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JANUARY 2011 •VOL 54/ISSUE 1

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT By Fred Brei

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EDITOR’S WELCOME By Michael Compton

FLORIDA FOCUS FLORIDA NEWS SHINING STARS

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Florida’s 2010 champions By Jo Ann Guidry

FTBOA CHASE TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE RIGHT TRACK

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The Tampa Bay Downs meet is highlighted by the newly upgraded Tampa Bay Derby and Florida Cup Day. By Doug McCoy

SUNSHINE MILLIONS DRAWS 184 EARLY NOMS

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By Nick Fortuna

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STALLIONS ON PARADE Florida’s stallion farms opened their doors to breeders last month to showcase 2011 stallion rosters. Photos by Serita Hult

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EDITOR’S NOTE By Summer Best

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FLORIDA HORSE PARK FARM TOURS

More than 300 attended the inaugural Florida Horse Park Farm Tours, with visits to Abracadabra Farm, Charlie Horse Farm, Newchance Farm and Oak Lake Farm.

YOUR FLORIDA HORSE PARK: ESTABLISHING BENCHMARKS

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By Connie Duff Wise

PRACTICALLY SPEAKING: MAINTAIN YOUR RECORDS

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By Mark Shuffitt

NEWS BITS HORSE COUNCIL NEWS CONSERVING FLORIDA FARM MANAGEMENT: CARBON FOOTPRINTS

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By Jamie Cohen

LEADING FLORIDA SIRES Florida-bred Champion Amen Hallelujah 4 THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2011

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A sure thing at Gulfstream Park By Paul Moran COVER PHOTO: PALMER / CONTENTS PHOTO: COGLIANESE


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Increasing Fred Brei, FTBOA President/ Board Chairman SERITA HULT PHOTO

Communication s an important step to increase lines of communication with our membership, I will be updating Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’Association (FTBOA) members through this column each month and on the Association website at www.ftboa.com. Following is the first installment of the President’s Report, offering a brief recap of the board meeting held on Dec. 4, 2010.

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The board reviewed the following: A requested amendment in Tampa Bay Downs agreement for 2010-2011 meet, and that amendment was approved unanimously. The board was requested by the FHBPA to pay first, second and third on Florida Owner Awards (FOA) at Gulfstream Park. After much roundtable discussion as it related to quality of racing, risk of continued payment and the overall Florida racing program, the board unanimously decided to pay FOAs on win only; at a subsequent execBeginning this month, Breeders’Awards utive committee meeting, the officers made a motion will be paid to the breeder of a Florida- for the full board to vote bred registered with the FTBOA that again on paying FOAs at Gulfstream Park on first, finishes in first, second or third in a race second and third, and on at a Florida Thoroughbred track. Dec. 17, a majority of the board voted to pay first, second and third on FOAs at Gulfstream Park (for more details, see the website); the board also approved of a change in language to raise the statutory purse limitation for the payment of an FOA from $40,000 to $50,000; and spelled out plans to pay Breeders’ Awards from slot machine revenue to Florida-breds on 2010 and 2011 Sunshine Millions races in California. The board had general discussion as it related to the Dec. 3 membership meeting. At the end of what was a two-hour discussion, the decision was made unanimously to not only review and respond to items brought up in that meeting, but to further do a top 6 THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2011

down review of policy procedures and systems of the association. At an officers meeting Dec. 15, it was recommended that the FTBOA’s Code of Ethics be presented to the full board for review, as well as a mission statement for the FTBOA, at the next board meeting later this month. The officers reviewed Florida Equine Publications and found that after cuts of staff and expenses over the last few years, if advertising remains equal to last year, FEP should break even at year’s end. As part of that review, the officers addressed Horse Capital Digest and found that if that publication was discontinued, FEP would experience a revenue loss of approximately $50,000 annually. The publication is produced only seven times a year during HITS Ocala. FEP has been directed to continue operations as it has in the past. Beginning this month, Breeders’ Awards will be paid to the breeder of a Florida-bred registered with the FTBOA that finishes in first, second or third place in a race at a Florida Thoroughbred track as follows: 1st place—Ten percent of the announced gross purse, less any Florida Owners’ Awards included therein, with each such Breeders’Award limited to no more than $10,000; 2nd place—Three percent of the announced gross purse, less any Florida Owners’ Awards included therein, with each such Breeders’Award limited to no more than $3,000; and 3rd place—Two percent of the announced gross purse, less any Florida Owners’ Awards included therein, with each such Breeders’ limited to no more than $1,500. The February Breeders’Awards checks will reflect the change in the program and will be paid on races held in January.

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Fittingly, Florida“ breds closed out the year in sparkling fashion, capturing three races during the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships in November at Churchill Downs.

Excellence

reatness in racing, as in any sport, is measured by success at the highest levels. In 2010, Florida-breds achieved at such high levels that their success catapulted them into the national spotlight all season long. Floridabreds won 234 stakes races last year, including 58 graded stakes events and 11 Grade 1 races. Fittingly, Florida-breds closed out the year in sparkling fashion, capturing three races during the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships in November at Churchill Downs. To cap off a brilliant year for Sunshine State runners, as the January issue went to press the first week of this month, five Florida-bred runners were named as finalists for Eclipse Awards by the event’s sponsoring organizations, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association. Award winners will be announced in Miami Jan. 17. Florida is assured at least one Eclipse Award honoring excellence for 2010 as the 2-year-old female finalists all hail from the Sunshine State: Awesome Feather, R Heat Lightning and Turbulent Descent. While R Heat Lightning enjoyed a solid season and gave Awesome Feather quite a battle

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down the stretch of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs, and Turbulent Descent is without question a star on the rise, Awesome Feather, bred and campaigned by Fred and Jane Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm and a daughter of Journeyman Stud stallion Awesome of Course, is the deserving Eclipse winner in the 2year-old juvenile filly division. In the male sprinter category, Florida-bred Big Drama is nominated alongside Majesticperfection and Smiling Tiger. Majesticperfection defeated Big Drama at Saratoga last summer in the A.G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1), but an injury forced him to the sidelines before a rematch with Harold Queen’s homebred in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at season’s end. Smiling Tiger did make the BC Sprint, but proved no match for Big Drama. The homebred son of Ocala Stud stallion Montbrook was impressive in victory and his effort left little doubt who rules the sprint division. In the female sprinter division, Florida-bred Dubai Majesty is a finalist with Champagne d’Oro and Rightly So. The daughter of former Hartley/De Renzo stallion Essence of Dubai defeated Champagne d’Oro in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1), a race in which Rightly So was a late scratch. Her authoritative BC score justified the decision her connections made to make her a supplemental nomination to enter the race. It might just be the best $90,000 gamble that Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan ever made. Dubai Majesty, bred by Harold J. Plumley, not only showed her heels to the field in the Breeders’ Cup, but that victory should have sealed an Eclipse Award as well. Also featured in this issue are Florida’s 2010 champions. Divisional titles are determined by points accumulated during the year-long FTBOA Chase to the Championship. As of this writing, the connections of Awesome Feather, Big Drama and Dubai Majesty don’t know their Eclipse fate, but the connections can celebrate their Florida titles. For more on Florida’s 2010 champions, see page 20. Enjoy the January issue.

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Worth the Wait in CashCall Futurity BENOIT & ASSOCIATES PHOTO

Florida-bred Comma to the Top powers home after delaying the start of the race cause at Del Mar we knew he could go long. He started moving in the right direction as soon as he got two turns. He kicks away when you need him to. That move on the turn felt great.” Comma to the Top was bred in Florida by Richard and Linda Thompson. The

Wow, that was something. To run like that on top of everything that happened, he’s just an amazing horse. We’ve been real patient with him because at Del Mar we knew he could go long.

—jockey Corey Nakatani

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$22,000 OBS April graduate, owned by Gary Barber, Roger Bimbaum and Kevin Tsujihara, has now won three consecutive stakes races and five straight overall. The winner is trained by Peter Miller.

At the Top of His Game By NICK FORTUNA Richard and Linda Thompson waited anxiously for 28 long minutes Dec. 18 as the CashCall Futurity was delayed so that Comma to the Top could get a replacement shoe for his right hind leg. In the end, the Florida-bred gelding’s performance was well worth the agonizing wait, as he won by 1 ¾ lengths at Hollywood Park. The Thompsons bred Comma to the Top at their 45-acre Oak Vale Farm in Morriston. The son of Journeyman Stud stallion Bwana Charlie earned his third consecutive stakes victory in the race and became the first Grade 1 winner bred by the Thompsons. “It was frustrating because of the delay, but the race was exciting,” said Linda Thompson. “I’m sure the trainer’s head was probably spinning around (because of the delay). Corey Nakatani just rode him to a T. He just sat chilly on him, and when

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he was ready to move, he just asked him to move. ”As a baby, he was a very quiet, well-mannered individual, and evidently, he still is. I just think he’s amazing.” Comma to the Top was a $22,000 purchase at OBS in April and was consigned by Anthony’s Clyde Rice. His own-

Florida-bred Comma to the Top (below) and Richard and Linda Thompson

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“Wow, that was something,” said Nakatani. “To run like that on top of everything that happened, he’s just an amazing horse. We’ve been real patient with him be-

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By MICHAEL COMPTON The field for the CashCall Futurity (G1) was forced to wait nearly 30 minutes past post time for the start of the $750,000 Grade 1 event Dec. 18 at Hollywood Park while Florida-bred and race favorite Comma to the Top had a shoe replaced on his right hind hoof. Once he was ready to roll, however, Comma to the Top was not in a waiting mood. The son of Journeyman Stud stallion Bwana Charlie exercised all the patience he had left to rate comfortably in second place off High Level Jeff in the early going of the 1 1/16-mile test. When the field hit the far turn, Comma to the Top was more than ready to strut his stuff. When asked to run by jockey Corey Nakatani, he simply powered away from his rivals. Comma to the Top was never menaced through the lane and stopped the clock in 1:44.18. Fellow Florida-bred Gourmet Dinner checked in fourth after putting in a nice rally while traveling wide around the far turn.


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Turbulent Descent Remains Perfect in Starlet Florida-bred OBS graduate notches Grade 1 victory

Champagne got here the horse was so mad at that point. He was so frustrated and mad that I didn’t think he’d run. He didn’t want to be shod at that point and normally he’s the most docile, calm horse in the world. I would have shod him if I had to.” The CashCall victory was Miller’s second in a Grade 1 race. He also won the 2007 Del Mar Debutante (G1) with Florida-bred Set Play. “After all the drama, it’s just unbelievable,” Miller said. “I do want to apologize to all the other owners and trainers. It was out of our control.” BENOIT & ASSOCIATED PHOTO

“Seriously, when I thought they were going to scratch him, I grabbed a shoe and started to shoe him,” said Miller. “This horse is really good. I told Corey that if someone sends, he can sit. When he made that move at the three-eighths pole, I’ve never had a feeling like that.” There were more anxious moments for Miller and the connections before the start of the race than during the actual running of the race. “I ran to the paddock judge and said ‘we’re missing a shoe,’” Miller explained. “The first blacksmith came over and it was obvious he couldn’t shoe the horse. He just couldn’t do it (the blacksmith was taken away from the scene in an ambulance). The other blacksmith that’s at the receiving barn checking the feet, had already left. By the time Wes

first Grade 1 winner for Florida breeders Richard and Linda Thompson ers risked losing by entering him in a $40,000 maiden claimer to start his career at Hollywood Park last May, but there were no takers, and Comma to the Top finished second that day. Comma to the Top won only one of his first five starts, taking a $50,000 maiden claimer by 8 ¾ lengths at Del Mar in July. He’s been a different horse in the second half of the year, however, reeling off five straight wins. Comma to the Top won a $40,000 starter allowance and a $31,362 allowance by a combined 10 lengths at Golden Gate Fields in October. He then earned the first stakes victory of his career in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park. He then tried turf for the first time Nov. 27, wiring Hollywood’s one-mile Generous Stakes (G3) by 1 ¾ lengths. For the Thompsons, Comma to the Top has quickly become the best horse they’ve ever bred. They bought Oak Vale Farm from Linda

Thompson’s parents, Sydney and Edna Follin, about 10 years ago, and their daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Jerado Gonzalez, manage the farm. The operation has six broodmares. About a week prior to the CashCall Futurity, the Thompsons sold Comma to the Top’s dam, the Stormy Atlantic mare Maggies Storm, who is in foal to Vinery stallion Congrats. The broodmare was purchased by John Sykes of CloverLeaf Farm II in Reddick. Linda Thompson said that despite Comma to the Top’s Grade 1 win, she’s had no second thoughts about selling his dam. “We’re small breeders, and if you’re in the horse business and you get a good offer for a horse, you sell it,” she said. Prior to Comma to the Top, the best horse the Thompsons bred was Florida-bred Flamenco, a stakes-winning son of Dance Master who earned $303,085.

