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. 

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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.

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-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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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02.17.2018

Enchanted Ghost Best in Wide Country Stakes

Enchanted Ghost stormed home to capture the $100,000 Wide Country Stakes on a snowy Saturday at......

Enchanted Ghost stormed home to capture the $100,000 Wide Country Stakes on a snowy Saturday at Laurel Park.

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The three-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper was coming off a good third in her stakes debut, the January 27 Marshua Stakes. In the Wide Country, she settled nicely under Angel Cruz before a four-wide move around the far turn catapulted her to the lead. She finished 3 1/4-lengths ahead of Deep Red on the wire. 

Bred in Maryland by George Louis Doetsch Jr., Enchanted Ghost races in the colors of the Mens Grille Racing ownership group who purchased the filly at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Eastern Yearling auction.

She's the 63rd blacktype winner for her sire, an impressive 11.6% from starters. That figure ranks behind only War Front and Uncle Mo among upper echelon North American stallions.

 

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02.09.2018

Another 'Rising Star' for Ghostzapper

The Ghostzapper son Telekinesis traveled wide throughout before rocketing home to become the......

The Ghostzapper son Telekinesis traveled wide throughout before rocketing home to become the latest Thoroughbred Daily News ‘TDN Rising Star'.

Racing in the colors of Stonestreet Farm, the bay broke from his outside post as the 9-5 second choice and traveled three wide down the backstretch, tracking pacesetter Chuck’s Dream through a swift opening quarter in :21.98. He stayed in the three path around the far turn as he drew on even terms with the leader and favored Nola Win to make it three across the track turning for home. They were still locked in battle until the sixteenth pole when Telekinesis found another gear and kicked clear to graduate by 3 1/4 lengths over Nola Win.

"He is extremely talented," trainer Mark Casse told The TDN. "I am not sure what we are going to do with him, but we think he is a future star. I haven't come up with a second race yet, but probably two turns."

Telekinesis was bred by William D. Grahm in Ontario and was a $470,000 weanling purchase by Stonestreet at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. He hails from the family of MGSW Family Tree and GISW Dance Teacher. One of five 2018 Triple Crown nominees by Ghostzapper, he was scheduled to make his debut Jan. 28 here before flipping in the paddock and becoming a late scratch. 

He is the second winner out of unraced Intentional Cry, whose dam is MGSW Gold Mover. She has a juvenile filly named Syllable (by Super Saver) and a yearling full-sister to Telekinesis. She was bred back to Ghostzapper last year.

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02.02.2018

Sovereign Award Nominations Include Progeny of Ghostzapper & Silent Name

The Sovereign Award nominations for excellence during the 2017 Canadian racing season were......

The Sovereign Award nominations for excellence during the 2017 Canadian racing season were announced on February 1. Adena Springs/Stronach Stables are finalists again along with a son of Silent Name and two Ghostzapper daughters.

The Stronach Stables homebred Holy Helena is the strong favorite to take home honors in the 3yo Female category. The Ghostzapper filly won the Woodbine Oaks in her stakes debut and followed up that effort with a rousing victory over males in the $1 million Queen's Plate

For the third straight year the Ghostzapper daughter Gamble's Ghost is a Sovereign Award finalist. After nominations for 2yo Female in 2015 and 3yo Female in 2016 the Ivan Dalos homebred is a 2017 finalist for Older Female. She won four of her seven starts last season, including scores in the Belle Mahone Stakes and the Grade 3 Maple Leaf Stakes.

Ghostzapper is already the sire of a pair of Sovereign Award champions - Shaman Ghost and Hunters Bay - and is the sire of four total champions so far. 

The Silent Name son Be Vewy Vewy Quiet is among the finalists for 2yo Male after a remarkably consistent 2017 campaign. He began the year with a pair of victories including the August 5 Clarendon Stakes. He finished on the board in four subsequent stakes contests taking home the trophy in the November 18 Frost King Stakes. He is the only juvenile among the three finalists with two Stakes victories and his $201,733 in earnings is about equal to the combined bankroll of his two competitors.

Adena Springs is a finalist for Outstanding Breeder along with Anderson Farms Ont. Inc., and Ivan Dalos' Tall Oaks Farm. Adena Springs has won this award 11 times, including the past two years.

Stronach Stables, Chiefswood Stable and Ivan Dalos are the three finalists for Outstanding Owner. Stronach Stables is a nine-time winner in this category, last earning the statute coming in 2005.

 

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01.27.2018

Tommy Macho Speeds to 4th Graded Victory

Paul Pompa Jr.'s Tommy Macho powered to the front around the far turn and fended off the game......

Paul Pompa Jr.'s Tommy Macho powered to the front around the far turn and fended off the game Conquest Big E to snap earn his fourth graded victory in the $175,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (G3) Jan. 27 at Gulfstream Park.

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Tommy Macho was the 2-1 favorite in his season debut for trainer Todd Pletcher. Unraced since running fourth in the Sept. 23 Kelso Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park,  it was the sixth victory and third at Gulfstream for the 6-year-old Macho Uno horse, who won the Hooper in 2016 and took the Hal's Hope Stakes (G3) in January of 2017. His first graded victory came in the 2015 Discovery Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct.

Moves Like Ali was fastest from the gate and took the field through a quarter-mile in :24.09 and a half in :46.57, as jockey Luis Saez had Tommy Macho poised to strike in the clear three wide. As three-quarters went in 1:10.79, the eventual winner surged to the lead approaching the stretch. He was followed by 15-1 Conquest Big E, who chased down the lane as they separated from their rivals, but was unable to get by.

