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The Big Torpedo keeps rolling in NYSS Cab Calloway

Thu, 2024-07-18 16:38

The Big Torpedo rolls again Thursday, winning the Cab Calloway division of the New York Stallion Series Stakes at Saratoga. NYRA Photo.

Tom Morley met with Eric Cancel before the races Thursday to talk some strategy.

The trainer and jockey were teaming up a few hours later with heavy favorite The Big Torpedo in the $150,000 Cab Calloway division of the New York Stallion Series Stakes. Cancel knows the New York-bred son of Big Brown; he’d ridden him in five straight prior starts including two that yielded victories. Morley knew that Cancel knew the colt.

The meeting didn’t last long.

“Let’s not overcomplicate it,” Cancel told Morley, then followed suit and guided The Big Torpedo to his second straight Stallion Series victory. The 1-2 favorite in the field of seven, The Big Torpedo won all the way on the lead by 4 1/2 lengths over Courtly Banker with Fidelightcayut third. That 1-2-3 finish nearly matched the NYSS Spectacular Bid a little more than a month ago during the Belmont at the Big A meeting when The Big Torpedo and Courtly Banker finished 1-2 and Fidelightcayut finished third.

“I like the fact that Eric took no prisoners today,” Morley said. “It was a very good ride and a very good performance to go that fast early and then quicken up as well.”

Owned by Thomas Albrecht, Vincent Fusaro and James Klein and bred by Dean and Patti Reeves’ Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, The Big Torpedo improved to 3-for-8 and collected an $82,500 check to pad his bankroll to $320,900.

Foaled at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater and out of the Empire Maker mare U. S. S. O’Brien, The Big Torpedo set strong fractions of :23.99, :46.97 and 1:10.64 while building a 2 1/2-length lead over Courtly Banker turning for home.

The Big Torpedo, a 10-length winner in a mid-January maiden at Aqueduct and placed against open company in the Woodhaven Stakes two starts back, rolled home from there. He widened his lead to 4 lengths in midstretch and won in 1:35.01 over the course labeled firm. Courtly Banker, a son of Central Banker campaigned by Sackatoga Stable and trainer Barclay Tagg, finished 3 1/4 lengths clear of third-place finisher Fidelightcayut, a son of Leofric campaigned by RT Racing Stable and Hablan Los Caballos and trained by Juan C. Avila. B D Saints, Cable Ready, Six Fortyfive and Solo Empire completed the field.

Albrecht and his partners, along the Dean Reeves, relished the latest victory for The Big Torpedo.

“That’s my sixth stakes win, but my first at Saratoga,” Albrecht said on the way to the Carmen Barrera Room with Morley’s wife Maggie and others.

Reeves, who bred the colt after campaigning U. S. S. O’Brien to a record of 3-2-2 in 11 starts with $143,140 in earnings. A $130,000 buy at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale, U. S. S. O’Brien was later offered in foal to Mucho Macho Man but not sold on a $55,000 bid at the 2019 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Albrecht and his team bought U. S. S. O’Brien through Conor Foley’s Oracle Bloodstock in foal to Maclean’s Music for $40,000 at the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July breeding stock sale in 2021. The Big Torpedo was already born at that point – he’s a March 30, 2021 foal – and U. S. S. O’Brien had also produced the Mucho Macho Man fillies Mi Pebeta (2020) and Hang On Honey (2019). The latter is a winner and U. S. S. O’Brien is also the dam of the unraced 2-year-old New York-bred Maclean’s Music colt O’Brien’s Song, who was bred by Albrecht, Fusaro and Klein and offered but not sold on a $28,000 bid at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred sale.

“What a thrill, this is my first winner at Saratoga as a breeder,” Reeves said. “When we bred the mare we weren’t that familiar with the New York breeding program but we’ve learned a lot about it since, and it’s been good to us. Just the other day we got a check for something like $20,000 for one of the races (The Big Torpedo) won, and no doubt we’ll be getting another soon.”

The Big Torpedo’s latest victory also continued a strong season for Big Brown, New York’s leading sire in 2020 who stands for $5,000 at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions in Stillwater. Champion 3-year-old male and winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2008, Big Brown is also the broodmare sire of 2024 Belmont Stakes winner Dornoch and his 2023 Kentucky Derby-winning half-brother Mage.

Big Brown came into Thursday ranked 10th on the New York general sire list with more than $540,000 in progeny earnings in 2024.

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Voting Opens for Down Broadway Retired Racehorse of the Year Award

Thu, 2024-07-18 10:56

New York-bred Aftercare Day on-track demonstrations with retrained retired racehorses. Photo cred: Susie Raisher

The voting for the first-ever Down Broadway Retired Racehorse of the Year Award opens today. The presentation of the Down Broadway Award, named for the first horse to retire through the TAKE THE LEAD Program back in 2013, will highlight New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday, August 15.

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), and New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) will host the fourth annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day, which showcases retired racehorses demonstrating the skills they’ve learned in second careers, and interviews with members of New York’s aftercare community. The $125,000 Rick Violette Stakes, named for the late trainer and NYTHA President who spearheaded the creation of the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program and TAKE THE LEAD Retirement Program, will anchor the racing card.

Seven retired Thoroughbreds have been nominated by the organizations who participate in Aftercare Day. They include a classy stakes winner of more than $800,000; a hard-knocking veteran of 79 starts who bankrolled more than $300,000; and a gelding who was not cut out for the track and went winless in 12 tries.

The seven nominees are:

Fortunate Storm – Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
Kid Blast – Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga
My Boy Tate – ReRun, Inc.
Nucks – Second Chance Thoroughbreds
Ring of Fire – Lucky Orphans
Traffic Chief – ACTT Naturally
Zuzudini – New Vocations

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DOWN BROADWAY NOMINEES.

“We have a very deserving group of nominees for the first Down Broadway Award,” said NYTHA and TAKE2 Executive Director Andy Belfiore. “We hope that reading their stories and learning more about the aftercare organizations who guided them to their second careers will help to raise awareness of our efforts on behalf of retired racehorses.”

The winner of the Down Broadway Award will be decided by a vote of racing fans, with the voting open July 17 through August 8. Wristbands for each nominee will be given away on Aftercare Day so that fans can show their support, and the presentation of the award will be made in the Saratoga winner’s circle after the first race that day.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DOWN BROADWAY AWARD NOMINEE!

“Thoroughbred Aftercare Day reflects our ongoing commitment to re-training and rehoming these world-class equine athletes when their racing days are done,” said Andrew Offerman, NYRA Senior Vice President for Racing & Operations. “New York is the national leader when it comes to supporting and investing in meaningful aftercare efforts, and NYRA is pleased to host the fourth annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga Race Course on August 15.”

 

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My Shea D Lady leads 1-2 finish for Solomini in NYSS Statue of Liberty

Wed, 2024-07-17 19:04

My Shea D Lady adds off-the-turf NYSS Statue of Liberty to resume Wednesday at Saratoga. NYRA Photo.

By Tom Law

Joe McMahon leaned forward in his box on the front row of the clubhouse above the Saratoga Race Course winner’s circle, just before the last runners loaded for Wednesday’s $145,500 Statue of Liberty division of the New York Stallion Series Stakes.

