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Dutchess Views Farm sets 2017 stud fees

Fri, 2016-12-09 13:49

(Edited press release)

Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains has announced the 2017 fees for its stallion roster, which includes two of the 2016 leading stallions in New York, Big Brown and Bellamy Road,

Dutchess Views Farm 2017 Stud fees are:

Bellamy Road              $7,500
Big Brown                    $7,500
Heavy Breathing         $2,500
Marsh Side                  $2,500

For further information please contact:

Dutchess Views Farm
189 Johnnycake Hollow
Pine Plains, NY 12567

(518)398-5666
mail@dutchessviewsfarm.com

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Rockridge Stud 2017: stud fees, Jan. 28 stallion show, Posse to stay in Southern Hemisphere

Mon, 2016-12-05 17:27

(Edited Rockridge Stud press release)

Rockridge Stud in Hudson has announced 2017 stud fees for its stallions:

D’ Funnybone $2,500
Giant Surprise $5,000
Honorable Dillon $5,000
Micromanage $5,000
Soaring Empire $3,500
Trinniberg $3,500*
War Dancer $5,000 ($7,500 Share the Upside)

*fee dropped

The farm will host its annual stallion Show on Saturday, January 28.

Both D’ Funnybone and Giant Surprise were represented by two stakes winners apiece in 2016. Honorable Dillon’s first crop of foals were well-received at auction, selling for as much as $45,000, with an average over $18,000. Freshman sire Soaring Empire already has two winners from just seven starters in 2016. Micromanage will welcome his first foals in 2017, and Trinniberg will have his first 2-year-olds in 2017. Millionaire newcomer War Dancer will have limited availability for lifetime breeding rights.

Posse (2000, Silver Deputy – Raska by Rahy) was purchased earlier this fall by Haras Rapetti, where the stallion is currently standing for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season. Attempts were made to bring the stallion back to New York for the 2017 breeding season; however, the parties could not come to terms.

“We are very disappointed. Posse was an important horse in New York and he had a big year,” says Rockridge Stud’s Lere Visagie, owner/manager of Rockridge Stud. Posse has sired 6 stakes winners in 2016 with 10 stakes wins to their credit – including graded stakes winner Mind Your Biscuits, who finished third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

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Dutchess Views Farm stallion show to take place Jan. 21

Mon, 2016-12-05 11:53

(Edited press release)

Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains will be holding its annual stallion show from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2017.  Leading New York Stallions Bellamy Road and Big Brown will be shown, as well as young stallion Heavy Breathing and Marsh Side.

Food and drink will be served and one free season will be drawn through a lottery for each of the stallions.

For further details, contact Dutchess Views Farm at 518-398-5666 or at mail@dutchessviewsfarm.com.  The address is 189 Johnnycake Hollow, Pine Plains, NY 12567.

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Equilume extends exclusive deal to NYTB members

Sat, 2016-12-03 19:52

In connection with Dr. Barbara Anne Murphy’s presentation on the Equilume Light Mask at NYTB’s Educational Seminar at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, December 3, Equilume is extending an exclusive offer to NYTB members for this season.

As seminar attendees and others know, the Equilume Light Mask is a concept that stemmed from Dr. Murphy’s PhD research at the University of Kentucky and took shape in the seven years since she commenced a faculty position at University College Dublin. An expert in the field of Equine Chronobiology and the influence of light on equine reproduction and performance, Dr. Murphy drives the research and development component of Equilume Ltd.

Equilume’s International Sales Consultant Emma Taylor has formalized the offer to our organization as follows:

Dear New York Thoroughbred Breeders,

We would like to offer your members an exclusive NYTB deal for this season.
Single Unit Price: $360 excluding postage
If you wish to place an order, please contact myself on the details below:

emma@equilume.com
+1 518 232 7132

Kind regards,
Emma Taylor
International Sales Consultant

www.equilume.com

 

Royal Posse earns second “crown jewel,” turns millionaire

Sat, 2016-12-03 19:22

Lauren King/Coglianese Photos

By Sarah Mace

Royal Posse, trained by Rudy Rodriguez and campaigned by Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and Gary Aisquith, had a triumphant day Saturday. The 5-year-old gelding by New York sire Posse successfully (and grittily) defended his title in the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, the centerpiece of Gulfstream Park’s Opening Day Claiming Crown card, and crossed the seven-figure threshold in earnings to bring his career total to $1,011,245.

Royal Posse was enthusiastically backed by bettors to repeat in the CC Jewel, 1 1/8-mile event for horses that have raced for a claiming price of $35,000 or lower: he was sent off the 3-5 post time favorite on the strength of being in career form, having just reeled off three straight victories in the Alydar Stakes, Evan Shipman Stakes and Empire Classic. On top of that, the gelding is as honest and hard-trying as they come. In 13 starts since being claimed by his connections on May 31, 2015, Royal Posse had won seven races, including six stakes, and never finished out of the exacta.

In the early stages of the CC Jewel, Royal Posse saved ground in fourth through the first turn, then settled in the pocket in the backstretch, while Homespun Hero and Diamond Bachelor set an honest pace up front, covering a quarter mile in 23.92 and a half in 47.56.

Dropping back slightly to six lengths off the pace before rounding the turn, Royal Posse then came under a drive, moved one more path off the rail, and hit his best stride by the quarter pole.

Four wide in the charge to the wire, Royal Posse had only Diamond Bachelor still to catch. He steadily wore down his rival, prevailing in the last half-dozen strides to win by a half-length and stop the clock in a final time of 1:49.84. John Jones finished two more lengths back in third.

Winning jockey Luis Saez, aboard Royal Posse for the first time, reported, “He broke good and he was very comfortable. At the half-mile pole, he was a little bit heavy but he kept going and when I started riding he responded. When we came to the stretch I put him in the clear and he took off. When you ask him, he just keeps going.”

