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Bolt d’Oro Colt Battles Back to Take WAYI Pilgrim

Sun, 2022-10-02 17:35

MAJOR DUDE (c, 2, Bolt d'Oro–Mary Rita, by Distorted Humor) gave his freshman sire a second graded winner on the grass and trainer Todd Pletcher a record fifth GII Pilgrim S. trophy Sunday as he stamped his ticket to the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf next month. A debut winner at Monmouth June 18, the $550,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling could only manage sixth in the Spa's GIII Sanford S. July 16 and third behind romping stablemate Lost Ark (Violence) when stretched to a mile for Monmouth's Aug. 27 Sapling S. He had posted a couple of breezes over the Belmont turf in preparation for this first foray on the lawn, but was dismissed at 9-1 while looking to help Pletcher defend his Pilgrim title (Annapolis {War Front} won it last year). Away well, Major Dude was reined by hot-handed Irad Ortiz, Jr. into the first turn to sit in a joint third behind a pace that seemed hot enough over the soft going (:24.10, :49.73, 1:15.84). He mounted an outside move to take over at the head of the lane, but was immediately tackled by odds-on Chad Brown pupil I'm Very Busy (Cloud Computing). That one seemed to have all the momentum, but Major Dude had the heart and edged away late to prevail by a length in 1:46.60. New York-bred longshot Lachaise (Oscar Performance) was rolling late but ran out of ground and settled for third.

Sunday, Belmont The Big A
PILGRIM S.-GII, $200,000, Belmont The Big A, 10-2, 2yo, 1 1/16mT, 1:46.60, yl.
1–MAJOR DUDE, 120, c, 2, by Bolt d'Oro
                1st Dam: Mary Rita (SP), by Distorted Humor
                2nd Dam: Possibility, by A.P. Indy
                3rd Dam: Personal Ensign, by Private Account
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($550,000
Ylg '21 FTSAUG). O-Spendthrift Farm LLC; B-Clearsky Farms
(KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr. $110,000. Lifetime
Record: 4-2-0-1, $165,250. Werk Nick Rating: A+++.
*Triple Plus* Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–I'm Very Busy, 120, c, 2, Cloud Computing–Two Kisses, by
Kissin Kris. 'TDN Rising Star'. 1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED
BLACK TYPE. ($50,000 Ylg '21 EASOCT; $135,000 2yo '22
OBSMAR). O-Team Hanley, Richard Schermerhorn & Paul
Braverman; B-Glenn E. Brok LLC (PA); T-Chad C. Brown.
$40,000.
3–Lachaise, 120, r, 2, Oscar Performance–Elusive Rumour, by
Elusive Quality. 1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE.
($180,000 RNA Ylg '21 SARAUG). O/B-Lawrence Goichman
(NY); T-Jorge R. Abreu. $24,000.
Margins: 1, 1HF, 2 3/4. Odds: 10.20, 0.75, 14.00.
Also Ran: Noble Huntsman, Ramblin' Wreck, Dataman, Battle of Normandy, Movisitor, Bramble Blaze, Fly Right, Torigo. Scratched: Vacation Dance.
Click for the Equibase.com chart and the TJCIS.com PPs.

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Practical Joke Filly Prevails in Frizette

Sun, 2022-10-02 16:56

Repole Stable's CHOCOLATE GELATO (f, 2, Practical Joke–Special Treat, by Candy Ride {Arg}) put in a strong turn run and wore down game pacesetter You're My Girl (Overanalyze) to prevail in Sunday's GI Frizette S. at Belmont at the Big A. The 8-5 favorite settled for third at 55-100 in her Saratoga opening day unveiling July 14, but returned a month later to atone and romp by 8 1/2 lengths, good for a 92 Beyer Speed Figure. She stopped the clock in 1:38.57 in the slop Sunday. Sales history: $165,000 ylg '21 FTKJUL; $475,000 2yo '22 FTFMAR. O-Repole Stable; B-Vincent Colbert (KY). T-Todd A. Pletcher.

 

Sunday, Belmont at The Big A
FRIZETTE S.-GI, $400,000, Belmont The Big A, 10-2, 2yo, f, 1m, 1:38.57, sy.
1–CHOCOLATE GELATO, 120, f, 2, by Practical Joke
                1st Dam: Special Treat, by Candy Ride (Arg)
                2nd Dam: Snooze, by Forestry
                3rd Dam: Daydreaming, by A.P. Indy
   1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN, 1ST GRADE I
   WIN. ($165,000 Ylg '21 FTKJUL; $475,000 2yo '22 FTFMAR).
O-Repole Stable; B-Vincent Colbert (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher;
J-Irad Ortiz, Jr.. $220,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-1, $290,350.
Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
   Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for eNicks & 5-cross pedigree.
2–You're My Girl, 120, f, 2, by Overanalyze
                1st Dam: Peace Queen, by Indian Charlie
                2nd Dam: Issaqueena, by Mr. Prospector
                3rd Dam: Ziggy's Act, by Danzig
   1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE, 1ST G1 BLACK
   TYPE. ($130,000 2yo '22 OBSOPN). O-Gatsas Stables, R. A. Hill
Stable and Hidden Brook Farm; B-James G Doyle (NY); T-John
Terranova, II. $80,000.
3–Leave No Trace, 120, f, 2, by Outwork
                1st Dam: Tanquerray, by Good Journey
                2nd Dam: Kitty Galore, by Mountain Cat
                3rd Dam: Patriot Star, by Torsion
($8,000 Ylg '21 FTKFEB; $40,000 Ylg '21 EASOCT). O-WellSpring
Stables; B-Red Cloak Farm, LLC (KY); T-Philip M. Serpe.
$48,000.
Margins: 1, 2 3/4, 3HF. Odds: 1.65, 3.90, 7.90.
Also Ran: American Rockette, Vedareo, The Great Maybe. Scratched: Raging Sea. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs

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Spendthrift Erects Malibu Moon Statue; B. Wayne Hughes Visitors Center to Open Nov. 1

Sun, 2022-10-02 16:15

Spendthrift Farm has erected its new Malibu Moon memorial statue that will serve as the centerpiece at the front of the B. Wayne Hughes Visitors Center, which is set to officially open Nov. 1 during Breeders' Cup week.

“The B. Wayne Hughes Visitors Center has really come together, and the addition of the Malibu Moon statue in front is a special highlight that we are all very proud to see go up,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift General Manager. “We look forward to unveiling the visitors center Breeders' Cup week as part of the celebration surrounding our industry's championship event.”

