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Tapit’s Jane Austen Posts Debut Win at Santa Anita

Sun, 2024-04-21 16:54

1st-Santa Anita, $54,000, Msw, 4-21, 3, 4,/5yo, f/m, 7f, 1:23.90, ft, neck.
JANE AUSTEN (f, 3, Tapit–Shayjolie {SW & MGSP, $415,843}, by Indian Charlie), sent off at 5-1 for this unveiling, broke well and was eased back but she eagerly tugged her way up upon the heels of pacesetters Quick Brown Fox (Justify) and Queen of Naples (Hard Spun) through a :22.58 quarter. Requiring racing room and finding it turning for home, Jane Austen closed on the stubborn leader late and forged past Quick Brown Fox to graduate by a neck. Ms Bo J (Mitole) was third. Stakes-winning Shayjolie, a half-sister to MGSW and GISP Mythical Power (Congaree), was purchased by Speedway Stables for $400,000 at KEENOV in 2015. Responsible for an unraced juvenile filly by Constitution and a yearling colt by Essential Quality, she was bred back to Into Mischief. Sales history: $750,000 Ylg '22 FTSAUG. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $32,400. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.
O-Muir Hut Stables LLC; B-Speedway Stables LLC (KY); T-Mark Glatt.

 

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Nutella Fella Targets Woody Stephens

Sun, 2024-04-21 16:01

Bell Gable Stable's Nutella Fella (Runhappy), off since winning last year's GI Hopeful S., could return to action in the June 8 GI Woody Stephens S. The bay colt upset the Hopeful at 54-1, but suffered a hind ankle injury while training for the GI Champagne S. and underwent surgery. He has been working at Oak Ridge Training Center in Ocala and is currently back with trainer Gary Contessa's string in Saratoga.

“He worked five-eighths in 1:01 in Ocala before I brought him up last week,” Contessa said. “He'll probably have his first work the middle of next week. I'll wait until the weather is good and the track is to my liking.”

Contessa continued, “His first race of the year should be the Woody Stephens on Belmont Day. He's a good horse and it's the perfect distance for him–same distance as the Hopeful and he's already worked five-eighths. He's going to be really ready for that race in June. I know it's a tough ask to come back in the Woody Stephens, but that distance is what he's best at.”

Contessa is expecting another 2023 Saratoga graded winner to make the trek north from Ocala in the coming week. Lee Pokoik's Becky's Joker (Practical Joke) won the GIII Schuylerville S. in her racetrack debut last July, but has not been seen since finishing seventh in her second outing in the Aug. 6 GIII Adirondack S.

“Mentally, she just fell apart on me after that race,” Contessa said. “We gave her the winter off and that's what you've got to do with these young horses when they're not progressing mentally the way you want them to and Lee is the type of owner who will let you do the right thing.”

Becky's Joker spent the winter at Eclipse Training Center.

“I worked her five-eighths last Friday in 1:02 at Eclipse,” Contessa said. “My game plan is to work her there this Friday and then ship her on the weekend.”

Of potential targets for the filly, Contessa said, “I want to see how she's progressing and how she's doing. Obviously, during the Belmont Stakes weekend there is a mile and an eighth race for her [June 7 GI Acorn S.] and I don't think distance is going to be a problem for her because she's 17.2 [hands]. She's the biggest filly you'll ever want to see, but she'll have to tell me when she wants to come back. She's eligible for allowances and all the 3-year-old stakes races–there's so many opportunities for her, so we'll play it one step at a time.”

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Blazing Sevens Possible for Met Mile

Sun, 2024-04-21 15:42

Rodeo Creek Racing's Blazing Sevens (Good Magic), who returned from a nine-month layoff to capture a one-mile allowance and earn a 97 Beyer at Aqueduct Saturday, may make his next start in the June 8 GI Hill 'n' Dale Metropolitan H.

“He had a wide journey and was fit enough to gut it out in a fairly quick time. We'll see how he comes out of the race and go from there, but I'll consider a race like the Met Mile,” said trainer Chad Brown. “I think he's good enough. It's quite a tough race, but that's at the top of my list.”

The 'TDN Rising Star' won the 2022 GI Champagne S. and missed by just a head when second to National Treasure (Quality Road) in the GI Preakness S. last year. He was making his first start Saturday since finishing third in the Curlin S. at Saratoga last July.

John Capek of Rodeo Creek Racing said he was impressed with Saturday's performance after the time off.

“We are glad to have him back on the track. After nine months off, I think he ran well,” said Capek. “He got a little bit of a challenge coming out of the gate, but he showed his capability in the turn.”

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Deterministic Works at Belmont, Will Skip Derby

Sun, 2024-04-21 15:24

St. Elias Stable, Ken Langone, C. Steven Duncker and Vicarage Stable's Deterministic (Liam's Map) turned in his first work since finishing a well-beaten eighth in the Apr. 6 GII Wood Memorial S. with a five-furlong move in 1:02.63 (11/19) over the dirt training track at Belmont Park Sunday.

Deterministic is 16th on the eligibility list for the GI Kentucky Derby thanks to his victory in the GIII Gotham S., but trainer Christophe Clement confirmed the dark bay colt will skip the Run for the Roses.

“I spoke to the owners and we decided to keep him in New York and we will keep all the New York options open,” Clement said.

Of Sunday's work, Clement added, “He came back all right, he had a maintenance work. He looked well.”

Deterministic was tabbed a 'TDN Rising Star' following his debut victory at Saratoga last August and returned from seven months on the sidelines to win the Gotham by two lengths in March. He finished 17 3/4 lengths back as the favorite in the Wood.

Deterministic's defection from Derby consideration allows Grand Mo the First (Uncle Mo), third in the GI Curlin Florida Derby, to gain a berth in the race.

“The horse will breeze here [at Gulfstream] Tuesday and will be moved to Kentucky Thursday,” trainer Victor Barboza said. “That will be his last workout. There are no more workouts at Churchill Downs after next week. He'll just school in the paddock and starting gate.”

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Flameaway’s Dreamaway Beats the Boys in Keeneland Unveiling

Sun, 2024-04-21 14:20

2nd-Keeneland, $79,675, Msw, 4-21, 2yo, 4 1/2f, :53.41, ft, head.
DREAMAWAY (f, 2, Flameaway–Dream Dancing {GISW, $483,271}, by Tapit) came into this race sporting a recent bullet three-furlong work in :35 3/5 over this surface Apr. 5 and was duly made the 1-2 favorite to make good while facing the boys. Narrowly in front through an opening quarter in :22.48, the grey had to battle all the way through, but proved best at the end, scoring by a head over fellow firster Clever Again (American Pharoah). Mo Hair Sam (Mo Town) rounded out the trifecta. The hombred is out of GI Del Mar Oaks winner Dream Dancing, a granddaughter of champion older mare Beautiful Pleasure (Maudlin). In addition to Dreamaway, John Oxley also campaigned her first two dams. Dream Dancing is also responsible for a juvenile filly by Gun Runner and a colt foaled this season by Justify. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $47,740. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.

O/B-John C. Oxley (KY); T-Wesley A. Ward.

 

On debut 2yo #2 DREAMAWAY ($3.04) by Flameaway just holds off the #4 Clever Again to win race 2 at Keeneland. John Velazquez was aboard for Wesley Ward, who wins yet another 2yo race.

Watch on @FanDuelTV. pic.twitter.com/Tf9K6C3sKc

— TVG (@TVG) April 21, 2024

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Track Phantom Tunes Up for Kentucky Derby

Sun, 2024-04-21 14:11

Track Phantom (Quality Road) continued his preparation for the GI Kentucky Derby with a five-furlong work in 1:00.80 (6/32) at Churchill Downs Sunday morning. With jockey Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle, Track Phantom worked outside 'TDN Rising Star' and GII Pat Day Mile contender Carbone (Mitole) as the duo cruised an opening quarter-mile in a modest :26.20, but galloped out six furlongs in a solid 1:13.60, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols. Track Phantom's final three furlongs was a sharp :34.60.

Track Phantom worked in blinkers Sunday and he is expected to wear them for the first time in the Kentucky Derby, according to trainer Steve Asmussen.

“It was the first serious move for Track Phantom since we added the blinkers and he handled it very nicely,” Asmussen told Kentucky HBPA's Jennie Rees. “It was a solid work, like always, from him.”

Owned by L and N Racing, Clark Brewster, Jerry Caroom and Breeze Easy, Track Phantom won the GIII Lecomte S. in January and was second in the GII Risen Star S. before finishing fourth in the GII Louisiana Derby last time out.

“He's always had a lot of talent,” Asmussen said of the colt. “He has a great attitude and he's a good mover. He's a wonderful horse to be around. He just has to continue to develop and get faster. I think that he will handle the circumstances of the Derby and the crowd, all the pageantry of it, really well.”

Gaffalione was also aboard Courtlandt Farm's Our Pretty Woman (Medaglia d'Oro) Sunday as the GI Kentucky Oaks hopeful breezed five furlongs in 1:00. The Asmussen trainee worked outside her stakes-winning 3-year-old stablemate Otto the Conqueror (Street Sense)–also under consideration for the Pat Day Mile–through an opening quarter-mile of :25 and completed six furlongs in 1:12.60, according to Nichols.