By MICHAEL COMPTON Florida-bred Turbulent Descent remained undefeated Dec. 11 following a triumphant twoturn debut in the $412,250 Hollywood Starlet Stakes (G1) at 11⁄16 miles at Hollywood Park. The 2-year-old daughter of former Florida stallion Congrats is now perfect in three career starts for Blinkers On Stable and partners who purchased the horse out of the OBS April sale for $160,000. Out of the Forestry mare Roger’s Sue, Turbulent Descent was bred by Ocala Stud. It was the second consecutive stakes victory for Turbulent Descent, who had captured the Moccasin Stakes at seven furlongs last time out Nov. 21. She made some history in her latest score, becoming the first filly to win both the Moccasin and the Starlet. Florida-bred “I was never worTurbulent Descent ried about this race,” said winning trainer Mike Puype. “I never thought for a second she wouldn’t handle two turns. She’s just a real good filly and she’s got a great, promising future ahead of her.” Jockey David Flores has been aboard Turbulent Descent in all three of her career starts. Flores positioned his mount in fourth early while saving ground around the first turn. He swung her out for room at the top of the stretch and pulled clear late, covering the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.18. Florida-bred Tell a Kelly finished third. “I wasn’t going to take any chances and I would have hit her, but it was not needed,” said Flores. “I just hand rode her all the way out. It was a little more like a test today, but she won just the same. I am a little excited and a little relieved. I’m excited because I can tell what kind of a horse she is. The relief is she handled the two turns well. She was relaxed and was just great.” Turbulent Descent boosted her earnings to $328,350 with the win. Puype said his charge would be given a couple of months off before making her 2011 debut. THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2011 11


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Manicero Delivers as Favorite in Inaugural By NICK FORTUNA

stretch but had to settle for second as ManManicero’s name means “peanut ven- icero stopped the clock in 1:11.57. “This colt has shown real speed in some of dor” in Spanish, and at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 26, the Florida-bred colt gave his con- his races, but he has learned how to relax too,” nections a reason to go nuts. The son of Jour- Saez said. “We broke with other horses, so I had neyman Stud stallion Mass Media earned his to settle him early. But getting to the turn, I saw there was going to be an openthird consecutive convincing He (Manicero) was ing down along the rail, so I victory, a one-length score in able to save ground asked him to go there. I had to the $70,000 Inaugural Stakes. Manicero got his second and run strongly down use him to keep him there, but stakes win, having romped to the stretch, and I was when we got to the stretch, I an 8 ¼-length victory while very happy about that thought we were safe. He is a very nice colt, and yes, I do going seven furlongs in the because I plan to think he can stretch out and $125,000 Jack Price Juvenile stretch him out. win going farther.” Stakes at Calder in Novem—Leo Azpurua Jr. Bred by Gainesville’s ber. He shortened up to six furlongs for the Inaugural and proved impos- Roberto Sanson, Manicero is out of the Kris sible to catch down the stretch, delivering as S. mare Ritzy Blitz. He made his first two starts going 5 ½ furlongs at Calder, finishing the 4-5 favorite in a field of 11 2-year-olds. Manicero, with usual rider Luis Saez third in a $36,000 maiden special weight race aboard, broke sharply from the No. 7 post and Oct. 2 and returning Oct. 30 to score by 7 ¾ lengths in a $34,000 maiden special weight race. He’s won three of his four starts and earned $144,008 for trainer Leo Azpurua Jr. and owner Leo Azpurua Sr. “He bought the horse privately from the breeder, and he told me that this was a very special horse,” the Florida-bred trainer said of his father. Manicero “He gets all the credit – he made his way to the rail. He sat just off the was right. I’m very happy to be training for pace of Florida-bred Halo Doctor Joe, in him and training this horse.” Leo Azpurua Jr. said Manicero likely will fourth place through a quarter-mile in 22.72 seconds before sneaking up along the rail to make his next start in the $75,000 Pasco Stakes, a seven-furlong test for 3-year-olds at challenge that rival for the lead. Manicero had moved up to second place Tampa Day Downs on Jan. 15. “I told Luis that I wanted him to be able to behind Florida-bred My Valentino after a half-mile in 46.28 seconds and quickly took rate the horse because I think that makes him command, drawing off around the turn to a better horse,” he said. “He was able to save reach the top of the lane with a 2 ½-length ground and run strongly down the stretch, and lead. Bert B Don and jockey Joe Bravo I was very happy about that because I plan to closed strongly on the outside down the stretch him out.”

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Kantharos to Stand at Vinery

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Undefeated graded stakes-winning ju- Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) was his third venile Kantharos will stand at Vinery Florida win in as many starts and his second graded stakes win. for 2011, Vinery Pres“Kantharos was ident Tom Ludt anan amazing talent,” nounced in December. said Asmussen. “It’s “We think the as if he came into the breeders in Florida barn already knowwill love Kantharos,” ing what to do. You said Ludt. “He is an hear people say a attractive individual horse has unlimited with a very viable Kantharos potential, but in the pedigree. It was apparent to anyone who saw him that he had case of Kantharos I believe it’s true.” Purchased by Jackson for $250,000 at talent—he won his three races by nearly 30 the OBS March sale, Kantharos is a son of lengths.” Raced by Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Sta- Lion Heart out of the Southern Halo mare bles and trained by Steve Asmussen, Kan- Contessa Halo. He will stand for $5,000 tharos was among the best 2-year-olds on stands and nurses. For more information, the East Coast last year, if not the country. contact Declan Doyle at Vinery Florida His scintillating 7¼-length victory in the (352) 307-8485.

Mach Ride to Stand at Bridlewood

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Graded stakes winner Mach Ride has over several of Florida’s top 3-year-olds in been retired and will stand stud at the Apple- the Valid Video Stakes. ton family’s Bridlewood Farm for the 2011 An earner of $640,050, Mach Ride retires breeding season, it was Florida-bred Mach Ride with six wins from 18 announced last month. starts. He is by long-time Bred and raced by leading Florida sire Penowners George and Karen telicus, out of the multiRussell of Rustlewood ple stakes-producing Farm, Florida-bred Mach mare April Invitation. Ride was a leading sprinter “He’s a Florida original, both top and botduring his racing career. He sped to his biggest win in the $500,000 Smile tom, that possessed the speed and quality to Sprint Handicap (G2) at Calder, defeating several compete with anybody over several racing of the country’s top sprinters. The final time of seasons,” said George G. Isaacs, general man1:09 4/5 represents the fastest Smile among the ager of Bridlewood. “I think breeders that last five runnings of the prestigious six-furlong come see him in person will like him because, race and he earned a 109 Beyer Speed Figure for physically, he’s a spitting image of Pentelicus.” Mach Ride will stand his introductory seathe performance. Mach Ride was precocious from the son for a fee of $2,000 live foal stands and start, beginning his career with four con- nurses. Further inquiries and inspection are welsecutive wins, including a decisive victory come by contacting the farm at (352) 622-5319.

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BY NICK FORTUNA Devilish Lady hasn’t just been beating her rivals lately, she’s been dominating them. The Florida-bred daughter of former Ocala Stud Farm stallion Sweetsouthernsaint recorded her third consecutive easy Florida-bred Devilish Lady win last mont at Tampa Bay Downs, cruising to an eight-length score in She needed to get a race in, and we’re looking for the horse to run big next the $70,500 Sandpiper Stakes. time out. Our sights are set on a turf sprint either here or at Gulfstream. —Lynne Scace Devilish Lady, bred by the Ft.

Lauderdale-based Lewis Family Stables Partnership Ltd., has won her three most recent starts by a combined 20 ¾ lengths. The filly scored by 7 ¾ lengths in the $125,000 Joe O’Farrell Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Calder in November and returned Dec. 4 to capture a $32,000 starter allowance by five lengths. Out of the Diablo mare Devilish Brunette, Devilish Lady made her first five starts for trainer Manny Tortora and owner Jacqueline Tortora but was claimed out of a one-length victory in a $16,000 claimer

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at Calder in September. She’s since won three of her four starts for trainer Antonio Sano and owner Cairoli Racing Stable. For her career, she has five wins and a pair of third-place finishes from nine starts for $171,200 in earnings. “I’m very emotional, very happy,” Sano said after the race. The Sandpiper Stakes was a two-horse race early on as favored Florida-bred It’s Me Mom led the field of seven juvenile fillies through fractions of 22.69 and 46.31 seconds, with Devilish Lady in closest pursuit. With a quarter-mile to go, Daniel Centeno made his move aboard Devilish Lady, and it was all over except for the celebrating. Devilish Lady drew off and finished in 1:11.51. “I was pretty sure we knew where the speed was, so when we got in tight coming out of the gate, it really didn’t change how we wanted to race,” Centeno said. “She is very professional for a young horse, so she relaxed behind the leaders, and then when I asked her, she moved up very nicely through the turn, and then we only had one to pass. She finished up really nicely and was just cruising at the end. Off this race, you have to think she can stretch out.” Sano said Devilish Lady would make her next start either at Gulfstream Park or in the $75,000 Gasparilla Stakes, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 15. It’s Me Mom, a homebred for Holiday’s Thomas and Jean Bosch, had won three straight races heading into the Sandpiper Stakes, including a front-running, 6 ¾-length victory in the $100,000 Presque Isle Downs Debutante last out in September. The daughter of Bridlewood Farm stallion Put It Back was making her first start on dirt, having run exclusively on synthetic surfaces in her five prior starts. She has three wins from six starts overall and $128,700 in earnings. “The horse ran a good race,” trainer Lynne Scace said. “She prefers a faster track, and by the seventh race, the track got a little powdery because of the wind. She needed to get a race in, and we’re looking for the horse to run big next time out. Our sights are set on a turf sprint either here or at Gulfstream – hopefully here.”


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Ocala Stud Property Sold By MICHAEL COMPTON . Michael O’Farrell Jr. reported last month that one of three farms owned by Ocala Stud, has been sold. The original site, purchased in 1956, was sold to Trinity Lane, LLC, a company John Brunetti is associated with. According to O’Farrell, a significant part of the deal is that Ocala Stud received a long-term lease and will continue to operate for years to come. “The one thing I want to emphasize is that this decision was not based on economic need, or the fact that along with the ailing overall economy, the thoroughbred industry is faced with troubling times,” said O’Farrell. “We still love the thoroughbred business, believe the industry will solve its problems and will bounce back in due time. “We have a long-term lease on one farm and own two others,” he added. “We have produced eight stakes winners this year (the most we have had in one year in the history of the farm), purchased a dozen or so mares over the last couple of years, bred, raised or trained three Grade 1 winners this year and had Montbrook sire a Breeders’ Cup winner. In 2011, CINDY MIKELL PHOTO

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(2010), purchased a dozen or so mares over the last couple of years, bred, raised or trained three Grade 1 winners last year and had Montbrook sire a Breeders’ Cup winner. In 2011, the farm will have 54 foals, our largest foal crop in 30 years. We are not going away.

“Ocala Stud is a family-owned business, with myself, a couple of sisters, brother-in-law and nieces as the owner,” O’Farrell said. “As the self-proclaimed leader of the family, the decision to sell was not necessarily something that I wanted to do, but with the opportunity given, it was necessary.”

Gulfstream Plans Twilight Racing on Fridays By NICK FORTUNA ulfstream Park is planning to begin its racing card at 3 p.m. on the final six Fridays of the current meet in an effort to boost attendance and persuade fans to dine and shop at the Village at Gulfstream Park, saidTim Ritvo, the vice president of East Coast racing operations for the track’s parent company, MI Developments. State law prohibits thoroughbred racing after 7 p.m., so the final race on those Friday cards would start at around 6:55 p.m., Ritvo said. Since the track doesn’t have lights, the twilight racing would be limited to the final six Fridays of the meet, from March 18 to April 22, after the start of daylight savings time. The Hallandale Beach oval will hold its meet Jan. 5 through April 24, with first post at 12:55 p.m. on most days. “We’re excited to try it,” Ritvo said. “The horsemen said they would be fine with twilight racing one day a week. This is something that could be really good for the game. We need to keep moving forward and trying new things.” Ritvo said he’s hopeful that the Florida legislature will change the law prohibiting night racing at its spring legislative session. If the law is changed, Gulfstream would consider in-

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the farm will have 54 foals, our largest foal crop in 30 years. We are not going away.” O’Farrell cited long-range planning as to why the decision was made to sell the property. The city of Ocala is set to begin work on a portion of a perimeter road around the city with a flyover of I-75, which has a major impact on neighboring Red Oak Farm. With the Brunetti family making long-range plans for their L-shaped property, he said the family-owned Ocala Stud also needed to plan for the future as well.

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stalling lights around the track, he said. This month, Gulfstream will resume contract negotiations with the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. In December, Gulfstream and the state HPBA signed contracts through Feb. 28 dealing with race purses, simulcasts and advance-deposit wagering. The track doesn’t need the approval of horsemen for Friday twilight racing. THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2011 17


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Shining STARS By JO ANN GUIDRY

hroughout the racing season, the 2010 Florida-bred champions shone a bright light on the Florida Thoroughbred industry. And at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, a trio of Florida-breds shone the brightest. Awesome Feather, Big Drama and Dubai Majesty swept to Breeders’ Cup victories and assured themselves year-end honors. For Dubai Majesty, she scored her second consecutive Florida-bred older female title and picked up the champion sprinter title as well. Awesome Feather remained undefeated on her way to her Florida-bred champion 2-year-old filly title. Big Drama collected his first state title as he took the Florida-bred champion older male honor. Ocala Stud stallion Montbrook, the sire of Big Drama, was also represented by Florida-bred champion 3-year-old filly Amen Hallelujah. It was the latter’s second state title as she was named the 2009 Florida-bred champion 2-year-old filly. Comma to the Top scored a late-season Grade 1 win to garner the Florida-bred champion 2-year-old colt/gelding award. First Dude was named the Florida-bred champion 3-year-old colt while Central City was named the champion turf horse title. The Florida-bred champions are determined by points accumulated during the year-long FTBOA Chase To The Championship. In the case of ties by points, the tiebreaker is most money earned. The Florida-bred Horse of theYear and Florida Breeder of theYear, as well as other year-end awards are determined by the FTBOA Board of Directors and season statistics.

