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Kathryn the Wise makes it look easy in Critical Eye Stakes romp

Mon, 2017-05-29 19:35

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

By Bill Heller

Lawrence Goichman’s unbeaten four-year-old, home-bred filly Kathryn the Wise seemed to have a lot of legitimate concerns in the fourth running of the one-mile $200,000 Critical Eye Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park on Big Apple Showcase Day, Memorial Day Monday.

Could she handle stakes company in just her third lifetime start? No problem.

Could she handle a sloppy track? No problem.

Could she stretch out to a route? No problem.

Could she overcome the 11 post in the 11-horse field and a four-wide trip? No problem.

Sent off the 3-5 favorite, Kathryn the Wise was unworldly again as she upped her unblemished record to three-for-three with a spectacular 8 1/4 length victory in-hand under Irad Ortiz Jr.

In doing so, she became the latest star in trainer Chad Brown’s powerful barn and confirmed the wisdom Brown showed by not rushing her for one of his biggest clients. He and Goichman now have an unbeaten filly with an unlimited ceiling.

“She’s a really very talented filly,” Brown said. “She had some issues as a young horse where we just stopped on her and let her get over them. Mr. Goichman has been very patient. He’s been owning horses for a very long time and he knows the game. He gave the horse plenty of time in order to receive the best care. Here she is. She has so much talent.”

Literata, who was 24-1 under Javier Castellano, finished a clear second, 4 1/2 lengths ahead of 30-1 Bee Noteworthy and Rajiv Maragh. Wonderment, who was 9-1 under Joel Rosario, finished fourth, a half-length behind Bee Noteworthy.

Kathryn the Wise is a daughter of Uncle Mo out of Shea d’ Lady by Crafty Prospector who made her debut Nov. 25th, winning a maiden race by 5 1/2 lengths as the 9-5 favorite. She didn’t race again until April 5th when she run an allowance race by 12 lengths at 1-10.

Bettors believed she could handle the step up to stakes company and made her odds-on. They weren’t disappointed.

NYRA/Adam Cogllianese

Kathryn the Wise broke first, but was four-wide early. Ortiz took a hold of his talented filly and settled her in fourth while remaining on the far outside for a clear shot at the leaders. The gray Jules N Rome, who was 9-1 under Manny Franco, took a narrow lead over 110-1 Big Mara and Dylan Davis and 43-1 Play Me a Memory and C.C. Lopez in a :22.63 first quarter.

Play Me a Memory, who had finished second to Kathryn the Wise in a maiden race in November, fought her way to a brief victory as Kathryn the Wise advanced into second, still on the far outside after a half-mile in :46.36.

Into the far turn, Kathryn the Wise took control. She hit the head of the stretch with a two-length lead that quickly became a five-length cushion. After three-quarters in 1:11.73, Kathryn the Wise stretched her advantage to nine lengths before Ortiz wrapped up on her. [VIDEO REPLAY]

“I just held her together as long as long as I could and when I let her run, she opened up,” Ortiz said.

Now three-for-three to begin her career, Kathryn the Wise has earned $187,200.

“She trains and runs like a horse that can run in open company,” Brown said. “If she keeps developing and training well, you’ll definitely see her in open company.”

Fourstar Crook makes off with seventh straight victory in Mount Vernon

Mon, 2017-05-29 19:18

NYRA/Annette Jasko

By Sarah Mace

A perfect four-for-four last year, Fourstar Crook (Freud) still “has it” at age five, extending a winning streak that goes back to October 2015 to seven races with an off-the-pace victory in the $125,000 Mount Vernon Stakes for fillies and mares.

Run at a mile over a yielding Widener turf course with the rail set at 18 feet, the Mount Vernon kicked off the stakes portion of Belmont’s special Memorial Day Big Apple Showcase card Monday.

Last seen on September 25 when she won the John Hettinger Stakes for trainer Chad Brown and partners Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stable, Fourstar Crook and pilot Javier Castellano got away from the gate smoothly after the bell and settled in fourth, four lengths off pacesetter Freudie Anne, who clocked even early fractions of 24.14 and 48.81.

With exemplary patience on display while rivals made earlier moves, and at one point finding herself in last place, the 6-5 favorite geared up rounding the far turn as the field bunched up and angled out five wide into upper stretch for the drive.