McMahon, with close ties to three of the six runners including a role as the breeder of one of the main contenders, had a vested interest in the 1-mile off-the-turf event for 3-year-old fillies.

“Come on, let’s get lucky,” he said, just as NYRA starter Hector Soler sent the runners on their way out of the Wilson Chute.

Luck came through as My Shea D Lady, bred by and raised at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, came from just off the pace under Javier Castellano to run down Sohana for her second stakes victory. McMahon’s good luck – far from the lone reason for the success of the second-crop son of Curlin – played out with a 1-2 finish for Solomini in the race originally carded for the same distance on the grass.

“That was great,” McMahon said on the way to the winner’s circle to meet owners Shea D Boys Stable and trainer Carlos David. “She was the best foal in his first crop. I loved her from the day she was born.”

McMahon sold My Shea D Lady for $25,000 to Tony Bowling as a weanling at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale.

“I had to beg him,” McMahon said. “I remember telling him, ‘This is a really nice horse.’ ”

Shea D Boys bought her from Bowling for $100,000 at last year’s OBS April sale and she’s won three of eight starts since, with a second and a third with earnings of $465,000. The Statue of Liberty added $82,500 to the tally and gave owners Dennis Shea Jr., Dennis Shea Sr. and Danny Shea and their families reason to relish the Saratoga experience.

“We’re small potatoes in this big world but when we can come up here and win a race, it’s fantastic,” said Dennis Shea Jr., who is based in Jupiter, Fla.

The lone stakes winner on dirt left in the field of five after scratches – including the post time scratch of Cap Ferrat on the advice of the track veterinarian – My Shea D Lady took up a tracking spot in second while odds-on favorite Sohana and Flavien Prat took the lead.

Sohana, a winner on dirt two starts back in May and fourth in the Cupecoy’s Joy division of the NYSS in mid-June, clicked off a moderate first quarter-mile in :23.92 before quickening the tempo a bit to the half in :46.98.

“I broke and wanted to make sure to put my horse in a forward position,” Castellano said. “It was a small field, not a lot of speed. I wanted to put myself in a place to keep track of the speed horse. My horse, she likes to look around a little bit, but I didn’t want to be too close to another horse and get her to engage too early.”

Sohana still led by 2 1/2 at the quarter pole and through 6 furlongs in 1:11.81 with My Shea D Lady continuing her run after going wide on the far turn.

My Shea D Lady cut the deficit turning for home, took over at the three-sixteenths pole and spurted away to lead by 1 1/2 lengths in midstretch. My Shea D Lady cruised home from there, 1 3/4 lengths in front of Sohana, who finished 7 clear of Baroness Bourbon in third. Tour Jete and Amy’s Light completed the field.

“I let her step up to the outside and get her rolling and switch leads,” Castellano said. “She took off much the best. Very happy with the way she did it.”

David was happy for the surface switch, thinking back to the filly’s victory in the $500,000 Fifth Avenue division of the NYSS last December at Aqueduct, along with solid performances in New York-bred stakes on the NYRA circuit during her juvenile campaign.

My Shea D Lady also finished second, beaten 3 lengths by Sunday Girl, in the Park Avenue division of the NYSS in mid-April at Aqueduct.

“I’m really glad it came off, although I wanted to try her two turns and wanted to see if she can handle it on the turf,” David said. “The first time [on the turf] we went 6 furlongs, she did it well. We were hoping we would finish in the money, but she didn’t run bad, just a little short and it was quick. We’re hoping maybe more distance she’ll be able to relax and come back. But I was hoping it would come off because I think she handles better the one turn.”

My Shea D Lady is the first foal out of the Teuflesberg mare Lady Berg. A half-sister to New York-bred stakes winner Hoosick Falls and stakes-placed Manor Prospect, Ladyberg is also the dam of the 2-year-old Solomini colt Frame Up, a $9,000 RNA at the 2023 OBS winter mixed sale and a $20,000 purchase by William Tyler and Jane Martin at the 2023 OBS October yearling sale. Frame Up is in training at Saratoga and shows five breezes on his work tab, including a half in :49 July 2 on the Oklahoma Training Track. McMahon also bred another yearling full brother to My Shea D Lady born May 9, 2023.

Solomini, a 9-year-old son of Curlin who stands for $7,500, came into the day ranked third on New York’s general sire list behind fellow McMahon stallions Bucchero and Central Banker. Solomini led New York’s freshman and juvenile sire lists last year with progeny earnings of more than $1.44 million.

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Register for NYTB Events in Saratoga this August!

Wed, 2024-07-17 10:35

Dear Members:

We look forward to celebrating the summer racing season in Saratoga and the 2024 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Preferred Yearling Sales at the following NYTB events this August!

 

 

  • Join NYTB for our New York-Bred Yearling Pre-Sales Kickoff BBQ & Clam bake! From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 8 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga!

Guests will enjoy a BBQ selection and clam bake with complimentary beer and wine. Entertainment will be provided by the cover band The Wallies!

Guests MUST RSVP by August 5

Tickets: FREE admission with registration at nytbreeders,org/events 

  • On Thursday, August 22 at Saratoga Race Course NYTB will host a premium VIP experience in the Paddock suite for a day at the races.

Affectionately known as “The Treehouse” the paddock suite is an expansive structure featuring a climate-controlled lounge, bar and balcony overlooking the historic Saratoga Race Course saddling area. The paddock suite offers panoramic views of the paddock.

*This event is limited to 100 participants, so RSVP as soon as possible to secure your spot!

Tickets: $100 NYTB Members
$125 non-members.

Guests MUST RSVP by August 7 or a late fee will be applied. Register at nybreeders.org/events

 

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Pandagate takes New York Derby in return

Mon, 2024-07-15 16:53

Pandagate storms from off the pace under Dylan Davis to win Monday’s New York Derby at Finger Lakes. SV Photography.

Pandagate, off since a gallant third behind Japanese sensation Forever Young in the Grade 2 UAE Derby in late March, showed no signs of rust in his return to the races with a victory in Monday’s $159,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes.

Pandagate and jockey Dylan Davis made a wide sweep – out at least six paths off the rail – around the far turn en route to a three-quarter-length victory over 4-5 favorite and recent Mike Lee Stakes winner Doc Sullivan. Owned by Adelphi Racing Club, Madaket Stables, Corms Racing Stable and On The Rise Again Stable and trained by Christophe Clement, Pandagate improved to 3-for-5 with the victory.

A son of the late Arrogate bred by Fred Hertrich III, Pandagate was purchased by his trainer for $130,000 out of the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale. He won two of his first three starts, including the Gander Stakes over Doc Sullivan, before his sojourn to the Middle East.

Pandagate finished third in the $1 million UAE Derby, beaten 6 3/4 lengths by eventual Kentucky Derby third-place finisher and multiple stakes winner Forever Young.

Back with New York-bred company off a string of five works in June and July at Belmont Park, Pandagate went off as the 6-5 second choice in the New York Derby.

