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Laid off for a year? No problem for 9YO Moonlight Song in Morrissey title defense

Thu, 2016-07-28 20:26

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

By Sarah Mace

Albert Fried, Jr.’s 9-year-old gelding Moonlight Song (Unbridled’s Song) delivered an inspiring performance at the Spa on Thursday afternoon, when he wired the featured $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes for his second straight year with exactly . . . zero (yes, zero) . . . intervening starts. As it happens, veteran’s victory was also uplifting for young hot-handed jockey Jose Ortiz, who made his 1000th trip to the winner’s circle after the race.

Trained by Charlie Baker, Moonlight Song is extremely lightly raced for his age, with only 17 career starts under his girth coming into the 6 1/2-furlong Morrissey. The handsome dark bay gelding was a bit of a late bloomer and only got to the races for the first time at five. He dominated the fields in his first two career starts, but has had to work through a variety of physical issues over the years. Fried has shown exemplary patience and continues to reap the rewards.

Sent off as the 6-1 fifth choice in the competitive field of seven, Moonlight Song assumed command shortly after the break, and took the field through a hot first quarter in 22.05 and half in 45.73 with a one-length lead over 3-2 favorite Weekend Hideaway.

Pressed though the far turn by his main rival, but kicking clear and comfortably extending his lead to three lengths in upper stretch, the gelding was guided to the rail by Ortiz nearing the furlong marker, and dug for the wire as a host of challengers ganged up behind him.

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Moonlight Song hit the line a three-quarter length winner under a drive. The next three to finish were separated by a photo, with Ostrolenka second, a head in front of Crackerjack Jones in third, who nosed out Weekend Hideaway in fourth. After six panels in 1:09.54, Moonlight Song stopped the clock at 1:15.99. Completing the order of finish were Drama King, Notacatbutallama and John’s Island. [VIDEO]

Ortiz reported, “He broke well; he broke perfect. We went really easy the first quarter-mile. This horse is a special horse. He doesn’t run a lot, but every time he steps on the track, Charlie [Baker] brings him 110 percent.”

On his 1000th victory, Ortiz said, “This means a lot. It’s a big goal in my career. I’m just thankful. I want to thank every single owner and trainer who gave me the opportunity. My family, and my fiancée [Taylor Rice] who support me every day, [and] my brother [jockey Irad], who taught me a lot when I first started riding. Saratoga is the place to be in the summer, and I really love it. I’m very blessed I could do it here.”

Charlie Baker was, with reason, beaming in the winner’s circle over Moonlight Song’s impressive win. “He’s a great horse and he runs great fresh, so it’s a little easier on me. You still have to get him cranked up and ready to go, but he’s a nice horse.”

Continued Baker, “He had a little problem after the race last year and the owners are very easy to get along with. We got him back in March. We took our time; he had a little issue here and there, but it worked out super. It’s very hard to imagine a 9-year-old coming off a year layoff, but if any horse can do it, he can.”

Of the secret to Moonlight Song’s long-term success, Baker explained, “We’ve always given him time off and never abused him. We are going to go and see how he comes from here.” He plans will give Moonlight Song at least six weeks before (fingers crossed) his next start.

A stakes winner at all three NYRA tracks (Aqueduct’s Gold and Roses and Belmont’s Hudson in 2014 and a pair of Morrisseys at Saratoga), Moonlight Song is the third foal, and one of four winners from seven to start out of Moonlightandbeauty (Capote), also bred by Fried.

Fried purchased Moonlightandbeauty’s Grade 2 winning-dam, Stolen Beauty (Deputy Minister), for $30,000 at the 1990 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Moonlightandbeauty became a stakes winner and $228,053-earner for trainer Rick Schosberg and Fried and began her broodmare career with a bang, producing Schosberg-trained Giant Moon (Giant’s Causeway) as her first foal.

Giant Moon went undefeated in his first four starts, culminating with a victory in the 2008 Count Fleet Stakes, and was voted champion New York-bred 2-year-old male in 2007. Giant Moon won at least one stakes race every year from 2007 to 2010 and earned just over a half million.

Moonlight Song, after four stakes wins, an additional stakes placing, and a record of nine wins, two seconds and third from 18 starts, has earned $534,294.

Haveyougoneaway runs down Paulassilverlining in G2 Honorable Miss

Wed, 2016-07-27 19:56

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

by Sarah Mace

Sequel Racing’s multiple stakes winner Haveyougoneaway, added graded laurels to her resume Wednesday at Saratoga Racecourse when she won a highly competitive renewal of the six-furlong, Grade 2 Honorable Miss for trainer Tom Morley. The 5-year-old daughter of Congrats, who relocated this spring to New York from her Oaklawn Park base after a private purchase, now has two stakes wins and a stakes placing in her native state.

Out of the gate cleanly from post four of seven, Haveyougoneaway settled in fifth position three lengths off the pace under pilot Kendrick Carmouche. Paulassilverlining, favored at 7-5, was out of the gate first, but took back on the backstretch into sixth to the inside of Haveyougoneaway, leaving 16-1 Diva Express, then 10-1 Disco Chick to click off the early splits in 22.01 and 45.04.

Rounding the far turn Haveyougoneaway had only one horse beaten as Paulassilverlining advanced at the rail. Angling out four-wide into the lane, she quickly closed into second spot, after Paulassilverlining ran past leader Disco Chick in upper stretch.

Wearing down her rival down in the final furlong, a determined Haveyougoneaway got up in the final forty yards to garner the victory by a neck in a final time of 1:09.94. The rest of the field followed 12 lengths behind runner-up Paulassilverlining: Disco Chick, La Madrina, Sarah Sis, Diva Express and Bar of Gold. [VIDEO]

Carmouche, delighted by his first Spa victory, reported, “I broke good and I was sitting behind the top-four and being patient. The favorite [Paulassilverlining] came inside of me. I let her take the spot I could have been in because I knew my filly would make up the ground. It was going to make me get in the clear faster than I wanted.”

Added Carmouche, “Right past the eighth pole, I grinded a little and she really came home. This horse never really exploded like she did. That’s when I knew she would grind it out.”

Second to the accomplished Bar of Gold while making her New York debut in the Critical Eye Stakes at Belmont Park on May 30, Haveyougoneaway closed in the final furlong to win the Dancin Renee at six furlongs for New York-bred fillies and mares.

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Trainer Tom Morley first praised his pilot’s savvy ride, “All meet, this track has been playing so far where you need to be in the middle of the track. The rail is not the place to be. [Kendrick] angled out outside [Bar of Gold] and took dead aim at Paulassilverlining. We just got there in time.”

Morley also spoke of his mare’s continued improvement and her being ready to take on graded company. “I take nothing away from her connections previously. She’s a hard-knocking filly who won a bunch of stakes, but sometime these sprinters start to get better around this age. She ran so well last time against New York breds that it was time to face open graded stakes company.”

