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Known Agenda All Good After Florida Derby

Sun, 2021-03-28 15:30

St Elias Stable homebred Known Agenda (Curlin) appears to have exited his victory in Saturday's GI Curlin Florida Derby in good order. “Excellent. He came back in great shape, good energy. I'm very happy with him,” trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday. “He'll stay here for a little while. We'll just kind of monitor the weather everywhere and play it by ear whether he has one work at Churchill [Downs] or two works [before the GI Kentucky Derby.”

Third in December's GII Remsen S., the son of GISW Byrama (GB) (Byron {GB}) was fifth as the favorite from far back in the GIII Sam F. Davis S. Feb. 6 at Tampa Bay Downs. He got a confidence builder while adding blinkers and annexing a Gulfstream optional claimer by 11 lengths two back Feb. 26.

“He's made a lot of progress in his last two starts,” Pletcher said. “I think the addition of blinkers has been part of it, and part of it is he's getting more experienced and more comfortable in those scenarios when he's behind horses and inside of horses and taking some dirt.

“I've been pleased with the way he's been able to get a better position in the race and improve his position going along. We've always had a strong feeling that added distance was going to be to his liking. To have three wins at a mile and an eighth now is great, and we feel great about him stretching out even farther.”

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Hush of a Storm Aiming for Blue Grass

Sun, 2021-03-28 14:50

Hush of a Storm (Creative Cause), a scratch from Saturday's GIII Jeff Ruby Steaks despite having won that event's local prep, could make his next start in Keeneland's GII Toyota Blue Grass S. next Saturday. “We hope to run in the Blue Grass,” trainer Bill Morey said Sunday morning from Keeneland. “When we scratched, we brought him here yesterday afternoon.” The $75,000 OBS April grad has won his last three starts, all on the Turfway Tapeta, including the John Battaglia Memorial S. Feb. 26.

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First Winner For Caravaggio Is A Rising Star

Sun, 2021-03-28 08:31

The first runner for her exciting first-season sire, Tenebrism (Caravaggio) also carried the mantle of Ballydoyle's first juvenile runner of 2021 into Sunday's five-furlong juvenile opener at Naas. Not that she comprehended the gravitas of the moment, but the manner in which the daughter of the high-class Immortal Verse (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) dealt with the task in hand could not have been more pleasing for her high-profile connections. In readily dismissing her peers in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden staged on soft ground, she instantly set a lofty standard for her stable's similarly illustriously-bred 2-year-olds to meet. Allowed to drift out to 7-2 despite holding on to favouritism, the bay who races for a partnership between Coolmore, Georg von Opel's Westerberg Limited and her part-breeder Merriebelle Stables was away on terms under Seamie Heffernan before meeting traffic in behind before halfway. Last when switched wide for a clear run two out, she responded notably to a smack with the whip to begin pursuit of the Bolger runner Gaire Os Ard (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) who had looked the likely winner at that stage. Picking up in dramatic fashion to brush that fellow filly aside with 150 yards remaining, she was pushed out with hands and heels to register an emphatic 3 3/4-length success and earn TDN Rising Star status in the process. Gaire Os Ard, who ran a respectable debut in her own right, was in turn 2 3/4 lengths in front of the third Lord Gorgeous (Ire) (Bated Breath {GB}).

Aidan O'Brien holds her in high regard and said, “She was always very natural from day one and she's able to quicken up very well, which is what the dad was able to do. You would have to be very happy with her. She's smart and we can look at all those quick races for her.”

It is always to be hoped that a mare with the ability of Immortal Verse will transmit that to her progeny and it may be significant that Tenebrism is her first daughter with her three prior foals including sons of War Front who won in Battle for Glory and Grand Deed. Particularly effective on this type of surface, one of the leading lights for the famed Richard Strauss-Robert Collet combination was dynamic when taking the G1 Coronation S. and G1 Prix Jacques le Marois with give in the ground, on the latter occasion inflicting a rare defeat on Goldikova (Ire) (Anabaa). Her full-sister Go Lovely Rose (Ire) was responsible for another who relished testing conditions in Roseman (Ire) (Kingman {GB}), runner-up in last year's G1 Queen Elizabeth II S., while her 3-year-old colt Baradar (Ire) (Muhaarar {GB}) was third in deep ground in the G1 Futurity Trophy in October.

The second dam is the listed-winning and group 3-placed Side of Paradise (Ire) (Sadler's Wells), a half-sister to the GI Breeders' Cup Mile-winning dual champion sprinter and champion sire Last Tycoon (Ire) and to the sire Astronef (Ire). Two other half-siblings to make a mark as broodmares were Save Me the Waltz (Ire) (Kings Lake), dam of the GI Matron S. winner Sense of Style (Thunder Gulch) and the G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Valentine Waltz (Ire) (Be My Guest), and Zelda (Ire) (Caerleon) who is the ancestress of the G1 English and Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Hermosa (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and her dual group 1-winning full-sister Hydrangea (Ire). Immortal Verse, who was bought by John Moores and Charles Noell's Merriebelle Stables for 4.7million gns at the 2013 Tattersalls December Mares Sale, also has a yearling filly by Justify who she was bred back to this year.

