 2547 is being litigated in the courts right now.

“The Monarch Corporation, owned by [TSG], provides race signals to the three Arizona race tracks. Signals like Santa Anita, Gulfstream Park, Laurel Park, Tampa Bay, to name a few. Monarch also sends its race signals to Turf Paradise’s 60 OTB locations. However, Monarch and Arizona Downs are currently in a contract dispute and Monarch does not send its race products to the one Arizona Downs OTB that is still in operation. Monarch has its own reasons for this decision. Among those reasons is that having competing OTB networks in the same state only results in both of them failing.

“Thus the Racing Commission ruled that Monarch was in violation of HB 2547, despite the fact that the constitutionality is currently being litigated in the courts, and that Turf Paradise and the other two race tracks had to cease immediately accepting wagers on race tracks from Monarch. Turf Paradise is doing everything it can as fast as it can to help get this matter corrected.”

A notice posted on the Arizona Department of Gaming website stated that “The Commission’s decision only affects the Monarch simulcast signal. All other approved simulcast signals and associated wagering in Arizona remain unaffected and will continue uninterrupted. The Commission’s action to disapprove the Monarch signal remains in effect until the Commission receives, reviews and approves simulcast agreements in accordance with Arizona’s new law.”

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Boland Tries the Consigning Game

Mon, 2020-01-27 14:50

As the daughter of a Hall of Fame jockey, Sherri Boland has been involved in just about every facet of the racing game, but the Ocala horsewoman will be offering her first-ever consignment during the the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Winter Mixed Sale Tuesday.

“I’ve been in the business my whole life,” Boland said. “I’ve trained, broke babies. And I thought, you know what, I’ve done every other aspect of this business, why not me? Why can’t I do this?”

Boland is consigning under the banner Middleground, named after the horse her father, Bill Boland, rode to victory in the 1950 Kentucky Derby. It’s a fitting tribute to the man who introduced her to the racing industry, even if he originally wanted to keep her out of one part of the game.

“I have been around horses from birth,” she said. “I trained and I galloped. I never rode races. Back in the day, when he was president of the Jockeys’ Guild, my father voted women not to be able to ride races. Years later, he explained to me that with the chivalry in those days–men opened the car door for women–he didn’t think he could ride competitively against a woman. Today he feels very different. Thank goodness.”

Boland currently trains a racing stable of 10 older runners and has a limited broodmare band at her Caledonia Farm in Ocala.

Through her Middleground consignment, Boland will offer six mares at OBS. Four of the mares sell in foal to Bucchero and all sell with a 2020 no-guarantee season to the graded-stakes winning son of Kantharos.

“I’m very happy with them,” Boland said of the group. “I think they are great mares for the Florida market. It’s a tough market down here because breeding has kind of taken a backseat to the 2-year-olds in training sales. But I think they are well-bred and I think it’s a good starting point to get my feet in.”

The consignment includes Quick and Golden (Medaglia d’Oro) (hip 41), whose second dam is Grade I winner Pearl City (Carson City); Madama Butterfly (Grand Slam) (hip 42), dam of multiple stakes placed Copa del Rey (With Distinction); and Fine Silver (Bluegrass Cat) (hip 87), a half-sister to multiple graded stakes placed Swingforthefences (Boston Harbor).

Boland is hoping this is just the first of many consignments.

“I’ve got a great team working with me and I’ve got a lot of support,” she said. “So yes, I would like to do this more. Preferably more client-based, I think. I’ll probably keep a couple of yearlings and consign them myself, but I would prefer to be mostly client-based.

She continued, “My goal would be to go to Kentucky. That’s the creme of the crop, that’s where I would like to set my standards. But I’m quite happy here. The reception has been wonderful, they’ve been very accomodating to me. So it’s kind of a ride. We’ll see where this ride takes us.”

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Omaha Beach to Arrive at Spendthrift Monday

Sun, 2020-01-26 17:19

Multiple Grade I winner Omaha Beach (War Front–Charming, by Seeking the Gold), forced to miss his expected career finale in Saturday’s GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational, is scheduled to arrive at Spendthrift Farm late Monday to begin his stud career. The 4-year-old will briefly be available for viewing at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

“Omaha Beach is doing very well and we look forward to his arrival at the farm on Monday. This is a special horse with true breed-shaping potential, and we are hopeful his impact will carry on as an important sire for decades to come,” said Ned Toffey, General Manager at Spendthrift. “The response we’ve had from the breeding community has been overwhelming and very positive. We plan to show Omaha Beach at the farm for a brief period at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Then, we want to allow him to settle into his new surroundings and new lifestyle as we prepare for the upcoming breeding season.”

Campaigned by Fox Hill Farms and trained by Richard Mandella, Omaha Beach won last year’s GI Arkansas Derby, GI Santa Anita Sprint Championship S., and GI Malibu S. He will stand his first season in 2020 for a fee of $45,000 S&N.

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Milestone Win for Carrasco

Sun, 2020-01-26 16:41

Victor Carrasco recorded the 1,000 victory of his career when he guided Justin Front (Justin Phillip) to a 1 1/4-length score Sunday at Laurel.

“It’s a great feeling,” Carrasco said of the milestone. “After dealing with so many injuries and having some health issues and everything, it feels amazing.”

Carrasco won the Eclipse Award as the nation’s leading apprentice rider in 2013. The 27-year-old, a native of Guyama, Puerto Rico, graduated from the famed Escuela Vocacional Hipica jockey school and won 11 races in his home country before coming to the United States in March 2013. During his rookie season, Carrasco led all bug riders with 215 wins and $4.35 million in purse earnings.

Carrasco was joined in the winner’s circle after the race by members of both his family and Maryland’s jockey colony.

“I was blessed to have the support of my family, especially my mother and my girl Brooke who worked with me every day,” Carrasco said. “To be honest, I thought that I wasn’t going to make it back to ride. After months of going to doctor appointments and all of that, things were the same. I never thought that I would be able to come back and be back in the winner’s circle.”

