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OKLAHOMA CLASSICS CONNECTIONS
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Once again, Oklahoma-breds connected to Mighty Acres and Center Hills Farm shined during the Oklahoma Classics on October 20 at Remington Park: Winning for the ninth time in 17 starts and moving past $400,000 in earnings, Gianna’s Dream wins the Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf Stakes. She was bred by Center Hills Farm and Randy Blair, and was foaled, raised and sales prepped at Mighty Acres!
OKLAHOMA CLASSICS STARTER ALLOWANCE STAKES
1st • Golden York • Sold at 2014 OKC Summer Sale by Mighty Acres, agent for Robert Zoellner
OKLAHOMA CLASSICS JUVENILE STAKES
2nd • Kirk of Diamonds • Sired by Toccet • Foaled at Mighty Acres 4th • Fite N Tocc • Sired by Toccet • Broodmare Sired by Fistfite • Foaled at Mighty Acres
OKLAHOMA CLASSICS DISTAFF TURF STAKES
1st • Gianna’s Dream • Bred by Center Hills Farm and Randy Blair • Foaled, Raised and Sales Prepped at Mighty Acres
OKLAHOMA CLASSICS LASSIE STAKES
2nd • Annieruok • Sired by Kipling • Bred by Center Hills Farm and Randy Blair Foaled, Raised and Sales Prepped at Mighty Acres 4th • Talkin Shannon • Foaled and Raised at Mighty Acres
OKLAHOMA CLASSICS DISTAFF STAKES
1st • Inagoodway • Sired by Save Big Money 5th • Natalie’s Mischief • Broodmare Sired by Fistfite • Foaled and Raised at Mighty Acres
OKLAHOMA CLASSICS SPRINT STAKES
2nd • Welder • Sired by The Visualiser • Bred by Center Hills Farm • Foaled and Raised at Mighty Acres 3rd • Mr. N • Sired by Mr. Nightlinger • Sales Prepped at Mighty Acres 5th • Pipefighter • Bred by Center Hills Farm • Foaled, Raised and Sales Prepped at Mighty Acres
OKLAHOMA CLASSICS CUP STAKES
4th • Gospel Abe • Sired by Kipling • Bred by Center Hills Farm • Foaled, Raised and Sales Prepped at Mighty Acres
OKLAHOMA CLASSICS FILLY & MARE STARTER ALLOWANCE STAKES
4th • Vivid • Sired by Save Big Money • Bred by Center Hills Farm • Foaled and Raised at Mighty Acres
OKC TURF CLASSIC STAKES
2nd • Mister Keith • Sired by Mr. Nightlinger 3rd • Hallelujah Hit • Sired by Mr. Nightlinger
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fastfurlongs Texas Chrome Makes History as Second Texas-bred Millionaire Ever, Retired to Stand Stud
Prior to the July 22, $50,000 Assault Stakes at Lone Star Park, Texas Chrome had already put himself in an elite class among Texasbreds with a pair of graded stakes wins and five other graded stakes placings. But after prevailing by 1 ¼ lengths in the Assault, he joined Groovy to become just the second Texas-bred to ever earn $1 million. Ridden by Richard Eramia for trainer Allen Milligan and owner Danny Keene’s Keene Thoroughbreds LLC, Texas Chrome improved his record to 20-9-4-3 with earnings of $1,020,762. Groovy, the 1987 Eclipse Award winner for champion sprinter, earned $1,346,956 in his career. “I wanted to bring him back here to reach $1 million in earnings,” Keene said. “He has a following here. The people here seem to really care about him and like to watch him race, so what better place.” Keene purchased Texas Chrome for $10,000 at the Texas Summer Yearling Sale in 2014 from the consignment of Craig Upham and Sue Dowling’s Stoneview Farm. Upham also bred Texas Chrome out of the Texas-bred mare Margarita Mistress, who is by the late Texas stallion 16 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017
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Texas Chrome and owner Danny Keene
and former Stoneview resident Naevus. Texas Chrome’s sire, Grasshopper, previously stood at Lane’s End Texas and now stands at Valor Farm in Pilot Point, Texas. Named the 2015 Texas Champion 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding and 2016 Texas Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old/Gelding, Texas Chrome has raced at 10 different racetracks with Grade 3 wins in the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs and Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park. His stakes victories also include the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Futurity and a division of the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star. In late October, Keene announced that Texas Chrome had been retired from racing after a hairline fracture in the colt’s knee was discovered. The Texas-bred had been aiming for the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes (G2) at Keeneland. Stud plans for Texas Chrome were pending as of press time, with Keene telling Daily Racing Form that he was in the process of determining whether he would stand privately or commercially. Keene said Texas Chrome would likely stand in Texas or Arkansas.
First Winners for Turbo Compressor, Behold de Buy, Twinspired and Kettle Corn Numerous freshman stallions in the states covered by American Racehorse were recently represented by their first winners. Turbo Compressor, who stands at Breakway Farm in Dillsboro, Indiana, notched his initial winner when Florida-bred Boss Move won a $32,000 maiden claiming event at Del Mar by 7 1/2 lengths on August 25. An earner of $953,960 on the track, Turbo Compressor won four stakes, including the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes going 1 3/8 miles on the turf. The son of Halo’s Image, who originally stood in Florida, was more than just a distance horse on the turf as he broke his maiden going six furlongs on the main track at Gulfstream Park. Colorado stallion Behold de Buy had his first winner on August 16 when his daughter Behold That Word won a maiden special weight at Albuquerque Downs. The filly is a homebred for Donna Eaton, and Behold de Buy stands at Eaton Veterinary Clinic. The son of E Dubai won the 2010 Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park. Twinspired of Poplar Creek Horse Center LLC in Bethel, Ohio, had his first winner on September 21 when Ohio-bred Pure Justice won a maiden special weight at Belterra Park. The filly romped by nearly
16 lengths to win for owner/trainer Gary Patrick. Bred by Justice Farm and Greg Justice, the gray/roan 2-year-old sold for $5,500 at the 2016 ITOBA fall mixed sale. A son of Harlan’s Holiday, Twinspired ran in the 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) after running third in the Spiral Stakes (G3) and second in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1). On July 22 at Belterra Park, Funnel Cake, a colt from the first crop of Ohio stallion Kettle Corn, broke his maiden to become his sire’s first winner. The 2-year-old won a $22,300 maiden special weight for Ohio-breds at odds of 7-1 with Perry Ouzts in the irons for trainer Tom Amoss. Bred by John Hicks, William Hart and William Martin, Funnel Cake has earned $18,630 in three starts for owner Maggi Moss. He sold twice at Keeneland last year, first for $18,000 in January and then for $35,000 in September. A son of Candy Ride (Arg), Kettle Corn got better with age on the track and ended his racing career with earnings of more than $850,000 and two graded stakes wins. Kettle Corn stood the 2017 breeding season for $2,500 at Kimpton E. and Lori Williams’ Fair Winds Farm in Waynesville.
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fF Oklahoma-bred Lady Ivanka, Texas-bred Patrona Margarita and Indiana-bred Bucchero Earn Graded Stakes Wins
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During the months of September and October, a pair of 2-year-old fillies bred in Oklahoma and Texas burst onto the national scene with graded stakes victories at Saratoga Race Course and Churchill Downs, and a veteran Indiana-bred runner won a graded stakes at Keeneland Race Course to earn a trip to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. On September 2, Oklahoma-bred Lady Ivanka scored a minor upset in the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway Stakes in New York, and two weeks later, Texas-bred Patrona Margarita lit up the tote board in Louisville with a 23-1 victory in the Grade 2, $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes. Then on October 7, Indiana-bred Bucchero took the Grade 2, $200,000 Woodford Stakes on the Keeneland turf at odds of 26-1. Owned by Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables, Michael Imperio and Susan Montanye, Lady Ivanka started her career two for two and earned an automatic entry to the Grade 1, $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 4 at Del Mar with her Spinaway win. Under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., Lady Ivanka stalked before going four-wide out of the turn to overtake the pacesetters and complete the seven-furlong sprint in 1:24.97. Lady Ivanka won her debut for trainer Rudy Rodriguez on August 9, posting an eight-length score at 5 1/2 furlongs at the Spa. The Tiz Wonderful filly handled the step up in class three weeks later, going off at 5-1 and paying $12.40 on a $2 win wager. She more than tripled her career earnings to $199,800. “I think she’s very good; she’s got a very good mind,” Rodriguez said. “She can see, like you see, she’s just sitting there behind horses; she’s been doing that in the morning all the time, so I think she can stretch out.” Lady Ivanka was bred by Scott Pierce out of the Officer mare Lady Leftennant. The filly did not meet her reserve at auction as a weanling or as a yearling. She then sold for $80,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale. Craig Upham’s Texas-bred homebred Patrona Margarita shook things up in the Pocahontas with a 3 3/4-length win over Kelly’s Humor. Ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. and trained by Bret Calhoun, Patrona Margarita ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.35 to defeat 11 rivals. The winner raced mid-pack in the clear on the outside, pulled herself within striking reach of the leaders around the far turn and took command at the eighth pole to comfortably draw away for the victory. The daughter of Special Rate banked $115,320 for the win to boost her bankroll to $150,253. Patrona Margarita also is the early points-leader on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks after collecting 10 points. The Pocahontas was the first of 30 qualifying races to the Grade 1, $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks
Bucchero to be run next May, and points were awarded to the top four finishers on a 10-4-2-1 scale. “I’m so happy for her effort this afternoon,” said Upham, who with his wife, Sue Dowling, operates Stoneview Farm in Texas. “I bred her, which
makes things even more special. Bret [Calhoun] and his entire team do such a phenomenal job. With her breeding we always thought she’d do well going around two turns. It’s special to be on the ‘Road to the Kentucky Oaks’ trail.” Patrona Margarita is by former Texas and current Oklahoma stallion Special Rate, who stood the 2017 breeding season at Glasses Creek in Madill, Oklahoma. This is the first graded stakes winner for the Pulpit stallion. Patrona Margarita is out of the Texas-bred mare Margarita Mistress, a daughter of the late Texas stallion Naevus, who stood at Stoneview. Margarita Mistress is also the dam of reigning Texas Horse of the Year Texas Chrome, by Grasshopper, who earlier this year became just the second Texas-bred to earn $1 million. Texas Chrome sold for $10,000 at the Texas summer yearling sale, and Patrona Margarita did not meet her reserve when the bidding stopped at $4,000 at the Ocala Breeders Sales August yearling sale. Ironhorse Racing Stable LLC’s Bucchero became a graded stakes winner in the Woodford Stakes with Fernando De La Cruz aboard.
The son of Kantharos won by 1 3/4 lengths in a time of 1:03.06 for 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf. The 5-year-old horse came into the race after winning the $105,600 Brickyard Stakes at Indiana Grand on the main track against Indiana-breds. Bucchero ran 11th in last year’s Woodford Stakes after also winning the Brickyard. The result this time, however, was much different. “[It was] mainly the timing between races, and he was doing really, really well,” said trainer Tim Glyshaw about switching the horse back over to the turf. “[Bucchero ran in this race last year] and it wasn’t nearly as bad as it seemed [finishing 11th]. He drew the one [post] and had to go and had the lead until the top of the stretch. Today we made a plan to sit off of Greg’s horse [Latent Revenge, trained by Greg Foley] and everything just worked.” Bucchero, who was bred by Southern Chase Farm Inc. and Karen Dodd, has a record of 22-9-6-1 with earnings of $638,366. After the win, Bucchero was being pointed to the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar on November 4.
Grade 2 Winner Dramedy to Stand at River Oaks Farms in Oklahoma Dramedy, a Grade 2-winning son of leading sire Distorted Humor, has been moved to Francisco and Lori Bravo’s River Oaks Farms in Oklahoma for the 2018 breeding season. The 8-year-old stallion stood his first two seasons at War Horse Place in Kentucky. He will stand for an introductory fee of $2,500 as property of John James Revocable Trust. A winner on both turf and dirt who captured the Grade 2 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes on the turf at Keeneland, Dramedy is out of the outstanding A.P. Indy mare She’s a Winner, who has also produced leading sire and Grade 1 winner Bluegrass Cat and multiple graded stakes winner Lord of the Game.
Dramedy’s second dam is Grade 3 winner Get Lucky, who is the dam of Grade 1 winner Girolamo, Grade 2 winner Daydreaming and Grade 3 winner Accelerator and the second dam of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Super Saver. “Dramedy’s pedigree is second to none in this region and more than measures up to the elite bloodlines you’d find in Kentucky for a much higher stud fee,” said Francisco Bravo. “When you add in a race record with a Grade 2 win and his proven stamina on the track, that makes him a unique breeding opportunity for horsemen in Oklahoma and the surrounding states, so we are excited to be adding him to our roster.”
General a Rod Debuts, Harry’s Holiday and Hunt Crossing Relocated to Indiana The roster of stallions in Indiana continues to grow with the addition of General a Rod, Harry’s Holiday and Hunt Crossing for the 2018 season. General a Rod, a Grade 1-placed stakes winner by Roman Ruler, has been retired to stand at Robin and Dale Berryhill’s Hidden Springs Farm in Palmyra, Indiana. He will stand for a $3,500 fee as property of Skychai Racing. “I like the bloodline and that he broke his maiden at first asking,” Robin Berryhill told BloodHorse. “He has the speed and the classic distance capability along with size and a good mind. He is the kind of stallion we need in Indiana.” A two-time stakes winner who earned more than $550,000, General a Rod ran second in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and third in the Florida Derby (G1) in 2014. He went on to compete in all three legs of the Triple Crown, with his best effort being a close fourth in the Preakness Stakes (G1). Justice Farm’s stakes-winning and Grade 3-placed stallion Harry’s Holiday makes the move to Dr. Amy Youngblood’s Southern Indiana Equine for the 2018 season to participate in the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Program. Harry’s Holiday is by multiple Grade 1 winner and $3.6-million earner Harlan’s Holiday and is a three-quarters brother to the successful stallion and Grade 1 winner Into Mischief. He is out of the unraced Orientate mare Daisy Mason whose dam, Leslie’s Lady, was Broodmare of the Year in 2016 and the dam of multiple Eclipse Award winner, multiple Grade
1 winner and $5.5-million earner Beholder, as well as Into Mischief. “He has a very strong pedigree with Beholder and Into Mischief appearing in it,” said owner Greg Justice of Justice Farm, located in Lexington, Kentucky. The bay stallion boasts the same A++ TrueNicks rated pedigree as juvenile champion Shanghai Bobby. Harry’s Holiday covered 28 mares in his freshman season in Kentucky and will be standing for $3,000 in Indiana for the 2018 season. Hunt Crossing, a stakes-winning son of Grade 1 winner Corinthian, has been relocated from West Virginia to stand at Indiana Stallion Station near Anderson. Hunt Crossing won first time out by four lengths against maiden special weight company at Saratoga Race Course. After finishing off the board in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga, he won the $132,362 Monmouth Park NATC Futurity to end his three-race career with earnings of $110,417. “With 39 2-year-olds getting ready to run and 49 3-year-olds starting to race, we felt Hunt Crossing was a good fit in Indiana with the great breeding program incentives that are available,” Ryan Campbell of Indiana Stallion Station told BloodHorse about the 8-year-old out of the stakes-winning Silver Deputy mare Silver Lace. From three crops to race, he has sired 10 winners and the earners of nearly $340,000, including stakes-placed Anywhere But Here. Hunt Crossing will stand for a fee of $1,000. AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017 19
Lone Star Park Records Big Jump in Handle for Thoroughbred Meet Lone Star Park concluded its 20th anniversary Thoroughbred season July 30 with an 11.7 percent increase in live handle, the largest year-overyear increase since the track opened in 1997. The total amount wagered on the live product, both on- and off-track, was $46.5 million versus $41.6 million last year. Daily averages were $929,835 compared with $832,433 a year ago. “It was a terrific Thoroughbred season as is befitting our 20th anniversary,” said Scott Wells, president and general manager of Lone Star. “We were up over the last few years in nearly every category, the exception being total attendance, and that is due to the fact that we had three concerts instead of six.” Total on-track simulcast wagering was $27.4 million compared with $25.6 million wagered in 2016, an increase of 6.9 percent. An all-sources total of $73.9 million was wagered during the meet, a five-year best, compared with the all-sources total of $67.3 million wagered in 2016. The all-sources handle increased 10.5 percent. Attendance during the 2017 Thoroughbred season, which was conducted over 50 dates between April 20 and July 30, totaled 337,584, a decline of 6.9 percent compared with 362,434 during the 50-date 2016 season. Average daily attendance was 6,752, down from 7,249 a year ago. The 2017 Lone Star Music Series was reduced from six shows in 2016 to three this season. The three concerts drew a total of 31,517 fans for an average of 10,506 per show. The six concerts in 2016 were attended by a total of 80,806 fans for a per concert average of 13,468.
A total of 3,542 starters competed in 450 races. Average field size was 7.87, compared with the 2016 North American average (U.S. and Canada) of 7.59, according to The Jockey Club. Lone Star Park’s average daily purses were up 2.27 percent to $151,157 compared with $147,801 from last season. Jockey Richard Eramia won his first Lone Star riding title. He finished the meeting with 68 wins from 319 starts for earnings of $1,023,083. Iram Vargas Diego was just three wins shy of Eramia, with 65 winners from 314 starts. Diego racked up earnings totaling $949,424. Finishing third was Sasha Risenhoover with 47 victories from 237 starts and earnings of $620,424. Risenhoover set a new record for most wins by a female jockey during a single season at Lone Star. The previous record of 33 was set in 2001 by Deirdra Panas. Already Lone Star’s all-time leading trainer, Steve Asmussen raised the bar again with a record 12th track title (1999–02, both spring and fall meets in 2004, 2005–09). Asmussen sent 302 starters to post and won 79 races, earning $1,072,886. Finishing second in standings was Karl Broberg, who has three previous top trainer titles (2014–16). Broberg’s stable entered 248 starters, for 54 winners and earnings of $690,216. Two-time leading trainer Bret Calhoun (2010–11) finished third with 42 wins. Asmussen also earned his second owner title at the Grand Prairie racetrack with 31 wins. Keene Thoroughbreds LLC was second with 27 wins for the season.
