American Racehorse - July/August 2016

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A Division of Center Hills Farm


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PROMISE ME SILVER winning the Grade 3 Eight Belles at Churchill Downs


Texas Champion Older Filly/Mare THEGIRLINTHATSONG – G2 (by MY GOLDEN SONG) Benoit Photo

THEGIRLINTHATSONG winning the Grade 2 La Canada at Santa Anita

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American Racehorse (formerly Southern Racehorse) covers Thoroughbred racing and breeding in the Southwest, Midwest and Midsouth regions. The magazine is mailed to all members of the following associations: • Alabama Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association • Arkansas Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Horsemen’s Association • Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association • Georgia Horse Racing Coalition • Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association • Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association • Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association • Minnesota Thoroughbred Association • North Carolina Thoroughbred Association • Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma • South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association • Texas Thoroughbred Association • Plus hundreds of Louisiana horsemen.

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July/August 2016


The legend of King Ranch

27 Arapahoe’s announcer takes flight

Departments Fast Furlongs 12 State Association News


The Marketplace Classifieds


Handling the Heat Features

The Glory Days of King Ranch A look back at the legendary Thoroughbred farm of the Lone Star State


Tips to avoid the ill effects of shipping in the summer The Announcer Who Wanted to By 27 Denise Steffanus Get in the Game Arapahoe Park’s announcer gets to know some retired racehorses Summer is here. That’s not exactly news if you’ve stepped out-

side lately, but while rising temperatures can cause discomfort and Handling Heat danger forthe humans, the impact can be even 35 more significant on Tips to avoid the ill effects horses. Traveling the heat can take the luster off a horse’s perforof shipping in theinsummer mance and in some cases lead to more serious physical problems. Dehydration, depletion of electrolytes, muscle fatigue and other Splendid Spring 38 chemical changes can state-bred occur in the horse’s body if you do not take More than two dozen horses capture stakes during the horse months of in good order. precautions to help your arrive May and June “I don’t know how many times I’ve seen horses come in, and because they’ve been overfed or not treated properly beforehand, they Taxbe Talk: Creative depressed, Advertisingnot Methods 40 and having some will somewhat feeling as well How expenses like playing polo or buying digestive problems two or three days,” said Dr. Joe B. Stricklin, a dog could actually for be tax-deductible a veterinarian in Greeley, Colorado. “So keeping your horses hydrated and as healthy as possible makes a huge difference.” How to protect your Stricklin was an assistant professor of clinical science at Colohorse from the heat AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JULY/AUGUST 2016 5 rado State University before establishing a private practice. While at CSU, he regularly cared for equine athletes that shipped to competitions.


HERE’S THE NEWS! The first Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale operated by the Texas Thoroughbred Association was a smashing success! Check out these headlines:

H $95,000 sale-topping Texas-bred by Too Much Bling H Average of $18,515—perennially the highest in the region and up more than 5% from last year H Buyback rate of just 19.7% H Texas Thoroughbred Futurity for sale grads, with $100,000 estimated in each of two divisions, set for this summer at Lone Star Park

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A Texas-bred filly by Too Much Bling sold for $95,000 to top the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.


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

so effective that he’s dead set against disclosing who he is, who his horses are, or even where he trains and races. He first started ordering a single jar of EPO-Equine® once a month. Now he’s ordering several CASES each month. And he won’t tell BRL exactly why. He said respectfully, “Sorry – no way.” Bioengineers at U.S. based Biomedical Research Laboratories (BRL), first discovered a completely natural EPO-booster for human athletes (and it’s working miracles for top athletes and amateurs around the world). Seeing these results, horse trainers contacted BRL and asked about using this natural formula for their animals. That’s when the BRL team dug deeper and discovered a proprietary, horse-friendly strain of a common herb that promotes optimal bloodbuilding results. EPO-Equine® is based on the blood-boosting abilities of a certain strain of Echinacea that’s astounding researchers and trainers alike. (It’s not a strain you can find at the local health store.) Veterinarians at the Equine Research Centre in Ontario, Canada ran a double-blind trial investigating the blood building properties of the active ingredient in EPO-Equine® in healthy horses. For 42 days, one group of horses was supplemented with the active ingredient in EPOEquine® and another group of horses was given a placebo. The supplement delivered significant blood building results, increasing red blood cell count and hemoglobin levels. Researchers also observed improved blood quality and increased oxygen transport in the supplemented horses. Improved blood levels leads to elevated exercise physiology and performance. The patent-pending formula in EPO-Equine® contains a dozen different herbs, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components combined to promote natural red blood cell production…for remarkable speed, strength and stamina right out of the gate. Trainers find it easy to add just 1 scoop (3.2 grams) of EPO-Equine® to the horse’s daily feeding routine in the barn or on the road. Within a few weeks of daily use, you can expect to see increased red blood cell levels with no undesirable side effects. An increase in red blood cell levels can improve muscle performance, supercharge endurance, and enhance recovery after hard exercise. Nothing else is scientifically proven to deliver these benefits in a completely safe and natural formula. Compared to the cost of veterinarians, drugs, icing, tapping the knees, and putting the horse on Bute; or even the consequences of being banned for synthetic doping, EPOEquine® is very affordable at the low price of just $59.95 per jar. Or save $180 if you are ready to commit to a larger trial of 12-jar case for just $539.55 with FREE shipping. EPOEquine® can be ordered at or 1-800-557-9055, and comes with a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee.

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fastfurlongs Preakness and Belmont Go to Horses with Strong Southwest Connections


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The final two legs of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes (G1) in Baltimore and the Belmont Stakes (G1) in New York, were run a long way from Texas and Louisiana but both states had strong representation in the winner’s circle at Pimlico Race Course and Belmont Park. In the Preakness, Exaggerator turned the tables on previously undefeated Nyquist, the Kentucky Derby (G1) winner, providing a thrilling homecoming for brothers Kent and Keith Desormeaux with a commanding 3 ½-length triumph. The brothers, both natives of Louisiana, spent the early part of their careers at the Maryland track. Exaggerator is owned by Big Chief Racing LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Rocker O Ranch LLC, et al. Big Chief Racing is headed by Matt Bryan of Flower Mound, Texas, and Rocker O Ranch is headed by Ronny Ortowski of Fort Worth, Texas. Exaggerator, a son of Curlin, earned one of his biggest wins in Louisiana in last year’s $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (G3). “I’m just glad I get to walk across this track and take a picture on that side,” said Keith Desormeaux after his charge defeated Nyquist for the first time in five attempts. “When you get to have your picture taken on the turf course, you know you’ve done Exaggerator’s victory in the Preakness Stakes was a popular one in both Texas and Louisiana. well.” Exaggerator didn’t fire in the Belmont Stakes three weeks later, but don’t put you behind the gates; they line you up even and give you the 1 ½-mile test provided trainer Steve Asmussen, who calls Texas a chance to prove yourself. Obviously, I want to say thanks for the home and is the all-time leading trainer at Lone Star Park, with his first opportunity with a horse like him that can prove he’s good enough to victory in the final jewel of the Triple Crown. Asmussen saddled Arkan- win the Belmont Stakes. sas Derby (G1) winner Creator for owners WinStar Farm and Bobby “Curlin didn’t ever do anything but make us happy. Being a victor Flay, and the son of Tapit just got up at the wire. in the Belmont Stakes will look good on that plaque,” Asmussen added “It’s the best feeling right now,” Asmussen said. “The great thing about his former trainee and his upcoming induction into the National about racing is you can have a bad day, a bad week, a bad month. They Museum of Racing Hall of Fame this August.

Inductees Announced for Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame

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The Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame will once again honor individuals who have enriched the tradition and sport of horse racing in Texas on Saturday, October 29, at Retama Park near San Antonio. The 2016 class of inductees includes American Quarter Horse champion First Down Dash, along with noted horsemen Hugh Fitzsimons, Dr. Nat Kieffer, John T.L. Jones and Jay Pumphrey. The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. and will run before and during the night’s Thoroughbred races and will include hors d’oeuvres, valet parking, cocktails, gourmet buffet dinner, cigar roller, induction of the honorees and silent auction. Proceeds from the gala, which is open to the public, will benefit the Saddle Light Center, Groom Elite and the racetrack chaplaincies at Lone Star Park, Sam Houston Race Park and Retama Park. For more information or to purchase tickets at $125 per person, visit or contact Ryan Grammer at (210) 651-7045 or txhorseracinghof@ The mission of the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame is to preserve the history and convey the excitement of horse racing in America while honoring trainers, jockeys, owners, horses and all other contributors who have impacted the racing community in Texas. In addition, the organization will provide funding to nonprofit groups that work with the Texas equine industry or educate Texans associated with the equine industry.

A winner of 13 of 15 career starts and a prolific stallion, American Quarter Horse First Down Dash is the sole equine inductee this year.


fF Trainers Rushton, Ries Record Firsts at Arapahoe Park Trainers Stetson Rushton and Jennifer Ries each enjoyed career firsts at Arapahoe Park on June 12. Rushton saddled his first stakes winner with David Lebsock’s Brokeanlovingit in the Molly Brown Stakes, and Ries recorded her first career victory with Kelsey in an allowance contest. Rushton, who is 22 and from Holly, Colorado, was an assistant trainer for his grandfather Temple Rushton and took over his grandfather’s stable this year. “I definitely have some big shoes to fill with my grandpa, and it was pretty exciting,” he said. “Ever since I was a baby, I’ve been at Arapahoe every summer. Probably the last four or five years, being able to take over and do most of the work around the barn, that’s when I really fell in love with it and knew that this was my calling.” Rushton has 74 horses in training at Arapahoe Park and saddled 12 horses for the June 12 card. Through late June, he had 25 career wins from 239 starters and was the leading Thoroughbred trainer

Equine Sales Company Sets October 16 Date for Open Yearling and Mixed Sale Equine Sales Company has announced that its annual Open Yearling and Mixed Sale will be held Sunday, October 16, in Opelousas, Louisiana. Last year’s sale was topped by a daughter of Touch Gold named Love You Crazy, who sold in foal to Uncle Mo. The mare was bought for $55,000 by Chris and Lynne Boutte’s Boutte Training from Roger Daly, agent. “The fact that we had a mare in foal to a promising young stallion like Uncle Mo last year shows how the quality of this sale has improved in just a few short years up here,” said Sales Director Foster Bridewell. “We anticipate another strong offering this year.” Yearling and weanling graduates of this sale will be eligible for the $75,000 Equine Sales Derby and $75,000 Equine Sales Oaks to be run at Evangeline Downs. The two-turn races were run for the first time this May. Prior to the Open Yearling and Mixed Sale, Equine Sales Company will conduct its Consignor Select Yearling Sale on September 7. Go to for more information on either sale. 14 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JULY/AUGUST 2016

at Arapahoe Park with 13 wins on the season. Continuing the family tradition, Rushton’s assistant trainer is his sister, Sheridan. “Especially for my first year into it, it’s a lot, but I’ve been getting by alright,” he said. Added father Shannon Rushton: “I’m proud of them. They work well together and put in a lot of work. It’s a real team effort.” Temple Rushton finished his career in December 2015 with 555 wins from 5,460 starters in a career that began in 1983. He was Arapahoe Park’s leading Thoroughbred trainer in 2015 with 25 wins from 185 starters before handing over the reins to his grandson. “I’m really tickled with what he’s done,” Temple Rushton said. “I’m really satisfied. He’s done a really good job.” Ries’ first career victory came in the eighth race, a six-furlong allowance contest for fillies and mares with a full field of 12. Ridden by Russell Vicchrilli, Kelsey pulled off a 29-1 upset. Ries won with her 10th starter.

