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In This Issue: H Texas’ Valid Expectations Retires from Stud H She’s All In Shines in Oklahoma Classics H Harnessing the Cold to Treat Laminitis H Louisiana Trainer Remembers Little Bro Lantis

A Division of Center Hills Farm

Kipling (Gulch-Weekend Storm, by Storm Bird)

Toccet (Awesome Again-Cozzene’s Angel, by Cozzene)

Sire of Breeders’ Cup winner and all-time leading Oklahoma-bred KIP DEVILLE ($3.3 million in earnings) 2014 Fee: $2,500

Multiple G1 winner with progeny earnings of more than $10 million 2014 Fee: $2,500

Air Commander (Point Given-Santaria, by Star de Naskra)

Save Big Money (Storm Cat-Tomisue’s Delight, by A.P. Indy)

The Visualiser (Giant’s Causeway-Smokey Mirage, by Holy Bull)

A Grade 2-winning son of Horse of the Year POINT GIVEN Oklahoma’s leading second-crop sire 2014 Fee: $2,000

Versatile, record-setting multiple stakesplaced runner out of G1 millionaire Sire of SW MAMA’S MAD MONEY in first crop 2014 Fee: $2,000

$1 million yearling and graded stakesplaced son of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY First foals to race are 2yos of 2013 2014 Fee: $1,500

All fees are stands and nurses All stallions are nominated to the Oklahoma Bred Program, Oklahoma Stallion Stakes, Iowa Stallion Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup

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EARLY FLYER Gilded Time – Bistra, by Classic Go Go EARLY FLYER is a leading 2-year-old sire in Texas with six winners from eight starters through 10/31, including four stakes horses! He is the sire of undefeated 2yo stakes winner SOLID SENDER (won D.S. “Shine” Young Memorial Futurity and John Franks Memorial Sale Futurity at Evangeline) and CIRCUSTOWN FLYER, who won the TTA Sales Futurity at Lone Star to lead an EARLY FLYER sweep of the trifecta!

$15 Ave ,000 r at 2 age F-T 013 Yea Texas rl Sal ing e!

2014 Fee: $3,500



6 Grade 1 stakes winners and 12 graded stakes winners in 4 crops with total earnings of over $16 million.

Out of multiple graded SW FOREST HEIRESS (earner of $419,201 w/ a 105 Beyer), who is a full sister to WILDCAT HEIR from the family of LOUIS QUATORZE and AWESOME GEM. 2014 Fee: $1,500

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Leading sire in Florida the past three years and sire of earners of almost $18 million.

CROSSBOW PHOTO: William Miller; BERNARDINI: COURTESY DARLEY; WILDCAT HEIR: LOUISE REINAGEL Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Ken Carson, General Manager Donny Denton, Farm Manager • David Unnerstall, Attending Veterinarian


Post Office Box 966 • Pilot Point, Texas 76258 (940) 686-5552 • Fax (940) 686-2179

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INDYGO MOUNTAIN A.P. Indy – Mountain Girl, by Mountain Cat A winning son of the great A.P. INDY, INDYGO MOUNTAIN brings an impeccable pedigree to the Lone Star State. His female family includes Grade 1 winners SIPHONIC and LARAGH and millionaire DIXIE DOT COM. 2014 Fee: $1,250


Unbridled’s Song – Proposal, by Mt. Livermore From a family loaded with speed and soundness, SILVER CITY was a brilliant sprinter who had the stamina to go around two turns (second in the G3 Southwest Stakes at a mile). His dam’s full brother, G3 winner and G1-placed MULTIPLE CHOICE, raced until age 8! His first foals hit the track in 2014! 2014 Fee: $2,000


JE PH T col ONE for t so Phone Trick – 2013 $29,00 ld 0 F Yea -T Texaat Jet Route, by Alydar rlin s Sale g ! JET PHONE’S first runner, 2010 Texas Champion

2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding ACES N KINGS, has four stakes wins and earnings of more than $245,000. JET PHONE has the speed and pedigree to get you a runner!

2014 Fee: $1,250

ny Proge gs n i n ear re of mo n a h t lion! $2.1 mil


Wild Rush – Strawberry Clover, by Darn That Alarm

Formerly Texas’ leading freshman and second-crop sire, WIMBLEDON has nine stakes horses, including 2012 Texas Champion 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding WORLDVENTURER, who just won the 1 1/8-mile Emerald Downs Derby by seven lengths to increase his earnings to $263,182.

2014 Fee: $2,000 Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Ken Carson, General Manager Donny Denton, Farm Manager • David Unnerstall, Attending Veterinarian Post Office Box 966 • Pilot Point, Texas 76258 (940) 686-5552 • Fax (940) 686-2179 www.valorfarm.com

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MY GOLDEN SONG THE ONLY TEXAS STALLION WITH six STAKES WINNERS THIS YEAR! MY GOLDEN SONG is siring an incredible 13% STAKES winners! His runners go short or two turns, on the dirt or the turf. He was Texas’ leading freshman sire in 2011 and the leading second-crop sire last year. He is from female family #4-m, one of the soundest and most prolific in the stud book. This family is known for producing the top sires COZZENE, DUBAI MILLENNIUM, DIXIE UNION, HARLAN’S HOLIDAY, BERNARDINI and UNBRIDLED’S SONG. 2014 Fee: $4,000 my golden song MY GOLDEN SONG• Unbridled’s Song – Golden Par, by Gold Meridian

Unbridled’s Song – Golden Par, by Gold Meridian First foals arrive in 2009! MY GOLDEN SONG retired with earnings of $101,050 from six starts with two wins at Aqueduct and Belmont Park.

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MY GOLDEN SONG finished third to Kentucky Derby (G1) winner BARBARO in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3) and fourth the G1 winner FIRST SAMURAI in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).

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By proven sire UNBRIDLED’S SONG, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and sire of 71 stakes winners, including G1 winners UNBRIDLED ELAINE, OCTAVE, SPLENDID BLENDED, POLITICAL FORCE, FIRST DEFENCE, BUDDHA, MAGNIFICANT SONG and SONGANDAPRAYER, and 2008 Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up EIGHT BELLES. From a female family known for its soundness – dam is GOLDEN PAR ($318,636), a multiple stakes-winner and graded stakes producer who won nine of 26 starts.



A stakes winner at ages 2, 3 and 4 with earnings of $204,966

Inquiries to Ken Stakes Carson Winner of theP.O.Premiere with a 99 Beyer Box 966, Pilot Point, Texas 76258 Phone (940) 686-5552 • Fax (940) 686-2179 E-mail: kencarson@valorfarm.com • Website: www.valorfarm.com Accredited Texas Stallion • Nominated to the Texas Stallion Stakes Series and Breeders’ Cup

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Last year’s Texas Champion 2YO Filly and a two-time stakes winner

Grade 2-placed and eight-length winner of Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs

Winner of the Fiesta Mile Stakes two years in a row

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THEGIRLINTHATSONG Won $100,000 Happy Ticket Stakes on turf at Louisiana Downs

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Valid Expectations leaves his mark in Texas

Departments Fast Furlongs TTA News TRAO News The Marketplace Classifieds

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Oklahoma-bred millionaire She’s All In goes out on top

Expectations Exceeded


Right Down Broadway


She’s All That


Against All Odds


Autumn Action


Harnessing the Cold to Treat Laminitis


Texas’ all-time leading stallion Valid Expectations retires from stud duty Canadian invader Broadway Empire conquers the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby Millionaire She’s All In scores a four-peat, Imahit rolls to a big win in the Oklahoma Classics From the middle of nowhere to the Arlington Million, Little Bro Lantis captured the imagination of small-time horsemen everywhere


Little Bro Lantis was a big deal for his Louisiana trainer

A pictorial review of the fall stakes at Remington Park and a Texas-bred winning against open company

Cryotherapy could be one of the keys to preventing and treating the devastating disease

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5 Eclipse Award-Winning Champions


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11 Millionaires

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We break, condition and educate young Thoroughbreds to race.

190 Stakes Winners


70 Graded Stakes Winners

we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our 2013 2-year-old graduates, including the earners of H MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN 2013

H 26 – 2 YR OLD winners IN 2013 H 6 – 2 YR old stakes horses IN 2013

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H THAT’S THE IDEA • 2X SW • $184,465 H BIG SUGAR SODA • G3 SP • $87,500

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ILLEGAL DOPING MEETS ITS MATCH Trainers Praise Natural Alternative By: Mark Hansen

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

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 www.EPOEquine.com or 1-800-557-9055, and comes with a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee.

fastfurlongs Texas Trainer Pish, Louisiana-bred Designer Legs Compete in Breeders’ Cup The best Thoroughbreds in the world competed in the November 1-2 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, and the competitors included the first starter for Texas trainer Danny Pish on racing’s biggest day and a rare appearance by a Louisiana-bred. Got Shades, who began his career at Lone Star Park and won two stakes at Louisiana Downs for Pish, finished fifth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) after a troubled trip under jockey Gary Stevens. Owned by Texas Thoroughbred Association member Dennis Foster, Got Shades earned $30,000 for his effort to push his bankroll to $134,123. The trip to California was a change of pace for Pish, perennially one of the leading conditioners in Texas and the surrounding region.

