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Ushba Tesoro No Sure Thing In Daishoten Defence

Wed, 2023-12-27 12:41

While the final of the roughly two dozen Group 1 races on the Japan Racing Association was scheduled for Thursday, the Tokyo Daishoten–the only recognized international Group 1 event and pattern race of any variety on the National Association of Racing circuit–takes place Friday afternoon at Ohi Racecourse in the Japanese capital.

Under normal circumstances, the discussion of the 2000-metre dirt affair would begin and end with Ushba Tesoro (Jpn) (Orfevre {Jpn}), whose victory here 12 months ago catapulted him to future success on the world stage in the G1 Dubai World Cup. Set for a start in the GI Breeders' Cup Classic almost before he even got his picture taken at Meydan, the 6-year-old impressed in his local prep prior to departing for America in late September. He certainly didn't run a poor race at Santa Anita, as he was left entirely too much to do and wound up fifth behind White Abarrio (Race Day). It's just 55 days since a trip to the States and back again, not to mention a race in between, and he could be vulnerable.

That theory might ring true no matter the competition, but Mick Fire (Jpn) (Sinister Minister) will present a stiff challenge in a race that could very well propel him to overseas targets. The 3-year-old colt is unbeaten and–really–unchallenged in seven career starts to date, all on the NAR. All but one of those starts have come at Ohi, including the Listed Japan Dirt Derby back in July, and he prepped for this with a defeat of 2023 GI Santa Anita Derby runner-up Mandarin Hero (Jpn) (Shanghai Bobby) in the Derby Grand Prix (allowance) over the course and distance Oct. 1.

While dual Group 1 winner Lemon Pop (Lemon Drop Kid) swerves this event in favour of potential appearances in the Middle East over the coming months, those that finished immediately behind him in the G1 Champions Cup three weekends ago take their chances. Wilson Tesoro (Jpn) (Kitasan Black {Jpn}) flashed home strongly to finish runner-up at Chukyo, outfinishing Dura Erede (Jpn) (Duramente {Jpn}), who caused a major boilover in last year's Hopeful S., but seems to have found a home on the dirt. Bauyrzhan Murzabayev has the call.

The 4-year-old King's Sword (Jpn) (Sinister Minister) is another talented dirt runner for his sire and punched his ticket to the Daishoten with an easy victory over Notturno (Jpn) (Heart's Cry {Jpn})—second in this last year–in the Listed JBC Classic over the course and distance Nov. 3.

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Daddysruby Leads Home Cal-Bred Exacta One-Two in the La Brea

Tue, 2023-12-26 19:20

In a battle of Cal-bred fillies, it was Jethorse, Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber's Daddysruby (Frac Daddy) who just got the bob over the late-closing Big Pond (Mr. Big) in a thrilling finish to the GI La Brea S. at Santa Anita Tuesday. Though not the quickest into stride from her inside post, Daddysruby rushed up along the rail to take the early lead. She was pressed by favored Howl (Practical Joke) through a quarter in :22.21, but opened a clear lead as the favorite–unbeaten in a pair of lifetime starts coming into the La Brea–faltered after a half in :44.49. Daddysruby was still in front at the top of the lane and looked home free, but Big Pond loomed a threatening presence to her outside and closed with determination under Frankie Dettori to just miss on the line.

“We just wanted to get a good position because we were on the rail,” said winning rider Juan Hernandez. “I watched the other horses break and I knew we didn't need to go right to the lead. We broke quick. She's so game. She gave me a couple of more jumps in the lane. I wasn't so sure when we crossed the wire, but when my number went up, I was so happy.”

Co-owner Gary Barber admitted he wasn't sure his filly had come out on top in the photo finish.

“That was a close one, I didn't know who got it,” Barber said. “It was really tough. It looked like we were going to come second but winning like that, it's thrilling and were very happy.”

Daddysruby won her maiden impressively at first asking over the Tapeta at Golden Gate in January for her breeder, Steven Reger's Jethorse, and trainer Tim McCanna before Adam Wachtel and Barber joined the ownership line and the filly was transferred to trainer Peter Miller's barn. Winner of consecutive state-bred races–over the main track at Santa Anita in March and over the lawn at Del Mar in August–the gray filly was fourth in an age-restricted two-turn allowance on the grass at Del Mar Sept. 3, but atoned with a 5 1/4-length victory against older fillies and mares sprinting on the dirt last time out at Santa Anita Oct. 27.