For more racing and breeding news, go to AmericanRacehorse.com Saturday Launch, Revolving Added to Texas Stallion Ranks Saturday Launch, the first North American winner sired by Grade 1 winner Any Given Saturday, has been retired from racing and will stand stud at Baker Ranch near Iredell, Texas. He will stand for a fee of $1,000 as property of TTA lifetime member Stephen Baker, who campaigned the horse throughout his career. Saturday Launch won seven times and earned $266,433. He ran a close fourth in the Grade 3 Illinois Derby defeating Our Entourage, Z Rockstar and Currency Swap. Saturday Launch is out of Ardum Relaunch, a multiple stakes-placed daughter of Cee’s Tizzy. Baker Ranch also announced that Unbridled Sheriff, a multiple winner and stakes-placed son of Posse who earned $86,795, has been relocated to Davidson Stables in Grant, Oklahoma. 20 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017
Revolving, a winning son of A.P. Indy and a leading second-crop sire in Florida, has been relocated to Texas for the 2018 breeding season and will stand at Double S Thoroughbreds in Poynor. He will stand for a fee of $1,000 as the property of 224 Thoroughbreds LLC under the ownership of Mark A. Davenport. By Horse of the Year and leading sire A.P. Indy, Revolving is out of Grade 1 winner Circle of Life (by Belong to Me), who also produced Hopeful Stakes (G1) winner and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) runner-up Circular Quay and multiple Grade 2-placed The Roundhouse. Currently ranked third among all second-crop sires in Florida, Revolving is represented by seven winners this year with three repeat winners and progeny earnings of more than $170,000 in 2017.
Texas-bred Retired Racehorse Named T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year
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charity chosen by The Jockey Club. This year’s winner is SSO Valor, registered as Raja’s Best Dancer, a 23-year-old gelding that serves as a police mount with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Valor has been a member of the police force for 14 years. He has worked every large event in Sarasota County and has facilitated crowd control at a Super Bowl, numerous college football games and a Republican National Convention. After Hurricane Irma, Valor helped with crowd control outside of retail shops. Valor was also one of two horses used in the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Activities League SADDLES program, an experience for latch-key kids and at-risk kids who learn team building, non-verbal communication and how to care for horses. “Valor has served with distinction his entire career at the sheriff’s office, and everyone who has worked with him has been honored and thankful to do so,” said Sergeant Chris Laster, supervisor of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit. “He is an ambassador not only for mounted police units but also for retired racehorses.” Raja’s Best Dancer is a son of Raja’s Best Boy who spent SSO Valor, registered as Texas-bred Raja’s Best Dancer, earned the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of most of his racing career in Texas. He broke his maiden in a $7,500 claiming race in 1996 at Sam Houston Race Park the Year Award. The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) announced and added another claiming win at Sam Houston the following year. He Texas-bred Raja’s Best Dancer as the winner of the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of retired from the track with a record of 18-2-1-1 and earnings of $7,467. the Year Award. Created in October 2011, T.I.P. recognizes and rewards the versatility of The honor recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non- the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and highcompetitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work, and point awards at sanctioned horse shows, year-end performance awards, includes a $5,000 grant to the nonprofit organization associated with the a recreational riding program and non-competition awards. Additional horse or, if no organization is associated with the horse, to a horse-related information about T.I.P. is available at tjctip.com.
Canterbury Posts Positive Numbers for 2017 Meet The 67-day meet at Minnesota’s Canterbury Park concluded September 16 with a slight gain in total handle compared to last season even though six fewer races were run in 2017. Total handle was $43.67 million, a 0.9 percent increase, while average daily handle was up 3.9 percent at $651,839. The number of starters per race increased 4.1 percent, another positive indicator. “Overall, the race meet was a success,” company president Randy Sampson said. “We are very fortunate to have the support of both race fans as well as horsemen that each contribute to making Canterbury Park thrive.” Mac Robertson won his 11th training title at Canterbury. He finished the season with 69 wins and a record $1,763,068 in purse earnings. Jareth Loveberry, riding at Canterbury for the first time, won the riding title with 74 wins. The leading Thoroughbred owner was Novogratz Racing Stable, which won the final race of the meet to pass Curtis Sampson for the award with 17 wins on the season.
Here are Canterbury Park’s 2017 divisional champions: Horse of the Year and 2-Year-Old—Amy’s Challenge (owner: Novogratz Racing Stable, trainer: Mac Robertson) 3-Year-Old Filly—Double Bee Sting (owner: Curtis Sampson, trainer: Tony Rengstorf ) 3-Year-Old Colt or Gelding—Hot Shot Kid (owner: Warren Bush, trainer: Mac Robertson) Sprinter and Older Filly or Mare—Honey’s Sox Appeal (owner: Bob Lindgren, trainer: Mac Robertson) Older Horse—Hay Dakota (owner: Alice Mettler, trainer: Joel Berndt) Grass Horse—Some Say So (owner: Tom Rosin, Patti Miller and Mark Kane, trainer: Judd Becker) Claimer—Monday Confession (owner: Pick 5 Stable, trainer: Karl Broberg) AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017 21
Remington Park Star Okie Ride Dies
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Okie Ride, winner of four Oklahoma Classics Sprints and multiple other stakes at Remington Park, died August 9 just seconds after completing a half-mile breeze. The 10-year-old local champ collapsed at about 8:45 a.m. after finishing his second four-furlong breeze of the Remington Park pre-season. Jockey Luis Quinonez was up for the work and immediately sought to aid the horse. Okie Ride is believed to have suffered a pulmonary event, according to track veterinary staff. Owned and bred by the Richter Family Trust of John and Kris Richter of Perkins, Oklahoma, Okie Ride was trained by Kenny Nolen. “All of us are just devastated,” Nolen said from Canterbury Park in Minnesota, where he was racing this summer. “He was just such a big part of us and part of our family. We are all taking it hard, especially my wife, Sally. When ‘Okie’ first came to us, he was a shy horse. Sally started working with him and caring for him, and it changed his personality. He became her horse. He would hear her voice when she came to the barn and you could immediately see him perk up. He had a great personality and confidence because of her, and I truly believe she brought the best out of him when he raced. “I’m very sad that I wasn’t there this morning, but Sally was, and at least I know she was with him.” The news about Okie Ride caused shockwaves throughout Remington Park. “Our deepest sympathies are extended to the connections of Okie Ride,” said Remington Park President and General Manager Scott Wells. “The Oklahoma horse racing community lost one of its brightest stars this morning. Okie Ride was a constant fixture in our winner’s circle for seven years, which speaks volumes for the way the Richter family and the Nolen family cared for him. He will be missed by thousands of fans.” Okie Ride was preparing for his annual return to Remington Park action, where he has competed exclusively, with great success, since the fall of 2013. The lighter racing schedule, normally four to six races per Remington Park season, was an advantage to the Oklahoma-bred gelding by Candy Ride (Arg) from the Geiger Counter mare Tic Tic who would have attempted to set records in Oklahoma City for career wins this season. “Right after his last race each season at Remington, we would pull his shoes, and he would go home to the Richters’ place, where he would have a good, long vacation for a few months,” Nolen said of Okie Ride’s
Okie Ride annual routine. “A few years ago, we decided to give him those breaks and just focus on the races available for him at Remington Park. I think it was a big part of why he was so successful for so long, because he didn’t have to race year-round. The schedule and the money at Remington Park were a perfect spot for him. I think it is good for all horses to get a vacation.” Okie Ride won at least one race in each year of his Remington Park career from 2010 through 2016. A sprint specialist, Okie Ride won the $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Sprint four times, the $50,000 Remington Park Turf Sprint three times and the $50,000 Silver Goblin Stakes three times, all versus Oklahoma-breds. The last victory for Okie Ride facing foes in open company took place in a 2012 allowance race at Remington Park. A winner of 16 career races, Okie Ride amassed 14 scores at Remington Park. His career comes to an untimely end just one win away from the mark for most all-time wins at Remington Park. Okie Ride shares the mark for most wins in the Oklahoma Classics Sprint, winning the race in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016. The four victories put him alongside Highland Ice, who won the Classics Sprint in four consecutive years, 1996–99. Okie Ride’s four Classics night wins tie him with She’s All In and Notable Okie for the second-most victories in the series for Oklahoma-breds. Overall, Okie Ride started 41 times, winning 16 with 10 second-place runs and six third-place finishes. At Remington Park he tallied 33 starts, 14 wins, seven seconds and six thirds. Okie Ride earned $789,714 in his career with $700,642 made at Remington Park.
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Local and Regional Charities Win Big at Indiana Derby A record crowd and generous donations made the 23rd running of the Grade 3, $500,000 Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino a success for local and regional charities. The Shelbyville property hosted three days of Indiana Derby festivities, culminating with the Indiana Derby on July 15. Many organizations, including several veterans assistance programs, benefited from fundraising efforts during A Royal Derby celebration. A record crowd for the Indiana Derby also benefited by witnessing an impressive win by Reddam Racing LLC’s Irap with Mario Gutierrez up for trainer Doug O’Neill. Irap went on to run third in the Travers Stakes (G1) and second in the Pennsylvania Derby (G2), but in the latter he suffered a lateral sesamoid fracture and later was euthanized after developing laminitis following surgery. Five veterans organizations received donations from the annual A Knight in Arms event held on July 13. The benefit took place in the Indiana Grand clubhouse, and proceeds went toward Helping Hands for Freedom, K9 for Veterans, Warrior Vodka—Cheers to Our Heroes, Wreaths Across America and Wish for Our Heroes. Donations totaled nearly $19,000. “It always amazes me to see the continued generosity and commitment to our veterans shown by Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and Centaur Gaming,” said Marine Corps veteran Glendel Coble, Indiana Grand’s vice president of casino non-gaming operations. “Our COO, Jim Brown, continues to take giving to the next level, and this year was no exception.”
Coble added, “The live races were named to honor each charity and two of our fallen heroes. As a veteran, the respect that was shown to all of our veterans and the Gold Star families was truly amazing.” Also benefiting from fundraising efforts was Friends of Ferdinand, a local Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Foundation-accredited racehorse adoption program that retrains and cares for horses no longer suitable for racing. Friends of Ferdinand received a $5,000 donation from Indiana Grand. In addition, Indiana Grand made a $3,000 donation to Catch the Stars Foundation, an organization created by Olympic gold medalist and WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings. Catchings made an appearance at the Indiana Derby to promote her foundation, which empowers youth to achieve their dreams by providing goal-setting programs that promote fitness, literacy and youth development throughout Indianapolis. Two area schools also received donations as the Shelbyville High School post-prom committee and Morristown High School Choral Department raised funds through snow cone, cotton candy and cookie sales. Indiana Grand was also a big winner with record derby attendance and high revenues throughout the three-day affair. “This was a record-breaking Indiana Derby,” said Jonathan Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing. “Last year, we surpassed the old wagering handle record by about $400,000, which was $3.15 million versus $2.71 million. This year, our handle surpassed last year’s record number, $3.58 million versus $3.15 million in 2016. Attendance for the event was 13,622 this year versus 12,974 last year.”
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The End of the Road for Trinity Meadows
The Trinity Meadows grandstand before it was demolished to make room for new development. More than two decades after the last race was run at Trinity Meadows, the track near Dallas-Fort Worth has finally been torn down. Originally known as Clear Fork Downs when it offered non-parimutuel racing starting in the 1960s, Trinity Meadows opened for pari-mutuel racing in 1991 and had some short-lived success. The opening of nearby Lone Star Park was a primary factor leading to the track’s downfall, and Trinity Meadows ceased live racing in 1996. It was later renamed Squaw Creek Downs and operated as a training center, but had been vacant and deteriorating for many years. In August, the 9,000-seat grandstand was demolished to make room for a mixed-use development. Even though the track is now gone, some reminders will remain.
“We thought of anything and everything to figure out how we could save the building,” Kyle Wilks of owner Wilks Development told Lance Winter in an article in the Weatherford News. “Everyone is sensitive about what happens to it and what ultimately comes of it. How do you take something that is in such disrepair and memorialize it, so people don’t forget?” Beams from the grandstand will be repurposed for a bridge across Trinity Creek, and some of the poles around the track will be refurbished and placed around the new development. “There are all kinds of gems like this on the property,” Wilks said. “That will be our challenge, to bring this area into the future while being respectful of its past.” The track property also includes the grave of Texas-bred Breezin Lad, who was buried there after breaking down in a race in 1991. The son of My Dear Charlie was one of the top sprinters in the region with 24 wins from 41 starts, including two stakes wins during that first meet at Trinity. He also won stakes in New Mexico and Arizona and finished second to Answer Do in the Grade 3, $100,000 Phoenix Gold Cup at Turf Paradise. “I’ll never forget the first day the track opened,” said Parker County Judge Mark Riley in the article. “Traffic backed up on the access road way past the Aledo cutoff. The line of cars looked like they were back up to downtown Fort Worth. “There was nothing like it around in the Metroplex.” AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017 23
Remembering Grade 1 Winner Bonapaw
Bonapaw, a graded-stakes winning sprinter and one of the most popular runners in Louisiana and around the region, was euthanized July 7 at Old Friends in Kentucky due to complications caused by the neurological disease EPM. He was 21. Bred in Kentucky in 1996, the bay gelding with a thin white stripe down his nose was by Sabona out of the Nijinsky II mare Pawlova. He was featured in the September/October 2015 issue of American Racehorse. Bonapaw was purchased by James Richard for $6,500 at the 1997 Keeneland September yearling sale. The horse then took James and his twin brother, Dennis, on the ride of a lifetime. Based in Louisiana, Bonapaw won a combined seven stakes at the state’s tracks—Evangeline Downs, Louisiana Downs and Fair Grounds—and also took the show on the road to win stakes at Oaklawn Park, Prairie Meadows, Arlington Park and Belmont Park. He also competed in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and traveled to the United Arab Emirates, where he finished sixth in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen. What was even more amazing about Bonapaw was that the older he got, the better he got. In fact, his biggest win came as a 6-year-old at Belmont in 2002 when he captured the Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes. Upon his retirement in 2008, he had 18 wins, seven seconds, four thirds and $1,118,752 in earnings in 48 career starts—a great return on the Richard brothers’ initial investment.
Bonapaw After the brothers died, James Richards Jr. donated Bonapaw to Old Friends in 2009, where he lived out his life grazing on sweet Kentucky bluegrass and greeting visitors while enjoying all the carrots he was offered. “We are so grateful to have had these years with Bonapaw,” said Old Friends President Michael Blowen. “He was a great racehorse, and he meant so much to his owners as well as all of his many fans. Jamie even donated Bonapaw’s Vosburgh Trophy to us, and we will cherish it always.” – Rick Capone
Tinners Way, Last Son of Secretariat and Former Texas Stallion, Dies at Age 27 Tinners Way, a multiple Grade 1 winner and the last colt born of the great Secretariat, has died. The 27-year-old stallion was euthanized July 5 at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, where he had been pensioned since 2010 after standing stud in Texas. Old Friends resident veterinarian Dr. Bryan Waldridge attributed the cause of death to acute onset of seTinners Way vere neurologic disease. Bred and raced by Juddmonte Farms, Tinners Way began his career in Europe, where he won three of his seven starts in England and France, including the City of York Stakes and the Milcars Temple Fortune Stakes on the turf as a 3-year-old. In the U.S. as a 4-year-old, he joined California-based trainer
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Bobby Frankel’s barn, and under the Hall of Famer’s watchful eye the striking chestnut won the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic in 1994, beating future Hall of Famer Best Pal and posting a record-equaling mile and a quarter of 1:59 2/5, a time reminiscent of his sire’s Kentucky Derby run. Tinners Way had a repeat victory in the 1995 Pacific Classic, where he defeated 1994’s Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Concern, and he earned yet another Grade 1 win the following year in the Californian. Sent to stud in 1997 after 27 starts, seven wins and career earnings of $1,846,546, Tinners Way stood at Vinery in Kentucky, Harris Farms in California and finally at Key Ranch in Texas, where he retired in 2010 as the richest racehorse in Texas. He was donated to Old Friends by owners Phil Leckinger and Jerry Hardin. “Twenty-seven is not a bad number,” said Leckinger by phone from Texas. “I can’t thank Old Friends enough for the care and support he was given. Tinners Way certainly did wonders for us, he did wonders for Juddmonte on the track, and I hope he did wonders for his friends and fans in retirement.”
OKC Summer Sale Records Big Increase in Average and Total Sales The Carter Sales Co.’s OKC Summer Sale saw the average yearling price jump by 21 percent and recorded a 16 percent increase in gross sales with a total of $531,400. Yearlings averaged $9,137, a nearly $2,000 increase over 2016. An Oklahoma-bred Flashback filly out of the Tiznow mare Tiz Merry topped the sale. Phil Adams of Gainesville, Texas, purchased the filly for $55,000 from the Buena Madera consignment for Hidden Creek Farm. The next highest seller at $44,000 was an Oklahoma-bred Mister Lucky Cat filly out of Eternal Joy, the dam of multiple stakes winner Heykittykittykitty ($495,161). The Luckily Partnership/D. Dipalo purchased the filly from the Millar Equine consignment. Two horses were knocked down at $43,000 each. The first was an Oklahoma-bred colt by Jimmy Creed out of the De Niro mare Showmethegreencard who was purchased by SBM, agent for Clark Brewster. Mighty Acres consigned the colt for Center Hills Farm. The next at $43,000 was an Oklahoma-bred Flat Out filly out of the Broken
Vow mare Broken Blues. The filly went to Jay Lewis of Jones, Oklahoma. She was bred by John James Revocable Trust and presented by Marty Powers. “This was the best catalog in our sale’s history,” Sales Director Terri Carter said. “It was strong across the board, and that made the sale so much fun for everyone. The atmosphere was just so energized. “We’ve always tried to make the sale fun with food and music. I think horse racing is often a family venture, and it’s great to see these families together out selecting their next racing prospect.” Carter credited the $43,075 maiden special weight purses at Remington Park as a driving factor in the strong market. “They are doing a lot of good things at Remington with capital improvements and the new Remington Park Racing Club designed to let people try their hand at racehorse ownership with a small buy-in for a group experience of owning and racing,” Carter added. “We are really lucky to be in a state where racing is doing so well.”