“It was an excellent work for her,” Asmussen said of Our Pretty Woman's drill.

Our Pretty Woman won her first two career starts over a sloppy Fair Grounds surface and was second behind Tarifa (Bernardini) while making her stakes debut in the Mar. 23 GII Fair Grounds Oaks last time out.

The two Asmussen runners were the only official Derby/Oaks workers Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, but Michael McMillan's GIII Gazelle S. winner Where's My Ring (Twirling Candy) breezed a quarter-mile down the lane in :24. Trainer Val Brinkerhoff reported the filly is scheduled to have an official workout Saturday.

Trainer Todd Pletcher reported 'TDN Rising Star' and G3 UAE Oaks winner Manama Gold (Star Guitar), unbeaten in three career starts, has been transferred to his care and will possibly be supplemented to the Kentucky Oaks. The Louisiana-bred sophomore is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs Monday.

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Honor Code’s Medoro Stays Perfect in Providencia

Sat, 2024-04-20 19:54

Looking to extend her unbeaten streak to four, C R K Stable's Medoro (Honor Code) was made to work for it, but ultimately outbattled a very tough Shiloh's Mistress (Vino Rosso) in the GIII Providencia S. at Santa Anita.

The 1-5 mortal looked to step away a half-step slowly under Antonio Fresu, relegating her to a rearward position through the opening exchanges, as Shiloh's Mistress pushed through from the fence to take up the running beneath Umberto Rispoli. A fraction headstrong as a result of the tardy dispatch, Medoro got her way and tugged her rider towards the lead, splitting horses under the line before settling just off Shiloh's Mistress in second.

The pace was moderate at best, and Shiloh's Mistress–having her first start on the turf–bowled along at her leisure on the engine, but Medoro was also not having to do much work to match strides and the two were more or less on even terms nearing the stretch. Medoro was asked to kick and put a head in front with a furlong and a half to race, looking the more likely of the two, but Shiloh's Mistress refused to lie down and was just on the losing end of the bobber.

“I really like this filly, she's very tough,” Fresu said. “Today wasn't an easy spot because she was going a little longer and there was not much speed in the race. I was just trying to get her relaxed and get her into a nice position.

“I was just waiting for the turn to home to ask her to go,” Fresu continued. “She did it, but then she kind of wanted to stay with some company. The other horse was coming to me and she kept fighting to the end. She is just a good filly and she wants to win.”

It was the third time in her four starts that Medoro had found herself in a battle to the finish. Up in the dying strides to graduate by a head in a five-furlong maiden at Del Mar Dec. 1, she was again forced to dig deep late when prevailing by a neck in the Dec. 29 Blue Norther S. Given a bit of a breather, the bay was exiting a 2 1/4-length 'romp' in the China Doll S. Mar. 10 and was being asked to stretch beyond a mile for the first time on Saturday.

Pedigree Notes:

Medoro is the eighth graded winner for Honor Code, who was expatriated last year to Japan to continue his stud career.

Port Royal Breeding acquired Medoro's dam, twice placed in the Osunitas S. at Del Mar, for $140,000 at the 2019 Keeneland November Sale. Achira's dam Styler, a full-sister to GI Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, is the dam of five winners from five to the races, including two-time stakes winner Almond Roca (Speightstown) and Grade III-placed Calistoga (Speightstown), dam of the stakes-placed Napa Candy (Candy Ride {Arg}). Styler's daughter Veronique (Mizzen Mast) produced WinStar Farm's stakes-winning stallion Nashville (Speightstown). The third dam also includes Jerry Moss luminaries MGISW Tiago (Pleasant Tap) and GSW/MGISP Stanwyck (Empire Maker).

Achira is also the dam of a juvenile colt by Speightstown, a yearling colt by Honor A. P. and was most recently bred to Not This Time.

Saturday, Santa Anita Park
PROVIDENCIA S.-GIII, $100,500, Santa Anita, 4-20, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, 1:48.95, fm.
1–MEDORO, 124, f, 3, by Honor Code
                1st Dam: Achira (MSP, $151,852), by English Channel
                2nd Dam: Styler, by Holy Bull
                3rd Dam: Set Them Free, by Stop the Music
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. O-C R K Stable LLC; B-Parks Investment Group, LLC (KY); T-Peter Eurton; J-Antonio Fresu. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 4-4-0-0, $216,600. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Shiloh's Mistress, 120, f, 3, Vino Rosso–Ahh, by Saint Liam. 1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE. ($235,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP). O-Resolute Racing; B-Stoneway Farm (KY); T-Michael McCarthy. $20,000.
3–Circle of Trust, 120, f, 3, Union Rags–Open House, by Tapit. 1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE. O-James E. Downey; B-Gary & Mary West Stables Inc. (KY); T-Philip D'Amato. $12,000.
Margins: NO, 3/4, 2HF. Odds: 0.20, 7.40, 5.60.
Also Ran: Pink Whitney, English Danger, Brand New Dream. Scratched: Lamporghini, Sakura Blossom.
Click for the Equibase.com chart and the TJCIS.com PPs. VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.

MEDORO ($2.40) WAS SO TOUGH!

She remained undefeated by nosing out a very game Shiloh's Mistress in the $100,000 Providencia Stakes (G3) at @SantaAnitaPark. @Antonio1Fresu guided the 3-year-old Honor Code filly to victory for trainer @EurtonRacing. pic.twitter.com/qyrbhIm7sA

— TVG (@TVG) April 20, 2024

 

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Kingsbarns Gets Up And Down To Take GIII Ben Ali S. At Keeneland

Sat, 2024-04-20 18:58

by J. N. Campbell

Looking strong as an oak in the GIII Ben Ali S. at Keeneland, Kingsbarns (Uncle Mo) cleared professionally down the lane to take home his second graded stakes trophy for Spendthrift's case on Saturday afternoon.

The 2023 GII Louisiana Derby winner finished 14th behind Mage (Good Magic) in the GI Kentucky Derby before completing his 3-year-old year when he was beaten only a neck as the heavy favorite in the Pegasus S. at Monmouth June 17.

After a nine-month hiatus, Kingsbarns returned to Gulfstream Park Mar. 2 for the first time since breaking his maiden early in 2023. Though he lagged in sixth for the first half of the race, the 4-year-old showed his class by motoring home in the final jumps to win by a half-length in the prep for this spot.

Tabbed as the 8-5 choice here, Kingsbarns exited the gate with what looked like a recreation of his Louisiana Derby trip, but jockey Luis Saez took him back into the first turn and the pair settled to the outside in the second flight.

Up front, it was Laughing Boy (Distorted Humor) who was attempting to run the field off their feet, but the orange and purple squared silks were instead focused on War Campaign (Declaration of War) up the backstretch.

As that 5-year-old began to gear up, Kingsbarns shadowed him into the far turn. With the pacesetter giving way, the pair locked in a duel through the eighth pole, but it was the 4-year-old colt who made the lead and put away his rival for good.

“This is a credit to (trainer) Todd (Pletcher's) management and the fact that Eric Gustavson (owner and President of Spendthrift Farm) made the decision to give him the time (off) that he needed,” said Spendthrift General Manager Ned Toffey. “He needed some time after his 3-year-old campaign, he got it, and he's just done so well from 3 to 4 (years old). Hopefully he's going to reward us with a big year.”

Pedigree Notes:

A $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling turned $800,000 2-year-old purchase for Spendthrift, Kingsbarns is one of his sire's 100 worldwide stakes winners and one of his 50 winners at the graded level. Kingsbarns is the fourth full stakes winner of 2024 for Uncle Mo, led by recent GI Apple Blossom H. heroine Adare Manor–one of Uncle Mo's 15 elite-level scorers–and is his sire's 11th stakes horse during the first 3 1/2 months of the season.

The colt's Grade III-placed dam, a $675,000 buyback at Keeneland September in 2013, is a half-sister to 2009 GI American Oaks winner Gozzip Girl (Dynaformer), now a group stakes producer in Japan. Lady Tapit's now 2-year-old Gun Runner colt was purchased by John Stewart for $650,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale, and the mare foaled a Munnings filly in 2023 before visiting Not This Time for this season.

Saturday, Keeneland
BEN ALI S.-GIII, $300,000, Keeneland, 4-20, 4yo/up, 1 3/16m, 1:57.74, ft.
1–KINGSBARNS, 118, c, 4, by Uncle Mo
1st Dam: Lady Tapit (GSP), by Tapit
2nd Dam: Temperence Gift, by Kingmambo
3rd Dam: Shapiro's Mistress, by Unpredictable
($250,000 Ylg '21 FTSAUG; $800,000 2yo '22 FTFMAR). O-Spendthrift Farm LLC; B-Parks Investment Group, LLC (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher; J-Luis Saez. $176,700. Lifetime Record: 7-5-1-0, $907,800. Werk Nick Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus* Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–War Campaign, 118, h, 5, Declaration of War–Flashy Campaign, by Political Force. O/B-Jerry Namy (KY); T-Philip A. Sims. $57,000.
3–Archie the Giza, 118, g, 5, Cairo Prince–Gloria S, by Tapit. 1ST  BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE. O/B-Estate Of Harvey Clarke (KY); T-Robert Medina. $28,500.
Margins: 3 1/4, 3, 1HF. Odds: 1.68, 3.80, 25.63.
Also Ran: Time for Trouble, Dynamic One, Surly Furious, Smile Happy, Laughing Boy, Happy American.
Click for the Equibase.com chart and the TJCIS.com PPs. VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.