“She is just all heart, and she was just a warrior today,” said Barber. “There's nothing better than winning a Grade I on opening day. We put a lot of money into this game and these are the moments we want to enjoy and share the victory with all of the partners and friends.”

Pedigree Notes:
Daddysruby is the first graded winner for her Ontario-based sire, Frac Daddy. She is the stallion's fifth black-type winner overall and first outside of Woodbine. Reger, a realtor based in Billings, Montana, campained Daddysruby's dam, Youtheprizeandi. The mare's first foal was stakes-placed Daddysprize (Scat Daddy), who was second in the 2018 Real Good Deal S. in the Jethorse colors. She has a yearling filly by Conquest Farenheit, but her 2023 foal by Smiling Tiger died.

Tuesday, Santa Anita
LA BREA S.-GI, $302,000, Santa Anita, 12-26, 3yo, f, 7f, 1:23.06, ft.
1–DADDYSRUBY, 120, f, 3, by Frac Daddy
                1st Dam: Youtheprizeandi, by You and I
                2nd Dam: Misty Knight, by Tough Knight
                3rd Dam: Misty Park, by Table Run
   1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN, 1ST
   GRADE I WIN. O-Jethorse LLC, Wachtel Stable and Gary
Barber; B-Jethorse LLC (CA); T-Peter Miller; J-Juan J.
Hernandez. $180,000. Lifetime Record: 6-5-0-0, $352,014.
Werk Nick Rating: F. Click for the
   eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree or the free
   Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Big Pond, 120, f, 3, by Mr. Big
                1st Dam: Beside Still Water, by Lemon Drop Kid
                2nd Dam: Way to Go, by Gone West
                3rd Dam: Fantastic Ways, by Secretariat
   1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE, 1ST G1 BLACK TYPE. O/B-George
Krikorian (CA); T-Tim Yakteen. $60,000.
3–Clearly Unhinged, 120, f, 3, by Into Mischief
                1st Dam: Smart Win, by Smart Strike
                2nd Dam: Win McCool, by Giant's Causeway
                3rd Dam: Win Crafty Lady, by Crafty Prospector
O-Rock Brother Racing LLC; B-Rock Brothers Breeding LLC
(KY); T-Michael W. McCarthy. $36,000.
Margins: NO, 4, HF. Odds: 6.10, 5.40, 2.70.
Also Ran: Royal Spa, Fast and Shiny, Ice Dancing, Satin Doll, Howl, Bangs. Scratched: Blessed Touch.
Click for the Equibase.com chart or the TJCIS.com PPs. VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.

 

From allowance winner to Grade I victress, DADDYSRUBY hangs on to win the GI La Brea Stakes at @santaanitapark! pic.twitter.com/WO5bdrAFJr

— TDN (@theTDN) December 27, 2023

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Letter to the Editor: Clark Shepherd

Tue, 2023-12-26 18:33

After reading Nick de Meric's letter, I felt a strong urge to add my voice to this crucial discussion. His insights inspired me to write “Public Opinion: Mastering Thoroughbred Racing's Media Plan.” Like many others, I have a deep passion for this sport and am dedicated to its future.

My article takes a deep dive into the powerful role of public opinion in shaping the Thoroughbred racing industry. It's more than just image; it's about how this perception influences everything from policy decisions to consumer and investor confidence. The piece highlights the necessity of having a solid crisis communication plan and the importance of effective storytelling, especially in challenging times.

I also discuss the significance of positive public relations, emphasizing our commitment to horse welfare and the need to celebrate the brighter aspects of racing. The role of digital media in connecting with our audience and maintaining a positive narrative is another key point in the article.

Echoing Nick, it's clear that a strong, coordinated PR strategy is essential. The article presents several strategies we could employ to improve our industry's public image. If you're interested in the full discussion, please feel free to read the article HERE. It offers insights that are vital for anyone invested in the future of our sport.

Thank you, Nick, for igniting this conversation, and to Thoroughbred Daily News for providing a platform for these important discussions. Let's continue to collaborate and ensure our sport is seen in the best possible light.

Kind regards,

Clark Shepherd, Shepherd Equine Advisers

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Simple Pleasure: Graded Racing On Opening Day In Arcadia

Sat, 2023-12-23 17:00

Boxing Day is not a holiday observed on the American calendar–thanks, Revolutionary generation. However, the day after Christmas is circled in red by the horse racing cadre because it means one thing: Opening Day at Santa Anita Park.