Rallying down the center of the course, Fourstar Crook lit the afterburners in the final furlong, motoring to the lead in the final sixteenth and edging away to capture the victory by three-quarters of a length. After six furlongs 1:13.08, she completed the mile in 1:37.33.

Ack Naughty closed from midpack to finish second, while Freudie Anne had to settle for third. Completing the order of finish were Ancient Secret, Louisville First and Free N Clear. [VIDEO REPLAY]

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

“She handled the ground so well,” Javier Castellano said in  the winner’s circle. “I was patient because you never know with soft ground. I could have been more involved [early], but I backed up and let the pressure off.”

Added Castellano, “She’s a special filly, I love the way she always [moves]. If the turf is firm, [or] soft, you can put her wherever you want, she’ll always kick. She’s very consistent and smart. She does everything the right way.”

Chad Brown, who has trained some of the best turf fillies and mares in the business, had this to say: “She’s an impressive horse. Now she has seven wins in a row on turf and that’s hard to do.”

Continued Brown, “She’s obviously very consistent and we’re proud of her. She’s wintered well. We gave her some time off and she put a lot of weight on and she had a great year last year. Flawless. Even this year I saw another step forward physically. She’s a stronger horse.”

Bred by Kathleen M. Feron and foaled at Akindale Farm in Pawling, Fourstar Crook first changed hands when purchased by Allied Bloodstock at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale for $55,000. Dubb acquired her for $110,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Spring sale of 2-year-olds after she was a $70,000 buyback at the Fasig-Tipton March sale. With a record of seven wins and a second from 10 starts, Fourstar Crook has earned $424,050.

Fourstar Crook’s dam is an unplaced John Hettinger-bred mare named Avril a Portugal by D’Accord. The producer of six winners, Avril a Portugal is also the dam of Coaltown Legend (Jump Start), who earned over $325,000. The mare currently has a yearling filly by Freud and was bred back to the same stallion last year, with no reported foal to date.

White foal born at Stone Bridge Farm is breeder Tolchin’s dream horse

Fri, 2017-05-26 09:31

John Norton Photography

(Press release)

An unusually marked, mostly white colt from the last crop of California Chrome’s sire Lucky Pulpit was foaled on May 19 at Stone Bridge Farm in New York in ongoing fulfillment of a dream sparked in owner/breeder Gary Tolchin when he attended races with his father as a youth.

The colt was delivered by the white mare, Passionforfashion, who Tolchin acquired privately last year after a lengthy search for a white Thoroughbred.

“I always wanted a white horse after I saw one at Aqueduct with my father, Sam Tolchin, when I was growing up. My goal is to continue breeding white horses,” Tolchin said, adding that he intends to keep the newborn colt and eventually place him in training for racing.

Rick Bailey, registrar of The Jockey Club, said it is too soon to determine what color the colt officially will be given when registered. His coloring is similar, although a bit more splashed with chestnut, to that of Passionforfashion’s dam, the registered white Trust N Luck mare Turf Club, who also had liberal chestnut markings.

Tolchin, who is based in New Jersey and is active in the New York and Kentucky breeding programs, has owned or co-owned many prominent runners, including champion Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

After an unsuccessful attempt to buy another white mare at public auction, Tolchin fortuitously found Passionforfashion through social media. She was located by one of his agents, bloodstock and media consultant Michele MacDonald, in a Facebook posting by trainer Doug O’Neill’s operations manager, Sharla Rae Sanders, and soon purchased from previous owners.

Since Passionforfashion, a daughter of Unbridled’s Song’s multiple graded stakes-winning son Old Fashioned, was located in California and the 2016 breeding season was coming to a close, MacDonald recommended she be bred to Lucky Pulpit, who stood at Harris Farms. The cross of the Pulpit and Unbridled lines is the same general cross that produced leading sire Tapit.

Tolchin arranged the mating with Lucky Pulpit, California’s leading sire in 2016 and sire of record-setting, two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome. After Passionforfashion was safely in foal, he shipped her to Stone Bridge Farm.

The colt’s birth came three months after Lucky Pulpit died of an apparent heart attack when covering his first mare of the 2017 season.

“We think he’s great,” Stone Bridge Farm manager Heidi Fischer said of the colt, who has a sturdy frame and good bone.

