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

New York Thoroughbred Breeders - 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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Lucky Girl Tops Inaugural Inglis Digital USA July Sale

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-07-17 18:58

The debut auction from the Inglis Digital USA platform was led by the $235,000 sale of racemare MSW Lucky Girl (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}), the auction house said in a release late Wednesday.

Previously operated under the Wanamaker's banner before partnering with the Australian-based William Inglis & Son Ltd., and relaunching earlier this year, Wednesday's returns saw a gross just above $450,000, with an average sale price over $21,000.

“We were excited to get underway for the first time as Inglis Digital USA,” said Liza Hendriks, CEO of Inglis Digital USA. “There was interest from all over the world and the influence of the Inglis name was apparent with our sales topper ultimately headed back to Australia. We appreciate the support from all of our buyers and sellers and look forward to our next sale in August. I encourage anyone to reach out to myself or Kyle (Wilson, senior director of sales and recruitment) if there's anything we can do.”

Lucky Girl led the way for the July sale, going to Australia's Kia Ora Stud, for $235,000.

“We're very pleased with the result,” said Grovendale's James Keogh. “The international interest was particularly strong and encouraging for the future.”

The Irish-born 5-year-old daughter of Australian champion sire Exceed and Excel was offered as a racing or broodmare prospect, having won three of 18 starts and earned $202,863.

“We are stoked to have secured Lucky Girl in the inaugural Inglis Digital USA online sale,” said Shane Wright, bloodstock and breeding manager for Kia Ora Stud. “We will keep her in training in the U.S., as she has a Grade II appointment next month at Del Mar, and then make a decision on her future after that run.

“The world is becoming a much smaller place given the opportunities a platform like Inglis Digital USA allow we have had some great success with Northern Hemisphere bloodlines before. We have used Inglis Digital for both buying and selling here in Australia and the U.S. platform is just as easy and user friendly, and I'm sure we will be back again in the future.”

Bringing the day's second-highest price was Otello, a stakes-winning Curlin colt who sold to bloodstock agent Joseph Migliore for $95,000. The 3-year-old raced as a homebred for Siena Farm, which co-owned the colt with WinStar Farm. WinStar consigned the colt, and offered him for inspection.

“We've been watching the digital sales grow in popularity and thought this was the right time to jump in,” said Elliott Walden President and CEO of WinStar Farm. “We got both of our horses sold and had a great time working with the Inglis Digital USA team.”

Entries for the Inglis Digital USA August Sale are open now, and will close Monday, July 29. The catalog will be released Friday, Aug. 2, and the horses will sell Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Click here to enter a horse for the August sale or to register as a bidder.

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Weekly Stewards And Commissions Rulings, July 11-17

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-07-17 18:11

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 and outlined in Bill Finley's story, trainer Joseph Taylor has been banned for a total of eight years and fined $100,000 after two of his horses tested positive for the banned substances Methylphenidate and Clenbuterol in June of last year.

Dalton Dieter has also been suspended for seven days after three of his trainees tested positive for the controlled substance Cannabidiol (CBD), an active ingredient in cannabis, in May of this year. Two of the horses tested positive for CBD post-race. The other positive was in a vets' list test. Dieter's suspension period began on July 17.

NEW HISA/HIWU STEWARDS RULINGS
The following rulings were reported on HISA's “rulings” portal and through the HIWU “pending” and “resolved” cases portals.

Resolved ADMC Violations
Date: 07/16/2024
Licensee: Dalton Dieter, trainer
Penalty: 7-day period of Ineligibility for Covered Person, beginning on July 17, 2024; Disqualification of the Two 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 $1,000; imposition of 2 Penalty Points. Treated as 1 violation with Thundershook, Sir Angus and Trip to Freedom under 09/08/23 HISA Guidance. Admission.
Explainer: For the presence of Cannabidiol (CBD)–Controlled Medication (Class B)–in samples taken from Trip to Freedom, who finished second at Prairie Meadows on 5/24/24, from Thundershook, who won at Prairie Meadows on 5/27/24, and from Sir Angus on 5/23/24 (vets' list violation).

