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Favorite Send It In delivers in Alex M. Robb

Sat, 2016-12-31 18:32

NYRA/Joe Labozzetta

By Sarah Mace

Paul Pompa Jr.’s homebred Send It In made his stakes debut a winning one on Saturday as a 3-5 favorite when he captured NYRA’s traditional New Year’s Eve feature, the $100,000 Alex M. Robb Stakes for older New York-breds.

Foaled at Vivien Malloy’s Edition Farm in Hyde Park, Send It In, now a 4-year-old gelding, is a special horse for Pompa. He was sired by dual classic winner and 3-year-old champion Big Brown, whom Pompa campaigned in partnership with IEAH Stables and others, and who now stands for Sunrise Stallions at Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains. Send It In is also the first foal out of Sharp Instinct, a multiple winner by Awesome Again, whom Pompa purchased as a Keeneland September yearling in 2008 for $275,000.

A Todd Pletcher-trainee, Send It In managed only a trio of starts in 2016 before the Robb, but made all three count. In February and March, he cruised through his open allowance conditions at Aqueduct, but was then forced to the sidelines. His return to the races nine months later in an open, 1 mile-70 yard $100,000 optional claimer on December 9, was everything his connections could have hoped—a strong second-place finish just a neck behind the winner.

Explained Pompa, “He won the 2X [on March 12] and he came back and we thought he had pulled something up high, but he had a spiral fracture and they put a screw in. We gave him the right time before his next start and he came back the right way, [running] a 102 Beyer Speed Figure off a layoff against a speed bias.”

Exiting post four in the 1 1/16-mile Alex Robb, Send It In settled in third and rounded the clubhouse turn three wide. On the backstretch he and his pilot kept a watchful eye on the leaders.

Up front, the first three-quarters of a mile of the Alex Robb was a tale of two greys — Iron Power and Becker’s Galaxy, who passed the lead between them through fractions of 25.26, 49.07 and 1:12.98.

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Jockey Manny Franco began to ask for some more from Send It In midway on the far turn. The gelding responded and challenged the top pair at the head of the stretch. He overtook the leaders with three-sixteenths to go, then moved over to the speed-favoring rail where he drew off to win by 3 3/4 lengths in a final time of 1:45.41.

Empire Dreams (5-1), close runner-up to the recently-retired Saratoga Snacks in last year’s running of the Robb, made a good, but non-threatening move from fourth to claim second, while Testosterstone (19-1) closed into third another 2 1/2 lengths back. Following the top three were Becker’s Galaxy, Good Luck Gus and Iron Power. Second choice Wake Up in Malibu stumbled at the start and was eased. [VIDEO]

“I knew that he’s a good horse and I just let him do his thing,” said Franco. “I tried to get close to the pace and it worked out good. When I asked, he gave it to me today. He’s a nice horse. I trust him.”

Pompa said, “I was [worried about a speed bias today]. I ran a horse that was 1-2 yesterday and he was chasing the whole way.” He added, “I think this horse has been a stellar performer. I’m very proud of him. He’s a homebred, too. I had the mother, I had the father, and he’s just a tremendous horse.”

Send It In has won seven of 14 career starts, along with three seconds and two thirds and has compiled $338,414 in earnings.

Pompa is mulling some big ideas for Send It In’s next start and will be conferring with trainer Todd Pletcher. “There’s a series of New York-bred stakes coming up, but there is interest in him going down [to Gulfstream Park] for the [Grade 1, $12 million] Pegasus [World Cup] or the [$400,000] Poseidon [on January 28], but I’d have to make that decision.” He added,  “The timing is right.”

 

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Bonita Bianca goes last to first in East View

Fri, 2016-12-30 15:19

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

By Sarah Mace

Graded stakes-placed runner Bonita Bianca might have given impression that she did not mean business Friday afternoon in the $100,000 East View for New York-bred juvenile fillies, but that could not have been further from the truth. After lollygagging as much as nine or ten lengths behind the lead for the first half of the race, she remedied the situation in short order in the latter stages and registered her second stakes victory by more than five lengths.

Even though a short field of five was signed on for the 1 mile and 70-yard East View, the race featured some serious talent and potential.

Bonita Bianca was the headliner. Trained by Rudy Rodriguez for Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Michael Imperio, she broke her maiden on September 22, before scoring a next-out victory in the one-mile one-turn Maid of the Mist in the slop on Empire Showcase Day. In her third start on November 26, she tested much deeper waters in the Grade 2 Demoiselle, and managed to finish a creditable closing third.

Another filly to watch in the East View was Tiznow’s Smile, who was drawn in the outside post. Trained by Charlie Baker and issuing from a family of New York-bred stakes winners, she had placed twice in restricted stakes before breaking her maiden last out in front-running fashion while going a mile over the Aqueduct inner track December 11.

Opening at odds of 1-5, but drifting up 1-2 by post time, Bonita Bianca enjoyed a clean break from post three under Irad Ortiz, Jr, aboard for both her earlier victories, and settled into stride in the two path over the “good” (harrowed) racing surface.

The filly then proceeded to lope along at the rear of the field, 9-10 lengths behind the main action, where 3-1 second choice Tiznow’s Smile had gunned to the lead from her outside post, and showed the way 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Overnegotiate.