As to the future, Morley will consider the Ballerina, Bed o’ Roses at Belmont and even the Breeders’ Cup, but because she could come back to race at six, he plans to pick and choose his starts.

Morley, who was also celebrating his first graded victory as a trainer, was also vocal about Haveyougoneaway as a product of New York. “It’s very special to [win my first graded stakes] with a New York-bred,” said Morley. “I’m a huge fan of the New York-bred program. We’re breeding some seriously good horses up here. I don’t think they can be looked at as they were previously. They are good horses.”

Bred by Andy and Susan Beadnell and foaled at Bead Land & Cattle Company in Pottersville, Haveyougoneaway is the most accomplished by far of two winners out of One Wise Cowgirl, an unraced New York-bred daughter of Wiseman’s Ferry also bred by the Beadnells.

A $50,000 weanling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Mixed sale in 2011, Haveyougoneaway brought $105,000 as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale before Champion Racing Stable, Inc. purchased her a 2-year-old for a mere $1,200 at the 2013 Keeneland November sale when she was offered as a racing or broodmare prospect.

For Champion she earned $402,425, winning the Flashy Lady Stakes at Remington Park in September 2015, and this year nearly sweeping the filly and mare sprint series at Oaklawn Park, when she won the American Beauty and Spring Fever Stakes and finished second the Carousel.

Haveyougoneaway’s record overall stands at 10 wins, four seconds and six thirds from 25 starts. Her winner’s share of the Honorable Miss $200,000 purse brings her earnings to a lofty $622,425.

Super Allison wins New York Oaks by a head

Sat, 2016-07-23 22:35

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By Jim Dunleavy, courtesy

On the far turn of the 1 1/16-mile New York Oaks, Super Allison, with Jacqueline Davis aboard, and Mecke’s Madalyn, with Tammi Piermarini up, were sitting just behind three battling leaders – Crazy Love, along the inside; Katniss the Victor, between horses; and three-wide Wonderment.

When Katniss the Victor began to bear out on the turn, Davis made a decision that may have won her the race. She sent Super Allison to the lead from between Crazy Love and Katniss the Victor. At the same time, Piermarini moved Mecke’s Madalyn, hugging the rail and going up inside Crazy Love.

Super Allison and Mecke’s Madalyn battled the length of the stretch with Super Allison proving a head the best.

After her difficulties on the turn, favored Katniss the Victor found her best stride in the stretch and steadily closed with a belated bid to finish third, three-quarters of a length shy of Super Allison.

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Wonderment, who was floated wide by Katniss the Victor on the far turn, flattened out and finished fourth, 9 3/4 lengths farther back.

Super Allison, trained by Carlos Martin, paid $7.30 as the third choice in the six-horse field. Following slow early fractions of 25.09, 49.16, and 1:13.95, she completed the course in 1:46.79. [VIDEO]

Mecke’s Madalyn was hesitant to load into the gate prior to the start.

Hit It Once More dominates New York Derby

Sat, 2016-07-23 21:32

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By Jim Dunleavy, courtesy

Hit It Once More scored an easy win in the second-richest race of the Finger Lakes meet Saturday, taking the $164,150 New York Derby by 6 1/2 lengths.

Hit It Once More romps by 6 1/2 lengths under Kendrick Carmouche in the New York Derby.

Trained by Gary Sciacca and ridden by Kendrick Carmouche. Hit It Once More wrested the early lead from Awesome Gent, set a controlled pace on an open lead, and then widened his advantage in the stretch while being taken in hand by Carmouche late.

Hit It Once More paid $5 as the favorite in the seven-horse field of New York-bred 3-year-olds. He set fractions of 24.37 seconds, 48.10, and 1:11.81 before completing the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.02. [VIDEO]

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After going winless in five starts last year, Hit It Once More won a statebred maiden race by 4 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct in April and then came back to win a New York-bred allowance by five lengths at Belmont Park in May. In his most recent start, Hit It Once More tired to finish a well beaten fourth against open company in the Easy Goer Stakes at Belmont.

Extinct Charm, the second choice at 2-1, finished well to be second-best after encountering traffic on the backstretch. Extinct Charm attempted to move up along the inner rail on the backstretch but lacked room, brushed with Awesome Gent, and then dropped back. He rerallied to be 4 1/2 lengths clear of third-place finisher Taoiseach.

Awesome Gent stalked the winner early, dropped back a bit on the backstretch, and then finished evenly to be fourth.

Ancient Secret four-for-four after G2 Lake George coup

Fri, 2016-07-22 19:00

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

By Sarah Mace

Alpha Delta Stables’ undefeated sophomore filly Ancient Secret (Kantharos) has been climbing the class ladder and meeting increased distance demands with every one of her three career starts. On the opening day of the storied Saratoga race meet, she upped the ante yet again, acing her first graded try and first race around two turns, the Grade 2, $200,000 Lake George at 1 1/6 miles for 3-year-old fillies on the Mellon turf.

A three-length winner right out of the box at Belmont last October 24 going six furlongs on turf in state-bred company, she returned to the races on May 14 firing on all cylinders.  She won first-level state-bred allowance at seven furlongs by more than four lengths, and four weeks later annexed the open Wild Applause Stakes, a one-turn mile, winning by a head. In all three starts, she successfully came from off the pace.

Bet down to 2-1 favoritism by post time in the Lake George under regular rider Irad Ortiz, Jr., the Chad Brown trainee settled in fourth three lengths off the lead and saved ground around the clubhouse turn, while Sky My Sky set the pace, clocking a first half in 48.03, pushed along a length back by Gone Away.

Moving out into the two path, and gaining a position early in the far turn, Ancient Secret moved out into the three path midway around the bend and the top of the stretch set her sights on the front two to her inside.

She overhauled the leaders within the final furlong and began to edge away. She then had enough left in the tank to spurt clear and comfortably hold off stablemate Elysea’s World, who was closing with intent. Ancient Secret scored the victory by 1 1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:34.37. Outsider Art finished a length back in third. [VIDEO]

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Trainer Chad Brown said, “This filly ran really well. She’s a remarkable horse. She always trained like a really quality animal, we just gave her little incremental goals and she’s hit them all. I wasn’t quite sure about the two turns, I know she’s a top class horse but I was curious to see what she was going to do when the gates opened and she passed the test.”

Bred by Lambholm and foaled at Cedar Ridge Farm in Pine Plains, Ancient Secret is the first winner and first registered New York-bred out of Privacy. The filly sold on the opening day of the 2015 OBS spring sale to Steven Young, agent, for $225,000.

Privacy, a winning Florida-bred mare by Notebook also bred by Lambholm. is a half-sister to stakes winner Admonition. Her 2014 foal by Posse named Hiding, is also a registered New York-bred.

From her four victories Ancient Secret has earned $259,200.

