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POWER KING (SAF) (CPYS Graduate) - winner of the 2015 Vodacom Durban July G1. Bred by Maine Chance Farms.
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Welcome to our December/January Edition of International Racehorse Magazine. What a year 2015 has been, so many highlights, many of them probably once in a lifetime experiences. I’m continually stunned by the vast array of experiences available within the horse racing industry. Coupled with that, the magnitude of new friendships formed over our relative short existence, it all makes for an extremely pleasant environment. I thank each and every one of our supporters, friends and mentors. Before I get carried away, let’s get back to this issue. Michele MacDonald takes a look at what is undoubtedly one of my highlights, American Pharoah’s dash for the first ever Grand Slam, on page 76. I was lucky enough to be at the Kentucky Derby to see the beginning, and again at the Breeder’s Cup in Lexington to witness the conclusion, and I only have one word to describe it - perfection. Michele also looks at what is shaping up to be a cracker of a season for First Season Sires in the USA on page 44. To round off, Michele looks at the Upcoming Eclipse Awards on page 85. Liesl King takes a lighter side look at the Galloping Mayor of Newmarket on page 101. Then off the track to a famous Thoroughbred polo pony aptly named Champion, page 114. Champion has risen through the ranks at Val De Vie Polo Club and flying the flag for Thoroughbreds everywhere. Liesl also looks at Longines sponsorship of horse racing on page 16 and the recent Equus Awards, South Africa’s Thoroughbred Awards Evening on page 32. Bunny Hinzman profiles the magnificent Ashford Stud on page 56. I’m sure we will be back for more in later editions. An in-depth look at the Breeder’s Cup Turf winner, Found, on page 50 and a look around at the sights and sounds of the Breeder’s Cup 2015. One more special mention, our feature on photographer Sharon Lee Chapman. Having met Sharon for the first time in Dubai in 2014 and seeing her around the world, she is never difficult to spot, just look for the tiniest person, carrying the most enormous lens. Do not let her diminutive stature fool you, take a look for yourself on page 68. As the South African Cape Racing Season gets into full swing we look forward to The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Cover and Cover Story), The CTS Premier Yearling Sale and the TBA’s Val de Vie sale, always highlights of my year. Then the very first $1million Race and the J&B Met. Should be a cracker of a start to 2016! From everyone at SilverMane Media and International Racehorse Magazine, have a pleasant and restful festive season. If you are travelling, return safely. We hope to see you at the track in the new year for an even greater 2016.
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THE L’ORMARINS QUEEN’S PLATE
WHERE HEROES ARE FORGED
he poor foal was only six months old fighting death for the third time in his short life. The bacterial infection of Streptococcus equi, commonly known in horse circles as ‘Strangles’, was so severe that the young colt had lost almost all his hair. However, it looked as though, as with those first times his life was in danger, he was going to pull through. No doubt about it, this little guy was tough. He had courage. You wouldn’t have believed me if I had told you then, but a few years later this hairless bedridden colt would be become an equine superstar, being considered a giant among horseracing circles. That he would be crowned the best horse in the country, and we would all know his name: Futura. On 9th January 2016, Futura will be the likely favourite to win the prestigious L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, the race which regularly decides the best horse in South Africa. If he is successful, Futura will join the likes of recent stars Pocket Power, Free My Heart and Winter Solstice, and all-time racing greats Jet Master, Wolf Power, Sledgehammer and Politician, in an elite group of champions who were able to defend their Queen’s Plate titles. Now a four time Grade 1 winner and the current reigning Horse of the Year,
By James Trotter Futura embodies perhaps the pinnacle of the dream of owning racehorses. However, sometimes we forget that life for the hero may once have been far different from how it is now, and what a difficult pass blocked with obstacles he had to traverse to get to the top. Futura’s story reads as a real life tale of the ugly duckling. In retelling of this unlikely rise to stardom, one needs to start with the serendipitous sequence of events which led his mom, Scribblin’ the Cat, going to stud. Raced by long time racing owner Mike Jolly with a group of his friends, Scribblin’ the Cat won in her first three starts before injury prevented her from continuing her racing career. Guy Murdoch, at the time the manager of Gary Player Stud Farm in Colesberg, then got involved with Mike to breed from her. As such, upon retirement she joined Guy in Colesberg and was sent to the unproven sire, Dynasty, for a low fee of R10,000. This would prove to be the first of many lucky breaks, and triumphs against the odds, for in the months and years that followed Dynasty’s success and popularity have continued to grow and grow to the point where he is now the country’s most expensive stallion standing at R250,000.
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Scribblin’ the Cat faced her first major challenge as a broodmare when she relocated with Guy Murdoch to the newly formed Yellow Star Stud in Mooi River, having to undergo the 750km journey across the Free State into Natal while pregnant with the unbeknownst future champion. She however handled the potentially arduous journey without trouble, settled into her new home, and on the 27th of September 2010 gave birth to a little brown colt. However, moments after coming into the world, Futura’s life was already at risk. In the first few hours after he was born Futura was observed to have a ‘retained meconium’, preventing him from passing droppings. If this had prolonged much longer it would have resulted in him requiring surgery. In a case of out of the frying pan into the fire, Futura had no sooner overcome this challenge, when he contracted a severe case of diarrhoea. On top of these early complications and the Strangles which would follow a few months later, Scribblin’ the Cat was not producing sufficient milk to feed the foal, which meant that the young Futura needed to be hand-fed with supplements for the first few months of his life. Far from the start you would hope for in trying to breed a future L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate champion. 12
On the second Saturday in January a blue and white party of thousands of Cape Town’s most desirable will stream into Kenilworth for what has become one of the unmissable days in the city’s social calendar. Racing’s most exclusive event encapsulates the best of Cape Town, a culmination of sports, fashion, wine and lifestyle all converging at the height of the South African summer in a day celebrating life. The main show, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, this year looks to be a remarkable edition. It will likely be one of the strongest championship races we have seen in years with the majority of the country’s highest rated horses looking to compete. In order for Futura to defend his crown, he may have to face the likes of Legislate (South Africa’s 2014 Horse of the Year), Captain America (who defeated Futura in their warm-up race for the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate) and the highly touted Act of War (who won the Grade 1 Cape Guineas a year ago over the same course and distance as the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate). Will Futura, once the ugly duckling, forge his place in history and join the legends of the sport in defending his title? On 9th January 2016 we will find out. It is a race you do not want to miss.
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VAL DE VIE SALE A QUALITY, BOUTIQUE SALE
The famed Franschhoek Estate Val De Vie will once again host the 2016 Val De Vie Yearling Sale on February 14th next year.
urely among the more beautiful settings for a yearling sale, Val De Vie will be hosting the Bloodstock South Africa for the second time, following a highly successful start last year.
The sale offers buyers from around the world great access to world class bloodstock –at a fraction of what they could expect to pay at thoroughbred auctions the world over. Last year, the inaugural event saw a handsome Dynasty colt named Playboy Prince top the sale at R1.2 million. Purchased by John Freeman, the well related colt was consigned by prominent Paarl based outfit Varsfontein Stud, who will offer 12 yearlings this year, and also act as agent of behalf of another four lots. Bloodstock South Africa graduates have been winning the world over recently, with the sales company’s graduates including a stream of impressive winners in Hong Kong and Singapore and surely there has never been a better time to buy SA. Recent graduates of the company to win in either Hong Kong or Singapore include Rocket Let Win (formerly known as Potent Power), Mr Fantastic and Monsieur Mogok, while former BSA purchases Lovely Naughty and Time Odyssey won in Hong Kong and Singapore respectively last Saturday. The Val De Vie sale offers buyers the chance to acquire the stock of some of South Africa’s best farms and sires, as well to buy the progeny of some of the country’s most exciting young stallions. A hundred and eighteen lots are catalogued for this year’s sale, with many of the Cape’s top farms strongly represented at Franschhoek. Among the country’s top sires represented at Val De Vie are Captain Al, Elusive Fort, Fort Wood, Ideal World, Judpot,Trippi and Var –to name but a few. Other proven G1 sires represented include Black Minnaloushe, Greys Inn, Horse Chestnut, Mambo In Seattle, and Tiger Ridge. Popular younger stallions, whose first crop race this year, include July winner Bold Silvano (2), More Than Ready’s G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winning son Gimmethegreenlight (8), $2 million earner Gitano Hernando (2), High Chaparral’s record breaking
son Golden Sword (1), Oasis Dream’s G1 July Cup runner up Main Aim (5), Irish Champion 2YO Pathfork (2), and proven North American hit Philanthropist (2). There are also a number of exciting young horses whose first yearlings should plenty favour with buyers, with this group of sires including A P Indy’s Canadian superstar Marchfield (14), charismatic European champion Twice Over (1), and multiple Equus Champion What A Winter (4). Well performed mares are also represented on the Val De Vie sale, with the likes of Duchess Daba (colt by Gimmethegreenlight), Lady Perez (filly by Judpot), Peppermint (filly by Gimmethegreenlight), Promises To Keep (colt by Gitano Hernando) and G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Spiced Gold (colt by Antonius Pius) among the stakes winning matrons with progeny on offer. There are numerous well related lots on offer, with the sale offering buyers the chance to acquire siblings to such well known performers as Badger’s Cove (G2 Sceptre Stakes), Deputy Jud (G2 Supreme Cup), Green Keeper (Duke Of York Cup), Miss Mischief (Lady’s Slipper Stakes), Sheikitupbaby (Spook Express Hcp), War Horse (G1 Golden Horseshoe), White Mischief (The Scarlet Lady), School Assembly (Starling Stakes), and World Focus (The Barbe Cup). Kevin Woolward, CEO of theThoroughbred Breeders Association, is delighted by the sale and its format, saying,“We are really pleased to be back at the magnificent Val de Vie venue for our second Val De Vie yearling sale on the 14th February 2016. We have, the same as we did last year, decided on a breeders’ select session, where the breeders themselves nominate their horses. Anthony Peter of e-diamond has been kind enough to again donate a diamond necklace to us for the sale. This year the necklace will be awarded to the buyer of the highest priced select lot on the sale. We are also excited to welcome Cascades Country Manor (Hotel and Spa) in Paarl on board, as our accommodation partner of choice for the Val de Vie Sale. We have a very nicely balanced catalogue of yearlings on offer, which will suit buyers at all levels. All in all, a sale not to be missed!’
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LONGINES AND HORSERACING “ITS ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER”
Text & Images by Liesl King
t is a story of elegance, it is a story of champions and it is a story of sponsorship, a blueprint if you will of how sponsorship should be. A true marriage, where each partner gets more than they desired and an outcome they could only dream of. It is the story of Longines and the sport of thoroughbred horseracing.
have been done. The invited guests are unlikely to have seen a horse during the day, let alone watched a race and the sponsor has no contact or interaction with the glorious sport that sees a jockey balancing on a half ton animal, thundering down the turf at roughly 60km per hour, other than signing that cheque and perhaps wondering whether it was all worth it.
Sponsorship of course is what you make of it, both from the event organiser’s perspective and from the sponsor’s perspective. Too often in horseracing though, where sponsors are the lifeblood of the industry, one finds that so little is done for or by the sponsors. An oncourse party for some of the sponsor’s invited guests; perhaps even a lavish marquee; a cheque, preferably large; mementos handed over to the winning trainer, jockey and owner; a few words spoken on air and a fading picture of the winning horse in a blanket, hopefully sporting the sponsor’s logo.
Then of course we have the sponsors, who are determined to take control of the day, to be involved, yet in ways that are so divergent from the racing itself, that it often leads to near disaster. From loud oncourse music that has caused more than one racehorse to rear and hit its head in the saddling enclosure, to that awkward moment when you realise that announcing the winners of the best dressed couple has become far more important than the fifth race jumping on time. Beautifully appointed marquees hosting A-list celebrities, where champagne flows like water and caviar is as common as salt.Yet when the day is done and the racing is over, few of those celebrities even knew they were at a horserace. And that is truly a crying shame.
Somehow the balance seems so wrong and looking in from the outside one is often left wondering if more could not 18
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Hence when Longines made the decision to enter the world of thoroughbred horseracing seven years ago, their arrival was a breath of fresh air. For Longines is a rare breed of sponsor, a sponsor who does not merely sign a cheque, but a sponsor who first and foremost asks, how can we merge our respective industries, how can we make racing better? Interestingly it wasn’t Longines’ first involvement in thoroughbred racing, for in 1878 Longines produced a chronograph engraved with a horse and jockey. Extremely popular among trainers, as it enabled them to time their charges’ performance to the second, it was seen on several racetracks as early as 1881. In that same year Longines became the timekeeper at a racecourse in New York and to this day they are still the timekeepers at the Belmont track. Today Longines are the official timekeepers of racemeetings around the world. From the greats such as the Prix L’Arc de Triomphe to the Grosser Preis von Baden, the giant Longines clock is ever present. It feautures in every winning photo published around the world, spreading the name of Longines far and wide. Incredible publicity for any sponsor, yet Longines was far from done and recently the company unveiled the Longines Positioning System, an innovative and 20
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game-changing development in the timing and tracking of each horse during a race. Not content to be known as just the official timekeepers of some of the great courses, Longines made a seismic shift seven years ago, when it was decided to add the sponsorship of thoroughbred races around the world to the company’s portfolio. Equestrian sponsorship was certainly not new to Longines, their association with showjumping starting as early as 1912. As Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President and Head of International Marketing of Longines explains: “Showjumping required timing, this is what we do, and it is part of our DNA. To give credibility to the sport through timing is part of our heritage.” The other main sport in the Longines stable was Formula 1. Then came that momentuous meeting seven years ago, where the decision was made to switch from Formula 1 to horseracing. What precipitated such a daring move? “We did a big study and we saw that our public was much more for equestrian sport than for Formula 1. Longines
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make both ladies and men’s watches and 50% of the business is for ladies. In Formula 1 and motor sport 80% or 90% of the public are men. It was not fitting in very well with our strategy”, explained Capelli.
Longines Handicap de Las Américas all promoting the brand.
Still, Capelli explains, the company felt that they were not doing enough, that they needed to place more emphasis on the sport of horseracing. “As with our experience of other “In Formula 1 for example there might be 100 different sports you must have a global approach because while these brands and perhaps 10 watch brands with the driver, the car, races we are involved in are incredible events, they are local with the organiser, the team and at the end of the day when events that attract attention once a year, one time and that you watch a race nobody understands who is what. So we is it. We needed to have a year round global approach, to decided equestrian sport is our roots and also we share create not only heroes, but global heroes.” the same public, we share the same values, it is a traditional sport, and Longines is a traditional elegant brand. I think Thus was born the Longines Best Horse Award and the it is the only sport where people dress up to go to either Longines Best Jockey Award and Capelli reveals that there see the races or the show jumping. You start with a glass of are also exciting plans afoot for a Best Race Award. “We champagne, you meet people and when you win you are started two years ago with the Longines Best Horse Award the king of the world. You can enjoy a global experience in in Hong Kong with Black Caviar and Treve as the winners, one day. This fits with the global public, with our public, and it was an incredible success. It was a start to having some heroes that everyone can recognise and last year it was a therfore the decision was easy.” Longines Best Jockey Award which Ryan Moore won. Today Longines are involved in horseracing across the globe with races such as the Longines Hong Kong International “Next year we will have the Best Race Award. The goal is Races, the Longines Singapore Gold Cup, the Japan Cup in to place the sport on a more worldwide basis. To not only association with Longines, the Longines Mackinnon Stakes, the follow one day of racing, but to follow racing year round,” Longines Kentucky Oaks, the Prix de l’Opera Longines and the Capelli added. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Treve ﬂying before the Longines clock
To do that Longines needed a global audience, a following and they needed to bring the true heroes, the horses and the jockeys to the people. “For that we try to create media and we work with CNN, with Eurosport as well as newspapers and magazines to try and build a global audience,” he explains.
Longines Positioning System in the pipeline, those digits are bound to grow.
Ever mindful of their customer base, Longines also introduced a Longines Ladies Award, to recognise the importance of ladies in the equine world. This year the worthy recipient was former Olympic showjumper, two-term President of the International Equestrian Federation, FEI Honorary President and Classic-winning racehorse owner HRH Princess Haya. Her prize? The Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Horses Trio 1911. An 18-carat rose gold very limited edition inspired by a Longines pocket timepiece dating from 1911, with a cleverly crafted background depicting a trio of horses.
On the 13th of December, Longines will once again take centre stage as timekeeper and sponsor of the World Turf Championships, the Longines Hong Kong International Races. Twenty-nine Group One winners from eight countries will compete in four Group One races, the Longines Hong Kong Sprint, the Longines Hong Kong Mile, the Longines Hong Kong Cup and the Longines Hong Kong Vase. Journalists and photographers from 16 countries will gather in Hong Kong, to bear witness to the crowning of four new equine superstars, taking the name Longines far and wide across the world. The dream may have started small, but Capelli and his team have indeed lifted the sport of horseracing firmly onto the global stage.
The Longines involvement with racing may have something to with the fact that Capelli’s view from his office window at the Longines Headquarters in Saint-Imier in Switzerland is one of horses grazing in the surrounding countryside, but it probably has more to do with the fact that since the switch to horseracing, their turnover has increased by two digits. With the exciting new Longines Best Race and the groundbreaking
Seven years ago Longines made a decision that has had far reaching consequences. They chose not to just sign that very big cheque and have a jolly good party. Instead, they decided to completely immerse themselves in the sport of thoroughbred horseracing, to understand its challenges and its triumphs, to celebrate its heroes both equine and human, to be involved, to be a true sponsor. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
www.FreemanStallions.co.za The 2014/2015 racing season signified the fiercest battle for stallion supremacy South Africa has seen in many years – FreemanStallions are proud to have been involved. We thank all of the breeders, owners, trainers and jockeys who contributed to the success of Equus Champion Sire Captain Al, Equus Outstanding Sire Dynasty, Equus award-winning sire Trippi and Cape Champion Freshman Sire Querari. The future is bright for these great sires and for the other up-and-coming stars in our carefully selected portfolio.
Al Mufti - Off To War (Complete Warrior) - Bay 1996 - 16hh
Fort Wood - Blake’s Affair (Commodore Blake) - Bay 1999 - 16.1hh
SA Champion Sire 2014/15
Equus Outstanding Sire 3x
7x Champion Sire of 2yo’s
15 Equus Awards incl 3 Horses of the Year: Futura, Irish Flame & Legislate as well as dual KZN Horse of the Year Beach Beauty
Twice Equus Outstanding Sire Sire of 3 Equus Champions Sire of 33 Gr1 horses
Sire of 14 Gr1 horses
Sire of 11 Gr1 winners: Albert Mooney, All Is Secret, Captain America, Captain Of All, Captain’s Gal, Captain’s Lover, Carry On Alice, Emerald Cove, Exhilaration, Hill Fifty Four & Pine Princess
Dynasty - Scribblin’ The Cat (Badger’s Drift) - Bay 2010 - 16.1hh
Along with his sire Fort Wood he is one of only 3 sires in the history of South Africa to get 3 Horses of the Year.
Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) More Than Ready - Yes She Can Cancan (Canny Lad) - Bay 2008 - 16.1hh
1st 3yo in 40 yrs to win the Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate
Equus Horse of the Year 2015 Equus Champion Older Male 2015 Equus Champ Middle Distance 2015
Highest rated 3yo in SA 2012 Highest rated 3yo to place in Gr1 J&B Met
Gr1 J&B Met Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Gr1 Champions Cup twice incl new track record
Only horse to beat dual Horse of the Year Variety Club - TWICE!!
16 starts, 9 wins, 7 places, R4.3m (at Nov 2015)
Son of dual Champion Sire More Than Ready - dam produced two Gr1 winners New Freshman Sire sale record: R1.7m
Dynasty - Moonlit Prairie (Cozzene) - Bay 2008 - 16.2hh
Camden Park - Laptop Lady (Al Mufti) - Bay 2003 - 16.1½ hh
Breathtaking class & movie star looks
Leading third crop sire
The best Classic Horse in SA 2011/2012
Equus International Horse of the Year & Equus Champion 3yo colt - TFR 126
Gr1 Champions Cup, Gr1 Cape Derby, Gr1 Daily News 2000 & 2nd Gr1 Queen’s Plate (twice) Immediate damline of sires: Smart Strike (Champion), Strike Smartly, Sky Classic, Sail From Seattle etc
2016 tackling the log leaders
Highest stakes earner in SA history - R40 million Beat 8 international Gr1 winners when breaking the Gr1 Dubai Duty Free record
1st yearlings on sale 2017
Dynasty - Champers (Restructure) - Bay 2010 - 16.1 ¼ hh
Jet Master - Promisefrommyheart (Elliodor) - Bay 2009 - 16.2hh
Equus Horse of the Year 2014 Equus Champion 3yo (2014), Middle Distance (2014) & Miler (2015)
The product of a series of Champions
Gr1 Durban July Gr1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge Gr1 Daily News 2000 Gr1 Investec Cape Derby
Four Equus Champions in the first three generations of his dam line
1600m track record Gr2 Green Point St
Master Of My Fate
16 starts, 7 wins, 6 places, R5.55m INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE(at Nov 2015)
8 starts - 6 wins in a row in 8 months
Champion Sire Jet Master Champion dam Promisefrommyheart Champion Broodmare Sire Elliodor
1st yearlings on sale 2017
Distorted Humor - Visions of Clarity (Sadler’s Wells) - Bay 2008 - 16.1hh
Kris S. - Hidden Reserve (Mr Prospector) - Chestnut 2001 - 16.3hh
1st crop to race 2016
1st SA crop to race 2016 A APEX - amongst the Top 20 sires in the world
Irish Champion 2yo Undefeated at 2 yrs including Gr1 & Gr2
Sire of 2 Champions from his 1st crop: Pender Harbour & Phil’s Dream
Highest rated 2yo in Ireland 2010 Family of Northern Guest, El Gran Senor, etc
18 A APEX runners to October 2015 2nd leading sire of 2yo’s and 3rd leading active sire 2014
Son of sensational dual Champion Sire Distorted Humor, 17 Gr1 winners, 125 SW, 52 GSW and over $106m
Top SA sale price in 2015: R1.4m
Singspiel - Alignment (Alzao) - Bay 2008 - 16hh
Oasis Dream - Quentena (Acatenango) - Bay 2006 - 16hh
Outstandingly bred Gr1 winner
2015 Cape Champion Freshman Sire
Defeated Gr1 winners Gimmethegreenlight, Fighting Warrior, Wagner, Pierre Jourdan, Link Man, Royal Bencher, Love Struck etc
Champion & Gr1 winner beat 4 champions
Linebred to one of the best sire producing families in the world - the Simon’s Shoes family of Sadler’s Wells, Nureyev, Thatch, etc
Son of leading UK sire Oasis Dream
Top rated in Germany 2010 - TFR 121 3x winning dam, daughter of Champion 2yo & 3yo filly Quebrada
1st yearlings on sale 2017
End Sweep - Jealous Appeal (Valid Appeal) - Bay 1997 - 16.1hh
Twice Over (GB)
Observatory - Double Crossed (Caerleon) - Dark Bay 2005 - 16.2hh
Leading Sire of 3yo’s 2015
Dual Champion Racehorse
Champion 1st Season Sire 2012
Won 4 Gr1 races & over $4m UK & Joint European Champion 2009 13 of the first 14 sires in his pedigree are Champions Undefeated in 2 starts at 2yrs incl Zetland Stakes Won 4 Gr1 races Placed in a further 10 Gr1 races
Champion Sire Florida Sire of Equus Champion Older Female Hammie’s Hooker Sire of 3 Gr1 winners from first 3 crops in SA Damsire of Liam’s Map - dual Gr1 winner in USA (2015)
What A Winter
1st crop on sale 2016
Wylie Hall (AUS)
Western Winter - Waseela (Ahonoora) - Bay 2007 - 16hh
Redoute’s Choice - Beauty Belle (Ideal Planet) - Bay 2009 - 16hh
Equus Champion Older Male 2012
1st Gr1 Champions Challenge - beat Majmu
Equus Champion Sprinter 2012
1st Gr1 SA Derby
Equus Champion Sprinter 2013
1st past post Gr1 Durban July
Joint 3rd highest rated sprinter in the world 2013
6 wins, 9 places, 1400-2450m, R3.65m
Won 12 races and placed 5 times in 22 starts - 15 of his starts in Graded races Won or placed in 8 Gr1 races
1st crop on sale 2016
Half-brother to ABSOLUTE CHAMPION Champion Sprinter - 1200m track record 15 sire sons of Redoute’s Choice have already produced stakes winners - eight of them have Gr1 winners
...the progeny of the stallions we manage celebrated a record year in 2014/2015! Act Of War - Gr1 winner Captain America - Gr1 winner Captain Of All - Champion Carry On Alice - Champion
Futura - Horse of the Year Hammie’s Hooker - Champion Inara - Champion Legislate - Horse of the Year
Melliflora - Gr1 2nd Pender Harbour - Champion Phil’s Dream - Champion Pine Princess - Gr1 winner
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READY TO RUN SALE
A SUCCESSFUL YEAR AND AN EXCITING ROAD AHEAD Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS) has made a remarkable impact on the South African racing landscape since 2012. This commercially driven company, dedicated to growing the sport of horse racing and developing the bloodstock market, are now a dominant force through their varied array of sales and enticing incentive races.
he CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale, staged at the Inanda Club in mid-October, was one such successful event. The previous year it had yielded star juvenile Rabada, so Highveld buyers were out in force searching for similar treasures. In an emerging trend that played itself out at subsequent auctions, international bloodlines were really sought-after – top prices were paid for youngsters with powerful, globally recognised pedigrees. The aggregate attained was R36 million at an average of R225 000, with a median mark of R110 000. Established breeders of high quality thoroughbreds, Summerhill Stud finished atop the vendors list, followed by Balmoral Stud. The afore-mentioned Rabada was to lose his unbeaten record in the R2.5 million CTS Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup at Turffontein at the end of October. His legitimate alibi was a tough- to- overcome wide draw of 16 over the 1400m trip, which opened the way for Champagne Haze
to glide through down the inside rail for a stylish score. Gauteng trainer Gary Alexander is relieved to have another top horse again after the brother to top class Pierre Jourdan proved much the best. The winner, purchased at the 2014 CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale, is by Kahal out of Vin Fizz and was bred at Mickey Goss’ renowned Summerhill Stud. Figures were most encouraging at the following month’s auction. CTS’s Ready To Run Sale at Durbanville in November realised an aggregate of R39 million at an average of R229 000.That represented an increase of between 16% and 20% from the corresponding 2014 breeze-up, which is laudable given the prevailing rough economic conditions for many South African businesses. Current champion breeders, Klawervlei can always be relied upon to produce the goods, and their 31 lots sold at a healthy average of R317 000. This was marginally ahead of Balmoral Stud’s 28
Budapest - Photo credit Wayne Marks
READY TO RUN SALE
horses who grossed R8 490 000 at an average of just over 300K, prompting Mark Coppez to say, “Yes, we’re happy as we got some excellent prices.” Action then shifted back to the track, with an early highlight of the Cape Summer Of Champions season being the R2.5 million Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes over 1400m. Kenilworth is a flat, galloping track and the KZN raider, Budapest sustained a strong pace throughout to rout toiling rivals and land a bonanza stake for owner, the wild-life breeder, Brian Burnard. Biarritz filly Anglet finished best of the balance to sneak second, but was still over four lengths adrift at the finish. Budapest is by unfashionable sire, Lithuanian but the flamboyant Burnard was not deterred by a dubious pedigree. Upon acquiring the unnamed gelding, he decided to name it after his favourite song by George Ezra, “After
Radaba- Photo credit Jeremy Nelson
seeing the horse gallop, I decided, never mind Lithuanian, just buy him. Other guys dropped out in the bidding, so I bought him for 160K. He’s got a high cruising speed and has gears so I told “Bonji” (Delpech) to ride him aggressively. In fact, I played the Budapest song loudly off my smart phone in the parade ring to fire my jockey up! ” The exciting tempo will continue into 2016 with enthusiasts from all around the thoroughbred racing world converging on Cape Town during the month of January. They will savour a traditional feast of high grade Stakes racing, albeit in an amended program, coupled with an elite bloodstock sale. The CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale will again be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre – confirmed dates for the two day extravaganza are the 21st and 22nd January. Graduates from this sale will stand in line for huge stake
Champagne Haze- Photo credit JC Photos
money under an exceptional incentive pioneered by CTS that promises to be one of the standout events of the Summer Of Champions. Cape Thoroughbred Sales’ Million Dollar race will be buttressed by the Grade 1 Investec Cape Derby and the Grade 1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes. Appropriately named the Investec Day Of Dreams, this captivating festival at Kenilworth makes Saturday 23rd January a must-attend for racing cognoscenti. 2016 will be the start of a three year partnership between Investec, a global specialist bank and asset manager, and Cape Thoroughbred Sales. “The day will be a sophisticated and vibrant event,” confirmed Investec’s Janet Larsen, “from the world’s greatest flat race, the Investec Epsom Derby, to the Investec Day of Dreams, we have the opportunity to set our own bold pace with our partners to create one of South Africa’s most prestigious events.”