1st-Naas, €14,000, Mdn, 3-28, 2yo, 5fT, 1:07.46, sf.
TENEBRISM, f, 2, by Caravaggio
     1st Dam: Immortal Verse (Ire) (Hwt. 3yo Filly-Eng at 7-9 1/2f, G1SW-Eng, G1SW-Fr, $1,053,873), by Pivotal (GB)
     2nd Dam: Side of Paradise (Ire), by Sadler's Wells
     3rd Dam: Mill Princess (Ire), by Mill Reef
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $9,913. O-Coolmore/Westerberg/Merribelle Stables; B-Merriebelle Stables & Orpendale/Chelston/Wynatt (KY); T-Aidan O'Brien. Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO

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Canadian Champion Jockey Kabel Dies

Sat, 2021-03-27 20:56

Canadian jockey Todd Kabel, a seven-time Sovereign Award winner, has died at the age of 55, according to a press release from Woodbine Racecourse. The native of Manitoba won 3,306 races from 1984 to 2013, racking up nearly US$106 million in career earnings. He was 1986's outstanding apprentice, and was named Canada's outstanding jockey in 1992, 1995, 2003, 2004 and 2006. Kabel, who reportedly battled with personal demons away from the track, piloted two Queen's Plate winners (Regal Discovery, 1995 and Scatter the Gold, 2000) and one winner of the Prince of Wales S. (Scatter the Gold, 2000). Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Curlin Colt Provides Pletcher with Sixth Florida Derby

Sat, 2021-03-27 19:03

St Elias Stable homebred Known Agenda (Curlin) upped trainer Todd Pletcher's record of GI Curlin Florida Derby wins to six while taking the race sponsored by his leading sire in impressive fashion Saturday.

“It has so many great meanings, but for me what is so special about this is to win it for St Elias with a horse that they bred,” Pletcher said. “I know how much that means to them, that makes it a little more extra special for us.”

The 5-1 shot saved all the ground early in a midpack fifth through fractions of :23.43 and :47.73. With Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard, he traveled kindly in some traffic approaching the three-furlong marker, tipped out for clear sailing at the top of the lane and kicked away once switching over despite some drifting in the stretch to score by an expanding 2 3/4 lengths over longshot Soup and Sandwich (Into Mischief).

The streaking odds-on Greatest Honour (Tapit) favorite, winner of the GIII Holy Bull S. and GII Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth S., never really threatened while third. “I thought we were OK on the turn there and he just didn't kick on the way I thought he would,” trainer Shug McGaughey said.

As for the winner, Pletcher said, “I was really pleased with the progress he was making up the backside because one of the things we were a little bit worried about was if he got stuck inside, he didn't seem to handle that in [last December's GII] Remsen very well. When he was making progress up the backside and picking off horses while he was inside and behind horses, I had a pretty good feeling at that point that he was running his race today and that it was a matter of finding out how good he is.”

Known Agenda, a narrow and ultra-game maiden winner over Greatest Honour in a key heat at Aqueduct last November, closed out his juvenile campaign with a well-beaten third at a well-backed 9-5 in the GII Remsen S. A disappointing fifth from well out of it as the 3-2 favorite while kicking off his sophomore campaign in Tampa's GIII Sam F. Davis S. Feb. 6, he looked like a new horse with blinkers added and first-time Lasix last time, airing by 11 lengths in a track-and-trip optional claimer Feb. 26.

“We were looking for a couple of things in that last race,” Pletcher said. “One, to see if blinkers made an improvement in his being a little more tactical and secondly, we wanted to see how he handled the Gulfstream surface. I thought we got very good answers to both of those questions. The only thing was we were taking a fairly significant step back in class. It wasn't an overwhelming field, but the way he did it, to win by 11 anytime in a race like that, and [jockey] Irad [Ortiz Jr.] kind of wrapped up on him the last part, I thought it was not only an impressive race but a step in the right direction. It showed us that the blinkers helped and that he handled Gulfstream.”

Ortiz Jr. set the single-season Championship Meet win record in style with his victory aboard Known Agenda in the Florida Derby.

“It means a lot,” Ortiz Jr. said. “We work so hard. It feels so good to get the feedback from the owners and the trainers. They support me. I say thanks to all of them.”

Pedigree Notes:

Known Agenda, a $135,000 RNA as a FTSAUG yearling, becomes the 77th black-type/38th graded winner for the mighty Curlin. He is the 13th Grade I winner for Hill 'n' Dale Farms's leading sire. Pletcher also trained Curlin standouts such as: Vino Rosso, Palace Malice, Curalina, Off the Tracks, et al. “To be honest, he's a horse that reminds us a lot of Vino Rosso,” Pletcher said of the 2019 GI Breeders' Cup Classic winner. “Personality-wise, obviously being a chestnut son of Curlin, but he's taken a little while to kind of put everything together. We kept seeing talent in the mornings that he wasn't necessarily displaying in the afternoon but we knew it was there.” Byrama–heroine of the 2013 GI Vanity H. for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Simon Callaghan–was acquired privately by St Elias after RNA'ing for $725,000 at that fall's KEENOV sale, and made six more starts the following season for Bill Mott. Byrama is also represented by the 2-year-old filly Breeze Berry (Bodemeister) and an Always Dreaming filly of 2020. She was bred to Kitten's Joy for 2021. Vinnie Viola showed plenty of support for Curlin at last year's KEESEP sale. Along with Mike Repole, Gainesway, John Oxley and Grandview, St. Elias purchased a $1.2-million yearling son of Curlin-Midnight Lucky. St. Elias and Repole, the team behind the aforementioned champion older male Vino Rosso, also partnered up on four additional colts by Curlin for $475,000, $400,000, $350,000 and $250,000.

