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Epicenter Highlights Busy Asmussen Worktab; Rich Strike Classic-Bound

Sun, 2022-10-23 13:57

Champion Echo Zulu (Gun Runner) and probable champion Epicenter (Not This Time) topped a busy worktab for Steve Asmussen's potential Breeders' Cup starters Sunday morning at Keeneland as the racing world draws closer than two weeks away from the 39th World Championships in Lexington Nov. 4-5.

With exercise rider Wilson Fabian aboard, Echo Zulu drilled five furlongs in :59 2/5 in company with Marsalis (Curlin). The move was the fastest five-eighths of 30 Sunday over the fast main track. Echo Zulu, who returned off a layoff to win the GIII Dogwood S. last out, is being pointed to the $1-million GI Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

Next was Peter Blum Thoroughbreds' Society (Gun Runner). With jockey Florent Geroux aboard, Society worked 5 furlongs in :59 4/5 in company. A winner of five of six starts, including the GI Cotillion S. in her most recent outing, Society is being pointed to the $2-million GI Breeders' Cup Distaff. Also working before 6 a.m. was Stonestreet Stables' Clairiere (Curlin), who breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00 4/5 with Joel Rosario aboard in company. Clairiere, like Society, is being pointed to the Distaff.

Following the first track renovation break that ended at 7:30, Winchell Thoroughbreds' GI Breeders' Cup Classic hopeful Epicenter worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 with Rosario up in company.

“He's a nice horse and I am just glad to be on him,” Rosario, who has ridden Epicenter in his past seven races, said. “He's more mature and looks like he has grown and is stronger. He finished up good; training really good.”

This was the fourth local work for Epicenter, who has compiled four wins and three seconds in 2022 highlighted by a victory in the GI Runhappy Travers S. in his most recent start.

“This morning was more of the same,” owner Ron Winchell said. “He did what he needed to do.”

Winchell picked up two more possible Breeders' Cup hopefuls Saturday at Keeneland when homebreds Wicked Halo (Gun Runner) won the GII Lexus Raven Run S. and Gunite (Gun Runner) took the Perryville S. Wicked Halo could go to the Filly and Mare Sprint and Gunite to the $2-million GI Qatar Racing Breeders' Cup Sprint.

On the West Coast, likely prohibitive GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile favorite Cave Rock (Arrogate) worked six furlongs in 1:11 1/5 (1/5) at Santa Anita in company for trainer Bob Baffert. The undefeated colt was last seen dominating the GI American Pharoah S.

Work of the Day from @santaanitapark—Cave Rock (Outside), 6F in 1:11.20, and Bletchley Park, 5F in 59.00, worked on October 23rd, 2022, for trainer Bob Baffert. @1stbet

— XBTV (@WatchXBTV) October 23, 2022

In other Breeders' Cup news, the connections of GI Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike (Keen Ice) announced that the over-achieving chestnut will be pointed to the Classic over a potential start in the GI Clark H. Nov. 25 at Churchill.”Rich Strike is doing as good as he ever has, and [owner] Rick [Dawson] feels that he deserves the chance to take on the best in the world,” trainer Eric Reed said.

Reed planned to bring Rich Strike to Keeneland from his base at the Mercury Equine Center Sunday afternoon with the colt scheduled to gallop Monday morning before moving Monday afternoon to the barns on Rice Road that will serve as the home to all Breeders' Cup runners. Rich Strike is expected to work Tuesday morning.

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Fasig-Tipton October Brings Curtain Down on Yearling Sales Season

Sun, 2022-10-23 13:56

Fasig-Tipton, which hosted the opening event of the season with its July Selected Yearlings Sale, will bring the curtain down on the yearlings auction season with its four-day Kentucky October Yearlings Sale which begins Monday at the company's Newtown Paddocks. The sale continues through Thursday with sessions beginning daily at 10 a.m.

The 2021 October sale was a barnburner, setting new records for gross, average and median, and consignors are hoping this year's edition continues a string of strong results this season.

“The market has been very strong throughout the year,” said Zach Madden, who will be presenting 28 yearlings in his first October consignment as sole proprietor of Buckland Sales. “[Keeneland] September was insane. And we had one in Saratoga that went over really well. I think, with the foal crop being down a tick and the purse structure up, it seems like people are just really going after it this year. I came into the business when it was really tough, so I do remember those times, but I think it's going to keep clicking along and hopefully it spills over into the breeding stock sales and the foal market. It's been good timing for a first year being out on my own, too. I definitely don't take that for granted. Hopefully it keeps humming along.”

Hunter Simms of Warrendale Sales agreed with Madden's assessment of the 2022 yearling market.

“I think it will be a good sale based off of what we had in September,” Simms said. “That was a strong market. There was a lot of demand for horses throughout, all the way from the beginning of the sale to the end. Fasig-Tipton had their New York sale last Monday and all indications coming out of that were positive with people still wanting horses. So I do think at the end, it should be a good sale overall.”

The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale, which was held in the midst of a multi-day rain storm at the beginning of the month, suffered slight declines following a strong renewal in 2021.

“I think September was incredibly strong at Keeneland with a record-breaking sale,” said Carl McEntee of Ballysax Bloodstock. “I think the wind came out of the sails a little bit–I thought the Timonium sale was an average horse sale, to be quite frank, with the median and average down. People maybe didn't travel out of town because they knew they had 1600 yearlings right here in Lexington. Maybe they liked one or two up there and didn't want to get rained on for four days and then probably get outbid on the one you liked because you valued it at $75,000 and it brought $125,000, it just didn't make sense to people. I think they just said, 'Listen the weather is bad, we will stay in Kentucky.' But the New York sale they just had looked very strong again and the median was up. I know everyone is coming into town [for the October sale] and I think it's going to be a very spirited market.”

During last year's October sale, 1,153 yearlings sold for $52,607,500. The average of $45,672 was up 33.9% from 2020 and bettered the sales previous record figure of $37,955 set in 2019. The median of $25,000 was up 66.7% from 2020 and bettered the previous record of $18,500 set in 2014. With just 205 horses reported not sold, the buy-back rate was a sparkling 15.1%–the lowest since 2013.

The days of October yearlings coming into the sales ring with a disadvantage are over, Simms agreed.

“I think Fasig has worked very hard to change that stigma,” Simms said. “It used to be this was your last-stop shop. It still is, but it was kind of like re-tread horses that didn't get sold or horses that people deemed weren't commercially valuable, they'd just put them in October. Now you are seeing horses bring high six figures over the years, and that's kind of gotten this sale to take off.”

