Stronach Stables Unbridled Juan Earns Second Straight Stakes Victory


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

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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 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

Spotlight Shines on Ghostzapper at Fasig-Tipton November


Ghostzapper was represented by a $300,000 weanling and a pair of high-priced broodmares at the annual Fasig-Tipton November sale.

Brookstone Farm held off all challengers to make the winning $300,000 bid on a Hip #106a sharp-looking Ghostzapper colt. The weanling is out the Stakes-placed mare Liza Too, a half-sister to one of Ghostzapper's recent stars, the multiple Grade 1 winner and Eclipse Award finalist Paulassilverlining. 

As the damsire of Triple Crown hero Justify and two other Grade 1 winners from a small number of starters, daughters of Ghostzapper are in high demand. So it was no surprise to see two other recent Ghostzapper stars change hands for big prices on Sunday night.

Grade 2 winner Faypien (Hip #240), who also placed in the Grade 1 Test S. at Saratoga en route to amassing a $444,775 bankroll, sold to Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings for $875,000.

Earlier in the evening, 2018 Graded Stakes winner Champagne Problems (Hip #172) was purchased as a racing/broodmare prospect by Stroud Coleman Bloodstock for $950,000. Winner of the Groupie Doll S. (G3) in August, the 4-year-old also ran a strong second to Blue Prize in the historic Spinster S. (G1) at Keeneland. She hails from a deep Bridledwood Farm family that includes the Grade 1 winners Southern Image, Turbo Compressor and Jolie's Halo.

Macho Uno Toasts Another Takes Winner


Loooch Racing's Uno Mas Modelo splashed to a 4 ½-length victory in Thursday's $101,800 Bet On Sunshine Stakes, the first of many Breeders' Cup week stakes at Churchill Downs. It was also the first stakes victory for trainer Anthony Quartarolo under the Twin Spires.

Ridden by Albin Jimenez, Uno Mas Modelo tracked early pace setters Silver Ride and Fort Fortitude through the first quarter mile in :22.17 before rallying three wide to score a 4 ½-length win over the “sloppy” main track. Uno Mas Modelo covered the six furlongs in 1:10.03

“That was fun,” Quartarolo said. “I hope that started off the weekend well. If the weather would have cooperated a little better that would help things. That was a great race and a great ride by Albin.”

Uno Mas Modelo, a 5-year-old bay gelding by Macho Uno, returned $15, $6.40 and $6. Heartwood, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, closed for second at odds of 9-1 and returned $7.40 and $7.20 while Silver Ride faded to third and returned $8.20. Control Stake, Switzerland, Fort Fortitude and Rock and Fellers (ARG) rounded out the field.
Switzerland, the heavy 1-2 favorite in the Bet On Sunshine, broke slowly under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. and was not in contention.

Uno Mas Modelo has now earned $267,610 and has notched seven victories in 29 starts. He's Macho Uno's 7th Stakes winner of 2018. Among the others are Grade 2 winner Bobby Abu Dhabi and Graded winners Tommy Macho and Kirby's Penny, a contender in the November 3 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1).

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My Silencer is Silent Name's Second Stakes Winner in Three Days


My Silencer, a son of Silent Name,  was a winner right out of the gate, taking the $100,000 Frost King Stakes for two-year-olds in his career debut on Wednesday evening at Woodbine Racetrack.

The two first-time starters in the 10-horse field led the way with My Silencer darting out to pressure Hungary through opening fractions of :23.33 and :46.56. My Silencer took over command mid-turn and ran away from his rivals down the stretch to win the seven-furlong affair by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:23.89.

Dun Drum stalked the pace and came through between horses to finish second ahead of late-closers Krachenwagen and Simcoe Stakes champion Blessed Two, who closed from the back of the pack.

While My Silencer was making just his first career start, winning jockey Luis Contreras was impressed with the two-year-old’s natural ability.

“He was a professional. It seems like he has run before,” said Contreras. “I didn’t get any bad habit, nothing, he was just perfect. He broke really sharp and put himself in a great spot. I didn’t want to take him away from that, so I just tried to save the horse as much as I could, and he was just taking me to the wire.”

The Silent Name-Serena’s Rose gelding is trained by William Tharrenos for owners René and Darlene Hunderup of Heste Sport Inc.

“It’s wonderful, finally it happened,” said René Hunderup of scoring the stakes victory with his homebred. “I knew he had the third gear and I told Luis don’t forget that third gear and he sure used it.”

My Silencer's Frost King victory comes just three days after the Ivan Dalos homebred Silent Name filly scored in the Grade 3 Ontario Fashion Stakes. Silent Name leads all Canadian sires with eight blacktype winners and over $2.8 million in progeny earnings. 

