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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01.11.2018

Shaman Ghost to Stand in California at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds

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

Multiple grade 1 winner and Canadian champion Shaman Ghost will enter stud at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds near Santa Ynez, California, for the 2018 season, his connections announced Jan. 11.

The stud fee for the 6-year-old son of Ghostzapper will be $10,000, live foal stands and nurses. There will be special consideration for young stakes-winning mares at a reduced fee of $7,500, live foal stands and nurses.

Frank Stronach reiterated his dedication to building up the California-bred program. He said he is sending multiple mares to California to foal and be bred back to Shaman Ghost.

"Basically, as you know, we own two racetracks here in Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita Park," said the founder of The Stronach Group. "We're a little concerned there aren't enough horses, there are small fields, so we want to make sure that we have a good horse population. Naturally, it's also important that we get new owners (involved in the sport)."

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 became the first Queen's Plate Stakes winner 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, 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).

"He won the Santa Anita Handicap, and he also won on Polytrack, and they have a synthetic track at Golden Gate," Stronach said. "I think he's quite a versatile horse. I think conformation-wise he's very correct, and he has a great disposition. Naturally, you always get high on your own horses, but I've been around good horses, and I think he's a very nice horse."

Stronach spent time over the last few weeks in California and visited numerous farms. He said the primary factor for standing the new stallion at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds is that it is centrally located, with a very large mare population in the Santa Ynez area.

"It was a hard decision because there were so many good farms, but I decided to do what is the best for Shaman Ghost," Stronach said. "I think Tommy Town is more central, being in Santa Ynez, and where the mare population is concerned, I think that would be helpful."

Tom Stull, owner of Tommy Town, said he was honored that Stronach chose his farm to handle Shaman Ghost's inaugural year at stud.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for California Thoroughbred breeders to have access to Shaman Ghost, a high-caliber stallion who will be a great addition to the Thoroughbred breeding industry here in California."  

In a release sent late Thursday, Stronach added, "We as a family need to demonstrate California racing is very important for the state of California. It is necessary that there are enough quality horses in California. The racehorse industry is very beneficial economically for the state of California. The horse industry currently is responsible for 50,000 jobs, directly and indirectly, and the Stronach family wants to work together with breeders, owners and trainers to increase these values. Together, we can improve horse racing and create thousands of additional jobs.

"The Stronach family's commitment to California is to improve and preserve the beautiful racetracks. By sending Shaman Ghost to California, we want to demonstrate that, besides owning the racetracks, we also will do our share to breed and race in California."

For inquiries for mares submissions, please contact Mike Allen 805-331-8268 at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Ken Wilkins 859-699-4887 or Dermot Carty 416-518-1449 at Adena Springs.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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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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01.02.2018

Frank Stronach to be 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 Jan. 25, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) will honor the native Austrian with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in service to the Thoroughbred industry. 

Stronach, a top owner, breeder, and racetrack owner, will receive the Award of Merit at the 47th annual Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony at Gulfstream Park near Hallandale Beach, Fla. 

"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." 

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." 

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.

-from www.bloodhorse.com

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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.

Watch the Tropical Park Oaks

“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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

-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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10.24.2017

Big Opening Session for Ghostzapper at FT-October

Samantha Siegel's Jay Em Ess Stable paid a session-topping $275,000 to secure a filly by......

Samantha Siegel's Jay Em Ess Stable paid a session-topping $275,000 to secure a filly by Ghostzapper as the four-day Fasig-Tipton October Fall Yearlings Sale kicked off with a solid day of selling on a rainy day in Lexington Monday.

"She's a pretty, well-balanced filly and a New York-bred," Siegel said. "We know Ghostzapper can get a good filly so, as they say, she ticked off all the boxes."

Siegel was forced to miss last month's Keeneland September Yearling Sale, so she was trying to make up for lost time.

"Unfortunately, I had to miss the Keeneland September sale--I was a vet scratch--but I would like to have a few more horses to fill out my group, so I came here," Siegel said after signing the ticket on Hip #96.

The yearling is out of Princesa de Papi, a half-sister to stakes winners Silent Bird and A Brilliant Idea.