Designer Legs The Texas native remained at Santa Anita with Got Shades leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, maintaining constant cell phone contact with his assistants at Retama Park and Louisiana Downs. With shedrows of 60 or more horses at Retama, Sam Houston Race Park and Lone Star


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Park during their Thoroughbred meets, Pish admitted that overseeing the care of just one horse is not his standard operating procedure. “Being here with just one horse is a little strange to me,” said Pish, who was aboard the Kentucky-bred Pollard’s Vision colt for the majority of his morning works. “I’m not as good as my crew at cleaning stalls, that’s for sure, but Coady Photography I have enjoyed the one-onDanny Pish one time with the colt. “He’s got the classic turf running style,” said Pish before the race. “He’s done everything we have asked so far. It is pretty exciting to have a Breeders’ Cup starter.” According to the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Designer Legs became just the fourth Louisiana-bred to ever run in the Breeders’ Cup, joining Happy Ticket (2005 and 2006), Fit to Scout (1991) and Taxpayer’s Folly (1986). Bred by Tommy Hewett and owned by Murray Valene’s Valene Farms, Designer Legs had an eventful trip in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) as jockey Joseph Talamo had to check the Graeme Hall filly to avoid Secret Compass, who broke down on the far turn in the 1 1/16-mile race. Designer Legs, who won the Adirondack Stakes (G2) at Saratoga Race Course via disqualification, crossed the wire seventh for trainer Dallas Stewart. Designer Legs sold for $10,000 at the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana yearling auction. Louisiana stallion Half Ours, who stands at Clear Creek Stud, was represented by Florida-bred Gentlemen’s Bet, the third-place finisher in the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). –– Danny Pish information courtesy of Martha Claussen


Bind Retired to Red River Farms in Louisiana


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Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Bind, a 5-year-old son of the deceased top sire Pulpit, will enter stud in 2014 at Jay Adcock’s Red River Farms in Coushatta, Louisiana. He will stand for $1,500 as

the property of Claiborne, Dilschneider and Nathan Granger. A winner at three, four, and five, Bind finished on the board in six of his eight career starts. Trained by Al Stall Jr., Bind initially captured the attention of horsemen when he earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure winning his racing debut. That 9 ½-length win at Fair Grounds Race Course with a six-furlong clocking of 1:08.80 also earned him the distinction of “TDN Rising Star” for his performance. In addition to his three six-furlong wins at Fair Grounds, Bind placed in the Sam Houston Sprint Cup Stakes and finished fourth in the Commonwealth Stakes (G3) at Keeneland Race Course. He retired with lifetime earnings of $108,335, three wins, two seconds and a third. “Bind ran one of the best ‘Rag’ numbers (1 ½) I’ve ever seen for a first-time starter,” Stall said. “We felt the sky was the limit with him, and he also is one of the most physically attractive horses I have ever trained.” Bred by Claiborne, Bind is out of the Unbridled mare Check and is bred on the same cross as Tapit. Bind is the full brother to the promising 2-year-old Quilt, who was second by a head in a maiden special weight at Saratoga Race Course this summer, and he is also a half brother to Hakama, who placed in the 2012 Illinois Derby (G3). For more information, contact Nathan Granger at (337) 380-3528. Southern Racehorse • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013 11


Oklahoma Stallion Chitoz Sires First Winner Freshman Oklahoma stallion Chitoz was represented by his first winner on October 11 at Remington Park when Lets Suppoze got up to win a one-mile maiden claiming event. The Texas-bred gelding was ridden by Belen Quinonez for trainer Francisco Bravo. Lets Suppoze, who trailed by Chitoz more than 15 lengths early on, runs for Mike Grossman, who bred the 2-year-old in the name of his Eureka Thoroughbred Farm. Chitoz

stands as the property of Grossman at Bravo’s River Oaks Farms Inc. in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Lets Suppoze, who finished off the board in his first two starts in sprints, apparently enjoyed the added distance around two turns. The gelding out of the Binalong mare Bin Sweet earned $7,896 for the win. Chitoz, a son of Forest Wildcat out of the winning Affirmed mare Wichitoz, equaled a 5 ½-furlong course record at Monmouth Park with a stakes victory as a 3-year-old, and he proved his stamina with a runner-up finish in the 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes (G3) as a 2-year-old. The versatile Chitoz broke his maiden going a mile on the main track at Monmouth by 10 1/4 lengths and won a two-turn allowance at Churchill Downs on the turf. All told, he banked $160,931 on the track. For more information, visit www.riveroaksthoroughbreds.com.

Oklahoma Stallion Affirmatif Relocated to Caines Stallion Station

Texas Stallion Special Rate Relocated to Stoneview Farm Special Rate, one of the leading sires in Texas, has been moved to Stoneview Farm in Hempstead, Texas, for the 2014 breeding season. A son of Pulpit, Special Rate is out of the stakes-winning Nureyev mare Viviana, who also produced multiple Grade 1-winning millionaires Tates Creek (by Rahy) and Sightseek (by Distant View). On the track, Special Rate hit the board in 10 of 12 starts with a victory in the Bien Bien Stakes at Santa Anita Park. His leading runner is Texas-bred Patty’s Pride, a two-time stakes winner and earner of $252,113. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to stand Special Rate,” said Sue Dowling of Stoneview Farm, which previously stood leading Texas stallions Sunny’s Halo and Naevus. “He has all the necessary tools to take his stud career to the next level. We will be strongly supporting Special Rate, as will many of our clients.” Owned by a syndicate, Special Rate formerly stood at Key Ranch near Salado, Texas. His 2014 stud fee is $3,000 when 12

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Special Rate the foal stands and nurses. For more information, contact Sue Dowling at Stoneview Farm at (713) 299-1644 or stoneviewfarm@ hotmail.com or visit www.stoneviewfarm.com.

Ellen Caines

Oklahoma stallion Affirmatif, a stakes-winning son of Unbridled’s Song, has been relocated to stand the 2014 breeding season at Caines Stallion Station near Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Affirmatif formerly stood at Diamond G Ranch near Edmond. His stud fee is set at $1,000, and to welcome him to the farm, Caines Stallion Station is offering a complimentary season for every paid season (both to be used in 2014). Affirmatif hit the board in 10 of 13 career starts with a victory in the Woodlawn Stakes going a mile on the Pimlico Race Course turf. He placed in three stakes, including the Hill Prince Stakes (G3) at a mile on the main track at Belmont Park. He earned $187,798 with a record of 13-3-6-1. Affirmatif’s female family includes champions Rubiano, Relaunch, Summer Bird and top sire Tapit, and he is a half brother to Grade 3-placed and fellow Oklahoma stallion Chitoz. Affirmatif Affirmatif’s first foals are yearlings of this year. For more information, go to www.cainesstallionstation.com.

Chatain Moved to Whispering Oaks Farm in Louisiana Chatain, a multiple graded stakes winner, has moved to Carrol Castille’s Whispering Oaks Farm – Louisiana Stallion Station North in Carencro, Louisiana, for the 2014 breeding season. He stood at Holly Hill Farm in Benton, Louisiana, in 2013. His stud fee has been set at $1,500, payable when the foal stands and nurses. He will stand as the property of a partnership. A son of Forest Wildcat, Chatain won Chatain Gulfstream Park’s Hal’s Hope Handicap (G3) twice and set a track record for a mile in 1:33.87. From a limit-

Horse Racing Show Debuts on KCLW Radio in Texas Fred Taylor of Mojo Racing Partners has launched a horse racing radio show called “The Starting Gate” that airs on KCLW (900 AM) in Hamilton, Texas. The bi-weekly radio program is dedicated to providing listeners with unique perspectives about the horse racing ownership experience. The show debuted on November 2, and Taylor will produce shows that air on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Links to each broadcast will be available on the Mojo Racing Partners website, and the shows will eventually be converted to podcasts. “The Starting Gate,” hosted by Taylor, will take listeners to the farms, sales companies and racetracks to introduce these perspectives. Every fourth show will feature an interview with experts who breed, sell or train racehorses and who devise the strategies for horse racing’s success. “Public interest in our beloved sport is waning, and I’ve created ‘The Starting Gate’ to help introduce new people to the thrills of ownership with the hope they will become passionate about horse racing and possibly future participants/clients,” Taylor said. “My overall goal is to give our listeners the opportunity to experience the less publicized, but more intriguing, areas of our fantastic sport that only owners typically see and do.” For more information, visit “The Starting Gate” page of the Mojo Racing Partners website at www. mojoracingpartners.com.

ed first crop, his top-earning runner is Texas-bred Pardonmecomingthru, a twotime winner who was stakes-placed in the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity. Chatain’s oldest runners are 3-year-olds. “We are pleased to add Chatain to our stallion roster here at Whispering Oaks,” Castille said. “He was a very talented miler whose progeny have performed well at the track, and he will have every chance to succeed here alongside Closing Argument, Sorcerer’s Stone and Unbridledsensation.”

