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Highlights of the Cape Summer Season Liesl King The makings of an inner city sale Liesl King Summer of CTS Champions Mark van Deventer Soaring Arrogate Seeks Record After Pegasus Victory Michele MacDonald Racing on a frozen lake Liesl King Dubai World Cup 2017 Michele MacDonald “A is for Arrogate” Michele MacDonald Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2017 Liesl King Ar tist Profile: R.Robin Kutinyu
Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale Friday 21 April 2017
CTS Guineas Winners in
BETTING WORLD GAUTENG GUINEAS G2 March 2017 - CTS Graduate JANOOBI (Silvano) wins by 0,2 lengths from AL SAHEM (Silvano) and HEAVENLY BLUE (Snitzel).
WILGERBOSDRIFT GAUTENG FILLIES GUINEAS G2 March 2017 - CTS Graduate SMILING BLUE EYES (Dynasty) wins by 2,6 lengths from AL HAWRAA (New Approach) and ORCHID ISLAND (Silvano).
GRAND PARADE CAPE GUINEAS G1 Dec 2016 - CTS Graduate WILLIAM LONGSWORD (Captain Al) wins by 0,5 lengths from GOLD STANDARD (Trippi) and TABLE BAY (Redoute’s Choice).
CAPE FILLIES GUINEAS G1 Dec 2016 - CTS Graduate JUST SENSUAL (Dynasty) wins by 0,3 lengths from SAFE HARBOUR (Elusive Fort) and QUERARI FALCON (Querari).
South Africa’s Select Yearling Sale ca peth oroughbreds ale s . c o m
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www.FreemanStallions.co.za 2016 marked yet another fantastic year for the stallions we manage: Trippi is SA’s newest Champion Sire and produced the winner of the inaugural $1m CTS race. Captain Al achieved his 8th consecutive 2yo Sire Championship and broke Jet Master’s record for stakes winners and stakes races won in a season. Gimmethegreenlight is the new SA Champion Freshman Sire, boasting a Gr1 and Gr2 winner and he started the 2017 season by winning both the of the TBA sponsored R1m races – he is the hottest young stallion in SA. Querari added a Gr1 winner to his retinue and fourteen of our sires’ progeny featured in thirteen of the Equus Award categories. 2016 is a new milestone for our team with the addition of two Horses Of The Year to our portfolio; Futura and Legislate.
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
3x Equus Outstanding Sire
8x Champion Sire of 2yo’s Twice Equus Outstanding Sire Sire of 5 Equus Champions Sire of 42 Gr1 horses Sire of 16 Gr1 winners: Albert Mooney, All Is Secret, Captain America, Captain Of All, Captain’s Gal, Captain’s Lover, Carry On Alice, Emerald Cove, Exhilaration, Hill Fifty Four, Pine Princess, Cloth Of Cloud, Always In Charge, The Secret Is Out, Kremlin Captain & William Longsword
Dynasty - Scribblin’ The Cat (Badger’s Drift) - Bay 2010 - 16.1hh
16 Equus Awards incl 3 Horses of the Year: Futura, Irish Flame & Legislate as well as dual KZN Horse of the Year Beach Beauty Sire of 20 Gr1 horses Along with his sire Fort Wood he is one of only 3 sires in the history of South Africa to get 3 Horses of the Year.
Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) More Than Ready - Yes She Can Cancan (Canny Lad) - Bay 2008 - 16.1hh
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
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
Up with the best in 2016 stats
The best Classic Horse in SA 2011/2012
Equus International Horse of the Year & Equus Champion 3yo colt - TFR 126
Gr1 Champions Cup, Gr1 Cape Derby, Gr1 Daily News 2000 & 2nd Gr1 Queen’s Plate (twice)
Highest stakes earner in SA history - R40 million
Immediate damline of sires: Smart Strike (Champion), Strike Smartly, Sky Classic, Sail From Seattle etc New Freshman Sire sale record: R2m
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.
2016 Freshman Sire sale record: R1.7m
19 starts, 7 wins, 8 places, R5.76m INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
8 starts - 6 wins in a row in 8 months
Champion Sire Jet Master Champion dam Promisefrommyheart Champion Broodmare Sire Elliodor
1st yearlings on sale 2017
Distorted Humor - Visions of Clarity (Sadler’s Wells) - Bay 2008 - 16.1hh
Kris S. - Hidden Reserve (Mr Prospector) - Chestnut 2001 - 16.3hh
2nd leading Freshman Sire by stakes wins (2016)
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
Sire of 2 Champions from his 1st crop: Pender Harbour & Phil’s Dream
Family of Northern Guest, El Gran Senor, etc
Leading 2nd crop sire at NYS - yearlings made up to R1.4m 2015 & R1.1m 2016
Son of sensational dual Champion Sire Distorted Humor, 18 Gr1 winners, 136 SW, 55 GSW and over $120m
Potala Palace Singspiel - Alignment (Alzao) - Bay 2008 - 16hh
First stakes winners in SA already on the board
Oasis Dream - Quentena (Acatenango) - Bay 2006 - 16hh
Outstandingly bred Gr1 winner
2015 Champion Freshman Sire - Cape
Defeated Gr1 winners Gimmethegreenlight, Fighting Warrior, Wagner, Pierre Jourdan, Link Man, Royal Bencher, Love Struck etc
Sire of Gr1 winner Querari Falcon - 2016
Linebred to one of the best sire producing families in the world - the Simon’s Shoes family of Sadler’s Wells, Nureyev, Thatch, etc
Top rated in Germany 2010 - TFR 121
1st yearlings on sale 2017
End Sweep - Jealous Appeal (Valid Appeal) - Bay 1997 - 16.1hh
Champion & Gr1 winner beat 4 champions Son of leading UK sire Oasis Dream 3x winning dam, daughter of Champion 2yo & 3yo filly Quebrada
Twice Over (GB)
Observatory - Double Crossed (Caerleon) - Dark Bay 2005 - 16.2hh
SA Champion Sire 2016
Dual Champion Racehorse
Champion 1st Season Sire 2012
Won 4 Gr1 races & over $4m UK & Joint European Champion 2009 13 of the first 14 sires in his pedigree are Champions Undefeated in 2 starts at 2yrs incl Zetland Stakes Won 4 Gr1 races Placed in a further 10 Gr1 races
Sire of Equus Champion Older Female Hammie’s Hooker Sire of Equus Special Achievement Award 2016 Damsire of Liam’s Map - dual Gr1 winner in USA (2015) Leading Sire of 3yo’s 2015 & 2016 Record-equalling sale-topper in 2017: R6m
What A Winter
Western Winter - Waseela (Ahonoora) - Bay 2007 - 16hh
Sales include: R2.1m, R1.1m, R1m, R700k, R575k, R500k etc
Wylie Hall (AUS)
Redoute’s Choice - Beauty Belle (Ideal Planet) - Bay 2009 - 16hh
Equus Champion Older Male 2012
1st Gr1 Champions Challenge - beat Majmu
Equus Champion Sprinter 2012
1st Gr1 SA Derby
Equus Champion Sprinter 2013
1st past post Gr1 Durban July
Joint 3rd highest rated sprinter in the world 2013
6 wins, 9 places, 1400-2450m, R3.65m
Won 12 races and placed 5 times in 22 starts - 15 of his starts in Graded races Won or placed in 8 Gr1 races
Leading Freshman Sire in the sales ring 2016 - colt sold for R2.8m in 2017
Half-brother to ABSOLUTE CHAMPION Champion Sprinter - 1200m track record 17 sire sons of Redoute’s Choice have already produced stakes winners - nine of them have Gr1 winners
Jackson, Master Of My Fate and Potala Palace’s first yearlings go on sale in 2017 and we are very excited about the reports we have received from breeders. Dual European Champion Twice Over and Triple Champion What A Winter’s first runners hit the track this season. What A Winter was the leading new sire by sales stats and Twice Over sold yearlings of R1.1m, R1m, R700k etc. Exciting times we live in. Thank you for your continued support. Stallion Syndicates managed by: FreemanStallions PO Box 50875, Waterfront, 8002 Tel: +27 (0)21 418 0566 • Fax: +27 (0)21 418 0254 • Cell: +27 (0)82 777 8117 email@example.com • www.freemanstallions.co.za • www.johnfreeman.co.za INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE 9 facebook.com/freeman.stallions twitter.com/freemanstallion FreemanStallions
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
elcome to the 19th Edition of International Racehorse Magazine. With an incredible first quarter’s racing behind us, it was a great pleasure to put together and relive some of the great moments of 2017.
Liesl King ticks off a “bucket list” item with her recent visit to St. Moritz and its fabled white turf for racing on a frozen lake. This has to be one of the most exotic photographic locations for racing in the world. Read all about her visit on page 44. Liesl continues with a wrap-up of the South African Cape Summer Season on page 16. Cape Town put on a truly fantastic show, culminating in the newly named Sun Met. Forming an integral part of the Cape Town racing scene is the Cape Thoroughbred Sales Premier Yearling Sale, held annually in the Cape Town International Convention Centre, right in the heart of this beautiful city, read more on page 24. So if you are contemplating a visit to Cape Town, January has definitely become the time of year to do so. Michele MacDonald covers the much anticipated Pegasus World Cup on page 38. This is a race unlike any other, where a dozen owners put up an enormous purse, buying into the slots for $1 million each. Michele also has a peek at American Pharoah’s first foals on page 94. With no fewer than 55 mares of Pharoah’s first book either being Group 1 or Elite Race winners, this is a breeding program to watch in future. Next, Michele jets off to Dubai to cover the spectacular Dubai World Cup, page 55. This event has also become part of my annual pilgrimage, Dubai World Cup never disappoints. With uncharacteristically wet weather before and during the race, a swollen grand stand witnessed, initially with bated breath, one of the greatest racing performances for the $10 million Emirates Dubai World Cup. Special mention must go to our artist feature, Hout Bay based artist Robin Kutinyu on page 72. His ability to capture the essence and movement of equine athletes is something to behold. If you ever visit the Hout Bay Market, make a point of stopping in. His latest project is a life-size bronze of the famous Klawervlei Stud’s Captain Al. First time contributor, Tom Ferry takes a look at Canada’s Woodbine Racetrack. This unique facility plays home to the Queen’s Plate. Tom takes us through some of the history dating as far back as the 1850’s on page 106. There is a whole host more, we build up to the Kentucky Derby on page 80, “the most exciting two minutes in sports” and a week of Mint Julep filled afternoons, but let me leave you to get on with reading. We hope you enjoy reading as much as we enjoyed putting it all together.
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A “MACHINE” OF A HORSE Some horses are talented, others not so much; some are lucky and some just seem to find trouble wherever they go. Then, on rare occasions, you find really talented horses that manage to overcome adversity and return to race even better than before. Red Ray was one of those.
he bay colt by Western Winter, born on the 12th of August 2010 at Lammerskraal Stud in Ceres, was the ninth offspring of his dam the Pas De Quoi mare Nacarat. With a grand dam named Tawny Red and sporting a coat with a wonderful reddish sheen, often referred to as a bright bay or blood bay, naming the beautiful colt Red Ray was pretty much a given.
Consigned as Lot 212 at the 2012 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, Red Ray was knocked down to Mayfair Speculators for a modest R700,000 and sent to the training yard of Cape trainer Joey Ramsden. Ramsden knew the family well, having trained Red Ray’s Grade 1 winning full sister Nania and subsequently his full brother Brutal Force, who missed out on G1 victory by a whisker in the 2016 Cape Flying Championship. It wasn’t long before whispers of a flying bright bay started to circulate. Ramsden debuted the colt on the 23rd of February in a Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1200m for two-year-olds at Kenilworth. Ridden by Glen Hatt, Red Ray cruised to victory with two and a half lengths to spare. Ramsden rarely sends out horses to win first time out and coupled with the rumours of a
flying colt, Red Ray was quietly noted as one to watch. His next start a month later, this time with Anton Marcus in the saddle, saw a repeat performance, just with an even more impressive winning distance, as Red Ray powered clear to win by four and a half lengths. His relentless winning streak continued in the first Cape Juvenile feature, the Listed Somerset Stakes over 1200m. Again Red Ray and Marcus cruised home with lengths to spare. It was time to step up to the big league and Ramsden announced that Red Ray would contest the R1 million Gr.1 SA Nursery over 1160m at Turffontein. Travelling up country and competing at altitude is never easy and a big ask for a twoyear-old. Ramsden was however quietly confident. The astute trainer had given Red Ray a 1200m, grass gallop at Kenilworth with the filly Blueridge Mountain (ARG). Blueridge Mountain was a year older and already a Grade 1 winner, having won the Gr.1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes. It was a day Ramsden is unlikely to ever forget. With Andrew Fortune in the saddle, Red Ray easily caught up with the filly and then passed her as if she was standing still, drawing clear by some 15 lengths. Convinced that his star filly had broken down, Ramsden rushed over, only to be told that she was perfectly fine, she just couldn’t keep up with the red flying machine!
Red Ray winning the Listed Somerset Stakes
However in the SA Nursery Red Ray’s winning streak came to an end as the colt finished a gallant second after being flown from Cape Town to Johannesburg for the event. Ramsden wisely decided it was time to give the youngster a break and put him away for the remainder of his 2yo season. Red Ray’s first outing as a three-year-old came in the Gr.3 Cape Classic over 1400m at Kenilworth and the flying red colt resumed his winning streak by trouncing Legislate by two and a half lengths, and wait for this, giving Legislate five kilos. It was a memorable victory as Legislate would go on to be crowned 2013-2014 Equus Horse of the Year, as well as Champion 3yr old Colt and Champion Middle Distance horse. After the victory, Ramsden made a bold statement when interviewed in the winner’s circle, commenting that he regarded Red Ray as “similar but probably better than Variety Club”. At that stage Variety Club had won four Grade 1’s and been crowned Horse of the Year twice. Red Ray’s winning streak was brought to a temporary halt by some shocking draws, but he ran gallant seconds in the Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes, the Gr.1 Cape Flying Championship and the Gr.1 Golden Horse Sprint at Scottsville, this time from a 15 draw. He also ran a brilliant 3rd in the Gr.1 Cape Guineas beaten under a length from another bad draw. Ramsden was tearing his hair out. “If ever I was frustrated over a horse, and through no fault of his own, it was with him”, he explains. 14
Owners Mayfair Speculators then decided to send Red Ray abroad to compete in Dubai and further afield. Red Ray entered quarantine, with the Golden Shaheen Gr.1 on Dubai World Cup night as his main mission. The colt joined Mike De Kock’s Dubai bound team, travelling via Mauritius to Dubai. After a lengthy layoff and a rushed prep Red Ray debuted in the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort over 1400m on turf at Meydan, where he finished an uncharacteristic seventh. After the race it was discovered that he had sustained a slab fracture on the hard going. This brought an unfortunate end to Red Ray’s overseas ambitions and after the carnival he was sent to the UK to recuperate, where Dr. Manfred Rohwer from Baker & McVeigh Equine Hospital and his colleagues in Newmarket did sterling work to assist with his recovery. It was decision time. Should Red Ray be brought home and retired to stud or was there still a chance to revive his racing career and win that elusive Grade 1? Derek Brugman, Racing Manager for Mayfair Speculators decided the horse needed another chance and that if anybody could get Red Ray to win a Grade 1 it was Ramsden. When the call came that Red Ray was heading back to the yard in SA, Ramsden, who freely admits that he cried when Red Ray left for Dubai, was delighted. It was decided that once Red Ray had cleared quarantine in Johannesburg, he would remain with De Kock at his Randjiesfontein stables until it was time to travel down to Durban, to rejoin Ramsden’s team for the Champion Season. With all the
Red Ray winning the Cape Classic
prep work done in Johannesburg, Red Ray looked a picture as he stepped off the float in Durban and his subsequent fourth placing in the Gr.1 Tsogo Sun on his first run back, behind Talktothestars delighted his connections. Not only had Red Ray shown that he still had a zest for racing after an 18-month layoff, but he had pulled up well.
won a Gr.1. When we brought him to Scottsville and he got beaten from a 15 draw when they all went up the other side, I literally cried that night.
He is an amazing horse and he’s just as good going to the front, as he is being held up. I was lucky enough that year to have some brilliant horses like Variety Club and a very good filly called The Gr.2 Post Merchants at Greyville was to be his next target, but Blueridge Mountain, and Red Ray made mincemeat of them Red Ray trailed in eighth with a very swollen eye, after being hit by all. He is one of the most handsome horses I have trained.You a flying clod of dirt.Thankfully the injury resolved itself in a couple only have to look at his head to see this horse will make it, no of days, leaving Red Ray on target for his main mission the Gr.1 matter what he does. I am so glad the public got to see him win Mercury Sprint. Taking the fast Greyville track into consideration, his Gr.1.” Brugman shrewdly decided that the addition of blinkers might be Anton Marcus concurred, summing up his feelings about Red a good idea. Ray in a perfect one liner. “This horse on raw ability is probably And what a good idea it was! Red Ray stormed home, covering the best horse in the country.” the 1200m in a blistering 68.96 seconds to win by two lengths. He had done it; Red Ray had finally got the Grade 1 victory he With a Grade 1 finally behind his name it was decision time so richly deserved. “It was an incredible victory”, says Brugman. again. “The timing just wasn’t great to send him to stud straight “Despite the major injury he suffered in Dubai, he was still good away, as it was very late in the season”, Brugman explains and enough to win a Grade 1. After Variety Club’s International hence it was decided to rather keep Red Ray in training for the Cape Sprints. Needing the run badly, Red Ray subsequently achievements this was the greatest highlight for us”, he added. finished fourth in his prep race, the Gr.2 Diadem Stakes, before Ramsden could not contain his delight.“I always felt Red Ray was finishing third by less than half a length to Carry On Alice in the the equivalent of Variety Club, if not better. This horse is a living, Gr.1 Cape Flying Championship. Brugman admits that Red Ray, running machine of absolute epic note. He was a very unlucky now aged six, probably found the 1000m of the Cape Flying just horse at three from terrible, terrible draws and should have a touch too short. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Ramsden and his team leading in Red Ray after the Merchants. Credit Gold Circle
Red Ray had done enough. The handsome, bright bay has departed on his final journey to the lush green paddocks of Klawervlei Stud. There he will stand alongside greats such as Captain Al and Stud Director John Koster cannot wait for the breeding season to begin. “ I am so glad to have him standing here. He was an outstanding sprinter miler and he will refine his mares, adding quality”, he enthuses.“We have a lot of Captain Al mares here and he is just perfect for them.”
line, both by Field Master with Hyperion and from Fam. 6 – thus leading to Captain Al), descendants of Sara’s Warning (closely kinbred dam of Noble Destiny, Gypsy’s Warning, Royal Prophecy, etc), descendants of Party Time (widespread), descendants of British Pride (leading to Malta/Cockney descendants), etc.
3. kin-relatives with backgrounds as found in Port Wine, who is by Plum Bold out of closely kin-bred Flame; Plum Bold is by Bold Ruler, in this context leading to Complete Warrior (Captain Karel Miedema, author of the South African Breeders Handbook Al), Jungle Cove (widespread, but notably sisters Jungle Class/ agrees, with mares by Captain Al, one of his prime selections for Classy Play (their dam by Jan Ekels), who lead to Legislate and Red Ray. Miedema kindly agreed to the inclusion of his pick of his sire Dynasty, and also to Roxy Café (by Royal Chalice, dam of Gr1 Roxanne by Western Winter, in turn dam of SW Sting the bunch for Red Ray. Operation by Captain Al) – the two sisters being half sister to Pick Of The Bunch - Suitable lines for Red Ray could include: Going Astray (by Foveros), dam of Lady Curator (by Pas de Quoi), dam of Gr2 Lion In Winter (by Western Winter)); also in 1. kin-relatives with backgrounds as found in Tudor Minstrel, this context Futura, by Dynasty, whose grandam is by Western Mixed Marriage (Gone West, Sharpen Up, Kris, Diesis, Pole Winter, and 3rd dam by Golden Thatch out of a Plum Bold Position, Known Fact, My Earl); Aimee (Blushing Groom, Jallad, mare. Rainbow Quest, etc. – widespread); Averof/Foveros; Abernant (extract from soon-to-be-published Breeders Handbook) (widespread, but notably Golden Thatch (Goldmark), Thatching (Restructure), Derring-Do (Jan Ekels, Roland Gardens, Popcorn, It is rare for racehorses to overcome such adversity as Red etc.); Court Martial (widespread, but notably Elliodor (Model Ray had suffered and the few that do, seldom return to their Man), Capture Him, Lords, Welsh Harmony (National Emblem); full powers. This “machine of a horse” is one of those rare exceptions, a horse that achieved more on return from injury Drum Beat; Mexico (Harry Hotspur); etc. than he did before. Ramsden’s bold statement all those years 2. kin-relatives with backgrounds as found in Gr1 performers ago, was clearly justified and while he will miss Red Ray, he will sired by Royal Chalice, notably descendants of Kit Kat (Mexico x relish the memory of a flying, bright bay colt, a horse he still Seal Kitten, the latter close kin to Beylic in Captain Al’s bottom- considers “the equivalent of Variety Club, if not better”. 16
Leading SA Breeders 2016-17 (to 12/3/2017) EDICT OF NANTES
G1 INVESTEC CAPE DERBY
G1 GRAND PARADE CAPE GUINEAS
G1 CAPE FILLIES GUINEAS
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 CARRY ON ALICE
G1 CAPE FLYING CHAMPIONSHIP
G2 CTS SOUTHERN CROSS STAKES
THE $500,000 CTS MILE
Champion SA Breeders 2014 & 2015
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Whisky Baron - Sun Met
Text & Photos by Liesl King
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE
CAPE SUMMER SEASON The 2016/2017 Cape Summer Season has come to and end after an exciting five months of racing. Two horses were expected to dominate the features and two horses did, just not the two everybody thought. Racing is funny that way.
Legal Eagle - L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate
Legal Eagle and his bevy of beauties
Edict Of Nantes - Investec Cape Derby winner
William Longsword - Grand Parade Cape Guineas
outh African Horse Of The Year Legal Eagle showed just why he is wearing that particular crown when he became the first horse since the legendary Pocket Power to back up in the G1 (WFA) L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate over a mile. Sean Tarry his trainer was unable to spend all his time down in Cape Town and the gelding’s preparation was largely left to assistant trainer Monique Mansour.
he was back in relaxed mode, posing for the cameras, before daintily sidestepping over an idiotic photographer lying on the grass as he strolled into the winner’s circle.
The 2017 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate victory was his fifth Grade one victory and his seventh Graded victory. In fact Legal Eagle has only been unplaced twice in 17 starts. An outstanding record for an outstanding horse. The one Grade 1 Legal Eagle had not yet won though was the G1 Sun Met, the other main feature of the Cape Summer Season. The 2016 edition of the race saw Legal Eagle’s hopes dashed by the Mauritzfontein owned and bred Smart Call. Smart Call was exported after her victory and Legal Eagle seemed to have the race at his mercy. The up and coming Marinaresco Legal Eagle is one of those superstars who are incredibly being the only horse expected to challenge the champion. laidback, only putting in an effort when it comes to race time. While it makes sense to save it all for the track, training such The Brett Crawford trained four-year-old Whisky Baron horses is not easy and Mansour did a sterling job. Two days (AUS) had however not read that particular script. Winning before the Queen’s Plate, Legal Eagle played the part of cute, a maiden and with a couple of places, Whisky Baron was cuddly equine star with a bevy of beauties draped all over him, certainly not creating any waves. Crawford decided the yet on raceday, he was a muscled ball of focussed energy. He cruellest cut of all might make the naughty colt concentrate was fit, ready and raring to go. His win by a commanding two and Whisky Baron was promptly gelded. It brought about an and a quarter lengths over long time foe Captain America extraordinary change with the now gelding going from being bears testimony to that. And yet mere minutes after the race quite ordinary to winning four races in a row, including the
Carry On Alice - Cape Flying Championship
G2 Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Handicap on L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Day.
well by any standards, yet even by their lofty standards their 2017 Cape Summer Season was extraordinary.
Yet a Grade 2 win does not a superstar make and while expected to contest the finish of the Sun Met, few thought that he would trouble Legal Eagle. Owned by Ross Kieswetter and his brother Craig, Whisky Baron however, had other ideas. Crawford also knows a thing or two about training a Met winner and with Greg Cheyne in the saddle, Whisky Baron set off down the home straight and into stardom, with luckless Legal Eagle once more the bridesmaid. The Kieswetter brothers have lofty plans for the Australian gelding, with a tilt at the G1 Vodacom Durban July followed by an overseas campaign firmly on the cards.
Klawervlei horses made a clean sweep of the three Group One Classics with Just Sensual, by Dynasty out of Consensual, winning the G1 Cape Fillies Guineas, before William Longsword, by Klawervlei’s homebred Captain Al out of Pagan Princess made it a Guineas double, winning the G1 Cape Guineas. Edict of Nantes was next in the winner’s circle, winning the G1 Investec Cape Derby by a commanding one and three-quarter lengths. Another Grade 1 went the way of star sprinter Carry On Alice, who got her nose in front when it mattered most, to win the G1 Cape Flying Championship.
After such drama and excitement one can be forgiven for thinking that the rest of the Summer Season must have paled in comparison. However you couldn’t be further from the truth, as the rest of the feature races did not belong to two stars, but to a bevy of stars, all bred by the same stud, namely Klawervlei. And after being crowned Champion Breeders in 2014 and 2015, before losing the crown to Summerhill Stud in 2016, it was not entirely unexpected. This is a stud that produces top horses and they have consistently performed
Klawervlei was however far from done with the Cape Summer Season and William Longsword added the $500,000 CTS Cape Mile to his tally, while Just Sensual romped home in the G3 Prix du Cap. And the Captain Al’s kept on winning, with Jo’s Bond winning the G2 Southern Cross Stakes and while not a Klawervlei-bred, his son Search Party scored a start to finish victory in the G2 Merchants. A champion, a star in the making and an extraordinary season for a champion stud.Yep it doesn’t get much better than that.
