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Nearly 300 Riders Register for Canter for a Cause

Wed, 2022-10-26 13:44

A total of 270 riders from around the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond have signed up to take part in the popular Canter for a Cause Sunday, Oct. 30 at historic Pimlico Race Course. Sponsored by the Maryland Jockey Club, Canter for a Cause allows the public the chance to walk, trot, canter or gallop their favorite horse or pony over the same track that has hosted such legends as Seabiscuit, Secretariat, War Admiral and recent Triple Crown champions American Pharoah and Justify. More than 250 riders participated in last year's Canter for a Cause, which returned after missing 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“It's a great event and everybody is excited to do it again. We have almost 300 riders signed up, all for a great cause,” said Georganne Hale, vice president of racing development for the Maryland Jockey Club. “The people that come appreciate the fact that they're riding on the same racetrack as some of the greatest horses in history.”

Canter for a Cause is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration cost $60 per trip, with proceeds going to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).

For full rules and event description, click here.

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Unbeaten Flightline Headlines 205 Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries

Wed, 2022-10-26 13:14

With unbeaten sensation Flightline (Tapit) leading the way, 205 horses, including 45 from overseas, and seven former or returning Breeders' Cup champions, have been pre-entered for the 39th Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland Nov. 4 & 5. The Breeders' Cup will be televised live domestically on NBC, Peacock, USA Network, and FanDuel TV. Click here to view all of the 2022 Breeders' Cup World Championships Pre-Entered Fields.

Nine horses were pre-entered for the GI Breeders' Cup Classic. In addition to the record-setting GI Pacific Classic winner Flightline, the $6-million centerpiece has also attracted last term's GI Breeders' Cup Dirt hero Life Is Good (Into Mischief) as well as standout sophomores Epicenter (Not This Time), GI Kentucky Derby upsetter Rich Strike (Keen Ice) and Taiba (Gun Runner). Fellow 3-year-old Cyberknife (Gun Runner) has a first preference in the Dirt Mile.

“We're gonna be in with really great horses, this is what makes this so special. If you look at that field in the Breeders' Cup Classic, it's going to be a really dynamic race,” said Flightline's trainer John Sadler, who won the 2018 Classic with Accelerate.

The GI Breeders' Cup Distaff will feature a highly anticipated showdown between Todd Pletcher-trained heavyweights champion Malathaat (Curlin) and leading 3-year-old filly Nest (Curlin). Six additional fillies or mares have been pre-entered in the star-studded Distaff, including GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Secret Oath (Arrogate), MGISW Clairiere (Curlin) and runaway GI Cotillion S. winner Society (Gun Runner).

“We're super excited about the way both of them are coming up to it,” Pletcher said. “Two really top- class fillies. I kinda hate running the two of them against each other, but it's certainly what both of them deserve.”

Champion sprinter Jackie's Warrior (Maclean's Music), a disappointing sixth as the favorite in last year's GI Breeders' Cup Sprint, will take on the race's defending winner Aloha West (Hard Spun) once again while Golden Pal (Uncle Mo) will shoot for his third straight Breeders' Cup victory in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

Defending GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint heroine Ce Ce (Elusive Quality) will be back to defend her title as well. Pre-entries for the F&M Sprint also include last year's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine Echo Zulu (Gun Runner) and streaking GI Ballerina H. winner Goodnight Olive (Ghostzapper).

Talented MGISW sophomore Jack Christopher (Munnings), pre-entered in both the Sprint and Dirt Mile, has a first preference in the former. Cody's Wish (Curlin) and Laurel River (Into Mischief) will both stretch out to two turns for the Dirt Mile following eye-catching wins going seven furlongs in the GI Forego S. and GII Pat O'Brien S., respectively.

Classy 5-year-old mare War Like Goddess (English Channel) will take on males in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf, including a powerful one-two punch from Godolphin's German MG1SW Rebel's Romance (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) and GI Saratoga Derby Invitational S. winner Nations Pride (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}); last year's Breeders' Cup Turf runner-up Broome (Ire) (Australia {GB}); and 2021 Saudi Cup winner Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}).

A wide-open GI Breeders' Cup Mile pre-entered field of 18 includes: GI Coolmore Turf Mile S. winner Annapolis (War Front); streaking MG1SW Kinross (GB) (Kingman {GB}); last year's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}); G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. upsetter Bayside Boy (Ire) (New Bay {GB}); cross-entered G1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp heroine Dreamloper (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}); comebacking MGISW Domestic Spending (GB) (Kingman {GB}); 2020 Mile winner Order of Australia (Ire) (Australia {GB}); and last year's runner-up Smooth Like Strait (Midnight Lute).

Last out Chad Brown-trained GISWs In Italian (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Rougir (Fr) (Territories {Ire}) and European invaders Above the Curve (American Pharoah), Nashwa (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and Tuesday (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) are among 15 pre-entered for the GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

Standouts on the 'Future Stars Friday' program include: GISWs Cave Rock (Arrogate), Forte (Violence) and Blazing Sevens (Good Magic) in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile; and the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies-bound Chocolate Gelato (Practical Joke), Wonder Wheel (Into Mischief) and And Tell Me Nolies (Arrogate).

Friday's featured GI Breeders' Juvenile Turf has drawn 18 pre-entries, including the streaking Californian Packs a Wahlop (Creative Cause), GII Pilgrim S. winner Major Dude (Bolt d'Oro), GII Bourbon S. winner Andthewinneris (Oscar Performance) and European invaders Cairo (Ire) (Quality Road), Silver Knott (GB) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) and Victoria Road (Ire) (Saxon Warrior {Jpn}).

The GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf has 23 pre-entries, including GII Miss Grillo S. top three Pleasant Passage (More Than Ready), Free Look (Tapit) and Be Your Best (Ire) (Muhaarar {GB}); GI Natalma S. upsetter Last Call (English Channel); GII JPMorgan Chase Jessamine S. winner Delight (Mendelssohn); and the Aidan O'Brien-trained Meditate (Ire) (No Nay Never).

Unbeaten Iowa-bred Tyler's Tribe (Sharp Azteca), pre-entered in both the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint and Juvenile, has a first preference in the former.

Headliners for the Juvenile Turf Sprint (26 pre-entries) include: G1SW The Platinum Queen (Ire) (Cotai Glory {GB}), unbeaten Speed Boat Beach (Bayern) and Love Reigns (Ire) (U S Navy Flag), who could provide trainer Wesley Ward with a fourth straight win in the race. The Platinum Queen defeated older horses in the G1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp Longines at ParisLongchamp.

“Once again we could not be more proud with the outstanding quality of horses from around the world that have been pre-entered for this year's World Championships for a spectacular two days of racing with our host track partner Keeneland,” said Drew Fleming, Breeders' Cup President and CEO. “We applaud the men and women across the globe who are preparing these magnificent Thoroughbreds for their ultimate tests of competition on Nov. 4-5. It is also important to recognize our breeders and nominators and their support and commitment in funding the purses and awards for the World Championships.”

