by Sarah Mace
Uno Emayo, a bay gelding from the first crop of D’ Funnybone, gave his sire his first progeny winner on Saturday when he took the Belmont Park opener with a late surge up the rail.
Owned by Carl Lizza Racing Stables, LLC in partnership with the gelding’s trainer Rudy Rodriguez, Uno Emayo (5-2 second choice) was looking to improve on a third place finish to Dr. Shane in his debut on May 29.
Despite an early bobble, Uno Emayo was sharp out of the gate from his rail post under Javier Castellano. He then dropped off the pace set by No Entiendo to sit a pocket journey.
After saving ground through the far turn, the gelding cut the corner, raced evenly in upper stretch and, with a final surge up the fence as runner up No Entiendo drifted out late, captured the victory by a neck. The final time for 5 1/2 furlongs was 1:06.70. [VIDEO]
Bred by Glasscock Financial Services LLC, Uno Emayo is the second foal out of Cinco Emayo, a winning daughter of Broken Vow. Purchased as a weanling by Andrea McNeely for $20,000 at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton fall mixed sale, he sold the following year at OBS to David Crow for $30,000.
D’ Funnybone, an 8-year-old chestnut son of D’wildcat, won a pair of Grade 2 sprints at two, taking the Saratoga Special by more than ten lengths and Belmont’s Futurity by nearly five lengths. He followed up at three with victories in the Grade 2 Hutcheson and Grade 2 Swale, both at Gulfstream Park, and, later in the year, posted a three-length win in Belmont’s Grade 2 Woody Stephens, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 100. He retired with a record of 6-3-0 from 15 starts and $686,700 in earnings.
Bred in Florida by Harold J. Plumley, D’ Funnybone is out of the Woodman mare Elbow, also the dam of stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Dr. Kathy. He hails from the female family of Grade 1 Top Flight Handicap-winner Chain Bracelet. He currently stands at Rockridge Stud in Hudson for a stud fee of $2,500 and has 36 2-year-olds in his first crop.
New York-breds, both yearlings and older, certainly got a warm reception at the Fasig-Tipton July selected yearlings and horses of racing age sales which took place on Thursday at the auction company’s Lexington sales grounds.
As the yearling season kicked off, all nine New York-bred yearlings offered at the sale changed hands, topped by a colt from the first crop of New York sire Mission Impazible (Sequel Stallions New York) who fetched $155,000, and the group as a whole outperformed the average and median of the sale overall. Temper Mint Patty, recent runaway winner of the New York Oaks at Finger Lakes Gaming and Raceway, topped the horses of racing age sale, hammered down to Mike Repole for $350,000.
Bred by Twin Creeks Farm & Sequel Thoroughbreds, LLC and consigned by Sequel Stallions New York, Agent, the Mission Impazible colt (Hip 289) is a grey/roan youngster foaled on March 25, 2014 with a promising pedigree. Out of Deputy Reality, an unplaced daughter of Deputy Minister purchased by Twin Creeks Farm for $225,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November sale, he is a half-brother to Teeth of the Dog (Bluegrass Cat), winner of the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes and earner of $414,950. The colt’s second dam is graded stakes performer and stakes winner Halo Reality. Empire Racing was the winning bidder with an offer of $155,000.
Mission Impazible, who stands at Sequel for $7,500, is a multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire by Unbridled’s song, who was campaigned by Twin Creeks Racing Stables and trained by Todd Pletcher.
Even better news is that the clearance rate for New York-breds at the yearling sale was unblemished by a single RNA. The six colts and two fillies averaged a heady $99,000, with a $92,000 median, outperforming the overall sale which posted a $97,585 average and $77,000 median.
Temper Mint Patty (Congrats), a late addition to the horses of racing age sale and the final horse to go through the auction ring (Hip 524), stole that show when she was hammered down to Mike Repole for a sale-topping $350,000. The 3-year-old filly recorded her second stakes victory on July 3 for owner Mark Stanley, running away with the New York Oaks as the heavy favorite. Last year Temper Mint Patty won Belmont’s Joseph A. Gimma. With a record of 9-3-1-2, she has earned $274,050.
Jacob West, acting as Repole’s agent said, “She’s heading up to Saratoga and going to Todd [Pletcher]. [Repole] was locked on her ever since they entered her in the sale. She’s a New York-bred filly that he knows can go and compete in some New York-bred stakes.”
Bred by Gallagher’s Stud in Ghent, Temper Mint Patty is one of two winners out of stakes-winning turf router His Beauty, a Gallagher homebred, who is the daughter of graded stakes winner and $435,597-earner Adcat, also a product of Gallagher’s breeding. The mare issues from the family of Deja, a multiple turf stakes winner in France. Purchased by Becky Thomas at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton preferred New York yearling sale, Temper Mint Patty was acquired by Stanley as a Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old in training for $95,000.
Henry Colwell Beadleston Lindh, breeder and owner of multiple graded stakes winning New York-bred millionaire Grecian Flight, died peacefully in New York City on July 3, 2015. A son of the late Alice Lee Beadleston Lindh and Fritz Philip Lindh, he was born in New York City on August 14, 1930 and attended The Buckley School, St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, and Yale College, receiving his undergraduate degree in economics in 1952. He also received an MBA from Columbia Business School.
After service with the United States Army Audit Agency during the Korean War, Lindh joined Price Waterhouse, becoming a certified public accountant. This was followed by a distinguished 35-year career on Wall Street, including as a member of the New York Stock Exchange for a short period.
