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Fleming Wins Buddy Raines Award

Thu, 2022-04-28 15:14

Millie Fleming, president of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of New Jersey, has been named the 2022 recipient of the Virgil “Buddy” Raines Distinguished Achievement Award, Monmouth Park announced Thursday. The Raines Award is presented annually just prior to Monmouth Park's season opener, which is coming up May 7.

“This means the world to me. I know the elite company I'm in,” said Fleming. “I'm the first breeder to receive this award so it truly is special to me.”

Fleming is still active as an owner and breeder. She also taught Equine Studies at Centenary College in Hackettstown.

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Taiba Puts in Final Derby Work

Thu, 2022-04-28 15:03

Undefeated 'TDN Rising Star' Taiba (Gun Runner) had his final work ahead of the May 7 GI Kentucky Derby Thursday at Santa Anita, going six furlongs in 1:12.80 in company with Drayden Van Dyke aboard.

“It was very straight forward,” trainer Tim Yakteen said. “He worked three-quarters from the five-eighth pole. It was a typical Taiba work and we accomplished what we wanted. I got him in 1:12.60 and out in 1:26. We're good.”

An ultra-impressive debut winner at Santa Anita Mar. 5, the $1.7-million FTFMAR buy followed suit with a good-looking score in the GI Runhappy Santa Anita Derby Apr. 9.

Yakteen will work Santa Anita Derby runner-up Messier (Empire Maker) Friday in Arcadia. Both colts are scheduled to fly from Los Angeles to Indianapolis Sunday and then van south to Churchill Downs.

“My general feeling is that both horses are doing really super,” Yakteen said. “They are both very professional and make my job easy.”

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Mystic Guide Retires to Jonabell Farm

Thu, 2022-04-28 14:49

Last term's G1 Dubai World Cup hero Mystic Guide (Ghostzapper–Music Note, by A.P. Indy) has been retired to Jonabell Farm, where he will stand the 2023 breeding season, Godolphin announced Thursday. A fee will be announced at a later date.

“The decision has been made to retire Mystic Guide due to a soft tissue injury,” Dan Pride, COO of Godolphin in America, said. “The timing unfortunately rules out his major summer and fall targets and as a result he will take up stud duties at Jonabell Farm. He proved himself a top-caliber horse on the world stage and has an outstanding pedigree with an impressive physical to match. We can't wait for breeders to be able to see him in person.”

Out of Godophin's homebred MGISW Music Note (A.P. Indy), Mystic Guide graduated at second asking at Fair Grounds in March of 2020 and won that year's delayed GII Jim Dandy S. that September. Runner-up in the GI Jockey Club Gold Cup S. a month later, the 'TDN Rising Star' captured Oaklawn's GIII Razorback H. last February and followed suit with an impressive victory in the Dubai World Cup. The 5-year-old was last seen finishing second in the GII Suburban S. at Belmont July 3. He retires with a record of 9-4-3-2 and earnings of $7,593,200.

“Horses of Mystic Guide's caliber just don't come along too often,” trainer Mike Stidham said in the Godolphin release. “To win the Dubai World Cup for Godolphin was obviously a special moment for me and my team and one that I'll always remember. I'm sure the next chapter in his life will be equally as exciting.”

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Dortmund Passes Away in Korea

Thu, 2022-04-28 14:32

MGISW Dortmund (Big Brown–Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat) passed away at Korea's Great Hill Farm Apr. 18 due to a small bowel torsion, the farm reported on Instagram Thursday.

Dortmund won his first six starts for Kaleem Shah and trainer Bob Baffert, including the 2015 GI Santa Anita Derby and 2014 GI Los Alamitos Futurity. The hulking chestnut was the bettors' second choice in the 2015 GI Kentucky Derby behind his stablemate American Pharoah. The 'TDN Rising Star' finished third to eventual Triple Crown winner that day and was fourth behind him in the GI Preakness S.

Dortmund's last victory came in the GIII Native Diver S., but he hit the board in the GI Pacific Classic and GI Awesome Again S. in 2016. He retired with a record of 16-8-2-2 and earnings of $1,987,505.

The $140,000EASMAY buy retired in 2017 and started his stud career at Bonita Farm in Maryland with just 14 foals in his initial crop. In 2021, he was sold and exported to Korea. The 10-year-old covered 16 mares this year according to the Korean Stud Book.