At nearly 1,700 pounds, the bronze sculpture of Malibu Moon is scaled at 110% life size and portrays him as the mature breeding stallion he was during his time at the farm. He faces his old paddock in the foreground and old stall at the stallion complex in the background.

“Malibu Moon put the Hughes/Gustavson version of Spendthrift Farm on the map,” said Spendthrift owner Eric Gustavson. “He was a consistent leading sire at the time Wayne purchased the farm, and for years following. You could say, as Wayne often did, 'Malibu Moon made Spendthrift Farm'”.

The Malibu Moon statue was sculpted by artist Douwe Blumberg at the foundry in Norman, OK. Blumberg and his team began the year-long project in September of 2021.

A foundation stallion for Spendthrift, Malibu Moon was a perennial leading sire in North America for the better part of this century, siring 17 Grade I winners to date including 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb and champion 2-year-old colt Declan's Moon among several other top-class millionaires on the racetrack.

The B. Wayne Hughes Visitors Center will serve as Spendthrift's new home for tourism. The 7,000 square-foot, two-story building is located in the heart of the historic farm, interconnecting Spendthrift's stallion complex to the main office. The facility contains a trophy room, a gift shop, outdoor & indoor entertainment space and office space, and it features the farm's collection of prized trophies, artifacts, and other memorabilia on display.

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Yearling Market Returns to Maryland for Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Sale

Sun, 2022-10-02 14:46

TIMONIUM, MD – The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale opens Monday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium with a session of 200 catalogued hips beginning at 1 p.m., and concludes with a further 326 catalogued yearlings for a session beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Despite persistent rain throughout the weekend, shoppers were making the rounds at the sales barns Sunday and consignors are hoping the looks continue to build up to Monday's later start time.

“We are cautiously optimistic,” said Vinery Sales' Derek MacKenzie. “It seems like the traffic has picked up today. It was really slow yesterday, but they are coming now. And they will have more time tomorrow. We will see some trainers who won't come today who I am sure will be here in the morning.”

Consignor Bill Reightler found a silver lining in the dreary weather.

“We've been busy with all-shows,” Reightler said. “But I think horsemen are opportunists. I can remember some years ago here we had a sale in December where we had four or five inches of snow and I think we had the best sale we ever had because people thought nobody was going to show up and they could buy something.”

Coming on the heels of a record-breaking Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Reightler expects demand to continue to be high in Maryland this week.

“I think it's going to be fine,” he said. “It's going to be the same old story. It's going to be polarized. I think some of the buyers couldn't buy horses at Keeneland and that brings more people to the next sale.”

A total of 381 yearlings sold during last year's auction for a gross of $11,269,400. The average was $29,578 and the median was $20,000. A colt by Mendelssohn brought the sale's top price of $235,000 from Scanlon Training and Sales before re-selling for $1.3 million at this year's OBS April sale. David Scanlon was among the pinhookers looking at horses through the raindrops at the sales barns Sunday.

Last year's auction also produced GI Spinaway S. winner Leave No Trace (Outwork), who sold for $40,000 from the Vinery consignment. Results like that should have shoppers eager to return to the Maryland auction, according to MacKenzie.

“This sale was really good last year and I suspect it should be again,” he said. “A lot of people didn't get what they wanted at Keeneland and there are a lot of nice horses here.”

 

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Pricey Good Samaritan Filly Comes Out Running

Sun, 2022-10-02 14:01

1st-Belmont at The Big A, $95,000, Msw, 10-2, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f, 1:17.28, sy, 4 3/4 lengths.
GOOD SAM (f, 2, Good Samaritan–Twizzler, by Twirling Candy) was by far the priciest of 63 first-crop yearlings by her freshman sire (by Harlan's Holiday) when fetching $310,000 at KEESEP after also being his most expensive weanling/short yearling at $110,000 at KEEJAN. Off at 4-1 breaking from the rail over a sloppy track Sunday, she justified those price tags while becoming winner number nine for Good Samaritan. Quickest from the blocks, the bay doled out splits of :23.66 and :48.39 before hitting another gear in upper stretch and widening away by 4 3/4 lengths. Fellow firster Seduction (Bernardini) completed the exacta. The winner's dam was second on debut in a turf sprint maiden special weight at Ellis and is a daughter of MGISW Twist Afleet (Afleet). She was purchased for just $4,000 at KEENOV '17 in foal to Noble Mission (GB), and was bred back to Good Samaritan in each of her next three matings after producing Good Sam, but did not have a foal in either 2021 or 2022. Sales history: $110,000 Ylg '21 KEEJAN; $310,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $52,250. Click for the Equibase.com chart.
O-Peter M. Brant; B-Maccabee Farm (KY); T-Chad C. Brown.

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Another Easy Win For Tyler’s Tribe; BC on the Horizon

Sun, 2022-10-02 10:00

It was little more than another high gallop for Tyler's Tribe (Sharp Azteca) at Prairie Meadows Saturday evening, as the 'Hammering Hawkeye' took his record to five towering wins from as many appearances against five overmatched foes in the Iowa Cradle S.

The dark bay hit the ground running from his outside berth and had a bit of early pace pressure, but cleared away from that rival, and with Kylee Jordan a mere passenger into the lane, ran out an easy winner. Tyler's Tribe was then asked to gallop out around the turn and into the backstretch, as he is expected to press on to an appearance at the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland.

Tyler's Tribe has now won his five starts by nearly 60 lengths combined, including an 8 1/2-length romp in the Prairie Gold Juvenile S. in July and a 15 1/2-length tour-de-force when last seen in the Prairie Meadows Freshman S. Aug. 27.

One of 22 winners and one of two stakes winners for his white-hot Three Chimneys-based freshman sire (by Freud), Tyler's Tribe has an Iowa-bred yearling half-brother by Good Samaritan that fetched $15,000 at this year's Keeneland January Sale and his dam was sent to Enticed this past breeding season.

