By Sarah Mace
Gary Barber’s Whatawonderflworld (Tiz Wonderful) rallied late to take the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes by a length at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 27th annual Day of Champions on Tuesday at the Ocala Training Center. Jose Lezcano rode the winner, who ran the mile and a sixteenth in 1:45 flat, for trainer Mark Casse.
After breaking his maiden at second asking going seven furlongs on turf at Belmont on October 11, Whatawonderflworld turned right around to beat a state-bred allowance field at one mile on the Aqueduct sod on November 19. Now with the OBS Championship Stakes under his belt in his stakes debut, he has earned $136,200.
A gelding bred by T/C Stable LLC, Whatawonderflworld is out of Celtic Sunshine, a winning daughter of Victory Gallop who has produced six winners from six starters, including Parx stakes winner Warriorscmoutoplay (Warrior’s Reward). She has a yearling colt by Dublin on the ground and was bred last year to Shackleford.
Whatawonderflworld was sold for $50,000 by James Layden, Agent, to T M Ventures at the 2015 OBS June Sale after working a quarter in :21 2/5.
by Sarah Mace
Champion Racing Stable, Inc.’s 5-year-old mare Haveyougoneaway (Congrats) hit a career high note in her first start of 2016, winning Oaklawn Park’s American Beauty Stakes at six furlongs by a determined neck over odds-on favorite and multiple graded stakes winner Sarah Sis.
Already a stakes winner, having trounced the competition in the $50,000 Flashy Lady Stakes at Remington Park last September, Haveyougoneaway came into the American Beauty with the profile of a consistent hard-trying sprinter, having won three of nine starts last year with only one off-the board finish.
Sent off as 7-2 co-second choice in the field of seven under jockey Jareth Loveberry, Haveyougoneaway cruised comfortably in fourth, then third in the early stages of the six-furlong dash, while Sarah Sis and Super Saks raced head-to-head up front through a snappy first quarter mile in 22.11 and a half in 45.61.
Turning for home Haveyougoneaway cornered neatly, taking advantage of a gap at the rail, and immediately engaged Sarah Sis, now the lone leader. Her extended, determined drive lasted the length of the stretch, but the chestnut mare finally put away the stubborn and equally-determined Sarah Sis for good. She secured the victory by a neck in a final time of 1:10.32. Runner-up Sarah Sis finished 3 1/2 lengths clear of 10-1 Meshell, who got up for third. Haveyougoneaway paid $9 to win.
“The race set up perfect for us,” said winning jockey Jareth Loveberry. “The two speed horses went to the front as I expected and I was able to set off them. The rail opened up for us down the lane and I had plenty of horse to get her going. I was worried the #2 Sarah Sis was digging in and was going to get to us, but we were able to stay in front and get up for the win. She’s an honest filly that tries hard wherever she goes. She loves it here and showed it today.”
Haveyougoneaway has won three of seven Oaklawn starts and only finished once off the board at that oval.
According to trainer Allen Milligan, the mare is under consideration for the $100,000 Spring Fever on February 20 at Oaklawn.
Haveyougoneaway’s career record stands seven wins, two seconds and six thirds from 20 career starts with two stakes wins and four stakes placings including a third place finish in the American Beauty last year. Her bankroll has climbed to a robust $312,425.
Bred by Andy and Susan Beadnell and foaled at Bead Land & Cattle Company in Pottersville, Haveyougoneaway is the most accomplished of two winners out of One Wise Cowgirl, an unraced New York-bred daughter of Wiseman’s Ferry also bred by the Beadnells.
A $50,000 weanling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Mixed sale in 2011, Haveyougoneaway brought $105,000 as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale. Champion Racing Stable, Inc. purchased Haveyougoneaway as a 2-year-old for a mere $1,200 at the 2013 Keeneland November sale.
By Sarah Mace
The Board of Directors of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) held its first meeting of 2016 on Thursday, January 21. The newly-seated Board re-elected Thomas J. Gallo, III, founder and managing owner of Parting Glass Racing, Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency, LLC and owner of Blue Stone Farm, as Board President.
Gallo had just completed serving the remainder term of past-president Barry Ostrager who resigned from the NYTB Board last May following his nomination to serve as a judge in the Civil Branch of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Vivien Malloy will continue her service as NYTB Secretary / Treasurer and Mallory Mort will continue in the position of NYTB Board Vice-President.
NYTB Officers and Board of Directors for 2016
Hold Me Back, a Top 10 Second-Crop Sire in North America in 2015, has been sold and moved to Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater, where the son of Giant’s Causeway will stand the 2016 breeding season for a fee of $5,000 S&N.