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Explosive Girl, “Queen of Ak-Sar-Ben,” Dies at Age 29 in Oklahoma Explosive Girl, who earned the nickname “Queen of Ak-Sar-Ben” for her nine career wins at the defunct Nebraska racetrack, passed away on October 10 at the age of 29 at Caines Stallion Station near Wynnewood, Oklahoma. “She had quite a following in her day,” Ellen Caines said. “Everyone used to say all they ever got to see of her was her behind. It just isn’t the same to go out to her pasture and not see her standing there waiting on me to feed her.” Caines had owned Explosive Girl since 2005, when she acquired the daughter of Explodent from fellow Oklahoman Jim Wells. Purchased by Wells as a weanling at Keeneland, the Kentucky-bred Explo- Explosive Girl sive Girl compiled a record of 40-15-10-5 with earnings of $467,592. Much of her success came in Omaha, where she became a fan favorite with consecutive wins in the 1987 and 1988 Ak-Sar-Ben Budweiser

Breeders’ Cup Stakes and a runner-up finish in the Grade 3 Ak-Sar-Ben Oaks. She also recorded stakes wins at Remington Park and Canterbury Downs (now Canterbury Park). “She brought a lot of people and friends together and gave them a lot of fun for a long time,” Wells said. “She will always hold a special spot in all our hearts.” Explosive Girl was perhaps most famous for her match race against Nebraska legend Who Doctor Who in 1988 at Ak-Sar-Ben. Although she came up short in the $50,000 event, the filly vs. gelding showdown attracted national attention as the first major Courtesy Ellen Caines match race since Ruffian and Foolish Pleasure. More than 21,000 were in attendance to see the race. As a broodmare, Explosive Girl produced 10 winners from 12 starters, including Grass Eiko O, a Group 1-placed runner in Japan.

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including the Pelleteri Stakes at Fair Grounds. After suffering a career-ending injury in 2010, she was retired to Coteau Grove and bred to Awesome Again in early 2011. The saletopping colt is her first foal. The high-selling filly at the sale was a daughter of Good and Tough out of An Awesome Again colt sells for the stakes-winning $210,000 to top the sale and Grade 3-placed Green Alligator mare May Gator. The February foal went to Coteau Grove Farms from the consignment of Brown’s Thoroughbred Farm. Also of note, Murray Valene’s Valene Farms picked up a Half Ours filly, who is a half sister to Grade 2 winner Designer Legs, for $45,000. At last year’s sale, Valene nabbed Designer Legs, by Graeme Hall, for just $10,000. The filly has banked $190,143 in her six starts this year with her biggest win coming in the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Clear Creek Stud, agent, topped all consignors with 36 sold for $513,500, and Brittlyn Stables topped the buyer list with two purchases for $245,500. For hip-by-hip results, go to www.louisianabred.com.

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A chestnut colt by Awesome Again fetched $210,000 to top the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana yearling auction in West Monroe on September 24, setting a new record for the highest price ever paid at the sale. Bred by Keith and Ginger Myers’ Coteau Grove Farms LLC and consigned by Pelican State Thoroughbreds, agent, the April 17 foal sold to Maurice and Evelyn Benoit’s Brittlyn Stables LLC, the owner of four-time Louisiana Horse of the Year Star Guitar. In addition to a record-breaking sale-topper, the auction recorded strong increases compared to last year’s sale. A total of 202 yearlings were cataloged and produced gross receipts of $2,000,300. The average sale price was $14,288 with a median of $7,500 from 140 sold, 17 outs and 45 buy-backs. Those figures represent significant gains from last year, when the sale reported gross receipts of $1,119,400 with an average of $9,906 and a median of $4,500 with 113 of 155 offered being sold. “We had lots of new traffic this year,” said Daren English, sales director for the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA). “Buyers showed up from Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and more. We worked hard to make sure that our consignors had a good audience for the sale.” The sale topper’s dam, the Empire Maker mare Clear Sailing, was purchased by Coteau Grove from the Overbrook Farm dispersal as a $255,000 session-topper at the 2009 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Clear Sailing is out of the Old Trieste mare Steady Course, who is a half sister to Grade 2 winner and former Overbrook sire Jump Start. Clear Sailing made one start for Overbrook before the sale, and she went on to win four times in seven starts for Coteau Grove,

Sittin at the Bar Earns First Bayou State Bonus Sittin at the Bar, a $30,000 graduate of the 2011 Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana yearling sale, became the first horse to earn the $100,000 Bayou State Bonus when she won the $150,000 Elge Rasberry Memorial Stakes in a dead-heat on September 21 at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. “It takes a special horse to win this,” said Brett Brinkman, who trains the Into Mischief filly for P. Dale Ladner. “She’s an exceptional filly and the design of this Bayou State Bonus is a lot more difficult to win than you think it is.” All accredited Louisiana-bred foals of 2011 auctioned in that year’s sale were eligible for the Bayou State Bonus. To earn the $100,000 bonus, a colt or gelding had to win the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile, Crescent City Derby and A.L. “Red” Erwin Memorial Stakes. For a filly, the Louisiana Champions Day Lassie Stakes, Crescent City Oaks and Elge Rasberry Memorial

Stakes comprised the bonus’ trio of races. “She came out of the race in very good shape,” Brinkman said. “It is really amazing because she was the only horse in two separate divisions (colts/geldings and fillies) to win this thing ever. I don’t think people realize how hard this bonus is to win.” Sittin at the Bar, who was bred by Spendthrift Farm LLC out of the Mutakddim mare Fast Laner, won the 2012 Champions Day Lassie Stakes at Fair Grounds by eight easy lengths after finishing a good third in the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes. She capped off her 2-year-old campaign with a win in the Louisiana Futurity at Fair Grounds. As a 3-year-old, she captured the Crescent City Oaks, also at Fair Grounds, plus three more stakes before finishing on even terms with Kisses for Carrots in the Elge Rasberry. With the bonus, her earnings now stand at $578,140 with a record of 13-8-2-1.

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A Young Fan’s Perspective By Mary Cage

Terri Cage

My first word was “horse.” These amazing animals have always been a significant part of my life, as I have grown up around them: riding them, judging them, caring for them and writing about them. But when I was eight years old, my life and involvement with horses changed in a single day. On the first Saturday in May 2004, I fell in love with a horse named Smarty Jones. Since that fateful day, my passion for horse racing has been ever-growing. Visits to events such as the Mary Cage with 2009 Dubai World Breeders’ Cup and some of the most prestigious Cup winner Well Armed Thoroughbred farms in Kentucky have allowed that love to continue to flourish. In the years that have followed, I have spent hours watching races, studying pedigrees and conformation, reading industry information and developing a love for a multitude of racehorses, from Eclipse Award winners to low-level claimers. But many consider racing to be a dying sport. It is an industry that I have invested an abundance of time and love in, and I cannot imagine my life without it. Perhaps I am influenced by hope and blinded by love, but in my eyes, racing is not truly dying. However, it would be a lie to deny that it is struggling. Horse racing has many issues to tackle, and among the largest is the continuous need to attract new fans, especially those of a new generation. So what can we, the racing industry, do to draw more fans? More important, how do we attract people who will become devoted followers of the sport? While there are many options for attracting new fans, there is a very obvious, important audience we should target: horse lovers. Before I ever fell in love with racing, I already had a passion for horses. Because of this love, it was easy to develop a fascination with racing, as I became mesmerized by the beauty and athleticism displayed by the Thoroughbred racehorse. Of course, marketing and other techniques could be used to appeal to this audience, but the results could be much greater with the help of none other than those who are already loyal fans of racing. It is simple: Allow your friends to join you at the races or convince them to watch a few races on television, such as the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup races. You can ask this of any friend, but chances are the person most likely to become a devoted racing fan is the one who already has a love for horses. There are negatives in racing, but those are not all that exist in the sport. Many focus on only the negatives, leading those outside of racing to see only its disadvantages. While light should be shone on the negative issues in racing, which industry leaders and professionals should strive to mend, we must remain optimistic about racing and share the plentiful heartwarming stories within the sport. These stories present to the public the prominent “good side” of racing, giving them hope in the industry. Among the most useful tactics used in luring new fans to racing is social media. Through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, horse racing has amassed a multitude of new followers, as these websites give people the chance to learn more about racing while remaining upto-date on industry news. These sites give fans—new and old—the chance to become more attached to the horses and people of racing, a method that should be utilized to a great extent. When connections generously share their horses with enthusiasts, this serves as a platform for creating fans who will remain dedicated to racing for years to come. This effort was made during the career of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, a mare who hundreds of fans were allowed to visit during her racing years. Sharing the sport’s athletes in this personal manner opens the door for new, enthusiastic fans who seek a close attachment to the sport. These approaches, as well as the many others that exist, such as a central governing body for racing, medication bans and a decrease in the amount of racing, should certainly be taken to expand racing’s fan base. I have been a racing fan for nearly 10 years now, but my journey in racing has only just begun. I will forever endeavor to do my part in introducing people to racing, as this sport is what I love. Few things can control my emotions in the same manner in which racing can. Horse racing is what fuels my imagination, my enthusiasm and the course I take in life. Horse racing is my passion and it will always be my goal to allow others to feel the same about this amazing sport, allowing racing to be the best it can be. Mary Cage, 17, is the author of Past the Grandstand, a blog about an array of horse racing topics, and a contributing writer for Horse Racing Nation. She has been involved with show horses almost her entire life, and she has aspirations to work in the Thoroughbred racing industry as a writer or bloodstock agent.


