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Miller Fined $500 for Class 4 Positive

Tue, 2021-04-13 17:36

Trainer Peter Miller, currently third in wins and fourth in earnings at Santa Anita Park, has been fined $500 for a Class 4 finding of isoflupredone that was confirmed via split-sample testing when his trainee, Hembree (Proud Citizen), won the GII Joe Hernandez S. at 5-1 odds Jan. 1.

Isoflupredone is an injectable steroid primarily administered for anti-inflammatory effects. The drug's 4C categorization is on the less-severe side of the scale of the Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances list published by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

According to the California Horse Racing Board rule book, a trainer's first violation within a 365-day period for a Category C drug violation can result in a minimum fine of $500 to a maximum fine of $1,000 (absent mitigating circumstances).

In April 2017, Miller was previously fined $1,000 by the CHRB for an isoflupredone overage.

No disqualification or purse redistribution was listed within the ruling text on the CHRB website.

Hembree, owned by Tom Kagele, subsequently raced Feb. 6 when fifth in the GIII Thunder Road S. at Santa Anita.

It was not immediately clear at deadline for this story if Miller was appealing the fine. The stewards' ruling was dated Apr. 10.

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Classic Empire Filly Sets Quarter-Mile Mark at OBS

Tue, 2021-04-13 17:33

The under-tack show for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training continued Tuesday with a livelier track that saw six horses break the :10 flat mark and a filly by Classic Empire turn in the fastest quarter-mile work of the week so far.

Working early in the day's first set Tuesday, a chestnut filly from the first crop of juvenile champion Classic Empire (hip 317) zipped her quarter-mile in :20 2/5. The juvenile is consigned by Keiber Rengifo's Golden Rock Thoroughbreds on behalf of breeders Gabriel and Aisling Duignan of Springhouse Farm.

“She worked really well today,” Rengifo, who was aboard for the work, said. “She just repeated what she had been doing the last couple months at the farm where she showed a lot of talent on the dirt. So we weren't surprised by the time she did over here at OBS because she was working unbelievably the last couple months. The way she worked today is the way she was training the last 60 days.”

The filly is out of the unraced Tigress Tale (Tale of the Cat), who is a half-sister to graded winner Stays in Vegas (City Zip). She RNA'd for $37,000 at Keeneland last September.

“I was one of the bidders,” Rengifo said. “I loved the way she was built, she is a nice-looking filly and I loved the way she looked at Keeneland. I bid almost $27,000, but she didn't make it to the reserve and the breeders still own her. We were talking to Spider and Aisling and they gave me the opportunity to train her.”

Golden Rock, which has 21 juveniles consigned to the Spring sale, was also represented Tuesday by a pair of :10 flat workers: a filly by Lord Nelson (hip 368, :10 flat); and a colt by Tiznow (hip 376, :10 flat).

In addition to breezing all his own horses, Rengifo also works horses for Karl Keegan's Lucan Bloodstock, Scott Kintz's Six K's Training and Sales and Juan Centeno's All Dreams Equine.

“The track was a little bit better today than it was yesterday because of all the water from the thunder storms Sunday,” Rengifo said. “There was still a lot of water in the track Monday. I saw a lot of good horses breezing today, it's 100% a better track today. But the fast horses are still going fast. We had a :10 flat in the last set, so it was pretty consistent if you had the right horse.”

While 13 horses shared Monday's bullet furlong time of :10 flat, six broke through that mark to work the co-fastest time of :9 4/5 Tuesday.

Among them was a filly by Into Mischief (hip 288) who worked in :9 4/5 for Mayberry Farm. The bay filly is out of Take Charge (Hard Spun), a daughter of multiple graded placed Hidden Reserve (Mr. Prospector) and a full-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Reload and a half to graded winners Philanthropist (Kris S.) and Defer (Danzig).

The juvenile was purchased for $300,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale by Paul Manganaro, Nice Guys Stable and Steve Hornstock.

“Visually and emotionally pleasing,” Manganaro said of his reaction to the bullet breeze. “She had been under the care of April Mayberry and her team and they had thought highly of her for a long time. So it was nice to see the talent we thought she had come out at the right time. I've been in this business long enough, so I know anything can happen. But it was exciting at the same time. When she crossed that finish line, it was like watching one of your siblings score the winning goal or touchdown in a sports event.”

Of the filly's appeal at last year's September sale, Manganaro said, “The head of our selection team was the legendary John Williams. So the main attraction was John liked her physically. Then obviously being by arguably the hottest stallion in the world right now in Into Mischief sealed the deal. And she's from a wonderful deep family.”

The initial plan was for the partners to race the filly, but high praise from Mayberry convinced them to test the market.

“We bought this filly and a Gun Runner filly at the Keeneland sale last year without any intention of pinhooking, but April's reports were that she was a very talented filly,” Manganaro said. “When we saw the demand for Into Mischief in the marketplace, we decided, if she can bring us there, let's test the market. She brought us to this point, so we are very happy with that.”

Manganaro, Nice Guys Stables and Hornstock do have a horse to look forward to at the racetrack in impressive maiden winner Defeater (Union Rags).

“We have a few horses together,” Manganaro said of the partnership. “We have a pretty nice 3-year-old colt who was with Tom Amoss named Defeater. We were just starting to get Derby fever with him and he got a slight injury, but he'll be back soon.”

A colt from the first crop of Midnight Storm (hip 264) also shared the co-fastest :9 4/5 furlong time for G.W. Parrish's Parrish Farms.

“He prepped really well, so I was expecting him to work well,” Parrish said of the colt.

Parrish and his wife Karen purchased the dark bay colt for $34,000 at last year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

“My wife picked him out, so she was very happy,” he said with a chuckle. “He had a nice head and a nice eye. I did the bidding, but she liked him, so I kind of listened to her–happy wife, happy life.”

The juvenile is out of Summer of Joy (Sky Mesa), a full-sister to multiple graded placed Spectacular Sky.

Also sharing the bullet furlong time Tuesday were: a colt by Speightstown (hip 232, :9 4/5) consigned by Centofanti Thoroughbreds; a colt by Cairo Prince (hip 253, :9 4/5) consigned by Wavertree Stables; a colt by Twirling Candy (hip 262, :9 4/5) consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales; and a filly by Daredevil (hip 395, :9 4/5) consigned by Eddie Woods.