Davis was content to led Pandagate race in fifth through the opening half-mile, with local longshot Skyler’s Starship clicking off splits of :24.66 and :49.38. Doc Sullivan, the winner of his last two including a 4-lengths score in the slop in the Mike Lee June 9 at Saratoga, took up the immediate chase behind the leader with Elysian Meadows and Aggelos the Great in close contention.

Skyler’s Starship continued to lead around the far turn as Doc Sullivan and Aggelos the Great ranged up to his outside through 6 furlongs in 1:14.27. Davis tipped Pandagate to the outside midway on the bend, the grey ridgling accelerated past rivals and put away Doc Sullivan in the stretch to win in 1:45.63 over the fast track. Doc Sullivan finished 2 1/2 lengths clear of the 33-1 Skyler’s Starship, who edged Elysian Meadows by a neck for third.

Pandagate, who picked up $95,400 to boost his earnings to $297,050, is the fifth foal out of the stakes-placed Sky Mesa mare Kitty Panda. A homebred for Oak Bluff Stables and Clement, Kitty Panda won two of nine starts and finished third in the 2013 Bouwerie Stakes.

Hertrich purchased Kitty Panda in foal to Blame for $160,000 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky February mixed sale. Pandagate is one of three New York-bred winners out of Kitty Panda, who is also the dam of three-time winner and $151,380-earner Panster and the two-time winner Countable. Kitty Panda is also the dam of an unnamed Kentucky-bred 2-year-old colt by City of Light.

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Caldwell Luvs Gold powers to NY Oaks win

Mon, 2024-07-15 15:59

Caldwell Luvs Gold rolls to victory under Manny Franco in Monday’s $75,000 New York Oaks. SV Photography.

Caldwell Luvs Gold stretched out to two turns for the second time in her career and stormed to victory in Monday’s $75,000 New York Oaks at Finger Lakes.

Dicke Racing’s 3-year-old daughter of Goldencents, second last time out going 7 furlongs in the Bouwerie Stakes on New York Showcase Day, shipped from Saratoga Race Course for trainer Brad Cox and won the Oaks by 3 1/4 lengths over Sweet Brown Sugar.

Sent off as the 2-5 favorite under Manny Franco, Caldwell Luvs Gold settled into second early as Sweet Brown Sugar clicked off the opening quarter in :24.88 and half in :50.70. Caldwell Luvs Gold inched closer to the leader approaching the far turn and raced just a half-length behind through 6 furlongs in 1:15.12.

Sweet Brown Sugar, who came in unbeaten in three starts at Finger Lakes including the Niagara Stakes last time out, still led into the stretch before Caldwell Luvs Gold stormed past at the eighth pole. Caldwell Luvs Gold, winner of last year’s Seeking the Ante Stakes on Saratoga Showcase Day, poured it on from there and won in 1:46.22 for the 1 1/16 miles on the fast track.

Sweet Brown Sugar held second, 9 1/4 lengths clear of the second-time starting maiden Purpose with Dharma, Dreamery and Thirteen Red Flags completing the field.

Caldwell Luvs Gold improved to 3-2-2 in nine starts and picked up $45,000 for the victory to pad her bankroll to $299,765.

Bred by Jeremiah Desmond and Drumkenny Farm LLC, Caldwell Luvs Gold is the second foal out of the Quality Road mare Snow.

Caldwell Luvs Gold sold for $36,000 as a weanling at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale before being purchased by Melissa and Kevin Dicke of Indianapolis for $73,000 at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred sale.

Snow’s first foal, the Cupid gelding Eminency, was a winner who earned $98,413. Her third foal, the 2-year-old New York-bred Vekoma filly Saratoga Snow, sold for $125,000 at 2023 OBS October yearling sale before bringing $47,000 from trainer Mike Dini at this year’s OBS April sale. She’s in training at Monmouth Park with a string works, including a half in :48.60 last Wednesday.

Snow is also the dam of a yearling colt by Cupid and a colt by Mind Control, both bred in New York by Desmond.

Caldwell Luvs Gold won her debut last July at Saratoga before her victory in the Seeking the Ante. After back-to-back stakes placings, Caldwell Luvs Gold finished off the board going two turns for the first time in the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct. She returned in 2024 in the East View Stakes, finishing third, before a sixth sprinting on the turf against older fillies and mares. Caldwell Luvs Gold finished a late-running second in the Bouwerie, under Franco, to set up her run in the New York Oaks.

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Name Changer sires first winner

Sun, 2024-07-14 16:07

New York-bred 2-year-old Tojo’s Mojo gives Name Changer his first winner Sunday at Laurel Park. Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club Photo.

New York-based freshman stallion and graded stakes winner Name Changer sired his first winner Sunday when Tojo’s Mojo won the first race at Laurel Park.

Bred in New York by Majestic View Farms Intl. and owned by Joanne Geruso, Tojo’s Mojo delivered in his second start in the $47,000 maiden special weight going 5 furlongs. The 3-5 favorite, Tojo’s Mojo won by 3 lengths under Jorge Ruiz for trainer John Salzman Jr.

Name Changer, an 11-year-old son of Uncle Mo out of the stakes-winning Northern Afleet mare Cash’s Girl, stands for $2,500 at Peter Kazamias’ Kaz Hill Farm in Middletown.

Name Changer, who stands for $2,500 at Kaz Hill Farm in Middletown, sired his first winner Sunday. Susie Raisher Photo.

Name Changer won eight of 24 starts with two seconds and eight thirds for $567,080 in earnings. Bred and raced by Richard Santulli’s Colts Neck Stables and trained during his career by Alan Goldberg and his successor with Colts Neck’s runners, Jorge Duarte Jr..

Name Changer won the Grade 3 Monmouth Cup Stakes in 2018 at Monmouth Park and finished third in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby in 2016 at Mountaineer Park.

Name Changer won two other stakes during his career – the 2016 Richard W. Small at Laurel Park and 2018 Queens County at Aqueduct, and placed in five other stakes.

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Mo Plex scoots to Grade 3 Sanford victory

Sat, 2024-07-13 20:03

Mo Plex and Irad Ortiz Jr. cruise to the finish in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sanford at Saratoga. NYRA Photo.

By Tom Law

Jeremiah Englehart gave owners Rick Higgins and Howard Reed a bit of a warning after Mo Plex blasted to a 10-length victory last month during the Belmont at the Big A meeting, giving the New Yorkers reason to dream big about the biggest meet of the year in their backyard.

“This isn’t how it always happens with 2-year-olds when we buy them,” Englehart told the longtime friends, who race as R and H Stable.

Englehart might need to double down next time he puts the tack on Mo Plex, after the son of Complexity ran his record to 2-for-2 in Saturday’s co-featured Grade 3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

“That was awesome,” Reed, who lives in the Albany area, said after posing with Higgins and Englehart before heading to celebrate the latest graded stakes victory for a product of the New York-bred program.

“We liked his chances, even though not a single prominent handicapper picked him on top,” said Higgins, who lives on Union Avenue in Saratoga just down the road from the racetrack.