This is all heady stuff and connections with eligible candidates for the inaugural running will be anxiously tracking their entries progress via the Million Dollar Log on the Investec Day of Dreams website, hoping to make it into the final field for a crack at a stake quite without precedent in South Africa. Sales serving different niches continue throughout the summer. Of course, not all youngsters develop at the same rate, so the slower- maturing yearlings sensibly will only come to market a few months down the line. Forming part of that next round of auctions are the March Yearling Sales (19th and 20th March) at Durbanville, whilst swanky Emperors Palace hosts the CTS Select Yearling Sale (April 2016) in Johannesburg. Between all the stimulating racecourse action, and the pursuit of dreams in the sales ring, there is much to look forward to over the coming months for the South African thoroughbred racing industry.
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STELLENBOSCH . SOUTH AFRICA
Premier Yearling . Sale S T E L L E NCape BO S C H SOUT 21 - 22 January 2016 LOT SEX NAME
f Love Theme
f Hot Chocolate
c Talk of the Town Var
Muamba (ARG) Royal Aspen Street Wise (NZ)
121 c Graduate
134 c Ancestry
Oratorio A Daughters Legacy
132 c Valedectorian
153 c Bayeto
155 f Ice Queen
212 c Music Master
240 f Selfie
Academia Aretha Baltic Beauty
A Proven Sire
SIRE OF 7 G1 WINNERS SIRE OF 75 STAKES PERFORMERS SIRE OF 20 GROUP WINNERS
First South African Yearlings 2016
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Futura, 2015 Horse of the Year
TRIPLE FOR DYNASTY AS FUTURA CROWNED HORSE OF THE YEAR
Text & Images by Liesl King
The Emperors Palace Convention Centre was the venue for the much-awaited 2015 Equus Awards, where the season’s superstars were crowned in front of a large audience. It was a superb evening for Highlands’ stallion Dynasty, himself a former Horse of the Year, as not only did he receive the Outstanding Stallion Award, but Futura became his third son to be crowned Horse Of The Year, after Irish Flame in 2009/2010 and Legislate in 2014/2015.
ALL THE WINNERS CHAMPION 2YO COLT (distance immaterial) Seventh Plain CHAMPION 2YO FILLY (distance immaterial) Entisaar (AUS) CHAMPION 3YO COLT (distance immaterial) French Navy CHAMPION 3YO FILLY (distance immaterial) Alboran Sea (AUS) CHAMPION OLDER MALE (distance immaterial) Futura CHAMPION OLDER FILLY/MARE (distance immaterial) Hammie’s Hooker CHAMPION SPRINTER (1000-1200; age/gender immaterial) Captain Of All
Champion Breeder. Patrick David (Phumelela) presents to John Koster of Klawervlei Stud
CHAMPION MILER (1400-1600; age/gender immaterial) Legislate CHAMPION MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE (1800-2200; age/gender immaterial) Futura CHAMPION STAYER (2400m upwards; age/gender immaterial) Wild One SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Piere Strydom CHAMPION STALLION Captain Al CHAMPION BROODMARE Si Senorita CHAMPION BREEDER Klawervlei Stud OUTSTANDING STALLION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Dynasty OUTSTANDING BREEDER AWARD Highlands Farm Stud MEDIA AWARDS Print – Michael Clower Television – Kevin Harris APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR Craig Zackey CHAMPION JOCKEY Gavin Lerena CHAMPION TRAINER Sean Tarry OWNER OF THE YEAR Mrs I & Mr M J Jooste HORSE OF THE YEAR Futura 36
Chris van Niekerk presents leading Jockey to Gavin Lerena
weeping all before him, Futura followed in the footsteps of the legendary Pocket Power, when he completed the Gr.1 L’Ormarins Queens Plate and J & B Met in January, before cementing his claim on the crown with victory in the Gr.1 Champions Cup, on the first day of the new season. There was some confusion as to whether the rain-postponed Gold Cup day races would count towards the Equus Awards decision making process after the NHA announced that the Gold Cup races would only be reflected in the 2015/2016 statistics. Fortunately for Futura, the Equus panel decided to include the Gold Cup day in their deliberations and Futura’s outstanding performance
Chairman on the Racing Association, Larry Wainstein presents winning owner trophy to Michael Jooste (son of Markus & Ingrid Jooste)
in the Champions Cup effectively placed the crown firmly on his head. Bred by Guy Murdoch and owned by John Freeman, Jack Mitchell and Drakenstein Stud, Futura also collected the trophies for the Champion Older Male and the Champion Middle Distance Horse. Legislate, the 2014 Horse of the Year, who had an interrupted season due to illness, still managed to show what he is capable of with a sterling victory in the Gr.1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge, earning him the title of Champion Miler.
The Equus Awards usually produce a fairytale story and 2015 was no exception as Wild One’s 2015 Champion Stayer award brought tears of happiness to all his connections. 2014 saw Wild One limp off the course after the running of the Gr.1 Gold Cup, with an injury that trainer Mike de Kock described as probably career ending. Twelve months later after almost a year off, Wild One was once again loading into the barriers for the running of the eLAN Properties Gold Cup. And against all expectations, Wild One, with Anthony Delpech in the saddle, proved he is still the best stayer around, as he crossed the line, winning by a solid 1.25 lengths.
There was little doubt that the title of Champion Sprinter would go to Klawervlei’s new stallion Captain Of All. Victories in the Gr.1 Tsogo Sun Sprint and the Gr.1 Mercury Sprint saw Captain Of All retire with seven wins including a trio of Grade 1’s. Captain Of All may have denied Alboran Sea the Sprint crown, but the outstanding filly was rewarded with the title of Champion Three Year Old Filly. French Navy rose to the fore as one of the best three-year-olds of his generation with victories in the Gr.1 SA Classic and the Gr.1 Daily News. He started as one of the firm favourites for the Gr.1 Vodacom Durban July, but sadly became the victim of some rough racing down the home straight. His Gr.1 double though was enough to secure French Navy the title of Champion Three Year Old colt.
Quiet and soft spoken, but every inch a true horseman, Gavin Lerena was crowned as the 2015 Champion Jockey of the Year. Attached to the powerful Woodruff stable, Lerena’s decision not to spend the year on a plane chasing the title, but rather to ride each and every horse that he swung a leg over to the best of his abilities, certainly paid off.The Championship also meant an invite to the Longines Hong Kong International Jockeys’ Challenge in December. Despite never having ridden on the tight Happy Valley track, where the jockeys go flatout from start to finish, Lerena proved just why he was crowned Champion Jockey by winning two of the four legs of the Challenge, firmly beating the 2014 World Champion Ryan Moore, into second.
LOUIS THE KING’S PRINCESS LUCINDA WOODRUFF
Lucinda Woodruff says she always knew she would be passionate about horse racing. One can hardly blame her when you realise quite how deep-rooted in the sport her family really is. “I was very privileged to be born straight into a family of racehorse trainers. My father (Geoff Woodruff), Grandfather (Terrence Millard), Uncle (Tony Millard) and even great uncle (Ralph Rixon) and second uncle (Guy Rixon). My mom was also a successful apprentice jockey abroad. I always knew from a young girl I wanted to be a part of it all and have been passionate about it since day dot,” Lucinda says. Lucinda, 21, lives in Atlantic Beach Estate, Cape Town although she describes herself as a Joburg girl. She went straight into racing after school and is currently one of three of her father’s assistants and is running his satellite yard in Cape Town. “My dad and I are very close; he is a great boss and even better father!” she says Lucinda is dating South Africa’s youngest trainer Adam Marcus. While she says her work days vary according to whether they are racing or not, she described her typical day as having a very early start. “I am usually up around 5am and on my way to work. Horses are worked every morning and track work starts from about 6 until 10am. I usually spend until about 12pm doing stable work and vets work and then I’m back at work at 2pm and again I tend to the stable yard and do all my necessaries. We feed our horses dinner at 5pm and then I am finished for the day.” Lucinda says that there are more and more women becoming involved in racehorse training and that the industry is definitely becoming less male dominated. 38
That being said, her advice to other women in the industry is to keep yourself above the petty things. “Try and find a way to not let other peoples moods ruin your day and always look at the bigger picture – We are all in the game for the love of horses!” “The industry is tough; you have to be extremely hard working as the hours are insane! And most of all be passionate. Working with the horses every day for me is the most enjoyable part of it all,” she says. Lucinda feels that Racing. It’s a Rush which was launched in 2014 is a great initiative that brings a younger vibe back to the races. “I’m sure many of my colleagues agree with this,” she says. Lucinda sites the successes experienced in Australia as a great example of what to aspire to in South Africa. “Look at the Melbourne Cup in Australia - It is a National holiday in the country. I spent five months in Australia as work experience and found that horse racing to the younger generations is not a foreign topic, it is an every weekend social event. I wish South Africa’s younger generation could be wiser to the game”, she says. Lucinda has her own warm blood horse
and competes in show jumping or long out-rides when she has time. “It’s amazing how a bit of alone time (even when you are with a horse) can clear the stresses away,” she explains. When asked if there is any competition with her trainer boyfriend Adam, Lucinda says no, that when he wins it’s just as thrilling as if it were one of her horses. Lucinda’s favourite race is the Sansui Summer Cup in November at Turffontein. “I am a Joburg girl and think it is great that I have tons of non-racing mates enjoying a day’s racing with me,” she says. One of Lucinda’s greatest experiences was her involvement with the legendary Louis the King. “I remember Louis since the day I started working for my dad. He had just come in and he was running a high temperature. I went to check on him and as I walked into his box he walked up to me and put his head in my arms. Obviously I thought this was too cute and fell in love with how adorable he is. He has been a character since day 1!” she recalls. Louis went on to win the Triple Crown in 2014. “Louis Will forever be one of those horses that will never leave my thoughts not even for a day. He is more than just a horse, he is a friend”.
“I believe the main aim in bringing the glamour back to racing all starts with Fashion!”
wishes you a wonderful festive season and a prosperous new year! INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
GOLD COAST PREPARES FOR ANOTHER MAGIC SALE
The Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale is Australia’s number one for racetrack results and this looks set to continue into the future with a stunning catalogue assembled for the 2016 edition this January. 40
ith star graduates including recent Australian champions Atlantic Jewel, Dissident, Pierro, Sweet Idea, Vancouver and Winx the sale has continued to set the benchmark for others in the region to follow. This sale has also established itself as a must attend for South African buyers with Group One winners Delago Deluxe, Wylie Hall, Willow Magic, Harry’s Son and Fighting Warrior all being graduates of the sale. “The breeders have raised the bar and elevated 2016 to the next level. Take a look at the sensational catalogue they are responsible for,” Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox stated.
The 2016 Gold Coast Yearling Sale has great appeal to the South African buyer with close relations to Group One winners Alboran Sea, Delago Deluxe, Entisaar, Fighting Warrior, Gimmethegreenlight, Grey’s Inn, Smart Call, Strategic News, as well other notable performers Castlethorpe, Dan De Lago, Delta Form, Eight Street, Merlene De Lago, Muwaary, Oracy, Ottimo, Queen’s Command, Royalsecuritybaby, Royal Zulu Guard, Sweet Sanette, and Tamaanee. As well as fillies closely related to Laisserfaire, Super Sheila and Tracy’s Element. Of great interest to South Africans will be the first crop of former Champion Juvenile Colt Delago Deluxe – a graduate himself of this sale. Some 17 yearlings by the multiple Group One winning son of Encosta de Lago are catalogued. Coinciding with Australia’s first ever $10 million raceday, we hope you can join us on the Gold Coast in January for the celebration of the thoroughbred. Our promise to you is real fun as you search for your next champion in the sale ring. For more information and to view the online catalogue visit www.magicmillions.com.au. 42
REAL DREAMS – REAL RESULTS – REAL CHAMPIONS HARRY’S SON (HARADASUN-DASH ON RUBY) 2013-14 Champion 2YO Colt, Sold January 2013 for A$60,000 GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT (MORE THAN READY-YES SHE CAN CANCAN) Gr.1 Winner & Multiple Stakes Placegetter at 3, Sold in 2009 for A$155,000 DELAGO DELUXE (ENCOSTA DE LAGO-SUCCEEDING) 2010-11 Champion 2YO Colt, Sold in January 2010 for A$550,000 WYLIE HALL (REDOUTE’S CHOICE-BEAUTY BELLE) Multiple Gr.1 Winner and Stakes Placegetter, Sold in January 2011 for A$205,000
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DECISIONS APLENTY FOR 2016
Text and Images By Michele MacDonald
While every year offers breeders an array of choices in the stallion ranks, the 2016 season in North America will present a cornucopia of outstanding new horses beginning their stud careers—the most promising group in many years, if not decades.
o fewer than 20 Grade 1 winners are currently set to greet mares across North America, with 18 of those standing in the United States and 15 in Kentucky. Among those are five Breeders’ Cup race winners.
Leading the way, as he did throughout his racing career, is the de facto Horse of the Year for 2015, Grand Slam winner American Pharoah. Immediately after arriving at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud outside Lexington, Kentucky, on November 2, the son of Pioneerof the Nile began to draw hundreds of visitors, as well as an impressive lineup of potential mates. “We’re extremely lucky to have the horse,” said Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier after watching American Pharoah get accustomed to his new home and noting how trainer Bob Baffert had encouraged the global operation to acquire breeding rights in the horse long before he raced into the history books. 46
“He’s an exceptional horse, everything about him. Hopefully we’ll do half as good a job with him as Bob has,” Magnier said. Ashford has set the fee for American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner to stand at stud since Affirmed began duty in 1980 and the first ever to add the Breeders’ Cup Classic to his crown, at a staggering $200,000. That amount is equal to the fee commanded by top international sire War Front at Claiborne Farm and second on the continent only to the $300,000 for Gainesway Farm’s leading American sire Tapit. Also notable is the fact that American Pharoah’s fee is the highest for a first-year stallion in the U.S. since fellow Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Ghostzapper began his stud career in 2006 for the same amount, believed to be a North American record for a freshman stallion. The fee also is approximately equal to the amount commanded in Britain by superstar Frankel.
Lanes End Stallion Complex
But the fee has not dissuaded some breeders eager to see if the racing phenomenon can pass along his talent. Mares that were booked early to American Pharoah include Ivanavinalot, the multiple stakes-winning dam of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and likely champion Songbird; 2014 champion female sprinter Judy the Beauty, and 2014 Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady, a multiple Grade 1 winner who has produced champion Will Take Charge, Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy, the record-setting weanling filly by War Front who sold for $3.2 million at the recent Keeneland November sale and winner Charming, who is dam of champion Take Charge Brandi. Produced by the Yankee Gentleman mare Littleprincessemma, American Pharoah offers mares a pedigree that is a “blend of speed and stamina,” as Coolmore has described it, in addition to one that allows “tremendous scope” with bloodlines. “Mr. Prospector will be back in the sixth generation of his foals and his pedigree is free of such (prominent lines) as A.P. Indy, 48
Seattle Slew, Danzig, Sadler’s Wells, Deputy Minister, Roberto and Halo. Even Storm Cat will be back in the fourth generation of his foals and Fappiano in the fifth, allowing a second line,” the farm advises. For those who can’t access American Pharoah, who could generate $20 million in revenue if he covers 100 mares at the advertised fee, there are many strong alternatives in the new sire ranks. Another Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Bayern, will take up residence at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Lexington at the relatively attractive fee of $15,000.The speedy son of Offlee Wild claims prolific producer and 1983 Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee as his third dam, and this sire-producing family has yielded the likes of Green Desert, Bertolini and Twining as well as champion filly Althea, among many other stakes winners. “I love the brilliance, the physical horse and the fact that he hails from the Courtly Dee pedigree,” said Hill ‘n’ Dale President John Sikura. “I love deep reproducing pedigrees and I
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don’t think there is a more prolific family in the stud book than Courtly Dee and her daughters.” Bayern is joined at Hill ‘n’ Dale by Secret Circle, winner of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint, as well as the 2015 Dubai Golden Shaheen.The son of Eddington will stand for $5,000, a bargain considering his racing accomplishments. “Secret Circle was ridiculously fast and could run horses off their feet,” said his trainer, Bob Baffert, who also conditioned American Pharoah and Bayern. “He is a big bodied, beautiful horse and a study in great conformation.” With the additions of Bayern and Secret Circle, Hill ‘n’ Dale will stand five Breeders’ Cup winners in 2016. The farm has welcomed Classic victor and two-time Horse of the Year Curlin after acquiring a 20% interest in the son of Smart Strike, who previously stood at Lane’s End Farm, and already stood Sprint winner Midnight Lute and Juvenile winner New Year’s Day. Curlin tops the Hill ‘n’ Dale roster with a $100,000 fee.
Following American Pharoah with the second highest fee among 2016 first-year sires is Honor Code, a strikingly handsome member of the final crop by A.P. Indy, who will take up stud duty for $40,000 at Lane’s End. The nearly black horse with white markings is out of stakes winner Serena’s Cat, by Storm Cat and a granddaughter of champion Serena’s Song, and he is a half brother to multiple graded winner Noble Tune, who stands at Rathmor Stud in South Africa. The commercial popularity of Honor Code’s female family has been ratified twice in the past two years. His half sister by Tapit, foaled in 2014 and now named Serena’s Harmony, set a weanling record price at Keeneland when sold for $3 million, and his half brother by War Front sold as a weanling to Coolmore for $2.6 million in 2015. Honor Code is a candidate for 2015 champion older male honors in the U.S. Lane’s End also will stand two other Grade 1 winners in their first seasons, impressive Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Liam’s INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Map, by Unbridled’s Song, and Belmont Derby Invitational winner Mr. Speaker, by Pulpit and a grandson of undefeated champion and Broodmare of the Year Personal Ensign. Liam’s Map will stand for $25,000, while the advertised fee for Mr. Speaker will be $10,000. Spendthrift Farm and WinStar Farm also will introduce trios of Grade 1 winners to breeders in 2016, with the former standing sprinter Palace, by City Zip, for a fee of $6,000; Arkansas Derby winner and 2014 Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Danza, by Street Boss, for $4,000; and 2014 Wood Memorial Stakes winner and Travers Stakes runner-up Wicked Strong, by Hard Spun, for $10,000. At WinStar, Blue Grass and Breeders’ Futurity Stakes winner Carpe Diem, by Giant’s Causeway, will begin his stud career at a fee of $25,000; Tapit’s Florida Derby and Donn Handicap winner Constitution also begins at $25,000, and More Than Ready’s Champagne Stakes winner Daredevil will stand for $12,500. 50
There are many other intriguing and accomplished horses poised to begin stud duty in America. Palace Malice, the best son of Curlin to date who won the 2013 Belmont Stakes and the Metropolitan Handicap the following year, will stand for $20,000 at Three Chimneys Farm. Gainesway Farm, boosted by the acquisition of former leading American sire Empire Maker from Japan, also will stand French Classic winner and 2014 Breeders’ Cup Mile victor Karakontie, a son of Bernstein produced by a Sunday Silence granddaughter of international champion Miesque. Empire Maker will stand for $100,000, while Karakontie will begin duty at $15,000. Claiborne Farm will launch its homebred Lea, the versatile son of First Samurai who won the 2014 Donn Handicap and finished third in the 2015 Dubai World Cup, at a fee of $12,500. Even regional markets will be able to claim Grade 1 winners for first seasons at stud, with Silver Max (Badge of Silver) and We Miss Artie (Artie Schiller) in Ontario, Canada; The Big Beast (Yes It’s True) in Florida; Imagining (Giant’s Causeway) in Maryland, and Golden Ticket (Speightstown) in New York.
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ound is victorious in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (GI). It is the culmination of her career: to this point, she has been climbing, gradually rising. In her trying push over the Keeneland turf, she jolts past the champion Golden Horn – a horse that has previously conquered her efforts. But now, after a wisely planned campaign, she flourishes and she overcomes her intimidating rival to take one of the greatest races of the year. The bay filly is owned by the Coolmore Stud partnership of Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Mrs. John Magnier and she is trained at their historic grounds, Ballydoyle, by Aidan O’Brien. Found’s regular rider, Ryan Moore, has piloted her in seven starts; Seamus Heffernan in three; and Joseph O’Brien in one outing. Found has started eleven times, accumulating £1,242,782 in earnings. In four of these performances, she crossed the wire victorious, while she has placed five times and earned a third on one occasion. The bay filly has only finished out of the money once – this effort came in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr-I) where she finished a fair ninth out of the
seventeen horse field. A well-respected horse throughout her career, the three year old Found has been the favorite in five of her eleven starts. This daughter of Galileo started three times as a two year old, winning a pair of these outings and third once, beaten only ¾ of a length in the Group I Moyglare Stud Stakes. Promisingly, she won the Prix Marcel Boussac-Criterium des Pouliches (Gr-I) by two lengths over the respectable filly, Ervedya. In 2015, Found made her seasonal debut in the Athasi Stakes, a Group III event over seven furlongs at the Curragh. As the favorite, she was short two lengths at the final post, defeated by Iveagh Gardens, on heavy ground. Twenty days later, Found entered the Irish 1000 Guineas (GrI) on good turf at the Curragh. The betting public declared her the choice but again she was beaten at the wire. The Coolmore colorbearer was second out of eighteen, only a narrow ½ length behind Pleascach. Found had chased the pace but lacked room with two furlongs to run. She was switched to the left and progressed to fourth with just a
World Class Pedigreee Bred by Roncon, Wynatt, and Chelston, Found is no ﬂuke of a horse; in fact, she possesses a striking pedigree. She is by Galileo and out of Red Evie, by Intikhab. The most significant traits of Found’s bloodlines stem from Northern Dancer, Mr. Prospector and Hail to Reason. Her sire, Galileo, was most famous as a racehorse for his wins in the Epsom Derby, Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes – all Group I’s. He has also made his name as a stallion, siring fifty-two Group I winners. Deservedly, he was named the Champion Sire in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. His top progeny include Classic winners such as Frankel, Australia, Ruler Of The World, Magician, Gleneagles, Was, Roderic O’Connor, Treasure Beach, Misty For Me, Golden Lilac, Soldier Of Fortune, Cape Blanco, Sixties Icon, Nightime and New Approach. Found’s dam, Red Evie, was an accomplished racehorse in her own right. At three, she won the Group I Matron Stakes, as well as the Group III Oak Tree Stakes. As an older horse, she won the Lockinge Stakes (Group I), the Hungerford Stakes (Group II), and placed in the Matron. Out of her fifteen starts, Red Evie was victorious in nine and placed once. Found’s good breeding is apparent in her attractive conformation and ease of movement. The bay filly embodies an ideal appearance of a racehorse: she is trim but made of pure muscle evenly distributed across her elongated body. With her light frame, she can effortlessly move herself over the turf. Found does not expend her efforts wastefully – the mechanics of her stride are remarkably efficient. She is able to get down close to the turf. Minimizing resistance and conserving energy, she travels with level movement and performs formidably. 54
furlong to spare. She was only able to press the victress close to home in the prestigious Group I. Found would find herself in second for the third time of the season at Royal Ascot. For the eight furlong Coronation Stakes (Gr-I), the historic turf came up as good and Found was again professed as the favorite of the nine horse field. She tracked the tempo and pursued the leaders with two furlongs to go. Found was able to take a hold of the lead in the final stages but Ervedya caught her at the final post, overthrowing her by ¼ lengths. Following the race, Trainer Aidan O’Brien said, “She’s run a great race and did everything right, I’m delighted really. I’d say she’ll keep progressing as the plan was to have the three runs then have a little rest and then maybe step up in trip.” The Galileo filly was given a month long break before stepping up to ten furlongs and stepping down to Group III status in the Royal Whip Stakes on August 23rd. On the soft course at the Curragh, she returned to her winning ways in bold form. With Seamus Heffernan in the irons, she led in the final 150 yards and extended her advantage to an easy four lengths at the wire. O’Brien remarked, “We always felt that she was crying out for further than a mile but the plan was to keep her at a mile up to Ascot, give her a break, come here and then either to the Champion Stakes or the Arc trials at Longchamp. We could have a look at the Arc after that.
large races. In the seventeen horse field, Found would have to search for a clear run, only to be bumped two furlongs from the wire. Finishing in ninth place, the filly stayed on well but found herself five lengths behind the triumphant Golden Horn. Less than two weeks following Found’s try at the Arc, she entered the QIPCO Champion Stakes (Gr-I) over good to soft going at Ascot Racecourse. Jockey Ryan Moore held the filly in last early on, but picked through the field approaching the concluding furlong. Found made good progress but had to settle for second again, 1 ¼ lengths behind Fascinating Rock. The commendable Jack Hobbs crossed the wire third, ½ length behind Found.