This Tuesday, an 11-race card kicks off at 2 p.m. ET under the picturesque San Gabriel mountains in Arcadia, California–six of which are graded stakes.

To entice the horseplayer, the Classic Meet sports a $1 Pick Six, a 14 percent takeout on both the .50 Early and Late Pick 5, and we will see the return of the $3 All-Turf Pick 3, which was announced during the recent Autumn Meet.

As for the graded lineup, of course the feature is once again the GI Malibu S. for 3-year-olds going seven furlongs on dirt.

Trainer Bob Baffert has GSW Speed Boat Beach (Bayern), GSW Fort Bragg (Tapit) and GISP Hejazi (Bernardini) ready to go. The Hall of Famer, who won last year's edition with 'TDN Rising Star' Taiba (Gun Runner), is seeking his sixth win in the Malibu. That would tie fellow Hall member Richard Mandella for most wins all-time in the race.

The 3-year-old fillies take the stage in the GI La Brea S. going seven furlongs. GISP Clearly Unhinged (Into Mischief) looks to be the leading contender. The Michael McCarthy-trainee was most recently sixth at 'The Great Race Place' in the GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 4.

Baffert, who has won the last two La Breas, and with a record of nine overall, enters GSP Fast and Shiny (Bernardini), while trainer Brad Cox ships in SW Howl (Practical Joke).

Anisette | Benoit

In the GI American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/4 miles on turf, GISW Anisette (GB) Awtaad (Ire) is the standout. The Leonard Powell-trainee won the GI Del Mar Oaks and GII San Clemente S. at Del Mar earlier this year. Most recently, Anisette was the runner-up in both the GII Rodeo Drive S. Oct. 7 and GIII Autumn Miss S. Nov. 5, both at Santa Anita.

Alongside the three Grade Is are the same number of Grade IIs, which all carry a purse of $200,000. The GII San Gabriel S. for 3-year-olds and up at nine furlongs on turf includes Easter (Fr). The Phil D'Amato-trainee won his first start for his new barn in the GII Seabiscuit H. at Del Mar Nov. 25. The 5-year-old Australian-bred by Exosphere (Aus) was previously based in New York with trainer Graham Motion.

The GII San Antonio S. is for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/16 miles on dirt. Present are Stilleto Boy (Shackleford), winner of this year's GI Santa Anita H.; GSW Newgrange (Violence); MGSW Brickyard Ride (Clubhouse Ride); and GSW Salesman (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}). Add in South American import Subsanador (Arg) (Fortify), who is a Argentinian multiple Group 1 winner, and this makes for a pretty salty affair.

In what might be the most open battle on the whole card, the GII Mathis Mile S. over the grass for 3-year-olds includes GSP Almendares (GB) (Havana Grey {GB}), SW Dandy Man Shines (Ire) (Dandy Man {Ire}) and GSP Panic Alarm (Ire) (Kuroshio {Aus}).

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Constitution’s Legalize Too Much for Sugar Bowl Rivals

Sat, 2023-12-23 14:54

Taking home his first black-type win this Saturday at Fair Grounds, Legalize (Constitution) broke his maiden at second asking in gate-to-wire fashion by 1 1/2 lengths at Churchill Downs Nov. 25.

Sent on his way as the 8-5 second choice here, the chestnut raced to the outside of two others up the backstretch and clung to that spot around the far turn. At the top of the lane, the 2-year-old colt geared up, grabbed the lead at the eighth pole and never looked back to win by 2 3/4 lengths over 'TDN Rising Star' American Rascal (Curlin).

The winner's dam produced a yearling filly by Gun Runner and visited Munnings for 2024. Second dam Summerly (Summer Squall) won the GI Kentucky Oaks, was the runner-up in the GI CCA Oaks and was third in the GI Mother Goose S.