“I wasn’t worried. I know when he’s outside, he’s a grinder,” said trainer Rodriguez. “Luis said as soon as he took him outside, he started grinding and grinding. That’s what he does most of the time.”

Rodriguez added, “He’s a really game horse. Every time, he tries so hard. I know the stretch isn’t as long as the stretch at Saratoga and Belmont, but he did it. I’m very happy and proud of him.

“We claimed him at the right time. When we got him, he was pretty sound horse. He’s like an ATM. You put him in (a race) and he gives it to you. You don’t have to put much back, just keep him happy.”

Bred by Richard J. Troncone Senior and Junior, and foaled at Mill Creek Farm near Stillwater, Royal Posse is one of four winners from seven starters out of Struckbylightning, an unraced Kentucky-bred daughter of Cryptoclearance. Her one other black type performer is Ampart Ridge by Cactus Ridge, who earned $176,000.  The mare’s most recent reported foal is a 2-year-old filly by Desert Party.

The gelding’s million-dollar bankroll has come from 11 victories and 10 runner-up finishes in 24 starts.

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Highway Star passes class test with flying colors in G3 Go for Wand

Sat, 2016-12-03 18:04

NYRA/Joe Labozzetta

By Sarah Mace

Chester and Mary Broman’s Highway Star, the lone 3-year-old in a field of seven fillies and mares, parlayed victory in the Staten Island division of the New York Stallion Stakes (NYSS) series on November 13 into a graded stakes win just 20 days later, when she captured Saturday’s featured Grade 3, $250,000 Go for Wand Stakes at Aqueduct.

Stretching out from seven furlongs to a one-turn mile, but already proven twice at the distance, Highway Star toted 115 pounds for the race and was the fourth betting choice in the field at odds of 7-1. She was reunited with jockey Angel Arroyo, the win rider for the NYSS.

Away well, Highway Star settled four-wide near the back of the field along the backstretch behind a moderate pace (24.20), which was set by fellow New York-bred Wonder Gal and 50-1 longshot Burn Control who dueled on the front end.

Getting closer into contention, Highway Star took over the third spot in the turn and set her sights on tackling the leaders. Highway Star wore down and collared Wonder Gal, now alone on the lead, in the final furlong, but still had a fast-closing High Ridge Road to hold off.

NYRA/Annette Jasko

Highway Star persevered and secured the victory by a determined nose in 1:38.07. Wonder Gal finished another neck back in third, while Bar of Gold checked in fourth. Rounding out the running order were Cayman Croc, Camille Claudet and Burn Control. [VIDEO]

“The pace was too slow [early] and, I don’t know what happened,” said winning trainer Rodrigo Ubillo.

“Angel was too far back [on the backside] with the pace and everything. I thought we were going to be third with a good pace but he was almost next to last at one point. [When the fractions came up,] we were a little bit concerned, but it worked out just fine.”

Arroyo said, “I feel happy. My filly broke good. I put her on in stalking position and on the backside, we were clear and went through. I had her in good control in the stretch and she really responded. [She was] real strong, I’m excited for her future. She’s good.”

Ubillo has plans to carry on with his graded stakes winner when Aqueduct racing shifts to the inner track. “You will see me back as long as she comes out of the race good,” said Ubillo. “Every time she runs, she just gets better and better, more feisty and more happy.”

Ubillo knows firsthand that he has a happy horse on his hands: “I ride her myself [in the mornings] and she gives me a good energy. She’s almost dropped me off like twice; she jumps and kicks, she’s just happy. She likes her job.”

Unraced at two, Highway Star won her first two starts at three, breaking her maiden on debut last May at Belmont and following up with a restricted allowance victory in July. Unplaced in her first stakes try, the Statue of Liberty division of the NYSS at Saratoga, she finished third in the Fleet Indian at the Spa before registering back-to-back wins in a second-level allowance race and the Staten Island. Highway Star’s five wins and a third in seven starts, brings her earnings to $369,000.

Highway Star is one of three winners, and the first stakes winner, out of Stolen Star, a multiple stakes-placed homebred for the Bromans, who is also a half sister to their multiple stakes winner and Friend or Foe, who is now a sire.

Highway Star’s sire Girolamo, a Grade 1-winning son of A.P. Indy owned by Darley, began his stud career in 2012 at Becky Thomas and Dennis Narlinger’s Sequel Stallions New York before relocating to Kentucky.

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Grade 1 Travers Stakes Winner V. E. Day to Waldorf Farm

Thu, 2016-12-01 15:47

Edited press release

North Chatham, NY—Johnathan Miller, representing owner Mrs. Magalen Bryant, announced the retirement of Grade 1 Travers Stakes winner V. E. Day. “He is shipping back to the U.S. from France and will take up stud duties next year at Dr. Jerry Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm,” commented Miller. “We are extremely excited to stand the leading North American money earner of a Grade 1 stakes on dirt by English Channel,” added Miller.

V. E. Day provided trainer Jimmy Jerkens with a thrill of a lifetime when he nosed out stablemate Wicked Strong in the Travers Stakes. The $1.25 million Travers Stakes win was remarkable, considering it was only the colt’s third start on dirt. After breaking his maiden in May at Belmont at a mile, V. E. Day followed up with a two length 1 1/8-mile allowance win on Belmont’s inner turf. Moving to Saratoga, he won at the same distance on dirt taking the Curlin Stakes in a dramatic three-horse finish, defeating Protonico and Viva Majorca. V. E. Day’s big score in the “Mid-Summer Derby,” was again a tight finish over a stellar group, defeating Grade 1 Wood Memorial S. winner Wicked Strong, Grade 1 Belmont S. winner Tonalist, graded Stakes winner Kid Cruz, Grade 1 winners Mr. Speaker and Bayern, as well as Grade 1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve.

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens recalled his thoughts on his Travers winner. “V. E. Day was a beautiful chestnut colt with a gorgeous shoulder and a stride that covered immense ground. He ascended the three-year-old ranks in early summer in leaps and bounds as was evident by his big wins in the Curlin and Travers. He was absolutely sound and had a mind to match. He will always be one of my favorites.”