Following the race, O’Brien commented, “I am delighted with her run, she ran a great race. Ryan [Moore] let her relax and she came home very well. We can look forward to her for next year; I FOLLOWING would hope she will stay in training.” Later, he would remark, “She was drawn badly, THE VICTORY, but came out of the race really well.”
RYAN MOORE SAID, “SHE IS A VERY TOUGH FILLY. SHE BEAT A CHAMPION [GOLDEN HORN], AND THAT IS SPECIAL, TOO.”
“She has plenty of pace and even over a mile she got there a bit early, she quickens and horses like that wouldn’t want to be in front too long.” With this strong performance, she jumped back up to the Group-I class in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes where she would face the most respected three year old male, Golden Horn, over ten yielding furlongs at Leopardstown. In the seven horse field, she was held up in fifth, but moved closer to the pace as the field neared the final furlong. She switched to the rail to move well into second in the closing yards, but at the wire, she fell just one length short of Golden Horn. However, Found would have a chance to turn the tables on the acclaimed colt in the most important race of the year – the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Prior to the event, Aidan O’Brien stated to At the Races, “She loved Longchamp last year and we said if everything went well we’d give her an easy enough spring and train her for the Arc for the second half of the season and that’s what we’ve done.” The filly also gained a significant weight advantage over others for her age and female gender. However, such gains can become inconsequential in the chaotic atmosphere of
Found came into the Breeders’ Cup Turf as a reasonable shot against multiple top horses, headed by Golden Horn. The Americans of the cast included 2015 Arlington Million (GI) winner, The Pizza Man, and top turf runner, Big Blue Kitten, donning the red and white of Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey. In the past six weeks, Found had campaigned in the four top world class races of the fall.
In the Turf, the peaking Found broke from the ninth post. Ryan Moore pulled the filly back towards the rear of the field and she settled in between horses passing the grandstand for the first time. Around the first turn, she found her stride and ran comfortably without any opposition to her outside. Into the final turn, she advanced into fourth, pushing herself into contention with the vanguard. The Pizza Man moved to her outside and pressured her into a tight space. However, Found responded boldly, fighting for her position and charging to the lead. She gained the lead but battled off her key opponents to the wire under strong encouragement from Moore. At the wire, she triumphed by ½ length over the imposing Golden Horn. Her final time for the 1 ½ mile contest was 2:32.06 on a difficult turf course. Following the victory, Ryan Moore said, “She is a very tough filly. She beat a champion [Golden Horn], and that is special, too.” He also said, “She deserved to win the race. She beat an exceptional colt in Golden Horn. Aidan always had faith in the filly. She ran a bit wide and she got some pressure around the bend and I had to move. She deserved this. She’s been second before and now she’s won.” He believed the differences between winning over Golden Horn in this
start was “a strongly run 1 ½ mile and we got a nice trip.” well. I can’t tell you how happy I am for the lads.” Moore added, “She’s a Group I winner at two and now she’s a Group I winner at three. It’s great.” Tabor had praise for not only the winning filly but also the trainer: “You have to be very impressed. I think Aidan has Part-owner Michael Tabor remarked, “To see that race and covered every blade of grass there. Aidan at the beginning the way Ryan rode the animal, and Aidan’s great training of the year always said this is our Arc filly. And he was very feat to get her here after such a long season, is very special positive about her. and to beat a very good colt [Golden Horn] - that has won everything in Europe just shows it was a great performance.” “But she didn’t get the rub of the Green. But finally, she’s come good, as Aidan always said she would. When Aidan Aidan O’Brien commented, “I thought it was a little bit says that to you, it comes right. It might not happen just when far‑fetched; she was a three year old filly after running in two he expects it to, but eventually it will happen because he Champions Stakes and an Arc within a month. But she didn’t knows the difference.” have any look in any of the races. She’s very special filly. Ryan [Moore] gave her a super ride. What can you say, I couldn’t Defeated, Golden Horn’s trainer John Gosden remarked, believe it happened. So glad to be part of it.” O’Brien added, “But take nothing away from the winner. She’s a very good “There was loads of speed early on and Ryan had her in a filly, and the best turf horse in America finished third. Our lovely position. She was relaxed and we thought this filly was horse ran a terrific race on ground that didn’t suit him.” improving all year so she’s getting better and better…Ryan gave her a great ride. A lot of people put a lot of hard work Golden Horn’s owner remarked, “I give full marks to the filly into her to get her to today…She’s am amazing filly and she that beat us. I think she’s had a fantastic career. We knew has great constitution. The lads said to let her go if she was she was a very good filly and we knew she was the danger.” 56
Main stallion barn at Ashford Stud in Lexington,Kentucky
ASHFORD STUD’S SUCCESS
WITH YOUNG SIRES
n the heart of Kentucky, the gates of Ashford Stud open up a living, continuing history. When Ashford’s breeding operation was launched in 1982, its stallion roster was highlighted by the remarkable Vincent O’Brien trainee Storm Bird. That same year, a resident mare, Terlingua, was bred to the stallion and the resulting foal would become the legendary Storm Cat. In the mid-1980s after Ashford became an extension of Coolmore, the Lexington farm would be home to greats such as El Gran Senor, Woodman, and, in 1996, Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch retired there for stud duty, later becoming the first champion sire to stand at the farm. The ‘iron horse’ Giant’s Causeway followed – he would earn three champion sire titles. It is a feat that only Bull Lea, Nasrullah, Bold Ruler, and Danzig achieved since 1941. In 2016, Ashford Stud’s bluegrass pastures are still a home to horse racing history past and present. The patriarchal Giant’s Causeway continues his brilliant stud career into the new year, standing at $85,000 as Ashford celebrates their new stallions American Pharoah and Competitive Edge. It is only fitting that such a significant horse asTriple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner American Pharoah should make his debut as a stud at such a significant farm as Ashford Stud. Coolmore’s American 58
By Bunny Hinzman
Photos Courtesy of Ashford Stud
branch has also been having success with young headlining sires such as Lookin at Lucky, Munnings, and Uncle Mo. With their first crops, they have sired numerous winners at the highest levels and already deserve further investigation. LOOKIN AT LUCKY A champion at two and three years old, Lookin at Lucky stands at $20,000 for the 2016 breeding season. The Smart Strike son’s first crop of three year olds in 2015 includes Madefromlucky, winner of the Peter Pan Stakes (G2) and the West Virginia Derby (G2). He has also sired the Iroquois Stakes (G3) victor, Lucky Player, as well as the stakes winning and Grade 1-placed Maybellene, and One Lucky Dane, who placed in another Grade 1 event. Other successful three year olds by Lookin at Lucky include the multiple stakes winner, Good Luck Gus, and the stakes winning Spider’s Alibi and Breaking Lucky. As a racehorse, Lookin at Lucky was arguably among the best two and three year olds of recent years. He consistently triumphed in nine contests from six to 9 ½ furlongs, five of which were Grade I victories. Most notably, he won the Preakness Stakes (G1) after an unfortunate sixth in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Later in the season, he took the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1)
Lookin At Lucky stands for $20,000 in 2016
Lookin At Lucky (Smart Strike-Private Feeling, by Belong to Me)
by an impressive four lengths. As a juvenile, he had shown great potential in winning the Del Mar Futurity (G1), the Norfolk Stakes (G1), and the Hollywood Futurity (G1). Lookin at Lucky’s proportioned build helped to make him a top level racehorse and he is passing it along to his progeny. Standing at 16.1 ½ hands high, he shows astounding overall soundness. His legs are of good size in relation to his body, and he has a good slope of shoulder. Lookin at Lucky exhibits a strong back, rump, and gaskins. When Lookin at Lucky’s retirement to Ashford Stud for the 2011 breeding season was announced, Coolmore’s Demi O’Byrne described Lookin At Lucky as “the most striking of individuals and he is without doubt the best stallion prospect I saw in America all year.” Lookin at Lucky’s good conformation is a result of a strong pedigree behind him. Not only is he by a strikingly successful sire, but he is also out of a notable broodmare, Private Feeling by Belong to Me. Lookin at Lucky is a half-brother to Kensei, winner of the Dwyer Stakes (G2) and the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2). This colt also placed in the Derby Trial Stakes (G3) and was third in the Jerome Handicap (G2) and the Woody Stephens (G2). Private Feeling herself is a half-sister to the Grade 3 winner Grand Charmer and the half-sister to the dam of Wait a While, the champion three year old filly of 2006. Lookin at Lucky’s third dam, Sharp Belle was also a Grade 1 winner. Lookin at Lucky is a representative of the successful Mr. Prospector/ 60
Danzig line cross, which also produced top sire, Distorted Humor. Raise a Native is the most recurrent stallion in the first five generations of Lookin at Lucky’s bloodlines. The chestnut stallion appears in the lines of his broodmare sire, Belong to Me, as well as Smart Strike’s sire line. On the bottom half of Lookin at Lucky’s pedigree, Northern Dancer has a significant presence. Dermot Ryan,Ashford Stud’s manager also commented,“His race record is outstanding and his pedigree contains Mr. Prospector and Danzig, two of the most potent forces of the last 30 years or so.” The intertwining of these two significant sires has indisputable appeal to North American breeders. MUNNINGS Munnings stands at $25,000 for the 2016 breeding season. A Graded Stakes winner and Grade 1 placed, Munnings won at distances from six to seven furlongs and sold as a two year old in training for $1.7 million. As a juvenile, he showed quick turnaround of investment by placing in the Champagne Stakes (G1) and crossing the wire third in the Hopeful Stakes (G1). At three, he showed remarkable ability by defeating older horses by 5 ¼ lengths in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes. The bright red chestnut also won the Tom Fool Handicap (G2) during his three year old campaign. That same season, he finished third in the Haskell Invitational to Rachel Alexandra and Summer Bird. Munnings also was third in the King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) and the Vosburgh Stakes (G1). At four, he won the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G2) and was third in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap.
Munnings (Speightstown-La Comete, by Holy Bull)
His first crop is highlighted by the Grade 1 victress I’m a Chatterbox, as well as Graded stakes winners Om, Ben’s Duchess, and No Problem. He has also sired the dual stakes winners, Lake Sebago and Catalina Red. His top tier of progeny is rounded out by the stakes winner Bring in on Dude and the Grade 3 placed Alright Alright. Of the successful young sire, John Sparkman wrote in the Daily Racing Form, “Munnings’ early success is bound to attract much better mares this coming season at a stud fee rather higher than the $12,500 quoted for 2015. He may be well on his way to reaching top rank as a stallion.” As of October 2015, Munnings ranked as leading second crop sire, with Lookin at Lucky behind him in second. It is no surprise Munnings is off to such a fast start at stud – he is supported by a masterpiece pedigree. The young sire is by Speightstown and out of the Holy Bull mare, La Comete. His dam is a half-sister to the Grade 2 Maker’s Mark Mile winner and Grade 1-placed Lasting Approval. La Comete is also the half-sister to the multiple Graded stakes winner and Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) victress, Icon Project. Munnings’ second dam, La Gueriere, was also successful on the track. She won the Grade 1Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup Stakes as well as the Bewitch Stakes (G3). La Gueriere was also third in the Grade 2 Matchmaker Stakes. Success also traces back to his third dam, who produced millionaire Al Mamoon, successful sire Lost Soldier, and Austrian champion Born Wild. Additionally, she is the second
dam of Grade 2 winner, Master Command. Notably, Munnings is a direct descendant of the great broodmare, La Troienne. His pedigree is mostly suited for speed at high levels of competition. Another chestnut, Secretariat, has a key influence on Munnings’ bloodlines. He appears not only in Speightstown’s pedigree twice, but he is also present in La Comete’s. Additionally, Speightstown’s second dam is by a son of the 1973 Triple Crown winner’s sire, Bold Ruler. Munnings is built strongly without the heaviness of most sprinters. Even at stud duty, he exhibits notable strength through his legs, gaskins, and hindquarters. As Ryan remarked, “Munnings is a terrific-looking individual who showed brilliant speed on the track and had an explosive kick at the end of his races.” UNCLE MO Uncle Mo, unquestionably the most spectacular son of Indian Charlie, is off to a promising start at stud as his beginnings as a racehorse. The unbeaten champion two year old has had a remarkable first crop of juveniles, highlighted by Nyquist, winner of the Grade 2 Best Pal, Del Mar Futurity (G1), Frontrunner Stakes (G1) and most significantly, the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). In the Juvenile, the Doug O’Neill trained Nyquist achieved his fifth consecutive win despite a wide draw in the race. Uncle Mo has also sired the victress of the Grade 1 Alcibiades, Gomo, and Uncle Vinny, winner of the Grade 1 Sanford Stakes and placed third in the Hopeful Stakes. Among his other successes are Grade 3 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie-Playa Maya, by Arch)
placed Thrilled, and the stakes winners Uncle Brennie, Forevamo, Mo Tom, and Lost Raven. Uncle Mo is the first two year old sire in history with earnings of over $3 million and as of November 2015, he ranks as the leading sire of two year olds. His yearlings have also been popular in the sales ring in 2015, garnering up to $700,000. The young bay stallion stands at $75,000 for the 2016 breeding season. Not only is he supported by the talent of his progeny but also the ability he had showed as a racehorse himself. Uncle Mo was awarded the highest Beyer figures of his generation at two (108) and at three (118). As a juvenile, he stirred up enthusiasm in the racing public with his remarkable victories, first in the Champagne by 4 ¾ lengths, then in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by a commanding 4 ¼ lengths over a strong field. However, at three, he faced setbacks which kept him from the major races of the season. Nonetheless, he won the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap by three lengths and was only beaten a nose by Caleb’s Posse in the King’s Bishop. Earlier in the year, he had been third in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial. Dermot Ryan said, “Todd Pletcher said he’s never had a horse as good as Uncle Mo, so that’s good enough for me. He’s also a magnificent-looking horse by a very good sire, so we’re really looking forward to having him when the time comes for him to retire.” Uncle Mo has commendable breeding – he is by the respected late sire Indian Charlie and out of the stakes placed Arch mare, Playa Maya. Indian Charlie sired multiple graded stakes 62
winners, including 2007 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner, Indian Blessing. He is also known for siring strong sprinters such as My Pal Charlie, and Mr. Nightlinger. Arch brings some distance back into his pedigree, for he has sired 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Blame. Playa Maya’s broodmare sire is Dixieland Band, who is one of Northern Dancer’s seven sons who sired over 100 stakes winners. The 1964 Kentucky Derby winner, Northern Dancer appears three times in the first five generations of Uncle Mo’s bloodlines while Raise a Native has a noticeable presence. Uncle Mo had a remarkable stride – his legs reached forward effortlessly with such extent and his body stayed level, never exerting himself unnecessarily with an up and down motion. He traveled smoothly and easily over the ground even settling on the pace in many of his races. Though running so close to the speed, Uncle Mo sustained his energy throughout due to not only his impressive talent but also his efficient running style. His build allowed for such effortlessness in racing – his body proportionate and stands as an example of sound overall conformation. With studs such as these, Ashford Stud promises to continue a past of quality, successful breeding into the future. Young sires, once glorious racehorses in their own rights, will soon give us even more new young heroes to cheer on the track, continuing to write in the history books of auction barns and tracks across Kentucky, America and the globe.
Owner Ahmed Zayat kisses American Pharoah after his Breeders’ Cup Classic win - Photo courtesy Tom Ferry
BREEDERS’ CUP HOMECOMING
By Bunny Hinzman / Photos courtesy Bunny Hinzman and Tom Ferry
eeneland Racecourse is a place of history: horseracing’s past pulsates, ever present, on its beautiful grounds. The iconic white Sycamore tree is a statuesque guardian of the sport and the athletes that pass under them day after day, year after year. With each passing moment, this history continues to grow, never offput by rain, sleet, or snow. The show has gone on, so to speak, in weather fair and foul. These trees, the old bricked stands, have witnessed brilliant triumphs and bloody tragedies, inscribing them in their books and on their walls. But now, for the Breeder’s Cup Classic, its grand, heavy limbs are propped up with metal rods, much like the way the modern Lexington racecourse supports its storied history. It is no surprise that more brilliant history would be made in yet another weekend at Keeneland. For Breeders’ Cup, the Kentucky track became center stage for the many triumphs, most notably, of Triple Crown hero, American Pharoah. The two day event had attracted a diversity of horseflesh to the oval heart of Lexington, Kentucky, allowing racegoers to experience the wonderful reality of witnessing “world-wide” 64
horse racing in central Kentucky. One amazing example was the win of Mongolian Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, exuberantly celebrated by his connections all donned in traditional Mongolian dress. In Lexington at Keeneland, the international community gathered to rejoice in the sport at its highest level. The Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland received a resounding standing ovation from its spectators, competitors, and the city of Lexington on a job well-done for managing the colossal horse racing event for the first time. In preparation for the world championship event, Keeneland had wisely spent $5 million for substantial amounts of temporary seating, luxury chalets and hospitality venues. The storied course’s most heavily attended event, the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, typically packs the grandstand’s every crevice with approximately 40,000 spectators. However despite its record attendances during Breeders’ Cup days, Keeneland appeared less congested as a result of their extensive preplanning efforts. On Friday, 44,947 attended the races, and on Saturday, 50,155.
Hit it a Bomb with Ryan Moore up after winning the Breedersâ€™ Cup Juvenile Turf - Photo by Bunny Hinzman
In the Saddling Paddock at the Breeders’ Cup - Photo by Bunny Hinzman
R and L: Fashion at the Breeders’ Cup Center: Breeders’ Cup Ambassador Kate Upton - Photos by Bunny Hinzman
L to R: Joseph O’Brien, Ryan Moore, and Aidan O’Brien - Photo courtesy Tom Ferry
Compared to last year’s Breeders’ Cup held at Santa Anita, Keeneland’s ticket revenue more than doubled due to the sales of costly on-site accommodations. On average, visitors spent $860 per two day ticket, while a VIP ticket could cost more than $1200. This year’s Breeders’ Cup had a betting pool of $150 million and the on-track handle was $20,611,114 – an improvement over last year. At Keeneland, the dollar numbers went up despite the overall attendance being down 3,217 from the prior year’s event at Santa Anita. The ripple effect of economic gains of a Breeders’ Cup event is easily measured by Sentient Jet, the official private jet partner of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Andrew Collins, CEO of Sentient Jet told CNN Money’s Vanessa Yurkevich, “Usually the Super Bowl is the top event for private jets followed by The Masters. But this year because of American Pharoah it kind of got inverted and flipped on its head.” Collins continued, “Traditionally, prior to being involved with the Breeders’ Cup we would put a handful of flights in here. But because of the exposure we have given the Breeders’ Cup and you align that with American Pharoah’s popularity, our bookings are up 800 percent.”
Lexington’s Breeders’ Cup Festival - Photo by Bunny Hinzman
Keeneland’s management of the two day event did experience a couple of hiccups. Spectators faced excessively long lines at food stations and a coordinated mess on Friday at the Maker’s Mark Bourbon Lounge. However, despite these glitches, Keeneland hit the true trifecta of a great hosting performance: customer service, traffic management and wonderful racing. In typical fashion, Keeneland’s employees were incomparable not only with their hospitality, but also the hard core effort to keep their “House of Keeneland” spic and span for their 90,000 plus guests. It was obvious that despite the early doubts and negative statements of skeptic critics ahead of the event - many questioning Keeneland’s ability to handle this large event - only fueled the track’s staff and their determination to show the world what Keeneland is all about. Parking and traffic control was a unique challenge for Keeneland to coordinate. Management had to consider not only the record breaking Breeders’ Cup attendees, but also
Spectators looking onto Breeders’ Cup saddling paddock from Keeneland’s temporary chalets - Photo by Bunny Hinzman
the Kentucky v. Tennessee football game taking place at the same time. Keeneland set up a park and ride shuttle service that handled the crowds well. The epicenter of the North American Thoroughbred breeding industry, Lexington created a weeklong festival for the Breeders’ Cup. The projected economic impact of the Breeders’ Cup on the Lexington area was estimated at $65 million. Downtown Lexington worked hard to embrace the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and promote the arts at Breeders’ Cup sanctioned events. For instance, the Bourbon Wednesday night kick-off with Master Distillers – selling at $100 per ticket – was sold out. Art galleries all over Lexington got in the spirit, showcasing equine collections. The Arts Place Gallery proudly exhibited “Sporting Art” from the Collection of John and Luanne Milward. As a whole, the Lexington business community rolled a welcome mat out and created a festive prelude to race days that amped the entire city’s excitement.
The celebrities, the fashion, the food – all accessories to the magic taking place on the track. Presenting the Breeders’ Cup Classic trophy was the stunning Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model, Kate Upton. The famed beauty could only be upstaged by magnificent Triple Crown-winning American Pharoah. Celebrity chef Bobby Flay, an everpresent Breeders’ Cup Ambassador, showed his support of the sport. His own horse even ran during the two days of racing. During Breeders’ Cup week at WinStar Farm, Flay also had hosted his annual Taste of the World Breeders’ Cup party for the connections of the competing horses. The Breeders’ Cup World Championships inevitably always make history, no matter the year or place. Like its much heralded precedents, the 2015 Breeders’ Cup will leave its mark in the annuls of horse racing history. However, it will stand out like none before: Keeneland’s inaugural host of the event rose above all expectations, going so far as to crown a Triple Crown winner as the Breeders’ Cup Classic champion.
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SHAR ON LEE CHAPMAN The International Racehorse Magazine catches up with renowned artist Sharon Lee Chapman.
little over 10 years ago Sharon started photographing weddings, but her love for horse racing made her yearn to photograph them. She began by attending race meetings with her camera as a spectator, and travelled far and wide to any race meetings she could get to. She started working for a Caulfield trainer, John Salanitri doing track work photos, barrier trials, mares and foals. In May 2011 she ventured down to Warrnambool for the famous 3 day Carnival and took “that” picture of “that” horse Banna Strand, famously jumping into a crowd of spectators. The photo went global and appeared on the front page of every newspaper in the country. “The luckiest of shots that no one else captured,” says Sharon. The photo went on to win News Photo of the Year at the Media Awards and she went from an unknown to “You’re the girl that took THAT photo”.
She quit her full time job later that year and decided to turn her passion into a career. Based in Melbourne, Australia, she has travelled the world to capture some of the world’s great horses, and learnt so much from other photographers on the journey. “Photography is a constant learning curve and there’s not a single shoot that I do, where I don’t learn something or think I could do it better next time.”
Some of her favourite race moments include photographing Black Caviar in her final race in the TJ Smith Stakes, her first experience at Royal Ascot, the incredible wonder that is Cheltenham Jumps Festival, witnessing American Pharoah win the Haskell in New Jersey, photographing her own horse I Love It, trained by John Salanitri, winning a Group 3 earlier this year and finally, photographing one of her favourites, Red Cadeaux, along his journey, and to a special photo shoot at Altona Beach this year.
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GRAND SLAM EXTRAORDINAIRE Text and Images By Michele MacDonald
They are the enduring champions of all champions, those that achieve what others only dream.
inners of a sporting Grand Slam live forever as ideals— those that have grasped what is unattainable by mere mortals—even in our mercurial era that prizes the immediate glitter of the moment over the diamonds of history. There is Bobby Jones, still revered eight and a half decades after he became the first and only golfer to gather Grand Slam glory with victories in four major tournaments in 1930. Just five other golfers, including Gary Player and Tiger Woods, have earned all four trophies over the course of their entire careers. In tennis, there are only a handful of players who have won that sport’s four major titles in a single season, with Steffi Graf the last to succeed nearly three decades ago. Now there is also American Pharoah, who rocketed into the Grand Slam pantheon while closing his racing career with his most visually impressive victory. Under a foreboding gray sky, 50,155 lucky fans witnessed a feat never seen before in racing when the breathtaking bay Triple Crown winner simply soared away from the field to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic at venerable Keeneland Race Course. “There will be another jewel in the crown,” Keeneland announcer
Kurt Becker called out as American Pharoah approached the finish line. “He’s an everlasting credit to the sport—he has belted a Grand Slam.” Before this moment around 6 p.m. on October 31, there was no such thing as a racing Grand Slam. Indeed, a Grand Slam had never even been contemplated; America had waited 37 years for a horse good enough to become the 12th to sweep the Triple Crown, not to mention so superior that he could then win the richest race on the North American continent. When the last previous Triple Crown winner, Affirmed, had grittily persevered through his duels with Alydar in 1978, the Breeders’ Cup was still six years away from birth and America lacked a championship event with the lure of the Classic’s $5 million purse. Looking across the globe, nowhere else was there a comparable quartet of demanding tests that requires a three-year-old to win a trio of Classic events over a span of five weeks in the spring and return in the autumn to defeat older runners over a challenging 1 ¼ miles, all on different tracks. No wonder then that trainer Bob Baffert stood away from the crowd with his family in Keeneland’s tree-shaded paddock as American Pharoah strutted to the starting gate to attempt this INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
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quadruple feat. It must be impossible to contain the oceans of emotions connected with a colt so kind in the barn that he could be led out to be petted by fans yet so explosive once a saddle was placed on his back and a bit between his teeth. Baffert said he had never been so on edge about any race. He passionately wanted this horse—the one he said he had waited for his entire life—to show the world in his final racing appearance that he is made of a different kind of flesh and bone. In just the brief span of two minutes, American Pharoah did all that and more, streaking from the start with his ears straight up, eager and barely skimming the track surface as he rolled on more and more powerfully, transforming his challenging first start against older horses into a playful romp. The official chart captured the spectacle in two words: “gallantly” and “widened,” noting that the Pioneer of the Nile colt crossed the finish line in 2:00.07, a record at Keeneland, and 6 ½ lengths in front of four-year-old runner-up Effinex. Multiple Grade 1 winner Honor Code, another four-year-old, finished 4 ½ lengths further back in third. Fittingly for his legacy, American Pharoah left Keen Ice 12 ½ lengths to his rear in fourth, avenging the fluke Travers Stakes upset at Saratoga. Baffert had attributed that loss to his colt becoming so electrified by the cheering of 15,000 fans who came to see him gallop the day before the race that he overextended himself and was flat for the competition. 80
There was nothing flat about the Breeders’ Cup Classic, however. Jockey Victor Espinoza said he wanted American Pharoah to bounce out of the gate and take off, and the colt quickly drew away from his early pursuers, 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist and Effinex. Still pricking his ears in the backstretch, American Pharoah maintained an advantage, and when Espinoza moved him slightly away from the rail on a surface that had absorbed a significant amount of rain in the previous week, “he re-accelerated,” the jockey said. “I was like wow—I was really excited,” Espinoza said. “Turning for home, I was not worried about the track. I was gone.” Tears streaked Baffert’s face, and American Pharoah’s owner and breeder Ahmed Zayat sobbed after they watched the colt glide to the finish, his coat gilded an otherworldly golden in the beams of the photo finish lights. “What a horse,” Baffert declared simply. No other words were needed. This performance was the prize they wanted, not so much for themselves, but for American Pharoah, so that he would be always remembered as the ultimate champion, the first Grand Slam winner. “We owe American Pharoah everything,” exclaimed Zayat.“He is just once in a lifetime.
