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January 2017 VOL 60/ISSUE 1

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—By Brock Sheridan

BROCK TALK

FLORIDA FOCUS FHBPA / TAMPA BAY INDUSTRY NEWS FLORIDA-BREDS AROUND THE COUNTRY Country-wide Florida-bred statistics

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WAYS OF THE WEST

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STALLION SHOWCASE

Get Away Farm Stallion Showcase —Photos by Serita Hult

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Florida-bred Shane’s Girlfriend romps in the G3 Delta Downs Princess. —By Brock Sheridan

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Editor-in-Chief Brock Sheridan sits down with FTBOA CEO Lonny T. Powell

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Coverage of Gulfstream Park’s Claiming Crown races —By Brock Sheridan

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Vitamin E is crucial for equine health —By Heather Smith Thomas

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Photo coverage of FTBOA annual Holiday Charity Open House

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Q&A WITH FTBOA CEO LONNY T. POWELL

GULFSTREAM PARK’S CLAIMING CROWN

EQUINE HEALTH

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lorida breeders have long been known to produce freshman sires that rank among the national leaders in their respective classes. In fact, in the last 16 years, 21 Florida-based freshman sires have been ranked in the top 10 nationally in year-end statistics. Twice during that span, in 2005 and 2015, three Florida-based sires have ranked in the top 10 of the national first crop sires and in 2008, 2009 and 2010, two Florida sires were in the top 10 in that category in each of those years. In 2005, Padua Stable’s Exchange Rate (ranked 6th nationally) and Delaware Township (#9), and Ocala Stud’s Trippi (#8) were in the top ten nationally at the end of the year. In 2015, Double Diamond Farm’s First Dude (#5), Bridlewood Farm’s Big Drama (#7) and Northwest Stud’s Gone Astray (#9) were all top 10 first-crop sires. Signature Stallions’ Chapel Royal was the champion freshman sire in Florida in 2008 and ranked sixth nationally while Vinery’s Peace Rules was the ninth ranked freshto determine man sire nationally that year. The next year, Journeywhich of these 14 Florida stallions man Stud’s Wildcat Heir led may be the next hot sire to stand in all Florida first crop stallions Marion County, it is not difficult to and was ranked fourth nationally while Proud Accolade, see the potential here. who stood at Bridlewood Farm, was ranked sixth nationally. In 2010, Hartley DeRenzo’s With Distinction was Florida’s leading freshman sire and ranked eighth nationally while the Vinery’s Pomeroy was tenth. Those statistics for Florida sires far outshine any state or province outside Kentucky during that same time period and are a tribute to the knowledge and success of Florida mare owners and stallion farms alike. From 2001 through 2016, New York had a total of four stallions make the top 10 national freshman sire list followed by California with three and Canada and Texas with two each. During that time, four Florida sires have made the national top five first crop sire list including, Macho Uno (Adena Springs South), the top Florida freshman sire of JOHN D. FILER PHOTO

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2007 and number five nationally; Wildcat Heir, Two Step Salsa (Get Away Farm), Florida’s champion freshman sire of 2013 and ranked fifth nationally, and First Dude. Other Florida stallions to make the top 10 freshman sire list nationally during that time and their rank and farm include Lost Soldier (2001, Franks Farm Southland Div., #9), Stormy Atlantic (2002, Bridlewood Farm, #9), Family Calling (2003, Hidden Point Farm, #8), Running Stag (2004, Adena Springs South, #10), Three Wonders (2006, Hidden Point, #9), High Cotton (2011, Ocala Stud, #8) and Kantharos (2014, Ocala Stud, #7). And when the statistics for freshman sires start coming in later this year, Florida looks to again be well represented with no less than 14 first-crop stallions listed in the 2017 The Florida Horse Stallion Register. Five from Pleasant Acres Stallions will be among the first crop sires in 2017 including Anthony’s Cross (Indian Charlie), Beau Choix (Elusive Quality), Brethren (Distorted Humor), Poseidon’s Warrior (Speightstown) and Treasure Beach (GB) (Galileo). First crop sires from Woodford Thoroughbreds include Currency Swap (High Cotton), He’s Had Enough (Tapit) and Soldat (War Front) while Bridlewood Farm has Corfu (Malibu Moon) and Northwest Stud is set to be represented by Duke of Mischief (Graeme Hall) and Wrote (High Chaparral–Ire). Meanwhile Ocala Stud has freshman sire Prospective (Malibu Moon), Hartley DeRenzo Thoroughbreds will be represented by Rattlesnake Bridge (Tapit) and Journeyman Stud officials will be scanning results while looking for progeny by Winslow Homer (Unbridled’s Song). While it is not easy to determine which of these 14 Florida stallions may be the next hot sire to stand in Marion County, it is not difficult to see the potential here. The bloodlines include Tapit, War Front, Galileo (GB), Distorted Humor, Malibu Moon, Indian Charlie, Speightstown, High Cotton, High Chaparral (Ire) and Unbridled’s Song. The other thing they all have in common – they stand in Florida where breeders have produced some of the industry’s top freshman sires over the last decade and-a-half. ■


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Ocala/Marion County thoroughbred farms opened their doors to prospective breeders last month as the area’s popular stallion shows got underway. More shows are slated for this month, and they will be featured in future issues. PHOTOS BY SERITA HULT

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$400,000 Delta Downs Princess (Grade 3) at Delta Downs on Nov. 19 by more than 13 lengths. The 2-year-old filly races from the barn of Doug O’Neill for owners Dennis O’Neill, ERJ Racing LLC and WC Racing and is now among the top contenders on the leaderboard for the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks to be run at Churchill Downs on May 5. She was bred by Ocala Stud who consigned her to the OBS June Sale where she was purchased by Dennis O’Neill for $95,000.

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Pioneerof the Nile’s son Social Inclusion, Veteran of Grade 1 Tests, Comes to Woodford Thoroughbreds

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Social Inclusion, the record-setting son of leading sire Pioneerof the Nile who finished third to California Chrome in the 2014 Preakness Stakes, is the newest addition to the stallion band at Woodford Thoroughbreds near Reddick. The multiple Grade 1 performer out of the Saint Ballado mare Saint Bernadette arrives at Woodford mainly through the efforts of Carlos Rafael, a Woodford client and owner/breeder in Florida and Kentucky. Social Inclusion joins a stylish roster that also includes sons of Bernardini, Tapit, War Front, High Cotton and Repent. His introductory stud fee is set at $4,000, stands and nurses. Social Inclusion is the first son of Pioneerof the Nile to stand in Florida. He broke his maiden by 7½ lengths in his career debut as a 3-year-old at Gulfstream Park, getting six furlongs in 1:09.35. He followed that with an eye-opening 10-length allowance score over eventual champion Honor Code, setting a track record of 1:40.97 for the mile and one-sixteenth that still stands. He closed out his career with an 11¾-length allowance victory. In between, Social Inclusion finished third in the Wood Memorial (G1) in his third start, and was third again in the Preakness behind California Chrome in start No. four. Pioneerof the Nile has been a leading sire for his first four years at stud, and was the world’s No. 1 third-crop sire of 2015, headed by 2015 Horse of the Year American Pharoah, racing’s

first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Another son, Cairo Prince, winner of the Holy Bull (G2), has been bred to 148 mares for two consecutive years. Well-received last season, the Woodford Flex Plan – which allows breeders to take advantage of special incentives in combination with deferred stud fees – will be offered again in 2017 for Biondetti, He’s Had Enough, Currency Swap, Social Inclusion, Soldat and Crown of Thorns. For more information about the stallions and the Woodford Flex Plan visit www.woodfordtb.com or contact Scott Kintz by calling 352-591-5871 or e-mailing SKintz@woodfordTB.com or, call Matt Lyons at 859-3611647. ■

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Progeny Earnings Florida’s leading freshman sire of 2015 has stayed hot this year, hitting two earnings milestones during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend – more than $4 million in progeny earnings lifetime and more than $3 million for 2016. Standing at owner Donald R. Dizney’s Double Diamond Farm in Ocala, First Dude has sired 2016 stakes winners Sticksstatelydude, Flora Dora and Dude Fantasy. He is the top secondcrop sire in Florida by a large margin and is ranked fourth in North America behind only Uncle Mo, Gio Ponti and Twirling Candy. By Stephen Got Even from the Smart Strike mare Run Sarah Run, First Dude won more than $1.4 million on the racetrack and

won or placed in six Grade 1 events, including the Preakness (G1), Belmont (G1), Travers (G1), Haskell (G1), Blue Grass (G1) and Hollywood Gold Cup (G1). First Dude is available for a $10,000 “stands and nurses” fee in 2017.

Shane’s Girlfriend is Record– Setting Princess Florida-bred Shane’s Girlfriend put in a dominating performance to win by 13 ¼ lengths and set a new stakes record when she won the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess (Grade 3) at Delta Downs Nov. 19. The Doug O’Neill trainee ran away from a solid field of nine other fillies that included Florida Sire Stakes heroines Cajun Delta Dawn and Dude Fantasy to cover the mile in 1:37.98 which translated into a 92 Beyer Speed Figure. Cajun Delta Dawn finished second to complete the Florida-bred exacta that paid $71 while Dude Fantasy did not fire and finished a disappointing ninth. Cajun Delta Dawn won the Desert Vixen and Susan’s Girl segments of the FSS in August and September respectively while Dude Fantasy took the final leg of the filly division by winning the My Dear Girl on Oct. 1. All three races were run at Gulfstream Park. Despite being a winner of her only start when taking a maiden special weight by nearly six lengths at Santa Anita on Oct. 29, punters made Shane’s Girlfriend, a daughter of Ocala Stud stallion Adios Charlie, the 3-1 second choice behind local stakes winner Gold Mischief, who went off at 5-2. Shane’s Girlfriend, who is named in part for O’Neill’s son Shane, paid $3.40 to win. Flatter Up, a 19-1 longshot who was second to Golden Mischief in the $100,000 My Trusty Cat Stakes at Delta on Oct. 21, broke on top and led Shane’s Girlfriend by a length as they went past the finish line for the first time on the six furlong oval. Alicibiades (G1) fourth-place finisher Caroline Test was a close third with Cajun Delta Dawn another length back in fourth as they went the first quarter-mile in :23.06.


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They remained much that way around the far turn and down the back straight until a half-mile in :47.16 when Flatter Up extended her lead to two lengths and Caroline Test dropped back. But Shane’s Girlfriend inched closer to the leader as they went around the far turn. As they approached the stretch, Shane’s Girlfriend began to pull away while Cajun Delta Dawn and Flatter Up were left to fight it out for second. By the time Shane’s Girlfriend hit the furlong marker, she was seven lengths in front and jockey Flavian Pratt, who had flown in from Southern California for the ride, was just a comfortable passenger as they galloped to the finish. Cajun Delta Dawn was 2½ lengths ahead of Flatter Up in third with Channel’s Legacy fourth. Caroline Test faded to last. Shane’s Girlfriend was purchased out of the Ocala Breeders’ Sale Open sale of 2-yearolds in June for $95,000 by Doug O’Neill’s brother Dennis, who now partners with ERJ

Racing LLC and WC Racing in owning the bay filly. Dennis conducts all business for the O’Neill stable at public auctions including the purchase of Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winners I’ll Have Another, a $35,000 OBS April graduate; and Nyquist, who he bought at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale for $400,000. Shane’s Girlfriend was bred and consigned

at the OBS sale by Ocala Stud. She is out of the unraced Proud Citizen mare Western Tornado who hails from the family of millionaire and multiple Grade 1 winner Critical Eye and Grade 2-placed Glamorista. For the Princess win, Shane’s Girlfriend earned 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks and $240,000. She now has two wins and total earnings of $271,200 from two starts. ■

Wildcat Wish Arrives in Sam’s Town St. George Stable LLC’s Wildcat Wish picked up his first black-type victory Nov. 19 when he upset heavy favorite The Truth or Else to win the $75,000 Sam’s Town Stakes at Delta Downs. After finishing second to Awesome Banner in the $75,000 Big Cypress in June and third behind winner Abounding Legacy in the $75,000 Trinniberg, both a Gulfstream Park, in his first two tries against stakes company,

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Wildcat Wish passed through the sale ring several times selling first for $35,000 as a yearling at the 2014 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Winter auction. He then brought $52,000 at Keeneland September before being pinhooked by Shamrock Stables, LLC through the OBS April Sale for $95,000 where he was purchased by former trainer Bill Kaplan as an agent for H. Jack Hendricks and Roger Justice. Hendrick and Justice raced him until he was claimed by Loza for St. George Stable. ■

Yorkiepoo Princess Wires Furlough Field Florida-bred Yorkiepoo Princess had won only one of her previous four starts before Thanksgiving Day. She captured a $62,500 maiden claiming race taken off the turf at Belmont Park on Oct. 2, leading from start to finish and eventually drawing off to win by 12½ lengths over the good track with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. It was also the only time in those four races in which she led after the first quarter-mile. Her next start came in the $100,000 Chelsey Flower Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 30 at a mile on turf and although she was unable to get the lead after the first two furlongs, she still showed plenty of speed and had the lead by a head after a half-mile in a :47.97. However, she could not maintain her advantage when the field turned for home and she tired and finished 10th of 12 starters with Dylan Davis aboard. Trainer Edward Barker did not lose faith in the 2-year-old filly however; he only adjusted his strategy a bit. He came back with her on Thanksgiving Day in the $100,000 Furlough Stakes at Aqueduct at a shorter six furlongs and back on the main track. He also went back to Ortiz to ride. Ortiz again went right to the lead with Yorkiepoo Princess in the Furlough and never looked back. Yorkiepoo Princess broke on the top from the inside post and was a length in front of Whistle Stop after the quarter in :23.53. She maintained the lead around the far turn and while it looked as if 1-5 favorite Eloquent Riddle would challenge her after making a run from mid-pack after a half-mile in :46.90, Yorkiepoo Princess found another gear and began to draw away. Although Yorkiepoo Princess began to drift out in the run for home, Eloquent Riddle was no match for her she eventually won by 2¾ Florida-bred lengths in 1:11.62 over the fast Yorkiepoo Princess track. Eloquent Riddle held on JOE LABOZZETTA PHOTO

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Wildcat Wish made the third Florida-bred time a charm in the seven furWildcat Wish long Sam’s Town. However, Wildcat Wish has been an ultraconsistent performer while graduating through optional claiming race conditions with three wins, five seconds and four thirds from only 13 starts. That consistency may have been what trainer Efren Loza Jr. saw in the son of Wildcat Heir when he claimed Wildcat Wish from his last race for $50,000 when third at Gulfstream Park West on Oct. 21. There was also something Loza saw in Wildcat Wish once he got him to his barn after the claim because he shipped the 3-year-old gelding from South Florida to the Vinton, La., oval without putting him through an official work before the Sam’s Town. Black Bear, who had come to the Sam’s Town off of a high level optional claiming third at Keeneland on Oct. 28, broke best of all from post 10 and had a three-length lead on 28-1 longshot Aaron’s Bluff after the first quarter in :22.97 as they passed the grandstand for the first time on the six furlong track. Meanwhile Wildcat Wish and jockey Javier Castellano, who has won the last three Eclipse Awards as the nation’s top rider, were content to run in sixth among the nine starters and nine lengths off the lead. However, Wildcat Wish steadily advanced as they raced down the backstretch and was just four lengths behind Black Bear, running in fifth, after a half-mile in :46.89. Around the far turn Castellano began to urge Wildcat Wish for a bit more to remain within striking distance of Black Bear who was now getting away from Aaron’s Bluff and Southern Barbeque running in tandem in second and third. With an eighth of a mile to run, Black Bear was still clear but Wildcat Wish was running fastest of all on the outside with hopes of having enough real estate before the wire. Wildcat Wish and Black Bear hit the finish together and it took the photo finish to show that the former had a nose in front in a running time of 1:25.68 over the fast track. The Truth or Else was third at 610. Wildcat Wish paid $5. Wildcat Wish, who is out of the Rahy mare Rahy’s Wish, earned $45,000 for his fourth career win, pushing his bankroll to $186,715. He was bred in Florida by Kent Cantrell of Anthony and Beth Bayer of Ocala. He is a half-brother to Lindsey’s Wish, who won the Goldfinch Stakes at Prairie Meadows and stakes-place Saint Jude. Rahy’s Wish is also a half-sister to Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes winner Bully Bones and stakes winners Approvance and Wishes and Roses.