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Hooked on Racing: Marshall Gramm

Sun, 2020-01-26 16:15

Tired of all the bad news? So were we. So, in our new series, we focus on the positive, asking people from non-horse racing families two questions: how they get hooked, and how they’ll hook someone else on horse racing this year.

What was the experience that made you fall in love with horse racing?

My way to horse racing was fairly unconventional. I grew up Washington DC in the pre-cable television era. Cable didn’t come to DC until the late 1980s, so my access to sports was fairly limited. We only got a handful of stations at my house, and so I read the newspaper. In the Washington Post they listed entries for the harness parks and Thoroughbred tracks in Maryland, and Andy Beyer would write a weekly column on the big races for that week.

I was a kid who was into numbers, and most kids that are into numbers often get into baseball. But I found the numbers for horse racing to be fascinating and so I wanted to learn all about it. I bought Andy Beyer’s books and any other books I could find on racing. When the Kentucky Derby would come around, I would follow it and I started to watch the races once they came on cable.

None of my family had any background or interest in racing. They thought it was a bizarre hobby and that over time it would disappear.

Once I got my driver’s license, my brother and I drove to Baltimore to go to Pimlico. I remember we bet a horse named Quail Ridge Swaps. I think we bet him to show, but I remember that he ran well enough for us to make a little bit of money for the day.

Would you commit to creating one new fan this year and, if so, what would be the experience you use to introduce them to the sport?

If I were to bring a potential new fan into racing, I would want to introduce them to rudimentary handicapping. Once you show them all the information that there is, if they get the bug, they will want to find out more on their own. I would definitely take them to the track, go through the Form with them, and teach them some basic handicapping angles.

If there’s one area we need to be concerned about in our sport, it’s the fact that purses have grown, but wagering handle is falling substantially over the past decade. Even more alarming, purses represent about 10.6% of handle, which is not sustainable without actual fans. We need to do more to grow our betting population. We need to figure out how to turn small bettors into bigger betters, and non-betters into horseplayers.

I teach at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee as an economist. Last spring, I taught a class called the Economics of Race Track Wagering Markets. I had 40 students in the class. These college students are interested in gambling, and I think it’s because it has become more socially acceptable. They want something that isn’t lottery or slot pullers, but something that is intellectually challenging. So I think we need to do everything we can to make our game more appealing to this type of audience.

 

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Op/Ed: Time to Double Down

Sun, 2020-01-26 15:02

Anne Sabatino Hardy is Executive Director of Visit Horse Country

I didn’t grow up around horses, but I did grow up with a gambler. My dad liked Craps and Blackjack mostly, and played well. According to family legend, during a high school spring break trip to Las Vegas, one successful late-night Craps game was punctuated by “Annie needs a new prom dress!” I can’t verify the story (my parents had standards, after all–I was relegated to the room), but indeed my first prom dress was secured during a visit to Caesar’s Palace before heading home.

He always told me he preferred those games because of the odds–there was strategy behind the gut feeling, the risk teetering just a bit heavier on the side of benefit than loss.

On some hands, the opportunity comes to double down. A set of circumstances emerge that lend themselves to an increased chance of success, and the success itself stands to be multiplied–if you recognize it, and if you’re ready to put a bit more skin in the game.

For Visit Horse Country, that time is now.

The organization celebrated a quiet birthday in November of 2019: five years of operation. Along with that milestone, by the end of 2019, we counted more than 120,000 guests through Horse Country member locations, of which there are now 40. The vast majority of those regularly offer opportunities to experience the very heart our sport intimately, organically, and most importantly, transparently.

The members of Horse Country have thrown wide their gates to showcase the entire life cycle of the horse–Disney said, “from foaling barn to finish line,” we added “and beyond.” In addition to studs, nurseries, training and tracks, clinics and feed, three TAA-accredited aftercare organizations also tell their part of the story to our guests from all over the world.

If there ever was a winning of hearts and minds, it is during these experiences. We have the data that show it. And it’s not just fan development, it’s so much bigger–it’s overcoming obstacles and developing advocates just by allowing people in to see, touch, hear, and fall in love. Recent feedback from a guest embodies everything we all hope to accomplish right now: “Seeing this behind-the-scenes operation will make watching racing more enjoyable for me.”

We enter 2020 in a unique place of opportunity. With a bit of experience under our belts, we’ve learned some lessons: we’re working to boost utilization rates on tours, we’ve tweaked our marketing strategy and spend a dozen different ways. We’ve built and rebuilt our web site front and back end. There’s still work to do, but halfway through our fiscal year, sales are 40% ahead of the same time last year.

Inspired by successful industry days hosted by Buffalo Trace Distillery, we’ll host the first Horse Country Hospitality Days presented by Keeneland (also a member), where we’ll invite frontline hospitality & attraction staff to experience our hospitality and build awareness. Our annual community outreach program, Meet the Neighbors, will grow significantly.

We have the most consistent, varied experiences we’ve ever had available–Horse Country does many things, but we don’t give tours, so we are only as strong as our member engagement. Thankfully our members have led the charge–they’ve invested in hiring staff, making capital improvements and purchasing shuttles, and even reinvesting in Horse Country to allow us to pursue more ambitious marketing, more engaging user experiences. They’ve embraced the wisdom of our supporters and counselors at VisitLEX, and the tour guest as a customer, worth time, effort and consideration.

We all lose a bet now and then, but my gut and raising says this is the right time to double down.

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The Creek is Rising: From Humble Beginnings to Stallion Makers

Sun, 2020-01-26 14:49

You’ve heard the name: Twin Creeks. But what you might not know is the racing stable and farm has been involved in some monumental deals in the past decade. Add in their current involvement in one of the hottest freshman sires on the planet and one of his Derby-bound sons, and you’re likely to hear a whole lot more about Steve Davison and Randy Gullatt’s Twin Creeks in the future.

Originally established in 1992, Twin Creeks Farm was founded by the two old school friends from Louisiana. Davison and Gullatt spent nearly a decade racing in their home state and then in Northern California prior to their notable success both on the track and in the sales ring.

