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WILLIAM LONGSWORD (CPYS Graduate) - 6 wins from 8 starts, R4,123,500 incl Grand Parade Cape Guineas G1, The $500,000 CTS Mile; Sire.




THE THINKER (Visionaire - Radiant Lass by Northern Guest) - winning the WORLD SPORTS BETTING MERCHANTS G2 over 1160m on 26 November 2017 by a length from Naafer and Amazing Strike.






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We have a great edition put together for you and hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did putting it together. Here are some of the highlights. Liesl King travels to Cheltenham where she witnesses National Hunt Racing for the first time, along with the challenges that come with UK winter weather on page 84. Liesl looks at one of South Africa’s premier thoroughbred nurseries, Highlands Stud on page 18, and then spends some time catching up with legendary racing journalist Michael Clower, finding out more about a fascinating life journey spanning many a continent on page 26. Lastly Liesl talks to Dean Kannemeyer to find out about the 4 year old causing such a stir, on page 54. Michele MacDonald travels to California’s Del Mar racetrack for the running of the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, a first time for Del Mar, where Gun Runner capped off the season with an impressive 4th consecutive Grade 1 win on page 48. Michele also shares the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf victory by Mendelssohn, on page 74. It is a victory that sets up a possible contender for the elusive Kentucky Derby. Michele returns to Lexington for the November sales to witness the magnificent Songbird, selling for $9.5 million on page 39. With lots more to get through I will leave you here. We at SilverMane Media thank you for your ongoing support and wish you and your families a restful festive season and a Happy New Year. See you at the track.

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BOLT ahead of the field

27 January 2018 will usher in an air of celebration to Cape Town, South Africa, as Maison Mumm’s Chief Entertainment Officer (CEO) Usain Bolt will be attending Africa’s richest race day! INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


The imminent Sun Met Celebrated with Mumm brings with it fresh excitement following the announcement that the world renowned Olympic champion Usain Bolt will be attending. As the Chief Entertainment Officer of G.H. Mumm globally, the Jamaican star athlete is encouraging fans of Mumm to celebrate their way to victory; not waiting for the nish line to pop the champagne as he has done throughout his career. “We are extremely excited to be hosting our Chief Entertainment Of cer Usain Bolt at Africa’s richest race day and invite those daring enough to celebrate their next victories to join us on the 27th of January 2018 in Cape Town,” says Etienne Cassuto, Brand Manager G.H Mumm. Guests will include top South African A-listers will be spoilt with daring entertainment, culinary delights and perfectly chilled Mumm champagne. Throughout Mumm’s history, the House has partnered with trailblazers who dare to break with convention,



ABOUT MAISON MUMM Mumm is part of Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët, the prestigious cognac and champagne business of Pernod Ricard, world n°2 in Spirits & Wines. With its distinguished heritage dating back to 1827, Mumm is the leading international champagne house in France. Mumm Grand Cordon Brut, is the perfect embodiment of the spirit of the House: it stands out through the freshness and intensity of its style, which successive generations of cellar masters have successfully maintained and handed down.

as far back as 1904 supporting explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot during the rst French Antarctic expedition. Usain Bolt ts perfectly with the unconventional and daring ethos of this iconic champagne house. As an icon of victory and celebrating with daring achievers, Mumm is also a natural partner for the most exciting sports events worldwide such as the Sun Met Celebrated with Mumm, the Kentucky Derby and the Melbourne Cup. As Mumm’s CEO, Usain has already accomplished his rst mission by taking over Maison Mumm’s US of ces in NewYork City.The fastest man in the world shared his contagious party spirit among guests to showcase Mumm’s partnership at the Kentucky Derby, along with the Maison’s values of #DareWinCelebrate. Bolt’s enthusiasm was so infectious that Mumm’s cellar master even took a turn on the decks, leading to an epic DJ battle. This serves as just a glimpse of what South Africans can expect when the thrill seeking Mumm CEO lands in Cape Town. Bolt will undoubtedly bring a daring twist to how South Africans celebrate the much-anticipated occasion that is the Sun Met Celebrated with Mumm. Website: mumm.com Facebook: facebook.com/champagne.mumm Instagram: instagram.com/ghmumm/ Twitter: twitter.com/ghmumm For more information: digitalpressroom.mumm.com

ABOUT USAIN BOLT Arguably the most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen, Usain St Leo Bolt, created history at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio when he achieved the ‘Triple Triple,’ three gold medals at three consecutive Olympic Games. Usain’s journey to worldwide stardom started at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing where he won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, all in world record times. He followed this up with three gold medals in the same events at the 2012 Olympic Games in London to write his name in the history books as the world’s fastest man. Then one day before his 30th birthday he completed the same triple at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio to cement his legacy as a legend in world sport.







www.FreemanStallions.co.za FreemanStallions are consistently at the forefront – Captain Al had his 8th consecutive 2yo Sire Championship in 2016, Dynasty was crowned Equus Outstanding Sire for the fourth time in 2017 and Trippi was Champion Sire in 2016. Gimmethegreenlight was 2016’s Champion Freshman Sire, boasting a freshman crop Gr1 and Gr2 winner and started the 2017 season by winning both TBA sponsored R1m races. What A Winter was 2017’s Freshman Sire, followed closely by Twice Over who has already sired his first Gr1 winner from a handful of runners. Querari’s progeny continue to impress on the track, Pathfork and Philanthropist have solid stats and a number of exciting runners & Jay Peg is as consistent as ever. Our latest addition to the barn is Quasillo, a handsome son of Sea The Stars and 3-part brother to Querari.

Captain Al –


Al Mufti - Off To War (Complete Warrior) - Bay 1996 - 16hh

SA Champion Sire 2015


Fort Wood - Blake’s Affair (Commodore Blake) - Bay 1999 - 16.1hh

4x Equus Outstanding Sire

8x Champion Sire of 2yo’s (SA record)

19 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 6 Equus Champions Sire of 44 Gr1 horses Sire of 16 Gr1 winners

Sire of 24 Gr1 horses

SA’s most record-setting sire

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.

Continues to break records – even after his passing


Dynasty - Scribblin’ The Cat (Badger’s Drift) - Bay 2010 - 16.1hh

Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) More Than Ready - Yes She Can Cancan (Canny Lad) - Bay 2008 - 16.1hh

2016 Champion Freshman Sire Cape Outstanding new Stallion

Equus Horse of the Year 2015 Equus Champion Older Male 2015 Equus Champ Middle Distance 2015 Gr1 J&B Met

1st 3yo in 40 yrs to win the Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate

Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate

Highest rated 3yo in SA 2012

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, R4.34m

Son of dual Champion Sire More Than Ready - dam produced two Gr1 winners

MR 120


Dynasty - Moonlit Prairie (Cozzene) - Bay 2008 - 16.2hh

Breathtaking class & movie star looks - MR 124

Camden Park - Laptop Lady (Al Mufti) - Bay 2003 - 16.1½ hh

Always competetive 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)

Highest stakes earner in SA history - R40 million


Dynasty - Champers (Restructure) - Bay 2010 - 16.1 ¼ hh

Beat 8 international Gr1 winners when breaking the Gr1 Dubai Duty Free record

Master Of My Fate Jet Master - Promisefrommyheart (Elliodor) - Bay 2009 - 16.2hh

Equus Horse of the Year 2014 Equus Champion 3yo Equus Champion Middle Distance Equus Champion Miler

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 S.


Jay Peg

The best Classic Horse in SA 2011/2012

Immediate damline of sires: Smart Strike (Champion), Strike Smartly, Sky Classic, Sail From Seattle etc New Freshman Sire sale record: R2m


2016 Freshman Sire sale record: R1.7m

19 starts, 7 wins, 8 places, R5.76m

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 made: R450k, R300k, R250k, R200k, R200k, R200k, etc.

Pathfork (USA)

Distorted Humor - Visions of Clarity (Sadler’s Wells) - Bay 2008 - 16.1hh

Philanthropist (USA)

Kris S. - Hidden Reserve (Mr Prospector) - Chestnut 2001 - 16.3hh

5th leading active sire of 3yo’s by %wnrs/rnrs (2016/17)

2nd leading Freshman Sire in SA by stakes (2016)

Irish Champion 2yo

A APEX - amongst the Top 20 sires in the world

Undefeated at 2 yrs including Gr1 & Gr2 Highest rated 2yo in Ireland 2010 TFR 119 Family of Northern Guest, El Gran Senor, etc

Sire of 2 Champions from his 1st crop: Pender Harbour & Phil’s Dream Sales prices include R1.4m, R1.1m, R1.05m, R1.05m, etc.

Son of sensational dual Champion Sire Distorted Humor, 18 Gr1 winners, 139 SW, 58 GSW and over $127m

Sire of 7 stakes horses from his first crop to race in SA including Singapore Sling, Sail, She’s A Giver, Kenny Trix & Lee’s Pick

Quasillo (GER)

Sea The Stars - Quentena (Acatenango) - Chestnut 2012 - 16hh

Querari (GER)

Oasis Dream - Quentena (Acatenango) - Bay 2006 - 16hh

Excellent Group winning son of Sea The Stars

2015 Champion Freshman Sire - Cape

Out of the damline of multiple Champions Top rated 3yr old in Germany in 2015 (9.5-10.5f.) Won 2 races in Germany at 3 years and £35,956 First son of leading European Sire Sea The Stars to come to S.A. Three parts-brother to Cape Champion Freshman Sire Querari

Sire of Gr1 winner Querari Falcon Monks Hood, Wonderwall, Kangaroo Jack, Cosmic Light, Maximizer etc.

Trippi (USA)

End Sweep - Jealous Appeal (Valid Appeal) - Bay 1997 - 16.1hh

SA Champion Sire 2016 Joint SA yearling sale record R6m Sire of Equus Champion Older Female Hammie’s Hooker & Inara – 1st filly to win Gr1 in all 3 provinces Sire of 2x Equus Special Achievement Awards 2016 Sire of 28 Gr1 horses & damsire of Liam’s Map - dual Gr1 winner in USA (2015) Leading Sire of 3yo’s 2015 & 2016 Sire of CTS $1m winner Illuminator & R2.5m Lanzerac RtoR winner Miss Katalin

What A Winter

Western Winter - Waseela (Ahonoora) - Bay 2007 - 16hh

2017 Champion Freshman Sire Cape Outstanding new Stallion Equus Champion Older Male 2012 Equus Champion Sprinter 2012 Equus Champion Sprinter 2013 Won or placed in 8 Gr1 races – joint 3rd highest rated sprinter in the world 2013

Sire of Dutch Philip, Magical Wonderland, Fort Winter, Warrior’s Rest etc.

Champion & Gr1 winner beat 4 champions Top rated in Germany 2010 TFR 121 Son of leading UK sire Oasis Dream

Twice Over (GB)

Observatory - Double Crossed (Caerleon) - Dark Bay 2005 - 16.2hh

Sire of Cape & KZN Champion Gr1 winner Sand And Sea 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. Sales include: R2.1m, R1.2m, R1.1m, R1m, R800k, R750k, 2x R700k etc

Wylie Hall (AUS)

Redoute’s Choice - Beauty Belle (Ideal Planet) - Bay 2009 - 16hh

1st Gr1 Champions Challenge - beat Majmu 1st Gr1 SA Derby 1st past post Gr1 Durban July 6 wins, 9 places, 1400-2450m, R3.65m Half-brother to ABSOLUTE CHAMPION Champion Sprinter - 1200m track record 19 sire sons of Redoute’s Choice have already produced stakes winners - eight of them have Gr1 winners Wylie Hall’s 1st crop on sale 2018

Jackson, Master Of My Fate and Potala Palace’s first yearlings are hitting the track. Wylie Hall’s stunning first crop are on sale in 2018. Futura and Legislate’s first foals have arrived to excellent report from some of the top breeders in SA. Our latest addition to the barn is Quasillo, a handsome son of Sea The Stars and 3-part brother to Querari. Exciting times we live in. Thank you for your continued support. Stallion Syndicates managed by: FreemanStallions PO Box 26, Sea Point, 8060 Tel: +27 (0)21 418 0566 • Fax: +27 (0)21 418 0254 • Cell: +27 (0)82 777 8117 john@johnfreeman.co.za • www.freemanstallions.co.za • www.johnfreeman.co.za INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE 19 facebook.com/freeman.stallions twitter.com/freemanstallion FreemanStallions

Soft Falling Rain winning the Godolphin Mile

Text & Photos by Liesl King


On the banks of the Breede River, nestled in the fertile Robertson valley, you will find Highlands Stud, one of South Africa’s premier thoroughbred nurseries. To produce good horses one needs four things; great pastures, world class stallions, quality mares and staff that are horsemen through and through. Highlands has all four in abundance.







he limestone rich pastures of Highlands have produced generations of thoroughbreds with exceptionally good bone, while the area’s cold, dry winters make them as tough as nails. While nearly 100 hectares of vast paddocks, provide ample room to run and strengthen those essential muscles. Highlands also has a long history of standing champion stallions, such as past greats Persian Wonder (GB), Elevation, Roland Gardens (IRE), National Assembly (CAN), Harry Hotspur, Bush Telegraph, Badger Land (USA) and Jallad (USA). These days multiple champion sire Dynasty calls Highlands his home, while newcomers Pathfork (USA), Jackson, Rafeef

(AUS) and Canford Cliffs (IRE) are set to follow in his footsteps. Knee-deep in the lush, green grass of the stud’s paddocks you will find a star-studded selection of local and international broodmares. Over the years Highlands has supplemented the stud’s bloodlines by purchasing yearling fillies and mares, mainly from the United States. This blending of South African and American bloodlines has produced a host of graded winners and is a practice that is still ongoing, with Highlands recently purchasing G3 winner Three Hearts (USA) in foal to Candy Ride (USA), at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. And if you are looking for true horsemen, Highlands is the

Cloth of Cloud in the ring at CPYS



African Night Sky winning the Highlands Stud Winter Classic

place to find them. Mike Sharkey has been on the stud for 26 years and he is ably assisted by a complement of staff, many of whom are second or third generation studhands. With over a hundred mares and several stallions in residence, it is a round-the-clock, hands-on operation. Hence it is no wonder that Highlands is renowned for producing outstanding, quality individuals, who reap the rewards for their owners on the racetrack. Since the early days of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale, held annually in the Cape Town International Convention Centre in January, a variety of Highlands-bred stars have passed through its auction ring. At the inaugural Cape Premier Yearling Sale in 2011, a dark brown colt by National Assembly out of Gardner’s Delight (USA), consigned by Highlands Stud as Lot 54, was knocked down to Shadwell South Africa for R350,000.Trained by Mike de Kock and named Soft Falling Rain, he would go on to win the G1 SA Nursery, earning him the title of 2012 Equus Two-year-old Colt, before an overseas campaign that saw him win the G2 Godolphin Mile on World Cup Day and the G2 British Champions Series Nayef Joel Stakes at Newmarket. Not a bad start for any stud at a new yearling sale.

Many more graded winners followed in his footsteps, all sold at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Grade 1 winners The Hangman, Pine Princess, Silver Mountain and Cloth Of Cloud, as well as graded stakes winners Franny, Daring Dave, Dynastic Power, Olympic Owen and Let It Rain were all graduates of the Sale. Not only were these yearlings bred by Highlands but often they were also by the stud’s resident sires. The Hangman being by Jallad, while Daring Dave, Dynastic Power and Let It Rain are all by Dynasty. The success continues with six Highlands-bred graded winners from the past season being graduates of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Lady Of The House, a stunning filly by Dynasty, won the G1 Woolavington over 2000m, while Eyes Wide Open, a Dynasty colt flew home in the G1 Premiers Champion Stakes over 1600m. Another Dynasty daughter, Smiling Blue Eyes, out of the Badger Land mare Sage Blue had a terrific season, easily winning the G2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas and the G3 Fillies Mile, while the G3 Strelitzia Stakes went the way of Neptune’s Rain, a daughter of Antonius Pius. The boys were also in action with Trip To Heaven, a gelding



Rafeef and Quinton Pietersen. Photo by Michael Price



Ross Kieswetter. Photo by Michael Price

by Trippi (USA) out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare Helleborus Blue proving to be extremely versatile with a victories in the G2 Diadem Stakes (1200m) and the G2 Merchants Handicap (1160m) as well as two close seconds in the G1 Gold Challenge over a mile and the G1 Cape Flying Championship (1000m). While the aptly named African Night Sky, a gelding by Dynasty out of the Cozzene mare Starzene(USA) claimed the Winter Triple Crown series, winning the G3 Winter Guineas (1600), the G3 Winter Classic (1800m) and the G3 Winter Derby over 2400m with ease.

Lady Of The House at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale

What a season Highlands Stud has had, proving once again that it is a nursery of champions. It has also been a tremendous year for the stud’s new owners, the Kieswetter family, with Whisky Baron proudly carrying their colours to victory in the G1 Sun Met. Now the Kieswetter family and Highlands Stud look forward to consigning 14 outstanding yearlings at the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale on the 20th and 21st of January.The perfect place to go find your next star!











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Text & Photos by Liesl King


F R O M K E N YA T O K E N I LW O R T H V I A T H E C U R R A G H By Michael Clower, a byline attached to almost every racing article ever written in any of the Cape Town newspapers over the last eleven years. A quiet, well-spoken gentleman, Clower is well known and liked by all the trainers. Most racegoers will have crossed his path as he heads down the escalators at Kenilworth Racecourse on his way to interview yet another winning trainer or to find out just why their star colt ran so poorly. Always impeccably dressed in a suit and tie, as per the dress code of old, Clower’s only concession to working at the tip of the African continent is a dapper straw hat; a necessity on summer days when the sun gets a little too harsh. For you see, Clower originally hails from the cold and damp climate of England, where racing is conducted under perpetually grey skies and the dress code is absolutely not negotiable.


ew however know the man himself. Despite working alongside him in the Kenilworth media room for a number of years, our acquaintance was limited to asking which winners he needed me to send photos of and sharing the odd cup of tea at 4pm while we watched whatever English or Irish racing Tellytrack deigned to provide us with. A surprise find of a dusty book on champion hurdler Istabraq in a Newmarket bookstore and a chance notice of the announcement that a 71 year old had been crowned Irish Racing journalist of the Year, made me want to know more as the name Michael Clower was attached to both. Clower’s story is rather like that of a seafarer of old, crisscrossing the oceans, with brief stays on several continents, while unexpected encounters and life’s ups and downs dictate the journey. The Clower family business was that of funeral directors and for two hundred years R Clower and Sons ferried most of Nottingham to their final resting places. Upon the death of his great-grandfather, the four brothers sold the business for a small fortune. With plenty of money in his pocket, Clower’s grandfather decided to buy a string of National Hunt horses. 28


It was also a family business with his grandfather training the horses, while his father Dick rode them. Despite having horses around as he grew up, Clower wasn’t interested in racing at all, until a stay at a school friend’s farm as a teenager, where of course there was a horse. “Well I went from being led around very nervously, to cantering the thing around the fields after a week, dreaming of riding in point to points. From there I became hooked on racing very quickly. My interest was jumping to begin with, but then I became equally addicted to the flat”, Clower explains. Born into a racing family as such, it would seem natural for Clower to follow in the ‘family business’, but strangely his parents insisted that it would be best for him to become a Chartered Accountant. Clower takes up the story. “I was doing the five years of articles for Chartered Accountancy but all I wanted was to become a trainer, because after a fortnight of the accountancy I realised it wasn’t for me, but my parents wouldn’t let me give it up. Once my articles were completed, I had a job fixed up with Jonathan Sheppard, a trainer in America, but as soon as I started working with horses I quickly came to the conclusion that I didn’t have the necessary affinity with them to be a trainer or at least to make a success of it. As I didn’t know what to do, I went to an agency in London that specialised in putting Chartered Accountants in jobs

Michael interveiwing Brett Crawford

around the world.They said ‘South Africa is the place for you’ and sent me to Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG). The man who interviewed me there said to me ‘why do you want to go to SA, why don’t you go to East Africa’. It was all the same to me, just a place on the map. But he had lived there and he described it to me. It sounded quite good, so off I went and naturally I drifted towards the racing.” Racing in Kenya in the sixties was of a much higher quality than it is today. British Champion Pat Eddery was a regular rider there and Beryl Markham, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic was one of the trainers. Markham was very successful sending out a string of champions and winning most of Kenya’s top races. Clower was in racing heaven and while he may have been an accountant, his passion was still racing. “It was cheap enough for me to afford a couple of racehorses and I rode them myself on the flat. I won three of my first six rides, but I never won another race again after that.” Those horses were also the catalyst for his fledgling steps into the world of racing journalism. A chance encounter set in motion a career that would span several decades and take Clower all over the world. “I was about 23 and one of the owners in the stable said that the racing correspondent for the main paper, the East African Standard was leaving the country and he had been

asked to replace him, but he didn’t want to. So I said ‘well if you don’t want to I would like to’. I didn’t really have any ambitions to be a racing journalist, but I didn’t think it was done very well and I thought it should be done properly. The sports editor however, was most reluctant to let me do it, as I had no journalistic experience and I had only been in the country about four months. He said ‘ok you can do it for the next two meetings’ and after two meetings he said ‘well you can carry on but if the other fellow comes back then he takes over the job’. “ The erstwhile scribe never returned and Clower continued to write for the East African Standard, whilst riding his horses in races. He got married to Tessa two years later and shortly afterwards suffered a very bad fall during a race. Badly concussed, he collapsed in the street the next day and Tessa wisely suggested that perhaps it was time to give up the riding and to concentrate on his writing. According to Clower, “It seemed a good idea and from then on I wanted to be a full time racing journalist”. The couple left Kenya in 1973 to return to the UK. Clower went to see various people at the Sporting Life and Timeform etc.They all said they would love to take him on, but a visit to Ireland, a place he had never been to before, changed everything. “The editor of the Irish Field said ‘if you can get a job in Ireland as an accountant, I can give you plenty of writing’. He sent me to see a INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


fellow called Jonathan Irwin, a bloodstock agent, who later became the boss of Goffs and he told me to come to Ireland.‘Don’t go to England, you have to be a Brigadier and 70 before anybody takes any notice of you’ he said.”