Tiznow’s Smile continued to lead for six furlongs through fractions of 23.68, 48.59 and 1:14.50, but Bonita Bianca was waiting in the wings. She advanced under urging to within 7-8 lengths of the lead along the backstretch run, and began to gear up more seriously in the far turn.

Rallying wide into fourth, Bonita Bianca inhaled her two other rivals in upper stretch, then cruised past Tiznow’s Smile just in advance of the furlong marker. Drawing off, the filly hit the wire a 5 1/4-length winner in a final time of 1:46.46. Runner-up Tiznow’s Simile finished five more lengths clear of Bree’s Got Heart in third. Overnegotiate and Messer Misfit followed. [VIDEO]

Ortiz felt that his mount ran her race, but that it took a little work on his part. “She’s a little lazy,” said Ortiz. “You have to work hard. When she got some dirt, some kick back, she started jumping a little bit. [I worried] maybe we were a little too far [back so] I was riding the whole way. I hit her once and she started to pick it up and she got there. She’s a nice filly, a nice New York-bred. I think if she were in the clear, she may have been a little closer, but that’s her race.”

“Irad rode her perfectly,” said Rodriguez, who was quick to spread the praise around. “I give all the credit to my brother, he’s been training her at Belmont. We got it done today. We’ll look to freshen her up and hopefully point her for something better.”

The conditioner continued, “I was confident when they went 23:68. The track was playing slow and I know she was a little far back, but Irad knows the filly really well and knows to get after her. For a minute, it didn’t look like we were getting there. On this track, you need to be able to close. I think she was a little better than these horses, and she proved it today.”

Dormellito Stud bred Bonita Bianca, a chestnut daughter of Curlin foaled at Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater. Purchased by Michael Dubb earlier this year for $97,000 at the OBS March sale of juveniles, the filly has earned $276,000 from three wins and a third.

Bonita Bianca’s dam Friendly Michelle (Artax), winner of the Grade 1 Prioress in 2004, sold in 2006 to Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings for $1.15 million at the Keeneland November sale. Steven Rowan picked her up for $42,000 with Bonita Bianca in utero at the same venue in 2013. Friendly Michelle has produced six winners overall, and currently has a yearling filly by Simmard. The mare had no foal in 2016 and was bred by Paynter in the spring.

 

 

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NYB bonuses reappear in NYRA’s expanded spring program for 2-year-olds

Fri, 2016-12-30 09:22

By Sarah Mace

The New York Racing Association announced Friday that eight maiden races worth $100,000 each, up from six last year, will be offered this spring as part of its ongoing program for 2-year-olds leading up to the Astoria and Tremont, run as the first two juvenile stakes of the year on June 8 and 9.

Furthermore, within the context of the enhanced juvenile program, bonuses worth a total of $20,000 will be offered to the owner and trainer of New York-breds who finish first, second or third in any state-bred or open maiden juvenile race held during the Aqueduct spring and Belmont spring-summer meet.

For fillies, Astoria Trial A, at 4 1/2 furlongs, will be run on April 19 at Aqueduct Racetrack. Astoria Trial B and C will be run on May 3 and May 17 at Belmont Park, both at five furlongs, all in preparation for the Astoria on Thursday, June 8.

Tremont Trial A, at 4 1/2 furlongs, will be run on April 20, with Tremont Trial B and C at five furlongs scheduled for May 4 and May 18 at Belmont. The Tremont will be held on Friday, June 9.

Bolstered by the positive response last year from horsemen and fans, the NYRA has supplemented the program this year with a pair of turf trials for juveniles at Belmont. For fillies, Astoria Trail D, at five furlongs on the turf, will be held May 25, while the Tremont Trial D, also at five furlongs on the turf, will run May 26.

The fields for the trials are limited to 10, with the winner to receive $50,000 and all runners to be paid. Should 10 horses start, the second through sixth-place horses would receive $20,000, $10,000, $7,500, 5,000 and $4,000, respectively, with the remaining $3,500 divided among the seventh through 10th-place finishers.

The New York-bred bonus program, supported in partnership with the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, calls for owners to receive $7,000 for a first-place finish, $4,500 for second and $2,500 for third. Trainers would get a bonus of $3,000 for first, $2,000 for second and $1,000 for third.

In 2016, NYRA saw a significant increase in the number of 2-year-old starters as a direct result of its 2-year-old incentive programs. NYRA tracks ran 26 juvenile maiden races during the spring and summer in 2016, 10 more than in 2015. The maiden races attracted 222 total starters last year, a 65.57% increase over 2015’s total of 134, with an increased average field size of 8.54.

“A strong 2-year-old program is important to the Aqueduct and Belmont spring meets and the high demand for the bonus program in 2016 shows us that we’re moving our racing program in the right direction,” said Martin Panza, NYRA’s Senior Vice-President of Racing Operations. “It’s one thing to offer races, but it’s another thing to make sure they go. We want our horsemen to feel confident when they send their 2-year-olds to New York in April, May, or June, that we will make every effort to be sure these races are used.”