At four V. E. Day was second in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational S. by a neck to Coach Inge, and second in the Temperence Hill S., both at Belmont Park. Third in three of four starts at five in France, V. E. Day retires with career earnings of $1,994,460.

Bred by Brad Kelley’s Bluegrass Hall, V. E. Day is out of the Deputy Minister mare California Sunset, dam of five other winners and out of a sister to champion Grass Horse Sunshine Forever. V. E. Day sold at Keeneland September for $105,000 to Bradley Thoroughbreds and was purchased by Chester Stables, agent for $135,000 at the OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training.

V. E. Day will stand for an introductory price of $6,500 in 2017 at Waldorf Farm. For additional information contact Dr. Jerry Bilinski (518) 461-8424.

 

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Rudy Rincon, Shesastonecoldfox inducted into FL HOF; Breakin the Fever named FL HOY

Thu, 2016-12-01 14:29

By Sarah Mace

Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack wrapped up its 2016 season on Thursday, November 30, but not before taking care of some important business: naming two 2016 inductees to the Finger Lakes Hall of Fame and announcing its 2016 equine honorees.

Inducted to the Hall of Fame this year were jockey Rudy Rincon and the state’s star juvenile filly of 2001 Shesastonecoldfox. Named the 2016 Finger Lakes Horse of the Year was Breakin the Fever. The 4-year-old Roaring Fever gelding, bred, owned and trained by Debra Breed, won six of seven starts in 2016, including the George W. Barker Stakes and Leon Reed Memorial Stakes at Finger Lakes, as well as the Hudson Handicap on Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park .

Finger Lakes Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees:

(Edited FL HPBA release)

Courtesy FLGR

Rudy Rincon

Career earnings: $9,252,809
Finger Lakes leading rider: 1962, 1973, 1974 and 1978

After gaining competitive experience in various styles of racing, Rudy Rincon’s official career began in 1958 at Ruidoso Downs. He made his local debut in 1962 and won the jockey title during the inaugural season at Finger Lakes. Rincon remained one of the top riders during the next two decades, earning a total of four jockey titles during that span. He claimed top jockey honors in 1973, 1974 and 1978.

Rincon continued to persevere and recorded seven stakes victories during the 1980s. His final stakes win was with CB Account in the 1997 Wadsworth Memorial Handicap. He was aboard CB Account when he set a track record the same year. Rincon completed his extensive and prosperous career in 1999. He finished as one of the most successful jockeys in Finger Lakes history with a total of 2,975 victories.

 

Courtesy FLGR

Shesastonecoldfox

1999 bay filly
Foxhound – Morgans Raider, by Giboulee
Owner: Dennis and Deborah Petrisak (Langpap Stables)
Career earnings: $216,409
Won: 2001 Lady Finger Stakes, 2001 New York Breeders’ Futurity, 2001 Joseph A. Gimma Stakes
Breeders’ Cup participation: 2001 Juvenile Fillies

Shesastonecoldfox displayed exceptional talent in her first start for owner Langpap Stables. She scored a three and three-quarter-length victory in her career debut at Saratoga. The young star continued to establish herself as the best New York-bred 2-year-old filly with a convincing five-length victory in the $65,350 Lady Finger Stakes. The M. Anthony Ferraro-trainee earned her most notable win when she defeated male rivals in the $137,900 New York Breeders’ Futurity.

Shesastonecoldfox was voted champion New York-bred 2-year-old filly, and Ferraro was named Outstanding Trainer by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. in 2001. Her accomplishments made her eligible to compete against the best young thoroughbreds in the world in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Her dominance against her juvenile rivals in 2001 distinguished Shesastonecoldfox as one of the best 2-year-old fillies ever to race at Finger Lakes.

Finger Lakes’ 2016 NY-bred Honorees

Breakin the Fever, Hudson H. (NYRA/Susie Raisher)

Horse of the Year: Breakin the Fever

Best 3-Year-Old Filly: Fingerpainter

Best 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding: Saratoga Giro

Best Older Filly/Mare: Midnight Champagne

Best Older Colt/Gelding: Breakin the Fever

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Grade 1 winner of $3.3 million Effinex retires to Questroyal North

Tue, 2016-11-29 11:24

Grade 1 Clark Handicap (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

(Edited press release)

Effinex, the Grade 1-winning multi-millionaire son of Horse of the Year Mineshaft, has been retired from racing and will stand his first season in 2017 at Questroyal Stud in Stillwater for $10,000 stands and nurses.

The 5-year-old Effinex won nine races and earned more than $3.3 million while competing against the best handicap horses in North America. In multiple graded events he defeated Grade I winners Honor Code, Frosted, Tonalist, Hoppertunity, Wicked Strong, Keen Ice, Melatonin, etc.  In the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic, he finished second to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, recording a Beyer speed figure of 112. It was one of 11 triple digit Beyers he earned in his career.

Effinex competed in 20 stakes and his final 14 races came in graded company, including nine Grade 1 events. He won the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap, the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park, twice, and the Grade 3 Excelsior at Belmont.

Effinex is by Horse of the Year Mineshaft, sire of winners of more than $47 million including North America’s Leading Freshman Sire Dialed In. Effinex is the first foal out of the multiple stakes winner What a Pear from the female family of champion 2-year-old in Ireland, Malinowski and the great Redoute’s Choice.

Russell Cohen of Tri- Bone Stables said, “I am very excited to stand our Grade 1 winner and New York Horse of the Year in New York. Effinex has given us such joy the last few seasons and we have compiled a great team to promote Effinex for the 2017 season in my long time friend Gus Schoenborn, Chris Bernhard of Hidden Lake Farm and Barry Ostrager of Questroyal North. This team has been responsible for the two biggest success stories to come out of New York in City Zip and Belong to Me.”