The under-tack show continues through Saturday and commences each day at 8 a.m. The Spring sale will be held next Tuesday through Friday with bidding beginning each day at 10:30 a.m.

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Audit Reveals $272K in Uncollected Commission Fines

Tue, 2021-04-13 17:03

A state audit of the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) that sampled the records of 100 individuals listed as never having paid their fines for racing infractions has revealed that at least $272,000 remains uncollected, with 76% of that money being outstanding for penalties that were imposed by the NJRC as long as two decades ago.

The Office of the State Auditor, which probed various aspects of the commission for the period between July 2016 through March 2020, also stated that the commission-produced equine fatality reports “are not always complete and the timeliness of the submission of reports cannot be determined.”

Although the audit stated that the commissions finances were generally properly processed and recorded in the state's accounting systems, there were concerns over some missing cash receipts for certain licensing and fingerprinting transactions at the commission's offices at Monmouth Park, Meadowlands Racetrack, and Freehold Raceway.

John Brennan of njonlinegambling.com first reported on the audit, a copy of which can be accessed here.

“We judgmentally selected 100 of 138 licensed individuals with outstanding fines over 90 days from the NJRC List of Fines Not Collected report for the period March 13, 2000 through August 30, 2019,” the audit stated. “The individuals listed in the report did not pay their fines within the required 48 hours. We reviewed the NJRC system to verify if these individuals were suspended and placed on the security guide and noted the commission did not suspend the licenses of 18 individuals.

“In addition, for the same sample of 100 individuals, we noted 91 rulings with fines totaling $272,000 are still outstanding, of which 69 rulings totaling $215,725  range from 10 to 19 years old. If an agency is unable to collect debt within 90 days, the account should be transferred to the Department of Treasury, Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services for further collection efforts….The lack of the commission's enforcement of controls with regards to suspensions increases the risk that suspended individuals could participate in horse racing activities.”

The NJRC was allowed to attach a written response to the state audit. The commission disputed some of the audit's findings on the unpaid fines and lack of suspensions.

“We have reviewed the 18 licensees in question and found that only one licensee received a license to race in New Jersey after failing to pay a fine,” the NJRC stated. “That license was issued in 2009, and has not been renewed since then. All of the licensees who are neither deceased nor out of business, have been placed on the NJRC Security Guide. Individuals placed on the Security Guide do not obtain licensure for as long as their fines remain unpaid.

“It is important to note that the NJRC has a backup procedure in place intended to ensure that persons who do not pay fines do not race. When an individual with an outstanding fine comes in to be licensed, even if they are not on the Security Guide, the billing screen will show the outstanding, unpaid balance in red. The NJRC licensing inspectors are trained to refuse to issue a license until the fine is paid.”

With regard to the equine fatality reporting, the audit cited a lack of required tattoo numbers for some deceased horses and the omission of other required identifying information as mistakes that needed to be corrected moving forward.

“We reviewed the equine fatality reports from calendar year 2014 through calendar year 2018 to determine if the reports were complete,” the audit stated. “Eighteen of the 111 reports (16%) reviewed were submitted without the tattoo number. Thirty-four of the 111 reports (31%) were submitted with inadequate information regarding the carcass removal. Six of the 111 reports (5%) were missing the necessary signature of either the trainer, custodian, or veterinarian. Eight of the 111 reports (7%) were submitted without the owner or trainer's name being listed.

“In addition, we could not determine the timeliness of the submission of any of the reports to the commission because the reports were not date-stamped when received,” the audit summed up.

The NJRC responded that it has already proposed a series of amendments to the New Jersey Administrative Code that would improve the fatality reporting. Those amendments were proposed back in December 2019, the NJRC stated. But the commission's response didn't address why it's taken nearly 1 ½ years to get those better reporting guidelines on the books.

The NJRC is supposed to consist of nine members appointed by the governor, but there continue to be five vacancies on the commission in the governor's fourth year in office.

The commissioners are Pamela Clyne (chair), Michael Arnone, Francis Keegan, and Glen Vetrano. Judith Nason is the executive director in charge of daily operations.

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Keeneland Catalogs 66 Entries for April Sale

Tue, 2021-04-13 11:22

Keeneland has cataloged 66 horses for its April Horses of Racing Age Sale, to be held Monday, Apr. 26. The sale, which will begin at 1 p.m. ET and be livestreamed on Keeneland.com, will be conducted as an integrated event, with live auctioneers at Keeneland and with horses presented for sale both physically at Keeneland and at off-site locations. Keeneland also will provide online bidding for buyers who wish to participate remotely.

Keeneland will continue to accept supplemental entries to the April Sale until Thursday, Apr. 22.

Click here for the enhanced digital-only catalog on Keeneland.com. The catalog, also available through the Equibase iPad app, includes pedigrees, Equibase past performances and race videos, Daily Racing Form past performances, and Ragozin and Thoro-Graph figures. Consignors may upload photographs and walking videos.

“We are pleased with the interest among horsemen in returning the April Sale to the calendar after we had to cancel it last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Keeneland President, CEO and Interim Director of Sales Shannon Arvin said. “Its placement this year at the start of Kentucky Derby Week combined with the innovative digital catalog and remote selling options provide an exciting opportunity for people looking to enhance their racing operations.”

Participating consignors include ELiTE, Hunter Valley Farm, Indian Creek Farm, Lane's End, Mill Ridge Sales, Stonestreet Stables, Taylor Made Sales and WinStar Racing. Among the horses ELiTE is offering are three horses that will be located at Santa Anita Park. The Stonestreet Stables entrants are stabled at Payson Park Training Center in Florida. Another horse cataloged in the sale is the 2-year-old American Freedom filly American Bound, who was an impressive winner on the Apr. 2 opening day card of Keeneland's Spring Meet.

Buyers who plan to attend the April Sale or participate remotely should register for an account and establish credit within the Keeneland Sales Portal. Keeneland recommends doing so two weeks before the sale. Contact Director of Sales Accounting Brent Hacker at 859 288-4231 or bhacker@keeneland.com with any questions about the sale.

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Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Catalogue Now Online

Tue, 2021-04-13 11:00

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 570 entries for its 2021 Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, to be held Monday and Tuesday, May 17-18, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland.

“Led by Eclipse Champion and Breeders' Cup Champion Gamine, Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training is once again among the nation's leading two-year-old sales by Grade I wins,” said Midlantic Sales Director Paget Bennett. “This year's cover features graded stakes winners from North America to Dubai, on dirt and turf, in a variety of divisions. This sale produces graded stakes success–and lots of it–and buyers have tremendous confidence buying off our dirt racetrack.”