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Rick Penn Named to TTA Board

The Texas Thoroughbred Association Board of Directors on October 2 named Rick Penn to fill the position on the board vacated by the resignation of Delwin Lovell. Penn will serve the remainder of Lovell’s term as Northeast Regional Director through December 2015. Penn was also named to the Membership and the Marketing & Sponsorship committees. Penn, a resident of Parker, owns Penn Solutions, a financial resources company in the real estate industry. A graduate of Eastfield College with a degree in management, Penn has been a TTA member for more than six years and runs a small breeding and racing operation.

Board Ballots Due December 16

TTA members will elect candidates to fill five at-large director positions in addition to regional director positions for the North Central and West regions on the TTA Board of Directors. Those elected will serve three-year terms beginning in 2014. Ballots must be received for tabulating by December 16. All TTA members will receive ballots for the at-large positions, while only members in the North Central and West regions will be eligible to vote in their respective regions. If you have questions or did not receive a ballot, call the TTA office at (512) 458-6133.

New Address for TTA Office


The TTA moved to a new office location in September and the new mailing address is 4009 Banister Lane, Suite 230, Austin, TX 78704. The P.O. Box address is no longer valid, so please send all communication to the new address. Our phone number remains the same.

Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma News

TRAO Owner/Trainer Nominations and Election Process On October 25, the TRAO Election Committee held a conference call with Election Committee members Bill Anderson, Joe Alexander and Van French. The Election Committee confirmed their nominations and recommendations. On October 26, owner/trainer floor nominations were held at Remington Park in the track kitchen. Owner/trainer candidates nominated were Randy Oberlander, Joe Offolter, Kenny Nolen, Kari Craddock, Donnie K. Von Hemel, Tim Williams, Bill Anderson, Clinton Stuart and John Lowder with a nomination from the floor for Jim Roberts. Ballots were mailed November 19, and return ballots must be postmarked by December 31. Counting of the ballots will be January 6, 2014. The TRAO strongly encourages each member/partnership to fill out their ballot and mail it back to the address provided. As a member of the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma, take advantage of your right to VOTE!

More Mares Bred in Oklahoma for 2013

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Also according to Carter Sales Company, in 2013 there was a 41.6 percent increase in average compared to 2012. The 2013 sale included Thoroughbred 2-year-olds and horses of racing age, and the average sale price for the yearling session was $7,796 in comparison to $5,654 in 2012. The buyback rate fell from 28 percent to 22 percent.

Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Rules of Racing Rule of the Month Rule 325:75-1-16.1. Forfeiture of Unclaimed Awards: Any person entitled to monies from the Oklahoma Breeding Development Fund Special Account as a purse supplement, stake, reward or award (“awards”) will forfeit such monies if that person fails to comply with all requirements necessary for earning the awards. Further, any person will forfeit such monies if within one (1) year from the date of the race in which the award was earned that person does not submit the State voucher for payment or for replacement in the event of an expired voucher, or if that person fails to submit all documentation required by the Commission. In such event, forfeited monies will be made available for expenditure by the Commission for purposes established in the Act.

TRAO Board Member of the Month: Ellen Caines Ellen Caines has been involved with all aspects of equine reproduction for the past 30 years. She currently represents 10 stallions for the 2014 breeding season. She was elected to the TRAO board as a breeder director in January 2013, a role that she feels strongly about. “We have a good thing going in Oklahoma, and we need to work together as owners, breeders and trainers to keep it moving in a positive direction,” she said. Fitting and representing sale horses is her next favorite thing once breeding season is over. “I love the sales and meeting people from all over the world and being able to look at great horse flesh,” she added. “You never quit learning if you are willing to have an open mind and do a lot of observing.”

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Giant’s Causeway • Pratella, by Jade Hunter A durable and sound son of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY! ANGLIANA, a listed stakes winner and four-time G2 and G3-placed runner, faced the starter 31 times and hit the board in 18 of those starts while racing until age 8 and earning nearly $400,000. His first crop of foals are now on the track!

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A Grade 3 winner from one of the best female families of all-time! TIZ WEST proved himself as a racehorse with a Grade 3 win at Hollywood Park, and his pedigree is second-to-none. He is a half brother to Haskell Invitational (G1) winner and Belmont Stakes (G1) runner-up PAYNTER, and his dam is a full sister to Horse of the Year and two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner TIZNOW and $2.8-million earner BUDROYALE! His first foals arrived this year and look great!

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Expectations exceeded texas’ all-time leading stallion

Valid Expectations

retires from stud duty

by denis blake


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Valid Expectations, who has stood atop the Texas sire list for the better part of a decade, has been retired from active stud duty after a brilliant career. The 20-year-old son of Valid Appeal has been relocated from William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Texas near Hempstead to Greg Goodman’s Mt. Brilliant Farm in Kentucky. Goodman bought out the partnership group that included Farish, Lee and Bob Ackerley, Joe Archer and Robert McNair. Earlier this year, Valid Expectations passed 1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny’s Halo as the state’s all-time leading stallion by progeny earnings. “You can’t put into words what he did,” said Lane’s End Texas Farm Manager Danny Shifflett, who has been with Valid Expectations since he came to Texas in 2001 at what was then called Huisache Farm. “Almost everybody involved, whether they bred to him or owned him, experienced some type of success and joy. The horse was phenomenal.” Valid Expectations was the first “big” horse for two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen, who conditioned the sprinter for Texas brothers Lee and Bob Ackerley through a career in which he won 12 of 27 starts with seven stakes wins and earnings of $596,092. From 13 crops to race, Valid Expectations has sired the earners of $30.4 million with 43 stakes winners and 41 stakes-placed horses. His leading runners include millionaire Saratoga County, a

three-time graded stakes winner in the United States who also captured the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen in the United Arab Emirates; Super Derby (G2) winner and successful sire The Daddy; and Texas Horse of the Year Leaving on My Mind. Valid Expectations headed the Texas sire list for virtually his entire tenure in the Lone Star State after standing his first two seasons in Florida, and he topped the North American freshman sire list in 2001 by both winners (27) and progeny earnings ($1,397,911). He was the leading Texas sire by progeny earnings nine times, leading the list every year from 2002 to 2011 except for 2007 when Running Stag came to the state for a short time with significant earnings under his belt from standing in Florida. From 2005 to 2008, Valid Expectations commanded a stud fee of $17,500, which marked the highest published fee ever in Texas. He stood his last breeding season for a state-high fee of $7,500. His list of Texas champions includes Valid Stripes, There Goes Rocket, Oak Motte, Valid Lilly, Valid Message, Camille’s Appeal and Bridesmaid. Bred in Florida by Harry Mangurian Jr. out of the Iron Constitution mare Mepache, Valid Expectations is a full brother to Grade 3 winner Little Sister and multiple stakes winner and Grade 3-placed Littleexpectations, who stands in Texas at Asmussen Horse Center in Laredo. Southern Racehorse • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013 25

Valid Expectations has also established himself as a top broodmare sire, as his daughters have produced graded stakes winners Quantum Miss and She Digs Me, as well as Mylute, who finished fifth in this year’s Kentucky Derby (G1), third in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and second in the Louisiana Derby (G2). Two-time stakes winner Don’t Tell Sophia, third in this year’s Apple Blossom Handicap (G1), is also out of a Valid Expectations mare. Shifflett said Valid Expectations may still be bred for polo ponies in Kentucky. “His bloodline for polo is in demand worldwide,” Shifflett said. “The leading proponent of Valid as a polo sire is Adolfo Cambiaso [currently ranked #2 in the world]. His horses go to Argentina and England and everyone knows his horses. We’ve gotten calls from people all over wanting [Valid Expectations’] offspring. They have the temperament, conformation, athleticism, right size, everything. If you watch them on the racetrack, they are very ratable with tactical speed; they do everything you ask of them.” According to Shifflett, there was not much Valid Expectations’ progeny could not do. “You look at all the records he surpassed in Texas, and he did it all the hard way,” he said. “He did almost all of that in Texas. He could do it all—racehorses, eventing horses, polo ponies, broodmares. They ran on all surfaces: turf, dirt, synthetic. It was really sad to load him on the trailer, believe me.” H

Valid Expectations

1993 • Valid Appeal – Mepache, by Iron Constitution Race Record Starts: 27


Sire Record (through 11/1/13)

Wins: 12

Starters: 499

Wins: 1,455

Seconds: 3

Winners: 403

Earnings: $30,442,031

Thirds: 6

Stakes Winners: 43

Earnings: $596,092

Stakes Placers: 41

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Right Down B r o a d wa y Canadian invader Broadway Empire conquers the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby ••• By Denis Blake Photos by Dustin Orona Photography

