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CONTENTS OCTOBER 2012 • VOL. 6 NO. 45 COVER STORY: Look At The Time impresses by Ty Wyant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
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Mario’s Magic Carpet Ride by Robert Geller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Trainers suspended-fined: Appeals likely next step for implicated trainers by Pete Herrera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 One of the darkest days - Louisiana State Racing Commission imposes harsh penalties upon dermorphin trainers . . . . . . . 20 News
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Including: Rafael Verde named general manager of Zia Park Casino; Racing Free reiterates program mission and policies; Cold Cash firm at top of national poll; Trainer Carl Draper suspended for 300 days; Two track records broken at Zia Park; Heritage sale concludes with gains; Trainer Bassett banned 10 years for frog juice; Class Included Horse of the Meeting at Emerald Downs; $750,000 CashCall Futurity tops Autumn stakes schedule at Betfair; TTA Executive Director David Hooper tenders resignation; Agenda announced for 2012 Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming; Charlton earns first QH riding victory; Evangeline Downs’ handle rises on 2012 TB season; Kubinova sets apprentice record; Bear Creek goes coast-to-coast in feature
Race Recaps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 From Los Alamitos Race Course, Remington Park, Will Rogers Downs, Santa Anita Race Park, Lone Star Park, Turf Paradise, Zia Park, The Downs at Albuquerque, Emerald Downs, Portland Meadows, Fairplex Park and Prairie Meadows
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Look At The Time impresses September 22, 2012 • Louisiana Downs, Bossier City, LA By Ty Wyant
in the contentious field. Osi Posse covooties Racing’s Look At The Time lived ered the grassy mile up to his 2-5 billing with an overpowin 1:38.61 under John ering win in the $150,000 A.L. Red Jacinto. Erwin Stakes for sophomore Louisiana-bred Thar She Blows set sale graduates during an afternoon dedicata suicidal pace and held ed to state-breds at Louisiana Downs. a large lead going down Racing at one mile on the turf, the the backstretch and Dwight Viator-trained Look At The Time around the fi nal turn stalked in a striking position and then was before fading out of congiven an opening on the rail. Jockey Corey tention into sixth place. Lanerie took advantage of the opportunity Osi Posse charged to the and Look At The Time willingly responded to win by an easy five-and-one-half lengths. lead and gamely held Blessed Immaculata safe The time for the mile was 1:38.51. in the final furlong. Artic Rulers Beauty finished second by one Wind rallied for third in length over Four Joes. the full field. Look At The Time scored his fourth win Osi Posse, trained by from eight starts this year. The Brahms-sired Steven Duke, scored her gelding was hot earlier this year when he won his maiden in January and then scored third-straight win and her first stakes win. In a couple of wins in minor stakes, all at Fair her two previous starts, Grounds. He now has two wins from three the daughter of Osidy won a pair of condistarts on the turf. In the $150,000 Ege Rasberry Stakes, the tioned $12,500 claiming races. In the $100,000 Louisiana Stallion Stakes filly counterpart of the Erwin Stakes, Mike for 2-year-old colts and geldings at 7 furMurrah and Jack Wright’s Osi Posse stayed further off the pace than she has previously longs, Steve and Pat Roe’s Palmy Bay played shown and the strategy worked with a three- with the competition and drew away to a more than 12-length win as the 3-10 favorite. quarter length win as the 7-2 fourth choice
Palmy Bay easily took the lead at the start and he allowed his rivals to stay in contention until the stretch when he increased his advantage at will under a confident ride from Richard Eramia. They were timed in 1:23.94 after covering the first 6 furlongs in 1:10.82. Palmy Bay, a colt by Lydgate from the Pagtrick Mouton barn, was second in his career debut that then raced to a pair of wins before taking the Louisiana Stallion Stakes. He won the Louisiana Cup Juvenile by threequarters of a length in his previous start. In the $100,000 Louisiana Stallion Stakes for fillies, Jeffrey Quebedeaux’s I Dare You Em, the 7-10 favorite, received a heady ride from Mark Guidry and responded with a two-length win. I Dare You Em bounced to the lead out of the gate and was pressured by Dawn’s Cherokee. Guidry At left, Osi Posse wins Ege Rasberry Stakes, John Jacinto up; at top, Palmy Bay takes Louisiana Stallion Stakes, Richard Eramia up Photos by Hodges Photography
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allowed Dawn’s Cherokee to take the lead around the turn and then asked I Dare You Em to regain the lead in the stretch. She responded to win with a 1:25.25 time. Blanco Canyon came from off the pace for second and Dawn’s Cherokee salvaged third in the six-filly field. A daughter of Yonaguska, I Dare You Em set the fractions in her previous start and then settled for second in a minor stakes at Evangeline Downs for trainer Brent Brinkman. There were also a couple of stakes for
Arkansas-breds on the card — the $50,000 Razorback Futurity and the $50,000 Lady Razorback Futurity — and first-time starters thrived. In the Razorback, Richard Hogue Jr.’s Best Of Birdstone rallied from a stalking position to win his maiden and scored a stakes win in his career debut for trainer Donnie Von Hemel. A daughter of Birdstone, Best Of Bird-
stone came from well off the pace to win by two-and-three-quarter lengths with a 1:11.92 time for six furlongs and looked like she should excel around two turns. Corey Lanerie was aboard for the noteworthy career debut. Rock City Road Hog was second and Brandon’s Way finished third. In the Lady Razorback, Ile St. Molly also became a stakes winner in her career debut with a romping seven-and-one-quarter length win in 1:10.77 for the 6 furlongs under Carlos Gonzalez. The daughter of Ile St. Louis (CHI) took the lead at the start and had opened by an eighth length advantage by the top of the stretch before rolling to the win while being ridden out. Sashabye was second by more than six lengths over Good Night in the strung out field of six fillies. Top left, I Dare U Em wins Louisiana Stallion Stakes for fillies, Mark Guidry up; top right, Best Of Birdstone takes the Razorback Futurity, Corey Lanerie up; at left, Ile St. Molly dominates the Lady Razorback, Carlos Gonzalez up Photos by Hodges Photography SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45 5
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TOP RACING STORY
Cold Cash 123 cements top position September 23, 2012 • Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA Bay’s T. Bill Stables, Cold Cash 123 crossed the finishing line in :19.511 to win by an eigning world champion Cold Cash 123 cemented his position as Quarter expanding one-half length over Creston Horse racing’s premier sprinter when Goer. The quick Creston Goer finished second by one-half length over Senor Toby he won his sixth-straight race and scored a Grade 1 race at his sixth different track with on what is the deepest field of older runners assembled this year. a scintillating win in the Grade 1, $100,000 Following Senor Toby were Sparky E Go Man Go Invitational at Los Alamitos Boy, Terrific Synergy, Chivalry SR, Shining debut. First Dash, Harems Last Dash, Twelve StepCold Cash 123 made the field stocked per and Rylees Boy. with major stakes winners and track-record Cold Cash 123, who was trained by holders look like they were in a lesser class Sleepy Gilbreath before moving to Los than the gelding sired by Oak Tree Special. Alamitos in early August, started his six-race Making his first appearance at Los Alamitos and racing for trainer Denny Ekins winning streak last fall when he won his Texas Classic Derby trial. He then won the for the first time, Cold Cash 123 got a clear Grade 1 Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star start from the eighth post position and a Park, Grade 1 The Championship at Sunland clean start usually dooms his rivals. Roy Baldillez, who has ridden the gelding seven Park and then won the Grade 1 Leo Stakes and the Grade 1 Remington Park Champitimes, allowed the gelding to find his long onship at Remington Park. stride and he reeled in the fast-starting Gilbreath then brought Cold Cash 123 Creston Goer, who ran a superb race at 10-1 to Ruidoso Downs for the summer to preodds. Owned and bred by Walter and Carolyn pare for his fall campaign at Los Alamitos.
At top, Cold Cash 123, Roy Baldillez up; above, trainer Denny Ekins with Baldillez Photos by Scott Martinez
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TOP RACING STORY He may start in the Grade 1, $150,000 Robert L Boniface Los Alamitos Championship on October 28 before racing in the Grade 1, $750,000 Champion Of Champions on Dec.15. The Los Alamitos Championship and the Champion of Champions are at Cold Cash 123’s favorite distance of 440 yards. His sole defeat at 440 yards came after he got a horrid start in last year’s Grade 1, $1.3 million All American Derby and finished seventh as the 6-5 favorite. That was his latest defeat. Cold Cash 123 now has stakes wins at Los Alamitos, Ruidoso Downs, Sunland Park, Lone Star Park, Remington Park and Zia Park. All of his Grade 1 wins are at 400 and 440 yards. The Go Man Go victory was his 12th win from 17 starts and pushed his earnings to $1,240,281. Salvador Veliz’s Creston Goer, a gelding by TR Dasher, ran an impressive race in is first start since finishing a very close second in the Grade 1 Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship back in July. The Jose Antonio Moreno-trained gelding won an allowance race and then the Kaweah Bar Handicap before the Childers.
Third-place finisher Senor Toby, owned by Brad Lohr and Daniel Reynoso, comes into the Go Man Go off a string of three second-place finishes behind El Aguila Real, including the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Championship and the Vessels Maturity. El
Cold Cash 123 winning connections Photo by Scott Martinez
Aguila Real was the only major horse at Los Alamitos who passed meeting Cold Cash 123 in the Go Man Go.
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By Robert Geller
he success of Canada-based Mexicanborn jockey Mario Gutierrez has been a breath of fresh air to the racing industry this year. The 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winning rider remains humble and grateful to those who have supported him in his North American journey that began six years ago. Denied the chance to complete the Triple Crown on I’ll Have Another due to a career-ending tendon injury in Belmont Stakes week, Mario took the devastating news in his stride. This skilful rider, a two-time champion at Hastings in Vancouver, British Columbia (2007, 2008) and this year’s recipient of the ESPY award, proved that when Lady Luck came knocking, he was ready both professionally and emotionally. Fans in the Pacific Northwest had long been familiar with the promise that Mario had displayed and were aware of the solid grounding that owner Glenn Todd of North American Thoroughbred Horse Company and trainer Troy Taylor had fostered, taking the young man under their wing, looking out for his interests at every turn. The national audience got wind of the growing momentum that was emerging along the Derby trail between Mario and I’ll Have Another but did not appear to really take him or his horse seriously at first as evidenced by their upset win at 43/1 odds in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes in March. The media’s mad rush to get to know him was on in earnest as the duo parlayed each win into a bigger and better one. The racing world quickly found that they had a true gem in Mario, giving off an inner confidence and openness to match the natural talent he showcased on the track. His winning Triple Crown rides were faultless and so was his poise in having to sit out the final leg won by Union Rags, a familiar foe he had comfortably defeated before. Deservedly, at age 25, Mario is now try-
ing his hand at Santa Anita and though the Southern Californian circuit may be considered a tough nut to crack, the writing is on the wall that he can find his place there. Opportunity is a key word. The illusion that only celebrity named jockeys can win big races has been exposed before, but some racing pundits are slow learners. Mario has earned his stripes, and for Hastings fans, his branching out into deeper waters is an endorsement of the core values of hard work and dedication that he has brought to their track. Emerald Downs’ fans feel just as proud, and it was fitting that this summer, Mario would win the most prestigious race in the Pacific Northwest, the 77th Longacres Mile on the exceptional 4-year-old, Taylor Said, handing his owner and closest mentor Glenn Todd an emotional victory. Recently, I caught up with the young man whose 2012 magic carpet ride is still not over. You won the 2012 Kentucky Derby but let’s turn the clock back one year. How much attention did you pay to the 2011 Derby? I had always paid attention to the Kentucky Derby. Everyone in the US and Canada knows about the Kentucky Derby, and I remember watching it, saying to myself, one day I’m going to be there. So you really did have aspirations that one day you would be there? You know what, as a dream like every jockey’s dream that I wish I could ride there one day. I had that in my head but at the same time, I was very realistic, knowing where I was. I just never really expected that to happen to me. How have the Triple Crown successes changed your life? A lot. People see me in a different way. I have a lot more opportunities to travel that I never imagined before with a chance to ride a lot more races around the country like
Florida, Chicago, Maryland, Virginia, Monmouth, Santa Anita. The most surprising thing that happened once you became a Kentucky Derby winning jockey? You know, it’s the people and places that you do go after that. You win the Kentucky Derby, and the journey of The Triple Crown begins and there is a lot of media. A lot of TV stations talk to you. And before, nobody really knew anything about me. They just knew I was this guy that came from Canada but that was all. So now everybody is interested in my story, to see where you came from and how you get there. It changed a lot. What’s the big difference between a smaller and larger racing circuit? To me, it’s actually no different. I am used to riding at Hastings and feel really comfortable, but I love the big racetracks like the American racetracks and Mexico City. To me it’s the same, but to people in the US, if you came from a track like Hastings they look at you as though you are a little bit less than riders from America because they don’t even consider a 5/8 racetrack, a bullring racetrack, a real racetrack. Isn’t that a little frustrating? It can I be I guess, but I never really let that bother me so much. What would you like for yourself next? I am excited to be going back to Santa Anita. I want to establish myself there, and if I can be one of the top riders at Santa Anita and ride the circuit, that would be great, to be one of the top. Will you still ride in the Pacific Northwest? Sure, anytime. I’m not going to forget about my connections here. I will put my base in LA, but if Troy or Glenn needs me to ride here (Hastings) or at Emerald Downs, it will be my pleasure. I can never say no to those guys. SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45 11
What has been the reaction from the jockey colony in Southern California to you, say from big-name jockeys like Mike Smith? They’re wonderful people. Mike Smith is one of the classiest guys ever. He’s really, really nice, and I talked with him before the Santa Anita Derby, and Garret Gomez is another so very, very friendly. They have nothing but support for me and that really means a lot to me because they didn’t know me before. In the Triple Crown, which was the harder race to ride, the Derby or the Preakness? You know, the Kentucky Derby because a lot of people tried to mess with my head and said that I was never going to be able to pull it out, that it was an unknown racetrack to me and that I didn’t have the experience. That made me work a little bit extra hard mentally to prepare for it and because I then knew what it was like to have ridden in the Kentucky Derby, it was not as tough in the Preakness.
Weren’t you afraid of losing the ride to a more famous jockey? In my head, after I won the Santa Anita Derby, I knew how the business was, so I knew there was a chance that they would probably take me off the horse and put on someone else with a bigger name. It didn’t really bother me because at that point my dream was already made. I wanted to win the Santa Anita Derby and the Robert Lewis, so already that was good enough for me.
How would you describe your relationship with Glenn and Troy? Since I’ve been here in Vancouver -- six years -- over the last four years, I have lived with them. It’s like their house is my house. Until today, I am still under contract on Glenn Todd horses and ride first call for him, all his Who was the one that batted for you the horses but now the relationship is more than most? just a work relationship. He knows I love him It was the support from the owner. It was as if he was my own dad and like I am his actually the owner (J. Paul Reddam) that put own kid sometimes. me on the horse and had the confidence in How did he discover you? me and stuck with me for Kentucky. He didn’t discover me. Somebody else
Where were you when you learned of the news of his scratch from the Belmont? I was in a hotel room in New York and I got the news first, before anybody else. Mr Reddam phoned me to tell me to sit down and that he had some not-so-good news. I Were you nervous? was sad right away. So many emotions up Aha. There was quite a bit. A little bit to that point, you’re so high, everything had before, on race day, but I was so focused, I was only thinking about going and doing my built up and everything you were expecting then just disappeared, just like that. race. How early in the campaign of I’ll Have Another did you suspect you had a Derby quality horse? You know this is a funny story. I worked I’ll Have Another actually two weeks before the Robert Lewis Handicap. As soon as I get off him, I phoned Troy and Glenn to say that I found this horse that I knew they were never going to let me ride because he was back there and that he was going to be the next big name. And two weeks later I pulled off that race on him at 43/1, then the Santa Anita Derby, and then every time I got on him we were a team and he was with me. What specifically caught your eye? He was so professional. He moved like a freight train, like a horse that never got tired on you. I would work him 7 furlongs that day and then would cover 6 furlongs as if it was nothing to him. That surprised me. I’d never got on a horse that could run like him.
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know I was focused 100 percent of the time and on where I was for each race and to be honest, I think I’ll be even better for the next one.
You had never felt anything wrong? It was a big shock for me. Every day I had galloped him he felt fine and 100 percent sound the whole time.
from here went to Mexico City, Terry Jordan and he was the one that brought me here.
He must have spotted your talent. I guess, because he gave me the opportunity to come back here and after that first year with Terry, I was offered a contract by Glenn and Troy and have been with them ever since. How was it leaving your family? That was really, really hard. I was only 19 years old at the time and I was always like mamma’s boy, and when I came to this country I couldn’t speak the language. It has been hard for me to go see them a lot now but we stay in touch.
Would he have won the Belmont? I knew I’ll Have Another so much that Tell me a little about your family and how you there was no doubt in my mind that he could learned to ride. do it again, that had he been 100 percent, he I am from Veracruz but rode in Mexico would have been unbeatable that day. City. I am the third in the family. I have two Some people may argue that being your first older sisters and a younger brother. My dad, appearance in a Triple Crown race, you may he learned to ride Quarter Horses when he not have been aware of how hard it is to win was like 27 years old or something, so that’s one and that when you did, it almost ochow I came to it. My brother tried for a little curred unconsciously, without thinking. What bit, but I think he gave up on it. My dad is your take? taught me how to ride. Just from my dad on I was very conscious of the moment. the farm when I was like 9 years old. When I People can say a lot of different things but went to Mexico City, I already knew how to you cannot control what others might think, race. In Mexico, I only rode a part of 2005 and that my first time I did it unconsciously. But not even half a year in 2006. But before that I now that I have been in those big races, would ride my dad’s Quarter Horses for many and know how I had dreamed about them, I years like from when I was 14 until 17.
How was the transition to North America? It was big especially because I didn’t know many people. It was hard, but somehow I adapted. Has riding on a bullring helped your career? I think it has helped me a lot. Now, when I am going back to Santa Anita to ride the first race, it is just like a two lane highway, you can see clearly where to go and where to get a better position, you have a lot of options. Now you have had more financial success, I hear you are helping your family? I have always helped my family. Ever since I’ve been at Hastings I have always helped support them. My family raised me that way. We never had a lot and with my success I never want to be cocky. I am grateful as I have had so many great people around me that support me 100 percent.
confidence because I already thought I had Winning Machine beaten. That horse has a tremendous kick in the end too. My horse was travelling so easily when he passed him that there might have been a bit of overconfidence as all of a sudden I see him coming back and I had to work so hard in the end. That is what makes such a tremendous race. It was great to pull off that kind of race for my owners.
How important was the Longacres Mile win to you? To go to back to Emerald and win was special. To win in front of people that knew me before, for my fans, that means a lot. It means a lot to come back here and win it for Glenn and Troy. They are like family to me.
What do you enjoy on a day off? I like to play poker a lot. Watch sports -- baseball, hockey -- but I think boxing is my favorite.
Were you surprised how the runner-up Winning Machine fought back? I was thinking there was a bit of over-
Taylor Said could be headed to the Breeders’ Cup dirt mile. What do you think? Oh my god, that would be wonderful. I just hope that the horse is OK and is training good. I’ve already had a wonderful year. I don’t know what else could be better this year. Troy is talking about it, and hasn’t yet made a decision, waiting to see everything is OK, but a Vancouver horse going over to the big race would be awesome.
Do you work out or is riding enough to keep you fit? Riding is enough but I was introduced to the gym in Santa Anita because the level of the jockeys is so high there and I wanted to be at the same level as them so I go to the
gym now. I have quit just a little bit since I have been back in Vancouver, but am ready to go back and get in shape. Do you have a favorite American city? I like New York a lot. Kentucky of course is now my favorite place. Mario’s 2012 Magic Carpet Ride: Wilshire Handicap (Quiet Oasis) Robert B. Lewis Stakes (I’ll Have Another) Kentucky Derby (I’ll Have Another) Preakness Stakes (I’ll Have Another) Royal Heroine Mile Stakes (Quiet Oasis) Longacres Mile (Taylor Said) Robert Geller has been the one and only voice of Emerald Downs since the track’s inception in 1996 and has also been track announcer at the highly successful Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino for over a decade. Prior to moving to the US, he served 6-1/2 years as the English commentator for the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club and learned his craft in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia. His articles have appeared internationally in magazines such as Racetrack and Racing World.
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Prairie Meadows an enthusiastic host of the
2012 Bank of America® Challenge Championships
By Martha Claussen
here have been many capable hosts of the Bank of America® Challenge Championships, Quarter Horse version of the Breeders’ Cup. The notable event, in its 20th running, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Prairie Meadows. Located in the Des Moines suburb of Altoona, Prairie Meadows hosted its first race meet in March 1989. Polk County voters approved slot machines, which made their debut in 1995, and full casino gaming was approved in 2005. The result is a significant boon to the Iowa economy with more than $1 billion contributed through taxes and charitable donations. This year, Prairie Meadows opened its 168-room onsite hotel and The Meadows Events & Conference Center, a complex with more than 34,000 square feet to accommodate trade shows, meetings and special events.
Concerted effort to land the Challenge Championships Tom Lepic, president of the Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Association (IQHRA), has been one of the driving forces behind Prairie Meadows getting the nod to host the 2012 Bank of America® Challenge Championships. Lepic deflects some of the credit, but his energy and enthusiasm for promoting racing is hard to deny. “We had to go to Prairie Meadows and pitch them first,” said Lepic. “It’s a huge commitment from a racetrack and it’s no easy feat to find tracks that want to host the Challenge Championship. We had to work with Prairie Meadows to approve running three days a week (instead of four) so that our calendar ran through the end of October.” The Iowa-bred program will take center stage on Friday evening with six stakes races, another source of pride for Lepic, who is serving his second term as president of the IQHRA. “We’ve had a 36 percent increase in Iowa-bred foals this year,” reports Lepic. “For us, it’s not just the numbers, but seeing some really good horses emerge, that can compete here and rival horses from Oklahoma and other leading regions.” Jeff Nelson is the director of marketing at Prairie Meadows. He and his staff welcome the opportunity to showcase a major Quarter Horse event. “We’re just excited about the Bank of
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America® Challenge Championships,” said Nelson. “Prairie Meadows is embarking on a major advertising campaign including billboards, radio and Internet focus. Our Player Magazine and direct mail have already alerted fans and hotel guests. Over the last two weeks of October, we will make sure everyone in Iowa knows about the event.”
Racing surface and hospitality get high marks from horsemen
give horsemen an opportunity to see what a great facility they have. The track surface is phenomenal; my horses have been coming back without any issues. It’s clean; the barns are huge and there is tons of grass. As a horseman, you feel that they really want you to run your horses here.” Cynthia Jerman and her husband, Jerry, will make their first trip to Prairie Meadows. Their horse, Bok Man will represent Texas in the $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (Grade 1). “We were thrilled when we won the race in Houston,” said Cynthia Jerman of Cameron, Texas. “Jerry and I have never been to Iowa, and we were excited about making our first trip to the Challenge Championships.” Several weeks after qualifying, the Jermans received a congratulatory box from Prairie Meadows filled with candy, gifts and souvenir items. “That was a wonderful surprise,” said Jerman. “We could not believe that they took the time to think of us with such a nice gesture.”