Date: 07/15/2024
Licensee: Maximino Quinonez, trainer
Penalty: A fine of $3,000. Admission.
Explainer: Intra-articular injection within 7 days of a timed and reported workout on the horse, Highland Girl.

Date: 07/15/2024
Licensee: Diana McClure, 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 Triamcinolone–Controlled Medication (Class C)–in a sample taken from Arden'sluckytobe, who finished second at Laurel Park on 6/7/24.

Date: 07/15/2024
Licensee: Eduardo Jones, 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 Pine Valley on 3/30/24.

Date: 07/15/2024
Licensee: Jessica Howell, trainer
Penalty: 7-day period of Ineligibility for Covered Person, beginning on July 16, 2024; 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 $1,000; imposition of 2 Penalty Points. Admission.
Explainer: For the presence of Sotalol–Controlled Medication (Class B)–in a sample taken from Levanter, who won at Turfway Park on 3/16/24.

Date: 07/15/2024
Licensee: Joseph Taylor, trainer
Penalty: 4-year period of Ineligibility for Covered Person, beginning on July 18, 2023; 14-month period of Ineligibility for Covered Horse, beginning on June 18, 2023; 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 $50,000. Final decision by arbitral body.
Explainer: For the presence of Methylphenidate and Clenbuterol–both banned substances–in a sample taken from Cajun Cousin, who finished second at Parx Racing on 6/18/23.

Date: 07/15/2024
Licensee: Joseph Taylor, trainer
Penalty: 4-year period of Ineligibility for Covered Person, beginning on July 18, 2027; 14-month period of Ineligibility for Covered Horse, beginning on June 20, 2023; 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 $50,000. Final decision by arbitral body.
Explainer: For the presence of Methylphenidate and Clenbuterol–both banned substances–in a sample taken from Classy American, who finished second at Parx Racing on 6/20/23.

Pending ADMC Violations
07/17/2024, Ernesto Padilla-Preciado, trainer: Pending vets' list medication violation for the presence of Phenylbutazone–Controlled Medication (Class C)–in a sample taken from Dontinvademyspace on 6/21/24.

07/17/2024, Jose Gallegos, trainer: Pending medication violation for the presence of Dexamethasone–Controlled Medication (Class C)–in a sample taken from Sofster, who finished fourth at Monmouth Park on 6/15/24.

07/16/2024, Rodolphe Brisset, trainer: Pending vets' list medication violation for the presence of Omeprazole–Controlled Medication (Class C)–in a sample taken from Lakota Territory on 6/3/24.

07/12/2024, Dewight Wadams, trainer: Pending vets' list medication violation for the presence of Methocarbamol–Controlled Medication (Class C)–in a sample taken from All About Kathern on 6/3/24.

07/12/2024, Victor Barboza, trainer: Pending medication violation for the presence of Dantrolene–Controlled Medication (Class C)–in a sample taken from Tiffany Gold, who won at Gulfstream Park on 5/12/24.

07/11/2024, James Gerald, trainer: Pending medication violation for the presence of Phenylbutazone–Controlled Medication (Class C)–in a sample taken from Hercules, who raced, was pulled up and ambulanced off at Churchill Downs on 6/7/24.

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

Colonial Downs
Victor Carrasco–violation date July 11; $500 fine and one-day suspension

Saratoga
Irad Ortiz–violation date July 13; No details available
Xavier Perez–violation date July 13; $500 fine and one-day suspension

Thistledown
Rocco Bowen–violation date July 11; $250 fine and one-day suspension

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
Saratoga
Date: 07/14/2024
Licensee: Fernanda Verzon Varela, official veterinarian
Penalty: Racing Official (Vet) Fernanda Verzon Varela is hereby fined the sum of $500 for failing to tend to business in a professional manner necessitating a late scratch at Saratoga Racecourse on July 11th 2024 race 3.

Saratoga
Date: 07/14/2024
Licensee: Al Jimenez Rodriguez, assistant trainer
Penalty: Assistant trainer Al Jimenez Rodriguez is hereby fined the sum of $500 for failing to tend to business in a professional manner necessitating a late scratch at Saratoga Racecourse on July 11th 2024 race 3.