M E M B E R’ S L O U N G E As part of an ongoing effort to market the sport of horseracing to a younger audience, while also promoting the lifestyle elements that go hand in hand with the sport of kings the Racing. It’s A Rush Member’s Lounge was well received by a new generation of racegoers on Saturday, 4 March. The opening weekend of the Triple Crown on the Highveld, the alternate first leg was decided in Cape Town in December, provided the perfect opportunity for new faces to racing to make a day of it at Turffontein Racecourse. For the racegoers in the Member’s Lounge the day included raceday tours with trips to the parade ring to educate them about the finer points of horseracing. In between the racing there was food and entertainment which added to the vibe. The strict jackets only dress code for the gents and Summer Chic for the ladies also resulted in a number of fantastic looks for raceday. “There’s definitely a vibe in here and I think this is exactly what young people want,” Busi Manunga, from Destiny Magazine, said of the event. “The Member’s Lounge concept allows us to tailor the day to the needs of a new audience who are looking for new ways to spend their time and this also helps us target a brand new wave of horseracing fans,” Jenna Potgieter, brand manager for Racing. It’s A Rush, said. “There have been lots of smiling faces and we’ve given them an experience while also educating them about horseracing at the same time. The concept also received praise from Matthew De Kock, assistant trainer in the mighty Mike De Kock yard. “Racing is known as the ‘Sport of Kings’ but should made available for people to enjoy it on all social levels. I feel Racing. It’s A Rush have provided a great platform for the enjoyment of this sport on a very “sociable” level. The RIAR Members Lounge at Turffontein is out of the top draw with regards to its style, location and vibe. I am definitely a believer in this initiative and back the RIAR team fully to get racing back to where it belongs, at the top of the social scene,” said De Kock. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
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The start of it all
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THE MAKINGS OF AN INNER CITY SALE The Cape Premier Sale held annually at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is the only inner city sale in the world. For each sale, the CTICCâ€™s four giant halls encompassing 11,200 m2 of floor space are magically transformed into a spectacular auction hall and indoor stabling capable of housing 300 horses. Yet how does this transformation occur and just what is involved in changing four empty halls into a venue fit for a premier thoroughbred yearling auction? I decided to take a look behind the scenes with the magician that makes it all happen, logistics manager Anne Dalton. 26
The walking ring to be
A mountain of shavings
nside Halls 2 to 4, the dividing partition walls have been removed and an army of workers, hoists and forklifts are busy bringing in the stable partitions, while a secondary crew are busy fitting all the walkway lights, two stories above our heads. Outside in what is the delivery bay of the CTICC, a digger loader is playing on what looks like a giant sand heap. Where does one start organising what looks to me like a logistical nightmare? And given the busy event schedule of the CTICC, what kind of lead time is allowed for the setup? Despite the organised chaos around us, Dalton is happy to explain.
the stabling needs to go. The stabling area is planned well in advance and the tiles just mark clearly where the rows need to be erected. We then start at one end in Hall 2, while the AV guys start working at the other end in Hall 4.Their first job is to fit the temporary spotlights, which have been specially designed not to cast shadows over the horse walkways.
We then bring in the stable partitions and lay them flat in a very particular pattern. Our initial planning of the stable area starts as soon as we know how many horses each vendor is bringing. We work out exactly which stables need to have windows, so “We have 48 hours to setup before the horses arrive and 48 that fillies can chat to each other, but colts can’t. Things such as hours to remove everything. The day before we can move in, feed rooms and the centre walkway between each row also we bring in eight super-link trucks and we offload everything have to be added to the master plan.This is done at Durbanville in the delivery bay outside the CTICC. The next morning at where the stables are stored. Then according to the detailed 6am we start by placing the irrigation pipes in the gutters and plans, the stable sides (with or without windows), back walls, then taping the gutters up. Each gutter contains irrigation pipes front walls and doors are loaded onto trucks in the precise as well as electric conduits. The first year we weren’t so good sequence that they will be required.” at covering the gutters and water and manure seeped through onto a gentleman whose car was parked in the garage below. The team has just started the elaborate procedure of erecting the stables and I soon see that this is not as simple as it sounds! Thankfully we now have a better system in place! Before any stables can be erected, rubber floor mats need to “The next job is to lay down carpet tiles as markers of where be laid and taped down.The partitions are then brought in by INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Partitions laid out
forklift and the team starts laying out all the stable rows in the exact order that each panel will be needed. Once done, the team starts assembling all the interlocking stable sides, except for the door panels. Next, two bags of sterilised, compressed shavings go into each partially completed stable and I begin to understand why the doors are not yet on. Bringing shavings and straw bales in without having to deal with a narrow doorway saves time when one is dealing with such a tight schedule. The first bag is used to cover the rubber matting, before agricultural lime is sprinkled to combat odours. The second bag is then added and the bedding is completed with the addition of two bales of straw. Some vendors prefer to have just shavings as bedding, but it can be a bit a dusty so most of the stables are given a top layer of straw. Once the bedding is sorted, the doors are finally added. Job done? Far from it actually, as I was about to discover.
The stablesâ€™ numbers and door cards come next before rubber is laid on the walkways. At the same time a company called GL Events are putting up the shell schemes for the vendor entertainment areas as well as stalls for advertisers. Outside a digger loader and a team of workers armed with shovels and rakes are attempting to turn a giant heap of sand into a walking and lunging ring. I can make no sense out of the fun in the sand, but Dalton assures me the subcontracted company has been
The cleanup begins
“That way we can start dismantling the stables in Hall 3 and 4 without disturbing the horses. The dropping of the panels is extremely noisy as you can imagine. Once dropped the partitioning is loaded onto metal pallets by the team and then Inside the Convention Centre the hive of activity continues removed by a forklift. The removal of about 1200 cubic metres relentlessly with work starting on the transformation of Hall of bedding and manure comes next. Front end loaders are used 1 into a grand auction auditorium. Lights, cameras, a sales ring to scoop it up and load it onto tipper trucks waiting outside. complete with velvet ropes and seating are all being put in place, The bedding is then taken to the Red Tractor farm, just off while out back the stars of the show have started arriving. Each the Bottelary Road, where it is organically recycled. Finally the vendor’s horses are trucked in and offloaded in the delivery carpeting, temporary lights, rubber walkways and irrigation pipes bay complete with a medic on standby, just in case one of them are removed. Mechanical sweepers are brought in to remove takes exception to the morning rush hour passing by on the any leftover debris, while a high-pressure air compressor is used concrete flyover above their heads. It is an inner city sale after all. to clean the delivery bay. The floors are disinfected, polished and finally the job is done. Now all that is missing is the action. building walking rings for her for years. A day later and true to her word, a perfectly manicured walking ring has appeared in the delivery area.
After two days of selling, roughly R155 million has changed hands and some of the country’s top thoroughbred yearlings are on their way to their new homes. Back at the CTICC however, the work is far from done, with the four halls needing to be changed back to their pristine original state as soon as possible. Is it quicker to dismantle than to assemble, I ask? “Yes it is, but first we have to wait for the horses to go”, Dalton explains. ”If we have horses waiting for the long distance trucks to depart, then we consolidate them into the stables in Hall 2 and close the soundproof door between the bottom two halls. 30
Forty-eight hours later there is not a trace or the slightest whiff of equine to be found. A plan executed to perfection with military precision by Dalton and her experienced team.Two weeks later the Mining Indaba would occupy those giant halls. Delegates from all over the world sipping their tea, blissfully unaware of the two hundred odd horses had occupied the space before them. It is a mammoth task, it is intricate and not without difficulties, but Dalton and her team have become masters at the art of creating the intricate infrastructure required by the unique inner city sale that is the Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
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SUMMER OF CTS CHAMPIONS All owners steeped in the venerable traditions of the sport of horseracing aspire to winning a Guineas, the Classic test for three year olds. Remarkably, the source of four Guineas winners this past Summer season in South Africa were all consigned at auctions hosted by emergent company, Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS).
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016 Cape Fillies Guineas winner, Just Sensual was a R2 million purchase at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale. She is by top stallion Dynasty, out of 2008 star juvenile, Consensual and used her powers of acceleration to nail another CTS graduate, Safe Harbour on the wire. Just Sensual is trained by Joey Ramsden.
Similarly to Just Sensual, Cape Guineas victor, William Longsword also hails from the same stud, that of Champion breeders, Klawervlei. A most handsome specimen, now slated to take over from his renowned sire, Captain Al, William Longsword got over from a wide draw of 15 then kicked early in the Kenilworth stretch to stave off the dramatic late surge of Gold Standard. This was a fourth Guineas win for trainer Vaughan Marshall, who cared for Captain Al when he clinched this same prestigous race back in 2000. Gauteng Fillies Guineas victress, Smiling Blue Eyes was bred at Highlands Farms and sold at CPYS 2015 for R650 000. She is by Dynasty and out of the dam, Sage Blue who won five
races, a figure her grey daughter looks set to surpass based on that fluent score at Turffontein in early March. Sean Tarry, soaring on top of the National Trainers Log, is the successful conditioner. Mike de Kock is a world renowned horseman and Janoobi’s win in the Gauteng Guineas represented a notable milestone in his storied career – a 3000th winner. Bred at Maine Chance Farms by resident stallion Silvano out of the Rakeen mare, Shasta Daisy, the bay colt fetched R1,2 million at CPYS 2015. Janoobi overcame the hindrance of draw 16 when receiving an impeccably timed front-running ride from Piere Strydom, one of SA’s greatest jocks and winner of over 5000 races. They just beat off Al Sahem, also by Silvano, who was having only his third outing and looks very talented indeed. In the last five years, CTS have built a reputation as a source of champions. This is, in no small measure, due to the close relationship forged with outstanding breeders who are happy to showcase their stock at smoothly staged auctions in pleasing locations. Perusing CTS’s catalogues reveal a virtual
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who’s who of South African stud farms. In addition to those already noted, Avontuur, Drakenstein and Lammerskraal are amongst other prominent vendors that regularly despatch high quality drafts to market via CTS. The diverse platform of CTS auctions appeal to different niche segments. Local converts to the breeze-up concept enthusiastically supported Ready To Run Sales in Cape Town and Johannesburg in late 2016, looking for value purchases and a quick return on investment. The RTR in Cape Town achieved a good clearance rate of 92% at a median price of R145 000 whilst a solid average of R186 000 was realised at the Johannesburg RTR. Bold Respect is a shining example. Purchased at RTR for only R200 000, this neat and strong juvenile son of Bold Silvano from Ascot Stud clinched the Kuda Sprint just a few months later, beating off Querari colt, Wonderwall. Bought with this R1 million race in mind, it provided special satisfaction for retired rugby player and passionate racing man, Lance Sherrell, whose late father bred the dam, Respectable Lady. Constantly boosting the stakes pot is one of CTS’s stated visions. Owners need to dream of, and hopefully collect, potentially life-changing prizes. The CTS Mile and CTS Sprint
over 1200m, staged on Sun Met day, were worth 500 000 USD each to amply-rewarded connections. December 2016 Guineas victor, William Longsword followed up on that Grade 1 score when using stalk and pounce tactics in the Mile, proving too strong for deep-closer Copper Force and Singapore Sling, to get the bulk of the booty. John Koster of Klawervlei Stud, responsible for progeny that earned in excess of R32 million in 2015-16, described him glowingly, as “some horse,” adding, “the timing is now perfect for him to go to stud.” The Sprint was won by Live Life, a speedy daughter of Trippi out of Viva, bred at Avontuur and sold for R2.5 million at CPYS in 2015 to Piet du Toit’s Hunkydory Investments. She followed up her Sceptre Stakes 22-1 jolt over fellow CTS graduate Carry On Alice, by downing proven Grade 1 winner, Always In Charge with Attenborough staying on for third. Live Life has really thrived since the Spring in the care of Candice Bass Robinson and now displays superior ability over the short cuts after a few slightly off colour displays in early Winter. Carry On Alice made amends in the Grade 1 Flying Championships staged over 1000m on the same marquee
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day, Sun Met card. This swift mare has won multiple Grade 1’s all around the country, and she added another to her resume, though even her most fervent supporters would concede she was exceedingly fortunate this time to defeat Tarry-trained stable mate, Trip To Heaven, a CPYS 2013 purchase. The stiff son of Trippi sleep-walked in slow motion out of the stalls, then switched from one side of the track to the other, before delivering a belated but furious rally, only falling short by a head. Undoubtedly, a desperately tough beat – “that’s racing,” would be the philosophical retort. South Africa is located far away from other major racing jurisdictions, and current export protocols make proper trading trying even for our most upbeat logistics experts and innovative marketers. Yet, determined industry figures remain committed to developing bloodstock opportunities and are not losing sight of a shared global vision. A sign that powerful international players respect such initiatives is the presence of Coolmore Stud, Shadwell’s Angus Gold, Irish guru Peter Doyle and the burgeoning China Horse Club at recent CTS auctions. They, together with support from other respected international agents, helped stoke the top end of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale market in mid January. An aggregate of R155 million
was realised at the two day sale, translating to an average of R700 00 with a median figure of R387 00. A Trippi colt with a stallion’s pedigree sold for R6 miilion; next best was one of upper-echelon sire Dynasty’s progeny, Sovereign Sway, a R5.75 million buy. These figures are indicators of a resilient domestic bloodstock market, consistently producing quality thoroughbreds at internationally competitive prices. Each year since inception, the sale is building a more global feel. Not only were powerful international buying delegations present, but progeny of one of the all time greatest thoroughbreds to campaign in the Northern Hemisphere, Frankel generated a frisson of excitement. His four yearlings grossed R8,4 million as the market showed confidence in his productive capacity. CTS are constantly striving to improve the quality of their bloodstock services. Given the positive impact they’ve made in the last five years, close followers of the South African scene are anticipating still more exciting innovations. Further progress from the dynamic company seems likely in the domestic sphere of racing and breeding, ideally linked together with creative solutions to expand international equine trade.
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Arrogate flies to Pegasus triumph
Text and Images by Michele MacDonald
SOARING ARROGATE SEEKS RECORD AFTER PEGASUS VICTORY
Perhaps it is only a by-product of contemporary economics, but perhaps it is a sign of just how exceptional this massive gray horse is who has thundered on to the American racing stage.
lmost unthinkably, in what will be only his fourth start in a stakes race and just his eighth career contest overall, Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate was poised to erase the earnings record it took the recently retired California Chrome four seasons of racing to establish.
Following a scintillating, track record-setting devastation of the richest horse race that has ever been run, the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 28 in which he once again defeated California Chrome, Arrogate hardly took a deep breath. Shipped back to California, he soon was literally raring to go again, and thus owner Prince Khalid Abdullah of Juddmonte Farms
decided to dispatch his colt by the late Unbridled’s Song to the Middle East’s desert sands in a quest for the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Considering that the potential Dubai field included no runners close to his credentials as the world’s highest rated racehorse, it seemed more sense than folly to look ahead and contemplate that Arrogate could bank $6 million on top of his $7 million Pegasus loot and boost his total to a breathtaking $17,084,600. And thats exactly what happened, making Arrogate the richest horse anywhere in the world but Japan, and third overall in racing history behind only Japanese champions Orfevre and Gentildonna, according to American statistical supplier Equibase Co. Just how good is Arrogate? Is he as good as all that money suggests?
Arrogate, right, stays close to Pegasus pacesetter Noble Bird
With his three stakes wins prior to Dubai, he already ranked ahead of Racing Hall of Famers, Dubai World Cup winners and previous earnings record setters Curlin and Cigar, and was chasing only the $14,752,650 collected by California Chrome. Based on his last three races before the Dubai World Cup, it’s safe to say Arrogate had handily done what no other horse has been able to accomplish in similar circumstances. In a nutshell, he smashed a longstanding track record at venerable Saratoga Race Course in a 13 ½-length Travers Stakes tour de force at 1 ¼ miles; he ran down a loose-on-the-lead California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and then he jetted away from the Pegasus field while smashing Gulfstream’s record for 1 1/8 miles as twotime Horse of the Year California Chrome faded to ninth. “He’s an incredible horse,” said trainer Bob Baffert after the Pegasus. “He’s just got that stride and he takes off.Then, when he gets in front, he’s just playing around.” Baffert was asked an inevitable question about how he would compare Arrogate to his 2015 Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, who was retired after his three-year-old season, and he gave a predictable answer. “How lucky am I to have these two great horses?” he exclaimed in dodging the subject. “It’s like comparing your two children. One won the Triple Crown and we had the excitement going through that,” Baffert said.“One
thing they do have in common though—they make life so much easier as a trainer because they are superior animals. We just stay out of their way, keep them happy and keep them healthy.” A decision made back when Arrogate was a juvenile in regard to his health might have been a key to what he is today. After detecting that the colt’s shins were sore, a common ailment among young horses as they adapt to the rigors of race training, Baffert and Juddmonte’s American manager Garrett O’Rourke opted to give him time to heal and grow. Thus, Arrogate did not make his debut until April 17, 2016—less than a year prior to his planned Dubai challenge for unprecedented riches. In the Pegasus, a race unlike any other ever run as a dozen owners put up the huge purse by buying slots to enter the race for $1 million each, Arrogate displayed the characteristic that truly outstanding runners possess: the ability to continue to perform at extraordinary levels, race after race. “It was beyond anyone’s expectations, especially us, having had Frankel so recently and then to pull out a horse like this,” O’Rourke said. “Horses put up great performances and then they have to back it up and back it up again, and it starts putting you in real special air.That’s what I felt like (after seeing the Pegasus).There is nothing fluky about this horse; his brilliance is just that good,” he declared.
Fans in Paddock Prior to the Pegasus
There is an almost palpable sentiment around the Juddmonte team that Arrogate is only now beginning to come into his own, that there is much more propulsion still to be unleashed from his substantial quarters. “He’s just going to get better!” Juddmonte’s American President Dr. John Chandler exulted after the Pegasus trophy ceremony. In making the decision to go to Dubai, O’Rourke and Prince Khalid seemed to agree with that outlook, although they all know that Arrogate will have to continue to run on the higher plane he has been inhabiting to prove himself beyond just his bulging bankroll. “We used the word great too freely,” O’Rourke said. “I think longevity is what makes horses great, and he’s just started on the path to that after stringing three unbelievable races together— really, really exceptional races. “I hope he can keep going,” he added with a chuckle that revealed few concerns other than the knowledge that anything can happen in horse races. Aside from his obvious speed and the stamina to carry it over 1 ¼ miles, Arrogate’s most lethal weapon is his ability to, as Baffert says, “switch off” in a race and then spark into an inferno when asked by jockey Mike Smith, who got on the colt for the first time in the Travers. Rafael Bejarano, who steered Arrogate to his first three wins in
maiden and allowance races, must silently curse his decision to ride another Baffert-trained colt, American Freedom, in the Travers and thus forfeit the mount on the Juddmonte juggernaut. Arrogate is so steely-cool in competition that Smith can place the colt just about wherever he wants him and not have to worry much about him getting too rank or being unable to finish strongly when asked. In the Travers, Arrogate brushed the side of the starting gate and had to hustle to establish a position, but once he got in front by the first quarter-mile call, he relaxed under Smith even while traveling at a brisk pace that kept propelling him away from the field. His margin grew with every call until he flashed across the finish line in the record 1:59.36. “I was amazed at how he lengthened his stride,” Smith said after the Travers. Demonstrating his versatility, Arrogate ran a completely different kind of race in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and in the Pegasus. Starting “a tad slow,” as the chart noted in the Classic, Arrogate moved into a stalking position behind pace-setting California Chrome and then responded to Smith’s mastermind tactics by first dropping inside and then veering outside, fooling the frontrunner’s jockey,Victor Espinoza. As Espinoza kept looking over his shoulders to see where the challenger was going to come from, Arrogate shot up to his side and then surged past just yards from the finish.
Bob Baﬀert congratulates Mike Smith
There was a moment in the Pegasus when it appeared, as Baffert said, that Espinoza was going to make up for that tactical slip. Neither California Chrome nor Arrogate got to the lead out of the starting gate in the Pegasus. Instead, Keeneland track record setter and Grade 1 winner Noble Bird jumped to the front and raced with alacrity, getting the first half-mile in :46.14. Going down the backstretch, Arrogate—who had started from the rail—was briefly pinned along the inside by Espinoza on California Chrome, who had started from the far outside, as the duo matched strides behind Noble Bird and Neolithic. Baffert said he worried for a moment or two that Arrogate would be trapped and that California Chrome would get first run to the finish, but then the trainer noticed Espinoza wasn’t finding what he was asking for as the field got closer to the far turn. “I saw (California Chrome) wasn’t running. I told (my wife) Jill, ‘Chrome’s not running.’ I could tell by Victor; he was scrubbing (against California Chrome’s neck). I said, ‘Mike’s not scrubbing; I think we’re all right.’ I’m waiting and then (Arrogate) makes that cut and takes off,” Baffert said almost breathlessly in relating his experience of the race. For his part, Smith confided that he had felt some pre-race jitters as he was legged up on Arrogate in the paddock. “I thought,‘Oh, man, $12 million,’ ” Smith said in the post-race media conference. “But it was a good kind of jitters to have.”
As the race unfolded, any nervousness Smith felt dissolved. “Honestly, if I could make the lead, I wanted to. But if not, I wanted to save ground,” Smith said of how he envisioned the race, which unfolded with Arrogate on the inside in the early going. After a half-mile, Smith said he noticed California Chrome— famous for his potent speed—was still behind him by about a half length. “I looked back and I saw Victor kind of rubbing on him; he wasn’t firing, he wasn’t running his race. Going into the far turn, I was able to tip out” from the rail, Smith said, as California Chrome began dropping back rather than accelerating forward. “Once I got out, I was loaded,” Smith declared with a broad grin that said as much as his concise description of the power of Arrogate’s closing rush to the finish line. “He had a lot of run today and I was very happy. As far as winning the world’s richest race, I’m absolutely numb,” Smith said. With Smith sitting statue-still in the saddle, Arrogate crossed the finish line in 1:46.83, 4 ¾ lengths in front of Shaman Ghost, winner of the 2015 Canadian Classic Queen’s Plate Stakes and the 2016 Woodward Stakes. Shaman Ghost, who earned $1.75 million for the effort, races for Frank Stronach, who founded the Pegasus race and also presides over The Stronach Group of racetracks that includes Gulfstream. Neolithic ran on well and finished third, which was worth $1
million to owner Starlight Racing, which is led by Jack Wolf, who served as chief executive officer of the Pegasus event. Behind the first three came, in order, Keen Ice, War Story, Noble Bird, Semper Fortis, Breaking Lucky, California Chrome, Prayer for Relief, War Envoy and South American Grade 1 winner Eragon, who was eased while racing for the first time in the United States for James McIngvale. California Chrome emerged from the race with a swollen right knee, but veterinary examinations did not reveal any serious injury. The six-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit, honored as America’s Horse of the Year for the 2014 and 2016 seasons and winner of last year’s Dubai World Cup, was immediately sent to Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky, and began covering the first mares in a book that is expected to include about 150. “He never really got into the race,” Espinoza said of California Chrome. “At the five-eighths pole, I didn’t feel like I had that power.There wasn’t enough gas in there. He was empty.”
Frank Stronach presents Pegasus trophy to John Chandler
record is compiled during a career and no matter how special an individual is, another will come along at some point and do even better. While it seems almost impossible and something akin to sacrilegious in the sense of the sporting world, Arrogate was ready to wipe away California Chrome’s earnings record from 27 starts in what will be the Juddmonte colt’s eighth effort from a starting gate. And, if all continues to go well, Arrogate apparently will keep on racing and seeking more records. O’Rourke said Prince Khalid wants Arrogate to earn another championship this season, one that could include a gold Horse of the Year trophy in addition to a divisional title as champion older male. Toward that aim, the Breeders’ Cup Classic again will be a season-ending goal.
Trainer Art Sherman was philosophical after the loss and praised California Chrome for all that he accomplished.
Looking even farther forward, Arrogate could once again compete in the Pegasus, if there is another edition of the race with owners willing to wager $1 million for a starting position and possible revenue shares from sponsorship and wagering income in addition to prize money.
“It’s been an unbelievable journey with him, even in defeat,” Sherman said. “It’s been such a good run. Not every horse can keep the record up like he has.”
“We’ll try to have it an annual affair,” Stronach said of the Pegasus concept. “We’re looking forward to another year….Hopefully, (Arrogate) will stay in training.”
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RACING ON A FROZEN LAKE ST MORITZâ€™S FA B L E D WHITE TURF
S t Mor itz, a name as f amiliar as that of P ar is or L ondon. Named af ter S aint Maur ice, an ear ly Chr istian saint f r om southe rn E gypt, the village is best kn ow as a luxur y alpine ski r esort. Yet this was not always the case. I ts histor y as a ski r esort only dates back 152 year s and it all star ted with a bet. Racing on snow
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n September of 1864, Caspar Badrutt, a hotel pioneer in the village of St Moritz made a wager with four British summer guests that if they came back in winter and did not enjoy themselves he would refund their money. If however they found a wintery St Moritz to their liking, they could stay as his guests as long as they liked. It was the start of winter tourism in the Alps. Since then St Moritz has become the playground of the rich and famous, been immortalised in songs, hosted two Winter Olympics, over 20 Bobsleigh World Championships and four Alpine World Ski Championships. It is also the host of the only horseracing meeting on snow, the famous White Turf.
Tellina on the training track
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cheap and hence it stayed on my bucket list until December 2016, when a momentous announcement changed everything. A South African bred racehorse, Tellina, owned by Andreas Jacobs and third in the 2015 G1 Vodacom Durban July, had been nominated to run in the grand finale of the White Turf Meeting, the G2 Grosser Preis von St Moritz. It was the chance I had been waiting for, but whether his connections would accept was still uncertain.
