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Scarlett Sky Overcomes Slow Pace in Transylvania

Fri, 2021-04-02 17:44

Stuart Janney III's Scarlett Sky (Sky Mesa) looked to have it all to do in Friday's GIII Kentucky Utilities Transylvania S. at Keeneland, as he lingered in last of six behind a glacial pace. But, steered out widest into the stretch, he motored down the center of the course beneath Joel Rosario and was along late to post an ultimately cozy victory. Palazzi (Pioneerof the Nile) hit the lead inside the final sixteenth, only to be run over in the final strides, while GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Fire At Will (Declaration of War) enjoyed a very soft time of things on the engine, but could not take advantage of the slow pace he set and could do no better than third.

Wrestled back into a trailing position after breaking on terms, Scarlett Sky was content to sit at the back of the pack as Fire At Will dictated opening splits of :24.63 and :49.83 in advance of California raider Earls Rock (Ire) (Fascinating Rock {Ire}). Snugly held as they entered the final three-eighths of a mile, Scarlett Sky was shaken up from last and steered out to the center of the course at the quarter-pole, but still had a half-dozen lengths to find. Fire At Will had a kick, but began to shorten stride with time ticking away and Scarlett Sky finished fastest of all for the victory. It was the second win in the race for Janney and trainer Shug McGaughey, who teamed to win the 2011 renewal with Janney homebred Air Support (Smart Strike).

“I knew they weren't going very fast,” said Rosario. “In the first turn, I wasn't far away from [the leaders]. I just let him get his feet into the ground, and he came with a strong run like he always does. He put in a good finish.”

A maiden winner at third asking at Belmont last October, Scarlett Sky was a low-odds and well-beaten fourth in the Nov. 28 Central Park S. at Aqueduct. With Lasix on for the first time, the homebred romped by five in a Jan. 14 Gulfstream allowance and was most recently narrowly beaten into second by 'TDN Rising Star' Annex (Constitution) in the Feb. 27 Palm Beach S. in Hallandale Beach. He was racing Lasix-free Friday.

Pedigree Notes:

Scarlett Sky becomes the 72nd stakes winner and 26th winner at the graded level for Three Chimneys' reliable Sky Mesa. His dam is a half-sister to these connections' My Impression (Sky Mesa), impressive winner of the 2016 GIII Commonwealth Oaks, and the deeper female family includes Claiborne stallion First Samurai (Giant's Causeway). Barren to Janney and Phipps Stable's GI Kentucky Derby winner Orb (ridden by Rosario) for 2019, Mata Mua is the dam of a yearling filly by Janney's Ironicus and a filly foal by Runhappy.

Friday, Keeneland Race Course
KENTUCKY UTILITIES TRANSYLVANIA S.-GIII, $150,000, Keeneland, 4-2, 3yo, 1 1/16mT, 1:43.89, gd.
1–SCARLETT SKY, 118, c, 3, by Sky Mesa
                1st Dam: Mata Mua, by Arch
                2nd Dam: Impressionism, by Broad Brush
                3rd Dam: Sky Blue Pink, by Strawberry Road (Aus)
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. O/B-Stuart
Janney, III LLC (KY); T-Claude R. McGaughey III; J-Joel
Rosario. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 7-3-3-0, $210,400.
Werk Nick Rating: A+. 
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Palazzi, 120, c, 3, Pioneerof the Nile–Kindle, by Indian
Charlie. ($375,000 Wlg '18 KEENOV; $510,000 Ylg '19 FTSAUG).
O-John C. Oxley; B-HnR Nothhaft Horseracing LLC & Pioneerof
the Nile Syndicate (KY); T-Mark E. Casse. $30,000.
3–Fire At Will, 123, c, 3, Declaration of War–Flirt, by Kitten's
Joy. ($97,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP). O-Three Diamonds Farm; B-Troy
Rankin (KY); T-Michael J. Maker. $15,000.
Margins: HF, HF, 1 1/4. Odds: 2.50, 10.70, 1.10.
Also Ran: Barrister Tom, Earls Rock (Ire), Breadman.
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Into Mischief’s Twenty Carat Shines in Beaumont

Fri, 2021-04-02 17:11

Making her first start on a conventional dirt surface after crossing the line best in two previous tries over the Turfway Tapeta, Three Chimneys Farm LLC's Twenty Carat (Into Mischief) attended a strong pace while four deep, came calling for the lead in upper stretch and powered home to prove a convincing winner of Friday's co-featured GIII Beaumont S. on opening day of the Keeneland spring meeting.

Drawn widest in a field of seven, the homebred showed good gate speed and led the Beaumont field out of the chute before settling to track the pace wide of the rail-skimming My Girl Red (Texas Red) and last-out Any Limit S. winner Farsighted (Bernardini) through an opening quarter of :22.18. Warming up to the task three abreast at the five-sixteenths, Twenty Carat traveled comfortably on the swing for home, was roused to the lead at the head of the lane, was a bit tardy switching her leads and drove under the line a clear-cut winner. 'TDN Rising Star' Slumber Party (Malibu Moon), who looked to have speed to contest the early issue, was slowly away and raced in the second half of the field before launching a rail rally that carried her into second. Amalfi Princess (Temple City) was well spotted just behind the early pacesetters, but lacked a late bid and checked in third.

“She's always been a lovely filly, done everything right. I'm very thankful that Mr. [Goncalo] Torrealba and his team [at Three Chimneys],” said winning trainer Wesley Ward. “I think this filly has a big future, and we're looking forward to it.”

Twenty Carat crossed the line first in her Jan. 15 debut at Turfway, only to be disqualified and placed second behind Wait For Nairobi (Carpe Diem), next-out winner of the Cincinnati Trophy S. in Florence. The bay was the lopsided, 7 3/4-length winner of a Feb. 25 maiden and negotiated this hike into graded company with aplomb.

Pedigree Notes:

Twenty Carat is the 93rd stakes winner and 40th graded winner for Into Mischief and the uber-successful sire's second winner of the Beaumont in the span of four years, joining Gas Station Sushi (2018). She is also the 47th stakes winner and 26th graded winner out of a daughter of Bernardini, also the damsire of Into Mischef's talented son Owendale, as well as GIII Distaff H. winner Paris Lights (Curlin).

