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Ce Ce Upends Gamine in F/M Sprint

Sat, 2021-11-06 15:23

Gamine (Into Mischief), last year's champion female sprinter and defending GI Breeders' Cup F/M Sprint heroine, looked like the surest of winners on paper at this year's world championships, but she was swamped on both sides turning for home, and CE CE (m, 5, Elusive Quality–Miss Houdini, by Belong to Me) swooped up into the lane en route to a 2 1/2-length victory. The 6-1 third choice was most recently a five-length winner of the GIII Chillingworth S. at Santa Anita Oct. 3. Edgeway (Competitive Edge) was second, while Gamine held on for third.

Saturday, Del Mar
BREEDERS' CUP FILLY AND MARE SPRINT-GI, $860,000, Del Mar, 11-6, 3yo/up, f/m, 7f, 1:21.00, ft.
1–CE CE, 124, m, 5, by Elusive Quality
               1st Dam: Miss Houdini (GISW, $187,600), by Belong to Me
               2nd Dam: Magical Maiden, by Lord Avie
               3rd Dam: Gils Magic, by Magesterial
O/B-Bo Hirsch LLC (KY); T-Michael W. McCarthy; J-Victor
Espinoza. $520,000. Lifetime Record: 16-8-1-3, $1,753,100.
*1/2 to Papa Clem (Smart Strike), MGSW & GISP,
$1,121,190. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks
report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Edgeway, 124, f, 4, by Competitive Edge
               1st Dam: Magical Solution (SW), by Stormin Fever
               2nd Dam: Boltono, by Unbridled's Song
               3rd Dam: Buckaroo Zoo, by Buckaroo
($35,000 Wlg '17 KEENOV; $275,000 2yo '19 OBSAPR).
O-Hronis Racing LLC; B-Pope McLean, Valerie Blethen &
David Blethen (KY); T-John W. Sadler. $170,000.
3–Gamine, 124, f, 4, by Into Mischief
               1st Dam: Peggy Jane (SP, $102,050), by Kafwain
               2nd Dam: Seattle Splash, by Chief Seattle
               3rd Dam: Grand Splash, by Bucksplasher
'TDN Rising Star' ($220,000 Ylg '18 KEESEP; $1,800,000 2yo '19 EASMAY).
O-Michael Lund Petersen; B-Grace Thoroughbred Holdings
LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert. $90,000.
Margins: 2HF, 3/4, 1 3/4. Odds: 6.20, 16.60, 0.40.
Also Ran: Bella Sofia, Proud Emma. Scratched: Estilo Talentoso.
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Additional Statement on Juvenile Turf

Sat, 2021-11-06 14:44

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Breeders' Cup issued a collective statement Saturday regarding the incident at the gate prior to the start of Friday's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, which results in the eventual winner, Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), ultimately being withdrawn from pari-mutuel pools and competing for purse money only.

The statement, in its entirety, reads:

“The CHRB, Del Mar, and Breeders' Cup officials reviewed the circumstances of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf last night and again this morning.

“The CHRB determined that, as discussed in the aftermath of the race, #1 Modern Games was scratched by the stewards on the recommendation of one of the track veterinarians, Dr. Chuck Jenkins, at the starting gate at 17:35:35 PT.

“After additional examination and assessment of Modern Games by the attending veterinary team, track veterinarian Dr. Dana Stead concluded that the horse had not been injured and communicated to the stewards that the horse was cleared to run.

“Due to a miscommunication between the stewards and the Del Mar mutuels department, Modern Games was reinserted into the pari-mutuel wagering pools at 17:37:01 PT.

“At 17:43:49 PT, after it was made clear to the mutuels department that Modern Games was competing for purse money only, the horse was again removed from the wagering pools.

“The race went off at 17:47:34 PT.

“Per CHRB rules, all wagers on #1 Modern Games in the win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, and super high five pools are subject to refund. Daily Double and Pick 3 wagers to Modern Games received a consolation payment. Per CHRB rules, in all other multi-leg wagers ending on the 10th race, bettors with tickets including #1 Modern Games and #2 Albahr received the post-time favorite, #3 Dakota Gold, unless they designated an alternate for the race.

“As a result of the review, the CHRB, Del Mar and Breeders' Cup are modifying their injury management communications protocols, so that Dr. Stead will make the final determination with respect to recommended scratches at the starting gate and has sole authority to communicate those recommendations to the stewards.”

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Express Train Scratched from Classic, BC Friday Wrap

Sat, 2021-11-06 14:36

Express Train (Union Rags), slated to contest Saturday's GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic, was scratched the morning of the race because of swelling in his hind right hock.

“He was schooling in the paddock three days ago and he got a little playful, jumping around and kicked himself,” trainer John Shirreffs said. “He'll be fine with a little more time and we plan on running him next year.”

Also withdrawn Saturday morning, Lael Stable's Arrest Me Red (Pioneerof the Nile) was forced to miss Saturday's GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

“We had a little foot issue and changed the horse's shoes,” trainer Wesley Ward said. “It kept getting better, but we erred on the side of caution.”

“She was perfect [Saturday] morning,” he confirmed. “She jogged up perfect and is with [GII Juvenile Turf Sprint] third-place finisher Kaufymaker and fifth-place finisher and post-time favorite Averly Jane] on a plane [to Keeneland].”

L and N Racing LLC and Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC's Echo Zulu (Gun Runner), runaway winner of Friday's GI NetJets Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, will get some time off before returning for a 3-year-old campaign, according to trainer Steve Asmussen.

“She needs a bit of a break now. So that she can fill in, she needs to grow,” he said. “She's not a big filly in stature, but as a Gun Runner, he was extremely talented, but he [later] developed into the best in the world.”

Earlier this season, the TDN Rising Star won the GI Spinaway S. and GI Frizette S. prior to her latest score.

Reflecting on Friday's victory, he added, “I think it's as simple as she's faster than they are. And, I think that's what she's been all year. She continues to be just extremely satisfying. When you look at a four-race year, three Grade Is and the style in which she's done it. All of her races are fast, her numbers are good. And, against the best company, that's as good as it gets. You catch the [GI] Alcibiades winner [JuJu's Map] and the [GIII] Pocahontas winner [Hidden Connection]. They made it here. And, she was better on the day. We're very proud of that.”

According to trainer Bob Baffert, Speedway Stables' Corniche (Quality Road) is also done for the season following his win in Friday's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

“He won't race again this year,” the Hall of Famer confirmed. “We don't have any specific plans for him.”

Baffert was also responsible for Juvenile contestants Pinehurst (Twirling Candy, 5th) and Barossa (Into Mischief, 9th).

“All my horses came out of the race well.  I thought his [Corniche's] race was very impressive. He's a really, really fast horse and this performance shows what a brilliant horse he is.”

Bobby Flay's Pizza Bianca (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) was already heading back East following her win in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Friday. The Flay homebred gave her trainer, Christophe Clement, his first win in a Breeders' Cup race.

“She ran very well and got a great ride,” said Clement. “She's a good filly. For me the biggest accomplishment of the whole deal–of course it's great to win the Breeders Cup–is that her owner/breeder Bobby Flay chose us with a filly that is very well bred and we were able to do this. It is very meaningful for me.”

Looking ahead, Clement added that New York's turf triple crown is a likely for next season.

“That would be the goal of the moment, but we have time to think about it,” he said.

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Modern Games Wins Wild Juvenile Turf for Purse Money Only

Fri, 2021-11-05 21:10

For Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby, not to mention the betting public, the lead up to Friday evening's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf could not have been more of a roller coaster. Godolphin's two charges, rail-drawn Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) and GI Summer S. winner Albahr (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) to his immediate outside, stepped into the gate the top two wagering choices. But the latter, who had already been acting up before loading, reared in the gate and was briefly cast, perhaps bothering Dakota Gold (Freud) to his outside in the process. Modern Games was let out of the front of his stall, but didn't get far. Albahr was an automatic scratch at that point (he reportedly suffered only minor cuts), but as the rest of the field circled behind the gate waiting for the cue to re-rack, Modern Games–as low as 8-5 in the betting–was also scratched on the tote. That action turned out to be premature, and Modern Games was allowed to run for purse money only after being examined. You can probably guess what happened next…

Modern Games, the handsome chestnut last seen taking the G3 Tattersalls Somerville S. at Newmarket Sept. 23, did not break particularly alertly, but crept closer down on the fence approaching the first bend to sit just north of midpack behind an honest pace. William Buick pushed Modern Games along for more and swung him out after a :46.89 half and into a six-furlong split of 1:11.24. Grafton Street (War Front) took over and briefly opened up, but Buick unleashed Modern Games at the top of the lane and he blew right over the top of his competition, reporting home 1 1/2 lengths to the good and galloping out to a chorus of boos. Tiz the Bomb (Hit It a Bomb) was the “winner” as far as wagers were concerned, with local hope Mackinnon (American Pharoah) crossing the line third and Grafton Street fading to fourth.

