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Coolmore Buys into Galiean

April 12th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  The Coolmore partnership of Michael Tabor, John Magnier, and Derrick Smith purchased an interest in graded-placed and multiple stakes winner Galilean from West Point Thoroughbreds and their partners on this horse ahead of the April 13 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park. They apparently are looking ahead at the possibility of him getting into the Kentucky Derby. Galilean is a son of Uncle Mo. He is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. He will be ridden by Flavien Prat in the Arkansas Derby. 

Last Hope Lexington

April 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  The connections of stakes winners Anothertwistoffate and Sueno still have hopes to qualify for the May 4 Kentucky Derby as they enter the $200,000 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) at Keeneland. The Lexington is the last points race and last chance to qualify for any Derby hopefuls on the outside looking in. Anothertwistafate is 24th in the points standings and Sueno is 25th on the Derby leaderboard. The Lexington awards qualifying points to the top four finishers—20-8-4-2. A win by either would give them enough points to qualify. Anothertwistafate would have 50 and Sueno would have 48.

Experiment Cancelled

April 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Santa Anita, once known as The Great Race Place, is becoming somewhat of a joke due to the inconsistency in their statements as they relate to the fatality crisis that has plagued the track this meet. An experiment to have riders ride with no riding crops or whips whatsoever on April 12th, 2019 has been cancelled. The riders will now be allowed to carry crops. The Lasix ban was previously abandoned for a phase out approach over time. An emergency meeting by the CHRB to discuss moving the current meets dates was also cancelled after the track ran three days without incident.

Derby Points Picture

April 9th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

2019 will raise the bar as far as Kentucky Derby points go. The number of points required to get into the Kentucky Derby will be the highest since the current system replaced the prior earnings method. Master Fencer, the Japanese horse has a spot reserved by way of his Japan Road to the Derby. That leaves 19 to have to have the points to make it to the gate. Two points races remain, the Arkansas Derby to be run at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, and the Lexington to be run Sunday at Keeneland. Omaha Beach is currently the last horse with enough points to get in as of today with 37.5. That is more than the previous high at this stage which was Mo Tom with 35 back in 2016. The point system will have horses like Bob Baffert's Improbable in a position where they have to run first or second to get in. Improbable is slated to go in the Arkansas Derby. One reason the points needed to make this year's Derby has increased is because a dozen different horses [...]

Coolmore Shuttling Stallions

April 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Coolmore is sending two of their top stallion prospects to Australia for stud duty. "Saxon Warrior and Mendelssohn combine group 1-winning excellence at 2 with remarkable performances at 3," said Paddy Oman, Coolmore Australia's sales and nominations representative. "They are both by exceptional sires, have stallions' pedigrees, and will suit the Australian broodmare population. They're two very exciting prospects and offer Australian breeders the best of international form and bloodlines." Both horses were trained by Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien. Saxon Warrior was an outstanding 2-year-old, winning all three starts. Mendelssohn, a Keeneland September Yearling Sale topper who brought $3 million, is out of Leslie's Lady, making him a half brother to 11-time grade 1 winner and four-time champion Beholder and grade 1 winner and successful sire Into Mischief. He is by Scat Daddy.  

Meeting Cancelled

April 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |

The special meeting of the California Horse Racing Board that was scheduled for April 12 has been canceled. The discussion of Santa Anita Park moving their racing dates to a different venue is being moved to the agenda for the April 18 meeting of the Board. The CHRB indicated as Santa Anita was able to race over the weekend without incident the special meeting was no longer needed on the 12th.

Juarez Suspended

April 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

  Jockey Nik Juarez has been suspended for 15 days by New York stewards. Juarez was disqualified from seventh to last in Saturday's Grade 2 Wood Memorial, when he and his mount Joevia cut over to the rail from the far outside post position and impeded several riders. Juarez was also fined $2,500 for the foul. The incident was clearly visible to most watching the race, especially from the head on view. Tacitus, the eventual winner, took the worst of it.

Tacitus Overcomes Trouble in Wood Memorial

April 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Tacitus, trained by Bill Mott for Juddmonte Farms, and ridden by Jose Ortiz, proved best in a stretch drive with Tax to prevail in the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on Saturday. The early stages of the race were a little messy. The break was uneventful, but a dozen strides out of the gate, the race turned a bit ugly. Joevia swept over towards the inside from his extreme outside post position and seemed to intimidate half the field while doing so. At the same time, Tacticus was coming out a bit and Overdeliver was forced to the inside by Joevia's escapades and collided with Final Jeopardy, who took the worst of it all and lost all action, while hobbling over to the rail after the melee. Things didn't get any better for the field around the first turn when Tacitus, Tax and Overdeliver bounced each other around and Overdeliver took the worst of it in round two of the rumble. Meanwhile, Not That Brady and Joevia opened up a sizable lead on the field and hit [...]

