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Longshot Vegas Magic Stays Perfect In Sorrento

Sat, 2022-08-13 21:30

Vegas Magic (Good Magic) made it a perfect three-for-three while providing her freshman sire with his first graded stakes victory in Saturday evening's GII Sorrento S. at Del Mar.

A popular debut winner at Santa Anita June 11, she beat the boys by a nose in the Everett Nevin S. at Pleasanton last time July 9.

Overlooked at 14-1 here, Vegas Magic sat a stalking trip on the inside as heavily favored runaway Los Al debut winner Procrastination (Not This Time) set the pace. Vegas Magic tipped off the rail to set her sights on the pacesetter as they turned for home and kicked on nicely to remain unbeaten.

“This filly is so gutty,” said Leandro Mora, assistant to winning trainer Doug O'Neill. “We were expecting her to give us a good race, she was my choice. Del Mar isn't the perfect place for some horses. It is like Saratoga: you might bring a nice horse to Saratoga and still might not win.”

Pedigree Notes:

Vegas Magic, a $100,000 OBS March breezer (:10 2/5), becomes the first graded winner for her freshman sire Good Magic. Rockport Harbor is now the broodmare sire of four graded winners. Multiple Canadian stakes winner Heidi Maria is also represented by a Kantharos filly of 2021 and a Sharp Azteca filly of this year. She was bred back to Collected. This is the same female family as GSW & GISP Sweet Whiskey (Old Fashioned).

Saturday, Del Mar
SORRENTO S.-GII, $200,500, Del Mar, 8-13, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:11.46, ft.
1–VEGAS MAGIC, 120, f, 2, by Good Magic
                1st Dam: Heidi Maria (MSW, $220,764), by Rockport Harbor
                2nd Dam: Third Street, by Salt Lake
                3rd Dam: Bisque Doll, by Quadrangle
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($130,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP;
$100,000 2yo '22 OBSMAR). O-Omar Aldabbagh, Todd Cady &
Ty Leatherman; B-Machmer Hall (KY); T-Doug F. O'Neill; J-Abel
Cedillo. $120,000. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $205,200.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick
Rating: A.
2–Procrastination, 120, f, 2, Not This Time–Sky Saver, by
($72,000 Ylg '21 FTKOCT). O-Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners;
B-Ramspring Farm (KY); T-Michael W. McCarthy. $40,000.
3–Dazzlingdominika, 123, f, 2, Ghostzapper–Trappingsofsilver,
($33,000 RNA Wlg '20 KEENOV; $30,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP).
O-Eric M. & Sharon Waller; B-Halcyon Farm, Tim Wickes &
Elizabeth Barr (KY); T-Philip D'Amato. $24,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, 3HF, 2 3/4. Odds: 14.70, 0.70, 13.70.
Also Ran: Satin Doll, Classymademoiselle, Absolutely Zero. Scratched: Infinite Diamond.
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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Arrogate Colt ‘Rock’ Solid in ‘Rising Star’ Debut

Sat, 2022-08-13 20:32

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman and trainer Bob Baffert unveiled a potentially important juvenile in Saturday's seventh race from Del Mar, as Cave Rock (c, 2, Arrogate–Georgie's Angel, by Bellamy Road) took the race by the scruff of the neck not long after the start and scampered clear to become the afternoon's second 'TDN Rising Star'.

Heavily backed as the 6-5 chalk in a strong-looking group on paper, the dark bay shot through to take up the running as the field linked up with the track proper and he clicked off an opening couple of furlongs in a swift :22.10. Skipping nicely over the ground, Cave Rock began to widen without truly being asked, passing the five-sixteenths marker in a strong :44.55 over a track that hasn't yielded many quick times during the meet. With Juan Hernandez just swinging off the colt and motionless turning for home, Cave Rock ran out a six-length winner and went even further clear on the gallop out. He is the third 'Rising Star' for Arrogate, a number that includes recent Curlin S. winner and GI Runhappy Travers S. candidate Artorius.

