A 'TDN Rising Star' Among Two Impressive Mucho Macho Man Winners

9/20/2018

Mucho Macho Man's Mucho Gusto lived up to the hype and then some with an ultra-impressive debut victory at Los Alamitos Thursday to become his freshman sire fourth winner and first ‘TDN Rising Star.’ Mucho Macho Man was represented by winner #5 just a short time later.

Mucho Gusto was hammered down to even-money favoritism and the $625,000 juvenile buy broke on top from his rail draw and was just loping along under a motionless Joe Talamo as he zipped through a first quarter in :21.96. He floated out three wide turning for home, but was still going easily, registering a half-mile in :45.75. Confronted by a rival to his inside at the top of the stretch, the chestnut instantly powered clear when given the signal by Talamo, pouring it on down the lane to win by a geared-down four lengths. 

"I think the farther the better, he's got a real fluid stride," Talamo said.

Mucho Gusto brought $95,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September sale and then RNA’d for $55,000 at the OBS March sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat over the synthetic He was subsequently sent through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale two months later, where he summoned $625,000 from Michael Lund Petersen after working a quarter-mile over a sloppy dirt track in an eye-catching :21 1/5. He is currently the most expensive offspring of 2013 GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Mucho Macho Man to be sold at auction.

Mucho Gusto was bred in Kentucky by Teneri Farm out of the Giant's Causeway Itsagiantcauseway who hails from the fine Pin Oak Stud family of Canadian Horse of the Year and MGISW Peaks and Valleys and MGSW millionaire Alternation.

Less than a hour and a half after Mucho Gusto got his picture taken in California, the Mucho Macho Man filly Belle Laura also scored an impressive four-length Maiden Special victory, this one over the Churchill Downs grass course. 

Breaking from post 9 under Julian Leparoux in the one mile affair, Belle Laura stalked the early leaders before swinging out five-wide at the top of the stretch. She displayed an impressive turn of foot from there to surge past the leaders and coast to the wire, stopping the timer in 1:39.44.

Like Mucho Gusto, Belle Laura is out of a mare by Giant's Causeway. She was bred in Kentucky by Mucho Macho Man's owners Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and sold to Soffia-Hernan Gomez at last year's Fasig-Tipton October Yearling sale. She's trained by Norm Casse.

-portions edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com, Benoit photo

Stronach Stables Silent Poet Pens Vice Regent S. Victory

9/16/2018

Stronach Stables Silent Name son Silent Poet, favored at 7-5, came through loud and clear when scoring by a measured length in Sunday’s $100,000 Vice Regent Stakes for Ontario-sired three-year-olds at Woodbine.



Ridden by Gary Boulanger and conditioned by Nick Gonzalez, Silent Poet turned back a couple of challenges in the stretch run to prevail in the good time of 1:33.74 for the one-mile turf race, which attracted a field of seven.

“He’s a really neat little horse,” said Gary Boulanger, who was recording his 11th stakes win of the meeting aboard the Adena Springs homebred. “He kind of does whatever I ask him to do. He responds when I ask him. He kind of gets out front and he spurts then he’ll wait, he’ll spurt then he’ll wait. He’s a nice, fun horse to ride. Nick’s done a tremendous job with him, it’s a pleasure to ride him.”

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet was first to show in the Vice Regent but dropped back to third as Silver Sheriff got the opening quarter of :23.63 and the half in :46.88 while shadowed by Silent Poet.

Royal Laser, (by Giant Gizmo) who had raced on the inside throughout as the 5-2 second choice, made a stretch bid but came up short while finishing a clear second. Another Silent Name son Carmenootz, swung out widest for the stretch run and finished well to be third to complete the Adena Springs North triactor.

Silent Poet was recording his third turf win. His only unplaced effort in seven career starts was in the Queen’s Plate, which was just his fourth career outing and his first beyond seven furlongs. “We got a little aggressive when we tried the Queen’s Plate, but it didn’t hurt him one little bit and the horse is simple, easy to train,” said Gonzalez. 

