Meet Mucho Macho Man's First Graded SW, Mucho Gusto

Jumping from a maiden race to a graded stakes is difficult enough, but Michael Lund Petersen's......

Jumping from a maiden race to a graded stakes is difficult enough, but Michael Lund Petersen's Mucho Gusto didn't get any breaks in the $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes (G3), either.
The Bob Baffert-trained Mucho Macho Man colt got squeezed a bit at the start of the seven-furlong dirt test Nov. 17, set a quick pace, and was still able to repel a two-pronged challenge in the turn to win by 1 1/2 lengths.

Under jockey Joe Talamo, Mucho Gusto dueled with Savagery early in the chute but established a one-length advantage in the backstretch and set fractions of :22.36 and :45.36 through a half-mile. Midway through the turn, Savagery pulled alongside the frontrunner, and last-out Sunny Slope Stakes winner Sparky Ville challenged three wide, third in the line of horses, while Extra Hope loomed behind.

Talamo sat unmoved in the saddle but went to work at the top of the lane, and Mucho Gusto dug in on the inside and never let his rivals by. Savagery couldn't get to Mucho Gusto but gamely held off Sparky Ville for the length of the stretch and finished second by a head. Extra Hope finished fourth, another three-quarters of a length back, while Owning came in a far-back fifth to complete the order of finish.

"I've been very excited to ride this horse," said Talamo, who also rode the colt in his debut victory Sept. 20 at Los Alamitos Race Course. "And after this race, I'd say I'm really impressed with him. We got sandwiched coming away from there, but he went on about his business.

"He ran well throughout. He was well within himself, with his ears up. When a horse would come to him, he'd pick it back up again. He's trained well right from the start, and he's showing his stuff in the afternoons."

"I lost time when he got sick, and this was a good race for him," Baffert said of Mucho Gusto. "He's a pretty cool horse. They went fast early, but when they came to him, he re-broke like the good ones do. I was with my assistant and I said, 'Here's when you find out what they're made of.'"

Mucho Gusto became Mucho Macho Man's first stakes winner as a sire. Bred in Kentucky by Teneri Farm and Bernardo Alvarez Calderon, out of the Giant's Causeway  mare Itsagiantcauseway, the chestnut colt now has $84,000 in earnings from his two starts. He was a $625,000 purchase by Petersen out of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

- edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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A Two-Winner Weekend for Rookie Sensation

Making his second start, Suitedconnected launched a furious stretch run to capture a Maiden......

Making his second start, Suitedconnected launched a furious stretch run to capture a Maiden Special contest at a snow-dotted Woodbine Racecourse on November 16. The victory makes him the first winner for the exciting Adena Springs North stallion Rookie Sensation.

The 2-year-old gelding broke well from post 8 in the 7-furlong affair under Eurico Rosa Da Silva, who allowed his charge to settle into a smooth rhythm in the early going. Da Silva asked the question rounding the far turn and Suitedconnected answered, passing rivals while being floated five wide. Once he straightened for home Suitedconnected powered past his remaining competition and caught White Wedding at the wire for the victory.

Suitedconnected was bred by Domenic Triumbari and races in the colors of Joe Triumbari. His dam is the One Way Love daughter Kaleidascope. 


Two days later it was the Adena Springs homebred Rookie Sensation filly Glittering Snow who found the winner's circle at Woodbine. 

The Kevin Attard-trainee was making her third start in the 7-furlong Maiden Special contest over Woodbine's Tapeta surface. She broke with intention  from post 7 with Euro Rosa Da Silva in the irons. The grey filly, well-named for the winter scenery at the track, attended the pace set by Call Me Mrs G through fractions of :23.64 and :46.66. She collared her pace rival at the top of the lane and established a clear advantage at mid-stretch. Glittering Snow was then engaged by favored Pink Scribbles but held that one at bay, winning by a neck at the wire. 

Rookie Sensation was a flashy winner of the Twilight Derby (G2) in his racing days and holds a sire's pedigree being by the great Unbridled's Song from the female line that's produced the likes of A. P. Indy, Summer Squall and Lemon Drop Kid.

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Stronach Stables Unbridled Juan Earns Second Straight Stakes Victory

Stronach Stables’ Unbridled Juan, stepping up in place of his multiple graded-stakes winning......