Secret Jewel cost Besilu Stables $1.2 million at KEESEP in 2012 owing a great deal to the exploits of her half-sister Shared Account (Pleasantly Perfect), runner-up in the GI QE II Challenge Cup at Keeneland in 2009 a little more than a year before she caused a major upset in the 2010 GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill. She has since gone out to produce 'TDN Rising Star' and GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf victress Sharing (Speightstown) as well as SW Riley's Choice (Distorted Humor).

Secret Jewel is the dam of a 2-year-old colt by Three Chimneys' Gun Runner, a yearling colt by the Horse of the Year and was most recently bred to Street Sense.

Friday, Keeneland Race Course
BEAUMONT S. PRESENTED BY KEENELAND SELECT-GIII, $150,000, Keeneland, 4-2, 3yo, f, 7f, 1:26.04, ft.
1–TWENTY CARAT, 118, f, 3, by Into Mischief
                1st Dam: Secret Jewel, by Bernardini
                2nd Dam: Silk n' Sapphire, by Smart Strike
                3rd Dam: Golden Tiy, by Dixieland Band
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. O-Three
Chimneys Farm, LLC (Goncalo B. Torrealba); B-Three Chimneys
Farm, LLC (KY); T-Wesley A. Ward; J-Luis Saez. $90,000.
Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, $115,600. Werk Nick Rating: B. 
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Slumber Party, 118, f, 3, Malibu Moon–Devilish Lady, by
Sweetsouthernsaint. 'TDN Rising Star' O/B-Gary & Mary West Stables Inc. (KY);
T-Kelly J. Breen. $30,000.
3–Amalfi Princess, 118, f, 3, Temple City–Polish Flower, by
Danzig. ($20,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP; $40,000 2yo '20 OBSAPR).
O-Three Diamonds Farm; B-Monticule (KY); T-Michael J.
Maker. $15,000.
Margins: 1HF, 1HF, 1 3/4. Odds: 3.50, 1.10, 10.30.
Also Ran: Lady Traveler, Farsighted, Cilla, My Girl Red.
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Speightstown Rising Star Stays Unbeaten at Keeneland

Fri, 2021-04-02 15:39

4th-Keeneland, $79,735, Alw (NW1X)/Opt. Clm ($75,000), 4-2, 3yo, f, 7f, 1:23.76, ft, 4 1/2 lengths.
CARRIBEAN CAPER (f, 3, Speightstown–Checkupfromzneckup {SP, $187,470}, by Dixie Union) romped by eight lengths on debut at Fair Grounds Feb. 13–good for 'TDN Rising Star' honors–and showed a new dimension Friday to remain unbeaten. Off at 4-5, the dark bay broke a touch flat-footed and eventually settled in to draft behind Tiz Splendid News (Maclean's Music) from third. Carried very wide by the pacesetter entering the stretch, she pulled clear midway down the lane and hit another gear late to up the winning margin to 4 1/2 lengths. Tiz Splendid News held on for second. The winner, who hails from the extended female family of A.P. Indy, has a 2-year-old half-sister by Into Mischief who was a $600,000 KEESEP yearling and a yearling half-sister by Tapit. Her dam, who sold for $825,000 while carrying Carribean Caper, most recently visited Quality Road. For more on Carribean Caper, click here. Sales history: $250,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $84,600. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-Columbine Stable LLC.; B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY); T-Albert M. Stall, Jr.

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American Freedom Gets First Winner at Keeneland

Fri, 2021-04-02 14:26

3rd-Keeneland, $60,000, Msw, 4-2, 2yo, f, 4 1/2f, :52.01, ft, 1 1/2 lengths.
AMERICAN BOUND (f, 2, American Freedom–Grace Abounds, by Stormy Atlantic) provided a further push for her first-crop sire (by Pulpit), becoming the Airdrie inmate's first winner Friday at Keeneland. The victory came just two days after another daughter of American Freedom sold for $550,000 at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream to go with three six-figure sellers at OBS March. Let go at 12-1 while breaking from the rail, American Bound broke on top and edged away around the turn with Wesley Ward-trained favorite Magniloquent (American Pharoah) in hot pursuit. American Bound stiff-armed that foe in upper stretch despite struggling with her leads, and had built up enough of an advantage to hold off Bode by You (Munnings) by 1 1/2 lengths at the wire, stopping the clock in :52.01-:0.14 faster than the other division of juvenile fillies in race one. The winner's dam, from the family of MGSW Souvenir Copy (Mr. Prospector), is also represented by a Daredevil filly of 2020. Sales history: $20,000 Wlg '19 KEENOV; $15,000 Ylg '20 OBSWIN. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-Terry Hutto; B-Sandra Sexton & Silver Fern Farm (KY); T-Joe Sharp.

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COVID Lockdown Threatens Opening Day at Woodbine

Fri, 2021-04-02 14:11

The Ontario government has put in place new COVID-19 restrictions that will last a minium of four weeks and include a ban on horse racing. What is being called an “emergency brake” went into effect Saturday, putting the Apr. 17 opener at Woodbine in doubt. Its sister track, the harness facility Mohawk Park, was not able to run on Saturday and will be shut down indefinitely.

There were 2,557 reported cases of COVID-19 Thursday in Ontario, the most in a single day since Jan. 22.

While understanding the serious of the pandemic, Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson has been frustrated by the government's efforts and said that people are not looking at the facts when it comes to horse racing. According to Lawson, there was only one case of COVID reported in 2020 between both Woodbine and Mohawk and none on the backstretch of either track.

“There wasn't enough thought and consideration given to a very large industry with a very large economic impact and a very stellar safety record,” Lawson said. “No one has really given any thought to racing because if they had, they never would have included racing in this lockdown. It's an outdoor activity with as near perfect safety record. No one is giving the industry its due.”

To back his point, Lawson questions why, during the four-week lockdown, NHL games will be allowed to continue and that golf will also be permitted.