Kasey Willis is the leading trainer in the 2012 Quarter Horse meeting and is enjoying his second season at the Iowa racetrack. “The thing about Prairie Meadows is that AQHA Racing Conference it’s the nicest facility,” said Wills. “They want In addition to the Bank of America® Chalyou to run your horses here and take really lenge Championships on Saturday evening, good care of you.” “I’ve been to California, Texas and Louisi- AQHA members from across the country ana for the Challenge,” added Willis. “This will convene for the annual AQHA Racing ConferSureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45 15
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ence. Over a three-day period, a variety of meetings and forums are held to discuss topics including racing medication, marketing and international racing programs. In past locations, such as Los Alamitos, Fair Grounds, Lone Star Park and Evangeline Downs, AQHA committee members have had to shuttle from the host hotel to the racetrack for meetings and live racing. That’s not the case this year at Prairie Meadows, as all the events will take place in one complex, with AQHA members receiving a special hotel rate. “We are very fortunate to be able to have our entire racing conference and Bank of America® Challenge under one roof,” said Trey Buck, AQHA executive director of racing. “Our attendees will not have to worry about shuttling from the hotel to the track. Their conference center is well suited for our meeting needs and the entire staff at Prairie Meadows has been incredibly accommodating. We are certain our members will enjoy every aspect of the 2012 AQHA Racing Conference and Challenge Championships.”
Abundant entertainment and tourist attractions Attendees of the 2012 Bank of America® Challenge Championships and AQHA Racing Conference may not want to leave the property during their
stay. Prairie Meadows boasts a variety of restaurants including A.J.’s Steakhouse, simulcast racing, 2,000 slot machines and casino games including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Progressive Pai Gow and Ultimate Texas Hold ‘em Poker. For those visitors wishing to see the sights, a free cultural tour of the Des Moines area on Friday, Oct. 26, will be offered. The tour bus, sponsored by Butch and Wyetta Hammer, Bain Ranch, Focus One Source (John and Chris Hovey), Tom and Polly Lepic and Bob and Sandy Brown, will depart at 9:15 am. Stops include the Des Moines Art Center, Pappajohn Sculpture Gardens, Des Moines Botanical Center and the historic East Village. Visitors to Iowa will be sure to enjoy the fall weather and the attractions in Des Moines. On Saturday mornings through Oct. 31, a not-to-be-missed attraction is the Downtown Farmers’ Market. Located in the Historic Court District of the city, Iowa’s finest products are showcased with fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, and baked goods as well as many varieties of Iowa-raised meat such as beef, pork, chicken, buffalo and ostrich. Both Nelson and Lepic are convinced the 20th running of the Bank of America® Challenge Championship will be a rousing success. “I’ve lived in Austin, Kansas City and Las Vegas,” said Nelson.
“There is an unbelievable level of activity in Des Moines. The people of Iowa love their sports teams and college football. We feel very certain that they will embrace this great racing weekend.” Lepic is an owner and breeder; his most famous champion was the indomitable mare, Spit Curl Diva, who represented Iowa in the 2010 and 2011 Bank of America® Challenge Championships. “I had never been to a Challenge Championship until two years ago,” said Lepic. “The fun part of it for me is that I flew my whole family into New Orleans and we got to party on Bourbon Street. I’m just hoping that everyone has that type of experience here and most importantly, that horseracing gets into their blood. As for showcasing the nation’s best Quarter Horses here at Prairie Meadows, I am very hopeful that we will attract people who have never been here before. Once they see the excitement of this level of competition, we are sure they will come back and want to see more.” Martha Claussen has been prominent in the Texas racing industry since 1997 as a publicist, writer and handicapper.
AQHA Racing Conference Schedule
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 11 AM – Post Position Draw Lunch THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 9 AM-4 PM – Racing Medication Forum 4-6 PM – International Subcommittee Meeting 4-6 PM – Marketing Subcommittee Meeting FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 9 AM-4 PM – Racing Committee Meeting 7 PM – Iowa Quarter Horse Champions Night featuring six stakes including the $100,000-added Jim Bader Futurity and $80,000-added Polk County Derby SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 10 AM – Owner Recognition Brunch 7 PM – 2012 Bank of America® Challenge Championships; 12 races including the finals of the following championship stakes: • $350,000 Bank of America® Challenge Championship (G1) • $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G2) • $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) • $125,000 Merial Distaﬀ Challenge Championship (G1) • $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) • $75,000 Pﬁzer Starter Allowance Challenge Championship 2012 Host Site: Prairie Meadows 1 Prairie Meadows Drive • Altoona, IA 50009 www.prairiemeadows.com • 1-800-325-9015 SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45 17
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Trainers suspended, ﬁned:
Appeals likely next step for implicated trainers
By Pete Herrera
wo more prominent horse trainers accused of drugging their horses with a painkiller many times stronger than morphine prior to the trials for one of the top Quarter Horse races in the country have received multiple year suspensions and fined thousands of dollars. Trainers Jeffrey Reed and Carlos Sedillo were hit with hefty suspensions and fines following hearings before a Board of Stewards at New Mexico’s Zia Park this past weekend. Both, along with two other trainers given similar suspensions and fines last week by stewards at Zia Park, have 20 days in which to appeal the penalties. The appeals would be heard by the New Mexico Racing Commission. If the Racing Commission upholds the stewards’ rulings, the trainers would have the option to take their cases to a district court, including seeking a stay of the penalties. But Racing Commission Director Vince Mares said the suspensions and fines should send a message to those who try to circumvent the state’s racing regulations. “We came through with what we said we were going to do,” Mares told SureBet Racing News. “We don’t care who you are, if you choose to cheat, we are going to go after you.” Reed was suspended from racing in New Mexico for a total of 21 years and fined $23,000. Sedillo was given a 10-year suspension and fined $10,000. Both also lost any purse money the drugged horses earned in the trials for the Ruidoso Futurity, a $600,000 race for 2-year-olds run each summer at Ruidoso Downs. Five of Reed’s horses that ran in the trials in June that decided the Ruidoso Futurity field tested positive for dermorphin, the painkiller that is derived from the skin of a tree frog found in South America. Experts have described dermorphin as being 40 times more powerful than morphine. Mares said one of the five charges against Reed was dropped because the blood and urine sample taken from one of his horses could not be accurately read.
Two of Reed’s horses also tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid that has been compared to testosterone. Reed received a 20-year suspension on the four counts of dermorphin and one year for the two positives for stanozolol. Jess a Zoomin, one of Reed’s horses that tested positive for dermorphin qualified for the finals of the Ruidoso Futurity but ran out of the money in the finals. In August he posted the second fastest qualifying time for the $2.4 million All American Futurity but broke down after winning his trial for that race and was euthanized. Sedillo received five-year suspensions on each of the two positives for dermorphin, in addition to the fines totaling $10,000. The penalties were handed down under racing regulations that were in place at the time the Ruidoso Futurity trials were run. The New Mexico Racing Commission has since adopted much tougher penalties in line with those of the Association of Racing Commissioners International. The two other Quarter Horse trainers accused of using banned drugs during the trials for the Ruidoso Futurity or Ruidoso Derby were John Bassett and Carl Draper. Bassett last week was suspended from racing in New Mexico for 10 years and fined $10,000. Two of his horses tested positive for dermorphin after the Ruidoso Futurity trials. Draper was suspended for 300 days and fined $6,000 because one of his horses that ran in the Ruidoso Futurity trials and three of his 3-year-olds that competed in the $679,000 Ruidoso Derby trials the following day tested positive for ractopamine. Ractopamine is a drug that mimics the effects of steroids and is primarily used to build muscle mass in pigs. It is added to the feed given to hogs and has been approved by the government for use in pigs, but not horses. The Draper-trained 3-year-olds that tested positive were owned entirely or partly by State Racing Commissoner Ray Willis and his wife Lola. Of the four trainers, Bassett and Drap-
er have arguably the most extensive resumes of success as conditioners. Draper won the All American Futurity twice—with Dm Shicago in 2004 and with Heartswideopen in 2007. Bassett won the All American, considered Quarter Horse racing’s most prestigious race, with A Delightful Dasher in 1999 and Ausual Suspect in 2001. Zia Park, which opened its live meet last month, has refused to grant stalls to the four implicated trainers, although their anticipated appeals are still in the works. The Hobbs track lost two days of live racing this past weekend because bad weather made the track unsafe for horses and jockeys, Mares said. “It (track) was very deep and clayish. In my opinion the stewards made a very wise decision not to run,” Mares said. Pete Herrera is a former AP sportswriter and now freelance journalist who covered sports and news for 39 years. His credits include four Summer Olympics and coverage of 40 All American Futurities from 1968 to 2008.
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One of the darkest days Louisiana State Racing
Commission imposes harsh penalties upon dermorphin trainers
he Louisiana State Racing Commission launched two days of meetings to hear the appeals of eight trainers who have had horses test positive for the powerful painkiller, dermorphin. As reported by The Times-Picayune the Louisiana State Racing Commission chairman Jerry Meaux called “one of the darkest days in Louisiana horse racing,” the commission took a hard stance against eight trainers whose horses tested positive for dermorphin at Louisiana racetracks this summer. The commission handed out suspensions ranging from three years to 10 years, and imposed fines of $2,500 to $20,000 on the trainers following two days of testimony on Thursday and Friday. All three trainers testified that they had never heard of the drug before the positive tests occurred. The commission handed trainer Alvin Smith, who had two prior Class 1 drug violations, the most severe punishment out of the eight trainers. He received a 10- year suspension and $20,000 fine. Smith was suspended by Delta Downs stewards after his horse Dashin Forward, who finished second in the Laddie Futurity on May 26, tested positive. Smith, who was fined after being caught with syringes in 1990 and 1991, testified he didn’t know how his horse tested positive for the drug and still didn’t have a clear understanding of what it did. The commission took particular issue with his lack of knowledge on the drug, and
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asked if he had any concern for the use of dermorphin in racehorses. Although Louisiana racing rules recommend a $5,000 fine and a suspension of no more than five years for Class 1 violations, the commission said they considered Smith’s to be an “aggravated” case. Heath Taylor, one of the country’s leading Quarter Horse trainers, was suspended five years and fined $10,000. Taylor testified at length to the commission, stating that there would be no reason to drug First Klas Fred, the horse tested positive following the Grade 3 Develop a Plan Stakes in May. “I don’t think I would be taking that kind of risk for such a small race,” he said. Taylor said he felt dermorphin testing was unreliable, noting that one of his horses had tested positive in Texas, but was cleared after samples sent to a laboratory in Pennsylvania came back negative for the drug. “Just because they say the horse had dermorphin in it, doesn’t mean I it did,” he said. “I would give any amount of money to answer (how it tested positive) and answer it honestly. I know I did not give it.” John Darrel Soileau, who had two horses test positive this summer, was suspended five years for each violation, and fined $10,000 for each. His sentences will run consecutively. Alonzo Loya was suspended five years and fined $10,000. Taylor, Soileau, Smith and Loya were all represented by attorney Donald Kelly, who said they intend to appeal the ruling in court. Kyi Lormand, Lamont Keith Charles and Gonzalo Gonzales, who testified before the commission without representation, all received three-year suspensions and $2,500 fines. Anthony Agilar, who had two horses test positive, received a three-year suspension and $2,500 fine for both violations, but will serve them concurrently. Charles gave state police a syringe be-
lieved to have dermorphin in it after his vet asked him to administer a shot himself. ‘”I said I don’t know how to give shots, so I just kept it,” he said. “I gave it to the state police when they came asking questions after the test came out.” Lormand testified that his veterinarian, Dr. Kyle Hebert, had been giving his horses drugs that Hebert called “human herbs that would boost metabolism and help them breathe a bit.” Lormand confronted Hebert following the positive test, and said Hebert swore it was a natural herb untraceable by drug testing. “If we can’t trust our vet, who can we trust?” he asked. Agilar, who also used Hebert as his vet, said he was told the same thing about the drugs given to his horses. Hebert identified the drugs as additional bleeder medication on the vet bill and either backdated or postdated the date administered, so that it wouldn’t fall on race day. Lormand said he plans to appeal, pending his financial situation. LRC Executive Director Charlie Gardiner said it was “disheartening” to learn that such a drug had been in use in Louisiana. “You never want to believe a drug this dangerous and potent is being used in your jurisdiction,” he said. “It can affect the safety of animal and rider, the fairness of the race, and affects racing through simulcast and gives people a potential negative impression of racing in Louisiana.” Gardiner said an investigation of vets has been ongoing, and could possibly lead to reduced years on Lormand, Agilar, Charles’ and Gonzales’ suspensions, pending the outcome. Dermorphin is a powerful painkiller that is found naturally in frog secretions, giving it the nickname “frog juice.” A synthetic version 40 times more powerful than morphine has been developed as a performance enhancing drug for racehorses. Dermorphin is categorized as a Class 1 drug by Racing Commissioners International. Class 1 drugs are performance enhancing drugs with no therapeutic value, and considered to be the most harmful drugs given to horses. “Class I drugs are purely performance enhancing and not therapeutic,” said National Thoroughbred Racing Association President Alex Waldrop, who testified before the commission Thursday.
SEPT 30, 2012
Ruidoso Downs, NM Freakier, son of Walk Thru Fire, to stand at Sierra Blanca Equine in 2013 Lightly raced son of Walk Thru Fire, Freakier will stand the 2013 breeding season at Sierra Blanca Equine near Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. Owned and bred by K&S Stallion, Freakier is son of Walk Thru Fire sire of eight crops of racing age, 488 foals, 392 starters, 278 ROM, 35 stakes winners, 3 champions, 246 winners of 564 races and earning $13,629,685 USA, including Higher Fire-QH SI 103 (champion twice, $1,314,742, Ed Burke Memorial Million Futurity S.-G1, etc.), Separate Fire-QH SI 96 (champion, $631,250, Ed Burke Million Futurity-G1, etc.), The Partys On Fire-QH SI 93 ($576,729, Golden State Million Futurity-G1, etc.), Hot Hitter-QH SI 98 ($508,127, Governor’s Cup Derby [R]-G1, etc.), Ld Fire-QH SI 97 ($313,509, Ed Burke Million Futurity-G1, etc.). Three-quarter brother to World Champion Freaky with earnings of $929,722, Freakier is out of the multiple ROM producing Raise a Secret mare Chickasecret, half-sister to HOT HITTERQH SI 98 ($508,127) dam of 6 QH foals, 5 to race, 2 winners, 2 ROM . 2013 fee: $1,000 - For additional information or breeding contracts contact Kim Saunders at 575-378-0043 or 575-430-7084.
SEPT 29, 2012 Hobbs, NM Penn National Gaming names Rafael Verde general manager of Zia Park Casino Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN) announced today that subject to customary regulatory
approvals, Rafael Verde, 40, has been named General Manager of Zia Park Casino, effective Oct. 1, 2012. Mr. Verde joins Penn National from Playcity, Grupo Televisa’s gaming group, and will report to Jay Snowden, Senior Vice President Regional Operations. He replaces Brent Willits, who has announced his retirement from Penn National. Mr. Verde has over 18 years of regional gaming experience and comes to Penn National following nearly two years as Chief Executive Officer of Playcity, Grupo Televisa’s gaming division. At Televisa, he oversaw 20 slot parlors operating approximately 5,700 slot machines across Mexico and was leading a divisionwide effort to update the properties. Prior to joining Televisa, he spent 12 years at Pinnacle Entertainment in various roles of increasing responsibility. Mr. Verde joined Pinnacle in 1999 as Director of Finance at Boomtown New Orleans and was promoted to Senior Director of Finance first at Belterra Resort Hotel & Casino in 2003 and then at L’auberge du Lac Hotel & Casino in 2004. In 2006, he became Assistant General Manager of Boomtown New Orleans and in 2007 was named Vice President and General Manager at Casino Magic Argentina. In 2010, Mr. Verde was promoted to Vice President of Special Projects and Development, where he was involved with the early development of L’auberge du Lac Baton Rouge. Earlier in his career, Mr. Verde served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance at Grand Casino Avoyelles in Marksville, LA and Controller at Argosy Gaming. Mr. Verde holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also
harm to horses, jockeys and the racing industry at large. Racing Free, an organization founded by a team of industry advocates, is stepping up to address the use of these dangerous and often illegal drugs in horse racing in the United States. Racing Free was created to shed positive light on an industry that is in dire need for a solution. The program is designed to reward owners, trainers, jockeys, leaders and fans who choose to stand against the use of performance-enhancing drugs in equine athletes. The Racing Free Team emphasizes that “it’s no longer about the past, it’s about looking ahead and rewarding those who want to change and give racing a future.” The first leg in the organization’s plan of action is the Racing Free Incentive Program. Participants pay a voluntary per-meet fee of $300 per horse to register in the program. At the end of the meet, all Racing Free members who’ve won a race and pass a drug test receive a $1,500 payout through the Racing Free Incentive Program. The organization has had a positive response and is gaining support daily. In the incident that a Racing Free member-horse receives a positive drug test that is outside the parameters deemed acceptable by that state’s commission; guidelines within the program have been set. The reward money will be withheld from the owners of the member-horse, the $300 Llano, TX membership fee will be forfeited, and the horse will be suspended Racing Free reiterates from the program for 1 year from program mission and the date of the bad test. This is in policies any case, any circumstance, and Organization provides incen- with immediate action. tive program to address use The Racing Free Team asks of harmful drugs and provide that all industry participants join together to support the need for outlet for clean, fair racing change. There are several ways to The use of performanceget involved with this organizaenhancing drugs in the horse racing industry is a growing issue tion, and all opportunities can be found at www.racingfree.com. that has caused devastating completed the General Manager Program at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. Jay Snowden commented, “We are very excited to welcome Rafael to the Penn National team and believe his track record in developing and growing gaming operations in markets of varying size across the U.S. make him an ideal candidate to build on the strong performance at Zia Park Casino. Zia Park is benefiting from a healthy economy in its east New Mexico and west Texas feeder markets and we believe Rafael’s success in cultivating relationships with Texas-based customers, particularly at Pinnacle’s property in Lake Charles, Louisiana, will serve him well as he works to replicate that success in New Mexico in both our gaming and racing operations. “Zia Park is a key member of both the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing communities in New Mexico and we look to a continued close partnership with the local horsemen under Rafael’s leadership. I’d like to thank Brent Willits for his record of service at Penn National and for the solid foundation he built at Zia Park since assuming the GM role at the facility in 2010. On behalf of the entire senior management team at Penn National, I wish him the best in his retirement.”
SEPT 28, 2012
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letter to the editor
just read the SureBet article regarding trainer John Bassett’s 10-year suspension and $10,000 fine. I’ve known John for more years than I can remember, and written dozens of stories about his headline triumphs. Do I know anyone nicer than John? No, I don’t. Do I know anyone more pleasant or more accommodating? No, I do not. Speaking with John always carried a pronounced dose of humor. He can rattle off one-liners with an ease that equals trainer Bob Baffert. That, of course, isn’t surprising since the two men have been friends for decades and frequently traveled together when Baffert still lived in the world of Quarter Horses. In other words, I truly like John Bassett, his wife Ann and his son Joe (Bear). I do not, however, like what two laboratories say about John; that he allegedly injected his horses with dermorphin (frog juice). I do not like what he is accused of doing. If true, it was dishonest; it was an act of cheating. . There’s an old saying that tells us everyone has at least a little larceny in his/her heart. Luckily, most of us require a strong catalyst to awaken that larceny and to, subsequently, push us to act on it. Catalysts such as money. Fame. Greed. And competition. Catalysts such as owners jerking their horse(s) from a trainer’s barn because of too few trips to the winner’s circle. I honestly can’t pinpoint when or where racing veered off the proper path. Maybe it was never on the proper path in the first place. We know the “old days” at bush track were wide open for an “anything goes” policy. Were we unable to make the transition when we moved into major league venues? Was it a way of life that we just couldn’t abandon? Were the temptations too great? Everyone in the industry has heard the adage telling us, “The horse makes the trainer. The trainer doesn’t make the horse.” Every trainer who pulls on a pair of boots before the sun comes up is waiting….waiting for his first big horse. That’s the horse with the shiny key dangling from his halter. That’s the key that opens all the stall doors in a trainer’s barn, filling them with more and more horses. Nobody wants to hang around with a loser when there’s a winner available just a few steps down the shed row. Unfortunately, becoming a trainer is somewhat akin 22 SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45
to becoming a politician. The most honest, upstanding, plain-dealing person in the world can enter the political ranks and, in six months, morph into a wheeler-dealer who’ll miss not a single heartbeat when he cheats the people who elected him. Drugs have gummed up the wheels of racing. The general public either doesn’t know us, or they do know us but don’t like us. Our horses suffer, physically and mentally. We fix it so they don’t feel the pain of minor injuries that easily change into lifethreatening, or life-ending, circumstances. A horse with a broken, flopping leg continues straining for the wire. He doesn’t know his leg is broken until he falls down on the track, perhaps injuring, or killing, his rider while simultaneously jeopardizing the well-being of other horses and jockeys. And let’s not forget about all the owners who write check after check for futurity payments, while unequivocally telling their trainers no drugs? Are they wasting their money? We initiated DNA testing so we could be assured of the parentage of our horses. We thought that eliminated the cheating. But it didn’t. Not fully. Do we know, for sure, that the big money-earning colt we breed to for several thousand dollars really earned that money on his own merits? Or did he amass those dollars on a needle? We don’t know the answer. We must eradicate racing’s drug culture. We must do it for the sake of everyone. I literally and audibly gasped when I read about the 10-year suspension. None of us has ever witnessed such stiff punishment but that kind of discipline is the only thing that will work for us. And in cases where guilt is not disputed, the punishment must stick because that is what will announce, in no uncertain terms, that the decades of drug abuse are coming to a halt. Besides, the fact that this allegedly happened to such a recognized and applauded trainer, means it can definitely happen to everyone else. It’s time for all of us to know the names of the horses who are the runners, truly and honestly. The New Mexico Racing Commission took an important step. Let’s see if it works or, possibly, if the affected horses simply be “transferred?” Diane Ciarloni email@example.com www.dianeciarloni.com
The organization plans to use monies collected from corporate sponsorships to assist governing bodies with better testing and tighter testing procedures. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Racing Free.