Hip 96 was consigned to the October sale by Tommy Eastham's Legacy Bloodstock on behalf of her breeder, Dr. Jon Davis's Milfer Farm. Davis purchased Princesa de Papi, with this foal in utero, for $70,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. "[Milfer Farm] raises a nice horse," Eastham said. "She's a big-walking horse...and was a typical Ghostzapper with a great mind."

The highest-priced colt of the session was a $180,000 son of Ghostzapper purchased by Superfine Farms owner Ron Fein. The dark bay colt, Hip #63, is destined for a return trip through the sales ring next spring, according to Fein, who did his bidding out back while standing alongside pinhooker Ciaran Dunne.

"I liked everything about him. First of all he was a Ghostzapper, second of all he had beautiful movement and good size. Ciaran Dunne liked him, that was important, and he handled this process very well," Fein explained. "He'll probably go to either Miami [Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale] or [OBS] March."

The yearling, bred by champion Songbird's breeder John Antonelli in California, was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Antonelli purchased the colt's dam Piedras Negras for $95,000 as a 4-year-old in foal to Johannesburg at the 2003 Keeneland November sale. That in utero foal became graded stakes winner La Traviata, who is the dam of Group 1 winners Crusade (Mr. Greeley) and Seventh Heaven (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).

-edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com

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10.19.2017

First Winner for Champion Hunters Bay

Hunters Bay, a Champion multiple graded stakes-winner and grade 1-placed son of Ghostzapper, got......

Hunters Bay, a Champion multiple graded stakes-winner and grade 1-placed son of Ghostzapper, got his first winner Oct. 19 when Bay of Cats broke her maiden in a game 5 1/2 furlong race at Delaware Park.

The filly, raced by Derek Brown and trained by Mary Eppler, got her first win in her second start. Though tracking near the back of the six-horse field early, she ran down The Bay Express in deep stretch to win by a neck.

Dr. Tom Bowman's Roland Farm and Adena Springs bred Bay of Cats in Maryland. The filly is the first foal out of the Dance With Ravens daughter Cat Bird, who is a half sister to black-type stakes winner Halo Cat and black-type placed winner Joyce Ann.

Hunters Bay, bred by Frank Stronach's Adena Springs and raced by Stronach, won six races and finished second four times out of 14 starts. In 2012 championship season, he won the Eclipse Stakes (G3) and Dominion Day Stakes (G3) at Woodbine Race Course and finished second to Wise Dan in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes (G1T). He retired with $611,091 in earnings and now stands at Adena Springs North.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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10.09.2017

Signature Red's Latonka Still Unbeaten After Colin S. Victory

Latonka, who came from the clouds to prevail in his first start, duplicated that feat at Woodbine......

Latonka (pink silks), who came from the clouds to prevail in his first start, duplicated that feat at Woodbine on Monday by rallying from well back to capture the $125,000 Bull Page Stakes by three-quarters of a length under a jubilant Gary Boulanger.

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The six-furlong Bull Page, for Ontario-sired two-year-old colts and geldings, was the sixth stakes winner of the meeting for Boulanger but the first  for trainer Denyse McClachrie.

"He's showed us a lot of class in the morning,” said Boulanger. “He's learning a lot. He's obviously a horse with a tremendous turn of foot and I don't know how good he is yet, but he's been awfully good to us and he's a pleasure to ride and pleasure to be around. He's a lot of fun."

Longshot Inge seemed poised for a major upset leading by 1-1/2 lengths through five furlongs in :58.03. But the 36-1 shot finally gave way late as Latonka blew by and favored Be Vewy Vewy Quiet (by Silent Name) plugged on for second money, three-quarters of a length before the pacemaker.

McClachrie  also is the co-breeder of Latonka along with Gayle Bosscher. Both are part of the ownership group along with McClachrie’s husband, Shale Wagman, and Howard Rubin. He is the second stakes winner by Signature Red, Canada's top Second Crop sire of 2017 after leading all First Crop sires in 2016.

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10.06.2017

Fall Begins with Two New Ghostzapper Stakes Winners

Superstar sire Ghostzapper began the fall racing season with two new blacktype winners during in a......