Recent graduates of the October sale include 2022 Grade I winners Taiba, Goodnight Olive, and Jack Christopher. Results like those are another reason buyers have added the October sale to their calendars, according to Madden.

“I can remember a time where October was kind of the red-headed stepchild to September,” Madden said. “I think they've done a great job in compiling enough horses to make it a must-stop for the majority of buyers. It started with [Fasig president] Boyd [Browning] and the guys over there being flexible and taking later entries. That I think has really sparked the sale being so big.

“And then their results [on the racetrack] have been crazy. We were fortunate enough to sell Taiba over there two years ago. That horse just needed a little time. For a consignor, if you don't have a super precocious horse or if there is an issue that needs time to resolve, it's an awesome sale. And people work this sale hard. They have circled it on the map and the results keep coming out. Year after year, there is just horse after horse where you say, 'Man that horse came out of there, too.'”

Bloodstock agent Jacob West, bidding on behalf of the power-partnership of Mike Repole and Vinnie Viola, made the highest bid at last year's October sale, going to $925,000 to acquire a colt by Street Sense. Donato Lanni was also in action at the top of the market for the stallion-making partnership of SF/Starlight/Madaket. Those high-end buyers are joined by pinhookers and end-users to make up the traditional October buying bench.

“You are getting pinhookers and end-users,” Simms said of the buying bench. “I know [trainer] Kenny McPeek is a big fan of this sale, Jacob West was over there shopping a lot, St. Elias was shopping and Donato was shopping. You get a lot of these guys who are continually at the top of the sheets still shopping for horses. With the purses being good and the foal crop decreasing, the demand is still there, so there aren't that many opportunities coming. Supply and demand is going to make those prices jump. And those guys still need horses to finish out their buying for the year.”

In addition to the high-end buyers, October also attracts a strong middle market, according to McEntee.

“It's been a vibrant sale these last two or three years, big horses in there bringing $700,000 or $800,000, so I think it's a very reputable sale,” McEntee said. “We always used to say Timonium was a trainer's sale because there are so many racetracks around there. The reality is, so is the October sale. Trainers are in town, especially with the Breeders' Cup, everyone is in town. You have trainers that come in from regional markets–Canada or West Coast, East Coast or Ohio, Indiana and Illinois–all of these guys are coming in. So I do think it's a trainer's sale and I do think horses that perhaps weren't quite the Book 4 Keeneland horse, but were still a nice horse, I think there is a real strong market for them at October. Obviously, there are some top-class horses there, too, but those solid Book 4 horses who are true racehorses, with good X-rays, good scopes, good substance and size, that sort of fit pinhookers and racehorse buyers, I think those horses really have a good home in this sale.”

There are 1,594 yearlings catalogued for the four-day October sale. Hips 1-398 will go through the ring during Monday's first session of the auction and will be followed by hips 399-796 Tuesday; hips 797-1194 Wednesday; and hips 1195-1594 Thursday.

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Homecoming Victory In Maryland Million Classic

Sat, 2022-10-22 20:27

A decade ago, trainer Jamie Ness claimed a filly named Parade of Colors for $5,000 at Laurel Park. She only ended up winning three lower-level races lifetime and only one for Ness, and when she retired at the end of 2012, Ness simply gave her away to breeder John Williamson III.

But something about that filly resonated positively with Ness, and as he watched her offspring eventually reach the races as Maryland-breds, one in particular caught his eye: Ournationonparade, a son of Cal Nation, who won the 2019 Maryland Million Nursery as the favorite despite being a second-time-starter maiden.

Ness continued to follow Ournationonparade as he matured from ages two to five and changed barns several times via the claim box while competing on other major circuits.

So just four weeks ago, when the 7-for-24 gelding was on the cusp of a three-race winning streak, Ness, acting on behalf of owner Happy Got Lucky Stable, dropped a slip for $50,000 prior to a winning effort at Churchill Downs. Four other outfits had also put in claims for the Maryland-bred, but Ness and his client managed to win the five-way shake.

On Saturday, making his first start for the trainer who had been keeping tabs on his family for 10 years, Ournationonparade blasted past two previous $150,000 Classic S. winners to capture his fourth straight start, this one in the featured race on the 37th annual Jim McKay Maryland Million program.

The 5 3/4-length victory was the second stakes win of the afternoon for Ness and the second stakes score for jockey Jaime Rodriguez on the eight-stakes card for the offspring of in-state stallions.

“I've always been watching this horse,” Ness said in the Laurel winner's circle. “I've always had a little bit of a connection to the horse. And it kind of comes full circle [because we] finally got a chance to bring him back home to Maryland. He's a Maryland-

bred. He needs to be here. And hopefully, he'll be here for good from now on.”

Backed to 2-1 favoritism, Ournationonparade had a stutter-step start but quickly righted himself and took up the chase by assertively snagging a three-wide stalking spot through the opening turn.

Fourth for most of the trip down the backstretch, Rodriguez patiently rated with a handful of horse behind the speed-centric Prendimi (Dance With Ravens) and Monday Morning Qb (Imagining), the respective 2021 and 2020 winners of this same stakes.

But by the far turn, Rodriguez's calm body language atop Ournationonparade stood out in confident contrast to the desperate urging of the top two. The gelding cracked Prendimi first and then blitzed “Qb” at the head of the lane.

Ournationonparade began pouring it on in upper stretch, racing for a few strides with his head cocked out toward the grandstand before finishing with authority while kept to task by Rodriguez. The final time was 1:51.78 for nine furlongs over the “fast” dirt.

Other Oct. 22 highlights from Laurel included Great Notion, the state's leading stallion by progeny earnings since 2018, siring yet another Maryland Million winner, giving his offspring at least one Maryland Million Day stakes victory for 13 consecutive years.

And the second-crop stallion Blofeld swept the two Maryland Million races for juveniles, siring his first two stakes winners. It's the second year in a row one stallion has swept the card's baby races: Progeny of Buffum, who died in 2019, won both of those 2-year-old stakes in 2021.

Johnyz From Albany racked up the first stakes win for Blofeld by wiring the $100,000 Nursery. Off at 4-1, he turned for home with the three favorites bearing down menacingly, but he capably swatted them away to cruise home by five lengths in 1:11.35 for six furlongs under Jorge Ruiz for trainer Dale Capuano.

Owner Charles “Chip” Reed said that the win was special on several levels. First, he had named his homebred in honor of a recently departed Saratoga-area racetrack friend, John Zanella from Albany, New York. And second, Reed had also campaigned the colt's dam, Monster Sleeping, whom he had claimed for $30,000 in 2013.

“The mom won two [Maryland Million] races here, so we were hoping that the son took after the mom, and today he did,” Reed said.

