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

Thu, 2016-06-23 15:37

(Edited press release)

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

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

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

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

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

Fingerpainter upends Niagara Stakes at odds of 18-1

Mon, 2016-06-20 23:54

SV Photography

By Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ancient Secret still unbeaten after Wild Applause

Sun, 2016-06-19 22:55

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

By Sarah Mace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York-bred juvenile by Uncle Mo fetches $240,000 on final day of OBS June

Sat, 2016-06-18 09:59

By Sarah Mace

The concluding session of the four-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June 2-year-old sale saw far-and-away the top-selling New York-bred, a bay colt by sire sensation Uncle Mo out of a dam from the family of Sea Hero.

Hip 940, who clocked a quarter in :21.1 in the under tack show, sold to Breeze Easy LLC for $240,000. The colt was consigned by Thoroughbred Champions Training Center LLC, who purchased him from the Taylor Made consignment for $32,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale. Offered at OBS March, he failed to meet his reserve when bid up to $145,000.

Breeder Fred W. Hertrich III purchased Hip 940 in utero, when he bought his dam Surrender at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale for $20,000. This was her first foal.

Surrender, a placed runner by Stormy Atlantic out of stakes placed Beaucette, boasts as her second dam graded winner Mackie (Summer Squall), who is a half-sister to sire Sea Hero, sire Hero’s Honor, Glowing Honor, Wild Applause, etc. Hertrich resold Surrender at the 2014 Keeneland November sale for $40,000 in foal to Morning Line, where she was purchased by Gayle Van Leer.

The colt’s sire Uncle Mo was the top freshman sire of 2015 and currently the runaway leader on the second crop sire rankings.

At the conclusion of the OBS June sale, 54 New York-breds sold of 82 offered for a $26,178 average and $13,500 median, which edged out the general sale median. The buyback rate settled at 34.1%.

For the entire OBS June sale, the average was $29,675, compared to 2015’s sale record $39,612, while the median price was $13,000 compared to $18,000 a year ago. The buyback percentage was 24%; it was 24.8% a year ago.

OBS June produces new top New York-bred colt Thursday

Fri, 2016-06-17 10:03

By Sarah Mace

Thursday’s third session of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June 2-year-old sale produced a new top-selling New York-bred colt. Hip 852, a grey/roan individual by Macho Uno with European roots, brought $80,000 when hammered down to Ruis Racing LLC after posting a sharp eighth in :10 1/5.

A graduate of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale, the colt was purchased by Harris Training Center, his OBS consignor, for $25,000.

Bred by Patrick and Brittney Durtschi and foaled on April 21, 2014, Hip 852 is out of Sierra Vista (GB), a Group 2 winner in England by Atraf (GB). She came to this country for broodmare duty in 2008 after selling to Anthony Stroud Bloodstock for $355,505 at the 2007 Tattersalls December mare sale. She last changed hands when purchased by Doug Branham for $32,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November sale.

Sierra Vista has produced two winners from four foals to start, led by her first surviving foal, Kentucky-bred stakes winner Golden Rifle by Ghostzapper.

The tally for New York-breds at OBS after three sessions is 39 sold of 61 offered (including six private sales) for a cumulative average of $23,515 and median of $11,500. The buyback rate is 36.1%.

In the sale as a whole the average is $27,783, down from last average at the same point in the sale by 29.1%. The cumulative median for the sale is $13,500, down 28.9%

OBS June concludes on Friday beginning at 10:30 a.m. (Hips 901-1226, including the supplemental entries and Horses of Racing Age).

NY-bred indicators improve at OBS June halfway point

Thu, 2016-06-16 10:41

By Sarah Mace

With a trio of new top-sellers and rising cumulative average, the market for New York-bred juveniles picked up considerably from the first to the second session of this year’s four-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June 2-year-old sale.

The New York-bred standout of Wednesday’s trading was Hip 306, a Pure Prize filly who sold from the consignment of Costanzo Sales to E. L. R. Corp. for $105,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the under tack show. Costanzo purchased the bay filly as a weanling in 2014 for $33,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale.

Bred by Barry R. Ostrager and foaled on May 22, 2014, the sale filly is out of Firm Affair, who was purchased by Ostrager in foal at the 2013 Keeneland November sale for the bargain price of $10,000. Firm Affair is a multiple winner by Colonial Affair who has produced a stakes placed full sister to the sale filly, Faerie Queen.

The top-selling New York-bred colt to change hands on Wednesday was Hip 417, a bay juvenile from the first crop of Tapizar, who sold from Ciaran Dunne Wavertree consignment for $60,000. Linda Rice signed the ticket on behalf of William Hirsch. The colt posted his eighth of a mile breeze in :10 2/5.

Bred by Fred W. Hertrich III and foaled on February 24, 2014, the sale colt was the top-selling New York-bred yearling of his session at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale, when hammered down to Purpoodock Bloodstock for $125,000 (the same price for which he RNA’d as yearling at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton New York preferred yearling sale). Additionally, before going through the OBS June sale, he RNA’d for $185,000 at OBS March.