The 25th running of the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on September 29 at Remington Park marked the return of the track’s marquee race to the elite level on the national scene as it regained its Grade 3 status, and it even took on an international flair when Broadway Empire shipped in from Canada to defeat odds-on favorite Departing. It’s hard to call the victory an upset, as Broadway Empire was already a graded stakes winner and left the gate as the second choice with odds of 3-1, but it certainly was surprising that he got away with an unchallenged lead and rolled to a four-length victory while Departing came home in fourth at 3-10. Trained by Robertino Diodoro and ridden by Rico Walcott, the Kentuckybred gelding by Empire Maker set honest fractions of :23.29, :46.71 and 1:11.15 before hitting the one-mile mark in 1:35.97. From there, he strode to the wire and stopped the timer at 1:49.44 for 1 1/8 miles. “I talked to Robertino and he told me the horse was training good,” said Walcott, who came in from Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta, to ride. “A couple people had told me about the seven [Departing] as the horse I had to watch. I just got him out of the gate and got a good break. He dragged me out to the front so I just tried to get him to relax. When we were coming into the head of the lane, I asked him and he picked it up.” Southern Racehorse • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013 27

Broadway Empire While Oklahoma City is a long way from Edmonton—about 1,900 miles—Diodoro had the Oklahoma Derby pegged as a target even before his charge won the Grade 3, $194,272 Canadian Derby going 1 3/8 miles over the five-furlong oval at Northlands Park. “You want to take one step at a time,” the trainer said. “Before the Canadian Derby, I had this race picked out and it all worked out.” Unraced as a 2-year-old, Broadway Empire announced his arrival as a budding star in his first career start at Turf Paradise in Arizona when he won a six-furlong dash by 16 ½ lengths in 1:07.82, a blazing time even at the notoriously fast track. From there, he shipped to Betfair Hollywood Park in California and finished second in the $71,850 Came Home Stakes at seven furlongs. He finished off the board for the only time in his career in the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood and then shipped north to win the one-mile Ky Alta Handicap at Northlands as a prep for the Canadian Derby. The gelding has now banked $405,745 for owners Bob Butz, Randy Howg, Fouad El Kardy and Rick Running Rabbit, an Alberta-based partnership who all made the trip to Oklahoma City. Gary and Mary West’s homebred Cameo Appearance, who shipped in from Louisiana Downs after a third-place run in the Super Derby (G2), took second. Michael Langford’s Carve, third in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby in April, closed to finish third. Millionaire Departing, who entered with wins in the Super Derby, Grade 2 West Virginia Derby and Grade 3 Illinois Derby, created some wild show payoffs with his fourth-place finish as Broadway Empire WINE POLICE paid $8.80, $4.20 and $30 across the board, while Cameo Appearance paid $9 to place and $43.60 to show and Carve returned a Remington record $76.40 to show. Of the $289,595 in the show pool, $273,377 was wagered on Departing. Braveman finished fifth, followed by Holiday Mischief, Remington Springboard Mile Stakes winner Texas Bling and He Has Bling. In the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks, Ghostzapper Racing’s 28

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Montana Native rebounded from a last-place finish against the nearly unstoppable Princess of Sylmar in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga Race Course to score a gritty victory. The Yes It’s True filly defeated Gold Medal Dancer by a nose in a time of 1:43.68 for 1 1/16 miles. Terry Thompson rode the winner as the 5-2 second choice in the betting for trainer Kenny McPeek. Montana Native earned $120,000 for the win to improve her record to 12-40-2 with a bankroll MONTANA NATIVE (inside) of $276,198. “I was able to sit pretty much until the head of the lane,” Thompson said. “Luis’ [Quinonez] horse [Gold Medal Dancer] was on us all the way. It was just a horse race from the eighth-pole home. We were just fortunate to have the head-bob at the wire. Both fillies dug in and you couldn’t split them.” Pin Oak Stable’s Gold Medal Dancer, trained by Donnie Von Hemel, put in her second straight strong effort at Remington after taking a grassy allowance race in August. Millennium Farms and Littlebrother Farm LLC’s Sister Ginger got up for third over 9-10 favorite Marathon Lady, who had just a maiden win to her credit but also a streak of five consecutive top three finishes against graded stakes company, including two Grade 1 races at Saratoga. The $153,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup Stakes featured the seasonal debut of last year’s Horse of the Meeting Alsvid, but it was California shipper Wine Police who prevailed by three-quarters of a length over the defending race champion. With Enrique Gomez up for conditioner Henry Dominguez, Wine Police held off a determined charge by Alsvid and stopped the timer at 1:09.57 for six furlongs. A lightly raced 5-year-old gelding by Speightstown and the 2-1 second choice, Wine Police came in off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar in August. The Kentucky-bred, who runs for Texans J. Kirk and Judy Robison, finished third in the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes in 2011 and third in the Grade 1 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes in 2010, both at Saratoga. He has won five of 11 starts with earnings of $337,037. Black Hawk Stable’s Alsvid, who won the Sprint Cup and David M. Vance Sprint Stakes last year at Remington, pushed his bankroll to $531,715 with his runner-up effort. Oklahoma-bred Okie Ride,

a gelding by Candy Ride (Arg) and a sixtime stakes winner in his home state, finished a good third for breeder and owner Richter Family Trust. Daddy Nose Best DADDY NOSE BEST picked up his second stakes win in Oklahoma City with a powerful 3 ½-length score as the even-money favorite in the $100,000 Remington Green Stakes. Owned by Cathy and Bob Zollars of Dallas, the 4-year-old colt by Scat Daddy covered 1 1/16 miles on the grass in 1:41.39 with Ricardo Santana Jr. in the irons for trainer Steve Asmussen. Daddy Nose Best, who ran in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes last year, scored in the $75,000 Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Handicap in his Remington debut in August. All told, he has won seven of 21 starts with earnings of $818,989. Caberneigh, an 8-year-old gelding trained and owned by Asmussen, got up to take second at odds of 18-1. Black Gold Racing’s No Spin, a stakes winner at Arapahoe Park and Hawthorne Race Course, finished third. Santana and Asmussen also teamed to win the $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes for 2-year-olds with Marc AARONS ORIENT

Wexler’s Aarons Orient, who went wire-to-wire as the even-money favorite. The Orientate colt dashed six furlongs in 1:09.59 while winning by 3 ¾ lengths. This marked just the third career start for Aarons Orient, who broke his maiden at Saratoga last time out. James Travis and Ywachetta Driver’s Rivers Run Deep, a shipper from Del Mar, took second with two-time Prairie Meadows stakes winner Smack Smack in third for Dream Walkin’ Farms Inc. Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares got their chance to shine in the $50,000 Ladies on the Lawn Stakes, and Okie Nova got up to score a 9-1 upset with Cliff Berry riding for trainer Kenneth Nolen. The 4-year-old filly by Oklahoma stallion Cavvy got the OKIE NOVA 7 ½-furlong distance on the turf in 1:30.68. Bred and owned by Richter Family Trust and B.J. Richter, Okie Nova picked up her second career win and first stakes victory while increasing her earnings to $74,472. Terry Westemeir’s In the Band, an 8-yearold mare by Prospector’s Music, held second after setting the pace, and Kelly Thiesing’s homebred Lady Jensen, by Bob and John, closed to take third. H

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She’s All That Millionaire She’s All In scores a four-peat, Imahit rolls to a big win in the Oklahoma Classics


By Denis Blake Photos by Dustin Orona Photography



She’s All In enters the Remington Park winner’s circle for the ninth and final time during her illustrious career

She’s All In

Professional athletes like to talk about going out on top, but rarely does that actually happen as time and time again they hang around for one final payday while their skills erode. Such is not the case, however, for She’s All In, who reigned supreme in the Oklahoma Classics at Remington Park for the fourth consecutive year before heading to the breeding shed with a million-dollar bankroll. The October 18 event for accredited Oklahoma-breds featured eight stakes, topped in purse money by Imahit’s impressive win in the Oklahoma Classics Cup. All told, horses bred in the Sooner State competed for a pot of more than $1 million on the richest night of racing at the Oklahoma City track. The outcome of the $129,500 Oklahoma Classics Distaff was never in doubt even before the gates opened, as Dr. Robert Zoellner’s homebred She’s All In went for yet another victory at odds of 1-10. The 6-year-old daughter of Include rated well under regular rider Luis Quinonez and cruised to the wire with a 6 ¼-length win in 1:42.92 for a mile and 70 yards in her career finale. The mare was one of three winners on the night for trainer Donnie Von Hemel, who extended his record total of Oklahoma Classics victories to 25. Zoellner had announced before the race that it would be the last hurrah for She’s All In, one of only six Oklahoma-bred millionaires along with Kip Deville ($3,325,489), Lady’s Secret ($3,021,325), Clever Trevor ($1,388,841), Mr Ross ($1,091,046) and Silver Goblin ($1,083,895). “It’s bittersweet,” Dr. Zoellner said after the win. “It’s her last race. I’m pretty emotional right now but what a ride. Four [Distaffs] in a row. I want to thank Donnie [Von Hemel], Luis Q and Joe Flemings, my farm manager. What a great job everybody’s done with this mare. It’s been so much fun. I wish everybody out there can experience what I’m experiencing right now.” She’s All In finished her career with a perfect nine-for-nine record against her own sex at Remington, and her lone Oklahoma City defeat was a good fourth to male horses in the Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Handicap on the grass. She earned a Grade 3 win in last year’s $200,000 Southern Racehorse • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013 31


