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FEATURES 20 LITTLE IS BIG

Little Mike scores big in BC Turf By Brock Sheridan

24 FLAT OUT’S GOLD

Flat Out Fires again in Jockey Club Gold Cup By Brock Sheridan

30 FSS: LOGISTICS

Speak Logistics steals In Reality from gate to wire By Brock Sheridan

36 FSS: VERSO A VERSO

Green Verso a Verso good enough to win My Dear Girl

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44 FLORIDA-BREDS AROUND THE COUNTRY Statistics showing

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50 HIGHER EDUCATION A career among horses is a dream for many and a reality for a lucky and devoted few. By Melanie LaCour

58 SOUTH FLORIDA: 15 GREAT PLACES When making your trip to

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64 COLORS OF RACING Silks, worn by jockeys and representing the horses’ owners, have become woven into the excitement an pageantry of Thoroughbred racing. By JoAnn Guidry

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DEPARTMENTS/COLUMNS 6 THE BROCK TALK 8 FLORIDA FOCUS 28 SIMULCASTING CONFERENCE 57 CHASE TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP 72 OBS QUARTER HORSE RACING 73 LEADING SIRES 74 LEADING JUVENILE SIRES 75 LEADING FRESHMAN SIRES 76 LEADING SECOND CROP SIRES 78 YOUR FLORIDA HORSE PARK By Connie Duff Wise 80 MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS: Horse Farm Weed Control

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Florida’s Little Mike Brock Sheridan

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Went the Distance for Turf Championship

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ne of the bigger and more intriguing choices miles. That’s how much further Little Mike ran in his four Eclipse Awards voters will be asked to make this turf stakes wins this year, of which three were Grade 1. Bred in Florida by Carlo Vaccarezza of Parkland, Little year is between Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) winner Little Mike or Horse of the Year favorite Wise Dan for the Mike started the year winning the Sunshine Millions Turf at Gulfstream Park. In his next six starts, Little Mike would year’s Male Champion Turf Horse. First let me clarify that I believe Wise Dan should be win the Grade 1 Turf Classic, the Arlington Million (G1) voted Horse of the Year. The other two candidates may be and the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita. Both Little Mike and Wise Dan had three Grade 1 wins I’ll Have Another, most notably the winner of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum Brands (G1) and Preakness Stakes on grass this year. Wise Dan also won a Grade 2 on grass (G1); and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned; but while Little Mike’s other turf win was in an ungraded stake. What separates Little Mike from Wise Dan is distance. Wise Dan—I believe—had a better year than both. Although I’ll Have Another won the most recognized While Wise Dan never won a race this year going further race in North America – the Kentucky Derby (G1) – and than a mile, Little Mike won his Grade 1 races over 11⁄8 miles in the Turf Classic, the classic diswas undefeated in four starts having taken two other graded stakes in prepaHow short is Wise Dan tance of 11⁄4 miles at Arlington and ration for the Derby, the award is for of the turf title? About two showed his endurance in the 12 furlong Horse of the Year and not Horse of the miles. That’s how much further Breeders’ Cup Turf. Add in the Sunshine first five months. Now if I’ll Have An- Little Mike ran in his four turf Millions Turf at 11⁄8 miles and Little Mike other had become the first horse since stakes wins this year, of which ran two miles further than Wise Dan in Florida-bred Affirmed in 1978 to win comparing their four wins each on grass. three were Grade 1. the Triple Crown, that would be anSo yes, Wise Dan deserves Horse of other argument. But he was scratched from the Belmont the Year and should also be named Champion Older Male. Stakes and was subsequently retired. But in the race for Champion Turf Horse, it is clear that Fort Larned also had a good year having won five of only Florida’s Little Mike went the distance. nine starts including the $5 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Shifting gears a bit but of note to Florida breeders are Add to that wins in four other stakes, of which three the stellar performances of Florida equine natives and othwere graded, and there is no doubt he had a banner year. ers with Florida connections in the Breeders’ Cup this It was just not a better year than Wise Dan. year. Friday’s card started with Florida-bred Merit Man This year Wise Dan won five of six starts including the getting nabbed at the wire by longshot Hightail, a graduBreeders’ Cup Mile (G1) on grass. He began the year win- ate of Wavertree Stables in Ocala, in the Juvenile Sprint. ning the Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes by 10 ½ lengths over Classic winner Fort Larned received his early training at Keeneland’s Polytrack in April. He was then a head short Lambholm South in Ocala and Florida-breds made up the of Florida-bred Ron the Greek in the Grade 1 Stephen Fos- next three finishers with Mucho Macho Man second, Flat ter in June. From there he began his winning streak on Out third and Ron the Greek fourth. Turf Sprint winner grass, taking the Fourstardave (G2), the Woodbine Mile Mizdirection is also a graduate of Lambholm South and (G1) and the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) in his last race be- Sprint winner Trinniberg is based at Calder and is by Teufore the Breeders’ Cup. That’s three Grade 1 victories, a flesberg, who stood in Florida at Journeyman Stud. Mile Grade 2 and Grade 3 that make up his five wins. No other runner-up Animal Kingdom is by Leroidesanimaux horse had a more impressive campaign which lasted the (BRZ), who stands at Stonewall Farm Ocala and Juvenile better part of the year and ended with a Breeders’ Cup winner Shanghai Bobby is a graduate of the Payton Traintally. Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male Horse ing Center in Ocala. Little Mike received his early trainhonors should be in the bag for Wise Dan. But he was just ing at New Castle Farm in Ocala. In all, 17 Florida-breds short of winning the title on the grass. ran in this year’s Breeders’ Cup making up 10.5% of the How short is Wise Dan of the turf title? About two 162 starters in the Breeders’ Cup races. ■

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Unhedged

Florida-bred Unheadged

Owned by Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stables of Brookline, Mass., and William Lawrence of New York, Florida-bred Unhedged remained undefeated in three starts when taking the $100,000 Presque Isle Debutante Stakes at Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa., Sept. 29. Any stakes win is sure to

feel good for most owners but this may have been a little more needed for Klarman and Lawrence, who had their promising Floridabred 2-year-old colt Spurious Precision, who had won the Grade 1 Saratoga Special Stakes just weeks earlier, euthanized after a training accident in New York recently.

Bred in Florida by Westbury Stables LLC and Alphonso Figliolia, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., Unhedged went into the six furlong debutante having defeated a group of special weight maidens at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind., on Aug. 15 in her first start before coming back to win a $58,800 allowance race over the Presque Isle Tapeta main track on Sept. 11 by more than three lengths. Trained by Tom Amoss and ridden by Mario Pino in the Debutante, Unhedged used her successful stalking running style again to win her first stake. Breaking from post five with odds at nearly 7-1, the daughter of Broken Vow and the Smart Strike mare Smart Wildcat started well and momentarily had the lead but was pinched back and fell into fourth then third position behind early leaders Just Got In and Fun-

Brave Dave Best in Birdonthewire had put two lengths on Mind Spell in second, who was a length and one-half ahead of Singanothersong running in third. Mind Spell and jockey Luis Saez moved closer around the turn as Brave Dave continued

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Despite the presence of impressive Seacliff Stakes winner Sr. Quisqueyanao, folks wagering on the $96,150 Birdonthewire Stakes at Calder Casino and Race Course Sept. 29, made New Jersey invader Brave Dave the favorite. Not only was he the favorite, but the South Florida punters made Brave Dave the odds-on favorite at 3-5. The Florida-bred colt responded by validating those wagers and went on to win the six furlong stake with what appeared to be an effortless victory. Coming into the Birdonthewire off of a victory in the Grade 3 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park Sept. 2, the Edward Plesa-trained son of Bridlewood Farm stallion Put It Back, broke on top from post five and went immediately to the lead. By the time he went the first quarter-mile in a rapid :21.51, Brave Dave

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his lead while covering the first half-mile in :45.03, but the pace eventually got to Mind Spell who could not keep up once they hit the top of the stretch. By this time jockey Paco Lopez, who had traveled to


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fair. After a quick opening quarter in :22.04 Unhedged followed those two around the turn with daylight between them as Just Got In came out of the turn in front with Fun Fair falling back to eventually finish last in the field of nine. By this time Tiny Bear and Eddington’s Note had rallied up to join the leaders when suddenly Unhedged found an opening on the rail and shot to the lead. By the time she hit the eighth-pole, Unhedged had two lengths on a rallying Tiny Bear and Eddington’s Note. Tiny Bear started to make up ground on Unhedged in the final strides but the Florida-bred dug in and won by a neck over Tiny Bear in second and Eddington’s Note in third. The final time for the six furlongs was 1:11.73. Unhedged returned a nice $15.80 to

Miami Gardens, Fla. from New Jersey to keep the mount on Brave Dave, had let out a notch and the 2-year-old colt responded like a veteran. With the only question down the stretch being who would finish second, Brave Dave went on to win the Birdonthewire by nearly five lengths while stopping the clock in 1:11.51 over the fast track at Calder. Sr. Quisqueyano finished second, a nose in front of Singanothersong in third with Mind Spell fourth. “I know he’s a nice horse and that’s why I came to ride him,” Lopez said. “I like this horse a lot. There weren’t any horses in here that could go with him. And he got out of the gate so quick he just got to his spot by himself. At the sixteenth [pole] I asked him a little, but there really

win, $7.20 to place and $5.20 to show while long shot Tiny Bear paid $23.20 to place and $9.00 to show and those two made up a $287.40 return for those with $2 exacta tickets. Second-choice Eddington’s Note paid $3.80 to show and helped complete a $1,915.60 trifecta. Unhedged earned $60,000 for the win, more than doubling her career earnings to $114,600.

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wasn’t much for him to do because no one was coming after us. And when we hit the finish line, he was still going easy.” Brave Dave returned $3.40, $2.20, and $2.10 for his popular victory. Sr. Quisqueyano paid $2.60 and $2.40 when runner-up for the second straight time, while Singanothersong returned $3.20 for crossing the wire third. With his victory in the Birdonthewire, Brave Dave is now a three-time winner from four career starts with his lone defeat coming in the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga where he finished fourth. The colt has amassed $151,100 in earnings. Brave Dave was bred in Florida by Plesa in partnership with David Melin and Bea Oxenberg, both of Plantation, Fla. Brave Dave currently races for Melin and Laurie Plesa.

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Remains Undefeated

In a race marred by 11 scratches when switched from seven furlongs on the turf course to a sealed and muddy main track at the same distance, Belle of the Hall overcame the inclement weather and a racing office mistake to win the $76,000 Valor Lady Stakes at Belmont Park Wednesday. Sometime after the change in surface had been announced and the bevy of scratches began being sent to racing officials, it was mistakenly announced that Belle of the Hall was among those withdrawls. However, after trainer Thomas Albertrani brought the mistake to the attention of the track stewards, Belle of the Hall was allowed to run for purse money only and not as a wagering interest.

Florida-bred Belle of the Hall

Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Belle of the Hall took advantage of the opportunity and won for the first time since taking an $80,000 optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park in January. The 5-year-old mare also took advantage of being the only Florida-bred in the race as she has lost to Floridians Turbulent Descent, C C’s Pal (twice) and Musical Romance in four of her last five starts. Breaking from post two in the Valor Lady, Belle of the Hall raced down the backstretch last of the four, some four lengths off of early leader Agave Kiss and a considerable distance from the rail while they set fractions of :22.57 for the first quarter. Around the far turn, Ortiz kept Belle of the Hall four-wide but began to make up ground on the leaders who had now gone a half-mile in :46.00. Turning for home, Ortiz again asked Belle of the Hall for more and she responded by going after Agave Kiss, who still had the lead over Catinatree in second and Mildly Offensive in third. It looked as if the order of finish would not change from start to finish until they reached the sixteenth pole when Belle of the Hall hit another gear and caught Agave Kiss at the wire to win by a neck in a time of 1:23.55. Since Belle of the Hall was not a wagering interest, Agave Kiss supporters received $4.20 for a $2 win ticket and there was no other wagering on the race. Catinatree finished third, more than ten lengths behind Agave Kiss while Mildly Offensive was another five and three-quarters lengths back in fourth. Bred in Florida by Leon Edward and Do Little Farm LLC, Belle of the Hall is by Graeme Hall who stands at Winding Oaks Farm in Ocala. In winning the Valor Lady, Belle of the Hall earned $48,000 for Terry Finley’s West Point Thoroughbreds of Mount Laurel, N.J., increasing her career bankroll to $433,170. It was her sixth win from 22 career starts to go along with her two seconds and two thirds lifetime. It was also her third career stakes victory. THE FLORIDA HORSE • NOVEMBER 20122 9


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Bridgetown Takes Woodford

Florida-bred Bridgetown

is not immediately on the lead.) However, jockey Javier Castellano was unfazed and let the 5-year-old horse settle behind leaders Great Mills and Ginplay and just to the inside of Chamberlain Bridge as they went the first quarter-mile in a brisk :21.67. “My horse didn’t break that sharp,” Castellano said. “I took my time on the backside. They went pretty fast in the first quarter mile.” As the field went around the far turn, Castellano did not want to get boxed in on the rail so he took Bridgetown to the outside. As they turn for home Gin Play fell out of contention while Great Mills began to 10 THE FLORIDA HORSE • NOVEMBER 2012

pull away and had daylight on Bridgetown in second with Chamberlain Bridge still in pursuit on the outside. After passing the eighth pole Bridgetown would not give in and as they came to the sixtheenth pole he began to pass Great Mills, eventually getting to the wire a length in front of Great Mills with Chamberlain Bridge another half-length back in third. Bridgetown stopped the clock in 1:02.55. “It was a beautiful trip,” Castellano continued. “It worked out great for me. He settled beautifully behind the leaders and when I asked him he responded so well. He got it done.” This is a beautiful place. It couldn’t be better. I love Keeneland. I have had a lot of fun, a lot of success. I’m looking forward to more.” It was the ninth career victory for Bridgetown and somewhat unusual in that in seven of his previous eight triumphs he had been on or very near the lead. The only time Bridgetown had won coming from as far back as three lengths off the lead was in August of 2010 when he won the $70,000 Latham Stakes at Saratoga after being fifth, three and-a-half lengths off the pace setters. Not having the early lead did not seem to concern Michael Dilger, Todd Pletcher’s assistant trainer at Keeneland. “A race this short we thought Javier (Castellano) could do whatever he thought best,” Dilger said. “He knows the horse well; he’s ridden him plenty of times before. I think he rode a great race.” Bridgetown earned $90,000 for the win and pushed his career earnings to $934,700 COACY PHOTO

Florida-bred Bridgetown didn’t get the best start in the $150,000 Woodford Stakes (G3) Oct. 6 at Keeneland, but in the end things turned out just fine as the Floridabred went on to take his second stake in his last two races. The son of Speightstown had won the $100,000 Troy Stakes at Saratoga in his last start on Aug. 15. Trained by Todd Pletcher for breeder Eugene Melnyk’s Melnyk Racing Stables which is based in Ocala, Fla., Bridgetown got off to an uncharacteristic slow start in the five and one-half furlong turf event. (A slow start for Bridgetown is one in which he

from 19 lifetime starts. Sent off as the odds-on favorite with 4-5 odds, Bridgetown paid $3.40 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Great Mills returned $3.60 and $2.60 while Chamberlain Bridge paid $2.20 to show. “He’s been awful good to us,” Calhoun said after the Woodford. “He’s still healthy and sound and we hope to be able to keep running.”

Musical Romance Bids Farewell to Calder With Mike Sherman Mem. Win Pinnacle Racing Stables and Bill Kaplan’s Eclipse Award winning female sprinter and Florida-bred Horse of the Year Musical Romance bid a proper farewell to Calder Casino & Race Course on Oct. 6, winning the $55,000 Mike Sherman Memorial Stakes in her 25th and final start over her home track in advance of her Nov. 3 title defense in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. “The only job we had today was to get her one step closer to the Breeders’ Cup,” co-owner and trainer Kaplan said following the race. “And I believe that’s what we were able to accomplish.” Ridden by Juan Leyva, who has been aboard Musical Romance for 23 of her career starts, including each of her last 16 trips to the track, the daughter of Concorde’s Tune who was bred by Ocala Stud never lost sight of early leader Golden Mystery, staying within two lengths of that rival as she ran on the lead through opening splits of :22.43 and :45.83. Golden Mystery retained a one-length advantage in mid-stretch, but one never See Musical

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“[Merit Man] runs much better on the dirt and we knew that going to Del Mar [with Polytrack],” Hess said. “He got down there, he kind of bobbled and really wasn’t smooth . . . My friend, Chris Brothers, was at the Ocala sale, we signed the ticket and we’re glad we did.” Merit Man sold for $75,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company April Sale of Two Year Olds in Training from the consignment of Harley De Renzo Thoroughbreds, who also bred the colt at their Ocala farm. He now races for Bruce Chandler of Arcadia, Calif., Robert McKee’s Double Kee LLC of Phoenix, Ariz., and Karen and Jim Glavin’s Purple Shamrock of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. The $60,000 first prize in the Tim Conway boosted Merit Man’s lifetime earnings to $102,000. Merit Man returned $7.80, $3.80 and $2.60 while South Floyd paid $3.60 and $3.00. No Rachmones paid $4.40 to show. In his only other start, Merit Man was a winner of a maiden special weight event at Del Mar on Sept. 12. Merit man finished the year finishing second in the Breeders’ Cop Sprint.

got the feeling that Musical Romance was in jeopardy of losing the race. In the final yards the champion mare made her way to the front and was ridden out through the wire to a three-quarter length victory, running the 6 ½-furlong distance in 1:17.13. “She didn’t really have to work hard for it,” Leyva said as he walked back to the jockey’s room after his winning ride. “All we wanted to get out of this was a good race for her; to just have her finish and keep her healthy. That’s all we were looking for. And it looks like that’s exactly what we got.” For Leyva, who has won with the filly nine times, eight of which were stakes, Saturday’s race marked his penultimate appearance aboard the champion mare, who is scheduled to pass through the Fasig-Tipton November Breeding Stock Sale on Nov. 5, two days after her Breeders’ Cup run. “If you want to know the truth, it’s kind of bittersweet,” the rider said of the

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Merit Man may not have been the favorite to win the first running of the $100,000 Tim Conway Stakes at Santa Anita Oct. 6, but he ran like he should have been. In the six furlong race named for the famed actor that has been a longtime supporter of horse racing as an owner, fan and philanthropist, the Floridabred son of With Distinction looked impressive in winning his second race in as many career starts. Sent off as the second choice at 3-1 with jockey Patrick Valenzuela aboard, Merit Man broke well and immediately engaged South Floyd and Hollywood Juvenile Championship winner Scherer Magic as those three went the first quarter in a quick :21.81. South Floyd had the rail around the turn and Scherer Magic was between horses with Merit Man three-wide. However, the extra ground did not matter to Merit Man as he took the lead before they turned for home after a half-mile in :45.22. The quick pace took it’s toll on Schere Magic as he could not keep pace but it did not deter Merit Man as he began to increase his lead down the stretch, eventually hitting the finish line five and one-half lengths ahead of South Floyd in second and No Rachmones in third. Scherer Magic finished last in the field of five. Valenzuela, who had missed the previous few racing days with knee issues, said he is not quite feeling 100 percent, but the stakes win made up for most of the discomfort. “I’m feeling a little sore, but feel good,” Valenzuela said. “[Trainer] Bob Hess has a very nice horse here. He ran a very good race at Del Mar. He kind of blew himself up a little bit when he saw a photographer up past the wire. He looked at him and kind of pulled himself up a little bit but he’s a very nice horse. Two turns, let’s do it.” Although Scherer Magic was the heavfavorite at post time, going off at 6-5 compared to Merit Man at 3-1, trainer Bob Hess said he felt confident going into the Conway.

Florida-bred Merit Man

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Florida-bred Musical Romance

understanding that he and Musical Romance would part ways. “She’s a real special mare, and she’s done a lot for me.” With her victory in the Mike Sherman Memorial, Musical Romance was a 12-time winner from 40 career starts with earnings of $1,681,885. The mare has made 25 lifetime appearances at Calder, visiting the local winner’s circle eight times, including a win in this year’s running of the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap.


