Parting Glass Racing’s Wholelottashakin (Scat Daddy), competing without blinkers for the first time in the nineteenth start of her career, delivered an impressive and gusty pacesetting performance to finish second in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, which was run at 1 1/16 miles on the turf course.
Drawn toward the outside of the full, competitive field of twelve fillies and mares with Alan Garcia aboard, in from south Florida to take the mount, the Tom Bush trainee was well-supported as the 4-1 second betting choice.
Sharp out of the gate, Wholelottashakin outsprinted the field early and crossed over into the two-path to grab a one-length lead by the time the field entered the clubhouse turn.
Cruising along comfortably at the rail along the backstretch while maintaining with a half-length lead over a pressing Graham Motion-trained Cloud Scapes (Smart Strike), Wholelottashakin faced direct challenges in the far turn from Cloud Scapes and Final Escrow, as she ticked off three-quarters of a mile in 1:13.88.
Cutting the corner neatly and regaining a one-length lead in upper stretch, Wholelottashakin dug in gamely for the charge to the wire, but was faced with an ultra-persistent Cloud Scapes who kept in the fight and in deep stretch just got up to win by a neck in a final time of 1:42.75. Floral Romance and Moment in Dixie finished a neck apart 2 1/4 lengths further back.
Alan Garcia said, “We got to the front easily so I was happy to let her settle and wait for a challenge. I asked for run in the final turn and she responded and I thought we were home. I could feel the others coming in deep stretch but she kept finding more right to the finish and we just missed.”
A multiple stakes-placed runner, who has compiled a record of 3-7-2 from 19 starts with $289,015 in earnings, Wholelottashakin earned her first graded black type in the Endeavour. The 5-year-old bay mare shadowed forth good things to come early on in her career, finishing second to eventual Grade 1 winner Dayatthespa in Gulfstream Park’s Sweetest Chant in January 2012 in her fourth career start and inaugural race of her three-year old campaign.
In 2013 Wholelottashakin was one of the main contenders in the very strong New York-bred filly and mare turf ranks, finishing second to Dayatthespa in the Yaddo at Saratoga last summer, second to Effie Trinket next out in the John Hettinger at Belmont in September and third to that same rival in the Ticonderoga on Showcase Day.
Bred by Mia Gallo and foaled at Tom and Mia Gallo’s Blue Stone Farm in Cambridge, Wholelottashakin is the last reported foal and one of seven winning offspring of the stakes-placed New York-bred mare Carr Shaker, a daughter of Carr de Naskra ($72,405). Other successful progeny are Grade 3-winner Dewars Rocks ($314,861), and stakes-placed runners Northern Shaker and Woodford Rocks.
Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency purchased Carr Shaker at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton December Mixed sale in Timonium for $10,000.
Mission Impazible, the multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire by Unbridled’s Song, sired his first foal when a filly was born late Monday, Jan. 20 at Hidden Lake Farm in Otisville, NY.
The dark bay filly, with a striking white blaze, is out of the Forest Wildcat mare Stella Be Good, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Stage Classic. She was bred by Hidden Lake Farm.
Tagged as a TDN Rising Star at two, Mission Impazible won the Louisiana Derby (G2) at three and New Orleans Handicap (G2) at four. He was runner-up in the Stephen Foster H. (G1), Clark H. (G1), and Donn H. (G1) before retiring with earnings of nearly $1.3 million.
Mission Impazible is set to stand his second season at Sequel Stallions New York for a fee of $7,500 stands and nurses.
The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) has announced the nominees for the New York-Bred Divisional Champions of 2013. New York turf writers, handicappers, racing analysts and others will vote on the winners in each division. The voters will also choose the 2013 New York-Bred Horse of the Year.
The 2013 New York-Bred Divisional Champions and Horse of the Year will be announced at NYTB’s Annual Awards Banquet on the evening of Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, New York. Also to be honored at the banquet will be Steeplechase Champion, Broodmare of the Year, Breeder of the Year, and the leading New York-bred trainer and jockey.
The nominees for the 2013 New York-bred Champions in each division are:Two-Year-Old Male Breeder Owner Empire Dreams Pegasus Dream Stable West Point Thoroughbreds Marvin’s Miracle Flying Zee Stables Bacon Barn Samraat My Meadowview LLC My Meadowview Farm Wired Bryan Anstu Farm LLC Anstu Stables Inc.