"That stretch run was really impressive," Saez said. "He was really ready for this race today. He broke well, we got a perfect position, and when we hit the stretch, he just took off." 

Tommy Macho ran the mile in 1:36.10 over a fast main track to win by three-quarters of a length over Conquest Big E. Bred by John Liviakis, he's raced most of his career in the colors of Paul P. Pompa, Jr. Tommy Macho's career bankroll now stands at $888,320.

"He's a cool horse," Pletcher said. "I give the horse a lot of credit. He loves Gulfstream. He loves the one-turn mile. He's been awfully good to us. We'll probably skip the (Feb. 24 Hal's Hope) and go to the race on March 31 (the grade 2 Gulfstream Park Mile)."

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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01.26.2018

Frank Stronach Honored with Eclipse Award of Merit

Over the course of his prodigious career, Frank Stronach became Thoroughbred racing's largest......

Over the course of his prodigious career, Frank Stronach became Thoroughbred racing's largest racetrack operator and paralleled those business acquisitions with his prowess as an owner and breeder to become the most decorated individual in Eclipse Awards history, winning 12 championship trophies.

On January 25, Stronach received another, more personal trophy when the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) honored the native Austrian with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in service to the Thoroughbred industry. 

"I am flattered and touched to be recognized with the prestigious Eclipse Award of Merit," Stronach said. "Horses and racing have been my passion, my labor of love, since I was a boy. It's been an honor to be part of this great sport and help in creating world-class races, facilities, and training centers with our friends, partners, and co-workers. What's most important, however, has been working and being around the incredible horses. I want to share this award with all of those who have contributed to all our success." 

Read Mr. Stronach's full Eclipse Award speech below.

Stronach purchased his first Thoroughbred in 1962. He later teamed with Nelson Bunker Hunt to campaign the talented filly Glorious Song to the 1980 Sovereign Award as Canada's Horse of the Year. Stronach established Adena Springs near Versailles, Ky., in 1989 and made it into a breeding powerhouse. Stronach owns and operates Adena Springs Farm, with locations in Kentucky, Florida, and Canada. In 2017, he announced his intention to develop a division of Adena Springs in California. 

While he was enjoying success as an owner and breeder, shortly after his Awesome Again  won the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), Stronach saw an opportunity to expand his passion for the Thoroughbred into racetrack property acquisition, where few other entrepreneurs were willing to venture. Stronach began to acquire racetracks under the Magna Entertainment brand on a grand scale. He bought Santa Anita Park near Los Angeles late in 1998. The purchase of historic Santa Anita was followed by the acquisition of Gulfstream Park in South Florida and Golden Gate Fields in the Bay Area, the following year. The purchase of the Maryland Jockey Club tracks of Pimlico Race Course, home of the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes (G1), and Laurel Park; and Lone Star Park near Dallas, followed in 2002. In a short time, Magna Entertainment became the largest racetrack operator in North America.

Through a reorganization in 2007, the tracks became owned under the name of The Stronach Group, with Frank Stronach as its founder and initial chairman. His daughter Belinda now serves as chairman and president of the company. 

Stronach transformed Gulfstream into a racetrack, casino, entertainment center, and a sprawling shopping village with popular restaurant and retail store outlets. In 2001, he began development of the Palm Meadows training center, located 45 minutes north of Gulfstream, which proved a vital training facility for the Florida Thoroughbred racing community. 

At Santa Anita, he created the FrontRunner restaurant and turned it into one of racing's most popular and entertaining locations for fans to enjoy a day at the races. 

In November of 2002, Stronach launched Xpressbet, an advance deposit wagering service. In 2006, he acquired AmTote, the largest totalizator company in North America. 

In recent years, Stronach has constructed more stabling at Gulfstream and made state-of-the-art renovations at Laurel on both the frontside and backstretch of the facility. 

"You've got to be innovative," Stronach said a few years ago. "If you want to be No. 1 you need to make a big investment to attract people. You know, a turtle only makes progress if he sticks his neck out a little." 

In 2017, Stronach took innovation and boldness to the next level by creating the world's richest horse race, the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) where slots in 12 starting gate positions were sold for $1 million apiece to individual ownership groups. The inaugural running at Gulfstream on Jan. 28, 2017, was won by reigning 3-year-old champion male Arrogate . The second Pegasus World Cup, which will be contested Jan. 27, now carries a $16 million purse. 

"Frank Stronach has had an undeniable impact on the Thoroughbred industry, accentuated by his tremendous commitment to excellence in so many facets of our sport," said NTRA president and CEO Alex Waldrop. "Through his indomitable will, spirit, and bold business ventures, Frank has built a tower of tremendous accomplishments with The Stronach Group, Adena Springs and now the world's richest horse race, the Pegasus World Cup. We salute him as a most deserving Award of Merit recipient." 

The Stronach Group CEO Tim Ritvo echoed those sentiments as he introduced Stronach.

"I can only imagine what this game would have been like without him." 