In the counterpart $100,000 Lassie S. for 2-year-old-filles, the Blofeld-sired Chickieness was a 1 1/2-length victress at 9-10 odds while mowing down the center of the main track in 1:12.58 for six furlongs. Ness and Rodriguez again partnered here, this time for owner/breeder Jagger, Inc. and part-owner Morris Kernan, Jr.

In the $125,000 Turf Classic, 9-2 shot Wicked Prankster (Mosler) cleared the field from an outer post going nine furlongs over “firm” grass, but looked certain to be swallowed up late in the lane after leading the entire trip.

Yet the 4-year-old from owner/trainer Samuel Davis's barn fought back when headed, resurging to win by three-quarters of a length under Richard Monterrey in 1:49.44. Country Life Farm & Broken Trust Fund, LLC, bred Wicked Prankster.

Coconut Cake (Bandbox) delivered a score by a head at 6-5 odds in the $125,000 Ladies S. at nine furlongs on the turf, having gone winless since 2020.

Jockey Sheldon Russell stalked the speed, uncoiling the 5-year-old gray for a long stretch drive against a very stubborn 16-1 pacemaker, prevailing in the final few jumps for a 1:50.22 clocking. Tim Keefe trains and is part-owner along with N R S Stable and James Chambers. The breeders were Mr. & Mrs. Charles McGinnes.

The $100,000 Sprint S. yielded the heaviest-favored winner among the Maryland Million stakes, with the 1-2 chalk Fortheluvofbourbon (Bourbon Courage) getting a bit more late-stretch resistance than might have been expected from 15-1 runner-up Karan's Notion (Great Notion), the 2020 upsetter of this same stakes.

The winning margin was 1 1/2 lengths in 1:10.96 for six furlongs for connections Paco Lopez (jockey), Michael Pino (trainer), Smart Angle LLP (owner) and Hidden Acres 4-D Farm (breeder). The victory was Fortheluvofbourbon's sixth straight trip to the winner's circle and victory number 12 from just 23 lifetime starts.

Fille d'Esprit (Great Notion), the 1 1/4-length winner of the $100,000 Distaff S. over seven furlongs, is only one win away from matching Fortheluvofbourbon's impressive record. She's now 11-for-22 lifetime after stalking a legit pace with a rail run, then edging away powerfully in deep stretch to finish in 1:25.05.

The 6-year-old mare is making the most of regional incentives on the mid-Atlantic circuit. She also won her division of the MATCH stakes series this summer for jockey Xavier Perez, trainer John Robb, the ownership partners C J I Phoenix Group and No Guts No Glory Farm, and breeder Sweet Spirits Stables.

In the $100,000 Turf Sprint S., Sky's Not Falling (Seville {Ger}), forced the issue with an inside bid, split horses on the far bend, then repulsed late challenges to win by half a length at 7-2 odds under Lopez (two stakes-winning rides) in 1:02.75 for 5 1/2 furlongs. The Michael Trombetta trainee was bred by R. Larry Johnson, who partners in ownership with R. D. M. Racing Stable.

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Gun Runner’s Wicked Halo Streaks to Raven Run Win

Sat, 2022-10-22 17:47

Sent of the lukewarm 5-2 choice, Winchell Thoroughbred's Wicked Halo (Gun Runner) stalked the early pace but when asked the question, she took over with ease, drawing away with authority to win Saturday's GII Lexus Raven Run S. at Keeneland. Stalking the pace through early splits of :22.73 and :46.09, she took over at the head of the lane and burst clear late to score by five lengths. The Steve Asmussen trainee came into the race riding a three-race win skein, including Saratoga's GII Prioress S. last time out. Rounding out the trifecta was Fingal's Cave (Carpe Diem) and third across the line Mightnight Stroll (Not This Time). Final time for the seven-furlong test was 1:24.30.

Saturday, Keeneland
LEXUS RAVEN RUN S.-GII, $334,500, Keeneland, 10-22, 3yo, f, 7f, 1:24.30, ft.
1–WICKED HALO, 120, f, 3, by Gun Runner
          1st Dam: Just Wicked (GSW, $208,460), by Tapit
          2nd Dam: Wicked Deed, by Harlan's Holiday
          3rd Dam: Marfa's Squall, by Marfa
O/B-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen; J-Tyler Gaffalione. $206,150. Lifetime Record: 10-6-0-3, $780,200. Werk Nick Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree or free catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Fingal's Cave, 120, f, 3, Carpe Diem–Barbie On a Budget, by Mineshaft. 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE. ($75,000 2yo '21 OBSAPR). O-Alifyfe Racing, LLC; B-Chester & Mary R. Broman (NY); T-David G. Donk. $57,000.
3–Midnight Stroll, 120, f, 3, Not This Time–Midnight Magic, by Midnight Lute. ($14,000 RNA Ylg '20 OBSWIN; $225,000 Ylg '20 OBSOCT). O-Gatsas Stables, R. A. Hill Stable and Steven Schoenfeld; B-Carolin Von Rosenberg (FL); T-John P. Terranova, II. $28,500.
Margins: 4, NK, 3 3/4. Odds: 2.52, 4.46, 5.05.
Also Ran: Freedom Speaks, Last Leaf, Smash Ticket, Colorful Mischief, Republique, Union Lake.
Click for the chart or the PPs  &ref=9104432. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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Breeders’ Cup Workers Dominate Keeneland’s Worktab

Sat, 2022-10-22 17:23

The early morning activity at racetracks across the country was ablaze Saturday, with horses targeting the next month's Breeders' Cup races dominating the scene. Well represented at Keeneland, trainer Chad Brown had the bulk of his championship team working on both the main track and the turf.

“Everything went really, really well this morning, considering everything that was going on,” Brown said, referring to the volume of horses that featured 190 works on the main track. “They all did very well and they will have another work next week, but these were serious works today.”

Highlighting his dirt workers was Jack Christopher (Munnings), who worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 in company with GI Champagne S. winner Blazing Sevens (Good Magic) (video), could head to the GI Qatar Racing Breeders' Cup Sprint or the GI Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Blazing Sevens is a candidate for the GI FanDuel Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

On the turf, three-time Grade I winner Domestic Spending (GB) (Kingman {GB}) worked five furlongs in company with GI Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf candidate Virginia Joy (Ger) (Soldier Hollow {GB}) in 1:01.40 (video). Domestic Spending, who made his most recent start in August of 2021, did not return to the work tab until this past August.

“He worked very, very well this morning and galloped out well,” Brown said of Domestic Spending, who is under consideration for the GI FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile. “We'll see how he is in the morning and then have one more work.”