Race Order and Wagering Menu Announced…

The official order of races and wagering menu for the 2022 Breeders' Cup were also announced Wednesday. There will be a total of 10 races (five Breeders' Cup races) on the first day of the Championships–“Future Stars Friday”–and 12 races on the Saturday program (nine Breeders' Cup races). The Friday program begins at 11:55 a.m. ET with five undercard races. Championship Saturday's first post is 10:30 a.m. ET and begins with two undercard races.

The 2022 wagering menu will include a Breeders' Cup All-Turf $3Pick 3 on Friday. The three races, in order, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (Race 6), the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Race 8), and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (Race 10).

The Breeders' Cup All-Turf Pick 4 on Saturday is a $.50 minimum wager and will package four of the best turf races in the world together. The four races, in order, are the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (Race 4), Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Race 6), Breeders' Cup Mile (Race 8), and the Breeders' Cup Turf (Race 10).

Championships Race Order (All Times Eastern)…

The first Championship race on “Future Stars Friday” will be the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (3:00 p.m.) followed by the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (3:40 p.m.), the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (4:20 p.m.), the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (5:00 p.m.) and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (5:40 p.m.).

Championship Saturday begins with two undercard races followed by the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (11:50 a.m.), the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (12:29 p.m.), the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (1:10 p.m.), the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (1:50 p.m.), the Breeders' Cup Sprint (2:30 p.m.), the Breeders' Cup Mile (3:10 p.m.), the Breeders' Cup Distaff (3:55 p.m.), the Breeders' Cup Turf (4:40 p.m.) and the Breeders' Cup Classic (5:40 p.m.).

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Uncle Mo Tops Coolmore Roster at $150,000 for 2023

Wed, 2022-10-26 12:08

Uncle Mo will once again top the Coolmore America roster at $150,000 for the 2023 breeding season, the same fee at which he stood in 2022, according to a press release from Coolmore Wednesday morning. The 14-year-old stallion was the sire of 10 black-type winners in 2022, including the GI Belmont S. winner Mo Donegal.

Justify, who had four black-type winners from his first crop in 2022, will stand for the farm's second highest-fee, at $100,000, the same as in 2022. He is currently the third-leading first-crop sire by earnings.

The largest jump among the Coolmore stallions comes for Munnings. With 13 black-type winners in 2022, including the GI Woody Stephens S. winner Jack Christopher, he gets a hike from his 2022 fee of $85,000 to $100,000 to become the co-second-highest fee on the farm.

American Pharoah, who was the sire of four GI winners in 2022, gets a trim from $80,000 to $60,000.

Mendelssohn, having a strong first year at stud and currently seventh on the first-crop sires list in North America by earnings, will see his fee drop from $35,000 to $25,000.

The farm offers three new stallions in 2023: Corniche, who will stand for $30,000; Preakness winner Early Voting at $25,000; and Golden Pal, whose post-Breeders' Cup retirement was announced Wednesday morning, and will stand alongside his sire, Uncle Mo, at a fee to be determined after the Breeders' Cup.

The entire roster, with fees for 2023, will be:

American Pharoah – $60,000

Classic Empire – $15,000

Corniche – $30,000

Cupid – $5,000

Early Voting – $25,000

Echo Town – $5,000

Golden Pal – TBA

Justify – $100,00

Lookin At Lucky – $10,000

Maximum Security – $10,000

Mendelssohn – $25,000

Mo Town – $5,000

Munnings – $100,000

Practical Joke – $25,000

Tiz The Law – $30,000

Uncle Mo – $150,000

All fees live foal stands and nurses.

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Plainsman Retired to Buck Pond Farm

Wed, 2022-10-26 11:59

Plainsman (Flatter–S S Pinafore, by Street Sense), a three-time graded winner and third-place finisher in the 2021 GI Cigar Mile H., has been retired to Buck Pond Farm in Kentucky. He will stand the 2023 season for $5,000.

“He's by Flatter, who has not only been a great sire, but is also the sire of Upstart, who is a leading young sire himself,” Buck Pond's Doug Arnold told TDN. “He had incredible speed. He ran 1:33 and change two different times and he's extremely good looking. He looks like his daddy.”

Bred in Kentucky by Joseph Minor, owned by Shortleaf Stable, Inc. and trained by Brad Cox, the $350,000 KEEESEP yearling retires with a record of 32-9-7-6 and earnings of $1,408,412. Produced by a half-sister to MGSW Southdale (Street Cry {Ire}), Plainsman is a half-brother to GSP Liam (Liam's Map).

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Ocala Stud Sets 2023 Stallion Roster

Wed, 2022-10-26 11:21

Ocala Stud has set 2023 stud fees for its roster of 10 stallions for the upcoming breeding season, led by GI Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster, who will stand his initial season at stud for $7,500 S&N. Also new to the roster for 2023 is GISW Gretzky the Great, who will stand for $3,000 S&N.

Awesome Slew, Florida's No. 1-ranked First Crop Sire, will once again stand for $4,000 S&N.

Seeking the Soul, a Charles Fipke homebred, will stand for $5,000 S&N. He welcomed first foals in 2022.

Win Win Win, like Seeking the Soul, saw his first foals hit the ground in 2022 and will stand the upcoming breeding season for $5,000 S&N.

Stud fees for Adios Charlie, Jess's Dream, and Noble Bird will be $3,000 S&N, and Dak Attack and Battalion Runner will stand for $2,500 S&N.

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Golden Pal to Ashford After Third BC Win Attempt

Wed, 2022-10-26 09:31

Dual Breeders' Cup winner Golden Pal (Uncle Mo–Lady Shipman, by Midshipman) will retire to Coolmore America's Ashford Stud after attempting to win his third consecutive Breeders' Cup race next week. The Wesley Ward pupil won the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint in 2021 and the GII Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint in 2020. Owned by the partnership of Westerberg Limited, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor, and Derrick Smith, Golden Pal will make his final career start in the Turf Sprint Nov. 5 at Keeneland before standing alongside his sire at Ashford.

“We've followed Golden Pal's career closely and he's a very welcome addition to our roster,” said Ashford's Dermot Ryan. “He has speed to burn and like many of those by Uncle Mo, he's a very good-looking horse. I don't think any horse has come close to beating him here in the U.S. since he broke his maiden in the Skidmore S. [at two] and Uncle Mo has made a very good start as a sire of sires, so it's all good news!”

In a career spanning three years, Golden Pal is enjoying perhaps his best season yet as he opened the year with a visually impressive 4 3/4-length win in Keeneland's GII Shakertown S. and shipped to England for a rough trip in the G1 Kings Stand S. before returning stateside for back-to-back scores in Saratoga's GIII Troy S. and Keeneland's GII Woodford S., his second consecutive victory in that race. Overall, he's won eight black-type events–seven graded–and placed in the G2 Norfolk S. at Royal Ascot. His current record stands at 12-8-2-0 with earnings of $1,815,131. All of his wins have come between five and 5 1/2 furlongs.