Over the past 20 years, Stronach has earned unprecedented individual milestones as an owner and breeder. He has captured the outstanding breeder Eclipse Award a record eight times (2000, 2004-2008; 2010-2011) and has been honored as the outstanding owner on four occasions (1998-2000, 2008). Stronach-campaigned horses have won five Eclipse Awards: Glorious Song, 1980 champion older female; Macho Uno , 2000 champion 2-year-old male; Ghostzapper , the 2004 Horse of the Year and champion older male; and Ginger Punch, 2007 champion older female. He has won five Breeders' Cup races, including the Classic twice with Awesome Again and Ghostzapper. Stronach also won the 2002 Preakness with Red Bullet. 
Adena Springs was also the leading money-earning breeder in North America for 11 consecutive years (2003-2013), and was second in 2016. Stronach was the leading North American owner in earnings in 2000, 2002 and 2007. 

Stronach also has won more than 20 Sovereign Awards in Canada. He has been honored nine times as Canada's outstanding owner along with 11 Sovereign Awards as its outstanding breeder. He also campaigned multiple Sovereign Award winner and 1980 Canadian Horse of the Year, Glorious Song. 

As a supporter of important Thoroughbred causes, Stronach created the Adena Springs Retirement Program in 2004 with locations in Florida and in Canada, which were the first in-house retirement and rehoming programs within the industry established at such a grand scale. Stronach also created aftercare and retirement programs at his racetracks. These endeavors earned him the inaugural Earle I. Mack Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Champion Award, honoring outstanding efforts and influence on Thoroughbred welfare, safety, and retirement. 

Prior to his beginnings in the Thoroughbred industry, Stronach made his name in the auto parts business. Born in 1932, Stronach emigrated from Austria to Canada as a 21-year-old with $200 in his pocket, and started a one-man tool and die shop in a rented garage, sleeping at night next to a lathe. Working in the Toronto manufacturing district, Stronach steadily built his Multimatic company, with a series of mergers and acquisitions, into Magna International Inc., and by 1998 he developed it into one of the world's largest and most diversified suppliers of automotive components with annual sales of more than $30 billion and over 120,000 employees in close to 30 countries. 

"I always tell my business friends how much fun it is to own a racehorse. It's not just the sporting aspect, you benefit from the culture of it," Stronach said.

In 1999, Stronach was honored with the Order of Canada, which recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation.

Frank Stronach - A Man For All Seasons (produced by the NTRA for the 2018 Eclipse Award of Merit)

Frank Stronach's Full Eclipse Award Speech:


There is an old saying, the world is a stage and we all play a part in it. Tonight, the stage belongs to the great horses of 2017. We want to celebrate and honor those horses, and the people which were involved with those horses – the owners, trainers, grooms, jockeys, and breeders, and many others. Without these people there would be no horse racing.    

I believe it is long overdue that the NTRA should get an Eclipse Award for organizing and putting on a great show – to keep the spirit of horse racing alive. We also have to realize without racetracks there would be no horse racing and the economics do not look very good for racetracks. On every table there is a copy of my latest book which just came off the press with the title The Questions of All Questions, Where Did We Come From and Where Are We Going? 

We have a good idea where horse racing came from, but we as horse people need to sit down and think about where are we going. In life you have to look back in order to see the future. When we look back approximately thirty years the betting handle was approximately 15 billion dollars per year, which would in today’s dollars be at least 75 billion per year. Right now the betting handle is approximately 11 billion per year. This is a dramatic decline in betting handle.

Horse racing faces many challenges, from lotteries to casinos and now most likely sports gaming. Horses are liked all over the world, there is no politics involved, no religion. For business people horses are great equalizers to connect with nature and a chance to get away from mundane activities and the pressure of work.    
The horse has been man’s great friend, and has made a great contribution to the civilization of mankind. Especially, since not that long ago, the American West was settled relatively quickly with the help of horses. People love to have pets. It connects them with nature, from birds to cats to dogs. But of large animals the horse is most loved and wanted.    
 
Of course there are always exceptions. I know of a little girl which came into the pet store and said with a sweet voice, I would like to buy a rabbit.
The sales lady asked her “do you want to have a white rabbit or a black rabbit?” The little girl said, “my anaconda snake does not care if it is white or black.”  But I know most girls love horses…    

I remember my granddaughter when I sat her for the first time on a pony, her eyes were gleaming – they are still gleaming.    

I also know that horse owners are the most independent entrepreneurs. I would like to state here, the Stronach Group does not seek to dominate horse racing. But we would like to interface with all the stakeholders, horse owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, racetracks, the NTRA and the Jockey Club. I believe if we the stakeholders work together we can get horse racing to a higher level.    

The year 2018, should be the year of the horse. I would like to interface with the Stakeholders, and establish some priorities:      
1. We should establish a horse racing Charter of Rights.      
2. We should establish a marketing plan for the whole industry with the focus, how do we get young people to the races.      
3. A responsibility program for the well-being of all the race horses, during and after the racing  years.    

The above rules and program must benefit all the stakeholders and must comply with anti-trust regulations. We the horse racing industry, must prove constantly to the public that we operate under the highest ethical standards and we make provisions that horses are properly cared for.    

Any racetrack could join this new program providing they adhere to newly designed rules and programs. Those programs would be formulated to enhance competition and to improve the quality of horse racing.    

I would like to take the lead in this new initiative and I hope the horse racing community would say by this time next year, it was justified that Frank Stronach was awarded the Eclipse Award of Merit.

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01.21.2018

Two Japanese Winners for Global Sire Point of Entry

When Dynaformer's five-time Grade 1 winner Point of Entry retired to stud he brought with him the......

When Dynaformer's five-time Grade 1 winner Point of Entry retired to stud he brought with him the credentials to be the next important Global Sire. His latest first crop winners, both in Japan on January 21, are the latest examples of his growing international prowess.

