07.15.2018

Ontario Matron (G3) is 5th Graded Score for Gamble's Ghost

With a well-timed stretch run, favorite Gamble’s Ghost powered up on the far outside to prevail by......

With a well-timed stretch run, favorite Gamble’s Ghost powered up on the far outside to prevail by a neck in the $125,000 Ontario Matron Stakes (G3) featured on the mid-July Sunday program at Woodbine Racetrack.

Jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva worked out the winning trip aboard Gamble’s Ghost for trainer Josie Carroll and owner/breeder Ivan Dalos, who also won last year’s edition of the 1-1/16 mile stakes race for fillies and mares with Ami’s Mesa.

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Gamble’s Ghost settled off the pace second-to-last early on while the Mark Casse-trained trio of My Arch Enemy, Malibu Bonnie and Let It Ride Mom raced on top through panels of :24.65, :50.21 and 1:14.85. Still eighth turning for home, Gamble’s Ghost kicked into action down the stretch and defeated the Casse crew at the wire in 1:44.88.

“When we were in the paddock, Josie told me just let her run her race. She was very, very relaxed all the way,” said Da Silva, who opted to save ground on the final turn with confidence that the mare’s patent late kick would land her the winner’s circle. “I know she’s going to run in the end and she ran beautiful. When she turned home, all she wanted to do was catch all the horses.”

“I had a little concern because it was an awful nice horse that was on the lead and it looked like she was going to win it,” said Carroll. “This mare, when she sees a horse in front of her, she’s going to catch it. That’s what I said to Eurico, ‘Don’t try to change her style. I know they’re probably going to back the pace up, but you can’t change her.’ She likes to make that one run.”

Gamble’s Ghost was sent postward as the 2-1 bettors’ choice following her Grade 3 Trillium Stakes score last time out on June 17 and paid $6.50, $3.10 and $2.50.

The five-year-old Ghostzapper-Gambling Girl mare earned her fifth Grade 3 stakes victory and ninth win overall from 19 starts to boost her bankroll over the $700,000 mark.

“I think she’s just getting better and better, which is unusual as a mare gets older, but she just loves to run. She loves to chase horses,” said Carroll.
The mare’s win marked the third time Carroll has won the Ontario Matron. 

Ghostzapper is the sire of three other 2018 Graded winners - Runaway Ghost and the Grade 2 winners Proctor's Ledge and Holy Helena.

- edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com, photo by Michael Burns

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07.08.2018

Milwaukee Brew's Kingsport Rules in Shepperton S.

Kingsport took down his sixth career stakes score while putting an end to the win streak of......

Kingsport took down his sixth career stakes score while putting an end to the win streak of Canada’s Horse of the Year, Pink Lloyd, with a rallying performance in Sunday’s $100,000 Shepperton Stakes, at Woodbine.

Trained by Sid Attard for Goldmart Farms and Royal Laser Racing Inc., the six-year-old son of Milwaukee Brew was taking his second Shepperton Stakes, a 6 ½-furlong Tapeta sprint for older horses, having previously won the 2016 edition.

Pink Lloyd, bet down to 1/9, brought an 11-race win streak to the Shepperton and was quick out of the gate under Eurico Rosa da Silva to battle through splits of :22.43, :44.86 and 1:09.27 with speedy Boreal Spirit. Pink Lloyd put away Boreal Spirit down the lane but Kingsport, last of five at the half-mile call under Patrick Husbands, made up 6 ½-lengths from the top of the stretch to win by 1 ½-lengths. Jacks Escarpment headed Pink Lloyd at the wire for place. Kingsport stopped the clock in 1:15.61.

 

Kingsport turned back from a pair of fourth-place runs in route races to secure his first win of 2018.

“Actually, this was the first year that he got a chance to train early in the spring,” Husbands said. “He never ran a jump in his last race, so Sid decided to cut him back. My game plan was that there was going to be speed up front, and give him one run. He gave me 110 (percent) today.”
Attard, who is just two wins shy of 2000 for his career, praised Kingsport’s versatility.

“He can do whatever you want. It just depends on how the race goes,” said the veteran conditioner. “When I saw him so far back, I wasn’t nervous. I knew he was going to come (with a run). I didn’t know if he was going to get there like he did, but Patrick really gave him a good ride. We’ve had a lot of good luck. He’s won a lot of big races for us.”

Kingsport, bred in Ontario by Richard Moylan, banked $60,000 in victory while improving his record to 8-7-3 from 26 career starts. His career bankroll now stands at $553,796.

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com

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07.07.2018

Two Starters, Two Winners for Capo Bastone

When Starship Nala broke from the rail in a 5-furlong Maiden Special on Saturday at Gulfstream......

When Starship Nala broke from the rail in a 5-furlong Maiden Special on Saturday at Gulfstream Park she became Capo Bastone's second starter. Just under one minute later she became her sire's second winner.

Racing in the colors of Starship Stables, the bay filly rated in sixth in the early going under Miquel Vasquez. After ranging up to third at the head of the lane she maintained that momentum, surging to the front and crossing the wire 1 1/4 lengths in front of the second-time starter Gerrys Big Win. The final time was :59.29.

Starship Nala was bred in Florida by William P. Sorren out of the Forest Wildcat daughter Perfectly Wild. She entered her debut off a spirited series of works at Gulfstream for trainer Steven Dwoskin.

Starship Nala joins the impressive Keeneland debut winner Hargus as early winners by Capo Bastone, winner of the 2013 King's Bishop S. (G1).

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07.07.2018

Macho Uno's Done Deal Seals 4-Length Victory in Iowa Sprint H.

Done Deal made a winning stakes debut in the $100,000 Iowa Sprint on a stakes-rich Friday evening......

Done Deal made a winning stakes debut in the $100,000 Iowa Sprint on a stakes-rich Friday evening card at Prairie Meadows. The victory makes him the fifth 2018 stakes winner for his sire, Macho Uno.

Traveling smoothly under Chris Landeros he pressed Eurobond’s quick splits of 22.04 and 44.77 – and then closed the deal. Dashing away from the pacesetter, Done Deal cruised under the wire four lengths in front of his nearest pursuer. He stopped the timer in 1:09.04 for six furlongs on a fast track, paid $12.20 to win, and rewarded all the time trainer Ian Wilkes and owner-breeder Sierra Farm put in trying to bring out the best in their horse.

Out of the Tale of the Cat daughter Missbelle O’s Tale, Done Deal won for the fourth time in just seven starts. 

“It’s always nice when you have that kind of horse up under you,” Landeros said.

In 2018, Macho Uno is also the sire of the New York stakes winner Picco Uno and the Graded winners Kirby's Penny, Tommy Macho and Kona Gold S. (G2) winner Bobby Abu Dhabi.

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07.01.2018

Silent Name Filly Hits High Note in $100,000 Zadracarta S.

Silent Sonet, recipient of a perfect stalking trip under rider Eurico Rosa da Silva, surged to the......

Silent Sonet, recipient of a perfect stalking trip under rider Eurico Rosa da Silva, surged to the front in early stretch and held sway for a 1 ¼-length victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Zadracarta at Woodbine.



There were three lead changes early in the race as Sugar Jones was first from the gate but was soon passed by Lindalindalisten, who in turn surrendered the lead to Dublin Diva.

Silent Sonet, meanwhile, was sitting pretty on the outside after beginning from post 10 as Dublin Diva clicked off fractions of :22.60 for the quarter and :44.73 for the half.

“Our plan was to stay back a little bit more,” said jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva. “We know she loves the grass and she was very keen today. She broke there and she positioned herself in third and second place, she was traveling very easy and I didn’t want to bother her. She was happy where she was. When we turned for home, she kicked from there.”

Silent Sonet was in front by 1 ½-lengths as they reached the three-quarters in 1:07.42 and it was all over from there. Niigon’s Eclipse, coming off a front-running win in the Group 2 Nassau at one mile, found herself in a closing role at Sunday’s shorter distance and came strongly on the outside for second money, 1 ¾-lengths before Sugar Jones as the 2-1 choice.

The final time for the 7 furlongs on a turf track, which has been playing very fast, was 1:19.38, just .36 seconds off the track record set by the talented Soaring Free in 2004.

Silent Sonet was making her third start of the season after ending on the fringes in a pair of main track sprints. She recorded her second stakes victory in the Zadracarta, having captured the La Prevoyante over one mile of turf here last year. The homebred daughter of Silent Name-Dynasonet (by Hussonet) has now earned $174,342 for her owner/breeder Ivan Dalos.

“Actually, we had a plan with her,” said Gonzalez, who was sending out his first stakes winner of the meeting. We wanted to get her back on the turf where she had most of her success last year. She had a nice blowout in :58 and change for the race. She’s being doing really well after her first two races. She’s put on so much weight. You see the size of her now. To add to that – in a positive way – mentally, she’s even there more now. She’s grown up now.”

Silent Name is the sire of three other Stakes winners in 2018 and ranks as Ontario's leading sire by progeny earnings.

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com

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06.30.2018

Delta Prince Tops Adena-Bred Exacta in G2 King Edward Stakes

Stronach Stables homebred Delta Prince, backed down to 2-1 favoritism even though he was making......

Stronach Stables homebred Delta Prince, backed down to 2-1 favoritism even though he was making his first start in almost 10 months, rallied resolutely on the outside under Javier Castellano for a going-away 1 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s $182,350 King Edward Stakes.

The Grade 2 King Edward, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, attracted a field of eight and Delta Prince was making his local bow for trainer Jimmy Jerkens.

“I like the way he did it today,” said Castellano, who was riding Delta Prince for the first time. “It was very impressive the way he did it.”



Delta Prince, breaking from the outside, broke well but settled back as Shakhimat shot up to hold a two-length lead through a quarter in :23.77 and a half in :46.58.

Caribou Club and First Premio were stalking in second and third place, with Delta Prince running next in line.

Shakhimat, trained by Roger Attfield, was challenged by Caribou Club around the final turn, but the leader kicked away again turning for home and was still in front through six furlongs in 1:09.11.

Delta Prince, who had launched his bid around the final turn but then seemed to stall briefly, was roused in early stretch and gutted it out to outfinish a stubborn Shakhimat in a final time of 1:32.35, just .20 seconds off the track record set by Wise Dan in the 2015 edition of the Woodbine Mile. The runner-up was also bred by Stronach's Adena Springs farm and sold at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Florida Two-Year-Old in Training sale at Gulfstream Park. The graded stakes-winning son of Lonhro has now earned $433,799.

A lightly-raced 5-year-old homebred son of Street Cry and Delta Princess, Delta Prince was recording his first stakes win in the King Edward.

The Kentucky-bred, who last saw action September 4 when third in Saratoga’s Grade 2 Bernard Baruch, was coming off a third-place finish. That race was won by Heart to Heart, who went on to win two Grade 1 stakes races this year.

Owner/breeder Frank Stronach, on hand for Saturday’s race, said the dark bay’s time away from the races had been a minor concern.

“We had a few problems, but Jimmy Jerkens has always been really high on him,” said Stronach, adding that Delta Prince is a half-brother to three-time Eclipse Award winner champion Royal Delta.

Stronach also agreed that the Grade 1, $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile, which will be run this year on September 15, could be an interesting long-term target.

“I think the Woodbine Mile would suit him,” said the owner/breeder.

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06.29.2018

Sligo Bay's Fairy Hill Leads Adena-Sired Sweep in Lady Angela Stakes

The Sligo Bay daughter Fairy Hill, cutting back in distance after finishing fourth in the 1......

