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Mo Donegal Gives Pletcher Seventh Wood Memorial

Sat, 2022-04-09 17:01

Mo Donegal (Uncle Mo) returned to the scene of his previous career best score to stamp his ticket to the Run for the Roses with a late-rallying score over Early Voting (Gun Runner) in the GII Wood Memorial S. at Aqueduct Saturday. It was the seventh Wood Memorial victory for Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, tying Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons record. His previous winners were Eskendereya (2010), Gemologist (2012), Verrazano (2013), Outwork (2016), Vino Rosso (2018) and Bourbonic (2021). Verrazano went on to win the GI Haskell Invitational and Vino Rosso took the GI Breeders' Cup Classic, but the last Wood Memorial placer to take home the roses was 2003 victor Funny Cide.

Mo Donegal was off a breath slow, but not nearly as slow as race favorite Morello (Classic Empire), who typically runs near the front, but was relegated to last early with Mo Donegal just ahead of him on the fence. It was Early Voting in control and he clocked an opening quarter in :23.86 with 49-1 shot A. P.'s Secret (Cupid) tracking from second. The Klaravich colorbearer put up a half-mile in :47.75 as Mo Donegal continued to bide his time near the back.

Picking it up on the backstretch to be fifth as three-quarters went in 1:11.59, the 2-1 second-choice cut the corner to be a joint second at the top of the stretch with the pacesetter well within reach. Early Voting found more in the lane and tried to go on with it, putting some distance between himself and Mo Donegal. However, the GII Remsen S. winner was just finding his best stride under Joel Rosario and tugged his way past Early Voting in the final strides to win by a neck. Skippylongstocking (Exaggerator) completed the trifecta) and favored GIII Gotham S. winner Morello could only manage sixth after his poor start. Gaining 100 points for the victory, Mo Donegal moves into fourth on the GI Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 112 points total.

“I thought he ran a great race,” said Pletcher, who won the GI Central Bank Ashland S. Friday with Nest (Curlin). “It didn't really unfold the way we thought it would. When Steve [Asmussen]'s horse [Morello], didn't get away well, I was worried the fractions were a little soft, but he was able to overcome that and come with a big run. I think he got his last quarter-mile in :23.69, which is pretty impressive. He was resolute. He kept coming and I was thrilled to see him get there.”

As for the Kentucky Derby, Pletcher said, “You need a good trip in the Derby and with his running style, he's going to have to work his way through some traffic. But I think he's got some good experience and he showed today he can overcome a bit of a trip and zigzag when he needs to. Most importantly, it looks like he has the stamina to see out the trip.”

“It was a perfect trip,” said Rosario. “He kept digging in at the end and kept coming. It was a good race. I tried to save ground and it looked like the track was good inside, so I tried to stay there for as long as I could. He was handling everything well.”

“I thought he was on wings,” said Jerry Crawford of owner Donegal Racing. “I think the performance he gave today was even better than it looked to the naked eye. I've been here all day [Friday] and [Saturday] and not one horse has closed on the dirt in two days and he came from far back. So, he had to be not just the best today, he had to be much-the-best to prevail.”

As for runner-up Early Voting, trainer Chad Brown said, “He ran a great race. He was second-best today. He got a great ride and the winner ran a really good race as well. I was very proud of the horse.”

He continued, “I have to digest this and look at what happens everywhere today [before deciding on the Derby]. Also, first and foremost look at the horse and put everything together to see if he'd have a reasonable chance to win the race. Based on his limited experience and such, I'm not sure, but let's see. He has the points, so probably. I don't want to make a decision until I evaluate everything.”

Third when unveiled in a 6 1/2-panel event at Belmont Sept. 30, Mo Donegal showed his appreciation for more real estate with a late-running graduation going 1 1/16 miles at that oval Oct. 21. Getting his nose down ahead of Saturday's GI Toyota Blue Grass S. winner Zandon (Upstart) in the track-and-trip GII Remsen S. Dec. 4, he made a late run for third behind last week's GI Curlin Florida Derby victor White Abarrio (Race Day) on a track that is not kind to closers in Gulfstream's GIII Holy Bull S. Feb. 5. He was scratched from the GII Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth S. last month with a fever and re-routed to this event.

Pedigree Notes:

Mo Donegal is one of 43 graded winners for Uncle Mo and his second Wood Memorial winner following the Pletcher-trained Outwork form the Coolmore stallion's first crop. He was also the second graded winner for Uncle Mo Saturday, who was represented by GII Shakertown S. winner Golden Pal at Keeneland. His dam Callingmissbrown (Pulpit) is a daughter of GI Acorn S. victress Island Sand (Tabasco Cat). Mo Donegal is her second foal and her only produce since is a juvenile filly named Prank (Into Mischief), who brought $500,000 Alex Solis & Jason Litt at KEESEP. Callingmissbrown was barren when bred to Catholic Boy for 2021 and is expecting a foal by Curlin.

Saturday, Aqueduct
WOOD MEMORIAL S. PRESENTED BY RESORTS WORLD CASINO-GII, $750,000, Aqueduct, 4-9, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:47.96, ft.
1–MO DONEGAL, 123, c, 3, by Uncle Mo
                1st Dam: Callingmissbrown, by Pulpit
                2nd Dam: Island Sand, by Tabasco Cat
                3rd Dam: Sue's Last Dance, by Forty Niner
($250,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-Donegal Racing; B-Ashview Farm & Colts Neck Stables (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher; J-Joel Rosario. $400,000. Lifetime Record: GSW, 5-3-0-2, $621,800. Werk Nick
Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Early Voting, 123, c, 3, Gun Runner–Amour d'Ete, by Tiznow. ($200,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-Klaravich Stables, Inc.; B-Three Chimneys Farm, LLC (KY); T-Chad C. Brown. $140,000.
3–Skippylongstocking, 123, c, 3, Exaggerator–Twinkling, by War Chant. 1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE. ($15,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP; $37,000 2yo '21 OBSAPR). O-Daniel Alonso; B-Brushy Hill, LLC (KY); T-Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.. $75,000.
Margins: NK, 3HF, 1HF. Odds: 2.15, 2.40, 17.40.
Also Ran: A. P.'s Secret, Barese, Morello, Long Term, Golden Code.
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Cupid Filly Plays Santa Anita Oaks Spoiler

Sat, 2022-04-09 16:57

While Saturday's GII Santa Anita Oaks seemed all but a procession for 13-length GIII Las Virgenes S. romper Adare Manor (Uncle Mo) in her first start since being transferred from Bob Baffert to Tim Yakteen, Desert Dawn (Cupid)–the longest shot in the field of five at higher than 14-1 odds–had other ideas. Desert Dawn broke well from the fence before tucking in to sit third as her seemingly much more formidable stablemate Ain't Easy (Into Mischief) set off to show the way with the imposing presence of Adare Manor looming to her outside. The leading duo opened several lengths on their competition down the backside through splits of :23.05 and :46.46. Adare Manor quickly went from looking like a sure thing to in deep water as pilot John Velazquez hit the gas but seemed to not quite find the response he was looking for. Desert Dawn then ranged up to join the others three deep, and kicked clear in upper stretch. Adare Manor found more to battle back through the stretch, but she could never quite regain her momentum and Desert Dawn crossed the wire a neck to the good. Ain't Easy checked in a distant third.