Best My Way, a Point of Entry colt out of the Medgalia d'Oro mare Hug It Out, scored in his fourth outing going 9 furlongs on the dirt at Kyoto. The colt first signaled his quality at last year's OBS March Two-Year-Old in Training sale where he sparked a bidding war. When the dust settled the handsome bay was purchased for $675,000, giving his sire $500,000-plus juveniles on both sides of the Atlantic. A month earlier, a Point of Entry colt sold for 390,000gns ($515,000 USD) at the Tattersalls Breeze Up auction in England.

Holiday Mode showed Point of Entry's versatility as a sire by scoring his Maiden victory on the grass course at Nakayama that same afternoon. Out of the Harlan's Holiday mare Ski Holiday, the nearly turned three-year-old won at third asking and showed an impressive turn of foot to capture the 10 furlong contest.

Watch Holiday Mode's Maiden victory

Point of Entry now has winners in five countries on dirt, turf and all-weather surfaces ranging in distance from 5 1/2 to 10 furlongs. Among his other winners is the sensational unbeaten Graded winner Analyze It and the Canadian Stakes winner Glamanation.


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01.05.2018

Ghostzapper's Paulassilverlining Named Eclipse Award Finalist

Multiple Grade 1 winner Paulassilverling was named a finalist for the 2017 Female Sprinter Eclipse......

Multiple Grade 1 winner Paulassilverling was named a finalist for the 2017 Female Sprinter Eclipse Award. It's the second consecutive year the daughter of Ghostzapper has been a finalist for the honor.

Her two Grade 1 victories in 2017 - the Madison Stakes at Keeneland and the subsequent Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs - make her the favorite for the award this year. Her fellow finalists, Unique Bella and Bar of Gold, have but two Grade 1 wins between them.

Should she win she would be Ghostzapper's fourth North American Champion after Judy the Beauty (Eclipse Award/Filly & Mare Sprinter), Hunters Bay (Sovereign Award/Older Male) and Shaman Ghost (Sovereign Award/3YO Male). 

Paulassilverlinng was bred in Kentucky by Vincent Scuderi, who sold her to Juddmonte Farms in early 2017. Purchased primarily as a 2018 mate for their superstar colt Arrogate, she was kept in training. That decision was rewarded with a sensational season in which she also carried the famed pink and teal silks to victory in Saratoga's Honorable Miss S. (G2).

Paulassilverining was a Stakes winner in each of her four seasons on the track and earned $1,516,230. Overall she was victorious 11 of her 23 starts, all but two of those wins came in Stakes events. 

The Eclipse Award ceremony will be held on January 25 at Gulfstream Park. Adena Springs owner Frank Stronach is to be honored that night with the Eclipse Award of Merit.

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12.30.2017

Ghostzapper Filly Victorious in Tropical Park Oaks

Trainer Roger Attfield was in England Saturday where he was celebrating the holidays with family......

Trainer Roger Attfield was in England Saturday where he was celebrating the holidays with family and friends. Attfield had even more reason to celebrate Saturday as his Ghostly Presence ran down pace-setting Team of Teams to win the second division of the $75,000 Tropical Park Oaks at Gulfstream Park.

A three-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, Ghostly Presence continued her late season rejuvenation, winning for the third time in her last five starts, her two losses both coming by a neck. She is 5 for 14 overall and has earned $355,914.

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“As a 2-year-old, she was nice,” Attfield said. “We got her down to Florida and she just didn’t train on, she wasn’t the same filly. I kept saying, I know she’s a nice filly, she just needs some time to come along. Middle of the summer she started to come around. She was training superbly coming into this race; I would have been really disappointed if she hadn’t run well to be honest with you.”

Ghostly Presence benefitted from a ground-saving ride under Rafael Hernandez, who had the filly in third position, about two lengths behind the pace-setting Team of Teams. Under Jose Lezcano, Team of Teams got away with a quarter in 24.28 seconds, a half-mile in 49.58, and six furlongs in 1:14.14.

Team of Teams appeared to spurt away in upper stretch, but Hernandez guided Ghostly Presence off the rail turning for home and she was able to wear down Team of Teams inside the sixteenth pole to win by one length. Team of Teams held second by one length over I’m Betty G.

Ghostly Presence races in the colors of her breeder Chiefswood Stable and covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.79. She is among Ghostzapper's 16 blacktype winners in 2017.

-edited from www.gulfstreampark.com

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12.16.2017

Adena Springs Bred Shakhimat Scores in Tropical Turf S. (G3)

Under heady handling from jockey Edgard Zayas, Shakhimat took over on the backstretch after racing......

Under heady handling from jockey Edgard Zayas, Shakhimat took over on the backstretch after racing off a tepid early pace and had plenty left to turn back Galton and fellow Ontario-bred stablemate Tower of Texas late to earn his second career graded victory.

Watch the Tropical Turf Stakes

When Shakhimat notched that initial graded score in the Transylvania Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (G3T) in April of 2016, the gelded son of Lonhro (AUS) appeared to be a rising star in Attfield's shedrow. That outing marked his third win in four starts but ended up being the last time he visited the winner's circle until he snapped a nine-race losing skid in September with an allowance win at his Woodbine base.

He finished third behind Tower of Texas in the Labeeb Stakes at Woodbine Nov. 4, which prompted Attfield to put them both on a southbound plane. While Shakhimat faded in that race, he asserted himself in impressive fashion Saturday. He moved on the outside past Western Reserve after he raced off that one's hip through an opening quarter in :25.10 and quickly put a couple lengths of daylight between himself and his challengers.