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Freshman Oscar Performance Off the Mark at Keeneland

Thu, 2022-04-28 13:55

2nd-Keeneland, $76,240, Msw, 4-28, 2yo, 5 1/2fT, 1:03.85, fm, 2 lengths.
ANDTHEWINNERIS (c, 2, Oscar Performance–Run Like the Boss, by Scat Daddy) was sent off the 4.10-1 second choice and showed a decisive turn of foot in the final eighth of a mile to become the first winner for his Mill Ridge-based freshman sire (by Kitten's Joy) at Keeneland Thursday afternoon. Void of early speed, Andthewinneris raced last but one early and improved by one position as they hit the turn. Traveling smoothly inside on the bend, he was angled out sharply approaching the quarter pole and steamed home down the center of the course to take it by a handy two-length margin. The blaze-faced bay clocked his final two furlongs in a slick :22.77, fully 0.72 seconds faster than any of his vanquished rivals, according to Trakus data. Bought back on a bid of $67,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale, Andthewinneris has a yearling half-brother by Enticed and a foal half-sister already named Bonne Fille (Cupid). Racing as a homebred for Amerman Racing, Oscar Performance won the 2016 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf over a mile and added the GI Belmont Derby and GI Secretariat S. at three, both going 10 furlongs. He set a Belmont course record of 1:31.23 in winning the GIII Poker S. in 2018 and achieved additional Grade I glory at four in the Woodbine Mile. Oscar Performance is standing the 2022 breeding season for a fee of $12,500 LFSN. Sales history: $67,000 RNA Ylg '21 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $45,880. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O/B-Susan Moulton (KY); T-Wayne M Catalano.

 

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No Nay Never 2-Year-Old Graduates At Keeneland

Thu, 2022-04-28 13:37

1st-Keeneland, $54,416, Msw, 4-28, 2yo, 4 1/2f, :51.92, ft, 4 lengths.
NO NAY HUDSON (IRE) (c, 2, No Nay Never–Raw Silk {GSW, $201,958}, by Malibu Moon), bet down to even money, broke straight to the lead from the outside gate to set the pace a path off the rail. He had slight pressure behind from both Top of My Game (Mark Valeski) and stable-mate Ashcroft (Munnings) on either flank turning for home but as the trio straightened, No Nay Hudson kicked on and only lengthened his advantage, puling clear to win by four lengths over The Big Wam (Mr. Big) for trainer Wesley Ward's 11th win of the meet. No Nay Hudson is a half-brother to Tailor's Row (Street Cry {Ire}), SP-UAE, $200,865. His dam, winner of the GII Sands Point S., most recently produced a yearling colt by US Navy Flag. Sales History: $190,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $29,016.  Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-Andrew Farm and For the People Racing Stable LLC; B-RJB Bloodstock (IRE); T-Wesley A. Ward.

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Corniche Nearing Return

Thu, 2022-04-28 12:30

He has yet to run this year, which has turned GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Corniche (Quality Road) into the forgotten horse in the 3-year-old male division. That, however, may be about to change. Corniche has had two recent works at WinStar Farm and, according to Marette Farrel, an advisor to owners K.C. Weiner and Peter Fluor, the colt will return to the racetrack within a couple of weeks.

“His last work at WinStar [four furlongs in :48.94 last Saturday], they said that it was an 'A' work,” Farrel said. “He couldn't have been more impressive.”

Corniche, a $1.5-million purchase at the 2021 OBS Spring Sale, debuted Sept. 4 for trainer Bob Baffert, breaking his maiden by 4 1/4 lengths. Up next was a 3 1/4-length win in the GI American Pharoah and then a 1 3/4-length victory in the Breeders' Cup. Named 2-year-old male champion, Corniche was the early favorite for the GI Kentucky Derby and his connections began to plot a course to get him to Churchill Downs. But there was a problem. Corniche was not flourishing.

“He really only got 30 days off,” Farrel said. “He didn't come to WinStar until the beginning of December. The first week of January, he started jogging and then he started galloping. It was then that he didn't bloom like he should have.”

Farrel said there were rumors that Corniche had suffered some kind of physical setback, but says that was never the case. But he wasn't showing the connections what they wanted to see. With the calendar entering mid-March and with Corniche still not having had a workout, a decision had to be made. Press on for the Derby or come up with an alternate plan?