Stronach Stables’ Unbridled Juan, stepping up in place of his multiple graded-stakes winning stablemate Something Awesome, sat a stalking trip before pouncing in the stretch and holding off a resurgent Dalmore to win Saturday’s $100,000 Richard W. Small at Laurel Park.

The 1 1/8-mile Small, named for the successful and colorful longtime Maryland trainer and ex-Green Beret who died of cancer at age 68 in April 2014, anchored five stakes worth $500,000 in purses on a 10-race Salute the Troops Day program.

Unbridled Juan went the distance in 1:50.56 to earn his second straight stakes victory after a score in the Grover Buddy Delp Memorial S. at Delaware Park on October 17. He's now earned  $505,323.

Dalmore, exiting three straight graded-stakes including a runner-up finish in the 1 1/8-mile Cornhusker (G3) July 6, was hustled to the front by jockey Jose Ferrer and looked comfortable going the first quarter-mile in 24.41 seconds under modest pressure from Tour de Force.

Jockey Alex Cintron gave Unbridled Juan a clear run in third outside of Tour de Force before taking second after a half in 47.71. Cintron set his sights on the leader after straightening for home and put him in a drive to the wire as Dalmore dug in late before grudgingly giving way.

“This horse, he gets along with this track pretty good I think because of the wide turns,” Cintron said. “He got into the race early, and he just gave me everything in the end.”

Unbridled Juan is now 2-for-2 at Laurel, rallying to win a one-mile off-the-turf allowance by a head Aug. 3. 

“I think Unbridled Juan got the chance to show himself. He ran very well. This horse is improving. I’m just blessed to be part of this,” trainer Jose Corrales said. “I think they like the Maryland crabs or something, these horses. It must have something to do with it, because Maryland makes these horses get better.”

Unbridled Juan and Something Awesome (by Awesome Again) are among the six 2018 stakes winners for Stronach Stables. The Graded winners Delta Prince and Holy Helena (by Ghostzapper) are among the others

- edited from www.laurelpark.com

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Blood-Horse Q & A With Team Adena's Vicki Stacy

Vicki Stacy will work her 10th edition of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale with Adena......

Vicki Stacy will work her 10th edition of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale with Adena Springs as sales coordinator and office and human resources manager, but she has been working the November sale since she was 15—a total of 33 years. Stacy expressed how much she's learned from her job and how memorable all the lessons have been, whether they were easy or hard. She looks forward to her job and enjoys working on the farm, a "little piece of heaven."

BloodHorse: What do you do to prepare for the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale?

Vicki Stacy: I keep a journal from one sale to the next, and I write down everything that has to be done for the duration of the sale, and I use that as a checklist. It helps me stay on track with deadlines. The process of preparing for any sale is the same, no matter if you have 10 horses or 100. From beginning to end, it always requires getting the entries request and submitting them, managing all of the proper paperwork, hiring sales help, outfitting sales personnel, ordering flowers, food, calling cards, halters, placing liens, organizing barn books, arranging night watch, and tracking that everything is in on time to meet deadlines.

BH: Who is your favorite horse you have shown or taken care of?

VS: Working with the horses here at Adena, I have had the privilege of being around some of the best ones. A great example would be Ginger Punch. She is homebred and raced very well for the Stronach Group. She was ultimately sold in foal to Bernardini  in 2009, but my office is still covered with her photos and racing silks. Another favorite would be Dreamtheimpossible, who we purchased from Keeneland back in 2010 in foal to Galileo. I still have her stall card. She sold in 2017 in foal to Street Boss.

But my favorite is 2000 Broodmare of the Year Primal Force. I could never say enough about this mare because she produced not one Breeders' Cup winner, but two for Adena Springs—Awesome Again  (bred by Frank Stronach in Ontario) and Macho Uno . I'm truly blessed to be able to have the opportunity to work with such great creatures.

BH: Are there any "do's and don'ts" of the sale you've learned?

VS: Do's would be to get to know the girls and guys at Keeneland. They're amazing people, and a cohesive relationship with them goes a long way, especially when you need help or extensions. Every sale, I make it a point to hand-deliver a snack tray to either the ladies in the office, who are always in the know and extremely helpful, or to the guys in the mailroom, who can be priceless in situations like running out of cards; they always get me back up and going.

Take care of the stable office employees. I love to joke around with them, as well as the sales pavilion staff as they are always there and are so patient. … Get to know the crew in the repository. They go the extra mile to help, so treat them well. They deserve it. Get familiar with the clientele, the pinhookers and the shortlisters. … Don'ts would be, don't wear your bad day on your face, don't forget to ask questions, and don't ever walk away from a potential buyer.