“I am a golfer and am happy to go golfing,” Lawson said. “But I know that when I go out to the golf course, no one will stop me, no one will require me to wear a mask and no one will take my temperature. There will be no safety measures and protocols to speak of. If the government would come here and see what we are doing they'd have a completely different view.

“Here we are in our own little bubble with a perfect safety record and it is an outdoor activity. They say hockey, an indoor activity, has great safety measures in place. I don't say this wishing anyone any ill will, but there are NHL  games being postponed and now the Vancouver Canucks have eight players with COVID. They've had more COVID in three days than we had in a year.”

Lawson said he has heard from several trainers who, because of the uncertainty, are delaying shipping into Woodbine. If the lockdown goes on too long, Lawson fears some of the stables may remain in the U.S. throughout the year.

“We've got trainers in Florida and Louisiana who are calling me, asking what do I think?” Lawson said. “My honest answer is I can tell you that we are having discussions but can't guarantee you we will open Apr. 17. I'm not going to tell them to come or to stay away. I just tell them the facts.”

Lawson said he has been working to convince public officials that racing should not have been included among the list of businesses that will not be allowed to operate during the emergency brake period. He said he has had productive discussions with health officials representing Ontario. He added that what is needed at this point is for the Toronto Health Department to consider the facts and allow racing to resume.

“I have spoken to [the Ontario Health Department] directly three or four times,” he said. “The province is telling me if you can get the local health authority on your side they will support live racing opening up. Will that happen in the next week or two weeks? With Toronto public health, we don't know for sure. I can tell you that we have delivered a huge package of documents that make our case.”

Lawson said he remains hopeful that the Woodbine season will start on time.

“I am still optimistic and that is based on my discussions with Toronto Health,” he said. “We need things to stabilize over the next week or two and we must continue to to have a good safety record on our backstretch.”

Lawson said that there are already 1,300 horses on the Woodbine backstretch, their trainers waiting for racing to resume.

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Frosted Filly Comes Out Flying to Kick off Keeneland Meet

Fri, 2021-04-02 13:29

1st-Keeneland, $56,787, Msw, 4-2, 2yo, f, 4 1/2f, :52.15, ft, 3 1/2 lengths.
BOHEMIAN FROST (f, 2, Frosted–Toast of Mayfair, by Speightstown) blasted out of the gate and never looked back to become the first winner at Keeneland's spring meet Friday afternoon. Having prepped for this with a :46 2/5 bullet from the gate here Mar. 21, the grey was pounded down to 9-5 into the face of a 4-5 Wesley Ward shot and soon proved why. With Ward's runner Dream Fly (American Pharoah) missing the break from the rail, Bohemian Frost was almost instantly clear and the grey buzzed along from there en route to a 3 1/2-length victory. Just Fly rallied for second. The winner's dam, who is a daughter of GISW juvenile Appealing Zophie (Successful Appeal), was a five-length debut winner at two herself. Toast of Mayfair, who sold for $325,000 at KEENOV '18 while carrying Bohemian Frost, is also a half to GI Belmont S. winner Tapwrit (Tapit), MGSW Ride a Comet (Candy Ride {Arg}) and Inject (Frosted), a sharp Ellis debutante last summer who garnered 'TDN Rising Star' honors. Toast of Mayfair has a yearling filly by Candy Ride (Arg) and most recently visited West Coast. Trainer John Innis was able to build his arsenal of 2021 juveniles after selling County Final (Oxbow) for a sale-topping $475,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton July sale. The $9,5000 KEESEP bargain buy took his turf sprint debut at Churchill last June before finishing second in the GIII Bashford Manor S. West Point Thoroughbreds and partners bought him at Fasig and turned him over to Steve Asmussen linebefore a victory in Monmouth's Tyro S. Sales history: $42,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $36,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-47 Roses, LLC, Sean Speck & John Ennis; B-Woodford Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY); T-John Ennis.

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Tampa Announcer Richard Grunder to Retire

Fri, 2021-04-02 12:16

Richard Grunder, the track announcer at Tampa Bay Downs for the past 37 years, is hanging up his binoculars after the May 2 card.

Citing health concerns, the 68-year-old has chosen to retire after a lifetime spent in the sport. He is believed to have called in the vicinity of 37,000 races at Tampa Bay Downs and is currently the longest-tenured announcer at any racetrack in the country.

“My goal a few years back was to try to go until I was 70, but I've got a medical situation I need to stay on top of and some related stress issues that led me to realize it's time,” Grunder said. “I was in the hospital a few weeks ago on a Wednesday and barely got out in time to call the first race, and I don't get up those stairs to the press box as fast as I used to.

“I am going to miss the camaraderie and the people, especially the three stewards who work next door to my booth. It's been a great environment to work in. But I have no regrets at all. My father [the late Dean Grunder, a railroad worker and owner-trainer in Nebraska and New Mexico] told me once I would be a really rich man if I was able to go to a job I liked every day.

“By that account, I'm a millionaire many times over.”

Grunder will remain active in the sport, working as a jockey's agent at Canterbury Park in Minnesota this spring and summer for Alonso Quinonez and Israel Hernandez. He plans to travel extensively with his wife of 48 years, Diana, visit other racetracks and spend more time with son Chad and his wife Erica, who live in El Dorado, Kan.

“I love to fish, and we're 100 miles from Lake Okeechobee. I've never been a bass fisherman, but that's something I plan to get into,” Grunder said. “And I'm looking forward to returning to Oaklawn Park. I haven't been there since I worked rubbing horses for [trainer] Red Payne in 1974.”

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Two Graded Stakes Highlight Los Al Summer Schedule

Fri, 2021-04-02 11:49

Three stakes races worth $450,000–including a pair of graded events–will highlight the Summer Thoroughbred Festival at Los Alamitos.

The seven-day meet is scheduled to begin Friday, June 25 and continue through Monday, July 5. Racing will be conducted Friday-Sunday (June 25-27) the first week and Friday-Monday (July 2-5) the second. Post time will be 1 p.m.

The richest event on the calendar is the $200,000 GII Great Lady M. S. for fillies & mares at 6 1/2 furlongs July 5.

The other graded race is the $150,000 GIII Los Alamitos Derby. The nine-furlong contest for 3-year-olds will be run Saturday, July 3.