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for second, more than 17 lengths ahead of Alice B. Winkle in third. “She’s just a really nice filly,” said Barker. “We didn’t pay much money for her, but she’s got so much talent. There’s more to her too, I can tell you. She’s just got so much talent and we hope we can go on to bigger and better things later on in the spring. For now, we’re going to play it by ear. I’m elated that she won this race.” Let go a 7-2, Yorkiepoo Princess paid $9.20 in picking up her second career win. She also earned $60,000 which increased her career bankroll to $94,811 for owner Danny J. Chen, who bought her out of the Ocala Breeders’ Sale April Sale of 2-year-olds in training for $8,000. Yorkie Poo Princes was bred in Florida by A. Francis and Barbara Vanlangingdonck of Morriston who sold her as a yearling at OBS August for $65,000. She is by Kantharos and out of the stakes-winning mare Kickapoo Princess, by Unreal Zeal. ■

‘Katelyn’ a Budding Starlet Although the only filly to beat her was in the field for the $100,000 Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 3, the biggest threat to the rising Florida-bred star R Angel Katelyn was not considered to be La Key but, instead, Jumby Bay, who came into the six-furlong event after breaking her maiden in her fourth try for trainer Todd Pletcher. The players were proven correct when the Floridian scored easily over that upstart and seven other 2-year-old fillies, tallying by 3½ lengths while getting the distance in 1:10.67. The clocking was .17 seconds faster than what her highly regarded stablemate Chance of Luck required in winning the co-featured Inaugural for males at the same distance. Mikhail Yanakov’s Chance of Luck and R Angel Katelyn, owned by Richard Averill and Clark Freeman’s CCF Racing Stable, are trained by Tampa veteran Gerald Bennett – no stranger to developing classy Florida-breds – and the Sandpiper and Inaugural were part of a clever day of programming that featured 10 races for juveniles and was packaged by Tampa Bay Downs as “Cotillion Festival Day.” Bennett had been vocal in giving both youngsters high marks leading up to Saturday’s sweep. “Gerry has always been high on R Angel Katelyn, from Day 1.” Averill said, “and we felt pretty confident going into the race. She is a versatile filly and, when she broke on top, [jockey Edwin Gonzalez] rode her like she was the best horse in the race, which she was.” R Angel Katelyn won the Sandpiper in front-running fashion, grabbing an open lead early and tallying at Gonzalez’s pleasure. It was a reunion for those two: Gonzalez was aboard for R Angel Katelyn’s maiden-breaking win and her only loss, both of which came at Delaware Park. R Angel Katelyn had not appeared under silks before her Sept. 22 bow, which she won by five at 11-1. Sent off at 1-2 in her second start, on Oct. 8, she disliked the rail and the deep going over a track labeled

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“good,” tired from her pacemaking duties and finished second as the more seasoned La Key came from off the pace to win her third race in five tries. While that race was La Key’s most-recent effort prior to the Sandpiper, R Angel Katelyn had restored her reputation under Paco Lopez in the Juvenile Filly Sprint going 6½ furlongs at Gulfstream Park West, tallying by a half-length over Wildcat Kate with Sandpiper rival Rashette nearly four more lengths farther back. Sent off the Sandpiper’s 8-5 favorite, R Angel Katelyn and Gonzalez tripped the timer at :22.33 through an opening quarter-mile that gave her a 1½-length lead, then hit the half in :45.24 while extending

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the margin to 2½. She coasted home unthreatened by Jumby Bay, who held the place by 1¼ lengths over Rashette. “[Gonzalez] said he had a lot of horse under him and wasn’t really worried at any point of the race,” Bennett said. “I told him to just let ‘Katelyn’ run her race and sit patient, and she’s got the game down pretty well for such a young horse. He played it as it came up, and she took off when he asked her.” The 25-year-old Gonzalez is spending his first season at Tampa, and his ride in the Sandpiper will go a long way toward attracting clients. “[Bennett] told me to go to the lead, but go easy, and when I asked her to change leads at the quarter pole she responded well and just kept going. I knew [Jumby Bay] was charging, but my filly didn’t pay attention,” he said. La Key, meanwhile, showed nothing, finishing last of the nine fillies who started. Co-highweighted at 122 pounds and spotting anywhere from four to six pounds to all except Defining Hope, R Angel Katelyn earned $60,000 to boost her earnings to $147,120 and her record to 3-1-0 from four starts. She paid $5.40. A daughter of Ocala Stud stallion High Cotton, R Angel Katelyn is the fifth of six foals, and the third winner, dropped by the Southern Halo mare Send for an Angel. A $50,000 purchase at OBS earlier this year, she was bred by Craig Wheeler. Averill, who co-owns 2014 Sandpiper winner R Sassy Lass, said the next start for “Katelyn” might be Tampa’s $100,000, seven-furlong Gasparilla Stakes on Jan. 21. ■

Lirica Goes Long, Impresses With Her Victory in the Hut Hut Stakes Given the chance to flaunt her abilities outside the presence of fellow Florida-bred fillies R Angel Katelyn and Cajun Delta Dawn, Magic Stable’s Lirica made the most of her opportunity with a one-length victory in the $75,000 Hut Hut Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 10. While forecasts called for a slight chance of rain in the Miami area that day, it poured long and hard enough to knock the two turf stakes out of the infield and to make for a sloppy-and-sealed track for the others. The Hut Hut favorite, My Lerler – who finished 1¼ lengths ahead of Lirica when they ran fourth and sixth to R Angel Katelyn in their most recent start, the Juvenile Filly Sprint at Gulfstream Park West on Nov. 12 – bumped with Hello Juliet at the break but recovered and, while under pressure from US Diva, led the field of seven through an opening quarter-mile in :24.67. My Lerler gradually shook loose from the field, opened two 16 THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2017

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lengths at the half-mile as US Diva faded, and still held a lead approaching the stretch, but rider Edgard Zayas had Lirica – nearest in pursuit of the leader – coiled to pounce on the tiring frontrunner. Rallying four wide, Lirica took over into the lane, opened a fast three lengths after seven furlongs in 1:26.20, and had plenty left to comfortably withstand the closing rush of My Cousin Martha. The latter had 10½ lengths on My Lerler, who lasted well enough to easily hold on to third. Phone Chick, Creative Talent, Hello Juliet and US Diva completed the order of finish. The winning time over the Hut Hut’s gooey going was 1:39.68 for the mile, more indicative of the condition of the surface than Lirica’s abilities: Having never run beyond 6½ furlongs before, she readily answered Zayas’ call for more when My Cousin Martha challenged deep into the stretch. “The distance helped her,” Zayas said. “It was so easy for her because she was so comfortable close to the pace and coming into the stretch she finishes pretty good, so it came out perfect for her.” Lirica paid $7.20 and earned $45,570. Her record after six starts is 3-2-0 with total earnings of $129,320. A two-time graduate of the OBS sales ring, trained by Antonio Sano, Lirica broke poorly in her five-furlong debut June 3 but came flying late to finish second; broke her maiden Aug. 6; missed by a half-length when second to Cajun Delta Dawn in her next, the Cassidy Stakes, on July 2; then won again against optional-claiming company before trainer Antonio Sano gave her a 3½-month break. Whereas her first four races were at Gulfstream, her return to the races came at Gulfstream Park West in the Juvenile Filly Sprint. It wasn’t a good performance, but Sano knows his filly and said he wasn’t discouraged. “She wasn’t able to run her race last time [but] she had been training very well for this race,” he said. “The last race, after the layoff, turned out to be good preparation for this race.” Lirica, who was bred locally by Cherie Abner and Michael Bossio, is a daughter of Kantharos out of unraced Romantic Surprise, by Purge. Purchased for $12,000 by Christy Whitman out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the OBS winter-mixed sale of 2015, Lirica was part of the Summerfield consignment when Sano signed a $20,000 tab for her at OBS’ yearling sale a few months later. Lirica is the second of four foals dropped by Romantic Surprise, who also has a yearling by Soldat and a weanling by Overdriven. She was bred to I Spent It this year. Lirica’s third dam, Stave, won Churchill Downs’ Mint Julep and produced the graded-stakes winner Sea Ditty as well as listed winners Ghost Story and Ticket to Houston, the latter a $2 million purchase at Keeneland’s breeding-stock sale in 2005. ■


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El Semental First Dude, de Double Diamond Farm, Gana USD 4 Millones Gracias a su Progenie

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Cajun Delta Dawn terminó segunda para dos cuerpos y Caroline Test perdió posición. completar la exacta de las criadas en Florida, Sin embargo, Shane’s Girlfriend se acercó que pagó USD 71, más a la líder cuando tomaron la curva más El padrillo novato de mientras que Dude lejana y, al acercarse a la recta, comenzó a Florida más exitoso de Fantasy no logró de- sacarle ventaja, mientras Cajun Delta Dawn 2015 se ha mantenido spegar y terminó en un y Flatter Up comenzaron a disputarse el seen lo más alto este año, decepcionante noveno gundo puesto. Cuando Shane’s Girlfriend llegó al maral haber logrado dos puesto. hitos en materia de Cajun Delta Dawn cador del furlong, estaba siete cuerpos más ganó los segmentos adelante, y el jinete Flavian Pratt, que había ganancias durante el fin Desert Vixen y Susan’s viajado desde el Sur de California para la carde semana de Acción de Double Diamond Farm stallion First Dude Girl de la FSS en rera, pudo relajarse mientras galopaba hasta Gracias: más de USD 4 millones en ganancias por progenie en toda agosto y septiembre, respectivamente, mien- la llegada. Cajun Delta Dawn llegó 2 cuerpos tras que Dude Fantasy se llevó el tramo final y ½ adelante de Flatter Up, que quedó tercera, su vida y más de USD 3 millones en 2016. First Dude, que se encuentra en Double Di- de la división de potras al ganar My Dear Girl mientras que Channel’s Legacy terminó amond Farm —propiedad de Donald R. el 1 de octubre. Las tres carreras se corrieron cuarta. Caroline Test no logró clasificar. Shane’s Girlfriend fue adquirida en la Venta Dizney—, ha engendrado a Sticksstatelydude, en Gulfstream Park. A pesar de haber ganado su única carrera por Abierta de Ocala Breeders de ejemplares de 2 Flora Dora y Dude Fantasy, ganadoras de clásicos durante 2016. Este ejemplar es el se- casi seis cuerpos cuando participó en una mái- años, que se realizó en junio, por USD 95,000. gundo padrillo más importante en Florida por den con peso especial en Santa Anita el 29 de El comprador fue Dennis, el hermano de Doug un amplio margen, y se encuentra en el cuarto octubre, los apostadores hicieron de Shane’s O’Neill, que ahora es uno de los propietarios de puesto en América del Norte, superado solo Girlfriend, hija del semental Adios Charlie de esta potra castaña, junto con ERJ Racing LLC y Ocala Stud, la segunda opción con 3-1, por de- WC Racing. Dennis dirige todas las operaciones por Uncle Mo, Gio Ponti y Twirling Candy. Hijo del macho Stephen Got Even y de la trás de la ganadora de clásicos locales Gold comerciales del establo de O’Neill en las subyegua Sarah Run —hija de Smart Strike—, Mischief, que comenzó con 5-2. Shane’s Girl- astas públicas, incluida la compra del Derby de First Dude dejó ganancias por más de USD 1.4 friend, que se llama así, en parte, en alusión al Kentucky presentada por los ganadores de la millones en la pista y ganó o clasificó en seis hijo de O’Neill, Shane, pagó USD 3.40 al ganar. Yum! Brands (G1) I’ll Have Another, que dejó Flatter Up, una improbable ganadora con OBS en abril por USD 35,000; y Nyquist, que eventos de Grado 1, a saber: Preakness (G1), Belmont (G1), Travers (G1), Haskell (G1), 19-1, que salió segunda frente a Golden Mis- compró en la venta de Fasig-Tipton Florida por Blue Grass (G1) y Hollywood Gold Cup (G1). chief en el clásico My Trusty Cat de USD 400,000. Shane’s Girlfriend fue criada y consignada First Dude está disponible por una tarifa USD 100,000 que se corrió en Delta el 21 de con garantía de potrillo vivo de USD 10,000 octubre, salió llevando la delantera y le sacaba por Ocala Stud en la venta de OBS. Es hija para 2017. ■ un cuerpo a Shane’s Girlfriend cuando pasaron de la nunca competidora Western Tornado — la línea de llegada por primera vez en el óvalo cuyo padre es el semental Proud Citizen— y Shane’s Girlfriend se lleva de seis furlongs. Caroline Test, que terminó pertenece a la familia de la millonaria y varias el récord en Princess cuarta en la Alicibiades (G1), salió tercera, sin veces ganadora de Grado 1 Critical Eye, y de Glamorista, clasificada en Shane’s Girlfriend, criada en Florida, mayores diferencias con Grado 2. demostró un desempeño dominante al ganar Cajun Delta Dawn, que se En el triunfo de por 13 cuerpos y ¼ y establecer un nuevo ré- encontraba otro cuerpo Princess, Shane’s Girlcord en clásicos, además de coronarse triun- más atrás al momento en friend sumó 10 puntos en fadora en la Delta Downs Princess de que entraron en el primer el sistema Road to the USD 400,000 (Grado 3) Nov. 19 en Delta cuarto, a los 0:23.06. Kentucky Oaks y cosechó Siguieron así en la Downs. La potra, entrenada por Doug O’Neill, USD 240,000. Ahora, osse despegó de sus nueve sólidas competidoras, curva más lejana y en la tenta dos victorias y entre ellas, las heroínas del clásico Florida Sire recta opuesta hasta la ganancias totales que —Cajun Delta Dawn y Dude Fantasy—, para media milla, a los ascienden a USD 271,200 cubrir la milla en una marca de 1:37.98, lo cual 0:47.16, hasta que Flatter Florida-bred Shane’s Girlfriemd por dos carreras. ■ le valió un 92 en el sistema Beyer Speed Figure. Up logró una ventaja de 18 THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2017


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que iba quinto, después de la mitad de milla, Yorkiepoo Princess Gana Furlough Wildcat Wish, de St. George Stable LLC, a los 0:46.89. En la curva más alejada, CastelYorkiepoo Princess, criada en Florida, cosechó su primera victoria en clásicos Nov. lano comenzó a exigirle un poco más a Wild- había ganado una sola de sus cuatro carreras 19, cuando destronó al gran favorito The cat Wish para que se mantuviera a corta anteriores antes del Día de Acción de Gracias. Truth or Else al ganar el clásico Sam’s Town, distancia de Black Bear, que ahora se estaba Se llevó una carrera máiden de reclamo de alejando de Aaron’s Bluff y Southern Bar- USD 62,500 que se corrió sobre hierba en Belde USD 75,000, en Delta Downs. Después de haber terminado segundo ante beque, que iban en fila en segundo y tercer mont Park el 2 de octubre, ubicada a la cabeza Awesome Banner en el Big Cypress de puesto, respectivamente. desde principio a fin. Terminó por sacar una Con un octavo de milla por delante, Black ventaja de 12 cuerpos y ½ en la pista, con el USD 75,000 en junio, y tercero detrás del Bear aún tenía el terreno libre, jinete Irad Ortiz Jr. También fue la única vez ganador Abounding Legacy en pero Wildcat Wish corría más en esas cuatro carreras en que se puso a la el Trinniberg de USD 75,000 rápido que cualquier otro por el cabeza después del primer cuarto de milla. —los dos en Gulfstream exterior, con la esperanza de Park—, que fueron sus dos Su siguiente carrera fue el clásico Chelsey poder sobresalir antes de llegar Flower, por USD 100,000, que se corrió en primeros intentos en las ligas a la meta. mayores, Wildcat Wish conBelmont el 30 de octubre y fue de una milla Wildcat Wish y Black Bear sobre hierba. Aunque no pudo ponerse a la virtió a la tercera en la vencida llegaron juntos y fue necesaria cabeza después de los primeros dos furlongs, con su participación en Sam’s la foto final para mostrar que demostró bastante velocidad y se colocó en Town, de siete furlongs. Sin el primero le sacaba un hocico, primer lugar, con una cabeza de ventaja, deembargo, Wildcat Wish ha en un tiempo total de 1:25.68 spués de media milla, a los 0:47.97. Sin emtenido un rendimiento muy Florida-bred en la pista rápida. The Truth or bargo, no pudo mantener su ventaja cuando parejo en su paso por carreras Wildcat Wish de reclamo opcional, con tres victorias, cinco Else quedó tercero con 6-10. sus competidoras tomaron la recta final; se Wildcat Wish pagó UDS 5. segundos puestos y cuatro terceros puestos, en cansó y terminó en décimo lugar (de doce) Wildcat Wish, hijo de la yegua Rahy’s con Dylas Davis como jinete. un total de solo 13 carreras. Esta calidad sostenida puede haber sido lo Wish —a su vez hija de Rahy—, ganó El entrenador Edward Barker no perdió la que vio el entrenador Efren Loza Jr. en el hijo USD 45,000 por su cuarta victoria, con lo cual fe en la potra de 2 años, aunque sí ajustó un de Wildcat Heir cuando compró a Wildcat Wish sus ganancias totales ascienden a poco su estrategia. Volvió a competir con ella por USD 50,000 en su última carrera, en la que USD 186,715. Fue criado en Florida por Kent el Día de Acción de Gracias, en el clásico Fursalió tercero, el 21 de octubre en Gulfstream Cantrell y Anthony y Beth Bayer, de Ocala. Es lough de USD 100,000 que se corrió en AquePark. Loza vio otra cualidad en Wildcat Wish medio hermano de Lindsey’s Wish, que ganó duct, en un tramo más corto de seis furlongs y una vez que lo llevó a su establo después de el clásico Goldfinch en Prairie Meadows y vuelta en la pista principal. También volvió a reclamarlo, porque envió al capón de 3 años clasificó en Saint Jude. Rahy’s Wish también acudir a Ortiz para que fuera el jinete. desde el Sur de Florida hasta el óvalo de Vinton, es media hermana del ganador del clásico SorCon Yorkiepoo Princess, Ortiz se colocó Luisiana, sin que se entrenara oficialmente rento (G3), Bully Bones, y de las ganadoras primero desde el comienzo y nunca miró de clásicos Approvance y Wishes and Roses. hacia atrás. antes del Sam’s Town. Wildcat Wish se vendió varias veces, Black Bear, que había llegado a Sam’s Yorkiepoo Princess salió primera desde el inTown después de salir tercero con reclamo op- primero por USD 35,000 cuando era un tusón terior y le sacaba un cuerpo a Whistle Stop decional de alto nivel en Keeneland el 28 de oc- en la subasta del invierno de 2014 de Ocala spués del cuarto, a los 0:23.53. Mantuvo la tubre, se destacó como el mejor desde el poste Breeders. Luego, en septiemdelantera en la curva más lejana se vendió por 10 y le sacó una ventaja de tres cuerpos a bre, y, cuando parecía que Eloquent Aaron’s Bluff, un improbable ganador con 28- USD 52,000 en Keeneland Riddle, la favorita con 1-5, la 1, después del primer cuarto a los 0:22.97, antes de ser escogido por desafiaría después de despemientras pasaban por la tribuna por primera Shamrock Stables, LLC por garse del resto tras la media vez en la pista de seis furlongs. Mientras tanto, USD 95,000 en la venta de milla, a los 0:46.90, Yorkiepoo Wildcat Wish y el jinete Javier Castellano, que abril de OBS, donde lo comPrincess tomó más velocidad y ganó los últimos tres Eclipse Awards como el pró el ex entrenador Bill Kacomenzó a sacarle ventaja. mejor de la nación, estaban conformes en su plan, como agente de H. Jack Aunque Yorkiepoo Princess sexto lugar entre los nueve corredores, a nueve Hendricks y Roger Justice. comenzó a perder el ritmo en Hendrick y Justice lo hicieron cuerpos del que iba primero. el último tramo, Eloquent RidNo obstante, Wildcat Wish avanzaba sin participar en carreras hasta dle no pudo igualarla y la ceder mientras recorrían la recta opuesta, y se que lo reclamó Loza para St. Florida-bred primera terminó ganando por Yorkiepoo Princess ubicó a solo cuatro cuerpos de Black Bear, George Stable. ■ 2 cuerpos y ¾ en 1:11.62 en JOE LABOZZETTA PHOTO