Too Much Bling Offspring Top Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale A pair of Texas-bred yearlings by leading Texas stallion Too Much Bling topped the August 21 Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale at Lone Star Park with bids of $100,000 apiece. The auction was run by the Texas Thoroughbred Association for the second year after taking over operations from Fasig-Tipton. The yearling session posted solid gains compared with last year’s sale, as 59 of 90 head sold for $681,800 with an average of $11,556 and a median of $4,500. The sales total is up 11.4 percent from last year’s $611,800, while the average jumped 19 percent from $9,711 and the median increased 80 percent from $2,500. The buyback rate this year was 34.4 percent compared with 31.5 percent last year. “I was very pleased with the yearling session, and this sale again proved that a Texas-bred by a Texas stallion can still bring big money,” Sales Director Tim Boyce said. “It was good to see the average and the median improve, and I expect to see a good number of these horses back here for our 2-year-olds in training sale this spring.” The first $100,000 yearling was a colt named Lullaby Bling from the consignment of Benchmark Training Center, agent, who sold to Jackson Durham shortly before the solar eclipse passed through the Dallas-Fort Worth area with about 75 percent coverage. The January 22 foal is a full brother to Bling on the Music, who topped the
2016 Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale at $95,000 and has since earned $153,082 with two stakes wins and a Grade 2 placing. Lullaby Bling is out of the winning Action This Day mare Soft Music. The second $100,000 Too Much Bling yearling, a filly consigned by Asmussen Horse Center, agent, and prepped by Brant Schafer of Elgin, Texas, sold to Susan Moulton not long after the eclipse. The March 19 foal is out of the unraced General Meeting mare General Reunion, who produced a full brother named Nublado Bling, a stakes winner of more than $140,000. The mixed session totaled $33,000 with 14 of 36 sold for an average of $2,357 and median of $1,400. Last year’s mixed session, which featured a strong consignment from the closing of Lane’s End Texas, brought in a total of $167,700 with 28 of 30 sold for an average of $5,989 and median of $2,700. “The Lane’s End Texas consignment gave us a big boost for the mixed session last year, and we just didn’t have that same firepower this year, but overall I think it was still a good sale,” Boyce said. The high-seller from the mixed session was a Supreme Cat mare in foal to Stonesider who sold for $11,000 to Jerry Durant from Eureka Thoroughbred Farm, agent. For hip-by-hip results, go to ttasales.com.
Heritage Place Thoroughbred Sale Records Across the Board Gains Heritage Place concluded its sixth annual Thoroughbred sale on October 8 with significant increases across the board for both sessions. The yearling session saw a 19 percent increase to the average price on horses sold with an average of $6,047. The median price increased 15 percent over last year to $3,900. A total of 66 percent of those offered were marked sold, which is a 3 percent increase in the percentage of sold horses when compared to 2016. The mixed session average was $2,667 and was up $1,184 per head over
the same session last year. The Thoroughbred sale finished with an overall average sales price of $5,137, which is an increase of $2,030 per head on horses sold compared to last year’s overall average of $3,107. The high-seller was an Oklahoma-bred yearling filly by Jimmy Creed who sold for $30,000 from Ellen Caines, agent, to Twisted Chaps Racing Stable LLC. To view hip-by-hip results, go to heritageplace.com. AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017 25
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Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Inducts Asmussen, Sexton and Creole Dancer
Steve Asmussen with his parents, Keith and Marilyn.
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The Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame on October 21 inducted six new members at a gala at Retama Park. The Thoroughbred inductees included trainer Steve Asmussen and Texas-bred Creole Dancer, along with the late track executive Steve Sexton, Quarter Horse Ochoa, Quarter Horse breeder and owner O.C. “Preacher” O’Quinn and AQHA past president Johnny Trotter. Asmussen, a two-time Eclipse Award winner and the trainer of more than 7,800 winners, joined his brother, former jockey Cash Asmussen, and one of his top trainees, Valid Expectations, in the Hall of Fame. Creole Dancer, a 1983 son of Dancing Dervish, won eight of 18 races and nearly $250,000 with victories in the Friendship Stakes at Louisiana Downs, Carousel Handicap at Oaklawn Park, Ak-Sar-Ben Handicap at Ak-Sar-Ben and the Gold Cup Handicap at Delta Downs. He later became a successful stallion. Sexton worked at Lone Star Park in a variety of management positions both before and after the track ran its first race in 1997. Sexton passed away in 2016, and the track renamed one of its signature races, the Texas Mile, as the Steve Sexton Mile.
Equine Sales Company Records Across-the-Board Gains in Consignor Select Yearling Sale Equine Sales Company on August 31 posted gains in every meaningful category in its consignor select yearling sale in Opelousas, Louisiana. All told, 138 of 193 head sold for a total of $1,636,400 with an average of $11,858 and median of $7,000. That represents a gain of 8.8 percent in sales compared with last year’s $1,503,900 with an identical number of horses sold. This year’s average also increased by 8.8 percent from last year, and the median was 27.3 percent better than last year’s $5,500. The buyback rate was 28.5 percent compared with 33.7 percent last year. “We expected to have a strong sale as our consignors really showcased an excellent selection of yearlings,” Sales Director Foster Bridewell said. “But I was even a little surprised at how good the numbers were considering the region is still dealing with the aftereffects of Hurricane Harvey.” The sale topper was a Louisiana-bred colt by 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft–out of the stakes-placed Cat Thief mare Noble Bandit. The April 19 foal was consigned by 4M Ranch, agent, and purchased by Louis Roussel III. Five other horses sold for $50,000 or more with the leading filly being a Louisiana-bred daughter of Violence who sold for $50,000 to O’Brien Bloodstock from Pike Racing, agent. For hip-by-hip results, go to equinesalesofla.com.
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Man o’ War with his longtime groom Will Harbut
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he mares were quietly grazing in the fields and Once Feustel started training Man o’ War, it seemed the keeping an eye on their foals, who were running and horse might have inherited Hastings’ temperament, as “he playing together before stopping to nurse or take would dump exercise riders and make it hard to saddle him,” a nap. It was a beautiful spring day at Nursery Stud, according to the Hall of Fame article. So, Feustel had to change August Belmont II’s renowned Thoroughbred breeding his training strategy. farm just north of Lexington, Kentucky. With patience, Man o’ War became a little more cooperative, If you looked closely, a young chestnut colt seemed to stand but according to Ellis, it might have had more to do with the a little taller than the other foals as he gazed into the distance. horse than anything else. He had what some called “the look of eagles.” “When Man o’ War was in training, once he figured out That colt would soon be named Man o’ War, and before ‘what they wanted me to do, they wanted me to run,’ he long he would become a legend. became a bit more cooperative because he just loved to run,” Man o’ War was foaled at Nursery Stud on March 29, 1917. Ellis said. “He just wanted to go.” At the time, Ercel Ellis’ father, Ercel F. Ellis Sr., worked there, and the day after the colt was born, Ellis Sr. put the first halter on him. “The first job he had in the horse business was with August Feustel chose a five-furlong maiden special weight at Belmont at Nursery Stud, which is out the old Georgetown Belmont Park on June 6, 1919, as Man o’ War’s first race. Pike,” said Ellis, a horse racing historian and host of the weekly There, against six other horses, he won by six lengths despite radio show “Horse Tales with Ercel Ellis” on 105.5 FM in his jockey, Johnny Loftus, who was aboard for all of his races at Lexington. “He wasn’t there that night when Mahubah [Man o’ two, trying to slow him down. War’s dam] foaled, but he was there the next day. That morning Man o’ War went on to win the Keene Memorial at Belmont, when Man o’ War was walking around and they turned him the Youthful Stakes at Jamaica Race Course, the Hudson out later that afternoon, he slipped the little halter on him and Handicap and Tremont Stakes at Aqueduct and the United States let him follow him out.” Hotel Stakes at Saratoga, all while carrying more weight than his Man o’ War’s pedigree was strong. He was by Fair Play out opponents, including 130 pounds in those last three races. of Mahubah, by Rock Sand. His father’s sire, Hastings, had Interestingly, the second-place finisher in the United States won the 1896 Belmont Stakes. However, what Hastings was Hotel Stakes was a colt named Upset, who would soon be best remembered for was his temperament. He was called a forever linked to Man o’ War for a reason no one expected. mean horse, known to “bite and ram other horses in races,” With his power, speed and reported 28-foot-long stride, the according to an article about Man o’ War on the National longest ever measured at the time, Man o’ War won his races Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame website. Belmont loved his horses and horse racing, but he loved his country Man o’ War’s stride of 28 feet was the longest ever measured at the time. more, and he went to serve a commission during World War I. Since he knew he wouldn’t be able to give his newest foals the attention they deserved, he sold the entire 1917 crop, including Man o’ War. Into the picture stepped Samuel D. Riddle, a textile manufacturer in Pennsylvania who also enjoyed horse racing. When his trainer, future Hall of Famer Louis Feustel, advised him to purchase Man o’ War at the 1918 Saratoga yearling sale, Riddle bought the colt for $5,000. Keeneland Library/Cook Collection
Beginnings of a Legend
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Upset, with Willie Knapp up, wins the 1919 Sanford Memorial Stakes at Saratoga with Man o’ War and Johnny Loftus closing fast to finish second; it turned out to be the only time Man o’ War lost a race.
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easily, and as his wins began to add up, so did his following. Dedicated horse racing fans and casual fans alike began coming to the track to watch him run. But then the unthinkable happened. On August 13, 1919, in the Sanford Memorial at Saratoga, Man o’ War lost for the first time—to Upset, the horse he had just beaten in his previous race. According to news reports, Man o’ War got a bad start in the race because he was turned the wrong way at the start, but Edward L. Bowen, former BloodHorse editor and current Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation president, believes people might have the wrong impression about that start. “It’s often written as if he was turned exactly the wrong way,” Bowen said. “But if you look at the chart, he was within four lengths after a quarter-mile. So, I think when they said ‘the wrong way,’ I’ve always assumed they meant sideways, not really facing the other way.” Either way, Man o’ War made up ground quickly and was soon within striking distance, but he was boxed in along the rail. “People didn’t believe it at the time [that he lost]. He was giving the horse [Upset] 15 pounds,” Ellis said, explaining that Upset’s rider, Willie Knapp, intentionally kept Man o’ War trapped on the inside while leader Golden Broom was stopping. Knapp, with Upset on the outside, could have gone by the fading frontrunner at any time. 32 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017
Knapp, according to Ellis, waited until Johnny Loftus, who was aboard Man o’ War, realized that he wouldn’t be able to get through and instead would have to take back and go around Golden Broom. At that point, Knapp gunned Upset to the front. The strategy cost Man o’ War a couple of lengths, but once in the clear, he came running to end up second by a halflength. Golden Broom finished three lengths back in third. That’s the way riders raced, and Knapp was happy with the win. However, as Ellis recounted, later in his life Knapp looked back on the race and said he had thought about it a lot. If he had known what Man o’ War was to become, he would have let him out. Knapp believed not only that Man o’ War was the better horse that day but on any other day, as well. Man o’ War and Upset would meet three more times during their careers, with Upset the runner-up each time. While Man o’ War’s connections were disappointed with the Sanford loss, they felt it was a fluke, and they were correct. Man o’ War bounced back and won the Grand Union Hotel Stakes (with Upset second) and Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga and the Futurity Stakes at Belmont to close out his 2-year-old campaign. All told that year, he won nine of 10 races, finished second once and earned $83,325. For his efforts, he was named champion 2-year-old male.
Perfection at Three In 1920 the Triple Crown was not the prestigious title it is today, and in fact that term had not yet been coined for the three racing events that comprised the crown, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Riddle did not like running his young horses too early, so Man o’ War did not compete in the Kentucky Derby and instead opened his season in the Preakness Stakes, then run at 1 1/8 miles, at Pimlico on May 18. There, with a new rider, Clarence Kummer, Man o’ War won the race over a familiar rival, Upset, who was 1 1/2 lengths back in second. Man o’ War and Kummer followed that with two wins at Belmont, the Withers and the Belmont Stakes, the latter by 20 lengths. He next won the Stuyvesant Handicap at Jamaica and then beat John P. Grier, another good horse of that era, in the Dwyer Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct. Bowen believes that, while all of Man o’ War’s wins were impressive, the Dwyer just might have been his best performance. “John P. Grier was a very good horse and was able to really challenge Man o’ War,” Bowen said. “And the fact that [Man o’ War] took that challenge from a really top-class horse and then drew away, I think that was probably his best race.” While Ellis considers Man o’ War’s Preakness victory as his
top victory, he thinks the horse’s win in the Dwyer ranks right up there with his best. “That was the race that … John P. Grier had headed him, I think, in the stretch,” Ellis said. “The rider [Kummer] reached back and hit Man o’ War one time, and he won by a length and a half. It was over that quick.” It was the first time Kummer had to touch Man o’ War with his whip. Man o’ War then went to Saratoga for two races. In the first, the Miller Stakes, with Kummer injured, Earl Sande was in the saddle and guided Man o’ War to a six-length win under 131 pounds. Then, with Kummer still not ready to ride, Andy Schuttinger rode Man o’ War to a 2 1/2-length win in the Travers Stakes. It was an impressive performance as “Big Red,” the nickname he was given long before Secretariat took the moniker, defeated his two major rivals, Upset, who was second, and John P. Grier, who was third. Man o’ War’s next race, the Lawrence Realization, which came on September 4 at Belmont, was possibly his most remarkable. Going 1 5/8 miles, and with Kummer back aboard, as he would be for the rest of the season, Man o’ War defeated Hoodwink by an unbelievable 100 lengths. And, according to the race chart, he was “restrained at the end.” It’s easy to dismiss that margin of victory considering that the overmatched
Man o’ War, ridden by Clarence Kummer, defeats John P. Grier and jockey Eddie Ambrose in the 1920 Dwyer Stakes while carrying 18 pounds more than his rival.
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Hoodwink was the only other horse in the “race,” but Man o’ War’s time of 2:40 4/5 was more than four seconds faster than the previous world record. Following that win, Man o’ War went on to win the Jockey Club Stakes by 15 lengths at Belmont and the Potomac Handicap at Havre de Grace, where he carried an incredible 138 pounds.
The Match Race Next up was a much-anticipated meeting with 1919 Triple Crown winner Sir Barton in the Kenilworth Park Gold Cup at Kenilworth Park in Windsor, Ontario. Many tracks tried to lure the two champions together but a $75,000 purse offered by Kenilworth Park’s owner did the trick. In that race, the 3-year-old Man o’ War carried 120 pounds to 4-year-old Sir Barton’s 126 pounds, marking the only time Big Red carried less weight than his rival. At the break, Man o’ War took the early lead and never looked back, winning the 1 1/4-mile race by seven lengths. Not to make excuses, but some believed that Sir Barton was not 100 percent for the race.
Riddle cared for his horse’s well-being, and he was becoming increasingly concerned about the weight assignments. During his 2-year-old season, Man o’ War carried 130 pounds six times, while at three, except in his race against Sir Barton, he always carried the most weight under handicap conditions, including 135 pounds in the Stuyvesant and 138 pounds in the Potomac. Because of that, Riddle talked to Walter Vosburgh, the official handicapper for The Jockey Club who assigned weights to horses for races, and asked how much weight he thought Man o’ War would carry if he raced as a 4-year old. According to Ellis, Vosburgh said that if Man o’ War raced at four, “it would be the most weight I’ve ever put on a horse before.” With that response and with nothing else left for Man o’ War to prove, Riddle chose to retire his horse in good health and sent him to stud. Man o’ War closed out his record-setting career with 20 wins, one second and $249,465 in earnings in 21 career starts. He was inducted into the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame in 1957. As for the records he set during his career, according to the Hall of Fame article, “When all was said and done, Man o’ War had established three world records, two American records, seven track records and equaled another track standard.”
“The Mostest Hoss”
What no one knew at the time was that the
Kenilworth Park Gold Cup would be the final race of Man o’ War’s career.
With that win, Man o’ War closed out his 3-year-old season undefeated with 11 wins in as many starts and $166,140 in earnings. In fact, he tallied 14 consecutive wins when counting his final three wins as a 2-year-old. He was named 1920 Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male. However, what no one knew at the time was that the Kenilworth Park Gold Cup would be the final race of Man o’ War’s career. 34 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017
Man o’ War then headed to Kentucky for retirement. The first stop along the way was at Riddle’s private hunt club, Rose Tree Hunt Club in Media, Pennsylvania. All along the way people lined up to see him as he passed through their towns. In Bowen’s book, Man o’ War, which was the first book in the Thoroughbred Legends series, he cites Page Cooper and Roger Treat’s recording of the trip to Rose Tree Hunt Club from their own book about Man o’ War: “Man o’ War’s immediate destination was Glen Riddle … but it was a slow journey south, for it had no sooner started than it was transformed into a triumphant procession. At every stop along the way, crowds gathered to see the champion, and he obligingly stuck his proud head out of the van door in answer to their cheers. At last, the caravan reached Pennsylvania. Before going to Glen Riddle, [Big] Red and the former show horse, Major Treat, stopped at the Rose Tree Hunt Club in Media, where Mr. Riddle’s neighbors and friends had planned a welcome befitting royalty. As the van drew up to the club track, thousands of people who had been waiting ringed around.” In his book, Bowen wrote about the story of the horse reaching Kentucky: “Some three months after his Kenilworth Park Gold Cup swan song, Man o’ War arrived in Kentucky. On January 27, 1921, the great Kentucky-bred and soon-to-be monarch made his only appearance at a Kentucky racetrack. He was stabled in Col. E.R. Bradley’s barn at the Kentucky Association track in Lexington, on which racing had been conducted for nearly a century. The track by then was shabby and had only another dozen years of existence in front of it, and the strip was sloppy,
At left, Man o’ War with groom John Buckner and two unidentified men with his transport van.