Mo Plex’s owners, Englehart and gamblers that packed Saratoga on a steamy afternoon Saturday liked the colt’s chances a lot more after morning-line favorite Mentee came out of the race in the morning with a temperature. Mo Plex went off as the 9-5 second choice behind Studlydoright, down significantly from his 6-1 morning-line price from the outside post in the reduced field of seven.

Irad Ortiz Jr. put Mo Plex on the lead from the break, clicking off strong fractions of :22.51 and :45.92 into the backstretch and around the far turn.

In control throughout, Mo Plex turned for home up by more than a length and extended his advantage to 1 1/2 lengths over the tiring chaser Mr. Squeaky Wheels through 5 furlongs in :58.26. Mo Plex wasn’t seriously threatened from there and finished a length clear of Tremont Stakes winner Studlydoright at the finish in 1:11.72. Three Echos rallied for third.

Bred by Avi and Rhoda Freedberg’s Everything’s Cricket Racing, Mo Plex is the first foal out of the unraced Uncle Mo mare Mo Joy.

A $27,000 RNA at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale, Mo Plex was purchased by Englehart’s JCE Racing for $45,000 at the OBS April sale of 2-year-olds in training. Englehart added R and H Stable to his client list late last year and is thrilled to bring the New Yorkers to his predominantly New York-bred stable bedded down in the Oklahoma Annex at Saratoga for the spring, summer and fall.

Englehart, a longtime player in the state who lives in Schuylerville and has turned much of his attention more to New York-breds in recent years, credited the program.

“This is where I call home all year long, and I concentrate and focus on buying New York-breds,” Englehart said. “Hopefully, we’ve got a few more we can unveil later in the meet and have some fun with. It’s just a tremendous program, and they’ve shown they can run with anything. To me, it’s fantastic and it’s almost like job security when you’re able to have New York-breds. I’m blessed.”

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NYTB Welcomes SUNY Administrators to Saratoga Race Course

Fri, 2024-07-12 06:45

Administrators from SUNY colleges with NYTB board member Tom Gallo and NYRA analyst and retired NY Champion jockey Richard Migliore on their visit to Saratoga Race Course. Photo: Skip Dickstein/NYTB Photos.

One day before the start of this year’s Saratoga Race Course meet, on Wednesday, July 10, The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., led a group of senior administrators and Presidents from the State University of New York System to experience morning training at Saratoga Race Course and learn more about the various segments of the Thoroughbred Industry.

The tour was organized by NYTB board member and education committee chairman Tom Gallo and NYTB Executive Director Najja Thompson. Visitors included SUNY administrators and representatives from SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Niagara, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Oswego and Clinton Community College. The group spent the early morning watching training at the Oklahoma training track and learning about the journey of a racehorse. From being foaled to training and racing on track and the care equine athletes receive day-to-day and also in thoroughbred retirement.

Retired Champion Jockey & NYRA TV Analyst Richard Migliore speaking with SUNY administrators at the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course. Photo: Skip Dickstein/NYTB Photos

Speakers included were NYRA TV Analyst and retired NY Champion Jockey Richard Migliore, NYRA Executive Vice President of Operations and Capital Projects Glen Kozack, and NYRA Board members and Education committee chair Tom Gallo.

 

Last year, NYTB launched an accredited Thoroughbred industry course with SUNY Cobleskill designed to expose upper-class students in the Animal Science program to all aspects of the Thoroughbred industry and this year NYTB is looking to build and expand on that program in partnership with more schools.

“Our goal in welcoming administrators across the SUNY system to experience and learn more about our industry. Additionally, the immersive tour and experience was an opportunity to expand on the Thoroughbred Industry course we partnered on with SUNY Cobleskill last year with more schools across the state,” said NYTB Board member Tom Gallo.

“It was a wonderful experience for me and my colleagues,” said Ken Knelly administrator in charge for Clinton Community College. “Thank you to the NYTB and NYRA for making it possible. We look forward to continuing to work together to ensure more students can learn about the various jobs and careers in the thoroughbred industry.”

 

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NYTB Membership Services booth at Saratoga Race Course

Wed, 2024-07-10 16:16

Dear Members:

Following a successful Belmont Stakes Racing Festival in June, the traditional Saratoga summer racing meet is upon us!

To best support our members, NYTB will have a membership services booth located outside the paddock on select Fridays at the track.

As a reminder, your 2024 NYTB membership and pin grants you FREE general admission entrance to Saratoga Race Course on each live race day. 

If you need any help or assistance regarding your NYTB membership or want to direct friends, colleagues, and guests to a place where they can learn more about NYTB and the New York-bred program, please visit us.

Please find the schedule and operating hours for the Saratoga on-track NYTB Membership Services Booth (outside the paddock):

  • Friday, July 12 –  11a – 5p
  • Friday, July 26 – 11a – 5p
  • Friday, August 2 –  11a – 5p
  • Friday, August 23 –  11a – 5p
  • Friday, August 30 – 11a – 5p

Our collective goal is to be visible to our members during the Saratoga season and share our mission with attendees all summer promoting breeding and racing in New York.

The Saratoga annual summer meet is an exciting time that brings great racing, fantastic purses, and tremendous opportunities for New York-breds at the track. We hope to see you soon!

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Knicks Go colt, Tacitus filly fare well at FTK July sale

Tue, 2024-07-09 17:46

Buyers scoured the sales grounds for potential purchases this week at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

The only two New York-bred yearlings offered at Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale commanded seven-figure bids that both came in significantly higher than the overall auction’s average price.

Hip 63, a filly by Tacitus bred by Apache Farm LLC, sold for $200,000 to Susan Moulton. Consigned by Perrone Sales, agent, the filly is out of the unraced Dixie Union mare Passe and is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner and $904,800-earning New York-bred Wonder Gal.

Winner of the 2015 Empire Distaff Handicap at Belmont Park and the 2017 Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct and placed in three Grade 1 stakes, Wonder Gal is the dam of 2022 champion 2-year-old filly and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades winner Wonder Wheel.

Passe is also the dam of Forgone, a 3-year-old New York-bred son of Hard Spun who cost $600,000 at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale and two-time winner Freefall.

Hip 58, a colt by Knicks Go bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinksi and Lou Corrente, sold for $130,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale. Photo courtesy of Taylor Made Sales Agency.

Hip 58, a colt from the first crop of Horse of the Year Knicks Go bred by Dr. Jerry Bilinski and Lou Corrente, sold for $130,000 to Maddie Mattmiller, agent for Black Type and Swinbank Stables. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the colt is out of the More Than Ready mare More Than Magic.

More Than Magic is the dam of five winners, including 2020 Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes third-place finisher Hopeful Princess.

The two New York-breds sold for an average price of $165,000, which came in 46.7 percent more than the overall sale’s average of $112,461. Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 154 of the 231 yearlings offered during the one-day sale for a total of $17,319,000. That total was down 16.5 percent from last year when 210 yearlings sold for $20,732,000, while the median rose 16.9 percent to $90,000.

The next major yearling sales come during the Saratoga Race Course meeting in Saratoga Springs – the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings August 5-6 and the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred sale August 11-12.