The other stakes race on the schedule is the $100,000 Soi Phet S. for 3-year-olds & up bred or sired in California. The one-mile race will be run June 26.

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Overtook Targets Peter Pan

Thu, 2021-04-01 17:13

Trainer Todd Pletcher indicated Overtook (Curlin) will make his next start in the May 8 GIII Peter Pan S. at Belmont Park. Since finishing second behind Risk Taking in the GIII Withers S. Feb. 6 at Aqueduct, the son of Grade I winner Got Lucky (A.P. Indy) has registered two easy half-mile works at Pletcher's Palm Beach Downs base, including the latest a a four-furlong move in :50.75 Mar. 6. The Repole Stable, St. Elias Stable, Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith runner is expected to return the work tab this weekend.

“We just got a little off schedule with him,” Pletcher said. “He's training every day at Palm Beach and he'll breeze this weekend. We'd like to get him ready for the Peter Pan.”

Pletcher indicated a strong effort in the Peter Pan, a nine-furlong test for sophomores, would likely make the June 5 GI Belmont S. the next goal.

“That's what we're hoping,” Pletcher said. “If we have a good performance in the Peter Pan it could propel him into the Belmont.”

A $1 million purchase at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Overtook was a third out maiden winner Dec. 20 at Aqueduct before finishing a late-closing second in the Withers.

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Wood Memorial Challenge Set for Saturday

Thu, 2021-04-01 16:46

Saturday's Wood Memorial Challenge is the second-of-six $3,000 NYRA Bets live-money handicapping challenges offered in 2021.The Wood Memorial challenge, featuring a $3,000 buy-in, offers an array of prizes including a cash prize pool, one seeded $10,000 Belmont Stakes Contest Seat, and two 2022 National Handicapping Championship [NHC] seats. NYRA Handicapping Challenge entrants will be able to register and compete online in all contests via NYRA Bets. The leaderboard for all of these contests will be posted throughout the day on America's Day at the Races, produced by NYRA in partnership with FOX Sports. Registration closes for Saturday's Wood Memorial Challenge Friday, Ap. 2 at 5 p.m.

To enter and play online, contestants must be registered NYRA Bets account holders. For more info., visit www.NYRA.com/challenge.

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NBC Sports to Present the May 1 Kentucky Derby

Thu, 2021-04-01 16:08

With one month to the running of the GI Kentucky Derby, NBC Sports presents live coverage of the GII Wood Memorial, GII Blue Grass S. and GI Santa Anita Derby Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET. This weekend's “triplecast” continues NBC Sports' “Road to the Kentucky Derby” coverage on four consecutive Saturday afternoons, which also includes next weekend's GI Arkansas Derby. NBC Sports will present the 147th Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Saturday's live coverage begins from Aqueduct Racetrack with the Wood Memorial, which has registered 11 Derby winners. The 5-2 morning line favorite is Risk Taking, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. and trained by Chad Brown. Additionally, the Blue Grass S. at Keeneland, is expected to feature undefeated 3-5 morning line favorite Essential Quality, who was named 2020's Champion 2-year-old male. Rounding out Saturday's show is the GI Santa Anita Derby. Headlining the field is Medina Spirit, trained by Hall-of-Famer Bob Baffert, who has won the Santa Anita Derby a record nine times.

Ahmed Fareed hosts Saturday's triplecast coverage, alongside analysts Jerry Bailey, Randy Moss, and insights analyst Steve Kornacki, who will be at his Big Board to analyze the Kentucky Derby points standings as qualifying for the Run for the Roses enters its final weeks. Reporters Laffit Pincay III and Britney Eurton will be on-site in Santa Anita, Matt Bernier will be in New York and Kenny Rice will report from Keeneland. NBCSN will also present highlights of Saturday's “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” races from across the country.

Coverage will be streamed live on www.NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app–NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs.

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Laurel Set to Begin Spring Meet Apr. 8

Thu, 2021-04-01 15:17

Laurel Park will open its 16-day spring meet Thursday, Apr. 8 and will continue through Sunday, May 2. Live racing will be conducted Thursday through Sunday with a first-race post of 12:40 p.m. Post time moves to 12:15 p.m. for the Spring Stakes Spectacular program Apr. 24 and GI Kentucky Derby day from Churchill Downs May 1. Entries for Laurel's Apr. 8 opening day program will be taken Apr. 3.

The Spring Stakes Spectacular program includes seven stakes worth $750,000 in purses led by the Federico Tesio S. for 3-year-olds and Weber City Miss S. for 3-year-old fillies. The Tesio is a 'Win and In' qualifier for Triple Crown-nominated horses to the May 15 GI Preakness S., and the Weber City Miss is a 'Win and In' event for the GII Black-Eyed Susan s. May 14, both at Pimlico Race Course.

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‘Kid’ Returns Home, Maxfield Possible for Alysheba

Thu, 2021-04-01 14:35

DARRS Inc.'s Extravagant Kid (Kiss the Kid), winner of last Saturday's G1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan, is scheduled to return home this week, according to trainer Brendan Walsh.

“He will quarantine in Chicago for 48 hours and then should be down [at Keeneland] Sunday or Monday,” Walsh confirmed Thursday morning.

An astute $75,000 claim by the current connections in January 2018, the 8-year-old gelding landed his first graded stakes score of his career in Dubai, as Walsh looked on flying from Miami to New Orleans.

“I was trying to watch it on my tablet, but the WiFi wasn't working,” Walsh said. “Then I looked and saw the flight had live TV, and I was able to watch the FOX Sports telecast. At the eighth pole, I thought he was going to get a placing and then I thought this guy is going to win the thing.”

Also trained by Walsh, Godolphin's Maxfield (Street Sense), winner of the 2019 GI Claiborne Breeders' Futurity, is back at Keeneland after arriving this week from Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida. Undefeated in a pair of starts in 2020, including the GIII Matt Winn S. at Churchill Downs last May, the dark bay took the GIII Mineshaft S. at Fair Grounds Feb. 13 before finishing third–beaten two lengths–in the Mar. 6 GI Santa Anita H.