Below, this conformation shot of Man o’ War was taken in 1936 at Faraway Farm. Keeneland Library
but Big Red’s old friend Clyde Gordon [his regular exercise rider] galloped him proudly before an appreciative crowd.” Following that, it was off to his stud career, which began at Hinata Farm north of Lexington. He stood there for one year and then moved to Riddle’s newly established Faraway Farm, which was close by, and there he would live the rest of his life. While many people think that Will Harbut was the horse’s groom right away, that is not true. His first groom was John Buckner. Harbut didn’t come into Man o’ War’s life until 10 years later at Faraway Farm. Together, Man o’ War and Harbut became Keeneland Library/ linked for life, as the groom enjoyed weaving Cook Collection tales of the horse’s career, much to the delight of the estimated three million people who visited him at Faraway between 1922 and 1947. Harbut’s most famous saying was “He was the mostest hoss that ever was.” However, when Man o’ War was lying down in his stall and Ellis also has fond memories of Man o’ War, his all-time visitors asked if he could be made to get up so they could see favorite horse. As a child, he grew up at Dixiana Farm, which him, according to Bowen’s book, Harbut told them, “Ma’am, was close to Faraway Farm, and he would ride his bike over to that’s Manny Wah. When he wants to git up, he gits up; when visit Harbut and Man o’ War. It was there that Ellis saw just he wants to lie down, he lies down.” how much the horse loved to run. While Man o’ War’s racing career stood on its own merit, “I watched Harbut walk him down [to the paddock]; the horse Harbut definitely helped grow the legend even more. would walk along, very alert,” Ellis recalled. “He’d get him there, “I think Will Harbut was a big part of [growing the legacy],” unsnap him, and he was gone. The power that horse had, and he Bowen said. “The fact that they were featured on the cover of the was 20 years old at that time … was unbelievable. The power.” Saturday Evening Post in the ’40s was an indication of his role in that. Ellis also talked about the beauty of the big horse. … Apparently, I’ve learned that Mr. Harbut was really well educated “This horse, let me tell you, he didn’t look like other [and] well spoken. And I’ve come to the tentative conclusion that horses,” Ellis said. “People who knew nothing about horses, he just felt it was advantageous to take on this homespun approach you can show them a picture of Man o’ War, and they’d say, and use all these colorful phrases that he’s so renowned for. … But, ‘That’s Man o’ War.’ You couldn’t do that with any other horse, certainly, he had a big part of keeping the legend alive.” I don’t believe, down through history. He was that unique.” AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017 35
Man o’ War and Harbut view a prototype of Herbert Haseltine’s bronze statue that originally stood at Faraway Farm.
A Lasting Legacy As a stallion, Man o’ War’s progeny won numerous stakes races over the years. Arguably, his greatest offspring was War Admiral, who won the 1937 Triple Crown and was awarded that year’s Horse of the Year honors. Sadly, as the saying goes, all good things come to an end. On October 4, 1947, Harbut died after suffering a stroke. Less than a month later, on November 1, Man o’ War died from a heart attack. Three days later, Man o’ War was buried in a casket lined in Riddle’s racing colors at Faraway Farm. More than 2,000 people attended the funeral, which was broadcast nationally on NBC radio. In the crowd that day were Ellis and his dad. “That was the first funeral I ever went to,” Ellis said. “They buried him out at Faraway Farm. A big crowd. It was broadcast nationally on radio. We had to park, gosh, almost a quarter of a mile away, because you know, Huffman Mill Road where Faraway was, it was a narrow country road. We walked over and kind of stayed on the fringe. I didn’t want to see the horse that way, and neither did dad, I know.” Soon after the funeral, a larger-than-life statue of Man o’ War, sculpted by Herbert Haseltine, was placed atop his grave. 36 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017
It remained there until the early 1970s, when the statue and the casket were moved to the Kentucky Horse Park, where the statue is proudly displayed today. This year, 100 years since he was born, Man o’ War still captures the imagination of horse racing fans of all ages and is still considered by many to be the greatest Thoroughbred of all time. Still, with his legend so strong after all these years, some people wonder if there could ever be another horse that might be said to be greater than Man o’ War. “I don’t know if there’s ever been a horse that fired the imagination like that horse did,” Ellis said. “He meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I doubt seriously if that will ever happen again. It was probably the timing, just coming out of the first World War.” Added Bowen, “I think it would take a lot of factors, and I’m not sure in today’s world that would ever happen. … I think you’d have to have a horse of just incredible ability who was owned and trained by people who were attuned to letting him be tested sufficiently for you to maybe say, ‘Well gosh, even Man o’ War didn’t do that.’ ” With his majestic presence and dominance on the track, Man o’ War has left a lasting legacy for the sport of horse racing, the likes of which will probably never be seen again. H
This year, 100 years since he was born, Man o’ War still
Herbert Haseltine’s iconic statue is pictured at Man o’ War’s gravesite on October 16, 1948, at Faraway Farm, nearly a year after the horse’s death. The statue now resides at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
captures the imagination of
horse racing fans of all ages and is still considered by many to be the greatest
Thoroughbred of all time.
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Rick Capone is a freelance writer based in Versailles, Kentucky, just down the road from Keeneland. He is also a volunteer at Old Friends, where he owns a retired Thoroughbred, Miss Hooligan, in partnership with his friends Michael Blowen and Tim Ford.
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STROLL Pulpit – Maid for Walking (GB), Prince Sabo (GB) • A son of the tremendous sire of sires PULPIT, STROLL was a superior racehorse who had seven wins and three seconds in 16 starts with four graded stakes victories, including the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic • Progeny earnings of more than $10 million, with nearly $1.5 million in 2017 alone, making him Iowa’s top stallion in a runaway! • Sire of five stakes horses in 2017, including three-time stakes winner and graded stakes placed SPECIAL ENVOY ($287,650)
• STROLL has sired 24 stakes horses, including Grade 3 winner SKYLANDER GIRL ($709,369), Grade 3 winner and Canadian champion VAN LEAR ROSE, Grade 3 winners GREAT MINDS and WALKABOUT, and Grade 1-placed Moonlit Stroll 2018 Fee: $2,000
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PERILS of the PROFESSION • A JOCKEY WALKS AWAY FROM A FRIGHTENING SPILL AT CANTERBURY PARK, BUT RIDERS ARE NOT ALWAYS SO LUCKY BY TED GREVELIS PHOTOS BY HEATHER GREVELIS
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was going over his head,” Butler said. “In that case the next thing going through my head is get out of his way. Most of the time horses will try and avoid you on their own, but everything happens so fast, in a split second, and even a horse can only react so fast. It’s a splitsecond reaction, and I look at [the photos] and I think that I was really fortunate; somebody was looking out for me. “In this circumstance, when I went over, he was so close to the ground that I didn’t have far to go,” he continued. “It wasn’t like I was thrown way up in the air and then hit the ground. I hit hard, yeah, but not as hard as I could have. When you’re in the middle of the race and they fall out from underneath you, that’s a different story.”
Living to Ride After a traumatic experience, many people have trouble getting back to whatever activity generated the setback. That’s not a luxury a jockey can afford. It takes a certain mindset to literally be able to get back on the horse. “I’ve been on a respirator for four days,” Butler recalled about a
ockey and horse almost move as one around the racetrack. The horse’s trust in the athlete holding the reins is absolute, and in turn, the rider on his back strives to guide the pair to the finish line swiftly and safely, an implied contract between the two to take care of each other. But the journey is not without peril. As Father’s Day on June 18 wound down at Canterbury Park in Minnesota, there had already been three stellar stakes and an oddly run no contest when a rider was dislodged at the start and the horse got loose, upending the running of the race when he scattered the field coming straight at him down the backstretch. The crowd had thinned by the time the ninth race was getting ready to be sent from the gate, which was positioned in front of the remaining fans for the one-mile contest. The odds-on favorite was Malibu Max, out of leading trainer McLean “Mac” Robertson’s barn, owned by the successful Novogratz Racing Stables and ridden by one of Canterbury’s perennial leading jockeys, Dean Butler. The gates opened and the horses sprung forward. Malibu Max, however, stumbled out of the gate, his nose hitting the ground. Butler’s momentum carried him over the top of the horse, and he found himself in the dirt, watching the field—including his mount—head off without him. Butler wasn’t hurt. This time. But he could have been. “In this race, the first jump he went down to his knees, and I
past injury. “You come back because it’s in you. It’s either in you or it’s not. You just can’t let that bother you. Something might happen, something could happen, something will happen; you can’t let that get to you. “It’s like people that religiously go to the Boston Marathon,” he said. “When you go again after the bombing [in 2013], it’s in the back of your mind, but
you’re not going to let that stop you. You’re going to go and you’re going to do it because you like to go and like to do it. You might take a few more precautions and be more aware of what’s going on, but for the most part, if it’s in your blood, it’s in your blood.” While it’s estimated that 35 percent of accidents happen at the gate, most occur during a race. As an incident unfolds, riders draw on all their experience to stay safe. “That’s where your experience comes into effect,” Butler said. “Something happens in front of you that Although both the you’ve seen before, so you can say to yourself, ‘I’ve seen horse and jockey Dean this before, something is going to happen,’ and you can Butler escaped serious position yourself, guide your horse into a position that injury in the photo you can avoid it. It’s important to pay attention to what’s sequence highlighted going on around you and ahead of you. Some guys ride in this article, the winner with their heads down—no matter how long you’ve been of more than 2,100 riding for, if you’re not paying attention, you can get in races knows the perils trouble.” of riding all too well and sustained an injury Jockeys Helping Jockeys not long after those While organizations exist for helping injured jocks, the photos were taken. veterans in the jocks’ room look inward before looking outward when a brother or sister goes down. “Everywhere I’ve ever been the first thing we do is put AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017 45
up a sign-up sheet in the jocks’ room for people who want to donate something, a mount fee, anything,” Butler explained. “You help out because you know that if it were you, you’d want them to help you out as well. Especially here, we come together pretty good. The riders take care of each other and help each other the best we can.” A California study in the early part of this century pegged the accident rate for jockeys at a little more than one incident per 1,000 rides and that 51 percent of all incidents result in injury to the jockey. Dozens are seriously injured every year and, sadly, deaths are not uncommon. “You try to hit the ground the best you can,” Butler said. “Every fall is different. There are times that it happens so quick that if you’re spread out, you really don’t stand a chance because you’re hitting the ground fast. There are other times where you can see something happening or feel something happening that I can prepare myself. “There really is nothing you can do except hope for the best,” the 46-year-old rider added. “Being fit and good athletes help. When I came off, I was sore the next day, but not as much as I thought I would. As you get older, when you hit the ground it’s harder to get up.” For those jocks who are seriously injured and miss significant time, life is hard. “We don’t ride, we don’t get paid,” Butler said. “And when you’re out and hurt any source of help is great.”
Giving Riders a Leg Up In 2014 the Leg-Up Fund was created at Canterbury Park with the 46 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017
express purpose of helping jockeys injured at the track to make ends meet. “Years ago, we had the Don MacBeth Fund, and we were always the top fundraising track in the country,” recalled Butler, a board member of the Leg-Up Fund. “We’d raise $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 a year. I think that goes to show you what a close family we are here. The Leg-Up Fund was set up to help our jockeys [so that] should something happen to them here, there would be something here that could help them out. And there certainly was a need for it. In this business, the top 100 riders in the country make all of the money. The rest are just making a living or just getting by.” While the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund helps riders who have suffered catastrophic injuries, the PDJF is not designed to help those who are injured and looking to return to the saddle. Members of the Jockeys’ Guild might get a couple hundred dollars a week while they are sidelined, and a racetrack policy often provides a similar amount. That might cover a mortgage or rent payment but not much else. “The Leg-Up Fund can get you some extra money to pay the bills and put food on the table,” Butler said. “Some riders have disability policies, but a lot of guys can’t afford that. The fund helps them.” On June 25, Canterbury held its annual Leg-Up Day, featuring fun and fundraising at the track, where horsemen and fans alike pitched in to help. There was a silent auction, the opportunity to sponsor a jockey for the day and other activities on the fund’s primary fundraising day of the year. Butler’s own daughters sold homemade,
Veteran rider Paul Nolan, a fan favorite at Canterbury Park with success all around the Midwest and Southwest, was seriously injured in a spill at Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma. Coady Photography
tie-dyed t-shirts and combined for a beautiful tie-dyed quilt that was part of the auction. “All the volunteers were tremendous,” said Willa Dailey, LegUp Fund chair. “And Jeff Maday [Canterbury Media Relations manager] really took the reins of the marketing effort with the track and just did a tremendous job.” “It was a fantastic day,” said committee member and Minnesota Thoroughbred Association Executive Director Kay King. “We had people from all over, with different backgrounds and varying levels of involvement all coming together to do good for a great cause.” “Last year was tough,” Dailey said. “We had six jockey claims in 2016—one long term—and we nearly depleted the fund before we really got started. My goal is to get the fund built up to a degree where we can increase the benefits for each claimant. With all the events
today and throughout the week, our goal was $40,000, and when all is said and done, I think we’ll meet or exceed that goal.”
Pitching in for Paul The day also featured a jockey’s race on bouncy balls to benefit local favorite Paul Nolan, a longtime fixture in the Midwest who is originally from England. On April 18, Nolan went down at Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma, turning his life upside down. Remarkably, Nolan had no broken AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017 47
bones but did have severe swelling of his spine that will require a long Chad Lindsay, Jareth Loveberry, Justin Shepherd, Denny Velazquez road of rehabilitation and recovery. The jockey did not sever his spinal and Patrick Canchari all produced signed originals with the help of cord but severe bruising has left him unable to move his arms or stand Lana Kay Beck. or walk on his own, though he does have feeling. Trainer Eric Heitzman purchased two and generously sent them “Paul had posted some bouncy ball race from another track on back into the auction to be sold again, while an anonymous donor Facebook,” said his wife, Sherry. “Kay King remembered it, and matched the sale proceeds up to $2,000, raising more than $5,000 for thought that they should do something like this, too. She called me Nolan and his family. and said, ‘We’re doing this for Paul and you have to be here.’ After all The long-term prognosis for Nolan is still uncertain, but one thing everyone has already done, it’s incredible.” that is certain is that his financial needs will continue. Nolan did the first part of his rehabbing at the Craig Center A jockey’s life can be a rough one—moving every few months, in Englewood, Colorakeeping weight down, do, a world-renowned staying in shape and facility for spinal riding on the edge of cord injuries, and then danger every day. returned to MinneTrainer Nevada Litfin summed up the sota to continue his dangers of being a recovery at the Courage jockey simply and efKenny Rehabilitation Institute. fectively: “Show me “There are not words another job in history where an ambulance to express how grateful follows you around all Paul and I are,” Sherry day.” said. “The support we Author’s Notes: Malhave had has been overwhelming—spiritually, ibu Max was unhurt financially, good wishin the race and has since come back to run. es, people always being Butler was also unhurt in touch. It’s so magnificent. I’m out of words in this spill, though he to say ‘thank you.’ was injured a week later “I wish I had more when his mount broke that we could share with peodown underneath him. He is reA jockey’s race on bouncy balls was just covering and hoping to be back ple,” she added. “We put the inone of many events to help raise riding soon. formation up when we have it, funds to aid Paul Nolan’s recovery. Checks can be sent in supbut right now it’s just working hard. His spirits are good most of the time. They’ve upped his physi- port of Paul Nolan to: Kay King, Minnesota Thoroughbred Ascal therapy, and he got to take the cervical collar off. They are working sociation, c/o Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Road, Shato strengthen his legs. kopee, MN 55379 (please make checks payable to Paul Nolan). When asked how she was holding up, Sherry hesitated, gathered Donations for the Leg-Up Fund can be sent to: Leg-Up Fund, 1100 herself, and went on, “I’m doing the best that I can. Not as good as I Canterbury Road, Shakopee, MN 55379 (please make checks payable to would like, but hey, I’m hanging in there, you know? The emotional the Leg-Up Fund). H support, that’s huge. To know that there is core support there is just Heather and Ted Grevelis live in Minnesota and are founders of indescribable.” In another benefit for Nolan, during the annual backyard barbe- Midwest Paddock Report (mwpaddockreport.com), a blog dedicated to cue sponsored by the Minnesota Quarter Horse Racing Association racing in the upper Midwest, predominately at Canterbury Park. Ted and the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association, works of art created previously covered Canterbury for Daily Racing Form while Heather by local jocks were auctioned off in addition to a silent auction of is a photographer and media coordinator for both the Minnesota Thordonated items. Alex Canchari, Oscar Delgado, Quincy Hamilton, oughbred Association and Minnesota Quarter Horse Racing Association. 48 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017
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Raising the Bar FOR EQUINE CARE
THE CENTAUR EQUINE SPECIALTY HOSPITAL IN INDIANA OFFERS MIDWEST HORSEMEN ACCESS TO ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY By Jen Roytz • Photos by Ed Lausch Photography
Dr. Timm Gudehus and the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital offer cutting-edge equine technology just a few furlongs from Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.
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Located in the shadows of the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Purdue has a longstanding history of both benefiting from the outside of Indianapolis is the newly opened Centaur Equine Specialty success of horse racing in Indiana and pioneering advances in Hospital, which offers not only the horsemen of the Hoosier State veterinary medicine for the benefit of high-performance equine but also horse owners throughout the region access to world-class athletes. The university’s large animal hospital was the first to medical, diagnostic and emergency care services. The equine hospital, perform arthroscopic surgery on a horse in the 1970s, and in 1996 they opened their Equine which began accepting patients this spring, is a part of Sports Medicine Center, the Purdue University Colwhich featured a high-speed lege of Veterinary Medicine. equine treadmill for diagnostic and research purAmong the facility’s poses. The creation of the most notable features is an Equine Sports Medicine Equine 4DDI diagnostic Center came about in large imaging system, or standing computerized tomography part due to a provision in(CT) machine, which uses cluded in the original legtwo robotic arms to migrate islation that established around the equine patient, pari-mutuel horse racing allowing a horse to walk in in Indiana, which committed funding to Purdue for and remain standing for diagnostic imaging rather than equine research. having to be fully sedated and Purdue University also laid down for fluoroscopy, recently announced plans to CT and tomosynthesis. build a $35 million equine THERE ARE ONLY FOUR STANDING CT MACHINES FOR HORSES IN THE COUNTRY, AND ONE OF hospital on the campus of THEM IS LOCATED AT THE INDIANA FACILITY. A Vision Turned Reality the College of Veterinary Purdue officially broke ground on the $8.8 million project in October 2015, but the idea behind the state-of-the-art equine hospital had been in the works for more than a decade, thanks to a number of interested parties, including longtime Indiana state senator Dr. Bob Jackman, who initially brought the idea up to Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Dr. Willie Reed. “Once we passed the slots bill, I was convinced the horse racing industry was going to grow, bringing in more horsemen and horses— Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, everything,” said Jackman, an equine veterinarian who owns Jackman Animal Clinic in Milroy, Indiana. “I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Reed soon after he took over as dean and mentioned to him that I thought the university should consider building an equine hospital between the two tracks [Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park] because I suspected the quality and number of horses would be increasing due to the new legislation.” Built on land purchased by the Purdue Research Foundation, the hospital was made possible thanks in part to a $3.1 million pledge that included naming rights from Centaur Gaming, the parent company of Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand. Shelby County, where the hospital is located, also contributed $2.3 million. The Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital came as a logical complement to the school’s large and small animal teaching hospitals, which provide hands-on and classroom experience for veterinary students. 54 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017
Medicine. The 76,000-square-foot hospital will include general treatment facilities, modern surgical suites, advanced diagnostic capabilities, and sports medicine and teaching space. The new equine teaching hospital will be the first of a three-phase plan, which will also include new buildings for small animal and food animal teaching hospitals.