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Florda-bred Broken Dreams

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Florida-bred Broken Dreams again proved her versatility when she won the Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita for the second consecutive year on Oct. 20. The 6year-old mare that is a homebred product of Leonard Lavin’s Glen Hill Farm in Ocala won the six and one-furlong Maddy over the Arcadia, Ca., track’s downhill turf course while chasing down a quick front runner after two races back, winning the $93,000 Osunitas Stakes at Del Mar at 1 1/16 miles on the turf leading from start to finish. Trained by Tom Proctor and ridden by Garrett Gomez, Broken Dreams was no match early for 3-1 second choice Kindle who broke on top from the outside and went the first two furlongs in a quarter horse-like time of :20.97

and opening up some two lengths on the field. Meanwhile Broken Dreams broke well but fourth and had to use her usual early speed to get up for second by the time the first quarter had been run. Racing around the right hand turn and down the hill, Kindle began to extend her lead, going the first half-mile a bit slower in :42.53. But by the time they crossed over the main track and hit the top of the stretch, she had a full five lengths on Broken Dreams in second and Teroda in third. Down the stretch Kindle appeared to be putting more distance on her competitors with Broken Dreams seemingly running for the place spot; that is until Kindle hit the sixteenth pole. That’s when Kindle could no longer keep up her sprint while Broken Dreams and favorite Byrama began to 14 THE FLORIDA HORSE • NOVEMBER 2012

make up ground and catch her at the wire in a final time of 1:11.81. Broken Dreams won by a half-length over Kindle who held off Byrama (GB) by a neck for second. “I had some concerns [about Kindle’s big lead],” Gomez said after the race. “The simple fact is, coming to the dirt, instead of picking [Kindle] up, she actually moved away from me another length or so and I was like, oh man! I know my filly is going to stay going six and ahalf [furlongs] and I know she’s going to keep coming. But by the time we hit inside the eighth pole, [Kindle] wasn’t coming back still. Finally she threw in the towel and folded up about the last 50 yards and I knew Broken Dreams was going to stay on well. “Last year when she won this race, she looked like she was going to run fifth outside the sixteenth pole and she wound up winning by a length. So I have a lot of confidence in her. She’s just a blast to ride.” By Broken Vow and out of the Storm Cat mare Our Dreamer, Broken Dreams also seems to have an affinity for the downhill turf course at Santa Anita where she now has her two victories in the Sen. Maddy to go along with two seconds, both in stakes. She was the runner-up in the Grade 3 Monrovia and in the $93,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes last year, both times to winner Unzip Me. Despite all that success over the unique course at Santa Anita, even trainer Tom Proctor had his doubts about Broken Dreams winning as they turned for home. “I thought she was in a good spot until they crossed the dirt and [Kindle] kind of got away a little farther,” Proctor said. “Lucky she could run her down. “She’s been a nice mare for three years, hasn’t given us any problem at all. We had some early issues when she was three and didn’t even think she might get to the races. But once she got to the races, she [has been] good.” Broken Dreams now has a career bankroll of $377,682 and seven wins from 22 starts. As the third choice in the wagering, Broken

Dreams paid $8.40 to win, $5.00 to place and $3.00 to show. Kindle paid $4.40 and $3.20 while Byrama (GB) paid $2.40. Proctor said no plans were definite for Broken Dreams’ next start but that the Grade 2 Goldikova at one mile on the turf Nov. 4 at Santa Anita would be a possibility.

Romacaca Strolls to Victory in Indian Maid Frank Calabrese’s Romacaca won her second stakes race in her last three starts Oct. 6 as she took the $100,000 Indian Maid Stakes at Hawthorne Race Course near Chicago. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, the Florida-bred daughter of Running Stag and the Kris S mare Romaca did not disappoint her backers, taking the lead right out of the starting gate with jockey Francisco Torres aboard. Allowed to set pedestrian fractions of :24.86 for the first quartermile, :49.78 for the half and 1:14.23 for six furlongs, Romacaca left little chance for second choice Julie’s Love, who raced in second the entire way then tried to catch Romacaca down the long stretch of the Cicero, Ill., oval.

Hurricane Ike Tops Florida-breds Hurricane Ike and Good Lord made up a Florida exacta by finishing first and second in the $104,300 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Stakes at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind., on Oct. 6. The one mile stake for 3-year-olds and older was part of a 12 race, 10 stakes race card highlighted by the $500,000 Indiana Derby and the $400,000 Indiana Oaks. Bred in Florida by Stanley Boileau, Hurricane Ike won for the first time since winning an optional claiming race and an allowance race in consecutive fashion at Hoosier Park last year. The 5-year-old son of Graeme Hall, who stands at Eugene Melnyk’s Winding Oaks Farm in Ocala, Fla., is owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash who took home the $60,077 winner’s share and have seen Hurricane Ike now win $508,070 in his lifetime. Shortly after the start of the Schaefer, Hurricane Ike found himself just to the outside of


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males in the 2009 Hawthorne Derby (G3) and a seventh-place finish in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes in August to name a few. So when she does not fire, it is usually against top rate competition or outside her division. Romacaca paid $3.20 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show while Julie’s Love returned $3.80 and $2.60. Those with $2 show tickets on Kepi got back $3.20.

The 6-year-old mare trained by Danny L. Miller finished the 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:43.62 under 123 pounds and was a length and threequarters ahead of Julie’s Love in second with Kepi third. It was the seventh start of the year for Romacaca, who also has victories over allowance fillies and mares at Calder Casino and Race Course in April and Grade 3 Modesty Handicap at Arlington Park earlier in the year. Bred in Florida by Cashel Stud, Romacaca earned $60,000 for the victory which pushed

Coastal Sunrise Earns First Stakes Win

her career earnings to $866,992. The very consistent mare has now won nearly half of her 31 career starts as the Indian Maid was victory number 15 for the multiple graded stakes winner. She also has five seconds and three thirds. Her off the board losses include the second race of her career when when she bobbled at the start and finished ninth, a fifth-place finish against

Florida-bred Coastal Sunrise was the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $50,000 Xtra Heat Stakes run over six furlongs at Delaware Park in Wilmington, Del., Oct. 27, but the wagering public let her slip to the second choice and 3-1 at post time. And the Tom Amoss trainee made the doubters pay. Breaking from post seven under jockey Javier Santiago, Coastal Sunrise shot to the lead and put a length on her competitors before she ran the first quarter-mile in a quick :21.99 with the trio of third-choice Ganesha, 5-1 shot Doubled and She’s All Scat, also at 5-1, giving chase in tandem. Around the turn, She’s All Scat did the best of keeping pace behind Coastal Sunrise while Doubled and Ganesha were starting to get passed by long shot Carry the Torch. As they turned for home after a half-mile in

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Hoorayforhollywood on the lead as those two went the first quarter-mile in :23.19 and the first halfmile in :46.46. Meanwhile Good Lord stalked in third just ahead of another Florida-bred in Shadowbdancing in fourth. That order remained pretty much intact until the top of the stretch when Hurricane Ike began to pull

away while Good Lord began to make up ground on Hoorayforhollywood. Down the stretch Hurricane Ike began to draw clear while Good Lord was still in his best stride while catching Hoorayforhollywood. At the wire Hurricane Ike was a length in front of Good Lord with Hoorayforhollywood another length back in third. Forty Nine Watts got up for fourth while Shadowbdancing could do no better than fifth. Trained by Michael Stidham and ridden by Terry Thompson, Hurricane Ike returned a healthy $18.60 to those who supported him with $2 win tickets and he paid $8.00 to place and $4.40 to show. Good Lord, who was bred in Florida by Marilyn Fazio Seltzer, paid $4.20 and $3.00 while Hoorayforhollywood also returned $3.00 to show. Good Lord is by Greatness, who stands at Stonewall Farm Ocala and is a $115,000 graduate of the 2008 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company August Yearling Sale.

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slower :45.85, Coastal Sunrise had more than three lengths on She’s All Scat with Carry the Torch still making up ground while four-wide and Disco Barbie making her rally noticed from last-place, where she was as late as the half-mile pole. Down the stretch, Carry the Torch, She’s All Scat and Disco Barbie all made their runs at Coastal Sunrise but at the wire, Coastal Sunrise was still a length and three-quarters in front

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with Carry the Torch in second, a neck in front of Disco Barbie in third and She’s All Scat also right there in fourth. Doubled was further back in fifth with Ganesha in last in the field of eight. The final time was 1:11.65 over the fast track. It was the third win from four starts for Coastal Sunrise, a daughter of Congrats and the Kissin Kris mare Kisses and Hugs. Bred in Florida by Richard E. Wilson of Reddick, Coastal Sunrise had won at first asking in a maiden special weight contest at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind., on Aug. 1. Stepping up to allowance class at Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa., in her second start, she appeared not to like the Polytrack surface there and faded to fourth after leading early. She returned to Hoosier Park in her next start and demolished a group of $50,000 optional claimers at even odds, leading all the way and finishing out ten lengths in front of second-place finisher Mein Fancy. The $30,000 first-place check increased Coastal Sunrise’s earnings to $78,400 and to those who stuck with her at the windows, they received $8.20 for every $2 bet to win, $5.20 to place and $3.40 to show. Carry the Torch was let go with 18-1 odds and her supporters got back $10.00 for their $2 place tickets and $6.40 to show and the two combined for a nice $46.20 for the $1 exacta. A show ticket on Disco Barbie was not quite worth her namesake, returning $2.40 to show. THE FLORIDA HORSE • NOVEMBER 20122 15


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Florida FOCUS Missy Rules Authoritative in Small Wonder

Escrow Kid Gets First Stakes in New Castle

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After Florida-bred Missy Rules won her first race from gate-to-wire against special weight maidens at Delaware Park on May 30, trainer Randy Nunley immediately went straight to stakes company in the filly’s next start where she Florida-bred Missy Rules finished fifth and last in the $50,000 White Clay Creek Stakes on July 4. Nunley decided to give her another race before trying stakes again as Missy Rules came back to finish third against first level allowance fillies on Sept. 11 at Delaware which now looks to have been a good plan. On Oct. 20 at Delaware Park, the daughter of Peace Rules and Missy McKee, by Silver Deputy again went to the front but this time would not relinquish the lead and won the $60,000 Small Wonder Stakes. Ridden for first time by jockey Jose C. Caraballo, Missy Rules broke well but was immediately engaged by 9-5 second choice Chifa racing along the rail. Those two went down the backstretch together before Missy Rules was able to get clear in the turn and began to put distance

between herself and her six rivals and they straightened away for home. In front by as many as three lengths midstretch, Missy Rules was never threatened by the late run by long shot Funny Lady who was just two and three-quarter lengths shy of catching Missy Rules at the wire. Lost Memory got up for third while Chifa faded to finish sixth. Final time for the five and one-half furlongs was 1:05.92 on a main track rated wet fast. Bred in Florida by Porter Racing Stable LLC of Brooksville, Missy Rules more than doubled her career earnings to $64,270. Let go at nearly 6-1 odds, Missy Rules paid $13.40 to her wagering supporters with win tickets, $7.00 to place and $3.00. Funny Lady paid $8.00 to place and $5.80 show and the two combined for a healthy $57.10 for a $1 exacta. Lost Memory paid $2.60 to show.

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After 30 career races including 11 tries in addedmoney events, Michael Dubb’s Florida-bred Escrow Kid Florida-bred Escrow Kid picked up his first stakes win on Oct. 20 at Delaware Park in Wilmington, Del., taking the $60,000 New Castle Stakes against four foes at six furlongs. Sent off as the odds-on choice at 3-5, Escrow Kid broke on top and never looked back, setting fractions of :22.38 for the first quartermile and :45.17 for the half while dueling with longshot and fellow Florida-bred Dinny Dinosaur. But as they turned for home, Escrow Kid and jockey Jeremy Rose quickly put three lengths on the field and held on down the stretch to eventually win by two lengths on Dinny Dinosaur in second and Out to Conquer You, a length and onehalf back in third. It was the second win in the last three races for Escrow Kid who had won a $60,000 optional claiming race at Monmouth Park on July 1 before going to Saratoga to finish a competitive sixth, beaten just more than two lengths for the victory, in a similar optional claiming event on July 28. Trainer Anthony Dutrow then gave the 5-year-old gelding a 45-day rest which must have done the trick for the son of City Place and the Smart Strike mare Free Strike. The final time for the race was 1:09.98 over a track rated fast. Escrow Kid paid $3.20 to those with $2 win tickets and $3.00 for those with similar place vouchers. He paid $2.10 to show. Dinny Dinosaur paid $8.40 and $4.00 while Out to Conquer You paid $4.20. Escrow Kid, who was bred in Florida by Bathen Thoroughbreds of Orlando, now has seven wins from 31 career starts and earnings of $260,357. The victory was also a make-good race for Escrow Kid in the sense that he was fourth in the 2011 version of the New Castle behind winner Poseidons Warrior.


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Comma to the Top is Just Right in Big Bear

Florida-bred Comma to the Top

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Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Keven Tsujihara’s Comma to the Top looked on paper to be the only speed in the $66,000 Big Bear Handicap at Santa Anita Oct. 21 and on the track, he didn’t look any different. “He looked like the only speed in the race, but we were worried about it,” trainer Peter Miller said. “He can rate, but he looked like the fastest horse on form, but this business is so crazy you just never know.” Breaking from post three with jockey Corey Nakatani aboard, the Florida-bred gelding went right to the front of the one mile

Big Bear as the top weighted starter with 122 pounds, opening up a length and-a-quarter on the Bob Baffert-trained Jaycito under 119 pounds after a quarter mile in :23.48. As they approached the half-mile marker, it appeared jockey Joe Talamo on Jaycito wanted to edge closer to Comma to the Top after they went in :46.53 for the half-mile but around the turn, he shunned the challenge of Jaycito and began to race further ahead. At the top of the stretch Comma to the Top was three lengths clear as Jaycito could not keep up. Tres Borrachos had swung to 18 THE FLORIDA HORSE • NOVEMBER 2012

the outside and was also making his run at the leader from between horses. Comma to the Top was clear of those two until midstretch when Tres Borrachos and Jaycito still looked to have a chance but at the wire it was Comma to the Top a half-length in front of Tres Borrachos and Garret Gomez with Jaycito in third, another neck back. Final time for the one mile over a fast track was 1:35.98. “The plan was to go to the lead,” Nakatani said. “He’s got speed and that’s what he likes best. I was a little concerned about his fitness today at this distance, but he was ready.” Miller of course, was the man responsible for the readiness of Comma to the Top but he also spoke of the uncertainty of any race and then his fondness for the 4-yearold gelding. “You can read the [Daily Racing Form] until you’re eyes pop out,” Miller said, “and the race comes up different. “[Comma to the Top] is almost at a million dollars [in earnings] and we paid $22,000 for him. A horse like that gets an easy lead on this track, it’s hard to catch him. I’m proud of my horse. He’s a hard trying horse; he shows up every time.” Miller was referring to Comma to the Top being a graduate of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company 2010 April Sale of Two Year Olds in Training where he sold for $22,000 from the consignment of Indian Prairie Ranch. A son of Bwana Charlie, out of Maggies Storm by Stormy Atlantic, Comma to the Top was bred in Florida by Richard and Linda Thompson of Morriston. As the 7-5 favorite, Comma to the Top paid $4.80 to win, $3.00 to place and $2.10 to show. Tres Borrachos paid $3.40 and $2.40 while Jaycito paid $2.40 to show.

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Little Mike scores big in Breeders’ Cup Turf By BROCK SHERIDAN

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he last time Florida-bred Little Mike won a race coming from as far back as third place, Ponce de Leon was a preteen punk. Well maybe not that long ago, but it has been nearly two years at Calder Casino Race Course when the then 3-year-old son of Spanish Steps and the Wavering Monarch mare Hay Jude won a seven and one-half furlong allowance race after being forced to check early and rally from seventh before winning by a half-length. Since then, Little Mike has won eight races and seven stakes, including the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) at Santa Anita Race

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Course on Nov. 3rd, all from start to finish. Bred in Florida by Carlo Vaccarezza , Little Mike was expected to lead early in the 1 1/2-mile Turf, just as he has this year in winning the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Gulfstream Park in January, the Grade 1 Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on


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May 5, and the Grade 1 Arlington Million at Arlington Park near Chicago on Aug. 18. But jockey Ramon Dominguez, trainer Dale Romans and Vaccarezza had other plans for the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Particularly since fellow Floridian Turbo Compressor and 23-1 long shot Optimizer

had shown similar running styles. “Our first reaction after the [1 ½ mile Turf Classic at Belmont Park Oct. 18 in which Little Mike was fifth] was to shorten [Little Mike] up,” Romans said after the Turf victory. “But we had been trying to stretch him out all year so we decided to stick to our plan.”

Florida-bred Little Mike went from start to finish in winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

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Abbey in third. Optimizer faded to 11th, ahead of Turbo Compressor, who finished last in the field of twelve. The running time was posted at 2:22.83, which would have been nearly four seconds faster than Tikkanen’s Breeders’ Cup Turf record of 2:26.50 set in the 1994 version of the Turf at Churchill Downs. But no notation of a track or world record was noted in the official chart published by Daily Racing Form. Regardless of the time, Dominquez was credited with a brilliant ride, whether by instruction or instinct. “I couldn’t commit to being on the lead,” Dominquez said. “I did get a good trip right off the leaders. When I asked [Little Mike] to run, he gave me a great kick.” With the victory, Little Mike appears to have the inside track at the Eclipse Award for champion turf male. This year Little Mike has won four races, three of which

“Little Mike should be the Eclipse Award winner. I don’t think it’s any question Romans and breeder Vaccarezza, whose wife Priscilla owns Little Mike, had also entered him in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. But to the surprise of many, there was Little Mike in the 10-furlong Turf instead of the Breeders’ Cup Mile, also on grass. “Well in New York, it had rained three or four days [before the Turf Classic at Belmont]. It was a very high turf and very soft,” Carlo Vaccarezza said. “So Ramon [Dominguez] did the right thing with the horse. He didn’t try to hurt him and we finished fifth in that race. And looking back, it was the best thing that ever happened to Little Mike.” Still a surprise, Dominguez had Little Mike laying third behind Turbo Compressor and Optimizer as they came down the hillside turf course in the Breeder’s Cup Turf, then crossing the main dirt track and passing the grandstand for the first time. After a first quarter in :23.83, half-mile in :46.77 and a mile in 1:35.28, Turbo Compressor was still a length ahead of Optimizer with Little Mike still in third, another length and a half back. But as they came around the far turn, Dominquez found room between the two leaders and shot to the front as they came down the stretch. At the eighth-pole, Optimizer and Turbo Compressor were finished but Little Mike was now in front and driving through the final furlong. Favorite Point of Entry appeared to be making a winning move to the outside of Little Mike with defending Turf champion St Nicholas Abbey also bearing down. But Dominquez and Little Mike kept to their task and won by a half-length at the wire over Point of Entry in second, three-quarters of a length ahead of St Nicholas

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were Grade 1, from seven starts and 2012 earnings of $2,668,742. His career earnings are now $3,074,412. When asked about the possibility of the turf championship at the post-race press conference, Vaccarezza was very clear as to his opinion. “Little Mike should be the Eclipse Award winner,” Vaccarezza said. “We beat Point of Entry and if for whatever crazy reason why [Point of Entry] is not in the field today, I don’t think it’s any question who will be the Eclipse Award winner on the turf.” Carlo Vaccarezza was also adamant about giving credit to Jimmy Crupi and his staff at New Castle Farm, located in Ocala, Fla. “We have to acknowledge one person—Jimmy Crupi of New Castle Farm. They did an unbelievable job of racing the horse, breaking him in and training him, and he deserves a lot of credit.”

Romans was less subdued with his comments on the championship, but just as clear. “All of those things will take care of themselves,” Romans said. “But I think Little Mike’s a turf champion.” And for those who doubt Priscilla Vaccarezza will carry home the championship trophy, she explained her thoughts on Little Mike and what he means to her. “I have to say, when no one believes in Little Mike, he does it,” she said. “When he’s not the favorite and no one thinks he can do the extra distance; and when I’m nervous and don’t think he has a chance; he wins!” For the victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, Little Mike paid $36.60 to those who backed him with a $2 win ticket, $12.20 to place and $7.80 to show. Point of Entry paid $4.20 to place and $3.00 to show while St Nicholas Abbey returned $3.80 to show. Little Mike now has 12 wins from 21 career starts. ■

With his win, Little Mike boosted his career earnings to $3,074,412.

who will be the Eclipse Award winner on the turf.