IOWA CRADLE S., $100,000, Prairie Meadows, 10-1, (S), 2yo, c/g, 6f, 1:09.74, ft.
1–TYLER'S TRIBE, 122, g, 2, by Sharp Azteca
1st Dam: Impazible Woman, by Mission Impazible
2nd Dam: Handlewoman, by Elusive Quality
3rd Dam: Bamboo Queen, by Devil His Due
($34,000 Ylg '21 IOWOCT). O-Timothy E Martin & Thomas D
Lepic; B-Clifton Farm & Derek Merkler (IA); T-Timothy E
Martin; J-Kylee R Jordan. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 5-5-0-0,
$306,294.
2–Big Luke, 122, g, 2, Tapiture–Warmhearted Sandy, by Say
Florida Sandy. 1ST BLACK-TYPE. O/B-Big Pine LLC (IA); T-Kelly R
Von Hemel. $20,000.
3–Palace Guard, 122, g, 2, Palace Malice–Addy Annie, by Posse.
($12,000 Ylg '21 IOWOCT). 1ST BLACK-TYPE. O-Kent Bamford
& Randy Patterson; B-MAMAS Thoroughbreds LLC (IA);
T-Tyrone Gleason. $10,000.
Margins: 6HF, NO, 3 1/4. Odds: 0.05, 22.90, 36.40.
Also Ran: Acceleritas, C R Insta Gator, I Love Rocknstroll.
Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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Cupid Colt Tops LTBA Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana 2022 Yearling Sale

Sat, 2022-10-01 20:00

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association's Breeders Sales of Louisiana held its 2022 Yearling Sale followed by mixed session Oct. 1 at the Equine Sales Facility in Opelousas and it was topped by a $63,000 Cupid colt (Hip 60). He was consigned by Brehon Farm.

A total of 101 yearlings sold for a gross of $1,690,600 and an average of $16,739 and a median of $10,000. There were 19 RNAs. Three weanlings sold for a gross of $20,000 and an average of $6,667. One horse of racing age sold for $7,000 and nine broodmares sold for a gross of $67,800 and an average of $7,530. The gross for the overall sale was $1,785,400.

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Dialed In’s Defunded Upsets the Awesome Again

Sat, 2022-10-01 19:29

Defunded, who had been knocking on the door at the graded level for the last year and a half, picked a good time to break through as he led home a one-two for Bob Baffert in this “Win and You're In” qualifier for the GI Breeders' Cup Classic.

Runner-up in both the GIII Affirmed S. and GIII Los Alamitos Derby last term, the chestnut was transferred to Sean McCarthy for his first two tries of 2022–a dominant optional claiming tally going a local mile and a runner-up finish in the GI Hollywood Gold Cup over 10 panels May 30. He hadn't shown much in two recent tries back in the Baffert barn at Del Mar, however, as he finished seventh behind several of these in the July 30 GII San Diego H. and sixth cutting back for the Aug. 27 GII Pat O'Brien S.

With the absence of divisional dominator Flightline (Tapit) providing the others with a chance to make the lead and maybe even win, Defunded was given the most aggressive ride early under speed specialist Edwin Maldonado. He posted an opening quarter of :22.67 with headstrong Slow Down Andy in nearest pursuit, but was able to slow it down from there somewhat to post a half in :46.70 and six panels in 1:10.89. Slow Down Andy took a big run at the pacesetter and looked like a winner as they pointed for home, but Defunded punched back and kept on from there to win with room to spare. Country Grammer, the G1 Dubai World Cup winner who was 19 1/4 lengths behind Flightline when second best in the Sept. 3 GI TVG Pacific Classic S., grinded his way into second.

“It was a very nice trip,” said the winning pilot. “Bob told me I had a great shot in this race so put him on the lead. And when Bob says you have a shot, you have a shot. I just want to thank Bob and all the connections for the opportunity, I'm grateful to be here. At the point of my career right now, I was due for a big race. It came through. What better time than the second day in Santa Anita? A good time.”

Baffert said, “I'm proud. Defunded ran so well here before and when we got to Del Mar, he just had a meltdown in the paddock and didn't behave himself. Today he was perfect. They all loaded in the gate perfect, and I give Edwin a lot of the credit he is such a great speed rider. I told him I'd throw him a nice horse when we got up here and he rode a perfect race.”

Saturday, Santa Anita
AWESOME AGAIN S.-GI, $301,500, Santa Anita, 10-1, 3yo/up, 1 1/8m, 1:49.38, ft.
1–DEFUNDED, 122, g, 4, by Dialed In
                1st Dam: Wind Caper (MSP, $194,286), by Touch Gold
                2nd Dam: Wind Tunnel, by Summer Squall
                3rd Dam: Tivli, by Mt. Livermore
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN,
1ST GRADE I WIN. ($210,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP). O-Michael E.
Pegram, Karl Watson & Paul Weitman; B-Athens Woods LLC
(KY); T-Bob Baffert; J-Edwin A. Maldonado. $180,000. Lifetime
Record: 12-4-3-1, $518,100. Werk Nick Rating: A.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Click for the
free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Country Grammer, 124, h, 5, Tonalist–Arabian Song, by
Forestry. ($60,000 Ylg '18 KEESEP; $450,000 2yo '19 OBSAPR;
$110,000 4yo '21 KEEJAN). O-Commonwealth Thoroughbreds,
LLC, Winstar Farm LLC & Zedan Racing Stables, Inc.; B-Scott &
Debbie Pierce (KY); T-Bob Baffert. $60,000.
3–Slow Down Andy, 120, c, 3, Nyquist–Edwina E, by
Square Eddie. 1ST G1 BLACK TYPE. O/B-Reddam Racing, LLC
(CA); T-Doug F. O'Neill. $36,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, HF, 4HF. Odds: 5.00, 1.10, 14.50.
Also Ran: Express Train, Tripoli, Royal Ship (Brz), High Connection, Azul Coast.
Click for the Equibase.com chart and the TJCIS.com PPs. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

Pedigree Notes:

With 22 black-type winners to his name, Dialed In has quietly amassed eight graded winners and ranks among the top 30 active North American sires of 2022. Winner of the 2011 GI Florida Derby himself, he's now sired the winners of the GI Arkansas Derby and the GI American Pharoah S., in addition to the Awesome Again, and has had runners place in the G1 Dubai World Cup, two Breeders' Cups, the G1 Travers S., and several more Grade I events while spending his tenure at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.

Defunded also adds to Touch Gold's tally as a broodmare sire, giving that pensioner 68 stakes winners out of his daughters. Inbred 4×4 to 1992 Broodmare of the Year Weekend Surprise (Secretariat) through her Classic-winning sons A.P. Indy on top and Summer Squall on bottom, Defunded has a yearling full-sister, as well as a 2-year-old half-sister named Capital Lights (Lookin At Lucky) that sold for $40,000 to  PT Syndicate #1 at last year's Fasig-Tipton October Yearling sale. Defunded's third dam Tivli produced GSW Reunited (Dixie Union), best known as the dam of MGISW Code of Honor (Noble Mission {GB}), a new stallion at Lane's End who is expecting his first foals in 2023.