SUGAR BOWL S., $97,000, Fair Grounds, 12-23, 2yo, 6f, 1:10.56, ft.
1–LEGALIZE, 117, c, 2, by Constitution
                1st Dam: Allez Marie (GSP-Brz), by Unbridled's Song
                2nd Dam: Summerly, by Summer Squall
                3rd Dam: Here I Go, by Mr. Prospector
($250,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP; $500,000 2yo '23 OBSAPR). 1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O-Twin Brook Stables, Belladonna Racing, LLC, Nice Guys Stables, West Point Thoroughbreds, Iapetus Racing, Hornstock, S., Runnels Racing, Perrine Time Thoroughbreds, R T R Stables, LLC, Peppermint Stables, LLC and Manganaro Bloodstock; B-Stud TNT, LLC (KY); T-Cherie DeVaux; J-Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $131,775. *1/2 to Tomato Bill (More Than Ready), GSP, $152,575; Fouette (Nyquist), MSP, $303,845; and Workaholic (Sky Mesa), SW, $144,828.
2–American Rascal, 120, c, 2, Curlin–Lady Aurelia, by Scat Daddy. 'TDN Rising Star'. O/B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen. $20,000.
3–Agoo, 116, c, 2, Munnings–Grandacious, by Grand Slam. ($72,000 Wlg '21 KEENOV; $190,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP). O-Graham Grace Stable; B-Forging Oaks LLC (KY); T-D. Whitworth Beckman. $10,000.
Margins: 2 3/4, 1 1/4, 1 1/4. Odds: 1.70, 1.60, 1.90.
Also Ran: The Donegal Clan, Triple Trea, Malibu Rain.
Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.

#4 LEGALIZE ($5.40) pressed the early pace before gaining the lead in the stretch en route to a first stakes victory in Fair Grounds' $100,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes.

The 2-year-old by @WinStarFarm's Constitution was ridden by @b_hernandezjr for trainer @reredevaux. pic.twitter.com/khofRoyXC1

— TVG (@TVG) December 23, 2023

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Uncle Mo Colt Brings the ‘Energy’ Second Out at Fair Grounds

Sat, 2023-12-23 13:54

2nd-Fair Grounds, $55,000, Msw, 12-23, 2yo, 1 1/16m, 1:44.98, ft, 5 1/4 lengths.
ETHAN ENERGY (c, 2, Uncle Mo–Sass and Class, by Harlan's Holiday), a well-beaten sixth on debut sprinting at Keeneland Oct. 22, took a major step forward stretching to two turns at second asking here. Removing blinkers and adding Lasix for this, the 2-1 chance chased in fifth rounding the clubhouse turn. Racing under a tight hold by Florent Geroux, he began to settle down the backstretch in that same slot, made a flashy four-wide blitz approaching the quarter pole and leveled off nicely down the lane to win by 5 1/4 lengths over El Magnifico (Street Sense). Sass and Class, also responsible for Royal Charlotte (Cairo Prince), MGSW, $408,150; had a colt by Authentic in 2022 and a colt by Curlin in 2023. She was bred back to Uncle Mo for 2024. Sass and Class brought $350,000 from Stonestreet carrying Ethan Energy at the 2020 KEENOV sale. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $34,250. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.
O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Brad H. Cox.

#2 ETHAN ENERGY ($6.20) stalked the early pace, gained command in the stretch, and kicked clear for an impressive second-out victory in the 2nd at Fair Grounds.

The @StonestreetFarm homebred by @coolmoreamerica's Uncle Mo was ridden by @flothejock for @bradcoxracing. pic.twitter.com/PWbV2m9V1E

— TVG (@TVG) December 23, 2023

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Gulfstream Championship Season Graded Races Ready To Unwrap

Fri, 2023-12-22 17:00

A pair of graded stakes races will signal that the Gulfstream Park Championship season is officially underway on Saturday.

First, the GIII Sugar Swirl S. for older females going six furlongs on the main track includes veteran mare Bluefield (Field Commission), who won by a neck against state-breds in a Tampa black-type race Dec. 9.

“She went up to Tampa and it was nice to get a stakes win on her resume at this age,” said trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. “She came to us late but she just keeps getting better and better. She's never run back this quick, but she's in good order so I think she should run well. Hopefully she has a good week leading up to it.”

Bluefield will be joined by her new stablemate Intrepid Daydream (Jess's Dream). Purchased privately just last week, the filly rides in on a four-race win streak at the Mid-Atlantic tracks.

Also entered is Napa Candy (Candy Ride {Arg}). The chestnut prepped for this spot when she came from off the pace to win an optional claimer at Churchill Downs Nov. 22. Joining her will be Headland (Paynter), who was third last out in the Garland of Roses S. at Aqueduct Dec. 9, while AMO Racing's SP Olivia Darling (Palace) will look to improve after a fifth-place finish in the GIII Princess Rooney S. in Hallandale Oct. 7.