Outlining a plan for the striking 4-year-old, Walsh said, “We will work him a couple times [at Keeneland] and then find something for him. The GII Alysheba S. [(at Churchill Downs Apr. 30] is a possibility.”

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Fireworks at the Top at Fasig Gulfstream

Wed, 2021-03-31 20:49

by Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis

The Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale returned from its one-year hiatus with plenty of fireworks at the top of the market as a diverse buying bench competed with enthusiasm for the upper-end offerings in the track's paddock Wednesday afternoon. A colt by Nyquist, who had breezed the bullet furlong in :9 4/5 during Monday's under-tack preview, brought the boutique auction's top price when selling for $2.6 million to Coolmore. The Irish operation returned to secure a colt by Nyquist's sire Uncle Mo for $1.3 million. Both colts were consigned by Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables. A son of Gun Runner purchased by Amr Zedan rounded out the trio of seven-figure transactions when selling for $1.7 million from the consignment of Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds. Nyquist and Uncle Mo combined represented five of the auction's top 10 prices.

“It was a good start to the 2021 2-year-old sale season for us,” Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning, Jr. said at the close of business Wednesday. “We are thrilled to be back at Gulfstream Park. I think it was a typical 2-year-old sale, great demand and great interest at the top of the marketplace for what are perceived to be the quality offerings. The most encouraging thing in that regard was the diversity of buyers across the board. There were lots of bidders willing to spend plenty of money.”

A total of 67 horses sold at the Gulfstream sale Wednesday for an aggregate of $25,360,000. The average was $378,507 and the median was $300,000. In 2019, 59 head grossed $29,115,000 for an average of $493,475 and a median of $375,000.

“Overall, I think it was a healthy marketplace,” Browning said. “People want quality horses and I think it bodes well for the rest of the 2-year-old sales and gives us encouragement for the yearling sales starting this summer.”

But the margin between perceived quality and the lower-end offerings was razor thin. Of the 186 juveniles catalogued, 105 went through the ring and 38 of those failed to sell.

“The 2-year-old game is still a game of performance and vetting,” Browning said. “There are even more hoops to jump through than there used to be. You have to breeze well in a good time, gallop out well, make a good video and the veterinary scrutiny increases every year.”

Coolmore has been a major presence on the Gulfstream buying bench for the last several auctions and Wednesday was the second sale in a row the operation purchased the auction's topper. But after the tickets were signed, Coolmore's Michael Tabor issued a warning salvo aimed at The Jockey Club's impending cap on number of mares bred to stallions born after 2020.

“The Jockey Club stallion cap will reduce the value of these horses from next year, so it's hard to imagine prices like this being repeated unless the horse is to go abroad,” Tabor said.

A number of pinhookers recorded impressive scores during the auction. Wavertree's $2.6-million Nyquist colt had been purchased for $160,000 as a yearling and the consignment's $1.3-million Uncle Mo had been purchased for $335,000. Dean DeRenzo and Randy Hartley had purchased the $1.7-million Gun Runner for $140,000 last fall.

“It's so strong for certain horses, but overall it's very, very thin,” said Becky Thomas, who consigned a filly by Uncle Mo on behalf of Cody Autrey who went from $380,000 yearling to $825,000 juvenile. “But there were fireworks. I think it was great for our whole horse economy. Hoby [Kight]'s horse ($650,000 Frosted) was a home run, Randy and Dean's horse was just a massive home run, Eddie [Woods], Ciaran, everybody had some really good home runs. We had a solid sale. Unfortunately, for not every horse, but we are grateful to be out and moving ahead.”

Bloodstock agent Jacob West saw familiar trends in the sales results.

“Good horses are selling,” West said. “The ones that miss the mark aren't. Unfortunately that's just the reality of our business. We are all looking for the same thing. And when you offer it up in the market, if you have what everybody wants, you get overpaid. And if you miss the mark even by a little bit, the buying bench is pretty harsh on you. But quality sells. And what's deemed as not quality doesn't.”

Nyquist Colt to Coolmore

A colt by Nyquist (hip 28) who lit up the racetrack with a bullet furlong work in :9 4/5 during Monday's under-tack also turned heads in the sales ring at Gulfstream Wednesday when selling for $2.6 million to Coolmore. The youngster was consigned by Wavertree Stables.

Bloodstock agent Jamie McCalmont signed the ticket for the youngster, who will be trained by Bob Baffert.

“He is by Nyquist who looks like one of the best young stallions around right now,” McCalmont said. “He breezed in :9 4/5, very few horses went :10 flat, let alone :9 4/5. He did a good gallop out, he came out of the work good. He trained well in the week before. He's a very nice horse.”

Michael Tabor, who had been leading the Coolmore team around the sales barns Tuesday, said he was happy with the purchase, but he sounded a warning note for future sales.

“I was just saying to the boys that The Jockey Club stallion cap really reduces the value of these horses,” Tabor said. “Next year, it is hard to imagine that these horses will be as high. Unless these horses go abroad.”

Coolmore is one of three farms involved in a lawsuit against The Jockey Club over the mare cap.

Later in the sale, bloodstock agent Jacob West signed the ticket on an Uncle Mo colt on behalf of Coolmore for $1.3 million. West echoed Tabor's sentiments on the cap, which calls for stallions born in 2020 and later to cover no more than 140 mares.

“There is a significant price change coming through with these colts right now,” West said. “In our belief, this is one of the last times we will see something like this. The mare cap might limit what people are willing to spend. You are seeing the result of that now with what the Coolmore group is doing with these colts that are coming through the ring. You better jump on them now because at the end of the day, they are worried about the regulation coming down and affecting the price of the colts if this mare cap gets pushed through.”

Coolmore has been a major buying presence at the Gulfstream sale. In 2019, the operation purchased the $3.65-million sale topper and four of the auction's six seven-figure juveniles.

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Nyquist Colt a Score for Reddam, Dunne

The $2.6-million son of Nyquist (hip 28) was bred by G. Watts Humphrey, Jr. and is out of Spinning Wheel (Smart Strike), a half-sister to multiple Grade I placed Ride on Curlin (Curlin). The juvenile's third dam is Grade I winner Victory Ride (Seeking the Gold).