Grecian Flight, a daughter of Cormorant foaled in 1984 out of multiple black type producer Green Greek was the most successful product of Lindh’s breeding program. In a career that spanned five years, Grecian Flight won 21 races from 40 starts, including 14 stakes races. At three she took the 1987 Grade 1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park, the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico, finished second in the Grade 1 Mother Goose and third in the Grade 1 Monmouth Oaks. She retired with $1,320,215 in earnings. Her half-sister Grecian Comedy, also bred and campaigned by Lindh, was a 12-time stakes winner.
Lindh was member of The Thoroughbred Club of America, the Turf & Field Club and the National Steeplechase Association and treasurer of the National Horse Show and a trustee of its foundation.
Remembered as a kind, thoughtful and generous man, he is survived by his wife Elizabeth Powers Lindh, his son Andrew Seton Post Lindh, his daughter Jennifer Davis Lindh and four grandchildren, Alice Post Lindh Peterson, Phoebe Pell Lindh Peterson, Henry Livingston Post Lindh and William Morgan Pell Lindh.
Services will be held at 11 o’clock on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at St. James’ Church, 865 Madison Avenue, New York City. Interment will be private at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Huguenot Society of America, 20 West 44 St., New York, NY 10036.
by Sarah Mace
Paul Braverman and Timothy Pinch’s Kharafa (Kitalpha), sent off as 6-5 favorite to go one mile on the turf while making his Monmouth Park debut in Saturday’s $75,000 Elkwood Stakes, experienced a nail-biting trip for his connections and backers – checked multiple times and in tight into late stretch – but in the end pulled off the improbable victory by the margin of a neck.
Breaking mid-pack from post seven in the 11-horse field, Kharafa, usually closer to the pace, settled well back in eighth through swift early splits set by Plainview (22.03, 45.16) and got a groundsaving trip through the clubhouse turn.
Continuing at the rail along the backstretch run, but surrounded by horses as the pack tightened up, the 6-year-old gelding suffered his first serious check in the middle of the ruck early on the far turn, losing momentum and ground.
Recovering his stride, Kharafa passed several rivals as he swung out entering the stretch, but ended up in fifth with walls of horseflesh in front and around him and three lengths still to make up.
Desperately looking for a seam in mid-stretch under jockey Paco Lopez and having to check again with a furlong to go, Kharafa and his pilot finally saw the seas part, gamely squeezed though and in a blanket finish involving the first six finishers got a neck in front by the wire. After three-quarters of a mile in 1:09.51, Kharafa stopped the clock after a mile at 1:34.39. [VIDEO]
Lopez said, “I didn’t think I would ever find a hole, but finally there was an opening and he just went on through. I kept him down on the inside the whole way. I didn’t want to get caught wide, so I had to sit and wait and luckily it all worked out.”
Conditioner Tim Hills said, “I was sick to my stomach as they came around the far turn. He had to check a few times and somehow found a small spot to go and got there just in time.”
Added Hills, “He has been training well here since he was a 2-year-old and this is the first time we ran him at Monmouth. He just knows how to get to the wire first.” The conditioner indicated that he will look next to the Grade 3 Oceanport on Haskell Day, August 2.
Kharafa, who won a Keeneland allowance in his seasonal debut and came within a length of Lubash in a runner-up finish in the Mohawk on May 25, has five turf stakes victories on his resume, two in open company and three in the tough New York-bred turf male division. From 28 career starts, his record stands at ten wins, eight second and four thirds, with earnings amounting to $756,137.
Kharafa was bred, and campaigned in the first part of his career by Lawrence Durocher, Jr. After Durocher passed in 2013, Kharafa won the Ashley T. Cole for Durocher’s estate and was then was sold by Durocher’s daughter Kate to Boston investment manager Paul Braverman.
Foaled at Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater, Kharafa issues from the first North American crop of Kitalpha, a full brother to Kingmambo. Kharafa’s unraced dam Exquisite Cassie (King of Kings [IRE]), who is a half-sister to multiple stakes-winning New York-bred Lovely Amanda ($376,450), has produced one other winner.
Sold to Chadds Ford Stables for $20,000 at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed sale, Exquisite Cassie currently has a juvenile full sister to Kharafa named Saratoga Sassy who is a registered New York-bred. The mare also has produced a yearling colt by E Dubai, and a weanling colt by Union Rags.
by Sarah Mace
On the heels of a nightmare trip in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational on Belmont Day, Effinex, Tri-Bone Stables’ accomplished son of Mineshaft, rebounded in a big way on Saturday when he edged multiple Grade 1 winner Tonalist in Belmont Park’s Grade 2, $500,000 Suburban Handicap in a thrilling finish
Starting for the fourth time this year in the Suburban, Effinex had won his first two starts of 2015 commandingly at Aqueduct – an allowance/optional claimer at one mile and 70 yards in his seasonal debut and the Grade 3 Excelsior at 1 1/4 miles on April 25, for each of which he earned a triple digit Beyer. In the Brooklyn on June 6, however, he bolted to the outside rail on the far turn after trying to get out along the backstretch, and was eased.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens, who on Saturday added a bit designed to correct a horse that lugs in or gets out, said, “Today he wore a Houghton bridle, which gives you more control. But I’m sure he would have been fine with the other bridle; he was a different horse today. Maybe the crowd on Belmont Day got him all worked up, or he was in a sour frame of mind with the long post parade; that might have had something to do with it. He was as kind as could be today, the whole time.”
Another change for Effinex on Saturday was a new pilot, Junior Alvarado.
Going off as the 6-1 third choice in the six-horse field, Effinex enjoyed a ground-saving trip in the early stages of the 1 1/4-mile race, settling in fifth in a strung-out field behind a blistering pace set by longshot Street Babe with Coach Inge in hot pursuit (22.80, 46.13). The one horse who trailed Effinex was 8-5 favorite Tonalist, who also loped along at the rear.