Superstar sire Ghostzapper began the fall racing season with two new blacktype winners during in a five day span.

At Gulfstream Park on September 30, his five-year-old daughter King's Ghost (pictured) stormed to a three-length victory in the $75,000 Monroe Stakes. Trained by Marty Wolfson for Miller Racing, the improving mare is also the latest blacktype winner bred and sold by Adena Springs. 

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Five days later at Presque Isle Downs, another Ghostzapper daughter, Cavalia,  scored in the $100,000 H. B. P. A. Stakes. She entered the race off a strong third in the Grade 2 Presque Isle Master Stakes in her stakes debut on September 18.

King's Ghost and Cavalia give Ghostzapper 12 blacktype winners in 2017 and they are among his 22 blacktype horses this year. 2017 marks the sixth straight season Ghostzapper has sired double-digit blacktype stakes winners and over 20 total blacktype stakes horses.

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09.30.2017

Explosive First Stakes Winner for Fort Larned

Blonde Bomber scored an impressive victory in the $75,000 Our Dear Peggy Stakes at Gulfstream......

Blonde Bomber scored an impressive victory in the $75,000 Our Dear Peggy Stakes at Gulfstream Park, becoming the first stakes winner for Breeders' Cup Classic champion Fort Larned.

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"Nice seeing Blonde Bomber live up to the promise and talent-level many of us thought she had this summer," commented Gulfstream Park on-track host Jason Blewitt. "Nice Fort Larned filly for Arindel Farm."

The attractive gray placed in three of her first four outings, all at sprint distances. She broke through in her fifth start with a sparkling 4 1/2-length Maiden Special victory going six furlongs at Gulfstream on September 2.

Making her stakes debut in the one-mile Our Dear Peggy, Blonde Bomber broke well from post five and attended the early pace through a quarter mile in :24.96 and a half-mile in :48.30. Jockey Emisael Jaramillo gave his filly her cue midway around the far turn and she willingly assumed the lead. The pair coasted down the lane from there, greeting the wire with a 7 1/4-length advantage. 

Blonde Bomber is trained by South Florida veteran Stanley Gold and races in the colors of her breeder, Arindel Farm. She's out of the mare Girl Can Rock, a daughter of the former Adena Springs champion sire El Prado. 

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09.30.2017

'Slew' Awesome Again in G3 Ack Ack Stakes

Live Oak Plantation’s homebred Awesome Slew proved to be one of the nation’s top middle distance......

Live Oak Plantation’s homebred Awesome Slew proved to be one of the nation’s top middle distance runners when he ran down up-and-comer The Player inside the final eighth of a mile to win Saturday’s stirring 25th renewal of the $100,000 Ack Ack (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.

Awesome Slew, ridden by Corey Lanerie and trained by Mark Casse, ran one mile in 1:35.02 to prevail by one length. It was another 9 ¼ lengths back to third-place finisher Pinson. The first prize was $59,520 and hiked Awesome Slew’s bankroll to $952,940 with a record of 16-5-4-3.

Awesome Slew is son of 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) winner Awesome Again out of the Seeking the Gold mare Slewfoundmoney. He was bred in Florida by his owner Charlotte Weber.

Awesome Slew had been facing a stellar roster of rivals in top seven-furlong and one-mile races this year. Transferred to the care of Casse in February, Awesome Slew defeated multiple Grade I winner A.P. Indian in the seven-furlong Commonwealth (GIII) at Keeneland. He also had strong efforts when second to Limousine Liberal in the Churchill Downs (GII) on Kentucky Derby Day, Sharp Azteca in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (GII), Drefong in Saratoga’s Forego (GI) and Mind Your Biscuits in the Belmont Sprint Championship (GII). Awesome Slew also finished fourth behind Mor Spirit and Sharp Azteca in the one-mile Metropolitan Handicap (GI) at Belmont Park.

Following his performance Saturday, it appears that Awesome Slew will head west for the $1 million Las Vegas Dirt Mile (GI) at Del Mar on Friday, Nov. 3. Three of the last four Ack Ack winners – Pants On Fire (2013), Tapiture (2015) and Tom’s Ready (2016) – used the race as a springboard to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, as well.