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Adena Springs Stallions Well-Represented on Breeders' Cup Weekend


Adena Springs Kentucky boasts five Breeders' Cup Champions on their impressive roster, including four Breeders' Cup Classic winners. It's therefore no surprise to see a wealth of 2018 Breeders' Cup starters by the Adena stallions, including contenders by the promising young sires Point of Entry and Mucho Macho Man, hero of the 2012 Classic.

Here are the 2018 Breeders' Cup contenders by the Adena Spring stallions:

Belle Laura
by Mucho Macho Man -Belle Chaussee, by Giant's Causeway
Breeder: Reeves Thoroughbred Racing
Owner: GU Racing Stable, LLC
Trainer: Norman Casse
Belle Laura, a filly from Mucho Macho Man's first crop, will be his first Breeders' Cup starter. She broke her Maiden over the Churchill Downs turf course and was a fast-closing 3rd in her stakes debut, the October 10 Jessamine S. (G2) at Keeneland.

Analyze It
by Point of Entry - Sweet Assay, by Consolidator
Breeder: P. Headley Bell, Nancy Bell & NATO
Owner: William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Chad Brown
A colt from Point of Entry's first crop, Analyze It has been remarkably consistent with three wins and three seconds in his seven career starts. He's a multiple Graded Stakes winner and narrowly missed the winner's circle in both the Belmont Derby (G1) and Secretariat S. (G1).

My Gal Betty
by Point of Entry - Gal of Mine, by Mining
Breeder: Hidden Brook Farm
Owner: William K. Werner
Trainer: Roger Attfield
This lovely filly is among Point of Entry's 12 2018 second crop juvenile winners. She was an impressive winner of the Catch A Glimpse S. at Woodbine in late August and enters the Juvenile Fillies Turf off a strong runner-up performance in the Natalma S. (G1) over that same course.

Kirby's Penny
by Macho Uno - Spirit Seeker by Peace Rules
Breeder: Hidden Springs Farm
Owner: Kent Spellman
Trainer: Wesley Ward
Kirby's Penny was a smart winner of the Vagrancy H. (G3) at Belmont Park last spring. She's trained by the brilliant Wesley Ward, who guided the Adena Springs-bred Ghostzapper miss Judy the Beauty to victory in the 2014 edition of the Filly & Mare Sprint.

Champagne Problems

by Ghostzapper - Coral Sun by A. P. Indy
Breeder: Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC
Owner: Six Column Stables, LLC, R. Bloch, J. Seiler, F. Merritt & D. Hall
Trainer: Ian Wilkes
Champagne Problems found her best stride over the summer. After an impressive Allowance victory at Churchill Downs in late June she captured the Groupie Doll S. (G3). She's since finished a close second to Blue Prize in both the Locust Grove S. (G3) under the Twin Spires and the Spinster S. (G1) at Keeneland. She can become Ghostzapper's 11th Grade 1 winner and second Breeders' Cup champion with a victory.

by Ghostzapper - Dynamic Cat by Dynaformer
Breeder: George Strawbridge
Owner: Augustin Stable
Trainer: Graham Motion
The well-bred Varenka enters the Juvenile Fillies Turf off a fantastic second to likely race favorite Newspaperofrecord in Belmont Park's Miss Grillo S. (G2). She is a full sister to Lift Up, a Stakes winner of nearly $200,000.

by Awesome Again - Tiz O'Gold by Cee's Tizzy
Breeder: Calumet Farm
Owner: Calumet Farm
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Awesome Again's latest millionaire is also his latest iron horse. The sophomore colt won the Risen Star S. (G2) before competing in all three Triple Crown races, finishing a close second to Justify in the Preakness S. (G1). He kept right on going throughout the summer, placing in the Haskell Inv. (G1) and Travers S. (G1). Sold in-foal by Adena Springs at the 2014 Keeneland November sale, Bravazo can become Awesome Again's fifth Breeders' Cup Champion with a victory in the Dirt Mile.

Awesome Slew
by Awesome Again - Slewfoundmoney by Seeking the Gold
Breeder: Live Oak Stud
Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: Mark Casse
One of Awesome Again's 12 millionaires, Awesome Slew will try improve on his fine third in last year's Dirt Mile, run at Del Mar. 

Silent Sonet the Latest Silent Name Graded Stakes Winner


Ivan Dalos' Silent Sonet had a dream trip in the $125,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes (G3), stalking the pace to earn her first graded victory Oct. 28 at Woodbine.

The daughter of Silent Name, trained by Nicholas Gonzalez, finished the six-furlong test for older fillies and mares in 1:08.77 over the all-weather track.

"This filly has been doing so great for us and the cool weather didn't hurt," Gonzalez said. "I'm just so happy for Ivan. It's a tribute to him and we're so lucky here in Ontario that he just continues to do a great job owning and breeding and carrying on. He's just great for us."