“This is the fastest of the fast,” said Wesley Ward after the Shakertown. Ward has made no secret about his feeling that Golden Pal is the best he has ever trained.

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Tapit Remains at $185,000 for 2023

Wed, 2022-10-26 09:29

Tapit's stud fee will remain at $185,000 in 2023, according to a press release from Gainesway Farm Wednesday morning announcing their roster and stud fees for the coming breeding season.

The farm's top stallion is currently the leading active sire in North America by Grade I winners (29), Grade I horses (62), graded stakes winners (96), graded stakes performers (184), stakes winners (154), and stakes performers (299), and he is the all-time leading sire by lifetime progeny earnings ($188,654,112).

The fee is the third-highest announced thus far for 2023, behind Spendthrift Farm's Into Mischief at $250,000, and Hill 'n' Dale's Curlin at $225,000.

In 2022, his progeny was led by the unbeaten Flightline, whose dominant victories in the GI Metropolitan H. and GI Pacific Classic S. (G1) have established him as the odds-on favorite for this year's GI Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland.

A sire-of-sires, his top sons at stud include Constitution, Tonalist, Tapiture, Essential Quality, Frosted and Gainesway's Tapwrit, whose first foals raced this year, and who was the sire of a `TDN Rising Star' Victory Formation at Keeneland last week. He will stand for $10,000 in 2023.

McKinzie will remain at $30,000 in his third year at stud. His first weanlings will be offered this fall, along with those of GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Spun to Run, who will again stand for $10,000 in 2023.

Karakontie (Jpn), the sire of this year's GI Del Mar Oaks winner Spendarella, remains at $10,000, as does Raging Bull (Fr), in his second season at stud at Gainesway.

Gainesway will add two new stallions to its roster for the 2023 breeding season, Olympiad and Drain the Clock. The latter will stand for $10,000, while Olympiad's stud fee will be determined after his next anticipated start in the GI Breeders' Cup Classic.

Following is the complete Gainesway stallion roster and their advertised fees for the 2023 breeding season:

Tapit – $185,000
McKinzie – $30,000
Drain the Clock  – $10,000
Karakontie – $10,000
Raging Bull – $10,000
Spun to Run – $10,000
Tapwrit – $10,000
Olympiad  – TBD

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Tapit Filly on Top as Vibrant Trade Continues at Fasig-Tipton October

Tue, 2022-10-25 20:07

LEXINGTON, KY – The Fasig-Tipton October Yearlings Sale, which produced a day of brisk trade during Monday's first session, saw activity tick up another notch during a vibrant day of trade Tuesday in Lexington.

“The first horse through the ring this morning brought six figures and the last horse through the ring brought six figures,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning. “There was brisk activity and great trade, literally from start to finish today. It was very similar to yesterday.”

Midway through the four-day auction, 524 yearlings have sold for $28,232,900. The average of $53,880 is up 19.5% from the same point a year ago and the median is up 25% to $25,000. The 2021 auction produced records for gross, average and median and, through two days, the 2022 renewal remains well ahead of those marks.

“Quality sells,” Browning said. “There is a great demand for quality and there is great competition for what are perceived to be the quality offerings. But you are also seeing depth of the market. I thought today was a little bit stronger in the middle market than yesterday. It was a very, very vibrant marketplace and great participation, not only from American buyers, but international purchasers as well. It was a very, very healthy marketplace today.”

The day's top 10 yearlings were purchased by 10 different buyers and were sold by 10 different consignors.

The Green family's DJ Stable made the biggest purchase of Tuesday's session, going to $600,000 to acquire a filly by Tapit from the Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services consignment.

The two-day results continued a season of strong returns at the yearling auctions, according to Hanzly Albina.

“I think all of the yearling sales this year have been super strong,” Albina said. “They have exceeded expectations on all fronts. If you had the right horse in the right sale, you got more money than you would have estimated if you put reasonable estimates on your horses. I think Maryland was terrific, Keeneland was terrific and July was great. The mixed sale they just had up in Saratoga was unbelievable. And then this sale has been great as well.”

The Fasig-Tipton October Yearlings Sale continues through Thursday with sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m.

DJ Stable Strikes Again

The Green family's DJ Stable, which purchased three yearlings during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton October Sale, was back in action again Tuesday in Lexington, going to $600,000 to acquire a filly by Tapit (hip 629) from the Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services consignment.

“Between Kim Valerio and Mark Casse, we looked at almost every single horse in the sale,” Len Green said. “If you have faith in your trainer, like we do with Mark Casse, and you beat the bushes, then all you have to do is put your money where your mouth is. And that's what this basically is.”

The gray filly is out of multiple graded-stakes winner Carolyn's Cat (Forestry) and is a full-sister to graded winner Mufajaah. She was bred by Newtown Anner Stud, which purchased the mare for $210,000 at the 2018 Keeneland November sale.

The yearling was making her second trip through the sales ring this fall after RNA'ing for $425,000 at last month's Keeneland September sale.

“We couldn't be happier with that result,” said Hanzly Albina. “We really thought a lot of her. That's why we didn't let her go the first time. I think she is a beautiful Tapit filly with pedigree. The mare has been very generous to us. I think she warranted the $600,000 and we are very happy that she is in good hands. Mr. Green has a great racing operation and it's good for us because hopefully our mare will get another stakes winner.”

Asked about the difference in sales results, Albina said, “It's hard to say–maybe a month of growth. You can't say the buyers weren't there. The buyers were there. So I don't know why she was overlooked. Maybe she just needed a little more time to grow.”

McCrocklin Swings for Into Mischief Colt

Tom McCrocklin took a big swing to acquire a colt by Into Mischief (hip 752) for $560,000 on behalf of a pinhooking partnership late in Tuesday's second session of the Fasig-Tipton October sale. The bay yearling was bred by John Oxley, who campaigned his dam, Canadian champion Delightful Mary (Limehouse). He was consigned by Gainesway.

“He's a beautiful, beautiful horse,” McCrocklin said. “All the usuals: a beautiful horse, athletic, by Into Mischief, out of a really good female family. He was bought for a partnership and is going to go to a 2-year-old sale. We are going to do the high wire act and we will see how it works out. Check with me in the spring.”

It was the second time of the yearling sales season that McCrocklin stretched to acquire a pinhooking prospect. He went to a sales-topping $700,000 to purchase a colt by Arrogate on behalf of Michael Sucher's Champion Equine at the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearlings Sale just days after the yearling's 2-year-old full-brother Cave Rock broke his maiden at Del Mar. Since then, Cave Rock solidified his position at the top of his division with wins in the GI Del Mar Futurity and GI American Pharoah S.