Warrior’s Club and Pinson battled for the early Ack Ack lead and directed the field of nine 3-year-olds and up through early fractions of :23.07 and :46.50 as The Player tracked in third and Awesome Slew raced in sixth. Warrior’s Club began to fade midway around the turn as The Player poked his head in front. Lanerie dropped his hands and asked Awesome Slew for his best run and the 4-year-old quickly began to pick off rivals with a five-wide rally before drawing even with The Player at the eighth-mile pole.

“Turning for home I had a ton of horse under me,” Lanerie said.

The seasoned Awesome Slew’s class was undeniable in deep stretch as he edged clear from The Player, who proved to be a fascinating challenger.

“That horse (Awesome Slew) outran him,” said The Player’s trainer “Buff” Bradley. “He was running – they both were running.”

“The goal for this spot was to give him an easier race,” said Norman Casse, assistant to his father Mark. “He’s been facing some of the best sprinters in the country so he needed to build his confidence back up. He did everything well today and the distance was perfect. There’s still some discussion to be had but right now we’ll point towards the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

- edited from www.churchilldowns.com, photo by Coady


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09.20.2017

1st Mucho Macho Man Yearlings in High Demand at Keeneland

A trio yearlings from the first crop by Breeders' Cup Classic champion Mucho Macho Man brought six......

A quartet of yearlings from the first crop by Breeders' Cup Classic champion Mucho Macho Man commanded six-figure bids at the 2017 Keeneland September sale.

Hip #3213 - $170,000
The highest-selling colt of the September 20 session. He hails from the prolific female family of two-time Canadian Horse of the Year Chief Bearhart. Select Sales consigned the tremendous colt, Michael Neatherlin signed the ticket. 

"My client was concerned when he was catalogued in Book 5, but I reassured her, because he's such an outstanding physical," said Carrie Brogden of Select Sales. "He had 10 scopes. He was vetted tons of times... He was the real deal. When he came in the back ring he just owned it and people swarmed him. We were thrilled and really beside ourselves. There was so much interest in him and Ciaran Dunne was the direct underbidder on him and was not too happy that he didn't get him, that's for sure."

Hip #1810 - $135,000
This filly is out of the Stakes-placed Rock Hard Ten mare Raucous Lady. Consigned by Hidden Brook Farm, she was purchased by agent Hal Hatch.

Hip #1821 - $110,000
A filly out of multiple Graded Stakes winner Rite Moment, the dam of multiple Stakes winner Moment is Right. She was purchased by Southcoast Bloodstock Agent out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment.

Hip #727 - $100,000
Famed Darby Dan Farm sold this colt out of the Stakes-placed Pure Prize dam Severn Shore. Jackpot Farm was the winning bidder. 

These stellar yearlings come after a $140,000 Mucho Macho Man colt at the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred auction and his $120,000 colt sales topper at Barretts August.

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09.18.2017

$175,000 Macho Uno Colt at Keeneland September

An Adena Springs-bred Macho Uno colt caught the eye of some sharp bidders during Session 7 of the......

Hip #2359, an Adena Springs-bred Macho Uno colt caught the eye of some sharp bidders during Session 7 of the Keeneland September Yearling sale. When the dust settled the attractive grey sold for $175,000.

The colt has every right to be a good one. He's out of the mare Black Lace, by dual Classic winner Afleet Alex, and a half-sister to Macho Uno's five-time Grade 1 winner Private Zone. A little further back in the pedigree are the likes of two-time Canadian Horse of the Year Chief Bearhart. Golf '18 signed the ticket on the colt.

Adena Springs-bred, raised and sold Private Zone at the 2010 Keeneland September sale. 

In addition to Private Zone, Macho Uno is the sire of several other top-class runners including Grade 1 winners Wicked Style, & Macho Again and Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) hero Mucho Macho Man, whose first yearlings have been received at Keeneland September

 

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09.14.2017

$725,000 Ghostzapper Colt at Keeneland September

Hip #997, a colt by Hall of Famer Ghostzapper brought $725,000 on Day 4 of the Keeneland September......