While Davison earned a law degree, Gullatt went straight to the track from high school: galloping horses, grooming, hotwalking, learning. He decided to try his hand at training and asked his friend’s dad if he might help with some modest funding.

That first bankroll enabled the friends to claim a horse down in Louisiana. It won a couple of races, got claimed from them, and they reinvested. The next one won a few better races. There were ups and downs, but they managed to keep going.

“I didn’t know where my expectations were then,” says Gullatt. “I was just a competitive person, so I just wanted to be successful and win.”

They grew their small barn, then Gullatt moved his family west. They came up with La Paz (Hold Your Peace), an Arizona-bred who won a couple of minor stakes. Gullatt’s children were growing up though and the two friends came up with a plan to build a farm in Kentucky, to focus on breeding horses instead of racing them in order to provide a more stable life for Gullatt’s family.

“Coming from Louisiana we really hadn’t been exposed to the top level of business. Only when we started becoming bigger and more successful did we realize what could be accomplished, and that took years.”

La Paz came good as a broodmare, throwing Forest Camp (Deputy Minister) who won the GII Del Mar Futurity in 1999. Striking while the iron was hot, the friends sold her for $1.6 million at the next year’s Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Fast forward eight years from that sale, and the two friends found they weren’t finished with La Paz yet. In 2008 she had an Unbridled’s Song colt entered in the Keeneland September sale. Gullatt and Davison had recently decided they wanted to race again. Gullatt loved the colt, whom they bought for $200,000 and named Mission Impazible.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Mission Impazible won first time out at Keeneland the following spring. He ended up taking the GII Louisiana Derby and became the first of three GI Kentucky Derby runners they have been involved with thus far. He also became the first stallion prospect they made.

The friends then found Graydar, another Unbridled’s Song, in 2011 for $260,000 as a Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old. Also trained by Pletcher, he came into his own as a 4-year-old, winning the GI Donn H., the GII New Orleans H., and the GII Kelso H. Now they had a second stallion prospect.

Destin (Giant’s Causeway), a $400,000 Keeneland September purchase in 2014, was another who took them to the Kentucky Derby and did one better to miss by just a nose in the GI Belmont S. Twin Creeks was staking more for their yearlings as Davison’s business interests prospered, but they only buy a handful each year so the results were still impressive.

“We have had our share of disappointments,” said Gullatt. They lost a horse called Montauk (Medaglia d’Oro), whom Gullatt thought may have been the best of them all. Bought with partners for $850,000 at OBS April in 2017, he only raced once, winning by 11 1/4 lengths that autumn at Belmont, then he broke his shoulder one morning in training and was gone.

“He was a very special talent,” said Gullatt. “I don’t think I’ll ever get over him.”

They had other setbacks, including late scratches when fancied from the Kentucky Derby and the G1 Dubai World Cup, as well as from Breeders’ Cup races. There are always more tough days than good in horse racing, but Gullatt said he has always had a competitive streak which keeps driving him on, pushing him forward.

“I think one of the biggest lessons I have learned from training and raising horses is when to be patient and when to be aggressive.”

Twin Creeks bought into Catholic Boy (More Than Ready), who went on to victory in the GI Runhappy Travers S. It marked another share in another stallion for the 20-odd mares they had now accumulated back at Twin Creeks.

But perhaps Gullatt and Davison’s biggest score has been with a son of Tapit, bought at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale in 2012 for $400,000 in partnership with WinStar Farm. Gullatt had known WinStar’s CEO Elliott Walden for years. The colt they named Constitution had caught both their eyes.

Before Constitution even ran, Gullatt was so taken with the colt he went out and found his dam, Baffled (Distorted Humor), and purchased her privately. In 2016, Baffled was resold for $3.5 million at Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky November sale.

“Constitution was showing elite talent,” said Gullatt. “We thought it was a huge opportunity, and luckily we were right.”

Constitution went on to win the GI Florida Derby and the GI Donn H. Another good racehorse, another stallion for the friends. Standing initially for $15,000 at WinStar, he became a standout freshman sire of 2019 and saw his fee upped to $40,000 for this year. Tiz the Law, a Grade I winner from that first crop, was bred and then sold by Twin Creeks. And then there’s Constitution’s Independence Hall, the undefeated GIII Nashua S. winner who added the Jerome S. at Aqueduct on New Year’s Day–Twin Creeks bought into him too. They are on the Derby trail again, with one of the ante-post favorites, a trail Gullatt says is a conscious target for them now.

Around the farm the paddocks are neatly fenced, an equine swimming pool has been built, woods were cleared for the barn, and a home was built up on the hill. Gullatt’s wife, Kim, a former jockey, has taken in some of their retired racehorses for retraining and showing.

This past fall she won a Liberty class with Mission Impazible’s first winner, Silver Mission, and is preparing another Twin Creeks retiree for the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover.

“It comes from that respect for the racehorse, getting to raise them,” said Gullatt. “You form an attachment, you feel you owe it to them. We had the facility and the capability, and we really enjoy doing it. My wife is the leader in that department.”

Gullatt said trust is the principle reason for his sustained success with Davison.

“Steve and I have an extremely strong trust for each other. We respect each other and we are always looking out for each other and we have always been on the same page as far as growth. That early childhood friendship has helped. But really it comes down to that word, trust.”