“I have been working this horse.  I knew this filly was better than that last year,” said winning pilot Umberto Rispoli. “I knew we needed that last race and I felt the last work (6f, 1:13.40, 1/4) was better than shown. I just wanted to keep her outside and I knew the pace would set up really well for her. We started to move at the 3/8 pole and she fought every step of the way.  She gave me the Santa Anita Oaks and now it is on to Kentucky!”

A second-out graduate going a mile at Del Mar last August, Desert Dawn was third in October's GII Chandelier S. behind Ain't Easy over track and trip before checking in last of sixth behind Echo Zulu (Gun Runner) in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 5. She was fourth to the Baffert-trained Eda (Munnings) in both the GI Starlet S. at Los Al Dec. 4 and again in the local GIII Santa Ysabel S. Mar. 5.

“She's an honest filly,” conditioner Phil D'Amato said of the winner, who earned 100 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points. “I always thought once she'd get her scenario it'd work out for her, and I think the longer the better. Umberto's been breezing her and her last drill was probably her best drill to date, so it all worked out.”

Saturday, Santa Anita
SANTA ANITA OAKS-GII, $400,000, Santa Anita, 4-9, 3yo, f,
1 1/16m, 1:43.50, ft.
1–DESERT DAWN, 124, f, 3, by Cupid
                1st Dam: Ashley's Glory, by Honour and Glory
                2nd Dam: Ashley Secret, by Dr. Carter
                3rd Dam: Whatever It Takes, by Hatchet Man
RNA Ylg '20 OBSOCT). O/B-H and E Ranch, Inc.; T-Philip
D'Amato; J-Umberto Rispoli. $240,000. Lifetime Record:
7-2-0-2, $378,400. *2nd graded winner, fourth black-type
winner for sire (by Tapit). Werk Nick Rating: A.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Adare Manor, 124, f, 3, Uncle Mo–Brooklynsway, by Giant
Gizmo. ($180,000 Ylg '20 FTKFEB; $190,000 RNA Ylg '20 FTKSEL;
$375,000 2yo '21 OBSOPN). O-Michael Lund Petersen; B-Town
& Country Horse Farms, LLC & Gary Broad (KY); T-Tim Yakteen.
3–Ain't Easy, 124, f, 3, Into Mischief–Ameristralia (Aus), by
Fastnet Rock (Aus). 'TDN Rising Star' ($400,000 Ylg '20
KEESEP). O-Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC, Michael V. Lombardi
and Joey Platts; B-Spendthrift Farm, LLC (KY); T-Philip D'Amato.
Margins: NK, 7HF, 3HF. Odds: 14.60, 0.70, 3.70.
Also Ran: Under the Stars, Micro Share. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

Pedigree Notes:
Desert Dawn is the second graded stakes winner, and one of four black-type scorers, from her sire (by Tapit)'s first crop. Honour and Glory is the broodmare sire of 35 graded/group winners, including MGISW West Coast (Flatter) and blue hen Justwhistledixie (Dixie Union).

A rare Arizona-bred to compete at the graded level, Desert Dawn is out of a mare who was a five-time winner at Finger Lakes. Ashley's Glory's last listed foal is a yearling filly by Mineshaft.


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Golden Pal Utterly Dominant in Shakertown

Sat, 2022-04-09 16:57

Wesley Ward has trained his fair share of fast horses in his career, but where it comes to Golden Pal (Uncle Mo), “this is the fastest of the fast.” That is some compliment, and few would quibble with him after watching the two-time Breeders' Cup winner treat nine fellow turf sprinters to a spectacular front-running tour-de-force in Saturday's GII Shakertown S. at Keeneland.

Sent off the prohibitive 3-5 chalk in his seasonal debut, Golden Pal–who overcame the 13 hole in a field of 14 to win the 2020 GII Juvenile Turf Sprint over this course and distance–blasted away from gate 10 and established a clear lead within a matter of yards. Allowed to make the running while racing in about the two path, he covered his opening quarter in a sensational :20.94 and maintained a daylight advantage on his rivals on the turn over a turf course that had taken better than three inches of rain over the course of the week. Still just galloping along off the fence turning for home, he got the half-mile in an other-worldly :43.58 and was never in any sort of danger. Johnny Unleashed (Colonel John) was second at 70-1, while Gear Jockey (Twirling Candy) rounded out the triple.

“He's just blessed with speed and agility,” Ward continued. “He moves like a cat; he's so quick. For a big, sturdy horse like he is–he's just a once-in-a-lifetime horse.”

Narrowly runner-up to The Lir Jet (Ire) (Prince of Lir {Ire}) as a maiden in the 2020 G2 Norfolk S. at Royal Ascot, Golden Pal bested Cowan (Kantharos) in that year's Juvenile Turf Sprint, but was forced to miss a return trip to the Royal Meeting, making Saratoga's GIII Quick Call S. his first win at the graded level last July. Owner/breeder Randall Lowe sold the colt to the Coolmore partners and Westerberg, but he was a disappointing seventh in the G1 Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe S. in August before bouncing back in Keeneland's GII Woodford S. in October. Golden Pal ran them off the feet in the GI Turf Sprint in his most recent appearance Nov. 6, and Ward indicated that the G1 King's Stand S. at Royal Ascot June 14 over a stiff five furlongs is next on the dance card.

Pedigree Notes:

Golden Pal is the first foal to the races for his dam, a Grade III winner and 10-times stakes winner overall, who also has a runner-up effort in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint to her record. Lady Shipman is a full-sister to Just Talkin, herself multiple stakes-placed in turf sprints, and whose first foal, an American Pharoah colt named Talkin Pharoah, was signed for by Ward for $260,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale. The colt breezed three furlongs at Turfway Park in :35.40 Apr. 7. Lady Shipman is also the dam of the yearling colt Lieutenant General (Omaha Beach) and is due to Uncle Mo this season.

Saturday, Keeneland
SHAKERTOWN S.-GII, $317,657, Keeneland, 4-9, 3yo/up, 5 1/2fT, 1:02.21, gd.
1–GOLDEN PAL, 126, c, 4, by Uncle Mo
                1st Dam: Lady Shipman (GSW-Can, MSW & GISP-USA, $902,387), by Midshipman
                2nd Dam: Sumthingtotalkabt, by Mutakddim
                3rd Dam: Nannetta, by Falstaff
($325,000 RNA Ylg '19 KEESEP). O-Magnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Michael B., Smith, Derrick and Westerberg; B-Randall E Lowe (FL); T-Wesley A. Ward; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr.. $174,375. Lifetime Record: 9-6-2-0, $1,473,431. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Johnny Unleashed, 122, g, 5, Colonel John–Ready to Unleash, by More Than Ready. 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE. ($10,000 Ylg'18 KEESEP). O-Foster Family Racing, Reynolds, Lonnie, H & H Horses, LLC and Mills, Joseph; B-St. Simon Place, Scott Stephens & Betsy T Wells (KY); T-Eric N. Foster. $65,625.
3–Gear Jockey, 124, h, 5, Twirling Candy–Switching Gears, by Tapit. O/B-Calumet Farm (KY); T-George R. Arnold, II. $32,813.
Margins: 4 3/4, 3/4, NK. Odds: 0.60, 70.20, 9.80.
Also Ran: Diamond Oops, The Lir Jet (Ire), Just Might, Barraza, Natural Power (Ire), Chess Master, Filo Di Arianna (Brz). Scratched: Cowan.
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Just One Time Up In Time in Madison

