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Keeneland Sales Recap Book 2 and 3

September 19th, 2018|Tags: |

        Keeneland Sales Recap Book 2 and 3 By Kaitlin Free   Session 5 The remaining books of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale moved to their original time after Book 1 started late. Usually after Book 1 the sale starts to lose its momentum, but Books 2 and 3 continued to exceed expectations. With 5 sessions left to go, the sale has already eclipsed the gross total from 2017. Session 5 saw Book 1 type prices continue and less RNA’s. There were also very few outs in Session 5. One yearling broke the seven figure mark in this session, an Uncle Mo colt purchased by China Horse Club and WinStar Farm. 284 horses were sold in Session 5, for a total of $51,059,700. The average price was $179,788. The top price of Session 5 was $1,000,000. Lanes End Farm was the day’s leading consignor.   Top 5 Buyers in Session 5 Ben Glass (agent for undisclosed clients) purchased 10 horses for a total of $2,490,000   The partnership of SF Bloodstock and Starlight West purchased 5 horses for [...]

House Rules: “Pay That Man His Money”

September 19th, 2018|Tags: , , |

  House Rules: "Pay That Man His Money" By Jonathan Stettin   In this week's column for AmWager we look at some of the ways bettors take it on the chin including an example right out of the current news. Read House Rules here.......   The Arm, Be With Us, #MEMBERSHIP  Subscribe to our columns at PastTheWire.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel Past the Wire Like us on FaceBook @pastthewire Follow on Twitter @pastthewire Follow on Twitter @kaitlinefree Follow on Twitter @Nicky_DAgs Follow on Twitter @JohnDaSilva Follow on Twitter @jonathanstettin Follow on Twitter @ItsMeGinoB Follow on Twitter @SetteBetterDays   Experience one of the best and most state of the art wagering platforms in racing. Visit AmWager to bet on horse racing through their site and see what an ADW can do with technology:  For the BEST TRIP NOTES in the game use TRACKING TRIPS at Past the Wire. You can't afford not to be a #member.  Receive our Clubhouse Notes, Track Bias Information and of course our Spot Plays  all as a bonus. There is no service like it in the game, and you can raise your game to a whole new level. [...]

Kentucky Downs Does It Right

September 17th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

  Kentucky Downs Does It Right   By John DaSilva   In a time when you hear constant complaints of lack of interest for various reasons, the recently concluded Kentucky Downs meet is proof that if done right, racing can still thrive.   With a low takeout and purses fueled from historical racing offered on the grounds, the five day meet at Kentucky Downs resulted in multiple daily and meet records being broken. Kentucky Downs doesn't charge admission so no attendance numbers were available but from all indications, a record amount of people came to watch live racing at the Franklin, Kentucky track.   With the end of the meet on Thursday, September 13, an all time record of $36,421,722 was wagered on Kentucky Downs, smashing the record from the previous year of $30,246,888. Unlike some other tracks that have handle increases because of extra dates or extra races being run, 5 days or racing with a total of 50 races were run each year. In 2018 the only advantage Kentucky Downs may have had was that they ran on two [...]

Collected Returns

September 17th, 2018|Tags: , |

After spending most of the spring and summer off, Collected is on his way back to the races. Last seen finishing 7th to Gun Runner in the Pegasus World Cup, he rejoined Bob Baffert’s barn at the beginning of August. Collected spent a short time galloping before posting six workouts in total - at distances of 3, 5, 6, and 7 furlongs.   Collected will make his seasonal return in the Derby Champion Stakes on Pennsylvania Derby Day at Parx. He will be making the journey east with fellow Baffert trainee McKinzie, who will be contesting the Pennsylvania Derby. Both Collected and McKinzie are coming off the layoff but are expected to be ready to run. The Pennsylvania Derby and Derby Champion Stakes are on Saturday September 22.

Keeneland Sales Recap

September 15th, 2018|Tags: |

      Keeneland Sales Recap By Kaitlin Free   Session 1 Book 1 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale was scheduled to start two hours late for all four session due to weather. Session 1 was a little slow to begin. Several yearlings that were worth potentially a million or more sold for less or hammered as an RNA. RNA stands for Reserve Not Attained, meaning the horse did not meet the minimum bid the consignor or breeder set prior to the sale. Session 1 was full of RNA’s. Many top yearlings out of high dollar mares were an RNA, including the high anticipated colt out of Leslie’s Lady. The yearlings projected to lead the session surprised many and did not do as well. HIP 91 was the first to break the million dollar mark of the sale. 138 horses were sold in Session 1, for a total of $48,620,000. The average price was $352,319. The top price of Session 1 was $2,200,000. Taylor Made Sales was the day’s leading consignor.   Seven Figure Yearlings in Session 1 HIP 91 [...]