The Sligo Bay daughter Fairy Hill, cutting back in distance after finishing fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks, launched a sustained rally while racing in between horses around the final turn and got up late to capture Friday’s 7-furlong Lady Angela Stakes by a neck.

The $100,000 Lady Angela, for Ontario-sired fillies, attracted a field of eight and was Fairy Hill’s first stakes victory. She defeated another Sligo Bay daughter, She's Got Fire with Stronach Stables Silent Name miss Zestina finishing third. 

“She was comfortable sitting where she was,” said jockey Jeffrey Alderson, who was riding his third career stakes winner and first at the meeting. “She let a couple of them go in front of her and she liked that. The game plan worked out there.”

Without A Doubt, breaking from post 7, had gone to the lead but was soon confronted by Zestina, who had rushed up after breaking from the 1-hole and led by two lengths through an opening quarter in :23.47.

The 17-1 Without A Doubt had moved up on the outside to lead by a head as the half-mile was reached in :46.36. But Zestina reclaimed the lead as they straightened out for the stretch drive, and still led through six furlongs in 1:10.84 with She’s Got Money and Fairy Hill in hot pursuit.

She’s Got Fire finished well to nail down the place money, a length to the good of Zestina but Fairy Hill was finishing strongest of all to claim the top prize.

“She’s maturing and she’s running really good. Hopefully she can keep that up and have bigger things to look forward to,” said Alderson.

Without A Doubt, Line of Vision and Bear Kitty rounded out the order of finish with the seven furlongs clocked in 1:23.22.

“We really liked this spot for her,” said trainer Norman McKnight. “I preferred something a little shorter for her as opposed to a route.”

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com, photo by Michael Burns

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06.18.2018

Gamble's Ghost Uses Spirited Stretch Run to Capture Trillium S. (G3)

Gamble's Ghost, patiently handled by Eurico Rosa da Silva, rallied from next to last and six wide......

Gamble's Ghost, patiently handled by Eurico Rosa da Silva, rallied from next to last and six wide in the stretch to capture the $140,000 Trillium Stakes (G3) June 17 on Woodbine's all-weather track.

Trained by Josie Carroll for owner-breeder Ivan Dalos, Gamble's Ghost came into the 1 1/16-mile race off a rallying third in a May 21 allowance at the Ontario racetrack in her season debut. A winner of four of seven starts in 2017, the 5-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper would not be denied Sunday with a ground-saving trip under da Silva, who completed a sweep of the weekend stakes after taking Saturday's Steady Growth Stakes with Mr Havercamp.



My Arch Enemy set the tempo, marking off splits of :23.92 and :48.42 under the close watch of Ickymasho and Boreale, as da Silva and Gamble's Ghost found a home along the rail in next to last after leaving from the outside post in a field of eight.

My Arch Enemy maintained a precarious lead through the turn, tracked by Malibu Bonnie, Ickymasho, Sister Nation, and Grizzel. However, Gamble's Ghost angled off the rail late in the turn, powered down the center of the track, and won by a half-length over Ickymasho. My Arch Enemy stayed on for third over Grizzel. Gamble's Ghost stopped the clock in 1:43.61.

Da Silva was full of praise for the talented dark bay/brown mare who took her cues in a professional manner.

"We had a wonderful trip," said da Silva. "I was able to save a lot of ground. In the turn, when we turned home, I had a chance to shift her out, and she kicked from there. She kicked so strong. She's a wonderful horse to ride. So easy and a very kind horse."

The victory made Gamble's Ghost a graded winner in each of the past four seasons. She won the Mazarine Stakes (G3) in 2015, the 2016 Selene Stakes (G3), and added the Maple Leaf Stakes (G3) last season. Those triumphs propelled her to Sovereign Award nominations each year. She's now earned $653,160.

"She's so special. She's so honest and shows up every time," Carroll said. "She ran hard against a speed bias last time and didn't quite get there. She just shows up. She's just a good horse."

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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06.16.2018

Macho Uno Mare Untouchable In Dancin Renee Stakes

Kennesaw Mountain Racing's Picco Uno capitalized on class relief, wiring a six-horse field by four......

Kennesaw Mountain Racing's Picco Uno capitalized on class relief, wiring a six-horse field by four lengths in the sixth running of the $125,000 Dancin Renee for state-bred fillies and mares 3-years-old and up on Saturday at Belmont Park.

Out of the gate, jockey Manny Franco sent Picco Uno to the front in the six furlong sprint, where she set fractions of 22.25 seconds for a quarter-mile and the half in 45.23 on the fast main track with Cozzy Spring giving pursuit.

Picco Uno gained separation out of the turn and Franco used a left-handed whip as the 5-year-old gray mare steadied away, completing the distance in 1:09.60.



"Coming into the race, the plan was to break out of there and get involved early. The other horse with speed [Cozzy Spring] was inside of me but I broke better than her and took advantage," Franco said. "My last two races aboard, we tried different tactics but today, he [Servis] wanted to be right there up front in the lead or second nothing further than that. Thankfully, it worked out getting on the lead early and she did everything from there easy."

The daughter of Macho Uno was bred by Adena Springs & Topsmeade, LLC and she increased her career bankroll to $413,667. 

"We told Manny not to take anything away from her. She always breaks sharp and he was able to go on with it. She ran a really great race and we're just thrilled," Servis said.

Servis said Picco Uno could be targeting the $100,000 Union Avenue for New York-breds on August 16 at Saratoga, where she will be looking to repeat her 2017 winning effort.

- edited from www.nyra.com

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06.14.2018

Another Six Figure Mucho Macho Man 2YO at OBS June

Hip #457, a flashy Mucho Macho Man filly named Yesterday's Girl, brought $150,000 on day 2 of the......

Hip #457, a flashy Mucho Macho Man filly named Yesterday's Girl, brought $150,000 on day 2 of the annual OBS June Two-Year-Old in Training sale. She is the seventh juvenile from her sire's first crop to command six figures (from 13 sold).

Out of the Stakes-placed Jade Hunter daughter Ayres Hall, the filly breezed a quarter in :20.4, one of the fastest moves during the three breeze sessions over the OBS all-weather surface. Stetson Racing LLC signed the $150,000 ticket.


 

Yesterday's Girl represents a successful pinhook for Brandon Rice's RiceHorse Stable. He purchased the filly for $65,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton October Yearling sale.

Mucho Macho Man juveniles have also commanded $625,000, $575,000, $260,000, etc. The 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic champion has already been represented by his first winner, the impressive debutante Mucho Amor at the Keenlenand Spring meeting. 

 

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06.11.2018

Ghostzapper 'Magic' As a Broodmare Sire

Glennwood Farm's broodmare Stage Magic (pictured with her 2018 Pioneerof the Nile foal) joined an......

Glennwood Farm's broodmare Stage Magic (pictured with her 2018 Pioneerof the Nile foal) joined an elite group this year as the producer of unbeaten Triple Crown champion Justify. She is among nine black-type producing mares from Ghostzapper's first crop and one of three who have produced a grade 1 winner to date.

Out of 80 live foals in the first crop by Adena Springs Kentucky's son of Awesome Again and 2004 Horse of the Year, 41 were fillies and 38 of them have produced at least one foal so far. Of Ghostzapper's first-crop mares, 33 (87%) have produced at least one runner, 29 (76%) have produced at least one winner, and nine (24%) have produced at least one black-type performer.

Six of the mares have produced black-type winners, led by Stage Magic, Eltimaas, and American Story, who have all produced a grade 1 winner. Among the three grade 1 producers, Eltimaas was the most expensive yearling purchase. The half sister to champion 2-year-old colt Action This Day first went through the 2008 Keeneland January winter mixed sale where she sold for $300,000 to Lee Rogers. She was then offered again by the Taylor Made Sales Agency at the Keeneland September yearling sale, where Shadwell Estate bought her for $600,000. Eltimaas would never make it to the races, so the trading began with her as a broodmare prospect and broodmare. She was offered at auction four times between 2010-13 and changed hands in three of those sales. 

Eltimaas was last sold at the 2013 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, where Machmer Hall bought her for $77,000 from the Blackburn Farm consignment. In that same sale was Eltimaas' 2013 Gio Ponti  colt, who sold for $200,000. The colt grew up to be three-time grade 1 winner and champion sprinter Drefong.

American Story, bred by Gibraltar Group, is the next most expensive grade 1-producing daughter of Ghostzapper. Eaton Sales sold the half sister to grade/group 1 winners Seventh Street and Reynaldothewizard, to Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds for $400,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale. The pinhooking partners turned around and sold her for $400,000 to Kaleem Shah at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-year-olds in training sale. Shah won three races and placed in three races with American Story, whose seconds all came in black-type races, including the Milady Handicap (G2).

Shah bred American Story for four consecutive years to Concord Point and produced grade 1 winner American Gal, black-type winner Americanize, and winner American All Star, who were all campaigned by Shah. The fourth Concord Point foal is a 2-year-old filly named America's Starlet, who has not started. American Story had a filly by Bayern  on May 12, 2017, so she went through the 2017 Fasig-Tipton November sale not pregnant. Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency still sold her for $2.2 million to Don Alberto.

A Magical Journey

Stage Magic was bred by Glennwood Farm and offered at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale, but she was bought back on a final bid of $70,000—far short of Ghostzapper's $200,000 entering-year stud fee. Unfazed, owner/breeder John Gunther put her into training and she won or placed in eight of her 12 starts. She finished second in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes and third in the Gardenia Stakes (G3), Pippin Stakes, and Roxelana Stakes. 

As broodmare, Stage Magic was first bred to Street Sense  and produced a colt named The Lieutenant, whom Glennwood sold for $50,000 as a yearling. The colt sold again for $185,000 to trainer Mike McCarthy and went on to win the All American Stakes (G3) May 28 at Golden Gate Fields. Stage Magic's second foal is a winning filly by Harlan's Holiday named Holiday Music, whom Glennwood sold for $60,000 as a yearling. Then came Justify, a son of Scat Daddy whose good looks and presence motivated China Horse Club and Maverick Racing to spend $500,000 on him at the Keeneland September yearling sale. The dual classic winner has earned nearly $3.8 million and has a rumored stud value of $75 million.

Stage Magic also has a 2-year-old by Pioneerof the Nile named Egyptian Storm, who sold for $230,000 to Robert Evans and West Point Thoroughbreds and has not started yet. The mare has a yearling colt by Will Take Charge  and a full brother to Egyptian Storm at her side. Stage Magic was bred to Quality Road this year. 

Overall, Ghostzapper daughters have produced nearly 70% winners and 9% blacktype winners from foals.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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06.09.2018

Two New Saturday Stakes Winners for Ghostzapper

Queen’s Plate winterbook favorite Telekinesis punched his ticket to the June 30 Queen’s Plate with......

Queen’s Plate winterbook favorite Telekinesis punched his ticket to the June 30 Queen’s Plate with a gutsy score over a persistent Rose’s Vision in Saturday’s $125,000 Plate Trial Stakes at Woodbine. It capped another brilliant Saturday for Ghostzapper, also the sire of the new Stakes winner Lift Up who captured the Miss Liberty Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Telekinesis set moderate fractions of 25.06, 49.66 and 1:13.31 in the nine-furlong route, while being pressed throughout by Rose’s Vision.

