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 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.

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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.

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$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 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.

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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.

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Milwaukee Brew's Coltimus Prime Easy Clasico del Caribe Victor


The well-traveled Coltimus Prime made a powerful move around the far turn and coasted to victory in the Clasico del Caribe Invitational Cup before a raucous crowd at Gulfstream Park.

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A son of Milwaukee Brew, Coltimus Prime emerged as a leading three-year-old in Canada during the 2014 after a smart win in the Prince of Wales Stakes, the 2nd leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. He was purchased by jockey-turned-bloodstock-agent Rene Douglas and has achieved major success in Douglas' native Panama.

Coltimus Prime earned his way to the Copa Invitacional by winning the Presidente de la Republica (G1) June 4 at Hipodromo Presidente Remon racetrack – the biggest race in Panama. 

“The first time I rode in (Presidente de la Republica), I won it. I thought it would be a great idea to try and win it as an owner. I sent him to Panama and thank God luck was on my side and we were able to win the race,” Douglas said. “That race is a mile and a quarter, the same thing as the (Invitational Cup). The idea was to send him there for the big race in Panama and win it if I can and then qualify here for this race in Gulfstream. I thought he had the class and I think he was the right horse for Panama for that distance."

Coltimus Prime was ridden by the red hot Irad Ortiz and the final margin of victory was 2 1/4 lengths.

“It’s been an amazing day winning three races...” said Ortiz, Jr. "Everyone from these countries dreams of winning these races and in our country the biggest race for us is this Caribbean Classic. For some people this may not be as big, but for me it’s like a Breeder’s Cup race.”

“We were honored to host such an incredible event,” said Tim Ritvo, President of Gulfstream Park and COO of The Stronach Group. “This truly was the brainchild of our founder and honorary chairman Mr. Frank Stronach. This has been two years in the making. [The Stronach Group’s President and Executive Board Member] Mike Rogers and myself traveled to Panama and Puerto Rico the last couple years in hopes of bringing the Clasico Internacional del Caribe to North America and Gulfstream Park, and the response was incredible. We hope to continue building on our partnership with the fans and horsemen from Latin America and the Caribbean and we thank them for participating.”

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Silent Sting Captures Kingarvie Stakes; Silent Name's 4th Juvenile SW of '17


Stronach Stables’ Silent Sting came flying through the stretch along the rail to win the $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes for Ontario-sired two-year-olds on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine. The son of Silent Name won over two other Silent Name sons Beer Pressure and Be Vewy Vewy Quiet.

Silent Sting is Silent Name's fourth juvenile blacktype winner of 2017 and his sixth blackytype winner overall, both tops among Canadian stallions.

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Silent Sting gave trainer Sid Attard his third victory on the day and back-to-back Saturday stakes wins following the Sir Barton Stakes victory by the Milwaukee Brew son Kingsport one week ago

Luis Contreras worked out the winning trip aboard the Silent Name-Mona Mia colt, who raced midfield throughout the 1-1/16 mile stakes event before diving towards the rail in the stretch as Cooler Mike confronted pacesetter Handsome Like Me (:24.53, :49.41, 1:13.73, 1:38.62).

“I was thinking to go outside but when I saw the rail, I took my shot to go inside and he was strong through it,” said Contreras. “Once he went through the little hole, it was all him.”

Silent Sting prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:44.97 over outside closers Beer Pressure and Be Vewy Vewy Quiet while Cooler Mike edged out Handsome Like Me for fourth-place.

Silent Sting was sent postward as the 2-1 favourite in the field of 10 following his close runner-up finish to Be Vewy Vewy Quiet in the seven-furlong Frost King Stakes last month.

“Last time he couldn’t get out in time and today Luis used his head and when it opened he just went for it and he got there,” said Attard.

“It was a big field and he did well,” said Mrs. Stronach, noting Silent Sting will now enjoy a break from racing. “It looks like he’s going to be nice next year.”

Bred in Ontario by Phoenix Rising Farms, Silent Sting has earned a six-figure salary in his debut season with two wins and two seconds from four starts.