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Mucho Gusto Too Tough in Pegasus World Cup

Sat, 2020-01-25 18:15

Off as the 17-5 second favorite in Saturday’s $3-million GI Pegasus World Cup, MUCHO GUSTO (c, 4, Mucho Macho Man–Itsagiantcauseway, by Giant’s Causeway) took command turning for home and cruised in to score by about four lengths. One of the first into stride from gate 10, the chestnut led the Pegasus field into the first turn chased by Bodexpress (Bodemeister), but Mr. Freeze (To Honor and Serve) was allowed to roll forward to take up the running after racing four deep on the bend and that allowed Mucho Gusto to fall into the box seat. Stalking that leading duo into the second turn, the $625,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic juvenile purchase was tipped out into the three path with dead aim on the front two, wrested command with a minimum of fuss and skipped home a very easy winner. Mr. Freeze held for second ahead of War Story (Northern Afleet), who picked up the pieces for third. Out of a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year Peaks and Valleys (Mt. Livermore) and to Alternate (Seattle Slew)-the dam of Pegasus favorite Higher Power (Medaglia d’Oro)-Mucho Gusto was also a $14,000 Keeneland January and $95,000 Keeneland September purchase. He RNAd for $55,000 before lighting up the Timonium tote in May 2018. Mucho Gusto was having his first run for HRH Prince Faisal bin Khaled after racing in the colors of Michael Lund Petersen in his 10 previous starts to date. It was the second Pegasus win for trainer Bob Baffert, who sent out Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) to take the inaugural running in 2017. Lifetime Record: 11-6-2-2. O-HRH Prince Faisal Bin Khaled; B-Teneri Farm Inc & Bernardo Alvarez Calderon (KY); T-Bob Baffert.

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Brushwood Stable’s Betty Moran Passes Away

Sat, 2020-01-25 17:46

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Ranney Moran, who raced the likes of 1985 GI Belmont S. winner Creme Fraiche (Rich Cream) and bred the likes of champion Unique Bella and Hard Spun, passed away peacefully at her home in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Thursday, Jan. 23. She was 89 years old.

“She was probably the most generous person I’ve ever met, not to just write a check, but ring a bell for the Salvation Army in downtown Philly. She was a tough, enthusiastic, hard-driving woman and we will all miss her very much,” said Eaton Sales’s Reiley McDonald, who advised Moran for over 30 years.

Born Aug. 7, 1930 in Bryn Mawr, PA, Moran lost her mother Frances at a young age and she and her father moved to Brushwood Farm, then a dairy farm in Willistown Township. She loved farm life and spending time with animals of all kinds, her obituary indicated.

Moran’s love affair with horses took her to events at the Radnor Hunt Club and weekend horse shows with children in tow and she later served as Radnor’s chair or co-chair for better than 30 years. Her first stakes winner as a horse owner came in 1978 when Tib’s Eve took the 1978 Tom Roby Steeplechase at Delaware Park. Tib’s Eve was trained by Morris Dixon, who also conditioned 1945 GI Preakness S. winner Polynesian. She also won the 1989 National Hunt Cup at Radnor with Tostadero and in 2000, her 10-1 chance Papillon landed the Grand National at Aintree. Papillon was ridden by Ruby Walsh, who was making his first appearance in the legendary race.

On the flat, Brushwood came to national prominence in the 1980s, as Morning Bob (Blushing Groom {Fr}) gave the outfit its biggest victory to date in the 1984 GIII Pennsylvania Derby. In the 1985 Belmont, Creme Fraiche squared off with stablemate Stephan’s Odyssey (Danzig) and got the better of that rival by a half-length, giving Hall of Fame trainer Woody Stephens the fourth of his five consecutive wins in the final leg of the Triple Crown. Creme Fraiche was purchased for $160,000 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July in 1983.

“It was her first trip to Fasig-Tipton,” explained McDonald. “Her sons had spotted this horse they decided they wanted, but when they stopped bidding, she jumped in. That horse became Creme Fraiche.”

Moran also campaigned 2004 GI Arlington Million hero Kicken Kris (Kris S.) with Michael Matz and GI Juddmonte Spinster S. victress Mushka (Empire Maker) with Bill Mott.

“She loved watching them train,” McDonald said. “She befriended Woody Stephens, she would be out at the barn at quarter to six in the morning to soak up what was happening at the racetrack and that’s were her love of the flat came from.”

Moran also tasted much success as a breeder, buyer and seller of horses at U.S. auction houses. The Brushwood-bred Russian Rhythm (Kingmambo) was trained by Sir Michael Stoute for Cheveley Park Stud to win the 2003 G1 Sagitta 1000 Guineas and G1 Coronation S., while Hard Spun (Danzig) was originally a $485,000 Keeneland September buyback before selling privately to Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm. The GI King’s Bishop S. winner and GI Kentucky Derby and GI Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up is now a leading sire at Darley. In 2011, Moran acquired 2010 GI Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic winner Unrivaled Belle (Unbridled’s Song) for $2.8 million at Keeneland November. A few weeks before the latter’s daughter Unique Bella (Tapit)–a horse Moran sold for $400,000 at Keeneland September in 2015–became a ‘TDN Rising Star’, she was sold for a sales-topping $3.8 million back in foal to Tapit at KEENOV in 2016.

“Mrs. Moran was first and foremost a real lover of the horse and she was also an incredible sportswoman,” McDonald added. “People would ask me, ‘Why is Betty selling this or that horse?’, and the reality of it was that she liked the gas of the horse sales.

He added, “She had one theory: to only be involved with the best horses and best bloodlines. That’s what she required from me. All the mares we bought were at the top end of the market, it was all about the females.”

Moran was passionate about things that moved her, and she was committed to supporting her community in a way that made a direct impact on people and how they lived, particularly in Chester County. She was a longtime supporter of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square.

Thorncroft, Home of The Sparrow, Chester County Boy Scouts, The Barn at Spring Brook Farm, Community Volunteers in Medicine, The Chester County Food Bank and many other remarkable organizations were beneficiaries of her time and her contributions.

She is survived by her five children: Michael Moran (Anne), Frances Abbott (Franny), Elizabeth Legnini (Bob), Ranney Moran (Terri) and Caroline Moran. “Chummy” will be missed by her 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her life-celebration service on at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Saint David’s Episcopal Church, 763 South Valley Forge Road, Wayne, Pa. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in her name to Community Volunteers in Medicine (www.cvim.org) 300 Lawrence Dr, Ste B, West Chester, Pa. 19380 or to the Chester County Food Bank (chestercountyfoodbank.org) 650 Pennsylvania Drive, Exton, Pa. 19341.