Vekoma Takes Bluegrass

April 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Under confident handling from Javier Castellano, Vekoma took command in the stretch and drew off to a 3-3/4 length victory in the $1 million, Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland Race Course on Saturday. Win Win Win closed well to edge out Signalman for second and Somelikeithotbrown held on for fourth. Somelikeithotbrown grabbed the early lead and carved out a 1/4 mile in 23.26 and Vekoma met him at the 1/2 mile marker in 47.03. They continued together through the far turn until Vekoma took the lead and powered away to win by daylight. I can't exactly say the win was beautiful or effortless as Vekoma's legs were flailing around like an injured dancer during a performance, but when he finally straightened out, he looked okay. Trained by George Weaver, Vekoma completed the nine furlong contest in 1:50.93 and the trainer was ecstatic. "I've won a lot of big races, but this is probably the biggest," he said. "Keeneland and this race are special to me." Bred in Kentucky, Vekoma was a $135,000 purchase at the Keeneland September yearling sale and [...]

Roadster Redeems in Santa Anita Derby

April 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Roadster, under jockey Mike Smith, uncorked a massive late rally to run down Game Winner in the Grade 1, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, securing the colt a spot in the May 4, Kentucky Derby. Instagrand grabbed the early lead and held it well through a 1/4 mile in 23.34 and a 1/2 in 47.84. But as he hit the far turn, Instagrand  seemed to shorten stride and was joined by Nolo Contsesto and Game Winner. Instagrand got a second wind as they straightened out for the drive, but he eventually retreated as Game Winner and Joel Rosario rallied in between horses and it looked like they were home. But Roadster, who was still well behind as the field approached the far turn, was silently moving up, and took the lead in deep stretch to prevail by a 1/2 length over stablemate Game Winner. "I moved a little bit soon because they weren't putting much pressure on Instagrand," Rosario said of Game Winner, "but they weren't going too fast up front so I was comfortable with my position, [...]

Keeneland Two-Year Old Sales Preview

April 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

      Kaitlin Free highlights some horses in the upcoming sale that have caught her eye. It will be interesting to see what they bring, and how they do. Keeneland Two Year Old in Training Sales Preview The first edition of the April 2YOs in Training Sale is set to begin with Monday’s breeze show. Festivities will follow up with the sale itself on Tuesday. Here is an in depth look at some of the top juveniles up for sale.   HIP 128 Unnamed Colt (Empire Maker x Lady Lumberjack by Forestry) This colt out of Empire Maker’s first crop since being back stateside has a lot to like. He is quite flashy, and really resembles his sire. This colt has excellent bone and a powerful back end that gives every movement purpose. He is a real ball of muscle and could pack a punch on the track. Pedigree wise, this guy is should have no problem finding the winner’s circle. He has three siblings to race and all of them are winners. His dam Lady Lumberjack is multiple graded [...]

A Santa Anita Experiment

April 6th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

  Despite world renowned Hall of Fame riders like Gary Stevens and Mike Smith publicly expressing concerns about riding in a horse race with no whip or riding crop, the CHRB and Stronach Group have decided to try it. On April 12th, 2019 Santa Anita will run without the riders having whips or riding crops. The Jockeys' Guild is behind the experiment and sent the following letter to the CHRB: “The Jockeys' Guild and its board of directors have taken into consideration the tragic loss of horses since opening day at Santa Anita as well as the public's perception and want to proceed in a way that is in the best interest of racing,” reads the letter. “After considerable discussion, the guild's board of directors and members strongly feel that more research and dialogue is necessary in order to fully evaluate the consequences of implementing the proposed rule which is an extreme change from the existing rule.” The experiment is obviously a lead in to the new policy which bans crop use for anything other than corrective measures. One would think [...]

Baffert Shows Patience

April 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

  Bob Baffert is not only masterful at getting a horse to be at their best for a targeted race, he is also equally masterful at picking the right spots. When he skipped the Dubai World Cup, a race he has had success in, you just knew there was another target race where McKinzie would be ultra-tough. That race turns out to be the Santa Anita handicap to be run tomorrow at the Great Race Place. "When they canceled the (Santa Anita Handicap), I was just, 'Damn it, I could have gone to Dubai.' But I really think McKinzie, he's going to get better with age," Baffert said. "It's hard to turn down $12 million, but the thing about Dubai: It's not an easy ship. It's like, you'd be the favorite, but it's a tough ship. A win on Saturday would vault McKinzie towards the top of a weak older horse division here in the US. With the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita, staying home for the Big Cap makes all the sense in the world. Probably some dollars too. [...]

Santa Anita Running, For Now

April 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

  The CHRB has scheduled a meeting to discuss moving the remaining dates at Santa Anita this meet to another venue. This in the wake of the 23rd fatality at the track since December 26th, 2018, and since Senator Dianne Feinstein called for an investigation into the deaths. Tim Ritvo, COO of The Stronach Group, said that Santa Anita did not request the meeting or that to be the agenda and that Santa Anita is not considering moving its dates to another location at this time.