BH: What about your job do you think the readers would like to know?

VS: Unfortunately, it's just as hard in today's business to be a woman and recognized in the industry as it was when I began at the age of 15. I began like any other person, coming in before dawn at 5 a.m. I've worked with some of the best horse people in the business, from prepping yearlings to 2-year-olds. I've foaled mares and worked sales. They include Juddmonte, Eaton Sales, Ted Voute, Ronald Blake, Katalpa Farm, and Hidden Brook. Working not only for, but with, each of these farms over the years has been an incredibly vital part of who I am, because they've all served as 'horse educators' to me.

This is my 33rd year working the sales, and I can say without hesitation that I love it today as much as I did back in the '80s. To sum it up, I am incredibly thankful to work for such a program.

- originally published in the Blood-Horse Daily on November 8, 2018. Interview by Samantha Robinson

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Spotlight Shines on Ghostzapper at Fasig-Tipton November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Macho Uno Toasts Another Takes Winner

Loooch Racing's Uno Mas Modelo splashed to a 4 ½-length victory in Thursday's $101,800 Bet On......

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

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

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

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

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

- edited from www.paulickreport.com, Coady photo

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

My Silencer was a winner right out of the gate, taking the $100,000 Frost King Stakes for......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- edited from www.woodbine.com


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Adena Springs Stallions Well-Represented on Breeders' Cup Weekend

Adena Springs Kentucky boasts five Breeders' Cup Champions on their impressive roster, including......

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

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

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

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

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

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

Champagne Problems

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

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

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

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

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Silent Sonet the Latest Silent Name Graded Stakes Winner

Ivan Dilos' Silent Sonet had a dream trip in the $125,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes (G3), stalking......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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Adena Springs Kentucky Announces 2019 Stud Fees

Adena Springs Kentucky has set its 2019 stallion roster and fees, headlined by Ghostzapper who......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OXO Equine’s $575,000 OBS March purchase Fortin Hill, a son of Breeders Cup Classic champ Mucho......

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

Watch Fortin Hill's debut victory

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

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

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

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

-edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com

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Milwaukee Brew's Kingsport Earns 8th Stakes Victory

The Milwaukee Brew son Kingsport, benefitting from a ground-saving trip under Patrick Husbands,......

The Milwaukee Brew son Kingsport (pictured, inside), benefitting from a ground-saving trip under Patrick Husbands, was headed in deep stretch but battled back for a very game neck victory in Monday’s Bunty Lawless Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.

Watch the  $100,00 Bunty Lawless, run over one mile on a turf course rated yielding.

“My horse was handling [the track] good and the footing was unbelievable,” said Husbands, Kingsport’s regular rider for trainer Sid Attard. “I held the fence and he was just loving it. He had a perfect trip and the other horse put him away and he fought back on. At the end of the day, horse makes jockey, but I’m happy to be here.”

Eskiminzin seized control early in the Bunty Lawless, holding an open lead through a quarter in :23.39, a half in :46.68, and three-quarters in 1:11.47.

Boreal Spirit and Nipigon were in closest attendance early while Kingsport was biding his time remaining in striking distance, and had moved up to second with a quarter-mile to run.

Tipped out by Husbands early in the stretch, Kingsport seemed ready to roll home but was immediately confronted by Thor’s Rocket, who had raced in eighth under Alan Garcia through the first half-mile before launching his bid and taking a length lead with a furlong to run.

“When [Garcia] came to me, my horse never fought so he was just finishing off the race to run second,” said Husbands. “And then I saw him coming back again so he gave me more confidence and he got the job done.”

Thor’s Rocket had to settle for second money but was 10 ¼ lengths to the good of third-place finisher Be Vewy Vewy Quiet (by Silent Name).

Kingsport, who campaigns for Goldmart Farms and Royal Laser Racing, was winning his eighth stakes while upping his bankroll to $650,032.

The Bunty Lawless was the first turf stakes win for the 6-year-old out of the Green Dancer daughter Green Jewel, and Attard had said prior to the race that he was concerned about Kingsport on “soft” going.

“My horse was handling [the track] good and the footing was unbelievable,” said Husbands, Kingsport’s regular rider for trainer Sid Attard. “I held the fence and he was just loving it. He had a perfect trip and the other horse put him away and he fought back on. At the end of the day, horse makes jockey, but I’m happy to be here.”