Two-Year-Old Filly Breeder Owner Artemis Agrotera Chester Broman & Mary R. Broman Chester and Mary Broman Flipcup Team Penney Racing Team Penney Racing Miss Narcissist Tony Grey Acqua Nova Stable, Winter Park Partners and Linda Rice
Three-Year-Old Male Breeder Owner Amberjack Dixie Farm Peachtree Stable Comandante Andrew Cohen, IEAH Stables & Partners Three Diamonds Farm Escapefromreality Brooklyn Boyz Stables Inc. MeB Racing Stables LLC & Brooklyn Boyz Stables London Bridge Patricia S. Purdy Waratah Thoroughbreds Notacatbutallama Happy Hill Farm Repole Stable West Hills Giant Robert Castelli Long Island Racing Stables, Sunrise Stables & Gina Bentivegna
Three-Year-Old Filly Breeder Owner Discreet Marq Patricia Generazio Patricia A. Generazio Effie Trinket McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds LLC Patsy C. Symons Lovely Syn Joemar Racing Stables LLC Joemar Racing Stables Unbelievable Dream Sure Thing Stables LLC Sure Thing Stables LLC
Older Male Breeder Owner Awesome Vision Kaz Hill Farm & Adena Springs West Point Thoroughbreds Bigger Is Bettor Chester Broman & Mary R. Broman Chester and Mary Broman King Kreesa Horse Partners Gerald and Susan Kresa Palace The Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust Dated 2/28/02 Antonino Miuccio Readtheprospectus Howard Nolan Jr. Klaravich Stables Inc. & William H. Lawrence Saginaw Ted Taylor Drawing Away Stable and David Jacobson Saratoga Snacks Mrs. Gerald A. Nielsen August Dawn Farm
Older Female Breeder Owner Cluster of Stars Michael McPoland & Sean Finn Turtle Bird Stable Dayatthespa Castellare DiCracchiolo Stable, Cracchiolo & Goldsher Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon & Bradley Thoroughbreds Hessonite Berkshire Stud and Waterville Lake Stables Limited LLC William J. Punk, Jr. and Philip DiLeo Sunny Desert Breed of Characters LLC Saul J. and Max Kupferberg Willet Michael T. Martin James H. Iselin, Charlotte Assoulin and Eli Gindi
Turf Male Breeder Owner Hangover Kid Steve Taglienti Four Tags Stable Kharafa High Meadow Farm Paul Braverman and Timothy Pinch King Kreesa Horse Partners Gerald and Susan Kresa Lubash Aliyuee Ben J Stable Inc. Aliyu Ben J Stables Notacatbutallama Happy Hill Farm Repole Stable
Turf Female Breeder Owner Dayatthespa Castellare DiCracchiolo Stable, Cracchiolo & Goldsher Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon & Bradley Thoroughbreds Discreet Marq Patricia Generazio Patricia A. Generazio Effie Trinket McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds LLC Patsy C. Symons Hessonite Berkshire Stud and Waterville Lake Stables Limited, LLC William J. Punk, Jr. and Philip DiLeo Inimitable Romanee Gallagher’s Shiraz LLC Gallagher’s Stud Unbelievable Dream Sure Thing Stables LLC Sure Thing Stables LLC
Male Sprinter Breeder Owner Head Heart Hoof Rhapsody Farm, Alan Alcon & Dora Alcon Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group LLC, Gary Aisquith and Scott K. Akman Palace The Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust Dated 2/28/02 Antonino Miuccio Saginaw Ted Taylor Drawing Away Stable and David Jacobson
Female Sprinter Breeder Owner Clear Pasaj AnJes Farm AnJes Farm Cluster of Stars Michael McPoland & Sean Finn Turtle Bird Stable Lovely Syn Joemar Racing Stables, LLC Joemar Racing Stables Willet Michael T. Martin James H. Iselin, Charlotte Assoulin, Charlotte and Eli Gindi
Saratoga Equine, A Rood & Riddle Hospital, located at 63 Henning Road in Saratoga Springs, will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 25 and 26.
The open house, dubbed “A Taste of Kentucky,” will feature tastes of the Bluegrass State (Kentucky Burgoo, Beer Cheese Spread, Country Ham Biscuits and Kentucky Bourbon Ball Candies). There will also be door prizes.
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Thomas Coleman’s 5-year-old homebred Zivo (True Direction) captured his first stakes victory in dramatic style Sunday, charging late down the middle of the track to nail a game Saratoga Snacks at the wire in Aqueduct’s $75,000 one-mile Whodam Stakes for older New York-breds.
In career form for trainer Chad Brown, Zivo came into the Whodam a nose shy of three consecutive victories dating back to last October. Two starts back in the Move It Now Stakes, he lost by a nose to multiple stakes winner Awesome Vision, one of several formidable rivals in the Whodam field.
Breaking from post two under jockey Jose Ortiz, Zivo was content to race eight lengths off the pace and last of seven through the first half-mile (48.11), while Modern Child led the way tracked intently by Comandante. Saratoga Snacks, the race favorite, pursued three-wide a close-up third.
Still last entering the far turn Zivo began to loop the field, while Comandante took over the lead and Saratoga Snacks moved into second.
Saratoga Snacks outgamed Comandante in the stretch emerging with a clear lead, but Zivo came charging down the center of the track and just got up in the shadow of the wire to win by a head. Saratoga Snacks finished 1 3/4 lengths clear of a rallying Awesome Vision. Completing the order of finish were Moneyinyour Pocket and This Hard Land, followed by pacesetters Comandante and Modern Child. After three-quarters of a mile in 1:11.98, the final time for a mile over the fast Aqueduct inner track was 1:37.10.
Zivo’s first stakes victory in the Whodam and fifth win in his 11-race career brings his earnings to $290,100.