Rose’s Vision drew abreast of Telekinesis early in the stretch, but Telekinesis dug in through the final furlong to prevail by 1 3/4 lengths, in a time of 1:50.40.

Watch the Plate Trial Stakes

“He was traveling so easy,” said Patrick Husbands, who rode Telekinesis for trainer Mark Casse. “By the time I left the gates, he had one ear back and one ear forward. That’s the sign that a horse is very comfortable under you. By the three-quarter pole, he still had one ear forward and one ear back. It told me he was just playing with that horse. Down the lane, I squeezed him a little bit. He did just enough to win the race.”

A handsome son of Ghostzapper, Telekinesis earned $75,000 in his first stakes victory for Stonestreet Stables.

Up And Up

Just a few minutes prior to the Plate Trial, Lift Up used a powerful late rally to capture the Miss Liberty Stakes over the Monmouth Park turf course. The four-year-old Ghostzapper filly races in the green and white colors of her breeder Augustin Stables (George Strawbridge). She has now won four of her past five races and appears to be headed to Graded stakes company.

Watch the Miss Liberty Stakes

Also on Saturday, the Ghostzapper multiple Grade 2 heroine Proctor's Ledge ran a fine second in the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes on the Belmont Stakes undercard and Stronach Stables Ghostzapper filly placed in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks.

Ghostzapper is now the sire of 8 Stakes winners in 2018 and 65 lifetime from 561 starters, an incredible 11.5% strike rate.

The big news on Saturday was, of course, the victory by Justify in the Belmont Stakes and Ghostzapper and a hand in that victory as well. The unbeaten Triple Crown hero is out of the mare Stage Magic, a graded Stakes-placed Ghostzapper daughter. Justify is among the three Grade 1 winners produced by Ghostzapper daughters so far

- portions from www.drf.com, photo by Michael Burns


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06.08.2018

Frank Stronach Honored with Dinny Phipps Award

In a ceremony high above the iconic Bryant Park in New York City Thursday night, Thoroughbred......

In a ceremony high above the iconic Bryant Park in New York City Thursday night, Thoroughbred owner and breeder Frank Stronach was presented with the second annual Dinny Phipps Award for his longstanding dedication to equine health.

The presentation highlighted the Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration, a fund-raising event benefitting Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. It was held at the Bryant Park Grill for a third consecutive year.

The award, created by ambassador Earle I. Mack, is named for Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps, the longtime chairman of The Jockey Club who died in April 2016. Phipps' wife, Ande, and Stuart S. Janney III, the current chairman of The Jockey Club, presented the bronze sculpture to Stronach.

"Dinny was a great person and I'm honored to receive an award that carries his name, " Stronach said. "He would only do things that were good for horse racing. We got closer through the years and we all miss him. He made great contributions to racing. I've made some and I hope to make more."

Stronach created the Adena Springs Retirement program and has organized aftercare and retirement programs at his racetracks. He has won 12 Eclipse Awards as an owner and breeder. He has won the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Owner in Canada a co-record nine times and has won 18 Sovereign Awards overall.

In his acceptance remarks Stronach also talked about the need to get younger people involved in the sport and the need to get different factions in the industry "to sit down to [figure out ways] to improve the sport."

The Phipps family was honored with the inaugural award a year ago.

Approximately 175 people attended the event and Tom Durkin, the retired New York Racing Association announcer, served as master of ceremonies.

Mack, himself a longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder, commissioned the Toronto-based Odon Wagner Gallery and artist Gary Weisman to produce the bronze sculpture that is presented to the honoree each year.

Janney, in remarks prior to the award presentation, thanked Mack for creating the award, for his longstanding and ongoing support of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and his support for the Man O' War Project, a research study at Columbia University to determine the effectiveness of equine-assisted therapy to treat veterans who suffer from PTSD.

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is traditionally the nation's leading source of private funding for equine medical research that benefits all breeds of horses. The foundation has provided $26 million to fund 358 projects at 43 universities since 1983. Additional information about the foundation is available at grayson-jockeyclub.org.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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05.21.2018

'Spectacular' Mucho Macho Man 2YO Commands $625,000 at FT Midlantic Sale

A speedy colt from the first crop of Mucho Macho Man was purchased by Michael Lund Petersen for......

A speedy colt from the first crop of Mucho Macho Man was purchased by Michael Lund Petersen for $625,000 during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale.

Consigned as Hip 278 by Kirkwood Stables, the colt breezed the fastest quarter mile of :21 1/5 during the under tack workouts leading up to the sale. The next fastest quarter was :23 3/5. The colt had been a $55,000 buy-back at the Ocala Breeders' Sales March juvenile sale and was previously acquired for $95,000 from Select Sales at the 2017 Keeneland September yearling sale.

"He matured a little bit," Kirkwood's Kip Elser said of the difference between the OBS sale at which the colt was bought back and the result Monday. Elser said the colt had worked well both over the synthetic surface at OBS and on dirt at the Maryland State Fairgrounds where the Fasig-Tipton sale takes place. "He was good on the poly (an eighth in :10 flat) and he was spectacular on the dirt," the South Carolina-based trainer said. "He was brilliant here and he stood out and sold."

Watch Hip #278's bullet breeze

Produced from the winning Giant's Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway, the colt is from the extended female family of Canadian Horse of the Year and sire Peaks and Valleys and multiple grade 2 winner Alternation. He was bred in Kentucky by Teneri Farm and Bernardo Alvarez Calderon.

On the second day of the sale, a Mucho Mucho Man filly sold for $150,000 to California trainer Bob Hess. Half of the first 12 Mucho Macho Man juveniles sold have now commanded six figure bids and have averaged $172,917. The other big sellers include a $560,000 colt at the OBS March sale and the $260,000 Hargus, who became his sire's first winner by blitzing a Maiden Special field at Keeneland on April 26.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com/photo by Tibor Szlavik

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05.20.2018

Adena Springs Classic Breeding Prominent in Preakness 143 Finish

It would be hard to paint a more a dramatic scene for Saturday's 143rd Preakness Stakes. A......

It would be hard to paint a more a dramatic scene for Saturday's 143rd Preakness Stakes. A week-long mid-Atlantic deluge left historic Pimlico Racecourse wringing wet. When the skies briefly, mercifully relented an eerie fog moved in making most of the middle of the jewel of the Triple Crown invisible to the 134,487 brave and wild fans on the grounds. 

It wasn't until the 1/8th pole that the grand chestnut with the big white blaze materialized from the nebula. Justify was in front of Good Magic, their taxing pace duel unknown to most of the roaring crowd. Justify was going to win! But wait, here comes Tenfold! Here comes Bravazo!

At the wire Justify did hold off Bravazo by a 1/2 length with Tenfold another neck back in third. The finish line camera not only captured one of the more exciting finishes in Triple Crown lore, it captured another proud moment in the long and storied history of the Adena Springs breeding program.

Justify is out of a mare by the Adena Springs homebred Hall of Famer Ghostzapper. Bravazo is a son of Ghostzapper's sire, the Adena Springs homebred Hall of Famer Awesome Again. In fact, Bravazo's dam was purchased by Adena Springs specifically for the court of Awesome Again.

A Classic Story 

Awesome Again became the first Breeders' Cup Classic winner to sire a Breeders' Cup Classic winner when Ghostzapper captured the Classic (and Horse of the Year title) in 2004. He's hardly slowed down since. Awesome Again is now up to 14 Grade 1 winners and his 11th millionaire emerged just last month when another Adena Springs homebred, Something Awesome, scored in the Charles Town Classic (G2).

Bravazo fell just short of giving Awesome Again his second Preakness winner this decade after 2013 hero Oxbow, who won in the colors of Calumet Farm. Oxbow is out of a mare by the Relaunch stallion Cee's Tizzy, also the damsire of Awesome Again's Haskell Invitational (G1) winner and Belmont Stakes (G1) runner-up Paynter. This pattern made Bravazo's dam, the Cee's Tizzy daughter Tiz o' Gold, a coveted target for Awesome Again. The 7-time winner was acquired by Adena Springs, bred to Awesome Again and then sold at the 2014 Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale. Calumet Farm, no doubt influenced by their success with Oxbow, swooped in and made the purchase. 

Watch Director of Sales Dermot Carty Discuss the Adena Springs Breeding Program on TVG

Pedigree blogger Melissa Bauer-Herzog noted the full breadth of Awesome Again's impact on the Preakness weekend stakes in her March 20 post: "At 24 years old and still an active stallion, Awesome Again (Deputy Minister) is already impressive. But add in the fact that that he plays a major role in the pedigrees of the top two Preakness finishers, the Black Eye Susan second and the Chick Lang third and it was a great weekend for the Adena Spring stallion."
 
Black-Eyed Susan runner-up Coach Rocks is from Oxbow's first crop and previously captured the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2); Clouded Judgement is by Oxbow's Stakes-winning full brother Awesome Patriot.

The Flipside

Justify's dam, Stage Magic, is one of 14 blacktype horses from Ghostzapper's first crop. She was bred and raced by her owner John Gunther and joined his storied broodmare band after her 3rd-place finish to Eclipse Champion Groupie Doll in the 2011 Gardenia Stakes (G3). Justify, sold by Gunther for $500,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September auction, is her third foal. 

Ghostzapper first started to emerge as a broodmare sire in 2016 when Drefong rolled through the King's Bishop S. (G1) and Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) en route to Eclipse Award honors. From just 151 starters Ghostzapper daughters are responsible for 13 blacktype winners (8.6%) and four other Graded winners, including the multiple Grade 1 heroine American Gal.

Frank Stronach will be honored with the Dinny Phipps Award on June 7. In a recent interview he summed up his long and prodigious involvement in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry - "I do what I do because I am heavily involved with horses and love horses." 

Click here for the full interview.

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05.12.2018

Kirby's Penny is Macho Uno's Third Graded Winner of 2018

Kent Spellman's Kirby's Penny kicked clear in the final eighth of the Vagrancy Stakes (G3) ,......

Kent Spellman's Kirby's Penny kicked clear in the final eighth of the Vagrancy Stakes (G3) , earning her first graded stakes win in the third race on Belmont's Saturday card.

Watch the Vagrancy Stakes

The 5-year-old daughter of Macho Uno took a three-wide path around the far turn, then overtook the 3-1 Chalon in the stretch to win by about 1 1/2 lengths. Ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Wesley Ward, Kirby's Penny covered 6 1/2 furlongs over Belmont's “good” main track in 1:16.42. Favored Holiday Disguise finished third.

“I think she likes Belmont,” Ward said. “She likes an off track. And, she got a great ride, as I always do with Johnny [Velazquez]. For whatever reason, horses always seem to run great for him. I'm always happy to have Johnny. I can't always get him from Todd [Pletcher], that's his main man, but anytime I can, I'm very thankful to have him.”

As expected, the quick-footed Sounds Delicious grabbed the lead from her rail position out of the starting gate, moving away from the field by about a length down the backstretch. Tracked by both Chalon and Kirby's Penny, Sounds Delicious rated out fractions of :22.20 and :45.15.

Chalon moved up to challenge the leader through the far turn, and while Sounds Delicious battled back bravely, the frontrunner eventually folded at the three-sixteenths pole. Chalon took command from that point, but Kirby's Penny, who had swung wide around the turn, wasn't done yet and was making big strides down the center of the track.

Kirby's Penny easily passed Chalon, kicking clear in the late stages to cross the wire about 1 1/2 lengths in front. Favorite Holiday Disguise closed well to finish third, while Sounds Delicious faded to fourth.