Other workers for Brown were: Search Results (Flatter) (Distaff), five furlongs in 1:02.60; Goodnight Olive (Ghostzapper) (Filly and Mare Sprint), five furlongs 1:00.40; In Italian (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) (Filly and Mare Turf), four furlongs on the turf in :49.80; Regal Glory (Animal Kingdom) (Mile) and Rougir (Fr) (Territories {Ire}) (Filly and Mare Turf), four furlongs together on the turf in :49.20; Raging Sea (Curlin) (Juvenile Fillies) and I'm Very Busy (Cloud Computing) (Juvenile Turf), four furlongs together on the main track in :48.20; and Oxymore (Astern {Aus}) (Juvenile Turf), who worked a half-mile on the main track in :48.80 in company with multiple graded stakes-placed Portfolio Company (Kitten's Joy).

Also working in Lexington yesterday, GI winner Haskell S. Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow) breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 in company (video). It was the chestnut's second work since winning the GII Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs Oct. 1.

“It went great,” said jockey Tyler Gaffalione, who was aboard for the work. “Everything was smooth. We sat a few lengths off our company. He was dragging me to go and catch them. Going into the stretch, I just kind of gave him his head and let him finish up. He was well within himself, and he pulled up very happy. Everything seems to be going good right now. He's a very exciting horse. His resume speaks for itself. I'm really looking forward to this opportunity.”

Runner up in the 2020 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile at 94-1, Hot Rod Charlie finished fourth in last year's Classic at Del Mar.

“Charlie is absolutely bouncing around the barn cooling out,” O'Neill's assistant Stephanie Murray said. “You would never guess that he just went out and worked in a minute. He's just on his toes and has really good energy.”

Also working for O'Neill, GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint candidate Sharp Aza Tack (Sharp Azteca) worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 on the all-weather training track. The colt is coming off a second in the Sept. 8 Global Tote Juvenile Sprint S. at Kentucky Downs. On the main track for the West Coast-based trainer, Dirt Mile contender Slow Down Andy worked in 1:00.40 for 5 furlongs in company; Filly and Mare Sprint candidate Awake at Midnyte in a half-mile solo in :49.40 and Juvenile Fillies  candidate Vegas Magic in 1:00.20 for five furlongs.

“Everybody went super good,” Murray said. “Everything went according to plan. They will all work again next Saturday (Oct. 29).”

O'Neill is scheduled to arrive at Keeneland on Friday.

Also on Saturday's worktab at Keeneland: Simplification (Not This Time) worked five furlongs in 1:00 in preparation for an expected start in the Dirt Mile. Also working for trainer Antonio Sano was Laurel Futurity winner Congruent (Tapit), who breezed five furlongs on the firm turf in 1:02.40. He is a candidate for the Juvenile Turf or the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Trainer Jorge Delgado sent his two Breeders' Cup hopefuls Sprint hopeful Willy Boi (Uncaptured), working a half-mile in :49.80 and Juvenile runner Awesome Strong (Awesome Slew), working a half-mile in :49.80. GI Frizette runner-up You're My Girl (Overanalyze) worked six panels in 1:13.60 with John Velazquez up for trainer John Terranova. She is a candidate for the Juvenile Fillies. Working on the turf, Private Creed (Jimmy Creed) covered three furlongs in :39.40 for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.

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Loggins Will Sit Out Breeders’ Cup

Sat, 2022-10-22 16:36

'TDN Rising Star' Loggins (Ghostzapper), who is coming off a game second-place finish in the GI Claiborne Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland, will not run in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile, reports his trainer, Brad Cox.

Though beaten by fellow 'TDN Rising Star' Forte (Violence) last out at Keeneland, Loggins showed that he is one of the top juveniles in training. He was part of a three-horse battle for the early lead before being passed in the stretch by his rival only to fight back gamely in the late going to miss by just a neck. He was also put into tight quarters in the stretch, causing rider Florent Geroux to wage a claim of foul, which was not allowed.

“He ran a big race the other day, was running back in three weeks and he did all the heavy lifting that day,” Cox said. “He responded well and showed that he's a good horse and can be a top colt. But he was a little tired after the race and he had a right to be tired. We put our heads together and thought we want to get this horse to the Kentucky Derby and take a swing at some of the Grade I Derby preps and the Derby itself. So now is the perfect time to take a deep breath with him, kick him out for 45 days and kick him back up in the middle of December. He'll be sent to the Fair Grounds and that's where he'll prepare for his races next year.”

Cox said he might have tried another route if Loggins had not show signs of being tired after the big effort at Keeneland.

“If he'd bounced out of his last race and was, the term is tearing the barn down, we might think differently,” he said. “But I didn't see that. We saw a horse that was tired and to try to put him through two works to get him ready for the Breeders' Cup would have been tough. When you go to the Breeders' Cup you have to be on top of your game and I didn't see that happening with him coming out of the Breeders' Cup as tired as he was. It would have been three races in seven weeks and that's a lot.”

In his debut, Loggins won a maiden special weight race at Churchill Downs by 8 1/2 lengths to earn Rising Star status.

“I think he's a big-time talent,” he said. “That's why we did what he did. He's a very fast horse and has a big future. He's an exciting prospect for next year.”

Loggins may have set an unofficial record for having the most owners, in his case 10. They are Spendthrift Farm LLC, Steve Landers Racing LLC, Martin S. Schwartz, Michael Dubb, Ten Strike Racing, Jim Bakke, Titletown Racing Stables, Kueber Racing, LLC, Big Easy Racing LLC and Winners Win.

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Uncle Mo’s Celestial City Shines in Hill Prince

Sat, 2022-10-22 16:16

Made the lukewarm 38-10 favorite for Saturday's GII Hill Prince S. at Aqueduct, Stuart Janney III's Celestial City (Uncle Mo) found his best stride entering the final eighth of a mile and outfinished Mackinnon (American Pharoah) for a maiden success at the stakes level.

Exiting a local allowance victory Sept. 24, having previously dead-heated for the place spot behind the GI Breeders' Cup Mile-bound 'TDN Rising Star' Annapolis (War Front) in a paceless renewal of Saratoga's GIII Saranac S. three weeks prior, Celestial City bobbled slightly at the start and dropped straight out the back, then was taken hold of by Jose Lezcano to sit second last out of the stretch. A touch keen as the speed dropped away through the middle stages, Celestial City nevertheless managed to save every inch of ground and had no stone in his path as he scraped paint around the second turn. Committed to that inside passage, Celestial City got a dream run through along the rail into the stretch, pressed away from the inside and into the three path at the furlong grounds and quickened up nicely for the victory. Grand Sonata (Medaglia d'Oro) closed well for third.