First-time starter Miss Freeze much the best in Lynbrook Stakes

Sun, 2016-07-17 23:19

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

By Sarah Mace

Miss Freeze, a daughter of Frost Giant (Keane Stud), got her career off to a flying start on Belmont Park’s closing day when she scored a decisive six-plus length stakes victory on debut in the 6-furlong, $125,000 Lynbrook for New York-bred juvenile fillies.

The only first-time starter in the six-horse field, Miss Freeze had posted a steady series of published works at since May, including a gate move on June 22. At post time, with meet-leading rider Jose Ortiz in the irons, she was the public’s fifth choice at odds of nearly 9-1.

Gunned out of post three, and undeterred by brief brush with odds-on favorite Paz the Bourbon, Miss Freeze settled in third in the two path, as Zenna (7-1) led the way, chased by 3-2 second choice Wilburnmoney.

Holding her course along the backstretch and passed by runners on either side, Miss Freeze briefly found herself in last at the approach to the far turn, but picked things up again, gained a couple of positions, and midway around the bend grabbed a spot at the rail.

Once pacesetter Zenna drifted out in the turn, leaving a large and inviting opening at the rail, Miss Freeze took full advantage. The filly charged toward the lead and took over just past the three-sixteenths marker. Scampering to the wire, she opened up readily on new leader Wilburnmoney, and secured the victory by 6 1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:11.98.

Wilburnmoney finished a half length ahead of Paz the Bourbon, who closed into third. Completing the order of finish were Zenna, Christening and Holy Gold. [VIDEO]

Ortiz said, “She’s a very straightforward filly. First time out, it’s tough to win a stakes race, but she was ready. I like her a lot. She did everything right. She broke well. She took dirt like a professional. When it was clear by the quarter pole, I angled in as the rail was open for me and she really gave me a nice run.”

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The Lynbrook was not only a cause for great celebration for her owners, Joseph Bulger, Michael Imperio and DJC Racing Stables, but for her conditioner David Cannizzo, as well, who recorded his first stakes victory as a trainer.

“It’s a great feeling to get it done,” said Cannizzo. “It was beautiful, to say the least. We ran well in a bunch of New York-bred stakes before, but had never been able to break the ice.”

Cannizzo added, “Miss Freeze is a very special filly and I’m so grateful to the owners for letting me work with her. I also need to thank [bloodstock agent] Nick Sallusto, who has been a big factor in getting some really nice horses into my barn.”

As to Miss Freeze, Cannizzo said, “Since Day One, she’s been straightforward and has handled everything perfect. She’s handled everything we’ve thrown at her; we worked her against older horses and younger horses. She’s just been a dream.”

He also explained his thinking behind debuting the filly in a stakes race. “I figured this race would be a shorter field. The other race we [considered] was a 12-horse field. I didn’t want to have a troubled trip.”

Cannizzo will be pointing Miss Freeze to the $200,000 Seeking the Ante Stakes at Saratoga on August 26. “She ran hard, for a first start and I want to give her a chance to get into a good routine [at the Spa].”

Bred by Anthony Bruno and foaled at Rick Burke’s Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater, Miss Frost is the most recent reported foal out of Reata’s Vixen, a Kentucky-bred multiple winner and six-figure earner who is a half sister to multiple stakes winner Royal Currier, who banked nearly $870,000. The filly is her dam’s second winner of two foals to start.

A $57,000 yearling at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale last year, she was purchased by Sallusto and Albana for $150,000 at the OBS Spring Sale.

King Kreesa combines speed and heart in Forbidden Apple title defense

Sat, 2016-07-16 22:38

NYRA/Joe Labozzetta

By Sarah Mace

Millionaire King Kreesa, who has been seeking a return to the winner’s circle ever since taking last year’s renewal of the $150,000, one-mile Forbidden Apple Stakes, combined his hallmark speed with pure grit to win the race the again this year, digging deep to fend off 4-5 favorite Grade 1 winner Force the Pass.

Competitive in most of his six interim starts since winning the race last year, the 7-year-old King Cugat gelding was drawn in post four and bet down to 2-1 second choice under Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Out of the gate a jump ahead of the field, King Kreesa used his greatest asset, early speed, as his weapon of choice. He got over to the fence and led the way through fractions of 24.31 and 47.20 under a snug hold, while Force the Pass chased a length back in second.

King Kreesa continued to cruise along into the far turn, but Force the Pass eroded his lead leaving the pair nearly on even terms late in the bend after six furlongs in 1:09.82

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Still not headed at the top of the lane, King Kreesa brought out the second weapon in his arsenal: heart. He gave his all for the length of the stretch, holding off his stubborn foe. He ultimately won the battle, scoring his victory over Force the Pass by a nose.

Force the Pass finished 1 1/4 lengths ahead of New York-bred Tapitation, while New York-bred stalwart Lubash and Brickyard Kitten finished next in order. The final time for the mile was 1:33.06. [VIDEO]

Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. said, “There wasn’t too much pace in the race today and that’s his best race. I didn’t take anything away from him that he gave me. The trainer brought him ready because he went a little fast and then, when he felt the other one [Force the Pass] he kept fighting. He’s always a fighter, he has a big heart. He’s a nice horse.”

Trainer David Donk said, “Irad told me afterwards he [King Kreesa] really wants to battle. He didn’t want him to spurt away too much because he didn’t want him hanging.”

Donk continued, “I was really impressed. I was impressed with him last summer, and today. Everyone knows I’m not really a speed guy, but speed is your best friend. I said, ‘Don’t slow it down too much. But keep everybody honest.’ When Johnny [Velazquez aboard Force the Pass] hooked him, I said to myself, ‘Well, we’re going to find out.’”

Donk is considering the West Point Stakes on Saratoga Showcase Day, August 26, for the gelding’s next start.

Bred by owners Gerald and Susan Kresa under the banner of Horse Partners (and given an extra “e” in his name by his breeders, so that their often-mispronounced surname would not extend to the horse), 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, five-year-old Lady Kreesa by Stonesider, is a multiple winner, a stakes performer and has earned over $230,000.

King Kreesa’s remarkable career has to this point netted him $1,256,704 in earnings from 32 career starts. He has finished in the money 21 times, with ten wins in all (nine in stakes), seven seconds and four thirds while competing both in open company and the ultra-tough New York-bred turf male division.

Voted champion New York-bred turf male in 2013, he has been a contender for the honor both subsequent years, when Lubash took the title. Highlights of his career to date include a pair of victories in the Grade 3 Poker Stakes in 2013 and 2015 and a thrilling second to Wise Dan in the Grade 2 Fourstardave in 2013.

Runaway Lute parlays stumbling start into a romp in Rockville Centre

Sat, 2016-07-16 20:34

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

By Sarah Mace

Overcoming a stumble at the break which left him last in the opening strides, Runaway Lute (Midnight Lute) went on to score an impressive eight-plus length victory in Saturday’s 125,000 Rockville Centre for New York-bred 2-year-olds at Belmont Park. The dark bay son of Midnight Lute remains unbeaten in two career starts with $111,000 in earnings.