After being exported,Tellina had ended up in the care of German trainer Andreas Wรถhler. After a break of several months, Wรถhler stepped Tellina out first up in the G3 German St Leger (2800m) and the bay did not disappoint, finishing a solid second. Tellina Here I have to admit to a complete and utter love affair with gained his first victory on German soil when landing the Preis snow. It started not so far from St Moritz in the French Alps, der Neusser Trainingzentrale conditions race over 1500m on progressed to a Boston winter of snow, ice and snow chains the all weather course at Neuss on the 7th of January this year, on my car and even took a turn in the far northern reaches winning by an impressive 14 lengths. The Neuss race had been of Quebec and Montreal. Combine that love of snow with my deliberately picked by Wรถhler as horses who excel there tend passion for horseracing, add some fur coats, champagne and the to do well on snow.Tellina had passed his learners test with flying most beautiful kaleidoscope of colours I have ever seen and you colours. It was time to book a flight and find a hotel. find the number one item on my bucket list. The fabled White As luck would have it, the hotel I booked mostly for its Turf Meeting held annually in St Moritz. affordability, turned out to be absolutely perfect in terms of what Being such a high profile resort town, accommodation is I had set out to do. Situated across the road from the training plentiful, it boasts 97 hotels to be precise, but certainly not track and with the frozen lake a short walk out back, it could not 48
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be any better even if I tried. Mornings were spent at trackwork, as one does in any foreign country before a big racing event. Except here the track was a circuit of frozen snow, the horses wore special snow shoes and thick Newmarket exercise sheets, while the riders hid behind scarves and ski masks. Blowing out almost as much steam as their steeds. Snow shoes have a toe grab as well as two side grabs, with an inner rubber shoe, preventing snow from balling under the horse’s hooves.The three grabs effectively lift the horse off the ground and it must feel rather as if it is walking on stilts. Some horses clearly did not feel comfortable on the snow, trotting along gingerly, rather like sixteen-year-olds in their first pair of stilettos. Some however, like Tellina, loved the feel of snow, striding along as if they have worked on a frozen surface all their lives. Tellina in fact was so comfortable that after a few training track circuits, his rider took him straight onto the track for a half pace gallop. His pricked ears and flying hooves said it all. Racing however is not the only element of the White Turf Meeting. It also includes trotting races, where the wheels of the sulkies have simply been swopped for skies, effectively turning them into sleighs of sorts. And then there is Skijoring, a sport so crazy that I could not believe that any sane human being would even consider attempting it. Racing behind a galloping
racehorse on skies.Yet it was the first form of horseracing in St Moritz and the start of the famous White Turf. Skijoring started in 1906 with a race from St Moritz to Champfèr. The skiers did not race in a group but rather departed individually at one minute intervals. Philip Mark, the president of the Alpina Ski Club and his gelding Blitz were the fastest, completing the 10 kilometre route in 20 minutes and 22 seconds. The next year a decision was made to reduce the distance to 2700m and to move the race to the frozen lake of St Moritz. These days it is a much faster contest of skier against skier and horse against horse amidst clouds of flying snow. As you can imagine controlling a galloping racehorse is far easier when you are perched on its back, with a tight hold on the reins. Roughly three meters behind the galloping horse, the skier not only has to be able to steer and control the horse, but also maintain control of his skis. The horse’s harness consists of a bridle with snaffle bit, a breast collar with traces, and a surcingle. The traces are made of flexible heavy cord attached to a singletree, swinging bar.To minimize the risk of being hit by flying ice from the horse’s hooves, a flag-shaped piece of heavy fabric is attached to the traces between the horse and skier. Sleigh-length reins are used to keep the skier at a safe distance INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
and the driver holds the bar in one hand while holding the reins in the other. Skiers wear a helmet with a visor or goggles, elbow and kneepads, thick gloves and padded ski clothing. Horses start in regular racing starting stalls with the only difference being that the front and back gates open simultaneously as the skier starts behind the barriers, holding not only the reins but also the bar that keeps flying snow kicked up by the galloping horse from hitting him in the face. Racing in a haze of snow at speeds that can reach up to 50km an hour, is not for the faint hearted and skijoring requires a great deal of athleticism, strength and agility as well as a little bit of madness. Skiers compete in three skijoring races during the White Turf Meetings and the skier with the highest points is crowned the King of the Engadine. For the first time in the history of the White Turf Meeting, the King of the Engadine was in fact a Queen this year. Valeria Hollinger and Usbekia trained by Peter Shiergen won the first two races and with the third race cancelled due to safety concerns, she became the first Queen of the Engandine. Hollinger received the Credit Suisse Kingâ€™s Cup, an extraordinary trophy specially designed by the Swiss artist duo Aubry and Broquard.
revealed that a longitudinal crack had formed in the ice in the home straight next to the inner rail. While the ice on the lake is around 60cm thick and hence perfectly safe to race on, cracks can allow water to rise from beneath the ice, thus undermining the racetrack. With the safety of horses and riders paramount, the rest of the final White Turf Meeting was cancelled and Tellina never got to race. I may not have seen Tellina run, but I did attend the Night Turf Meeting on the preceding Friday and what a spectacle it was. Flying snow, galloping horses and a pop star winning the celebrity skijoring race under a brilliant blue sky.The UK entrant Berrahri, ridden by Raphael Lingg, trained by John Best and owned by the White Turf Racing UK syndicate won the feature on the day, the Grand Prix Longines, much to the delight of his owners. Berrahri, who was attending his third White Turf meeting, clearly loves racing on snow almost as much as his owners, who celebrated with some singing and dancing on the winnerâ€™s podium.
Racing on the frozen lake at St Moritz was all that I had imagined and more. It is racing in a way that you have never experienced before. It is colourful, vibrant and above all fun. As the snow fell on my last day there, cloaking everything in a gentle white, I knew one Just like on any other racing surface, racing on snow carries risks. thing for sure. One more item had been ticked off my bucket list, A clipping of heels in the home straight in the first resulted but more importantly, I would be back next year. My bucket list in a three-horse pileup. A track inspection after the incident item had simply moved to the top of my regular must do trips list!
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DUBAI WORLD CUP 2017 While Arrogate reigned as the unforgettable star of the 2017 Dubai World Cup extravaganza, the eight other races on the $30 million program also yielded plenty of drama and vibrant splashes of spectacular action.
ll the factors that go into making the Dubai World Cup the pinnacle of international competition were in play, with Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum presiding while more than 30 horses ranked among the world’s highest rated of 2016 trotted out to flaunt their finest form.
One of the most dynamic triumphs was achieved in Godolphin blue, with 2015 Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs crushing six rivals in the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic over 2410 meters on turf left yielding by persistent desert rain showers.
Eager in the early going as he pulled against jockey William Buick, Jack Hobbs raced behind Coolmore’s multiple Group 1 winner Highland Reel and 2016 Dubai Sheema Classic victor Aidan O’Brien brought nine runners from Coolmore’s Ballydoyle, Postponed through slow fractions. while America had 13 horses racing for the red, white and blue flag. Others came off exceptional exploits in England, France, Once the real running began, however, Jack Hobbs leapt into Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil and Argentina. another gear, drawing away to win by 2 ¼ lengths over INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Coolmore’s Seventh Heaven, the 2016 Irish and Yorkshire Oaks winner who cruised up from last early to gain the runner-up prize. Postponed finished third, while Highland Reel faded to last. The brilliant return of Jack Hobbs, who early last year suffered a stress fracture to his pelvis, was no surprise to trainer John Gosden. “I was hopeful of a huge performance,” said Gosden, noting that Jack Hobbs had trained well in the months since he last raced when third in the Champion Stakes in October to champions Almanzor and Found after a long rest following the fracture. “In the straight, it was an open horse race and everyone had his chance,” Gosden related of the Sheema Classic. “And William waited, which was very wise as it is a long straight.” “(Jack Hobbs) is a very fine horse; it has been a long road back,” he continued. “I put semi-blinkers on the horse tonight just to make him concentrate. He has had so much time off that he forgets he is a racehorse and is looking around at who is in the boxes in the stands. He is in no way un-genuine, but he was dreaming at Ascot (in the Champion Stakes) and I just wanted to concentrate his mind.” Buick, who stood in the irons and pumped his arm triumphantly as Jack Hobbs crossed the finish line in 2:32.39, said: “The horse really showed his true colors today. He has shown again that he is a top-class colt … and we will hear more about him throughout the season. John said to me earlier in the week that he didn’t think he could have the horse in better shape. He was 100 percent right. It’s a great training performance.” Gosden indicated that Jack Hobbs could appear next at Royal Ascot in the Hardwicke Stakes at 12 furlongs and then later in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes over the same course and distance in July. A five-year-old by Halling, Jack Hobbs now has won five of his ten career starts, and the $3.6 million he collected in the Sheema Classic boosted his earnings to $5,432,825. Sheikh Mohammed, whose Godolphin owns Jack Hobbs with partners, had another reason to cheer on Dubai World Cup night when Godolphin’s Thunder Snow rallied resolutely to catch Japan’s valiant pacesetter Epicharis at the wire in the $2 million UAE Derby, earning a berth in the Kentucky Derby as a bonus.
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While the UAE Derby drew the largest field of the night with 16 runners, the race turned into virtual match down the stretch as Thunder Snow tried to catch Epicharis while suddenly veering out under jockey Christophe Soumillon. Somehow, Soumillon was able to steer the Irish-bred son of Australian Group 1 winner Helmet back into contention and ultimately prevail by whiskers. 58
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“I came into the straight with a lot of power and thought that I would win very easily, but he was looking around a bit and got scared by the marks on the ground. He changed legs and shifted out for a few strides, so I was out of the saddle for a few strides,”Soumillon said. “Then I got back on him and I thought that I would have the time to come back because he is a champion with a big, big heart. I rode him until the line and he gave me everything again.” The victory marked the eighth in the UAE Derby for Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor and the fourth in eight starts for Thunder Snow, who won the Group 1 Criterium International over turf at Saint-Cloud in October. Bin Suroor said Sheikh Mohammed can consider many options, including the 2000 Guineas in England, Ireland and France and the Derby at Epsom in addition to the Kentucky Derby, for Thunder Snow. Epicharis lost little in the narrow defeat under Christophe Lemaire, and although he already had earned a spot in the Kentucky Derby due to his win in the Hyacinth Stakes in Japan, he likely will not go to Churchill Downs, his connections said. However, they left open the possibility that the son of Gold Allure could contest the Preakness and/or Belmont Stakes.
Master Plan, who ran strongly down the stretch to gain third for American trainer Todd Pletcher and the ownership group of Al Shaqab Racing, China Horse Club and WinStar Farm, also could be a possible Belmont contender. Thunder Snow completed the 1900 meters of the UAE Derby in 1:57.76 on the muddy track. In addition to Godolphin, the Americans and French also celebrated a pair of victories apiece on Dubai World Cup night. Young American trainer Chad Summers improbably scored the very first win of his career when Grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits, previously trained by Robert Falcone Jr., overcame the challenge of starting from the outside in a 14-horse field and ran away with the 1200-meter, $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen under jockey Joel Rosario. “It’s a storybook ending. It’s a remarkable horse and it was a remarkable ride. I think he is the best sprinter in the country—in the world. He proved it today. It’s unbelievable,” Summers said. “I was so wide on the outside. I was thinking, ‘Is this is going to work?’” Rosario related. “I’m proud of him. Every time he runs he improves a little bit more.” INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
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A four-year-old colt by Posse, Mind Your Biscuits finished second we have to think about what is best for the horse. I am very to American champion sprinter Drefong in last year’s Breeders’ disappointed, but we will make fall plans for him and hopefully Cup Sprint. Mind Your Biscuits’ win in Dubai preceded American be back next year for the 2018 Dubai Turf.” champion Arrogate’s tour de force in the Dubai World Cup. Meanwhile, French-trained The Right Man just held off a furious In another major race on the program, Japanese Classic-winning closing rally from American Long On Value to take the $1 million filly Vivlos, owned by former Major League Baseball pitcher Al Quoz Sprint at 1200 meters on turf and another FrenchKazuhiro Sasaki, ran down Heshem and Ribchester with a trained runner, Vazirabad, scored in the $1 million Dubai Gold dazzling weave through traffic and a withering closing blast to Cup at 3200 meters on grass. capture the $6 million Dubai Turf over 1800 meters. Vazirabad’s victory was his second consecutive win in the “Good horses make a jockey’s life easier. She made the job Dubai Gold Cup and it came in the final gasps as the fivevery easy for me today,” said modest Joao Moreira, a Brazilian- year-old by Manduro who races for The Aga Khan just caught born, Hong Kong-based jockey who saved ground along the Godolphin’s Beautiful Romance at the wire.Veteran campaigner rail early before swinging Vivlos out and away from rivals to Sheikhzayedroad finished third. make her late charge. “We were travelling nice and when I took her out and she had daylight, she was strong to the line— “His main quality is that he has a big turn of foot and we’re not afraid to use it. He was a little tired at the end, perhaps and got it done.” he came too soon,” joked Vazirabad’s ebullient trainer Alain de Vivlos is the second consecutive DubaiTurf winner sired by Deep Royer-Dupre. Impact, the world’s leading sire by progeny earnings, following Real Steel, who was withdrawn from this year’s renewal due to In the remaining races on the Dubai World Cup program, bleeding from both nostrils during morning trackwork the week locally-based Second Summer earned a second trophy from the $1 million Godolphin Mile for UAE champion trainer Doug of the race. Watson, following the success in 2016 by One Man Band, and “There was only blood found in his nasal passages, not his lungs, Qatari-bred Reda ran away with the $1 million Dubai Kahayla so it doesn’t seem that serious,” said trainer Yoshito Yahagi, “but Classic for purebred Arabians. 60
Bob Baffert taking a bow early on in the Dubai World Cup week.
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“A IS FOR ARROGATE” There are moments in life when time seems to stop in the wake of some extraordinary deed, when the heart is driven to pump wildly and the skin shivers with a supernatural chill.
t was just that sort of evening at Meydan Racecourse on March 25 when Juddmonte Farms’ American champion Arrogate jumped back from a hopeless beginning in the $10 million Dubai World Cup to whip past rivals like the gusting winds of the intermittently rainy weather that haunted the entire nine-race, $30 million program.
repeatedly about in the days before the race as he continued to emphasize that Arrogate had to get out of the gate well.
“When he walked out of the gate, I thought,‘Why did I bring him? This is a mistake,’ ” said Baffert, who stood solemnly with his family in the parade ring as Arrogate struggled to the first turn while Meydan commentator Terry Spargo roared in surprise over the Rated the world’s best racehorse of 2016, Arrogate left trainer track’s audio system that the gray colt trailed in the field of 14. Bob Baffert and everyone else in the crowd of over 40,000 stunned when he stepped slowly from the starting gate and then With his eyes closed during much of the early running as kickback was pinched back between Keen Ice and FuriaCruzada, drifting of the wet, sandy dirt track from the frontrunners sprayed his face, back to as many as 15 lengths behind early leader Long River. Arrogate fanned to the outside under jockey Mike Smith. The scene was Baffert’s worst nightmare, a fear he had talked “I had to stay cool,” Smith said, recounting that an assistant starter 62
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left Arrogate alone in his starting gate stall, a situation the big son of Unbridled’s Song was unused to and which clearly had distracted him by the time starter Shane Ryan pressed the button to open the gate. “He was slipping and sliding from the word go,” Smith said.“Once I got to the outside and he straightened out, he leveled out and I made up five lengths so quick. I thought OK, we’re here. I just tried to be patient.” As Baffert watched in disbelief, the pink Juddmonte cap Smith was wearing began to move forward, bobbing visibly on video screens even though still far to the rear. After feeling the initial burst of Arrogate’s afterburners, Smith said he was able to take hold of the colt for a while on the backstretch, trying to save energy for the final furlongs. As the field began rounding the final turn, Arrogate began surging, passing rivals quickly, although he briefly leaned into last year’s Dubai World Cup runner-up, Mubtaahij, before regaining his momentum. Spurting past another American challenger, Neolithic, Arrogate took aim on American Grade 1 winner Gun Runner, who had assumed the lead coming into the stretch and drawn off to a clear advantage. As if Gun Runner was in slow motion, Arrogate leaped past him in a stride or two as the crowd thundered in response, and the colt powered to the finish line to win
“comfortably,” as the official chart noted, in an incredible reversal of his initial misfortune. “A is for Arrogate, A is for absolute superstar,” Spargo called in the final yards. “A is for anointing—and we’ve seen the anointing of the Man o’ War of the 21st century.” “I just can’t believe it,” Baffert said after being embraced by his sobbing wife, Jill, who kept repeating, “Oh my God, oh my God.” “It goes to show you how great this horse is. He did that with all class. He’s the best I’ve ever seen in my life,” added Baffert, who has trained many champions, not the least of which was 2015 American Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, the first to sweep the Classic races in 37 years. But Arrogate’s feat in Dubai surmounts all, his trainer said. “I’ve never seen a horse do that—what he did tonight,” Baffert declared, pointing out that Arrogate had to travel halfway around the world to Dubai and compete in an entirely different scenario, including long prerace journeys to the track, in addition to overcoming the poor start. “Things happen for a reason,” Smith said philosophically, noting that the slow start actually resulted in showcasing Arrogate’s power and versatility. “(Arrogate) is used to having an assistant starter. And I don’t know INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Top Left: Family members and associates of Juddmonte Farms owner, Saudi Arabian Prince Khalid Abdullah, lead a mud-covered Arrogate to the winner’s circle as trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes celebrates Below Left: Arrogate’s trainer Bob Baffert, his wife Jill & son Bode join champion Arrogate in the winner’s circle, along with family and associates of Juddmonte’s Prince Khalid Abdullah, assistant trainers Dana & Jimmy Barnes and many others. Arrogate’s victory marked the third in the Dubai World Cup for Bob Baffert and his first at Meydan Racecourse; no other trainer, with the exception of leader Saeed bin Suroor of Godolphin, has saddled more than one winner of the DWC
if the guy misunderstood me, but I said make sure you keep his head straight. And then he got out (of the starting stall) instead. And I said, ‘No! No! No!’ but the wind was blowing so hard and he didn’t hear me, and my horse just didn’t realize he had to break… ‘Bob had a heart attack last time he was here (in Dubai, in 2012) and I think I had one, too. I had to hit my heart about three times to get it pumping,” Smith said in describing his reaction to the poor start. “I had plenty of horse at the end,” he added, a statement borne out as Arrogate galloped beyond the finish line with his ears pricked, loping along as if on a country hack, the only sign of his rigorous route to history being the mud caked on his face, shoulders and flanks. “This horse can do anything, he can win in the lead, he can come from dead last, he hasn’t even taken a breath,” Smith said. “I’m just so blessed—God has blessed me so much to give me a horse like this at the end of my career. I’m going to break down and cry,” added Smith, 51, an American Racing Hall of Fame member who has ridden the likes of Horses of theYear Zenyatta, Azeri and Holy Bull. But none of those champions compares to Arrogate. “He’s the best I’ve ever been on. He’s the world’s horse now,” Smith said. 64
With the $6 million collected from his Dubai World Cup victory, completed in 2:02.15 for the 2000 meters on a surface officially rated muddy, Arrogate easily surpassed 2016 World Cup winner California Chrome as the richest racehorse in history outside of Japan with a career total of $17,084,600 even though the race marked only his fourth start in a stakes event. California Chrome banked $14,752,650 over 27 lifetime starts. Only Japanese champions Orfevre, with $19,005,276, and Gentildonna, with$18,468,392, stand before Arrogate now, according to figures provided by American racing statistical compiler Equibase Co. With Juddmonte owner Prince Khalid Abdullah aiming Arrogate at a repeat victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic following his defeat of California Chrome last year, it is entirely conceivable that Arrogate could become the first $20 million earner in racing history. While Prince Khalid did not attend the Dubai World Cup, his son Prince Saud bin Khalid bin Abdullah led Arrogate into the Meydan winner’s circle. Garrett O’Rourke, American manager of Juddmonte operations, said Prince Khalid opted to send Arrogate to Dubai after the colt had triumphed in the world’s first $12 million race, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes on January 28 at Gulfstream Park, in order to display his prowess internationally. “You do this because great horses prove their worth. He needed a great performance today and he proved his worth,” O’Rourke
The highest rated racehorse in the world for 2016, Arrogate powers to the finish line of the Dubai World Cup
said as he strode to the jammed Meydan winner’s circle, conceding that after the bad start “I thought we were dead.” Baffert, who has been honored with four Eclipse Awards as America’s outstanding trainer and who has trained 16 divisional champions as well as Horses of the Year American Pharoah and Point Given, paid tribute to Prince Khalid and his long history of success at the highest levels with Juddmonte. He also compared Arrogate to Juddmonte’s homebred European champion Frankel. “It’s pretty amazing the Prince has had a superhorse like Frankel and now he’s got a superhorse like this horse,” Baffert said.“I think this horse is like the dirt version, in the States, of Frankel, so it’s pretty amazing (Prince Khalid) would own two of the best horses that we’ve seen.” Now Arrogate has accomplished something that Frankel never did—win a major race in a foreign land far away from home and the comforts of familiar surroundings and footings. As to what’s next for Arrogate—whose name means “to seize” or “to commandeer,” which seems apt for the colt who claimed the title of world’s best racehorse for 2016 and doesn’t seem likely to relinquish it this year—Baffert and O’Rourke indicated he would get a lengthy vacation after his return to the United States on March 30. With the Breeders’ Cup Classic the primary goal, Arrogate could use the $1 million Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar on
August 19 as a prep, O’Rourke said, since that track will host the Breeders’ Cup championship event for the first time in history on November 3-4. In eight starts to date, Arrogate has won all but his initial race. He set track records at Saratoga Race Course in the Travers Stakes and at Gulfstream Park in the Pegasus, and in his last three races has won the $6 million Classic, the $12 million Pegasus and the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Since Arrogate is lightly raced due to a late start to his career caused by sore shins as a juvenile, there still could be much ahead. He will reach his actual fourth birthday on April 11, when he is back relaxing in his stall at Santa Anita Park. In the immediate aftermath of the Dubai World Cup, Arrogate emerged remarkably full of energy; Baffert shared a video of the colt bouncing around his stall and shaking his head as if in exultation just a few hours after the race. Baffert and his assistants, Jimmy and Dana Barnes, have noted that the colt’s three primary assets are his mental strength and ability to respond at any time in a race to a rider’s commands; his physical strength and lack of fatigue after races, and—perhaps most of all—his long and fluent stride. “He’s got an incredible length of stride—probably the longest stride I’ve ever seen on a horse,” Baffert said. “Arrogate is just a different kind of horse. He’s a big, long-striding horse with incredible talent.” INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE 2017
here are two positions in a thoroughbred yearling auction that no vendor ever wants to occupy.The first horse into the ring is as much of a death knell as the very last horse offered. The first is considered the trendsetter, the buyers not yet settled and jittery tend to underpay for the unlucky equine that has to lead the way. While the last horse to enter the ring is inevitably faced with an almost empty auction ring as buyers have long since departed for the comfort of their beds. At the 2017 CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale a chestnut filly named Little Sparrow was allotted the dubious honour of being Lot number 1. Thankfully the well-grown filly by speed sire Var out of the SA Fillies Classic winner Bambina Stripes, consigned by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm, had two things in her favour.
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An outstanding family riddled with Graded winners and an outstanding physique, thus saving her from the dreaded Lot 1 syndrome. Spirited bidding meant the numbers on the bid board jumped smartly before settling on a very satisfactory R600,000, with the winning bid belonging to owner Roland Bouwer. It was a solid start and usually it takes a while for a sale of this magnitude to take off, but just like horseracing, sales have the capacity to surprise. A mere 8 lots later Pieter Graaff, owner of Lammerskraal Stud had to go to R3,6 million in order to secure Lot 9 The Vapors, a beautiful Var daughter out of the superb racemare Captainâ€™s Lover jointly owned by Team Valor and Drakenstein Stud. A first time visitor to the Cape Premier Yearling Sale and South Africa, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, was the unlucky underbidder on the filly.
Sally Jordaan, manager of Lammerskraal was delighted with the purchase, although she cautioned that a name change was very likely to happen! “She is a lovely filly with a lot of scope from a very good female family. We were determined to have her. Her damline is free of Northern Dancer and hence she is a brilliant mating for our new stallion Visionaire.” Graaff concurred: “We needed some new bloodlines for the stud and she fitted the bill perfectly. I checked with a number of trainers and they all agreed that this was the best filly here.” The international buying bench was soon in action with MV Magnier matching the R6 million highest price achieved during the 2016 Premier Sale when the hammer fell in Coolmore’s favour on Lot 32, a Trippi colt out of the Dynasty mare Demanding Lady, consigned by Drakenstein Stud. Magnier confirmed that this was their top pick of the sale. Interestingly the second dam Demanding Damsel (USA) was one of a group of yearling fillies imported in the eighties by Graham Beck to improve the bloodstock at Highlands Stud. “ He is a very nice horse and from a stud that produces quality horses. In our view he was the best colt on the sale.” Gaynor Rupert, owner of Drakenstein Stud was absolutely delighted by the price achieved. “ You always hope for a good
price, but I never expected to get R6 million for him. He was many people’s favourite and hence I did not put a reserve on him. I loved him and hope that one day he will follow in his father’s footsteps and become a stallion.” Bennie Marais of Klipdrif Stud managed to snap up another Drakenstein consignee, Lot 41, when the hammer fell at R4.5 million. The bay colt by Captain Al is the second foal of multiple Grade 1 winner Ebony Flyer. Marais confirmed that a group of international buyers, including part owner Barry Irwin, had acquired the colt. By now a regular visitor to the sale, China Horse Club was also a prominent buyer on the night. First acquiring Lot 28, a Querari filly out of the Silvano mare Daffodil Day consigned by Maine Chance Farms for R450,000, before going big and forking out R3.75 million for Lot 79, a Captain Al colt out of the multiple Grade 1 winner Happy Archer (Aus). Michael Wallace, China Horse Club’s racing and bloodstock manager, confirmed that both horses would remain in South Africa to be raced here.“ We were always very interested in him as he is a sharp, early type and we expected that he would sell well”, Wallace added. American bloodstock agent Justin Casse together with Tawny INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Syndicate snapped up the last of the Frankels to go through the ring on Day one. Consigned as Lot 114 by Klawervlei Stud, the bay filly is out of the Fastnet Rock mare Little Fastnet (Ire) and the elated buyers had to go to R4 million before the filly was theirs. “ We put together a partnership to buy her as we thought she was the best of the four Frankels by a mile”, explained Tawny Syndicate’s JJ van der Linden.The filly is to be trained by Alec Laird, who also commented that “she was the nicest of the bunch, with a great walk.”