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COMMA TO THE TOP ith his win in the CashCall Futurity (G1) on Dec. 18 at Hollywood Park, Comma to theTop secured his Florida-bred championship title in dramatic fashion. After losing a shoe just prior to the race that caused a 30-minute delay before it was replaced, Comma to the Top cruised to his first Grade 1 victory. That significant tally was also the 2-year-old Bwana Charlie gelding’s fifth straight win. His combined winning margin total for that quintet of victories was 19 ¾ lengths. The Futurity delay did nothing to take Comma to the Top off his game. He took control by the top of the stretch, besting J P’ Gusto by a length and threequarters. His winning time over the synthetic Hollywood Park surface was 1:44.72 for the 11⁄16 miles. On his way to becoming a Grade 1 winner, Comma to the Top broke his maiden in a $50,000 claiming race on Sept. 8 at Del Mar. But when he won by 8 ¾ lengths, there was a sneak peak at his future potential. He followed that with a pair of allowance wins by a combined margin of 10 lengths. Moving into stakes company, Comma to the Top stormed to a facile win in the Real Quiet Stakes on Nov. 6 at Hollywood Park. He was much the best by 6 ¼ lengths, clocking a winning time of 1:43.56 for the 11⁄16 miles. Three weeks later, the Peter Miller trainee posted a gate-to-wire win in the Generous Stakes (G3). It was a 1¾-length victory over Moment

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COMMA TO THE TOP 2008 bay gelding by Bwana Charlie – Maggies Storm, by Stormy Atlantic Breeder: Richard & Linda Thompson Owners: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum & Kevin Tsujihara Trainer: Peter Miller 2010 Race Record/Earnings: 10-6-1-0/$551,600 2010 Stakes Record 1st – CashCall Futurity (G1) 1st – Generous Stakes (G3) 1st – Real Quiet Stakes

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of Weakness (Ire) with Surrey Star (Ire) third. Winning time over the firm surface for the mile was 1:34.77. Owned by the partnership of Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara, Comma to the Top has banked $551,600 on six wins and one second in 10 lifetime starts. Bred by Richard and Linda Thompson, Comma to the Top is out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Maggies Storm. The latter is a half-sister to Florida-bred stakes winner Yes He’s A Pistol and stakes-placed Dumaani of Course. Now a Grade 1 stakes producer, Maggies Storm has a 2009 filly by Hartley/De Renzo stallion Simon Pure named Maggie Simon and a 2010 filly by Hartley/De Renzo stallion Belgravia. Bwana Charlie, the sire of Comma to the Top, stands stud at Brent and Crystal Fernung’s Ocalabased Journeyman Stud. Comma to the Top, whose name is urban slang for apostrophe, went through two Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company auctions. Consigned by Beth Bayer, agent, to the 2008 OBS October mixed sale, he was purchased for $5,000 by Clyde Rice. In the name of his Indian Prairie Ranch, agent, Rice consigned Comma to the Top to the 2010 OBS April juvenile sale. Trainer Peter Miller signed the ticket on him for $22,000. ■


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AWESOME FEATHER wesome Feather’s 2010 season can be summed up best in one simple word: Awesome. The Jacks Or Better Farm homebred became only the third filly to ever sweep that division of the Florida Stallion Stakes series. Then Awesome Feather became a millionairess and put the finishing touches on an undefeated season with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). Special from the get-go, Awesome Feather broke her maiden at first asking by 5 ¾ lengths on May 1 at Calder Race Course. Her second start was in stakes company on July 10 in the J J’sdream Stakes and she won by a half-length. Next on the agenda was the Florida Stallion Stakes, which Fred and Jane Brei’s Jacks Or Better Farm and trainer Stanley Gold had swept in the 2009 open division with Jackson Bend. The FSS was a tour de force for Awesome Feather. On Aug. 7, she captured the Desert Vixen Stakes by 4 3/4 lengths. Three weeks later,Awesome Feather rolled to a four-length tally in the Susan’s Girl Stakes. Then on Oct. 16 she wrapped up the FSS sweep by winning the My Dear Girl Stakes by an impressive 8 ¼ lengths. All totaled, Awesome Feather claimed the FSS sweep by a combined total of 17 lengths. She joined Nancy’s Glitter (1997) and Aclassysassylassy (2004) as the only fillies to sweep that division of the FSS. Shipped to Churchill Downs for the Breeders’Cup, Awesome Feather took the change of track in stride.

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On Nov. 5, she came off the pace to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) by 2 ¼ lengths. Coming in second was Florida-bred R Heat Lightning followed by Florida-bred Delightful Mary in third. The BC Juvenile Fillies win virtually assured Awesome Feather the Eclipse Award as champion 2year-old filly. It also boosted her lifetime earnings to $1,495,746. Two days after her BC Juvenile Fillies victory, Awesome Feather was purchased for $2.3 million by Frank Stronach at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November breeding stock sale. The Breis still own Awesome of Course and Precious Feather, the sire and dam, respectively of Awesome Feather. Stakes winner Awesome of Course, a son of Awesome Again out of the Lyphard mare Mais Oui, was bred and raced by Jacks Or Better Farm. Awesome of Course will stand the 2011 season at Brent and Crystal Fernung’s Ocala-based Journeyman Stud. Precious Feather, the dam of Awesome Feather, was purchased privately as a yearling by the Breis and raced for Jacks Or Better Farm. By Gone West out of the *Vaguely Noble mare Last Feather, Precious Feather was a multiple stakes winner and graded-stakes placed earner of $257,441. In addition to Awesome Feather, she has produced stakes-placed Brooks ‘n Down. Precious Feather had a 2010 Awesome of Course colt and is in foal to Consolidator. ■

AWESOME FEATHER 2008 bay filly by Awesome of Course – Precious Feather, by Gone West Breeder/Owner: Jacks Or Better Farm Trainer: Stanley Gold 2010 Race Record/Earnings: 6-6-0-0/$1,495,746 2010 Stakes Record 1st – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) 1st – My Dear Girl Stakes (FSS) 1st – Susan’s Girl Stakes (FSS) 1st – Desert Vixen Stakes (FSS) 1st – J J’sdream Stakes THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2011 23


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FIRST DUDE irst Dude kept his dance card filled all season long by competing in just about every major 3-year-old race. And in each event, he was a major contender as he racked up six graded-stakes placings at six different racetracks. Of those, five came in marquee Grade 1 stakes on his way to earning $844,640 on the year. Bred and raced by Donald R. Dizney, First Dude began the year by breaking his maiden on Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park. The son of Stephen Got Even won by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:37.18 for the mile. By the spring, First Dude took his show on the road. At Keeneland on April 10, First Dude posted a third to Stately Victor in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1). His next stop was Pimlico Race Course on May 15, where he finished second to Lookin At Lucky and bested fellow Florida-bred Jackson Bend in the Preakness Stakes (G1). Trainer Dale Romans then shipped First Dude to Belmont Park for the last race in the Triple Crown series. The big bay colt scored a third-place finish to Drosselmeyer in the Belmont Stakes (G1) and earned some time off. First Dude’s next start came in the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) on Aug. 1 at Monmouth Park.

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There he took on Lookin At Lucky again, this time finishing third to him with Florida-bred Trappe Shot second. First Dude was on the road again for the Travers Stakes (G1) on Aug. 28 at Saratoga. Chalk up another third, this one coming to Afleet Express. The Pennsylvania Derby (G2) on Sept. 25 at Philadelphia Park beckoned and once again, First Dude had to be reckoned with. He just missed the winner’s circle, finishing second by a neck to Morning Line. First Dude is out of the stakes-placed Smart Strike mare Run Sarah Run. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency to the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale, she was purchased for $19,000 by Robert L. Beck. Raced by Dizney, Run Sarah Run campaigned for three years on her way to earning $181,022. In 2003, she was third in the Sam Houston Oaks. In addition to First Dude, Run Sarah Run is also the dam of Florida-bred stakes winner Via Veneto. Bred and raced by Dizney, Via Veneto won the 2010 Bangles and Beads Stakes at Fairplex Park and has to date earned $123,950. Run Sarah Run had a 2010 Dixie Union colt. ■


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AMEN HALLELUJAH men Hallelujah, the 2009 Florida-bred champion 2-year-old filly, came back even stronger as a sophomore to claim her second consecutive title. Bred by Craig and Cathy Beam’s Thorobeam Farm and raised at Ocala Stud, Amen Hallelujah notched two graded stakes wins and two graded-stakes placings in a stellar season. By Ocala Stud stallion Montbrook out of the stakes-winning Concorde’s Tune mare Sara’s Success, Amen Hallelujah kicked off the year in fine fashion. On Jan. 16 at Santa Anita, she captured the Santa Ynez Stakes (G2) by three-quarters of a length over Franny Freud. Winning time for the seven furlongs was 1:21.39. After posting two thirds in Grade 1 races in 2009, the Santa Ynez was the first graded stakes win for Amen Hallelujah. Shipped across country to her home state, Amen Hallelujah was none the less for wear. On Feb. 27 at Gulfstream Park, she romped to a win by 6 ¼ lengths in the Davona Dale Stakes (G2). Her winning time for the

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mile was 1:37.16. Before leaving Gulfstream Park, Amen Hallelujah posted a runner-up finish to Devil May Care in the Bonnie Miss Stakes (G2) on March 20. Trained by Richard E. Dutrow Jr., Amen Hallelujah closed out her season with a second to Champagne d’Oro in the Acorn Stakes (G1) on June 5 at Belmont Park. In but five starts on the year, Amen Hallelujah recorded two wins and two seconds for earnings of $285,843. She races for the partnership of IEAH Stables, Stan Whisenant and Robert Teel. The Beams purchased Florida-bred Sara’s Success, the dam of Amen Hallelujah, privately as a three year old. Racing for Thorobeam Farm, Sara’s Success won four stakes and was stakes-placed five times on her way to earning $422,337. Retired to broodmare duty, Amen Hallelujah was Sara’s Success’ second foal. The Beams, through Hidden Brook, agent, consigned the 2007 Montbrook filly to the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale. Cecil Seaman, agent, signed the ticket for $40,000. ■


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BIG DRAMA or Big Drama, it was indeed a dramatic season. One punctuated with an exclamation mark by a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). Harold Queen’s homebred has always done things in a big way. In 2008, Big Drama swept the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes. By the end of the 2009 season, the son of Ocala Stud stallion Montbrook was a millionaire. But unbelievably, the best was yet to come in 2010. Big Drama began his march to the Breeders’ Cup with a facile win in the Ponche Handicap on June 12 at trainer David Fawkes’ Calder base. Next up was a victory in the Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) on July 10 at the south Florida track. The 4-year-old colt then shipped to Saratoga for the rest of the summer. There he posted a pair of seconds in the six-furlong Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) and the seven-furlong Forego Stakes (G1). Those two races proved to be the perfect tune-up for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) on Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs. Breaking well from the one hole, Big Drama quickly grabbed the lead. It was a lead he would not relinquish. Big Drama led the way, getting the open-

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BIG DRAMA 2006 bay colt by Montbrook – Riveting Drama, by Notebook Breeder/Owner: Harold L. Queen Trainer: David Fawkes 2010 Race Record/Earnings: 5-3-2-0/$1,420,810 2010 Stakes Record 1st – Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) 1st – Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) 1st – Ponche Handicap 2nd – Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) 2nd – Forego Stakes (G1)

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ing quarter in :21.34 and the half-mile in :44.55 on a fast track Never really challenged, he cruised to a Breeders’ Cup Sprint win by a length and a half. Winning time for the six furlongs was 1:09.05. Big Drama collected $1,080,000 for the BC victory and padded his season’s earnings to $1,420,810. To date, Big Drama has career earnings of $2,639,560. Queen, who has been in the Thoroughbred business for nearly five decades, bought Riveting Drama, the dam of Big Drama, for $36,000 at the 1996 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March juvenile sale. Riveting Drama, a Notebook mare, never raced because of recurring physical problems. But as a broodmare, she has delivered. In addition to Big Drama, Riveting Drama is also the dam of Florida-bred stakes winners Little Drama and Drama’s Way, as well as stakes-placed Coffee Can. Currently not in foal, Riveting Drama produced 2009 and 2010 fillies by Burning Roma. The latter is a Grade 1 winning millionaire raced and still owned by Queen, who stands him at stud at Ocala-based Rising Hill Farm. ■


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DUBAI MAJESTY n the strength of another outstanding season, Dubai Majesty claimed her second consecutive championship as the best older Florida-bred distaff runner. Already in the midst of a good season, the 5year-old mare stated her case emphatically with a stunning Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) triumph. That win helped her earn the Florida-bred champion sprinter title as well. Bred and raced early in her career by Harold Plumley, Dubai Majesty is the poster horse for getting better with age. Her first graded stakes win came as a four year old, when she won the 2009 Winning Colors Stakes (G3). It only seemed fitting that her first 2010 graded stakes win came in the Winning Colors Stakes (G3) on May 31 at Churchill Downs. After a victory in the Incredible Revenge Stakes on Aug. 15 at Monmouth Park, Dubai Majesty then tallied a win in the Thoroughbred Club ofAmerica Stakes (G2) at Keeneland. Prior to that, she also posted notable seconds in the Vinery Madison Stakes (G1) at Keeneland and Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (G3). Also in other graded stakes competition, she was third in the Princess Rooney Handicap (G1) at Calder. Following Dubai Majesty’s Thoroughbred Club of