Trained by Gary Contessa for Herald Lerner and Nehoc Stables’, Runaway Lute ran true to his name in his Belmont unveiling on May 28, when he won by 12 lengths on the front end and completed five furlongs in 57.28. The Rockville Center was destined to teach him one of the most important lessons for speedy young horses: how to come from off the pace.

Partnered for the second straight time with Javier Castellano, and narrow second choice in the betting at 7-5 to odds-on Tremont winner Silver Mission, Runaway Lute’s stumbling start out of post four allowed the rest to get a jump on him, but the colt got into stride in short order and rallied from fifth to third.

Settling in three lengths behind pacesetter Manifest Destiny and Silver Mission, who between them carved out an opening quarter mile of 22.16 and half in 48.85, Runaway Lute came under some coaxing in the far turn, swung three wide into the stretch and caught up to the dueling leaders.

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He nabbed the lead just past the three-sixteenths pole and from that point it just became a matter of how much the colt would win by, as he drew off impressively in the final furlong under encouragement. In the end the margin of victory was 8 3/4 lengths and he stopped the clock after six furlongs over the fast Belmont track at 1:10.82.

Ethan Hunt closed from fourth to get the place money, while Tremont winner Silver Mission finished 1 1/4 lengths back in third. Early leader Manifest Destiny and Concatulations completed the order of finish. [VIDEO]

Winning rider Javier Castellano said, “[Runaway Lute]’s shown a lot of potential. I think he’s going to be a really good horse in the future. The way he did it today, he did it the right way. When it was time to go, he [went.] He switched at the right time and right place. You don’t see too many 2-year-olds that way. It’s a big advantage for a jockey to ride those kind of horses.”

Added Castellano, “He had problems at the start but it didn’t matter. I didn’t want to rush and put him in the lead. I wanted to teach him something. Today was the perfect scenario for that [with] only a five-horse field.”

Trainer Gary Contessa said he left the race strategy in his jockey’s capable hands in the first place. “Looking at this race on paper, I was thinking, ‘Man, there’s three serious speed horses in here. Are we going to have to rate?’ But when you have Javier Castellano, you don’t even have to have that discussion. I always tell Castellano, just ride him Castellano style, however it comes up.”

Contessa also thought that the poor break was a blessing in disguise. “Obviously, after the fact, I’m glad he got left a little bit [at the break] because he showed us a new dimension. If you want to have a good horse, he’s got to have that ability to not have things go his way and win anyway. So I’m glad to see this, I’ve always thought he was a super horse.”

The conditioner sees big things in Runaway Lute’s future and is eager for the next challenge. “Now we’ll take the next step forward, maybe the [Grade 2, $200,000] Saratoga Special [on August 14] or the [Grade 1, $350,000] Hopeful [on September 5], but we’re definitely going to go open company because I think he’s that good.”

Bred by Windlea Farm and foaled at Tender Loving Care in Slate, Runaway Lute is the second black type winner for his dam, Nikki Tootsie, an unplaced Maryland-bred daughter of Waquoit. Her first foal Judy Soda (Personal Flag) was a multiple New York-bred stakes-winning homebred for Scott Solar who earned nearly $400,000. Her English Channel filly Style Drift has earned six figures. In all Nikki Tootsie has produced seven winners from eight foals to start and currently has a yearling colt by English Channel, and a weanling filly by Midshipman.

Runaway Lute was purchased by Harold Lerner for $77,000 at last summer’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale from the consignment of McMahon of Saratoga.

Zayat Stables goes to $185,000 for Mission Impazible yearling at F-T KY

Wed, 2016-07-13 08:31

By Sarah Mace

Zayat Stables, EQB, Agent, snapped up a colt by New York-based Mission Impazible, currently the nation’s leading freshman sire, out of a graded stakes-producing mare for $185,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July selected yearling sale on Tuesday.

Hip 192, who was sold by Sequel New York, Agent, was bred by a partnership of Sequel Thoroughbreds and Twin Creeks Farm – the same connections who brought out Mission Impazible juvenile standout, and Tremont Stakes winner Silver Mission.

The grey or roan colt, who was foaled on April 9, 2015, is out of Deputy Reality, an unplaced daughter of Halo Reality, whose dam is graded stakes placed Halo Reality. Deputy Reality is a half sister to stakes winner and graded stakes-placed A. P. Reality and stakes performer Can’t Stop the Kid.

Deputy Reality has produced three winners, topped by Teeth of the Dog, by Bluegrass Cat, who won the 2012 Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes and earned over $414,000.

The Mission Impazible colt brought over twice the sale average, which was $86,101. Mission Impazible (Unbridled’s Song), stands at Sequel Stallions New York for a 2016 stud fee of $7,500.

Effinex finds redemption in Suburban repeat, Samraat a game second

Sat, 2016-07-09 22:15

NYRA/Susie Raisher

By Sarah Mace

Reunited with regular jockey Mike Smith and back to his home oval, Effinex put his mysterious June 18 clunker in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs far behind him, with a repeat victory in the Grade 2, $500,000 Suburban Handicap on Stars & Stripes Saturday at Belmont Park. A resurgent Samraat, who set the pace, finished an ultra-game second to produce a New York-bred exacta in the prestigious 1 1/4-mile race.

When entries were drawn for the Suburban, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said “I don’t know what happened [to Effinex] last time [in the Stephen Foster, where he finished sixth as the 3-5 favorite under Gary Stevens]. He ran kind of wide. Maybe he didn’t like that, but we’ll give it another go.” Drawn in post four of seven, 122-pound highweight Effinex was 2-1 second choice by a nickle behind favorite Mubtaahij.

Effinex settled in second position after the break, a length behind a pacesetting Samraat (11-1), who carved out moderate early fractions of 25.31 and 49.34 after exiting post six.

The two New York-breds continued one-two for the length of the backstretch, but midway around the far turn Effinex began to press harder, coming up on even terms with his rival. The pair raced nose-to-nose approaching the quarter pole, and set up for a hammer-and-tongs battle to the wire.

The thrilling head-to-head tussle lasted the length of stretch, until Effinex surged in the final strides, to post a neck win over Samraat. Mubtaahij, who advanced a bid at the rail, finished 1 1/4 back in third. After a mile in 1:36.50, the final time of the race was 2:01.04. [VIDEO]

Mike Smith said, “He ran wonderful. I got him away good. I got to the outside and got in comfortable, and in a rhythm.  He’s funny sometimes. You have to work with him, but I’ve been so lucky to ride him at the right time. The post was right; everything always seems to be right. I just got blessed again.”

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Samraat’s jockey Jose Ortiz said, “Everything went like we planned. He broke great and I sent him to the lead. We set very good fractions for the distance. Mike [Smith] never let me go more than one or two lengths in front of him. He sat right there, half a length behind me, the whole way. When I asked him to go, he did. We sprinted home. I got beat by a nice horse. I’m glad to see Samraat back in form.”

