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POLLARD’S VISION (Carson City-Etats Unis, by Dixieland Band)

KIPLING (Gulch-Weekend Storm, by Storm Bird)

SAVE BIG MONEY (Storm Cat-Tomisue’s Delight, by A.P. Indy)

THE VISUALISER (Giant’s Causeway-Smokey Mirage, by Holy Bull)

NEW TO OKLAHOMA FOR 2016! Sire of Eclipse Award champion and six-time G1 winner BLIND LUCK ($3.2 million in earnings) 2016 FEE: $3,000

Oklahoma’s leading second-crop stallion and sire of stakes winner MAMA’S MAD MONEY and stakes-placed Rich Uncle 2016 FEE: $2,000

Sire of Breeders’ Cup winner and all-time leading Oklahomabred KIP DEVILLE ($3.3 million in earnings) 2016 FEE: $2,500

$1 million yearling and graded stakesplaced son of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY Sire of ZEALOUS VISION, a three-time stakes winner with earnings of $194,998 2016 FEE: $1,500

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TOO MUCH BLING LEADING SIRE IN TEXAS Earnings $1,686,585 Stakes Winners 5 Average Earnings Index 1.23 Average Earnings/Starter $55,772




Owner - W. S. Farish | Manager - Danny Shifflett | 26685 Mitchell Rd. | Hempstead, TX 77445 (979) 826-3366 | Cell: (713) 303-8509 | Fax: (979) 826-9405 | E-mail: AMERICAN RACEHORSE • 2016 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 1

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Sire of EIGHT stakes horses in 2015 alone, including HE’S COMIN IN HOT, winner of the Grade 3 Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs

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2016 Fee: $2,500



Look for his first crop on the track in 2016!

2016 Fee: $1,500


The sire of four stakes horses from his first 19 starters

2016 Fee: $2,000

The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. 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 •


stacks up well against other sons of Champion UNBRIDLED’S SONG, with the highest percentage of SWs and GSWs FEE UPON FOALS/ ENTERING STUD STALLION CROP

MY GOLDEN SONG $2,500 EVEN THE SCORE $15,000 FIRST DEFENCE $7,500 HALF OURS $4,500 MIDSHIPMAN $15,000 OLD FASHIONED $12,500 POLITICAL FORCE $15,000 SILVER CITY $2,000 SONGANDAPRAYER $6,500 ZENSATIONAL $25,000 (through early January 2016)

16 45 42 62 57 72 37 16 78 42

% SW 13.0% 3.8% 6.2% 5.2% 7.0% 2.8% 4.3% 2.6% 5.0% 2.4%

# GSW % GSW 2 4 4 0 0 3 0 1 9 0

3.3% 1.4% 3.1% 0% 0% 2.1% 0% 2.6% 1.2% 0%


MY GOLDEN SONG sired TWO Texas-bred graded stakes winners – G2 winner and G1-placed THEGIRLINTHATSONG ($479,945) and G3 winner FIFTYSHADESOFGOLD ($420,521) – from his 2011 crop of 21 foals and 18 runners.

2016 Fee: $4,000

He achieved all this with the poorest opportunity of all, with the fewest foals per crop (16) and the mares he bred had the second-lowest CI of 1.06. His 2014 crop has 23 foals, and his 2015 crop has 32 foals. 2016 is a great year to breed to MY GOLDEN SONG and follow two of his largest crops.

The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. 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 •

CI 1.06 1.16 1.62 1.26 1.32 1.35 2.00 0.92 1.49 1.60


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Illegal DopIng Meets Its Match trainers praise natural alternative By: Mark hansen

The pressure to win is so enormous that many horsemen resort to whatever it takes to get a piece of the purse or a decent sale…even if it means putting their horses’ lives in mortal danger by doping them with illegal synthetic erythropoietin (EPO) drugs to boost endurance. Veterinarian Gary Smith said, “It’s a problem all over the industry. There is no way horses should be put on (synthetic) EPO.” So how do racers win? How do you gain a competitive edge without harming your horses or risking your livelihood? The answer may be found in a safe all-natural horse supplement that supports natural EPO function. Why is EPO boosting so critical? Just like in people, a horse’s muscles require oxygen for fuel. Red blood cells are the body’s oxygen-carrying cells. A higher red blood cell count = more oxygen = more muscle energy. Elevated muscle energy helps the horse perform harder, faster and longer during endurance events. All horses naturally produce EPO in their kidneys to stimulate production of new red blood cells from bone marrow. In short, EPO is a natural “blood builder.” With EPO doping, trainers try to boost the EPO effect to get a winning performance every time. They use a synthetic EPO (recombinant human EPO), even though the side effects can harm the horse. That’s one reason why it’s illegal. Fortunately there’s another option. EPOEquine® is a safe, highly effective natural dietary supplement scientifically engineered for performance horses. A Kentucky trainer who refused to give out his name, said, “I don’t want my competition to know about this.” He found EPO-Equine® to be

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fastfurlongs Oklahoma-bred Shotgun Kowboy Named Horse of the Meeting at Remington Shotgun Kowboy, undefeated in three starts during the 2015 Rem- then the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park in June before ington Park Thoroughbred season, was a unanimous selection as the finding her way to Oklahoma City. Trained by Tom Proctor, Include Horse of the Meeting. Betty was handled by Drayden Van Dyke in the Remington Park Oaks. In balloting by media and Remington Park racing department perSweeping the top sprint races of the season, Ivan Fallunovalot won sonnel, Shotgun Kowboy was the easy choice the vote for Champion Sprinter and Chamby virtue of his wins in the Grade 3 Oklahopion Older Male for his perfect two-for-two ma Derby, Oklahoma Classics Cup and an record in Oklahoma City. Owned by Lewallowance event. is Mathews Jr. of Bismarck, Arkansas, and Owned, trained and bred in Oklahoma by trained by Tom Howard, Ivan Fallunovalot Edmond resident C.R. Trout, Shotgun Kowhad the services of Hall of Fame Jockey Calvin Borel in winning both the $75,000 boy was also a unanimous selection as the David M. Vance Sprint Stakes in August season’s Champion 3-Year-Old Male and as and the $150,000 Remington Park Sprint Champion Oklahoma-bred. Shotgun KowCup in September. Bred in Texas by Eileen boy was ridden to his Oklahoma Derby and Hartis, Ivan Fallunovalot used the RemingClassics Cup scores by Cliff Berry. Jockey Luis Quinonez had the helm for his allowton Park races to ready for an appearance in ance win at the beginning of the season. the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at the end of A gelding by Kodiak Kowboy, Shotgun KowOctober. The now 6-year-old gelded son of boy is now pointed to a 4-year-old campaign in Valid Expectations was in contention until the handicap division series at Oaklawn. early stretch in that race before fading. In the only other unanimous vote, My Zeta Zody earned top Champion OldDustin Orona Photography Master Plan was the selection on all ballots er Female honors thanks to a victory in an for Champion 2-Year-Old Female. She com- Shotgun Kowboy, winner of the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby open-company allowance race for older feand Oklahoma Classics Cup under Cliff Berry, took top pleted a perfect season at Remington Park males, followed by a pair of Oklahoma-bred honors at Remington Park. with four wins, including the E.L. Gaylord stakes wins on the lawn. Triumphant in the Memorial and Trapeze stakes. Owned and bred by Joyce and Dan Bob Barry Memorial Stakes in August and the Oklahoma Classics DisMcGough of Granbury, Texas, My Master Plan is trained by Donnie taff Turf in October, the daughter of Omega Code enjoyed her best Von Hemel. She was bred in Texas and sired by Oklahoma stallion season yet at Remington Park. Oratory. Zeta Zody, now 5, is owned by Al and Bull Ulwelling of Elk River, Despite missing the victory in the season’s biggest 2-year-old race, Minnesota, and is trained by Michael Biehler. She was bred by Robert Suddenbreakingnews got the nod in the voting for Champion 2-Year- Zoellner. Old Male. Owned by Samuel Henderson of Odessa, Texas, and Victories in the season’s top two grass events made Cougar Ridge also trained by Von Hemel, Suddenbreakingnews lost the $250,000 the Champion Turf Performer. Owned by Richard Bahde of Omaha, Springboard Mile by a nose to Discreetness. His victory in the $100,000 Nebraska, and trained by Randy Morse, Cougar Ridge won the Edward Clever Trevor Stakes in November proved to be the edge in winning the J. DeBartolo Memorial Handicap in August and the Remington Green vote. Stakes in September. Jockey C.J. McMahon was up for both scores. Grade 1 winner Include Betty made one start during the season but A winner in four of five starts during the Remington meet, Treachermade enough of an impression in winning the $200,000 Remington ous won the voting for Champion Claimer. The gelding, now 7, raced for trainer Karl Broberg and owner End Zone Athletics. Park Oaks to gain the honor as Champion 3-Year-Old Female. For a recap of the statistics and leading horsemen at the Remington Owned by the partnership of Brereton Jones and Timothy Thornton, Include Betty won the Grade 3 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn in April and meet, see the TRAO News section on page 23. 10 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016

Race for Kansas Initiative Announced to Bring Live Racing Back to the State The Greater Kansas Racing Alliance has announced Race for Kansas, an initiative that seeks to revitalize the horse and Greyhound racing industry in Kansas. Race for Kansas volunteers recently participated in the Topeka Farm Show and will exhibit during Equifest in late February at the Kansas Expo Center in Topeka. The Kansas Legislature resumed on January 11, and the alliance began encouraging lawmakers to update state statutes to allow Kansas racing venues to operate at a sustainable tax rate. Revitalizing the racing industry in Kansas will create more than 3,000 new jobs and offers a new revenue source for lawmakers to reduce the state’s budget gap, according to the alliance. The restored industry would also support countless allied businesses, vendors and family farms across rural and urban Kansas. In 2007, the Legislature passed a bill that allowed electronic gaming machines at racing venues—permitting tracks to offer greater purses thereby attracting a larger number of entries—but nearly doubled the state tax rate. The increased tax rate was unsustainable for racetrack owners and all tracks, including The Woodlands in Kansas City, closed within a year of

the tax increase. “Race for Kansas encourages lawmakers to pass legislation this session putting electronic gaming at racing venues on par with the state tax rate afforded to the rest of the gaming industry in Kansas,” said a Race for Kansas news release. For more information, visit



Equine Sales Company Sets Date for 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale and Sales Stakes Equine Sales Company will hold its 2016 2-year-olds in training sale on Tuesday, May 10, in Opelousas, Louisiana, with the breeze show set for Sunday, May 8. The company also announced that the inaugural running of the Equine Sales Oaks and Equine Sales Derby for 3-year-olds will be held on May 6 and 7 at Evangeline Downs. “We pushed the date of the sale back a little bit in 2016 to allow more time for buyers and consignors who might also be participating in earlier sales,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director for Equine Sales Company. “We had a lot of interest in this auction last year with the addition of the Sales Stakes, and we expect that interest to continue to grow this year.” This will mark the third juvenile auction for Equine Sales

Company with the 2015 edition, held in April, recording a 7 percent increase in gross sales compared to the first auction in 2014. The Sales Stakes are restricted to graduates of any of the three annual Equine Sales Company auctions, starting with the auctions held in 2015, and will offer two divisions at $75,000 each going 1 1/16 miles. The fillies division has been set for May 6, Kentucky Oaks Day, with colts and geldings running on May 7, Kentucky Derby Day. Graduates of the 2015 Stars of Tomorrow 2-year-old sale at Evangeline will also be eligible for the 2016 races, however, that auction will not be conducted in the future. Graduates of the 2016 Equine Sales Company 2-year-old sale will be eligible for the 2017 races as 3-year-olds. Consignment forms are available at

Remington Celebrates Cliff Berry Night

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While wearing the silks of Toby Keith’s Dream Walkin’ Farms The final evening program of the Remington Park Thoroughbred season on December 12 doubled as Cliff Berry Appreciation Night. during the final presentation, Berry was asked what it was like The retiring jockey was honored with a series of presentations to ride horses over the years that were bred and owned by the throughout the race card, less than 24 hours before he wrapped up country music superstar. A musician himself, Berry mentioned his his riding career the following afternoon. Berry ended his remark- appreciation to ride for that operation, adding that he wished he “could sing and play guitar like him.” able career with an all-time record 2,125 wins in Oklahoma City. Berry has ridden first-call for trainer Bret Calhoun for well over a decade at Remington Park, Oaklawn and Lone Star Park (where he is also the all-time leading rider). Calhoun was in attendance and presented Berry, an avid golfer, with a $1,000 gift certificate for a custom set of golf clubs. The second presentation came after race six as Kelly Cathey, executive director of the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission, honored Berry with a bronze horse trophy for his 30 years of racing in the state. Matt Vance, Remington Park’s vice president of operations, followed with a framed pho- Cliff Berry, with a signed guitar presented by country music star and racehorse owner Toby Keith, tographic depiction of Berry’s three Oklahoma was joined by the Remington Park jockey colony and track management in the winner’s circle. Derby victories. He won the richest Thoroughbred At that point Toby Keith, a huge supporter of racing at Remrace at Remington Park three times: in 2003 with Comic Truth, in ington Park, emerged from the crowd and gave Berry one of his 2006 with Mr. Pursuit and in 2015 with Shotgun Kowboy. The final presentation took place after the seventh race. Berry acoustic guitars bearing his autograph. “Congratulations on being the winningest jockey in Remington was joined in the winner’s circle by his wife, Kim, sons Baylin and Cale, the entire jockey colony, track management and the starting Park history,” Keith said. “Second of all, as you ride off into the gate crew for a feature video depicting the highlights of Berry’s sunset, I need a backup guitar player and I’d be honored if you’d come join our band.” Remington Park career. Berry was temporarily caught off guard by the moment but After the video Berry mentioned he will miss winning races and the camaraderie of the racetrack community: “Every morning I quickly recovered to tell Keith that might not be the best idea. All told, Berry won 4,457 races from 27,906 mounts with lifetime enjoy seeing everyone, the grooms, the hot walkers, gallop boys, earnings of more than $67.3 million. every one of them.”