“He was a little slow to come around physically and he was still holding on to his winter coat,” Farrel said. “Peter and K.C. had a choice to make in March. Do you push the horse and rush him to the Derby or do you let the horse come back naturally in his own time and in his own way? They are very successful businessmen and they understand big picture things. They said, 'We want to do right by the horse.' Let him tell us what he wants to do and when he wants to do it. I applaud Peter and K.C. for taking what is, in my opinion, the right road.”

But that meant giving up on any chance to win the Kentucky Derby.

“There hasn't been any frustration,” Farrel said. “They took the horsemen's path and did the right thing by the horse. They weren't shortsighted and said, 'Let's go for it, let's take a chance.' If they did that they might not have had any horse left after running him in the Derby.”

Corniche's first published workout of the year came on Apr. 15 when he breezed three furlongs in :36.80 at WinStar. It was exactly what his team had been looking for, a sign that he was finally coming around. After one or two more works at WinStar, the next step for Corniche will be to return to the track and continue to work toward his first start of the year. The problem with that is that his return will come while Baffert is serving a 90-day suspension for the betamethasone positive he was hit with in last year's Kentucky Derby. That opens up the possibility that Corniche will be turned over to a new trainer. Farrel said the owners have yet to reach a decision concerning who will get the horse.

Farrel said the main goals will be the GI Haskell S. and the GI Travers S. and she is confident Corniche will be ready by then and will return to top form. The Derby and the entire Triple Crown may be out, but Corniche may still make something out of what so far has been a lost year.

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Weekly Stewards and Commissions Rulings, Apr. 19-25

Thu, 2022-04-28 11:32

Every week, the TDN publishes a roundup of key official rulings from the primary tracks within the four major racing jurisdictions of California, New York, Florida and Kentucky.

Here's a primer on how each of these jurisdictions adjudicates different offenses, what they make public (or not) and where.

California

Track: Santa Anita
Date: 04/20/2022
Licensee: Ed Moger, trainer
Penalty: $500 fine
Violation: Out of competition medication violation
Explainer: Trainer Ed Moger, who worked the horse Squalotoro for removal from the Veterinarian's List on March 10, 2022, at Santa Anita Park, is fined $500.00 pursuant to California Horse Racing Board Rules #1887(a) (Trainer or Owner to Insure Condition of Horse) for violation of California Horse Racing Board Rule #1866(h) (Veterinarian's List), #1843(a)(b)(d) (Medication, Drugs and Other Substances) and Rule #1843.1(a) (Prohibited Drug Substances – Phenylbutazone – Class 4).

Track: Santa Anita
Date: 04/20/2022
Licensee: Bob Hess, trainer
Penalty: $500 fine
Violation: Out of competition medication violation
Explainer: Trainer Robert Hess, who worked the horse Rantanen for removal from the Veterinarian's List on February 14, 2022, at Santa Anita Park, is fined $500.00 pursuant to California Horse Racing Board Rules #1887 (Trainer or Owner to Insure Condition of Horse) for violation of California Horse Racing Board Rule #1866(h) (Veterinarian's List), #1843(a)(b)(d) (Medication, Drugs and Other Substances), Rule 1844(d)(1) (Authorized Medication) and Rule #1843.1 (Prohibited Drug Substances – 5-Hydroxy Dantrolene [Class 4]).

Track: Santa Anita
Date: 04/20/2022
Licensee: Diego Herrera, jockey
Penalty: $1,000 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: Apprentice Jockey Diego Herrera is fined $1,000.00 for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1688(b)(8)(d) (Use of Riding Crop – more than six times – third offense in the past sixty days) during the eighth race at Santa Anita Park on April 17, 2022.

Kentucky
The following ruling was not posted in time for inclusion last week.

Track: Keeneland
Date: 04/10/2022
Licensee: Brian Hernandez, Jr., jockey
Penalty: $500 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: After waiving his right to a hearing before the Board of Stewards, Brian J. Hernandez, Jr., who rode Cilla in the seventh race at Keeneland on April 9, 2022, was found to have violated the crop regulation. This being his first offense, Mr. Hernandez was given the option and chose to pay a fine. Brian Hernandez, Jr. is hereby fined $500.00 for his improper use of the riding crop by exceeding the allowable use in the overhand manner. Upon receipt of this ruling, it is required within 30 days to pay any and all fines imposed to the Kentucky horse Racing Commission. Failure to do so will subject the licensee to summary suspension of license pursuant to 810 KAR 3:020 Section 15 (cc).