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Big Adena Springs Influence on Clasico Del Caribe Card


Racing—with a dash of soccer fervor—comes to Gulfstream Park December 9 and the Adena Springs breeding program is well represented.

The Clasico del Caribe Presented by Fasig Tipton will be run for the 50th time Saturday, but for the first time it will be contested in the United States. Twelve have been entered in the $300,000, nine-furlong race for 3-year-olds dubbed "the Kentucky Derby of the Caribbean and Latin America." 

The race is a matter of national pride in the nations and territories represented, so a lot of flag waving and T-shirt representing can be expected. Panama, whose horses have won the Clasico a record 15 times, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic have entries this year. 

Venezuelan-born jockey Emisael Jaramillo, now a regular at Gulfstream, has won the Clasico del Caribe a record five times and will be aboard his nation's morning-line favorite El Cubita, a son of Mr. Macool who has finished second in three group 1 events after breaking his maiden in his debut.

"The race is very important to our country," Jaramillo said. "To win the race ... the feeling is unbelievable."

Juan Carlos Diaz, who has the mount on Puerto Rican Triple Crown winner Justiciero, the early second choice, echoed Jaramillo's sentiments. "This is a very important race for us." The fact that it will be available for wagering across the United States via Gulfstream's simulcast network and shown live by ESPN Deportes and XBTV adds to the excitement, he said.

Justiciero's home track, Camarero, was damaged in September by Hurricane Maria. However, his owner, Mark Tacher, who also has the lesser regarded Platino in the field, is a part owner of the track and was able to pull together a 1 1/16-mile prep race for his horses Oct. 29, where Justiciero won with Platino second.

Platino, by Musketier, was sold in utero by Adena Springs at the 2013 Keeneland November sale and is among five Clasico runners with connections to Frank Stronach's renowned breeding operation. 

Fellow Puerto Rico native Don Carlos R., by Awesome Again's Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Wilko, has racked up over $360,000 in earnings and will break from post 2 in the $100,000 Confraternity Caribbean Cup. He was sold in utero by Adena Springs at the 2009 OBS January auction.

The Sligo Bay son Gran Wil (Ven) will break two stalls away from Don Carlos R. in the Confraternity. His dam was sold at the 2012 Keeneland November sale while carrying the colt, who will be one of the favorites off back to back group 1 wins in his native Venezuela.

The Puerto Rico-based Sanjuanera drew post 3 in the $125,000 The Lady Caribbean Cup. Runner up in a pair of Graded events, the daughter of former Adena Springs stallion Tiago was sold in-utero by Adena Springs at the 2013 Keeneland November sale.
The well-traveled Coltimus Prime is a major contender in the 10-furlong Invitational Cup. The son of the Adena Springs North stallion Milwaukee Brew was a leading three-year-old in Canada during the 2014 season with a win in the Prince of Wales S., the 2nd leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. He's since become a star in Panama, taking the prestigious Presidente de la Republica (G1) earlier this season. He'll break from post 8 under Irad Ortiz, Jr.

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Signature Red to Adena Springs North


Frank Stronach's Adena Springs North near Aurora, Ontario has sold Singing Saint and welcomed Signature Red (pictured) to its roster for the 2018 breeding season.

Signature Red was the leading first-crop Canadian sire of 2017 and is currently ranked second among this year's second-crop sires behind only Jersey Tow,  who stood outside the province prior to 2018. 

The 11-year-old son of Bernstein—Irish and Foxy, by Irish Open, was bred in Kentucky by Gary Tussey and raced by owner/breeder Howard Walton, who races under the nom de course Norseman Racing Stables.

Signature Red was a multiple graded stakes winner who compiled a 6-6-7 record out of 27 starts and collected $630,232 in earnings.

Signature Red entered stud at Colebrook Farms Stallion Station and stood there through the 2017 season. Walton, who has been a friend of Stronach's for more than 40 years, decided recently he wanted the stallion closer to his home north of Toronto.

"There was no issue with Colebrook," said Dermot Carty, director of sales for Adena Springs. "Mr. Walton really likes his stallion, and now he is only 15 minutes away."