 

Last year's G2 Louisiana Derby winner #4 KINGSBARNS ($5.36) adds another graded victory to his resume with a win in Keeneland's $300,000 Ben Ali Stakes (G3)!

The 4-year-old colt by @coolmoreamerica's Uncle Mo was ridden by @luissaezpty for @PletcherRacing and @spendthriftfarm. pic.twitter.com/63idDtTdIO

— TVG (@TVG) April 20, 2024

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Zedan Appeals Muth’s Derby Denial; Says Harm to Horses Who Might Get Excluded Is ‘A Phantom’

Fri, 2024-04-19 18:25

One day after a lower court in Kentucky denied a motion to make Amr Zedan's 'TDN Rising Star' Muth eligible for the GI Kentucky Derby by overturning Churchill Downs Inc., (CDI)'s ban again trainer Bob Baffert, Zedan's incorporated racing stable on Friday asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals to “vacate the Jefferson Circuit Court's order and issue a temporary injunction” to let his Good Magic colt at least begin the entry process to race in the first leg of the Triple Crown.

Zedan's Apr. 19 motion proposed that “At a minimum, a partial injunction should issue enabling Muth to be stabled under Derby rules at Churchill Downs Racetrack by 11:00 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Such an approach will properly protect the rights and interests that hang in the balance and enable the upcoming Derby to proceed as it should, with all qualified horses racing and the very best horse winning.”

Zedan is not only racing against the clock with his legal efforts, but against preceding court decisions. In addition to Thursday's denial of his injunction request in a Kentucky state court, Baffert (who is not a party to Zedan's lawsuit) lost a case at the federal level in 2023 that similarly sought to overturn his ban by CDI.

CDI had barred Baffert from its properties shortly after the 2021 Derby, which the now-disqualified Zedan-owned and Baffert-trained Medina Spirit won while testing positive for betamethasone.

Baffert's ban was initially just supposed to last for two Derbies. But in July 2023 CDI extended the penalty through 2024.

Zedan's Apr. 19 filing in the appeals court disagreed with the judge's opinion in the lower Kentucky court that articulated “deep concerns” about “innocent third parties who will have their horses removed from the Derby field to make room for the Plaintiff's horse should the Court grant injunctive relief.”

To the contrary, Zedan told the appeal court in his filing, “such harm is a phantom-there is no evidence that any competitor will suffer.”

Zedan's reasoning continued: “Absent the unlawful ban, Muth would be waltzing into the Derby as the winner of the [GI] Arkansas Derby and no one would think twice about that. That's how horse racing-indeed, any competition-properly works.

“The Jefferson Circuit Court noted that other competitors 'have done nothing wrong, have followed the rules, and worked hard only to be denied the opportunity to compete at the last moment,'” Zedan's filing pointed out. “But there was no showing or finding that any other horse would be ousted from the Derby if Muth is afforded his [qualifying] points, or that any other owner would be aggrieved.”

Churchill Downs in recent years has limited the Derby to a draw of 24 entrants, with 20 being allowed to start. Should the appeals court rule in favor of letting Muth into the Derby, it could theoretically exclude bottom-dwelling qualifiers who wouldn't make the top 24 cutoff. If the court's injunction un-banned Baffert, other owners who have Derby candidates trained by him might also suddenly want in on the Derby, possibly excluding even more current qualifiers.

Zedan's filing didn't see it that way, though.

“If anything should bother other owners, it is the fact that none of them will be able to claim their horse as the deserving winner of this year's Derby without having an asterisk next to its name and the lingering, unanswerable question, 'Would that Thoroughbred have outrun Muth'?” the filing stated.

Zedan's filing continued at a different point: “Without purporting to find any substantive justification for CDI's ban, the Jefferson Circuit Court denied Zedan's request for temporary injunctive relief. After rejecting several of CDI's defenses and determining that

a dispute over standing did not prevent it from resolving Zedan's request, the lower court questioned the irreparable harm threatening Zedan. In particular, the court suggested that Zedan could have avoided its injuries by transferring its horses to a different trainer back in January-months before this year's Derby.”

Zedan then argued in his filing that transferring Muth to a different trainer wasn't an option he wanted to pursue in 2024, even though he had done it in previous Derbies when Baffert's ban by CDI was in effect.

“Zedan and like-situated owners experienced disappointing results after switching trainers prior to the 2022 Derby and the 2023 Derby, where their horses' performances materially declined,” Zedan's filing stated. “After returning to Baffert, most of these horses returned to form.”

Zedan's filing then made this leap of logic: “The undisputed evidence is that switching trainers hurts horses and diminishes performance, and that no one can substitute for Baffert in readying horses for the Derby. By all indications, switching to a different trainer would have left Muth handicapped and ultimately ineligible for the Derby.”

At another point in the Friday filing, Zedan made the analogy that his stable “has as much standing as the New York Giants would have if they were, say, barred from the Super Bowl because the host stadium harbors a vendetta against the State of New York.”

Zedan lashed out at CDI by stating that the gaming corporation was “excluding a horse based on a trainer's public 'narrative' rather than actual qualifications, compliance, and merit. CDI is betraying its principles, upending fairness, skewing the Derby, and casting a cloud over the ultimate 'winner,' which would now be a mere artifact of CDI's petty caprice…

“No one should want to see the Derby unfold this way,” Zedan summed up. “To the contrary, the public interest is served by letting the public watch and cheer the very best horses at the Derby-as opposed to having CDI arbitrarily exclude a potential winning horse.”

A request for comment emailed to CDI late Friday afternoon did not yield a reply in time for deadline for this story.

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Raging Sea Romps Home In the Baird Doubledogdare

Fri, 2024-04-19 17:36

Given a cozy inside trip from gate one by Flavien Prat, Alpha Delta Stables' Raging Sea (Curlin) went on the offensive in the stretch and powered clear to make a victorious seasonal return in Friday's GIII Baird Doubledogdare S. at Keeneland.

Sent off as the 5-2 second choice while making her first start since annexing last year's GIII Comely S. in November at Aqueduct, the homebred fell into the box seat in the early going as Loved (Medaglia d'Oro) cut out even fractions while tracked along by Hidden Connection (Connect) to her outside. Loved continued to hold a short lead into the turn, but Hidden Connection was breathing right down her neck while Raging Sea was waiting for her cue just in behind. Hidden Connection got the better of the tussle on the front end and put away Loved nearing the stretch, but Raging Sea popped away from the inside soon after, wrested command a sixteenth of a mile from home and went further clear with each stride, scoring by 3 1/4 lengths on the wire.

Even-money 'TDN Rising Star' Scylla (Tapit) raced in between horses in the second flight, but was flat-footed when the real running started and grinded her way into a trifecta finish.

“We had a good draw,” Prat commented. “She jumped well out of [the gate] and we were able to get a good stalking position. She was traveling well all the way around and got the job done. Great job by [trainer] Chad [Brown] to get her ready off the long layoff.”

Raging Sea has now made half of her career starts in Lexington, finishing a neck third to champion Wonder Wheel (Into Mischief) in the 2022 GI Darley Alcibiades S. and again in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Fourth and second in first-level Saratoga allowance tests last summer, the chestnut validated odds-on favoritism at this venue last October before just lasting in the Comely Nov. 25.

Pedigree Notes:

A daughter of Grade III winner Welcome Surprise and hailing from the extended female family of A.P. Indy, Summer Squall, Honor Grades, etc., Raging Sea's dam Stormy Welcome fetched $1.6 million as a Keeneland September yearling in 2007 and was later purchased by Reynolds Bell, on behalf of Alpha Delta Stables' Jon Clay, for $600,000 in foal to Candy Ride (Arg) at Keeneland November in 2015. Stormy Welcome's dual stakes-placed daughter Welcoming (Tapit) is herself a stakes producer, as her daughter Reconcile (War Front) was runner-up in this year's Xtra Heat S. at Laurel and in the Cicada S. at Aqueduct.

Stormy Welcome is also represented by the 3-year-old filly Wrath of the Storm (Twirling Candy) and a yearling filly by City of Light. Barren for 2024, she was bred back to Curlin this season.