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la pista rápida. Eloquent Riddle salió segunda, más de 17 cuerpos adelante de Alice B. Winkle, que quedó tercera. “Es una potra muy buena”, la elogió Barker. “No pagamos demasiado por ella, pero tiene muchísimo talento. Aún puede dar más, se los aseguro. Tiene mucho talento, y esperamos tener logros mejores y más importantes más adelante, durante la primavera. Por ahora, vamos a decidir sobre la marcha. Estoy encantado con que haya ganado esta carrera”. Con 7-2, Yorkiepoo Princess pagó USD 9.20 al cosechar su segunda victoria. También ganó USD 60,000 y, así, sus ganancias totales ascendieron a USD 94,811 para su propietario, Danny J. Chen, que la compró por USD 8,000 en la venta de abril de Ocala Breeders de ejemplares de 2 años de edad en entrenamiento. Yorkiepoo Princes fue criada en Florida por A. Francis y Barbara Vanlangingdonck de Morriston, que la vendieron cuando como potra en OBS en el mes de agosto por USD 65,000. Su padre es Kantharos y su madre es la yegua ganadora de clásicos Kickapoo Princess, que a su vez es hija del macho Unreal Zeal. ■

Katelyn, una Incipiente Estrella Aunque la única potra que podía vencerla competía por el clásico Sandpipers de USD 100,000 que se corrió en Tampa Bay Downs el 3 de diciembre, la mayor amenaza para la prometedora Angel Katelyn, criada en Florida, no era La Key, sino Jumby Bay, que entró en el evento de seis furlongs después de haber ganado por primera vez una carrera en el cuarto intento del entrenador Todd Pletcher. Las competidoras resultaron estar en lo cierto cuando la proveniente de Florida superó fácilmente a esa presumida y a otras siete potras de 2 años, y ganó por 3 cuerpos y ½, completando la distancia en 1:10.67. La marca fue de 0.17 segundos menos que los que necesitó su notable compañero de establo, Chance of Luck, para ganar la Inaugural para machos en la misma distancia. Chance of Luck, que pertenece a Mikhail Yanakov, y R Angel Katelyn, propiedad de CFF Racing Stable, de Richard Averill y Clark Freeman, son entrenados por el veterano de Tampa 20 THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2017

Gerald Bennett —ningún novato en la formación de elegantes ejemplares de Florida—. La Sandpiper y la Inaugural fueron parte de un inteligente día de programación que tuvo 10 carreras para juveniles y que Tampa Bay Downs dio en llamar “Cotillion Festival Day”. Bennett no había dudado en darles a ambos ejemplares marcas altas antes de la apuesta del sábado. “Gerry siempre confió en R Angel Katelyn, desde el primer día”, explicó Averill, “y estábamos bastante confiados al entrar a la carrera. Es una potra versátil y, cuando se posicionó a la delantera, [el jinete Edwin Gonzalez] la montó como si fuera la mejor de la carrera, cosa que resultó cierta”. R Angel Katelyn ganó el Sandpiper con un desempeño destacado: tomó ventaja desde el principio y se llevó la victoria, para alegría de Gonzalez. Fue un reencuentro para ambos: Gonzalez fue el jinete de R Angel Katelyn durante su primera victoria y, también, en su única derrota, ambas en Delaware Park. R Angel Katelyn no había corrido nunca antes de su actuación del 22 de septiembre, donde ganó por cinco a 11-1. Con 1-2 en su segunda carrera, el 8 de octubre, no se apegó al barandal en una pista calificada como “buena”, se cansó de marcar el ritmo y terminó segunda frente a la más experimentada La Key, que logró la mejor velocidad. Así ganó su tercera carrera de cinco.

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Aunque esa carrera fue el esfuerzo más reciente de La Key antes de la Sandpiper, R Angel Katelyn había recuperado su reputación bajo la dirección de Paco Lopez en la Juvenile Filly Sprint de 6 furlongs y ½ en Gulfstream Park West, donde le ganó por medio cuerpo a Wildcat Kate, mientras que su rival de la Sandpiper Rashette quedó a casi

cuatro cuerpos de distancia. Tras haber salido como favoritos de la Sandpiper con 8-5, R Angel Katelyn y Gonzalez marcaron 0:22.33 en un primer cuarto de milla que les dio una ventaja de 1 cuerpo y ½, y luego marcaron la media a los 0:45.24, donde extendieron la diferencia a 2 cuerpos y ½. Llegó a la meta sin que la intimidara Jumby Bay, que mantuvo su ventaja de 1 cuerpo y ¼ sobre Rashette. “[Gonzalez] afirmó que estaba montando a un ejemplar inmenso y que no estuvo verdaderamente preocupado en ningún momento de la carrera”, contó Bennett. “Yo le aconsejé que dejara a Katelyn hacer lo suyo y que fuera paciente, y la realidad es que, por ser una yegua tan joven, lo hizo bastante bien. Él se dejó llevar, y ella tomó velocidad cuando él así se lo exigió”. Gonzalez, de 25 años, está pasando su primera temporada en Tampa, y su desempeño en la Sandpiper le permitirá atraer muchos clientes. “[Bennett] me dijo que me pusiera a la cabeza, pero sin desesperarme, y cuando le exigí [a Katelyn] que se adelantara en el poste de un cuarto, respondió bien y siguió avanzando. Yo sabía que [Jumby Bay] venía a la carga, pero mi potra no le prestó atención”, aseguró. La Key, mientras tanto, no se destacó y terminó última entre las nueve potras que corrieron. Con un peso alto de 122 libras y con una ventaja de entre cuatro y seis libras sobre todas menos Defining Hope, R Angel Katelyn ganó USD 60,000 para lograr así ganancias de USD 147,120 y alcanzar un récord de 3-1-0 de un total de cuatro carreras. Pagó USD 5.40. Hija del semental High Cotton, de Ocala Stud, y de la yegua de Southern Halo Send for an Angel, R Angel Katelyn es la quinta de seis potrillas, y la tercera ganadora. Adquirida en OBS por USD 50,000 el año pasado, fue criada por Craig Wheeler. Averill, que es uno de los copropietarios de R Sassy Lass, ganadora de la Sandpiper en 2014, afirmó que la siguiente carrera para “Katelyn” podría ser el clásico Gasparilla de Tampa, que es de siete furlongs y se correrá el 21 de enero por USD 100,000. ■


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: You’ll soon be hitting the start your sixth year with FTBOA and living in Florida. So looking back…….What do you think so far? A: In some ways it’s hard to believe how fast those years have gone. Yet in other ways, it seems like I’ve been here even longer. It’s mostly what I expected with a number of unanticipated surprises, challenges and developments to keep things more than busy and interesting. I think the Florida thoroughbred industry is much more impactful on the state and local economy than many appreciate and that’s a great foundation--especially when our most pressing goals are to increase awareness and politically protect, preserve and grow our industry in the face of ever-increasing gaming competition and the need for ongoing economic growth and opportunity. From a pure enjoyment and satisfaction perspective, the people, horses, local area, and the state are just fantastic. I can’t imagine that there is a better location to be in the horse business! I just love Florida, Marion County and Ocala.

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: So what’s it like being FTBOA CEO? How does the job compare with previous CEO roles you were recruited to fill such as Santa Anita and Racing Commissioners International? How does your position interface with the President…the Board? Tell us something about the FTBOA staff and your inner workings. A: Being a CEO, no matter the organization or industry, you deal with pretty much the same kind of issues–government affairs, community relations, promotion, planning, operations, legal, regulatory, media and public relations. I must emphasize that CEOs get nothing done without the work, help and support of good people around them—Zero. I try to never take that for granted. I truly appreciate our community, industry, members, board and staff. At FTBOA, our volunteer president (now Brent Fernung, who we all believe will do a fantastic job for us) serves as the chairman and leader of our membership-elected board of directors. That person is the individual I report to and interface with by far the most. I also am

Lonny Powell completed his collegiate studies at the University of Arizona, where he returned to serve as Director of its vaunted Race Track Industry degree program there. Known as an enthusiastic advocate, communicator and student of the sport, much of Powell’s career has been spent as president, CEO or COO over the operations of numerous successful racetracks (in locales as diverse as Longacres near Seattle, Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Multnomah near Portland, Ore., and Santa Anita Park in Southern California) while leading them to various all-time wagering and attendance records. He may stand alone as the only person in the industry’s history to have served as a chief or senior executive of racetracks; a racing regulator, an industry academic, an account-wagering provider, a corporate track owner and as head of a breeders’ and owners’ association. THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2017 23


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in contact with the other officers of the board with great frequency. I hear from and talk to most of the board members on an ongoing and as-needed basis and get to visit with and meet our membership and farms along the journey. We strongly believe we will all greatly benefit from Brent’s experience, knowledge, counsel and love for the business. Other than the board president, I constantly work with our lead lobbyist based in Tallahassee, Matt Bryan, and our general counsel, Warren Husband and the legal team. These two gentlemen are two of FTBOA’s greatest resources, truly first-round draft picks in their professions. Obviously, I spend unlimited time with our fantastic, dedicated, and hardworking staff at FTBOA. From our incredibly committed and brilliant senior managers on through the phenomenally talented support staff throughout the building, we are very blessed. They work very hard to help our members and industry. They are proud of Florida-breds!

• Being the lead push behind the undertaking and publishing of the two most timely and referenced economic impact studies on our industry; • Managing and reinvigorating of the hugely successful Florida Sire Stakes; • Emerging as the trusted authority of our Florida industry on decoupling and other industry issues and how to best approach it in Tallahassee; • Putting together a plan for 2017 to offer the highest level allowed by law of Breeders’ and Stallion Awards in the entire history of the Florida thoroughbred industry; and • Our staff and board will always remember fondly the FTBOA receiving accolades and recognition outside of our industry by our local and state-wide business communities when in 2015, we were selected as the Association of the Year by the Florida Society of Association Executives for the entire state, plus the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership Non-Profit of the Year Award.

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: From your point of view, what are some of the greatest assets FTBOA has going for it? A: In addition to such a great membership, board and staff, our real superstar and focal point is our acclaimed and competitive Florida-bred. Their performance and history on the track world-wide is really something special. What a great product to serve as the centerpiece! Without Florida thoroughbreds we would be without an industry. Obviously, you couldn’t have great horses without some very invested and hard-working people around them—breeders, owners, farm management, numerous equine professionals, in addition to signature tracks, farms and a globally renowned sales company.

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: During the past five years and under your watch, what in your opinion, have been some of the better and more impactful achievements and changes that you, your board and your team play a role in? A: There are simply too many (yet never enough) to cover in a single interview which I guess is a pretty good thing. If I had to name a few they would be: • The building from the ground up of our Member Services and Events Department for the primary purpose of enhancing member communications, programs, services and overall experience; • Supporting the successful challenge of parimutuel barrel racing at Gretna in the interest of the integrity and image of our industry, sport and members; 24 THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2017

: During that same five years, and again in your opinion, what have been some of the most challenging issues and initiatives faced by FTBOA and the Florida breeders and owners? A: Nothing can match our industry’s legislative challenges resulting from a combined perfect storm of: • The State’s attempted resolution of issues surrounding the Seminole Tribal Compact, to include the expiration of the Tribe’s blackjack authorization, related federal lawsuits, and possible new gaming; • Greyhound tracks, Hialeah, Calder and others who want to “decouple” by repealing current state laws that require live racing as a condition of offering slots, poker, and intertrack wagering, with the goal of closing down their tracks but keeping these other forms of gaming and their associated profits (and possibly future gaming products); • The “delegitimizing” of pari-mutuel horse racing by an emerging network of highly questionable flag-drop quarter horse tracks and their “manufactured” horsemen’s groups--this “Mickey Mouse Circuit” (Hialeah’s own words) of nonracing-centric quarter horse “tracks” calls into question the safety of the horse, protection of the betting public and the reputation of our industry. • The push by major casino companies and others to radically expand gaming in Florida, already one of the most gaming-intensive jurisdictions in the country In more conventional times we could be putting almost all of our focus and energy on the more traditional issues facing thoroughbred breeders across the


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county—stallion attraction, recruiting more mares, maximizing the value of state-breds, etc. That being said, the decoupling issue, until it is dealt with in fairly final fashion, really casts such a shadow of uncertainty in the marketplace that it really trumps all other issues as we prepare to go into legislative session. It trumps virtually all other issues which seem to pale in comparison. Quite frankly, one of our biggest concerns related to this year’s legislative session is that we can keep our pro-thoroughbred FTBOA legislative message clear and unified and not compromised or confused by others, intentionally or unintentionally. Otherwise, we face many of the same market, competitive, regulatory and political challenges faced by any jurisdiction with a breeding and racing industry. Sometimes, for the larger breeding jurisdictions like ourselves, Kentucky, California and New York, these impacts play out on a grander scale and stage. On the flip-side, we larger jurisdictions generally also have more resources as well as job and economic impact to take on or mitigate many of our challenges. Each of these “Big Four” breeding and racing states are all heavily engaged in defending, protecting and re-tooling their respective industries.

This is critical for our entire North American industry as these four top breeding states are critical to the overall well-being of the business from coast to coast. : Most of the State thoroughbred industry and elected folks traditionally see FTBOA as the leading industry spokesman on numerous business and agricultural-related issues. During your five years in the Tallahassee trenches, you have become a high profile and listened-to voice. Share with us what you can about that, as well as the upcoming session. A: Well, I appreciate that being said. Like everything else, it does “take a village” to have an effective year round plan up in our state’s Capitol. The career path I have travelled has always placed the planning and execution of lobbying efforts as a primary responsibility of mine. Two Tallahassee-based key individuals long associated with the FTBOA whom I mentioned earlier – Lobbyist Matt Bryan and General Counsel Warren Husband really do so much of the day-to-day heavy lifting at the Capitol. They are consummate professionals and widely respected by all sides. Other than helping with the constant updating and checking off on or modifying our game plan, I spend a great deal of face time

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with our elected officials and leadership. Most people probably just know of my testimony at the microphone in front of the legislators in Tallahassee and statewide. That certainly is a critically important part of what we do but is just the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to real professional lobbying, the true work is not done in front of a microphone for a few minutes or by sitting in a hearing, though it sure would be nice if that’s all it took! The real work is done by year-round personal engagement and communication efforts. It’s about information and positive relationship building. None of that can take place without a strong demonstration of credibility and respect as well as member engagement behind a single united message. You also need to be able to negotiate, oftentimes on the fly, and combine forces as necessary with allies or others of like mind on your issues to bring positive attention and investment to the efforts and results of our membership and state.

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: Apart from all of the legislative and regulatory related issues, what are some other issues or developments of note that will have an impact on the Florida thoroughbred industry as you look to the next five years? A: As breeders, we need an active and vibrant market place for our Florida-bred horses on a number of levels. We all need owners—the buyers of those horses who also take them to race. Ultimately, we must keep in mind that, though all of our roles are critical to our industry, without horse owners and bettors, we have no show, no place for our product, our Florida thoroughbreds, to strut their stuff. They are the two key economic players in the breeding and racing industry and are not easy to replace. Thankfully, our two thoroughbred tracks, Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs, do a fantastic job in putting on the pari-mutuel racing and betting show. Still, we all need to work on improving all of our existing efforts while collaborating and cooperating with others where it makes sense. Beyond that, we continue to need to work with state officials to strengthen current pari-mutuel laws, regulatory policies and enforcement. We need to ensure integrity and legitimacy of our pari-mutuel racing, safety and protection of the horses and public 26 THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2017

must not be compromised. It is a matter of fairness, reputation and credibility for our entire horse industry that has been our primary emphasis prior to the decoupling money-grab train arriving in Tallahassee. In addition to administering our programs, FTBOA’s primary responsibility is to promote the Florida thoroughbred throughout the state, country and world. We constantly seek and pursue opportunities to do so in order to bring positive attention and investment to our membership, horses, sales community and state.

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: As 2016 has now drawn to a close, are there any things of particular note you will remember about the past year? A: I’ll remember 2016 as the year that the full court press for decoupling dominated the scene. I’ll also remember a year of very aggressive democratic election campaigns for both our country and our Association. On the positive, among a number of good things on which to reflect back, I will certainly look back on it as a year in which the Florida Sire Stakes officially became a real significant part of our modern industry and for Gulfstream from a wagering, awareness and participation standpoint. It will go down as a year of continued relationship building and positive progress for team FTBOA. As added icing on the cake, it will go down as a year of unprecedented cooperation and support between us, OBS, Gulfstream, Tampa Bay Downs and our local business community—pretty good stuff. Of proud personal note, I will look back at 2016 as the year I finally changed my eating habits and lost well over 125 pounds! What a rewarding experience that has been on so many levels.