Thoroughbreds with markings similar to the colt’s color pattern are rare, but several have become sensations while racing in Japan. The white Sunday Silence mare Shirayukihime produced multiple stakes winner Yukichan, a white filly by Kurofune, and fan favorites Marble Cake and Buchiko, both chestnut-spotted, registered white fillies by King Kamehameha who became popular multiple winners for owner/breeder Makoto Kaneko.

“I was fascinated when I saw the white horse with my father, and I’ve always liked them and gray horses, which seem to be lucky,” said Tolchin. “This all fell into place when Michele saw Passionforfashion on Facebook, and I said ‘let’s do it’ with the mating to Lucky Pulpit. I want to thank the people at Harris Farms, who were so helpful, and Stone Bridge Farm, which does such a great job.

“Passionforfashion is a beautiful mare and her colt is so distinctive and unusual. They are more than dreams come true.”


New York-bred juvenile offerings at F-T Midlantic top out at $375,000

Wed, 2017-05-24 07:50

By Sarah Mace

The top New York-bred filly and top New York-bred colt to change hands at the the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training sold in the second and concluding session Tuesday.

An Into Mischief filly, who is a half to a multiple graded stakes winner, fetched the top price of $375,000. A colt by Shanghai Bobby, whose second dam is a multiple graded stakes winner, was hammered down for $210,000.

The $375,000 New York filly topper, who was also the top filly of the session and co-ninth top-seller overall (Hip 465), is a grey/roan individual by Into Mischief out of Jilted, who posted a :22 flat quarter-mile work under tack for consignor Pike Racing, Agent. Offered once before, the April filly was a $165,000 buyback at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga. Mike Ryan was the winning bidder in Timonium.

The filly’s dam Jilted is a Kentucky-bred winner by Runaway Groom, whose second foal, Run Away and Hide (City Zip), went three-for-three as a juvenile, winning the Grade 2 Saratoga Special and Grade 3 Kentucky Stakes. Jilted, who has produced five winners from six foals to start, was purchased by Jerry Bilinkski, who bred the sale filly in partnership with Roddy Valente, for $77,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale.

“I knew this filly was going to cost because the two [Into Mischiefs Monday] were very nice and they both made $425,000,” Ryan told the TDN. “This filly is a New York-bred and that’s a nice little perk to have. She has a lot of quality and she’s a sister to a good horse. Run Away and Hide was a really good horse. We were at the end of the rope, but I wasn’t shocked she would bring that kind of money. I bought her for a new client and we haven’t decided where she is going to go yet.”

The male New York-bred topper (Hip 287), was a bay from the first crop of Shanghai Bobby bred by Mina Equivest LLC and foaled on March 17, 2015. He went to Mark Stanley from the consignment of Scanlon Training & Sales Agent II for $210,000 after breezing a :10 1/5 furlong. Scanlon picked her up last summer for $60,000 at the Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale.

The filly’s dam is Canaryinacage, who was purchased by Thomas Mina at the 2008 Keeneland November sale for $42,000. An unraced Kentucky-bred daughter of Mineshaft, Canaryinacage has produced four winners, topped by her stakes-winning first foal Sing Dixie Sing (Dixie Union). The filly’s second dam is Megans Bluff, a multiple graded stakes winner and earner of nearly $750,000.

In all, of the 98 New York-breds offered over the two-session auction, 76 sold (including seven private sales) for a 22.5% buyback percentage. The New York-bred average price was $46,507 and the median came in at $25,000. Seven juveniles brought six figures.

The sale overall, which saw a record-breaking topper in a $1.5 million Curlin colt, was strong, grossing 9.1% more than last year. The sale average of $76,476 represented an 11.4% increase over $68,654 in 2016, while the median was $35,000 up 9.4% from $32,000 in 2016. The RNA rate was 19.9%, compared to 25.9% last year.

Full results are available online.

Half sister to Filibustin brings $150,000 in F-T Midlantic opener

Tue, 2017-05-23 05:58

By Sarah Mace

A half sister to accomplished New York-bred sprinter Filibustin (Bustin Stones) brought $150,000 from Orlando Di Rienzo to top the New York-bred offerings Monday’s opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium

Bred by Alan R. Cook, who campaigns Filibustin, the filly (Hip 157) issues from the first crop of Take Charge Indy. Her dam is West-Virginia-bred Sweet Aloha, a six-figure earner, both of whose foals to start are winners and stakes horses.