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2024 Saratoga Calendar

Tue, 2024-07-09 10:41

There are no shortage of special events throughout the Saratoga meet! A selection, in alphabetical order, is included below. Keep an eye on NYTB social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter/X) for changes, additions, and more. A press release including a more extensive list of NYRA’s events can be found here.

Belmont Child Care Association Racing for the Children
BCCA’s popular annual fundraiser and auction is on tap for Thursday, August 22. Further information and tickets will be available here.

Breakfast & Breeding Farm Tours
Hosted in conjunction with NYRA, Breakfast & Breeding Farm Tours are offered on most racing days throughout the meet. Fans can enjoy breakfast on-track before visiting Song Hill Thoroughbreds on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Old Tavern Farm on Fridays, and Sugar Plum Farm on most Saturdays and select Sundays. Details are available here; tickets are available here.

Fasig-Tipton Yearling Sales
The Saratoga Sale occurs August 5-6. The New York-Bred Preferred Sale takes place on August 11-23. Catalogues will be available here.

Horse Racing Women’s Summit
HRWS comes to Saratoga for a jam-packed July 23 filled with networking, speakers, and events. Tina Bond, Jane McMahon, and Kim Weir are among the speakers and Lisa Lazarus and Donna Barton Brothers will host the keynote discussion. Details and tickets are here.

Lustgarten Foundation Day
NYRA honors the late trainer Dominic Galluscio by fundraising for the Lustgarten Foundation, fighting pancreatic cancer, in his honor. A bevy of trainers will be available for an autograph session on August 17.

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
The NMRHOF hosts a number of events throughout the meet. NYTB and NYTHA are co-hosting a Saturday Morning Social on July 20. The annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for that Friday, August 2. The Racing Partnership and Syndicate event, connecting interested parties with the world of owning racehorses, is on Saturday, August 10. Their full calendar of events and more details can be found here.

New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day
NYRA, NYTHA, and NYTB join forces to host the third annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day on Thursday, August 15. OTTBs and the people and organizations that care for them will be in the spotlight throughout the day. Full details are available here.

New York Thoroughbred Breeders Special Events

NYTB is co-hosting the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Saturday Morning Social series on July 20. Admission will be free from 9am-12pm with NYTB on-hand to answer questions, promote the program, and more. Details are available here.

Join NYTB on Thursday, August 8, at Rood and Riddle for a BBQ to kick off the NY-bred Preferred Yearling Sale! Breeders, consignor, bloodstock agents, and friends are welcome to join us from 6-9:30pm at 63 Henning Rd for handcrafted BBQ, an open bar, and live music from The Wallies cover band.

Celebrate the program and spend time together on-track at the 1863 Club on Thursday, August 22.

NYRA Giveaways

There are four giveaways scheduled throughout the meet – July 19, August 2, August 16, and September 1. Full details, including images of the items, are here.

PDJF Day Across America
A jockey autograph session is among the activities planned for Saturday, July 27 to raise funds and awareness for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund.

Race Track Chaplaincy of New York

One of the most popular events of the season, the annual basketball game, is scheduled for Thursday, August q. Head to the Saratoga Rec Center (15 Vanderbilt Ave) for the 15th annual charity basketball game, as jockeys face off against a collection of horsemen. Full details are here.

Len Green is the honoree at the annual brunch, which will be held on Wednesday, August 14, at Saratoga National. The event raises crucial funds for the organization. Tickets and details are available here.

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Retired Racehorse of The Year Award to Highlight New York Aftercare Day at Saratoga August 15

Mon, 2024-07-08 09:00

Soaring Star, bred in New York by Patricia Moseley and a graduate of New Vocations, participates in last year’s inaugural event. Susie Raisher photo.

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), and New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) will host the fourth annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day on Thursday, August 15, at Saratoga Race Course.

The event will be highlighted by the introduction of the Down Broadway Retired Racehorse of the Year Award. Named for the first horse retired through the TAKE THE LEAD Program back in 2013, the Down Broadway will feature nominations from the New York organizations that participate in Aftercare Day, with the winner to be decided by a vote of racing fans.

New York Aftercare Day showcases retired racehorses demonstrating the skills they’ve learned in second careers, and interviews with members of New York’s aftercare community. The $125,000 Rick Violette Stakes, named for the late trainer and NYTHA President who spearheaded the creation of the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program and TAKE THE LEAD Retirement Program, will anchor the racing card.

Representatives of ACTT Naturally, Lucky Orphans, New Vocations, Old Friends at Cabin Creek, ReRun, Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga, and Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will be on hand in the Community Booth behind the jockeys’ quarters to talk about their efforts on behalf of New York’s retired racehorses.

“All of the members of New York’s racing industry, including, owners, trainers, breeders, jockeys, and racetrack management, are firmly committed to providing for our horses after they leave the track,” said TAKE THE LEAD President Rick Schosberg. “Collectively, we contribute more than $1.2 million a year to ensure they have the happy and healthy retirement they deserve. Aftercare Day is the perfect opportunity to showcase the success of our commitment.”

Milfer Farm-bred Uncle Sigh, multiple graded stakes placed, Kentucky Derby participant, and ReRun ambassador, meets fans. Susie Raisher photo.

“Thoroughbred Aftercare Day reflects our ongoing commitment to re-training and rehoming these world-class equine athletes when their racing days are done,” said Andrew Offerman, NYRA Senior Vice President for Racing & Operations. “New York is the national leader when it comes to supporting and investing in meaningful aftercare efforts, and NYRA is pleased to host the fourth annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga Race Course on August 15.”

“New York Aftercare Day is an important event on the Saratoga calendar because it allows us to celebrate the good work done by leading Thoroughbred Aftercare organizations that care and retrain our equine athletes,” said Najja Thompson, Executive Director of New York Thoroughbred Breeders. “We’re proud to collaborate with NYTHA, NYRA, and each participating organization in our collective efforts to highlight and bring awareness to Thoroughbred Aftercare across the industry.”

Schosberg, now himself retired from training, was Down Broadway’s conditioner when the decision was made to transition the New York-bred to a second career. Winless in 10 races, the handsome gray gelding was retired through New Vocations back in 2013 and is now living his best life in Ohio.

“After several successful years as a dressage horse, he’s living out in massive pastures at a friend’s farm in northeastern Ohio,” said adopter Megan Uditis. “He’s spoiled, so loved and happy as can be! He was by far my favorite to bring along, so sweet and kind, and he still is. He’s happy to have his forever home with his pasture mates.”

The nominations for the Down Broadway Award will be announced in mid-July, with voters casting their ballots online for the retired racehorse of their choice. Wristbands for each nominee will be given away on Aftercare Day so that fans can show their support, and the winner will be honored after the first race.

“The winner’s circle ceremony for Drafted last year was so popular, we wanted to find a way to celebrate one of our retired racehorses every year,” TAKE THE LEAD and NYTHA Executive Director Andy Belfiore explained. “Whether they were champions or never won a race, these horses have earned our love and respect, and we need to demonstrate that, not just on Aftercare Day, but every day.”

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Silver Skillet romps to Port Washington win

Sun, 2024-07-07 16:07

Silver Skillet returns to the grass and lands another stakes victory in Sunday’s Port Washington at Aqueduct. Susie Raisher/NYRA Photo.