“I think he's learning now and I think we've learned a little something today with him not breaking well,” said winning trainer Shug McGaughey, remarkably winning his first Hill Prince. “He got farther back than I thought he would, but he made a pretty explosive run so maybe that's what he wants to do.”

A maiden winner at second asking this past March, the bay narrowly missed in the May 29 Jersey Derby and was a good third in the Aug. 5 GII Hall of Fame S. at the Spa. Adding blinkers for the Saranac, Celestial City finished 5 1/2 lengths behind the front-running Annapolis before returning to winning ways last time.

McGaughey said the winner would be considered for the GI Hollywood Derby at Del Mar Dec. 3.

“I'm not ready to stop as long as he's saying 'go,'” the Hall of Fame conditioner said.

Pedigree Notes:

Celestial City, who is out of a winning half-sister to GISW Hymn Book (Arch), becomes the 84th stakes winner and 46th graded winner for his versatile stallion. This is also the family of Janney III's GISW Data Link (War Front). The cross of Uncle Mo over A.P. Indy-line mares is responsible for the likes of Grade I winners Mo Donegal and Mo Town and additional graded winners Modernist and Mopotism. Lunar Evening is the dam of the yearling colt Waxing Moon (Candy Ride {Arg}) and a weanling colt by Mastery. She was most recently bred back to Uncle Mo.

HILL PRINCE S.-GII, $300,000, Belmont The Big A, 10-22, 3yo, 1 1/8mT, 1:50.27, fm.
1–CELESTIAL CITY, 118, c, 3, by Uncle Mo
                1st Dam: Lunar Evening, by Malibu Moon
                2nd Dam: Vespers, by Known Fact
                3rd Dam: Sunset Service, by Deputy Minister
Janney, III LLC (KY); T-Claude R. McGaughey III; J-Jose
Lezcano. $165,000. Lifetime Record: 9-3-2-2, $347,920.
Werk Nick Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus*
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free catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Mackinnon, 118, c, 3, American Pharoah–Scat Means Go, by
Scat Daddy. ($200,000 Ylg '20 FTKOCT; $285,000 2yo '21
FTFMAR). O-ERJ Racing, LLC, Madaket Stables LLC & Dave
Kenney; B-International Equities Holding, Inc. (KY); T-Chad C.
Brown. $60,000.
3–Grand Sonata, 120, 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. $36,000.
Margins: 2 1/4, HD, NO. Odds: 3.80, 4.00, 5.00.
Also Ran: Wicked Fast, Constitutionlawyer, St Anthony, Nantasket Beach, Limited Liability, Be Better, Unanimous Consent (GB).
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Gunite Dazzles In Perryville

Sat, 2022-10-22 16:12

In another dominating display of talent, Gunite pounced on dueling rivals and rolled home to a flashy victory in Keeneland's Perryville S.

Second to fleet-footed stakes-winner Conagher (Jimmy Creed) in a non-winners of three at Churchill Downs June 3, he parlayed that effort into victories in that track's Maxfield S., Saratoga's GII Amsterdam S., and a runner-up effort two-back to Jack Christopher (Munnings) in the GI H. Allen Jerkens Memorial S. Returning to winning ways last out Sept. 24 in the Harrods Creek S. beneath the Twin Spires over familiar foe Conagher, the 3-5 favorite made short work of his rivals here when the real running began.

Perched in third early as Provocateur (Into Mischief) and Of a Revolution (Maclean's Music) battled through :22.38 and :45.82 splits, Tyler Gaffalione was content to range into his striking position approaching the five-sixteenths pole before inhaling the tiring pacesetters. Kicking clear in upper stretch, Gunite meant business as he strode home 3 3/4 lengths best over 25-1 longshot Hoist the Gold (Mineshaft), who valiantly tried to make a race of it.

“[Gunite has shown] beautiful consistency. He has performed at the highest levels and continues to impress. He carries himself like he can do this. He's got a confidence. He accepts what's happening and does it extremely well,” said conditioner Steve Asmussen in a winner's circle interview.

And as for a possible start in the GI Qatar Racing Breeders' Cup Sprint in two weeks' time?

“This was the first test: how he handles Keeneland,” said Asmussen. “I thought he ran really well. He was very comfortable and looked great over the race track. Now it will all be about how he comes back. But we have until Monday [pre-entry deadline] to decide.”

Out of a stakes-winning half-sister to MSW Optionality (Gun Runner) and SP Simply Sovereign (American Pharoah), Gunite is his dam's only foal to the races thus far. Simple Surprise has a 2-year-old full-sister to the winner named Surprise Attack and produced a pair of half-sisters to those–a yearling by Copper Bullet and a 2022 weanling by Tapiture. She went back to Gun Runner for 2023. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

PERRYVILLE S., $250,000, Keeneland, 10-22, 3yo, 7f, 1:23.21, ft.
1–GUNITE, 122, c, 3, by Gun Runner
          1st Dam: Simple Surprise (SW, $185,446), by Cowboy Cal
          2nd Dam: Simplify, by Pulpit
          3rd Dam: Classic Olympio, by Olympio
O/B-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen; J-Tyler Gaffalione. $151,125. Lifetime Record: GISW, 12-6-4-1, $965,934.
2–Hoist the Gold, 118, c, 3, Mineshaft–Tacit Approval, by Tapit. ($47,000 RNA Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-Dream Team One Racing Stable; B-Dream Team Racing (KY); T-Dallas Stewart. $48,750.
3–B Dawk, 118, c, 3, Gormley–Mott N Hester, by Super Saver. ($77,000 Ylg '20 KEEJAN; $140,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP; $425,000 2yo '21 EASMAY; $500,000 RNA 3yo '22 KEEAPR). O-West Point Thoroughbreds and Joseph E. Besecker; B-Small Batch Thoroughbreds & Robert Fetkin (KY); T-Doug F. O'Neill. $24,375.
Margins: 3 3/4, 3, 3 3/4. Odds: 0.62, 25.78, 7.02.
Also Ran: Artorius, Friar Laurence, Of a Revolution, Provocateur. Scratched: Pinehurst.