Saturday, Gulfstream
CURLIN FLORIDA DERBY PRESENTED BY HILL 'N' DALE FARMS AT XALAPA-GI, $770,000, Gulfstream, 3-27, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:49.45, ft.
1–KNOWN AGENDA, 122, c, 3, by Curlin
                     1st Dam: Byrama (GB) (GISW, $659,067), by Byron (GB)
                     2nd Dam: Aymara (GB), by Darshaan (GB)
                     3rd Dam: Chipaya (GB), by Northern Prospect
   WIN. ($135,000 RNA Ylg '19 FTSAUG). O/B-St. Elias Stables, LLC
(KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr. $437,100. Lifetime
Record: 6-3-1-1, $541,700. Werk Nick Rating: F. Click for the
   eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Soup and Sandwich, 122, c, 3, Into Mischief–Souper Scoop,
by Tapit. O-Live Oak Plantation; B-Live Oak Stud (FL); T-Mark E.
Casse. $161,000.
3–Greatest Honour, 122, c, 3, Tapit–Tiffany's Honour, by Street
Cry (Ire). O-Courtlandt Farms (Donald and Donna Adam);
B-Courtlandt Farm (KY); T-Claude R. McGaughey III. $70,500.
Margins: 2 3/4, 3, 1 1/4. Odds: 5.40, 12.10, 0.80.
Also Ran: Nova Rags, Collaborate, Southern Passage, Papetu, Spielberg, Quantum Leap, Jirafales, Sigiloso. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Godolphin homebred Wins Bourbonette Oaks

Sat, 2021-03-27 18:48

Adventuring opened her career with three off-turf races at Fair Grounds, most recently romping to a 6 1/2-length maiden score going one mile and 70 yards in New Orleans Feb. 16. Moving to the synthetic for this stakes debut, the bay filly was well off the pace set by the loose-on-the-lead Spritz. She made eye-catching progress on the far turn and stormed to the lead into the stretch, momentarily drifting out as the pacesetter fought back along the rail, but Adenturing powered clear once righted for a confident tally. Adventuring is the last foal out of 2012 champion 3-year-old filly Questing, who died in 2019. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

BOURBONETTE OAKS, $150,000, Turfway, 3-27, 3yo, f, 1m (AWT), 1:37.31, ft.
1–ADVENTURING, 120, f, 3, by Pioneerof the Nile
                1st Dam: Questing (GB) (Ch. 3-year-old Filly, MGISW-US, MGSP-Eng, $876,876), by Hard Spun
                2nd Dam: Chercheuse, by Seeking the Gold
                3rd Dam: Sassy Bird, by Storm Bird
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O/B-Godolphin, LLC (KY); T-Brad H. Cox;
J-Florent Geroux. $88,350. Lifetime Record: 4-2-1-1, $131,370.
*1/2 to Romantic Pursuit (Medaglia d'Oro), MGSP, $292,804.
2–Spritz, 120, f, 3, Awesome Again–Holy Blitz, by Holy Bull.
($140,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP). O-SF Racing LLC; B-Tony Holmes &
SF Bloodstock LLC (KY); T-Rodolphe Brisset. $28,500.
3–Candace O, 118, f, 3, Declaration of War–That Voodoo
Youdo, by Speightstown. ($65,000 RNA Ylg '19 KEESEP).
O-River Oak Farm, Medallion Racing and Claret Equine;
B-Crosshaven Bloodstock (KY); T-H. Graham Motion. $14,250.
Margins: 2, 1HF, 5. Odds: 2.60, 39.00, 6.00.
Also Ran: Oliviaofthedesert, Wait for Nairobi, Forever Boss, Roll Up Mo Money, Into Vanishing, Speeding, California Lily.

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Like the King Sizzles in Steaks

Sat, 2021-03-27 18:43

M Racing Group LLC's Like the King (Palace Malice) parlayed a farther back than normal trip into a breakout victory in Saturday's GIII Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park, earning 100 GI Kentucky Derby qualifying points in the process. Off at 7-1, the Wesley Ward pupil broke cleanly from the rail but was unhurried by Drayden Van Dyke and settled into a midpack spot while hugging the fence around the first turn. Dropping farther back down the backside behind a strong pace, he was switched out for clear sailing heading into the home bend and was one of five or six in with a chance at the top of the lane. He bumped with a pair foes in upper stretch, but kept on kicking to score by a length over Sainthood (Mshawish), whose rider launched an objection against the winner that was disallowed. California invader Hockey Dad (Nyquist) completed the trifecta.

“I got together with my agent (Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens) and [trainer] Wesley [Ward] and we decided to change up the tactics a bit today,” said Van Dyke, who hadn't ridden Like the King before and was previously based in California. “We went back and watched some replays of this horse and thought he doesn't really like to be up in the race. It ended up working out well for us. With moving my tack to Kentucky, this is a huge confidence booster going into the Keeneland meet.”

A well-beaten second on debut at Belterra last July, Like the King stretched out and switched to turf at that Ohio oval to graduate by 7 1/2 lengths in September. He was a distant third in a rained-off Keeneland allowance Oct. 24 before taking a local optional claimer over a flat mile Dec. 4. The chestnut most recently finished second in the prep for this, the John Battaglia Memorial S. Feb. 26. He endured some stretch traffic that day behind Hush of a Storm (Creative Cause), who was scratched from the Jeff Ruby.

“We spaced out some of his races and I think it's helped because he's a big, rangy colt,” Ward said. “He's always shown an affinity for grass and that's why we kept him on the Tapeta surface this winter with this race in mind. I'm glad this came through and worked out with Gary. Now that he became an agent for Drayden, it's special to partner to win this race. Growing up, I always idolized Gary and it was a good combination to get us to this win today. We were in the Derby once before but had post 20 and Mr. [Michael] Tabor wanted to scratch (Pablo Del Monte, 2014). Now that we're here again it's very exciting.”