 

Watch the full replay as RAGING SEA makes a stand in the Baird Doubledogdare (G3)! pic.twitter.com/kSbieV71Pm

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Friday, Keeneland
BAIRD DOUBLEDOGDARE S.-GIII, $300,000, Keeneland, 4-19, 4yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16m, 1:44.24, ft.
1–RAGING SEA, 120, f, 4, by Curlin
                1st Dam: Stormy Welcome, by Storm Cat
                2nd Dam: Welcome Surprise, by Seeking the Gold
                3rd Dam: Weekend Surprise, by Secretariat
($300,000 RNA Ylg '21 KEESEP). O/B-Alpha Delta Stables, LLC (KY); T-Chad C. Brown; J-Flavien Prat. $181,350. Lifetime Record: GISP, 8-4-1-1, $645,978. *1/2 to Welcoming (Tapit), MSP, $179,812. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree or free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Hidden Connection, 118, m, 5, Connect–C J's Gal, by Awesome Again. ($49,000 RNA Wlg '19 KEENOV; $40,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP; $55,000 RNA 2yo '21 OBSAPR; $85,000 2yo '21 OBSOPN). O-Hidden Brook Farm and Black Type Thoroughbreds; B-St. Simon Place (KY); T-W. Bret Calhoun. $58,500.
3–Scylla, 118, f, 4, Tapit–Close Hatches, by First Defence. 1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE. 'TDN Rising Star'. O/B-Juddmonte Farms Inc (KY); T-William I. Mott. $29,250.
Margins: 3 1/4, 1HF, 1 1/4. Odds: 2.79, 13.53, 1.14.
Also Ran: Loved, Queen of Missoula, Saddle Up Jessie, Curl Girl.
Click for the Equibase.com chart or the TJCIS.com PPs. VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.

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Momentum Of HRWS Continues To Build With Keeneland Event

Fri, 2024-04-19 17:20

Despite the varying levels of industry experience and the assortment of roles held amongst the 80 attendees at the Horse Racing Women's Summit (HRWS) event at Keeneland on Thursday, April 18, the sense of comradery was palpable throughout the day's program.

The first HRWS event of the year, the sold-out program included a keynote conversation and two panel discussions focused on the topics of sales and bloodstock, along with a workshop activity and ample opportunity to converse with fellow industry women throughout the afternoon.

Shannon Arvin, President and CEO of the Keeneland Association, alongside Julie Cauthen, a bloodstock agent and member of the Keeneland Inspection Team, kicked things off with a conversation moderated by Gabby Gaudet, a reporter/analyst for FanDuel/TVG and Keeneland.

With a friendship that goes back to junior high, Arvin and Cauthen delved into the two different paths they have taken in establishing their careers within the Thoroughbred industry and how they've balanced that with motherhood.

The importance of finding the equilibrium between the sacrifices made in one's personal life and professional life was a sentiment echoed by both women.

“I'm all for leaning in but I feel it's also important at times to lean out,” said Arvin. “Just because you make a choice at one point in your life, it's not indicative of the rest.”

The speakers also discussed the importance of having a supportive and motivating team around you, particularly when looking to advance your career within the industry, and emphasized the value of integrity and commitment.

“If you can make that choice, be with the people that make you feel valued and that you respect, and then that path to advance is easier,” said Cauthen.

“Show up. Just keep showing up over and over again. Even on days when you're discouraged, show up,” added Arvin.

Horse Racing Women's Summit at Keeneland | courtesy of HRWS

The program continued with the first panel, comprised of Allaire Ryan, Director of Sales at Lane's End Farm; Caroline Wilson of SF Bloodstock; Jill Gordon, Owner of Highgate Sales; and Dr. Kathleen Paasch, DVM, a Veterinarian and Shareholder at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.

Moderated by Alexa Zepp, a Quality Assurance Analyst and Handicapper for Daily Racing Form, the panel entitled 'Navigating Sales' encompassed a wide-variety of discussion that ranged from how each woman's role varies at the sales, what it's taken to establish themselves in those roles, and how they've all learned to thrive amongst the hustle and bustle of the sales atmosphere.

“I had a good foundation and second to that, it was really important to put together a team that could rally around and be the best they can be. I think having that solid, strong team, there's nothing that can replace that and I think that's the most important thing when starting anything,” said Gordon, whose Highgate Sales has quickly shot to the top since debuting in 2022.

Ryan shared a differing perspective as someone whose family's involvement in the industry traces back four generations. She emphasized that despite being born into it, it was her determination and hard work that led to where she is today.

“I've learned through trials and tribulations that there are people out there that will use one consignor this year and a different consignor the next year. I think if you dwell on things, you can easily get caught up. I try to be respectful of my peers, the jobs that they do and the services they offer, because at the end of the day we're all relevant in what we do,” said Ryan. “I grew up in [the industry], but where I got to today is because I was forced to make my own connections. My dad is still one of my biggest cheerleaders, but the best thing he ever did for me was say, 'you have to go do it yourself.'”

Paasch, who was introduced to horses and learned to ride while growing up out west, completed an internship at Rood and Riddle in 2000 and has been there ever since.

“If you don't have a racing background, don't let that discourage you. People are very happy to answer your questions. There is knowledge in years of doing this job, from the grooms to the managers, on every level,” she said.

A native of Ireland who now travels nationally and internationally in her role with SF, Wilson paid homage to the connections she's made and the network she's built while forging her own path into the industry.

“I do feel like I've had a lot of people that helped me along the way and I'll always remember that. I feel very passionately about paying that forward because I was just really nobody that landed over here halfway accidentally and this has now become my whole life,” said Wilson.

Complimenting the event's first panel of the day, the second panel focused on 'Bloodstock Decisions,' with panelists including Kitty Day, Owner of Warrendale Sales; Cherie DeVaux, a Graded Stakes-Winning Trainer; Meg Levy, Owner of Bluewater Sales; and Dr. Natanya Nieman, DVM, General Manager and Resident Vet at WinStar Farm.

Day and Levy, who both established their own consignment companies over 20 years ago, shared how they've seen the sales world evolve, particularly when it comes to the role women play.

“When I started, women didn't show, only the men showed. There weren't any women consignors. And it evolved because there weren't enough men to do the job,” said Day. “I think women come into this industry for totally different reasons than men do. We love animals, we enjoy animals and we want to be around these animals.”

“I don't think that we can deny the business is still male-dominated. In the end, we're all human and we have to interact with the structure that is there and figure out strategies to both get to the position we want and be successful,” added Levy.

Though DeVaux, who went out on her own as a trainer in the spring of 2018, juggles plenty in her day-to-day schedule, she emphasized the importance of remaining grounded through staying true to yourself.

“Don't compromise who you are as a person, your values or your goals. Sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward. If one door closes, it might not have been your path,” she said. “Be open but always keep your core values and be true to who you are.”

Stephanie Hronis | courtesy of HRWS

Nieman shared her personal experiences as a member of the WinStar team since 2002. Since last year, she's taken on the role of general manager while continuing her duties as the farm's resident vet.

“I felt like I owed it to myself and all of us to take the job and do what I can with it,” said Nieman. “Trust yourself and have faith in what you're doing. You do have the ability, you do have the knowledge, and you can do really whatever you want to do with it.”

Stephanie Hronis, Executive Committee Chair of the HRWS, wrapped up the day with an interactive workshop activity focused on 'work-life balance.'

“Being in this industry, it's not a one-size fits all. Our want, wish, hope with all of our events is that there are takeaways for you. No matter who you are or where you are in your career, there's a takeaway for you that you can apply both personally and professionally,” said Hronis. “We believe that by engaging, elevating and investing in women, we can change the sport of horse racing.”

The next HRWS event is Tuesday, July 23 at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, Ny. To purchase tickets, click here.

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Regally Bred Quester Graduates First Time Long at Gulfstream

Fri, 2024-04-19 17:08

6th-Gulfstream, $43,650, Moc ($50,000), 3yo, 1m 70y (AWT), 1:40.94, ft, 2 1/4 lengths.
QUESTER (c, 3, Into Mischief–Osare {SW, $234,605}, by Medaglia d'Oro), a $775,000 Keeneland September graduate, finished off well to be a debut third sprinting over this surface and was the even-money selection while stretching out to a distance of ground here.

One of two in this field not entered for the tag, the immaculately bred bay showed good speed from the inside gate, but was nevertheless outfooted to the front by Dunes of Gold (Midshipman). Content to chase from second down the backstretch, Quester was asked for his best nearing the stretch, reeled in the front-runner with a bit less than an eighth of a mile to race and edged away.

Quester's stakes-winning dam, a $300,000 Keeneland September yearling, is a daughter of MSW & GSP Bubbler (Distorted Humor), a $170,000 purchase by Eamon Cleary at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in 2010 and later bought back on a bid of $4.7 million at FTKNOV just days after her son Arrogate (Unbridled's Song) outgunned California Chrome in the 2016 GI Breeders' Cup Classic. Osare is also the dam of a 2-year-old colt by Into Mischief, a yearling filly by Gun Runner and was most recently bred to Life Is Good. Quester is cataloged as hip 45 at next Friday's Keeneland April Horses Of Racing Age Sale. Sales history: $775,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-1, $32,940. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.
O-Repole Stable & Robert & Lawana Low; B-Bridlewood Farm (FL); T-Todd A Pletcher.