A $210,000 purchase out of the 2020 Keeneland November sale, Cave Rock fetched $550,000 from the 'Three Amigos' at the auction house's bellweather September yearling sale just short of a year ago. The March foal's dam won the 2011 GIII Schuylerville S. for trainer Todd Pletcher and was sold back in foal to the late Arrogate for $75,000 at KEENOV in 2020. The mare, a half-sister to GSW Lawn Ranger (U S Ranger), produced a colt in 2021 and a filly by Improbable this season before being bred back to Connect. Cave Rock is the second noteworthy performer out of a daughter of Bellamy Road, joining GI Fourstardave H. hero Casa Creed (Distorted Humor).

7th-Del Mar, $82,000, Msw, 8-13, 2yo, 6 1/2f, 1:15.81, ft, 6 lengths.
CAVE ROCK, c, 2, by Arrogate
1st Dam: Georgie's Angel (GSW, $129,564), by Bellamy Road
2nd Dam: Lalka, by Dynaformer
3rd Dam: Celmis, by Bold Ruckus
Sales history: $210,000 Wlg '20 KEENOV; $550,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $48,000. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG. Click for the free catalog-style pedigree.
O-Michael R Pegram, Karl Watson & Paul Weitman; B-Ann & Ronnie Sheffer Racing LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert.

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$800k Sales Grad at Center of Delaware ‘Neglect’ Ruling

Sat, 2022-08-13 19:04

A 5-year-old Thoroughbred who auctioned for $800,000 as a yearling is at the center of a “neglect of a horse” case out of Delaware Park.

In an Aug. 12 ruling, the stewards at Delaware stated that owner/trainer Alison Escobar disregarded multiple veterinary recommendations by continuing to exercise Ashiham (Tapit), a one-for-eight horse who has changed stables twice after being sold at Keeneland in 2018. Ashiham's lone victory came at Saratoga in 2020 for different connections.

“The Stewards were concerned for the health and welfare of Ashiham,” the ruling stated in handing down Escobar's $2,500 fine and 60-day suspension. He will also have to pass a training competency test as a condition of relicensure.

At deadline for this story, it was unclear if Escobar plans an appeal. Efforts to reach him for his side of the story were not successful.

Escobar, a 43-year-old with 779 career wins, has been a Grade I-winning trainer in Puerto Rico since 2005. He took out his license in the United States in 2019, and won his first stateside stakes in 2021 at Monmouth Park.

The Delaware stewards laid out this timeline in their ruling, noting that Escobar waived his right to legal counsel at his Aug. 11 hearing:

“1. Ashiham, trained by Alison Escobar was a Vet observed scratch during prerace examination at Tampa Bay Downs on April 21, 2022, for lameness and heat in the left front flexor tendon, and was placed on the Tampa Bay Downs Vets' List. In testimony, trainer Escobar stated Ashiham was sore but did not want the horse scratched because he was the morning-line favorite.

“2. Ashiham worked on June 9, 2022, at Palm Meadows (Florida). Florida Regulatory Veterinarian Dr. Jane Teichner observed the horse lame on his left front on the while the horse was on the track surface after the work.

“3. Dr. Teichner contacted Mr. Escobar's practicing Veterinarian Dr. Rendon concerning Ashiham. In a follow-up text message from Dr. Rendon to Gulfstream Chief Regulatory Veterinarian Dr. Aponte, Dr. Rendon stated in his medical opinion that Ashiham's injury was career ending.

“4. Dr. Teichner reported Ashiham to Gulfstream Chief Regulatory Veterinarian Dr. Aponte, who placed Ashiham on the Gulfstream Park Vet's list as Vet Observed and required an ultra-sound before any workout was scheduled. No ultra-sound was ever taken.

“5. On July 12, 2022, Ashiham arrived by van from Palm Meadows (Florida) to Delaware Park. No foal papers were ever turned into the Racing Office as required by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission Rule 7.3.4

“6. On August 3, 2022, D.T.R.C. Safety Steward Eric Coatrieux requested the DTRC Veterinarian Annie Renzetti inspect the horse Ashiham after Eric observed Ashiham lame on the track with a significant bowed left tendon.

