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NYTB Member Benefit: 10 percent discount Walker’s Farm, Home & Tack Shop

New York Thoroughbred Breeders - Wed, 2024-02-28 14:34
Members:

We are pleased to announce that all new and renewed 2024 NYTB members are now eligible to receive a 10 percent discount for purchases at Walker’s Farm, Home & Tack Shop located in Fort Ann, NY.

The NYTB member discount does not apply to items on sale. The member discount will be applied when presenting your 2024 NYTB Membership card at the counter when making purchases.

Walker’s Farm, Home & Tack Shop is a family-run business that prides itself on creating a friendly shopping experience. The store is a one-stop shop for customers offering quality products from top-name brands and products for all of your farm needs.

Walker’s Farm, Home & Tack is located at 5565 State Route 4 Fort Ann, NY 12827. Store hours are Mondays – Fridays: 8am – 6pm, Saturdays: 8a – 5p and Sundays: 9a – 4p. Their phone number is 518-639-5223.

We hope you appreciate this added NYTB membership benefit. To join or renew your NYTB membership for 2024, to take advantage of this special offer, please visit nytbreeders.org/membership.

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Catalogue Released For The 2024 Texas Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-02-28 13:47

The catalog for the 2024 Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, set for Wednesday, Apr. 3 beginning at 10 a.m. ET in the Lone Star Park Sales Pavilion, is out, the Texas Thoroughbred Association said in a release Wednesday.

The breeze show is scheduled for Monday, Apr. 1 on Lone Star's main track, starting at 8 a.m. ET.

“This is a solid, quality group of two-year-olds coming to our sale,” Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “We have an array of national and regional stallions represented in the book and stakes-quality pedigrees to match.”

Juveniles by Bolt d'Oro, Frosted, Game Winner, Global Campaign, Instagrand, Jimmy Creed, Medaglia d'Oro, Mitole, More Than Ready, Twirling Candy, Vino Rosso, and Violence are catalogued this year, as well as regional stallions like Aurelius Maximus, Cinco Charlie, Competitive Edge, My Golden Song, Star Guitar and Too Much Bling.

“We have two-year-olds by well-known stallions, out of stakes winners, and half siblings to stakes runners currently on tracks around the area and nation,” Bridewell said. “We're thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase these horses in April at Lone Star Park and we're grateful to our breeders, owners, and consignors for trusting in us to put on a quality sale.”

Paper catalogues will be mailed soon and supplements are expected. Click here for access.

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Frazier, White and Flag de Lune Join Washington Racing Hall of Fame

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-02-28 13:06

Jockey Basil Frazier, Grade I-winning mare Flag de Lune (Flag Officer), and racing writer/broadcaster Jon White will be inducted into the Washington Racing Hall of Fame this summer, Emerald Downs announced Wednesday.

Washington's Horse of the Year in 1984, Flag de Lune was a multiple stakes winner on dirt, including the inaugural running of the Longacres Lassies S., and became a Grade I winner on turf when she won the the 1984 Ramona H. at Del Mar.

A native of Spokane, Washington, Frazier rode in Canada and the United States, retiring in 1985 with 2,218 career victories. Frazier's crowning moment was a dramatic victory aboard Times Rush in the 1974 Longacres Mile.

Another native of Spokane, White has been a local and national force in racing media for over five decades. Beginning with Daily Racing Form as chart-caller at age 19, White has been a publicist, television host, morning-line maker and steward, his byline appearing in The BloodHorse, Los Angeles Times, Thoroughbred Record, Canadian Horse, and The Washington Thoroughbred, among others.

White currently writes a weekly column for Xpressbet.com, appears weekly on Steve Byk's national racing show, and produces morning lines for Santa Anita and Del Mar, including the morning lines for eight Breeders' Cups.

“What a tremendous honor it is for this Washington-bred to go into the Washington Racing Hall of Fame,” White said. “I consider it to be the pinnacle of my career in racing. I just wish that my father [Quentin White] was still alive to see this. As a lifelong racing fan, he'd be over the moon.”

The official induction ceremony will be held Aug. 10 at Emerald Downs. Also to be honored at the ceremony, longtime trainer and former NFL and University of Washington running back Junior Coffey will be presented with the 2024 Lifetime Achievement award.

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Letter to the Editor: ‘Time to Roll Up Our Sleeves’

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-02-28 12:48

Picture waking up to a world where our beloved industry doesn't exist. This thought isn't just a scare tactic; it's a serious wake-up call about what's at stake–our jobs, our skills and the legacy many families have built over generations.