Shakhimat held his advantage on the far turn following a half-mile in :49.74 and, for a brief moment, looked like he might get reeled in during the final furlong by Galton coming up the rail. It soon became clear Zayas had more to work with than his seven rivals, as Shakhimat responded with more run and hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front, as Tower of Texas was beaten a neck by Galton for place money.

"The way the form looked to me, (Shakhimat) looked like the only true speed in the race, and I was in pretty good position, really, because my other horse is a come-from-behind horse," added Attfield. "(Tower of Texas) likes a lot of speed in front of him. He didn't really have enough speed in front of him. 

"When I saw the first half-mile of the race and looked at the fractions, I said it's all over as far as I'm concerned. (Shakhimat's) ears go up and he starts running that way. It worked out perfect, except we should have been second, too."

Shakhimat was sold by Adena Springs for $60,000 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Florida Select Two-Year-Old in Training sale. He's now earned $394,151 for owners Dan Gale, Roger Attfield and William K. Werner.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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12.16.2017

$2M Mucho Macho Man Brother Impresses in New York

Marconi, a half brother to 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Mucho Macho Man and a $2 million......

Marconi, a half brother to 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Mucho Macho Man and a $2 million purchase featured overcame a slow break at Aqueduct Racetrack to win his second start Dec. 15. The impressive effort earned him a 'TDN Rising Star' badge from Thoroughbred Daily News.

Watch Marconi's Maiden victory

The $60,000 maiden race for 2-year-olds was run at 1 1/8 miles on a fast track.

At odds of 3-5, the Todd Pletcher-trained son of Tapit came out of the gate last, where he remained through the first turn, giving eight lengths to the leader. Home Run Maker, who set early fractions while being pressed by James Ciro, took the seven-horse field through a quarter-mile in :24.33.

Marconi made up lost ground coming off the first turn onto the backstretch. As Home Run Maker finished a half-mile in :49.28, the eventual winner ran up on the leaders and had to steady behind them. Jockey Javier Castellano was able to settle the green colt just off the pace before rounding the final turn. 

As the field turned for home, Castellano shook the reins and Marconi hit his best stride to pull away by 5 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:54.51.

Owned by Bridlewood Farm and the Coolmore connections of Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, and Michael Tabor, Marconi was purchased from Eaton Sales' consignment to the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale.

He was bred by Brushwood Stable in Kentucky out of Ponche de Leona, who has now produced five winners from five to race. Among the others is the blacktype winner Southern Girl, herself a $775,000 September yearling.

Mucho Macho Man is off to a promising start to his stud career with several six figure yearlings in his first crop, including a session topper at Keeneland September and the colt topper at Barretts Select.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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12.10.2017

Milwaukee Brew's Coltimus Prime Easy Clasico del Caribe Victor

The well-traveled Coltimus Prime made a powerful move around the far turn and coasted to victory......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-edited from www.gulfstreampark.com & www.thoroughbreddailynews.com

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12.09.2017

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

Stronach Stables’ Silent Sting came flying through the stretch along the rail to win the $125,000......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12.07.2017

Big Adena Springs Influence on Clasico Del Caribe Card

Racing—with a dash of soccer fervor—comes to Gulfstream Park December 9 and the Adena Springs......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- partially from www.bloodhorse.com

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12.06.2017

Signature Red to Adena Springs North

Frank Stronach's Adena Springs North near Aurora, Ontario has sold Singing Saint and welcomed......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Singing Saint to Alberta

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

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

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

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

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

Singing Saint will stand for CAN$3,000.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com


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12.02.2017

Milwaukee Brew Son 'King' Again in Sir Barton Stakes

The Milwaukee Brew son Kingsport, who won the $125,000 Sir Barton Stakes two years ago, swept by......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11.26.2017

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

‘TDN Rising Star' Analyze It followed up a sparkling debut victory at Belmont with a dominant......

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

The effort set Twitter ablaze with superlatives: 


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

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

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

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

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

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

-edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com and Horse Racing Nation.

 

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11.24.2017

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

Manitoulin has always marched to the beat of his own drummer. The striking chestnut was born......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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11.24.2017

Big Late Run by Macho Uno's Small Bear to Take Gio Ponti S.

Small Bear used a strong rally in the lane to win the $150,000 Gio Ponti Stakes for 3-year-olds on......

Small Bear used a strong rally in the lane to win the $150,000 Gio Ponti Stakes for 3-year-olds on turf by a neck over Funtastic.

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Small Bear, a gelding by Macho Uno owned by Hall of Fame football coach Bill Parcells, was winless in three previous starts on turf. He did run a solid second in the Better Talk Now Stakes at Saratoga two starts back.

Englehart felt Small Bear would be better off being taken back off the pace and come with one late run. But jockey Rajiv Maragh called Englehart earlier in the day and felt there wasn’t ample speed in the field to make that running style effective. Englehart told Maragh to ride him as he saw fit, but did ask Maragh to have Small Bear in the clear when it came time to make his run.

Maragh had Small Bear along the inside, saving ground down the backstretch while Secretary At War set fractions of 24.77 seconds for the quarter, 49.40 for the half-mile, and 1:12.97 for six furlongs.

Small Bear was inside of Funtastic, ridden by Jose Ortiz, who launched his bid on the far turn. Maragh followed that move and tipped Small Bear four to five wide into the clear turning for home. Funtastic caught Secretary At War at the sixteenth pole, but Small Bear was charging hard at him and caught Funtastic late.