Advancing closer to the leaders at the rail along the backstretch, but not moving with real urgency yet, Effinex allowed Tonalist begin his bid in earnest alone as the field entered the far turn, only beginning to move on his own account midway through the bend.
Coming off the rail into the three-path as he entered the stretch, and advancing into second to the inside of Tonalist in third, Effinex set his sights on new leader Coach Inge.
Tonalist nearly kept pace with Effinex and in the final sixteenth the pair passed Coach Inge on almost even terms. The New York-bred then dug in for the finish of his life, keeping a head in front for the victory. The top two finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Coach Inge in third. After one mile in 1:35.02, the final time for the ten furlongs was 2:01.55 [VIDEO]
Successful jockey Junior Alvarado said, “I got a great trip. They went really fast up front, which helped me to not fight with him too much, because he can be a little tough. I just tried to save ground as much as I could, and by the five-eighths pole I saw Johnny [Velazquez, aboard Tonalist] start to pick it up a little bit, so I kind of moved a little bit just to make sure I still had a good position, but I didn’t want to move that early.”
Of the final drive, Alvarado said, “I just waited a little bit and when we turned for home I saw Johnny push and push, but I didn’t see [Tonalist] picking it up. Tonalist kept fighting because he’s a good horse, but my horse fought back, too, and we got it done.”
Jerkens added, “During the stretch run, I was just happy he was going to run good. If he got beat by Tonalist, that wasn’t going to be a crime. And then when he gutted it out, golly, and Junior got the stick over in his left hand, and that’s what made the difference.” Jerkens’ final assessment: “[Today was great] for him, a New York-bred. He couldn’t get out of his two other than condition last spring, now he’s beating a horse like Tonalist. That doesn’t happen every day.”
Bred by Tri-Bone Stables’ Dr. Russell Cohen, Effinex is the only foal out of multiple stakes-winning Tri-Bone homebred What a Pear by E Dubai. Tri-Bone purchased What a Pear’s dam Perfect Pair as a juvenile at OBS in 1999 for $28,000.
The winner of last year’s Empire Classic in addition to his scores this year in the Excelsior and Suburban, Effinex owns six wins, one second and two thirds in 15 starts and has earned $782,250.
Jerkens indicated that he would look next at the Grade 1 Whitney on August 8 for Effinex or the Grade 1 Woodward on September 5 in Saratoga.
by Sarah Mace
Bill Stivers’ Here Comes Gwen became the first winner for New York sire Here Comes Ben on Thursday, July 2 at Prairie Meadows as the successful 4-5 favorite in a five-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.
After the break, the chestnut filly assumed a narrow lead before the first point of call under jockey Kelsi Purcell. Continuing to show the way to her seven rivals, Here Comes Gwen gradually increased her advantage without a direct challenge, crossing the finish line a 2 3/4-length winner in a final time of 1:00.89.
Bred in Kentucky by Charles LoPresti, Here Comes Gwen is the first foal out of the winning Stevie Wonderboy mare Sheza Great Friend. Bill Stivers purchased the filly for $6,500 at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale. Sheza Great Friend is the half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Siphon City and issues from the family of Wise Dan.
Freshman sire Here Comes Ben stands at Joe and Anne McMahon’s McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds for his breeders Brandon and Marianne Chase in partnership with McMahon Thoroughbreds for a 2015 stud fee of $7,500, and has 43 2-year-olds in his first crop.
A 9-year-old son of Street Cry, Here Comes Ben is out of the Dayjur mare Chasetheragingwind, who is a half-sister to Group winners King Charlemagne and Meshaheer as well as the dam of Grade 1 winner Albertus Maximus. His second dam is the Grade 1 winner Race The Wild Wind.
A winner of the Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga in his graded stakes debut, Here Comes Ben also captured the Kelly’s Landing Stakes in consecutive years at Churchill Downs. Trained by Charles Lopresti, he retired with a record of seven wins, one second and one third from 17 starts and earnings of $410,764.
by David Mattice
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Force won the 43rd running of the $161,425 New York Derby at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) on Friday. He covered the one mile and one-sixteenth route for New York-bred 3-year-olds in a final time of 1:45.49.
The dark bay/brown colt owned by John Oxley was assigned an outside post but maneuvered to the rail to attain a ground saving trip. He stalked the early pacesetters under John Davila, Jr. and overtook his rivals in the stretch. He edged away from his challengers to win by a margin of two lengths for trainer Mark Casse.
“He ran against older at Churchill and he has been training really well”, said Casse “He seems to be getting better.”
Force [bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds and JMJ Racing Stables] recorded his second victory in his eighth lifetime start and improved his career earnings to a sum of $147,850. The talented colt by Flatter out of Forever Valentine was successful in his first start in a race restricted to New York-breds.
“We had him in California and then he faced Commanding Curve”, said Casse “I knew he would be pretty good against State-breds.”
The 13-1 outsider was overlooked in the wagering and paid $29.40, $11.80 and $12.80. Battle of Evermore was second and returned $9.00 and $8.90. Intelligence rallied to be third and paid $25.80. [VIDEO]
Temper Mint Patty was an easy winner of the $75,000 New York Oaks. The Jeremiah Englehart –trainee was guided to the nine and one-quarter length triumph in the third race by John Velazquez.
The classy filly [by Congrats out of His Beauty, bred by Gallagher’s Stud and] owned by Mark Stanley completed the 29th renewal of the one mile and one-sixteenth test in a time of 1:46.12. She notched her third victory in her ninth career start.