Plenty of New Stallions for 2016 Breeding Season A flurry of stallion news came in after the publication of the American Racehorse Stallion Register, including the relocation of Magna Graduate, a six-time graded stakes winner with more than $2.5 million in earnings who will stand the 2016 breeding season at Dr. Robert Zoellner’s Rockin’ Z Ranch in Beggs, Oklahoma. The son of Honor Grades, who previously stood in Florida, will stand for a fee of $2,500 and join a stallion roster that includes Notional and Kennedy. A winner of 10 of 35 starts with six seconds and six thirds, Magna Graduate recorded graded stakes wins at 3, 4 and 5. His richest victory came in the Grade 2, $573,500 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. He also finished third in the Group 1, $6 million Dubai World Cup. From four crops to race, Magna Graduate has sired nine stakes winners and the earners of more than $5.3 million. Among his leading runners are Iowa Derby (G3) winner Jessica’s Star, Debutante Stakes (G3) winner Blueeyesintherein and Hopeful Stakes (G1) runner-up Magna Light. For more information, go to Sweet Return (GB), the three-time Grade 1 winner owned by John J. Brunetti Sr.’s Red Oak Farm, will stand the 2016 breeding season at Nicks Farm in Sellersburg, Indiana, located 15 miles north of Churchill Downs in nearby Louisville, Kentucky. The upcoming breeding year will be the ninth season at stud for the son of Elmaamul. Sweet Return’s offspring have accounted for 15 victories in 2015 and they won 16 races in 2014, including a runaway debut by the 2-year-old colt Wildling at Del Mar. Sweet Return won five graded stakes on the turf: the Hollywood Derby (G1) at 3, the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (G2) and San Marcos Stakes (G2) at 4, and the Eddie Read (G1) and Charles Whittingham Memorial (G1) handicaps at 5. Overall, Sweet Return won eight races and earned $1,801,377. Sweet Return will stand for a $2,000 fee. For more information, go to Mister Lucky Cat, a son of Storm Cat, has joined the stallion roster at Oklahoma Equine Reproductive Center in Washington, Oklahoma, for 2016. The 8-year-old stallion is out of the Grade 3-winning Mr. Prospector mare Get Lucky, who is a full sister to champion 2-year-old colt Rhythm and is the dam of graded stakes winners Girolamo, Daydreaming and Accelerator as well as Supercharger, the dam of 2010 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Super Saver. Mister Lucky Cat was a winner on both dirt and turf before his career was cut short by a trailer accident. His stud fee will be $1,500. Mister Lucky Cat joins a stallion roster at Oklahoma Equine that also includes Diamond and Liquor Cabinet (Ire). For more information, go to or Five Iron, a multiple Grade 3 winner by Sharp Humor, has

been retired to stand at Starfish Stallions in Hot Springs, Arkansas, for a $1,000 fee. A winner of five races and $557,923 in 17 starts, Five Iron earned stakes victories on both synthetic and turf surfaces at Woodbine, Saratoga and Belmont Park. He ended his career with a third in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga behind two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan. The 6-year-old stallion is out of Tee Off, a Thunder Gulch mare who is a half sister to Grade 1 winner Tactile. For more information, call (859) 229-7743. Also new to Arkansas is millionaire and Grade 1 winner Moonshine Mullin, who will stand his first season at Lake Hamilton Equine in Royal, Arkansas. One of the most lucrative claims in recent history, the son of Albert the Great was haltered by trainer Randy Morse and owner Randy Patterson for $40,000 in November 2013 at Remington Park. After finishing third in his 2014 debut, Moonshine Mullin embarked on a five-race win streak culminating with victories in the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes and Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. The $40,000 investment returned $641,627 in earnings that year, and Moonshine Mullin retired with a bankroll of $1,014,361 with nine wins from 32 starts. Moonshine Mullin will stand for a fee of $1,000 as property of Randy and Sara Patterson’s Cedar Run Farm LLC. For more information, contact Sara Patterson at (620) 770-6036.

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Top Oklahoma-bred Mare Heykittykittykitty Retired

Heykittykittykitty Keeneland and the Winning Colors Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs. Her sire Tactical Cat stands in Oklahoma at Raywood Farm, and she was bred by Diamond G Ranch Inc.

Pete Aiello Selected as New Announcer at Oaklawn Pete Aiello was in the booth when Oaklawn Park opened for live racing on January 15 as only the fifth track announcer in the track’s history. Aiello replaces Frank Mirahmadi, who resigned his position to share the race-calling duties at Santa Anita Park with Michael Wrona. Announcers from the four corners of the continental United States had expressed a desire to call races at the premier winter track, according to Oaklawn Director of Racing David Longinotti. “The number of talented race callers expressing an interest in this job was astounding,” Longinotti said. “We’ve had our eye on Pete for quite some time. We are always tuned in to young talent in our industry and Pete was at the top of our list. We Pete Aiello believe he has the brightest future of any track announcer in the nation and couldn’t be happier to welcome him into the Oaklawn family. We’re confident Arkansas racing fans will greet him with open arms.” A native of South Florida, Aiello, 30, is a 2007 graduate of the 14 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016

University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program. His experience in the industry runs deep and wide, working at racetracks throughout the country in numerous capacities. He currently holds multiple positions, including announcer, at two Florida tracks, Hialeah Park and Casino and Gulfstream Park. “To say that I’m excited about joining the Oaklawn team would be a vast understatement,” Aiello said. “To be able to be part of such a special race meet at such a storied facility with some of the most passionate people the industry has to offer is—well, pardon the cliché—but it’s like a dream. I owe a special thanks to the management and ownership of Hialeah Park for underCourtesy Oaklawn standing and allowing me to pursue this great opportunity. I’ve always heard Hot Springs has some of the best racing fans in the world and now I get to experience it for myself. I’m truly honored to be joining the team and appreciate the entire Oaklawn family for giving me this opportunity.”

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Oklahoma-bred Heykittykittykitty, a multiple stakes-winning and multiple graded stakes-placed mare, has been retired to be bred, said trainer Ron Moquett, according to an Oaklawn Park news release. Owned by Little Rock, Arkansas-based Westrock Stables LLC (Joe and Scott Ford), Heykittykittykitty retires with a 10-8-1 record from 21 lifetime starts and earnings of $495,161. The 5-year-old daughter of Tactical Cat won two allowance races at the 2015 Oaklawn meeting before capturing two consecutive stakes in the fall to close her career, including the $75,000 Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Distaff in Ohio in what was her final start. “She retired sound,” Moquett said. “You’d like them all to go out like that. She’s done all she needs to do here.” Moquett indicated that Heykittykittykitty will be bred to Sky Kingdom. Heykittykittykitty won five stakes, including divisions of the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes at Remington Park and Will Rogers Downs. She also won the 2015 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint at Remington and finished second in a pair of graded races in Kentucky, the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2) at

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N O LIMI TAT I O NS Dear Iowa Racing Participant,

The horse racing industry in Iowa is stronger than ever before. A 16.7 percent increase in track attendance at Prairie Meadows and a significant increase in Iowa breeders over just five years show that a growing number of people here are looking to horse racing for business and entertainment. Horse breeders and owners around Iowa are helping to support our state’s ag-centric economy by providing


the basis for thousands of skilled jobs and millions in

Become an advocate of the valuable economic and agricultural impact horse owning, breeding and racing has on Iowa. Some things to keep in mind:

revenue each year. In light of this valuable contribution, legislation was created in 2011 that protects purse allocations for the sport with no effective end date. This legislation ensures that, short of a major change in the law, our ability to own, breed and race horses will remain unchanged through 2019 and beyond. There is currently no plan to reconsider this law in 2019, and by showing your support of this legislation, you have the power right now to make sure it is renewed for many years to come. As someone who is close to horse breeding and racing in Iowa, your voice is needed to help educate the public about the great economic importance of this unique

Horse racing purses are allocated by law and have no end date, 2019 or otherwise. Owning, breeding and racing horses in Iowa employs 2,100 people every year. Track attendance at Prairie Meadows is up 16.7% over the past 5 years. The combined number of registered thoroughbred and quarter horse breeders in Iowa has risen significantly over the last five years.

industry to our state. To help lead this effort, the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association, the Iowa Quarterhorse Racing Association and the Iowa Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association are launching a media campaign in central Iowa this November. The campaign will use television, online, direct mail/email and social media marketing to educate the general public about the broad economic benefits of horse racing in Iowa. This represents a big push for our industry, and we need everyone to be a part of it. You know better than anyone that the horse industry in Iowa is an important economic engine that supports the entire state — please help spread the word! Sincerely,

Deb Leech

Tom Lepic

Leroy Gessmann

President, ITBOA

President, IQHRA

President, IAHBPA

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STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS ALABAMA HBPA NEWS Buggin Out Wins the Magic City Classic Again

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For the second consecutive year, Dennis Murphy’s homebred Buggin Out captured the $57,000 Magic City Classic Stakes on December 11 at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The one-mile event for registered Alabama-bred 3-year-olds and up was sponsored by the Birmingham Racing Commission. Buggin Out, a now 5-year-old gelding, took the 2014 edition by more than seven lengths. It wasn’t quite as easy this time around, but the heavy betting favorite prevailed by threeparts of a length with Alabama-bred Buggin Out, by Alabama Richard Eramia in the stallion Indy, has banked nearly $140,000. irons for trainer Kenneth Hargrave. This improved Buggin Out’s record to 18-5-3-4 with earnings of $138,130. Buggin Out is by the A.P. Indy stallion Indy, who stands at Murphy’s Longview Farms in Vandiver, Alabama. Jerry Hackett and Tracy Nunley’s Ira, a son of J Be K bred by Hackett Brothers Thoroughbred Inc., finished a game second in the Magic City and also sports an impressive record of 19-4-5-3 with earnings of $78,005. Ira, who came in after a successful campaign at Delaware Park and Laurel Park, won the 2014 renewal of the Kudzu Juvenile, which was not run in 2015. Reesa Morris’ Alabama Brass, bred by Darrel Jackson, finished third followed by B Street Blues, Royal Punter and Silver in Excess.


GEORGIA HORSE RACING COALITION NEWS Georgia Horse Racing Coalition Unveils 21st Century Track Design The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition, a group of leading business and civic leaders dedicated to bringing first-class horse racing to Georgia, has unveiled plans for a groundbreaking mixed-use racetrack development designed by Populous, a global architecture and urban planning firm known for revolutionary entertainment and sports designs. “Our vision has always been for more than just a racetrack in Georgia,” said Dean Reeves, coalition president and owner of 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Mucho Macho Man. “Our goal is to reinvent horse racing by combining a racetrack with a mixed-use development and park to create the ultimate fan experience at no expense to taxpayers. If horse racing is approved by voters, Georgia would become the home of a state-of-the-art track that is just as innovative as the new facilities for the [Atlanta] Falcons and Braves.” Populous, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has designed more than 2,000 projects worth $30 billion, including horse racetracks on five continents. The firm is dedicated to creating environments that draw people and communities together for unforgettable experiences. Populous projects include the Braves’ Sun Trust Park, Ascot Racecourse in the United Kingdom, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Yankee Stadium and many other facilities in the world’s top cities and on more than 120 university campuses. “What makes this design so unique is that on race days, the Georgia facility is a fully activated, high-tech experience connecting fans and racing like no other racetrack in the world, but on non-race days, the park is a destination for concerts, festivals, dining, shopping, public events and other activities,” added Reeves. “Our hope is that Georgia voters understand that no taxpayer dollars will be needed to build a track and more than 5,000 jobs will be created through this development, and they will urge their legislators to support our bill to bring horse racing to Georgia,” said Jack Damico, coalition vice president and managing partner of the Posse Racing Stable. “This will be a year-round facility that Georgians will be proud of.”

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Five restricted stakes races for registered Arkansas-breds will be conducted during Oaklawn Park’s 2016 live meet. The race purses have been raised from $75,000 to $100,000 each. Following is a schedule of the Arkansas-bred stakes: February 27—Downthedustyroad Breeders’ Stakes (3yo and up, fillies and mares, 6 furlongs) February 28—Nodouble Breeders’ Stakes (3yo and up, 6 furlongs) April 1—Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes (3yo and up, 1 1⁄16 miles) April 2—Rainbow Miss Stakes (3yo fillies, 6 furlongs) April 3—Rainbow Stakes (3yo, 6 furlongs) To encourage owners to run their horses in open company races, the Arkansas Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Horsemen’s Association will pay a $5,000 incentive supplement to the owners of registered Arkansasbreds that win an open company race at Oaklawn Park during the 2016 season. This is an increase over the $2,000 that was paid in 2015. The annual awards banquet will be held the evening of Friday, April 1, at the Clarion on the Lake. Anyone interested in attending should

contact the ATBHA office for reservations by noon on Tuesday, March 29. The featured guest speaker will be the new voice of Oaklawn, announcer Pete Aiello.