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Special Needs Student Gets His Wish for a Night at the Races at Lone Star Park

High school student Jacoby Burk (center) was joined in the winner’s circle by the Lone Star Park jockey colony.

When Jacoby Burk, a junior at Midway High School in Waco, Texas, heard his teacher Dave Laster talk about his visit to Lone Star Park to see the horse races, he “went nuts,” said Laster. “He was so excited listening about my trip. He was hooked and wanted to go!” Burk has cerebral palsy and going to the Dallas-area racetrack wasn’t very likely for him until his teacher decided to see what he could do about it. Laster sent an email request to Lone Star Park that made its way to the track’s director of racing, Bart Lang, who arranged a night at the races for Burk, his family and his teacher. The teenager received a tour of the stable area before the races started on June 9. Lang had the fourth race named in Burk’s honor, and following the race, the Lone Star Park jockey colony joined Burk in the winner’s circle for a group photo, which they all autographed afterward.

Minnesota Horse Racing Receives Boost with Approval of Advance Deposit Wagering The Minnesota horse racing industry received a significant boost from the state legislature and governor this session when legislation was passed and signed into law authorizing the licensing and oversight of advance deposit wagering providers in the state. Advance deposit wagering, also known as ADW or account wagering, is a widely used form of wagering on horse races in which bettors place funds on account with ADW providers against which wagers are debited and winnings are credited. Wagers may be placed by phone or online by home computer, mobile device or tablet. Under the new law, an estimated $1.5 million annually will be recaptured from newly licensed ADW providers and redirected to increased purses at Canterbury Park and Running Aces Casino and Racetrack and to increased financial awards for breeders. “The new law will provide fresh economic stimulus to the state’s racing and breeding industry, which, in turn, will encourage further expansion of this significant industry in the state of Minnesota,” said Minnesota Racing Commission Chair Ralph Strangis. “The new law will provide incentives for additional jobs and millions of dollars of direct and indirect economic impact. This is an economic development initiative that will help ensure the long-term health of the Minnesota racing industry.” “Every additional Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse or Standardbred that is bred, foaled, raised, raced and retired in Minnesota has an impact on Minnesota’s agricultural economy,” commented Jay Dailey, president of the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association. “Every stallion, mare and foal needs feed, bedding, veterinary care, farriers, barns, fencing, tack, farm equipment, trucks, trailers and people to provide care for these equine

athletes. New revenues from ADW will go right back into Minnesota’s agricultural economy.” Horse racing in Minnesota has been on a significant upswing in recent years with record purses at both tracks, a recent takeout reduction at Canterbury Park, record breeders awards paid out in 2015 and increasing foal counts. The legislative initiative to license ADW providers and add regulatory oversight was spearheaded by the Minnesota Racing Commission and enjoyed widespread industry and bipartisan legislative support. MRC Executive Director Tom DiPasquale, speaking on behalf of the commission, expressed his appreciation to the tracks, racehorse owners and breeders, legislative leaders and the governor for their support. DiPasquale added that “the bill provides a secure and dedicated funding source from within the industry itself, and without expanding gambling, to ensure regulatory oversight and to capture new revenue for the state’s racing and breeding industry.” ADW wagering has been available to Minnesota residents through multiple providers for many years, but these providers had not been regulated by the state and none of the revenues they generated from Minnesota residents were returned to Minnesota’s horse racing industry. Starting in November, Minnesota horseplayers who use online accounts to place wagers on live racing from all across North America and the rest of the world will have added consumer protections and will be supporting their own state’s racing industry. In addition, the new law will redirect revenue generated from fines levied by the Minnesota Racing Commission to fund the repurposing and retirement of horses at the end of their racing careers.

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fF First Winner for Indiana Stallion What Now

What Now

Indiana stallion What Now was represented by his first winner on July 1 at Indiana Grand as his 2-year-old daughter Red Hot Rumor captured a $34,000 maiden special weight race for state-breds. The chestnut runner actually crossed the wire second in the five-furlong race but was placed first after the disqualification of Whistle Stop for interference. Bred by Don Wright and owned by Don and Pepper Wright, Red Hot Rumor earned $20,400 in her career debut. Mario Rodriguez rode for trainer Joseph Davis. What Now is a multiple winning son of Distorted Humor whose first crop of runners are 2-yearolds this year. An earner of nearly $100,000 on the track, What Now is a half brother to Preakness Stakes (G1) winner and Belmont Stakes (G1) runner-up Oxbow. His female family also includes Horse of the Year and two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Tiznow. What Now stands at R Star Stallions in Anderson.

Oklahoma- and Texas-breds Run Big in Major Stakes


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A trio of Oklahoma- and Texas-bred horses hit the board in major stakes over the July 4th holiday weekend. In the Grade 3, $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap in Iowa on July 2, reigning Oklahoma Horse of the Year Shotgun Kowboy finished a game second to Kentucky-bred Smack Smack, who also has strong Oklahoma connections. The winner runs for his breeder, country music star Toby Keith’s Dream Walkin’ Farms Inc., and is trained by leading Oklahoma trainer Don Von Hemel. As for Oklahoma-bred Shotgun Kowboy, who was ridden by Luis Quinonez, this marked the third consecutive second-place finish against graded stakes foes for the 4-year-old running for breeder, owner and trainer C.R. Trout. The gelding by Kodiak Cowboy also took the runner-up spot in the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap and Grade 3 Texas Mile. He earned a graded stakes win in last year’s Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park, and his earnings now stand at $744,444 with a record of 14-6-4-1. One day earlier at Prairie Meadows, Texas-bred Texas Chrome, the reigning Texas Champion 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding, finished second to heavy favorite American Freedom in the Grade 3, $250,000 Iowa Derby. Owned by Danny Keene’s Keene Thoroughbreds LLC and ridden by Iram Diego for trainer J.R. Caldwell, Texas Chrome was coming in off a third-place effort in the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs. A $10,000 purchase at the Texas Summer Yearling Sale bred by Craig Upham and consigned by his and Sue Dowling’s Stoneview Farm, Texas Chrome is a four-time stakes winner with earnings of $302,462 and a record of 10-5-1-3. Keene Thoroughbreds and Caldwell also teamed for a big effort at Churchill Downs on July 2, as Texas-bred Country Candy, a filly by

Smack Smack (red cap) defeats Oklahoma-bred Shotgun Kowboy (black cap) in the richest race of the meet at Prairie Meadows. Texas stallion Intimidator who sold for $65,000 at the Texas 2-YearOlds in Training Sale, finished a good third in the $100,000 Debutante Stakes. This was her first start since a 9 ½-length maiden-breaking debut at Lone Star Park. The filly was bred by Keith Asmussen and consigned by his and wife Marilyn’s Asmussen Horse Center. “She ran very well,” said Caldwell. “She ran good in Texas and we thought a lot of her, so we brought her to the races and tested her and she showed up. That’s the biggest thing we wanted, so we’re happy. [Trainer Bret] Calhoun came up here and ran well with Texas fillies a few times, so he’s been successful at it and we thought we’d take a shot at it. “She’s so classy—she does everything right and she’s fast from the gate. It was her first time going six furlongs and in her works she had galloped out really strong, so we thought we’d come here and give her a new stadium to play in.”

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All photos courtesy K ing Ran Texas Thor oughbred A ch Archives and ssociation Archives nce upon a time, a long time ago, a wide-spreading landscape of livestock and ranchland known as the King Ranch was forged. It was here, on thousands and thousands of acres in Texas, that a new and highly successful breed of cattle was developed, and it was here that some of the greatest Thoroughbreds in the history of horse racing were born. 18 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JULY/AUGUST 2016

It may have the sound of a storybook fable, but then, the most remarkable of true stories often do. King Ranch was founded in 1853 by Richard King, who had served in the Mexican War transporting troops and supplies along the Rio Grande and thus become familiar with the landscape in Texas. According to the book Assault by Eva Jolene Boyd, King laid the foundation for his ranch

by purchasing 15,500 acres in Texas for just $300; over the next three decades until his death in 1885, he purchased an average of more than 15,000 acres every year until King Ranch spread over more than half a million acres. The cattle industry is the business most often associated with King Ranch, and its vast land holdings fit the stereotypical image of a Texas ranch raising cattle for the meat industry. But the oil industry contributed equally, if not more, to the success of King Ranch—racing historian Edward L. Bowen notes in his book Legacies of the Turf, Vol. 2 that oil “drove a good portion of the expansion, which eventually saw King Ranch roaming over 11 million acres…with vast parcels in South America, Australia and Africa.” When Richard King passed away in 1885, control of the ranch was given to Robert Kleberg II, who worked hard to improve the cattle aspects of the ranch. Kleberg, who had married King’s youngest daughter, Alice, in turn, passed the reins of the ranch to his son Robert Kleberg Jr., who would soon take King Ranch in a new direction—into the world of Thoroughbred horse racing. Of course, the younger Kleberg did not neglect the other aspects of the ranch. In fact, he contributed a great deal to King Ranch, using his knowledge of genetics to create a new breed of cattle, the Santa Gertrudis, which was well suited to the hot weather in Texas. He also worked to improve the Quarter Horses that were used on the ranch, and it was in 1934—while looking for horses to improve the ranch stock—that he happened across a Thoroughbred by the name of Chicaro. As a racehorse, Chicaro had been unremarkable; he won just one of his 18 starts, although he did finish third in the Pimlico Fall Serial Weight for Age No. 3 Stakes. But his pedigree was noteworthy—a son of the Spearmint stallion *Chicle out of the Peter Pan mare Wendy, he had been bred by the famous breeder and owner Harry Payne Whitney— and Kleberg was impressed by Chicaro’s appearance, so he wound up buying the stallion. It was this purchase that started King Ranch on the road to success in horse racing, and Kleberg—intrigued by the Thoroughbred breed—soon traveled to Kentucky with plans to acquire more quality Thoroughbreds. At that time, the prominent breeder Morton Schwartz was in the process of dispersing his breeding stock, and Kleberg seized the opportunity to purchase the quality mares of an established and successful breeder. It was from this auction that the foundation of King Ranch’s success was laid, starting in motion a decades-long involvement in horse racing that would be among the most remarkable in the history of the sport.

Through the years, King Ranch was involved with dozens of talented racehorses, many of which were bred by Kleberg in the name of King Ranch. Through the years, horses bred or raced by King Ranch would win six Triple Crown races and nine championships; incredibly, more than 100 horses bred by King Ranch would become stakes winners, a massive accomplishment matched by relatively few breeders. But King Ranch—never afraid to embrace quality horses from other breeders—also enjoyed success from the groundwork laid by others. One notable example came when Kleberg had the opportunity to purchase a number of horses from the dispersal of Colonel E.R. Bradley’s horses in 1946—King Ranch was rewarded with two champions. In turn, there were occasions when other owners reaped the rewards from seeds that King Ranch had sewn. It would require too many words to describe all of the talented horses associated with King Ranch, but here are a dozen of the most notable.

Assault (1943, Bold Venture—Igual, by Equipoise) Whenever horse racing fans think of King Ranch, the horse that comes most readily to mind is undoubtedly Assault. A son of the King Ranch stallion Bold Venture, Assault almost didn’t live to reach the races after injuring his hoof as a foal, but dedicated care from the King Ranch staff helped Assault recover. His damaged hoof remained

Assault, with jockey Warren Mehrtens and Helen “Helenita” Kleberg, won 18 of 42 career starts and banked more than $675,000. AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JULY/AUGUST 2016 19

weaker than his others, and he developed a habit of favoring it when he walked, but miraculously, it didn’t hinder his ability to run. And oh, could he run! Assault got off to a slow start as a 2-year-old in 1945, but while he lost more races than he won, a victory in the Flash Stakes and a respectable fourth-place effort in the Cowdin Stakes in New York hinted at what was to come. As a 3-year-old, Assault opened the year with wins in the Experimental Free Handicap and Wood Memorial (then run at Jamaica Race Course in New York). Following a fourth-place finish in the Derby Trial Stakes, Assault upset the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs by a record eight lengths. He had to work much harder in the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course, when a four-length lead in the homestretch dwindled to a neck at the wire, but he returned to his dominating ways in New York’s Belmont Stakes, winning by three lengths to sweep the Triple Crown. Assault added to his glorious reputation by winning five major stakes in 1947 and was retired to King Ranch with high expectations as a stallion, but he proved to be mostly infertile and was put back in training. Against the odds, he achieved success in his comeback, winning the prestigious Brooklyn Handicap at Aqueduct in 1949 before being retired for good the following year.

