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Dunbar Road Outclasses ‘Em in Del ‘Cap

Sat, 2020-07-11 18:48

On a day when Chad Brown secured his 100th and 101st Grade I victories, Dunbar Road–already a Grade I winner herself–added to the haul in an event that was downgraded from highest-level status a couple years ago. Saving all the ground tucked just behind the speed early, the prohibitive favorite split rivals under confident handling heading for home. Saracosa tried to shadow that one’s move, but Dunbar Road simply outclassed her competition to win geared down by as much as she pleased.

An eight-length debut winner at Gulfstream last March, Dunbar Road was a close second in the GII Gulfstream Park Oaks 27 days later. Excluded from the GI Kentucky Oaks, she cleared her ‘1x’ at Belmont at the end of May and was a shoe-in winner of that track’s GII Mother Goose S. a month later. She had a similarly easy time of it in the GI Alabama S. over 10 furlongs in the Saratoga slop in August, but settled for third behind Blue Prize (Arg) (Pure Prize) and Elate (Medaglia d’Oro) first time against her elders in the GI Juddmonte Spinster S. at Keeneland Oct. 6. She was fifth behind Blue Prize in the GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff Nov. 2, and returned with an easy victory in Churchill’s Shawnee S. May 23.

Saturday, Delaware Park
DELAWARE H.-GII, $400,000, Delaware, 7-11, 3yo/up, f/m,
1 1/8m, 1:49.02, ft.
1–DUNBAR ROAD, 123, f, 4, by Quality Road
                1st Dam: Gift List, by Bernardini
                2nd Dam: Private Gift, by Unbridled
                3rd Dam: Private Status, by Alydar
($350,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Peter M. Brant; B-Jeffery J.
Drown (KY); T-Chad C. Brown; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr. $240,000.
Lifetime Record: GISW, 9-6-1-1, $998,040.
Werk Nick Rating: A+++ Triple Plus*.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Saracosa, 116, m, 5, Bernardini–Homeschooling, by Medaglia
d’Oro. ($85,000 RNA Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Chad Schumer
B-Meritage Ventures, Inc. (KY); T-Cipriano Contreras. $80,000.
3–Bellera, 118, f, 4, Bernardini–Habiboo, by Unbridled’s Song.
($90,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Mathis Stable LLC, Madake
Stables LLC & Doheny Racing Stable; B-Hardacre Farm (FL);
T-Todd A. Pletcher. $40,000.
Margins: 3, 1, HD. Odds: 0.20, 6.30, 6.00.
Also Ran: Over Thinking, Wicked Awesome, Lucky Move. Scratched: Always Shopping, Vexatious. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Pedigree Notes:

Dunbar Road is one of a number of recent graded performers to stamp Bernardini as one of the most coveted broodmares sires of the moment, and she was followed home Saturday by two daughters of that Darley stalwart. She is the granddaughter of SW Private Gift, a half-sister to MGISW Secret Status, by Bernardini’s sire A.P. Indy. Gift List’s last reported foal is the unraced 3-year-old filly On the Good List (Speightstown), who sold to Repole Stable for $230,000 at KEENOV ’19.


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Art Collector Draws Away in Blue Grass

Sat, 2020-07-11 17:47

Bruce Lunsford homebred Art Collector (Bernardini) put his name in the hat for the Sept. 5 GI Kentucky Derby with a victory in the GII Toyota Blue Grass S. at Keeneland Saturday. Engaged in a three-way duel for control through the opening stages, the 2-1 shot ended up a close third just off MGSW filly Swiss Skydiver (Daredevil) and Shivaree (Awesome of Course) as the first quarter went in :23.25. Maintaining that position while running off the fence through a :46.61 half-mile, the dark bay ranged up menacingly outside of Swiss Skydiver with 10 charging up behind as Shivaree called it quits with three-eighths left to run. Swiss Skydiver turner for home in front, but Art Collector was right with her and those two drew away from the rest of the field down the lane. Art Collector shrugged free of the filly in the final sixteenth and rolled clear to a 3 1/2-length victory. Swiss Skydiver held second over Rushie (Liam’s Map).

“It’s been a little bit of a roller coaster ride,” said trainer Tom Drury. “Everybody was fighting the same thing with COVID-19 and the uncertainty. I’m at a loss for words. It takes a village to get these things; there’s a lot of people who have done their part. I’m just honored to be able to share this with my staff and everyone that worked to get him here.”

As for the Derby, Drury said, “It took me my whole life just to get to this one win. I’m going to enjoy this one and we’ll worry about that tomorrow.”

Graduating at second asking on turf at Kentucky Downs last September, Art Collector was seventh in the GIII Bourbon S. on grass at Keeneland last October and was sixth in his first try on dirt in November at Churchill Downs. He romped by 7 1/2 lengths in a six-panel event in the slop on the Churchill main track Nov. 30, but was disqualified from purse money after a positive test for previous trainer Joe Sharp. Transferred to Tom Drury after that, Art Collector won a seven-furlong test at Churchill Downs May 17 and won by 6 1/2 lengths when stretched to 1 1/16 miles in Louisville June 13.

Pedigree Notes:

Art Collector is the 46th graded stakes winner for 2006 champion 3-year-old colt Bernardini, a reliable conduit of A.P. Indy. He is also the third of Bernardini’s 75 black-type winners specifically out of a Distorted Humor mare, including 2017 GI Vosburgh S. winner Takaful. Additionally, Art Collector was the second graded winner of the day at Keeneland out of a daughter of Distorted Humor, following Guarana’s win in the Madison. Bruce Lunsford bred Art Collector and his dam Distorted Legacy, a half to Lunsford-bred GSW and 1999 GI Belmont S. and GI Travers S. runner-up Vision and Verse (Storm Cat), but they are originally from a multi-generation Greentree Stud family. Distorted Legacy’s granddam is a half-sister to the Greentree stars and later sires Hatchet Man (The Axe II) and Stop the Music (Hail to Reason). Lunsford has gotten colts the last two years out of Distorted Legacy, both by Into Mischief.

Saturday, Keeneland
TOYOTA BLUE GRASS S.-GII, $600,000, Keeneland, 7-11, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:48.11, ft.
1–ART COLLECTOR, 123, c, 3, by Bernardini
1st Dam: Distorted Legacy (SW & GISP, $421,466), by Distorted Humor
2nd Dam: Bunting, by Private Account
3rd Dam: Flag Waver, by Hoist the Flag
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. O/B-Bruce Lunsford (KY); T-Thomas Drury, Jr.; J-Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. $360,000. Lifetime Record: 8-4-1-0, $548,475. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ * Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Swiss Skydiver, 118, f, 3, Daredevil–Expo Gold, by Johannesburg. ($35,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP). O-Peter J. Callahan; B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY); T-Kenneth G. McPeek. $120,000.
3–Rushie, 123, c, 3, Liam’s Map–Conquest Angel, by Colonel John. ($70,000 2yo ’19 OBSMAR). O-Jim & Donna Daniell; B-Ocala Stud (FL); T-Michael W. McCarthy. $60,000.
Margins: 3HF, 4 3/4, NK. Odds: 2.30, 2.20, 7.30.
Also Ran: Enforceable, Attachment Rate, Mr. Big News, Finnick the Fierce, Tiesto, Hard Lighting, Basin, Shivaree, Hunt the Front, Man in the Can.
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Rushing Fall Shatters Course Record in Jenny Wiley Repeat