Christophe Clement met Joel Rosario in the Aqueduct paddock before Sunday’s $116,250 Port Washington Stakes and offered one bit of advice for the latter’s ride on odds-on favorite in the New York-bred turf stakes.

“Just be comfortable, she’s doing well,” Clement said.

A few minutes later Rosario put Silver Skillet on the lead against her three foes in the 1 1/16-mile Port Washington, didn’t fight the daughter of Liam’s Map when she appeared headstrong early and let her settle around the first turn and into the backstretch. Silver Skillet responded and dominated the field en route to a 7-length victory.

“She broke a little slow, and got going with a little bit of speed, but I was able to slow it down on the backside a little bit and she did the work,” Rosario said. “Very nice. She’s really talented and sometimes she likes to do her own thing. She’s just a racehorse.”

Silver Skillet, who won in 1:43.33, added the Port Washington on closing day of the Belmont at the Big A meeting to her victory last month in the off-the-turf Mount Vernon Stakes during the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Saratoga Race Course. She’s won five times in 14 starts with three seconds and two thirds for Clement and owners Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Tango Uniform Racing and Steven Rocco. The $68,750 winner’s piece of the Port Washington boosted Silver Skillet’s bankroll to $440,240.

“It’s always nice to win, especially when you train for your friends,” Clement said.

Bred by Robert Chasanoff and foaled at Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill, Silver Skillet earned champion New York-bred turf female honors last year after winning twice and finishing second three times in seven starts. She won an allowance and Suzie O’Cain Stakes at Saratoga and placed in a pair of stakes downstate.

Silver Skillet made her third start of 2024 in the Port Washington, after opening the year with a fourth in an open allowance April 25 at Aqueduct and the Mount Vernon June 9.

Facing just three following the scratches of Whatlovelookslike and main track only runners Bustin Bay and Bon Adieu, Silver Skillet went to post as the 1-2 favorite and backed up the support.

Silver Skillet clicked off splits of :23.22, :49.04 and 1:13.10 before withstanding a mild challenge from 12-1 longshot Lisa’s Vision around the far turn. Silver Skilled spurted clear in the stretch and drew off from there. Lisa’s Vision held second, 2 lengths ahead of 9-5 second choice Marvelous Maude with Snowy Evening fourth.

Joseph Migliore, agent, purchased Silver Skillet for $260,000 at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale. She’s the second foal out of the stakes-winning Red Giant mare Catcha Rising Star. Chasanoff purchased Catcha Rising Star, winner of the 2016 West Virginia Senate President’s Cup Stakes and the earner of $235,050, for $85,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Catcha Rising Star produced her first foal, the New York-bred Congrats filly Gianduia, in 2019. Silver Skillet came next and Catcha Rising Star was sold in foal to New York-based stallion Honest Mischief to Thorndale Farm for $53,000 at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale.

Catcha Rising Star’s 2023 filly by Honest Mischief, named Ineedapop and bred by Eaton & Thorne Inc., was purchased by The Elkstone Group for $35,000 at the 2023 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale.

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Spirit of St Louis soars in Hudson Valley Stakes

Sun, 2024-07-07 14:35

Spirit of St Louis racks up fifth straight victory in Sunday’s Hudson Valley at Aqueduct. NYRA Photo.

Spirit of St Louis extended his win streak to five with a powerful victory in Sunday’s $121,250 Hudson Valley Stakes on closing day of the Belmont at the Big A meeting.

Under the meet’s leading jockey Manny Franco, the 5-year-old Medaglia d’Oro gelding won the 1-mile turf stakes by 3 lengths over the late-running Dakota Gold. Owned by Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb and Richard Schermerhorn and trained by Chad Brown, Spirit of St Louis won in 1:35.83 over the firm turf.

“He is just a winning machine,” Franco said. “He likes to run, and every time he gives you 110 percent. I’m just happy to be on him right now and to get the ‘W’ once again. He had a nice turn of foot, and every time you ask him for something, he’s there. When you ask him for all, he gives you a nice kick. I think that has made him special.”

A full brother to New York-bred Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Bar of Gold, Spirit of St Louis improved to 8-for-10 with two seconds and pushed his bankroll to $590,650.

Spirit of St Louis’ win streak has come exclusively in stakes company dating back to last year when he won the Ashley T. Cole and Mohawk Stakes, both during the Belmont at the Big A fall meeting. Spirit of St Louis made a successful venture into open company two starts back when he won the April 20 Danger’s Hour Stakes at Aqueduct, a victory the preceded his score in the off-the-turf Kingston Stakes during the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Saratoga Race Course.

Hammered down to 1-2 in the field of five, Spirit of St Louis and Franco set up shop just behind 13-1 outsider Itsallcomintogetha early and around the first turn. Itsallcomintogetha led through the opening quarter-mile in :24.17. Spirit of St Louis inched up to challenge for the lead, along with Jerry the Nipper entering the backstretch before Itsallcomintogetha opened up again by about a length through the half in :47.82.

Spirit of St Louis continued to advance around the far turn, challenged for the lead through 6 furlongs in 1:11.51 and took over turning for home. Spirit of St Louis lengthened his advantage through the lane and won going away. Dakota Gold rallied to finish second, just ahead of Itsallcomintogetha and City Man.

Bred by Chester and Mary Broman and foaled at their Chestertown Farm in Chestertown, Spirit of St Louis is out of the Grade 3-winning New York-bred Lemon Drop Kid mare Khancord Kid. Bar of Gold, New York-bred champion female sprinter and older dirt female in 2017, won seven of 25 starts and earned $1,551,000 for the Bromans.

Khancord Kid is also the dam of the stakes-placed New York-bred duo Land Mine and Homeland among five winners from five foals to race, including the two-time winning New York-bred 4-year-old Justify filly Im Just Kiddin. Khancord Kid is also the dam of the 2-year-old New York-bred Uncle Mo filly Starship Pegasus who sold for $200,000 at the OBS March sale.

A second-generation Broman-bred, Spirit of St Louis sold for $300,000 at the 2020 Keeneland September yearling sale. He made his first two starts for owner Peter Brant and trainer Chad Brown – winning that maiden and finishing second in a 9-furlong allowance – before being sold for $280,000 at this year’s Keeneland April horses of all ages sale.

Brown hinted before the Hudson Valley that Spirit of St Louis could venture back to open company, perhaps even in graded stakes, down the road. Franco said the gelding would be ready.

“He did it [open company] once already and I think it doesn’t matter,” Franco said. “\Right now, he’s doing great, and he’s in the best hands with Chad Brown.”

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Solomini colt Wynstock wins Los Al Derby

Sat, 2024-06-29 20:32

Wynstock fends off stablemate Cornell late to win the $100,000 Los Alamitos Derby Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course. Benoit Photo.

Turns out Wynstock didn’t need the lead to win.

Southern California-based Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said that in the local press before Wynstock ran in Saturday’s $100,000 Los Alamitos Derby. Then the 3-year-old son of Solomini proved him wrong, yielding the early lead to runoff leader Tapalo before picking up the pieces in the stretch under Kyle Frey to win the 9-furlong feature at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Owned by Dr. Ed Allred and Jack Liebau, Wynstock ended a three-race losing streak and added the Los Alamitos Derby to his victory in last year’s Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity. The Futurity and a flashy maiden score at Santa Anita Park helped Wynstock earn consideration for New York-bred champion 2-year-old male honors in 2023.