A few years later, Kleberg arranged to purchase Bold Venture and move the stallion to King Ranch, and over the next few years Bold Venture would have an incredible impact on King Ranch’s breeding program. Three members of Bold Venture’s 1943 crop would win stakes races for King Ranch, with the most notable being Assault, and Bold Venture would later sire 1950 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner Middleground as well. In an interesting bit of trivia, Bold Venture remains the only Kentucky Derby winner to sire two Kentucky Derby winners, and they were both Texas-breds.

Bold Venture (1933, *St. Germans—Possible, by Ultimus)

The horse that started it all for King Ranch turned out to be fairly unremarkable as a sire of Thoroughbreds, as only two of his foals won stakes races, but Chicaro would eventually prove his worth by siring Verguenza. Born in 1940, Verguenza didn’t race and—like her sire—didn’t produce many notable runners, but she struck gold as the dam of Middleground, who won the 1949 Hopeful Stakes and later added the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes to his résumé. Chicaro also helped Kleberg achieve his goal of improving the King Ranch Quarter Horses. Chicaro proved to be a highly influential sire of Quarter Horses, and to this day, he is remembered as one of the foundation stallions of the modern American Quarter Horse breed.

Bold Venture wasn’t bred by King Ranch, nor did he race in the King Ranch colors, but he would eventually become the foundation stallion of King Ranch’s breeding operation. Owned during his racing years by Morton Schwartz, Bold Venture was an unremarkable 2-year-old in 1935 but improved dramatically the following year to upset the Kentucky Derby at odds of 20-1. He proved his win was no fluke by winning the Preakness as well, but an injury derailed his chance at winning the Triple Crown and he was retired to stud with a record of six wins from 11 starts. 20 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JULY/AUGUST 2016

But Why Not (1944, Blue Larkspur—Be Like Mom, by *Sickle) But Why Now wasn’t bred by King Ranch, but she was purchased by King Ranch from the Bradley dispersal in 1946 following her 2-year-old season and went on to become a champion for her new owner. Racing against the best colts and fillies in the country, But Why Not proved to be superior to almost all of them, winning the Pimlico Oaks, Acorn Stakes, Arlington Matron Handicap, Alabama Stakes, Beldame Stakes and even the Arlington Classic against colts. She failed to replicate that strong form later on, winning only three of her final 32 races, but she went on to be a successful broodmare. Her best foal was How Now, a tough-as-nails veteran that made 86 starts from 1955 to 1961 while winning 11 stakes races, including two renewals each of the Del Mar, San Francisco and Bing Crosby handicaps in California.

Chicaro (1923, *Chicle—Wendy, by Peter Pan)

Ciencia (1936, *Cohort—Science, by Star Master)

Matchmaker and Spinster stakes—to repeat as champion of her division. Gallant Bloom raced briefly in 1970, winning the Santa Although she’s been all but forgotten today, Ciencia Maria and Santa Margarita handicaps before two losses achieved a historic landmark for King Ranch, becoming brought her career to a close. As a broodmare, her most its first homebred to win a stakes race. A brown filly sired successful foal was Medano, a son of Graustark who won by the imported stallion Cohort, Ciencia became a stakes nine of his 39 starts, the majority of them being allowance winner by securing victory in the Autumn Day Stakes as a and claiming races. 2-year-old in 1938. The following year, she made history in High Gun the Santa Anita Derby, defeating 13 rivals before a crowd of (1951, *Heliopolis—Rocket Gun, by Brazado) nearly 46,000 people to become the first filly to win California’s biggest race for 3-year-olds. In the history of horse racing, there have been relatively Ciencia ended her career with a record of six wins from 22 starts, and like But Why Not, she proved to be a no- few horses as versatile as High Gun. Purchased by King table broodmare. Her son Curandero, born in 1946, would Ranch as a yearling, High Gun had enough speed to win count wins in the Equipoise Mile and Washington Park the Peter Pan Handicap at 1 1⁄8 miles and enough stamina to win the Belmont Stakes at 1 1⁄2 miles, then later stretched Handicap among his 15 career victories. the boundaries of his distance abilities to win the two-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup and the one-mile Metropolitan Dawn Play (1934, Clock Tower—Gun Play, by Man o’ War) Handicap. During the course of his career, he also won the Brooklyn Handicap, the Manhattan Handicap, the Dwyer King Ranch’s first champion was the filly Dawn Play, Stakes and two renewals of the Sysonby Stakes and earned one of the horses that Kleberg had purchased from the dis- champion 3-year-old and champion older horse honors. persal of Morton Schwartz’s breeding stock. As a 2-yearMiddleground old, Dawn Play ran nine times and was victorious only (1947, Bold Venture—Verguenza, by Chicaro) once, but she did finish second in the Matron Stakes and Selima Stakes, losing the latter by just a nose. The followKing Ranch’s secing year, she made the most of her brief five-race campaign, winning the Acorn Stakes and Coaching Club American ond Kentucky Derby Oaks against fillies and defeating a talented field of colts in winner was Middlethe rich American Derby. For her achievements, she was ground, who arrived on the scene four years recognized as the champion 3-year-old filly of 1937. after Assault. In terms of pedigree, MiddleGallant Bloom (1966, *Gallant Man—Multiflora, by Beau Max) ground was the result of breeding a Chicaro The last great champion campaigned by King Ranch mare to Bold Venwas Gallant Bloom, a remarkably talented filly who won ture, meaning that major stakes races at two, three and four. As a juvenile Middleground had trained by Texas-born Hall of Famer Max Hirsch, the same the blood of both of man who conditioned Assault, Gallant Bloom overcame a King Ranch’s foundatrio of dismal defeats during the summer to conclude the tion stallions flowing season with wins in the Matron and Gardenia stakes to be- through his veins. Unlike Assault, come the champion 2-year-old filly of 1968. After Hirsch passed away, Gallant Bloom was transferred to the care of Middleground was Texas-bred Middleground, with Hirsch’s son William “Buddy” Hirsch, also a member of a very successful Helen “Helenita” Kleberg, after racing’s Hall of Fame, and went unbeaten in eight starts 2-year-old, winning winning the 1950 Belmont Stakes in 1969—including easy wins against older mares in the four of his five starts under jockey William Boland. AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JULY/AUGUST 2016 21

the barn of trainer Allen Jerkens, Prove Out blossomed. In his first six races for Jerkens, Prove Out was almost unstoppable, breaking two track records before handing the great Secretariat a defeat in the Woodward Stakes, which Prove Out won by 4 1⁄2 lengths in the terrific time of 2:25 4⁄5 for 12 furlongs. A month later, he was arguably even better in the two-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup, romping to victory in the near-record time of 3:20 flat. Prove Out returned in 1974 and failed to regain his best form, with his lone win coming in the Grey Lag Handicap (G2) at Aqueduct. But, for a brief time at the end of 1973, Prove Out was arguably as good as any horse in the country—even Secretariat.

Resaca (1956, Middleground—Retama, by Brazado)

Robert J. Kleberg Jr., shown with his wife, Helen, expanded King Ranch’s operations into the world of Thoroughbred racing with great success.

Perhaps the best of Middleground’s foals was Resaca, a half sister to the King Ranch-bred stakes winners Sandusky and Tamarona. As a 2-year-old, Resaca went winless in four starts, but hinted at promise by finishing second in the rich Gardenia Stakes, just a half-length behind that year’s champion 2-year-old filly, Quill. As with many of the King Ranch-bred horses, Resaca showed great improvement as a 3-year-old in 1959, the year she handed Quill consecutive defeats in the Coaching

and securing victory in the prestigious Hopeful Stakes. In 1950, he opened his 3-year-old season with runner-up efforts in the Wood Memorial and Derby Trial, then secured victory in the Kentucky Derby when he rallied to win at odds of 8-1. A runner-up effort in the Preakness denied him a shot at emulating Assault with a Triple Crown sweep, but Middleground did come back to win the Belmont Stakes to stamp himself as among the best colts of his generation. Similar to Assault, he had some fertility issues as a stallion, but he eventually sired well over 100 foals, including the King Ranch-bred stakes winners Resaca and Here and There, who won the 1957 Alabama Stakes.

Prove Out (1969, Graustark—Equal Venture, by Bold Venture) Through the years, King Ranch raced the majority of the best horses they bred, but one notable horse that achieved success for a different owner was Prove Out. He achieved little success in his first 27 starts while racing for King Ranch, but when sold to Hobeau Farm and transferred to 22 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JULY/AUGUST 2016

The connections of 1946 Triple Crown winner Assault after winning the Belmont Stakes, from left: Robert J. Kleberg Jr., New York City Mayor William O’Dwyer, jockey Warren Mehrtens, trainer Max Hirsch, Helen Kleberg, Admiral Marc Mitscher and Helenita Kleberg.

More than 100 stakes-winning Thoroughbreds were produced by the King Ranch breeding program, including two Kentucky Derby winners. Club American Oaks and the Delaware Oaks. In the latter race, Resaca won by two lengths over Silver Spoon (who would end up being co-champion 3-year-old filly) as well as defeating Indian Maid, who had finished second in the Kentucky Oaks. Resaca’s career would prove to be relatively short by the standards of the era, as she retired after making just 11 starts, but she had proven without a doubt that she was among the best fillies of her generation. As Bowen notes in Legacies of the Turf, Vol. 2, Kleberg would eventually consider Resaca to be the second-best filly raced by King Ranch, behind only Dawn Play and ahead of Gallant Bloom.

Too Timely achieved her biggest success with an upset win in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park. Earlier in the season, Too Timely had been beaten a length by champion Askmenow in the Pimlico Oaks, but in the CCA Oaks, Too Timely rallied to turn the tables on Askmenow by a decisive 3 ½ lengths. That would mark her only win from 11 starts in 1943, and she would retire with just two victories from 22 races, but Too Timely had respectable success as a broodmare. Three of her foals—High Dive, On the Mark and Safe Arrival—would place in stakes races, and On the Mark was talented enough to warrant a start in the 1950 Kentucky Derby, where he finished eighth behind stablemate Middleground.