The move to Cape Town came at the instigation of his wife. Tessa pointed out that she had spent the first thirty years of her life in the sun in Kenya, the next thirty in cold and damp Ireland and she wanted to go back to the sun for the last bit. They had been to Cape Town on holiday a couple of times and had liked So Clower moved to Ireland, where he found it rather tough at the place. Just to make sure though, one holiday was booked in first. He was working as an accountant, whilst writing for the Irish the middle of winter, specifically to check out how cold a Cape Field, but making a name for himself wasn’t easy. After about two winter was. It must have been one of our milder ones as the and a half years Clower reckoned he had enough income to give couple moved in 2006. Clower thought he would probably have up the accountancy, but before he could resign he got sacked, to retire, but he was determined not to. He tried to write for effectively accelerating the decision. Five years later he became the Parade magazine but with no success. Irish correspondent of Pacemaker magazine and it took another ten years before he was made the So he started his own magazine,The SA Irish correspondent for Sporting Life. Bloodstock News. Things went well for Mick a while, but then his business partner Kinane “When I first went there I wrote started cutting back. On one occasion Big Race quite a lot for the Irish Field, but even pulling the plug on the magazine King when I went to Sporting Life I had about ten days before it was due to go kind of moved on from the Irish to print. In the end Clower felt they Field. I had been with Sporting Life were giving him a bad name so he gave for 15 years when it folded and it felt it up. as if somebody was playing snakes and ladders with my career. I went A number of breeders and trainers, in right down from the top line to the particular Joey Ramsden, weren’t happy bottom.” The Racing Post took over with that decision and lobbied for him a couple of the Sporting Life people, to be the new editor of Parade. Clower but Clower was only offered a part entered into discussions with Gold time job. Thankfully the Sunday Circle, but in the end it was agreed that The Times stepped in, asking him to Parade would continue to be edited Legend of write a weekly column that then in Durban, but that he would write Istabraq expanded to him doing the reports for them. A few months later Andrew and the features as well. Two years Harrison, Parade’s new editor and after the closure of Sporting Life, the also the racing editor for Independent Racing Post came knocking, asking Newspapers, asked whether Clower him to come on board full time. was interested in becoming their Clower said yes, though the timing Cape Town correspondent. The rest is as with most things in life wasn’t history. To this day Clower still writes ideal. for the Irish Field as well as the Racing Post. These days just as their South “I was in the middle of my third African correspondent and it was this book then, the one on Istabraq (The Legend of Istabraq), which work that garnered him the coveted award of Irish Racing I had started as I didn’t have enough to do. I had been trying Journalist of the Year in 2015. Incidentally the same year that to write a novel without any success whatsoever. One book he won the Equus Award as South African Racing Journalist publisher wrote back to my agent and said it is amazing that of the Year. someone would writes such interesting stuff every day of the week, could write such a boring book. And so in desperation, as Now 73, Clower still has no intention of stepping down. As he I thought I had to write a book at that stage, I started with Mick puts it: “I love what I am doing and I am not stopping anytime Kinane, as he was the obvious one with everything he had done soon!” The job that was so casually offered to him all those around the world and he agreed to do it. (Mick Kinane - Big years ago in Kenya has him firmly in its grip. It combines his love Race King:The Authorised Biography). of horses, his race riding and his ambitions to be a trainer all in one. The only thing missing is his beloved jump racing. Clower “That was the first one, whenever I went to see my agent may not have ridden over jumps, but it’s in his blood. It was the afterwards he said ‘you must do Charlie Swan’, who was the family business after all. Hence when the jumps season starts in top jockey then. So whenever I saw him he’d say, ‘don’t forget November, you had better not interrupt when we sit down to Charlie’. So I did that one as well (Champion Charlie: The our afternoon tea in the pressroom, to watch the likes of The Authorised Biography of Charlie Swan) and then Istabraq. My New One and Thistlecrack flying over fences in the faraway land last book was Kings of the Turf: Ireland’s Top Racehorse Trainers, of his birth. It seems Jonathan Irwin was right all those years ago. which I wrote when I came to Cape Town. It was just something Whilst Clower may not be a Brigadier, he is seventyish and yes for me to do. I like keeping busy.” the racing world is definitely taking notice! 30



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By Mark van Deventer

RESILIENCE AND INNOVATION IS KEY Everybody knows that we’re living through trying economic times, and the bloodstock market is not insulated in its own bubble against recession. Being resilient and innovative is key under these circumstances, so Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS) are not making the error of lamenting the situation, but instead are making the right business moves to weather the storm.



CPYS-2017-Lot50 filly by Trippi ex Epic Style by Spectrum - sold for R2,000,000 to Justin Casse - copyright Jeremy Nelson


CPYS-2017-Lot32 (Charles) colt by Trippi ex Demanding Lady by Dynasty - sold for R6,000,000 to MV Magnier - copyright Jeremy Nelson

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he calendar was cluttered before with a whole bunch of auctions and whilst it seemingly made sense to offer a diverse selection of horses for a range of niche market segments, it just wasn’t working. The top end of the spectrum held up strongly, yet the response was underwhelming in the lower- middle bracket.

note for CPYS 2018 will be the 20th and 21st January.

A major rationalisation of the sales program is an appropriate response. In the past, there were six sales under the CTS banner for yearlings and two year olds, spread out over the year and staged either in Johannesburg or at various venues in the Cape. A decision was made in September 2017 to snip the number of auctions by half, with all three events slated to take place in Cape Town.

The most striking trend was the strength of the upper market. Record –equalling, R6 million purchase (USD 461 538), Charles, came with a stallions pedigree being by Trippi out of a successful race-mare. Sovereign Sway, who fetched R5.75 million, was sired by Dynasty in a justifiable valuation given the excellent female line to complement this sought after top echelon producer.

The Cape Premier Yearling Sale is to remain in its popular January slot at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. It’s a challenging logistical undertaking that always proceeds remarkably smoothly, characterised by a great atmosphere at the auction itself, as well as the surrounding big Stakes races which happen in the midst of an idyllic Southern hemisphere Summer at Kenilworth racecourse. Sales dates to

In November, CTS concluded a most successful Ready To Run sale, staged at Durbanville. The 149 catalogued Lots realised an aggregate of R30 480 000 (over 2 million USD) at a most respectable average of R236 279. This RTR, or “breeze up” concept as it is known internationally, is now well entrenched and serves an important role in the promotion of bloodstock on advantageous terms to buyers.



Vendors in 2017 were pleased at the final aggregate realised of R155 225 000 (USD 12 million). Each year an increased presence of canny overseas buyers is noticed tussling with discerning locals to secure the most desirable lots. The average settled a fraction below 700K (USD 53 846) whilst a median price of R387 500 (USD 29 807) was attained.

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In the midst of the buzzing auction, CTS Bloodstock Manager, Kerry Jack, exclaimed, ”It’s been a strong sale and we’re very pleased with the result.There’s been a good vibe here tonight with a broad buyers bench and a solid average attained, up on last year’s figures.” Indeed, the Ready To Run concept is well received in South Africa and has a positive recent history with notable graduates Captain America, Red Ray, Always in Charge, Safe Harbour, French Navy, Zodiac Ruler, Seventh Plain, Search Party and Ten Gun Salute all scoring in prestigious Graded races. The day after the sale, a daughter of Trippi, Miss Katalin just edged out Bold Respect in the R2.5 million Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes at Kenilworth, to secure the lucrative incentive offered to qualifying CTS graduates. Trained by Justin Snaith, she made a dramatic surge under Grant van Niekerk to deny front-running, Bold Respect. Looking ahead, as part of revised scheduling, the CTS March Yearling Sale will in future be integrated with the Emperor’s Palace Select Yearling Sale and held over three days on the 13th, 14th and 15th April in the Cape. This now includes a select offering for later maturing horses, to a value session with low costs to sellers, and buyers seeking value purchases.

The gathering will comprise three sessions. An evening Select Session followed by a quality selection of yearlings that would previously have been showcased on the old March yearling draft. All horses consigned here are eligible for the amazing CTS Millions incentive, excepting Day 3’s value hunters auction which features stock that won’t qualify for those big prizes. In other news, Cape Thoroughbred Sales has forged a strategic partnership by acquiring a major share of Kuda Holdings. Founder, Wehann Smith, who has also been appointed new CEO of CTS, will remain in charge of this dynamic insurance company which specialises in providing peace of mind at competitive rates for clients’ bloodstock assets, game and wildlife, together with aviation and international transit solutions. Kuda and CTS are a neat fit, and now that the joint deal has been formalised, Smith is strengthening their operational synergies. One of the most crucial issues affecting the viability of thoroughbred breeding and racing in South Africa relates to the issue of export protocols. Getting horses into the country can be done without undue drama, even if it’s costly due to the distances involved, but the whole debate revolves



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around the practicalities of SA producers being able to ship out to other countries. Ostensibly for safety reasons, though commercial trading imperatives arguably play a “hidden” role in legislation enforced by foreign governments, SA horses are subject to careful scrutiny for the African Horse Sickness virus. Lengthy quarantine periods and arduous journeys are involved before they can legally move into certain countries. This has severely hampered efforts to export South African stock abroad. Think back to more accommodating times in 1997 when London News, who trainer Alec Laird got race-fit in South Africa, and, after testing clean, was allowed to zip straight over to Hong Kong for that famous victory in the Queen Elizabeth 11 Cup. The saga has been ongoing for many years with optimists seeing an imminent relaxation of the protocols as vaccines and testing becomes more advanced, and government gets properly engaged in the process. Pessimists may be disheartened by the lack of real change despite occasional encouraging statements. Seemingly, meaningful progress has been made in the last couple of years with the racing/ breeding lobby working in harmony with vets to reach a mutually satisfying agreement. According to CTS director,



Chris van Niekerk, “This is a vital juncture for all of us.” To wrap up on a buoyant note: As proof of the racing worth of CTS Graduates, they yielded 8 Grade 1 winners in South Africa for the 2016/17 season, together with 17 Grade 2 successes as 22 individual horses combined to rake in those trophies. That is an impressive haul! Brave Mary and Sand and Sea were juvenile winners at Grade 1 level whilst in the three year- old crop, Just Sensual, Lady of the House and William Longsword stood out amongst their contemporaries. Super race mare Carry On Alice managed to add another two Grade 1 victories to her stellar resume (SA Fillies Sprint and Flying Champs) before heading off to stud, and durable miler Captain America won the Gold Challenge shortly before turning seven. Buyers at up-coming CTS events will be looking to unearth similar talents. With the support of South Africa’s top stud farms, catalogues are filled with well bred and attractive stock across a sweeping price range. It would be delusional to ignore the challenges the industry faces, yet periods of uncertainty often prove an opportune time for investors to get involved on favourable terms. This multi-facetted and enduring racing game constantly beckons with loads of exciting possibilities.

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Every seat was taken and many of the aisles were jammed, yet still more people tried to wedge their way into the room. Murmurs of anticipation swelled in the air like buzzing bees until there was a collective inhalation as she entered with a flourish, caped in red and tossing her head.



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ere she is, truly the gold standard for Thoroughbreds,” Fasig-Tipton Co. announcer Terence Collier intoned with dramatic flair. “This is the incomparable Songbird.”

at a time, Porter’s face revealed a complex swirl of bittersweet satisfaction.

Several minutes later, she departed the scene with a few jumps, startled by bursts of applause aimed at her, the man she had inspired through a near death struggle with cancer and the woman bold enough to offer $9.5 million to obtain her.

“She gave me so much to look forward to—I so much wanted to see her run and to see just how good she was. I’ve never had a horse like her before,” Porter said, recalling how Songbird had lifted his spirits even when he lay near death in a hospital.

From the start of her racing career in 2015, twice champion Songbird has never been ordinary.

While she was racing at the closing stages of her career, which netted 13 wins in 15 starts and earnings of $4,692,000, Porter gained entrance to a clinical trial at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with the help of friend B. Wayne Hughes, owner of Spendthrift Farm.

Her sale by Rick Porter at Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington on November 6 was just the latest landmark in the brilliant life of the Medaglia d’Oro filly who roused high passion in fans and who now will go on to the next chapter of her life as a broodmare. As she exited the sale ring, Porter raised his right hand slightly to acknowledge the crowd’s clapping. Sitting just a few rows away from where Songbird had pranced and kicked as auctioneer Danny Green’s singsong chants recorded bids rising by $1 million

It is not easy to say good-bye to a treasure, particularly one that provided a spark to keep on living.

By the time Porter and his filly reunited at Fasig-Tipton, he was in complete remission. “It is an absolute miracle,” Porter declared. Also remarkable, within the realm of bloodstock, was Songbird’s sale to Mandy Pope, who did not give up bidding even when the

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numbers soared over the budget she had set with her accountant.

Cup Juvenile Fillies at Keeneland.

“It’s a lot of money, but that’s a lot of mare,” Green observed from the podium.“What a beauty she is.We all thought she was worth every penny of this,” Collier added.

The following season, she was undefeated in seven starts until she waged one of the most memorable battles in recent racing history. Going shoulder to shoulder with older multiple champion Beholder, Songbird grittily held her own on the rail, losing by just whiskers in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Park, and that courageous performance assured her champion three-year-old filly honors for 2016.

The $9.5 million it took to lead her out of Fasig-Tipton ranks second all-time for a broodmare prospect, behind only the $10 million it took to acquire 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace. In a rare synchronicity of such high-dollar transactions, Porter also had raced that mare and Pope also had been the buyer, with Taylor Made Sales Agency consigning both to the Fasig-Tipton November venue. Both Porter and Pope were counting their blessings just as much as the dollars following Songbird’s theatrical turn in the ring, which Taylor Made enhanced by blanketing the filly in a red cooler stitched in gold with her feats. The covering was removed prior to the start of bidding just as if a rare piece of art was being put on display in a museum. “I’m very happy with that. I wanted her to stay in America, and I know Mandy will take good care of her,” said Porter of the result while revealing that his reserve price was less than $5 million as he wanted the bidding to remain valid and encourage potential buyers. “She’s one of a kind,” he mused about Songbird. “She was something just unbelievable.”

Niggling pains caused by bone bruising took a toll in 2017, and while Songbird won her first two starts, both Grade 1 races, she was caught in deep stretch in the Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Edged by a neck by the mare that would go on to win the subsequent edition of the Distaff, Forever Unbridled, Songbird had run for the final time.


After conferring with veterinarians, Porter called an end to Songbird’s racing career. As the owner of Eight Belles, who shattered both front ankles so horrifically after finishing a game second to Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby, Porter did not want to endanger Songbird in any way by continuing to race her. In an unusual gesture, the owner sent his champion to Taylor Made Farm outside Lexington to rest—and to greet racing fans. A special event was held in late October during which hundreds of fans gathered at the farm and took turns posing for photos with the filly, patting her and feeding her carrots.

“I was not going to do it,” Pope said, shaking her head and almost giggling in a nervous euphoria. “I really had a budget and I didn’t keep to it. So, my accountant is not going to be very happy with me.”

Concurrently, momentum for her sale multiplied as Taylor Made released a video proclaiming her to be “the most accomplished broodmare prospect ever offered at public auction in North America.”

When asked why, after a long pause in the bidding, she made what proved to be the winning move on a $300,000 raise from $9.2 million, Pope thought for a moment and then said simply: “Because she was awesome.”

Pope was among those visiting the filly at the farm, just as she had done while falling in love with Havre de Grace five years earlier. By the time the bidding began, she found herself compelled to go higher, budget be damned.

A stunning dark bay splashed with white on her face and four socks, Songbird was foaled in 2013 by Grade 2 winner Ivanavinalot, who is by the Forty Niner stallion West Acre. Looking at her extended pedigree, she is yet another superlative example of what can happen when Northern Dancer descendants are crossed with Mr. Prospector blood.

“I’m just very blessed. I will never forget that—it is the most important thing,” Pope said, becoming emotional and thanking her family for the financial resources stemming from their chain of retail stores that have allowed her to buy bloodstock jewels like Songbird and Havre de Grace. “I’m very humbled by all of this. I never expected to be doing this—I never dreamed I’d be doing any of this.”

Bred by John Antonelli, the filly was purchased by Porter as a yearling for $400,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale. She quickly blazed through her races as a juvenile, romping to a championship title while never threatened in the 2015 Breeders’



She added that it also takes a degree of being “ornery” and an unyielding resolve to hold her own in the highly-charged sale world dominated by men.



Fans cheer for Songbird during a special event to honor the filly at Taylor Made Farm

In a relatively short time of buying bloodstock at the elite end of the market, Pope has proved to be a powerful auction adversary. She has acquired not only the two top mares from Porter but also the likes of Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty, champion Groupie Doll and Betterbetterbetter, the three-quarter sister to Group 1 winners Quarter Moon and Yesterday. She confided that prior to purchasing Songbird, she also had looked at another champion in the Fasig-Tipton catalog, Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Tepin, who made history by traveling to England to defeat males yet again in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

“What an awesome racemare and what can you say about her? She was awesome, she is awesome looking, and she is by Medgalia d’Oro, who I think is one of the best sires. I think there are genetics there for her to go on and make a good mama,” Pope said. “So, fingers crossed. “Lots of prayers are needed,” she added.

For the revitalized Porter, who does not breed horses and thus sells his colts and fillies at the conclusion of their racing careers (or earlier, as he did this spring with eventual Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner and Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Battle of Midway), Since she went over budget on Songbird, Pope said she could the cycle continues. Healthy and fueled with cash, he continues to not pursue Tepin, who was sold ten hips later, in foal to Curlin, assemble future stable stars for his Fox Hill Farm. to Coolmore’s M. V. Magnier for $8 million. Magnier said Tepin would be sent to Ireland to be bred next year to Galileo; another As 2017 was winding down, Porter had 14 yearlings and 17 twochampion, Stellar Wind, will stay in the United States and be bred year-olds, including a juvenile Medaglia d’Oro filly named Forever to American Pharoah in 2018 after being acquired by Coolmore and a two-year-old Curlin colt named New Colossus that he mentioned as promising. At the Keeneland November sale, Fox for $6 million at Keeneland. Hill acquired five weanlings for a total of $895,000. While Pope initially said she would consider Tapit, Galileo and Frankel as possible mates for Songbird, she later selected “We’ll have a lot of activity coming up. I’d like to get another good Juddmonte’s champion Arrogate, currently the world’s highest horse,” Porter said. “But I’m not even thinking about another Songbird—you really can’t ever imagine that.” ranked racehorse.



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Canada’s 2015 Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Champion Catch a Glimpse.

Tepin sold for $8,000,000 to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier.

Beautiful horses and the colors of fall were a common sight at the sales.

Two-time Eclipse Award winner Tepin patiently waits on previous owner Robert Masterson.

Canada’s 2015Grade Horse1 of the Year The six-time winner and Champion and Breeders’ filly CupofChampion 3-Year-Old 2015, Stellar Wind.

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Jockey Florent Geroux is jubilant as Gun Runner powers to Breeders’ Cup Classic triumph

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He is not the world’s highest ranked racehorse, nor is he the winningest. But in the waning twilight of a late California autumn afternoon, Gun Runner’s evolution became complete. He established himself as nothing less than the best horse on the planet going 1 ¼ miles on dirt when the major championships for 2017 were on the line.



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is daring front-running display of speed and stamina under Florent Geroux in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, leaving old adversary Arrogate 6 1/4 lengths behind in a dead heat for fifth, clinched the American Horse of the Year trophy.

Capping a season in which he reeled off four consecutive and impressive Grade 1 wins after his second to Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup, Gun Runner’s feat also propelled the refined chestnut into the highest stratosphere with breeders. Light on his feet and capable of setting the pace or coming from behind while fired with a blend of blood that has proved supreme on three continents, Gun Runner is viewed as a horse with special sire potential. It’s a particularly promising bonus that his dam, the Giant’s Causeway mare Quiet Giant, is a half sister to 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam, who sired 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace in just one season at stud prior to a fatal accident.

racecourse in New Orleans—where trainer Steve Asmussen was to prepare him for his swan song in history’s richest race, the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes set for January 27 at Gulfstream Park—esteemed French breeder Alec Head was among those assessing the new champion. “I wish he was mine,” Head said after patting Gun Runner on the nose and watching him walk like a panther on the prowl. “He’s a lovely horse, no doubt about it. And he’s got a good engine.” Chris Baker, chief operating officer at Three Chimneys, which owns Gun Runner in partnership with Ron Winchell’s Winchell Thoroughbreds, noted that the serene, intelligent attitude exhibited by the son of Candy Ride is another significant attribute. He expects no problems in transitioning Gun Runner from racing to breeding in the span of just about two weeks after the Pegasus, the same pattern followed successfully by 2014 and 2016 Horse of the Year California Chrome.

European and other international breeders flocked to see Gun Runner when he visited his future home at Three Chimneys Farm near Lexington for several days of inspections after his masterful Breeders’ Cup performance.

“The way he settled in here right away, within the first ten minutes after arriving, and the way he’s handled all the traveling, from New Orleans to Oaklawn to Dubai to Saratoga to Del Mar, flying, vanning whatever—he’s never gotten upset by any of it,” Baker said. “I think the change of routine from racehorse to stallion can challenge any of them, but he’s smart enough and adaptive enough that we’re going to be fine there.