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ROAP Schedules Accreditation School and Certificate Course

Thu, 2022-04-28 10:13

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP), which accredits and provides continuing education to all racing officials, stewards, and judges in racing, will hold its annual accreditation school for stewards and judges at California's Los Alamitos Race Course from Sept. 11-18. The course, which includes 60 hours of schooling, provides classroom instruction as well as time shadowing officials. Curriculum covers both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, as well as harness racing. The accreditation school is open to all applicants who meet and complete the registration requirements by Aug. 12.

In addition, in association with Chippewa Downs, ROAP will also hold a certificate course at the Sky Dancer Resort and Casino in North Dakota May 13-14. This course, which is open to the public and has no charge, consists of general racing industry education geared toward those interesting in becoming racing officials. There will be job-specific modules for the racing official positions of clerk of scales, horse identifier, paddock judge, placing judge, outrider, and starter/assistant starter.

For registration for both the accreditation school and the certificate course or for more information, contact Wendy Culberson at contactus@horseracingofficials.com or 859-224-2702. ROAP's website is horseracingofficials.com.

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Churchill’s Paddock to be Expanded by 2024 Derby

Thu, 2022-04-28 09:43

Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) will launch a $185- to $200-million redesign of the paddock that will be in place for the 150th GI Kentucky Derby in 2024. The “Paddock Project,” a massive expansion and redevelopment, is the final phase of CDI's three-year capital investment plan.

The transformation will increase the current 5,000 square feet of guest space to 12,000 square feet, update the capacity inside the paddock from 1,000 to 2,400 people, and add various club spaces and seating, including 3,612 new premium reserved seats and 3,250 new standing room-only tickets. In addition, the current paddock configuration blocks views of the twin spires from the entrance gate, while the new design will give better visibility.

“This is one of the most significant construction projects in the history of Churchill Downs Racetrack because it significantly impacts what we consider to be the heart of the property,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI. “We took great care to ensure this is designed in a way that would transform Churchill Downs while enhancing our ability to deliver on what our fans hope for and expect from us for generations to come.”

Construction will begin after Churchill's spring meet and will accommodate future live racing dates. The massive transformation of the paddock follows the $44.5-million Homestretch Club project that is set to debut this year during Derby Week and the $89.2-million Turn 1 Experience that will open next year.

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Lisa Giannelli Trial Begins

Wed, 2022-04-27 19:51

Jury selection kicked off April 27 in the trial of a Delaware woman who prosecutors say helped veterinarian Dr. Seth Fishman supply illegal performance-enhancing drugs to trainers who used them to secretly dope horses to win races.

By day's end, a jury of eight men and four women was sworn in to hear the case against Lisa Giannelli in U.S. District Court in New York.

Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil scheduled opening statements for Apr. 28. The government has two FBI agents lined up to testify as their first witnesses.

Giannelli was in court for the jury selection.

One of the jurors chosen is a 60-year-old woman who said during voir dire that she has attended the GI Kentucky Derby “numerous times.”

Giannelli, of Felton, worked for Fishman and his Florida company Equestology as a sales representative. They were arrested two years ago following a lengthy FBI investigation into suspected backstretch horse doping that nabbed more than two dozen others.

Those charged included prominent Thoroughbred trainers Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis. Navarro pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to five years in prison. Servis is awaiting a trial that has been pushed back to early 2023.

Giannelli's case is being heard in the same courthouse where Fishman was convicted Feb. 2 on two counts of conspiracy to violate adulteration or misbranding laws after an 11-day trial. She is charged with one of those crimes.

Fishman and Giannelli have been the only ones in the case to take their chances at trial. There have been nine other guilty pleas since the arrests, including Navarro's.

Giannelli was to be tried with Fishman, but after opening statements and testimony from the government's first witness, a mistrial was declared in her case after her lawyer Louis Fasulo tested positive for COVID-19, preventing him from proceeding.

She faces five years in prison if convicted. She is free on $100,000 bond.

At a conference Apr. 25, Fasulo said his client would be testifying in her own defense. He also said she would be his only witness. Fishman didn't testify, and his lawyers called no other witnesses.

Fasulo told Vyskocil that he was “100% certain” Gianelli would take the stand.

“I never make that commitment, but we know it's going to happen,” he said.

In court papers last month, prosecutors spelled out their case against Giannelli.