“I doubt we’ll ever see a horse who is able to really do what he’s done, in terms of shipping in and out and going to seven or eight different tracks. He doesn’t care about the surface, doesn’t care about where he’s sitting in a race. He just does it all. He runs with his heart. He is kind. He’s brilliantly fast. He’s just a different kind of animal,”Zayat declared.
the same season: Sunday Silence in 1989.
“I’m just so proud of Pharoah,” Baffert added. “I have just never seen anything like him. He is a gift from God.”
Perhaps the wait for another Triple Crown winner will not be so long. And maybe, just maybe, there will even be another horse who can win the Grand Slam.
People who love horse racing will be talking about American Pharoah for years; his exploits will be recounted and relived over and over. Already, in the weeks immediately following theBreeders’ Cup, his effort has taken on even more luster as those who he defeated have subsequently triumphed. Both Effinex and Tonalist showed what worthy rivals they were, with the former prevailing in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs and the latter, who was fifth in the Classic, winning the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in late November. Across the United States in California, American Pharoah’s former stablemate and rival in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Dortmund, easily defeated older horses for the second consecutive time while taking the Native Diver Stakes and re-establishing himself at the top of the generation. History also provides a unique perspective on the difficulty of the Grand Slam. In the 32 runnings of the Breeders’ Cup to date, there has been only one other three-year-old who has been able to capture the Classic after winning two of the Triple Crown races in 82
Sunday Silence, who missed sweeping the Crown when second in the Belmont Stakes, went on to become the most important sire to ever stand in Japan. Perhaps American Pharoah also will become a breed-changing sire.
A new bar has been raised high, a new standard for the American Thoroughbred. While American Pharoah has been whisked off the stage to stand at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud, his deeds will live on as the best of the best for a young horse. For generations to come, all others will be measured against him and what he was able to achieve, from his championship season as a juvenile in 2014 through the Grand Slam that inevitably will earn him America’s gold Horse of the Year trophy as well as another Eclipse Award as champion three-year-old for 2015. “Just to be close to him, or in the same sentence as him,” Baffert said, his voice trailing off even as he made it clear without finishing the thought that he views the association with American Pharoah as the pinnacle of his distinguished Racing Hall of Fame career. “I can’t judge how great he is, or whatever, but I’ve had some really good ones,” reflected Baffert, who has trained three other horses that were just one race away from sweeping the Triple Crown, as well as other champions. “And he is just incredible.”
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THE ECLIPSE AWARDS 2016 By the time the gates closed at Keeneland following the dramatic first running of the Breeders’ Cup at the Kentucky track, a number of America’s divisional championships also were locked up in what proved to be a particularly vintage season.
t is a certainty that American Pharoah will reign as the Horse of the Year and champion three-year-old after cruising almost effortlessly home in the Breeders’ Cup Classic to complete an epic Grand Slam following his Triple Crown tour de force. Bred and raced by Ahmed Zayat’s Zayat Stables, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Victor Espinoza, American Pharoah dazzled the world in a demanding campaign in which he flew around the United States, winning seven of eight races while competing at seven different racetracks in five states. Rated as the best runner on the globe this season, he banked $8,288,800, finishing his career with a total of $8,650,300, including his 2014 championship juvenile campaign earnings. “American Pharoah has delivered everything we’ve asked for; he has done something that’s not been done in 37 years with sheer ease,” Zayat said, referring to his Triple Crown triumph. “If this horse had been pushed in either the Preakness or the Belmont, in my opinion he would have broken a track record. He is brilliantly fast, but it’s not how fast (he is that is most impressive), it’s how easy things are for him.”
While it’s always risky to predict the voting by the three groups that determine Eclipse Award champions, this year looks to be an exception to that rule.We can already envision many of those who will be accepting trophies at the Eclipse Award ceremony set for January 16 at Gulfstream Park following polling of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association/Equibase, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association and Daily Racing Form. In addition to American Pharoah, it is clear there are undisputable champions in the juvenile male and female categories, Nyquist and Songbird, respectively. From the first crop by champion Uncle Mo, Nyquist ripped through an undefeated season, going 5-for-5, including three Grade 1 victories topped by his Breeders’ Cup Juvenile win, which he accomplished after being bumped hard at the start and then rallying from off the pace. He is owned by Reddam Racing, trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by jockey Mario Guttierez, the same team that developed Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Nyquist seemed destined to be a good one, selling for $180,000 as a weanling, $230,000 as a yearling and $400,000 as a two-yearold. O’Neill’s brother, Dennis, who also bought I’ll Have Another, selected the colt on behalf of J. Paul Reddam, who named the youngster after hockey player Gustav Nyquist.
“It was just a matter of me staying on,” Smith said after the Breeders’ Cup race, in which Songbird triumphed by 5 ¾ lengths over highly regarded Rachel’s Valentina, the daughter of exceptional 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and top sire Bernardini.
Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley already has secured breeding rights to Nyquist, whose dam is a half sister to the dam of Grade 1 winner Sahara Sky, and the colt must be regarded as the early favorite for the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
“She’s so talented and she gives you so much confidence. I almost felt like yawning as we went along,” Smith added of Songbird. “I don’t mean that in a bragging way—she just gives me that much confidence.”
Just as impressive as Nyquist, or perhaps more so, was Songbird, who also flew through her season unbeaten and seemed in another class as she galloped wire-to-wire in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. She crossed the finish line more than a full second faster than did Nyquist at the 1 1/16-mile distance of the juvenile events.
Two other female runners also flashed extraordinary talent and consistency over the year: potential champion older female Beholder, who had been set to take on American Pharoah in the Breeders’ Cup Classic prior to bleeding after a workout, and potential champion turf female Tepin, who thrashed a tough group of male rivals in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
By Medagliad’Oro and a $400,000 yearling purchase by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, Songbird is handled by the Hall of Fame duo of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Mike Smith, who couldn’t speak more highly of the filly.
Truly the rarest kind of runner who already has ruled her division as a champion juvenile and champion three-year-old filly, Beholder won all five of her races in 2015, including three at the Grade 1 level.
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In what was the most impressive race of her career, the Spendthrift Farm-owned daughter of Henny Hughes left a strong field of males far behind in the Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar, stopping the clock in a scintillating 1:59.77 for the 1 ¼ miles while under a hand ride. Trained by Richard Mandella and ridden by Gary Stevens, Beholder is expected to race again as a six-year-old in 2016 because 82-year-old Spendthrift owner B. Wayne Hughes says he and his entire team just have so much fun with the mare. In the female turf division,Tepin surged to the top, prevailing in a sterling edition of the Mile while conquering such rivals as 2014 Mile winner Karakontie, French Classic winner Make Believe, other Grade 1-winning males Mondialiste, Obviously, Grand Arch and Mshawish, and French Group 1-winning filly Esoterique. Even though she might not have earned as many headlines as some other high-profile runners,Tepin banked more money than all American starters but American Pharoah, earning $2,092,500 in a breakout season that also featured victories in the Grade 1 Just a Game and First Lady Stakes over female rivals. Among
those she finished ahead of during the season was eventual Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Stephanie’s Kitten. A daughter of Bernstein and the Stravinsky mare Life Happened, who also produced millionaire and multiple Grade 2 winner Vyjack, Tepin races for Robert Masterson, is trained by Mark Casse and was ridden superbly by Julien Leparoux. Other than American Pharoah, the males in general were not as dominant in their divisions as those champion-caliber females, with Honor Code, Liam’s Map and Tonalistbidding for the Eclipse Award in the older male category. In the turf male division, The Pizza Man and Big Blue Kitten could battle for votes. But it likely will be another story in the sprinting division. Runhappy, a three-year-old by Super Saver who closed out his season with three graded stakes wins, is not likely to be denied the Eclipse Award after setting a track record of 1:08.58 under jockey Edgar Prado in the six-furlong Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Despite the drama involving owner James McIngvale and trainer Maria Borell, who was fired after the Sprint for not wanting to
exercise the colt the day after the race, Runhappy has stamped himself as a freakishly fast colt whose best running still could be in front of him, assuming his connections can stay out of his way. Horses are not the only winners when it comes to Eclipse Awards and voters might find it impossible to deny Baffert the outstanding trainer trophy or Zayat Stables the outstanding owner trophy. After all, what they accomplished is nothing short of the stuff of legends. Espinoza will have to compete with Javier Castellano, who has been voted the outstanding jockey the past two seasons and who broke his own seasonal record for earnings with more than a month still remaining in the 2015 campaign. But the lively Espinoza, who boosts racing with his bubbly appearances on television (such as his spin on the “Dancing With the Stars” show and his spontaneous declaration that he is the “luckiest Mexican on Earth” after winning the Kentucky Derby), must get his due at some point. Espinoza piloted American Pharoah so well that Baffert went out 90
of his way to point out how the jockey expertly managed the colt by saving him from extending himself more than necessary during any one race in the season. But that is not surprising as the 43-year-old has ridden at this rarefied level for years. Remarkably, Espinoza came close to Triple Crown immortality twice previously, with War Emblem in 2002 and eventual 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, and he was the first jockey ever to earn three chances for the sweep. While he has not ridden nearly as many runners this year as has Castellano, a consummate professional who is well connected to large stables on the East Coast, Espinoza has written his name in the history books. He also has done more in a larger sense, donating his Belmont Stakes prize money to a cancer research and treatment center he has supported for years and actively promoting racing on social media. When the Eclipse Awards are handed out at Gulfstream, the ceremony honoring the champions of 2015 would seem strangely incomplete if Espinoza did not join Baffert and Zayat on the stage.
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KZN BREEDERS AWARDS 2015 Text & Images by Candiese Marnewick
The KZN Breeders Awards took place at Bellwood Stud on Saturday evening, and saw the brilliant triple Gr1 winner Futura crowned KZN Breeders Horse Of The Year after taking home Champion Older Male and Outstanding Middle Distance Male. Wesley Bowman and 3A Racing Syndicate
he son of Dynasty (the second by Dynasty to be crowned KZN Breeders Horse Of The Year behind Beach Beauty last year) was born at Koos and Lorraine De Klerk’s Yellow Star Stud, bred by Guy Murdoch and Mike Jolly in partnership. Mike Jolly was on hand to receive the awards and he was pleased to announce that the mare Scribblin’ The Cat by Badger’s Drift has produced a full-brother to Futura this season. It was a particularly special occasion as Peter and Jenny Blyth of Clifton Stud received the Breeders Achievement Award for producing the likes of Bezanova and Whatalady over the past season, as well as winning two million rand races a week apart, as well as taking into account their Zimbabwean successes with Print The Pounds. Summerhill Stud once again earned the Leading Breeder Award for the season, with their outstanding mare Cousin Linda – the dam of Rebel King, Rebel Queen and Uncle Tommy – awarded with Broodmare Of The Year. Robin Scott received a standing ovation after it was announced that both Robin and Des Scott were being honoured with the KZN Breeders Lifetime Achievement Award for long standing breeding excellence – what began with the brilliant multiple Gr1 winner Politician almost 50 years ago
Lee Scribante, Chairman of the KZN Breeders Club
Mike Jolly, Debbie Dick of Epol and Ashley De Klerk present the award to Futura for Outstanding Older Male
Peter Blyth, Christine Quin and Jenny Blyth of Clifton Stud, Outstanding Older Female to Whatalady presented by Gold Circle
3A Racing Syndicate and Summerhill Stud share the award for Royal Pleasure, Outstanding 2YO Filly
KZN BREEDERS AWARDS 2015 WINNERS OUTSTANDING 2YO COLT – sponsored by Piemonte Stud Rabada Summerhill Stud OUTSTANDING 2YO FILLY – sponsored by Equine Royal Pleasure Team Valor International OUTSTANDING 3YO FILLY – sponsored by Choice Carriers Patchit Up Baby Mr Anton and Judy Procter OUTSTANDING OLDER MALE – sponsored by Epol Futura Guy Murdoch OUTSTANDING OLDER FEMALE – sponsored by Gold Circle Whatalady Clifton Stud OUTSTANDING SPRINTER MALE – sponsored by Racing Association Uncle Tommy Summerhill Stud OUTSTANDING SPRINTER FEMALE – sponsored by Odds On Colours Virgo’s Babe Midlands Thoroughbreds
Sean and Jackie Phillips join Jennifer Harms and Graeme Elliot in the handover to Scott Bros for Wild One, Champion Stayer
OUTSTANDING MIDDLE DISTANCE MALE – sponsored by Piemonte Stud Futura Guy Murdoch OUTSTANDING MIDDLE DISTANCE FEMALE – sponsored by Just As Well (USA) Whatalady Clifton Stud OUTSTANDING STAYER MALE & FEMALE – sponsored by Equifeeds Wild One Scott Bros BROODMARE OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Gold Circle Cousin Linda Summerhill Stud STALLION PROSPECT OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Clifton Stud Visionaire STALLION OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Thoroughbred Breeders Association Kahal
Team Summerhill collect Stallion Prospect Of The Year, awarded to Visionaire from Brenda of Clifton Stud
BREEDERS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – sponsored by Summerhill Stud Clifton Stud LEADING BREEDER OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Almiray Vet Practice Summerhill Stud SPECIAL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – sponsored by Spurwing Horse Feeds Mr Des and Robin Scott ANITA AKAL INDUSTRY AWARD Koos De Klerk KZN BREEDERS HORSE OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Gold Circle Futura
Robin Scott collects the Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement
Robin Scott’s family join him on stage to receive his Lifetime Achievement Award
saw another from Scott Bros three months ago, in the form of the recently deceased Wild One taking the Gr1 eLan Gold Cup on 1 August, and not forgetting the international victories by globetrotting The Apache not so long ago.
Clifton Stud collect the Breeders Achievement Award from Linda of Summerhill Stud
Summerhill Stud collect the Leading Breeder Of The Year Award
Lee Scribante hands over the Anita Akal Industry Award to Koos De Klerk, assisted by Ashley De Klerk
Wild One fittingly took home the Award for Outstanding Stayer, with owners Sean and Jackie Philips making the trip to share the stage with the Scott Bros and pay tribute to their great son of Mogok. Summerhill’s National Champion Freshman Sire Visionaire, was officially crowned Stallion Prospect Of The Year. His daughters dominated the category for Champion 2YO Filly, with Gr3 winner Royal Pleasure taking the spoils and her part owners’ 3A Racing Syndicate, headed by Wesley Bowman, on hand to collect the prize on behalf of her breeder and part owner Team Valor. Vice-Chairman and former Chair of the KZN Breeders Club, Koos De Klerk, was deservedly recognised with the Anita Akal Industry Award for his hard work and vision in putting the KZN Breeders Club on the map over the past few years in particular with “his baby,” the KZN Breeders Race Day which is one of the bigger events on Gold Circle’s calendar. Mike Jolly collects the Horse Of The Year Award for Futura, from Lee Scribante, Michelle and Robert Mauvis of Gold Circle, and Lorraine and Koos De Klerk of Yellow Star Stud, the birthplace of Futura
Gavin Lerena (South Africa), winner of the 2015 Longines International Jockeys’ Championships
THE BATTLE OF THE WORLD’S BEST JOCKEYS THE LONGINES INTERNATIONAL JOCKEYS’ CHAMPIONSHIP 2015: HONG KONG The Swiss watch brand Longines had the pleasure to time the Longines International Jockeys’ Championship, which saw the remarkable victory of Gavin Lerena on Superoi and Mr Right. This event, of which Longines is the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper, reunited an all-star cast of the world’s best jockeys and set the tone for the Longines Hong Kong International Races held on Sunday, December 13. 96
eld in the very heart of Hong Kong, at Happy Valley Racecourse, the Longines International Jockeys’ Championship consists of four races fiercely contested by twelve world-class jockeys representing their countries or regions.The jockey accumulating the biggest score is crowned the winner of the championship. With 24 points, Gavin Lerena from South Africa won the competition, taking home the first prize and a Longines timepiece. Ryan Moore (United Kingdom) finished second with 15points, followed by Keita Tosaki (Japan) with13 points. The jockeys will be celebrated throughout the entire week, as Longines, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the IFHA will be hosting the second edition of the Longines World’s Best Jockey Award during the annual Gala dinner of the Longines Hong
Gavin Lerena (South Africa), winner of the 2015 Longines International Jockeys’ Championships, in Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Gavin Lerena (South Africa), on Mr Right wins the 7th race - 3rd leg of the Longines International Jockeys’ Championships
Gavin Lerena (South Africa), on Superoi wins the 8th race – 4th leg of the Longines International Jockeys’ Championships
Gavin Lerena (South Africa), on Mr Right wins the 7th race - 3rd leg of the Longines International Jockeys’ Championships
Kong International Races, held on Friday, December 11. This prize will honor the jockey which will have scored the most points throughout the year in the 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races, from December 1 of the previous year until 30 November of 2015.
The Longines Equestrian Collection. Arches on racetracks evoking horseshoes, stirrups acting as supports to follow their horse around the high jump course, fine leather of saddles: all these strong images are found in the bold lines of these watches dedicated to female equestrian sports lovers. On their wrist, the hands waltz to the rhythm of time and merge with the pace of the horses.
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CHAD LE CLOS
We get Up Clos with South Africa’s Golden Boy of Swimming and one of racing’s newest owners. Chad Le Clos
By Michele Wing
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ho will ever forget the emotional scenes at the London Olympics in 2012 when Chad le Clos touched first in the 200m butterfly, to take gold from long time hero and multiple Olympic Champion, Michael Phelps .
the Suncoast Casino Yearling Sale. He described the young colt as a “nuclear missile” and upon viewing, Lafferty admitted that “even Stevie Wonder could see that this was a beautiful horse”. He was delighted to secure the horse and particularly a son of Toreador, who Lafferty believes is turning out to be “an exceptionally good It was heralded as one of the all-time great races and one that stallion”. Lafferty called Bert le Clos, a long time football friend, will be talked about for as long as Olympic swimming takes place. who took the majority share for his son. Breeders Phillip Kahan Commentators rated the titanic duel in the last 10m of the race and Greg Blank retained a share in the horse along with Bridget as an iconic moment in Olympic history. An emotional le Clos said Conway. “It’s awesome being on the other side of the fence and shortly after the race,“you don’t understand what this means. This cheering my horse on, as opposed to having people cheer me on”, is the greatest moment of my life. Nothing could ever beat this says le Clos. “Being a competitive person, I hope my horse has moment.” An elated Bert, le Clos’s father, captured the hearts of some of the same qualities I do”, smiles le Clos. the international sporting community with his touching interview with BBC’s Clare Balding, describing the moment as “unbelievable, Le Clos’s racing colours were carefully chosen, representing his it’s unbelievable.” As Chad made his way around the pool on his ‘unbelievable’ success as an Olympic athlete. “With the Olympic victory parade, with Michael Phelps and bronze medalist Takeshi Games being so close to my heart, we thought it great to have Matsuda of Japan, Bert le Clos burst out saying, “just look at him , racing colours depicting the five Olympic rings”, he explained. he’s beautiful.” “Also, the green sleeves and cap not only reflect the green of our National Colours, but the green swim cap that we race in”, he It is a moment that will remain etched in the hearts and minds of adds. “To have colours like this , is just perfect”. all sports loving fans, particularly in South Africa, for years to come . Le Clos was awarded his National Colours for the first time Le Clos is not only making waves in the pool, but creating a buzz in 2009 when he was just 17 years old. “It was an unbelievable on our racetracks, as he is one of racing’s newest owners. His aptly feeling”, he says,“as you never forget your first time”. “I guess it is a named Unbelievable Chad, trained by Summerveld based trainer, bit like playing for the Springboks or the Proteas for your first time. Paul Lafferty, broke his maiden at his third outing, when winning It is certainly one of the most memorable moments in my life”, he over 1400m on the Scottsville inside track during September. smiles. In 2014 le Clos received swimming’s highest honour by Le Clos said the feeling of winning was “incredible”, describing being crowned World Champion by the international swimming similarities to when he himself is successful in the pool. “You think federation, FINA. “For me, there were many factors played a role about what it’s going to be like when you win, but when you do in me becoming World Champion; including discipline , dedication win, it’s another story, ” he says.“Unbelievable Chad is like my baby” and a lot of sacrifice.You also have to have something special that he admits.“We are very happy that he’s won and are very excited sets you apart from the many other athletes, like a big match for his future, as I am about mine”, he smiles. temperament. I like to think of myself as a racehorse, or a boxer going into a fight, as you have to have that cool but competitive Lynton Ryan, who advises Paul on the purchase of yearlings for his temperament. Something I believe Unbelievable Chad has as Summerveld based yard, found the handsome son of Toreador on well”, he smiles. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Last year was a remarkable one for le Clos. “It kicked off with the Commonwealth Games, where I equaled Ian Thorpe’s record of all time medals. I was also the first person to go undefeated in the World Cup Series”, he added. This was a phenomenal sporting achievement, as it encompassed no less than 27 individual races. “One of the highlights of my career was going to the World Championships and winning 4 gold medals, along with being the first African to win the World Swimmer of the Year Award. I was very, very proud of these two events and they are some of my crowning moments”,he added. Le Clos is a very determined athlete and believes he can beat anybody on the day. “I train every day to be the best and I believe I am the best. Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian of all time, but next year I know I can beat him”, says a confident le Clos. “The better you get, the more you want to achieve”, says le Clos. “However, it’s always important for me to keep focused on my goals”. With the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, le Clos’s preparation is well under way, with a lot of hard training and racing having already taken place this year. “Next year we will cut down on the racing and focus on fine tuning myself and my skills. It’s all about getting ready for the big occasion and it’s coming quicker than we all think”, he says. “It’s challenging at times having a son like Chad “, says le Clos’s father, Bert, “as he has to train hard, which takes up much of his life “. However, he is just like any other boy and can be mischievous at times.“I treat him no differently to any of my other children”, he goes on. Le Clos has a fan club not just in swimming circles, but on the racetracks as well, with racegoers keen to catch a moment of his time. Bert laughs when he says that over the years, he has received thousands of phone calls from young girls wanting to be able to just say hello to his son . Le Clos is a true South African at heart. “I want to help grow the 100 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
sport in South Africa and want the kids to know that you can do it from home or from Lahee Park, where I train. It is a public pool. We don’t have the fancy facilities that the mighty Americans have, but we can still beat them. We can do it from our humble beginnings”, he says philosophically and we all know he is right. “I have always said right from the beginning that I have wanted to achieve great things and be an ambassador for the country”, says le Clos. “The best advice I have ever been given was by my father, who taught me never to give up and don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t do something”, he goes on. And that includes the future success for Unbelievable Chad as well. “He looks to be a very good horse and we are hoping he can win a big race for Chad who is an absolute gentleman”, said Lafferty. Unbelievable Chad is le Clos’s pride and joy. “It’s a great experience being involved with Paul and the team. I am just happy to be a part of this game and it’s an exciting new chapter of my life”, he went on. “It’s an amazing achievement when you are just 21 years old and the world’s best swimmer”, says Lafferty. “Chad is the type of guy who is a great ambassador for his sport of swimming, horseracing and our country”, he goes on. Add Chad’s Olympic and Commonwealth Games titles to his World Crown and you have a remarkable young athlete. But above all , this thoroughly likeable and composed young man who hails from Pinetown, comes from a normal family and trains in a public pool. Being the true sportsman he is, Chad is quick to give credit where credit is due. “I think my achievements are a tribute to my coach, Graham Hill, my family, my team and my country “, he says. When asked how he feels about his success so far, he says “it’s unbelievable”. I am sure we will be hearing a lot more from both Chad le Clos and Unbelievable Chad in the years to come.
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John Berry on the Heath
NEWMARKET’S GALLOPING MAYOR
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n Monday the 18th of May 2015 it was business as usual at the Newmarket Town Council meeting.The new council had just been elected for a four-year term and it was time to elect a new mayor. The minutes will show that councillor John Berry was unanimously elected to fill the position as mayor.
second Saturday in April and hopefully I can go on to the second Saturday in November.” Those dates alone suggest he is either crazy or has the constitution of a polar bear! Berry laughs and assures me that he does feel the cold, in fact once he has ditched the shorts, he dresses in as many layers as he can get on. So how did his famous attire come about?
Nothing unusual about that, except that for the first time in history, in a town where horses have the right of way, in the birthplace of thoroughbred horse racing, the new mayor was a trainer.
“Twenty-five years ago things were much more formal. I was working for Luca Cumani and everybody wore jodhpurs, if you arrived in jeans they sent you home. These days everyone wears jeans. So when I started training 20 years ago it was still very formal and I thought it would be nice to ride out more casually. So just as a laugh I started riding out in shorts and it reached a point where it became synonymous with me.