Barry Ostrager commented, “Effinex is the most accomplished Freshman sire in the history of the New York breeding program and represents extraordinary value to breeders from any state at $10,000, live foal.”

Effinex will be available for inspection at Questroyal North in Stillwater, NY on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3. For more information go to www.questroyalnorth.com or contact Midge Hawver (518) 828-0777 Email: qrstud@mhcable.com; Michael Brown, Farm Manager 518-774-2730; or Kelly McCombs, Office Manager (518) 541-3280 Email: questroyalnorth@gmail.com.

 

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Lubash promoted to first in Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap

Sat, 2016-11-26 17:31

Photo: Lauren King

By Sarah Mace

Making his fifty-first lifetime start Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park West, Aliyu Ben J Stable’s Lubash (Freud), a 9-year-old homebred and the reigning New York-bred male turf champion, was able to put another one in the win column.

The outright winner of the Tropical Turf Handicap in 2014, Lubash was second across the line this year, but his number was justifiably put up by the stewards.

In the early stages of the 1 1/6-mile turf contest, Lubash sat off the pace with only one horse beaten of eight, but picked things up rounding the far turn and began to circle the field. Angling out five wide at the head of the lane, he passed everyone else but Rose Briar.

Rose Briar ducked out abruptly multiple paths in the final sixteenth, and Lubash, who was in an active drive and closing, had to check hard and lost momentum. He finished 1 1/4 lengths behind the erratic horse before being promoted to first.

Jockey Joe Bravo said after the race, “It’s a shame, I don’t know if Trevor’s horse [Rose Briar] spooked from the inside or what, but he came out a long way and we were impeded.”

Continued Bravo, “I’m glad everything worked out OK today. Lubash is a classy old warrior. He’s a New York-bred but he wins anywhere.”

Lubash now has eighteen career victories, topped by 12 stakes scores, nine seconds and five thirds. He has bankrolled $1,488,139.

Although trainer Christophe Clement also had mixed feelings about getting the win via a DQ, ultimately, he came down on the side of the notion that “a win is a win.”

Said Clement, “I really don’t like to win a race that way because I don’t like that. Nevertheless, I’m thrilled for the horse. He’s a wonderful horse. he’s nine years old. He overcame me for many years, which is great. I don’t like to win a race that way, but we’ll take it.”

Clement is uncertain as to what the future holds for the champ. “I’m not sure (what’s next). The idea was to retire him, but it’s hard to retire a horse that just won a Grade 3. It will be up to the owner.”

Lubash was trained at three and four by James Ryerson, for whom he won his first three stakes victories (the NYSS Cab Calloway Division, open Fifth Marine Stakes and open Monarch’s Maze).

Moving to the Clement Barn in 2012, his career has been nothing short of remarkable. Year-in and year-out (with breaks for the winter scheduled in), he has been in the thick of the ultra-competitive New York-bred turf male division, knocking heads with the likes of Kharafa and King Kreesa. His forays into open company have also been successful. Lubash especially relishes firm turf, which is why Clement has brought him twice to Gulfstream Park West this time of year.

Lubash’s 12 stakes victories are topped by the Grade 3 Fort Marcy (2013) and the pair of victories in the Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap (2014 and 2016). In the New York-bred ranks he has won, among other stakes, the West Point at Saratoga twice (2012 and 2015), the Ashley T. Cole twice (2012 and 2014). In 2015 he set a new course record for 1 1/16 miles in 1:39.08.

Foaled at Carapan Farm, Lubash is the most successful offspring of Nasty Cure, a stakes-placed six-figure earner by Cure the Blues ($153,122). who has produced five multiple winners. Her stakes-placed New York-bred Netcong by Meadow Flight started 87 times and banked $327,924. Her most recent reported foal is a yearling full-brother to Lubash.

Filibustin stays perfect with Key Cents score

Fri, 2016-11-25 18:15

By Sarah Mace

Once the New York-bred juvenile fillies finally got a chance to face the starter for the 6-furlong $100,000 Key Cents Stakes Friday  — rescheduled after last Sunday’s high winds KO’d the Aqueduct card — Alan R. Cook’s homebred Filibustin by Bustin Stones scored a clear-cut victory over 11 rivals to drive her record to a perfect three-for-three.

Drawn in post four the first time around, but migrating out to the 10-hole when the race was redrawn, Filibustin (3-1) broke alertly, and made her way efficiently toward the inside under Jose Lezcano. The filly then settled in the two path, where she hooked up with Ribbonite to her inside – winner of the Lady Finger Stakes in Farmington September, but let go at odds of 64-1.

The pair raced in tandem for a half-mile in 47.39, and Ribbonite had a slight advantage as the pair reached the quarter pole. Filibustin then began to assert herself in upper stretch, and around the furlong marker launched a powerful drive. She ultimately opened up to a decisive 3-length victory in 1:12.50. Second time starter Overnegotiate (3-1), the lone filly to join the lineup when the race was drawn a second time, closed into second from third, while longshot Ribbonite tired and drifted out, but held on for third. [VIDEO]

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

Jose Lezcano, summed things up neatly: “She’s a very nice filly. She broke very good and I let her go and do her thing. I asked her within the last sixteenths, and she really took off and won the race easily.”

Trainer Greg Sacco first talked race tactics, beginning with Filibustin’s outer post in the rescheduled Key Cents. “When we drew the outside post today,” said Sacco, “I just left it up to Jose. We were on the inside going seven-eighths last time [in the Gimma] and we just wanted to get her out in the clear. This time, we had speed on the inside, the filly that won impressively first time out [Kim Royale] and Ribbonite, and I just told Jose, ‘wherever you’re comfortable, you’re comfortable, but she will rate.’”

Sacco continued, “She’s rated kindly in the mornings and it’s much different than a race. I thought she was in a good position the whole race and then sending her for home, it’s just whether you’re good enough. Every time you run, you have to answer the bell.”