Sat, 2022-04-09 16:49

Just One Time (Not This Time) took her career to the next level with her first Grade I score in Keeneland's Madison S. Saturday. Away without incident after being pounded down to 2-1 favoritism late, the lightly raced PA-bred sat towards the back as Lady Rocket (Tale of the Cat) and Kimari (Munnings) knocked heads with longshot Club Car (Malibu Moon) through a snappy first quarter in :22.11. Just One Time has just one beat, Bell's the One (Majesticperfection), as the favorites continued their battle through a :44.50 half-mile. That Grade I winner launched her rally first approaching the far turn with Just One Time four wide to her outside and just off her heels. Lady Rocket and Kimari continued to throw it down in early stretch, but Bell's the One was coming on strongly with Just One Time going even better behind her. Bell's the One hit the front in the final sixteenth, but Just One Time mowed her down in the final strides to win by 3/4 of a length. Kimari bested Lady Rocket for third.

“It worked out today,” trainer Brad Cox said. “Obviously, there was a hot pace up front, but it's not ideal. We'd like to break and be a little more involved. That's how she was before she came to us. We put a starting gate blanket on her today, and honestly it didn't help her a whole lot getting away from there.”

“I was hoping to get a good break and get myself into the race,” Flavien Prat said. “Unfortunately, she broke a bit flat-footed so we went to Plan B and she ran really well in the stretch.”

Kicking off her career with a pair of wins last spring, including Presque Isle's PA-bred Malvern Rose S., Just One Time failed to fire next out in that venue's Lady Erie S. in August. Dominating an allowance on the Penn National dirt in September, she was equally dominant in that venue's state-bred New Start S. Oct. 22 in her final start for trainer Michael Salvaggio, Jr. Bought into by Commonwealth New Era Racing, Just One Time was transferred to Cox and captured Gulfstream's GII Inside Information S. in her first start for that barn Jan. 29.

Pedigree Notes:

Just One Time is the second Grade I winner for red-hot young sire Not This Time, following 'TDN Rising Star' Princess Noor. She is one of six graded winners for that Taylor Made stallion and one of three this year with the other two being GII Louisiana Derby victor Epicenter and GII Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth S. scorer Simplification. The winner is also one of 18 black-type scorers for Not This Time. Just One Time marks six Grade I victors out of a daughter of Speightstown and is one of 17 graded winners and 42 black-type achievers for that broodmare sire. Chad Schumer picked up Ida Clark with Just One Time in utero for $45,000 at the 2017 KEENOV sale for Warriors Reward LLC. They bred her back to Outwork and sold her to McMahon & Hill Bloodstock for $60,000 in the 2019 KEEJAN sale. The resulting foal is a filly now named Hard Place, who was a $200,000 OBSMAR purchase by Spendthrift Farm. She has since produced a juvenile colt by Goldencents and a yearling filly by Runhappy. Ida Clark was bred back to Catholic Boy.

Saturday, Keeneland
MADISON S.-GI, $439,850, Keeneland, 4-9, 4yo/up, f/m, 7f, 1:22.79, my.
1–JUST ONE TIME, 123, f, 4, by Not This Time
                1st Dam: Ida Clark, by Speightstown
                2nd Dam: Eliza Donner, by Oh Say
                3rd Dam: Witch Wabbit, by Salem
1ST GRADE I WIN. O-Warriors Reward, LLC and Commonwealth New Era Racing; B-Warrior's Reward LLC (PA); T-Brad H. Cox; J-Flavien Prat. $235,600. Lifetime Record: GSW, 7-6-0-0, $525,195. *1/2 to Black Stetson (More Than Ready), SW, $141,678. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Bell's the One, 123, m, 6, by Majesticperfection
                1st Dam: Street Mate, by Street Cry (Ire)
                2nd Dam: Day Mate, by Dayjur
                3rd Dam: Possible Mate, by King's Bishop
($155,000 Ylg '17 FTKJUL). O-Lothenbach Stables, Inc. (Bob Lothenbach); B-Bret Jones (KY); T-Neil L. Pessin. $95,000.
3–Kimari, 123, m, 5, by Munnings
                1st Dam: Cozze Up Lady (GSW, $407,169), by Cozzene
                2nd Dam: The White Lady, by Johannesburg
                3rd Dam: Maha Al Iman, by Pulpit
($152,000 Ylg '18 FTKJUL; $2,700,000 4yo '21 FTKNOV).
O-Westerberg Limited, Mrs. John Magnier, Jonathan Poulin, Derrick Smith and Michael B. Tabor; B-China Horse Club International Limited (KY); T-Wesley A. Ward. $47,500.
Margins: 3/4, 3, 1HF. Odds: 2.30, 5.60, 2.60.
Also Ran: Lady Rocket, Four Graces, Cilla, Club Car, Kalypso, Center Aisle. Scratched: Tiz Splendid News.
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Karakontie Filly Remains Perfect in Appalachian

Sat, 2022-04-09 16:20

Gainesway homebred Spendarella maintained her perfect record with a 1 3/4-length victory in the GII Appalachian S. Presented by Japan Racing Association at Keeneland Saturday.

Sent straight to the head of affairs, the bay was soon headed by Glenall (Ire) (Coulsty {Ire}) to her inside and was content to perch in second turning into the backstretch. Well in hand under Tyler Gaffalione, the favorite still maintained her position as noses pointed for home. She took over just before the quarter pole and withstood the closing rally of Dolce Zel to win handily by 1 3/4 lengths. The latter was three-quarters of a length ahead of Skims, who closed strongly to take third.

Gaffalione, who was riding his third winner of the day and second consecutive stakes winner after Prevalence (Medaglia d'Oro) in the GIII Commonwealth S., said, “She was going into the first turn very comfortably. She was in a great rhythm, and that other horse [Glenall]coming up inside didn't bother her at all. She relaxed beautifully and had some turn of foot.”

Added trainer Graham Motion, “She's made me look good. She just does everything so easily. She's such a professional, she's a fighter–she obviously loves it. She makes me look smart.

“I've heard mention of Ascot possibly, so we'll see. I need to talk to Wesley [Ward, who has enjoyed notable success at the Royal meeting].”

Pedigree Notes:
Spendarella was a winner at first asking over the Gulfstream turf in February and an all-the-way winner of the GIII Herecomesthebride S. there Mar. 5. The Graham Motion trainee is one of eight black-type winners and five graded winners for her Gainesway sire.

A full-sister to the MSW & MGSP Spanish Loveaffair (Karakontie {Jpn}), $284,090; as well as a half to the GI American Oaks heroine Spanish Queen (Tribal Rule); the winner is followed by the 2-year-old filly Spanish Destiny (Destin). Her dam, Spanish Bunny, foaled a colt by Uncle Mo born Feb. 17. The winning fourth dam Sunerta (Robert) was a half-sister to U.S. champion and Grade I winner Bates Motel (Sir Ivor), as well as English group winner Super Asset (Sir Ivor) and GI San Antonio H. hero Hatim (Exclusive Native).