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Haul Anchor bounces back to win Damon Runyon

Thu, 2016-12-29 19:02

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

By Sarah Mace

Chester and Mary Broman’s Haul Anchor bounced back in a big way Thursday from his first career off-the-board finish in the Sleepy Hollow last Showcase Day, when he dominated the $100,000 Damon Runyon Stakes for New York-bred juveniles at a mile and 70 yard.

At the bell, Linda Rice-trained Carradine got a jump on the Damon Runyon field from mid-pack, but was overhauled by a trio of horses heading into the first turn, among them the 2-year old Bernardini homebred Haul Anchor and Mo Maverick.

Haul Anchor set up at the rail establishing, a 3/4-length lead over Mo Maverick through the first turn, while on the backstretch two lengths back 33-1 long shot D’yer Mak’er moved up into third.

Through the far turn, the order of the front-runners remained unchanged. Haul Anchor forged on, now ahead by a length at the quarter pole after six furlongs in 1:13.85.

Haul Anchor drew off comfortably in the stretch without facing a challenge, winning by 4 1/2 lengths in a final time of 1:45.69. Mo Maverick finished second, 3 1/2 lengths ahead of Carradine, who made his way back up into third place. D’yer Mak’er completed the superfecta. Voodoo Song, Tellmeafookystory, Mollica and Macho Mia crossed the finish line next in order. Bourbon Empire was scratched. Let go at generous odds of 13-1, Haul Anchor paid $29.20 to win. [VIDEO]

Veteran pilot Cornelio Velasquez said, “My horse was fast from the gate and [Mo Maverick] was sent [to the front]. My horse always wants to go on the lead and I tried not to pull him too much. [Mo Maverick] moved out a little bit and gave me a break. He never stopped, he finished good. I had a lot of horse at the quarter-pole. Today, he ran big.”

Joe Lee, assistant to winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, focused on the surface and distance. “He was training well so we thought he’d run well,” said Lee. “We weren’t crazy about the rain, but it was more of a sealed type of track, so we thought he’d get it over it well. As far as his breeding, we always thought he’d go long. In the mornings, he gallops really well at a mile-and-a-half and it doesn’t really take anything out of him, so I didn’t think the distance would be a problem for him.”

Lee continued, “It seemed like speed was holding and we thought that he would get over the ground well with it being on the firmer, packed-side, and he’d continue to run on. Knowing that fitness wasn’t an issue, we thought it would be [good] to go to the front and Cornelio [Velasquez] said ‘we’ll lay close and if we get the lead we get the lead and if we don’t, we’ll just sit.'”

Haul Anchor, who thrives on or near the lead, opened his account with a pair of solid runner-up finishes at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course in July and August, before breaking his maiden going 5 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga on September 1.

Back downstate, the colt showed an aptitude for off-going when he finished second by two lengths to Mirai in the Bertram F. Bongard at Belmont. He then threw in his Sleepy Hollow clunker in the slop on Showcase day, fading after flashing early speed in his route debut. The colt came into the Damon Runyon with a string of solid interim works under his belt.

Lee added, “He came out of his last race in good fashion and there was a thought to giving him some time off, but he was really doing well, so knowing that, we decided to keep him going. He’s filled out and grown and put on some weight. We’re happy we kept going.”

From a pair of wins and three seconds from six starts this year, Haul Anchor has earned $143,000.

Haul Anchor’s dam Whichwaydidshego (Storm Cat) was purchased by Chester Broman for $425,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November sale. A winning half-sister to the multiple Grade 2 winner Fed Biz, she issues from the family of Minardi, Tale of the Cat and Johannesburg.

Whichwaydidshego has worked out well for Bromans, already producing multiple stakes winners Mark My Way (Noonmark) and Hard to Stay Notgo (More than Ready). On the ground are a yearling full sister to Haul Anchor and a weanling filly by Will Take Charge. The mare was bred to Malibu Moon in 2016.

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It’s all gravy for Mind Your Biscuits in Grade 1 Malibu

Mon, 2016-12-26 21:25

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By Sarah Mace

The connections of Mind Your Biscuits could not have hoped for a more perfect way for the Posse colt to wrap up his sophomore campaign than his Santa Anita opening day coup: a determined Grade 1 victory in the 7-furlong, $300,000 Malibu Stakes.

Campaigned by J Stables, Head of Plains Partners LLC et al, and conditioned by up-and-coming young trainer Robert Falcone Jr., Mind Your Biscuits has come a long way since his first start for Falcone, a maiden-breaking score in state-bred company at Aqueduct on April 5. He had relocated from the barn of Roderick Rodriguez for whom he had picked up three placings at two, including a third in the New York Breeders’ Futurity at Finger Lakes.

After logging several more solid starts for Falcone in the spring, including a second-place finish in the Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont, Mind Your Biscuits successfully made the leap from the state-bred ranks into graded company, taking on and besting the field of the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes at the Spa with a nifty closing move at the rail.

A closing fifth in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop on Travers Day, his only off-the-board performance all year, and runner-up in the Grade 3 Gallant Bob at Parx on September 24, Mind Your Biscuits headed to the Breeder’s Cup Sprint.

The closer acquitted himself extremely well in the championship race, just missing second by a nose to Masochistic a length behind Drefong. Drefong, who had been pointed to the Malibu, spiked a fever after his last work and did not join the lineup. Masochistic has since been disqualified from his Breeder’s Cup placing.