Hip #997, a colt by Hall of Famer Ghostzapper brought $725,000 during day four of the Keeneland September sale.

The handsome bay was purchased by Maverick Racing and China Horse Club from the Gainesway consignment. He's the second foal out of the Street Cry mare Any Why Not, a multiple Grade 1 performer.

"He's just a nice horse," said WinStar Farms's Elliot Walden. "He's a beautiful horse, well raised by Helen Groves...It's a great stallion-type family, so we'll see what happens."

The sale comes two days after Shadwell Estate purchased a Ghostzapper colt for $625,000.

Other Ghostzapper yearlings at Keeneland September have sold for $425,000, $375,000, $325,000, $320,000 and $310,000.

Ghostzapper's current crop of yearlings were bred on a $60,000 stud fee.

Ghostzapper is also the damsire of Hip #1041, the session four co-topper. His graded stakes-placed daughter Beloveda produced the $1 million colt by Scat Daddy. 

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09.12.2017

Ghostzapper Yearlings Popular at Keeneland: $625,000, $425,000, etc.

Hip #321, a colt by Ghostzapper, commanded a final bid of $625,000 during day two of the annual......

Hip #321, a colt by Ghostzapper, commanded a final bid of $625,000 during day two of the annual Keeneland September Yearling sale. Three others Ghostzapper yearlings sold through the first two days of the sale, all for over $300,000.

The $625,000 hip is a full brother to Ghostzapper's Breeders' Cup and Eclipse Champion Judy the Beauty. Shadwell Estate purchased the colt.

"He's a royally bred colt, that fella," consignor Peter O'Callaghan (Woods Edge Farm) said after the sale.

Other prominent owners were keen to buy in on Ghostzapper at North America's most important yearling auction. Rick Porter, who's raced such standouts as Havre de Grace and Songbird in the colors of his Fox Hill Farm, was winning bidder on a $425,000 colt during the sale's first session. On day two, Shortleaf Stable purchased a $375,000 colt and G. Watts Humphrey went to $310,000 to secure a Ghostzapper filly.

Through the first two days of the sale Ghostzapper's average is a stout $433,750 for yearlings bred on a stud fee of $60,000.

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09.10.2017

Silent Sonet is Silent Name's Newest Stakes Winner

Silent Sonet, a troubled third in her last start, rewarded the faith of  her backers here......

The Silent Name filly Silent Sonet, a troubled third in her last start, rewarded the faith of  her backers here Sunday with an emphatic 6 ¼-length victory in the $125,000 La Prevoyante Stakes.

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The La Prevoyante a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies, attracted a field of eight and Silver Sonet ruled as the 1-2 favorite under new rider Eurico Rosa da Silva.

“I was very confident that my horse was going to run very big,” said Da Silva, who had become acquainted with Silent Sonet when he breezed her for trainer Nick Gonzalez nine days ago.

Listenlindalisten, who had upset Silent Sonet when the two last met in the off-the-turf seven-furlong Passing Mood here Aug. 2, was looking for her third consecutive stakes win and was sent to the front from her inside post.

Da Silva was taking no chances, however, and never let Listenlindalisten and jockey Patrick Husbands shake loose as he and Silent Sonet  tracked intently from second place.

 “I was waiting to see what Patrick was going to do,” said Da Silva. “We ended up in the perfect position.”

Listenlindalisten, the 3-1 second choice, carved out a half in :23.50 while one length in front and a half in :46.34 with a half-length advantage.

Hailey’s Prize and Cindervella raced within striking position heading into the far turn with the rest of the field well back.

Turning into the stretch, Hailey’s Prize was attempting to launch a bid from the outside but Da Silva gave Silver Sonet her head and it was all over but the shouting.

“In the turn, my horse was just galloping,” said Da Silva, who also won Saturday’s Ontario Debutante and is the leading rider in all categories including 22 stakes victories.

“When I asked her, she just broke from there.”

Silent Sonet is homebred who races for owner Ivan Dalos, did not see action at 2 and the La Prevoyante was her third win from five outings.