Saturday, Keeneland
APPALACHIAN S. PRESENTED BY JAPAN RACING ASSOCIATION-GII, $308,950, Keeneland, 4-9, 3yo, f, 1mT, 1:37.41, gd.
1–SPENDARELLA, 118, f, 3, by Karakontie (Jpn)
                1st Dam: Spanish Bunny, by Unusual Heat
                2nd Dam: Spanish Beam, by El Gran Senor
                3rd Dam: Solar Beam, by Majestic Light
($220,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-Gainesway Stable (Antony Beck);
B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. (NY); T-H. Graham Motion;
J-Tyler Gaffalione. $179,025. Lifetime Record: GSW, 3-3-0-0,
$283,675. *Full to Spanish Loveaffair, MSW & MGSP,
$284,090; 1/2 to Spanish Queen (Tribal Rule), GISW, $423,600.
Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the
   eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Dolce Zel (Fr), 118, f, 3, Zelzal (Fr)–Dolce Attesa (GB), by Dr
Fong. O-Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables LLC and Robert V.
LaPenta; B-Scuderia Micolo Di Nicola Galli & C. SNC (FR);
T-Chad C. Brown. $57,750.
3–Skims (GB), 118, f, 3, Frankel (GB)–Royal Decree, by Street
($235,000 RNA Ylg '20 KEESEP). O/B-Andrew Rosen; T-Claude
McGaughey III. $28,875.
Margins: 1 3/4, 3/4, 2 1/4. Odds: 0.70, 3.20, 7.00.
Also Ran: Kneesnhips, An Agent Mistake, Glenall (Ire), Ouraika (Fr), Trobairitz.
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Prevalence Captures the Commonwealth

Sat, 2022-04-09 15:31

'TDN Rising Star' Prevalence made the grade Saturday with a good-looking score in the Commonwealth at Keeneland. Away well from post 10, the bettors' second choice raced in a joint second as favored fellow 'TDN Rising Star' Nashville zipped through an opening quarter in :22.12. The bay turned up the heat on the chalk a bit through a :44.61 half-mile and they turned for home on even terms. Nashville threw in the towel at the top of the stretch, fading fast to the back of the field, but Prevalence had a head full of steam, rolling clear to score. Long Range Toddy completed the exacta with O Besos in third.

“I wasn't sure we'd get that close to [Nashville],” trainer Brendan Walsh said. “[The plan was] let [Prevalence] work his way into the race. They were going quick, but he looked comfortable the whole time. Tyler [Gaffalione] said he was just cruising along for him.”

“He's just a very smart horse,” Gaffalione said. “He does everything so easily. The first thing Brendan said was, 'Man, they went quick, but it looked like he was doing it well within himself,' and he really was.He has a high cruising speed, and he's a very intelligent horse. I had plenty left.”

Opening his account with a pair of flashy wins at Gulfstream last winter, Prevalence was off the board when stepped up in class for both the GII Wood Memorial S. and GII Pat Day Mile, after which he was shelved for the season. Returning Feb. 5 in a Gulfstream optional claimer, he finished fifth after a bad start and rebounded with a decisive score next out at that oval Mar. 5.

Pedigree Notes:
Prevalence is the 87th graded winner and the 163rd black-type scorer for Darley's Medaglia d'Oro. He is also the 17th graded victor and 28th black-type achiever out of a daughter of Ghostzapper. The Godolphin homebred is a half-sibling to Group 3 winner Estihdaaf and stakes winner Libreta (Girolamo). His 3-year-old half-brother Emirates Road (Quality Road) rallied to victory for Walsh and Godolphin in a seven-panel maiden special weight at Keeneland earlier on Saturday's card (video). Their dam Enrichment is a daughter of blue hen and Grade II winner Sahara Gold, making her a full-sister to MGISW Better Lucky and SW Final Frontier and a half to GSW Sahara Heat (A.P. Indy). Sahara Gold is a daughter of GI Breeders' Cup Sprint victress Desert Stormer (Storm Cat). Enrichment's recent produce includes a juvenile colt by Frosted and a yearling colt by Uncle Mo. She was bred back to Medaglia d'Oro.

Saturday, Keeneland
COMMONWEALTH S.-GIII, $300,000, Keeneland, 4-9, 4yo/up, 7f, 1:22.47, sy.
1–PREVALENCE, 118, c, 4, by Medaglia d'Oro
                1st Dam: Enrichment, by Ghostzapper
                2nd Dam: Sahara Gold, by Seeking the Gold
                3rd Dam: Desert Stormer, by Storm Cat
O/B-Godolphin, LLC; T-Brendan P. Walsh; J-Tyler Gaffalione.
$174,375. Lifetime Record: 7-4-0-0, $288,225. *1/2 to Libreta
(Girolamo), SW, $128,660; and Estihdaaf (Arch), GSW-UAE,
$183,491. Werk Nick Rating: F. Click for the
   eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. 'TDN Rising Star'
2–Long Range Toddy, 118, h, 6, Take Charge Indy–Pleasant
Song, by Unbridled's Song. O-Zenith Racing; B-Willis Horton
Racing LLC (KY); T-Dallas Stewart. $56,250.
3–O Besos, 118, c, 4, Orb–Snuggs and Kisses, by Soto.
O-Bernard Racing LLC, Tagg Team Racing, West Point
Thoroughbreds and Stephens, Terry L.; B-L. Barrett Bernard
(KY); T-Gregory D. Foley. $28,125.
Margins: 2 1/4, HD, 1. Odds: 2.50, 45.20, 4.30.
Also Ran: Surveillance, South Bend, Three Technique, Manny Wah, Endorsed, Atoka, Nashville. Scratched: Sir Alfred James. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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Cabrera Out For Rest of Oaklawn Meet

Sat, 2022-04-09 14:26

Oaklawn leading rider David Cabrera likely will miss the remainder of the 2021-2022 meeting after sustaining upper back, neck and head injuries from a spill in Friday's first race, his agent Joe Santos said.

Santos said Cabrera has compressed C5 and C6 vertebrae, crushed cheekbones and suffered a concussion in the accident, which occurred in the upper stretch after his mount Mostly Awesome (Fusaichi Pegasus) clipped heels when in tight and fell, throwing the jockey to the ground. A trailing horse jumped the fallen Mostly Awesome near the three-sixteenths pole, unseating apprentice jockey Chel-c Bailey. Both horses involved in the accident were captured without incident and with no initial signs of distress. Bailey wasn't seriously injured and fulfilled her remaining engagements on the card. Cabrera was unconscious for approximately 20 minutes post-fall.

“It's really kind of dependent on the cognitive aspect of it, when he kind of grasps everything mentally,” Santos said. “He's a lot more active today and it's mainly just from the concussion. There's just some confusion there.”

Cabrera was the runaway leader in the Oaklawn rider standings with 62 victories through Friday, Day 53 of the scheduled 66-day meeting. Francisco Arrieta was second with 49 victories, two more than Santana, an eight-time Oaklawn riding champion.

