12.16.2017

Adena Springs Bred Shakhimat Scores in Tropical Turf S. (G3)

Under heady handling from jockey Edgard Zayas, Shakhimat took over on the backstretch after racing......

Under heady handling from jockey Edgard Zayas, Shakhimat took over on the backstretch after racing off a tepid early pace and had plenty left to turn back Galton and fellow Ontario-bred stablemate Tower of Texas late to earn his second career graded victory.

Watch the Tropical Turf Stakes

When Shakhimat notched that initial graded score in the Transylvania Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (G3T) in April of 2016, the gelded son of Lonhro (AUS) appeared to be a rising star in Attfield's shedrow. That outing marked his third win in four starts but ended up being the last time he visited the winner's circle until he snapped a nine-race losing skid in September with an allowance win at his Woodbine base.

He finished third behind Tower of Texas in the Labeeb Stakes at Woodbine Nov. 4, which prompted Attfield to put them both on a southbound plane. While Shakhimat faded in that race, he asserted himself in impressive fashion Saturday. He moved on the outside past Western Reserve after he raced off that one's hip through an opening quarter in :25.10 and quickly put a couple lengths of daylight between himself and his challengers.

Shakhimat held his advantage on the far turn following a half-mile in :49.74 and, for a brief moment, looked like he might get reeled in during the final furlong by Galton coming up the rail. It soon became clear Zayas had more to work with than his seven rivals, as Shakhimat responded with more run and hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front, as Tower of Texas was beaten a neck by Galton for place money.

"The way the form looked to me, (Shakhimat) looked like the only true speed in the race, and I was in pretty good position, really, because my other horse is a come-from-behind horse," added Attfield. "(Tower of Texas) likes a lot of speed in front of him. He didn't really have enough speed in front of him. 

"When I saw the first half-mile of the race and looked at the fractions, I said it's all over as far as I'm concerned. (Shakhimat's) ears go up and he starts running that way. It worked out perfect, except we should have been second, too."

Shakhimat was sold by Adena Springs for $60,000 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Florida Select Two-Year-Old in Training sale. He's now earned $394,151 for owners Dan Gale, Roger Attfield and William K. Werner.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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12.16.2017

$2M Mucho Macho Man Brother Impresses in New York

Marconi, a half brother to 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Mucho Macho Man and a $2 million......

Marconi, a half brother to 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Mucho Macho Man and a $2 million purchase featured overcame a slow break at Aqueduct Racetrack to win his second start Dec. 15. The impressive effort earned him a 'TDN Rising Star' badge from Thoroughbred Daily News.

Watch Marconi's Maiden victory

The $60,000 maiden race for 2-year-olds was run at 1 1/8 miles on a fast track.

At odds of 3-5, the Todd Pletcher-trained son of Tapit came out of the gate last, where he remained through the first turn, giving eight lengths to the leader. Home Run Maker, who set early fractions while being pressed by James Ciro, took the seven-horse field through a quarter-mile in :24.33.

Marconi made up lost ground coming off the first turn onto the backstretch. As Home Run Maker finished a half-mile in :49.28, the eventual winner ran up on the leaders and had to steady behind them. Jockey Javier Castellano was able to settle the green colt just off the pace before rounding the final turn. 

As the field turned for home, Castellano shook the reins and Marconi hit his best stride to pull away by 5 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:54.51.

Owned by Bridlewood Farm and the Coolmore connections of Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, and Michael Tabor, Marconi was purchased from Eaton Sales' consignment to the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale.

He was bred by Brushwood Stable in Kentucky out of Ponche de Leona, who has now produced five winners from five to race. Among the others is the blacktype winner Southern Girl, herself a $775,000 September yearling.

Mucho Macho Man is off to a promising start to his stud career with several six figure yearlings in his first crop, including a session topper at Keeneland September and the colt topper at Barretts Select.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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