Our industry, known for its grit and passion, is facing serious threats, both from inside and out. And yet, we've been too comfortable, too stuck in our ways, too scared to change.

We've heard the tough feedback, and it's not all unwarranted. Claims that we lack emotional maturity and are stuck in our ways beg us to take a hard look in the mirror.

Is it that we can't handle the tough, honest conversations necessary for growth or have we just been taking the easy way out?

Our future depends on us coming together, being open to change and facing the hard truths. Leadership needs to be about collaboration and empowering everyone.

We can't let those who love to see us divided win. It's time to show the doubters what we're really made of, not with just words, but with action.

We're at a crucial point. The choices we make now will shape the future of Thoroughbred racing.

Let's make the smart choice and take bold steps forward. The clock is ticking, and we've got too much to lose.

Holding on to the hope that being underestimated is our secret weapon–they won't know what hit them. Time to roll up our sleeves and show them they're wrong!

Warm regards, Clark Shepherd

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Del Cid, Broberg, and End Zone Athletics Repeat at Delta Downs

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-02-28 10:57

Vicente Del Cid finished atop the rider standings, while Karl Broberg retained his grip on the leading trainer crown and End Zone Athletics, Inc. won another leading owner title as results from the 2023-2024 Thoroughbred season at Delta Downs mirrored last year's results at the Louisiana track. The Thoroughbred season concluded Saturday.

Del Cid won his second consecutive title as leading rider with 116 wins from 438 mounts and $2,624,265 in mount earnings. The Guatemala native's first career win came at Delta Downs on Oct. 21, 2021, and he finished second in the voting for the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 2022. Del Cid also won the title of leading jockey at Boyd Gaming's Evangeline Downs in 2022 and 2023

Broberg continued his dominance at Delta Downs in 2023-24,  sending out 65 winners and totaling $1,353,610 in barn earnings to lead each category. It was the 13th straight time the Broberg barn has led the standings dating back to the 2011-12 season. During the 2018-19 season his horses set the current records for Thoroughbred trainers with 107 wins and earnings of $2,017,120.

The End Zone Athletics of Broberg and Matt Johanson, saw 50 of its runners win and earn a total of $983,560 during the meeting to lead both categories for owners. It was the ninth consecutive title and 12th overall for End Zone.

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Turfway to Remain Open for Year-Round Training

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-02-28 10:38

Turfway Park Racing & Gaming will once again be open for year-round training, track officials announced Wednesday. Summer stall applications are due Mar. 15.

“There is once again significant interest from trainers to remain based at Turfway Park for year-round training,” said Gary Palmisano, Jr., vice president of racing for Churchill Downs, Inc. “Turfway is conveniently located within a reasonable van drive to both Churchill Downs and Ellis Park. Any trainer that ships a horse from Turfway to compete at either of those two tracks, along with Colonial Downs and Presque Isle Downs, will receive a $150 credit to assist with stall expenses.”

Stall applications can be found here or by contacting Peggy Pate at Peggy.Pate@turfwaypark.com.

Summer stall space will run from Apr. 15 through Oct. 31.

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Finger Lakes Adds Three New Claiming Series

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-02-28 10:26

Following the successful debut of its North Warning Distance Claiming series in 2023, Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack has added three more claiming series to its 2024 meet which opens Apr. 29. Pending approval from the New York State Gaming Commission, the track's racing secretary Jerry Richards will add an additional distance series for fillies and mares and two sprint claiming series.

All three series are named after some of the winningest horses to ever compete at Finger Lakes.

The Unhinged Iron Distance Claiming Series is the female version of the North Warning series, while the sprint series are named the Mt. Rushmore, and the Wise Awake for fillies and mares. All three series feature two claiming legs prior to a final.

Each series kicks off Aug. 5 with $5,000 claimers vying for $14,000 (added). The sprint distance will be a five-furlong dash, while the Unhinged Iron series starts out at 1 1/16 miles.

The claiming price increases to $6,250 for leg two, scheduled for Labor Day, Sept. 2. Sprinters will compete at 5 1/2 furlongs with the ladies in the Unhinged Iron Distance Series racing an extra sixteenth of a mile to 1 1/8 miles. The purse money increases to $17,500 (added).