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Zulu Alpha Skims Rail En Route To Pegasus Turf Upset

Sat, 2020-01-25 17:30

Sent off at odds of 11-1 making his first appearance since a running-on and wide sixth in the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf, ZULU ALPHA (g, 7, Street Cry {Ire}-Zori, by A.P. Indy) enjoyed a cozy inside passage from gate one beneath Tyler Gaffalione and snuck through underneath Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) at the eighth pole en route to victory in Saturday’s GI Pegasus World Cup Turf S. at Gulfstream Park. Drawn 12, Magic Wand was given a positive ride from Ryan Moore, but with nothing else showing any sort of early speed to the inside of him, he elected to send the globetrotter into the lead and allow her to make her own luck. Meanwhile, Gaffalione had Zulu Alpha settled three or four back on the fence in midfield and would wait until push came to shove to go for his mount. Magic Wand swatted off outside challenges from Henley’s Joy (Kitten’s Joy) and Next Shares (Archarcharch) and cut the corner into the stretch while trying to break clear. But Magic Wand went an internal quarter-mile from the three-quarters to the mile in a taxing :22.88 and that ultimately may have proved her undoing. When Moore vacated the rail passing midstretch, Gaffalione seized upon the opportunity and Zulu Alpha shot through to win. Instilled Regard (Arch) also sat a great trip just behind the speed, but could not seal the deal and settled for third. His stablemate, the somewhat surprisingly favored Without Parole (GB) (Frankel {GB}) was also prominent, but may have found the 9 1/2-furlong trip a task too tall and finished well back in the field. Zulu Alpha is the 23rd G1/GISW for the late Street Cry and the 26th top-level winner out of a daughter of A.P. Indy. Lifetime Record: 31-10-4-5. O-Michael M Hui; B-Calumet Farm (KY); T-Mike Maker.

PEGASUS WORLD CUP TURF INVITATIONAL S. PRESENTED BY RUNHAPPY-GI, $980,000, Gulfstream, 1-25, 4yo/up, 1 3/16mT, 1:51.60, fm.
1–ZULU ALPHA, 124, g, 7, by Street Cry (Ire)
1st Dam: Zori, by A.P. Indy
2nd Dam: Winglet, by Alydar
3rd Dam: Highest Trump, by Bold Bidder
1ST GRADE I WIN. O-Michael M. Hui; B-Calumet Farm (KY);
T-Michael J. Maker; J-Tyler Gaffalione. $600,000. Lifetime
Record: 31-10-4-5, $1,971,674. *1/2 to Bank the Eight
(Distorted Humor), SW, $210,250. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click
for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Magic Wand (Ire), 119, m, 5, Galileo (Ire)–Prudenzia (Ire), by
Dansili (GB). (€1,400,000 Ylg ’16 ARAUG). O-Tabor, Michael B.,
Magnier, Mrs. John, and Smith, Derrick; B-Ecurie Des
Monceaux & Skymarc Farm Inc (IRE); T-Aidan P. O’Brien.
$200,000.
3–Instilled Regard, 124, h, 5, Arch–Enhancing, by Forestry.
($110,000 RNA Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $1,050,000 2yo ’17 OBSMAR).
O-OXO Equine LLC; B-KatieRich Farms (KY); T-Chad C. Brown.
$100,000.
Margins: 2, NK, 3. Odds: 11.80, 3.70, 10.10.
Also Ran: Sacred Life (Fr), Arklow, Sadler’s Joy, Henley’s Joy, Admission Office, Mo Forza, Channel Cat, Without Parole (GB), Next Shares. Scratched: Tusk. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Honor Code Firster Runs to the Money at Gulfstream

Sat, 2020-01-25 13:18

4th-Gulfstream, $43,000, Msw, 1-25, 3yo, 7f, 1:24.13, ft.

MARKET ANALYSIS (c, 3, Honor Code–Interest Free {MSP, $195,682}, by Exchange Rate), favored at 6-5 in this career bow, broke alertly from post 10 and moved up to stalk from third through a :22.44 first quarter. Creeping up closer to the pacsetter as the half went in :45.53, the gray took control at the top of the lane and held off a strong late rally from Attachment Rate (Hard Spun) to win by 3/4 of a length. The winner is the first foal out of Interest Free, who has since produced a juvenile filly by Union Rags and a yearling filly by Candy Ride (Arg). She was bred back to City of Light. Sales history: $250,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $25,800. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-China Horse Club and WinStar Farm LLC; B-W. S. Farish (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher.

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Ashton Moynihan Passes Away

Sat, 2020-01-25 10:23

Ashton Moynihan, the funding director of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, passed away Friday afternoon after a long battle with cancer.

Moynihan grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she graduated from Sweet Briar College. Her father, Harrison “Chief” Nesbit was a football player and then coach at the University of Virginia.

Her first job was selling advertising for an equine publication. Her love of horses led her to New York, where she worked for a Thoroughbred racing partnership, and finally to Lexington, Kentucky.

Moynihan worked at Fasig-Tipton for more than 15 years, running their Stallion Access seasons and shares, and scheduling yearling inspections. After taking several years off to raise two daughters, she joined the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

“Everybody who ever met Ashton thought she was one of the kindest, sweetest people that they’ve met,” said Darby Dan’s John Phillips, the president of the TAA. “Everybody adored her. She was thorough, professional, and utterly kind. Everyone loved her, and will deeply miss her.”

Said Fasig-Tipton’s Boyd Browning, “She was an extraordinary person who was loved by everyone who came in contact with her. She was passionate about Thoroughbred horses, passionate about Thoroughbred aftercare, and passionate about her family. She was a wonderful employee when she worked at Fasig-Tipton, charged with dealing with some of the biggest names in the industry, and her character was revealed when she decided it was more important to raise her family.”

Moynihan is survived by her two daughters, Madison and Emory.

“Some of Madi and my fondest childhood memories consist of running around the Fasig office with her colleagues who came to be her best friends and family, and they will remain that way always to us,” said Emory and Madison in a statement. “She raised Madi and I alongside her best friends, Bill and Kelley Farish. She loved their kids, all eight of them as her own. Mom’s dedication and love can been seen through her work with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance where she was Director of Funding. She was loved by so many, especially Bill Graves, whom we know she is now reunited with which brings us both great happiness. We know this world won’t be the same without her smile, but we now all have the most special angel looking out for us.”