McCrocklin confirmed that colt remains on track for the 2-year-old sales.

“Obviously, we are on the Cave Rock bandwagon,” the Ocala horseman said.

Asked the value of purchasing high-priced pinhook prospects, McCrocklin laughed and said, “There is zero value in buying these horses to resell, but there is a continued desire for people to have the best and we are trying to acquire those horses to resell. It's up to me to get the job done for people that are very eager to try to hit the home run.”

McCrocklin added there are options for the partnership if the pinhooking route doesn't prove successful.

“We're not opposed to keeping horses to race,” he said. “It's not like they are on a one-way ticket and we have no other options. We certainly have the option to race. We understand the more a horse costs, the more the market shrinks on the other end. So it's not like we are going into it uninformed, but it's a conscious decision to try and sell some of the very best horses that go to auction. So we will give it a go.”

Through two sessions, McCrocklin has signed for six yearlings. He went to $190,000 to acquire a filly by Good Magic (hip 283) and went to $145,000 to take home a son of Maclean's Music (hip 23).

Of the market in Lexington this week, McCrocklin said, “Selective and strong, as usual. Very little middle and almost no bottom. So it's difficult. These people I am competing with are very smart and they are very experienced and very saavy. It's a lot of fun competing with them.”

He paused and added with a smile, “You just want to beat their ass every chance you get.”

Another Gun Runner for Winchell

Looking to continue the success it is having with offspring of Gun Runner, Winchell Thoroughbreds acquired a son of the operation's champion (hip 685) for $550,000 during Tuesday's second session of the Fasig-Tipton October sale. Out of the stakes-placed Classy Dancer (Speightstown) and from the family of Paynter, the yearling was bred by Andrew Warren and was consigned by Lane's End.

“We have obviously enjoyed the run that Gun Runner has put us on and the only the way to continue that is to get more of them,” trainer Steve Asmussen said after signing the ticket on the yearling. “We felt this one was as similar to [Grade I winner] Gunite as anything that we've seen in a public auction.”

Of the wide variety of successful racehorses by the sire, Asmussen said, “I am extremely pleased with the variety of types that have a good amount of success. We felt [with this yearling] the cross was along the lines and that we could compare this one to Gunite. Obviously, with Wicked Halo and Echo Zulu and several of the others, he has other physical types and crosses that work extremely well as well.”

Winchell Thoroughbred pre-entered four horses in the upcoming Breeders' Cup, led by Epicenter (Not This Time) in the GI Breeders' Cup Classic and including a trio by Gun Runner: Wicked Halo, Echo Zulu and Gunite.

After adding another yearling by the stallion to the roster Tuesday, Winchell manager David Fiske said, “There is nothing like it, but more of it.”

Of the operation's four Breeders' Cup pre-entries, Fiske said, “The two that worked Sunday came out of the works well. And now we just cross our fingers.”

Speedway Makes Some Late Magic

Peter Fluor and K.C. Weiner's Speedway Stables made its lone yearling purchase of the season when bloodstock agent Marette Farrell went to $400,000 to acquire a colt by Good Magic (hip 778) from the Hunter Valley Farm consignment Tuesday in Lexington.

“He was a stunning physical,” Farrell said. “We thought he was the most athletic horse we'd seen in a long time. What struck me the most about him was, the very first time we saw him, he came out and he moved like a cat. And every time I came back to see him, it was like he was bigger and he was more horse. And he was so composed. I love to see a horse that has class like that because the horses you see in stakes races act like that and move like that.”

The chestnut colt is out of Divine Escapade (A.P. Indy) and is a half to stakes winner King of the Court (Speightstown). His second dam is Grade I winner Madcap Escapade (Hennessy).

He was bred by Sun Valley Farm and was acquired by Hunter Valley Farm for $150,000 at last year's Keeneland November sale.

Tuesday's positive return was the result of good timing, according to Hunter Valley's Fergus Galvin.

“He was a really good-looking, good-moving colt,” Galvin said. “We had him in the Keeneleand [September] sale, but we took the view early on that he would mature a lot for this sale. And he has really matured in the last six weeks. We had a lot of faith in the stallion and he's come on a lot in the last month as well. That was a big help.”

This fall, Good Magic has been represented by Blazing Sevens, winner of the Oct. 1 GI Champagne S., as well as Curly Jack, winner of the Sept. 17 GIII Iroquois S. His daughter Vegas Magic won the GII Sorrento S. in August.

Uncle Mo Joins BSW/Crow Colts Group

The BSW/Crow Colts Group and partners Spendthrift Farm and Gandharvi continued to add to its 2022 roster with the purchase of an Uncle Mo colt (hip 425) for $350,000 Tuesday in Lexington.

“Obviously, the sire power is there,” Jake Memolo said after signing the ticket on the yearling. “Uncle Mo is as good a sire as you could ask for. And this yearling is a strong, fast-looking horse. We were happy to get him at that price.”

Out of stakes-placed Adore You (Tactical Cat), the yearling is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner and multiple Grade I-placed Piedi Bianchi (Overanalzye). The gray colt, who RNA'd for $320,000 as a weanling at last year's Keeneland November sale, was bred by Deann and Greg Baer and was consigned by Wynnstay Sales.

During Monday's first session of the sale, the group purchased a colt by City of Light (hip 249) for $260,000.

“We maybe will add a couple more throughout the week,” Memolo said. “We are at 15 now, so we will be hoping to add maybe two or three more and see where we go.”

The BSW/Crow Colts Group purchased 11 yearlings for $4,840,000 at the Keeneland September sale.

Liz Crow's long history of success buying out of the Fasig-Tipton October sale has continued this year with Grade I winners Goodnight Olive (Ghostzapper) and Jack Christopher (Munnings) and the plan was always to shop for colts for the group at the last yearling auction of the year, according to Memolo.

“Liz has done so well at this sale and it's a sale she likes to target,” Memolo said. “This sale presents a lot of quality, so it's always nice to come here with a little bit of money to spend.”

Main Line Finds Some Fillies

Trainer John Servis and his partners in Main Line Racing worked the barns at Newtown Paddocks en masse over the weekend and enjoyed the fruits of their labors when securing three fillies during the first two sessions of the Fasig-Tipton October Sale. The group made its biggest purchase Tuesday when going to $300,000 to acquire a filly by City of Light (hip 578) out of Boodles (Mr. Greeley) from the Eaton Sales consignment.

“I just thought she looked awesome,” Servis said of the filly. “We chased a couple of other fillies that we didn't get, but we were really saving for this filly.”

The Main Line team got off to a quick start Monday morning when going to $220,000 for a daughter of first-crop sire Audible (hip 6). Consigned by Eaton Sales, the dark bay filly is out of Safwah (Medaglia d'Oro), a half-sister to GI Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming (Bodemeister) and to Grade I winner Hot Dixie Chick (Dixie Union).