Small Bear covered the 1 1/16 miles over turf listed as firm but was more like good in 1:42.79 and returned $19.80 as the fourth choice in the field of 10.

“The main thing that Jeremiah said to me was when it’s time to go, get him in the clear,” Maragh said. “I had an opportunity where I could probably squeeze him into a tight spot along the inside, but that’s not his preferred running style. He’s much more effective on the outside, so I kind of went out of my way a little bit just to put myself into the clear when I was ready to make my move.”

Bred in Kentucky by Martin Lake & Serendipity Farm, Small Bear has now amassed a bankroll of $286,432.

Englehart said that Small Bear would join the string he has this winter at the Palm Meadows training center in south Florida.

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11.23.2017

Mt Veeder is Ghostzapper's 16th Blacktyper Winner of 2017

Mt Veeder gained command after a half mile and coasted to an easy win in the $75,000 Zia Park......

Mt Veeder gained command after a half mile and coasted to an easy win in the $75,000 Zia Park Sprint Stakes. The son of Ghostzapper is the 16th blacktype winner for his sire in 2017 and his fourth in 11 days.

Bred in Kentucky by Hans Poetsch, Mt Veeder was purchased for $200,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September Sale by Stonestreet Farm and George Bolton. He won the Contender Stakes for those connections before changing hands again. He now races in the colors of Bill Tomasic.

The four-year-old gelding entered the Zia Park Sprint off a good third in the Premier Cup Stakes over the Zia Park strip on September 11. He's now been on the board in 11 of 14 career outings.

Mt Veeder continued an especially brilliant November for Ghostzapper who, just eleven days earlier, was represented by a trio of blacktype winners. Among Ghostzapper's other blacktype winners this year are Queen's Plate heroine Holy Helena, Santa Anita H. (G1) hero (and future Adena Springs stallion) Shaman Ghost and multiple Grade 1 winner Paulassilverlining, a leading contender for the Filly & Mare Sprinter Eclipse Award. 

 

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11.18.2017

A Silent Name Exactor in Frost King Stakes

In a battle between two Silent Name juveniles, Be Vewy Vewy Quiet (pictured inside, yellow......

In a battle between two Silent Name juveniles, Be Vewy Vewy Quiet (pictured inside, yellow silks) held off Stronach Stables' Silent Sting to win the $125,000 Frost King Stakes for Ontario-sired two-year-olds on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.

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Jockey Rafael Hernandez worked out the winning trip aboard the 9-5 favourite for trainer Robert Tiller, who earned his 11th stakes victory of the season – second-most at the Woodbine meet. A winner of the Clarendon Stakes this summer, Be Vewy Vewy Quiet now accounts for two of those wins.

Breaking well from the outer post nine, Be Vewy Vewy Quiet stalked outside mid-pack with Silent Sting tracking him before those two sprang into action turning for home in the seven-furlong sprint. Inge had led the field through fractions of :23.32 and :46.61 with Beer Pressure (also by Silent Name) pressing the pace and taking over command at the top of the stretch. However, Be Vewy Vewy Quiet struck in the stretch, rallying four-wide outside of Smooth Talk, and then held off the oncoming Silent Sting by a head for the victory in 1:23.28. The Giant Gizmo son Royal Laser, bumped at the start, closed from last to show, finishing just ahead of Beer Pressure.

“Robert and I were talking about it before the race. We liked the post position and that helped us a lot,” said Hernandez, who was paired up with Be Vewy Vewy Quiet for the first time in the gelding’s five career starts. “That was one of the reasons we won the race. The horse set up perfect today. He relaxed good and he made his run down the lane. He showed up today.”

Both Hernandez and Tiller agreed the homebred youngster could go two turns in the future.

“Absolutely...I always thought that he’s a horse that would stretch out and he proved it today going seven-eighths,” said Tiller. “I think the mare throws distance horses so I really think he’ll go long. He’s got heart. He got beat a couple of close races, they were short races and a few excuses, but he’s run hard every time.”

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet now boasts three wins along with a pair of stakes-placings, defeated less than a length in both the Colin and Bull Page, for more than $200,000 in earnings for owners Frank Di Giulio Jr., Anthony D'Onofrio and J. Peri.

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

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11.16.2017

2018 Kentucky Stud Fees Announced

Adena Springs' nine-horse stallion roster is led by Ghostzapper, who finished 2017 as the eighth......

Adena Springs' nine-horse stallion roster is led by Ghostzapper, who finished 2017 as the eighth general leading sire in North America.

A homebred son of Adena Kentucky stallion Awesome Again, Ghostzapper enjoyed considerable success in 2017 with 15 black-type winners, eight graded winners, and two grade 1 winners, and his progeny earnings exceeded $10.3 million. His 2018 fee will be $85,000, increased from $75,000 last year.

Adena Kentucky first-crop sires Point of Entry and Fort Larned were both represented by their first stakes winners in 2017, with Fort Larned's daughter Blonde Bomber earning a placing in the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). 

First-crop yearlings by Mucho Macho Man, a millionaire and grade 1-winning son of Adena stallion Macho Uno, were well received at the sales. Mucho Macho Man ranked among the top first-crop sires at the Keeneland September sale by median and by average. 

The 2018 breeding season may also see the addition of multiple grade 1 winner and Canadian champion Shaman Ghost. The son of Ghostzapper is still in training. His fee will be announced upon retirement.