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$850k Nyquist Filly Leads Way as OBS Spring Sale Sets Records Again

Fri, 2024-04-19 16:56

by Jessica Martini & Stefanie Grimm

OCALA, FL – The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training rushed across the finish line with a lively session of bidding Friday and concluded its four-day run in Central Florida with a new sales record average and median and a gross just off last year's highwater mark.

“It certainly felt like it picked up here at the end of the four-day stretch,” said OBS Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. “It felt good. We were bumping up against a record [gross from] last year. And so, we feel good to be within striking distance of it again this year.”

Through four days, 630 horses sold for a gross of $81,994,000. The average of $130,149 just inched ahead of last year's record-setting figure of $129,907, while the median rose 7.7% to a record $70,000 from $65,000 a year ago.

During the 2023 Spring sale, 698 horses sold for $90,805,000.

“The record median reflects the broad buying bench at the Spring sale,” Wojciechowski said. “The international bench of buyers continue to grow–that's certainly an area of growth for us. They obviously like the stock that they've been getting. They keeping coming back and we continue to attract new international buyers as well. And then, domestically, you have somebody like Donato [Lanni] who obviously bought quite a few over the last few days. Obviously they are happy with the product they are getting.”

On behalf of various clients, Lanni purchased the top offering at each of the auctions' four sessions. He purchased the sale's top-priced horse, a filly by Tiz the Law, for $1.9 million Wednesday. His other session toppers included a $775,000 daughter of Caracaro Tuesday and a Nyquist colt for $550,000 Thursday.

During Friday's final session, he purchased a filly by Nyquist for $850,000 on behalf of Susan and Charles Chu's Baoma Corp. Lanni came back later in Friday's session to acquire another colt by Nyquist for $525,000 on behalf of Zedan Racing Stable.

Through the four sessions, Lanni signed the ticket on nine juveniles for a total of $7,010,000. Under the Three Amigos buying name of Bob Baffert clients Mike Pegram, Paul Weitman and Karl Watson, Lanni signed for an additional three lots for $2,175,000.

The $1.9-million sale topper was the only seven-figure juvenile of the 2024 auction, compared to three a year ago, but, this year's sale did match its 2023 number of horses to sell for $500,000 or more with a final of 28.

Despite the record-setting statistics, a large number of horses catalogued to the auction never went through the ring. From a catalogue of 1,208 horses, only 783 were offered. There were 153 not sold for a buy-back rate of 19.5%.

A year ago, the catalogue featured 1,222 head and 840 of those went through the ring. Of those offered, 142 failed to meet their reserves for a buy-back rate of 16.9%.

“We were certainly disappointed in the outs,” Wojciechowski said. “There were a lot of outs over the course of the four days and that's something we will address in the future.”

Consignors and buyers alike returned to the same word to describe the market in Ocala this week.

“Spotty,” John Kimmel echoed the common refrain. “It seemed like the ones we were interested in certainly didn't have any trouble finding buyers.”

Nick Sallusto, active on both the buying and selling side of the ledger this week, added, “It's the same pattern. The quality is being pursued heavily and anything that is not perceived as top quality, it's the same old story, it's struggling. It's more of the same, but maybe a little bit more than usual.”

Another Nyquist for Lanni From Wavertree

Donato Lanni | Photos by Z

Donato Lanni purchased a colt by Nyquist from Wavertree Stables late in the day to top Thursday's session of the OBS Spring Sale and Lanni returned early in the day Friday to purchase a filly by the Kentucky Derby-winning sire from the same consignment, going to a session-topping $850,000 to acquire hip 915 on behalf of Susan and Charles Chu's Baoma Corp. The Chus campaign the promising multiple graded-stakes winning sophomore Nysos (Nyquist), who they acquired for $550,000 at last year's OBS Spring sale.

“They absolutely love the sire,” Lanni said. “She's a lovely filly. She worked well, came back good. She has class and a good mind. We are happy to have her.”

The juvenile is out of the unraced Amagansett (Tapit), a daughter of Twirl (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and from the family of Group 1 winners Misty for Me (Ire) and Ballydoyle (Ire).

Nysos aside, Susan Chu also maintains a broodmare band and targets well-bred fillies at the auctions.

“She loves the fillies,” Lanni said. “She loves the breeding program and she loves her foals. She prefers fillies.”

The juvenile was bred by Bobby Flay and was purchased by Allstar Bloodstock for $200,000 at last year's Keeneland September sale. Through consignor Paul Sharp, the breeder/celebrity chef sold a colt by Uncle Mo a few hips later for $685,000 to D.J. Stable and Robert Cotran. @JessMartiniTDN

McKinzie Colt to Flanagan

A colt from the first crop of McKinzie (hip 995) sold for $725,000 to the bid of John Kimmel and Nick Sallusto, bidding on behalf of Sean Flanagan, during the final session of the OBS Spring sale Friday. Consigned by Saul Marquez's Caliente Thoroughbreds, the bay is out of Bernadreamy (Bernardini), a daughter of Grade I winner Dream Empress (Bernstein). He worked a quarter-mile last week in :21 flat.

“We have been following McKinzie since the yearling market,” Kimmel said. “They have done well and we were quite impressed with a bunch of them that breezed here, but this colt actually did something that you don't see very often. For a horse with his kind of fluid action, for him to go out the way he did, he went in :21, but he also went out in :44 4/5 and another eighth in under :59. He looks like a horse that has such fluid motion, we were just surprised because he doesn't look like he is going that fast. And then you go back and you look at the physical and you check all the boxes there. The horse passed all the technical stuff, the ultrasound and X-rays and those are the kind of horses that we try to buy. I thought the price was stiff, but I think Mr. Flanagan got a legitimate horse.”

Sallusto added, “The horse had all of the right qualities, mentally and physically. His characteristics kind of give you the chills. It's a little uncanny how cool a character he is.”

Earlier in Friday's session, Bradley Thoroughbreds purchased a filly by McKinzie from Julie Davies's consignment for $675,000. And later in a bang-up session for the Gainesway stallion, a filly from Eddie Woods's consignment sold for $600,000 to Bill Childs and a colt from Hernandez Stables sold for $350,000 to Seth Morris as agent for Hit the Bid Racing.

Through four sessions, 17 juveniles by the Gainesway stallion sold for an average of $216,735.

“They look like they have good physicals with powerful bodies,” Kimmel said of McKinzie's first crop of 2-year-olds. “We've seen them breeze very well. And he's by a horse that won the Kentucky Derby in Street Sense. I think he's a stallion that has a legitimate chance to jump up there on the freshman sire list.”

Of plans for hip 995, Kimmel said, “We will send him back to Thorostock, give him a little breather and probably get him to the races back up to Chad Brown.” @JessMartiniTDN

Another OBS Home Run for Marquez

Saul Marquez enjoyed a second home run at the OBS Spring sale Friday when his Caliente Thoroughbreds sent hip 995 through the ring to sell for $725,000 to Sean Flanagan. In his inaugural one-horse consignment a year ago, Marquez sold future graded winner Wynstock (Solomini) for $700,000. Marquez and partners had purchased that colt for $50,000 at the previous year's Keeneland September sale.

“I am blessed to be around good people who trust me. I can't express how happy I am right now,” Marquez said.

Of hip 995, Marquez said, “He's an impressive colt who does everything well. He's a two-turn horse, well-minded. He was busy all week long. He had a great workout and the sky is the limit for him.”

Marquez purchased hip 995 for $260,000 at the Fasig-Tipton July sale last summer.

“It was a partnership I put together,” he said of the pinhooking group. “He was the first horse I saw in July, number 71, I will never forget.”

Asked if the colt's six-figure yearling price tag was a stretch for the group, Marquez said, “I took a little risk. I was coming off a good year and I said, 'I have to roll it in again.' That's the only way I believe I can keep on going.”

During Thursday's session of the Spring sale, Caliente Thoroughbreds sold a filly by Tiz the Law (hip 733) for $300,000 to Klaravich Stable. The chestnut had been purchased for $35,000 at Keeneland last September.

Looking ahead to this coming yearling sales season, Marquez said with a smile, “Let's roll again.” @JessMartiniTDN

Orseno Strikes Early For Uncle Mo Colt

Paul Sharp and Joe Orseno | Jessica Martini

   Only minutes into Friday's closing session, trainer Joe Orseno went to $685,000 for an Uncle Mo colt (hip 920) on behalf of D. J. Stable LLC and Robert Cotran, the owners of this year's GIII Holy Bull S. winner Hades (Awesome Slew). The colt, who is out of GSW/MGISP America and a half to MGSW/GISP and 'TDN Rising Star' First Captain (Curlin), was a $345,000 RNA as a yearling at Fasig-Tipton October last year. Paul Sharp, selling the colt on behalf of Bobby Flay Thoroughbreds, joined Orseno as he signed the ticket.

“They [D.J. Stable and Robert Cotran] were all over this horse right from the start,” said Orseno. “We're happy to get him.”

Competition for the colt was plenty and Orseno noted that the price was more than they expected to pay.