Lead Surgeon a Horseman at Heart At the helm of the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital is Senior Veterinary Surgeon Timm Gudehus, DVM, DACVS, DECVS, who has a wealth of experience, both as a veterinarian and as a horseman. Growing up in a warmblood riding and breeding family in his native Germany, Gudehus rode show jumpers at the grand prix level before attending veterinary school in Germany and completing an internship on the backside of the Munich racetrack. He came stateside in 2006 to complete a second internship focused on orthopedics in California, and since then has served as a resident in equine surgery at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, as a staff surgeon in Auckland, New Zealand, and as the lead surgeon of one of Europe’s largest and fastest-growing equine hospitals, where his client list included Olympic level competitors.
With experience covering everything from racing breeds and sport uled in advance. While its offerings include advanced diagnostic horses to breeding stock, Western disciplines and more, Gudehus is imaging, shockwave therapy, nuclear medicine, regenerative medicine, well equipped to handle whatever case comes his way at the Centaur endoscopic laser surgery and specialized equine orthopedic and soft Equine Specialty Hospital. tissue surgery, the feature that sets them apart more than any other is “Having ridden semi-professionally, I understand more than their standing CT machine. most, probably, that this is a business and that every discipline is One of only four in the country and the only one in the Midwest, different,” he said. “I’ve the standing CT can be a been afforded the opdiagnostic game-changer portunities in my career for veterinarians. to work with everything “First and foremost, it from polo and show is a step up from radiography,” Gudehus said. “The jumping to Thoroughbred and Standardbred scan itself takes about 27 racing and breeding and seconds, and with no need the pony or riding horse for general anesthesia, that is someone’s beloved horses get here and in 15 pet. Even though it’s a to 20 minutes they walk business, as a vet and as in, walk out, done. If you a horseman, you have to have a horse that warrants have that emotional drive a diagnosis, or if alternative diagnostic tools proas well, and the day I lose vided inconclusive results, that I should stop being a it’s a no-brainer, and the veterinarian.” fact that we have it availWhen starting a busiTHE EQUINE 4DDI DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SYSTEM CAN ness from the ground up, able right here for horseSCAN A HORSE IN LESS THAN 30 SECONDS WITHOUT THE whether it’s a veterinary men, it’s a game-changer.” HORSE NEEDING TO LIE DOWN OR BE FULLY SEDATED. hospital or otherwise, key While Purdue’s othteam members are often asked to wear many hats. For Gudehus, that er veterinary hospitals are teaching hospitals, the Centaur Equine meant serving not only as the hospital’s lead surgeon, but also as its Specialty Hospital operates more along the lines of a traditional lead communicator in an effort to create relationships with both area specialty practice, but their affiliation to the university makes them especially eager to offer opportunities for continuing education horsemen and potential referring veterinarians. “I’ve spent much of my time reaching out to the veterinarians in of horse owners, trainers, caregivers, veterinarians and veterinary the area and letting them know what we have to offer,” he said. “At students to optimize the health of horses. In October, the Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital hosted its first this point, I’ve made contact with the majority of the veterinarians within a 100 or so mile radius. We are here to support them, not to continuing education opportunity for veterinarians and horsemen. compete with them. We are an additional resource available for them The seminar focused on best practices for utilizing the hospital’s CT machine, with a lecture given by Tom Yarbrough, DVM, of the Dubai to use when servicing their clients.” Equine Hospital, which also has one of the machines. A surgeon and A Diagnostic Game-Changer diagnostician, Yarbrough is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Since opening this past spring, the Centaur Equine Specialty the standing CT machine. “The hospitals in the area and even as far as Ohio and Michigan can Hospital has performed more than 100 surgeries including everything from standing tie-backs, removal of ovarian tumors and colic benefit from what we can offer, and we want to cooperate, not compete, with them,” Gudehus said. “My niche here is not to replace my colsurgeries to neck and other joint fusions. “Opening a new hospital like ours is very much like a startup leagues, but to enhance what they have available to their clients.” H business,” Gudehus said. “We had a soft start and are learning what Jen Roytz is a freelance writer based in Lexington, Kentucky. She the phases and seasons of our business are going to be.” The depth of resources housed at the facility is robust, both for co-owns Topline Communications, a marketing agency that caters to small emergency cases and for those whose appointments can be sched- to medium-sized businesses both in and outside of the horse industry. AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017 55
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All progeny of the nominated stallions are eligible for the Stallion Stakes. This one time STALLION nomination fee provides eligibility for ALL FOALS sired by the nominated STALLION. THE STALLION MUST BE AN ACCREDITED OKLAHOMA BRED To receive Oklahoma Bred monies, the nominated foal must be an accredited Oklahoma Bred. NO PAYMENTS ACCEPTED AFTER APRIL 15, 2018
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40 Nominated Stallions=$40,000 2022 Remington Park 3 year old colts and geldings $20,000 Stallion Bonus 1ST 60%=$12,000 2ND 20%=$4,000 3RD 11%=$2,200 TH TH 5 3%=$600 4 6%=$1,200 2022 Remington Park 3 year old fillies $20,000 Stallion Bonus 1ST-60%=$12,000 2ND 20%=$4,000 3RD 11%=$2,200 5TH 3%=$600 4TH 6%=$1,200
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Broke his maiden going 7 ½ furlongs on the turf, won going short and long on the main track
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A LOOK AT SOME COMMON EYE PROBLEMS AND HOW TO SOLVE THEM By Megan Tracy Petty, DVM AMERICAN RACEHORSE â€¢ FALL 2017 61
ye problems are one of the most common health issues found in the horse. While there are entire textbooks devoted to conditions of the equine eye, this article will focus on several you are likely to encounter as a horse owner or equine professional. Specific attention will be given to acute conditions that should be treated as emergencies. The clinical presentation of the conditions discussed here can be quite similar. The primary symptom is eye pain; however, this can manifest itself in a handful of ways. Usually eye pain presents as tearing, holding the eye shut or being reluctant to open the eye in light, swelling of the eyelids and having a very constricted pupil. Additionally, you may notice a cloudy or blue appearance of the eye. If you encounter any of these symptoms, a phone call to your veterinarian is warranted. Eye pain symptoms are similar to colic symptoms in that all they tell you is that something is amiss but not specifically what the problem is. Further investigation is required to know what direction treatment needs to take. The diagnostic process for an abnormal eye is generally the same for any eye pain complaint, just as the diagnostic process is quite similar at the start of any colic case. Typically, your veterinarian will find the darkest stall available or request you bring the horse into the clinic if there is not an appropriately dark location at your horse’s barn. Darkness makes evaluation of the structures of the eye much easier. Next, sedation may be administered and a local block of the nerves that control the upper eyelid will be performed to facilitate full visualization of the eye. Examination of the eye’s deep and superficial structures will be performed using an ophthalmoscope. A stain will then be placed on the surface of the eye to determine if a corneal defect is present. This fluorescein stain adheres to the cells in the cornea that have been exposed and will “glow” bright neon green, allowing any defect to be readily visible. Treatment decisions are often made once the eye has been stained, as treatments are vastly different if a corneal defect is present. The following conditions are among the most common eye problems seen at our clinic.
From left: AN EXAMPLE OF atropine. Systemic antiULCERATIVE KERATITIS inflammatories such as ( CORNEAL ULCER ) TAKING flunixin or firocoxib UP FLUORESCEIN STAIN. are often implementUVEITIS OFTEN ed as well. The topical INCLUDES A BLUEISH OR medications may be CLOUDY APPEARANCE OF delivered in the form THE EYE ( CORNEAL EDEMA ). of an ointment or solution. Most superficial ulcers can be treated with an ointment a few times a day. More severe cases, however, often require a more extensive treatment protocol and may necessitate the use of a subpalpebral lavage system to administer the medication as a constant flow. Adjunctive treatment may also involve the use of serum or medications known as antiproteases to lessen the formation of fibrin within the anterior chamber of the eye. Atropine is used in most eye pain cases to dilate the pupil. Pupillary constriction occurs secondary to pain and is itself painful, and prolonged pain and constriction can lead to other ophthalmic conditions. Atropine is a mainstay in the treatment of any ophthalmic case.
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Photos courtesy Megan Tracy Petty, DVM
Ulcerative keratitis, more commonly known as a corneal ulcer, can range in severity from a slight abrasion of the cornea penetrating just through the most superficial layer to a stromal abscess which penetrates to the very deepest layer of corneal tissue. The cornea itself is the outermost layer of the eyeball. Its primary purpose is to provide a physical barrier to prevent the invasion of pathogens into the eye and to prevent too much fluid uptake into the stroma (middle layer of corneal cells). The cornea is only about as thick as 10 sheets of printer paper stacked together, and the outer layer of cells is as thick as two sheets. The cornea has a very poor blood supply, making healing of any defect a more complicated process than an abrasion on the skin.
More diagnostic steps, such as culture and cytology, may be taken in severe cases to better help plan the needed treatment. Typical corneal ulcer treatment involves the use of ophthalmicgrade topical antibiotics, antifungals, or both, along with topical
Uveitis, or inflammation of the uveal tract, can occur secondary to even superficial corneal ulcers or may be seen as its own primary acquired eye condition. The uveal tract is composed of the iris, which is the structure that gives the eye its color, as well as the ciliary body. The ciliary body is responsible for production of the aqueous humor of the eye and for muscular control of the lens. Uveitis is the number one cause of blindness in the horse, but while between 8 percent and 25 percent of horses are thought to have some manifestation of uveitis, only 1-2 percent of affected horses have symptoms severe enough to lead to vision impairment. Uveitis often presents as a blueish or cloudy appearance of the eye (corneal edema),
is exquisitely painful and will lead to many of the eye pain symptoms listed earlier with a few other distinctive characteristics of its own. Specifically, it is common to see blood, pus or fibrin within the anterior chamber of the eye and engorged blood vessels within the sclera. Sometimes, however, the symptoms may be as subtle as the eyelashes of the affected eye pointing down, rather than straight out. There are essentially two forms of primary uveitis: acute uveitis and recurrent uveitis. Interestingly, acute uveitis from any underlying condition can potentially lead a horse to develop the immunemediated equine recurrent uveitis that many commonly refer to as “moon blindness.” Each uveitis episode causes some degree of damage to the structures of the eye, creating a problematic long-term prognosis. More severe secondary conditions include corneal scarring, cataract formation, glaucoma From left: AN EXAMPLE OF and retinal degeneration. EYELASHES POINTING The potential causes DOWN RATHER THAN of acute uveitis can be PERPENDICULAR TO separated into infectious CORNEAL SURFACE. and noninfectious. As A REPAIRED the list of potential causEYELID LACERATION. es is almost endless, your
veterinarian will likely perform other diagnostic tests aside from a thorough eye exam. Laboratory tests such as complete blood count, serum biochemistry analysis and infectious disease serologic tests may be needed. The infectious causes of uveitis range from bacterial infections, such as leptospirosis (often implicated as the cause for equine recurrent uveitis), streptococcus and E. coli, to viral diseases like equine herpesvirus-1 and equine infectious anemia. Other infections such as tooth-root or hoof abscesses have also been identified as causes, as have parasitic onchocerca infections. Noninfectious origins, such as trauma and neoplasia, can also cause acute uveitis. The common denominator in developing acute uveitis is damage to the uveal tract that allows protein to leak into the aqueous of the eye, which leads to the associated symptoms. If an underlying cause can be identified, then treatment centers around that cause. If an underlying cause cannot be identified,
symptomatic treatment of the eye itself becomes the main focus. The primary objective is eliminating the inflammation and thus the pain from the eye. This is where a careful eye examination becomes of paramount importance. Topical steroids, such as prednisolone or dexamethasone, are often the first medications of choice for uveitis, as they are powerful anti-inflammatories with excellent corneal penetration ability. However, if a corneal abrasion is present, the use of these medications can be profoundly detrimental to the eye. Other mainstay medication choices for acute uveitis involve the use of atropine and systemic anti-inflammatories like phenylbutazone or flunixin as well as the addition of aspirin.
Laceration of the Eyelid
Thanks to the anatomical location of the eye on the horse’s head, and the very nature of horses, laceration of the eyelid is an extremely common eye condition. These injuries are often identified rapidly by owners, but in some cases, given the varied housing conditions of horses, it can be days before the injury is identified and the horse presents for examination. The eyelid possesses excellent blood flow, completely contrary to the cornea, which allows for rapid and efficient healing. Surgical correction is the only treatment option for eyelid lacerations, and these can almost always be performed with the horse heavily sedated and standing. Should you encounter an eyelid laceration, it is imperative that you resist the urge to cut off the hanging strip of lid, regardless of the condition you find it in initially. Removal of the affected portion of lid causes exposure keratitis down the road, effectively producing recurring corneal ulcerations simply because the horse has no way to protect its globe. After suturing the laceration, your veterinarian will perform a thorough eye exam to rule out the presence of any other eye trauma that could lead to more severe problems going forward. Many other conditions can affect horses’ eyes, with ulcerative keratitis, uveitis and eyelid lacerations being the most commonly encountered. Anything we, as the advocates for our equine companions, can do to intervene promptly when eye pain is encountered will ultimately lead to a happier and healthier horse. This begins with never assuming we know what is going on in and around the eye without a proper examination by a veterinarian. Initiating an appropriate therapeutic plan from the beginning improves not only healing but often the long-term prognosis for the eye. H Megan Tracy Petty, DVM, is an associate equine veterinarian at Tularosa Equine Clinic in Tularosa, New Mexico. A born and raised Texan, Petty is an active member of the Texas Thoroughbred Association, serving as the current president of the Paddock Foundation and board member of the Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Bryan, and their dogs Maverick and Ray on their work-in-progress horse farm, Creekside Farm, in Bent, New Mexico. AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017 63
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Winner, Grade 2 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland Bred by: Southern Chase Farm/Karen Dodd
Indiana-bred and sired horses have proven their mettle across the country and across borders. In 2016, the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Program distributed $16 million in incenti incentive money, and that’s not just in Indiana.
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STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS ARKANSAS THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS’ AND HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION NEWS Deadline Reminder and Oaklawn Update Horsemen are reminded of the December 31 deadline for registration of 2017 foals as registered Arkansas-breds and stakes nominations of registered Arkansas-bred (yearling) foals of 2016. Forms are available on the ATBHA website at atbha.com or can be obtained, along with additional information, by calling (501) 624-6328. Oaklawn Park’s stable area opened November 13 and the track opened for training November 20. Trainers and owners are encouraged to get Jockey Club papers of your registered Arkansas-breds stamped at the ATBHA office prior to turning them in to the Oaklawn racing office. Opening day of Oaklawn’s 2018 live meet is January 12. The Oaklawn stakes schedule includes five events for registered Arkansas-breds, each offering a purse of $100,000. To view the complete stakes schedule, condition books and more information, go to oaklawn.com.
Arkansas-bred Purse Supplements
Among the other top sellers was a Run Away and Hide colt out of the winning Henny Hughes mare Henny Luvs Shrimp who brought a bid of $13,000 from Kent Bamford. The colt was consigned by Jason Hall and Mark Hillman. David Wahlert and Alan Kincade went to $11,000 for a son of El Roblar, consigned by Fleming Thoroughbred Farm. The colt is a full brother to this year’s CTBA Lassie winner Robthequeen, who sold for $12,000 last year. Average price increased to $6,946, up 36 percent over last year, while the median rose to $4,550, up from $3,600 a year ago. However, the buyback rate at this year’s sale jumped from 38 percent to 51 percent. All horses in the sale are eligible for next year’s Silver Cup Futurity at Arapahoe Park. Fillies are eligible for the Arapahoe Debutante, which includes a $15,000 bonus for Silver Cup Sale graduates. To view hip-by-hip results, go to cotba.com.
INDIANA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS AND OWNERS ASSOCIATION NEWS Indiana-Breds Make History at the Breeders’ Cup
COLORADO THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION NEWS Menoken Farms’ Duo Tops Colorado Silver Cup Yearling Sale Two colts consigned by Menoken Farms of Montrose, Colorado, drew bids of $31,000 and $30,000 to fetch top dollar at the Silver Cup Yearling Sale, hosted by the Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association on August 5. Kim Oliver signed the $31,000 ticket for Magical Star, a Sky Mesa colt out of the Touch Gold mare Guiding Star. Mr. Candy Man, a Sydney’s Candy colt consigned by Menoken Farms for Jason Hall and Bob Schreiber, brought $30,000 from Annette Bishop, perennially among the leading owners at Arapahoe Park. One week earlier, Bishop’s purchases from last year’s sale won the $42,170 Silver Cup Futurity (Da Grump, by Daaher, an $11,000 purchase) and the $44,000 Arapahoe Debutante (Give Em Fitz, by Tulsa Te, who fetched $10,000).