partnerships include well known international racing personalities such as Henri Bozo, Lady O’Reilly, Andreas Putch, Justin Casse, David Cox of Baroda Stud in Ireland and American Ben Mcelroy. In return most of these partners have become frequent visitors to South Africa, forming reciprocal partnerships on yearlings purchased at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
One of the earliest partners, Andreas Jacobs of Gestüt Fährhof explains why he enjoys buying horses in partnership with Jooste: “It provides friendship, trust and most importantly experience Day two also started briskly and Lot 125, with a pedigree page when buying in a foreign market, such as South Africa. It makes that had buyers drooling, was the subject of some fierce bidding. it much easier for foreigners when they can buy horses here By Scat Daddy (USA) out of the Duke of Marmelade mare together with experts, as Markus does with us in Germany.” Marquesa Naranja (IRE), a half sister to the international super star mare Alexander Goldrun, the unnamed filly has such paddock Hence it came as no surprise when David Redvers, racing and value that there is actually no need for her to ever set a hoof bloodstock manager for Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, signed for Lot 142, on the track.Yet the beautifully proportioned bay filly is also very a Captain Al colt out of the Group-winning daughter of Oratorio athletic and trainer Charles Laird had to have her. “She is a lovely (IRE) Orator’s Daughter. Consigned by Klawervlei Stud as agent, filly and with that page who can resist? I knew she would appeal the hammer fell at R4.5 million after some spirited bidding. to the international buyers here, so I am glad that we only had to Redvers was far from done, also snapping up Lot 143, another go to R2,3 million to acquire her.” Captain Al colt, this time out of the Dynasty mare Pacific Dynasty consigned by Drakenstein Stud for R3,25 million. In the past two years Markus Jooste embarked on a series of partnerships in the Northern Hemisphere buying horses with “They were the two nicest horses on the sale”, Redvers explained. international powerhouses such as Coolmore, China Horse “It is good to come here and be able to buy two of the nicest Club, Andreas Jacobs and Sheikh Fahad Al Thani. Other recent horses, it’s the start of a new venture.They will be tried here and 70
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if they get to a certain level we will certainly consider racing them internationally in the future. “ The Chinese may be superstitious, but not when it comes to buying horses apparently, as the aptly named Superstitious went the way of the China Horse Club for R2.8 million. Mick Flanagan, European advisor to China Horse Club was delighted to have acquired the strapping colt. “He is a nice colt, we saw him early on in the sale, liked him and pulled him out two more times.What A Winter produces really good looking youngsters and he is out of a Giants Causeway mare which helps”, explained Flanagan. Lammerskraal Stud produced the sales topper of Day Two when Lot 194 was knocked down to Coolmore Australia for R4.5 million. Named Starship Legacy, the brown colt is by Dynasty out of the Jallad daughter Strawberry Lane from the female line of Gr.1 Cape Guineas winner Solo Traveller and Gr.2 Gold bracelet winner Flying Ice. First season sire Jackson produced a stunning filly in Lot 213 and the buyers agreed with Brett Crawford having to go to R2 million before the near black filly out of the Western Winter mare Undine, consigned by Highlands Farm Stud was his. Mike Sharkey, stud manager of Highlands Stud called her “beautiful, simply beautiful!” He then added, in true stockman fashion,“if you could put balls on her she could be Jackson.” The sale started with a bang and pretty much ended with a
bang, with Lot 220 knocked down for R5.7 million to Kuda Holdings, bidding on behalf of an undisclosed syndicate. The outstanding bay colt by super sire Dynasty was the first living offspring of G1 Woolavington winner Viva Maria. With international buyers from 14 countries in attendance, it came as no surprise that the R6 million, sales-topping Trippi colt acquired by Coolmore, matched the 2016 yearling record. The figures showed a healthy increase across the board, with the aggregate increasing by 14% from R135 750 000 to R155 225 000. This was mainly due to the strength of the international buying bench, with 18 yearlings selling for R2 million or more. At the top end of the market three colts sold for R4,5 million and all three were snapped up by international buyers, while only Lot 220, a Dynasty colt, went the way of a local buyer for R5,75 million. The top priced filly was Lot 114, an unnamed Frankel filly, purchased by an international buyer for R4 million. The average of R699,212 showed an increase of 17%, while the median only showed a marginal increase of 3%, from R375,000 to R387,500. The top vendor was Klawervlei Stud with 23 lots selling for an aggregate of R19,55 million, while Kuda Holdings topped the buyers list with 11 lots totalling R9,95 million. The sires’ list was dominated by Captain Al with 9 lots selling for R13,7 million. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
By Roving Reporter
A RT I S T F E AT U R E
R.R OBIN KUTINYU “ The pursuit of the ultimate expression, to invoke emotion, and to capture the moment of perfection and immortalise it are the key points to what drives and inspires me” R.Robin Kutinyu
â€™ve been surrounded by art my entire life. My father was an acclaimed sculptor who specialised in wildlife and painted in oils in Zimbabwe. I first started at the age of five doing rhinos and finishing my fatherâ€™s pieces. I honed my skills and sold my own first collection of birds and turtles at the tender age of ten. Since then, I have been completely absorbed by animals, the human figure and sculpture, the movement and anatomy of animals and human form. I try to capture the essence of my subject for example an animal, by immortalizing a certain moment, a look and feel of what is happening. My work is about the soul of my subject, not just the outer form worked to perfection. I have made my way from understanding my material and the possibilities it gives me to shaping the intangible of an idea, an image,a concept. There are different ways for me to get inspired.The sculpture might develop from an idea that forms in my mind.Textures create an image. Or I might travel thousands of miles to find an unexplored quarry where I wander around and listen to the stone calling out to me to be worked. Quite often I see in the freshness of nature the complete sculpture in a rock formation. Working in the silence of the desert is like a retreat, where often sculptures start taking shape, getting their first overall expression. 76
Moving stones that weigh several tonnes is a refreshing exercise to me.The tension between raw material and finished piece keeps me excited all along the process of creation. I consider it a challenge to catch the movement of the human form in its endless variations. Studying the masters like Donatello, Bernini and Rodin taught me a lot about the different forms the human body can be presented in.To choose the right expression and media for an idea is the task that sets my work apart. I use many types of media; alabaster and zebra stone from America, wonderstone from South Africa, semi-precious stone from Zimbabwe, jasper from South Africa, Italy, Namibia and Madagascar. Wood, wax, and even ice sculptures, granite, marble, picture stone, sand stone, metal and cement. My favourite stones are granite, for its multiple texture finishing qualities, marble for its classic association with sculptures, bowenite, potoro leonardo, jasper, sodalite, picture stone for its dazzling colours, spring stone and wonder stone for the contrasting texture between polished and unpolished. I have regular private collectors in USA, Germany, England, Australia, Switzerland and a small but growing number in South Africa, one of the highlights being two life size tigers commissioned by the mother of an international sports figure.
A collection went to the National Zoo & Aquarium in Weston Creek Australia, and I have held personal exhibitions at the Safari Club International in Reno, Afridesia Gallery, Red Bank, New Jersey, and an art promotional exhibition held by the Spanish ambassador at his Cape Town residence. I have exhibited in the following galleries;
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Australia: Mystical Arts East Burwood,Vic USA: Afridesia Gallery Red Bank New Jersey Spirits in Stone Glen Ellen California Jerol Gallery Boca Raton Florida Safari Club International Reno Bermuda: Crisson & Hind Fine Art Gallery Belgium: Dielaman Gallery Liz Piti South Africa: Art Creations Africa Gallery Africa Hout Bay Gallery Klawervlei Studâ€™s auction CTICC Cape Yearling Sale The Monty Roberts tour at Mistico Equestrian Centre Kenya: Soul of Africa
American Pharoah. Photo credit Michele MacDonald
By Michele MacDonald
DERBY DYNAMICS Patterns give big clues to winner in wide-open race
Yet in looking over the past 17 editions of the race since the dawn of the new millennium, it is clear some trends have emerged that illuminate which prep races and which sire lines have been most successful in yielding Derby victors in the current age. In fact, these trends paint a vivid picture.
The unusual and demanding conditions of the 1 Âź-mile Run for the Roses, multiplied by the number of competitors, make pinpointing a winner decidedly challenging. Or at least so it would seem on first glance.
Just as significantly, the Derby winners that used those races as their springboard proved themselves to be some of the most brilliant horses of the era, topped by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who prepped in the Arkansas Derby at
t never seems easy to try to pick the winner of the Kentucky Derby.
For more than a decade, there have been at least 20 horses entered for Americaâ€™s most famous race every year. While last-moment scratches can reduce the number in the starting gate, a mad rush to the first turn in front of over 150,000 screaming fans guarantees a scrambling free-for-all unlike any other racing event in the United States.
Eleven Derby champions have come out of just three races: the Florida Derby, Arkansas Derby and Santa Anita Derby from 2000 through 2016.
California Chrome. Photo credit John Stephen Hockensmith
Kentucky Derby Winners Trends in the new millennium Year 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
Winner (Sire) Nyquist (Uncle Mo) American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) Orb (Malibu Moon) I’ll Have Another (Flower Alley) Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux) Super Saver (Maria’s Mon) Mine That Bird (Birdstone) Big Brown (Boundary) Street Sense (Street Cry) Barbaro (Dynaformer) Giacomo (Holy Bull) Smarty Jones (Elusive Quality) Funny Cide (Distorted Humor) War Emblem (Our Emblem) Monarchos (Maria’s Mon) Fusaichi Pegasus (Mr. Prospector)
Prep Race Florida Derby Arkansas Derby Santa Anita Derby Florida Derby Santa Anita Derby Spiral Stakes Arkansas Derby (2nd) Borderland Derby (2nd) Florida Derby Blue Grass Stakes (2nd) Florida Derby Santa Anita Derby (4th) Arkansas Derby Wood Memorial (2nd) Illinois Derby Florida Derby Wood Memorial
Extended Sire Line Caro Mr. Prospector A.P. Indy A.P. Indy Mr. Prospector Blushing Groom Raise a Native Mr. Prospector Northern Dancer Mr. Prospector Hail to Reason Rough‘n Tumble Mr. Prospector Mr. Prospector Mr. Prospector Raise a Native Mr. Prospector
Nyquist. Photo credit Michele MacDonald
Smarty Jones. Photo credit John Stephen Hockensmith
Oaklawn Park. Also jumping from Arkansas to Kentucky were Smarty Jones, who swept two of the three Triple Crown races before coming up just short in the Belmont Stakes, and Super Saver.
prominent graduates from Santa Anita Park’s premier threeyear-old race is California Chrome, who would go on to also capture the Preakness and establish himself as North America’s all-time leading earner until he was dethroned by Arrogate.
However, the most productive Kentucky Derby prep race by a clear margin is the Florida Derby, with five winners since 2000.
I’ll Have Another, who also won the Preakness but was retired due to injury prior to the Belmont Stakes, and Giacomo also launched their Classic bids from the Santa Anita Derby.
In 2016, Nyquist became the most recent runner to capture both that prep at Gulfstream Park and the Kentucky Derby. Other winners of both events include the brilliant Big Brown, first horse in the modern era to win the Kentucky Derby from post 20 and who was undefeated through his Preakness Stakes triumph. Barbaro, the beloved son of Dynaformer who suffered a breakdown soon after the start of the Preakness Stakes and later succumbed to laminitis, also won the Florida Derby on his way to the twin spires at Churchill Downs. So did Monarchos, who recorded the second fastest time in Kentucky Derby history with a clocking of 1:59.97, behind only Secretariat’s 1:59 2/5. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, the Santa Anita Derby also has been an important prep, tying with the Arkansas Derby in producing three Kentucky Derby winners. Among the most
Only one other race, the Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct, has produced more than one Kentucky Derby winner over the last 17 years, with Fusaichi Pegasus winning in 2000 and Funny Cide following in 2003. Four additional races have served as stepping stones to the Kentucky Derby for one winner each: the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course, Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland Race Course, Borderland Derby (now called the Sunland Derby) at Sunland Park and Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. Yet it is noteworthy that in the last five years, the top three prep races have been paramount, with the Florida and Santa Anita Derbys yielding two winners each and the Arkansas Derby giving fans the one and only American Pharoah. Racing devotees thus would be wise to stay keenly attuned to
Super Saver. Photo credit Michele MacDonald
those race results in looking to find the 2017 Kentucky Derby winner. The Florida Derby was to be run on April 1, with the Santa Anita Derby on April 8 and the Arkansas Derby on April 15. With the advent of a points system for entry to the Kentucky Derby mandated by Churchill Downs beginning with the 2013 running, those three preps each have been worth the highest value at 100 points for the winner and thus ensuring a stall in the starting gate. This year, four other races also will be worth 100 points each to the winner, topped by the $2 million UAE Derby at Meydan in Dubai. Others include the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds on April 1; the Wood Memorial on April 8, and the Blue Grass Stakes on April 8. Intriguingly, the Illinois Derby, used by War Emblem prior to his march to victory in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2002, is no longer a viable path to Churchill Downs as it has not been awarded any points. In a new move for this year, Churchill Downs has created what it calls the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby. In awarding points for two races run in Japan, Churchill officials hope to lure a runner from that country in hopes of stimulating betting there.
The Hyacinth Stakes is the primary Japanese launching pad for the Derby, and that race run on February 19 at Tokyo racecourse was won by Epicharis, an undefeated son of Gold Allure, who himself was a champion son of Sunday Silence and Japan’s leading dirt sire for 2014 and 2016. Since Sunday Silence was sent to Japan for stud duty, he has not had the chance until now to exert any influence over the Kentucky Derby, a race he won during his Horse of the Year season in 1989. Trends since 2000 have shown there are two key sires lines in the Run for the Roses, which is another factor in winnowing through the entries to select horses that have the best chance to win. By far the most influential sire in recent Derby history is Mr. Prospector, which is somewhat ironic in that he was best known as a source of speed and was primarily a sprinter himself with two track records at six furlongs to his credit. Eight of the 17 most recent Kentucky Derby winners are from the male line of Mr. Prospector, and two more descend from Mr. Prospector’s sire, Raise a Native. Mr. Prospector’s son Fusaichi Pegasus won the 2000 Derby, and two winners each stem from the male line of his grandsons, Unbridled
(American Pharoah and Grindstone) and Distorted Humor (Iâ€™ll Have Another and Funny Cide). Raise a Native, meanwhile, is the key male ancestor of Super Saver and Monarchos. The other prominent sire line to watch for in Kentucky Derby entries is that of A.P. Indy, who has been responsible for two of the last four winners in California Chrome and Orb through his grandson Lucky Pulpit and his son Malibu Moon, respectively. Now pensioned, A.P. Indy has proven to be, like the late Mr. Prospector, a particularly significant sire of sires and one of the most reliable sources of stamina in the U.S. It takes nothing more than a quick glance at Americaâ€™s leading sires of 2016 by progeny earnings to see that the Mr. Prospector and A.P. Indy sire lines still dominate with the most effective runners in the richest races. Of the top 15 sires for last year, five stem from A.P. Indy, including record-breaking leader Tapit, and five from Mr. Prospector, including second-ranked Curlin. So, while each year provides its own unique stars and scenarios, it cannot be argued that the past does tend to repeat itself.
Animal Kingdom. Photo credit Michele MacDonald
Knowing this recent history, it would be far from a surprise if, on the first Saturday of May, the winning Derby garland of roses is draped across the shoulders of a colt that had previously triumphed in the Florida, Santa Anita or Arkansas Derbys and who descends from Mr. Prospector or A.P. Indy.
Ill Have Another. Photo credit Michele MacDonald
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By Deveau Zubrod-Kreitzer
All the hottest new trends and familiar staples in Louisville Louisville is no stranger to the food scene, constantly making headlines across the nation for setting trends and pushing the envelope with unique and inventive combinations, a melting pot of tastes and flavors. In 2016, Louisville was named among 15 best cities in the world for food, according to The Culture Trip and named the best destination experience by the World Food Travel Association. Whether you are looking for a quick bite at a local pub, or a decadent fine dining experience, Louisville has something to oﬀer everyone.
610 West Magnolia Avenue Louisville, KY 40208 502-636-0783 Advance Reservations Required – Open Wednesday - Saturday for dinner https://610magnolia.com/
983 Goss Avenue Louisville, KY 40217 502-290-2390 Open for dinner daily and Saturday and Sundays for brunch/lunch http://eiderdown-gtown.com/
If you are in town and looking for a dining experience second to none, try 610 Magnolia, in Old Louisville, just north of the track. Owner, Chef Edward Lee needs no introduction; his cooking has brought him to the world stage, first as a contestant on season nine of Top Chef. 610 Magnolia offers a four-course and six-course tasting menu that highlights contemporary southern cuisine featuring the best of local seasonal produce and responsibly farmed animals. It’s the epitome of elevated farm-to-table eating, and on par with many of New York’s finest restaurants. Their menu changes weekly, and is accompanied by an astounding wine list. Be prepared to dress for the occasion – as they require business casual attire, and make your reservations early.
Four miles northeast of Churchill Downs, you’ll find EiDERDOWN Restaurant in the heart of Germantown. Experiencing a revival in recent years, Germantown has many diverse options for eating. While Eiderdown may sound German, the food is not pin-holed into this category. It is European-inspired comfort food, with a modern take on classic flavors all with a French preparation. They also feature over 20 draft beers. While EiDERDOWN has been open since 2010 and was part of Germantown’s culinary rebirth, it recently closed its doors for a few weeks to revamp its menu and get back to what made them successful in the first place; providing the Germantown neighborhood with a local eatery with great food and great prices, and a community feel. Start off with a draft from local brewery, Against the Grain, and an order of the duck fat popcorn or the pretzel sticks served with their own house-made mustards, or get it with a side of the beer cheese. They have entrees to suit anyone’s taste, try the Spätzle, which changes frequently depending on season. Most recently they have offered the cheesy spätzle, a large serving of pan fried noodles covered in a cheesy sauce, and topped with bacon, fried eggs and peas. You can also choose to add their house made sausage links to it. If you want something truly Kentucky, try the Broadbent country ham sandwich on locally-made bread.
Boutique wine and bourbon pairings are paired perfectly with the ever-changing menu.
Chef Ed Lee of 610 Magnolia.
Beer to try: OFF COLOR SCURRY – Based on the obscure Kottbusser style, this surprisingly dry beer retains all the aroma and nuance of honey and molasses, creating a perception of sweetness through cool, controlled fermentation.
Crescent Hill Craft House 2636 Frankfort Avenue Louisville, KY 40206 Phone: 502-895-9400 Open daily for dinner service and brunch on weekends
The crab cake appetizer at Butchertown Grocery.
Butchertown Grocery 1076 E. Washington St. Louisville, KY 40206 502-742-8315 Open Wednesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner and brunch on weekends www.butchertowngrocery.com
Butchertown Grocery is a sleek and modern restaurant with cozy banquettes and trendy, minimalistic decor. A little hipster, and classy, raw and refined; just like their food. Their dishes are inspired by the heritage of hard work and craftsmanship on which our community was built and the name is a nod to the family-owned grocery named Gunkel’s that was housed in the building in the early-to-mid 1900s. Gunkel’s was a gathering place where locals came to buy produce and meats, and Butchertown grocery had hopes to continue that tradition of bringing people together through great food. Their diverse menu features a wide array of foods. Start off with an appetizer like the decadent basil-fed escargot with a herb butter, gruyere cheese and served with a crusty baguette to dip into all the deliciousness. The pecan salad sounds plain, but it is anything but with mixed greens, candied pecans, jalapeno blue cheese ice cream (yes, ice cream!), and a pear-praline vinaigrette. It’s a perfect balance of flavors. For entrees, the steak frites are one of the most popular menu items for good reason; it’s a tender and well-seasoned piece of hanger steak, or you can also get the 55-day dry aged prime ribeye with your choice of a black truffle béarnaise or a chimichurri sauce. The chicken and waffles are decidedly southern, and Butchertown’s take on it includes chilies, fried rosemary and leeks, mint and syrup… perfect for the out-of-towner wanting to try a traditional dish. And Chef and owner, Bobby Benjamin’s housemade gnocchi is always on point, so make sure to try his seasonal offering of the pillowy and savory potato pasta. Stop in upstairs at Lola’s bar for a drink while you wait to eat, or after your meal for dessert and live music. Cocktail to try: PAPER PLANE - old grand dad 100 bourbon, aperol, amaro nonino, lemon, and grapefruit oil. This refreshing bourbon cocktail has the acidity of the grapefruit that hits the palate, and the smoothness of the bourbon that leaves the lasting impact. It’s hard to have just one of these amazing cocktails.
The Crescent Hill Craft House is located in a historic building in the Crescent Hill neighborhood. While Louisville has always been known for bourbon; the craft beer movement has recently exploded as well. The owners wanted to create a comfortable place that could house all of the fantastic craft beers that the region had to offer. To start off, choose one of their 40 draft beer options, to suit your taste buds and wash it down with an order of the chargrilled oysters that are served with a bacon vinaigrette, potato hash, Kenny’s Bleu Gouda and caramelized onion. Or for a vegetarian option, try the buffalo cauliflower with vegan hot sauce and vegan ranch. Although in some ways it is a typical pub, the menu is anything but, with many options for southern comfort food, and more modern and refined dishes as well. The short rib gnocchi is delectable with beef braised short rib, spinach, roasted red peppers, brown gravy and shaved parmesan. Or try their version of shrimp and grits with spiced BBQ shrimp, Cajun cream sauce, cream cheese grits and a one-hour egg. Stick around for cocktails and to enjoy the neighborhood ambience. Beer to try: GOODWOOD BREWING COMPANY, Louisville – Walnut Brown #27. You’ll go totally walnuts over this oak-aged, walnut-seasoned brown ale. Made with a brewing style that dates back to 16th-century England and using a blend of six choice malts and two English hops, Goodwood Walnut Brown Ale features notes of caramel and chocolate with a finish that is – you guessed it – pleasingly nutty.
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Finn’s Southern Kitchen
Finn’s Southern Kitchen 1318 McHenry St. Louisville, KY 40217 502-708-2984 Open for lunch and dinner daily and breakfast/brunch on weekends http://ﬁnnssouthernkitchen.com/
Finn’s Southern Kitchen is located in the historical Fincastle building directly behind the new Germantown Mills Lofts. The art deco building once housed the offices for the 1800-era cotton mill that operated within the newly transformed lofts. Their vision is to serve affordable southern food prepared from locally sourced ingredients in beautiful surroundings. They are open all day for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, and also have a large bar and outside dining on a beautiful patio. Their specialties include huge and fluffy homemade biscuits, that come with house made strawberry jam, hot pepper jam or the tomato gravy; you could fill yourself up on the biscuits alone. I dare you to eat just one while waiting for your meal. While they have fresh salads and a variety of delicious sandwiches, the main attraction is the mouthwatering fried chicken. You can order it with two, three or eight pieces of meat. Try it with a side of the jalapeno pineapple slaw, which adds the perfect sweet acidity and just a hint of heat. To finish off the meal, order a banana split bread pudding, just like your mama made! Cocktail to try: SHOO-FLY PUNCH - Buffalo Trace bourbon and Ginger Liqueur, Fresh Lemon Finished with Goslings Ginger Beer. Stick with bourbon for your cocktails while in town for the Derby. This punch has the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity finished off with ginger.
1538 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40205 502-473-8560 Open daily for dinner service www.sevicherestaurant.com
921 Swan Street Louisville, KY 40204 502-365-1112 Dinner daily except Sunday www.louisvillehammerheads.com
The destination in Louisville for Latin American cuisine is Seviche. Under 5 miles from Churchill, just west down Eastern Parkway, Chef Anthony Lamas’ cuisine is not to be missed. This nationally-recognized chef has been featured on The Food Network, in Southern Living and Bon Appétit and was a 2010/2011/2012 semi-finalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards for Best Chef: Southeast. Seviche’s seasonally-changing menu showcases the freshest seafood and local artisan ingredients, all artfully prepared and beautifully presented. With ample vegetarian options and a gluten-free menu, Seviche has something for everyone, but the seafood dishes are certainly the stars of the menu.Try the Ahi Tuna Seviche with a coconut ginger broth, jalapeno and cilantro, or if seafood isn’t your thing, don’t despair, their skirt steak with a chimichurri sauce is delicious. And you can never go wrong with their daily specials. Seviche was included in Southern Living’s 100 Best Restaurants in the South.
On the corner of Swan Street in Germantown, you’ll find the tell-tale Hammerhead shark on the side of a small house converted into a restaurant. Situated in an unassuming walk-down basement, Hammerheads is a contemporary Southern gastropub and smokehouse, offering up house smoked meats, including ribs (lamb and baby back), pulled pork sandwiches, and a choice between venison, elk, or chorizo burgers; in addition to the traditional angus beef. They also have options for vegetarians and some southern staples like their signature chicken and waffle dish (which often sells out, giving you even more reason to arrive early). Hammerheads also has an excellent selection of craft beers. They don’t take reservations or call ahead seating, so arrive early to get a table, it’s worth the wait.
Chef Anthony Lamas of Seviche.
Cocktail to try: 5 PEPPER MICHELADA - Master of Mixes “Chef Inspired” Michelada, Carta Blanca, tomato salt, lime. A michelada is a Latin drink made with beer, lime juice, and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers and served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass. It pairs perfectly with the Latin-inspired dishes.
Drink to try: ANDERSON VALLEY BREWING COMPANY – Blood Orange Gose – orange ale. A tart, refreshing wheat ale that is kettle-soured with lactobacillus and brewed with sea salt and coriander. However, unlike traditional versions of the style, this features liberal additions of blood oranges during fermentation. This imparts tangy citrus notes that complement the champagne-like flavors, creating a complex ale perfect for any occasion.
One of the delectable breakfast biscuit sandwiches at Finn’s Southern Kitchen.
Wagner’s Pharmacy 3113 S 4th Street Louisville, KY 40214 502-375-3800 8a.m.-11a.m. breakfast and lunch 11a.m.-2p.m. daily www.wagnerspharmacy.com
The iconic Wagner’s Pharmacy is a restaurant, turf goods shop and gift store across the street from the racetrack. First opened in 1922, Wagner’s is the place where all of the trainer’s and local folks hang out during the Thoroughbred race meets. It’s a classic diner that grew from an old soda fountain shop. With a variety of soups and sandwiches for lunch, and all the traditional breakfast items, it’s a fun place to stop in for a quick bite in-between or before the races, or enjoy an early morning watching the horses breeze and then stop in for breakfast. Try one of their favorites for lunch; the Derby sandwich, with hot honey glazed ham, melted Swiss cheese and mayo. Drink to try: You’re never too old for an OLDFASHIONED MILKSHAKE. Chocolate or vanilla, you can’t go wrong with either. This thick and creamy milkshake takes you back to your younger days!
The Fat Lamb 2011 Grinstead Dr. Louisville, KY 40204 Open for Dinner Tuesday-Saturday 502-409-7499 www.fatlamblouisville.com
The Fat Lamb is one of Louisville’s hottest new restaurants, opening its doors in October of 2016. A modern, hip restaurant located in the heart of the Highlands neighborhood, The Fat Lamb serves cool and creative craft cocktails along with inventive cuisine. Featuring a simple, single page menu, the choices including everything from steak to fish entrées and many gluten free and vegetarian offerings as well. Start off with one of their appetizers like the melt-in-yourmouth baked mac & cheese with feta, cheddar, and togarashi breadcrumbs. Salads include seasonal offerings like beets and carrots with almonds, goat cheese, kale and frisee with a champagne vinaigrette. Executive Chef and proprietor, Dallas McGarity is known for his house made gnocchi, which changes seasonally. Currently he is whipping up a decadent spinach and ricotta version with truffled cream and roasted mushrooms. Be sure to make a reservation in advance. Cocktail to try: THE CANDELABRA – Copper & Kings Floodwall apple brandy, Redemption rye, Antica formula, nonino, angostura and bergamot bitters. Served straight up and ice cold.
River House 3015 River Road Louisville, KY 40207 502-897-5000 Open for lunch & dinner daily and brunch on Sunday The Levee at the River House is open Wednesday-Sunday www.riverhouselouisville.com
The River House and Raw Bar, along with the attached Levee bar is part of a 27,000-square foot development built overlooking the Ohio river and is the vision of chef and owner, John Varanese, who also owns and operates the self-named restaurant on Frankfort Avenue. While fresh seafood may not be the first thing that comes to people’s minds when they think of Louisville, with the UPS hub just down the road, the city actually has incredibly quick access to some of the entire country’s best seafood. John Varanese wanted to capitalize on this opportunity, and in doing so, he created the only restaurant of its kind in this region. Start off with the River Tower appetizer, which includes a chilled 1/2 lb. lobster, jumbo shrimp, oysters on the half shell, colossal lump crab and mussels all for two people. One of their most talked about entrees is the crispy grouper cheeks with gulf shrimp. They are served over creamy lump crabchive risotto, baby bok choy and finished with a spicy, smoked shrimp vinaigrette. If seafood isn’t your thing, the hearty menu also boasts vegetarian options and plenty of others, including a slow braised beef short rib. After dinner stop into the Levee for a cocktail and to listen to some nice live, local music. Cocktail to try: 6 MILE ISLAND - Evan Williams White, Domaine de Canton, pineapple juice, Orgeat, lime, Angostura bitters, and mint. Named after one of the Islands on the Ohio River, just east of the restaurant, this concoction is a perfect cocktail to have you dreaming of summer nights on the boat.