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Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course near Chicago, and she finished second to Royal Delta in this year’s Grade 1, $750,000 Delaware Handicap, more than proving that she could run against the best fillies and mares in the country. With a career record of 38-16-8-3 and earnings of $1,102,489, she shipped to Kentucky for The November Sale at Fasig-Tipton, but she just missed hitting her $500,000 reserve and Zoellner decided to bring her back home. Although her breeding plans have not yet been set, she will be visiting a top Kentucky stallion in the near future before coming home to foal in Oklahoma. “Deep down inside, I was relieved,” Zoellner told Daily Racing Form about the non-sale. “Sometimes the hard decisions in life are made for you.” Larry and Carol Wilkerson’s Pets Superstar, a mare by Ra Ra Superstar, earned the first black-type of her career with a second-place finish. Foreign Sultress, a two-time stakes winner at Will Rogers Downs for Scattered Acres LLC, took third. Even though Imahit, a 4-year-old gelding by Whywhywhy, did not have the earnings or stakes record to match some of his foes in the $158,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup, bettors wisely made him the even-money favorite and he delivered a 1 ¼-length victory. With Ken Tohill in the saddle for breeder, owner and trainer C.R. Trout, Imahit got the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:44.16. Imahit, who was the beaten favorite in last year’s Classics Cup, improved his record at Remington to a sterling 7-4-2-1. The gelding earned his first stakes victory in last year’s Tishomingo Stakes, and he now sports a bankroll of $245,336. Danny Caldwell’s Ted’s Folly, a Wild Tale gelding who won the 2011 Remington Springboard Mile Stakes, came on late for second with Dr. Robert Zoellner’s Z Rockstar, a stakes-winning and Grade 3-placed Rockport Harbor gelding, in third. In a foreshadowing of the powerful victory by She’s All In later in the card, another homebred for Zoellner, the Showing Up filly Eye Love Jeanie, rallied to capture the $120,850 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint at six furlongs. With Luis Quinonez aboard for trainer Donnie Von Hemel, Eye Love Jeanie got the distance in 1:11.25. This marked the first stakes victory and third win for the 3-year-old, who has now banked $123,721. Doyle Williams’ homebred More Than Even, a filly by Stephen Got Even, had her four-race win streak snapped with a second-place finish as the favorite. Gar Oil Corp.’s Lesley Be Judged came on to take third. Trainer Donnie Von Hemel struck again in the $116,950 Oklahoma Classics Sprint with Chuck, an Evansville Slew colt running for breeder Norma Lee Stockseth. With Belen Quinonez aboard at odds of 20-1, the 3-year-old ran six furlongs in 1:11.10 to score his first win since taking a division of the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes last year. Chuck is now a winner of three of 11 starts with earnings of $150,128. Gene Jacquot’s Right Squall, a gelding by Country Be Gold who had won four of his last five starts, closed to finish second, and odds-on favorite Okie Ride, winner of the Classics Sprint in 2011 and 2012 for breeder/owner Richter Family Trust, took third. Juvenile fillies were showcased in the $88,500 Oklahoma Classics Lassie, and Okie Smokey posted a 15-1 upset for breeder and owner Richter Family Trust. The Cavvy filly, ridden by Fabio Arguello Jr. and conditioned by Juan Padilla, took a big

step forward from her two previous starts in which she finished third and fifth against maiden company. She came into the race with earnings of just $5,098 and took home another $53,100 for her effort. Okie Smokey ran the six furlongs in 1:13.26. Poindexter Thoroughbreds LLC’s Xray Vision, a filly by Pollard’s Vision who was also a maiden entering the race, put in a good effort to finish second. Charles Abernathy’s Holy Missile, a maiden daughter of Giacomo, crossed the wire third. Two-year-old colts and geldings competed in the $85,500 Oklahoma Classics Juvenile, and Lingerlonger unleashed an eye-catching performance to become the first stakes winner for freshman Oklahoma stallion Mr. Nightlinger. Lingerlonger, who was ridden by Curtis Kimes and trained by Kari Craddock, broke his maiden in his previous start at odds of 9-1 and came home again at those same odds, this time winning by eight lengths in a time of 1:11.73 for six furlongs. The gelding runs for his breeders, Hal Browning and Dave Faulkner. Lingerlonger’s $72,111 in earnings helped push Mr. Nightlinger, a graded stakes-winning son of Indian Charlie who stands at JEH Stallion Station’s Oklahoma division, to the top of the state’s freshman sire list. Dr. Robert Zoeller’s homebred Alpha and Omega, a son of Omega Code, who stands at Zoellner’s Rockin’ Z Ranch near Tulsa, set the early pace and held on to be a clear second. Big Sugar Racing’s Big Sugar High, by Mighty Acres stallion Kipling, came on late to get third. Oklahoma-breds took to the grass for the $120,850 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf, and Fast Resource rallied to win under jockey Cliff Berry as the 2-1 favorite. Trained by Roger Engel and owned by Young Stables LLC and K. and J. Hall LLC, the 4-year-old daughter of Bob and John became one of many on the night to earn her first stakes win with a 7 ½-furlong trip timed in 1:30.66 over a good turf course. A $22,000 graduate of the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale bred by Dr. Dan White, Fast Resource has found success on both the dirt and turf and is now a winner of four of 11 outs with a bankroll of $153,532. Marti Rodriguez and Dwayne Scruggs’ Sooner Superstar, by Ra Ra Superstar, finished second with Richter Family Trust’s Cavvy filly Okie Nova in third. The $126,700 Oklahoma Classics Turf featured an evenly matched field of 12 with the Richter Family Trust’s coupled entry of Dusty Okie and Okietate sent off as the tepid 4-1 favorite. While Okietate, the runner-up in last year’s edition of the race and a son of millionaire turf mare Bien Nicole, never made an impact, his stablemate Dusty Okie drew clear by 1 ¼ lengths for his first stakes victory. With Fabio Arguello Jr. aboard, the 4-year-old Cavvy gelding covered one mile in 1:36.87 for trainer Juan Padilla and increased his earnings to $144,841. The Kipling gelding Sittin High, owned by Carl Turnbow and Rocky Gilreath, got up for second with Danny Caldwell’s Ransom Roberto, a recent $12,500 claim with lifetime earnings of more than $320,000, in third. The card also included a pair of Oklahoma-bred races run at seven furlongs under starter allowance conditions. Owner Danny Caldwell earned a sweep of the races with Lounge Lady, a 3-year-old filly by Cuvee, romping to a 7 ¼-length win in the division for fillies and mares and Favorite Announcer, a 4-year-old gelding by Wild Tale, taking the other division in a dead heat with Christy Brooks’ 4-yearold Kitalpha gelding Keg. H


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Against All Odds

From the middle of nowhere to the Arlington Million, Little Bro Lantis captured the imagination of small-time horsemen everywhere By Denis Blake

Four Footed Fotos

South Dakota-bred Little Bro Lantis and Louisiana trainer Merrill Scherer won the 1993 Stars and Stripes Handicap (G3) at Arlington Park at odds of 43-1.


