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D'Amato Trio Looms Large In Shoemaker Mile

Blood-Horse - Sat, 2023-05-27 22:32
Trainer Phil D'Amato, on a roll with turf runners, has three of the top picks in the Shoemaker Mile (G1T) on Memorial Day, May 29, at Santa Anita Park but experience indicates top-level wins are tough to repeat on this circuit's turf courses.

O'Brien Strikes Again in Irish Two Thousand Guineas

Blood-Horse - Sat, 2023-05-27 22:32
Paddington provided trainer Aidan O'Brien with a 12th victory in the Irish Two Thousand Guineas (G1) when powering home in the hands of Ryan Moore May 27.

Forte Breezes for Belmont, Kingsbarns Out After Colic

Blood-Horse - Sat, 2023-05-27 22:32
Trainer Todd Pletcher gave a "thumbs up" following a May 27 breeze from Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable's champion 2-year-old Forte, who worked five-eighths over the Belmont Park main track in preparation for the June 20 Belmont Stakes (G1).

Invader Viareggio Takes on Turf Distaffers in Gamely

Blood-Horse - Sat, 2023-05-27 22:32
Irish-bred Viareggio, a stakes winner in Europe, will try to give trainer Brendan Walsh back-to-back wins in the Gamely.

Daughter Of Omaha Beach Storms Home In Debut Win At Churchill

Thoroughbred Daily News - Sat, 2023-05-27 14:50

3rd-Churchill Downs, $80,000, Msw, 5-27, 2yo, f, 5f, 1:00.27, ft, head.
EASY RED (f, 2, Omaha Beach–Blessings Count, by Pulpit) was hammered at the windows from 5-1 down to 3-2 in her debut here for first-crop sire Omaha Beach (by War Front), who recorded his first winner with Cynane May 5 at Belmont Park. The chestnut filly trailed early, but began to make up ground around the far turn. Racing out in the center of the track, Easy Red laid down a furious rally down the lane and with less than a sixteenth left, got up just in time over Luxuriate (Outwork) to graduate by a head. Second dam MGSW Topicount (Private Account) also produced GSP Winning Season (Lemon Drop Kid), who is responsible for Sennockian Storm (Storm Cat)–dam to GSWs Honey Bunny (Tapizar) and Dr. Edgar (Lookin At Lucky). The winner claims half-sister Minds Eyes (Macho Uno), SP, $167,504 and half-brother Rodaini (Exchange Rate), SW-Eng, SP-UAE, $323,852. She is her dam's last recorded foal. Sales History: $40,000 Wlg '21 KEENOV. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $40,320. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG. O-Donald R. Dizney; B-Ron Stolich & Matchstalk Investments (KY); T-Doug F. O'Neill.

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Forte, Angel of Empire, Hit Show Lead Belmont Work Tab; Kingsbarns Ruled Out

Thoroughbred Daily News - Sat, 2023-05-27 13:17

Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher gave a “thumbs up” following a Saturday morning breeze from Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable's reigning champion 2-Year-Old Forte (Violence), who worked five-eighths over the Belmont Park main track in preparation for the GI Belmont S.

NYRA clockers caught Forte through three-eighths in :35 before completing five furlongs in 1:00.44 and galloping out six furlongs in 1:13 over the fast main track.

“I was really, really happy. I thought he was moving great. He got into a good rhythm, finished up great and galloped out nice and well,” Pletcher said. “It seems like he's maintained his fitness level. We thought that last week when he breezed a half that he recovered pretty quickly, and even more so today after a strong breeze and big gallop out. It seems like everything is in good order.”

Pletcher said Dr. Sarah Hinchliffe, NYRA's Senior Examining Veterinarian, was pleased with the work and subsequent exam.

“It went very well. She examined him before he breezed, watched him on the track during the breeze and after the breeze and then came back to the barn and examined him again,” Pletcher said. “She said she was happy. They pulled blood and she gets results in five days on that and that should take care of everything.”

Reigning Champion 2-Year-Old FORTE (outside) working five eighths in 1:00 2/5 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:13 flat in preparation for the G1 Belmont Stakes presented by @NYRABets

— Ryan Martin (@RyanMartinNYRA) May 27, 2023

He added that both Forte and Tapit Trice (Tapit) would likely log their final Belmont Stakes breezes Saturday, June 3.