Saturday, Turfway Park
JEFF RUBY STEAKS-GIII, $240,040, Turfway, 3-27, 3yo, 1 1/8m (AWT), 1:50.22, ft.
1–LIKE THE KING, 123, c, 3, by Palace Malice
                     1st Dam: Like a Queen (SP, $125,125), by Corinthian
                     2nd Dam: Arcanum, by Unbridled
                     3rd Dam: Twin Bet, by Bet Twice
Wlg '18 KEENOV; $170,000 Ylg '19 OBSOCT). O-M Racing
Group, LLC; B-Horseshoe Racing, LLC (KY); T-Wesley A. Ward;
J-Drayden Van Dyke. $145,700. Lifetime Record: 6-3-2-1,
$203,880. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Werk Nick Rating: A+.
2–Sainthood, 123, c, 3, Mshawish–Lemon Hero, by Lemon Drop
Kid. ($100,000 Ylg '19 KEEJAN; $90,000 RNA Ylg '19 KEESEP;
$62,000 Ylg '19 OBSOCT). O-WinStar Farm LLC and CHC INC.;
B-Edward Taylor & Springland Farm (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher.
3–Hockey Dad, 123, c, 3, Nyquist–Ann Summers Gold, by
Yankee Victor. O/B-Reddam Racing, LLC (CA); T-Doug F. O'Neill.
Margins: 1, HD, 2 3/4. Odds: 7.00, 10.90, 7.50.
Also Ran: Hard Rye Guy, Gretzky the Great, Moonlite Strike, Dyn O Mite, Awesome Gerry, King's Ovation, Smiley Sobotka, Tarantino. Scratched: Hush of a Storm. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Pedigree Notes:
Like the King was the third topper at the 2019 OBS October yearling sale when selling for $170,000 (see Rainbows Find Pot of Gold at OBS). He becomes the fourth graded winner from second-crop sire Palace Malice, whose own sire Curlin was also well represented on the Derby trail Saturday by GI Curlin Florida Derby hero Known Agenda. He is the first graded winner out of a mare by Corinthian. Dam Like a Queen was stakes-placed at two on the turf before eventually moving down the class ladder. Like the King was her first foal. She has a Maclean's Music 2-year-old gelding and a Fast Anna yearling colt and was most recently bred back to Palace Malice.

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Banner Day for Liam’s Map Continues in GP Oaks

Sat, 2021-03-27 17:49

Winless since last August, 'TDN Rising Star' Crazy Beautiful (Liam's Map) marked her return to the winner's circle in style, taking Saturday's GII Gulfstream Park Oaks. Sent off at 5-2 while searching for her first graded stakes victory, she was settled at the back of the compact field as 6-5 choice Con Lima showed the way through initial fractions of :24.16 and :48.69. Rallying from the back as the field compressed approaching the quarter pole, the Ken McPeek trainee strode through the center of the group and continued to gain momentum as Millefeuille took over from Con Lima at the quarter pole. Four-wide turning for home and with only Millefeuille to catch, Crazy Beautiful took over midstretch and kicked clear to give McPeek his second consecutive victory in the filly prep for the GI Kentucky Oaks. McPeek won last year's race with Swiss Skydiver, who went on to win the GI Preakness S.

A winner of her first two career starts at Ellis, including last summer's Rising Star performance in the seven-furlong Debutante S., the grey finished runner-up in Churchill's GIII Pocahontas S. followed by the GI Alcibiades S. at Keeneland before capping off the term with a sixth in the Nov. 6 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Shelved for the rest of the season, she returned with a second, beaten 6 1/2 lengths, by the high-flying front-runner Wolebodemeister (Bodemeister) in the Gulfstream Park Oak prep, the Feb. 27 GII Davona Dale S.

Pedigree Notes:
Crazy Beautiful is the fifth graded stakes winner for GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Liam's Map (Unbridled's Song), who will be represented by his fourth crop of racing age in 2021. Liam's Map also was represented by Sir Shackleton S. winner Basin and Churn and Burn, victorious in the GII Pan American S., earlier on the Florida Derby Day card.

Indian Burn, a half-sister to graded placed Christmas Away (Skip Away), produced her most recent live foal in 2019, a filly by Midnight Lute.

Saturday, Gulfstream Park
GULFSTREAM PARK OAKS-GII, $200,000, Gulfstream, 3-27, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:44.41, ft.
1–CRAZY BEAUTIFUL, 122, f, 3, by Liam's Map
1st Dam: Indian Burn (SW & GSP, $236,158), by Indian Charlie                               
 2nd Dam: Christmas Affair, by Black Tie Affair (Ire)
 3rd Dam: Anna Lisa Beth, by Topsider
'TDN Rising Star' 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($250,000 Ylg '19
FTKOCT). O-Phoenix Thoroughbred III; B-Carolyn R Vogel (KY);
T-Kenneth G. McPeek; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $121,520. Lifetime
Record: GISP, 7-3-3-0, $388,365. Werk Nick Rating: A. 
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Millefeuille, 122, f, 3, Curlin–Bandana, by War Front.
O/B-Juddmonte Farms Inc (KY); T-William I. Mott. $39,200.
3–Competitive Speed, 122, f, 3, Competitive Edge–Shopped
Out, by Mineshaft. ($50,000 RNA Ylg '19 KEESEP; $5,000 2yo
'20 OBSOPN). O-John C. Minchello; B-White Fox Farm (KY);
T-Javier E. Gonzalez. $19,600.
Margins: 2 1/4, 1 3/4, HF. Odds: 2.00, 4.30, 18.10.
Also Ran: Con Lima, Pens Street, Bow Bow Girl, Len Lo Lady.
Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Constitution’s Annex Remains Unbeaten in Cutler Bay

Sat, 2021-03-27 17:47

Annex took his record to three-for-three with his second straight stakes victory in Gulfstream's Cutler Bay S. Rallying to victory in his career bow over course and distance Jan. 16, the 'TDN Rising Star' captured the Palm Beach S. in Hallandale next out Feb. 27 and was favored to repeat here. Sitting a bit closer to the pace in a joint fourth, the flashy chestnut raced off the fence through a :24.06 opening quarter and :47.78 half-mile. Swung out three wide turning for home, the even-money favorite surged up alongside Fulmini and It Can Be Done in late stretch and out-boxed those foes to the wire for a narrow success.