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Despite having a population of about 800,000 in the entire state, have to worry about thumbing through a thick stallion directory. South Dakota can lay claim to more than its share of racing icons. “Lost Atlantis was really one of the only nicely bred horses in South To name just a few, Bill Mott, D. Wayne Lukas and brothers Cash Dakota and as far as I know the only Northern Dancer son that stood and Steve Asmussen all have strong ties to the state. Although Lukas around here,” Ryno said about the stallion who earned $12,754 on the was born in Wisconsin, he cut his teeth as a trainer at the now extinct track and stood at Everett Smalley’s Smalley Farm in Fort Pierre. Park Jefferson in the state’s Since the pairing of southeast corner near the Southern Tami and Lost Iowa and Nebraska border. Atlantis seemed to work, Before South Dakota native Ryno decided to breed Mott trained the incomthem just about every parable Cigar, he saddled season, and in 1988 the his first winner on the mare produced her fourth state’s bush track circuit foal by the stallion. As not long after working at Little Bro Lantis grew, Keith and Marilyn AsmusRyno suspected he could sen’s farm, where Eclipse be a useful horse. Award-winning jockey Cash “When we started workand Eclipse Award-winning ing with him we knew Canterbury Park trainer Steve spent their earhe had some talent, but Minnesota’s Canterbury Park might have been Little Bro Lantis’ ly childhoods. Jockey Perry he turned out a little favorite track, but the gelding proved that he could win just Compton, who rode nearly better than we thought,” about anywhere over any surface and at any distance. 3,700 winners before hangRyno said with a chuckle. ing up his tack in December at Remington Park, also hails from South “There’s never been anything like him to come out of this area.” Little Bro Lantis made his unofficial racing debut in Aberdeen, Dakota. That’s a lot of human horsepower, especially considering that on South Dakota, where he won a trial race and then a minor futurity. the first Saturday in May there are about as many people at Churchill In his first official start for Ryno, who also trained the gelding, Little Downs as there are in Sioux Falls, the largest city in the Mount Bro Lantis ran like you might expect a South Dakota-bred to run. Sent Rushmore State. But, when it comes to top racehorses bred in South off at odds of 41-1 at Nebraska’s Fonner Park on April 12, 1990, he Dakota, there are really just two—Win Stat, a two-time graded stakes finished eighth in a $5,450 maiden special weight contest. Five starts winner in the 1980s, and Little Bro Lantis, a remarkably consistent and later, he ended his juvenile campaign with a trip to the winner’s circle versatile gelding who faced the starter 120 times and banked $719,866 after beating maiden claiming foes at Ak-Sar-Ben in Omaha. As a 3-year-old at Canterbury Downs (now Canterbury Park), Little to easily top the state’s all-time earnings list. The story of the latter serves as an inspiration for breeders, owners and trainers around the country Bro Lantis developed into a solid claimer. Then that summer he tried that they can indeed find that special horse who outruns his pedigree the turf for the first time, and he liked it. A lot. An allowance victory in his turf debut caught the attention of Bob Hall, and when he saw the and the odds to make it to the big time. horse entered two weeks later for a $12,500 tag, he took him. Small-time Start Little Bro Lantis and 104 other South Dakota-breds comprised the On the Road to Arlington After one start at Canterbury for Hall and his father-in-law William state’s foal crop in 1988. Like most of his fellow state-breds, his pedigree McCollough—a second-place finish on the grass against allowance was not exactly loaded with black-type. “His mother wasn’t anything outstanding,” said Bob Ryno, who bred company—his new owners decided to take their chances in Chicago. “I hauled him myself the first time we went to Arlington Park for a and raised Little Bro Lantis at his small farm near Wood, a town with a starter allowance grass race, and then they announced the day before population of less than 100. “She was kind of a cheap mare.” Also bred by Ryno, that mare was Southern Tami, a daughter of the it was coming off the grass because they had some big races on the Tim Tam stallion Tamasaiche who earned a whopping $240 in 10 offi- weekend,” Hall remembered. “All the guys around the barn said you cial starts. She performed better as a broodmare—her first runner, a full can’t run a 3-year-old with all those old class horses on the dirt, but we sister to Little Bro Lantis named Amber Lilly, won several small stakes won easily; he just played with them. That was one of my biggest thrills ever, that little starter race.” at recognized and non-recognized tracks in the state. There would be plenty more thrills to come, but not for a while. As for the process of choosing a mate for Southern Tami, Ryno didn’t Southern Racehorse • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013 35

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“The racing writers in Chicago always played him down—you know, a small-time outfit, small-time owners, a South Dakota-bred,” Hall said. “I remember in the previews they’d get to him and they’d say, ‘South Dakota?’ Like the old picante sauce commercial…this horse is from South Dakota? No matter what he did he never got any respect.” Despite losing by just a neck in the previous year’s edition of the $100,000 Stars and Stripes, Little Bro Lantis was relegated to a spot in the mutuel field. At odds of 43-1, the equine version of Rodney Dangerfield shot to the front and drew away to an easy 2 ½-length victory. Later that summer, the former claimer entered the starting gate for the Grade 1 Arlington Million. Although he faded to seventh after setting the pace, making it to one of the world’s premier races made his connections proud. “It rained so hard that I remember we were sitting at the hotel and you couldn’t see out the window,” Hall said. “He ran his heart out but the turf was just so wet.” Even though it’s been 20 years since that edition of the Arlington Million, Scherer still has fond memories Louisiana native Merrill Scherer has saddled more than 1,300 winners of that day. during his career, and Little Bro Lantis was his first major stakes winner. “I remember it like it was yesterday,” he said. “Just to ‘Little Bro’ lost his next seven starts before getting back on track against be in that race was special with people coming from all over the world. starter allowance company at Fair Grounds early in 1992. Then at odds Mr. [Dick] Duchossois [then owner of Arlington Park] had a great of 14-1, he jumped up and won the $30,000 Mardi Gras Handicap party and dressed as the Lone Ranger, he rode in on a white horse. It in New Orleans. That spring and summer he finished second in three was first class.” consecutive Grade 3 grass races at Arlington, and Hall knew he had Besides outrunning his pedigree and the odds on the toteboard, something special on his hands. Little Bro Lantis continued to plug Little Bro Lantis also earned accolades for his longevity. From ages away, but he still lacked a true breakthrough performance. three to nine, he made at least 13 starts annually and he compiled That moment came in the spring of 1993, shortly after Hall 23 career wins, eight against stakes foes, while racing at 15 differtransferred the gelding from trainer Clayton Gray to Merrill Scherer, a ent tracks. He set three track records, and his 1 1/16-mile turf course Louisiana native and consistent winner at tracks all over the Midwest record at Canterbury, where he is a member of the track’s hall of fame, and South. Dismissed at 28-1 in the $75,000 Cicero Mile Handicap has stood for 18 years. A frontrunner going long on the turf, he could at Sportsman’s Park, Little Bro Lantis took an early lead and never gave also come from the clouds and get up at the wire to win a six-furlong it up. Although he preferred the turf, the gelding would run on any sprint. While much of his success came at Canterbury and Arlington, Little surface and proved that in the dirt stakes. “He was an amazing horse,” said Scherer of the gelding who gave Bro Lantis was also a familiar face in the southern region of the counhim his first career black-type stakes win and later his first graded stakes try as he faced the starter 26 times at Fair Grounds and made singular win. “He could run short, long, dirt, grass, mud, anything. He even appearances at Remington and Bandera Downs (finishing second in ran up and down the hills [on the turf course at Dueling Grounds (now the San Antonio Derby). “It was a joy to train him; he was a dream,” said Scherer, whose sons Kentucky Downs)].” Gary and Richard are also trainers. “Not a pretty horse, just a running Perhaps because of his unfamiliar pedigree or the letters “SD” for his birthplace, Little Bro Lantis never got much respect at the betting horse.” windows. Both Scherer and Hall point to the Grade 3 Stars and Stripes Time Catches Up with Little Bro As the years went by, Hall and Scherer knew there would come a Handicap in 1993 at Arlington as the horse’s defining moment and time when they would either have to retire Little Bro Lantis from the evidence of how he was so often overlooked.


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track or risk losing him in a claiming race. At that point, keeping him clippings of all of his races. in training had nothing to do with money, but it was something the “I think he did a lot for racing because it showed that the little horse wanted. guys who don’t have $200,000 to spend can still play this game,” “I’ve never seen an animal that loves the routine of the track life like Hall said. he did,” Hall said. “If we took him away from the track, he would just Greatness without Explanation Those who know Little Bro Lantis best—his breeder, owner and hang his head, like he was being punished.” Still competitive at age nine—he just missed winning a minor stakes trainer—are universally stumped when it comes to unraveling how the that year—Little Bro Lantis was claimed from Hall for $12,500, the South Dakota-bred held his own with some of the best turf horses in same price he originally paid, a couple of days before Thanksgiving training. “I have no idea,” Ryno said. “I guess he had enough of that old in 1997. That made for a very somber holiday in the Hall household. “I didn’t get to talk to my wife for a long time after that,” Hall said. breeding that he still had some pretty stout qualities left. “I lost Little Bro before he got to his potential, and that probably “We loved him; he was our pet. When you have a horse you get at three helped him get to his potential when I lost and you lose him when he’s nine, that’s a him,” joked Ryno. long time. While Ryno might not draw com“He just didn’t have what it took to run Lost Atlantis – Southern Tami, by Tamasaiche parisons to Mott or Lukas as a trainer, he in allowances and stakes, but what are you Year Starts Wins Seconds Thirds Earnings proved to be a more than capable horsegoing to do with a horse that will be miser1990 6 1 1 2 $5,972 man when he saddled K Z Bay, a $3,500 able if you retire him and put him on the 1991 17 4 5 2 $36,890 1992 15 4 6 2 $103,441 yearling purchase, to an upset victory in farm?” 1993 15 3 1 5 $194,892 the $115,000 Lady Canterbury Breeders’ The following summer, 10-year-old 1994 17 3 2 3 $174,832 Cup Stakes in 1997. K Z Bay and Little Little Bro Lantis dropped to the $10,000 1995 15 3 0 1 $86,754 Bro Lantis faced each other that year at level at Ellis Park. In the 120th start of his 1996 17 3 0 2 $66,230 1997 13 2 2 4 $46,005 Canterbury, with Ryno defeating his old career, he set the pace into deep stretch 1998 5 0 1 0 $4,850 charge, though he conceded the outcome before finishing second. Hall claimed him Total: 120 23 18 21 $719,866 might have been different in Little Bro’s back that day, but he would never race heyday. again. On the board in more than half of “We just let them run like horses used to be,” Ryno said about raishis starts, the gelding had 18 seconds and 21 thirds to go with his 23 ing Little Bro Lantis. “We didn’t box stall them or anything. They’d victories. “He broke his sesamoid,” remembered Scherer about that final race. stay out there in winter and summer, running up and down the hills.” Ryno, Hall and Scherer all suggest Little Bro’s tremendous heart as “But Mr. Hall and his wife loved that horse, so they did the right thing a trait that perhaps helped make up for anything he didn’t have in his and put him in a stall and turned him out.” With his racing career over, there was only one place to go for Little pedigree. And all three were thrilled that he got to enjoy a retirement Bro. For a horse with his heart, soundness and versatility, it should doing what he loved, or at least the closest thing to racing. Asked in 2004 about Little Bro Lantis, Scherer still marveled about come as no surprise to know he spent many more years at the track as a pony horse for Scherer, and then after a short retirement on a farm, he the then nearly 20-year-old gelding. “I’m glad to see him out there on the track every morning,” Scherer passed away three years ago at the age of 22. “I remember a horse got loose once and he ran him down like it said, adding somewhat seriously that given a few months of training he was nothing,” said Hall about Little Bro Lantis’ days as a pony horse. could win a race against conditioned claimers. “You’d never think he was 19 years old seeing him out there on the track. “Someone joked that the fastest horse on the track was a pony.” “We couldn’t use him in the afternoons because when the bell rings Although Little Bro earned most of his $719,866 bankroll for Hall, he wanted to run off,” Scherer recalled. “He’s just a big, fat son-of-ait’s not the financial gain the owner remembers most. “It was a dream of my father-in-law’s to have his name on a horse gun.” You could say that Little Bro Lantis was one in a million, and the with me,” Hall said. “He was getting up in age and he has since passed away, but he’d go to maybe two races each year in Chicago and we people whose lives he touched will never forget him. “All I had to do was put the right shoes on him and he’d give me his would almost always win. It was great to see the enjoyment he got out all,” said his former trainer. “He lived a good life and was very good to of it.” Hall still went to see Little Bro Lantis the pony horse occasionally me. He was not a pretty horse, but he could run, and that’s all you can at Scherer’s barn at Churchill Downs, and he still has tapes and news really ask for from a horse.” H