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Blazing Sevens Becomes First Grade I Winner For Good Magic in Champagne

Sat, 2022-10-01 17:59

BLAZING SEVENS (c, 2, Good Magic–Trophy Girl, by Warrior's Reward) became the first Grade I winner for his freshman sire (by Curlin) with an 8-1 upset in the GI Champagne S. at Belmont, a Breeders' Cup “Win and You're In” event. A dominant debut winner at Saratoga July 24, the $225,000 FTSAUG buy checked in third in the slop in Saratoga's GI Hopeful S. Sept. 5. Blazing Sevens caboosed the field early as Andiamo A Firenze (Speightstown) clocked a first half-mile in :47.09. Taking closer order on the backstretch, the chestnut swung out four wide in the lane and closed resolutely to win by 2 1/2 lengths over Verifying (Justify). Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-1.

O-Rodeo Creek Racing LLC; B-Tracy Farmer (Ky); T-Chad Brown.

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Hot Rod Charlie Denies Rich Strike in Lukas Classic

Sat, 2022-10-01 17:42

HOT ROD CHARLIE (c, 3, Oxbow–Indian Miss, by Indian Charlie) denied a late rally from GI Kentucky Derby upsetter Rich Strike (Keen Ice) for a narrow score in the GII Lukas Classic Saturday beneath the Twin Spires. Favored at 6-5, the bay hustled up to press Art Collector (Bernardini) through opening splits of :23.55 and :47.94. Turning up the heat as three-quarters went in 1:11.77, the bay took control entering the far turn and had his nose in front entering the lane. Rich Strike rallied up the outside and briefly headed Hot Rod Charlie, but the gutsy 4-year-old dug deep to deny the Derby winner in the shadow of the wire.

Winner of the GI Pennsylvania Derby last year, Hot Rod Charlie checked in second in both the G1 Dubai World Cup in March and the GIII Salvator Mile June 18. He was last seen finishing third behind Saturday's GI Woodward S. winner Life Is Good (Into Mischief) in Saratoga's GI Whitney S. Aug. 6. Lifetime Record: 18-5-5-4.

O-Roadrunner Racing, Boat Racing, Strauss Bros Racing & Gainesway Thoroughbreds; B-Edward A. Cox, Jr.; T-Doug O'Neill.

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Senor Buscador Upsets Ack Ack As Favorites Flounder

Sat, 2022-10-01 17:16

SENOR BUSCADOR (c, 4, Mineshaft–Rose's Desert, by Desert God) took the overland route around the far turn at Churchill Downs and sustained a rally down the center of the track to cause an 6-1 upset in Saturday's GIII Ack Ack S., earning a fees-paid berth into the GI BigAss Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile in the process. Exiting a solid third to the progressive Laurel River (Into Mischief) in the seven-furlong GII Pat O'Brien S. at Del Mar Aug. 27, Senor Buscador was content to sit a trip just behind midfield while racing in the clear as longshot Surly Furious (Upstart) took them along through an opening couple of furlongs in :22.91. Going well three and four deep on the bend, Senor Buscador circled up wide into the lane, dueled into the final eighth of a mile with 13-1 Injunction (Skipshot) and got the better of that final-furlong tussle to score by about a length. Three Technique (Mr Speaker), winner of the Hanshin Cup S. over this course and distance July 4, was up late for third. Market leaders Speaker's Corner (Street Sense), Fulsome (Into Mischief) and Untreated (Nyquist) were no factor.

Saturday, Churchill Downs
ACK ACK S.-GIII, $300,000, Churchill Downs, 10-1, 3yo/up, 1m, 1:34.60, ft.
1–SENOR BUSCADOR, 121, c, 4, by Mineshaft
                1st Dam: Rose's Desert (MSW, $626,035), by Desert God
                2nd Dam: Miss Glen Rose, by Peaks and Valleys
                3rd Dam: Snippet, by Alysheba
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. O-Joe R. Peacock, Jr.; B-Joe R
Peacock Sr. & Joe R Peacock Jr. (KY); T-Todd W. Fincher;
J-Francisco Arrieta. $180,350. Lifetime Record: 7-4-0-1,
$376,677. *1/2 to Sheriff Brown (Curlin), MSW, $506,421;
Our Iris Rose (Ghostzapper), SW, $255,580; Runaway Ghost
(Ghostzapper), GSW, $783,509. Werk Nick Rating: A.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Injunction, 121, g, 4, Skipshot–Valid Valencia, by
Northern Afleet. 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE. O-J & J Stables, LLC
& Nicholas Vaccarezza; B-Mikhail Yanakov (KY); T-Carlo
Vaccarezza. $58,500.
3–Three Technique, 121, h, 5, Mr Speaker–Nite in Rome, by
Harlan's Holiday. 'TDN Rising Star'. ($50,000 Wlg '17 KEENOV;
$180,000 Ylg '18 FTKJUL; $47,000 RNA 4yo '21 KEENOV).
O-David E. Miller; B-Omega Farm LLC & Bally Breeders (KY);
T-Jason G. Cook. $29,250.
Margins: 1 1/4, 3HF, NK. Odds: 6.18, 13.96, 9.85.
Also Ran: Surly Furious, Fulsome, Silver Prospector, Speaker's Corner, Untreated. Scratched: Mailman Money, Twilight Blue.
Click for the Equibase.com chart and the TJCIS.com PPs. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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More Than Ready’s Pleasant Passage Goes Gate-to-Wire in Miss Grillo

Sat, 2022-10-01 16:50

Front-running Pleasant Passage dug in resolutely Saturday to  honor her recently deceased sire and stamp her ticket to the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Up in time to belie longer than 15-1 odds on debut at Saratoga Aug. 21, she employed opposite tactics here under new pilot Irad Ortiz, Jr., taking her five rivals along through fractions of :23.81, :49.77 and 1:14.98 over the yielding going. Free Look took a run at her to try and secure a ninth Miss Grillo trophy for Chad Brown, but Pleasant Passage stiff-armed that rival to the wire as favored P.G. Johnson S. winner Be Your Best was left with too much to do after a poor start.