Jimmy Jerkens commented, “All things came together. I guess [Effinex]’s a natural at a mile-and-a-quarter. He’s a grinder. It looks like he can out-grind anybody out there, it looks like. We’ll take it.”

This second Suburban win for Effinex also had a special place in the conditioner’s heart. “I always loved this race,” said Jerkens. “When I was a little kid, my father [late Hall of Famer Allen Jerkens] won this race a bunch of times with Beau Purple. He used to love to run in it any chance he could. He was a New York guy and those New York handicap races always meant a lot to him, and to me too. It’s great to win here.”

Dave Grening noted that “Effinex is the first horse to win back-to-back Suburbans since Devil His Due in 1993-94, who was trained by Allen Jerkens. In 1994, the horse was ridden by Mike Smith.”

As to the future for Effinex, Jerkens said, “You can’t rule anything out. [The Grade 1 Whitney on August 6 at Saratoga] is a little close. It all depends on how he’s doing, and who’s running. Sometimes it’s better just keep running.”

Effinex is a five-time graded stakes winner, topped by his victory last year the Grade 1 Clark and runner-up finish to Triple Crown hero American Pharoah in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which earned him the title of New York-bred Horse of the Year. He has a record of nine wins, two seconds and four thirds in 22 starts with earnings of $2,962,950, which puts him third place on the all-time New York-bred earnings list, behind 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide ($3,529,412) and A Shin Forward, who raced exclusively in Japan ($3,421,360).

Bred by Dr. Russell S. Cohen and campaigned by his mother Bernice’s Tri-Bone Stables, Effinex is the only foal out of multiple stakes-winning Tri-Bone homebred What a Pear by E Dubai. What a Pear’s dam Perfect Pair was purchased by Tri-Bone as a juvenile at OBS in 1999 for $28,000. The stable is named after Cohen’s three sons, who called one another “bonehead” when they were growing up.


Fish Trappe Road comes up big in Grade 2 Dwyer

Sat, 2016-07-09 21:07

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By Sarah Mace

Up-and-coming sophomore Fish Trappe Road doubled down on his strong runner-up finish to Tom’s Ready in the Woody Stephens on June 11, when he charged home from a stalking position to score an impressive 1 1/4-length victory in Belmont’s Grade 3, $500,000 Dwyer on Belmont’s Stars & Stripes Day. The race, in its 99th running, is carded for 3-year-olds at one mile.

Trained by Bret Calhoun for Martin Racing Stable LLC, Fish Trappe Road (3-1 second choice) got away with the vanguard from his outside post under Luis Saez, but took back to stalk speedy duelers The Great Whiteway and Laoban, who clocked a first half mile in 46.47.

Along the backstretch and into the far turn Fish Trappe Road raced a length and a half behind the front pair in tandem with Economic Model, while keeping the favorite penned in on the dead rail. Midway on the far turn, he began his bid in earnest.

Swinging out three wide into the lane, Fish Trappe Road took command from new leader Laoban in upper stretch, edged ahead, and finished with gusto 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Economic Model, who finally made his way off the rail, re-rallied and nosed closer Tale of S’avall for second.

After six furlongs in 1:10.42, Fish Trappe Road completed the mile in 1:34.84. [VIDEO]

Jockey Luis Saez commented, “Very nice trip. He broke good. He usually breaks very quick and fights you the whole time. But today, he was so relaxed. He was perfect and he finished strong.”

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Bret Calhoun followed up with a comment on the race dynamics and high praise for Saez’ ride. “When the post positions came out, I felt really, really good. It gave us a lot of options out there,” said Calhoun. “He didn’t have to be pushed. Luis rode him perfectly. I’ve been playing this race out in my head for a couple of days since it was drawn, and it played out exactly the way I thought it would.”

Calhoun also observed of the colt in general, “He’s matured a lot. He was a big kid at two, played 24-7. Now, it’s all just coming together mentally and physically.”

At two Fish Trappe Road broke his maiden in his fourth start on September 11, and closed out the year as the runner-up after a pace-setting bid in the Sleepy Hollow. This year, off the board in the Grade 2 Lacomte, he won an open allowance before his eye-opening performance in the Woody Stephens.

For Fish Trappe Road’s next start at Saratoga, Calhoun is considering the 1 1/8-mile Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 30, or the 7-furlong, Grade 1 King’s Bishop on August 27.

A handsome grey son of Trappe Shot, and his sire’s first stakes winner, Fish Trappe Road was bred in partnership by Rhapsody Farm in Plymouth, where he was foaled, with Jon Davis. He is out of Electric Shock, a New York-bred stakes winner bred by Driver-Ferguson, who was purchased in foal by Rhapsody Farm at the 2012 Keeneland November ale for $22,000.

Electric Shock has produced six winners, including three more stakes performers, All Electric, Electric Chant and Electric Temptress. She has a yearling colt by Shanghai Bobby.

A $140,000 Fasig-Tipton New York preferred Saratoga yearling, Fish Trappe Road was purchased the following year at OBS March by Martin Racing Stables for $95,000. A winner of three of nine starts with three seconds, he has earned $518,185.

Wake Up in Malibu cruises in Saginaw

Fri, 2016-07-08 23:19

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By Sarah Mace

Saul and Max Kupferberg’s Wake Up in Malibu, a 5-year-old gelding by Malibu Moon, made his stakes debut a winning one, when he wired a small but select field to win Friday’s $100,000 Saginaw Stakes at Belmont Park for older New York-breds at 1 1/16 miles.

Already a consistent runner, with four wins and 12 on-the-board finishes in 15 starts, Wake Up in Malibu broke his maiden and cleared his first-level state-bred allowance condition for trainer George Weaver, under whose care he finished only three times out of the money in 12 starts.

Claimed by the Kupferbergs from Jim and Susan Hill when dropped in for a $35,000 tag last summer at Saratoga, the gelding evolved into more of a confirmed front runner in three races for John Parisella, recording a first, second and a third. The Saginaw was his first start for the Charlton Baker barn.

Drawn in post three, and supported to the tune of 3-1 odds as second betting choice, Wake Up in Malibu was taken to the front by jockey Manny Franco after the break, and led the way, a length ahead of Sioux, through an opening half mile in 45.12. Royal Posse chased the pace three lengths back.

Pressured by Sioux around the far turn, who pulled nearly even approaching the head of the stretch, Wake Up in Malibu spurted clear once he straightened away for the drive. Opening up as much as four lengths, the gelding kept to business to the wire, where he posted a 2 1/4-length victory over fast-closing favorite Royal Posse.

Good Luck Gus finished two lengths back in third, followed by Sioux and Pax in Terra. After a mile in 1:33.71, Wake Up in Malibu stopped the clock at 1:40.39. [VIDEO]

Manny Franco, who had ridden Wake Up in Malibu to victory in his one claiming appearance, said, “I just let him do his thing. He likes to be on the lead. The trainer told me, if the other horse [Sioux, No. 2] goes, just sit beside him, if not, then take the lead. And that’s what we did. I won on him at Saratoga last year for George Weaver, so I know the horse and, today, he was better than ever.”