A maiden-breaker at Belmont third time out on June 15, 2012, Zivo followed up with a victory in his next start an entry-level state-bred allowance and a runner-up finish to runaway winner Willy Beamin in his stakes debut in the Albany, both at Saratoga in August 2012.
After spending the next 12 months on the bench and finishing third in both of his return efforts in August and September of 2013, Zivo cleared his N2X state-bred condition at Belmont on October 17. In three starts since he has been formidable, missing winning the Move It Now Stakes by a nose and winning an open first level allowance last out on December 14 with a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 93, and winning the Whodam.
Zivo is one of three winners from three starters, and the first black type winner out of American Skipper, a three-time winner by Quiet American bred in Kentucky by Brereton C. Jones and campaigned by Stronach Stables ($202,211).
Foaled at Keane Stud in Amenia, Zivo is the first of two registered New York-bred foals by his dam, who also produced the winning 4-year-old Officer filly Clean Eleven. American Skipper has a 2-year-old filly by Northern Afleet, a yearling colt by Birdstone and was bred to Eskendereya in 2013.
The progeny of young sire Noonmark grabbed the spotlight on both coasts Saturday, when first-time starters Saratoga Shoes and Marketable Miss ran one-two in a salty New York-bred maiden special weight at Aqueduct and, a few hours later at Golden Gate Fields, New Jersey-bred Exit Stage Left won his third stakes race in as many career starts taking the $100,000 California Derby.
Saturday’s sixth race at Aqueduct featured eleven newly-turned 3-year-old New York-bred fillies, including eight first-time starters, going 5 1/2 furlongs on the inner oval. Out of the gate with the vanguard, Saratoga Shoes (5-2 second choice) made her way over to the rail on the backstretch under Abel Castellano, Jr. and raced on even terms around the turn with Happy Recap and Marketable Miss to her outside. After cutting the corner, she began to edge away in upper stretch, kicked fully clear of her rivals and won a decisive 4 3/4 length victory in 1:07.59. Marketable Miss, up with the pace throughout, continued gamely to preserve second, a half-length ahead of Make Your Point. [VIDEO]
A dark bay / brown filly bred by Anthony Grey and foaled at Keane Stud in Amenia, Saratoga Shoes is a half-sister to multiple stakes placed $366,171-earner Bwana Babe (Bwana Charlie). She was purchased by Sovereign Stable for $130,000 at the 2013 OBS spring sale of 2-year-olds in training and is trained by George Weaver. Marketable Miss, who is trained by John Kimmel, was bred by Jeffrey and Elisabeth Raine and is owned in partnership by CFC Stables and Jeffrey Raine.
Later on in California, Exit Stage Left, undefeated in two career starts and already a two-time stakes winner, faced seven other sophomores in the 1 1/16-mile California Derby. Taking the initiative at the bell under jockey Russell Baze, the chestnut colt (5-2 second choice) maintained a narrow advantage over a pace-pressing Harbaugh through the first three-quarters of mile (23.86, 48.20, 1:12.96). Asked for run as he exited the far turn, Exit Stage Left opened up daylight, but had to dig hard to hold off a serious bid from favorite Enterprising, winning by a game one-half length. The final time over the synthetic Tapeta racing surface was 1:44.07.
Bred in New Jersey by Bred by Bright View Farm, Inc., and co-owned by Mark DeDomenico LLC and Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains the colt, Exit Stage Left was a $100,000 purchase at last year’s Barretts March sale. Winner of the Golden Nugget Stakes in his November debut at Golden Gate and the Gold Rush Stakes at the same venue in December, Exit Stage Left has earned $135,350.
Noonmark, who stood at Becky Thomas and Dennis Narlinger’s Sequel Stallions New York in 2012 and 2013 for a partnership, is a graded stakes winning son of Unbridled’s Song out of the unraced Storm Cat mare In the Storm. He has 89 foals of racing age, including 41 current 2-year-olds, and 22 yearlings.
Questroyal North announced on Saturday the addition of multiple Grade 2 stakes-winner and dual track record-holder Lewis Michael to its stallion band in Stillwater. Lewis Michael previously stood at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, KY and is the youngest of Rahy’s best sons, out of the Broad Brush mare Justenuffheart.
Lewis Michael compiled a record of 7-6-2 in 23 starts and earned $811,714 for owner/breeder Frank Carl Calabrese. During his career he recorded seven triple digit Beyer Speed Figures and won on dirt, turf and all-weather tracks, including a 2 3/4-length victory in the Pat O’Brien Handicap-G2 at Del Mar, in which he set a seven-furlong track record of 1:21.17 that still stands. He also scored a 4 3/4-length victory in the Washington Park Handicap-G2 at Arlington Park, setting a record of 1:55.17 for 1 3/16 miles, which also still stands. In addition, Lewis Michael placed in five grade 2 or grade 3 stakes, won an allowance race on the dirt track at Arlington by 8 1/4 lengths and an allowance race by 7 lengths posting a 106 Beyer after the Arlington surface was converted to Polytrack.