“A testament to the horse and William,” said Appleby, now a three-time winner of this race for Godolphin, and possibly a would-be fourth if not for a disaster trip for eventual G1 Derby winner Masar (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}) the last time the Breeders' Cup was contested at Del Mar in 2017. “On a big stage like that and things, a quite dramatic incident happening there in the gate. But for him to compose himself and get himself back in there, back in the mindset, and for William to also, like I say, taking on board at one minute you're not sure whether you are or are not in the race that day… But the horse came into the race with a lovely profile. He was a progressive 2-year-old, and he's really pleased us since he's been here. And so we were confident coming into the race that we were going to be a big player anyway.”

Appleby confirmed that Albahr, who was set to be ridden by Frankie Dettori, escaped the incident relatively unscathed, as did his rider.

“He went straight back, I saw him go out there under the pony rider,” Appleby said. “He jogged back to the barn and the team are looking after him. He's got some minor cuts, but no more than that. My vet's there now and just giving him a thorough examination. But, yeah, it looked uglier than, hopefully–we were expecting the worst and luckily horse and rider walk away from it.”

Buick also piloted the team's last Juvenile Turf winner, Line of Duty (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), in 2018.

“He does everything in his stride and not at any stage was I worried that he was not focused,” said Buick of Modern Games. “He remained calm. He remained focused. He didn't change complexion at all. And that makes it much easier.

“In regards to the race, we jumped a tad slow from the gate, but having the one hole you can get a bit more space on the inside and a bit more time. So we managed to get into a nice position. The pace was even, and look, the race–to be honest–was very straightforward. This place, the turf track at Del Mar, a lot of luck is involved in the way the race unfolds, but with a horse like him, you're able to put the luck in your own hands a little bit.”

Appleby and Godolphin have now won six Grade I events in North America this year, plus a Jockey Club Derby with Yibir (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), one of the connections' two hopes in Saturday's GI Longines Breeders' Cup Turf to go with another pair of contenders for the GI Fanduel Breeders' Cup Mile. Appleby also has at least two more highly regarded juvenile colts for Sheikh Mohammed's operation back at home in four-for-four MG1SW Native Trail (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) and G3 Emirates Autumn S. hero Coroebus (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}).

“I think one of the things Sheikh Mohammed enjoys the most is international competition and certainly with the Dubai World Cup he always loves to see so many participants from so many different places come to run. And the same here with the Breeders' Cup, a world championship whereby this is so exciting to bring European horses over here,” said Godolphin's Jimmy Bell. “It just adds such an element to it. And to be a homebred, to be a part of this thing, I know how proud he is of Charlie and how well he brought these horses over here and knows who to bring and so adept at doing that.”

A second-out winner at Newbury in July, Modern Games was a close second at Leicester Aug. 8 before annexing a Doncaster handicap by daylight Sept. 8. He showed good speed and a strong late kick when dominating the Somerville last out.

Meanwhile, as disgruntled horseplayers took to social media to air their grievances, track officials attempted to sort through the chain of events.

The following explanation was released by the California Horse Racing Board: “Concerning the 10th race at Del Mar today, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf: Prior to the start of the race, #1 Modern Games (IRE) reared up and hit the back of the gate; #2 Albahr (GB) flipped over and became lodged underneath the starting gate. The scratch of #2 Albahr was relayed to the stewards and that horse was taken out of the wagering pools. Albahr appears uninjured. The veterinary staff then relayed a second scratch of #1 Modern Games (IRE) to the stewards based on initial observation. Upon confirmation that #1 also was to be scratched, the stewards removed the horse from the wagering pools. After further discussion among the regulatory veterinarians at the gate and after further observation of #1 Modern Games, that horse was declared fit and racing sound, and this fact was relayed to the stewards, who pursuant to CHRB rule 1974 allowed the horse to run for purse money only. The CHRB and the Breeders' Cup are reviewing the current veterinary and scratching procedures to ensure that this does not occur going forward.”

Rule 1974 stipulates that “If a horse is removed from the wagering pool due to a totalizator error, or due to any other error, and neither the trainer nor the owner is at fault, the horse shall start in the race as a non-wagering interest for the purse only and shall be disregarded for pari-mutuel purposes.”

The Breeders' Cup later followed up with a release noting that the event was being held under the authority of the CHRB.

“We thank the CHRB for their thorough review of this situation, and we regret the impact this has had on the betting public,” said the statement. “The health and safety of our equine and human athletes is our top priority and we are thankful for the safety of all involved.”

Friday, Del Mar
BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE TURF-GI, $920,000, Del Mar, 11-5, 2yo, c/g, 1mT, 1:34.72, fm.
1–MODERN GAMES (IRE), 122, c, 2, by Dubawi (Ire)
1st Dam: Modern Ideals (GB), by New Approach (Ire)
2nd Dam: Epitome (Ire), by Nashwan
3rd Dam: Proskona, by Mr. Prospector
1ST GRADE I WIN. O-Godolphin LLC; B-Godolphin (IRE);
T-Charles Appleby; J-William T Buick. $520,000. Lifetime
Record: 6-4-1-0, $595,348. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for
the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Tiz the Bomb, 122, c, 2, Hit It a Bomb–Tiz the Key, by Tiznow.
($330,000 Ylg '20 FTKSEL). O-Phoenix Thoroughbred Ltd;
B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (KY); T-Kenneth G McPeek. $170,000.
3–Mackinnon, 122, c, 2, 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-Doug F
O'Neill. $90,000.
Margins: 1HF, NK, HD. Odds: 0.00, 7.80, 6.30.
Also Ran: Grafton Street, Dakota Gold, Slipstream, Stolen Base, Portfolio Company, Coinage, Dubawi Legend (Ire), Great Max (Ire), Glounthaune (Ire), Credibility. Scratched: Albahr (GB), Detroit City, Ready to Purrform. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

Pedigree Notes:

Modern Games's Breeders' Cup victory gives his prolific sire Dubawi his 47th Group 1 victory. The fourth of six foals out of Modern Ideals (Ire), the Godolphin homebred is one of three winners and the leading performer produced by the half-sister to G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere-winning Ultra (Ire) (Manduro {Ger}), G3 Prix Minerve scorer Synopsis (Ire) (In the Wings {GB}) and dual stakes-placed Epic Similie (GB) (Lomitas {GB}), herself the dam of MGSP Figure of Speech (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). The winner is a great grandson of MGSW Proskona (Mr. Prospector), a half-sister to MG1SP sire Keos (Riverman) and G3 Prix Chloe-winning blue hen Korveya (Riverman). The family also includes MG1SW sire Act One (GB) (In the Wings {GB}), G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains third Gharir (Ire) (Machiavellian), G1 Fillies' Mile runner-up Summer Symphony (Ire) (Caerleon) and GI Belmont Oaks Invitational third Summer Solo (Arch). This is also the family of Friday's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf heroine Pizza Bianca (Fastnet Rock {Aus}). Modern Games's 11-year-old mare is responsible for a yearling filly by Exceed and Excel (Aus) and a filly foal by Mastercraftsman (Ire).

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Can’t Catch Corniche in the Juvenile

Fri, 2021-11-05 20:08

DEL MAR, CA – Following the unfortunate vet scratch of speedy morning-line favorite and 'TDN Rising Star' Jack Christopher (Munnings), unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' Corniche (Quality Road) had things his own way on the front end and ran to the money as the 7-5 favorite for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert in Friday's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar.

Drawn widest of all in post 11, the $1.5-million OBS April topper shot out to the front beneath “Big Money” Mike Smith and cleared the field heading into the first turn. The Speedway Stables colorbearer sped through fractions of :23.03 and :46.15, kicked for home as the one to catch and kept finding down the lane to account for longshot Pappacap (Gun Runner) by 1 3/4 lengths. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Giant Game (Giant's Causeway) in third.

Corniche and Pappacap were also one-two across the line in Santa Anita's GI American Pharoah S. Oct. 1, the former's first try around two turns. Corniche previously rolled to a 'Rising Star' performance sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs on debut at Del Mar Sept. 4.

This is the fifth Breeders' Cup Juvenile victory for Baffert and 18th Breeders' Cup win overall.