Construction of a new racetrack in Georgia would begin immediately if pari-mutuel wagering is approved by voters. AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 19

STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS If horse racing is approved by voters, construction of the track would begin immediately and would be expected to take two years. A site for the facility has yet to be determined. The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization whose mission is to educate Georgians about the value of the great American sport of horse racing and what it will bring to the state by generating jobs, tax revenues for scholarships and tourism. The coalition is working with state leaders to pass legislation allowing pari-mutuel wagering in Georgia in order to encourage and support a statewide racing industry. Learn more at

INDIANA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS AND OWNERS ASSOCIATION NEWS Indiana Horse Racing Summit Attracts More Than 100 Horsemen The Indiana Horse Racing Commission hosted the state’s first Horse Racing Summit November 20 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. The open-invitation public meeting provided participants an opportunity to share their thoughts, concerns and suggestions with members of the IHRC. The more than 100 individuals in attendance represented all three breeds racing in Indiana (American Quarter Horse, Standardbred and Thoroughbred). Also present were representatives from Indiana’s two pari-mutuel racetracks, Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park, along with IHRC staff and racing officials. Topics of discussion included IHRC rules, breed development programs, marketing and methods to grow the industry. “We are very pleased with the number of horsemen who took time out their busy schedules to share their thoughts with us,” said IHRC Chairman Thomas Weatherwax. “They are a vital piece of our horse racing industry, and we will be looking into the many suggestions made today.” The IHRC and staff will now begin the process of analyzing the input received to assist them in identifying ways in which Indiana’s racing industry may be improved. “Today was an important step in moving forward with the Commission’s goal of creating an open dialogue between all facets of the industry,” Weatherwax added. “The Commission hopes to expand upon what we’ve accomplished here today by considering additional summits in the future.”

2016 Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Program Approved The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved the 2016 Thoroughbred Breed Development Program at its meeting in December. An additional $1.4 million will be available for the program due to a legislative change passed during the 2015 session. The approved program includes increasing purses for 20 stakes races from $85,000 to $100,000. In addition, the state’s four Signature Stakes will continue to be contested at $150,000 each. The overnight program 20 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016

will also benefit from the additional funding with an increase of 30 additional scheduled races and the flexibility to write approximately 48 more races using a Breed Development discretionary fund. In total, this will give the track an opportunity to run approximately 322 Breed Development overnight races during 2016, an increase of more than 15 percent from 2015. “The additional funds gave the Thoroughbred Breed Development Advisory Committee an opportunity to look at how we can make an already good program even better,” noted IHRC Director of Racing and Breed Development Jessica Barnes. “We are all very excited to be able to offer these improvements, and we hope that horsemen will take advantage of this lucrative program by making plans to invest and race in Indiana.” Collaborative efforts between the Thoroughbred Breed Development Advisory Committee, racetrack management at Indiana Grand and the horsemen’s associations made these improvements possible. To find out more about the program, visit the IHRC’s website at

ITOBA Stallion Season Auction Information The annual ITOBA Stallion Season Auction was held online at in late January with dozens of stallion seasons on offer from around the country. Stallion owners who donated to the auction received an opportunity to showcase their stallions in auction promotions. Participation in the auction also increased the earning potential of a stallion’s 2017 progeny. The purchase of a season will make all of that stallion’s 2017 Indiana-bred foals eligible for nomination to the 2020 Indiana Stallion Season Auction Stakes races for fillies and colts/geldings. In addition, ITOBA provided two charitable options during the auction for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and local rider Oriana Rossi. ITOBA committed to matching the first $1,000 collected for each cause to aid our fallen athletes. The PDJF is a public charity that provides financial assistance to some 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. ITOBA, in conjunction with Indiana Grand, will present the PDJF with a check during the 2016 Jockeys and Jeans event at Gulfstream Park on February 28. Rossi was injured on July 22, 2015, when the horse she was riding fell over a fallen horse and sent her flying to the ground. She is Indiana Grand’s all-time leading female jockey and is ranked 16th on the overall list with 103 wins and more than $2.3 million in earnings. She has 292 career wins with more than $5 million in purse earnings. ITOBA will present a check to Rossi in 2016. Please check the ITOBA website at for any seasons that may still remain for purchase after the online auction.

Important Date Reminders Please mark your calendars for these important upcoming dates. April 16—ITOBA Annual Awards Banquet at Indiana Grand June 11—ITOBA Stallion Season Auction Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and 3-year-old colts/geldings at Indiana Grand

June 12—ITOBA Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age on the grounds of Indiana Grand (more information coming soon)

IOWA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS AND OWNERS ASSOCIATION NEWS ITBOA Stallion Season Again Successful As of January 8, the 2015 ITBOA online auction of stallion seasons reported 115 seasons sold for a total of $178,012, numbers that are slightly lower than 2014, when 123 seasons brought $194,884. However, stallion owners may still pay the minimum bid ($500) to make offspring of their stallions eligible for the series of three restricted races, so the final 2015 numbers may still increase.

ITBOA Advertising Campaign The ITBOA, with supplementary support from the Iowa Quarter Horse Association and the Iowa HBPA, has launched a multimedia advertising campaign that will use television, online, direct mail/email and social media marketing platforms to educate the general public about the broad economic and cultural benefits of horse racing and breeding in Iowa. The campaign is the brainchild of ITBOA member and horse owner Aaron Kennedy, executive vice president at the Des Moines advertising firm of Flynn Wright. According to Kennedy, the campaign has two phases. The first, which began last November, was designed to introduce three basic themes to a broad audience of Iowans: economic development, the ag-centered nature of horse racing in a primarily agricultural state and the positive trends in attendance at Prairie Meadows, and all-sources handle and the number of registered breeders in the state. The second phase, which got underway in late January, will primarily target lawmakers and focus specifically on the industry’s role in creating jobs and employment opportunities. The centerpiece of the campaign is a 30-second video spot titled “Horsepower.” The video has aired on broadcast, cable and satellite television and may also be viewed on the ITBOA website, “So far the feedback we’ve had on the ads has been very positive,” said ITBOA President Deb Leech. “Our paid 2016 membership numbers as of January 8 are way up compared to a year ago, 275 versus 218, and 122 of those are two-year memberships. I don’t know if that’s attributable to the ad campaign or not.”

MICHIGAN THOROUGHBRED OWNERS AND BREEDERS ASSOCIATION NEWS Board of Directors Election Results The MTOBA would like to congratulate the winners of our 2016 election: President: Patti M. Dickinson Vice President: Deborah Arnold-Miley Secretary: Laura Jackson Treasurer: Rick McCune

Directors: Judy Campbell, Lisa Campbell, Cliff Compton, Cindy Davidson, Luella Hall, James Jackson, Frank Nickels, DVM, Steve Prain, Deborah Russell, Teri Traxler, Virginia Uelmen, Kathleen A. White, DVM, Daniel S. McCarthy (alternate)

Dates Approved for Hazel Park Hazel Park Raceway has been approved by the Michigan Gaming Control Board for 30 days of racing to be held on Fridays and Saturdays from May 27 through September 3. No other details are available at this time.

2015 MTOBA Year-End Awards Congratulations to the following MTOBA year-end award winners for 2015. 2-year-old Filly: High Legend (Elusive Hour—Harlan Cat, by Harlan) Owner/Breeder: Elkhorn Oaks, Inc. 2-year-old Colt/Gelding: Gun Powder (Gun Power—Valley Loot, by Demaloot Demashoot) • Owner/Breeder: Felicia Campbell 3-year-old Filly: Trinity Revealed (Equality—C R Emmaus Road, by Rehaan) • Owner: Marion F. Gorham • Breeder: Guy D. and Deborah R. Russell 3-year-old Colt/Gelding: Runnin Fun (Equality—Havin Fun Now, by Quiet Enjoyment) • Owner/Breeder: James Griffin Older Filly/Mare: Comeflywithanangel (Equality—C R Emmaus Road, by Rehaan) • Owner: Antonio Flores • Breeder: Guy D. and Deborah R. Russell Older Horse/Gelding: Moving Style (Meadow Prayer—Stylish Factor, by Native Factor) • Owner: Merril L. Spiess • Breeder: Arnold Farms (Deborah Arnold-Miley) Broodmare: Harlan Cat (Harlan—Candi’s Parfait, by Alysheba) • Owned by Elkhorn Oaks Inc. Stallion: Equality (Mt. Livermore—Equilibrate, by Gone West) • Owned by Equality Syndicate, standing at Dickinson Farms Breeder: Campbell Stables LLC (Felicia Campbell) Small Breeder: Guy D. and Deborah R. Russell Owner: Felicia Campbell Horse of the Year: Moving Style

MINNESOTA THOROUGHBRED ASSOCIATION NEWS Looking Forward to a Great 2016 The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association is off to a great start in 2016. We’re thrilled to be included in American Racehorse and look forward to sharing the excitement of racing in Minnesota. It may be cold now, but things are heating up for this year! The 2016 MTA Stallion Service Auction offered outstanding stallion seasons from 54 farms in 13 states and one province. Sixty-five seasons sold during the auction, and mare owners will have another chance to pick up a season or two during our Book II auction. The MTA was pleased to offer an added incentive for mare owners to purchase a season during our auction—a $10,000 bonus. The bonus will be shared between the mare owner purchasing the season and the stallion season donor when the resulting foal wins the 2020 MTA Stallion Auction Stakes.


STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS Canterbury Park has released the 2016 stakes schedule (see below) and it’s better than ever. A new addition this year is the $40,000 MTA Sale Graduate Stakes. On July 30, eligible graduates of the MTA’s 2015 Yearling and Mixed Sale will compete in this inaugural five-furlong race. It will be exciting to see what our 2015 sale grads can do on the track as we look forward to the 2016 MTA Yearling Auction on August 22. There will be so much more than just “nice” coming out of Minnesota in 2016, especially in relation to the Thoroughbred horse racing industry. The outstanding 2015 race season at Canterbury Park saw total handle rise 11.3 percent and a record purse distribution of $14.2 million. Minnesota breeders received $407,000 in breeders’ fund award payments. It’s only going to get better in 2016. It’s not too late to have your very own 2016 Minnesota-bred. Stallions needed to be registered with the Minnesota Racing Commission by January 31, and mares must be registered with the MRC and in Minnesota prior to foaling or by March 15. Registration materials are available at The MTA will be offering several ownership seminars throughout the spring and summer. These seminars are designed to inspire and educate Thoroughbred enthusiasts regardless of their current ownership status. From longtime owners to new owners to potential owners, there’s always more to learn about the Thoroughbred industry. Our seminar schedule will be released soon on Minnesota has so much more to offer than just 10,000 lakes. Our Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry is at the top of the list. If you’d like to get in on the action, please contact the MTA office at (952) 233-4802 or

Canterbury Park Announces Record Stakes Schedule, Names Robert Junk New Racing Secretary Canterbury Park racing officials announced the 2016 Thoroughbred stakes schedule, which includes 25 races and a record $1.9 million in purses. The 23rd Minnesota Festival of Champions, a day of racing reserved for horses bred in the state, will be held Sunday, August 21. The six stakes run that day will pay $410,000 in purse money. The $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby, the largest single-race purse on the schedule, will be run August 28. “We are pleased to offer a record stakes schedule for both Minnesota-bred and open runners at Canterbury Park in the upcoming season,” said Director of Racing Operations Andrew Offerman. “The upgrade of the Mystic Lake Derby to ‘listed’ status is another step in what has been the continued improvement in the quality of horse racing in the state of Minnesota.” The Minnesota Derby and Minnesota Oaks on July 30 will have record purses of $85,000 each. Both races are restricted to horses foaled in Minnesota in 2013. The foal crop that year increased by 250 percent over the previous year due to the 2012 purse enhancement agreement with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community that adds $75 million to the horsemen’s purse structure over the 10-year terms of the deal. Six additional overnight stakes will be run throughout the meet with purses totaling $240,000. 22 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016

The track also announced that Robert Junk has joined as the new racing secretary. Junk, a 30-year industry veteran who has been involved in Thoroughbred and American Quarter Horse racing at the highest levels, succeeds Doug Schoepf, who retired in October after two decades at the track. Junk, 55, currently holds the position of racing secretary at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino in New Mexico. Sunland Park annually hosts the Grade 3 Sunland Derby, a stepping-stone to the Kentucky Derby. He also has been racing secretary at Ruidoso Downs and directed 13 runnings of the All American Futurity, the richest race in Quarter Horse racing. Earlier in his career, Junk held various positions in racing offices across the Southwest and also worked as a jockey’s agent for Canterbury Park Hall of Fame rider Scott Stevens. “Robert’s vast experience in horse racing and his ability to communicate with the stakeholders in the industry, the owners, trainers, jockeys, and employees, will benefit Canterbury Park greatly,” Canterbury Park Vice President of Racing Operations Eric Halstrom said. “Canterbury Park has momentum that will continue with Robert as racing secretary.” “I am thrilled to be involved with an organization that is moving forward and that is dedicated to improving its racing product,” Junk said. “I spoke with many horsemen and they all were positive about racing at Canterbury and the direction it is headed. I look forward to the opportunity and the challenge.” The 69-day live racing season begins May 20 and runs through September 17. Condition books and stall applications were available in late January. Stall applications will be due March 15. More information is available at