Bennett continued: “While this sale offers quality at a variety of levels, the sire power is especially strong this year. Nineteen of the current top-20 ranked sires in North America are represented by progeny in the catalogue.”

The under tack show will be held over three sessions, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 11-13. Each under tack show session will begin at 8:00 am. Each sale session will begin at 11 a.m.

The catalogue may now be viewed online and via the equineline sales catalogue app. Print catalogues will be available at the beginning of next week.

Online bidding and phone bidding will be available.

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Violence Filly Fastest at OBS Monday

Mon, 2021-04-12 16:29

The under-tack show for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, delayed a day by Sunday's stormy weather, got underway Monday in Central Florida with 13 juveniles sharing the bullet furlong time of :10 flat and a filly by Violence turning in the day's fastest quarter-mile breeze.

Eddie Woods consigns hip 107, a daughter of Violence out of the unraced Royal Paradise (Unbridled's Song). The bay filly claimed the session's quarter-mile bullet time of :20 3/5.

“I was expecting a good work for her,” Woods said Monday afternoon. “You can't tell someone a horse is going to go in :20 3/5, it's ridiculous. But whatever the fastest work was going to be of the day, she was going to be really right on it.”

The filly is a half-sister to stakes-placed Bano Solo (Goldencents), who sold for $400,000 at the 2018 OBS March sale. She was purchased for $50,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale.

“She's tall, leggy and she's got some length to her,” Woods said. “She's out of an Unbridled's Song mare and you can kind of see that in her. And she's bigger than I'd ever thought she'd be. She was a medium-sized yearling, but she's a big, beautiful filly now.”

Woods sent out six juveniles to work at OBS Monday.

“We had a good day, it all went pretty well,” he said of his results. “There were no surprises. Everyone looked to come back well, so we are happy about everything.”

Of the track following a day of intense rain storms Sunday, Woods said, “I think the track was very fair. There were a couple of :20 4/5s and :10 flats. There weren't any :9 and changes and that's kind of the way the track should be. We had so much rain yesterday and that track acts a little bit like a sponge at times with a lot of water where it absorbs some of the stuff and expands a little bit. We're talking minute amounts, but minute amounts effect times. So it will be interesting to see how it is as we go forward in the week. Hopefully it stays the same.”

Becky Thomas's Sequel Bloodstock sent out four New York-breds to work Monday and came away with three sharing the bullet furlong time.

Leading off the trio was hip 4, a daughter of Laoban out of Paper Kite (Bernardini). The bay filly, bred by Sequel, turned in her :10 flat work early in the day's first session.

“When you see me have a horse that goes first, that's usually a horse that I think a lot of in terms of speed,” Thomas said, adding of the filly, “She's a pretty mover out of a Bernardini mare. She is very nice. We're happy with her.”

Another Sequel homebred, a son of the operation's stallion Mission Impazible (hip 135), also turned in a :10 flat work. The gray colt is out of Scott's Aly Cat (Tale of the Cat).

“I bought [Scott's Aly Cat] from Roy Lerman from his Lambholm program,” Thomas explained. “We bought her in foal to Mission because I had seen her year-before baby and liked it. He has a little bit of a Tale of the Cat look and yet has a little more leg to him because of the Unbridled's Song from Mission. I gave that mare away on a co-breed deal to one of our breeders who is probably very happy today.”

Also working in :10 flat from the Sequel consignment was hip 187, a first-crop son of Grade I winner Cupid out of Silver Sands (El Prado {Ire}). Thomas purchased the colt for $57,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton October sale.

“He's a May 25 foal and he's got a lot of length and a lot of stride,” Thomas said. “He belonged to a friend of mine who bred him in New York, so you always feel good when you can give back to our whole community. That horse was a Hidden Lake horse and they like to support our stallions, so I try hard on those breeders who support our stallions.”

Rounding out Sequel's team of New York-breds working Monday was a colt by Central Banker (hip 115), who worked in :10 1/5. Thomas is consigning the colt on behalf of breeders Chester and Mary Broman.

“Mr. Broman is another one who supports the New York program,” Thomas said. “So it's always fun when you have home-team horses.”

Despite the heavy rains Sunday, Thomas called an audible and sent her horses out to train following the cancellation of the breeze show.

“Normally we don't train the day before the breeze, but because they had already had one day off, I didn't want to not train,” Thomas said. “So we trained yesterday heading in.”

She added of the weather, “It was terrible. I realized we were about to get a deluge right in the middle of it.”

De Meric Sales sent out a pair of bullet workers Monday: a son of American Freedom (hip 78, :10 flat); and a colt by Classic Empire (hip 87, :10 flat).

Also represented by a pair of bullets Monday was Grassroots Training and Sales, which sent out a filly by Dialed In (hip 113, :10 flat); and a filly by Violence (hip 190, :10 flat).

The brigade of bullet workers Monday was completed by: hip 48, a colt by Kantharos consigned by Julie Davies (:10 flat); hip 108, a colt by Tapiture consigned by Tradewinds Farm (:10 flat); hip 118, a colt by Gun Runner consigned by Eisaman Equine (:10 flat); a filly by Noble Mission (GB) (hip 163) consigned by Top Line Sales (:10 flat); a colt by Dialed In (hip 175) consigned by Wavertree Stables (:10 flat); and a filly by Klimt (hip 203) consigned by Randy Bradshaw (:10 flat).

The under-tack show continues through Saturday with sessions beginning each day at 8 a.m. The OBS Spring sale will be held next Tuesday through Friday. Bidding begins each day at 10:30 a.m.

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Rosario Fined for Misjudging Finish in Nose Loss on Stakes Favorite

Mon, 2021-04-12 16:07

Jockey Joel Rosario, who leads North America with 20 stakes wins this year, was fined $200 for misjudging the finish wire aboard a 9-5 favorite who lost an Apr. 10 stakes race by a nose at Oaklawn Park.

Rosario piloted Rushie (Liam's Map) in the $400,000 Oaklawn Mile S., but apparently forgot races at that distance at the track end at the sixteenth pole and not the traditional finish line.

Rushie had seized the lead off the turn and was getting reeled in by a fast-closing By My Standards (Goldencents) as the sixteenth-pole finish loomed.