O DUBAI MAJESTY 2005 bay mare by Essence of Dubai – Great Majesty, by Great Above Breeder: Harold J. Plumley Owners: Martin Racing Stable & Dan Morgan Trainer: Bret Calhoun 2010 Race Record/Earnings 10-4-4-1/$1,009,724 2010 Stakes Record 1st – Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) 1st – Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2) 1st – Winning Colors Stakes (G3) 1st – Incredible Revenge Stakes 2nd – Vinery Madison Stakes (G1) 2nd – Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (G3) 2nd – Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint 2nd – Pan Zareta Stakes 3rd – Princess Rooney Handicap (G1) 30 THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2011

America Stakes win, owners Martin Racing Stable (Bill and Stephanie Martin) and Dan Morgan supplemented the mare for $90,000 to the BC Filly and Mare Sprint. The partners had bought Dubai Majesty privately from Plumley after she finished second in the 2008 Azalea Stakes (G3). Breaking from the 12 gate, Dubai Majesty stalked the early leaders and made her move after a half-mile in :45.44. Going four wide, she quickly passed horses to win by 2 1⁄4 lengths. Her winning time for the seven furlongs was 1:22.31. The win was worth $540,000 and boosted Dubai Majesty’s season earnings to $1,009,724. Her career total bankroll was padded to $1,509,243. Two days after her Breeders’ Cup victory, Dubai Majesty was sold for $1.1 million in the Fasig-Tipton November breeding stock sale. She sold to Northern Farm’s Katsumi Yoshida. Breeder Harold Plumley purchased the Great Above mare Great Majesty, the dam of Dubai Majesty, for $7,000 at the 1998 OBS October mixed sale. In addition to Dubai Majesty, Great Majesty has also produced stakes winner Majestic Dinner. Great Majesty had a 2009 colt by Trippi and was in foal to A.P. Warrior for 2010. ■


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CENTRAL CITY hen it came to sprint races on the turf in 2010, Central City was in the center of the action. In eight starts, the 4-year-old colt posted one stakes win and three graded stakesplacings at three different racetracks. Central City’s skein got underway on April 30 with a third-place finish to Silver Timber in the Churchill Downs Turf Sprint Stakes (G3). On May 14, Central City won by a neck over Sacred Journey in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes. His winning time over a firm turf was :56.18 for the five furlongs. Back in Kentucky, Central City faced a familiar foe in Silver Timber in the Woodford Stakes (G3) on Oct. 9 at Keeneland. Once again he had to settle for a runner-up finish to Silver Timber with Due Date third. Next trainer Ronny Werner shipped the City Place colt to Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G2) on Nov. 6. Central City broke well and quickly took the lead, setting fractions of :21.59 and a half in :44.60. In the upper stretch, he held back the challenge of fellow Florida-bred Bridgetown. But Chamberlain

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Bridge rallied from sixth, overtook Central City and won by a length and a half. For his secondplace finish, Central City earned $180,000 for owner Preston Stables LLC and brought his seasonal earnings to $300,045. Stephanie Preston bought Central City for $80,000 at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale. The colt had been consigned to the sale by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, agent. Bred by Charlie Dobbs and Frank Berris, Central City is out of the Alphabet Soup mare Apache Dancer. In addition to stakes winner Central City, she is also the dam of stake-placed My Best Pal Red. The latter was third in the 2009 Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes and has to date earned $265,428. Apache Dancer produced 2009 and 2010 fillies by With Distinction. City Place, the sire of Central City, is an unraced son of Storm Cat out of Florida-bred Grade 1 millionaire Glitter Woman, by Glitterman. City Place entered stud in 2005 and stands at Ocala-based Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds. ■

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Following are the “FTBOA Chase to the Championship ” Point Standings through December 31, 2010. Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Comma To The Top (Bwana Charlie) - 20 Gourmet Dinner (Trippi) - 11 Mucho Macho Man (Macho Uno) - 6 Ribo Bobo (Louis Quatorze) - 6

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Richard & Linda Thompson Ocala Stud & William J Terrill John D & Carole A Rio Rapputi Stables LLC

Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum & Kevin Tsujihara Our Sugar Bear Stable Reeves Thoroughbred Racing & Dream Team One Racing Stable Rapputi Stables LLC, Dimitar Pencheff & Carlota Stable

Peter Miller Peter Gulyas Katherine Ritvo Manuel Azpurua

Jacks or Better Farm Inc E Paul Robsham Stable LLC Karen C West

Jacks or Better Farm Inc E Paul Robsham Stable LLC Ike & Dawn Thrash

Stanley I Gold Todd A Pletcher John W Sadler

Donald R Dizney Jacks or Better Farm Inc Harold J Plumley

Donald R Dizney Jacks or Better Farm Inc & Robert LaPenta Paul P Pompa Jr

Dale L Romans Nicholas P Zito Richard E Dutrow

Thorobeam Farm Lau-Mor Farms Rose Family Stable Ltd

IEAH Stables & Whizway Farms Al & Saundra S Kirkwood Rose Family Stable Ltd

Richard E Dutrow Kathy Walsh Barry R Rose

Harold L Queen Preston Stables LLC Spendthrift Farm LLC Alex & Joann Lieblong, M McMaster & David Fawkes

David Fawkes Ronny W Werner Richard E Mandella David Fawkes

Martin Racing Stable LLC & Dan Morgan Farnsworth Stables LLC Live Oak Plantation

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Two-Year-Old Filly Awesome Feather (Awesome of Course) - 41 R Heat Lightning (Trippi) - 40 Tell a Kelly (Tapit) - 30

Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding First Dude (Stephen Got Even) - 33 Jackson Bend (Hear No Evil) - 20 D’Funnybone (D’Wildcat) - 18

Three-Year-Old Filly Amen Hallelujah (Montbrook) - 23 All Due Respect (Value Plus) - 14 Joanie’s Catch (First Tour) - 13

Older Male (Four-Year-Olds and up Colt/Gelding) Big Drama (Montbrook) - 47 Central City (City Place) - 20 Crown of Thorns (Repent) - 20 Duke of Mischief (Graeme Hall) - 14

Harold L Queen Charlie Dobbs & Frank Berris Clover Leaf Farms II Inc Marilyn McMaster

Older Female (Four-Year-Olds and up Filly/Mare) Dubai Majesty (Essence of Dubai) - 50 Jessica Is Back (Put It Back) - 29 Dynaslew (Dynaformer) - 10

Harold J Plumley Larry Perkins Live Oak Stud

Sprint (Three-Year-Olds and up, male and female, race distances one mile and less) Dubai Majesty (Essence of Dubai) - 50 Big Drama (Montbrook) - 47 Jessica Is Back (Put It Back) - 22

Harold J Plumley Harold L Queen Larry Perkins

Martin Racing Stable LLC & Dan Morgan Harold L Queen Farnsworth Stables LLC

W Bret Calhoun David Fawkes Martin D Wolfson

Preston Stables LLC Ronald Arculli Live Oak Plantation

Ronny W Werner Barry Hills Seth Benzel

Turf (Three-Year-Olds and up, male and female, races run on the turf) Central City (City Place) - 20 Red Jazz (Johannesburg) - 16 Dynaslew (Dynaformer) - 10

Charlie Dobbs & Frank Berris William F & Annabel Murphy Live Oak Stud

■ 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: 34 THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2011

■ World Thoroughbred Championship ■ Sunshine Millions (equivalent to a Grade 2 Stakes Race): Breeders’ Cup 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

■ Open-Company Stakes ($50,000 + Purse) Points for WIN ONLY: Win: 2 points


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ON RIGHT T By DOUG MCCOY aving a signature race that puts your track in the national spotlight is something every track would like to have. When you think Churchill Downs you think Kentucky Derby; when you think Pimlico you think Preakness Stakes; and now, with each passing year, when people around the country think Tampa Bay Downs, more and more of them think of the Tampa Bay Derby. That’s why the graded stakes committee elevated the Tampa Bay Derby to Grade 2 status for this year and it will again top a strong stakes program for the Oldsmar oval’s 91-day meeting that kicked off on Dec. 11. The Tampa Bay Derby has grown in stature significantly in recent years. For many seasons it toiled in relative obscurity, rarely producing a Kentucky Derby orTriple Crown contender. But all that changed several years back when trainers of top flight 3-year-olds began to use the race as a serious prep for the Kentucky Derby. First it was Elliott Walden shipping Menifee to Oldsmar to prep for the Run for the Roses. The race got a big boost when Todd Pletcher began sending 3-year-olds to the Tampa Bay Derby to gain valuable experience and conditioning by racing over the somewhat deep, but very safe racing surface. The race, which has had its purse raised to $350,000, is the centerpiece of the track’s Festival Day on March 12. It has produced two Kentucky Derby winners from the past four runnings with 2010 winner Super Saver going on to win last year’s Run for the Roses. The 2007 winner Street Sense also went on to take the Kentucky Derby later that spring. In addition, 2009 Tampa Bay Derby winner Musket Man was a close third in the Kentucky Derby that year and has gone on to establish himself as one of the top handicap runners in the country. Also upgraded on the stakes program is the Tampa Bay Stakes, formerly known as the

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Tampa Bay Breeders’ Cup Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. The race, which last season attracted Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti, has been granted Grade 3 status and will be run on March 19. The Florida Oaks lost its graded status. The 3-year-old filly fixture has been moved to 1 1/16 miles on the turf and will be run as part of Preview Day on Feb. 12 on a card that will be highlighted by the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3), a 1 1/16-mile event for 3-year-olds. Florida-breds will be in the spotlight on March 26, when six $75,000 stakes, in conjunction with the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association, will be offered for Florida-breds on Florida Cup Day. Racing Secretary Allison Deluca was pleased with the upgrades the grading committee made to Tampa’s races, and also noted that several well-known names in the training ranks will have horses on the grounds this season. “We’re pleased that the grading committee felt the quality of several of our races has improved enough to warrant raising their graded status,” said Deluca. There will be a number of new outfits at Tampa for the first time this season, inlcuding Carl Nafzger, who fans will remember as the trainer of Street Sense and Florida-bred Unbridled. Dave Vance and Ian Wilkes also have

Pedigree, Performance, Conformation

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strings at Tampa this season. Vance has won over 5,000 races during his training career. Returning are perennial powers like Kathleen O’Connell, who tied with Jamie Ness for the training title last season, Ness and Gerald Bennett. Ness, who was leading trainer three straight years before sharing the title last season, is among the national leaders in races won. Bennett finished second in the standings at Presque Isle Downs last summer. The riding colony will be strong again, topped by Daniel Centeno, four-time Tampa Bay Downs leading rider who is back to defend his title. Rosemary Homeister Jr, who finished second last season, is back, as is Ronnie Allen Jr. Others worth noting are Lenandro Goncalves, who impressed at Tampa before taking some time off to have bone spurs in his hips removed last spring, and Luis Garcia, a top rider on the Mid- Atlantic circuit, who will be riding first call for the always dangerous Leigh Delacour stable. Tampa is also offering exotics at bargain minimum wagering amounts this season as $.50 Pick 3’s, Pick 4’s and Trifectas will be offered, as well as $.10 Superfectas. The take out on Pick 3’s and Pick 4’s as well as the Super Hi 5 and Pick 6 has been reduced from 19 percent to 18 percent. ■ Street Sense (left) and Super Saver (above) both prepped for the Kentucky Derby at Tampa.