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Saratoga Notebook, Presented By NYRA Bets: Pletcher Enters Three In Haskell, Decision Still To Come As To How Many Go

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-07-17 16:58

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.–Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher promised that he would enter three of his horses for Saturday's $1 million NYRA Bets GI Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park.

And that he did on Wednesday as a pair of 'TDN Rising Stars' in Fierceness (City of Light) and Mindframe (Constitution), plus Tuscan Sky (Vino Rosso) were three of the eight 3-year-olds signed on to run in the signature race at the Monmouth.

It remains to be seen how many of them actually take the trip from the Spa City to the Jersey Shore at the end of the week.

“I don't know that yet,” Pletcher said outside of his barn on the Oklahoma Training Track Wednesday morning.

When asked what will go into a final decision, he said, “I think, everything. I want to see how they draw, see how they train the next couple of days.”

Fierceness drew post position five and is the 5-2 co-second choice along with GI Belmont Stakes winner Dornoch (Good Magic), who drew the rail. Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who has ridden Fierceness in his last four starts, is named to ride in the Haskell.

Velazquez is also named to ride in eight of the 12 races on the Saturday card at Saratoga.

Mindframe, second in the Belmont, is the 9-5 morning-line Haskell favorite. Irad Ortiz Jr. will ride.

Mindframe is owned by Mike Repole's Repole Stable and Vinnie and Teresa Viola's St. Elias Stables LLC. Repole also owns Fierceness.

“I will get together with the owners and make sure everyone is on board with the same plan,” Pletcher said. “All three are being prepared as if they are going to run. Obviously, Mike is going to play a big role.”

Fierceness is already a Grade I winner; Mindframe is not. If one of the Pletcher horses does not run in the Haskell, he could be in the GII Jim Dandy a week from Saturday at Saratoga.

Spendthrift Farm LLC's Tuscan Sky, who is 9-2 on the morning line, will be ridden by Hall of Famer Javier Castellano from post position three. He earned an automatic bid into the Haskell after he won the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth last month.

 

Tiz The Law's Babies Giving Sackatoga's Knowlton Reason To Hope Again

Four years ago, Tiz the Law (Constitution) put Jack Knowlton's Sackatoga Stable back on the thoroughbred racing map when he won the GI Belmont Stakes and the GI Travers Stakes.

Knowlton is hopeful it can happen again with the next generation of Tiz the Laws.

Tiz the Law | Coolmore

There are two little Tizzes running around trainer Barclay Tagg's barn and they are owned by Sackatoga. Tiz Dashing and Spirit of the Law continued their journeys to the races Wednesday morning when they worked five furlongs in company in 1:01.01 (3/8).

Tiz Dashing, a Kentucky-bred, was ridden by exercise rider Amanda Auwarter; jockey Junior Alvarado was on the New York-bred Spirit of the Law.

They are part of the first crop from Tiz the Law, who stands at Coolmore.

“It's exciting, it's fun,” Tagg said at his barn on the backstretch after the works. “You never quite know where a champion is going to come from. I've been around long enough to know that predictions don't mean a whole lot.”

Knowlton, who also campaigned Funny Cide to victories in the 2003 GI Kentucky Derby and GI Preakness Stakes, mainly deals with New York-breds. Tiz Dashing is the second Kentucky bred he has owned in 20 years.

Sackatoga paid $215,000 for Tiz Dashingt at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Mixed Sale; Spirit of the Law went for $60,000 at the 2023 Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga Preferred New York Bred Yearling Sale.

Wednesday's works were the seventh for each horse; they have breezed together every time.

“So far, so good,” Knowlton said after watching the works from the clubhouse near the finish line. “If we can get stakes horses at the New York-bred or open level for Sackatoga it would be a big deal. What we have seen so far gives us reason to believe it could happen.”

The two colts are scheduled to work five furlongs from the starting gate next week. After that, they could be racing in early August.

 

Horses Didn't Seem To Mind Storms That Blew Through Spa Tuesday Night

Huge limbs were ripped off trees throughout the backstretch after powerful thunderstorms passed through the area Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, it was time for cleanup as crews cleared up the mess and put power lines back where they belonged.