Sat, 2020-07-11 17:11

Already a Grade I winner at ages two, three and four, ‘TDN Rising Star’ Rushing Fall (More Than Ready) made it four straight seasons at the highest level with a record-setting victory in the GI Coolmore Jenny Wiley S. at Keeneland Saturday, which she also won last season. Away in good order, the 4-5 chalk was hot on pacesetting Jolie Olimpica (Brz)’s (Drosselmeyer) tail in second with Juliet Foxtrot (GB) (Dansili {GB}) to her inside through upbeat fractions of :23.42 and :46.94. Ranging up to look Jolie Olimpica in the eye turning for home, Rushing Fall engaged in a brief battle with her foe, but shut the door on her by mid-stretch and drew clear to win by 3/4 of a length. Her final time of 1:39.02 shattered the previous course record for a mile of 1:40.30 set by Quiet Resolve (Affirmed) in 2000.

“It’s a dream come true,” said owner Bob Edwards of e Five Racing. “Everyone wishes for a horse like this. I hope I get another one in my racing career like her. This is just phenomenal. We’re all sitting around watching it at the house…I’m still shaking. The adrenaline spike is still there even when you’re watching from your couch. And not a terrible day for Chad [Brown]!”

Kicking off her 2019 season with a victory in this race, Rushing Fall followed suit with a win in Belmont’s GI Just a Game S. last June and was second to her champion stablemate Sistercharlie (Myboycharlie {Ire}) in Saratoga’s GI Diana S. Closing out last term with a fourth to another champion barnmate in Uni (GB) (More Than Ready) in this venue’s GI First Lady S. in October, the bay opened this term with a wire-to-wire victory in Belmont’s GIII Beaugay S. June 3.

Pedigree Notes:

Rushing Fall’s female family has dabbled in the spotlight for many years, long before her dam, Autumnal, produced the five-time Grade I winner and 2014 SW & three-time GSP Milam (Street Sense). Autumnal’s dam, Marie J, made headlines in 1997 when she sold for $1 million as a 2-year-old in training at that year’s Barretts March sale and then was named after the “Marie” half of prominent owners Aaron and Marie Jones, who bred Autumnal. The latter was sold as a 2004 Keeneland September yearling for $550,000. Rushing Fall is the brightest light in the most recent branches of the family, although Marie J’s half-sister did produce GISW Albert the Great (Go for Gin). Autumnal has had only two foals since Rushing Fall was born in 2015, including a full-brother to the Jenny Wiley winner born this year. Rushing Fall is one of 202 black-type winners–91 graded–for dual hemisphere super sire More Than Ready.

Saturday, Keeneland
COOLMORE JENNY WILEY S.-GI, $350,000, Keeneland, 7-11, 4yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16mT, 1:39.02, fm.
1–RUSHING FALL, 118, m, 5, by More Than Ready
1st Dam: Autumnal, by Forestry
2nd Dam: Marie J, by Mr. Prospector
3rd Dam: In My Cap, by Vice Regent
‘TDN Rising Star’ ($320,000 Ylg ’16 FTSAUG). O-e Five Racing Thoroughbreds;
B-Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding (KY); T-Chad C. Brown;
J-Javier Castellano. $210,000. Lifetime Record: 13-10-2-0,
$2,278,000. *1/2 to Milam (Street Sense), SW & MGSP,
$239,651. Werk Nick Rating: C+. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Jolie Olimpica (Brz), 118, f, 4, by Drosselmeyer
1st Dam: Jolie Celina (Brz), by Trempolino
2nd Dam: China Empress, by Wavering Monarch
3rd Dam: Autumn Rythym, by Slew o’ Gold
O-Fox Hill Farms, Inc.; B-Stud T N T (BRZ); T-Richard E.
Mandella. $70,000.
3–Juliet Foxtrot (GB), 118, m, 5, by Dansili (GB)
1st Dam: Kilo Alpha (GB), by King’s Best
2nd Dam: Anasazi (Ire), by Sadler’s Wells
3rd Dam: Navajo Princess, by Drone
O/B-Juddmonte Farms, Inc. (GB); T-Brad H. Cox. $35,000.
Margins: 3/4, HF, 1 1/4. Odds: 0.80, 6.20, 4.20.
Also Ran: Altea (Fr)-(DH), Toinette-(DH), Secret Message, La Signare (Fr), Mucho Unusual. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Speech Loud and Clear in Ashland

Sat, 2020-07-11 16:44

Speech (Mr Speaker) became her young sire’s first Grade I winner and earned enough points to land her a spot in the Sept. 4 GI Kentucky Oaks with a decisive score in the GI Central Bank Ashland S. at Keeneland Saturday afternoon. Speedy GII Las Virgenes S. romper Venetian Harbor (Munnings) shot out to the early lead, loping through an opening quarter in :24.04 with Speech stalking from second off the fence. Envoutante (Uncle Mo) slipped up the fence inside of Speech as the half went up in :47.14, but backed out of it on the backstretch as Speech ranged up threateningly on the pacesetter’s outside. Speech overtook Venetian Harbor in early stretch and punched clear to win by three lengths. Venetian Harbor held second over Envoutante.

“I was very happy,” said winning trainer Mike McCarthy. “Obviously we had our mind set on running in the [GIII] Beaumont S. for the last five weeks or so and the last minute, we kind of called an audible and sometimes these things work out. To come back today and think we would set a track record in a race we weren’t especially pointing to says something about Speech. She trained well, she shows up every time. I call her the ultimate overachiever.”

Graduating at second asking at Los Alamitos in December, Speech was second to ‘TDN Rising Star’ Auberge (Palace) in a Feb. 1 optional claimer at Santa Anita and completed the exacta behind Donna Veloce (Uncle Mo) in the GIII Santa Ysabel S. Mar. 8 in Arcadia. Coming up a neck short of dominant GI Acorn S. victress and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Gamine (Into Mischief) in an Oaklawn optional claimer May 2, the bay filled the place spot again in the GII Santa Anita Oaks last time June 6.


Pedigree Notes:

Speech is the first black-type winner for her young sire Mr Speaker. Breeder Gail Rice purchased the winner’s dam Scribbling Sarah, who was conditioned by her former sister-in-law Linda Rice, for $7,500 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton February Sale. The 10-year-old mare has since produced an unnamed juvenile colt by Upstart and a 2019 colt by Unified. She was bred back to Midnight Lute, but has no reported foal for 2020.