By My Standards seemed to have the winning momentum regardless of where Rosario thought the wire was, but the head-on replay reveals that Rosario was still driving Rushie while Gabriel Saez rose in the saddle aboard By My Standards.

The two jockeys appeared to speak while galloping out on the far turn, with Saez reaching out left-handed to give Rosario a seemingly friendly post-race tap on the right shoulder.

The official Equibase chart notes that Rosario “continued riding well past the finish wire.”

The ruling was issued Sunday by the Oaklawn stewards.

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Study: Economic Impact of Virginia Racing Industry Over $542 Million

Mon, 2021-04-12 13:37

The horse racing and breeding industry in Virginia generated an estimated economic impact of $542.1 million in the state in 2019, according to a study commissioned by the Virginia Equine Alliance.

“What we're finding is that jobs are coming back, horse racing related expenditures are up, and tax revenue to the state is increasing,” said John Hannum, Executive Director of the Virginia Equine Alliance. “These are all very positive signs that the racing industry is moving in the right direction and benefiting the Commonwealth's agribusiness and related businesses. Racing was at a low point in 2014 after the closure of Colonial Downs' racetrack. The General Assembly took a number of steps, most notably the passage of Historical Horse Racing machines in 2018, that provided the revenue to re-open the track and fund the revitalization of the industry. The study points to the enormous strides the industry has made since 2014.”

Highlights from the study released by the alliance Monday included: annual horse-related expenditures by Virginia horsemen estimated at $239.44 million in 2019; overall total in state tax revenue for 2019 estimated at $26.5 million; estimated total economic impact of horse racing events and visitor spending in Virginia was $68.7 million in 2019; jobs supported in 2019 by the horse racing and breeding industry estimated at more than 5,000; the average amount spent by horsemen in Virginia to care for, train, and board a race horse is estimated at $14,663.

Chmura Economics and Analytics (Chmura), a research consulting firm in Richmond, VA, conducted the study.

The Virginia Equine Alliance is a a non-profit, 501(c)6 organization comprised of the Virginia Harness Horse Association, Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association, Virginia Gold Cup Association and Virginia Thoroughbred Association. Its primary mission is to sustain, promote and expand the horse breeding and horse racing industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Aiken Equine Rescue Rebuilding After Fire

Mon, 2021-04-12 13:13

A fundraising effort has been launched to help Aiken Equine Rescue, where a barn was destroyed by an Apr. 3 fire.

There were no Thoroughbred retirees in the barn at the time. A pony was rescued and is currently undergoing treatment for thermal burns, reports farm manager Caroline Mulstay.

“We were very, very lucky,” Mulstay said. “There was only the one pony in the barn and we were able to get him out. All of our horses at the farm live out in paddocks and pastures. The only reason we would keep horses in the barn is if there is a medical reason. We were very lucky everybody was healthy and able to live out in paddocks and pastures. A week before the fire, we had a full barn.”

Mulstay said the rescue did have insurance, but their policy will fall short of covering the losses, which, she said included about $200,000 in supplies and equipment. She said investigators have yet to come up with what caused the barn to go up in flames. Aiken Equine Rescue cares for about 40 Thoroughbred retirees.

To donate go to Aikenequinerescure.org.

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T.I.P. Championships Return in October

Mon, 2021-04-12 11:30

The Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Championships horse show will return this Oct. 8-10 at Stable View in Aiken, SC, officials at The Jockey Club T.I.P. announced Monday. The 2020 event was a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of $60,000 will be up for grabs, with awards down to 10th place in 30 divisions spanning hunters, jumpers, dressage, a combined test, Western dressage, English pleasure, and Western pleasure. For the first time, the event will also offer in-hand championships.

We are delighted to be able to bring the T.I.P. Championships to Stable View for the first time and to celebrate Thoroughbreds in a region that has historically supported the breed,” said Kristin Werner, senior counsel for The Jockey Club and administrator of T.I.P. “We will be celebrating 10 years of the Thoroughbred Incentive Program at a venue that has been supporting the program by offering awards at their events. After being forced to cancel last year's show due to the pandemic, we are looking forward to an event that will be bigger and better than ever.”

To qualify for the Championships, a T.I.P. eligible Thoroughbred must (1) participate in a show offering T.I.P. high point awards, classes or divisions beginning Aug. 1, 2020 through Sept. 5, 2021; or (2) participate in Take2 divisions beginning Aug. 1, 2020 through Sept. 5, 2021; or (3) be entered in the 2021 RRP Mega Makeover; or (4) have been qualified and declared for the 2020 T.I.P. Championships; or (5) have participated in the 2020 T.I.P. Performance Awards; or (6) be accepted through a hardship request.

For more information about the T.I.P. Championships and eligibility, please visit www.tjctip.com/About/CSI. The full class list is available at www.tjctip.com/About/CSF.

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Old Friends to Host ‘Homecoming Lite’

Mon, 2021-04-12 10:46

Old Friends Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, is set to host its 16th annual Homecoming event Sunday, May 2, from noon to 3 p.m. Dubbed 'Homecoming Lite,' the event will be restricted to 125 pre-paid guests owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Tickets are $25 for the general public and will not be available for purchase on site. Members of Old Friends are free and children under the age of 10 are not permitted.

While the traditional silent and live auctions will be missing from this year's event, the art tent will feature photography, framed prints, pottery and more. There will also be a book table, yard sale and a collection of Kentucky Derby glasses. Food will not be served, but beverages will be available.

Reservations can be made online by visiting the Old Friends website at www.oldfriendsequine.org and clicking the booking button or by clicking here.

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Arkansas Derby Wrap: Super Stock ‘Fantastic’, Baffert Noncommittal On Derby for Concert Tour

Sun, 2021-04-11 16:56

Super Stock (Dialed In) emerged in “fantastic” shape from his victory in Saturday's GI Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn, Steve Asmussen, the colt's Hall of Fame trainer, said Sunday morning. The bay is scheduled to be flown early this week to Kentucky, Asmussen said, where the colt will join the trainer's string at Churchill Downs to begin preparing for the GI Kentucky Derby May 1.

Bought for $70,000 as a Keeneland September yearling, Super Stock gave Asmussen his fifth Arkansas Derby victory and is co-owned by Asmussen's 79-year-old father Keith. The colt received his early schooling at the family's famed El Primero Training Center near Laredo, TX and gave Steve Asmussen's oldest son Keith his first stakes win as a jockey in August's Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at Lone Star Park. Asmussen has yet to win the Kentucky Derby with 21 starters.