The other half of the graded stakes Saturday offering is the seven-furlong GIII Mr. Prospector S. for older males. Last year's edition was used as the springboard for Sibelius (Not This Time) as he won three straight, including traveling to Dubai to collect the G1 Golden Shaheen S.

“Maybe it's the time of year where he's best, I don't know,” said trainer Jeremiah O'Dwyer. “We'll find out this year. It's going to be his second year in a row trying to take the same path. We're looking forward to it. I couldn't be happier with the horse.”

Sibelius might not have such an easy task ahead with the presence of MGSW Long Range Toddy (Take Charge Indy). After winning both of his starts at Gulfstream over the summer, the 7-year-old returns here with the capability to run this field off their feet.

Trainer Brendan Walsh sends Gilmore (Twirling Candy) back to the post to finish off what could be considered a consistent year for the 3-year-old colt. The gray was the runner-up in the GIII Bayshore S., then was third in both the GII Pat Day Mile S. and GI Woody Stephens S.

An entry who could be a pace factor is AMO Racing's Hurricane J (Nyquist). Formerly under Paulo Lobo's care, the dark bay colt made his first start for Jorge Delgado over the Gulfstream main track against optional claimers and won by 2 3/4 lengths Nov. 19.

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New Training Track At Santa Anita On Course For Mid-January Opening

Fri, 2023-12-22 16:29

As part of a larger $32 million improvement plan, Santa Anita's training track should re-open in mid-January after it was closed for construction Nov. 12, as it changes from a sand-based surface to an all-weather synthetic one, the track said in a release Friday afternoon.

Constructed by Tapeta Footings, the new surface is designed to improve safety while also helping to limit weather-related training disruptions.

“The main thing is having synthetic will alleviate a complete stoppage of training because of weather,” said Jason Egan, Santa Anita Director of Racing and Racing Secretary.

This week has provided a perfect example of the potential impact of a synthetic training track at Santa Anita. With back-to-back rainstorms hitting the area, the main track was “sealed” on Tuesday and has since been closed entirely for training.

“We have some unique situations in California with rules as it relates to weather,” Egan said. “Like with the rain this week. It either closes our racetrack entirely or limits what our training activities can be.”

With the worst of this week's rainstorms having passed, Santa Anita's main track is expected to be unsealed Friday. Per rules of the California Racing Board, only joggers will be allowed on the track Saturday. Full training is slated to resume on Sunday given the current forecast.

“Having a synthetic training track, we can continue on with workouts, gallops, that sort of thing. I think it will be a big assist,” Egan added.

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Final Leg Of The Pennsylvania Stallion Series On Tap Next Week

Fri, 2023-12-22 15:15

The final leg of the $1,000,000 Pennsylvania-Sired/Bred Stallion Series is set for Wednesday, Dec. 27th at Parx Racing with the Miss Behaviour S. and the Wait for It S.–both purses are $200,000.

Initially, four races were carded for the inaugural series in 2022, while this year saw the expansion to six. Following the conclusion of the Stallion Series, a $50,000 trainer's bonus will be split among the conditioners of the horses who accumulated the first, second and third highest number of points over the six series races.

The first leg kicked off on PA Day at the Races in August. Gamboling Ghost (Weigelia) took home the $100,000 Whistle Pig S. and Jody's Ruby (Talent Search) topped the $100,000 Miss Blue Tye Dye S. for fillies.

The series continued with the second leg on the Pennsylvania Derby Day undercard. Notice of Action (Hoppertunity) held on to take the $150,000 Prince Lucky S. and filly Aoife's Magic (Smarty Jones) romped in the $150,000 Imply S. Both winners return for the final leg of the series.

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New York Gaming Commission Issues Update On Great White Way Stakes DQ, But Only Adds To The Confusion

Fri, 2023-12-22 13:41

The New York Gaming Commission issued a statement Friday regarding the controversial disqualification of Brick Ambush (Laoban) in the Dec. 16 Great White Way S. at Aqueduct that was meant to bolster the argument that the stewards made the right call, but it included a photo that could be construed as doing the exact opposite.