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: Any closing thoughts for our readers, including your hopes for 2017? A: I anticipate many of the same challenges and opportunities plus a few more that are not even imagined at this time. The bottom line, we will be prepared and willing to do whatever it takes for growing our business through opportunity while protecting it when protection is needed. I have no doubt we will serve our members and industry well--that is job number one. There are many good things to pursue or create. The year 2017 does get off to a fantastic start in that, as noted previously, we will be offering the highest levels of breeders’ and stallion awards in the history of the Florida thoroughbred industry. ■


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FTBOA Public Statement regarding the FHBPA’s rejection of significantly enhanced purses for 2017 Gulfstream stakes races

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espite the best efforts of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association and Gulfstream, it appears that the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association will refuse to sign a statutorily required agreement to provide significantly enhanced purses for stakes races at Gulfstream Park, placing into question the running of the 2017 Sunshine Millions, 2017 Sunshine Millions Preview and 2017 Florida Sire Stakes, among other races. After collaborating and jointly investing over the past years to build a growing industry, racing program and stakes schedule for Florida owners and horsemen, with a heavy emphasis on promoting Florida’s top-tier breeding industry, the FTBOA is both shocked and saddened by this unfortunate decision by the FHBPA. It is perhaps not coincidental that this decision was made at the same time the FHBPA is in the midst of broader and contentious purse negotiations with Gulfstream. As explained more fully below, in rejecting the proposed 2017 stakes agreement, the FHBPA is depriving its member owners and trainers of the ability to leverage $1 million in FHBPA purse funds to run for an additional $3 million in purse funds provided by the FTBOA and Gulfstream. The simple math tells the story. The damage to Florida owners, to trainers, to the 2017 racing program, to the Florida breeding industry and to our efforts to recruit new owners will be substantial and potentially long-lasting. The FTBOA commends Gulfstream and The Stronach Group for their early support and unwavering commitment to the proposed 2017 stakes program. Gulfstream and The Stronach Group have been both professional and constructive in working with the FTBOA and other stakeholders, as we all seek to navigate a very competitive and complex marketplace. Background Florida law provides that 17%-40% of breeder and stallion award funds generated at a track may be used to supplement purses for stakes races at that track, pursuant to an agreement establishing the rate, procedure and eligibility requirements for those races entered into by the FTBOA, the track and the horsemen’s group. As in years past, the FTBOA prepared and transmitted a proposed stakes agreement for the 2017 meet to Gulfstream and the FHBPA on Sept. 23, 2016. This agreement was similar in terms and in format to the stakes agreements entered into by the three parties in prior years, with the exception of proposed increases in

the overall amount of stakes funds for 2017 and the corresponding contributions of both Gulfstream and the FTBOA. Specifically, the FTBOA proposed a $50,000 increase in stakes funding for 2017 – moving from $4.3 million to $4.35 million, with the FTBOA contributing $126,000 more, Gulfstream contributing $40,000 less and the FHBPA contributing $36,000 less. Overall, in exchange for a purse investment of $1,114,000 from the FHBPA for the specified stakes races, which included both the 2017 Sunshine Millions and the 2017 Florida Sire Stakes, horsemen would be running for an extra $2,227,000 in purse funds from the FTBOA and an extra $1,009,600 in purse funds from Gulfstream. While Gulfstream was fully supportive of the proposed 2017 stakes agreement from the outset, the FHBPA did not respond until almost two months later (on Nov. 19), with a one-page letter posing several issues, many of which were stated in a manner that was unclear in both scope and intent. In response, the FTBOA organized a conference call with the FHBPA and Gulfstream on Nov. 29, after the intervening Thanksgiving holiday. After a seemingly constructive dialogue, the FTBOA prepared and transmitted a revised draft of the agreement to Gulfstream and the FHBPA the very next day, on Nov. 30, responding to each of the FHBPA’s questions and concerns that were raised and clarified during the call. Further, as requested on that call, Gulfstream and the FTBOA provided underlying handle and related data to the FHBPA. As previously stated by Gulfstream, a stakes agreement needed to be in place by Dec. 7 in order not to jeopardize the running of the 2017 Sunshine Millions. Having offered no further comment on the revised agreement they received on Nov. 30, the FHBPA responded by instead transmitting a partial agreement covering the Sunshine Millions only, on the afternoon of Dec. 7. The FTBOA has made clear that it was not willing to enter into such a piece-meal arrangement, as it would leave the remainder of the 2017 Gulfstream stakes schedule unresolved and offer no clarity to owners and horsemen (or to breeders and stallion owners) on this important component of the 2017 racing schedule. As recently as Dec. 12, during an in-person meeting at Gulfstream Park, both Gulfstream and the FTBOA pressed the FHBPA to sign the agreement or produce a viable alternative, but to no avail. ■ THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2017 27


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By BROCK SHERIDAN HALLANDALE BEACH – oyal Posse overcame a difficult start, came from off the pace while racing four wide on the far turn and got up in the final strides to win the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel for the second straight year. The Jewel featured 3-year-olds and older who have started for a claiming price of $35,000 or less since Jan. 1, 2015 and they went 1 1/8 miles on the main track. The Jewel was also the featured race on the Gulfstream Park opening-day card that included nine Claiming Crown events worth $1,050,000 Dec. 3. Royal Posse was made the 3-5 favorite in the Jewel based on the three-race win-streak the 5-year-old gelding brought into the race. Not only was it a nice streak to bring into a Claiming Crown race but all three victories came against stakes company. Royal Posse won the $100,000 Alydar Stakes at Saratoga

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on Aug. 7, the $98,000 Evan Shipman Stakes also at Saratoga on Sept. 2 and the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap at Belmont Park on Oct. 22. It was also the second consecutive year in which Royal Posse won the Shipman. Homespun Hero and jockey Julian Leparoux broke best of all from post two with 381 shot Diamond Bachelor running in second with John Jones also close as they went the first quarter in :23.92. Meanwhile Luis Saez was patiently riding Royal Posse midpack in the ninehorse field as they went down the backstretch. Diamond Bachelor and John Jones moved up to challenge Homespun Hero for the lead as they went the half-mile in :47.58 but the longshot was stubborn around the far turn. A few lengths further back, Royal Posse had also launched his rally. Diamond Bachelor took over inside the final quarter-mile but Royal Posse quickly came up to challenge to his outside. Those two went at each other with determination coming down the

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CLAIMINGCROWN stretch but Royal Posse got the edge with just a few strides left and made it to the finish a half-length ahead of Diamond Bachelor. John Jones was another 1½ lengths back in third as they completed the 1 1/8 miles on the fast track in 1:36.70. Royal Posse is trained by Rudy Rodriguez for Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Gary Aisquith. He became a millionaire with the $110,000 first-place check that pushed in earnings to $1,011,245. It was his 11th victory from 34 starts. “He’s a really game horse,” Rodriguez said. “Every time, he tries so hard. I know the stretch isn’t as long as the stretch at Saratoga and Belmont, but he did it. I’m very happy and proud of him,” Rodriguez claimed Royal Posse for $20,000 on May 31 of 2015 and showed improvement in his first start for Rodriguez. He was second against optional claimers on July 24 at Saratoga before coming back on Aug. 20 to win under the same conditions. In his next effort on Sept. 4, he won his first Evan Shipman Stakes. “We claimed him at the right time,” Rodriguez continued. “When we got him he was pretty sound horse. He’s like an ATM. You put him in [a race] and he gives it to you. You

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don’t have to put much back, just keep him happy,” Rodriguez said. Royal Posse is by Posse out of Struckbylightning, by Cryptoclearance. TIARA

Trainer Lacy Gaudet claimed Marabea (GB) for $25,000 out of a race at Saratoga on Sept. 2 and the 4-year-old filly paid immediate dividends in winning her next start against $25,000 starter allowance horses on Nov. 6 at Laurel. Marabea’s stock continued to pay in the $125,000 Claiming Crown Tiara for fillies and mares who had started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less since Jan. 1, 2015 as she won the Tiara and kept her record a perfect 2-for-2 under Gaudet. Stormin Charlotte at 188-1, took the lead in the 1 1/16 mile Tiarra with Royal Jewelry second and favorite Daddy’s Boo third as they went the first quarter in a leisurely :25.76. Moving down the backstretch, Stormin Charlotte continued to lead but Royal Jewelry moved into second with Marabea still far back in 12th after a half-mile in :51.65. As they made their way around the far turn, jockey Jose Lezcano began to urge Marabea who started picking up horses while

racing four-wide and Be Playful was also finding her best stride from fourth. Be Playful took over from Royal Jewel as they made the run for home with Marabea still putting in a big rally on the outside with 37-1 shot Lobella keeping pace with her. At the finish, Marabea was a neck in front of Lobella in second with Seeking Treasure another neck back in third. Gaudet said she had some anxious moments while watching the race. “I was nervous. She broke fine but then they kind of came over on her,” Gaudet said. “I thought she was going to be in trouble, but you’ve got to be confident with a rider like Lezcano. He put her in the spot where he knew she needed to be and he figured out the right moment and got there in time. He did a great job.” Marabea returned $15.60 to win and earned $68,750 for owner Farfellow Farm Ltd. She now has earnings of $180,859 from five wins in 12 lifetime races. Royal Posse paid $3.40 as the 7-10 oddson favorite. EMERALD

Coming into the 2016 Claiming Crown, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey led all owners with 14 career wins in the series but were zero for five this year with their other Claiming Crown horses who ran prior to the Emerald. They avoided the Claiming Crown shutout with a gutsy performance by their Keystoneforvictory in the final race of the day, the $125,000 Claiming Crown Emerald for 3year-olds and older going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. The Emerald was for horses who have started for a claiming price of $25,000 since Jan. 1, 2015. Keystoneforvictory became eligible when he won against $25,000 maiden claimers at Gulfstream on Jan. 27. The 3-year-old colt had not won since taking the $75,000 Forty Niner Stakes at Gulfstream Park in June. Since then he had a fifth-place finish in the Grade 3 Kent Stakes at Delaware Park on July 16 and a third in the $75,000 Marabea finishes strong to take the Tiara


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Keystoneforvictory claims the Emerald while Florida-bred Tormenta de Oro (right) takes the Glass Slipper

Showing Up at Gulfstream Park on Nov. 9. Class Cash broke on top from post 10 but Keystoneforvictory was right there in second with Aire Bueno another length back in third. Class Cash and Keystoneforvictory went around the first turn and tripped the timer in :23.57 for the first quarter-mile and then went the first half half-mile in :48.28 while still leading the pack. Those two matched strides around the second turn and until Class Cash tired inside the final eighth of a mile. Keystoneforvictory kept up the pace and went on to win by a neck over late-running Flashy Chelsea in second. Market Outlook was also right there, another neck back in third. Final time for the Emerald was 1:43.09. It was the fifth career win from 11 starts for Keystoneforvictory and the $68,500 winner’s check increased his earnings to $190,125. Keystoneforvictory is by Shakespeare and is out of Free Fee Lady, by Victory Gallop. He paid $8.60 as the 3-1 favorite. GLASS SLIPPER

In the $110,000 Claiming Crown Glass Slipper, Florida-bred Tormenta de Oro put the Sunshine State and the University of Florida on the board as breeder as the 4-year-old filly

took the one mile event. The Glass Slipper was for 3-year-olds and older who had started for a claiming price of $12,500 or less since Jan. 1, 2015. Owned and trained by Patrick Marcondes, Tormenta de Oro was racing against $6,250 beaten claimers as recently as Aug. 26. She finished fifth that day but Marcondes put in the claim and got her. In his first start under Marcondes on Sept. 29, Tomenta de Oro went against optional claiming starter allowance horses and came out with a head victory. His next race resulted in a fifth against similar competition on Oct. 21 before he was second in a $12,500 starter allowance at Gulfstream Park West on Nov. 6. With Florida-bred Too Clever by Half setting the early fractions of :23.86 for the first quarter and :46.98 for the half, Tormenta de Oro and jockey Luca Panici were biding their time while racing off the pace in sixth, some

3½ lengths off the lead. Concealedwithakiss followed in second with Moonshine Promise another length back in third. Too Clever by Half maintained the lead after a half-mile in :46.98 but Concealedwithakiss began to move up for the challenge as they raced around the far turn. Concealedwithakiss took over as they came out of the turn while Tormenta de Oro was making a move from the inside and Esken Lady was launching a run from the outside. Tormenta de Oro got up to win by a neck over Esken Lady in second with Amaluna also putting in a late run to get third. The final time for the one mile was 1:38.53. “I had a perfect trip. I could save ground, and this filly, the last time, ran huge against Esken Lady and Arella Princess, and they were both favorites in the race,” said Panici, who had finished second behind Esken Lady and ahead of Arella Princess in a starter allowance Nov. 6. “I was pretty confident. I was able to save ground and when she got between horses, she had more heart. She ran huge.” Tormenta de Oro is by Benny the Bull and is out of Keikik, by Aloha Prospector. It was her seventh win from 32 starts and she earned $60,500 in the Glass Slipper to push her career earnings to $144,345. She was a longshot winner with odds of 44-1 and she paid $91.80 to win, $44.20 to place and $22.40 to show. However, the long odds did not deter Marcondes. “I was super confident. She breezed [Tuesday] in 45-and-4 [seconds for a halfmile] and galloped out [six-furlongs] in 1:12. She was ready to win a stake. I knew it,” Marcondes said. “I had a good feeling.” THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2017 31


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Spectacular Me got the day started by winning the $110,000 Claiming Crown Distaff Dash for fillies and mares that had started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less since Jan. 1, 2015. Trained by Steve Klasaris for Winning Move Stables, Spectacular Me was claimed for $25,000 in April of last year and has since won four races including a $40,000 starter allowance in his previous start at Laurel on Nov. 6. Florida-bred Summer Rae and My Sister Caro went to the lead from the nine and eight posts respectively and raced head to head through a first quarter in :21.61. Meanwhile Spectacular Me was racing in seventh but was only four lengths off the top two. Spectacular Me began to pick up the pace while racing four-wide around the far turn but ran into traffic problems at the top of the stretch. Jockey Jorse Ortiz then took Spectacular Me to the outside for the run down the stretch while My Sister Caro was showing the way. My Sister Caro kept the lead until midstretch when Spectacular Me took over from the outside on her way to a 1¼-length victory over My Sister Caro in second with Lady Coventry third. The final time was :56.91. Spectacular Me now has 15 wins from 47 career starts with earnings of $470,234. She is a 6-year-old mare by Catienus out of Spectacular Morgan, by Spectacular Bid.

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Spectacular Me was sent off as the 9-5 favorite and returned $5.80. RAPID TRANSIT

Shaft of Light left little doubt in the Claiming Crown Rapid Transit as he led from start to finish to earn the winner’s share of the $110,000 purse. The Rapid Transit featured 12 older horses who had started for a claiming price of $16,000 or less since Jan. 1, 2015. Shaft of Light became eligible for the seven furlong Rapid Transit by starting for $12,500 at Gulfstream in February, a race he won by 9¼ lengths. He has since won three other races in the optional claiming ranks at Gulfstream, Monmouth and Parx but came into the Rapid Transit off a three-month layoff after finishing fifth in a high level optional claiming race at Parx on Sept. 10.

The short vacation was obviously beneficial for Shaft of Light who went the first quarter in :22.59 and had two lengths on the field with Emasiel Jarimillo aboard. Flashy Jewel was in second for most of the way with Day of Fury and Sharp Art also giving chase. But Shaft of Light began to draw clear at the top of the stretch and was never in doubt as he went on to finish the seven furlongs in 1:21.84 and 6¾ lengths clear of Flashy Jewel in second and Day of Fury third. Shaft of Light now has six wins from 15 career starts and earnings of $210,280. He is trained by Jorge Navarro for Monster Racing Stable. He is by Smart Strike out of Silver Adventure by Silver Deputy. Shaft of Light broke from the gate as the 7-5 favorite and paid $4.80 to win. EXPRESS

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Defer Heaven finishes down the stretch to take the Express

The Claiming Crown Express featured older horses going six furlongs who had to have started for a claiming price of $8,000 or less since Jan. 1, 2015. The trianer-jockey combo of Jorge Navarro and Emasiel Jaramillo and owner Monster Racing Stable teamed up for the second victory on the afternoon as Defer Heaven took the Express. Longshot Divine Ambition broke on top from post 11 but Great Lou quickly took over from post four with Defer Heaven third. Divine Ambition could not keep up early as Great Lou led the field through a first quarter in :22.17 with Blings Express second and Defer Heaven third. Defer Heaven began to challenge after


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making a move three-wide around the far turn and he had the lead as they turned for home with Blings Express second and Alfredo Romana now in third. Defer Heaven raced to the finish with little challenge as he was 1¾ ahead of the late running Proper Freud in second with Express Jet third. Alfredo Romana was fourth with Blings Express fifth. The final time for the six furlongs was 1:09.77. Defer Heavan earned $60,500 for the win and increased his bankroll to $324,678 from 19 wins in 35 races. He is by Defer out of Heavenly Glory, by Honour and Glory. He paid $6.80 as the 2-1 favorite. IRON HORSE

Jockey Edgar Zayas sent Chepstow to the front right from the start of the $110,000 Claiming Crown Iron Horse but the 6-yearold gelding had to fight off favorite Goodtimeshadbyall in deep stretch in winning the 1 1/16 event. The race featured 14 older horses who had started for a claiming price of $8,000 or less lifetime. The last time that Chepstow raced for that low of a claiming price was in March of 2014. But he came into the Iron Horse having won two of his last three races as he defeated optional claiming starter allowance horses at Gulfstream Park on Sept. 8 and open starter allowance horses in his last start on Nov. 6. Trained by Ralph Ziadie for GLAB Racing

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Stable LLC, Chepstow set fractions of :23.73 for the first two furlongs, :47.17 for the half-mile and 1:11.55 for six furlongs while being chased throughout by Goodtimeshadbyall in second, Chiseled in third with Legacy Danseur third. Chepstow hit the wire in 1:43.90 and a half-length ahead of Goodtimeshadbyall in second and 1½ lengths ahead of Legacy Danseur in third. By Harlington out of the Concerto mare Collymore Hall, Chepstow now has eight career wins from 34 starts and earnings of $205,284. Chepstow paid $8.80 to win as the 3-1 second choice in the Iron Horse. CANTERBURY

The Claiming Crown Canterbury featured 12 older horses which had started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less since Jan. 1, 2015 going five furlongs. Super Spender overcame traffic problems at the top of the stretch to get the victory and the winner’s share of the $110,000 purse. Like Chepstow in the previous race, Super Spender had won two of his last three races having defeated non-winners of two races, optional claimers at Parx on Sept. 6 and starter allowance horses at Gulfstream Park West on Nov 6. Trained by Jane Cibelli for Goodwood Racing V, Super Spender broke well from post 10

but was immediately taken back by jockey Nik Juarez who was content to go around the first turn in last. Meanwhile longshot Doctor J Dub and 3-1 choice American Sailor led the field through a first quarter in :21.29 and the half-mile in :44.50. Those two maintained the lead until inside the final furlong when Super Spender got out from behind All About Yasom and ran down the leaders. Crossing under the finish, Super Spender was neck in front of Partly Mocha in second and Divine Warrior another length back in third in a time of 56.40. Super Spender is by Super Saver out of Annie’s Apple, by Shawklit One. It was victory number seven for the 4-year-old gelding who was making his 20th start. He now has career earnings of $217,320. Super Spender returned $12.80 to those who supported him at the mutuel windows. ■

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Gulfstream Park’s total handle on the opening day program for the Championship Meet, highlighted by the 18th edition of the Claiming Crown, was a record $11.115 million. The previous record Claiming Crown handle of $10.362 million was set last year, also on Gulfstream’s opening day program. Handle has risen all five years that Gulfstream has hosted the Claiming Crown. Handle in 2013 was $8.8 million and handle in 2014 was $10.06 million. "We're extremely pleased with the opening of what promises to be an historic Championship Meet," said P.J. Campo, vice president of The Stronach Group and general manager of Gulfstream Park. “The support from horsemen throughout North America for [the] Claiming Crown was extraordinary. We had full, competitive fields and some spectacular performances by horses and riders.” THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2017 33


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FTBOA’S CEO addresses University of Arizona Annual Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming

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TBOA’s Lonny Powell was an invited speaker for the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Annual Global Symposium on Racing in Tucson, the largest annual racing conference in North America. The invitation was based on the FTBOA being considered a leading authority and advocacy voice on issues in Florida and for Powell’s diverse knowledge and experience in leadership roles within multiple facets of the pari-mutuel industry at the track, state and national levels. The panel, which also included Penn National Gaming Vice President-Racing Chris McErlean, Woodbine Entertainments Vice President-Wagering Greg Martin and Darren Heidi, Director of Racing at Prairie Meadows. The panelists were asked to speak on the topic “Racinos : Is the Marriage Headed for Divorce?” Powell prefaced his comments by assuring the large audience that he was not anti-racino, though he did share concerns that the pari-mutuel/gaming marriage is showing much stress and friction all over the world and that, short of an unfortunate divorce, the coupling was in major need of therapy and revisiting their matrimonial vows. He used his Florida experience combined with his knowledge of other gaming/racing tensions across the country to offer thoughts and advice a number of related issues which included: • Praise for Florida live thoroughbred tracks Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs who remain committed to live thoroughbred racing and are not pushing for decoupling themselves. • Frustration by the arguments attempting to be advanced by greyhound tracks as well as tracks for other horse breeds and existing mini and tribal casinos in favor of decoupling the requirements for state racinos to offer live 34 THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2017

racing, purses and breeders’ awards while keeping all current and future gaming profits that were once dogmen and horsemen revenues for themselves. • Voiced cautious optimism that the Florida industry will be able to keep the Florida legislature this session to not decouple thoroughbred racing due in large part to this specific industry’s importance to jobs, economic impact and agriculture in the Sunshine State. • Challenged horsemen’s groups and tracks throughout the country to earmark some of their gaming generated revenues to actually invest in promotion and facilities aimed at improving the experience for current and future pari-mutual betting customers and participants. • The need for horsemen, tracks and regulators to keep engaged on each other’s positions on live racing dates and efforts to improve the industry and to ferret out any possible plans or intentions to the contrary. • Urging the pari-mutuel industry from coast to coast to develop ongoing and adjustable contingency plans should they face decoupling, radical live dates reductions, transfer of gaming funds from racing to government funds, etc. Each of the panelists frequently drew parallels between the industry and the “Marriage/Divorce” theme of the session they were addressing, Powell offering the following observations: “These two partners [Racing & Gaming] have grown apart over time. Each feeling neglected and under appreciated by the other. Over the years they have forgotten the reasons why they came together in the first place. Gaming, in particular, promised some major and forever promises in their wedding vows to the pari-mutuel industry. Gaming appears to now be forgetting those vows in numerous states and provinces. Racing needs

to figure out a strategy to make sure the differences between each other do not become irreconcilable. Now is not the time for our industry coast to coast to limit our response to the limited, but understandable, initial reactions to often bizarre modern day challenges to the pari-mutuel industry of denial and righteous indignation-that won’t get the job done.” NEW THA WEBSITE AIMS TO BE COMPREHENSIVE

The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (THA), a respected industry voice for horsemen for more than 20 years, on Nov. 30, 2016 launched its much anticipated website designed to provide members of its affiliates—and horsemen everywhere, industry stakeholders, regulators and those interested in racing—with a one-stop shop for important information, news, features, and commentary. “In developing our website, we spent considerable time talking to individual horsemen, industry stakeholders, regulators, and others to see what kind of information they would like to see on one convenient site,” said Alan Foreman, Chairman of the THA. “We believe we’ve done that. Our website fills a niche for horsemen that was sorely needed. We are extremely proud of this site and believe it will become a daily resource for horsemen and the industry at-large.” The website (THAracing.com) focuses on key areas such as medication information and guidance, racing-related resources such as overnights, condition books, entries, results, replays, owner services, licensing information, state regulations, tracks and racing commission links, and aftercare program provided by our affiliated organizations. The news and features components are geared toward affiliate states and national issues that impact all horsemen. Commentary


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will offer the THA an opportunity to voice its position on important matters and provide balance to current industry coverage. The Medication Information section is the only one of its kind in the industry—a single location with in-depth information about therapeutic medication; the National Uniform Medication Program and updates on its adoption; the Multiple Medication Violation Penalty System; the Uniform Classification of Foreign Substances; ARCI Recommended Penalty Guidelines; member state medication rules and regulations; and Medication Alerts, which will inform horsemen of policy changes and developments of importance to horsemen. Real-time information and notice of regulatory and policy changes will be highlighted and available to horsemen on a daily basis. The website is easy to navigate on mobile devices and includes links to social media platforms such as Twitter (@tharacing) and Facebook (Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association). “The idea was to create a website that’s not only informative but easy to navigate and easy to read,” said Tom LaMarra, Managing Editor of THAracing.com “The goal is to provide horsemen with timely information they need to conduct their business. We hope

this website meets those needs, and it will evolve accordingly.” For further information, contact: Tom LaMarra (859) 492-8365 tom@tharacing.com BLOODHORSE, WEATHERBYS INTRODUCE GLOBAL STALLIONS APP

BloodHorse and Weatherbys announced that they have jointly developed a free Global Stallions app that is now available for Apple and Android phones and tablets. The app provides continually updated graphs, charts, and statistics pertaining to stallions standing in North America and Europe and timely worldwide racing information about their offspring. Featuring more than 700 stallions from the BloodHorse Stallion Register and the Weatherbys Stallion Book, the app provides customizable views and the ability to select currency measurements, distance measurements, and “favorite” stallions. “This app should be exceptionally useful for Thoroughbred breeders all over the world, and we enjoyed working with the Weatherbys team to develop it,” said John K. Keitt Jr., publisher and editorial director of BloodHorse. “It is not just a digital version of a printed stallion register — it has many inter-

Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators For November 2016 November 2016 vs. November 2015 Indicator Wagering on U.S. Races* U.S. Purses U.S. Race Days U.S. Races U.S. Starts Average Field Size Average Wagering Per Race Day Average Purses Per Race Day

November 2016 $837,482,583 $101,397,876 332 2,788 23,106 8.29 $2,522,538 $305,415

November 2015 $708,461,433 $81,028,870 315 2,668 22,503 8.43 $2,249,084 $257,235

% Change +18.21% +25.14% +5.40% +4.50% +2.68% -1.74% +12.16% +18.73%

YTD 2016 $10,017,659,790 $1,022,816,865 4,391 35,935 278,809 7.76 $2,281,407 $232,935

YTD 2015 $9,978,013,304 $1,035,743,011 4,473 36,576 285,361 7.80 $2,230,721 $231,554

% Change +0.40% -1.25% -1.83% -1.75% -2.30% -0.55% +2.27% +0.60%

YTD 2016 vs. YTD 2015 Indicator Wagering on U.S. Races* U.S. Purses U.S. Race Days U.S. Races U.S. Starts Average Field Size Average Wagering Per Race Day Average Purses Per Race Day

active, real-time features that are not possible in a printed format.” “Weatherbys is delighted to have jointly developed an app that we believe will quickly become one of the most useful sources of information for bloodstock professionals around the world,” said Andrew Carter, commercial director for Weatherbys. “It’s fantastic that two of the best known names in the industry, BloodHorse and Weatherbys, can work so closely together to produce something for the benefit of the whole industry.” TOBA ANNOUNCES U.S. GRADED AND LISTED STAKES FOR 2017

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association presented its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2017, the results of its annual grading session conducted Nov. 30 in Lexington. The Committee reviewed 790 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned Graded status to 464 of them, the same as were graded in 2016, and Listed status to 172 races. Five Graded races were upgraded; eight new Grade 3 races were named; 23 new Listed races were upgraded from non-Listed Black Type status. Fourteen races which carried Graded or Listed status in 2016 are no longer eligible for grading. One race was upgraded to Grade 1 status for 2017: the Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing. Three races were downgraded from Grade 1 to Grade 2 for 2017: the Wood Memorial S. at Aqueduct, Mother Goose S. at Belmont Park and Toyota Blue Grass S. at Keeneland. Four races were upgraded to Grade 2 status for 2017: the Knickerbocker S. and Belmont Sprint Championship S. at Belmont Park, Woodford S. at Keeneland and Penn Mile S. at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. Ten races were downgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 3 in 2017: the Peter Pan S. at THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2017 35


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INDUSTRY NEWS continued Belmont Park, Smile Sprint S. at Gulfstream Park, Indiana Derby and Indiana Oaks at Indiana Grand, Commonwealth Derby at Laurel Park, Los Alamitos Derby at Los Alamitos Race Course, Monmouth Cup S. at Monmouth Park, West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park and Lake George S. and With Anticipation S. at Saratoga. Eight races were upgraded to Grade 3 status for 2017: the Belmont Gold Cup Invitational S., Intercontinental S. and Wonder Again S. at Belmont Park, Lukas Classic S. at Churchill Downs, Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf S. and Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint S. at Kentucky Downs, Desert Stormer II S. at Santa Anita Park and Ohio Derby at JACK Thistledown Racino. Four races were downgraded from Grade 3 to Listed status for 2017: the Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park, Old Hat S. at Gulfstream Park and Boiling Springs S. and Jersey Shore S. at Monmouth Park. Twenty-three races were upgraded to Listed status for 2017: the Garland of Roses S. and Heavenly Prize Invitational S. at Aqueduct, Chelsey Flower S., Elusive Quality S., License Fee S., Memories of Silver S., Soaring Softly S., Temperence Hill Invitational S. and Wild Applause S. at Belmont Park, Open Mind S. at Churchill Downs, Sanibel Island H. and Tropical Park Derby at Gulfstream Park, Dueling Grounds Derby and Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies S. at Kentucky Downs, Safely Kept S. at Laurel Park, American Beauty S., Bachelor S. and Spring Fever S. at Oaklawn Park, Astra S., Mizdirection S. and Pasadena S. at Santa Anita Park, Smart N Fancy S. at Saratoga and Zia Park Oaks at Zia Park. Ten races were downgraded from Listed to non-Listed Black Type status for 2017: the Sugar Maple S. and Wild and Wonderful S. at Charles Town, Alcatraz S. at Golden Gate Fields, Happy Ticket S. at Louisiana Downs, Mountaineer Juvenile S. at Mountaineer Park, Northern Spur S. 36 THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2017

at Oaklawn Park, My Juliet S. and Jostle S. at Parx Racing, Edward J. Debartolo Memorial S. at Remington Park and M2 Technology La Senorita S. at Retama Park. The Arlington Oaks, Arlington Sprint S. and Washington Park H. at Arlington Park; Sweet and Sassy S. at Delaware Park; Memorial H. at Gulfstream Park; Hawthorne Derby at Hawthorne Race Course; Los Alamitos Mile S. at Los Alamitos Race Course; Mountaineer Mile S. at Mountaineer Park; Cornucopia S. and Auld Lang Syne S. at Parx Racing; Inaugural S. and Windward S. at Presque Isle Downs; and American Beauty S. and Strub S. at Santa Anita Park were not eligible for grading in 2017. THREE-YEAR DEPRECIATION OF RACE HORSES NOT EXTENDED TO 2017

In recent years, Congress has typically passed a tax extender bill to renew dozens of temporary or expiring tax provisions for individuals and businesses at the end of the year. One of these typically extend provisions was three-year depreciation of race horses. However, Congress has adjourned for the year without taking any action on a tax extender bill, allowing three-year deprecation of race horses and dozens of other tax provisions to expire. From 2009 through 2016 all race horses could be depreciated over three years, regardless of when they were placed in service. This provision was passed in 2008 as part of a Farm Bill. The change, which eliminated the 7-year depreciation period for race horses and made all race horses eligible for threeyear depreciation, expires at the end of 2016. Beginning in 2017, the pre-2009 rules will have to be used, meaning owners will have to decide whether to place a race horses in service at the end of its yearling year and depreciate it over 7 years or wait until it is over age 2 (24 months and a day after foaling) and depreciate it over three years. Congress took no action on a tax ex-

tenders bill because they hope to enact major tax reform legislation in the next Congress that would eliminate the need for many of the expiring provisions. Failure to pass the tax extender bill was not due to opposition to the three-year depreciation of race horses or any other specific tax provision. The AHC will be closely monitoring the development of a tax reform bill and analyzing its potential impact on the horse industry. If you have any questions please contact the AHC. LAND AND WATER

USDA Announces New Conservation Opportunities to Improve Water Quality and Restore Wildlife Habitat Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Dec. 7 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer farmers and ranchers more opportunities to participate in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The announcement includes new CRP practices to protect water quality and adds an additional 1.1 million acres targeted to benefit wildlife, pollinators and wetlands. "The Conservation Reserve Program is an extremely popular voluntary program that offers producers and landowners a wide variety of opportunities to prevent erosion, protect wildlife habitat and reduce nutrient runoff," said Vilsack. "With the program close to the legal enrollment limit of 24 million acres, USDA has been working to use all of the tools at our disposal to maximize benefits by combining multiple soil, water and wildlife objectives in the areas where it is needed most." Vilsack unveiled a new conservation initiative known as Clean Lakes, Estuaries and Rivers (CLEAR), which will add new tools to CRP that can help to improve water quality. CLEAR will assist landowners with the cost of building bioreactors and saturated buffers that filter nitrates and other nutrients from tile-drained cropland.


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Early estimates indicate that CLEAR could help to reduce nitrate runoff by as much as 40 percent over traditional conservation methods. CLEAR may cover up to 90 percent of the cost to install these new practices through incentives and cost-share. These new methods are especially important in areas where traditional buffers have not been enough to prevent nutrients from reaching bodies of water. USDA will also add an additional 1.1 million acres to a number of key CRP practices that are critically important to wildlife and conservation. These include 700,000 acres for State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) efforts, which restore highpriority wildlife habitat tailored to a specific state's needs. In addition to SAFE, 300,000 acres will be added to target wetlands restoration that are nature's water filters and 100,000 acres for pollinator habitat that support 30 percent of agricultural production. The continued strong demand for CRP combined with the limited acreage available for enrollment and lower land rental rates, allows USDA to modify certain program components without affecting the integrity of the program. Signing incentives are being reduced by $25 per acre on certain practices for fiscal year 2018 enrollments (incentives are currently between $100 and $150 per acre) and a cap on the maximum soil rental rate is being instituted for Continuous CRP at $300 per acre. The savings from these changes are being reinvested back in CRP, including the additional acres for SAFE, pollinator habitat and wetlands restoration. To learn more about FSA's conservation programs, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/conservation or contact your local FSA office. To find your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov. Throughout the Obama Administration, USDA has generated thousands of critical partnerships to conserve and protect our natural resources on working landscapes, while enrolling a record number of acres in conservation programs. Seventy-percent of the

nation's land is owned and tended to privately, and America's farmers, ranchers and landowners have willingly stepped up to address the growing impacts of a changing climate. With USDA's support, they are working to implement voluntary practices that improve air and water quality, prevent soil erosion and create and protect wildlife habitat. Since 2009, USDA has invested more than $29 billion to help producers make conservation improvements, working with as many as 500,000 farmers, ranchers and landowners to protect land and water on over 400 million acres nationwide. Read more about USDA's record conservation outcomes under this Caring for our Land, Air and Water: Preserving Precious Natural Resources for Tomorrow.

D.C. Once connected to the office, ask to speak to the person who handles H-2B issues. Tell them Congress must understand that a failure to reinstate the H-2B returning worker exemption before March of next year will hurt horse racing and agriculture industries and result in the loss of critical jobs. For those with Twitter accounts, tweet #saveH2B to @SenateMajLdr and @RepHalRogers with the following message: “Include H-2B returning worker exemption in CR-critical horse racing and agriculture jobs are at stake!” In separate tweets with the same message, you may also consider tagging other members of Congress and @HouseAppropsGOP. Source The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) ■

URGENT EFFORTS CONTINUE TO REINSTATE H2B VISA RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association through its involvement in the H2B Workforce Coalition, has joined other organizations and businesses in pushing to have the H-2B visa returning worker exemption reinstated in a continuing resolution that is being drafted to fund the federal government through March 31, 2017. H-2B visas are used by employers to fill temporary, non-agricultural positions that they are unable to fill with domestic workers. Horse trainers and other industry participants use the H-2B visa program to hire grooms and other stable help. The H-2B visa program has an annual cap of 66,000 visas. Qualified workers who complied with past visa requirements and worked in the program during one of the preceding three years will be excluded from the cap through the returning worker exemption. The NTRA asks industry members to contact Congressional leadership immediately and express the horse industry’s concerns and the need to reinstate the H-2B visa returning worker exemption. Industry stakeholders are urged to call Sen. Mitch McConnell at 202-224-2541 and Rep. Hal Rogers at 202-225-4601 in Washington, THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2017 37


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Vitamin E is By HEATHER SMITH THOMAS itamins are important in equine nutrition, with various vitamins playing crucial roles in body maintenance and function. Dr. Carey Williams, Extension Specialist in Equine Management, Rutgers University (NJ) has done a lot of work on vitamin E during her graduate work and recent studies. This vitamin is important in the diet, especially for hardworking horses that are experiencing muscle cell damage, for young growing horses, and for pregnant mares—to ensure that their foals are not deficient. It also helps keep the immune system strong. Vitamin E is involved in immune function, cell signaling, regulation of gene expression, and other general metabolic processes. Sources of natural vitamin E include green forages—one of the best sources for horses. The greener the forage, the more vitamin E it contains. Thus green growing lush grass will have more of this vitamin than older, mature or dry forage. Another natural source is nuts and seeds, such as sunflower seeds. Oil made from nuts and seeds is a good source, especially if it’s coldpressed. Refined oils (where heat or solvents have been used in the refining process) won’t have as much, since some of the processes destroy the vitamin E. One exception might be wheat germ oil; it usually has a high level of vitamin E. Safflower oil is also fairly high. “Vitamin E is currently the most popular anti-oxidant supplement for horses. As an anti-oxidant it helps protect the cells. Vitamin E incorporates itself into cell membranes and protects them from oxidative damage from things like free radicals,” Williams says.