The Tapizar colt is the first foal out of Introvert, a multiple winner by Smarty Jones and half sister to five other winners, topped by Argentinian 2-year-old champion Forty Greeta, who is also a stakes producer, and Grade 2-winning sire Honorable Dillon.

At the halfway point in the OBS June sale 23 of the 38 New York-breds offered have sold (including four private sales) for a buyback rate of 39.4%. The cumulative average now stands at $26,996 and median at $15,000.

For the sale so far, the average is $29,078 (down 21.8 % from the same point in the sale last year). The median (down 21.1 %), like the New York-bred median, is $15,000. RNAs are 29.6%.

The June Sale continues Thursday at 10:30 a.m. (Hips 601-900).

Temple City filly leads New Yorkers in OBS June opener

Wed, 2016-06-15 08:35

By Sarah Mace

Hip 99, a dark bay or brown filly by Temple City bred by Spendthrift Farm LLC, emerged as the top-selling New York-bred juvenile in Tuesday’s opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June sale when purchased by Brandon Rice on behalf of Kenneth Hackel, for $50,000.

The April filly, who breezed a snappy :21 2/5 quarter mile in the under tack show for consignor de Meric Sales, is the first foal out of Catinatree, a stakes placed, Kentucky-bred Forestry mare who is a half sister to two other stakes performers. The sale filly’s third dam is multiple Grade 2-placed runner Cedar Knolls. The filly sold as yearling for a mere $6,500 at the Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale.

The top-selling New York-bred colt to change hands in the first session of the four-day sale was Hip 228, a chestnut by Lookin At Lucky foaled on May 18, 2014, who sold to Dream Community from the consignment of Eversole Thoroughbreds, Agent for $45,000.

Bred by Cheryl A. Prudhomme and Dr. Michael T. Gallivan, the colt is out of Double Doubleville (Mt. Livermore), a stakes-placed mare who has produced 11 winners from 13 foals to start. The colt was offered previously at last year’s Fasig-Tipton’s fall mixed sale in Saratoga, but failed to meet his reserve when bid up to $29,000. He clocked a:10 2/5 breeze in the under tack show.

In all, of 27 New York-breds offered in the session, 15 sold (including two private sales) for a 44.4 % buyback rate. The New York-bred average was $20,893, compared to the $25,385 average of the general population of the sale. The New York-bred median of $15,000 was identical to the session median.

The June Sale continues Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. (Hips 301-600) and the auction is being streamed live at the OBS website,, and

Silver Mission romps in Tremont

Fri, 2016-06-10 22:57

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

By Sarah Mace

Twin Creeks Racing Stables and Sequel Racing homebred Silver Mission is leaping nimbly through all the hoops to draw attention to his New York-based first-year sire Mission Impazible. A first starter and first winner for the young stallion, Silver Mission has now become Mission Impazible’s first stakes winner after romping in Belmont’s open $200,000 Tremont Stakes Friday by six-plus lengths.

Jockey John Velazquez and trainer Todd Pletcher opted to send the grey/roan colt, even before the gate scratch of Lady Stardust, who was the odds-on favorite to beat the boys in this 5 1/2-furlong dash.

Said Pletcher, “We were a little concerned with the way the track seemed to be playing. [We] know it’s not a long way to the turns. so you’re not running into the headwind quite as much. These races everybody’s kind of done the same thing. [Every starter has] run once and most of them have won. Most of them are wire-to-wire, so you sort out who’s the quickest.”

Second choice in the Tremont at 2-1 in the field of four that remained, Silver Mission got a jump on the field at the break, comfortably established control and led the field by about a length through a first quarter mile in 22.99 and half in 45.89.

The colt began to draw off more decisively at the head of the stretch and cruised home under a hand ride to win by a margin of 6 1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:03.78. Favorite Hey Mike, Pachi Cruze and Saratoga Two Step filled in the remaining placings. [VIDEO]

Pletcher said after the race, “He caught a great start, Johnny [Velazquez] was super impressed with the way he broke away from there. It was his race to have from there.”

Velazquez commented, “It was pretty easy. He broke well coming out of there. He got to the lead and he kept going. He handled it very well.” The pilot also alluded to the colt’s relatively small size: “He’s pretty quick for a little guy. He’s also pretty talented for as little as he is.”

Silver Mission was a game winner of his debut on April 21, when he defeated four open company juveniles by three-quarters of a length after winning a tough stretch battle and experiencing some contact with the runner-up.

The Tremont winner, who has earned $161,000 from his two victories, is the fourth winner from four starters out of Grade 3 winner and $438,843-earner Nashinda (Silver Deputy) who is a half-sister to Canadian champion Archers Bay (Silver Deputy). Her A.P. Indy filly Nashindy is stakes placed. Nashinda has a yearling full sister to Silver Mission and was bred back to Mission Impazible this year.

Mission Impazible (Unbridled’s Song), a multiple Grade 2 winner campaigned by Twin Creeks Racing and trained by Todd Pletcher, stands at Becky Thomas and Dennis Narlinger’s Sequel Stallions New York for a 2016 stud fee of $7,500. Twin Creeks has vigorously supported the stallion, booking over 20 of their Kentucky-based mares to him in his first season, including Nashinda.