NORTH CAROLINA THOROUGHBRED ASSOCIATION NEWS President’s Message Hope all had a happy holiday season and wonderful new year. Our awards meeting was to be held February 6 (right around the time you are likely receiving this issue) at Finley Golf Club in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We are set to have a very special speaker, Josh Pons, who has been a player in the Thoroughbred business all his life like his father and grandfather before him. He and his brother are owners of Country Life Farm in Maryland. Josh is the author of two books and has won two Eclipse Awards for his writing in The Blood-Horse. He is a past president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, and serves on the board of the Maryland Million and as secretary of the Thoroughbred Charities of America. I am hoping for a very large crowd to celebrate our 2015 champions, to see old friends and make new friends, along with a wonderful menu created by Executive Chef Matthew Cararella, and to talk Thoroughbred horses all night. We are holding a silent auction with all monies used to pay expenses of the NCTA and to donate to other nonprofit horse projects across the state. We have some new members who have joined our association. The first is Elizabeth Houck, who lives in Cary and is a breeder. Below is some information about Elizabeth: I started working at Penn National after getting a degree in college for art (funny, had nothing to do with art but always loved horses)

and worked my way up from hot walker, groom, exercise rider to jockey. I rode there, Philadelphia Park (Parx), Garden State Park (no longer there), Atlantic City and once at Charles Town. After about two years of the race circuit, I decided to go back to college and got a degree in landscape architecture and got married to Mike Cole, also a jockey in New York and Penn National, and had one son, now 20. I acquired a broodmare that did not sell at Ocala Breeders Sales for a cheap price and used her as a trail riding horse until her only two previous foals started winning (Sunny Dessert, $300,000-plus) and Bound by Humor ($87,000). So I had an offer to breed for free to a new stallion in Florida—Two Step Salsa had two foals, a 2012 colt, Stepsun, now out west with one win, and a 2013 filly we had to euthanize. I then bred her to Lemon Drop Kid (aborted) and then to Sky Mesa (weanling is in Kentucky now). So I have had the ups and downs of the business in a short period of time, but it hasn’t discouraged me yet and I still want to learn and be involved. My passion is racing and getting to have a horse that I own get to the races. My landscape architect career (with the city of Raleigh) is helping offset the financial impacts of my equine interests, and I hope to someday retire from my current job and do more with training and horses again. My son is enrolled in equine sciences at the University of Kentucky and will be working at Lane’s End; his interest is in broodmares and foals. I hope that tells you a little about me. Thank you, and I look forward to being part of your group. Our other new member is Anthony Chaudry, a Maryland resident who owns Maelezo Stud in Cordova, Maryland, and stands a stud named Narrative (Ire). He is also involved in breeding, racing and foaling. Narrative has excellent bloodlines, as he is a son of Sadler’s Wells, and he is a Group 2 winner and Group 1-placed. His stud fee is $2,000. Anthony has donated to NCTA a season to Narrative that we took bids on via email. The winner will be posted on our Facebook page and announced at the awards dinner on February 6 with those proceeds also going to the NCTA and to other nonprofit horse-related industry groups located in the state. Anthony hopes he will get a few of us North Carolinians to breed to his stud. Thank you to Anthony for his generosity. We welcome both Elizabeth and Anthony to the NCTA. If anyone who is a member would like us to advertise their stallion on our website, Facebook page and our newsletter, please send information and pictures. It is free to members and $100 to non-members. —Joanne Dew

Racing News We had several recent winners with ties to NTCA members. Tobias, a gelding by Arch, was an allowance winner at Pine Mountain for owner Johnny Eason in partnership with Rafael A. Fernandez. Tiz Kismet, a filly by Tiznow, was an allowance winner at Churchill Downs for Never Better Stables (Denise Walsh) and John Padden. Special Congrats, a gelding by Congrats, was a claiming winner at Laurel Park. He was bred by Beth Muirhead.

We also had several other placed horses that were owned or bred by NCTA members, including Missdixieactivist (bred by Jim Chandley), Flash McCaul (owned by Country Life Farm Partnership, which includes NCTA member James Jones), Incremental (bred by Nancy Shuford) and Wild Geraniums (sired by Dixie’s Wild Again, who stood in North Carolina for Tom Hendrickson; this filly is trained by Tom’s brother David).

THOROUGHBRED RACING ASSOCIATION OF OKLAHOMA NEWS Board Election Results The TRAO would like to congratulate the winners in the board of directors election for the 2016–2018 term. Owner Director: Wilson Brown, Danny Caldwell, Dave Faulkner, Michele Williams, Dr. Robert Zoellner Breeder Director: Randy Blair, Boyd Caster, C.R. Trout

Kelly Cathey Named Executive Director of Oklahoma Commission The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission in November voted to name Kelly Cathey as the agency’s new executive director. Cathey had been serving as interim executive director since August after Constantin “Tino” Rieger resigned. “My father was a horse trainer,” Cathey told The Oklahoman. “I’ve kind of come up through the school of hard knocks. I’ve had every job that you can imagine besides veterinarian.” Cathey, 45, has been working in the Texas and Oklahoma horse industry since the age of 14 with positions including groom, assistant trainer, assistant starter, racing official and assistant racing official at the three Class 1 Texas tracks. In Oklahoma, he worked as racing secretary at Will Rogers Downs and later was promoted to director of racing. He has worked for the OHRC since 2012, serving as a steward at Remington Park until being named interim executive director.

Remington Park Handle Increases, Record Purses Paid Remington Park completed its 2015 Thoroughbred season on December 13 with a photo finish deciding the $250,000 Springboard Mile, the final race of the year. The win, by a nose, went to Discreetness in a thriller over Suddenbreakingnews. The statistical finish for Remington Park did not have to go to a photo as total handle and purses easily defeated the 2014 numbers. A total of $62,475,502 was played during the 67-date season, up $5,564,642 over the 2014 numbers, for an increase of 9.8 percent. The average daily handle on Remington Park racing was $932,470. This is the third consecutive year that the Remington Park Thoroughbred season has increased its total handle. The boost was due to more interest by fans and players wagering on Remington Park via simulcast. The export handle on the races from Oklahoma City was $57,966,038, up $6,166,612, or 11.9 percent, compared to 2014 figures. AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 23

STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS “We are thrilled by the wagering response for Remington Park in 2015,” said Matt Vance, vice president of operations. “We tried 50-cent minimum wagers on a regular basis for the first time in our history, and they were well received. The Pick 5 came along late in the season but was also welcomed by our players. We expect these offerings, especially the Pick 5 and the Pick 4, to continue their popularity going forward.” Remington Park, celebrating the 10th full year of offering casino gaming as part of its entertainment package, distributed record purses for the 2015 Thoroughbred season. A total of $16,896,014 was paid to horsemen, up 11.3 percent compared to the 2014 season. The daily average purses paid were $252,176, also a record for Remington Park. The daily average purses in 2014 were $226,576. The 2014 Remington Park Thoroughbred season was also 67 days in length. There were 607 races conducted both seasons. A total of 5,489 starters took part in 2015 for an average field size per race of 9.0, down slightly from 9.4 per race in 2014. On-track wagering at Remington Park was $4,185,321, down $543,720, or 11.5 percent, compared to 2014. Wagering at Remington Park’s three off-track sites around Oklahoma City was $324,143, down $58,250 from the 2014 mark. Live racing is now on hiatus at Remington Park. The American Quarter Horse season runs 50 dates from March 11 through June 4. The 67-date Thoroughbred season will be contested from August 12 through December 11.

When the Remington Park Thoroughbred season concluded December 13, the leading horsemen titles were filled with both familiar and new faces. Exercising great skill at claiming horses, owner Danny Caldwell of Poteau, Oklahoma, earned his sixth consecutive title as Remington Park’s leading Thoroughbred owner. He ended the season with a record 49 wins. Caldwell wins the Ran Ricks Jr. Trophy, named in honor of the first owner with horses on the grounds at Remington Park and a multiple leading owner in the track’s early years. This is the seventh overall Ricks Trophy for Caldwell, who won his first in 2008 and then every season since 2010. Caldwell also led in owner earnings with $856,635. Much like Caldwell, trainer Karl Broberg is extremely active with claiming horses. His operation had its most productive season since he arrived at Remington Park a few years ago. Broberg racked up 62 wins from 233 starters, scoring at a 27 percent clip while utilizing jockey C.J. McMahon as his first-call rider. As leading trainer, Broberg wins the Chuck Taliaferro Memorial Trophy, named in honor of one of the initial leading trainers at Remington Park in the track’s formative years. Broberg becomes the first trainer other than Steve Asmussen to win the Taliaferro Trophy since Donnie Von Hemel in 2006. Speaking of Von Hemel, he led the training standings by earnings with his starters earning $965,969 on the season. The Pat Steinberg Trophy for leading jockey had to be duplicated for 2015 as for the first time in Remington Park Thoroughbred season history there was a tie in the jockey standings. 24 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016

SOUTH CAROLINA THOROUGHBRED OWNERS AND BREEDERS ASSOCIATION NEWS Aiken Trials Set for March 19 Mark your calendar for the 74th annual Aiken Training Track Trials, which will be held Saturday, March 19. Located in the heart of Aiken’s historic horse This year will mark the 74th running of the district close to downAiken Trials. town, the track has been home to more than 40 Thoroughbred champions over the decades. The Aiken Trials are the first leg of the Aiken Triple Crown, the three-weekend-long celebration of horse sports that includes the Aiken Trials, Aiken Steeplechase and the University of South CarolinaAiken “Pacers and Polo” match. The Aiken Trials draw upward of 10,000 spectators to enjoy a day of family fun that includes extravagant tailgating spreads, assorted vendors, good-natured side betting and fun activities such as the hat contest and the best tailgate contest. This year’s event has received the support of the city of Aiken through funding from its Economic Reinvestment Fund to provide incentives to help increase the entries of horses from outside the area. Gates open at 10 a.m. with the opening ceremonies and carriage parade beginning at 1 p.m. Post time for the first race is 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general parking (third row and back) and $10 for gate entrance in advance. A VIP tent party will begin at 11 a.m. Tickets for the tent are $75 and include a lunch buffet and cocktails. The Aiken Trials are also offering a “Pack a Picnic” special this year. The package includes four admission tickets and a second row parking spot for $60. Families and friends are encouraged to pack a picnic or tailgate and come out to enjoy a fun day of racing. The Aiken Trials are held at the Aiken Training Track located at 538 Two Notch Road in Aiken. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the track office at (803) 648-4631. Barry Bornstein

Caldwell, Broberg, McMahon and Vazquez Top Remington Standings

Ramon Vazquez, winner of the Steinberg Trophy in 2013 and 2014, made up ground on C.J. McMahon in the final weekend. He came from one behind as the final day started, winning three races to reach 87 wins for the season. McMahon, competing for the first time at Remington Park, had 85 wins going into the final day. He won a pair of races to reach 87 and force the tie at the top after Vazquez had taken the lead for three races. Neither jockey could win another race over the final four events on the card. The Steinberg Trophy is named after the jockey who dominated the first years at Remington Park, winning nine consecutive leading rider titles before his untimely death in an automobile accident in 1993. McMahon was the leading jockey by mount earnings with $1,897,936. Vazquez was second with $1,773,477.

Elloree Trials Set for 54th Running March 19 will be a busy day for horse racing in South Carolina as, in addition to the Aiken Trials, the 54th running of the Elloree Trials will be held at the Elloree Training Center. The festivities get underway at 8 a.m. with a full day of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing action. For more information, call (803) 897-2616.

Aiken Steeplechase on March 26 The 50th renewal of the Aiken Steeplechase is scheduled for Saturday, March 26, at the Aiken Horse Park located at 931 Powder House Road in Aiken. The gates open at 9:30 a.m. with the first of six races set for 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the gate with children 10 and under admitted free. Tent party tickets are $125 each or $475 for a group of four. For more information, go to or call (803) 648-9641.

Jack Sadler New President of SCTOBA After 11 years of dedicated, faithful and very appreciated service as president of the South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Lee Christian passed the torch to Jack Sadler at the annual December meeting at the Elloree Training Center on December 12. Lee’s wife, Gwen, also passed her responsibilities as treasurer over to Susan Sadler. The SCTOBA cannot thank the Christians enough for all they have done to help promote the Thoroughbred industry in South Carolina.

Curalina Named the 2015 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year Curalina, owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, has been named the 2015 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year. Curalina is a chestnut filly by Curlin out of Whatdreamsrmadeof, by Graeme Hall. Curlin is also the sire of 2013 and 2014 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year Palace Malice. Curalina was bred by CASA Farms I LLC and foaled in Kentucky. She was broken and trained in South Carolina at the historic Aiken Training Track by Brad Stauffer. At 3 in 2015, Curalina raced seven times with four wins and earnings of $990,200. She won the Acorn Stakes (G1) and Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), and placed in the Beldame Stakes (G1), Alabama Stakes (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). Curalina is only the third filly since this award was created to be honored as the Aiken Trained Horse of the Year, joining 2007 honoree Country Star and 2011 winner It’s Tricky. The Aiken Trained Horse of the Year award was inaugurated in 2002 to honor local Thoroughbreds who have had an excellent racing season by winning at least one Grade 1 race. Other past winners include Congaree (2002), Wando (2003), Limehouse (2005), Bob and John (2006), Midshipman (2008), Quality Road (2009 and 2010) and Alpha (2012). The award ceremony will be held on March 20 at 2 p.m. at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame. Memorabilia from Curalina’s

2015 racing season and her career will be on display. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call (803) 642-7631 or (803) 643-2121 or visit the Hall of Fame website at

TEXAS THOROUGHBRED ASSOCIATION NEWS Update on Texas Racing Commission Funding and Historical Racing Due to the nature of a print magazine, an accurate and timely update on the situation regarding funding for the Texas Racing Commission and historical racing is difficult. The following information is as of mid-January; please visit for the latest information and updates. In early January, the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership issued a press release, with the following excerpts: On January 7, attorneys for the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership, LLP (THP) filed an “Original Petition for Declaratory Judgment and Application for Temporary and Permanent Injunction” in the District Court of Travis County, against the State of Texas and Glen Hegar solely in his official capacity as Comptroller of Public Accounts. At question is the constitutionality of a Legislative Budget Board (LBB) appropriations rider, Rider 7, that is currently limiting funding of the Texas Racing Commission (TRC) and poses an immediate, ongoing and existential threat to the continued existence of the THP and the Texas horse racing industry. Rider 7 purports to give the LBB unlimited discretion to withhold all funds appropriated for the TRC’s central administration and other support services. Without the ability to spend these funds, the TRC cannot perform any of its basic administrative or regulatory functions and, as a consequence, the Texas horse industry cannot operate. Since Rider 7 became effective, the LBB has made clear that it will not permit the TRC to spend its essential funds until the agency repeals its rules allowing a form of pari-mutuel wagering called Historical Racing. On December 15, 2015, the TRC rejected a proposal to repeal the Historical Racing Rules. A hearing for a temporary injunction on the matter was set for February 3, with a Texas Racing Commission meeting scheduled for February 9. Both of these dates are after press time for this issue, so please check the TTA website for more information. Because of the size and scope of the litigation filed, the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership needs your financial support to bring the lawsuit forward and see it through to completion. The Texas Horsemen’s Partnership, by itself, cannot fund this kind of litigation, and is asking for donations from the industry and the public. There are two ways that you can send a donation. Mail a check to: Texas Horsemen’s Partnership at P.O. Box 142533, Austin, TX 78714 (checks should be made payable to the THP and “legal fund” should be included in the memo line). You may also donate by phone at (512) 467-9799 and ask for a donation to be made from your horsemen’s bookkeeper account. Time is of the essence, since the Texas Racing Commission has only been granted funding through the end of February. Won’t you please join your fellow horsemen and make a donation today? AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 25

STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS Exercise Your Right to Vote in the Texas Primaries The 2016 elections are extremely important to the future of Texas racing, especially the March primaries. Political writer Roy Kent believes the primaries are probably more important than a general election. Why? Because once November rolls around, a majority of voters are going to vote for either a Republican or Democratic candidate based solely on party. Just how important is voting in the primary? If all of the registered voters in Harris County turned out to cast ballots—that’s roughly 2 million voters—they could essentially determine who the rest of the state would vote for in November. The Republican primary has, for the last 20 years or so, been the general election for statewide office in Texas. By voting in the primary, you can determine your future with a candidate you like versus one who is chosen as your candidate in November. Most House districts have candidates with same party opponents while only Senate districts 1, 19, 24, 26 and 27 have candidates with same-party opponents. More information can be found at We urge you to contact each candidate in your House and Senate district and vote for the candidates you believe will support the Texas horse industry. If you don’t already know who represents you and which district you reside in, go to

TTA Board of Directors Results Ballots were tabulated in December for the TTA Board of Directors election, and we offer our congratulations to the following candidates elected to serve three-year terms as at-large directors: John Adger (incumbent), Bethe Deal, Terry Eoff, Phil Leckinger (incumbent) and David Stephens, DVM (incumbent). Jim Harris was elected to represent the northeast region, and Jerry Moore was elected to represent the south region of Texas. Many thanks to all of the candidates.

Top 50 Earners of Accredited Texas-Bred Awards The TTA would like to congratulate all of the owners and trainers who earned Accredited Texas-Bred awards during 2015, especially year-end leader Valor Farm Inc. with nearly $70,000 in award earnings. Following is the list of the top 50 ATB earners for 2015. Valor Farm Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$69,804.64 Danny Keene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$64,434.81 Equestris Ltd. Inc. dba W.S. Farish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$44,372.50 Henry Witt Jr.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$40,138.09 Douglas Scharbauer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$33,943.41 George Allan Bryant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25,011.20 John Silverthorne Ranch Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$24,650.66 Equestris Ltd. Inc. dba Too Much Bling Syndicate . . . . .$24,280.05 Hall’s Family Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$23,953.52 Paul J. Rigali Jr.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$23,803.99 Estate Of Clarence Scharbauer Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$23,514.89 Brad Grady. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$22,756.29 Robert & Myrna Luttrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$20,586.24 Equestris Ltd. Inc. dba Valid Expectations. . . . . . . . . . . .$19,133.32 26 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016

Southwestern Racing LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$18,719.94 W.S. Farish/Inwood Stable/E.J. Hudson Jr. . . . . . . . . . . .$15,587.62 Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$14,961.72 John L. Pierce II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$14,047.67 Tom Durant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$13,691.89 Victoria Ashford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$12,517.12 L.S. Huntsinger & Phil Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$12,372.32 Clark Brewster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$12,015.87 Irby Jack Cook II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$12,004.85 Fletcher Properties Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$11,689.38 Leroy J. Pollok . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$11,621.00 Stephen P. Whiting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$11,385.20 A P G Enterprises dba Gentry Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$11,361.45 H.L. Southard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$11,289.86 Craig Upham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$11,146.03 Jim & Marty Evans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,582.42 Karen E. Jacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,089.29 Special Rate Syndicate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9,966.67 Anjo Racing Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9,559.87 Twisted Chaps Racing Stables LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9,539.52 Ronald J. Podraza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9,402.82 David Moad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9,301.50 Sonny Ellen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9,162.98 Margo Narro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9,067.67 Equestris Ltd. dba Farish & E.J. Hudson Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . .$8,778.52 Joe K. Davis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$8,704.52 Dallas & Donna Keen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$8,276.67 Ken Murphy Thoroughbreds Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$8,047.01 Ronald A. Ellerbee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$8,039.31 Gary D. Frakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,990.70 Mark Hibdon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,912.22 Judy Peek. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,907.98 Star Bright Thoroughbreds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,859.95 Rick Maxey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,582.33 Charles Bradley Douglas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,562.91 Keith Asmussen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,148.74

Online Stallion Auction Thanks to the generosity of stallion owners across the region, you have the opportunity to purchase a 2016 breeding season while at the same time helping the TTA’s Political Action Committee, General Fund, Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund or Paddock Foundation. Internet bidding for the auction closes on February 12, and after that date any remaining seasons will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The donated seasons can be viewed on the TTA website at Contact Mary Ruyle in the TTA office at (512) 458-6133 for more information.

Congratulations to the 2015 Texas Champions In one of the closest races in the history of Texas-bred racing, three horses finished within three points of each other for the title of Texas Horse of the Year, including a tie at the top between Promise Me Sil-

ver and Ivan Fallunovalot with 40 points each based on stakes performances throughout 2015. Using the tiebreaker based on earnings during the year, Ivan Fallunovalot prevailed as the Horse of the Year, in addition to Texas Champion Older Horse, while Promise Me Silver took the title of Texas Champion 3-Year-Old Filly. The award for Texas Champion Claimer will be determined by an online vote on the TTA website in February, and all of the 2015 champions will be honored at the TTA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on June 18 at Lone Star Park. Following is the complete list of 2015 champion horses: 2-Year-Old Filly: My Master Plan (by Oratory) • Owner: Joyce McGough • Breeder: Dan McGough 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding: Texas Chrome (by Grasshopper) • Owner: Danny Keene • Breeder: Craig Upham • Grasshopper stands in Texas at Lane’s End Texas 3-Year-Old Filly: Promise Me Silver (by Silver City) • Owner/Breeder: Robert Luttrell 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding: A M Milky Way (by Elusive Bluff) • Owner/ Breeder: David Davis Older Filly/Mare: Thegirlinthatsong (by My Golden Song) • Owner: D. Gatto, J. Hollendorfer, S. Melen, P. and T. Russo and S. Taub Breeder: Clarence Scharbauer Jr. • My Golden Song stands in Texas at Valor Farm Older Horse: Ivan Fallunovalot (by Valid Expectations) • Owner: Lewis Mathews Jr. • Breeder: Eileen Hartis Champion Broodmare: Flashdance Missy (dam of Ivan Fallunovalot)

We Have Your Money…You Have Our information! Is your name on this list of breeders and owners who have earned money through the Accredited Texas-Bred (ATB) Program for 2014 racing? For various reasons, the TTA has been unable to pay the individuals listed below. Usually the problem is very simple to correct. Perhaps a transfer form was never completed when you purchased your money-earning Texas Thoroughbred, or maybe you have moved and forgotten to tell us. Please call the TTA’s Accreditation Department at (512) 458-6133 so we can complete your paperwork…and so you can collect your ATB earnings! MARIO ALVAREZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,945.10 BRONCE-PLAMAT STABLES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $995.81 KYLE CLEMONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $114.12 ERNESTO FELIX-SALMON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,045.48 JUAN G. FLORES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $91.72 JOEL GARZA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $269.38 MAGNOLIA RACING STABLE AND JIM WARD . . . . . . . . . . . $317.86 R A HILL STABLE & REEVES THOROUGHBRED. . . . . . . . . .$6,700.30 JAMES A. SCOTT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $86.81 ELIJAH WILLIAMS III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $364.31

TTEF Scholarship Application Deadline Is February 15 The Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund helps place young Texans on the road to success by providing grants and awards to benefit Texas Thoroughbred Association members and their children and further their educational opportunities. More than $280,000 has already been awarded through the TTEF. These promising newcomers to the Thoroughbred industry are a product of our proud Texas heritage and deserving of our commitment. You can donate to the Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund by sending a check payable to TTEF to the TTA address. Applications for scholarships for the 2016–2017 school year are now available, with a submission deadline of February 15, 2016. Contact Mary Ruyle in the TTA office at (512) 458-6133 for details.









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A dominating victory by Lady’s Secret in the 1986 Breeders’ Cup Distaff concluded one of the more remarkable seasons for a racehorse of any era.

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Lady’s Secret: Oklahoma’s Iron Lady A look back at the only Horse of the Year to come from the Sooner State


ew nicknames have been more deserved than the one bestowed upon Lady’s Secret. The diminutive Oklahoma-bred filly by Secretariat defied her physical stature with racetrack accomplishments unmatched by any horse in the modern era. The “Iron Lady” made 17 starts at age 3 in 1985, with an eight-race winning streak from May to October that included three Grade 1 races as she became the first and only horse to sweep Belmont Park’s fall championship series for fillies and mares. Yet she was just getting started. The next year, she won 10 of 15 starts and racked up an unprecedented eight 32 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016

Grade 1 wins, including one against the boys. She took the Belmont fall races for a second time and then crowned her season with an easy victory in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff in front of a crowd of nearly 70,000 at Santa Anita. For that remarkable campaign she was awarded the Horse of the Year title, the only Oklahoma-bred to ever receive that honor. In the three decades since that memorable year, there have been other outstanding female racehorses, but Lady’s Secret’s performances, including 13 Grade 1 races in a single season, stand the test of time.

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Around the same time, Eugene Klein was gearing up Lady’s Secret was the product of trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ as a major new player in Thoroughbred racing. Findphilosophy of breeding a certain type of mare to Secretariat. ing racehorses more to his liking than football players, “I thought if he was bred to very fast mares, really good he sold his NFL team, the San Diego Chargers, in 1984. six-furlong to a mile mares, those that had precocious Klein had already purchased a farm in California, and in speed, he would get better offspring,” Lukas said. 1982 he was looking for horses. He bought Lady’s Secret Great Lady M. certainly fit that description. In the as a weanling from Lukas and Hatley; she was part of a summer of 1978, the daughter of Icecapade (a half broth- $600,000 three-horse package that included the yearling er to the great Ruffian) was purchased privately for Robert Gene’s Lady (who ultimately earned almost $1 million) Spreen by Lukas, who and a colt that later thought the 3-yeardied of pneumonia. old filly would make a Lady’s Secret renice allowance horse. ceived her early lessons Spreen and Lukas had at the training cenbeen involved in Amerter Lukas leased from A seven-time ican Quarter Horse Klein in California. She winner on the racing for years, but began her racing career track, Superman both were fairly new to in New York under the is now mentoring Thoroughbreds. watchful eye of Lukas’ riders and other The filly developed son Jeff, winning her horses in Nebraska. beyond their expectadebut at Belmont Park tions, becoming Spreen’s on May 21, 1984, in first Thoroughbred a dead heat. The rest stakes winner and a of her year was useful fast one at that. Great if unremarkable; she Lady’s Secret, a member of both the national and Oklahoma Lady M. won 14 of 58 secured her first stakes racing halls of fame, won 25 of 45 career starts and earned more starts, including seven win in the Wavy Waves than $3 million. sprint stakes, and was Stakes at Hollywood equally at home on dirt Park in July and also and turf. When she retired at the end of 1980, Lukas rec- won the Moccasin Stakes at the same track on November 9, ommended she be bred to Secretariat. the eve of the inaugural Breeders’ Cup. Her résumé inAfter her date with the Triple Crown winner, Great Lady dicated she’d be a nice sprinting filly heading into 1985. M. was sent to a farm in Lexington, Oklahoma, which Lukas owned with Mel Hatley. A long-time Oklahoma resi- Rapid development dent, Hatley was a driving force in bringing pari-mutuel The year certainly started that way, with two victories in racing to the state in 1983, and also helped develop the seven sprint stakes through mid-May. She then launched Heritage Place sales facility in Oklahoma City. Lukas and an eight-race win streak in the Bowl of Flowers Stakes at Hatley got to know each other in the early 1970s while Belmont on May 26, 1985. After two more minor stakes racing Quarter Horses and became partners and lifelong wins at six furlongs, she was ready for the big time. friends. After Lukas completed his transition to ThoroughThat meant taking on the leading 3-year-old filly in breds in 1978, many a well-bred yearling passed through the country, Mom’s Command, who since their first their Oklahoma farms from the Kentucky sales until the meeting in early May in the Comely Stakes (G3) had trainer moved his base of operations to California in 1991. swept the New York Filly Triple Crown: the Acorn, Great Lady M. delivered a small gray filly on April Mother Goose and Coaching Club American Oaks. In 8, 1982, with Spreen the breeder of record. The owner, Saratoga’s Grade 2 Test Stakes on August 1, Lady’s Secret however, was getting out of the business, so Lukas and let Mom’s Command duel with Majestic Folly early, and Hatley ended up with the mare and her daughter along she blew past those two to win by two lengths in 1:21 3⁄5 with other horses Spreen owned. for seven furlongs. AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 33

At year’s end, Lady’s Secret was ranked equal with Mom’s Command on The Blood-Horse Free Handicap at 125 pounds, but the other filly got the nod for the championship.