The stallion's relocation was a boon to Adena Springs as well. Signature Red has sired 13 winners from 17 starters to date, which includes black-type stakes winners Signature Spring and Latonka. Signature Red will stand for CAN$3,000 next year.

"I quite like the horse," Carty said. "His numbers are good, and he upgrades his mares."

Singing Saint to Alberta

Singing Saint, a 13-year-old son of El Prado—Relaxing Rhythm, by Easy Goer, who was bred and raced by Adena Springs, was bought by Alberta businessman and ranch owner Kerry Wilson and Meadow Brook Farm. They will stand the stallion with assistance from Highfield Stock Farm near Okotoks, south of Calgary. 

"Making this horse available is part of Mr. Stronach's efforts to help Western Canada develop and improve its racing," Carty said. "It is going to be nice because they have a new racetrack in Calgary, so the more horse racing going on, the better for the whole industry."

Century Downs reintroduced live horse racing to Calgary in 2015, but didn't run its first Thoroughbred meet until this fall. Prior to Century Downs opening, the last live Thoroughbred race was run in 2008 at the former Stampede Park. 

"It really was a fantastic meet," said Jennifer Buck with Highfield Stock Farm of the Sept. 23-Nov. 5 Century Downs meet. "It was a reuniting of the horse people in the area, and the energy was amazing."

Buck said she hopes Singing Saint will help contribute to a resurgence of Thoroughbred racing in Alberta. The stallion has sired 30 winners out of 45 starters from 59 foals of racing age. His top runners include black-type winners Harp N Halo and Songs and Laughter, and also stakes-placed winners Tairneach and Hot Cross Buns.

Singing Saint will stand for CAN$3,000.

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Milwaukee Brew Son 'King' Again in Sir Barton Stakes


The Milwaukee Brew son Kingsport, who won the $125,000 Sir Barton Stakes two years ago, swept by his rivals in the stretch to claim the 2017 edition of the stakes event for Ontario-sired horses Dec. 2 at Woodbine.

Trained by Sid Attard for Goldmart Farms and Royal Laser Racing Inc., Kingsport earned his first win of the season and seventh victory from 23 starts. He increased his earnings to $498,888.

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Kingsport raced mid-pack inside and was not involved in an accident that occurred in the final turn of the afternoon's eighth race. Jockey Jesse Campbell sent the five-year-old gelding outside into the stretch and he stormed home a 2-1/2 length winner in 1:43.23 for 1 1/16 miles ahead of 2-5 favorite Mr Havercamp. Sent postward at odds of 7-1, Kingsport returned $16.80 to win.

Kingsport was bred by Richard Moylan out of the Green Dancer mare Green Jewel. He went through the ring for $45,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales June 2014 2-year-olds and horses of racing age sale, when consigned by RiceHorse Stables. Agent Brandon Rice signed the ticket. He initially was offered at the 2013 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Canadian-bred yearling sale.

His other stakes wins at Woodbine include the 2014 Kingarvie Stakes, the 2015 Deputy Minister Stakes, and the 2016 Shepperton Stakes.

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Point Of Entry Colt Delivers Breathtaking Performance in Demille S. (G3)


‘TDN Rising Star' Analyze It followed up a sparkling debut victory at Belmont with a dominant wire-to-wire score on the West Coast in Sunday’s Cecil B. DeMille S. (G3).

The effort set Twitter ablaze with superlatives: 

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For 33-1 longshot King Eddie, it was a speed duel. But for 1-2 favorite Analyze It, the opening portion of Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes looked like more of a canter. The 2-year-old by Point of Entry opened it up when asked by Jockey Jose Ortiz and won for fun, finishing a mile in a final time of 1:35.05 after going the opening quarter in 23.40 and the half in 47.48 seconds.

"He was doing it pretty easy -- very, very easy," Ortiz said. "I knew I had a lot of horse. When we passed the 3/8 pole I knew I had a really nice horse. I love riding horses like this; when you ask them to go, they go.”