Too Timely (1940, Discovery—On Hand, by On Watch) After Kleberg passed away in 1974, King Ranch graduThe filly Too Timely was bred for success right from the ally faded from prominence in the world of Thoroughbred start, as her sire was the legendary weight-carrying cham- horse racing. During its heyday, the Thoroughbred portion pion Discovery and her dam was On Hand, who also of the ranch had grown to include a farm in Kentucky as produced the 1943 co-champion handicap horse Market well, and this division of the ranch thrived for a time under the management of Kleberg’s granddaughter, Helen Wise, a winner of 11 stakes races in 1941–43. The same year that Market Wise won his championship, Alexander. King Ranch was prominent at the major yearAMERICAN RACEHORSE • JULY/AUGUST 2016 23

King Ranch, which is home to approximately 35,000 cattle today, covers some 825,000 acres— larger than the state of Rhode Island. ling sales through the 1990s, and under Alexander’s guidance, the ranch bred many more stakes winners. One of them—a filly named Too Chic—would win the Maskette Stakes (G1) in 1982 and later produce Queena, the three-time Grade 1 winner and champion older mare of 1991. King Ranch continued to make racing headlines as late as 1998, when the ranch was the consigner of two yearlings that sold for more than $1 million (they would become the graded stakes winners Exchange Rate and Brahms), but that same year, the Kentucky division was sold. As a result, the name King Ranch officially exited the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing…but its legacy from the glory days will live on forever. H


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got my butt kicked by an 11-year-old, and now I have to write about it. That’s because after years of announcing horses, I’m now learning how to ride them. Unlike basketball, where the announcer sits courtside, an announcer at the horse races is as far away as possible from the action, perched at the top of the grandstand and requiring strong binoculars to follow the horses around the expansive ovals. It’s one of the best views anywhere at the racetrack, but to see everything, the announcer sacrifices the immersive experience that fans on the rail get of thundering hoof beats, flying dirt and colorful jockey silks. So, I decided to make a habit of visiting the stable area, paddock and jockeys’ room before or after a day’s races to meet the horses and the amazing people behind them. I wanted to give my race calls a human touch (you know

Jonathan Horowitz rides the Texas-bred mare Churchita over a jump on the cross-country course at Spring Gulch in Colorado.

what, I’ll just make up my own phrase, “a centaur touch”) by getting closer to the athletes I was describing. I learned very quickly what has made the horse one of the most beloved animals in history—from the theology that celebrates the mythological Pegasus and horses of the Bible, to “The Four Horsemen” nickname for one of the best backfields in football history at Notre Dame, to the Oscar-winning movies like “National Velvet,” to the equine legends like Seabiscuit and Secretariat that have captured the hearts and spirit of our country. I wanted to ride. I’ve seen pictures of myself on a pony when I was 2 years old, but despite presenting this as evidence, no trainer would put me on a racehorse, so a career as a jockey was out. After they retire, racehorses can go on to amazing second careers as jumpers, eventers, polo ponies, trail horses AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JULY/AUGUST 2016 27

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and more. I became involved with CANTER (Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses) Colorado after its executive director, Jamie Girouard, approached Arapahoe Park near Denver, where I’ve announced since 2011, to help Thoroughbreds find new homes and careers after racing. In June 2015, Jamie invited me to see some of the horses CANTER trains, and I was blown away by the transformation and new skills of these horses I had previously announced. CANTER trainer Ashley Gubich asked if I wanted to ride. I said yes. She said to put on my boots. I said my sneakers would do just fine. She laughed. I got on a chestnut Thoroughbred mare named Blondie H F, who was initially trained as a racehorse but never made it to the starting gate. Let’s just say I was not as graceful on a horse as Arapahoe Park’s jockeys, and I learned the difference between “talking the talk” and “trotting the trot.” I asked Ashley if she’d teach me to ride. First order of business, she let me borrow her husband’s boots. My lessons with Ashley were frustrating and rewarding—at first, more frustration for me and more rewards for the horses for putting up with me. But I slowly started understanding more about balance, keeping my heels down and being in rhythm with the horse by posting at the trot and having the correct posture. When my lessons would end, Ashley’s 2-year-old son Chase would get on the horse and show me how it’s done. I almost fell off several times when learning to canter, and Ashley’s having control of the horse on a lead line is the only thing that kept me on board. When I finally cantered for the first time, I was breathing harder than the horse. Once I learned the basics of walking, trotting and cantering on the flat, Horowitz announces the races Ashley brought out from his booth at the top of the the jumps. First, it grandstand at Arapahoe Park was going over poles in Colorado. on the ground, and

Horowitz and trainer Ashley Gubich of CANTER Colorado at the announcer’s first horse show at Mariah Farms in Colorado in March. then the poles were lifted off the ground…by a whopping six inches. After Blondie H F found a new home, I started riding another of Ashley’s chestnut mares, Churchita, whom she had obtained as a 3-year-old from CANTER Texas when the horse’s owners decided to get out of the racing business. Chita is a big mare at 16.3 hands with a powerful, rhythmic stride. Going over a jump with her is one of the most exhilarating feelings I’ve ever experienced. We’ve upped the jumps to two feet, and I hope to keep going higher. In March, nine months after my initial riding lesson, I competed in my first horse show at Mariah Farms in Castle Rock, Colorado. By this time, I had acquired proper riding attire—boots, breeches and a riding coat. I did two intro dressage tests, although I was nowhere near as good as 11-year-old Sophia Spiegleman and her 30-yearold horse, Rosie. I competed in my second show at Mariah Farms in April…and again was put in my place by Sophia. I’ve done a total of four dressage tests in my two shows and have first-, second-, third- and fourth-place ribbons. On the same day

as my second show, I also announced the Gold Crest Classic at the Colorado Horse Park and completed a very rewarding riding-announcing double. If I can drop 50 pounds, maybe I can ride and announce a race at the same time! What racehorses can do after retiring is truly inspiring. In 2015, I announced the Thoroughbred Makeover presented by the Retired Racehorse Project at the Kentucky Horse Park. The event featured 190 former racehorses competing in 10 different disciplines, including jumping, eventing, barrel racing, polo and freestyle. But retired racehorses can also teach a beginner like myself how to ride and how to have an even greater appreciation for these amazing equine athletes. H


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lengths on June 17 at Lone Star and then took the $90,248 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity for colts/geldings. He has already banked $66,449!

H Texas-bred Country Candy was another of the top sellers at the Texas sale when the

filly by our stallion INTIMIDATOR went for $65,000 to Danny Keene. She broke her maiden by an easy 9 1/2 lengths for trainer J.R. Caldwell at Lone Star and then finished a good third in the $100,000 Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs.

H On June 15 at Indiana Grand, Texas-bred Pure Grey, who sold for $20,000,

broke her maiden first time out by 13 lengths while being eased up at the wire!

H Texas-bred More Than Gone, who did not meet her reserve, broke her maiden second time out at Lone Star.


Other recent winning graduates of our training program to win at first asking include: Clutch City (at Lone Star), Empire Striker (Lone Star), Unresolved (Lone Star), Christina’s Comet (Lone Star), Tricky One (Churchill Downs), Zartera (Churchill Downs) and Made Me Shiver (Churchill Downs).




Look for our consignment at the Texas Summer Yearling Sale on August 29 at Lone Star Park.

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Handling the Heat Tips to avoid the ill effects of shipping in the summer By Denise Steffanus Summer is here. That’s not exactly news if you’ve stepped outside lately, but while rising temperatures can cause discomfort and danger for humans, the impact can be even more significant on horses. Traveling in the heat can take the luster off a horse’s performance and in some cases lead to more serious physical problems. Dehydration, depletion of electrolytes, muscle fatigue and other chemical changes can occur in the horse’s body if you do not take precautions to help your horse arrive in good order. “I don’t know how many times I’ve seen horses come in, and because they’ve been overfed or not treated properly beforehand, they will be somewhat depressed, not feeling as well and having some digestive problems for two or three days,” said Dr. Joe B. Stricklin, a veterinarian in Greeley, Colorado. “So keeping your horses hydrated and as healthy as possible makes a huge difference.” Stricklin was an assistant professor of clinical science at Colorado State University before establishing a private practice. While at CSU, he regularly cared for equine athletes that shipped to competitions. Traveling at night gives some relief from the heat, so horsemen should plan their departure time to arrive at the destination before sunrise. For longer trips, layovers should be scheduled during the daytime heat. Short trips of less than 60 miles have little effect on a horse’s performance, but Ted Friend, Ph.D., professor emeritus of animal science at Texas A&M University who has studied the impact of transportation stress, recommends that trips requiring more than eight hours on the road be completed 48 hours before competition to allow the horse’s body to return to normal condition. Stricklin advised horsemen to plan ahead by putting horses on electrolytes a few days before a trip and making sure they are well hydrated before loading them on the trailer or van. “This will help decrease the rapidity with which dehydration might set in,” he said. Having a veterinarian administer mineral oil, water and electrolytes via nasogastric tube to a horse before embarking on a trip is also a good idea, and Stricklin assured that it would not dull the horse’s performance or cause digestive problems. © vladischern -


“In fact,” he said, “it may keep horses from having an upset problem. It will keep them feeling better and maybe keep them on their feed a little bit better. “Cut back on the grain and try to keep some hay in front of them while you go down the road. Try to keep liquids going through that intestinal tract,” he added. During the trip, it is important to check the horse’s vital signs. Normal body temperature in hot weather is around 101 degrees Fahrenheit. Heart rate is between 30 and 44 beats per minute and respiration is between 10 and 15 breaths per minute. To check for dehydration, pinch the skin on the horse’s neck. If it tents for more than one second, the horse may be starting to dehydrate. Stricklin suggested that horsemen plan to stop every four hours to offer horses water, check vital signs, observe their overall appearance and assess how well they are withstanding the trip. If the weather is extremely hot, stopping every two hours to offer water is essential. “You don’t necessarily have to get them off the trailer [at every stop], but if they’ve been traveling for eight hours, they need to get out and move around,” he advised. “If you have a finicky drinker, either carry some of your own water with you or start putting electrolytes in the water a couple of days before you leave and continue to do that so the water tastes the same no matter where you are.”

Summer Travel Tips

• Acclimate your horse to traveling and competing in the heat. • Accustom your horse to drinking water containing electrolytes. • Hydrate your horse well before the trip. • Tube your horse with mineral oil, water and electrolytes before loading. • Travel at night. • Assure good airflow through the trailer or van. • Complete long trips 48 hours before competing. • Offer your horse water every two hours while traveling. • Check your horse’s vital signs periodically. • Remove your horse from the trailer at least every eight hours. • Have your horse checked by a veterinarian before the return trip.

Cool Breeze During the trip, good airflow through the trailer is essential to aid the horse’s natural ability to cool itself by evaporating sweat. In horses, skin surface is the focal point of the cooling process. Blood is shunted through


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dilated veins and capillaries close to the skin surface in an effort to cool the blood coursing through them. Dilation of these blood vessels is most noticeable in thin-skinned horses whose veins just under the skin surface protrude in hot weather. Heat is lost to the air when wind blows across the skin surface. “Fans do help to a degree, but there is somewhat of a misconception that if you put fans inside the trailer for the horses, it’s going to keep it cooler, but it’s just circulating that really hot air,” Stricklin said. “So horses still get extremely warm in trailers.” Heat stress, a potentially fatal medical emergency, occurs when a horse becomes unable to cool itself because ambient temperature is too high to allow sweat to cool and evaporate. Evaporation becomes more difficult as humidity rises and can be curtailed further by lack of airflow. Increased heart rate and rapid breathing are indications a horse is overheating. If the horse is sweating very little or not at all and panting like a dog, you should take emergency steps to cool him down with an ice-cold bath. If you plan to travel through a sparsely populated area, it is a good idea to carry several coolers filled with ice and containers of water for this purpose. Jonathan Foreman, DVM, MS, who studied the effects of heat stress on horses at the University of Illinois, found bathing the horse’s entire body in ice-cold water decreases body temperature quickly. “If you put nearly freezing water in large volumes all over the horse, you can draw a lot of heat out of the muscles and the horse will still not tie up,” he said. He emphasized the need to use very cold water: “If your hand holding the sponge isn’t numb after applying two buckets of water, the water isn’t cold enough. One of the key things is to scrape the water off frequently so that it doesn’t just sit there like a hot, insulating blanket.”

Acclimate to Heat Michael Lindinger, Ph.D., a comparative animal physiologist and professor at the University of Guelph in Canada, found that after seven days of training in high temperatures and high humidity, horses seemed to adapt to dissipate body heat more effectively. They also showed an improved ability to regulate body fluid balance. The study showed the maximum effect of acclimation to occur at 14 days.