Lewis Michael comes from a powerful female family. His full sister, Dreaming of Anna, was named Champion 2-year-old filly after her victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, and a half-brother, Justenuffhumor, was a multiple graded stakes-winner with earnings of $533,900. His dam, Justenuffheart,is a half-sister to Kitten’s Joy, the leading sire in North America in 2013 with progeny earnings of more than $11.3 million and 24 stakes-winners, and to multiple grade I winner and $1.9 million earner Precious Kitten.
Lewis Michael will stand for $3,000, payable when the foals stands and nurses, as the property of owner Frank Calabrese. He’ll be available for inspection at Questroyal North at the farm’s stallion show on Saturday, January 25.
For more information contact Midge Hawver at (518) 828-0777 or: firstname.lastname@example.org, Sara Dunham, Farm Manager at (518) 928-6615, or Jay Ryan, Assistant Manager at (518) 441-1005 or email@example.com
Albert Fried, Jr.’s late-blooming homebred Moonlight Song (Unbridled’s Song) brought home his first stakes victory at age seven on Thursday when he won the $75,000 Gold and Roses Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack after a stalking trip.
Expertly restrained by the assistant starter after breaking through the gate moments before start of the six-furlong gold and Roses, Moonlight Song exited his outside post (of six) like a rocket under Jose Ortiz at the break, but deferred the top spot to 17-1 longshot Night Maneuver, who moved up from his inside post to the grab the lead.
Stalking the pacesetter intently, even-money second choice Moonlight Song advanced steadily along the backstretch and around the far turn, coming within a half-length of Night Maneuver. The dark bay drew alongside pacesetter at the top of the lane and struck the front with three-sixteenths of mile to go before drawing off to a 1 1/2-length victory.
Night Maneuver kept to his task, but lost a tight photo for second to 4-5 favorite Palace. Following the top three across the finish line were: Dan’s Gold, Uncle T Seven and Bug Juice. After solid early fractions (23.69, 47.13), Moonlight Song’s final time for six furlongs over the good harrowed inner track was 1:10.58.
Moonlight Song, who did not get to the races until age five, is turning into a poster child for patience rewarded. He began his career for trainer Charlton Baker with back-to-back victories a month apart in February and March 2012 going 1 mile and 70 yards on the Aqueduct inner oval. It took him six races and 14 months, however, to get back to the winner’s circle, including a ten-month period beginning in July 2012 during which he only managed one start, where he was virtually eased during a race in the slop at Belmont on October 4, 2012.
In his return to the races on May 19, 2013, Moonlight Song’s victory in a second-level state-bred allowance race – his best performance to date Beyer-wise (82) – was a sign of good things to come. First or second in all five starts in 2013 while earning Beyer Speed Figures in the mid-nineties, Moonlight Song tested stakes waters for the first time in the Hudson on Showcase Day, where he ran a competitive second to Palace, who won the Grade 3 Fall Highweight in his next start.
After turning the tables on Palace in the Gold and Roses, Moonlight Song’s record stands at 6-2-1 from 13 starts with $303,294 in earnings.
Moonlight Song is the third foal, and one of three winners out of Moonlightandbeauty (Capote), also bred by Fried. Fried purchased the dam of Moonlightandbeauty, Stolen Beauty (Deputy Minister), for $30,000 at the 1990 Keeneland September yearling sale. Winner of the Grade 2 Demoiselle in 1992 in her third career start, Stolen Beauty won or placed in seven stakes races and earned $299,451.
Moonlightandbeauty is Stolen Beauty’s fourth foal. A stakes winner and $228,053-earner trained by Rick Schosberg, Moonlightandbeauty began her broodmare career with a bang, producing Giant Moon (Giant’s Causeway) as her first foal. Also trained by Schosberg, 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 in 2007. Giant Moon won at least one stakes race every year from 2007 to 2010 and earned just over a half million dollars ($502,586).
Moonlightandbeauty’s most recent reported foal, and first to be offered for sale at auction, was a Medaglia d’Oro colt who brought $250,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga preferred New York-bred sale last summer. She was bred to Distorted Humor in 2013.
Saratoga Stud and McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds issued releases this week about their upcoming stallion shows, which will both take place on January 25 and 26. The announcements follow below.
SARATOGA STUD LLC PUTS NEW FACILITY & STALLIONS ON DISPLAY, JANUARY 25 & 26
C. Lynwood O’Cain, DVM, wife Suzie O’Cain and partner Rick Burke will open their new stallion complex at Saratoga Stud to visitors on Saturday and Sunday, January 25 & 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stallion marketing and promotions director Suzie O’Cain stated, “We are very excited to showcase our new operation.”
Lunch will be available to visitors both days. One season to each sire will be raffled. Suzie O’Cain added, “We will be making an announcement about an exceptional opportunity for 2014 Breeders utilizing Saratoga Stud stallions.” Saratoga Stud LLC stands NY stalwarts: Bob and John, Congaree, Maybry’s Boy, Stonesider, upcoming second crop sire Cosmonaut and second year sire Smart Bid.