Just before Gun Runner boarded a van for Fair Grounds

“I haven’t heard negative word one,” Baker added of the response

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Trainer Steve Asmussen (center) cheers in the winner’s circle with Gun Runner’s other connections

from prospective breeders who came to the farm to see Gun Runner. “What’s been interesting to learn is how appealing he’s been to the Europeans.They love the way he moves.” For Baker, the connection with Gun Runner is personal as the colt comes from a female family developed by the late Edward P. Evans. Baker previously served as manager of Evans’s Spring Hill Farm in Virginia, where Gun Runner’s dam was foaled. Knowing his bloodlines so well and after witnessing Gun Runner float through the Classic on a tricky Del Mar racetrack surface that proved the undoing of Arrogate in three losing efforts after Dubai, Baker sees unlimited potential. “Because of the way he’s made, and that’s part of what makes him so appealing, he suits a broad spectrum. He’s a mediumsized horse with some elegance and length of frame, so big mare, small mare, I don’t think it really matters,” Baker said. “He also is fairly versatile from a breeding standpoint—Mr. Prospector line, Northern Dancer line other than Storm Cat, A.P. Indy—there are a lot of options of what you can breed him to. “Phenotypically and genotypically, he fits a very broad spectrum of mares. We’ll have fun sorting through all the applications and figuring out what’s best, and in the years to come we’ll figure out what really works,” he said.

The Argentine-bred Candy Ride, a champion in his native country and a Grade 1 winner in the United States, is currently America’s leading active sire.The international components of Gun Runner’s pedigree are amplified considering that his maternal grandsire, Giant’s Causeway, was a champion in Europe before becoming a leading international sire. Even while heading into breeding careers, Gun Runner’s competition with Arrogate, who was retired after the Breeders’ Cup and sent to owner Juddmonte Farms in Lexington, will continue. Juddmonte announced Arrogate’s 2018 fee as $75,000, and soon afterward, Three Chimneys released word that Gun Runner would stand for $70,000. Both farms have been busy gathering mares for the colts, whose rivalry began in the 2016 Travers Stakes, when Arrogate romped wire to wire and Gun Runner was 15 lengths to his rear in third. After Dubai, Gun Runner thrived while Arrogate inexplicably languished after his own run of four consecutive brilliant Grade 1 triumphs. Three Chimneys Chairman Goncalo Borges Torrealba said the farm will send many of its best mares to Gun Runner in 2018, including Grade 1 winners Pure Clan, Malibu Prayer and Stopchargingmaria. Those three mares were acquired at auction in recent years for a total of $9.3 million. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


Steve Asmussen shares quiet moment with Gun Runner during a schooling session

Additionally, Three Chimneys listed the dams of Grade 1 winner Twirling Candy, a successful sire son of Candy Ride, and champion La Verdad as mates for Gun Runner in his initial season. “I am a big believer in top families, and with two Horses of the Year in his first two dams, one could make a case that there is no more active or relevant pedigree in the stud book today than that of Gun Runner,”Torrealba said. Gun Runner was bred by Besilu Stables, which joined its bloodstock holdings with Three Chimneys in 2014. Winchell opted to join Three Chimneys in racing the colt. “I have been fortunate enough to own several great horses, but Gun Runner is clearly at the top of my list. He is the horse of a lifetime. His brilliance was recognizable early and improved with every season. His consistency, soundness and race recovery were comparable to none. These traits should serve him well as a stallion,” said Winchell. Considering that Winchell purchased Tapit as a yearling, raced him to Grade 1 success and has been deeply involved in that horse’s rise to status as America’s top sire, those are strong words. Yet no one holds more admiration for Gun Runner than Asmussen, the Racing Hall of Famer who has remarkably developed four Horses of the Year in just over a decade. His string began with Curlin, who reigned in 2007 and 2008, continued with Rachel



Arrogate arrives in the paddock for the Classic

Alexandra in 2009 and now will include Gun Runner for 2017. “He doesn’t owe us anything,” Asmussen declared of Gun Runner. “He knows who he is, and he accepts it, and he feels up to it all the time.The confidence that he gives you is unbelievable.” Racing in the Pegasus would be a fitting conclusion to Gun Runner’s career. He was denied an opportunity to race in the inaugural running of the event in January 2017 when a quarantine was imposed at his Fair Grounds base due to an outbreak of equine herpes virus in another barn. Privately, the Gun Runner team is ecstatic about his chances in the 2018 Pegasus, believing that the sandy Gulfstream Park track and the 1 1/8 miles will provide the perfect scenario for a brilliant farewell to racing. Tentative plans had called for a return trip to Dubai for 2018 as well as another try in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but when Gun Runner crossed the finish in isolated splendor at Del Mar, those goals became superfluous. “I think everybody came to the conclusion that the smart thing to do would be to run him one more time and send him to the breeding shed,” said David Fiske, Winchell’s racing manager. “I’ll be sad not to see him race next year, because, frankly, he’s doing phenomenal. It’s not easy to put something away that is

working so good,” Winchell declared. “He doesn’t have any purses. Japanese Triple Crown winner Orfevre currently stands nagging problems; he’s 100 percent sound, healthy.The economics, atop the globe with the equivalent of $19,005,276. plus the fact he’s accomplished about all he can accomplish—he However, with promises of more money to other runners in the really doesn’t have anything to prove at this point.” Pegasus field after owners of 2017 also-rans complained about One last goal for Gun Runner could be to see if he can break how much they lost with the required $1 million fee to participate, Arrogate’s all-time earnings record of $17,422,600, but that may the return to the winner may not be enough for a record. not be within reach, just as Gun Runner will not surpass his rival Gun Runner responded resoundingly to every challenge presented on the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2017. to him in 2017 and matured physically, Asmussen observed after Arrogate remains on top of that list, due to his breathtaking Dubai the Classic, provoking wonder at what he might still be able to do triumph, at 134, two pounds ahead of Australia’s wondermare if his career was to continue beyond the Pegasus. Winx with British-based Cracksman third at 130 and Gun Runner next at 129.The final rankings were to be released in January after While the colt was schooling in the Del Mar paddock prior to the the running of the Japan Cup and Hong Kong International Races. Classic, Asmussen said he and assistant Scott Blasi marvelled at how robust he appeared after a long season and frequent travel The Breeders’ Cup victory did, however, elevate Gun Runner two between racetracks that would have taken a toll on others. pounds from his previous ranking at 127. “He’s a bigger, stronger, better version,” Asmussen said.“I think he’s Gun Runner also collected $3.3 million for his Breeders’ Cup better today than he’s ever been.” performance, improving his career total to $8,988,500. The inaugural $12 million Pegasus yielded $7 million to Arrogate, but But as the trainer stated, “there’s no need to be greedy.” Instead, the 2018 running could offer more to the winner, although purse he reflected on how meaningful it has been to have the horse distribution of the $16 million total had not been confirmed as under his care and watch him grow and improve to that singular, shining moment when he was undeniably America’s best horse in of mid-November. training and the best in the world on dirt. If the winner’s share is $8.44 million or more, Gun Runner will make history and be known as the richest racehorse to “What a blessing it is to have this horse to share with great people, run outside of Japan, which offers the world’s most lucrative great team, and great family,” Asmussen said.

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Last Winter Durbanville win

LAST WINTER Text & Photos by Liesl King

There is an old saying that no one ever committed suicide with an unraced two-year-old in their barn. In Dean Kannemeyer’s case it is neither an unraced horse nor a two-yearold. It is an unbeaten four-year-old that has brought a smile to the master conditioner’s face and a tangible excitement to the yard. A bay colt named Last Winter. So why is a four-year-old, who has never run in any features causing such a stir?



Last Winter at auction



Last Winter at auction ring


ell it all started with a spirited bidding war at the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. When the hammer fell at R3.7 million for Lot 135, a colt by Western Winter (USA) out of the 2009 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Field Flower (SAF), even his breeder Peter de Beyer was lost for words. De Beyer explains that while he knew the colt was a serious horse, he was expecting around R1 million and had set the reserve at R800,000.

and De Beyer lost both the service and his money. He was hoping that a good sale would make up for it, but never in his wildest dreams did he expect R3.7 million! The purchaser was Khaya Stables and after a spell at Sorrento Stud in Paarl, Last Winter reported for duty at the yard of Cape trainer Dean Kannemeyer.

Kannemeyer takes up the story. “He was quite light framed as a two year old, so we took him to Durban for the season.� There, with Anthony Delpech in the saddle, he stormed home on debut, winning by two lengths over the Greyville 1200m. Not known as the Cape Guineas master for nothing, Kannemeyer thought he had a very exciting Guineas prospect on his hands. Last Winter travelled back to the As the colt was from the last full crop of Western Winter Cape and preparations for the Guineas started in earnest. before his untimely demise, De Beyer named him Last Winter. Then disaster struck. The colt kicked the wall in his box and De Beyer was keen to send Field Flower back to Western cracked his pedal bone. Thankfully not a career ending injury, Winter and hence he purchased a service to the stallion but Last Winter needed extended box rest and it would be at a charity auction. Sadly it was the year the stallion died a year before he could feasibly race again.



Last Winter Durbanville win

Now for some owners this would simply not be an option, but Khaya Stables were prepared to be patient. Kannemeyer admits that a large part of Last Winter’s success is due to the owner and her racing manager, Jehan Malherbe. “They allowed me to get on with the job. I grew up in these stables and my father always said: ‘Show me a good owner then show me a good horse.’ You need a patient owner, who leaves you to do what’s best for the horse, especially with a horse like this that got injured and was out for a year.” Box rest completed, Kannemeyer took Last Winter back to Durban, as he finds it easier to bring a horse back from injury there. The facilities at Summerveld are very good as well as varied, Kannemeyer explains. “You have a wide selection; grass, poly, sand and an uphill track. Here at Milnerton we have the cinders and 600m of sand. Look, we have trained many champions here, but we just have so many more options in Durban. In Durban I can rest a horse and bring

him back straight into a mile race after a year.” And that is precisely what he did. After an absence of almost a year, Last Winter and Delpech got up to win over the Scottsville mile in a MR 78 handicap in May this year. A step up in class to a MR94 was next on the agenda. Last Winter however, was unfazed, coming home lonely to win by 2.75 lengths, again with Delpech in the saddle. It was time to bring the colt home for the Cape Season, but what do you do with an unbeaten four-year-old that hasn’t run in any of the three-year-old features? Kannemeyer opted for a midweek MR98 mile at the new Durbanville track on October 18. And Delpech, who had never ridden at Durbanville, flew down specially to partner the colt. Kannemeyer agrees that Delpech is rather keen on Last Winter. “He spoke to me some time ago and asked to ride him. He calls him a proper horse. He came down to ride him the other day; it was his first time ever at Durbanville. He is retained by Wilgerbosdrift of course, but he wants to ride



Last Winter Durbanville win

Last Winter. So if there is a clash I will have to replace him, but as Jehan says, its worth the pain and suffering just to have him on the horse. Its not every day that the champion jockey flies down to Durbanville to ride a horse midweek. Yeah he is pretty excited about the horse.”

hence you have to look after him and do all the right things. I also have a lovely crop of 2yr olds this year, some really well bred horses. No trainer has ever committed suicide with a crop of 2yrs olds in the barn, or a boom horse”, he adds with a smile.

Kannemeyer admits that it is rather exciting to have a potentially good horse in the yard again. “Good horses are far and few between.The last year I didn’t have a really good horse. I had many winners but no big horse. So it is exciting to have a potentially big horse in my yard again. This year I have some really good horses. I am not a numbers player. I always want more horses, but I am a hands on trainer and I have very good staff. David Lilley has been with me for 30 odd years and Barbara Badenhorst, who runs my Durban yard, has been with us since we started at Summerveld.

So where to now? “Well I have entered him in all the features. I just have to box cleverly now. Obviously we are looking at the Sun Met, but between now and then I will be putting him in races. I will work it out day by day. So I am not exactly saying much, but I haven’t figured out the plan yet. Thankfully he takes his racing well. He is becoming a man, but he is a real gentleman and I am looking forward to the season with him. He has his whole career ahead of him. With all the classic winners I have trained I have always gone slowly, plotted my plan. There’s no point in getting overexcited, anything can happen, so I would rather keep my feet on the ground and take it day by day. Now all that is left is to put him to the test and see what he is made of. Watch this space!”

“When you haven’t had a boom horse for quite some time and a horse like this comes along, there is an excitement in the yard, a bounce in everybody’s step. He could be anything and




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Lot 82 Wildly In Love, top selling filly of the 2017 Cape Yearling Sale. Image: Candiese Marnewick

By Sarah Whitelaw | Images by Candiese Marnewick



Bloodstock South Africa’s annual Cape Yearling Sale has long since been a consistent source of producing high-class racehorses

rom the likes of champion gallopers Pocket Power and Mother Russia, to recent Equus Champion Hammie’s Hooker, the Cape Sale annually uncovers a large source of subsequent graded winners –and also is a great source of value for buyers.

The 2015 Cape Sale unleashed a torrent of equine talent headed by such graded winners Doosra (G3 Graham Beck Stakes), Hack Green (G2 Umkhomazi Stakes), Green Pepper (G3 Magnolia Handicap), and Final Judgement (G2 Golden Slipper), as well as Listed Devon Air Stakes winner Maleficent.



G1 SA Derby runner up Pagoda was another high-class performer sold off the 2015 Sale, and that son of Mogok, a R100 000 buy, has currently earnings in excess of R760 000 to his name. However, it is L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and Sun Met hope Gold Standard who is the poster boy for the 2015 Cape Yearling Sale. The son of Trippi, who races for the Chrigor and Drakenstein Studs, has won or placed in all eight of his starts, with his wins including the G2 Selangor Cup. To date, the bay, also runner up in the G1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas, has

Hack Green wins the Gr2 Umkhomazi Stakes. Image: Gold Circle

earned over R870 000 with the promise of more to come. Just a year later, the sale produced feature race winners Princess Peach and Queen Forever (the latter subsequently named East Cape Champion 2YO Filly). With a number of well related, but lightly raced such as Surcharge, and Elusive Heart having also emerged from the 2016 Cape Sale, it appears safe to say the number of graded stakes winners will grow considerably in the months to come. The 2018 CapeYearling Sale will, once again, be held at the majestic Mistico Equestrian Centre, in the heart of the Cape Winelands Route. Mistico proved very popular with buyers and vendors alike in 2017 and hopefully can once again attract a large crowd of supporters. Last year, a Twice Over colt, named Cyclades, topped the sale, when he was knocked down to Bass Racing for R350 000. Top filly at the sale, was a daughter of Jay Peg, (and full-sister to G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery winner Hot Affair), who was sold to trainer Duncan Howells for R240 000. The Cape Sale will take place just two months before South Africa’s premier sale, the National Yearling Sale gets underway at 2016 Cape Yearling Sales graduate Queen Forever, now Eastern Cape Champion 2YO Filly. Image: Candiese Marnewick INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE 63

Lot 125 The Cyclades, top selling horse of the 2017 Cape Yearling Sale by Twice Over. Image: Candiese Marnewick

the TBA complex in Germiston. Once again, the cream of South African bred thoroughbreds will fall under the hammer, as buyers seek to find the next Legal Eagle, Legislate or Futura. South Africa’s top stallions and studs will be strongly represented at the National Sale, with buyers from all over the world likely to attend the three day auction. Among the sires represented on the sale are Captain Al, Dynasty, Gimmethegreenlight, Silvano, Trippi, Var and What A Winter. There are also many exciting young sires with their first South African yearlings on sale. This group includes Equus Champion and triple G1 winner Capetown Noir, Champion Sprinter Captain Of All, world class sire Flower Alley, Galileo’s G1 winning son Kingsbarns, globetrotting champion Soft Falling Rain, Redoute’s Choice’s G1 son Time Thief, Silvano’s champion son Vercingetorix and Redoute’s Choice’s impeccably bred G1 winner Wylie Hall. A Var filly made a record breaking R5 000 000 to top the 2017 National Yearling Sale –and hopes are high this barrier can be broken in 2018! Gold Standard as a yearling. Image: Varsfontein




A LEADING SA SIRE IN 2017. SON OF OASIS DREAM. INT. GR1 DAMLINE 2017. Sire of stakes horses QUERARI FALCON (Gr1), KANGAROO JACK (Gr2 x 2, Gr3), COSMIC LIGHT (Gr2), WONDERWALL (Gr2, Gr1 pl), MAXIMIZER (L), SOLANA (L), JOKING (L), Melliflora (Gr1 pl), Made In Hollywood, Touching, Spring Wonder, etc.

7th Oct 2017, Wonderwall wins the R400k Gr2 Joburg Spring Challenge

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A Record Breaking Season 2016/17 A Guineas Double & The Derby in 2016/17 “To win a 3 year old classic is a lifelong ambition for any breeder. To win three in the same year is simply unheard of and must be a World record of sorts” - Bill Oppenheim, 24 March 2017



G1 winners of

Stakes Winners of

8 G1 races 19 Stakes Races







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Champion South African Breeders 2016/17 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.





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Camelot (GB)

Captain Al

Captain of All

DUKE OF MARMALADE (IRE) by Danehill - Love Me True

Count Dubois (GB)

Duke of Marmalade (IRE)


The Classic Sire Elusive Fort

Exchange Rate (USA)

Frankel (GB)


Gimmethegreenlight (AUS)

Gregorian (IRE)

Manhattan Rain (AUS)


Pour Moi (IRE)

Querari (GER)

Rock of Gibraltar (IRE)

Scat Daddy (USA)

Seventh Rock (AUS)

Silvano (GER)

Soft Falling Rain

Trippi (USA)

Twice Over (GB)

Var (USA)


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Kl aw e rvlei Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2018

70 of South Africa’s best


Klawervlei Stud’s Record 2018 crop is represented by the sires: Camelot (GB) Captain Al Captain of All Count Dubois (GB) Duke of Marmalade (IRE) Dynasty Elusive Fort Equal Stripes (ARG) Exchange Rate (USA) Frankel (GB) Gimmethegreenlight (AUS)

FRANKEL (GB) has 3 yearlings included in the Klawervlei CPYS draft of 2018.

Gregorian (IRE) Manhattan Rain (AUS) Pomodoro Pour Moi (IRE) Querari (GER) Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) Scat Daddy (USA) Seventh Rock (AUS) Silvano (GER) Soft Falling Rain Trippi (USA) Twice Over (GB) Var (USA) Vercingetorix INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


Flying The Flag at Bush Hill Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick.

By Candiese Marnewick

RHODODENDRON AND MAGICAL ARE FLYING THE FLAG Bush Hill Stud acquired the handsome chestnut Flying The Flag in 2016 and whilst he is by arguably the worlds greatest stallion the world has ever seen, his damline is equally formidable – out a three-time Gr1 winning mare by a leading European broodmare sire in Pivotal.


arwick Render of Bush Hill Stud comments on how fortunate they have been to have a horse of Flying The Flag’s calibre on the farm: “Every day I look at this horse I find it hard to believe just how lucky we are to have him here, had it not been for timing in our favour I doubt very much we would have seen him in this country at all with the recent international performances of his family. The quality of his first crop of foals just emphasises how special he is they are



much in the mould of their sire, strong quatered high quality with good size and substance – we are absolutely thrilled.” Beginning his racing career under the exclusive banner of Coolmore Stud who stand his sire, the great Galileo, Flying The Flag’s dam Halfway To Heaven has now produced three Group Winners at stud including a Cartier Champion 2YO Filly. Halfway To Heaven, who has the Gr1 Irish 1000 Guineas, the Gr1 Nassau and Gr1 Sun Chariot under her belt is proving

Rhododendron collects her second Gr1 victory, taking the Prix De LÓpera at Chantilly.

herself to be equally as exceptional in the breeding paddocks as she was on the racetrack, in particular with her bay daughter Rhododendron. An imposing chestnut stallion standing 16.2 with plenty of quality, athletiscm and a kind disposition, Flying The Flag retired a 3-time winner including the Gr3 International Stakes in Ireland and placed second in the stallion producing race, the Gr2 Futurity Stakes. The globetrotting chestnut raced in Ireland, France, England, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa also placed in top company in the Gr2 Jebel Hatta and the Gr3 London News Stakes over distances of 1400m – 2000m. Flying The Flag is closely related to the two-time Gr1 winning mare Photo Call in America; the winner of the First Lady Stakes where she defeated the great Tepin in the process by three lengths. Irish-bred Photo Call by Galileo is out of a half-sister to the dam of Flying The Flag, and sold for $3-million at the 2015 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. With the damline already including the likes of sire Verglas, Flying The Flag’s pedigree has been catapulted into the spotlight this year with his full sister Rhododendron and Magical.

Rhododendron and Magical are both trained by Aiden O’Brien and the elder of the two contributed to Aiden’s outstanding achievement of 26 Gr1 winners this year, bettering Bobby Frankel’s record. Galileo is the sire of 17 of those Gr1 wins. After placing second on debut, Rhododendron set about making herself known in only her third start where she defeated Hydrangea to take the Gr2 Debutante. She followed up with a third place in the Gr1 Moyglare, and followed through next time out to win the Gr1 Dubai Filllies Mile, running on comfortably to win by four lengths at a course where speed is a necessity to win. She was deservedly given a 212 day rest and started favourite in the Gr1 1000 Guineas under Ryan Moore, where she finished second to Winter. Hydrangea and Intricately finished towards the end of the field that day. Her next mission was the Gr1 Investec Oaks where she was not disgraced, finishing second to the great racemare Enable. Sporting a Timeform Rating of 116 and after another rest getting over a burst blood vessel on a hot June day, the first of October saw Rhododendron line up at Chantilly for the Gr1 Prix De L’Opera in leading European company. Seamie Heffernan rode her to victory by a head from stablemate



Magical on the left finishes a short head second to Happily in the Gr1 Moyglare.

and rival Hydrangea, with Wuheida finishing fourth – the latter would go on to win at the Breeders Cup with Rhododendron closely behind after finding traffic problems in running. Aiden O’Brien describes Rhododendron as a special filly, whilst her jockey Heffernan said after her Chantilly Gr1 win: “I rode her a bit in the spring and I had her down as nearly being our number one.”

Boussac less than two lengths off. Timeform Rated at 109, she followed up with a place in the Gr1 Fillies Mile under Ryan Moore. There is no doubt that the combination of Galileo and Halfway To Heaven is a magical one and its no surprise that the mare has returned to Galileo since.

“She ran really well in an English Guineas and in an Oaks. We know why we got beaten now because the winner [Enable] won again today. She just felt good throughout the race today so I always felt in the last furlong I had a little bit to get to the winning post.”