“It's always a special to race for Mr. Mott,” said winning rider Junior Alvarado. “He lets you do what you think is right in a race. Today, there wasn't much pace on paper. He broke good. He put himself in a good spot and I wasn't going to take anything away from him. After that, I just kept picking it up little by little. He's still very green, which makes my job a little challenging, but he got it done.”

The winner's dam You Make Me Sing is a half-sister to MGISW and multi-millionaire You (You and I), who produced GSW You and I Forever (A.P. Indy) and SW & GSP Causeway's Kin (Giant's Causeway). She produced an Honor Code colt in 2019 and a filly by that sire in 2020. She was bred back to Mitole. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

CUTLER BAY S., $100,000, Gulfstream, 3-27, 3yo, 1mT, 1:34.33, fm.
1–ANNEX, 120, c, 3, by Constitution
                1st Dam: You Make Me Sing, by Unbridled's Song
                2nd Dam: Our Dani, by Homebuilder
                3rd Dam: Lovely Briar, by Briartic
($65,000 RNA Ylg '19 KEESEP). O-LNJ Foxwoods and Eclipse
Thoroughbred Partners; B-William Harrigan & Mike
Pietrangelo (KY); T-William I. Mott; J-Junior Alvarado. $60,140.
Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $144,280. 'TDN Rising Star'
2–Fulmini, 118, c, 3, Overdriven–Gina's Kitten, by Kitten's Joy.
O-Bell Racing, LLC; B-Gina D'Amato (FL); T-Carlos A. David.
3–It Can Be Done, 120, g, 3, Temple City–Gotham City Girl, by
Freud. O/B-Red Oak Stable (KY); T-Gregory D. Sacco. $9,700.
Margins: NK, NO, 3/4. Odds: 1.10, 29.60, 12.70.
Also Ran: Lucky Law (Ire), Hyperfocus, King of Dreams, Fighting Force, Step Dancer. Scratched: Whatmakessammyrun.

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Concert Tour, Caddo River Head 3yo Worktab Saturday

Sat, 2021-03-27 17:45

Heading the likely cast of contenders in the Apr. 10 GI Arkansas Derby, undefeated Concert Tour (Street Sense) worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 under Juan Ochoa at Santa Anita Saturday morning.

“He went great; he looked fantastic,” said trainer Bob Baffert. “He couldn't have looked any better. He just cruised around there in a minute and change.”

Taking over as top dog in the Baffert barn following the injury of Life Is Good (Into Mischief), Concert Tour a perfect three-for-three this season, including wins in the GII San Vicente S. and GII Rebel S.

Also working ahead of the Arkansas Derby, Caddo River (Hard Spun) breezed a half-mile in :48 after Oaklawn's first surface renovation break under Fernando De La Cruz. Caddo River, working with stablemate Joe Frazier, who credited with the same time. Clockers had the Brad Cox-trained duo galloping out five panels in 1:00, six furlongs in 1:13 and 7/8ths in 1:27.60.

A homebred for John Ed Anthony, Caddo River was a record-setting 10 1/4-length winner of the Smarty Jones S. Jan. 22 before finishing fifth in the Rebel.

Also at Oaklawn, Rebel sixth Keepmeinmind (Laoban) breezed after the second renovation break under regular rider David Cohen. Keepmeinmind went five furlongs in 1:00 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.60, according to clockers. The colt is expected to make his next start in either the Arkansas Derby and GII Blue Grass Stakes Apr. 3 at Keeneland and a decision on the colt's next start is expected by Monday.

“If it's the Blue Grass, he's going to miss a little bit of serious training, shipping over there and stuff,” trainer Robertino Diodoro said. “I gave him a stiff work today. If we run him next weekend, he's not going to be doing a whole bunch from now until then. We'll jog him, little easy gallop. If he stays here for the Arkansas Derby, then we'll probably come back next weekend with a real easy half.”

Prepping for this season's Classics on the West Coast, a host of sophomore's posted their final major works ahead of next weekend's GI Runhappy Santa Anita Derby. Saturday's worktab included GII San Felipe S. third Dream Shake (Twirling Candy), who went five furlongs in :59.80 and Roman Centurian (Empire Maker), second in the GIII Robert B. Lewis S. and fourth in the San Felipe, who negotiated the same distance in 1:00.40 for Simon Callaghan. San Felipe fifth-place finisher The Great One (Nyquist) worked six furlongs in 1:14.20 for Doug O'Neill. The Louisiana bred finished runner up in last season's GII Los Alamitos Futurity.

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Mystic Guide Much The Best in the Dubai World Cup

Sat, 2021-03-27 13:18

On paper, the 25th running of the G1 Dubai World Cup looked a wide-open affair. At the end of a mile and a quarter on the Meydan dirt, however, it was the international favourite Mystic Guide (Ghostzapper) who posted a straightforward and convincing victory for owner/breeder Godolphin and trainer Mike Stidham. It was a ninth win in the Dubai World Cup for Godolphin-and a first trained from the U.S.-and the 12th American-trained winner overall.