“I knew from the [11]-hole that he was going to have to use him harder than he'd like to,” Baffert said. “Mike [Smith] is a great rider. I love him on a horse like that. You never know how good they are until you put them in a situation like that. He just kicked back in and held those horses off. It's so hard to win these races, especially when you have a favorite and you win. It's exciting. These young horses are what our whole program is about. It's a great win for the owners. I have tremendous clients.”

Baffert added, “Turning for home, this horse has a beautiful way of [going], he just, his movement, he just jumps a long ways. His mechanics, he almost has mechanics like American Pharoah. He's just got that long, loping stride. He covers a lot of ground.”

Baffert continued, “I felt bad for Chad Brown [trainer of Jack Christopher] when I heard that because I have been in those positions and you don't want to see that. You see horses scratching and it takes away from the Breeders' Cup–these races are really hard to win. You have to be lucky. You have to have a good horse. There's not a lot of margin for error.”

Smith, the all-time winningest rider in World Championships history, piloted his 27th Breeders' Cup winner aboard Corniche and third overall in the Juvenile.

“The only thing I was worried about was that he got hotter [before the race] than he ever had,” Smith said. “It just made me get calmer. I don't think I have ever been so calm in a big race. I just sat really still, he caught a flyer leaving the gate and just left him alone.”

As Medina Spirit's GI Kentucky Derby win remains in the balance due to a well-documented betamethasone positive, horses trained by Baffert were subject to enhanced scrutiny for this weekend's Championships. Furthermore, with Baffert banned from Churchill Downs Inc. racetracks for three years, Corniche didn't earn any points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby in Friday's Juvenile, which offered 20-8-4-2 points.

“Well the Derby is a long ways off, so right now my focus was just getting here and we'll see how it plays out,” Baffert said. “And there's still a lot of things going on and so… and, really, there's not much to talk about that right now, just, like I said, the main thing is to keep him healthy, that's number one, we have a really good horse, and we have to keep him healthy and the Derby, that's a long ways off still, so a lot can happen between now and then and we'll see how it–we got to see how it plays out.”

Peter Fluor and K.C. Weiner's Speedway Stables have also campaigned the Baffert-trained GISW Collected, runner-up to Gun Runner in the 2017 GI Breeders' Cup Classic at this venue. The duo continued to show their support for Baffert in the post-race press conference.

“Actually, K.C. and I never thought about moving the horse to a different trainer,” Fluor said. “We talked to Bob right after we bought the horse, he liked the horse, and so the horse was always coming to Bob. And three races and kind of look how he's done, so, with a great deal of thanks to Bob, and that's where we are.”

Fluor added, “This race was such a big race for Corniche and what it means to him and his 2-year old standing. And we have said–and Bob's doing a great job and we have a better chance of winning this race with our friend Bob Baffert and that's what happened. So we're kind of enjoying moment and down the road we'll focus on that later on, but thank you.”

Pedigree Notes:

Corniche–the $1.5-million OBS April topper selected by Speedway advisor Marette Farrell–is one of 51 stakes winners/28 graded stakes winners/12 Grade I winners for Quality Road. Quality Road is also the sire of fellow Breeders' Cup winners: Caledonia Road, City of Light and Hootenanny. Corniche, a son of six-time GSW and GI Matriarch S. runner-up Wasted Tears (Najran), was led out unsold on a bid of $385,000 at KEESEP last year, but turned in a smooth sales breeze in :10 flat to become one of two horses to eclipse the seven-figure barrier in Ocala. Wasted Tears, also responsible for the late stakes-placed Coffee Crush (Medaglia d'Oro), had a filly by Mendelssohn in 2020. She brought $750,000 from B.B.E. at this year's Keeneland September sale. Speedway Stables and Baffert also teamed up for a win with Quality Road's 'Rising Star' Roadster in the 2019 GI Santa Anita Derby and a runner-up finish in the GI Malibu S.

Friday, Del Mar
TVG BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE PRESENTED BY THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE ALLIANCE-GI, $1,840,000, Del Mar, 11-5, 2yo, c/g, 1 1/16m, 1:42.50, ft.
1–CORNICHE, 122, c, 2, by Quality Road
                1st Dam: Wasted Tears (MGSW & GISP, $941,463),
                                by Najran
                2nd Dam: Wishes and Roses, by Greinton (GB)
                3rd Dam: Anniversary Wish, by Beau's Eagle
'TDN Rising Star'. ($385,000 RNA Ylg '20 KEESEP; $1,500,000
2yo '21 OBSAPR). O-Speedway Stables LLC; B-Bart Evans &
Stonehaven Steadings (KY); T-Bob Baffert; J-Mike E. Smith.
$1,040,000. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $1,262,000. Werk Nick
Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Pappacap, 122, c, 2, Gun Runner–Pappascat, by Scat Daddy.
O/B-Rustlewood Farm Inc (FL); T-Mark Casse. $340,000.
3–Giant Game, 122, c, 2, Giant's Causeway–Game for More, by
More Than Ready. ($500,000 Ylg '20 FTKSEL). O-West Point
Thoroughbreds and Albaugh Family Stables LLC; B-H. Allen
Poindexter (KY); T-Dale L. Romans. $180,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, 1HF, 2HF. Odds: 1.40, 15.10, 21.90.
Also Ran: Commandperformance, Oviatt Class-(DH), Pinehurst-(DH), American Sanctuary, Double Thunder, Barossa, Jasper Great, Tough to Tame. Scratched: Jack Christopher.
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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Pizza Bianca Gets Clement Off the Schneid

Fri, 2021-11-05 19:31

In the 1997 Breeders' Cup not far away at old Hollywood Park, trainer Christophe Clement made a favorable impression with his first-ever starter at the championships, sending out Allen Paulson's Flag Down (Deputy Minister) to a sound third-place effort behind Chief Bearhart (Chief's Crown) in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf. Thirty-nine starters had represented the stable in the 22 years since, each walked back to the barn a defeated animal.

You couldn't have faulted the Frenchman if he'd begun to feel a bit like the late Bobby Frankel, who saddled 36 starters in the Breeders' Cup before Squirtle Squirt (Marquetry) snapped his own dubious streak in 2001. But for trainers as capable as Christophe Clement, skids like this are bound to end sooner and not later, and so it was Friday afternoon when Pizza Bianca (Fastnet Rock {Aus}), a homebred for celebrity chef and Breeders' Cup ambassador Bobby Flay, slalomed home down the Del Mar lane to give the owner a second win in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, joining 2010 victress More Than Real (More Than Ready). Ryan Moore worked out a good trip from an awkward draw aboard French raider Malavath (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), whose rails run through the final furlong fell just short, while 'TDN Rising Star' Haughty (Empire Maker), who just snuck into the race, finished a promising third.

Pizza Bianca was the recipient of a very quiet Joel Rosario ride at just over 5-1 on Saratoga debut July 22, and came with a wide sweep off no pace whatsoever to outfinish odds-on Expand the Map (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) by three-parts of a length. Tested for class in the GI Natalma S. at Woodbine Sept. 19, the homebred was more forwardly placed while clipping the hedge  for the opening half-mile, traveled nicely into the race nearing the straight and was short of room a furlong and a half out before boxing on gamely for second to Godolphin's Wild Beauty (GB) (Frankel {GB}), who'd have likely gone favored for Friday's race had she made the trans-Atlantic journey.

With Rosario opting for the undefeated Koala Princess (More Than Ready)–somewhat surprisingly sent off the betting favorite at 9-2–Jose Ortiz inherited the ride on Pizza Bianca, and the duo was off to an uneventful beginning from gate one. Allowed to drift back through the field, the dark bay raced with about three behind early as the positively ridden G1 Fillies' Mile third Cachet (Ire) (Aclaim {Ire}) set a moderate pace in advance of Turnerloose (Nyquist), with Mise En Scene (Ire) (Siyouni {Fr}) posted three wide for Oisin Murphy. With only GII JP Morgan Chase Jessamine S. upsetter California Angel (California Chrome) in her rear-view passing the half-mile pole, Pizza Bianca was outfooted into the turn by the latter, relegating her to last with three furlongs to race, but she nevertheless traveled strongly, appearing only to need somewhere to run when push came to shove.

Sent through an opening one off the fence between the rail-skimming Malavath and Consumer Spending (More Than Ready) as they neared the eighth pole, Pizza Bianca hit another gear to whoosh past a stubborn front-running Cachet and Hello You (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) with time ticking away and flashed under the wire first.

“Very nice. Great win,” said Clement. “I'm delighted. I was surprised [agent] Ron Anderson and Rosario didn't ride the filly because we always thought that she a nice one and she proved us right today. I'm absolutely thrilled with the confidence showed in us. It's nice.”