Flying The Flag’s first crop have been born this season and have impressed breeders across the country, returning mares based on the outstanding size and quality of his foals. A few of the mares he covered in his first season included the dam of Gr1 placed and Hong Kong-bound Misty Burnam (herself by Verglas), as well as own sisters to Champion sire Jet Master and Dubai champion Vercingetorix.

In the meantime, juvenile full sister Magical has been filling her full sisters big shoes and secured the Gr2 Debutante the year after her sister won it. After placing second on debut, she won next time out and went on to defeat Gr1 winner Happily in the Debutante by over a length.

Bush Hill’s own exceptional family of Gr1 winners Zirconeum and Stellite, saw Plutonium (the dam of Orion Quest, Stella Mia and King Neptune) and Graded Stakes producing mare Look Sharp (Gr2 winner The Mouseketeer) covered, as well as Clifton Stud’s Ananova (Gr2 winner Bezanova).

Aiden put her against Happily again in the Gr1 Moyglare, and in a nailbiting finish she was just a short head off her first Gr1 win. Entered to race at Chantilly on the same day as her elder Gr1 winning sister, Magical finished fourth in the Gr1 Prix Marcel

The dam of Gr1 winner and international globetrotter Irish Flame has produced a flashly leggy chestnut filly this season.The perfect combination of quality and speed, Flying The Flag stood for a fee of R20 000 this season.









Mendelssohn and Ryan Moore fly to victory

Text & Photos by Michele MacDonald

MENDELSSOHN MAKES SWEET MUSIC IN AMERICA Coolmore Aims at Kentucky Derby with Breeders’ Cup Winner Aidan O’Brien already had achieved a global record for Group 1 victories with 26 in a single season of racing when he arrived at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in California and recorded yet another elite level triumph.



Mendelssohn in the Keeneland ring while sold to Coolmore for $3 million (Keeneland photo)



Looking like a champion, Mendelssohn canters at Del Mar


nd that victory could potentially be the most significant one of all during 2017 considering what might follow in the year ahead.

O’Brien conducted the magnificently bred and conformed colt Mendelssohn to an impressive score in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, and Coolmore connections immediately set their targets on one of the world’s most elusive prizes, the Kentucky Derby. A $3 million yearling purchase, Mendelssohn has all the qualities for superstardom in the coming season, no matter what surface he races on or what countries he may visit on his journey.

“We always thought a lot of him,” O’Brien said after the Breeders’ Cup win, in which Mendelssohn drew away from 13 rivals after stalking the early pace from his rail starting position. “He’s a late foal, but physically he’s very big and strong, and every week he’s getting better.” The Irish maestro also revealed that the colt, who was a mid-May foal named after Romantic era composer Felix Mendelssohn, was immature in his previous races, including his runner-up effort in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes to stablemate U S Navy Flag.The addition of blinkers helped the colt focus, and O’Brien suggested that Mendelssohn could be even better on dirt—hence, the Kentucky Derby dream.

“We knew that he was kind of an American dirt pedigree horse. But we felt we didn’t want to stop the progression— A son of the late Scat Daddy—whose progeny have become that’s why we left him on the grass rather than putting dirt ever more cherished since his sudden death at age 11 in in on top when he wasn’t ready for it,” O’Brien explained of 2015—and a half brother to the incomparable champion running Mendelssohn in the Juvenile Turf rather than in the Beholder as well as to young sire phenom Into Mischief, Juvenile, a race won so impressively in 2001 by his grandsire Mendelssohn has unlimited potential. Johannesburg, a champion in America and Europe.



Classic profile: Mendelssohn after his Cup win

“We had it in our head that if everything went well, (Mendelssohn) could be a horse we could train for the Kentucky Derby,” O’Brien said. Jockey Ryan Moore was full of praise for Mendelssohn, whose win marked the fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf for both the rider and for O’Brien. “He traveled very kindly the whole race. He always felt like he was going the best, and he was able to ease his way out. And I feel he still had plenty to give. When he hit the front, he wasn’t quite sure how to get down and gallop yet. So, I think there’s more to come from him,” Moore said. “He’s a big, very raw horse still, and I think he will improve with racing and with experience.” O’Brien and Coolmore’s Michael Tabor noted that there are now three prep races in Europe in March, with two in England and one in Ireland, that yield points for the Kentucky Derby under the qualifying system instituted by Churchill Downs. Additionally, Dubai’s $2 million UAE Derby on March 31 also

O’Brien’s traveling head lad Pat Keating wearing the winner’s blanket of flowers

is a possibility for Mendelssohn in the hunt for points to gain entrance to the Run for the Roses in Kentucky. “We wouldn’t have to come (to the United States) until the Kentucky Derby, and (we would) try to give him an easier time as we got up to it. That’s what we’ll think about, anyway,” O’Brien said. While there clearly could be much more to come from Mendelssohn, his story already is the material of storybooks. The only reason he is here today as a potential breakthrough for the Coolmore team in the Kentucky Derby chase is that his dam, the Tricky Creek mare Leslie’s Lady, lost her first fetus conceived for 2015. Mendelssohn’s life began on a second mating in 2014, recalled Fred Mitchell of Clarkland Farm, breeder of the outstanding colt as well as of Beholder. “She had an Eskendereya filly who colicked at two months old and had to have surgery and it didn’t work. The old mare was pregnant with a February foal to Scat Daddy, and when



Coolmore’s Michael Tabor, Aidan O’Brien, Derrick Smith & Ryan Moore in the winner’s circle

we took her to the hospital, she absorbed that foal,” Mitchell said. “So, we had to breed her back and that’s the reason we got a May foal.” Mendelssohn turned out to be such a good specimen that he defied the usual commercial market bias against late foals and those born to older mares; his dam was 19 when he was delivered. “He’s a very good mover, he’s very good looking and from a very good family. We’ve had a lot of luck with Scat Daddy in the past and hopefully it will continue,” Coolmore’s M. V. Magnier said immediately after signing the $3 million ticket for the colt at the 2016 Keeneland September sale.The price was the highest at that auction since 2010. Mitchell observed at the time that the colt was outstanding in every respect, and the sale price doubled his reserve of $1.5 million. “I don’t think anybody could have the disposition this colt has and the conformation he’s got—you couldn’t get a better individual anywhere,” Mitchell said. “He took five days of showing and never missed a beat. The way he moved—it was



like he was on air all the time he was out there, striding out unbelievably.” Mendelssohn is striding out even more beautifully now in his racing career, with a level of experience and the aid of blinkers factoring in his progression to the Breeders’ Cup winner’s circle. He earned a vacation after that triumph, O’Brien said, adding, “Hopefully, he’s an exciting horse for the future.” The bonus with Mendelssohn is that he is by Scat Daddy, and Coolmore has been seeking a replacement for the outstanding sire since he passed away. The operation retired American-bred, multiple Group 1 winner Caravaggio for his first stud season in 2018 in Ireland, where Group 1 winner No Nay Never also stands, but also desires a standout son to take his sire’s place at its Ashford Stud in Kentucky. “I think it goes without saying we’ve been looking for the next Scat Daddy, because in his short life, he was a great stallion, and hopefully this fellow will do the trick,” Tabor said of Mendelssohn. “I think one or two people quibbled about his yearling price, but I don’t think they’re quibbling now. So that in itself is satisfaction. Hopefully he’ll be the next Scat Daddy.”





Text & Photos by Liesl King



The 51st International Conference of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) took place in Paris on the 2nd of October, with the IFHA Executive Council unanimously reaffirming its commitment to a stringent antidoping policy. IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet was authorised by the Executive Council to directly engage with the various racing jurisdictions in order to emphasise the importance of the policy’s implementation.


he Executive Council also specifically endorsed the updated protocols put in place by the Breeders’ Cup ahead of the upcoming 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships in Del Mar, California.These protocols include out of competition testing of potential starters and are in alignment with Article 6E of the IFHA International Agreement’s restrictions on the use of anabolic steroids and other proscribed substances. Horses disqualified for violating the principles of Article 6E will henceforth be excluded from the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings list. Romanet reminded delegates of the IFHA’s drug policy: “Horses should compete only when they are free of medication and drugs. Doping undermines everything that we want to achieve relating to fair competition, integrity, the welfare of racehorses, the safety of jockeys and the development of strong bloodlines in the Thoroughbred breed. In Article 6E of the IFHA International Agreement, we have articulated the substances which should not be administered to a racehorse at any time in its career and the out- of -competition testing requirements necessary to

ensure fair competition, transparency, welfare, safety and sound breeding. Looking around the world great progress has been made in implementing these requirements. And yet there are some countries in which more needs to be done.” In summary Romanet emphasized five points which he considered critical to the implementation of a successful antidoping policy. These are the harmonization of drug rules, full traceability of horses, out of competition testing, the accreditation of at least two IFHA reference laboratories on each continent and sample testing of all G1 races in Part 1, with any positives leading to the disqualification and exclusion from the Longines World Rankings. South Africa featured prominently in the first open forum, with Andrew Harding, IFHA Executive Director, updating delegates on the efforts of the IFHA working committee towards improving the movement of horses across the world. Harding used South Africa as a case study, giving a brief introduction to the country’s racing and breeding history as well as the current issues that exist in exporting horses from South Africa. Harding INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


went on to explain that significant progress had been made, with discussions of the issues around AHS and South Africa held in December and at a high level specialised workshop with leading role players, recently held in Johannesburg. In conclusion Harding reiterated the IFHA’s commitment towards finding solutions and that real progress is being made around the world to improve export conditions not only for South Africa, but also for other member countries. The aftercare of racehorses is very much on the radar at the moment and Jim Gagliano, IFHA Vice Chairman and COO of the USA Jockey Club, provided the delegates with an update on the 2nd International Forum for the Aftercare of Horses (IFAR) and the latest developments in the aftercare of retired racehorses. The welfare of racehorses throughout their lifetime is becoming one of the greatest issues facing the racing industry and Gagliano emphasized the need for racing to start taking aftercare seriously. IFAR, a concept initiated by Godolphin, held its second conference in the USA recently, where all aspects of thoroughbred aftercare were put under the spotlight and discussed by the global attendees.Traceability, a proper exit strategy out of racing and an understanding of the animal welfare spectrum were highlighted as the areas of greatest importance. Ray Paulick, Co-founder and publisher of the well-known Paulick Report reminded delegates that expecting charitable organisations to take care of all retired racehorses was simply not feasible. Racehorses need to be let down slowly, any injuries need to heal before retraining for a second career can begin and all that costs money. Hence the racing industry needs to step up and take charge. Paulick concluded by pointing out that the time has come for racing jurisdictions across the globe to set up and implement proper aftercare programs for the lifetime care of retired racehorses. The conference concluded with a session titled “Challenges facing the European breeding and racing industry”. Brexit and the immense problems it will cause when Britain leaves the EU were firmly placed in the spotlight. Dr Paul-Marie Gadot, Co-chairman of the European & Mediterranean Stud Book Liaison Committee, confirmed that the current Tripartite agreement, which governs the free movement of racehorses between England, France and Ireland and which has been in place since the 1960’s, will fall away once England leaves the EU. According to Gadot: “The EU negotiator’s position is simple and it has not changed: on March 29, 2019, the UK will be a third country and the tripartite agreement will no longer exist.”

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Gadot pointed out that the need for mutual recognition of a common, high-health status for thoroughbreds and their respective Stud Books is of utmost importance, as well as the negotiation of a new system allowing easy movement between the three countries. Gadot concluded by pointing out that Britain, Ireland and France were already working closely on a common position and are committed to finding a workable solution. He did however caution that any common position reached, would still have to be voted on by all the EU member countries.Thus while an effective transport solution may be agreed upon by England, France and Ireland, its implementation and acceptance by the EU may not be as straight forward. 84


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A ROOKIE GOES JUMP RACING Cheltenham, considered by many to be the best racecourse in the world, is the home of National Hunt racing, known to us philistines as jump racing. And while I have raced on most continents and pretty much everywhere that there are Group 1 flat races, I have never been jump racing. I even attended a Swedish trotting festival and somehow ended up flying through a forest on a sulky with a trotter firmly attached to the reins in my hands, but jump racing has firmly remained on the bucket list. Partly due to the fact that it takes place in winter and a year living in the UK firmly cured me of ever being in said country past October and partly due to the timing.




heltenham’s crown jewel is known simply as The Festival and takes place in March, which kind of clashes with the Dubai World Cup for me. The course also hosts several other top meetings such as The Showcase, The International and the one yours truly is attending, the November meeting, held over three days in mid November. On announcing that I would be making my debut at the November meeting, I was besieged with dire warnings from my racing counterparts. Its muddy, it rains all the time, its winter you know, its freezing cold, you don’t have the right clothes etc., the list of why nots was endless. Actually I sort of had the right clothes, courtesy of my trip to the White Turf at St Moritz in February this year. There was just one problem. In St Moritz it either snowed or was sunny, hence there was a decided lack of waterproof jackets. But never fear Robinsons’ online shop sells a vast variety of clothing designed to keep riders dry in the direst of English and Irish weather. Mission accomplished as I became the owner of a navy blue, waterproof and windproof Jack Murphy Cotswold coat, complete with heritage lining (an orange and green coloured tweed if you need details) and a detachable hood similarly lined. Now Cheltenham just like Royal Ascot has a fixed dress code when it comes to big events. There is however one major exception. When dealing with inclement and unpredictable winter weather, there is no place for high heels and hats, or for top hats and tails. No, National Hunt racing has a dress code all of its own. For the gents a tweed coat is preferred, of course in any colour as long as it is olive green, navy blue or brown. Trousers should match, but footwear is far more important, with waterproof boots a must. To complete the outfit a felt hat or tweed cap keeps the head warm and more importantly, dry. The ladies on the other hand are allowed to wear either tweed or felt when it comes to coats as long as it is in one of the four allowed colours, olive green, navy blue, brown or mulberry (commonly known as burgundy). To crown one’s head a felt hat with pheasant feather, a fake fur headband or if absolutely necessary a woolly bobble hat may be donned. Footwear consists of knee high leather boots, preferably with the shoe section being waterproof. Scarves and gloves can be added should the temperature require it. And if the heavens open and a deluge ensues, then waterproof coats in the allowed colours of olive green, navy blue, brown or burgundy may be worn over said outfit. Apparently tweed jackets are waterproof or the gentlemen just didn’t care as I saw very few overcoats on display.





Dressed? Right, time to go jumping. National Hunt racing is divided into two major branches - hurdles and steeplechases. Hurdles are angled fences with a minimum height of 3 foot 6 inches and are usually made of brush. Steeplechase fences are far more solid and also higher, with Cheltenham’s fences around 4 foot 9 inches. A steeplechase course usually consists of plain fences, a water jump and open ditches. Cheltenham has a hurdle course as well as a steeplechase course, while the inside of the course has a variety of cross-country jumps. Both hurdle and steeplechase races are divided into categories based on a horse’s age and experience. National Hunt horses are mostly purpose bred with several National Hunt stallions standing at stud. The general idea is to breed a horse with tons of stamina, as most jump races are in the region of 2 to 3.6 miles (3200m - 5800m) and the courses are anything but flat. Having to run for days, go up and down hills and over obstacles all at the same time, National Hunt horses are usually more solid in stature and much taller and broader than flat horses. Think weightlifters versus ballerinas and you get the picture. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it. There is however one more factor to consider and that is the weather. Had I



been smart and only attended day one of The November Meeting, The Countryside Race Day, I would now be extolling the joys of racing in glorious sunshine with the exquisite autumn colours of the English countryside as backdrop. The sight of the Warwickshire Hunt and their pack of hounds in full cry, charging down the home straight, with the Master leading the way, just added to the country theme. Finally steeplechasers and hurdlers flying over fences, their coats a burnished copper in the afternoon sun, just sheer delight. But smart I was not. Hence I bravely donned three layers of clothing, added my waterproof Cotswold coat, donned my knee high, fur lined, waterproof boots and set forth in the rain for Day Two of the November Meeting. Now rain, fences and galloping, heavy horses equates to one thing and one thing only, mud. And mud makes for slippery conditions, which in turn makes for muddy horses, muddy riders, flying clods of earth, spectacular attempts by riders to stay attached to their horses and spectacular attempts by horses trying to stay on all fours after landing. And all of that makes for incredible photos, well that’s if you can actually see the horses through the driving rain and lets not talk about the mammoth effort involved in keeping cameras dry. Waterproof covers, towels, a chamois



hidden deep in an inner pocket for drying foggy viewfinders and freezing cold fingers. The one thing that cannot be waterproofed is a finger. Sadly the sensitive shutter release does not obey gloved ones. So have I written off the sport of National Hunt racing? Not in the slightest. It is thrilling, it is glorious and its winners are celebrated in a way never seen before. John Neild, owner of Gold Cup winner Splash Of Ginge, doing a happy dance in the rain; the horse’s faithful followers, the Ginge Army, in full cry as they welcomed their champion home, complete with a Ginge Army flag, a muddy Tom Bellamy, his jockey, carried shoulder high around the winner’s enclosure and Splash Of Ginge standing in a cloud of steam, ears pricked, head high, while his groom gives him an exuberant hug and a kiss. I loved the sunshine and I loved the rain, the tweed and the dress code. I loved the speed of hurdle racing, horses stretched horizontal in mid air, ears pricked. And I loved the boldness of the steeplechase, horses and riders flying over heights that I, as an eventer, never dared to attempt. Jump racing is something special, something that cannot be explained and hence all I can say is if you haven’t been, you should make a plan. Cheltenham’s 2018 November Meeting is the perfect place to start and guess what? I will be there.






ABOUT HHCU AND HARRY THE HORSE Established in 1991, HHCU (Highveld Horse Care Unit) is the largest equine welfare organization in South Africa, and is involved in any matters relating to equine welfare, such as: • Re-homing horses and donkeys to suitable homes on a special adoption policy • Owner education and equine medical clinics in underprivileged areas • Investigating and resolving cruelty/neglect complaints • Hospitalizing horses and donkeys where owners cannot afford treatment OUTREACH PROGRAMME A major focus of HHCU activities is the concern of the working horses/donkeys from the township and rural life throughout South Africa. Animals are often poorly treated as a result of lack of education and poverty rather than deliberate neglect or abuse. The Unit sends trained inspectors into the townships and rural areas to educate owners and to provide them with support in the care of their animals, including help with harnessing, feeding, vaccinations and de-worming. The Unit also collects old and unwanted tack from the horse community and give this to under privileged owners to ensure humane use of their animals. 94


HARRY THE HORSE “A very special teddy, for a very special cause” On the 28 April 2013 at the TBA National Yearling Sale the horse teddy was just a mascot at the Highveld Horse Care Unit stand until someone wanted to buy him. TBA offered to auction him to the highest bidder, and the money raised would go to the Highveld Horse Care Unit. He was bought for R6 500 by Cape Thoroughbred Sales. Amanda Carey came up with the idea of making copies of him and using them to help raise funds for the Horse Care Unit and from there it all began and the campaign of Harry the Horse became alive. He now has his own Facebook Page (Harry The Horse). He goes to auctions and looks for sponsors to events all in the aid of charity. After an auction or a sponsorship, the Harrys go and live with their sponsors. His highest price at an auction is R125 000 in 2014. Some of his sponsors since May 2013 in the racing industry: • Auctioned at Thoroughbred Breeders Association to Cape Thoroughbred Sales.

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Auctioned to Guy Murdoch of Mauritzfontein Stud at the Arc En Ciel Stud Broodmare Sale. Auctioned to Dr Ian Heyns from Drakenstein Veterinary Clinic. Martin Collins SA, sponsored Harry to the Durban July 2013. Auctioned at Thoroughbred Breeders Association to Allan Smith. Sponsored by Kuda Insurance at the Matchem Stakes Day. TBA Golf Day, auctioned to Mike Sharkey from Highlands Farms Stud. Harriet went for auction at the Ladies Race Day at Kenilworth. Auctioned at CapeThoroughbred Sales to Chris van Niekerk, Bernard Kantor & Markus Jooste -R100 000. Re-auctioned at CapeThoroughbred Sales to Brett Crawford. Auctioned at TBA to the Rupert family Auctioned at Callaho Auction to Mike Sharkey from Highlands Farms Stud. Auctioned at Cape Breeders Stallion Charity Evening to Mike Sharkey & Cape Thoroughbred Sales. Auctioned at Kenilworth Racecourse Ladies Day

Harry has also been sponsored to events: • Dubai World Cup in support of Variety Club and all SA runners. • Investec Harry went to Epsom Downs Racecourse in England with Amanda Carey. • Lesotho to support a 400km in 10 day ride to raise funds for the horses in Lesotho. • International Racehorse Magazine- Harry went to France to the Prix de Diane Longines with Johan Blom. The money raised supports the Horse Care Unit and their Outreach Programmes and has raised over R1m in 3 years.

Harry the Horse wants to go on the Blue Train to the 2018 LÓrmarins Queens Plate! Help him to achieve this by contacting Joanne Pursey at Highveld Horse Care Unit on 083 9748540 or via e-mail at joanne@horsecare.org.za Why not join Harry on the Blue Train to the LÓrmarins Queens Plate 4-6 January 2018. Contact: 1) The Blue Train: E: Joseph.Sono@transnet.net / T: +27 12 315 2471 / +27 12 315 2212 2) AMAANi Blue: E: amaaniblue.africa@gmail.com / T: +27 72 340 1927 / +27 71 583 9798





The Main House at Hermitage was built in 1835. Photo courtesy of Hermitage Farm.

By Tom Ferry


With each passing year, Hermitage Farm in Goshen, Kentucky hosts lavish social events, weddings, Kentucky Derby parties and sporting competition. Plans are in place for the farm to expand and become a popular tourist destination in the next two years.