It is hard to believe that in a town that is so intertwined with racing, the mayor has never been a trainer, but John Berry, who trains from Beverley House Stables is indeed the first. And its not as if Berry has a lot of time on his hands, for his resume also includes racing TV presenter and an international columnist. But it is for his riding attire or rather lack thereof that Berry is most famous. For Berry, who likes to exercise his horses himself, can regularly be spotted galloping on the Heath in shorts and wellies! “I certainly don’t wear shorts all year round”, he explains as I query how he survives the chilly temperatures in the depths of a UK winter. “This year I started on Grand National day, the
“I had backed myself into a corner”, he explains with a laugh. “Now if we have a nice day in March they start asking why I am not wearing them yet. And once the shorts are on, I have to carry on or the guys ask me if I am going soft. Now it’s just me!” And the wellingtons I ask? “Well rubber boots are just sensible. In the winter its wet and muddy and wellies just make sense”, he adds. “The first time Martin Pipe trained a Grand National winner, I think it was Miinnehoma, the press went to film the horse at home and there was Pipe going up the gallops in wellingtons. Now all his lads ride in wellingtons.” INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Beverley House Stables gate
Berry doesn’t have a large string, but his stables are a haven of tranquillity. Horse heads hang contently over doors and a posse of dogs greets me at the gate, adorned with horseshoes of the winning inhabitants.
of Newmarket. Being mayor does keep me rather busy, as people believe that you are responsible for everything. And I was brought up on the phrase that if you are going to do something, then you do it well. So if someone comes up to me and has a problem I will try to help even if it has nothing to do with me or Beverley House Stables have a reputation of rarely selling horses, with the Town Council.” an unusual occurrence for most stables. Berry explains why.“Very few horses ever leave here. They are either leaving because they And that is exactly who Berry is - a man who is not afraid to step are not good enough or they leave to retire to stud or due to up to the plate, to get involved and most of all to help where he age. I also tend not to buy a lot at sales. Our turnover isn’t very can. He recounts how on a recent walk down the Newmarket high, in fact we probably have only three or four arrive each year. I High Street, three individuals, all with a complaint, stopped him might buy one or two and the rest arrive from elsewhere. Some for a chat. “Once I got to the office, I remarked to the Town years we have no horses coming in and hence I am not a regular Clerk that all those chats do take up a lot of time and she replied at the sales.” His wife Emma however, is a renowned journalist that actually it’s really great! It means that not only do people and attends most of the European sales. “ Well Emma does go know who the mayor is, but that they feel comfortable enough to the sales and she has a habit of coming home with a horse or to stop you and talk to you.” two”, Berry admits. Yet for a man who is a household name in Newmarket and on Training a small string, as Berry does, is certainly not for the national racing channels, he is incredibly humble. “My biggest faint hearted. Most small trainers end up owning the majority achievement? I guess my biggest achievement is that I am still of their strings and Berry is no exception. “We take a bit of a training! When I started my ambition was to still be training horse here and there. That’s just how it goes. It’s hard. I always in five years time. Now I am in my fifth five-year period and think that if three quarters of the horse is being paid for you I still enjoy what I am doing. It is just the way I am and I love are doing well. There are some horses who pay their way, but what I do.” not many.” Berry comes from a farming background where making a living So why did such a busy man stand for Council? “The importance is far more important than making a fortune.There are no lowof having racing people on the council is to show that racing slung sports models parked in the yard. Here wellies, shorts, people want to be involved and want to make a contribution. contented horses and a top trainer, with a ready smile and an It also brings together the racing and the non-racing community extraordinary willingness to serve his fellow man, reign supreme. 104 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
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THE HEART OF THE HORSE RACING INDUSTRY
n the mind of the public, horse racing remains the sport of kings, one of the playgrounds of the super wealthy. A sport where millions are spent on unraced and untested yearlings. A sport centred around Ascot, the Dubai World Cup, the Epsom Derby, the Melbourne Cup, Kentucky. Above all, a sport where gambling predominates, where large sums of money, derived from earnings frequently hard-earned which should perhaps be destined elsewhere, are wagered on the two or three minutes it takes a dozen horses to thunder around a track and past the winning post. A jet-setting and, many believe, unworthy pastime. It is perhaps worthwhile to scratch beneath the surface, and examine another side of horse racing.This involves a journey down pathways which seldom feature in the newspaper headlines. Let us journey, firstly, to Summerhill Stud, the venerable stud farm a few kilometres from the Kwa-Zulu Natal town of Mooi River, where the Goss family have been breeding thoroughbred champions for decades. Summerhill is one of the significant employers in the Mooi River area, accommodating a community of about 300 people on the farm. Over two decades ago, Summerhill commenced a programme for the upliftment and education of the farm’s workers and their families. This involved the establishment of three institutions of
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learning at Summerhill – a crèche, a preparatory school and a life skills mentoring class. The mentoring class has facilitated the award of over forty overseas scholarships to members of the Summerhill community, giving them travel opportunities and lifechanging experiences which are beyond the wildest dreams of the ordinary farm worker. These initiatives led to the School of Equine Management Excellence, which has now been operating for five years. The School provides skills development opportunities to stud farm workers from around South Africa, training them for management roles in the thoroughbred breeding industry. This is done mainly via a five month course which equips graduates with an impressive array of skills and talents which, after graduation, they can utilise to enhance their careers and enrich their lives. The five month course includes valuable training in equine nutrition, anatomy, breeding practices and business management. Many of the course participants have thrived. Two of them, Eric Motlou and Nicole Wille, selected as the top students for 2015, will travel to the UK next year as recipients of Childwick Trust scholarships to the National Stud. Nana Mnyandu has been awarded an internship at the Hong Kong Jockey Club for next year. Future plans of the School for Equine Management Excellence include increasing the student number, strengthening of a “technical literacy” course, procurement of additional technical equipment and software as teaching aides, finalisation of the School’s SETA accreditation.
Reflective Image - Sceptre Stakes 2014
Let us leave Summerhill and continue our journey to some of the racecourses around the country. At Fairview in Port Elizabeth, various race days take place throughout the year benefitting, amongst others, the Eastern Cape Horse Care Unit and the Community Chest. Fairview raised over R450 000 for various charities in 2014. Phumelela runs a number of community upliftment initiatives. These include Champion’s Day, held in April each year. The event features an inter-continental village and a global theme, achieved by matching fourteen different countries with fourteen charities and fourteen horses, the prize money being divided between all the different causes and foundations. The Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile, hosted at Turffontein in October each year, has 16 race horses in the main Grade 2 race of the day, with 16 celebrities, 16 media partners and 16 charities. Each charity receives a portion of the R1 million prize money, depending on where the horse allocated to it finishes. Even the horse finishing last raises R50 000 for its charity. In the words of Phumelela Racing Executive Clyde Basil, “this event is a highlight on the Gauteng racing calendar and year-on-year proves to be a fun, exciting, successful race day that raises a lot of money for very worthy causes”. Undoubtedly the most popular race day in Gauteng is the Sansui Summer Cup, but the Summer Cup is not only about glamour and big prize money. Each year’s Summer Cup day teams up with an SOS Children’s Village programme to raise funds which benefit over 200 000 children in various residential, educational
and development programmes run by the SOS Children’s Village organisation. Last year, over R840 000 was raised for this cause on Summer Cup day. Ladies Day is an annual Kenilworth event, which features a racehorse auctioned off to the highest bidder. This year, Ladies Day raised over R300 000 for the Sunflower Fund, which enables children suffering from leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders to be matched to a donor, saving valuable time and saving lives. One of the horses auctioned on Ladies Day, was the promising Zubbadubbadoo which to date has achieved four wins and one place from six starts, with a total earning of R188 375. Which brings us to Kenilworth next January. January is always a busy month at Kenilworth Racecourse. This year will once again see the jet set descend on Cape Town for the running of the Met, the Queen’s Plate, the Million Dollar Destiny – occasions of glamour, excitement and top quality horseracing. What makes 2016 different is the launch of the inaugural Horses for Causes Charity Race Day, which takes place at at Kenilworth on the third Saturday of January. It’s a day with a difference, which will be uniquely and intently focussed on the valuable community upliftment work which the 16 NGOs participating in Horses for Causes perform. On Horses for Causes day, a large marquee tent erected in front of the Kenilworth grandstand will display and showcase the work done by the 16 NGO beneficiaries. Racegoers visiting the display will learn about the many works of INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
empowerment and upliftment performed by the participating NGOs. Funds raised on the day will be split equally amongst the 16 NGOs. Racegoers, corporate sponsors and the general public will have the opportunity of showing their financial support and generosity. Opportunities include sponsoring of races on the card, participating in fun-filled auction sales, purchasing hospitality tables in one of the three illustrious restaurant areas in the main grandstand, and making donations to the Horses for Causes fund. All amounts donated are tax deductible, and are divided amongst the participating NGOs. This year, the following NGOs will benefit from the event: • The Chaeli Campaign works in the disability sector, running eight programmes for both children and adults. • The JAG Foundation uses sport as a catalyst for change, exposing children in disadvantaged communities to an alternate life path. • The Kronendal Music Academy offers music tuition to address the ongoing lack of cultural stimulation facing the youth and community as a whole in Hout Bay. • The Sunflower Fund actively recruits members of the public to register on the South African Bone Marrow Registry and improves the chances of life-saving transplants for serious blood disorder sufferers. • The Lucky Lucy Foundation relieves the plight of severely neglected and abused township and street animals. • JP21 Project was formed to reignite the passion and enthusiasm for the game of cricket in underprivileged communities and schools. • The Western Cape Grooms School Trustprovides equine education, skills development of work riders and upliftment to grooms in the Western Cape Racing Industry. • The Africa Foundation uplifts, upskills and empowers rural communities by building clinics and providing bursaries and grants to aspirant community leaders. • Sporting Chance provides opportunities for sporting achievement for children from all areas by offering professional coaching. • Cart Horse Protection Association provides veterinary and rehabilitation services to working cart horses and donkeys on the Cape Flats, and trains cart horse owners and drivers to look after their animals properly. • Ikapa Dance Theatre uses dance as a mechanism to create socially relevant, publicly engaging performances and provide artistic training and life skills development for the youth in the communities of Cape Town. • Thrive Hout Bay promotes sustainable wellbeing by nurturing nature’s diversity, arranging school awareness projects, and supporting events, as well as facilitating the formation of local enterprises that benefit the community and environment. • The Equine School of Management Excellence promotes education and training, by affording training in life skills and equine management scholarships to members of disadvantaged communities. • Ikhaya Elite creates structures where those with disabilities have a workshop in their area to maximize disabled people’s potential through enhancing their creativity and to live selfsustaining lives. 108 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Cold As Ice - Sceptre Stakes 2015
The Santa Shoebox Project collects and distributes 100 000 top quality gift boxes to underprivileged children at Christmas time. The SA Jockey Academy Trust grants bursaries to children wanting to enroll at the SA Jockey Academy, who lack the means to do so, to fulfil their dream of pursuing a career as a jockey.
The day’s race card features the Sceptre Stakes as the main race. One of the sprint highlights of the Cape season, the Sceptre Stakes has been run since the 1960’s. Previous winners include Cold as Ice, winner of five races in South Africa and total stakes earnings of R889 875; Reflective Image, five time winner of stakes totalling R601758, and Covenant, who swept to victory in 2011 and 2012, and won a total of seven races, including three Grade 2, one Grade 1 and one listed race, earning total stakes of R979 085. Laisserfaire achieved back-to-back victories in 2000 and 2001, as did Covenant in 2011 and 2012. The record-winning margin belongs to Vertigo, who passed the post 5.5 lengths ahead of the rest of the field in 1970. In addition to top quality horseracing, the day will offer a fun-filled family-orientated entertainment programme which will include mini cricket, tag rugby, celebrity sprints, live music, dance groups and fashion soirées. Think of the glitz and glamour of the Met, combined with a really worthwhile community upliftment vibe, and you will get the general picture. Horses for Causes day is set to become one of the major community upliftment events on the horse racing calendar.
Colt out of Triandra by Silvano
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FIRST FOALS ARRIVE Hailed as one of the most exciting stallion prospects to ever land in South Africa, Rathmor Stud’s astute purchase of Noble Tune with the assistance of bloodstock agent Alistair Brown has seen the well connected stallion have his first foal crop arrive this season, and they are everything Michael and Tanya McHardy of Rathmor Stud were hoping for and more.
he son of one of America’s top sires Unbridled’s Song, currently in fourth position on America’s National Sires Log, Noble Tune was the name on everyone’s lips over the recent running of the Breeders Cup tournament with winning relatives on both his paternal and maternal side.
on the same Unbridled x Storm Cat cross as Noble Tune.
First off beginning with the grey son of Unbridled’s Song Liam’s Map won the Gr1 Breeders Cup Dirt Mile, followed by Wavell Avenue (by Harlington – himself by Unbridled out of Noble Tune’s third dam Serena’s Song) winning the Gr1 Fillies And Mares Sprint, and finished off with Noble Tune’s own halfbrother by A.P. Indy sweeping down the final stretch of the Gr1 Breeders Cup Classic - running the fastest finish to come from two lengths off the last horse to sprint into third position behind the great American Pharoah, who interestingly is bred
Lane’s End Farm bought into Liam’s Map shortly before his last run in the Breeders Cup, and on the Sunday morning immediately following the conclusion of the Breeders Cup tournament, both Honor Code and Liam’s Map were pictured upon arrival on the green manicured lawns of Lane’s End Farm.
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It is also a cross that has produced Close Hatches, Bodemeister, Will Take Charge, Unbridled Forever and Rizeena – the latter a Gr1 Coronation Cup winner who features in Noble Tune’s immediate damline of Champions.
Both horses will be standing their first seasons together in 2016 at the great Thoroughbred nursery, with Honor Code looking to emulate his great pensioned sire A.P. Indy.
Filly out of Vestalia by Caesour
Filly out of Blaze Of Respect by Dupont
Honor Code’s fee has been announced at $40 000 for his first season, whilst Liam’s Map will stand for $25 000. Three days later at the Keeneland November Bloodstock sale, Noble Tune and Honor Code’s weanling colt half-brother by War Front was sold for an incredible $2,6million, joining the great racing and breeding machine of Coolmore Stud. Last year their Tapit weanling half-sister Serena’s Harmony, broke the record after being sold for $3million. NobleTune has attracted the attention of breeders countrywide and filled his book with over 102 mares for the 2015 season, 20 of them coming in from outside of the province of KwaZulu Natal to be covered. Rathmor Stud have bolstered his sensational book with the acquisition of a number of top quality mares who have foaled
down to him this season - the likes of Summer Angel, the dam of Eventual Angel and Exit Here; African Love, who saw her first colt by Captain Al sell for R1,4million at the recent CTS Ready To Run Sale, and of course Rathmor Stud’s exceptional broodmare Gypsy Queen – the dam of five-time Gr1 winning American and South African filly Gypsy’s Warning and Gr2 winner Surabi has been pronounced in foal to Noble Tune this season. Other broodmare purchases include Royal Aspen, Azure Sky, Mistry Dame, and Mitra – a half-sister to Champion Val De Ra (with progeny by Oasis Dream and Frankel in South Africa) and Tevez. Noble Tune, the first son of Unbridled’s Song to stand at stud in South Africa, who placed second in the Gr1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf, as well as winning the Gr2 American Turf
Colt out of Summer To Remember by Dynasty
Colt out of Blacklisted by Count Dubois
Filly out of maiden mare Approach Me by Right Approach
Stake and Gr3 Pilgrim Stakes, has stamped his progeny with his outstanding quality and conformation, particularly their powerful hindquarters.
excited to be a part of it and have access to a stallion that has everything – the family, the looks, the temperament and of course an outstanding race record.
He has upgraded his maiden mares and overall has thrown great size, substance and bone below the knees, with beautiful heads and predominantly charcoal coats that should emulate their dark bay sire.
“His foals look every bit the part and we love the quality he is throwing, and they have great temperaments - very friendly individuals who are easy to handle. Noble Tune has taken very well to his new career, we are nearing the end of the [his second] breeding season, he has covered a full book and handled it like a champion – he is looking an absolute picture, and remains a gentleman in his job.”
Michael McHardy comments on Noble Tune’s first crop: “We are so happy with the foals we are seeing on the ground from Noble Tune in his first season. They are everything we had hoped they would be and more, he is stamping them beautifully and we are looking forward to presenting his first crop at sales in 2017.” “There has been a lot of excitement surrounding Noble Tune and of course his half-brother Honor Code, and we are very
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Noble Tune stands for an accessible R25 000 service fee this season, and with more progeny coming through from his dam Serena’s Cat (by Storm Cat) to look forward to by the likes of Tapit, Bernardini and War Front, she will certainly be throwing her name forward towards a possible Broodmare Of The Year contender in the near future.
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“The swiftest horses were chestnuts, a colour the Prophet loved. When a chestnut horse flew under the sun he was the wind incarnate.” A translation from Les Chevaux du Sahara et les mœurs du désert - by General Eugène Daumas 1858
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“The swiftest horses were chestnuts, a colour the Prophet loved. When a chestnut horse flew under the sun he was the wind incarnate.” A translation from Les Chevaux du Sahara et les mœurs du désert by General Eugène Daumas 1858
A CHESTNUT MARE NAMED
CHA MPION D Text & Images by Liesl King
aumas, writing about the Drinkers of the Wind, the Arabian horses he encountered while stationed in Algeria, was probably recounting a Bedouin legend according to which the first horse was a chestnut mare created from the
‘When Allah went to create the horse he spoke to the South Wind and said: ‘I want to create an animal out of you. Make yourself dense.’ And the South Wind did, and from this dust Allah created a kamayt-coloured (chestnut) animal.’ – a Bedouin legend For the Arabs horse colours were extremely important and selectively bred for. While chestnuts were valued for their speed, it was bays who were considered “the pearls among horses”for their hardiness, strength and calmness. Through the ages chestnuts just like their human redheaded counterparts have been known to be hot-blooded, sensitive, fiery creatures. Add some female hormones into the mix and one can understand why chestnut mares have a reputation of being difficult. And while not all chestnuts are fiery, it is a reputation that they have been unable to shake.
On a visit to the Val de Vie Estate for a photoshoot recently, I am introduced to my model for the shoot, one of their best polo ponies, Champion. I had heard about Champion even before my arrival. A pony so well known that one of the two polo fields at Val de Vie carries its name and there is even a Champion road on the estate. Imagine my surprise when out of the beautiful stable block is led a tall, rangy chestnut. A chestnut? Champion obediently stands up for inspection and there is no doubt in my mind that I am looking at a thoroughbred.
Ok polo players do favour the speed of the thoroughbred but in general, prefer a slightly smaller horse than the gelding before me, when it comes to maneuverability. So what makes Champion so good? I enquire whether despite his height, is it his speed that makes him so brilliant? A stifled giggle has me worried and as I step sideways to get a better look, I realise that I have just made a fool of myself. For not only is Champion a very tall chestnut thoroughbred, he is in fact a she! So here we have a thoroughbred chestnut mare of all things, excelling at a sport that demands speed, maneuverability, but above all else control and calmness. I needed to know more about this equine paragon. Despite being a thoroughbred, INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Martin Venter and Champion
Champion never saw a racetrack as she was purposefully bred for polo by Richie Kogg in KwaZulu-Natal. Selby Williamson, a previous captain of the SA squad was to be her next owner and he was responsible for most of her training, patiently schooling her in the game. The mare was so talented that Williamson ended up playing her against England in an international at Plettenberg Bay. People began to notice Champion and she changed hands again, eventually ending up at Val de Vie, where she is owned by Martin Venter, CEO and founder of the Val de Vie Group of companies. Venter is not an experienced polo player and yet he cannot praise the tall chestnut mare with the floppy ears enough. “ She is incredible to ride and has the most amazing temperament”, he tells me at one of the Estate’s regular Wednesday matches. “I have two young children and they often ride her bareback. She just ambles along when they are on board.” I watch Venter play a chukka on Champion and even I can see that the mare is truly talented. She takes Venter to the ball with the greatest of ease, stopping as quickly as she accellerated, allowing him to connect the ball with a satisfying clunk. Kevin Rixon, the polo coach at Val de Vie, regularly rides Champion during lessons and also umpires matches with her. Growing up in a racing family he is well aware of the folklore that chestnuts can be difficult. Yet Champion is just amazing, he tells me. “ You get racehorses who are slow and steady and those make good low goal ponies, then you get ones who are brilliantly fast and agile, perfect for the high speed high goal games. And then you get Champion. I
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can put a beginner on her and she will play a steady, careful game looking after her rider. Yet when a high goaler gets on, she plays a brilliant fast game.” I love hearing all the tales about Champion, but I remind myself that I am here for a photoshoot. Horse photography is one thing, human photography something quite different. Put the two together and you can often end up with a disaster. Inevitably your human model has never been in such close proximity to half a ton of horseflesh, with teeth at the front end and hooves at the back. Persuading said model to stand close to your equine model is often fraught with difficulties. And when the human model has to interact with the equine model that’s when the fun begins. In this case it was a cover shoot for a polo magazine with Ryk Neethling, the marketing manager of Val de Vie as my human model and Champion as my equine one. Now Neethling may be famous as an Olympic gold medal swimmer, but a rider he is not, well not yet. Champion thankfully was brilliant. She posed beautifully, standing dead still with ears pricked, she graciously allowed Neethling to manoeuvre her around into the various poses required, all the while carefully avoiding his feet.The shoot was over without a hitch and I don’t think I have ever had an easier equine model to work with. Champion may be a chestnut, she may be a mare; and while she has her quirks (I am reliably informed that any flapping plastic bag is her absolute worst nightmare), she is a true descendent of that first chestnut mare created from the South Wind, the favourite of the Prophet. So if your journey takes you to a polo match at Val De Vie, ask to meet Champion, you won’t be disappointed.
