Ghostzapper's Mr Maybe Definitive Winner of John's Call S.
Prohibitive favorite Mr Maybe came charging through the stretch and powered to a 2 ¼-length......
Prohibitive favorite Mr Maybe came charging through the stretch and powered to a 2 ¼-length victory in Wednesday's $100,000 John's Call at Saratoga Race Course, giving meet-leading trainer Chad Brown his 1,000th career victory.
Patiently handled by Irad Ortiz, Jr., who tucked the son of Ghostzapper along the rail, Mr Maybe ran in fifth behind My Afleet, who took the field of eight through an opening half-mile in 49.78 seconds, with the mile going in 1:39.42 and 1 ¼ miles in 2:03.64. Moving up eagerly when given his cue on the turn, Mr Maybe took aim on the pacesetter once straightened away in the stretch and galloped past a furlong out to hit the wire in 2:39.21 for the 1 5/8-mile turf race.
“As I reflect, it's a nice accomplishment to get this here at our home track in Saratoga,” said Brown, a native of nearby Mechanicville, New York. “It seems like not long ago I wasn't even in training, I was just in the picnic area with my parents."
Brown was an assistant to trainer Bobby Frankel during Ghostzapper's tenure in the late Hall of Famer's barn.
“To have a stable of this size, and to be competing at the top level, with so many wonderful co-workers, and clients who have become my friends. This job of mine has totally changed my life. To have one thousand wins, and have it happen right here at Saratoga, is priceless for me.”
The victory was the first of the year in three starts for Mr Maybe, who concluded his 2015 campaign with three straight wins, including the Grade 3 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack. He returned in March to finish third in the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida at Gulfstream Park, and next was a dull seventh in the Grade 1 United Nations Handicap on July 3 at Monmouth Park after which a respiratory illness was discovered.
“He was much the best today,” said Brown, currently atop the Saratoga trainer standings with 31 victories.
Bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Liberation Farm & et al. Mr Maybe earned $60,000 for Michael Dubb, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Highclere America, and Bethlehem Stables. Overall, he is now 5-1-4 from 16 career starts with a bankroll of $392,350.
-edited from www.paulickreport.com
Macho Uno's 'Legend' Sprints Past $3 Million Earnings Mark
Victorious in this event in 2015, theMacho Uno son Danon Legend was looking for his third win from......
Victorious in the 2015 Cluster Cup Stakes, the Macho Uno son Danon Legend was looking for a repeat to go along with his third win from four starts this season. His most recent victory came in the Hokkaido Sprint Cup over a muddy strip at Mombetsu June 9,
The second favorite in a field of 14, Danon Legend jumped well enough from gate five and was in front after 100 metres, but was soon joined on the front end by longshot Love Bullet. Despite being pinned down on the inside through the middle stages of the race, the 6-year-old kicked away from Love Bullet entering the final furlong and was always holding odds-on Bulldog Boss to record an eighth career black-type success.
A $90,000 Keeneland September purchase from the consignment of Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud, Danon Legend was the $385,000 second highest-priced lot at the 2012 Barretts March Sale. He's now earned over $3 million and is the second son of Macho Uno to surpass that milestone. Breeders' Cup Classic hero Mucho Macho Man racked up $5,625,410 in his stellar career. Adena Springs-bred Private Zone sits about $25,000 shy of $3 million and Macho Uno is the sire of the additional millionaire Macho Again ($1.8 million) making him the top sire of millionaires among stallions standing $10,000-$20,000 in 2016.
The winner’s dam, the Storm Cat mare My Goodness, produced colts by Deep Impact (Jpn) in each of her last two years at stud. My Goodness is a daughter of 2000 Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old filly Caressing.
-edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com