“Good horses cost money,” he said.

Sharp, who opted to gallop the colt instead of breeze him, added: “He developed slowly, but he started to really turn here lately. He's a very nice horse. We just took our time with him. There was no intention to ever breeze him. The horse is very big and he'll be late developing. We always wanted to do right by the horse.”

The price marked the highest of the week, by far, for a horse that galloped.

“There's always a concern given how we sell 2-year-olds these days,” said Sharp on whether a breeze vs. gallop would affect the sales price. “But the opportunity to get a horse with a pedigree like that and a physical that matches up–he's very, very beautiful with beautiful action, even in the gallop.”

The gallop clearly didn't bother Orseno or the colt's new owners.

“We're not looking to run him in June or July,” Orseno said. “Right now he looks like he's going to be October or November. I'm hoping to be ready for Keeneland in the fall, but if he's not ready, we'll take our time.” @SGrimmTDN

On Point Finds Success With Tiz the Law

The connections of On Point Training and Sales were all smiles Friday when their New York-bred filly by Tiz the Law (hip 928) and out of a stakes-placed dam brought a final bid of $600,000 from Donato Lanni made on behalf of the Three Amigos.

“She always showed up for us,” said On Point's Ortiz Victor Rivera. “She's an easy keeper, stays in her feed tub and she takes care of herself. And when we asked her to work a couple of times on the weekends, she was always there. You wish you had 10 of these.”

The filly, from the first crop of Classic-winning Tiz the Law, went the way of On Point for just $30,000 at Saratoga last August.

Rivera continued: “She has that walk that when you see it, you just know. And [at Saratoga], she had all her lines, just hit every mark. She's our first Tiz the Law. This is the only one we could get our hands on, they're very expensive!”

The Three Amigos, who also picked up a Caracaro filly (hip 199) for $775,000 and a colt by Bolt d'Oro (hip 351) for $800,000 earlier in the week, provide all the opportunity that On Point feels their filly deserves.

“It's a huge connection,” Rivera said. “This is the best opportunity in the world for her. If she can't make it there, she can't make it anywhere.”

A small operation, On Point had just two horses entered at OBSAPR. Their other entry, a filly from the first crop of Curlin's Honor (hip 978), sold for $40,000. @SGrimmTDN

Flashy McKinzie Colt Rewards Hernandez

Hip 1188 | Jessica Martini

While most shoppers at Keeneland last September likely noticed the flashy white face and blue eyes, Angel Hernandez noticed an attractive individual with an impressive pedigree. Hernandez was able to purchase the colt, from the first crop of McKinzie, for $32,000. The Ocala horseman was rewarded Friday when the youngster (hip 1188) sold for $350,000 to Seth Morris, as agent for Hit the Bid Racing.

“I know people focus on him because of his color, because of the blue eyes and a lot of white, but the first thing I liked about him was his body,” Hernandez said. “I liked the big hip, strong butt and the pedigree. His first dam is by Curlin and the second dam is by Tapit. So I thought good would have to come out of that.”

Hernandez admitted he had expected he would have to pay more for the colt last fall.

“I was surprised because I was willing to go to $40,000 and I got him for $32,000,” he said. “I couldn't tell why–maybe there was something that I missed. But I think people focused more on the color and they forgot to see what was in front of them, the beautiful body. So I thought I had made a good buy.”

The juvenile worked a furlong at last week's under-tack show in :10 flat.

“He put a lot of weight on and he just grew up,” Hernandez said of the colt's development. “He was a little baby and he's a big man now.”

This is just the second year Hernandez has been consigning under his own name, but he has spent two decades working for Nick de Meric.

“I don't pinhook a big group, normally six or seven,” Hernandez said. “This year, I did 10, which was one of my biggest years.”

On what Friday's sale–his highest result so far–felt like, Hernandez said, “Amazing. I don't have words to explain.” @JessMartiniTDN

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Emery Begins Her 3-Year-Old Campaign With A Win At Keeneland

Fri, 2024-04-19 16:44

6th-Keeneland, $110,000, Alw (NW1X)/Opt. Clm ($100,000), 4-19, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:11.06, ft, 5 1/4 lengths.
EMERY (f, 3, More Than Ready–Athena {MSW, $459,222}, by Street Sense) broke her maiden by 5 3/4 lengths over a muddy course last summer at Saratoga, and then finished fourth in the slop to Eclipse winner Just F Y I (Justify) in the GI Frizette S. during the Belmont at the Big A meet in early October. Poised to kick off her 3-year-old campaign, the dark bay with Lasix was tabbed as the 1-2 choice here. From the bell, Emery tracked up the backstretch pacesetter Rhapsody (Goldencents), but just before the turn she was shuffled back towards the middle of the pack. Re-rallying at the eighth pole, the filly shifted off the rail to the two path, gunned her engine and sailed home a winner by 5 1/4 lengths over the former leader. The winner's dam is responsible for a 2-year-old filly by American Pharoah. Athena was purchased by Stonestreet for $130,000 at the 2022 Keeneland November Sale while in foal with a filly by Improbable. She visited Good Magic for this term. Sales History: $235,000 Wlg '21 KEENOV. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $149,098. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.
O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Mary K. Grum (KY); T-Brad H. Cox.

#3 EMERY ($3.08) pulled away to win race 6 at Keeneland under a handride from @Tyler_Gaff for trainer @bradcoxracing.

This is the second win in three starts for the @StonestreetFarm runner, who was last seen finishing fourth in the GI Frizette in October. pic.twitter.com/zSBUACxRes

— TVG (@TVG) April 19, 2024

 

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Churchill Downs And Fasig-Tipton Partner For Three-Race Series, Includes La Troienne

Fri, 2024-04-19 15:31

Churchill Downs and Fasig-Tipton have formed a new three-year partnership where the sales company will be the official sponsor of the GI La Troienne S., the GII Fleur de Lis S. and the GII Locust Grove S., the track said in a release Friday.

The $1 million Fasig-Tipton La Troienne will kick off the series on Kentucky Oaks Day. The Fasig-Tipton Fleur de Lis is scheduled for Saturday, June 29 during Stephen Foster Day. That race is part of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Dozen Bonus Series, which awards the top three finishers a partial travel credit should they compete in the GI Breeders' Cup Longines Distaff. The Fasig-Tipton Locust Grove will run during the September Meet.

“We're thrilled to team with Fasig-Tipton for this three-race series,” said Gary Palmisano, Vice President of Racing for Churchill Downs Incorporated. “Fasig-Tipton brings unmatched prestige to these iconic filly and mare stakes races at Churchill Downs and we couldn't be more honored to have them onboard.”

“We are pleased to partner with Churchill Downs to sponsor three important filly and mare stakes races,” said Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton President. “Fasig-Tipton is synonymous with selling the sport's top females, so this is a perfect partnership for us.”

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Florida Derby Champ Fierceness With ‘Super’ Work; West Saratoga Breezes At Keeneland

Fri, 2024-04-19 13:50

GI Florida Derby champ Fierceness (City of Light) breezed at Palm Beach Downs on Friday morning in preparation for the GI Kentucky Derby.

The Eclipse Award winner covered five furlongs in 1:00.35 under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, while working in company with fellow 'TDN Rising Star' Agate Road (Quality Road).

“I thought he worked super–a solid five-eighths with a good gallop-out, exactly what we were targeting,” Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher said. “I think he is doing every bit as good, if not better, than he was going into the Florida Derby.”

Plans for the Repole Stable homebred beyond Friday's breeze are still indefinite, said Pletcher, who will continue to monitor weather conditions in Kentucky.

Catalytic (Catalina Cruiser), who finished a distant second behind Fierceness in the Florida Derby, breezed five furlongs for trainer Saffie Joseph in 1:00.72 at Gulfstream Park on Friday morning.

“Everything went all right,” said Joseph. “I got him in a minute and four-fifths and the [six-furlong] gallop-out in 1:14-and-change.”

 

West Saratoga Drills Six At Keeneland

Harry Veruchi's West Saratoga (Exaggerator), who was last seen finishing as the runner-up in the GIII Jeff Ruby S. at Turfway Park Mar. 23, continued his preparation for an expected Derby start by working 6 furlongs in 1:16.20 over a wet-fast track at Keeneland on Friday morning.

With jockey Jesus Castanon aboard, West Saratoga produced eighth-of-a-mile fractions of :13.60, :26.40, :39.80, :51.20, 1:04.20, 1:16.20 and galloped out 7 furlongs in 1:30.20 while working on his own.

Trainer Larry Demeritte said West Saratoga would return to his base at The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington and stay there until vanning to Churchill Downs on Friday, Apr. 26 with a 3-furlong breeze scheduled beneath the Twin Spires the next day.

“I am happy with the work, and right now everything is in place going forward,” Demeritte said of West Saratoga, who had breezed 3 furlongs at The Thoroughbred Center in :36.40 on April 6. “That work was for speed and this one for stamina. You can't do both at the same time. He will have a lot of long gallops (leading up to the Derby).”