Sacco also felt the significance of the victory and filly’s perfect record. “There were some really impressive horses in this race, which made the race a little interesting. There was a little different dynamic than the last race. Three wins at three different tracks, three different surfaces; she’s just a really neat New York-bred filly to have.”

He added, “It’s exciting, and I’m really happy for Mr. Cook. It’s the only horse he has, he bred her. She’s a really easygoing filly to train and just a pleasure to have. We’re fortunate to have a nice filly that can run like this.”

Winner of her debut at Monmouth Park by more than eight lengths on September 4, Filibustin captured the Joseph A. Gimma by nearly five lengths on October 2. She has earned $161,970 from her three wins.

Sacco is thinking about bringing her back from her Parx home base for the NYSS Fifth Avenue on December 19. “That would obviously be her last race of the year and then we’ll see if we’ll give her a little break,” he said. “When they’re going good, you don’t want to stop, and she doesn’t mind getting spaced out. I’d like to space her out and not run her too much over the winter and have her ready for this summer.”

Bred by Cook under the banner of Luck Be a Lady Racing, Filibustin was foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, home of her sire Bustin Stones who stood for $2,500 in 2016.

Filibustin is one of two winners from two foals to start out of Sweet Aloha, a West-Virginia-bred six-figure earner. The mare has a yearling filly by Take Charge Indy, a weanling colt by Forty Tales and was bred back to the same sire in 2016.

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Loki’s Vengeance repeats in NYSS Thunder Rumble off the bench

Fri, 2016-11-25 15:29

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

By Sarah Mace

Blue Bison Stable’s Loki’s Vengeance (Frost Giant), coming off a layoff of more than four months and shooting for his second consecutive victory in Aqueduct’s $125,000 Thunder Rumble division of the New York Stallion Stakes (NYSS), was ready to go on Friday, thanks to trainer Mike Hushion. Last year the handsome 5-year-old won the 7-furlong race for older New York-sired horses with a stalking trip. This time around, the tactics were different.

Sharp out of the gate under jockey Jose Ortiz, Loki’s Vengeance drove to the front from post six and settled on the lead, where he maintained a measured half-length advantage over 8-1 Becker’s Galaxy.

Through a quarter-mile in 23.32 and half in 46.69, the relative positions of the top two remained unchanged. The two-horse merry-go-round lasted until upper stretch, when Loki’s Vengeance found another gear, opened up and eventually romped to a much-the-best 7 1/4-length victory in a final time of 1:23.20.

Becker’s Galaxy held on for second, while, a neck back West Hills Giant (2-1) and favorite Empire Dreams (9-5) checked in noses apart third and fourth. Jet Black, We Did, Bust Another and Cloud Control completed the order of finish. The race, originally carded for last Sunday, was rescheduled to Friday after Thanksgiving after high winds forced NYRA to cancel racing. [VIDEO]

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Winning jockey Jose Ortiz reported, “Mike [Hushion] told me that [Loki’s Vengeance] breaks really good, and don’t be afraid to go to the lead. He did, and when I asked him to go at the three-sixteenths pole he exploded. He gave me a great turn of foot.”

Hushion added, “Sometimes Loki’s Vengeance breaks so hard he stumbles only because he’s so powerful coming out of there like a quarter horse. When I looked at the quarter-pole and I saw everyone moving already and nobody really closing, that was a real help, and when he kicked away from Irad [Ortiz on Becker’s Galaxy] I felt pretty good.”

As to “Loki’s” time on the sidelines, Hushion explained, “His time off was never due to any physical issue, it was just time for a break.”

Bred by Andrew Cohen, whose Sunrise Stables stands Frost Giant at Keane Stud in Amenia, and foaled at Vinery New York in Hudson, Loki’s Vengeance is the first foal out of Subtle Sweetness (During), a multiple winner who was bred in New York by Thomas-Narlinger, LLC and Dennis Repp. Subtle Sweetness has five more foals on the ground and two more winners, all sired by Frost Giant. The mare was bred back to Frost Giant this year.

A graduate of the 2012 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, Loki’s Vengeance was purchased by Blue Bison Stable for $35,000. As a sophomore, he won the NYSS Times Square division, the Affirmed Success Stakes the following year and, now, back-to-back runnings of the NYSS Thunder Rumble. His earnings from seven wins, five seconds and a pair of thirds are approaching the half million-dollar mark with $492,201.

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New York-breds trend well at Keeneland November

Sun, 2016-11-20 17:54

By Sarah Mace

At the conclusion of Sunday afternoon’s final session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale (November 8-20), the New York breeding program had reason to celebrate a successful run.

The contingent from the Empire State produced an increase in total sales and average price over their counterparts last year, and saw a concrete demonstration that they are still an ever-hot commodity. This year’s buyback percentage fell significantly compared to last year, while the group’s RNA rate was dramatically lower than the general population of the sale.

Of 126 New York-breds offered this November, 100 sold for $5,268,400. Last year 86 individuals brought $4,309,600. As we have come to expect in the current polarized state of the market, there was plenty of action for the top tier. Seventeen New York-breds brought six figures (up from 12 in 2015); eight horses sold for $200,000 and up, and the topper fetched $300,000.

The New York-bred average for 2016 ended up at $52,684, a couple ticks above last year’s $50,112, and the median of $21,500 was down from $27,500 last year.

Certainly, the brightest spot for breeders and consignors was the New York-bred clearance rate. The buyback percentage ended up at 20.6 percent which not only improved on last year’s 25.2 RNA rate by 18 percent, but significantly outperformed the sale as whole where the closing buyback rate for 2016 was 26.9 percent.

The top-selling New York-bred arrived in Book 1, when 4-year-old open stakes winner Harlan’s Honor (Hip 212) brought $300,000 in foal to Liam’s Map. (Read more.)

Book 3 produced the second-highest price and top weanling purchase, a $275,000 New York-bred colt from the second crop of Violence (Hip 1634) out of Kentucky-bred Five Star Momma, who topped the same session. (Read more.)