The River House Restaurant and Raw Bar on River Road.
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PRISTINE BEAUTY The perfectly positioned Wild Coast Sun encourages you to immerse yourself in the South Coast’s striking beauty. From the banks of a majestic river right through to the unspoiled beaches, the Wild Coast Sun inspires unforgettable seaside adventures. There is a variety of flavors and cuisines to be found at Wild Coast Sun’s restaurants and bars. Try Chico’s buffet restaurant or the family favourite SPUR which boasts a magnificent view of the Indian ocean or for light meals fast foods, Steers, Fishaways & Debonairs.
MAGNIFICENT SEASIDE SETTING Surrounded by the lush, coastal splendour of the Eastern Cape, The Wild Coast Sun offers outstanding accommodation with 396 seafacing and garden facing rooms which include, Twin, King and Family rooms. As well as 7 suites and 2 gracious Presidential Suites which have stunning ocean views paired with private balcony. The Presidential suites sleep 2 and come with a king size bed, separate lounge area, kitchenette and dining area, as well as an en-suite bathroom with a jacuzzi, bath and shower.
MAKE A SPLASH Wild Coast Sun’s iconic Wild Waves Water Park has an exciting assortment of aquatic activities for all ages to enjoy. The park is home to some of the world’s best rides including the AquaLoop, SuperBowl, the steep Speed Slides and Boomerango or simply relax and ride on the Lazy River. For those seeking water sports on the river, choose the Boarder Post with water skiing, speed boat rides, and other water sports on the Mtamvuna River.
TIME TO TEE-OFF Hit the greens of the world renowned Wild Coast Sun Championship Golf Course, designed by the legendary Robert Trent-Jones Jnr. The course is laid out over a rugged terrain overlooking the Indian Ocean which creates an unparalleled golfing experience. This exciting course is played over hills, ravines, rivers, dams and waterfalls. The 18-hole golf course boasts wide fairways and vast greens that challenge both professional and amateurs alike. Wild Coast Sun also has a Club House and Pro Shop. Golf lessons can be scheduled by appointment.
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2015 Champion Freshman Sire â€“ Cape Sire of Gr1 winner Querari Falcon in 2016 Champion racehorse FreemanStallions FreemanStallions
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Text by Michele MacDonald, Photos courtesy of Coolmore
PHAROAH’S FIRST FOALS
The re i s n o m o re c h erished time of the year for anyone i n v o l v e d i n b re e d i n g racehorses than foaling season.
opes and dreams are born by the hour, all long legs and big eyes and soft muzzles that could change lives on the way to triumph and glory. Any foal could be the next champion, a horse that carries the world on his back as he leaps into legend.
This year, the anticipation is keener in North America than it has been in decades as the first offspring by a Triple Crown winner are being welcomed since Affirmed’s initial crop hit the ground. Expectations for the first foals sired by 2015 American Horse of the Year and Triple Crown champion American Pharoah are that, if they are anything like their father, they will follow his lead in lighting up the landscape of racing.
And there will be plenty of them to try to embellish his legacy. Standing at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky, American Pharoah covered 208 mares in the winter and spring of 2016, with many of them representing the cream of international bloodstock. No fewer than 55 mares (or 26.4%) of American Pharoah’s first book were either Grade/Group 1 winners or dams of elite winners, according to data supplied by the American Jockey Club and Coolmore. Many more are half sisters or daughters of top performers. Among the most prominent international breeders from Europe and Asia who supported American Pharoah were The Aga Khan, Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm, Juddmonte Farms,
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Barronstown Stud, China Horse Club, Shimokobe Farm, Al Shaqab, Qatar Bloodstock, Friarstown Stud, Camas Park Stud and Haras de Saint Pair and Ecurie des Monceaux. North American breeders who sent mares to American Pharoah included the luminaries of the industry, such as Adena Springs, Stonestreet, Calumet Farm and Bridlewood Farm. Of course, Coolmore and its partners, long at the apex of global breeding and racing, were able to supply both tremendous quality and quantity to American Pharoah’s book. They bred more than a dozen of their own mares to the now five-yearold son of Pioneerof the Nile, including Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Maybe and Cherry Hinton, dam of Irish Oaks winner Bracelet. After all the planning and organizing of brief courtships, followed by the 11-month gestation period, breeders began being rewarded with American Pharoah’s first foals just after the turn of the new year. On January 3, a colt was delivered at Brookdale Farm, just down the road from Ashford, to the Tizway mare Kakadu to begin the procession.
American Grade 1 winner Wild Spirit. Not long after the Kakadu colt was foaled, Coolmore’s Untouched Talent delivered a filly by American Pharoah at Ashford. A Grade 3 winner by Storm Cat who is best known as the dam of Grade 1 winner and young sire Bodemeister, Untouched Talent was a $5 million purchase by Coolmore’s M. V. Magnier at Fasig-Tipton in 2012. “She’s got lovely quality, size, strength and bone,”Ashford manager Dermot Ryan said of the fancy bay filly out of Untouched Talent who is marked with liberal splashes of white. “We couldn’t be happier.” Ryan has made it clear that Coolmore will be putting much of its might behind American Pharoah in an effort to establish him as an internationally important sire.
“There is no doubt American Pharoah is an international commodity, and his exploits on the track resonated with breeders all over the world,” Ryan said. “He’s received support from some of the biggest breeders internationally and we have also supported him with many of our best mares, a number of Although not possessing the fanciest pedigree in the stud book, which were brought over from Ireland specifically to be bred Kakadu is part of the broad diversity of the international mares to him. assembled for American Pharoah. Owned by Chile’s Oussama Aboughazale of Haras Sumaya and International Equities “American Pharoah will be given every chance to prove himself Holding, she is a granddaughter of Chilean champion and on the international stage,” Ryan continued, noting that trainer
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Bob Baffert believed the first horse to complete a Grand Slam—annexing the Breeders’ Cup Classic following his Triple Crown sweep—could have won big races on turf if he had been given the chance. “He is such an exceptional mover you would think he could run on anything,” Ryan said. “We will continue to support him each year and will be sending some of his best stock to Aidan O’Brien at Ballydoyle, which is a huge boost to any young sire. We’re committed to making him a success on the world stage, and with the support of so many successful breeders with quality mares, he is going to get exposure in all the right places.”
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Some of the other particularly exciting matings from American Pharoah’s first book, which hopefully will yield foals this season, • were with mares including: • American champions Indian Blessing, She Be Wild and Judy the Beauty; • • Ivanavinalot, dam of two-time American champion filly Songbird; 98
Extraordinary producerTake Charge Lady, dam of champion Will Take Charge and Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy and granddam of champion Take Charge Brandi; Tapit’s full sister Tap of the Day; Steelin’, dam of champion Shanghai Bobby; Arch’s Gal Edith, dam of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another; Sacre Coeur, dam of the phenomenal multiple Grade 1 winner Lady Eli as well as multiple graded stakes winner Bizzy Caroline; Dame Marie, a half sister to St. Leger winner Rule of Law; Please Sign In, dam of European champion Certify; Global Gold, dam of Chilean Horse of theYear Il Campione, who joined another Chilean star, champion Amani, in American Pharoah’s court; Ragtime Hope, dam of Breeders’ Cup Sprint and Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Secret Circle, and Camarague, a half sister to Group 1 winner and sire Biondetti and to the dam of multiple American champion Royal Delta.
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“Twice Over - proof of the lasting values of loyalty, patience and class” - Brough Scott
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Group One winning mare Bounding, purchased by John Moynihan for the US’s Stonestreet Farm for $1.9 million at the 2016 National Broodmare Sale.
A HIGHLIGHT OF BLOODSTOCK CALENDAR The world’s bloodstock attention will turn to Australia during late May and June when the 2017 Magic Millions National Sale is held on the beautiful Gold Coast.
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Group One winner Peggy Jean, in foal to I Am Invincible, sold for $1 million to Widden Stud at last year’s Sale.
he Southern Hemisphere’s largest breeding stock auction is one the world’s best. Comprising weanlings, race fillies, broodmares, yearlings and racehorses, the sale will present a catalogue with outstanding opportunities across all sections of the sales and each market. The National Weanling Sale will consist of somewhere between 400 and 500 lots and the leading sires will all be represented – including Not a Single Doubt, Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, More Than Ready, Exceed and Excel, I Am Invincible, Written Tycoon just to mention a few. Weanlings by emerging sires Dundeel, Epaulette, Foxwedge, Hinchinbrook, Smart Missile, So You Think, Star Witness and Zoustar will appeal. Vendors target the very best of the first season sires at this sale and in 2017 will feature the first crop of sires including Adelaide, Brazen Beau, Deep Field, Dissident, Olympic Glory, Rubick, Shooting to Win, Wandjina, and Zebedee. The National Broodmare Sale will catalogue an estimated 800 lots including numerous Group One winners both off the track
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and in foal as well less as hundreds of stakes performed mares and the dams of Group One winners in foal to leading sires. A big international flavour this year will be the quality line up of mares in foal to the likes of Tapit, Frankel, Golden Horn, Invincible Spirit and Kingman. The National Yearling Sale, select sessions, will comprise between 300 and 350 lots by all of Australia’s most proven and exciting sires. The sale has boasted some outstanding graduates over the years including the likes of South African owned Singapore champion Rocket Man and multiple New Zealand Horse of theYear Princess Coup. The sale has also produced winners of the Golden Slipper (in Sydney), Oakleigh Plate, Australian Derby and more. The very best stallions and many of Australia’s and New Zealand’s leading breeders will be well represented by quality drafts. The National Racehorse Sale will also provide an ideal opportunity for buyers to purchase a readymade, proven racetrack star at a competitive price. The 2017 Magic Millions National Sale is due to commence on May 28 and for all the latest news and catalogues when released visit www.magicmillions.com.au.
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VISIONAIRE YEARLINGS 2017 EMPERORS PALACE SELECT YEARLING SALE 21 April 2017 Emperors Palace Resort, Johannesburg LOT 2 4 5 7 11 16 77 93 112 128
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NAME / DAM STABLE Maplewood ex National Woods A15 Our Leader ex Nkandla (AUS) A6 Cosmology ex Nojoom (AUS) A16 Pollard ex Ntibane A8 Forthelastime ex Onemorenomore A9 Take-Off Mode ex Plaisance A10 Cape Vision ex Cape Pride A14 High Society ex Dignify A1 The Solution ex Gamalakhe A4 Wise Old Owl ex Home Tree A5
Lammerskraal Stud 2016 Equus Outstanding Breeder Award
NATIONAL YEARLING SALE 3 - 5 May 2017 TBA Sales Grounds, Gosforth Park, Johannesburg LOT 4 14 25 139 173 179 183 220 267 305 333 343 384 409 430 461
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NAME / DAM STABLE Pulling Strings ex La Pucelle D6 Blonde Vision ex Legally Blonde D8 Onaire ex Londoloza D14 Clairvoyance ex Romantic Drama E53 Flattley ex Shoe Dance D16 Unnamed ex Silver Nun C72 Lord Muck ex Snooty Lady D17 Unnamed ex Temair G33 Heliocentric ex Zodwa D10 Sixth Form ex Be Cool D11 The Invisible Man ex Chekeche B129 Unnamed ex Comtesse Dubois D65 Mana Santana ex Espinado B130 Truly Wicked ex Four Ladies Wild A106 See Me Run ex Guest Gallery D13 Find The Future ex Inspiring A107
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Mauritzfontein at the National Yearling Sale. Photo Candiese Marnewick
QUALITY CATALOGUE ON OFFER AT 2017 NYS
By Sarah Whitelaw | Images by Candiese Marnewick and Dubai Racing Club
South Africa’s oldest premier thoroughbred auction, the National Yearling Sale, is set to take place in Germiston at the TBA complex on May 3rd-5th 2017.
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he sale is set to take place around Champions Day, where South Africa’s best thoroughbreds will go head to head in a series of thrilling clashes at Turffontein racecourse.
Over the past 12 months, graduates of past National Yearling Sales have continued to underline the quality of thoroughbred that this sale has become famous for selling. Recent champions/G1 winners sold at the National Sale include South Africa’s reigning Horse Of The, Year Legal Eagle
Light The Lights wins in Dubai. Photo Dubai Racing Club
(Greys Inn),Triple Crown winner Abashiri (Go Deputy), and Equus Champion Marinaresco (Silvano). Remarkably, South Africa’s last three Horse Of The Year winners, Legal Eagle (a $32 000 buy), Futura ($38 000 buy) and Legislate (a bargain $7600 purchase from the 2012 NYS), are all past graduates of the National Yearling Sale! (Dynasty, a former Horse Of The Year himself and sire of both Futura and Legislate, is himself a past NYS Sale graduate). Other top recent performers sold off past National Sales include South African Champions All Is Secret (a $61 000 buy from the 2011 NYS), Capetown Noir (cost $76300 in 2011), Heavy Metal ($19 000 in 2010) and Princess Victoria ($24700 buy in 2010) while recent Dubai feature race winner Light The Lights (Western Winter) was a $34 290 purchase from the 2013 National Sale. The latter is by no means the first horse sold off a National
Sale to have excelled in Dubai, with his predecessors including such past Dubai G1 winners Vercingetorix (Jebel Hatta) and Shea Shea (Al Quoz Sprint-twice). The catalogue for the 2017 National Yearling Sale looks as strong as ever, with approximately, 500 yearlings or so set to go under the hammer at the 2017 National Sale early in May. The majority of South Africa’s top breeders are represented at the sale, where breeders and buyers annually flock from all over the country to attend. Among the top local stallions represented on this year’s National Sale are Captain Al (Al Mufti), Dynasty (Fort Wood), Fort Wood (Sadler’s Wells), Judpot (A P Indy), Silvano (Lomitas), Trippi (End Sweep) and Var (Forest Wildcat), with other well established and popular sires, Elusive Fort (Fort Wood), Gimmethegreenlight (More Than Ready), Greys Inn (Zabeel), Horse Chestnut (Fort Wood), Ideal World (Kingmambo), Mogok (Storm Cat), Philanthropist (Kris S), Querari (Oasis Dream), Sail
2016 Top priced National Sale yearling, Lara Yara from Wilgebosdrift. Photo Candiese Marnewick
Legal Eagle is a 6-time Gr1 winner. Photo Candiese Marnewick
From Seattle (Gone West) and Visionaire (Grand Slam) also strongly represented. A number of exciting and well performed stallions will be represented by their first local yearlings in 2017, and they include G1 Krisflyer International Sprint winner Ato (Royal Academy), proven classic sire and Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade (Danehill), triple G1 winner Jackson (Dynasty) –whose relatives including dual US champion sire Smart Strike (Mr Prospector), the beautifully bred local star Master Of My Fate (Jet Master), blue blooded Breeders’ Cup runner up Noble Tune (Unbridled’s Song) –whose champion half-brother Honor Code (A P Indy) is currently standing at Lane’s End Farm, versatile July winner Pomodoro (Jet Master) and globetrotting Equus Champion The Apache (Mogok). Fifteen individual G1 producers are represented on the National Sale, where buyers have the chance to acquire siblings to such high class performers as Along Came Polly (Champion 2YO Filly), Bela-Bela (Champion 3YO Filly), Captain America (G1 Horse Chestnut Stakes), Captain’s Lover (Champion 3YO Female Miler), Ebony Flyer (G1 Cape Fillies Guineas), Forest Indigo (G1 Golden Horseshoe), Heavy Metal (Champion Older Male), Ivory Trail (G1 Champions Cup), Marinaresco (Champion 3YO Colt/Gelding), Nania
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(G1 Thekwini Stakes), Querari Falcon (G1 Thekwini Stakes), Potent Power (G1 Gold Medallion), Rabiya (Champion 3YO Classic Male), Red Ray (G1 Mercury Sprint), Smart Banker (G1 Horse Chestnut Stakes-twice),Talktothestars (Champion Sprinter), Wavin’ Flag (G1 Gold Cup), and the ill-fated champion Wild One (Champion Stayer). No fewer than nine individual G1 winning mares have progeny on the 2017 National Sale, including now deceased Equus Champion Bad Girl Runs (Western Winter). The latter, a descendant of the prolific broodmare Pelting (Vilmorin), has a colt from the first South African crop of former Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade (Danehill) on offer. Bad Girl Runs is one of four Equus Champions with a yearling on offer –with the others being Laverna (a colt by champion sire Trippi), Legally Blonde (a Visionaire filly) and Princess Victoria (a filly by Silvano). Princess Victoria, herself a daughter of former Dubai champion Victory Moon (Al Mufti), was a champion at both two and three, and retired to stud, with her 10 career victories including four at G1 level. The catalogue will soon be available for viewing at www.tba. co.za. Watch this space!
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FIT FOR A QUEEN By Tom Ferry
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The paddock on Queenâ€™s Plate day is a festive gathering. Photo by Tom Ferry.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth attends the 2010 Queen’s Plate. Photo by Cindy Pierson Dulay.
he great Secretariat bid adieu to racing here. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has visited four times. Since it opened in 1956, Woodbine Racetrack has been one of the world’s premiere racecourses. Located in northwest Toronto, Ontario, this Canadian landmark can be seen for miles around and is visibly spectacular. The front of the grandstand overlooking the racetrack is seven stories high and causes one to gaze heavenward. With each passing year, Woodbine upholds enduring traditions, embodies British royalty and continues to be graced by many of the greatest horses to ever set foot on a racetrack. As Canada celebrates its 250th anniversary of horse racing this year, the one constant at Woodbine is change, coupled with evolution and growth, and an eye toward the future without losing sight of where it all began.
Once Upon a Time
Walk through the hallways and concourses at Woodbine and you will find it hard to go anywhere without reminders of the long and colorful history that has given rise to today’s modern facility.The walls are lovingly covered with photos and mementoes of the faces, places and events of days long gone. A heritage so important that in August of 1997, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame was given a permanent home here and greets visitors as they enter the track. “As much as horse racing is trying to get modern, it is a game of tradition,” says Steve Lym, Woodbine’s Director of Thoroughbred Racing and Racing Secretary, “It is a game of history.” 110 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Racing in Ottawa can be traced back to the late 1700’s in the area around Niagara’s Fort George.The first Canadian race under royal influence occurred in 1836. Britain’s reigning monarch was King William IV and the race held along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec was called “The King’s Plate.” It is a tradition that has survived more than 180 years. In the 1850’s, Britain’s Queen Victoria was petitioned by the Toronto Turf Club to honor horse racing in Ontario. While there is no evidence Her Majesty was a horse racing fan, she did honor the request in large part to help create a greater sense of calm over Toronto which was a very spirited community at the time. At the end of the decade, Queen Victoria granted an annual purse of fifty guineas to fund a plate that would be awarded to the winner of a race to be called “The Queen’s Plate.” The first race was held in June of 1860 and during the next 22 years, The Queen’s Plate was run at many different tracks throughout Ontario. In 1883, the race found a permanent home for the next 74 years at the old Woodbine race course located in east Toronto. Canadian horse racing rolled along throughout the 20th century and with it came a figure who would change the face of the sport in the nation forever. His name was E.P. Taylor. Taylor became involved in Thoroughbred racing in the 1930’s as an owner who raced horses from a stable he established. As a business tycoon and investor, he successfully consolidated the beer industry in Ontario through the purchase of several struggling breweries and subsequently consolidated the companies into fewer and ultimately more successful organizations. In the early 1950’s, Taylor and his wife Winnifred began breeding Thoroughbred racehorses. When
Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine runs from April through December. Photo by Tom Ferry.
Taylor became president of the Ontario Jockey Club in 1953, he began following the model he established with breweries and this time consolidated money-losing racetracks in Canada into fewer but more profitable businesses. Taylor believed a new racetrack was vital for improving Canadian racing and the assets he acquired enabled him to move forward with the necessary resources to build a new Woodbine. In 1956, the new facility was built on 780 acres of cow-grazed farmland in the township of Etobicoke, twenty miles northwest of Toronto.The modern and immense venue was made of steel and hung with glass. It included beautiful infield ponds and waterfalls. A whopping $14,000,000 was invested in the creation of the track and helped fulfill E.P Taylor’s vision of creating one of the world’s elite racing facilities. As Woodbine continued to generate excitement and growth into the Sixties, so did Taylor’s breeding operation. On May 27, 1961, Taylor’s mare Natalma gave birth to a foal who would change the world of horse racing forever and become a national hero in Canada. The foal’s name was Northern Dancer. Three years later in 1964, he would capture the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and fall short of capturing the American Triple Crown with a third-place finish in the Belmont Stakes. He returned to Canada and Woodbine to a hero’s welcome and won the Queen’s Plate in the final race of his career. That was, however, really just the beginning for Northern Dancer. He went on to become one of the great sires of the 20th Century, siring a record 147 stakes winners and offspring who sold for $183 million. Today, as visitors approach the entrance to Woodbine, they are greeted by a regal
statue of this champion whose legend and importance to the history of sports in Canada continues more than 50 years after his racing career concluded.
One of a Kind
It is safe to say there is no racecourse that looks quite like Woodbine. It is the only horse racing track in North America that is capable of and does host Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing programs on the same day. It has three different racecourses.The E.P. Taylor turf course is the signature presence at Woodbine. It is a mile-and-a-half in length and only the main dirt course at Belmont Park has a layout this long in North American racing. “That turf course at Woodbine is as good as any course in North America,” says trainer Chris Block whose mare Never Retreat was Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2011. “I love the layout of the turf being outside of the main course. It has plenty of room and they take magnificent care of it.” The shape of the course strays from the traditional oval with an irregular conformation at the clubhouse turn. The backstretch is nearly three feet higher than the homestretch and the 1,440 feet from the final turn to the finish is daunting for new riders.“There is a tactical advantage for local riders,” says jockey Jesse Campbell.“I’ll tell new riders to be patient when making the final turn because it is easy to move too soon. You have to wait because when you turn for home, you still have five-sixteenths of a mile to go.” Inside the Taylor course is a relatively new $5 million one mile Tapeta synthetic course for Thoroughbreds that was installed in 2016 and replaced the Polytrack surface that had been in place INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Woodbine Racetrack is one of the world’s greatest racing venues. Photo by Tom Ferry. The history of Canadian racing is present throughout Woodbine. Photo by Tom Ferry.
Canada’s 2014 Horse of the Year Lexie Lou is led into the winner’s circle by trainer Mark Casse.Photo by Tom Ferry.
since 2006. And inside the Tapeta course is a seven-eighths of a mile oval Standardbred racecourse made of crushed limestone. If the turf course is the pride of Woodbine, the previously mentioned grandstand is not far behind. While the trackside view is breathtaking, five stories of balconies line the backside of the grandstand and overlook the paddock. Large willow trees fill the paddock and the beautiful walking ring provides a feast for the eyes prior to stakes races. Woodbine’s backstretch is massive and really is a city within the city. When at capacity, it can house more than 2,000 horses from February to December.
not a plate at all but rather a one foot high gold cup. Held each summer in June or July, the weekend is a festive celebration of fashion, food and championship racing. Men are dressed in pearl gray vests, striped pants, top hats and morning coats. Just outside the paddock, large crowds are treated to fashion shows and musical artists. Back on the track, royal dignitaries are escorted along the racecourse by horse-drawn carriage.
Restricted to Canadian-bred three-year-olds, the $1,000,000 Queen’s Plate is the first of three races in the Canadian Triple Crown, and each of the three is run on a different surface. The Owned by the Woodbine Entertainment Group, the facility is Queen’s Plate is challenged on Woodbine’sTapeta track, the Prince also home to a 57,000-sq.foot casino with more than 3,000 of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Racetrack’s dirt surface and back at slot machines and six restaurants and three bars. A $50 million Woodbine, the Breeders’ Stakes is run on the Taylor Turf Course. expansion project is underway that will add a huge entertainment venue on the property. Plans call for a 165,000-sq.foot venue with “The Queen’s Plate may not be the best race we run here at seating for up to 5,000 people. Woodbine because we have four Grade 1 stakes that are internationally renowned,” says Woodbine’s Steve Lym. “But ask a trainer here what race do you want to win and they will tell you The Queen’s Plate “When people up here learn I’m a jockey, the first question they the Queen’s Plate. It is our race − it is Canada’s race.” ask is ‘have you ever won the Queen’s Plate?” says Jesse Campbell. “And then they seem surprised when I say I have!”Campbell won in Royal Visits 2013 aboard Midnight Aria and considers the triumph the proudest The “Plate” has been run under six reigning monarchs. After the moment of his career.“I try to treat big races like they are just another death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the Queen’s Plate became the race and they are until you win,” says Campbell. “When I won the King’s Plate with the ascension of Edward VII. When King George Queen’s Plate, my wife was just trembling and couldn’t talk.” VI attended the King’s Plate in 1939, a royal visit tradition was established.When Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in 1952, Pride is what most Canadians say when asked to describe the she brought with her a love of Thoroughbred racehorses, having nation’s oldest and most prestigious race and longest continuously inherited several upon the death of her father. Her registered silks, run contest in North America. The Queen’s Plate is to Canada a purple and scarlet jacket with gold braiding with a black cap, are what the Kentucky Derby is to the United States. And it is really the same used by her father and great grandfather, King Edward 112 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE
Woodbine remembers national hero Northern Dancer. Photo by Tom Ferry.
VII. Her horses have won every one of the five British Classic Races and she was named British flat racing Champion Owner in 1954 and 1957. Her Majesty has presented the Queen’s Plate trophy in person four times, in 1959, 1973, 1997 and 2010.The late Queen Mother attended the race seven times across a 50-year span from 19391989. Whether it is the British royal family or the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, there is royal representation each summer on Queen’s Plate Day.
as well. From 4-5 weeks each year and typically two days per week, the track will run Thoroughbred racing during the day and the Standardbreds in the evening. Woodbine has been a regular host for the Breeders’ Crown 10 times during the past 23 years, most recently in 2015. From 1994 to 2006, the track hosted the $1,500,000 North America Cup for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The Woodbine Entertainment Group also runs harness racing at Woodbine’s sister track, Mohawk Raceway in Milton, Ontario.
The heritage of great horse racing at Woodbine goes well beyond the Queen’s Plate. In Thoroughbred racing, the Ricoh Woodbine Mile, Pattison Canadian International, Northern Dancer Stakes, and Natalma Stakes are all Grade 1 races. The track hosted the 1996 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and Woodbine was the site in 1988 for the Grade 1 Arlington Million while Chicago’s Arlington Park was being renovated. Great racehorses continue to come to Woodbine including recent appearances by twotime American Horse of the Year Wise Dan and multiple Eclipse Award winner Tepin.
The global horse racing industry has seen its share of economic challenges in recent years. In 2013, Canadian racing took a hit when the province of Ontario cut off $325 million a year in slot machine revenue subsidies provided to the racing industry and racetracks. The program had delivered more than $3 billion since its inception in 1998. The provincial government has since come back with two separate extensions to subsidies for a total of seven years to the year 2021. It should be no surprise, however, that a track who has continually evolved and created business growth opportunity is not sitting idle and has a plan in place.