SOUTH AFRICAN STATS 2015 AMTOTE MERCHANTS, G2, TURFFONTEIN, 28 NOVEMBER 2015, 1160M 1 BRUTAL FORCE 4 g Western Winter (USA) –Nacarat, by Pas De Quoi 2 Dollar Dazzler 5 g Var (USA) –Isla Bonita, by Joshua Dancer (USA) 3 Copper Parade 8 g Lecture (USA) –Copper Horizon, by Al Mufti (USA) AGE: 4; STARTS: 14; WINS: 6; PLACINGS: 5; EARNINGS: R1,496,100 Sire WESTERN WINTER is the sire of 83 stakes winners. In 2015 COLD AS ICE National Assembly G2, BRUTAL FORCE Pas De Quoi G2, BICHETTE Badger Land G2, SUPREME SUNSET Royal Chalice LR, BLIZZARD BELLE Badger Land LR, LIGHT THE LIGHTS Northern Guest G2, FROSTED HONEY Primo Dominie G2, KINGVOLDT Parade Leader G3, PATH TO TRAVEL Citidancer LR 1st dam: NACARAT, 4 wins in South Africa Dam of 9 winners: 2001: CHAMBRE (f Rakeen), Winner in South Africa dam of G3P MR ROY 2002: SLIVOVITZ (g Kabool), 3 wins in South Africa and Mauritius 2003: VERMILION (f Western Winter), 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd Prix du Cap G3 2004: NANIA (f Western Winter), 5 wins in South Africa,Thekwini Stakes G1, Prix du Cap G3, 3rd Fancourt Majorca Stakes G1 2005:TARGET ACQUIRED (g Western Winter), 5 wins in South Africa 2008: ADOBE PINK (f Go Deputy), 6 wins in South Africa, Queen Palm Hcp LR, East Coast Hcp LR, Sun CLassique Hcp LR 2009: VALOR RED (f Western Winter), 2 wins in South Africa, East Cape Oaks LR 2010: RED RAY (c Western Winter), R700 000 CPYS, 4 wins in South Africa, Elusive Fort Cape Classic G3, Somerset 1200 LR, 2nd SA Nursery G1, Gold Horse Sprint G1, Cape Flying Championship G1, 3rd Cape Guineas G1 2011: BRUTAL FORCE (g Western Winter), R4.5 CTSRTR, 6 wins in South Africa, Merchants G2, 3rd Umgeni Hcp LR 2nd dam:TAWNY RED, 4 wins in South Africa Dam of 11 winners: SET AFIRE: 12 wins in South Africa, Gold Challenge G1, Champion S G1, Horse Chestnut S G1, London News Stakes G3, Secretariat S G3, 3rd J&B Met G1, SA Classic G1 RUDRA: 6 wins in South Africa, Steinhoff International Summer Cup G1, Wolf Power Hcp LR, 2nd Champions Challenge G1, Horse Chestnut S G1, 3rd SA Derby G1 AQUILA RAPAX: 3 wins in South Africa, Ruffian S LR, dam of Atair SPLENDID RED: 5 wins in South Africa, Swazi Howe Hcp LR
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Broodmare sire PAS DE QUOI is the sire of dams of 6 stakes winners- NANIA Western Winter G1, LION IN WINTER Western Winter G3, RED RAY Western Winter G3, ADOBE PINK Go Deputy LR, VALOR RED Western Winter LR, BRUTAL FORCE Western Winter G2 Gone West Western Winter Chilly Hostess Pas De Quoi Nacarat Tawny Red
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BRADLOWS/MORKELS IPI TOMBE CHALLENGE, G2, F&M, TURFFONTEIN, 28 NOVEMBER 2015, 1600M 1 SMART CALL 4 f Ideal World (USA) –Good Judgement (USA), by Horse Chestnut 2 Bichette 4 f Western Winter (USA) –Bardot, by Badger Land (USA) 3 London 4 f Rebel King –Winter Kill, by Western Winter (USA) AGE:4; STARTS: 13; WINS: 4; PLACINGS: 6; EARNINGS: R1,303, 625 1st dam GOOD JUDGEMENT, Unraced Dam of 4 winners: 2005: JUROR (f Strike Smartly), Winner in South Africa 2006: JUDGE’S RULES (c Strike Smartly), Winner in South Africa 2007: GOOD ON YOU (c Strike Smartly), 4 wins in South Africa 2011: SMART CALL (f Ideal World), 4 wins in South Africa, Woolavington 2000 G1, Ipi Tombe Challenge G2, 2nd Garden Province S G1, Fillies Mile G3, 3rd Gauteng Fillies Guineas G2, Starling S G3 2nd GREAT VERDICT, 3 wins in Australia Dam of 2 winners: GREYS INN: Equus Champion 3yo Colt in South Africa, 6 wins in Dubai and South Africa,Vodacom Durban July G1, SA Derby G1, SA Classic G1, Dubai City Of Gold G3, 2nd QE II Cup G1, sire MASTEROFTHECOURT: Winner in the UK Broodmare Sire HORSE CHESTNUT is the sire of the dams of 12 stakes winners – SUGGESTIVE BOY Easing Along G1, SMART CALL Ideal World G1, OCHO OCHO OCHO Street Sense G3, PISCO SOUR Lemon Drop Kid, CANNOCK CHASE Lemon Drop Kid G1, OL’ FASHION GAL Sky Mesa G3, SUBTLETY Easing Along G3, IVAN FALLUNOVALOT West Acres LR, DEL RIO HARBOR Harbor The Gold LR, SPIRITED MISS Sky Mesa LR, CITIZEN ADVOCATE Proud Citizen LR, COULDABEENTHEWHISKEY Harbor The Gold LR
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CAPE MERCHANTS, G2, KENILWORTH, 14 NOVEMBER 2015, 1200M 1 TRIPTIQUE 4 g Trippi (USA) –Pearl River, by Jallad (USA) 2 Tevez 6 g Caesour (USA) –Minelli, by Elliodor (FR) 3 Zambezi River 4 g Trippi (USA) –Margaret River (USA), by Seeking The Gold AGE:4; STARTS: 9; WINS: 4; PLACINGS: 5; EARNINGS: R451 625 Sire TRIPPI is the sire of 59 stakes winners. In 2015 –INARA Shirley Heights G1, TRIP TO HEAVEN Cee’s Tizzy G2, ONE FINE DAY Kingmambo G3, TRIPTIQUE Jallad G2, DEO JUVENTE Complete Warrior G2, NIGHT TRIP Machiavellian LR, LANNER FALCON French Deputy G3, LIQUID MERCURY Skip Away G3, JANE S PIDDY Flaming Rock LR, HAMMIE’S HOOKER Damascus Gate G2, SUNSET TRIPP Fort Wood LR, SPEEDY SUZY Kingmambo G3, ROYAL TRIP Fort Wood LR, SIR DUKE Captain Al LR, TRIP TEASE Complete Warrior G3 1st dam PEARL RIVER, 2 wins in South Africa Dam of 4 winners: 2006: LISA PEARL (f Rich Man’s Gold), Winner in South Africa 2007: DESERT WARRIOR (c Al Mufti), 2 wins in South Africa 2009:VITRUVIAN MAN (g Western Winter), 3 wins in South Africa 2011: TRIPTIQUE (g Trippi), R300 000NYS, 4 wins in South Africa, Cape Merchants G2 2nd dam, PERFECT ORDER, 5 wins in South Africa, Paddock S G1, Peninsula Hcp LR Dam of 6 winners: PERFECT WARRIOR: 10 wins in South Africa and Mauritius,Thaba Nchu Sun Casino S LR CRYSTAL SYMPHONY: 2 wins in South Africa, dam of SW CAPTAIN SWAROVSKI Broodmare sire JALLAD is the sire of the dams of 29 stakes winners - Broodmare sire: JALLAD sired of the dam of 27 stakes winners SOLO TRAVELLER Jallad G1, SHEA SHEA National Emblem G1, CLASSIC ILLUSION Kahal G3, MAJESTIC SUN Kahal G3, SUN CITY Kahal LR, GIVE ME FIVE Goldkeeper G1, MARTIAL EAGLE Silvano G1, FOREST OF DEAN Silvano G3, PORT OF LONDON London News G2, HOSPITALITY Badger’s Drift G3, RED DOR Elliodor G2, MASAI WARRIOR Wolfhound G3, CHARLIES ISLAND Lizard
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Island G3, BIT ON THE SIDE Jet Master G3, JOSHUA’S DREAM Joshua Dancer G3, SHE’S A WINNER Joshua Dancer G3, LIZARRE Jet Master G3, RAISE THE BAR Goldkeeper LR, CODE ROCK Doowaley LR, ONEHUNDREDACREWOOD Malhub LR, YOSHIE Antonius Pius LR, SCENTED ASH Ashaawes LR, RUN FOR IT Dynasty LR, IN LIKE FLYNN National Assembly LR, RUSSINI Kitalpha LR, LUCKY SAM Imperial Stride LR, FOURTH ESTATE Dynasty G3, SOLID SPEED Dynasty G3, TRIPTIQUE Trippi G2 End Sweep Trippi Jealous Appeal Jallad Pearl River Perfect Order
Forty Niner Broom Dance Valid Appeal Jealous Cat Blushing Groom Petrava Elliodor First Lisa
CHOICE CARRIERS FILLIES CHAMPIONSHIP, G2, 3YOF, KENILWORTH, 7 NOVEMBER 2015, 1400M 1 SILVER MOUNTAIN f Silvano (GER) –Our Table Mountain (USA), by Fusaichi Pegasus 2 Entisaar (AUS) f More Than Ready (USA) – Purrpurrlena (AUS), by Catbird (AUS) 3 Tafferty Tart f Trippi (USA) –Rock Candy (ARG), by Candy Stripes (USA) AGE:3; STARTS: 4; WINS: 3; PLACINGS: 1; EARNINGS: R355 500 Sire SILVANO is the sire of 55 stakes winners. In 2015 POWER KING Northern Guest G1, SILVER MOUNTAIN Fusaichi Pegasus G2, PUNTA ARENAS Candy Stripes G3, TELLINA Spectrum G1, LUCKY SPEED Monsun G3, GOTHIC Badger Land LR, GALLICA ROSE Al Mufti G2, CROWN OF GOLD Palace Music LR, ST TROPEZ Model G3, ICE MACHINE Elliodor G2, VERCINGETORIX National Assembly G2, ARION Northern Guest G2 1st dam OUR TABLE MOUNTAIN 6 wins in South Africa, Olympic Duel S LR, 2nd Olympic Duel S LR Dam of 4 winners: 2009: CAREFUL HIKER (f Spectrum), 3 wins in South Africa, 3rd Thekwini S G1 2010: HELDERBERG BLUE (g Jet Master), 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd Premier Trophy G2, 3rd J&B Met G1 2011: OUR ICON (c Dynasty), 2 wins in South Africa 2012: SILVER MOUNTAIN (f Silvano), R1 300 000CPYS, 3 wins in South Africa, Fillies Championship G2 2nd dam HIDDEN LIGHT, 6 wins in USA Santa Anita Oaks G1, Hollywood Oaks G1 Dam of 9 winners: ARTIE SCHILLER: 10 wins in USA, Breeders
CAPTAIN AMERICA Cup Mile G1, Maker’s Mark Mile G2, Jamaica Hcp G2, National Museum Racing Hall Of Fame S G2, Bernard Baruch Hcp G2, sire OUR TABLE MOUNTAIN: See Above SPEED TO BURN: Winner in USA, 3rd Astarita S G3, dam of G3W MUNIRAH Broodmare sire FUSAICHI PEGASUS is the sire of the dams of 31 stakes winners –WE MISS ARTIE Artie Schiller G1, SILVER MOUNTAIN Silvano G2, EXTRA CHOICE Redoute’s Choice LR, SNUGGLES Rosberg LR, CAPITALIST Written Tycoon LR, HIGH DOLLAR WOMAN Super Saver G2, METALLIC CROWN Northern Meteor G3, ALWAYS ALLISON More Than Ready G2, PICK OF THE LITTER Kitten’s Joy G2, NAVAL COMMAND Midshipman LR, ANNULMENT Broken Vow LR, WIN MALEREI Matsurida Gogh G3, GAMBLIN’ GURU New Approach LR, ALBANY REUNION Fastnet Rock G1, AERONAUTICAL Encosta De Lago LR, ESTRELA MONARCHOS Monarchos G1, AUSUS Invasor G3, MOHAVE PRINCESS Mount Nelson LR, BATTLE FORCE Giant’s Causeway LR, DARCI BE GOOD Darci Brahma G3, DONA SARITA Powerscourt G2, HAKASSAN Sir Cat G1, NIAGARA Encosta De Lago G2, WHO IS CAMILLE Dixie Union LR, FREE JUDGEMENT Vindication G3 Lomitas Silvano Spirit Of Eagles Our Table Mountain
Fusaichi Pegasus Hidden Light
Niniski La Colorada Beaus Eagle Big Spirit Mr Prospector Angel Fever Majestic Light Tallahto
INVESTEC DINGAANS G2, 3YOS, TURFFONTEIN, 28 NOVEMBER 2015, 1600M 1 NOAH FROM Goa 3 g Tiger Ridge (USA) –Limerick, by Fort Wood (USA) 2 New Predator (AUS) 3 c New Approach (IRE) – Head Over Heels (AUS), by Fastnet Rock (AUS) 3 Abashiri 3 g Go Deputy (USA) – Donya, by Elliodor (FR) AGE: 3; STARTS:5; WINS: 4; PLACINGS: 1; EARNINGS: R490 625 Sire TIGER RIDGE is the sire of 33 stakes winners. In 2015 NOAH FROM GOA Fort Wood G2, TWILIGHT TIGER Hermitage LR, Isphan Fort Wood LR, MAYBE YES Model Man G1, SURFER GIRL Counter Action LR, TROPHY WIFE Goldmark G1, TIGER’S RETREAT Fort Wood LR, CROWN OF ROSES Vettori LR 1st dam LIMERICK, 5 wins in South Africa, Allez France Hcp LR, 3rd SA Oaks G2
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Dam of 6 winners: 2005: PALLAS GREEN (c Malhub), Winner in South Africa 2007: DUNRAVEN (g Right Approach), 4 wins in Mauritius and South Africa, 2nd Aquaunaut Hcp LR 2008: TIGER’S SMILE (f Tiger Ridge), 2 wins in South Africa 2009: MAN FROM JAPAN (g Right Approach), 3 wins in South Africa 2010: GUY FROM DUBAI (g Right Approach), 4 wins in South Africa 2012: NOAH FROM GOA (g Tiger Ridge), R325000N2YS, 4 wins in South Africa, Dingaans G2
WORLD SPORTS BETTING JO’BURG SPRING CHALLENGE, G2, TURFFONTEIN, 3 OCTOBER 2015, 1450M
2nd dam KENMARE BELLE, 5 wins in South Africa, 4th Lonsdale Stirrup Cup G3 Dam of 6 winners: LIMERICK: See Above ROSE OF TRALEE: Unplaced, dam of SW FORRIES WALTZ
Sire TRIPPI is the sire of 59 stakes winners. In 2015 –INARA Shirley Heights G1, TRIP TO HEAVEN Cee’s Tizzy G2, ONE FINE DAY Kingmambo G3, TRIPTIQUE Jallad G2, DEO JUVENTE Complete Warrior G2, NIGHT TRIP Machiavellian LR, LANNER FALCON French Deputy G3, LIQUID MERCURY Skip Away G3, JANE S PIDDY Flaming Rock LR, HAMMIE’S HOOKER Damascus Gate G2, SUNSET TRIPP Fort Wood LR, SPEEDY SUZY Kingmambo G3, ROYAL TRIP Fort Wood LR, SIR DUKE Captain Al LR, TRIP TEASE Complete Warrior G3
Broodmare sire FORT WOOD is the sire of the dams of 45 stakes winners - CHERRY ON THE TOP Tiger Ridge G1, CAPETOWN NOIR Western Winter G1, THUNDER DANCE Jet Master G1, PLUCK More Than Ready G2, MOKARO Manaloj G1, ROYAL FANTASY Al Mufti G1, CONTADOR Var G1, BOUQUET-GARNI Strike Smartly G1, FOREST INDIGO Judpot G1, ROYAL APROVAL Al Mufti G2, FRAGRANT AL Captain Al G2, PRESTIC Strike Smartly G2, ROYAL VINTAGE Rich Man’s Gold G2, ALDERRY Al Mufti G2, MOCHACHINO Silvano G2, WINTERINTHEWOODS Western Winter G2, MOCHA JAVA National Assembly G3, FANTASTIC MR FOX Right Approach G3, ACROSS THE ICE Western Winter G3, CHERRY ON THE CAKE Strike Smartly G3, SALUKI Dubai Destination G3, TWO STRIKES Strike Smartly G3, FRANCOIS BERNARDUS Goldkeeper G3, AQUITAINE Al Mufti G3, WHEREDOWEGO Captain Al G3, SHIPMASTER Slip Anchor G3, TIGER’S RETREAT Tiger Ridge G2, TIPPUANA MOON Victory Moon G3, ISPHAN Tiger Ridge G3, PUTNEY FLYER Miesque’s Approval LR, THREE HEARTS Hat Trick G3, CAPTAIN AMERICA Captain Al G1, EIGHTH WONDER Captain Al G3, PEEP SHOW Ideal World LR, SUNSET TRIPP Trippi LR, CAPTAIN SWAROVSKI Captain Al LR, NOAH FROM GOA Tiger Ridge G2 Storm Cat Tiger Ridge Weekend Surprise Fort Wood Limerick Kenmare Belle
Storm Bird Terlingua Secretariat Lassie Dear Sadler’s Wells Fall Aspen Kenmare Taj Eclipse
1 TRIP TO HEAVEN 4 c Trippi (USA) – Helleborus Blue (USA), by Cee’s Tizzy (USA) 2 Bouclette Top (ARG) 5 g Giant’s Causeway (USA) – Bouclette Glory (ARG), by Honour And Glory (USA) 3 Whiteline Fever 7 g Right Approach (GB) –Hockey Corner, by Sportsworld (USA) AGE: 4; STARTS: 9; WINS: 4 ; PLACINGS: 4; EARNINGS: R745 375
1st dam HELLEBORUS BLUE, 4 wins in South Africa Dam of 5 winners: 2007: AGAPANTHUS NANA (f Spectrum), 2 wins in South Africa 2009: THE HANGMAN (g Jallad), 6 wins in South Africa, Premier’s Champion S G1, DIngaans G2, King’s Cup G3, 2nd Graham Beck S G3 2010: AZURE SKY (f Sail From Seattle), Winner in South Africa 2011: TRIP TO HEAVEN (c Trippi), R1.4 million CPYS, 4 wins in South Africa Merchants S G2, Jo’burg Spring Challenge, G2, 2nd Lebelo Sprint G3, 3rd Graham Beck S G3. 2012: MIDNITE ZONE (c Trippi), Winner in South Africa 2nd dam, HEPATICA, Winner in North America Dam of 4 winners: SLEW’S TIZNOW: Won El Cajon S, 2nd Breeders Futurity S G1 SLEW’S TIZZY: Won Lexington S G2, Lone Star Derby G3, Native Diver Hcp G3 HELLEBORUS BLUE: See Above Broodmare sire CEE’S TIZZY Is the sire of dams of 14 stakes winners – OXBOW Awesome Again G1, PAYNTER Awesome Again G1, THE HANGMAN Jallad G1, TRIP TO HEAVEN Trippi G2, PUDDIFOOT Red Giant LR, TIZ A MINISTER Ministers Wild Cat G3, TILDE Swiss Yodeler LR, AWESOME PATRIOT Awesome Again LR, TIZ WEST Gone West G3, RICHARD’S BOY Idiot Proof LR,
End Sweep Trippi Jealous Appeal Cee’s Tizzy Helleborus Blue Hepatica
Forty Niner Broom Dance Valid Appeal Jealous Cat Relaunch Tizly Slewpy Summer Dress
LANZERAC ALTA MATER GREEN POINT S, G2, KENILWORTH, 21 NOVEMBER 2015, 1600M 1 CAPTAIN AMERICA 5 g Captain Al – Requista, by Fort Wood (USA) 2 Futura 5 h Dynasty – Scribblin’The Cat, by Badger’s Drift 3 Paterfamilias 6 g Trippi (USA) –La Patoneur, by Badger Land (USA) AGE:5; STARTS: 17; WINS: 7; PLACINGS: 8; EARNINGS: R2,659, 675 Sire CAPTAIN AL is the sire of 59 stakes winners. In 2015 CAPTAIN OF ALL Fard G1, CAPTAIN AMERICA Fort Wood G1, PINE PRINCESS Badger Land G1, CARRY ON ALICE Western Winter G1, PETALA Tale Of The Cat, FULCRUM Badger Land LR, EIGHTH WONDER Fort Wood G3, BARBOSA Best By Test LR, DISCO AL Badger Land G2, CAPTAIN CHAOS Rambo Dancer G3, PURE POWER National Assembly LR, CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER National Emblem LR, EROS’S GIRL Jet Master LR, CAPTAIN SWAROVSKI Fort Wood LR, REDCARPET CAPTAIN Kabool G3, PRINCESS ROYAL Rakeen LR 1st dam, REQUISTA,5 wins in South Africa, 2nd Spook Express Hcp LR Dam of 5 winners: 2003: GRIMA (f Goldkeeper), Winner in South Africa 2004: AQUITAINE (f Al Mufti), 3 wins in South Africa, Jacaranda Hcp G3 2007: CARCASSONNE (c Jallad) 10 wins in Mauritius and South Africa 2008: MONPAZIER (f Silvano), Winner in South Africa 2010: CAPTAIN AMERICA (g Captain America), R400 000NYS, 7 wins in South Africa, Horse Chestnut S G1, Green Point S G2, Lanzerac Ready To Run S, 2nd Cape Derby G1, Cape Guineas G1, 3rd KRA Guineas G2 2nd dam, RIDING LIGHT, 2 wins in France Dam of 6 winners: DACHA: 6 wins in South Africa, Prix Du Cap, LR, twice, dam of G2P JAROSLAW CRUISE COLLECTION: 6 wins in South Africa, Gold Bracelet G2 SHIVER MY TIMBERS: 4 wins in South Africa, dam of G3W PIRATE’S GOLD Broodmare Sire FORT WOOD is the sire of the dams of 44 stakes winners - CHERRY ON THE TOP Tiger Ridge G1, CAPETOWN NOIR Western Winter G1,THUNDER DANCE
BOUCLETTE TOP Jet Master G1, PLUCK More Than Ready G2, MOKARO Manaloj G1, ROYAL FANTASY Al Mufti G1, CONTADOR Var G1, BOUQUETGARNI Strike Smartly G1, FOREST INDIGO Judpot G1, ROYAL APROVAL Al Mufti G2, FRAGRANT AL Captain Al G2, PRESTIC Strike Smartly G2, ROYAL VINTAGE Rich Man’s Gold G2, ALDERRY Al Mufti G2, MOCHACHINO Silvano G2, WINTERINTHEWOODS Western Winter G2, MOCHA JAVA National Assembly G3, FANTASTIC MR FOX Right Approach G3, ACROSS THE ICE Western Winter G3, CHERRY ON THE CAKE Strike Smartly G3, SALUKI Dubai Destination G3, TWO STRIKES Strike Smartly G3, FRANCOIS BERNARDUS Goldkeeper G3, AQUITAINE Al Mufti G3, WHEREDOWEGO Captain Al G3, SHIPMASTER Slip Anchor G3, TIGER’S RETREAT Tiger Ridge G2, TIPPUANA MOON Victory Moon G3, ISPHAN Tiger Ridge G3, PUTNEY FLYER Miesque’s Approval LR, THREE HEARTS Hat Trick G3, CAPTAIN AMERICA Captain Al G1, EIGHTH WONDER Captain Al G3, PEEP SHOW Ideal World LR, SUNSET TRIPP Trippi LR, CAPTAIN SWAROVSKI Captain Al LR, Al Mufti Captain Al Off To War Fort Wood Requista Riding Light
Roberto Lassie Dear Complete Warrior Infanta Sadler’s Wells Fall Aspen Top Ville Flash On
PEERMONT EMPERORS PALACE CHARITY MILE, G2, TURFFONTEIN, 31 OCTOBER 2015, 1600M 1 BOUCLETTE TOP (ARG) 5 g Giant’s Causeway (USA) –Bouclette Glory (ARG), by Honour And Glory (USA) 2M L Jet 4 g Jet Master –Subyan Dreams (GB), by Spectrum (IRE) 3 MItraad (AUS) 4 g Northern Meteor (AUS) – Fondle (NZ), by O’Reilly (NZ) AGE: 5; STARTS: 22; WINS: 5; PLACINGS: 10; EARNINGS: R1,493,000 Sire GIANT’S CAUSEWAY is the sire of 158 stakes winners. In 2015 –BRODY’S CAUSE Sahm G1, CARPE DIEM Unbridled’s Song G1, BOUCLETTE TOP Honour And Glory G2, CATCH A FLIGHT Lode G2, RED RIFLE Gulch G2, PROTONICO A P Indy G2, NIGHT PROWLER More Than Ready G3, TAKE CHARGE BRANDI Seeking The Gold G3, ST ALBANS BOY Diamond Shoal LR, SAVE THE TIGER Numerous LR, MAIPO TOP Parade Marshal G3, MISSISSIPPI DELTA Purge LR, WINNING CAUSE Kingmambo G3, IMAGINING A P Indy G2, IRISH MISSION
Miswaki G3, COLTRANE Rainbow Quest G3, TOP JULIETTE Southern Halo G3 1st dam BOUCLETTE GLORY, 4 wins in Argentina, GP Saturnino J. Unzue G1, Clasico Carlos Casares G2 Dam of 1 winner 2010: BOUCLETTE TOP (g Giant’s Causeway), 5 wins in South Africa, Charity Mile G2,Tony Ruffel S G3, Drum Star Hcp LR, 2nd Drill Hall S G2, Jo’burg Spring Challenge G2, 3rd Horse Chestnut S G1,The Dingaans G2, Wolf Power 1600 LR 2nd dam BOUCLETTE FITZ, Winner in Argentina Dam of 3 winners: BOUCLETTE GLORY: See Above BOUCLETT HONOUR: 2 wins in Argentina MR. CABRIOLET: Winner in Argentina Broodmare sire HONOUR AND GLORY is the sire of 47 stakes winners –BOUCLETTE TOP Giant’s Causeway G2, JUSTWHISTLEDIXIE Dixie Union G2, CHACE CITY Carson City G2, DON CARLOS R Wilko G2, ROOM FOR ME Harlington LR, SNAPPY GIRL Student Council LR, DREAMBOAT ANNIE Freud LR, FOOLED AGAIN Scat Daddy LR, RIO VETTEL True Cause G1,HANOMAAN Yazamaan G2, I’M WORKIN ON IT Quien LR, ONE KING’S MAN K One King LR, MISHANI HONCHO Jet Spur LR, MOLLY’S HONOUR Etesaal LR, JAZZ CATCH Catcher In The Rye G2, AP’S GLORY Mineshaft LR, RED VELVET City Zip LR, HONORINE Redoute’s Choice G2, CLUSTER OF STARS Greeley’s Galaxy G2, DREAMINTOWN Woke Up Dreamin G1, CHIARRA WELLS Refuse To Bend LR, GOBI RANGER Tale Of The Cat G3, ENMASCARADO AP Xcellent G1, OCEAN CHALLENGER Rubiton G3, CHARMING VIXEN Bernstein LR, BUSTER’S READY More Than Ready G1, FAST CLIP Snippetson G2, OFF DUTY Yes It’s True G3, Storm Cat Giant’s Causeway Mariah’s Storm Honour And Glory Bouclette Glory Bouclette Fitz
Storm Bird Terlingua Rahy Immense Relaunch Fair To All Fitzcarraldo Cambriole
SANSUI SUMMER CUP, G1, TURFFONTEIN, 28 NOVEMBER 2015, 2000M 1 MASTER SABINA 6 g Jet Master –Sabina Park, by Sportsworld (USA) 2 Deo Juvente 4 g Trippi (USA) –Circle Of Life, by Complete Warrior (USA) 3 French Navy 4 g Count Dubois (GB) – Redoubtable, by Elliodor (FR) AGE:6; STARTS: 21; WINS: 8; PLACINGS: 4; EARNINGS; R2,399,475