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Battalion Runner’s Rudder’s Men Cruises To Win On Debut

Sat, 2022-10-22 16:06

6th-Belmont The Big A, $95,000, Msw, 10-22, 2yo, 7f, 1:25.64, ft, 4 1/4 lengths.
RUDDER'S MEN (c, 2, Battalion Runner–Unblemished, by Speightstown) was easily the most popular choice at 1-2 for his debut run after working a bullet four furlongs from the gate in :46 2/5 (1/187) Oct. 7. Campaigned by the same connections as his freshman sire (by Unbridled's Song), Rudder's Men hustled to the front shortly after the break and settled nicely a path off the rail through a sharp opening quarter in :22.53. Kept under wraps until he straightened for home, he responded well to quick urging and sprinted clear of the field, coming into the final furlong with a well-established gap. Classic Legacy (Into Mischief) closed well alongside Classic Catch (Classic Empire) to pick up the pieces but Rudder's Men hit the wire wrapped up 4 1/4 lengths to the good. The third winner from Battalion Runner's first crop of nine foals, Rudder's Men is the first foal out of a half-sister to GISW Yaupon (Uncle Mo) and MGSP Sawyer's Hill (Spring At Last). He has a weanling half-brother by Complexity while Unblemished visited Awesome Slew for the 2023 slew. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $52,250. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O/B-St. Elias Stables, LLC (FL); T-Todd A. Pletcher.

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Flightline Works at Santa Anita, To Ship to Kentucky Sunday

Sat, 2022-10-22 16:00

The brilliant and unbeaten MGISW Flightline (Tapit), who figures to be the prohibitive favorite for the GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland Nov. 5, worked six furlongs in 1:11.80 Saturday morning at Santa Anita prior to a scheduled Sunday flight to Lexington. The work was his fifth consecutive on a Saturday morning dating back to Sept. 24. As per usual, Flightline was accompanied by a pony and ridden by his regular work partner, trainer John Sadler's assistant Juan Leyva, before sunrise. Leyva wears a light on his helmet to help Sadler's team keep sight of the work.

Set down at the five-furlong pole, Flightline clicked off splits of :12 flat, 23.80, 35.80, and 59.80, then galloped out seven furlongs in 1:24.20, a mile in 1:37.20, and nine furlongs in 1:51 flat.

“This was just like his last work at Del Mar (before the Sept. 3 GI Pacific Classic) when he went out a mile in 37 and change, which is what he did today,” said Sadler. “When I talked to Juan this morning, I essentially told him, we're not doing anything different. We're just going to breeze him like he's been breezing, which, sensational is the norm for him.”

Sadler continued, “He's always worked well. More people are watching now, but he's never worked anything other than really well. This was just what we wanted… We can do more or less and just hope he bounces out of it good.”

A triple Grade I winner owned by the partnership of Hronis Racing LLC, Siena Farm LLC, Summer Wind Equine LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, and Woodford Racing LLC, Flightline is undefeated in five starts and has won each by large margins–a combined 62 3/4 lengths–in a manner which suggests he has much more to give. The 126 Beyer Speed Figure he earned in the Pacific Classic is the best number given a horse since 2004 and his negative 8 1/2 Thoro-Graph number is the fastest ever assigned to a horse.

“He ships tomorrow [Sunday], early, at two in the morning and flies out of Ontario,” said Sadler. “Rene Quinteros will accompany him on the van to Ontario and Cesar Aguilar will meet him in Louisville. He'll then van over to Keeneland tomorrow afternoon.

“He'll have one breeze at Keeneland, one week from today, pending weather. It would be a lesser work, five (furlongs) in a minute is usually what he does… Just kinda cruise around there. His groom, Adolfo Correa, and the other guys will fly back tonight and get there ahead of the horse.”

Flightline is scheduled to stand at Lane's End Farm upon retirement, but connections have not committed to retiring him after the Breeders' Cup. Sadler has alluded to a possible start in the Jan. 28 GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream as a next target.

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Keeneland Hosts Heroes Day Oct. 23

Sat, 2022-10-22 15:48

Heroes Day, presented by Rubicon, will be held at Keeneland Sunday, Oct. 23. The event honors members of the military (active duty and veterans) and first responders (law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs and health care workers) and their families with free general admission and sccess to reserved Grandstand seats. A POW-MIA Chair of Honor will be on display in front of The Keeneland Shop to bring awareness to past and current POW-MIA military members through a partnership with The Rolling Thunder Kentucky Chapter 5.

Events Include:

11 a.m.-3 p.m.    Family Zone in the North Terrace will have free lunch provided by City BBQ, sweet treats from Griffin's Kitchen and children's activities for Heroes Day families.

Noon                    Singing of National Anthem by Frank Russell of the Kentucky State Police in the Walking Ring.

1:05 p.m.             Winner's Circle recognition of Heather Thompson, RN, Assistant Manager in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at UK HealthCare, after Race 1 trophy presentation.

1:37 p.m.             Winner's Circle recognition of Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Deputy Secretary Keith Jackson after Race 2 trophy presentation.

2:09 p.m.             Winner's Circle presentation of $5,000 check from Keeneland to Lady Veterans Connect, an organization that assists female veterans.

2:40 p.m.             Henry Clay High School Junior ROTC rollout of American flag after Race 4 (post time 2:36 p.m.) on the main track to “America the Beautiful” by Keeneland Bugler Steve Buttleman. Dr. Everett McCorvey will lead the crowd in the singing of “God Bless America.”

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Texas Denied Permission to Join Anti-HISA Suit

Sat, 2022-10-22 15:30

A federal judge in Texas overseeing one of four lawsuits seeking to derail the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act Authority (HISA) on alleged anti-constitutionality grounds ruled Friday that the State of Texas and its racing commission can't join a case spearheaded by the owners of Lone Star Park as an “intervenor,” in part because they “cannot show their interests are inadequately represented” and also because they had already been granted intervenor status in a similar case.

An “intervenor” designation allows outside parties that have a personal stake in the outcome of a civil suit to participate in a lawsuit, even if their interests don't align exactly with those of the original plaintiffs.

United States District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk (Northern District of Texas, Amarillo Division) explained the reasons for his denial in an Oct. 21 order:

“Seven months before filing the Motion, State Intervenors intervened in a similar challenge in this Court's Lubbock Division against the same Defendants,” Kacsmaryk wrote. “Simply put, State Intervenors were warned that intervening in the Lubbock Action could preclude them from intervening in a similar action. That warning had teeth.

“For the same reason, intervention would unduly prejudice [HISA's] right not to have to defend against serial litigation,” Kacsmaryk continued. “Additionally, State Intervenors' interests are adequately represented by Plaintiffs. And intervention is unlikely to contribute significantly to the underlying factual issues because State Intervenors' proposed complaint has added nothing to this case…. Plaintiffs already press every claim State Intervenors wish to bring.”