REY DE CAFÉ King mambo—Commodities, by Pr ivate Account

Impeccably bred, Rey de Café is by sire of champions Kingmambo, out of a stellar female family that includes perennial leading sire Seeking the Gold. Rey de Café won sprinting and routing on both dirt and turf, suggesting his offspring will relish today’s synthetic surfaces. iamond’s Double D tude wins ti p Racing A Juvenile Turf Appleton da Million! at Flori

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Racing! Saturday, December 11, 2010— Saturday, April 19, 2011 Closing Saturday, December 4, 2010

Closing Saturday, January 29, 2011

Closing Saturday, March 5, 2011

Saturday, December 11, 2010 $75,000 Guaranteed

Saturday, February 12, 2011 $225,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from FTBOA Stakes Funds)

Saturday, March 19, 2011 $125,000 Guaranteed

The Sam F. Davis Stakes - Grade III

For Four Year Olds and Upward About One Mile And One Sixteenth (Turf)

The Lightning City Stakes For Fillies And Mares Three Year Olds and Upward About Five Furlongs (Turf)

For Three Year Olds One Mile And One Sixteenth

Closing Saturday, December 11, 2010 Sunday, December 26, 2010 $75,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from FB/FSP Stakes Fund)

The Tampa Bay Stakes - Grade III

Closing Saturday, March 26, 2011 Closing Saturday, January 29, 2011 Saturday, February 12, 2011 $125,000 Guaranteed

Saturday, April 9, 2011 $75,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from FTBOA Stakes Funds)

The Inaugural Stakes

The Endeavour Stakes - Grade III

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Sophomore

For Two Year Olds Six Furlongs

For Fillies And Mares Four Year Olds and Upward About One Mile And One Sixteenth (Turf)

For Three Year Olds Seven Furlongs

Closing Saturday, December 11, 2010 Sunday, December 26, 2010 $75,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from FB/FSP Stakes Fund)

The Sandpiper Stakes For Fillies Two Year Olds Six Furlongs

Closing Saturday, December 18, 2010 Saturday, January 1, 2011 $50,000 Guaranteed

The Minaret Stakes

Closing Saturday, January 29, 2011

Closing Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 $125,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from FTBOA Stakes Funds)

Saturday, April 9, 2011 $75,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from FTBOA Stakes Funds)

The Florida Oaks

The Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies

For Fillies Three Year Olds One Mile And One Sixteenth

Closing Saturday, February 5, 2011 Saturday, February 19, 2011 $75,000 Guaranteed

The Turf Dash

Sophomore Fillies For Fillies Three Year Olds Seven Furlongs

Closing Saturday, March 26, 2011

For Fillies And Mares Four Year Olds and Upward Six Furlongs

For Three Year Olds and Upward About Five Furlongs (Turf)

Saturday, April 9, 2011 $75,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from FTBOA Stakes Funds)

Closing Sunday, December 26, 2010

Closing Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Dayton Andrews Dodge Sophomore Turf

Saturday, January 8, 2011 $60,000 Guaranteed

Saturday, February 26, 2011 $50,000 Guaranteed

The Pelican Stakes

The Wayward Lass Stakes

For Four Year Olds and Upward Six Furlongs

Closing Saturday, January 1, 2011

For Fillies And Mares Four Year Olds and Upward One Mile And One Sixteenth

Closing Saturday, February 19, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011 $75,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from FB/FSP Stakes Fund)

Saturday, March 5, 2011 $60,000 Guaranteed

The Gasparilla Stakes

For Four Year Olds and Upward One Mile And One Sixteenth

For Fillies Three Year Olds Seven Furlongs

The Challenger Stakes

Closing Saturday, February 26, 2011 Closing Saturday, January 1, 2011 Saturday, January 15, 2011 $75,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from FB/FSP Stakes Fund)

The Pasco Stakes For Three Year Olds Seven Furlongs

Saturday, March 12, 2011 $75,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from FTBOA Stakes Funds)

The Suncoast Stakes For Fillies Three Year Olds One Mile And Forty Yards

Closing Saturday, February 26, 2011

For Three Year Olds About One Mile And One Sixteenth (Turf)

Closing Saturday, March 26, 2011 Saturday, April 9, 2011 $75,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from FTBOA Stakes Funds)

The Hilton Garden Inn Sprint For Four Year Olds and Upward Six Furlongs

Closing Saturday, March 26, 2011 Saturday, April 9, 2011 $75,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from FTBOA Stakes Funds)

The L & D Farm Turf Distaff For Fillies And Mares Four Year Olds and Upward About One Mile And One Sixteenth (Turf)

Closing Saturday, March 26, 2011

Closing Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011 $350,000 Guaranteed

Saturday, April 9, 2011 $75,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from FTBOA Stakes Funds)

Saturday, January 29, 2011 $50,000 Guaranteed

The Tampa Bay Derby - Grade II

The Vinery Turf Classic

The Manatee Stakes

For Three Year Olds One Mile And One Sixteenth

For Four Year Olds and Upward About One Mile And One Eighth (Turf)

For Fillies And Mares Four Year Olds and Upward Seven Furlongs

Closing Saturday, February 26, 2011 Closing Saturday, January 22, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011 $150,000 Guaranteed

Saturday, February 5, 2011 $75,000 Guaranteed (Includes $25,000 from FTBOA Stakes Funds)

The Hillsborough Stakes - Grade III

The Super Stakes For Four Year Olds and Upward Seven Furlongs

For Fillies And Mares Four Year Olds and Upward About One Mile And One Eighth (Turf)

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Nominations By NICK FORTUNA

total of 184 horses, up from 174 last year, were submitted as early-bird nominees to the six stakes races make up the Sunshine Millions, the annual competition that pits Florida-breds against California-breds at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park. This year’s races, which total $1.8 million in purses, are scheduled for Jan. 29. Gulfstream Park will host the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic, a 1 1/8-mile race for 4-year-olds and up; the $300,000 Filly and Mare Turf, a nine-furlong grass race for ages 4 and up; and the $200,000 Filly and Mare Sprint, a six-furlong race for 4 and up. The Classic drew 30 early-bird nominations, including Florida-breds First Dude, Duke of Mischief, Jeranimo, Mad Flatter and Birdrun as well as California’s Caracortado. The Filly and Mare Turf had 31 early nominees, including Florida-breds Askbut I won’ttell, Dynaslew, Trip

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for A.J., Speak Easy Gal and Romacaca. The 24 nominees for the Filly and Mare Sprint include Florida-breds Amen Hallelujah, Belle of the Hall and Jessica Is Back as well as California’s Quisisana, who won the race last year, and Unzip Me. Santa Anita Park will host the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf, a 1 1/8-mile grass race for 4-year-olds and up; the $300,000 Distaff, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares 4 and up; and the $200,000 Sprint, which covers six furlongs and is for runners ages 4 and up. The Turf drew 36 early nominations, including Florida-breds Presious Passion, Bim Bam, Tannersville, Pickapocket, Doubles Partner and First Dude as well as California’s The Usual Q.T., Caracortado and Liberian Freighter. Twenty-five horses were early nominees for the Distaff, including Florida-breds Briecat, Jessica Is Back, Joanie’s Catch and Tanda as well as California’s Evening Jewel. The Sprint drew 38 nominees, including Florida-breds Big Drama and Backtalk and California’s Dancing in Silks, Cost of Freedom and Caracortado. ■

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Florida-bred Sunshine Millions Early-Bird Nominations 9th running of Sunshine Millions Classic 30 nominations total • 24 Florida-bred nominations • $500,000 • To be run Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at Gulfstream Park Horse Birdrun Carrington Village Cigar Man Doubles Partner Dream Maestro Dry Martini Duke of Mischief First Dude Gladding Hear Ye Hear Ye Honor the Deputy Jeranimo King Ghidorah Lucas Brady Mad Flatter

Nextdoorneighbor No Shenanigans Pickapocket Pulsion Seniors Pride Sincero Tackleberry Teaks North Wingedlie

Stallion Birdstone El Corredor Drewman Rock Hard Ten Concerto Slew Gin Fizz Graeme Hall Stephen Got Even Sarava Hear No Evil Honour and Glory Congaree Black Mambo Trippi Flatter

Lido Palace (CHI) Value Plus Mecke Include Sweetsouthernsaint Repent Montbrook Northern Afleet Winged Foot Willie

Owner Oxbow Racing Melnyk Racing Stable Ron Manzani & Russell Sarno WinStar Farm Ione and Herbert Elkins Carol Nyren Lieblong, McMaster & Fawkes Donald Dizney C R K Stable Jacks or Better Farm Assimakopulos & Ceen Racing B.J. Wright Sherry Parboo Gary Aiken Bonnie Heath Farm, Holiday Stable, Bright Brook Farm & Hinkle Farms Amerman Racing Stables Let’s Go Stable & Winter Racing Martin Cherry Flying Zee Stable, Kona Stable, Kin Hui, et al Jill Peccoraro Korina Stable Luis Olivares Jules Boutelle Javier Negrete

Breeder Arthur I. Appleton Eugene Melnyk Charles Spence Arthur I. Appleton William Lussky Marty & Carol Hershe Marilyn McMaster Donald Dizney Kathryn Schultz Jacks or Better Farm Hobeau Farm Brylynn Farm R.G. Lundock Gary Aiken Bonnie Heath Farm

John & Jerry Amerman Moreau Bloodstock Martin Cherry Lloyd & Linda Carnes Pierce & Barbaro CloverLeaf Farms II & Brent Fernung Ocala Stud Brylynn Farm Rolando Rodriguez

Trainer Bill Mott Todd Pletcher Vladimir Cerin Todd Pletcher Bill Kaplan Barclay Tagg David Fawkes Dale Romans John Sadler Stanley Gold Charles Assimakopulos Michael Pender Bisnath Parboo Manuel Azpurua Jeff Thornbury Mike Machowsky Todd Pletcher Martin Wolfson Patrick Biancone Michael Tannuzzo Manuel Azpurua Luis Olivares Justin Sallusto Javier Negrete

9th running of Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint 24 nominations total • 14 Florida-bred nominations • $200,000 • To be run at Gulfstream Park Horse Aegean Amen Hallelujah Belle of the Hall Broken Dreams Gibson Crystal Golden Mystery Granted Tiger Island Time Jessica Is Back Moon de French Musical Romance My Irish Girl Sweetlalabye Wildcat Heiress

Stallion Northern Afleet Montbrook Graeme Hall Broken Vow Gibson County Awesome Again Tiger Ridge Trippi Put It Back Malibu Moon Concorde’s Tune Closing Argument Sweetsouthernsaint Wildcat Heir

Owner Steven Michael Bell IEAH Stables & Whizway Farms West Point Thoroughbreds Glen Hill Farm John Mathis Dacosta & Pinchin Fernando Abreu Vicki & William Poston Farnsworth Stables Zayat Stables Pinnacle Racing & Kaplan Midwest Thoroughbreds Tortora & Ancona Ron McCauley

Breeder Vegso Racing Stable Thorobeam Farm Edward, Do Little Farm Glen Hill Farm North Star Equine Adena Springs Hobeau Farm Karl Hohensee Larry Perkins Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Rogers Ocala Stud Sienna Farms Ancona, Tortora & Tortora CloverLeaf Farms II

Trainer Wesley Ward Richard Dutrow Tom Albertrani Tom Proctor Eddie Kenneally Jose Pinchin H. Allen Jerkens Jason Servis Martin Wolfson Bob Baffert Bill Kaplan Jamie Ness Emanuel Tortora Tevis McCauley

9th Running of Sunshine Millions Turf 36 nominations total • 13 Florida-bred nominations • $300,000 • To be run at Santa Anita Park Horse Asphalt Bim Bam Doubles Partner First Dude Hollemans Jeranimo No Inflation Pickapocket Presious Passion Saint Jude Tannersville Teaks North Thunder Brew

Stallion War Chant Deputy Wild Cat Rock Hard Ten Stephen Got Even Repriced Congaree Repriced Mecke Royal Anthem Eurosilver West Acre Northern Afleet Milwaukee Brew

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Owner Joseph Riccelli J D Farms WinStar Farms Donald Dizney James Cavanaugh B.J. Wright Glen Hill Farm Martin Cherry Patricia Generazio White Hall Lane Farm Henco Inc. & Four Horsemen Jules Boutelle Roman Hill Farm

Breeder Vegso Racing Stable J D Farms Arthur I. Appleton Donald Dizney Harold J. Plumley Brylynn Farm Glen Hill Farm Martin Cherry Joe & Helen Barbazon Bayer, Cantrell & Cantrell Gilbert Campbell Brylynn Farm Thomas Croley

Trainer Eddie Kenneally David Brownlee Todd Pletcher Dale Romans Philip Gleaves Michael Pender Tom Proctor Martin Wolfson Mary Hartman David Vivian Henry Collazo Justin Sallusto Anthony Pecoraro


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Horses bred by Harold J. Plumley enjoyed a banner season on the racetrack in 2010, led by Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) winner and Eclipse Award finalist DUBAI MAJESTY. Plumley was the 14th leading breeder in the U.S., with earnings of $2,718,824 and was represented by 6 different stakes winners in 2010. Put this kind of success to work for your program.

Selling Jan. 18 and 19 at OBS Winter Mixed Sale Mares Hip #3 Hip # 15 Hip # 46 Hip # 48 Hip # 61 Heir Hip # 62 Hip # 70 Hip # 127 Hip # 138 Hip # 143 Hip # 150 Hip # 151 Hip # 176 Hip # 185 Hip # 187 Hip # 226 Hip # 244 Hip # 261 Hip # 274 Hip # 279

Great Looking Miss i/f to D’wildcat Kairos Four Daughters i/f to Pleasantly Perfect Pretty Indian i/f to Wildcat Heir Sweetheavenlycross i/f to Wildcat Victorious Gal i/f to Wildcat Heir Dame Sylvieguihem if/to Da Stoops Sky Ruckus i/f to A.P. Warrior Fast Profit i/f to Wildcat Heir Mesmerizing Lady i/f to Hard Spun Raggle Taggle Salty Lady i/f to Pioneerof the Nile Luricon i/f to High Cotton Great Majesty i/f to A.P. Warrior Southern Rhapsody Unicorn Kid i/f to With Distinction Ghazidora i/f to High Cotton Pearlwood i/f to With Distinction Runaway Ab i/f to Belgravia Liberty’s Torch

Hip # 280 Hip # 352 Hip # 357 Hip # 379 Hip # 455 Hip # 474 Hip # 489 Hip # 492 Hip # 501

Hip # 149 Hip # 175 Hip # 247 Hip # 450 Hip # 503

Frosty Moments Miss Delta i/f to Belgravia Little Monday i/f to Simon Pure Chimer Hi Avie Charmed Fun City Lady i/f to High Cotton Gold Gram i/f to Da Stoops Tchopitioulas