The TDN and other news outlets received an email from New York Gaming Commission Director of Communications Brad Maione that included six screen shots from the race taken at the point where there was contact and horses were steadied. One of the shots included arrows pointing to four jockeys, Ruben Silvera, Manny Franco, Junior Alvarado and Jose Lezcano. Alvarado was aboard Brick Ambush, who, though disqualified after crossing the wire second and placed last, appeared to be free of the trouble while racing outside and clear of the horses who were bothered. The arrow pointing to what was supposed to be Alvarado's mount was instead The Big Torpedo (Big Brown), who was ridden by Javier Castellano.

When the TDN notified Maione that there was an error concerning the identification of the horses and their riders, he sent a new version of the original statement that fixed the mistake. However, with Alvarado now properly identified, the pictures offered no evidence that he was at fault.

The second version of the statement included the following explanation: “Please note the first screenshot in the previous version incorrectly identified the riders on specific horses. Please disregard those reference screenshots. Corrected versions are attached and included below. The narrative remains unchanged.”

Misidentified image of the Great White Way S. sent to the media | NYSGC

The disqualification set off a controversy that has yet to die down and the consensus in the sport is that, for whatever reason, the stewards simply DQ'd the wrong horse by mistake. Many believe that the horse that caused the bumping and deserved to come down was actually the race winner, Antonio of Venice (Laoban).

The statement made the case that the stewards carefully reviewed the race after the decision was made to disqualify Brick Ambush and that they stood by their decision. The stewards officiating the race were Braulio Baeza, Jr. (N.Y.S. Gaming Commission), Juan Dominguez (The New York Racing Association, Inc.) and Samantha Randazzo (The Jockey Club).

“The three Stewards' attention was focused on the field as it arrived near the quarter-pole, where several horses converged and were in close contact,” the statement read. “As evident in the below/attached screenshots, horse Brick Ambush (#12), ridden by Junior Alvarado, came up on three horses that were crowded together–Antonio of Venice (#1) ridden by Manuel Franco, The Big Torpedo (#7) ridden by Javier Castellano, and Solo's Fury (#11), ridden by Jose Lezcano–and made disruptive contact. The Stewards were concerned that Castellano's contact with the other horses and their riders could have impacted the results of the race.”

According to the statement, the stewards examined six separate camera views of the area of concern and conducted telephone interviews with Franco, Castellano, Lezcano and Alvarado. Castellano told reporters after the race that he attempted to claim foul, but the stewards have said they were unaware that he wanted to file an objection.

“After review of the footage and interviews with the jockeys, the Stewards unanimously concluded that Alvarado's movement of Brick Ambush to the inside at quarter-pole pole caused a chain reaction that impacted the race. Accordingly, the Stewards disqualified Brick Ambush for interference,” the statement continued.

Alvarado was hit with a three-day suspension for careless riding.

“The following morning, all four jockeys were required to participate in a film review of the race and discussed the event with all three Stewards,” the statement continued. “At the conclusion of the review, State Steward Baeza issued a 3-day careless riding suspension to Mr. Alvarado, to be effective January 1 through January 5, 2024. Mr. Alvarado accepted the penalty and declined to appeal.”

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Mt. Brilliant Family Foundation Sponsors TCA’s Stallion Season Auction Again

Fri, 2023-12-22 12:48

The Mt. Brilliant Family Foundation has signed on once again as the presenting sponsor for the Thoroughbred Charities of America's upcoming 34th Annual Stallion Season Auction to be held Wednesday, Jan. 3 through Sunday, Jan. 7, the non-profit said in a release Friday.

“We greatly appreciate the continued support of Mt. Brilliant,” said Erin Halliwell executive director of TCA. “The Stallion Season Auction is vital to our organization as it allows us to make grants to qualified organizations across the country. Mt. Brilliant's support of the auction and TCA are a testament to their strong commitment to our mission of assisting Thoroughbreds and those who care for them.”

The online version of the auction opens at 9 a.m. ET Jan. 3, runs through 4 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 5 and will offer nearly 200 seasons to stallions standing in 14 states and Canada.

Click here to view the online seasons.

While the majority will be offered during the online auction, several seasons will be sold in the live event on Sunday, Jan. 7 at Harper Hall in Lexington, Kentucky. Those include Cody's Wish, Elite Power, Life is Good, Constitution, Nyquist, Quality Road, Flightline, Forte, Good Magic and Taiba.