The $12-million race with not without its drama, with two horses-Great Scot (GB) (Requinto {Ire}) and Military Law (GB) (Dubawi {Ire})-getting lose in the preliminaries and subsequently scratching-but once the gates sprung at last it was soon apparent that Mystic Guide would be a force to be reckoned with. Away with the field from gate six, the 4-year-old settled on the heels of last-out G1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 second Hypothetical (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}) on the run into the first turn, with a keen Capezzano (Bernardini) passing him on the outside to provide further cover. Luis Saez soon switched Mystic Guide out to the three path to track that pair about three lengths adrift, with G1 Champions Cup scorer Chuwa Wizard (Jpn) (King Kamehameha {Jpn}) back on the rail in fourth. Mystic Guide began to inch closer at they approached the turn, first overtaking a tiring Capezzano and then drawing even with Hypothetical as they cornered. The favourite never looked like a loser after straightening, and he pulled clear under minimal urging from Saez to post a three-length score over the staying-on Chuwa Wizard. Andre Fabre's Magny Cours (Medaglia d'Oro), making his dirt debut off three straight wins over the turf and all-weather in France, made eye-catching late progress after racing midpack to be third for Godolphin.

Stidham was having his first runner outside the U.S., having taken out his training license in 1980.

“I want to start by giving my condolences on the passing of Sheikh Hamdan,” said Stidham. “This was a special night. You're seeing 40 years of emotions right now.

“I am so happy to be here and the horse performed to his capability. It's a beautiful thing. He was getting antsy in the parade ring and then with a loose horse it made it more difficult, then we had to load a couple times. It was a little scary at the start but he stayed relaxed.

“All that added to the concerns. He gets a little tough and doesn't like being restrained a lot. I saddled him outside the stall because he was getting a little antsy in the stall. With all that went on, I was really concerned, like I said, but he overcame it.

“I got a good feeling when I saw him lying in third on the backside then down the lane it was amazing. I'm so proud to be here on the 25th anniversary of the Dubai World Cup for Sheikh Mohammed and the sky's the limit for this horse. We'd love to come back next year, I'll know the lay of the land better then.”

Saez added, “Our plan worked out. To break well, get a position and then I knew he would give me that kick at the top of the straight–and he did. I didn't want to be too far back and I just asked him turning for home and he kicked. The plan worked out perfectly. He's a young horse and last time I rode him I knew he was a Group 1 winner.

“Today he proved he is a champion and I know he is going to get better and better. What a nice horse, he has all the ability. It's an honour for me. This was my dream as a little kid and I can't believe I'm here now. It's a dream come true.

“He was a little nervous before the race and in the post-parade, but he does that sometimes and I wasn't too worried. He is just a very talented horse and it is amazing to win this race. I can't believe it.”

A debut third after traveling wide going six furlongs at Fair Grounds last February, Mystic Guide broke his maiden by five lengths stretching out to 1700 metres five weeks later. Five lengths second in a first-level allowance at Belmont Park on June 4, the chestnut was third on his stakes debut in the GIII Peter Pan S. at Saratoga. Rather than targeting the U.S. Triple Crown rearranged by Covid-19, Mystic Guide reappeared in the GII Jim Dandy S. at Saratoga on Kentucky Derby Sept. 5, winning by three-quarters of a length. Moving into Grade I company and stepping up to a mile and a quarter for the first time in the Oct. 10 GI Jockey Club Gold Cup, Mystic Guide posted an ominous sign of things to come with a six-length romp in the Oaklawn Park mud in the Feb. 27 GIII Razorback H. in his lone prior start in 2021.

Pedigree Notes

Mystic Guide is the sixth foal and first stakes winner out of Music Note (A.P. Indy), who was bred by Sheikh Maktoum's Gainsborough Farm and trained from Saeed bin Suroor's former American base to win the GI Mother Goose S., GI Coaching Club American Oaks and GI Gazelle S. as a 3-year-old in 2008 before adding the GI Ballerina S. and GI Beldame S. in 2009. Music Note is a half-sister to Musical Chimes (In Excess {Ire}), who was raced by Sheikh Maktoum to win the G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches with Andre Fabre and later the GI John C Mabee H. with Neil Drysdale. Music Note and Musical Chimes are out of the unraced Sadler's Wells mare Note Musicale (GB), who is out of the champion 2-year-old filly and five-time Grade I winner It's In The Air (Mr. Prospector), who was bought by Darley for $4.6-million at Keeneland November in 1984 in foal to Seattle Slew, with the resulting filly being the G2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte scorer Bitooh (GB). Another daughter of It's In The Air, Try To Catch Me (Shareef Dancer), produced Sheikh Maktoum's G1 Champion S. and GI Charles Whittingham Memorial H. and GI Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship victor Storming Home (GB) (Machiavellian).

Music Note has a 2-year-old filly by Maclean's Music named Gina. She didn't have a foal in 2020 and foaled a Medaglia d'Oro colt on Saturday morning, just hours before Mystic Guide's victory.