Riding outside the flank of Code Warrior who led the way soon after the gates opened, jockey David Moran kept the 4-year-old Silent Sonet within striking range through half-mile fractions of :22.83 and :45.15. Jessica Krupnick settled in third where she remained for the majority of the race.

As the field rounded the turn, Moran and Silent Sonet turned up the heat on Code Warrior who hung on into the stretch but faded with less than a furlong to run. In the end Silent Sonet won by a half-length, with Jessica Krupnick staying on for second and Moonlit Promise getting past Code Warrior for third.

"She broke good and I sat beside Jesse (Campbell, aboard Code Warrior) there," said Moran of his winning trip. "Actually, I thought Jesse had a lot more horse turning for home, but when I asked my girl, she switched leads and she quickened up nice actually so it was great."

Silent Sonet pushed her earnings to $248,401 and her win tally to five from 12 starts. She is among Silent Name's seven 2018 blacktype winners, by far the most by a Canadian stallion this year. Silent Name also ranks as Canada's top sire by 2018 progeny earnings - over $2.7 million.

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Adena Springs Kentucky Announces 2019 Stud Fees


Adena Springs Kentucky has set its 2019 stallion roster and fees, headlined by Ghostzapper who will remain at a fee of $85,000 S&N for the upcoming breeding season. The roster is also highlighted by the arrival of multiple Grade 1 winner Shaman Ghost, a champion son of Ghostzapper, who is relocating from California to Kentucky. Shaman Ghost will stand for $7,500 S&N.

“We are extremely pleased to have brought Shaman Ghost home from California to Adena Springs Kentucky,” said Ben Walden. “He bred a strong book out there with Terry Lovingier and Mr. Stronach is eager to support him here.

“We’ve had unprecedented early-season requests in his sire, Ghostzapper,” Walden added, “which bodes well for his upcoming breeding season.”

A perennial top stallion, Ghostzapper is the sire of 11 Grade 1 winners, eight millionaires and five champions. He is represented this year by 11 stakes winners and five Graded stakes winners, including Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed Proctor’s Ledge and multiple Grade 2 winner and Canadian Champion Holy Helena. Ghostzapper is also the damsire of this year’s Triple Crown winner Justify, Eclipse Champion Drefong and Grade 1 winner American Gal.

Shaman Ghost, who will have first foals in 2019, accumulated a record of 8-3-2 from 17 lifetime starts, amassing earnings of $3,859,311. He won or placed in seven stakes, including victories in the Woodward S. (G1), Santa Anita Handicap (G1), Brooklyn Invitational S. (G1) and the Pimlico Special (G1). At three, he won the prestigious Queens Plate and was named Champion 3-Year-Old in Canada. He was also second to Champion Arrogate in the $12,000,000 Pegasus Cup (G1).

The full 2019 roster of Adena Springs Kentucky stallions with stands and nurses fees is as follows:
Awesome Again - Private
Capo Bastone - $4,000
Fort Larned - $7,500
Ghostzapper - $85,000
Macho Uno - $10,000
Mucho Macho Man - $10,000
North Light - Private
Point of Entry - $20,000
Shaman Ghost - $7,500

$575,000 2YO Fortin Hill is Mucho Macho Man's Latest 'Rising Star'


OXO Equine’s $575,000 OBS March purchase Fortin Hill, a son of Breeders Cup Classic champ Mucho Macho Man, justified his 6-5 favoritism with an impressive debut victory at Belmont Park, becoming the newest ‘TDN Rising Star'.

Watch Fortin Hill's debut victory

Breaking on top from the outside post in this six-horse affair, the bay was overtaken by the rail-drawn Starting Point and pressed from second through an opening quarter in :22.91. Drawing even with the pacesetter on the far turn, the Indiana-bred effortlessly sailed clear in the lane under a hand ride from Irad Ortiz, Jr. to win as he pleased by 5 1/2 lengths. He completed the six-panel test in a sharp 1:09.56. Family Biz finished second and it was another 5 1/4 lengths back to the third-place finisher.

A short yearling at Keeneland January, Fortin Hill sold for $170,000 at Keeneland September and commanded $575,000 at OBS March after breezing in a swift :20 4/5. The winner hails from the family of two-time Canadian Horse of the Year and Eclipse winner Chief Bearhart and MGISW Private Zone a star by Mucho Macho Man's sire Macho Uno

Fortin Hill was bred Robert L. Losey and is Mucho Macho Man's second 'TDN Rising Star' after Mucho Gusto, who rolled to a big Maiden Special win for Bob Baffert on September 20. Mucho Gusto was also a big seller last spring, hammering down for $625,000.

Mucho Macho Man has also been represented by a pair of early blacktype runners in Mucho Unusual, runner-up in the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar and Belle Laura, a fast-closing third in the Grade 2 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland on October 10.

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