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Pictured before a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Philip H. Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park, Lady’s Secret took on, and defeated, male horses several times in her career, including a victory in the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga. Next was the Grade 2 Ballerina on August 9 against older fillies and mares, in which she pressed a fast pace and held on to win by a nose over Mrs. Revere. She followed that with the one-mile, Grade 1 Maskette on September 7, the first of Belmont Park’s three signature fall races for fillies and mares. With Jorge Velasquez up (aboard for most of her Eastern starts that year), she led wire to wire, pressured early to set fractions of :22 2⁄5, :44 4⁄5 and 1:09 1⁄5, with enough left to win by 5 1⁄2 lengths in 1:34 4⁄5. “A little short of spectacular,” wrote Joe Hirsch in Daily Racing Form. Lady’s Secret upped her game again in the Grade 1 Ruffian Stakes at nine furlongs on September 22. An entry with Life’s Magic, Klein’s champion 3-year-old filly of 1984, Lady’s Secret led from start to finish and won by four lengths over Isayso in 1:47 2⁄5. A showdown with Mom’s Command for the 3-year-old filly championship failed to materialize when that filly was retired with a wrenched ankle. Instead, Lady’s Secret won the Grade 1 Beldame at 10 furlongs on October 13, winning by two lengths after yet another early speed duel. It was that easy. She had blossomed into that most elusive Thoroughbred—a speed freak who could carry that speed a distance of ground. They couldn’t let her loose on the lead, but if they tried to challenge her, she’d run them into the ground. Although strongly considered for the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic, she ended up in the Distaff. She led early, but this time her stablemate Life’s Magic swept by her at the top of the stretch and pulled away to win by 6 1⁄4 lengths. 34 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016

Lady’s Secret was sent back to California for a winter campaign. After a second in the Grade 3 La Brea on December 27, she regained her winning ways in the Grade 3 El Encino on January 18, 1986, beginning one of the most ambitious years any racehorse has ever attempted. Her talent came at a price—she won the nine-furlong, Grade 1 La Canada on February 9 carrying 126 pounds, giving away seven to 11 pounds to the other runners. At barely 15.1 hands and 950 pounds, 126 pounds was a significant weight for her to carry. Lady’s Secret won again in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita on February 23, another wire to wire tour de force in 1:47 for 1 1⁄8 miles. Quoted in the Thoroughbred Record, Lukas said, “A couple of things stand out about her. First of all there is her stride, almost deer-like, very efficient. It gives her the ability to be a natural distance horse. Then there is her attitude. We have a hard time keeping her from training too hard. She just enjoys her work too much. We put a heavy boy on her to keep her from galloping too fast, but she’ll still give you a mile in 1:40 every morning.” After a neck loss in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn in April—carrying 127 pounds and giving the winner eight pounds—Lady’s Secret was back in New York. She won the Grade 1 Shuvee on May 17, nine days before taking on some of the best males in the country in the Grade 1 Metropolitan. In that race were favored Turkoman, on his way to being named champion older male; the previous year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Proud Truth; and eventual champion sprinter Smile. She finished in front of all three. The filly jumped out to an early lead in the race, lost it briefly on the turn, but battled back to lead through most of the stretch, only succumbing late to winner Garthorn and second-place Love That Mac. She was beaten barely 1 1⁄4 lengths for all the money in 1:33 3⁄5. Next came the Grade 1 Hempstead on June 8, in which she carried 128 pounds on a muddy track. Pressured throughout, she couldn’t hold off Endear, who won by six lengths under 115 pounds. She found easy company in the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher at Monmouth Park on July 5. Carrying 126 pounds, she won by 6 1⁄4 lengths in 1:41 1⁄5,

equaling the stakes record and just one tick off the track in Shocker T., a winner of 13 of 17 starts coming off big record for 1 1⁄16 miles. wins in the John A. Morris and Delaware handicaps. It It was time for another try against the boys in the his- would be no walk in the park, or would it? toric Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga on August 2. The track When Lady’s Secret stumbled slightly after the start, was a sea of slop, and she won easily in another gate to wire Shocker T. took the early lead, but by the half the gray performance—her male foes couldn’t even get close enough filly, with Pat Day aboard, was in front. It was all over— to engage her. Wrote Russ Harris in The Blood-Horse, “The like the Energizer bunny, she just kept going and going— gray Secretariat filly was a picture of composure in the pad- winning by eight lengths in stakes record time of 1:46 4⁄5 dock, and she was lightning on four legs once starter Frank for the nine furlongs. It was the most weight any filly Calvarese sent the field of seven on its way. …” had carried to victory in the Ruffian, and one of the top Then came two weight-carrying efraces against Preciforts by any filly or sionist—the classy mare in history. champion was one “They should of the best horses bronze her and put she would ever face. her right next to her Both were upset by daddy,” Lukas told the Lukas-trained the media after the Roo Art on a sloppy race, referring to track in the Grade Secretariat’s statue 1 Philip H. Iselin at gracing the Belmont Monmouth, and the paddock. “She just filly couldn’t hold off takes your breath Precisionist in the away.” Grade 1 Woodward By that time other at Belmont. He trainers were givhad to run the nine ing her accolades as furlongs in 1:46 to well—among them During her 1986 campaign, when this photo was taken at Hollywood beat her—just threelegendary conditionPark, Lady’s Secret competed in 13 Grade 1 races, winning eight and fifths of a second er Woody Stephens: placing in the other five. slower than Secre“She is the greatest tariat’s track record. filly I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been around for a while…she is the best of the best.” In the weight-for-age Beldame, the Lady got a break, a second histoRic sweep Despite the fact that she had run three times against carrying only 123 pounds against just three other horses. males in four weeks, Lady’s Secret was primed for a sec- When she eked out a victory by a half-length over Coup de Fusil in a stakes record 2:01 3⁄5, the margin and her ond run at Belmont’s fall races. Just a week after the Woodward, she carried 125 final quarter in :26 1⁄5 left some observers wondering if the pounds in the Maskette and proceeded to run the fast- demanding schedule was catching up to her. Others knew est mile ever by a filly or mare at Belmont Park to that better. That was “the most conclusive half-length you’ll time: 1:33 2⁄5, just two-fifths off the track record. She won ever see,” wrote Hirsch. “Truly impressive.” by seven lengths, leading wire to wire while again under It was on to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita. pressure early. The Form’s Hirsch heaped even more praise There would be no denying her again in the race, as she on her than he did the previous year: “Lady’s Secret was went gate to wire, winning by 2 1⁄2 lengths over Fran’s Valsimply sensational.” entine and Outstandingly. After leading by a length at the Two weeks later came the Ruffian, and the weight was quarter, she then bounded away to lead by four lengths, piled on—129 pounds for her fifth Grade 1 race in just holding that margin to the mile before coasting home in seven weeks. At odds of 1-2, she faced a stiff challenge 2:01 1⁄5 for 1 1⁄4 miles. AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 35

“If the sudden burst of speed on the clubhouse turn had discouraged the others, the acceleration around the turn for home broke their spirits,” wrote Robert Henwood in The Blood-Horse. Thirty years later, the Distaff was perhaps Lukas’ most precious memory of her: “She clinched Horse of the Year—she was so dominant that day in the Distaff.” Indeed, talk of Horse of the Year began in earnest after the Breeders’ Cup. Many thought the Lady deserved it, and it helped that leading males Turkoman and Precisionist were upset by longshot Skywalker in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Her team campaigned enthusiastically for her. “She’s the best that ever ran,” Klein said at the time. “There is no other Horse of the Year.” Added Lukas, “Horse of the Year is Horse of the Year, from January to January. It’s not horse of the day or horse of one race. …” It was also obvious to her jockey, Pat Day, who rode her in most of her 1986 races: “She’s a great individual, the best horse I’ve ever ridden.” In the end, she received the gold Eclipse for Horse of the Year to go along with the champion older filly or mare title.

homa-bred money earner of all time for more than two decades. She was finally surpassed in that regard in 2008 by multiple Grade 1 winner Kip Deville, who earned $3,325,489 including a first and second in consecutive Breeders’ Cup Miles. Lady’s Secret was offered at Fasig-Tipton’s Night of the Stars auction in November 1987 and reached a bid of $5.4 million. But it was not enough to buy her. Klein sent her back to Oklahoma, to a farm in Norman that Lukas had purchased from Hatley not long before. She was bred the following spring to Alydar and again offered for sale in November. When the bidding stalled at $4 million, Klein retained ownership, and she foaled an Alydar filly at the Lukas farm in May 1989. That filly would top the Saratoga yearling sale the next year at $1.5 million.

tRouble ahead After two grueling years without a break, the Iron Lady could be forgiven for finally developing a chink in her armor when brought back for a 1987 campaign. She started with a disastrous effort in the Grade 2 Donn Handicap against male horses at Gulfstream Park in March, beaten 32 lengths after showing early speed. The Lukas camp regrouped, and she resurfaced at Monmouth Park in June, winning an allowance race, remarkably the first one of her career. A second in the Molly Pitcher followed, with another allowance victory at the New Jersey track on July 21 pushing her earnings past All Along to become racing’s then all-time leading female money earner. Lukas predicted another big fall campaign from his stable star, but then the unthinkable happened. In a Saratoga allowance race on August 10, Lady’s Secret bolted on the first turn and was eased after three furlongs. “Physically, she’s absolutely perfect,” said Lukas afterwards. “But if she was human, we’d take her to a psychiatrist in the morning.” If she didn’t want to race anymore, she got her wish— she was officially retired in October after failing to train to satisfaction. Her record stood at 25 wins in 45 starts, This 1998 photo shows the then 16-year-old mare at Keenewith nine seconds and three thirds. With $3,021,325 in land, where she sold for $750,000 after previously fetching earnings, Lady’s Secret was far and away the leading Okla- $3.8 million in 1989.


Bred back to Alydar, Lady’s Secret finally sold in November 1989 for $3.8 million to Issam Fares of Fares Farm. She went through the auction ring one more time, in November 1998 at Keeneland, and sold for $750,000 to Kentucky breeders John and Kim Glenney, who eventually sent her to California for the warm climate. Lady’s Secret failed to make an impact as a producer, without a single stakes-class foal among her offspring. She produced 12 foals, 10 starters and five winners. Her 1995 filly by Seattle Slew, the unraced Sleepinginseattle, produced Japanese Group 2 winner Sound Barrier. Another daughter, the 1992 Mr. Prospector filly Good Looks, produced a minor stakes winner in Japan. In addition, her second foal, the Alydar filly Secrets Told, produced stakesplaced Castelli Secrets, an earner of more than $300,000.

The champion mare died suddenly on March 4, 2003, from foaling complications just hours after producing a colt by General Meeting. She was buried at Valley Creek Farm in Valley Center, California. A group of fans is currently raising funds to establish a Lady’s Secret Memorial Garden to honor her memory at the burial site. For her accomplishments, Lady’s Secret was inducted into Thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame in 1992. When Oklahoma created its own Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Remington Park, she was one of the members of the inaugural class in 2011. “She’s as good as any of them, because she never missed a dance,” Lukas said about comparisons to other great mares. “I don’t know if any of the modern-day mares would try what she tried—13 Grade 1 races in one year. It was unbelievable.”H


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Texas-bred Assault still attracts attention more than 70 years after his birth

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A portrait of Hall of Fame champion Assault (1943–1971), the only Texas-bred Triple Crown winner, was one of 174 works of art up for bid at the 2015 Sporting Art Auction held at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, in November. This was the third sale conducted by the partnership of Keeneland and Lexington’s Cross Gate Gallery as a way to fill the gap for an auction focused on the genre of sporting art. The 16” x 20” pastel, inscribed on the original mat as “Assault, by Bold Venture out of Igual by Equipoise,” was painted by Milton Menasco (1874–1974) and sold for $5,175. That price didn’t approach the sale-topping figure of $207,000 for artist Sir Alfred Munnings’ signed painting Lord Astor’s Broodmare and Foal but still sold for a significant price in the prestigious auction that netted more than $2.5 million in total sales. Owned and bred by Robert Kleberg Jr.’s King Ranch, Assault lived up to his threatening name on the racetrack, but the Thoroughbred also known as the “Texas Terror” was an unlikely hero. Not only did he stand just 15.2 hands high and weigh less than 1,000 pounds, but as a foal the “Little Chocolate Galloper” also split his right front foot by stepping on a surveyor’s spike in his King Ranch pasture—a devastating injury that could have been fatal, not just career-ending. Despite his deformed hoof, the tenacious colt was put into training under Hall of Famer Max Hirsch, and the “Club-Footed Comet” amassed two wins, two seconds and one third in nine starts during his 2-year-old year, including his victory in the Flash Stakes at Belmont Park at odds of 70-1. In the spring of his 3-year-old year, Assault won his first two races including the Wood Memorial, but a fourth-place finish in the Derby Trial the week following—one week prior to the


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What exactly is a birth certificate? It’s so much more than just a piece of paper. It’s the official record of you—your age, nationality, heritage and existence. It allows you to receive health care, be enrolled in school, get married, get a driver’s license, obtain a passport—and if you misplace it (which many of us probably have at one time or another), getting it replaced is both necessary and a pain in the you-know-what. For Thoroughbreds, birth certificates are their Jockey Club Certificate of Registration, or “Jockey Club papers.” These Jockey Club papers allow horses to, among other things, be sold at public auction, race in sanctioned events and be bred to other Thoroughbreds to produce the next generation of the breed. Why is it, then, that while humans would never intentionally part ways with that precious piece of paper, Thoroughbreds are routinely sold, adopted out or given away after racing sans papers? AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 45

into its off-track career might actually be the best thing for both the horse and its new connections. In an effort to protect the best interests of retiring racehorses and to alleviate racehorse owners’ fears of retiring their horse to a non-racing home, only to have that horse show back up on the work tab or in a race, The Jockey Club created a protocol to officially and permanently retire a racehorse. By both parties (buyer and seller) completing, having notarized and submitting the Permanently Retired from Racing Form available at, the horse can, under no circumstances, compete on the racetrack again. “We certainly do think it’s best that a Jockey Club certificate is transferred with a Thoroughbred during any sale transaction, as its purpose is as an identification document for that animal throughout its life,” said Rick Bailey, The Jockey Club registrar.