The $274,050 earner was the heavy favorite in the event for 3-year-old New York-bred fillies and paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10. Jc’s Shooting Star was second and returned $3.00 and $2.30. Hail Mary’s Gold was a distant third and paid $3.40. [VIDEO]
John Velazquez was a fan favorite at FLGR and signed autographs before the convincing victory in the New York Oaks. The Hall of Fame jockey is the all-time leading rider in North America for career earnings.
by Sarah Mace
Linda Rice spotted Lady Sheila Stable’s La Verdad in Belmont’s $100,000 Dancin Renee for New York-bred fillies and mares Sunday to give her multiple graded stakes winner a strong foundation heading into the Saratoga meet and, with any luck, an easy victory. The conditioner got everything she wanted from the “prep.” The 5-year-old mare hoofed it to a 7 1/4-length victory in the slop for a third win in as many starts this year and pushed her earnings beyond the million dollar threshold.
Drawn in post six to go six furlongs over the sloppy (sealed) Belmont main track, La Verdad was slated to pay ten cents on the dollar, as she looked for her second consecutive victory in the Dancin Renee.
After the break, she wasted no time – just a dozen strides or so – in asserting her command of the field, confidently in front by the completion of the first quarter-mile in 22.91.
Unchallenged through a 45.85 half-mile, and leading by three lengths at the quarter pole, the bay mare opened up at will in the stretch to win by seven-plus lengths victory in a final time of 1:10.27 under a hand ride, leaving the rest to fight it out for the minor awards. Make the Moment got second by a neck over Miss Da Point. Here’s Zealicious finished fourth, followed across the line by Hot Rendezvous, Court Dancer and Uncle Southern. [VIDEO]
Regular rider Jose Ortiz, who gave his mount’s mane a stroke at the wire, said, “She broke well and I just went out there and she did what she needed to do. She handles a sloppy track great all the time, so I’m very happy with her. Linda bought her in at 100 percent and I want to thank all the connections for giving me the opportunity to ride this horse.” La Verdad has won six of eight starts over off-going.
Linda Rice talked about the impact of the victory on Spa plans. “I was happy she won as easily as she did because, frankly, this is a race we were just trying to use to get her to Saratoga in better condition than we were last year, going toward the Honorable Miss [Grade 2, $200,000, July 29] and hopefully the Ballerina [Grade 1, $500,000, August 29].”
Last year La Verdad finished fifth in both races, mired down inside in a sloppy running of the Honorable Miss and fading after setting the early fractions in the Ballerina.
Rice continued, “We didn’t want it to be a hard race on her, and elected to stay here rather than go to the [Grade 2] Princess Rooney [at Gulfstream]. We had also considered running her in the [Bed o’ Roses], but in her last race she had worked pretty hard to keep [Bed o’ Roses entrant] Room for Me at bay. [The Bed o’ Roses] was a pretty strong race, so I’m really glad we’re going to Saratoga off an easy effort.”
A winner of eight stakes races, and owner of a 13-2-0 record in 19 starts, La Verdad became the latest New York-bred to cross the million dollar threshold in earnings with $1,050,700. She has capped New York-bred stakes victories in the Critical Eye, Iroquois, Broadway and Dancin Rene (twice) with two wins in the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap and, last out on May 16, the Grade 3 Vagrancy Handicap.
Bred by Eklektikos Stable LLC and foaled at Chester and Mary Broman’s Chestertown farm in Chestertown. La Verdad was purchased privately by (Lady) Sheila Rosenblum following her second allowance victory in November 2013.
She is one of three winners and two stakes performers out of Noble Fire (Hook and Ladder), a stakes-placed runner bred by Chester and Mary Broman also trained by Rice. Rice bought Noble Fire for Eklektikos for $115,000 at the 2007 OBS Spring sale of 2-year-olds in training. Noble Fire’s two other winners, are N. F’s Destiny (Cuvee), an eight-time winner of over $335,000 and Lady Sheila Stable’s stakes-placed six-figure earner Hot City Girl (City Zip). The mare currently has a yearling filly by Freud.
by Sarah Mace
Girolamo, Darley’s Grade 1-winning son of A.P. Indy who began his stud career in 2012 at Becky Thomas and Dennis Narlinger’s Sequel Stallions New York, got his first progeny winner on Thursday when 2-year-old Lucky Lurie captured a five-furlong New York-bred maiden special weight at Belmont as 6-5 favorite.
Breaking from post six under Rajiv Maragh, Lucky Lurie moved up quickly to contest the pace with Love That Jazz. Pressing his rival in the two-path through the far turn after a sharp opening quarter mile in 22.62, Lucky Lurie got a head in front with a furlong to go and fought on with determination to the wire, securing the victory by a neck in a final time of 58.51. [VIDEO]
Bred by Tony Grey, owned by Alan Brodsky and trained by Mark Hennig, Lucky Lurie is out of Holy Freud, an unraced daughter of Freud who has produced two other winners. The mare is also the daughter of star producer Holy Wish, dam of ten winners in all, including three black type winners led by graded stakes winner Wishful Tomcat, who earned over $700,000. Brodsky purchased Lucky Lurie for $50,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale.
Girolamo likewise broke his maiden as a juvenile on debut, in his case in at Saratoga going seven furlongs. His best on-track performances came at three and four. He reeled off three straight wins to start his sophomore campaign, including the one-mile Grade 2 Jerome Handicap at Belmont. At four he won the Grade 1 Vosburgh and, in his last career start, finished third in the 2010 renewal of the Grade 1 Cigar Mile, finishing just one-half length behind the winner and scoring a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 110. He retired with earnings totaling $443,800.
Girolamo’s dam Get Lucky, a Grade 3-winning daughter of Mr. Prospector, has produced nine winners out of nine foals to race, including Grade 2-winner Daydreaming, a full sister to Girolamo, and graded winner Accelerator, a full brother. Girolamo’s full sister Supercharger is the dam of 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver. Another full sister She’s a Winner is the dam of former top New York sire Bluegrass Cat.