-edited from www.woodbine.com

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Another Runaway Winner for Mucho Macho Man

Mucho Unusual, a George Krikorian homebred half-sister to Big Score (GSW, $553,172), debuted with......

Mucho Unusual, a George Krikorian homebred half-sister to Big Score (GSW, $553,172), debuted with a runner-up effort to Creative Instinct in the Generous Portion S. at Del Mar Aug. 29. She was a hot item back in with maidens at Santa Anita and lived up to the hype with a runaway victory.

Showing good speed to argue the early pace from the inside, Mucho Unusual began to get away on the turn and was ridden out to a facile 8 1/4-length triumph to become the sixth winner for her sire, Breeders' Cup Classic champ Mucho Macho Man.

Mucho Unusual is the third blowout Maiden Special winner for Mucho Macho Macho in a 14 day span. She joins the Bob Baffert-trained Mucho Gusto, a $625,000 2-year-old purchase who earned 'TDN Rising Star' status for his September 20 debut tally That same afternoon Belle Laura captured a one mile Maiden Special over the Churchill Downs turf course by 4 1/2 lengths. Overall, Mucho Macho Man has been represented by five winners since early September.


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Stronach Stables Silent Name Daughter Zestina Best Again in Ontario Damsel

Stronach Stables feisty Zestina, a 3-year-old daughter of Silent Name, dug in late to take the......

Stronach Stables feisty Zestina, a 3-year-old daughter of Silent Name, dug in late to take the $125,000 Ontario Damsel Stakes over a Scarlet Flutter on Saturday at Woodbine.

With Gary Boulanger aboard, Zestina stalked in third on the turn while Lunar Garden led the way in the one-mile turf route. Zestina and Scarlet Flutter both rallied wide into contention in the stretch. Scarlet Flutter hit the front around the eighth pole and seemed headed for victory, but Zestina came back on to prevail by a half-length in 1:35.91.

Line of Vision was along for third as Lunar Garden faded to fourth. The heavily favored Dixie Moon came up empty in the stretch and trailed the six-horse field of Ontario-bred 3-year-old fillies.

“She’s a very gutsy filly,” said Boulanger. “It was her first time going a mile on turf. She’s tough. She doesn’t ever give up. [Scarlet Flutter] went by me, and she kinda took a breath. I switched left-handed. I hit her, and all of a sudden she resurged and got by her again.”

Zestina had also won her previous start against Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies in the Passing Mood Stakes. She's now won half of her eight starts, finishing on the board in the other four and her bankroll now stands at $170,854. She's trained by Sid Attard.

Zestina gives Silent Name a Stakes winner for the third straight Saturday following Stronach Stables new Stakes winner Silent Poet, winner of the September 16 Vice Regent Stakes and 2-year-old Silent Mistake winner of the September 23 Victorian Queen Stakes. Silent Name is Canada's #1 sire in 2018 by Stakes winners (7) and progeny earnings (over $2 million).

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Another Saturday, Another Silent Name Stakes Winner

Silent Mistake celebrated a maiden-breaking victory in stakes action with a front-end effort in......

Silent Mistake celebrated a maiden-breaking victory in stakes action with a front-end effort in the $100,000 Victorian Queen on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. She is Silent Name's second new Stakes winner in seven days following the win by Stronach Stables Silent Poet in the September 15 Vice Regent Stakes, also at Woodbine.

With Gary Boulanger aboard for trainer Norm McKnight, Silent Mistake left out from post five and fronted the field of seven Ontario-sired two-year-old fillies throughout the six-furlong affair while setting early fractions of :23.32 and :46.96. The filly, out of the Artie Schiller daughter Cost and Effect, shrugged off challenger Ishiyaya and the wide-rallying Katla’s Fury coming off the turn then kept the late-closers at bay to score by half a length in 1:11.39.

“She showed me a lot of class today,” said Boulanger, who earned his 12th stakes win of the meet. “She got out there and threw her ears up and kind of waited and when I really called on her, she just kept digging in and digging in and she wouldn’t give up.”

Bred in Ontario by Paul Buttigieg, Silent Mistake was a $45,000 purchase from last year’s Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Yearling Sale and is owned by Trinity Racing Stables Inc. and Racer’s Edge Inc. She was sent postward as the slight 2-1 favorite following her stakes-placed debut in the Canadian Yearling Sales Stakes on August 29.