Reunited with his Breeder’s Cup pilot Joel Rosario Monday, Mind Your Biscuits got out of his inside post well, and settled at the fence along the backstretch, two lengths behind Jazzy Times and Sharp Azteca, who between them clocked a blistering half mile in 43.80.

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Tipping out three wide at the head of the lane, Mind Your Biscuits began to wear down Sharp Azteca, now the lone leader, and gained the top spot in the final sixteenth on his way to a half-length victory in a final time of 1:20.81. Favorite Ten Blessings checked in third 2 1/2 lengths behind Sharp Azteca. Second choice Mind Your Biscuits paid $9.40 to win.

Rosario, who won the San Simeon Stakes two races earlier on the card aboard Bettys Bambino, said “It’s worth the trip. Not a bad afternoon. It is always fun coming out here.”

Rosario continued, “I was a little concerned in the stretch. We were closer than we have ever been before. They were smoking up front. We got a little late kick and he took off.”

Falcone followed up: “This is great for [Mind Your Biscuits]. He bounced out of the Breeders’ Cup great, and he gets over the track so well.” Since the Breeder’s Cup, Mind Your Biscuits had posted three half-mile works, most recently a :47 1/5 bullet over the Santa Anita oval.

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Added Falcone, “He just proved today, again, that he’s a great horse. He’s a real nice horse. It feels great.”

Bred by Jumping Jack Racing LLC and foaled at Sue and Gary Lundy’s Cedar Ridge Farm in Pine Plains, Mind Your Biscuits is one of three winners from three foals to start out of Jazzmane, an unraced Kentucky-bred daughter of Toccet. The mare has two more reported foals, a 2-year-old filly by Posse and yearling colt by Officer.

Mind Your Biscuits was purchased as a short yearling by Machmer Hall at the 2014 Keeneland January sale. Offered at auction twice more, he RNA’d both times for $47,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale and at last year’s OBS Spring 2-year-old sale.

With a career record of four wins, four seconds and three thirds from 13 starts, Mind Your Biscuits’ earnings now total $675,366.

 

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Toni Tools mows down Park Avenue rivals with late last-to-first charge

Sun, 2016-12-18 14:50

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

By Sarah Mace

Toni Tools (Roaring Fever), captured the $150,000 Fifth Avenue division of the New York Stallion Stakes series at Aqueduct Sunday with an dramatic late charge, going from last to first in the final sixteenth to win the 6-furlong contest for New York-sired 2-year-old fillies.

Toni Tools began her career with two starts for Dominick Schettino, and second out finished second at Saratoga. She then migrated to the Todd Pletcher barn. On October 6, when offered for a $40,000 tag, the filly broke her maiden by more than seven lengths covering 6.5 furlongs at Belmont Park. She then recorded a second win in a starter allowance on the Aqueduct main track on November 23. She scored both victories from off the pace.

Third betting choice in the Park Avenue at odds of 5-1 behind two unbeaten horses, multiple restricted stakes winner Filibustin (4-5), and Catcher in the Sky, a debut maiden breaker on November 18 (3-2), Toni Tools settled in last from the outset, while the two favorites hooked up on the front end.

Through a testing first quarter-mile up front in 22.07, and half in 45.83, Toni Tools navigated the sloppy going on the backstretch well off the rail, moved inwards to save a little ground in the far turn and, at the head of the stretch, angled out into the six-path as she headed for home.

Even though she gained steadily on the field, now led solely by Filibustin, Toni Tools was still last with a sixteenth to go. Charging on the grandstand side, she passed her first horse just inside the sixteenth pole. Then, in what seemed like the blink of an eye, the mud-bespattered filly inhaled the rest of the field, securing her victory by a clear half length in a final time of 1:14.43.

The outcome for the other runners was a little murky at first. A few minutes after the placing judges ruled that Filibustin and closer Passporttovictory dead-heated for the place, it was announced that Passporttovictory had indeed finished second, and Filibustin third. Catcher in the Sky, Gonna Be Morgan and Bliss to You completed the order of finish. [VIDEO]

Pletcher assistant Byron Hughes said, “She didn’t have the speed to keep up with the others, which we knew going into the race. We were just hoping the speed came back, which it did. She got up in time. It was a very dramatic win. She seemed to handle it [the muddy track] well today.”

Said winning jockey Manny Franco, “I watched her replays and she always gives something at the end, and the pace helped me a lot today.”

Bred by Barry Ostrager and foaled at his Questroyal North in Stillwater, Toni Tools is the only foal produced by Patine, a winning Kentucky-bred Smart Strike mare.

Toni Tools, who has earned $164,172 from three wins and a second-place finish in five starts, was purchased as a weanling by Crupi’s New Castle Farm for $35,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall mixed sale.

 

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Neck of the Moon gets breakthrough victory in South Beach

Sat, 2016-12-17 22:36

Coglianese Photos/Kenny Martin

By Sarah Mace

Expertly guided by Paco Lopez, Hidden Brook Farm’s multiple stakes-placed Neck of the Moon nailed down her first stakes score at Gulfstream Park Saturday afternoon when she swept to the lead in the far turn to win the $100,000 South Beach Stakes, a 7 1/2-furlong two-turn turf contest at Gulfstream Park.