“The way the track is playing, and I knew there wasn't much speed in the race,” said Ortiz, fresh off a victory in the GI Woodward S. one race earlier with Life Is Good (Into Mischief). “The assistant trainer [Anthony Hamilton] told me, 'She's going to be forwardly placed because that's how she's been training.' So I tried to warm her up good… There wasn't too much speed in the race and I knew if I could be in front that would be good for me. It worked out well because I made the lead easily. On the backside, she was nice and relaxed. When I asked her to go, she responded and she was there for me.”

This was the first-ever Miss Grillo win for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, who said, “She ran well in her first start from a little off the pace coming up the rail. She was very professional. Today, there wasn't any speed in the race and she had trained sharp off her last race. Irad let her do her thing when she broke and he rode a good race on her.”

Saturday, Belmont at the Big A
MISS GRILLO S.-GII, $200,000, Belmont The Big A, 10-1, 2yo, f,
1 1/16mT, 1:45.25, yl.
1–PLEASANT PASSAGE, 120, f, 2, by More Than Ready
                1st Dam: Peaceful Passage, by War Front
                2nd Dam: Flying Passage, by A.P. Indy
                3rd Dam: Chic Shirine, by Mr. Prospector
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. O/B-Emory
Hamilton (KY); T-Claude R. McGaughey III; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr.
$110,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $167,750. Werk Nick
Rating: B+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Free Look, 120, f, 2, Tapit–Wild Mint, by Medaglia d'Oro.
1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE. ($300,000 Ylg '21
KEESEP). O-Klaravich Stables, Inc.; B-KatieRich Farms (KY);
T-Chad C. Brown. $40,000.
3–Be Your Best (Ire), 122, f, 2, Muhaarar (GB)–Kamakura, by
Medaglia d'Oro. 'TDN Rising Star' 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE.
O-Michael J. Ryan; B-St. Croix Bloodstock (IRE); T-Horacio De
Paz. $24,000.
Margins: 3/4, 2, 3/4. Odds: 9.60, 1.65, 1.20.
Also Ran: Alluring Angel (GB), Im Just Kiddin, Georgees Spirit.
Click for the Equibase.com chart or the TJCIS.com PPs.

Pedigree Notes:

Pleasant Passage is the 53rd graded winner and 130th stakes winner in the Northern Hemisphere for her prolific sire, who has sired two prior winners of the Juvenile Fillies Turf. She is the four graded winner and 16th stakes winner of what are sure to be many more for broodmare sire War Front.

The winner hails from the super deep female family developed by Emory Hamilton and her family's King Ranch. Her dam is a half to MGSW/MGISP Hungry Island (More Than Ready), and further down the page is another standout by More Than Ready in the form of MGISW Verrazano. Other highest-level winners from the family include this year's GI Jockey Club Gold Cup hero Olympiad (Speightstown); Preservationist (Arch), who has first yearlings; third dam Chic Shirine (Mr. Prospector) and her champion sister Queena, Serra Lake (Seattle Slew), Somali Lemonade (Lemon Drop Kid), et al.

Pleasant Passage's yearling half-brother by Kitten's Joy was purchased by Legion Bloodstock on behalf of Hoolie Racing for $150,000 at the recently concluded Keeneland September sale. Peaceful Passage, whose one career win from six tries came going 1 1/2 miles on the Kempton all-weather, was bred to Mendelssohn for 2023.

 

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Into Mischief’s Life Is Good Wires Woodward

Sat, 2022-10-01 16:18

'TDN Rising Star' Life Is Good (Into Mischief), backed like he couldn't lose the GI Woodward S. at Belmont at the Big A, was briefly challenged by longshot Law Professor (Constitution) before ultimately shutting the door on that foe and splashing home a 1 1/4-length winner Saturday. The winner's stablemate Keepmeinmind (Laoban) was third in the four-horse affair.

Perfect in three prior Stateside starts this season, with a lone blemish a fourth in the G1 Dubai World Cup in March, the China Horse Club and WinStar Farm representative was a rare 1-9 on the morning line and garnered $364,099 of the $409,486 wagered to win on the nine-furlong event.

Away on top and quickly in command, Life Is Good was kept well off the inside by Irad Ortiz, Jr. as he doled out splits of :24.40, :48.60 and 1:13.07 over the sloppy track. Ortiz peeked back heading for home to find Law Professor in hot pursuit, and he stepped on the gas and got out the whip for the stretch drive. Law Professor–a winner of the rained-off GII Santa Anita Mathis Mile S. last December and most recently the restricted Tapit S. at Kentucky Downs Sept. 1 in his first start for Rob Atras–continued to keep Life Is Good honest to midstretch, but the chalk called on his class and eventually edged away while kept to task by Ortiz.

“He's quick out of there. There was not too much speed in the race and the first part of the race, there was a lot of water–we got a lot of rain,” Ortiz said. “I wanted to get off the rail and was able to do it. He broke fast, and he stayed there [on the lead] the whole time.

“The track didn't help too much–it's not that fast. He relaxed and I didn't have use him [too much]. He just was quiet, he was relaxed and we waited and he gave me everything he had from the quarter pole to the wire. If I asked him a little earlier, he could go faster and keep going.”

With his only other defeat a neck second to formidable champion Jackie's Warrior (Maclean's Music) in last year's GI H. Allen Jerkens Memorial S., Life Is Good concluded his sophomore season with a romp in the GI Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile S. at Del Mar in November and picked right up where he left off when handling Horse of the Year Knicks Go (Paynter) in that one's swan song in the GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational S. in January. He faded to fourth behind Country Grammer (Tonalist) after setting the pace in the 10-furlong Dubai World Cup, but bounced back in Belmont's seven-furlong John A. Nerud S. July 2 before stretching back out to 1 1/8 miles to handle an accomplished bunch in Saratoga's GI Whitney S. Aug. 6.

“You could tell going into the first turn he had his ears straight up and was really relaxed,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “That was good, but it also maybe plays against his strength a little bit to be that turned off. Part of his brilliance is being able to go fast and keep going. It was the logical tactics for today, but I don't think it's his preferred running style. His real weapon is his high-cruising speed and the ability to keep going.

“I was confident that he would respond when asked, but it was his first time over a sealed off track, and this track has not been playing real fast since the meet began. Any time you're a prohibitive favorite like that, you're concerned about those things.

“This was one of those, where there was only one satisfactory outcome and that's to win. We wanted to make sure we did that, while also keeping in mind that we have a biggergoal in five weeks, so we tried to balance that out the best we could.”