Hermitage hosts lavish parties and events throughout the year. Photo courtesy of Hermitage Farm.


alk through the doors of Hermitage’s main office, however, and as you approach the front desk you will see them. Framed memories. Snapshots in time. Reminders of a heritage which began to take root in the mid 1930’s and focuses on — the horse. Lining an office wall are photographs of Thoroughbred champions across nearly 70 years who have called this 700-acre estate home. Their accomplishments placed them for a time near the top of the horse racing world. They took home trophies for the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, the 2000 Guineas Stakes and most recently, the Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Hermitage was home to the most expensive yearling ever sold at a public auction and also North America’s leading sire of 1980. Located near Louisville and 80 miles west of Lexington and the heart of Bluegrass country, Hermitage Farm boasts a tradition on par with most of the large Kentucky farms. And to think it all began nearly two centuries ago. Beginnings The farm was purchased by Captain John Henshaw back in



the early 1800’s as part of a Virginia land grant and was gifted to Henshaw’s son Phillip Telfour Henshaw. Construction began on the main house at Hermitage in 1832 and during this time, Phillip, wife Sarah and children returned to Virginia to visit family. While there, Phillip fell ill from scarlet fever and died, leaving Sarah a widow with three small children. Sarah returned with the kids to Kentucky and Hermitage where construction was completed on the home in 1835 and she lived on the farm for the rest of her life. Daughter Lucy Mary Jane married Richard Waters in the mid-1800’s and oversaw the daily operation at a time when some 40 slaves lived and worked on the farm. All in all, Hermitage was owned by the HenshawWaters family for nearly 100 years until it was sold in 1935. The buyer was a 19-year-old young man whose great-greatgreat uncle was the founder of the Kentucky Derby. And soon, this young man would leave his own imprint on the history of thoroughbred racing. Warner Upon purchasing Hermitage, Warner L. Jones Jr. farmed the land and began his Thoroughbred operation with a single yearling. And then he added a mare and loaded the yearling on a train to Saratoga Springs and sold it. It was a simple beginning on a road that would see Hermitage become one of the most

The Main House showcases an incredible collection of popular art. Photo courtesy of Hermitage Farm.

famous Thoroughbred farms in America. Seventeen years later, Jones’ operation had increased significantly and one of his Hermitage-bred three-year-olds entered the starting gates as a 25-1 longshot in the 1953 Kentucky Derby. The colt’s name was Dark Star and faced the daunting task of going up against the spectacular Native Dancer who entered the Derby unbeaten in eleven races. Dark Star broke early, held a clear lead throughout and held off Native Dancer’s powerful finish to win by a head. It was one of the biggest upsets in Derby history and Hermitage Farm was suddenly on the industry map. In 1967, Hermitage added the Kentucky Oaks to its resume when Nancy Jr. captured the trophy. Perhaps the most significant driver of Hermitage Farm’s breeding success from the day Warner Jones came to the farm to present day was the outstanding broodmare barn Jones assembled along with fellow horseman William S. Farish III and other partners including Robert Clay. At the close of 1972, a stallion came to Hermitage who would take the farm to the highest level of Thoroughbred breeding across the world. His name was Raja Baba.The horse was a purchase by Will Farish who in turn sold a half interest to Warner Jones. He was syndicated in 1972 in a 36-share deal at $10,000 per share. Ten years later, that selling price had increased to $205,000 per share on the open market and later on in his career, a share reportedly sold for $380,000.

As a freshman stallion in 1976, Raja Baba was the leading juvenile sire and four years later, he became the overall leading sire in the United States. Bill Landes is the General Manager of Hermitage today and joined the farm in 1977. He still looks back with amazement at that special time. “1980 was a really special year,” recalls Landes. “Raja Baba could do no wrong. We had a stakes winner in America seemingly every week. And it seemed the horses we sold that went overseas to run in France, Ireland or England were winning a stakes race every week as well. It was enough to spoil you and cause you to take it for granted. But looking back now, I marvel because of how difficult it is nowadays to get a winner anywhere. It was truly remarkable.” Unparalleled Success Raja Baba died in 2002 at the age of 34. During his career at stud, he had sired 62 stakes winners, two Breeders’ Cup winners and two champions. He brought attention to Hermitage over the years that opened other doors to success. In 1985, Warner Jones sold a half-brother to the Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew for a world record $13.1 million at Keeneland’s July Select Yearling Sale. The yearling’s name was Seattle Dancer. In that same year, Hermitage Farm set a record for the highest average price — $2,433,750 — for horses consigned for sale. It is a



West Coast captures the 2017 (G1) Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Photo by Steve Heuertz.

record that still stands. Two years later, Warner Jones sold most of his breeding stock at Keeneland in a dispersal sale. Across his career as a breeder, Jones sold a dozen yearlings for prices in excess of $1 million and 130 stakes winners with total earnings of more than $20 million.

Mr. Jones a lifetime to put his band together.”

Continuing a championship tradition, however, would be something Carl Pollard and Hermitage Farm would accomplish. Along with bloodstock agent Mike Ryan, Pollard and team began to buy mares and some yearling fillies to hopefully race and turn “Warner Jones truly was a master horse salesman,” says Bill into broodmares. In 1999, Pollard purchased three fillies. One Landes. “He was the greatest horse salesman I’ve ever known.” was Kiss the Devil who became a graded stakes winner, retired and produced a couple of stakes winners of her own. Another The success of Hermitage-bred horses was realized overseas of the fillies was a small dark bay who was purchased at the ’99 when Lomond captured the 1983 Classic 2000 Guineas Stakes. Keeneland sale for $180,000. Her name was Caressing. And on And when Is It True won the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, a fall day in November of 2000, she reminded the racing world Warner Jones became the first person to breed winners of the of Hermitage when, as the longest shot on the board at 47-1, she upset the field and won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup races. world championship. Nearly three months later, Carl Pollard took his staff down to New Orleans as Caressing won the 2000 The Next Generation Warner L. Jones Jr. died in February of 1994 at age 78. The Eclipse Award for Champion 2-Year-Old Filly. following year, the Jones family sold Hermitage to 55-yearold Carl Pollard. It was Pollard’s vision to carry on the When Caressing retired and became a broodmare, she had Hermitage tradition established by Jones and contribute to the some modest success after two of her foals raced and were Thoroughbred industry. He especially sought to carry on and graded stakes placed. It was a mating in 2013 with Claiborne Farm’s Flatter, however, that changed everything. Caressing gave replicate the broodmare band model created before him. birth to a colt who was entered in the Keeneland September “For twenty years we tried to duplicate Mr. Jones’ broodmare 2015 Yearling Sale. Prior to the sale, Hermitage General band but that was mission impossible,” recalls Bill Landes.“It took Manager Bill Landes had some concerns.


Caressing was a Breeders’ Cup champ and Eclipse Award winner. Photo by Tom Ferry.

The farm is the site of several weddings. Photo courtesy of Hermitage Farm.

The legendary Raja Baba is buried on the grounds. Photo by Tom Ferry.

re-do and redecorate the home’s interior. The completed effort highlighted the couple’s renowned art collection and provided many other luxury amenities. Since the restoration, the house is rented out throughout each year for groups ranging from tourists spending time on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail to couples hosting their weddings at the farm. Couples not only receive access to the Caressing’s colt sold for $425,000 and was named West Coast. Main House but also the historic Smoke House and the spacious In 2017, he captured the (G3) Los Alamitos Derby, the (G1) grounds of the farm which enable open-air ceremonies, tented Pennsylvania Derby, the (G1) Travers Stakes and ran an impressive receptions, and spectacular views of the Thoroughbred operation. third in the (G1) Breeders’ Cup Classic in November. He is a shoo-in for American 3-Year-Old Male championship honors and “Couples come here for their weddings and get the horses, rolling hills and beautiful home,” says Ashleigh McLean, Director of it appears the sky is the limit for West Coast in 2018. Marketing and Special Events at Hermitage, “It really encapsulates what they love so much about Kentucky and enables them to Quintessential Kentucky In 2003, Hermitage was purchased by Steve Wilson and Laura share it with their guests. It also is a place where they can spend Lee Brown. The married couple own the Louisville-based 21C the entire weekend in the Main House and devote more time to Museum Hotel chain as well as the Kentucky Bison Co. During the their friends and loved ones.” fifteen years that have passed, the couple has consistently sought to expand upon the vision of Hermitage’s previous owners, the Hermitage has also been the site over the years for lavish parties Henshaw-Waters family, Warner Jones and Carl Pollard, as a and events. It is the home each year for the Hermitage Classic, successful Thoroughbred operation. A large part of this vision was a three-day United States Equestrian Federation-sanctioned to restore the historic Main House, built by the Henshaws so combined driving competition. many years ago, and make it available for rentals and events that would continue to honor the farm’s equine tradition. Wilson and “When the Hermitage Classic first started, it was pretty small” Brown enlisted the help of a Louisville design firm to completely says McLean, “But we’ve added components to it each year and “The great horseman Frank Brothers evaluated the horse for us and Frank was on the fence,” says Landes. “He felt the horse would either stay immature and behind or felt he would develop and flourish. We bet on the horse and put him in our second group of yearlings to sell and he certainly flourished.”



The signature black and red colors of Hermitage Farm. Photo by Tom Ferry.

have seen the crowds consistently grow. We offer family-friendly activities, greater food options, and the competition level has been so high that it is really fun to experience.” The Future When Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown acquired Hermitage, their long-term objective was to create a tourist destination that would celebrate the heritage of Kentucky and its signature industries — food, bourbon and horses. A large scale agri-tourism project is underway with construction beginning in December of 2017 and it is hoped the grand opening will be during the Kentucky Derby weekend of 2019. Hermitage hopes to draw tourists with a “farm to table” restaurant and a Kentucky bourbon experience. “The ‘farm to table’ term is really about feeding people seasonally depending on what is growing at that time,” says Haviland Argo, project manager for Hermitage. “The restaurant will be a 9,000-square foot space within our current Barn 8 and will seat close to 175 people with outside event space that can seat another 250.” The bourbon experience will offer tourists tastings of all the bourbons that are on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.“Visitors will be able to sample the various tastings and then purchase a bottle of


whatever bourbon they like best,” added Argo. The farm has commissioned an artist to begin work on another long-term project and this is a nod to Steve and Laura Lee’s love for art. “The artist will create a studio projection-with-sound experience on a boardwalk next to a creek at the back of the property,” says Argo,“The artist uses high definition projectors to project off of trees, hillsides, rocks, and pools of water to create a totally immersive atmosphere.” There is certainly excitement in the air at Hermitage Farm with growing anticipation of expansion and tourist counts in coming years. But a new photograph has recently been added to the office wall in the main office at Hermitage. And multiple grade one winner West Coast is symbolic and a reminder of the heart and soul of the farm’s heritage since Warner Jones bought his first yearling back in 1936. In an industry that has seen its share of struggles in recent years, life goes on at Hermitage. “We went to the November sales in Kentucky thinking we might sell 2-3 mares and may not replace them,” says Bill Landes,“But we actually ended up increasing the number of boarding mares postsale. I think our population is stable at worst and that excites me.” Warner Jones would likely be excited as well.



SOUTH AFRICAN GRADE RACE RESULTS 2017 The Stats Pages are a regular feature from International Racehorse Magazine looking at the black Type Winners from the quarter preceding the Edition

SNOWDANCE Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, 3yos, Turffontein, 4 November 2017, 1400m 1 Big Bear c Await The Dawn (USA) – Gamalakhe, by Northern Guest (USA) 2 Brave Mary f Brave Tin Soldier (USA) –Mary Lou, by Rich Man’s Gold (USA) 3 Takingthepeace fVisionaire (USA) –Lisa Anne, by Rambo Dancer

ROCKET COUNTDOWN G3, ARION Silvano G2, LIGHT THE LIGHTS Western Winter G2, KWINTA Kahal G3, HEAPS OF FUNVisionaire G2, INANINSTANT Silvano LR, NORDIC BREEZE Windrush G3, ASSTAR Ashaawes LR, THE ELMO EFFECT Admire Main LR, PACK LEADER Philanthropist LR Giant’s Causeway Await The Dawn Valentine Band

Age: 3; Starts: 4; Wins:3; Placings: 1; Earnings: R1 445 750 Sire AWAIT THE DAWN is the sire of 0 stakes winners. In 2017 BIG BEAR Northern Guest 1st dam GAMALAKHE, Unplaced Dam of 3 winners: 2007: ROOTS (f Malhub),Winner in South Africa 2011: ILANGA (g Muhtafal), 3 wins in South Africa 2014:BIG BEAR (c Await The Dawn), R240000 RTRS, 3 wins in South Africa, Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup 2nd dam KISS ME ONCE, Unraced Dam of 5 winners: Mercury Rising: 3 wins in South Africa, 3rd EP Champion Juvenile Cup LR VERVE CLIQUOT: Unplaced dam of G3W THEKKADY GOVERNATOR: 5 wins in South Africa and Mauritius Broodmare sire NORTHERN GUEST is the sire of the dams of 87 stakes winners– IN THE FAST LANE Jet Master G1, EASTERN GREETING Kahal G2, THE MOUSEKETEER Kahal LR, POMODORO Jet Master G1, J J THE JET PLANE Jet Master G1, TOP SELLER Al Mufti G1, ICY AIR Jallad G2, AMPHITHEATRE Braashee G2, JET LEGEND Jet Master G3, POWER KING Silvano G1, NORTHERN LAND Badger Land G3, BOLD ELLINORE Kahal G1, THE MOUSEKETEER Kahal G2, END OF SEASON Announce LR, RUSHING WIND Windrush G2, FURIOUS DANCER Dancing Duel LR, GOLDEN CHARIOT Caesour G2, MR MICKEY MOUSE Muhtafal LR, DANCE AT DAYLIGHT Rambo Dancer G3, WINNING LEAP Labeeb G2, IMPERIOUS STAR Navarone G1, BLUE HEATHER Fort Wood LR, PURPLE LAKE Lake Coniston G3, VANGELIS Kahal LR, FOREST PATH Fort Wood G1, REEF ROAD Fort Wood G2, LONDON GUEST London News G3, CHARMING LADY Winter Romance LR, ROYAL EXIT Kitalpha G3, MOUNT HOOD Manshood

By Sarah Whitelaw

Northern Guest Gamalakhe Kiss Me Once

Storm Cat Mariah’s Storm Dixieland Band Shirley Valentine Northern Dancer Sex Appeal Harry Hotspur Karafa

Joburg Spring Challenge, G2, Turffontein, 7 October 2017, 1450m 1 Wonderwall 3 c Querari (GER) – Westwardly, by Silvano (GER) 2 Finchatton 6 g Right Approach (GB) – Rose Lipped Maiden, by Fort Wood (USA) 3 Will Pays 6 g Imperial Stride (GB) –Rattlebag, by Jallad (USA) Age:3; Starts: 5; Wins: 2; Placings: 3; Earnings: R624 375 Sire QUERARI is the sire of 7 stakes winners. In 2017 WONDERWALL Silvano G2, JOKING Silvano LR, MAXIMIZER National Assembly LR 1st dam WESTWARDLY,Winner in South Africa Dam of 4 winners: 2011:WHISTLING WONDER (f Black Minnaloushe), 2 wins in South Africa 2012:WILLOW WING (f Black Minnaloushe), Winner in South Africa 2013:WESTERN WARRIOR (g Querari),Winner in South Africa 2014: WONDERWALL (c Querari), R320 000RTR, 2 wins in South Africa, Spring Challenge G2, 3rd SA Nursery G1 2nd dam WEST COAST MAMA, 2 wins in South Africa Dam of 8 winners: WEST COAST GOLD: 6 wins in South Africa, Darley Arabian LR, Michael Roberts Hcp LR West End Boy: 3 wins in South Africa, 3rd Somerset Plate LR DON CHRISTO: 5 wins in South Africa WESTWARDLY: See Above Broodmare sire SILVANO is the sire of the dams of 6 stakes winners – WONDERWALL Querari G2, GOODTIME GAL Royal Air Force G3, JOKING Querari LR, COSMIC LIGHT Querari G2, LOUISIANA Ideal World LR, FAIR MOUNTAIN Tiger Hill LR,


Oasis Dream Querari Quetena Silvano Westwardly West Coast Mama

Green Desert Hope Acatenango Quebrada Lomitas Spirit Of Eagles Gone West Shicklah

Joburg Spring F&M Challenge, G2, f&m, Turffontein, 7 October 2017, 1450m 1 Bella Sonata 5 m Silvano (GER) –Bella Cantata (GB), by Singspiel (IRE) 2 Mrs O 3 f Oratorio (IRE) –Ginger Hill, by Western Winter (USA) 3 Rockin Russian 3 f Seventh Rock (AUS) –Russian Foxtrot, by National Emblem Age: 5; Starts: 20; Wins: 5; Placings: 9; Earnings: R971 900 Sire SILVANO is the sire of 73 stakes winners. In 2017 MARINARESCO Fort Wood G1, ORCHID ISLAND Tiger Ridge G1, NIGHTINGALE Fort Wood G1,AL SAHEM Al Mufti G1, JANOOBI Rakeen G2, MR WINSOME Al Mufti G3, EPONA Al Mufti LR, WIND CHILL Western Winter G2, BELLA SONATA Singspiel G2, SILVAN STAR Lecture G3, ELUSIVE SILVA Fort Wood G3, SILVER STRIPE Badger Land LR 1st dam BELLA CANTATA, Unraced Dam of 4 winners: 2007: BRONZE BEAU (g Dutch Art), 12 wins in GB 2009: CASPAR NETSCHER (c Dutch Art), 6 wins in Canada, Germany and Britain, MehlMulhens-Rennen G2, Nearctic S G2, Mill Reef S G2, Gimcrack S G2, Greenham S G3, sire 2012: BELLA SONATA (f Silvano), R700 000NYS, 5 wins in South Africa, Joburg Spring F&M Challenge G2, 2nd Empress Club S G1, Joburg Spring F&M Challenge G2, 3rd Garden Province S G1 2014: SMART SUZY (f Silvano),Winner in South Africa 2nd dam BELLA COLORA, 4 wins in France and Britain, Prix de L’Opera G2 Dam of 7 winners: STAGECRAFT: 6 wins in GB and USA, Prince Of Wales’s S G2, sire MULLINS BAY: 3 wins, Strensall S G3, sire BALALAIKA: 2 wins in GB, Dahlia S LR, dam of G2W ALKAADHEM HYABELLA: 3 wins in GB,Atalanta S LR, dam of G3W POET Broodmare sire SINGSPIEL is the sire of the dams of 50 stakes winners –LEFT

HAND Dubawi G1, WUHEIDA Dubawi G1, HELMET Exceed And Excel G1, EPAULETTE Commands G1, BELLA SONATA Singspiel G2, CASPAR NETSCHER Dutch Art G2, DEBUSSY Diesis G1, LIMATO Tagula G1, SUEDOIS Le Havre G1, TATSU GOGEKI Marvelous Sunday G3, LESHLAA Street Cry G2, LAUGH ALOUD Dubawi G3,VIA RAVENNA Raven’s Pass G3, SCIACCHETRA Manhattan Cafe G2, SINHALITE Deep Impact G1, SO MI DAR Dubawi G3, NAVARRA KING Lope de Vega G3, BELGIAN BILL Exceed And Excel G2, PEARLS Exceed And Excel G2, KINGS FETE King’s Best G3, PLEUVEN Turtle Bowl G2, SAMARA DANCER Hinchinbrook G2, VICTORIA REGINA Mastercraftsman G3, OLD BUNCH Not For Sale G2, LA SALDANA Fastnet Rock G3, ROMSDAL Halling LR, SWEYNESSE Lonhro G3, VAGABOND SHOES Beat Hollow G2, ECLAIR BIG BANG Savabeel G3, NOOZHOH CANARIAS Caradak LR, MOONWALK IN PARIS Oratorio G3, ROBE TISSAGE War Emblem G1, LIBRANNO Librettist G2 Lomitas Silvano Spirit Of Eagles Singspiel Bella Cantata Bella Colora

Niniski La Colorada Beaus Eagle Big Spirit In The Wings Glorious Song Bellypha Reprocolor

Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes, 3yos Kenilworth, 18 November 2017, 1400m 1 Miss Katalin f Trippi (USA) –Little Miss Magic, by Jet Master 2 Bold Respect g Bold Silvano –Respectable Lady, by Kabool (GB) 3 Pack Leader g Philanthropist (USA) –First Arrival, by Northern Guest (USA) Age:3; Starts: 6; Wins: 2; Placings: 3; Earnings: R1 637 000 Sire TRIPPI is the sire of 68 stakes winners. In 2017 DEO JUVENTE Complete Warrior G1, GRADUATION DAY Honor Grades LR, TRIP TO HEAVEN Cee’s Tizzy G2, LIVE LIFE National Assembly G2 1st dam LITTLE MISS MAGIC, 2 wins in South Africa, Empress Club S G1 Dam of 3 winners: 2012: MULAT (c Duke Of Marmalade), 2 wins in Russia 2013: MAGIC TRICK (f Trippi),Winner in South


Africa 2014: Miss Katalin (f Trippi), 2 wins in South Africa, Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes, 3rd Irridescence S LR 2nd dam AL NIBARI, 3 wins in South Africa Dam of 9 winners: LITTLE MISS MAGIC: See Above Tigress: 3 wins in South Africa, 2nd Oaks Trial LR Without Malice: 8 wins in South Africa, 2nd Fillies Mile G3 Broodmare sire JET MASTER is the sire of the dams of 15 stakes winners –EDICT OF NANTES Count Dubois G1, LADY IN BLACK Dynasty G1, MADAME DUBOIS Count Dubois G3, EXIT HERE Jay Peg G3, SILVANO’S JET Silvano G2, OMATICAYA Silvano LR, EVENTUAL ANGEL Right Approach G3, HERE COMES BILLY Muhtafal G2, RIVARINEVar G3, GIMME THE STARS Gimmethegreenlight LR, BANKABLE TEDDY Bankable LR, EROS’S GIRL Captain Al LR, SHE’S A PIPPA Var LR, CHESTNUT’S ROCKET Horse Chestnut G3, GREEN PLAINS Gimmethegreenlight G2 End Sweep Trippi Jealous Appeal Jet Master Little Miss Magic Al Nibari