Outside trainer Mark Hennig's barn on the backstretch, there was evidence of the power of nature. One tree had a large branch hanging off it; another looked as though it may have been hit by lightning.

His horses, though, didn't seem bothered at all.

“They handled it pretty well,” Hennig said. “Lightning and thunder will get the horses going more so than wind. They sense everything. You can tell by their behavior when it's ready to rain.”

Hennig said he and his wife Rosemary were driving back from Belmont Park Tuesday. After dropping her off, he went to the grocery store when the storm hit.

“When we get off Exit 12 (off the Adirondack Northway), my phone went off saying there was a tornado warning,” Hennig said. “I went to the grocery store, and I started thinking, 'this is not the best place to be in a tornado.' If the glass starts flying around and the canned goods start flying around, I would have been in a world of trouble.”

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Voting Open For Inaugural Retired New York Racehorse Of The Year Award

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-07-17 15:59

Voted on by the fans, the first-ever Down Broadway Retired Racehorse of the Year Award will be presented on New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday, August 15, the New York Horsemen's Association said in a Wednesday release.

Casting a ballot will be open to the public from July 17 through Aug. 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.

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 to vote for your favorite nominee.

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Stallion Panthalassa an Exciting Addition to Australia

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-07-17 15:12
Australian Eric Lucas, who spent three decades working in Japan and bred and co-owned high-balling international group 1 winner Panthalassa, has so much belief in the first-crop sire that he has retained his share in the Yulong-owned stallion.

ABR: Coaching Club American Oaks at a Glance

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-07-17 15:12
There's no doubt Thorpedo Anna is the America's best 3-year-old filly. She might also be the best 3-year-old regardless of sex. That question could be answered later in the year.

Kentucky HBPA College Day July 28 at Ellis Park

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-07-17 15:12
Kentucky HBPA College Day Presented by Ellis Park returns to the Tri-State racetrack on Sunday, July 28, with 27 full-time students winning a prize.

Kabirkhan's American Journey Hits Bump in the Road

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-07-17 15:12
International fan favorite Kabirkhan's journey to the American starting gate has hit a bump in the road, trainer Brad Cox reported July 17.

FTBOA Releases Online Registry Search

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-07-17 15:12
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association announces further online innovations allowing stakeholders to confirm a Thoroughbred's current registration status, Florida Sire Stakes eligibility and verify registered Florida Stallions.

BetMGM Extends Sponsorship Backing at Ascot Racecourse 

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-07-17 15:12
Ascot Racecourse is delighted to announce that BetMGM will sponsor the Autumn Racing Weekend and extend its sponsorship of the Clarence House Chase Raceday in multi-year deals.

Ballylinch Stud, Al Shaqab Purchase Look de Vega

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-07-17 15:12
A majority interest in Look De Vega has been sold jointly to Ballylinch Stud and Al Shaqab, with the impressive Prix du Jockey Club (G1) winner now set to carry the latter entity's silver and maroon silks. 

Morales Of Agentes 305 Named ’24 Recipient of Monmouth’s Handleman Award

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-07-17 15:08

Carlos Morales of Agentes 305, whose horse racing videos have garnered more than six million views over three social media platforms, was named the recipient of the 2024 Bill Handleman Award for outstanding coverage of last year's TVG.com Haskell Stakes, Monmouth Park said in a Wednesday release.

Morales, who started Agentes 305 in 2019 to highlight horse racing through video interviews with owners, trainers, jockeys and backstretch workers, produces videos in both Spanish and English on YouTube, X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram.

“I started this with the idea of highlighting horse racing and all of the good things about it,” said Morales. “But it's also to showcase and recognize everyone in the business for their contributions to horse racing.”

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Parx Trainer Joe Taylor Hit With Eight-Year Suspension, Claims He Was Framed

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-07-17 14:38

Trainer Joe Taylor, a longtime fixture at Parx and the leading trainer there in 2019, has received an eight-year suspension handed down by the Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit (HIWU), after he had two horses test positive for banned substances.

The story was first reported by Matt Hegarty of the Daily Racing Form.