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OBS April Breeze Show Starts Sunday

Sat, 2022-04-09 11:03

The breeze show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's upcoming Spring Sale gets underway Sunday and runs through Saturday, Apr. 16.

Hips 1-176 will breeze Sunday; followed by Hips 177-352 Monday; Hips 353-528 Tuesday; Hips 529-704 Wednesday; Hips 705-880 Thursday; Hips 881-1056 Friday; and Hips 1057-1231 Saturday.

The Spring Sale runs Tuesday, Apr. 19 through Friday, Apr. 22 with each session beginning at 10 a.m. Hips 1-308 go on the block Tuesday; followed by Hips 309-616; Wednesday, Hips 617-924 Thursday; and Hips. 925-1231 Friday.

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More Than Ready Colt All The Way in New Zealand Trophy

Sat, 2022-04-09 10:09

Given a perfectly rationed ride from the front by the evergreen Yutaka Take, Jean Gros (More Than Ready) became the first winner at group level in Japan for his legendary sire in Saturday's $841,637 G2 New Zealand Trophy at Nakayama, a steppingstone to next month's G1 NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo Racecourse.

The 6-1 third favourite off a stalk-and-pounce success in listed company over 1200 metres Feb. 27, the full-brother to MGSW & GISP Tom's Ready was kicked straight into the lead from gate six and led through reasonable fractions of :23.5 for the opening quarter-mile and :46.8 for the first 800 metres. Going comfortably on the single right-handed turn, Jean Gros turned for home after six furlongs in 1:10.5 and finished strongly to cross the line a head better than favoured Matenro Orion (Jpn) (Daiwa Major {Jpn}). The latter, drawn gate one, was maneuvered to the outside past halfway and was forced to take the overland route on the bend. He kicked hard in the stretch, but could not quite overhaul the leader in the dying strides. Lubeck (Jpn) (Harbinger {GB}), a full-brother to the globetrotting Deirdre (Jpn), was third. Take was riding his first winner of the race since landing the 2004 renewal–also for trainer Hideyuki Mori–atop fellow American-bred Seeking the Dia (Storm Cat). The 2021 winner was Bathrat Leon (Jpn) (Kizuna {Jpn}), upset winner of the G2 Godolphin Mile Mar. 26.

Pedigree Notes:

Jean Gros is the 98th worldwide graded/group winner for WinStar's More Than Ready, still going strong at the age of 25.

Blackstone Farm acquired Goodbye Stranger carrying the foal that would become Tom's Ready for $40,000 at Keeneland January in 2013 and also bred the stakes-placed Wrong Color (Gemologist) from the mare before selling her to Nursery Place for $120,000 with Jean Gros in utero at KEEJAN in 2019.

Entered for but withdrawn from the Keeneland November Sale  eight months after his foaling date of Mar. 2, Jean Gros was bought back by John Mayer's operation on a bid of $130,000 at Keeneland September the following fall. Turned over to consignor Al Pike, the bay was knocked down to Mori for $265,000 at last year's OBS March Sale after breezing an eighth of a mile in :10 flat.

Mori, whose success with traveling American-bred gallopers is well-documented, signed for eight horses for over $2.2 million at OBS last March, including the $750,000 topper now named Clos de Mesnil (Practical Joke). She is a maiden winner from four starts to date. Six of the eight have won at least one race.

Barren to Arrogate for 2020, Goodbye Stranger is the dam of a yearling filly by Audible and is due to Horse of the Year Authentic this season.

Saturday, Nakayama, Japan
NEW ZEALAND TROPHY-G2, ¥104,620,000, Nakayama, 4-9, 3yo, c/f, 1600mT, 1:33.50, fm.
1–JEAN GROS, 123, c, 3, More Than Ready
                1st Dam: Goodbye Stranger, by Broad Brush
                2nd Dam: Prime Investor, by Deputy Minister
                3rd Dam:  Starushka, by Sham
1ST GROUP WIN. ($130,000 RNA Ylg '20 KEESEP; $265,000
2yo '21 OBSMAR). O-Susumu Fujita; B-Nursery Place &
Partners (KY); T-Hideyuki Mori; J-Yutaka Take. ¥54,784,000.
Lifetime Record: 8-4-2-1, ¥102,174,000. *Full to Tom's Ready
(More Than Ready), MGSW & GISP-US, $1,036,267. Werk Nick
   Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Matenro Orion (Jpn), 123, c, 3, Daiwa Major (Jpn)–
Parthenon (Jpn), by King Kamehameha (Jpn). O-Chiyono
Terada; B-Murakami Farm (Jpn); ¥22,332,000.
3–Lubeck (Jpn), 123, c, 3, Harbinger (GB)–Reizend (Jpn), by
Special Week (Jpn). 1ST GROUP BLACK TYPE. (¥60,000,000 Ylg
'20 JRHAJUL). O-Makoto Kaneko Holdings; B-Northern Farm
(Jpn); ¥14,166,000.
Margins: HD, 1HF, 1 1/4. Odds: 6.00, 1.30, 10.50.
Also Ran: Empezar (Jpn), Teegarden (Jpn), A Shin Sturm (Jpn), Derma Gremlin (Jpn), Thermal Wind (Jpn), Aventurier (Jpn), Motivation (Jpn), Bellwood Bravo (Jpn).
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Deja Vu All Over Again In the Ashland

Fri, 2022-04-08 17:56

If you think you've heard this story before, it's because you have.

On the opening weekend of the 2021 spring meeting at historic Keeneland, trainer Todd Pletcher led over a filly by leading sire Curlin out of an A.P. Indy mare in the GI Central Bank Ashland S. A little more than 102 seconds later, 'TDN Rising Star' Malathaat was being unsaddled and 27 days later, was getting her picture taken after the GI Longines Kentucky Oaks. The high-profile connections of Nest (Curlin) will certainly be hoping that lightning strikes twice after the bay filly blew the doors off her rivals in the opening-day feature, establishing herself as a top-three chance in what shapes a very competitive renewal of the Oaks four weeks and about 70 miles away down Interstate 64.

Indeed, Nest was campaigned on a near-identical schedule to Malathaat last season, winning her maiden going long at first asking in September (Malathaat graduated over seven furlongs in early October) before adding the Tempted S. and the GII Demoiselle S. Unlike her year-older stablemate who raced off the layoff in the Ashland, Nest was given a single lead-up run and she delivered in spades, outclassing her rivals by a half-dozen lengths in the Feb. 12 Suncoast S. at Tampa.

Narrowly favored in the Ashland at 17-10, Nest was away only fairly, but was asked for a bit of speed by Irad Ortiz, Jr. and that enabled her to get out into the clear, albeit four wide at the entrance to the clubhouse turn. Chief market rival Interstatedaydream (Classic Empire) showed the way in advance of the stretching-out Happy Soul (Runhappy), with Awake At Midnyte (Nyquist) not far away through even fractions. The latter launched a middle move to join the top two passing the half-mile pole, but Nest had the trio covered and tugged her way up outside to make more or less a line of four at the third corner. Interstatedaydream took them into the final three-eighths of a mile, as Happy Soul began to retreat, but Nest ranged up four deep at the 2 1/2-furlong pole traveling well despite the ground concession. Held together into the stretch, Nest was shaken up and stamped her authority on the race, drawing clear with every stride to prove a much-the-best winner. Cocktail Moments (Uncle Mo) rallied late to just beat out Interstatedaydream for second.