“I went to go and get good position,” said Velazquez, “and when the other one (Chalon) went and put the other horse on the lead, it was perfect because it let somebody else put the fight on the horse in front, so we went to the outside, and she did it all after that.”

Bred in Kentucky by Hidden Springs Farm, Kirby's Penny was a $70,000 Keeneland September Yearling sale purchase. She RNA'd at $75,000 at the OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training, then commanded a final bid of $50,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic juvenile sale. A consistent performer through her 2017 season, Kirby's Penny has compiled an overall record of seven wins from 12 starts, with earnings of over $330,000.

She's the third Graded winner of 2018 for Macho Uno following Bobby Abu Dhabi, who earned his first Stakes victory in the April 21 Kona Gold Stakes (G2) and Tommy Macho who took the Fred W. Hooper Stakes (G3) to further advance his bankroll toward the $1 million mark.

- edited from www.paulickreport.com/NYRA, Chelsea Durand photo

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05.06.2018

A Huge Derby Weekend for Ghostzapper

Kentucky Derby weekend is one of the biggest on the North American racing calendar and Ghostzapper......

Kentucky Derby weekend is annually one of the biggest on the North American racing calendar and Ghostzapper was prominent in the pedigrees of several important winners this year.

Stronach Stable's homebred Ghostzapper filly Holy Helena was one of his two graded winners on the weekend, winning the Sheepshead Bay Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park. The win was the third in a row and sixth from nine career starts for Holy Helena, who beat colts in the 2017 Queen's Plate en route to a Sovereign Award as Canada's Champion 3YO Filly. She kicked off her 2018 campaign with a powerful victory in her turf debut at Gulfstream Park followed by a win in that track's The Very One Stakes (G3) on March 3. She's now earned $1,009,333 and is Ghostzapper's 8th millionaire.

Watch the Sheepshead Bay Stakes

Trained by Jimmy Jerkens and bred by Adena Springs in Ontario, Holy Helena was produced from the Holy Bull mare, Holy Grace. 

“It's always very tricky when all the horses have the same style,” Jerkens said of the slow-paced event. “I couldn't tell who was going to be on the lead or anything. I guess the pace was slow and they were very fresh up ahead of her and she had to sprint down the lane to win it. She bobbled a little bit too right in mid-stretch there. She was running so fast, it was kind of like the ground kind of gave out under her."

Earlier in the day at Churchill Downs another Ghostzapper distaff turf star, Proctor's Ledge, rose to the occasion in the Churchill Turf Distaff Mile Stakes (G2) in front of a large throng assembled for the 144th Kentucky Derby.
  
"I had a perfect trip," said Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. "We broke pretty well and got into the position I wanted to be in. I didn't want to be too far back. She settled well, and after that I bided my time to get a nice run down the lane. When the time came, I pulled her out and she responded right away."

Proctor's Ledge boosted her earnings to $579,090, with a 5-2-1 record from 12 starts. The 4-year-old was bred in Kentucky by her owner Patricia Mosely out of the stakes-placed Arch mare Archstone. She landed her third graded stakes score in the Turf Distaff Mile. In 2017 the handsome bay won the Lake George Stakes (G3) and Lake Placid Stakes (G2) consecutively at Saratoga Race Course and will eye the Diana Stakes (G1) there as a major target this summer.

"There's a mile race on Belmont Day (and) there's a mile and a quarter race on Belmont Day," trainer Brendan Walsh said of future starts. "The Diana at Saratoga, you would think, would be her main target, seeing that she has such an affinity for Saratoga. We'll be careful with her because I think she'll get better and better as she goes along. I think her best races are still in front of her."

The main event on May 5 was, of course, the 144th Kentucky Derby and the unbeaten winner Justify was produced by the Ghostzapper daughter Stage Magic. 

"He just put himself up there with the greats," exclaimed Justify's trainer Bob Baffert, who knows a thing or two about all-timers, having had 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and champion Arrogate, racing's all-time richest racehorse, emerge from his barn. "We knew he was capable. He showed me that—we were talking about it—but I didn't want to say it. I knew I had something really special, but he had to prove it today."

Bred in Kentucky by John Gunther, Justify is by the late Scat Daddy and is the third foal out of Stage Magic. Her first foal, the Street Sense son The Lieutenant has placed in pair of Stakes on the Southern California circuit including the April 28 Californian Stakes (G2). Stage Magic is one of 17 blacktype horses from Ghostzapper's first crop foaled in 2007.

Collectively the daughters of Ghostzapper have gotten off to a tremendous start as producers. From their first 150 starters they've produced 104 winners (69%) and 13 Stakes winners (12.5%). Among their other Stakes winners are Eclipse Champion Sprinter Drefong and American Gal, who also put her talents on display on the Kentucky Derby undercard. 

Winner of last summer's Test Stakes (G1), she added another Grade 1 to her resume in the Humana Distaff (G1). Bred by her owner Kaleem Shah, American Gal (by the Tapit son Concord Point) has now won five of her eight starts and earned over $900,000.

Ghostzapper was also represented by impressive debut winner and 'TDN Rising Star' Bugle Notes on the May 4 Kentucky Oaks card and McCraken, who scored in his 2018 debut on Derby Day. McCraken has captured a trio of Graded Stakes and was a nose short of winning last year's Haskell Invitational (G1). It's likely trainer Ian Wilkes used the Derby Day allowance as a stepping stone to the June 16 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1).

-edited from www.paulickreport.com & www.bloodhorse.com


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05.05.2018

$825,000 Ghostzapper Yearling Makes Good as 'Rising Star'

St Elias and West Point Thoroughbreds Bugle Notes, a son Ghostzapper, had to do it tough following......

St Elias and West Point Thoroughbreds Bugle Notes, a son Ghostzapper, had to do it tough following a tardy dispatch, but just kept on coming and edged clear late to score by 2 1/4 lengths to become a ‘TDN Rising Star’ during the early portion of the Oaks undercard Friday at Churchill Downs.

Watch Bugle Notes Maiden Victory

As an $825,000 Keeneland September purchase, the bay colt was the most expensive of 38 of his sire’s yearlings to sell in 2016 and he was duly sent off the 9-10 chalk to get his career off on a winning note. One of the last away from the gates, Bugle Notes jumped into the bridle, but had no choice but to race four and five deep on the track in the run to the turn. Able to sustain his momentum despite the considerable ground loss on the bend, he swept up to lead while drifting in a bit on second-time starter Bueno Bueno Bueno at the furlong grounds, but stuck to his task to take it by about two lengths.

A half-brother to Graded winner Annual Report and Stakes winner Giant Payday, Bugle Notes hails from a prolific Phipps female line. He is out of a daughter of Grade 1 winner Furlough, the dam of Graded winner Happy Hunting and Stakes winner Pardon. The third dam includes Furlough’s Grade 1-winning half-sister Finder’s Fee and Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) hero Dancing Spree. Bugle Notes’s 2-year-old half-brother by Hard Spun brought $400,000 from John Oxley at the recently concluded OBS April sale after a :21 1/5 breeze. 

Bugle Notes kicked off a huge weekend for Ghostzapper, who was the sire of a pair of graded winners and the damsire of two Grade 1 victors including unbeaten Kentucky Derby champ Justify.

- edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/Coady photo

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04.29.2018

Silent Name's Summer Sunday Best in Fury Stakes

Even-money favorite Summer Sunday persevered in the final furlong to capture the featured $125,000......

Even-money favorite Summer Sunday persevered in the final furlong to capture the featured $125,000 Fury Stakes for Canadian-foaled three-year-old fillies on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.

Watch the Fury Stakes

Teaming up with jockey Rafael Hernandez, Summer Sunday, by Silent Name, broke well from post five and clocked an opening quarter-mile in :23.37 before coming under pressure from Queen’s Fate, who gained a short lead at the half in :45.82. Glamanation, an Adena Springs-bred stakes winner by Point of Entry, then rallied three-wide into contention entering the final turn of the seven-furlong sprint, but Summer Sunday forged on despite veering towards the grandstand side to score in 1:24.17. Glamanation ducked inside through the stretch and raced down the middle of the track to finish second, one and three-quarter lengths behind the winner, with the rail-skimming Avie’s Mineshaft a neck back in third.

“She just broke right on top and there was no way I was going to take her back,” said Hernandez, who rode his second stakes winner of the meet. “She was doing her job and you can see how she stuck it out, how wide she goes, still winning. If she goes straight, we should have won easy. She made me work hard.”

Not only did Summer Sunday overcome steering issues to notch the third stakes win of her career, but she managed to do so carrying a field-high 124 pounds.

“It was a little nerve-wrecking for a minute, but she came through finally and that was great,” said William Scott, who co-owns the Silent Name-Dancing Allstar filly with his wife Anne. “I was a little nervous about the weight – 124 pounds is a lot of weight this time of year in my estimate – but she handled it with ease.”

Summer Sunday remains undefeated over Woodbine’s all-weather track with three prior victories including the Nandi and Muskoka Stakes last season. Bred in Ontario by Trinity West Stables, the filly is four-for-five with her only loss in the Grade 3 Beaumont on Keeneland’s dirt course three weeks ago.

“She had trained okay over the dirt. We had no other real options. We really felt we had her away for the winter for a reason to get one start in her anyway,” said trainer Stuart Simon of Summer Sunday’s debut. “So we thought we’d give it a try, but it just wasn’t her preferred surface and it was a very tough bunch too. When you face those kinds of horses, you’ve got to have everything to your liking.”

All six fillies are eligible to the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser (1-1/8 miles), set for June 9. Silent Name is also the sire of Silent Sting, winner of the Queenston Stakes on April 22. The Stronach Stables star is among the early favorites for the $1 million Queen's Plate.

- edited from www.woodbine.com, photo by Michael Burns

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04.26.2018

Big Love - Mucho Amor First Winner for Mucho Macho Man

Mucho Amor, the first starter by 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic champ Mucho Macho Man, showed speed......

Freshman sire Mucho Macho Man was represented by his first runner and winner, Mucho Amor, who grabbed the lead early and never looked back to win a  maiden special weight at Keeneland. 

Watch Mucho Amor's Maiden Victory

The 2-year-old filly, trained by Wesley Ward for Ten Broeck Farm, was sent off as the second choice at 2-1 in the field of 11 juvenile fillies going 4 1/2 furlongs. 

Blame the Frog jumped out of the gate for the lead, but was quickly taken over by Mucho Amor, who set fractions of :22.66 and :45.78 through a half-mile. With Blame the Frog pressing as the only challenger in the stretch, Mucho Amor finished the distance a neck in front in :52 flat over a fast track.

Bred by Ed Few in Kentucky, Mucho Amor is out of the Rock Hard Ten mare Raucous Lady. Consigned by Hidden Brook to the 2017 Keeneland September yearling sale, Mucho Amor sold to Hal Hatch, agent, for $135,000. She was then sent to the Ocala Breeders' Sales March sale of 2-year-olds in training, where she was consigned by Halcyon Hammock Farm and sold to Ben McElroy for $260,000.

The commercial market has been high on the Mucho Mucho Mans all spring with four of his first six juveniles sold at auction bringing six figures. Along with Mucho Amor, two-year-olds have sold for $575,000, $150,000 and $105,000.