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Trainer Charlie Baker was all smiles.  “He was looking like he was running comfortable. He was great. I thought maybe I should have waited one more race before he went against this type of competition, but I figured I’d take a shot. He trains like a great horse.”

Baker added, “He’s a nice horse and as he gets more fit, he’ll be better.”

Owner Saul Kupferberg, on hand for the victory, said, “I have to give [retired trainer] John Parisella the credit. He found the horse at Saratoga and recommended we claim him. I was a little nervous when I saw the [fast] fractions, but it looked like he had plenty left. We’d like to look at some stakes in Saratoga, but it’s up to Charlie [Baker]. He’s the boss.”

Bred by Vivien Malloy’s Edition Farm in Hyde Park, where he was foaled, Wake Up in Malibu is one of four winners and the second black type winner out of Wake Up Kiss (Cure the Blues), a multiple stakes winner bred by John Hettinger who was voted New York-bred Champion Turf Female in 2003.

Edition purchased the mare for $380,000 at the 2004 Keeneland November Sale when she was carrying her first foal, A Shin Forward, by Forest Wildcat, who went on to win the Grade 1 Mile Championship at Kyoto and earn over $3.4 million in Japan.

Wake up in Malibu is a Keeneland September yearling sales graduate, where he was purchased by Jim and Susan Hill for $100,000. With five wins, three seconds and five thirds from 16 starts, the gelding has earned $286,110.

Haveyougoneaway lands first New York victory in Dancin Renee

Sun, 2016-07-03 22:11

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By Sarah Mace

Haveyougoneaway, a multiple stakes winner in Arkansas and Oklahoma, is beginning to make people sit up and take notice in her native state. Second to the accomplished Bar of Gold while making her New York debut in the Critical Eye Stakes at Belmont Park on May 30, the 5-year-old Congrats mare overhauled the frontrunners in the final furlong to beat a salty field in Sunday’s six-furlong, $100,000 Dancin Renee for New York-bred fillies and mares.

Racing for Champion Racing Stable and trainer Allen Milligan through April 14 of this year, Haveyougoneaway is now in Tom Morley’s barn and sports the colors of Sequel Stable.

She was well-supported at the windows for the race as the 5-2 co-second choice along with Quezon, both behind 7-5 favorite Hot City Girl, the Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks winner, who was making her first start since February.

Away cleanly from post six at the break, Haveyougoneaway was content to race near the back of the field in the early stages, several lengths off a blistering pace set by Perfect Freud (:21.95) and Hot City Girl (:45.21).

Advancing through the turn and sailing through a seam at the quarter pole to assume the three path, Haveyougoneaway began to hunt down the tiring Hot City Girl and energetic Quezon. Taking over inside the final furlong and kicking way, she won by a decisive 2 3/4 lengths geared down. Quezon finished second, 4 1/2 lengths ahead of Hot City Girl.

Perfect Freud, Non Finisce Mai, Isabelle and Court Dancer completed the order of finish. Haveyougoneaway completed six furlongs in 1:09.10. [VIDEO]

Winning jockey Kendrick Carmouche said, “She broke very well and I was just waiting for position to get inside. . . Once I angled out at the eighth pole, I knew I had a lot of horse left so I just rode her home from there.”

Carmouche added, “All the props go to Thomas Morley and the connections. I’m just happy to be on this horse.”

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Said Morley, who was celebrating his first stakes win as a trainer, “When I first saw the past performances of this race, with all the speed in there, I really thought this race would shape out in our favor. We knew we would get the six furlongs.

Morley continued, “We got beat by a Grade 1-placed filly [Bar of Gold] last time [in the Critical Eye], and beat a graded-placed filly this time.

“[Haveyougoneaway] showed a lot of gears going six furlongs today against a set of good fillies knocking heads up front today. She was very impressive. She stalked the trip perfectly and, after that, it was done and dusted in a couple of strides.”

Bred by Andy and Susan Beadnell and foaled at Bead Land & Cattle Company in Pottersville, Haveyougoneaway is the most accomplished of two winners out of One Wise Cowgirl, an unraced New York-bred daughter of Wiseman’s Ferry also bred by the Beadnells.

Winner of the Flashy Lady Stakes at Remington Park in September 2015, Haveyougoneaway nearly swept the filly and mare sprint series at Oaklawn Park this year, winning the American Beauty and Spring Fever Stakes and finishing second the Carousel. After winning nine races in all, with four seconds and six thirds from 24 start, she has boosted her earnings to just over a half-million dollars ($502,425).

A $50,000 weanling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Mixed sale in 2011, the mare brought $105,000 as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. Champion Racing Stable, Inc. purchased Haveyougoneaway as a 2-year-old for a mere $1,200 at the 2013 Keeneland November sale when she was offered as a racing or broodmare prospect.

Doctor J Dub startles field of Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint at 28-1

Sat, 2016-07-02 22:36

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By Sarah Mace

Drawing Away Stable’s Doctor J Dub got out of the blocks quickly from post seven under jockey Tyler Gaffalione and never looked back to wire Gulfstream Park’s $75,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint on Saturday in a game effort at odds of 28-1.

Six-year-old Doctor J Dub resumed blinkers for the Bob Umphrey, equipment he had shed when stretching out to a mile in his prior start on June 26 at Gulfstream. The sprinter tired and ran up the track at the longer distance and trainer Jena Antonucci explained, “[Going a mile] was an experiment for us, more a pedigree thing. It’s hard to take an older horse and shut him down and have him go two turns. But it was a question we wanted to ask, so the race became more of a big breeze for him.” The Bob Umphrey was Doctor J Dub’s third start for Antonucci after relocating from the barn of Maria Borell.

Returning to his favored five-furlong distance, at which he scored all four prior wins, all at Gulfstream, Doctor J Dub got a jump on the field at the break, and spent the length of race fending off the attentions of multiple-stakes winner Daring Kathy.

Leading by a length through early splits of 21.93 and 43.83 under a snug hold, the bay was asked for his utmost and dug deep for the length of the stretch. He refused to give ground to the rival who pressed at his flank, and scored a game victory by a neck in a final time of 55.38 over the firm turf. Daring Kathy (3-1) finished second, followed across the line by 3-2 favorite Starship Kitten.

“I’m so proud of this horse,” Antonucci said. “Our huge focus when we got him was to get him to take a breath, relax, be happy.” She is thinking of bringing the gelding, who broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park at three for $12,500 and has raced exclusively in the Sunshine State, to New York.