Located at 224 Burke Road in Stillwater, New York, inquiries about the open house or the stallions should be directed to Suzie O’Cain (518) 573-2304
McMAHON OF SARATOGA THOROUGHBREDS: Annual Stallion Show & Open House
McMahon of Saratoga Throughbreds will be open to breeders Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Joe McMahon added, “This is the weekend to spend in Saratoga visiting the stallion farms as most will be open during various hours to showcase their stallions and facilities. We wanted to take full advantage of the two days and let people know they are welcome at McMahon either day to allow visitors to stop by when it was most convenient for them.”
McMahon stands five stallions: CATIENUS, HERE COMES BEN, JUSTENUFFHUMOR, TEUFLESBERG & UTOPIA, as well as partnering with Sequel on first year sire FORTY TALES.
For directions or more information, contact McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, office: (518) 587-3426
The next few weekends offer a full slate of one-day and two-day open houses and stallion shows at New York farms, including opportunities to win stallion seasons.
The list below may help visitors plan their schedules.
Saturday, January 18:
Keane Stud, located at 217 Depot Hill Road in Amenia, will hold its Stallion Open House on Saturday, January 18. Winslow B. Stevens, DVM, General Manager, and Philippe Lasseur, Farm Manager, invite visitors to drop by any time between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m. A light lunch will be served. Click here for flyer with stallion roster and contact information.
Saturday, January 25:
Mill Creek Farm, located at 1019 County Road 70 in Stillwater, will be hosting an Open House and Stallion Show on Saturday January 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Light fare will be served and there will be a drawing for a free breeding to Simmard. For more information: call 518-584-9457, email Anne@MillCreekSaratoga.com or contact Antonio Francesco at 917-684-9799.
Sequel Stallions New York, located at 167 Maple Lane in Hudson, will unveil its new stallion complex and hold its open house on Saturday, January 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon and there will be an opportunity to win stallion seasons. For more information call 800-925-2913 or visit www.sequelnewyork.com.
Saturday and Sunday, January 25-26:
McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, located at 180 Fitch Road in Saratoga Springs, will be open to breeders on January 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Owner Joe McMahon said that visitors are welcome to stop by either day when it was most convenient. For directions or more information, contact the office of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds at 518 587-3426
Questroyal North, located at 58 Dunn Road in Stillwater, will hold its second annual stallion show on January 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Questroyal will introduce new sire Bridgetown and there will be a drawing for one free season each to Bridgetown and Boys At Tosconova. Light refreshments will be served. For information call 518-928-6615 or visit www.questroyalnorth.com for directions and contact information. Click here for flyer.
Saratoga Stud (formerly Highcliff Stallions), located at 224 Burke Road in Stillwater, will hold its inaugural Stallion Show and introduce the new stallion complex on January 25-26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drawings will be held. For more information, contact Suzie O’Cain, manager of stallion promotions and development, at 518-573-2304.
Saturday, February 1
Rockridge Stud, owned and operated by Lere Visagie and located at 5384 Rt 9H/23 in Hudson, will host its inaugural stallion show on Saturday, February 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A full lunch buffet will be served and each attendee will be eligible to win a free season to one of the farm’s 2014 stallions as well as other door prizes. For directions to the farm, visit www.rockridgestud.com or call 518-851-6616.
by Sarah Mace
Sanford Bacon’s multiple stakes-winning homebred Risky Rachel (Limehouse) won her first start after more than 14 months away from the races on Saturday afternoon when she took Tampa Bay Downs’ featured $50,000 Minaret Stakes going away. The victory was bittersweet for Bacon whose champion homebred mare Dancin Renee, the dam of Risky Rachel, died on Friday night aged 22.
Laid off ever since a tendon injury in December 2012, Risky Rachel, now seven, came into the Minaret boasting a sharp-looking work tab, culminating in two bullet moves for trainer Manny Coronel at Gulfstream Park: a four-furlong breeze on December 18 (:46 1/5) and a work at five furlongs on December 29 (:59 2/5), which was the best of sixty to go the distance that morning.
After breaking from her inside post, Risky Rachel scooted up the fence into second, three lengths behind freewheeling frontrunner and co-favorite Cor Cor (Smoke Glacken). Advancing on the pacesetter in the far turn and drawing up on nearly even terms by the quarter pole, Risky Rachel kicked away in the stretch to win by 3 1/4 lengths going away. After chasing blistering early fractions (22.13, 44.93), she completed the six furlongs over the fast going in 1:10.95.
Winning jockey Daniel Centeno said, “She was super sharp today, like her people said she would be. The setup couldn’t have been better, and I was able to get her to relax behind (Cor Cor). I asked her for run going into the turn and from the 3/8-mile pole on, she was just eating up ground on the leader. We hit the front in the stretch and she was going on her own to the wire. She is a special lady and I would love to ride her back.”
Sanford Bacon said, “She’s been off a long time, but we knew it was just a question of when [jockey Daniel Centeno] asked, would she answer. And you saw the answer.”
Bacon also talked about his decision to bring Risky Rachel back to the races after her injury. “After Rachel got hurt, everybody said ‘She is a broodmare now,’ and I was offered $400,000 for her.”