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Crucial for Health “Most people have heard of free radicals that attack the cell membranes and destroy the cells, including our immune cells—like T-cells. It also destroys nerve and muscle cells. Vitamin E in adequate amounts is used throughout the body to help protect cells from oxidative damage. It is a very important vitamin but also an important anti-oxidant,” she says. DIFFERENT FORMS OF VITAMIN E

would end up very similar,” she explains. “The natural products are about one and a half times as biologically available (1.49 times, to be exact) as the synthetic products. If they are twice as expensive and you are getting one and a half times the efficacy, you might just settle for the synthetic product and just feed a little more of it. There are a lot of people, whoever, who swear by one or the other. I’ve done research with both types, but most of my research has been with the synthetic product and it worked just fine,” says Williams.

are seen more commonly in the north than in the south, perhaps because of the longer winters and shorter grazing periods in the north and more dependency on hay. Horses in any location may have problems, however, if they are never on pasture and are only fed hay and grain. Hay is dried during harvest--in the sunlight—and sunlight has an adverse effect on vitamins. “Sunlight decreases the bioavailability by denaturing all vitamins, not just vitamin E,” Williams explains. Grains contain lower levels of vitamins. Horses won’t get adequate vitamins in grain, unless it’s fortified in a commercial grain product. “In general, horses get the most vitamins via forage, especially green forage,” she says. With hay, it can also make a difference whether it is alfalfa or grass and whether it was green and leafy when cut (compared with overly-mature, dry forage) and how long it was out in the sun to dry. “One study showed a 50 to 70% loss in vitamin E in alfalfa that was only stored for 12 weeks in summer conditions (warm weather). That’s not very long. The vitamins don’t last a long time in stored hay,” she says. It can make some difference in terms of

“There are several forms of vitamin E and this can be confusing when we talk about alpha tocopherol or beta tocopherol or any of the tocotrienols, wondering what it all means. SUPPLYING THE HORSE’S REQUIREMENTS Vitamin E can be found in naturally occurIn terms of vitamin requirements, the most ring compounds; there are four different to- recent NRC recommendations for a horse at copherols and four different tocotreinols. This maintenance or any horse that is not exercisis where we have the alpha, beta, gamma, and ing very much, are one IU (international unit) omega forms of either tocopherol or to- of vitamin E per kilogram of body weight, cotrienol in vitamin E, that help give its ac- which would mean about 500 IU for the avtivity,” explains Williams. erage 1100 pound horse. “This isn’t a lot, so Many people are familiar with product la- if a horse has pasture available that horse has bels that list the alpha tocopherol acetates and plenty of vitamin E, since green pasture is a this is the synthetic version. “On some labels good source. Just like your parents always there is also atriple R (RRR) alpha tocopherol told you to eat your vegetables—because they acetate and that is the natural form. There’s contain lots of vitamins—our horses that are been a huge debate regarding whether to use out on pasture will have those needs met.” the natural or the synthetic products. It has been proven that the natAs an anti-oxidant it helps protect the cells. Vitamin E incorporates urally occurring product will get absorbed into the itself into cell membranes and protects them from oxidative damage from things body more readily than like free radicals. —Dr. Carey Williams the synthetic products,” she says. The horse is amazingly adaptive in that fat- how high the levels were when the hay was “What I find, when talking to a lot of people soluble vitamins like E and A can be stored in cut. The starting point might make a differand trying to help horse owners or trainers be the body, providing adequate levels during the ence. “The legume hays are typically higher cost-effective in what they do for their horses, is periods of time when there’s no green grass. in vitamin E than grass hay, but it also depends that the natural products are very expensive— Then in the spring these stores can be replen- on how long it’s been left in the sun to dry. In usually about twice that of a synthetic product, ished. In the body, the largest stores of vita- the West in a very dry climate, where the hay or more. Your choice depends on what you want mins E and A are found in fat tissues and some will dry enough in a day or two to bale, the vito do. If you want to feed twice as much of the in the liver. During the natural cycle of the sea- tamin levels of vitamin E will be much higher synthetic product at the cheaper price, or half sons, the horse has adapted to make up for the than here on the east coast where it takes more the natural product, you will be getting about lack of vitamin E during the winter. But when days to dry out and it’s sitting in the sun longer the same thing. You can feed less of the natu- we keep horses on hay all the time, they don’t or if it gets rained on prior to baling and has to ral product, or feed a little more of the synthetic have a chance to make up the loss. Some of dry out again. Our hay is typically low in viproduct. In terms of cost, in that respect, it diseases associated with vitamin E deficiency tamin E,” she says. Thus if a horse is only fed

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and how to provide it. “When I was doing the and vitamin E can help each other, and comhay, the vitamin E may not be adequate. Deficiencies are generally prevented be- study with 10,000 IU per day of vitamin E, pensate for one another to some degree. If one cause many people who feed hay (their horses some people asked about toxicity, but vitamin is very low and the other one is sufficient, the are never at pasture) are also feeding a com- E really doesn’t reach toxic levels like vita- animal may not show the deficiency. “Equine neuro degenerative myoenmercial grain product. “Many of those products min A would. Vitamin A can be very toxic at are fortified with vitamins and minerals. They high levels but vitamin E does not become cephalopathy (EDM) is also thought to be usually provide about 100 to 150 IU per pound. toxic. The only thing you need to watch out caused by low levels of vitamin E in the So if a horse is eating 2 or 3 pounds of grain for when feeding high levels is the competi- blood,” says Williams. “These are problems tion with other vitamins. While we never saw that usually occur in younger horses, possibly daily, this will be adequate,” says Williams. “It gets trickier as horses are worked hard any toxic levels, it could lead to deficiency in because they were foaled from a mare that was deficient. They may also be short of viand going up in performance level, or to ade- other vitamins,” she explains. tamin E as foals if the lactating quately provide for young growing mare is still deficient,” she says. horses. For the latter, green pasture is In adult horses vitamin E debest. Otherwise the 600 to 800 pound ficiency can cause Equine Motor yearling will need about one IU per Neuron Disease (EMND). This pound—or about 600 to 800 IU per occurs in horses that are on hay day,” she says. diets for a long time, or any diet “When they start exercising and very low in vitamin E. These training, it goes up even more. An horses respond well to vitamin E 1100 pound horse exercising modersupplementation. ately to intensively (such as a young “These problems are not very racehorse in training) would need common; the things we see about 1000 IU per day. There have more—with a diet low in vitamin been many studies, including some that I have done, that have shown that It pays to know what your horse needs, and E—are muscle problems like tying up. Exertional rhabdomymore vitamin E is even better. Most of how to provide it. “When I was doing the study with olosis has many causes, but one the studies I did looked at supplementing about 5000 IU per day for the 10,000 IU per day of vitamin E, some people asked thought is that it can be caused by average size horse that is on a hay diet about toxicity, but vitamin E really doesn’t reach inadequate levels of vitamin E. During some of the research trials and not on pasture.” This much vitatoxic levels like vitamin A would. ” —Dr. Carey Williams in my lab we had a few horses that min E helps with muscle function. were marginal in terms of their “I have done studies that doubled that amount because some trainers told me that Studies have shown that even 1000 IU per plasma vitamin E levels. They had more tenthey give 10,000 IU per day and said the horses kilogram of intake would be the upper safe dency to tie up during or after exercise, or at did great with that. But a person needs to be level, but not necessarily toxic. “There is least be very muscle sore with higher levels of careful with high doses of vitamin E, because much greater leeway in how much vitamin E creatine kinase (CK—a muscle enzyme that vitamin E and beta carotene (the building you can safely feed, compared with some- indicates tying up). Many trainers who have block for vitamin A) have the same absorption thing like vitamin A,” she says. horses that suffer from tying up problem are pathway. We found that high levels of vitamin feeding 5000 IU of vitamin E and that does E can actually decrease the level of beta PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH DEFICIENCY seem to help,” she says. carotene in the body. You are inhibiting one viWilliams has written an article called “The Most horses don’t have vitamin E defitamin by overfeeding another,” she explains. ciency. “It’s uncommon but it can happen, effect of oxidative stress during exercise in the “This is especially important to know, usually when pregnant mares are not supple- horse” for the Journal of Animal Science. when feeding horses that are not on pasture, mented with enough vitamin E or are deficient There have been a few other recent studies— because they would probably get plenty of themselves. They may not show a problem, some have been looking at vitamin E and beta carotene when on pasture. If they are in but their foals may have a problem. White muscle atrophy, and vitamin E recommendastalls being fed hay, however, this could be- muscle disease in foals is linked to vitamin E tions in combination with selenium to address come a problem.” deficiency, especially in combination with se- selenium deficiency, and how selenium afIt pays to know what your horse needs, lenium deficiency,” says Williams. Selenium fects serum vitamin E. ■ 42 THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2017


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■FLORIDA-BREDS AROUND THE COUNTRY ————By Race Type/Grade ————

■FLORIDA-BRED FINISHERS—STAKES RACES Win/Place/Show Summation Time Yorkiepoo Princess Stallwalkin'' Dude Alice B Winkle Fabulous Kid Chief Lion Awesome Banner Wildcat Wish Shane’s Girlfriend Discreet Lover Cajun Delta Dawn X Y Jet High Roller Pinson Moment of Delight Squadron Sweetontheladies Enterprising R Angel Katelyn Compelled Mr. Jordan You Bought Her

H F G F H G C G F C F G C C F G C G F F G M

5 2 6 2 5 6 3 3 2 3 2 4 2 3 4 2 2 5 2 2 4 6

In Summation Kantharos City Place Gone Astray Congrats Wildcat Heir Awesome of Course Wildcat Heir Adios Charlie Repent Kantharos Kantharos High Cotton Majestic Warrior A. P. Warrior Midshipman Twirling Candy Elusive Quality High Cotton War Front Kantharos Graeme Hall

Front Loaded Storming My Way Little Nick V. Wildcat Kate Southern Sis Piloting Lucky Switch Salute With Honor Red Crescent Charlie Mops Rashette Majestic Gale Saraguaro Evidently Two Step Time Pure Sensation Derek Adrian Noble Quest Remember Willy Conquest Cobra

G C C F F G F C C G F F C M C G C C G G

2 2 3 2 2 5 4 2 2 5 2 2 4 5 3 5 2 2 2 4

Kantharos High Cotton Colonel John Kantharos Kantharos Tapit Lookin At Lucky To Honor and Serve Overdriven Bwana Charlie Cowtown Cat Majestic Warrior Express Tour Smart Strike Two Step Salsa Zensational In Summation Gone Astray J P's Gusto Pioneerof the Nile

Derek Adrian/Angel Cordero Jr. S. (G2)

Dam

Breeder

Load Up Kickapoo Princess Chelle Spendabuck Ellewinkle Lemon Drop Girl Pretty Indian Miranda Stands Rahy's Wish Western Tornado Discreet Chat Cajun Dawn Soldiersingsblues Elective Celtic Song Sweetness Skip the Storm Whataclassybroad Indy Blaze Send for an Angel Mutually Benefit Miss Skeetd Striking T

Oakleaf Farm A. Francis Vanlangendonck & Barbara Vanlangendonck Maria M. Haire Susan Gannon & Warren Miller Dr. K. K. Jayaraman MD & Dr. Vilasini Devi Jayaraman MD Harold J. Plumley Jacks or Better Farm Inc. Charles Kent Cantrell & Beth Bayer Ocala Stud Woodford Thoroughbreds Curtis Mikkelsen & Patricia Horth Didier Plasencia Adam Parker & Suzette Parker Bonnie Heath Farm LLC Jimmy Randolph Angela M. Ingenito English Range Farm Glen Hill Farm Craig Lawrence Wheeler Glen Hill Farm Philip Matthews & Karen Matthews CLDelaplane & RGDelaplane Trust UA 6/1/92 & Shade Tree Thorougbred Frontier Franny Arboritanza Racing LLC Jolane Weeks Picturemewithroses Marion G. Montanari Campionessa Hickstead Farm Kombat Kitty El Batey Farm LLC Countess Proud Pedro Gonzalez & Ibrahim Arce Silver Clipper Alfonso N. Figliolia Switch It GoldMark Farm LLC Snow Cone Live Oak Stud Give Glory to God Pamela Edel & Edward Cahir Asi Soy (CHI) Heiligbrodt Racing Stable Rational Velvet Blackacre Farms Inc. Crystal Minuet Kinsman Farm Return of Mom Karen Silva Supposedly Lambholm Money Peg Chessmate Thoroughbreds International LLC & Peter Halsall Pure Disco Patricia Generazio Petunia Face Dennis E Foster Concert Quest W. K. France & D. S. France From Behind Philip Matthews & Karen Matthews Stateliness McKathan Bros.

Evidently/Long Island H. (G3)

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Date

Track Off ID Pos Race Name

Grade/ Value

Earngs

11/26/16 11/24/16 11/24/16 11/24/16 11/23/16 11/23/16 11/21/16 11/19/16 11/19/16 11/19/16 11/19/16 11/19/16 11/19/16 11/19/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16

GPW AQU AQU AQU PEN PEN MVR DED DED LRL DED LRL LRL DED GPW GPW GPW GPW GPW GPW GPW

2 1 2 3 3 3 2 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Gin Rummy Champ S. $75,000 $14,550 Furlough S. $98,000 $60,000 Fall Highweight H. 3/$200,000 $40,000 Furlough S. $98,000 $10,000 Swatara S. $100,000 $11,120 Fabulous Strike H. $200,000 $21,580 Steel Valley Sprint S. $200,000 $39,200 Sam's Town S. $75,000 $45,000 Delta Downs Princess S. 3/$400,000 $240,000 Richard W. Small S. $100,000 $20,000 Delta Downs Princess S. $400,000 $72,000 Frnk J. De Frncis Mem Dsh S. 3/$250,000 $25,000 James F. Lewis III S. $100,000 $10,000 Delta Mile S. $250,000 $25,000 Millions Distaff Preview S. $100,000 $60,140 Juvenile Turf S. $100,000 $60,140 Juvenile Sprint S. $100,000 $60,760 Millions Turf Preview S. $100,000 $60,140 Juvenile Filly Sprint S. $100,000 $59,520 Juvenile Filly Turf S. $100,000 $59,520 Millions Classic Preview S. $100,000 $60,140

11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/12/16 11/6/16 11/5/16 11/5/16 11/4/16 11/4/16 11/4/16 11/3/16

GPW GPW GPW GPW GPW GPW GPW GPW GPW GPW GPW GPW GPW GPW AQU GPW SA CMR CMR CMR SA

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 2

Millions Distaff Preview S. Juvenile Turf S. Juvenile Sprint S. Millions Turf Preview S. Juvenile Filly Sprint S. Juvenile Filly Turf S. Millions Classic Preview S. Millions Distaff Preview S. Juvenile Turf S. Juvenile Sprint S. Millions Turf Preview S. Juvenile Filly Sprint S. Juvenile Filly Turf S. Millions Classic Preview S. Long Island H. Showing Up S. Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint Angel T. Cordero Jr S. Angel T. Cordero Jr S. Angel T. Cordero Jr S. Big Bear S.

$100,000 $19,400 $100,000 $19,400 $100,000 $19,600 $100,000 $19,400 $100,000 $19,200 $100,000 $19,200 $100,000 $19,400 $100,000 $9,700 $100,000 $9,700 $100,000 $9,800 $100,000 $9,700 $100,000 $9,600 $100,000 $9,600 $100,000 $9,700 3/$200,000 $120,000 $75,000 $14,850 1/$922,070 $90,000 2/$27,878 $18,374 2/$27,878 $6,336 2/$27,878 $3,168 $89,835 $16,800

Shane’s Girlfriend/Delta Downs Princess S. (G3)

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Horse Name

COURTESY CAMARERO RACE TRACK

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■FLORIDA-BRED FINISHERS—ALLOWANCE Win/Place/Show Horse Name Sex Age Sire

Dam

Breeder

Date

Track ID

Pos

Off Value

Grade/ Earngs

Conquest Nitro

G

3

High Cotton

Dream Storm

Janet Erwin

11/29/16

ZIA

1

$25,000

$15,000

Glorious Ride

F

3

With Distinction

Mossy Bank

Gilbert G. Campbell

11/28/16

MVR

1

$17,500

$10,500

Conquest Harlequin C

3

Harlan's Holiday

Time for a Crown

Prince Farm

11/27/16

PRX

2

$52,500

$10,200

Remember Willy

G

2

J P's Gusto

From Behind

Philip Matthews & Karen Matthews

11/26/16

CMR

1

$12,578

$7,444

Abar Caterpillar

G

2

Gone Astray

My Gift to You

Diomar Iadisernia

11/26/16

CMR

2

$12,578

$2,567

Vilaro

F

3

Wildcat Heir

Punta Ballena

Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc.

11/25/16

HAW

1

$22,356

$12,420 $35,160

Unseen Angels

F

3

Kantharos

Spiritual Hand

Marie Montgomery-Riggs

11/25/16

WO

1

$63,823

Real Coal

F

3

Cool Coal Man

For Real Life

Paul Mouttet

11/25/16

WO

2

$63,823

$11,720

Two Step Temper

G

4

Two Step Salsa

Sue's Temper

Garth Bodkin & Kerry Reynells

11/23/16

PEN

1

$30,680

$17,700

La Versalles

F

2

The Green Monkey

Reality Greenwood

Daniel D. Martinez

11/23/16

MNR

2

$15,552

$3,240

Rick''s Boy

G

4

Flashstorm

Repentina

Northwest Stud

11/23/16

PEN

3

$30,680

$3,245

Asdrubal

F

4

Suave

Maid of Oak

J. K. McFayden

11/21/16

TUP

1

$14,000

$8,333

Bon Heir

F

4

Wildcat Heir

Bon Lil

Marablue Farm LLC

11/20/16

CD

1

$57,217

$33,780

Big Yum

G

4

Kantharos

Hi Avie

Melissa Lynn Anthony Mr. & Mrs. David Nowicki & The Boys

11/20/16

WO

1

$65,763

$35,160

Montauk Cove

G

3

Circular Quay

Awanda

Janet Erwin

11/20/16

MNR

3

$20,079

$2,070

Brighton Lane

C

3

Hear No Evil

Sexy Stockings

Jacks or Better Farm Inc.