Pedigree Notes:

On behalf of Flay, renowned bloodstock agent James Delahooke went to 1.25 million guineas ($2,122,050) for White Hot at the 2014 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. The fifth-priciest offering in Book 1, White Hot was, at the time, a half-sister to 2011 G1 Investec Derby hero Pour Moi (Ire) and to MGSW & MG1SP Gagnoa (Ire) (Sadler's Wells). Flay entered White Hot carrying to Fastnet Rock (Ire) in the 2017 Tattersalls December Mares sale, but elected to withdraw her and that decision had proved fruitful, even prior to Friday's event.

Gagnoa's foal of 2017, the filly Etoile (War Front), took out the G3 Juvenile Fillies Sprint at Naas in 2019, while the current 2-year-old colt out of Gagnoa, Ancient Rome (War Front), has done his part to flatter the family with a victory in this year's G3 Prix des Chenes and runner-up efforts in the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and G1 Criterium International this season. White Hot's full-brother Dawn Patrol (Ire) was the winner of the G3 Loughbrown S. and was third in the G1 Irish Derby in 2020. This is also the female family of G1 Epsom Derby hero Lammtarra, Hector Protector and Bosra Sham, et al.

Pizza Bianca is the first Breeders' Cup winner for the exceptional dual-hemisphere stallion Fastnet Rock (Aus) (Danehill) and is his seventh championship starter from his Northern Hemisphere-foaled crops. Pizza Bianca is the 42nd top-level winner for her sire, joining GI Man O'War S. heroine Zhukova (Ire), who is also out of a Galileo mare. She is also the stallion's 182nd worldwide black-type winner and 114th graded/group winner. Pizza Bianca is a mind-boggling 227th SW, 123rd GSW and 37th G1/GISW out of a daughter of the late Galileo. Cover Song, a daughter of Misty For Me (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), won the 2016 GIII Autumn Miss S. for Spendthrift Farm and was purchased by Flay (James Delahooke, agent), for $1.6 million at FTKNOV a short time later. He RNAd Cover Song, in foal to Dubawi (Ire), for $3.9 million at FTKNOV in 2018.

White Hot was barren to Quality Road for 2020, but foaled a colt by Uncle Mo this past Feb. 4 and was most recently bred to Not This Time.

Friday, Del Mar
BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE FILLIES TURF-GI, $920,000, Del Mar, 11-5, 2yo, f, 1mT, 1:36.08, fm.
1–PIZZA BIANCA, 122, f, 2, by Fastnet Rock (Aus)
                1st Dam: White Hot (Ire), by Galileo (Ire)
                2nd Dam: Gwynn (Ire), by Darshaan (GB)
                3rd Dam: Victoress, by Conquistador Cielo
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN, 1ST GRADE I
   WIN. O/B-Bobby Flay (KY); T-Christophe Clement; J-Jose L.
Ortiz. $520,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, $637,635. Werk
   Nick Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus*. Click for the
   eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Malavath (Ire), 122, f, 2, by Mehmas (Ire)
                1st Dam: Fidaaha (Ire), by New Approach (Ire)
                2nd Dam: Ceist Eile (Ire), by Noverre
                3rd Dam: Sharafanya (Ire), by Zafonic
(£29,000 Ylg '20 GOFFUK; €139,200 2yo '21 ARQDEA).
O-Everest Racing, Redvers, David and Keller, Barbara; B-Tally
Ho Stud (IRE); T-Francis – Henri Graffard. $170,000.
3–Haughty, 122, f, 2, by Empire Maker
                1st Dam: Soaring Emotions, by Kingmambo
                2nd Dam: Luminous Beauty, by A.P. Indy
                3rd Dam: Caerlina (Ire), by Caerleon
'TDN Rising Star'. ($70,000 RNA Ylg '20 KEESEP; $310,000 2yo
'21 OBSAPR). O-Bradley Thoroughbreds, Belmar Racing and
Breeding, LLC, Tim & Anna Cambron & Team Hanley;
B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. (KY); T-Chad C. Brown.
$90,000.
Margins: HF, NK, HD. Odds: 9.90, 17.70, 6.00.
Also Ran: Cachet (Ire), Hello You (Ire), Consumer Spending, Koala Princess, Helens Well (Ire), Cairo Memories, Mise En Scene (GB), California Angel, Bubble Rock, Sail By, Turnerloose.
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Echo Zulu Fires Big in Juvenile Fillies

Fri, 2021-11-05 18:50

DEL MAR, CA – During an interview in these pages earlier this week, Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen described returning to Del Mar–the site of Gun Runner's 2017 GI Breeders' Cup Classic victory–with a member of his first crop favored for the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies as “dreaming.”

The dream run certainly continued for L and N Racing and Winchell Thoroughbreds' Echo Zulu (Gun Runner) Friday, capping a perfect four-for-four championship season with a powerhouse, 5 1/4-length, wire-to-wire performance in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Juju's Map (Liam's Map), winner of the GI Darley Alcibiades S. at Keeneland, was second; Tarabi (First Samurai) was third.

“A very special filly,” said Asmussen after saddling his second winner in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and eighth overall at the World Championships. “She means so much to us, and the fact that she is from the first crop of Gun Runner, everything that he did for us, it's surreal that we're back here at Del Mar for the second Breeders' Cup when his crowning moment was the Breeders' Cup [Classic] here in 2017.”

He continued, “She's just brilliant. She's faster than they are. It's as simple as that. We're just so fortunate to be around her.”

Any similarities to her sire, the 2017 Horse of the Year?

“I think what we've seen, especially today, is how she carries [her speed], what a fluid mover she is and the middle fractions where Gun Runner just seemed to move so effortlessly and horses didn't stay at the same rate he did, that's how she seems to be in her races,” Asmussen replied.

On the engine beneath Joel Rosario while drawn widest of all in post six, Echo Zulu quickly cleared the field passing the stands for the first time and it was pretty much over from there. The 4-5 favorite clicked off sensible fractions of :23.42 and :47.01, began to give them the slip rounding the far turn and was handridden to a championship-sealing performance. The final time of 1:42.24 was a tick faster than the 1:42.50 final clocking established by fellow 'Rising Star' Corniche (Quality Road) later on the card in the Juvenile.

“She is amazing,” said Rosario after riding his 14th Breeders' Cup winner. “She is fast, has so much speed and it looks like she is not going that fast. Today, she liked what she was doing up there and when I asked her, she just took off. She's just amazing.”

Tabbed as a 'Rising Star' in a flashy Saratoga unveiling going 5 1/2 furlongs, Echo Zulu made good on the promise, with dominating front-running wins with matching 90 Beyer Speed Figures in Saratoga's GI Spinaway S. going seven furlongs Sept. 5 and Belmont's one-turn mile GI Frizette S. Oct. 3, respectively. The aforementioned Tarabi was second in the Spinaway. Frizette runner-up Gerrymander (Into Mischief) returned to capture Friday's Tempted S. at Belmont.

Echo Zulu was making her two-turn debut while ridden by Rosario for the first time in the Juvenile Fillies. Ricardo Santana, Jr. piloted Echo Zulu to all three of her previous victories.

Winchell Thoroughbreds, of course, campaigned Gun Runner in partnership, and has also won Breeders' Cup races with Untapable (Distaff) and Tapizar (Dirt Mile), respectively.

“It's something you always dream about when you have a horse like Gun Runner, and first crop getting a, what will be, a champion 2-year-old filly,” Ron Winchell said. “So for us to actually own it and what we did with Gun Runner like Steve [Asmussen] was saying it just makes it that much more special.”

L and N Racing-a partnership comprised of Lee Levinson, his sons Michael and Andy, and family friend Don Nelson-had its colors carried by GISW Echo Town (Speightstown) as well as Kentucky Derby runner-up Lookin At Lee.

“I'm still in shock,” Lee Levinson concluded with a laugh. “And I'm an attorney. I speak for a living, and I can't talk.”

Pedigree Notes:

Echo Zulu, a $300,000 KEESEP graduate, is a half-sister to the Asmussen-trained fellow 'Rising Star' and GI Runhappy H. Allen Jerkens S. winner and young Ashford Stud sire Echo Town. Standing at Three Chimneys Farm, freshman sire Gun Runner is responsible for a leading four graded stakes winners, including the Asmussen-trained GI Hopeful S. winner Gunite. Gun Runner's Pappacap also completed the exacta in the Juvenile later on the program. Echo Zulu is a half-sister to another 'Rising Star' in J Boys Echo (Mineshaft), GSW, $377,543; and Unbridled Outlaw (Unbridled's Song), GSP, $253,478. Letgomyecho's 2020 filly by American Pharoah brought $1.4 million–the highest price for a filly–from Northshore Bloodstock on behalf of Joe Allen at this year's Keeneland September Sale. Echo Zulu's dam was talented herself, winning by 5 1/2 lengths in her Calder debut as a newly turned 3-year-old and streaking to a three-for-three record in the 2005 GII Forward Gal S.