SEPT 27, 2012 Amarillo, TX Cold Cash firm at No. 1 – World champion regains unanimous status at top of national poll Top-ranked Cold Cash 123 coasted to a handy score Sunday in the Go Man Go Handicap (Grade 1) at Los Alamitos and was made the unanimous choice as the No. 1 older horse in the land in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow. com National Top-10 rankings. Topranked all season, Cold Cash 123 had held a narrow 96-94 lead for the No. 1 spot in the balloting over All American Derby (Grade 1) winner Ochoa heading into last week’s Go Man Go. The national poll saw quite a bit of shifting this week in addition to the separation at the top spot. Go Man Go runner-up Creston Goer parlayed his second-place finish into a No. 10 spot in the rankings, while Rylees Boy dropped out of the poll after a last-place finish at Los Alamitos. Senor Toby, third in the Go Man Go, returned to the Top 10 this week after an absence and landed at No. 8. As for the 2-year-olds this week, All American Futurity (Grade 1) champ One Dashing Eagle remains the unanimous No. 1 in the balloting. Pollsters made a minor shift just below him, however, swapping BP Cartels Alibi and Carters Cookie at No. 3 and No. 4. National rankings, 2-year-olds 1. ONE DASHING EAGLE (100) 2. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (85) 3. BP CARTELS ALIBI (72) 3. CARTERS COOKIE (71) 5. LOTA PYC (51) 6. SUDDEN THOUGHTS (48) 7. EL DUERO (37) 8. RONNIE JAMES (18) 9. BLACKBERRY CZECH (17) 10. AHA MOMENT (16) Sassmaster (11), Native Tea Rose (12), Ms Jingles (6), Dash For Coronas (5), Krash Cartel (5), Sum Better Stuff (1) National rankings, 3-year-olds & older 1. COLD CASH 123 (100)
2. OCHOA (89) 3. EL AGUILA REAL (80) 4. EXECUTIVE BRASS (51) 5. LLANO TELLER (50) 6. JLS MR BIGTIME (44) 7. PRICELESS FEATURE (31) 8. SENOR TOBY (24) 9. A TOSS UP (17) 10. CRESTON GOER (16) Terrific Synergy (13), Rylees Boy (10), Check My Thoughts (6), Hez Our Secret (6), Jess Featureme Quick (5), BPS Jumpn Frisco (4), Ethics Aside (2), New Look (1), Sparky E Boy (1)
Blanca Equine near Ruidoso Downs. The sprinting son of champion sire Cimarron Secret won 18 times, 2nd eight times and once 3rd in 36 starts with career earnings of $553,456. RACE RECORD: Lookinforthesecret-TB. In TB races: At 2, unraced; at 3, two wins, once 2nd in 3 starts; at 4, two wins, once 2nd, once 3rd; at 5, eight wins (Turf Dash S. (TAM, $42,500), Honor the Hero Turf Express S. (CBY, $27,000), Minnesota H. B. P. A. Sprint S. (CBY, $27,000)), 4 times 2nd (Hilton Garden Inn Sprint S. The 10 voters are: Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announc- (TAM, $10,000), Claiming Crown Rapid Transit S.[N]) in 13 starts; er/handicapper) at 6, six wins (Bob Umphrey Turf Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, Sprint Championship H. [L] (CRC, SureBet Racing News, writer/ $120,000), etc. Totals: 18 wins handicapper) (3), 8 times 2nd (2), once 3rd in Mike Cusortelli (SureBet Racing 36 starts. Earned $553,456(USA) News, writer/handicapper) ($543,740, $10,000(CAN)). Last Mike Joyce (TVG analyst) raced in 2008. His dam is the multiple Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, Surestakes producing Vicksburg (TB) Bet Racing News, network televimare Looking Better, dam of 100 sion producer) percent winner from starters. She Dale Day (Remington Park anis also the dam of stakes-placed nouncer/handicapper) Best Westerner, a full brother to Jerry Shottenkirk (Q-Racing Ace, Lookinforthesecret. The second handicapper/oddsmaker) dam is half sister to Grade 1 Jeremy Plonk (Night School coMother Goose Stakes winner founder/host) Bushfire ($802,507) and stakes Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com winners Maracaibo ($222,924), handicapper) Frosty’s Girl ($157,701), Frosty’s On Track ($111,890), etc. Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Lookinforthesecret’s first Form, SureBet Racing News and crop will be two-year-olds in AQHA) 2013. 2013 fee has been set at AQHA news and information is $1,500 / considerations. a service of AQHA publications. For additional information or For more information on The breeding contracts contact Kim American Quarter Horse Journal Saunders - Farm: 575.378.0043 or America’s Horse, visit AQHA Cell: 575.430.7084 - Email: ksaunPublications. firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPT 26, 2012 Ruidoso Downs, NM Multiple stakes winner Lookinforthesecret to stand at Sierra Blanca Equine
Hempstead, TX Touch Tone to Lane’s End Texas
Touch Tone , who sired the first two finishers in this year’s Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park, will stand in 2013 at William Reliance Ranches, LLC’s S. Farish’s Lane’s End Texas near multiple stakes winning ThorHempstead, Texas. A fee will be oughbred Lookinforthesecret will announced later. Touch Tone stand the 2013 season at Sierra formerly stood at JEH Stallion
Station near Pilot Point, Texas. In the Texas Stallion Stakes, Im a Bear won, and Perfect Meadow finished second. The victory was the second stakes win for Im a Bear. Fourteen-year-old Touch Tone also has sired stakes winner Hidden Recipe and stakes-placed No Other Tone. As a racehorse, Touch Tone (Pick Up the Phone—Super Seniorita, by El Baba) won the Iowa Derby and the Alysheba Breeders’ Cup Stakes and finished second to Horse of the Year Point Given in the Haskell Invitational Handicap (Grade 1). A son of Grade 3 winner Pick Up the Phone, Touch Tone is out of the El Baba mare Super Senorita. Touch Tone, a $230,000 2-year-old, was bred in Florida by Sandra Ezell and raced by Tom Durant. For additional information contact: Danny Shifflett (979) 826-3366; Cell: (713) 303-8509; E-mail: email@example.com.
SEPT 24, 2012 Hobbs, NM Two track records broken at Zia Park Two track records fell at Zia Park in consecutive races on Monday at 5 1/2 furlongs and 6 1/2 furlongs. First, a track record that has stood since Zia Park opened in 2005 fell when Pretend and Extend won the eighth race at 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.73, besting the previous record of 1:15.00 held by Jungle Prince. Then in the ninth race, Jam’n Jackson won at 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:01.42, which broke the previous record of 1:02.00 set by Rapper S S in 2009. Pretend and Extend’s trackrecord win came in a $6,250 claiming race by 10 1/4 lengths. The previous record was set by Jungle Prince in the $80,400 Zia Park Express Stakes on Dec. 4, 2005, the closing day of Zia Park’s inaugural season. Pretend and Extend, a 4-year-old who won his second race in his 19th start, is
owned Harry Veruchi and trained by Jon Arnett and was ridden by Alejandro Medellin. The sectional times were 22.52 seconds for the first quarter mile, 44.50 seconds for the half mile and 1:08.50 for three-quarter miles. In the next race, Jam’n Jackson blitzed through an opening quarter mile in 21.02 seconds and half mile in 43.02 seconds before stopping the clock in 1:01.42 for a 3/4-length win in an allowance optional claiming race. The previous record was set by Rapper S S in an allowance optional claiming race on Oct. 12, 2009. Jam’n Jackson, a 4-year-old winner of five of 10 lifetime races, was making his first start since February. He won the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Klaq Handicap at Sunland Park in December 2011. He is owned by Halord and Pamela Tillema, is trained by Johnnie Nall, and was ridden by Enrique Gomez. 5 1/2 f: Monday’s record - Jam’n Jackson, 1:01.42; old - Rapper S S, 1:02.00, 10/12/09 6 1/2 f: Monday’s record - Pretend and Extend, 1:14.73; old Jungle Prince, 1:15.00, 12/04/05
SEPT 23, 2012 Oklahoma City, OK Heritage sale concludes with gains in average and median The Heritage Place September yearling sale concluded on Saturday in Oklahoma City with the average and median priced increasing for the third year in a row. The average rose 4.8% from 2011 while the median grew an impressive 11 percent. “We had a great crowd on hand for the sale, and we are looking forward to an exciting Fall Mixed Sale in November,” Spence Kidney, Heritage Place Director of Operations, said Saturday evening. The final results included a gross of $8.28 million for the 627 yearlings that were sold. The average price was $13,210, and the SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45 23
median price was $7,500. Results showed that over 85 percent of the horses were sold, indicating a decrease in repurchases from 2011. However, the gross declined from $9.36 million in 2011 due to the fact that the 2012 sale cataloged 177 less head than last year. A $185,000 Corona Cartel colt purchased by Jesus Alfredo Soto topped the sale during the opening session on Thursday. Consigned by Lazy E Ranch LLC, agent for Mackie Racing, Surging Market was bred in Oklahoma and produced from the two-time champion mare Mongoose Jet Eye ($447,550), by Mr Eye Opener. Mongoose Jet Eye has produced six ROM including three stakes horses. The second dam is the stakes winner and Grade 1-placed First Down Dash mare Moongose Effort ($94,878). The family also includes stakes winner Special Mongoose ($205,096). The sale’s second-highest price of $170,000 also came in
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the first session. Burnett Ranches LLC and Johnny Trotter purchased the daughter of Corona Cartel produced from the Heritage Place Futurity (Grade 1) winner First Carolina ($415,047). She is a full sister to Rainbow Juvenile (R) winner Denver Pass and recent Ruidoso Select Sale high-seller Carol On My Mind, who brought a final bid of $520,000. James Ranch, agent, consigned Ms First Prize Rose, whose second dam is former AQHA Broodmare of the Year Fast Prize Dash, a full sister to all-time leading sire First Down Dash. Jesus Alfredo Soto Jr. was the sale’s leading buyer with two yearlings for $225,000. Joe M. Flores purchased seven head for $222,500, and LMR Mgt. bought five yearlings totaling $209,000. James Ranch, agent, was the sale’s leading consignor with 13 yearlings totaling $465,500. 6666 Ranch, agent, had 32 head bring $356,900, and Bobby D. Cox sold 20 yearlings for $346,300.
First Down Dash was the leading sale sire, with stallions selling two or more yearlings, with three averaging $63,833. Corona Cartel had 13 for a $63,769 average, and Mr Jess Perry sold 13 head for a $44,615 average. Foose was the leading first sale crop sire with seven head averaging $13,814, followed by Coronas Fast Dash who had two head average $13,350.
Auburn, WA Class Included Horse of the Meeting; ‘Machine, ‘Finale also double winners Michael and Amy Feuerborn’s Class Included became only the second filly or mare to be honored as Horse of the Meeting as Emerald Downs announced its season honors Sunday on closing day of the track’s 17th season. Trained by Jim Penney, the ultra-consistent 4-year-old filly rattled off three stakes victories, compiled a 4-1-0 record in five starts overall, and finished first in earnings with $112,575. A Feuerborn homebred by Include out of A Classic Life, Class Included has five stakes wins in two seasons at Emerald Downs and her career mark is 9-6-0 in 15 starts with earnings of $323,224. She now has won three titles at Emerald Downs: 2012 Horse of the Meeting, 2012 Top Older Filly or Mare and 2011 Top 3-Year-Old Filly. Horse of the Meeting was hotly contested as both Makors Finale and Winning Machine also received multiple votes. Neither went home empty-handed as Makors Finale, the meet’s only four-time stakes winner, received honors as Top 3-year-Old Male and Top Washington-Bred, and Winning Machine, who missed by a head to Taylor Said in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile, was voted Top Older Horse and Top Sprinter. Tom Wenzel, trainer of Makors Finale, and Frank Lucarelli, conditioner of Winning Machine, both enjoyed sensational 2012
meetings. In addition to Makors Finale, Wenzel trained Top Juvenile Filly Goin to the Window and multiple stakes-winning 3-year-old filly Exclusive Diva, and Wenzel’s eight stakes wins tied for third highest total in track history. Lucarelli claimed his second straight Emerald Downs training title and fifth overall by a 43-40 margin over 10-time champion Tim McCanna. During the meet, the 55-year-old Lucarelli joined Tim McCanna as the only trainers to win 700 races here and just missed winning his first Mile, as 6-year-old Winning Machine battled head-and-head with Taylor Said in the 77th running of the Northwest’s biggest race. Winning Machine’s owners— Dr. Raymond Kwik and Paul Goldberg—also own Top 3-Year-Old Filly Champagneandcaviar, who emerged from the claiming ranks to win both the Washington Oaks and Kent Handicap for trainer Howard Belvoir. Both Winning Machine and Champagneandcaviar are Kentucky-breds out of the same dam, Dance With Carson. The steady Juan Gutierrez captured his first Emerald Downs riding title by a 117-97 margin over defending champion Leslie Mawing, and the 43-year-old Gutierrez posted a track record 26.5 win percentage and was honored with Top Riding Achievement. The 2012 meet marked the 11th straight year that Gutierrez finished in the top five in the standings, and he also moved into second place all-time with 995 wins at Emerald Downs. The amazing Don Munger was tabbed for Top Training Achievement after saddling career-high 20 winners at age 88, and Munger and wife Wanda also were the meet’s leading owners with 20 wins. Other awards went to 23-year-old Eliska Kubinova for a record 75 wins by an apprentice rider, and jockey Javier Matias and trainer Dan Markle were recognized with the Lindy Award and Durkan Award for achievement and sportsmanship.
Emerald Downs’ 2012 Season Honors Horse of the Meeting Class Included (KY) Top WA-bred Makors Finale (WA) Top Older Horse Winning Machine (KY) Top Sprinter Winning Machine (KY) Top Older Filly or Mare Class Included (KY) Top 3-year-old Male Makors Finale (WA) Top 3-year-old Filly Champagneandcaviar (KY) Top Juvenile Male Music of My Soul (WA) Top Juvenile Filly Goin to the Window (KY) Top Claimer Rocky’s Quest Race of the Meet 77th Longacres Mile, Aug. 19 Top Training Achievement Don Munger Top Riding Achievement Juan Gutierrez, first EmD title Durkan Award Dan Markle Lindy Award Javier Matias Leading Rider Juan Gutierrez (117 wins) Leading Trainer Frank Lucarelli (43 wins) Leading Owner Mr. & Mrs. Don L. Munger (20 wins) Leading Apprentice Eliska Kubinova (75 wins)
SEPT 20, 2012 Inglewood, CA $750,000 CashCall Futurity tops Autumn stakes schedule The $750,000-guaranteed CashCall Futurity, an annual stop for future Triple Crown contenders, will once again be the most lucrative event on the stakes calendar for the 2012 Autumn meet at Betfair Hollywood Park. A total of 18 stakes races with purses of more than $3.8
BETFAIR HOLLYWOOD PARK 2012 AUTUMN STAKES SCHEDULE
Nov. 10 Real Quiet Stakes, 2YO $100,000 1 1/16 mile Nov. 11 Sharp Cat Stakes, 2YO Fillies $100,000 1 1/16 mile Nov. 17 On Trust Handicap, 3YO & Up, Cal Breds $75,000 added* 7 1/2 Furlongs Nov. 18 Cat’s Cradle Handicap, 3YO & Up, Fillies & Mares, Cal Breds $75,000 added* 7 1/2 Furlongs Nov. 22 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (Grade 3), 2YO $100,000 7 Furlongs Nov. 23 Citation Handicap (Grade 2), 3YO & Up $250,000 1 1/16 mile (Turf) Nov. 24 Miesque Stakes (Grade 3), 2YO Fillies $100,000 1 Mile (Turf) Nov. 24 Generous Stakes (Grade 2), 2YO $100,000 1 Mile (Turf) Nov. 25 The Matriarch (Grade 1), 3YO & Up, Fillies & Mares $250,000 1 Mile (Turf) Nov. 25 Hollywood Derby (Grade 1), 3YO $250,000 1 1/4 mile (Turf) Dec. 1 Native Diver Handicap (Grade 3), 3YO & Up $250,000@ 1 1/8 mile $100,000 6 Furlongs Dec. 2 Vernon O. Underwood (Grade 3), 3YO & Up Dec. 8 Hollywood Starlet (Grade 1), 2YO Fillies $500,000 Guaranteed 1 1/16 mile Dec. 8 Bayakoa Handicap (Grade 2), Fillies & Mares, 3YO & Up $200,000# 1 1/16 mile $200,000 7 Furlongs Dec. 9 Soviet Problem Stakes, 2YO Fillies, California Breds Dec. 15 CashCall Futurity (Grade 1), 2YO $750,000 Guaranteed 1 1/16 mile $250,000 1 1/2 mile (Turf) Dec. 15 Hollywood Turf Cup (Grade 2), 3YO & Up Dec. 16 King Glorious Stakes, 2YO, California Breds $200,000 7 Furlongs * Includes $10,000 from the Cal-Bred Fund; @ Includes $150,000 from Oak Tree Racing Association; # Includes $50,000 from Oak Tree Racing Association
million are scheduled for the 24-day season, which begins Thursday, Nov. 8 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 16. Three other fixtures on the Autumn schedule received sizable increases. The Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet, which was $250,000 guaranteed in 2011, will offer a $500,000 guaranteed purse for its 32nd running Saturday, Dec. 8. The Starlet is for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track. Now sponsored by the Oak Tree Racing Association, the Native Diver Handicap, a Grade 3 for older horses at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track, has seen its purse rise to $250,000 in 2012 from $100,000 in 2011. The 34th Native Diver will be run Saturday, Dec. 1. A Grade 2 for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Bayakoa –also sponsored by the Oak Tree Racing Association - has been bumped from $150,000 to $200,000. The Bayakoa will be contested for the 31st time Saturday, Dec. 8. A not-for-profit group of California owners and breeders, Oak Tree conducted fall meets annually from 1969-2010 with the most recent season held at Betfair Hollywood Park. The Oak Tree Racing Association has con-
tributed well over $26 million to endeavors benefiting the racing industry and local communities. The Grade 1 Futurity, in the sixth year of sponsorship by the consumer loans company founded by renowned horse ownerbreeder J. Paul Reddam, who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness earlier this year with I’ll Have Another, has produced six Kentucky Derby champions and winners of 15 Triple Crown races since its inaugural running in 1981. The 32nd CashCall Futurity – for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track – will be part of a stakes doubleheader Saturday. Dec. 15. The $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup, a Grade 2 at 1 ½ miles, will also be offered. Sharing the spotlight with the Futurity and Hollywood Starlet is the Turf Festival, which will be stagedfor the 19th time in 20 years over Thanksgiving weekend. The three-day Festival consists of five graded races, including two Grade 1 events – the $250,000 Matriarch for fillies and mares at one mile and the $250,000 Hollywood Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 ¼ miles. Both will be run Sunday, Nov. 25. The $250,000 Citation, a Grade 2 at 1 1/16 miles, kicks off the Festival Friday, Nov. 23.
The Saturday, Nov. 24 program will feature a pair of Grade 3’s for 2-year-olds at one mile – the $100,000 Miesque – for fillies – and the $100,000 Generous. Two additions to the calendar are the $200,000 Soviet Problem Stakes for 2-year-old fillies bred in California and the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes for California bred 2-year-olds. The pair of seven furlong contests are part of the Golden State Series, a 27-race program for horses bred in the state. The Soviet Problem is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 9 while the King Glorious is the closing day (Sunday, Dec. 16) feature. The Autumn Meet stakes schedule, which includes 12 graded races, begins with the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes Saturday, Nov. 10. Named in honor of the winner of the 1997 Futurity as well as the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and 1999 Hollywood Gold Cup, the Real Quiet is for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track.
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Hooper has notified the Board of Directors of his resignation, to be effective no later than Nov. 9. In his letter, Hooper stated, “It has been a distinct honor to serve as the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s executive director for nearly 15 years. Many of the best memories will last a lifetime as will the friendships made.” He goes on to say, “I want to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all presidents, officers and directors of the Texas Thoroughbred Association for the support and confidence I have enjoyed during my tenure.” Hooper will be serving as Association Steward at the Fair Grounds for the 2012-13 Thoroughbred meet. The TTA Board of Directors thanks Mr. Hooper for his years of service and wishes him well in his new position.
ing distribution. “The Global Simulcast Marketplace has created new interest in the Symposium; it’s attracting participation from new companies as well as bringing others back who’ve been regular attendees in previous years. The diverse conference agenda should have broad appeal and create an environment conducive to conducting business between many different stakeholders in racing,” said Doug Reed, director of the Race Track Industry Program. Panel sessions slated for the event include: Marketability of simulcast products for the international audience As technology advances, allowing for more opportunities in the international marketplace, many new questions must be answered. What product attributes are most desirable in the various international markets? How do Tucson, AZ you begin to market and sell your Agenda announced for racing product? What are the 2012 Global Symposium expectations once you move out of the domestic sales market? on Racing & Gaming The University of Arizona’s The changing face of account Race Track Industry Program towagering Global online wagering has day released the tentative agenda grown dramatically, making the for the 2012 Global Symposium landscape in which racing operon Racing & Gaming to be held Dec, 3 - 6 at the Westin La Paloma ates much more complex. It has Resort in Tucson, Ariz. Scheduled become increasingly difficult for tracks and regulators to know topics cover a wide range of the players and follow the dollars issues from account wagering wagered. Speakers discuss this to marketing to promoting the growth and how to navigate off-the-track Thoroughbred. through the complexity of EuroParticipants from five conpean and North American online tinents, more than 40 organizations and hundreds of tracks are wagering. already being represented at the The growth of wagering “on Global Simulcast Marketplace. the go” Offered for the first time this year, Panelists discuss the recent this unique event brings togeth- growth and trends in mobile waer domestic and foreign attendgering as well as what they see ees who are involved in buying as its future impact. How big is and selling the racing product, the shift from laptops and I-Pads thus creating an opportunity for to smart phones? How must our them to expand their business in business adapt? What’s the next the international market of racmove racing needs to make to
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keep up with society’s expectations? Redevelopment strategies to increase business at North American race tracks For the first time in a public forum, Paul Roberts, UK-based Director of Turnberry Consulting, will address his perspective on redevelopment strategies for race tracks and racing organizations. This is not an architectural design or construction “how to” session, but an in-depth business strategy tutorial that sets up a hypothesis and identifies key issues, all the while utilizing relevant examples to illustrate why success occurs.
fessionals and online wagering operators will discover the goals of these games as well as the rewards associated with them. The Mark Kaufman workshop presented by the Turf Publicists of America - adapting to the new racing media From track press boxes that were once bustling places and are now almost ghost towns; to members of the major media who don’t understand racing but still charge ahead with front page stories; to the demise of the professional racing journalists – what is the strategy for adapting to the new racing media? Keeping racing relevant and Perspectives on marketing to the pari-mutuel side of the new and casual customers Executives report on cutting- racino profitable It’s readily apparent that edge strategies being used to racing can’t rely on slot revenues attract, educate and entertain to fuel the industry. What’s being racing’s “new” customers. Track managers, as well as marketing done to make sure that racing personnel, will find a number stands on its own at both racino of ideas they can immediately and non-racino venues? What implement at their own tracks. more can, or must, be done? Panelists share their strategies Does your social media meaand successes in keeping racing sure up? relevant. Social media has become a household term. No longer the Back in fashion: How tracks “new kid in town,” almost every and horsemen can benefit organization has integrated from the renewed interest in some form of social media into Thoroughbreds their business model, devoting Racetracks and racing orgamany resources to it. Racing is nizations are becoming involved no exception. But how should in the support and promotion tracks measure the ROI? Experts of the Thoroughbred’s return to discuss how to determine the prominence in competition outeconomic impact of these efforts side the racing oval and changand evaluate if they are meeting ing the image of the post racing Thoroughbred from “unwanted” the organization’s goals. to “asset.” Participants share their The games people play experiences, the resources availDevelopers present the able and the positive PR these latest social, casual and virtual racing games designed to attract events bring to all facets of the racing industry. people to the sport. From the social games that pit a number of Barriers to dealing with “the 1 participants against each other, to percent” What are the barriers to casual games that are played solo, eliminating the 1 percent of to games in which players work licensees who account for over through levels of competency – track managers, marketing pro- 24 percent of rule violations? This
small percentage of participants not only hurts the public image of racing but also drives owners and trainers, who believe they aren’t competing on a level playing field, from the sport. Speakers address this topic with real examples in various jurisdictions.