“Straight from the Horse’s Mouth”: Dr. Ahlschwede on the development of young foals

Fri, 2016-06-10 09:28

By Tom Gallo

This week our guest is Dr. Scott Ahlschwede resident expert on foal development as part of his many responsibilities at the new Rood and Riddle clinic in Saratoga Springs New York.

Dr. Scott Ahlschwede, Partner and Vet for Rood & Riddle Equine Clinic in Saratoga Springs, NY, graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and began his veterinary career in Lexington, KY as an intern at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in 1996. He practiced in the Lexington area for 15 years as an ambulatory veterinarian specializing in reproduction, primary and preventative care, and sales evaluation. In 2012 Dr. Ahlschwede moved to upstate New York to develop Rood & Riddle’s first practice outside of Lexington, KY.

Now that breeding season is coming to an end and most of the foals out of our numerous mares are safely on the ground, standing and nursing I quizzed Dr. Scott about what our priorities and options would and should be moving forward to raise a healthy and correct foal. As we know as breeders we are essentially stuck with what Mother Nature gives us and have to make the best of it. But there are different things we can do to improve things if deemed necessary by a qualified, objective eye. I think objectivity is the key because nobody has an ugly baby. Add to that the fact that you see them every day after a while you may not notice subtle changes. So here we go . . .

Dr. Scott how do we approach the many ways foals growth and development can be augmented and improved with modern day intervention techniques?

Just generally speaking, proper management of foal conformation is part patience and part active intervention at appropriate points in the timeline

When’s the soonest a vet should look at the way a foal stands and walks?

Newborn foals should be assessed early to make sure there aren’t gross abnormalities that can be corrected early. Examples are contracted knees or fetlocks that might need treatment with oxytetracycline or splints. Oxytetracycline relaxes tendons and helps them stretch. It is surprising, for example, a contracted foal that might be knuckling over at the fetlock can be brought back to normal with a couple treatments and a properly applied splint.

There are some foals that are extremely crooked in knees or hocks and they might need a screw and wire very early. Most mild to moderate problems improve with time.

When’s the latest you can do ankle screws?

Foals that turn in should be looked at by vet before 60 days to see if bridging with screws might help. Ankle screws involve place a single screw across the growth plate along one side of the ankle to stop growth while the other side keeps growing to effectively straighten the limb. So for a foal that toes in the screw goes on the outside of the fetlock. The growth plates on fetlocks run out of room for manipulations around 90-120 days. A lot of foals are in at the knee and turn out a little but also have a tendency to toe in from the fetlock. They look okay in the ankle until the knees naturally straighten, then they are pigeon toed. Most foals need some correction on there trims taking more foot off of the inside to effectively “push them out”.

When should a blacksmith start running a rasp around the foal’s hooves?

A blacksmith should be making initial corrective trimming at 2-3 weeks of age. They should be following up with routine trims at least monthly going forward. Maybe a little more frequently if you’re working on a problem.

When’s the latest you can do stripping?

Stripping in another procedure utilized to correct angular deformities. It involves cutting down to the growth plate and lifting the periosteum (bone covering) to increase growth on one side. The maximum effectiveness of this surgery is early in the growth stage.

I use it most commonly for foals moderately in at the knees that are improving on their own but need a little help.

When’s the latest you can do knee screws and wires?

Knees don’t close until after a year of age so there is plenty of time to be patient. Lots of foals are in at the knee mildly but turn the whole leg out from the shoulder down. These are hard to look at and most people want to fix them, but this is an example of ones where it pays to be patient. As the chest expands these horses improve. Surgically there is no fix.

Should foals be eating grain or will it lead to GI issues like ulcers?

It is normal for foals to start eating feed concentrates alongside their mothers. I don’t necessarily believe this is a contributing factor to ulcers. Foal rearing to me is about having a balance and supporting mother nature. There are many ways to raise a horse correctly. Fundamentally, shelter, good nutrition for mare and foal, good grass and turn out, good water and access to salt are the basics. Once those are met, good horsemanship to me is the ability to observe and monitor the growing foal and know when human intervention will be of benefit.

If I get 2 bad foals from a mare from two totally different sire lines should I think about selling her?

That is the question we all wish we had the answer to. There will always stories of mares who were sold then produced their best offspring. From a production standpoint it makes sense to go with the odds and move on. Sometimes the next owner will have better luck.

Thank you Dr. Scott Ahlschwede. Watch for more helpful interviews and if you have any questions for Dr. Ahlschwede or comments, questions, feedback or suggestions for future dialogue, feel free to email them to (insert email here).

New York Thoroughbred Breeding Industry Educational Series Survey

Thu, 2016-06-09 14:20

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Breakin the Fever wins George W. Barker in front-running style

Mon, 2016-06-06 22:40

SV Photography

By Sarah Mace

Four-year-old gelding Breakin the Fever (Roaring Fever), bred, owned and trained by Debra Breed, collected his third career stakes victory on Monday when he won the $50,000 George W. Barker, a six-furlong sprint for New York-breds and the first of 13 races on the Finger Lakes stakes calendar.

With lots of speed lined up to his outside in the eight-horse field, front-running Breakin the Fever, who drew the one-hole, had his work cut out for him, but in the end proved too tough a customer for his rivals.