Taylor received a pair of four-year suspensions, one for each horse. According to postings on the HIWU website, the Taylor-trained Classy American (Uncle Lino) tested positive for Methylphenidate and Clenbuterol following a June 20 race at Parx. The same drugs were found in the Taylor-trained Cajun Cousin (Cajun Breeze) in a June 18 race. He was also fined $50,000 for each offense.

Methylphenidate is better known as Ritalin, a stimulant many Americans use to combat attention deficit disorder. Clenbuterol is a bronchial dilator that is believed to act like steroids in that they can build muscle mass in horses.

The suspensions were issued by a HIWU arbitrator after Taylor filed an appeal.

When reached by the TDN, Taylor insisted that he had done nothing wrong and that his horses were tampered with by his ex-wife or possibly her sons. Taylor said he only recently wrapped up divorce proceedings and described his relationship with his ex-wife as acrimonious. He said that he had filed for a protection order against his ex-wife prior to the positives.

“I was going through a divorce and the divorce was going on four years,” Taylor said. “The judge ordered the sale of the house and told my ex-wife she had to be out at a certain time. So I sold the house. That was on June 15. Then bang, June 18 and June 20, my horses come up positive for Clenbuterol and this time they put Ritalin in.”

Taylor argued that the use of Ritalin to dope horses is unheard of.

“In my hearing, we asked the lead counsel have you ever heard of Ritalin or Adderall being given to a thoroughbred race horse?” Taylor said. “Their answer was 'never.' I don't understand why they think it would benefit a horse to give it Ritalin. It's obvious that someone was taking advantage of the situation to damage my business and my career, which they were threatening to do.”

Taylor said he agrees that some penalty is in order, but not an eight-year suspension.

“I know I have responsibilities as the trainer,” he said. “I have cameras in my barn, but we couldn't find anything. I deserve some kind of penalty because I did not protect my horses when I knew they were at risk. But years and $120,000 in fines? They want to end my career. Come on. You can't get any more unconstitutional than that.”

According to the DRF, both horses were disqualified for 14 months, beginning in June 2023. After each had one more race in Pennsylvania, then they were shipped to West Virginia, which is not under HISA/HIWU control. Both horses made five starts in West Virginia after testing positive, but neither has run in the past six months. Cajun Cousin ran at Charles Town for trainer Michael E. Jones. Also racing over that same surface, Classy American ran for trainer Crystal Pickett.

Taylor has 327 winners for his career and a 16 percent win rate. In 2019, he was an easy winner of the Parx training title sending out 103 winners, which was 34 more than runner-up Scott Lake.

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Mindframe Installed the 9-5 Early Haskell Choice, Classic Winner Dornoch Draws the Rail

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-07-17 14:20

Todd Pletcher has taken multiple swings, 18 to be exact, at the GI Haskell S. in the past, and the Hall of Fame trainer once again returns to Monmouth Park loaded for this year's renewal. Pletcher's trio of entered runners is headed by Repole Stable and St. Elias Stables'  Mindframe (Constitution). During Wednesday's draw luncheon at the Oceanport oval, the GI Belmont Stakes runner-up was installed the 9-5 morning line favorite shortly after drawing post seven in the eight-horse field. Irad Ortiz Jr., making his first appearance in the Haskell, gets the call.

Repole Stable is also represented by Fierceness (City of Light)–the 5-2 co-choice second favorite with GI Belmont Stakes winner Dornoch (Good Magic)–and 9-2 early pick Tuscan Sky (Vino Rosso), who rounds out the Pletcher trio. Fierceness breaks from post five, while Tuscan Sky exits the three hole.

The Haskell is a “Win and You're In” for the $7-million Breeders' Cup Classic at Del Mar Nov. 2.

The sole Classic winner in the field, Dornoch is trained by Danny Gargan and owned by the partnership of West Paces Racing, R.A. Hill Stables, Belmar Racing, Two Eight Racing, and Pine Stables Racing. The colt drew the rail for Saturday's race. His regular rider Luis Saez gets the return call.

“I think he's training better now going into the Haskell than he was going into the Belmont,” said Gargan. “He's gotten better with age.”