“Hold Me Back is a young stallion that is getting solid runners, and he’s an absolutely gorgeous physical by a leading sire of sires in Giant’s Causeway,” said Bowling Bloodstock’s Matt Bowling, who brokered the deal along with Sullivan Bloodstock. “I believe Hold Me Back presents tremendous value for New York breeders.”
Campaigned by WinStar Farm and trainer Bill Mott, Hold Me Back was a Grade 2-winning, multiple Grade 1-placed 3-year-old on the racetrack. He earned his biggest career win in the $500,000 Lane’s End S. (G2) while on the Kentucky Derby trail in 2009. The grand-looking son of Giant’s Causeway was also runner-up in the Blue Grass S. (G1) and Travers S. (G1), and he went on to win the Dominion Day S. (G3) as a 4-year-old.
Hold Me Back earned $872,610 before retiring to stud at WinStar, where he’s stood since 2011. The 10-year-old is out of the multiple stakes-producing Unbridled’s Song mare Restraint, and his second dam is two-time Canadian champion Avowal.
The Top 10 Second-Crop Sire of 2015 was led by Jet Black Magic, Hold Me Back’s graded stakes-winning 2-year-old filly from a year ago. Jet Black Magic was a dominant winner of the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess S. (G3) last November, and heads into 2016 on the Kentucky Oaks (G1) Trail.
For more information, please contact Irish Hill Century Farm at (518) 584-4058, or visit www.IrishHillCenturyFarm.com.
Lady Sheila Stable’s star sprinter La Verdad (Yes It’s True) was crowned champion female sprinter Saturday night when the Eclipse Award winners for the 2015 racing season were announced at a ceremonial dinner at Gulfstream Park.
La Verdad opened up her account in 2015 by repeating in the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct in April, winning Belmont’s Grade 3 Vagrancy Handicap in May and repeating in the Dancin Renee Stakes for state-breds at Belmont in June. First across the line in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga Race Course, she was later disqualified following a positive test for clenbuterol.
After winning the Grade 2 the Gallant Bloom over Wavell Avenue in September at Belmont, she was a facile winner of the Iroquois Stakes against state-breds on Empire Showcase Day in October, where a rating experiment convinced conditioner Linda Rice that the seven-furlong TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, just a week away, was within the mare’s reach. And it almost was. La Verdad and regular rider Jose Ortiz finished a strong second to 10-1 Wavell Avenue after setting the pace.
Despite her second-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup, La Verdad’s body of work for the season tipped scale in her favor with voters in the most closely contested category of the year. Of the three finalists, La Verdad beat Wavell Avenue by eight votes, 98-90, with Lady Shipman third with 41.
Bred by Eklektikos Stable LLC and foaled at Chester and Mary Broman’s Chestertown farm in Chestertown. La Verdad was purchased privately by Rosenblum following her second allowance victory in November 2013. After winning the Interborough Stakes on January 9, La Verdad is scheduled for a final start in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie on February 13 at Laurel before being bred to Medaglia d’Oro.
By Sarah Mace
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus), who swept the three Fair Grounds preps for last year’s Run for the Roses only to scratch the morning of the Kentucky Derby with heat on the inside quarter of his left front hoof, drove his Fair Grounds record up to a perfect four-for-four on Saturday when he earned a trip to the winner’s circle in the $75,000 Louisiana Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.
Heavily favored for his return to the races at four in the Zia Park Derby on November 25 in New Mexico, International Star failed to flash any of the talent that led to last year’s stakes victories. Usually a stretch runner, he tired to fourth after contesting the pace, beaten by 13 lengths.
Owner Ken Ramsey dismissed the race, believing that external circumstances worked against the Mike Maker trainee.
“He had a disastrous trip out to Zia Park,” Ramsey commented. “It wasn’t so much bad luck as we were probably misguided in sending him out there. We couldn’t get transportation and even if we flew him, we would have to van him from there, so it was too many van rides. So, we hauled him all the way from Kentucky in one of my own vans and it didn’t go well. I really wanted to get another derby victory for him, since we couldn’t run him in the Kentucky Derby.”
Ramsey felt confident we’d see a much better performance at Fair Grounds on Saturday. “I think you’ll see a different horse this time around.” We did.
Breaking from the outside post of six under Miguel Mena, International Star entered the clubhouse turn four wide, then dropped to the rail to settle in fifth five lengths of the off the pace, which was set by Majestic Harbor, who posted splits of 24.46, 48.42, and 1:13.10.
Advancing in the far turn, International Star rallied five wide into the lane and launched a bid in upper stretch. Around the furlong marker the bay New York-bred shot past new leader Eagle, who had grabbed the top spot as he emerged from the turn, and opened up to a 1 1/2-length victory in a final time of 1:44.44. Third betting choice among the three most popular horses in the field — favorite Eagle who finished second and second choice Majestic Harbor who faded to fifth — the colt paid $7.80 for a $2 win bet.