In addition to his father, mother, wife and three sons, Asmussen said his mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law were among those present to cheer the family horse Saturday.

“Can't even remember the last time we were all at the same race,” an emotional Asmussen said following his record 95th career Oaklawn stakes victory. “Meant to be.”

Bob Baffert was noncommittal after the race about a trip to Louisville for Arkansas Derby third finisher Concert Tour (Street Sense), who suffered his first loss in four career starts.

“We'll see how he works back,” Baffert said. “Churchill, I don't like to run there unless they're going to be really live. We'll see how he comes out of this race and see how he trains forward. I didn't really want a hard race out of it, but we still wanted to win. I've won Derbies off of losses. You learn about your horse and see if there is improvement to be made. The horse will tell us.”

Caddo River came out of the Arkansas Derby in “great shape,” Jorgito Abrego, who oversees trainer Brad Cox's Oaklawn division, said Sunday morning. Cox said immediately following the Arkansas Derby that he would consult with John Ed Anthony, Caddo River's owner/breeder, before making a decision regarding the Kentucky Derby.

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McPeek Pointing Lexington Winner King Fury to Derby Or Preakness

Sun, 2021-04-11 14:34

Trainer Kenny McPeek said Fern Circle Stables and Three Chimney Farm's King Fury (Curlin) will be pointed to the GI Kentucky Derby or the GI Preakness S. after winning the GIII Stonestreet Lexington S. Saturday at Keeneland. The chestnut returned last night to McPeek's division at Churchill Downs, where he has two wins including the Street Sense S.

With the 20 points he earned in the Lexington, King Fury ranks 28th on the Derby points leaderboard and would need several defections to draw into the May 1 Run for the Roses, which is limited to 20 starters.

“All good; we are real proud of him,” McPeek said. “If his points get him in to the Kentucky Derby, we will probably run. It is his home track and he has won there. If he doesn't get in the Derby, he will run in the [May 15] Preakness. He seems like a horse that is ready to do all that. We will have to see how that ball bounces. It is out of our control, but we will keep his work schedule the same.”

At Aqueduct, trainer Danny Velazquez reported that his graded stakes winner Brooklyn Strong (Wicked Strong) will also aim for the Preakness after his fifth-place run in the GII Wood Memorial S. Winner of the GII Remsen S. as a 2-year-old, the gelding will also likely use the Apr. 24 Federico Tesio S. at Laurel as further prep for the Triple Crown's middle jewel.

“He came out of the Wood really good. It was a good tightener for him and a learning curve for me,” said Velazquez. “I went in there 100% believing in my horse but at the end of the day, going into those big races you need a big race. My horse showed up and he showed me that he belongs there. He was beat less than five lengths off a long layoff. He impressed me. I think we're going to try the Preakness. We'll look at the Tesio as a target race for him and to keep him fit.”

Velazquez said Brooklyn Strong had a difficult trip in the Wood Memorial when finishing 4 3/4 lengths back of longshot winner Bourbonic (Bernardini).

“I've watched the replay a dozen times and he never really got a break down the back side,” said Velazquez. “He was steadied behind traffic and that takes energy. When he finally found a hole he got banged around again. The mile and an eighth was a little hard on him off the layoff.”

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Sunday’s OBS Breeze Show Cancelled Due to Weather

Sun, 2021-04-11 07:41

The first session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2021 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds was cancelled, according to a press release Sunday morning from the sales company. “With severe impending weather approaching it has been determined that cancellation is the best and safest course of action for both horses and people,” read the release.

Sunday's weather in Ocala called for thunderstorms, some potentially severe, and heavy rain with more than an inch of rainfall predicted.

The under tack show will now be scheduled over six sessions beginning Monday, April 12 and continuing through Saturday, April 17, with all sessions starting at 8:00 a.m.

Hips 1- 203 are scheduled to breeze Monday; 204-406 Tuesday; 407-608 Wednesday; 609-811 Thursday; 812-1014 Friday, and 1015-1217 Saturday.

The Spring Sale is scheduled to run from Tuesday, April 20 through Friday, April 23 with each session beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The under tack shows and the OBS Spring Sale will be streamed live every day on the TDN website.

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California Trainer Neil French Passes Away

Sat, 2021-04-10 20:20

Neil French, a licensed trainer since 1971 who was based in Southern California, passed away from heart failure Saturday, Apr. 10, at Arcadia Methodist Hospital near Santa Anita. He was 68.

French grew up with a father who was a farrier at Los Alamitos before switching to training, first Quarter Horses and eventually Thoroughbreds. French rode his father's horses in the mornings and then became a trainer on his own as a teenager. Among French's top horses were SW Pencil Point (Ire) (Sharpen Up), SW & GSP June's Reward (Hail Bold King), and GSP Chocolate Coated (Candy Ride {Arg}). He won a total of 257 races from 2,080 starters, with his runners earning $6,436,620.

Plagued with rheumatoid arthritis for the last decade, French continued training and relied on a golf cart to take him from the backside to the grandstand apron for training.

“The horses were his life,” said his sister, Joy. “The arthritis was very, very hard on him and this time, he had to go to the hospital and his heart gave out. He never got married or had kids; the horses were his life.”

French is survived by his mother, Loretta; three sisters: Joy, Joan, and Sundee; plus a number of nieces and nephews. Services are pending.

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Dialed In’s Super Stock Upsets the Arkansas Derby

Sat, 2021-04-10 20:02

The GI Arkansas Derby has been won over the last 20-plus years by some short-odds favorites, like future GI Kentucky Derby winners Smarty Jones (Elusive Quality, even-money in 2004) and American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile, 1-10 in 2015) and future Classic winners such as Curlin (Smart Strike, 4-5 in 2007) and Afleet Alex (Northern Afleet, 12-5 in 2005).

But the nine-furlong prep has tossed up its fair share of less-predictable winners, including Sir Cherokee (55-1 in 2003), Line of David (Lion Heart, 17-1 in 2010), Archarcharch (Arch, 25-1 in 2011), Danza (Street Boss, 41-1 in 2014) and the notorious Valhol (Diazo, 30-1 prior to being disqualified in 1999).