Continued Bacon, “I decided she was going to get stem-cell therapy, and people said ‘You’re crazy. Stem cell doesn’t work, and it’s going to cost you $30,000 or $40,000. You’re throwing your money away. I said ‘It’s not my money, it’s her money.’ She made it on the track, and she wants to be a racehorse.”
The Minaret was Risky Rachel’s fifth career stakes victory and first stakes win in open company. In 2011 Risky Rachel won the Iroquois for trainer James Bond. Moving to Manny Coronel’s barn the following year, she won stakes at all three racetracks on the NYRA circuit: the Broadway at Aqueduct in March, the Put the Powder To It at Belmont next out in May and the Union Avenue at Saratoga.
Risky Rachel, who has earned $412,250 and compiled a record of 8-4-1 from 18 starts was foaled at Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater.
Risky Rachel’s dam Dancin Renee (Distinctive Pro), who retired to Old Friends in September 2012 after producing five winners, won seven stakes races, including the Grade 3 Honorable Miss at Saratoga ($490,258). In 1997 Dancin Renee was voted New York Horse of the Year, Champion Sprinter and Champion Older Female. Dancin Renee is also a half-sister Bacon-bred New York legend Say Florida Sandy, two-time Horse of the Year (2000, 2001) and sire. Their dam, campaigned by Bacon, was two-time New York Champion Broodmare Lolli Lucka Lolli. Bacon said that Dancin Renee would be buried at Old Friends
A pair of short yearlings by New York-based sires brought excellent results at the recently concluded Keeneland January sale, topping the New York-bred yearling offerings in two out of the four sessions and serving up a session topper on Wednesday.
The top-priced New York-bred youngster to go under the hammer was a bay colt by Girolamo who sold in Monday’s first session, January 6, to Akira Nakatsuji for $95,000 from the consignment of Serendipity Farm, Agent I.
Bred by Nicewonder Stable, LLC and foaled at Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort on March 9, 2013, the sale colt (Hip 358) is out of She’s Sterling, a winning Kentucky-bred by Silver Deputy. A daughter of the multiple stakes producer Miss Turlington, She’s Sterling is a half-sister to 1998 New York-bred Horse of the Year Incurable Optimist ($271,310), a multiple graded stakes winner bred by Dr. William B. Wilmot and Dr. Joan M. Taylor and campaigned by John and Theresa Behrendt.
The colt’s sire Girolamo, a Grade 1-winning sprinter by A.P. Indy began his stallion career for Darley at Sequel Stallions New York (2012-2013) before relocating to Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for the 2014 breeding season.
Topping all yearlings sold in session three on Wednesday was a February colt by the leading New York freshman sire of 2012 and leading second crop sire of 2013 Frost Giant (Giant’s Causeway), who stands at Keane Stud in Amenia. Consigned by Brandywine Farm (Jim & Pam Robinson), Agent VII the chestnut colt (Hip 1110) was purchased by Is It Real Stables for $85,000.
Bred by Sunrise Stables, which owns Frost Giant and is managed by Andrew Cohen, and foaled at Saratoga Glen Farm in Schuylerville, the sale colt is out of Sarahisittrue, a winning New York-bred daughter of Is It True bred by Herman Wilensky and owned by IEAH Stables. The dam of three foals, including a newly-turned 3-year-old colt by Frost Giant named Bambisfrostyracer, Sarahisittrue is a half-sister to stakes winner Rosebud’s Ridge (Tiger Ridge) and Grade 3-placed Successful Sarah. Sarahisittrue was bred back to Frost Giant in 2013.
Leading the group of New York-bred mares (broodmares / broodmare prospects and racing / broodmare prospects) at Keeneland was black type-placed winner Pastel Gal (Hip 314), who sold for $190,000 on Monday in foal to The Factor. Frederick & May Construction obtained the 10-year-old mare from the consignment of Lantern Hill Farm LLC, Agent for Highfield Farm. A multiple graded stakes-placed runner ($135,537), Pastel Gal was bred by Elise B. Browne and Stonerside Stables and owned by Sackatoga Stable. She has four winning siblings, led by multiple stakes winner and $589,956-earner Lyracist (Sultry Song), and issues from the family of millionaire and Grade 1-winner Lost Mountain.
Broodmare prospect Thescreenisred (Van Nistelrooy) was hammered down in Tuesday’s session two for $145,000. Chadds Ford Stable signed the ticket and Paramount Sales, Agent XII consigned the 5-year-old, who was bred by Anstu Farm LLC. A multiple winner of turf sprints and earner of over $100,000 for Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence, Thescreenisred (Hip 402) is a half-sister to Anstu Stables homebred Wired Bryan (Stormy Atlantic), a winner of three stakes races last year as a juvenile, including the Grade 2 Sanford ($537,474). Other siblings include Run Red Run (Afternoon Deelites), whose four stakes placings include a third-place finish in the 2007 Empire Classic ($198,628) and six-figure earner Jumping Jack Louie by Louis Quatorze ($116,619).