Saturday, Keeneland
CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND S.-GI, $392,000, Keeneland, 7-11, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:41.26, ft.
1–SPEECH, 121, f, 3, by Mr Speaker
1st Dam: Scribbling Sarah, by Freud
2nd Dam: Plinking, by Talkin Man
3rd Dam: Holy Wish, by Lord At War (Arg)
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN, 1ST GRADE I WIN. ($65,000 Ylg ’18 OBSWIN; $95,000 RNA Ylg ’18 FTKJUL; $190,000 2yo ’19 OBSMAR). O-Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Madaket Stables LLC; B-Gail Rice (FL); T-Michael W McCarthy; J-Javier Castellano. $240,000. Lifetime Record: 7-2-4-1, $353,840. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick Rating: A.
2–Venetian Harbor, 121, f, 3, by Munnings
1st Dam: Sounds of the City, by Street Cry (Ire)
2nd Dam: Welcome Home, by Dixieland Band
3rd Dam: Safe Return, by Mr. Prospector
($110,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP; $205,000 RNA 2yo ’19 OBSAPR). O-Ciaglia Racing LLC, Highland Yard LLC, River Oak Farm & Dominic Savides; B-Colts Neck Stables LLC (KY); T-Richard Baltas. $80,000.
3–Envoutante, 121, f, 3, by Uncle Mo
1st Dam: Enchante, by Bluegrass Cat
2nd Dam: Wear, by Arch
3rd Dam: Abrade, by Mr. Prospector
($250,000 Ylg ’18 KEESEP). O-Walking L Thoroughbreds LLC & Three Chimneys Farm; B-Jumping Jack Racing LLC (KY); T-Kenneth G McPeek. $40,000.
Margins: 3, 3 3/4, 2. Odds: 4.00, 0.60, 5.50.
Also Ran: Bonny South, Alta’s Award. Scratched: Tonalist’s Shape. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


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Guarana Battles Back to Take Madison, Giving Brown 100th Career Grade I

Sat, 2020-07-11 15:34

Keeneland’s GI Madison S. was a battle between ‘TDN Rising Stars’ Guarana (Ghostzapper) and Mia Mischief (Into Mischief) from start to finish, but in the end it was Guarana who won the gutsy brawl. Favored at 1-2, Guarana went straight to the front and was hounded by Mia Mischief, who was let go at a surprising at 8-1, through early splits of :22.95 and :45.92. Mia Mischief drew even with Guarana at the top of the stretch and briefly headed her younger rival, but Guarana battled back in the final sixteenth, turning back her elder for a half-length success. It was the 100th Grade I victory for Eclipse winning-conditioner Chad Brown.

“Well during the course of the race, what happened was it unfolded sort of how I feared with Mia Mischief having the better post on the outside of us and being able to hound us a bit,” said Brown. “I thought turning for home that the post really did us in this race and I was started to get a little disappointed. But I could see at the sixteenth pole that she was finding her stride again and I think seven [furlongs] is maybe a tick far for the other filly. We were able to come back on her. She showed her heart. She showed that she’s a very special horse, which we’ve known for a long time.”

He continued, “To [get the 100th Grade I win] with one of Mr. Torrealba’s horses is really special. He’s a real fine man. Very loyal. It’s right up there near the top. It’s a whole body of work from 12 1/2 years now of training. It has to do with my team of co workers, owners, and horses both present and past. They all contributed to the 100 Grade Is. God willing if everything stays in tact, we’ll work on the next 100. But we’re going to enjoy this for now.”

Devastating the field by 14 3/4 lengths in her Keeneland unveiling last April, Guarana romped by sixth in Belmont’s GI Acorn S. last June and followed suit with a win in the nine-panel GI CCA Oaks six weeks later. Finishing second to Street Band (Istan) as the favorite in the GI Cotillion S. Sept. 21, she was subsequently shelved for the season and resurfaced at Churchill June 4 with a dominant optional claimer score in the slop June 4.


Pedigree Notes:

Guarana is one of 12 top-level scorers by Ghostzapper and one of 41 graded winners for the Adena stallion. She is bred on the same Ghostzapper/Distorted Humor cross as fellow Grade I winner Molly Morgan. Daughters of Distorted Humor are responsible for 45 graded stakes winners. Magical World, a daughter of GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Pleasant home (Seeking the Gold), is also responsible for stakes winner and GSP ‘TDN Rising Star’ Magic Dance (More Than Ready). Her 2018 colt by Pioneerof the Nile brought $2.1 million from e Five Racing at Keeneland September. The 10-year-old mare did not have a foal in 2019, but had a Gun Runner colt Feb. 25 of this year. This is also the family of MGISWs Point of Entry (Dynaformer), Pine Island (Arch) and Tale of Ekati (Tale of the Cat).

Saturday, Keeneland
MADISON S.-GI, $250,000, Keeneland, 7-11, 4yo/up, f/m, 7f, 1:21.70, ft.
1–GUARANA, 118, f, 4, by Ghostzapper
                1st Dam: Magical World, by Distorted Humor
                2nd Dam: Pleasant Home, by Seeking the Gold
                3rd Dam: Our Country Place, by Pleasant Colony
TDN Rising StarO-Three Chimneys Farm & Hill ‘n’ Dale
Equine Holdings Inc.; B-Three Chimneys Farm (KY); T-Chad C
Brown; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $150,000. Lifetime Record: 6-5-1-0,
$1,078,268. *1/2 to Magic Dance (More Than Ready), SW &
GSP, $156,883. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*.  
   Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Mia Mischief, 118, m, 5, by Into Mischief
                1st Dam: Greer Lynn, by Speightstown
                2nd Dam: Roll Over Baby, by Rollin On Over
                3rd Dam: Sweet Praise, by Honey Jay
TDN Rising Star($135,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $300,000 2yo ’17
FTFMAR; $2,400,000 4yo ’19 FTKNOV). O-Stonestreet Stable
LLC; B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.
3–Bell’s the One, 120, f, 4, by Majesticperfection</strong
                1st Dam: Street Mate, by Street Cry (Ire)</strong
                2nd Dam: Day Mate, by Dayjur
                3rd Dam: Possible Mate, by King’s Bishop
($155,000 Ylg ’17 FTKJUL). O-Lothenbach Stables, Inc. (Bob
Lothenbach); B-Bret Jones (KY); T-Neil L. Pessin. $25,000.
Margins: HF, 3 1/4, HF. Odds: 0.50, 8.00, 4.40.
Also Ran: Wildwood’s Beauty, Sally’s Curlin, Unique Factor, Amy’s Challenge, Diamond Crazy. Scratched: Princess Causeway.
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Uncle Mo’s Enola Gay Comes Alive Late to Take Appalachian

