11.12.2018

Stronach Stables Unbridled Juan Earns Second Straight Stakes Victory

Stronach Stables’ Unbridled Juan, stepping up in place of his multiple graded-stakes winning......

Stronach Stables’ Unbridled Juan, stepping up in place of his multiple graded-stakes winning stablemate Something Awesome, sat a stalking trip before pouncing in the stretch and holding off a resurgent Dalmore to win Saturday’s $100,000 Richard W. Small at Laurel Park.

The 1 1/8-mile Small, named for the successful and colorful longtime Maryland trainer and ex-Green Beret who died of cancer at age 68 in April 2014, anchored five stakes worth $500,000 in purses on a 10-race Salute the Troops Day program.

Unbridled Juan went the distance in 1:50.56 to earn his second straight stakes victory after a score in the Grover Buddy Delp Memorial S. at Delaware Park on October 17. He's now earned  $505,323.

Dalmore, exiting three straight graded-stakes including a runner-up finish in the 1 1/8-mile Cornhusker (G3) July 6, was hustled to the front by jockey Jose Ferrer and looked comfortable going the first quarter-mile in 24.41 seconds under modest pressure from Tour de Force.

Jockey Alex Cintron gave Unbridled Juan a clear run in third outside of Tour de Force before taking second after a half in 47.71. Cintron set his sights on the leader after straightening for home and put him in a drive to the wire as Dalmore dug in late before grudgingly giving way.

“This horse, he gets along with this track pretty good I think because of the wide turns,” Cintron said. “He got into the race early, and he just gave me everything in the end.”

Unbridled Juan is now 2-for-2 at Laurel, rallying to win a one-mile off-the-turf allowance by a head Aug. 3. 

“I think Unbridled Juan got the chance to show himself. He ran very well. This horse is improving. I’m just blessed to be part of this,” trainer Jose Corrales said. “I think they like the Maryland crabs or something, these horses. It must have something to do with it, because Maryland makes these horses get better.”

Unbridled Juan and Something Awesome (by Awesome Again) are among the six 2018 stakes winners for Stronach Stables. The Graded winners Delta Prince and Holy Helena (by Ghostzapper) are among the others

- edited from www.laurelpark.com

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11.09.2018

Blood-Horse Q & A With Team Adena's Vicki Stacy

Vicki Stacy will work her 10th edition of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale with Adena......

Vicki Stacy will work her 10th edition of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale with Adena Springs as sales coordinator and office and human resources manager, but she has been working the November sale since she was 15—a total of 33 years. Stacy expressed how much she's learned from her job and how memorable all the lessons have been, whether they were easy or hard. She looks forward to her job and enjoys working on the farm, a "little piece of heaven."

BloodHorse: What do you do to prepare for the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale?

Vicki Stacy: I keep a journal from one sale to the next, and I write down everything that has to be done for the duration of the sale, and I use that as a checklist. It helps me stay on track with deadlines. The process of preparing for any sale is the same, no matter if you have 10 horses or 100. From beginning to end, it always requires getting the entries request and submitting them, managing all of the proper paperwork, hiring sales help, outfitting sales personnel, ordering flowers, food, calling cards, halters, placing liens, organizing barn books, arranging night watch, and tracking that everything is in on time to meet deadlines.

BH: Who is your favorite horse you have shown or taken care of?

VS: Working with the horses here at Adena, I have had the privilege of being around some of the best ones. A great example would be Ginger Punch. She is homebred and raced very well for the Stronach Group. She was ultimately sold in foal to Bernardini  in 2009, but my office is still covered with her photos and racing silks. Another favorite would be Dreamtheimpossible, who we purchased from Keeneland back in 2010 in foal to Galileo. I still have her stall card. She sold in 2017 in foal to Street Boss.

But my favorite is 2000 Broodmare of the Year Primal Force. I could never say enough about this mare because she produced not one Breeders' Cup winner, but two for Adena Springs—Awesome Again  (bred by Frank Stronach in Ontario) and Macho Uno . I'm truly blessed to be able to have the opportunity to work with such great creatures.

BH: Are there any "do's and don'ts" of the sale you've learned?

VS: Do's would be to get to know the girls and guys at Keeneland. They're amazing people, and a cohesive relationship with them goes a long way, especially when you need help or extensions. Every sale, I make it a point to hand-deliver a snack tray to either the ladies in the office, who are always in the know and extremely helpful, or to the guys in the mailroom, who can be priceless in situations like running out of cards; they always get me back up and going.

Take care of the stable office employees. I love to joke around with them, as well as the sales pavilion staff as they are always there and are so patient. … Get to know the crew in the repository. They go the extra mile to help, so treat them well. They deserve it. Get familiar with the clientele, the pinhookers and the shortlisters. … Don'ts would be, don't wear your bad day on your face, don't forget to ask questions, and don't ever walk away from a potential buyer.

BH: What about your job do you think the readers would like to know?

VS: Unfortunately, it's just as hard in today's business to be a woman and recognized in the industry as it was when I began at the age of 15. I began like any other person, coming in before dawn at 5 a.m. I've worked with some of the best horse people in the business, from prepping yearlings to 2-year-olds. I've foaled mares and worked sales. They include Juddmonte, Eaton Sales, Ted Voute, Ronald Blake, Katalpa Farm, and Hidden Brook. Working not only for, but with, each of these farms over the years has been an incredibly vital part of who I am, because they've all served as 'horse educators' to me.

This is my 33rd year working the sales, and I can say without hesitation that I love it today as much as I did back in the '80s. To sum it up, I am incredibly thankful to work for such a program.

- originally published in the Blood-Horse Daily on November 8, 2018. Interview by Samantha Robinson

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