Keeneland Fall Sales Guide

September 9th, 2018|Tags: |

  Keeneland Fall Sales Guide By Kaitlin Free     Past the Wire will provide plenty of information during this year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale. With on and off site locations, we will make sure you have everything you need to know about the sale. Our Twitter (@PastTheWire) will have HIP by HIP updates as well as exclusive photos and videos. Follow along as Kaitlin Free keeps you up to date on this fascinating sale.   Below is a comprehensive sales guide for session 1. This guide will explain prospective top sellers, HIPs to watch, and give you a who’s who at this year’s sale.     "Session 1"   In this session, siblings of these horses will be sold : Tom’s Tribute, Inflexibility, Killer Graces, Chocolate Ride, Csaba, Recepta, Toinette, March X Press, Money Multiplier, Intense Holiday, Telekinesis, Isabella Sings, Accelerate, Sweet Loretta, Majestic City, It Tiz Well, Songbird, Mohaymen, New Year’s Day, Ticonderoga, Bar of Gold, Kiss Moon, Sam’s Sister, Kodiak Kowboy, Wilbo, Spellbound, Kid Cruz, Beholder, Mendelssohn, Into Mischief, J Boys Echo, March, American Patriot, Walkwithapurpose, Rachel Alexandra, [...]

Stallion Dynasties: Lyphard by Kaitlin Free

September 9th, 2018|Tags: , , |

  Stallion Dynasties: Lyphard By Kaitlin Free   The Northern Dancer sire line has always had so much to offer to the breed. As discussed in the previous Stallion Dynasties installment, Nijinsky brought class and versatility to the line. This stallion brings longevity to the table. He stood many seasons at stud, and often appears the most in pedigrees out of all the Northern Dancer sons. A carbon copy of his father, Lyphard became an important member of the Northern Dancer dynasty.   On May 10, 1969 the Court Martial stakes winning mare Goofed gave birth to a colt by Northern Dancer. The little colt was by design an exact replica of his sire, his blaze and legs even matching. Lyphard was bred in Pennsylvania by Mrs. J.O. Burgwin. Mrs. Burgwin was a lover of all horses, having bred stakes winner Curribot and several others. The Burgwins gained their fame and wealth after founding one of America’s most famous hunts, the Sewickley Hunt. In 2022 the Sewickley Hunt will have its 100 year anniversary. Mrs. Burgwin bred many horses but did [...]

Enable Returns a Winner by Kaitlin Free

September 8th, 2018|Tags: , |

The Queen of Europe has made her return a successful one. Enable won the Grade 3 September Stakes in front running fashion over Crystal Ocean who was game but in the end had no answer to the spectacular filly. It's on to the Prix de l' Ard de Triomphe to try and keep her Arc crown.

Catching Up On Some News

September 6th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

  Whenever Sharp Azteca ran I was concerned. I felt the same about Private Zone while he was racing. Sometimes those "all in" sprinters just run so hard the whole way I worry about them. Maybe it is unfounded and I would like to think so, but I trust my eyes and experience so I will continue to be cautious about those types. Sharp Azteca has now been retired with a respectable resume, and nobody doubting his speed. Read more about Sharp Azteca here........ Kentucky Derby Always Dreaming has also been retired and will stand for 25K. I don't know that I am on his bandwagon as a sire, especially at 25K, though that is a reasonable number for a Derby winner. His Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby wins were with ideal set ups and trips, and he couldn't find the winners circle after his Run For The Roses. Maybe I will be proved wrong and all the best to the connections, especially his owners whom are Great people, but we will habe to see how things play out at stud. [...]