3), Sunland Distance Challenge (Grade 3) and Master Sales Handicap-twice. He was second in the Oklahoma Distance Challenge and a finalist in the Hobbs America Derby (Grade 2), West Texas Derby (Grade 2) and New Mexico Derby Challenge (Grade 3). E-Verify Town Hall A son of AQHA Racing chamThe Outreach and Verification pion Panther Mountain, his first Division of the U.S. Citizenship & crop is two-year-olds this year. Immigration Services will present Gone To The Mountain is out a “Town Hall” meeting concerning of the multiple ROM producing E-Verify. A short presentation of Fast Lindy mare Lindys Bouquet, the program will be followed by dam of five winners and six ROM. a discussion regarding the best The second dam is the stakes way to implement and use the producing Easily Smashed mare program at race tracks. Prides Bouquet, dam of stakes Once again, Harness Tracks winner and Grade 3 stakesof America is holding their annual placed Bobbys Royal Crown. meeting in association with the 2013 fee: $1,500 - For adconference as well as providing ditional information or breeding content for the panel sessions. contracts contact Kim Saunders Along with the presentation of at 575-378-0043 or 575-430-7084. the Mark Kaufman Workshop, the Turf Publicists of America will honor their Big Sport of Turfdom Award winner during a luncheon Cypress, CA on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Charlton earns first QuarThe complete panel descriptions, scheduling and a listing of ter Horse riding victory Cheryl Charlton, currently other events associated with the the meet’s runaway leading Global Symposium on Racing & jockey in the Thoroughbred Gaming can be found at http:// rankings, piloted her first Quarter www.ua-rtip.org/symposium_ Horse winner when she guided racing_gaming/agenda. Parsons Ranch’s Who Dat Dynasty to victory in Friday’s second race Ruidoso Downs, NM Two-time champion Gone at Los Alamitos. Charlton, 25, has won 79 To The Mountain to stand Thoroughbred races this season at Sierra Blanca Equine in and has a chance to set a single 2013 season win record at Los AlamiTwo-time AQHA Racing tos this year. Yet, her first Quarter champion Gone To The Mountain Horse victory ranks among her will stand the 2013 breeding sea- most meaningful of her riding son at Sierra Blanca Equine near career. Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. “It’s a great feeling to win a Owned and bred by Clyde Quarter Horse race,” said Charlton, Woerner, Gone To The Mountain who had been runner-up with won or placed in 20 of 25 starts, three of her previous four Quarter earning $458,837. He was named Horse mounts. “I finally broke my the AQHA Racing Champion maiden and I had a great time Aged Stallion and Champion Dis- doing it. I love Quarter Horses tance Horses. He won the Grade because they are so fast and it’s 1 AQHA Distance Challenge an adrenalin rush to be on one. Championship, Hobbs America For me, the rush in riding a ThorFuturity (Grade 2), New Mexico oughbred is right at the break and Distance Challenge (Grade 3), the start of the race, and that’s the Herman Jefferson Stakes (Grade adrenalin rush that I get from rid-
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ing in a Quarter Horse race. I just love how fast they are.” Chris O’Dell saddled Who Dat Dynasty. “I am so thankful to Chris for given the opportunity to ride some very good Quarter Horses,” she added. “He’s given me a chance to work with these horses in the morning. I’ve been helping him with these horses and I’ve gotten a chance to know them. That helps out a lot. I hope this is just the first of my wins aboard Quarter Horses.”
SEPT 10, 2012 Opelousas, LA Evangeline Downs’ handle rises on 2012 Thoroughbred season Evangeline Downs’ recently concluded Spring/Summer Thoroughbred season recorded solid numbers including increases in average nightly handle, average
nightly on-track handle, and total on-track handle for the 84-night season. The season, which ended on Saturday, Sept. 8, posted a nightly average handle of $1.389 million, an increase of 4.3 percent from 2011’s average of $1.331 million. Nightly average on-track handle rose sharply, up 9 percent to $62,751 from last year’s $57,551. Total on-track handle was $5.2 million, up from $5 million, despite a total of five less racing nights compared to 2011. Total handle for the season was $1.15 million, compared to last year’s $1.17 million. Evangeline Downs, known as the “Home of the Biggest Fields” continued to live up to that moniker as average field size was once again one of the highest in the nation. A total of 8,145 horses started during the 877 races, an average of 9.29 per race. Steve Darbonne, Director of Racing Operations at Evangeline
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Downs stated “We set the bar high here at Evangeline Downs, and I’m proud but not content with our results. Like everyone else, we are facing difficult economic times here in Louisiana, but we continue to offer an exciting and varied product featuring full fields, often producing big payoffs that horse racing fans and bettors across the United States have come to embrace and expect from us.” Plenty of money was also available to horsemen, as a total of $15.831 million was paid out over the season, an average of Diego Saenz. more than $190,000 a program. Photo courtesy of Evangeline Downs
Diego Saenz repeats as leading rider at Evangeline Downs
leading rider title and the fourth in the past four years at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino at Diego Saenz, the 33-yearthe recently concluded 84-night old native of Chihuahua, Mexico spring/summer racing season. pulled clear from a talented and Always close to the top of deep riding colony en route to the standings, Saenz put torecording his second-consecutive gether a strong final-half of the
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season to win the title by doubledigits over runner-up Colby Hernandez and Gerard Melancon. The fan favorite landed in the winner’s circle an impressive 98 times from 508 mounts, and his mounts earned more than $1.65 million, a solid increase from his 2011 totals of 84 wins and $1.435 million in purse earnings. Hernandez tallied 87 victories and earnings of more than $1.487 million, with Melancon recording 83 wins and earnings of more than $1.396 million. Veteran riders Tracy Hebert & Kerwin Clark rounded out the top five with 77 and 49 wins, respectively. In the race for the trainer’s title, it was déjà vu all over again as Karl Broberg put on a strong second half of the season to catch and pass Keith Bourgeois & Sam Breaux. For the 41-yearold Arlington, TX resident who has been training for less than four years after participating in the sport as an owner, it was his second consecutive training title here in Cajun Country. Sending out winners at an impressive 26 percent rate, Broberg hit the winner’s circle 51 times from 194 starters. In addition, his runners finished in-the-money more than 59% of the time and earned more than $743,000. Bourgeois and Breaux, who finished onesecond in the standings for four consecutive seasons before the emergence of Broberg, both had their usual solid seasons hitting the winner’s circle 46 and 43 times, respectively. Corale Richards, with 28 wins, and Brett Brinkman, with 24 wins, rounded out the top five in the standings. Heavy On Themister, trained by third-generation horseman Shawn David, captured the Evangeline Mile and also set a new track record in a six-furlong allowance event en route to being named Horse-of-the-Meet. The Louisiana bred son of Lion Tamer also finished second in his two other starts at the meet earning more than $120,000 for his owners Rebecca Farms, Inc. and T. J. Dickey. Tracy Hebert was the
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SEPT 8, 2012 Auburn, WA Kubinova sets apprentice record with 71st win; Bear Creek goes coast-to-coast in feature Only five days after the first anniversary of her first mount, Eliska Kubinova went into the record books at Emerald Downs. The 23-year-old Kubinova broke the single-season record for wins by an apprentice jockey when she rode Fist Full of Green to a gate-to-wire victory in the third race. It was her 71st win of the meeting, one better than Cassie Papineau’s former mark of 70 set in 2009. The longest shot on the board in the $25,000 optional maiden-claiming race, Fist Full of Green ran 6-½ furlongs in 1:16.05 and paid $21.20. Roy Lumm trains and co-owns the Bertrando gelding with Mort Robbins and James and Linda Kirschman. A Native of Jesenik in the Czech Republic, Kubinova’s rise has been meteoric. She notched her first victory September 10, 2011 at Emerald Downs, and then had a sensational winter at Portland Meadows to finish second with 60 wins—including a six-win day on March 7. Only Juan Gutierrez and Leslie Mawing have more wins at the 2012 Emerald Downs season, and Kubinova still has seven racing days to pad her record. Incidentally, her apprentice weight allowance runs through the end of the meeting. Humble and soft-spoken, Kubinova said she was happy to set the record, and credited horsemen and fans for their season-long support. In a recent Seattle Times interview, she also said boyfriend and fellow jockey Jorge Rosales has been a big help, especially critiquing films of her rides. “He always gives me a hard time,” Kubinova said. “He’s been
Fales Ranch, near Coolidge, Arizona next season. His fee has been set at $1,500. The son of leading sire Corona Cartel won or placed in 12 of 18 career starts, earning $111,037. He won the Q-Racing Stakes, was second in the Heritage Place Derby (Grade2), Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge and was third in the Evangeline Downs Derby-Div. 1 and Live Oak Handicap. He was also a finalist in the Dash For Cash Derby (D2), Sam Houston Derby (Grade 2) and Manor Downs Juvenile Invitational. Eliska Kubinova. Texas Icon setting the fastest Photo courtesy of Emerald Downs qualifying time to the Grade 2 $152,800 Sam Houston Derby at around it for a while, and he can Sam Houston Race Park. see it from a different view than Texas Icon is out of the I see it.” Grade 1 placed Vital Sign mare Jennifer Kate ($65,580), second in the Retama Park Futurity (Grade 1) and third in the Manor Downs Coolidge, AZ Derby (D2). She is the dam of Stakes winner Texas Icon five ROM winners including RG3 to Fales Ranch in Arizona winner Texas Sixes ($90,244), a Ralph and Carolyn Fales have finalist in the Rainbow Futurity purchased the stakes winner and (Grade 1), Texas Classic Derby Grade 2-placed Texas Icon from (Grade 1), etc. owner/breeder Jerry Windham The second dam is the muland will stand him at their farm, tiple stakes producing Kiptydoo
(TB) mare Kipty Kate, dam of stakes winner and Broodmare of the Year Illusive Princess who produced Los Alamitos Million Futurity (Grade 1) and Golden State Futurity (Grade 1) winner First Place Queen ($880,869). This is the immediate family of such stakes horses as Mr Queens
Mystery ($599,381), Jazzy Sixes ($103,913), First Place Princess ($74,269), Katies Award ($73,793), Katies Sign ($63,119), etc. Fales Ranch also stands multiple stakes sire Azyoucansee. For additional information or breeding contracts contact Ralph or Carrie Fales at 520-723-7480.
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RACE RECAPS Photo credits: ARIZONA: Turf Paradise: Coady Photography ARKANSAS: Oaklawn Park: Coady Photography CALIFORNIA: Del Mar: © Benoit Photo Golden Gate Fields: Vassar Photography Los Alamitos Race Course: Scott Martinez Oak Tree/Hollywood Park: © Benoit Photo Santa Anita Race Park: © Benoit Photo COLORADO: Arapahoe Park: Coady Photography FLORIDA: Hialeah Park: Coady Photography IOWA: Prairie Meadows Racetrack: Jack Coady / Coady Photography LOUISIANA: Delta Downs: Emily Stevens / Coady Photography Evangeline Downs Racetrack: Courtesy of Evangeline Downs Fair Grounds: Hodges Photography Louisiana Downs: Natalie Glyshaw / Hodges Photography MINNESOTA: Canterbury Park: Canterbury Park / Andrea Thelen NEW MEXICO: Ruidoso Downs Race Track: Ty Wyant / Roberta Harris Sunland Park: Coady Photography SunRay Park: Coady Photography The Downs at Albuquerque: Coady Photography Zia Park: Coady Photography OKLAHOMA: Remington Park: Dustin Orona Photography Will Rogers Downs: Courtesy of Will Rogers Downs OREGON: Portland Meadows: Courtesy of Portland Meadows TEXAS: Lone Star Park: Reed Palmer Photography Retama Park: Courtesy of Retama Park Sam Houston Race Park: Coady Photography WASHINGTON: Emerald Downs: Courtesy of Emerald Downs
SEPT 30, 2012 Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA Flame N Flash joins Champion of Champions field
How good is Robert Williams’ 3-year-old filly Flame N Flash? We’ll get a final determination in the next few months after she defeated older females in the Grade 1, $150,000 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap for fillies and mares on Sunday night at Los Alamitos. Flame N Flash now points to the Los Alamitos Super Derby to challenge the west coast’s premier three-year-olds and then has a berth in the Grade 1, $750,000 Champion Of Champions by virtue of her win in the Mildred Vessels. The way she ran in the important Mildred Vessels she could earn a championship title and she’s in the hunt with more important races against males in her future. With Francisco Rubio aboard, Flame N Flash got the jump on her competition at the start and then clearly showed she was the best horse in the race while scoring the one-half length victory. She was timed in :19.549 for the 400 yards. This Mauro Eli Zaborowsky’s Thisfeatureissppecial was second and it was another one-half length back to favored thirdplace finisher Fredaville. Flame N Flash was given a rest this summer by trainer Juan Aleman to point to this fall campaign after proving to be one of the better members of her division. The daughter of Walk Thru Fire qualified for the Ed Burke Futurity and then won the Los Alamitos Two Million Juvenile last year. She showed she was ready to take another step forward this year at Los Alamitos when she was a close fourth, just a neck behind Kobe, in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby and then defeated sophomore fillies in the La Primera Del Ano Derby on April 6 before her layoff.
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Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK Politicallycorrect wins Oklahoma Derby
their way into the stretch, Desormeaux was able to move Politicallycorrect off the rail where he had been stalking the pace until the end of the final The $400,000 Oklahoma turn. Once in the clear, the geldDerby was a wide-open affair at ing made up ground to join the the top of the stretch run as six chase for victory but didn’t take competitors were lined up from the straightest path to the finish. the rail out. The widest of the sex“He gave me a great ride untet prevailed as Politicallycorrect, til I swung him out,” Desormeaux despite drifting to the far outside noted. “When I swung him out, of the stretch, won by threehe did explode and take off but quarters of a length under Hall of he was drifting on me. When I Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux. tried to correct him, he slowed Owned by Kenneth & Sarah down so I didn’t do that again. As Ramsey of Nicholasville, Ky. and long as he was progressing and I trained by Wesley Ward, Political- felt like we were going to get him lycorrect gives those connections (Willy Beamin), I was just going to let him drift. I was thankful their second win in the Oklahoma Derby in the last three years. there was no one on the outside.” Willy Beamin, winner of the They scored with Pleasant Prince Grade 1, $500,000 King’s Bishop in the 2010 race. at Saratoga in late August, took As the field of 10 made
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the lead inside the eighth pole but could not hold off the outside charge of Politicallycorrect, settling for second. Called To Serve, third in the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer in August, was just a head behind the runner-up in third. Master Rick, third in the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs, set the pace in the derby, giving way at the top of the stretch, with fractions of :22.20 for the quarter mile; :47.58 for the half mile and 1:12.29 for three-quarters of a mile. Willy Beamin led after a mile in 1:37.36 before the winner hit the finish, handling 1-1/8 miles in 1:50.23 over the fast track. The Remington Park main track was sloppy when racing started on Sunday but improved throughout the card to be fast by the Oklahoma Derby. Away at 10-1 odds, Politicallycorrect paid $22.20 to win, $9.20 to place and $6 to show. Willy Beamin, the beaten 2-1 betting favorite, paid $4.20 to place and $3 to show. Called To Serve paid $3.80 to show. Bred in Kentucky by the Ramseys, Politicallycorrect is by Kitten’s Joy from the Tale of the Cat mare Exceedexpectations. The Oklahoma Derby was his third career win from a dozen starts and the first-place check of $240,000 moves his overall money to $351,375. This was the first Oklahoma 32 SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45
Derby win for Desormeaux in his first attempt here. Rounding out the finish in the field of 10 were Suns Out Guns Out (4th), Prospective (5th) Daddy Nose Best (6th) Master Rick (7th), Ted’s Folly (8th) Speightscity (9th) and Diamond Joe (10th). The Oklahoma Derby was supported by four other divisional stakes events on the biggest day of the Remington Park season. Only the derby and Remington Park Oaks had winners who scored by more than a head.
the winner throughout the race before tiring in the final furlong for third. Sticks Wondergirl was 7-2 in the wagering and paid $9.60 to win, $3.80 to place and $2.80 to show. Jemima’s Pearl paid $3 to place and $2.20 to show. Yankee Union paid $2.40 to show. Lightly raced, Sticks Wondergirl won her third race and first stakes, from just four starts. The Oaks was the third consecutive triumph for the daughter of Stevie Wonderboy, the 2005 Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old, from the Quiet American mare Y Coun$250,000 Remington Park try. She earned $150,000 for the Oaks Oaks to bump her career money The 3-year-old fillies took the to $191,638. main track three races prior to the Oklahoma Derby with a gate- $200,000 Remington Park to-wire victor in speedy Sticks Sprint Cup Wondergirl taking the Oaks. In the most thrilling finish of Owned by the Nicholasville, the day, Alsvid won a microscopKy. partnership of Alvin Haynes ic photo-finish over Apprehender and Beth Burchell, Sticks Wonto win the Sprint Cup by a nose. dergirl was ridden by Jon Court, Owned by Black Hawk Stable making every pole a winning one of Elk City, Okla. and trained by in the 1-1/16 miles event. Trained Chris Hartman, Alsvid swept the by Greg Burchell, Sticks Wonder- big sprint races at Remington girl set fractions of :23.58 for the Park this season, adding the quarter-mile; ;47.45 for the halfSprint Cup to his score in the mile and 1:11.86 for six furlongs $100,000 David M. Vance Stakes before finishing out in 1:44.05 in August. Regular rider Chris over the muddy main track. Landeros was up for the victory Beaten even-money favorite as the pair covered six furlongs in Jemima’s Pearl tried to reel in 1:09.46 over the good main track Sticks Wondergirl in the stretch in race seven. but could only get within threeAlsvid took the lead in the quarters of a length, settling for Sprint Cup in the stretch and second. Yankee Union pressed looked like he was going to draw
clear. Apprehender had other ideas after pressing the pace until the stretch, he did not yield when the winner passed, digging in to battle to the finish. The 8-5 wagering favorite, Alsvid paid $5.40 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.40 to show. Apprehender returned $8 to place and $4.20 to show. Que Posse was five lengths behind the top two, paying $3 to show. A 3-year-old gelding by Officer from the Afternoon Deelites mare Reagle Mary, Alsvid won his third career Remington Park stakes race and his seventh race overall from 10 starts. His fourth overall win at Remington Park was worth $120,000 and moved his career earnings to $361,465. Alsvid was bred in Kentucky by Yanagawa Stud.
$125,000 Remington Green Stakes
Due to over three days of rain in Oklahoma City, all of the derby day turf races were pulled from the turf course with the exception of two stakes events. The Green was run over good turf with Lockout just getting up over a Golden Yank in battle in the final strides. Owned by Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Famer John Oxley of Tulsa, Okla. and trained by Mark Casse, Lockout was ridden by Jermaine Bridgmohan who made a triumphant return to Remington Park. Bridgmohan
was the leading rider here in 2009 with 82 wins. Lockout sat just off the pace set by Global Power then made his winning run in the lane. He hooked up with Golden Yank with less than a furlong to go then just edged the veteran 7-year-old by a head at the line, covering 1-1/16 miles over the sod in 1:42.21. At 4-1 in the wagering, Lockout paid $10.20 to win, $5.20 to place and $3 to show. Golden Yank returned $3.80 to place and $2.60 to show. Global Power paid $2.40 to show as the beaten 7-5 wagering favorite. Bred in Kentucky by Columbiana Farm, Lockout is a 3-yearold colt by Limehouse from the Wild Deputy mare Non Sibi. The green represented his third career win from nine attempts and made another $75,000 to go into his lifetime bankroll of $258,527.
tions with an emotional victory. Poteet, who co-bred Skedee with John Lowder, passed away earlier this week. Trained by Mary Lowder and ridden by Benny Landeros, Skedee was 3-1 in the wagering and paid $8.40 to win, $ 4.60 to place and $3 to show. Oopsville Slew returned $13.20 to place and $5.60 to show. Miranda Diane set the pace before tiring to third, paying $2.80 to show. The Ladies on the Lawn was the eighth win from 28 career starts for Skedee, a 7-year-old mare by Sefapiano from the De Sarmiento mare Phuri Dai. Her seventh Remington Park win was worth $30,000 and jumped her lifetime money to $362,752.
$50,000 Ladies on the Lawn
Second Painted Sign won his third-straight race when he took the $39,150 Adequan Will Rogers Derby Challenge on Sunday afternoon at Will Rogers Downs to highlight the Bank of America Challenge tripleheader. Also on the card, Brace For Bernal upset the $37,261 John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge and Emperor Valerian won the $34,560 Red Cell Will Rogers Distance Challenge. Each of the winners now have an invitation to compete in their respective
Oklahoma-bred fillies and mare competed in the over turf stakes on the card, going 7-1/2 furlongs. Skedee battled for the lead throughout the race in just her second start since last November then reached down for a courageous finish to just defeat the closing Oopsville Slew by a head. Owned by the Ringwood, Okla. partnership of Robert Poteet and John & Mary Lowder, Skedee provided their connec-
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races during the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Prairie Meadows on October 27. Mary Passmore’s Second Painted Sign, the 4-5 favorite, easily handled his rivals with a sharp break from the outside post position and then pulling away to a dominating two-length victory. The son of PYC Paint Your Wagon covered the 400 yards in :19.746 under jockey Debbie Freeman. Valjean finished second and The Sunday Assassin was third. The Jackie Kirby-trained Second Painted Sign has won four of his seven 2012 starts and now has three consecutive wins going into his trip to Prairie Meadows. He started his winning streak by taking his Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Derby trial and then taking the OHA Derby by three
quarters of a length as the 6-5 favorite. Noel Lopez Prieto’s Brace For Bernal, totally overlooked at 30-1 odds, handled 4-5 favorite River Wind to win the John Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge for the biggest win of his six-race career. Brace For Bernal got a sharp start under Paul Nieto and then held River Wind safe by three quarters of a length for his second career win and first stakes win. The winner was timed in :17.603 for the 350 yards. Toast To Ana finished third. A son of Furyofthewind, Brace For Bernal won her maiden for a $10,000 claiming tag in June at Fair Meadows and then was second in the $20,000 Cherokee Stakes for trainer Luis Villafranco. He was then fourth behind River Wind in their John Deere Will
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Rogers Juvenile Challenge trial. Salvador Pimienta’s Emperor Valerian showed his class when he held off a determined Hes A Real Stone to win the 870-yard Red Cell Distance Challenge. Deere Connection’s Hes A Real Stone sprinted to the early lead from the inside post position with Emperor Valerian in close contact. Emperor Valerian took the lead entering the stretch, but Hes A Real Stone fought back and may have regained the lead. Emperor Valerian, ridden by Ricky Ramirez, dug in and won by a hard-earned three quarters of a length. Chase This Chic was another one-half length back for third. Emperor Valerian traveled to Will Rogers Downs after competing this summer at Ruidoso Downs. He was off the board in the Fine Loom Handicap after tying up and then came back to win the 550-yard Brigand Handicap, his start before the Red Cell Will Rogers Distance Challenge.