Silent Poet was bred by Adena Springs in Ontario out of the Ghostzapper daughter Cara Bella. Ghostzapper is now the damsire of 15 blacktype winners, a sparkling 8.2% from starters, including 2018 Triple Crown hero Justify.

Silent Poet is the 6th worldwide Stakes winner in 2018 by Silent Name who ranks #1 in Canada by blacktype winners and progeny earnings. 

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com


$1 Million Filly Among Ghostzapper's Keeneland September Book 1 Standouts

9/13/2018

Hip #740, a filly by Ghostzapper, brought $1,025,000 during Session 3 of the Keeneland September Yearling sale, one of several high-priced Book 1 yearlings by the Adena Springs stallion.

The beautiful bay is a full sister to La Troienne S. winner Molly Morgan, one of Ghostzapper's 11 Grade 1 winners. She was purchased by Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Farm, who bred and sold Molly Morgan's $1.8 million Curlin son earlier in the sale.

"We just went and visited her sister today, looked at her and came back and looked at this filly and they're like Irish twins," said Banke, who paid $1.35 million for Molly Morgan at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Sale.

Consignor Petter O'Callaghan (Woods Edge Farm) also had high praise for the filly who was originally purchased for $335,000 at last year's Keeneland November auction.

"She was a great filly," O'Callaghan said. "It was a very unique package - she's by an unbelievable sire...who is now proving to be an unbelievable broodmare sire. She's a great physical specimen with a proven pedigree. We were just lucky to have the right people on her."

Horse of the Year Ghostzapper is the broodmare sire of 14 blacktype winners, a sterling 8% from starters, including none other than this year's Triple Crown hero Justify.

The following day, renowned bloodstock agent Steve Young signed for a $850,000 Ghostzapper filly from the Denal Stud consignment. Offered as Hip #949, the striking bay is a full sister to graded winner Gloryzapper and to the Macho Uno multiple stakes-placed runner Banree.

Ghostzapper is also the sire of a $600,000 Keeneland September colt purchased during Session 2 by Peter Brant's White Birch Farm.

Macho Uno's Revenant One Speeds to First Stakes Victory

9/12/2018

The Macho Uno son Revenant One broke on top and never looked back in the $100,000 Brickyard Stakes on a stakes-rich Wednesday card at Indiana Grand.

There's no telling how fast Revenant One ran at any point in the race since Indiana Grand’s timer malfunctioned, leaving the official race chart void of fractional and final times. But he appeared to be rolling right along outside Mr Manning, putting his pace rival away and opening a 2 1/2-length lead with a quarter-mile left to run.

Revenant One has now won 5 of his 6 lifetime starts for owner Jody Mihalic and trainer Michael Tomlinson. He was bred in Indiana by Swifty Farms, Inc out of the Storm Cat mare Itsmylife. Macho Uno has now sired a pair of stakes winners with daughters of Storm Cat from only 9 starters. Graded stakes-winning millionaire Danon Legend is the other.

Revenant One is Macho's Uno's 6th stakes winner of 2018.

- portions from www.drf.com

Ghostzapper Yearling Commands $600,000 at Keeneland September

9/11/2018

A quartet of Ghostzapper yearlings commanded at least $300,000 over the first two days of the Keeneland September Yearling auction, topped by a striking $600,000 colt on Day 2.

Consigned by Runnymede Farm as Hip #290, the colt is out of the stakes winner/Grade 1-placed Pinch Pie. White Birch Farm (Peter Brant) signed the $600,000 ticket. 

Albaugh Family Stable, who have had success with Ghostzapper sons in the past, secured a pair of Ghostzapper colts for $370,000 and $325,000, respectively.

The $370,000 colt (Hip #240) was consigned by St. George Sales and is the first foal out of the Smart Strike mare Native Strike, a daughter of the multiple Grade 1 heroine Pure Clan.

The $325,000 colt (Hip #40) from the Burleson Farm consignment has a pedigree familiar to the Albaughs. He's out of the mare Indian Princess, a daughter of Indian Charlie, also the damsire of the Albaugh's Ghostzapper stakes winner Dak Attack. Purchased for $625,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September auction 'Dak' began his career last fall with two straight victories, including a score in the Ellis Park Juvenile. He's set to resume his 3-year-old campaign at Churchill Downs on September 14.