Dornoch, who is by 2018 Haskell winner Good Magic, is a full brother to 2023 Kentucky Derby winner, Mage, himself a Haskell runner up.

The colt was let go at a healthy 17-1 for the Belmont, largely due to his 10th-place finish, also from the one-hole, in the Kentucky Derby five weeks earlier.

“In the Derby he got eliminated early. Other than that, he's been flawless,” said Gargan.

Regarding his game plan in the Haskell, Gargan said, “We're not really happy with the one-hole, so we're going to have to make a decision if we're definitely going to run from it [or take back]. If you're in the one hole, obviously, you have to show speed. We don't have to be on the lead. We don't want to get stuck inside and checked.”

Of the Pletcher team, a final decision as to whether both Mindframe and Fierceness will run in New Jersey versus detouring one of them to next weekend's GII Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga is pending.

“The idea at this time is to buy as much time as possible to make that decision,” Pletcher explained. “We've been preparing as though Fierceness is going to run in the Haskell. With common ownership and Mike Repole owning 100% of Fierceness and 50% of Mindframe, I suppose that's going to play into the equation.”

“Mike's going to have to look at it and decide and decide if he wants to run them against each other or split them up,” he said. “We've been preparing with both options in mind.”

As for Mindframe's lastest start in the Belmont, Pletcher admitted, “On one side, I was elated with his effort in the Belmont and on the other I was a little disappointed he didn't win.”

Following an eye-catching 13 3/4-length TDN Rising Star-earning victory at Gulfstream Park in March, Mindframe posted another impressive win, this time at Churchill Downs, on the Derby undercard.

“At the eighth pole he had a big chance,” Pletcher said of the Belmont. “One of our concerns going into the Belmont was he was running against horses with a lot more experience. We hoped that his lack of experience wouldn't compromise his chances. I think that little bit of greenness he showed in the mid-stretch when he veered out may have cost him the win. I couldn't be disappointed in his effort but I was disappointed we couldn't get the job done.”

Pletcher previously won the Haskell with Bluegrass Cat (2006), Any Given Saturday (2007) and most recently with Verrazano (2013).

Named the 2023 champion juvenile colt, Fierceness, also named a TDN Rising Star after a breakout win at Saratoga last summer, was a sparkling 13 1/2-length winner of the GI Curlin Florida Derby at Gulfstream earlier in the season before fading to 15th in his latest trip to the post in the May 4 GI Kentucky Derby.

“He's been breezing really, really well,” Pletcher confirmed. “Right after the Derby, the first thought was that we were going to take a look at the Belmont but it seemed like it took him a couple of weeks to get over the Derby and get back to himself.”

He continued, “I'm glad that we passed the Belmont and gave him the extra time,” he said. “It's paid dividends in terms of him putting on some good quality weight and training like he does when he's at his very best.”

Rounding out the Pletcher trio, Spendthrift Farm's Tuscan Sky was a winner of his first two starts, including a 5 1/4-length debut win in the mud at the Big A in January. The grey ran an uncharacteristically flat seventh in the nine-furlong GII Wood Memorial Apr. 6, but rebounded to annex Monmouth's Haskell prep–the Pegasus Stakes–by 6 3/4-lengths June 15. Javier Castellano, aboard for the colt's latest win, returns for the Haskell.

“His only career loss was in the Wood Memorial. We were scratching our heads after the Wood because he'd been so impressive in his first two races,” said Pletcher. “Being a Vino Rosso, we thought stretching out to a mile-and-a-half was going to be to his benefit. He never fired at any stage of the race. We regrouped and decided to breeze him with blinkers, which seemed to really focus him. He made his first start with blinkers [in the Pegasus] and that made a difference.”

Making his fourth consecutive appearance in the Haskell, Brad Cox rolls into town ready to play with last year's GI Champagne Stakes winner Timberlake (Into Mischief). Victorious in the GII Rebel Stakes in February, the Siena Farm and WinStar Farm representative finished fourth most recently in the Mar. 30 GI Arkansas Derby. Given an 8-1 chance on the morning line, the colt will exit post four.