Further proof of attempts at change and innovation was seen in the racing game last summer when the track hosted a series of clockwise races on the turf. Common in Europe but rare in North America, the races were initially considered a success but may not be run going forward due to limitations with distance, field size and qualification criteria.
“In terms of business, we’re on pretty firm footing,” says Steve Lym. “We try very hard to sustain our purse levels and make them attractive for people buying horses. We have programs that help breeders and the long-term deals we have with the government are going to help sustain us for the next 20-30 years. ”With the new expansion project underway and a continued willingness to experiment and innovate, Woodbine appears poised to celebrate 250 successful years and look ahead to more with optimism.
Woodbine is proud of its heritage in the Standardbred world
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Crusade winning the Gr1 Middle Park Stakes. Image: Scott Bros
By Candiese Marnewick
CRUSADE OFF THE MARK
r1 Middle Park Stakes winner Crusade, has his first runners on the tracks across South Africa this year after his progeny proved popular at the yearling sales in 2016. Standing at Scott Bros’ Highdown Stud, he is owned by a KZN Breeders provincial syndicate. He has cracked his first winner early on with Miss Millionaire, a filly trained by Belinda Impey that flew up to win on the Greyville Polytrack impressively on debut. She was drawn well from the second stall over 1000m, and won convincingly by over a length under Alec Forbes at odds of 7/1. She defeated a well-bred field of juveniles in the process.
The Money and many more. Miss Millionaire’s broodmare sire is Only A Pound (Sharpen Up) – a former resident stallion of Highdown Stud. Miss Millionaire’s dam Really Rich is out of a mare by Rollins, the latter the broodmare sire of the superb racehorse and stallion Jet Master. Really Rich herself was a six-time winner and multiple Stakes Placed including the Gr3 Concorde Stakes with several Listed Places. She has produced six winners from six foals to race, accumulating 16 wins between them all. Crusade is off to a promising start with several of his horses placing early in their careers – to date with 15 places from all his horses to race. Juveniles to take heed of include second placed The Grey Crusader, Candice Robinson-Bass trained filly Romantic Crusade, whilst Greenstreet Bloodstock have two smart colts – Calladi and Hoppertunity among them.
Owned by Messrs P Gounden, J Jacobs and EH Seedat, Belinda says the filly had been given a bit of a rest since her debut win at the beginning of January, but advised that she was back in work and will be aimed at the fillies juvenile feature races in the upcoming Champions Season, taking place in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal at Greyville and Scottsville from April to August. Crusade was second leading freshman sire at the National Yearling Sale after selling 21 yearlings for an impressive average Miss Millionaire, only a R70 000 graduate off the Sibaya KZN of R162 380 each, his progeny bear his incredible stamp of Yearling Sale is bred by Bruce Le Roux of Spring Valley Stud who colouring, strong facial features and athleticism. It didn’t stop has produced his fair share of Gr1 winners including the likes there and a colt at the CTS Durbanville Ready To Run Sale was of Vodacom Durban July winner Dunford, Buy And Sell, Count knocked down for R700 000 to Mayfair Speculators in October.
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Crusade pictured at Scott Bros. Image: Candiese Marnewick
Miss Millionaire. Credit: Nkosi Nlope/Gold Circle
Crusade pictured at Scott Bros with his handler, Francis. Image: Candiese Marnewick
Seventh Heaven. Image: Scott Bros
Crusade’s dam La Traviata by Johannesburg has proved that Gr1 winning Crusade, her first foal, was no fluke and after producing multiple Gr2 and Gr1 Middle Park Stakes placed Cristoforo Columbo (by Henrythenavigator), her third foal by Galileo is filly Seventh Heaven, now a dual Gr1 winner. La Traviata was a two year old purchase off the Fasig-Tipton Calder sale, where she was knocked down for $1,1 million to Demi O’ Byrne on behalf of Coolmore. La Traviata had only four starts as a three year old and won her first three starts over 1000m-1200m with a combined impressive margin of 28 lengths. Her last race in the1200m Gr3 Victory Ride Stakes saw her stumble at the start out of the gates, yet she still went on to win courageously by almost 10 lengths. After her Galileo daughter showed what she was made of by winning the Oaks Trial Listed at Lingfield in May, Seventh Heaven ran in the Gr1 Investec Oaks at Epsom but hated the contours and going which saw her pulled out of the race. O’Brien wasnt disappointed by her performance and promptly entered her for the Gr1 Irish Oaks at the Curragh in July. “It was a Group One and we went at Group One pace,” her jockey Seamie Heffernan reported after. Seventh Heaven won going away easily by two and three quarter lengths from Architecture. Her trainer commented after the win,“I suppose she could go to York (for the Yorkshire Oaks), she’ll love the flat track. There’s a way to go before that, which would give us a bit of time to give her a break. She’s a lovely, big, flowing Galileo filly.”
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It was in this particular race in August that despite achieving Gr1 status, Seventh Heaven stamped herself as a force to be reckoned with when she defeated Gr1 Arc De Triomphe winner Found by another two and three quarter length victory in the Gr1Yorkshire Oaks, with Queen’s Trust finishing third. Seventh Heaven made the trip to the Gr1 Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf Gr1, where she finished a respectable fourth behind Queen’s Trust, finishing only a length off. O’Brien has suggested she may get a run in the Gr1 Arc De Triomphe next year. She has now won four times and placed twice from nine starts. Seventh Heaven’s younger full brother looks to be an exciting prospect based on the Gr1 performances of Crusade and his full sister. Whispers abound of Crusade’s likeness to the late great multiple champion sire Foveros, after covering full books each season since his arrival in South Africa and winning the UK’s premier juvenile stallion making race, it is natural to have high hopes for his progeny. Brought in as a speed influence and having let down into an imposing individual that is very correct and balanced, Crusade has been Equinome speed tested as a C:C, indicating that he will be likely to throw horses from 1000m – 1600m and will train on. His second crop of yearlings will be available at the upcoming National Yearling Sale in May – with half-siblings to Secretariat Stakes Listed winner Matador Man and Gr1 Gold Cup winner Wild One amongst his 18 progeny consigned. Crusade stands for R20 000 at Highdown Stud.
By Dr Amy R Kelly BSc BVSc
HORSES BY AIR
he international transport of horses by air is becoming increasingly common. With the appeal of international racing carnivals, high level equestrian competitions and export of breeding bloodstock becoming increasingly common, elite horses are becoming gold-class frequent flyers.
clinical signs as the condition progresses. Symptoms may include loss of appetite, lethargy, coughing, nasal discharge, difficulty breathing, increased heart rate and a stiff gait or reluctance to move. Severe cases may result in death. Early detection and treatment of shipping fever is crucial. On long haul flights horses can show signs whilst in transit requiring immediate treatment with appropriate antibiotics and antiinflammatories. Alternatively shipping fever may first be At airports world-wide horses are loaded into air stables in apparent in the days following air travel, thus it is important preparation for their flight. Air stables are lightweight boxes to regularly take your horseâ€™s temperature and monitor for designed to contain up to three horses safely during the any of the clinical signs. flight. Once the horses are contained within the air stables they are transported to, and loaded onto the plane, via a There are well researched risk factors, which can contribute hydraulic lift. Most horses are very accepting of this process, to the development of shipping fever including the stress of however nervous or claustrophobic horses may require a long distance travel, confinement in adverse environmental mild sedation to facilitate their safe loading into the air stable conditions, an elevated head position, and pre-existing and onto the plane. respiratory disease. The horses are closely monitored throughout the flight, with refreshments coming in the form of hay and water offered at regular intervals by the flying grooms. Veterinary emergencies that occur on the ground can also happen in the air, such as colic, choke and lacerations. Therefore the inflight vet must have appropriate drugs and equipment to treat these problems should they arise.
Advances in equine air travel aim to minimize these risk factors. Air stables have improved in design to allow better ventilation, this combined with strict temperature control in-flight reduce the environmental risk factors. Whenever possible, horses are encouraged to eat from the ground to lower their heads during the flight allowing fluid to drain from the respiratory tract. A thorough veterinary examination prior to flying also helps ensure the horse is fit for travel and However, perhaps the most important disease process to not suffering from any pre-existing conditions. consider when flying horses is the development of Shipping Fever. These days, flying horse around the world is an everyday occurrence. As an owner it is important you are mindful of Shipping fever is a common respiratory disease of horses the associated risks and understand how best to prepare and associated with transport over long distances by road, rail, care for your horse before and after air travel. The grooms sea or air (Racklyeft et al.,2000). Horses affected by this and in-flight veterinarian will do their best to ensure your condition typically develop a fever initially, followed by other horse arrives safely at its destination.
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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
By Sarah Whitelaw
CARRY ON ALICE Betting World Cape Flying Championship, G1, Kenilworth, 28 January 2017, 1000m 1 Carry On Alice 5 m Captain Al –Carry On Katie, by Western Winter (USA) 2 Trip To Heaven 5 g Trippi (USA) –Helleborous Blue (USA), by Cee’s Tizzy (USA) 3 Red Ray 6 h Western Winter (USA) –Nacarat, by Pas De Quoi Age:5; Starts:26; Wins: 9; Placings: 12; Earnings: R3 941 250 Sire CAPTAIN AL is the sire of 76 stakes winners. In 2017 CARRY ON ALICE Western Winter G1, CALL TO ACCOUNT Giant’s Causeway LR, Kasimir Peintre Celebre LR, Captain Gambler Skip Poker G1, Captain America Fort Wood G1, Pillar Of Hercules Rock Of Gibraltar LR, Search Party Pennekamp G2 1st Dam CARRY ON KATIE, 4 wins in South Africa,The Debutante G2, 2nd TBA Paddock S G1, Gold Bracelet G2, Ipi Tombe Challenge G2, 3rd Fillies Nursery G2. Dam of 2 winners: 2009: CARRY ON CAPTAIN (g Captain Al), Winner in South Africa 2011: CARRY ON ALICE (f Captain Al), R475 000CPYS, 9 wins in South Africa, SA Nursery G1, City Of Pietermaritzburg Fillies Sprint G1, Computaform Sprint G1, Cape Flying Championship G1, Southern Cross S G2, Man O’War Sprint G3, 2nd Tsogo Sun Medallion G1, Thekwini S G1, Gardenia Hcp LR, 3rd Cape Flying Championship G1, Ipi Tombe Challenge G1, Pretty Polly S G3. 2nd dam KATIE FIRTH,Winner in South Africa Dam of 4 winners: CARRY ON KATIE: See above KATE KARNEY:Winner in South Africa, dam of 1 winner CALISTA FIRTH:Winner in South Africa Broodmare sire WESTERN WINTER is the sire of dams of 20 stakes winners –PAST MASTER Jet Master G1, HOWE GREAT Hat Trick G3, CARRY ON ALICE Captain Al G1, MAGIC SMOKE Fort Wood G2, WINTER PASSION Var LR, LE VAR Var G3, AMUR AFFAIR Tiger Ridge G3, HOUSE OF WAX Count Dubois LR, SUPER STORM Rakeen G3, POLAR MOON Victory Moon G2, STING OPERATION Captain Al LR, ROBERT THE BRUCE Jallad G3, GRANDALEA Parade Leader LR, GATHERING FAME
JO’S BOND Jet Master LR, AREZZO Go Deputy LR, LAUDERDALE Elusive Fort G1, ULTIMATE DOLLAR Jet Master G3, FLYING ICE Go Deputy LR, SINGAPORE SLING Philanthropist G2 Al Mufti Captain Al Off To War Western Winter Carry On Katie Katie Firth
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Betting World Gauteng Guineas, G2, G2, 3yo, Turffontein, 4 March 2017, 1400m 1 Janoobi c Silvano (GER) –Shasta Daisy, by Rakeen (USA) 2 Al Sahem c Silvano (GER) – Alderry, by Al Mufti (USA) 3 Heavenly Blue (AUS) c Snitzel (AUS) –Simply Carina (USA), by El Prado (IRE) Age:3; Starts: 9; Wins: 4; Placings: 2; Earnings: R947 500 Sire SILVANO is the sire of 68 stakes winners. In 2017 JANOOBI Rakeen G2, EPONA Al Mufti LR, NIGHTINGALE Fort Wood G1, MR WINSOME Al Mufti LR, ORCHID ISLAND Tiger Ridge LR 1st dam SHASTA DAISY, Unraced Dam of 4 winners: 2009: SEDGE (g Silvano), 7 wins in South Africa, Champion Juvenile Cup G3, East Cape Sprint Cup LR 2010: SILVER SCOOTER (g Silvano), 5 wins in South Africa 2011: SUMMIT (c Black Minnaloushe),Winner in South Africa 2013: JANOOBI (c Silvano),R1200000 CPYS, 4 wins in South Africa, Gauteng Guineas G2, Protea S G3 2nd dam SCENTED ROYAL, ARCSA Champion 2YO Filly in South Africa, 4 wins in South Africa, Strelitzia S G3,Ascot Fillies Nursery G3, 2nd SA Fillies Sprint G1 Dam of 13 winners: SERISSA: 6 wins in South Africa, Easter Hcp LR National Balm: 12 wins in South Africa and Mauritius, 2nd Merchants Hcp LR SCENTED SAMANTHA: 4 wins in South Africa, dam of G3Ws DARK JUSTICE, FRANNY, SWEET SANETTE) AROMATIC ANNE: Unraced, dam of G2W PHILIPPA JOHNSON (dam of G2W
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CHEKILLI) Broodmare sire RAKEEN is the sire of the dams of 15stakes winners - PRINCESS VICTORIA G1, FAR DE VIE Fard G1, SEDGE Silvano G3, JANOOBI Silvano G2, AL CZARINA Rabah G3, ORANGE ALERT Goldkeeper LR, CALL TO COMBAT Announce LR, ISLAND RETREAT Mogok LR, COMTESSE DUBOIS Count Dubois LR, LYCURGUS Not For Love LR, HANGOVER KID Lemon Drop Kid G2, BLUSHING B.J. Rock Slide LR, SHIMMERING GEM Dynasty G3, PRINCESS ROYAL Captain Al G2, FRANCIA Dynasty LR Lomitas Silvano Spirit Of Eagles Rakeen Shasta Daisy Scented Royal
Niniski La Colorada Beaus Eagle Big Spirit Northern Dancer Glorious Song Royal Prerogative Diorissimo
CTS Southern Cross S, G2, f&m, Kenilworth, 10 December 2016, 1000m 1 Jo’s Bond 4 f Captain Al –Itlaaq, by Muhtafal (USA) 2 Carry On Alice 5 m Captain Al –Carry On Katie, by Western Winter (USA) 3 Scandal 4 f Muhtafal (USA) – Lewinsky’s Lover, by Jallad (USA) Age:4; Starts: 16; Wins: 7; Placings:2; Earnings: R542 525 Sire CAPTAIN AL is the sire of 75 stakes winners. In 2016 CLOTH OF CLOUD Fusaichi Pegasus G1, THE SECRET IS OUT Goldkeeper G1, ALWAYS IN CHARGE Polar Falcon G1, CAPTAIN AMERICA Fort Wood G3, CAPTAIN’S FLAME Fort Wood G3, DOOSRA Caesour G3, SEARCH PARTY Pennekamp G2, CELTIC CAPTAIN Royal Chalice LR, LADY OF KILDARE Indian Danehill LR, CAPTAIN GAMBLER Skip Away LR, SERGEANT HARDY Hard Up G3, CAPTAIN SPLENDID Fort Wood G3, THE MERRY WIDOW Jallad LR, CAPTAIN ALFREDO King Of Kings LR, CARRY ON ALICE Western Winter G1, CAPTAIN ALDO Elliodor G2, PRINCESS ROYAL Rakeen G2, JO’S BOND Muhtafal G2, 1st dam ITLAAQ, Unraced, Dam of 2 winners: 2011: SUPPER GUPPY (f Fort Beluga), 2 wins in
South Africa 2012: JO’S BOND (f Captain Al), R325 000 CPYS, 7 wins in South Africa, Southern Cross S G2 2nd dam BALSAM, Placed in Ireland Dam of 4 winners: TAFAANI: 5 wins in South Africa EUROPEAN TREASURE:Winner in South Africa TAMARIND: 2 wins in South Africa IDAARA:Winner in South Africa Broodmare sire MUHTAFAL is the sire of the dams of 6 winners –JO’S BOND Captain Al G2, UMLIMITED LIL LADY Harborage LR, KING NEPTUNE Cataloochee LR, JERVIS Labeeb LR, TUSCAN SKY Al Mufti G3, POLITE LIL SIR Sir Cat LR Al Mufti Captain Al Off To War Muhtafal Itlaaq Balsam
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Grand Parade Cape Guineas, G1, 3yos, Kenilworth, 17 December 2016, 1600m 1 William Longsword c Captain Al –Pagan Princess, by Fort Wood (USA) 2 Gold Standard c Trippi (USA) –Olympic Dam, by Model Man 3 Table Bay (AUS) c Redoute’s Choice (AUS) – Gabriella (GB), by Cape Cross Age:3; Starts: 7: Wins: 5; Placings: 1; Earnings: R817 500 Sire CAPTAIN AL is the sire of 76 stakes winners. In 2016 CLOTH OF CLOUD Fusaichi Pegasus G1, THE SECRET IS OUT Goldkeeper G1,ALWAYS IN CHARGE Polar Falcon G1, WILLIAM LONGSWORD Fort Wood G1, CAPTAIN AMERICA Fort Wood G3, CAPTAIN’S FLAME Fort Wood G3, DOOSRA Caesour G3, SEARCH PARTY Pennekamp G2, CELTIC CAPTAIN Royal Chalice LR, LADY OF KILDARE Indian Danehill LR, CAPTAIN GAMBLER Skip Away LR, SERGEANT HARDY Hard Up G3, CAPTAIN SPLENDID Fort Wood G3, THE MERRY WIDOW Jallad LR, CAPTAIN ALFREDO King Of Kings LR, CARRY ON ALICE Western Winter G1, CAPTAIN ALDO Elliodor G2, PRINCESS ROYAL Rakeen G2, JO’S BOND Muhtafal G2
JANOOBI 1st dam PAGAN PRINCESS,Winner in South Africa Dam of 2 winners: 2011: REAL PRINCESS (f Trippi), 6 wins in South Africa, City Of Pietermaritzburg Fillies Sprint G1, Poinsettia S G3, 3rd Mercury Sprint G1, Southern Cross S G2, Laisserfaire S LR 2013: WILLIAM LONGSWORD (c Captain Al), R2200000 CPYS, 5 wins in South Africa, Cape Guineas G1 2nd dam DANCING FLOWER, 3 wins in South Africa Dam of 9 winners: VICTORY MOON: Horse Of The Year in UAE, 7 wins in Dubai and South Africa, UAE Derby G2, UAE 2000 Guineas G3, 2nd Dubai World Cup G1, sire KELLY: Equus Champion Older Male Stayer in 2001, 5 wins in South Africa, Gold Bowl G1 FLAME:4 wins in South Africa,Woolavington Hcp LR Arabian Pearl: 2 wins in South Africa, 2nd Woolavington 2200 G1 Off The Peg: 2 wins in South Africa, 2nd Summerveld S G3 Broodmare sire FORT WOOD is the sire of the dams of 54 stakes winners -CHERRY ON THE TOP Tiger Ridge G1, CAPETOWN NOIR Western Winter G1, THUNDER DANCE Jet Master G1, PLUCK More Than Ready G2, MOKARO Manaloj G1, WILLIAM LONGSWORD Captain Al G1, ROYAL FANTASY Al Mufti G1, CONTADOR Var G1, BOUQUETGARNI Strike Smartly G1, FOREST INDIGO Judpot G1, ROYAL APROVAL Al Mufti G2, FRAGRANT AL Captain Al G2, PRESTIC Strike Smartly G2, ROYAL VINTAGE Rich Man’s Gold G2, ALDERRY Al Mufti G2, MOCHACHINO Silvano G2, WINTERINTHEWOODS Western Winter G2, MOCHA JAVA National Assembly G3, FANTASTIC MR FOX Right Approach G3, ACROSS THE ICE Western Winter G3, CHERRY ON THE CAKE Strike Smartly G3, SALUKI Dubai Destination G3, TWO STRIKES Strike Smartly G3, FRANCOIS BERNARDUS Goldkeeper G3, AQUITAINE Al Mufti G3, WHEREDOWEGO Captain Al G3, SHIPMASTER Slip Anchor G3, TIGER’S RETREAT Tiger Ridge G2, TIPPUANA MOON Victory Moon G3, ISPHAN Tiger Ridge G3, PUTNEY FLYER Miesque’s Approval LR, THREE HEARTS Hat Trick G3, CAPTAIN AMERICA Captain Al G1, EIGHTH WONDER Captain Al G3, PEEP
EDICT OF NANTES SHOW Ideal World LR, SUNSET TRIPP Trippi LR, CAPTAIN SWAROVSKI Captain Al LR, NOAH FROM GOA Tiger Ridge G1, REAL PRINCESS Trippi G1, MARINARESCO Silvano G1, RED CHESNUT ROAD Pathfork G3, CAPTAIN SPLENDID Captain Al G3, CAPTAIN’S FLAME Captain Al G3, PERSIAN RUG Ideal World LR, ELUSIVE SILVA Silvano G3, HACK GREEN Gimmethegreenlight G2, GREEN PEPPER Gimmethegreenlight G3 Al Mufti Captain Al Off To War Fort Wood Pagan Princess Dancing Flower
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Hawaii S, G2, Turffontein, 4 March 2017, 1400m 1 Rafeef (AUS) 4 c Redoute’s Choice (AUS) – National Colour, by National Assembly (CAN) 2 New Predator (AUS) 4 c New Approach (IRE) – Head Over Heels (AUS), by Fastnet Rock (AUS) 3 Fort Ember 4 f Elusive Fort –Glowing Amber, by Kahal (GB) Age:4; Starts:8; Wins: 5; Placings: 2; Earnings: R518 325 Sire REDOUTE’S CHOICE is the sire of 140 stakes winners. In 2017 RAFEEF National Assembly G2, PARIAH Hussonet G3 1st dam NATIONAL COLOUR, Joint Horse Of The Year in South Africa, Champion Older Female Sprinter in GB, Joint Champion 3YO Filly in South Africa, 8 wins in South Africa and UAE, Computaform Sprint G1, SA Fillies Sprint G1, Mercury Sprint G1, 2nd Nunthorpe S G1 Dam of 2 winners: 2010: CIRCLE OF SPEED (f Sebring), 2 wins in South Africa 2012: RAFEEF (c Redoute’s Choice), 5 wins in South Africa, Hawaii S G2 2nd dam RAINBOW CAKE, 7 wins in South Africa, Champagne S LR Dam of 8 winners: NATIONAL COLOUR: See Above KALEIDO: 2 wins in South Africa CAPTIVATING PARTY: 4 wins in South Africa Broodmare sire NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
is the sire of the dams of 31 stakes winners VERCINGETORIX Silvano G1, RAFEEF Redoute’s Choice G2, LAVERNA Parade Leader G1, HAPPY VALENTINE Silvano G1, TRINITY HOUSE Captain Al G3, HAPPY FOREVER Var G2, FRANNY Trippi G3, AGRA Trippi LR, CANTE LIBRE Kahal LR, PURE POWER Captain Al LR, HIDDEN BEAUTY Victory Moon G2, SWEET SANETTE Jallad G3, MADRISA Grey Eminence G3, FLOWER’S ANGEL Captain Al G3, THEREALSLIMSHADY Captain Al LR, NEVVAY Western Winter G3, MAGGIE KAY Lecture G3, BATTLESTAR EXPRESS Muhtafal LR, FAIR BRUTUS Muhtafal G2, SEALED WITH A KISS Jallad LR, NOTTAGALASHA Muhtafal LR, DARK JUSTICE Jallad G3, PURE HOKUM Winter Romance LR, TRITON West Man LR, COLD AS ICE Western Winter G2, LIVE LIFE Trippi G2 Danehill Redoute’s Choice Shantha’s Choice National Assembly National Colour Rainbow Cake
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Investec Cape Derby, G1, 3yos, Kenilworth, 28 January 2017, 2000m 1 Edict Of Nantes c Count Dubois (GB) –Pagan Dance, by Jet Master 2 Zodiac Ruler (AUS) c Zoffany (IRE) –Sybarite (AUS), by Last Tycoon (IRE) 3 Captain Gambler f Captain Al –Skip Poker (USA), by Skip Away (USA) Age:3; Starts: 10; Wins: 4; Placings: 4; Earnings: R914 375 Sire COUNT DUBOIS is the sire of 23 stakes winners. In 2017 EDICT OF NANTES Jet Master G1 1st dam PAGAN DANCE, 4 wins in South Africa Dam of 2 winners: 2012: DRUID’S TEMPLE (c Oracy),Winner in South Africa 2013: EDICT OF NANTES (c Count Dubois), R360000KFS, 4 wins in South Africa, Cape Derby G1, 2nd Selangor Cup G2, 3rd Cape Classic G3 2nd dam WELSH PAGAN, 3 wins in South Africa Dam of 7 winners: Lightning Lecture: 7 wins, 2nd Graham Beck S G3, 3rd Gauteng Guineas G2
Welsh Emperor : 4 wins, 2nd East Cape Derby G3 PAGAN DANCE: See Above Broodmare sire JET MASTER is the sire of the dams of 12 stakes winners –EDICT OF NANTES Count Dubois 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, RIVARINE Var G3, BANKABLE TEDDY Bankable LR, EROS’S GIRL Captain Al LR, SHE’S A PIPPA Var LR, CHESTNUT’S ROCKET Horse Chestnut G3 Zafonic Count Dubois Madame Dubois Jet Master Pagan Dance Welsh Pagan
Gone West Zaizafon Legend Of France Shadywood Rakeen Jet Lightning Al Mufti Yuppie
Khaya Stables Diadem S, G2, Turffontein, 26 November 2016, 1200m 1 Trip To Heaven 5 g Trippi (USA) – Helleborus Blue, by Cee’s Tizzy (USA) 2 Tevez 7 g Caesour (USA) –Minelli, by Elliodor (FR) 3 Search Party 4 g Captain Al –Princess Magdelena (GB), by Pennekamp (USA) Age:5; Starts: 17; Wins: 7; Placings: 5; Earnings: R1 564 750 Sire TRIPPI is the sire of 65 stakes winners. In 2017 TRIP TO HEAVEN Cee’s Tizzy G2, LIVE LIFE National Assembly G2, Deo Juvente Complete Warrior G3, Impala Lily Western Winter G3 1st dam HELLEBORUS BLUE, 4 wins in South Africa Dam of 5 winners: 2007:AGAPANTHUS NANA (f Spectrum), 2 wins in South Africa 2009: THE HANGMAN (g Jallad), 6 wins in South Africa, Premier’s Champion S G1, DIngaans G2, King’s Cup G3, 2nd Graham Beck S G3 2010:AZURE SKY (f Sail From Seattle),Winner in South Africa 2011: TRIP TO HEAVEN (c Trippi), R1.4 million CPYS, 7 wins in South Africa Diadem S G2, Merchants S G2 -twice, Jo’burg Spring Challenge, G2, 2nd Lebelo Sprint G3, 3rd Graham Beck S G3.