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Flat Out Fires again in Jockey Club Gold Cup By BROCK SHERIDAN

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lat Out became the second Florida-bred and the 11th horse in history to win the prestigious TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) in back-to-back years Sept. 29 when he out dueled Stay Thirsty to take the winner’s share of the $1,000,000 purse. The 6-year-old son of Flatter not only joined Mad Hatter (192122), Dark Secret (1933-34), Nashua (1956-57), Kelso (1960-64), Shuvee (1970-71), Slew o’ Gold (1983-84), Crème Fraiche (1986-87), Florida-bred Skip Away (1996-97) and Curlin (2007-08) as consecutive winners of the Gold Cup, but it snapped a six-race winless streak that dates back to his victory in the race last year. Trained by Bill Mott for Prestonwood Stables LLC of Paris, Ky., Flat Out broke evenly from post position nine in the 1¼-mile Gold Cup and settled into sixth-place along the rail while the trio of Stay Thirsty, Ruler On Ice and San Pablo went the first two furlongs in a solid :23.49. As the half-mile fraction of :47.21 flashed on the tote board as they headed down the backstretch, jockey Joel Rosario apparently wanted Flat Out closer to the pace and rushed him into the fifth spot, inside favorite Fort Larned and closer to the leaders as they went into the far turn. Around the turn, Stay Thirsty hung tough on the lead as Fort Larned challenged while San Pablo and Ruler on Ice fell out of contention. Then Flat Out rolled up three-wide as they straightened away for home. Stay Thirsty on the rail fought off Fort Larned with a furlong to go but Flat Out remained in the chase as they went into the final furlong. With THE FLORIDA HORSE • NOVEMBER 2012 25


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the finish line drawing near, Stay Thirsty looked to be a winner inside the last 110 yards but Flat Out put in one final surge at the wire and as track announcer Tom Durkin called it, “Flat Out got it by a flared nostril.” “It looked like [jockey Joel Rosario] let him pick off a couple of horses on the backside, and he was doing it under a hold,” Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said. “That was a good thing. He hadn’t asked him to run. The horse was just striding out and picking up horses. That other horse [Stay Thirsty] fought on pretty well. Todd

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[Pletcher] looked like he had him ready today. We just had ours a little more ready. And it wasn’t by much.” Flat Out’s winning time was 2:01.44 for the “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, which earned him an automatic, fees-paid berth in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on November 3 at Santa Anita Park. Flat Out, fifth in last year’s Classic, likely will be joined in California by stablemate and fellow Florida-bred Ron the Greek, who finished sixth. Flat Out was bred in Florida by Nikolaus Bock of


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Naperville, Ill., and increased his career earnings to $2,042,383, passing the 25th-ranked Zofolia on the all-time list of Florida-bred money earners and becoming the 26th horse bred in the Sunshine State to eclipse the $2 million mark. Flat Out, formerly trained by Charles “Scooter” Dickey, finished second in his first start for Mott, the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup in July, and third behind Fort Larned and Ron the Greek in the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap on August 4 at Saratoga Race Course. “He ran a huge race last time,” said Mott of Flat Out.

“You couldn’t have asked the horse to run any better than he did the last time out. He’s a relatively fresh horse; he had a little break late spring, and he was up for it today.” The 7-2 third choice, Flat Out paid $9.30 for a $2 win bet, $5.60 to place and $4.00 to show. Overall, he is 6-4-2 from 19 career starts. Stay Thirsty returned $10.80 to place and $6.70 to show while Fort Larned paid $4.00 to show. ■

He ran a huge race last time. You couldn’t have “ asked the horse to run any better than he did the last time out. He’s a relatively fresh horse; he had a little break late spring, and he was up for it today. —Bill Mott

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International simulcast conference offered everything from security to social media

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he Thoroughbred Racing Associations and Harness Tracks of America in association with American Greyhound Tracks of America hosted their annual International Simulcasting Conference in Clearwater, Fla., Oct. 1-3 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort with a host of topics discussed during the three day conference. After TRA executive vice president Chris Scherf welcomed the audience Monday afternoon, Annie Allman of Last Frontier Consulting hosted the first panel that discussed iGaming— When You’re Not the Only Game in the Cloud. Allman began by saying that sports wagering—considered by many to be a major threat to horses racing if legalized outside of Nevada (the only state that currently allows such wagering)— will be coming and now is the time to begin to deal with the challenges and opportunities. “Sports wagering will be legalized,” Allman said. “The debate will not be whether sports gaming is coming but rather when and how it will arrive.” She said it may be legalized on a state-by-state basis or federally, saying that the states legalizing wagering on games such as professional football, baseball and basketball will be doing so in an effort to generate state revenues without raising taxes. Donald Hoover, vice president at Gaming Hospitality Experts agreed with Allman, but went one step further with regard to sports betting saying that it is already here—it’s just that it is most prolific illegally through North America as the only place to currently make a legal sports bets is Las Vegas. Hoover also noted that horse racing can not only take advantage of the current craze to bet on sports but should be ahead of the curve in offering it to their patrons when it does become within the law. “Horse racing is already ahead of the brick and mortar casinos in that we currently have the technology for on-line gaming. Las Vegas sports books do not. So when Sports betting becomes a reality, horse racing po-

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higher quality mares being bred to more proven tentially has a jump on Vegas.” Hoover also noted that race tracks could and stallions. Dobbins said they conducted a study should offer sports wagering picks as a way of and found that in 2007 just over half the mares seeking additional solutions to attract and en- covered were by unproven stallions (1-4 yrs. in gage customers. “We cannot currently offer breeding shed) versus 2011 in which 56% of sports betting, but that doesn’t mean we can’t mares bred were to more seasoned stallions benefit from it,” Hoover said. “We just need to (stallions in season 5 or higher). Another topic addressed at the conference change the way we think.” Hoover said the most obvious way to ener- was mobile wagering, which has been incorgize our patrons is social media and asking the porated by several tracks throughout North question, “What do ‘likes’ get you on Face- America in recent years and several reported book? Alone, they get you very little.” He went positive results. While there are still issues to resolve about on to say that racing needs to use social media to educate potential and current patrons and mobile wagering such as over-loaded Wi-Fi networks, revenue splits and costs, tracks such build awareness. One potential way to do that would be to de- as Del Mar in Southern California and Cantervelop a fantasy horse racing game on Facebook. bury Park in Shakopee, Min., said they have ex“In 2009, $2.5 billion was spent on virtual perienced success with the new technology. A number of track goods on Facebook. Now, officials said they see the Facebook gaming Horse racing is already ahead company Zynga gener- of the brick and mortar casinos in many advantages to moates some $1 million a day that we currently have the technol- bile wagering including shorter lines at mutual in virtual bales of hay for ogy for on-line gaming. windows on big days Farmville and all other —Donald Hoover such as the Kentucky virtual goods he said. During the Tuesday, Oct. 2 session, J. Curtis Derby presented by Yum! Brands (G1) at Linnell, the director of racing analysis for the Churchill Downs and the Breeders’ Cup, this Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, gave year held at Santa Anita near Los Angeles. Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., offered an update on their Tote Security System that is in the latter stages of development. The system mobile betting in the spring and Calder Casino that is set to launch in the fall of 2013 is de- and Race Course in Miami Gardens, Fla., unsigned to identify participants in a host track’s veiled mobile betting using Kindles on opening wagering pools, close those pools when the host day this year. Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, track closes them, and provide a database of all Fla., as of yet does not have mobile betting. Ben Murr, senior vice president and chief wagers with two minutes after the conclusion of technology officer for Churchill Downs, said that race. Also addressed was the current horse short- that more and more people use mobile techage and scheduling tools presented by Chris nology in their everyday lives and racing must Dobbins, the business development manager at keep pace with this technology, especially reInCompass Solutions. Dobbins said that in garding wagering. 2008, 35,200 foals were produced in North However, racing is far from replacing live America and by 2012 that number had fallen tellers and automated tellers currently at the tracks according to most speakers. to a 24,700 projection. According to Dobbins, there may be a silver Tammy A. Gantt and Patrick Vinzant also lining because there might be a flight toward contributed to this report.


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Speak Logistics steals In Reality from gate to wire By BROCK SHERIDAN MIAMI GARDENS –

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ew Jersey invader Speak Logistics was no surprise to those wagering on the In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes going off as the 9-5 favorite, but he and jockey Angel Serpa certainly bewildered their nine rivals on their way to winning the $300,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder Casino and Race Course Oct. 13. Sent right to the lead from post two, Speak Logistics and Serpa cruised on the lead from start to finish, leading the pack by one and-a-half to two lengths through fractions of :25.16 for the first two furlongs, :50.82 for the half-mile and six furlongs in 1:15.62. Two T’s At Two B, winner of the six furlong Dr. Fager Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes in July, chased in second throughout with Uptown Anthem in third and that order did not change as they crossed the wire in 1:47.79 for the 11⁄16 miles over a track rated good. The final margin of victory was two and three quarter lengths back to Two T’s At Two B in second and another five and three-quarter lengths to Uptown Anthem. It was the second win from three starts for Speak Logistics who broke his maiden in his second race at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., on Aug. 12. After his first win, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. sent his colt by THE FLORIDA HORSE • NOVEMBER 2012 31


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the Ocala Stud stallion High Cotton to Calder to adjust to the south Florida weather and the Calder racing surface. “Mr. Nabavi lives in New York and likes to see his horses run,” Plesa explained when asked why the Florida-bred Speak Logistics had been running at Monmouth Park over the summer. “Even though I knew he was eligible for the Stallion Stakes and I knew in the back of my mind he was a good horse, we kept him back there until about a month before this race when we brought him here to Calder.” That training proved to be the successful formula as Speak Logistics earned $176,700 for the victory and pushed his career earnings to $202,700. And like the wagering public, Plesa and Serpa felt good about winning the In Reality long before they approached the wire.

Florida-bred Speak Logistics, by High Cotton, was bred in Ocala by Ocala Stud and is a graduate of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company April Two Year Olds In Training Sale.

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“When they went 25 and change I felt comfortable that if he was going to get beat, he was going to get beat by a better horse. It wasn’t going to be circumstances,” Plesa said. “I knew from the last time when I won with him in Jersey that he could take the lead so easy and set the pace like he did today,” Serpa said. “And nobody tried to stay close to me. And when he gets in front like that, he’s like another horse. Once I was on the lead so easy, I knew I had the race won. When I started to ask him at the quarter pole, he moved like he was breaking from the gate; like nothing. I asked him a little when we turned for home, but only because he’s a young horse and it’s good to try and teach them new things.”


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While the victory seemed calculated by the trainer and the jockey, the best story may have been for owner Ralph Nabavi of New York City who won his first stakes race with the In Reality victory after owning thoroughbreds for approximately seven years he said. “I think more people should get into horse racing,” Nabavi said with emotion after the race. “Everybody deserves to feel like this once in their life. I’ve been playing horses since I was 14 and I’ve had horses with [trainer] Eddie [Plesa] for about seven years. I just don’t want this feeling to go away.” Speak Logistics was bred in Florida by Centaur Farms Inc. and he is by the Ocala Stud stallion High Cotton. He is also a graduate of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company April Sale of Two Year Olds In Training where he sold

for $62,000 from the consignment of Derby Daze Farm. Speak Logistics paid $5.60 to those many who wagered two dollars to win, $4.00 to place and $2.80 to show. Two T’s At Two B paid $4.20 and $3.20 while Uptown Anthem paid $5.00 to show. Although Plesa said he was not thinking about the Breeders’ Cup for Speak Logistics, he would not rule out going to Southern California for one of the juvenile races. “I’m not really thinking about the Breeders’ Cup but we’ll take a look at this race and see if the numbers are something exceptional. Then we might consider it.” ■

more people should get into horse racing,” Nabavi said “withI think emotion after the race. “Everybody deserves to feel like this once in their life. I’ve been playing horses since I was 14 and I’ve had horses with [trainer] Eddie [Plesa] for about seven years. I just don’t want this feeling to go away. —owner Ralph Nabavi

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Green Verso a Verso good enough to win My Dear Girl By BROCK SHERIDAN MIAMI GARDENS –

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he claiming game in thoroughbred racing can be a difficult one at times. Some claims can go south on an owner and trainer quickly while others can have better results. But when it comes to good claims, it is difficult to get much better than the one owner Frank Carl Calabrese and trainer Luis Ramirez put in on Aug. 16 when they nabbed first time starter Verso a Verso out of a maiden race for $16,000.

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“We really liked the breeding,” Ramirez said after the daughter of and first stakes winner for Journeyman Stud stallion Circular Quay had just won the $300,000 My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder Casino and Race Course Oct. 13. “We really liked the sire and being out of a daughter of Bertrando [the mare Folk Art], we thought we’d take a chance.” That was one chance that paid off. Sent off at odds of 10-1 in the My Dear Girl, Verso a Verso broke on top from post two but jockey Angel Serpa dropped her back into a second flight stalking position along the rail inside favorite Putyourdreamsaway while Jewel in the Sky and Candy Coded Kisses set the early pace in tandem. Not much changed through a first quartermile in :23.86 and a half mile in :49.08 until the far turn when Jewel in the Sky had nothing left and began to drop back while Candy Coded Kisses maintained the lead with Putyourdreamsaway and Verso a Verso giving chase. At the top of the stretch, Verso a Verso moved to challenge Jewel in the Sky and took the lead quickly as they straight36 THE FLORIDA HORSE • NOVEMBER 2012


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ened for home. By this time Putyourdreamsaway and Candy Coded Kisses could not keep up and Verso a Verso separated from the field more with every stride. At the wire Verso a Verso was five lengths in front with Ashlee’s Princess rallying for second and So Blessed moving into third another six lengths back. The final time for the 11⁄16 miles was 1:42.84 over a drying out track rated good. “I thought she would run good, but not like that,” Ramirez said. “When we got her she was real, real green and she is the kind was a bargain at the of filly that doesn’t like to Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company April train. But little by little Sale of Two Year Olds In Training where she started to train and she sold for $11,000 from the consign- she worked real good last

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time [four furlongs in :52.20 on Oct. 6].” The optimism off the work turned into realistic hope, into flat out surprise for Ramirez. “By the half mile I thought ‘we got a shot.’ By the 3 ⁄8th pole, the fillies in front started to get tired and I thought we really might win. Then she got the lead. Then when she [started drawing away] and I was surprised.” Just like the trainer, Serpa was a bit taken back as well, despite what Ramirez had told him in the saddling paddock. “The trainer told me to let her break and let her sit behind the pace and that she would give me everything turning for home,” Serpa said. “And that’s exactly what she did. She really responded.


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“I was a bit surprised because she’s a secondtime starter and these other horses had run a few times and some had run good races. But my filly is good. She is a little green, but I think she’s only going to get better. Now I think this is a really good filly and she’s improving all the time and I think she be better next time.” Putyourdreamsaway, Jewel in the Sky and Candy Coded Kisses finished sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Bred in Florida by Brent and Crystal Fernung and Dr. Phil Matthews of Ocala, Verso a Verso now has two wins from as many starts and the firstplace check of $178,560 makes up most of her ca-

reer earnings that now stand at $185,860. The surprise victory resulted in a win pay-off of $23.40 for supporters of Verso a Verso who also paid $10.20 to place and $8.00 to show. Ashlee’s Princess paid $13.60 and $9.20 with her 14-1 odds and the two combined to produce a $313.00 payoff for a $2 exacta. So Blessed paid $6.80 to show and was part of the $1,587.80 trifecta. Verso a Verso was a bargain at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company April Sale of Two Year Olds In Training where she sold for $11,000 from the consignment of the Fernung’s Journeyman Bloodstock, Agent. With her victory, Verso a Verso became the first stakes winner for freshman sire Circular Quay. ■

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he Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association announced in April an agreement with Calder/Churchill Downs Inc. and the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association for this year’s Florida Stallion Stakes Series at Calder. The lucrative series for two-year-olds was created in 1982 to benefit the Florida Thoroughbred Breeding industry. The popular series features three legs—an open division and a fillies division—run in July, August and concluding in October for juveniles by Florida stallions registered with the FTBOA. The initial legs carry purses of $75,000 each for a total of $150,000. Purses are increased to $125,000 for the second legs, totaling $250,000. Purses for the series fi-

Rewarding Excellence The Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder Keeps on Rolling nale swell to $300,000 each for a $600,000 total. Including Nominator Awards and $5,000 FSS Supplements for fillies (15) and colts (15) totaling an estimated $85,000, the estimated purse payments total $1,160,000.

The FTBOA, FHBPA and Calder each contributed to the program.

I believe all parties involved recognize the importance of the Florida Stallion Stakes to Florida’s owners and breeders,” said Lonny Powell, FTBOA CEO and executive vice president. “The juvenile program at Calder is one of the strongest in the country year in and year out, and we’re looking forward with great anticipation to this summer’s renewal of the Florida Stallion Stakes Series. I’d like to thank the FHBPA, Calder and the members of my Racing Advisory Committee for assisting us in bringing some continuity and stability to the program. “The Florida Stallion Stakes have long been a tradition here at Calder that showcases our two-year-olds for the whole country,” FHBPA president Phil Combest said. “Many champions have come out of the series and we at the FHBPA are pleased that the track, breeders and horsemen came together to support an important cornerstone of South Florida racing.” The first legs of the series are slated for July 28. The two $75,000 races are the Desert Vixen Division for fillies and the Dr. Fager Division for colts. Both races will be run at six furlongs. The second legs—the $125,000 Susan’s Girl Di40 THE FLORIDA HORSE • NOVEMBER 2012

vision and the Affirmed Divisions will be run Aug. 25 during Calder’s Juvenile Showcase program. The races will be contested at seven furlongs. The FSS finales are set for the Festival of the Sun card on Oct. 13. The series concludes with the $300,000 My Dear Girl Division and the $300,000 In Reality Division. Both races are at 1 1/16 miles. 2012 FLORIDA STALLION STAKES SERIES SCHEDULE JULY 28

Florida Stallion Stakes-$75,000 estimated Desert Vixen Division Florida Stallion Stakes-$75,000 estimated Dr. Fager Division

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Florida Stallion Stakes $125,000 estimated Affirmed Division Florida Stallion Stakes $300,000 estimated My Dear Girl Division

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Florida Stallion Stakes $300,000 estimated In Reality Division

In recent years, Fred and Jane Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm has dominated FSS proceedings. Fort Loudon capped off a three-race win streak last year when he won the In Reality Division while stablemate Awesome Belle won the My Dear Girl Division the same day. Both of those runners are sired by Journeyman Stud stallion Awesome of Course, as is Redbud Road, who annexed the Desert Vixen Division last year. The 2011 Florida Stallion Series also marked the third consecutive year that Jacks or Better Farm and trainer Stanley Gold swept either the open or fillies division of the series. They combined to win the fillies series in 2010 with Awesome Feather, also by Awesome of Course, and swept the open division in 2009 with Jackson Bend. Another recent notable sweep was Harold Queen’s Big Drama, who swept the 2008 Florida Stallion Stakes Series. Big Drama was conditioned by David Fawkes. In addition to the FSS and the lucrative purses for Florida-bred juveniles, there are plenty of other substantial earning opportunities for Florida-breds during the Calder meet which runs through Aug. 31. The Tropical continued on page 43


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Since its inception, the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association has been responsible for Florida-bred registration and administration and distribution of the industry’s incentive awards program, which encourages individuals to breed, train and race Thoroughbreds in Florida. The FTBOA is dedicated to ensuring a prosperous business climate for the industry. With Florida’s low taxes and smart growth policies, basing a Thoroughbred operation in the Sunshine State makes perfect business sense. For more information, contact the FTBOA at (352) 629-2160.

2012 FLORIDA-BRED STAKES PROGRAM AT CALDER Date 5/12 5/12

SEX Fillies Open

AGE 3 Yo’s 3 Yo’s

DISTANCE 6 fur. 6 fur.

SURFACE PURSE Dirt 75,000 Dirt 75,000

RACE French Village In Summation

6 fur. 6 fur. 6 fur. 6 fur. 5 1/2 fur. 5 1/2 fur. 5 fur. 1m 70 yds. 1m 70 yds. 6Fur 6Fur 7 1/2 fur. 7 1/2 fur.

Dirt Dirt Dirt Dirt Dirt Dirt Turf Dirt Dirt Dirt Dirt Turf Turf

75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 100,000 100,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 E. 75,000 E. 75,000 75,000 75,000

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7 fur. 7 fur. 1 mile 1 mile 5 fur. 5 fur.