Lindinger’s team also analyzed the composition of horses’ sweat during the study and designed an oral electrolyte based on the data. The electrolyte replacer, called Perform ’n Win, is available commercially through Buckeye Nutrition of Dalton, Ohio. The researchers found that the solution worked best when administered one to two hours before exercising or traveling, which allowed it to empty from the stomach into the intestinal tract where it served as a reservoir of water and electrolytes to replace those being lost in sweat. “The only way to assure rapid fluid recovery is to maintain hydration status by administration of electrolytes with water,” Lindinger stated. “Water alone is not sufficient to replace fluid loss.” The primary ingredients of an electrolyte supplement should be sodium and potassium. If possible, taste the product. It should be salty rather than sweet.

Return Trip “You have to really evaluate what kind of condition your horse is in before you make the return trip,” Stricklin said. “They are more stressed, and they are not in nearly as good condition as when you left with them, so you have to be extremely careful. “It’s not unusual for me to either tube horses with some water and electrolytes and maybe mineral oil or give them intravenous fluids to get them superhydrated before the return trip.” He recommended that all horses be checked by a veterinarian before loading up for home. “It will avoid a lot of problems down the road, especially getting caught somewhere in the middle of nowhere when your horse starts to colic and you may have difficulty findH ing a veterinarian.”

Normal Horse Vital Signs • Temperature: 99-101.5°F • Heart rate: 30-44 beats/minute • Respiratory: 10-15 breaths/minute • Gum color: Pale pink to bubblegum pink • Capillary refill time: 1-2 seconds • Skin-pinch response: Less than 1 second AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JULY/AUGUST 2016 37

splendid SPRING

BADABING BADABOOM $103,750 Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes • Indiana Grand • 3yo gelding by Spring At Last • Owner: Penny Lauer Breeder: Michael and Penny Lauer (Indiana) • Trainer: Michael Lauer Jockey: Marcelino Pedroza

BOURBON COUNT Y $60,000 10,000 Lakes Stakes Canterbury Park • 6yo gelding by Dehere Owner: Rake Farms LLC • Breeder: Scott Rake (Minnesota) • Trainer: Bernell Rhone Jockey: Alex Canchari

BANKER BOB $42,860 Aspen Stakes • Arapahoe Park 6yo gelding by Mr. Gehrig • Owner/ Breeder: Mason King (Colorado) Trainer: Juan Ortega Jockey: Alfredo Triana Jr.

CARMALLEY CHROME $75,000 ITOBA Stallion Season Fillies Linda Swingley Memorial Stakes • Indiana Grand • 3yo filly by Cat Dreams • Owner: Tom Roche • Breeder: Carmalley Valley Farm LLC (Indiana) • Trainer: Michael Nance • Jockey: Rodney Prescott

BELLA PAELLA $55,000 RPDC Classic Distaff Stakes Will Rogers Downs • 4yo filly by Bellamy Road • Owner: Stonewall Dominion LLC Breeder: Center Hills Farm and Fred and Susan Davis (Oklahoma) • Trainer: Veronica Griggs • Jockey: Iram Diego

CATFISH CREEK $55,000 Will Rogers Handicap Will Rogers Downs • 3yo colt by Tiz Wonderful • Owner: Shawn Schabel Breeder: Clark Brewster (Oklahoma) Trainer: Scott Young Jockey: Belen Quinonez

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Indiana-bred Peyton’s Pass, sired by Grade 2-winning Indiana-bred and Indiana stallion Pass Rush, picked up her first stakes win in the Swifty Sired Fillies Stakes at Indiana Grand. She has three wins in her six career starts with earnings of $127,496.


Oklahoma-bred Steel Cut, a daughter of Cactus Ridge who could have been claimed for as little as $7,500 in 2014, went over the $300,000 mark in earnings with her first open company stakes win in the Spotted Horse Stakes at Evangeline Downs.

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Chaparella, a $10,000 graduate of the Heritage Place Thoroughbred mixed sale, made her stakes debut a winning one in the Cinema Handicap at Will Rogers Downs. The Oklahoma-bred filly by Service Stripe improved her record to 4-2-2-0 with earnings of $75,029.

After winning the Got Koko division of the Texas Stallion Stakes on the Lone Star Park main track, More Than Most moved to the turf and took the Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stakes against Texas-breds. Last year the Indygo Mountain filly won the open M2 Technology La Senorita on the Retama Park turf course.

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There are always a certain number of guaranteed stakes wins for state-bred horses competing at home against fellow foals from that state, but the true test of a state-bred program is how those horses run against open company. Over the last two months of spring, several horses bred in the states covered by American Racehorse broke through with powerful performances against open foes, and there were numerous impressive wins by state-bred horses in restricted company. Following is a recap of those stakes with purses of $40,000 or more. For recaps and photos of all stakes run in the Midwest, Southwest and Midsouth regions, go to

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More than two dozen state-bred horses capture stakes during the months of May and June

OOEY GOOEY $60,000 John Wayne Stakes • Prairie Meadows • 5yo gelding by Political Force Owner/Breeder: Paradise Stables LLC (Iowa) • Trainer: Kelly Von Hemel Jockey: Glenn Corbett

EASY DOER $75,000 ITOBA Stallion Season Jim Elliott Memorial Stakes • Indiana Grand 3yo gelding by Alluvial • Owner: R.C. and Clark Sturgeon • Breeder: R.C. Sturgeon (Indiana) • Trainer: R.C. Sturgeon Jockey: Rodney Prescott

RIBBON OF DARKNESS $45,000 Jack Bishop Stakes • Prairie Meadows • 6yo mare by Foreign Policy Owner: Danny Caldwell • Breeder: Bob and Paulette Pogue (Oklahoma) Trainer: Federico Villafranco • Jockey: Ramon Vazquez • Foreign Policy stands in Oklahoma at River Oaks Farms

PEY TON’S PASS $102,950 Swifty Sired Fillies Stakes Indiana Grand • 3yo filly by Pass Rush DUGABOY BROWN $40,272 CTBA Derby • Arapahoe Park Owner: Mast Thoroughbreds LLC 3yo gelding by Big Brown • Owner: Breeder: Crystal Chapple DVM (Indiana) Annette Bishop • Breeder: Menoken Farms Trainer: Robert Gorham • Jockey: (Colorado) • Trainer: Kenneth Gleason Fernando De La Cruz • Pass Rush stands Jockey: Michael Ziegler in Indiana at Swifty Farms

IT’S THE SWEDE $60,000 Mamie Eisenhower Stakes and $63,000 Bob Bryant Stakes • Prairie Meadows • 3yo filly by Yes It’s True Owner/Breeder: William Hobbs (Iowa) Trainer: Karl Broberg Jockey: Sasha Risenhoover MORE THAN MOST $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (Got Koko Division) and $50,000 Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stakes • Lone Star Park 3yo filly by Indygo Mountain • Owner: Douglas Scharbauer • Breeder: Clarence Scharbauer Jr. (Texas) • Trainer: Bret Calhoun • Jockey: C.J. McMahon MYWOMANFROMTOKYO $65,000 Hawkeyes Handicap • Prairie Meadows • 3yo filly by Neko Bay • Owner: Crimson King Farm and Christine Rhiner Breeder: Crimson King Farm and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Pope (Iowa) • Trainer: Kelly Von Hemel • Jockey: Glenn Corbett ONE FINE DREAM $63,000 Gray’s Lake Stakes and $65,000 Cyclones Handicap • Prairie Meadows 3yo gelding by Woke Up Dreamin Owner: Umbrella Stables II LLC Breeder: Gary Lucas and Linda Woods (Iowa) • Trainer: Kelly Von Hemel Jockey: Ramon Vazquez/Shane Laviolette Woke Up Dreamin stands in Iowa at Madison County Thoroughbreds

SASSY MISS OFFICER $103,050 Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes • Indiana Grand • 3yo filly by Brother Derek • Owner/Breeder: Cristel Racing Stable Inc. (Indiana) • Trainer: Mark Cristel • Jockey: Leandro Goncalves SKY AND SEA $60,000 Lady Slipper Stakes • Canterbury Park • 5yo mare by Latent Heat • Owner/ Breeder: Rake Farms LLC (Minnesota) Trainer: Bernell Rhone • Jockey: Alex Canchari • Latent Heat stands in Oklahoma at River Oaks Farms

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IBAKA $55,000 Cherokee Nation Classic Cup Stakes • Will Rogers Downs • 5yo gelding by Uncle Abbie • Owner/Breeder: Doug Wall (Oklahoma) • Trainer: Bret Calhoun Jockey: C.J. McMahon • Uncle Abbie stands in Texas at Key Ranch

RIVER JEWEL $41,000 L’Etoile du Nord Stakes Canterbury Park • 3yo filly by Indy Express Owner: Robert Wayne Garrett • Breeder: Scattered Acres LLC (Oklahoma) • Trainer: Francisco Bravo • Jockey: Dean Butler

In a span of less than a month, Iowa-bred It’s the Swede scored three victories at Prairie Meadows, including the Mamie Eisenhower and Bob Bryant (pictured) stakes. The Yes It’s True filly banked $95,400 in those three wins this year , and her career bankroll now stands at $128,586.

STEEL CUT $75,000 Spotted Horse Stakes Evangeline Downs • 5yo mare by Cactus Ridge • Owner/Trainer: Wesley Hawley Breeder: Dream Walkin’ Farms Inc. (Oklahoma) • Jockey: Donnie Meche Cactus Ridge stands in Oklahoma at Royal Vista Ranches

Minnesota-bred Sky and Sea, a mare by leading Oklahoma sire Latent Heat, notched her sixth career victory at Canterbury Park in the Lady Slipper Stakes. She has hit the board in 11 of 16 trips to the post with earnings of $224,220.

STRONG COMPOSITION $103,700 Sagamore Sired Stakes Indiana Grand • 3yo colt by Mancini Owner: Monarch Stables Inc. • Breeder: John O’Meara (Indiana) • Trainer: Anthony Granitz • Jockey: Albin Jimenez SUPER ONE $40,950 Ingrid Knotts Stakes • Arapahoe Park • 4yo filly by No Storms • Owner: Mason King • Breeder: Monk Hall (Colorado) • Trainer: Juan Ortega Jockey: Alfredo Triana Jr. • No Storms stands in Colorado at White Harvest Farms TEXAS CHROME $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (Stymie Division) • Lone Star Park • 3yo colt by Grasshopper • Owner: Keene Thoroughbreds LLC • Breeder: Craig Upham (Texas) • Trainer: J.R. Caldwell Jockey: Iram Diego • Grasshopper stands in Texas at Lane’s End Texas

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HE’S SO ZAZZY $41,400 Paul Bunyan Stakes Canterbury Park • 3yo gelding by Oratory Owner/Breeder: Pamela Wright (Texas) Trainer: Francisco Bravo • Jockey: Geovanni Franco • The late stallion Oratory stood in Oklahoma at River Oaks Farms

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CHAPARELLA $55,000 Cinema Handicap • Will Rogers Downs • 3yo filly by Service Stripe Owner: Twisted Chaps Racing Stables LLC Breeder: Rusty Roberts (Oklahoma) Trainer: Roger Engel • Jockey: Bryan McNeil • Service Stripe stands in Oklahoma at Caines Stallion Station

After consecutive strong efforts against allowance foes, Easy Doer stepped up to stakes company and drew clear to a dominating win in the ITOBA Stallion Season Jim Elliott Memorial Stakes. The Indiana-bred son of Alluvial has made all eight of his career starts at Indiana Grand with earnings of $88,224. AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JULY/AUGUST 2016 39