Pletcher also reported that GII Louisiana Derby winner Kingsbarns (Uncle Mo), who finished 14th in the GI Kentucky Derby, will miss the Belmont Stakes after he missed a scheduled breeze on Friday while demonstrating signs of colic that morning.

“We're going to be knocked off course. He had a bout of colic,” Pletcher said. “He's fine, no surgery needed. They just have to administer some fluids. It's unfortunate timing, but it's not something that we can [control]. We can't get a breeze in the next day or two so we're going to run out of time. We'll make sure he's OK and then come up with a game plan.”

Brad Cox's GI Belmont S. contenders Angel of Empire (Classic Empire) (five furlongs, :59.80) and Hit Show (Candy Ride {Arg}) (five furlongs, 1:00.20) worked Saturday in preparation for the June 10 classic.

Angel of Empire was one of the first workers to go as the track opened at 5:30 a.m. when he and stablemate Warrant (Constitution) (five furlongs, 1:00.20) worked in company. Shortly after their move, Hit Show breezed outside Salute the Stars (Candy Ride {Arg}).

Another Saturday morning worker was Lucky Seven Stable's Smile Happy (Runhappy), the winner of the GII Alysheba S. on Kentucky Oaks Day. He returned to the work tab for the first time since the Alysheba and completed an easy half-mile in :49.60 at 9 a.m.

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Hearing Officer Affirms Medina Spirit Derby DQ And Baffert Penalties

Thoroughbred Daily News - Sat, 2023-05-27 12:58

The hearing officer assigned to oversee trainer Bob Baffert and owner Zedan Racing Stables' appeal of penalties related to the drug disqualification of 2021 GI Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit (Protonico) has issued a recommended order to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) that the underlying stewards' rulings be affirmed in their entirety.

The 47-page report was made public via press release by the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet early on the Friday evening of the long Memorial Day holiday weekend. Its issuance comes 765 days after Medina Spirit crossed the finish wire first in the 147th Derby but subsequently tested positive for betamethasone in a KHRC post-race drug screening.

The recommendation, which must be considered and voted upon by the full KHRC board at a later date, upholds Medina Spirit's DQ, a 90-day suspension that Baffert has already served but wanted expunged from his record, and a $7,500 fine imposed upon the Hall-of-Fame trainer. Acceptance of the report's findings by the KHRC would affirm Mandaloun (Into Mischief) as the official winner of the 2021 Derby.

“The Hearing Officer finds and concludes that the KHRC has shown that the stewards' decision was made on reliable, substantive evidence that the horse, Medina Spirit, was administered and carried the prohibited substance, betamethasone,” hearing officer Eden Stephens wrote.

“The plain language of the KHRC's betamethasone regulations is clear: betamethasone is prohibited in a post-race sample,” Stephens wrote.

The debate over whether or not Medina Spirit's betamethasone finding was the result of an injection or the application of an ointment to treat a skin condition had been a focal point of testimony during six days of appeal hearings in August 2022.

“Parties agree the KHRC has the burden of proof but differ framing the question of what needs to be proven,” Stephens wrote. “KHRC argues it must establish a prima facie case that Medina Spirit [tested positive for a prohibited drug]. Appellants believe this case is solely premised on whether the use of a topical ointment, Otomax, for a clinically diagnosed skin infection on a racehorse, constitutes a violation of any clearly expressed and unambiguous rule…” Stephens wrote.

“At the running of the 147th Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2021, no KHRC regulation set forth an 'established concentration level' under which betamethasone is allowed in a post-race sample. Therefore, a laboratory finding of betamethasone in a post-race sample establishes a prima facie case that a trainer violated the KHRC's medication regulations,” Stephens wrote.

“Appellants contend that 810 KAR 8:010 Section 4 permits the administration of betamethasone ointment; therefore, a betamethasone positive arising due to an ointment administration is not a violation. This interpretation improperly conflates the KHRC's regulations governing medication administration with the regulations governing medication levels in post-race samples,” Stephens wrote.

“The KHRC's regulations do not state that any route of administration excuses a post-race betamethasone positive,” Stephens wrote.

“Additionally, the KHRC has a longstanding, uninterrupted history of treating all medications without thresholds as limit-of-detection medications and of finding that the administration route leading to a medication positive is irrelevant,” Stephens wrote.

“Betamethasone is a Class C drug. Its presence in a horse's post-race sample is prohibited by the KHRC, regardless of method of administration. Betamethasone has the potential to influence performance, as well as health and safety, in equine athletes,” Stephens wrote.