“7. On August 3, 2022, Dr. Renzetti observed Ashiham significantly lame on a scale of 4/5 and a bow on the left front flexor tendon that was warm to the touch and sore on palpitation. Dr. Renzetti placed Ashiham on the DTRC Vets' List requiring an immediate diagnostic testing including ultra-sound and stall rest until reevaluated by Commission Veterinarians.

“8. Trainer Escobar stated in testimony that Ashiham was not under the care of a practicing Vet and had not been observed at Delaware Park by a Veterinarian prior to the Stewards hearing.”

The stewards cited rules pertaining to trainer responsibility and “cruelty to a horse or neglect of a horse entrusted to a permittee's care” in meting out the penalties. They also stated that “Trainer Escobar failed to follow veterinarian medical recommendations after being placed on two separate Vet's list.”

Escobar's suspension is to start Aug. 19, unless he secures a stay via appeal. All horse transfers out of his stable must be approved by the Delaware stewards. Ashiham's current owner is Tres Potrillos Ranch Inc.

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Bolts Gallore in Best Pal

Sat, 2022-08-13 19:04

Nine juveniles are expected to line up for the GIII Best Pal S.–the lone U.S. graded event on the docket Sunday– at Del Mar and a full third of them are by freshman sire Bolt d'Oro. Kaleem Shah's Arman (Bolt d'Oro), $600,000 OBS March acquisition, was tabbed a 'TDN Rising Star' following his smashing five-furlong debut at Churchill Downs June 23 and is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the six-furlong affair. Muir Hut Stables' Agency (Bolt d'Oro), a $400,000 OBS March graduate, also broke his maiden on debut, going five furlongs at Santa Anita June 12. Rounding out the Bolt d'Oro trio is Pop d'Oro, who was the Spendthrift stallion's first winner when he captured his debut at Turf Paradise in April. The dark bay colt was subsequently fourth in the June 18 Fasig-Tipton Futurity.

Bolt d'Oro currently has nine winners and, while still searching for his first stakes winner, he currently as two stakes-placed runners, with John Grey finishing third in the Hoover S. and Owen's Leap finishing second in the Bashford Manor. Owen's Leap was scratched from Saturday's GII Saratoga Special.

Freshman sire Good Magic is also represented in the Best Pal, with Quagmire Magic coming from the red-hot barn of George Papaprodromou. The youngster was claimed from trainer Peter Miller for $50,000 following a debut win at Los Alamitos June 25.

The Best Pal's freshman sire contingent also includes Mardukas, a son of GI Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming who broke his maiden second time out June 26 at Churchill Downs for trainer Jeff Engler.

Woodbine hosts its third graded event of the weekend with the GIII Seagram Cup S. Sunday.

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Santin Outstays Smooth Like Strait in Million

Sat, 2022-08-13 18:43

There was no Million Lane 5, no foreign contingent–Aidan O'Brien accounted for the only two overseas nominations–and only a fraction of the fans that would have passed through the turnstiles at the now-shuttered Arlington Park a handful of hours to the north.

That Saturday's GI Arlington Million took place at all is something of a 'miracle', as Churchill Downs had not hosted a race on the turf since early June. The GII Secretariat S. and GIII Pucker Up S. for 3-year-old males and females, respectively, were canceled so as not to subject the newly installed grass course to undue stress.

But offer a seven-figure purse and they will come–or eight of them will, at least–and Godolphin's Santin (Distorted Humor) proved to be the king of the hill for the second time in three months over the Matt Winn turf course, making use of his superior stamina to best California invader Smooth Like Strait (Midnight Lute) by a cozy 1 3/4 lengths. Sacred Life (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), the only starter in the race for four-time Million winner Chad Brown, outfinished the surprisingly favored Set Piece (GB) (Dansili {GB}) to finish a distant third.