Neck of the Moon last visited the winner’s circle in September 2015, but has been a consistent performer throughout her career, hitting the board in 16 of 21 prior starts and placed in four stakes. Still, the six-year-old daughter of More than Ready had found that first stakes victory elusive.

When the race was drawn, trainer Chad Brown observed, “She’s a very consistent horse, but she is just not lucky. We spotted her well all season and she just had very unfortunate trips. A couple of those races she could have won. She always gives her best.” Neck of the Moon was last seen finishing second by a length in the one-mile River Memories Stakes at Woodbine on November 5. She went postwards in the South Beach as the third betting choice (of nine) at odds of 6-1.

Out of gate six well, Neck of the Moon and Lopez secured a ground-saving spot near the fence for the first bend, then raced in seventh along the backstretch in the two-path, a couple lengths clear of the close-packed scrum up ahead.

Making her way between horses in the far turn, Neck of the Moon advanced into contention wtih clear running in the in the four path at the head of the stretch.

Neck of the Moon drove past her three remaining rivals under a ride, then held off the most persistent of them, Sandiva. who was trying to re-rally. The grey mare crossed the wire the winner by a neck, in a final time of 1:31 flat. Sandiva finished a half-length ahead of the Clement-trained British-bred Excilly in third.

After the victory, Brown said, “Today, she got the trip she needed. We told Paco a few things about her, particularly her affinity to get outside if possible in a big field, and he executed it perfectly. I’m really proud of the ride he gave her and I’m proud of the filly for the effort she gave.”

Remarked Lopez, “This filly is easy to ride. I had good position on the inside. When I took her to the outside, she ran big.”

Brown is unsure whether Neck of the Moon, a $402,312 earner, will continue racing or prepare for life as a broodmare with her back type win under her belt. “I’ll speak to the management at Hidden Brook, just enjoy this for now and see what happens.”

Bred by Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort, where she was foaled, Neck of the Moon is out of stakes-placed Kentucky-bred Cotopaxi, by With Approval, who was purchased by Stone Bridge owner Jeffrey Tucker at the 2006 Keeneland November sale for $120,000. She has produced five winners from five foals to start and relocated to Mexico in 2010.

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Bavaro draws off to upset Great White Way

Sat, 2016-12-17 15:11

NYRA/Robert Mauhar

By Sarah Mace

Bill Parcells’ August Dawn Farm and trainer Gary Sciacca teamed up to score an upset in Aqueduct’s Saturday co-feature, the $150,000 Great White Way division of the New York Stallion Stakes (NYSS) for New York-sired 2-year-olds. Bavaro, their grey son of Freud bred by Hidden Lake Farm, LLC, Gunston Hall Farm and Tony Grey, comfortably bested 1-5 favorite Gold for the King in Saturday’s six-furlong tilt

Bavaro debuted successfully just 28 days ago, scoring a front-running 5 1/2-length victory in a state-bred maiden special weight under Antonio Gallardo, despite failing to change leads in the stretch. He completed six furlongs on Aqueduct’s fast main track in 1:11.77 for a Beyer Speed Figure of 73. In the interim, Bavaro posted two strong half-mile moves, most recently last Tuesday, when he fired a bullet over Belmont’s training track in 48 2/5 seconds

Drawn in post two (of six), and partnered with Manny Franco for the first time, Bavaro (7-2, second choice) got off to a bit of clumsy start, but then threw down the gauntlet, grabbing a one-length lead by the first point of call and challenging the rest to run him down.

All eyes were on the talented Gold for the King, winner of both the New York Breeder’s Futurity Stakes and Notebook Stakes this fall, as he moved his way up into second from fourth in the far turn.

NYRA/Joe Labozzetta

Approaching the quarter pole, it seemed as if Bavaro was about to face a serious challenge from the looming favorite, but the grey cornered neatly and readily kicked clear of his would-be challenger. Galloping off to a 3 3/4-length victory  Bavaro’s final time for six furlongs over the “good” going was 1:11.16.

Gold for the King in second finished, well clear of Remstin in third. Rounding out the order of finish were Eddie’s Gift, Ethan Hunt and Three to Thirteen. [VIDEO]

Sciacca said of the colt, who is named for former Giant’s tight end Mark Bavaro, “He’s a tough horse, that’s why he’s named Bavaro. He’s a big, good-looking runner where nothing bothers him. He’s like a bull.”

Continued Sciacca, “He’s a nice horse and he’s done everything right. I figured he’d be up front, but I didn’t think it’d come that easy. He changed leads today; he didn’t change it last time. The speed wasn’t that great today.”

Sciacca plans to keep the colt sprinting.

“I knew he had good speed from the first time he raced, said jockey Manny Franco. “He didn’t break good in his first race like today, but he showed good positional speed. Today, he got out of the gate well and took off. He really did it easy and when I asked for more at the quarter pole, he just took off.”

Bavaro, who was foaled at Hidden Lake Farm in Otisville, is out of is Chantess, an unraced daughter of Unbridled’s Song. A $250,000 Keeneland September yearling in 2004, the mare last changed hands at public auction when purchased by JMJ Racing at the 2007 Keeneland November sale for $150,000.