The betting public had Saturday's renewal as a match race between the undefeated 'TDN Rising Star' Concert Tour (Street Sense), so impressive in winning the GII Rebel S. last time, and fellow 'Rising Star' Caddo River (Hard Spun), well-beaten in the Rebel, but prior to that, the 10 1/4-length winner of the Jan. 22 Smarty Jones S. However, the longshot bug bit again, as the far less-heralded Super Stock (Dialed In) allowed those two to duel themselves into submission and picked up the pieces late at a bit more than 12-1 to give trainer Steve Asmussen a record-tying fifth win in the race.

It was an upset bigger than the pari-mutuel prices might indicate.

As anticipated, Caddo River, whom trainer Brad Cox promised would be ridden more aggressively than he was in the Rebel, kicked through inside and matched motors under the wire for the first time with Concert Tour before Joel Rosario took just a bit of a tug and asked the Gary and Mary West colorbearer to settle, albeit right off Caddo River's flank. The pace was very much on–the opening quarter was in a sharp :22.62–and Ricardo Santana, Jr. made best use of the one hole to land in third for the run around the turn, tracking the dueling pacesetters under a long hold.

Caddo River continued to bowl along up front through a half in a fast-enough :46.51, tugging Florent Geroux out of the saddle passing the five-furlong marker, but came back to his rider and relaxed better as they raced into the final 3 1/2 furlongs. The Shortleaf runner was holding Concert Tour gamely at bay approaching the stretch, but Santana, Jr. was feeling for Super Stock and the duo began to zero in on the front-runners at the head of the stretch. It looked for a few strides that Super Stock might try to come between the two favorites, but he was instead pulled off Concert Tour's heels at the furlong grounds, raced to the front with 100 yards to race and edged clear. Caddo River fought on gamely at the rail to hold second ahead of Concert Tour.

Asmussen's son Keith broke Super Stock's maiden in the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at Lone Star last August before stepping up steeply in class to be third in the GIII Iroquois S. at Churchill Sept. 5. An even third behind undefeated champion Essential Quality (Tapit) in the GI Claiborne Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland the following month, he was a battling runner-up to Saturday's GIII Stonestreet Lexington S. hero King Fury (Curlin) in the Oct. 25 Street Sense S. before calling it a season. Though never a danger to Concert Tour and his stablemate Hozier (Pioneerof the Nile) in the Rebel, it was a race he was certain to need and his even fourth-place effort set him up perfectly for his upset bid Saturday.

“[Tactically it set up] perfectly,” said Asmussen, whose father Keith is the colt's part-owner. “We wanted to use his post position. I thought he used his post position into the first turn extremely well. My confidence level was he was going to run really good. I've been in races like that, that you have no control over how good or bad somebody else runs. But I felt like that he was going to represent extremely well.”

Pedigree Notes:

Super Stock is the second Grade I winner and sixth graded for Darby Dan's Dialed In, whose son Get Her Number came with a run from last to finish a little more than three lengths behind Super Stock in fourth. He is the first Grade I winner and second graded winner produced by a daughter of Closing Argument, who famously went within a zop of causing a major upset of his own in the 2005 Kentucky Derby, going down by a half-length to Giacomo (Holy Bull) at 71-1. Barren to He's Had Enough for 2019, Super Girlie produced a colt by Mendelssohn last year.

Saturday, Oaklawn
ARKANSAS DERBY-GI, $1,000,000, Oaklawn, 4-10, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:50.92, ft.
1–SUPER STOCK, 122, c, 3, by Dialed In
                1st Dam: Super Girlie, by Closing Argument
                2nd Dam: Beafleet, by Afleet
                3rd Dam: Leave It Be, by Lawmaker
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN, 1ST GRADE I WIN. ($70,000 Ylg '19
KEESEP). O-Woolsey, Erv and Asmussen, Keith; B-Pedro
Gonzalez & P.J. Gonzalez (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen;
J-Ricardo Santana, Jr.. $600,000. Lifetime Record: 8-2-2-2,
$804,762. *1/2 to Boujie Girl (Flashback), GISP, $167,897.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick
Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*.
2–Caddo River, 122, c, 3, Hard Spun–Pangburn, by Congrats.
O/B-Shortleaf Stable (KY); T-Brad H. Cox. $200,000. 'TDN Rising Star'
3–Concert Tour, 122, c, 3, Street Sense–Purse Strings, by Tapit.
O-Gary & Mary West; B-Gary & Mary West Stables Inc. (KY);
T-Bob Baffert. $100,000. 'TDN Rising Star'
Margins: 2HF, HD, HF. Odds: 12.20, 3.40, 0.30.
Also Ran: Get Her Number, Last Samurai, Hozier. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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Half to Justify Crushes His Competition in ‘Rising Star’ Fashion

Sat, 2021-04-10 18:58

Stage Raider (Pioneerof the Nile), a half-brother to undefeated Triple Crown hero Justify (Scat Daddy), took one more try than his brother did, but followed in that Horse of the Year's hoofprints with a 'TDN Rising Star'-worthy graduation at Keeneland Saturday. Runner-up to another impressive 'TDN Rising Star' in Prevalence (Medaglia d'Oro) in his seven-panel debut at Gulfstream Jan. 23, the bay was hammered down to 9-5 favoritism to get the money this time. Breaking on top, the Gunther homebred was overtaken by a pair of foes just before the first quarter went up in :22.70. Keeping close tabs from third through a half-mile in :45.75, Stage Raider charged up three wide turning for home and stormed clear in the lane, splashing home to a 10 3/4-length victory. Harvard, who is a full-brother to a champion in Classic Empire, was best of the rest in second, making it an exacta for the late Pioneerof the Nile.

Fellow Gunther homebred Stage Magic's first foal was the ill-fated GSW The Lieutenant. Her second foal Holiday Music (Harlan's Holiday) was privately purchased by Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm prior too Justify's Triple Crown sweep to begin her new career as a broodmare. Third time was certainly a charm for Stage Magic was two-time Eclipse winner Justify was foal number three and he was followed by Egyptian Storm (Pioneerof the Nile), who was purchased by David Ingordo for $750,000 carrying her first foal by Quality Road at the 2019 FTKNOV sale. Her 4-year-old colt One More City (Will Take Charge) RNA'd for $1.75 million just months after Justify's retirement and is still unraced. Stage Raider was also a big RNA, leaving the ring unsold at $950,000. Stage Magic lost her Quality Road foal in 2019, but had a Curlin filly in 2020 and was bred back to that Hill 'n' Dale stallion.