Why a Non-Racing Thoroughbred’s Jockey Club Papers Still Matter Denis Blake

These days, there are numerous opportunities for Thoroughbreds to have added value after the track, but only if it can be proven who they are. The Paddock Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by the Texas The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Thoroughbred Association to find new homes for retired racehorses, Program (T.I.P.) was created to increase opheld an event at Retama Park where many potential buyers were curious portunities for retired racehorses by offering about race records and pedigrees of the Thoroughbreds offered. sponsorships for Thoroughbred-only classes, diIncluded in The Jockey Club’s American Stud Book Principal Rules visions and high-point Thoroughbred awards at open shows and comand Requirements is the following regarding transfer of ownership of petitions. To be eligible, horses simply need a T.I.P. number, which a Thoroughbred: requires owners to know their horse’s basic biographical information. “It is advisable that no one complete the purchase of a ThoroughA Thoroughbred’s tattoo number, which can be found on the inbred until the Certificate of Foal Registration (i.e., “the papers”) has side of an ex-racehorse’s upper lip, or the horse’s official Jockey Club been transferred by the previous owner. Before completing the sale, the name is all that’s needed to register for a T.I.P. number. new owner should compare the description on the Certificate of Foal RegisAll too often, however, the tattoos become illegible or their ractration with the actual markings, including cowlicks, found on the horse.” ing names are forgotten, making these horses significantly harder to While at one time many owners or trainers retiring horses to sec- identify, and thus ineligible for T.I.P. winnings and the increasingond careers purposely held onto the papers rather than passing them ly popular Thoroughbred-only shows and competitions popping up on to the horse’s new owner in an effort to protect the horse, today around the country. This, in turn, limits a horse’s potential and can that practice can have a negative impact on a horse’s off-track poten- limit its value. tial and ultimately its value. “The Jockey Club has several free tools online—free tattoo look-up The most common reason for owners declining to give a horse’s and research, for example—that can help horse owners identify an Jockey Club papers to a post-racing buyer or adopter is to ensure the individual they think is a registered Thoroughbred or a horse they horse will not end up back on the track and racing, as a horse’s papers perhaps have been given the name or pedigree information about but must be on file in the racing office of a track at which they compete. don’t have any official documentation to corroborate that informaHowever, there are several reasons that sending the papers on with a horse tion,” Bailey said.


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Another reason some owners of off-track Thoroughbreds are interested in procuring their horse’s Jockey Club papers is for breeding purposes, even if not breeding to race. “There are certain things you can’t do without a horse’s papers,” said Thoroughbred ex-racehorse owner Christine Siegel. “Depending on how far my mare goes in dressage, I plan to breed her to a warmblood down the road. You have to have papers to get certain inspections and be accepted into certain breed books.” Just as in the Thoroughbred breed, other breed registries and individual stallion owners are quite restrictive as to which mares they will allow to reproduce within their breed. “The goal of warmblood registries is to try to preserve the breed, so in order for the foal to be registered within that breed, its dam must be papered—with papers and pedigree in-hand,” said Kait Schultz, owner A horse’s Jockey Club papers also contain a record of races won, which can of Thunder Crest Performance Horses in New York. be treasured information for a new owner after the horse is done racing. “In order for a foal to be accepted by an Oldenburg or Hanoverian registry, for example, the mare owner needs to be able to non-racing owner is simply another way owners can do right by their prove the mare’s pedigree and have her performance tested.” horses.

Simply a Matter of Pride Sometimes, wanting a horse’s Jockey Club registration papers is as simple as a horse owner having pride in their horse’s lineage and the breed’s history. I recently posed to the open Facebook group, OTTB Connect, an online forum of nearly 35,000 Thoroughbred owners, trainers, riders and enthusiasts, the following question: “Do you feel if a Thoroughbred is retired from racing and sold, given or adopted out, it should come with papers?” In addition to the numerous responses centered on professional reasons (competition awards, breeding approval, etc. listed above), many simply want to have the papers to pay homage to their retired racehorse’s heritage. “I just like having them,” said one respondent. “All my horses have a section of the wall in my office where I have some of their win pics, their framed pedigrees and current photos.” Several others who commented on the thread agreed and said that while they don’t “need” their horses’ papers for business purposes, they have them framed and hanging in their home, office or barn as an extension of an animal they hold dear. “I have my horse’s papers,” commented another user. “Even though he will never be raced again and they really don’t mean anything…it made me feel like everything was ‘official’ when he was given to me.” To many in this day and age, taking the proper steps to officially retire the horse from racing and sign the papers over to the horse’s

“Foal papers are like their birth certificate,” commented another Facebook user. “By not forwarding the papers with the horse, you are limiting the horse’s opportunities.” Jen Roytz is a freelance writer and marketing and public relations consultant for various entities, both equine and non-equine. She can also be found on the back of an OTTB most days. This article originally ran in the Paulick Report’s “Aftercare Spotlight” at If you have or know of a retired Thoroughbred with an interesting story to tell, we’d love to hear about it! Just email Jen Roytz ( with the horse’s Jockey Club name, background story and a few photos. H This section is sponsored by the Retired Racehorse Project, which works to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in the marketplace and inspiring an army of equestrians to provide the training that secures their futures. RRP programs include online educational resources, programs at major horse expos, interactive databases including a Bloodline Brag and Retired Racehorse Resource Directory, featuring 300 farms and organizations, and more than 200 online horse listings, with most of the horses having some second career training. For more information, go to AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 47

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t seems like every industry meeting and convention over the past 20 years has included a session or discussion about horse racing’s aging fan base and how the sport needs to capture the attention of the younger generation. Whether the past and present efforts to bring young fans into the fold have been successful can be debated, but there is no question that technology—Twitter, blogs, digital photography and more—has made racing more accessible to younger fans, who decades ago in some states were not even allowed at racetracks. Here’s a look at two such fans. Madison Feldhahn is a 13-year-old racing fan from Texas. She has been a fan of racing for three years now and makes regular trips to her local track, Retama Park near San Antonio. She runs a blog, Retama Ruffian at retamaruffian., and has a hobby of photographing horse racing. She has aspirations to someday become a bloodstock agent. She is on Instagram, @retamaruffian. Also from Texas, 16-year-old Ashley Mueller has been a fan of racing for approximately two years. She enjoys taking photos at the track, inviting her friends to the races, trying her hand at handicapping and connecting with other racing fans on social media. She is on Twitter, @PromiseMeSilver, and on Instagram, @promisemesilver.

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I’ll Have Another took the win from Bodemeister yards before the finish. Later that year, I met a great friend who sent me—and continues to send me—The Blood-Horse magazines. I just continued to watch the Derby and I guess that’s how I got involved. Ashley: Through riding horses, I became familiar with the breed and quickly realized that the Thoroughbred is the best thing on four legs. In late 2013, I read a bit about the Derby trail and very loosely followed Honor Code. Over the summer of 2014, when Honor Code was recuperating from injury, I branched out to other horses and divisions and became a fan of the sport. Q: What do you love about horse racing? Madison: I love the adrenaline rush that comes with your favorite horses winning. I love that I don’t have to own a racehorse to be involved in the sport or to enjoy the highs that come with being a fan. Ashley: I love being at the track and watching the horses. There’s just something about the Thoroughbred that enthralls me. They are the soul of the track.

Q: Who are some of the people you admire in the industry and why? Q: How did you become interested in horse racing? Madison: I absolutely love Todd Pletcher, and one of the Madison: My mom got me a book, Dear Smarty, by Billy main reasons why, besides him being just an all-around aweValentine, for Christmas. Back then, anything to do with some person, is that he went to high school minutes away horses just had to be mine; I got this in December of from my house. It’s the whole homegrown pride thing, ya 2011. I watched my first Kentucky Derby in 2012, when know? I also look up to Jerry Hollendorfer because he alAMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 51

Q: What is your favorite racetrack? Why? Madison: Easily, Sam Houston Race Park because it is such a nice track. I feel like it is a hidden gem because it doesn’t host dozens of graded stakes races. The staff there is also extremely welcoming.

Courtesy Madison Feldhahn

Ashley: Lone Star Park, by far. It is both a beautiful facility and has a small track feel. I feel at home there, and it was the site of the best night of my life.

Courtesy Madison Feldhahn

Madison’s home track is Retama Park near San Antonio, and she has her own horse racing blog called Retama Ruffian.

Q: Of the racetracks you have not been to, which one do you want to visit most? Madison: I want to visit Lone Star Park (that way I will have been to all of the Texas racetracks), Keeneland, Belmont, Saratoga and Gulfstream Park. Ashley: Definitely Saratoga. I’m fascinated with the history of American racing, and many of my favorites from across the past century have raced at Saratoga. Personal Ensign, Exterminator and so many in between have run there.

Q: What are your favorite moments in your “horse racing life” thus far? ways puts the horse first. They have to be 100 percent or Madison: I was extremely lucky to have witnessed Amerithey don’t run at all. Plus, he trained Shared Belief. can Pharoah’s Triple Crown win, even though it still hasn’t set in that we have a Triple Crown winner. I also really Ashley: I deeply admire Dr. Larry Bramlage, who’s been loved watching the 2012 Triple Crown races because they an amazing veterinarian and successfully saved the career were such close races. Outside of actual races, meeting of one of my all-time favorites, Personal Ensign. I also ad- Cigar and Funny Cide easily tops the list. mire Claude McGaughey, as he’s conditioned top horses throughout the last 30 years, adapting to the changes in the sport. I also admire Jack Van Berg for the same reason. Also, I was able to say hello to him at Lone Star this summer, and his dedication to make it out to the track after so many years is amazing. I admire all ethical jockeys for risking their lives every day. Q: What aspects of horse racing do you wish you knew more about? Madison: I want to know more about the pedigree and breeding side of it. I want to understand what makes good crosses and why this broodmare is chosen over that broodmare. The same goes with stallions. I also want to know more about the management side of the business. Ashley: I wish I knew more about international racing, as well as all of the math utilized in wagering.


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Madison captured this shot of Eclipse Award winner Runhappy while he was enjoying some downtime in Texas.

Courtesy Ashley Mueller

Q: If you could change something about the industry, what would you change? Madison: I would like to change the stereotype that you have to be rich in order to own horses. I tend to get discouraged a lot because I worry that I’m not good enough to be in the racing industry because I didn’t grow up rich or because I don’t have a rich horse background.

Courtesy Ashley Mueller

In addition to watching, photographing and handicapping horses, Ashley also likes to ride. Ashley: For sure the two big Thoroughbred stakes nights I’ve been to and the two Grade 1 Quarter Horse races this fall. The best of those moments was certainly the night of July 11 this summer, when I went to the Stars of Texas night. I saw so many of my old favorites and had the first encounters with future favorites. I love Texas racing, and the night celebrated the Texas racehorse. I was given the amazing opportunity to be in the paddock and winner’s circle during the Assault Stakes, and I’ll never forget that night.

Ashley: I would eliminate breakdowns. However, that’s not feasible at the moment, so an entirely possible change would be to change big race broadcasts to include more action and fewer prissy celebrities. As a school-aged kid, I know that my classmates are turned off of racing because of the celebrities intended to attract people to the broadcast! If those in charge of the televising of races (mainly NBC and Fox Sports) altered the broadcasts to show other live races across the nation, or showed replays of horses in the televised race to have the casual viewer somewhat informed and able to pick a horse, the sport would be more appealing. Q: What do you think is preventing horse racing from being a more popular sport? Madison: I feel that the whole “Sport of Kings” title is preventing people from looking into/becoming interested in horse racing since it does sound as though you must be a “king” to enjoy horse racing.

Q: Who are your favorite racehorses of your lifetime? Before your lifetime? Madison: Of my lifetime, Smarty Jones, I’ll Have Another, Itsmyluckyday, Shared Belief and American Pharoah. Before my lifetime, Seattle Slew, Unbridled’s Song and Ghostzapper (even though I was technically alive for him; I was two). Ashley: My favorite racehorse ever is Promise Me Silver. I can’t explain why, but she’s been my favorite since June 2014. I also love Wise Dan, La Verdad, Honor Code, Texas Chrome and any horse with a “TX” following its name in the program. My favorite past runners include Inside Information, Personal Ensign, Buckpasser, Exterminator, Pan Zareta, Groovy, Two Altazano, Colin, Assault, Stymie and Dr. Fager.

Ashley Mueller

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Ashley: Definitely the televising of races (as stated above) and the perception of drugs. Also, many people, even those involved in riding horses, assume that all racehorses are abused and locked in their stalls all day. Q: What do you think is the most common misconception about horse racing? Madison: I think a lot of people fall for PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) “horse racing is abuse” lies. I would say that 98 percent of owners, trainers and jockeys put the horse first. Ashley: That all drugs are used for nefarious purposes. While I am of the belief that if a horse can’t run without the aid of drugs, he shouldn’t even be on the track in the first place, some drugs have legitimate therapeutic purposes. Horses being medicated while out of competition is nothing like the illicit use of cobra and snail venom as a strong painkiller. While drug reform is needed, it is not anywhere near the problem organizations such as PETA make it out to be. Q: How would you convince someone who is not an avid follower of horse racing to begin following the sport? Madison: I would definitely take them to the track because it is such a fun and exciting experience. But don’t try to give them PowerPoints and quizzes. It doesn’t work out too well. Trust me. Ashley: I’d take him or her to the track to watch the horses run, and when I get my OTTB (off-track Thoroughbred), it’d be a good way to introduce friends to the breed. A meet-and-greet with the horse, followed by a trip to the races, would be a nice way to learn about the sport. Thoroughbred aftercare is the way to new young fans. Q: What career do you plan to pursue in the horse racing industry? Madison: I want to become either a bloodstock agent or a stallion, broodmare, yearling or sales manager at a Kentucky farm. Ashley: I wish to become an equine surgeon, patching up injured racehorses as well as researching the prevention and treatment of such injuries. I would love to develop ways to treat catastrophic injuries so that more horses can be saved.