The ATBHA Board of Directors voted to again pay an incentive purse supplement to owners of registered Arkansas-breds when their registered Arkansas-breds place first, second or third in an open company race at Oaklawn Park during the 2018 racing season, excluding stakes and handicap races. The supplements will be paid at a rate of $4,000 for a first-place finish, $2,000 for a second-place finish and $1,000 for a thirdplace finish. This is the same purse supplement program funded by the ATBHA during Oaklawn’s 2017 live season. The amount paid to Arkansasbred owners in 2017 was $65,500 with seven first-place finishes, 14 second-place finishes (and one second-place dead heat finish) and 10 third-place finishes. Piedi Bianchi
For the first time in program history, two Indiana-breds ran in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar on November 3-4. Bucchero has been a consistent performer for owner Ironhorse Racing Stable LLC, but the 5-year-old burst onto the national stage with a thrilling victory in the Grade 2 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland Race Course to punch his ticket for racing’s marquee event (see page 18). While bettors had the chestnut pegged as a longshot at 26-1, Ironhorse Racing’s manager partner Harlan Malter and trainer Tim Glyshaw felt confident going into the race. “Some people may have seen Bucchero’s win as a fluke, however, he has been an excellent turf horse and the Woodford was a target the past two years,” Malter said. “I feel the fashion in which he won the Woodford showed he belongs with the top level of turf sprinters.” While Bucchero is Ironhorse’s first Indiana-bred, he’s not their only one, as Malter said they are committed to the program. Bucchero has earned $669,566, with an additional $133,870 in Indiana Breeders Awards earnings.
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STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS Bucchero, a son of Kantharos, was bred by Southern Chase Farm Inc. and Karen Dodd. Two-year-old filly Piedi Bianchi is already familiar with the Del Mar surface. Trained by Doug O’Neill, she broke her maiden there and was runner-up in the September 2 Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1). Most recently, she was third in the Chandelier Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita and has earned $141,000. Piedi Bianchi sold as a weanling at the Keeneland November sale for $60,000 and then for $80,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Doug O’Neill’s brother, Dennis, purchased the filly for Nice Guys Stables at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales March 2-year-olds in training sale for $80,000. The gray filly by Overanalyze was bred by Greg and Deann Baer, owners of Full Throttle Racing in Columbus, Indiana. The Baers have been active breeders in the Indiana program since the start. They just happened to be at the OBS sale sitting behind O’Neill when he purchased the filly. “I was so excited,” Deann said. “For a little bitty breeder, we always hope they go to the right home.” “This is a really exciting time for Indiana and for our program,” said Jessica Barnes, director of racing and breed development for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. “It shows that our program is growing, and we cannot wait to cheer on Bucchero and Piedi Bianchi in November.” Bucchero was entered in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1), while Piedi Bianchi was set for the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). Look for a Breeders’ Cup recap in the winter issue of American Racehorse and at americanracehorse.com.
Indiana-Bred Shines in California for ESPN Analyst Kirk Herbstreit’s First Win as an Owner Indiana-bred Soul Streit, a 2-year-old ridgling by Maclean’s Music, made an auspicious debut at Del Mar on August 13, winning his first race under a hand-ride by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. Bred by Pat and Dennis Doran of Oak Ridge Farm in Palmyra, Indiana, Soul Streit won the $61,725 maiden special weight by more than five lengths for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Soul Streit races for Baffert’s wife, Jill, and BCKH Stable, which includes ESPN College Gameday analyst Kirk Herbstreit. “Wow! That was fun! Can’t wait to watch this young horse keep growing!” Herbstreit tweeted to his more than 1.3 million followers after the win with his first-ever racehorse. The win earned the colt the distinction of being named the Thoroughbred Daily News’ Rising Star for August 13. Pat and Dennis Doran have been Thoroughbred breeders for 30 years and have been participating in the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Program for the past eight. “What attracted us to Indiana from Michigan was the strong breeding program and the breeder’s awards in Indiana,” Dennis explained. The Dorans use a program to keep up-to-date with all of the foals they’ve bred and raised and were able to watch Soul Streit’s debut at Del Mar. 68 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017
The couple uses a combination of intensive research and gut feelings when it comes to breeding their horses on their southern Indiana farm. “We always do research about how the horses rank, and in Soul Streit’s case he ranks A++ in the nicks ratings,” Pat said. “When we saw Maclean’s Music, there was a connection there and I knew we had to breed to him. Soul Streit’s dam also won her first race out, and won more than a quarter-million dollars, so we have some high hopes for this colt.” Soul Streit’s dam, Yodeladytoo, is carrying a Maclean’s Music foal for 2018. “We’re just small breeders,” Dennis said. “This is what you dream about every time you foal one out.” “We are always happy to celebrate our breeders, and the Dorans are no exception,” said Jessica Barnes, director of racing and breed development for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. “We can’t wait to see what Soul Streit does with his fabulous connections in the future.” Following his maiden win, Soul Streit ran a credible fifth in the Grade 1, $301,380 Del Mar Futurity. Soul Streit sold for $85,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale.
Indiana Thoroughbred Numbers Grow as Program Flourishes When The Jockey Club released its report on mares bred in 2017, Indiana stood out as the state with the largest increase in mares bred and stallions standing in the state among the top 10. The numbers released in the October 25 press release were based on Reports of Mares Bred (RMB) received through October 17. Overall, The Jockey Club reported that 1,342 stallions covered 31,863 mares in North America this year. While the number of stallions and mares bred declined nationally, Indiana showed an increase of 22.92 percent for stallions and 43.52 percent in mares bred. This positive news is on top of the Indianabred program having its first-ever Breeders’ Cup entrants with Bucchero and Piedi Bianchi. “Horse racing in Indiana is on the upswing, and we’re very proud of the recognition our breeders, owners and stallion owners are now starting to get on a larger level,” said Jessica Barnes, director of racing and breed development for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. “The Thoroughbred Breed Advisory Committee is committed to helping our program grow and listening to our owners and breeders.” Two new stallions standing in Indiana for 2017 were Victor’s Cry and Dowsing at Holden Farm near Greenfield, and according to The Jockey Club, the pair led the state in mares bred with 30 and 28, respectively. The increases in Indiana were highlighted in an October 25 article in Thoroughbred Daily News. Herb Likens, president of ITOBA, noted in the article that he believed there were three reasons for the upward trend: 1) a change in leadership in the Indiana Horse Racing Commission that “regained trust among our breeders that the program is going to stay stable,” 2) a “great working relationship” with
Indiana Grand operator Centaur Gaming, and 3) publicity efforts by ITOBA to get the word out that the state’s Thoroughbred incentives are on the upswing. “I think there’s some new blood and there’s some movement [of breeders] from other states also,” Likens said in the article. “Illinois’ program is failing or maybe has failed, and of course, we’re in close proximity to Kentucky, so we’ve got some breeders from over there also. In the next few years, I think you’ll see us move toward putting a little more money in the Indiana-sired races [that might] attract better stallions from Kentucky to move into the state.” The Indiana program is lucrative, with breeders earning 20 percent of the total purse and stallion owners getting 10 percent of the total purse when a horse wins a restricted race at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. In an open race, they can earn up to an extra 40 percent of the total purse if an Indiana-bred horse wins or comes in second or third.
ITOBA Stallion Season Stakes Payments If you missed the November 1 payment deadline for the 2018, 2019 or 2020 ITOBA Stallion Season Auction Stakes, you still have the chance to participate through a late nomination. And starting with the 2020 editions of the races, a total of $10,000 in ITOBA-sponsored owners awards will be available. For more information and a list of eligible stallions, go to itoba.com.
Stallion Auction Reminder The ITOBA Stallion Season Auction is coming up on January 5-8 and again will be hosted by Starquine. The auction continues to grow every year. For stallion owners, a donation gives added exposure to your stallion and increases the earning potential of his progeny as all of his Indiana-bred foals will be eligible for nomination to the 2022 Indiana Stallion Auction Stakes. For the buyers of stallion seasons, you have the chance to get a great deal and run for some big money down the road. For more information, go to itoba.com or starquine.com
Mixed Sale Recap The October 15 ITOBA Fall Mixed Sale at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino recorded a big increase in gross sales coupled with a small decrease in average. All told, 45 horses sold for a total of $214,700, a jump of 83 percent from last year when 23 head brought $117,550. Not surprisingly with a larger catalog, the average dipped slightly by 7 percent from $5,111 to $4,771. The buyback rate this year was 20 percent compared with 36 percent last year. For complete results, go to itobasales.com
Indiana Breeders and Owners Learn Marketing Lessons from IHRC Seminars This summer, owners and breeders participating in the Indiana Horse Racing Commission’s (IHRC) Indiana Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Breed Development Programs were invited to Indiana
Grand Race Course & Casino to learn about marketing and advertising basics for promoting their farms and stallions. Concepts such as tackling social media, building an eye-catching website, writing press releases and basic public relations were part of the tutorial. Chad Mendell from EquiSeen, Jen Roytz from Topline Communications, Denis Blake from American Racehorse and Vance Hanson from TwinSpires.com shared their years of experience and knowledge in the industry, making for a low-key informational discussion that benefited everyone. “The seminar gave me some good ideas to get started marketing my farm as a new breeder,” said Sandra Walter, a Thoroughbred breeder in central Indiana. “I hadn’t considered using social media to help market and sell my Indiana-bred foals, but now I will.” Mendell pointed out that breeders have only five to 10 seconds to catch someone’s attention with a website and pushed attendees to think outside of the box and use emotions to create action. Roytz agreed, saying equine advertising should either tug on the heartstrings or make the public laugh. “We wanted to give our breeders and owners the tools to help themselves,” said Jessica Barnes, director of racing and breed development for the IHRC. “We know we have a great incentive program but not many outside of the state know. The commission is working to increase public knowledge, but we know our breeders need to push their programs more as well.” The marketing seminars were recorded and will be available online at a later date. The seminars are a first in what will be a series of educational opportunities for participants in the state’s breed development programs. The effort is a first of its kind among racing commissions in the country. The IHRC, in conjunction with the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Program, also launched another new initiative with the establishment of a database for those seeking to ship their mare for the 2018 foaling season. The idea of the database is to help owners who might wish to participate in the Indiana program the first time and are not familiar with what farms might be available. Program farms from across the state have sent in their information to the IHRC, and listings are still being accepted. If a broodmare owner is looking for a farm, they can email the IHRC at thoroughbred@ hrc.in.gov and a list will be provided to them. The IHRC will not recommend a certain farm over another and is just providing the list of farm addresses and contact information. It is up to the owner to choose. Likewise, it is up to the owner to contact the farms and pursue their own vetting process to see what farm is the right fit for their mare and their goals. “We wanted to offer one more service to make it easier for our breeders and owners, and potential new Indiana-bred owners, to participate in our growing programs,” said Megan Arszman, communications coordinator for the IHRC.
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STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS IOWA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS AND OWNERS ASSOCIATION NEWS
Iowa Classic Night Recap
One Fine Dream
Congratulations to all the winners and participants on Iowa Classic Night on August 12 at Prairie Meadows. Following is a recap of the winners. Oklahoma-based Danny Caldwell, with his fourth consecutive Prairie Meadows leading owner title clinched the night before, watched his 6-year-old gelding Itsallaboutyou, bred by David McShane and Don Frazier, record his 12th victory in his 40th career start by winning the $85,000 Dan Johnson Sprint. Trained by Federico Villafranco and ridden by leading rider Ramon Vazquez, Itsallaboutyou stalked the pace set by Basic Chance and Scrutinizer down the backstretch, angled out turning for home and rallied to win by 1 1⁄2 lengths in a speedy 1:08.70 for six furlongs. The owners of the 2-year-old filly Msbrooklynbrawler—Brian Hall, Jason Loutsch, Justin Loutsch, Jason Cline and Nick Jensen— watched their runner remain undefeated in two starts with an impressive 12-length victory in the $93,150 Iowa Sorority. Trainer Kelly Von Hemel gave jockey Marlon St. Julien a leg up on the Into Mischief daughter bred by Allen Poindexter. The filly dueled with Clear Creedence for the first half-mile, put that rival away and then took command, covering six furlongs in 1:10.53. Prairie Meadows Hall of Famer Sandra Rasmussen couldn’t have been more pleased with the way the meet ended for her 3-year-old filly Theperfectvow. Also bred by Allen Poindexter, the daughter of Majesticperfection notched her third consecutive victory with her tally in the $103,500 Iowa Breeders’ Oaks. Sporting the familiar River Ridge Ranch LLC colors, jockey Ry Eikleberry took the filly to an early lead before holding off My Miss Kallie by almost three lengths. Theperfectvow was clocked in 1:41.88 for one mile and 70 yards. Robertino Diodoro was the winning trainer. Tin Badge was the highlight of an otherwise challenging season for the Mamas Thoroughbreds of Marylee Vanderpool and trainer Greg Zielinski. Their precocious 2-year-old gelding gave them good reason to look forward to next year with his five-length victory in the 70 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017
$93,150 Iowa Cradle. The homebred son of The Deputy (Ire) needed only token urging from jockey Glenn Corbett to sprint clear early, assume a three-length lead turning for home and hold off Lucky Perfection and Artie’s Rumor in 1:10.18 for six furlongs. Emotions ran high and the tears flowed in the winner’s circle when Wonderful Dancer galloped back after his smashing wire-to-wire victory under Glenn Corbett in the $103,500 Iowa Breeders’ Derby. Running for Bogash Racing Stables, the 3-year-old gelding rewarded veteran owner/breeder Gene Bogash with a well-earned triumph. The win also marked the first stakes victory for popular American Quarter Horse jockey turned Thoroughbred trainer Tom Wellington. Wonderful Dancer hit the wire in 1:43.08 for 1 1⁄16 miles. The Umbrella Stables II of Leroy Gessmann and trainer Kelly Von Hemel were optimistic but cautious going into the $100,000 Governor Terry E. Branstad Stakes. Their gelding One Fine Dream had the talent to finish first, but he was winless in seven outings this year prior to his final start of the season. With top rider Ramon Vazquez back in the saddle, the optimism was rewarded as One Fine Dream, a son of Woke Up Dreamin bred by Gary Lucas and Linda Woods, won by 2 1⁄2 lengths in 1:42.67 for the 1 1⁄16 miles. In early July, Crimson King Farm and Christine Rhiner’s Mywomanfromtokyo proved she could run with tough national-caliber distaffers when she led most of the way en route to a fourth-place finish in the Iowa Distaff. Freshened after that race, the daughter of Neko Bay bred by Crimson King Farm and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Pope capped her local season with a victory in the $100,000 Donna Reed Stakes, the final race of the 2017 Prairie Meadows season. Regular rider Glenn Corbett was up for trainer Kelly Von Hemel as Mywomanfromtokyo opened up by five lengths and won geared down late, covering a mile and 70 yards in 1:41.83.
ITBOA Fall Sale Results The ITBOA Fall Sale was held October 22 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The consignors did a wonderful job preparing their foals, and we were blessed to have so many owners attend our auction to bid. The sale-topper was Zap Me If You Can, an Iowa-foaled yearling colt by Birdstone. Larry Cascio bought the colt for $55,000 from the Iowa State University consignment. In all, 51 yearlings sold for a gross of $475,000. Thanks go to everyone who worked the sale. To view the complete results, go to iowathoroughbred.com.
Stallion Season Auction The ITBOA Stallion Season Auction is set for December 2-9. For more information about donating a stallion season and bidding, as well as the many benefits of donating and bidding, go to iowathoroughbred.com or see the ad and nomination form on pages 80-81 of this issue.
MICHIGAN THOROUGHBRED OWNERS AND BREEDERS ASSOCIATION NEWS
When you donate a stallion season or purchase the season during our auction, you may be eligible to share a $10,000 bonus. Stallion owners donating the season are automatically entered when the season sells, and the mare owner must submit the name of the mare bred to the MTA by October 31, 2018, to be eligible for the bonus. When a Minnesota-bred finishes first, second or third in the 2022 race, there is an additional $5,000 bonus to be shared. If you would like to include your stallions in our 2018 MTA Stallion Service Auction, please contact the MTA office at (952) 233-4802 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a contract. We look forward to offering breeders from around the country an exciting line up of stallion seasons for 2018. Please visit the MTA’s website at minnesotabred.com to check out the current listing of seasons. Courtesy Hazel Park
Michigan Sire Stakes Winners
Congratulations to the Michigan Sire Stakes winners from September 2 at Hazel Park. Following is a recap of the winners: 2-Year-Old Fillies: Pardon My Style, by Equality. Owned by Mast Thoroughbreds, bred by Connie Pass and John Eubank and trained by Dr. Robert M. Gorham. 2-Year-Old Colts and Geldings: Sky Energy, by Unbridled Energy. Owned by Hubel Farms LLC (E.J. Hubel), bred by Williams Racing Corp. and trained by Christi Flores. 3-Year-Old Fillies: Circle Can Win, by Gun Power. Owned by Merril L. Spiess, bred by Daniel W. Myers and trained by Shane Spiess. 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings: Brother Z, by Zulu Magic. Owned by Marion F. Gorham, bred by Daniel S. Atwood and trained by Dr. Robert M. Gorham. Older Fillies and Mares: Dorthys Blitz, by Fire Blitz. Owned by Ronald S. Bowling, bred by Felicia Campbell and trained by Doug Caraker. Older Colts and Geldings: Boo Dutton, by Equality. Owned by Kala S. Crampton, bred by Twin Cedars Farm and trained by Jason Uelmen.
MINNESOTA THOROUGHBRED ASSOCIATION NEWS MTA Stallion Service Auction The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association will be holding its annual MTA Stallion Service Auction on January 15-21. The auction is conducted online at thoroughlybred.com and draws stallions from around the country. You won’t want to miss your opportunity to offer your stallion in our auction and to secure top quality breedings for your mares during the 2018 breeding season. All 2019 progeny of stallions sold during our 2018 MTA Stallion Service Auction will be eligible for nomination to the 2022 MTA Stallion Auction Stakes. The race features an estimated purse of $75,000, and your foal can be nominated to this race regardless of where it is foaled. When the season sells during the auction, every 2019 foal sired by that particular stallion can be nominated.