Filibustin, won the Joseph A. Gimma and Key Cents stakes as a juvenile. Sweet Aloha’s first foal, Man O Manassas (Copelan Too), is a stakes performer. Further down the family tree there is a connection to champion broodmare Turn to Talent, dam of champion Capote, multiple grade 1 winner Exceller and others, and a more distant tie to Bob and John. Aloha has a yearling colt by Forty Tales and was bred back to the same stallion last year, with no reported foal to date.

The filly, who posted a sharp :10 1/5 furlong in the under tack show, was consigned by Scanlon Training & Sales, Agent VI. As a weanling, she sold to OWL Stable for $65,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale, then failed to meet her reserve when bid up to $48,000 at the last summer’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale.

In the sale’s opening session, 51 New York-breds were offered and 37 sold (including three private sales) for an average price of $43,595 and $30,000 median. Five individuals topped six figures. The buyback percentage was 27.5%.

For the session, the sale average was $71,219, up 4.3% from $68,253 in the first session last year. The median of $40,000 increased 17.6% increase from last year’s first session median of $34,000. The RNA rate for the general population of the sale was 25.0%, down from 31.4% during the first session last year.

The Midlantic juvenile sale resumes Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Results are available online.

Clipthecouponannie cashes out in sloppy Skipat Stakes

Fri, 2017-05-19 22:41

Photo: Barbara Livingston for the DRF

By Sarah Mace

Clipthecouponannie (Uncle Mo) aced her first off-track test when she stalked her way to victory in Pimlico’s $100,000 Skipat Stakes on Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan card. This was the Repole Stable homebred’s first open stakes victory and second career stakes tally.

After opening her account by reeling off three straight wins, the series culminating in a gritty triumph in the Franklin Square Stakes for 3-year-old New York-bred fillies in February 2016, Clipthecouponannie has had a stop-start career.

The undefeated bay filly spent most of the remainder of 2016 on the bench, only returning in December for a fourth trip to the winner’s circle after a Gulfstream Park allowance. She then had another break of nearly four months. Clipthecouponannie returned this time to finish a solid third in the seven-furlong Grade 3 Distaff H. three-time graded stakes winner Highway Star.

The talented filly had several advantages her corner for the Skipat. In addition to getting the chance to put together back-to-back races, she cut back to her favored distance of six furlongs and, as a blessing disguise, drew the outside post of seven, which would prove to be an advantage after a downpour four races earlier during the Jim McKay Turf Sprint downgraded the condition of the racetrack track from “fast” to “sloppy (sealed).”

Sent off as the 7-5 favorite, Clipthecouponannie set up in second position, a measured length behind pacesetter and 5-2 second choice Chanteline, who led the field along the backstretch and around the turn through sharp early fractions of 22.98 and 46.02.

Drawing nearly even with the frontrunner in the bend, Clipthecouponannie engaged Chanteline in upper stretch. After she managed to get a head in front, Clipthecouponannie improved her advantage in the final furlong, driving to the wire for a 1 1/2-length victory in 1:10.93.

Summer Reading advanced from third to get the place, and Sweet on Smokey rallied from the rear to collect third money. Completing the order of finish were Chanteline, Loveable Lady, Stormy Sky and Disco Chick. New York-bred Charlie Baker-trainee Absatootly was scratched, along with Pleasant Tales.

“It was perfect,” said jockey John Velazquez. “She got a good position sitting right off the speed and she accelerated very well. It was her first time on a wet track and she loved it.”

Pleased with the way his charged handled the conditions in her first race over off-going, trainer Todd Pletcher said, “I was a little concerned when it rained, only because she had never run on an off track. But we felt that with her pedigree she would handle it. Uncle Mo won the Kelso won impressively in slop.”

Continued Pletcher, “I talked to Johnny before and we liked the fact that we drew a favorable post [outside] for these type[s] of conditions. She’s been a good filly away from the gate. We wanted to get her away alertly and put her in a favorable position. She did that very well and I could tell that Johnny was riding her very confidently. It looked like when he asked her that she responded the way we hoped she would.”