2012: Midnite Zone (c Trippi), 3 wins in South Africa, 3rd Matchem S G3
THE HEIRESS:Winner in South Africa, dam of G1W ATHINA
2nd dam, HEPATICA,Winner in North America Dam of 4 winners: SLEW’S TIZNOW:Won El Cajon S, 2nd Breeders Futurity S G1 SLEW’S TIZZY:Won Lexington S G2, Lone Star Derby G3, Native Diver Hcp G3 HELLEBORUS BLUE: See Above
Broodmare sire FORT WOOD is the sire of the dams of 55 stakes winners – NIGHTINGALE Silvano G1, CHERRY ON THE TOP Tiger Ridge G1, CAPETOWN NOIR Western Winter G1, THUNDER DANCE Jet Master G1, PLUCK More Than Ready G2, MOKARO Manaloj G1, WILLIAM LONGSWORD Captain Al G1, ROYAL FANTASY Al Mufti G1, CONTADOR Var G1, BOUQUETGARNI Strike Smartly G1, FOREST INDIGO Judpot G1, ROYAL APROVAL Al Mufti G2, FRAGRANT AL Captain Al G2, PRESTIC Strike Smartly G2, ROYAL VINTAGE Rich Man’s Gold G2, ALDERRY Al Mufti G2, MOCHACHINO Silvano G2, WINTERINTHEWOODS Western Winter G2, MOCHA JAVA National Assembly G3, FANTASTIC MR FOX Right Approach G3, ACROSS THE ICE Western Winter G3, CHERRY ON THE CAKE Strike Smartly G3, SALUKI Dubai Destination G3, TWO STRIKES Strike Smartly G3, FRANCOIS BERNARDUS Goldkeeper G3, AQUITAINE Al Mufti G3, WHEREDOWEGO Captain Al G3, SHIPMASTER Slip Anchor G3, TIGER’S RETREAT Tiger Ridge G2, TIPPUANA MOON Victory Moon G3, ISPHAN Tiger Ridge G3, PUTNEY FLYER Miesque’s Approval LR, THREE HEARTS Hat Trick G3, CAPTAIN AMERICA Captain Al G1, EIGHTH WONDER Captain Al G3, PEEP SHOW Ideal World LR, SUNSET TRIPP Trippi LR, CAPTAIN SWAROVSKI Captain Al LR, NOAH FROM GOA Tiger Ridge G1, REAL PRINCESS Trippi G1, MARINARESCO Silvano G1, RED CHESNUT ROAD Pathfork G3, CAPTAIN SPLENDID Captain Al G3, CAPTAIN’S FLAME Captain Al G3, PERSIAN RUG Ideal World LR, ELUSIVE SILVA Silvano G3, HACK GREEN Gimmethegreenlight G2, GREEN PEPPER Gimmethegreenlight G3
Broodmare sire CEE’S TIZZY is the sire of dams of 14 stakes winners – OXBOW Awesome Again G1, PAYNTER Awesome Again G1, THE HANGMAN Jallad G1, TRIP TO HEAVEN Trippi G2, PUDDIFOOT Red Giant LR, TIZ A MINISTER Ministers Wild Cat G3, TILDE Swiss Yodeler LR, AWESOME PATRIOT Awesome Again LR, TIZ WEST Gone West G3, RICHARD’S BOY Idiot Proof LR, End Sweep Trippi Jealous Appeal Cee’s Tizzy Helleborus Blue Hepatica
Forty Niner Broom Dance Valid Appeal Jealous Cat Relaunch Tizly Slewpy Summer Dress
Klawervlei Majorca S, G1, f&m, Kenilworth, 28 January 2017, 1600m 1 Nightingale 4 f Silvano (GER) –Quickwood, by Fort Wood (USA) 2 Star Express 4 f Silvano (GER) –Majestic Star, by Doowaley (IRE) 3 Goodtime Gal 4 f Royal Air Force –Tirza, by Silvano (GER) Age:4; Starts: 14; Wins: 4; Placings:7; Earnings: R1 153 375 Sire SILVANO is the sire of 68 stakes winners. In 2017 NIGHTINGALE Fort Wood G1, Star Express Doowaley G1, MR WINSOME Al Mufti LR, ORCHID ISLAND Tiger Ridge LR, Run Rhino Run Gallic League LR, Arissa Al Mufti LR, Ollivander Rambo Dancer G3, EPONA Al Mufti LR 1st dam, QUICKWOOD, 4 wins in South Africa, Magnolia Hcp G3 Dam of 2 winners: 2012: NIGHTINGALE (f Silvano), 4 wins in South Africa, Majorca S G1, 2nd Daisy Fillies Guineas G2, Gold Bracelet G2,Victress S G3, 3rd Woolavington 2000 G1 2013: ORIENTAL OAK (f Silvano),Winner in South Africa 2nd dam QUICK SUCCESSION, 4 wins in South Africa Dam of 6 winners: HEIR APPARENT: 6 wins in SA and USA, SA Guineas G1 QUICKWOOD: See Above Josiah: 7 wins in South Africa, 3rd Cape Classic G3
Lomitas Silvano Spirit Of Eagles Fort Wood Quickwood Quick Succession
Niniski La Colorada Beaus Eagle Big Spirit Sadler’s Wells Fall Aspen Al Mufti Inca Goddess
Kuda Sprint, 2yos, Kenilworth, 28 January 2017, 1200m 1 Bold Respect c Bold Silvano –Respectable Lady, by Kabool (GB) 2 Wonderwall c Querari (GER) – Westwardly, by Silvano (GER) 3 Gold Image f Horse Chestnut –Velvets Reflection, by Tamburlaine (IRE) Age:2: Starts: 3; Wins: 2; Placings: 1;
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Earnings: R690 000 Sire BOLD SILVANO is the sire of Bold Respect 1st dam RESPECTABLE LADY, 3 wins in South Africa Dam of 2 winners: 2013: BOLDLY RESPECTABLE (g Bold Silvano), 2 wins in South Africa 2014: BOLD RESPECT (c Bold Silvano), R200 000 CRTRS, 2 wins in South Africa, Kuda Sprint 2nd dam RESPECTABLE MODEL, 2 wins in South Africa Dam of 4 winners: RESPECTABLE LADY: See Above BLAZE OF RESPECT: 2 wins in South Africa RESPECTABLE RULER:Winner in South Africa RESPECTABLE REBEL:Winner in South Africa Broodmare sire KABOOL is the sire of the dams of 6 stakes winners –GO INDIGO Indigo Magic G2, DOUBLE WHAMMY Kabool G2, TAR HEEL Var LR, MALEFICENT Judpot LR, REDCARPET CAPTAIN Captain Al G3, ZYGMUNT Vespone LR, Silvano Bold Silvano Bold Saffron Kabool Respectable Lady Respectable Model
Lomitas Spirit Of Eagles Al Mufti Saffron Groom Dancer Sheroog Model Man Respectable
Sun International Premier Trophy G2, Kenilworth, 17 December 2016, 1800m 1 Icy Trail 4 g Go Deputy (USA) – Icy Air, by Jallad (USA) 2 Krambambuli 5 g Black Minnaloushe (USA) – Sailing To Rio (AUS), by Woodman (USA) 3 Bold Rex 3 g Bold Silvano –Rexana, by National Assembly (CAN)
2010: Icy Winter Air (f Western Winter), Winner in South Africa, 3rd SA Fillies Nursery G2 2011: CREVASSE (c Western Winter), 2 wins in South Africa 2012: ICY TRAIL (g Go Deputy), 6 wins in South Africa, Premier Trophy G2 2nd dam NORDIC AIR, Placed in South Africa Dam of 7 winners: ICY AIR: See Above ICE AXE: 12 wins in Mauritius and South Africa,The Maiden Cup LR Broodmare sire JALLAD is the sire of the dams of 35 stakes winners: IT’S MY TURN Dynasty G1, SOLO TRAVELLER Jallad G1, SHEA SHEA National Emblem G1, CLASSIC ILLUSION Kahal G3, MAJESTIC SUN Kahal G3, SUN CITY Kahal LR, GIVE ME FIVE Goldkeeper G1, MARTIAL EAGLE Silvano G1, FOREST OF DEAN Silvano G3, PORT OF LONDON London News G2, HOSPITALITY Badger’s Drift G3, RED DOR Elliodor G2, MASAI WARRIOR Wolfhound G3, CHARLIES ISLAND Lizard Island G3, BIT ON THE SIDE Jet Master G3, JOSHUA’S DREAM Joshua Dancer G3, SHE’S A WINNER Joshua Dancer G3, LIZARRE Jet Master G3, RAISE THE BAR Goldkeeper LR, CODE ROCK Doowaley LR, ONEHUNDREDACREWOOD Malhub LR, YOSHIE Antonius Pius LR, SCENTED ASH Ashaawes LR, RUN FOR IT Dynasty LR, IN LIKE FLYNN National Assembly LR, RUSSINI Kitalpha LR, LUCKY SAM Imperial Stride LR, FOURTH ESTATE Dynasty G3, SOLID SPEED Dynasty G2, TRIPTIQUE Trippi G2, SOLANA Querari LR, THE MERRY WIDOW Captain Al LR, NEBULA Silvano G3, LUCKY LIEGE Dynasty G3, ICY TRAIL Go Deputy G2 Deputy Minister Go Deputy Partygoer
Age:4; Starts: 14; Wins: 6; Placings:3; Earnings: R566 025 Sire GO DEPUTY is the sire of 10 stakes winners. In 2016 ABASHIRI Elliodor G1, FLYING ICE Western Winter G2, ICY TRAIL Jallad G2, ROYAL BADGE Kahir Almaydan G3, DEPUTY RYDER Red Ryder LR 1st dam ICY AIR, Equus Champion 3YO Classic Female in 2002, 9 wins, SA Oaks G2, Gold Circle Oaks G2, SA Fillies Classic G2,Woolavington S G2, 2nd J&B Met G1, 3rd Paddock S G1 Dam of 5 winners: 2006: Iceagelegacy (c Rakeen),Winner in South Africa, 3rd Ibhayi Stakes LR 2009: Izora (f Western Winter), 3 wins in South Africa, 2nd Umzimkhulu S G3
Jallad Icy Air Nordic Air
Vice Regent Mint Copy Secretariat Quiet Charm Blushing Groom Petrava Northern Guest Laughing Music
Sun Met, G1, Kenilworth, 28 January 2017, 2000m 1 Whisky Baron (AUS) 4 g Manhattan Rain (AUS) –Tazkara (IRE), by Sinndar (IRE) 2 Legal Eagle 5 g Greys Inn (USA) –Young Sensation by National Emblem 3 Captain America 6 g Captain Al –Requista, by Fort Wood (USA) Age:4; Starts: 13; Wins: 6; Placings:7; Earnings: R3 446 375 Sire MANHATTAN RAIN is the sire of 9 stakes winners. In 2017 WHISKY BARON
Sinndar G1, Promise To Rain El Prado G3, 1st dam TAZKARA, Unraced Dam of 4 winners: 2009: ROWIE (g Flying Spur), 4 wins in Australia 2010: FLYING FORCE (g Flying Spur), 3 wins in Australia 2011: DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN (f Manhattan Rain),Winner in Australia 2012: WHISKY BARON (g Manhattan Rain), AUS$50 000 IAEYS, 6wins in South Africa, SuN Met G1, Peninsula Hcp G2, 2nd Winter Guineas G3,Winter Classic G3 2nd dam Tashiriya,Winner in France, 2nd Prix Vanteaux G3 Dam of 6 winners: TASHELKA: 4 wins in France, Prix Fille de L’Air G3, dam of G2W TASADAY TASHKANDI: 7 wins in France, Prix de Pontarme LR, 3rd Prix Jean Prat G1 Broodmare sire SINNDAR is the sire of the dams of 11 stakes winners –TRADING LEATHER Teofilo G1, ENCKE Kingmambo G1, FLOTILLA Mizzen Mast G1, WHISKY BARON Manhattan Rain G1, GENIUS BEAST Kingmambo G3, SALFORD SECRET Sakhee G3, NORSE PRIZE Norse Dancer LR, CATHAY LADY Exceed And Excel LR, LOUVAKHOVA Maria’s Mon G3, EMNIYA Maria’s Mon G3, MAIGURI Panis LR Encosta De Lago Manhattan Rain Shantha’s Choice Sinndar Tazkara Tashiriya
Fairy King Shoal Creek Canny Lad Dancing Show Grand Lodge Sinntara Kenmare Tashtiya
The Blue Label Telecoms Cape Stayers, G2, Kenilworth, 28 January 2017, 2800m 1 Krambambuli 5 g Black Minnaloushe (USA) –Sailing To Rio (AUS), by Woodman (USA) 2 Helderberg Blue 6 g Jet Master –Our Table Mountain (USA), by Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) 3 Ovidio (AUS) 6 g Danehill Dancer (IRE) –Pre Nup (AUS), by Red Ransom (USA) Age:5; Starts: 22; Wins: 5; Placings:8; Earnings: R663 000 Sire BLACK MINNALOUSHE is the sire of 38 stakes winners. In 2017 KRAMBAMBULI Woodman G2 1st dam Sailing To Rio, 5 wins in South Africa, 2nd Paddock S G1, Poinsettia S G3 Dam of 4 winners: 2007: START SAILING (f Muhtafal),Winner in South Africa 2008: MARITIME WOOD (c Fort Wood), Winner in South Africa
2011: KRAMBAMBULI (g Black Minnaloushe), 5 wins in South Africa, Cape Stayers G2, 2nd Premier Trophy G2 2012: HOIST THE MAST (f Querari), 2 wins in South Africa 2nd dam MONEY THINKS, 4 wins in Australia, Belle Of The Turf S LR Dam of 6 winners: HERITIERE: 4 wins in AUS, GGTC Silk Stocking Hcp LR, dam of SW GREEN BYRON Sailing To Rio: See Above Broodmare sire WOODMAN is the sire of the dams of 166 stakes winners-BYWORD Peintre Celebre G1, PROVISO Dansili G1, MORE THAN READY Southern Halo G1, MAMOOL In The Wings G1, MRS LINDSAY Theatrical G1, CARRY ON KATIE Fasliyev G1, AVENGE War Front G1, SLUMBER Cacique G1, DAME DOROTHY Bernardini G1, BIRKIN BAG Elusive Quality G1, AMAZING GRACE Hurricane Run G1, TIZ MIZ SUE Tiznow G1, EUROPA POINT Rock Of Gibraltar G1, HURTLE MYRTLE Dane Shadow G1, AMANEE Pivotal G1, GOLDEN GUNNER Black Minnaloushe G1, ARCHARCHARCH Arch G1, HERCULIAN PRINCE Yaman Vital G1, REDWOOD Woodman G1, KINSALE KING Yankee Victor G1, CROWDED HOUSE Rainbow Quest G1, EISHIN DEPUTY French Deputy G1, FROZEN FIRE Montjeu G1, ASTON MARCHAN Admire Cozzene G1, ALEXANDER TANGO Danehill Dancer G1, SUDAN Peintre Celebre G1, MISS FINLAND Redoute’s Choice G1, SUTRA Meadowlake G1, LAD OF THE MANOR Zabeel G1, Storm Cat Black Minnaloushe Coral Dance Woodman Sailing To Rio Money Thinks
Storm Bird Terlingua Green Dancer Carvinia Mr Prospector Playmate Sound Reason Solvent
The CTS Sprint, 3yos, Kenilworth, 28 January 2017, 1200m 1 Live Life f Trippi (USA) – Viva, by National Assembly (CAN) 2 Always In Charge c Captain Al – Polar Charge (GB), by Polar Falcon (USA) 3 Attenborough c Western Winter- In Camera, by Caesour (USA) Age:3: Starts: 9; Wins: 4; Placings: 3; Earnings: R3 701 250 Sire TRIPPI is the sire of 67 stakes winners. In 2017 LIVE LIFE National Assembly G2, Dawn Calling Danehill Dancer G3, TRIP TO HEAVEN Cee’s Tizzy G2, Deo Juvente Complete Warrior G3
1st dam VIVA, 7 wins in South Africa, Champagne S G3 Dam of 4 winners: 2010: Viva La Var (g Var), 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd Umngeni Hcp LR 2011: COLD AS ICE (f Western Winter), 6 wins in Britain and South Africa, Sceptre S G2, Choice Carriers Fillies Championship G2, Laisserfaire S LR, 2nd Klawervlei Majorca S G1 2012: BAQUEIRA (f Western Winter),Winner in South Africa 2013: LIVE LIFE (f Trippi), R2 500 000 CPYS, 4 wins in South Africa, Sceptre S G2,The CTS Sprint, 2nd Perfect Promise Sprint LR 2nd dam HOT GRASS, 6 wins in South Africa Dam of 9 winners: CARTEL: 11 wins in South Africa, Hawaii S G2, Spring S G2 VIVA: See Above Pampas King: 6 wins in South Africa, 3rd Concor Technicrete Spring Hcp G2 Escobar: 12 wins in South Africa, 2nd Post Merchants G2 Broodmare sire NATIONAL ASSEMBLY is the sire of the dams of 30 stakes winners VERCINGETORIX Silvano G1, LAVERNA Parade Leader G1, HAPPY VALENTINE Silvano G1, TRINITY HOUSE Captain Al G3, HAPPY FOREVER Var G2, FRANNY Trippi G3, AGRA Trippi LR, CANTE LIBRE Kahal LR, PURE POWER Captain Al LR, HIDDEN BEAUTY Victory Moon G2, SWEET SANETTE Jallad G3, MADRISA Grey Eminence G3, FLOWER’S ANGEL Captain Al G3, THEREALSLIMSHADY Captain Al LR, NEVVAY Western Winter G3, MAGGIE KAY Lecture G3, BATTLESTAR EXPRESS Muhtafal LR, FAIR BRUTUS Muhtafal G2, SEALED WITH A KISS Jallad LR, NOTTAGALASHA Muhtafal LR, DARK JUSTICE Jallad G3, PURE HOKUM Winter Romance LR, TRITON West Man LR, COLD AS ICE Western Winter G2, LIVE LIFE Trippi G2 End Sweep Trippi Jealous Appeal National Assembly Viva Hot Grass
Forty Niner Broom Dance Valid Appeal Jealous Cat Danzig Renounce Harry Hotspur Green Pastures
Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas, G2, 3yof, Turffontein, 4 March 2017, 1400m 1 Smiling Blue Eyes f Dynasty –Sage Blue, by Badger Land (USA) 2 Al Hawraa (AUS) f New Approach (IRE) 3 Orchid Island f Silvano (GER) –Ilha Grande, by Tiger Ridge (USA) Age:3; Starts: 5; Wins: 2; Placings: 0;
Earnings: R542 875 Sire DYNASTY is the sire of 42 stakes winners. In 2017 BELA-BELA Royal Academy G1, JUST SENSUAL Camden Park G3, SMILING BLUE EYES Badger Land G2, HORIZON Lomitas G3, A TIME TO DREAM Giant’s Causeway LR 1st dam SAGE BLUE, 5 wins in South Africa Dam of 6 winners: 2004: RUSSIAN SAGE (c Jallad), Equus Champion Three Year Old Colt, 6 wins in South Africa, Cape Derby G1, Daily News 2000 G1, Selangor Cup G2, 2nd Cape Guineas G1, KZN Guineas G2, Jebel Hatta G2, Sophomore Sprint LR, 3rd Thukela Hcp LR, sire 2006: MYTHIC WOODS (g Fort Wood), Winner in South Africa 2007: Sage Throne (g Dynasty), 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd Gold Circle Derby G2, Lonsdale Stirrup Cup G3, Michaelmas Hcp LR 2011:THREE BLUE CRANES (f Captain Al), 4 wins in South Africa 2012: BRISTOL BLUE (f Western Winter), Winner in South Africa 2013: SMILING BLUE EYES (f Dynasty), R650 000CPYS, 3 wins in South Africa, Gauteng Fillies Guineas G2, Fillies Mile G3 2nd dam GREY BLUE, Unplaced Dam of 7 winners: SILVER SLIVER: 4 wins in South Africa, SA Derby G1 Birth Of The Blues: 12 wins in South Africa and Mauritius, 2nd African Breeders S LR Broodmare sire BADGER LAND is the sire of the dams of 45 stakes winners - JEPPE’S REEF Jallad G1, REBEL QUEEN Kahal LR, VIVA MARIA Jet Master G1, REBEL KING National Emblem G1, RUSSIAN SAGE Jallad G1, EBONY FLYER Jet Master G1, CAPTAIN’S LOVER Captain Al G1, HAPPY SPIRIT Silvano G2, ON HER TOES Western Winter G1, LADY SHARI Judge T C G1, HAPPY LANDING Al Mufti G1, BADGER’S COVE Joshua Dancer G2, TRUE MASTER Jet Master G3, DEELIGHTFUL IRVING Afternoon Deelites G2, IRVING’S BABY Quiet American G3, GIFTED FOR GLORY Silvano G3, WE THREE Silvano LR, DISCO AL Captain Al G2, PINE PRINCESS Captain Al G1, BICHETTE Western Winter G2, FULCRUM Captain Al LR, PATERFAMILIAS Trippi G2, GOTHIC Silvano LR, SMILING BLUE EYES Dynasty G3, GIRL ON THE RUN Silvano G3 Fort Wood Dynasty Blakes Affair Badger Land Sage Blue Grey Blue
Sadler’s Wells Fall Aspen Commodore Blake Joy Petite Codex Gimieroom Jamaico Blue Swift
DUBAI 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
By Sarah Whitelaw Photos by Liesl King
THE RIGHT MAN Al Quoz Sprint, G1, Meydan, 25 March 2017, 1200m 1 The Right Man (GB) 5 g Lope De Vega (IRE) – Three Owls (IRE), by Warning (GB) 2 Long On Value (USA) 6 h Value Plus (USA) –Long Message (USA), by Orientate (USA) 3 Ertijaal (IRE) 6 g Oasis Dream (GB) – Shabiba (USA), by Seeking The Gold (USA) Age: 5; Starts: 17; Wins: 9; Placings:5; Earnings: $819 693 Sire LOPE DE VEGA is the sire of 24 stakes winners. In 2017 THE RIGHT MAN Warning G1,VERY SPECIAL Danehill G2 1st dam THREE OWLS,Winner in GB Dam of 3 winners: 2002: Black Velvet (c Inchinor),Winner in GB, 2nd Rose Bowl S LR 2006:Three Moons (f Montjeu),Winner in GB, 2nd Pretty Polly S LR, dam of SW TASHAAR 2012: THE RIGHT MAN (f Lope De Vega), 9 wins in France and UAE, Al Quoz Sprint G1, Prix de Seine-et-Oise G3, Prix de Bonnevale LR 2nd dam THREE TERNS,Winner in France Dam of 4 winners: THREE WRENS: 4 wins in GB, Dick Hern S LR THREE OWLS: See Above THAMES: 9 wins in France and Germany Broodmare sire WARNING is the sire of the dams of 48 stakes winners – THE RIGHT MAN Lope de Vega G1, FORETELLER Dansili G1, OVERDOSE Starborough G2, MISS KELLER Montjeu G1, PROHIBIT Oasis Dream G1, MORES WELLS Sadler’s Wells G3, ESPIRITA Iffraaj G3, AIR CHIEF MARSHAL Danehill Dancer G3, DONATIVUM Cadeaux Genereux LR, MODERN LOOK Zamindar G2, SENLIS High Chaparral G3, POCKET MONEY Namid G1, EVENING TIME Keltos LR, WORLDLY Selkirk G3, BEAUTY IS TRUTH Pivotal G2, GREEN ROOM Theatrical LR, YOUNG MICK King’s Theatre G3, WI DUD Elnadim G2, CHANT Traditionally G3,
Shamardal Lope De Vega Lady Vettori Warning Three Owls Three Terns
Giant’s Causeway Helsinki Vettori Lady Golconda Known Fact Slightly Dangerous Arctic Tern Three Troikas
Dubai Gold Cup, G2, Meydan, 25 March 2017, 3200m 1 Vazirabad (FR) 5 g Manduro (GER) – Visorama (IRE), by Linamix (FR) 2 Beautiful Romance (GB) 5 m New Approach (IRE) –Mazuna (IRE), by Cape Cross (IRE) 3 Sheikhzayedroad (GB) 8 g Dubawi (IRE) – Royal Secrets (IRE), by Highest Honor(FR) Age: 5; Starts: 15; Wins:10; Placings: 3; Earnings: $2 086 076 Sire MANDURO is the sire of 28 stakes winners. In 2017 VAZIRABAD Linamix G2 1st dam VISORAMA, 3 wins in France, Prix la Flore G3, 3rd Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud G1 Dam of 7 winners: 2006:VIDIYNA (f Danehill Dancer),Winner in France 2007:VIZIYYA (f Sinndar), 2 wins in France 2008:VIDAYAR (c Shamardal), 2 wins in France 2009:VIZINGA (f Majmu), 2 wins in France 2010:VISOMIYA (f Rock Of Gibraltar), Winner in France 2011:VISORIYNA (f Dansili), 3 wins in France, Prix La Sorellina LR 2012: VAZIRABAD: 10 wins in France and UAE, Prix Royal-Oak G1-twice, Dubai Gold Cup G2 twice, Prix Chaudenay G2, Prix Vicomtesse Vigier G2, Prix Gladiateur G3, Prix de Lutece G3 2nd dam VISOR,Winner in USA Dam of 8 winners: VARENAR: 4 wins in France, Prix de la Foret G1, sire VISORAMA: See Above VISINDAR: 3 wins in France, Prix Greffulhe G2, sire Broodmare sire LINAMIX is the sire of the dams of stakes winners –ECTOT Hurricane Run G1, VAZIRABAD
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Manduro G1, MOST IMPROVED Lawman G1, BLUE BUNTING Dynaformer G1, NATAGORA Divine Light G1, MUHAARAR Oasis Dream G1, VALYRA Azamour G1, BE BE KING Astor Place G1, SAGAWARA Shamardal G1, MIGHTY HIGH Peintre Celebre G1, ROSANARA Sinndar G1, MONTMARTRE Montjeu G1, SAGEBURG Johannesburg G1, NAUGHTY RAFAELA Royal Academy G1, VALIXIR Trempolino G1, CLODOVIL Danehill G1, SUMBAL Danehill Dancer G2, LIDARI Acclamation G2, VALIRANN Nayef G2, ZINABAA Anabaa Blue G2, MUSKETIER Acatenango G2, SYMBOLI GRAN Grand Lodge G2, FAIRLY RANSOM Red Ransom G2 Monsun Manduro Mandellicht Linamix Visorama Visor
Konigsstuhl Mosella Be My Guest Mandelauge Mendez Lunadix Mr Prospector Look