Wynstock came into Saturday with three off-the-board efforts in stakes – the Grade 3 Southwest at Oaklawn Park in early February, Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby in early April and the Desert Code sprinting on the grass at Santa Anita in mid-May.

Back on the dirt and under Kyle Frey, Wynstock vied for the lead early before yielding to fellow New York-bred Tapalo past the finish the first time. Odds-on favorite Tapalo, a 7-length winner of the Lazaro Barrera going 7 furlongs last time out, zipped through strong early fractions of :23.42, :46.20 and 1:09.63 while building a sizable lead.

Tapalo still led as the field turned for home and in midstretch but the early splits took their toll. Cornell, Baffert’s other runner in the five-horse field and the 3-1 second choice, cut into Tapalo’s lead with every stride in the lane. Wynstock also made up ground through the lane while racing down inside. The 4-1 third choice looked clear until the final strides when Cornell re-rallied before coming up just short. Wynstock won by a nose in 1:50.51. Cornell finished 5 lengths clear of Curlin’s Kaos, who nosed out Tapalo for third.

“I just let him settle early,” Frey said. “I was hoping he would have something for the stretch because he ran so well here in December when he won the Futurity. I stayed inside because I didn’t want to break his momentum.”

Wynstock, who won over the fast track in 1:50.51, improved to 3-for-8 in his career and boosted his bankroll to $243,740. He also gave Baffert his ninth victory in 11 runnings of the Los Alamitos Derby.

Co-owner Dr. Ed Allred and winning trainer Bob Baffert talk with jockey Kyle Frey after they teamed to win the Los Alamitos Derby. Benoit Photo.

“I thought Wynstock’s only chance was to be on the lead, but he runs well here because he likes a firmer surface,” Baffert said. “He could not make the lead, so (Frey) just grabbed him and (Tapalo) was out there by himself and I knew Cornell was going to make a run. Down the stretch, I thought Cornell was going to cut the corner, but he stayed outside and (Tapalo) was drifting him out and then I saw a horse flying on the inside and I thought, ‘Son of a gun,’ and then I realized ‘Oh, that’s my horse, he came back.’

“We know Wynstock has a lot of talent. It’s mental with him. I’m just happy we won and ran 1-2. It’s nice to come here and win this race, especially for Doc. I’m a big fan of his. It’s nice to hang with him and reminisce and tell old stories.’’

Bred by Empire Equines LLC, Wynstock was a $50,000 Keeneland September yearling sale purchase by Gerardo Barragan from Hidden Brook in 2022. He returned to the ring at this year’s OBS April sale and brought $700,000 from bloodstock agent Donato Lanni, agent for Allred and Liebau, out of the Caliente Thoroughbreds consignment.

Wynstock became the first graded stakes winner for McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds’ Solomini when he won the Los Alamitos Futurity. He’s one of four stakes winners for Solomini, who is also the sire of recent Mike Lee winner Doc Sullivan, Soloshot, winner of the Cupecoy’s Joy division of the New York Stallion Series Stakes; and My Shea D Lady, winner of the $500,000 Fifth Avenue division of the NYSS last year. Solomini, a Grade 1-placed son of Curlin out of the Storm Cat mare Surf Song, stands for $7,500.

Foaled at McMahon of Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, Wynstock is the first foal out of the placed Flatter mare Timberlea, who was purchased by McMahon and Hill Bloodstock for $10,500 at the 2020 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale before joining the New York program. She is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner and multiple Grade 2-placed Untrapped and out of a granddaughter of successful broodmare Yarn.

Yarn’s foals included champion Minardi and Grade 2 winner and successful sire Tale of the Cat with her daughters producing European and U.S. champion Johannesburg and the dam of Grade 1 winner Joking.

Empire Equines also bred Timberlea’s most recent New York-bred foals – a yearling filly by Mo Town and a full sister to Wynstock born March 26.

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NYS Gaming Commission Forming Advisory Committee to Guide Racehorse Aftercare Funding

Wed, 2024-06-26 10:32

New York State Gaming Commission Chair Brian O’Dwyer today issued a call for volunteers to serve on an advisory board to assist directing contributions from New York’s Thoroughbred and Standardbred breeding funds to responsible racehorse aftercare organizations.

Thoroughbred and Standardbred owners and breeders, and animal protection organizations specializing in horse aftercare and rescue are eligible to serve on the panel.

“We are seeking responsible and dedicated horseracing industry participants and animal welfare organizations to work together to drive resources to equine aftercare organizations,” said Chairman O’Dwyer. “This advisory board of experts will help ensure that every dollar contributed for retired racehorses is spent wisely to promote the health and well-being of these magnificent animals.

New Yorkers may make contributions on personal and/or corporate state income tax returns to funding the operation of retired race horse aftercare facilities via the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund and/or the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund (for Standardbreds). In addition, any fines collected for violations of New York State law prohibiting the slaughter of race horses and race horse breeding stock (Section 382 of the Agriculture & Markets Law) are remitted to the respective funds to be spent solely for the purpose of the care of retired race horses.

The funds will then distribute the funds to organizations, with consideration as to whether the group is an accredited horse retirement and rescue program.

Those who meet the aforementioned qualifications and are interested in serving are encouraged to contact Acting Secretary to the Commission Kristen Buckley at 518-388-3400 or emailing info@gaming.ny.gov.

 

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Tiz the Law filly highlights Fasig-Tipton June sale

Wed, 2024-06-26 07:45

Hip 16, a daughter of Tiz the Law bred by Pine Ridge Stables, zips a quarter in :21.4 before selling for $50,000 at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic June sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

A filly by Tiz the Law brought the highest price for a New York-bred and a filly by leading New York-based second-crop sire Solomini landed near the top of the results sheet during Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic June 2-year-olds in training sale.

Hip 16, a daughter of two-time New York-bred Horse of the Year and 2020 Belmont and Travers Stakes winner Tiz the Law, sold for $50,000 to Andy Simoff, agent for Imaginary Stable.

Bred by Pine Ridge Stable and consigned by Wes Carter, agent for Lemon Creek Farm, the filly is the third foal out of the winning Smart Strike mare Marcy Darcy. Out of the Grade 1-winning Dixie Union mare Hot Dixie Chick, Marcy Darcy is the dam of the winner Dr. Benny and the New York-bred 3-year-old Flatter colt Palpito.

Purchased by Lemon Creek Farm for $10,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale, the Tiz the Law filly originally sold as a short yearling for $21,000 at the 2023 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. She shared honors with two others for the fastest quarter-mile breeze – :21.4 – during presale workouts.

Hip 76, a daughter of New York’s leading 2023 freshman sire Solomini, sold for $39,000 to Ken Kachel. Bred by Seth Gregory, the filly is out of the winning Artie Schiller mare Harlan Light. The filly was consigned by Little Farm Equine LLC, agent.