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, January 27, at the Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 463 East Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at 3 p.m..

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to the TAA, and her friends have organized a Go Fund me page to do so which may be accessed by clicking here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-ashton-moynihan

 

 

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First Foal For Long On Value

Fri, 2020-01-24 18:34

Long On Value (Value Plus–Long Message, by Orientate) was represented by his first foal Jan. 22, a colt born at Hidden Oaks Farm in Ocala. Owned by Just For Fun Stables, the foal is out of Valid Meadow (Meadowlake). Grade I winner Long On Value stands at Pleasant Acre Stallions.

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The Stronach Group Launches New Consumer Facing Brand

Fri, 2020-01-24 18:07

Edited Press Release

The Stronach Group introduced a new consumer facing brand: 1/ST (pronounced “First”). 1/ST represents the company’s continued movement toward redefining Thoroughbred racing and the ecosystem that drives it. It is the engine that advocates for and drives the 1/ST Horse Care mission while powering the company’s forward-thinking 1/ST Racing, 1/ST Technology, 1/ST Live and 1/ST Properties businesses.

This weekend, the company’s Pegasus World Cup Series will introduce the 1/ST brand with medication-free racing at the highest level. 1/ST Horse Care is donating 2% of the total

$4-million purse to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to support racehorses beyond the track. 1/ST BET will offer an mobile venue and online wagering experience. 1/ST Live will look to deliver an entertainment experience featuring A-list performances, food and beverage and parties.

“I am both proud and energized to be launching this new brand,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President, 1/ST. “1/ST will stand for the transformation of this great legacy sports platform.  It will build on our company’s industry leading work and will continue to be a driving force for meaningful change, setting a new standard of safety and care in Thoroughbred racing while delivering an exceptional experience for our fans and guests at our racetracks and online. We have a bold vision to drive growth and a renewed commitment to this incredible sport of Thoroughbred horse racing.  And we are realists.  There is a lot of work to do and we recognize that 1/ST is earned by each and every one of us, every day.”

Click here to visit the 1/ST website.

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Ice Box Moves to Cabin Creek

Fri, 2020-01-24 17:59

GI Florida Derby winner Ice Box (Pulpit–Spice Island, by Tabasco Cat) has been relocated to Cabin Creek Farm in Bernville, PA for the 2020 season, where he will stand for $3,500. He previously stood at Millenium Farms in Kentucky.

“We are excite to bring a Grade I winning son of Pulpit into Pennsylvania” said Cabin Creek manager Maria Vorhauer. “We are honored that Dream Walkin’ Farms [Toby Keith], along with Baccari Bloodstock, Bob LaPenta, and the other syndicate partners decided to bring Ice Box to the Pennsylvania breeders and Cabin Creek Farm.”

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Street Boss Colt ‘Golden’ in Smarty Jones S.

Fri, 2020-01-24 17:24

Gold Street (c, 3, Street Boss–Morakami, by Fusaichi Pegasus), a last out winner of the Sugar Bowl S. at Fair Grounds Dec. 21, captured his third straight victory in front-running fashion in Friday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones S. at Oaklawn Park.

Making his two-turn debut, the 10-1 chance shot out to the front, led through fractions of :24.08 and :48.96, and kept on finding more down the lane to score by 2 1/2 lengths.

‘TDN Rising Star’ Three Technique (Mr Speaker) was second; ‘TDN Rising Star’ Shoplifted (Into Mischief) was third.

The final time was 1:39.63 for a mile over the muddy going.

Friday, Oaklawn
SMARTY JONES S., $150,000, Oaklawn, 1-24, 3yo, 1m, 1:39.63, my.
1–GOLD STREET, 119, c, 3, by Street Boss
1st Dam: Morakami (SP, $145,532), by Fusaichi Pegasus
2nd Dam: Astrid, by Concern
3rd Dam: Mescalina, by Smarten
($55,000 Ylg ’18 OBSWIN; $150,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP). O-Mike
McCarty; B-Erich Brehm (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen; J-Martin
Garcia. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 6-3-2-0, $225,218. *1/2 to
Over Thinking (Overanalyze), SP, $238,878; Oh Marvelous Me
(Bluegrass Me), GSP, $184,948.
2–Three Technique, 119, c, 3, Mr Speaker–Nite in Rome, by
Harlan’s Holiday. ($50,000 Wlg ’17 KEENOV; $180,000 Ylg ’18
FTKJUL). ‘TDN Rising Star’ O-August Dawn Farm; B-Omega
Farm LLC & Bally Breeders (KY); T-Jeremiah C. Englehart.
$30,000.
3–Shoplifted, 119, c, 3, Into Mischief–Shopit, by Yes It’s True.
($525,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP; $800,000 2yo ’19 FTFMAR).
‘TDN Rising Star’ O-Cheyenne Stables, LLC, Grandview Equine
& LNJ Foxwoods; B-Machmer Hall, Carrie & Craig Brogden (KY);
T-Steven M. Asmussen. $15,000.
Margins: 2 3/4, 2 3/4, 2. Odds: 10.40, 2.00, 5.50.
Also Ran: Silver Prospector, Lynn’s Map, Shared Sense, Lykan, Jungle Runner, Nucky. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Notable US-Bred Runners in Japan: Jan. 25, 2020

Fri, 2020-01-24 13:03

In this continuing series, we take 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, Kyoto and Nakayama Racecourses:

Saturday, January 25, 2020
1st-KOK, ¥9,680,000 ($88k), Maiden, 3yo, 1000m
ISSHIN (c, 3, Take Charge Indy–Appealing Stella, by Closing Argument) made a favorable impression in his lone racetrack appearance to date, finishing third in a newcomers’ event over 1200 meters at Hanshin Dec. 14 (video, gate 3). A $15K Keeneland November weanling, Isshin was bought back on a bid of $32K at KEESEP the following fall, but fetched $100K at last year’s OBS March Sale after breezing an eighth in :9 4/5. B-Stonecliff Farm (FL)