“Irad got her into a good, comfortable rhythm going down the backside, and we didn't want anyone to get away from us with the short run to the finish line,” said Pletcher, who–remarkably–had not won the Ashland until last year. “I knew when he had her revved up she was doing it pretty easily. Then she kicked on down the lane and he wrapped up on her late. So it was everything we could have hoped for.

The Hall of Famer added, “She's a filly that's improved all the time. We've always felt like as she matured and the races got longer, she was going to get better. I really liked the way she's been training since the Suncoast. She's just kept getting better and better.”

Pedigree Notes:

Nest, a full-sister to GI Santa Anita H. hero Idol, is the 17th top-level winner for her outstanding sire and is bred on the wildly successful cross over the legendary A.P. Indy that has also supplied Grade I winner and current WinStar stallion Global Campaign and GSW 'TDN Rising Star' First Captain, a live chance in Saturday's GI Carter H. at Aqueduct. Including mares tracing back to Seattle Slew, Curlin has also been responsible for Grade I winners Stellar Wind (champion), Classic winner Exaggerator, Clairiere, Paris Lights and Off the Tracks.

Nest's second dam is the talented Andujar, a Grade II winner and Grade I-placed in California and New York, who once sold for $2.5 million at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale. She was also the dam of SW & GSP Abstraction (Pulpit).

Marion Ravenwood was acquired by the Lysters' Ashview Farm for $400,000 in foal to Pioneerof the Nile at Keeneland November in 2017. That produce would go on to race for Pletcher as Dr Jack, third to Mandaloun in last year's Pegasus S. at Monmouth Park. Marion Ravenwood is the dam of the 2-year-old colt Lost Ark (Violence)–a $275,000 KEESEP yearling–was barren to City of Light last year and was most recently covered by Curlin and Quality Road.

Friday, Keeneland
CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND S.-GI, $587,488, Keeneland, 4-8, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:44.16, wf.
1–NEST, 121, f, 3, by Curlin
1st Dam: Marion Ravenwood (SW, $112,598), by A.P. Indy
2nd Dam: Andujar, by Quiet American
3rd Dam: Nureyev's Best, by Nureyev
1ST GRADE I WIN. ($350,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-Repole Stable, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and House, Michael; B-Ashview Farm & Colts Neck Stables (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr. $358,050. Lifetime Record: 5-4-0-1, $623,050. *Full to Idol, GISW, $416,964. Werk Nick Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus* Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Cocktail Moments, 121, f, 3, by Uncle Mo
1st Dam: River Maid (Ch. Female Sprinter-Can, GSW,$442,909), by Where's the Ring
2nd Dam: Rivermaid Dancing, by Riverman
3rd Dam: Perky Dancer, by Green Dancer
1ST G1 BLACK TYPE. ($135,000 Wlg '19 KEENOV; $190,000 Ylg'20 KEESEP; $245,000 RNA 2yo '21 OBSMAR). O-Dixiana Farms LLC; B-Mark Stansell (KY); T-Kenneth G. McPeek. $115,500.
3–Interstatedaydream, 121, f, 3, by Classic Empire
1st Dam: Babcock, by Uncle Mo
2nd Dam: Captivating, by Arch
3rd Dam: Andrea Ruckus, by Bold Ruckus
1ST G1 BLACK TYPE. ($105,000 Ylg '20 KEEJAN; $130,000 Ylg'20 KEESEP; $175,000 2yo '21 OBSAPR). O-Flurry Racing Stables LLC; B-William D. Graham (ON); T-Brad H. Cox. $48,125.
Margins: 8 1/4, NO, 2 3/4. Odds: 1.70, 9.30, 1.90.
Also Ran: Awake At Midnyte, Sterling Silver, Happy Soul, Miss Mattie B, Heavenly Hellos.
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Old Homestead Continues to ‘Appreciate’ with Lafayette Victory

Fri, 2022-04-08 17:35

Old Homestead continues his perfect, albeit young, career with a commanding victory in the Lafayette S. on Keeneland's opening day of the spring meet. The Florida-bred began his career with an 11 1/2 length blow out Jan. 28 at Delta Downs, finding no competitor against an open field of maidens at five furlongs. Staying sprinting on the main track at the venue, it was a similarly devastating performance against an allowance field as Old Homestead coasted home by 5 3/4 uncontested lengths.

Stepping into stakes company, the Brett Brinkman trainee was sent off at 8-1 odds and it was second verse, same as the first: the colt broke on top, commanded the early pace, and pulled away from competition in the stretch under steady urging to win by 3 3/4 lengths despite not changing leads until the final sixteenth. Surfer Dude tracked from second all the way around and held his spot in the lane.

The winner is his dam's first foal and stakes winner. He has a 2-year-old half-sister by Astern (Aus) named Cora Pearl and the mare delivered a 2022 filly by Practical Joke. This is the family of Italian Group 1-placed runner Without Connexion (Ire),  Grade I Frizette S. winner Yellow Agate (Gemologist), and six other group or graded runners. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

LAFAYETTE S., $342,175, Keeneland, 4-8, 3yo, 7f, 1:22.98, wf.
1–OLD HOMESTEAD, 118, c, 3, by Overanalyze
                1st Dam: Pearl de Vere, by Songandaprayer
                2nd Dam: The Dove, by Hawk Wing
                3rd Dam: Flabbergasted (Ire), by Sadler's Wells
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O/B-Marablue Farm LLC and Pegasus Stud LLC; T-Brett A. Brinkman; J-Thomas L. Pompell. $169,725. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $212,325.
2–Surfer Dude, 118, c, 3, Curlin–Tiz Miz Sue, by Tiznow. ($190,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-Mark H. and Nancy W. Stanley; B-CresRan LLC (KY); T-Dallas Stewart. $73,000.
3–Osbourne, 118, g, 3, Tapiture–Planet Rock, by Rock Hard Ten. ($9,500 RNA Ylg '20 WANJUL). O-Southern Springs Stables (Ron Moquett), The Estate of Floyd Sagely, Mark Tauber, Keith Johnston and Robert V. LaPenta; B-Amy Boulton (KY); T-Ron Moquett. $36,500.
Margins: 3 3/4, 1, 1. Odds: 9.90, 14.20, 25.60.
Also Ran: My Prankster, Money Supply, American Xperiment, Magnolia Midnight, All in Sync, Ignitis, Unified Report, Tejano Twist, Barossa.

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Sy Dog Remains Unbeaten In Transylvania

Fri, 2022-04-08 17:20

Sent off the 57-10 second-longest shot on the board for Friday's co-featured event on opening day of the spring meeting at Keeneland, Head of Plains Partners' Sy Dog (Slumber {GB}) remained undefeated in three career appearances, holding off Grand Sonata (Medaglia d'Oro) for a narrow success in the GIII Kentucky Utilities Transylvania S.. Coinage (Tapit) bid for the lead on the turn, but was outfinished by the top two and settled for third.