Sat, 2020-07-11 15:16

Saturday, Keeneland
APPALACHIAN S. PRESENTED BY JAPAN RACING ASSOCIATION-GII, $150,000, Keeneland, 7-11, 3yo, f, 1mT, 1:33.97, fm.
1–ENOLA GAY, 118, f, 3, by Uncle Mo
1st Dam: Dakota Queen, by War Front
2nd Dam: Moon Queen (Ire), by Sadler’s Wells
3rd Dam: Infamy (Ire), by Shirley Heights (GB)
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($90,000  RNA Ylg ’18 KEESEP). O-Allen Stable Inc; B-Mr Joseph Allen LLC
(KY); T-Claude R McGaughey III; J-Julien R Leparoux. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $174,000. Werk Nick Rating: F. Click
for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Walk In Marrakesh (Ire), 118, f, 3, Siyouni (Fr)–Walk In Beauty (Ire), by Shamardal. O-Merriebelle Stable LLC;
B-Merriebelle Irish Farm Ltd (IRE); T-Ignacio Correas IV. $30,000.
3–Alms, 118, f, 3, City Zip–Charity Belle, by Empire Maker. O-Godolphin, LLC; B-Godolphin (KY); T-Michael Stidham. $15,000.
Margins: NO, HD, 1 1/4. Odds: 5.30, 4.50, 0.50.
Also Ran: Evil Lyn, Passion Factor, Mariafoot (Fr).
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Enola Gay, employing her usual come-from-behind style, got up in the final jump to collect her first black-type and graded- stakes win in Saturday’s GII Appalachian S. A first-out winner going 6 1/2 furlongs at Kentucky Downs last September, the bay concluded the season with a fourth–beaten four lengths–in the Stewart Manor S. over Aqueduct’s outer turf course Nov. 10. Given a 5-1 chance in this seasonal return, the Shug McGaughey trainee was a close-up third as Evil Lyn (Wicked Strong) and Alms (City Zip) established a :23.25 quarter. Joined by Walk In Marrakesh to her outside through a half in :46.28, the Allen hombred was soon left behind as Walk In Marrakesh rushed up to join the two leaders as they hit the quarter pole. At the head of the stretch, Evil Lyn, Alms and Walk In Marrakesh were three abreast with Enola Gay tucked in about a length behind them, and while it looked like one of the top three would win the day, Enola Gay found her best stride late and closed down the center of the course to best Walk In Marrakesh by a nose on the wire. Alms rounded out the trifecta.

Pedigree Notes:
Campaigned by Joseph Allen, Enola Gay is out of Allen hombred Dakota Queen (War Front), herself a daughter of Group 2\Grade III-winner Moon Queen (Sadler’s Wells). A half-sister to multiple graded stakes winning turf mare Innuendo (Ire) (Caerleon), Moon Queen–a daughter of 1988 Woodbine’s GI Rothmans International heroine Infamy (Ire)–is also responsible for Grade III-scorer Beauty Parlor (Elusive Quality).
Dakota Queen produced a juvenile full-sister to the winner, now named Flying Fortress, and a yearling sister by Union Rags. The 8-year-old mare was bred back to Into Mischief.
Enola Gay is the first graded stakes winner, and the fifth stakes winner, for War Front as a broodmare sire.


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Monomoy Girl Delivers in Ruffian

Sat, 2020-07-11 15:06

Champion Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) was bet like she could not lose at 1-9 in Belmont’s GII Ruffian S. and duly delivered with a facile success in this five-horse affair. Glued to pacesetting Mother Mother’s (Pioneerof the Nile) outside hip through a :22.84 opening quarter, the chestnut stuck to her like glue through a :45.55 half-mile. Drawing even on the backstretch, Monomoy Girl stuck her head in front on the far turn and rolled clear in the lane. Vexatious (Giant’s Causeway) was the only one trying to run with the Eclipse winner in the lane, but proved no match, finishing two lengths short in second. It was 8 3/4 more lengths back to Piedi Bianchi (Overanalyze) in third.

“She’s a very special filly,” said Brad Cox’s assistant Dustin Dugas. “She showed up and ran well. She did everything we asked of her.”
“The only way she gets beat is when she’s by herself and she puts the breaks on me,” said winning pilot Florent Geroux. “I knew Mother Mother would show speed. She showed tactical speed when I rode her before and I know what she can do. I just let her [Mother Mother] go on and do the dirty work for me. At the three-eighths pole, Manny [Franco, aboard Mother Mother] was asking his filly pretty hard. I was waiting and I gave her a little tap to get her focused to the wire. This was a nice race for her to come back into stakes competition and now we can tackle some bigger races and a tougher field, too.”

Monomoy Girl won six of her seven starts during her sophomore season in 2018 to clinch the Eclipse Award with five Grade Is topped by the GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Given a brief freshening after her championship campaign, the chestnut returned to the Brad Cox barn in the winter of 2019, but was soon sidelined by a case of colic. After rehabbing at WinStar, she rejoined Cox last July, but was sent to the bench yet again with a hamstring injury, which kept her off the track for the rest of her 4-year-old year. Back with Cox once again at the start of 2020, Monomoy Girl made a triumphant return in a sloppy one-mile optional claimer at Churchill Downs May 16.

Pedigree Notes:

The winner’s dam Drumette–a half-sister to GSW Drum Major (Dynaformer)–summoned $1.85 million from Bridlewood at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton November Sale while carrying a foal by Mastery. The resulting foal was a fill and she had a colt by Tapit May 25 of this year. Monomoy Girl’s 3-year-old half-brother Mr. Monomoy (Palace Malice) won one of the divisions of this year’s GII Risen Star S. at Fair Grounds, but was knocked off the GI Kentucky Derby trail with a minor injury. Her 2-year-old half-brother Superman Shaq (Shackleford) sold to Justin Casse at last month’s OBS Spring Sale for $550,000.

Saturday, Belmont Park
RUFFIAN S.-GII, $145,500, Belmont, 7-11, 4yo/up, f/m, 1m, 1:34.13, gd.
1–MONOMOY GIRL, 120, m, 5, by Tapizar
1st Dam: Drumette, by Henny Hughes
2nd Dam: Endless Parade, by Williamstown
3rd Dam: Mnemosyne, by Saratoga Six
($100,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-M Dubb, Monomoy Stables LLC, The Elkstone Group LLC (Stuart Grant) & Bethlehem Stables LLC; B-FPF LLC & Highfield Ranch (KY); T-Brad H Cox; J-Florent Geroux. $82,500. Lifetime Record: Ch. 3yo Filly, MGISW, 13-11-2-0, $3,086,118. *1/2 to Mr. Monomoy (Palace Malice), GSW, $327,162. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Vexatious, 120, m, 6, Giant’s Causeway–Dream of Summer, by Siberian Summer. ($150,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Calumet Farm; B-James C Weigel & Giant’s Causeway Syndicate LLC. (KY); T-Jack Sisterson. $30,000.
3–Piedi Bianchi, 120, m, 5, Overanalyze–Adore You, by Tactical Cat. ($60,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $80,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $80,000 2yo ’17 OBSMAR). O-Jay Oringer, Jack Bick & Madaket Stables LLC; B-Deann & Greg Baer DVM (IN); T-Carlos F Martin. $18,000.
Margins: 2, 8 3/4, 1 1/4. Odds: 0.15, 14.80, 33.50.
Also Ran: Mother Mother, Always Shopping.
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PA Breeders Distribute Grants

Sat, 2020-07-11 14:28

The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders distributed $41,625 in breeder grants ranging from $375 to $1500 this week to help needy members with feed and veterinary bills, according to their executive secretary, Brian Sanfratello.

“Prominent breeders like Chuck Zacney and Glenn Bennett stepped up to the plate with generous donations to the cause,” said Sanfratello in an email release. “Chuck and Glenn remarked that they have been very blessed and wanted to share that with those in need. Their donations, along with matching funds from the PHBA, made the grant program possible.”

Those still in need who have not applied for funds may do so if they meet the qualifications below.