“Finally, the Stewards' Rulings in this case were restrained and reasonable. The stewards could have imposed a five-year suspension and $50,000 fine. Instead, they suspended Mr. Baffert for 90 days and fined him $7,500,” Stephens wrote.

The press release outlined the next steps in the process.

“Both parties can file exceptions to the recommended order should either party believe the hearing officer made an incorrect finding of fact or conclusion of law. The matter will then be referred to the KHRC to issue a Final Order,” the release stated.

“A Final Order may be appealed to Circuit Court within 30 days of issuance of the Final Order.  If no appeal is filed within 30 days, the case will end,” the release stated.

A Saturday morning voicemail message seeking comment from Baffert's attorney, Clark Brewster, did not yield a reply prior to deadline for this story.

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Defunded's Versatility Could Aid Gold Cup Attempt

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-05-26 22:32
Front-running Defunded showed a new dimension in coming from behind to win the Californian Stakes (G2), a tactic that could prove useful in the Hollywood Gold Cup (G1).

Hearing Officer Upholds Medina Spirit DQ

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-05-26 22:32
A hearing officer recommended to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission May 26 that the disqualification of Medina Spirit as the winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby (G1), as well as the suspension and fine issued to trainer Bob Baffert, be upheld.

KHRC Tuesday Hearing Could Grant Dutrow KY License

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-05-26 22:32
Next Tuesday, May 30, the License Review Committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will meet to determine the status of Richard Dutrow's training license in the state of Kentucky.

Zelzal Colt Tops Goresbridge Breeze Up Sale

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-05-26 22:32
The ice cream was going down a treat with those in the queues at Tattersalls Ireland hoping to cool down from the soaring temperatures as the mercury rose in and out of the ring, with a record-breaking renewal of the Goresbridge Breeze Up Sale.

Confidence Game Receiving R&R After Post-Derby Checkup

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-05-26 22:32
Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Confidence Game, who missed the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) after training below standard, according to trainer Keith Desormeaux, is receiving a rest after a checkup from equine surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage.

Secret Oath, Clairiere Rivalry May Continue in Phipps

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-05-26 22:32
2022 Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Secret Oath, second in the May 5 La Troienne Stakes (G1) at Churchill Downs, is pointed toward the $500,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1) on Belmont Stakes Day, June 10, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said.

Royal Scotsman Back Again in Irish Two Thousand Guineas

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-05-26 22:32
Royal Scotsman bids for classic glory once again May 27 after he was beaten two-and-a-quarter lengths when third in the Two Thousand Guineas (G1) at Newmarket after enduring a luckless passage through the race.

BC Berth on Line in Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-05-26 22:32
Trainer Patricio Baeza will saddle five starters, including Stud Dona Eliana Spa's hard-charging filly Mama Lili and Herane Escaff's Mi Elegido, in the 1 1/4-mile Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella May 29 at Club Hipico de Santiago in Chile.

Tapit Trice, Il Miracolo Ready for Belmont With Breezes

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-05-26 22:32
Whisper Hill Farm and Gainesway Stable's grade 1 winner Tapit Trice and Alexandres' last-out allowance optional claiming winner Il Miracolo breezed five furlongs apiece May 26 in preparation for the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes (G1) June 10.

NYRA Veterinarian Fined $8,000 Because of Lasix Error

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-05-26 22:32
The New York State Gaming Commission has fined a New York Racing Association veterinarian $8,000 for a Lasix administration error that forced four horses to be scratched from a race at Belmont Park, resulting in a two-horse field.

Twilight Gleaming, Love Reigns Lead Ward Turf Workers

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-05-26 22:32
Trainer Wesley Ward sent out a bevy of horses bound for Royal Ascot to breeze over the Keeneland turf course the morning of May 26. Among the horses were stakes winners Twilight Gleaming and Love Reigns.

Former Jockey Jennings Dies at 79

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-05-26 22:32
Bobby Jennings, a successful California-based jockey who won more than 1,100 races but was best known for being a racing anomaly as a six-foot rider, passed away at a care facility in Sacramento May 23 following a lengthy illness at age 79.

U.S. Turf Champion Kalanisi Dies at 27

Blood-Horse - Fri, 2023-05-26 22:32
The son of Doyoun won the 2000 Breeders' Cup Turf (G1T) and was named 2000 Eclipse champion grass horse.


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