Mucho Macho Man is by Eclipse Champion 2YO Macho Uno and was multiple Graded Stakes-placed during his own juvenile campaign. Over four subsequent racing seasons he was nine of his 25 starts and earned $5,625,410. His major accomplishments included a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby(G1) at 3, a second-place finish in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), and scores in the 2013 Awesome Again Stakes (G1) and Breeders' Cup Classic as a 5-year-old.

Mucho Macho Man stands for a 2018 fee of $10,000.

- edited from www.bloodhorse.com/Coady photo

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04.26.2018

More Six-Figure Juveniles for Mucho Macho Man at OBS April

A pair of first crop juveniles by Breeders' Cup Classic champion Mucho Macho Man commanded......

A pair of first crop juveniles by Breeders' Cup Classic champion Mucho Macho Man commanded six-figure bids at the OBS April Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training.

On day two of the sale, Hip #572 was purchased by Say Jay Racing through agent Brooke Hubbard. The filly, out of the stakes-winning Bright Launch daughter Launch a Double, looked good in her breeze on April 18 stopping the timer in :10.1. She was consigned by Off the Hook, LLC.

During the prior session Hip #85, a Mucho Macho Man colt out of the Langfuhr dam Becker County Miss, went for $105,000 to Alrashid USA Group. Consigned by SGV Thoroughbreds, the colt is a successful pinhook for Win Some Racing who purchased him at last year's OBS January sale for $35,000.

Along with a $575,000 colt and $260,000 filly at OBS March, four of the first five Mucho Macho Man two-year-olds sold have commanded six figures. The $260,000 filly, now named Mucho Amor, has gone on to become the first starter and winner for her sire with a wire-to-wire debut victory at Keeneland on April 26.

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04.24.2018

Frank Stronach To Be Honored With Dinny Phipps Award

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced April 24 that Frank Stronach, founder and......

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced April 24 that Frank Stronach, founder and honorary chairman of The Stronach Group and a leading Thoroughbred owner and breeder, will be presented with the Dinny Phipps Award at the Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration Thursday, June 7, at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City.

Earle Mack, an active participant in Thoroughbred racing and breeding for more than five decades, created the award in 2017 to honor an individual or individuals who have demonstrated dedication to equine health. The Phipps family received the inaugural Dinny Phipps Award at last year's charity celebration. All proceeds from the event benefit the ongoing research of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation to improve equine health for all breeds.

"Frank Stronach has been committed to improving all aspects of the horse racing industry since entering the sport more than 50 years ago," said Mack. "I am thrilled to bestow the Dinny Phipps Award to an individual who prioritizes the wellbeing of the equine in all areas from breeding to racing to racetrack management."

"From his support of Grayson's work to his efforts to ensure the highest standards of health and soundness for his horses and all horses that compete at his racetracks, Frank Stronach epitomizes the essence of the Dinny Phipps Award, and he is extremely deserving of this accolade," said Dell Hancock, chairman of Grayson.

The evening will feature a cocktail reception and delicious food on the rooftop of the restaurant, which overlooks the famed Bryant Park. Tickets for the event are available at $250 each, and there are also various sponsorship opportunities available.

The Stronach Group owns and operates several racetracks, including Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, and Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes (G1). Santa Anita has hosted the Breeders' Cup a record nine times, and Gulfstream has hosted the first two editions of Stronach's innovative Pegasus World Cup, the world's richest horse race.

Stronach has won 12 Eclipse Awards as an owner and breeder. He has won the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Owner in Canada a co-record nine times.
In pursuit of his goal to care for horses at all stages of their lives, Stronach created the Adena Springs Retirement program and has organized aftercare and retirement programs at his racetracks. He also has pledged support to the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, which would create a uniform, nationwide, conflict-free drug testing enforcement program for horse racing.

"It is with great gratitude that I wish to thank the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation for being chosen as the second recipient of the Dinny Phipps Award," said Stronach. "This award not only honors the legacy of a great man in the Thoroughbred industry but represents upholding the integrity of our sport and improving equine health—values and principles that are most important to me."

Additional information about the Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration can be obtained by contacting Nancy Kelly at nkelly@jockeyclub.com.
Phipps, a prominent Thoroughbred owner and breeder, served as the chairman of The Jockey Club from February 1983 until he retired in August 2015. He received numerous honors and awards through the years for his dedication and commitment to the Thoroughbred industry. He died on April 6, 2016.

Mack has owned Thoroughbreds since 1963 and has actively supported equine retirement initiatives. A member of The Jockey Club since 2012, he has also served as a board member at various times for the New York Racing Association, the New York State Thoroughbred Racing Capital Investment Fund, and the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund Corp. He was chairman of the New York State Racing Commission in the mid-1980s.

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04.24.2018

Capo Bastone Juveniles Fly at OBS Spring Sale

A pair of Capo Bastone juveniles worked in :9.4 at the OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Old breeze show......

A pair of Capo Bastone juveniles worked in :9.4 at the OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training breeze show on April 21.

The times were the co-fastest posted during the six breeze sessions:

Hip #1041, a filly named Bastone Girl, is out of the Speightstown mare Speightstown Girl. Originally purchased at the 2017 OBS October Sale, she sells with Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables. (Watch breeze)


Hip #1173, a filly named My Agape, is out of the Deputy Commander dam Video Commander. Crystal Eclipse consigns. (Watch breeze)

Capo Bastone, a multiple Grade 1-placed juvenile himself and winner of the sire-making King's Bishop Stakes at 3, has already been represented by his first winner on the track. The Wesley Ward-trained Hargus scored an impressive debut victory on April 11 at Keeneland for owner Danny Pate. The colt now has the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes during Kentucky Derby week on his agenda. 

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04.22.2018

Silent Sting Continues March to Queen's Plate

With a well-timed move in the stretch engineered by jockey Luis Contreras, Stronach Stables’......

With a well-timed move in the stretch engineered by jockey Luis Contreras, Stronach Stables’ Silent Name colt Silent Sting collared 6-5 favourite Blueblood to win the $125,000 Queenston Stakes on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.

Watch the Queenston Stakes

The seven-furlong sprint for Canadian-foaled three-year-olds is one of the key prep races leading up to the $1 million Queen’s Plate, which will be held June 30 at the Toronto oval.

Making his season’s debut, Silent Sting tracked leaders Blueblood and Sable Island through opening fractions of :23.65 and :46.51 before swinging to the outside and hauling down his front-striding rivals. The Sid Attard trainee prevailed in 1:23.22 by a neck over Blueblood, with Sable Island 1-1/4 lengths back in third.

“He’s a lovely horse to ride,” said Contreras, who won half of the afternoon’s 10 races. “I had a perfect trip. I was just waiting to make my move and once I asked him to go, he gave me everything.

“I wondered how sharp he was going to be early, but he relaxed nice. I had a great trip all the way and he’s a really nice horse to ride. Sid had him very fit and ready.”
Silent Sting had finished no worse than second in four starts as a juvenile and capped off his two-year-old campaign with a victory in the Kingarvie Stakes last December. 

“He’s a classy horse. He loves what he’s doing. He loves to go out there and train and enjoy himself. Nothing bothers him,” said Attard. “Yesterday, I took him to the gate. I like to do that because he hasn’t seen the gate since last year and he just walked in and walked out like it was nothing for him. He’s a nice colt.”

Bred in Ontario by Phoenix Rising Farms, the Silent Name-Mona Mia colt was a $150,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland Sale.

The Stronach family silks were also on display earlier in the day as their Canadian Triple Crown nominated homebred Silent Poet (Silent Name-Cara Bella) broke his maiden with a dominant 5-1/2 length win in rein to Gary Boulanger.

“Today we had two Silent Name’s do well,” said Frieda Stronach. “We are having such a good beginning this year. We love Woodbine and the races and we just can’t get enough of it.”

- edited from www.woodbine.com

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04.22.2018

New Millionaire for Awesome Again: Something Awesome Takes CT Classic

Stronach Stables' homebred Something Awesome came to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on a......

Stronach Stables' homebred Something Awesome came to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on a roll, Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado arrived on a mission, and the two brought home the money April 21 in the $1.2 million Charles Town Classic Stakes (G2).

Watch the Charles Town Classic

Primarily a sprinter through most of his career, the 7-year-old Awesome Again gelding found a new dimension in March, when he was asked to go nine furlongs for the first time in the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes at Laurel Park. Although he'd never won going more than seven furlongs, a 2 1/4-length score in the Harrison Johnson solidified his connections' decision to aim for the Charles Town jackpot. The win was his fourth from his past five outings.

"I knew by pedigree he could get the distance," trainer Jose Corrales said. 

Something Awesome is out of the multiple graded stakes-winning Dance Floor mare Somethinaboutlaura, a California-bred whose exploits ranged from 5 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. Awesome Again is the sire of several classic-distance performers, including three-time Charles Town Classic runner Game On Dude, who won the 2013 edition and ran second in 2011 and 2014. Something Awesome became is sire's 11th millionaire with his victory on Saturday.

"It's been pretty much just go with the flow, and not much has changed," Corrales said of stretching the gelding out. "He's a very athletic horse, so I think he can handle just about any kind of track."

Prado piloted Something Awesome to victory in the Feb. 17 General George Stakes (G3) going seven furlongs for the gelding's first graded win, and he was aboard for the stretch-out in the Harrison Johnson. They made it three-for-three together when he set the bay runner down Saturday for a closing drive.

"It was beautiful. He sat right behind the speed," Prado said. "He was kind of anxious at the beginning. He wanted to go after the leaders early, so I kind of took my time and tucked right behind horses, and I waited a little bit longer."

The pace was set by 2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G1) winner Diversify, who was sent off as the 6-5 choice in a seven-horse field for his season debut. Given the green light by jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. out of the gate, Diversify took command and put up opening fractions of :24.34 and :48.48 while stalked by Afleet Willy. Prado kept Something Awesome ready to rumble in sixth as Afleet Willy took over through three-quarters in 1:13.16 and shifted his mount out for a three-wide move around the final turn.

"Right around the three-sixteenths pole, he gave me a good feeling," Prado said. "He was moving forward … and, luckily, we got the job done."

War Story also mounted a bid between horses under Javier Castellano and hooked up with Something Awesome for an exciting stretch run, even heading the eventual winner briefly in their battle to the line. But Something Awesome lunged back just in time to edge War Story by a neck. It was a length back to Fear the Cowboy, who rallied for third. Afleet Willy, You're to Blame, Discreet Lover, and Diversify completed the order of finish behind a final time of 1:50.84.

Something Awesome improved his career earnings to $1,082,051, with a 9-2-6 record from 24 starts. He has won three of four starts this year, along with a third.

Prado, 50, is closing in on a major career milestone with 6,992 wins. Only seven North American riders have won more races, and they are all retired. 

"I'm very excited, very happy, and very thankful for the opportunity," Prado said. "I can't thank Mr. Corrales, The Stronach Group, all the connections enough. It's been a thrill. I'm very blessed to have this great opportunity this late in my career."

- edited from www.bloodhorse.com, Eric Jones/The Journal photo 

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04.22.2018

Bobby Abu Dhabi is Macho Uno's Latest Graded Stakes Winner

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Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen's Bobby Abu Dhabi backed up his gritty runner-up effort in the Triple Bend Stakes (G1) with his first graded score in the $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes (G2) April 21 at Santa Anita Park.

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After breaking best from post 2 in the field of five under jockey Victor Espinoza, the son of Macho Uno dueled briefly with Peter Miller-trained stablemate Calculator early in the 6 1/2-furlong test, dropped back to second entering the turn, then shot through to the front on the rail as Calculator began to tire.