Two-year-olds

Yearlings Hip # 9 Hip # 16 Hip # 34 Hip # 47 Hip # 57 Hip # 60

c., Belgravia–Great Looking Miss c., Showing Up–Lovely Cabrini f., Sweetsouthernsaint–Runaway Ab c., Olmodavor–Gold Gram c., Sweetsouthernsaint– Margaret Anne

c., With Distinction–Pearlwood c., Wildcat Heir–Pretty Indian c., Purge–Salty Lady c., A.P. Warrior–Sky Ruckus f., Wildcat Heir–Summit Lite c., Put It Back– Sweetheavenlycross Hip # 63 c., Wildcat Heir–Tchopitioulas Hip # 79 c., Henny Hughes–Victoious Gal Hip # 98 c., Milwaukee Brew–Bang Up Play Hip # 121 c., With Distinction– Dance for the Green Hip # 137 f., Any Given Saturday–Fast Profit

Hip # 231 Hip # 395 Hip # 440 Hip # 449

c., Olmodavor–Quiet Touch c., Invisible Ink–Countess Marq c., Trippi–Four Point Play c., Trippi–Gold Gram

Racing Prospects Hip # 36

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Florida-bred Sunshine Millions Early-Bird Nominations 9th running of Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf 31 nominations total • 25 Florida-bred nominations • $300,000 • To be run at Gulfstream Park Horse Alluring Power Askbut I Won’ttell Becky’s Exchange Category Seven Dancing Rage Dynaslew Elusive Lady Granted Tiger Hot Trip Island Time Jet Blue Girl Musical Romance Omega Cat Over Spiced Pearlicious Romacaca Romin Robin Scolara Speak Easy Gal Sweet Argument Trip for A.J. Unbridled Essence Unbridled Humor Wild Mia Zapparition

Stallion Milwaukee Brew Horse Chestnut (SAF) Exchange Rate Gulf Storm Sligo Bay (IRE) Dynaformer Van Nistelrooy Tiger Ridge Trippi Trippi Gimmeawink Concorde’s Tune Omega Code Indy King Mr. Livingston Running Stag Pure Precision Quiet American West Acre Closing Argument Trippi Essence of Dubai Distorted Humor Wildcat Heir Ghostzapper

Owner Robert Caporella Team Block & Ege Patricia Generazio James Perron Racing A & V Investments Live Oak Plantation GoldMark Farms Hobeau Farm E. Paul Robsham Stables Vicki & William Poston Alesia, Bran Jam Stable & Ciaglia Pinnacle Racing & Kaplan McElroy & Easton Duffey & Seven Gables Teresa & David Palmer Frank Calabrese Butterfly Stable Haras Santa Maria de Araras Farnsworth Stables Guil Bombonato Peter Fuller Red Oak Stable Live Oak Plantation Rosemont Stud Syndicate Blue Devil Racing Stable

Breeder Big C Farm & Brokken Hidden Point Farm & Hal Queen Farm Joe & Helen Barbazon Bill & Linda Hovanex Adena Springs Live Oak Plantation Donald Ming Hobeau Farm E. Paul Robsham Stable Karl Hohensee George De Benedicty & D.B. Davidson Ocala Stud Charles Patton John Duffey Teresa & David Palmer Cashel Stud Lucy Graf LeMay Haras Santa Maria de Araras Bill Mott Bill & Annabel Murphy Guil Bombonato Peter Fuller Red Oak Stable Live Oak Stud Montgomery Farm Adena Springs

Trainer Tim Hills Chris Block Mary Hartman Ken Hargrave Manuel Azpurua Seth Benzel John Kimmel Allen Jerkens Todd Pletcher Jason Servis Peter Eurton Bill Kaplan Martin Wolfson Cathy Rountree Bill Kaplan Nick Canani David Kassen

Martin Wolfson Max Ubide Milton Wolfson Gregory Sacco H. Graham Motion Tom Proctor Dale Romans

9th running of Sunshine Millions Sprint 38 nominations total • 14 Florida-bred nominations • $200,000 • To be run at Santa Anita Park Horse Afleet Ruler Apriority Backtalk Bidham Big Drama Don Tito Gato Go Win Hunch Mannington Peace at Dawn Solar Rocket Taif Temecula Creek Wildcat Frankie

Stallion Northern Afleet Grand Slam Smarty Jones Trippi Montbrook Trippi City Place Lion Heart Delaware Township Peace Rules Songandaprayer Concorde’s Tune Gulch Wildcat Heir

Owner Joy Ride Racing Donald Dizney GoldMark Jose Pinchin Harold Queen Barber, Barber or Nestadt Platts or Sims C R K Stable My Purple Haze Stables Stride Rite Racing, et al Jacobs & Pegram Tim & Sue Spooner Steven Steranza Monarch Stables

Breeder Chris Alexander Donald Dizney CloverLeaf Farms II Annie Scott Harold Queen Stud El Aguila Mike Bossio Pennston Farm Padua Stables Curtis Mikkelsen & Patricia Horth Matthews Breeding & Racing Plaine Enterprises Amerman Racing Tucker & Boutte

Trainer John Sadler David Fawkes Thomas Amoss Jose Pinchin David Fawkes John Sadler Robert Troeger John Sadler Teresa Pompay Milton Wolfson Bob Baffert Dan Markle Rudy Rodriguez David Fawkes

9th running of Sunshine Millions Distaff $300,000 • 25 nominations total • 11 Florida-bred nominations • To be run at Santa Anita Park Horse All Due Respect Amazing Briecat C C’s Pal Debonair Darling Even Road Jessica Is Back Joanie’s Catch Moon de French Sweet N Sour Nina Tanda

Stallion Value Plus Greatness Adcat Alex’s Pal Formal Dinner Stephen Got Even Put It Back First Tou Malibu Moon Sweetsouthernsaint Sweetsouthernsaint

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Owner Al & Sandee Kirkwood Farnsworth Stables Holly & David Wilson Eric Fein Red Oak Stable Ersoff Racing Stable Farnsworth Stable Rose Family Stable Zayat Stables Joseph Cheeks Tommy Hutton’s Dream Stable

Breeder Lau-Mor Farms Marilyn Fazio Seltzer Ocala Oaks Beth Bayer Red Oak Farm Stanley Ersoff Larry Perkins Rose Family Stable Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Rogers Glen Hill Farm Kristine Mitchell

Trainer Kathy Walsh Martin Wolfson Vladimir Cerin Derek Ryan Gregory Sacco Stanley Ersoff Martin Wolfson Barry Rose Bob Baffert Peter Walder Dan Hendricks


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A.P. Warrior (A.P. Indy—Warrior Queen) Strong Contender (Maria’s Mon—Kopenhagen) Spellbinder (Tale of the Cat—Thorough Fair)

(clockwise from top) Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) (Candy Stripes—Dissemble (GB) Value Plus (Unbridled’s Song—Roll Over Baby) It’s No Joke (Distorted Humor—It’s Personal)

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The Green Monkey (Forestry—Magical Masquerade) Simon Pure (Silver Deputy—Life’s Magic) Full Mandate (A.P. Indy—Clear Mandate) With Distinction (Storm Cat—Extravagant Woman) Belgravia (Mr. Greeley—Peaks Mill) 46 THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2011

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Positives Bright and shiny morsels to ring in a new year. fter more than three years of painful economic headache, heartache and struggle, it seems almost safe to say we’re quietly pulling out of the Great Recession. U.S. unemployment rates released this month are improved, if not yet rosy, and according to a January CNN Money report, American companies are expected to add 2.5 million jobs to the workforce this year. Florida’s newly elected Gov. Rick Scott, who campaigned on the slogan, “Let’s get back to work”, has made it clear that job growth in the Sunshine State is his No. 1 ini-

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When I skim through these facts and figures, chock full of economic multiplier effects that can prosper everyone from construction companies to farriers in 2011, I see a constellation of positives and opportunities. What do you see? tiative, with plans for 700,000 new jobs here within the next seven years. He promises tax cuts and incentives, reduced regulations and an overall healthier business climate. Retail sales nationwide during the 2010 Christmas shopping season were up almost 6 percent compared to 2009. Talk of a U.S. double-dip recession is waning, stock markets are stepping up and stabilizing, and average household debt is declining. Our horse markets have stirred up some shiny bits of good news. Lakeland, Fla., businessman Lew Hall recently purchased the $120,000 high-selling yearling at the National Cutting Horse Association’s futurity sale in Fort Worth, Texas. The sale-topping brood-

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mare brought $215,000, and the sale, overall, was up 8 percent over 2009. Throughout 2010, Florida’s Thoroughbred market outpaced the nation’s growth rate and outperformed, on a percentage basis, competing markets in other states. The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. showed consistent increases – including at a selected yearling sale that grossed $1.2 million more than in 2009. The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association’s legislative agenda passed the state legislature in 2010, allowing for a more competitive advantage and financial opportunities for breeders and owners of Floridabreds. The annual HITS Ocala Winter Circuit is back for its 30th year in 2011 and will provide daily world-class hunter-jumper competition from Jan. 19-March 20. The event, held at Post Time Farm in Ocala, annually brings an estimated $50 million economic impact to our equine, tourism, real estate and affiliated sectors. The show’s owner/founder, Tom Struzzieri, hasn’t pulled back his belief and investments here. In fact, this fall, HITS announced the launching of a $500,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix to add to its already popular $1 Million Pfizer Grand Prix. When I skim through these facts and figures, chock full of economic multiplier effects that can prosper everyone from construction companies to farriers in 2011, I see a constellation of positives and opportunities. What do you see? It’s a privilege to journey with you.

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Establishing Benchmarks t’s fairly safe to say we have all survived the rush of the holidays and are heading back into the full swing of life as we know it. Though the fruitcake will linger on for another month at least, we are heading full tilt into 2011. Much was accomplished in the past year – our “Discover Florida’s Horses” license plate was signed into law, we expanded our event calendar, we reduced our debt by 71 percent and hosted thousands of horses and riders at the Florida Horse Park. In 2010, the Florida Horse Park Foundation was also developed as a 501(c)3 and afforded the means to hire additional employees to market, secure grants and work the political side of Tallahassee for the Horse Park. Our very first permanent structure, a Welcome Center, consisting of restrooms, showers and a concession area, were also completed through funding provided from a grant from the Office of Trade Tourism and Economic Development. However much we accomplished in 2010, we are going to accomplish more in 2011 with a renewed focus on education. We are going to skip calling them New Year’s Resolutions – we all know we pave our road to hell a little further every year with those good intentions. Instead we are going to call our 2011 “To-do” list benchmarks. A benchmark is defined as “a point of reference from which measurements may be made.” It is also defined as “a standardized problem or test that serves as a basis for evaluation or comparison,” according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Our first point of education will focus on the Florida Horse Park itself – we exist in Marion County for the betterment of the community locally and statewide. That community includes equestrians and non-equestrians alike. We’ve hosted numerous breeds and disciplines in the past and we want to host more. Weddings, cultural festivals, art shows, farmers market and more have taken place here in the past and we welcome all who come with an idea for an event. This year we will

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launch a strong marketing campaign that reflects the objective to bring people out to the park. Our second facet of education will be to bring horses and people who desire to know more about them together. As an industry we all know how wonderful our animals are. Unless we reach out to others by making programs accessible to others, the general populous will never know and be able to share the appreciation we have for these amazing animals. Without new and growing interest in the equine industry, it will never grow and consequently, never survive. The starting benchmark will be ground zero. Educational programs have been sporadically provided in the past. They offered little follow-up and were more often geared for horse people rather than “newbies” to the business. That’s changing. We will of course continue offering programs for equestrians, but we will also bring basic equine education to the table for people looking to get started in horses. The programs we look to offer this year will be ongoing through the Florida Horse Park in conjunction with community supporters who share our goal of bringing more horses to people. For the sake of our community and industry, we encourage you to be a part of it. If you’re among the procrastinators about making a New Year’s resolution, or benchmark as we prefer to call it, start now. Invite some of the “non-horsey” set into your world if they have the desire – let them pet your horse at a show, invite them to see your barn or just talk to them. They’ll appreciate the insight and you will appreciate the broader reaching effects of an industry with a life span. ■ Happy Holidays and Happy Trails,

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Maintain Your Records! t all started as I was getting ready to take my daughters and their two horses out of state (South Georgia) for another youth rodeo. I spent most of Friday morning running around town: filling up my truck, going to the store for drinks and snacks and making a quick stop at the feed store to get more hay. It was when I got back in the truck from picking up Coggins papers and health certificates at the vet’s office I realized I needed to stop at the bank to get some cash. I went through the drive-thru at the bank and as usual the teller put the cash in an envelope and sent it back through the tube. I placed the envelope in my center console and headed off to pick up the girls. When we got home, the girls started packing their stuff and I hooked up the trailer. We were going to Jakin, Ga., about a four-hour trip, and needed to get on the road. We loaded the horses and checked one more time to make sure we had everything: Coggins and health papers, tack, feed, hay and food we needed for the weekend. It’s a funny thing, but once we actually get on the road I start to relax. The horses are munching hay and the girls are either sleeping, watching a movie, listening to the radio or doing homework. Our first stop would be in about two and a half hours just west of Live Oak at the I-10 Agriculture Inspection station. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services operates Agriculture Inspection Stations on almost every road leading out of state. Anyone transporting livestock or any other agriculture commodity out of or into Florida is required to stop and show the proper paperwork. Just like every other time I’ve stopped at an inspection station, I grabbed my Coggins papers, health certificate and wallet and walked to the little hut where the Ag-Law officers make copies of everything. I handed one of the officers my papers and as she was scanning them into her computer she asked me for my driver’s license. I felt like a “deer-in-the-headlights” as I stood there in front of those officers holding my wallet that did not have my driver’s license in it. One of the officers noticed my reaction and asked me what was wrong. I said, “It’s

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I felt like a “deer-in-the-headlights.” through the inspection station when returning to Florida. As with most professions, horse ownership and management requires a certain amount of paperwork. If not submitted correctly by the assigned due date, some paperwork such as: transfer of ownership, foal registration, race nomination and breeding contracts can become quite costly. Other paperwork, like Coggins tests, health certificates, proof of quarantine, negative blood tests or cultures is time sensitive. Failure to complete these requirements in a timely manner could cause a horse to miss an important appointment such as a race or breeding. Maintaining records of individual animals helps horse owners and managers keep track of dates and vaccinations administered as well as any medical treatment(s) plus farrier and dental work. Additionally, many horse breeders rely on teasing, breeding and foaling records to help establish seasonal and lifetime breeding patterns. From foal registrations and race nominations to breeding contracts and shipping documents, no job is complete until the paperwork is finished. And, when you go to the drive-thru at the bank, be sure to get your license back. ■

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Tampa Author Releases Latest Book Infinity Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the fourth book in the popular Beloved Horses series by children’s author, Sharon Miner of Tampa, Fla. Miner’s books consistently rank her in the top 10 of authors from Infinity. Beloved Horses in Second Careers is a collection of true short stories about horses that have worked in a variety of activities. Each story includes photographs and will inspire horse enthusiasts of all ages.