Wavertree's Ciaran Dunne purchased the bay colt for $160,000 on behalf of the Red Wings pinhooking partnership, led by Paul Reddam, who campaigned the colt's GI Kentucky Derby-winning sire.

“He is part of a pinhooking package that we do with Paul Reddam and obviously Paul has an attachment to Nyquist,” Dunne said. “So any Nyquist is an easy sell for us. He's a beautiful horse. I don't have to say that. He said that for himself in the ring. He comes from a breeder, Watts Humphrey, those families are generational and at the end of the day, those families come through. When you buy a horse off Watts, you feel a little better about it. Between those two connections, he was an easy horse.”

Asked how the colt had progressed over the winter, Dunne said, “I don't know if he's any different than he was as a yearling. He was a beautiful horse, he can just do it on the racetrack now and that's what it all comes down to at the end of the day. He showed up when it mattered and showed up like a champion all week.”

Dunne admitted Tuesday morning he thought he might have the sale topper, but the colt's final price Wednesday was still a surprise.

“We never had a horse in all the years we've been selling that has been vetted so many times,” he said. “I'm not sure there was a guy on the sales grounds that didn't vet him. We started to get excited yesterday, thinking, 'Wow, he could bring a million,' and then you think, 'Could he possibly bring a million and a half?' Two million is a pipe dream and then to get $2.6 million. It's a dream.”

The Red Wings partnership scored another pinhooking coup when selling a filly by American Freedom for $550,000. The chestnut had been purchased for $160,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings Showcase. @JessMartiniTDN

Gun Runner Colt Sparks Late Fireworks

Just three hips before the conclusion of the sale, a colt from the first crop of Horse of the Year Gun Runner sparked a furious round of bidding in the Gulfstream paddock. When the dust settled it was bloodstock agent Gary Young left holding the $1.7-million ticket on behalf of Zedan Racing.

“We liked a few colts in this sale,” said Young, who did his bidding standing alongside Zedan principal Amr Zedan and trainer Bob Baffert. “We didn't get the [sale-topping] Nyquist. We liked a Classic Empire in the middle too, but we knew this horse would take a lot of money, so we just kind of waited for this horse. I don't know who we were bidding against, but they jogged us pretty good. You could tell it was mano y mano there for quite a while. We liked this horse a lot. I think he looks a lot like Gun Runner and I loved his breeze. See me in six months and I will let you know if we did good or not.”

“He is going to the guy with the white hair. I hear he has quite a future in the game,” Young joked, while nodding in Baffert's direction.

As for the price, Young said, “[Zedan] asked me before and I said $1 million to 1.5-million and if someone likes him as much as I do, maybe a tick or two more. So that is about what we thought.”

Young and Zedan purchased the topper at last year's $1.35-million OBS April topper Princess Noor (Not This Time), who opened her account with a trio of victories for Baffert, topped by the GI Del Mar Debutante S.

Consignors Randy Hartley and Dean de Renzo purchased the strapping chestnut colt for $140,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October Sale and he breezed in :10 1/5 Monday. Bred by Bruce Ryan, Hip 181 is out of MSW Needmore Flattery (Flatter).

“I am ecstatic, but I am more ecstatic that Bob Baffert gets to train him,” de Renzo said. “Now the horse will really get a chance to shine when he moves on to his next level. He just graduated high school and now he is off to college with the professor. That makes us really happy. Now he is really going to get the shot he deserves. We knew he was going to do really well because he has done everything really well his whole life.” @CDeBernardisTDN

Coolmore Strikes Again for Uncle Mo Colt

The Coolmore team didn't waste any time getting back into the fray at Gulfstream Wednesday, going to $1.3 million to acquire a colt by its stallion Uncle Mo (hip 67). It was the operation's second seven-figure purchase and the second from Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables. Out of Afleet Maggi (Afleet Alex), the dark bay colt is a full-brother to Grade I winner Dream Tree. He worked a furlong in :10 flat during Monday's under-tack preview.

Leaving bloodstock agent Jacob West to sign the ticket on the colt, Coolmore's Michael Tabor confirmed the juvenile will be trained by Todd Pletcher.

“I have had horses with Todd Pletcher ever since I can remember,” Tabor said. “When I had the Derby winner [Thunder Gulch] in 1995, he was working for Wayne Lukas. So we go back a long way.”

Earlier in the sale, Coolmore had paid $2.6 million for a colt by Uncle Mo's Kentucky Derby-winning son Nyquist.

“We are very happy to have these two animals,” Tabor said.

Wavertree sold Dream Tree for $750,000 to the bid of bloodstock agent Kerri Radcliffe at the Gulfstream sale in 2017. The filly went on to win that year's GI Starlet S. and the following season's GII Prioress S. for Phoenix Thoroughbreds.

Radcliffe was underbidder on Dream Tree's full-brother Wednesday. The agent, who purchased last year's GI Arkansas Derby winner Nadal (Blame) at the 2019 Gulfstream sale, was bidding Wednesday on behalf of Goncalo Torrealba and George Bolton.

“We were hoping to get another Nadal, but I hope he's another Nadal for somebody else,” Radcliffe said. “He had a fantastic personality. He was so laid back. He was a gorgeous horse. I'm really gutted we didn't get him. But I hope he's very lucky for whoever bought him. ”

For Dunne, it was a second seven-figure juvenile and a second pinhooking score. The Irishman purchased the Uncle Mo colt for $335,000 at last year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

“He's a special little horse,” Dunne said of the colt following Monday's work. “He was a beautiful yearling. I couldn't believe they let us buy him.” @JessMartiniTDN

Heavy Hitters Team up for Nyquist Colt

Hip 28, a colt from the second crop of Nyquist, lit up the Gulfstream paddock when hammering for a sale-topping $2.6 million. The very next horse through the ring was another son of Nyquist, who made it a very exciting few minutes for the Darley sire when summoning $900,000 from Spendthrift Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds. Hip 29 was consigned by Eddie Woods as part of the complete dispersal of the Estate of Paul Pompa, Jr.