Friday, Del Mar
NETJETS BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE FILLIES-GI, $1,760,000, Del Mar, 11-5, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:42.24, ft.
1–ECHO ZULU, 122, f, 2, by Gun Runner
                1st Dam: Letgomyecho (GSW, $136,200), by Menifee
                2nd Dam: Echo Echo Echo, by Eastern Echo
                3rd Dam: Kashie West, by Sir Ivor
'TDN Rising Star'. ($300,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-L and N Racing
LLC & Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC; B-Betz/J. Betz/Burns/
CHNNHK/Magers/ CoCo Equine/Ramsby (KY); T-Steven M.
Asmussen; J-Joel Rosario. $1,040,000. Lifetime Record:
4-4-0-0, $1,480,000. *1/2 to Unbridled Outlaw (Unbridled's
Song), GSP, $253,478; 1/2 to J Boys Echo (Mineshaft), GSW,
$377,543; 1/2 to Echo Town (Speightstown), GISW, $410,020.
Werk Nick Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus*. Click for the
   eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Juju's Map, 122, f, 2, by Liam's Map
                1st Dam: Nagambie, by Flatter
                2nd Dam: Charming N Lovable, by Horse Chestnut (SAf)
                3rd Dam: St Lucinda, by St. Jovite
($190,000 Ylg '20 KEEJAN; $300,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP).
O-Albaugh Family Stables LLC; B-Fred W. Hertrich (KY); T-Brad Cox. $340,000.
3–Tarabi, 122, f, 2, by First Samurai
                1st Dam: Indian Bay, by Indian Charlie
                2nd Dam: Buy the Barrel, by E Dubai
                3rd Dam: Affordable Price, by Drouilly (Fr)
($240,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-LBD Stable LLC, Manganaro
Bloodstock & David Ingordo; B-Hinkle Farms (KY); T-Cherie
DeVaux. $180,000.
Margins: 5 1/4, HF, 7 3/4. Odds: 0.80, 3.00, 9.80.
Also Ran: Hidden Connection, Sequist, Desert Dawn.
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‘Gleaming’ Sparkles in Third-Straight Juvenile Turf Sprint for Ward & Ortiz

Fri, 2021-11-05 18:22

Stonestreet Stables LLC's 'TDN Rising Star' Twilight Gleaming (Ire) (National Defense {GB}), less fancied than her unbeaten stablemate Averly Jane (Midshipman), out-footed them all early and held the cavalry charge off late to provide both trainer Wesley Ward and Irad Ortiz, Jr. with their third-straight renewal of the GII Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint in its four-year history. European colt Go Bears Go (Ire) (Kodi Bear {Ire}) was a half-length back in second, with another Ward-trained filly Kaufymaker (Jimmy Creed) spicing up the trifecta. Derrynane (Quality Road) came from far back to be fourth, with Averly Jane settling for fifth but giving fillies four of the top five spots.

A debut second at 3-5 when unveiled on the Keeneland dirt in early April, £75,000 Goffs Orby yearling buy Twilight Gleaming took to the Belmont turf next out in May, airing by an emphatic 7 1/2 lengths over another Ward runner in next-out winner and subsequently MSP Poppy Flower (Lea). Twilight Gleaming checked in second to Monday defection Quick Suzy (Ire) (Profitable {Ire}) when favored for Royal Ascot's G2 Queen Mary S. June 16, and had been unseen since narrowly annexing the listed Prix de la Vallee d'Auge over soft Deauville ground Aug. 7.

Carrying the colors of recently named Breeders' Cup Chairwoman Barbara Banke, Twilight Gleaming out-broke the field by about a length before being joined to her outside by Speakeasy S. winner One Timer (Trappe Shot). She doled out an opening quarter of :21.61, and starter to leave her nearest pursuer under confident handling into a :44.03 half. The closers got going in the final furlong, but were left with too much to do, and too tough a target.

“I think the way my filly broke over there… we won the race right there,” Ortiz said. “I didn't have to use much, I just got her on the rail and she did the rest, really. She's a nice filly.”

“I was really confident in this filly,” Ward said of the winner. “I feel bad for the other two owners because we are all trying to win, but this filly, she had good spacing from her win in France and every work at Keeneland just kept getting better and better. She was coming into it just fresh and fit and ready to go and she did it.”

Ward continued, “And, I'm not just saying this because she's Barbara Banke, but Barbara has been a loyal supporter of ours and she really got the itch to go over to England. We got some good horses and Ben McElroy got this filly for her and we bought some others for next year to go to Ascot with and I'm excited to see those. She's just such a great lady and she loves the sport. We are really excited.”

Ward has trained fellow female turf sprinting phenoms Campanelle (Ire) (Kodiac {GB})–also a McElroy buy–and Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy) for Stonestreet. He took the 2019 running of this race with Four Wheel Drive (American Pharoah) and last year's renewal with Golden Pal (Uncle Mo).

“She's been training really, really and she just looked terrific and she's really smart,” Banke said of Twilight Gleaming. “And you could tell she was just figuring it out. She wasn't hot or bothered or, but she was ready to rumble and she did.”

As for the beaten favorite, rider Tyler Gaffalione said, “She broke sharp, but she just didn't really get it going. I looked to my inside and outside and I was already getting outrun. She wasn't grabbing the bit on me so I dropped my hands to see if she will take me a little bit. She did, but she just didn't have it today.”

Friday, Del Mar
BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE TURF SPRINT-GII, $920,000, Del Mar, 11-5, 2yo, 5fT, :56.24, fm.
1–TWILIGHT GLEAMING (IRE), 119, f, 2, by National Defense (GB)
                1st Dam: Thames Pageant (GB), by Dansili (GB)
                2nd Dam: Golden Stream (Ire), by Sadler's Wells
                3rd Dam: Phantom Gold (GB), by Machiavellian
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. 'TDN Rising Star'. (£75,000 Ylg '20
GOFOR). O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Pier House Stud (IRE);
T-Wesley A. Ward; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr. $520,000. Lifetime Record:
SW-Fr, GSP-Eng, 5-3-2-0, $637,251. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click
   for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Go Bears Go (Ire), 122, c, 2, Kodi Bear (Ire)–In Dubai, by
Giant's Causeway. (£50,000 Ylg '20 TATIRY; 150,000gns 2yo '21
TATBRE). O-AMO Racing USA, LLC, Lessee & Peter Waney;
B-Micheal D. Ryan (IRE); T-David Loughnane. $170,000.
3–Kaufymaker, 119, f, 2, Jimmy Creed–Heaven's Touch, by
Montbrook. O/B-Gregory Kaufman (KY); T-Wesley A. Ward.
$90,000.
Margins: HF, HF, HD. Odds: 5.20, 12.30, 24.50.
Also Ran: Derrynane, Averly Jane, Hierarchy (Ire), Vertiginous (Ire), Armor (GB), One Timer, Twilight Jet (Ire), Time to Party, Run Curtis Run. Scratched: Sumter, Thunder Love (GB).
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Pedigree Notes:
A stakes winner in both Europe and America, Twilight Gleaming is the only black-type winner and now the only graded winner so far from the small first crop of National Defense, a son of Invincible Spirit (Ire) who took the G1 Prix Jean Luc Lagardere over a mile at two before taking up stud duties at Irish National Stud (he also shuttles to Australia).
Twilight Gleaming is the 59th graded scorer and one of 95 black-type winners out of a daughter of Dansili. Her dam Thames Pageant is a daughter of SW & MGSP Golden Stream, who is also the dam of GSW Reach For The Moon (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}). Her third dam is MGSW Phantom Gold (GB) (Machiavellian). Thames Pageant produced a Sioux Nation colt in 2020 and a Phoenix of Spain (Ire) filly in 2021.