  • Current 2020 PHBA Member
  • Breeder must have bred and currently own a domiciled registered PA-Bred 3 years of age or older and submit proof of such
  • PA-Bred or Non-PA-Bred Mares may qualify as long as they have foaled in PA in 2019 or 2020 and meet other listed criteria
  • Grant available will be $375 per horse up to a maximum of four horses. Max $1500
  • Horse Breeding is your primary business or you’ve just lost your primary source of income due to Covid-19
  • Submit a letter with qualifying documentation, explain your financial need and submit with any other information you feel is necessary

Interested parties should mail their request to PHBA | 701 E. Baltimore Pike Suite E, Longwood Corporate Center, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

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Gold Fever Winner Added to Fasig-Tipton Horses of Racing Age Sale

Sat, 2020-07-11 14:21

Sophomore Liam’s Pride (Liam’s Map), the winner of Friday’s Gold Fever S. at Belmont Park, has been supplemented to Monday’s Fasig-Tipton July Horses of Racing Age Sale. He has been catalogued as hip 182 as part of the ELiTE draft. The colt is a half-brother to GISW Morning Line (Tiznow) and a grandson of MGISW November Snow (Storm Cat) from the strong female family of last year’s G1 Epsom Derby winner and GI Breeders’ Cup Turf runner-up Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).

Click to view the enhanced online catalogue for the sale, featuring pedigrees, race replays, statistical links, Ragozin “sheet” numbers, and real-time DRF and Thoromanager past performances. Monday’s auction begins in Lexington on Monday, July 13 at 4:00 p.m. It will be a live auction with horses, buyers and sellers in attendance under health and safety protocols. Online bidding will be available, and The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will offer an additional $2,000 to their Ship & Win program for any horse purchased at the sale who makes a start at the 2020 Del Mar Summer meet.

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Candy Ride Homebred Runs Away to Rising Stardom at Keeneland

Sat, 2020-07-11 14:05

Therideofalifetime (Candy Ride {Arg}) built on a promising debut with a sharp wire-to-wire score early on the blockbuster Saturday card at Keeneland to become the latest ‘TDN Rising Star’. Rallying to be runner-up behind the sharp Jackie’s Warrior (Maclean’s Music) when unveiled June 19 at Churchill, the chestnut was backed down to 3-2 favoritism here and easily outbroke the field. Showing the way in the clear through splits of :22.45 and :46.02, Therideofalifetime faced a brief challenge to his outside from second choice Swill (Munnings) in early stretch, but made short work of that rival and burst clear past the eighth pole en route to an 8 1/4-length romp in quick time, getting his last quarter-mile in :23.79. Swill held for second. The winner is the first foal out of a dam who sold to Joe Minor of JSM Equine for $275,000 at Keeneland January last year. She was a stakes winner as a juvenile and graded stakes placed at three.

2nd-Keeneland, $69,942, Msw, 7-11, 2yo, 6f, 1:09.81, ft.
1st Dam: Cosmic Evolution (SW & GSP, $164,810), by Proud Citizen
2nd Dam: Laheen, by Ghostzapper
3rd Dam: Assess, by Seattle Slew
Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $57,800. Click for the chart, VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton or free catalogue-style pedigree. O/B-Stephen Lawrence Fidel (KY); T-Ignacio Correas, IV.

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Espinoza Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Sat, 2020-07-11 09:27

Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza has tested positive for coronavirus and will be out of action for an undetermined period of time, Daily Racing Form reported late Friday. He is the third rider who competed at Los Alamitos Saturday, July 4, who has tested positive. Jockey Martin Garcia was en route to ride the Indiana Derby program at Indiana Grand Wednesday when he was informed of his positive, while Luis Saez, who was aboard Uncle Chuck in the GIII Los Alamitos Derby, rode two races at Keeneland Friday before his agent Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed the result. In contrast to Garcia and Saez, Espinoza had not traveled anywhere by plane.

DRF reported that Espinoza was tested Thursday with the expectation that the results would be in hand by the 2 p.m. opener of the Del Mar meeting Friday afternoon. Espinoza took off his mounts when the results had not yet been returned. Espinoza’s agent Brian Beach told DRF that Espinoza was able to secure a test Friday from the nearby Scripps hospital, where he rehabbed from serious injuries in 2018. The test was quickly processed and the results came back later in the afternoon, confirming the positive.

Espinoza is a three-time Kentucky Derby winner and piloted American Pharoah to the Triple Crown in 2015.

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OBS Saturday Breeze Show Postponed

Sat, 2020-07-11 09:05

Due to a lightning storm that caused damage to some electronic equipment, Saturday’s scheduled under-tack preview for next week’s OBS July Sale of 2-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age has been postponed. Hip numbers 901-1114 will now breeze Sunday morning at 7:30.

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Ellis Park Increases Track, Racing Protocols

Fri, 2020-07-10 18:21

Ellis Park Racing & Gaming has increased track and racing protocols in compliance with Governor Andy Beshear’s order requiring facial coverings to be worn at all times in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Ellis Park has been requiring masks for all patrons since July 6–three days earlier than the official government mandate. All employees and backside personnel have been required to wear masks since the June 8 reopening of the racing and gaming operation.

“Governor Beshear’s actions will make it easier for us to keep our guests, our team, and the entire community safer,” general manager Jeffrey Inman said. “It is important to remember that confirmed cases are spiking elsewhere in the United States, so we applaud Governor Beshear’s decision to further protect our residents and we are making considerable efforts to provide a safer environment for our guests.”

Backside, trackside and racing protocols have also been increased. All backside entrants, including jockeys, who do not transfer to Ellis Park directly from another Kentucky track will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours before being admitted to Ellis Park.

“With the uptick in active cases, and the highly mobile nature of the jockey community, we felt it was better to require a negative test before allowing them on the premises,” Inman said. “In addition, we now have access to tests with same-day results.”

The 98th season at Ellis Park, the Runhappy Summer Meeting, runs July 17 through Aug. 30.

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War of Will Back to Winning Ways in Maker’s Mark

Fri, 2020-07-10 17:27

Looking for his first trip to the winner’s circle since annexing the GI Preakness S. some 14 months ago, Gary Barber’s War of Will (War Front) did it toughest, but called on all his class and determination to scratch out a short-head success in the GI Maker’s Mark Mile as the Keeneland summer meeting reached its mid-point Friday.

Drawn widest in the field of 10, the handsome blaze-faced bay raced three off the fence leaving the stretch for the first time and punched the breeze from up close as High Crime (Violence) set sensible fractions of :23.19 and :46.91 in advance of fellow longshot Parlor (Lonhro {Aus}). High Crime carried a tenuous advantage into the final two furlongs, but Parlor raced under a long Florent Geroux hold as they reached the entrance to the straight and struck to the front an eighth of a mile from the line. Parlor led grimly into the final 50 yards and was looking for the line, but War of Will was kept to his task by Preakness-winning rider Tyler Gaffalione and got home half a head to the good. Favored Raging Bull (Fr) (Dark Angel {Ire}) sat a midfield trip and hit the line with good energy to be third, just in advance of his fast-finishing stablemate Without Parole (GB) (Frankel {GB}).