Santa Anita Race Park, Arcadia, CA Fresh and ready, Slim Shadey finds redemption in John Henry Turf Championship Slim Shadey, freshened following a disappointing run in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar on July 21, pulled jockey
Garrett Gomez to the lead in the Grade 2, $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship at 1 ¼ miles and never looked back, wiring a nine-horse field by 2 ¼ lengths while getting the distance in 1:59.17. “Simon (trainer, Callaghan) wanted me to be laying close with him, if not, then just off the horse on the lead,” said Gomez. “Today he was fresh and he really caught me unexpectedly… I had trouble getting him to settle into a good stride. He kind of just pulled me around there and stretched me out pretty good, but he still finished well and that’s a plus. “We’ll regroup and hopefully be ready for the Breeders’ Cup.” Slim Shadey carved out interior fractions of 24.02, 46.92, 1:10.53 and 1:34.44. Off as the second betting choice at 3-1, he paid $8.40, $3.80 and $3.40. Trained by Callaghan and bred in England by his owner, Phil Cunningham, Slim Shadey’s run in the Eddie Read came just two weeks after he had run fifth as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade 1, 1 3/8 miles turf United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park, leading Callaghan to characterize “Slim Shadey’s Del Mar effort as “flat,” which resulted in the freshening that preceded the John Henry. Callahan said that Slim Shadey’s next start will come
in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at 1 ½ miles on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita. “He’s shown that he’s a very good horse today and we’ll look forward to the Breeders’ Cup now,” said Callaghan. A 4-year-old gelding by Val Royal, Slim Shadey earned $90,000 in winning the John Henry, padding his career bankroll to $508,600, from a record of 22-4-4-0. < Turbo Compressor, off as the 3-2 favorite and expected by many to make the early John Henry lead, sat a comfortable second under Joe Bravo and though he tried, could never threaten the winner. “When you come in as the favorite, everybody is going to gun for you,” said Bravo. “I thought he was going to make up the ground at the top of the lane but the winner just had too much left.” Trained by Todd Pletcher, Turbo Compressor last started at Saratoga on Aug. 18, running ninth and last at 2-1 in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Stakes, which followed a win in the Grade 1 United Nations at Monmouth. Turbo Compressor paid $3.00 to place and show. Argentine-bred Interaction settled of the early pace and rallied through the stretch to be third with Victor Espinoza, 1 ½ lengths behind Turbo Compressor and 3 ¾ lengths back of the winner. Off at 10-1, he paid $4.80
to show. Bourbon Bay, the 4-1 third choice in the wagering, didn’t show his customary speed and finished next to last with leading rider Rafael Bejarano.
SEPT 28, 2012 Santa Anita Race Park, Arcadia, CA Unbridled’s Note takes Grade 3 Eddie D Stakes Idle since running a close third in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes on Aug. 25 at Saratoga, the Steve Asmussen-trained Unbridled’s Note tried the turf for the first time in Santa Anita’s inaugural Grade 3, $100,000 Eddie D Stakes and he relished the lawn, winning by 1 ¼ lengths while covering the 6 ½ furlong downhill turf layout in 1:12.45. Formerly run as the Morvich Stakes, the Eddie D was named in honor of retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, who won his 6,000 career race at Santa Anita and who was onhand to present the trophy. Comma to the Top, the 7-2 morning line time favorite in a field of 12, showed his customary early speed, but longshot Chosen Miracle was hustled to the lead and repelled all challenges, except that of the winner. Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Unbridled’s Note broke from the outside post position and stalked SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45 35
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the pace early. As the frontrunners crossed the dirt turning for home, Nakatani wheeled wide and the 3-year-old colt by Unbridled’s Song launched a powerful rally under left handed urging and won in-hand. “It’s an honor to win this race,” said Nakatani. “Eddie was one of the guys I idolized when I first started. This horse is just good enough to put me in the position I needed to be in to win. The key is if they handle it (downhill turf), and he handled it just fine. It’s Eddie D.’s day though. He’s a great asset to the sport.” Assistant trainer Scott Blasi deputized for Asmussen and was looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, following the Eddie D. “This puts us in a position to make the Breeders’ Cup with him,” said Blasi. “I just told Corey to put him in a good spot and see if he liked it or not…This is his first time on the grass. It was a pretty dominating performance, I thought, and usually when you run them back the second time, hopefully they run better…” Owned by Mike McCarty, Unbridled’s Note, the 3-1 post time favorite, paid $8.00, $5.60 and $3.80. With the winner’s share of $60,000, Unbridled’s Note boosted his career earnings to $195,741 from a 7-3-0-2 record. Chosen Miracle carved out fractions of 22.30, 44.28 and 1:06.48 over a firm turf and
gave way grudgingly late under Alonso Quinonez, finishing a neck ahead of Mensa Heat and Juan Hernandez for the place. Chosen Miracle paid $11.60 to place and $7.80 to show. Mensa Heat returned $10.00. Comma to the Top and jockey Martin Pedroza ended up fourth, beaten 2 ½ lengths at odds of 7-2. For his part, Delahoussaye expressed appreciation following the race named for him. “It’s a great honor, especially because I’m living to see it. Most of the time, they give these awards and the people are deceased… So at least I know I won it—thank God!”
Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK Remington Park 2-YearOld Stakes series begins; The Drifter rolls to victory in Kip Deville The Remington Park 2-yearold Triple of stakes events is now underway as the $75,000 Kip Deville began the three-race series with The Drifter pulling away to victory by 1-1/4 lengths. Owned by Charles Fletcher of Heath, Texas and trained by Cody Autrey, The Drifter grabbed the lead coming off the lone turn of the six-furlong race and drew clear late under Cliff Berry, finishing in 1:10.65 over the good track. Westernator charged down
the lane for second with Estrickator holding third after dueling for the lead with the winner through the first half-mile. Away at 9-5 odds, The Drifter paid $5.80 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Westernator returned $7.40 to place and $3.60 to show. Estrickator, was the actual wagering favorite at 9-5 odds but with a few dollars more played on him than The Drifter, he paid $2.40 to show. The Drifter won his third career race from just four starts in the Kip Deville, his first stakes win against open company. Previously, The Drifter won the $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, a restricted event. Bred in Louisiana by Leonard Warf and Patricia Clark, The Drifter earned $45,000 for his Kip
Deville effort to move his career money to $105,000. He is a gelding by Seeking A Home from the Cutlass Fax mare Lady Radkey. The win on The Drifter was the second of the night for Berry. His double moved within two victories of Luis Quinonez who leads the jockey standings with 26 wins.
Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie, TX All About Larry breaks track record in Red Cell Distance Championship Diane Heath’s All About Larry set a new track record tonight at 870 yards in the third running of the $34,830 Red Cell Distance Championship at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. It was definitely “All About
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Larry” when the bay gelding by Heza Motor Scooter and trained by John Stinebaugh, stopped the tele-timer at 44.206 besting the previous track record of 44.247 set in 2005 by Friends Rare Form. Finishing nine lengths in front of the rest, the impressive record setting effort earned him a speed index of 113. With tonight’s win, All About Larry improved his race record to nine wins from 20 starts and with the $17,415 winner’s share of the purse increased his earnings to $98,934. All About Larry paid $2.80, $2.10, $2.10; runner-up Kite Flyer returned $3.00, $2.10, and Eyeontheline paid $3.20 for show. Kudos for Quick Dash, Keep On Wishing and Icy Valentine completed the order of finish.
Bertha Venation redeems herself this year in $41,760 Merial Distaﬀ Challenge Jose Luis Salazar’s Bertha Venation held off Endless Ocean at the wire to claim her fifth stakes win in the third running of the Merial Distaff Challenge for fillies and mares at a distance of 400 yards. Trained by Eusevio Huitron, the five-year-old bay mare by Corona Caliente redeemed herself from her second place finish in this race last year. With tonight’s win, Bertha Venation’s 38 SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45
race record improved to 21-8-4-2 and increasing her earnings by $19,210 for a total of $168,091. Bertha Venation returned $6, $4.60, $3.40; Second place finisher Endless Ocean returned $3.60, $2.80; and show went to Painted Desires for $7.40. Awe Contraire, Allure Sr, Differently, Cartels Jess, Jess Sippin, Valiant Jess, Eyelene Runaway and High Class Jet completed the order of finish.
The Armando Castellanosowned and -trained Black Storm Regard won the other trial in :17.905 under Emilo Tapia for the second-fastest qualifying time. The Chicks Regard filly stumbled at the start and then got up to win by one-half length. Black Storm Regard was making her first start since the third-place finish in the Desert Classic Futurity back in May. The remaining qualifiers are Dashaway Eagle (:17.953), Madd Dog (:17.975), Corona For Turf Paradise, Phoenix, Everybody (:18.066), Jr Best ReAZ gard (:18.179), PC (:18.180), Ianna Jess Like Stoli, Whiskey (:18.217) and Gone On A Wave lead challenge trials (:18.358). Nadia Zavala’s Whiskey In the Bank of America dominated the second of three Turf Paradise Challenge trials, trials to the Bank of America Whiskey left little doubt who was Turf Paradise Challenge to set the best horse in the three trials the fastest qualifiers during when he won by more than three afternoon dedicated to the five lengths in :21.554 for the 440 non-betting trials. yards under Raul Valenzuela. The Jorge Bourdieu-trained Whiskey, a 4-year-old geldJess Like Stoli fought with Iza ing by Mr Corona Cash, made Sugar Spice to get the head win just his sixth career start in trials and they set the first and thirdand had a pair of lower-level wins fastest qualifying marks. Jess Like in four previous trials. Stoli was timed in :17.891 while The unofficial qualifiers joinIza Sugar Spice was clocked in ing Whiskey in the finals are Pot :17.912 for the 350 yards. Ocash (:21.603), Patriots Glory A son of Stoli, Jess Like Stoli (:21.657), Downtown Richard came into the pair of trials with (:21.692), Queens R Blue (:21.737), three on-the-board finishes for First Element (:21.841), Im Just four starts. His best effort was An Illusion (:21.858), What I Want (:21.874), Dudek Custus (:21.888) a close third-place finish in the and Dale Schism (:21.920). $129,000 Four Corners Futurity, The finals for each race are finishing just a neck behind Fast Oct. 14 and the winners of these N Furious back in June.
races qualify for their respective finals during the Bank of America Challenge Championships on October 27 at Prairie Meadows.
SEPT 23, 2012 Zia Park, Hobbs, NM Feature Mr Bojangles goes for Hobbs FuturityDerby double Feature Mr Bojangles, the 2011 Hobbs America Futurity winner at Zia Park, qualified for the Hobbs America Derby on Sunday. The Oct. 7 finals for the Grade 2 race for 3-year-olds at 440 yards will carry an estimated purse of $200,000. Last year Prospect to the Top became the first horse since Zia Park’s opening in 2005 to sweep the Hobbs America Futurity and Derby. Feature Mr Who clocked the fastest qualifying time of 40 Quarter Horse 3-year-olds in five trials to the Hobbs America Derby. The Jaime Domingueztrainee ridden by Esgar Ramirez won the second trial in 21.440 seconds, his third derby-trial win in a row this year. He was also the fastest qualifier for the Rainbow Derby and a winner of an All American Derby trial at Ruidoso Downs. Tres Seis Nueve, who was second to Feature Mr Who in the second trial, was the second-fastest qualifier on Sunday in 21.506 seconds. He finished fourth in July in the finals of the 440-yard,
Feature Mr Who
$904,000 Rainbow Derby. Jess Featureme Quick also emerged from the second trial to make the finals. Trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Ramon Sanchez, he was third in the 440-yard, $2.2 million All American Derby prior to Sunday’s trials. Feature Mr Bojangles, who is trained by Jones and ridden by G.R. Carter, Jr., finished second in the fourth trial to Rc Black Mamba. Rc Black Mamba, trained by Michael Joiner and ridden by Salvador Martinez, was third in the 400-yard, $679,000 Ruidoso Derby at Ruidoso Downs in June. Executive Brass, the winner of the Ruidoso Derby, qualified off a second-place finish in the fifth trial for trainer James Gonzales and jockey Bonifacio Perez. The fifth trial was won by Fittest, who will compete in his first futurity or derby final after racing in trials at eight different racetracks—Zia Park, Arapahoe Park, Sunland Park, Lone Star Park, the Gillespie Fairground, Delta Downs, Remington Park and Louisiana Downs.
The Downs at Albuquerque, NM Longshots dominate Thoroughbred Stakes
(R) at SunRay Park on June 19. The $40,525 winner’s share of the Maloof Futurity purse increased his earnings to $57,451. Mos Dancer finished second Storms Surprise and Dandy and was followed by 8-5 favorite Devona R F outran their long Indy’s Rocket, Silver Aces, Key To odds to win Sunday’s Thorough- The Venture, Bullet’s Redo, Dandy bred stakes for New Mexico-bred Guy, Uncle Claude, Le Grande 2-year-olds at The Downs at Looker, and Marty Squall. Albuquerque. Sent to post at odds of 20-1, Storms Surprise, a homebred Dandy Devona R F defeated 5-2 gelding by Attila’s Storm racing second choice La Luz by a head for Margaret DuPont and Marto win the $82,142 Dessie & Fern garet Bloss, scored a four-length Sawyer Futurity (R) for fillies. John victory in the $81,050 George Rochabrun rode the homebred Maloof Futurity (R) for colts and Real Dandy filly for owner Rogers geldings. Ridden by Brian Theriot Farms of Clint, Texas, and trainer for trainer Owen Bringhurst, Gerald Richards. Storms Surprise covered his Dandy Devona R F went 6 6-furlong trip in 1:10.22 at odds furlongs in 1:11.45 while scoring of 21-1. her first win in four outs. The winStorms Surprise was coming ner’s share of the purse pushed off of a sixth-place finish in the her bankroll to $42,331. second of two George Maloof Futurity trials on September 8. The gelding has won two of four starts, and his race record includes a third-place finish in the 4 1/2-furlong, $75,000 Totah Stakes
I Am Who, Strawberry Bling, 3-2 favorite La La La Dandy, Morning Snickers, Madrugada, Ryzilla, Red Satin Boot, Sassy N Sweet, Track Dancer, and Jaydes’ Sweet Sea completed the order of finish.
My Big Chief Scores first stakes career win
Sunday’s 10-race program at The Downs at Albuquerque included the 400-yard, $68,603 New Mexico State Fair Quarter Horse Breeders’ Derby (RG3), which was won by fastest qualifier My Big Chief. A sorrel 3-year-old gelding by Get Down Perry racing for Lorenzo Cano and trained by the owner’s brother, Gerardo Cano, My Big Chief stopped the timer in :19.286 under jockey Adrian Ramos, posting a 103 speed index
Hobbs America Derby • 440 yards • $200,000 (est) • Oct. 7
Fastest Qualifiers (Trial #) 1. Feature Mr Who (2) 2. Treis Seis Nueve (2) 3. Fittest (5) 4. Jess Featureme Quick (2) 5. Executive Brass (5) 6. Lalia (1) 7. Vgc Moon Walk (5) 8. Rc Black Mamba (4) 9. Feature Mr Bojangles (4) 10. Burnin Secret (3)
Time 21.440 21.506 21.553 21.580 21.637 21.652 21.668 21.682 21.718 21.742
Jockey Esgar Ramirez Jesse Lee Levario Esgar Ramirez Ramon Sanchez Bonifacio Perez Ramon Sanchez Cody Wainscott Salvador Martinez G.R. Carter, Jr. Salvador Martinez
Trainer Jaime Dominguez Juan Gonzalez Jaime Dominguez Paul Jones James Gonzales Paul Jones Juan Gonzalez Michael Joiner Paul Jones Jose Gonzalez, Sr.
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and his first career stakes victory. My Big Chief was coming off of a nose win in the second of two trials on September 9. The gelding has won five of 12 races, and the $34,301 winner’s share of the purse increased his earnings to $90,789. PK Bay, the 19-10 favorite, ran second, 1 ½ length behind the winner, and was followed by Lttle Lighting, Cats Paw Bay, Osbaldo, Sparklin Royal, Two Bit Corona, David Forever, and Gotta Get Two. Fifth-fastest qualifier Cocango was scratched.
Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA Music of My Soul wins a Gottstein thriller as curtain falls on 2012 meeting Music of My Soul turned back betting favorite Finallygotabentley and scored a thrilling half-length victory in the $65,000 Gottstein Futurity for 2-year-olds Sunday on closing day at Emerald Downs. A full brother to two-time Horse of the Meeting Noosa Beach, Music of My Soul is beginning to create his own racing legend. With Leslie Mawing riding at 120 lbs, Music of My Soul ran one mile in 1:36.90 and paid $5.60, $2.60 and $2.40. Doris Harwood is the trainer for Elttaes Stable, nom de course for Ken Alhadeff of Seattle. 40 SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45
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In a dramatic twist, Alhadeff, grandson of Longacres founder Joe Gottstein, served as honorary steward for the race named in honor of his grandfather. “I want to give credit to my grandfather,” Alhadeff said in a jubilant winner’s circle. “He believed in Thoroughbreds, Thoroughbred racing and Washington-breds. The horse did it, but it was fueled by the music of my soul.” A Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold-Julia Rose, Music of My Soul is named after a song in the hit musical “Memphis”, produced by Ken Alhadeff and his wife Marleen. So the victory was important to the Alhadeffs on several levels. The victory, however, looked like a long shot after Finallygotabentley made a withering, threewide move into the lane and gained a short lead. Moreover, Music of My Soul had done most of the heavy lifting, dueling with Mike Man’s Gold through fractions of :23.04, :45.48 and 1:10.75. But showing the type of resilience that made his big brother famous, Music of My Soul roared back on the inside, and the final furlong was a two-horse match race with Music of My Soul prevailing by a half-length. “I knew the two horses to beat were Finallygotabentley and Mike Man’s Gold,” Mawing said. “When (Finallygotabentley) came up on our outside, my horse eyed
him right away and dug back in. My horse was running fast the whole way, I just didn’t want to stop his momentum. I knew this horse was game. He didn’t want to lose today.” Finallygotabentley, ridden by Juan Gutierrez at 120 lbs, paid $2.40 and $2.10 for place and show. The son of BernardiniSmarty Deb just missed winning the race his mother won in 2007, and now has two seconds and a third in three stakes races. It was 4-¾ lengths back to Raised a Secret, ridden by William Antongeorgi, and a $3.40 show payoff. Dontmesswithkitten, Mike Man’s Gold and More Strawberries completed the order of finish. Music of My Soul has won two straight stakes—Gottstein Futurity and Dennis Dodge— and was voted the meet’s Top Juvenile Male. Music of My Soul is 2-1-0 in five starts with earnings of $67,132, including a $35,393 check for the Gottstein. Harwood, the track’s all-time leader with 56 stakes wins, has saddled three of the last six Gottstein winners: Smarty Deb, 2007; Koala Beach, 2009, and Music of My Soul.
res had to work every yard of the 440 yard $13,330 Portland Meadows Championship Bonus Challenge, but in the end the 7 year old veteran put his nose in front at the wire. Sent off as the 9/5 favorite in the full field of ten, Devon Dat Cash got off to a good start today and battled bravely, having to outduel stable-mate Current Sea and Eyez On Brimmer to win by a head. Current Sea finished in second, just a neck in front of Eyez on Brimmer who ran third. “He got off to a good start today,” said Torres. “He just tries so hard, he was a little bit behind that 4 horse (Current Sea) and he just wouldn’t quit until he got the lead in the last few jumps.” Devon Dat Cash has now won 11 of his 35 career starts for owners and breeders Donald and Beverly Conway. Trainer Patti Harris saddled both the winner and second place finishers in the race. Devon Dat Cash moved up over $100,000 in career earnings after the win, with $101,886 in his bankroll. The final time for the 440 yards was 22.47 over the fast track.
Portland Meadows, OR Devon Dat Cash takes the Portland Meadows Championship Bonus Challenge
Zia Park, Hobbs, NM Sashay Hot posts fastest time in Hobbs America Futurity trials
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Sashay Hot clocked the fastest qualifying time of 72 Quarter
Horse 2-year-olds in eight trials to the 400-yard Hobbs America Futurity at Zia Park on Saturday. The finals for the Grade 2 race will carry an estimated purse of $300,000 and will take place on Sunday, Oct. 7, along with the Hobbs America Derby for 3-yearolds. Sashay Hot, a filly owned by R.D. Hubbard and trained by Paul Jones, won the sixth trial in 19.327 seconds. She closed powerfully for jockey Jesse Lee Levario after being sixth midway through the race before edging away by a half-length from Hombre de La Noche and Orions Shootin Star, both of whom also qualified for the finals. The trials were somewhat of a coming-out party for several horses as five of the 10 fastest qualifiers were maidens heading into Saturday’s trials. Simpatico Vision scored his first career victory in his fourth lifetime start in winning the third trial at 16-1 in the second-fastest qualifying time of 19.334 seconds. Le Viahn also broke her maiden in her
third lifetime start in the fourth trial in the third-fastest time of 19.384 seconds. Hombre de La Noche and Orions Shootin Star will be maidens in the finals coming out of the sixth trial. And first-time starter My Mighty Sam qualified for the finals by finishing second behind Le Viahn in the fourth trial. In addition to fastest qualifier Sashay Hot, trainer Paul Jones will also saddle A Dream to Remember in the finals. The filly won the fifth trial. In her previous race she was third in the 440yard, $84,000 All American Juvenile at Ruidoso Downs, a race from which second-place finisher Fastpass Regard also emerged to make the Hobbs America Futurity finals. Whiteface Eagle won his third race in his fourth lifetime start in the seventh trial and will line up in the finals on Oct. 7. Ramblin Mountain is the only horse from out-of-state to qualify for the finals. His last three races came at Arapahoe Park outside Denver.
Hobbs America Futurity • 400 yards • $300,000 (est) • Oct. 7
Fastest Qualifiers (Trial #) 1. Sashay Hot (6) 2. Simpatico Vision (3) 3. Le Viahn (4) 4. Fastpass Regard (3) 5. Hombre de La Noche (6) 6. A Dream to Remember (5) 7. Ramblin Mountain (3) 8. Whiteface Eagle (7) 9. Orions Shootin Star (6) 10. My Mighty Sam (4)
Time 19.327 19.334 19.384 19.424 19.424 19.507 19.518 19.521 19.527 19.543
Jockey Jesse Lee Levario Isaias Cardenas Alejandro Medellin Jaime Parga Leos G.R. Carter, Jr. G.R. Carter, Jr. Esgar Ramirez Jaime Parga Leos Freddie Martinez Jose Montoya
Trainer Paul Jones Ramon Marquez Donna McArthur Juan Gonzalez Michael Joiner Paul Jones Jaime Dominguez Jaime Aldavaz, Jr. C. Ramon Fontes, Jr. Sergio Gonzalez
The Downs at Albuquerque, NM Zenon’s Star extends win streak in NM State Fair Breeders’ Stakes Lester Wright’s Zenon’s Star extended his win streak to three with a 2 1/4-length victory in the $50,000 New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Stakes (R) for state-bred 3-year-old Thoroughbreds, one of three stakes contested at The Downs at Albuquerque. Trained by H. Ray Ashford and ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr., Zenon’s Star covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.39. The $30,000 winner’s share of the purse increased the gray or roan Fusaichi Zenon (JPN) gelding’s earnings to $175,292. Zenon’s Star was bred by Michael Weatherly. A $3,200 buy at the 2010 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, the gelding has won four of 13 starts, and his win streak includes a one-length victory in the 6-furlong, $50,000 Don Juan de Onate Stakes (R) at Albuquerque on August 26, and a half-length score in the 6 1/2-furlong, $75,000 Dine Stakes (R) at SunRay Park May 27. “With this horse, you just have to go along with him and make sure he gets his timing right – he does most of it by himself,” said Juarez, who has ridden Zenon’s Star in all three of his races during the streak. “Timing is everything for this horse.” San Juan Cigar finished
second and was followed by Neeocity, El Chauco, Betterthanbob, and Juan de Dios.