The plaintiffs in the case are Global Gaming LSP, a limited liability company that owns Lone Star Park; Gulf Coast Racing LLC, the owner of a greyhound track in Nueces County, and both LRP Group Ltd. and Valle De Los Tesoros, which are two limited partnerships separately looking to operate new horse tracks in south Texas. They collectively filed their suit July 29, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief and a preliminary injunction against HISA.

The previous suit referenced by the judge that Texas and its racing commission had joined was initiated by the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA) back in 2021. That case was dismissed by a federal judge Mar. 31, 2022, but the plaintiffs have appealed that decision.

And that NHBPA lawsuit is separate from a similar 2021 anti-HISA complaint, again over alleged constitutional issues, headed by racing commissions and attorneys general in Oklahoma and West Virginia. That case, too, was dismissed by a federal judge on June 3, 2022, but that decision is also under appeal.

A fourth lawsuit, in which both HISA and the Federal Trade Commission are defendants in a complaint initiated by the states of Louisiana and West Virginia, plus the Jockeys' Guild, alleges unconstitutionality and federal rulemaking procedure violations regarding HISA's initial framework of regulations that went into effect July 1.

That case is currently undergoing a different sort of appeal. At issue is whether a lower court (U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana) erred in preliminarily enjoining HISA regulations that were purportedly harming the plaintiffs. The issuance of that preliminary injunction favored the plaintiffs, but HISA and the FTC have appealed that decision to a higher court.

There are also intervenors wanting to join that suit as plaintiffs. Led by 14 affiliates of the HBPA, plus four racetracks, that alliance of entities seeks protection from the alleged harms of HISA.

According to the court docket in the case initiated by the Texas tracks, the next step in the process is for the plaintiffs to file a motion for summary judgment, which must be done within 30 days from the Oct. 21 order denying the intervenors' participation.

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George Isaacs Named FTBOA President

Fri, 2022-10-21 16:48

George Isaacs, general manager of Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, was elected president of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association Friday.

“I am honored and humbled to be elected by my peers to this important position,” Isaacs said. “Being an active manager of a large Florida breeding operation, I hope to do my part in continuing to bolster the Florida breeding and racing industry.”

FTBOA board members Marilyn Campbell and Joe O'Farrell, III extended their terms on the board while Jerry Campbell, Mike Hall and Mary Lightner were named to the board for the first time. They will each serve a three-year term that will run until October 2025.

Leaving the board because of term limits were Valerie Dailey, who served as FTBOA president from October 2021 through October 2022, and past presidents Brent Fernung and Phil Matthews, DVM.

The board also selected the remaining executive committee officers for 2022-23 with Isaacs as president while George Russell, who owns Rustlewood Farm, was named first vice president. Francis Vanlangendonck, who operates Summerfield, was named second vice president; and O'Farrell will serve as treasurer. Nick de Meric, who operates de Meric Stables and Sales, was elected as secretary.

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Tapwrit Colt Dazzles In ‘TDN Rising Star’ Debut

Fri, 2022-10-21 16:41

Sent away at a well-backed 7-2 in arguably the toughest and deepest 2-year-old maiden of the fall meet at Keeneland Friday afternoon, Spendthrift Farm and Frank Fletcher Racing Operation's Victory Formation (c, 2, Tapwrit–Smart N Soft, by Smart Strike) led past every pole to become the 10th individual winner and the first 'TDN Rising Star' for his Gainesway-based freshman sire (by Tapit).

Hustled away from gate three by Luis Saez, Victory Formation headed off his rivals as the field linked up with the track proper and got the opening quarter in a solid :23.03 while chased to his inside by favored Communication Memo (Bolt d'Oro) and by Release Mccraken (McCraken) deeper out. Galloping in hand on the turn, the athletic bay pinched a break when asked to lengthen entering the stretch and kicked readily clear through the final eighth of a mile to take it by a space. Release Mccraken was second ahead of Communication Memo.

Weyhill Road (Quality Road), the well-related $1.6-million Keeneland September graduate, was headstrong and checked in traffic down the backstretch, came with an inside run on the turn and flattened out a bit in the final furlong to finish fourth in an effort that can certainly be built upon. Baseline Beater (Flatter) was bothered badly by Schoolmaster (Ger) (Helmet {Aus}) soon after the break, but closed his final quarter in a race-fastest :24.65 to check in a promising fifth.

Gainesway, who stands Classic winner Tapwrit alongside his own extraordinary sire, purchased the winner's dam for $140,000 in foal to Uncle Mo at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale and elected to retain the mare when offered carrying the colt that would become Victory Formation on a bid of $47,000 at KEENOV in 2019.

Victory Formation found his way back into the Keeneland sales pavilion 12 months later, hammering to Black Cat Stable for $100,000, the priciest of 18 foals by Tapwrit to sell in 2020. Resold to Gina Fennell for $150,000 at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton July Sale, the Mar. 3 foal fetched $340,000 at this year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale after breezing a quarter-mile in :21 2/5 (see below).

A half-brother to recent GI Rodeo Drive S. third Bellamore (Empire Maker, $184,840), Victory Formation is a grandson of late James Tafel's GSW Softly, while the deeper female family includes GSW/MGISP Til Forbid (Temperence Hill) and her Grade III-winning daughter Scoop (Gone West). Smart N Soft is the dam of a yearling Karakontie (Jpn) filly that was purchased by RGS Enterprises for $130,000 at last month's Keeneland September Sale and a weanling filly by Practical Joke. She was most recently covered by Raging Bull (Fr).



7th-Keeneland, $99,588, Msw, 10-21, 2yo, 6 1/2f, 1:17.94, ft, 4 3/4 lengths.
VICTORY FORMATION, c, 2, by Tapwrit
1st Dam: Smart N Soft, by Smart Strike
2nd Dam: Softly, by Binalong
3rd Dam: Coragil, by Metfield
Sales history: $100,000 Wlg '20 KEENOV; $150,000 Ylg '21 FTKJUL; $340,000 2yo '22 EASMAY. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $56,575.
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O-Spendthrift Farm LLC & Frank Fletcher Racing Operations Inc; B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd (KY); T-Brad H Cox.


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GISW Drain the Clock To Stand At Gainesway In 2023

Fri, 2022-10-21 16:33

Drain the Clock (Maclean's Music-Manki, by Arch), a G1-winning sprinter will enter stud at Gainesway for the 2023 breeding season, the farm announced Oct. 21.

The 4-year-old broke his maiden by six lengths as a juvenile at Gulfstream Park and won four of his first five starts going into his 3-year-old season, culminating with a 6 1/4-length score in the GIII Swale S. He also added a victory in the GIII Bay Shore S. before defeating Jackie's Warrior (Maclean's Music) in the GI Woody Stephens S. at Belmont Park. Drain the Clock retired with record of 15-7-3-0 and earnings of $698,000.