Summer of Racing Rewind by Nick D’Agostino

September 5th, 2018|

        Summer of Racing……Rewind By: Nick D’Agostino   The summer of racing started off with a ton of enthusiasm by horse racing fan’s, and those in the business because after all, the summer months are supposed to be the premier meets featuring Saratoga and Del Mar. This is where trainers and owners try out their un-raced juveniles and everyone brings their best horses to compete for the multitude of stakes races on hand. For both Saratoga, NY and Del Mar, CA these meets aren’t just an event it’s way of life. The money generated from both meets is vital to the surrounding communities as it brings in big money players that like to spend it at local businesses. "Both meets this year had their share of up’s and downs; crazy inquiries by stewards, controversial rulings, smashing two-year olds, running a race at the wrong distance, jockey’s with questionable rides, gate incidents, record breaking handles, a random shooting at the track and last but not least Mother Nature!" The Up’s Gary Steven’s-   one of the iron-men of racing who’s [...]

Deja Vu All Over Again

September 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , |

It was deja vu all over again Saturday at Saratoga for Bill Mott and Joel Rosario. Last year they took the Jim Dandy going turf to dirt with Good Samaritan and this year they took the Woodward with Yoshida. Yoshida was making his first start on dirt after racing exclusively on the grass in his prior outings. Coming from the Sunday Silence line on top of his pedigree and Canadian Frontier on the bottom his taking to the dirt was no surprise. The 6-1 price was fair if not somewhat generous given his class, pedigree and connections. Bill Mott was due some luck after the Elate mess in the Personal Ensign, and Patterson Cross earlier in the meet in the Johns Call. Yoshida just may have stamped himself a contender in the older or handicap division and is now a stakes winner on turf and dirt. Read about the Woodward and Yoshida here......

Shots Fired at Del Mar

September 3rd, 2018|

I have always thought concerts at racetracks especially during the races was a silly idea. Actually I'm sure of it. The concert goers almost never bet or get involved in the racing. The noise can bother the horses and get hem more keyed up than usual. Nothing good can come out of that. There is more traffic for both horsemen and gamblers to deal with. Exactly where is the upside? Years ago at Gulfstream Park they used to give free betting vouchers to concert goers. After the show "stoopers" would scour the area and pick up the vouchers discarded by the concert goers. The large majority of these people didn't bet for FREE! Yesterday a shooting at Del Mar during the running of the last race was a bad event and one that could have been an utter disaster the game and frankly nobody needs. Maybe racetracks will realize it is time to take care of existing customers or dare I say gamblers instead of worrying about just about everything else with the exception of the horses. The concert went on [...]

She’s Back

September 3rd, 2018|Tags: , |

Dream Tree returned to the races at saratoga for Bob Baffert and looked as good as any three-year old filly around. She came back sprinting but looked like stretching out will not be a big issue. Read about Dream Tree here......

Desormeaux, Same Old Same Old

August 29th, 2018|Tags: , |

    Same Old Same Old By John "Ace" DaSilva Kent Desormeaux is one of the best jockeys you will ever see on top of a horse.  The 48-year-old still holds the record for most wins in a year with 598 set in 1989.  He was inducted to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2004 and presently has 5,980 career victories in North America, which puts him 18th on the all time win list for jockeys.  Despite those credentials, Desormeaux's effort is being questioned after race 4 on Saturday at Del Mar.   Aboard 13-1 Take a Leap, many have said Kent, once he thought he couldn't catch K P Pergoliscious for the victory, wrapped up too early with Take a Leap. Video replay shows during the stretch drive, Kent hand riding the Jeff Mullins trainee from the start of the chute to the wire,  where he lost second when he was caught by 4-1 Room to Finish.   This is not the first time Desormeaux has been accused of not riding out to the wire. But [...]

Saratoga Stakes Recap

August 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

        Kaitlin Free recaps the action on the Saturday Travers Stakes card at Saratoga.   Allen Jerkens Stakes Promises Fulfilled captured the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes in an eye-catching performance. He was asked to go on the backstretch and kept that response into the lane under strong urging to win by a 1 ½ lengths. Seven Trumpets and Firenze Fire both finished strong to complete the trifecta. The runner up ran extremely credible given his start from the gate. This race was the first stakes of the day that a speed bias on the track became evident. Promsies Fulfilled became a G1 winner with his win in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes. He earned a 99 Beyer Speed Figure for the victory. Future plans for Promsies Fulfilled have not been announced.   Personal Ensign Stakes Abel Tasman earned the victory in the Personal Ensign Stakes in a hard fought battle over 2nd place finisher Elate. Abel Tasman was let out a notch on the backstretch and immediately accelerated, never relinquishing the lead. The 2nd place finisher Elate was [...]