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Champion Whitmore Jumps At Any Chance, Especially At Oaklawn

Fri, 2024-04-19 11:46

HOT SPRINGS, Arkansas–He got the call. They needed him and he was all too ready to oblige once again. Just like any serious athlete, you never really get comfortable with that dreaded word–retired. The chance to strut your stuff in front of the home crowd is just too enticing and probably most of all it is the opportunity to relive the good ole days.

For Whitmore (Pleasantly Perfect), who won three editions of the GIII Count Fleet Sprint H., a GI Breeders' Cup Sprint–which earned him Eclipse honors–and took home over $4.5 million in earnings, leading the parade in the Grade III race named for him Mar. 16 was another accolade over his impressive career.

“He enjoyed himself, for sure” said Laura Moquett, who co-owns the horse with trainer Ron Moquett. “You could tell days later that he hadn't come down from the high of being back at Oaklawn in a setting like that.”

Laura Moquett rode the champ that day at Oaklawn Park as the throng buzzed as he went by. The track's administration reached out to the pair in the hopes that Whitmore would make an appearance and the Moquetts made it happen.

“It's just a ton of fun to see how people react to him and it was great to see how it perked him up when everyone was cheering for him,” she said.

While the Moquetts run their stable at Oaklawn during the meet, Whitmore is housed at a training facility owned by Joyce Metzer called Seamist Farm which is near Salem, Arkansas.

Laura Moquett makes the 35-minute drive most days, but she's not just popping in for a meet and greet. She continues to work with the 11-year-old, and build on what the two accomplished during the Retired Racehorse Project's competitive trail event which took place at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2022.

Whitmore leads the parade at Oaklawn | Coady Photography

“It was a challenge and there were so many aspects to it that were really tough, but I was proud of him for taking it on,” Moquett said.

After saddling, Whitmore steps lightly and makes his way to the show ring that is set up on the property. You can tell that he relishes a jaunt and his affinity for Laura Moquett is evident.

“Whitmore and I have a great business relationship that is built on respect, but with Laura he will just do things that no one can get him to do,” said Ron Moquett. “It's truly amazing.”

The Eclipse winner canters around the ring, as Laura Moquett gets him loosened up. The pair make a great team and with a course set, she takes the former racehorse through his paces.

“He will take some chances and he trusts me,” said Moquett. “That day at Oaklawn is still with him and you can tell out here that he is feeling good, wanting to do more.”

Whitmore completes several panel jumps and seeing the spring in his step in-person, you can tell he still possesses that singular drive and dogged determination.

“He's still a racehorse inside and you can never take that out of him,” said Laura Moquett. “When I'm riding him it's fun to tap into his competitive spirit and that is what drives him.”

Once the Oaklawn meet is complete in early May, the Moquetts will take Whitmore with them to Kentucky. The champion who became known for his cantankerous moods and antics behind the gate during loading is enjoying his time in the ring.

“I have no doubt that if he knew he was going to get to race he would be ready,” said Ron Moquett. “You could tell that day at Oaklawn he was ready in case they needed him.”

Whitmore is an athlete, albeit a retired one. Do not waste your time trying to assert the latter half of that statement. In his own mind, he is still a racehorse, but it sure was fun to see him jump.

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Highland Falls Should Sit The Right Trip In Oaklawn ‘Cap

Fri, 2024-04-19 11:30

Proxy (Tapit) provided Godolphin with its first winner of the GII Oaklawn H. just 12 months ago and the progressive Highland Falls (Curlin) has legitimate claims to double that tally when he squares off with 10 others in the nine-furlong contest.

Trained by Brad Cox–who somewhat surprisingly has never saddled an Oaklawn H. winner–the homebred son of GI Breeders' Cup Distaff upsetter Round Pond (Awesome Again) won three of his first four trips to the post in maiden and allowance company back east and was scarcely disgraced last time in the 10-furlong GI Santa Anita H., making some late ground to just miss third behind Reincarnate (Good Magic) and less than three lengths adrift of the victorious Newgate (Into Mischief). He is slightly down in trip for Saturday's test and gets the shortest way around from gate one.

“I think he can handle it,” Cox said. “Listen, I think most of…these Grade Is in this division, are run at a mile and an eighth. Obviously, the Breeders' Cup [Classic] is a mile and a quarter. We're hoping he can establish himself as one of the better handicap horses in the country. He's obviously light on seasoning, but hopefully he can have a big year and see where he takes us.”

With a victory Reincarnate–third in last year's GII Rebel S. and GI Arkansas Derby–would remarkably be a first Oaklawn H. winner for Bob Baffert.

Steve Asmussen landed a first Oaklawn H. in 2021 with Silver State (Hard Spun) and bids for a second with Red Route One (Gun Runner), campaigned by the former's owner Winchell Thoroughbreds. Winner of the Battle House Row S. on this program last year and the GIII West Virginia Derby later in the season, the homebred is exiting a career-best victory in the GII New Orleans Classic at the Fair Grounds Mar. 23.

“Obviously, very nice win in New Orleans last time out,” Asmussen said. “This is a very good opportunity for him. Keeps moving forward.”

Florida-based Saffie Joseph, Jr. saddles two in the race, topped by the consistent Skippylongstocking (Exaggerator). The 5-year-old is in search of a sixth win at the graded level, having successfully defended his title in the GIII Challenger S. at Tampa Mar. 9.

Two other graded stakes in the handicap division are scheduled for Saturday. Judge Miller (Curlin–Cavorting), an 11-length allowance winner at Santa Anita Feb. 24, is the odds-on favorite for the GIII Californian S. at Santa Anita, while Keeneland's GIII Ben Ali S. has attracted a field of nine topped by Kingsbarns (Uncle Mo), an impressive winner of a seven-furlong Gulfstream allowance first off a June layoff Mar. 2.

Sophomore grass fillies get their first chance at graded-stakes glory for 2024 in the GIII Providencia S. at Santa Anita. The most accomplished of the field's eight entrants is C R K Stable's Medoro (Honor Code), and barring something unforeseen, she should be able to run her record to a perfect four-from-four. She previously scooped this track's Blue Norther S. back in December and more recently, the Mar. 10 China Doll S. Shiloh's Mistress (Vino Rosso) won her maiden two back over the Turfway Tapeta before finishing fifth in the Mar. 9 GIII Santa Ysabel S. when going out for Resolute Racing for the first time. A half-sister to dirt MGSW Ahh Chocolate (Candy Ride {Arg}), the bay is also kin to Andraste (The Factor), twice graded-placed on the grass and her dam is a half-sister to Rahystrada (Rahy), a three-time winner of the grassy GIII Arlington H.

The fifth and final of the days graded stakes is the GII Visitlex Elkhorn S. at Keeneland. Godolphin's Bold Act (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}), winner of the GIII Sycamore S. over the track and trip last fall, looks to build on a two-length victory in the G2 Dubai City of Gold at Meydan Mar. 2. The homebred, to be ridden by Frankie Dettori, meets 2022 Sycamore hero Highland Chief (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}) and an interesting new shooter in the form of Winning Spirit (Ger) (Soldier Hollow {GB}), a three-time listed winner in Italy and runner-up in last year's G2 Derby Italiano for trainer Peter Schiergen.

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NTRA Hosts 2nd Annual Derby Reception On Capitol Hill

Fri, 2024-04-19 11:16

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) hosted its second Annual Kentucky Derby Kick-off Reception on Capitol Hill this week, the organization said in a release Friday.

On hand were more than 600 attendees, including many congressional staffers from the offices of Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY-06), Congressman Morgan McGarvey (D-KY-03), Congressman Ralph Norman (R-SC-05) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY-20).

For the event, the National Museum of Racing lent the Count Fleet Triple Crown and Kentucky Derby trophies, and Coolmore provided halters worn by Triple Crown Winners American Pharoah and Justify.

This Congress, Representatives Barr and McGarvey have joined forces in introducing two bipartisan bills which encourage investment in the Thoroughbred industry through various tax incentives.

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Weekly Stewards and Commissions Rulings, Apr. 10-17

Thu, 2024-04-18 13:36

Every week, the TDN posts a roundup of the relevant Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) related rulings from around the country.

Among this week's rulings, the focus once again has been on intra-articular injections before workouts.

As it stands, HISA imposes a seven-day prohibition of any inter-articular injection of any joint prior to a timed workout, and a 14-day ban prior to a race. Proposed rules currently before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would add additional wrinkles to this rule.

These proposed rules would bar a horse treated with any corticosteroid intra-articular injection of the metacarpophalangeal or metatarsophalangeal joints—in other words, the front and hind fetlock joints—from working for 14 days and racing for 30 days following treatment.

Six separate trainers were this past week sanctioned for breaching the current joint injection rule before workouts, each issued a $3,000 fine. One new trainer has an additional case pending.

In the Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit's (HIWU) annual report posted last week, the agency detailed 53 intra-articular injection-related notices filed, and 35 separate charges issued, since the implementation of the anti-doping and medication control (ADMC) program in May of last year.

NEW HISA/HIWU STEWARDS RULINGS

The following rulings were reported on HISA's “rulings” portal and through the Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit's (HIWU) “pending” and “resolved” cases portals.