Foaled at Vinery Sugar Maple in Poughquag, Clipthecouponannie is the first foal out of Mike Repole’s multiple stakes-winning New York-bred mare Lights Off Annie, who was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Powers and earned over $200,000. Lights Off Annie and Clipthecouponannie are both named in honor of Repole’s mother’s, whom the Repole family teased for her frugal habits.

Lights Off Annie has an unraced 3-year-old colt by Stay Thirsty, a juvenile colt by Overanalyze and a yearling filly by Uncle Mo. She was bred back to Uncle Mo in 2016.

Highway Star, Bar of Gold complete Chester & Mary Broman exacta in Grade 2 Ruffian

Sat, 2017-05-13 19:27

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

By Sarah Mace

Highway Star and Bar of Gold, a pair of accomplished Chester and Mary Broman homebreds, finished a half-length apart in Saturday’s competitive and intriguing renewal of the Grade 2, $250,000 Ruffian Stakes run at one mile in the slop at Belmont Park. The New York-bred, Broman-bred exacta paid $29.40.

Highway Star (Girolamo), who is trained by Rodrigo Ubillo, came into the Ruffian in sharp form, having rallied to a game half-length victory in the 7-furlong, Grade 3 Distaff Handicap on April 9. The 4-year-old had won four of her last five starts and was seeking her third graded victory in as many tries in the Ruffian.

Five-year-old Bar of Gold (Medaglia d’Oro), trained by John Kimmel, came into the sloppy contest for her second start after a winter break from early December to mid-April. She boasted a 5-for-5 record over off-going, not to mention a staggering career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 109 in the slop when she won the Empire Distaff last October by 18 lengths.

Away well under regular rider Angel Arroyo at odds of 5-1, Highway Star settled in third just to the inside of High Ridge Road, 1 1/2 lengths off the pace set by Indulgent, who ran a quarter-mile in 23.84 and a half in 48.11. Saving ground and apparently unfazed by all the kick-back, Highway Star navigated the turn smoothly and, at the head of the stretch, set up for the drive in the two-path, just outside the puddling at the rail.

Meanwhile, Bar of Gold, the 6-5 favorite, took back from the fray in the early stages, running well off the rail and at one point even trailing the field. Advancing to fourth, she fanned out six wide for the charge home.

NYRA/Anette Jasko

Pacesetter Indulgent ran out of steam in the stretch, leaving High Ridge Road to fight it out with the Broman runners, Highway Star charging at the rail and Bar of Gold flying home in the middle of the track. It was no match.

The Broman pair converged in the final furlong, Highway Star coming off the rail under left-handed urging, and Bar of Gold coming in under a right-handed whip. Highway Star won the brief duel, scoring by a length and a half.

Bar of Gold finished 2 1/4 lengths clear of High Ridge Road in third. Verve’s Tale and Indulgent completed the order of finish. After six-furlongs in 1:12.49, the final time for the one-turn mile was 1:39.05. [VIDEO REPLAY]

“This filly ran really great,” said jockey Arroyo. “I was concerned a little because the other filly [Bar of Gold], has ran five times on a sloppy track and won five times, so she loves the slop. I wasn’t as sure about my filly, but she took to it today. She’s a real racehorse.”

Ubillo added, “We got a very good trip, Angel did a great job. He saved ground and we talked about doing that before the race. The speed had been strong all day but the last two races it died out a little bit so we decided not to change our tactics and it worked out. She’s good enough she can do anything. We’re very happy.”

Ubillo said he would just relish this win for now, and will map out a next start for his talented charge down the line.

Highway Star, who has now won seven of ten lifetime starts and finished third once, began her career as a 3-year-old, with back-to-back victories at Belmont last May and 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 reeling off wins in a second-level state-bred allowance race, the Staten Island division of the New York Stallion Stakes and Go For Wand.

Unplaced in the Ladies Handicap in January, she has more than atoned with back-to-back victories in the Grade 3 Distaff and Grade 2 Ruffian. The Ruffian victory brings Highway Star’s earnings to $614,000.

Highway Star is one of three winners, and only 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, 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.

Bar of Gold is the first foal and only starter to date out of Khancord Kid, a Broman homebred by Lemon Drop Kid, also trained by Kimmel, who captured the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes on turf at Gulfstream Park turf in 2010. Chester Broman purchased Khancord Kid’s dam Confidently, an unraced daughter of Storm Cat, at Keeneland’s 2000 January sale of horses of all ages for $1 million.