6th-KYO, ¥11,400,000 ($104k), Newcomers, 3yo, 1800m
ASWAN SUNSET (c, 3, Pioneerof the Nile–Evening Jewel, by Northern Afleet) is a son of the 2010 GI Ashland S. (synthetic) and GI Del Mar Oaks (turf) winner who was one of the unluckiest losers of the GI Kentucky Oaks when nosed out by Blind Luck (Pollard’s Vision). Evening Jewel was acquired for $950K at KEENOV in 2016 and foaled Aswan Sunset in Kentucky last February before visiting American Pharoah. Only then was she exported to Japan and she produced a filly by the Triple Crown hero in 2018. Dam of a Deep Impact colt of 2019, Evening Jewel was most recently covered by Shadai’s 2015 G1 Tokyo Yushun hero Duramente (Jpn) (King Kamehameha {Jpn}). B-Teruya Yoshida (KY)

UNSAID VOW (c, 3, Giant’s Causeway–Country Cafe, by Lion Heart), a $110K KEESEP graduate, is out of an unraced daughter of GSP Pretty ‘n Smart (Beau Genius), the dam of GISW and Coolmore stallion Cupid (Tapit); of GSWs Heart Ashley (Lion Heart) and Ashley’s Kitten (Tale of the Cat); and of SW Indianapolis (Medaglia d’Oro). Pretty ‘n Smart is also the granddam of Japanese GSW Fiano Romano (Aus) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) and Australian GSP Ameristralia (Aus) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}). B-Mike G Rutherford (KY)

9th-NKY, ¥19,510,000 ($179k), Allowance, 3yo, 1800m
SEATTLE TESORO (c, 3, Will Take Charge–Baylor’s Babe, by Southern Image) was crunched into 13-10 favoritism for his Nov. 30 debut over course and distance and fought his way to a neck success (see below, gate 13). A $110K KEESEP acquisition, the Mar. 25 foal is out of a winning half-sister to GSW Unbridled Energy (Unbridled’s Song) and MGSP No Armistice (Unbridled) from the same sire line; as well as GSP Bick (Manila). B-John Cummins (KY)

 

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Fipke To Receive E.P. Taylor Award of Merit

Fri, 2020-01-24 11:44

Owner Charles E. Fipke, who will be represented by his homebred Seeking the Soul (Perfect Soul {Ire}) in the GI Pegasus World Cup S., will receive the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit at the 2019 Sovereign Award ceremony to be held Thursday, Apr. 16, at Universal Eventspace in Vaughn, Ontario.

Selected by Jockey Club of Canada stewards, the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit is given to those who have accomplished outstanding individual achievements and have made a significant contribution to the Thoroughbred industry in Canada. For nearly four decades, Fipke has been a fixture on the Canadian racing scene and has been represented by the winners of three Sovereign Awards-2003 champion male turf horse Perfect Soul (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells); 2008 champion 3-year-old Not Bourbon (Not Impossible {Ire}); and 2010 champion older female Impossible Time (Not Impossible {Ire}).

Harvey Warner will receive the Special Sovereign Award at the same ceremony. Warned has been involved with the Thoroughbred industry in Canada since 1971 and has served in a variety of capacities in Manitoba. He is currently the president of the Manitoba Jockey Club and a Steward for The Jockey Club of Canada.

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Bricks and Mortar Horse of the Year, Stars at Eclipse Awards

Fri, 2020-01-24 00:12

The stars of racing were out in full force for the 2019 Runhappy Eclipse Awards in Gulfstream Park’s Sport of Kings auditorium Thursday night. The newly-minted hosting trio of TVG’s Gabby Gaudet, NBC and TVG’s Brittany Eurton and Gulfstream’s Acacia Courtney led the evening’s program, reflecting on a season that had it all–celebration, challenge and above all, tremendous change. While a total of 11 equine champions and five human divisions were crowned, it was a single individual that cast a thread through several of the victorious connections of the night. Bricks and Mortar (Giant’s Causeway) took down the big prize of the evening-Horse of the Year-in addition to the Champion Turf Male title. The five-year-old was also instrumental in bestowing his trainer-Chad Brown-with his fourth consecutive training championship. Other divisional winners with close ties to the five-time Grade I winner are Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence (Owner); George Strawbridge (Breeder); and Irad Ortiz Jr. (Jockey).

Also a major talking point through the two-hour show was that of Thoroughbred Aftercare. With video segments of retired off-the-track Thoroughbreds shown periodically throughout the evening, equine care and safety were touched upon by winners and presenters alike.

“The safety of our horses and riders are our number one priority, every race, every day, every racetrack,” said NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop. Underscoring it’s importance to many of those in attendance, Waldrop announced that Courtney, Gaudet and Eurton all were donating their wages for the evening to the cause of aftercare.

All Roads Lead to Brown
The very first winner of the night appeared to set the tone for the rest of the evening as Bricks and Mortar, trained by Chad Brown, earned the title for Champion Turf Horse and rounded out the night with a Horse of the Year title. Giving credit to his staff, owners and rider, in addition to the racing circuits he frequented for much of the year, Brown tied his former mentor Bobby Frankel, Todd Pletcher and Laz Barrera as the only trainers to win four consecutive training titles. Among his notable achievements in 2019, Brown tied his 2018 mark of 20 Grade I victories again in 2019 and surpassed his own personal record with 54 graded wins. He also bagged an enviable quartet of graded stakes at Arlington Park Aug. 10 when taking the GI Arlington Million (Bricks and Mortar); GI Secretariat S. (Valid Point); GI Beverly D. S. (Sistercharlie {Ire}); and GIII Pucker Up S. (Cafe Americano).

And not one to rest on his laurels, Brown is already looking on to the next challenge.