Tax Talk:

Creative Advertising Methods By John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

What is advertising? That seems like a simple question with a simple answer. Advertising could be a print ad found in this magazine, one of those annoying website pop-ups or flyers sent through the mail. But what about playing polo or buying a couple of dogs…can that be advertising? In some cases, yes. It pays to be creative with advertising, both with the results it can achieve and any possible tax deductions. The key, of course, is making sure that the IRS agrees that any advertising expenses you deduct for your business are indeed related to advertising. Robert Sieber of Cincinnati, Ohio, was a self-employed custom builder of homes and barns. Sieber enjoyed playing polo and was captain of his polo club. His sons and daughter participated in the team, and his wife fixed lunches for the team and guests. The team won various championships and garnered local newspaper coverage. He decided that playing polo was a way of promoting his services as a contractor because it enabled him to meet wealthy people who might require his services as a custom builder. The IRS denied his deductions and he took his case to U.S. Tax Court, which sided with the IRS. To withstand scrutiny in taking advertising deductions in such a situation, it is necessary to show that the expenditures were undertaken primarily for a business purpose, rather than a personal or social one, and that the relationship between the expenditures and the business was proximate, instead of remote or incidental. This becomes more difficult when the expenses are of a character that are normally personal. The court held that Sieber played polo primarily because it gave him personal satisfaction and helped him maintain a close relationship with his family. Sieber himself stated in a newspaper interview that polo was a hobby that was good for his family. “Expenditures for such personal pursuits are not deductible,” the court ruled. Perhaps the main difficulty in this case was that he 40 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JULY/AUGUST 2016

did nothing to make people attending the games aware of his services as a custom home builder. He did not even advertise his business in the polo club program. In order for expenditures for activities usually considered recreational to constitute legitimate advertising expenses, you should make an extensive effort to link the recreational activity with your business in the minds of potential customers through trademarks, signs, displays or various promotional schemes. The court said that “at most,” Sieber developed some friendships and got some business that he would not otherwise have obtained. But the court also said, “Without a showing of a more direct connection between a recreational activity and a taxpayer’s business, expenditures for personal pursuits are not deductible business expenses merely because they afford contacts which lead to some business income. An incidental or remote benefit to petitioner’s proprietorship does not provide the nexus essential to a determination that an expenditure is a deductible business expense.” The court also noted that his polo expenses were high in comparison to the income of his business, saying, “It is doubtful, from a business standpoint, such expenditures would be justified.” (Sieber v. Commissioner, 38 TCM 48, T.C. Memo. 197915) Another case involved Michael Shapiro, an accountant and former IRS agent in Los Angeles, California, who sought to take advertising deductions in connection with a Quarter Horse he owned and showed at various horse shows. He claimed the expenses of boarding, riding and showing his horse on the argument that the activity enabled him to meet “horse people” who might become future clients. He entered various amateur divisions and he spoke with many people he met at the events, informing them that he was a tax adviser. He testified in Tax Court that he gained several clients from his involvement with horses. However, the court noted that he did not display any kind of advertisement that would associate him and his horse with

his accounting practice. The court held that his expenses were not ordinary and necessary to the conduct of his business as a tax adviser. The court recognized that clients often come from social contacts and that the activities might well help broaden the taxpayer’s contacts but stated that “were we to recognize that expenditures for normally personal pursuits become deductible business expenses simply because they afford contacts with possible future clients without showing a more direct relationship to the production of business income, it is evident that most all club dues and similar expenditures, for example, as well as the expense of appearing at the right place at the right time with the right people, could be claimed as ordinary and necessary business expense.” The court said that Shapiro’s use of the horse may have had a positive effect on his business but that there was not a sufficient showing of a causal nexus between the activity and the garnering of new clients. (Shapiro v. Commissioner, 67 TCM 2389, T.C. Memo. 1994-105) Thus, the general rule is that, in order for social and sporting activities to be justified as advertising expenses, there must be direct benefits to one’s business rather than a remote or incidental connection. It is crucial to document the proximate relationship between the advertising method and the busi-

ness obtained; in other words, you must demonstrate that the advertising method resulted in new business. A well-known case that upheld the use of sporting advertising expenses is Rodgers Dairy Co. v. Commissioner, 14 T.C. 66 (1950). The taxpayer owned a chain of restaurants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company purchased two Russian wolfhounds and kept them in a kennel at the rear of the general offices and claimed the costs as advertising deductions. The company also bought several show horses “for advertising purposes.” The horses were exhibited in horse shows primarily in places remote from Pittsburgh rather than before local audiences who were familiar with the company’s restaurant chain. The company’s logo and blue and white color scheme were used in decorating its stables at horse shows, and the corporate sponsorship of the horses was prominently indicated in programs that were distributed at shows. Ribbons won by the horses were displayed at the corporate offices. The company’s principal shareholders almost never rode the horses, which were shown by professional trainers. Some of the horses were sold at substantial profits, and stud fees were collected as well. The IRS argued that the purchase of the dogs and horses was primarily for the personal pleasure of the company’s principal shareholder. The Tax Court held that the dogs and horses were acquired for advertising purposes and that the costs involved were not large in relation to the company’s business income, so the deductions were allowed. As with all complex tax matters, it is wise to consult with a professional in advance to develop a plan, with the necessary documentation, for any creative advertising that you plan to use as a deduction. H John Alan Cohan is a lawyer who has served the horse, livestock and farming industries since 1981. He serves clients in all 50 states and can be reached at (310) 278-0203 or by email at johnalancohan@ His website is

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STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS ARKANSAS THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS’ AND HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION NEWS After another blockbuster meet at Oaklawn Park, our breeders are tending to their new Arkansas-bred foals and our owners and trainers are running at tracks around the country. The ATBHA would like to congratulate Steve Asmussen, the leading trainer at Oaklawn, on his victory in the Belmont Stakes (G1) with Arkansas Derby (G1) winner Creator. Congratulations also go to owners WinStar Farm and Bobby Flay and to jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. The Oaklawn stakes schedule should be released in the coming months, and we look forward to the 2017 meet in Hot Springs starting on January 13. In the meantime, we are working on adding current news, lists and information to the ATBHA website at

COLORADO THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION NEWS 2015 Colorado Champions Honored The CTBA held its annual awards banquet on July 2 and would like to congratulate all of our 2015 award winners: 2-Year-Old Filly: C J’s Star • 2015 Earnings: $32,161 Breeder/Owner: Robert Schreiber • Trainer: Kenneth Gleason 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding and Horse of the Year: R Dub 2015 Earnings: $63,147 • Breeder: Willard Burbach Owner: Nye Brookover • Trainer: Kenneth Gleason 3-Year-Old Filly: Glow Girl • 2015 Earnings: $37,351 • Breeder/ Owner: Tom and Linda Thurman • Trainer: Stacey Rushton 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding: Ebo • 2015 Earnings: $40,449 Breeder: Willard Burbach • Owner: P & S Racing Stables (Jammie Phillips and Dennis Stanley) • Trainer: Tyrone Gleason Older Racing Filly/Mare: A J Marie • 2015 Earnings: $48,147 Breeder/Owner: Robert Schreiber • Trainer: Tyrone Gleason Older Racing Colt/Gelding: Get Happy Mister • 2015 Earnings: $60,000 • Breeder: Willard Burbach • Owner: Annette Bishop Trainer: Mark Tsagalakis Champion Broodmare: Too Tired Tonight (Dam of A J Marie, C C Express, C J’s Star and Storming A J) • 2015 Progeny Earnings: $91,445 • Owner: Robert Schreiber Champion Stallion: Grand Minstrel • 2015 Progeny Earnings: $259,831 • Owned by G M Partnership Group (Menoken Farms/ Linda Wood, Willard Burbach, F.A. “Hecky” Heckendorf, Mark and Lynne McGregor, Robert Schreiber) Owner of the Year: Annette Bishop • 2015 Earnings: $147,189 Breeder of the Year: Willard Burbach • 2015 Earnings: $323,939 Mint Julep Cup sponsored by The Blood-Horse: Willard Burbach 44 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JULY/AUGUST 2016

Silver Cup Yearling Sale Set for August 6 The annual Silver Cup Yearling Sale will be held Saturday, August 6, at 6 p.m. at Arapahoe Park, featuring a strong selection of yearlings entered by some of the top stallions in Colorado and around the region. Graduates will be eligible for next year’s Silver Cup Futurity, while fillies are also eligible for a $20,000 bonus if they place first, second or third in the Arapahoe Debutante. Recent sale graduates include Get Happy Mister, a Grade 3-winner of $384,928 who now ranks as the highest earning Colorado-bred of all time, and Kentucky-bred Tenango, a graded stakes-placed earner of nearly $450,000. For more information and to access the catalog, go to or call (303) 294-0260.

INDIANA THOROUGHBRED OWNERS AND BREEDERS ASSOCIATION NEWS ITOBA Fall Mixed Sale Set for October 30 The ITOBA Fall Mixed Sale has been scheduled for Sunday, October 30, at 2 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Entry deadline for the sale is September 23. In a relatively short period of time, Indiana sales have proven to be a producer of quality runners. The latest two examples are Dream Mon and El Coco Loco. On June 21 at Indiana Grand, Dream Mon broke his maiden by eight lengths for trainer and owner Julee Rodriguez, who purchased the Cat Dreams gelding for just $1,500 only nine days earlier at the ITOBA Spring Sale (see recap below). That $1,500 investment paid off to the tune of $6,600 for Rodriguez for that single win. The new winner was bred by Carmalley Valley Farm LLC and consigned at the sale by Elliott Ventures. Just three days before Dream Mon’s win at Indiana Grand, Rodriguez scored with another Indiana sale grad as El Coco Loco, a $2,200 purchase at the 2014 fall mixed sale, won a $36,000 allowance race. All told, the Indiana-bred gelding by Star Cat has banked $84,991 with a record of 13-2-3-3. He was bred by Richard and Connie Snyder and originally sold to Carolyn Murphy from the consignment of Cove Springs. As the Indiana breeding and racing program continues to grow and improve, we expect the Indiana sales to do the same and this is starting to show with sale graduates on the track. Even if you do not plan to buy a horse, we encourage you to come out to the sale to network with other horsemen and enjoy an afternoon at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. For more information on the sale, including a catalog to be posted in the coming months, go to

Filly by Parading Tops ITOBA Spring Sale The ITOBA Spring Sale was held June 12 at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino with 18 2-year-olds and horses of racing age consigned. The sale topper was an unraced 3-year-old filly by Parading named Contain, who was bought for $10,000 by M&M Venture

from Elliott Ventures, agent. The top-selling 2-year-old was also consigned by Elliot Ventures, agent, and Southwest Racing Stable and Bruce Murphy paid $9,000 for Lizzy’s Lure, a filly from the first crop of Indiana stallion Sangaree. The fastest time from the breeze show was a quick three-furlong dash by Sung in :34 flat. Also consigned by Elliott Ventures, the Sangaree colt did not meet his reserve. All told, 10 horses sold for $53,100, with an average of $5,310. Complete sale results, including videos of the breeze show, are available at ITOBA would like to Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, especially Jon Shuster and Kevin Greely, for their involvement in the sale.