“We were really pleased actually [with her first start],” said McKnight’s son and assistant trainer Brad. “She was probably two works short, one for sure, outside post and she overcame a lot.”

Silent Name, Canada's champion juvenile sire the past two seasons, leads all Canadian stallions with 7 worldwide Stakes winners and over $2 million in progeny earnings in 2018. 

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$170,000 September Session Topper Continues Big Week for Mucho Macho Man

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing supported one of its favorite horses during the 11th session of the......

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing supported one of its favorite horses during the 11th session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale Sept. 21, going to $170,000 to land a filly by Mucho Macho Man.

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing campaigned Mucho Macho Man to a victory in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Park. On Friday, Robby Harris did the bidding for the new owner.

"They're excited. She's a really nice filly," said Harris of the dark bay or brown filly who was consigned by Eaton Sales, agent. "By far, the standout (of the session). Just a real pretty filly who did everything right."

Offered as Hip 3745, the session-topping filly is a half sister to 2012 Florida Derby (G1) runner-up Reveron, who also earned a stakes win in five seasons of racing. Bred in Kentucky by Equus Farm, the filly is out of the winning Awesome Again  mare Carolina Sunrise, who also has produced stakes-placed Carolina Mist.

The filly continued a sensational week for her first crop sire was represented by 'TDN Rising Star' Mucho Gusto and another impressive Maiden Special winner in Belle Laura, who broke her maiden by 4 lengths. Belle Laura was bred by the Reeves.

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

Mucho Macho Man's Mucho Gusto lived up to the hype and then some with an ultra-impressive debut......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stronach Stables Silent Poet Pens Vice Regent S. Victory

Stronach StablesSilent Name son Silent Poet, favored at 7-5, came through loud and clear when......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hip #740, a filly by Ghostzapper, brought $1,025,000 during Session 3 of the Keeneland September......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Macho Uno's Revenant One Speeds to First Stakes Victory

The Macho Uno son Revenant One broke on top and never looked back in the $100,000 Brickyard Stakes......

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

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

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

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

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Ghostzapper Yearling Commands $600,000 at Keeneland September

A quartet of Ghostzapper yearlings commanded at least $300,000 over the first two days of the......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With Eurico Rosa da Silva orchestrating his usual magic, Gamble’s Ghost trailed the field to......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Augustin Stable's Entirely survived a roughouse trip to prevail in the $100,000 Sharp Susan on the......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stronach Stables Silent Name Filly Wins Passing Mood S.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Two Milwaukee Brew Stakes Winners on Canadian Millions Card

There were seven stakes events on the Wednesday evening's Canadian Millions card at Woodbine and......

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Point of Entry's My Gal Betty Sensational in Woodbine Stake

Seeking redemption after a previous stakes disqualification, William Werner’s two-year-old filly......

Seeking redemption after a previous stakes disqualification, William Werner’s two-year-old filly My Gal Betty proved to be the best in the inaugural $100,000 Catch a Glimpse Stakes on Saturday afternoon’s program at Woodbine Racetrack.

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With the outside post position working to her advantage, My Gal Betty, by the Adena Springs Kentucky stallion Point of Entry, tracked from off the pace as the other fillies battled up front then ran on late to take the lead in the stretch of the six-furlong sprint, opening up more than four lengths over the yielding turf for the victory in 1:11.62.

The pace stalkers, Charmaine’s Mia and Bold Script, finished second and third ahead of favourite Eyeinthesky, who had set opening fractions of :23.33 and :46.78.

“We got a good post position and we just played it by ear to see who was going to be the speed and we just sat off behind and just made one run,” said winning jockey Rafael Hernandez.

“She was much the best last time, so she came out and showed up today. She was much the best.”

My Gal Betty had crossed the wire first in both of her previous starts but was placed third in the My Dear Stakes last time out on July 7 when judges ruled she had caused interference in the stretch to another filly.

“She’s always trying well for me, ever since I got her in Florida, and she’s just a sweetheart of a filly actually,” said Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield of the bay miss. “I was quite upset when she got taken down [as the winner] the other day. I knew that she was probably going to have to be [taken down], but it was unfortunate because I thought she was much the best. But anyway, I was so pleased with her today and because you’re always anxious when the weather changes like this and you have no idea how they are going to handle that kind of going, but obviously she does.”