Saturday, Meydan, Dubai
DUBAI WORLD CUP SPONSORED BY EMIRATES AIRLINE-G1, $12,000,000, Meydan, 3-27, 3yo/up, 10f, 2:01.61, fs.
1–MYSTIC GUIDE, 126, c, 4, by Ghostzapper
                1st Dam: Music Note (MGISW-US, $1,615,000),
                                by A.P. Indy
                2nd Dam: Note Musicale (GB), by Sadler's Wells
                3rd Dam: It's in the Air, by Mr. Prospector
1ST GROUP 1 WIN. 'TDN Rising Star'. O/B-Godolphin (KY); T-Michael Stidham;
J-Luis Saez. $6,960,000. Lifetime Record: MGSW & GISP-US,
8-4-2-2, $7,513,200. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the
   eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Chuwa Wizard (Jpn), 126, h, 6, King Kamehameha (Jpn)–
Chuwa Blossom (Jpn), by Durandal (Jpn). O-Shinobu Nakanishi;
B-Northern Racing (Jpn); T-Ryuji Okubo. $2,400,000.
3–Magny Cours, 126, g, 6, Medaglia d'Oro–Indy Five Hundred,
by A.P. Indy. O/B-Godolphin (KY); T-Andre Fabre. $1,200,000.
Margins: 3 3/4, 1 1/4, 1 1/4.
Also Ran: Hypothetical (Ire), Salute the Soldier (Ger), Jesus' Team, Thegreatcollection, Ajuste Fiscal (Uru), Gifts of Gold (Ire), Sleepy Eyes Todd, Title Ready, Capezzano. Scratched: Great Scot (GB), Military Law (GB).
Click for the Racing Post chart or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video.

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Twirling Candy Firster Flies Home in GP Opener

Sat, 2021-03-27 11:48

1st-Gulfstream, $45,000, Msw, 3-27, 3yo, 1mT, 1:34.82, fm,

3 3/4 lengths.

COLTON'S COMMAND (c, 3, Twirling Candy–Baublette, by Unbridled's Song), well liked at 7-2 in this unveiling, raced straight past even-money fourth-timer Shaftesbury (Uncle Mo) inside the final eighth of a mile and sprinted away to graduate smartly at first asking. Settled in about midpack as the debuting Fortified (American Pharoah) cut out a moderate pace from Shaftesbury and War Bomber (Ire) (War Front), Colton's Command improved a few spots while making eye-catching progress on the turn. Shifted out for the drive under a full head of steam, the $75,000 Keeneland September graduate flew home to score by 3 3/4 lengths over Shaftesbury. Colton's Command is bred on the same cross responsible for 'TDN Rising Star' and Lane's End stallion Gift Box. Sales history: $75,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $27,000. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-NK Racing; B-Merriebelle Stable, LLC (KY); T-William I. Mott.

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God Selection Too Strong In Final Derby Points Race

Sat, 2021-03-27 09:22

Prominent every step of the 1800-meter journey despite a somewhat awkward draw, God Selection (Jpn) (Novellist {Ire}) took command in the straight and drew clear to win Saturday's Fukuryu S. (allowance) at Nakayama, earning 40 points on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby in the process.

Ridden for speed from the 13 hole in a field of 14, God Selection was down into the two path and prompted the pace from second as Lord Strom (Jpn) (Makfi {GB}) galloped them along. Ridden cold on the turn and into the final quarter-mile, God Selection put a couple of lengths on his rivals when asked to sprint in upper stretch and proved easily best, as market leaders Meisho Murakaumo (Jpn) (Neo Universe {Jpn}) and favored Gold Higher (Jpn) (Henny Hughes) ran on for minor prizes.

God Selection, a maternal grandson of 2007 champion Japanese older mare Koiuta (Jpn) (Fuji Kiseki {Jpn}), was winning for the third time in five career starts and was exiting an eight-length allowance score at Chukyo Feb. 7.

The victory earns the connections of God Selection a guaranteed berth in the May 1 Kentucky Derby, but he was not an original nominee to the Triple Crown and would need to be supplemented. Should they decline the invitation, the offer would be extended, in order, to the connections of the three next-highest points-getters. Currently second on 30 points is La Perouse (Jpn) (Pelusa {Jpn}), who was among the early entries for the Triple Crown.

Saturday's Results:
FUKURYU S. (Allowance), ¥34,620,000 ($315,808), Nakayama, 3-27, 3yo, 1800m, 1:52.1, ft.
1–GOD SELECTION (JPN), 123, c, 3, Novellist (Ire)–Ultimate Love (Jpn), by Symboli Kris S. O-Hiroyuki Kawakatsu; B-Shadai Farm; T-Teiichi Konno; J-Yuji Nakai; ¥18,294,000. Lifetime Record: 5-3-0-1, ¥33,236,000.
2–Meisho Murakumo (Jpn), 123, c, 3, Neo Universe (Jpn)–North Pastoral (Jpn), by King Halo (Jpn). (¥3,564,000 Ylg '19 HOKSUM). ¥7,284,000.
3–Gold Higher (Jpn), 123, c, 3, Henny Hughes–Gold Glory (Jpn), by Harbinger (GB). ¥4,542,000.
Margins: 3, NK, 2HF. Odds: 14.20, 3.60, 3.20.

WATCH: God Selection overcomes gate 13 in the Fukuryu S.

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Buzzed-About Bezos Shows Up at Second Asking

Fri, 2021-03-26 19:36

6th-Santa Anita, $61,500, Msw, 3-26, 3yo, 1m, 1:37.64, ft, 4 1/2 lengths.
BEZOS (c, 3, Empire Maker–A P Mink, by A.P. Indy) failed to live up to the immense hype when seventh at 3-5 behind 'TDN Rising Star' Dream Shake (Twirling Candy) sprinting here Feb. 7, but he made good on the buzz this time while getting more ground to work with. Shedding the blinkers this time, the handsome bay was off at 7-5 in the field of five. Away well from the rail, Bezos took the lead into the first bend from stablemate Fenway (Into Mischief). He doled out an opening quarter in :22.98, and was passed by Fenway down the backside through a :46.37 half. Bezos took back over entering the lane, and found no new challengers from there to don cap and gown by 4 1/2 lengths. There Goes Harvard (Will Take Charge) completed the exacta. “We missed the window, we were trying to get him there [to the GI Kentucky Derby], but he's a beautiful horse,” said trainer Bob Baffert. “This was good what he did today. Going two turns, that's gonna be his game, so he'll develop. We'll just let him develop on his own now. We're not in a hurry now.” The winner hails from the female family of GSWs Palmeiro (Pleasant Tap), Dynaslew (Dynaformer) and Shotski (Blame). His dam was bred to Competitive Edge for 2021. Sales history: $190,000 Wlg '18 KEENOV; $400,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $37,100. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Stonestreet Stables LLC, Golconda Stable, Siena Farm LLC & Robert E. Masterson; B-Grousemont Farm (KY); T-Bob Baffert.