Racing at the back of the field and to the inside of favored Verbal (Flintshire {GB}) as they raced under the wire for the first time, Sy Dog found himself detached from the peloton as they cornered to the backstretch, as longshot Credibility (Nyquist) took them along at a sedate tempo. Coinage was happy to take the sit from second and clocked the pacesetter's every move before being allowed to stride into the lead with about 2 1/2 furlongs to travel. Verbal made a run outside of Coinage into the stretch and looked dangerous for a stride or two, but Sy Dog was asked for his best by Irad Ortiz, Jr., looked to exchange bumps on multiple occasions with Coinage into the final eighth of a mile and kicked on gamely, as Grand Sonata boxed on to earn the place spot.

“My horse was traveling perfect the whole race,” the winning jockey commented. “At the three-eighths pole, I thought it was time to pick it up. He did everything I asked for. He was ready. [Trainer] Graham Motion did a great job and I thank the owner [Head of Plains Partners] and the trainer for the opportunity.”

Sy Dog opened his account at first asking with a visually impressive victory going seven furlongs over the Belmont turf course Oct. 24 and peeled out wide in the stretch of the Nov. 27 Central Park S. at Aqueduct before behind shoved over the line a nose to the good.

Pedigree Notes:

Sy Dog is the second graded winner for his New York-based sire, who is also responsible for the Head of Plains-owned and -bred Fluffy Socks, a graded winner at two and three. My Love Venezuela is the dam of the 2-year-old filly Love Amplified (Exaggerator) and a yearling colt by Mshawish. She was most recently covered by Alternation.

Friday, Keeneland
KENTUCKY UTILITIES TRANSYLVANIA S.-GIII, $390,125, Keeneland, 4-8, 3yo, 1 1/16mT, 1:45.38, gd.
1–SY DOG, 118, c, 3, by Slumber (GB)
                1st Dam: My Love Venezuela, by Scat Daddy
                2nd Dam: Gold Point Gal, by Deputy Commander
                3rd Dam: Stylish Star, by Our Native
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. O-Head of Plains Partners LLC; B-Head of Plains Partners & Madaket Stables (KY); T-H. Graham Motion; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr.. $244,900. Lifetime Record: SW, 3-3-0-0, $349,400. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Grand Sonata, 118, c, 3, Medaglia d'Oro–A. P. Sonata, by A.P. Indy. ($125,000 RNA Ylg '20 KEESEP). O/B-Whisper Hill Farm,LLC (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher. $79,000.
3–Coinage, 118, c, 3, Tapit–Bar of Gold, by Medaglia d'Oro. ($450,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-D. J. Stable LLC, Chester Broman, Sr. and Mary Broman; B-Chester & Mary R. Broman (NY); T-Mark E. Casse. $29,625.
Margins: 3/4, HF, NK. Odds: 5.70, 2.50, 5.10.
Also Ran: Napoleonic War, Verbal, Credibility.
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Keeneland Releases Statement on Miscalculated Mutuel Payout

Fri, 2022-04-08 16:50

In Friday's fifth race at Keeneland, the order of finish was inadvertently posted as 3-8-9-10. The correct order of finish for the race should have been 3-9-8-10. Any tickets that were cashed on track before the corrected order of finish were honored, and later, the race was repriced and the correct running order prices are official.

Late Friday, Keeneland said that officials had determined that the mistakes was a result of United Tote operator error.

“While safeguards to prevent this from happening are in place, additional measures are being taken to create further checks and balances,” a statement from the track read.

Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) accounts, including NYRA Bets, TVG, TwinSpires and Xpressbet, will be adjusted to reflect the correct pricing.

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Flash Sale a ‘Sweet’ Success for Fox Hill

Fri, 2022-04-08 16:36

Sweet Tea (Into Mischief–Ava Pie, by Distorted Humor), the sole offering from Fasig-Tipton Digital's Fox Hill Flash Sale, was purchased for $320,000 by Vicente Perez. The 4-year-old filly, a maiden winner in four starts for Fox Hill and Larry Jones, was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for the late Rick Porter's operation.

Sweet Tea, a $300,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase in 2019, is a full-sister to two-time stakes winner and multiple graded-placed Sound Machine and is also a half-sister to SW & GSP Forever Liesl (Mineshaft). The filly's dual Grade III-winning second dam Lakenheath (Colonial Affair) is responsible for SW/MGSP The Truth or Else (Yes It's True), GSW Decorated Soldier (Proud Citizen) and the SP Fighter Wing (Empire Maker), whose daughter Glass Ceiling (Constitution) won this year's GIII Barbara Fritchie S. and is entered for Saturday's GIII Distaff S. at Aqueduct.

Sweet Tea is bred on the exact same cross as Into Mischief's Grade I winners Life Is Good and Practical Joke and on the cross over Forty Niner-line dams that is responsible for the likes of MGISW Goldencents.

“The Fox Hill Flash Sale was a tremendous success, demonstrating the strength and versatility of Fasig-Tipton Digital,” said Leif Aaron, Fasig-Tipton Director of Digital Sales. “It was a win for all parties, as the purchaser–who actually bred the filly–is thrilled to have Sweet Tea back in his broodmare band.  We are very appreciative of longtime Fasig-Tipton supporter Fox Hill Farm entrusting the sale of such a quality filly with our new digital platform.”

Ten unique bidders battled for the popular broodmare prospect, with more than 150 bids placed during the 50-hour bidding window.

The next Fasig-Tipton Digital Sale is slated for Apr. 21-26. Nominations for that auction are open through Apr. 14.

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Zozos Tunes Up for KY Derby

Fri, 2022-04-08 13:58

'TDN Rising Star' Zozos (Munnings) returned to the work tab for the first time since his runner-up effort in the GII Louisiana Derby with a half-mile move in :48 flat (17/76) early Friday morning at Churchill Downs.

With exercise rider Kelvin Perez in the saddle, Zozos clocked an opening quarter-mile of :25 and completed the final quarter in :23, galloping out five furlongs in 1:00.80, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols.

“It was a good first work back after the Louisiana Derby,” trainer Brad Cox said. “He came out of the race in great shape and I think got a lot out of finishing second. He really finished up well in today's work.”


Louisiana Derby runner-up Zozos headed back to the barn following his half-mile work in :48. Splits: 25/100.80. #KyDerby

— Kevin Kerstein (@HorseRacingKK) April 8, 2022

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Ellen Parker Passes Away

Fri, 2022-04-08 12:35

Longtime turf writer Ellen Parker passed away Tuesday at Baptist Health in Lexington, Kentucky. An Ohio native, she developed a love of racing at a young age. Parker was known for her pedigree analysis and also wrote a non-fiction book on the horse Round Table. She served as an editor for publications such as American Turf Monthly, California Thoroughbred, The Northern California Thoroughbred and Washington Thoroughbred. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to Old Friends or PAWS. There will be no services.

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Keeneland Begins Countdown to Breeders’ Cup

Thu, 2022-04-07 15:56

Keeneland began its official countdown to this year's Breeders' Cup at Tandy Park in Lexington Thursday at a ceremony attended by Breeders' Cup President and CEO Drew Fleming, Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton, Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin, Breeders' Cup Festival Chair Kip Cornett, and GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic winning trainer Brad Cox.