Forty Niner Broom Dance Valid Appeal Jealous Cat Rakeen Jet Lightning Al Mufti State Treasure

Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile, G2, Turffontein, 4 November 2017, 1600m 1 Hat Puntano (ARG) 4 c Hat Trick (JPN) – Stormy Pursuer (ARG), by Bernstein (USA) 2 Social Order 4 g Count Dubois (GB) –Dancette, by Dancing Duel 3 French Navy 6 g Count Dubois (GB) – Redoubtable, by Elliodor (FR)

2013: HAT PUNTANO (c Hat Trick), 4 wins in Argentina and South Africa, Gran Criterium G1, Dos Mil Guineas G1, Charity Mile G2 2nd dam PURA TOSS Dam of 7 winners: Dale Pura: 4 wins in Argentina, 2nd Clasico Etoile LR SHY PURITANA: 4 wins in Argentina, dam of SW SOUTH PUDOROSA Broodmare sire BERNSTEIN is the sire of the dams of 31 stakes winners GORMLEY Malibu Moon G1, CHAMPAGNE ROOM BrokenVow G1, HAT PUNTANO Hat Trick G1, HAT EL ABUELO Hat Trick LR, HECHIZADO RYE Catcher In The Rye LR, KATRINA INC Include LR, LOVELY BERNADETTE Wilburn G3, ATOMICA ORO Orpen G1, SAMBA INC Include G1, QUIET BRAZILIAN Catcher In The Rye G2, HAT NINJA Hat Trick G2, NICCOLA Exchange Rate LR, ESFINGE Wild Event G1, PEPPER’S PIE E Dubai G3, DON INC Include G1, VAGABUNDO INC Include G2, PERFECT EVENT Wild Event G2, SOBRADORA INC Include G1, PIXAR Hidden Prize LR, TIMBERO INC Include G2, ART EMOTIVE Art Master LR, SISTAS STROLL Stroll G3, GATITA RYE Catcher In The Rye LR, SOCIOLOGA INC Include G3, HAPPENING Wild Event G3, BATENAMADEIRA Northern Afleet G3, FERNANDINHO Pegasus Wind LR, FLOWING RYE Catcher In The Rye G1, DOUBLY MASTER Art Master LR, SOUTH MARSHY Southern Halo G3, LORD MARTY Russian Blue LR, Sunday Silence Hat Trick Tricky Code Bernstein Stormy Pursuer Pura Toss

Halo Wishing Well Lost Code Dam Clever Storm Cat La Affirmed Egg Toss Pura India

Age:4; Starts: 6; Wins: 4; Placings: 0; Earnings: R625 000

Selangor Cup, G2, 3yos, Kenilworth, 18 November 2017, 1600m

Sire HAT TRICK is the sire of 26 stakes winners. In 2017 HAT PUNTANO Bernstein G2, TRICKY ESCAPE Petionville G3, TRY TWICE Luhuk G3, HAT DOLAR Southern Halo G3, BUYING TROUBLE Kingmambo LR, HARD TRICK Slew Gin Fizz G2, HAT EL ABUELO Bernstein LR,

1 Rocket Countdown g Alado (GB) – Shinkanzen, by Cordoba (USA) 2 White River c Trippi (USA) –Irish Torrent (USA), by Giant’s Causeway (USA) 3 Do It Again g Twice Over (GB) –SweetVirginia, by Casey Tibbs (IRE)

1st dam STORMY PURSUER, Unraced Dam of 2 winners: 2010: Pulposa Inc (f Include), 3 wins in Argentina, 2nd GP Eliseo Ramirez G1

Age:3; Starts: 6; Wins: 3; Placings: 3; Earnings: R382 000 Sire ALADO is the sire of 1 stakes winner. In 2017 ROCKET COUNTDOWN

Cordoba G2 1st dam Shinkanzen, 4 wins in South Africa, 3rd Lady’s Pendant S LR Dam of 6 winners: 2007:TARA ZEN (f Tara’s Halls),Winner in South Africa 2008:ALTAIR (fVictory Moon), 2 wins in South Africa 2009: MATTHEW ETHAN (c Eyeofthetiger), 2 wins in South Africa 2010: INDIGO PIXIE (f Indigo Magic),Winner in South Africa 2012: Sapsan: (f Lateral),Winner in South Africa, 3rd Golden Slipper G1 2014: ROCKET COUNTDOWN (g Alado), R120 000MYS, 3 wins in South Africa, Selangor Cup G2 2nd dam GETAWAY, 2 wins in South Africa, Final Fling S LR Dam of 3 winners: Shinkanzen: See Above Broodmare sire CORDOBA is sire of the dams of stakes winners –ACT OF WAR Dynasty G1, ROCKET COUNTDOWN Alado G2, SUBASTADOR Tara’s Halls G3, LUNA DE VICTORIAVictory Moon LR, KHEMOSABI Commands LR, COUNTLESS TIMES Count Dubois G2, LADY PEREZ West Man LR, SYRIAN SONJA Damascus Gate G3, ZOLAROYALE Dominion Royale G3 Danzig

Alado Alborada Cordoba Shinkanzen Getaway

Northern Dancer Pas De Nom Alzao Alouette El Gran Senor Gay Senorita Truely Nureyev Aigrette

Western Cape Fillies Championship, G2, 3yof, Kenilworth, 28October 2017, 1400m 1 Snowdance f Captain Al –Spring Lilac, by Joshua Dancer (USA) 2 Magical Wonderland f What A Winter –Magical Miss, by Al Mufti (USA) 3 Rose In Bloom f Gimmethegreenlight- Raise The Bar, by Goldkeeper Age:3; Starts:3; Wins: 2; Placings: 1; Earnings: R316 000

Winter G3, PRINCESS PEACH Badger Land G3, CROWD PLEASER Charismatic G3, CAPTAIN AMERICA Fort Wood G1, CAPTAIN SPLENDID Fort Wood G3, JO’S BOND Muhtafal LR, CALL TO ACCOUNT Giant’s Causeway LR, SEARCH PARTY Pennekamp G2 1st dam SPRING LILAC, 2 wins in South Africa, Kenilworth Fillies Nursery G3 Dam of 6 winners: 2008: SPRING ORCHID (f Badger’s Drift), 2 wins in South Africa 2009: VICTORIAN SECRET (f Captain Al), 5 wins in South Africa, Laisserfaire S LR, Lady’s Pendant S LR, 2nd Southern Cross S G2, Champagne S G3 2011: SYRINGA (f Argonaut), 2 wins in South Africa 2012: Beat The Retreat (g Argonaut), 3 wins in South Africa, 2nd Godolphin Barb S G3 2013: SPRING IN SEATTLE (f Mambo In Seattle), Winner in South Africa 2014: SNOWDANCE (f Captain Al), R2000000NYS, 2 wins in South Africa,Western Cape Fillies Championship G2 2nd dam MYSTIC SPRING, Unplaced, Equus Broodmare Of The Year in2016-2017 Dam of 10 winners: RABIYA: Equus Champion 3YO Classic Male in 2005, 5 wins in South Africa, Cape Guineas G1, Daily News 2000 G1, Cape Derby G2, died BELA-BELA: Equus Champion 3YO Filly 2015, 7 wins in South Africa, Garden Province S G1, Paddock S G1,Woolavington 2000 G1, KZN Fillies Guineas G2, 3rd Gold Challenge G1 SECRET OF VICTORIA: 6 wins in South Africa, Southern Cross S G2, dam of Equus Champion ALL IS SECRET and G1W THE SECRET IS OUT Broodmare sire JOSHUA DANCER is the sire of the dams of 6 stakes winners –DOLLAR DAZZLERVar G2, TOMMY GUN Sail From Seattle G2, VICTORIAN SECRET Captain Al LR, CALANISH Lecture LR, CHEKILLI Greys Inn G2, SNOWDANCE Captain Al G2 Al Mufti

Sire CAPTAIN AL is the sire of 81 stakes winners. In 2017 CARRY ON ALICE Western Winter G1, THE SECRET IS OUT Goldkeeper G3, SNOWDANCE Joshua Dancer G3, TAP O’ NOTH Western

Captain Al Off To War Joshua Dancer Spring Lilac Mystic Spring

Roberto Lassie Dear Complete Warrior Infanta Danzig Miss Alleged Royal Academy Secret Sunday



USA GRADE RACE RESULTS 2017 The Stats Pages are a regular feature from International Racehorse Magazine looking at the black Type Winners from the quarter preceding the Edition

CALEDONIA ROAD 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, 2yof, Del Mar, 4 November 2017,1700m 1 Caledonia Road (USA) f Quality Road (USA) –Come A Callin (USA), by Dixie Union (USA) 2 Alluring Star (USA) f Exchange Rate (USA) – Spring Jump (USA), by Jump Start (USA) 3 Blonde Bomber (USA) f Fort Larned (USA) – Girl Can Rock (USA), by El Prado (IRE) Age:2; Starts: 3; Wins; 2; Placings: 1; Earnings: $1 229 800 Sire QUALITY ROAD is the sire of 20 stakes winners. In 2017 ABEL TASMAN Deputy Minister G1, COWBOY CULTURE Smart Strike G3, CALEDONIA ROAD Dixie Union G1, SALTY Dixie Union G2, TOP QUALITY Bernardini LR, ILLUMINANT Polish Numbers G2, LONG HAUL BAY French Deputy G3, HIGH RIDGE ROAD Devil’s Bag G2, GUEST SUITE Ghostzapper G3 1st dam COME A CALLIN,Winner in USA Dam of 2 winners: 2014: ONE OF A KIND (c Lemon Drop Kid), Winner in USA 2015: CALEDONIA ROAD (f Quality Road), 2 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies G1, 2nd Fritzette S G1 2nd dam TWILIGHT SERVICE, Unraced Dam of 3 winners: CITIZEN ADVOCATE: 4 wins in USA, Catcharisingstar S LR Broodmare sire DIXIE UNION is the sire of the dams of 24 stakes winners –CALEDONIA ROAD Quality Road G1, KLIMT Quality Road G1, NEW YEAR’S DAY Street Cry G1, FERALIA Pedro The Great LR, UNION JACKSON Curlin LR, MOR SPIRIT Eskendereya G1, SALTY Quality Road G2, UNIFIED Candy Ride G2, WONDER GAL Tiz Wonderful LR, BESITOS Cima De Triomphe G1, MOHAYMEN Tapit G2, IDALINHO Pleasantly Perfect G1, BALK Street Boss LR, BESHARAH Kodiac G2, VENECIA STYLE Desert Style LR, MY PLEASURE Giacomo G1, CRISTINA’S JOURNEY Any Given Saturday G2, DIXIE INDY Any Given Saturday G1,

Elusive Quality Quality Road Kobla Dixie Union Come A Callin Twilight Service

Gone West Touch Of Greatness Strawberry Road Winglet Dixieland Band She’s Tops Horse Chestnut Sunset Service

Breeders’ Cup Mile, G1, Del Mar, 4 November 2017,1600m 1 World Approval (USA) 5 g Northern Afleet (USA) –Win Approval (USA), byWith Approval (CAN) 2 Lancaster Bomber (USA) 3 cWar Front (USA) –Sun Shower (IRE), by Indian Ridge (IRE) 3 Blackjackcat (USA) 4 gTale OfThe Cat (USA) –Bootleg Annie (USA), by Go For Gin (USA) Age:5; Starts: 24; Wins: 11; Placings:6; Earnings: $2 937 363 Sire NORTHERN AFLEET is the sire of 73 stakes winners. In 2017 WORLD APPROVAL With Approval G1, MINKS ARISE El Prado LR, WAR STORY Pulpit G2, KIJOLIAMOUR Jules LR, DENMAN’S CALL Salt Lake G1 1st damWIN APPROVAL, 2 wins in USA Dam of 8 winners: 1998: REVVED UP (g Sultry Song), 20 wins in USA, Niagara Hcp G2, Stars And Stripes Hcp G3, Sycamore S G3, Bonnie HeathTurf Cup LR -3 times 1999: MIESQUE’S APPROVAL (c Miesque’s Son), ChampionTurf Male in 2006, 12 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Mile G1, Firecracker Hcp G2, Maker’s Mark Mile G2, sire in South Africa 2001:WINABULL (g Hesabull), 14 wins in USA 2002: MAGNIFICENTAPPROVAL (f DistantView), Winner in USA 2003:SITEOFAWINNER (g DistantView), 5 wins in USA 2006:WINNING DOE (f Running Stag),Winner in USA 2008: ZA APPROVAL (g Ghostzapper), 9 wins in USA,Appleton S G3, Red Bank S G3, Knickerbocker S G3, Real Courage S LR, 2nd Breeders’ Cup Mile G1 2012: WORLD APPROVAL (g Northern Afleet), 11 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Mile G1, United Nations S G1,Woodbine Mile G1, Fourstardave S G1, Dixie S G2, Saranac S G3


By Sarah Whitelaw Photos by Michelle MacDonald

WORLD APPROVAL 2nd dam Negotiator, 7 wins in USA, 2nd Matron S G1 Dam of 5 winners: Harbor Pilot: 5 wins in USA, 3rd Azalea S LR Honorabledischarge:Winner in USA, 3rd Ontario Colleen Hcp LR WIN APPROVAL: See Above Broodmare sire WITH APPROVAL is the sire of the dams of 49 stakes winners –MIESQUE’S APPROVAL Miesque’s Son G1, WORLD APPROVAL Northern Afleet G1, ZA APPROVAL Ghostzapper G3, REVVED UP Sultry Song G3, CURLIN’S APPROVAL Curlin G2, NECK OF THE MOON MoreThan Ready LR, OCEAN BAY Golden Spikes G1, RUSTY SLIPPER Lemon Drop Kid G3, MR MAYBE Ghostzapper G2, HEUSTON Acclamation LR, ANCIL City Zip LR, POTOMAC RIVER English Channel G3, SCHOOL HOUSE Limehouse LR, DISPOSABLEPLEASURE Giacomo G2, SHE’S ALL SCAT Scat Daddy LR, JAKE MO Giacomo LR, BAY TO BAY Sligo Bay G2, TWILIGHT METEOR Smart Strike G3, BLUE LASER Bluegrass Cat G3, ROMANTIC HIDEAWAY City Zip LR, CUVEE UNCORKED Cuvee LR, HOT SIX Burooj G1, SPAGHETTI MOUSE Archers’ Bay G3, SILVER TREE Hennessy G2, ARCADIA’S ANGLE Aldebaran G3, CHURCH SERVICE Pulpit G3, WOW ME FREE Menifee G3, WITH A CITY City Zip G2, THE DADDY Valid Expectations G2, GULCH APPROVAL Gulch G3, HE’S GOT GRIT Songandaprayer G3, SPRING RUSH Wild Rush LR, NINEBANKS Smokester G2 Afleet Northern Afleet Nuryette With Approval Win Approval Negotiator

Mr Prospector Polite Lady Nureyev Stellarette Caro Passing Mood Hoist The Flag Geneva Ii

Breeders’ Cup Classic, G1, Del Mar, 4 November 2017,2000m 1 Gun Runner (USA) 4 c Candy Ride (ARG) – Quiet Giant (USA), by Giant’s Causeway (USA) 2 Collected (USA) 4 c City Zip (USA) –Helena Bay (USA), by Johannesburg (USA) 3West Coast (USA) 3 c Flatter (USA) –Caressing

(USA), by Honour And Glory (USA) Age: 4; Starts: 18; Wins: 10; Placings: 5; Earnings: $8 988 500 Sire CANDY RIDE is the sire of 62 stakes winners. In 2017 GUN RUNNER Giant’s Causeway G1, SEPARATIONOFPOWERS Empire Maker G1, ASCEND Silver Ghost G1, PAID UP SUBSCRIBER Street Cry G2, ANALYZE A P Indy LR, FIRST GROWTH A P Indy LR, WILBO Coronado’s Quest LR, CREWMAN Empire Maker G3, CANDY SUGAR LADY Sultry Song G3, AFRICAN RIDE Kris S LR, MASTERY OldTrieste G2, UNIFIED Dixie Union G3 1st dam QUIET GIANT, 7 wins in USA, Molly Pitcher Hcp G2, RareTreat S LR Dam of 1 winner: 2013: GUN RUNNER (c Candy Ride), 10 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Classic G1, Stephen Foster Hcp G1,Whitney S G1,Woodward S G1, Clark Hcp G1, Louisiana Derby G2, Risen S G3, Razorback Hcp G3, MattWinn S G3, 2nd Dubai World Cup G1, 3rd Kentucky Derby G1 2nd dam QUIET DANCE, 6 wins in USA, Gala Lil S LR, 2nd Demoiselle S G2 Dam of 12 winners: SAINT LIAM: Horse OfTheYear, Champion Older Male in 2005, 9 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Classic G1,Woodward S G1, Stephen Foster Hcp G1, Donn Hcp G1, Clark Hcp G2, sire QUIET GIANT: See Above CONGRESSIONALHONOR:2 wins, Bay Meadows Derby G3, sire AMERICAN DANCE: 2 wins, Imported Stayers ChallengeTrophy Miss Besilu: 2 wins in USA, 3rd CCA Oaks G1 QUIET NOW:Winner in USA, dam of G2WLULL BEATEM BUSTER: Unraced, dam of G1W BUSTER’S READY Broodmare sire GIANT’S CAUSEWAY is the sire of the dams of 57 stakes winners –GUN RUNNER Candy Ride G1, ROMANTIC VISION Lemon Drop Kid, HAWKBILL Kitten’s Joy G1, VERRAZANO MoreThan Ready G1, SOFT FALLING RAIN National Assembly G1, FREE DROP BILLY Union Rags G1, EDEN’S MOON Malibu Moon G1, BEAUTY PARLOUR Deep Impact G1,




MENDELSSOHN ESCADO Casino Prince G1, AWESOME ROCK Fastnet Rock G1, GIANT KILLING HatTrick G1, AN SERAFINI MoreThan Ready G1, LOCH GARMANTeofilo G1, WARHORSE General Nediym G1, PLANTEUR Danehill Dancer G1 Ride The Rails Candy Ride Candy Girl Giant’s Causeway Quiet Giant Quiet Dance

Cryptoclearance Herbalesian Candy Stripes City Girl Storm Cat Mariah’s Storm Quiet American Misty Dancer

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, G1, 2yo c&g, G1, Del Mar, 3 November 2017,1600m 1 Mendelssohn (USA) c Scat Daddy (USA) – Leslie’s Lady (USA), byTricky Creek (USA) 2 Untamed Domain (USA) c Animal Kingdom (USA) –Ciao (USA), by Lear Fan (USA) 3Voting Control (USA) c Kitten’s Joy (USA) – Manda Bay (USA), by Empire Maker (USA)

3YO Filly in USA, Champion Older Female in USA twice, 18 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Distaff G1 –twice, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies G1, Pacific Classic G1, Zenyatta S G1 -3 times, Santa Anita Oaks G1 2015: MENDELSSOHN (c Scat Daddy), 2 wins Breeders’ Cup JuvenileTurf G1, 2nd Dewhurst S G1 2nd dam CRYSTAL LADY, 2 wins in USA Dam of 9 winners: LESLIE’S LADY: See Above A Steel Trap: 5 wins in USA, 3rd Minnesota Derby LR Broodmare sire TRICKY CREEK is the sire of the dams of 7 stakes winners –BEHOLDER Henny Hughes G1, INTO MISCHIEF Harlan’s Holiday G1, MENDELSSOHN Scat Daddy G1, A LITTLE EDGY Added Edge LR, ATLANTA HIGHWAY Chief Seattle LR, MULTIPLICATION Subordination LR, WELL FANCIED Prospect Fager G2, Johannesburg

Age:2; Starts: 5; Wins: 2; Placings: 1; Earnings: £ 564 658 Sire SCAT DADDY is the sire of 90 stakes winners. In 2017 DACITA Seeker’s Reward G1 CARAVAGGIO Holy Bull G1, LADY AURELIA ForestWildcat G1, MENDELSSOHNTricky Creek G1, SEAHENGE Not For Love G2, MR. ROARY Seattle Slew G3, SEABHAC Curlin G3, HUASO HONORABLE Silver Deputy G2, FLAMEAWAY Fusaichi Pegasus LR, ULTIMA D Coronado’s Quest LR, HARMONIZE Sky Mesa G3, SIOUX NATION Oasis Dream G1, RUBY LOVE First Samurai G1, CON TE PARTIRO Street Cry LR, ACAPULCO End Sweep LR, TU BRUTUS Seeker’s Reward LR, SMOOTH DADDY Badger Land G3, CELESTINE Monarchos G2, SPARTIATIS French Deputy G3 1st dam LESLIE’S LADY, 5 wins in USA, Debutante S LR Dam of 6 winners: 2003: JUDY B (f Marquety), 3 wins in USA, dam of SPSarah Her Highness 2004: LOUISTHE BOLD (c Orientate), 2 wins in USA 2005: INTO MISCHIEF (c Harlan’s Holiday), 3 wins in USA, CashCall Futurity G1, Damascus S LR, 2nd Malibu S G1, successful sire 2007: DAISY MASON: Unraced, dam of SW HARRYS HOLIDAY 2008: ONEWORLD (c Rockport Harbor), 2 wins in USA 2010: BEHOLDER (f Henny Hughes), Champion 2YO Filly in USA, Champion

Scat Daddy Love Style Tricky Creek Leslie’s Lady Crystal Lady

Hennessy Myth Mr Prospector Likeable Style Clever Trick Battle Creek Girl Stop The Music One Last Bird