“He came out of [the Arkansas Derby] with a little bit of a setback. It kind of maybe explained a little bit why he ran the way that he did,” said Cox, who saddled Cyberknife and Mandaloun to Haskell wins in 2022 and 2021, respectively. “We gave him the time he needed and here we are. He's training straightforward with the freshening. We zeroed in on this race once he started back working because he's doing so well. We know he's a Grade I horse. He proved that last year when he won the Champagne [at Belmont Oct. 7].

Cox added, “I would say he's pretty cranked right now. I think he's good enough to get the job done. I really do. It's going to be a tough task off the layoff, but I think he's a very, very good horse. I'm looking forward to the challenge on Saturday.”

Rounding out the Haskell field: Jasper's Pride (Il Postino, post 2, 30-1); Just Step On It (Accelerate, post 6, 30-1) and Sea Streak (Sea Wizard, post 8, 20-1).

The Haskell will be the 12th of 14 races on the card and post time is approximately 5:45 p.m. NBC Sports will televise the race and the GII United Nations Stakes from 5 to 6 p.m. First race post time is noon.

 

The draw is as follows:

#1 – Dornoch – Luis Saez (5-2)
#2 – Jasper's Pride (Il Postino) – Jomar Torres (30-1)
#3 – Tuscan Sky – Javier Castellano (9-2)
#4 – Timberlake (Into Mischief) – Flavien Prat (8-1)
#5 – Fierceness – John Velázquez (5-2)
#6 – Just Step On It (Accelerate) – Florent Geroux (30-1)
#7 – Mindframe – Irad Ortiz Jr (9-5)
#8 – Sea Streak (Sea Wizard) – Jairo Rendon (20-1)

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FTBOA Unveils New Online Search Registry

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-07-17 11:22

The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association has unveiled an enhanced online registry search to allow owners to easily confirm a Thoroughbred's current FTBOA Florida-bred registration status, Florida Sire Stakes eligibility and to verify registered Florida Stallions.

The online Registry Search, FTBOA.com/registrysearch, allows users to search and sort foaled-in-Florida Thoroughbreds by name, dam name, sire name or by foal crop.

FTBOA icons indicate fully registered FTBOA Florida-breds. The Florida Sire Stakes icon confirms that a Thoroughbred has been fully paid into and is eligible to participate in the lucrative Florida Sire Stakes program. Simplified Yes/No indicators track yearling and/or 2-year-old payments progress to ease verifications as juvenile horses change ownership.

“This all-new registry search is, quite simply, best-in-class at what it offers. We've combined three major registry functions into a one-stop shop aimed at eliminating eligibility confusions between the FSS and Florida-bred incentive programs.” FTBOA's Vice President of Operations Steve Koch said. “FTBOA's ongoing technology investments put us ahead of other regional breed associations for stakeholders' ease of use and understandability.”

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Register for NYTB Events in Saratoga this August!

New York Thoroughbred Breeders - 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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Todd Pletcher Joins the TDN Writers’ Room

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-07-17 10:17

Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher is in the midst of yet another busy Saratoga season, but this weekend he will have a quick hiatus from the Spa as he pops over to Monmouth Park to saddle several leading contenders in the GI Haskell Stakes. To discuss Fierceness (City of Light), Mindframe (Constitution) and Tuscan Sky (Vino Rosso)–and talk about whether or not we will see all three colts in New Jersey or if any will wait until the GII Jim Dandy Stakes–Pletcher joined this week's TDN Writers' Room podcast, presented by Keeneland.

Running fellow Repole Stable-owned colts Mindframe and Fierceness in the same race is not the ideal scenario, but Pletcher is all too familiar with how situations can change in the blink of an eye with these athletes. Just last weekend, Fierceness's full-brother Mentee was scratched from the GIII Sanford Stakes due to a temperature. Pletcher, who was this week's Green Group Guest of the Week on the show, said they have been preparing all three colts as if they are running in the Haskell and will monitor how each horse is training leading up to the race on Saturday before making a final decision.