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Definition FTBOA Supplement FSS 20,000 FTBOA FSS 20,000 FTBOA

Preview Summit of Speed 6/9 6/9 6/9 6/9 6/30 6/30 7/7 7/21 7/21 7/28 7/28 8/18 8/18

Open Open F&M Fillies Fillies Open Open Fillies Open Fillies Open Fillies Open

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meet begins Sept. 1 and runs through Nov. 30 this year. New at Calder this year is a Starter Series, which offers a combined $200,000 in purse money along with a $5,000 bonus to the trainer of the points-leader at the completion of the series. The four-race series began in April and runs through May 26. It attracted a total of 74 nominations. “The Starter Series has generated a great deal of interest from our horsemen and we’re thrilled with the positive response we have received,” Racing Secretary Mike Anifantis said. “We expect large and competitive fields for each of the four races.” The four-race series is restricted to 4-year-olds and up that have started for $20,000 or less in 2011 or 2012 and will be run at progressively longer distances while alternating between the main track and the turf course. Bisnath Parbhoo, the top trainer at the 2010-2011 Tropical Meet, leads the way with seven horses nominated to the Starter Series, six of which run in the silks of the 2011 Calder Meet leading owner Sherry Parbhoo. Two-time leading owner Frank C. Calabrese, winner of the 2011 and the 2010-11 Tropical titles, has five horses nominated to the Starter Series, three for trainer Kirk Ziadie and two for Nick Canani. Other trainers of note that have horses nominated to the Date

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Calder Starter Series include the northern-based outfits of Vickie Foley, Jamie Ness, Jason Servis, and Peter Walder, along with longtime Calder stalwarts Dave Fawkes, Bill Kaplan, and Stanley Gold. A $5,000 bonus will be awarded to the trainer of the horse that accumulates the most points throughout the series, with points allocated to the first six finishers in each race. THE CALDER STARTER SERIES SCHEDULE:

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Turf 75,000 Turf 75,000 Dirt E.350,000 Dirt E.350,000

Tropical Derby Francis A. Genter My Dear Girl In Reality

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2 Yo’s 2 Yo’s 2 Yo’s 2 Yo’s 3 & Up 3 & Up 3 & Up 3 & Up

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John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf Arthur I. Appleton Juvenile Turf Joe O Farrell Juvenile Fillies Jack Price Juvenile Jack Dudley Sprint H. Bonnie Heath Turf Cup Elmer Heubeck Distaff H. Carl G. Rose Classic

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Preview Festival of the Sun 9/15 9/15 9/15 9/15 9/29 9/29

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Festival of the Sun 10/13 10/13 10/13 10/13

Open Fillies Fillies Open

10,000 FTBOA 10,000 FTBOA

Florida Million 11/10 11/10 11/10 11/10 11/10 11/10 11/10 11/10

Fillies Open Fillies Open Open Open F&M Open

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Date

Jacks or Better Farm Inc. Nikolaus Bock Larry Fugate Marshall Novak & Suzanne Novak William Lussky Jacks or Better Farm Inc. David Melin Bea Oxenberg & Eddie Plesa Jr. Gilbert G. Campbell Richard Thompson & Linda Thompson British Mist Racing and Breeding Joan Dubois Marilyn Fazo Seltzer Michelle L. Redding Faye W. Little Wiest - Heathers 07 Joseph Barbazon & Helen Barbazon David Melin Bea Oxenberg & Eddie Plesa Jr. Westbury Stables LLC & Alfonso Figliolia Lybby F. Gay & Ronald Gay Lau-Mor Farms Maurice Miller Adena Springs Mr. & Mrs. Samuel H. Rogers Jr. Mike Eckman Mark Ravenscraft & Debbie Ravenscraft Do-Little Farm LLC Shade Tree Thoroughbreds Inc Do-Little Farm LLC Crown 2006 Broodmares LLC McKathan Bros. Susan Kahn Gail Gee Tri County Stables & Carol Ahearn Adena Springs John D Rio & Carole A Rio Brylynn Farm Inc. Live Oak Stud Adena Springs Susan Kahn Ocala Stud Sienna Farms LLC Rosebrook Farms LLC Sunshine Thoroughbred Corp. Rose Family Stable Ltd Gary L. Aiken & Adena Springs Farm Live Oak Stud

9/20/12 9/29/12 9/1/12 9/1/12 9/15/12 9/29/12 9/2/12 9/5/12 9/5/12 9/22/12 9/8/12 9/8/12 9/15/12 9/8/12 9/1/12 9/2/12 9/29/12 9/8/12 9/20/12 9/1/12 9/3/12 9/8/12

BEL BEL CRC CRC CRC CRC DMR DMR DMR FPX KD KD KD LRL MTH MTH PID BEL BEL CRC CRC CRC

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2

Nsty Stm S. $83,300 $51,000 TVG J.C.G.C.I S. 1/$1,000,000 $600,000 Darn That Alarm H. $75,000 $46,035 Eillo S. $54,500 $33,880 Judy’s Red Shs S. $68,200 $45,000 Birdonthewire S. $96,150 $60,000 Adoration S. $90,350 $54,210 Pirate’s Bounty S. $96,110 $54,300 Del Mar Futurity 1/$300,000 $180,000 Pomona Derby $50,000 $28,250 Ky Dns Trf Dsh S. $59,875 $29,760 Frnk-Simp Mile S. $60,000 $30,070 Ky Dns Juv. S. $60,000 $29,760 Jpn. Rcg Ass. S. $102,250 $60,000 Cliff Hanger S. 3/$99,000 $60,000 Sapling S. 3/$101,000 $60,000 Pres Isle Deb S. $100,000 $60,000 Affiliate S. $76,000 $16,000 Nasty Storm S. $83,300 $17,000 Eillo S. $54,500 $10,800 Connie Ann S. $51,000 $11,000 Whippleton S. $52,000 $8,425

9/8/12 9/15/12 9/22/12 9/29/12 9/16/12 9/1/12 9/3/12 9/29/12 9/3/12 9/28/12 9/1/12 9/9/12 9/8/12 9/8/12 9/20/12 9/22/12 9/2/12 9/8/12 9/15/12 9/15/12 9/22/12 9/1/12

CRC CRC CRC CRC FPX MTH MTH PID PRX SA SAR ZIA BEL BEL BEL BEL CMR CRC CRC CRC CRC DEL

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Whippleton S. Foolish Pleasure S. Stage Door Betty H. Birdonthewire S. Barretts Juvenile S. Miss Woodford S. Lady’s Secret S. H.B.P.A. S. Turf Amazon H. Eddie D S. Woodward S. Premier Cup H. Bowling Green S. Affiliate S. Nasty Storm S. Gallant Bloom H. Jose Coll Vidal S. Our Dear Peggy S. Brave Raj S. Foolish Pleasure S. Stage Door Betty H. Forever Together S.

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

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

Awesome of Course Flatter Peace Rules Trippi Awesome of Course Put It Back West Acre Bwana Charlie Posse Invisible Ink Greatness Wildcat Heir Peace Rules Concerto Concorde’s Tune Put It Back Broken Vow Trippi Value Plus Macho Uno Macho Uno Closing Argument Wildcat Heir

Precious Feather Cresta Lil Cindys Sonnet Kitty Dehere Bayou Plans Sing That Song Miss Atticus Maggies Storm Fog Dance Poly Pop a Top Dowager Lady Tarahumara Lovmeaton Melegant Pleasant Courtney Sing That Song Smart Wildcat Untitled Song Aunt Due Wild Warm Wind Forbidden Kiss Honeymoon Sweep Sweet Glory

Sr. Quisqueyano My Pal Chrisy Sr. Quisqueyano One Firm Cat Singlet Daddy’s Honor Hooh Why Bounding Bi Chosen Miracle Mucho Macho Man Streakin’ Mohican Brilliant Speed Royal Currier Daddy’s Honor Musical Romance Dubai Chanel Oligarch Nicki Starshine Joshua’s Comprise Callmethesqueeze Unbridled Humor

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

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

Exclusive Quality Alex’s Pal Exclusive Quality Cowtown Cat Real Quiet The Daddy Cloud Hopping Outflanker Ghostzapper Macho Uno Songandaprayer Dynaformer Red Bullet The Daddy Concorde’s Tune E Dubai Congrats Milwaukee Brew Comprise Awesome Again Distorted Humor

Royal Navy Strike South Royal Navy Affirmed Toor Taylor’s Choice Road to Honor Magic Merger Bound On Bi Royally Chosen Ponche de Leona Teak Totem Speed Succeeds Top of the League Road to Honor Candlelightdinner What’s Your Point For All Who Dream Etaria Princess Alert Mop Squeezer Devotion Unbridled

Rolling Fog/Del Mar Futurity (G1)

BENOIT & ASSOCIATES PHOTO

Flat Out/Jockey Club Gold Cup Inv. S. (G1)

COGLIANESE PHOTO

Race Name

Breeder

Awesome Feather Flat Out Cash Rules Tripski Awesome Belle Brave Dave Cathy’s Crunches Comma to the Top Rolling Fog Shadow Runner Good Lord Depeche Chat Ruler of Love See Tobe Tune Me In Brave Dave Unhedged Zero Rate Policy All Due Respect Uno Caliente Indulgence Close It Out Black Diamond Cat

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Track Off ID Pos

Dam

$52,000 $79,000 $75,000 $96,150 $100,495 $60,000 $75,750 $100,400 $200,000 3/$100,000 1/$750,000 $100,000 2/$196,000 $76,000 $83,300 2/$200,000 2/$53,000 $50,500 $70,950 $79,000 $75,000 $62,300

Master Rick/Super Derby (G2)

COADY PHOTO

Horse Name

$8,425 $20,000 $14,700 $20,000 $18,180 $12,000 $15,000 $20,000 $40,000 $20,000 $150,000 $21,560 $20,000 $8,000 $8,500 $20,000 $5,300 $5,400 $11,000 $11,000 $7,350 $6,600


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Jet Blue Girl Sequoia Warrior Miss Derek St Liams Halo Master Rick Back to Class Successful Song Triple Cross Watch Me Go Dan the Tin Man

M C F G C F M G C C

5 4 2 5 3 2 5 2 4 2

Gimmeawink Smart Strike Brother Derek Saint Liam Master Command Montbrook Successful Appeal Werblin West Acre Songandaprayer

Tori’s Portia Poseida (CHI) Quick Text Foolishly Whata Gem Cut Class Leanne Song for Annie Scoot On By Sabbath Song Mrs. M

George De Benedicty & D. B. Davidson Donald R. Dizney Scott Lanier Pennston Farms Inc. English Ranch Farm Ocala Stud Live Oak Stud Gail Rice Gilbert G. Campbell Moreau Bloodstock International Inc.

9/5/12 9/5/12 9/15/12 9/9/12 9/8/12 9/2/12 9/3/12 9/29/12 9/3/12 9/9/12

DMR DMR FPX HST LAD MTH MTH PID RUI WO

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

C.E.R.F. S. $89,000 $10,680 Pirate’s Bounty S. $96,110 $10,860 Barretts Deb. S. $100,000 $12,000 S. W. Randall Plate H. $50,000 $5,500 Super Derby 2/$500,000 $50,000 Sorority S. $100,000 $12,000 Lady’s Secret S. $75,750 $9,000 Fz Dx Jr. Mm Juv. S. $100,200 10000 Rdso Dns T. Chmp H. $50,000 $5,000 Swynford S. $168,900 $16,500

■FLORIDA-BRED FINISHERS—ALLOWANCE Win/Place/Show Horse Name Isle of Skye Grandma’s Rules Flo’s Strawberry Ullapool My Favorite Queen El Suri Aracelis Baby M. My Favorite Queen Blues and Silvers Joy of the Toy French Politics For the Luv of Lil For the Win Alley Oop Oop R Free Roll Luna Luna Working Man Blues Jaggermama Don’s Honour Sweet Little Lion Talented Whiz Jersey Joe Here’s d’Bride Steel Man Triple Cross Dodging Unhedged Hard Truth Alajwad Dancer Bear Tough Tiger Pleaseandthankyou Barney R Lil Nate’s Date Direction to Pay Dance for Zack Natalie Victoria Windswept Summer Joyous Music Emma’s Kiss St. Louis City Quantity Ken’s Livingston Royal Repast Ramonita M La Glamorosa Vuelve Ruben M. Whining Lucky Mandate Harrison Bay Crumb Smoking the Field Made in U. S. A. Sweet Content Wild Gabriella Good Feng Shui Great Bear

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

3 3 3 3 2 5 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 2 3 7 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 4 2 6 5 4 4 3 3 3 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 3 2 3 4 4 3 3 3 2 5 2 4 4 4 4

Invisible Ink Orientate Cashel Castle Langfuhr Rey de Cafe Spanish Steps Simon Pure Rey de Cafe Eurosilver Halo’s Image Political Force Greatness Congrats Monsieur Cat Rockport Harbor Malibu Moon Colony Light High Cotton Don Six Red Bullet Genuine Talent Repent D’wildcat Congrats Werblin Speightstown Broken Vow Skip to the Stone Alajwad Roar of the Tiger Gibson County Toccet Imperialism Pavarotti Act of Duty Indian Ocean Congrats Bellamy Road Werblin City Place El Corredor Mr. Livingston Chapel Royal Flatter Fire Slam Concerto Simon Pure Full Mandate Hear No Evil Graeme Hall Freefourinternet Put It Back Congrats Wildcat Heir Pomeroy Full Mandate

Dam

Breeder

Date

Hierarchy Four Plus Four Huckstress Grey Traffic Before the Thunder Victoria’s Wedding Shannons Debut Before the Thunder Notsingingtheblues Withmom’sapproval French Truffle Pick of the Pack First Interview Nizy’s Lizzie Jewels N Gems Elle Runaway Taint True Dreamy Dream Il Vino Bianco Perfect Catch Lil Bit of Whiz Reallyupacreek Toss the Bouquet Gattina Bella Scoot On By Scorching Smart Wildcat Reality Will Be Marataya’s Dancer Dazzling Deelite Ain’t Life Grand Rebellious Nature Miesque’s Abrojo Amorous Amy Poly Pop a Top Appealing Sunday Pretty Imposing Pyrite Queen Raise a Kiss Keikik Hydration Carmen Urena Feijoada Cherokee Eyes Dana’s Lucky Lady Candlelightdinner Sweeping Showers Lucky Lady Lucy Miranda Stands Legendary Hit Margin Note Halo’s Geisha Merry Maiden Lara Wants Kissin’ Jeb Warwoman Creek

Peachtree Stable Glen Hill Farm Florine Gulick Peachtree Stable English Stables Inc. Martin Stables Inc. Leonard Rizzi English Stables Inc. Cheryl Curtin Happy Alter Woodsfield Farm Lillian Durst & Murray Durst Cloverleaf Farms II LLC Jacks or Better Farm Inc. Richard Averill Live Oak Stud George R Arnold II Steve Tucker Patricia Generazio Kinsman Farm North Star Equine Carl H Johnson & Martha A Johnson Adam Parker & Suzette Parker Steve Bell Pete Gonzalez & Herman Wilensky Gail Rice Vegso Racing Stable Westbury Stables LLC & Alfonso Figliolia Thomas J. Cooper Anne Ambrosio & Frank Ambrosio Penny’s In a Stream LLC Shadybrook Farm Inc. Stroud’s Lane Farm Paul DeVincentis Robert Susi Robert Dubois Paul R. and Mary Anne Denes Patricia Generazio John O. Sutton Ponder Hill Farm Inc University of Florida Foundation Glen Hill Farm Kenneth Morton William P. Sorren La Mulera Sienna Farms LLC Ocala Stud Barbara Rehbein Dr. & Mrs. James Gamble Jacks or Better Farm Inc. Eric J. Wirth K. Davis & S. Mansfield Mark Lloyd & Mildred J. Martinez Steven K Schriever Ocala Stud Dr. Thomas L. Croley Bettina Gates

9/3/12 9/14/12 9/29/12 9/23/12 9/1/12 9/6/12 9/12/12 9/21/12 9/1/12 9/6/12 9/7/12 9/13/12 9/14/12 9/27/12 9/29/12 9/2/12 9/20/12 9/6/12 9/8/12 9/29/12 9/29/12 9/7/12 9/22/12 9/1/12 9/8/12 9/8/12 9/11/12 9/19/12 9/26/12 9/29/12 9/9/12 9/14/12 9/10/12 9/11/12 9/15/12 9/18/12 9/26/12 9/1/12 9/3/12 9/23/12 9/22/12 9/3/12 9/1/12 9/12/12 9/13/12 9/19/12 9/6/12 9/7/12 9/13/12 9/13/12 9/21/12 9/29/12 9/7/12 9/28/12 9/8/12 9/27/12

Off Track ID Pos AP AP AP BEL CMR CMR CMR CMR CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CT CT DEL DEL DEL LRL MD PEN PID PID PID PID PID PID PID PRX RP SUF SUF SUF SUF SUF TIM TIM AP BEL CLS CMR CMR CMR CMR CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CT CT DEL FL

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

Grade/ Value

Earngs

$43,848 $42,000 $42,000 $70,000 $7,915 $9,000 $8,248 $11,662 $27,100 $27,700 $28,000 $28,000 $27,100 $28,400 $30,000 $26,000 $28,400 $35,020 $40,017 $34,500 $40,000 $3,400 $37,440 $42,785 $55,440 $43,400 $58,800 $47,520 $43,200 $56,000 $48,500 $30,000 $18,620 $18,620 $18,620 $18,620 $18,620 $28,500 $26,460 $59,520 $75,000 $7,500 $7,915 $8,248 $10,789 $11,248 $27,700 $28,000 $28,000 $26,500 $25,600 $30,000 $28,000 $27,000 $40,017 $18,500

$25,200 $25,200 $25,200 $42,000 $4,684 $5,220 $4,881 $6,902 $17,100 $17,100 $17,100 $17,100 $17,100 $17,700 $18,500 $15,600 $16,800 $20,400 $22,800 $20,400 $22,800 $2,040 $21,600 $25,800 $33,600 $25,800 $33,600 $28,800 $25,800 $33,600 $28,200 $17,949 $11,400 $11,400 $11,400 $11,400 $11,400 $17,100 $15,390 $9,600 $15,000 $1,500 $1,615 $1,683 $2,295 $2,295 $6,100 $5,850 $5,850 $6,500 $6,100 $6,250 $5,600 $5,400 $8,740 $3,700

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Florida-Breds Aro

The Country und Tiger Magic This Is Eliza Good Harbour This Is Eliza Denali Holy Bull Precious Franca Bobs Pinup Girl Superlook Noble Tiger Mack Daddy Slade Montse First Skirt El Valenciano Dawn’s Song Starship Serena Mystic Strike Believe in Charlie American Doe Bea Wildcat Sweet Little Lion Deadly Card Jolena Jo Gimmeanotherwink You Hear Us Coming High Bar Strawberry Field Whipper Wind Tiger Magic Hotkittyinthecity Aristocrat Again Big Carlos Pass Lite Up the Stage Heywoods Heywoods Juliet Dear Hazelsheartstrings Silver Summation Missy Rules Scenario Analysis Adela’s Song Marciane Our Concerto Without Wings

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

5 4 3 4 4 2 7 6 8 3 2 3 3 6 3 3 2 3 2 4 3 3 5 3 4 5 6 5 3 3 4 6 5 5 4 5 5 2 4 3 4 4 3

Tiger Ridge Werblin El Nino Werblin Holy Bull Olmodavor Tiger Ridge Double Honor Tiger Ridge Out of Place Gaff Alke Trippi Unbridled Time Put It Back Smart Strike Indian Charlie American Spirit Wildcat Heir Red Bullet Scat Daddy Burning Roma Gimmeawink Stormy Atlantic Macho Uno Olmodavor Wind Whipper Tiger Ridge City Place Aristocrat Dark Kestrel Keen Falcon Unbridled’s Song Unbridled’s Song Congrats Unbridled Time Closing Argument Peace Rules Exchange Rate Proud Accolade Marciano Concerto D’wildcat

Malindi French Sunshine Makewayforwendy French Sunshine Dixieville Precious Platinum Polka Dot Miss Super Popular Maple Sundae I’m Proud Lady Glade Premio Maxima Cutoffs American Dawn Serene Lake Mystic Rhythms Zehoorr Doe River Bea D J Perfect Catch Showmethegreencard Final Assault Another Episode Quiet Down Bailarina Strawberry Fizz Sheza Ruby Malindi Honey Fritters Here Comes Cherry Sassy Sails She’s Dynamite Feathers Feathers Dearest Juliet Glory Me Sliver of Silver Missy McKee Thimble Island Vienna’s Song Calgirl Our Pesaridan Dreamflight