Girolamo was well-supported by New York breeders at Sequel, breeding 117 and 85 mares, respectively in 2012 and 2013 before relocating to Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky in 2014.
by Sarah Mace
Dreamboat Annie, a 3-year-old daughter of Freud (Sequel Stallions New York) with an eye-catching big white blaze, improved her career record to three wins in four starts and added a main track victory to two prior turf scores on Sunday when she won the seven-furlong, $100,000 Cupecoy’s Joy division of the New York Stallion Stakes series at Belmont Park under a well-measured ride by John Velazquez.
Taken off the turf and contested over a track which improved to “good” over the course of Sunday’s card, the Cupecoy’s Joy was reduced to a field of five after the scratches of Amazing Anne, Cosmic Serenity, Kacy Lauren, Laura’s Patriot, and Twin Lights. Dreamboat Annie went off as the 2.25-1 narrow second choice behind last-out turf route winner Freudie Ann at 2-1.
Out of the gate eagerly and setting up position in second at the rail, Dreamboat Annie took back into fourth as many as five lengths off the lead late along the backstretch run for a breather, as The Lewis Dinner showed the way, pursued by Perfect Freud through splits of 23.19 and 46.67.
Angling out into the three-path in upper stretch, Dreamboat Annie began a relentless rally to the front in the lane, challenging game new leader Perfect Freud in the final furlong and drawing off to a three-quarter length victory in a final time of 1:25.64. Perfect Freud in second was followed 8 1/2 more lengths back by The Lewis Dinner, Loon River and Freudie Anne. [VIDEO]
John Velazquez, who has ridden Dreamboat Annie in all four career starts, explained his tactics. “It was a little bit uncomfortable because there was no speed in the race and I was trying to rate her. She was a little bit rank for the first part of the race, but the other horses moved outside and that made it easier for me. From the quarter-pole home, it opened up for me and it was perfect.”
Velazquez continued, “I didn’t want to be on the lead because I knew she’d be running off and would waste too much energy, so I wanted to get her behind horses. Finally, when I got her behind horses she relaxed and came with a good run.”
Leah Gyarmati, who trains the filly for co-owners Crown Stable, Who Wudda Thunk Racing, and Debora Kinns, had nothing but praise for Velazquez’s skill in rationing out his mount’s speed. “It was a great ride. [John Velazquez] did a wonderful job of getting her back there. I think if she’s inside, and being pushed, and head-and-head dueling, it might be a repeat of that Aqueduct race where [she] got a little weary.” Dreamboat Annie’s only defeat came two starts back, when she finished third after setting the pace in the Park Avenue division of the NYSS on April 26.
Continued Gyarmati, “Luckily, he was able to get her back and outside, and it was perfect. We’ll have a lot of fun with her at Saratoga – turf, dirt, 3-year-old filly, New York-bred, maybe can go open also. You have so many choices it will make for a fun summer.”
Bred by Michael Spielman, Dreamboat Annie whose earnings now total $131,200 from three wins and a third, is the third winner of three foals to start out of Extra Impact, a winner of nearly $100,000 by Honour and Glory bred in New York by Albert Fried, Jr. The mare currently has a juvenile filly by Frost Giant named A Little Extra, a yearling colt by the same sire named Iampoe and a filly this year by Posse.
by Sarah Mace
Trainer Charlton Baker was curious to find out whether Possessed, winner of the Times Square division of the New York Stallion Stakes on April 26 over the Aqueduct main oval, would also flash talent on turf. Ultimately, however, he had no grounds of complaint when the 3-year-old colt scored a resounding victory in the $100,000 Spectacular Bid division of the stakes series on Sunday after the race came off the grass and was contested over a harrowed main track listed as muddy.
Sired by perennial top-two New York sire Posse (Rockridge Stud) and bet down to 3-5 favoritism in the scratch-shortened field of four, Possessed was looking to rebound from a poor interim trip last out in the Mike Lee Stakes on May 25.
Possessed was content in the early stages of the seven-furlong tilt to let early leader Secured Position set opening splits of 22.82 and 46.49 while fending off an early challenges by Ex Ex Ex and Fenwick Hall.
After a three-wide trip through the far turn, Possessed, now in third, drew up alongside Secured Position and Fenwick Hall approaching the quarter pole. He did not take long to take charge in upper stretch. Kicking away, the colt drew off to a much-the-best 6 3/4-length victory. Secured Position finished second, 4 1/2 lengths clear of Fenwick Hall. Ex Ex Ex tired to fourth. After six furlongs in 1:11.56, the final time for seven panels was 1:25.17. [VIDEO]
Winning rider Jose Ortiz, who also piloted Possessed to his Times Square victory, said, “We broke well and the 6 horse [Ex Ex Ex] went to the front and then the 2 horse [Secured Position] went out there. I was in the perfect position and moving well on the outside. When I asked my horse to go, he responded very well. I think Charlie Baker’s done a tremendous job with this horse. He was 100% today and we got it done.”
Baker, who co-owns the colt in partnership with Dan Hayden said, “We got a little luck, the race came off the grass and there were a lot of scratches. We got a great ride and it was a great race.”
Baker added that a turf try for the colt was still on the cards. “I’m going to eventually try to run him on the turf; I think there’s another Stallion Series in Saratoga (the NYSS Cab Calloway division at one mile on August 10). Maybe we’ll try that spot, but we’ll definitely try the grass to see where he’s at.”