“I always try to look at the younger stallions because we are breeding some now, so I pay attention to who the up-and-coming stallions might be and try to get lucky and get to them before they get too popular. I've seen quite a few Audibles that I really liked,” Servis said of the young WinStar stallion who has been popular in the sales ring all fall. “He seems to put a really good hip on all of them. But they all look athletic. I don't know that I've seen one that hasn't looked athletic.”

Rounding out the Main Line trio of October purchases was a filly by Not This Time (hip 203) purchased for $125,000 from the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment.

The group intentionally focuses on purchasing fillies.

“It's just for residual value,” Servis explained. “Hopefully, if they do some good, we have a shot to get our money back.”

Of the partnership, Servis said, “We have been together since, I'm going to say, 2005. It's Dr. Louis Bucky out of Philadelphia, William Schwartz, who owned a construction company that he sold a few years ago, and his son Drew, who lives in D.C. and does commercial real estate and myself. It's the four of us.”

The Main Line team won the 2019 GIII Dr. James Penny Memorial S. with Notapradaprice (Paddy o'Prado) and has been represented this year by stakes winner Love in the Air (Constitution).

Servis agreed competition at the October sale remained strong.

“I think we got lucky with the Audible filly on the first day because she was so early in the sale,” he said. “I knew it was going to be a strong sale because the pinhookers didn't get a lot accomplished at the September sale, so I knew a lot of those guys would be there, which they were. And I think we got really lucky. I think we did really well.”

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‘Hats and Halters’ To Benefit PDJF, TJC Safety Net Foundation

Tue, 2022-10-25 16:34

'Hats and halters,' an online auction in which racing fans will have an opportunity to bid on and win halters and hats of this year's GI Breeders' Cup Classic entrants, will raise funds for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation. The fundraiser opened Oct. 25 and runs through Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. ET.

The auction winner of each halter gets a meet and greet with the horse by January 2023, and if they select the halter of the Classic winner, they receive $5,000. There will also be a limited number of Breeders' Cup hats of all Classic entrants provided by the Breeders' Cup and signed by the jockey slated to ride the horse in the Classic that will be offered for $200. Displays will be featured at Jock Tales, Fashionable Fillies, and A Call to Post.

'Hats and Halters' Gold Sponsors include WinStar Farm and CHC (Life Is Good); Lane's End, West Point Thoroughbreds, Siena Farm, Hronis Racing, and Summer Wind Equine (Flightline); Gainesway, LNJ Foxwoods, Grandview Equine,and Cheyenne Stable (Olympiad); Gainesway, Strauss Bros. Racing, and Roadrunner Racing (Hot Rod Charlie); Zedan Racing Stables (Taiba); Wertheimer and Frere and Airdrie Stud (Happy Saver); Red TR Racing (Rich Strike); and Spendthrift Farm.

“Our heartbeat is for the people who work so hard to care for our beloved athletes,” said Shannon Kelly, Executive Director of The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation. “Thanks to all the owners and bidders who will participate.”

“We are always grateful for the support of our beloved jockeys by the owners,” said Nancy LaSala, PDJF President. “Their support means the world to our recipients.”

For more information and to participate in the online halter auction, visit 32Auctions.com/BCHatsandHalters2022. For the hats, visit https://pdjf.org/shop/.

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Study: Horses On Lasix At Increased Risk of ‘Sudden Death’

Tue, 2022-10-25 15:28

A new study published this week in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and funded by the Grayson Jockey Club Foundation, has found that horses racing on Lasix were 62% more likely to die within three days of racing than were horses running without the diuretic.

Fatalities due to catastrophic musculoskeletal injury were not included in the study.

The use of Lasix was one of 15 risk factors identified in the report.

The study, relying on information from the Equine Injury Database, examined starts made by 284,387 Thoroughbreds at 144 racetracks in the U.S. and Canada from 2009 to 2021. A total of 4,198,073 starts were included in the study, which was conducted by Dr. Euan Bennet and Dr. Tim Parkin. The number of starts equals 92.2% of all races in North America run during the period of the study.

Among the starters, there were 536 instances where a horse died within the three-day window after racing, a rate of  0.13 per 1,000 starts.

Horses falling into the “sudden death” category had to have died within three days of racing and have had one or more of five fatal injury descriptions:  (1) sudden death (recorded as “SUD” in the EID); (2) pulmonary hemorrhage; (3) exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH); (4) postexertional distress/heatstroke (PED); and (5) cardiac arrhythmia.

The study included 233,276 starts made by horses without Lasix. Eighteen or 0.08 per 1,000 starters died within three days. There were 3,964,797 starters who ran with Lasix and the result was 518 sudden deaths or 0.13 per 1000 starters. Ninety-four percent of all horses in the study raced with Lasix.

“…it could be hypothesized that furosemide administration in horses may increase the risk of sudden death through fatal arrhythmogenesis,” the study reads. “However, as the exact cause of sudden death (cardiac vs non-cardiac) was not determined for the horses of this study, we can only speculate at possible mechanisms. Further investigation is required to understand which, if any, pathophysiologic mechanisms could underlie the association between furosemide use and sudden death, as this finding raises further concerns about the ethics of race-day administration.”

The researchers also concluded: “…identifying any potential causal link between furosemide administration and sudden death should be a priority.”

The study looked at 49 risk factors and concluded that 15 of those factors could have led to a horse dying following a race. The list includes:

(*) Horses racing in the winter were at a 28% reduced risk of dying when compared to horses racing in the summer;

(*) There were fewer fatalities in longer races. In races contested at a mile or longer horses were 32% less likely to die than horses competing in races at six furlongs or shorter;

(*) Older horses were more likely to die than younger ones. Horses five or over were 44% more likely to die than horses who were three or younger;

(*) Horses that had been racing frequently were less likely to die than horses who had their races spaced out. For each additional race start made in the previous 0 to 30 days, individual horses were at reduced risk of sudden death. Horses that had made two or more race starts in the period 90 to 180 days before the current race were at 19% decreased risk of fatality compared to horses that had made 0 or 1 start in the same time period;

(*) Horses racing for the first time in a claiming race were at an increased risk. They were at 38% increased odds of sudden death compared to horses that were not making their debut in the claiming ranks;

(*) Horses that had previously been on a vet list, were 31% more likely to die compared to horses than had never been on a vet list;

(*) Horses whose last starts were made on a synthetic track were at 33% reduced odds of sudden death compared to starts made on dirt tracks;

The researchers hoped their information could lead to fewer sudden deaths.

The study reads: “Further work is required to determine which, if any, clinical signs are potential indicators and, indeed, whether such a rare outcome could be reliably predicted. The thoughtful application of big data predictive modeling would be helpful here; routine biometric monitoring of racehorses throughout their training and racing careers could provide valuable insights into horses' physical well-being.”