Doctor J Dub was bred by Dr. Patricia S. Purdy in partnership with Edwin and Mara Edelberg and foaled at Patricia and Chris Purdy’s Ivy League Farm in Ithaca. He sold as a weaning for $50,000 at Keeneland November in 2010, as a yearling for $110,000 at Keeneland September and ultimately for $195,000 at the OBS select 2-year-old sale in 2012. He is one of three winners and first stakes winner from three starters out of Anotherbusride (Delineator), who is a half sister to Grade 1 winner Tali’sluckybusride. The mare was purchased by Purdy at the 2007 Keeneland January sale for $28,000 and has since been resold.

From five wins, five seconds and four thirds, Doctor J Dub has earned $129,205.

Love that Jazz wires Ontario County Stakes

Mon, 2016-06-27 22:17

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By Sarah Mace

Happy Face Racing Stable’s Love That Jazz (Not for Love) added a second stakes victory to his resume Monday when he wired the $50,000 Ontario County Stakes for New York-bred sophomores at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack.

Love That Jazz broke his maiden in style for trainer Steve Asmussen last September by winning the Aspirant Stakes in his fourth career start, also on the front end, at the same six-furlong trip as the Ontario County. After six races at two, the bay ridgling moved to the care of trainer Charlton Baker for 2016. A game winner of a six-furlong allowance race at Belmont in his sophomore debut on May 16, he was looking for a second straight victory for his new barn.

Third choice in the field of six at odds of 9-2 with Luis Perez in the irons for the first time, Love That Jazz got right down to business shortly after the bell from his rail post, scooting inside favorite Championofthenile, who got away first, to lead by a half-length through a quarter in 21.82 and half in 44.56.

Shaking off his pursuit in the stretch and widening his advantage, Love That Jazz drove to the wire, while keeping challengers at bay. He won by a length in a final time of 1:10.42. Saratoga Giro, who closed from midpack, and Championofthenile finished heads apart in second and third, followed across the line by D’funnything, who ran up on the pace, Terian and Freud’s Affair. [VIDEO]

Bred by Saratoga Glenn Farm in Schuylerville, Love That Jazz is one of five winners, and the most recent reported foal, from six foals to start out of Val’s Jazz, a multiple stakes-placed winner bred in Texas who earned over $145,000.

The producer of two other stakes winners and six-figure earners, Grand Refer (Grand Slam) and Boowoogeemalia (El Corredor), Val’s Jazz was purchased by Saratoga Glen for just $5,000 at the 2006 Keeneland November sale.

In eight starts Love That Jazz has earned $183,208 from a pair of stakes victories, his allowance win, two seconds and a third.

Louisville First by Girolamo prevails in Cupecoy’s Joy

Sun, 2016-06-26 22:32

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By Sarah Mace

RAP Racing’s Louisville First, sired by former New York Darley stallion Girolamo, surprised a robust field of nine with a 14-1 score from her outside post in the $100,000 Cupecoy’s Joy division of the New York Stallion Stakes (NYSS). The contest for New York-sired 3-year-old fillies, with a matching race for males earlier on Sunday’s card, was run at seven furlongs on Belmont’s Widener turf course.

Making her seventh career start, and racing for just the second time on turf, Louisville First and new rider Eric Cancel got out of the gate smartly, but ultimately settled in fourth, letting even speedier types set the early fractions. NYSS Park Avenue winner Libreta clocked a first quarter mile in 22.75 and half in 45.62, with Little Bear Cat and Wonderment in hot pursuit.

Taking the far turn three wide Louisville First joined the cavalry charge to the wire in the stretch. All out, and dispatching her rivals one-by-one in the final sixteenth, the bay filly charged gamely to the wire to score the win by a 1/2 length in a final time of 1:21.97.

Little Bear Cat (13-1) nosed Frosty Margarita (9-2) for second to generate a $340 exacta and $2,162 trifecta on $2 investments. Baronet, Libreta, Ametrine, Free N Clear, Wonderment and Naked Empress completed the order of finish. [VIDEO]

Cancel believed his mount would be capable of mounting a late charge. “She warmed up really good when we were on the track so I knew she would be ready today. She felt really prepared, I didn’t have to ask her early because I knew I had a lot of horse. I just remained patient and she really went off again and extended in the stretch.”

Blair Golen, assistant to winning trainer George Weaver, said, “Her last race, her first race on the turf, she ran very well. She came out of that race good and she’s fit, so why not? We’re just really happy with her and she’s come a long way. She was a little nervous last year but this year, she’s come back into racing just comfortable. She does everything right in the morning. She’s great to be around.”

Bred by Mr. and Mrs. James G. Bell, Louisville First is one of two registered New York-breds, and three winners from four runners out of Move Clickly, a Kentucky-bred six-figure-earner by Cherokee Run. A $70,000 Keeneland September yearling in 2014, Louisville First was purchased by her owners for $120,000 at the 2015 OBS March sale of 2-year-olds. From two firsts, a second and a third, the filly has earned $133,350.

Darley’s Grade 1-winning son of A.P. Indy Girolamo began his stud career in 2012 at Becky Thomas and Dennis Narlinger’s Sequel Stallions New York before relocating to Kentucky. Breeder “Jimmy” Bell is president and racing manager of Darley America and board president of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.


Freud’s Cloud Control kicks clear in NYSS Spectacular Bid

Sun, 2016-06-26 20:13

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By Sarah Mace

Chester and Mary Broman’s lightly-raced Cloud Control, a blaze-faced bay colt by Freud, scored a thoroughly professional victory in the $100,000 Spectacular Bid division of the New York Stallion Stakes (NYSS) for New York-sired 3-year-olds. This was the first of a pair of featured NYSS races run at seven furlongs on Belmont’s Widener turf course on Sunday.

Well-beaten on May 4 in his grassy debut at Belmont at six furlongs, and graduating 18 days later via a disqualification in a mile race, Cloud Control was still looking to cross the finish line first in the afternoon. With Angel Arroyo aboard for the third time, the pair drew the rail as 6-1 fourth choice in the field of seven.

After getting away well at the break, Cloud Control saved ground in the pocket in fifth, then fourth, along the backstretch and around the far turn. Meanwhile, Sudden Surprise led the herd through early fractions of 23.21 and 46.20.

Patiently awaiting running room around the quarter pole, Cloud Control was able to maneuver out in upper stretch and advance on the leaders through a seam three wide. After gaining second, then hooking up wth new leader Bust Another with a furlong to go, Cloud Control dueled his rival into submission and kicked clear in the final 100 yards to win by length. His final time was a sharp 1:21.85.

Bust Another finished second, followed 1 1/2 lengths back by Go Go Lucky. Crossing the wire next in order were Silent Waters, Dearie, Spooked Out and Sudden Surprise. [VIDEO]

Angel Arroyo reported, “I got a very good trip. My horse broke great and I put him towards the rail. I got to save ground and wait for the stretch where he switched leads and took off easy. It’s only his third race and he keeps getting better and better.”