Indiana-bred Mister Pollard Goes Over $500,000 Earnings Mark Mister Pollard joined an exclusive club of Indiana-breds on May 21 at Indiana Grand as the 5-year-old captured a $47,000 allowance race to eclipse the $500,000 mark in career earnings. Ridden by Jon Court, the son of Pollard’s Vision clocked six furlongs in 1:08.76, the fastest time to date for that distance at the meet. The Indiana-bred runs for Penny Lauer, Jim and Scott Farrar and Mike Johnson’s Falcon Racing Stable. Mike Lauer is the trainer and co-breeder with his wife, Penny. “When they hung up :21 and change, I felt a little better,” said Mike Lauer on his chances for a win with Mister Pollard. “I didn’t know if he could win but I thought he’d be right there. He is just a neat little horse. He’s a stud, but he is quiet. He stays here most of the time but we do turn him out occasionally so he can relax and graze a little.” Mister Pollard, a five-time stakes winner, now has more than $524,000 in career earnings with all but a little more than $50,000 recorded in races at Indiana Grand. “I’ve had horses with Jim and Scott Farrar, who are from Texas, for about 15 years, but this is the first horse I’ve had with Falcon Racing Stable,” Lauer said. “They have owned pieces of other horses with other trainers and they came out to our farm and had their pick of five or six and they picked him. They are a great bunch of guys from the Louisville area and this horse has been the thrill of their life. They bought him as a 2-year-old so they have been with him the whole time.” Mister Pollard’s sire, Pollard’s Vision, stands at Mighty Acres in Oklahoma. Lauer, who is Indiana Grand’s all-time leading trainer for stakes wins, is known for his success with younger horses. The Lauers have several broodmares at their farm, including Sweet Summer, the dam of Mister Pollard. “His mother is due to foal any day now,” Lauer said. “She’s in foal to Even the Score. She will foal in Indiana so the foal will be Indiana-bred.”

IOWA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS AND OWNERS ASSOCIATION NEWS Big Purse Boost for Iowa-Breds Iowa-breds racing at Prairie Meadows will receive a big purse boost for the remainder of the racing season. The ITBOA announced that, effective June 23, the purse supplement for Iowa-breds has been raised from 25 percent to 40 percent in restricted races and from 35 percent to 45 percent in open races. An Iowa-bred maiden special weight race will now offer a purse of $41,640. First-level allowance races for state-breds will be worth $42,334. Additionally, Prairie Meadows will schedule two new two-turn overnight stakes races for 3-year-old state-breds with purses of $45,000 each, $35,000 of which will be provided by the Iowa Breeders Fund. These are intended to serve as prep races for the Iowa Breeders’ Oaks and Iowa Breeders’ Derby to be run on Iowa Classic Day, August 13. Purses for the Iowa Classic Day races have also been raised through increases in the share contributed by the breeders fund. The Iowa Sorority and Iowa Cradle for 2-year-olds will increase from $75,000 to $90,000; the Breeders’ Oaks and Breeders’ Derby from $85,000 to $100,000; the Donna Reed and Terry Branstead Stakes for older females and males, respectively, from $90,000 to $100,000; and the Dan Johnson Memorial Sprint from $75,000 to $85,000. The stakes purses are guaranteed amounts.

MICHIGAN THOROUGHBRED OWNERS AND BREEDERS ASSOCIATION NEWS Bills Passed to Boost Michigan Racing The big news in Michigan is that Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law SB 504 and SB 505, which have now become Public Acts 271 and 272. These two new laws are effective immediately, although there may be a short while before the positive effects on the racing industry are fully realized. The passing of these bills is the result of hard work and cooperation between horsemen and the racetracks to improve the industry here. These new laws amend and update the state’s Horse Racing Law of 1995, with the most important change being purse funds generated at a specific track will now generally stay at that track, rather than possibly being transferred to another track or another breed. So funds generated at Hazel Park would remain there to be used for Thoroughbred racing, while funds generated at Northville Downs would remain there for Standardbred racing. Those are currently the only two tracks in the state, down from a high of nine tracks at one time. The bills also called for a horse racing advisory committee to be formed and composed of horsemen, track representatives, a veterinarian and the director of the Department of Agriculture. Additionally, the bills specified penalties for illegally betting on Michigan races through an ADW service. Originally, the bills included language to implement ADW in AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JULY/AUGUST 2016 45

STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS Michigan, however, that wording was removed and instead the industry will continue to work with the Michigan Gaming Control Board on that issue. In other Michigan news, racing is underway at Hazel Park for the third consecutive year, and the list of Michigan-bred winners is growing. In addition to numerous winners at Hazel Park, we’ve had Michigan-bred winners recently at Delaware Park, Mountaineer, Thistledown, Belterra Park and Los Alamitos. You can find a complete list, along with the Hazel Park stakes schedule, on our website at The MTOBA Fall Mixed Sale will run online September 19-25. This will include weanlings, yearlings, broodmares and unraced 2-year-olds. Catalogs will be sent to tracks in nearby states, including Presque Isle Downs, Thistledown, Belterra Park and Indiana Grand. To request a catalog, call the MTOBA office at (231) 4574979. The catalog will also be online at

Featuring up to 65 Minnesota-bred yearlings, the sale will return to Canterbury this year. Yearlings will arrive on August 21 and will be available for inspection during an evening preview from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. following the afternoon’s Minnesota Festival of Champions card. The sale will be held in Canterbury’s new Expo Center beginning at 5:00 p.m. on August 22. The MTA is pleased to announce special incentives to consign and buy at the yearling sale. In cooperation with Canterbury Park, there is a special racing opportunity for sale graduates, as the MTA Sales Graduate Stakes will offer eligible 2-year-olds of 2017 the opportunity to run in this new race. Yearlings that are consigned to and sell at the 2016 auction are eligible for nomination to the MTA Sales Graduate Stakes, and consignors selling a horse can, in turn, nominate an additional Minnesota-bred to the race. In addition, the breeder of each Minnesota-bred yearling consigned to and sold at the MTA Yearling Sale will receive a Yearling Sale Graduate Breeders Bonus when the MTA sale grad breaks its MINNESOTA THOROUGHBRED ASSOCIATION NEWS maiden in a maiden special weight or allowance race at Canterbury. The breeder of a Minnesota-conceived and -foaled MTA sale Big Summer on Tap in Minnesota grad will receive a $2,000 bonus, while the breeder of a MinnesoThis summer, the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association is conta-bred MTA sale grad will receive a $1,000 bonus. The bonus will tinuing with a busy schedule of events to provide members and be paid to the breeder within 30 days of the winning race. guests with opportunities to learn about and celebrate the racing And a new, just added, incentive — the stallion owner of the industry, support our jockeys and add a Minnesota-bred or two to Minnesota-conceived and -foaled MTA sale grad that wins such a their stables. race will receive a $1,000 bonus, as well! We held our first ownership seminar of the season on May 7 and There is so much happening at Canterbury Park this summer — honored our 2015 champions at our awards banquet on May 19. you won’t want to miss a minute. Details about all of our events Then on June 26, we joined in to support Canterbury Park’s Leg can be found on the MTA’s website at Up Fund Day to raise money to help injured jockeys. Plenty of fun activities, including a raffle, silent auction, poker tournament, kids’ NORTH CAROLINA THOROUGHBRED ASSOCIATION NEWS events and jockey photo ops, were held to raise awareness and money to support our jockeys should the need arise. President’s Message The Leg Up Fund provides emergency transitional financial We have not yet had a board meeting as of this writing but assistance to jockeys who have sustained on-track injuries in the performance of their profession at Canterbury Park. Many jockeys were planning one in July after Independence Day. We need a speaker for the awards dinner to be held in February 2017; if any face financial hardship during their rehabilitation from injuries of you have a thought on this, please let me know. The event sustained on the track. The needs of our injured jockeys can be substantial, and the day-to-day living and family support expenses will be open to all members, and I hope some of you will attend. Check your emails for the time and date. pose financial challenges to these individuals who courageously Judging from the postings that Eileen sends out to let us know test their physical limits every day. On July 31, the MTA and the Minnesota Quarter Horse Racing how our runners are doing, you can tell that for a very small association we have a lot of activity at the track. I thank all of you for Association will fire up the grills and roll out the fixings to feed Canterbury’s backside workers in a favorite annual event. The peo- sharing your horses with us, and congratulations to all of you with ple who work on the backside are critical to the health and safety runners. I hope all are having a wonderful summer, and thanks to all of of our racehorses, and we look forward to this opportunity to show you who send me information and pictures to share. our appreciation for their long hours, diligence and tender care. Joanne Dew, NCTA President In 2015, nearly 500 people enjoyed grilled pork loin, a variety of salads, baked beans and plenty of dessert. David Miller of Star of the North Bloodstock will share his Racing News knowledge and expertise in a conformation and pedigree clinic on August 6. David will be helping attendees learn more about the Following is a recap of stakes performances and wins by horses importance of a horse’s conformation and pedigree when select- connected to NCTA members in May and June. For a list of horses ing the next horse for their racing stable. This is an ideal opportu- running second and third, please visit the NCTA Facebook page. nity for interested individuals to learn or refresh these important It’s quite a list of runners, including those at Belmont Park, Pimlico skills before the MTA Yearling Sale to be held August 21-22. Race Course, Indiana Grand and Delaware Park.


Daring Kathy ran a gallant second in the $75,000 Bonita Stakes at Gulfstream Park. She was bred and is owned by Steve Laymon and his partner John Eaton. This duo has teamed up to breed some really great runners, and we are glad to see Daring Kathy doing so well. World Peace ran third in the $60,000 Crank It Up Stakes at Monmouth Park. She is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, which includes our member Fred Griffith. Fitzfarris, bred by Nancy Shuford, won by nearly nine lengths in a claiming race at Pimlico. Breeder and owner Clint Lowry picked up another win with Allegheny Jack at Charles Town. Duke of Luke, bred by Faye W. Little and Brooke Little, scored a victory at Canterbury Park. Only I Know and Voynich recently won at Hazel Park for Flying G Partnership, which includes our new member Ralph Moore. Our breeder of the year, Jim Chandley, was represented by Missdixieactivist in the Penn National Race Course winner’s circle. Reliably Royal was a winner at Woodbine in Canada; she was bred by Bill Thompson and is owned by Bill with Laurie Silvera. Congrats again to all of our runners.

THOROUGHBRED RACING ASSOCIATION OF OKLAHOMA NEWS Will Rogers Downs Meet Concludes with Perfect Safety Record, Welder Named Horse of the Meet Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs, which has been in operation for 10 consecutive years, reported another successful Thoroughbred meet this spring. The meet ended with a perfect safety record, as there was not a single equine fatality among the more than 2,000 starters at the meet. The 30-day meet ran from March 14 through May 21. Each race day offered more than $100,000 in purses, running eight to 12 races per day. More than $19 million was handled for the meet, and the daily average for Saturdays increased by 25 percent over the previous year, including gains on the Kentucky Derby and Preakness days, with the Preakness up an impressive 31 percent compared to 2015. John Lies, former track announcer at Lone Star Park, came on board as racing secretary and announcer at Will Rogers Downs just prior to the meet and said he is excited about the outcome. “My first season as racing secretary was a memorable one,” he said. “We are proud to end the 2016 season with such momentum. We learned a few things that make us very hopeful our 2017 season will be an even stronger one. We also hope word of our perfect safety record spreads like wildfire and encourages other horsemen to consider participating in next year’s meet.” Will Rogers Downs offered more than $3.5 million in total purses for the year, including a 10 percent purse increase for all overnight races. Bryan McNeil was the leading rider this year with 38 victories, three better than his nearest competitor, Curtis Kimes. Leading trainer was Scott Young, beating out Roger Engel by a 30 to 29 tally.

Leading owner was T and M Precision Services LLC with 13 victories. Oklahoma-bred Welder, who was a perfect two-for-two at Will Rogers, earned Horse of the Meet honors. The 3-year-old gray gelding is owned by Ra-Max Farm LLC of Claremore and is trained by Theresa Sue Luneack, also of Claremore. Welder earned $47,390 for the meet, with a victory in the TRAO Classic Sprint against older horses clinching him the Horse of the Meet title. Welder is by Oklahoma stallion The Visualiser, who stands at Mighty Acres.