All finals will be run on New York Breeders' Futurity Day, Oct. 21, and will each feature a $25,000 purse. Distances will be six furlongs for the sprinters and the Classic distance of 1 1/4 miles for the Unhinged Iron. To be eligible for the finals, horses must have run in one of the first two legs and have earned enough points to make the finals. There is no claiming in any series final.

The North Warning series will return for its second year on July 1 and feature three legs and a final. The final of the North Warning, also to be run on Oct. 21, will be contested at 1 3/4 miles for a purse of $30,000.

The Oct. 21 program will be one of the richest days in the 63-year history of Finger Lakes. The card will feature the $200,000 (estimated) New York Breeders Futurity, $50,000 Jack Betta Be Rite stakes and $50,000 Genesee Valley Breeders, as well as the four claiming series finals.

“We see a lot of value to our horseman by running these claiming series,” said Richards, who is in his third season at Finger Lakes. “The rich final of each series gives these lower-level claimers a nice opportunity to make some good money, and we're all for that.”

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First Mares in Foal to Arcangelo and Up to the Mark

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-02-28 10:08

Arcangelo (Arrogate–Modeling, by Tapit) and Up to the Mark (Not This Time–Belle's Finale, by Ghostzapper), both Eclipse champions of 2023 now standing their first season at stud at Lane's End, have had their first mares scanned in foal.

Diamondcoat (Gemologist) has been pronounced in foal to 2023 champion 3-year-old Arcangelo. The 9-year-old mare, owned by Allied Racing Stable, is a half-sister to multiple Grade I-placed Absinthe Minded (Quiet American), the dam of GI Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath (Arrogate).

Campaigned by Jon Ebbert's Blue Rose Farm and trained by Jena Antonucci, Arcangelo won last year's GI Belmont S. and GI Travers S. He stands for $35,000.

Wrapper Rule (Candy Ride {Arg}) has been pronounced in foal to 2023 champion turf male Up to the Mark. The 6-year-old mare is a three-quarter sibling to Chatalas (Gun Runner), who won the 2023 GII Chandelier S. She is owned by Bruce Gibbs, Michael and Andrea Callanan and Declan Burke.

Up to the Mark, raced by Repole Stable and St. Elias Stables and trained by Todd Pletcher, won the GI Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic S., GI Manhattan S. and GI Coolmore Turf Mile S. He was second in the GI Breeder's Cup Turf before beginning his stud career at a fee of $25,000.

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WinStar Secures NIL Deal with UK’s Reed Sheppard

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-02-28 09:48

WinStar Farm has secured a 'Name, Image, and Likeness' deal with University of Kentucky basketball player Reed Sheppard to promote WinStar stallion Life Is Good (Into Mischief).

A freshman guard for John Calipari's Wildcats, Sheppard was Mr. Kentucky Basketball in 2023 and a McDonald's All-American. Also honored as the 2022 Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year, Sheppard is off to a fast start for the Wildcats (20-8) this season. With March Madness on the horizon, Sheppard is averaging 12.5 points per game, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in the 2023-24 season. A native of London, KY., Sheppard is the son of Jeff and Stacey Sheppard, who both played college basketball at UK. Jeff was the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 Final Four and won two national championships.

“Reed Sheppard is all about what we believe in at WinStar,” said WinStar Farm President and CEO Elliott Walden. “Being a good teammate (partner), conducting himself with humility, and giving 100% in all he does. We think he is a great fit for Life Is Good and WinStar Farm.”

A four-time Grade I winner, including the 2021 GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, Life is Good is currently standing his second season at stud. He bred 192 mares in his initial season, including 70 GSW/GS producers and 25 GIW/GI producers and his first in-foal mares sold for up to $1.2 million. He stands for $85,000 S&N.

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California Stallion Mr. Big Dies

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-02-28 09:34

Mr. Big (Dynaformer–Fashion Delight, by Fappiano) died Tuesday due to complications from laminitis. Sire of 12 black-type winners, including California-bred champions Big Fish and Ceiling Crusher, Mr. Big was 21.

Mr. Big was campaigned by George Krikorian, who purchased the bay as a weanling for $220,000 at the 2003 Keeneland November sale. Krikorian then developed him into one of California's leading sires.

“I'm heartbroken–Mr. Big was a very special horse,” Krikorian said.

Mr. Big had stood the past two seasons at Pete and Evelyn Parrella's Legacy Ranch in Clements, California, and had just begun the 2024 covering season.