Out of the gate well under Nazario Alvarado, Breakin the Fever dueled for the first half mile with Baime, who crossed over from post eight, keeping a head in front through opening fractions of 21.81 and 44.31. Crackerjack Jones also attended the duel, tracking intently from close range.

After putting away Baime in the stretch, the 6-5 favorite dug deep to fend off a final challenge from 2-1 second choice Crackerjack Jones and prevailed by three-quarters of a length in a tour de force performance. Baime finished another 1 1/2 lengths back in third. The final time for the race was 1:10.81. [VIDEO]

Now a perfect two-for-two in 2016 and the winner of 11 of 19 career starts, Breakin the Fever has earned $309,441. Last year, in the course of winning eight races at the Farmington oval, the gelding scored victories in the Ontario County Stakes and Leon Reed Memorial Stakes

Breakin the Fever is one of three winners from three foals to start out of Breakers West, a winning daughter of Rodeo owned and bred in New York by Francis Casey and trained by Debra Breed.

The Tea Cups fires fresh; rallies from last to first in the Mount Vernon

Mon, 2016-05-30 23:00

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

By Bill Heller

Rallying from dead last in the field of 12 under Luis Saez, Kendel Standlee’s idle six-year-old mare The Tea Cups edged idle Invading Humor and Jose Lezcano by a half-length in an exciting 38th running of the one-mile $125,000 Mount Vernon Stakes. Neck of the Moon and Irad Ortiz Jr. finished just a neck behind Invading Humor in third, and Selenite, who was ridden by John Velazquez, finished another 2 ½ lengths back in fourth.

The Tea Cups, who hadn’t raced since Oct. 24th when she was eighth in the $200,000 Ticonderoga Stakes, was 7-1 and Invading Humor, making her first start since finishing seventh in the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 21st, was 9-2. Neck of the Moon was the 9-5 favorite and Selenite 15-1 on the rail.

William Parsons and David Howe bred The Tea Cups, a daughter of Hard Spun out of Lunar Colony by A.P. Indy who is trained by Jeremiah Englehart. Last year, she won the $150,000 Yaddo Stakes at Saratoga.

There was a wild scramble to the early lead, one that was claimed by 21-1 Freudie Anne and Joel Rosario. After a fast first quarter in :22.53, Freudie Ann had a half-length lead on 30-1 Isabelle and Junior Alvarado. There was a four-length gap back to Invading Humor in third.

Freudie Ann shook clear of Isabelle and opened a six-length lead by running a half-mile in :46.75. The Tea Cups was still last. “I knew it was going to be like that because there was a lot of speed and the track is wet,” Saez said. “I was coming from behind because she is a one-run filly, but I knew she was going to take off.”

Freudie Ann’s lead began to shrivel heading for the far turn while The Tea Cups was making a wide rally. Around the turn, The Tea Cups was flying past horses four-wide. “I had a lot of horse and when I came into the stretch,” Saez said. “I asked her and she responded.”

When Freudie Ann tired after three-quarters in 1:11.49, Invading Humor took over, taking a two-length lead on The Tea Cups, who had advanced into second and was gaining. Further back, Neck of the Moon kicked in and was charging hard.

Invading Humor was exceedingly game, but The Tea Cups got past her in the final 100 yards to win in 1:36.40 on the yielding course.

The Tea Cups is now six-for-20 on turf with four seconds and three thirds.  She has one third from a pair of dirt starts for total earnings of more than $330,000.

Flatterywillgetyou makes it four straight in Bouwerie

Mon, 2016-05-30 21:57

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

By Sarah Mace

Everything’s Cricket Racing’s Flatterywillgetyou (Flatter) drove her winning streak to four with a confident victory in the seven-furlong, $125,000 Bouwerie Stakes which attracted eight New York-bred 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park on Monday aftertoon.

Third on debut at Aqueduct on December 20, the Linda Rice trainee has done nothing but win ever since, breaking her maiden in the slop on the Aqueduct inner in January, scoring a tenacious head victory in a first-level state-bred allowance in February and, after a brief freshening, blowing away a field of open allowance horses at her longest distance so far, 6 1/2 furlongs.

With Cornelio Velasquez in the irons, the chestnut filly (7-2) got out of the gate cleanly and sat a stalking second just a half-length behind pacesetter Bag of Tricks who clocked the first quarter in 23.12.

Three furlongs from home, Flatterywillgetyou assumed a narrow lead, opened up some daylight and had plenty left in the tank to hold off Absatootly, who closed into second, and prevail by a length. Wonderment finished third. Frosty Margarita, Bag of Tricks, Super Allison, Langfirst and Gregorian Gold completed the order of finish. After six panels in 1:10.80, the final time was 1:23.42. [VIDEO]

Velasquez said, “Every time she runs, she’s better than she was. She’s [improving] all the time. She’s run only five times and has four wins. She comes from behind great. She’s a nice filly.”

Trainer Linda Rice commented, “I’m very pleased. Bag of Tricks and Frosty Margarita are nice fillies, so I thought she had a pretty big job ahead of her today. Her last two races have been pretty powerful. I think she likes the outer track and the big sweeping turns at Belmont rather than the inner track at Aqueduct. Seven-eighths is a good distance for her.”