New York-bred fireworks in the latter books of the sale included the top New York-bred racing prospect, Diversify by Bellamy Road out of Rule One (Hip 2927), a two-for-two TDN Rising Star sold to Ralph and Lauren Evans for $210,000 in the concluding session of Book 4. Courageisamajority, a 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro in foal to first-year sire Carpe Diem (Hip 4061), topped the 11th session last Friday.

 

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Artie Schiller’s Macagone shocks Artie Schiller field at 34-1

Sat, 2016-11-19 18:27

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

By Sarah Mace

Trinity Farm homebred Macagone, a 5-year-old gelded son of Artie Schiller, meted out some very satisfying poetic justice at Aqueduct on Saturday.

Dismissed at odds 34-1, he won his sire’s namesake race, the $150,000 Artie Schiller Stakes, at one mile on the turf after employing (for him) an unorthodox strategy.

On paper, the competing speeds in the Artie Schiller field did not bode well for Macagone’s success, especially the speed of Heart to Heart, who was drawn toward the outside. Macagone’s six prior victories had all come gate-to-wire and he had no history of rating successfully. As it happened, the Bill Mott-trainee did the unthinkable: sat a pocket trip rating under jockey Kendrick Carmouche, and closed with determination to get the win.

Exiting post 3 of 10, Macagone settled in at the rail and raced covered up in fourth. Favorite Heart to Heart set the pace, running the first quarter mile in 23.72 and the half in 47.95, pressed along by New York-bred King Kreesa.

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

After three-quarters of a mile, Macagone got some extra room to run. Heart to Heart spurted ahead at the head of the stretch and Macagone angled out for the drive and moved into second.

Charging to the wire, the gelding passed Heart to Heart with a furlong to go and dug in to ward off a fast-closing Blacktype to secure the win by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:36.66. Night Prowler finished a length in third. [VIDEO]

Said Leana Willaford, assistant to trainer Bill Mott, ” Kendrick [Carmouche] did a great job. He mentioned before about the speed on the outside [Heart to Heart], so he sat in a stalking position and it worked out for him. I thought the horse has been doing awfully well, I was a little surprised to see him at that price actually [34-1, $70 to win]. He has races on his back form that showed if he ran his best races today, he could be competitive. It was a very good race.”

Carmouche, commented, “I had a perfect trip. There were two speed horses that just happened to be on the lead and my horse had tactical speed, but I wanted to sit on my horse and relax. I fell into the right spot, got a real run and angled out at the top of the lane and he excelled from there and held on. I’d like to thank Leana and the whole crew for putting me on the horse.”

Carmouche inherited the mount from Chris DeCarlo after DeCarlo went to the hospital for x-rays following a spill two races earlier on the card. Carmouche said, “I’m sorry that Chris couldn’t ride the horse. That’s a tough deal, but he ran perfect.” The DRF’s David Grening tweeted later that DeCarlo’s x-rays were negative and he would be back in the saddle by Thanksgiving, adding, “DeCarlo’s agent Winston Heslop said DeCarlo ‘is talking. He’s happy. Only thing he’s sad about is Billy Mott’s horse won [the] stake’ without him.

A consistent runner throughout his career, Macagone owns seven wins (led by victories in the open Danger’s Hour earlier this year and the Artie Schiller on Saturday), three seconds and five thirds from 23 lifetime starts. He is closing in on the half-million-dollar mark in earnings with $462,167.

Foaled at Monhil Farm in Pine Plains, Macagone is out of Isabel Away, a winning daughter of Skip Away. Isabel Away is also the dam of successful turf runner Birchwood Road by Pure Prize, a three-time grass winner over $220,000.

The mare currently has a 2-year-old full brother to Birchwood Road named Red Knight, a yearling colt by Colonel John, and a weanling filly by Freud.

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Favorite Gold for the King obliges in Notebook Stakes

Sat, 2016-11-19 16:34

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

By Sarah Mace

Francis Paolangeli’s homebred Gold for the King, third in the slop in the 1-mile Sleepy Hollow Stakes at Belmont on October 22, returned to winning form Saturday at Aqueduct as the 8-5 favorite when he got back on a fast track, cut back to six furlongs and donned blinkers for the $100,000 Notebook for New York-bred 2-year-olds.

Lined up toward the outside of the 7-horse field in post six, Gold for the King was the fastest out of the blocks, but deferred to Sal the Turtle, a game 22-1 longshot, and 9-1 Tribecca, who hooked up with one another to his inside. Instead, he sat a stalking trip in the early stages, a half-length back in third and well off the rail.

Gold for the King moved up into second when Tribecca tailed off after an opening quarter in 22.46, and, catching up with Sal the Turtle, got on even terms with the leader at the top of the lane.

The pair raced stride-for-stride in upper stretch, but inside the final furlong, Gold for the King began to edge away from his grudging rival, eventually opening up in the final sixteenth to a 1 1/4-length victory. After a half-mile in 45.73, Gold for the King stopped the timer at 1:10.70.

Bourbon Empire closed from last to finish third, followed by Eddie’s Gift, Fled, Hamptons Holiday, Caught a Heater and Tribecca. Breeze Burner, La Cat Warrior, Macho Miah Mr. Buff and Three to Thirteen were scratched. [VIDEO]

NYRA/Joe Labozzetta

Winning trainer Charlton Baker said, “[Gold for the King] broke good, Jose had to use him a little to get involved early as he sat back, but it was a great setup.”

Baker feels, however, that his charge is still a work in progress. “I thought he still kind of played around with [Sal the Turtle] in the stretch, but he’s still a young horse. He’s going to learn as he goes along. I think the blinkers made a difference. Not a big difference but just enough. We used a small cup, maybe we’ll make more of adjustment going forward.”

Victorious jockey Jose Ortiz thought the blinkers were just the right prescription. “Charlie [Baker] did a great job adding the blinkers to cut him back to six [furlongs] today. He [Gold for the King] really liked them. They weren’t too closed, just like cheaters.”