Sing Dixie Sing by Dixie Union sold as a racing / broodmare prospect for $95,000 to Al Bell from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent for Sport Thoroughbreds LLC. Catalogued as Hip 1127, Sing Dixie Sing won last summer’s Arctic Queen at Finger Lakes two starts after being claimed by White Wabbit Wacing LLC. An earner of $237,352 (14-6-2-3), Sing Dixie Sing was bred by Mina Equivest LLC and foaled at Five Oak Farm in Saratoga Springs. Her second dam is multiple graded stakes winner Megans Bluff.
Sent off at generous odds of 12-1 in Aqueduct’s featured $75,000 one-mile Judy Soda Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares on Sunday, Miss Da Point (Strong Contender) parlayed a stalking trip into an dominant victory, securing her career second stakes win and third straight first-place finish in a month.
Trained by John Toscano for Mike Mellen’s Bran Jam Stable and David W. Clark, Miss Da Point came into the Judy Soda Stakes sporting three victories in six prior starts over Aqueduct’s inner track, including the 1 mile 70-yard Our Shopping Spree Stakes for state-bred juvenile fillies on New Year’s Eve 2012, and most recently a second-level state-bred allowance on December 26 which she won by over two lengths at similarly ample 13-1 odds. On December 5 Miss Da Point won a six-furlong open starter’s allowance / optional claimer on the main track, for which she was entered for a $50,000 tag, by a nose at odds of 7-1.
After the break Carameaway, half of a Mitchell Friedman entry bookending the field, cleared the seven rivals to her inside from her outside post to take a 1 1/2-length lead, tracked by Harbor Mist at the rail and Miss Da Point in the two-path.
Miss Da Point advanced to second along the backstretch and closed with Carameaway in the far turn. Drawing up on even terms with the pacesetter at the quarter pole, Miss Da Point kicked away in upper stretch, opening up three lengths before crossing the wire three-quarters of a length in front of a fast-closing Tahoe Tigress.
The pacesetter’s stablemate Dreaming of Cara finished three lengths further back in third followed by Carameaway. Following a steward’s inquiry, Dreaming of Cara placed fifth for interference with Hot Rendezvous, fifth across the line, who was promoted to fourth. Shesabronxbomber, odds-on favorite Mischief Maker and Harbor Mist completed the order of finish. After a half-mile run in 48.36, the final time for the mile over the fast inner oval was 1:39.96. The Judy Soda was the first career stakes victory for young rider Manny Esquivel.
Bred by James Roberts, Miss Da Point began her career at Finger Lakes for trainer James Acquilano, breaking her maiden at second asking on October 12 by thirteen lengths. Claimed from Peekaboo Stable for $50,000 out of her first start downstate on October 28, she won the Shopping Spree Stakes three starts later in her stakes debut. A winner of four races at three, including her final two starts of 2013, Miss Da Point has compiled a record of 7-1-2 from 20 starts and earned $264,813.
Miss Da Point is the most successful of five winners out of Long Distance Love, an unplaced Kentucky-bred daughter of Dehere purchased by Roberts out of the 2002 OBS Spring 2-year-old sale for $40,000. Her most recent reported foal is a 3-year-old West Virginia-bred gelding by Grand Reserve named Mighty Grand.
Freud was represented by his first Southern Hemisphere-bred winner Jan. 3 when his 2-year-old Tiffany Blue captured Premio Especial Palmarola at the Hipodromo Argentino De Palermo. (VIDEO)
Bred by Haras Santa Ines from the stable of Los Luises, the dark bay filly is out of Southern Halo mare Telefonico. She is from Freud’s first crop bred in Argentina where he stands at Alberto and Renata Stein’s Haras La Leyenda.
“We are so excited for our friends in Argentina to see Freud’s first Argentinian babies start running down there. He is as solid as they come so we are sure their hard work will pay off,” said Becky Thomas of Sequel New York. “Tiffany Blue is sure to be the first of many.”
Freud, New York’s s leading sire of stakes winners, has returned for North American duty at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson for the 2014 season. In North America he is the sire of 10 crops of racing age with 259 winners and progeny earnings of $28,438,048. He will be available for inspection at the Sequel Stallion Show on January 25 along with Desert Party, Emcee, Forty Tales, Mission Impazible, Noble Causeway and Noonmark.
Grade 1 winner The Lumber Guy, last year’s New York Horse of the Year, has been retired and will stand at Keane Stud in Amenia in 2014 as property of Spendthrift Farm. His fee will be $5,000 stands and nurses, and he’ll be offered in Spendthrift’s Share The Upside Program.
“When you look back at the 2012 crop of 3-year-olds, you could easily make the argument that it was one of the best we’ve seen in the last several years. By the speed figures, there wasn’t a faster 3-year-old in 2012 than The Lumber Guy,” said Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey. “His 110 Beyer winning the Grade 1 Vosburgh over older horses marked the fastest Beyer by a 3-year-old sprinter, and his three-quarter Ragozin in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint was the fastest of any 3-year-old period, including Trinniberg, Bodemeister, Paynter, I’ll Have Another, and all others.”
The Lumber Guy broke his maiden first-time out in January of his 3-year-old season, drawing away impressively by 9 ¼ lengths. He followed that up with a 4 ¼-length runaway win in the Miracle Wood S. in his second start, earning a 96 Beyer. After running a respectable fifth in the 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial (G1) in just his third start, The Lumber Guy proved he was one of the best 3-year-olds around one turn with a decisive victory in the Jerome S. (G2).