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, G1, Del Mar, 4 November 2017,1000m 1 Stormy Liberal (USA) 5 g Stormy Atlantic (USA) –Vassar (USA), by Royal Academy (USA) 2 Richard’s Boy (USA) 5 g Idiot Proof (USA) – Marissa’s Joy (USA), by Cee’sTizzy (USA) 3 Disco Partner (USA) 5 h Disco Rico (USA) – Lulu’s Number (USA), by Numerous (USA) Age: 5; Starts: 22; Wins: 8; Placings: 7; Earnings: $983 570 Sire STORMY ATLANTIC is the sire of 97 stakes winners. In 2017 STORMY LIBERAL Royal Academy G1, STORMY ANTARCTIC Doyen LR, VICTOR SECURITY Danehill Dancer G1, DIXIE WAVE Dixieland Band G2, ASAKUSA GENKI Dixieland Band G3, BALLAGH ROCKS Sadler’sWells G3 1st damVASSAR,Winner in USA Dam of 6 winners: 2004: Garifine (c BelongTo Me), 8 wins in USA, 3rd Duncan F Kenner S LR 2005: Coast Guard (c Stormy Atlantic), 2nd Robert B Lewis S G2, 3rd Santa Anita Derby G1 2006: SCHOLASTIC (f Johar),Winner in USA 2007 SHIMMERING MOMENT (f Afleet Alex), 3 wins in USA, Carlinford S LR 2009: CAMINETTO (g Stormy Atlantic), 3 wins


STORMY LIBERAL in USA 2012: STORMY LIBERAL (g Stormy Atlantic), 8 wins in USA Breeders’ CupTurf Sprint G1, Daytona S G3, 2nd San Simeon S G3, Cecil B.DeMille S G3

3 Carina Mia (USA) 4 f Malibu Moon (USA) –Miss Simpatica (ARG), by Southern Halo (USA)

2nd dam DIXIE FINE, 5 wins in USA, Remington Park Oaks LR Dam of 2 winners: VASSAR: See above

Sire MEDAGLIA D’ORO is the sire of 107 stakes winners. In 2017 BAR OF GOLD Lemon Drop Kid G1, TALISMANIC Machiavellian G1, BOLT D’ORO A P Indy G1, SONGBIRD West Acre G1, DICKINSON A P Indy G1, NEW MONEY HONEY Distorted Humor G1, WONDER GADOT Vindication G3, ELATE Distorted Humor G1, ASTORIA AdValorem G3, BRONSON Avenue Of Flags LR, EVER SO CLEVER Mr Greeley G3, GHALIA Rahy LR, SPECTROSCOPE Rock Of Gibraltar G3, VERANILLO Lonhro LR

Broodmare sire ROYAL ACADEMY is the sire of the dams of 110 stakes winners – FASTNET ROCK Danehill G1, FINSCEAL BEO Mr Greeley G1, DABIRSIM HatTrick G1, FROZEN POWER Oasis Dream G2, RULE OF LAW Kingmambo G1, RABIYA Jallad G1, RAFIYA Jallad LR, SECRET OF VICTORIA Goldkeeper G2,TOUCH THE SKY Jet Master LR, BELA-BELA Dynasty G2, SPRING LILAC Joshua Dancer G3, IT’S SOMEWHAT Dynaformer G2, KELOWNA STAR Sufficient G1, SAFETY CHECK Dubawi G2, NASHVILLE Darci Brahma G1, POWER TRIP Hard Spun G3, SOME IN TIME Shirocco G1, PAK LOK ANGEL Lucky Unicorn G1, BURBERO O’Reilly G2, QUIET FORCE Dynaformer G3, FRACTIONAL Manduro G2, COFFEE CLIQUE Medaglia D’Oro G1, MELEAGROS King’s Best G3, SABATINI Street Cry G2, GAULTIER Rios G1, ROMAN LEGEND Holy Roman Emperor G1, PAINT NAIF CrimsonTide G1, OMI ALICEWhite Muzzle G3, SHARP SENSATION Sharp Humor G3, GUEST OF HONOUR Cape Cross G2, AMARILLO Holy Roman Emperor G3, RUSCELLO Cape Cross G3, CLENOR Oratorio LR, SIR ANDREW Sir Percy G2, SERATA BELLA Vettori G1, HITCHENS Acclamation G3, ANA LUISA Elusive Quality G2, SUMMER APPLAUSE Harlan’s Holiday G2, VIVE VELOCE MoreThan Ready G3, TWILIGHT ROYALE Testa Rossa G2, STORMY LIBERAL Stormy Atlantic G1, Storm Cat Stormy Atlantic Hail Atlantis Royal Academy Vassar Dixie Fine

Storm Bird Terlingua Seattle Slew Flippers Nijinsky Ii Crimson Saint L’emigrant Luv Luvin

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, G1, f&m, Del Mar, 4 November 2017,1400m 1 Bar Of Gold (USA) 5 m Medaglia D’Oro (USA) –Khancord Kid (USA), by Lemon Drop Kid (USA) 2 Ami’s Mesa (CAN) 4 f Sky Mesa (USA) – Victorious Ami (CAN), byVictory Gallop (CAN)

Age:5; Starts:25; Wins: 7; Placings:10; Earnings: $1 551 000

1st dam KHANCORD KID, 3 wins in USA, Herecomesthebride S G3 Dam of 2 winners: 2012: BAR OF GOLD (f Medaglia D’Oro), 7 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup F&M Sprint G1,Yaddo S LR, 2ndTest S G1, Ruffian S G2, Prioress S G2, Raven Run S G2, Presque Isle Downs Masters G2 2014: LAND MINE (f Mineshaft),Winner in USA 2nd dam CONFIDENTLY, Unraced Dam of 5 winners: CRACKERJACK JONES: 10 wins in USA, Fio Rito S LR KHANCORD KID: See Above Broodmare sire LEMON DROP KID is the sire of the dams of 37 stakes winners –BAR OF GOLD Medaglia D’Oro G1, FOREVER UNBRIDLED Unbridled’s Song G1, LOCHTE Medaglia D’Oro G1, ELUSIVE KATE Elusive Quality G1, UNBRIDLED FOREVER Unbridled’s Song G1, PURE LEMON Eskendereya G1, MO MAVERICK Uncle Mo LR, MORE MISCHIEF Azamour LR, HORSEPLAY Cape Cross LR, DIVISIDERO Kitten’s Joy G1, FINEST CITY City Zip G1, ASTRONOMOS New Approach LR, TAMARKUZ Speightstown G1, YELLOW AGATE Gemologist G1, RYANS CHARM Heatseeker G1, CACTUS KRIS Cactus Ridge G3, BLACK SEA Galileo LR, MISS MISCHIEF Into Mischief G2, CITRON SPIRIT Invincible Spirit G3, COZETTI Cozzene G3, FLASHY LASSIE Flashy Bull G3 El Prado Medaglia D’oro Cappucino Bay Lemon Drop Kid Khancord Kid Confidently

Sadler’s Wells Lady Capulet Bailjumper Dubbed In Kingmambo Charming Lassie Storm Cat Key Phrase

BAR OF GOLD Breeders’ Cup Filly& Mare Turf, G1, f&m, Del Mar, 4 November 2017,1800m 1 Wuheida (GB) 3 f Dubawi (IRE) –Hibaayeb (GB), by Singspiel (IRE) 2 Rhododendron (IRE) 3 f Galileo (IRE) –Halfway To Heaven (IRE), by Pivotal (GB) 3 Cambodia (USA) 5 mWar Front (USA) – Sassifaction (USA), by Smart Strike (CAN) Age:3; Starts: 7; Wins: 3; Placings: 2; Earnings: £1 088 798 Sire DUBAWI is the sire of 143 stakes winners. In 2017 WUHEIDA Singspiel G1, BATEEL Chief’s Crown G1, ZARAK Zamindar G1, NEZWAAH Dansili G1, SOBETSU Darshaan G1, ALMANAAR Bahhare G1, INTIMATION Pivotal G3, GLORIOUS JOURNEY Dansili G3, ANNA NERIUM OldVic G3, CRYSTAL RIVER Singspiel LR, GHAIYYATH Galileo G3, WILD BUD Danehill Dancer LR, WILD ILLUSION Monsun G1, MUBTAAHIJ Pennekamp G1, FRONTIERSMAN Cape Cross LR, QUIDURA Acatenango G2, SHAMREEN Bahri G2, BENBATL Selkirk G3, CORONET Darshaan G2, KITESURF Danehill Dancer G3, LAUGH ALOUD Singspiel G3, AUTOCRATIC Storm Cat G3, JUNGLE EDGE Carnegie G2, DARTMOUTH Galileo G2, BEAN FEASA Danehill G3, NORTH AMERICAYankeeVictor G3, 1st dam HIBAAYEB, 4 wins in GB and USA, Fillies’ Mile G1,Yellow Ribbon S G1, Ribblesdale S G2, Sheepshead Bay Hcp G2 Dam of 2 winners: 2013: LACEYS LANE (f Street Cry),Winner in France 2014: WUHEIDA (f Dubawi), 3 wins in GB, France and USA, Breeders’ Cup F&MTurf G1, Prix Marcel Boussac G1, 2nd Falmouth S G1, 3rd Preis der Diana G1 2nd dam LADY ZONDA, 2 wins in GB Dam of 3 winners: HIBAAYEB: See Above May Meeting: Winner in Ireland, 2nd Rochestown S LR Broodmare sire SINGSPIEL is the sire of the dams of 51 stakes winners –LEFT HAND Dubawi G1, WUHEIDA Dubawi G1, HELMET Exceed And Excel G1, EPAULETTE Commands G1, BELLA SONATA Singspiel G2, CASPAR NETSCHER Dutch Art G2, DEBUSSY Diesis G1, LIMATOTagula G1, SUEDOIS Le Havre G1, TATSU GOGEKI Marvelous Sunday G3, LESHLAA Street Cry G2, LAUGH

ALOUD Dubawi G3, VIA RAVENNA Raven’s Pass G3, SCIACCHETRA Manhattan Cafe G2, SINHALITE Deep Impact G1, SO MI DAR Dubawi G3, NAVARRA KING Lope deVega G3, BELGIAN BILL Exceed And Excel G2, PEARLS Exceed And Excel G2, KINGS FETE King’s Best G3, PLEUVEN Turtle Bowl G2, SAMARA DANCER Hinchinbrook G2, VICTORIA REGINA Mastercraftsman G3, OLD BUNCH Not For Sale G2, LA SALDANA Fastnet Rock G3, ROMSDAL Halling LR, SWEYNESSE Lonhro G3, VAGABOND SHOES Beat Hollow G2, ECLAIR BIG BANG Savabeel G3, NOOZHOH CANARIAS Caradak LR, MOONWALK IN PARIS Oratorio G3, ROBE TISSAGEWar Emblem G1, LIBRANNO Librettist G2, BELLA SONATA Silvano G2 Dubai Millennium Dubawi Zomaradah Singspiel Hibaayeb Lady Zonda

Seeking The Gold Colorado Dancer Deploy Jawaher In The Wings Glorious Song Lion Cavern Zonda

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, 2yof, Del Mar, 3 November 2017,1600m 1 Rushing Fall (USA) f MoreThan Ready (USA) –Autumnal (USA), by Forestry (USA) 2 Best Performance (USA) 2 f BrokenVow (USA) –Give My Regards (USA), by Smart Strike (CAN) 3 September (IRE) f Deep Impact (JPN) –Peeping Fawn (IRE), by Danehill (USA) Age:2; Starts: 3; Wins: 3; Placings: 0; Earnings: $685 000 Sire MORE THAN READY is the sire of 177 stakes winners. In 2017 ROY H Elusive Quality G1, RUSHING FALL Forestry G1, CATHOLIC BOY Bernardini G3, COPPER BULLET Unbridled’s Song G2, TOM’S READY Broad Brush G3, UNI Dansili G2, JUST A LADY Pulpit LR, SONIC BOOM Indian Charlie G3, EAGLE WAY Lure G3, EKTIFAA Redoute’s Choice G3, MADE YOU LOOK Unbridled’s Song G3 1st dam AUTUMNAL,Winner in USA Dam of 5 winners: 2007: CHEROKEE EXPRESS (c Cherokee Run), 2 wins in USA 2010:TWIN PLANET (c Street Sense) 4 wins in JPN 2011: MILAN (f Street Sense), 4 wins in USA, Pica Slew LR 2013: Autumn Song (gTiznow), 2 wins in USA, 3rd Ky Alta Hcp LR 2015: RUSHING FALL (f MoreThan Ready) 3

wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile FilliesTurf G1, Jessamine S G3

Affirmed S G3, Shared Belief S LR, 2nd Santa Anita Derby G1, 3rd Kentucky Derby G1

2nd dam Marie J, 3 wins in USA, 3rd LaTroienne S G3 Dam of 8 winners: Sistas Pride:Winner in USA, 3rdTempted S G3 AUTUMNAL: See Above

2nd dam ALMOST APROM QUEEN,Winner in USA Dam of 7 winners: RIGOLETTA: See Above Dixie High:Winner in USA, 2nd Dr Fager S LR Evening Concerto: 20 wins in USA, 3rd OBS Sprint LR

Broodmare sire FORESTRY is the sire of the dams of 29 stakes winners –NYQUIST Uncle Mo G1, TURBULENT DESCENT Congrats G1, BOBBY’S KITTEN Kitten’s Joy G1, CAMELOT KITTEN Forestry G2, CADET RONI Colonel John LR, SASSICAIA Bernardini G3, ONUS Blame G3, SAMUEL DECHAMPLAIN Henrythenavigator LR, MUFAAJAHTapit G3, DIVINE OATH BrokenVow G3, STORMY NOVEL Bernardini LR, BRIDGHAMPTON Bernardini LR, GREEN MASK Mizzen Mast G2 TATE’S LANDING Orientate LR, MAGICAL FEELING Empire Maker G2, MAJOR MAGIC Kitten’s Joy LR, OLE PEGASUS Fusaichi Pegasus G3, RUSHING FALL More Than Ready G1 Southern Halo More Than Ready Woodman’s Girl Forestry Autumnal Marie J

Halo Northern Sea Woodman Becky Be Good Storm Cat Shared Interest Mr Prospector In My Cap

Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, G1, Del Mar, 3 November 2017,1600m 1 Battle Of Midway (USA) 3 c Smart Strike (CAN) –Rigoletta (USA), by Concerto (USA) 2 Sharp Azteca (USA) 4 c Freud (USA) –So Sharp (USA), by Saint Liam (USA) 3 Awesome Slew (USA) 4 c Awesome Again (CAN) –Slewfoundmoney (USA), by SeekingThe Gold (USA) Age:3; Starts: 10; Wins: 5; Placings: 4; Earnings:; $1 249 949 Sire SMART STRIKE is the sire of 125 stakes winners. In 2017 BATTLE OF MIDWAY Concerto G1, UNCHAINED MELODY Partner’s Hero G2, SEATTLE SERENADE A P Indy LR, CASCANUECES Silver Planet G1, TERESA Z A P Indy G3, WAY STRIKING Indian Charlie LR, GREEN SWEET Green Desert LR 1st dam RIGOLETTA, 2 wins in USA, Oak Leaf S G1, 3rd Darley Debutante S G1 Dam of 1 winner: 2014: BATTLE OF MIDWAY (c Smart Strike) 5 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile G1,

Broodmare sire CONCERTO is the sire of the dams of 2 stakes winners –BATTLE OF MIDWAY Smart Strike G1, TACKLEBERRY Montbrook G2, Mr Prospector Smart Strike Classy ‘n Smart Concerto Rigoletta

Almost Aprom Queen

Raise A Native Gold Digger Smarten No Class Chief’s Crown Undeniably Montbrook Romantic Dinner

Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, G1, f&m, Del Mar, 3 November 2017,1800m 1 Forever Unbridled (USA) 5m Unbridled’s Song (USA) –Forever Lemons (USA), by Lemon Drop Kid (USA) 2 AbelTasman (USA) 3 f Quality Road (USA) – Vargas Girl (USA), by Deputy Minister (CAN) 3 ParadiseWoods (USA) 3 f Union Rags (USA) – Wild Forest (USA), by ForestWildcat (USA) Age:5; Starts: 17; Wins: 8; Placings: 7; Earnings: $3 186 880 Sire UNBRIDLED’S SONG is the sire of 115 stakes winners. In 2017 ARROGATE Distorted Humor G1, FOREVER UNBRIDLED Lemon Drop Kid G1, BIRD SONG CapeTown G2, SQUADRON A Stalwart G3 1st dam LEMONS FOREVER, 4 wins in USA, Kentucky Oaks G1 Dam of 4 winners: 2010: FOREVER PERFECT (c Perfect Soul), 2 wins in USA, sire 2011: UNBRIDLED FOREVER (f Unbridled’s Song), 4 wins in USA, Ballerina S G1 2012: FOREVER UNBRIDLED (f Unbridled’s Song), 8 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Distaff G1, Personal Ensign Hcp G1,Apple Blossom Hcp G1, Beldame S G1, Comely S G3, 2nd Ogden Phipps S G1, 3rd Breeders’ Cup Distaff G1 2013: Forever D’Oro (c Medaglia D’Oro), Winner in USA, 3rd Curlin S LR 2nd dam CRITIKOLA, 8 wins in ARG, Ricardo Ezequiel y Ezequiel M. Fernandez Guerrico G2 Dam of 3 winners:



TALISMANIC LEMONS FOREVER: See Above Critical Reason: 3 wins in USA, 3rd Lady’s Secret S LR, dam of G1PSW BAJAN Broodmare sire LEMON DROP KID is the sire of the dams of 37 stakes winners –BAR OF GOLD Medaglia D’Oro G1, FOREVER UNBRIDLED Unbridled’s Song G1, LOCHTE Medaglia D’Oro G1, ELUSIVE KATE Elusive Quality G1, UNBRIDLED FOREVER Unbridled’s Song G1, PURE LEMON Eskendereya G1, MO MAVERICK Uncle Mo LR, MORE MISCHIEF Azamour LR, HORSEPLAY Cape Cross LR, DIVISIDERO Kitten’s Joy G1, FINEST CITY City Zip G1, ASTRONOMOS New Approach LR, TAMARKUZ Speightstown G1, YELLOW AGATE Gemologist G1, RYANS CHARM Heatseeker G1, CACTUS KRIS Cactus Ridge G3, BLACK SEA Galileo LR, MISS MISCHIEF Into Mischief G2, CITRON SPIRIT Invincible Spirit G3, COZETTI Cozzene G3, FLASHY LASSIE Flashy Bull G3 Unbridled Unbridled’s Song Trolley Song Lemon Drop Kid Lemons Forever Critikola

Fappiano Gana Facil Caro Lucky Spell Kingmambo Charming Lassie Tough Critic Hola Keats

Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, G1, Del Mar, 4 November 2017,2400m 1 Talismanic (USA) 4 c Medaglia D’Oro (USA) –Magic Mission (GB), by Machiavellian (USA) 2 Beach Patrol (USA) 4 c Lemon Drop Kid (USA) –Bashful Bertie (USA), by Quiet American (USA) 3 Highland Reel (IRE) 5 h Galileo (USA) –Hveger (AUS), by Danehill (USA)

in USA 2009:WITNESSED (f Authorized),Winner in Britain, dam of G3W STAGE MAGIC 2012: HARRIETTUBMAN (f Medaglia D’Oro), Winner in USA 2013: TALISMANIC (c Medaglia D’Oro), 6 wins in FR and USA, Breeders’ CupTurf G1, Prix Maurice de Nieuil G2, Prix Lord Seymour LR, 2nd Grand Prix de Chantilly G2, 3rd Prix Foy G2 2nd DREAMTICKET,Winner in USA Dam of 3 winners: MAGIC MISSION: See above Broodmare sire MACHIAVELLIAN is the sire of the dams of 100 stakes winners - VICTOIRE PISA Neo Universe G1, SHAMARDAL Giant’s Causeway G1, ANCIENT WORLD SpinningWorld G1, ZOFFANY Dansili G1, DARK ANGEL Acclamation G1, VERXINA Deep Impact G1, VIVLOS Deep Impact G1, GALLANTE Montjeu G1, SPECIAL FIGHTERTeofilo G1, GOLDREAM Oasis Dream G1, TERRITORIES Invincible Spirit G1, SAKHEE’S SOLDIER Sakhee’s Secret G1, JILBAB A P Indy G1, SHAMAL WIND Dubawi G1, MOVE IN TIME Monsieur Bond G1, HOORAY Invincible Spirit G1, FLASHING A P Indy G1, JEUNETURC Know Heights G1, NAAQOOS Oasis Dream G1, RED ROCKS Galileo G1, SCINTILLATION Danehill G1, ALLOW Rahy G1, NONNI LUIGI Dubai Dust G1, ASAKUSA DEN’EN Singspiel G1, TALISMANIC Medaglia D’Oro G1, AL WUKAIR Dream Ahead G1 El Prado Medaglia D’oro Cappucino Bay Machiavellian

Age:4; Starts: 16; Wins: 6; Placings: 6; Earnings: £2 071 509

Magic Mission Dream Ticket

Sadler’s Wells Lady Capulet Bailjumper Dubbed In Mr Prospector Coup De Folie Danzig Capo Di Monte

Sire MEDAGLIA D’ORO is the sire of 107 stakes winners. In 2017 BAR OF GOLD Lemon Drop Kid G1, TALISMANIC Machiavellian G1, BOLT D’ORO A P Indy G1, SONGBIRD West Acre G1, DICKINSON A P Indy G1, NEW MONEY HONEY Distorted Humor G1, WONDER GADOTVindication G3, ELATE Distorted Humor G1, ASTORIA AdValorem G3, BRONSON Avenue Of Flags LR, EVER SO CLEVER Mr Greeley G3, GHALIA Rahy LR, SPECTROSCOPE Rock Of Gibraltar G3, VERANILLO Lonhro LR

Sentient Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, G1, c&g, Del Mar, 4 November 2017,1700m

1st dam MAGIC MISSION, 4 wins in FR and USA, Royal Heroine S G3, 2nd Prix Chloe G3, 3rd Matriarch S G1 Dam of 5 winners: 2005: MISSIONER (c Rahy),Winner in GB 2007: ENCHANTED CIRCLE (g A P Indy),Winner