 

11th-Keeneland, $79,000, Msw, 4-10, 3yo, 7f, 1:22.62, sy,

10 3/4 lengths.

STAGE RAIDER (c, 3, Pioneerof the Nile–Stage Magic {Broodmare Of The Year, GSP, $133,981}, by Ghostzapper) Sales history: $950,000 RNA Ylg '19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $55,570. O/B-John D. Gunther (KY); T-Chad C. Brown. *1/2 to The Lieutenant (Street Sense), GSW, $345,882; and to Justify (Scat Daddy), Triple Crown, Horse Of The Year, Ch. 3-year-old Colt, MGISW, $3,798,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree or the VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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Dansili’s Juliet Foxtrot Wires Jenny Wiley

Sat, 2021-04-10 18:26

Looking for a seemingly elusive Grade I badge, Juddmonte Farms' Juliet Foxtrot (GB) (Dansili {GB}) finally broke through the glass ceiling, posting a career high win in Saturday's GI Coolmore Jenny Wiley S. at Keeneland. The victory represented Juddmonte's 16th graded stakes win at the Lexington oval. It is also the fourth victory in the race for Juddmonte, whose previous triumphs came with Bobby Frankel trainees Tates Creek in 2002 and Intercontinental (GB) in 2004 and 2005.

Sent off the 8-5 choice for her 2021 debut, the 6-year-old broke sharply and was sent to the fore by Tyler Gaffalione, carving out an initial quarter mile in :24.35 over the rain-saturated turf course. Prompted by an eager Tamahere (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) and La Signare (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) down the backstretch, the homebred continued to show the way through a half in :49.45. Spurting clear approaching the quarter pole, the English-bred was given her head in the stretch, and despite Tamahere's best effort, the favorite rolled home a two-length winner. La Signare held third.

“She really relished the ground,” said winning rider Tyler Gaffalione. “They said that they worked her a couple weeks back over a turf course similar to this and they said she just ate it up. As soon as she broke, I could feel that I had a ton of horse and she was loving every bit of it. I just put my hands down when she broke and she came right back to me. It was an easy ride today.”

Added Juddmonte's Garrett O'Rourke, “I think there was a confidence that she would be able to handle the soft turf, because we had a filly that we knew, [French Group 3 winner] Gaining (GB), that had won here, and we knew Gaining liked the soft turf and they had worked together on soft turf.”

Recording only a single win in eight starts for Charlie Hills overseas, Juliet Foxtrot kicked off her 4-year-old and U.S. campaign with three consecutive victories, including the GIII Modesty S. at Arlington. She hit the board in all three remaining starts that season, including the GI First Lady S. and GI Matriarch S. Last season, she finished sixth in Churchill's GIII Mint Julep S. in May before resurfacing with a third, 1 1/4 lengths behind the victorious Rushing Fall (More Than Ready) in last year's Jenny Wiley. Fourth in the GII Distaff Turf Mile in September, she took a soggy renewal of Pimlico's GIII Gallorette S. before rounding out the season with a close-up third in the latest renewal of the Matriarch in November.

Added O'Rourke, “She has been Grade I-placed and placed in this race last year. It was brave on behalf of everybody at Juddmonte to make the move to keep her [in training] for one more year to try to win that elusive Grade I. This is huge for the mare. She looked absolutely magnificent today, and for as consistent of a performer as she's been, I just think she thoroughly deserves it, which makes it all the more sweet for us.”

Pedigree Notes:
Juliet Foxtrot becomes the 22nd Group 1 winner for her superstar sire, Dansili (GB). The 6-year-old is one of five winners out of Kilo Alpha (GB), in addition to Group 3-placed Alpha Bravo (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) and listed placed Bravo Sierra (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}). The winner's 14-year-old dam, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner and Group 1 placed Runaway (GB) King's Best), produced a Bated Breath (GB) filly last season. This is the family of MGSW Navajo Princess (Drone), the dam of multiple champion Dancing Brave (Lyphard) and European and the French Highweighted route mare Jolypha (Lyphard).

Saturday, Keeneland
COOLMORE JENNY WILEY S.-GI, $300,000, Keeneland, 4-10, 4yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16mT, 1:44.51, yl.
1–JULIET FOXTROT (GB), 118, m, 6, by Dansili (GB)
1st Dam: Kilo Alpha (GB) (SW-Fr), by King's Best
2nd Dam: Anasazi (Ire), by Sadler's Wells
3rd Dam: Navajo Princess, by Drone
1ST GRADE I WIN. O-Juddmonte Farms; B-Juddmonte Farms
Ltd. (GB); T-Brad H. Cox; J-Tyler Gaffalione. $180,000. Lifetime
Record: 20-6-2-3, $701,831. Werk Nick Rating: A+.
   Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Tamahere (Fr), 118, f, 4, by Wootton Bassett (GB)
1st Dam: Alatasarai (Ire), by Giant's Causeway
2nd Dam: May (GB), by Montjeu (Ire)
3rd Dam: Wanton (GB), by Kris (GB)
(€27,000 Ylg '18 AROYRG). O-Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc.,
Madaket Stables LLC and Wonder Stables; B-E.A.R.L. Elevage
Du Sarai (FR); T-Chad C. Brown. $60,000.
3–La Signare (Fr), 118, m, 6, by Siyouni (Fr)
1st Dam: La Teranga (Fr), by Beat Hollow (GB)
2nd Dam: Adrastea (Ire), by Monsun (Ger)
3rd Dam: Akasma (Ger), by Windwurf (Ger)
O-Madaket Stables LLC, Tim Cambron, Anna Cambron and
Bradley Thoroughbreds; B-Moussa Mbacke (FR); T-Brendan P.
Walsh. $30,000.
Margins: 2, NK, 3/4. Odds: 1.70, 2.70, 8.90.
Also Ran: Etoile (Fr), Maxim Rate, Micheline.
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

 

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Curlin Colt Rallies ‘Fury’-ously To Win the Lexington

Sat, 2021-04-10 17:52

Fern Circle Stable & Three Chimneys Farm's King Fury (Curlin) took advantage of a fast early pace in Saturday's GIII Stonestreet Lexington S. over a sloppy Keeneland main track and closed off fastest of all to cause an 18-1 upset, earning 20 points towards a potential appearance in the GI Kentucky Derby in three weeks' time.