In the clear on the front, Bobby Abu Dhabi opened up a 2 1/2-length lead with a furlong to run and held off a late closing effort from favored grade 1 winner and defending Kona Gold victor Ransom the Moon to win by 1 1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:15.40.

"He ran great. For some reason, he's been a little sharper leaving the gate in his last two races," Espinoza said of the 4-year-old Macho Uno  colt, who set a rapid pace in the Triple Bend last time out and was only beaten 1 1/2 lengths by multiple grade 1 winner City of Light. "He came out of the gate running and ... (Miller's) other horse, Calculator, showed a lot of speed, so I eased off of him just a little bit. This horse is really focused right now, and he's moving forward."

Ransom the Moon, the 2017 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) winner, finished 4 1/4 lengths clear of Blameitonthelaw, who passed Calculator late for third. Calculator set fractions of :22.15 and :44.60 through a half-mile.

Bred in Kentucky by T/C Stable, Bobby Abu Dhabi pushed his earnings to $345,100 with his first stakes win. A $335,000 purchase by Rockingham Ranch from Grassroots Training & Sales' consignment to the 2016 Ocala Breeders' Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, Bobby Abu Dhabi now has four wins and two seconds from eight starts.

"He's a fast horse, and he doesn't need the lead, which is nice," Miller said. "I told Victor, 'If you break on top and make the lead, fine, but if someone else gets it, he can sit second or third.'

- edited from www.bloodhorse.com, Benoit photo

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04.20.2018

Holy Helena & Adena Springs Named Sovereign Awards Winners

Holy Helena was named champion 3-year-old filly and Adena Springs was honored as Outstanding......

Adena Springs homebred Holy Helena was voted champion 3-year-old filly and Adena Springs was honored as Outstanding Breeders at the 43rd Sovereign Awards ceremony at Palais Royale in Toronto.

Holy Helena soared to the top of her generation last summer with a one-length victory in the Woodbine Oaks in just her third career start. For an encore she triumphed over males in the $1 million Queen's Plate by 3 1/2 lengths.

Out of the Holy Bull mare Holy Grace, Holy Helena is the 5th champion sired by Ghostzapper and the 13th champion bred by Adena Springs. She's off to big start in 2018 with a pair of victories at Gulfstream Park, including The Very One S. (G3).

The exploits of Holy Helena surely helped voters award Adena Springs the Outstanding Breeder trophy for the third straight season and for the 12th time overall. Other Adena Springs Canadian bred stakes winners in 2017 included Shaman Ghost, a 2016 Sovereign Award champion by Ghostzapper who captured the historic Santa Anita H. (G1), Shakhimat, winner of the Tropical Park Turf (G3) and Shady Well Stakes winner Glamanation, the first stakes winner by Point of Entry. 

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04.11.2018

Capo Bastone's First Starter Impresses at Keeneland

Hargus, the first starter by Grade 1 winner Capo Bastone, emulated his sire by scoring a brave and......

Hargus, the first starter by Grade 1 winner Capo Bastone, emulated his sire by scoring a brave and decisive debut victory on April 11.

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Owned by Danny Pate and trained by juvenile wizard Wesley Ward, Hargus broke sharply from post 10 under Joel Rosario in the 4 1/2 furlong Maiden Special at Keeneland. The 2-1 second choice quickly sprinted to the lead with favored stablemate Odie flanked to his outside. 

The pair dueled in tandem around the far turn with Odie gaining a slight advantage at the top of the lane. Hargus then parried right back under strong hand urging from Rosario. The flashy chestnut showed his bravery, holding position against the rail before rallying back to overtake Odie. He then coasted home with Rosario gearing him down in the final yards.

The final margin of victory over Odie, a promising son of the white-hot Scat Daddy, was 2 1/2 lengths with the timer stopped at :52.19.

Hargus was bred in Kentucky by J. D. Stuart out of the Put It Back daughter Call My Lawyer. He is named after Capo Bastone's co-breeder, the late Hargus Sexton, a friend and mentor of owner Danny Pate. 

“He was always a beautiful individual with a great walk, a great shoulder and a great attitude," Pate said. “I thought he’d get them. He was really working well at home. He worked a half mile up there the other day in :49, and that’s unheard of at my track. We knew he had a lot of talent.”

As is often the case when a horse wins a 2-year-old maiden at Keeneland, Pate said he’s already hearing from people who want to buy Hargus. He said he would consider selling a portion of the colt at some point, but as for right now he’s more focused on his upcoming racing schedule. Hargus’s next start will be in the May 3 $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile S. at Churchill Downs and Pate said if he runs well there, a start at Royal Ascot could be next.

- portions from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com, photo by Coady Photography

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04.10.2018

Adena Breds Shaman Ghost & Judy The Beauty Elected to Canadian Racing Hall of Fame

Stronach Stables homebred Shaman Ghost was nominated to become a third-generation Hall of Famer......

Stronach Stables homebreds Shaman Ghost and Judy the Beauty became a third-generation Hall of Famers when they were elected to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Their grandsire, Awesome Again was inducted into the Canadian Hall in 2001 and their sire, Ghostzapper, was enshrined in the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Saratoga 11 years later. 

Shaman Ghost won eight of 17 starts for earnings of $3,859,311 making him the second-richest Canadian-bred of all time behind only Awesome Again. He was named Canada’s Champion Three-Year-Old Colt in 2015 on the strength of a campaign that included wins in the Queen’s Plate and Grade 3 Marine Stakes at Woodbine and a second-place finish in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie. He went on to ever bigger and better things with victories in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) and Woodward Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. His resume also includes scores in the Brooklyn Invitational Stakes (G2) in New York and the Pimlico Special Handicap (G3) in Maryland.

Upon learning of Shaman Ghost's election, his trainer Jimmy Jerkens tweeted: "An absolutely well-deserved award for an absolutely wonderful horse." 

Judy the Beauty was bred and raised by Adena Springs but was purchased by owner/trainer Wesley Ward at the 2010 Keeneland September sale. Ward masterfully directed the Ghostzapper filly through a racing career spanning 22 races over five years with earnings surpassing $1.8 million. As a juvenile, she found victory on the turf in France before winning in the Shady Well Stakes at Woodbine and finishing second in the Spinaway Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. After three second-place finishes at age three, she again visited the winner’s circle at age four, winning the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2) before finishing second to Groupie Doll in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1). At age five, she was named 2014 Eclipse Award Champion Female Sprinter as a result of a four graded stakes win year, culminating with the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita.

The 2018 Canadian Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississsauga Convention Centre on August 8, 2018. Click here for the full list of inducees.

-edited from www.ontarioracing.com

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04.06.2018

Point of Entry's Unbeaten Analyze It Wows Again in Transylvania S. (G3)

William H. Lawrence's Analyze It never looked anything less than the victor in Friday afternoon's......

William H. Lawrence's Analyze It never looked anything less than the victor in Friday afternoon's Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland, settling just off the pace and storming home to a 5 1/4-length triumph at odds of 4-5. The 3-year-old son of Point of Entry, ridden by Jose Ortiz, covered 1 1/16 miles over the yielding turf course in 1:45.60. Unraced since November, Analyze It has now won all three of his lifetime starts for trainer Chad Brown.

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"This horse has all the clues you look for if you want to train top racehorses," said Brown. "He has the ability and the mind. He's just so easy around the barn—easy to work with, easy to train. But when he gets out on the track and gets in that gate, a switch goes off, and he's such a fierce competitor."

Leaving from the outermost stall in the field of 12 sophomores, Analyze It demonstrated his adjustability by briefly turning on, then back off to gain a good position crossing under the wire for the first time. He ended up just two paths off the rail in about fifth around the first turn.

Winging away out front, Beer Pressure led with a six-length advantage through mild fractions of :24.30, :48.83 and 1:15.21. Approaching the far turn, the field began to catch up to that leader, the closest being Dragon Drew and Tap Daddy. Analyze It coolly moved up into third, angling out to the three-path, and he and Dragon Drew were on even terms as they turned for home.

Though he darted toward the rail sharply while changing leads, Analyze It drew off convincingly down the stretch to win under wraps by 5 1/4 lengths. Captivating Moon was up late from the back of the field to finish second.

“Chad drew (a plan) perfect for me,” Ortiz said. “He said hopefully two or three horses would go and you can sit tight, third or fourth. And that's what I did. (Analyze It) relaxed very well. The fast pace helped me a lot. When I asked him to go, he went so well, so smooth. He's a really, really nice horse.”

“But when you have a horse that's supposed to be that much the best, another way to look at it is you can stay out of trouble that way,” Brown said. “I have a great jockey on the horse (Jose Ortiz) and my team's done a terrific job with this horse. It's a really good win for the home team. This horse was raised just miles from here at Mill Ridge Farm. (He's a) Keeneland sale grad. Pete Bradley, who bought the horse for us, has a big business here in Lexington so I feel it's a huge win for the home team.”

Bred in Kentucky by P. Headley Bell, Nancy Bell and NATO, Analyze It was purchased by William H. Lawrence for $130,000 yearling at the Keeneland September sale. He then brought $190,000 at OBS in March, and made his first start a winning one at Belmont Park in October. In November, the colt dominated the G3 Cecil B. DeMille Mile at Del Mar by 4 1/4 lengths. Overall, his three-for-three record boasts earnings of just under $200,000.

"We really love this guy. Each time he runs, he could be something really special," said Lawrence. "You take it one race at a time, but we were really looking forward to today. And he won with not much effort. We've been lucky to have a lot of great horses and ... this guy is as good as anybody."

Analyze It earned a 97 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest by a three-year-old on turf in 2018. The effort prompted Daily Racing Form's Dan Illman to tweet: "From a pure ability standpoint it appears he is one of the best 3-year-olds in the country regardless of surface."

Analyze It also posted the highest turf Beyer Figure by a juvenile in 2017.

-edited from www.paulickreport.com & www.bloodhorse.com

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03.25.2018

Runaway Ghost Earns KY Derby Berth & Caps 3 Stakes Winner Sunday for Ghostzapper

For 85-year-old Joe Peacock, winning the Grade 3 Sunland Derby and earning a spot in the starting......

For 85-year-old Joe Peacock, winning the Grade 3 Sunland Derby and earning a spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby is beyond a dream come true. The long-time breeder and owner sent out a third-generation homebred in Sunland Park's premiere race on Sunday, and Runaway Ghost rewarded him with an impressive two-length victory. The sophomore son of Ghostzapper, ridden by Tracy Hebert for trainer Todd Fincher, burst to the front around the far turn and was kept to task through the lane, completing nine furlongs over the fast main track in 1:49.20.

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The 50 points granted to the Sunland Derby winner are enough to virtually guarantee the colt a shot at the Run for the Roses. He was a late Triple Crown nominee, but now stands in seventh on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.

As the only local horse in the race, Runaway Ghost was bet down to the race favorite at 7-2 from his morning-line odds of 8-1. Breaking from the 11th stall in the 12-horse field, the colt was able to stay wide and settle early under Hebert, stalking a solid pace of :45.80 and 1:10.27. When Hebert asked him the question, Runaway Ghost jumped into the bridle and put three lengths on the field as he turned for home.