“Jan. 1 is a clean slate for everyone,” he said. “It’s great to go back and think about the great year we had with so many highlights of Bricks and Mortar. Also, Arlington Park stands out. Going there for the day and winning those four races that day was just unbelievable. I replay that in my head. I do take time to think about it, but you’ve got to keep moving forward. That bit of history is already secured, which is comforting, but we’re also in a business of what have you done for me lately. So, we have to keep moving forward, appreciate what has happened and be thankful for it.”

Brown also trained Champion Turf Female winner Uni (GB) (More Than Ready)-campaigned by Michael Dubb, Head of Plains Partners, Robert LaPenta & Bethlehem Stables.

“I take tremendous pride in sharing this Chad Brown and his staff,” said Uni’s co-owner Michael Dubb. “I’ve been with Chad from the beginning when he has just a dozen horses. We claimed horses together, we won stakes races together and the die was cast. Chad is like a brother, a son and a most of all, a best friend. And this all couldn’t have happened without Chad.”

Maximum Redemption
One of the most talked about horses in 2019 was without a doubt Maximum Security (New Year’s Day), disqualified from first in the GI Kentucky Derby. Much drama ensued, both immediately after the races and in the months to come, however, the 3-year-old closed out the rest of the season in impressive fashion, collecting the 3-year-old male title over Code of Honor and Omaha Beach. He was the third consecutive Eclipse Award winner for Gary and Mary West following West Coast (3-year-old) in 2018, Game Winner (2-year-old) last year. West, who was very vocal as he spent much of the year trying to get the Kentucky Derby disqualification ruling overturned, was gracious in accepting his trophy, giving props to his trainer Jason Servis and his team. Resulting from all the ensuing fallout, Maximum Security’s Derby disqualification earned him a second title on the night, the 2019 NTRA Moment of the Year.

When asked by Courtney to describe his emotions through that roller coaster 2019 Kentucky Derby result, Servis quipped, “Where is the guy with the horn?” in hopes of having himself ushered off the stage.

Ladies Day
Several ladies were lauded over the course of the night, chief among the LNJ Foxwoods Covfefe (Into Mischief), who completed a notable double over the course of the night: one for champion 3-year-old filly and also an award as the leading female sprinter in 2019. The filly was trained by Brad Cox, who was also responsible for the undefeated champion juvenile filly British Idiom (Flashback). Stuart Grant, accepting on behalf of British Idiom, acknowledged his co-partners on the filly and longtime bloodstock partners and friends, Micheal Dubb and Mike Caruso, in addition to Cox, Sol Kumin, Liz Crow, Brad Weisbord and Javier Castellano.

“As much as British Idiom has been, it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without my long-term partner Mike Dubb and Mike Caruso,” said Grant. “We’ve been together with horses for over a decade. One could not have asked for better partners or better human beings. Mike and Mike have done so much for the sport and for their communities and I’m proud to call them my friends and share this award with them. And thanks to my more recent partner Sol Kumin, who brings a level of enthusiasm to the game that few can match.”

Another filly that was honored Thursday evening was Bloom Racing Stables, Allen Racing and Madaket Stables’s Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute), who was named the leading older dirt female.

“What an amazing filly,” said an overwhelmed Jeff Bloom. The whole thing is surreal. Midnight Bisou who exemplifies class, heart and determination and she truly epitomizes the true racehorse.”

Among other notable moments of the evening, was a touching segment featuring those racing figures who passed in 2019, including Marylou Whitney, Morton Fink, Randy Romero, Jimmy Crupi, Carmen Barrera, Bob Fortus, Howard Wolfendale and one of TDN’s very own, Ben Massam.

In a contested division, the award for champion Older Dirt Male went to Vino Rosso (Curlin), trained by seven-time Eclipse Award winner Todd Pletcher and owned by Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable.

“Very exciting and honestly, quite frankly humbling,” said Vinne Viola. “Vino Ross aged like a fine wine.”

Setting the tone not only for the evening but probably the entire 2019 season was Seth Klarman’s acceptance speech as leading owner.

“Even as we celebrate Bricks amazing year, I want to share a few thoughts about my concerns for the great sport of horse racing,” said Klarman. “The sport is not organized at the national level. We lack uniform rules, such as on medication and the use of whips. Stewards decisions go largely unexplained and creating a sense of chaos and unfairness. The sport is criticized, and not wrongfully when the interest of the horses are placed second behind economics and personal glory. Those of us who love horse racing, everyone in this room, will appreciate the majesty and the courage of our equine athletes and must fix the sport or risk its demise. We must care for out Thoroughbreds in their retirement and we must ensure the track safeness at all times. And when they’re not, races should not be run. We must end the impact on medication on the health and safety of racehorses. And we must ensure that nobody ever runs unsound horses. Only when we put the horses first, are we able to put the sport first. Nothing less will do. We’re at a tipping point. We truly have no choice, but to come together, reform and re-prioritize. Everyone in this room has had a richer, more exciting and more memorable life because horseracing made it so. Everyone knows what is wrong and that we can and must do better. Thank you for listening and thank you for this incredible honor.”

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Ortiz, Jr. Defends as Outstanding Jockey

Thu, 2020-01-23 22:33

Irad Ortiz, Jr. rode four Breeders’ Cup winners at the 2019 World Championships–including GI Longines Turf hero and Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar (Giant’s Causeway), who he was aboard for all six of his wins from six tries last term. Ortiz’s other Breeders’ Cup winners were GI Longines Classic winner Vino Rosso (Curlin), GI Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile victor Spun to Run (Hard Spun) and GII Juvenile Turf Sprint scorer Four Wheel Drive (American Pharoah). Ortiz won 35 graded stakes in 2019, including 11 at the highest level.

Accepting the Award…

“First of all, I want to thank God for all the success I have been having in my career. I want to say thanks to all of the owners and trainers who help me a lot. Without you guys, I wouldn’t be

here today. I want to thank the Eclipse Award voters, and also thank my agent Steve Rushing, who has done an amazing job for me. I am so happy. I have no words to explain how happy I am right now. So thanks to everyone.” —Irad Ortiz, Jr.

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