MTA Yearling Sale Results The MTA Yearling Sale was held August 21 at Canterbury Park with 43 Minnesota-bred yearlings selling for a total of $399,600. The saletopper was an Astrology gelding consigned by John and Kay King, agent for John and Kay King and Art and Gretchen Eaton, who sold for $37,000 to Pick View, agent for Paul Schaffer. Complete sale results are available at minnesotabred.com.
NORTH CAROLINA THOROUGHBRED ASSOCIATION NEWS President’s Message Don’t forget about our awards event being held at the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase on April 28, 2018, in Mineral Springs, North Carolina. You will view the races from a premium spot in the Spring House Row area under a tent and dine on a delicious catered meal. Snacks and beverages are provided throughout the day for your enjoyment. The cost to NCTA members and their guests is $175 per person before January 15, 2018. After the early bird RSVP date, the price increases to $200 per person. As you can see, there is a significant savings when you commit early. Also, the seating is limited, so RSVP early so you don’t get shut out. We are presenting the awards between the races. The Queen’s Cup is a charitable event that benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. Your attendance not only helps support the NCTA but also helps to fund research on this disease. Please send your check to our post office box address before it’s too late. Hopefully, we will meet and see more of our most western-area members at this event. Get your hats and bowties out and let’s have some Thoroughbred racing fun! For more information about the Queen’s Cup, visit their website at queenscup.org. Please renew your membership and include a report on your horses in training. It’s important to keep our database up to date in order to report your horse’s entry. Also, if you are nominating your horse for one of the awards, please send in the supporting past performances to document the earnings. Remember, you only have to own 25 percent of the horse to claim 100 percent of the earnings, unless you are submitting for the Partnership Horse award. In this group, 100 percent of the earnings are considered no matter your percentage of ownership. Our categories for submitting nominations include:
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STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS • Partnership Horse (for those involved in horse partnership organizations) • 2-Year-Olds • Claiming Female • Claiming Male • Allowance Female • Allowance Male • Steeplechase Horse • Champion Stakes • Champion Graded Stakes • Horse of the Year • Broodmare of the Year Thank you for your continued support and I hope to see you at the races! —Rebecca Montaldo, NCTA President
NCTA Winners and Placers Horses connected with NCTA members continue to win and do well at tracks across the country. To view a list of results for horses bred or owned by NCTA members, please visit our Facebook page.
OHIO THOROUGHBRED OWNERS AND BREEDERS NEWS
Best of Ohio: Shock and Awe with History Made and Records Set
Mo Dont No
The $750,000 Best of Ohio series takes center stage each year on the Ohio Fund schedule. Five races that cover each division at varied distances all carry a purse of $150,000, and the series rotates between Belterra Park, JACK Thistledown and Mahoning Valley. The races that most often decide year-end honors took place at Belterra Park in Cincinnati this year. In the first of the Best of Ohio races, 10 2-year-old fillies went to post in the $150,000 John W. Galbreath Memorial at 1 1⁄16 miles. Missap appeared very comfortable on the lead throughout the race and won by five lengths for trainer Kellyn Gorder. Ucantkeepup ran second and Tango Run held on for the third spot. The final time was 72 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017
1:46.06. Missap, a daughter of A. P. Warrior, has earned $120,000 in three starts. She is a homebred for Dr. Tom Beckett, president of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. WinStar Farm and Blazing Meadows’ Awaken appears to have stamped himself as the top male 2-year-old in the state with a gutwrenching victory in the $150,000 Juvenile. A field of 14 colts and geldings packed the starting gate—and 12 of them were already winners. Awaken finished a half-length in front of Tiz a Rush, and it was another nine lengths back to Charlee’s Magic. The son of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Super Saver now has two stakes wins on his resume, and his hard-fought effort in the Juvenile pushed his five-race career earnings to $175,500. The biggest jaw-dropper of the afternoon was the $150,000 Sprint. Rivers Run Deep had won this race three times, and there were plenty of reasons to believe he would add a fourth trophy to his case as he was six-for-seven at Belterra Park, including a track record at six furlongs, and he recently became Ohio’s newest millionaire. The mystery horse in the field was Loooch Racing Stables’ and Imaginary Stables’ 3-year-old Moves Like Ali. His last start was in the 2016 Grade 3 Futurity at Belmont Park, where he finished third. When the gates opened, Moves Like Ali, the 5-2 second choice, was sent away flying to the lead by Jacob Radosevich. He cut out early fractions of :22.47 and :45.23. Rivers Run Deep was a bit slow into stride, and as he caught the pacesetter, Moves Like Ali began to bear out on the turn causing the champ to lose valuable ground into the stretch. Meanwhile, jockey Pablo Morales took advantage of the situation along the rail with Hijo de Sheltowee and won by a nose over Rivers Run Deep in the closest finish and biggest upset of the day. Owned by Michael Friedman, the 5-year-old son of Devil His Due was bred by Sheltowee Farm and now has 14 career wins and earnings of $332,846. In the $150,000 Best of Ohio Distaff, owner Ron Palicki had a twopronged attack with private purchases Katalust and Mayas Queen Neetee. Surprisingly, Katalust was made the favorite in the 1 1⁄8-mile test after having run in three straight six-furlong races. Mayas Queen Neetee, who stumbled at the start under Luis Colon, stalked in second and took control easily into the stretch with School Board Prez rallying from last to grab the second spot over Flashy G. Mayas Queen Neetee won by 5 ¾ lengths in 1:51.10. Since being moved to Ohio, the winner has reeled off five consecutive wins, including the 1 1⁄16mile, $75,000 Vivacious Stakes on the turf at Belterra Park. Her first loss in the Buckeye State came in her last race where she ran third in the six-furlong Diana Stakes at Thistledown. Mayas Queen Neetee is a 5-year-old daughter of Speightstown and was bred by Anstu Farm. The Distaff win was only her 12th lifetime start and sixth career win to put her earnings at $230,292. The Best of Ohio finale was the 1 ¼-mile, $150,000 Best of Ohio Endurance. The target was on the back of 2016 Horse of the Year Mo Dont No, and the Loooch Racing Stables runner did not disappoint his backers who sent him away as the odds-on favorite in the field of 15—yes, 15—runners. The gate crew even had to paint a new sign for the starting gate. Mo Dont No had won five of his seven starts this season, and his two second-place finishes took place in a stakes turf race and sprint—neither his main cup of tea. He broke sharply in the Endurance and let longshot Gepetto enjoy the front end for
a half-mile. After that, the race was for place, as he went into cruise control through the lane with Cake Pop getting the second spot by a nose over Let’scalliteven. “Mo” hit the finish a length in front while setting a new track record of 2:03.32. The son of Uncle Mo was bred by Steve DeMaiolo’s Beechwood Racing Stable and his 14th career win increased his bankroll to $651,255.
THOROUGHBRED RACING ASSOCIATION OF OKLAHOMA NEWS Shotgun Kowboy Closes in on Millionaire Status with Oklahoma Classics Win
Despite predictions of a stormy day, the races were run on a dry fast track. Most in attendance didn’t know they would witness history in the first race of the afternoon, a $22,300 Ohio-bred maiden special weight that was won in wire-to-wire fashion by first-time starter Mandi’s Pride. The spotlight was immediately moved to the rider astride the 2-year-old filly, 63-year-old Perry Ouzts. It was career victory 6,858 for Ouzts, and it moved him into ninth position on racing’s all-time leading rider list by number of wins. The Belterra Park meet ended the following day with Ouzts having a 51win lead over John McKee in second. It was the 33rd title at Belterra Park/River Downs in Cincinnati for Ouzts, while he lays claim to 13 top honors at the former Beulah Park just outside of Columbus. Kudos to Belterra Vice President and General Manager Chris Corrado. He sponsored a hospitality room for members of the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners and all who had horses entered in the Best of Ohio races, with an outstanding array of food and beverages and plenty of seating for all. Former River Downs leading apprentice rider Gary Birzer and former leading rider Jeff Johnston of the Jockeys’ Guild were on hand to accept a generous $10,000 donation from Belterra Park to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Birzer suffered a permanent injury in a spill at Mountaineer Park, but you would never know it by his positive attitude and outgoing personality. Belterra’s sister track, Retama Park in Texas, also donated $10,000 to the PDJF. Dan Metzger, president of the national Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, was in attendance to present the trophy for the Juvenile Stakes. He presented the trophy to Tim Hamm, trainer of Awaken. Hamm was recognized as TOBA’s Ohio Breeder of the Year in 2016. Dave Basler, executive director of the Ohio HBPA, was also in attendance to present a trophy.
Ohio Stallion News First-crop Ohio sires Twinspired and Kettle Corn had 2-year-olds run 1-2 in the $75,000 Emerald Necklace Stakes at JACK Thistledown on October 21 to record their first stakes horses. Pure Justice, by Twinspired, finished full of run to capture the six-furlong event by 6 3⁄4 lengths. First-time starter Silky Tassles, by Kettle Corn, rallied to take the second spot over No Truer, a full sister to stakes winner True Cinder.
OTBO Mixed Sale Reminder Don’t forget that the OTBO Mixed Sale is set for December 3 at Majestic Farm in Batavia. For more information, go to otbosales.com.
Dustin Orona Photography
Galloping Out on Best of Ohio Day
The $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup, powered by TVG, was the main event on Oklahoma Classics Night on October 20 at Remington Park. The field of 10 included the last two winners of the race with the victor from two years ago romping like he did in 2015. Shotgun Kowboy, the only Oklahoma-bred to win the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby and an Oklahoma Classics Cup, looked like he did in his 3-year-old season. Under Richard Eramia, he handled pressure on the lead, fended off rivals and then pulled clear as he pleased in his best overall effort since February. The 5-year-old gelding crossed the finish 5 1⁄4 lengths ahead of Tuff Kid, covering 1 1⁄16 miles in 1:43.2 over a fast track. Owned, trained and bred by C.R. Trout, the son of Kodiak Kowboy earned $105,000 to bump his lifetime bankroll to $985,927. The Classics Cup win is the fourth for Trout, who also won with Imahit in 2013 and 2014. Trout has now won 11 Oklahoma Classics stakes races in his career, good for a tie for second all time among trainers. Donnie Von Hemel leads with 26 total Classics wins. The $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf, sponsored by RPDC, is now the official property of Gianna’s Dream. She dominated the race for a second straight year, winning easily under her own power by 2 1⁄4 lengths. Owned by Jordan Wycoff and trained by Mike Maker, Gianna’s Dream was ridden by Tyler Gaffalione. The win is the ninth from 17 career starts for Gianna’s Dream, a filly by Twirling Candy. Bred in Oklahoma by Center Hills Farm and Randy Blair, Gianna’s Dream picked up $78,000 for her second Classics Distaff Turf. She has now made $401,791 overall. Taking over the lead shortly after the start, Diamondandstripes never looked back in winning the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Juvenile, sponsored by Chickasaw Nation. AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017 73
STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS Owned and trained by James Helzer, Diamondandstripes was ridden with confidence by Lindey Wade. He put the 2-year-old gelding on the lead with more than a half-mile left in the six-furlong race, and they fought off all challengers to pull clear by five lengths before crossing the finish ahead by 2 3⁄4 lengths in 1:11.87. Bred by Daniel and Craig Whitlow, Diamondandstripes won his second race from four attempts. The Classics Juvenile was the first win at Remington Park for the son of Service Stripe. He picked up $60,000 for the victory to move his overall earnings to $72,545. Bustin a Move did just that, launching from the starting gate to lead every step of the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Lassie sponsored by Coors Light. Owned and bred by Clark Brewster and trained by Steve Asmussen, Bustin a Move and jockey Ramon Vazquez grabbed the lead from their rail post position and had an easy three-length lead at the top of the stretch before Vazquez asked her for more. Bustin a Move responded to open a wide margin in mid-stretch, helping her have enough left to hold on to win by 1 1⁄2 lengths while covering six furlongs in 1:10.43. Bustin a Move, by Bustin Stones, won her second straight race of the season, both of her career wins, picking up $60,000, to move her lifetime money to $98,643. Heavy favorite Steel Cut was attempting to win her second consecutive $145,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff, sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, but she couldn’t keep up with Inagoodway, who went to the lead and was never seriously threatened. Owned by the partnership of Steve Dupy, Kent Blair and Mike Castor, Inagoodway was trained by Roger Engel. Ridden by Bryan McNeil, she was sent to the lead in the one-mile-and-70-yard Distaff, gaining the rail before the field made the clubhouse turn. Once up front, Inagoodway set acceptable fractions of :23.70 for the opening quarter-mile, :47.59 for the half-mile and 1:11.81 for three-quarters of a mile. The 4-year-old filly by Mighty Acres stallion Save Big Money had plenty left for the stretch run when Steel Cut angled out to make her bid. The Classics Distaff score was the sixth from 14 career starts for Inagoodway. Bred by co-owner Castor, the 4-year-old filly earned $87,000 to move her career earnings to $207,420. Eurobond and Welder hooked up strides after the start of the $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Sprint, sponsored by Kaw Nation. The pair duked it out until mid-stretch when Eurobond was able to get clear and go on to win by 1 1⁄4 lengths for his fourth consecutive victory this season. Owned by Danny Caldwell and trained by Federico Villafranco, Eurobond was claimed by his current connections for $17,500 on September 1 in a race he won. He has not lost in three starts since the claim and is now a stakes winner. Ramon Vazquez had the mount on the speedster who was ready to roll. Eurobond handled the six furlongs in 1:09.10 as the 3-5 wagering favorite. Bred by James Helzer, Eurobond is a 4-year-old gelding by Euroears of Helzer’s J&M Equine Reproduction. The Classics Sprint was the fifth career win from 11 starts for Eurobond who made $78,000 to run his lifetime money to $176,838. The pace was right for a rally in the $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint, sponsored by Global Gaming Solutions. Hailstorm Slew came from just off the pace to get the lead in the stretch, winning by 1 1⁄2 lengths. Owned, trained and bred by C.R. Trout, Hailstorm Slew 74 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • FALL 2017
was ridden by David Cabrera. The 4-year-old sat just off the lead until leaving the lone turn when she made her move for the front. She covered six furlongs in 1:09.60. A filly by Munnings, Hailstorm Slew won her sixth career race from 16 starts. The $78,000 share for the Distaff Sprint increases her lifetime earnings to $279,798. Pacific Typhoon continued his wave of success by recording his fourth consecutive win in the $130,000 OKC Turf Classic Stakes, sponsored by Choctaw Nation. A 4-year-old gelded son of Don’t Get Mad, Pacific Typhoon broke alertly for jockey David Cabrera from post position one and the rider nursed the 8-5 betting favorite along on the lead every step of the way, going on to win by 1 1⁄2 lengths for owner Carol Nelson in a time of 1:41.95 for 1 1⁄16 miles over the turf. Pacific Typhoon was bred by Clark Brewster. He earned $78,000 to push his lifetime earnings to $234,606. For a complete recap of the Oklahoma Classics, including photos, go to americanracehorse.com.
2018 Race Dates The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission has awarded a total of 97 Thoroughbred racing dates for 2018 with an additional 34 days of mixed meet racing. The 2018 schedule includes 67 Thoroughbred dates at Remington Park from August 24 to December 16 and 30 Thoroughbred dates at Will Rogers Downs from March 12 to May 19. Fair Meadows will offer mixed meet racing from June 7 to July 29.
TRAO Membership Meetings Coming Up We will be having two general membership meetings on Saturday, December 16, and Sunday, December 17, both starting at 11: 30 a.m. in the track kitchen on the backside of Remington Park. We hope to see you there!
Oklahoma Stallion Stakes Reminder Now is the time to nominate your stallion to the 2022 Oklahoma Stallion Stakes for foals of 2019 from the 2018 breeding season. A nomination of $1,000 is due by February 1, 2018, or that goes up to $1,500 after February 1. No payments will be accepted after April 15, 2018. For more information, see the nomination form on page 59 of this issue.
2016 Oklahoma-Bred Thoroughbred Champions The TRAO would like to congratulate all of the champions who were honored at Riverwind Casino during our awards banquet: Champion Thoroughbred Male Racing Stock and 3-Year-Old Colt/ Gelding—Hyper Drive (Don’t Get Mad—Plenty Sweet) Owner: Henry Thilmony Champion Thoroughbred Female Racing Stock and 3-Year-Old Filly— Euro K Shotgun (Euroears—Shotgun Jane) Owner: C.R. Trout Champion Thoroughbred 2-Year-Old Filly—Sweet Posse (Caleb’s Posse— Plenty Sweet) Owner: Stuart M. Grant
Champion Thoroughbred 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding and Male Sprinter— Hallelujah Hit (Mr. Nightlinger—Halo Hit) Owner: C.R. Trout Champion Thoroughbred Female Sprinter and Aged Thoroughbred Mare—Devious Rumor (Street Boss—Gracinha) Owner: Doyle Williams Champion Thoroughbred Female Turf Runner and Thoroughbred Claimer—Gianna’s Dream (Twirling Candy—Untamed Beauty) Owner: Jordan V. Wycoff Champion Thoroughbred Male Turf Runner and Aged Thoroughbred Stallion/Gelding—Ibaka (Uncle Abbie—Synersis) Owner: Doug Wall Champion Thoroughbred Horse Mixed Meets—Goodheartedgirl (Ellerton—Leadingwithmyheart) Owner: Robbin Caldwell and Blaine Brown Leading Owner of Thoroughbred Racing Stock—C.R. Trout Leading Breeder of Thoroughbred Racing Stock—Center Hills Farm Leading Sire of Thoroughbred Racing Stock—Don’t Get Mad; Owner: Robert Zoellner and Clark Brewster Leading Dam of Thoroughbred Racing Stock—Plenty Sweet; Owner: Tracy Strachan Horse of The Year—Hyper Drive Thoroughbred Charities of America Award of Merit—Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation
SOUTH CAROLINA THOROUGHBRED OWNERS AND BREEDERS ASSOCIATION NEWS South Carolina Shines in Grade 1s While we may not have recognized flat racing here in South Carolina, we are always proud to recognize the Grade 1 stakes winners that went through the breaking process in the state and were prepared for their racing careers at our farms and training centers. Thus far in 2017, six Grade 1 stakes winners have emerged. The 5-year-old mare Stellar Wind and 3-year-old filly Abel Tasman led the way with each capturing three Grade 1 stakes. Stellar Wind, a daughter of Curlin, won the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park in April, the Beholder Stakes at Santa Anita in June and the Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar in July. She learned her early lessons at Franklin “Goree” Smith’s Elloree Training Center in Elloree. She has won six Grade 1 races in her career. Abel Tasman, a daughter of Quality Road, received her yearling lessons at Travis Durr and Webb Carroll’s Webb Carroll Training Center in St. Matthews. This year she has come out on top in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in May, the Acorn Stakes at Belmont in June and the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga in July. Abel Tasman also won the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes last December in California. The 3-year-old filly Elate, a product of Dunn’s Holly Hill Training Center in Holly Hill, has captured two Grade 1 stakes this year. She defeated 3-year-old fillies in the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga in August. Elate then proved best facing older horses in the Grade 1 Beldame at Belmont in September. Another 3-year-old filly, Sailor’s Valentine, by Mizzen Mast, crossed the finish line first in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland in April. Sailor’s Valentine is also a product of Jane Dunn’s Holly Hill operation. The 5-year-old mare Dickinson, by Medaglia d’Oro, has aged well
to become a multiple graded stakes winner this year including the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland in April. She learned her early lessons in Aiken at the Darley Stable barn under the direction of Tim Jones. Firenze Fire, a son of Poseidon’s Warrior, stamped himself as one of the most exciting 2-year-olds in the country in capturing the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont on October 7. He has won three of his four lifetime starts. Firenze Fire was also developed at Durr and Carroll’s Webb Carroll Training Center. South Carolina is well represented in the winner’s circle after stakes races across the country throughout the year.