Expanded Oklahoma Derby Day Headlines Remington Park Stakes Schedule The Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby headlines the 2016 Remington Park stakes schedule, as it usually does, and the entire race card has been elevated in status for a second consecutive year. Set for Sunday, September 25, the program now boasts 10 stakes, up from seven last year, with stakes purses increasing by $275,000 to a total of $1,325,000. “We’re looking forward to hosting the 28th running of the Oklahoma Derby and are making the afternoon bigger than it has ever been for quality racing in this state,” said Matt Vance, vice president of operations at Remington Park. “Thanks to the increased pool sizes experienced the past several years on our big days, wagering opportunities will be enhanced as well. We will feature a $50,000 guaranteed pool for the all-stakes Primetime Pick 4 on derby day. “The Oklahoma Derby has annually attracted owners and trainers from across the nation, seeking a quality, and graded, derby spot just prior to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships,” Vance noted. “The locally based trainers have always been well represented in the race with Donnie Von Hemel winning three times and Oklahoma-bred Shotgun Kowboy winning in 2015 under the guidance of breeder/owner/trainer C.R. Trout.” Remington Park’s entire 2016 stakes schedule features 31 events worth nearly $3.5 million. Other big days include the rich Oklahoma Classics Night on Friday, October 21, and the Springboard Mile Day on Sunday, December 11. The $1 million Oklahoma Classics Night will feature eight divisional stakes for Oklahoma-breds led by the $175,000 Classics Cup for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles. The $300,000 Springboard Mile, Remington Park’s top 2-yearold stakes, has received a purse increase of $50,000 and will headline the concluding day program that includes a total of five stakes. The 2016 season begins Friday, August 12, and ends Sunday, December 11. The normal racing week after opening weekend will be Wednesday through Saturday with a regular post time of 7 p.m. Special 3 p.m. post times will be held on Labor Day, September 5; Oklahoma Derby Day, September 25; and Black Friday, November 25. Post time for the final day of the season will be 1:30 p.m. For the complete stakes schedule, go to


STATE ASSOCIATION NEWS Carter Sales Co.’s OKC Summer Sale Moved to August 21

The Frommer consignment sold 12 horses for $1,194,000, including a daughter of Exchange Rate for $140,000. Carter Sales Co. has moved the date for its OKC Summer Sale Elser had a very good sale with three selling for six-digit numto August 21. The sale, which will be held at the Oklahoma City bers. He sold a daughter of Stay Thirsty for $210,000, and a colt Fairgrounds, was originally scheduled for August 14. and a filly, both by Into Mischief, for $150,000 apiece. For more information and an online catalog, go to Carter sold five 2-year-olds by his stallion Wicked Rich. This is the son of Yes It’s True’s first crop. All are registered for the lucraTRAO Clinic Update tive New Jersey-bred state program. James Layden and Marcus and Crystal Ryan (Mason Springs) The TRAO clinic will reopen Monday, July 18. Clinic hours will also found success selling at Timonium. be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday during the Thoroughbred The SCTOBA organization is very proud of the success of the meet at Remington Park. trainers who prepare 2-year-olds for the sales each year. We congratulate the owners who have faith in their consignors who Horsewoman Ann Ethridge-Pratt Dies represent the state. The Oklahoma horse racing industry lost a longtime horsewoman when Ann Ethridge-Pratt passed away on June 14 at her home TEXAS THOROUGHBRED ASSOCIATION NEWS in Lindsay, Oklahoma. Ann was born in Oklahoma City on November 10, 1935, to George Wesley and Isa Montana McDoulett. She William Farish Receives Top Honor from TTA married David Ethridge on November 12, 1955, and lived on the The Texas Thoroughbred Association held its annual awards family ranch, raising three children: Sheryl, Michael and Tammie. banquet on June 18 at Lone Star Park with Ivan Fallunovalot After David passed away in 1996, Ann married Bob G. Pratt in receiving the Texas Horse of the Year award to top the previously January 2000. announced equine winners printed in the March/April issue of Ann lived life on her own terms and was always ready to travel this magazine. The TTA’s human awards were not announced in on an adventure. Her favorite saying was “laissez les bons temps advance, and the top honor, the T.I. “Pops” Harkins Award for rouler” (let the good times roll). She enjoyed breeding and racing lifetime achievement, went to William S. Farish III. Thoroughbreds, western swing dancing and traveling. Ann loved To the general public, Farish is known as a successful businesschildren and enjoyed being Mrs. Claus with Bob as Santa during man, philanthropist and the former U.S. Ambassador to the United the month of December for various civic functions. She was an acKingdom, and on the national racing scene he is a two-time tive member of the Elks Lodge and St. Michaels Episcopal Church. Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Breeder and the 2009 reAnn is survived by her children, Sheryl Kochert and husband cipient of the Eclipse Award of Merit for lifetime achievement. His Mike of Lindsay; Michael Ethridge and fiancée Donna of MidLane’s End Farm in Kentucky is one of the leading stallion farms in land, Texas; and Tammie Callicott and husband Terry of Possum the country. Kingdom Lake, Texas, as well as her cherished grandchildren, In his home state of Texas, Farish has been a vital part of great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. the industry, serving on the TTA Board of Directors and as TTA Ann will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. A president in the 1980s before pari-mutuel wagering was legalized celebration of her life was held at St. Michaels Episcopal Church once again in the Lone Star State. His Lane’s End Texas, located in in Lindsay. Hempstead and formerly known as Huisache Farm, stood all-time leading Texas stallion Valid Expectations and current leading Texas SOUTH CAROLINA THOROUGHBRED OWNERS AND stallion Too Much Bling. Farish has been a perennial top breeder TRAINERS ASSOCIATION NEWS and owner in Texas, and he has been a major donor to the Texas South Carolina Well Represented at Midlantic Thoroughbred Educational Fund, which provides grants to TTA members and their children to help them reach their educational 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale goals. Several scholarship recipients were on hand to present the South Carolina was well represented at the Fasig-Tipton Midtrophy for that night’s Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stakes for lantic 2-year-olds in training sale in Timonium, Maryland, on May Texas-breds. 23-24. SCTOBA board members Kip Elser (Kirkwood Stables) and Dallas and Donna Keen’s Remember Me Rescue was honored as Cary Frommer, along with Wes Carter, Marcus and Crystal Ryan the Thoroughbred Charities of America Award of Merit winner for (Mason Springs) and James Layden, presented consignments that Texas. Remember Me Rescue helps find new careers and homes sold 36 horses for $2,261,000. for retired racehorses. The Allen Bogan Memorial Award went to Frommer consigned the first day’s sale topper, a colt by Denis Blake for his efforts to promote the TTA and Texas racing Medaglia d’Oro who sold for $600,000. She commented, “The and breeding through American Racehorse magazine. The Bloodowner did the right thing. [The colt] is a mid-May foal and had Horse leading breeder award went to Eileen Hartis, the breeder of some issues that needed maturing, and [the owner] waited for Ivan Fallunovalot. this sale rather than pressuring me to go to an earlier sale. He A son of Valid Expectations, Ivan Fallunovalot won four of seven is a lovely horse, and we will be reading about him.” 48 AMERICAN RACEHORSE • JULY/AUGUST 2016

starts in 2015 with earnings of $312,200. Trained by Tom Howard and owned by Lewis Mathews Jr., the gelding won the King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn Park and the David M. Vance Sprint and Remington Park Sprint Cup in Oklahoma. He ended his season as the only Texas-bred to compete in the Breeders’ Cup, finishing ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). At the TTA’s board meeting earlier in the day, Phil Leckinger of Tioga, Texas, was elected president of the association. Leckinger brings 30 years of business experience and 20 years in the horse racing industry to the position.

TTA Yearling Sale Surpasses 100 Entries, Changes Announced to Texas Thoroughbred Futurity The Texas Thoroughbred Association announced that entries for its Texas Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale have surpassed 100 and are expected to top out at around 115. The sale, which is held in partnership with Lone Star Park, is set for August 29 at the Texas Thoroughbred Sales Pavilion on the grounds of the Dallas-area track. This will mark the return of a summer yearling auction to the state after a one-year hiatus of the auction formerly run by Fasig-Tipton. The TTA also announced changes to the eligibility requirements for the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity. “We are very pleased to already have more than 100 entries for this sale,” said Tim Boyce, who previously ran the auction for Fasig-Tipton Texas and has continued to manage the sale for the TTA. “We have a strong catalog with two yearlings by Uncle Mo and a strong representation of stallions from around the Southwest.” The list of entries includes yearlings by top Texas stallions Congaree, Too Much Bling, Grasshopper, Intimidator and My Golden Song, as well as Oklahoma stallions Euroears and Oratory. The sale also features entries sired by prominent nationally ranked stallions Uncle Mo, Street Boss and Lookin at Lucky. The mixed session will offer mares by A.P. Indy, Kingmambo, Pulpit, Summer Squall and Valid Expectations. The Texas Thoroughbred Futurity, which was run for the first time this year on July 9 at Lone Star with divisions for fillies and colts/geldings at $100,000-estimated apiece, will have an eligibility change for next year’s race. Each yearling, no matter where foaled, that goes through the ring at the sale is eligible to be nominated to the Futurity. Additionally, for every horse that goes through the ring, its consignor and buyer will each receive a berth, which they can use to nominate an accredited Texas-bred foal of 2015 to the Futurity. Berths can only be used by the original consignor or buyer and cannot be transferred. “We think this change will raise the value of horses in the sale, and it also serves as an extra incentive for horsemen to participate as a buyer or consignor,” Boyce said. The Texas Thoroughbred Futurity took the place of the TTA Sales Futurity. For more information, including the catalog, go to

Roses to Ribbons Event Held at Lone Star The Paddock Foundation hosted another edition of the Roses to Ribbons Old Fashioned Horse Fair on July 9 at Lone Star Park. At the horse fair, racehorse trainers bring horses ready for a new career up to the saddling paddock. There, prospective buyers can look at a large number of available horses in one place. If buyers see a horse that interests them, they make their own deal with the trainer. Some horses are sold right at the event. Other times, prospective buyers will make arrangements to schedule a pre-purchase exam for the horse at a later time. Everything is worked out individually between the buyer and seller. The Paddock Foundation has held Roses to Ribbons events at all three Class 1 tracks in Texas. The event continues to grow, and we encourage all TTA members to support it and help us get the word out about it. The July 9 event was just after press time for this issue, but a recap will be available on the Paddock Foundation’s website at




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GILLIAN (JILL) TAYLOR (318) 745-9974 • FAX: (318) 745-3660 1914 HIGHWAY 163 • DOYLINE, LA 71023

Want to reach thousands of horsemen in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and around the region? Advertise in the American Racehorse classifieds for as little as $75 per issue!

7S Racing Stables is located 2 hours west of Lone Star Park in Carbon, Texas. We have for several years been working with young race colts, taking them from breaking to conditioning and race prep while cutting down on owner expense and helping you have your colts prepared for the racetrack experience!

FEATURES: • 5/8th-mile training track • Starting gates • Farrier care • Transportation • Complete vet services • Horses for sale • Breaking fees are $35/day The best price in the area with proven results! Louisiana- and Oklahoma-bred yearlings and 2-year-olds in training fillies and colts for sale at all times. Buy your yearlings here at 7S's facilities, have them broke here and save time and money. 2-year-olds in training will be located at tracks in both Louisiana and Oklahoma.

Call us for great colts at reasonable prices

Contact Denis Blake at (512) 695-4541 or

7S Racing Stables 254-643-2035 5001 Hwy 1027, Carbon, TX 76435

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Serving the Equine Industry for 37 Years! 2829 South MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City OK 73128

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