Maria Camperlengo Lisa Carnes & Lloyd Carnes Robert C. Roffey Jr. Lisa Carnes & Lloyd Carnes George Wright Thomas O’Neil Mr. & Mrs. William A. T. Rainbow Wilfredo Agusti Jr. C. Roger Verrier Ron Woody & Laurie D. Hall Heiligbrodt Racing Stable Arlene M. Powell Ocala Stud J. Michael O’Farrell Jr. & Edward Wiest DVM Betty King Bridlewood Farm Peter Vegso Racing Stable Westbury Stables LLC & Alfonso Figliolia Donald R. Dizney Albino Rossi Kinsman Farm Guilherme Bombonato & Angela Bombonato Robert A. Papania Brian Everard Bridlewood Farm World Thoroughbreds Chad Stewart & Laurie Stewart Hidden Point Farm Inc. Dr. Alfonso Martinez Maria Camperlengo Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds Adena Springs University of Florida Foundation Candace Anne Finnie Eugene Melnyk Eugene Melnyk Dr. K. K. Jayaraman & Dr. Vilasini Jayaraman Emerald Pastures Corp. Southern Chase Farm Inc. & Karen Dodd Porter Racing Stable LLC Sigmund Margulies David J. Palmer & Teresa C. Palmer Kevin O’Gorman Edwin T. Broome Southern Chase Farm Inc. Karen Dodd & Greg Dodd

9/1/12 9/3/12 9/24/12 9/24/12 9/29/12 9/11/12 9/11/12 9/11/12 9/18/12 9/28/12 9/1/12 9/12/12 9/19/12 9/27/12 9/7/12 9/13/12 9/13/12 9/27/12 9/29/12 9/6/12 9/26/12 9/29/12 9/20/12 9/13/12 9/22/12 9/1/12 9/7/12 9/8/12 9/8/12 9/17/12 9/29/12 9/29/12 9/1/12 9/18/12 9/22/12 9/28/12 9/29/12 9/11/12 9/1/12 9/3/12 9/10/12 9/28/12 9/28/12

MD MNR MNR MNR MNR PRX PRX SUF SUF TDN CMR CMR CMR CMR CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC DEL DEL DEL FL LRL LRL MD MD MD MD MNR MNR MPM PID PID PID PID PID PRX SAR SUF SUF TDN WO

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

$3,400 $20,200 $20,200 $20,200 $23,000 $58,280 $50,568 $18,620 $18,620 $7,600 $7,915 $8,248 $11,248 $7,497 $28,000 $28,000 $26,500 $28,400 $30,000 $35,020 $42,422 $34,500 $18,500 $40,000 $40,000 $3,400 $3,400 $3,400 $3,400 $20,200 $23,000 $12,700 $42,785 $42,785 $50,740 $43,400 $56,000 $58,280 $87,000 $18,620 $18,620 $7,600 $44,877

$646 $4,040 $4,040 $4,040 $4,600 $9,400 $9,400 $3,800 $3,800 $1,520 $808 $842 $1,148 $765 $3,050 $3,050 $3,500 $2,900 $3,250 $3,740 $4,807 $3,740 $2,035 $4,400 $4,400 $306 $306 $306 $306 $2,020 $2,300 $1,400 $4,300 $4,300 $4,300 $4,300 $5,600 $5,170 $8,700 $1,900 $1,900 $760 $4,345

■FLORIDA-BRED FINISHERS—MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT Win/Place/Show Horse Name Admired Bambazonki Toasting Sugar Princess Winningdistinction Thunder Calls Mind Spell R Free Roll Gold Man Uptown Anthem So Blessed Statutorial Silver Day Model Citizen Hov Lane Rockyshomerun Ashlee’s Princess Confucius Swinger’s Party Kinz Funky Monkey Merit Man Chief Redneck Cherubina

SexAgeSire F C F F F G C F G G F G G C C C F G F F C G F

3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3

Sharp Humor Hard Spun Congrats Unbridled’s Image With Distinction Bernstein Proud Accolade Rockport Harbor Agnes Gold (JPN) Gottcha Gold Chapel Royal Exclusive Quality Silver Train Cowtown Cat Awesome of Course Mass Media Put It Back Simon Pure Medaglia d’Oro The Green Monkey With Distinction Indian Ocean Saint Anddan

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Dam

Breeder

Date Track ID

Indyfendant Clafoutis Ponderway Wingsofaprincess Sand Trick Mille Feville I’m a Love Bug Jewels N Gems Assinippi Strike the Harp Caveat Apt Gattina Bella Boxing Day Leggy Super Model Crimson and Roses Crazyncrooked Paperback Princess Read Me My Rights Franscat Pretty Ready Precise Strike Picnic Spread Crystal Dancer

WinStar Farm LLC Bridlewood Farm L & D Farms Inc. Ken Morton Steppin’ Out Farms Inc. Haras Santa Maria de Araras S.A. Bridlewood Farm Richard Averill Sub Rosa Stable Robert B Shoukry Maurleen Miller Steve Bell Pete Gonzalez & Herman Wilensky Sally J. Andersen Philip Matthews & Karen Matthews Jacks or Better Farm Inc. John F. Canty Shade Tree Thoroughbreds Inc William Janulis & David Wichmann Farnsworth Stables LLC Hartley De Renzo Thoroughbreds Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds & Stephen Barberino Novella Woodard Special Effort Farm

9/7/12 9/23/12 9/9/12 9/3/12 9/12/12 9/3/12 9/8/12 9/8/12 9/16/12 9/16/12 9/16/12 9/21/12 9/22/12 9/26/12 9/28/12 9/29/12 9/29/12 9/13/12 9/24/12 9/1/12 9/2/12 9/18/12 9/22/12

AP AP BEL CLS CMR CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CT DEL DMR DMR HOO LRL

Off Pos

Grade/ Value

Earnings

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

$40,000 $40,000 $73,000 $6,500 $9,500 $31,000 $32,000 $32,000 $27,700 $32,000 $32,000 $32,000 $31,500 $30,500 $28,000 $31,000 $31,500 $26,300 $35,045 $71,400 $71,750 $40,000 $38,000

$24,000 $24,000 $43,800 $3,900 $5,510 $19,700 $19,700 $19,700 $17,100 $19,700 $19,700 $19,700 $19,700 $19,700 $17,100 $19,700 $19,700 $15,600 $21,600 $42,000 $42,000 $24,000 $21,660


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Texas Fleeting Red Ricochet Jazillion Smiles Cocktails At Seven Dixie Deputy Nice Gator My Kinda Party Twentyseven Kisses Divine Protection Tough Soup Perfectly Gray Holden On Alluring Lady O T B Bob Holden On It’s Saturday Nite Greed and Fear Millionaire Monkey Mi Girl Romanza Milenario I Know It All Rockyshomerun Dreamlicious French Concorde No Lift Shift El Chuvasco Cupids Messenger Putitinmypocket Emmy’s Hall City of Weston C D Gold Marie’s Music Cupids Messenger Missile Assault J T Max Sir Toby Sweet Mike Sacred Ovation Wild Dude My Bashert Wildcat Moon Divo I Am Iron Woman Clean Heir Alpha Zumba Author Bob Private Parade In Daniel’s Boots Woncendone Master Deceiver Clawback Wildcat Moon Secret Return

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

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

Texas Glitter Red Bullet Jazil Smarty Jones Dixie Union Macho Uno Flashy Bull Sligo Bay (IRE) Pulpit Alphabet Soup Mr. Livingston Dehere Indygo Shiner Full Mandate Dehere Put It Back Bob and John The Green Monkey Imperialism Cowtown Cat Montbrook Mass Media Ecclesiastic Concorde’s Tune Put It Back Milwaukee Brew Gottcha Gold Put It Back Graeme Hall Holy Bull Gottcha Gold Straight Man Gottcha Gold With Distinction Trippi Alex’s Pal Sweet Return (GB) Congrats Wildcat Heir With Distinction D’wildcat Sweet Return (GB) Any Given Saturday Wildcat Heir Omega Code Concerto Leading the Parade Double Honor Consolidator Bwana Charlie Put It Back D’wildcat Put It Back

Fleeting April Funky Fraulein Smile Train Four Plus Four Red Pine Hondo Creek Act Out Twenty Two Smartes Lorelei Legend One Tough Honey Regally Perfect Sun Lucky Queen Kaboom Smoke Granted Sun Lucky Miz Betty Grace Chirimoya Polka Dot Miss Princess Romanza Pop I Top Star Rainbow Crazyncrooked Gratorious Wa Ka Ridge Vaguely Guilty Songsimage Final Assault Irish Drop Feature Film How About Dattt C D Player Brianna des Pins Final Assault Bridal Glow La Flamenco Lady Ann Ville Thunderous Waves Unbridled’s Jane Courtly Choice Caught Ree Moonshine Girl Double Diva Jera Rhythm in Shoes Dancing Fool Sequentially Lunch Date Naturally Clever La Pique Dame Creative Trickster Cloudrunner Moonshine Girl Lady Discreet

Guard Duty Trippi’s Wish Petunia Be Careful Eyes of Love Knowledgeable Repenting Heart Burnum Great Red Beauty Enchanted River Collin’s Smile Roaringoodmartini Great Red Beauty Kamilah Beauty C D Gold Silver Day Dafreakinheat Celtics Stride

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

3 3 2 3 5 5 3 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2

Straight Man Trippi Concerto Put It Back Out of Place Repent Roar of the Tiger Greatness War Chant Montbrook Roar of the Tiger Greatness Gaff Gottcha Gold Silver Train Wildcat Heir Irish Road

Don’t Dare Me Wishing Dixie Notable Dame She Too Notebrook D. D. Rocks Keep On Burnin Golden Billie Island Fire Mauvin Gway Double Martini Golden Billie Beautiful Beau C D Player Boxing Day Unrepentant Staisha

Mike Lightner John David Zuidema Jr. Bathen Thoroughbreds LLC Glen Hill Farm Ocala Stud & Ebert Vans Inc. Pennston Farm Inc. Valerie B. Dailey Adena Springs Live Oak Stud Daislyn P. Sharpe & Sally J. Martin Dr. W. S. Karutz & Debbie Schnell Sienna Farms LLC Gilbert G. Campbell Carol Mishken & Alan David Epstein Sienna Farms LLC Donarra Thoroughbreds LLC Luis de Hechavarria Joan Dubois Bella Inizio Farm LLC & Irish Eyes Stable LLC Stone Alley Ocala Stud John F. Canty Hidden Point Farm Inc. Ocala Stud Murray Stroud Lucas Rivera Robert A. Papania Oak Lane Farm Stan Bolleau Haras Gran Derby Ocala Stud Linda S. Rosenblatt Robert A. Papania Tim James Mawhinney & Karen Faye Mawhinney AbraCadabra Farms LTD Shade Tree Thoroughbreds Inc Michael P. Cristello France Weiner & Irv Weiner Versatile Thoroughbreds LLC Bettina Gates Stevens Silver Oaks Farm Red Oak Stable Brylynn Farm Inc. New Farm Red Oak Stable Dahl Farms LLC Lambholm Pink Diamond Stable Pennston Farms Inc Leprechaun Racing Loren Nichols Silver Oaks Farm Ocala Stud & Joseph M. O’Farrell III & John David O’Farrell et al. Mr. & Mrs. James Irlin Spicknall Kinsman Farm Ocala Stud Thomas Bosch & Jean M. Bosch Sandra McKinney Cloverleaf Farms II and Brent Fernung Ponder Hill Inc. Collins Training Stables LLC & Mildred Arent Peter Vegso Racing Stable Ocala Stud Linda Petersen Collins Training Stables LLC & Mildred Arent Best A Luck Farm LLC & Norman Casse Ocala Stud Sally J. Andersen Sienna Farms LLC Robert C. Roffey Jr.

9/8/12 9/15/12 9/25/12 9/18/12 9/26/12 9/28/12 9/17/12 9/2/12 9/4/12 9/1/12 9/20/12 9/1/12 9/15/12 9/20/12 9/22/12 9/21/12 9/21/12 8/31/12 9/12/12 9/14/12 9/2/12 9/8/12 9/8/12 9/9/12 9/16/12 9/16/12 9/16/12 9/19/12 9/20/12 9/21/12 9/22/12 9/28/12 9/29/12 9/13/12 9/15/12 9/29/12 9/26/12 9/2/12 9/2/12 9/8/12 9/8/12 9/16/12 9/8/12 9/22/12 9/27/12 9/8/12 9/22/12 9/28/12 9/9/12 9/15/12 9/3/12 9/27/12

MNR MNR MNR PID PID PID PRX RD SUF TDN TDN AP AP AP AP BEL BEL CMR CMR CMR CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CT CT CT DEL DMR DMR FPX GG GG LRL LRL LRL MNR MNR MNR MPM PRX SAR STK

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

$17,600 $17,600 $17,600 $41,600 $45,290 $41,200 $46,000 $6,200 $17,640 $7,200 $7,200 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $68,000 $68,000 $9,500 $9,500 $9,500 $28,000 $32,000 $32,000 $25,600 $27,700 $32,000 $32,000 $28,000 $28,500 $32,000 $31,500 $28,000 $31,500 $26,300 $26,200 $26,400 $32,375 $71,750 $71,750 $33,242 $32,864 $28,704 $38,000 $38,000 $38,000 $17,600 $17,600 $17,600 $13,200 $93,000 $80,000 $28,746

$10,560 $10,736 $10,384 $24,600 $24,600 $24,600 $27,000 $3,720 $10,800 $4,320 $4,320 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $10,200 $10,200 $1,900 $1,900 $1,900 $6,400 $6,400 $6,400 $6,100 $6,100 $6,670 $6,400 $6,670 $6,400 $5,400 $6,940 $5,850 $6,940 $5,200 $5,200 $5,200 $6,400 $14,000 $14,000 $6,400 $5,200 $5,200 $7,980 $7,980 $7,980 $3,520 $3,520 $3,520 $2,400 $18,000 $16,000 $6,810

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2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

$17,640 $17,640 $17,640 $17,640 $17,640 $7,200 $7,200 $57,100 $40,000 $49,600 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $9,500 $31,000 $32,000 $32,000 $27,500

$3,600 $3,600 $3,600 $3,600 $3,600 $1,440 $1,440 $11,180 $4,000 $4,000 $4,000 $4,000 $4,000 $950 $3,470 $3,200 $3,200 $3,200

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Albany House Paperback Princess Kilauea Girl Scarlet Letter Star Rainbow Stay Forever Melancholy Baby Cricket Box In the Gold Silent Serenade Gist Jade’s Ace Willa Cather Simply Hazaam My Lucky Baby Jera Smile Train Gold Factor Fortunate Bebe Gold Factor Candy for Ashley Cozie Advantage Andoya (FR) Skywriting Staid Blushing Bride Lady Discreet

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Simon Pure Congrats Cimarron Secret Mr. Livingston Repent Cimarron Secret Lion Heart Rockport Harbor

Clown Factor Too Many Choices Hannah’s Time Regally Perfect D. D. Rocks Hannah’s Time Obligation North Dixie Time

Donald R. Dizney Shade Tree Thoroughbreds Inc Ibrahim Arce & Kimberly Lucille Seek Farm III Enterprises & Off The Hook Partners LLC Ocala Stud Santa Cruz Ranch Inc. Tim Ahearn Jr. & E Z Everard Ocala Stud Live Oak Stud Ocala Stud Adena Springs Trevor Bateman & Robert J. Morrison Judi Hicklin Carl Bowling W. K. France & D. S. France Brylynn Farm Inc. Bathen Thoroughbreds LLC Special Effort Farm Heiligbrodt Racing Stables Special Effort Farm Zollie Durr Red Oak Stable Gary Seidler & Peter Vegso Susan Kahn & Walmac Farm LLC Sienna Farms LLC John Banner & Cheri Banner Ocala Stud & Joseph M. O’Farrell III & John David O’Farrell et al. Holly D’Abate Le Anne Marie Robbins Francis McDonnell Dr. W. S. Karutz & Debbie Schnell Cloverleaf Farms II and Brent Fernung Francis McDonnell Reata Thoroughbred Racing David J. Lavoie

9/16/12 9/16/12 9/20/12 9/21/12 9/23/12 9/28/12 9/29/12 9/23/12 9/24/12 9/1/12 9/10/12 9/17/12 9/14/12 9/18/12 9/16/12 9/22/12 9/8/12 9/8/12 9/11/12 9/25/12 9/28/12 9/2/12 9/2/12 9/16/12 9/22/12 9/16/12

CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CRC CT DEL DMR FE FE HOO HOO LAD LRL MNR MNR MNR MNR MNR MTH MTH MTH PID PRX

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

$32,000 $32,000 $28,500 $32,000 $27,500 $28,000 $31,000 $26,100 $36,250 $71,400 $15,232 $15,885 $40,000 $40,000 $25,940 $38,000 $17,600 $17,600 $17,600 $17,600 $17,600 $40,000 $40,000 $30,000 $48,980 $56,800

$3,470 $2,930 $3,200 $3,200 $3,470 $3,050 $3,470 $2,600 $3,960 $8,400 $1,360 $1,360 $4,000 $4,000 $2,475 $4,180 $1,760 $1,760 $1,760 $1,760 $1,760 $4,400 $4,400 $3,300 $4,100 $4,950

9/22/12 9/25/12 9/26/12 9/1/12 9/1/12 9/15/12 9/21/12 9/26/12 9/24/12

SUF SUF SUF TDN TDN TDN TDN WO ZIA

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

$17,640 $17,640 $17,640 $7,200 $7,200 $7,200 $7,200 $59,612 $24,980

$1,800 $1,800 $1,800 $720 $720 $720 $720 $6,149 $2,490

ARBORITANZA RACING Breaking Training Racing Breeding to Race Lay-Ups & Mare Care

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Higher Education in the Business of Racing The business of racing presents unique challenges for those fortunate to find themselves involved. It is an industry wherein participants must be familiar not only with general aspects of business administration and marketing, but where one must also cultivate an awareness of specific terminology and deeply held traditions along with having a grasp on the basic scientific and husbandry elements that are at its foundation. Racehorses are living, breathing investments with an entire cohort of professionals involved in making their careers a success on the track and beyond. They are assets, collateral, and the entire livelihood of many who work with and around them. The amount of money involved is at times staggering, with horses sold for hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars, stud fees that could purchase the average person a comfortable home, purses that could make anybody salivate at the chance of a trip to the winner’s circle, and associated alternative gaming revenues that make all of the aforemen-

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tioned seem like pocket change. Because of these unique concerns, a general business education might fall short. That notion is the seed from which specialized equine business programs have sprouted. The University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program in Tucson, AZ was founded in the 1970’s as a “collegiate program to train young men and women to become future leaders in the racing industry.” Originally offering only a Bachelor of Science degree, the program has recently grown to include the option of a Master of Science degree as well. For the undergraduate degree, students can choose to focus on either a business path or an equine management path. The master’s degree offers only education for those interested in the business side. Both degrees are acutely focused on understanding the racing industry from all angles. Students electing the business path for their bachelor’s studies or those pursuing their master’s degree are required to take industry-specific courses with titles such as Race Track Marketing and Media Relations, Racing Laws and


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Enforcement, and Racing Business Strategies and Global of the racing business where he had been primarily inPerspective. In conjunction with the classroom work, stu- volved on the backside of the track for the early part of his dents are required to complete internships for course credit life. He explained that “it introduced me to a whole new that are designed specifically with each individual in mind group of leaders in the industry,” and further elaborated on and which are located with various racing industry organ- his belief in the value of the program by saying that “if izations nationwide; an element that is essential to success you are going to get involved in the business and make a in a business with its foundation in networking and durable career in it, education is critical.” In addition to the eduprofessional relationships. Consequently, this compound of cational aspect, Mr. Powell emphasized the essential netknowledge, experience and interaction leads to career op- working opportunities provided by the program. He found portunities and a bright future as evidenced by the list of that as a student there are two levels of networking proalumni who have found success in racing by way of this vided by the RTIP: the connections made with important program. In Florida alone, the CEO and Executive Vice figures in the industry, and the close relationships formed President of FTBOA, the Editor-in-Chief of Florida Equine between classmates that endures beyond graduation, Publications, the Director of Racing and Racing Secretary forming the basis for a solid alumni network resource; of Tampa Bay Downs, and the President of the Ocala something Mr. Powell underscored as more important Breeders’ Sales Company all attended the RTIP in Arizona. now than ever before where the industry has placed “more Lonny Powell, CEO and Executive Vice President of emphasis on the service side and regulation.” FTBOA articulated how the It [the RTIP program] introduced me to a whole new group of RTIP program broadened his interest in the “front side” part leaders in the industry. If you are going to get involved in the business

and make a career in it, education is critical.