Bred by First Class Thoroughbreds LLC, Flatterywillgetyou is one of five winners and the first black type winner out of Tres Chaud (French Deputy). Her Northern Afleet foal Accelebrate is stakes placed. Flatterywillgetyou changed hands once via public auction, purchased by Lexicon Stable as a weanling at the Fasig-Tipton fall mixed sale in Saratoga for $75,000. From four wins and a third she has earned $193,900.

Tapitation makes his stakes debut a winning one in the Kingston

Mon, 2016-05-30 21:54

NYRA/Chelsea Durand

By Bill Heller

The three past winners of the one-mile $125,000 Kingston Stakes, King Kreesa, Kharafa and Lubash, returned for the 38th running of the grass stakes Monday on Showcase Day at Belmont Park. Whisper Hill Farm’s idle, five-year-old Tapitation, who hadn’t even started in a stakes race, outran all three, winning the Kingston by a length and three-quarters in 1:35.62 on a yielding course, giving jockey Joel Rosario his third victory of the afternoon. King Kreesa nosed Kharafa for second, 2 ½ lengths clear of Lubash in fourth.

Tapitation was 7-2, King Kreesa and Jose Ortiz 5-2, Kharafa and Luis Saez 7-2 and Lubash and Junior Alvarado 9-1 in the field of nine.

Heading into the Kingston, nine-year-old Lubash, who had won more than $1.3 million, was only one-for-six on yielding courses. Seven-year-old King Kreesa, a $1.1 million earner, was zero-for-two and seven-year-old Kharafa, who had nearly $900,000 in earnings, one-for-two. Tapitation hadn’t encountered a yielding or a soft course in his first six turf tries.

Tapitation is a son of Tapit out of Derrianne by Cozzene who was bred by Waterville Lake Stables and is trained by Ralph Nicks. In his prior start, an open allowance/optional $62,500 claimer at Gulfstream Park, Tapitation finished fourth by 2 ¾ lengths at 4-1.

Credit Nicks with an outstanding job getting Tapitation ready for his first start in three months in the toughest field he’d ever faced.

“I thought he’d run good, but it is a step up in class, and you don’t know until you put them in there and see what happens,” Nicks’ assistant, Heather Smullen, said.

Taking advantage of the rail, Macagone and Manuel Franco streaked to the lead as King Kreesa and 17-1 Iron Power and Jose Lezcano disputed second and third in a fast opening quarter of :22.60. Tapitation was last. Macagone stretched his lead from one length to two, but he had to run a half-mile in a demanding :45.35 half-mile. Tapitation, was still last, five lengths behind next-to-last 13-1 Captain Gaughen. “I was very happy because it looked like the pace was very fast in front of me,” Rosario said.

Macagone held on to a rapidly-decreasing lead around the far turn as both King Kreesa and Kharafa drew closer. Kharafa closed in from fourth. Behind them, Rosario had navigated Tapitation inside two horses before angling him six-wide around the far turn.

After three-quarters in 1:09.16, King Kreesa opened a two-length lead on Kharafa in second. But Tapitation was third and gaining quickly on both of them.

Tapitation powered past both to win going away. King Kreesa gamely nosed Kharafa for second on a head bob. And Lubash, who was fifth in his nine-year-old debut April 10th, closed well to finish an improved fourth.

“He did it on his own,” Rosario said. “I was just a passenger.”

Tapitation improved his grass record to four-for-seven with one third. He also a victory and a pair of seconds from four dirt starts for combined earnings of more than $260,000.

Bust Another upsets Mike Lee

Mon, 2016-05-30 20:53

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

By Sarah Mace

The old adage is that “pace makes the race,” and that certainly held true in this year’s renewal of the seven-furlong, $125,000 Mike Lee Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-olds at Belmont Park. After a pair of blazing pacesetters — and favorites — dueled one another into defeat, Bing Cherry Racing’s Bust Another (Bustin Stones) took full advantage and gave trainer Michael Pino a solid longshot stakes victory.

Shortly after the break, the two post time favorites Sudden Surprise (2.20-1) and Championofthenile (1.95-1) gunned to the front and proceeded to blaze their way through a 22.05 quarter and 44.86 half, while 19-1 Bust Another sat four lengths off the pace in third.

With five-sixteenths left to go, jockey Eric Cancel began to ask his mount for more, entered the stretch four wide and rallied to take command just outside the furlong marker. Keeping his mind on business to the wire, Bust Another crossed the wire a 3 1/4-length winner. After six furlongs in 1:10.32, the final time of the race was 1:23.94. Mind Your Biscuits (12-1) closed from sixth to get the place while Championofthenile hung on for third. Taoiseach, Vincento, Cards of Stone, Sudden Surprise and Lucky Lurie completed the order of finish. [VIDEO]

Cancel said, “This horse has improved a lot. I’m really happy with his training and how he’s been running for Mike Pino. I had been really close to the pace with him and he struggled a little bit, but today it didn’t seem to bother him. Being too close to the pace, trying to go with the other horses, he gives more than he’s got and at the end he flattens out a little bit. But today, I had the perfect trip and he finished strongly.”