Chantess has produced three winners from four foals to start and Bavaro is her first stakes-winning offspring. Bavaro was first sold to Machmer Hall for $20,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton New York mixed sale in Saratoga, before being picked up by Parcells the following year for $85,000 at the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale. From two victories, the colt has netted $123,000.

Chantess has a weanling colt by Honorable Dillon and was bred in 2016 to Medal Count.

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NYTB board election results 2016

Fri, 2016-12-16 11:37

By Sarah Mace

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) concluded its annual board election on Thursday, December 15, 2016. This year NYTB members voted to fill five seats on the board for candidates to serve two-year terms from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018.

The winning candidates are:

Scott Ahlschwede, D.V.M.
Lois Engel
Thomas J. Gallo III
Vivien G. Malloy
Mallory Mort

The six remaining members of the NYTB Board will be serving the second year of two-year terms in 2016:

Chester Broman
Seth Gregory
Michael Lischin
Joanne Nielsen
Suzie O’Cain
Joan M. Taylor, D.V.M.

Whittemore, Dowen & Ricciardelli, LLP, an accounting firm from Queensbury, NY, administered the NYTB board elections by validating the eligibility of all voters, distributing the ballots and receiving the completed ballots directly from members of the association. The firm then tabulated and certified the election results. Whittemore, Dowen & Ricciardelli, LLP reported the official results to NYTB in a letter dated on December 15, 2016.

Click here to read Whittemore, Dowen & Ricciardelli, LLP’s letter certifying the results of the election.

Undefeated New Yorker Rieno Tesoro making a big splash in Japan

Fri, 2016-12-16 10:50

G3 Edelweiss Sho 11/13/2016 (JBIS photo)

By Sarah Mace

Two-year-old Rieno Tesoro, a New York-bred daughter of Speightstown bred by Oak Bluff Stables, LLC and foaled at Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains, could hardly have traveled farther from the place of her birth to begin her racing career, nor gotten that career off to a better start.

Purchased by Japanese owner Kenji Ryotokuji out of the Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale in Saratoga for $250,000, Rieno Tesoro won the listed Zennippon Nisai Yushun (Jpn I) on Wednesday, December 14 at Kawasaki Racetrack. Rieno Tesoro now boasts two listed stakes victories, a perfect four-for-four record at three different National Association of Racing (NAR)* racetracks, and an earnings bankroll amounting to ¥78,231,000 (over $650,000).

Trained by Ryo Takei, Rieno Tesoro won her first three starts at 1200 meters (approximately six furlongs). After a successful debut at Sapporo racetrack on August 27, she returned to the same venue only nine days later to pick up her first victory against winners. Venturing into the stakes ranks next time out on October 13, the filly obliged bettors who backed her heavily to win the Edelweiss Sho (Jpn III) at Monbetsu Racetrack, where she beat 15 rivals after a stalking trip.

On Wedesday Rieno Tesoro stretched out to nearly a mile (1600 meters) around two turns in the Zennippon Nisai Yushun and, as the 2-1 favorite, once again vanquished a huge field under jockey Hayato Yoshida.

The chestnut got away well from her inside post, and saved ground through the clubhouse turn and along the backstretch in fourth and third positions. Angling out out the three-path in the latter part of the far turn, Rieno Tesoro drove to the wire, passed the frontrunners and scored a decisive 3-length victory in a final time of 1.42.8.  [YouTube Replay].

Rieno Tesoro’s dam Akilina should be a familiar name to those who follow the careers of stakes-caliber New York-breds. An Oak Bluff Stables homebred by Langfuhr trained by Christophe Clement, Akilina was a multiple stakes winner on turf and graded-placed runner. Oak Bluff Stables purchased Akilina’s dam, the Gulch mare Fahamore, for $37,000 at Keeneland’s 2003 November sale Akilina retired with six wins, four seconds and six thirds in 26 starts, and $316,460 in earnings. With only one other foal to have started so far — a very accomplished one — her broodmare career is one to watch.

Akilina’s first foal is New York-bred sophomore Governor Malibu, by Malibu Moon. Winner of the Gander Stakes in February, Governor Malibu went on to finish second in both the Federico Tesio at Laurel in April and Grade 2 Peter Pan at Belmont Park in May. He followed up with solid fourth to Creator in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. In the latter half of the year Governor Malibu finished second in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy to newly-announced New York sire Laoban, and second in the Empire Classic.

Currently Akilina has an unnamed yearling filly by Ghostzapper, a weanling colt by Super Saver and was bred to Uncle Mo this year.

* The NAR is the statutory authority for racing by local governments in Japan. There are 14 local governments which conduct horse racing, including two prefectual and three municipal governments, and nine joined-organizations made up of their agencies. (Source: JRA website.)

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G2 Jim Dandy winner Laoban, by Uncle Mo, retires to Sequel

Thu, 2016-12-15 10:08

(Edited press release)

Becky Thomas is pleased to announce that Laoban, the talented winner of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga, will stand at Sequel Stallions in Hudson for the 2017 season. Laoban will be syndicated by a joint venture between Southern Equine Stables, Sequel Thoroughbreds, McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds as well as Woodford Thoroughbreds.