TEXAS THOROUGHBRED ASSOCIATION NEWS Texas Racing Commission Update In spite of solid, rational, spot-on testimony from horsemen, the Texas Racing Commission in September approved a proposal for funding the commission that was signed by representatives of the Gillespie County Fairgrounds, Sam Houston Race Park, Retama Park, Gulf Greyhound, Valley Race Park and Gulf Coast Racing along with paper licenses for Manor Downs, Laredo Downs and Valle de los Tesoros. Representatives for Lone Star Park refused to sign the proposal. The funding proposal will increase fees from $500,000 to $700,000 for each Class 1 track for regulation of 20 race days each. Additional race days can be “purchased” at a cost of $6,313 per day to cover regulation. All other racetrack license fees will be cut in half. As the next step, proposed rules to implement changes to the racetrack license fee schedule as stated in that funding proposal, along with a proposed 20 percent increase to individual license fees, were published in the Texas Register for a 30-day public comment period. The TTA and other horsemen’s groups asked all horsemen to respond in opposition to the proposed rules during the public comment period. In October, the commission convened its Ad Hoc Finance Committee. Despite more than two hours of discussion and objections by the horsemen, TRC Chair John Steen told the group that the best way forward was to proceed with the rule amendment to Section 309.8, raising track license fees and cutting race days. The 2018 proposed race day calendar is as follows: • Sam Houston Race Park: 32 Thoroughbred days and 20 Quarter Horse days. • Lone Star Park: 44 Thoroughbred days and 16 Quarter Horse days. • Retama Park: 12.5 Thoroughbred days and 12.5 Quarter Horse days in a mixed format. • Gillespie: 8 days in a mixed format. This is a reduction of 14.5 days for Thoroughbreds and a reduction of 21.5 days for Quarter Horses from the 2017 calendar. On November 8, the commission was to vote on the proposed rule amendment and race dates for 2018 were to be allocated. However, that meeting was canceled and had yet to be rescheduled as of press time. Please go to texasthoroughbred.com for further updates.
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STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS Sam Houston Announces Stakes Schedule
TTEF Scholarship Applications Now Available
Sam Houston Race Park is pleased to announce the scheduled dates for all stakes races during its 2018 Thoroughbred meet. The 24th racing season is set to begin on January 19 and will feature 20 stakes races worth more than $1.5 million through March 17. The stakes program is highlighted by the Houston Racing Festival on Sunday, January 28. This year’s festival will feature six stakes races totaling $825,000 in purse money, headlined by the Grade 3 Houston Ladies Classic and Grade 3 John B. Connally Turf Cup. Texas-breds will be showcased on Texas Champions Day on Saturday, January 27, with four $50,000 stakes. Then on the following day, two more $50,000 Texas-bred stakes will be included on the Houston Racing Festival card. Sam Houston will race every Friday and Saturday, and new for 2018, Wednesday afternoons. Tuesdays will be added to the schedule beginning on February 13. For more information and a complete stakes schedule, go to shrp.com.
Are you a current TTA member and parent or guardian of a high school senior? Did you know that scholarships are available from the Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund? For more information, go to the TTA website at texasthoroughbred.com. Applications are now available, with a receipt deadline of February 15, 2018. Request an application from Mary Ruyle in the TTA office at (512) 458-6133.
Important December 31 Deadlines December 31 is the deadline for accrediting yearlings (foals of 2016) at the TTA member rate of $200 ($250 for non-members). The fee to accredit foals of 2016 after December 31 is $750 for TTA members ($800 for non-members). Be sure that mares that will foal in Texas in 2017 are Texas accredited and that ATB race fillies have been converted to breeding stock before they foal to automatically be eligible for ATB breeder awards. You may email the mare’s name to jenniferg@texasthoroughbred. com to verify their status. Note: If a mare is not accredited before she foals, the only way to be eligible for ATB breeder awards on that foal is to pay a supplemental mare accreditation fee in the amount of $150 during the year of foaling. December 31 is also the deadline to nominate eligible foals of 2017 to the 2019 Texas Stallion Stakes Series for $100. It is also the deadline to nominate eligible foals of 2016 (not previously nominated) to the 2018 Texas Stallion Stakes Series for $500. The final day of the year is also the deadline to nominate to the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Futurity for foals of 2016 that passed through the ring at the 2016 or 2017 Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale and foals of 2016 that are consigned to and pass through the ring at the 2018 Texas Thoroughbred 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, as well as any Accredited Texas-bred foals of 2016 nominated via original consignor or buyer berths. Finally, December 31 is also the deadline to nominate accredited stallions that will be standing in Texas in 2018 to the Texas Stallion Stakes for the 2018 breeding season. Remember: Foals by stallions nominated to the Texas Stallion Stakes for the season in which those foals were conceived need not be foaled in Texas to be eligible for the Texas Stallion Stakes Series. All deadline dates are email, fax or postmark dates, and forms are available at texasthoroughbred.com/texas-bred/forms/.
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Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale Consignment contracts have been mailed for the 2018 Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale scheduled for April 10 in the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion at Lone Star Park. The consignment deadline is January 15. For more information or to download a contract, go to ttasales.com.
TTA Online Stallion Season Auction Now Open Thanks to the generosity of stallion owners across the region, you have the opportunity to purchase a 2018 breeding season while at the same time helping the TTA’s Political Action Committee, General Fund, Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund or Paddock Foundation. To see the list of available breedings and to place your bid, go to texasthoroughbred.com. If you would like to donate a stallion season for this auction, please contact Mary Ruyle at (512) 458-6133 or download the stallion season donation form.
TTA Board of Directors Election Ballots have been mailed to all current TTA members for the board of directors election with a deadline of December 15 for receipt of all ballots. If you did not receive a ballot or have questions about the election, please contact the TTA office.
Street Sense - Spoken Softly, by Notebook 6 Wins in 11 Starts Established the track record for the mile at Keeneland Winner of the Fifth Season Stakes at Oaklawn Park His 6 wins were by a combined total of 16 lengths 2015 Participant in the G1 Breedersâ€™ Cup Dirt Mile He is full of class and has an outstanding pedigree Stands 17.1 hands tall Son of Street Sense who was the Champion 2yr old, classic winner of $4,383,200 Sire of 47 Black Type Winners, 1 Champion, 476 winners in 7 crops of racing age
1st foals will arrive in 2018
2018 Fee: $1000 LFG Randy Patterson, Owner
Lake Hamilton Equine 731 Old Bear Rd â€“ Royal, AR
Inquires to Sara Patterson, Stallion Manager, Cedar Run Farm, 989 Point Cedar Rd., Pearcy, AR Cell: 620-770-6036 Email: email@example.com
Registered Arkansas Stallion
Moonshine Mullin Albert the Great – Mullen Road, by Distant View
Career Earnings $1,014,361
Winner of the Stephen Foster G1 and Alysheba G2 Beyer Ratings over 100 Defeated Eclipse Champion Will Take Charge two times Placed 2nd behind Stay Thirsty in the G2 Jim Dandy 1st Victoria Park Stakes, 2nd Display Stakes, 3rd Ontario Derby
Black type winner in USA and Canada Winner on Dirt, Synthetic and Turf
Arkansas’s Grade 1 and Grade 2 Winner Stands 16.2 hands tall and an attitude full of Class
1st foals are yearlings of 2018
2018 Fee: $1,000 LFG
Registered Arkansas Stallion
Randy Patterson, Owner
STANDING AT: Lake Hamilton Equine 731 Old Bear Road – Royal, AR
Inquiries to Sara Patterson, Stallion Manager, Cedar Run Farm, 989 Point Cedar Rd., Pearcy, AR 71964 Cell Phone: 620-770-6036 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTENTION STALLION OWNERS & FARM MANAGERS
Here is the ONLY Stallion Auction where YOU could receive up to $15,000 SEASON DONOR FORM FOR 2018 BREEDING SEASON
ALL foals born in 2019, regardless of what state they are foaled in, are eligible to nominate to our 2021 ITBOA Stallion Futurity for two year olds and 2022 Stallion Stakes for three year olds. (3 yo race will have a filly AND a colt/gelding division) EASY one time nomination of only $200 for the foals to nominate; which means MORE of your foals will be eligible to run in a Black Type race. The ITBOA will mail nomination forms to ALL breeders with a foal by your stallion The opportunity to receive $15,000 to the Stallion Donor with our Stallion Incentive Bonus Program. All sale prices will be kept STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL between the buyer, the seller and the ITBOA. Seasons will be sold online through www.thoroughlybred.com Dec. 2nd - Dec. 9th. Only E Bay like website dedicated to the thoroughbred industry! Donations are not split with the season donor and/or stallion owner. Only 100% donation seasons accepted. Bidding will begin at $500 unless a higher reserve is set. Any reserve must be in writing. Reserves are defined as “the minimum a season may be sold for”. Proceeds from the season’s sale will be solely designated to the ITBOA Stallion Futurity & ITBOA Stallion Stakes 2017 Stallion Futurity, Stallion Stakes & Stallion Filly Stakes had total purses of $217,871!!! YOU decide if to allow a Breed Back if no foal in 2019. NO ENTRY FEE You can provide up to five pictures to be used on website and provide a link to the stallion’s page and/or farm website.
# of Seasons To Each
2018 Stud Fee
*Breed Back Yes or No?
_______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ *This will allow a breed back in 2019 if the mare does not conceive, aborts the fetus, or does not produce a live foal which stands and nurses in 2019
Donor: (as it is to appear in advertising. Please print)_______________________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Authorized Signature:__________________________________________Print Name:____________________________________________ Phone No.:_____________________________________________E-mail address:_______________________________________________
Email pictures and website links to email@example.com by November 14th to be included in our advertising. Donations WILL be accepted until the day of the auction.
Please fill out and submit to: Fax: 1-888-505-3556 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or mail to: ITBOA 1 Prairie Meadows Dr Altoona, IA 50009 800-577-1097
Special Instructions, Reserves, Website Links, etc: (this may be left blank) _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________
If your season does not sell, would you like to buy it for the minimum to make ALL the foals eligible for the Stallion Futurity & Stallion Stakes? _____Yes _____No
It PAYS to donate to the ITBOA Stallion Auction: Congratulations to Hill n Dale, Lanes End & Rockin River Ranch on being the 2017 Stallion Incentive Bonus winners of $5,000 each. Their stallion’s foals, Honolulu by Maclean’s Music, Shweat Persuasion by Discreetly Mine and Tin Badge by The Deputy won the ITBOA Stallion Stakes Races.
It PAYS to NOMINATE ATTENTION OWNERS: ALL 2016 foals by the following stallions are eligible to nominate to Iowa Stallion Stakes, regardless of what state they are foaled in. One time payment, due Dec 1st makes your 2016 foals eligible for a 2yo and a 3yo stakes. Affirmatif Alphabet Soup Alternation American Lion Astrology Attila’s Storm Bellamy Road Bold Warrior Caleb’s Posse Canaveral Chitoz Colonel John Commander’s Shoes Concord Point Cougar Cat Country Day
Dazzling Falls Deputy Storm D’Funnybone Dialed In Diamond Drill El Caballo Euroars EZ Effort Field Commission Foreign Policy Fort Larned General Quarters Giant Oak Giant Surprise Girolamo
Kipling Latent Heat Lentenor Liaison Line of David Liquor Cabinet Lovango Maclean’s Music Margie’s Wildcat Misremembered Monhocracy Morning Line Mr. Nightlinger Munnings Native Ruler Neko Bay
New Year’s Day Newport Notional Omega Code Oratory Perfect Soul Podium Pollard’s Vision Portobello Road Power Broker Prom Shoes Read the Footnotes Regal Ransom Rocky Bar Roll Hennessy Roll Run Away and Hide
HONOLULU (OK Bred) by MACLEAN’S MUSIC
TIN BADGE (IA Bred) by THE DEPUTY ■
Gold Schleiger Governor Vasquez Hamazing Destiny Hey Chub Hightail Hold Me Back Holiday Justice Honour Devil I Want Revenge Icon Ike Itsmyluckyday Jafmil Jersey Town Joey Franco Kela Kennedy
Won the 2017 $79,784 ITBOA Stallion Auction Futurity
Won the 2017 $65,119 ITBOA Stallion Auction Filly Stakes
Sasha’s Prospect Save Big Money Sebastian County Self Control Service Stripe Shackleford Shadow Hawk Shore Breeze Silver Poet Soaring Empire Southwestern Heat Special Rate State City Storm and A Half Strong Contender Student Council
Tactical Cat Tale of Ekati The Green Monkey The Visualiser Tiago Tidal Volume Tizdejavu To Honor and Serve Toccet Touch Gold Twirling Candy Two Step Salsa Uh Oh Bango Unbridled’s Heart Waupaca Western Expression Woke Up Dreamin
SHWEET PERSUASION by DISCREETLY MINE ■
Won the 2017 $72,968 ITBOA Stallion Auction Stakes
Nominations are also due December 1st for Iowa Bred Foals born in 2016. Visit www.iowathoroughbred.com for nomination forms
Consider donating a season to the ONLY Stallion Auction where YOU could receive up to $15,000 • ALL foals born in 2019 by your stallion, regardless of what state they are foaled in, are eligible to nominate to our 2021 ITBOA Stallion Futurity for two year olds and 2022 Stallion Stakes for three year olds. • Proceeds from the season’s sale will be solely designated to the ITBOA Stallion Futurity & ITBOA Stallion Stakes • NO ENTRY FEE FOR THE STALLION OWNER INTO THE STALLION AUCTION
2017 Stalllion Auction Dec 2 nd-9 th www.iowathoroughbred.com for donation form and more info
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American Racehorse Advertisers Index Arkansas-breds For Sale............................ 83 The Art of Horse Racing.......................... 82 Asmussen Horse Center..........................2, 3 Baker Ranch.............................................. 27 Bluebonnet Feeds...................................... 42 Dodson Training Stable............................ 82 Equine Equipment..................................... 11 Equine Sales Company............................. 58 Equiwinner.................................................17 Eureka Thoroughbred Farm.............. 64, 65 Foal to Yearling Halter.............................. 82 General a Rod............................................ 29 Heritage Place............................................ 13 Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development.......................... 5, 66 Iowa State University.......................... 40, 41
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Oklahoma’s ONLY Grade II Stakes Winning Sire in 2017 “Patrona Margarita’s ability and desire were on display. A dominating win. We have only begun to see her true potential.” Trainer Bret Calhoun
(Pulpit –Viviana by Nureyev)
Patrona Margarita’s convincing Grade II Pocahontas Win
PRODUCES Led in 2017 by Patrona Margarita, winner of the Grade II Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs and Special Rockstar, winner of the Fiesta Mile Stakes.
“Special Rate is the complete package. A sire’s pedigree! Breeders need to take a serious look at Special Rate. Beautiful conformation and 18 black VERSATILE Stakes winners on dirt and turf. 5 furlongs to type winners under just his first 1 1/16 miles. Improves his mares by over 20%. two dams. Special Rate is truly a Juddmonte Genetic Masterpiece. PEDIGREE – Out of the stakes winning and producing mare, We will be making more Viviana – 6 Grade I winners under his first two dams. Arguably Patrona Margarita’s.”
the most powerful pedigree of any son of Pulpit at stud.
Be part of the winning Special Rate experience — Now booking for 2018.
Oklahoma Accredited Stallion Nominated to Oklahoma Stallion Stakes
2018 Fee – $2,000 LFSN
Early payment discount option available.
Sue Dowling, Stoneview Farm and Breeder of Patrona Margarita
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Lion Heart – Grandestofall, by Grand Slam
2018 FEE: $3,500
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Bernardini – Forest Heiress, by Forest Wildcat 2018 FEE: $2,000
Gilded Time – Bistra, by Classic Go Go 2018 FEE: $2,500
Dixie Union – Grass Skirt, by Mr. Prospector 2018 FEE: $3,500
Unbridled’s Song – Golden Par, by Gold Meridian 2018 FEE: $5,000
Giant’s Causeway – Added Gold, by Gilded Time 2018 FEE: $2,000
TOO MUCH BLING Rubiano – Rose Colored Lady, by Formal Dinner 2018 FEE: $6,500 Douglas Scharbauer Ken Carson, General Manager Donny Denton, Farm Manager • David Unnerstall, Attending Veterinarian Post Office Box 966 • Pilot Point, Texas 76258 (940) 686-5552 • Fax (940) 686-2179 www.valorfarm.com • www.facebook.com/valor.farm
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Published on Nov 9, 2017
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