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New Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool to Debut Before BC Friday

Tue, 2022-10-25 15:10

A new Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool with up to 40 betting interests, including the popular “All Others” option, will debut Tuesday, Nov. 1 and close Thursday, Nov. 3 in advance of the Breeders' Cup World Championships' Future Stars Friday.

The new three-day pool, which features $2 Win and Exacta wagering, will open Tuesday, Nov. 1 at noon (all times Eastern) and close Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m.

Technology advancements now allow up to 40 pari-mutuel betting interests, up from 24 in previous years. Track officials will release the field for Pool 1 following the conclusion of Sunday's “Stars of Tomorrow I” at Churchill Downs.

All told, there are six Future Wager pools scheduled in advance of the 2023 Kentucky Derby: Nov. 1-3 (Pool 1); Nov. 24-27 (Pool 2); Jan. 20-22 (Pool 3); Feb. 10-12 (Pool 4); March 10-12 (Pool 5); and March 30-April 1 (Pool 6). The Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager, which debuted in 2015 and requires bettors to wager on the winning sire for next year's Kentucky Derby winner, will be held concurrently with Pool 2 on Nov. 24-27. The lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager will coincide with Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 5 on March 10-12.

Bets can be placed at Churchill Downs Racetrack, TwinSpires.com and other online wagering outlets and satellite wagering centers across North America.

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BC Contender Among Latest FTKNOV Supplements

Tue, 2022-10-25 14:09

Two additional horses have been supplemented to the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, including a Breeders' Cup contender.

  • LADY HOLLYWOOD (GB) (Havana Grey {GB}) (Hip 317): A 2-year-old filly who defeated males in the G3 Prix d'Arenberg at Paris Longchamp Sept. 1. She is also a stakes winner in Ireland and will make her next start in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. She is consigned as a racing/broodmare prospect by St. George Sales, agent.
  • CAKE BABY (Stormy Atlantic) (Hip 318): Stakes placed during her racing career, she is the dam of two stakes winners, including GSW Slipstream. She is offered in foal to Quality Road, carrying a full sibling to her other stakes winner, Too Sexy. She is consigned by Burleson Farms, agent.

These entries may now be viewed online and will also be available in the equineline sales catalogue app. Print versions of all supplemental entries will be available on-site at Fasig-Tipton at sale time. Fasig-Tipton will continue to accept approved supplemental entries through the Breeders' Cup.

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Keeneland To Auction Off Fractional Interest in Flightline

Tue, 2022-10-25 11:12

A 2.5% fractional interest in 'TDN Rising Star' and likely GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic favorite Flightline (Tapit) will be auctioned off at the start of the 2022 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, the auction house and Lane's End have announced. Flightline will enter stud as the property of a syndicate at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, upon the conclusion of his racing career.

The auction will be conducted with a first-of-its-kind Metaverse experience which intends to replicate the excitement of the November Sale. This user-friendly virtual experience is hosted on Spatial and accessible via Oculus headset, desktop computer, or mobile phone. Participants will have a front-row seat in a virtual sales ring modeled after Keeneland's and will also have the opportunity to learn about Lane's End, Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry through a series of pre-event activations.

The fractional interest is subject to Keeneland's Conditions of Sale. Interested bidders must register in advance, have established credit with Keeneland Sales, and meet such additional requirements as Keeneland or Lane's End may request. Qualified bidders may bid on the fractional interest in-person at Keeneland, via Keeneland's online auction platform, or by phone. The fractional interest is being offered by West Point Thoroughbreds, one of five ownership groups in Flightline, who races the world's top-rated racehorse in partnership with Hronis Racing LLC, Siena Farm LLC, Summer Wind Equine LLC and Woodford Racing LLC.

“Bill Farish and Keeneland have been talking about trying to stay ahead of the curve from a technology standpoint and increasing outside participation and interest in the industry,” said West Point's Terry Finley. “We are just really happy we are in a position to participate. We are excited about it. The attention has been incredible over the last couple of hours. It is very unique way for someone to have an opportunity of a lifetime. We don't know what to expect, but it could be very good for the partners.”

It is expected to be the only opportunity to buy into Flightline before he retires to stud. Should Flightline continue to race beyond the Breeders' Cup, the purchaser of the fractional interest will also be a part of his racing ownership. At the conclusion of the auction, the winning bidder will own 2.5% of Flightline and have all rights, benefits, and obligations of a co-owner of the horse pursuant to the Syndicate Agreement. All racing and breeding decisions will be made as provided in the Syndicate Agreement available for inspection by qualified bidders.

A decision on Flightline's future will be made following the Breeders' Cup.

“Flightline's stud fee has yet to be determined,” said Bill Farish of Lane's End, “but he will surely retire as one of the most valuable Thoroughbred stallion prospects in recent memory. He'll be an historic addition to the Lane's End roster and the syndicate model is an exciting way for more people to participate in a sport that otherwise has a high barrier to entry.”

Shannon Arvin, President & CEO of Keeneland, said, “With these trailblazing firsts–a chance to own a portion of the world's best racehorse and the opportunity to experience the world's leading Thoroughbred auction house in the Metaverse–Lane's End and Keeneland are once again proving their commitment to evolving the horse racing industry and welcoming a new generation of fans to its timeless traditions.”

For additional information or to pre-register to bid, visit www.keeneland.com/flightline or contact Bill Farish at Lane's End at (859) 873-7300 or Keeneland's Director of Sales Operations Cormac Breathnach at (859) 254-3412.

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NHC To Remain at Horseshoe Las Vegas Through 2026

Tue, 2022-10-25 10:47

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Caesars Entertainment have announced an agreement which establishes Bally's–the soon-to-be renamed Horseshoe Las Vegas–as the host site of the National Horseplayers' Championship through 2026. This year's event will take place Mar. 10-12, 2023.

“We are delighted to secure a multi-year extension and continue our partnership with two iconic brands–Caesars and Horseshoe Las Vegas–to host hundreds of horseplayers in the heart of the Las Vegas strip at the world's most prestigious horse racing handicapping contest,” said NTRA President and CEO Tom Rooney.

“We're pleased to again partner with the NTRA to host the 2024, 2025, and 2026 National Horseplayers Championship at Horseshoe Las Vegas,” said Joseph Morris, Senior Vice President, Racing at Caesars Entertainment. “Hosting this event continues the Caesars commitment to horse racing and aligns well with the Horseshoe Las Vegas legacy of hosting championship-level events like the World Series of Poker.”

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Report of Mares Bred: Gun Runner Tops, Totals Slide

Tue, 2022-10-25 09:37

The Jockey Club has released its Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2022 breeding season. Through Oct. 18, 2022 and based on the RMBs received, a total of 925 stallions covered 27,163 mares in North America this year, a decrease of the reported 27,829 mares from 2021.