Bidders or their authorized agents may attend the live auction or they can email ehalliwell@tca.org to register online or by telephone. A silent auction will also be offered. All non-season items will be available via online bidding.

Click here for tickets and more information.

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Arima Kinen An Early Christmas Feast

Fri, 2023-12-22 09:44

With the recent retirement of the world's top-rated racehorse Equinox (Jpn) (Kitasan Black {Jpn}) and with Triple Tiara heroine Liberty Island (Jpn) (Duramente {Jpn}) spelling with destinations unknown for 2024, Sunday's G1 Arima Kinen is missing its top two votegetters. But the 2500-metre event, which easily attracts the largest single-race betting in the world on an annual basis, is certainly not lacking for quality.

While Equinox is not back to defend his title, a good deal of how to solve the contest from a pari-mutuel perspective goes through him. Do Deuce (Jpn) (Heart's Cry {Jpn}) is one of four runners pressing on to the Christmas Eve feature from the G1 Japan Cup, where Equinox had four lengths on Liberty Island. In the estimation of many, the 4-year-old–one of just two horses to finish ahead of the reigning Horse of the Year, in his case in the 2022 G1 Tokyo Yushun–would have been the one to beat in the G1 Dubai Turf in March, but was scratched and missed seven months. The bay was disappointing when seventh behind Equinox in the G1 Tenno Sho (Autumn) in October and fell a bit short of expectations when only fourth in the Japan Cup. His connections still have not lost faith.

'[Jockey Yutaka] Take rode work last week and, as I'd thought, they really looked good together,” said trainer Yasuo Tomomichi. “Take said the horse had moved really well as usual. This will be his third start of the fall season but I don't think he's tired at all. I'd say he has improved quite a bit and there is no need for more work. Equinox is out of the picture now and I think any horse has a chance.”

 

 

DO DEUCE fast work yesterday that has the shrewds talking, number 62 in the white with Yutaka Take on board, 11.0 last 1F

Goes to the G1 Arima Kinen on 24th

Worked with classy 3yo filly HARPER who is also going to the Arima Kinen, she closed in 11.2https://t.co/UFfl3sd0w6

— Graham Pavey (@LongBallToNoOne) December 14, 2023

 

Do Deuce is one of three Derby winners in the race, joining 2021 hero Shahryar (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) and Tastiera (Jpn) (Satono Crown {Jpn}). The former was a cracking third to Auguste Rodin (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) in the GI Longines Breeders' Cup Turf Nov. 4 and was an intended runner in the G1 Longines Hong Kong Vase two weeks ago, but was a vet scratch. In spite of his obvious quality, the 5-year-old is no better than a 50-1 chance ante-post. Tastiera dropped a narrow decision to the sometimes mercurial Sol Oriens (Jpn) (Kitasan Black {Jpn}) in April's G1 Satsuki Sho before turning the tables in the Derby. He exits a second–with Sol Oriens third–in the G1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) over 3000 metres Oct. 22.

No fewer than six fillies and mares feature in the 16-strong field, but two most-fancied have drawn the widest gates in a race that is run around three turns at Nakayama. Through Seven Seas (Jpn) (Dream Journey {Jpn}) put a bit of a scare into Equinox when flashing home for second in the G1 Takarazuka Kinen in June, after which it was announced that she'd be programmed for the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. A highly creditable fourth to Ace Impact (Ire) (Cracksman {GB}), she is capable if able to work out out a trip from barrier 15. Drawn widest is the oft-unlucky Stars on Earth (Jpn) (Duramente {Jpn}), who was unfortunate not to complete the 2022 Triple Tiara and looks to snap a frustrating streak of placings, including a latest third in the Japan Cup. Her late sire is also responsible for Titleholder (Jpn), a pacesetting ninth in this last year. Win Marilyn (Jpn) (Screen Hero {Jpn}), victorious in the 2022 G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup and an outstanding fourth to Inspiral (GB) (Frankel {GB}) in the GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Nov. 4, makes the final start of her career and is the longest price at north of 115-1.

Adding further intrigue are the half-brothers Justin Palace (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), winner of the G1 Tenno Sho (Spring) over 3200 metres and third in the Tenno Sho (Autumn), and Iron Barows (Jpn) (Orfevre {Jpn}), who punched his ticket to this with a victory in the G2 Stayers S. going 3600 metres of this course Dec. 2. The pair are half-brothers to recent Darley Japan import Palace Malice (Curlin).

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