Bred in Kentucky by Hidden Brook Farm, My Gal Betty was purchased at last year's Fasig-Tipton October Yearling sale for $120,000 by owner William K. Werner.

A new local turf prep in advance of next month’s Grade 1 Natalma, the Catch a Glimpse is named for Canada’s 2015 Horse of the Year, who won that race at Woodbine before capturing the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and five other graded turf stakes. 

My Gal Betty is among the seven 2018 juvenile winners for 5-time Grade 1 winner Point of Entry.

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Ghostzapper's Champagne Problems Pops in Groupie Doll S. (G3)

Brad Stephens, Randy Bloch, John Seiler, Fred Merritr and David Hall's Champagne Problems showed......

Calvin Borel teamed with trainer Ian Wilkes to capture Ellis Park's signature race, as Champagne Problems powered to a 3 1/4-length victory over frontrunning favorite Sense of Bravery in the $100,000 Groupie Doll Stakes (G3).

The 4-year-old Ghostzapper filly races in the colors of Brad Stephens, Randy Bloch, John Seiler, Fred Merritr and David Hall and is trained by Ian Wilkes. She covered a mile over the fast main track in 1:36.74 as the 4-1 third choice.

"The filly always had talent," Borel said. "I've got to give credit to Ian for getting her ready for this race. We've been pointing her for this the last couple of races, and she's just getting better and better."

The 9-5 favorite Sense of Bravery was sharp out of the starting gate to take the lead through early fractions of :23.76 and :46.96, tracked by Jenda's Agenda, Mines and Magic and Pinch Hit down the backstretch. Champagne Problems was well back early, but really started to roll around the far turn.

Pinch Hit snuck to the inside of Mines and Magic, and that pair came calling at the top of the stretch to take over from Sense of Bravery. In the stretch run, Champagne Problems made up nearly eight lengths to take command and pull away, crossing the wire about four lengths the best. Mines and Magic was able to hold second over Pinch Hit.

Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Champagne Problems was a $270,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale. The previously stakes-placed filly has been a consistent runner for her owners, and the Groupie Doll win improves her record to 5-3-4 from 18 starts with earnings of $260,000.

Ghostzapper is now the sire of 10 blacktype winners in 2018, five of them winners at the Graded level. 2018 is the seventh consecutive year that Ghostzapper has been represented by double digit Stakes winners. 

One day earlier, a Ghostzapper yearling sold for $400,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York Preferred sale, the highest-priced colt of the opening session.

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Ghostzapper Colt Hammered Down for $400,000 at F-T New York Preferred Yearling Sale

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Bloodstock agent Lincoln Collins, bidding on behalf of longtime owner Tracy Farmer, signed the ticket at $400,000 to acquire Hip 384,a colt by Ghostzapper during Saturday’s first session of the FasigTipton New York sale.

The yearling, who was consigned by Thomas Gallo on behalf of breeder Donald Schupak, will be trained by Mark Casse.

“He’s a very nice colt,” Collins said. “We all loved him. Mark Casse loved him, so that’s where he will go. There was a lot of interest in the horse, so it was clear we were going to have to give it a go and we prevailed in the end.”

The $400,000 price tag was the highest paid for a colt during the opening session. The attractive bay out of the Stakes-winning Smoke Glacken mare Clear Pasaj. From his first 10 starters out of Smoke Glacken daughters Ghostzapper has sired Sovereign Award Champion Hunters Bay, Japanese Stakes winner/millionaire Wild Flapper and 2018 Graded Stakes-placed Phantom Proton.

“We’re just looking for good racehorses,” Collins said. “Mr. Farmer is game and has been in the business a long time. We’ve worked together for a long time and now Mark is on the scene, so hopefully we’ll buy a good one.” Collins agreed the quality of recent graduates of the New Yorkbred sale and the strength of the state’s breeding incentives made buying out of the auction appealing.

Ghostzapper is in the midst of another stellar season with 9 blacktype winners and 17 blacktype horses, including Graded winners Holy Helena, Proctor's Ledge and Runaway Ghost.

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Red Cabernet Is Latest Stakes Winner for Signature Red

Red Cabernet defeated defending Victoriana Stakes champion Niigon’s Eclipse to give her......

Red Cabernet defeated defending Victoriana Stakes champion Niigon’s Eclipse to give her connections lots to celebrate on Saturday after this year’s $100,000 edition.