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‘Pharoah’ Half Brother Impressive in Return at Del Mar

Fri, 2021-11-05 15:13

1st-Del Mar, $102,000, Alw (NW1$X)/Opt. Clm ($40,000), 11-5, 3yo/up, 6f, 1:08.44, ft, 2 1/4 lengths.
TRIPLE TAP (c, 3, Tapit–Littleprincessemma {Broodmare Of The Year}, by Yankee Gentleman), an impressive TDN Rising Star-earning winner of his debut at Santa Anita in Mar. 13, marked his return to the races in style Friday afternoon, coming from well off the pace to win in the first race at Del Mar. Settled near the back of the field early as the pacesetters exchanged blows up front through :21.64 and :43.73, the 9-5 favorite swung out several paths wide turning for home. Remaining on the wrong lead in early stretch, the half-brother to Grand Slam champion American Pharoah finally made the switch, quickly shot into contention and flew by Sumo (Not This Time) late to score by 2 1/2 lengths. In addition to Horse of the Year American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) (Ch. 3-year-old Colt, Triple Crown, Ch. 2-year-old Colt, MGISW, $8,650,300), the chestnut is also a full-brother to GISW Chasing Yesterday ($488,650) and a half to GISP American Cleopatra (Pioneerof the Nile). The 2015 Broodmare of the Year Litteprincessemma was purchased by Jane Lyon's Summer Wind for $2.1 million carrying the subsequently Group 3-placed St Patricks Day (Pioneerof the Nile) at Fasig-Tipton November in 2014. She is also responsible for an unraced juvenile filly by Tapit named Lasting Tribute followed by a filly and colt by the Gainesway sire the last two seasons. She was bred back to Tapit. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $96,600. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O/B-Summer Wind Equine LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert.

 

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Wagering and Purses Up Despite Fewer Races in October 2021

Fri, 2021-11-05 12:57

Equibase has released the economic indicators for the month of October and year-to-date, as well as the same statistics for October of 2020 and January through October of 2020 for comparison.

THOROUGHBRED RACING ECONOMIC INDICATORS FOR OCTOBER 2021

Indicator                           Oct. 2021            Oct. 2020            % Change

Wagering/U.S. Races             $950,624,087     $929,063,211           +2.32%

U.S. Purses                       $107,844,038      $90,904,717            +18.63%

U.S. Race Days                328                        340                           -3.53%

U.S. Races                        2,748                    2,852                        -3.65%

U.S. Starts                         20,750                  22,410                       -7.41%

Avg. Field Size                 7.55                       7.86                           -3.90%

Avg. Wagering/Day       $2,898,244          $2,732,539               +6.06%

Avg. Purses/Day            $328,793              $267,367                  +22.97%

 

YTD 2021 vs. YTD 2020

Indicator                           3Q 2016               3Q. 2015              % Change

Wagering/U.S. Races    $10,448,766,933 $9,275,606,633 +12.65%

U.S. Purses                       $988,391,517       $720,140,966 +37.25%

U.S. Race Days                3,530                    2,849          +23.90%

U.S. Races                        28,976                  23,747         +22.02%

U.S. Starts                         211,377                  186,886      +13.10%

Avg. Field Size                 7.29                       7.87                -7.31%

Avg. Wagering/Day       $2,959,991          $3,255,741   -9.08%

Avg. Purses/Day            $279,998             $252,770    +10.77%

 

Stats provided by Equibase Company

*Includes worldwide commingled wagering on U.S. races.

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Hit the Road Out of BC Mile

Fri, 2021-11-05 12:37

Grade I winner Hit the Road (More Than Ready) has been scratched from Saturday's GI Breeders' Cup Mile due to a fever, trainer Dan Blacker announced via Twitter Friday.

“Sad to report we have to scratch Hit The Road from Breeders' Cup Mile as he has a fever,” Blacker tweeted. “So disappointed for his great group of owners. Unbelievably bad timing and bad luck. We will get him healthy, regroup and point for the next race.”

Winner of the GI Frank E. Kilroe Mile and GIII Thunder Road S. earlier this year, Hit the Road was most recently third in the GII City of Hope Mile S. Oct. 2.

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Jack Christopher a Breeders’ Cup Vet Scratch, Says Weisbord

Fri, 2021-11-05 11:38

DEL MAR, CA — Unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' Jack Christopher (Munnings), the 9-5 morning-line favorite for Friday's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar, was scratched on the advice of the veterinarians at the Breeders' Cup, according to Bradley Weisbord of BSW Bloodstock, who serves as Jim Bakke's racing manager.

“(Trainer) Chad (Brown) called me at 6:00 last night to say he had gutting news. He said, `They're not going to let him run.' I just said, `What's wrong?' and he said, `they said he's got a left shin.' For us, it's shocking because this is a horse we sent to Chad in late June, he's made every work from his race on, didn't miss a breeze, ran at Saratoga, breezed back two weeks later, ran in the Champagne, breezed back two weeks later, and has made every work since then. I've watched every one on XBTV, and then he shipped out here, and galloped four straight days in front of everybody.”

Weisbord said that after yesterday morning's exercise, M.V. Magnier of Coolmore, part of the colt's ownership group, came by to see Jack Christopher at the barn with Aidan O'Brien. “We put him away, thinking we're 6-5 in the Juvenile, and I was with Mr. Bakke last night when we got the call. Obviously, the whole thing is a shocking blow.”

“I've been doing this for 14 years, and you're always prepared for something like this, but you just don't want it to be with your best horse,” said Weisbord. “Your attention turns to the owner, and how quickly they're going to get back to being in this sort of position again. They have 14 or 15 horses, so it's hard. It's hard for the exercise rider, the groom, and everyone who cares so much about the horse.”

On Wednesday, the Breeders' Cup announced their safety protocols, which stipulated that the horses would be closely watched and examined by veterinarians. “The Breeders' Cup's world-class veterinary team led by Dr. Will Farmer and Dr. Deborah Lamparater will work in conjunction with CHRB Equine Medical Director Dr. Jeff Blea and other official veterinarians to oversee and implement the comprehensive veterinary exam protocols,” their press release said. “These include observing all potential Breeders' Cup runners in the stabling area, on the track and in their stalls leading up to the event in addition to a mandatory pre-race evaluation on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to ensure every runner is fit to race.”

Weisbord said that Jack Christopher would be sent back to Kentucky for a thorough veterinary check.

“Obviously, we're trying to process the whole thing now, but we'll get him back to Kentucky to have Dr. Bramlage go over him from head to toe,” he said. “As a racing manager, I do that with all of my horses. We turn him out, we'll give him 30-45 days, and start our plans for his three-year-old season. This is a not a major thing. That's the good news here. We'll target Grade I races and we think he'll have a great year.”

The chestnut, owned by Jim Bakke, Gerald Isbister, Coolmore Stud and Peter Brant and trained by Chad Brown, made it two-for-two with an eye-catching win in Belmont's GI Champagne S. Oct. 2. The chestnut brought $135,000 at last year's FTKOCT sale.

Jack Christopher will be fine (L Shin). Gutted for the ownership group led by the Bakke family, Liz Crow, Chad Brown's entire team and Jose Ortiz. After an undefeated 2yo season, and a perfect month of preparation, we all know how hard it is to become a champion. See you in 2022. pic.twitter.com/P2dx8CXaZ3

— Bradley Weisbord (@BradWeisbord) November 5, 2021

 

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Over 60 BC Entrants take New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge

Fri, 2021-11-05 09:35

More than 60–or over one-third–of the 2021 Breeders' Cup entrants and their connections have pledged support for Thoroughbred aftercare by committing to the New Vocations Breeders' Cup Pledge. In the Pledge, owners and trainers donate a percentage of their Breeders' Cup earnings to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program's mission to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome retired racehorses. Now in its 12th year, the Pledge has raised over $800,000 with 100% of the funds supporting the program.

“Breeders' Cup is a very exciting time of year for our industry,” said Anna Ford, the Thoroughbred program director for New Vocations. “It's a great opportunity for New Vocations to share its commitment to aftercare and spotlight those who are supporting our mission.”

New Vocations is the largest racehorse adoption charity in the country and has placed over 7,500 individuals to date.

Participants in the 2021 Pledge include Al Shaqab Racing, Albaugh Family Stables, Jim Bakke, Bob Baffert, Richard Baltas, Bonne Chance Farm, Bing Bush & the Abbondanza Racing Partners, Cannon Thoroughbreds, China Horse Club, Coolmore, Brad H. Cox, Bradley Thoroughbreds, DJ Stable, Michael Dubb, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Bobby Flay, Brad Grady, Hat Creek Racing, LNJ Foxwoods, Paulo H. Lobo, Madaket Stables, Michael W. McCarthy, Kenny McPeek, Elizabeth M. Merryman, Peter Miller, MyRacehorse, Patricia's Hope LLC, Todd Pletcher, Richard Ravin, Larry Rivelli, J. Kirk & Judy Robison, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, SF Racing, Joe Sharp, Siena Farm, Speedway Stables, Spendthrift Farm, St. Elias Stable, Starlight Racing, Stonestreet Stables, Stud RDI, Three Diamonds Farm, Treadway Racing Stable, West Point Thoroughbreds, White Birch Farm, and WinStar Farm.