They said she had traveled to racehorse training facilities in the northeast U.S., offering to sell Fishman's drugs “on demand, without regard to the existence of any prescription, the medical need for such drugs or the legality (or propriety) of selling such drugs directly to racehorse trainers.”

In court papers, Fasulo has signaled his intent to put on a “good faith” defense.

“A person acts in good faith when he or she has an honestly held belief, opinion, or understanding that as part of her experience in the horse racing industry veterinarians were allowed to sell drugs they compounded or manufactured and it was the trainer's responsibility to follow withdrawal times, even though the belief, opinion or understanding turns out to be inaccurate or incorrect,” Fasulo wrote in a proposed instruction that he wants the jury to hear before it begins deliberations.

At the previous trial, Fasulo sought to distance his client from Fishman, a tactic he is expected to take this time around.

“We sit here today after hearing the government's opening statement that Lisa Giannelli is a lone wolf in a herd of sheep,” he said as he began his opening remarks to the prior jury. “This case will prove that Lisa was a sheep herded by the sheep master.”

Fasulo said then that Giannelli had been a groom and a trainer before she went to work for Fishman. He said they had worked together for 18 years.

Fasulo said his client had no ability to create the products that Fishman manufactured and had no ability to label them.

“She took no responsibility as to the products as they were presented to her, other than they were presented by a veterinarian who was licensed in the states in which she was dealing,” he said.

At the end of his remarks, he said they don't hide from the fact that Giannelli worked for Fishman.

“What the government found in her home were products given to her by Seth Fishman, the veterinarian, and you will hear that she believed those products to be okay to transport to others,” he said.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

   The Thoroughbred industry's leading publications are working together to cover this key trial.

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Early Voting Targets Preakness

Wed, 2022-04-27 17:00

Klaravich Stables' Early Voting (Gun Runner) is possible to make his next start in the May 21 GI Preakness S. at Pimlico, although trainer Chad Brown may opt to enter the GIII Withers S. winner Monday in the GI Kentucky Derby if there is a strategic defection. The four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer will be represented by Keeneland's GI Blue Grass S. winner Zandon (Upstart) at Churchill Downs for the Derby.

“Right now the horse is still in New York preparing for the Preakness,” Brown said of Early Voting. “If the complexion of the Derby field changes a certain way before the race, it's not out of the question that I go ahead and ship him over to Churchill and enter him in the Derby. But right now we're planning on running in the Preakness.”

He continued, “We have the points [to get in the Derby]. The horse is doing well. We have the flexibility to keep it as an option. No one is forcing us to make a decision earlier than we want. I don't want to make a 'final' decision and then change your mind. That's worse than delaying. Things happen. Horses drop out, the pace scenario could change, things like that. Seth [Klarman] and I want to handle it intelligently. We want the flexibility. But if everything stays the way it is right now with the field, I plan on running the horse in the Preakness.”

Early Voting has raced only three times: winning a one-mile maiden race at Aqueduct Dec. 18, followed by a 4 1/2-length victory over Un Ojo (Laoban) in the Withers Feb. 5 before finishing second to Mo Donegal (Uncle Mo) in the GII Wood Memorial Apr.9. Un Ojo subsequently won the GII Rebel S. at odds of 75-1 at Oaklawn Feb. 26.

“With only three starts under his belt, putting him in a 20-horse field not even knowing what post you're going to draw and bringing him all the way over here [to Churchill], I didn't feel was a good gamble for the future of the horse. Seth feels the same way. However, if the field changes in such a way where it looks like he's moving up to be one of the main contenders and maybe one of the only pace horses in the race, then I would change my mind.”

Early Voting's path to the Preakness is similar to that of former Brown charge, Cloud Computing, who captured the Classic in 2017. Also owned by Klaravich, Cloud Computing also ran three times, winning his debut at Aqueduct in February, finishing second in the GIII Gotham S. before coming home third in the Wood. He also skipped the Derby before winning the Preakness.

“We've won the Preakness before, obviously,” Brown said. “With Seth being a Baltimore native, it's a very important race to him and he'd be honored to win it a second time, he tells me. So it's not a disappointing goal to shoot for. We hold the race in high regard, and we want to do the right thing for the horse for the future, too, beyond the Derby and the Preakness.”

He added, “This horse has a big career ahead of him. Right now he's a beautiful, sound, improving horse. We want to continue to develop him.”