“He was one of our top picks of the sale,” said Spendthrift's Ned Toffey, who signed the winning ticket. “He is a great looking horse and Nyquist is doing great things. He breezed well and looks very sound. He jumped through all the hoops for us. We are partnering with West Point Thoroughbreds on him and are happy to partner with them. It looks like he will go to Todd [Pletcher].”

Bred by International Equities Holdings, Hip 29 was purchased by bloodstock agent Steve Young, on Pompa's behalf, for $400,000 at Keeneland September. Young also purchased his dam Spirit of the Dawn–a half to GSW Javerre (Outflanker)–for $500,000 as a juvenile at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale and she made two starts for Pletcher and International Equities Holding's racing arm Sumaya US. Hip 29 is the second foal out of Spirit of the Dawn and her first foal, a now 3-year-old colt named Askin for a Baskin (Distorted Humor), brought $500,000 at KEESEP from Travis Durr, who was representing Bill Rucker and JRE Racing.

“He is a nice horse,” Woods said. “Steve Young bought him [as a yearling]. He is very straight forward and has done everything right. He worked good [in :10 2/5], not fantastic, but he is a big, two-turn horse. It is just a shame to be selling him. He is going to a good spot, so we will wish him the best.”

Pompa, a longtime owner and breeder, passed away suddenly Oct. 10. Since then, his top quality racing and breeding stock has been dispersed through various sales with the majority going through the Keeneland January Sale.

“He was a great fella, a great client. I have worked for him for a long time. It was just a shock [when he passed].” @CDeBernardisTDN

Uncle Mo Filly to Lows

Shortly after signing for an Uncle Mo colt on behalf of Coolmore, bloodstock agent Jacob West signed for a filly by the sire for $825,000 on behalf of Robert and Lawana Low. Consigned by Becky Thomas's Sequel Bloodstock, hip 169 is out of Michelle d'Oro (BernardinI) and is a half-sister to last year's Runhappy Juvenile S. winner Pico d'Oro (Curlin). She worked a furlong in :10 flat during Monday's under-tack preview.

“She's an Uncle Mo filly and he can do no wrong,” West said of the juvenile's appeal. “She's out of a Bernardini mare who is absolutely killing it as a broodmare sire. I thought she had the best breeze of any filly down here. We love to buy them when you can see them get across the dirt and gallop out on the dirt. She vetted good and we got stuck in behind her and wanted to buy her.”

The filly was bred by Southern Equine Stables and was purchased by Autrey Bloodstock for $380,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton showcase.

“Southern Equine sold her to Cody Autrey and he put together a pinhooking group and I was blessed enough to have her to sell,” Thomas said. “He did all the preliminary work and I just finished her off.”

Of the filly, Thomas said, “She was a big, tall, leggy, two-turn looking filly that walked like a panther and moved like one. And was just so fast with no effort. I think she is a rockstar.”

Hip 169, like Coolmore's $1.3-million Uncle Mo colt, will be trained by Todd Pletcher.

“We are very fortunate to get them,” Pletcher said of the two juveniles. “They are typcial of the Uncle Mos. He stamps his babies and I thought both of these have that look that he puts into so many of them. They are very good movers, good walkers, athletic and with good breezes. So we're excited.” @JessMartiniTDN

Coolmore Strikes Again for Practical Joke Filly

The Coolmore team was very active at Gulfstream Wednesday, buying two of the day's top three colts as well as the auction's highest-priced filly, Hip 117, an $800,000 daughter of the operation's freshman sire Practical Joke. Bloodstock agents Jamie McCalmont and Ben McElroy represented the Coolmore contingent on this purchase.

“She was very fast, she had a great breeze, we liked her conformation… what more could you want,” Coolmore's Michael Tabor said.

Bred by Amy Rabanal, Constance Wickes and Highclere. Hip 117 is out of the Speightstown mare Goforitmrsmiller. North London Bloodstock purchased the dark bay for $150,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Select Yearlings Sale in September.

“She's been extremely popular,” said Steve Venosa, who consigned and prepared the :10 flat breezer under his SGV Thoroughbreds. “She's trained well down here and was well received at the barn. She's been nothing but class the whole time she has been here. We are excited she is going to a good home and I am sure we will hear good things about her down the road.”

Venosa added, “This is the top 2-year-old sale in the world. When you come down here, you better a bring a horse who is going to be able to perform on this surface. This filly was able to do that. We are very blessed that we sold her like that. We are very happy.”

North London Bloodstock, a longtime pinhooking partnership of Venosa clients, had a strong sale Wednesday, hitting two more home runs after Hip 117. Hip 141, a Quality Road colt purchased for $190,000 at KEESEP, brought $600,000 from Yugi Hasegawa. A few hips later, a son of Nyquist (Hip 146) the group bought for $200,000 at FTKSEL, summoned $625,000 from R.A. Hill Stable. @CDeBernardisTDN

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Zedan Lands Gun Runner Colt at Fasig

Wed, 2021-03-31 17:59

Agent Gary Young, acting on behalf of Zedan Racing Stables, went all the way to $1.7 million late in Wednesday's Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale to land a colt from the first crop of Horse of the Year Gun Runner. Consigned by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds, agent as hip 181, the son of young Ohio-bred MSW Needmore Flattery (Flatter) was $140,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling. He breezed in :10 1/5. Amr Zedan has made a big splash in the racing world in a short amount of time–he campaigned last year's $1.35-million OBSAPR topper and subsequent GISW Princess Noor (Not This Time), and will be represented in Saturday's GI Runhappy Santa Anita Derby by $35,000 OBSJUN value buy Medina Spirit (Protonico).

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NBC Racing, Hockey Analyst Eddie Olczyk Joins Writers’ Room

Wed, 2021-03-31 17:45

It's busy season for NBC's Eddie Olczyk. One of the few analysts on national television to dabble in multiple sports, the popular former hockey star is gearing up to broadcast the GI Kentucky Derby as well as the NHL playoffs this spring, and he joined the TDN Writers' Room podcast presented by Keeneland Tuesday afternoon to discuss it all. Calling in via Zoom as the Green Group Guest of the Week, Olczyk talked about his handicapping strategies, what horses he's eyeing for the first Saturday in May, his ordeal with colon cancer and much more.