—Lonny T. Powell

In line with both the educational and networking facets highlighted by Mr. Powell, an additional benefit to pursuing a degree at the University of Arizona is the annual Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming conducted by the university each year in December. This multi-day event attracts industry leaders representing not only Thoroughbred but also Standardbred, American Quarter Horse, Greyhound, and Racino interests both domestically and internationally. Those who attend participate in an agenda that covers a broad range of topics affecting the racing industry. Some of the pertinent subjects in recent years have included: reaching the younger generation of horseplayers; effective use of social media; stewardship; sustainable growth; racehorse ownership; simulcasting; account wagering; track surfaces; and the NTRA and its work in the areas of safety and integrity, federal legislative advocacy and marketing. The exceptionally qualified speakers presenting in these areas are too numerous to name. For example, in 2011 alone they included many high-ranking industry experts and leaders of the likes of Joe Harper, President/CEO, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club; Steve May, Vice President and Business Manager, The Association of Racing Commissioners International; Dr. Rick Arthur, Equine Medical Director, California Horse Racing Board; Stephen Burn, President/CEO, TVG and CEO, Betfair U.S.; and Jason Wilson, Vice President Business Development, The Jockey Club. These speakers along with representatives from groups such as the Illinois Racing Board; Iowa HBPA; Monmouth Park;

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Higher Education in the Business of Racing

Like the RTIP, the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program has faculty members with substantial experience within the equine industry.

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races; Harrington Raceway & Casino; Evergreen Park; Kentucky Downs; and many other corporations providing various services imperative to the successful operation of a racing organization, deliver a comprehensive education on current issues affecting racing. Notably, integrated into the success of the symposium each year are the RTIP students themselves. The students are directly involved in the administration of the program and in lieu of attending their RTIP classes, are able to attend and hear the various speakers, providing an unparalleled learning and networking opportunity. For many, however, reference to thoroughbred racing does not evoke a western U.S. landscape, but rather instantly conjures up an image of the rolling hills of Kentucky. It is not surprising then that another option for those wishing to pursue a higher education in racing is located in the heart of bluegrass racing country at the aptly named Equine Industry Program offered through the College of Business at the University of Louisville. The U of L College of Business is the only AACSB1 internationally-accredited business school in the world with an equine major, offering students the

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unique opportunity to attain a high-quality business degree and the opportunity to be very competitive in the equine marketplace. Like the RTIP in Arizona, the program in Louisville has faculty members with substantial experience within the equine industry as well as guest speakers from the abundant farms and organizations that make their home in the area. In the past year, the students in the program had the privilege of hearing guest lectures from people such as Casey Cook, VP Branding and Marketing, Churchill Downs; Patrick Neely, executive director of KEEP2; John Hamilton, Director of Sales for Three Chimneys Farm; and Ed Bowen, the GraysonJockey Club Foundation. To complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (BSBA) with a major in Equine Business, students are required to take all of the business administration core classes as well as thirty hours of specialized courses such as Organization and Administration of Equine Operations, Equine Economics, Equine Marketing, Equine Commercial Law, and Equine Financial Management. Additionally, the university offers a one-year postgraduate Certificate in Equine Business for those who already have an undergraduate degree that wish to pursue a busi-


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ness education in horses. The certificate requires stu- One of these opportunities is available locally at the Coldents to take 30-33 credit hours consisting mainly of lege of Central Florida in Ocala. This two-year Equine Studies program, started in 2003, offers an A.S. degree the aforementioned specially tailored classes. Terri Burch, who has been the program coordinator for in Equine Studies with a Business Management Spe25 years, emphasized the program’s unique ability to offer cialization.3 Some examples of courses offered at CF inover 30 hours of equine coursework, and the fact that stu- clude: Equine Business Management, Equine Sales and dents are then positioned to take one additional class to Marketing, Equine Computer Skills, and Equine Sport earn an entrepreneurship minor. Ms. Burch explained and Competition. With the knowledge they gain pursuthe benefits by stating that with all of the specialized ing their degree, graduates are able to secure employcourse offerings, students ment in positions as farm “learn how to put together a Students learn how to put to- managers, in vet clinics, at business plan and sell that to gether a business plan and sell rehab centers as well as havinvestors,” a characteristic ing the background underthat to investors, ” a characterimportant in an industry istic important in an industry mostly funded by “other people’s money.” The program mostly funded by “other gives its students “a leg up people’s money. —Terri Burch and heads up on how to approach people and how to package what your business is.” Patrick Vinzant, the Business and Operations Manager at FTBOA, and a graduate of the EIP at Louisville, stressed the significance of the program’s strong business emphasis, which includes aspects of legal and marketing education. He further described how through this focus, the program made students very well-rounded and prime candidates for employment at a racetrack or association upon graduation. Although not currently a mandatory part of the curriculum, students in the program have engaged in internships at nearby Churchill Downs, Twin Spires Club, the Kentucky Horse Park and at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center as well as on farms and with area publications, bloodstock agents, and consigners during the sales. From these internships, students can elect to receive course credit if desired, however, whether for credit or not, the experience assists graduates in finding employment worldwide. Echoing Mr. Powell’s opinion on the significant networking impact of attending an equine- standing necessary to initiate their own businesses in specific business program, Mr. Vinzant explained that areas such as pin hooking, transportation and grooming. his degree “was the key to opening doors, but it was the The program’s director, Dr. Judith Downer, explains networking opportunities that ultimately secured me a that despite their specialized knowledge, graduates can job.” Ms. Burch summed up the significance of a busi- nonetheless sometimes face challenges. Because equine ness education in racing by stating that it is more and business education is a relatively new concept in an inmore important because of the status of the industry at dustry where learning the nuances was not traditionthis time. She believes that if more people trackside un- ally done in a classroom, but rather by those fortunate derstood the ramifications of their decisions and the eco- enough to have a place to observe from the inside, nomic dynamics of the industry through education, it “many employers do not yet appreciate the value of a would contribute to the greater success of the sport. college education in Equine Studies for an entry level However, for some, traveling out of state to pursue a employee.” However that perception is swiftly evolving full-time degree is not possible; nevertheless, there are and the students at CF are right there at the forefront, still excellent options available for those who wish to get ready and willing to step up to the plate. These are peoan extra leg up in the horse business through education. ple that are “passionate about horses and understand

The University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program in Tucson, AZ was founded in the 1970’s as a “collegiate program to train young men and women to become future leaders in the racing industry.”

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internationally, because of its good reputation. One of the biggest benefits she noted was the honesty of the program itself. “They don’t hide anything from that this industry is more than a 9 to 5 job,” anyone about the equine industry” she said; therefore it and it is only a matter of time before the inprovides students an “opportunity to look at it and dedustry takes full stock of this valuable resource they cide if it’s for them.” have right here in front of them in Florida. Whether or not the path one elects to find their For graduate Jenna Detandt, the program at CF has definitely helped to open doors within the industry. way to an industry career is through additional forUpon obtaining her two year degree in the equine pro- mal education, it is undeniable that for some, the gram at CF, she has since gone on to pursue a B.A.S. in road through academia is the most beneficial choice. Agribusiness, a four year degree at the college. Of the It is also indisputable that a younger generation of formally educated newcomers two year equine program, she excould only serve to benefit this plained that when she first came to With a combination of historic yet evolving trade. With a Ocala from Jacksonville, the netcombination of business acumen working opportunities provided business acumen and and industry wisdom, those with through the program enabled her to industry wisdom, make a lot of contacts and that those with business- business-based degrees in racing could very well be the key to sucthrough networking she was able to cess and survival for this extraorobtain a working student position at based degrees in raca dressage farm and also a job work- ing could very well be dinary industry. ■ ing part time for Seminole Feed. She the key to success and Melanie laCour was a Graduate went on to describe how attending survival for this ex- Intern at FTBOA. She earned her B.A. the equine program at CF “looks rein Psychology from the University of ally good on resume” and that by traordinary industry. Kentucky and her J.D. from the Unibeing a student she was able to meet versity of Kentucky College of Law. She a lot of influential people. Further, she noted with pride is currently attending the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program as a candidate for a master’s degree. In that at her job with Seminole Feed, certain customers addition to being a racing enthusiast, Melanie has ridden would come in and ask for her specifically because of hunter/jumpers for 20 years. When not at school, she resides her education. “They’d want to talk to the girl who was in Miami, FL with her husband. going to school for horses” she explained. 1 The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB Ms. Detandt happily proclaimed the program’s bene- Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business fits by describing how students are able to obtain all the schools worldwide. Less than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation. information they would normally acquire with a four year 2 Kentucky Equine Education Project degree but are able to do so in two years. She explained 3 The College of Central Florida also offers an A.S. in Equine Exercise how students come from all over the country, and even Physiology, the only two-year degree offered in this field in the U.S.

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The Louisville program offers the unique ability to of over 30 hours of equine coursework, and the fact that students are then positioned to take one additional class to earn an entrepreneurship minor.

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Following are the “FTBOA Chase to the Championship ” Point Standings through November 7, 2012. Horse

Breeder

Owner

Trainer

Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds & Stephen Barberino British Mist Racing and Breeding Gilbert G Campbell

Bruce Chandler, Double Kee LLC & Purple Shamrock Racing Arnold Zetcher LLC Gilbert G Campbell

Robert Hess Jr Bob Baffert Kathleen O'Connell

Carlos Rafael & Briggs & Cromartie Southern Chase Farm Inc, Karen & Greg Dodd Tanourin Stable L & D Farms Inc

Easton & Elsaida DeSouza Ione & Herbert J Elkins Tanourin Stable West Point Thoroughbreds

Easton DeSouza William Kaplan Rodolfo Garcia Thomas Albertrani

Jacks or Better Farm Inc. Stonecliff Farm Glen Hill Farm

Jacks or Better Farm Inc Klaravich Stables Inc & William H Lawrence Glen Hill Farm

Stanley Gold Teresa Pompay Tom Proctor

Bridlewood Farm Equest Thoroughbreds Inc Jacks or Better Farm Inc. Juvenile Diaz

Kaleem Shah Inc. Brenda Mercer & Peter A Berglar Jacks or Better Farm Inc Steven Ciccarone

Bob Baffert H Allen Jerkens Stanley Gold Michelle Nihei

Priscilla Vaccarezza Brous Stable, Wachtel Stable & Jack T. Hammer Reeves Thoroughbred Racing

Dale Romans William Mott Katherine Ritvo

Pinnacle Racing & William A Kaplan Eric Fein Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

William A Kaplan Richard Dutrow Jr Todd Pletcher

Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Merit Man (With Distinction) - 17 Rolling Fog (Posse) - 15 Two T's At Two B (Untuttable) - 8

Two-Year-Old Filly Candy Coded Kisses (Omega Code) - 5 Putyourdreamsaway (Put It Back) - 5 Salamera (Successful Appeal) - 5 Toasting (Congrats) - 5

Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Fort Loudon (Awesome of Course) - 19 Currency Swap (High Cotton) - 10 Old Time Hockey (Smarty Jones) - 5

Three-Year-Old Filly Eden's Moon (Malibu Moon) - 28 Emma's Encore (Congrats) - 18 Awesome Belle (Awesome of Course) - 6 Regalo Mia (Sligo Bay) - 6

Older Male (Four-Year-Olds and up Colt/Gelding) Little Mike (Spanish Steps) - 58 Ron the Greek (Full Mandate) - 45 Mucho Macho Man - 40

Carlo E Vaccarezza Jack T. Hammer John D & Carole A Rio

Older Female (Four-Year-Olds and up Filly/Mare) Musical Romance (Concorde's Tune) - 34 C C's Pal (Alex's Pal) - 18 Turbulent Descent (Congrats) - 15

Ocala Stud Beth Bayer Ocala Stud

Male Sprint (Three-Year-Olds and up, Colt/Gelding race distances one mile and less) Jackson Bend (Hear No Evil) - 20 Fort Loudon (Awesome of Course) - 19 Jeranimo (Congaree) - 19 Coil (Point Given) - 18

Jacks or Better Farm Inc. Jacks or Better Farm Inc. Brylynn Farm Inc Glen Hill Farm

Robert V. LaPenta & Fred J. Brei Jacks or Better Farm Inc B J Wright Karl Watson, Michael Pegram & Paul Weitman

Nicholas Zito Stanley Gold Michael Pender Bob Baffert

Female Sprint (Three-Year-Olds and up, Filly/Mare, race distances one mile and less) Musical Romance (Concorde's Tune) - 34 Eden's Moon (Malibu Moon) - 20 Emma's Encore (Congrats) - 18

Ocala Stud Bridlewood Farm Equest Thoroughbreds Inc

Pinnacle Racing & William A Kaplan Kaleem Shah Inc. Brenda Mercer & Peter A Berglar

William A Kaplan Bob Baffert H Allen Jerkens

Priscilla Vaccarezza B J Wright P and G Stable & Off the Hook LLC

Dale Romans Michael Pender Todd Pletcher

Robert Smithen Frank Calabrese Rosemont Stud Syndicate Estate of Gail Gee, Mark Hoffman & Earl Trostrud, Jr. Steven Ciccarone

Brian Lynch Danny Miller Jerry Fanning Shirley K Girten-Drake/Michael L Reavis Michelle Nihei

Male Turf (Three-Year-Olds and up, Colt/Gelding, races run on the turf) Little Mike (Spanish Steps) - 58 Jeranimo (Congaree) - 22 Turbo Compressor (Halo's Image) - 20

Carlo E Vaccarezza Brylynn Farm Inc Bridlewood Farm

Female Turf (Three-Year-Olds and up, Filly/Mare, races run on the turf) Bay to Bay (Sligo Bay) - 13 Romacaca (Running Stag) - 7 Wild Mia (Wildcat Heir) - 7 Hooh Why (Cloud Hopping) - 6 Regalo Mia (Sligo Bay) - 6

Adena Springs Cashel Stud Inc Montgomery Farm Gail Gee Juvenile Diaz

■ Selection Criteria for Florida-bred champions Year-end divisional champions will be determined using the “FTBOA Chase to the Championship” point system, a ranking that awards points for success in stakes races. The “FTBOA Chase to the Championship” allocates points for stakes wins in graded races, open-company stakes and Florida’s signature racing days, with the number of points awarded based upon the classification of the race. International stakes race status is governed by the International Cataloguing Standards Committee. The first three finishers in all Group/Graded and listed races appearing in Part I of the International Cataloguing Standards and International Statistics Book printed by The Jockey Club receive “black-type” designation. Ten point bonus to be awarded to any 2-year-old colt or filly sweeping all three legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes in determining the Champion 2-year-old Florida-bred. The Florida-bred with the most points in each division on December 31 is deemed champion of that division. Horse of the Year, Broodmare of the Year and Breeder of the Year will be voted on by the FTBOA Board of Directors and announced at the FTBOA’s annual awards dinner. In the case of a year-end tie in points in any division, earnings will be used to decide the tiebreaker. — Points are assigned as follows:

■ World Thoroughbred Championship ■ Sunshine Millions Breeders’ Cup Race: (equivalent to a Grade 2 Stakes Race): Win: 20 points Place: 15 points Show: 10 points

■ Grade 1 Stakes Race: Win: 15 points Place: 10 points Show: 5 points

■ Grade 2 Stakes Race: Win: 5 points Place: 3 points Show: 2 points

■ Grade 3 Stakes Race: Win: 3 points Place: 2 points Show: 1 point

Win: 5 points Place: 3 points Show: 2 points

■ Other Florida-bred Signature Race Days (equivalent to a Grade 3 Stakes Race):

(The Florida Million, Florida Cup, Florida Stallion Stakes Series): Win: 3 points Place: 2 points Show: 1 point

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... for foodies in South Florida When making your trip to the races make sure you visit South Florida’s restaurants and sample cuisine that will undoubtedly excite your taste buds. By TAMMY A. GANTT

TRADITIONAL FAVORITES Anthony’s Runway 84 330 State Rd 84, Fort Lauderdale, 33315; 954-467-8484 Tuesday – Friday open noon onward, Saturday/Sunday dinners only A favorite of the after race crowd, some of the booths resemble cockpits and it feels a bit like home but with an energetic vibe. It’s authentic with all your favorite traditional Italian dishes. Every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Anthony’s hosts $6 Meatballs & Martinis. In 2002, they grew adding Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza on Biscayne/182nd, the first coal fired pizza restaurant in Florida.

Frank & Dino’s 718 S Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, 33441; 954-427-4909 Monday -Thursday 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. , Monday through Saturday dinner starts at 5 p.m. The restaurant’s Managing Partner Carlo Vaccarezza is better known in racing circles as the breeder of Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Little Mike. So, it’s no surprise to find lots of photos of thoroughbreds that he has bred and raced gracing the walls of the place. His racing resume is paralleled only by his success as a restaurateur with stops in New York, Miami Beach, Boca and Deerfield. Diners come for the showcased overflowing Italian American dishes but also find Carlo’s engaging personality and Genovese roots the added touch. On Sundays, enjoy his Domenica Familia menu with generous portions for sharing family style.

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Great Places for

foodies

COURTESY SARDELLI GROUP

The four story Sardelli’s Italian Steakhouse features aged prime rib and bone-in New York strip.

Fulvio’s 1900 1900 Harrison St., Hollywood, 33320; 954-927-1900 or reserve online at opentable.com. Reservation highly recommended. Dinners only 5 p.m. onward This has long been the place for the horsey set who want to have a long enjoyable evening. Carmen Sardelli serves up real deal Italian specialties like cubanelle pepper with sausage and bread stuffing and

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agnolotti with roasted butternut squash, brown butter, sage and cream. Their EnoMatic gives you the flexibility to try any wine without getting the bottle. Zeppoles of cinnamon apple, chocolate hazelnut or raspberry jam top it all off. Their newest joint, Sardelli Italian Steakhouse opens on the water this month featuring aged prime rib beef steaks and bonein porccini rubbed New York strip.


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Joe’s Stone Crab 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 33139; 305-673-0365 Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, opens now through mid-May Famed writer Damon Runyon helped ignite the Joe's Stone Crab legend with his narrative of the place. The avid horse racing fan exposed the restaurant to a broader audience and it has been en vogue ever since. Joe's superior black tipped stone crab claws and mustard sauce and top notch service hasn’t changed in 99 years. Their southern-style sides and authentic key lime pie are just as famous. No reservations are taken so it’s first come, first served. But it is a place that has many racing connections, so if you know “someone” you might find yourself seated right away.

Tropical Acres Steakhouse 2500 Griffin Rd, Ft Lauderdale, 33312; 954-989-2450 Dinner starting 4 p.m. onward, closed some Sundays Established in 1949, the oldest restaurant in Broward County burned down in 2010, but has reopened featuring the finest signature steaks (think Prime, Morton’s, Jackson’s Steak). This restaurant still believes in the old time philosophy of good food for good prices thanks to the third and fourth generation Studiale family still running the place who are big supporters of racing. The piano bar and sight and smell of the grilling steaks creates great ambiance.

REAL GEMS Padrino’s 2500 E. Hallandale Dr., Hallandale 33009; 954-456-4550 – Open daily, hours vary slightly but typically noon to 10 p.m. Since 1976, Padrino’s has been known for really good Cuban food like ropa vieja, tostones, picadillo, chuletas, palomilla steak , pinchos and rice and beans. Near Orlando, Padrino’s North features a Cuban pig roast on the second Saturday of each month. You might find an old Tropical Park trainer or two there on occasion and we’re talking the original Cuban Tropical Park outside Havana.

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor 128 South Federal Highway, Dania Beach, 33004; 954-923-4445 Daily Noon – 11 p.m.

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor’s signature concoction, the Kitchen Sink

This funky little place crammed with antiques, license plates and old time candy has had the best ice cream around for over 50 OR EAM PARL S ICE CR years. If you are really hungry, they’ve got JAXSON’ SY TE COUR wraps and sandwiches and their signature Kitchen Sink, a concoction of gallons of ice cream and fixin’s prepared specially by their resident soda jerks.

Good Food for good prices at Tropical Acres Steakhouse

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Great Places for Food Trucks at Arts Park

foodies

Duffy’s Sports Grill

Hollywood East 1814-1898 N Young Circle Drive, Hollywood, 33020 – Every Monday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

3969 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, 33160; 305-760-2124 – Daily 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

In 2009, the West Coast food truck craze made its way to Miami in a gourmet way, with food truck rallies across South Florida. One of the best is in held in the Arts Park, a new, fantastic park and concert hotspot. Foodies flock to cleverly named trucks like Big Kahuna, Fish Box, Ms. Cheezious, Nacho Mama's, The Rolling Stove and Slow Food Truck. Its first come, first serve so go early, but still prepare for a wait because it’s all made fresh. Bring small cash so you can try a variety from the crab cheese melt served on Texas toast to the butter poached fresh Florida lobster with scallions served on a Martin's potato roll.