In Kentucky, the state's 196 reported stallions served 16,689 mares, a number which translates to 61.4% of all breeding activity in North America. That number reflects a decrease of 0.2% from last year when 16,727 mares were reported as bred in Kentucky, while the number of stallions was down 2% from 200 in 2021.

California was the second-busiest state from a statistical standpoint, with 99 stallions covering 1,781 mares, a decline of 3.4%. Florida is the only other state reporting four-figure matings, with 1,495 mares (-4.3%) having been bred to 59 sires (-4.8%).

Stallions in New York and Indiana covered more mares this year than last. In New York, 973 mares were reported as bred, an increase of 2.6%, while the number of sires remained static at 38. In Indiana, 39 stallions (down from 45 in 2021) bred 496 mares, a bump of 4.4% over 12 months ago.

In terms of individual stallions, Gun Runner, standing at Three Chimneys, bred 248 mares in 2022, tops in North America. He was followed by Yaupon (Spendthrift), 242; Mendelssohn (Coolmore), 230; Practical Joke (Coolmore), 227; and Not This Time (Taylor Made), 225. The top 56 stallions by mares covered were all in Kentucky. Six different farms had a stallion in the top 10, up from four in 2021.

Gun Runner's rise from 166 mares in 2021 was fueled by his exceptional first crop's performance on the racetrack. He led all first-year stallions in every black-type category, as well as by winners, wins, earnings per starter and earnings.

The top 10 first-crop sires by mares covered were also in Kentucky, led by Yaupon, good for second among all sires.

The Jockey Club estimates that it will receive an additional 2,500 to 3,000 RMBs.

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Spirited Bidding As Fasig October Sale Opens with Into Mischief Yearlings on Top

Mon, 2022-10-24 20:22

LEXINGTON, KY – The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearlings Sale, looking to build on a record-setting 2021 renewal, opened with a day of competitive bidding Monday. A pair of yearlings by Into Mischief topped the day's activity, with a filly going the way of Ben McElroy for $425,000 and a colt selling to the Green family's DJ Stable for $400,000.

“It was a very good opening session to the 2022 Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning. “There was very good trade. The parking lot was jammed pack, we saw lots of faces on the sales grounds, lots of trainers, pinhookers and end-users and lot of representatives from overseas.”

During Monday's session, 253 yearlings sold for $12,342,100. The average of $48,783 was up 21.3% from the same session a year ago and the median of $27,000 was up 58%.

The 2021 auction set records for both average and median–of $45,627 and $22,000, respectively–and the opening session of the 2022 sale was ahead of both marks.

“The 2021 sale was a quantum leap from previous year levels, so to be able to sustain that and potentially improve on that–I hate to get too far out because it's hard to judge the composition of which days are the best when there are 1600 horses on the grounds. But it was a very solid session with lots of activity.”

With 96 yearlings reported not sold, the buy-back rate was 27.5%. It was 19.6% during last year's first session.

The Fasig-Tipton October sale continues through Thursday with sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m.

McElroy, Ward Strike for Into Mischief Filly

Bloodstock agent Ben McElroy, sitting alongside trainer Wesley Ward, made a session-topping final bid of $425,000 to acquire a filly by Into Mischief (hip 336) at Monday's first session of the Fasig-Tipton October sale. The yearling is out of stakes winner Velvet Mood (Lonhro {Aus}) and was bred by Alpha Delta Stables, which purchased the mare with the filly in utero for $1 million at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton November sale. She was consigned by Mill Ridge Sales.

“She's by a great sire, whether it's colts or fillies, and she's out of a precocious mare who was a stakes-winning 2-year-old,” McElroy said of the filly's appeal. “She just fit our model for getting them out early with Wesley and she looks like she could be turf or dirt, or even synthetic. She is a very nice filly. For me, she was the pick of the fillies today. We were happy to get her at that price and fingers crossed from here on out.”

McElroy said he expects to find partners for the yearling.

“We will put together a partnership on the filly and see how it goes,” he said. “That's good money for a horse, but by that sire, I think we did good.”

McElroy signed for four yearlings Monday and three were acquired with Ward. Keeping busy throughout the yearling sales season across the globe this fall, he also signed for eight yearlings at the Keeneland September sale and three yearlings at the Goffs Orby sale.

“It was really tough to buy what I wanted at Keeneland,” McElroy said. “In Europe, I think we got some really nice horses. We got four today and we are really happy with what we got. This sale always gets better day by day, so hopefully by Thursday these will look like good value.”

Greens Continue to Pick Their Spots

The Green family's DJ Stable, which purchased the co-toppers at the OBS October sale earlier this month, continued its yearling buying spree at Fasig-Tipton Monday, acquiring a colt by Into Mischief (hip 80) for $400,000 just minutes are purchasing a son of Gun Runner (hip 74) for $200,000.

“We are just trying to find a competitive advantage,” Len Green explained. “There are people with more money, so the idea is to try to find the spot and then buy them correctly. Because someone told me a long time ago, you run out of money before they run out of horses.”

Green admitted the team was searching for horses who might not be attracting the attention of heavy-hitting buyers.

“For example, there was an Uncle Mo (hip 197) that came in the ring later on and every big guy was on the horse,” he explained. “I looked at the list of who had visited him and they must have had 14 or so. So I said there is no sense to bid against those guys. Whereas on ours, we looked at the list and we said we have a chance to get this horse at the price we want this horse for.”

Of DJ Stable's buying process, Green said, “We have [trainer] Mark Casse, who certainly knows physical horses, and Jon Green knows what the value of horses is, he follows them all the time.”

Hip 80, bred by Emily and Oliver Bushnell and consigned by Lane's End, is out of Shysheisnot (Tribal Rule).

“This one looks like a runner,” Green said of the yearling.

DJ Stable is currently represented by a daughter of Into Mischief, Wonder Wheel, who is expected to go postward in next week's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

“It wouldn't make any difference,” Green said of the sire. “We don't look at the pedigree page. We look at the physical first. And then we look at the pedigree page to figure out a valuation for the horse.”

Hip 74, bred by Three Chimneys Farm and consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, is out of Shocking Fast (Distorted Humor), a half-sister to this year's GI Preakness S. winner Early Voting (Gun Runner).

“These are the kind of runners that, if they make it, they are worth a heck of a lot of money,” Green said. “You can say to me, 'Well, there are horses with no pedigree who win Grade I races,' but more likely the ones that win Grade I races are the ones that have the pedigree and the physical. So that's what we are looking for.”

DJ Stable purchased six yearlings at the OBS October sale, including a colt by Mitole and a filly by The Factor for matching $210,000 sale-topping figures. The operation also purchased the $600,000 sale-topping son of Curlin at the Fasig-Tipton July sale this year.

“We are also selling a lot right now,” Green said. “We were very heavy in fillies because we have a breeding program now. So we have the ability to do foal sharing. We never had that before. If you get a good filly, physically and with a pedigree and she does well on the track, then you have the opportunity to breed it and get into Book 1.