“We're excited to officially begin our countdown to the 39th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships this fall in our hometown of Lexington,” said Fleming. “We're so grateful to work alongside leaders like Mayor Gorton, our friends at Keeneland, and so many others throughout the Lexington community to ensure that this year's World Championships and Festival are the best in Breeders' Cup history.”

Keeneland will be hosting championship weekend for the third time in 2022. It was first held at the Lexington oval in 2015 and returned in 2020.

“Lexington is excited to step back into the international spotlight as we again host the Breeders' Cup,” Gorton said. “This year, the Breeders' Cup will crown racing's true champions in the Horse Capital of the World at the best track in the world, Keeneland. Join us for a celebration that our international visitors and our local residents will enjoy.”

Arvin added, “Keeneland is excited to kick off the countdown to Breeders' Cup this fall, and to share this great international championship with our fans. The Thoroughbred industry is so important to the Lexington community, and we thank our friends at Breeders' Cup, Mayor Gorton and leaders throughout the city for their enthusiasm and support. We look forward to welcoming fans and racing participants from around the world to Lexington to celebrate the Breeders' Cup in a way this event richly deserves.”

Tickets for the 2022 Breeders' Cup at Keeneland will go on sale to the public May 9, at Noon ET at Attendance will be capped at 45,000. Fans who purchased 2020 Breeders' Cup World Championship tickets, when the event was impacted by the pandemic, were able to repurchase the same or similar seats for 2022. The Breeders' Cup Ticketing office has contacted 2020 purchasers about how to secure seats at the 2022 World Championships. 2020 ticket purchasers who have not yet received communication from the Breeders' Cup Ticketing office should email or call (859) 514-9428.

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Franco, Velazquez Fined for Misjudging Oaklawn Finish

Thu, 2022-04-07 14:57

The riders of both the winner and the fourth-place horse in a $108,0000 allowance race on last Saturday's GI Arkansas Derby undercard both were fined for apparently forgetting that mile races at Oaklawn Park end at the sixteenth pole and not the traditional finish wire.

Geovanni Franco and John Velazquez each were assessed $200 fines from the Oaklawn stewards on Thursday for “misjudging the wire and striking his horse after the finish of the fourth race at Oaklawn Park on April 2, 2022.”

Franco was on the lead for most of the race aboard Background (Khozan) while Velazquez rallied from the back aboard Title Ready (More Than Ready). Background opened up late under urging to win by 1 1/4 lengths, while Title Ready was involved in a blanket finish whose 2-3-4 horses were separated by margins of a nose and two necks.

Although Oaklawn's pan shot of the replay doesn't show the immediate aftermath of the finish, the head-on shot reveals Franco whipping right-handed several times and riding hard almost to the traditional finish line while Velazquez delivers a single right-handed crack while also hustling his mount. Other riders shown in the frame are already easing up their horses.

Franco has ridden regularly at Oaklawn this meet while Velazquez has shipped in for stakes engagements. It was not immediately clear if either rider would be appealing.

Although this sort of misjudgment penalty has sporadically been imposed at Oaklawn over the years, it's always a bit more noticeable when it occurs on a big race day with a leading national jockey involved.

On the undercard of the 2021 Arkansas Derby, jockey Joel Rosario was fined $200 for misjudging the short-stretch finish aboard the 9-5 favorite Rushie (Liam's Map), who lost the $400,000 Oaklawn Mile S. by a nose.

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Fishman Asks for Sentencing Delay

Thu, 2022-04-07 14:17

The veterinarian Seth Fishman, who is currently incarcerated at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn after being convicted Feb. 2 on two felony counts in an international performance-enhancing drug (PED) racehorse doping conspiracy, had his lawyer ask a federal judge on Thursday to push back his May 5 sentencing because he is having trouble filling out required paperwork.

Fishman is facing 20 years in prison, and he also has an active motion before the same judge asking for the first of his two convicted counts to be dismissed on the basis that he was allegedly charged twice for the same crime.

According to a one-page letter filed Apr. 7 by attorney Maurice Sercarz in United States District Court (Southern District of New York), Fishman “did not receive the financial forms that he must fill out prior to sentencing until the last week in March. Dr. Fishman's financial circumstances are complex and he does not have access to all of the records he needs in order to properly fill out the forms.”

The letter continued: “The Probation Department informs me that without Dr. Fishman's financial records, they cannot provide me with a draft Presentence Report. Thus, Probation was unable to provide the requisite draft Presentence Report (PSR) within 35 days of the May 5, 2022, sentencing date pursuant [to federal rules].

“Accordingly, I am requesting an adjournment of Dr. Fishman's sentencing date for approximately three weeks. This should afford him adequate time to complete the financial reporting requirements as best he can under the circumstances, and put us back on track to have the PSR disclosure process completed in time for sentencing.”

Sercarz wrote that he has informed federal prosecutors of the delay, and that they have  no objection to the request to push back the sentencing.

Although a number of defendants named in the wide-ranging racehorse doping conspiracy pleaded guilty prior to Fishman, he was the first from a federal sweep of several dozen individuals indicted in 2020 to stand trial and to be found guilty by a jury.

Fishman's case has been notable thus far because of the breadth of his legal maneuverings and some courtroom drama, which included the Florida-based veterinarian being inexplicably absent from court during his sentencing. A cryptic comment from Fishman's attorney to the judge during closing arguments led to speculation that Fishman had to be hospitalized.

In December 2021, the judge in Fishman's case modified his bail conditions after federal prosecutors alleged he was still selling PEDs while awaiting trial.

And in January 2022, one week before his trial was scheduled to start, Fishman had unsuccessfully asked the judge to delay the trial over concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Virtual Conference Highlights Pedigrees, Conformation

Thu, 2022-04-07 12:34

The 2022 Thoroughbred Owner Conference virtual series continued Apr. 5 with a panel who discussed pedigree and conformation considerations when selecting racehorses. The series is hosted by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and presented by Bessemer Trust, Dean Dorton Equine, and Stoll Keenon Ogden.

Sponsored by Ocala Breeders' Sales Company (OBS), Tuesday's session was moderated by Caton Bredar and included panelists Phil Hager, Taproot Bloodstock; Chad Schumer, Schumer Bloodstock Agency; Gayle Van Leer, Gayle Van Leer Thoroughbred Services; and Tod Wojciechowski, director of sales, OBS.

Highlights of the webinar include how to read five-cross pedigrees and catalog pages, the importance of a horse's female family and conformational flaws and how they can affect a horse's potential as a racehorse. Additionally, conversation included the role of veterinarians in sales inspection, selection and purchases, the importance of a good airway and the different tools available to assist in the purchasing process.

The next session of the virtual owner conference is a veterinary panel and will be held on Tuesday, May 10, at 2 p.m. ET. Sponsored by Mersant International LTD and OCD Pellets, the session will be moderated by Mike Penna of Horse Racing Radio Network and include Dr. Larry Bramlage, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital; Dr. Lisa Fortier, Cornell University; and Dr. Steve Reed, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital.

This year, OwnerView will also host an in-person conference in Saratoga Springs, New York, July 25-26.

Registration information for both the in-person and virtual conferences can be found at

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