Smafricate scores in NM State Fair Senorita Futurity; Saturday Nite Romeo first in Senor Futurity Fastest qualifier Smafricate broke sharply from post 6 and sprinted to a one-length win in the 400-yard, $82,070 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) for state-bred 2-yearold fillies. Owned and trained by Judy Bachicha of Anton Chico, New Mexico, and ridden by her son, Elliot Bachicha Jr., Smafricate stopped the timer in :19.644 while earning a lifetime-best 93 speed index. The filly by the Runaway Winner stallion Streakaway Cash broke her maiden with a neck victory in the second of three Senorita Futurity trials on Sept. 7. All told, Smafricate has won two of five races, and the $41,035 winner’s share of the purse pushed her bankroll to $44,948. Posies Desiria, Sandys Jesse, 3-1 favorite Seis Of Hearts, Ofashionsoutherngirl, Talk It Out DWM, Lady Secret Dash, and Ms James completed the order of finish. Fifth-fastest qualifier Jess Surprising and ninth-fastest qualifier Marijkas Magic were scratched. Co-second fastest qualifier SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45 41
Saturday Nite Romeo broke his maiden in the $88,181 New Mexico State Fair Senor Futurity (RG3) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings. Trained by Lonnie Vaughn and ridden for the first time in a race by Adrian Ramos, Saturday Nite Romeo covered 400 yards in :19.763 while recording a career-best 90 speed index and defeating Jesses On The Run by a half of a length. The homebred Dash Ta Fame gelding has earned $48,468 from five starts for his owner, Verona G. Vaughn of Edgewood, New Mexico. Saturday Nite Romeo was coming off of a second-place finish in the second of four Senor Futurity trials on September 7. Racing at SunRay Park in Farmington last spring, he was the ninthfastest qualifier to the 350-yard,
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$167,700 New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) on June 3. Co-second fastest qualifier A Special Pfind finished third, threequarters of a length behind Saturday Nite Romeo. Rex Hill, Jess My Time, Easily A Gent, Balderinas Surprise, Scadoo 32, Chispas Caliente, and Corona Blazin By completed the order of finish. The fastest qualifier and 9-5 favorite, Balderinas Surprise crossed the wire fourth but was disqualified and placed seventh following a stewards’ inquiry.
Blueberry Smoothie dominated her four foes, coasting home for a 5-½-length victory in the $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Ridden by Juan Gutierrez at 118 lbs, Blueberry Smoothie ran 6-½ furlongs in 1:16.45 and paid $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10. Trainer Tom Wenzel and breeder/co-owner Northwest Farms have now captured both open stakes races for 2-year-old fillies at the meeting*finishing first and second with Goin to the Window and Blueberry Smoothie Emerald Downs, Auburn, in the Angie C Stakes on August WA 5, followed by Blueberry Smoothie’s handy win Saturday. Blueberry Smoothie Goin to the Window sat out glides in Shinpoch the Shinpoch, as did the immacuAs if there was any doubt lately bred Stopshoppingdebbie, which barn had the track’s best 2-year-old fillies, they were laid to another from the Northwest rest Saturday at Emerald Downs. Farms/Wenzel assembly line who some feel might be the best of the three. But with those two out until next year, Blueberry Smoothie pretty much had the Shinpoch to herself, and she didn’t disappoint her many backers in the crowd. After shaking off an early challenge from Song of Seattle, Blueberry Smoothie let out a notch into the lane to open a 2-½-length lead, and the rout was on from there. “The plan was to stay close to the front,” Gutierrez said. “When we took the lead, I wanted to get her to relax. I just waited and waited to try save
as much horse as I could. Then I asked her and she had plenty left. She’s a nice filly.” The victory was worth $27,225 and pushed Blueberry Smoothie’s earnings to $46,943 for Northwest Farms (Jerre Paxton) and C & M Racing (Corey Kinder and Mihai Tiru). A Kentucky-bred by Giant’s Causeway-Shampoo, Blueberry Smoothie’s overall record is 2-1-0 in three starts. Innocent Love, ridden by Javier Matias, finished well for second place and paid $2.40 and $2.10. A $5,000 supplemental nomination, Innocent Love earned $9,900 for finishing second in the Shinpoch. “I got put a little wide into the turn and I had to close a little more ground on the leader than I wanted,” Matias said. “Once I caught up to the leader, I could tell Juan (Gutierrez) was just waiting with his horse. I tried hard to get second because the winner was much the best.” Madame Pele, ridden by Leslie Mawing, finished third and paid $2.40. Agoodlawyer Willdo and Song of Seattle completed the order of finish. Gutierrez rode four winners on the 11-race card and heads into closing day with a 114-95 lead on Leslie Mawing atop the jockeys’ standings. The win on Blueberry Smoothie tied him with Matias for most stakes wins at seven apiece.
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Will Rogers Downs, Claremore, OK Black Rosalita prevails In Claborn
show. Sunny D, Acorn and Jump Down Azoom completed the order of finish.
was first out and lead the way to victory in the 15th Running of the $20,000 Classic Chevrolet Heartbeat of America Stakes over a fast track at Lone Star Dr. Francis Glowacki and Park Saturday night. L97 Trust’s Black Rosalita gamely Ridden by Luis Vivanco, the fought to a head win as the 2-1 5-year-old bay son of Fredricksfavorite to take the $20,000 burg, lead gate to wire outrunCharlie Claborn Memorial Stakes ning his five rivals stopping the for fillies and mares on Saturday teletimer in 17.187 setting a new at Will Rogers Downs. stakes record andjust missing the With James Flores riding for track record of :17.135 by .052 trainer Luz Chavira, Black Rosalita seconds, set by Classic Sassy Chic scored the narrow win over 13-1 on Nov. 2, 2002. long shot Send Candy Power The effort earned a speed with a :19.690 time for the 400 index of 105. It was ¾ of a length yards. back to Executive Prince in secIt was three quarters of a ond, and nose back to third-place length back to third-place finfinisher The Field Cricket. isher Chics Delight in the eightThis was the second win horse field. for First Klas Fred in the Classic Black Rosalita needed every Chevrolet Heartbeat of America yard of the 400 yards to gain her Stakes and the first for his new second-straight win. The daugh- trainer, Cindi Keeton. “He’s a good ter of Sweet First Down gained booger,” exclaimed Toby Keeton, favoritism after taking a one-half husband of winning trainer, Cindi. First Klas Fred won this length win in a $19,000 allowrace last year for Heath Taylor, ance race at Will Rogers Downs who of note also trained his sire, on Sept. 8. Fredricksburg to a win the event in 2006. Lone Star Park, Grand With tonight’s win, First Klas Prairie, TX Fred improved his race record to First Klas Fred leads from six wins from 24 starts and with gate to wire in Classic the $12,600 winner’s share of the Chevrolet Heartbeat of purse increased his earnings to America Stakes $554,133. First Klas Fred paid $12, When the gates kicked $4.40, $4.20; runner-up Executive open it was Denis & Julie Prince returned $6.40, $4.20, and Schoenhofer’s First Klas Fred, The Field Cricket paid $4.20 for trained by Cindi Keeton, who
SEPT 21, 2012 Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK Impressive winners in Oklahoma-bred stakes races
A pair of Oklahoma-bred stakes events for 3-year-olds shared the top billing on Friday at Remington Park. Colts & Geldings went to the gate in the $50,000 Tishomingo Stakes with Imahit taking control in the stretch after setting the pace. Lady Jensen rolled from last and went around rivals in the stretch to win the $50,000 Te Ata for the fillies.
Imahit posted his second straight win this season for owner Clint Gilchrist of Edmond, Okla. and trainer C.R. Trout. Jockey Lindey Wade put Imahit on the lead at the start of the seven furlongs and repelled all challenge attempts while drawing clear to win by two lengths in 1:22.22 over the fast track. “I was waiting as long as I could when I heard the hollering (from other jockeys) behind me,” Wade noted. “I tried to wait as long as I could and then asked him to respond. When I asked him, he gave it to me. He just stretched those long legs out and extended.” The wagering favorite at 8-5 odds, Imahit paid $5.20 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. Z Rockstar battled for second and
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returned $2.80 to place and $2.20 to show. Johnny Whip was up for third and paid $2.20 to show. The Tishomingo was the third career victory from six starts for Imahit, a gelding by Whywhywhy from the Sahm mare Halo Hit. The winner’s share of $30,000 moves his overall money to $70,418. Imahit was bred in Oklahoma by Trout. The stakes race was named after the great Chickasaw chief Tishomingo, an honorable warrior and advisor to tribal leaders in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The original Chickasaw Nation capitol in Oklahoma was named in his memory.
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While Imahit went to the front and improved his position in his race, Lady Jensen worked the exact opposite strategy in the Te Ata Stakes, settling at the back of the field of eight before making a rally throughout the lone turn into the stretch. Owned by Kelly Thiesing of Alva, Okla. and trained by Donnie Von Hemel, Lady Jensen sat back behind many front-running types under Luis Quinonez, biding her time before beginning her rally. “I knew I was going to take her back,” Quinonez said. “It looked like they were going fast. I just had to ride her. We got a good trip, every time I needed a 44 SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45
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place to go I had it and was able to keep her going all the way to the wire.” Quinonez left his rail run with a quarter-mile left in the race. He calmly angled Lady Jensen through a seam in the traffic, never suddenly altering her motion or compromising her momentum. Once in the stretch, she cruised by Flatterific who took over the lead at the start of the turn. Lady Jensen crossed the finish 4-1/2 lengths in front of Flatterific, stopping the clock in 1:23.48. Ocean Ahumin was another 1-1/2 lengths behind the runner-up in third. Away at 8-5 in the betting, Lady Jensen paid $5.20 to win, $3 to place and $2.60 to show. Flatterific paid $4.40 to place and $3.80 to show. Ocean Ahumin paid $11.40 to show. The Te Ata score was the third from seven lifetime starts for Lady Jensen, a gray 3-yearold filly by Bob And John from the Gate Dancer mare Heather’s Dancer. Bred in Oklahoma by her owner, Lady Jensen made $30,000 in the Te Ata to run her earnings to $76,663. Te Ata was a master Chickasaw entertainer and storyteller who performed for over 70 years before royalty in Europe and Presidents of the United States. She lived to be 100 years of age. The win on Lady Jensen moved Quinonez back into a tie
atop the jockey standings with Cliff Berry. Both riders have 22 wins on the season.
horse photo finish by a neck over 40-1 longshot Camille C. The 1-2 favorite American Lady had the lead into the stretch, but wilted late to Fairplex Park, Pomona, run third, a neck behind the CA top pair and a head in front of Kindle, Gem of Soul share fourth place finisher Candy and in Bangles & Beads Thunder. For the first time in Fairplex Gem of Soul paid $29.60 for Park history the $50,000 Bangles the upset and banked $27,750 and Beads Stakes for 3-year-olds for the victory. and up, fillies and mares at 6 furlongs, was split into two divisions on Friday. Will Rogers Downs, In the first division Kindle Claremore, OK with the meet’s leading rider aboard, Edwin Maldonado, River Winds tops John scored in wire to wire fashion, Deere qualifiers three lengths in front of Great Joe Williams homebred River Hot with All On the Table third, Wind easily took to the sloppyanother 1 π lengths behind. sealed track with the best perforTrained by Gary Mandella, mance of his three-race career to son of Hall of Fame trainer set the fastest qualifying time to Richard Mandella, Kindle hadn’t the $27,500-added John Deere competed since Feb. 3 at Santa Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge at Anita, but had won two of her Will Rogers Downs. four career races. The winner of the finals on Recording a clocking of Sept. 30 earns a starting spot in 1:17.76, Kindle paid $8.20, the Grade 2,$150,000 John Deere $3.60 and $2.80 while earning Juvenile Challenge Champion$28,250. Great Hot came from ship at Prairie Meadows on Oct. last to be second in the field of 27. six and returned $3.40 and $2.80 A gelding by Furyofthewind, while All On the Table paid $3. River Wind raced the 350 yards The Brazilian-bred Gem of in :17.562 to prove best from the Soul with Alonso Quinonez aloft three trials. took advantage of a contested River Wind’s sporadic career indicates he will need to show early pace in the second divithat he can return in a few sion of the Bangles and Beads, rallying from sixth to win a four- weeks to be dangerous in the
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RACE RECAPS race riding a three-race winning streak. It was one-and-one-quarHorse Time Jockey Trainer ter lengths back to third-place Prince Valleyant 19.506 Larry Payne Russell Harris finisher Mr Corona Blue. One Handsome Man 19.511 Oscar Rincon Ralph Muniz Painted Lies finished fifth in First Down Shazoom 19.575 Alex Baldillez Guillermo Valdivia Apollo Ono 19.616 Alex Baldillez Alfredo Gomez the $246,000 Remington Park Jody Pops Zoomer 19.620 Luis Vivanco Cindi Keeton Oklahoma-bred Derby and then Send A Candy Guy 19.624 Tony Bennett Clinton Crawford headed north to find further sucThe August Heat 19.627 Esgar Ramirez John Buchanan cess at Canterbury Downs. In four FDD Going Grand 19.627 Danny Lavergne Kenneth Roberts starts at the Minnesota track she Captain Strawﬂy 19.661 Jimmy Brooks Eddie Willis RC Tres Times Seis 19.715 Jimmy Brooks Eddie Willis won the Minnesota Stallion Canterbury Derby and was second in Challenge Championship (Grade the Canterbury Derby. ica Prairie Meadows Challenge 1). The Mr Jess Perry son won Championship and set himself The gelding’s next appearthe Bradford Stakes at Hoosier up as one of the favorites for ance comes in the $20,000 AdDowns in his start before the the Bank of America Challenge equan Derby Challenge ChampiBank of America Prairie Meadows onship (Grade 2). Championship (Grade 1). Challenge Championship. There were five regional Bobby Barnett and Tommy Horton Racing’s homebred Bank of America Challenge races Hays’ Painted Sable lived up to Heroes Heart surged on the on Saturday night at the Iowa her 6-5 favoritism by winning the outside to back up his fastesttrack and each of the winners $25,470 Merial Prairie Meadows qualifying trial score with a win earned an invitation to their Distaff Challenge under a confiin the $50,760 John Deere Prairie dent ride from Stormy Smith. respective races during Bank of Lone Star Park, Grand Meadows Juvenile Challenge as America Challenge ChampionThe Ed Hardy-trained PaintPrairie, TX the 5-2 favorite. ship night at the Iowa track on ed Sable won by three quarters Prince Valleyant top Under Stormy Smith, Heroes of a length in :19.879. Following October 27. Each of the winners qualifier for Grade 1 Dash will boast the advantage of rac- Heart was timed in :17.621 for Painted Sable under the wire in for Cash Futurity the 350 yards. ing in their championship final the six-horse field were Believers Prince Valleyant, owned and after a win over the track. SM Lookatthatfurr was secGathering, the 8-5 second choice, trained by Russell Harris and ridEthics Aside got a clean ond at 60-1 odds by a nose over and Im A Feature Girl. den by Larry Payne, posted the break from the third post posiNomomonkeybizness. A daughter of PYC Paint fastest time of the night winning tion, however did not reach the Your Wagon, Painted Sable won Heroes Heart is moving the 14th and final 400 yard trial the Hill Country Stakes at the leaders until the 400 yard mark forward with each start for in 19.506 seconds over a fast Gillespie County Fair in July and of the 440-yard contest. He then trainer Charley Hunt. She was track Saturday at Lone Star Park. surged to get the one-half length winless in her first two outs and then shipped to Prairie Meadows The gelded son of Valiant Hero win under Oscar Delgado in then won her maiden in her John to finish fourth as the favorite in will return Saturday, Sept. 29 for an optional-claiming race. :21.718. Deere Prairie Meadows Juvenile the Grade 1, $473,300 Dash for Painted Sable qualified for Llano Teller stumbled at the Challenge by three quarters of a Cash Futurity. He earned a speed start under G.R. Carter Jr. and length in :17.418, the fastest time the $125,000 Merial Distaff Chalindex of 95. lenge Championship (G1). quickly sprinted into contenfrom four trials. The Dash for Cash Futurity Horton Racing’s homebred tion. The winner of last year’s The Valiant Hero daughter final will be run Saturday, Sept. Ruidoso Derby and All American now has the opportunity to take Call Her Hero went from gate29. All horses that ran in the trials Derby then could not hold off the next step up the class ladder to-wire on the lead while being pressured the entire trip to win and did not qualify for the final Ethics Aside’s finish and finished when she races in the $150,000 the $29,880 Red Cell Prairie remain eligible for the Dash for second. John Deere Juvenile Challenge Meadows Distance Challenge by The gelding by Teller Cartel Cash Juvenile Stakes also on Championship (Grade 2). one-half length. has a berth in the Bank of Tom Maher’s Painted Lies Sept. 29. For most of the 870-yards, America Challenge Championmade a bold bid to catch evenFree Stater raced on even terms ship after winning the Bank of money favorite Huckleberry Prairie Meadows, with Call Her Hero and then America Remington Park ChalMojito in the last two jumps and Altoona, IA lenge in May. win the $39,060 Adequan Prairie Free Stater gave way in the final Ethics Aside upsets Llano one-sixteenth of a mile. MeanKay Sages’ Wheres Your Meadows Derby Challenge. Teller during Challenge while, LFR Simply The Best made Wagon, a gelding by PYC Paint Painted Lies covered the night Your Wagon, was just a head 400 yards in :19.875 under Cody a bid from the rear of the field to The Jorge Luis Gonzalezrally and get up for second. Free behind Llano teller for third in Smith. owned and -trained Ethics Aside, the 12-horse field. Stater saved third. The Amber Blair-trained a nearly 20-1 long shot, out finCall Her Hero, trained by Ethics Aside will be repPainted Wagon won by an ished 3-10 favorite Llano Teller to resenting the Midwest in the Charley Hunt, raced the 870 expanding neck over Hucklewin the $73,980 Bank of Amer$350,000 Bank Of America berry Mojito, who came into the yards in :46.052 as the 4-5 favorJohn Deere Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge. He made his first start at Remington Park in April and finished third in a maiden race. The Mollie Devereaux-trained gelding then made his next start at Fair Meadows in July and convincingly raced to a two-length maiden score. That was his latest start before the trials. The rest of the qualifiers are Sheza Runaway Chick (:17.890), Hiclass Fly (:17.957), Barinasaloon (:17.987),Toast To Ana ((:18.016), Chew Chew Showtime (:18.058), Zoom In On Me (:18.080),One Famous Eaglette (:18.091), Bigtime Bentley :18.131) and Brace For Bernal(:18.153).
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his ninth overall and his third at $126,116. The score was his 10th Remington Park. The $30,000 overall and ninth this year, which winner’s share for the Sprint moved him to the top of the naStakes moved his lifetime earntional standings for wins in 2012. ings to $179,356. The Diamond Joe win was Earlier in the night, a $40,000 one of three on the night for Remington Park, allowance was held for 3-yearBerry who once again took over olds at a mile. The race served the top spot in the Remington Oklahoma City, OK as a prep event for the $400,000 Park jockey standings. He also Conkigo wins Sprint Oklahoma Derby on Sept. 30. triumphed with Flying Barbie Stakes; Diamond Joe Diamond Joe, the racing star of ($5.80) in the first race and Nupreps for Oklahoma Nebraska, ventured away from mismatist ($10.20) in the eighth. Derby his home state for the first time The hat trick gives Berry 20 wins The $50,000 Remington Park and won by three-quarters of for the season, two ahead of Luis Turf Sprint Stakes was moved a length over King Coral. The Quinonez. to the main track due to rainy triumph was the ninth straight weather on Friday night. The for the big chestnut, ridden by Los Alamitos Race Lone Star Park, Grand switch in surface made no differ- Cliff Berry. Course, Cypress, CA Prairie, TX ence to Conkigo as he roared to Owned by the Nebraska Far Niente tops PCQHRA an easy score in the five-furlong Jess Lips top qualifier for City, Neb. partnership of Joseph Breeders Futurity trials event for Oklahoma-breds. Koziol and Edward Joseph Miller, $174,000 Dash for Cash Derby Tom Atwood and Vessels Owned by Gary Owens of Jr., Diamond Joe is trained by Stallion Farms’ Far Niente set the Mustang, Okla. and trained by Samuel A. Valeriano’s Jess Chuck Turco, a former regular in standard early in the night of Lips, trained by Eddie Willis and Martin Lozano, Conkigo was the Remington Park stable area. nine trials when he won the sec- ridden by Martin Escobar. The ridden by Jimmy Brooks, was the Turco saddled Diamond Joe to ond PCQHRA Breeders Futurity fastest qualifier for the Grade 2, 6-year-old gelding won his third dominance on the Nebraska trial in :17.407 for the 350 yards consecutive race and second racing circuit, winning state-bred $174,000 Dash for Cash Derby and that time held up as the fast- in a row this season. He went over a fast track Friday night at stakes events as well as openest mark. Lone Star Park. The colt, by Mr to his accustomed spot on the company races. All of the wins Far Niente easily won his trial lead but had company until were around five-furlong tracks, Jess Perry dashed 440 yards in under a hand ride from Edward 21.215 earning a speed index of mid-stretch as Stickrossmounmaking his Remington Park Nicascio. The FDD Dynasty son 99. tain and Highway Fiftyfour were win around the mile oval here was a little tardy getting out of The Dash for Cash Derby will determined to make Conkigo impressive. the gate from the inside post be run Saturday, Sept. 29. work for his score. “He’s big and still growing position before quickly moving The 10 qualifiers for the “He looked good tonight,” and he had to run tonight,” Turco to the front and comfortably Grade 2, Dash For Cash Derby are Lozano noted afterwards. “The noted. “He hasn’t had to do that drawing away from his rivals to two horses that went with him, listed below. much lately. Hopefully the race win by one-half length. Lone Star Park at Grand PraiI didn’t expect that but he was will tighten him up for the Oklarie, a Class I racetrack operated able to put them away.” homa Derby.” The John Wells-trained Far A son of Dazzling Falls, who by Global Gaming Solutions LLC, Conkigo found another Niente won his maiden at first offers a 26-day 2012 Fall Meetgear with just over a furlong left Turco trained to victory in the asking by one-and-one-quarter 1995 Oklahoma Derby, Arkansas ing of Champions for American to dispatch his pace-dueling lengths back in May and then Quarter Horses which opens partners and draw clear to win by Derby and Alabama Derby, Diasustained his only defeat when mond Joe is from the Tarsal mare Friday, Sept. 14 and concludes 4-3/4 lengths in :58.50 seconds. he was a troubled seventh in on Saturday, November 10. Live Diamond Road. The win made Steal Your Face, the 9-5 wagerhis Ed Burke Million trial. After a racing will be held three days a him another $24,000 which ing favorite, was able to rally slight breather, he came back in week, Thursday, Friday and Satlate July to take a conditioned al- from the back of the pack to gain boosted his career bankroll to lowance race by one-half length second while Stickrossmountain held for third. over 300 yards, his start before Dash for Cash Derby qualiﬁers • Lone Star Park • Sept. 29 Conkigo left the starting his Breeders Futurity trial. Horse Time Jockey Trainer Jess Lips 21.215 Jimmy Brooks Eddie Willis The remaining qualifiers to gate at 5-2 odds and paid $7.80 Lethal Volt 21.367 Ricky Ramirez Trey Wood the Grade 2, $392,000 PCQHRA to win, $4.60 to place and $2.80 Sweet Oblivion 21.369 Jose Alvarez Mike Robbins Breeders Futurity are Jr Dyto show. Steal Your Face paid Fast Prize Mike 21.383 Jarrod Deschamp Javier Contreras nasty Mountain (:17.522), Stel $3.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Jess Fly With Me 21.430 Santos Carrizales Eusevio Huitron My Corona (:17.526), Slightys Stickrossmountain paid $2.10 to Windham 21.431 John Hamilton Heath Taylor Charmin Chiefcorona 21.436 Luis Vivanco Cindi Keeton Mac A Ta (:17.540), Blistering show. Chicks Smart Money 21.460 Cody Jensen Robert Dimmit Speed (:17.563), Significant Bred by Owens, Conkigo is Wahoo 21.471 Esgar Ramirez John Buchanan Heart (:17.574), Tahma Hawk by Confide from the Dare And TW Special Feature 21.508 Roy Baldillez Esteban Rubio Chop (:17.593), Joy Roses Go mare Wakikigo. The win was ite with Stormy Smith up. A sophomore daughter of Valiant Hero, Call Her Hero is three-for-three at 870 yards and, obviously, has found a bright future in the distance division. She won her maiden by eight lengths two starts ago in her first appearance at 870 yards. She then won by one-and-three-quarter lengths at Prairie Meadows. Call Her Hero makes her next class jump when she starts in the $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship.