Asked about his racing origins and unique broadcasting perspective, Olczyk said, “Since I was 13 years old here in Chicago at old Arlington Park, for me, it was love at first sight. I think anybody that I either bring to the racetrack or teach them about handicapping or just share stories about horse racing with, once they go [to the track], it seems like they continue to go. So I'd like to think that I've made an impact as far as getting hockey people involved in it. On the other side, I think I've turned a lot of horse racing people into hockey fans. Which both sports, quite frankly, could certainly use. We could use more people, especially young people, getting to know and loving both games. As I love to say, pucks and ponies, there's nothing better. And it's a great time of year with the Triple Crown and the NHL playoffs right around the corner.”

Later, Olczyk opened up about his six-month long chemotherapy battle with stage 3 colon cancer.

“The first thing I thought was, 'How long do I have to live?'” he said about his reaction when he got the diagnosis. “Colon cancer is very treatable if you can get to it early, but I was at stage 3. I was in one of those situations where it could've gone either way. I started my chemo Sept. 11, 2017. It was every two weeks for 48 hours. I was very lucky to have an incredible team of doctors. My wife Diana–we'll be married 33 years come August–was there every step of the way. I never saw her weak, never saw her down, never saw her worried, but I knew that when I wasn't around or she was by herself, she let her guard down. I was scared, and the side effects brought me to my knees. It tested my will to live. When I was ready to quit, she gave me a greater inspirational speech than I'd ever heard in any locker room or other setting in my life. She grabbed me and said, 'Look, you've got to fight. For me, for our kids, and for all the people that love you.' The conversation lasted 30 minutes. I cried for 35 of it. I said, 'OK, I'm just going to grab my hockey helmet and put it back on and I'm going to go day to day.'”

Elsewhere in the show, the writers reacted to the big racing days at Gulfstream and Dubai, including the tragic breakdown of Zenden (Fed Biz) before celebrating the continued overall progress in reducing racing fatalities in the West Point Thoroughbreds news segment. Click here to watch the podcast; click here for the audio-only version.

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Full Bro to Dream Tree Adds to Wavertree Windfall

Wed, 2021-03-31 15:51

Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables had already sold a $2.6-million son of Nyquist among others when it enjoyed another huge sale at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Wednesday via hip 67, son of Nyquist's sire Uncle Mo. A $335,000 KEESEP yearling purchase by Knights Bloodstock, the full-brother to GISW and $750,000 FTFMAR grad Dream Tree was scooped up for $1.3 million by West Bloodstock and Jamie McCalmont, agents for Coolmore's M.V. Magnier after breezing an eighth in :10 flat. The Coolmore contingent also purchased the aforementioned Nyquist colt and stands Uncle Mo.

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MATCH Series to Return in 2021

Wed, 2021-03-31 15:15

The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships (MATCH) Series, which was forced to go on hiatus in 2020 because of regional COVID-19 restrictions, will return this year under a two-state schedule put together by horsemen and racetracks in Maryland and Virginia to bridge the gap until the full Series is restored in 2022.

The Series, the only one of its kind in racing, will run from May 14 at Pimlico Race Course through Dec. 26 at Laurel Park, and will feature 24 stakes–20 of them in Maryland and four at Colonial Downs in Virginia–valued at $2,750,000 million. There will be four divisions, all of them on dirt, and $282,000 in bonus money.

“This is a tremendous demonstration of support and cooperation by the Maryland and Virginia horsemen and racetracks, and I am deeply appreciative of their desire to maintain the MATCH brand through these difficult times for racing'” said MATCH creator Alan M. Foreman. “This should be a really fun and competitive Series.”

“Maryland's horsemen have always believed in the vision of MATCH and been enthusiastic supporters of the Series from day one,” commented MTHA Executive Director David Richardson. “We are thrilled to join with our friends in Virginia to renew this innovative concept for 2021 with the goal of a full rebirth in 2022.”

Click here for the 2021 schedule.

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Bullet Breezer Leads Big One-Two for Nyquist at Fasig Gulfstream

Wed, 2021-03-31 15:10

A Nyquist colt (hip 28) who breezed a bullet furlong in :9 4/5 at Gulfstream Monday was popular as expected in the track's paddock on Wednesday, bringing $2.6 million early in the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale from agent Jamie McCalmont, acting on behalf of Coolmore's M.V. Magnier. Consigned by Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables, Inc., the Feb. 4 foal was a $160,000 Fasig-Tipton Select Showcase buy. His third dam is GISW Victory Ride (Seeking the Gold). Coolmore bought the Gulfstream sale's top two lots in 2019, including  $3.65-million Cezanne (Curlin).

The next horse through the ring, also a Nyquist colt (hip 29), went for $900,000 to Spendthrift Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds. A :10 2/5 breezer, the $400,000 KEESEP yearling was consigned by Eddie Woods, agent for complete dispersal of the estate of Paul Pompa, Jr.

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Turfway Park Meet Concludes with 36.5% All Sources Handle Increase

Wed, 2021-03-31 14:59

A stout 36.5% increase of all sources handle, along with a rise in starters per race, topped Turfway Park's 38-day Winter/Spring meet that opened Jan 1. and concluded Saturday.

Turfway Park's meet saw overall handle grow to $81.7 million, a $21.9-million increase from 2020. All sources handle per day was up 32.9%. The average field size topped 9.8 horses per race compared to 2020's 9.7 starters per race.

“We can't thank our owners, trainers, jockeys and horseplayers enough for supporting our meet,” Turfway Park's General Manager Chip Bach said. “Our team put together a competitive racing product that appealed to horseplayers nationwide. The positive feedback from the installation of our Tapeta surface was universal from trainers and jockeys. Through Churchill Downs Incorporated's continued investment to renovate Turfway Park, we are looking forward to the future of horse racing in Florence.”

Jockey Gerardo Corrales (177-40-27-23; $655,831) had a 23% win clip during the meet and led all riders. Trainer Wesley Ward's victory with Like the King in the $250,000 GIII Jeff Ruby Steaks were among his 21 wins at the meet. Augustin Stable led the owner standings with eight wins through 20 starts.

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