Possessed has collected three wins, three seconds and a third in nine career starts and earned $195,575. Bred by Grapestock, LLC and foaled at Vinery New York at Empire Stud in Hudson, the colt is the second black type winner out of Ibetyouwishyouknew (Mr. Greeley), whose first foal I Bet Toni Knows by Sunriver also won a division of the NYSS. Ibetyouwishyouknew currently has a yearling by Soaring Empire and was bred last year to Graydar.
At the conclusion of four days of trading at the 2015 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age, which posted record numbers for gross sales and average price, New York-bred juveniles emerged with a rock-solid tally sheet.
Of the 66 New York-bred juveniles offered during the four sessions, 50 changed hands, including four private sales, for a 24.3% buyback rate, which was a tick better than the figure for the auction buyback percentage of 25.5%.
The New York-bred median at OBS was $17,500, on par with the overall $18,000 auction median, but the New York-bred average of $32,014 could not quite keep pace with the OBS June record average of $39,722. The overall average was bolstered by lots of activity at the top end, with twenty juveniles bringing $200,000 or more against ten a year ago. The New York-bred number is more in line with the previous record average for the June sale, $33,250 posted in 2013.
In the sale’s fourth and concluding session, the New York-bred standout was Hip 1067, a grey/roan colt by Discreet Cat, who was purchased by J S Company Ltd. for $150,000. Purchased by Laurence Leavy for a mere $15,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale last summer in Saratoga, the colt RNA’d for $70,000 at the OBS Spring sale, but clearly opened a few more eyes with a :20 3/5 quarter-mile breeze in advance of OBS June.
Bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski in partnership with Harry Patten, the January colt is out of is Two Bad Girls, a winning Florida-bred daughter of Diablo who has been a consistent producer, with six winners from six foals to start. The mare’s headliner is her first foal, Twice as Bad, a Grade 2 winner by Stormy Atlantic. The mare is also the dam of stakes performer Twiceasbeautiful (Texas Glitter). She currently has a yearling colt by Hansen and a weanling colt by Bustin Stones.
Day two of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age produced a new New York-bred topper: a colt by Scat Daddy (Hip 362) purchased by trainer Linda Rice, agent, from the consignment of Lisa McGreevy’s Abbie Road Farm for $210,000, the fourth highest price of the day. On the first day of the sale a Kentucky-bred colt by Scat Daddy set a $575,000 OBS June record.
Bred by Joanne T. Nielsen, and foaled on February 16, 2013, Wednesday’s New York-bred sales star sold last summer at the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale for $135,000 to Champion Equine. In the under tack show on Tuesday, June 9, he breezed a co-bullet eighth in :10 flat.
The colt’s dam is Forever Smart, a stakes-placed turf runner by Smart Strike who is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Raging Daoust (Kafwain) and was bred in Kentucky by Arthur B. Hancock III. Last purchased by Find a Cure Stable for $21,000 at the 2010 Keeneland November sale, Forever Smart has produced three winners, including stakes performer Blue Baby, by Touch Gold. Since foaling the Scat Daddy colt, she has produced a yearling filly by Union Rags and a colt this year by Mineshaft.
Through the first two sessions of the OBS June sale, 25 New York-bred juveniles of 33 offered have sold for an average price of $38,828 (including two private sales), slightly better than the cumulative average for the general population of the sale, which is $37,100 The Empire-bred median thus far is $15,000, while the cumulative median is $19,000.
The June Sale continues Thursday at 10:30 a.m. (Hips 573-858).
Click here for a listing of New York-bred hip numbers.
A filly by Majesticperfection named Perfection Lady topped the New York-bred offerings in Tuesday’s opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age. The bay was hammered down to Sallusto & Albina for $135,000 after working a quarter mile under tack in :20 4/5.
Bred by Antonio Francesco’s Dormellito Stud and foaled on March 17 2013, Hip 70 is the second foal and first registered New York-bred out of America’s Lady, an unplaced Quiet American mare purchased by The Simmard Partnership at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed sale for $17,000. America’s Lady has since produced a yearling filly named Long Island Lady by Simmard (Dixieland Band) and a foal this year by the same sire. Simmard stands at Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater.
Kentucky-bred America’s Lady issues from the family of Grade 1 turf stakes winner, millionaire and producer Tuzla (FR). The mare’s second dam Krajina (FR) is a minor stakes winner abroad and likewise a producer.
Of the 19 New York-breds offered in the sale’s first session, 14 sold for an average of $33,229 and $13,500 median. Overall, the first day of trading at OBS, which saw a June Sale record $575,000 Scat Daddy colt change hands, posted an increase in average price to $37,052, up from $30,276 in 2014, and a decline in median to $17,500 compared with $23,000 a year ago.
The June Sale continues Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Hip No.’s 287- 572 will be offered.
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West Point Thoroughbreds announced yesterday that New York-bred multiple stakes winner Awesome Vision has been retired from racing and is entered in the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover to be held October 23-25 at the Kentucky Horse Park. The 6-year-old horse is in a retraining program and slated to compete in the eventing and show jumping disciplines under West Point’s racing manager Erin Birkenhauer.
The Saratoga Springs-based racing partnership group, in consultation with trainer Tom Albertrani, decided to retire the son of Awesome Again after a small knee chip was discovered following an eighth place finish in the Danger’s Hour Stakes on April 19 at Aqueduct. After such a successful career on the racetrack West Point management and his Partners felt he deserved to retire with dignity and the ability to move on to a second career.
West Point Thoroughbreds president and founder Terry Finley said, “This horse’s retirement is bittersweet. He gave us so much joy, but it’s not realistic to think that he would run forever. What does feel good is that this is the way all racing retirement chapters are supposed to be written — a horse going out with class and the opportunity to embark on a new career with another exciting chapter forthcoming.”