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Mary Cage, a 19-year-old avid fan of horse racing, has been around horses all her life, having owned, shown and judged them for as long as she can remember, including winning several Appaloosa National Champion and Reserve World Champion titles. She began writing her own horse racing blog, Past the Grandstand at pastthegrandstand.blogspot. com, in August 2011 and has since been published in America’s Horse and the Appaloosa Journal, as well as on the websites of The Blood-Horse and The Equine Chronicle. Mary has always aspired to have a career with horses and since her love for horse racing began, she has dreamed of pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred racing industry, possibly as a writer and marketing/communications specialist. She is currently attending the University of North Texas, where she is studying photojournalism. With her blog, she hopes to show readers horse racing through the eyes of a young fan as she writes about assorted horse racing topics.

Q: How are you currently contributing to the horse racing industry? Madison: I run a blog, Retama Ruffian, and I get worldwide views (through this, I hope to help people learn about racing). I actively participate on Instagram and Facebook conversations, as well as give non-racing fans the true information that PETA and other anti-racing groups won’t give them. Ashley: I currently do all I can to promote the sport to my classmates, from social media to actively asking them to come out to the races. I recently started to enjoy photography and am using that platform to get my peers interested in the sport. I would love to do more; however, my parents are extremely opposed to my involvement in racing. Q: What is one thing you aspire to personally accomplish someday in the horse racing industry? Madison: I would like to own and breed a Kentucky Derby winner. However, my biggest aspiration is to be successful and happy doing whatever I do in the racing industry. Ashley: I wish to save as many horses as I possibly can, through veterinary accomplishments or adoption of offthe-track horses. H WWW .AME













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The IRS has been increasingly scrutinizing the accuracy and businesslike nature of records in recent years. The IRS expects all taxpayers to maintain canceled checks, invoices, credit card statements and similar items needed to substantiate amounts claimed as business deductions and to help prepare one’s tax returns. People in the farming, ranching and horse industries are also expected to maintain a variety of day-to-day business records to show the businesslike nature of their activities in order to withstand scrutiny under the IRS hobby loss rule. The IRS will take the position that if you have a significant history of losses, you are not engaged in a trade or business and that you are simply taking business deductions to reduce your taxable income from other sources. In addition, the IRS may want to visit your farm or ranch to see whether it appears to be conducted in a professional, businesslike manner. Which records are appropriate or helpful in this regard for farmers, ranchers and horsemen? First of all, it has become increasingly important, according to recent U.S. Tax Court decisions, for taxpayers to have some sort of written business plan. The purpose of a business plan is to set forth your strategy for making a profit in your farm, livestock or horse venture. Business plans can be simple or complex and usually should have financial projections. There are many books and Internet resources to help you prepare a formal business plan, or you can turn to professionals to help draft one. Your plan should be modified periodically to show that you are responsive to changing circumstances that make it prudent to modify your direction. Owners of horses and other animals used in a venture should maintain files identifying the number of animals owned and, to the extent possible, the date of purchase, sale price, breeding data, racing results and so on. And of course records of sales, promotional efforts, copies of advertising and other information pertaining to sales should be kept. It is also helpful to maintain records that show consultations with experts in the industry and action taken as a result. Consultations, for instance, on topics such as 58 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016

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MISTLE CAT. 4 wins, 3 to 5 in England, Crawley Warren Heron S., etc.; placed to 5 in Ireland, 2nd Ballycorus S.G3, etc.; winner at 6 in France, Prix du Palais-RoyalG3; winner at 6 in Italy, hwt. older horse at 6 on Italian Hand., 7 - 9 1/2 fur., Premio Vittorio di Capua-G1. CATRAIL. 6 wins in 10 starts at 2 and 3 in England, hwt. at 3 on European Hand., 5 - 6 1/2 fur., hwt. at 3 on English Hand., 5 - 7 fur., hwt. older horse at 4 on English Hand., 5 - 7 fur., Challenge S.-G2, etc.; placed in 1 start at 4 in France, 2nd Prix Maurice de Gheest-G2. Sire. MUNAAJI. 5 wins at 3 in Germany, hwt. at 3 on German Hand., 5 - 7 fur., 124 Jacobs Goldene Peitsche-G2, etc.; placed at 4 in Italy, 3rd Premio Umbria-G3. SHIMAH. 2 wins at 2 in Ireland, hwt. filly at 2 on Irish Hand., Balanchine Saoire S., 2nd Moyglare Stud S.-G1.


1st dam GET LUCKY, by Mr. Prospector. 5 wins to 4, $157,760, Affectionately H.-G3, etc. Sister to RHYTHM ($1,592,532, champion 2-year-old colt, Travers S.-G1, etc., sire). Dam of 9 foals to race, all winners, including-GIROLAMO (c. by A.P. Indy). 5 wins, 2 to 4, $443,800, Vosburgh S.-G1, Jerome H.-G2, 3rd Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile H.-G1. Sire. DAYDREAMING (f. by A.P. Indy). 7 wins, 2 to 4, $696,680, Top Flight H.-G2, Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks-G3, Next Move H.-G3, 2nd Gazelle H.-G1, Shuvee H.-G2, 3rd Spinaway S.-G1, Comely S.G3. Dam of IMAGINING (c. by Giant's Causeway, 9 wins, $1,177,394, Man o' War S.-G1, Pan American S.-G2, Red Smith H.-G3, Bowl Game S., Idle Rich S.-R, 2nd Sword Dancer Invitational S.-G1, Gulfstream Park Turf H.-G1, Hollywood Derby-G1, etc.), Reflecting (c. by Elusive Quality, 3 wins, $290,123, 2nd PTHA President's Cup S.-L, etc.). ACCELERATOR (c. by A.P. Indy). 4 wins to 4, $414,908, Pilgrim S.-G3, 2nd Wood Memorial S.-G2, 3rd Metropolitan H.-G1, Remsen S.-G2, etc. Sire.

Natalma New Providence

South Ocean

MISTER LUCKY CAT entered stud in 2015. His first foals arrive in 2016.


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HARBORAGE (c. by Monarchos). 2 wins at 3, $118,312, 3rd OBS Championship S.-LR. Sire. Fighting Brave (c. by Storm Cat). Winner at 2 in Ireland, 3rd Amethyst S.-G3. Supercharger (f. by A.P. Indy). 3 wins, $91,110. Dam of SUPER SAVER (c. by Maria's Mon, 3 wins, $1,889,766, Kentucky Derby-G1, Kentucky Jockey Club S.-G2, 2nd Arkansas Derby-G1, etc., sire), BRETHREN (c. by Distorted Humor, 5 wins, $386,465, Sam F. Davis S.-G3, etc.), Charge Now (c. by Tiznow, $149,126, 2nd Curlin S.-R), Lisa T. (f. by Awesome Again, $66,850, 3rd Limit S.-L, etc.). Granddam of CALLBACK (f. by Street Sense, 2 wins to 3, 2015, $291,050, Las Virgenes S.-G1, etc.), DEFY GRAVITY (f. by Bandini, $171,240, Smart Halo S., etc.), Miss Super Quick (f. by Rock Hard Ten, $98,908, 3rd Beverly J. Lewis S.). Malka (f. by Deputy Minister). Winner at 2, $15,220. Dam of GOT LUCKY (f. by A.P. Indy, 6 wins to 4, 2015, $951,340, Juddmonte Spinster S.-G1, etc.). New Dice (f. by Capote). Winner at 3, $21,560. Dam of MOLTO GRANDE (c. by War Chant, 6 wins in Japan, Fukushima Minyu Cup, 2nd UHB Hai, etc.). She's a Winner (f. by A.P. Indy). Unraced. Dam of BLUEGRASS CAT (c. by Storm Cat, $1,761,280, Haskell Invitational S.-G1, Remsen S.-G2, etc., sire), LORD OF THE GAME (g. by Saint Bal-lado, $543,730, Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breed-ers' Cup H.-G2, etc.), DRAMEDY (c. by Distorted Humor, to 6, 2015, $271,440, Dixiana Elkhorn S.-G2), SONOMA CAT (c. by Storm Cat, $132,042, Oak Hall S., sire), Cal Nation (r. by Distorted Humor, 3 wins, $127,884, 2nd Select S.-L, etc.). ). Granddam of Poof Too (f. by Distorted Humor, $137,753, 3rd Mazarine S.-G3, etc.). Broodmare Sire MR. PROSPECTOR, 1970. Leading broodmare sire 9 times, sire of 533 dams of 4777 foals, 3847 rnrs (81%), 2814 wnrs (59%), 785 2yo wnrs (16%), 1.87 AEI, 1.48 CI, 403 stakes winners.

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A promising son of STORM CAT with one of the most impressive pedigrees you will find anywhere! • A $650,000 select yearling who was a winner on both turf and dirt in a career shortened by a trailer accident, MISTER LUCKY CAT is a son of the great STORM CAT (sire of top stallions GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, STORMY ATLANTIC and TALE OF THE CAT) out of the Grade 3-winning MR. PROSPECTOR mare GET LUCKY • GET LUCKY, a full sister to champion RHYTHM (winner of G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Travers Stakes), is one of the most accomplished broodmares in recent history as the dam of G1 winner GIROLAMO, G2 winner and G1-placed DAYDREAMING, G3 winner and G1-placed ACCELERATOR and Supercharger, who has produced Kentucky Derby winner SUPER SAVER


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BUGGIN OUT $57,000 Magic City Classic • Fair Grounds 5yo gelding by Indy • Owner/Breeder: Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Murphy (Alabama) • Trainer: Kenneth Hargrave • Jockey: Richard Eramia Indy stands in Alabama at Longview Farms DELANCY $50,000 Jim Thorpe Stakes • Remington Park 4yo gelding by Primary Suspect • Owner: T and M Precision Services LLC • Breeder: Center Hills Farm (Oklahoma) • Trainer: Andy Gladd • Jockey: Ramon Vazquez • Primary Suspect stands in Arkansas at McDowell Farm DISCREETNESS $250,000 Remington Springboard Mile Remington Park • 3yo colt by Discreet Cat Owner: Xpress Thoroughbreds LLC Breeder: Trackside Farm and Tenlane Farm (Kentucky) • Trainer: William Fires Jockey: Jon Court

MY MASTER PLAN $100,000 Trapeze Stakes • Remington Park 3yo filly by Oratory • Owner: Joyce McGough Breeder: Dan McGough (Texas) • Trainer: Donnie Von Hemel • Jockey: Luis Quinonez Oratory stands in Oklahoma at River Oaks Thoroughbreds NUBLADO BLING $75,000 Sam’s Town Stakes • Delta Downs 4yo colt by Too Much Bling • Owner: BroncePlamat Stables and MTZ Racing • Breeder: Thomas Castoldi (Texas) • Trainer: Eleuterio Martinez Jr. • Jockey: Gerardo Mora Too Much Bling stands in Texas at Lane’s End Texas ROYAL LION $75,000 Don C. McNeill Stakes • Remington Park • 3yo gelding by Kitalpha • Owner: 7 Cedars Farm LLC • Breeder: John James Revocable Trust (Oklahoma) • Trainer: Clinton Stuart • Jockey: Deshawn Parker

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BELLA PAELLA $50,000 Useeit Stakes • Remington Park 4yo filly by Bellamy Road • Owner: Jose Luis Espinoza • Breeder: Center Hills Farm and Fred and Susan Davis (Oklahoma) • Trainer: Clinton Stuart • Jockey: David Cabrera


TAYLORS ANGIEL $51,100 Sugar Bowl Stakes • Fair Grounds 3yo gelding by Private Vow • Owner/Breeder: David Davis (Texas) • Trainer: Karl Broberg Jockey: Roberto Morales

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DODDSPRIVATELABEL $110,000 Claiming Crown Express Gulfstream Park • 5yo gelding by Suave Owner: M-Z Racing Partnership • Breeder: Victoria Ashford and Suave Syndicate (Texas) Trainer: Marcos Zulueta Jockey: Jorge Vargas Jr. GO NO GO $75,000 Slide Show Stakes • Remington Park 3yo filly by Archarcharch • Owner/Breeder: Forrest Hills Farm (Oklahoma) • Trainer: Bret Calhoun • Jockey: C.J. McMahon


IBAKA $60,000 Buddy Diliberto Memorial Stakes Fair Grounds • 5yo gelding by Uncle Abbie Owner/Breeder: Doug Wall (Oklahoma) Trainer: Bret Calhoun • Jockey: Richard Eramia • Uncle Abbie stands in Texas at Key Ranch JOHNNY WHIP $50,000 Silver Goblin Stakes • Remington Park • 7yo gelding by Stephen Got Even Owner: George W. Straw Jr. • Breeder: Robert H. Zoellner (Oklahoma) • Trainer: Jody Pruitt • Jockey: C.J. McMahon

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HEYKITTYKITTYKITTY $75,000 Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Distaff Mahoning Valley Race Course • 5yo mare by Tactical Cat • Owner: Westrock Stables LLC Breeder: Diamond G Ranch Inc. (Oklahoma) Trainer: Ron Moquett • Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr. • Tactical Cat stands in Oklahoma at Raywood Farm




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Career Earnings $1,014,361 G1 and G2 winner

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Last 3 Races Beyer Ratings of 107, 101, and 100 Out ran Eclipse winner 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 3 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third in black type races 32 starts, 9 wins, 4 seconds, 5 thirds

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