Ortiz also explained his decision to race off the fence. “Last time I rode him, he wasn’t comfortable behind horses so I didn’t want to end up behind horses today. He broke sharp and running, so I got him in the clear, which is what I wanted.”

Continued Ortiz, “He put me in a great position the whole way. The whole time, I was waiting, waiting and I knew when I turned for home, that I had to beat the horse on the inside of me so I tried to keep with him. My horse ran a really good race.”

Never out of the money in five starts, Gold for the King broke his maiden by 3 1/4 lengths at first asking at Saratoga. After finishing third to Syndergaard in his stakes debut in the Funny Cide later in the meet, he returned to the races five weeks later to capture Finger Lakes’ New York Breeders’ Futurity by 2 3/4 lengths. His bankroll stands at $280,568

Foaled at Thomas Dushas’ Pegasus Farm in Dover Plains, Gold for the King is the second foal and first winner out of Gold for the Queen, a New York-bred multiple stakes winner bred by Pegasus Farms Inc., campaigned by Paolangeli and trained by Baker. Gold for the Queen currently has a weanling colt by Frost Giant named True Gold, and was bred this spring to Japan.

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War Dancer connections name first “Starlet” for 2017 “Breeding with the Stars” program

Thu, 2016-11-17 12:22

(Edited press release)

Saratoga Springs, NY – The connections of millionaire Graded stakes winner and future Rockridge Stud stallion War Dancer kicked off their New York “Breeding with the Stars” program” last week with Sugar Plum Farm.

This week the War Dancer connections confirmed the first ‘Starlet’ in the program will be Holy Smokie, by Holy Bull. The 9-year-old mare has produced three winners from three starters, including Grade 2 Summer S. runner up, 2-year-old Conquest Farenheit, who juvenile sold at Keeneland yesterday for $735,000 to Rockingham Ranch.

Robin Malatino, owner of Sugar Plum Farm near Saratoga and representing the War Dancer “Breeding with the Stars” program” said, “We are thrilled to have such a nice young mare join our program, she will be boarded at Sugar Plum Farm in Saratoga Springs after she is bred to War Dancer early next year.”

Malatino continued, “New York has such a wonderful lucrative breeding program, we could not be more excited by this mating, and the resulting foal will continue the War Front sire line.”

War Dancer is one of three millionaire sons of leading two-year-old sire War Front standing in North America, and the only one in New York. War Dancer won or placed in 11 stakes, nine of them graded stakes and won the Grade 2 Virginia Derby and Grade 3 Louisville H. He is out of Deed I Do, runner-up in the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss and a daughter of Grade 1 Carter H. winner and Grade 1 Preakness runner-up Alydeed.

For more details about the War Dancer Breeding Program please contact Rockridge Stud in Hudson, Lere at (518) 851-6616 or Erin (859) 421-7531.

NYTB to administer New York Stallion Stakes Series nominations

Wed, 2016-11-16 09:37

By Sarah Mace

In 2016 the administration of the New York Stallion Stakes (NYSS) Series was transferred from the New York Racing Association (NYRA) to the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc (NYTB). Accordingly, Stallion owners should be aware that beginning with the 2017 breeding season, all nomination forms and fees should be directed to NYTB (not to NYRA, as in the past).

For a stallion’s progeny to be eligible for the Series, which consists of 10 stakes races worth over $1 million, the stallion must be fully nominated in the year of the foal’s conception. For the 2017 breeding season, the stallion owner should complete the NYSS Series Nomination Form for Series 2020 (Foals of 2018) and send the nomination fee (payable to “NYTB”) to:

NYTB
57 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

A stallion’s nomination fee is $2,500, or advertised stud fee (whichever is higher). Fifty percent of the nomination fee is due February 15; the remaining fifty percent is due July 1.

Additionally, for the convenience of stallion owners, breeders, owners and trainers, NYTB (http://www.nytbreeders.org) will maintain a NYSS webpage with nomination forms and other useful material. The page, which may be accessed from the “Racing” dropdown menu, includes:

  • a link to the stallion nomination form for the 2017 breeding season (Series 2020, Foals of 2018)
  • lists of nominated stallions by year, beginning with Series 2012 (Foals of 2010) through Series 2019 (Foals of 2017).
  • a list of NYSS Series-eligible horses through Series 2016 (Foals of 2014), which was the last year foals were nominated individually. From Series 2017 (Foals of 2015) forward, foals sired by nominated stallions became automatically eligible for all NYSS races without a nomination fee.
  • dates, conditions and purses of the races as soon as they are announced.

 

For further information contact NYTB Executive Director Jeff Cannizzo at 518-587-0777 or info@nytbreeders.org.

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Sunrise Stallions Sets 2017 Fees

Wed, 2016-11-16 08:28

Big Brown (Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt)

(Press Release)

Sunrise Stallions released its stud fees for 2017 this week. Big Brown will stand for $7,500 and Frost Giant will stand for $5,000. Sunrise will offer Frost Giant’s full brother, Heavy Breathing (by Giant’s Causeway, out of Takesmybreathaway, by Gone West), for a fee of $2,500. Heavy Breathing’s first crop hits the track next year.

Heavy Breathing stands alongside Big Brown at Dutchess Views Farm near Pine Plains, while Frost Giant stands at Keane Stud near Amenia.

Big Brown (by Boundary, out of Mein, by Nureyev) is coming off a strong season in which his Grade 1-placed daughter Kiss to Remember won Churchill Downs’ Grade 2 Chilukki Stakes Nov. 5 prior to selling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale for $500,000. Big Brown’s multiple Grade 1-winning son Dortmund ran second to California Chrome in Del Mar’s Grade 2 San Diego Handicap this summer.

The progeny of Big Brown—the only Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes winner to stand in New York other than Spectacular Bid in the twilight of his career—have earned more than $3.28 million in 2016. Ranked fourth for the season among New York-based sires after ranking as the state’s top sire in 2015, Big Brown has sired 16 black-type winners.