Trainer John Kimmel sounded pleasantly surprised. “I thought he would give a good effort. I wasn’t sure what kind of horses would be in this race. It’s a weird race, 3-year-olds, seven-eighths, stallion series, on the grass. I really didn’t know if I had a good handle on who his competition would be, but I knew there probably couldn’t be a whole lot of horses as good as he is,” said Kimmel.

Kimmel was also upbeat about Cloud Control’s prospects. ““I think he showed today that he’s got a lot of talent. Yeah I think [he could go further]. He’s a big strong horse. He was injured as a 2-year-old, he had an injury to his hock and it was just nice to see a horse like that come back. He’s a big stout horse with limited experience and to see him move forward like he did today, I think he’ll have a nice future.”

Cloud Control is the second foal to start and second winner out of Amiga Del Sol, a winning Broman homebred by Friends Lake also trained by Kimmel. Chestertown Farm purchased Amiga Del Sol’s dam Inca Sun (Conquistador Cielo) for $80,000 at the 2002 Keeneland November sale.

Rockridge sires Trinniberg, Midas Touch, and Posse to Shuttle to Uruguay

Thu, 2016-06-23 15:37

(Edited press release)

Rockridge Stud in Hudson is announcing today that three of their stallions will shuttle to Uruguay for Southern Hemisphere breeding in 2016.

Trinniberg (2009 by Teuflesberg out of Bella Dorato) will shuttle to Haras La Concordia y Haras Cuatro Piedras for the 2016 and 2017 Southern Hemisphere breeding seasons. The deal was brokered by Ricardo Colombo. Trinniberg previously shuttled to Brazil in 2014, where he bred 138 mares.

Midas Touch (GB) (2007 by Galileo (IRE) out of Approach (GB)) has been sold to Haras Rapetti & Associates and will ship to Uruguay for their 2016 breeding season. Haras Rapetti already shuttles Rockridge stallion Posse, who will return there for the coming season as well, both under the care of stallion manager Juan Carlos Montenegro.

Said Rockridge Stud’s Lere Visagie, “The farm [Haras Rapetti] has shown interest in Midas Touch since he came to us and we were hoping to work out a shuttle arrangement. Unfortunately, the untimely death of Midas Touch’s owner, Andres Rodriguez, forced the estate to find a buyer for him. He has found a very good home.” The sale and shuttling agreements for both Midas Touch and Posse were brokered by Miguel Ezcurra Bloodstock.

Trinniberg and Posse will return to Rockridge in December2016 for the 2017 breeding season in New York.

Fingerpainter upends Niagara Stakes at odds of 18-1

Mon, 2016-06-20 23:54

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By Sarah Mace

The engagingly-named Fingerpainter (Nobiz Like Shobiz) got up just in time to put a head in front of 1-4 rival Absatootly and annex the $50,000 Niagara Stakes at Finger Lakes on Monday at odds 18-1. The six-furlong dash was carded for 3-year-old New York-bred fillies.

Out of the gate the quickest of six, Fingerpainter took back into third, allowing the heavy favorite Absatootly to dictate the pace through swift early fractions of 22.46 and 46.00.

Moving up into second around the three-sixteenths marker, Fingerpainter set her sights on the leader, but stakes winner Absatootly still led by more than a length within the furlong grounds and was being ridden with complete confidence.

Never saying “die,” jockey Gabriel Suarez kept Fingerpainter digging to the wire, and the dark bay filly had enough left in the tank for a final surge. She collared Absatootly just at the finish and scored her victory by a head. Fabulous Dream finished three lengths back in in third. Completing the order of finish were Beach Princess, Queen of New York and Ohmygollymsmolly. Ask Mae and Wonderment were scratched. The final time was 1:11.35. [VIDEO]

Fingerpainter, who is owned and trained by Timothy Murphy, had tried stakes competition at the Farmington oval twice at two, finishing well back in the Lady Finger Stakes last September, and, after breaking her maiden in an intervening start, running a close second in the Shesastonecoldfox Stakes in November. Before the Niagara, the filly shook off the winter rust with two conditioned allowance starts two weeks apart at Finger Lakes, finishing off the board on May 16, and second over good going on May 30.

Fingerpainter was bred by Richard and Kay Zwirn and foaled at their Rainbow Fields Farm in Gansevoort. She is one of four winners from five foals to start out of Twinkie Zone, a New York-bred homebred for Very Un Stable. The Zwirns purchased the multiple winner for a song ($1,000) at the 2008 New York mixed sale. The mare currently has a 2-year-old filly by Cosmonaut.

With a record of three wins and two seconds from nine starts, Fingerpainter has earned $71,627.

Ancient Secret still unbeaten after Wild Applause

Sun, 2016-06-19 22:55

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By Sarah Mace

Alpha Delta Stables’ lightly-raced Ancient Secret (Kantharos), undefeated winner of her first two starts against New York-breds, kicked home to collar Thundering Sky in the open, $100,000 Wild Applause, Sunday’s Belmont Park feature for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on the Widener Turf Course.

Conditioned by Belmont’s leading trainer Chad Brown and 3-1 second choice in the field of ten behind stablemate Ava’s Kitten (2-1), Ancient Secret was teamed up for her third straight Belmont start with Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Out of the gate sharply from post four, Ancient Secret was taken back into fourth to rate behind early pacesetter Summer Reading (8-1), who posted a 23.21 quarter and 47.08 half.

Picking up momentum around the far turn, Ancient Secret angled out four wide and began to kick into gear. Charging hard for home to tackle new leader Thundering Sky (16-1), who inherited the lead from third, she got up in the shadow of the wire to win by a head. Welcoming finished 1 1/2 lengths back in third, a neck ahead of Ava’s Kitten in fourth. After six panels in 1:10.73, the final time for the race was 1:33.92. [VIDEO]

Jockey Ortiz, Jr. said, “She’s a very handy filly. She broke well and I just let her put me where she wanted to be. Chad told me she’s a New York-bred and she’s a nice filly. When I asked her, she had plenty of run. I think she’ll be able to go further.”

Brown’s assistant Cherie DeVaux also touted the filly’s prospects and New York-bred status: “I thought she ran great. She has always trained very well. We’ve had high hopes for her all along, so it’s nice to see her step up in open company in her third race. She really ran to the way she’s been presenting herself. Being a New York-bred and having her for the whole summer is exciting.”

Ancient Secret, a debut winner by three lengths at Belmont going six furlongs in October 2015, returned as a sophomore to win by four-plus lengths at seven furlongs against state-bred allowance horses on May 14. In each case, as on Sunday, she rallied from off the pace.

Bred by Lambholm and foaled at Cedar Ridge Farm in Pine Plains, Ancient Secret is the first winner and first registered New York-bred out of Privacy. The filly sold on the opening day of the 2015 OBS spring sale to Steven Young, agent, for $225,000.

Privacy, a winning Florida-bred mare by Notebook also bred by Lambholm. is a half-sister to stakes winner Admonition. Her 2014 foal by Posse named Hiding, is also a registered New York-bred.