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Secret Oath Could Try Preakness After Oaks

Wed, 2022-04-27 16:26

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas indicated Secret Oath (Arrogate) may take another shot against the boys in the GI Preakness S. at Pimlico May 21 following tilt at the May 6 GI Kentucky Oaks. Secret Oath finished third in the GI Arkansas Derby in her first start against males.

“We had no intention of running in the [GI Kentucky] Derby; running a mile and a quarter, in a 20-horse field,” Lukas said. “Whether you could make a case or not that she's one of the better 3-year-olds in the country–which you can–we had no intention of that.”

He continued, “We were running in the Arkansas Derby because the race was [worth] $1.25 million. That in itself was the incentive. If she had won the Arkansas Derby, we wouldn't have run in the Kentucky Derby. We were pretty adamant that we were going to run in the [Kentucky] Oaks and have the best filly in the country.”

The second jewel in the American Triple Crown is contested over 9 1/2 furlongs.

“That's what the nomination was for,” Lukas said. “That's what we thought: If we have a big Oaks, now we cut back in distance. We go to a 14-horse field versus 20. We go on a different surface, tight turns, where speed would be good. It changes the whole game when you go to the Preakness.”

Lukas has won the Preakness on six occasions, most recently with Calumet Farm's Oxbow in 2013. The Preakness also gave Lukas his first Triple Crown victory, that coming with Codex in 1980.

“I have good luck at the Preakness,” said Lukas, who also has won the Derby and GI Belmont S. four times apiece. “I always have had.”

Secret Oath, by champion Arrogate, won the Martha Washington S. and GIII Honeybee S. this winter at Oaklawn earlier this season. She ranks with 80 points for the May 6 Oaks.

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Dark Angel Firster Impressive At Keeneland

Wed, 2022-04-27 15:30

4th-Keeneland, $75,045, Msw, 4-27, 3yo/up, f/m, 5 1/2fT, 1:03.01, gd, 1/2 length.
CHARDY PARTY (IRE) (f, 3, Dark Angel {Ire}–Spiritual Lady {GB} {SW-Eng}, by Pastoral Pursuits {GB}), off a step slow from the inside gate at 4-5, raced mid-pack in ninth along the rail behind early front-runner Peligroso (Honor Code). She remained stuck inside, marred by traffic trouble, into the far turn. Passing the eighth pole and still several lengths off the lead, she swung out off the rail into the four path and kicked on, catching the pace-setting Peligroso in the final strides to just get up by a half-length. Chardy Party (Ire) is the third winner for owner Stonestreet Stables procured from the Tattersalls October Sale by Ben McElroy. Sales History: 110,000gns Ylg '20 TATOCT. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $33,945. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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Derby Hopeful Crown Pride Works

Wed, 2022-04-27 15:17

Teruya Yoshida's Crown Pride (Jpn) (Reach the Crown {Jpn}) worked a bullet half-mile in :46.40 at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning in advance of the May 7 Kentucky Derby. With regular morning partner Masa Matsuda aboard, Crown Pride cut out fractions of :11.60, :23.20 and :46.40, galloping out in 1:00.20 and 1:14.80 while working in company with the 4-year-old Southern Passage. Crown Pride left Japan Mar. 17 to travel to Dubai where he won the G2 UAE Derby before arriving in Louisville Mar. 30. Wednesday's work was his fourth since his arrival in Kentucky. Before the work, Crown Pride warmed up in the mile chute while the track was undergoing a harrow break and following the work had a leisurely trip back to the quarantine barn.

“That is a typical Japanese training regimen,” said Japan-based representative for the Kentucky Derby Kate Hunter. “Masa was very pleased with the work. He said Crown Pride moves well over the surface with no extra effort.”

Crown Pride's previous works here were six furlongs in 1:18.60 Apr. 16, a half-mile in :49.80 Apr. 19 and a half-mile in :49.20  Apr. 24. He is scheduled to work again Sunday.

Trainer Koichi Shintani is scheduled to arrive in Louisville Sunday night and will be in attendance at the post position draw Monday afternoon. Jockey Christophe Lemaire is scheduled to arrive in Louisville on Monday.

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Aqueduct Spring Draws over $115M in Handle

Wed, 2022-04-27 13:26

The recently concluded 15-day spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack generated $115,750,073 in all-sources handle, a 35.5 percent increase over the 11-day spring meet held in 2021, according to The New York Racing Association, Inc. Wednesday.