The full 2018 Adena Kentucky Stallion Roster
Awesome Again - Private
Capo Bastone - $4,000
City Wolf  - $4,000
Fort Larned  - $7,500
Ghostzapper - $85,000
Macho Uno - $15,000
Mucho Macho Man - $10,000
North Light - Private
Point of Entry - $20,000
Shaman Ghost - (possible)

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11.11.2017

A Three Stakes Winner Saturday for Ghostzapper

Ghostly Presence out-sprinted a field of Ontario-bred fillies in the $125,000 Jammed Lovely to......

The Ghostzapper filly Ghostly Presence out-sprinted a field of Ontario-bred fillies in the $125,000 Jammed Lovely to emerge a sophomore stakes winner on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. 

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The progeny of Ghostzapper were just warming up though. Within the hour Runaway Ghost lived up to his name in the Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields while later in the evening in West Virginia, North Atlantic scored a big victory in the A Huevo Stakes. When the dust settled Ghostzapper's 2017 ledger showed 15 blacktype winners, a figure surpassed only by Tapit, War Front and Into Mischief among active North American stallions.

Ghostly Presence won by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:23.98 giving Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield his second consecutive victory in the Jammed Lovely Stakes and fifth overall.

Owned by her breeder Chiefswood Stable, the filly out of the Distorted Humor mare Five N Forty was victorious in last year's Princess Elizabeth Stakes. She entered the Jammed Lovely Stakes off a runner-up finishes in the La Lorgnette Stakes and the Carotene Stakes. Ghostly Presence has now bankrolled $312,204.

"I loved her going into this race today," Attfield said. "Her last two races were great races, she just was very unlucky. But she’s a sweetheart, she really is.”

In the Golden Nugget, Runaway Ghost was sent off favored in his stakes debut. He gave the bettors no anxious moments, sprinting out to the lead when the gate opened and rolling down the lane. His final margin of victory: 7 1/2 lengths.

“I was very impressed with his professionalism. I had a lot of horse there,” commented winning rider Aaron Gryder.

The colt races for his breeder Joe Peacock and is trained by Mike Machowsky. He's the second promising juvenile stakes winner for his sire after the unbeaten Dak Attack, winner of the Ellis Park Juvenile in August.

The four-year-old North Atlantic has been knocking on the blacktype door for three seasons and broke through with handy score Saturday night. The Coleswood Farm homebred had placed in three previous blacktype events, including a nose defeat to Charitable Donation in the $350,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic on October 14. He turned the tables on that rival with a measured one-length victory in the A Huevo.

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11.07.2017

Adena Springs Sells $500,000 American Pharoah Filly at Keenelend November

Hip 82, an Adena Spring-bred chestnut filly from the first crop of Triple Crown winner American......

Hip 82, an Adena Spring-bred chestnut filly from the first crop of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, out of multiple grade 1 winner Life At Ten, sold to Blue Sky Stable for $500,000 at the Keeneland November sale Nov. 7. The partnership was organized by Brian Graves, Mike McMahon, and Jamie Hill.

"We were hoping it was going to be a little bit less, but we thought it was fair," Graves said.

The filly was offered by Adena Springs, who bred her in Ontario, and was sold immediately after her grade 1-winning dam went through the ring for $550,000. Life At Ten was purchased by SF Bloodstock, also from the Adena Springs consignment.

"We intend to re-sell her next year," said Graves. "We just thought she was a beautiful, balanced filly, and maybe one of the best in the sale. American Pharoahs have been selling well. She's out of a grade 1 winner and she's all class, so we'll take a shot."

Of American Pharoah's first crop, Graves added, "The sky's the limit. We just bought something by a Triple Crown winner out of a grade 1 winner. You can't beat that."

Life at Ten was among several 

Other weanlings bred, raised and sold by Adena Springs at Keeneland November include Hip 172, a $130,000 Awesome Again colt out stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Topic. Adena Springs also sold Topic for $525,000 to Spendthrift Farm. The highest-selling mare of the Adena consignment is the Congrats daughter Top Decile, who was secured by Shadai Farm for $950,000.

-from www.bloodhorse.com

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11.04.2017

Third Graded Score for Ghostzapper's Gamble's Ghost

Less than an hour after trainer Josie Carroll and owner Ivan Dalos watched their filly Ami’s Mesa......

Less than an hour after trainer Josie Carroll and owner Ivan Dalos watched their filly Ami’s Mesa finish just a nose shy of a Breeders' Cup victory at Del Mar, Gamble’s Ghost completed an exciting day of racing for the duo back home winning the Maple Leaf Stakes (Grade 3) at Woodbine Racetrack.

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The homebred four-year-old Ghostzapper filly earned her third straight victory and seventh lifetime from 15 starts while her bankroll climbed to $576,883. She is now a graded stakes winner in each of her three seasons on the track with her other victories coming in the Mazarine and Selene Stakes in her two and three-year-old campaigns.

Dalos indicated that he is leaning towards another year of racing for Gamble’s Ghost, as well as Ami’s Mesa, before they join his broodmare band at Tall Oaks Farm. 

Gamble’s Ghost was sent postward as the 6-5 favorite in the $125,000 Maple Leaf, contested over 1-1/4 miles on the main track under Eurico Rosa Da Silva.