“She’s a big filly,” said Dalos. “I thought she was too big to be a 2-year-old runner. We just took it easy, knowing she was going to be a nice 3-year-old, and this is what she turned out to be.”

Silent Sonet is the fourth 2017 blacktype winner making him Canada's #1 sire of blacktype winners this year. His also the runaway leading juvenile sire in Canada for the second year in a row.

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

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09.02.2017

Gamble's Ghost is Ghostzapper's 10th Stakes Winner of 2017

Gamble’s Ghost mounted a late bid to come from last at the three-quarter mark to take the $100,000......

Gamble’s Ghost mounted a late bid to come from last at the three-quarter mark to take the $100,000 Belle Mahone Stakes on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.

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Luis Contreras worked out the winning trip aboard the four-year-old Ghostzapper-Gambling Girl filly for trainer Josie Carroll and owner Ivan Dalos.

Gamble’s Ghost and Contreras followed in fifth-place along the rail early on tracking 3-2 favourite Ice Festival, a graded winner by Awesome Again, while Cced led the way through opening fractions of :25.08 and :50.33. After racing just outside of the leader, 22-1 longshot Silver Sidney took over command nearing three-quarters in 1:15.20 and the backfield began to fan out wide turning for home.

Meanwhile, Gamble’s Ghost was shuffled to the back of the six-horse field by the third quarter mark and staged a rally outside for a clear path in the stretch. She then downed Silver Sidney in the straightaway and drew off to a two and a quarter length victory in 1:44.83. Silver Sidney held on for second-place as Ice Festival closed inside for third. 

After the race, Carroll praised Contreras’s smart move aboard the filly to get her in a position to win.

“This filly does have a propensity for trouble, so if you find yourself in trouble, just make sure you get her clear,” said Carroll. “I could see he was stalking the one horse there and it didn’t look like it was going to open and he sacrificed a little bit of ground to get her out and did a very, very nice job with her.”

Gamble’s Ghost paid $6.10, $4.20 and $2.50 as the 2-1 second choice in the wagering following a fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes contested on July 2 over 1-1/4 miles on the turf. She was successful for the second time in three starts this year returning to the Tapeta track where she was victorious on June 9 as well as in her past graded stakes wins.

“It was really simple with this filly,” said Contreras. “She likes to break and sit and relax and just see how the pace goes and go from there.

“I think she can run on the grass too, but she had a real bad experience on the trips… She seems like she loves the synthetic.”

Gamble’s Ghost earned her fifth career win from 13 starts and pushed her bankroll over $460,000. The multiple graded stakes winner was bred in Ontario by Tall Oaks Farm.

 “She always has been a nice horse,” said Dalos. “I try to breed good horses, as you know, and some of them turn out better than others, but I’ve been very fortunate to have nice fillies and I’ve got a couple of nice ones now on the ground and we just keep on trying.”

A Graded 3 winner at two and three, Gamble's Ghost is Ghostzapper's 10th blacktype winner in 2017. Among the others are seven Graded winners including the Grade 1 winners Shaman Ghost and Paulaussilverlining.

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

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09.02.2017

Fort Larned's Blonde Bomber Turns Heads at Gulfstream Park

Blonde Bomber became the latest first crop winner for her sire Fort Larned with a sparkling 4......

Blonde Bomber became the latest first crop winner for her sire Fort Larned with a sparkling 4 1/2-length victory in a Gulfstream Park maiden special contest.

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The Arindel Farm homebred broke from post 5 under Emisael Jaramillo and was in-hand along the inside during the early stages of the 6-furlong heat. She steadied entering the far turn but once guided to the outside by Jaramillo the grey filly proved no match for her rivals. She rallied four-wide to gain the lead at the top of the stretch and coasted home from there. Her a final quarter shaded :13. 

Three-time Grade 1 hero Fort Larned is best known for his 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic victory over eventual 2013 Classic champ and fellow Adena Springs Kentucky stallion Mucho Macho Man. Among his other promising first crop winners is the $170,000 juvenile Fort Wise Treaty. 