“Often, horses are asked to perform many tasks,” Miner said. “I noticed this fact as I interviewed horse owners for previous books in this series. The idea of horses beginning new chapters in their lives was the springboard for this book.” Some of the stories include: Duncan, a Standardbred racehorse that became a champion barrel racer; Bratlee, a police horse that retired as a therapy mount; and Jamaica, a horse rescued from

a slaughterhouse that becomes the foundation horse for Chester C. Weber’s International Combined Driving Team and was named Platinum/USEF Horse of the Year in 2008. “This book shows the diversity of disciplines as well as breeds,” Miner said. “The stories take place from Rhode Island to Florida, and Maryland to Oregon. But they all have one thing in common – the strong emotional bond between the horse and rider. These anecdotes show that love and trust is a two-way street between horses and humans.”

Legato Receives Foundation Award UF College of Veterinary Medicine fundraising employee honored by peers

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Karen Legato, senior director of development and alumni affairs for the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, has become the first recipient of the University of Florida Foundation’s Debbie Klapp Memorial Award. Legato was selected by a committee consisting of five Foundation administrators. Criteria for the award include unique overall achievement, strong collaboration, mentorship, and creativity in approaching job, career and life. Recipients must be employed for at least five years as a UF fundraiser. A licensed pharmacist, Klapp, who died of cancer in 2007, served for many years as the development officer for UF’s College of Pharmacy and the Warrington College of Business Administration. “Debbie was a consummate professional,” said Carter Boydstun, senior associate vice president for development at the 56 THE FLORIDA HORSE • JANUARY 2011

Foundation. “She was a strong advocate for her donors and for her unit. She was creative, aggressive and delightful and an extremely well-rounded person.” Legato, a member of the UF veterinary college’s development staff since 1999, has 27 years of professional fundraising experience. She has worked with donor events, corporate solicitations and campus campaigns, and was promoted into her present position at the college in 2008. She is also a

horse owner and rider. “Having known Debbie personally, I am deeply honored and touched to be the first person to receive the Debbie Klapp Memorial Award for doing the work I genuinely love,” Legato said. Since Legato has been at UF, the college has consistently ranked in the top 10 of the 28 fundraising units across campus, both in terms of money raised and percentage of goal achieved.

FOSH Commends the USDA for Initiating the 2011 Friends of Sound Horses announced praise for the United States Department of Agriculture’s recent declaration to mandate minimum penalties for the soring of gaited horses with its release of the 2011 Penalty Protocol. Soring is the illegal practice of using chemical and mechanical methods to create pain in a gaited show horse’s front feet to exaggerate their animated step. The process is most prevalent in Tennessee Walking Horses. Soring has been illegal for more than 40 years yet continues to be wide-

spread in some horse show venues. For years, penalties were recommended to horse industry organizations, yet those groups were free to impose their own penalties that were much less stringent than those recommended by the USDA. As of Dec. 1, 2010, penalties are required by the USDA, as set forth in the 2011 Protocol. Consistent penalties in the Walking Horse industry must be applied to ensure that violators do not continually exhibit in show rings with lax enforcement, thus affording little protec-


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Legendary horseman Eugene “Gene” the first FEI World Cup™ Jumping to the Mische, the founder of Stadium Jumping U.S. In 1989, Mische and Stadium JumpInc., passed away on Dec. 3 at the age of 79, ing, Inc. produced the second Volvo World Cup ever held in the U.S., this time following a long battle with cancer. hosting it in Tampa; in 1992, they Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in were the organisers of the Volvo 1931, Mische changed the face of World Cup Final in Del Mar. In horse sports in the United States. 2002, Mische produced the firstOver the course of a stellar caever outdoor Nations Cup, hosting reer that spanned more than 60 Stadium Jumping CEO it at the International Arena in years, Mische managed the most Eugene R. Mische Wellington. prestigious shows in America, in(1931 – 2010) Mische was inducted into the cluding the Budweiser American Invitational, American Grand Prix Associa- Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 2000 and tion National Jumper Championship, New was also awarded the Jimmy Williams LifeAlbany Classic, Lake Placid and I Love time Achievement from the United States NewYork Shows, Charlotte Jumper Classic, Equestrian Federation, an award he was the American Gold Cup, USEF National most proud of, “because it was voted on by Jumper Championships, and the National my peers,” he said. FEI President HRH Princess Haya said, Horse Show. Other Stadium Jumping, Inc. productions included the Olympic Games “Gene Mische was a legend in our sport, and Jumping Team Selection Trials in 2000 and a pioneer in our community. His legacy will 2004, and the FEI World Equestrian be one that has paved the reach of our sport Games™ Jumping Team Selection Trials in into the heart of America, and the equestrian community owes him a debt of gratitude for 2002 and 2006. Mische’s crowning achievement was the all that he has given us. He was a great man, creation of the largest and longest consecu- but he was also one of incredible humility tively running sporting event in the world, and dignity, he was our friend.” the Winter Equestrian Festival, still going strong in Wellington, Fla. In 1980, Mische was part of the fivemember organizing committee that brought The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit at Post Time Farm begins Jan. 19 with two weeks of unrated competition, followed by six consecutive weeks of AA-rated circuits beginning Feb. 8. The circuit brings tion to the Tennessee Walking Horse. FOSH also commended the Animal an estimated $50 million to the Ocala/MarPlant and Health Inspection Services for its ion County market. This year, the event will host 14 grand prix willingness to address the numerous areas of concerns raised by the Office of the In- qualifiers for the 2011 Pfizer Million and five spector General during its audit of inspec- Devoucoux Hunter Prix qualifiers for the tion program for Walking Horses. The $500,000 HITS 3’3” auditors recommended an entire overhaul Hunter Prix Final – to be held Sept. 10 of the program, including abolishing the 11 at HITS-on-thecurrent DQP licensing system and instiHudson in Saugertuting a system where the USDA licenses ties, N.Y. DQPs because of the numerous conflicts of interest.

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Horses considered as gypsy cob, gypsy vanner and other similar types are now eligible for registration with the Pinto Horse Association of America. Relaxing the rules on draft characteristics, the PtHA is offering a new classification of equines. According to the new rules, horses showing feathers on their legs are now acceptable as long as they are registered with an approved outcross breed association as determined by the PtHA Rule Book and meet the standard color requirements for horses. These horses will be classified as “utility” and will show only with other utility horses and not other types of Pintos. Classes for these flashy equines will be available in all of the PtHA established disciplines for horses, including English and western riding, color, halter and driving. Approved outcross breeds include the Gypsy Cob and Drum Horse Association, Gypsy Horse Association, Gypsy Horse Registry of America, Inc., Gypsy Vanner Horse Society, The Gypsy Cob Society (Ireland) and The Gypsy Cob Society (United Kingdom). Other associations and registries will be evaluated on an individual basis. Incorporated in 1956, the Pinto Horse Association of America was formed to encourage the promotion of quality horses, ponies and miniatures with color and to establish a registry for maintaining their pedigrees and records. Currently, the association serves approximately 12,000 members and boasts more than 140,000 registered Pintos. HITS, Inc. produces international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate NewYork in the village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, NewYork and Virginia.

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Florida-bred American Quarter Horse mare in foal to APHA stallion Scenic Rio Krymsun topped the APHA Breeders’Trust Sale at the Nov. 6, 2010, APHA Fall World Championship Paint Horse Show in Fort Worth, Texas. The 14-year-old sorrel mare, Zippos Last Dream, lays claim to 150 AQHA western pleasure points and is an AQHA Superior Open and Amateur western pleasure horse. She has produced multiple proven Paint foals, including Heaven In Motion, winner of the 2008 Reichert Celebration Equine Chronicle Color Breed Futurity – a $50,000 class.

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Bred and raised by Richard Estling of Reddick, Fla., the mare was sold for $17,500 to Spencer and Tina Wooddell of Flemington, W.V. Zippos Last Dream is from AQHA Hall of Fame stallion Zippo Pine Bar’s final crop. “She’s [Zippos Last Dream] been good to me,” Estling said. “She’s had four foals and they’ve all been nice. I’m just getting to the point where I don’t want to raise any more babies, and things are tighter now. Her new owners have plans to keep breeding her, so it will be nice to see what she has.” Estling and his wife Connie, both now retired, are downsizing their Marion County farm and simplifying operations. They still own two progeny from Zippos Last Dream: a Paint yearling and a Paint 2-year-old, both by world champion Paint stallion Mr Zippo Rock. Neither the yearling nor the 2-year-old are being marketed for sale. “He’s good at what he does,” Connie said of Richard, citing his meticulous training program and his numerous national show and futurity wins. “But you know, over the years, your body changes and you don’t have the strength and stamina you used to. We’re getting near to 70 [years old] and we have to start making some changes.” That said, there’s not much slowing Richard down. Whether it’s fixing a broken board, teaching a baby to lead or a yearling to lunge, or working on a piece of equipment, his retirement is an active one. “Every day,” he said “Yes, every day I go out and do something with the horses.”—by Summer Best

Swiss Jumping Team Presented With 2008 Olympic Bronze at 50th Anniversary Geneva Show On Dec. 11, the Swiss Jumping team of Steve Guerdat, Christina Liebherr, Niklaus Schurtenberger and Pius Schwizer was presented with the 2008 Olympic bronze medal at the International Geneva Horse Show. The medals were presented by Patrick Baumann, International Olympic Committee member and member of the IOC Executive Board. Other officials involved in the ceremony were John P. Roche, representing the FEI, Isabelle Roch-Pentucci, member of the Swiss Olympic Executive Council, Werner Augsburger, Swiss chef de mission at the 2008 Olympic Games, and Charles Trolliet, president of the Swiss Federation Swiss Jumping for Equestrian Sport. Team Norway, original winners of team bronze in Hong Kong, were stripped of the medal as a result of the legal procedure which followed team member Tony Andre Hansen’s disqualification when his horse Camiro tested positive for the prohibited substance Capsaicin. The procedure began on Aug. 21, 2008, and was completed on July 30, 2010. Consequently, the 2008 Olympic Jumping team results have been amended as follows: 1. USA – gold medalists and Olympic champions 2. Canada – silver medalists 3. Switzerland – bronze medalists 4. The Netherlands 5. Great Britain 6. Sweden 7. Australia 6. Norway


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Report Your 2010 Access Issues on Federal Land

cans use horses and pack stock to enjoy America’s great outdoors each year. However, it is an experience that cannot The American Horse Council is con- be enjoyed without access to public land, tinuing its effort to collect information on trail systems, and trailheads,” Penderaccess issues equestrians are experienc- grass said. “The AHC uses the survey and the yearing on federal lands. The center piece of end report to illustrate this effort is an online some of the challenges form equestrians can The AHC uses the facing recreational riduse to report their persurvey and the year-end ers,” said AHC Presisonal experiences regarding trails that have report to illustrate some of dent Jay Hickey. “Our federal land mangers been closed to them or the challenges facing work hard to provide other access issues on recreational riders. federal land. This on—AHC President Jay Hickey recreational opportunities and we need to line form is located at make sure they have adequate informawww.horsecouncil.org/survey.php. Soon, the AHC will be publishing a tion about what some equestrians are ex2010 Report on Equestrian Access on periencing. The annual Report on The AHC asks all recreational riders Federal Land. “It is vital that all eques- Equestrian Access on Federal Land is just trians report their experiences on federal one part of our efforts to ensure equestri- now and in the future to visit the AHC land, good and bad,” said AHC Legisla- ans continue to have recreational oppor- website and report any access issues they have had. tive Director Ben Pendergrass. “Equestri- tunities on federal land.” ans need to relay their 2010 experiences to us so we can include them in the 2010 report. This information is vital to AHC efforts to protect equestrian recreation on The Unwanted Horse Coalition’s (UHC) National Speaker Program has been federal land.” up and running since early 2009 with approximately 100 speakers in the database. Last February, AHC released its first This program provides equine events around the country with UHC volunteers to Report on Equestrian Access on Federal speak about the issue of unwanted horses and what it means to “Own Responsibly.” Land. The 2009 report provided a brief The UHC is looking to expand its National Speaker Program by adding additional overview of the responses the AHC respeakers and additional events to the schedule. ceived from equestrians to its ongoing acThe UHC will provide literature to hand out at the event, as well as a PowerPoint cess survey in 2009. The report can be presentation about the coalition and the unwanted horse issue. Speakers will be viewed and downloaded on the Recreation matched to events based on location. Issues page on the AHC Website, “We encourage organizations to take advantage of this opportunity to spread the www.horsecouncil.org. word about issues surrounding unwanted horses and the work of the UHC,” said AHC began its effort to collect inforEricka Caslin, Director of the UHC. mation regarding equestrian access issues If you have an equine-related event coming up, please contact the UHC to request on federal lands in July 2009. This effort a speaker. It has become increasingly important to educate the equine industry about was prompted by a growing concern the issues at hand and ways to get involved. among recreational riders around the If you are interested in requesting a speaker for your upcoming event or are willcountry that they were seeing a reduction ing to represent the UHC as a speaker, please contact the Unwanted Horse Coaliin the number of trails and trail heads open tion at (202) 296-4031 or contactus@unwantedhorsecoalition.org. The UHC will do to equestrians on federal land. its best to accommodate all events. “Hundreds of thousands of Ameri-