Bred in Ontario by Paul Buttigieg, Red Cabernet is by Adena Springs North's newest addition Signature Red out of Gold Leaf Rose. She earned her fourth career win from 15 starts and first stakes victory for a group of six new owners led by Jim Menzies. Now an earner of $147,893 she was second in last year's La Prevoyante Stakes at Woodbine.

Trained by Ian Black for the new Piano Bar Racing ownership group, the four-year-old filly put jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson back in the stakes spotlight for the first time this year.

“This spring didn’t really go according to plan,” said Wilson, who sustained an arm injury during morning training just before the Woodbine meet opened and returned to action only two weeks ago. “A broken arm, three months off, longer than I expected, so this stakes victory is extra sweet.”

Red Cabernet settled off the pace in the 1-1/16-mile turf stakes for Ontario-sired fillies and mares three and up while Niigon’s Eclipse took command from Silent Sonet past the first quarter mark in :24.28. The even-money favorite reached the half in :47.41 and continued to lead past three-quarters in 1:11.07 while Sugar Jones moved into contention. However, Wilson sent Red Cabernet widest of all from the backfield down the stretch and she ran up a 3-1/2 length winning margin before hitting the wire in 1:41.34.

“She’s the type of filly that runs her best race from off the pace,” said Wilson, the 2018 Avelino Gomez Memorial Award recipient. “On paper, it looked like they were going be a little aggressive. But this quality of fillies, you can do anything you want with them so when they started getting a little quicker up front and I was happy and comfortable travelling in a nice rhythm in behind, I thought if she kicks away the way she kicked last time for Omar [Moreno] within range, I thought she’d blow right by them and she did.

An avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan, Menzies admitted a stakes victory at Woodbine trumps a Stanley Cup win in his books.

“A stakes victory is a much bigger deal. As big of a Leafs fan as I am, it doesn’t get much better than this, I must say,” he said, adding that Piano Bar Racing, named after a popular vacation spot for the group, will be celebrating the big win with a couple bottles of wine tonight.

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Two Adena Springs Breds by Ghostzapper Inducted Into Canadian Racing HOF

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A pair of Adena Springs bred multiple Grade 1 winners, Shaman Ghost and Judy the Beauty, were inducted into the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame in a wonderful ceremony at the Mississauga Convention Center near Woodbine Racetrack.

Both are by 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic hero and Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, the best product yet of Frank Stronach's storied breeding program. Ghostzapper is now a leading sire in Kentucky and was inducted into the National Racing Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs in 2012.

Stronach Stable’s Shaman Ghost was Canada’s champion male 3-year-old in 2015, when he won the Queen’s Plate and Grade 3 Marine Stakes. He went on to take the Grade 1 Woodward in 2016 and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in 2017. He retired as a winner of 8 of 17 starts, with earnings of over $3.8 million, and was recently moved from California to Kentucky to continue his stud career.

Judy the Beauty was sold by Adena Springs at the 2010 Keeneland September Yearling auction. She won the Eclipse Award for champion female sprinter in 2014, when she captured the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint for owner-trainer Wesley Ward. She won 9 of 22 outings, with earnings of just over $1.8 million.

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$300,000 Point of Entry Yearling at The Saratoga Sale

Hip 149, a colt by Point of Entry, commanded a final bid of $300,000 at the prestigious......

Hip 149, a colt by Point of Entry, commanded a final bid of $300,000 at the prestigious Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling auction.

Currently named Brewmeister, Hip 149 is the first foal out of the Giant's Causeway mare Wonder Brew, a daughter of the Adena Springs homebred Sovereign Award champion Ginger Brew. Wonder Brew was sold by Adena Springs for $270,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November sale carrying Brewmeister.

The flashy chestnut was consigned by Indian Creek and was purchased by Field Point Associates.

Point of Entry was also represented by Hip 97 at The Saratoga Sale and that colt was hammered down for $160,000 to August Dawn Farm.

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$1.2M Adena Springs Bred Filly Tops Saratoga Sale Opening Session

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Hip 26, a filly from the first crop by American Pharoah, brought $1.2 million on opening night of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. Bred in Ontario by Adena Springs, she was consigned by Gainesway on behalf of the pinhooking partnership Blue Sky Stables, which purchased her for $500,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November sale

Larry Best, standing alongside advisor John Dowd, was the winning bidder adding to his increasingly power-packed racing stable. The appeal of the seven-figure yearling was simple for Best.