Winner of the GI Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic over Saturday's course and distance on the GI Kentucky Derby undercard May 7, Santin–the third pick at 2.45-1–hit the ground running and was intent on taking the race right to Smooth Like Strait, capable of going a good race over nine furlongs, but clearly better at the mile. The second favorite, Smooth Like Strait had things very much his own way as he lobbed the Million field along through fractions of :23.85 and :47.43, but the 5-year-old had to work much harder to retain the call in the next couple of furlongs and came under a heavy John Velazquez ride 2 1/2 furlongs from home. With Santin now breathing down his neck, Smooth Like Strait came out into about the four path off the home corner, desperately clinging to a tenuous lead. But Santin was always doing the better work, as he wrested command at the three-sixteenths pole and came away to score comfortably in the end.

“We were in a good spot and around the turn and [Smooth Like Strait] came out a little bit but I had a lot of horse beneath me,” said winning rider Tyler Gaffalione. “In the past we thought he may have underperformed in his races. We know how much talent he has and he showed that in the [Old Forester Bourbon] Turf Classic and here this afternoon in the Million. It's so special to win this race. Its history speaks for itself and I'm glad we are able to be a part of it.”

Santin was the impressive winner of a pair of late-season starts at Indiana Grand and Keeneland before running on stoutly to just miss at 15-1 in the GI Hollywood Derby at Del Mar Nov. 27. A running-on fourth in the GIII Fair Grounds S. on seasonal debut Feb. 19, the bay could not quite reel in 2021 Million hero Two Emmys (English Channel) in the GII Muniz Memorial S. Mar. 26, but added blinkers and made amends with a 7-1 upset in the Turf Classic. After having a plate repaired in the paddock prior to the GI Resorts World Casino Manhattan S. June 11, he retreated to finish sixth after chasing front-running winner Tribhuvan (Fr) (Toronado {Ire}) and was having his first start since.

Pedigree Notes:

Santin's dam was a dual graded winner and third in the GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at three and runner-up in the GI Flower Bowl S. in 2016 for Kiaran McLaughlin before being covered by Distorted Humor–then a spry 24 years of age–in 2017. Santin is her first produce. Sentiero Italia is a half-sister to the likeable Saeed bin Suroor-conditioned Ashkal Way (Ire) (Ashkalani {Ire}), winner of the GI Citation H., the GII Kelso BC H. and GII Bernard Baruch H. and runner-up in the Fourstardave H.–then a Grade II–in 2006. Sentiero Italia is also represented by the 2-year-old colt Pacific Crest (War Front), a yearling Speightstown filly and a filly foal by Into Mischief.

Saturday, Churchill Downs
ARLINGTON MILLION S.-GI, $1,000,000, Churchill Downs, 8-13, 3yo/up, 1 1/8mT, 1:46.88, gd.
1–SANTIN, 125, c, 4, by Distorted Humor
                1st Dam: Sentiero Italia (MGSW & MGISP, $994,900),
                                by Medaglia d'Oro
                2nd Dam: Golden Way (Ire), by Cadeaux Genereux (GB)
                3rd Dam: Diavolina, by Lear Fan
O/B-Godolphin, LLC (KY); T-Brendan P. Walsh; J-Tyler
Gaffalione. $601,400. Lifetime Record: 8-4-2-0, $1,437,100.
Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Smooth Like Strait, 125, h, 5, Midnight Lute–Smooth as
Usual, by Flower Alley. O/B-Cannon Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY);
T-Michael W. McCarthy. $194,000.
3–Sacred Life (Fr), 125, r, 7, Siyouni (Fr)–Knyazhna (Ire), by
Montjeu (Ire). (€50,000 Ylg '16 ARAUG). O-Michael Dubb,
Madaket Stables LLC, Wonder Stables; B-Mr. Viktor
Timoshenko & Mr. Andriy Milovanov (FR); T-Chad C. Brown.
Margins: 1 3/4, 5 3/4, HD. Odds: 2.45, 2.32, 6.44.
Also Ran: Set Piece (GB), Cavalry Charge, Admission Office, Cellist, Field Pass. Scratched: Megacity. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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