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Late Triple Crown Noms Due Mar. 29

Fri, 2021-03-26 14:59

The late nomination period for all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds to compete in the races of the 2021 Triple Crown are due by Monday, Mar. 29 with a $6,000 payment. Late Triple Crown nominations can be made online at or by calling the Churchill Downs Racing Office at (502) 638-3825. This year's early Triple Crown nominations, which cost $600 and closed Jan. 23, attracted 326 horses.

This season's Triple Crown begins with the May 1 GI Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs followed by the GI Preakness S. at Pimlico May 15. The Belmont Stakes, scheduled for June 5, rounds out the series at Belmont Park.

Any horse not nominated during the early or late phases can become Triple Crown eligible through a supplemental nomination payment due at the time of entry for each Triple Crown race: Kentucky Derby ($200,000), Preakness ($100,000), and Belmont ($50,000).

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Minnesota Governor Appoints Dehn to Racing Commission

Fri, 2021-03-26 14:43

Governor Tim Walz appointed Commissioner Raymond Dehn Mar. 1, according to the Minnesota Racing Commission Friday. Commissioner Dehn served four terms as a Minnesota state legislator, representing House District 59B in Minneapolis from 2013-2021. The Minnesota native graduated with honors from the architecture program of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In addition to the recent appointment of Commissioner Dehn, the Office of the Secretary of State released notice of vacancies for three Minnesota Racing Commission positions. The terms of three incumbents expire June 30, 2021. The Commission is comprised of nine members who serve staggered six-year terms. All members are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the state senate. The governor also designates the chair of the commission. The Commission regulates horse racing, pari-mutuel wagering and card playing at two licensed racetracks in the state to ensure their integrity and conduct in the public interest. For more information on the Secretary of State's Open Appointments process, visit

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TAA Well Represented Over Derby Prep Weekend

Fri, 2021-03-26 14:22

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) will be featured on two big race days at Gulfstream Park and Turfway Park Saturday to promote aftercare awareness on the undercard of the GIII Jeff Ruby Steaks and the GI Curlin Florida Derby. A presentation of a TAA blanket and swag bag to the winning connections will be made following the running of each race. Gulfstream's Race 2 presented by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will go off at 11:59 a.m. A limited number of patrons will be in attendance for the action-packed Florida Derby day at Gulfstream. Aftercare support will continue under new ownership at Turfway, where the TAA is set to present race 3 at 2:10 p.m. prior to the 50th running of the Jeff Ruby Steaks. Due to construction in preparation for the new racing and gambling property, Turfway is not permitted to host fans for live racing at this time.

“The TAA is grateful to both Gulfstream and Turfway Park for their commitment to include the TAA during such exciting race days,” said Stacie Clark, TAA Operations Consultant. “Race presentations help the TAA fulfill its mission to spread awareness of accredited Thoroughbred aftercare which facilitates the funding of our 81 accredited organizations.”

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Keeneland Beer to Benefit BGFC

Fri, 2021-03-26 10:19

Keeneland and Country Boy Brewing of Lexington have collaborated to create Keeneland Spring Lager, which debuts today around Kentucky and will be sold at the track. Sales of the beer will benefit Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC). For every case of beer they sell, Country Boy and beverage distributor Kentucky Eagle, each will donate $1 to BGFC.

Sales of the Keeneland Spring Lager and of Country Boy's Keeneland Fall Ale will support BGFC's Back to School Backpack Program, which provides school supplies for nearly 1,000 children whose parents work in Keeneland's stable area and on Central Kentucky farms.

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KY Derby Museum Opens Black Heritage in Racing Exhibit

Fri, 2021-03-26 09:43

The Black Heritage in Racing exhibit at Kentucky Derby Museum opens to the public Monday, Mar. 29. The exhibit, a permanent display inside the Museum since 1993, documents the stories and contributions of Black horsemen in the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

With support from Churchill Downs and the James Graham Brown Foundation, the Black Heritage in Racing exhibit has moved from the second floor to a larger and more prominent location on the first floor. This allows them to add new components such as oral history interviews and artwork, and provide visitors the best experience possible.

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Baffle ‘Em Tops Wanamaker’s March Sale

Fri, 2021-03-26 09:36

Baffle 'Em, a 3-year-old filly by Quality Road, brought a final bid of $75,000 to top the Wanamaker's March online auction. Offered by Bradley Thoroughbreds and purchased by Jay Reese, Baffle 'Em was sold as a racing or broodmare prospect. The sale grossed $110,000 and had an average of $11,000 with a total of 10 horses changing hands.

“It is great to see continued growth in our selling and buying base alongside customers who have returned after their previous experiences. While we take pride in our platform, service, and ability to bring a genuine market online, we really depend on those that have been willing to give us a chance as a new player in the market,” said co-founder Jack Carlino.

Entries are now open for Wanamaker's April online auction. Entries will close Apr. 20, the catalogue will be released Apr. 21, and the horses will sell Apr. 29.

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