The dark bay colt is by Uncle Mo, the leading sire of 3-year-olds in 2016, who per John Sparkman of the Daily Racing Form is “the hottest young sire on the planet.” Laoban retires with $526,250 in earnings and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 101 in the Jim Dandy. Second in the Grade 3 Gotham at Aqueduct and third in the Grade 3 Sham at Santa Anita for conditioner Eric Guillot of Southern Equine Stables, Laoban was working towards the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream when he injured his ankle in a workout.

Out of stakes-placed Speightstown mare, Chattertown, Laoban is from the legendary John Franks family of Chatter Chatter, which boasts current multiple Grade 1 winning filly I’m a Chatterbox with earnings of $2,269,614.  He will stand his first season for $7,500 S&N with limited breeding rights available.

“We are so excited to be able to offer our clients this very exciting prospect. He looks just like Uncle Mo. He’s gorgeous,” said Becky Thomas. “We are particularly excited to partner with such a great group of horsemen and breeders. The mares that will be presented to him will be second-to-none as we intend for him to follow in the footsteps of current leading freshman sire Mission Impazible.

Continued Thomas, “We will be offering a number of limited breeding rights to our breeders in New York, as well as out of state clients. The expansion of the New York breeding program has allowed many more opportunities as New York-breds have increased substantially in value on the racing front as well as in the sales ring. Laoban offers a unique breed-back option for our Kentucky clients as well as a perfect reason for our New York breeders to stay home.”

Matt Lyons, Vice President and General Manager of Woodford Thoroughbreds said, “Outstanding physical, son of a freaky sire, speed to burn and a great ownership group. A no-brainer!”

At Sequel Stallions New York, Laoban will join New York’s leading sire Freud, New York’s leading freshman sire Mission Impazible and New York’s leading sales sire of in-foal mares Alpha. Also standing at the 223-acre farm are popular young sires Emcee, Forty Tales and Stephanoatsee.

For more information, visit www.sequelnewyork.com or contact Molly Lightner (molly@sequelbloodstock.net, 352-620-9006).

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NYTB Stallion Season Auction January 9-11th

Wed, 2016-12-14 14:21

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. will conduct its annual Stallion Season Auction starting on Monday, January 9 at 9:00 a.m. and ending on Wednesday, January 11 at 6:00 p.m. The auction will be held online using the Starquine bidding platform.  Participants must register with starquine.com prior to bidding.  All bids will be subject to the rules and conditions of the auction.  Each season’s conditions will be posted.

Click here to register and bid at Starquine.com.

Stallion State  Stud Fee   Farm  Alpha NY  $8,500 Sequel Stallions NY Animal Kingdom KY  $30,000 Darley Bahamian Squall FL  $5,000 Double Diamond Farm Bellamy Road NY  $7,500 Dutchess Views Farm Big Brown NY  $7,500 Dutchess Views Farm Boys at Tosconova NY  $2,500 Questroyal North Bullet Train KY  $7,500 Crestwood Farm Bustin Stones NY  $5,000 Waldorf Farm Central Banker NY  $7,500 McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds Constitution KY  $25,000 WinStar Farm Country Day KY  $3,500 Crestwood Farm Courageous Cat NY  $6,000 Questroyal North D’ Funnybone NY  $2,500 Rockridge Stud Daredevil KY  $7,500 WinStar Farm Desert Party NY  $2,500 Irish Hill Century Farm Dr Large NY  $2,500 Oriskany Creek Farm Dublin NY  $2,500 Keane Stud Effinex NY  $10,000 Questroyal North Emcee NY  $5,000 Sequel Stallions NY First Dude FL  $10,000 Double Diamond Farm Forty Tales NY  $6,500 Sequel Stallions NY Freud NY  $10,000 Sequel Stallions NY Frost Giant NY  $5,000 Keane Stud Get Stormy KY  $5,000 Crestwood Farm Giant Oak KY  $7,500 Millennium Farms Giant Surprise NY  $5,000 Rockridge Stud Golden Ticket NY  $6,000 Questroyal North Goldencents KY  $15,000 Spendthrift Farm Hakassan KY  Private Millennium Farms Here Comes Ben NY  Private McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds Hold Me Back NY  $5,000 Irish Hill Century Farm Honorable Dillon NY  $5,000 Rockridge Stud I Want Revenge KY  $5,000 Millennium Farms Japan NY  $7,500 Waldorf Farm Jersey Town KY  $5,000 Darby Dan Farm Majestic City NY  $3,500 Questroyal North Marsh Side NY  $2,500 Dutchess Views Farm Micromanage NY  $5,000 Rockridge Stud Mission Impazible NY  $7,500 Sequel Stallions NY Normandy Invasion NY  $4,000 Keane Stud Palace KY  $20,000 Three Chimneys Farm Paynter KY  $20,000 WinStar Farm Perfect Soul KY  $2,000 Darby Dan Farm Sir Whmsey NY  $2,500 Millcreek Farm Soaring Empire NY  $3,500 Rockridge Stud Stephanoatsee NY  Private Sequel Stallions NY Super Saver KY  $50,000 WinStar Farm Tale of Ekati KY  $7,500 Darby Dan Farm Taste Of Paradise KY  $2,500 Crestwood Farm Tencendur NY  $2,500 Millcreek Farm Teuflesberg NY  $3,500 McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds Tizdejavu KY  $5,000 Crestwood Farm Trinniberg NY  $3,500 Rockridge Stud V.E. Day NY  $6,500 Waldorf Farm War Dancer NY  $5,000 Rockridge Stud Zivo NY  $2,500 Irish Hill Century Farm