A winner of two out of three starts for Kuehne Racing et al, Bust Another was claimed by Bing Cherry Racing’s Scott Zimmerman for $32,000.

Zimmerman said, “I liked the way he tried. I thought he had a future and we took a shot and won a four-way shake to get him and it worked out. We’ll keep experimenting and trying but he’s a nice horse who tries all the time. We’ll see how he comes out of the race and we’ll look to Saratoga.”

From five wins and a second in eight starts overall, Bust Another has earned $22,630.

Bred by Casey Newick, Bust Another is one of four winners and three stakes winners from four foals to start out of I Drink Alone, a winning New York-bred daughter of Intidab. Her other stakes winners are Bustin It and May Shares.

Bust Another passed twice though the sales ring, purchased for $48,000 as a weanling at the OBS fall mixed sale by Jumping Jack Racing, then my Mareina Racing at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale for $80,000.

Bar of Gold rings true in Critical Eye

Mon, 2016-05-30 19:38

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

By Sarah Mace

Chester and Mary Broman homebred Bar of Gold (Medaglia d’Oro), who has been steadily collecting checks in graded stakes company ever since trouncing New York-breds in her first three career starts, returned to state-bred company – and to the winner’s circle – on Monday with a convincing win in the $200,000, one-mile Critical Eye for New York-bred fillies and mares.

Bet down to 3-2 favoritism and with Junior Alvarado in the irons, Bar of Gold broke cleanly from post one and saved ground over the muddy going in third. Meanwhile longshot Perfect Freud and Jules N Rome gunned their way to the front and set a sharp pace, 22.23 for the first quarter mile and 44.84 for the half.

With positions unchanged in the turn, Bar of Gold found running room at the inside at the five-sixteenths pole, snuck on through and gained the lead. Alvarado guided his mount to the outside for the drive and she cruised home a 1 1/2-length winner. Haveyougoneaway, in fourth early, got up for a solid second, followed 1 1/2 lengths back Literata, far back early, who closed well to get third money. [VIDEO]

Alvarado reported, “Everything went perfect. The horses in front of me went very quick. I saved ground the whole way around. Turning for home, around the 5/16 pole, I had plenty of room on the inside to go through. I didn’t have any problems at all with the 1-post.”

“The first couple of races, the horses have been winning coming from the fifth, sixth and seventh lane out. I wasn’t worried about the inside for the first part of the race, but turning for home, I wanted to be on the outside.”

Trainer John Kimmel said, “I was a little worried about the inside draw and whether or not the inside was the good part of the racetrack to be sitting. Basically, my main concern was not being caught up in a speed duel up front. I wanted Junior [Alvarado] to get her in a nice rhythm and if he could get off the fence. We had an opening right outside the quarter-pole and he said he had to take advantage of it. He was worried if he didn’t go then, so he actually called on her a little sooner than he’d like to. But she had enough in the tank to get through there and enough energy to get the job done.”

Bar of Gold has only gone beyond seven furlongs twice before, finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Acorn and fourth in the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks.

Kimmel said, “She came back blowing a little bit and I’m kind of wondering if a mile might be the outer limits of her effectiveness, but she got a little bit of class relief today. Maybe, if we’re going to go back in against graded horses, seven-eighths might be her ideal distance. She’s by Medaglia d’Oro and I’ve never taken her out on the turf course, and that might be something where we could just take a shot and see how she handles it. It might be a good space before the races at Saratoga.”

After going unbeaten in her first three starts, Bar of Gold has finished second three times and third once in graded company, including second in the Grade 1 Test to Cavorting. Last out, she finished third behind Paulassilverlining and Cavorting in the Grade 3 Distaff at Aqueduct. Bar of Gold has earned $509,500.

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

Weekend Hideaway wins second straight in $200,000 Commentator

Mon, 2016-05-30 18:35

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

By Bill Heller

When Red and Black Stable’s New York-bred Weekend Hideaway finished an extremely distant seventh in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park to end his five-year-old season last Dec. 19th, trainer Phil Serpe decided to give him a good long rest.

Great idea.

Weekend Hideaway, a son of Speightstown out of Apocalyptical by Wisemen’s Ferry who was bred by Flying Zee Stables, made his six-year-old debut in the $100,000 Affirmed Success Stakes at Belmont Park April 29th. Sent off at 5-1 in the field of eight under Luis Saez, he rallied from fourth to win by 2 ¼ lengths at 5-1.

One month and one day later, in the first of six stakes on New York-bred Showcase Day Monday at Belmont, Weekend Hideaway made it two straight under Saez. He survived an early speed duel with Sioux and Jose Ortiz, opened a huge lead and won the fourth running of the one-mile $200,000 Commentator Stakes by 3 ¾ lengths despite drifting out in the stretch in 1:35.95 on a track upgraded from sloppy to muddy.

“It’s always great to have a fresh horse,” Serpe said afterwards. “He’s come back strong. He’s a grown up horse now, a good and sound horse and that’s always good to have in the barn.”