All alone on the lead, Runaway Ghost appeared to get a little bit lost in the stretch, but a bit of late pressure from runner-up Dream Baby Dream re-engaged his attention. Hebert rode him through the wire about two lengths in front of the 14-1 shot Dream Baby Dream. Peace finished third at 4-1, just ahead of Seven Trumpets (13-1), and Dark Vader finished fifth.

Runaway Ghost's bloodlines trace back to a 1991 mare named Snippet (Alysheba). Peacock arranged a mating between her and 1995 Horse of the Year Peaks and Valleys, and was rewarded with the mare Miss Glen Rose in 2001. Though she was never particularly successful on the racetrack, Miss Glen Rose produced for Peacock the seven-time New Mexico-bred stakes winner Rose's Desert (Desert God). The earner of over $600,000 was also trained by Todd Fincher.

Rose's Desert's first mating was with Ghostzapper, and Runaway Ghost is her first foal. Peacock sent the colt to the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling sale, but bidding stopped just $10,000 shy of his $250,000 reserve. Despite post-sale offers, Peacock brought the colt home and sent him to Fincher.

He was second on debut at Santa Anita in May of his juvenile season, then broke his maiden at The Great Race Place in June (besting a field that included future graded stakes winner and Derby candidate My Boy Jack). Runaway Ghost returned in November to win the listed Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields by 7 1/2 lengths, but was well-beaten in his first start around two turns, the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity, after vying for the early lead.

The Kentucky-bred returned to New Mexico to win the listed Riley Allison Stakes in January, earning his two-turn graduation by 7 3/4 lengths. He was defeated just 2 1/2 lengths by Reride in the $100,000 Mine That Bird Derby, again after dueling for the early lead. The colt's early relaxation was a key factor in his Sunland Derby triumph, which also happened to be the first graded stakes victory for his owner/breeder.

Overall, Runaway Ghost's record stands at four wins and two seconds from seven starts, with earnings of over $560,000.

Peacock's post-race comment when asked about the Kentucky Derby for his colt? Simple.

“We're going to get there just as fast as we can.”

Runaway Ghost capped a spectacular Sunday at Sunland Park for Ghostzapper who was also represented by Faypien, winner of the $100,000 Harry Henson Stakes and Mt Veeder victor of the $100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes on the undercard.

Faypien, winner of the Summertime Oaks (G2) and runner-up in the Test Stakes (G1) last year, was making her seasonal debut in the Henson and drew away to 1 3/4 length triumph. The $720,000 OBS April purchase is trained byBob Baffert for Baoma Corporation. She was bred in Kentucky by Off the Hook LLC and has now earned $380,275. 

Watch the Harry Henson Stakes

The following race, Mt Veeder broke on top and sped away to a wire-to-wire score in the Thomas Memorial, earning his fourth blacktype victory. The 5-year-old gelding was bred by Hans Poetsch and now races in the colors of W. Bill Tomasic and Go-To-Toga Racing, LLL. His bankroll stands at nearly $300,000.

Watch the Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes

-edited from www.paulickreport.com

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03.18.2018

'Something' Awesome Again in Harrison Memorial at Laurel

Stronach Stable’s Grade 3-winning sprinter Something Awesome made the stretch out to 1 1/8 miles......

Stronach Stable’s Grade 3-winning sprinter Something Awesome made the stretch out to 1 1/8 miles look easy with a decisive 2 ¼-length victory in the $100,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial for 3-year-olds and up.
 
A homebred son of the red-hot Awesome Again, Something Awesome completed the distance in 1:50.86 for his fourth victory from five starts and second straight in a stakes, following the seven-furlong General George (G3) Feb. 17.
 
Something Awesome was alert from his rail post and settled in a stalking position on the inside behind pacesetting Doyouknowsomething (also by Awesome Again) through a quarter-mile in 24.42 seconds and a half in 47.97. Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado steered the 7-year-old gelding outside leaving the backstretch and assumed the lead without resistance, then pulled away under a hand ride down the stretch.
 
Queens County Stakes winner Zanotti, the 9-5 favorite, overcome a slow start to get up for second, 3 ¼ lengths ahead of Discreet Lover. New York shipper Admiral Blue was fourth.
 
“He got a good break and I was able to put my horse in a good position all the way around,” Prado said. “I had so much horse so I was riding with a lot of confidence, just waiting for the top of the stretch so I could turn him loose and when I did, he responded very well.”
 
It was an emotional win for trainer Jose Corrales, who took over the training of Something Awesome last October, coming in front of a multitude of friends and family. Something Awesome had run as far as 1 1/16 miles only four times in 22 previous starts, just twice on dirt, finishing third twice.
 
“He’s a pretty nice horse. Edgar rode a very good race,” Corrales said. “I’m so blessed, not only for the horse but I have my mother here with me and that never really happens too much. She’s visiting today, and I’m very happy for that.”
 

Awesome Again is also the sire of recent Grade 2 winners Manitoulin and Triple Crown hopeful Bravazo along with a $650,000 juvenile at the OBS Two-Year-Olds in Training sale on March 14.

-edited from www.laurelpark.com

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03.14.2018

Live Oak Plantation Secures $650,000 Awesome Again Colt at OBS March

Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation went to $650,000 to take home Hip #289, a prized Awesome......

Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation went to $650,000 to take home Hip #289, a prized Awesome Again colt on the second day of the OBS March Two-Year-Old in Training sale.

Consigned by Bobby Dodd, the colt turned heads at the breeze show after zipping an 1/8 mile in :9.4, co-fastest at the distance. He's out of the multiple Graded stakes-winning El Prado daughter El Prado Essence, making him a half-brother to millionaire and multiple Sovereign Award champion Essence Hit Man.

Live Oak has had past success with the progeny of Awesome Again most notably with multiple Graded winner Awesome Slew. The homebred also place in last year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) putting him over the $1 million mark for his career. He's currently gearing up for his five-year-old campaign.

The $650,000 colt continues a big run for Awesome Again, who is the sire of three new Graded stakes winners since late November: Hollywood Turf Cup (G2) winner Manitoulin, General George S. (G3) winner Something Awesome and Risen Star S. (G2) hero/Triple Crown contender Bravazo

 

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03.13.2018

$575,000 Mucho Macho Man Colt at OBS March

Hip #282, a colt from the first crop by Breeders' Cup Classic hero Mucho Macho Man, was hammered......

Hip #282, a colt from the first crop by Breeders' Cup Classic hero Mucho Macho Man, was hammered down for $575,000 at the OBS March Two-Year-Old in Training sale. The price was the third-highest paid for a colt and the highest bid for any progeny by a first year sire during the March 13 opening session.

Out of the Cherokee Run mare Dusty Rose, the speedy bay was consigned by Richardson Bloodstock. During the March 9 breeze show he zipped a quarter mile in :20.4. Only seven juveniles posted faster breezes at that distance during the three OBS March breeze sessions. He will race in the colors of Larry Best's OXO Equine, LLC.

Watch Hip #282 breeze

Best also purchased a big-ticket Pioneerof the Nile colt and had this to say about the newest additions to his stable:

"I'm actually pretty happy with the two that I bought. They're two nice colts, so I'm satisfied. It was a good day... They both had good breezes, and coincidentally both are May foals, so they've got some big growth ahead of them. If they're good now, hopefully they'll just get better."

Hip #282 also represents a successful pinhook for Texas-based Richardson Bloodstock. At last year's Keeneland September auction the father and son team made the colt the highest-priced Mucho Macho Man yearling by signing the $170,000 ticket.

"...he was a nice individual and we really wanted him," Lane Richardson of Richardson Bloodstock told The Blood-Horse. "We thought he was well-balanced, and my dad and I both liked him. He proved himself on the racetrack (breezing a quarter-mile in :20 4/5)." 

Hip #282 wasn't the only popular Mucho Macho Man juvenile at OBS March. Agent Ben McElroy purchased a filly out of Stakes-placed Raucous Lady for $260,000 on Day 2 of the sale.

 

 

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03.11.2018

Mucho Macho Man 2YOs Fly at OBS March

Sons and daughters of Mucho Macho Man posted some of the most impressive breezes during the OBS......

Sons and daughters of Mucho Macho Man posted some of the most impressive breezes during the OBS March Sale preview, March 8-10.

Hip #549, a filly out of stakes-placed Raucous Lady zipped an 1/8 mile in :9.4, the co-fastest eighth of the sale. The filly will go through the ring on Wednesday, March 14 with Halcyon Hammock Farm, agent.

Watch Hip #549 breeze

Hip #388 came close to that mark, breezing a snappy 1/8 of his own in :10 flat. The colt is out of the Giant's Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway and hails from a strong Pin Oak Farm female line. The colt sells with Kirkwood Stables on March 14.

Watch Hip #388 breeze

A Mucho Macho Man colt worked one of the fastest 1/4 miles as well. Hip #282 rocketed home in :20.4 during the second breeze session on March 9. The colt is being offered by Richardson Bloodstock and goes through the ring on Tuesday March 14. He's out of the Cherokee Run daughter Dusty Rose and from the female family of champion Chief Bearhart.

Watch Hip #282 breeze

A total of seven juveniles from this first Mucho Macho Man crop are scheduled to sell at the OBS March Sale. Click here to view all of their breezes.


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03.10.2018

Shaman Ghost to Lovecares Ranch

Adena Springs announced today champion Shaman Ghost will stand his first season in California at......

Adena Springs' multiple grade 1 winner Shaman Ghost has been relocated from Tommy Town Thoroughbreds to Terry Lovingier's Lovacres Ranch near Warner Springs, Calif., it was announced March 10. He will stand for an advertised fee of $7,500, live foal stands and nurses.

A son of champion and fellow Adena Springs stallion Ghostzapper, the 6-year-old horse is part of an initiative by Adena owner Frank Stronach to increase his presence in the California breeding and racing program.

"(Shaman Ghost) is the subject of a newly formed, California-based strategic alliance between Adena Springs, Lovacres Ranch, and EF1 Farm," said Ben Walden, who recently joined Adena Springs in the position of director of marketing and bloodstock consultant. "Through their mutual support, promotion, and pooling of broodmares, the three entities have combined forces to establish the stallion career of Shaman Ghost in California."

"We are grateful to Tommy Town for their efforts pertaining to the stallion and for the mares that they provided," Stronach added.

Shaman Ghost, an Ontario-bred out of the Gilded Time mare Getback Time, was well-traveled during 17 starts, from which he accumulated an 8-3-2 record and earnings of $3,859,311. He received a Sovereign Award for champion 3-year-old colt in 2015, when he captured the Queen's Plate Stakes for Stronach Stables and ran second in the Prince of Wales Stakes.

At 4 and 5, Shaman Ghost won or placed in seven black-type stakes for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, including victories in the Woodward Stakes (G1), Santa Anita Handicap Presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino (G1), Brooklyn Invitational Stakes (G2), and the Pimlico Special Handicap (G3).

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03.08.2018

Ben Walden Joins Adena Springs

Ben Walden has been given a key position at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs breeding operation....

Ben Walden (pictured right with his wife Elaine & daughter Hope), the former owner of Vinery and someone with over 30 years experience in the Lexington-area breeding industry, has been given a key position at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs breeding operation. Having started his job about two weeks ago, Walden, whose title is Director of Marketing and Bloodstock Consultant, will be a key part of the team as Adena Springs attempts to build on its past success while also undergoing a transformation that will include sending top stallions to California and Maryland.

"It's a real honor to be working for Frank Stronach and for Adena Springs and to be involved in an operation with such a rich legacy," Walden said.