On-track handle for the 2022 Aqueduct spring meet, which includes wagering from New York State residents utilizing NYRA Bets, was $11,332,663. The 2021 Aqueduct spring meet, which was conducted without fans in attendance, saw on-track handle of $5,734,531. Average daily handle for the spring meet was $7,716,672 compared with $7,765,368 in 2021. The 2022 Aqueduct meet included 134 races with 37 on the turf. A total of 95 races were held with 29 on the turf. Average field size was 7.00 in 2022 compared with 7.16 in 2021.

The spring/summer meet at Belmont Park kicks off Apr. 28. First post is 1:20 p.m. EST.

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Bidding Opens For Todd Dispersal on Fasig-Tipton Digital

Wed, 2022-04-27 12:20

Bidding for Phase I of the dispersal of the Estate of Glen Todd is now open at digital.fasigtipton.com. This first phase of the dispersal includes horses of racing age, 2-year-olds in training and yearlings. Pegasus Training Center will be acting as agent for the dispersal.

A fixture on the racing scene in British Columbia, Canada, John Glendon 'Glen' Todd passed away Mar. 27 at the age of 75. Todd was involved with Thoroughbred racing for the better part of 50 years and since 2006, campaigned nearly 50 black-type winners in the name of North American Thoroughbred Horse Co., as well as in his own name and in partnership.

“Glen Todd was a titan of the British Columbia Thoroughbred industry and a wonderful supporter of Thoroughbred racing and breeding as a whole,” said Leif Aaron, Fasig-Tipton Director of Digital Sales. “We are honored that his estate has entrusted Fasig-Tipton Digital with the dispersal of his stable.”

Some 31 horses will be offered–without reserve–over the next week on the Fasig-Tipton Digital Platform, including 10 horses of racing age, 14 2-year-olds in training and seven yearlings. All the juveniles have been broken and are galloping. Bidding will close at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 3. All horses are located at the Pegasus Training Center in Redmond, WA, and are available for inspection. Prospective buyers may contact Pegasus at (425) 898-1060.

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NYRA Hearing Officer Recommends Two-Year Suspension for Baffert

Wed, 2022-04-27 12:00

Judge O. Peter Sherwood, the retired New York Supreme Court justice who served as the hearing officer in NYRA's dispute with Bob Baffert, has issued his report, recommending that Baffert receive a two-year suspension.

“NYRA has reasonably concluded that it will not condone Baffert's reckless practices, outrageous behavior and substance violations, each of which compromises the integrity of the sport,” Sherwood wrote. “I conclude that NYRA has reasonably determined that he should be excluded from the Racetracks for a lengthy period.”

The report has been sent to a three-person panel that has been convened to consider whether or not Baffert should be penalized by NYRA. Each side will have 14 days to respond to the report. After the 14 days, the panel will have 10 days to make a final decision.

The panel consists of attorney John Carusone Jr., New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Executive Director Will Alempijevic and Humberto Chavez, who heads the New York Racetrack Chaplaincy of America program.

On May 17, NYRA suspended Baffert, but had to drop the ban when a federal judge ruled that NYRA could not take such steps without first holding a hearing for Baffert or for anyone else the racing organization sought to suspend. Because of its affiliation with the state of New York, NYRA, unlike privately owned tracks like Churchill Downs, does not necessarily have the right to ban someone without due process. Churchill's two-year ban of Baffert is currently in place. He is also currently serving a 90-day suspension handed down by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

The hearing commenced in January with NYRA attorney Henry Greenberg stating that Baffert had taken a “wrecking ball” to the sport's integrity because of his record of repeated drug violations. NYRA charged that during a 14-month span, Baffert-trained horses tested positive for prohibited medications seven times. The most high-profile offense occurred in the 2021 GI Kentucky Derby in which Medina Spirit (Protonico) tested positive for betamethasone.

NYRA released Sherwood's 54-page report Wednesday.

In asking the hearing officer to recommend a suspension for Baffert, NYRA said that his conduct was detrimental to the best interests of racing, the health and safety of the horses and NYRA business operations. Baffert's team countered, arguing that NYRA's characterizations of the offenses were misleading and that NYRA “grossly overstates” the seriousness of the substances involved in the many positive drug tests. Citing expert testimony presented at the hearing, Baffert contended that the substances were not performance-enhancing and would not mask injury.

Sherwood did not seem to give much merit to those arguments or any others made by the Baffert team, writing that NYRA had met its burden of proof in respect to all charges it made against Baffert.