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Eagle SA (:17.613), Blackberry Czech (:17.615) and Fireworks (:17.623).
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Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA Separate Thoughts on game in Derby trials Theresa and Edward DeNike’s homebred Separate Thoughts was on her game when she rallied to take the second of three trials to the $170,000 PCQHRA Breeders Derby at Los Alamitos with the fastest-qualifying time on Friday night at Los Alamitos. Separate Thoughts, a daughter of Separatist, was timed in :19.834 to lead the top-three qualifiers out of that trial. Oddson favorite was second by a head in :19.847 and third-place finisher Feature Jessie Gail was timed in :19.978. Trained by Pat Visscher, Separate Thoughts has four wins from eight starts. She was laid off after a maiden in July 2011 and came back to win a conditioned allowance race at Los Alamitos upon her return back in February. She won the La Pacifica Handicap in her start before PCQHRA Derby trial. She made a big run to the wire to win at 12-1 odds. Trial runner-up Ima Chickie Too will be trying for the futurityderby double after winning last
year’s $500,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity. The Chicks Beduino filly was second in the Governor’s Cup Derby to Terrific Synergy back in July. The remaining qualifiers to the October 5 finals are Sweetest Illusion (:20.014), Carne Vino (:20.029), Pony Drive (:20.065), First Specialist (:20.088), Bar Closer (:20.094), Once Over :20.104) and Chicks Boudro (:20.106).
SEPT 9, 2012 Zia Park, Hobbs, NM Safe Trip edges Streakin’ Mohican in Premiere Cup Handicap Safe Trip and jockey Miguel Hernandez wore down Streakin’ Mohican and jockey Ry Eikleberry to win the 6-furlong, $100,000 Premiere Cup Handicap by a head at Zia Park. Streakin’ Mohican set fast fractions of 21.89 seconds for the opening quartermile and even negative split the second quarter in 21.81 seconds for a 43.70-second half-mile. Safe Trip passed the early leader just before the finish line to win as the 4-1 third choice in a final time of 1:08.41. Imco Spirit, who won this race last year in trackrecord time, was 2 1/2 lengths back in third. Safe Trip, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Weston Martin for owners Molly Morris and Raymond Simpson, had shipped from Monmouth Park in New Jersey off two second-place finishes in allowance-optional claiming races. He collected his first stakes victory on Sunday, his fourth win in 16 starts, and boosted his lifetime earnings to $216,037. Streakin’ Mohican continues to be a successful $32,000 claim in April from Betfair Hollywood Park in California for owner Robert Rosette and trainer Bill Brashears. The 5-year-old has captured the Arapahoe Park Sprint Stakes at Arapahoe Park in Colorado in June in addition
his second-place finish in the Premiere Cup Handicap. Imco Spirit, the 2-1 favorite in the field of eight ridden by Enrique Gomez, was able to close for third while five-wide around the far turn. The Premiere Cup Handicap is the first of three six-figure open stakes race for Thoroughbreds at Zia Park this season. The 1 1/16mile, $150,000 Zia Park Derby for 3-year-olds will be contested on Dec. 1, and the 1 1/8-mile, $200,000 Zia Park Distance Championship for older horses will be on Dec. 2.
The Downs at Albuquerque, NM One-time claimer Groushy Apadana wins E.T. Springer Stakes Five Star Racing LLC’s Groushy Apadana, a $5,000 claimer as recently as April 17, scored his first stakes victory in Sunday’s 7-furlong, $50,000 E.T. Springer Stakes (R) for New Mexico-breds at The Downs at Albuquerque. Prepped by Michael Valdez and ridden by Enrique Garcia, Groushy Apadana dueled with Agiba Yulla through fractions of :22.50 and :44.18 before reaching the wire in 1:22.00. The 7-yearold bay gelding’s margin of victory was three-quarters of a length from Lesters Secret. “I had a lot of horse under me in the stretch,” said Garcia, who also rode Groushy Apadana to a neck victory in a 6 1/2-furlong, $5,000 claiming race for state-breds at Sunland Park on April 17. “He ran strong down the stretch. I didn’t have to ask him for very much.” Groushy Apadana was bred by Hatfield Farms LLC. The gelding became the first stakes winner sired by Mr. Groush, a New York-bred 1994 foal by Crafty Prospector who won the 1997 Alabama Derby (Grade 3) at Louisiana Downs and ran third in that season’s Grade 2 Ohio Derby
at Thistledown Racecourse. Mr. Groush has sired the earners of more than $750,000 from 29 starters. Groushy Apadana’s dam, Apadana, is a winning 20-yearold mare by the Danzig stallion Corridor Key. Groushy Apadana has won six of 14 races, and the $30,000 winner’s share of the E.T. Springer Stakes purse increased his earnings to $88,116. All of the gelding’s previous five wins had come against claiming company. Groushy Apadana began his career with a three-race win streak that ran from Nov. 25, 2008 - Feb. 22, 2009. Sent to post at odds of nearly 5-1, Groushy Apadana returned an $11.80 win mutuel and teamed with Lesters Secret for a $36.40 ($2) exacta. Brother Louie finished third, 1 ½ lengths behind the winner, to complete a $2 trifecta payoff of $94.40. Nuggets Please, Sapello Cantador, and 2-1 favorite Agiba Yulla completed the order of finish. Lesters Secret was coming off of a fourth-place finish in the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Casey Darnell Pony Express Stakes (R) during the August 26 Lineage Day program at The Downs at Albuquerque. A gray or roan 6-year-old gelding by the late Lesters Boy owned by Solitaire Stable and Simply The Best Thoroughbreds, Lesters Secret has won nine of 39 starts, including three stakes, and has banked $544,409 while racing exclusively in New Mexico. Brother Louie is a 5-year-old son of the Green Dancer stallion Emerald Jig campaigned by Solitaire Stable, Lisa Dominguez, and Carlos Gutierrez. The gelding has won five of 36 races and has earned $242,524, and his race record includes a second-place finish to Smash Dancer in the 7 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Land of Enchantment Handicap (R) during the Zia Festival card at Ruidoso Downs on July 29. SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45 47
My Big Chief is fastest qualifier to NM State Fair Breeders’ Derby My Big Chief, a gelding by Get Down Perry owned and trained by Gerardo Cano, won the second of two New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) trials at The Downs at Albuquerque. Ridden by Adrian Ramos, My Big Chief covered 400 yards in :19.557 and set the fastest qualiyfing time for the $50,000-added Breeders’ Derby final on Sept. 23. His margin of victory was a nose from second-fastest qualifier PK Bay. My Big Chief has won four of 11 races and has earned
$56,488. The gelding ran third, one length behind winner Fury Of The Storm, in the February 19, $110,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park, and he was the second-fastest qualifier to this year’s $286,364 Shue Fly
Stakes (RG2) at Sunland. PK Bay has banked $184,087 from 13 outs for his owners, David Barrett and Sue May. The stakes-winning son of Brookstone Bay was making his first start since January 7, when he ran third in the
Shue Fly. Third-fastest qualifier Two Bit Corona won the first heat in :19.738 for owners Mike Abraham and James R. McClintic. A homebred daughter of Corona Caliente, the filly was posting her third win in seven starts.
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Horse, Sex MY BIG CHIEF, G PK BAY, G, TWO BIT CORONA, F LTTLE LIGHTING, G COCANGO, G GOTTA GET TWO, G SPARKLIN ROYAL, F DAVID FOREVER, G OSBALDO, C CATS PAW BAY, F,
Owner Gerardo Cano David E. Barrett and Sue H. May Mike Abraham & James R. McClintic Gerardo Cano Samuel F. Henderson Berry S. Cox Gary C. Kloppenburg. Esau Hermosillo Hubaldo Solis Bill & Mary Shepard
Breeder Chad McCallum Dirk Jones Mike Abraham Gerardo Cano Three H Racing LLC Gordon Cox Gary C. Kloppenburg Ginny Johnston & Kim Saunders Hubaldo Solis Jay & Mary Lou Standefer
Trainer Gerardo Cano Fred Danley Dick Powell Gerardo Cano Donna McArthur Fred Danley Dick Powell Salvador Soto Oscar Carrete Wes Giles
Time :19.557 :19.563 :19.738 :19.781 :20.012 :20.032 :20.173 :20.184 :20.199 :20.289
RCI RULINGS Name: ANGELINE GALLIEN Ruling Date: 9/28/2012 Jurisdiction: Minnesota Racing Commission Facility: CANTERBURY PARK Ruling Number: 12056 Ruling Type: Failure to Complete License Procedure Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/28/2012 Suspension End: Ruling Text: Owner Angeline Gallien, whose emergency license has expired, having failed to respond to written reminder, is declared ineligible for any license in the State of Minnesota until prepared to fully comply with mandated procedures. MRC Rule: 7877.0145 Subp. 2 - Emergency License, MRC Rule: 7879.0200 - Stewards’ Authority Name: ROBBY RAY ROBINSON Ruling Date: 9/28/2012 Jurisdiction: Arkansas Racing Commission Facility: ARKANSAS RACING COMMISSION Ruling Number: 12-050 Ruling Type: Positive Drug Test Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 500 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/24/2012 Suspension End: 10/8/2012 Ruling Text: Acting on a report from Truesdail laboratories, Inc., the official testing laboratory for the Arkansas Racing Commission, that urine sample #21589 had tested positive for clenbuterol , a violation of ARC Rule #1216, the Stewards determined that urine sample #21589 was taken from “FATE’S RIGHT HAND” following the running of the Sixth race on April 14, 2012. The trainer of record for “FATE’S RIGHT HAND” was identified as 48 SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45
Robby R. Robinson. Trainer Robinson was notified of his rights to have the split sample tested, to a stewards’ hearing and to be represented by legal counsel at a hearing. Trainer Robinson asked to have the split sample tested and selected the equine Medication Surveillance Laboratory at Louisiana State University (LSU) for the testing. LSU confirmed that urine sample #21589 tested positive for clenbuterol at a level of approximately 66.389ng/ml. Trainer Robinson then waived his right to a hearing and stated he would accept the penalty issued by the Stewards. After considering all information before them, including this was a first offense within 365 days for Trainer Robinson under the guidelines adopted by the Arkansas Racing Commission for a Class C violation and a violation of ARC Rule #1233 which makes the trainer responsible for and the absolute insurer for the condition of a horse including any medication the horse receives, the Stewards ORDER the following: 1. Trainer Robby Robinson is fined $500; 2. Trainer Robby Robinson is suspended 15 calendar days beginning September 24, 2012 and continuing through October 8, 2012; 3. “FATE’S RIGHT HAND” is disqualified from Third Place and is unplaced for the purposes of receiving purse money. The Horsemen’s Bookkeeper is ordered to redistribute the purse as follows: 1--#6 Beer Garden (no change) 2-#5 Drill Sergeant (no change) 3--#2 Horn Buckle 4-#4 Proper Empire 5--#11 On The Loose Again 6--#3 True Test 7--#12 Why He’s Enough 8--#8 Moonrush 9--#9 Hey Joebee 10--#7 Courtroom Drama This ruling does not affect the pari-mutuel payoffs. Name: WINFORD TODD HORTON Ruling Date: 9/28/2012 Jurisdiction: Minnesota Racing Commission Facility: CANTERBURY PARK Ruling Number: 12055 Ruling Type: Failure to Complete License Procedure Breed: Thoroughbred
Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/28/2012 Suspension End: Ruling Text: Owner Winford T. Horton, whose emergency license has expired, having failed to respond to written reminder, is declared ineligible for any license in the State of Minnesota until prepared to fully comply with mandated procedures. MRC Rule: 7877.0145 Subp. 2 - Emergency License, MRC Rule: 7879.0200 - Stewards’ Authority Name: HOUSTON GILBERT JONES Ruling Date: 9/28/2012 Jurisdiction: Minnesota Racing Commission Facility: CANTERBURY PARK Ruling Number: 12057 Ruling Type: Failure to Complete License Procedure Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/28/2012 Suspension End: Ruling Text: Owner Houston G. Jones, whose emergency license has expired, having failed to respond to written reminder, is declared ineligible for any license in the State of Minnesota until prepared to fully comply with mandated procedures. MRC Rule: 7877.0145 Subp. 2 - Emergency License; MRC Rule: 7879.0200 - Stewards’ Authority Name: EUSEVIO MALDONADO HUITRON Ruling Date: 9/26/2012 Jurisdiction: Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Facility: REMINGTON PARK Ruling Number: 12-RP-146 Ruling Type: License Denied, Rescinded, Revoked, Suspended, Withdrawn or Exclusion Breed: Thoroughbred
Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/26/2012 Suspension End: Ruling Text: Trainer, Eusevio Maldonado-Huitron, having failed to appear, after having been properly served by certified mail of a hearing scheduled for 12:00 AM at the RP Board of Stewards office regarding his suspension issued by the New Mexico Horse Racing Commission 6/15/2012 regarding the outcome of criminal money laundering consipiracy charges contained in an indictment through the US District Court, is hereby suspended and/or made ineligible for licensure pending his appearance before the Board of Stewards at RP. While suspended and/or ineligible for licensing, Mr. Huitron shall be denied access to the enclosures of all racetracks and public areas coming under the jurisdiction of the OHRC. Name: APRIL JOANN BOAG Ruling Date: 9/26/2012 Jurisdiction: Oregon Racing Commission Facility: PORTLAND MEADOWS Ruling Number: PM12-127 Ruling Type: Careless/Unsafe/Improper Riding or Driving Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: Suspension End: Ruling Text: Riding infraction (lugging in) while abaord “Chipindale” on 09/23/2012. Racing days suspended: October 3, 6, & 7, 2012. Name: JASMINE J DANIELS Ruling Date: 9/26/2012 Jurisdiction: Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Facility: REMINGTON PARK Ruling Number: 12-RP-147 Ruling Type: License Denied, Rescinded, Revoked, Suspended, Withdrawn or Exclusion Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: Suspension End: Ruling Text: The Asst TR’s license issued to Jasmine Joy Daniles is hereby rescinded w/o prejudice as she has been issued a TR license effective 9/26/2012. Name: JOSE MORALES TREVINO Ruling Date: 9/26/2012 Jurisdiction: Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Facility: REMINGTON PARK Ruling Number: 12-RP-144 Ruling Type: License Denied, Rescinded, Revoked, Suspended, Withdrawn or Exclusion Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/26/2012 Suspension End: Ruling Text: Owner Jose Morales Trevino having failed to appear, after having been properly served by
certified mail of a hearing scheduled for 12:00PM at the RP Board of Stewards office regarding his suspension issued by the New Mexico Horse Racing Commission on 6/15/2012 regarding the outcome of criminal money laundering conspiracy charges contained in an indictment through the US District Court, is hereby suspended and/or made ineligible for licensure pending his appearance before the Board of Stewards at RP. While suspended and/or ineligible for licensing, Mr. Trevino shall be denied access to the enclosures of all racetracks and public areas coming under the jurisdiction of the OHRC. Name: SPARKY JOE MULLINS Ruling Date: 9/26/2012 Jurisdiction: Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Facility: REMINGTON PARK Ruling Number: 12-RP-143 Ruling Type: License Denied, Rescinded, Revoked, Suspended, Withdrawn or Exclusion Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/26/2012 Suspension End: 12/31/2012 Ruling Text: Owner/TR SPARKY JOE MULLINS having pled “No Contest” regarding his felony convictions in the US District Court on 7/10/2012 is hereby suspended ninety-seven (97) days beginning 9/26/2012 through 12/31/2012 and shall remain ineligible for licensure for a period of two hundred sixty-eight (268) days from 01/1/2013 through 09/25/2013. While susp and ineligible for licensure Sparky Joe Mullins is denied access to all the enclosures of all racetracks and public areas under the jurisdiction of the OHRC. Name: CARLOS IGNACIO SILVA Ruling Date: 9/24/2012 Jurisdiction: New Mexico Racing Commission Facility: ZIA PARK (HOBBS) Ruling Number: 0052912 Ruling Type: Reinstatement to Good Standing in State Breed: Quarter Horse Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: Suspension End: Ruling Text: Jockey CARLOS I SILVA DOB: 03/13/1985 LICENSE #:52442860 having appeared, by telephone, before the Board of Stewards on 9/21/2012 and having fulfilled the conditions required in ruling #0263509, is hereby eligible to re-apply for a license as of 9/21/2012. This ruling supersede ruling 0263509 issued 1/23/2009. BY ORDER OF THE ZIA PARK BOARD OF STEWARDS Name: BONNIE LOUISE WILSON Ruling Date: 9/23/2012 Jurisdiction: Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Facility: WILL ROGERS DOWNS Ruling Number: 12-WRD-069 Ruling Type: Necessitating a Late Scratch Breed: Mixed Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 500 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start:
Suspension End: Ruling Text: Owner/TR Bonnie Louise Wilson having pled “No Contest” and is fined $500 for mistakenly bringing the wrong horse to the paddock for the (ninth) 9th race at WRD on 9/22/2012, necessitating the late scratch of #4 “UP AND COMING HERO”. Name: JOHN HENRY BASSETT Ruling Date: 9/23/2012 Jurisdiction: New Mexico Racing Commission Facility: ZIA PARK (HOBBS) Ruling Number: 0035912 Ruling Type: Positive Drug Test Breed: Quarter Horse Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 5000 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 10/12/2012 Suspension End: 9/23/2017 Ruling Text: Trainer JOHN HENRY BASSETT DOB: 06/11/1949 LICENSE #:46078104 having appeared before the Board of Stewards on 09/22/2012 for a positive test for the drug Dermorphin which was found in sample #419714 at a level of 197.8 nanograms per milliliter after it was collected from the horse “HEAD TRAUMA” which finished in 3RD place in the 6TH race on 05/25/2012 at Ruidoso Downs. JOHN HENRY BASSETT is found to be in violation of: 184.108.40.206(C)(1) NMAC: Which states in pertinent part that “A finding by the official chemist of a prohibited drug, chemical or other substance in a test specimen of a horse is prima facie evidence that the prohibited drug, chemical or other substance was administered to the horse and, in the case of a post-race test, was present in the horse’s body while it was participating in a race (a) drugs or medications for which no acceptable levels have been established. 220.127.116.11(A) NMAC and 18.104.22.168(B)(l) NMAC: Which states in pertinent part that “The Trainer is the absolute insurer of the condition of horses entered in an official workout or race, and is responsible for the presence of any prohibited drug or medication, or other prohibited substance in such horse. A positive test for a prohibited drug or medication or other prohibited substance or the presence of permitted medication in excess of maximum allowable levels as reported by the commission approved laboratory is prima facie evidence of a violation of this rule. The Trainer is absolutely responsible regardless of the acts of third party.” For this violation, the Board of Stewards assessed a penalty of: A five (5) year suspension of any and all NMSRC issued licenses (10/12/2012 through 09/23/2017) B, a fine in the amount of five thousand dollars ($5,000.00). A loss of purse for the 6” race 05/25/2012 at Ruidoso Downs. This is the first violation in a 12-montb period. The fine is to be paid on or before any reinstatement date, in accordance with 22.214.171.124(B) (3) (I) NMAC. During said time of applicable suspension, JOHN H BASSETT is hereby excluded from all areas of the grounds under the jurisdiction of the New Mexico Racing Commission, in accordance with 126.96.36.199(B)(3)(f) NMAC. Additionally, effective on applicable suspension dates, all horses owned or trained or under the care of JOHN H BASSETT are ineligible to be entered or start in any race in this jurisdiction, per 188.8.131.52(C)(21)(a-b) NMAC (This ruling was made in accordance with applicable NMAC rules effective at the time of this offense). BY ORDER OF THE ZIA PARK BOARD OF STEWARDS SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45 49
Name: DAVID EARLE DOOLY Ruling Date: 9/23/2012 Jurisdiction: Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Facility: WILL ROGERS DOWNS Ruling Number: 12-WRD-070 Ruling Type: License Denied, Rescinded, Revoked, Suspended, Withdrawn or Exclusion Breed: Mixed Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: Suspension End: Ruling Text: Trainer’s Lic issued to David Earl Dooly is hereby rescinded w/o prejudice as he has been issued Asst Tr. Lic at WRD for 2012. Name: CARL W DRAPER Ruling Date: 9/23/2012 Jurisdiction: New Mexico Racing Commission Facility: ZIA PARK (HOBBS) Ruling Number: 0049912 Ruling Type: Positive Drug Test Breed: Quarter Horse Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 1500 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 4/22/2013 Suspension End: 7/20/2013 Ruling Text: Trainer CARL W DRAPER (DOB: 03/22/1939 NMSRC LICENSE #:56063050) having been duly notified, and having appeared before the Board of Stewards on this date, regarding a lab report from University of California/Davis for a confirmed positive test for the Class 111 drug “Ractopamine” which was found in sample# 419727, after it was collected from the horse “Separate Battle” which finished second in the 15” race, Friday, May 25, 2012, at Ruidoso Downs; (There are no allowable limits for the presence of this medication). CARL W DRAPER is found to be in violation of: 184.108.40.206(C)(l) NMAC: Which states in pertinent part that “A finding by the official chemist of a prohibited drug, chemical or other substance in a test specimen of a horse is prima facie evidence that the prohibited drug, chemical or other substance was administered to the horse and, in the case of a post-race test, was present in the horse’s body while it was participating in a race (a) drugs or medications for which no acceptable levels have been established”. 220.127.116.11(Al NMAC and 18.104.22.168(B)(l) NMAC: Which states in pertinent part that “The Trainer is the absolute insurer of the condition of horses entered in an official workout or race, and is responsible for the presence of any prohibited drug or medication, or other prohibited substance in such horse. A positive test for a prohibited drug or medication or other prohibited substance or the presence of permitted medication in excess of maximum allowable levels as reported by the commission approved laboratory is prima facie evidence of a violation of this rule. The Trainer is absolutely responsible regardless of the acts of third party.” For this violation, the Board of Stewards assessed CARL W DRAPER a penalty of the following: (1) A Suspension of any/all NMSRC held licenses for a period of ninety days, (April 22, 2013, through July 20, 2013, inclusive). (2) A fine in the amount of One thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500.00); (3) Loss of purse of the 15” race, Friday, May 25, 2012, and subsequent loss of purse of the 50 SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45
10” race, Saturday, June 9,2012,at Ruidoso Downs. (This is a fourth positive test violation within a 12 month period). The fine is to be paid on or before any reinstatement date, in accordance with 22.214.171.124(B)(3)(1) NMAC. During said time of applicable suspension, CARL W DRAPER is hereby excluded from all areas under the jurisdiction of the NMRC, in accordance with 126.96.36.199 (B)(3) (t) NMAC. Additionally, effective on applicable suspension dates, all horses owned or trained, or under the care of CARL W DRAPER are ineligible to be entered or start in any race in this jurisdiction, per 188.8.131.52 (C)(21)(a-b) NMAC. (This ruling was made in accordance with applicable NMAC rules effective at the time of this offense). BY ORDER OF THE ZIA PARK BOARD OF STEWARDS
loss of purse of the twelfth race, Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Ruidoso Downs; (This is a third positive test violation with a 12 month period). The fine is to be paid on or before any reinstatement date, in accordance with 184.108.40.206 (B)(3)(I) NMAC. During said time of applicable suspension, CARL W DRAPER is hereby excluded from all areas under the jurisdiction of the NMRC, in accordance with 220.127.116.11 (B)(3)(f) NMAC. Additionally, effective on applicable suspension dates, all horses owned or trained, or under the care of CARL W DRAPER are ineligible to be entered or start in any race in this jurisdiction, per 18.104.22.168 (C)(21)(a-b) NMAC. (This ruling was made in accordance with applicable NMAC rules effective at the time of this offense). BY ORDER OF THE ZIA PARK BOARD OF STEWARDS