Added Finley, “He was a major force in the New York-bred ranks for years, a multiple stakes winner who brought his Partners to the winner’s circle eight times, and earner of $439,236.”
Awesome Vision began racing as a 3-year-old in 2012 and has a record of 8-2-4 from 28 career starts. His entire racing career was spent in New York, with 27 of his 28 starts were at New York Racing Association (NYRA) tracks. He’s also a multiple stakes winner, having won the Compelling Word, Saratoga Sunrise, and Move It Now Stakes.
West Point Thoroughbreds plans to chronicle his training for the Thoroughbred Makeover on their website and social media channels. The Makeover takes place the weekend before the Breeders’ Cup and has been designated an official Breeders’ Cup Festival Event.
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Becky Thomas and Joe McMahon are pleased to announce that multiple graded stakes winner Forty Tales will stand the 2015 Southern Hemisphere Breeding Season at Boris Schwartzman’s Haras Barlovento in El Salvador, Peru.
The bay colt by champion juvenile sire Tale of the Cat retired with 5 wins and $666,789 in earnings and Beyer Figures of 106, 102, 100, etc. He won his only start at 2 by 2 3/4 lengths in a maiden special weight at Aqueduct for conditioner Todd Pletcher and owners Perretti Racing Stables.
A graded stakes winner at 3 from 6 1/2 lengths to a mile, he won the Grade 2 Amsterdam at Saratoga and the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont. Outside of the Big Apple, he won the Grade 3 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs and was 2nd in the Grade 2 Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park. He is out of stakes-placed Forty Niner mare, Forty Love and his first crop are weanlings of 2015.
Forty Tales who stands at Sequel Stallions New York will be shuttling for the first time after his second breeding season in the U.S. He will go into quarantine on June 27, 2015.
“We are so excited for Forty Tales to have a summer job at a leading stud farm in Peru,” said Becky Thomas. “The team at Haras Barlovento has just been great. We are grateful to Marette Farrell for giving Forty Tales another opportunity to prove himself as a sire. Given the success of the Storm Cat sire line, we are sure Forty Tales will become a highly sought after sire.”
by Sarah Mace
Gerald and Susan Kresa’s King Kreesa (King Cugat) earned a ticket to the Grade 3, $300,000 Poker Stakes winner’s circle for the second time in his career at Belmont Park on Saturday afternoon after a frontrunning victory. The 6-year-old gelding won the race for older turf runners, run at one mile on the Widener turf course, for the first time in 2013.
Making his third start of the season, King Kreesa was last seen finishing third to perennial New York-bred turf rivals Lubash and Kharafa in the Kingston Stakes on Big Apple Showcase Day (May 25) following an unplaced start in the open Elusive Quality on April 29. In the competitive Poker line-up King Kreesa was slighted by bettors, going off at odds of 17-1.
Breaking well from post three under jockey Jose Ortiz, King Kreesa quickly established himself on the lead, and in the absence of any direct challenge for the top spot, even from the speedy Heart to Heart in second, increased his advantage to a comfortable two-length margin during the run along the back stretch.
Clocking early fractions of 23.69 for the first quarter mile and 47.76 for the half, King Kreesa and Ortiz continued on an uncontested lead through the far turn and into the stretch. Even though the closers began to rev up in the final furlong, King Kreesa never had an anxious moment, crossing the finish line three-quarters of a length in front of a fast-closing Vyjack, who was making his turf debut and first start for trainer Bill Mott. Chilean sensation and 9-5 favorite Il Campione finished well to capture third. After three-quarters of a mile in 1:10.97, the final time for the mile over the firm Widener sod was 1:33.48. [VIDEO]
King Kreesa was piloted on Saturday not by his regular rider Irad Ortiz, Jr., who took the mount on Il Campione, but by his brother Jose, aboard the gelding for the first time. Jose said, “I was surprised to get the lead early, the four horse [Heart to Heart] looked like a fast horse on paper, his last race he went a half in :44 but you know, different track, different strategy. I think things set up well for me.”
Continued Ortiz, “I saw that Irad rode him well previously and looking at it, I just tried to ride him like he rode him. I think a mile is his best distance, maybe he could stretch out a little bit, but a mile is perfect.”
King Kreesa’s $180,000 winner’s share of the $300,000 purse pushes his earnings very close to the $1 million mark (to $985,370). A winner of five other stakes in addition to his pair of Poker victories, King Kreesa began his career in the barn of Jeremiah Englehart, for whom he won the Grade 3 Poker the first time, the open London Company, the Kingston and Mohawk Stakes for New York-breds and the Spectacular Bid division of the New York Stallion Stakes series.
Following an unplaced start in the in the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Mile on December 8, 2013 at Sha Tin, King Kreesa moved the barn of trainer David Donk, for whom he won his first start off the bench, the West Point for New York-breds in Saratoga. King Kreesa’s resume, which sports an impressive eight wins from 24 starts, also includes eight stakes placings. In 2013 King Kreesa was voted champion New York-bred turf male and champion New York-bred older male.
Winning owner/breeder Gerald Kresa said after this Poker win, “He did great. They gave him the lead. Once he can relax, he has all kinds of energy at the end and he can open up on them. He held everyone off with no problem. We’re very pleased with him.”
Kresa also indicated where his star gelding might turn up next. “We could look at the Forbidden Apple maybe and if he comes out of that one good, we might consider the Fourstardave after that.”
Bred the Kresas under the banner of Horse Partners, King Kreesa was foaled at Carlland Stables in Avon. He is the most successful of four winners out of Storm’s Advance, a Florida-bred daughter of Storm Creek who was a multiple winner and stakes-placed on turf ($94,652). Another foal, four-year-old Lady Kreesa, by Stonesider, is a multiple winner and has placed in a division of the New York Stallion Stakes series.