Dubai Sheema Classic, G1, Meydan, 25 March 2017, 2410m 1 Jack Hobbs (GB) 5 h Halling (USA) – Swain’s Gold (USA), by Swain (IRE) 2 Seventh Heaven (IRE) 4 f Galileo (IRE) –La Traviata (USA), by Johannesburg (USA) 3 Postponed (IRE) 6 h Dubawi (IRE) –Ever Rigg (GB), by Dubai Destination (USA) Age:5; Starts: 10; Wins: 5; Placings: 4; Earnings: £4 165 045 Sire HALLING is the sire of 56 stakes winners. In 2017 JACK HOBBS Swain G1 1st dam SWAIN’S GOLD, 3 wins in USA, Left The Latch S LR Dam of 4 winners: 2008: MRS GREELEY (f Mr Greeley), 3 wins in GB 2009: Niceofyoutotellme (g Hernando), 4 wins in GB 3rd Brigadier Gerard S G3 2012: JACK HOBBS (c Halling), 5 wins in GB, Ire, and UAE, Dubai Sheema Classic G1, Irish Derby G1, September S G3, 2nd Investec Derby G1, Dante S G2, 3rd Champion S G1-twice 2nd dam GOLDEN POND, 7 wins in FR
and USA, Orchid Hcp G2, Suwannee River Hcp G3 Dam of 2 winners: SWAIN’S GOLD: See Above BRAZILIAN: 4 wins in USA, Lehmi Go S LR Broodmare sire SWAIN is the sire of the dams of 7 stakes winners –JACK HOBBS Halling G1, PERMIT Dansili G2, VILLANDRY Mr Greeley G3, CARBO CAT Kitten’s Joy LR, KOLONEL Manduro G3, POWER AKHALIF Exceed And Excel G1, AKMAL Selkirk G2, Diesis Halling Dance Machine Swain Swain’s Gold Golden Pond
Sharpen Up Doubly Sure Green Dancer Never A Lady Nashwan Love Smitten Don’t Forget Me Golden Bloom
Dubai Turf, G1, Meydan, 25 March 2017, 1800m 1 Vivlos (JPN) 4 f Deep Impact (JPN) – Halwa Sweet (JPN), by Machiavellian (USA) 2 Heshem (IRE) 4 c Footstepsinthesand (GB) –Doohulla (USA), by Stravinsky (USA) 3 Ribchester (GB) 4 c Iffraaj (GB) –Mujarah (IRE), by Marju (IRE) Age:4; Starts: 9; Wins:4; Placings:2; Earnings: $4 847 741 Sire DEEP IMPACT is the sire of 94 stakes winners. In 2017 VIVLOS Machiavellian G1, AL AIN Esssence Of Dubai G3, FAN DII NA Pivotal G3, SATONO DIAMOND Orpen G2, CADENAS French Deputy G2 1st dam HALWA SWEET, 5 wins in JPN Dam of 3 winners: 2009: VERXINA (f Deep Impact), 5 wins in JPN,Victoria Mile G1 –twice 2012: Cheval Grand (c Heart’s Cry),4 wins in JPN, 3rd Radio Nikkei Hai Kyoto Nisai S G3 2013: VIVLOS (f Deep Impact), 4 wins in JPN and UAE, Dubai Turf G1, Shuka Sho G1 2nd dam HALWA STRONG, Unraced Dam of 6 winners: FRERE JACQUES: 4 wins in JPN, Radio Nikkei Sho G3 MARTINBOROUGH: 7 wins in JPN,
Chunichi Shimbun Hai G3, sire HALWA SWEET: See Above Broodmare sire MACHIAVELLIAN is the sire of the dams of 98 stakes winners –VICTOIRE PISA Neo Universe G1, SHAMARDAL Giant’s Causeway G1, ANCIENT WORLD Spinning World G1, ZOFFANY Dansili G1, DARK ANGEL Acclamation G1, VERXINA Deep Impact G1, VIVLOS Deep Impact G1, GALLANTE Montjeu G1, SPECIAL FIGHTER Teofilo 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, JEUNE-TURC 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, Sunday Silence Deep Impact Wind in Her Hair Machiavellian Halwa Sweet Halwa Song
Halo Wishing Well Alzao Burghclere Mr. Prospector Coup de Folie Nureyev Morn of Song
Dubai World Cup, G1, Meydan, 25 March 2017, 2000m 1 Arrogate (USA) 4 c Unbridled’s Song (USA) –Bubbler (USA), by Distorted Humor (USA) 2 Gun Runner (USA) 4 c Candy Ride (ARG) –Quiet Giant (USA), by Giant’s Causeway (USA) 3 Neolithic (USA) 4 c Harlan’s Holiday (USA) –Swingit (USA), by Victory Gallop (CAN) Age:4; Starts: 8; Wins: 7; Placings: 1; Earnings: $17 084 600 Sire UNBRIDLED’S SONG is the sire of 113 stakes winners. In 2017 ARROGATE Distorted Humor G1, BIRD SONG Cape Town G3, SQUADRON A Stalwart G3 1st dam BUBBLER, 6 wins in USA, Marie G Krantz Memorial Hcp LR, Sam Houston Distaff LR, 3rd Ouija Board Distaff Hcp G3
Dam of 1 winner: 2013: ARROGATE (c Unbridled’s Song), 7 wins in UAE and USA, Breeders’ Cup Classic G1,Travers S G1, Pegasus World Cup G1, Dubai World Cup G1 2nd dam Grechelle, 2 wins in USA, 2nd Golden Rod S G3 Dam of 3 winners: BUBBLER: See Above UNBRIDLED FEMME: 2 wins in USA, Valdale S LR REVEREND DU: 5 wins in USA Broodmare sire DISTORTED HUMOR is the sire of the dams of 53 stakes winners –NEW MONEY HONEY Medaglia D’Oro G1, MRS MCDOUGAL Medaglia D’Oro G2, PRACTICAL JOKE Into Mischief G1, ARROGATE Unbridled’s Song G1, MOANIN Henny Hughes G1, GLORYZAPPER Ghostzapper G3, BOYNTON More Than Ready G2, CONSTITUTION Tapit G1, JACARANDA Congrats G3, MY SWEET GIRL Bernardini LR, HUMOR ACIDO Emperor Richard G1, STANFORD Malibu Moon G2, CATCH THE COCKTAIL Catcher In The Rye G1, ISLAND TOWN Hard Spun G3, FLASHY JEWEL Flashy Bull LR, MOLLY MORGAN Ghostzapper G1, C ZEE Elusive Bluff G3, SUGAR SHOCK Candy Ride G2, MR EMOTION Harlan’s Holiday G2, DYNAMIC SKY Sky Mesa G2, RENO REBEL Big Brown LR, COLTIMUS PRIME Milwaukee Brew L2, RENEESGOTZIP City Zip G2, HEART STEALER Speightstown G2, CLEBURNE Dixie Union G3, CAROLINE THOMAS Giant’s Causeway G2, BOOK REVIEW Giant’s Causeway G1, FUNNY PROPOSITION Medaglia D’Oro G2, GALAH Redoute’s Choice G2, LADY VEIGA King’s Crown G1, JOES BLAZING AARON Graeme Hall G3, Unbridled Unbridled’s Song Trolley Song Distorted Humor Bubbler Grechelle
Fappiano Gana Facil Caro Lucky Spell Forty Niner Danzig’s Beauty Deputy Minister Meadow Star
Golden Shaheen, G1, Meydan, 25 March 2017, 1200m
1 Mind Your Biscuits (USA) 4 c Posse (USA) –Jazzmane (USA), by Toccet (USA) 2 Comicas (USA) 4 c Distorted Humor (USA) –Abby’s Angel (USA), by Touch Gold (USA) 3 Morawij (GB) 7 g Exceed And Excel (AUS) –Sister Moonshine (FR), by Piccolo (GB) Age:4; Starts: 15; Wins: 6; Placings: 8; Earnings: $2 015 166 Sire POSSE is the sire of 32 stakes winners. In 2017 MIND YOUR BISCUITS Toccet G1 1st dam JAZZMANE, Unraced Dam of 3 winners: 2011: GUNKIRK (g Dunkirk),Winner in USA 2012: ROCKJAZ (g Rockport Harbor), 2 wins in USA 2013: MIND YOUR BISCUITS (c Posse), 5 wins in UAE and USA, Malibu S G1, Golden Shaheen G1,Amsterdam S G2, 2nd Breeders’ Cup Sprint G1, Gallant Bob S G3, Gulfstream Park Sprint G3 2nd dam ALLJAZZ, Unplaced Dam of 7 winners: KIMCHI: Champion 3YO Filly in Canada, 3 wins in Can,Woodbine Oaks LR King Of Jazz: 3 wins in Can, 2nd Queen’s Plate LR Deputy Jazz: 12 wins 2nd Parnitha S LR Broodmare sire TOCCET is the sire of the dams of 3 stakes winners –MIND YOUR BISCUITS Posse G1, WATER FIELDS Flanders Fields LR, MEXIKOMA Birdstone LR Silver Deputy Posse Raska Toccet Jazzmane Alljazz
Deputy Minister Silver Valley Rahy Borishka Awesome Again Cozzene’s Angel Stop The Music Bounteous
UAE Derby, G2, 3yos, Meydan, 25 March 2017, 1900m 1 Thunder Snow (IRE) c Helmet (AUS) – Eastern Joy (GB), by Dubai Destination (USA) 2 Epicharis (JPN) c Gold Allure (JPN) –Stapes Mitsuko (JPN), by Carnegie (IRE) 3 Master Plan (USA) c Twirling Candy (USA) – Sage Mist (USA), by Henny Hughes (USA)
Age:3; Starts: 8; Wins:4; Placings:2; Earnings: £1 295 076 Sire HELMET is the sire of 3 stakes winners. In 2017 THUNDER SNOW Dubai Destination G2, LIMESTONE Charge Forward G3 1st dam EASTERN JOY,Winner in GB Dam of 4 winners: 2011: IHTIMAL (f Shamardal), 4 wins in GB and Dubai, May Hill S G2, Sweet Solera S G3, UAE Oaks G3, UAE 1000 Guineas LR, 3rd Fillies Mile G1 2012: ALWAYS SMILE (f Cape Cross), 4 wins in GB Hambleton Hcp S LR, 2nd Sun Chariot S G1 2013: FIRST VICTORY (f Teofilo), 2 wins in GB Oh So Sharp S G3 2014:THUNDER SNOW: 4 wins in GB, France and UAE, Criterium International G1, UAE Derby G2, UAE 2000 Guineas G3, 2nd Vintage S G2, Champagne S G2 2nd dam RED SLIPPERS, 3 wins in GB, Sun Chariot S G2 Dam of 9 winners WEST WIND: 2 wins in France, Prix de Diane G1 REDBRIDGE: 3 wins in GB, Mercury S LR EASTERN JOY: See Above Broodmare sire DUBAI DESTINATION is the sire of the dams of 17 stakes winners –GOLDEN HORN Cape Cross G1, POSTPONED Dubawi G1, THUNDER SNOW Helmet G1, IHTIMAL Shamardal G2, ALWAYS SMILE Cape Cross LR, FIRST VICTORY Teofilo G3, SILENT SEDITION War Chant G1, THE JULIET ROSE Monsun G2, EZIYRA Teofilo G3, DUTCH CONNECTION Dutch Art G2, SMUGGLER’S MOON Danehill Dancer LR, ESHERA Oratorio LR, KACHY Kyllachy G3, SLIGHTLY SWEET Charge Response G3, EASTERN BELLE Champs Elysees LR Danehill Patrona Singspiel Accessories Anna Matrushka Kingmambo Dubai Destination Mysterial Nureyev Red Slippers Morning Devotion Exceed And Excel
SOUTH AFRICAN BREEDING STATS BREEDING STATISTICS CURRENT SEASON UP TO 2017-03-12 BREEDERS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Name Klawervlei Stud Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd Maine Chance Farms (Pty) Ltd Highlands Farms Stud (Pty) Ltd Varsfontein Stud Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert) Ascot Stud (Pty) Ltd Scott Bros Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm Wilgerbosdrift Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein Lammerskraal Stud Mr G J Armitage Arrowfield Group Ltd, NSW Hemel`n Aarde Stud
rnrs 346 320 165 146 100 90 90 146 55 70 89 74 74 4 110
rns 1591 1684 719 667 454 403 429 757 240 337 396 345 392 16 482
AEPR 43871 37333 51266 47244 65690 53512 53323 31174 78100 52407 39445 47405 46896 828444 29475
wns 151 134 84 70 62 48 59 46 22 37 47 42 45 6 43
wnrs 115 94 62 50 46 37 43 40 17 26 36 32 28 2 33
Wnrs/rnrs 33,20% 29,40% 37,60% 34,20% 46,00% 41,10% 47,80% 27,40% 30,90% 37,10% 40,40% 43,20% 37,80% 50,00% 30,00%
plcs 718 699 383 312 243 233 236 295 120 157 183 151 184 10 216
stks R 15 179 475,00 R 11 946 425,00 R 8 458 925,00 R 6 897 575,00 R 6 568 950,00 R 4 816 075,00 R 4 799 075,00 R 4 551 425,00 R 4 295 488,00 R 3 668 500,00 R 3 510 625,00 R 3 507 938,00 R 3 470 338,00 R 3 313 775,00 R 3 242 225,00
rnrs 192 160 157 128 137 175 56 107 74 79 102 68 55 111 84
rns 861 717 721 544 762 735 285 471 431 379 432 378 303 556 423
AEPR 64962 69496 55946 60606 51797 33183 80568 39859 54790 50333 37858 55968 69096 33066 43416
wns 125 101 84 74 91 65 30 57 43 53 50 41 24 43 47
wnrs 88 75 64 51 58 54 22 43 32 38 38 30 20 33 32
Wnrs/rnrs 45,80% 46,90% 40,80% 39,80% 42,30% 30,90% 39,30% 40,20% 43,20% 48,10% 37,30% 44,10% 36,40% 29,70% 38,10%
plcs 501 387 387 277 364 343 138 218 209 201 215 188 152 223 204
stks R 12 472 625,00 R 11 119 362,00 R 8 783 550,00 R 7 757 538,00 R 7 096 188,00 R 5 807 062,00 R 4 511 825,00 R 4 264 962,00 R 4 054 488,00 R 3 976 275,00 R 3 861 488,00 R 3 805 800,00 R 3 800 275,00 R 3 670 350,00 R 3 646 950,00
rnrs 76 49 51 67 50 76 43 44 54 35 52 43 41 60 45
rns 280 248 200 358 223 321 206 221 240 204 253 242 229 256 190
AEPR 60039 79727 71007 53651 70016 38795 51546 50020 39342 58631 37010 43895 45532 30603 40800
wns 46 43 36 48 39 34 33 29 20 21 24 18 21 25 24
wnrs 34 32 23 33 28 26 20 23 15 16 18 17 15 18 19
Wnrs/rnrs 44,70% 65,30% 45,10% 49,30% 56,00% 34,20% 46,50% 52,30% 27,80% 45,70% 34,60% 39,50% 36,60% 30,00% 42,20%
plcs 175 135 112 188 115 160 110 102 104 103 123 97 112 97 94
stks R 4 562 950 R 3 906 638 R 3 621 350 R 3 594 650 R 3 500 775 R 2 948 412 R 2 216 475 R 2 200 900 R 2 124 450 R 2 052 100 R 1 924 512 R 1 887 500 R 1 866 825 R 1 836 175 R 1 836 000
rns 1278 1088 904 819 694 621 795 493 546 504 5 319 411 356 440
AEPR 59665 42957 36976 39190 46870 45006 34120 52476 38102 31114 3254375 45824 35860 43229 35278
wns 156 116 92 81 65 69 69 35 51 37 5 36 35 27 35
wnrs 110 84 67 62 43 53 56 28 42 29 1 24 25 22 24
plcs 642 523 408 332 316 316 362 205 260 216 5 148 173 148 175
stks R 15 214 450,00 R 9 965 975,00 R 7 580 025,00 R 7 093 450,00 R 6 561 800,00 R 6 165 875,00 R 5 971 025,00 R 5 195 150,00 R 4 381 700,00 R 3 360 300,00 R 3 254 375,00 R 3 253 525,00 R 3 227 375,00 R 3 198 925,00 R 3 033 950,00
SIRES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Name SILVANO (GER) br.s 21y 1996 CAPTAIN AL b.s 20y 1996 TRIPPI (USA) b.s 20y 1997 DYNASTY b.s 17y 1999 KAHAL (GB) b.s 23y 1994 VAR (USA) b. or br.s 18y 1999 GREYS INN (USA) dkb. or br.s 16y 2000 WESTERN WINTER (USA) dkb. or br.s 21y 1992 ELUSIVE FORT b.h 14y 2002 GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT (AUS) b. or br.s 8y 2008 SAIL FROM SEATTLE (CAN) dkb. or br.s 12y 2003 IDEAL WORLD (USA) b.s 12y 2005 JET MASTER b.s 22y 1994 MAMBO IN SEATTLE (USA) b.s 12y 2005 HORSE CHESTNUT ch.s 19y 1995
SIRES OF 3 YEAR OLD 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Name SILVANO (GER) br.s 21y 1996 CAPTAIN AL b.s 20y 1996 DYNASTY b.s 17y 1999 GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT (AUS) b. or br.s 8y 2008 TRIPPI (USA) b.s 20y 1997 VAR (USA) b. or br.s 18y 1999 PATHFORK (USA) b.s 9y 2008 VISIONAIRE (USA) ch.s 12y 2005 PHILANTHROPIST (USA) ch.s 16y 2001 GREAT BRITAIN (GB) b.s 15y 2002 SAIL FROM SEATTLE (CAN) dkb. or br.s 12y 2003 ELUSIVE FORT b.h 14y 2002 KAHAL (GB) b.s 23y 1994 MAMBO IN SEATTLE (USA) b.s 12y 2005 WESTERN WINTER (USA) dkb. or br.s 21y 1992
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 AL MUFTI (USA) dkb. or br.s 26y 1985 JALLAD (USA) dkb. or br.s 29y 1988 MODEL MAN br.s 22y 1982 JET MASTER b.s 22y 1994 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (CAN) b.s 30y 1984 NATIONAL EMBLEM ch.s 20y 1991 ELLIODOR (FR) b.s 40y 1977 CAPTAIN AL b.s 20y 1996 SINNDAR (IRE) s 99y 1901 BADGER LAND (USA) b.s 17y 1983 SILVANO (GER) br.s 21y 1996 RAKEEN (USA) b.s 20y 1987 NORTHERN GUEST (USA) b.s 24y 1977
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rnrs 255 232 205 181 140 137 175 99 115 108 1 71 90 74 86
Wnrs/rnrs 43,10% 36,20% 32,70% 34,30% 30,70% 38,70% 32,00% 28,30% 36,50% 26,90% 100,00% 33,80% 27,80% 29,70% 27,90%
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LEADING SIRES 1 2 3
Stallion Unbridled’s Song ,Unbridled, 1993 Ghostzapper, Awesome Again, 2000 Tapit, Pulpit, 2001
‘16 Stud Fee/ Farm Died 2013, Kentucky $75,000, Adena Springs Kentucky, Kentucky $300,000, Gainesway, Kentucky
Rnrs 87 91 148
Wnrs 25 30 44
Wnrs/rnrs 28,74% 32,97% 29,73%
Rpt. Wnrs 3 3 7
Chief Earner (Earnings) Arrogate ($7,000,000) Shaman Ghost ($2,200,000) Unique Bella ($300,000)
‘16 Earnings $7,706,398 $3,306,600 $2,256,093
4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Harlan’s Holiday, Harlan, 1999 Malibu Moo, A.P. Indy, 1997 Candy Ride (ARG), Ride the Rails, 1999 Hard Spun, Danzig, 2004 Curlin, Smart Strike, 2004 Kitten’s Joy, El Prado, 2001 Into Mischief, Harlan’s Holiday, 2005 Uncle Mo, Indian Charlie, 2008
Died 2013, Kentucky $75,000, Spendthrift Farm, Kentucky $60,000, Lane’s End, Kentucky $45,000, Darley, Kentucky $150,000, Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms, Kentucky $100,000, Ramsey Farm, Inc., Kentucky $75,000, Spendthrift Farm, Kentucky $150,000, Ashford Stud, Kentucky
170 156 119 145 88 165 111 88
37 46 36 40 21 44 33 25
21,76% 29,49% 30,25% 27,59% 23,86% 26,67% 29,73% 28,41%
3 8 4 5 3 7 5 2
Neolithic ($1,000,000) Farrell ($210,000) Gun Runner ($300,000) Nomorerichblondes ($200,000) Keen Ice ($250,000) Cymric ($106,000) One Liner ($324,000) Unbridled Mo ($240,000)
$2,149,066 $1,699,686 $1,664,293 $1,621,433 $1,547,585 $1,496,872 $1,431,857 $1,367,690
LEADING BROODMARE SIRES Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Stallion/ Sire, YOB Distorted Humor, Forty Niner, 1993 Sunday Silence, Halo, 1986 Unbridled’s Song, Unbridled, 1993 A.P. Indy, Seattle Slew, 1989 Storm Cat, Storm Bird, 1983 French Deputy, Deputy Minister, 1992 Gilded Time, Timeless Moment, 1990 Giant’s Causeway, Storm Cat, 1997 Elusive Quality, Gone West, 1993 Seeking the Gold, Mr. Prospector, 1985 Grand Slam, Gone West, 1995 Mr. Greeley, Gone West, 1992 Galileo (IRE), Sadler’s Wells, 1998 Brian’s Time, Roberto, 1985 Awesome Again, Deputy Minister, 1994
Dams 158 440 231 215 225 213 71 194 142 161 159 149 125 205 100
Rnrs 219 734 304 295 304 321 91 238 190 225 205 190 135 314 131
Wnrs 60 136 83 85 72 60 18 63 50 45 57 44 27 49 28
SWrs 4 7 7 5 3 3 3 2 3 3 5 5 2 4
Chief Earner, Earnings Arrogate, $7,000,000 Talking Drum, $255,123 Unique Bella, $300,000 El Areeb, $270,000 Decorated Knight, $211,864 Gold Dream, $404,190 Shaman Ghost, $2,200,000 Gun Runner, $300,000 Prize Money, $281,000 Ertijaal, $201,000 Cool Cowboy, $167,500 Best Warrior, $220,651 Chopin, $593,871 Seewind, $100,389 Long River, $290,000
‘17 Earnings $9,028,767 $5,226,226 $3,575,241 $3,180,817 $3,029,153 $2,861,303 $2,788,567 $2,235,985 $2,048,234 $2,008,080 $1,844,202 $1,729,255 $1,691,685 $1,668,611 $1,574,371
Cum. SWrs 53 163 105 146 235 69 54 49 41 140 40 45 48 28 50
AEI 1,72 1,65 1,49 1,66 1,7 1,65 1,07 1,52 1,27 1,65 1,15 1,17 1,46 1,08 1,62
Comp Index 1,41 1,4 1,39 1,46 1,42 1,29 1,28 1,39 1,37 1,44 1,34 1,38 1,36 1,16 1,39
Cum. Foals 1,319 4,642 2,363 2,897 4,241 1,433 1,621 1,973 1,558 2,743 1,663 1,711 1,638 2,141 977
INTERNATIONAL SIRES # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Stallion King Kamehameha (JPN) Deep Impact (JPN) Unbridled’s Song Fastnet Rock (AUS) Stay Gold (JPN) Heart’s Cry (JPN) Daiwa Major (JPN) Manhattan Cafe (JPN) Gold Allure (JPN) Neo Universe (JPN) Snitzel (AUS) South Vigorous Ghostzapper Exceed And Excel (AUS) I Am Invincible (AUS)
North America Earnings $$$7,639,366 $23,688 $$$$$$$$$3,217,346 $8,615 $-
Country Japan Japan United States Ireland Japan Japan Japan Japan Japan Japan Australia Japan United States Ireland Australia
Europe/Dubai Earnings $$$25,462 $165,320 $$$$$$$$$4,085 $1,339,160 $-
Japan/Hong Kong Earnings $9,067,836 $8,868,195 $92,409 $2,035,307 $4,899,067 $4,793,463 $4,773,955 $4,188,467 $4,069,857 $4,018,856 $430,130 $3,469,010 $183,029 $1,014,267 $411,488
International ‘17 Earnings $9,068,054 $8,937,243 $7,757,237 $5,073,926 $4,899,067 $4,793,463 $4,773,955 $4,188,467 $4,069,857 $4,019,294 $3,709,237 $3,469,010 $3,407,271 $3,379,842 $3,357,979
TOP OWNERS Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Owner Juddmonte Farms, Inc. Stronach Stables Calumet Farm Starlight Racing Reddam Racing LLC Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. Danny R. Caldwell Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H. Godolphin Racing LLC Shadwell Stable End Zone Athletics, Inc. Judge Lanier Racing David Jacobson Rockingham Ranch
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Starts 35 32 104 14 54 103 110 85 35 69 34 170 111 70 35
Wins 8 5 16 2 7 30 26 17 11 12 8 36 19 17 9
Places 2 7 18 13 19 22 9 6 5 8 18 16 9 5
Shows 4 2 9 3 3 11 12 9 2 8 4 19 13 9 5
Earnings $7,409,475 $2,316,320 $1,118,579 $1,060,740 $904,039 $805,813 $703,174 $610,350 $563,184 $561,371 $528,580 $526,748 $517,606 $478,073 $445,856
Win% 23% 16% 15% 14% 13% 29% 24% 20% 31% 17% 24% 21% 17% 24% 26%
WPS% 40% 44% 41% 36% 43% 58% 55% 41% 54% 36% 59% 43% 43% 50% 54%
NATIONAL YEARLING SALE 3 - 5 May 2017 TBA Sales Grounds, Gosforth Park, Johannesburg LOT 22 48 86 95 112 180 192 223 268 291 302 314 335 349 426 444 467 479 484
SIRE C C C F F C C F C C C F C C F F F F F
HORSE CHESTNUT LILY LEI DUKE OF MARMALADE MIRTH (AUS) SILVANO PACIFIC BLUE GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT PENSEE SECRETE SILVANO PRINCESS VICTORIA ATO SKY PIRATE ELUSIVE FORT SPRING BEAUTY QUERARI THRU’ THE TULIPS BLACK MINNALOUSHE ZOE’S GOLD SILVANO ARCTIC LILY TOREADOR BANK ON THE RUN PATHFORK BOLD NIMPH JACKSON CHRISTINA LATERAL COSMIC DREAM TRIPPI GRACE O’MALLEY SILVANO HOT NUMBER SILVANO JABULANI JIVE SILVANO KATHERINE GIMMETHEGREENLIGHT KIMBERLEY COAST AS AGENT SILVANO GARLAND
D18 D19 D20 C110 C111 D21 D22 C112 D23 D24 D26 C113 D27 D28 C114 B116 C115 B114 B115 D29
BETTING WORLD GAUTENG GUINEAS G2 - Maine Chance Farms bred JANOOBI (by Silvano) wins by 0,2 lengths from AL SAHEM (by Silvano) in a hard fought finish.
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