“We found that you can sell certain horses and then we have the advantage that, if we don't get the number we want, we can actually race them. So the number [of horses in the stable], believe it or not, is the same as it was last year.”

DJ Stable struck again late in the session to acquire a colt by Vino Rosso (hip 387) for $60,000.

Arrogate Filly Helps Kick Off October Sale

A filly by Arrogate (hip 7) will be heading west to the barn of that late sire's trainer Bob Baffert after bloodstock agent Donato Lanni made a final bid of $350,000 on behalf of John Rogitz to acquire the yearling early in Monday's first session of the Fasig-Tipton October sale.

The yearling was bred by Paul Tackett and his late son Phil and was consigned by Tackett. She is out of Saharan (Desert Party), a half-sister to Grade I winner My Conquestadory (Artie Schiller).

“She looks like a good Arrogate,” said Lanni. “She looks fast and she was light on her feet. She was a cool filly who did everything right.”

Lanni said of Rogitz, “He's a new guy for us and we thought this filly would suit him very well.”

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GISW Olympiad to Stand at Gainesway

Mon, 2022-10-24 17:06

Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable and LNJ Foxwoods' Olympiad (Speightstown–Tokyo Time, Medaglia d'Oro) will take up stallion duties at Gainesway Farm upon his retirement from racing. To date, Olympiad has won eight of 12 career starts, including five graded stakes victories, highlighted by the GI Jockey Club Gold Cup. Having already amassed over $2-million in earnings, the 4-year-old is expected to make his next start in the GI Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland next month.

Trained by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, Olympiad captured five graded victories this season, beginning with the GIII Mineshaft S. at Fair Grounds, where he set a track record for 1 1/16 miles. He followed up at the same track with a two-length score in the GII New Orleans Classic S. before adding a pair of wins at Churchill Downs in the GII Alysheba S. and the GII Stephen Foster S.

Bred by Emory Hamilton, Olympiad is out of the Grade III-place Tokyo Time. This is the immediate family of Grade I winner and foundation mare Chic Shirine, from whom 20 graded stakes winners descend. He was purchased from the Gainesway consignment as a yearling for $700,000 by Solis/Litt.

“I have been a huge fan of Olympiad since selling him as a yearling in 2019,” said Gainesway General Manager Brian Graves. “Olympiad has backed up his exceptional looks and pedigree with a tremendous race record. I couldn't be more excited to stand a horse of his quality and talent at Gainesway.”

An advertised fee for Olympiad's first season will be announced at a later date.

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Holiday Designer Show House at Chestnut Hall to Benefit TRF

Mon, 2022-10-24 14:43

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will open the doors of Chestnut Hall at TRF Sanctuary Farm this December for the second annual Holiday Designer Show House to benefit the organization's herd of nearly 450 retired racehorses. The farmhouse will be decorated with exquisite decor in rooms designed by Cherry House Galleries, KP Design, Hound & Hare LLC, Jason Jennings Interior, Debhelin Designs, Living Spaces, Little Lavender Company, Julia Carstanjen, Mandeline Hetzel Interiors and All Lit Up. The event is being staffed by volunteers and friends of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

The event will run from Friday, Dec. 2 through Dec. 10 and the house will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. This year's event has been expanded to include the entire farmhouse and the barn. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased at www.trfinc.org or for $30 at the door.

Kicking off the nine-day event, there will be a special “Preview Night” Thursday, Dec. 1st featuring a cocktail reception from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Tickets for the Preview Event are $75.

The TRF Sanctuary Farm at Chestnut Hall, located on 25 acres in Prospect, Kentucky, opened in April of 2021 and is home to several members of the Thoroughbred Retirement herd where they serve as equine ambassadors to the local community.

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‘Photo Finish’ Exhibition Opens Nov. 2 in von Stade Gallery

Mon, 2022-10-24 13:16

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's fourth annual Photo Finish exhibition will open in the von Stade Gallery Wednesday, Nov. 2. The exhibit's images will also be available on the Museum's website. Photo Finish features selected amateur and professional photographs that document the entire racing experience, from the farm and the backstretch to the winner's circle. Photographers from 17 states and Ireland are represented in the exhibit.

Remi Bellocq, Alicia Hughes, Sally Jeffords, and Tod Marks, served as the judges for Photo Finish, providing representation from the racing and arts communities. The von Stade Gallery exhibit will remain on display through Feb. 5, 2023, and the online exhibition will be available through October 2023. The call for submissions for the fifth annual Photo Finish exhibition will be announced in 2023.

“We are excited for the opportunity to provide a platform for these talented photographers to showcase the beauty, drama, and emotion of the great sport of thoroughbred racing,” said Jessica Cloer, the National Museum of Racing's curator.

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Temple City Terror Roars to Victory in Dowager

Sun, 2022-10-23 16:47

In eye-catching fashion, Temple City Terror (m, 6, Temple City–It Takes Two, by More Than Ready) roared in the stretch to win the GIII Rood and Riddle Dowager S. by open lengths and secure her first graded-stakes victory at 5-2. In no hurry as leaders set an open quarter of :23.86, and a :48.14, 1:13.40 split to follow, the dark bay launched her patented move coming off the final turn and inhaled her rivals to come home in 2:27.98. Luck Money (Lookin at Lucky) and Sister Otoole (Amira's Prince) rounded out the minor awards.

Sunday, Keeneland
ROOD AND RIDDLE DOWAGER S.-GIII, $294,688, Keeneland, 10-23, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/2mT, 2:27.98, fm.
1–TEMPLE CITY TERROR, 121, m, 6, by Temple City
               1st Dam: It Takes Two, by More Than Ready
               2nd Dam: Chastity Belle, by Gilded Time
               3rd Dam: Exquisite Mistress, by Nasty and Bold
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($22,000 Ylg '17 KEESEP).
O-Pocket Aces Racing LLC & Somewhere Stable Kentucky
LLC; B-Upson Downs Farm (KY); T-Brendan P. Walsh; J-Tyler
Gaffalione. $174,375. Lifetime Record: 28-6-5-5, $696,218.
Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross
pedigree or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style
pedigree.
2–Luck Money, 121, m, 5, Lookin At Lucky–Flagrant, by Rahy.
O/B-Catherine M. Wills (KY); T-Arnaud Delacour. $56,250.
3–Sister Otoole, 121, m, 5, Amira's Prince (Ire)–O' Toole, by
Distorted Humor. O-Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners; B-Helen
Barbazon & Joseph Barbazon (FL); T-H. Graham Motion.
$23,438.
Margins: 3, 2, 3. Odds: 2.97, 6.73, 10.11.
Also Ran: Coastana, Flying Fortress, Mia Martina, Core Values, Beside Herself, Stand Tall, Go Big Blue Nation. Scratched: Queen Bourbon.
Click for the Equibase.com chart or the TJCIS.com PPs. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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