Storm’s Advance currently has a 2-year-old colt by Malibu Moonshine named Moonsurge.
King Kreesa’s sire King Cugat, a multiple Grade 2-winner and millionaire by Kingmambo, stood in New York in 2008 and 2009 under the management of Questroyal Stud.
by Sarah Mace
At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB), which took place on Monday, June 8, 2015 at the organization’s Saratoga Springs office, Board members unanimously elected long-time NYTB Vice President Thomas J. Gallo III to serve as Board President through the remainder of 2015. Current NYTB Director Mallory Mort, Farm Manager at Marlene Brody’s Gallagher’s Stud in Ghent, was elected to replace Gallo in the office of Vice President. The Board also selected Dr. Joan M. Taylor to fill a Director vacancy.
The elections and appointment of a new Director to the NYTB Board were occasioned by the resignation of Board President Barry Ostrager following his nomination to serve as a judge in the Civil Branch of the Supreme Court of the State of New York in the Court of Claims. Ostrager, who has served on the NYTB Board of Directors since 1998 and is the majority owner of Questroyal Stud in Stillwater, is a former partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he was a nationally prominent trial lawyer.
Incoming NYTB Board President Tom Gallo, who owns Blue Stone Farm in Cambridge with his wife Mia, is the founder and managing owner of Parting Glass Racing and Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency, LLC. From years of service on the NYTB board and as Chair of the NYTB PAC, Gallo brings a wealth of experience and first-hand knowledge about the industry, marketing and legislative process to the office of Board President.
Said Gallo, “First, on behalf of the whole Board I want to express our gratitude for Barry’s long and distinguished service on behalf of NYTB and on behalf of the New York racing and breeding industries as a whole. As the new President of the NYTB Board, I would like to continue the momentum created by Barry and our Board. I will also make every effort to keep NYTB in a leadership role for the benefit of both the New York breeding industry, and the breeding industry nationwide.”
Newly-appointed NYTB Director Joan Taylor is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who earned her degree from Tufts University. In 1990 she partnered with her husband William B. Wilmot to build and operate Stepwise Farm in Saratoga to engage in breeding and selling quality racing prospects for the commercial market. Taylor also serves as an advisor for aspiring veterinary students at Skidmore and Connecticut College, is a volunteer for local nonprofit groups and has held a variety of leadership, fundraising and board positions, including the Wesley Foundation, Travers Committee and for the past six years has chaired the Adirondack Trust Community Fund.
by Sarah Mace
Dreamsgonewild, a 6-year-old gelded son of top New York sire Freud, won his second turf sprint stakes on Sunday afternoon, besting nine rivals in the (about) 5 1/2-furlong $62,400 John McSorley Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Following the scratch of several speedsters, Dreamsgonewild (9-2) and jockey Trevor McCarthy wasted no time in executing owner/trainer Bruce Alexander’s strategy, breaking alertly and getting situated forwardly where they hooked up with an eager El Botas (18-1) to their outside.
Alexander said, “The couple of scratches in there kind of dictated what we were going to do. Trevor got him out of the gate good and rode him perfectly.”
Vying with the leader through the far turn, Dreamsgonewild took command at the top of the lane and opened up a two-plus length lead. Scout’s Honor put in an energetic late bid in the middle of the track, but the blaze-faced dark bay had enough left in the tank to hold off the potential challenger, securing the victory by one length in a final time of 1:02.24. [VIDEO]
Winning jockey Trevor McCarthy said, “He broke great and was good going to the lead even though he was tested to his outside.”
Added McCarthy, “He handles pressure really well. That’s the great thing about him. Once we got to the straightaway, he had a good amount left in him to close hard.”
Alexander said, “I purchased this horse as a yearling. He’s really good.” Alexander signed a sales ticket for Dreamsgonewild for $22,000 at the 2010 OBS select yearling sale.
Now a two-time stakes winner, having also defeated nine rivals, including the legendary Ben’s Cat, in the six-furlong Laurel Dash in his stakes debut last September 27, Dreamsgonewild sports a record of eight wins, four seconds and three thirds. His earnings bankroll stands at a robust $363,688.
Bred by Ed and Diane Gregory’s Carapan Farm LLC, Dreamsgonewild is the first black type winner out of Twin Stroller, a winning Ontario-bred daughter of Strolling Along. Twin Stroller has been a solid producer since being purchased by Carapan for just $5,500 at the OBS Fall mixed sale in 2001, producing no fewer than five winners from five foals to start. The mare’s first foal, Island Reversal (Tactical Advantage) is also a six-figure earner. A 4-year-old full brother to Dreamsgonewild named Piranha Pete has not yet started.
by David Mattice
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Frisky Warrior won the 31st renewal of the $50,000 George W. Barker Stakes at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) on Friday. The 6-year-old gelding owned and trained by Ralph D’Alessandro [and bred by Ted Taylor Thoroughbreds] took the six furlong dash for New York-breds 3-years-old and upward in a final time of 1:10.52.
The 2013 FLGR Horse of the Year stalked the early pace under jockey Jaime Rodriguez before surging passed his rivals in the stretch. He went on to win the eighth race by a margin of three and one-half lengths.
The chestnut gelding achieved the victory over a sloppy surface that was caused by a downpour during the sixth race. He has had a successful history in wet conditions and now has four wins in five starts on wet tracks.
Frisky Warrior registered his 14th victory in his 37th career start and improved his lifetime earnings to a sum of $306,228. He was the second choice in the wagering and paid $8.80, $3.10 and $2.60. Marriedtothemusic overcame a slow start to be second and returned $3.20 and $2.70. Bigshotinthenews rallied to be third and paid $6.40.