Solomini, a 9-year-old son of Curlin who topped the New York freshman sire list last year with more than $1.4 million in progeny earnings, stands for $7,500 at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs.

Hip 42, a filly by Vekoma bred by Hidden Lake Farm LLC and 3C Stables LLC, sold for $40,000 at the Midlantic June sale. Photo courtesy of Navas Equine.

Hip 42, a daughter of Vekoma bred by Hidden Lake Farm LLC and 3C Stables LLC, commanded the second highest price for a New York-bred on a $40,000 bid from Anthony Farrior. Consigned by Navas Equine, agent, the filly is out of the winning Stephen Got Even mare Summer Shade. The filly is a half-sister to a pair of winners led by stakes-placed $240,586-earner Harmon.

Fasig-Tipton reported sales on 15 of the 21 New York-breds offered for a total of $281,500, an average price of $18,767 and median of $15,000.

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Mischief Joke dominates Ontario County

Mon, 2024-06-24 17:39

Mischief Joke makes quick work of his five foes in Monday’s Ontario County at Finger Lakes. SV Photography.

Mischief Joke handled his second trip to Finger Lakes in western New York better than the first last fall and came away with a convincing victory in Monday’s $50,000 Ontario County Stakes.

Third after ducking in and checking after the start of the $161,547 New York Breeders’ Futurity October 16, Mischief Joke made amends in the 6-furlong Ontario County as the 2-5 favorite. The 3-year-old son of Practical Joke added Monday’s co-feature to his victory in January in the Rego Park Stakes at Aqueduct, winning by 5 1/4 lengths under Andre Worrie.

Owned by Paradise Farms Corp., Parkland Thoroughbreds, Barry Fowler and Angelo Carlesimo and trained by Mike Maker, Mischief Joke returned in the Ontario County after finishing last of five in the Mike Lee Stakes June 9 at Saratoga Race Course.

Bet down from his 9-5 morning-line odds, Mischief Joke raced third early while 3-1 second choice Stars N Stones took the early lead ahead of Benji Brown. Stars N Stones led by a half-length through the opening quarter-mile in :23.01.

Worrie guided Mischief Joke to the three-path around the far turn and Mischief Joke rolled past Stars N Stones and Benji Brown to take command. Mischief Joke led through the half in :46.72 and cruised through the lane, past 5 furlongs in :59.48 on a 4 1/2-length lead that widened at the finish. Aelfgar ralled from fifth to finish second, 5 ¼ lengths ahead of Stars N Stones in third. Mischief Joke won in 1:12.92.

Bred by Pine Ridge Stables LTD and foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, Mischief Joke is out of the unraced Distorted Humor mare Shesabitdistorted.

Shesabitdistorted is a full sister to graded stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Sharp Humor, champion New York-bred 2-year-old male in 2005 and champion New York-bred 3-year-old male in 2006. She’s the dam of six winners including Mischief Joke and fellow New York-bred It’s Mo Joke.

Mischief Joke sold for $6,500 to Erick Torres as a short yearling at the 2022 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. He started his career in Kentucky for Torres and owner Twin Oaks LLC, finishing second in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race at Keeneland Race Course, before being purchased privately by his current connections.

Mischief Joke was offered but not sold on a bid of $150,000 during last year’s Fasig-Tipton August digital sale. He compiled a record of 1-5-2 in nine starts last season before starting 2024 with a victory in the Rego Park Stakes in late January at Aqueduct. He defeated Antonio of Venice in the Rego Park before that rival turned the tables in the $93,000 Damon Runyon Stakes in mid-March at Aqueduct.

Mischief Joke didn’t race for nearly three months after the Damon Runyon and returned in the Mike Lee on the New York Showcase Day that closed the four-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Saratoga.

The Ontario County victory, worth $30,000, boosted Mischief Joke’s bankroll to $259,595 from a record of 3-6-2 in 13 starts.

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Sweet Brown Sugar back home with Niagara Stakes victory

Mon, 2024-06-24 15:53

Sweet Brown Sugar makes winning return to Finger Lakes in Monday’s Niagara Stakes. SV Photography.

Sweet Brown Sugar returned to Finger Lakes off a short freshening that followed her second stakes victory and added a third Monday in the $50,000 Niagara Stakes.

Off since winning the $100,000 East View Stakes March 17 at Aqueduct, the 3-year-old daughter of Collected ran her record at Finger Lakes to 3-for-3 with her 5 1/2-length win in the Niagara. Owned by Richie Rich Racing Stable and trained by Paul Barrow, Sweet Brown Sugar started her career at Finger Lakes with back-to-back victories that included the $40,000 Shesastonecoldfox in early November.

Hammered down to 1-9 in the field of five reduced by the scratch of A Thousand Plans, Sweet Brown Sugar and jockey Jeremias Flores took the lead from Dorth’s Sol Dancer shortly after the break and opened up a clear lead.

Sweet Brown Sugar clicked past the opening quarter-mile in :23.44 with Dorth’s Sol Dancer giving chase ahead of Dreamery, Love Thyself and Sevens Up. Dorth’s Sol Dancer inched up within three-quarters of a length midway around the far turn before Sweet Brown Sugar opened up again past the half in :47.45.

Sweet Brown Sugar cruised from there, turning for home well in control and widening her advantage. Love Thyself made a tepid run down on the inside to edge past 9-1 second choice Dorth’s Sol Dancer by a half-length at the finish for the place spot at 25-1. Dreamery finished another 8 1/4 lengths back in fourth. Sweet Brown Sugar won in 1:12.41 over the fast track.

Bred by Chester and Mary Broman and foaled at their Chestertown Farm in Chestertown, Sweet Brown Sugar is the first and only foal out of the winning Bodemeister mare Rachel’s Blue Moon. The winner of two of 11 starts and $97,096, Rachel’s Blue Moon raced for the Bromans as a second-generation homebred for the multiple leading breeders in New York. Rachel’s Blue Moon is out of the Grade 1-placed stakes-winning El Corredor mare Beautiful But Blue, who is out of the multiple stakes-winning $523,927-earning Dixie Brass mare Beautiful America.

Beautiful But Blue, third in the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga in 2012 and winner of three New York-bred stakes on the NYRA circuit that season, is also the dam of stakes-placed Montebello. Beautiful But Blue won five of 17 starts and earned $395,450. Beautiful America won six of 21 starts and earned $523,927 for the Bromans from 2002 to 2004.

Sweet Brown Sugar originally sold for $10,000 through the Sequel New York consignment at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale. She was then offered as part of the Scenic Sales consignment at the 2023 OBS June sale and brought $32,000 from Nick Hines, agent for Richie Rich Stables.

Sweet Brown Sugar started her sophomore campaign at Aqueduct for Barrow. After a fifth behind My Mane Squeeze in the Franklin Square Stakes in mid-January, she finished third in a 6-furlong allowance-optional. Sweet Brown Sugar has won three straight since – a similar 6 1/2-furlong allowance-optional, the East View by 4 lengths and Monday’s co-featured Niagara. Sweet Brown Sugar improved to 5-for-7 and boosted her bankroll to $180,500 with her latest score.

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