11/19/16

DED

2

$38,000

$6,000

Foxy Gator

F

3

First Dude

Palm Beach Blondie Dizney Double Diamond LLC

11/18/16

PEN

1

$32,303

$17,700

Silken Wildcat

G

4

D'wildcat

Lilly Marlene

Dee-Ellen Cook

11/17/16

HAW

1

$21,528

$12,420

Fast Karma

G

3

High Cotton

West Acre Waltz

Mr. & Mrs. Marty Hershe

11/16/16

MVR

1

$17,500

$10,500

Nopalito

G

4

Two Step Salsa

Haut Monde

Get Away Farm

11/15/16

MNR

3

$23,343

$2,510

Garava

G

3

Sarava

Snake Driver

Karen Gilliam

11/14/16

MNR

2

$15,552

$3,240

Gathering Evidence G

3

In Summation

Catch Me Deputy

Oakleaf Farm Elizabeth Wilson & Norman Wilson

11/14/16

ZIA

3

$24,000

$2,400

Caonavo

C

2

First Dude

Best Halo

Daniel Martinez

11/13/16

MNR

2

$15,066

$3,240

My Girl Corey

F

3

Warrior's Reward

Inspirational

Woodford Thoroughbreds

11/13/16

AQU

2

$67,000

$13,400

Bootscutenboge

G

2

Two Step Salsa

Cadillac Mountain

Darryl Epting

11/13/16

MNR

3

$15,066

$1,620

Bull Ensign

G

4

Graeme Hall

Frosty Cupcake

Brian Eklund & Theisen Family Trust

11/12/16

LRL

2

$42,000

$8,820

C the King

G

4

Utopia (JPN)

Queen Supreme

Castlebrook Thoroughbreds LLC

11/12/16

MVR

3

$17,500

$1,750

Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’s Associattion •Lonny Powell – CEO, Executive Vice President •Brock Sheridan – Editor-in-Chief •Taammy Gantt – Associate Vice President, Membership Services, Events Director, Contributing Editor, Industry and Community Affairs

Gulfstream Park •Michael Costanzo – Claims Clerk •Peter Aiello IV – Track Announcer Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park •Heather Belmonte – Executive Assistant

Tampa Bay Downs •Allison DeLuca – Racing Secretary Breeder •Rick Heatter Trainers •Toodd Pletcher •Chuck Simon

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■FLORIDA-BRED FINISHERS—ALLOWANCE Win/Place/Show continued Breeder

Date

Track ID

Advance Glory

Pamela Edel

11/11/16

Mediation (IRE)

Vegso Racing Stable

11/10/16

Louisiana Song

Amaury Piedra

Mothernaturegirl

Jeanne Mayberry

Flashstorm

Dona Garra

2

Midshipman

G

4

Wildcat Heir

Montauk Cove

G

3

Circular Quay

Runaway Que

G

5

Leading the Parade

Pyrite Adios

F

3

Adios Charlie

Asdrubal

Horse Name

Sex Age Sire

Forever Wandy

F

3

Hold Me Back

Media Kid

G

6

Lemon Drop Kid

King J

G

3

Einstein (BRZ)

Mothernaturespell

F

4

Spellbinder

Flash Paws

G

5

Penelopes Best

F

Never Give In

Off Pos

Grade/ Value

CMR

2

$11,704

$2,490

RP

1

$36,805

$20,298

11/10/16

PEN

2

$29,500

$5,900

11/10/16

CT

3

$24,500

$2,440

The Big Stable

11/10/16

PEN

3

$29,500

$3,245

Simonetta

Rick Sutherland

11/9/16

MNR

1

$15,390

$9,396

Let It Roar

Brent Fernung & Crystal Fernung

11/9/16

MNR

1

$19,872

$12,006

Awanda

Janet Erwin

11/9/16

MNR

2

$19,872

$4,140

Killisnoo

Lambholm

11/9/16

CMR

3

$9,010

$901

Wild in Manila

Dr. D. W. Frazier

11/7/16

MNR

3

$19,872

$2,070

Dam

Earngs

F

4

Suave

Maid of Oak

J. K. McFayden

11/6/16

TUP

2

$14,000

$2,772

Cooper''s Crescent G

4

R. Cooper

Exempt

Briar Lane Farm

11/5/16

MNR

1

$17,664

$10,672

The Long Walk

G

3

With Distinction

Statute

Gordon Reiss & Lindie Reiss

11/5/16

MNR

2

$17,664

$3,680

Briar Hill Baron

G

4

Holy Bull

Miney's Awesome

Jose Antonio Uzcategui

11/5/16

HAW

2

$26,496

$4,140

Specialcnsydration F

3

Artie Schiller

Luna Dorada

Farm III Enterprices LLC

11/5/16

WO

2

$64,702

$11,720

Kathleen Amaya Alexandro Centofanti & Raffaele Centofanti

Brilliantbydesign

G

3

First Dude

Royal Fudge

11/5/16

MNR

3

$15,714

$1,620

Money Or Love

F

4

J Be K

Meets Expectations Darsan Inc.

11/5/16

LRL

3

$44,646

$4,620

Two Step Temper

G

4

Two Step Salsa

Sue's Temper

11/4/16

PEN

2

$33,040

$5,900

Expected Ruler

C

3

Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) Expected Pleasures Liam Benson

11/4/16

CD

3

$68,438

$6,560

Plenty of Chrome

F

3

Big Drama

Miss Kneehigh

Patricia Generazio

11/3/16

FL

2

$17,000

$3,400

Brighton Lane

C

3

Hear No Evil

Sexy Stockings

Jacks or Better Farm Inc.

11/3/16

DED

3

$36,600

$3,300

Silver Crusader

G

5

Graeme Hall

Sister Soup

Don Mattox & Pam Mattox

11/2/16

MVR

1

$19,500

$10,500

Distinction Bird

Garth Bodkin & Kerry Reynells

F

2

With Distinction

Dare I Dream

Dr. Rick Erwin & Janet Erwin

11/2/16

CMR

3

$11,295

$1,284

Something Naughty F

3

Into Mischief

Gracious Assault

Christy Whitman

11/1/16

MNR

2

$17,480

$3,680

Conquest Nitro

3

High Cotton

Dream Storm

Janet Erwin

11/1/16

ZIA

2

$25,000

$5,500

G

■FLORIDA-BRED WEIGHT Win/Place/Show Hardrock Eleven G 6 Rock Hard Ten FINISHERS—MAIDEN Stark Beauty Farm III Enterprises & Off The HookSPECIAL Partners LLC 9/1/16 SAR 1 $65,000 Date

Off Track ID Pos

Grade/ Value

$39,

Horse Name Sex Age Sire

Dam

Breeder

Earngs

Nonno

C

2

Yes It's True

Wild Eyes

El Batey Farm LLC

11/29/16

PRX

3

$50,500

$5,500

Forever Liesl

F

2

Mineshaft

Ava Pie

Farm III

11/27/16

AQU

2

$60,000

$12,000

Brockton George

C

2

Harlan's Holiday

Shop for Gold

Pauleeanna Thoroughbreds LLC

11/26/16

CD

1

$56,530

$32,700

Cosmology

C

4

Cosmonaut

Stock Tip

MAFE Racing Stable Inc.

11/26/16

TAM

2

$20,250

$4,000

Assertion

G

3

Eskendereya

Restraint

Haras Santa Maria de Araras S.A.

11/26/16

TAM

3

$20,250

$2,250

Ginza

F

2

Kitten's Joy

Unfold the Rose

Antoine Douaihy

11/26/16

CD

3

$56,266

$5,450

Jokers Tothe Right

F

2

Candy Ride (ARG)

Mahogany Lane

Eugene Melnyk

11/25/16

CT

1

$23,000

$13,740

R Naja

F

2

Exchange Rate

Chirimoya

El Batey Farm LLC

11/25/16

FG

1

$41,000

$24,600

Dilettante

C

2

Unbridled's Song

Royal Ancestry

Donald R. Dizney LLC & The Unbridled''s Song Syndicate

11/20/16

CD

2

$57,283

$10,900

Determinator

G

3

Boastful

Mintess

Bryan R. Baker

11/19/16

MVR

1

$17,000

$9,860

Sergio

C

2

Broken Vow

Silver Breeze

Sally J. Andersen

11/19/16

DMR

2

$55,252

$10,400

Jezzie

F

3

Kantharos

Halo Jezabelle

Wayne McFarland

11/18/16

GPW

1

$30,800

$19,600

Emphatically

F

2

Scat Daddy

Indy Groove

Glen Hill Farm

11/18/16

LRL

1

$40,000

$22,800

Precious Angel

F

2

Biondetti

Trolley's Last

Woodford Thoroughbreds

11/18/16

DED

2

$28,600

$5,600

Anyportinastorm

C

2

City Zip

La Defense

Sally J. Andersen

11/17/16

GG

2

$31,823

$5,200

La Versalles

F

2

The Green Monkey

Reality Greenwood

Daniel D. Martinez

11/16/16

MNR

1

$13,959

$8,178

Peggys Music Maker F

2

Maclean's Music

Broadway Lights

Inversiones FI LLC

11/16/16

MNR

2

$13,959

$2,820

Whitegate

G

3

Desert Party

Honour Isabel

Craig Wheeler Thoroughbreds

11/15/16

FL

2

$19,000

$3,800

Yes I''ll Go

F

2

Yes It's True

Walkinforkisses

Dorothy Raffa

11/13/16

GPW

1

$30,000

$18,000

Who''s Calling

F

2

Dialed In

Morethanamiracle

Kathy Machesky

11/13/16

GPW

2

$30,000

$6,300

Cubagua

F

2

With Distinction

Eleven Moons

Caroni Stable

11/13/16

GPW

3

$30,000

$3,300

Williston Dude

G

3

First Dude

Forest Flora

Karen Blaho

11/13/16

DMR

3

$52,690

$6,240

Bill''s Legacy

F

2

Gone Astray

Tricky Thunder

Moreau Bloodstock Int''l Inc

11/12/16

GPW

1

$40,000

$24,000

First Step

C

2

Two Step Salsa

Homesteader

Manuel Andrade

11/12/16

GPW

1

$40,000

$24,000

Santi Knows Best

C

2

Big Drama

On the Dole

Harold L. Queen

11/12/16

GPW

1

$40,000

$24,000

Aquemini

F

2

Wildcat Heir

Cry Hallelujah

Brent Fernung Crystal Fernung & Eugene P. Cahalan

11/12/16

GPW

2

$40,000

$8,000

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Dam

Breeder

Date

Off Track ID Pos

Grade/ Value

Earngs

Legacy Azteca

C

2

High Cotton

Sailin Cailin

Michael Chamberlain

11/12/16

GPW

2

$40,000

$8,000

He''s the One

G

2

General Quarters

Thunder Jewel

JSL Thoroughbreds

11/12/16

GPW

2

$40,000

$8,400

Golden Treasury

F

2

Brilliant Speed

She's Indy Money

Live Oak Stud

11/12/16

GPW

3

$40,000

$4,000

Little Matt

G

2

In Summation

Catch the Ghost

Centaur Farms Inc. & Ocala Stud

11/12/16

GPW

3

$40,000

$4,000

Wild Poison

C

2

Thunder Moccasin

Queens Are Wild

C & A Racing

11/12/16

GPW

3

$40,000

$4,000

El Vedado

F

3

Big Brown

Franscat

Miller Racing LLC

11/11/16

GPW

1

$31,200

$19,600

Pretend

F

2

Graeme Hall

Home in Time

Tom McCrocklin & Frank Mermenstein

11/11/16

PEN

2

$28,500

$5,700

Backsplash

F

3

Backtalk

Pasarela

GoldMark Farm LLC

11/11/16

GPW

3

$31,200

$3,200

Kittycat Rodeo

F

2

Cowtown Cat

Danceforcarol

Bryan R. Baker

11/9/16

CT

2

$23,000

$4,600

Shesonamission

F

2

Mission Impazible

Elocution

Milan Kosanovich

11/9/16

CT

2

$23,000

$4,600

Oops I Am

C

2

Graeme Hall

Platinum Heights

Eugene Melnyk

11/8/16

MNR

2

$13,818

$2,820

Waddy

G

3

Cowtown Cat

Lily's Hope

Brent Fernung & Crystal Fernung

11/8/16

MNR

3

$13,536

$1,410

Star Studded

F

2

Astrology

Sleeping Bird

Get Away Farm

11/6/16

PRX

1

$51,250

$30,000

LIKE US ON Brockton George

C

2

Harlan's Holiday

Shop for Gold

Pauleeanna Thoroughbreds LLC

11/6/16

CD

2

$57,028

$10,900

Mister Hayes

C

2

Drosselmeyer

Expect Becky

Patricia Generazio

11/6/16

GPW

3

$30,400

$3,700

Cairenn

F

2

First Dude

Expect Nothing

Best A Luck Farm LLC

11/6/16

PRX

3

$51,250

$5,500

Livin Discreetly

C

2

Discreetly Mine

Live Every Day

Get Away Farm

11/5/16

MVR

1

$17,000

$9,860

Loveyou Likethat

F

3

Crown of Thorns

Whirlwind Charlott

Woodford Thoroughbreds

11/5/16

MNR

3

$13,677

$1,410

Higuey

C

2

Haynesfield

Silky Noon

SJT Racing Stables LLC

11/5/16

MVR

3

$17,000

$1,700

Vinnardini

C

2

Bernardini

Miss Barrister

Hickstead Farm

11/4/16

HAW

1

$20,000

$12,000

Bull E Winkle

G

3

Repent

Ellewinkle

Susan Gannon

11/3/16

FL

3

$19,000

$2,280

Quality Lady

F

3

Quality Road

Lady Discovery

Vegso Racing Stable

11/2/16

GPW

1

$31,600

$19,600 $6,680

Majestic Maiara

F

3

Majestic Warrior

Maiara

Just For Fun Stable

11/2/16

GPW

2

$31,600

U Can''t See Me

C

3

Repent

Cierra's Junebug

Lori Smock

11/2/16

MVR

3

$17,000

$1,700

Another Chance

M

5

Survivalist

Oakshela

Luisa Degwitz & Ric-Deg Farm

11/2/16

PEN

3

$28,500

$3,135

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LEADING FLORIDA SIRES

WILDCAT HEIR Name

FIRST DUDE

HIGH COTTON NA Stk Gr Earnings Strtrs Wnrs SW's Wins SW's Earnings

Leading Earner

Leading Earnings

Yrlg Sold

Yrlg Avg

2yo Sold

2yo Avg

Sire Name

Farm Name

Wildcat Heir

Deceased

Forest Wildcat

$5,533,879

226

138

4

5

1

$5,771,986

Chief Lion

239,115.00

11

$26,727

32

$44,906

High Cotton

Ocala Stud

Dixie Union

$3,195,642

174

88

5

5

0

$3,229,379

She's Incredible

133,490.00

10

$11,270

35

$47,886

First Dude

Double Diamond

Stephen Got Even

$3,051,610

110

58

3

3

1

$3,055,559

Dude Fantasy

335,000.00

11

$4,345

30

$47,400

With Distinction

Hartley DeRenzo T'breds

Storm Cat

$2,373,287

130

66

2

2

0

$2,400,803

We're All Set

145,280.00

9

$5,189

3

$36,667

Gone Astray

Northwest Stud

Dixie Union

$2,239,858

95

44

2

6

0

$2,239,858

Three Rules

700,640.00

9

$7,311

24

$39,800

In Summation

Ocala Stud

254,960.00

1

$10,000

Put It Back

$2,187,991

108

55

3

4

1

$2,195,474

Calculator

14

$17,300

Awesome of Course Ocala Stud

Awesome Again

$1,927,446

90

47

2

6

1

$1,928,809

Awesome Banner 520,035.00

11

$32,545

A. P. Warrior

Presitige Stallions

A.P. Indy

$1,737,476

86

48

2

3

0

$1,772,292

Moment of Delight 122,260.00

3

$8,167

Big Drama

Brildewood Farm

Montbrook

$1,582,700

65

37

1

2

0

$1,594,298

R Kinsley Doll

211,660.00

4

$11,100

11

$37,364

Two Step Salsa

Get Away Farm

Petionville

$1,517,357

91

43

2

2

0

$1,526,215

Two Step Time

122,785.00

20

$8,600

8

$23,250

Exclusive Quality

Journeyman Stud

Elusive Quality

$1,493,514

104

55

0

0

0

$1,498,550

Dreaming of Neno 70,260.00

1

$2,000

9

$12,000

Adios Charlie

Ocala Stud

Indian Charlie

$1,315,982

53

25

2

2

1

$1,442,908

Shane's Girlfriend 271,200.00

15

$5,907

24

$42,571

Greatness

Presitige Stallions

Mr. Prospector

$1,037,177

63

32

0

0

0

$1,063,158

Great Smoke

3

$75,000

Montbrook

Deceased

Buckaroo

$1,006,375

63

37

0

0

0

$1,015,026

Schivarelli

Yesbyjimminy

Bridlewood Farm

Yes It's True

$806,760

41

22

1

1

1

$811,898

Coppa

123,345.00

1

$1,000

4

$25,250

Cool Coal Man

Journeyman Stud

Mineshaft

$752,198

42

26

0

0

0

$752,198

Matt King Coal

94,000.00

2

$6,850

4

$11,375

Burning Roma

Prestige Stallions

Rubiano

$740,182

30

20

1

1

1

$740,182

Sheer Drama

252,200.00

1

$2,000

West Acre

Deceased

Forty Niner

$705,201

19

12

2

2

1

$705,201

Always Sunshine 197,900.00

Hear No Evil

Ocala Stud

Carson City

$657,088

31

16

1

1

0

$657,088

Ballet Diva

143,270.00

2

$6,750

1

$8,000

Flashstorm

Northwest Stud

Storm Cat

$550,101

36

20

1

1

0

$559,687

Abounding Legacy 97,955.00

5

$7,220

2

$6,700

J P's Gusto

Bridlewood Farm

Successful Appeal

$523,260

21

13

0

0

0

$523,260

La Key

4

$3,000

3

$14,333

Wagon Limit

Bridlewood Farm

Conquistador Cielo

$478,550

11

9

1

2

1

$478,550

Delta Bluesman

1

$5,000

Silver Tree

Vegso Racing Stable

Hennessy

$419,611

24

13

0

0

0

$419,611

Tree Shaker

106,310.00 98,640.00

73,800.00 311,600.00 78,735.00

Biondetti

Woodford Thoroughbreds

Bernardini

$319,889

32

7

0

0

0

$322,340

Bella Vincenza

65,700.00

6

$8,333

29

$42,917

Crown of Thorns

Woodford Thoroughbreds

Repent

$321,825

23

11

0

0

0

$321,825

Atara

40,594.00

4

$26,500

3

$78,400

Overdriven

Ocala Stud

Tale of the Cat

$289,986

24

7

0

0

0

$291,120

Red Crescent

57,270.00

10

$8,400

17

$60,500

Factum

Stonehedge South

Storm Cat

$284,554

23

11

0

0

0

$284,554

I'm a Factum

43,880.00

2

$4,000

1

$20,000

Telling

Presitige Stallions

A.P. Indy

$272,469

22

7

0

0

0

$272,850

Telling Tony

71,590.00

1

$2,500

2

$45,000

Senor Swinger

La Mancha Farm

El Prado (IRE)