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08.30.2017

Summer Sunday Still Perfect; Romps in $200,000 Muskoka Stakes

Summer Sunday remained unbeaten in three starts with a sparkling gate to wire performance in......

Summer Sunday remained unbeaten in three starts with a sparkling gate to wire performance in Wednesday night's $201,200 OLG/OR Muskoka Stakes on the annual Canadian Millions card.

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Trained by Stuart Simon for owners Anne and William Scott, Summer Sunday arrived at the 6 1/2-furlong sprint for two-year-old fillies with a perfect record from two starts including a last-out score in the Nandi Stakes on August 6.

The Silent Name bay, out of 2007 Champion Two Year Old filly Dancing Allstar, was guided from the inside post by Jesse Campbell and found the front easily through splits of :22.88 and :45.71 as Hell N Wild, Hatch Gate and Clickity Clack tracked her early foot.

Campbell opened up a notch on Summer Sunday at the top of the lane and the filly responded in kind, racing away to a four-length score in 1:17.08.  Loopety Loo and Line of Vision rallied from well back to complete the trifecta.

Summer Sunday was purchased for $95,000 (Canadian) at last year's CTHS September sale, the co-highest selling yearling of the sale. She's already earned nearly $200,000 for her connections. 

"We liked the whole package,” recalled Simon of the purchase. “Bill (owner, Scott) liked her pedigree and I liked her physically. She just seemed to have all the goods about her. Bill was pretty adamant about buying her."

One race earlier on the rich Ontario Millions card, the Milwaukee Brew mare Sweater Weather went over $500,000 for her career with her second straight triumph in the Algoma Stakes.

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


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08.30.2017

Sweater Weather Over $500,000 with Algoma Stakes Victory

Frank Di Giulio Jr.’s Sweater Weather used an explosive late kick to successfully defend her title......

Frank Di Giulio Jr.’s Sweater Weather used an explosive late kick to successfully defend her title in the $125,000 OLG/OR Algoma Stakes, presented by Adena Springs Canada, on an action-packed Wednesday night at Woodbine Racetrack.

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In the evening’s third Canadian Millions sales stakes for fillies & mares three years old and up, Sweater Weather and jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva followed in seventh-place before picking off horses around the final turn and surging to victory by two and a half lengths. The final time was 1:45.73 over 1-1/16 miles on the Tapeta track. 

The victory was the blacktype score for the six-year-old daughter of Milwaukee Brew and it put her over the half-million dollar mark in earnings. Her bankroll now stands at $536,431 making her the fourth-highest earner by Milwaukee Brew after the Woodbine Oaks heroines Milwaukee Appeal ($1,198,674) and Ginger Brew ($970,311) and the active multiple graded winner Flipcup ($636,382) 

Sweater Weather was bred in Ontario by Osprey Stable was purchase by trainer Robert Tiller for Di Giulio for $39,000 at the 2012 CTHS September yearling sale.

One race later on the Canadian Millions card, the Silent Name filly Summer Sunday remained unbeaten with a dominant score in the $200,000 Muskoka Stakes.

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

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08.30.2017

Mucho Macho Man Yearling is Colt Topper at Barretts August

Hip #67, a colt from the first crop by Breeders' Cup Classic champion Mucho Macho Man, brought......

Hip #67, a colt from the first crop by Breeders' Cup Classic champion Mucho Macho Man, brought $120,000 at Tuesday's Barretts August sale. That price tag made him the highest-selling colt at California's premier yearling auction.

Consigned by McCarthy Thoroughbreds, the flashy chestnut is out of the City Zip dam Longing and hails from the family of champion multi-millionaire Wando. Like his sire, the colt has good size and scope and is typical of what breeders are reporting from Mucho Macho Man's first crop. He was purchased by Blinkers On Racing Stable.

Hip #67 is the second six-figure yearling for his sire this month after a $140,000 colt at the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred auction on August 13. 

Aside from his dramatic victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic over champions Will Take Charge and Declaration of War, Mucho Macho Man won several other stakes including the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes. As a sophomore the hickory colt won the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes and competed in all three Triple Crown races, placing in the Kentucky Derby, all before his June 15 third birthday.

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