More sports than racing, railbirds are finding their way to the largest sports bar and grill in South Florida. Duffy’s features 200 flat screens, 700 seats, 40 beer varieties, six out-of-this world burgers and 50 boat spaces dockside. Dockside boat delivery is even available. Built as tiers, you can see everywhere from the inside dining room, to the pool and poolside bar. Plus, their expansive deck with 10 foot flat screens over-looking the Intracoastal takes people watching to a whole new level when yachts pass by. Sports memorabilia abounds, and racing isn’t left out totally. The ladies room gives equal full-length play to racing studs Smarty Jones and Big Brown as they do to David Beckham.

Besides great burgers, a large variety of beer, lots of flat screens and a poolside bar, Duffy’s (shown) also offers 50 boat spaces dockside.

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1317 South Federal Hwy, Dania Beach, 33004 ; 954-925-8275 – Open daily 11 a.m. onward This hole-in-the-wall jockey hangout is the place to go for steamers. Don’t judge it by looks though. It is a small street-side place barely big enough for a counter and tiny stools. But their seafood is the best with an oyster bar, fish & chips and clams served up on wooden plates all for a reasonable price.

Cap’s Place 2765 N.E. 28th Ct., Lighthouse Point, 33064; (954) 941-0418 Daily starting 5:30 p.m. Reservations taken after 5 p.m. Guests take a little tender across the intracoastal waterway to reach this quaint, waterfront restaurant. It is like stepping back in time to historic old Florida. Din-

ers enjoy the freshest local dolphin, wahoo, cobia, snapper, pompano, Florida lobster and stone crab, varying with the catch. Plump clams and oysters on the half shell come shucked to order.

BREAKFAST BEFORE THE RACES Flashback Diner in Hallandale on Biscayne is a real racing hangout with Forms spread out and trainers catching quick bites after workouts. Giorgio's Bakery near Hollywood Beach has a nice breakfast ranging from a Mediterranean cheese platter, bagels and lox, blueberry pancakes and French toast to omelets and hash. 84 Diner, South Florida’s largest diner, has racing connections and its eggs benedict are a popular favorite. Lester’s Diner off State Road 84 near Fort Lauderdale is a place you’ll almost always find an owner or trainer. They have the best pie and its home to the infamous 14 ounce coffee cup. ■

COURTESY DUFFY’S SPORTS GRILL

Tark’s

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COADY PHOTOS

Today, The Jockey Club officially registers silks and stable names. But doing so is only necessary if an owner is going to race at a New York racetrack.

he field races past the grandstand in a blur of colors, rainbow and beyond. There’s a flash of polka dots, stripes, hearts, chevrons. The fast-moving parade of colorful silks and horses draws a roar from the crowd. Silks, worn by jockeys and representing the horses’ owners, have become woven into the excitement and pageantry of Thoroughbred racing. But credit the practical British with the original reason for silks, also known as colors. In 1762, the English Jockey Club’s members registered their colors “for the greater convenience of distinguishing the horses in running.” In America, the Philadelphia Jockey Club was the first to register silks in 1766. Today, The Jockey Club officially registers silks and stable names. But doing so is only necessary if an owner is going to race at a New York racetrack. There are also certain requirements that must be met when it comes to design and colors. For a $100 first-time registration fee, plus $25 annual renewal fee, an owner is guaranteed exclusive use of the silks/stable name when racing in New York. In Florida, it is only necessary for an owner to register his silks with the track’s racing secretary’s office prior to entering a horse for the first time. There is no fee and no design/color restrictions, other than duplication of already existing silks. It should be noted that at Tampa Bay Downs, the racetrack does require the use of its own color-to-saddle cloth numbered caps. “While it’s not necessary for owners to register their silks with The Jockey Club if they’re not going to run in New York,” said Lee Weil, the Jockey Club field office manager at Belmont Park, “many do so just to formally register their silks. Then if they happen to race a horse in New York, they don’t have to have another set of silks made if their current silks don’t meet our requirements.” One of The Jockey Club restrictions that stands out is that navy blue is not an available


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color. According to Weil, it’s because “navy blue is too close to black and causes confusion for our patrons.” There is also a one-time courtesy waiver only if the silks of someone racing in New York for the first time doesn’t match any current silks in use. WEAVING THE SILKS

Janice Crist has been making jockey silks for the past 15 years, now operating her Ocala Colors Jockey Silks out of her home. She’s a one-woman business, having built up her clientele and industry contacts over the years who refer her to new owners. “Over the years I’ve found that people want their silks to reflect their personalities,” said Crist. “They’ll pick out their favorite colors and design a logo. Then when they come to me, we’ll sit down and talk about it. It’s always a lot of fun to see what people come up with and then the end result.” Crist, who used to make both the traditional nylon and aerodynamic silks, now only makes the nylon ones. According to Crist, one reason was that the aerodynamic material became cost prohibitive and “people started going back to the traditional nylon silks.” She keeps the basic colors in stock and then special orders any non-standard colors a client may want. Using an industrial sewing machine, Crist said “most silks take two to three weeks to make,depending on the design. It generally takes two to three yards of material to make a jacket.” She also makes caps and blinkers to match the silks. According to Crist, the average cost of one set of silks ranges from $139 to $169, depending on material and design. “Making silks is something I enjoy because it’s creative and it’s always interesting to see what people come up with,” said Crist. “And then it’s very gratifying for me to see how pleased they are when they see the finished product.” THE FLORIDA HORSE • NOVEMBER 2012 65


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THE COLOR MAN

Colors of

After being registered with the racing secretary’s office prior to racing for the first time at any of the Florida tracks, the silks are then taken to the jockey’s room. There they become the responsibility of the color man. For the past nine years at Calder, that person has been Jesus Miranda, who is also the assistant clerk of scales and oversees more than 3,500 silks. “An hour before the first race, I take the racing program for the day and make sure the silks match each horse for each race,” said Miranda, a former jockey. “I pull the silks for each race, usually three races at a time and place them on special racks with a number for each race. Then the jockey’s valets pick them up.” Using two washers and a dryer, Miranda said he “washes the silks every three races.” He pointed out that “some of the bigger stables have more than one set of silks in case they’re running several horse that day.” But a small owner might just have one set and in that case Miranda “will quickly wash the silks by hand and throw them in the dryer.” As for caps, some owners provide their own to match their silks. But Miranda said that “about 95 percent of the jockeys have caps in the basic colors and use their own or another jockey’s.” At the end of a hectic racing day, Miranda likes to see one sight. “I like to see all the silks clean and hanging there at the end of the day,” said Miranda. “It means I’ve done my job and they’re ready for the next day of racing.”

RACING

Color man Jesus Miranda, (above) is also the assistant clerk of scales and oversees more than 3,500 silks.

The Jockey Club Silks Requirements

(For racing a horse at any New York racetrack)

• Front and back of silks must be identical, except for seam design. • Colors must be registered in the name of one person only; NOT a stable name or Mr. &Mrs. • Designs (for jackets/sleeves) are limited to those approved by The Jockey Club (See Design Form on

thejockeyclub.com; click on Silks Registration) • Navy blue is NOT an available color • A maximum of two colors are allowed on the jacket and two on the sleeves for a maximum of four colors. • Colors will be renewable on December 31 of the year they are registered • You may have an acceptable emblem or up to three initials on the ball, yoke, circle or braces design. • You may have one initial on the opposite shoulder of the sash design, the box frame or the diamond.

THE JOCKEY CLUB SILKS REGISTRATION FEES $100 – First-time silks registration $25 – Annual renewal $100 – 5-year renewal

For More Information On Jockey Club Silks/Stable Registration thejockeyclub.com • (718) 641-4700, ext. 4301/4302

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The Story Behind The Silks

Here’s a look at the story behind the most recognizable Florida owners’ silks: JACKS OR BETTER FARM

(Fred & Jane Brei) “Our first set of silks in 1998 were solid purple,” said Fred Brei. “That’s my wife Jane’s favorite color. But during a race, we had trouble finding our horse. So after a year, we added the gold polka dots and then we were able to keep track of our horse much easier. I think now our silks are one of the most recognizable at all the Florida tracks.”

STONEHEDGE FARM

(Gilbert & Marilyn Campbell) “Many years ago we bought this beautiful piece of property up in Kingsboro, Massachusetts,” said Marilyn Campbell. “As we’re walking the property, we kept coming across these stone walls used as fences. That gave us the idea for Stonehedge Farm. Then

when it came time to design our silks, we stayed with the land connection and went with forest green, with the SF logo and sleeve chevrons in off white.”

DOUBLE DIAMOND FARM

(Donald Dizney) “There were several adjacent farms that I bought in the early 1980s that became the Double Diamond Farm of today. One of them was already named Double Diamond and I ended up buying the farm’s name and the silks,” said Don Dizney. “It’s kind of nice how it worked out since the farm was named Double Diamond and my initials are double D. Also the color motif in my hospital businesses offices is red, white and blue. The only changes I made to the silks was to make the diamonds and the bars a little bigger, which makes them easier to spot during a race.”

comes to individual owners’ silks, but he will from a For Calder race caller Bobby Neuman, racing silks race caller’s viewpoint. “When it comes to calling a race, the brighter the are key to his profession. “I rely on the silks when calling a race 99 percent colors the better,” said Neuman. “Colors like bright of the time,” said Neuman, who has held his current orange and pink, purple with gold polka dots, make my job a lot easier. But reposition since 2005. “As gardless of the color of the soon as the horses come out I rely on the silks when calling a on the track for the post parace 99 percent of the time. As soon as silks, I enjoy my job every race day. There’s never a rade, I start memorizing the the horses come out on the track for silks that each jockey is the post parade, I start memorizing the dull moment.” ■ wearing to match with the silks that each jockey is wearing to horse. I keep my eyes on match with the horse. I keep my eyes the silks and the horses on the silks and the horses right up right up until they go into until they go into the gates. the gates.” —Calder race caller Bobby Neuman But there are also incidents when Neuman has to improvise. “Once in awhile there might be silks that are very similar in color and design,” said Neuman, “but it doesn’t happen that often. If it does, then I focus on the color of the horse, the number on the cap. Or maybe one horse has blinkers and one doesn’t.” Also if an owner has an entry in the race, then Neuman will focus on the different colored caps and the 1 and 1A designations. Thanks to Calder’s lengthy meet with trainers who make the racetrack their homebase, Neuman has become very familiar with their owners’ silks. But he takes care not to become complacent, thanks to an influx of 2-year-old runners and their new owners every season. Neuman won’t play favorites when it SILKS-CODED CALLING

Bobby Neuman (below) has become very familiar with their owners’ silks. He takes care not to become complacent.


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for Dining at Gulfstream Park and the Village at Gulfstream By TAMMY A. GANTT

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ith top notch horse racing, a fashion village, nightlife and casino, there are plenty of places to enjoy a meal at Gulfstream Park. If you are in town for the whole season, you’ve got many great meals ahead with places to choose from all within steps of the track. Plus, get dining specials via the Village mobile club by texting MOJO to 55800. American Pie Brick Oven Pizza 954-454-5205; Open daily noon onward Known for large slices and great $5 specials, American Pie has a great ‘70s vibe worth checking out while you wait for your order.

Blu Sushi 954-744-4398; Open daily 11:30 a.m. until late Blu features top notch sushi and cocktails. Blu’s recommended item is crab chopped and mixed with spicy mayo, a hint of cream cheese, tempura dipped and deep fried. Each morsel is then drizzled with eel sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds. 68 THE FLORIDA HORSE • NOVEMBER 2012


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BestBets

COURTESY GULFSTREAM PARK

at Gulfstream

Breakfast at Gulfstream 954-454-7000; Saturdays in season, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. With featured speakers including leading jockeys, trainers and celebrities, guests can watch workouts while enjoying a full breakfast buffet trackside for less than ten bucks. Fan favorite activities include giveaways, photos with horses and a hosted backside tour.

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Brio Tuscan Grille 954-362-1600; Open daily from 11 a.m. onward, Brunch Sat/Sun 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Grille has great northern Italian cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere, but their best bet is their Tuscan taster menu for only $3.95 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 9 p.m. onward in the bar area. The full plate appetizers are shrimptini, beef Carpaccio and bistecca burger among others. Their brunch menu is one of the best in the area.


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Cantina Laredo 954-457-7662; Open daily noon onward CL features authentic Mexican dishes in a sophisticated atmosphere. Their main plates are complemented by signature sauces such as chipotle-wine with Portobello mushrooms or sautéed artichoke hearts and roasted red bell peppers.

Christine Lee’s

Ten Palms

COURTESY CHRISTINE LEE’S

954-457-6255; Open daily 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; lunches December through April during live racing For a clubhouse only a few years old, Christine Lee’s brings a rich history reminiscence of days past. Her photos with celebrities on the wall are impressive and great conversation starters while waiting for the gourmet Asian specialties and prime sirloin steaks that have made her famous. And, if you really want a lux experience, book a box in advance and enjoy your meal from the privacy of your own balcony with your own personal betting terminal.

954-455-6760; Call for hours as they vary depending on season Coined the modern American trackside kitchen, Ten Palms is the place to see and be seen at the races. Plus, the food isn’t bad either with wonderful buffets and menu items worthy of the Sport of Kings. In addition when the tasty treats are in season, Ten Palms also becomes a stone crab and lobster parlor. Book early, as it is almost always sold out on the major racing event dates well in advance. Plus, come early on draw day (with a reservation) for the Florida Derby and see the pill pull live, visit with leading jockeys, trainers and other celebrities.

Texas de Brazil 954-843-7600; Open weekdays 5 p.m. onward, weekends 4 p.m. onward Featuring a button-popping salad bar and real-deal meat buffet, the Brazilian-American churrascaria steakhouse is a popular destination for hungry race goers. Its South American vibe makes it worthwhile, right down to the waiters in gaucho attire with meats carved tableside. The best bet is at the bar from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day where their meat platters are half off, beers are $3 and house wine and caipirinha are $5.

III Forks 954-457-3920; Open daily at 4 p.m. onward III Forks is a foodie’s dream - a modern steakhouse with a savvy menu featuring USDA prime beef and ocean-fresh seafood along with local favorites. The glass wine rooms feature over 1,500 bottles.

(inset center) Sushi at Christine Lee’s

Yard House 954-454-9950; Open daily 11 a.m. until 1 a.m., Fridays and Saturday open ‘til 2 a.m. This restaurant chain is taking South Florida by storm and it’s easy to see why. They cater to sports buffs with HD televisions, gourmet bar food and drink specials from one of the biggest choices of beer, lager, cocktails and wines in the area. Their mixology is sophisticated and their staff has been trained to let you know the right pairing with anything you order even if it is the strangest brew ever. ■

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FLORIDA NEWS

Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company plans Quarter Horse race Dec. 11

Quarter Horse Race Set O

cala Breeders’ Sales Company in Marion County, Fla., plans to run a Quarter Horse race and a Thoroughbred race on Dec. 11 to activate a 25-year-old permit for Quarter Horse racing that would allow the track to pursue a card room or other forms of gambling that might one day be legalized for permit holders, officials of the company confirmed. The sales company’s plan is the latest in a series of efforts by Florida companies to activate permits for Quarter Horse racing to exploit the gambling opportunities afforded to permit holders under a convoluted set of laws and regulations. Under those rules, permit holders are eligible to apply for a license to run card rooms, and many of the principals involved are optimistic that they will be successful in convincing lawmakers to expand those opportunities later to include slot-machine parlors or casinos. The efforts have concerned officials representing both Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses who fear that the companies will use Quarter Horse permits to skirt regulations requiring the distribution of card-room revenues to horsemen. Under Florida law, Thoroughbred permit holders must provide 50 percent of all card-room revenue to purses, but Quarter Horse permit holders do not have any such requirement. But Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company officials said that they would hold the Dec. 11 races only with the sanction of the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association, said Tom Ventura, the president of the company. Still, OBS is seeking to activate the permit to keep its options open should the Florida legislature authorize additional forms of gambling, Ventura said. “What lies ahead is still uncertain other than that we wanted to activate the permit, run the races, and leave the door open for anything that might come in the future, whether that’s card rooms or whatever else,” Ventura said. That goal is also the hope for a variety of other companies – many of which have shared ownership – seeking Quarter Horse permits, which are currently held by 12 entities in Florida, including Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred Aftercare Racing Program. The 72 THE FLORIDA HORSE • NOVEMBER 2012

Gulfstream Park Aftercare group received its permit after running a single Quarter Horse race on April 8 at Gulfstream that was organized by the track and run over the objections of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. Including the Gulfstream Park Aftercare group, none of the companies that has activated the permits has contacted the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association about an agreement governing the racing, and they have instead enlisted independent Quarter Horse trainers to provide runners for races that are held under conditions that strain the boundaries of legitimate racing. For example, in October, a company called South Marion Real Estate, under a lease that South Marion reached with OBS to use the sales company’s property, held two races on the grounds using horses provided by one Quarter Horse owner-trainer, Marcus Strickland. When Strickland arrived with the horses, organizers of the races said they had to be listed under different trainer names, despite Strickland’s owning and training the horses, Strickland said. Strickland said he was told that his horses were being rented to the program trainers. The races were then run as parimutuel events, which will likely allow South Marion to apply for a Quarter Horse permit. Strickland said he provided the horses because he was promised by the organizers of the races that they intended to run at least 20 Quarter Horse races at OBS once they received the permit. However, after discussing the situation with the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association, Strickland now says that he has doubts about the group’s intentions of ever running another Quarter Horse race other than the minimum required to activate the permit. “I don’t know if this was on the up and up or if it was a scam and I got caught in the middle of it,” said Strickland, who received $6,000 for providing the horses. “If I was misled, I may have done more harm than good.” The races at OBS were organized by Tony Mendola, according to Ventura. Strickland said that the check to pay him for providing the horses was from Bellwhether Properties. Mendola did not return phone calls to his cell phone on Thursday. ELEANOR HANCOCK PHOTO

By MATT HEGARTY —Daily Racing Form


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Leading Florida Sires The following list includes currently active, deceased, and pensioned stallions, with racing results updated through October 15, 2012. Statistics provided by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc.