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he Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc. was recently awarded two grants totaling $5 million to purchase 1,850 acres near Micanopy. A $4.5 million dollar grant from the Florida Communities Trust (FCT) was awarded this year for the Jubilee Creek Project, a 1,850 acre project that borders the 2,300-acre Barr Hammock Preserve and the 3,300-acre Levy Prairie Preserve. In addition, a joint North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for $1 million was awarded to the Conservation Trust for Florida and the Alachua Conservation Trust in 2009. CTF will use $500,000 from the NAWCA funds to match the FCT funds to purchase a conservation easement on nearly 800 acres of the project area. The Jubilee Creek project is part of a multi-year project to protect a portion of a wildlife corridor that stretches from the Ocala National Forest in Marion County to Goethe State Forest in Levy County. Part of the corridor is in southern Alachua County. The Jubilee Creek project includes one creek and two wet prairies: Ledwith Prairie, and Moore’s Pond, which provide habitat for herpetofauna, wading birds, and other water-dependant species. Jubilee Creek has a unique and special story about its value as a natural resource. Years ago, the creek sprouted a recurring natural event that locals called the Wacahoota Jubilee. During this natural phenomenon, tens of thousands of salamanders, crayfish and fish all gathered in the shallows of the slough, which led to a jubilant harvest and surely a sight to be seen. The event is chronicled in Dr. Archie Carr’s book, A Naturalist in Florida: A Celebration of Eden. But due to poor land management, the Jubilee has not occurred for several years. By purchasing this land, CTF plans to restore it and bring this natural event back to life. CTF is also raising funds for operational and management costs.

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Reduce your farm’s carbon footprint and enjoy a greener new year. FARM MANAGEMENT

Carbon Footprints Happy new year and welcome to 2011! ccording to the American Horse Council, the U.S. horse industry is a $39 billion business annually, with 9.2 million horses living in the country. Approximately 500,000 of those horses live at least part of the year in by Jamie Cohen Florida, bringing in about $2.2 billion in total economic impact to our state from racing alone. But, with the positive side of everything, there can be negatives. Potential pollution to our water supply and environment in general is, unfortunately, something almost every industry brings to the world. As we move into 2011, make one of your new year’s resolutions to reduce your carbon footprint and be greener for the future. A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment. More specifically in our cases, a carbon footprint could refer to the impact our horse industry practices have on the environment. Many everyday horse and farm-related activities could pose the potential to pollute our environment. Manure and wastewater management, chemicals in grooming products, medical wastes and other garbage, and carbon emissions from tractors, trucks, weed trimmers and other engine machinery are just some areas which increase our carbon footprint.

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THINK ABOUT WATER FLOW

If you plan to build new and/or improved structures on the farm this year, don’t forget the big picture. People oftentimes cut down trees and put up new barns, tracks or rings and driveways, not thinking about the new path of water that could occur during a big rain event. So when the first big rain comes, erosion is inevitable. Trees that once scattered rain’s momentum and kept it from developing into huge flows (like streams and rivers) are now no longer there, resulting in every open space left potentially unprotected. I know of a farm that did just that, and now at every rain event the neighbors’ properties are underwater and eroded because there are no more trees or other natural barriers to impede the flow. Plus, any pollutants carried by the water could end up in our drinking water. In fact, storm water runoff is a serious threat to our aquifer. Remember this: everything upstream ends up downstream.

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CONSIDER RECYCLING

Speaking of “going green,” don’t forget recycling possibilities: if you are building an addition onto your farm or putting up fence lines, consider reusing materials where it is possible. It’s good for the environment and the pocketbook. Don’t forget to minimize your electrical use too. Overuse causes a strain on the environment and can also be another enormous expense for farms. In the barns, tack rooms, feed rooms and offices, energy efficient light bulbs can be installed. When possible, try using solar panels to open farm gates. MANURE MANAGEMENT

Most of us could improve the way we handle equine manure and stall waste on our farms. Large training centers might want to consider looking into manure-toenergy systems, or composting on a large scale. Horse manure/soiled bedding can be composted to make a soil amendment (great for Florida’s sandy soils) and slow-release fertilizer. It can also be marketed and sold, giving the farm the ability to get some money back, which is always a nice benefit. If your farm is small, there might be even more alternatives. Some farms have enough land and few enough horses to safely “land-apply,” or spread manure and stall waste on their properties. If not, a composting system can be easily made. Your neighbors might also wish to use the manure/compost in their gardens and flowers. I hope these suggestions give you some ideas about how to be a little greener in 2011. Florida is a beautiful state and home to some of the best and most successful horses in all breeds and disciplines. The more careful we all are, the more years we will have for our own days at the races. Keep up the good management practices. ■

Jamie A. Cohen Farm Outreach Coordinator UF IFAS/Marion County Extension Service 352-671-8792 • jamiecohen@ufl.edu


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Leading Florida Sires The following list includes currently active, deceased, and pensioned stallions, with racing results updated through December 17, 2010. Statistics provided by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc.

WILDCAT HEIR

GRAEME HALL

MONTBROOK

Sire Name

Farm Name

NA Earnings

Wildcat Heir

Forest Wildcat

Journeyman Stud

$4,398,134

131

84

7

8

1

$4,401,240

Derwin's Star

Montbrook

Buckaroo

Ocala Stud

$3,869,888

112

55

5

13

4

$3,870,101

Big Drama

Graeme Hall

Dehere

Winding Oaks

$3,785,436

143

84

5

9

2

$3,790,616

Duke of Mischief

$657,621

Put It Back

Honour and Glory Bridlewood Farm

$2,780,707

157

85

7

11

2

$3,075,421

Jessica Is Back

D'wildcat

Forest Wildcat

$2,798,577

106

61

5

8

1

$3,018,478

D' Funnybone

Name

Vinery Florida

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

Leading Earner

Leading Yrlg Earnings Sold

Yrlg Avg

2yo Sold

2yo Avg

$357,840

19

$28,200

26

$67,642

$1,420,810

5

$13,500

13

$50,462

8

$27,625

$395,380

30

$11,633

11

$23,818

$380,000

28

$18,954

11

$68,045 $22,500

Chapel Royal

Montbrook

Signature Stallions $2,664,368

181

96

2

2

0

$2,942,067

Gold Dust Lady

$113,718

37

$5,859

14

Full Mandate

A.P. Indy

Hartley/De Renzo

$2,371,376

149

78

2

2

1

$2,373,983

Amazon Holly

$106,790

6

$8,550

7

$6,957

Concerto

Chief's Crown

Ocala Stud

$2,242,858

102

61

5

7

1

$2,244,307

Rigoletta

$180,820

2

$6,000

9

$20,889

Consolidator

Storm Cat

Journeyman Stud

$2,029,417

122

58

4

5

0

$2,140,963

Bank Merger

$231,200

38

$5,932

18

$33,661

Concorde's Tune

Concorde Bound Ocala Stud

$1,909,787

92

58

2

2

0

$1,924,585

Musical Romance

$154,751

3

$9,267

5

$22,600

Leading Florida Juvenile Sires The following list includes currently active, deceased, and pensioned stallions, with racing results updated through December 17, 2010. Statistics provided by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc.

WILDCAT HEIR

POMEROY

WITH DISTINCTION

Name

Sire Name

Farm Name

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

Wildcat Heir

Forest Wildcat

Earnings

Leading Earner

Leading Earnings

Yrlg Sold

Yrlg 2yo Avg Sold

2yo Avg

Journeyman Stud

$820,930

45

19

3

3

0

$824,036

Breathoffreshheir

$95,730

19

$28,200

26

FRESHMAN

With Distinction Storm Cat

Hartley/De Renzo

$765,535

48

18

0

0

0

$774,788

Decisive Moment

$276,330

47

$17,434

38

$47,874

FRESHMAN

Pomeroy

Boundary

Vinery Florida

$641,958

44

23

1

1

0

$650,179

Positive Response

$79,681

21

$18,522

36

$24,881

West Acre

Forty Niner

Stonehedge Farm South $542,353

13

7

2

5

0

$542,353

Blue Eyed Sweetie

$167,753

1

$1,200

4

$24,750

Chapel Royal

Montbrook

Signature Stallions

$528,691

45

20

1

1

0

$540,197

Avery Rose

$49,000

37

$5,859

14

$22,500

Touch Gold

Journeyman Stud

$522,460

20

13

2

2

0

$522,460

Beso Grande

$109,492

6

$16,417

9

$11,644

FRESHMAN

Mass Media

$67,642

Gibson County

In Excess (IRE) deceased

$515,321

28

14

1

1

0

$515,321

Ayoumilove

$125,367

1

$1,500

17

$12,676

Concerto

Chief's Crown

Ocala Stud

$484,764

16

10

2

3

1

$484,764

Rigoletta

$180,820

2

$6,000

9

$20,889

Halo's Image

Halo

Ddeceased

$445,288

20

10

1

1

0

$445,288

Reprized Halo

$256,106

7

$10,900

12

$20,750

Bwana Charlie

Indian Charlie

Journeyman Stud

$417,882

17

6

1

2

1

$417,882

Comma to the Top

$176,600

8

$3,513

10

$19,650

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A Sure Thing At Gulfstream Park tional Council of State Legislators held in Louisville at a meeting hosted by Kentucky Senate President David Williams and State Senator Damon Thayer. While none of by Paul Moran the required legislation has been introduced, many states are expected to consider legislation in 2011, including Delaware, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. The pick-six is a daunting challenge to most horseplayers and an expensive proposition with a $2 minimum wagering unit. So, it is most popular in California and to a lesser extent in New York. Handle on the pick-six last year amounted to less than one-third of one percent of Gulfstream’s total handle last year, far from popular. Gulfstream, with the opening of its 2011 meeting, is the first major racetrack to bring fractional wagering to the pick-six by introducing a 10-cent minimum wagering unit with a 20 percent takeout and a $5,000 bonus to the owner of a lone winning ticket. It also offers a 50cent pick-five, which proved very popular with players when introduced at Monmouth Park last summer, with a 15 percent takeout. There are two schools of thought on the pick-six. One: It is extremely difficult and expensive by nature and a wager appealing to players, or groups of players, with bankrolls sufficient to Success of the 50-cent pick-five at Gulfstream is a sure thing, a proven and tested wager permit participation, particthat will draw a great deal of simulcast participation, a sound business decision. ularly in pursuit of rich carryovers. Two: The more the Commissioners International presented the concept and merrier and the 10-cent unit still affords the possibility established a steering committee made up of industry of a big score for a reasonable amount of money. Will the National Racing Compact eventually be stakeholders — horsemen, racetrack management, and regulators — that would, hopefully, result in the National joined by a sufficient number of states to bring about Racing Compact, expediting among its members stan- meaningful change? This is, admittedly like herding dardized rules including those related to medication. cats. We can only hope. Success of the 50-cent pick-five at Gulfstream is a Participating states could also realize regulatory savings by merging some functions and eliminating redundan- sure thing, a proven and tested wager that will draw a cies in information systems, testing labs, and other areas. great deal of simulcast participation, a sound business Each participating state would have a representative on decision. Whether or not the 10-cent pick-six proves a compact committee that would review and adopt rules. popular remains to be seen. Lowering the financial bar The compact requires passage in six states to get started. and permitting more people to consider a wager they The National Racing Compact framework was pre- would have otherwise ignored – innovation with the sented to legislators at the 2010 convention of the Na- player in mind – is the important part of this story. ■ anuary is almost always a time of optimism and there is reason to be so disposed in the first month of 2011 not because of any earth-shattering developments in the racing business but because of a couple of diverse and unrelated green shoots sprouted in the waning days of the year now behind us. True, the sport is in contraction, seriously threatened in Maryland and New Jersey, both important racing markets with rich histories and limping along in many places including California, which faces a boycott by horseplayers angered by increases in takeout. Fewer stallions service fewer mares, a mirror almost of the nation’s rate of unemployment. Attendance and pari-mutuel handle are in decline in lockstep with the larger economy. These are not the best of times in most realms of life in the United States, but in the racing world, two developments in late 2010 at least hint at better things on the horizon. One involves the sport’s frustrating inability to draw the participants to the same page, the other is evidence that at least someone, in this case the people at Gulfstream Park, are listening to the betting customer. In September of 2009, the Association of Racing

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