Frost Giant is the state’s leading sire of 2-year-olds, with more than $575,000 in earnings. Among his 13 winners is black-type winner Bobby On Fleek. Frost Giant’s number of 2-year-old winners this season is almost twice as many as second-ranked Bellamy Road, who moved to New York from Kentucky this year.

“Both Big Brown and Frost Giant have proved they can sire top runners who can earn New York breeders substantial returns on their investment through New York’s nationally leading breeding incentive program,” said Sunrise Stallions business manager Eric Bishop. “We want to encourage breeders to take part in New York’s extremely attractive program by offering our stallions at exceptionally competitive fees.”

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NY-bred weanling tops KEENOV Session 5 Saturday; NY results strong through Book 3

Mon, 2016-11-14 11:44

By Sarah Mace

A $275,000 New York-bred colt from the second crop of Violence (Hip 1634) topped all weanling offerings Saturday in the opening session of Book 3 of the Keeneland November sale.

Through the conclusion of Book 3 on Sunday, New York-breds have performed very well. The New York buyback percentage is significantly lower than the general population of the sale, and the New York median is outperforming the overall median by nearly 15%.

Bred by Tom Ryan et al’s SF Bloodstock LLC, the Violence colt was landed by owner/breeder Mary A. Sullivan from the consignment of Select Sales, Agent LVII. One hip earlier, his dam Five Star Momma sold as the session topper, going to Evelyn Benoit’s “Star Guitar” for $550,000. The 7-year-old Kentucky-bred mare is a multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes performer by Five Star Day. The New York-bred Violence colt, born February 17, is her first foal.

Crestwood Farm’s Phil Hager, who made the winning bid on the weanling for Sullivan, explained to the TDN that she “was looking for a New York-bred colt. We missed on some yearlings, so she wanted to get a weanling. We loved the physical and the mare could really run.”

Select Sale’s Carrie Brogden commented, “When the [Violence] baby came to be prepped at my farm about 60 days ago, I called [breeder] Tom Ryan and said, ‘Wow, wow, wow, wow!’ Mares just don’t have first foals like this. Quality is what everyone wants and quality is what he is.”

Continued Brogden, “He just exuded class. He was so special. I must have been asked for his vet report 40 times in the back ring. Everyone was falling all over themselves. He is what everyone wants to breed. And on top of that, he is a registered New York-bred.”

Through the first three Books of the Keeneland November sale, New York-breds have been well-received (34 sold of 43 offered), resulting in a buyback percentage of only 20.9%, compared to the 30.8% RNA rate for the sale at large.

The $86,000 New York-bred median is nearly 15% better than the cumulative sale median of $75,000. The New York-bred average price for the sale remains strong, coming in at $103,397 compared to $155,941 for all horses at the sale to date.

The Keeneland sale continues through November 20.

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Strong finish in NYSS Staten Island gives Highway Star first stakes score

Sun, 2016-11-13 17:45

NYRA/Joe Labozzetta

By Sarah Mace

Chester and Mary Broman’s 3-year-old homebred Highway Star (Girolamo) ran down Frosty Margarita in late stretch to collect her first black type victory Sunday in Aqueduct’s $125,000 Staten Island division of the New York Stallion Stakes series for New York-sired fillies and mares.

Winner of a restricted allowance race at Belmont on September 28 going a mile, Highway Star turned back to seven furlongs in the Staten Island, while looking for a fourth victory in her sixth career start as the second betting choice at odds of 7-2.

In the early stages of the race Highway Star led the second flight of runners in fourth position, while longshots Rosie P and Perfect Freud zipped along on the front end through a quarter mile in 22.44 and half in 45.46. Frosty Margarita tracked the top two in third.

Advancing on the far turn, Highway Star gained two spots as the longshots faded, and set her sights on Frosty Margarita, who had fully gained command.

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

Charging homeward in the two path, with more two lengths to make up at the top of the lane, Highway Star eroded Frosty Margarita’s lead, fully opened up her stride in the final sixteenth and charged to a decisive 3 1/4-length victory. After six furlongs 1:10.54, the final time for seven panels was 1:24.18.

Frosty Margarita (8-1) held the place, followed a half length back by odds on favorite Super Surprise. Longshot Familyofroses (24-1) finished fourth followed, across the line by Wonderment, Lady Kreesa, Perfect Freud, Rosie P and Storied Lady. Hey Kiddo and Uncle Southern were scratched. [VIDEO]

Trainer Rodrigo Ubillo explained his master plan for jockey Angel Arroyo, aboard the filly for the first time Sunday. “I told Angel just let her tell you where she wants to be. She’s pretty smart and it worked out perfectly. I told him just let her be and in the end, she’ll need to get going. They went kind of quick 22 [seconds], I mean she’s fast, but not that fast.”

Continued Ubillo, “I didn’t want her to run her at 7 furlongs but there wasn’t another race for her so we decided to run in this spot. We could have run her a mile and an eighth but that wasn’t the right distance for her. This worked out perfect”

Arroyo commented simply, “She’s a nice filly and I got a good trip; the best trip. I had a lot of horse left in the end. She ran great.”

Unraced at two, Highway Star won her first two starts at three, breaking her maiden on debut last May at Belmont and following up with a restricted allowance victory in July. Unplaced in her first stakes try, the Statue of Liberty division of the NYSS at Saratoga, she finished third in the Fleet Indian at the Spa.

Highway Star is one of three winners, and the first stakes winner, out of Stolen Star, a multiple stakes placed homebred for the Bromans and a half sister to multiple stakes winner and sire Friend or Foe.

Highway Star’s sire Girolamo, a Grade 1-winning son of A.P. Indy owned by Darley, began his stud career in 2012 at Becky Thomas and Dennis Narlinger’s Sequel Stallions New York before relocating to Kentucky.

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