“Drain the Clock is an imposing physical with tremendous speed who fits the mold of what breeders are looking for,” said Gainesway's newly appointed Stallion Director Ryan Norton. “That is why we are excited to offer Share The Upside breeding rights in this exciting new stallion.”

Drain the Clock will stand for $10,000 in 2023. Please contact Ryan Norton for details regarding how to earn your breeding right through Gainesway's Share the Upside program.

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Veteran Trainer Howard Zucker Passes At 74

Fri, 2022-10-21 16:14

Veteran trainer Howard Zucker, a well-respected Southern California horseman, passed away Thursday at USC Keck Hospital in Los Angeles at age 74.

Based in New York prior to coming to Southern California in 1980, Zucker trained for a brief time for NBA Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Born May 20, 1948, Zucker saddled his last winner July 24, as his 3-year-old filly Gracelund Gray (Goldencents) won at Del Mar.

Affable and a dedicated Yankees fan, Zucker was also a staunch advocate for the horse, evidenced by his multiple leadership roles with the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA). Zucker joined the board of directors of CARMA in May 2009 and served in many leadership positions including as CARMA President from 2016-2019.

“I am devastated by the news of Howard's passing yesterday,” Lucinda Lovitt, CARMA Executive Director. “He was a tireless champion for the horses and believed so strongly in CARMA's mission, I just can't imagine our board without him. I know I speak for the entire CARMA Board of Directors when I say he will be greatly, greatly missed.”

Zucker's top horse was Crafty C.T. (Crafty Prospector), who won the 2001 GII San Rafael S. with Eddie Delahoussaye aboard and was subsequently second to Point Given in the GI Santa Anita Derby. Zucker had 2,223 career starts as a trainer and 246 wins. He is survived by his wife Lorraine. Memorial services are undetermined at this time.

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Goldencents Colt Graduates Nicely at Keeneland

Fri, 2022-10-21 15:56

4th-Keeneland, $97,670, Msw, 10-21, 2yo, 6 1/2f, 1:19.10, ft, 1/2 length.
LUGAN KNIGHT (c, 2, Goldencents–Sly Roxy, by Speightstown) was outfinished by the impressive Protege (Good Magic) on Churchill debut Sept. 21 and was off at 97 cents on the dollar to go one better Friday afternoon. Away a touch slowly from the inside gate, the homebred tucked in just behind the leading trio in fourth down the backstretch and traveled on the bridle on the turn. The favorite was ridden for luck into the stretch and was stymied with about three-sixteenths of a mile to race, but he punched through gamely three off the inside entering the final furlong and fought on gamely for the victory, the second of the meet for these connections. Carcano (Bolt d'Oro), the second betting choice at 38-10, raced farther back in the field and in a fair amount of kickback over what appeared to be a loose surface for the opening half-mile. Produced wide into the stretch, he stood to be the chief beneficiary when Lugan Knight was short of room, taking the lead between calls, but he was outgamed to the line. Lugan Knight is the first offspring for his dam, a daughter of two-time Sovereign Award winner Roxy Gap (Indian Charlie), whose four winners from five to race include Peter Brant's GIII Pucker Up S. heroine Cafe Americano (Medaglia d'Oro). Sly Roxy is the dam of a yearling colt from the second crop of Mendelssohn–a half-brother to Into Mischief– and most recently visited Instagrand (Into Mischief). Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $80,575. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O/B-BG Stables (KY); T-Michael W McCarthy.

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Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entry Announcement to be Televised Live on FanDuel TV

Fri, 2022-10-21 15:20

Pre-entered fields for the 2022 Breeders' Cup World Championships will be announced live on FanDuel TV along with the Breeders' Cup website, Official Mobile App, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at noon ET.

The 39th Breeders' Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 races with purses and awards totaling more than $31 million, will be held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5.

The live stream will be hosted by FanDuel TV talent Joaquin Jaime and the voice of the Breeders' Cup, Larry Collmus.

Breeders' Cup Pre-Entry is the first stage of a two-stage entry process for all owners intending to start a horse in one of the 14 Breeders' Cup World Championships races. The first payment is due at the pre-entry stage on Monday, Oct. 24. The second payment is due on Monday, Oct. 31, when entries are taken for all 14 Breeders' Cup races and post positions are drawn.

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Trio Of Breeders’ Cup Contenders Work For Todd Pletcher

Fri, 2022-10-21 13:38

A day after working many of his 2-year-olds expected for the Future Stars Friday races during the Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov 4. at Keeneland, trainer Todd Pletcher breezed his older horses Friday. The trio, led by MGISW Life Is Good (Into Mischief), champion Malathaat (Curlin), and MGISW winner Nest (Curlin), are expected to compete in the Breeders' Cup Nov. 5.

Shortly after 9 am, CHC Inc. and WinStar Farm's GI Breeders' Cup Classic candidate Life Is Good breezed five furlongs on a fast track in 1:00.40 for his first work since scoring a victory in the GI Woodward S. at Belmont at the Big A Oct. 1. Life Is Good won last year's GI Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Del Mar.

“Super,” Pletcher said of Life Is Good's work. “Pretty much what we have come to expect from him. He just does everything so effortlessly. He doesn't look like he is doing anything, but you look at your watch and he comes home in :23 and change.”

Shadwell Stable's Malathaat and Repole Stable, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Michael House's Nest worked together around 7:30 am. They covered a half-mile in :48.60, producing splits of :25.40, :48.60 and out in 1:01, 1:14.20 and 1:28.80.

“We were just looking for more of the same,” Pletcher said. “They are two terrific fillies – kind workhorses and straightforward. It was just a maintenance half-mile with both of them coming off races 12 days ago with a target 15 days from now. Looks like they are holding their form great. Both seem to love the track again this morning.”

Both fillies won Oct. 9 with Malathaat taking the GI Juddmonte Spinster S. at Keeneland and Nest capturing the GII Beldame S. at Belmont at the Big A. The two are both being pointed at the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff.

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Thoroughbred Education And Research Foundation Awards $10,000 To The Maryland Horse Foundation

Fri, 2022-10-21 13:10

The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) has awarded $10,000 to the Maryland Horse Foundation (MHF) to be used for a work experience program, the returning of the Maryland Thoroughbred career program, and continued promotion of

“We are grateful to the TERF Trustees for their continued support,” says Jordyn Egan, acting MHF Director of Development. “This funding will allow the Maryland Horse Foundation to carry on with our educational programs in 2022/2023.”

To learn more about the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation and/or make a tax-deductible donation to support TERF's mission and programs, please visit

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