“NYRA maintains (and the record shows) that Baffert has engaged in a pattern and practice of unlawful conduct that has no parallel in the modern history of Thoroughbred racing,” Sherwood wrote.

He continues: “NYRA also proved that each time Baffert was charged with a violation he provided an implausible excuse, and blamed others for conduct that he, as the trainer, was responsible for as a matter of law.”

Sherwood agreed with NYRA's contention that a failure to suspend Baffert would have negative consequences for the racing association and the sport in general.

“In NYRA's reasonable judgment, a failure to suspend Baffert could result in public scandal and ultimately a decrease  in spectatorship, loss of revenues to the State and NYRA's racetracks and even a decline of Thoroughbred racing as a sport,” Sherwood wrote. “I find that NYRA need not continue to suffer Baffert's defaults and to bear the risk of loss of public confidence.”

NYRA had proposed that Baffert be banned for “a lengthy period” and did not suggest a specific length of suspension. Citing the Churchill suspension and writing that “Baffert has not established grounds for any shorter period of exclusion at the NYRA Racetracks,” Sherwood recommended the two-year suspension.

The panel could give Baffert credit for the 59 days he was suspended before the judge ruled that NYRA had to give him a hearing. Should the panel vote to suspend Baffert, his NYRA ban would go into effect on July 2, following the end of his 90-day suspension issued by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. That would mean the next running of the GI Belmont S. that he can participate in would be in 2025.

Baffert attorney Clark Brewster issued a statement that read: “Despite the fact that Bob has never had a single medication violation in New York, we expected this interim recommendation to the panel, which is not NYRA's final decision. We will contest this recommendation until we ultimately find a neutral, detached decision-maker that doesn't rubber stamp the NYRA lawyers' demands.”

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Churchill Unveils New Derby Day Multi-Race Wagers

Wed, 2022-04-27 11:45

As part of its wagering menu for Kentucky Derby day May 7, Churchill Downs will offer an 'All 3-Year-Old' Pick 3 and an all-dirt Pick 5 wager, both of which close with the Run for the Roses.

The 3-year-old Pick 3 will have a minimum $3 stake and includes the $500,000 GII American Turf and the GII Pat Day Mile before concluding with the Derby. Like all rolling 50-cent Pick 3s, the wager will have a 22% takeout.

An all-dirt, all-stakes Pick 5 will have a 50-cent minimum and 15% takeout while including the $160,000 Knicks Go S., the $750,000 GI Derby City Distaff, the $750,000 GI Churchill Downs S., the Pat Day Mile and the Derby.

Along with the track's jackpot bet, the Derby City 6, Churchill will once again offer the two-day Oaks/Derby Pick 6 with a $2 minimum (2019 handle $479,561). The wager begins on Friday, May 6 with the $750,000 GI La Troienne S. and the $1.25-million GI Longines Kentucky Oaks before concluding on Saturday with the Derby City Distaff, Churchill Downs S., the $1-million GI Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic and the Derby.

There will be four traditional Pick 5 and Pick 4 wagers on Kentucky Derby Day. The third Pick 5 (2019 handle: $3,980,809) and third Pick 4 (2019 handle: $4,091,771) will feature an all-stakes sequence and culminate in the Derby.

Superfecta wagers will be a $1 minimum on Kentucky Derby and Oaks days but will be a 10-cent minimum on all other days.

For the full wagering menu and post times, click here.

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Saratoga’s Single-Day Tickets on Sale May 4

Wed, 2022-04-27 11:13

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will make single-day tickets for reserved seats in the clubhouse, grandstand, and Cutwater Stretch for the summer meet at Saratoga available Wednesday, May 4, at 10 a.m. In addition, single-day tickets for reserved tables in the Miller Time Fourstardave Sports Bar, with tables for two, four, or six, will be available Wednesday, May 11. The Pick Six Picnic Paddock, with tables available with paid reservation and accommodating up to six, will be on sale Wednesday, May 18. Tailgate at the Turn tickets, which has 16 sections for six people each, will also be available May 18.

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com.

The Saratoga meet opens Thursday, July 14, and continues through Monday, Sept. 5, which is also Labor Day. Following a four-day opening weekend, racing will be conducted Wednesdays through Sundays, until the last week when the meet concludes on Labor Day.

For more information, visit NYRA.com/Saratoga.

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