War of Will failed to regain the form that saw him score at Old Hilltop in four subsequent appearances last season, his best effort coming when a close third to upstart Math Wizard (Algorithms) in the GI Pennsylvania Derby in September. Ninth after setting the pace in the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic, he resumed in the GI Shoemaker Mile S. at Santa Anita May 25, crossing the line fifth before being demoted to sixth behind Raging Bull.

“Coming into this race, if you’d asked me two weeks ago, I was a little bit nervous,” admitted David Carroll, assistant to trainer Mark Casse. “I didn’t think he was training quite as sharp as he could. But his last work was like, ‘OK he’s back.’ I felt a lot more confident. We’re happy to see him back on turf; he’s bred for it. Felt like today with the pace scenario he’d be laying close, and what a ride for Tyler. It was an unbelievable race.”

Pedigree Notes:

War of Will is the fourth of his tremendously successful sire’s offspring to win the Maker’s Mark Mile in the last nine years (Data Link–2012; Gary Barber’s Jack Milton–2015; American Patriot–2017) and was led out unsold at Keeneland September in 2017 before changing hands post-RNA. He fetched €250,000 from Justin Casse at the Arqana May Breeze-Up Sale the following spring.

War of Will is one of 21 top-level scorers for War Front, of which fully six are out of mares by Sadler’s Wells (3) or his prodigious son Galileo (Ire) (3). The stakes-winning Visions of Clarity is a half-sister to Spinning World (Nureyev), who carried the Flaxman silks and Cash Asmussen to a two-length victory in the 1997 GI Breeders’ Cup Mile at Hollywood Park. Visions of Clarity is also a half-sister to Rangoon Ruby (Kingmambo), the dam of 2007 G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe third Sagara (Sadler’s Wells). War of Will’s third dam includes Eclipse Award-winning sprinter and GI Met Mile hero Aldebaran (Mr. Prospector); GISW Good Journey (Nureyev); and Sea of Showers (Seattle Slew), who won the 2003 Jenny Wiley S. when it was contested as a Grade III.

War of Will has an unraced 3-year-old half-brother named Visionit (Tapit) and a yearling half-brother by American Pharoah. Visions of Clarity was bred back to War Front during the most recent breeding season.

Friday, Keeneland
MAKER’S MARK MILE S.-GI, $300,000, Keeneland, 7-10, 4yo/up, 1mT, 1:34.55, fm.
1–WAR OF WILL, 118, c, 4, by War Front
1st Dam: Visions of Clarity (Ire) (SW-Fr), by Sadler’s Wells
2nd Dam: Imperfect Circle, by Riverman
3rd Dam: Aviance (Ire), by Northfields
($175,000 RNA Ylg ’17 KEESEP; €250,000 2yo ’18 ARQMAY). O-Gary Barber; B-Flaxman Holdings Limited (KY); T-Mark E Casse; J-Tyler Gaffalione. $180,000. Lifetime Record: 16-5-1-2, $1,796,069. *1/2 to Pathfork (Distorted Humor), Hwt. 2yo Colt & G1SW-Ire, $237,871; and to Tacticus (A.P. Indy), MSW, $197,571. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Parlor, 118, g, 6, Lonhro (Aus)–My McIntosh, by Pulpit. ($60,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Michael M Hui, Hooties Racing LLC & WSS Racing LLC; B-KatieRich Farms (KY); T-Michael J Maker. $60,000.
3–Raging Bull (Fr), 123, h, 5, Dark Angel (Ire)–Rosa Bonheur, by Mr. Greeley. (€90,000 Ylg ’16 GOFORB). O-Peter M Brant; B-Dayton Investments Limited (FR); T-Chad C Brown. $30,000.
Margins: NO, NK, HF. Odds: 5.90, 24.50, 1.20.
Also Ran: Without Parole (GB), Emmaus (Ire), English Bee, Hembree, High Crime, Everfast, Next Shares. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Four Graces Sets Track Record in Beaumont Romp

Fri, 2020-07-10 16:40

Hammered into heavy favoritism with a recency edge over the come-backing ‘TDN Rising Star’ Wicked Whisper (Liam’s Map), Whitham Thoroughbreds’s Four Graces proved the easy winner of Friday’s GIII Beaumont S., stopping the clock in a stakes and track-record clocking of 1:24.90 for the extended seven-furlong distance.

Ridden for speed by Julien Leparoux over a track that had been playing kindly to front-end types, the homebred half-sister to McCraken (Ghostzapper) set a pressured pace from last year’s GI Frizette S. winner Wicked Whisper, as they whistled through an opening half-mile in :44.37. Four Graces stiff-armed the challenge of Wicked Whisper, having won the battle, and managed to win the war as well, coming home well clear of Sconsin. Brereton C. Jones’s Turtle Trax completed the trifecta for stallions who stood/stand at Jones’s Airdrie Stud. The aforementioned McCraken also stands at Airdrie.

“She’s a fast filly,” Leparoux said. “The track is pretty quick today too. But she was doing it very nicely for me in a good rhythm. That’s the way she likes to run–free–and she makes that big kick at the end… I’m surprised we broke the track record, really. But she’s getting much better right now and she’s doing very good.”

Four Graces was registering her second straight graded win, having posted a 2 1/2-length victory in the GIII Dogwood S. at Churchill June 6. She was a debut winner at Gulfstream Mar. 1, but settled for fourth attempting a one-turn mile there Apr. 10. She bounced back with a Churchill optional claiming tally over a strong group that included Sconsin, subsequent GIII Iowa Oaks runner-up Aurelia Garland (Constitution), and two other next-out allowance winners.

Trainer Ian Wilkes, who saddled the first and third home, said the winner would likely be aimed for next month’s GI Longines Test S. at Saratoga.

Friday, Keeneland
BEAUMONT S. PRESENTED BY KEENELAND SELECT-GIII, $98,000, Keeneland, 7-10, 3yo, f, 7f, 1:24.90, ft.
1–FOUR GRACES, 118, f, 3, by Majesticperfection
1st Dam: Ivory Empress (GSP, $189,402), by Seeking the Gold
2nd Dam: Madame Pandit, by Wild Again
3rd Dam: Tuesday Evening, by Nodouble
O/B-Whitham Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY); T-Ian R. Wilkes;
J-Julien R. Leparoux. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 5-4-0-0,
$194,450. *1/2 to Bondurant (War Front), MGSP, $288,234;
McCraken (Ghostzapper), MGSW & GISP, $869,728. Werk Nick
   Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Sconsin, 118, f, 3, Include–Sconnie, by Tiznow.
O/B-Lloyd Madison Farms LLC (KY); T-Gregory D. Foley.
3–Turtle Trax, 118, f, 3, Cairo Prince–Great Family, by Harlan’s
Holiday. O/B-Brereton C. Jones (KY); T-Ian R. Wilkes. $10,000.
Margins: 4 3/4, 4 3/4, 6 1/4. Odds: 0.70, 4.50, 10.80.
Also Ran: Wicked Whisper, Slam Dunk. Scratched: Speech.
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Pedigree Notes:
Majesticperfection, now standing in Uruguay after beginning his career in Kentucky at Airdrie, will be represented Saturday at Keeneland by Bret Jones-bred MGSW Bell’s the One in the GI Madison S. Four Graces is one of five winners from as many foals to race and three graded performers out of Ivory Empress, who was second in the 2010 GIII Endine S. for these same connections. Ivory Empress is out of GSW and GISP Madame Pandit, making her a half to GISW Mea Domina (Dance Brightly). She has a 2-year-old colt named Milliken (Into Mischief) who has five published breezes at Churchill Downs and produced a full-sister to ‘Rising Star’ McCraken Mar. 31.