Name: CARL W DRAPER Ruling Date: 9/23/2012 Jurisdiction: New Mexico Racing Commission Facility: ZIA PARK (HOBBS) Ruling Number: 0046912 Ruling Type: Positive Drug Test Breed: Quarter Horse Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 1500 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 2/1/2013 Suspension End: 4/21/2013 Ruling Text: Trainer CARL W DRAPER (DOB: 03/22/1939 NMSRC LICENSE #:56063050) having been duly notified, and having appeared before the Board of Stewards on this date regarding a lab report from University of California Davis for a confirmed positive test for the Class III drug “Ractopaminewhich was found in sample# 419601 after it was collected from the horse “Texas Rockstar” which finished second in the 5th race on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Ruidoso Downs; (There are no allowable limits for the presence of this medication). CARL W DRAPER is found to be in violation of: 22.214.171.124(C)(1) NMAC: Which states in pertinent part that “A finding by the official chemist of a prohibited drug, chemical or other substance in a test specimen of a horse is prima facie evidence that the prohibited drug, chemical or other substance was administered to the horse and, in the case of a post-race test, was present in the horse’s body while it was participating in a race (a) drugs or medications for which no acceptable levels have been established. 126.96.36.199(A) NMAC and 188.8.131.52CB)(l) NMAC: Which states in pertinent part that “The Trainer is the absolute insurer of the condition of horses entered in an official workout or race, and is responsible for the presence of any prohibited drug or medication, or other prohibited substance in such horse. A positive test for a prohibited drug or medication or other prohibited substance or the presence of permitted medication in excess of maximum allowable levels as reported by the commission approved laboratory is prima facie evidence of a violation of this rule. The Trainer is absolutely responsible regardless of the acts of third party.” For this violation, the Board of Stewards assessed CARL W DRAPER a penalty of the following: (1) A suspension of any/all NMSRC held licenses for a period of eighty calendar days (February 1, 2013, through April 21, 2013, inclusive); (2) A fine in the amount of One thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500.00); (3) Loss of purse of the fifth race, Saturday, May 26, 2012, and subsequent
Name: CARL W DRAPER Ruling Date: 9/23/2012 Jurisdiction: New Mexico Racing Commission Facility: ZIA PARK (HOBBS) Ruling Number: 0043912 Ruling Type: Positive Drug Test Breed: Quarter Horse Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 1500 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 11/23/2012 Suspension End: 1/31/2013 Ruling Text: Trainer CARL W DRAPER (DOB: 03/22/1939 NMSRC LICENSE #:56063050) having been duly notified, and having appeared before the Board of Stewards on this date regarding a lab report from University of California/Davis for a confirmed positive test for the Class III drug “Ractopamine” which was found in sample #419748 after it was collected from the horse “Rc Black Mamba” which finished second in the 4th race on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Ruidoso Downs; (there are no allowable limits for the presence of this medication). CARL W DRAPER is found to be in violation of: 184.108.40.206(C)(1) NMAC: Which states in pertinent part that “A finding by the official chemist of a prohibited drug, chemical or other substance in a test specimen of a horse is prima facie evidence that the prohibited drug, chemical or other substance was administered to the horse and, in the case of a post-race test, was present in the horse’s body while it was participating in a race (a) drugs or medications for which no acceptable levels have been established. 220.127.116.11(A) NMAC and 18.104.22.168CB)(l) NMAC: Which states in pertinent part that “The Trainer is the absolute insurer of the condition of horses entered in an official workout or race, and is responsible for the presence of any prohibited drug or medication, or other prohibited substance in such horse. A positive test for a prohibited drug or medication or other prohibited substance or the presence of permitted medication in excess of maximum allowable levels as reported by the commission approved laboratory is prima facie evidence of a violation of this rule. The Trainer is absolutely responsible regardless of the acts of third party.” For this violation, the Board of Stewards assessed CARL W DRAPER a penalty of the following: (1) A suspension of any/all NMSRC held licenses for a period of seventy calendar days (November 23, 2012, through January 31, 2013, inclusive); (2) A fine in the amount of One thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500.00); (3) Loss of purse of the fourth
RCI RULINGS race, Saturday, May 26, 2012, and subsequent loss of purse of the twelfth race, Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Ruidoso Downs; (This is a second positive test violation with a 12 month period). The fine is to be paid on or before any reinstatement date, in accordance with 22.214.171.124 (B)(3)(I) NMAC. During said time of applicable suspension, CARL W DRAPER is hereby excluded from all areas under the jurisdiction of the NMRC, in accordance with 126.96.36.199 (B) (3)(f) NMAC. Additionally, effective on applicable suspension dates, all horses owned or trained, or under the care of CARL W DRAPER are ineligible to be entered or start in any race in this jurisdiction, per 188.8.131.52 (C)(21)(a-b) NMAC. (This ruling was made in accordance with applicable NMAC rules effective at the time of this offense). BY ORDER OF THE ZIA PARK BOARD OF STEWARDS Name: CARL W DRAPER Ruling Date: 9/23/2012 Jurisdiction: New Mexico Racing Commission Facility: ZIA PARK (HOBBS) Ruling Number: 0040912 Ruling Type: Positive Drug Test Breed: Quarter Horse Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 1500 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/24/2012 Suspension End: 11/22/2012 Ruling Text: Trainer CARL W DRAPER (DOB: 03/22/1939 NMSRC LICENSE #:56063050) having been duly notified, and having appeared before the Board of Stewards on this date regarding a lab report from University of California/Davis for a confirmed positive test for the Class III drug “Ractopamine” which was found in sample# 419741 after it was collected from the horse “Dashing Spartacus” which finished first in the lst race, Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Ruidoso Downs; (There are no allowable limits for the presence of this medication). CARL W DRAPER is found to be in violation of: 184.108.40.206(C)(1) NMAC: Which states in pertinent part that “A finding by the official chemist of a prohibited drug, chemical or other substance in a test specimen of a horse is prima facie evidence that the prohibited drug, chemical or other substance was administered to the horse and, in the case of a post-race test, was present in the horse’s body while it was participating in a race (a) drugs or medications for which no acceptable levels have been established. 220.127.116.11(A) NMAC and 18.104.22.168CB)(l) NMAC: Which states in pertinent part that “The Trainer is the absolute insurer of the condition of horses entered in an official workout or race, and is responsible for the presence of any prohibited drug or medication, or other prohibited substance in such horse. A positive test for a prohibited drug or medication or other prohibited substance or the presence of permitted medication in excess of maximum allowable levels as reported by the commission approved laboratory is prima facie evidence of a violation of this rule. The Trainer is absolutely responsible regardless of the acts of third party.” For this violation, the Board of Stewards assessed CARL W DRAPER a penalty of the following: (1) A suspension of any/all NMSRC held licenses for a period of sixty calendar days, (September 24, 2012 through November 22, 2012, inclusive); (2) A fine in the amount of One thousand five hundred
dollars ($1,500.00); (3) Loss of purse of the first race, Saturday, May 26, 2012, and subsequent loss of purse of the twelfth race, Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Ruidoso Downs. (This is a first positive test violation with a 12 month period). The fine is to be paid on or before any reinstatement date, in accordance with 22.214.171.124 (B)(3)(I) NMAC. During said time of applicable suspension, CARL W DRAPER is hereby excluded from all areas under the jurisdiction of the NMRC, in accordance with 126.96.36.199 (B)(3)(f) NMAC. Additionally, effective on applicable suspension dates, all horses owned or trained, or under the care of CARL W DRAPER are ineligible to be entered or start in any race in this jurisdiction, per 188.8.131.52 (C)(21)(a-b) NMAC. (This ruling was made in accordance with applicable NMAC rules effective at the time of this offense). BY ORDER OF THE ZIA PARK BOARD OF STEWARDS Name: MATTHEW BRITT MCELROY Ruling Date: 9/23/2012 Jurisdiction: Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Facility: WILL ROGERS DOWNS Ruling Number: 12-WRD-068 Ruling Type: Failure to Conduct Business in Proper Manner Breed: Mixed Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 100 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: Suspension End: Ruling Text: Owner/TR Matthew Britt McElroy having pled “No Contest” and is fined $100 for failure to engage the services of Jockey Larry Payne prior to the 9th race at WRD on 9/16/2012, necessitating a rider change. Name: JORGE COLLAZO Ruling Date: 9/22/2012 Jurisdiction: Iowa Racing Commission Facility: PRAIRIE MEADOWS Ruling Number: 45312 Ruling Type: Unknown Breed: Mixed Division: Mixed Fine Amount: $ Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: Suspension End: Ruling Text: Jorge Collazo Jr was issued a Jockey License 9927138 on 9/8/2012. Said license is hereby rescinded without prejudice, as Jorge Collazo Jr is no longer acting in that capacity in Iowa.
was found in sample #419716 at a level of 65.9 nanograms per milliliter after it was collected from the horse “DON’T TELL LILA” which finished in 1st place in the 8th race on DATE: 05/25/2012 at Ruidoso Downs. JOHN HENRY BASSETT is found to be in violation of: 184.108.40.206(C)(1) NMAC: Which states in pertinent part that “A finding by the official chemist of a prohibited drug, chemical or other substance in a test specimen of a horse is prima facie evidence that the prohibited drug, chemical or other substance was administered to the horse and, in the case of a post-race test, was present in the horse’s body while it was participating in a race (a) drugs or medications for which no acceptable levels have been established. 220.127.116.11(A) NMAC and 18.104.22.168(B)(l) NMAC: Which states in pertinent part that “The Trainer is the absolute insurer of the condition of horses entered in an official workout or race, and is responsible for the presence of any prohibited drug or medication, or other prohibited substance in such horse. A positive test for a prohibited drug or medication or other prohibited substance or the presence of permitted medication in excess of maximum allowable levels as reported by the commission approved laboratory is prima facie evidence of a violation of this rule. The Trainer is absolutely responsible regardless of the acts of third party.” For this violation, the Board of Stewards assessed a penalty of: A five (5) year suspension of any and all NMSRC issued licenses (09/24/2017 through 09/23/2022) B, a fine in the amount of five thousand dollars ($5,000.00). A loss of purse for the 8th race 05/25/2012 at Ruidoso Downs. This is the second violation in a 12-montb period. The fine is to be paid on or before any reinstatement date, in accordance with 22.214.171.124(B) (3) (I) NMAC. During said time of applicable suspension, JOHN H BASSETT is hereby excluded from all areas of the grounds under the jurisdiction of the New Mexico Racing Commission, in accordance with 126.96.36.199(B)(3)(f) NMAC. Additionally, effective on applicable suspension dates, all horses owned or trained or under the care of JOHN H BASSETT are ineligible to be entered or start in any race in this jurisdiction, per 188.8.131.52(C)(21)(a-b) NMAC (This ruling was made in accordance with applicable NMAC rules effective at the time of this offense). BY ORDER OF THE ZIA PARK BOARD OF STEWARDS
Name: JUAN HIGINO MILLER Ruling Date: 9/21/2012 Jurisdiction: Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Facility: REMINGTON PARK Ruling Number: 12-RP-141 Name: JOHN HENRY BASSETT Ruling Type: Positive Drug Test - Human Ruling Date: 9/22/2012 Breed: Thoroughbred Jurisdiction: New Mexico Racing Commission Division: Horse Facility: ZIA PARK (HOBBS) Fine Amount: $ 0 Ruling Number: 0036912 Fine Paid: Not Reported Ruling Type: Positive Drug Test Suspension Start: 9/21/2012 Breed: Quarter Horse Suspension End: Division: Horse Ruling Text: A urine sample received from blackFine Amount: $ 5000 smith Juan Higino Miller has tested positive on Fine Paid: Not Reported 8/31/12 for a dangerous controlled substance. Suspension Start: 9/24/2017 Juan H. Miller is heerby summarily suspended Suspension End: 9/23/2022 effective 9/21/12, pending a hearing and final deRuling Text: Trainer JOHN HENRY BASSETT DOB: termination. During the term of his suspension, he 06/11/1949 LICENSE #:46078104 having appeared is denied access to the enclosures of all racetracks, before the Board of Stewards on DATE: 09/22/2012 inc. the public area under the jurisdiction of the for a positive test for the drug Dermorphin which OHRC. SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45 51
RCI RULINGS Name: KRISTI DYAN PETERSEN Ruling Date: 9/21/2012 Jurisdiction: Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Facility: WILL ROGERS DOWNS Ruling Number: 12-WRD-065 Ruling Type: License Denied, Rescinded, Revoked, Suspended, Withdrawn or Exclusion Breed: Mixed Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: Suspension End: Ruling Text: TR. Lic issued to Kristi Dya Petersen is hereby rescinded w/o prejudice as she has been issued an Asst Tr License at WRD for 2012. Name: CHARLES RICHARD HUNT Ruling Date: 9/20/2012 Jurisdiction: Iowa Racing Commission Facility: PRAIRIE MEADOWS Ruling Number: 45310 Ruling Type: Positive Drug Test Breed: Mixed Division: Mixed Fine Amount: $ 250 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: Suspension End: Ruling Text: A report from Iowa State University Diagnostic Laboratory states the presence of OXYPHENYLBUTAZONE in the amount of 5.2UG/ ML and PHENYLBUTAZONE in the amount of 5.8UG/ML in blood sample # 934557 taken from the horse “CROWNED SILVER” after finishing first (1st) in the fourth (4th) race on September 2, 2012. These are in excess of the permissive level of 5.0UG/ML. Trainer Charles Hunt waived his right to a split sample and waived his right to present evidence and testimony to the Board of Stewards. This being his first offense, Trainer Charles Hunt is hereby assessed an administrative penalty of two hundred dollars fifty ($250.00). Name: LUIS ANTONIO MEDINA Ruling Date: 9/19/2012 Jurisdiction: California Horse Racing Board Facility: FAIRPLEX PARK Ruling Number: LAFP003 Ruling Type: Failure to Report or Appear Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 50 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: Suspension End: Ruling Text: Jockey LUIS MEDINA is fined FIFTY DOLLARS ($50.00)* for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1930 (Obedience to Security Officers and Public Safety Officers â€“ failure to meet with the Stewards as directed). *Rule 1532 â€“ Fine shall be paid to the Paymaster within seven calendar days from the date of this ruling or the license of the person upon whom the fine has been imposed shall be suspended. Name: LOGAN M TROTTER Ruling Date: 9/15/2012 Jurisdiction: Louisiana Racing Commission Facility: LOUISIANA DOWNS
Ruling Number: 19712 Ruling Type: Failure to Meet Financial Obligation Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/15/2012 Suspension End: Ruling Text: Suspended and denied access to all facilities under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana State Racing Commission, pending appearance before the stewards regarding his financial obligation to Equi-Vet, LLC in the amount of $3620. Name: LOGAN M TROTTER Ruling Date: 9/15/2012 Jurisdiction: Louisiana Racing Commission Facility: LOUISIANA DOWNS Ruling Number: 19708 Ruling Type: Failure to Meet Financial Obligation Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/15/2012 Suspension End: Ruling Text: Suspended and denied access to all facilities under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana State Racing Commission, pending appearance before the stewards regarding his financial obligation to Equi-Vet, LLC in the amount of $3298. Name: JAMES R PLEASANT Ruling Date: 9/15/2012 Jurisdiction: Louisiana Racing Commission Facility: LOUISIANA DOWNS Ruling Number: 19713 Ruling Type: Failure to Meet Financial Obligation Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/15/2012 Suspension End: Ruling Text: Suspended and denied access to all facilities under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana State Racing Commission, pending appearance before the stewards regarding his financial obligation to Equine Sports Medicine in the amount of $2507. Name: GRETA R TROTTER Ruling Date: 9/15/2012 Jurisdiction: Louisiana Racing Commission Facility: LOUISIANA DOWNS Ruling Number: 19709 Ruling Type: Failure to Meet Financial Obligation Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/15/2012 Suspension End: Ruling Text: Suspended and denied access to all facilities under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana State Racing Commission, pending appearance before the stewards regarding her financial obligation to Equi-Vet, LLC in the amount of $3620. Name: RUSSELL WILSON Ruling Date: 9/15/2012 Jurisdiction: Louisiana Racing Commission
Facility: LOUISIANA DOWNS Ruling Number: 19707 Ruling Type: Failure to Meet Financial Obligation Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/15/2012 Suspension End: Ruling Text: Suspended and denied access to all facilities under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana State Racing Commission, pending appearance before the stewards regarding his financial obligation to Equine Sports Medicine in the amount of $863. Name: JED L GUIDRY Ruling Date: 9/15/2012 Jurisdiction: Louisiana Racing Commission Facility: LOUISIANA DOWNS Ruling Number: 19717 Ruling Type: Failure to Meet Financial Obligation Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/15/2012 Suspension End: Ruling Text: Ineligible for licensure pending appearance before the stewards regarding a debt claim submitted by Equine Medicine and Surgery in the amount of $240. Name: JAMES C HEMBREE Ruling Date: 9/15/2012 Jurisdiction: Louisiana Racing Commission Facility: LOUISIANA DOWNS Ruling Number: 19716 Ruling Type: Failure to Meet Financial Obligation Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/15/2012 Suspension End: Ruling Text: Ineligible for licensure pending appearance before the stewards regarding a debt claim submitted by Equine Sports Medicine in the amount of $564. Name: KENNETH W DECKER Ruling Date: 9/15/2012 Jurisdiction: Louisiana Racing Commission Facility: LOUISIANA DOWNS Ruling Number: 19714 Ruling Type: Failure to Meet Financial Obligation Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/15/2012 Suspension End: Ruling Text: Ineligible for licensure pending appearance before the stewards regarding a debt claim submitted by Equine Sports Medicine in the amount of $4760. Name: CHRISTOPHER A TURRENTINE Ruling Date: 9/15/2012 Jurisdiction: Louisiana Racing Commission Facility: LOUISIANA DOWNS Ruling Number: 19715 SureBet RacingNews.com, Inc. • October 2012 • Vol. 6 No. 45 53
RCI RULINGS Ruling Type: Failure to Meet Financial Obligation Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/15/2012 Suspension End: Ruling Text: Ineligible for licensure pending appearance before the stewards regarding a debt claim submitted by Equine Medicine and Surgery in the amount of $2705. Name: HECTOR ARMANDO OROZCO-VALLES Ruling Date: 9/14/2012 Jurisdiction: Louisiana Racing Commission Facility: LOUISIANA DOWNS Ruling Number: 18657 Ruling Type: Financial Obligation/Restoration Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 5/12/2011 Suspension End: 9/14/2012 Ruling Text: Satisfied his financial obligation to Southwest Veterinary Services. See ruling 18567 Name: KEVIN E MILLER Ruling Date: 9/14/2012 Jurisdiction: Illinois Racing Board Facility: BALMORAL PARK Ruling Number: 122095 Ruling Type: License Denied, Rescinded, Revoked, Suspended, Withdrawn or Exclusion Breed: Harness Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: Suspension End: Ruling Text: The Illinois Racing Board Groom’s License of Kevin E. Miller is hereby rescinded without prejudice inasmuch as he is presently licensed
as an Owner/Trainer. Name: DANNY R BUTLER Ruling Date: 9/14/2012 Jurisdiction: Louisiana Racing Commission Facility: LOUISIANA DOWNS Ruling Number: 19706 Ruling Type: Failure to Meet Financial Obligation Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/14/2012 Suspension End: Ruling Text: Suspended and denied access to all facilities under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana State Racing Commission, pending appearance before the stewards regarding his financial obligation to Backstretch Surgery and Medicine in the amount of $10,867. Name: DAMIEN MUDD Ruling Date: 9/13/2012 Jurisdiction: Louisiana Racing Commission Facility: LOUISIANA DOWNS Ruling Number: 19705 Ruling Type: Positive Drug Test - Human Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/16/2012 Suspension End: 10/15/2012 Ruling Text: Tested positive for a controlled dangerous substance, first offence. Suspended 30 days and denied access to all facilities under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana State Racing Commission. Reinstatement is contingent upon an evaluation and after providing a negative urine report. Name: STEVEN J MELANCON Ruling Date: 9/13/2012 Jurisdiction: Louisiana Racing Commission
Facility: LOUISIANA DOWNS Ruling Number: 19704 Ruling Type: Positive Drug Test - Human Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 0 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: 9/16/2012 Suspension End: 10/15/2012 Ruling Text: Tested positive for a controlled dangerous substance, first offence. Suspended 30 days and denied access to all facilities under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana State Racing Commission. Reinstatement is contingent upon an evaluation and after providing a negative urine report. Name: YANET RODRIGUEZ Ruling Date: 9/7/2012 Jurisdiction: California Horse Racing Board Facility: LOS ALAMITOS Ruling Number: LAQL142 Ruling Type: Medication Administration Violation Breed: Quarter Horse Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 500 Fine Paid: Not Reported Suspension Start: Suspension End: Ruling Text: Trainer Yanet Rodriguez who started the horse “FAMOUS FURY” in the third race on July 20, 2012, at Los Alamitos Race Course is fined five hundred dollars ($500.00)* pursuant to California Horse Racing Board Rule # 1887(A) (Trainer to insure condition of horse) for violation of California Horse Racing Board Rule #1843 (A&D) (Medication, drugs and other substances), #1844 (C-1) (Authorized medication - PHENLBUTAZONE in excess of permitted level of 2.0 UG/ML (3.47 UG/ML - Class IV). *California Horse Racing Board Rule #1532 states that all fines shall be paid to the paymaster of purses within seven (7) days of imposition (09/14/12) or the license of the person upon whom the fine was imposed shall be suspended.
RMTC RULINGS Rulings information is collected primarily via the United States Trotting Assoc. and the Assoc. of Racing Commissioners International websites. For this reason, it is not a complete list and is subject to the information that is made publicly available. Drug descriptions represent the opinions of the RMTC and are not to be construed as medical advice. Trainer
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