Royal Posse, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., finished second, a neck ahead of 9-2 Eye Luv Lulu, who was left at the start under Cornelio Velasquez. Bellamy Way, who was 7-1 with Jose Lezcano up, finished 2 ¼ lengths behind Eye Luv Lulu in fourth.

The early scratches of Ostrolenka and Drama King left an accomplished field of five for the Commentator. Each of the five had won more than $200,000, and four of them had solid records on wet tracks. Eye Luv Lulu was six-for-seven, Bellamy Way one-for-one, Royal Posse three-for-eight with three seconds and Weekend Hideaway three-for-four. Sioux was zero-for-three with one second.

Both Sioux, breaking from the four post, and Weekend Hideaway, leaving from the five, went for the early lead. Weekend Hideaway led Sioux on his inside by a head in a :23.18 opening quarter. There was a gap of two lengths back to 7-1 Bellamy Way, Eye Luv Lulu two-wide and Royal Posse three-wide battling for third.

“He didn’t wait for me and pulled me right to the lead,” Saez said.

Weekend Hideaway continued to lead Sioux by a head without clearing him in a :45.56 half-mile. There was a gap of four lengths back to the others.

“I had a little pressure, but I knew I had a lot of horse,” Saez said.

Weekend Hideaway then took over, spurting away to lead by two lengths and hitting three-quarters in 1:09.72. He extended his lead to four lengths in mid-stretch while drifting out though well clear.

“When we came into the stretch, he was gone,” Saez said. “When I asked him, he kept going.”

Weekend Hideaway is now nine-for-28 on dirt with four seconds and four thirds. He also is one-for-three on turf with career earnings of more than $750,000.

“I hate to ruin everyone’s Memorial Day, but I was very happy that this rain came along,” Serpe said.

Flipcup holds on to win Grade 3 Arlington Matron

Sat, 2016-05-28 22:04

Four Footed Fotos

By Sarah Mace

Expertly spotted by trainer Bill Mott, the all-weather-track-loving Flipcup delivered a narrow and thrilling victory Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Arlington Matron run at 1 1/8-miles over the Polytrack at Arlington International Racecourse.

Making her 5-year-old debut, the Milwaukee Brew mare, bred by Team Penney Racing and owned in partnership by Team Penney, Wachtel Stable and Brous Stable, was seeking her fifth stakes victory and second graded score in the Matron. With a penchant for strong performances on the Woodbine Polytrack where she won the Grade 3 Maple Leaf in her penultimate start of last year, Flipcup obviously also took to the all-weather surface at Arlington her debut at the track.

Drawn at the rail in the nine-horse field and ridden for the first time by 2006 Arlington Champion jockey Christopher Emigh, Flipcup (5-1 post time odds) saved ground from fourth in the early stages, tracking the pace about three lengths off the lead, while longshot Tiz Lately carved out the first half mile in 49.22.

Advancing into third at the fence, and angling out three wide before the quarter pole, Flipcup overhauled new leader She’s Not Here and pacesetter Tiz Lately before taking the lead in upper stretch. A fresh challenge materialized on the outside from the fast-closing post time favorite No Fault of Mine.

Despite drifting out, and obliged to face a jockey’s objection (disallowed by the stewards), Flipcup held grimly on to her advantage and prevailed by a neck. The mile went in in 1:38.42, and the final time of the race was 1:51.32.

Emigh said, “I had the inside post so I just kept her relaxed and found a good spot, and I got lucky that I got outside on the far turn. She was just relaxed, so easy. I knew I had some horse left and it was a good horse race down the lane.”

As to the jockey’s objection and steward’s review, Emigh commented, “She was drifting out pretty good, but we didn’t ever bump, so I think it was a good call.”

A five-time stakes winner and seven more times stakes-placed, Flipcup’s complete record now stands at seven wins, six seconds and five thirds from 19 starts. Her winner’s share of the Arlington Matron purse drove her earnings over the half-million-dollar mark ($533,266).

Foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, Flipcup is the fourth winner from four starters and lone stakes winner out of Dream Affair, an unraced daughter of Touch Gold. Dream Affair, who issues from the family of Canadian juvenile champion Wavering Girl, was purchased by Team Penny Racing for $11,000 at the 2007 OBS Winter mixed sale.

Dream Affair delivered a colt by Cross Traffic this spring.

Too Discreet wins Paradise Creek Stakes on the engine

Sat, 2016-05-28 20:47

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

By Sarah Mace

Too Discreet (Discreet Cat), a full brother to Grade 1 winner and millionaire Discreet Marq, has some awfully big shoes to fill, but the Patricia Generazio homebred is beginning to make noise of his own. On Saturday the grey scored a front-running victory in Belmont’s open $100,000 Paradise Creek Stakes for 3-year-olds going seven furlongs on the Widener turf course. The win was his second stakes score in four career starts.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Too Discreet comfortably defeated a field of state-bred turf sprinters in his debut at Saratoga on August 2. Eighteen days later he got up late to collect a victory in the Schenectady Stakes at the same trip.