While Gamble’s Ghost raced outside near the back of the pack, her barn buddy Involuntary led all the way into the stretch (:25.33, :50.75, 1:15.86, 1:40.82) with Happyness and last year's winner Ice Festival (by Awesome Again) looming to her outside. Ice Festival commenced her bid heading into the stretch, but Gamble’s Ghost swept by in front of the grandstand to win by three-quarters of a length in a final time of 2:04.70. Involuntary followed in third with Happyness finishing fourth and Giovanna Blue completing the order of finish.

“She was very, very relaxed. She’s a super, super class filly," Da Silva said. "I think Rafael [Hernandez aboard Ice Festival] rode a very good race because he was in post position one and he came outside and he ended up being in a very good position in the first turn. I was just sitting behind and waiting for the moment for me to push my horse because she was running very, very relaxed and I can feel any time she is going to break from there.”

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

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10.29.2017

Another Juvenile Stakes Winner for Silent Name

Clickity Clack pulled off a 10-1 upset in the 72nd running of the $225,000 Princess Elizabeth......

Clickity Clack pulled off a 10-1 upset in the 72nd running of the $225,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes defeating favourite Avie’s Mineshaft in a photo finish on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.

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Tony Gattellaro trains and co-owns the promising two-year-old Silent Name filly, who is now two-for-four to start her career.

Jockey Rafael Hernandez worked out a tracking trip aboard Clickity Clack behind race leader Hell N Wild, who was challenged outside by Gizmo’s Destiny and It’snicetobenice through fractions of :25.64, :50.37 and 1:14.76. Down the stretch, Avie’s Mineshaft rallied out wide from the back of the pack while Clickity Clack closed inside along the rail and those two took off in a battle to the wire. They raced by the mile mark in 1:39.73 and hit the line together. The finish was even too close to call for Hernandez.

Bred in Ontario by Woodbine outrider Robert Love and his wife Michelle, the Silent Name-Boama filly was a $20,000 yearling purchase from last year’s Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Yearling Sale by Gattellaro and longtime friends T. Baker, P. Statchuk, J. Gallagher, D. Carlson & A. Carlson.

"She's a ton of fun,” Gattellaro said of the filly, who was one of his top picks from the sale. “This is what horse racing is all about."

"If I was to pick one word that defines her, it would be ‘smooth.’ She's just been classy from the start. Right from the first day we put the saddle on her here, I turned to one of my grooms and said, 'We have a special horse here' and here we are. I'm thrilled. It's the win of my life. My second stakes win and the biggest one,” said Gattellaro, who also campaigned filly Ellan Vannin to a late-season stakes victory in last year’s Ontario Lassie for his initial stakes win."

Racing inside proved to be key for Clickity Clack, who ultimately prevailed by a head bob in 1:46.07 over 1-1/16 miles on the Woodbine main.

“I tried once to get out, but I had horses outside and I decided to just wait for the hole to open up and that's what happened,” said Hernandez of his winning trip. “The hole opened inside, went through, and she was still running.

"Before I got on the horse in the paddock, Tony told me, 'You know what, Raffy? She's different today. She's on the top and she's going to show you a lot today,’ and that's what she did.'"

- edited from www.woodbineracing.com



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10.28.2017

A Sensational 'Rising Star' for Point of Entry

Bill Lawrence’s Point of Entry colt Analyze It became the first “TDN Rising Star” and seventh......

Bill Lawrence’s Point of Entry colt Analyze It became the first “TDN Rising Star” and seventh winner for his freshman sire with an impressive debut graduation at Belmont Saturday afternoon.

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Following splits of 47.44 and 1:11.36, Analyze It covered his final quarter in 22.95 seconds for a final time of 1:34.31, earning an 89 Beyer Speed Figure.

In comparison, five races later on the card, the 2-year-old Therapist improved his record to 3 for 3 with a rallying victory in the $100,000 Awad Stakes. The pacesetting Looking Ready set quicker fractions of 46.90 and 1:10.83 before Therapist rallied to victory in 1:35.41, 1.10 seconds slower than Analyze It over the same Widener turf course.

Trainer Chad Brown was impressed.

“He had trained well, and I expected him to run well, but you’re never expecting a performance like that the first time,” he said.

Along with Brown and the Thoroughbred Daily News, New York Racing Association commentator Andy Serling was dazzled, tweeting after the race: "That performance by Analyze It was off the charts impressive. Wow! Best 2YO turf horse in the country....and it might not be close."

A $130,000 Keeneland September yearling buy, Analyze It was purchased for $190,000 post sale at OBS March after breezing in :10 flat. The winner is the first foal out of Sweet Assay, by the Storm Cat son Consolidator, who hails from the family of MGISW Came Home. He was bred by P. Headley Bell, Nancy Bell & NATO.

Among Point of Entry's other early winners is the Adena Springs-bred Stakes winner Glamanation.

-edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com & drf.com

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10.26.2017

Another Sale, Another Six-Figure Mucho Macho Man Yearling

Fasig-Tipton October is the fourth 2017 auction to feature a six-figure Mucho Macho Man yearling......

Fasig-Tipton October is the fourth 2017 auction to feature a six-figure Mucho Macho Man yearling after leading owner Samantha Siegel went to $115,000 to secure a filly by the Breeders' Cup Classic champion.

The attractive chesnut filly was a successful pinhook for Chuck Allen, who bought her at last fall's Keeneland November sale for $25,000. The filly is also the seventh Mucho Macho Man yearling to sell for six figures this year.

Mucho Macho Man yearlings had previously sold for triple digits at Keeneland September ($170,000, $135,000, $110,000, $100,000), Fasig-Tipton New York ($140,000) and Barretts August (the $120,000 colt sale topper).

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