Overall, 8 Ghostzapper yearlings sold for an average price of $300,625 over the first two days of the auction.

Gamble's Ghost Gets Lucky 7th Stakes Victory in Belle Mahone

9/9/2018

With Eurico Rosa da Silva orchestrating his usual magic, Gamble’s Ghost trailed the field to midway on the final turn and came with a five-wide move turning for home which she sustained en route to another last-gasp head victory in a final time of 1:44.51.

A 5-year-old mare by Ghostzapper, Gamble’s Ghost now sports a record of 10-3-1 from 20 starts and the Belle Mahone was her seventh stakes victory. She's now bankrolled $776,251 in her stellar career.



“Every time this filly comes for me to ride here, she’s in the best shape she can be,” said da Silva, who was recording his meet-leading 18th stakes victory.

“It was very scary for me, especially on the first turn here when they slowed the pace so much. It was very, very slow and I had no chance to take outside because I would be losing a lot of ground.

“From the first turn I was trying to see where I could sneak inside and, you know what, there was no room there for me to go.”

My Arch Enemy, who had finished third behind Gamble's Ghost in two subsequent encounters but seemed to be primed for vengeance after controlling the pace in the Belle Mahone.

Breaking alertly, the Mark Casse-trained My Arch Enemy led through fractions of :25.25, :49.94, and 1:14.31 while pressed by longshot invader Babybluesbdancing.

Heading into the final turn, Gary Boulanger looked to steal a march on his opponents when opening up a lead of about three lengths.

“I needed to make a decision at the three-eighths and I just went out and I lost a lot of ground there, but she responds so well and she’s a good horse in the turn too,” said da Silva. “Some horses don’t run in the turn; she runs anywhere.”

Mexican Hat, who had stalked the pace from third early, made a strong move around the final turn and loomed a serious threat turning for home. But My Arch Enemy kicked away again, leading through a mile in 1:38.47 only to fall victim to Gamble’s Ghost’s furious rally.

Mexican Hat held well for third money, just a neck behind the runner-up.

“That one was a nail-biter,” said Josie Carroll, who trains Gamble’s Ghost for owner/breeder Ivan Dalos. “You can move her all you want, but she’s going to move when she’s ready to move. She knows where she’s going and she gets it done.”

- edited from www.woodbine.com

Entirely Is Point of Entry's 2nd Juvenile SW of the Week

9/1/2018

Augustin Stable's Entirely survived a roughouse trip to prevail in the $100,000 Sharp Susan S. on the undercard of Saturday's 2018 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes program at Gulfstream Park.

The 2-year-old daughter of Point of Entry was checked in traffic by jockey Emisael Jaramillo for the third time leaving the backstretch before making a sweeping five-wide move on the turn to take the lead in the stretch. The Jonathan Thomas trainee drifted slightly nearly the finish while holding off a late bid by A Bit Special by a neck. Romero Ramsey Maragh, who rode the runner-up, claimed foul on the winner to no avail.



“It was eventful from start of finish. We had like four different trips by the time we got to the half-mile pole. Everybody was ping-ponging off each other. I'm just happy we came out on top,” Thomas said. “She's a nice filly. I thought she was traveling well in spots. Whenever she got into a rhythm, she got knocked off rhythm, so it's a credit to her that she got the job done.”

George Strawbridge Jr.'s homebred filly ran 7 ½ furlongs over a firm turf course in 1:31.39.

“It was important to me to get a stakes win for this filly. These owners are some of the greatest people the sport has,” Thomas said. “This is meaningful for me to win a stake for them.”

Entirely won at first asking in a June 1 maiden race at Gulfstream Park, where she rallied from far back to win the five-furlong turf race by 3 ¾ lengths. She subsequently joined Thomas' contingent at Saratoga before returning to action with a fourth-place finish over Woodbine's synthetic surface in the July 7 My Dear Stakes, in which two of the three horses that finished ahead of her were next-out winners.