A maiden winner at first asking over a distance of ground at Churchill Sept. 3, King Fury could not overcome a wide trip when eighth of nine behind Essential Quality (Tapit) in the GI Claiborne Breeders' Futurity over this course and distance Oct. 3. The half-length winner of the Oct. 25 Street Sense S. beneath the Twin Spires, he could do no better than seventh when wheeled back on 12 days' rest in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile and added blinkers–to no avail–en route to a fifth in the GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. at Churchill Nov. 28.

They lined up three across the strip entering the first turn, as the rail-drawn and well-backed Noble Reflection (Liam's Map) set a demanding tempo from Swiftsure (Uncle Mo), with the much-hyped Besos (Empire Maker) three deep. Favored Proxy (Tapit) lingered towards the rear of the field with just two behind, including King Fury–getting the blinkers off for this seasonal debut–who was guided down to the inside by Brian Hernandez, Jr. down the backstretch after climbing through the sloppy going rounding the first turn.

Traveling noticeably more comfortably at halfay, the $950,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga grad improved into fifth on the bridle approaching the turn, angled to the outside of Noble Reflection while full of run off the home corner and stayed on well enough to best Unbridled Honor (Honor Code)–who made a run from absolute last–by 2 1/2 lengths. Starrinmydreams (Super Saver) raced prominently throughout and rounded out a trifecta that returned better than 1200-1. Proxy ran on admirably for fourth. The McPeek-trained and Fern Circle-owned Senior Investment (Discreetly Mine) upset the 2017 Lexington at 11-1.

“I got to the five-eighths pole and went 'Man, they're in trouble from this point,' because he was just doing it the right way and traveling and taking us the whole way,” said Hernandez, Jr. “He was so powerful today that I knew I would just be able to pick my way through like we did. He was just there for me the whole way.”

The 20 points earned for the victory Saturday leave King Fury on the fence for the Derby, but McPeek is game to face the challenge, should the opportunity present itself.

“We'll check him after this race,” he said. “I think he's going to handle a mile and a quarter without any trouble. Whether he gets in, it's out of our control. We'll see how he bounces out. We think a mile a quarter would be great. We'll look at the opposition. The [May 15 GI] Preakness S. is a great race too. It could be either-or, but it would definitely one or the other.”

Pedigree Notes:

King Fury is the first–and, sadly, only–produce for his dam, named a 'TDN Rising Star' following a smashing debut for Commonwealth New Era Racing and trainer Todd Beattie before winning Keeneland's GII Lexus Raven Run S. in track-record time of 1:21.32. Acquired by Coolmore for $2.35 million at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton November Sale, Taris was a bang-up second after setting a furious early pace in the GI La Brea S. in her first run for trainer Simon Callaghan. She would go on to win four of her next seven starts, capped by a victory in the 2016 GI Humana Distaff S. She was later acquired privately for breeding purposes and Scott Heider's Heider Family Stable took full ownership of the mare upon dissolution of the partnership. Taris died shortly after foaling King Fury.

Taris's success at the races helped to make members of her immediate female family extremely popular at public auction. Her dam, who sold for $24,000 in foal to Flatter at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale, was bred to Tapit in the aftermath of Taris's 3-year-old season and was sold to Stonestreet for $1.5 million at KEENOV in 2015. That produce, a colt, fetched $900,000 as a Keeneland September yearling in 2017. Taris's full-sister Stoweshoe, a winner in West Virginia-bred stakes company at Mountaineer Park, was sold for $330,000 at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton February Sale. Her 4-year-old son Desert Peace (Curlin), a $1.3-million KEESEP yearling of 2018, was a handicap winner at Meydan Mar. 11, while Stonestreet homebred Cantata (Medaglia d'Oro) annexed a Fair Grounds turf allowance Mar. 12.

King Fury becomes the 39th graded winner for his sire, himself the slop-loving winner of the 2007 GI Breeders' Cup Classic. While King Fury is the first produce of a daughter Flatter to produce a graded winner to Curlin, the stallion has eight such winners from A.P. Indy-line dams, including 'TDN Rising Star' and recent GI Central Bank Ashland winner Malathaat and Stonestreet's fellow Oaks contender and GSW Clariere.

Saturday, Keeneland
STONESTREET LEXINGTON S.-GIII, $200,000, Keeneland, 4-10, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 1:43.50, sy.
1–KING FURY, 118, c, 3, by Curlin
1st Dam: Taris (GISW, $1,086,260), by Flatter
2nd Dam: Comedy, by Theatrical (Ire)

3rd Dam: Don't Be Silly, by Lord At War (Arg)
   1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($950,000 Ylg '19 FTSAUG). O-Fern
Circle Stables & Three Chimneys Farm, LLC; B-Heider Family
Stables, LLC (KY); T-Kenneth G. McPeek; J-Brian Joseph
Hernandez, Jr. $120,000. Lifetime Record: 6-3-0-0, $262,739.
Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*  Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Unbridled Honor, 118, c, 3, Honor Code–Silvery Starlet, by
Unbridled's Song. O/B-Whisper Hill Farm, LLC (KY); T-Todd A.
Pletcher. $40,000.
3–Starrininmydreams, 118, c, 3, Super Saver–Boy Crazy, by Sky
Mesa. O-Stewart Racing Stable & WinStar Farm LLC; B-Dallas
Stewart & WinStar Farm, LLC (KY); T-Dallas Stewart. $20,000.
Margins: 2 3/4, 2 1/4, 1. Odds: 18.20, 20.10, 8.10.
Also Ran: Proxy, Noble Reflection, It's My House, Swiftsure, Hockey Dad, Bezos. Scratched: Ultimate Badger.Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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Sam Houston Makes Good on Payout Mistake

Sat, 2021-04-10 16:30

After an investigation by Sam Houston Race Park and the Texas Racing Commission into a mandatory “Pick 5” payout after race 10 on Apr. 3, it was determined that only tickets holding five out of five of the winners were paid and no consolation payout was given to those holding tickets with four out of five winners.

Management at Sam Houston has identified the wagering locations of the consolation tickets and notified them to make immediate payment to those ticket holders who should have qualified for consolation payouts. With several live tickets in existence, patrons are urged to present their tickets for payment. The revised prices for the Apr. 3 wager are $9,926.05 for five winners and $43.15 for four winners.

In addition, Sam Houston will not reduce the original, but incorrect, payout of $13,234.75 for those who have already cashed their Pick 5 tickets.

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