Sire JET MASTER is the sire of 72 stakes winners. In 2015 MASTER SABINA Sportsworld G1, PLATINUM JET National Assembly G2, M L JET Spectrum G2, MASTERLY Darshaan G3, COME FLY WITH ME Model Man G3, ULTIMATE DOLLAR Western Winter G3, JET SUPREME Zabeel G3, MASTER’S EYE Al Mufti G3, TOUCH THE SKY Royal Academy LR, FLY BY NIGHT Model Man G1, JET BELLE Ahmad G3, LOCKHEED JETSTAR Jallad LR, WHATALADY Model Man G3, RED FLAME Western Winter G3, GLORIOUS JET Elliodor LR, HELDERBERG BLUE Fusaichi Pegasus G1, GATHERING FAME Western Winter LR, STORM WARNING Fort Wood G3 1st dam SABINA PARK, 5 wins in South Africa, SA Oaks G2, SA Fillies Nursery G2, 2nd Golden Slipper G2, 3rd Gerald Rosenberg S G2, Gold Bracelet G2,Yellowwood Hcp G3 Dam of 2 winners: 2007: EMBLEM PARK (g National Emblem), 3 wins in South Africa 2009: MASTER SABINA (g Jet Master), 8 wins in South Africa, Summer Cup G1, Campanajo 2200 G3, 2nd Summer Cup G1,Victory Moon S G2 2nd dam BATIMAMSELLE, Winner in South Africa Dam of 9 winners: SABINA PARK: See Above Roman Forum: 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd Riverside Hcp LR CHEDWIN PARK: 6 wins in South Africa KARUKERA: Winner in South Africa, dam of G2P HENRY HIGGINS FROSTY: Unraced, dam of G3P VALBERG Broodmare sire SPORTSWORLD is the sire of the dams of 11 stakes winners - HILL FIFTY FOUR Captain Al G1, BULSARA Silvano G3, HOT TICKET Silvano G2, WHITELINE FEVER Right Approach G2, JUAN PABLO Winter Romance LR, PEARL OF AFRICA Jeremy LR, CAPE WINTER Western Winter LR, COMPETITOR Tara’s Halls LR, SLIGHT ADVANTAGE Peintre Celebre LR, LOUPE Fort Wood LR, MASTER SABINA Jet Master G1 Rakeen Jet Master Jet Lightning Sportsworld Sabina Park Batimamselle
Northern Dancer Glorious Song Rollins Jolly Laughter Alleged Gallanta Model Man Kendal Green
SELANGOR CUP, G2, 3YOS, KENILWORTH, 21 NOVEMBER 2015, 1600M 1 HARD DAY’S NIGHT c Warm White Night –My Lady Bluff, by Indigo Magic (USA) 2 Victorious Jay c Jay Peg –Rub A Dub Dub, by Jallad
(USA) 3 Nasa c Dynasty – Cosima Liszt (CHI), by Rich Man’s Gold (USA) AGE: 3; STARTS: 6; WINS: 3; PLACINGS: 3; EARNINGS: R376 375 Sire WARM WHITE NIGHT is the sire of 1 stakes winner. In 2015 HARD DAY’S NIGHT Indigo Magic G2, KEMAL KAVUR National Emblem LR 1st dam, MY LADY BLUFF, Winner in South Africa Dam of 2 winners: 2011: OTHER BRUDDA (c Rebel King), Winner in South Africa 2012: HARD DAY’S NIGHT (c Warm White Night), R200 000MYS, 3 wins in South Africa, Selangor Cup G2, 3rd Cape Classic G3 2nd dam BLUFFIT, 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd Silver Bowl LR Dam of 6 winners: MAJOR BLUFF: 11 wins in South Africa, Gold Cup G1, Winter Derby G3, Chairman’s Cup LR, Settlers Trophy LR, 2nd Gold Circle Derby G2, J&B Reserve Stayers Hcp G2 KEY CASTLE: 11 wins in South Africa, East Cape Derby G3, PE Gold Cup LR DANCE KING: 7 wins in South Africa, 3rd Drum Star Hcp LR KEY BLUFF: Winner in South Africa, dam of SW SILVER BLUFF Broodmare sire INDIGO MAGIC is the sire of the dams of 2 stakes winners –HARD DAY’S NIGHT Warm White Night G2, CAT AND THE MOON Black Minnaloushe LR, Western Winter Warm White Night Thousand Nights Indigo Magic My Lady Bluff Bluffit
Gone West Chilly Hostess Foveros Cruive Gone West Lady Carla Dancing Champ Luz Tel
SUPREME CUP (SPONSORED BY SAP), G2, VAAL, 26 SEPTEMBER 2015, 1450M 1 DEPUTY JUD 4 g Judpot (USA) –Star Deputy (NZ), by Deputy Governor (USA) 2 Uncle Tommy 8 g Kahal (GB) – Cousin Linda, by Badger Land (USA) 3 Ultimate Dollar 4 g Jet Master – Mkushi Gold, by Western Winter (USA) AGE:4; STARTS: 12; WINS: 3; PLACINGS: 5; EARNINGS: R1,383,375 Sire JUDPOT is the sire of 6 stakes winners. In 2015 DEPUTY JUD Deputy Governor G2, LITTLE GENIE Rambo Dancer LR, MIRACLE RISING Al Mufti G3, DOUBLE WHAMMY Kabool G2
SILVER MOUNTAIN 1st dam STAR DEPUTY, 3 wins in South Africa, Queen Palm Hcp LR Dam of 5 winners: 2006: KIWI STAR (f Lavery), Winner in South Africa 2008: ROKOCOCO (g Surging River), Winner in South Africa 2009: WAR HORSE (c Victory Moon), 3 wins in South Africa, Golden Horseshoe G1, Protea S G3 2010: CAT IN COMMAND (g Black Minnaloushe), 5 wins in South Africa 2011: DEPUTY JUD (g Judpot), R450 000NYS, 3 wins in South Africa, Supreme Cup G2, 2nd SA Derby G1, Sea Cottage S LR, 3rd SA Classic G1 2nd dam CENTREPOINT, Winner in Australia Dam of 2 winners: BRUTAL FORCE: 6 wins in South Africa, Skeaping Trophy G2, 3rd Gold Circle Derby G2 Broodmare sire DEPUTY GOVERNOR is the sire of the dams of 14 stakes winners –WAR HORSE Victory Moon G1, DEPUTY JUD Judpot G2, MAGIC MARK Benchmark LR, CITY LAD Elusive City G3, SIR GUS Zed LR, CRAFTY IRNA Starcraft G3, FOLDING GEAR Johar G2, CLINT Casual Lies G1, LA ETOILE Thorn Park G2, EEL WIN San Luis G3, AL FAROUK Cape Cross G3, HEGUY Lord Ballina LR A.p. Indy Judpot Miesque Deputy Governor Star Deputy Centrepoint
Seattle Slew Weekend Surprise Nureyev Pasadoble Master Willie Regent Miss Gleam Machine Victorian Lady
BETTING WORLD CAPE FILLIES GUINEAS, G1, 3YOF, KENILWORTH, 5 DECEMBER 2015, 1600M 1 SILVER MOUNTAIN f Silvano (GER) –Our Table Mountain (USA), by Fusaichi Pegasus 2 Our Destiny f Var (USA) –Plumosa, by Sapieha (IRE) 3 Tafferty Tart f Trippi (USA) –Rock Candy (ARG), by Candy Stripes (USA) AGE:3; STARTS: 5; WINS: 4; PLACINGS: 1; EARNINGS: R980 500 Sire SILVANO is the sire of 55 stakes winners. In 2015 POWER KING Northern Guest G1, SILVER MOUNTAIN Fusaichi Pegasus G1, PUNTA ARENAS Candy Stripes G3, TELLINA Spectrum G1, LUCKY SPEED Monsun G3, GOTHIC Badger Land LR, GALLICA ROSE Al Mufti G2, CROWN OF GOLD Palace Music LR, ST TROPEZ Model G3, ICE MACHINE Elliodor G2, VERCINGETORIX National Assembly G2, ARION Northern Guest G2 1st dam OUR TABLE MOUNTAIN 6 wins
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in South Africa, Olympic Duel S LR, 2nd Olympic Duel S LR Dam of 4 winners: 2009: CAREFUL HIKER (f Spectrum), 3 wins in South Africa, 3rd Thekwini S G1 2010: HELDERBERG BLUE (g Jet Master), 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd Premier Trophy G2, 3rd J&B Met G1 2011: OUR ICON (c Dynasty), 2 wins in South Africa 2012: SILVER MOUNTAIN (f Silvano), R1 300 000CPYS, 3 wins in South Africa, Fillies Championship G2 2nd dam HIDDEN LIGHT, 6 wins in USA Santa Anita Oaks G1, Hollywood Oaks G1 Dam of 9 winners: ARTIE SCHILLER: 10 wins in USA, Breeders Cup Mile G1, Maker’s Mark Mile G2, Jamaica Hcp G2, National Museum Racing Hall Of Fame S G2, Bernard Baruch Hcp G2, sire OUR TABLE MOUNTAIN: See Above SPEED TO BURN: Winner in USA, 3rd Astarita S G3, dam of G3W MUNIRAH Broodmare sire FUSAICHI PEGASUS is the sire of the dams of 31 stakes winners –WE MISS ARTIE Artie Schiller G1, SILVER MOUNTAIN Silvano G2, EXTRA CHOICE Redoute’s Choice LR, SNUGGLES Rosberg LR, CAPITALIST Written Tycoon LR, HIGH DOLLAR WOMAN Super Saver G2, METALLIC CROWN Northern Meteor G3, ALWAYS ALLISON More Than Ready G2, PICK OF THE LITTER Kitten’s Joy G2, NAVAL COMMAND Midshipman LR, ANNULMENT Broken Vow LR, WIN MALEREI Matsurida Gogh G3, GAMBLIN’ GURU New Approach LR, ALBANY REUNION Fastnet Rock G1, AERONAUTICAL Encosta De Lago LR, ESTRELA MONARCHOS Monarchos G1, AUSUS Invasor G3, MOHAVE PRINCESS Mount Nelson LR, BATTLE FORCE Giant’s Causeway LR, DARCI BE GOOD Darci Brahma G3, DONA SARITA Powerscourt G2, HAKASSAN Sir Cat G1, NIAGARA Encosta De Lago G2, WHO IS CAMILLE Dixie Union LR, FREE JUDGEMENT Vindication G3 Lomitas Silvano Spirit Of Eagles Our Table Mountain
Fusaichi Pegasus Hidden Light
Niniski La Colorada Beaus Eagle Big Spirit Mr Prospector Angel Fever Majestic Light Tallahto
WORLD SPORTS BETTING JO’BURG SPRING F&M CHALLENGE, G2, F&M, TURFFONTEIN, 3 OCTOBER 2015, 1450M 1 LAZER STAR 4 f Toreador (IRE) –Empress Of Ozz (AUS), by Sri Pekan (USA) 2 Sarve 4 f Sarge –First Wave, by Waldoboro (USA)
3 Madame Dubois 3 f Count Dubois (GB) –Miss Jet Set, by Jet Master
AGE: 4; STARTS: 18; WINS: 6; PLACINGS: 9 EARNINGS: R2 328 125
AGE: 4; STARTS: 9; WINS: 7; PLACINGS: 1; EARNINGS: R784 375
Sire CAPTAIN AL is the sire of 60 stakes winners. In 2015 CAPTAIN OF ALL Fard G1, CAPTAIN AMERICA Fort Wood G1, PINE PRINCESS Badger Land G1, CARRY ON ALICE Western Winter G1, PETALA Tale Of The Cat, FULCRUM Badger Land LR, EIGHTH WONDER Fort Wood G3, BARBOSA Best By Test LR, DISCO AL Badger Land G2, CAPTAIN CHAOS Rambo Dancer G3, PURE POWER National Assembly LR, CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER National Emblem LR, EROS’S GIRL Jet Master LR, CAPTAIN SWAROVSKI Fort Wood LR, REDCARPET CAPTAIN Kabool G3, PRINCESS ROYAL Rakeen LR, CAPTAIN ALFREDO King Of Kings LR
Sire TOREADOR is the sire of 7 stakes winners. In 2015 LAZER STAR Sri Pekan G2, PROSPECT STRIKE Mr Prospector G1, RIKITIKITANA National Emblem LR, BALOO BALEERIE Almushtarak LR 1st dam EMPRESS OF OZZ, 3 wins in South Africa, 2nd Cape Fillies Guineas G1, 3rd Tibouchina S G3 Dam of 4 winners: 2004: WIZARD OF OZ (c Lavery), Winner in South Africa 2006: NATIONAL EMPEROR (c National Assembly), 3 wins in South Africa 2009: BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS (f Toreador), Winner in South Africa 2011: LAZER STAR (f Toreador), R350 000NYS, 7 wins in South Africa, Jo’burg Spring F&M Challenge G2, Magnolia Hcp G3, Swallow S LR, 2nd Three Troikas S G3 2nd dam BEATS CRYING, Winner in Australia Dam of 4 winners: EMPRESS OF OZZ: See Above FAIR WIN: 3 wins in Hong Kong REDPOLLARD: 3 wins in Australia Broodmare sire SRI PEKAN is the sire of the dams of 20 stakes winners –LAZER STAR Toreador G2, PLUSQUEMAVIE Kheleyf G3, JACK DEXTER Orientor G3, AMPERE Galileo G2, SPICY JAM Holy Roman Emperor LR, FINE BUBBLES Casino Prince G3, KIYOSHI Dubawi G3, JULIENAS Cape Cross G3, MASTER HARRY Magic Albert G2, RADA ANGEL Le Vie Dei Colori LR, MANTISSA Oratorio LR, CHIOS Storm Trooper G2, KISSING THE CAMERA Galileo LR, EMIRATES GOLD Royal Applause LR, YARASTAR Cape Cross LR, CHATTAHOOCHEE WAR War Chant G3 Danehill Toreador
Purchasepaperchase Sri Pekan
Empress Of Ozz Beats Crying
Danzig Razyana Young Generation Tin Goddess Red Ransom Lady Godolphin Clay Hero Honest And Legal
WSB SOUTHERN CROSS S, G2, F&M, KENILWORTH, 5 DECEMBER 2015, 1000M 1 CARRY ON ALICE 4 f Captain Al –Carry On Katie, by Western Winter (USA) 2 Cuvee Brut 4 f Count Dubois (GB) –Lemonzest, by Aristis (USA) 3 Real Princess 4 f Trippi (USA) –Pagan Princess, by Fort Wood (USA)
1st Dam CARRY ON KATIE, 4 wins in South Africa,The Debutante G2, 2nd TBA Paddock S G1, Gold Bracelet G2, Ipi Tombe Challenge G2, 3rd Fillies Nursery G2. Dam of 2 winners: 2009: CARRY ON CAPTAIN (g Captain Al), Winner in South Africa 2011: CARRY ON ALICE (f Captain Al), R475 000CPYS, 6 wins in South Africa, SA Nursery G1, City Of Pietermaritzburg Fillies Sprint G1, Southern Cross S G2, Man O’War Sprint G3, 2nd Tsogo Sun Medallion G1,Thekwini S G1, Gardenia Hcp LR, 3rd Cape Flying Championship G1, Ipi Tombe Challenge G1, Pretty Polly S G3. 2nd dam KATIE FIRTH, Winner in South Africa Dam of 4 winners: CARRY ON KATIE: See above KATE KARNEY: Winner in South Africa, dam of 1 winner CALISTA FIRTH: Winner in South Africa Broodmare sire WESTERN WINTER is the sire of dams of 19 stakes winners –PAST MASTER Jet Master G1, HOWE GREAT Hat Rick G3, CARRY ON ALICE Captain Al G1, MAGIC SMOKE Fort Wood G2, WINTER PASSION Var LR, LE VAR Var G3, AMUR AFFAIR Tiger Ridge G3, HOUSE OF WAX Count Dubois LR, SUPER STORM Rakeen G3, POLAR MOON Victory Moon G2, STING OPERATION Captain Al LR, ROBERT THE BRUCE Jallad G3, GRANDALEA Parade Leader LR, GATHERING FAME Jet Master LR, AREZZO Go Deputy LR, LAUDERDALE Elusive Fort G1, ULTIMATE DOLLAR Jet Master G3, FLYING ICE Go Deputy LR Al Mufti Captain Al Off To War Western Winter Carry On Katie Katie Firth
Roberto Lassie Dear Complete Warrior Infanta Gone West Chilly Hostess Best By Test Kyle
BREEDERS CUP STATS 2015 STOPCHARGINGMARIA
BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF, G1, F&M, KEENELAND, 30 OCTOBER 2015, 1800M 1 STOPCHARGINGMARIA (USA) 4 f Tale Of The Cat (USA) –Exotic Bloom (USA) by Montbrook (USA) 2 Stellar Wind (USA) 3 f Curlin (USA) – Evening Star (USA), by Malibu Moon (USA) 3 Curalina (USA) 3 f Curlin (USA) – Whatdreamsaremadeof (USA), by Graeme Hall (USA) AGE: 4; STARTS: 16; WINS: 9; PLACINGS:4; EARNINGS: $2, 924,000 Sire TALE OF THE CAT is the sire of 100 stakes winners. In 2015 STOPCHARGINGMARIA Montbrook G1, MELODIC Unbridled’s Song LR, GRACIOUS PROSPECT Redoute’s Choice G3, FAVORITE TALE Grindstone G2, WINE TALES Flying Spur G2, APPEALING TALE Unbridled’s Song G2, BENZINI Kurofune LR, Missile Bomb Lemon Drop Kid G3, SARATOGA SNACKS Red Ransom LR, ENCHANTING LADY A P Indy LR, WHITTINGTON Beautiful Crown LR, LUMINANCE Unbridled’s Song G1, THE DIAMOND ONE O’Reilly G3 1st dam EXOTIC BLOOM, 5 wins in USA, Windward S LR, My Charmer S LR, 3rd Seaway S G3 Dam of 1 winner: 2011: STOPCHARGINGMARIA (f Tale Of The Cat), 9 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Distaff G1, CCA Oaks G1, Alabama S G1, Black-Eyed Susan S G2, Demoiselle S G2, Shuvee Hcp G3, Allaire Dupont Distaff Hcp G3,Tempted S G3, 2nd Beldame S G1, Spinaway S G1, Madison S G1, 3rd Frizette S G1 2nd dam MELEGANT,Winner in USA Dam of 5 winners: EXOTIC BLOOM: See Above SEE TOBE: Japan Racing Association S LR, 2nd Knickerbocker S G3 Broodmare sire MONTBROOK is the sire of the dams of 15 stakes winners –
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STOPCHARGINGMARIA Tale Of The Cat G1, YIANNIS Midshipman LR, ZEE BROS Brother Derek LR, PUNTROOSKIE In Summation LR, CALBRACHOA Southern Image G2, DARK THUNDER Trippi LR, R BOY BILL Peace Rules LR, RIGOLETTA Concerto G1,FISCAL POLICY Wildcat Heir LR, DAWNIE MACHO Macho Uno LR, STONEYER Graeme Hall G1, ACCREDIT E Dubai LR, CINNAMON ROAD Delaware Township LR, FULL RIGGED Lunarpal LR Storm Cat Tale Of The Cat Yarn Montbrook Exotic Bloom Melegant
Storm Bird Terlingua Mr Prospector Narrate Buckaroo Secret Papers Kris S Abidjan
BREEDERS CUP CLASSIC, G1, KEENELAND, 31 OCTOBER 2015, 2000M 1 AMERICAN PHAROAH (USA) c Pioneerof The Nile (USA) – Littleprincessemma (USA), by Yankee Gentleman (USA) 2 Effinex (USA) 4 c Mineshaft (USA) – What A Pear (USA), by E Dubai (USA) 3 Honor Code (USA) 4 c A P Indy –Serena’s Cat (USA), by Storm Cat (USA) AGE: 3; STARTS:11; WINS:9; PLACINGS: 1; EARNINGS: $8,650,300 Sire PIONEEROF THE NILE is the sire of 9 stakes winners. In 2015 AMERICAN PHAROAH Yankee Gentleman G1, ATHENS Night Shift G2, JOJO WARRIOR Carson City G2, PIONEEROF THE WEST Forestry G3, COURTIER Touch Gold G3, LADY OF THE NILE A P Indy LR, LA ALPUJARRA Atticus LR, Zuzor A P Indy LR, CHAMPIONOFTHENILE Mineshaft LR, CATCH MY DRIFT Yonaguska LR, MIDNIGHT STORM Bertrando G1 1st dam, LITTLEPRINCESSEMMA, Unplaced Dam of 2 winners: 2011: XIXIXI (c Maimonides), 2 wins in USA 2013: AMERICAN PHAROAH (c Pioneerof
The Nile), Champion 2YO Colt in USA in 2014, wins in USA, Kentucky Derby G1, Preakness S G1, Belmont S, G1, Breeders Cup Classic, G1, Haskell Invitational G1, Arkansas Derby G1, Frontrunner S G1, Del Mar Futurity S G1, Rebel S G2, 2nd Travers S G1 2nd dam EXCLUSIVE ROSETTE, 3 wins in USA, Florida Thoroughbred Charities S LR Dam of 7 winners: STORM WOLF: 3 wins in USA, Lazaro Barrera Memorial S G3, sire MISTY ROSETTE: 4 wins in USA, Old Hat S G3 Broodmare sire YANKEE GENTLEMAN is the sire of dams of 3 stakes winners – AMERICAN PHAROAH Pioneerof The Nile G1, ARCHITECTURE Dixie Chatter LR, HUMBARUMBA Diabolical LR Empire Maker Pioneerof The Nile Star Of Goshen Littleprincessemma
Yankee Gentleman Exclusive Rosette
Unbridled Toussaud Lord At War Castle Eight Storm Cat Key Phrase Ecliptical Zetta Jet
BREEDERS CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT, G1, F&M, KEENELAND, 31 OCTOBER 2015, 1400M 1 WAVELL AVENUE (CAN) 4 f Harlington (USA) – Lucas Street (USA), by Silver Deputy (CAN) 2 La Verdad (USA) 5 m Yes It’s True (USA) – Noble Fire (USA), by Hook And Ladder (USA) 3 Taris (USA) 4 f Flatter (USA) –Comedy (USA), by Theatrical (IRE) AGE: 4; STARTS: 13; WINS: 6; PLACINGS: 3; EARNINGS: $853, 725 Sire HARLINGTON is the sire of 5 stakes winners. In 2015 WAVELL AVENUE Silver Deputy G1, UZZIEL Lord At War G2, ROOM FOR ME Honour And Glory LR, HARLINGTON’S ROSE Orientate G3 1st dam LUCAS STREET, 4 wins in Canada, 2nd
Shady Well S LR, Ontario Fashion S LR Dam of 3 winners: 2010: BATHSHEBA PARK (c Harlington), 3 wins in Korea 2011: WAVELL AVENUE (f Harlington), 6 wins in USA, Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Sprint G1, 2nd Gallant Bloom Hcp G2, 3rd Zadracarta S LR 2013: SMALL VICTORIES (f Marchfield),Winner in Canada 2nd dam RUBY PARK, 4 wins in Canada, Shady Wells S LR Dam of 5 winners: LUCAS STREET: See Above CORAL POINT: Winner, Clasico Prensa Hipica S LR Broodmare sire SILVER DEPUTY is the sire of the dams of 96 stakes winners –ROMAN RULER Fusaichi Pegasus G1, EL CORREDOR G1, GROUPIE DOLL Bowman’s Band G1, WAKE AT NOON Cure The Blues G2, WAVELL AVENUE Harlington G1, JET BLACK MAGIC Hold Me Back G3, STIFFED Stephen Got Even LR, HEART TO HEART English Channel G3, MANIPULATED Malibu Moon LR, FORCE Flatter LR, STRAPPING GROOM Johannesburg G1, VIRAMUNDO Stephen Got Even G2, NATES MINESHAFT Mineshaft G2, NORTHERN CAUSEWAY Giant’s Causeway G3, SWIFT ALLIANCE Don Eduardo G3, QUIET TEMPER Quiet American G2, OKEN BRUCE LEE Jungle Pocket G1, NOT FOR SILVER Not For Love G2, SELVA Forest Wildcat LR, MIRACULOUS MISS Mr Greeley G2, PREACHINATTHEBAR Silver Charm G2, TRICKY TREVOR Demaloot Demashoot G2, MOERE SO BLOODS Sunday Silence G3, UMPATEEDLE Suave Prospect G2, PANACEA Luhuk G3, SILVER TORNADO Maria’s Mon G3 Unbridled Harlington Serena’s Song Silver Deputy Lucas Street Ruby Park
Fappiano Gana Facil Rahy Imagining Deputy Minister Silver Valley Bold Ruckus Katebyrne
HIT IT A BOMB BREEDERS CUP FILLY &MARE TURF, G1, FILLIES AND MARES, KEENELAND, 31 OCTOBER 2015, 2000M 1 STEPHANIE’S KITTEN (USA) 6 m Kitten’s Joy (USA) –Unfold The Rose (USA), by Catienus (USA) 2 Legatissimo (IRE) 3 f Danehill Dancer (IRE) – Yummy Mummy (GB), by Montjeu (IRE) 3 Queen’s Jewel (GB) 3 f Pivotal (GB) – Safari Queen (ARG), by Lode (USA) AGE: 6; STARTS: 25; WINS: 11; PLACINGS:8; EARNINGS: $4, 292, 904 Sire KITTEN’S JOY is the sire of 60 stakes winners. In 2015 –STEPHANIE’S KITTEN Catienus G1, BIG BLUE KITTEN Unaccounted For G1, AVA’S KITTEN Pulpit LR, TWEET KITTEN Saint Ballado LR, KITTEN’S DUMPLINGS Grand Slam LR, KITTEN’S POINT Kingmambo G3, DIVISDERO Lemon Drop Kid G2, KITTEN’S QUEEN War Chant LR, COALPORT Saint Ballado G3 1st dam, UNFOLD THE ROSE, Unraced Dam of 2 winners: 2008: LADY KITTEN (f Kitten’s Joy), 2 wins in USA 2009: STEPHANIE’S KITTEN (f Kitten’s Joy), 11 wins in USA, Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf G1, Flower Bowl Stakes G1 –twice, Just A Game S G1, Alciabiades S G1, Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf G2, Distaff Turf Mile G2, Edgewood S G3, Lake Placid S G3, Hillsborough S G3, 2nd Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf G1, 3rd Ashland S G1, Diana Hcp G1, 2nd dam BAIL OUT BECKY, 9 wins in USA, Del Mar Oaks G1 Dam of 5 winners: RANSOM THE KITTEN: CHAMPION IMPORTED HANDICAP MARE IN PUERTO RICO, 11 wins Bail Out The King: 9 wins in Ireland and USA, 3rd Bob Harding S LR BECKY LOVES SILVER: Unraced dam of Champion FLY LEXIS FLY Broodmare sire CATIENUS is the sire of the dams of 8 stakes winners –STEPHANIE’S KITTEN Kitten’s Joy G1, PRINCESS OF SYLMAR Majestic Warrior G1, DIVINING ROD Tapit G3, I THINK SO Proud Citizen LR, LEADEM IN KEN Sky Mesa LR, PRISSY Unbridled’s Song LR, MUSICAL FLAIR Songandaprayer LR, NORA’S CAT Congrats G1 El Prado Kitten’s Joy Kitten’s First Catienus Unfold The Rose Bail Out Becky
Sadler’s Wells Lady Capulet Lear Fan That’s My Hon Storm Cat Diamond City Red Ransom Becky Be Good
BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES
128 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