WILDCAT HEIR

CHAPEL ROYAL

PUT IT BACK

Name

Sire Name

Farm Name

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

Wildcat Heir

Forest Wildcat

Journeyman Stud

$3,765,071

168

93

7

7

1

$3,849,059

Derwin's Star

$233,000

21 $34,810

16 $47,813

Put It Back

Honour and Glory Bridlewood Farm

$3,318,020

202

97

8

12

5

$3,672,738

Yara

$292,250

13 $16,582

28 $42,679

Chapel Royal

Montbrook

$2,460,466

198

96

3

3

0

$2,483,235

Dolly Peach

$162,195

5

7

$138,930

23 $12,878

22 $25,432

3

$1,567

Signature Stallions

Earnings

Leading Earner

Leading Yrlg Yrlg Earnings Sold Avg

$9,000

2yo Sold

2yo Avg

$15,500

With Distinction

Storm Cat

Hartley/DeRenzo

$2,479,090

154

89

1

1

0

$2,476,158

Canuletmedowne

Full Mandate

A.P. Indy

Hartley/DeRenzo

$2,240,583

94

55

1

2

1

$2,271,201

Ron the Greek

3

$20,500

Repent

Louis Quatorze

Woodford Thoroughbreds $2,170,605

161

70

2

4

0

$2,175,810

Lotta Lovin

$125,414

11 $14,944

7

$20,386

Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) Candy Stripes

Stonewall Farm Ocala

$1,594,336

87

38

4

5

1

$1,780,499

Aquitania

$130,000

7 $55,143

5 $125,400

Graeme Hall

Dehere

Winding Oaks Farm

$1,768,920

98

45

2

2

0

$1,762,252

Duke of Mischief

$212,000

23 $17,087

14 $29,464

Halo's Image

Halo

Deceased

$1,700,813

61

30

1

2

1

$1,687,513

Turbo Compress

$707,180

3 $14,667

3

$12,167

Value Plus

Unbridled's Song Stonewall Farm Ocala

$1,502,350

104

50

0

0

0

$1,602,072

All Due Respect

$74,410

9

$5,956

6

$33,750

Greatness

Mr. Prospector

$1,544,499

63

39

4

8

1

$1,550,567

Good Lord

$174,917

4

$7,125

2

$17,750

3

$47,000

7

$8,429

5

$20,500

Stonewall Farm Ocala

$1,026,932

Concorde's Tune

Concorde Bound Deceased

$1,531,608

73

32

2

5

2

$1,538,712

Musical Romance

$464,035

City Place

Storm Cat

Hartley/DeRenzo

$1,333,555

70

41

4

6

1

$1,340,134

La Tia

$273,416

Pomeroy

Boundary

The Vinery

$1,232,791

90

42

0

0

0

$1,231,020

Normal Practice

$79,050

12 $18,392

10 $40,100

High Cotton

Dixie Union

Ocala Stud

$1,114,852

47

22

3

4

2

$1,141,915

Currency Swap

$270,300

20 $30,275

19 $34,500

A. P. Warrior

A.P. Indy

Stonewall Farm Ocala

$971,255

68

32

1

1

1

$1,017,203

Exclusive Warrior

$104,910

8 $39,719

2

Montbrook

Buckaroo

Ocala Stud

$1,016,140

63

23

1

2

0

$1,002,447

Shadowbdancing

$135,453

10 $25,600

15 $86,400

Teuflesberg

Johannesburg

Journeyman Stud

$984,675

27

9

2

4

1

$986,777

Trinniberg

$572,000

4 $38,250

5 $102,240

Saint Anddan

A.P. Indy

Journeyman Stud

$983,575

50

25

2

3

1

$983,575

Another Romance

$178,660

6 $20,000

5

$35,000

$9,640

West Acre

Forty Niner

Deceased

$967,039

46

22

2

2

0

$967,039

Western Prospect

$82,223

2

$13,500

Proud Accolade

Yes It's True

Deceased

$965,822

52

22

2

2

0

$966,560

Gentlemans Code

$99,890

4

$27,000

Imperialism

Langfuhr

Get Away Farm

$952,874

71

30

1

1

0

$961,977

Imperial Czar

$121,018

7

8

$17,750

Exclusive Quality

Elusive Quality

Journeyman Stud

$961,394

62

29

1

1

0

$961,224

Sr. Quisqueyano

$124,600

11 $10,409

21 $20,019

Doneraile Court

Seattle Slew

Stonewall Farm Ocala

$917,911

84

37

1

1

1

$936,717

Scherer Magic

$148,400

2 $10,000

1

$20,000

Strong Contender

Maria's Mon

Stonewall Farm Ocala

$925,451

51

29

3

3

0

$926,860

Awesome Fire

$225,772

5

$6,680

2

$27,500

Burning Roma

Rubiano

Stonewall Farm Ocala

$923,592

75

37

0

0

0

$922,138

Little Drama

$94,250

3

$2,800

Awesome of Course

Awesome Again

Journeyman Stud

$919,077

19

10

4

9

1

$919,077

Fort Loudon

$343,000

Three Wonders

Storm Cat

Deceased

$913,162

65

40

0

0

0

$907,096

Two Wonders

$63,577

It's No Joke

Distorted Humor

Stonewall Farm Ocala

$894,474

26

16

2

3

0

$894,474

Playing a Joke

$117,640

B L's Appeal

Valid Appeal

Randolph Thoroughbreds $753,747

59

32

0

0

0

$751,667

Stickyourtongueo

$104,884

Mass Media

Touch Gold

Journeyman Stud

$700,463

45

25

0

0

0

$700,463

Media Starlett

$81,900

Bring the Heat

In Excess (IRE)

Ward Ranch

$662,806

39

23

1

1

0

$662,356

Handsome Jack

$79,936

Act of Duty

Mr. Prospector

Bridlewood Farm

$613,778

54

27

0

0

0

$607,982

Duty Blues

Straight Man

Saint Ballado

Signature Stallions

$565,179

43

18

0

0

0

$553,179

Scorpion

Seattle Slew

Pinecrest Stable

$544,881

36

18

0

0

0

Hear No Evil

Carson City

Journeyman Stud

$515,544

17

8

1

2

Gibson County

In Excess (IRE)

Deceased

$503,372

42

24

0

0

Untuttable

Unbridled

Stonehedge Farm

$507,876

29

11

1

2

$5,743

1 $45,000

3 $19,233 3

$7,833

$3,600

2

$14,750

2

$40,000

$66,585

2 $15,500

1

$2,500

Mayville

$69,515

1

$534,802

Last Sting

$68,510

1

$515,544

Jackson Bend

0

$512,074

Pleaseandthanky

$75,200

0

$506,876

Two T's At Two B

$144,385

$362,500

2

$3,200

6 $10,000

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PUT IT BACK Name

Sire Name

Farm Name

HIGH COTTON

WILDCAT HEIR NA Earnings

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

Leading Earner

Put It Back

Honour and Glory

Bridlewood Farm

$697,075

32

14

3

4

1

$697,075

Brave Dave

Wildcat Heir

Forest Wildcat

Journeyman Stud

$395,243

27

8

0

0

0

$395,243

Heir Kitty

Leading Yrlg Yrlg Earnings Sold Avg

2yo Sold

2yo Avg

$151,100

13 $16,582

28 $42,679

$66,000

21 $34,810

16 $47,813

With Distinction

Storm Cat

Hartley/DeRenzo

$349,375

24

11

1

1

0

$349,375

Merit Man

$102,000

23 $12,878

22 $25,432

High Cotton

Dixie Union

Ocala Stud

$327,802

19

6

1

1

1

$327,802

Spurious Precision

$168,000

20 $30,275

19 $34,500

Doneraile Court

Seattle Slew

Stonewall Farm Ocala $243,966

19

6

1

1

1

$250,270

Scherer Magic

$148,400

2

Exclusive Quality

Elusive Quality

Journeyman Stud

$246,362

16

6

1

1

0

$246,192

Sr. Quisqueyano

$124,600

11 $10,409

Chapel Royal

Montbrook

Signature Stallions

$212,931

19

10

0

0

0

$229,884

Mr Rodriguez

$44,620

Bring the Heat

In Excess (IRE)

Ward Ranch

$227,453

12

5

1

1

0

$227,003

Handsome Jack

$79,936

Cowtown Cat

Distorted Humor

Journeyman Stud

$223,218

19

8

0

0

0

$225,867

Calgary Cat

$49,499

14 $19,750

22 $43,068

Value Plus

Unbridled’s Song

Stonewall Farm Ocala $185,655

17

4

0

0

0

$185,655

Baby Princess

$48,000

9

6

5

$10,000

$9,000

$5,956

1

7

$15,500

2

$40,000

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Leading Florida Freshman Sires The following list includes currently active, deceased, and pensioned stallions, with racing results updated through October 15, 2012. Statistics provided by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc.

COWTOWN CAT Name

Sire Name

Farm Name

Cowtown Cat

Distorted Humor

Journeyman Stud

Gottcha Gold

GOTTCHA GOLD

THE GREEN MONKEY

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

Leading Yrlg Earnings Sold

Yrlg Avg

2yo Sold

2yo Avg

$223,218

19

8

0

0

0

$225,867 Calgary Cat

$49,499

14

$19,750

22

$43,068

Coronado's Quest Ocala Stud

$136,104

14

4

0

0

0

$134,859 Uptown Anthem

$31,350

3

$4,000

13

$26,769

The Green Monkey

Forestry

Hartley/DeRenzo

$111,719

8

4

0

0

0

$111,719 Kinz Funky Monkey

$64,400

3

$48,667

Circular Quay

Thunder Gulch

Journeyman Stud

$105,515

15

5

0

0

0

$105,515 Jewel in the Sky

$43,313

6

$7,167

19

$36,826

Got the Last Laugh

Distorted Humor

McKathan Brothers

$94,225

6

3

0

0

0

$94,225 My Emma

$28,850

3

$11,500

4

$12,375

Keyed Entry

Honour and Glory Bridlewood Farm

$92,549

14

2

0

0

0

$92,549 Hyena

$50,000

15

$10,893

16

$33,313

Belgravia

Mr. Greeley

Hartley/DeRenzo

$37,395

8

1

0

0

0

$37,395 Bel Dancing

$19,250

3

$4,233

13

$15,038

Indy Wind

A.P. Indy

Journeyman Stud

$7,912

7

0

0

0

0

$7,912 A. P. Cino

$3,420

1

$2,500

4

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Leading Florida Second Crop Sires The following list includes currently active, deceased, and pensioned stallions, with racing results updated through October 15, 2012. Statistics provided by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc.

HIGH COTTON

TEUFLESBERG

SAINT ANDDAN

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

Leading Yrlg Earnings Sold

Name

Sire Name

Farm

High Cotton

Dixie Union

Ocala Stud

Teuflesberg

Johannesburg

Journeyman Stud

Saint Anddan

A.P. Indy

Journeyman Stud

$983,575

50

25

2

3

1

$983,575 Another Romance $178,660

Exclusive Quality

Elusive Quality

Journeyman Stud

$961,394

62

29

1

1

0

$961,224 Sr. Quisqueyano

Simon Pure

Silver Deputy

Hartley/DeRenzo

$794,945

45

25

1

1

0

$791,245 Dorothy's Aurora

Spellbinder

Tale of the Cat

Stonewall Farm Ocala

$499,300

11

6

1

2

1

$499,300 Well Spelled

Hal's Image

Halo's Image

Get Away Farm

$140,904

18

3

0

0

0

$140,054 Jordan's Image

Sweet Return (GB)

Elmaamul

Journeyman Stud

$77,059

10

1

0

0

0

$77,059 Manis

$24,490

Take Me Out John

Take Me Out

Ceiba Ranch

$62,325

4

3

0

0

0

$62,325 Lady Barrington

$31,330

Chapter One

Fusaichi Pegasus University of Florida

$37,865

2

1

0

0

0

$37,865 Escandalosa

$37,525

$1,114,852

47

22

3

4

2

$984,675

27

9

2

4

1

$1,141,915 Currency Swap $986,777 Trinniberg

Yrlg Avg

2yo Sold

2yo Avg

$270,300

20

$30,275

19

$34,500

$572,000

4

$38,250

5

$102,240

$124,600

6

$20,000

5

$9,640

11

$10,409

21

$20,019

10

$20,800

1

$13,000

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FLORIDA HORSE PARK

New Season: Exciting Changes N

ovember is here with its cooler temperatures signaling that the upcoming Holiday Season is about to begin. Soon we will all be busy filling our homes with the delectable scents of baked goods and roasting turkey; with cheering and yes, moans and groans while we watch those action-filled football games; and of course the sounds of laughter and heartfelt conversations as we gather and meet with our family and friends. Here at the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park Authority, we too are beginning a new season with two very important changes occurring at the same time. First, the Horse Park has been diligently focusing on the day-to-day operations, providing venues for an ever-increasing number of successful events. Secondly, the Foundation for the Florida Horse Park, which is responsible for raising funds for capital improvements, has recently hired two new staff members who are already gearing up for an exciting year in 2013! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Anne Favre, our new Executive Director; and Sharon Carlson, our part-time Operations Coordinator. Anne Favre brings to the Foundation a unique combination of not-forprofit and equine experience. She is a Parelli instructor and was formerly the founder and executive leader of Synergeyst, LLP which is a management consulting firm expert in strategy and communications programs. Most recently, she led the start-up of a state-of-the-art, not-forprofit, equine rescue facility located in Murchison, Texas. Since moving to Ocala, Fla., with her husband this spring, Anne has been teaching

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horsemanship. She joined the Foundation just this week and has already been busy with fundraising and meeting many of our donors. Sharon Carlson began her career as the Director of Advertising for Community Newspapers, Inc., serving several small cities located in Central California. She eventually moved into the not-for-profit arena, working first for the City of Paso Robles located in California, as the Assistant Manager of the Main Street Program, a federally sponsored program focused on downtown revitalization; later she became the Operations Supervisor for the Foundation of Children’s Hospital Central California. In addition, Sharon is a graphic designer and has done extensive work for several hospitals, physician practices, and notfor-profit organizations. The Foundation is extremely fortunate to have found two such talented ladies, who not only have an extensive background in fundraising, but have a sincere love of horses and a strong belief in the mission of the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park Authority; “to attract, sustain and grow our viable equine and agricultural interests and to provide a support structure for statewide economic stimulation.” Please do stop in to meet them while visiting our park and look for great things to happen in 2013! Again, welcome Anne and Sharon. Happy Trails, Connie Duff Wise President, Foundation for the Florida Horse Park


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Myths and Misconceptions any of the inquiries I receive pertain HERBICIDES ARE THE BEST ANSWER FOR to horse pasture management and WEED MANAGEMENT weed control. From the questions It is true that herbicides can be highly effarm owners and managers ask, I have noticed fective at controlling unwanted weeds. Howthere is a lot of misinformation floating around, ever, herbicides are a tool and may not always be particularly about weed control and herbicide use. the best tool for the job. Weed management Just because you got advice from someone stand- should consist of a total system approach that ing in line with you at the feed store or you read an employs proper grazing, fertility, mowing and article on someone’s blog or website, doesn’t mean herbicides. Any of these options when used the recommendation is valid. Always consider the alone will not likely provide the desired results, source before applying any managebut partnering them together is a ment recommendations. powerful strategy. I invited Jay Ferrell, University of GOATS CAN HELP CLEAN UP Florida Extension Weed Specialist to WEEDY AREAS help clear up some of the misinforGoats are quite unique in that mation and myths surrounding weed control at this year’s Florida Equine they will consume a number of weedy Institute and Allied Trade Show. He is species that other animals do not preby UF/IFAS Marion very knowledgeable and is always CountyLivestock fer. However, like all grazing aniAgent Mark Shuffitt well received. Dr Ferrell has been the mals, goats have preferences. Some opening speaker at the Equine Institute for the last weeds they will readily consume, others they several years. The following information is his will not. Therefore, simply buying a few goats paper from the 2012 Florida Equine Institute. may not improve the level of weed infestation if these species are not ones that goats prefer.

M

J. Ferrell – Extension Weed Specialist

Weed management on horse farms can be a difficult and continuous problem. Because of the complexities of weed management in horse paddocks, many myths and misconceptions have developed. Below is a discussion of a few of the most common myths and how to avoid these pitfalls. HERBICIDES ARE TOXIC TO HORSES

It is well understood that horses are not as hardy as other pasture animals, but that does not mean they are overly sensitive to herbicides. All herbicides currently registered for use in pastures have undergone rigorous review by USEPA. The vast majority of these herbicides have no grazing restrictions for horses. Therefore, these products, when used according to the label directions, pose little if any threat to the welfare of horses. For a list of grazing restrictions, reference Table 5 in the pasture weed management guide (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/wg006). 80 THE FLORIDA HORSE • NOVEMBER 2012

HORSE PADDOCKS ARE ALWAYS WEEDY

Not necessarily. Excessive weed growth can be the result of over-grazing. Over-grazing a pasture will weaken the desirable grasses and reduce its ability to suppress weed growth. As a rule of thumb, a pasture can properly sustain 600-700 lbs of horses per acre. Therefore, the larger your horses are, the more grazing area they will require. The first indication that over grazing is occurring will be excessive manure on the pasture and horses grazing close to the piles. A proper stocking rate and proper fertility will ensure healthy grass that helps suppress weed growth. HERBICIDES AND FERTILIZER CAN RESTORE MY PASTURE

It is true that weed control and fertility can jump-start grass growth. However, it is possible to do more harm than good if herbicides

and fertilizer is your chosen method. Why? Some pastures have been degraded by grazing or neglect to the point that there is very little desirable grass present. If herbicide and fertilizer are used in this situation, large areas of the pasture will be bare ground (after the weeds are killed). This can lead to soil erosion or pollution as the fertilizer washes away with no plants available to utilize the nutrients. In general, if the pasture has degraded to more than 60% weeds, the best option will likely be to remove the animals and completely renovate the pasture (tillage, reseeding, fertility and lime). HORSE PADDOCKS NEED HEALTHY GRASS

What purpose do you need the paddock to perform? Is it there to provide nutrition or exercise? If you need nutrition, then low stocking rates, rotational grazing, and healthy grass is a must. But, if you are providing nutrition in the form of hay and other supplements and only need the area for exercise, then healthy forage grass may not be necessary. Additionally, if you have no option of lowering stocking rates, then having lush healthy forage grasses is not likely to be possible anyway. If this is the case, common bermudagrass will likely establish and should be encouraged. Usable forage will be low, but common bermudagrass is dense, holds up well under traffic, is highly competitive with weeds and very effective at stopping erosion. There are many myths and opinions about how horse pastures should look. But knowing you options and having proper expectations can lead to a happy balance between animal and pasture welfare. For the past twelve years, Marion County has hosted the Florida Equine Institute and Allied trade show. You can find printed articles and several video presentations at http://cflag.ifas.ufl.edu. Just click on FL Equine Institute Proceedings. And, remember “consider the source”. ■


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PLAYER’S PAGE

by Paul Moran

The Breeders’ Cup, despite a wide support for Lasix among those with skin in the game, has somehow been convinced that American racing is somehow diminished by a medication that helps horses.

Banning Lasix Disastrous? T he government of Greece is broke and the citizens too long coddled and now unemployed often pass idle days rioting in the streets. Spain and Italy, despite the excellent food and wine, are in similar economic distress. France fares little better and its racing fortunes are dismal. Great Britain, though apart from the Eurozone, has seen its racing industry in steady decline for years. The good times in Ireland are in the past. But everything is better in Europe and we should be just like them. And that is why, according to the people who make the rules for the Breeders’ Cup, there will be no Lasix permitted in 2013, when the event returns to Santa Park, which appears without official decree to have become its permanent home. This is important. A year from now, the Breeders’ Cup, the best idea in racing since blinkers, may become inconsequential. A ban of Lasix for the five Breeders’ Cup races for 2-year-olds this year met a chilly reception from Americans, particularly in races run on dirt that attracted no European participation. Only one of the American juveniles, Fortify, had not raced on Lasix prior to the Breeders’ Cup. Experience horseplayers shrugged and turned the pages. First time Lasix, fine. Handicappers generally consider that a positive. Massive Lasix-off is an entirely different story that defies any known handicapping approach. Smart players – the players that build pools– simply pass. Next year, the Breeders’ Cup leadership has promised to make the entire two days of racing unplayable. Obviously, no one in the event’s leadership is a horseplayer or knows one. If an arbitrary decision that flies in the face of the rules in every American racing jurisdiction wasn’t odd enough, the Breeders’ Cup’s intent to ban Lasix in all its races next year will almost certainly prove disastrous if not fatal to the event from other angles. With few betting and many owners almost certain to pass the event rather than put their best horses at risk, the Breeders’ Cup will also abdicate its claim to be a championship-

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defining event. It will quite simply lose its legitimacy. Every American horse older than age two that ran over the Breeders’ Cup two-day span competed on Lasix, the regulated use of which is widely supported by owners and trainers as a safe and humane medication for the prevention of pulmonary hemorrhage. The connections of some foreign horses sent from countries in which Lasix is not permitted for racing, took the opportunity to use the medication while in the United States. But the Breeders’ Cup, despite a wide support for Lasix among those with skins in the game, has somehow been convinced that American racing is diminished by a medication that helps horses. No horse has ever been compromised by not bleeding and more stress is placed upon American horses than those anywhere in the world. “A very large percentage of them end up bleeding at some point,” trainer and British-born Graham Motion said during a teleconference prior to the Breeders’ Cup. “I don’t get the argument that I hear from Europe that horses don’t bleed over there. I don’t believe that. Probably 80 to 90 percent of my horses at some point bleed.” Asia, not Europe, is probably the best example of a workable medication-free environment, but short seasons and racing schedules that in some places amount to no more than two days a week, essentially result in a removal of stress from the population of horses. The opposite is true in this country, where there is year-round racing in every major market and basic economics play a large role in management decisions. The Breeders’ Cup leadership has exposed a basic lack of understanding of the very sport it is intended to support. The next Breeders’ Cup will be the acid test. American racing happens on a meaningful level primarily east of the Mississippi and there is no jurisdiction other than California where regulators and horsemen are likely to bow to the Breeders’ Cup’s nonsensical whim. Shipping from the East to California is expensive and the advantage is always held by West Coast horses. Adding the unknown factor of having to race without Lasix is almost certain to keep many at home. What’s the old saying about biting off your nose to spite your face? ■


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Florida Horse Nov. 2012  

November issue of the Florida Horse Magazine

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