The filly is the second juvenile stakes winner for Point of Entry in a week following the triumph by My Gal Betty in the August 25 Catch A Glimpse Stakes at Woodbine. Entirely and My Gal Betty are among Point of Entry's seven juvenile winners in 2018.

-edited from www.paulickreport.com
Stronach Stables Silent Name Filly Wins Passing Mood S.

9/1/2018

Stronach Stables’ popular filly Zestina made a late run in the stretch to earn her first stakes victory in the $100,000 Passing Mood over Woodbine’s E.P. Taylor Turf Course on Saturday afternoon. The seven-furlong Passing Mood is for Ontario-sired three-year-old fillies.

Bred by Adena Springs, the Silent Name-Spun Lace filly is now a three-time winner and has conquered both the turf and Tapeta surfaces at Woodbine. She has finished no worse than third in her seven races lifetime.

With Gary Boulanger aboard, Zestina tracked in fifth-place throughout then fanned out wide off the final turn and overtook the front-runners down the stretch to win in 1:22.84 over firm turf. The Sid Attard trainee hauled down the drifting race leader Without a Doubt (:24.67, :47.81) and the rail-skimming Silent Respect, also a daughter of Silent Name, who held on in a show photo over late-closer Line of Vision.

Boulanger was confident heading into today’s test with the favoured filly who was a winner two starts ago over 6-1/2 furlongs on the turf.

“She showed me a really big move and this big, long stretch really kind of plays to her,” noted Boulanger. “She’s got a big kick and I thought if I was relatively close, I should be able to run those horses down. She showed it today, she did it pretty easy.

“She’s such a nice filly, she doesn’t mind running anywhere, but I think she likes the grass a little better,” said Attard, who has campaigned two previous winners of the Passing Mood (Generous Touch in 2016 and Arctic Laur in 2006).

Zestina is one of five blacktype winners by Silent Name in 2018, tops among Canadian stallions. 

Two Milwaukee Brew Stakes Winners on Canadian Millions Card

8/30/2018

There were seven stakes events on Wednesday evening's Canadian Millions card at Woodbine and two of them were won by the progeny of Milwaukee Brew

Kingsport took the title in the Elgin Stakes with a front-running victory over the two-time defending champion Melmich, an Adena Springs-sold star who's now earned $968,619.

With Patrick Husbands in the irons Kingsport established the lead ahead of Thor’s Rocket into the clubhouse turn of the Elgin and set fractions of :28.32, :53.63 and 1:17.34 with Melmich, the 4-5 favorite, tracking in third and Spirit of Caledon dropping back to last in the compact field of four. After opening up on top turning for home, Kingsport held 1-1/2 lengths clear as Melmich, rallied on for second-place.



The Sid Attard trainee notched his second consecutive stakes victory, and seventh lifetime, for owners Goldmart Farms and Royal Laser Racing Inc., while boosting his bankroll over the $600,000. He was bred by Richard Moylan.

“He’s the type of horse that’s always vice versa — he likes to go long and he likes to go short — but the older he gets, he likes to run at horses,” said Husbands. “Today, he had everything his way and when I got by the half-mile, I set him down and I knew it would take a good horse to beat him from there. I had everything my way and he was just galloping. He’s just a lovely animal."

Two races later the Milwaukee Brew daughter Trini Brewnette got her picture taken after the $100,000 Algoma Stakes.

Trained by Kevin Attard, the five-year-old mare saved her best running for last under leading rider Eurico Rosa da Silva to capture the 1 1/16-mile event.

Trini Brewnette, who captured the South Ocean Stakes as a juvenile and placed in the Bison City Stakes at three has now earned $265,130, for owner Derek Chin. She was bred by Mr. & Mrs. Bud Malette & Trinity West Stables, Inc. out of the Millennium Allstar daughter Dancing Allstar. 

“She looked good. The groom told me she was working very well. When you get that kind of ride and don’t get into trouble at the top of the stretch, I thought she’d come home,” said Chin.

-edited from www.woodbine.com

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