Facing older horses for the first time, The Lumber Guy proved he was one best sprinters in the country with his biggest career win in the Vosburgh Invitational (G1), earning a 110 Beyer. He shipped cross country as one of the favorites for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and finished a fast-closing runner-up, finishing just three-quarters of a length behind champion Trinniberg. The Lumber Guy earned a three-quarter Ragozin number for his performance, which was faster than Trinniberg’s winning number. It was also the fastest Ragozin earned by a 3-year-old in all of 2012.
“The Lumber Guy was a seriously talented racehorse, and he has the looks and pedigree to match. We’re thrilled to be able to bring him home to New York breeders for 2014,” added Spendthrift stallion director Ken Wilkins.
A homebred of Barry Schwartz’s Stonewall Farm, The Lumber Guy retires with career earnings of $790,300. By Gone West’s son Grand Slam, the speedy gray colt is out of the three-time stakes-producing mare Boltono, by Unbridled’s Song.
The Lumber Guy will be available for inspection at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington during the Keeneland January Sale before he heads to New York to take up residence at Keane Stud. For more information about The Lumber Guy or the Share The Upside Program, please contact Ken Wilkins, Des Dempsey, and Mark Toothaker at 859-294-0030.
Rockridge Stud in Hudson will host its stallion show on Saturday, February 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A full lunch buffet will be served. Additionally, each attendee will be eligible to win a free season to one of the farm’s 2014 stallions (one free season to each stallion will be awarded) in addition to other door prizes. For directions to the farm, visit www.rockridgestud.com or call (518) 851-6616.
2014 Rockridge Stallion Roster:
BLUEGRASS CAT $7,500
D’ FUNNYBONE $2,500
GIANT SURPRISE $2,500
SAN PABLO $2,500
SOARING EMPIRE $3,500
Capturing his third race in a row and second consecutive stakes, Three Diamonds Farm’s Comandante (Frost Giant) concluded his sophomore campaign Saturday with a gate-to-wire victory in Aqueduct’s $100,000 Alex M. Robb – NYRA’s final stakes race of 2013.
Comandante came into the Robb having won his last two races from just off the pace: a first-level state-bred allowance going a one-turn mile on November 3 and the seven-furlong Thunder Rumble division of the New York Stallion Stakes series on November 23, for which he earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 94.
As he stretched out to 1 1/16 miles around two turns on Saturday, Comandante appeared on paper to be the controlling speed of the six-horse field following the early scratch of frontrunner and presumptive favorite Saratoga Snacks, winner of last year’s renewal of the Robb. Saratoga Snacks, who has been plagued with foot problems in an abbreviated campaign this year, was reported to have had a “hot” right front foot, but x-rays were negative. Also scratched from the original field was West Hills Giant who contested the open Traskwood Stakes Friday, finishing fourth.
Out of the post five alertly as the 3-2 second choice behind even-money favorite Awesome Vision, Comandante grabbed the lead and never looked back. Prompted through early fractions of 24.42 and 48.55 by 19-1 Moneyinyour Pocket, the gelding shook off his rival by the head of the stretch and opened up daylight in the lane on his way to a comfortable 4 1/2-length victory.
Moneyinyour Pocket doggedly held off Awesome Vision to preserve second by a nose, while Zetterholm followed in fourth five lengths back. Bake Shop and Sound of Drums completed the order of finish. The final time for the 1 1/16 miles over the fast inner oval was 1:44.15.
Winning jockey Cornelio Velasquez said, “My horse is in good form; this was his third straight win. The assistant trainer [Byron Hughes] said before the race if the number four horse [Zetterholm] wanted to go, to let him go, but my horse broke two lengths in front. He was never under any pressure even when the other horse came to him, and had plenty left at the end.”
Byron Hughes, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, said, “He had been training well; this is the kind of performance I expected out of him.”
Comandante began his career with trainer Mike Trombetta, breaking his maiden over the Aqueduct inner last December following with three straight runner-up finishes. After a summer campaign, which he concluded with a competitive fourth sprinting at Saratoga, Comandante moved to the Pletcher barn for the fall. Improving with each start, he capped competitive placings in allowance races at Belmont in September and October with his November-December three-race winning streak, capping the series with back-to-back stakes victories. From a career record of 4-4-2 in 14 starts, Comandante has now earned $270,568.
Bred by Andrew Cohen and IEAH Stables & Partners and foaled at Empire Stud in Hudson, Comandante is one of two winners out of Slew Motion (Slew Gin Fizz), an accomplished New York-bred sprinter bred by a partnership of IEAH Stables, Curragh Stables, Diamond Pride LLC and Andrew Cohen. The last reported foal for Slew Motion, who was a stakes winner and Grade 2 runner-up with multiple black type placings ($224,064), is an unplaced colt by Big Brown named Ke in Motion.
Comandante’s sire Frost Giant is the leading second crop sire in New York in 2013. Owned by Andrew Cohen as Sunset Stables, he stands at Keane Stud.