“We are thrilled with the record number of pledges we've received this year,” said Ford. “The number of horses needing our services is also at an all-time high, so the funds raised during the Pledge are vital to allowing us to find new purposes for these most deserving equine athletes. It's a win-win situation for all involved.”

Connections of Breeders' Cup horses can continue to pledge through Nov. 6 at the dedicated Pledge page or by emailing Ford at anna@horseadoption.com. For more information about New Vocations, visit newvocations.org.

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Unbeaten Jack Christopher Scratched from BC Juvenile

Thu, 2021-11-04 23:32

DEL MAR, CA — Unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' Jack Christopher (Munnings), the 9-5 morning-line favorite for Friday's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar, was scratched on the advice of the veterinarians at the Breeders' Cup, according to Bradley Weisbord of BSW Bloodstock, who serves as Jim Bakke's racing manager.

“(Trainer) Chad (Brown) called me at 6:00 last night to say he had gutting news. He said, `They're not going to let him run.' I just said, `What's wrong?' and he said, `they said he's got a left shin.' For us, it's shocking because this is a horse we sent to Chad in late June, he's made every work from his race on, didn't miss a breeze, ran at Saratoga, breezed back two weeks later, ran in the Champagne, breezed back two weeks later, and has made every work since then. I've watched every one on XBTV, and then he shipped out here, and galloped four straight days in front of everybody.”

Weisbord said that after yesterday morning's exercise, M.V. Magnier of Coolmore, part of the colt's ownership group, came by to see Jack Christopher at the barn with Aidan O'Brien. “We put him away, thinking we're 6-5 in the Juvenile, and I was with Mr. Bakke last night when we got the call. Obviously, the whole thing is a shocking blow.”

“I've been doing this for 14 years, and you're always prepared for something like this, but you just don't want it to be with your best horse,” said Weisbord. “Your attention turns to the owner, and how quickly they're going to get back to being in this sort of position again. They have 14 or 15 horses, so it's hard. It's hard for the exercise rider, the groom, and everyone who cares so much about the horse.”

Weisbord said that Jack Christopher would be sent back to Kentucky for a thorough veterinary check.

“Obviously, we're trying to process the whole thing now, but we'll get him back to Kentucky to have Dr. Bramlage go over him from head to toe,” he said. “As a racing manager, I do with all of my horses. We turn him out, we'll give him 30-45 days, and start our plans for his three-year-old season. This is a not a major thing. That's the good news here. We'll target Grade I races and we think he'll have a great year.”

The Breeders' Cup announced the scratch on Twitter late Thursday evening, but has not yet issued any further statement. The chestnut, owned by Jim Bakke, Gerald Isbister, Coolmore Stud and Peter Brant and trained by Chad Brown, made it two-for-two with an eye-catching win in Belmont's GI Champagne S. Oct. 2. The chestnut brought $135,000 at last year's FTKOCT sale.

Jack Christopher will be fine (L Shin). Gutted for the ownership group led by the Bakke family, Liz Crow, Chad Brown's entire team and Jose Ortiz. After an undefeated 2yo season, and a perfect month of preparation, we all know how hard it is to become a champion. See you in 2022. pic.twitter.com/P2dx8CXaZ3

— Bradley Weisbord (@BradWeisbord) November 5, 2021

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Breeders’ Cup Weekend is Here!

Thu, 2021-11-04 17:16

DEL MAR, CA – Sunny skies, ideal conditions and two days of world-class Thoroughbred racing with a spectacular backdrop in Southern California.

Welcome to the 38th Breeders' Cup World Championships at Del Mar! The stunning seaside track plays Breeders' Cup host for the second time and first since 2017.

'Future Stars Friday' includes a highly anticipated clash of unbeaten 'TDN Rising Stars' Jack Christopher (Munnings) and $1.5-million OBS April topper Corniche (Quality Road) in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Fellow 'Rising Star' Echo Zulu (Gun Runner) will also put her unbeaten tag on the line in the female equivalent, facing off against the talented duo of Hidden Connection (Connect) and Juju's Map (Liam's Map).

The Friday program also features a trio of Breeders' Cup races on the lawn.

Dubawi Legend (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), runner-up in the G1 Darley Dewhurst S., and GI Summer S. winner Albahr (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), will square off in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

How wide open is the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf? Bobby Flay homebred and GI Natalma S. runner-up Pizza Bianca (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) is the morning-line favorite at 5-1. The field of 14 also includes one of the feel-good stories of this year's Breeders' Cup with the George Leonard, III-trained $5,500 OBS June 2-year-old California Angel (California Chrome).

The unbeaten three-time stakes winner Averly Jane (Midshipman), meanwhile, takes on the boys as Wesley Ward shoots for his third straight win in the GII Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.

Seven returning Breeders' Cup winners will be in action on Saturday–led by Korea Racing Authority's Knicks Go (Paynter) and champion 'Rising Star' Essential Quality (Tapit), the top two on the morning line for the GI Breeders' Cup Classic. The Brad Cox powerhouse duo will face standout 3-year-olds Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow) and Medina Spirit (Protonico) in the $6-million centerpiece.

As Medina Spirit's GI Kentucky Derby win remains in the balance due to a well-documented betamethasone positive, horses trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, including the aforementioned Corniche, will undergo enhanced scrutiny for this weekend's Championships.

Baffert has saddled the winners of 17 Breeders' Cup races, including champion and 'Rising Star' Gamine (Into Mischief), who is the 3-5 morning-line favorite to repeat against just four rivals in the GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.

The streaking Letruska (Super Saver) will have a pair of talented GI Kentucky Oaks winners in 'Rising Star' Malathaat (Curlin) and Shedaresthedevil (Daredevil) standing in her way for a fifth top-level win on the season in the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Tarnawa (Ire) (Shamardal), runner-up in the G1 Qatar Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite to defend her title for HH Aga Khan Studs and Dermot Weld in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf. The field took a big hit with the late defections of second-choice Domestic Spending (GB) (Kingman {GB}) and United (Giant's Causeway) Thursday.

Audarya (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) has also returned from across the pond, seeking a second straight win in the GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. War Like Goddess (English Channel) will be favored off four straight wins, including Saratoga's GI Flower Bowl Invitational.

Godolphin's G1 Qatar Prix de la Foret winner Space Blues (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) headlines a full field of 14, including the streaking Mo Forza (Uncle Mo) and Keeneland last out Grade I winners In Love (Brz) (Agnes Gold {Jpn}) and Blowout (GB) (Dansili {GB}), set for the GI Breeders' Cup Mile.

Glass Slippers (GB) (Dream Ahead) is back to defend her title in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. She will take on last year's Juvenile Turf Sprint winner Golden Pal (Uncle Mo), the 7-2 morning-line favorite.

Jackie's Warrior (Maclean's Music) will be heavily favored while facing his elders for the first time in the GI Breeders' Cup Sprint. Fellow sophomore Dr. Schivel (Violence), a two-time winner at Del Mar, is three-for-three over this course.

'Rising Star' Life Is Good (Into Mischief) is the clear-cut one to beat in his return to the Golden State in the GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. The field of eight also features GI Hill 'n' Dale Metropolitan H. winner Silver State (Hard Spun).

Consisting of 14 races with purses and awards totaling more than $31 million, the Breeders' Cup will be televised live on NBC, NBCSN and TVG. Friday's coverage begins on NBCSN and TVG from 5-9 p.m. ET and continues Saturday on NBCSN and TVG from 2:30-8 p.m. The World Championships will conclude in prime time on NBC from 8-9 p.m.

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Independence Hall to Stand at WinStar

Thu, 2021-11-04 15:47

MGSW Independence Hall (Constitution–Kalahari Cat, by Cape Town) will stand stud at WinStar Farm at the conclusion of his racing career. He will command a fee of $10,000 and will participate in WinStar's Dream Big Program, which offers breeders the opportunity to earn a lifetime breeding right.

Hailing from the first crop of WinStar's red-hot young sire Constitution, Independence Hall was two-for-two as a juvenile, including a win in the 2019 GIII Nashua S. Opening his sophomore season with a win in the 2020 Jerome S., the dark bay was second in the GIII Sam F. Davis S. and was transferred from Mike Trombetta to Mike McCarthy late in his 3-year-old season.