After eight months on the bench, the colt kicked off his sophomore campaign with a solid fourth in the 1 1/16-mile Woodhaven. When entries were drawn for the Paradise Creek, Clement commented, “I thought he got a bit tired [in the Woodhaven]. Maybe it was a bit too far and it was his first race in a while. He’s trained well and has had some good works on the turf. He’s got natural speed and it’s going to be a good race.”

Second choice on the board at post time at odds of 5-2, breaking from the four-hole in the field of six and reunited with jockey Joel Rosario, aboard for both Saratoga victories, Too Discreet got out of the gate well and shortly pulled his way to a 1 1/2-length lead. He proceeded to take the field through evenly-matched opening splits in 23.05 and 46.07.

Unchallenged into the head of the lane, Too Discreet swung out three wide and cruised home in hand to secure the win by 2 1/2 lengths. After six panels in 1:08.78, he stopped the clock after seven at 1:20.28. Conquest See Ya closed from midpack and split horses to finish second, while Might Mo stalked his way to a third-place finish. [VIDEO]

Rosario said, “He broke in front right away. I was cruising the whole time and I let him take his time and get settled in and he did the job.” The pilot added, “He’s been [consistent]. He’s a good horse and I was happy with the way he ran today.”

Clement added, “He had been working very well heading into this race. He worked under Joel on the turf and I saw on paper the horse from Mr. [Bill] Mott [Mighty Mo] would be very tough but he got a great ride. Very patient, good fractions; he’s a very nice horse.”

As to the future, Clement said, “I’ve got to think about where we’ll run him next and at what distance. You don’t have many races at six or seven furlongs so we might have to go a mile, but I’m pretty sure he’ll go a mile. He’s Discreet Marq’s full brother and she [ran] a mile really well. When he ran at Aqueduct, maybe he was not 100 percent fit going a mile and sixteenth on the turf. Let’s just enjoy this for a day and go from there.”

With three wins and a fourth to his credit, Too Discreet has earned $168,800.

Too Discreet’s dam is the multiple stakes-winning and graded stakes-placed Marquetry mare To Marquet ($198,236), a Kentucky-bred Generazio homebred. Frank and Patricia Generazio Jr. also bred To Marquet’s dam, Florida-bred Pretty Momma, a multiple stakes winner.

To Marquet’s 2010 foal, multiple New York-bred champion Discreet Marq, earned over $1.2 million in a stellar career, but the 19-year-old mare has been very successful with five progeny winners in all. Marquet Cat (Cat Thief) earned nearly $400,000 from 61 starts and Marquet Madness (Pico Central) who earned over $200,000. To Marquet currently has a 2-year old full brother to Discreet Marq and Too Discreet named Discretionary Marq and filly this year by Gio Ponti.

Seven New York-bred juveniles bring six figures at F-T Midlantic

Wed, 2016-05-25 07:22

By Sarah Mace

By the time the two-day Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale wrapped up Tuesday, seven New York-breds had changed hands for six figures. In Monday’s opening session five individuals sold for $100,000 and up, topped by Hip 82, a filly by Boys At Tosconova, who brought $165,000 and Hip 252, a Congrats filly who fetched $150,000 (read more). Hips 277, 87 and 71 were also standouts on day one. On Tuesday two more individuals joined the $100,000 club, Hips 427 and 330. (Click here for full results)

Hip 427, a chestnut colt by Smart Strike went to Orlando Di Rienzo for $110,000. Bred by Pollock Farms, Hugh Owen, and Town & Country Farms Corp., the March 16 colt is the first foal out of multiple graded stakes winner C C’s Pal whose stellar career featured victories in the Grade 2 Vagrancy Stakes and Grade 2 Honorable Miss in addition to earnings of nearly $800,000.

Consigned by Kings Equine Agent, the Smart Strike colt is a graduate of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, where Kings Equine purchased him from Taylor Made Sales for $75,000. He covered a furlong in :10 2/5 in the under tack show.

Nick Sallusto went to $100,000 to pick up the other New York-bred standout of session, a filly from the first crop of Mission Impazible (Sequel Stallions New York) named Cha Cha Heels (Hip 330). Consigned by Classic Bloodstock (Danzel Brendemuehl), she, too, turned in a :10 2/5 eighth. She sold previously for $32,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale.

Bred by Burleson Farm and foaled on April 20, Hip 330 is out of Yankee Million, an unplaced Kentucky-bred mare who brought $575,000 as a 2-year-old. Out of a graded stakes placed runner, Yankee Million has produced two winners from three foals to start. Currently the mare has a yearling full-sister to the sale filly and a produced a colt by Alpha this year.

Fasig-Tipton expanded the sale’s catalogue this year, selling 82 more horses than last year and increasing total sales by 2.1%. In all, 83 New York-breds were offered. Of these, 58 sold (including five private sales) for a 30.1% buyback percentage The New York-bred average price for the sale was $40,818. The median ended up at $25,000.

The overall average and median average for the juvenile sale posted year-over-year declines. This average of $68,654 was down 22.7% from last year’s record $88,654; the $32,000 median was off 28.9% from $45,000 in 2015. The buyback rated finished up at 25.9% (up from 21.5%), once again showcasing the fact that buyers continue to be highly selective.

The next juvenile sale on the docket for the majority of NY-breds is the OBS June, which will take place June 14-17