In addition to winning the Grade 3 LeComte, Grade 2 Risen Star and Grade 2 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds at three, International Star was an accomplished juvenile, annexing the Grade 3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine and finishing second in both the Grade 2 With Anticipation on turf and restricted Rockville Center Stakes. His record now stands at six wins and two seconds with an earnings bankroll of $1,066,629.
Bred by longtime Maryland breeders and owners Katharine M. Voss and Robert T. Manfuso and foaled at Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains, International Star was purchased by the Ramseys as a yearling for $85,000 out of the Fasig Tipton select yearling sale in September in Timonium.
International Star’s dam Parlez is a multiple winner by French Deputy Parlez and a granddaughter of Halory (Halo), the dam of five graded stakes winners, including Blue Grass Stakes winner Halory Hunter.
Parlez has produced five winners in all, including stakes winners Fools in Love by Not For Love, who earned over $240,000 and D C Dancer by the same sire, a $270,000-earner. She has a two-year-old colt by Not for Love, was barren in 2015 and bred to Fusaichi Pegasus in 2015.
Stallion season offerings for the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) annual Stallion Season Auction can now be viewed online on the Starquine.com bidding platform. The annual auction raises funds that enable NYTB to carry on its two-fold mission of promoting New York breeding and racing and protecting the welfare of industry stakeholders.
The official auction link is: http://www.starquine.com/category/233/New-York-Thor-Breeders,-Inc-Season-Auction-Bidding-Opens-01-18-16.html.
Bidding begins on Monday, January 18 at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until the close of the auction on Wednesday, January 20 at 6:00 p.m.
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 are posted.
For questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-587-0777.
By Sarah Mace
Central Banker’s first foal, a filly, was born Monday, January 11, 2016 at Chester and Mary Broman’s Chestertown Farm in Chestertown. The filly, bred by Jeffrey Raine & Elisabeth T. Raine, is the first foal out of Marketable Miss, a winning daughter of Noonmark also bred by the Raines.
Central Banker, a Grade 2 winner of $598,786 by leading sire Speightstown, joined the roster of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds after being purchased for a session-topping $400,000 at last year’s Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.
A $200,000 Keeneland yearling purchase, Central Banker was bred by WinStar Farm, LLC and campaigned by Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence. Trained by Albert M. Stall, Jr., he recorded three triple digit Beyers at 3 and 4, including his lifetime best 107 Beyer in his win in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes on Kentucky Derby day 2014. Out of multiple stakes winner Rhum, by Go For Gin, the young stallion is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Gantry ($822,531) and multiple stakes-placed Song of Pirates.
By Sarah Mace
A trio of New York-breds from the Part Dispersal of the Estate of Sarah J. Leigh offered by Craig & Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud dominated Monday’s opening session of the five-day Keeneland January sale, generating the three top sales of the day. All three went to longtime breeder and owner Virginia Kraft Payson and her Payson Stud.
Leigh, a theatrical agent who died in August 2015, had continued the successful international racing and breeding operation of her father, Gerald Leigh, who died in 2002. Leigh’s highly regarded Eydon Hall Farm in England bred such standouts as 1994 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner and European Horse of the Year Barathea, European champion 3-year-old filly Bosra Sham and classic winner Gossamer.
The session’s top-seller, who brought $700,000, was Summer Solo, a five-year-old Arch mare in foal to Ghostzapper (Hip 259). Third in the 2014 Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational, Summer Solo is out of Irish-bred Summer Solstice by Caerleon, a stakes winner in France, and a half-sister to French multiple Group 1 winner Act One. Summer Solo’s siblings include turf stakes winners Adirondack Summer and Summer Breezing.
Immediately following Summer Solo through the auction ring was her two-year-old half-sister, Summer Sweet (Hip 260), offered as a racing or broodmare prospect. A chestnut filly by More than Ready foaled last May, Summer Sweet was hammered down to Payson Stud, Inc. for $550,000. Payson reported that Summer Sweet would be sent to trainer Christophe Clement.
Payson also went to $450,000 for Hip 230, the co-top-selling short yearling of the sale. A dark bay or brown daughter of Arch, foaled on May 9, 2015, the filly is out of the unraced Seeking the Gold mare Seeking Atlantis. Leigh purchased Seeking Atlantis, a Kentucky-bred mare, from the Edward P. Evans Dispersal at Keeneland in November 2011 for $375,000. She has produced two winners, topped by graded stakes performer Seeking her Glory. Payson said the filly will go to Arthur B. Hancock III’s Stone Farm near Paris, Ky.