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Recent Stakes Winner The Black Album Among Latest F-T HRA Supplements

Fri, 2020-07-10 16:17

The Black Album (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}), winner of Wednesday’s Jonathan B. Schuster Memorial S. at Indiana Grand, is one of the five latest supplements added to Monday’s Fasig-Tipton July Horses of Racing Age Sale. The French Group 2 winner earned a 94 Beyer Speed Figure for his recent victory. He will be consigned to next week’s sale as hip 177 by Bluewater Sales, agent. The latest batch of supplements are catalogued as hips 177-181. Click to view the enhanced online catalogue for the sale, featuring pedigrees, race videos, statistical links, Ragozin “sheet” numbers, and real-time Daily Racing Form and Thoromanager past performances. Monday’s auction begins in Lexington on Monday, July 13 at 4:00 p.m. It will be a live auction with horses, buyers and sellers in attendance under healthy and safety protocols. Online bidding will be available, and The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will offer an additional $2,000 to their Ship & Win program for any horse purchased at the sale who makes a start at the 2020 Del Mar Summer meet. Visit \fs21field   HYPERLINK “” for more information.

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A Filly by G.W.’s Skippie Among Trio of Bullet Breezers at OBS Friday

Fri, 2020-07-10 15:47

A filly by the late Arkansas-based stallion G.W.’s Skippie was among three juveniles to breeze a furlong in a bullet :10 flat (Hip 803 video) at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s July Sale breeze show Friday morning.

Catalogued as Hip 803, the filly was bred in Arkansas by Jarett Wolfe, who stood her stakes-winning sire G.W.’s Skippie. The daughter of Jena’s Gold (Seeking the Gold) was consigned to the sale by Hartley and DeRenzo Thoroughbreds.

“My son got G.W.’s Skippie from Clear Oak Stallions back in Fulsom, Louisiana,” Wolfe said. “G.W.’s Skippie hurt his knee in his last race and that finished him up. He is the only stallion we have had and, unfortunately, he passed about a week ago. He was a very, very nice horse. He had a good mind and he put that into his babies too. They try hard.”

The other :10 flat workers were Hip 859, a filly by Anchor Down (video), and Hip 864, a colt by Cinco Charlie (video). From the first crop of Anchor Down, Hip 859 was bred by Wynnstay and GWR Consultants. A $40,000 KEENOV weanling, she was purchased by Captiva Bloodstock for $100,000 at Keeneland September. The daughter of Lin Marie (Curlin) was consigned by Julie Davies.

Bred by Linden Branch, Hip 864 is out of Lookin’ Foxy (E Dubai), a half-sister to GSW Humoristic (Sefapiano). New Beginnings purchased the colt for $75,000 at FTKJUL and he RNA’d at this venue’s March Sale for $112,000. He was consigned by McKathan Bros. Sales that day and returns to that consignment today.

The quickest quarter-mile breezer of the day was Hip 839, a daughter of MGISW Palace, who went in :21 flat. Blue River Bloodstock consigns the filly on behalf of breeder Beth Bayer.

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Trainer Akiko Gothard Passes Away

Fri, 2020-07-10 15:43

Akiko Gothard, who trained K One King (Apalachee) to an eighth-place effort in the 1999 GI Kentucky Derby and a victory in the 2000 GI Oaklawn H., passed away July 6 in Lexington, the Blood-Horse reported. She was 89 years old.

Born Akiko Ozeki, she was married to Don McVarish, an American soldier, in her native Japan, relocating to the United States in 1956. Gothard served as a liaison in helping Japanese buyers at Keeneland. She became a trainer in the 1990s, saddling 347 winners from 2,008 starters for earnings of $5.8 million, according to Equibase statistics. She took over the training of Secreto’s Hideaway (Secreto) from her then husband Marvin in late 1993 and promptly sent him out to annex that year’s Listed River City H. at Churchill Downs. Secreto’s Hideaway would go on to add a pair of stakes at Turfway the following season.

K One King was easily the best horse in Gothard’s career, as he won the Presidents S. by six lengths and the John Battaglia Memorial S. by nine lengths before finishing runner-up to Stephen Got Even in the colors of Madeleine and Allen Paulson in the GII S. Beaten just over four lengths by Charismatic in the Run for the Roses, he won his first two starts at four, including a brave defeat of 1999 G1 Dubai World Cup hero Almutawakel (GB) in the Oaklawn H. She retired from training following the 2015 season.

According to Blood-Horse, Gothard is survived by her daughter Kay Boudinot and her husband Jim, two grandchildren, three siblings and an extended family in Japan.

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Los Alamitos on 10-Day Probation with CHRB

Fri, 2020-07-10 15:30

In an emergency California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) teleconference Friday in the wake of a series of equine fatalities at Los Alamitos, the board voted to put the track on a 10-day probation, while live racing continues, to devise a plan to address various horse welfare issues raised during the meeting.

At the end of those 10 days, the board will reconvene to review the plan. At that point, if the proposed plan doesn’t pass muster, the board has the option of suspending the track’s racing license.

“I agree that there needs to be a serious review of policies and procedures at Los Alamitos,” said CHRB chairman Greg Ferraro. “Not necessarily as a fault of track’s management, but I think there is a culture there amongst the practicing veterinarians and trainers that are pushing the envelope when it comes to the safety of these horses.”

The sole dissenting vote to the motion came from CHRB board member Wendy Mitchell, who preferred an immediate suspension of Los Alamitos’s license while a review occurred.

At the start of the meeting, CHRB executive director Scott Chaney explained his decision to file a petition to hold the emergency meeting, arguing that there has been an increase in equine fatalities during the first six months of this year when compared to the same period the year prior, along with a recent spike.

Since the start of January this year, there have been 14 racing-related fatalities and five training fatalities, Chaney said. “In that same period last year, there were four training fatalities as opposed to five racing fatalities,” he said, pointing out that the numbers constitute a near three-fold increase in racing deaths. There have also been nine fatalities at the track since May 26 alone.

Attorney Drew Couto, representing Los Alamitos, urged the board to step back and take a look at the broader picture, pointing out that that the race-day fatality rate at Los Alamitos decreased the most recent fiscal year when compared to the year prior. “That reflected a decrease that has been occurring at Los Alamitos since 2008,” said Couto.

Couto noted that some of the fatalities at Los Alamitos this year have been unrelated to racing and training, with 10 due to “gastrointestinal” problems. He also said that the recent cluster in equine fatalities at Los Alamitos have mirrored equine fatality clusters that have occurred at Santa Anita this year.

“Clusters occur, and they are perceived by Los Alamitos as exceedingly unfortunate and of great concern,” he said. “Every time they occur, they are examined by track management, and particularly the track crew to determine if there are any issues related to the track.”