Resolved ADMC Violations

Resolution Date: 04/17/2024

Licensee: Luis Mendez, trainer

Penalty: A written reprimand (per 9/26/23 HISA Guidance); disqualification of Covered Horse's Race results, including forfeiture of all purses and other compensation, prizes, trophies, points, and rankings and repayment or surrender (as applicable). Admission.

Explainer: For the presence of Omeprazole—Controlled Medication (Class C)—in a sample taken from Mr Big Bucks, who finished fourth at Santa Anita on 3/8/24. This was a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers (Post-Race/Vets' List).

Resolution Date: 04/16/2024

Licensee: Sergio Morfin, trainer

Penalty: Disqualification of Covered Horse's Race results, including forfeiture of all purses and other compensation, prizes, trophies, points, and rankings and repayment or surrender (as applicable); a fine of $500; imposition of 1.5 Penalty Points. Admission.

Explainer: For the presence of Phenylbutazone—Controlled Medication (Class C)—in a sample taken from Trouble N Paradise, who finished fourth at Santa Anita on 3/8/24. This was a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers (Post-Race/Vets' List).

Resolution Date: 04/15/2024

Licensee: Eddie Milligan, trainer

Penalty: A fine of $3,000; imposition of 3 Penalty Points. Admission.

Explainer: A possible violation of Rule 3314—Use or Attempted Use of a Controlled Medication Substance or a Controlled Medication Method—on the horse, Tapit Jenallie. This was also a possible violation of Rule 4222—Intra-Articular Injections Within Seven (7) Days of Timed and Reported Workout.

Resolution Date: 04/15/2024

Licensee: Jane Cibelli, trainer

Penalty: A fine of $3,000; imposition of 3 Penalty Points. Final decision by HIWU.

Explainer: A possible violation of Rule 3314—Use or Attempted Use of a Controlled Medication Substance or a Controlled Medication Method—on the horse, Inveigled. This was also a possible violation of Rule 4222—Intra-Articular Injections Within Seven (7) Days of Timed and Reported Workout.

Resolution Date: 04/15/2024

Licensee: Sal Gonzalez, trainer

Penalty: A fine of $500; imposition of 1.5 Penalty Points. Final decision by HIWU.

Explainer: For the presence of Phenylbutazone—Controlled Medication (Class C)—in a sample taken from Mentirosa on 3/1/24. This was a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers (Post-Race/Vets' List).

Resolution Date: 04/12/2024

Licensee: Richard Mandella, trainer

Penalty: A fine of $3,000; imposition of 3 Penalty Points. Admission.

Explainer: A possible violation of Rule 3314—Use or Attempted Use of a Controlled Medication Substance or a Controlled Medication Method—on the horse, Ice Dancing. This was also a possible violation of Rule 4222—Intra-Articular Injections Within Seven (7) Days of Timed and Reported Workout.

Resolution Date: 04/12/2024

Licensee: Miguel Hernandez, trainer

Penalty: A fine of $3,000; imposition of 3 Penalty Points. Final decision by HIWU.

Explainer: A possible violation of Rule 3314—Use or Attempted Use of a Controlled Medication Substance or a Controlled Medication Method—on the horse, Arizona Andrew. This was also a possible violation of Rule 4222—Intra-Articular Injections Within Seven (7) Days of Timed and Reported Workout.

Resolution Date: 04/11/2024

Licensee: Wendell Matt, trainer

Penalty: A fine of $500; imposition of 1.5 Penalty Points. Admission.

Explainer: For the presence of Phenylbutazone—Controlled Medication (Class C)—in a sample taken from Dixon Tuff on 3/5/24. This was a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers (Post-Race/Vets' List).

Resolution Date: 04/11/2024

Licensee: Wendell Matt, trainer

Penalty: Treated as 1 violation with Dixon Tuff under 9/8/23 HISA Guidance. Admission.

Explainer: For the presence of Phenylbutazone—Controlled Medication (Class C)—in a sample taken from Fire When Ready on 3/5/24. This was a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers (Post-Race/Vets' List).

Resolution Date: 04/10/2024

Licensee: William Scattergood Meister, Jr., trainer

Penalty: A fine of $3,000; imposition of 3 Penalty Points. Admission.

Explainer: A possible violation of Rule 3314—Use or Attempted Use of a Controlled Medication Substance or a Controlled Medication Method—on the horse, Scoretosettle. This was also a possible violation of Rule 4222—Intra Articular Injections Within Seven (7) Days of Timed and Reported Workout.

Resolution Date: 04/10/2024

Licensee: Jeremiah Englehart, trainer

Penalty: A fine of $3,000; imposition of 3 Penalty Points. Final decision by HIWU.

Explainer: A possible violation of Rule 3314—Use or Attempted Use of a Controlled Medication Substance or a Controlled Medication Method—on the horse, Dolce Veloce. This was also a possible violation of Rule 4222—Intra-Articular Injections Within Seven (7) Days of Timed and Reported Workout.

Pending ADMC Violations

Date: 02/25/2024

Licensee: Hernan Parra, trainer

Penalty: Pending

Alleged violation: Medication violation

Explainer: For the presence of Dexamethasone—Controlled Medication (Class C)—in a sample taken from Storm Creed, who won at Tampa Bay on 2/25/24. This was a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers (Post-Race/Vets' List).

Date: 02/26/2024

Licensee: Valorie Lund, trainer

Penalty: Pending

Alleged violation: Medication violation

Explainer: For the presence of Gabapentin—Controlled Medication (Class B)—in a sample taken from Amaretto Di Amore, who finished second at Turf Paradise on 02/26/24. This is a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers (Post-Race/Vets' List).

Date: 04/06/2024

Licensee: Carlo Vaccarezza, trainer

Penalty: Pending

Alleged violation: Pre-workout joint injection violation

Explainer: A possible violation of Rule 3314—Use or Attempted Use of a Controlled Medication Substance or a Controlled Medication Method—on the horse, Little Blaze. This is also a possible violation of Rule 4222—Intra-Articular Injections Within Seven (7) Days of Timed and Reported Workout.

Date: 03/09/2024

Licensee: Jose Garoffalo, trainer

Penalty: Pending

Alleged violation: What appears to be a vet's list medication violation

Explainer: For the presence of Phenylbutazone—Controlled Medication (Class C)—in a sample taken from Sarawat on 03/09/24. This was a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers (Post-Race/Vets' List).

Date: 03/16/2024

Licensee: George Weaver, trainer

Penalty: Pending

Alleged violation: Medication violation

Explainer: For the presence of Metformin—a banned substance—in a sample taken from Anna's Wish, who finished third in the Cicada S. at Aqueduct on 3/16/24. This is a possible violation of Rule 3212—Presence of a Banned Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers.

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Date: 03/16/2024

Licensee: Rodolfo Rodriguez, trainer

Penalty: Pending

Alleged violation: Vet's list medication violation

Explainer: For the presence of Phenylbutazone—Controlled Medication (Class C)—in a sample taken from Try it Again on 03/16/24. This was a possible violation of Rule 3312—Presence of Controlled Medication Substance and/or its Metabolites or Markers (Post-Race/Vets' List).

Violations of Crop Rule

One important note: HISA's whip use limit is restricted to six strikes during a race.

Golden Gate Fields

Santos Rivera – violation date April 12; $250 fine and one-day suspension

Epifanio Garcia – violation date April 13; $250 fine and one-day suspension

Alexis Armando Espinoza – violation date April 13; $250 fine and one-day suspension

Keeneland

Joe Bealmear – violation date April 10; 250 fine and no other public details provided

Mahoning Valley

Jose Leon – violation date April 13; $250 fine and one-day suspension

Oaklawn Park

Joe Bealmear – violation date April 10; $250 fine and one-day suspension

Erik Mark Asmussen – violation date April 13; $250 fine and one-day suspension

Tampa Bay

Jose Alonso – violation date April 14; $250 fine and one-day suspension

Other Key Rulings 

The TDN also publishes a roundup of key official rulings from the primary tracks within the four major racing jurisdictions of California, New York, Florida and Kentucky.

Here's a primer on how each of these jurisdictions adjudicates different offenses, what they make public (or not) and where.

New York

Track: Aqueduct

Date: 04/13/2024

Licensee: Jose Gomez, jockey

Penalty: Three-day suspension

Violation: Careless riding

Explainer: Jockey Mr. Jose Antonio Gomez is hereby suspended three (3) NYRA racing days April 25th 2024, April 26th 2024, April 27th 2024 inclusive. This for careless riding during the running of the 8th race at Aqueduct Racetrack on March 30th 2024.

Track: Aqueduct

Date: 04/13/2024

Licensee: Dylan Davis, jockey

Penalty: Three-day suspension

Violation: Careless riding

Explainer: Jockey Mr. Dylan Davis is hereby suspended three (3) NYRA racing days. This for careless riding during the running of the 1st race at Aqueduct Racetrack on April 11th 2024 having appealed a stay has been granted.

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