The jockey added that Analyze It is "pretty scary. I haven't ridden one like this -- a 2-year-old -- in a while."

Let go at retrospectively astonishing odds of 13-1 in his career debut, Analyze It dropped a :22 4/5 closing quarter-mile en route to a decisive 6 1/4-length victory in his one-mile unveiling at Belmont Oct. 28. The bay posted two workouts at Big Sandy in the interim before shipping westward.

Brown also won Sunday’s Grade 1 Matriarch at Del Mar with Off Limits, an experienced older filly. Consider this: Analyze It's final time at the same distance was just 0.68 seconds slower in his second career start. 

Point of Entry is currently the sire of 10 winners in four countries including the additional stakes winners Glamantaion.

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Awesome Again's Manitoulin Puts It All Together in Turf Cup (G2) Triumph


Manitoulin has always marched to the beat of his own drummer.

The striking chestnut was born via elective Cesarean section, with a dedicated team at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington ensuring his survival in the fragile moments that followed his delivery.

Descended from a long line of brilliant Darby Dan bloodlines, the product of a mating between Awesome Again and champion 1999 grass mare Soaring Softly, he spent his early days on the farm near Lexington with a nursemare as his dam and healed from the surgery that brought him into this world.

A fighting spirit enabled the fiesty runner to thrive, but it took patience, gelding, 17 starts, a trip to California, and the faith of his Phillips Racing Partnership connections to unearth the talent they knew ran in his veins. Finally, in a 1 1/2-mile test Nov. 24 on the Del Mar lawn, that talent shone through when Manitoulin withstood the late challenge of fast-closing 7-5 favorite Chicago Style to win the $200,000 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (G2T).

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Trainer Jimmy Toner, who conditioned Soaring Softly through her championship career, said he never doubted Manitoulin's ability. Channeling his energy and that fighting spirit was the challenge.

"I always felt like he had the ability," Toner said. "But early on, mentally he was not very cooperative about things. We tried to deal with him and he showed flashes of ability, but we knew he wasn't giving us everything he had. Eventually John (Phillips, Darby Dan owner) and I decided we'd have to castrate him to get his full potential. I always thought he was a very good horse, and now he's started to show it."

In previous stakes attempts, Manitoulin was eighth in the 2016 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby, fourth in the Arlington Handicap (G3T) this July, and seventh in the Oct. 19 Sycamore Stakes (G3T) at Keeneland, which Toner called a "throw-out race" because of an outside post and other unfavorable factors.

"Other than that (Sycamore finish), he's run some very good races this year, and I think he could compete at the top level next year," Toner said.

In allowance company this season, the 4-year-old gelding has three wins and a second.

Hall of Famer Mike Smith was aboard for the first time Friday, and kept Manitoulin forwardly placed from the start of the Hollywood Turf Cup.

"I think Mike made a big difference today, the fact that he put him in the race early," Toner said. "We realized there was no pace in the race and when we talked in the paddock, I said, 'Get him engaged.' If you let him relax next thing you know, he's relaxed and just galloping around there, so you have to put his mind into the game."

Beautifully rated in an outside stalking position just off pacesetter Tequila Joe, Manitoulin never disengaged from that rival through easy early fractions of :25.30, :51.36, and 1:17.08. After a 1:43 mile, the eventual winner went to the lead in the upper stretch and showed his gameness when set down for the drive, even though Smith lost his whip near the sixteenth pole.

Chicago Style came flying from sixth in the field of seven, but could not get up in time. Manitoulin held the victory by a neck in a final time of 2:30.16 on firm turf, while Flamboyant finished third by 1 3/4 lengths. 

Sent to the gate at 4-1, Manitoulin collected his fifth overall victory. First money of $120,000 increased his earnings to $394,506.

A trip back to Lexington is in order for the gelding after his California raiding trip.

"We're going to drop him off at Darby Dan," Toner said. "He'll get a freshening down there; he had a tough campaign this year and topped it off today. We'll send him home now and they'll freshen him up, and we'll pick him up mid-winter and hopefully have him ready for Keeneland and a top-level campaign next year."

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