Focus will now shift to Keeneland, where Life Is Good could take on unbeaten divisional leader Flightline (Tapit) in the Nov. 5 GI Breeders' Cup Classic–surely the route fans are rooting for–or defend his title in the Dirt Mile.

“The plan is to probably ship on Monday afternoon to Keeneland,” Pletcher noted.

It was an exacta of rooting interests for WinStar Farm, which also stands the runner-up's sire.

Constitutions, you never take them lightly and Law Professor ran the race of his life,” said WinStar's Elliott Walden. “It was a great race by him. Constitutions love the mud, so I figured he'd give him a good run. He drew away from him comfortably. We wanted to win, but we didn't want to put on a show. It's on to the next one.”

Saturday, Belmont The Big A
WOODWARD S.-GI, $465,000, Belmont The Big A, 10-1, 3yo/up, 1 1/8m, 1:49.57, sy.
1–LIFE IS GOOD, 126, c, 4, by Into Mischief
                1st Dam: Beach Walk, by Distorted Humor
                2nd Dam: Bonnie Blue Flag, by Mineshaft
                3rd Dam: Tap Your Feet, by Dixieland Band
'TDN Rising Star'. ($525,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP). O-CHC Inc. &
WinStar Farm LLC; B-Gary & Mary West Stables Inc. (KY);
T-Todd A. Pletcher; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr. $275,000. Lifetime Record:
11-9-1-0, $4,361,700. Werk Nick Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus*
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Click for the
free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Law Professor, 122, g, 4, Constitution–Haunted Heroine, by
Ghostzapper. 1ST G1 BLACK TYPE. O-Twin Creeks Racing
Stables, LLC; B-Twin Creeks Farm (KY); T-Rob Atras. $100,000.
3–Keepmeinmind, 122, c, 4, Laoban–Inclination, by
Victory Gallop. O-Cypress Creek Equine, Arnold Bennewith &
Spendthrift Farm LLC; B-Southern Equine Stables, LLC (KY);
T-Todd A. Pletcher. $60,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, 10 1/4, 8 1/4. Odds: 0.05, 26.75, 13.70.
Also Ran: Informative. Scratched: Thomas Shelby.
Click for the Equibase.com chart and the TJCIS.com PPs.

Pedigree Notes:

The second foal to race out of Beach Walk, a $435,000 KEESEP yearling who went 0-for-5 in her career, Life Is Good is one of 115 stakes victors, 54 graded stakes winners and 11 Grade I conquerors for Into Mischief. His second dam Bonnie Blue Flag was runner-up in the 2010 GI Test S. and is a half-sister to MGISW Diamondrella (GB) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}). Beach Walk has an unraced juvenile filly named Living Good (Blame), a yearling colt by Candy Ride (Arg) and a full-brother to Life Is Good foaled Mar. 31. She returned to Into Mischief for 2023.

 

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Flightline Back at it in Arcadia

Sat, 2022-10-01 15:31

While his main locally based rivals were gearing up for the GI Awesome Again S. Saturday afternoon, unbeaten superstar Flightline (Tapit) continued his march towards the Nov. 5 GI Breeders' Cup Classic with another strong breeze at Santa Anita. The 'TDN Rising Star', last seen dropping jaws in the Sept. 3 GI TVG Pacific Classic S. to go five-for-five lifetime, covered five furlongs in 1:00.40 (11/59) under John Sadler's assistant trainer Juan Leyva (Click for video via XBTV).

“He went nice and easy, no heavy lifting,” Sadler said. “We've got plenty of time. There was a pretty large group on hand to watch him. We're just trying to embrace everything, lean into it… This opportunity doesn't come around very often. He's doing really well and we'll be working every Saturday.”

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After Probe over Unlicensed Operation, Twinspires Exits New Hampshire

Fri, 2022-09-30 18:27

Five months after New Hampshire gambling regulators and the state's attorney general disclosed that they were investigating the TwinSpires advance deposit wagering (ADW) platform over concerns that the Churchill Downs, Inc. (CDI)-owned entity has operated for years without being explicitly licensed there, TwinSpires is ceasing operations in the Granite State.

Back in April, Charlie McIntyre, the executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery, which regulates all forms of gambling in the state, told WMUR-TV that “They're not regulated by us, nor do they operate on any confines of state law…. It's a concern for us, obviously, because all other gambling in the state happens through us-either we license it, or we regulate it. In this case, neither.”

At that time, McIntyre estimated the amount of lost revenue because of TwinSpires not giving the state a cut of its betting business at “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

McIntyre continued: “They've been doing it for a number of years, and so it's a significant amount of money.”

TwinSpires customers in New Hampshire began receiving emails Sept. 29 informing them that “TwinSpires has elected to cease operation of its ADW Platform for Horse Racing in the state of New Hampshire.”

The email stated that TwinSpires will take wagers from New Hampshire residents on races conducted through Nov. 5th, the concluding day of the Breeders' Cup championships.

After that, the email stated, “Wagering will be suspended on Nov. 6th, and Players will have until Nov. 21 to withdraw funds from their account.”

A Friday afternoon query to Tonya Abeln, CDI's vice president of corporate communications, did not yield a reply prior to deadline for this story.

Nor could McIntyre be reached Friday afternoon to get the lottery commission's perspective on the TwinSpires pullout.

Back in April, CDI officials told the gaming news site casino.org that TwinSpires was “legal and compliant with the federal Interstate Horse Racing Act.”

A FAQ page provided in CDI's email to New Hampshire customers cited non-specific “regulatory changes in New Hampshire” as the gaming corporation's reason for vacating the state.

“As of right now we do not know what the future holds for TwinSpires as an ADW Platform for Horse Racing in New Hampshire but we are hopeful to serve you again soon,” the FAQ page stated.

In April, McIntyre told WMUR-TV that he had approached CDI about resolving the issue, but that “nothing has happened yet.”

New Hampshire no longer has live pari-mutuel racing of any breed. Thoroughbred racing ceased at Rockingham Park in 2002, and harness racing ceased there in 2009. The state had three greyhound tracks operating at the start of the 21st Century; two of them stopped racing before dog racing was banished in New Hampshire in 2010.

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Let The Breeders’ Cup Countdown Begin

Fri, 2022-09-30 17:28

There are but five weeks remaining between now and the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland Nov. 4 and 5, and many of horse racing's biggest names will take in their final prep races over the course of the next couple of weekends. Better than 40 graded stakes, the majority of which have championship weekend implications, are set to take place from sea to shining sea, including 21 'Win and You're In' events offering the winners an all-expenses paid trip to the Bluegrass.