After selling Vinery in 1998, Walden built and operated several farms, including Gracefield, Hurricane Hall and more recently Pauls Mill, which is under contract to be sold. Last year, he, along with his wife Elaine, made a decision that they would sell all their mares and devote more time to missions work. But he was not out of the business long.

"When I was hired Frank and I spoke and my comments were that I was really looking forward to coming on board and treating his farm and his horses as though they were mine, just as I had done for last 30 years," Walden said. "I still need to get my arms wrapped around the operation. It's quite a bit bigger than what I am used to. But I started a couple weeks ago and have quietly been going about my business ever since."

Walden added that he has been overwhelmed by Adena Springs's Paris, Kentucky farm, everything from the size, the beauty and the facilities.

"The farm is a special piece of property," he said. "My heart has always been keen for a horse farm as an asset and I have never seen a piece of property dedicated to the horse like Adena Springs, Kentucky. It is very impressive."

Stronach has said that he wants to downsize the Kentucky operation and move top stallions to states like California and Maryland, where he owns racetracks. That way, he alone can improve the numbers and quality of horses bred in those states.

"I cannot speak for Frank, but I believe that my past experience of managing and promoting stallions was attractive to him," Walden said.

Stronach has already made one major move, sending Shaman Ghost (Ghostzapper) to stand in California. Among the better horses campaigned by Stronach"s racing operation over the last few years, Shaman Ghost earned $3,859,311 and his victories include the GI Santa Anita H., the GI Woodward and the Queen"s Plate.

"Mr. Stronach is very committed to California and Maryland and Shaman Ghost is a huge step toward that commitment," Walden said. "We really miss him here in Kentucky. He is part of our legacy and is a homebred by Ghostzapper. Frank is committed to breeding better horses in California, and he wants the quality of horses raised and bred out there to rise. He put his money where his mouth is by sending Shaman Ghost out there. He does not have a regional stallion profile. He is a bona fide Kentucky stallion that we greatly miss having at Adena Springs."
 
Among the sires still in Kentucky, Walden is particularly high on Point of Entry.

"What's so intriguing about Point of Entry is that he didn't find his way as racehorse until he was four," Walden said. "Now, what makes him truly promising for me is that he had plenty of 2-year-old winners and he has a freakishly fast now 3-year-old in 'TDN Rising Star' Analyze It from that same first crop. I'm an old pedigree guy and I happened to love Roberto and we don't have much of Roberto left. This is the primary source of Roberto. We think he has the potential of being very relevant internationally."

He sounds like a promoter, which he is. There are many facets to Walden's new job and one of them, he knows, is to help strengthen the already strong Adena Springs brand. "One of the things I am most excited about is integrating the potent Stronach legacy into our brand from a marketing standpoint," he said. "In modern racing history it's an unprecedented legacy and I am excited to expand that and to build on that."

During Ben and Elaine Walden's career as breeders they have bred over 100 stakes winners, including five Grade I winners, among them Corinthian and champion Artax.

 - edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com

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03.03.2018

Holy Helena 'The One' in Gulfstream Park Graded Stake

The transition to turf has apparently brought out the best in Holy Helena. Already a Canadian......

The transition to turf has apparently brought out the best in Holy Helena.

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Already a Canadian classic winner, Stronach Stables' homebred filly added 'graded stakes winner' to her list of prefixes March 3 when she blew by favored pacesetter Daring Duchess just past the eighth pole to earn a 1 3/4-length triumph in the $150,000 The Very One Stakes (G3T) at Gulfstream Park.

Holy Helena's class had already shown itself on dirt and synthetic surfaces. She broke her maiden over the main track at Belmont Parklast May and went on to take the Queen's Plate Stakes at Woodbine two starts later. After wrapping up her sophomore season with a second-place run in the Ontario Derby (G3) last October, trainer Jimmy Jerkens opted to put the daughter of Ghostzapper on turf for her first two outings this year, and she rewarded her connections with back-to-back victories over the Gulfstream course.

"We always wanted to try (turf), and what better time than to try it here where you can train on it at Palm Meadows (Training Center)?" Jerkens said. "To win a race like the Queen's Plate in only her fourth start shows what kind of class she has. Being versatile like that ... she's just class from head to toe."

Similar to her victory in her first try on turf, a one-mile allowance test Feb. 4, Holy Helena got a ground-saving stalking trip Saturday. As Daring Duchess loped along on the front end past the wire for the first time and down the backstretch, Holy Helena bided her time in third under Irad Ortiz, Jr. as the former put up fractions of :24.28 and :49.73.

Letting a 6-5 favorite have things all her own way normally doesn't end well for the competition, and Daring Duchess indeed still had a one-length advantage to play with when she reached the top of the lane. After being shuffled back briefly to fifth as the pace quickened around the far turn, Holy Helena found racing room, tipped out in the stretch, and hit the afterburners when called The transition to turf has apparently brought out the best in Holy Helena.

Already a Canadian classic winner, Stronach Stables' homebred filly added 'graded stakes winner' to her list of prefixes March 3 when she blew by favored pacesetter Daring Duchess just past the eighth pole to earn a 1 3/4-length triumph in the $150,000 The Very One Stakes (G3T) at Gulfstream Park.

Holy Helena's class had already shown itself on dirt and synthetic surfaces. She broke her maiden over the main track at Belmont Parklast May and went on to take the Queen's Plate Stakes at Woodbine two starts later. After wrapping up her sophomore season with a second-place run in the Ontario Derby (G3) last October, trainer Jimmy Jerkens opted to put the daughter of Ghostzapper  on turf for her first two outings this year, and she rewarded her connections with back-to-back victories over the Gulfstream course.

"We always wanted to try (turf), and what better time than to try it here where you can train on it at Palm Meadows (Training Center)?" Jerkens said. "To win a race like the Queen's Plate in only her fourth start shows what kind of class she has. Being versatile like that ... she's just class from head to toe."

Similar to her victory in her first try on turf, a one-mile allowance test Feb. 4, Holy Helena got a ground-saving stalking trip Saturday. As Daring Duchess loped along on the front end past the wire for the first time and down the backstretch, Holy Helena bided her time in third under Irad Ortiz, Jr. as the former put up fractions of :24.28 and :49.73.

Letting a 6-5 favorite have things all her own way normally doesn't end well for the competition, and Daring Duchess indeed still had a one-length advantage to play with when she reached the top of the lane. After being shuffled back briefly to fifth as the pace quickened around the far turn, Holy Helena found racing room, tipped out in the stretch, and hit the afterburners when called upon on her way to covering the 1 3/16-mile distance in 1:54.67 over a course rated firm.

"Irad told me he was going to let her settle and save some ground, and that's what he did," Jerkens said. "He rode her perfect. Once she got clear, she exploded. She had been training really well. She even got better since her last race. She got a little stronger in her hind quarters. I saw it today. Leaving the paddock, I was pretty confident. I was going to be pretty devastated if she didn't show up."

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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02.17.2018

Awesome Again's Bravazo Earns Ky. Derby Berth in G2 Risen Star S.

None of the late-running colts could get to the leaders Bravazo and Snapper Sinclair down the lane......

None of the late-running colts could get to the leaders Bravazo and Snapper Sinclair down the lane in Saturday's G2 Risen Star. That game pair of sophomores battled it out all the way to the wire, with Calumet's homebred Bravazo just getting his nose down in front at odds of 21-1. Ridden by Miguel Mena for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, the son of Awesome Again covered 1 1/16 miles over the Fair Grounds' fast main track in 1:42.95.

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The victory basically ensures Bravazo a spot in the 2018 Kentucky Derby, since the Risen Star winner gets 50 points on the Derby leaderboard. Lukas has won the Kentucky Derby four times in his Hall of Fame career. It also capped a huge Saturday for Awesome Again who sired the General George S. (G3) winner Something Awesome earlier in the day.

Noble Indy broke on top of the nine-colt field, but Snapper Sinclair was sent for the lead heading into the first turn. Bravazo was right on the leader's hip all the way around the course, pressing Snapper Sinclair through fractions of :24.15 and :47.96. Behind those two, Noble Indy, Instilled Regard and High North lined up three-wide across the track, no more than 1 1/2 lengths away from the front.

Both Noble Indy and Instilled Regard were poised to make their runs coming around the far turn, and it looked like the frontrunners, at odds of 41-1 and 21-1 respectively, would be swallowed up by the favorites.

Instead, a very game Snapper Sinclair dug in to keep a half-length's advantage over Bravazo all the way through the sixteenth pole. It wasn't until the final 100 yards that Mena found another gear in Bravazo, surging late to just get his nose down first at the wire. Snapper Sinclair ran well in second, while Noble Indy was within two lengths at the inside rail. Instilled Regard was back in fourth, not able to make up any ground down the stretch.

Bred in Kentucky by Brad Kelley's Calumet Farm, Bravazo is out of the seven-time winning Cee's Tizzy mare Tiz o' Gold. Kelley purchased Tiz o' Gold from Adena Springs with Bravazo in utero for $35,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November. Bravazo ran second in the G1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland in his third career start, then third in the listed Street Sense Stakes before an off-the-board effort in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2).

Regrouping at the beginning of 2018, Bravazo captured an allowance race at Oaklawn Park. The Risen Star win makes him undefeated as a 3-year-old, and the colt's overall record stands at three wins from seven starts, with earnings of over $420,000.

- edited from www.paulickreport.com

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02.17.2018

Stronach Stables Something Awesome Prevails in General George S. (G3)

Stronach Stable's Something Awesome rallied from off a contested early pace to score a narrow......

Stronach Stable's Something Awesome rallied from off a contested early pace to score a narrow victory in the $250,000 General George (G3) at Laurel Park, earning the first graded-stakes triumph of his career in the seven-furlong sprint for older horses.

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The victory kicked off a spectacular Saturday for his sire, Awesome Again, also the sire of Bravazo, who earned a Kentucky Derby berth with a victory in the Risen Star Stakes (G2).

The 7-year-old gelding's triumph provided an emotional moment for trainer Jose Corrales, who has been training for Frank Stronach's stable for eight years.

“These people have been so great for me. They gave me the opportunity of my life,” Corrales said. “I've been waiting to win a [big] race for them. In stake races, I've been getting beat a neck, a head.”

Something Awesome, the 3-1 favorite, won the General George by a neck under jockey Elvis Trujillo, Corrales' nephew whose career has taken a decided upturn since his recent relocation to the Maryland circuit.

“He had some rough things that we all go through in life and I brought him here with me and he's worked with me. He's a good rider and well known,” Corrales said. “To give him this opportunity is great. I'm happy for him.”

Rated off the early pace set by Cowboy Mz, who set fractions of 22.73 (seconds) and 45.90 for the first half-mile on a sloppy track, Something Awesome circled the field on the turn before launching a successful stretch drive.

“I had a perfect trip. In the post parade I could feel my horse would like the slop. Two races before he won in the slop and today he felt so good,” Trujillo said. “I saw three, four horses in front and I sat in behind, gave it time and in the stretch this guy was just flying.”

Fellowship also rallied from far back to finish second, a half-length ahead of It's the Journey. Awesome Banner, the second choice at 3-1, finished fourth after pressing the early pace.

Something Awesome ran seven furlongs in 1:23.31 to win his third race in four starts since being sent to Corrales. The Ontario-bred has been competing on turf and synthetic surfaces at Woodbine.

-edited from www.paulickreport.com

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