“Myself, Evelyn and the entire staff at Legacy Ranch are devastated by this sudden turn of events,” Parrella said. “Mr. Big has become a major influence in the breeding industry in California. His loss is not just our loss, but a big loss for the entire state. We are honored that Mr. Krikorian had the confidence in Legacy Ranch to have Mr. Big stand here. He's going to be sorely missed.”

From a racing career limited to nine starts due to injury, Mr. Big won twice at Hollywood Park. He was originally trained by John Shirreffs and later by Bob Baffert after Shirreffs relocated to New York. Under Baffert's tutelage, Mr. Big captured a

1 1/16-mile allowance event with Mike Smith aboard, crushing his competition by 8 3/4 lengths.

Krikorian retired Mr. Big to his Kentucky farm in early 2010 and bred him to a few of his mares. His faith in the horse was rewarded when Mr. Big's first foal, Big Break, won for Krikorian first time out by 7 3/4 lengths at Santa Anita. Big Break went on to earn $236,699 in 42 starts over four seasons.

Ceiling Crusher is the stallion's leading earning to date. The 4-year-old filly won last year's GI Cotillion S. and GIII Torrey Pines S. and, with career earnings of $938,400, sold to Katsumi Yoshida for $750,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton November sale.

Mr. Big got his first graded winner when Kentucky-bred Big Score won the 2017 GIII Transylvania S. at Keeneland in Krikorian's colors.

“I brought Mr. Big out to California because I thought he'd have a better chance as a stallion,” Krikorian said. “And that's what happened.”

Krikorian-bred Big Fish won the 2020 Del Mar Juvenile Turf S. and was named co-champion Cal-bred 2-year-old male of 2020. Other stakes winners soon followed, including $392,420-earner Big Switch, $367,958-earner Big Sweep, $367,958-earner Big Summer, and $345,770-earner Chancery Way.

“We have a lot of horses coming up by Mr. Big that have shown good potential,” Krikorian said. “Mr. Big was the special gift that kept on giving.”

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Main Event, Kingmax Answer the Bell in Mac Diarmida

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-02-28 07:20
Main Event and Kingmax, a head apart when 1-2 in the 1 1/8-mile Fort Lauderdale Stakes (G2T) at Gulfstream Park Dec. 30, square off again at Gulfstream over an additional quarter-mile March 2 in the 1 3/8-mile Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2T).

Turf King Looks to Reign in Canadian Turf

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-02-28 07:20
The $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3T) has drawn a field of 10 runners, including the lightly raced and aptly named Turf King, who has yet to be off the board in four starts.

Historical Horse Racing Gaming in KY Continues Growth

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-02-28 07:20
Revenue from historical horse racing gaming, responsible for soaring purses in Kentucky and profits for track operators, swelled in December figures announced during a Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting Feb. 27.

Ozara Looks to Build on Resume in Herecomesthebride

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-02-28 07:20
Cheyenne Sables' multiple stakes winner Ozara (IRE) and Repole Stable's grade 3 winner Life's an Audible look to square off again in the $200,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park March 2.

English Racing Finds Some Support at Government Hearing

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-02-28 07:20
Perhaps even more so than might have been expected, there was agreement that racing must not be damaged by the government's plans for gambling reform—even by those on the other side of the debate.

Equibase Chart Update Lists Mandaloun as Derby Winner

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-02-28 07:20
Nearly three years after the actual race, the industry now recognizes the 2021 Kentucky Derby (G1) as official and Mandaloun, who crossed the wire second, as the race winner following the disqualification of Medina Spirit.

Rood & Riddle Hosting Podiatry Conference April 19-20

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-02-28 07:20
The third international conference, to be held in Lexington, is tailored to veterinarians and farriers.

Hall of Fame Hopefuls Include Justify, Gun Runner

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-02-28 07:20
Triple Crown winner Justify, Horse of the Year Gun Runner, and jockey Joel Rosario, who ranks fourth all-time in Breeders' Cup wins, are new finalists on the National Museum of Racing's 2024 Hall of Fame Ballot announced Feb. 27.

Conquest Warrior in New Territory in March 1 Allowance

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-02-28 07:20
One day before the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), Gulfstream Park stages a first-level allowance optional claiming race March 1 that could potentially advance 3-year-olds toward the March 30 Florida Derby (G1) there.

Goffs Doncaster Breeze-Up Sale Catalog Revealed

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-02-28 07:20
The catalog for the Goffs Breeze-Up Sale at Doncaster is now online and will take place April 23-24, with the breeze on Tuesday and the auction the next day.

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