“I raced against Gerald Leigh for years, and I really wanted to have one of his families,” Payson said after buying the yearling, her first purchase of the day. “I knew the (filly’s) family and that’s what I liked about her. I have four broodmares, but they’re all the same bloodlines and I needed some diversification.”
Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell said, “Mr. Leigh was a great supporter of Keeneland, and Sarah was, too. It’s a fitting end.” He added, “Although we’re happy the market reacted favorably to the quality of their horses, it’s sad to see the end of these operations.”
Irish Hill Century Farm, located at 281 Burke Road near Stillwater, has announced that its 2016 stallion show to showcase Thomas Coleman’s Grade 2-winning New York-bred Zivo will take place on January 23 from noon until 3:00 p.m. A hot buffet lunch will be served and there will be an opportunity to obtain free seasons.
Trained by New York native and leading trainer Chad Brown, Zivo retired to stud as a nine-time winning millionaire, whose career-defining win came in the Grade 2 Suburban where he defeated Graded Stakes winners Moreno, Micromanage, Last Gunfighter and Vyjack. Zivo then went on to run second in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes behind Classic winner Tonalist while beating Moreno and Micromanage again.
Important New York stakes wins include the Whodam, Kings Point and the Commentator Handicap. In Zivo’s career of 19 starts, 18 took place in the state of New York with the lone start out of New York taking place in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.
Zivo’s marketing is being handled by Sean Feld of Feld Family Stallions, who can be contacted at (859) 519-9665. For more information, please contact Rick Burke of Irish Hill Century Farm at (518) 527-2701.
By Sarah Mace
Currently in career form, Very Un Stable homebred Saythreehailmary’s (Repent) followed up her December 12 victory in the 1 1/16-mile Bay Ridge Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares, with a determined score at Aqueduct on Sunday in $100,000 open Ladies Handicap.
The forbidding conditions racing conditions at the Big A – a sloppy racing surface with some fog thrown in for good measure – seemed to present no obstacles for the hard-trying consistent five-year-old. Saythreehailmary’s had previously won of three races from four starts over off-going and seems to have a penchant for the Aqueduct inner oval itself (two wins and a second from six tries). The one mile and seventy yard distance was also right in her wheelhouse, with three prior firsts a second and a third at the distance.
Breaking at the rail under jockey Manny Franco as the fifth choice of six in the wagering at odds of 5-1, Saythreehailmary’s tucked in neatly for a ground-saving trip in fourth though the clubhouse turn, just two lengths off pacesetter Sustainable, who posted the first quarter-mile in 25.41 and half in 49.39.
Working her way into the three path along the backstretch run and asked more midway through the far turn, Saythreehailmary’s was floated out yet further at the head of the lane by odds-on favorite Wonder Gal to her inside who was making her bid from third as Mei Ling took over the lead.
With a furlong to go Saythreehailmary’s issued a direct challenge to Mei Ling, gained the lead at the sixteenth pole, sustained a bump from her rival and, with a final charge, scored a gutsy three-quarter-length victory.
Mei Ling finished second, followed five lengths back by Wonder Gal. Stroke Play and Sustainable completed the order of finish. The final time of race was 1:44.91. [VIDEO]
Jockey Manny Franco said, “We planned it out. We didn’t think there would be too much pace up front and we wanted to be close to them and we made our move from the outside. When she hit the front, she stopped a little bit but we worked it out.”
John Morrison, who trains Saythreehailmary’s for Joe Gioia’s Very Un Stable commented, “She got a perfect trip. Manny couldn’t have ridden her any better. She likes the inner track, we can’t argue with her record here so it was nice.”
Continued Morrison, “She’s just been doing great. She started turning around in October and has been getting better ever since. I kind of thought she was on top of her game today and she was. It was an open stake now and Joe is also the breeder so it helps. He still also owns the mare so this helps everything.” In November, Saythreehailmary’s also finished a close second to Sheriffa in the NYSS Staten Island division.
Foaled at Cedar Ridge Farm in Pine Plains, Saythreehailmary’s is one of five winners from five starters, and the second stakes winner out of Just Call Me Angel, a winning daughter of Devil’s Bag who was purchased by Gioia in 2005 for $16,000 at the OBS winter mixed sale.
Just Call Me Angel’s first foal Afleet Alexandra (Northern Afleet) won the 2008 New York Oaks at Finger Lakes and earned over $250,000. As it happens, her four-year-old by Posse colt, Got Winged, recorded his second victory on Saturday in an open $40,000 claiming event at Aqueduct.
The mare currently has an unnamed three-year-old filly by Dublin, a juvenile filly by Courageous Cat named Courageous Angel and a newly minted yearling colt by Posse.
Now a dual stakes winner with three additional stakes placings, Saythreehailmary’s has compiled a career record of six wins, five seconds and four thirds from 22 starts and has earned $437,600.