"I didn't have one," he said in reference to the fillys' Triple Crown-winning sire. "I don't think you can go wrong with an American Pharoah filly crossed with a Malibu Moon mare. The residual value, just on the dam's side, is huge. I thought the price would actually go higher, but I wasn't going to go any higher. So I was surprised I got her."

The chestnut yearling, out of multiple Grade 1 winner Life at Ten, is a half-sister to Stronach Stables graded stakes placed Singing Bullet and her half-sister Bohemian Queen was an impressive debut winner at Woodbine Sunday, also in the Stronach red, black and gold.

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Life at Ten, winner of the 2010 Beldame S. (G1) and Ogden Phipps S. (G1), was purchased by Adena Springs for $1.95 million at the 2011 Keeneland November sale. 

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Perfect Start: 3 Starters, 3 Winners for Capo Bastone

Cruman Tapote, sent off as the 9-5 favorite in this debut run, broke like a shot from post two in......

Cruman Tapote, sent off as the 9-5 favorite in this debut run, broke like a shot from post two in a 5-furlong Maiden Special at Indiana Grand. He was on the engine through an opening quarter in :22.74, enjoyed a 3 1/2-length advantage in the stretch and kept finding more while racing on his left lead to graduate by 1 3/4 lengths over nine other rivals. 

The victory made him the third debut Maiden Special winner from as many starters for his sire, Capo Bastone.

Cruman Tapote was bred by his owner, Bad Boy Racing. Trainer Brad Cox gave the leg up to Fernando De La Cruz for the victory.

Capo Bastone got off the mark at the Keeneland Spring meeting when his first starter, Hargus, sped to victory in a 4 1/2-furlong Maiden Special contest. Next came Starship Nala, who debuted a winner in a 5-furlong Maiden Special at Gulfstream Park in early July.

Capo Bastone was an impressive juvenile debut winner himself, earning 'TDN Rising Star' status when unveiled at Del Mar. He culminated his juvenile season with placings in the Grade 1 FrontRunner S. and Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1). His signature win came the following season in the sire-making King's Bishop S. (G1) at Saratoga, a race won by the likes of Hard Spun, Tale of the Cat and More Than Ready.

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Champion Shaman Ghost to Kentucky for 2019

Adena Springs’ multiple Grade 1 winner and $3,859,311 earner Shaman Ghost is relocating to Adena......

Adena Springs’ multiple Grade 1 winner and $3,859,311 earner Shaman Ghost is relocating to Adena Springs in Paris, Kentucky. The son of Horse of the Year Ghostzapper out of the Gilded Time mare Getback Time stood this past season in California at Lovacres Ranch and bred 92 mares in his first year at stud.

“We were gratified to introduce a stallion of Shaman Ghost’s caliber to California breeders in his first season at stud,” said Frank Stronach. “Now he can join his Hall of Fame sire Ghostzapper in the stall next door.”

On the racetrack, Shaman Ghost accumulated a record of 8-3-2 from 17 starts. He won or placed in seven stakes, including victories in the Woodward S. (G1), Santa Anita Handicap (G1), Brooklyn Invitational S. (G2) and the Pimlico Special (G3). He was also second to Champion Arrogate in the $12,000,000 Pegasus Cup (G1) at Gulfstream. At three, Shaman Ghost won the prestigious Queens Plate, providing Stronach his third victory in the race, and was named Champion 3-year-old in Canada.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to have stood Shaman Ghost and we look forward to the arrival of his first crop next year. We bred some really nice mares to him,” said Terry Lovingier of Lovacres Ranch.

Ben Walden of Adena Springs added, “We are appreciative of Terry and everyone at Lovacres Ranch for their efforts and their results. Mr, Stronach remains exceptionally committed to the California breeding program, and we look to replace Shaman Ghost with another important stallion.”

For more information on Shaman Ghost, contact Ben Walden at (859) 221-8757 or Dermot Carty (859) 559-4928.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I think she’s just getting better and better, which is unusual as a mare gets older, but she just loves to run. She loves to chase horses,” said Carroll.

The mare’s win marked the third time Carroll has won the Ontario Matron. 

Ghostzapper is the sire of nine 2018 stakes winners and three other Graded winners - Sunland Derby (G3) hero Runaway Ghost and the Grade 2 winners Proctor's Ledge and Holy Helena.

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Milwaukee Brew's Kingsport Rules in Shepperton S.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Two Starters, Two Winners for Capo Bastone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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