$262,774

26

12

0

0

0

$262,774

Sally Pollock High 45,380.00

Concorde's Tune

Deceased

Concorde Bound

$250,643

20

9

1

1

0

$254,445

Grey by You

Backtalk

Bridlewood Farm

Smarty Jones

$252,847

17

7

0

0

0

$252,847

Cold Snack Thirty

44,271.00

2

$5,500

3

$10,933

Rock Hampton

Ric Deg Farm

Storm Cat

$252,411

22

10

0

0

0

$252,411

Love Flute

42,300.00

1

$15,000

Forty Grams

Vales Farm

Distorted Humor

$238,815

10

6

0

0

0

$238,815

Chloe's White Soxs 82,377.00 1

$14,000

1

$285,140

1

$3,000

7

$18,214

92,110.00

The Green Monkey

Hartley DeRenzo T'breds

Forestry

$223,602

14

9

0

0

0

$223,602

Green Doctor

68,456.00

Three Wonders

Deceased

Storm Cat

$200,579

9

4

0

0

0

$200,579

Two Wonders

104,361.00

Iqbaal

Ward Ranch

Medaglia d'Oro

$198,952

12

4

0

0

0

$198,952

Big City Dreamin

44,400.00

Hal's Image

Get Away Farm

Halo's Image

$158,758

9

5

1

1

0

$158,758

Jamie's Dancer

75,900.00

1

$3,000

Mach Ride

Bridlewood Farm

Pentelicus

$154,141

11

5

0

0

0

$154,141

Mach My Day

57,530.00

1

$5,000

Hello Broadway

Covington Oaks Farm

Broken Vow

$151,950

14

10

0

0

0

$153,663

Trouble With Girls

28,453.00

Straight Man

Siganture Stallions

Saint Ballado

$140,542

10

7

0

0

0

$140,542

Unflinching

56,210.00

Proud Accolade

Deceased

Yes It's True

$134,744

9

5

0

0

0

$134,744

Brezno

54,745.00

Field Commission

Solera Farm

Service Stripe

$131,499

12

5

0

0

0

$131,499

Ten Hut

38,517.00

6

$5,100

Dark Kestrel

University of Florida

Stormy Atlantic

$114,245

3

1

1

1

0

$114,245

Stormofthecentury 73,953.00

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LEADING FLORIDA 2-YEAR-OLD SIRES

GONE ASTRAY

FIRST DUDE

HIGH COTTON

Name

Sire Name

Farm Name

NA Stk Gr Earnings Strtrs Wnrs SW's Wins SW's Earnings

Gone Astray High Cotton First Dude Wildcat Heir Adios Charlie Biondetti Overdriven In Summation Two Step Salsa Awesome of Course Iqbaal Exclusive Quality Backtalk Big Drama With Distinction A. P. Warrior J P's Gusto Flashstorm Factum

Northwest Stud Ocala Stud Double Diamond Deceased Ocala Stud Woodford Thoroughbreds Ocala Stud Ocala Stud Get Away Farm Ocala Stud Ward Ranch Journeyman Stud Bridlewood Farm Bridlewood Farm Hartley DeRenzo T'Breds Presitige Stallions Bridlewood Farm Northwest Stud Stonehedge South

Dixie Union Dixie Union Stephen Got Even Forest Wildcat Indian Charlie Bernardini Tale of the Cat Put It Back Petionville Awesome Again Medaglia d'Oro Elusive Quality Smarty Jones Montbrook Storm Cat A.P. Indy Successful Appeal Storm Cat Storm Cat

$1,277,991 $1,042,294 $809,654 $698,331 $638,398 $319,889 $289,986 $282,749 $207,854 $181,117 $175,252 $135,675 $131,576 $121,900 $112,284 $109,060 $97,301 $74,609 $82,309

45 54 45 48 35 32 24 21 23 17 9 12 9 13 12 6 5 11 11

15 23 13 24 10 7 7 8 6 7 3 5 3 6 3 3 2 4 3

1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

4 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

$1,277,991 $1,042,701 $813,603 $698,331 $641,180 $322,340 $291,120 $282,749 $207,854 $182,480 $175,252 $136,997 $131,576 $121,900 $112,284 $109,060 $97,301 $84,195 $82,309

Leading Earner

Leading Earnings

Yrlg Sold

Yrlg Avg

2yo Sold

Three Rules Surprise Weddi Dude Fantasy Jewel Heist Shane's Girlfrie Bella Vincenza Red Crescent Derek Adrian Un Paso Alante Woot Woot Big City Dreami Touch of Qualit Cold Snack Thir Santi Knows Be Distinction Bird My Lerler La Key Cinderela El Cr Won Eye Jet

$700,640 $121,280 $335,000 $75,000 $271,200 $65,700 $57,270 $66,942 $38,040 $44,480 $44,400 $32,500 $44,271 $24,300 $27,382 $37,800 $73,800 $45,550 $21,780

9 10 11 11 15 6 10 1 20

$7,311 $11,270 $4,345 $26,727 $5,907 $8,333 $8,400 $10,000 $8,600

1 2 4 9

$2,000 $5,500 $11,100 $5,189

4 5 2

$3,000 $7,220 $4,000

24 35 30 32 24 29 17 14 8 11 1 9 3 11 3 3 3 2 1

2yo Avg $39,800 $47,886 $47,400 $44,906 $42,571 $42,917 $60,500 $17,300 $23,250 $32,545 $285,140 $12,000 $10,933 $37,364 $36,667 $8,167 $14,333 $6,700 $20,000

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The following list includes currently active, deceased, and pensioned stallions, with racing results updated through December 1, 2016. Statistics provided by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc.

GONE ASTRAY

FIRST DUDE Sire Name

BIG DRAMA

NA Stk Gr Earnings Strtrs Wnrs SW's Wins SW's Earnings

Leading Earner

Yrlg Sold

Yrlg Avg

2yo Sold

$335,000

11

$4,345

30

$47,400

$700,640

9

$7,311

24

$39,800

$211,660

4

$11,100

11

$37,364

$271,200

15

$5,907

24

$42,571

$73,800

4

$3,000

3

$14,333

Atara

$40,594

4

$26,500

3

$78,400

$284,554

I'm a Factum

$43,880

2

$4,000

1

$20,000

0

$272,850

Telling Tony

$71,590

1

$2,500

2

$45,000

0

$252,847

Cold Snack Thirty

$44,271

2

$5,500

3

$10,933

0

0

$198,952

Big City Dreamin

$44,400

1

$285,140

0

0

0

$131,499

Ten Hut

$38,517

7

$18,214

0

0

0

$131,020

Sweet Tooth Haven

$42,000

3

$23,567

Name

Farm Name

First Dude

Double Diamond Farm

Stephen Got Even

$3,051,610

110

58

3

3

1

$3,055,559

Dude Fantasy

Gone Astray

Northwest Stud

Dixie Union

$2,239,858

95

44

2

6

0

$2,239,858

Three Rules

Big Drama

Bridlewood Farm

Montbrook

$1,582,700

65

37

1

2

0

$1,594,298

R Kinsley Doll

Adios Charlie

Ocala Stud

Indian Charlie

$1,315,982

53

25

2

2

1

$1,442,908

Shane's Girlfriend

J P's Gusto

Bridlewood Farm

Successful Appeal

$523,260

21

13

0

0

0

$523,260

La Key

Crown of Thorns

Woodford Thoroughbreds

Repent

$321,825

23

11

0

0

0

$321,825

Factum

Stonehedge South

Storm Cat

$284,554

23

11

0

0

0

Telling

Prestige Stallions

A.P. Indy

$272,469

22

7

0

0

Backtalk

Bridlewood Farm

Smarty Jones

$252,847

17

7

0

0

Iqbaal

Ward Ranch

Medaglia d'Oro

$198,952

12

4

0

Field Commission

Solera Farm

Service Stripe

$131,499

12

5

Vineyard Haven

Woodford Thoroughbreds

Lido Palace (CHI)

$131,020

10

4

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Gunnevera, contra todo pronóstico por Roberto Rodriguez Apasionado con los caballos de carreras Editor de la plataforma informativa de los hípicos de habla hispana Sirviendo como puente para que nuestras culturas conozcan más del hipismo en los Estados Unidos

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ara un entrenador, propietario, jinete o hasta incluso para el personal que trabaja en los diferentes establos, la idea de formar parte del equipo de un ejemplar con opción de poder participar en las grandes competencias hípicas, es un sueño que no todos alcanzamos a ver hecho realidad. Ahora, estamos seguros y convencidos que en cada subasta o transacción que incluya a una de estas maravillosas criaturas, este sueño está latente en todas y cada una de estas ocasiones. Cuando el alazán hijo de Dialed In salió al ring marcado como el HIP2336, la mayoría de los presentes en aquella subasta pasaron por alto a este para ese entonces “poco atractivo” potrillo de apenas un año de edad, hoy día, Gunnevera ha demostrado que estos sueños pueden hacerse realidad y que quizás nuestras chequeras no necesariamente tienen que ser las que mayor cantidad de cero tengan o que nuestros bolsillos sean los más profundos para obtener un purasangre de carreras con el potencial que posee este descendiente de A.P. Indy por parte de su padre y de Fappiano por parte de su madre. Gunnevera, ganador del Saratoga Special (gr II) y del $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (G3) según nos comentó su entrenador Antonio Sano tiene como objetivo principal para el 2017 participar el 4 de febrero en el Holy Bull (G2) $350,000 con diez puntos al ganador de este evento válidos para la clasificatoria a la carrera por las rosas y el 1 de abril seria de la partida en los mil ochocientos metros del Florida Derby (G1) $1,000,0000 continuando con la ruta en su búsqueda de un lugar entre los veinte aspirantes a la edición número 143 del Kentucky Derby. El potro hijo de Dialed In en Unbridled Rage por Unbridled tiene diez puntos en la actualidad y está ubicado en la tercera posición, siendo el

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dueño momentáneo del “first call” o prioridad de selección en caso de un empate gracias a su producción. “Gunnevera es un potro muy versátil y fácil de entrenar, hace que nuestro trabajo en torno a él sea más sencillo.” Dijo Antonio Sano “Creo que en el Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity en Keeneland el pasado mes de octubre, la pista no contribuyó al accionar del ejemplar, estaba un poco pesada en la parte externa, cuando el jinete Rios buscó un espacio claro por fuera Gunnevera prácticamente se enterró, perdiendo allí toda posibilidad a la victoria.” De conservar Gunnevera el excelente estado físico por el que atraviesa en estos momentos, es posible que seamos testigos de un Holy Bull que podría quedar archivado como uno de los mejores en la historia debido a la posibilidad de ver en la misma carrera a Classic Empire (ganador de la Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1)), Pratical Joke (ganador del Champagne y Hopeful Stakes, ambos Grado 1), también podríamos ver posiblemente al invicto en tres salidas y ganador del Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) McCraken y por supuesto al ya mencionado y confirmado para este clásico, el alazán Gunnevera. Según el entrenador Sano, Gunnevera está próximo a comenzar sus ejercicios preparativos para los grandes eventos del 2017, Antonio, junto a su excelente equipo de profesionales encabezado por “El Chino” Prada tienen al igual que los representantes del Peacock Racing Stables (dueños del ejemplar Gunnevera), tienen todas sus expectativas y confianza puestas en este formidable dosañero que costó apenas la cantidad de $16,000 y que hasta los momentos ha producido un total de $771,000, convirtiéndose hasta los momentos en una de las mejores inversiones de los últimos años dentro de la hípica norteamericana. ■


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FTBOA MEMBER UPDATE

Keeping members informed MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

FTBOA members please watch your mail for renewals. The dues of $100 remain the same for regular members, and additional discounts have been added for 2017, along with current benefits and discounts. The member application is auto-filled for your convenience and you are provided with a stamped envelope for easy return. Be sure to note any change in your status on the form. Also, for your convenience, the form is now available in auto-fill format online at www.ftboa.com. Members can complete the form and print it from online. Members can also mail their renewal payment or send by fax by providing a credit card number or call, whichever method is most convenient. Prompt payment ensures uninterrupted services. Those who send in renewals by January 31, 2017 will also be entered for a chance to win a 2 night stay at the Hollywood Beach Marriott not far from Gulfstream Park (valued at up to $500), Toro mower (value $400) or a Toro blower (value $100) compliments of Equine Savings. Each year, there are a few members who do not receive their full benefits of membership because they wait to renew at foal registration time in August. This means they miss the April/May issue of The Florida Horse and also the June/July issue of the Farm/Services Industry directory in addition to not being able to participate in the member discount program for farm services, hotels, restaurants and other business partnerships. Lapsed members also miss key communications regarding pertinent deadlines and industry updates. Payment by March 1 ensures uninterrupted services. During our membership renewals, we also encourage our existing members to talk to their clients, interested friends and family about joining as regular members (if they have a Florida thoroughbred), or as Associate Members so they can learn more about the industry (do not own a Fla.-TB). We have been growing membership with new breeders, owners and also Associate Memberships. We want to spread the word about our industry here in Florida and encouraging new members is one way to do so.

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HOLIDAY CHARITY GIVING

Second Chance Thoroughbred Retirement Farm The program is looking for books and gently worn or new saddles, bridles, blankets, and halters. Small items and cash donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Florida Thoroughbred Charities at 801 SW 60th Avenue, Ocala Florida 34474. Drop-offs are also accepted at Roma Italian Restaurant in Ocala. For larger donations please call 352-629-2160. Donations of horse art and horse related items are also accepted with advance notice for silent auctions, charity raffles and charity art sales. For more information, call 352-629-2160. HORSE FEVER ARTISTS – WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

The Marion Cultural Alliance of Ocala is hosting “Horse Fever Where are They Now?” in January focusing on the artists who created equine art statues featured throughout the county. The project created an avenue for funding cultural arts which has enhanced public spaces (and private farms), engaged local artists to connect with the equine world and embraced the business and arts community to interweave thoroughbreds into daily life in Ocala. The project celebrates its 15th year on March 22 and has led to $2 million for the arts in the country through cultural grants. The funds came from an endowment set up from the sales of the Horse Fever horses. FTBOA has been strong supporter of the program which showcases thoroughbreds to visitors from all over the world. Champ, who is featured in front of the FTBOA offices, showcases the silks of heritage farms in the region and World Champ on the downtown square showcases the global appeal of owning Florida-breds. Ocala Breeders’ Sales among other businesses and many horse farms are also graced by Horse Fever statues. The FTBOA has partnered with several in the horse community to host an artist FTBOA reception in May with the Derby theme and focus on horses on the Derby trail who were born or trained in the region. An exhibition including several locations throughout the city will also be a part of the community outreach. ■ Tammy Gantt, Associate Vice President, Director of Membership Services & Events, FEC Contributing Editor and FTC Industry & Community Affairs


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by Gary West Gary West is an award winning turf writer who has covered horse racing for more than 30 years in many publications including The Dallas Morning News and Ft. Worth StarTelegram. He currently writes for ESPN.com and several other publications on a freelance basis.

arine Le Pen in France, Brexit in the United Kingdom, Joao Doria (another reality TV star) in Sao Paulo, Donald Trump in America — the waves of populism keep coming. It’s like “The Endless Summer” is on an endless video loop. Only the surfers survive. Populism is all about people rebelling against the status quo and the “ruling class” that supports it. In this country, Washington became increasingly dysfunctional, the number of manufacturing jobs declined about 30% over two decades and the national debt zoomed by $19 trillion without even pausing for the speed bump. From 1999 to 2015, the median household income actually dropped, from $57,000 to $54,462. That was crazy, said Patsy Cline. And so, to borrow a phrase from Peter Schweizer and his book on Washington cronyism, Americans in 2016 voted to “throw them all out.” Americans took such a bold step without even thinking it so bold because they assumed that even if the replacements have no experience in government, even if they’re surgeons or business executives or marines and even if a billionairecelebrity-Pied-Piper leads them into Washington, they can’t be any worse than the career politicians who with their just-trust-me sincerity got us here in the first place. Could the same thing happen in horse racing in

“Why has baseball thrived

and horse racing withered? Could it be horse racing’s leadership? Is it time for a populist rebellion?

2017? Will the waves of populism crash onto the shores of the Breeders’ Cup and dampen its globalism? Could there be a dramatic change in the sport’s leadership? Well, perhaps there should be. Handle in the United Stakes has fallen nine of the last 12 years. Since 2003, actual handle — that is, handle when adjusted for inflation — has fallen 45%. Virtually everything else about the sport has deteriorated, too, from the media coverage to the quality of racetrack concessions to the competitiveness of the races themselves, not to mention all those quantifiable declines: The foal crop has shrunk about 39%, to 20,600 foals in 2015, according to The Jockey Club; even total purses, when adjusted for inflation, have fallen about 20%, to $1.09 billion. Shouldn’t the bettors and the rank and file among horsemen rebel against the sport’s ruling class, just as people throughout the world rebelled in 2016?

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But hold on there, Robespierre. Aren’t declines such as you’ve cited for horse racing inevitable for a pastoral sport in an industrial society? Aren’t these depredations unavoidable for a game that saunters through the day amid a society that has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Isn’t a downturn inexorable for a cerebral sport in a violent culture? Do you really think those baleful declines could have been avoided? Well, maybe not, but the declines could have been allayed, the depredations assuaged. Have you ever heard of a little game called baseball? Pastoral, sauntering, cerebral baseball? Baseball is so anachronistic you might wonder how it’s still around. A game has no temporal constraints — in 1984, the White Sox beat the Brewers 7-6 in a game that lasted 33 innings, or eight hours and 25 minutes. Baseball games are played in a field that’s much like a pasture, with no mandated dimensions, and although the sport values teamwork, it emphasizes individuals, each player stepping up to the plate one at a time. In other words, baseball is like a “Bonanza” marathon. Who could possibly want to watch that? Patsy Cline wants to know. Between 1900 and 1905, at least 45 young men died playing football; civic leaders pressured President Teddy Roosevelt to ban the game. But football has become the game that best reflects America. Football is the modern sport, with its terminology borrowed from WWII (trenches, bomb, blitz), its game wed to a clock and its players moving in socialized synchronization, their individuality hidden behind the grille of a helmet. Football has it all, specialization, sudden death, generals. And then, of course, there’s the violence — each play beginning with 300-pound behemoths colliding head-on, like so many 18wheeler trucks on an iced-over expressway, and ending with the insatiable pursuing the inedible. Football is the perfect sport for a socialized, industrialized, violent culture. And yet, somehow, Major League Baseball thrives. Attendance at games has actually risen since 2003, from a total of 67.63 million to 72.97 million, even while ticket prices have increased and media exposure has proliferated. In the 1950s, believe it or not, baseball and horse racing were the country’s two most popular sports. Yes, Brenda Lee, it’s true. And one of them is still popular. So why has baseball thrived and horse racing withered? Could it be horse racing’s leadership? Is it time for a populist rebellion? ■


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