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Autumn Action


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A pictorial review of the fall stakes at Remington Park and a Texas-bred winning against open company

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$100,000 Happy Ticket Stakes Okie Ride Louisiana Downs $50,000 Remington Park Turf Sprint Stakes • Remington Park 1 Mile, Turf • 1:36.90 • September 7 5 Furlongs, Turf • :56.40 • September 13 2-year-old filly by My Golden Song 6-year-old gelding by Candy Ride (Arg) out of Tic Tic, by Geiger Counter out of Belle of the Band, by Dixieland Band Breeder/Owner: Richter Family Trust (Oklahoma) Breeder: Clarence Scharbauer Jr. (Texas) Trainer: Kenneth Nolen • Jockey: Luis Quinonez Owner: Anjo Racing Inc. Trainer: Andrew Konkoly • Jockey: Donald Simington

My Brother Don More Than Even

$50,000 Te Ata Stakes • Remington Park 7 Furlongs • 1:23.35 • September 20 3-year-old filly by Stephen Got Even out of Sallybrooke, by Dehere Breeder/Owner: Doyle Williams (Oklahoma) Trainer: Mike Teel • Jockey: Alex Birzer

$50,000 Tishomingo Stakes • Remington Park 7 Furlongs • 1:22.82 • September 20 3-year-old gelding by Fast Play out of Cherry’s Hunter, by Jade Hunter Breeder: Ron Wise (Oklahoma) • Owner: Ron Wise and Aaron Swan Trainer: Scott Young • Jockey: Glenn Corbett

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Honey’s Ryan


$50,000 E.L. Gaylord Memorial Stakes • Remington Park 6 ½ Furlongs • 1:16.15 • October 25 2-year-old filly by Student Council out of Run Carrie Run, by Orientate Breeder: University of Kentucky (Kentucky) Owner: Rusty Taylor, Elaine Holliday, Mike Walker and Margaret and Jerry Davis Trainer: Scott Young Jockey: Alex Birzer

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Harnessing the Cold to Treat Laminitis

Cryotherapy could be one of the keys to preventing and treating the devastating disease


By Kimberly French

Cryotherapy, or the use of cold temperatures for medical treatments, was first experimented with in the 17th century, and now it’s making a bit of a comeback. As an example, the Welsh national rugby team used a cryotherapy chamber in Poland prior to their preparation for the 2011 World Cup final, and various soccer players have engaged in the technique before their big matches. “This is how cryotherapy works its magic,” wrote Telegraph sportswriter Jonathan Liew, who underwent a cryotherapy session not long after the Welsh rugby team. “Essentially, it fools your body into flooding the bloodstream with endorphins by convincing you that you are dying. Your veins open to three times their normal diameter and blood rushes to the surface. Among the immediate effects are pain relief, superior healing times and revitalization of the skin.” Cryotherapy derives its name from the Greek words cryo (cold) and therapy (cure). Simply put, cryotherapy incorporates the use of very low temperatures for various sorts of medical issues. It works by slowing down cell metabolism, reducing inflammation and relieving pain. In human medicine, it is practiced by using ice packs or specially designed chambers.

So what does cryotherapy have to do with horses? It is being used to treat laminitis. Anyone in the horse industry realizes how devastating this disease is and how difficult it is to treat, as it never presents itself in the same fashion with any two horses. Since no one method of therapy has proven to be successful in treating laminitis or reversing its effects, some veterinarians have instituted cryotherapy in their laminitis treatment arsenal and are enjoying a fairly high level of success. “Laminitis research is difficult, expensive and sometimes heartbreaking,” wrote Dr. Christopher Pollitt, of the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science and director of the Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit, at the 2007 Geneva Conference for Medicine and Surgery. “We cling to strongly held opinions, rather than facts, for far too long after evidence invalidates their soundness. However, two laminitis facts have recently emerged that will make a difference. Firstly, cryotherapy is a proven preventative if applied during the developmental phase of laminitis. The challenge is being proactive and medically smart enough to predict which ill horses may develop laminitis in the next few hours and to instigate long-term cryotherapy now.” As in human medicine, cryotherapy can be used on horses in various ways. The most rudimentary method is icing or cold wraps, usually for a sprain or some other sort of pain. Treatment variations include ice sleeves, ice boots or simply standing a horse in a tub of ice water. More expensive forms of cryotherapy include the Game Ready system, which operates on compression; the Australian ice tub, which moves ice water up and down a horse’s legs; and the Equine Spa, which uses refrigeration and a pump. 40

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Pollitt and his associate, Dr. Andrew van Eps, have conducted two published studies on cryotherapy. Pollitt used ice water for his, and Eps reviewed three methods: a wader boot filled with ice water, a fluid bag filled with water and an ice boot. Both men determined that cryotherapy was successful at treating laminitis in its early stages and hoped a better means of applying the technique would become commercially available so a horse can move around instead of having to stand still in water for hours at a time. “Continuous distal limb cryotherapy shows considerable promise as a technique for preventing acute laminitis,” Pollitt wrote. It is thought that cryotherapy might be an excellent means of halting laminitis because the cold temperatures inhibit the disease’s progression in the damaged tissues in the hoof wall. Also, there might be a connection between certain enzymes being present that contribute to the development of the actual condition, but as with most circumstances surrounding laminitis, no one knows for sure. These studies merely scratch the surface of the effectiveness of cryotherapy as a laminitis treatment, and while providing some answers, they also raise more questions. One being, will a horse’s hoof be affected after it remains in water for extremely long periods of time? Van Eps told The Horse Magazine that he “prefers most horses to remain with their legs immersed in ice water for five to seven days.” Another question is how to determine if a horse is in the developmental phase of laminitis. This can be difficult to determine medically because of the variety of trigger factors that could be at work. “Currently, the most challenging aspect of cryotherapy in the clinical situation is the identification of cases that will develop laminitis and subsequently deciding when to initiate and cease cryotherapy in these cases,” Pollitt wrote. “A biological marker to identify horses at imminent risk of developing laminitis is needed. Such a marker would define the clinically silent developmental phase of laminitis in individual cases and greatly improve the potential for prevention of the acute disease.” Then there is how long would the cold therapy have to be used for? “Any means by which the distal limbs can be continually exposed to temperatures of 0 to 5 degrees Celsius is acceptable,” Pollitt wrote. “The cooling method should include the hoof and its solar surface. We suggest cooling the limb up to the top of the cannon, as this appears to result in more effective cooling of the lamellar region. Cooling just the feet is not enough. Ice and water immersion is effective, practical and inexpensive. Commercial cryotherapy cuff devices could be modified to include the hoof, though this is practically difficult. These devices are usually designed for compression as well as cooling. The effects of prolonged compression on the equine distal limb are currently unknown.” As more research is conducted, hopefully those questions and the litany of others that will undoubtedly arise will be resolved and cryotherapy will be a ray of hope to many horse owners. H

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November/December 2013  

This issue includes a look back at the incredible stallion career of Valid Expectations, recaps of the Oklahoma Derby and Oklahoma Classics,...

November/December 2013  

This issue includes a look back at the incredible stallion career of Valid Expectations, recaps of the Oklahoma Derby and Oklahoma Classics,...