TURF, G1, 2YOF, KEENELAND, 30 OCTOBER 2015, 1600M 1 CATCH A GLIMPSE (USA) f City Zip (USA) – Halo River (USA), by Irish River (FR) 2 Alice Springs (IRE) f Galileo (IRE) – Aleagueoftheirown (IRE), by Danehill Dancer (IRE) 3 Nemoralia (USA) f More Than Ready (USA) – Alina (USA), by Came Home (USA) AGE: 2; STARTS: 4; WINS: 3; PLACINGS: 0; EARNINGS: $677,352 Sire CITY ZIP is the sire of 58 stakes winners. In 2015 CATCH A GLIMPSE Irish River G1, HOT CITY GIRL Hook And Ladder G3, STAYS IN VEGAS Broken Vow LR, PALACE End Sweep LR, WORK ALL WEEK Repriced LR, ALERT BAY Dushyantor G2, READY FOR RYE More Than Ready G2, TRICKY ZIPPY Phone Trick LR, GRAND BILI Langfuhr G3, MAJESTIC CITY Meadowville G3, Achiever’s Legacy Lure G1, LINDISFARNE Dixieland Band LR 1st dam HALO RIVER, 3 wins in USA, Appalachian S LR, Gold Digger S LR Dam of 7 winners: 2000: KARSAVINA (f Theatrical), Placed, dam of SP Tippie Tap 2001: OLD FORESTER (c Forestry), 6 wins in USA, Cliff Hanger S G3, Canadian Turf Hcp LR, Santa Claus S LR, 2nd Miami Mile BC S G2, leading sire in Canada 2002: LENARUE (f Gone West), Winner, dam of SP Anazzar 2003: MELROSE POINT (f Point Given), 4 wins in South Africa 2005: POSSESSIVE (f Belong To Me), 2 wins in USA 2006: SCENE OF THE CRASH (c Forest Camp), Winner in USA 2013: CATCH A GLIMPSE (f City Zip), 3 wins in 4 starts in CAN and USA, Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf G1, Natalma S G2 2nd dam ALL HALLOWS, Winner in USA Dam of 7 winners: HALO RIVER: See Above SAINTLY PRAYER: 3 wins in JPN, dam of SP OPERA DANCING Broodmare sire IRISH RIVER is the sire of the dams of 132 stakes winners –CATCH A GLIMPSE City Zip G1, SPECTRUM Rainbow Quest G1, ALHAARTH Unfuwain G1, ARCANGUES Sagace G1, LORITANIA Teofilo G3, STRATH BURN Equiano G3, INDEX LINKED Dansili LR, SARATOGA DREAMER Elusive Quality LR, PETROLOGY Fastnet Rock G2, RIVER CROSSING Caesour G2, CAMPANERA Privately Held G2, PRODUCER Dutch Art G2, LIL’WING Galileo G3, IRISH DREAM Falbrav LR, VALDIVIA Var G3, AVIATE Dansili G3, EARLY MARCH Dansili G3, SPRING STYLE Pivotal G2, REBEL SOLDIER Danehill Dancer G3, STREAM
CAT Black MInnaloushe G3, RE BAROLO Cape Cross LR, ATTRACTRESS Dilshaan G2, PSALM Sadler’s Wells G3, DOLPHIN STREET Bluebird G1, SAFFRON WALDEN Sadler’s Wells G1, INSIGHT Sadler’s Wells G1, MUSTAMEET Sahm G2, OLD FORESTER Forestry G3, SADDEX Sadler’s Wells G1, SWEET KENTUCKY Put It Back G3, STREAM OF GOLD Rainbow Quest G2, SATWA QUEEN Muhtathir G1, LISTEN Sadler’s Wells G1, SEQUOYAH Sadler’s Wells G1, AQUA D’AMORE Danehill G1, DAVID JUNIOR Pleasant Tap G1, MUBTAKER Silver Hawk G2, DUBAI SURPRISE King’s Best G1, FLOWERDRUM Mister Baileys G3, STORMIN IRISH Stormin Fever G1, NYSAEAN Sadler’s Wells G3, SPRING STAR Danehill G3, Carson City City Zip Baby Zip Irish River Halo River All Hallows
Mr Prospector Blushing Promise Relaunch Thirty Zip Riverman Irish Star Halo Leap Lively
BREEDERS CUP JUVENILE FILLIES, 2YOF, KEENELAND, 31 OCTOBER 2015, 1700M 1 SONGBIRD (USA) f Medaglia D’Oro (USA) – Ivanavinalot (USA), by West Acre (USA) 2 Rachel’s Valentina (USA) f Bernardini (USA) – Rachel Alexandra (USA), by Medaglia D’Oro 3 Dothraki Queen (USA) f Pure Prize (USA) – Sharaiji Blossom (USA), by Saint Ballado (USA) AGE: 2; STARTS:4; WINS: 4; PLACINGS: 0 EARNINGS: $1,502,000 Sire MEDAGLIA D’ORO is the sire of 81 stakes winners. In 2015 –SONGBIRD West Acre G1, VANCOUVER Danehill G1, LOCHTE Lemon Drop Kid G3, RULING DYNASTY Thunder Gulch LR, GOLDEN SABRE Smart Strike G3, VALID Grand Slam G3, SENTIERO ITALIA Cadeaux Genereux G2, SHARDS Lonhro G3, BAY OF PLENTY A P Indy LR, THIEVES GUILD Gilded Time LR, MISS DOUBLE D’ORO Dynaformer LR, MRS MCDOUGAL Distorted Humor G2, COFFEE CLIQUE Royal Academy G3, GOLDEN LAD Seeking The Gold G3, JAPAN Capote LR, MOMENT IS RIGHT Vicar LR, NOSTRADAMUS Lion Hunter G3, YAHILWA Smart Strike G3, MEXICAN GOLD Gone West G3, FEDERAL Danehill LR, GOLD MEDAL DANCER Kingmambo G2, TAYLOR S Trippi LR, MSHWAWISH Thunder Gulch G1, JAVA Fantastic Light G3, EXODUS Cure The Blues LR, MICROMANAGE Flying Paster LR, NOTTE D’ORO Gulch LR, 1st dam, INVANVINALOT, 6 wins in USA, Bonnie Miss G2, Brave Raj S LR, My Dear Girl S, Susan’s Girl S, 2nd Davona Dale S G2 Dam of 3 winners:
2005: WIDE RANGE: Unraced, dam of G3WMICO MARGARITA 2010: BOLTING BROWN (g Big Brown), Winner in USA 2012: IVANA BEAT YABAD (f More Than Ready), Winner in USA 2013: SONGBIRD (f Medaglia D’Oro),$400 000FTS, 4 wins in USA, Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies G1, Chandelier S G1, Del Mar Debutante S G1 2nd dam BEATY SARK, Unraced Dam of 10 winners: IVANAVINALOT: See Above SHANANIE’S BEAT: 12 wins in USA, Jasmine S LR SLICK LADY: 7 wins in USA, Columbus Day S LR BEATIES FOR REAL: 2 wins in USA, 2nd Gasparilla S LR, dam of G3W FRIEL’S FOR REAL, G3W RYAN’S FOR REAL Broodmare sire WEST ACRE is the sire of the dams of 5 stakes winners –SONGBIRD Medaglia D’Oro G1, BRANDY’S GIRL Posse LR, POSSE DREAMIN Posse LR, YOU LUCKIE MANN Exchange Rate LR El Prado Medaglia D’oro Cappucino Bay West Acre Ivanavinalot Beaty Sark
Sadler’s Wells Lady Capulet Bailjumper Dubbed In Forty Niner Narrate Deputy Minister Torsion Belle
BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF, G1, 2YOC &G, KEENELAND, 30 OCTOBER 2015, 1600M 1 HIT IT A BOMB (USA) c War Front (USA) –Liscanna (IRE), by Sadler’s Wells (USA) 2 Airoforce (USA) c Colonel John (USA) – Chocolate Pop (USA), by Cuvee (USA) 3 Birchwood (IRE) c Dark Angel (IRE) – Layla Jamil (IRE), by Exceed And Excel (AUS) AGE: 2; STARTS: 3; WINS: 3; PLACINGS:0; EARNINGS: $668,432 Sire WAR FRONT is the sire of 39 stakes winners. In 2015 AIR FORCE BLUE Maria’s Mon G1, JACK MILTON Forty Niner G1, HIT IT A BOMB Sadler’s Wells G1, HELENE SUPER STAR Arch G1, THEATRE STAR Theatrical LR, THE GREAT WAR Pulpit LR, PEACE AND WAR Smart Strike G1, OMAR BRADLEY Sadler’s Wells G3, SOUPER COLOSSAL Kingmambo LR, WAR DANCER Alydeed G1, AIR VICE MARSHAL Arch G2, MOSLER Arch G2, DEPARTING Pulpit G2, WAR DISPATCH Unbridled’s Song G3, AVENGE Woodman LR, WAR ENVOY Elusive Quality LR, WAR CORRESPONDENT Rahy G3, Summer Front El Prado G1
TEPIN 1st dam LISCANNA, 2 wins in IRE, Balloygan S G3 Dam of 1 winners: 2013: HIT IT A BOMB, 3 wins in 3 starts, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf G1, Star Appeal S LR 2nd dam LAHINICH, 3 wins in IRE, Entrepreneur S LR, Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial LR Dam of 4 winners: LISCANNA: See Above THE BOGBERRY: 2 wins in IRE, Kilternan S G3, 2nd Prix D’Harcourt G2 LAHINCH CLASSICS: Winner in IRE, 2nd Kilboy Estate S G2 Broodmare sire SADLER’S WELLS is the sire of the dams of347 stakes winners –HIT IT A BOMB War Front G1, PEEPING FAWN Danehill G1, THEWAYYOUARE Kingmambo G1, EL CONDOR PASA Kingmambo G1, CONDUIT Dalakhani G1, RELIABLE MAN Dalakhani G1, WORKFORCE King’s Best G1, BAD GIRL RUNS Western Winter G1, HENRYTHENAVIGATOR Kingmambo G1, VIRGINIA WATERS Kingmambo G1, THE FUGUE Dansili G1, FLINTSHIRE Dansili G1, PASSAGE OF TIME Dansili G1, FATHER TIME Dansili G2, TIMEPIECE Zamindar G1, SILIC Sillery G1, SAKHEE Bahri G1, SIMPLE VERSE Duke Of Marmalade G1, SECOND STEP Dalakhani G1, DIAMONDSANDRUBIES Fastnet Rock G1, BLAZING SPEED Dylan Thomas G1, GUST OF WIND Darci Brahma G1, OPINION Oasis Dream G1, RICH TAPESTRY Holy Roman Emperor G1, BALTIC BARONESS Shamardal G1, CURSORY GLANCE Distorted Humor G1, AESOP’S FABLES Distorted Humor G1, PATHFORK Distorted HUmor G1, TAGHROODA Sea The Stars G1, MINORETTE Smart Strike G1, MASTER OF HOUNDS Kingmambo G1, EISHIN APOLLON Giant’s Causeway G1, TANNERY Dylan Thomas G1, FORTE DEI MARMI Selkirk G1, NEATICO Medicean G1, SHE’S HAPPY Speightstown G1, I’M A DREAMER Noverre G1, PEAR TART Dehere G1, CAMPANOLOGIST Kingmambo G1, IMMORTAL VERSE Pivotal G1, STAND TO GAIN Hawk Wing G1 Danzig War Front Starry Dreamer Sadler’s Wells Liscanna Lahinch
Northern Dancer Pas De Nom Rubiano Lara’s Star Northern Dancer Fairy Bridge Danehill Dancer Dublah
BREEDERS CUP JUVENILE, G1, 2YO C&G, KEENELAND, 31 OCTOBER 2015, 1700M 1 NYQUIST (USA) c Uncle Mo (USA) – Seeking Gabrielle (USA), by Forestry (USA)
2 Swipe (USA) c Birdstone (USA) –Avalanche Lily (USA), by Grand Slam (USA) 3 Brody’s Cause (USA) c Giant’s Causeway (USA) – Sweet Breanna (USA), by Sahm (USA) AGE: 2; STARTS: 5; WINS: 5; PLACINGS: 0; EARNINGS: $1,613,600 Sire UNCLE MO is the sire of 7 stakes winners. In 2015 NYQUIST Forestry G1, GOMO Elusive Quality G1, LOST RAVEN Elusive Quality LR, MO TOM Rubiano LR, UNCLE BRENNIE Malibu Moon LR, UNCLE VINNY Untuttable G3, FOREVAMO Slew Gin Fizz LR 1st dam, SEEKING GABRIELLE, Winner in USA Dam of 1 winner: 2013: NYQUIST (c Uncle Mo), 5 wins in 5 starts in USA, Breeders Cup Juvenile G1, FrontRunner S G1, Del Mar Futurity G1, Best Pal S G2 2nd dam SEEKING REGINA, 2 wins in USA, Adirondack S G2 Dam of 9 winners: SEEKING THE SKY: 7 wins in USA, Interborough Hcp G3, dam of G1W SAHARA SKY SEEKING IT ALL:3 wins in USA, 2nd Schuylerville S G3, 3rd Spinaway S G1 SEEKING THE GLORY: 7 wins in USA, 3rd Papua S LR, sire SEEKING THE MONEY: 7 wins in USA, 2nd Sanford S G2 Broodmare sire FORESTRY is the sire of the dams of 17 stakes winners –NYQUIST Uncle Mo G1, TURBULENT DESCENT Congrats G1, ONUS Blame G3, SHOCK HAZARD Dunkirk LR, SAMUEL DECHAPLAIN Henrythenavigator LR, MUFAJAAH Tapit G3, DIVINE OATH Broken Vow G3, BOBBY’S KITTEN Kitten’s Joy G1, STORMY NOVEL Bernardini LR, BRIDGEHAMPTON Bernardini LR, GREEN MASK Mizzen Mask LR, TATE’S LANDING Orientate LR, MAGICAL FEELING Empire Maker G2, MAJOR MAGIC Kitten’s Joy LR, OLE PEGASUS Fusaichi Pegasus G3 Indian Charlie Uncle Mo Playa Maya Forestry Seeking Gabrielle Seeking Regina
In Excess Soviet Sojourn Arch Dixie Slippers Storm Cat Shared Interest Seeking The Gold Fulbright Scholar
BREEDERS CUP MILE, G1, KEENELAND, 31 OCTOBER 2015, 1600M 1 TEPIN (USA) 4 f Bernstein (USA) – Life Happened (USA), by Stravinsky (USA) 2 Mondialiste (IRE) 5 h Galileo (IRE) – Occupandiste (FR) by Kaldoun (FR)
3 Grand Arch (USA) 6 g Arch (USA) –Bacinella (USA), by El Gran Senor (USA)
Storm Cat Bernstein La Affirmed
AGE: 4; STARTS: 14; WINS: 7; PLACINGS: 4; EARNINGS: $2,475, 973
Stravinsky Life Happened Round It Off
Sire BERNSTEIN is the sire of 85 stakes winners. In 2015-TEPIN Stravinsky G1, UOW Royal Academy G1, DIDO Tiznow G3, BYE BYE BERNIE Gilded Time G2, CAJUN SPIRIT Smart Strike LR, KARAKONTIE Sunday Silence G1, KEYSTONE KELLY Thunder Gulch LR, Joe Franklin Gilded Time G3, ANTONIA AUTUMN Alydar LR, ALL I KARABOUT Not For Love LR, HAMMERSTEIN Prized LR, ARIPEKA Coronado’s Quest G1,
Storm Bird Terlingua Affirmed La Mesa Nureyev Fire The Groom Apalachee Capp It Off
BREEDERS CUP TURF SPRINT, G1, KEENELAND, 31 OCTOBER 2015, 1100M
1st dam, LIFE HAPPENED, Unraced Dam of 4 winners: 2006: BUDDHA BOP (g Buddha), Winner in USA 2008: PRIME CUT (g Bernstein), 3 wins in USA, 2nd Lexington S G3, 3rd Peter Pan S G2 2010: VYJACK (g Into Mischief), 6 wins in USA, Jerome S G2, Kelso Hcp G2, Gotham S, G3, Traskwood S, 2nd Poker S G3, 3rd Forego S G1, Wood Memorial S G1 2011: TEPIN (f Bernstein), 7 wins in USA, Breeders Cup Mile G1, Just a Game S G1, First Lady S G1, Churchill Distaff Turf Mile G2, Delta Downs Princess S G3, 2nd Diana S G1 2nd dam, ROUND IT OFF, 3 wins in USA, 3rd Gala Lil S LR Dam of 4 winners: DISCO RICO: 9 wins in USA, Maryland BC Hcp G3, Jersey Shore S G3, sire Broodmare sire STRAVINSKY is the sire of the dams of 33 stakes winners –RIP VAN WINKLE Galileo G1, TEPIN Bernstein G1, MOSHEEN Fastnet Rock G1, LANKAN RUPEE Redoute’s Choice G1, LAKE GENEVA Fastnet Rock LR, JULINSKY PRINCE Darci Brahma G1, GOLD SYMPHONY Reward For Effort G3, EASTER Galileo LR, BAGHADUR Zanzibari G3, AUTHORITARIAN Authorized LR, STAVINSKY Stage Call LR, SPRING INCLUDED Include LR, TREMEC Zabeel G2, PHRASES Casino Prince LR, TUBA Magna Graduate LR, VYJACK Into Mischief G2, NIKI PIKI MILO Librettist LR, LA MALAGUENA English Channel LR, V I P ZONE Macho Uno LR, JEREMIAH Jeremy G1, PATAQUES Catcher In The Rye G1, DESTINY’S KISS Power Of Destiny LR, HE HAS BLING Too Much Bling LR, ZA MOULIN ROUGE Street Cry LR, MY FRIEND BOB Lycius LR, XANADOU Peintre Celebre G3, SEA GALLEON Galileo LR, LE VIE INFINITE Le Vie dei Colori LR, BLACKIE Black Minnaloushe G2, SMOULDER Traditionally G2, CHANTILLY NAYLA Five Star Day LR
1 MONGOLIAN SATURDAY (USA) 5 g Any Given Saturday (USA) – Miss Hot Salsa (USA), by Houston (USA) 2 Lady Shipman (USA) 3 f Midshipman (USA) – Sumthingtotalkabt (USA), by Mutakddim (USA) 3 Greek Mask (USA) 4 g Mizzen Mast (USA) – Bonsai Beauty (USA), by Forestry (USA) AGE: 5; STARTS: 31; WINS: 7; PLACINGS:14; EARNINGS: $960,926 Sire ANY GIVEN SATURDAY is the sire of 17 stakes winners. In 2015 MONGOLIAN SATURDAY Houston G1, HOPPERTUNITY Unaccounted For G1, CLAIMING VICTORY Pleasant Tap LR, Big Family Sky Mesa G2, ONE LAST SHOT Dayjur LR, BROTHER PAT Tiznow G1, BAGRATION Quiet American G1, FASNACLOICH Shinko Forest LR, RICHIES PARTY GIRL Majestic Light LR, DREAM SATURDAY El Gran Senor G1, ANYTIME ANYPLACE Medaglia D’Oro LR, 1st dam HOT SALSA, 4 wins in USA, Pike Place Dancer Hcp LR, 2nd San Clemente Hcp G2 Dam of 3 winners: 2001: FOUR SONG LIMIT (c In Excess), 2 wins in USA, 3rd Pasadena S LR 2005: VICTORYASECRET (f Victory Gallop), 8 wins in USA, Alameda County S LR, Luther Burbank Hcp LR, 2nd Swingtime S LR, Alameda County S LR 2010: MONGOLIAN SATURDAY (g Any Given Saturday), $60 000KSP, 7 wins in USA, Breeders Cup Turf Sprint G1, 2nd Parx Dash G3, Turf Monster Hcp G3, Chairman’s Cup S LR, Straight Line S LR, Researcher S LR, 3rd Mr Prospector S G3, Silk Run S LR 2nd dam MISS HIGH BLADE, 9 wins in USA, Countess Fager Hcp G3, Honey Fox Hcp LR Dam of 4 winners: MISS HOT SALSA: See Above MR BROAD BLADE: 3 wins in USA, Ascot Hcp LR Broodmare sire HOUSTON is the sire of the dams of 14 stakes winners –MONGOLIAN SATURDAY Any Given Saturday G1, FOXY SARA Even The Score LR, GRAN REBELDE Apprentice G3, EXCHANGE FUNDS
FOUND Speightstown LR, VICTORYASECRET Victory Gallop LR, OLD GIPSY American Gipsy LR, BOLD DECISION Precise End LR, RUNWAY MODEL Petionville G2, ONEBADSHARK Diligence LR, MAMBO TRAIN Kingmambo LR, IMPETUOUS MODEL Idabel LR Any Given Saturday
Distorted Humor Weekend In Indy Houston
Miss Hot Salsa Miss High Blade
Forty Niner Danzig’s Beauty A.p. Indy Whow Seattle Slew Smart Angle Highland Blade Darling Miss Q.
BREEDERS CUP TURF, G1, KEENELAND, 31 OCTOBER 2015, 2400M 1 FOUND (IRE) 3 f Galileo (IRE) –Red Evie (IRE), by Intikhab (USA) 2 Golden Horn (GB) 3 c Cape Cross (IRE) –Fleche D’Or (GB), by Dubai Destination (USA) 3 Big Blue Kitten (USA) 7 h Kitten’s Joy (USA) – Spent Gold (USA), by Unaccounted For (USA) AGE: 3; STARTS: 11; WINS: 4; PLACINGS:6; EARNINGS: £1,873, 235 Sire GALILEO is sire of 205 stakes winners. In 2015- FOUND Intikhab G1, ORDER OF ST GEORGE Gone West G1, GLENEAGLES Storm Cat G1, BALLYDOYLE Storm Cat G1, MINDING Danehill Dancer G1, PHOTO CALL Rock Of Gibraltar G1, JOHANNES VERMEER Holy Roman Emperor G1, HIGHLAND REEL Danehill G1, CURVY Inchinor G1, MONDIALISTE Kaldoun G1, THE UNITED STATES Pivotal G2, DIRGAM Seattle Slew LR, BEST IN THE WORLD Intikhab LR, COOLMORE Storm Cat G3, PORT DOUGLAS Kingmambo G2, THE CORSICAN Danehill G3, GRETCHEN Danehill G2, ILTEMAS Danehill LR, RECORDER Danehill Dancer G3, BIG BLUE Anabaa LR, EASTER Stravinsky LR, FIELDS OF ATHENRY Danehill G3, DEAUVILLE Danehill G3, WEDDING VOW Danehill Dancer G3, BONDI BEACH Danehill G3, AMPERE Srik Pekan G2 1st dam, RED EVIE, 9 wins in Britain and Ireland,
130 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Juddmonte Lockinge S G1, Fusaichi Pegasus Matron S G1, CGA Hungerford S G2, Oak Tree S G3, Sandringham Hcp LR, 2nd Matron S G1 Dam of 4 winners: 2010: MAGICAL DREAM (f Galileo), 2 wins in Ireland, C L Weld Park S G3 2011: INIESTA (c Galileo), Winner in Ireland 2012: FOUND (f Galileo) 4 wins in France, Ireland and USA, Breeders Cup Turf G1, Prix Marcel Boussac G1, Kilfrush Stud Royal Whip S G1, 2nd QIPCO Irish Champion S G1, Qipco Champion S G1,Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas G1, Coronation S, G1, EBF Athasi S G3,3rd Moyglare Stud S, G1, 2013: BEST IN THE WORLD (f Galileo), Winner in Ireland, Staffordstown Stud S LR 2nd dam, MALAFEMMENA, Winner in Italy, Premio Vittorio Crespi LR, 3rd Prix du Calvados G3 Dam of 2 winners: RED EVIE: See Above AFFIRMED ADMIRAL: 2 wins in USA Broodmare sire INTIKHAB is the sire of dams of 11 stakes winners –FOUND Galileo G1, IGUGU Galileo G1, GORDON LORD BYRON Byron G1, BEST IN THE WORLD Galileo LR, MAGICAL DREAM Galileo G3, SATONO RASEN Deep Impact G2, LUCKY SERENA Bertolini LR, SHAMKALA Pivotal G3, HONORIUS Holy Roman Emperor G3, LICIA Singspiel G3, PIRIKA Monsun G3 Sadler’s Wells Galileo Urban Sea Intikhab Red Evie Malafemmena
Northern Dancer Fairy Bridge Miswaki Allegretta Red Ransom Crafty Example Nordico Martinova
EARNINGS: $1,306,300 Sire SUPER SAVER is the sire of 8 stakes winners. In 2015 RUNHAPPY Broken Vow G1, EMBELLISH THE LACE Distant View G1, HIGH DOLLAR WOMAN Fusaichi Pegasus G2, SUPER MAJESTY Go For Gin G3, COMPETITIVE EDGE Cape Town G3, UNRIVALED Unbridled LR, CONQUEST SUPERSTEP Southern Halo LR, SAVE ROCK AND ROLL Service Stripe LR, CONQUEST SOPRANO Smart Strike LR, INSIDE STRAIGHT Southern Halo LR 1st dam, BELLA JOLIE, 2 wins in USA Dam of 1 winner: 2012: RUNHAPPY (c Super Saver), 6 wins in USA, Breeders Cup Sprint G1, King’s Bishop S G1, Phoenix S G3 2nd dam JOLIE BOUTIQUE, Unraced Dam of 7 winners: MILLENNIUM STORM: 7 wins, Mecke S LR, 2nd Tropical Park Derby G3 MERRILL GOLD: 4 wins, 2nd Six Perfections S LR, dam of SW ISABELLE ITSABEAUTIFULTHING: 4 wins, 3rd Iowa Distaff S LR Broodmare sire BROKEN VOW is the sire of dams of 7 stakes winners –RUNHAPPY Super Saver G1, BIG WORLD Custom For Carlos G3, STAYS IN VEGAS City Zip LR, RENEWED VOWS Attila’s Storm LR, HAMPTON COURT Redoute’s Choice G1, ETHAN’S BABY Offlee Wild LR, PROMISE ME MORE More Than Ready LR Maria’s Mon Super Saver Supercharger
BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT, G1, KEENELAND, 31 OCTOBER 2015, 1200M 1 RUNHAPPY (USA) 3 c Super Saver (USA) –Bella Jolie (USA), by Broken Vow (USA) 2 Private Zone (USA) 6 g Macho Uno (USA) – Auburn Beauty (USA), by Siphon (BRZ) 3 Favorite Tale (USA) 4 g Tale Of The Cat (USA) – Tricky Elaine (USA), by Grindstone (USA) AGE:3; STARTS: 7; WINS: 6; PLACINGS: 0;
Broken Vow Bella Jolie Jolie Boutique
Wavering Monarch Carlotta Maria A.p. Indy Get Lucky Unbridled Wedding Vow Northern Jove Mimi La Sardine
BREEDERS’ CUP DIRT MILE, G1, KEENELAND, 30 OCTOBER 2015, 1600M 1 LIAM’S MAP (USA) 4 c Unbridled’s Song (USA) –Miss Macy Sue (USA), by Trippi (USA) 2 Lea (USA) 6 h First Samurai (USA) –Greenery
(USA) by Galileo (IRE) 3 Red Vine (USA) 5 h Candy Ride (ARG) – Murky Waters (USA), by Storm Creek (USA) AGE: 4; STARTS: 8; WINS: 6; PLACINGS: 2; EARNINGS: $1,378,940 Sire UNBRIDLED’S SONG is the sire of 97 stakes winners. In 2015 UNBRIDLED FOREVER Lemon Drop Kid G1, LIAM’S MAP Trippi G1, MY MISS SOPHIA Langfuhr G1, CARA MARIE A P Indy LR, TARA’S TANGO French Deputy G2, CAT BURGLAR Forest Wildcat G3, ALL HANDS Dixieland Band LR, DEVINE AIDA Came Home LR, MISCONNECT Summer Squall G3 1st dam MISS MACY SUE, 11 wins in USA, Winning Colors S G3, Presque Isle Downs Masters S LR, Saylorville S LR –twice, Carousel S LR, Prairie Rose S LR, 2nd Winning Colors S G3, 3rd Breeders Cup F&M Sprint LR Dam of 2 winners: 2011: LIAM’S MAP (c Unbridled’s Song), $800 000KEESE, 6 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile G1, Woodward S G1, Harlan’s Holiday S LR, 2nd Whitney S G1 2012: TAYLOR S (f Medaglia D’Oro), 3 wins in USA, Any Limit S LR, 3rd Forward Gal S G2 2nd dam YADA YADA, Unplaced Dam of 7 winners: MISS MACY SUE: See Above JUNIOR COTANO: 4 wins, 3rd Clasico Jose Coll Vidal LR ALNAJIM ALMODEEA: Champion 3YO Colt in Saudi Arabia Broodmare sire TRIPPI is the sire of the dams of 4 stakes winners –LIAM’S MAP Unbridled’s Song G1, TAYLOR S Medaglia D’Oro LR, CAYLLANO Bluegrass Cat LR, B C’S TRAIN Silver Train LR Unbridled Unbridled’s Song Trolley Song Trippi Miss Macy Sue Yada Yada
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International Racehorse Magazine Dec/Jan 2016