“The tricky thing about it is, in this particular situation the Haskell is a Grade I and the Jim Dandy is a Grade II,” Pletcher said. “Fierceness has already established his stallion value. He's a champion 2-year-old. He's won the GI Florida Derby and he's a multiple Grade I winner. Mindframe, on the other hand, is on the verge of becoming a major stallion prospect and to some degree is a solid prospect already, but a Grade I win for him is a big payday in terms of his stallion value.”

Asked if he ultimately decides not to run Mindframe against Fierceness, would the logical scenario would be to run Fierceness in the Jim Dandy, Pletcher said that would probably be the backup plan.

The Maryland-bred Mindframe is the least seasoned among the trio, with only three starts under his belt including his runner-up performance in the GI Belmont where he showed his inexperience by drifting out in the stretch.

“The one thing that we were concerned about going into the Belmont was, did he have enough seasoning to be ready to run in the Belmont against horses who had more experience,” said Pletcher. “I think our concern turned out to be what ultimately cost him the race. By the same token, you have to be elated with the way he ran in only his third start. To do that was very impressive and at the same time very frustrating to think that maybe we let one get away. He's a very talented horse. He's trained very well since then. I think he has the right to improve again with that race under his belt. He's a May 13 foal so you would think time is on his side. The more experience he gets and the older he gets, hopefully the better he gets.”

The team of Randy Moss and Zoe Cadman also chatted with Pletcher about what life is like during the busy Saratoga season. Pletcher mentioned a few of the other current stable stars in his barn and even handed out a few unraced 2-year-old tips.

“Saratoga is a different animal than anywhere else we go,” said Pletcher. “It can be relatively quiet on a dark day where you can kind of not have a bunch of people hanging around, but there's nothing quite like sale week. You would think if you're an outsider that Travers week is really a crazy week in Saratoga, but it's really the week surrounding  the yearling sale that is by far the most attended and everybody wants to be out in the morning, see their horses train and know what time they're going out. So it can be challenging at times to try to stay focused on what you're doing training your horses, but it's great to have that kind of enthusiasm and people out here.”

Elsewhere on the podcast, GIII Quick Call S. winner Star of Mystery (GB) (Kodiac {GB}) was the Fastest Horse of the Week, which is presented by the stallions at WinStar Farm. The show is also sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders' Association, West Point Thoroughbreds, XBTV.com and the KTOB. Further discussion during this week's show included a roundup of last weekend's racing, with talk of Chad Brown's domination in the GI Diana Stakes, plus a preview of this weekend's racing from Monmouth to Del Mar and Saratoga.

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Preakness Winner Seize the Grey Works, Confirmed for Jim Dandy

Thoroughbred Daily News - Tue, 2024-07-16 18:05

Over the course of the past week, D. Wayne Lukas had indicated that it was very likely that GI Preakness winner Seize the Grey (Arrogate) would stay put and run in the GII Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga July 27 rather than ship to the Jersey Shore for Monmouth's GI Haskell Stakes one week earlier. Gainesway Farm announced that it had secured the breeding rights in the Classic winner last week.

“Since the breeding rights have gotten involved with this horse, there's so much more involvement in far as the bonuses and incentives are concerned, so the Jim Dandy and Travers makes more sense,” Lukas told DRF Tuesday. “And we don't have to travel. I kind of like that too.”

In his penultimate move prior to next week's Jim Dandy, the grey worked six furlongs in 1:11.90 over Saratoga's main track Tuesday. In his latest start, the colt finished seventh in the GI Belmont Stakes at Saratoga June 8.

“I didn't care too much for the way he ran on the main track in the Belmont,” Lukas told DRF. “They tell me it was a lot deeper and looser that day, but it's much tighter now that they got the water in it. So I was really pleased to see the way he moved over the track today. His action over it this morning was excellent.”

He added, “Anytime you break 1:12, that's serious. Especially in the morning with an exercise rider. We were pleased. I think we got what we needed. We'll get another work in at Oklahoma before the Jim Dandy and move forward off of this. I feel good about it.”

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Louis Albertrani, Trainer of Champion Artax, Dies at 67

Blood-Horse - Tue, 2024-07-16 15:10
Retired trainer Louis Albertrani, who conditioned 1999 champion sprinter Artax, died July 13 at his home in New Castle, Del., at the age of 67.

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