According to CHRB equine medical director, Rick Arthur, various officials–including respected track manager, Dennis Moore–have voiced no concerns with the track surface. “To be clear, I do not believe that Los Alamitos is an unsafe track,” he said

Arthur also said that he disagreed with Chaney’s decision to file the petition for the emergency meeting, arguing that while the recent cluster of fatalities is concerning, there are broader issues that factor into any equine fatality.

“What I do see from the preliminary necropsy findings, and what I have reviewed on these cases so far are the same problems we see everywhere in racing: questionable training and horse management and questionable veterinary practices,” he said.

Arthur stressed the need for a systematic continuing education program in California, and urged the board to pass additional regulations concerning intra-articular corticosteroid injections.

“I would like to see restrictions on multiple intra-articular injections, and particularly multiple intra-articular injections of cortisone, which we see more commonly at Los Alamitos than other tracks,” he said.

Veterinarian Becky Fitzgerald, who conducts all pre-race examinations at Los Alamitos, explained that the program she conducts is comparable to the one at Santa Anita. “We’re crossing our T’s there and doing the best we can as far as that’s concerned,” she said.

Ferraro asked if additional examining veterinarians would make the system more efficient.

Fitzgerald responded that being Los Alamitos’s sole veterinarian works to her advantage, giving her a thorough history and understand of each horse at the track. “I know these horses like the back of my hand,” she said, emphasizing how many Los Alamitos-based trainers voice frustration with her strict ethos when it comes to pre-race exams. “I scratch plenty of horses at the end of the day.”

The Long Beach-located racetrack is primarily associated with Quarter Horse racing, though many Thoroughbred trainers operate a barn at the facility. During the COVID-19-related suspension of racing at other California racetracks, Los Alamitos was given the green-light to remain operational and posted additional Thoroughbred races during its regular evening Quarter Horse cards.

A brief daytime Thoroughbred meet recently concluded without an equine fatality

The emergency meeting–the petition for which Chaney filed early Thursday morning–is the first time the CHRB has exercised its authority afforded through SB 469, a state bill passed last year giving the board the ability to provide just a day’s public notice for a meeting to discuss the possible suspension of a racing license. Prior to that, the CHRB had to provide 10 days public notice.

The bill was passed in the aftermath of the Santa Anita welfare crisis that erupted during the first half of last year. At the height of the crisis, the board was under intense public pressure to immediately suspend live racing at the track–a move the board was unable to make, if it wanted, due to the former regulatory constraints.

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Saez Tests Positive for COVID-19; Taken Off Keeneland Mounts

Fri, 2020-07-10 14:50

After riding the second race at Keeneland today, where he finished second aboard Fortuna (Medaglia d’Oro), jockey Luis Saez received a positive result back from a COVID-19 test he took on Thursday at Keeneland, and was removed from the remainder of his mounts. The news was confirmed by Keeneland’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Vince Gabbert.

Since July 4, Saez has ridden at four different tracks–Keeneland, Belmont, Indiana Grand, and Los Alamitos.

“Based on the protocols we set up, we had him and several others isolated based on the areas in which they have been riding,” said Gabbert, who explained that Keeneland is currently operating with four jockeys rooms to keep people together who had already been together and to maximize social distancing. “The procedure when someone tests positive is they vacate the premises, and take all of their tack. We had regular cleaning already in place, and there will be some additional cleaning in areas where he might have been. He is off his mounts for the rest of the day, and he’ll go into isolation and have to do his followup.”

Gabbert said that Keeneland’s four jockeys rooms limits the contact jockeys have with others coming from other parts of the country. “Tomorrow, for example, Mike Smith and Flavien Prat are coming in to ride from California, and are only riding the one day, and they will be separated together. The same goes for jockeys who had been riding in New York and Indiana.”

While Gabbert declined to say what jockeys Saez might have interacted with, he said that everyone with whom the jockey had been in contact had been notified. “We’ve gone through all of the contact tracing measures, and luckily for the jockeys, their contact is very minimal. We have had testing set up here each morning, so people who are shipping in, trainers, jockeys, have the availability to get testing here at Keeneland. The result usually comes back same day.”

Since Keeneland opened on Wednesday for a five-day summer meeting, Saez has ridden three horses at Keeneland; Fortuna on Friday and Habitus (Kitten’s Joy) on Thursday for trainer Graham Motion; and Exult (Noble Mission {GB}) on Thursday for Rodolphe Brisset.

Saez rode at Belmont Park July 3; then Los Alamitos Racecourse July 4, taking the GII Los Alamitos Derby aboard Uncle Chuck (Uncle Mo); was back in New York for Belmont’s July 5 card; then rode eight races on the GIII Indiana Derby card at Indiana Grand July 8, notching two stakes victories.

The photo of Saez in the winner’s circle after Copper Nickel (Stroll)’s score in Hoosier Breeders Sophomore S. on Wednesday night shows a maskless Saez with 11 others in close proximity in the picture. No one in the photo is wearing a mask.

Graham Motion, who trained two of Saez’s mounts at Keeneland this week, said that he had remained at his home base of Fair Hill in Maryland, and had not traveled to Keeneland so had not been in contact with Saez. “The contact my staff had with him was minimal, other than touching his tack,” he said.

Still, Motion raised an alarm about complacency and differing protocols in different parts of the country. “I think in general, it’s a sign that we need to run a tighter ship,” he said. “Perhaps everybody has got to stop moving around as much for their own well being. We’re putting a lot of pressure on everyone, including the jockeys.”

“There are a lot of complications here,” he said. “But look, we suffer again because we don’t have a governing body. Of course everybody is trying to do the right thing, but every track has different protocols.”

Gabbert said Keeneland had set up and followed its protocols, and will continue to make improvements on them for the September sale. “We’ve had our protocols in place, and we’ve followed them,” said Gabbert. “Procedurally, I’ve been pleased. There are a few little tweaks we can make on our set up, but our staff has done a good job putting things in place.”

Saez is the regular rider of Maximum Security (New Year’s Day), and was supposed to ride the champion in his first start for Bob Baffert in the GII San Diego H. at Del Mar next Saturday.

Several tracks have put restrictions in place limiting the movement of jockeys riding at their facilities. Patrick McKenna, a spokesman for NYRA, sent the following statement to the TDN.

“NYRA discourages jockeys from riding in other jurisdictions due to the troubling inconsistency of COVID-19 safety protocols in many states around the country. Any jockey traveling out of New York State to ride will be required to provide NYRA with a negative COVID-19 test in order to gain access to NYRA property and resume any and all activities related to morning training or afternoon racing. The COVID-19 test must be administered in New York at the conclusion of the period of travel. This policy has been in place since the resumption of live racing at Belmont Park on June 3.

“NYRA will follow current C.D.C. and New York State Health Department guidance when determining the return of a jockey who has tested positive for COVID-19. This process is often lengthy and generally includes a period of quarantine of varying length depending on the individual case followed by a series of diagnostic tests that rule out any ongoing infection. NYRA will consider allowing a jockey to resume racing or training activities on NYRA property only when his/her physician has provided clearance to do so.”

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