Sire CURLIN is the sire of 38 stakes winners. In 2017 GOOD MAGIC Hard Spun G1, STELLAR WIND Malibu Moon G1, HANDSOME FRANCO Bertrando G3, CURLIN ROAD Coronado’s Quest G3, ANYTHINGYOUCANDO Honour

1 Good Magic (USA) c Curlin (USA) –Glinda The Good (USA), by Hard Spun 2 Solomini (USA) c Curlin (USA) –Surf Song (USA), by Storm Cat (USA) 3 Bolt D’Oro (USA) c Medaglia D’Oro (USA) –GlobeTrot (USA), by A P Indy Age:2; Starts: 3; Wins:1; Placings: 2; Earnings: $1 216 000


GOOD MAGIC And Glory LR, STRUTH Polish Numbers LR, KEEN ICE Awesome Again G2, CURLIN’S APPROVALWith Approval G2, TERRA PROMESSAYes It’sTrue G3, CONNECT Holy Bull G3, IRISH WAR CRY Polish Numbers G2 1st dam GLINDA THE GOOD, 4 wins in USA, Island Fashion S LR, Instant Racing S LR Dam of 2 winners: 2014:GOODZAPPER (c Ghostzapper),Winner in USA 2015:GOOD MAGIC (c Curlin),Winner in USA, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile G1, 2nd Champagne S G1 2nd dam MAGICAL FLASH,Winner in USA Dam of 14 winners: GLINDA THE GOOD: See Above TAKE THE RIBBON: 4 wins in USA, Churchill DistaffTurf Mile G2, dam of G1P Bookrunner FLASH FORWARD: 3 wins in USA, My Flag S LR, 3rdTop Flight Hcp G2 Broodmare sire HARD SPUN is the sire of the dams of stakes winners –GOOD MAGIC Curlin G1 Smart Strike Curlin Sherriffs Deputy Hard Spun Glinda The Good Magical Flash

Mr Prospector Classy ‘n Smart Deputy Minister Barbarika Danzig Turkish Tryst Miswaki Gils Magic

TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint, G1, Del Mar, 4 November 2017,1200m 1 Roy H (USA) 5 g MoreThan Ready (USA) – Elusive Diva (USA), by Elusive Quality (USA) 2 Imperial Hint (USA) 4 c Imperialism (USA) – Royal Hint (USA), by Lahint (USA) 3 MindYour Biscuits (USA) 4 c Posse (USA) – Jazzmane (USA), byToccet (USA) Age:5; Starts: 17; Wins: 6; Placings:5; Earnings: $1 359 765 Sire MORE THAN READY is the sire of 177 stakes winners. In 2017 ROY H Elusive Quality G1, RUSHING FALL Forestry G1, CATHOLIC BOY Bernardini G3, COPPER BULLET Unbridled’s Song G2, TOM’S READY Broad Brush G3, UNI Dansili G2, JUST A LADY Pulpit LR, SONIC BOOM Indian Charlie G3, EAGLE WAY Lure G3, EKTIFAA Redoute’s Choice G3, MADE YOU LOOK Unbridled’s Song G3 1st dam ELUSIVE DIVA, 6 wins in USA, Railbird S G3, Las Cinegas Hcp G3, Senator Ken Maddy Hcp G3,WishingWell S LR, 2nd Hollywood Oaks G2, 3rd La Brea S G1

Dam of 5 winners: 2008: GREAT EXUMA: (c Bernardini), 4 wins in USA 2009: HOLLYWOOD QUEEN (f Giant’s Causeway),Winner in USA 2010: BUCKLEBERRY GREY (g Unbridled’s Song), 5 wins in USA 2012: ROY H (g MoreThan Ready), 6 wins in USA, Breeders’ Cup Sprint G1, Santa Anita Sprint Championship G1,True North S G2, 2nd Bing Crosby Hcp G1 2013: SNOWFLY (c Afleet Alex)Winner in USA 2nd damTAJ AIRE, 5 wins in USA, MissYakima Hcp LR Dam of 9 winners: TROPICS: 8 wins in GB, Bengough S G3, Hopeful S LR-twice, 2nd July Cup G1 ELUSIVE DIVA: See Above R.BAGGIO: 7 wins in USA, Paradise Mile Hcp LR -twice Diva’s Seastar:Winner in USA, 2nd Flawlessly S LR Broodmare sire ELUSIVE QUALITY is the sire of the dams of 52 stakes winnersROY H MoreThan Ready G1 GUELPH Exceed And Excel G1, NO NAY NEVER Scat Daddy G1, SHOOTING TO WIN Northern Meteor G1, DEEP FIELD Northern Meteor G2, PERMISSION Authorized LR, SOUND AND SILENCE Exceed And Excel G3, DRACARYS Snitzel G3, TIME TO TEST Testa Rossa LR, STAMP COLLECTING Casamento LR, PRIZE MONEY Authorized G2, TOP SCORE Hard Spun LR, JESSY BELLE Rock Of Gibraltar G2, SERENLY DISCREET Exceed And Excel G2, NOHOLDINGBACK BEAR Put It Back G3, COTAI GLORY Exceed And Excel G3, YALTA Exceed And Excel G3, TRACE CREEK Harperstown G3, LOST RAVEN Uncle Mo G3, OLD NORTH Lonhro G2, DRESSED IN HERMES Hat Trick G3, CALLIOPE Exceed And Excel G2, TOOWINDYTOHAULROX Harlan’s Holiday G3, GOMO Uncle Mo G1, TAKE PRIDE Reward For Effort G3, BALTY BOYS Cape Cross G3, LA RIOJA Hellvelyn G3, MUSTAJEEB Nayef G2, GET HAPPY MISTER First Samurai G3, OTTOMAN Exceed And Excel G3, QUALITY ROCKS Rock HardTen G3, SHONAN ADELA Deep Impact G1, GHIBELLINES Shamardal G2, Southern Halo More Than Ready Woodman’s Girl Elusive Quality Elusive Diva Taj Aire

Halo Northern Sea Woodman Becky Be Good Gone West Touch Of Greatness Taj Alriyadh Whimsical Aire

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Stallion Unbridled’s Song , Unbridled, 1993 Candy Ride (ARG), Ride the Rails, 1999 Kitten’s Joy, El Prado, 2001 Medaglia d’Oro, El Prado, 1999 Scat Daddy  , Johannesburg, 2004 Tapit, Pulpit, 2001 Curlin, Smart Strike, 2004 Ghostzapper, Awesome Again, 2000 Malibu Moon, A.P. Indy, 1997 Harlan’s Holiday, Harlan, 1999

‘16 Stud Fee/ Farm Died 2013, Kentucky $60,000, Lane’s End, Kentucky $100,000, Ramsey Farm, Inc., Kentucky $150,000, Darley, KY Died 2015, Kentucky $300,000, Gainesway, Kentucky $150,000, Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms, Kentucky $75,000, Adena Springs Kentucky, Kentucky $75,000, Spendthrift Farm, Kentucky Died 2013, Kentucky

Rnrs 140 240 333 198 279 284 190 211 291 287

Wnrs 68 123 165 92 138 139 102 110 147 148

Wnrs/rnrs 48,57% 51,25% 49,55% 46,46% 49,46% 48,94% 53,68% 52,13% 50,52% 51,57%

Rpt. Wnrs 23 48 68 42 57 48 44 54 59 66

Chief Earner (Earnings) Arrogate, ($13,338,000) Gun Runner, ($6,950,700) Sadler’s Joy ($1,082,490) Talismanic ($2,389,736) Mendelssohn ($706,652) Tapwrit($1,165,000) Good Magic ($1,216,600) Shaman Ghost($2,520,000) Gormley($790,000) Neolithic($2,129,000)

17 Earnings $18,198,828 $14,541,704 $12,434,071 $12,116,433 $11,434,380 $11,372,192 $10,513,151 $10,459,216 $10,262,944 $10,006,269

LEADING BROODMARE SIRES # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Stallion Distorted Humor  Forty Niner, 1993 Sunday Silence  Halo, 1986 Storm Cat   Storm Bird, 1983 A.P. Indy  Seattle Slew, 1989 Giant’s Causeway  Storm Cat, 1997 Unbridled’s Song  Unbridled, 1993 Sadler’s Wells  Northern Dancer, 1981 Galileo (IRE)  Sadler’s Wells, 1998 Elusive Quality  Gone West, 1993 Pivotal (GB)  Polar Falcon, 1993 French Deputy  Deputy Minister, 1992 Kingmambo  Mr. Prospector, 1990 Machiavellian  Mr. Prospector, 1987 Seeking the Gold  Mr. Prospector, 1985 Smart Strike  Mr. Prospector, 1992

Dams 253 519 345 337 347 364 450 334 263 298 259 241 142 244 245

Rnrs 443 1,111 585 575 563 609 702 494 439 471 516 435 221 409 404

Wnrs 215 446 275 291 248 282 250 201 217 199 225 188 94 191 186

SWrs 13 15 19 26 12 21 14 29 16 21 7 12 8 14 10

Chief Earner, Earnings Arrogate, $13,338,000 Red Falx, $862,232 Decorated Knight, $1,634,257 Cloud Computing, $1,114,000 Gun Runner, $6,950,700 Suave Richard, $743,869 Enable, $5,158,665 Barney Roy, $748,599 Roy H, $1,270,900 Cracksman, $1,776,113 Gold Dream, $413,257 Ulysses, $2,242,047 Vivlos, $3,752,716 Awesome Slew, $739,820 Cambodia, $554,500

‘17 Earnings  $26,137,245 $22,059,045 $20,025,161 $19,606,917 $18,957,358 $15,330,212 $14,145,904 $11,380,599 $11,336,889 $11,205,201 $11,203,344 $11,048,427 $10,896,227 $10,439,741 $10,234,516

Cum. SWrs 58 170 247 164 58 116 342 67 53 70 73 109 100 147 73

AEI 1,78 1,62 1,71 1,67 1,51 1,46 1,55 1,47 1,26 1,39 1,61 1,65 1,62 1,64 1,66

Comp Index 1,4 1,4 1,42 1,45 1,37 1,38 1,35 1,35 1,35 1,38 1,29 1,4 1,38 1,43 1,38

Cum. Foals 1,395 4,840 4,358 3,028 2,149 2,498 7,171 1,861 1,728 1,489 1,542 2,300 1,905 2,818 1,415

INTERNATIONAL SIRES # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Stallion Deep Impact (JPN)   King Kamehameha (JPN)   Galileo (IRE)   Stay Gold (JPN)   Daiwa Major (JPN)   Heart’s Cry (JPN)   Snitzel (AUS)   Fastnet Rock (AUS)   Unbridled’s Song   Gold Allure (JPN)   Kurofune   Medaglia d’Oro   Harbinger (GB)   South Vigorous   Manhattan Cafe (JPN)   Street Cry (IRE)   High Chaparral (IRE)   Candy Ride (ARG)   Dubawi (IRE)   Kitten’s Joy  

North America Earnings $94,525 $$1,759,879 $$$537,100 $$587,036 $12,027,323 $$$10,537,279 $$$$2,602,335 $47,805 $12,392,615 $2,468,981 $10,462,969

Country Japan Japan Ireland Japan Japan Japan Australia Ireland United States Japan Japan United States Japan Japan Japan United States Ireland United States England United States

Europe/Dubai Earnings $4,356,456 $22,615 $20,159,484 $$$$$3,121,082 $6,028,798 $400,000 $$941,498 $12,072 $$$1,085,188 $1,638,011 $2,114,828 $9,244,879 $1,282,548

Japan/Hong Kong Earnings $45,272,580 $32,735,238 $542,497 $25,331,738 $23,361,010 $21,755,928 $1,379,237 $5,044,057 $314,472 $16,487,877 $17,197,228 $1,694,223 $15,565,238 $15,147,952 $14,974,050 $597,899 $631,818 $$481,140 $1,404,216

International ‘17 Earnings $51,081,225 $32,773,739 $25,741,831 $25,338,675 $23,361,010 $22,293,027 $20,225,166 $19,874,605 $18,370,593 $17,443,750 $17,197,227 $16,241,379 $15,600,280 $15,147,952 $14,974,050 $14,871,764 $14,582,194 $14,571,228 $13,803,818 $13,246,888

TOP OWNERS Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Owner Juddmonte Farms, Inc. Godolphin Racing LLC Calumet Farm Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H. Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Three Chimneys Farm Reddam Racing LLC Stronach Stables Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Live Oak Plantation West, Gary and Mary Gary Barber John C. Oxley Broman, Sr., Chester and Mary End Zone Athletics, Inc. Loooch Racing Stables, Inc.


Starts 135 260 489 202 5 262 221 381 206 166 299 142 225 852 650

Wins 28 45 68 54 5 39 31 84 40 48 64 23 41 226 150

Places 26 31 63 35 49 47 74 32 34 51 29 31 143 104

Shows 17 32 66 35 26 37 43 31 18 42 15 29 110 89

Earnings $10,730,689 $6,448,740 $5,351,045 $5,322,728 $4,950,700 $4,814,433 $4,679,482 $4,367,583 $4,331,650 $3,690,300 $3,197,432 $3,120,278 $3,054,266 $3,042,152 $3,000,273

Win% 21% 17% 14% 27% 100% 15% 14% 22% 19% 29% 21% 16% 18% 27% 23%

WPS% 53% 42% 40% 61% 100% 44% 52% 53% 50% 60% 53% 47% 45% 56% 53%





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Name Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd Klawervlei Stud Maine Chance Farms (Pty) Ltd Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein Highlands Farms Stud (Pty) Ltd Ascot Stud (Pty) Ltd Scott Bros Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert) Varsfontein Stud Hemel`n Aarde Stud Moutonshoek Gary Player Stud (Pty) Ltd Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert) & Team Valor International (Nom: Mr B Irwin) Favour Stud Mr G J Armitage

rnrs 229 246 121 132 107 61 108 80 79 87 84 58 2

rns 724 681 311 293 316 152 315 191 206 258 243 162 5

AEPR 22440 19318 31731 23761 26369 38814 19799 26583 26730 23241 21073 23078 648250

wns 66 47 43 36 39 20 23 27 23 26 23 20 1

wnrs 52 40 33 31 35 17 20 25 20 20 17 17 1

Wnrs/rnrs 22,70% 16,30% 27,30% 23,50% 32,70% 27,90% 18,50% 31,30% 25,30% 23,00% 20,20% 29,30% 50,00%

plcs 311 316 145 150 149 76 140 110 104 125 104 75 4

stks R 5 138 725,00 R 4 752 200,00 R 3 839 450,00 R 3 136 475,00 R 2 821 450,00 R 2 367 625,00 R 2 138 300,00 R 2 126 675,00 R 2 111 700,00 R 2 021 975,00 R 1 770 150,00 R 1 338 550,00 R 1 296 500,00

50 57

187 168

25815 22182

15 14

14 13

28,00% 22,80%

95 80

R 1 290 725,00 R 1 264 400,00

plcs 196 150 205 168 124 155 109 92 96 118 85 106 90 87 97

stks R 4 822 512,00 R 4 037 450,00 R 3 609 438,00 R 3 413 862,00 R 3 018 025,00 R 2 954 200,00 R 2 539 675,00 R 1 998 500,00 R 1 932 400,00 R 1 849 450,00 R 1 840 075,00 R 1 742 475,00 R 1 645 425,00 R 1 596 300,00 R 1 592 550,00

SIRES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Name SILVANO (GER) br.s 22y 1996 TRIPPI (USA) b.s 21y 1997 VAR (USA) b. or br.s 19y 1999 CAPTAIN AL b.s 21y 1996 DYNASTY b.s 18y 1999 KAHAL (GB) b.s 24y 1994 SAIL FROM SEATTLE (CAN) dkb. or br.s 12y 2003 QUERARI (GER) dk.b.s 12y 2006 GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT (AUS) b. or br.s 9y 2008 MAMBO IN SEATTLE (USA) b.s 13y 2005 PHILANTHROPIST (USA) ch.s 17y 2001 JAY PEG b.h 14y 2003 IDEAL WORLD (USA) b.s 13y 2005 PATHFORK (USA) b.s 10y 2008 JUDPOT (USA) ch.s 13y 2005

rnrs 159 104 157 116 98 99 81 83 99 94 72 79 63 61 92

rns 362 250 420 278 236 298 224 196 246 283 190 211 174 162 246

AEPR 30330 38822 22990 29430 30796 29840 31354 24078 19519 19675 25557 22057 26118 26169 17310

wns 53 36 37 33 40 39 36 22 23 21 22 21 17 18 16

wnrs 43 30 30 30 35 33 27 20 21 15 19 16 13 15 16

Wnrs/rnrs 27,00% 28,80% 19,10% 25,90% 35,70% 33,30% 33,30% 24,10% 21,20% 16,00% 26,40% 20,30% 20,60% 24,60% 17,40%

SIRES OF 3 YEAR OLD 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Name TRIPPI (USA) b.s 21y 1997 CAPTAIN AL b.s 21y 1996 VAR (USA) b. or br.s 19y 1999 SAIL FROM SEATTLE (CAN) dkb. or br.s 12y 2003 SILVANO (GER) br.s 22y 1996 PHILANTHROPIST (USA) ch.s 17y 2001 GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT (AUS) b. or br.s 9y 2008 ANTONIUS PIUS (USA) b.s 17y 2001 QUERARI (GER) dk.b.s 12y 2006 DYNASTY b.s 18y 1999 WHAT A WINTER b.s 10y 2007 ORATORIO (IRE) b.s 16y 2002 JUDPOT (USA) ch.s 13y 2005 TWICE OVER (GB) b. or br.s 13y 2005 CRUSADE (USA) b. or br.s 9y 2009

rnrs 33 43 61 48 55 41 57 53 41 35 50 50 59 41 44

rns 70 104 146 125 109 109 128 148 89 80 116 141 134 107 129

AEPR 64254 39896 27699 33958 25419 28518 20251 21609 26953 30851 21253 20304 16680 22740 20201

wns 11 16 17 24 20 12 13 16 12 15 13 12 11 13 11

wnrs 9 14 16 18 17 10 12 15 12 12 13 12 11 13 11

Wnrs/rnrs 27,30% 32,60% 26,20% 37,50% 30,90% 24,40% 21,10% 28,30% 29,30% 34,30% 26,00% 24,00% 18,60% 31,70% 25,00%

plcs 48 68 90 64 58 46 55 71 45 37 63 58 51 48 59

stks R 2 120 375 R 1 715 512 R 1 689 638 R 1 630 000 R 1 398 062 R 1 169 250 R 1 154 325 R 1 145 300 R 1 105 075 R 1 079 800 R 1 062 625 R 1 015 200 R 984 125 R 932 350 R 888 850

DAM SIRES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Name FORT WOOD (USA) b.s 25y 1990 WESTERN WINTER (USA) dkb. or br.s 21y 1992 JET MASTER b.s 23y 1994 AL MUFTI (USA) dkb. or br.s 26y 1985 JALLAD (USA) dkb. or br.s 30y 1988 CAPTAIN AL b.s 21y 1996 ELLIODOR (FR) b.s 41y 1977 SILVANO (GER) br.s 22y 1996 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (CAN) b.s 30y 1984 MODEL MAN br.s 22y 1982 NORTHERN GUEST (USA) b.s 24y 1977 NATIONAL EMBLEM ch.s 20y 1991 RAMBO DANCER (CAN) b.s 34y 1984 BADGER LAND (USA) b.s 17y 1983 QUI DANZIG (USA) dkb. or br.s 29y 1987


rnrs 214 185 133 149 137 93 78 78 115 89 59 85 60 43 53

rns 599 504 356 404 388 265 210 212 312 229 162 223 196 109 160

AEPR 23565 26858 34443 25113 25088 22913 26446 24544 14689 18593 27479 18319 22521 30199 24349

wns 57 62 40 46 35 25 25 21 19 22 18 19 15 12 16

wnrs 45 52 33 38 31 24 22 19 17 17 14 17 13 10 14

Wnrs/rnrs 21,00% 28,10% 24,80% 25,50% 22,60% 25,80% 28,20% 24,40% 14,80% 19,10% 23,70% 20,00% 21,70% 23,30% 26,40%

plcs 297 269 176 187 179 129 103 91 131 101 72 84 75 53 70

stks R 5 042 900,00 R 4 968 775,00 R 4 580 875,00 R 3 741 800,00 R 3 437 050,00 R 2 130 925,00 R 2 062 800,00 R 1 914 400,00 R 1 689 225,00 R 1 654 750,00 R 1 621 275,00 R 1 557 125,00 R 1 351 250,00 R 1 298 550,00 R 1 290 475,00

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Guadeloupe Happy Hour Integrity King Saladin Lit Pacific Dream Presumtuous Prince of Persia Prince of Venice Swept Off My Feet Saguntum Tallinn Wicked Will Wisteria Walk Blue Wonder Bad Habit Calypso Beat Catalyst Creation Dancing Feather Follow the Star

Var (USA) Girl From Grenada Silvano (GER) Happy Ever After Flower Alley (USA) Illumiere (AUS) Silvano (GER) Kinematic Countess Soft Falling Rain Lady in Love Silvano (GER) Pacific Blue (GER) Querari (GER) Petara Captain Al Platinum Princess Vercingetorix Princess Stephanie Querari (GER) Shiver My Timbers Vercingetorix Sugar Almond Vercingetorix Tumbelini (GB) Querari (GER) West Coast Mama (USA) Vercingetorix Wooden Doll Silvano (GER) Blue Paradise Silvano (GER) Bold Nimph (AUS) Querari (GER) Caramanta (IRE) Silvano (GER) Catraz Vercingetorix Celigny (USA) Duke of Marmalade (IRE) Daffodil Day Silvano (GER) Dance to the Stars (AUS)

Current Leading Breeder SA by % Stakes Winners / Runners (NHRA - to 2017-11-26; 100 or more runners)

Maine Chance bred LIEGE (Dynasty - Lyrical Linda by Jallad) winning the GAUTENG SANSUI SUMMER CUP (Grade 1) on 26 November 2017 by 2,25 lengths from Fort Ember and Coral Fever.

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