Santa Anita stages one of the four Breeders' Cup Challenge races on tap for Saturday, the GI Awesome Again S., a race used by future champion Accelerate (Lookin At Lucky) as a springboard to GI Breeders' Cup Classic success back in 2018. Bob Baffert fields half of the eight starters as he looks for an eight renewal and third in succession. The charge is led by Country Grammer (Tonalist), whose two most important victories to date have come over 10 furlongs–the GI Gold Cup at Santa Anita and G1 Dubai World Cup–but he has proven effective enough going this mile-and-an-eighth trip, with a record of 2-2-0 from four starts. The 5-year-old, a millionaire 11 times over courtesy of two big performances in the desert this winter, looks to bounce back from runner-up efforts behind the re-opposing Royal Ship (Brz) (Midshipman) in the GII San Diego H. July 30 and when finishing in area code 213 behind 'TDN Rising Star' Flightline (Tapit) in the GI TVG Pacific Classic Sept. 3.

Meanwhile, on the Eastern seaboard–which was expecting the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Ian late Friday–'Rising Star' Life Is Good (Into Mischief) revs up for his Breeders' Cup engagement as the overwhelming favorite in a field of five for the GI Woodward S.

Fourth to Country Grammer after failing to see out the 'stiff' 10 furlongs of the G1 Dubai World Cup, the 4-year-old has been nothing but brilliant since, with big-figure victories in the GII John A. Nerud S.–speaking of the Breeders' Cup–and last time in the GI Whitney S. at Saratoga.

“He's an extremely talented horse,” said trainer Todd Pletcher, whose previous Woodward winners include Lawyer Ron, Quality Road and GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile victor Liam's Map. “We just always hope that everything goes according to plan. It doesn't ever surprise me, but it is just remarkable how consistent he's been every single day he's out there. Every breeze is impressive and that's just what we've come to expect of him.”

The third of the Classic preps takes place at Churchill Downs, where the most competitive of the three fields heads postward in the GII Lukas Classic S. Favored at 8-5 on the morning line is the hard-knocking Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow), but he'll be made to work for it by last year's Woodward winner and recent GII Charles Town Classic repeater Art Collector (Bernardini), GI Met Mile and Whitney runner-up Happy Saver (Super Saver) and Rich Strike (Keen Ice), who would become the first GI Kentucky Derby winner to succeed beneath the Twin Spires since Silver Charm took the 1998 GII Clark H. a year after being draped with the roses.

The Lukas Classic has been added to NBC's coverage of Saturday's preps.

Dirt Mile Berth Up for Grabs In Ack Ack…

Godolphin's Speaker's Corner (Street Sense) has the rail and is the even-money favorite for the one-mile GIII Ack Ack S. at Churchill Downs, with a trip to the GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile awaiting the winner.

For the first four months of this year, the homebred looked like he might develop into one of the top horses in training, as he capped a three-race winning skein with a good-looking 4 1/2-length tally in the GI Carter H. at Aqueduct in April, good for a 114 Beyer. It's been anything but plain sailing since. Best-backed against Flightline in the GI Hill 'n' Dale Met Mile June 11, he faded to third after setting the early pace and also had the misfortune of running into Life Is Good in the Nerud, finishing a distant runner-up. With Cody's Wish (Curlin) representing Godolphin in the GI Forego S. at Saratoga the same afternoon, Speaker's Corner was shipped to Del Mar for the Aug. 27 GII Pat O'Brien S. and never looked likely, dropping away to be fourth behind the impressive Laurel River (Into Mischief).

Juddmonte's Fulsome (Into Mischief), winner of this year's GIII Oaklawn Mile going a two-turn configuration and victorious in this track's GIII Matt Winn S. last year, and the class-dropping Untreated (Nyquist)–perfect in three tries going a mile, albeit against softer–could make life difficult on the rail-drawn favorite.

Juveniles Share The Spotlight at BAQ…

The Belmont at the Big A meet plays host to the afternoon's other 'Win and You're In' tests–the GI Champagne S. for 2-year-old males going the one-turn mile and the GII Miss Grillo S. for juvenile grass fillies.

Despite his relative inexperience, Verifying (Justify) will take plenty of beating while stepping into stakes company for the first time. A $775,000 Keeneland September purchase, the May-foaled half-brother to champion Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) ran to 3-4 favoritism in the Travers Day opener at Saratoga, scoring by a widening 1 3/4 lengths, and looks to have trained on since the debut.

Trainer Brad Cox has yet to saddle a Champagne winner and believes his charge will be prominent in the run Saturday.

“I want to be up close, but he doesn't necessarily have to be on the lead,” Cox said. “He has enough natural speed going a mile that he's going to be in the mix. He's a good-looking horse. Based on pedigree and how he looks, I think he'll like more ground.”

A pair of 'TDN Rising Stars' figure to make their presence known as well. Gulfport (Uncle Mo), whose sire won the 2010 Champagne en route to a GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile victory and an Eclipse Award, romped by better than a dozen lengths in the  July 4 Bashford Manor S. and has since finished runner-up in the GII Saratoga Special S. and GI Hopeful S. New York-bred Andiamo a Firenze (Speightstown), a homebred half-brother to 2017 Champagne hero Firenze Fire (Poseidon's Warrior), was fractionally disappointing when third in the GIII Sanford S. upstate July 16, but bounced back with a smooth success in the state-bred restricted Funny Cide S. Aug 26 over the same sloppy underfoot conditions he's likely to encounter Saturday.

'Rising Star' Be Your Best (Ire) (Muhaarar {GB}) looks to remain perfect in three starts in the Miss Grillo, a race likely to test the field's collective ability to handle a fair bit of cut in the ground depending on what mood Ian is in.

“She fits great in this spot,” trainer Horacio De Paz said. “She's won twice and going long, so the distance shouldn't be a problem. Hopefully the weather stays together and we don't get a lot of rain, but even if we did get some rain, she's a horse that likes turf with a little give as well. Everything is very positive for her. She overcomes things.”

The field of six also includes Free Look (Tapit), a late-on-the-scene third to Be Your Best on July 31 debut ahead of a much-the-best score Sept. 4. Alluring Angel (GB) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) won on Saratoga sprint debut for the always-dangerous Jorge Abreu barn Aug. 4 and stretches out off a stinging nose defeat in the Sept. 13 Untapable S. at Kentucky Downs.