 

Isabelle scoots up the rail to capture Bay Ridge

Sun, 2016-12-11 17:18

NYRA/Joe Labozzetta

By Sarah Mace

After rating kindly in fourth, William C. Schettine’s Isabelle (Successful Appeal) scooted through a gap at the rail in midstretch and quickly opened up a commanding lead to capture the third running of Aqueduct’s $100,000 Sunday feature, the Bay Ridge Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles over the inner track.

A 5-year-old Bill Mott-trainee, Isabelle was no factor in her previous race, this year’s sloppy running of the Empire Distaff on Showcase Day. Although she started well, Isabelle was through after the first half-mile, and finished nearly 30 lengths behind runaway winner Bar of Gold. Two starts back, however, in the Saratoga Dew, Isabelle finished a clear second to Jules N Rome, one of her rivals on Sunday, after setting the pace. Parting company for the day with regular jockey Junior Alvarado, who was aboard Jules N Rome, Isabelle was ridden postwards by Kendrick Carmouche at odds of 9-1 in the eight-horse field.

After suffering a little jostling at the start, Isabelle soon settled in fourth and saved ground through the clubhouse turn. Meanwhile Jules N Rome had crossed over from her outside post and struck the front, prompted by First Service, just to her outside.

Isabelle navigated the backstretch just off the rail in the two path and continued to travel comfortably behind the leaders through a moderate half-mile in 49.43. In the far turn she moved back to the rail, as Kathy’s Humor moved up three-wide to challenge the Jules N Rome and First Service.

Isabelle got her golden opportunity just short of the furlong marker, when Jules N Rome came out just enough to open a gap to her inside. Carmouche said “Go!”

Isabel scooted though the opening and shot to the front under right-handed urging. In a split second, she had left her three rivals in her wake and assumed a commanding lead. She won by 5 1/2 lengths in a final time of 1:47.15. Favored Super Surprise got a head in front of 14-1 longshot Kathy’s Humor to grab second. Jules N Rome, Literata, Mecke’s Madalyn, First Service and Storied Lady completed the order of finish. [VIDEO]

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

“It was a smooth trip,” said Carmouche. “I was sitting at the half-mile [pole] and I reached and grabbed her again and I was just looking for a spot. As soon as I saw Junior [Alvarado]’s horse [Jules N Rome] getting out when she switched leads, I planted myself back to the rail and just waited for the rail to open. It opened and made me look like a hero today. I’m just really pleased that Mr. Billy Mott and the owners gave me a shot on the filly, that’s the most important thing.”

Bill Mott’s assistant (and son) Riley Mott had plenty of praise for both horse and rider to spread around. “Heading into the race it looked like there was some outside speed and she’s shown some speed in her other races going long, but Kendrick got an absolutely perfect trip,” Mott said. “He got her nice and relaxed and obviously came up the inside and she was loaded on the turn for home. It was good performance on the jockey and the filly.”

Mott added, referring to Isabel’s 5-3-0-0 record on the inner oval, “She’s maybe a horse for the course, she loves the inner track and it’s nice to see her comeback and make a performance like that. She’s maybe had a few races that weren’t like she had run before but we were thrilled with today.”

Isabelle began her career under the care of Lisa Lewis, for whom who she broke her maiden sprinting at Belmont in May of 2014 and, three weeks later, won the seven-furlong Bouwerie Stakes.

Moving to Mott’s barn in January 2015 after clearing her state-bred conditions, Isabelle reeled off two straight victories, winning an open allowance, then the Broadway Stakes but in eight subsequent starts had only hit the board twice before her big win on Sunday.

Bred by Bluegrass Farm Partners and Jeffrey Tucker, and foaled at Tucker’s Stonebridge Farm in Gansevoort, Isabelle is out of Florida-bred stakes-placed runner Merrill Gold, who has produced four winners in all. Merrill Gold foaled a full brother to Isabelle this year, and was bred to Competitive Edge in the spring

Isabelle was purchased by Schettine at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton New York select yearling sale for $100,000. She now has six wins, topped by three stakes victories, and three seconds from 17 starts. She has earned $392,102.

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Keane Stud announces stud fees and 2017 Open House

Sat, 2016-12-10 15:06

(Edited press release)

Keane Stud in Amenia has announced 2017 fees for the four stallions standing at farm.

New York’s leading Two-Year-Old Sire Frost Giant, will stand for $5,000. Record-breaking miler by Tapit Normandy Invasion will stand for $4,000.  Medaglia d’Oro’s millionaire son Al Khali will remain at $2,500, as will Grade 1 winner Dublin.

The farm will host their annual Open House at the farm on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Refreshments and food, as well as the annual Stallion Season Lottery will be featured. For more information or directions, contact Keane Stud (845) 373-9601.

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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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