Third in the GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational S. in January, Independence Hall was second to Knicks Go (Paynter) in the GIII Lukas Classic S. Oct. 2 and captured Keeneland's GII Hagyard Fayette S. Oct. 30. He is currently being pointed to either the GI Clark H. Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs or the GI Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Dec. 4 and his fee is subject to change following his next start.

“Two-year-old form is so important when standing a stallion,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar's president, CEO, and racing manager. “Independence Hall's striking looks combined with his fast figures at two make him a great option at this price point.”

Independence Hall's record currently stands at 13-5-2-2 with earnings of $874,000.

“When we bought into him after he broke his maiden, he reminded me of his daddy–a great-looking horse with speed. He's pure athleticism, that's what I look for,” said Randy Gullatt of Twin Creeks Racing Stables. “We will support him like we did Constitution.”

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Trial Groupings Reset for Defendants in Alleged Doping Conspiracy

Thu, 2021-11-04 14:29

In the wake of nine defendants in the alleged nationwide horse-doping conspiracy case having changed their pleas to “guilty” in recent months, a Nov. 4 status hearing reset the trial groupings for the remaining defendants, with those trials all now anticipated to commence in the first half of 2022.

Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil of United States District Court (Southern District of New York) also ordered that all remaining motions to suppress evidence that are pending on the docket are to be considered denied, noting that her written opinion on that decision is forthcoming.
Trial Group I shall now consist of defendants Seth Fishman and Lisa Gianelli. They had been previously advised their trial will commence on or about Jan. 19, 2022.

Group II shall consist of defendants Rick Dane Jr. and Rebecca Linke. On Thursday, the judge told them to expect to face a trial in the latter part of the first quarter of 2022.

Group III defendants Jason Servis, Erica Garcia, Michael Tannuzzo and Alexander Chan will be tried together at a date that has not yet been set. On Thursday, the judge ordered the prosecution and defense attorneys to get together over the next week to hash out a proposed schedule for the filing of related briefs, after which a trial date can be established by the court.

The now-barred trainers Servis and Jorge Navarro are the two highest-profile defendants in the case.

Navarro has already pled guilty to one count of conspiring to administer non-FDA-approved, misbranded and adulterated drugs, including PEDs that Navarro believed would be untestable and undetectable.

Navarro faces five years in prison at his December sentencing, and has admitted in open court that he doped the now-deceased elite sprinter X Y Jet and other graded stakes stars of his stable over a period of years. Navarro's plea deal also stipulates that he must pay $25.8 million to a list of victims that has not yet been made public.

Servis was the trainer of the former $16,000 maiden-claimer Maximum Security, who crossed the wire first in the 2019 GI Kentucky Derby but was disqualified for interference.

As evidence against Servis's alleged felonies, the feds have purportedly recorded him in numerous wiretapped phone conversations discussing with Navarro the doping regimens of top horses in his care, including administering injections of PEDs to Maximum Security.

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Domestic Spending and United Out of Breeders’ Cup

Thu, 2021-11-04 14:27

MGISW Domestic Spending (GB) (Kingman {GB}) and MGSW United (Giant's Causeway) have both been scratched from the Saturday's GI Breeders' Cup Turf at Del Mar, according to tweets from the Breeders' Cup. This moves GISW Bolshoi Ballet (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and champion Channel Maker (English Channel) into the field off the also eligible list.

The 4-1 second choice on the morning line, Domestic Spending was withdrawn by trainer Chad Brown after developing swelling in his left, front leg.

“When I came in this morning, he unfortunately had some new and acute inflammation in his left fore,” Brown said. “He's sound, but I'm not comfortable with it and I want to do more diagnostics on this horse and it's just unfortunate timing. We want to get him back to Kentucky and do some evaluation on this limb and see what's causing it and how much time we need. The more I looked at it, the more I didn't like where the inflammation is.”

Trainer Richard Mandella reported that United was out of the race due to a swollen suspensory.

“He'd shown a little swelling over the past four or five days, so we scanned the leg as a precaution and the result was negative,” the Hall of Famer said. “Today, we gave him a good, strong gallop and the swelling returned.  We scanned him again and it was clean.  We're not going to take any chances with him.”

Mandella continued, “He's been going pretty steadily for the past two and a half years.  The good news is that we'll just give him a rest and bring him back next year.”

United's owner, Jaime Roth of LNJ Foxwoods, tweeted, “At times a brutal sport. Devastated most for United and the [Richard] Mandella barn, but also for my family and his fans/supporters. I can confidently say United was going to fire a huge race. His last work one mile in 1:37.20 was phenomenal, one of the best of his career. Trying my best to be positive and focus on amazing race moments we've been lucky enough to enjoy. Love you big boy, you'll be back soon.”

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NYRA Announces 2021-22 Aqueduct Winter Meet Stakes Schedule

Thu, 2021-11-04 13:25

The New York Racing Association has released the 2021-22 Aqueduct winter stakes schedule, which includes 46 stakes races on offer worth nearly $6 million in purses. The 56-day Aqueduct winter meet begins Thursday, Dec. 9 and runs through Sunday, Mar. 27. Live racing will generally be conducted Thursday through Sunday through the end of February with a holiday break set for Dec. 20-29 and the addition of a special Presidents' Day card Monday, Feb. 21. March will then feature a Friday-Sunday schedule of live racing through the conclusion of the winter meet.

As previously announced, and in accordance with New York City requirements, fans seeking to enter Aqueduct must demonstrate proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Aqueduct will re-open to the public Thursday, Nov. 11, Opening Day of the 18-day 2021 Aqueduct fall meet, which runs through Sunday, Dec. 5. Admission to Aqueduct, which will be open to the public on live race days only, is free of charge. The gates will open daily at 11 a.m. First post during the Aqueduct fall and winter meets is 12:30 p.m.

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Clarkland’s Nancy Mitchell Dies at 83

Thu, 2021-11-04 12:58

Nancy Mitchell of Clarkland Farm died peacefully Nov. 3 at the Kentucky homestead that has been in her family since 1774. She was 83.

Blood-Horse first reported Mitchell's passing. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Mitchell's honor to the Alzheimer's Association or Central Kentucky Riding for Hope.

Running Clarkland for nearly a half-century alongside her husband, Fred, and daughter, Marty Buckner, Nancy and the team have been major consignors at Kentucky sales for decades.

Clarkland has bred, raised and sold many top-class runners, including the two-time champion sprinter Housebuster, the champion older mare North Sider, and the English champion 2-year old Wind and Wuthering.

But it was the 2006 buy of a mare called Leslie's Lady for $100,000 who was carrying a foal by Orientate at the Keeneland November sale that turned out to be Clarkland's most memorable bloodstock move during the Mitchells' tenure.

“She is the best mare we will probably ever have,” Fred Mitchell told TDN in 2018. “Nancy picked her out.”

Although Leslie's Lady's top accomplishment on the racetrack was winning a stakes at Hoosier Park and none of her four foals were standouts at the time, the colt she produced in 2005, the year before Clarkland purchased her, turned into the Grade I winner and now-prolific stallion Into Mischief.

Leslie's Lady in 2010 produced four-time Eclipse Award winner and three-time Breeders' Cup heroine Beholder. In 2015, she foaled Mendelssohn, who topped the 2016 Keeneland September sale at $3 million and later won the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf and G2 UAE Derby.

Leslie's Lady's last foal to be offered at auction, America's Joy, set a new price record for a filly when she hammered for $8.2 million at the 2019 KEESEP sale. Unraced, the 3-year-old was euthanized in August 2021 after suffering a career-ending injury in a workout.

Now 25, Leslie's Lady was retired from breeding this past spring. Her penultimate foal, Marr Time (Not This Time), was retained to race by Clarkland, and upon winning her debut at Keeneland Oct. 28, she was named a 'TDN Rising Star'.

Marr Time was named with a nod to Nancy Mitchell's ancestor, John Wesley Marr.

“He was an old guy that never changed his clocks,” Fred Mitchell told TDN back in June. “He stayed on Central Standard Time year-round. He would say, 'When the sun changes and my horses and I know that the time changed, I'll change. But not 'til then.'”

Nancy Mitchell grew up at Clarkland. The 400-acre farm northeast of Lexington had been granted to her ancestor, Lt. James Clark, for his service in the mid-18th Century French and Indian War. The present ownership of Clarkland is descended from James Clark to Nancy Mitchell and two sisters.

In addition to success as breeders and sales consignors, Clarkland has prided itself in being good stewards of the land, being among the Kentucky Thoroughbred farms that have joined in the Development Rights Program that preserves Bluegrass farmland.

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