'Kingdom' Comes Back in SA Sprint Championship…

In 2019, Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella brought Omaha Beach (War Front) back off an April layoff and a missed chance in the GI Kentucky Derby to score impressively in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship S., then a Grade I. The conditioner looks for lightning to strike twice Saturday when the very talented Forbidden Kingdom (American Pharoah) makes his much-anticipated return to action.

A $300,000 purchase out of the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings Showcase, the chestnut son of the gifted Just Louise (Five Star Day) wired this track's GII San Vicente S. Jan. 29 and proved he could handle two-turns with a blowout win in the GII San Felipe S. Mar. 5. But it all came undone in the GI Santa Anita Derby Apr. 9, as he dropped away to finished tailed off in last behind 'Rising Star' Taiba (Gun Runner) and hasn't been seen since.

“Richard is a such a great caretaker and he's given him plenty of time and let him get back to the horse that we know he is,” Spendthrift's Ned Toffey told TDN's Steve Sherack recently for his APB series. “We know he's fast. We know he's talented. It's just been a frustrating year.”

Forbidden Kingdom faces a field that includes C Z Rocket (City Zip), winner of this race in 2020 and third in defense of his title last year; and the progressive Kid Corleone (Shackleford), who tries graded company for the first time.

Elsewhere On Saturday…

The final two legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes–the In Reality S. and My Dear Girl S. are set for Gulfstream Park; a five-stakes program at Laurel Park includes the Selima S. and Laurel Futurity for the 2-year-olds; and Tyler's Tribe (Sharp Azteca) tries to make it five-for-five ahead of a possible Breeders' Cup appearance in the Iowa Cradle S. at Prairie Meadows.

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Monmouth-At-Meadowlands Cancels Saturday Card

Fri, 2022-09-30 16:44

Due to a forecast calling for heavy rain, live racing has been cancelled for Saturday, Oct. 1, for the all-turf Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet, the track announced on Friday. The six races scheduled for Saturday will be extras when entries are taken Tuesday, Oct. 4, for the Friday, Oct. 7, card.

The five remaining all-turf cards following tonight's program will take place Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 22 with the exception of Saturday, Oct. 15, when Far Hills will feature its 101st steeplechase meet.

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Feds Skewer Fishman’s Attempt to Avoid $13.5M Forfeiture

Fri, 2022-09-30 16:35

Federal prosecutors told a judge Friday that convicted veterinarian Seth Fishman's recent claim of illegality regarding the $13.5 million forfeiture imposed upon him “is predicated on a number of unfounded and easily disprovable presumptions.”

Fishman, who is currently imprisoned in Florida but appealing his 11-year sentence for two felony drug-supplying convictions in a decades-long international racehorse doping conspiracy, had stated in a Sept. 12 filing that the forfeiture order signed by the judge back on July 11 “is not authorized by statute and is therefore unlawful in its entirety.”

A response filing Sept. 30 by the legal team that successfully prosecuted Fishman stated that, “In arguing that the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) does not authorize forfeiture, the defendant elevates form over substance, ignores past precedent, and, in so doing, deliberately misreads the FDCA and several applicable forfeiture provisions to reach the defendant's desired outcome of avoiding forfeiture altogether.”

The filing by the feds also noted that at the time of his sentencing, “then-counsel for Seth Fishman contended that he wished to contest the amount of the forfeiture money judgment, not the basis for forfeiture itself.”

But shortly after his sentencing date, Fishman hired a new lawyer who now “wishes to revisit the availability of forfeiture entirely.” That new legal tactic has no merit, prosecutors contended.

“The defendant's strained reading of the law provides no support for his view that forfeiture is 'unlawful' in this case,” the government attorneys wrote.

Forfeiture “is lawful and mandatory; consequently the Court's forfeiture order entered at Fishman's sentencing should be left undisturbed,” the prosecutors wrote.

“The defendant argues in passing that the Government has not demonstrated that Fishman 'actually acquired' any forfeitable property,” the feds wrote. “The evidence that Fishman, the owner-operator of [the drug company] Equestology, controlled the adulterated and misbranded drugs subject to the forfeiture action is undisputable. So long as the defendant had control over the forfeitable property, which he did, he has acquired that property…”

Fishman had argued otherwise, writing in the Sept. 12 filing that “Misbranding is not a forfeiture crime. The misbranding statute under which the government seeks forfeiture against Dr. Fishman…only permits the government to confiscate the misbranded or adulterated products themselves and any equipment used to manufacture those products.”

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Trainer Duane Offield Passes Away

Fri, 2022-09-30 16:30

Longtime Northern California trainer Duane Offield passed away on Thursday after a lengthy illness. He was 82-years-old.

Offield began his training career in 1976 and saddled 721 winners from 8,038 starters, with lifetime purse earnings of $10,009,202. His most significant win came in the 1990 GI Haskell Invitational S. at Monmouth Park with Restless Con. Services are pending.

“Our racing community here at Golden Gate will greatly miss Duane Offield,” said Golden Gate Fields Vice President and General Manager David Duggan. “Duane was a soft-spoken man who simply loved coming to the track and training his horses. Our hearts and best wishes are with Duane's family and friends during this undoubtedly difficult time.”

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TIF Executive Director Pat Cummings Joins Bettor Things With Joe Bianca

Fri, 2022-09-30 14:32

There has never before been an effective, institutional advocate for horseplayers in North American racing, but Pat Cummings and the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation have emphatically changed that in the past several years. As the TIF's executive director, Cummings has brought to light many of the myriad issues and injustices facing horse bettors like no one has before, and Tuesday, Cummings joined Bettor Things with Joe Bianca for an illuminating conversation about the progress made on behalf of players in recent years and how much work there still is left to do. Bianca and Cummings discussed the successful push to bring penny breakage to Kentucky and what states may be next, the increasing impact of algorithmic computer wagerers on middle-class horseplayers, how bettors can put pressure on racing's decision makers to bring about change and much more.

Later in the show, in his Breeders' Cup Challenge betting series, Bianca paid tribute to his beloved Aqueduct as it prepares to host Breeders' Cup Win and You're In qualifiers for the first time before handicapping and laying out plays for Saturday's GI Champagne S. and GII Miss Grillo S.

Click here to watch the show; click here for the audio-only version or find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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