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Alumni of 2007 Breeders’ Cup Sprint emerging as new sires to watch

May 30th, 2013

Top three finishers making their mark as sires

By J.J. Hysell

The 2007 Breeders’ Cup Sprint is most remembered as a visually impressive win by Bob Baffert’s Midnight Lute over the sloppy track at Monmouth Park.

Now, the race is proving integral for a different reason: the top three finishers of that race are emerging as sires to watch.

It’s no secret that Midnight Lute has found quick success as a young sire. Top winners from the stallion’s first crop include Sunland Oaks and Acorn Stakes winner Midnight Lucky, Sunland Derby winner Govenor Charlie, San Vicente champ Shakin It Up and Sharp Cat Stakes winner Midnight Ballet. Mylute is his top money-earner, finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness Stakes. In addition, the son of Real Quiet has multiple up-and-coming runners who are just beginning to blossom.

Midnight Lute stands at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Kentucky for a fee of $20,000.

It’s not just the victor who is drawing attention in the breeding ranks. The second and third place finishers from the 2007 Sprint are already making a mark as freshman sires with 2-year-olds just now taking to the track.

California-bred Idiot Proof, a son of Benchmark who finished four and three-quarters lengths behind Midnight Lute, boasts two winners. Both won at very short distances of two to two-and-a-half furlongs, but it’s a good indication of the sprint ability in this talented stallion’s genes. Like his progeny, Idiot Proof did his best running early in his career, winning his debut as a 2-year-old and following up with wins in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Breeders’ Cup Stakes and the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes as a 3-year-old.

Idiot Proof stands in California at Ballena Vista Farm for a fee of $1,500.

Talent Search, who was campaigned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Mark Shuman for most of his career, never finished worse than fourth in 15 starts. The son of Catienus finished third in the 2007 Sprint at 17-1. Like Idiot Proof, he was a precocious sort, winning his first three races. He was at his best at sprint distances.

Talent Search boasts two winners from five starters: He’s Got Talent and Hollywood Talent, both owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Wesley Ward.

Talent Search stands at the Ramsey’s Farm in Kentucky for $2,500.




Cleverly-named progeny of freshman sire Einstein

May 30th, 2013

As anticipated, racing fans won’t be let down when it comes to cleverly named progeny of freshman sire Einstein.

Owners and breeders are taking advantage of opportunities provided by some nifty matings.

Here are a few examples (via

E Equalsmcsquared (filly out of Prairie Spring)

Wildly Brilliant (colt out of Missys Gone Wild)

Academic Probation (filly out of Dblsecretprobation)

Theoryofrelativity (colt out of Border Bound)

Atomic Brew (filly out of Before Sundown, who is by Milwaukee Brew)

Ein of the Tiger (filly out of Toga Tiger)

Plum Smart (filly out of Precious Plum)

My Dads a Genius (filly out of Pleasant Thunder)

Moleculesinmotion (gelding out of Twine Flies)

Mensa Miss (filly out of Nice Again)

Nerdy Chick (filly out of At the Altar)




Fury Kapcori working toward return

May 30th, 2013

Fury Kapcori, who suffered an injury during this year’s Triple Crown trail, has returned to training at Golden Gate Fields.

The son of Tiznow, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, reportedly underwent knee surgery during time off after finishing second in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity in December.

Fury Kapcori has posted two works on the Golden Gate synthetic: three furlongs in :36.20 on May 22 and three furlongs in :37.00 on May 29.

The colt is 2 of 5 with two seconds and $221,000 in earnings.


Channing Hill vaults to top of Arlington Park standings

May 29th, 2013

A three-win day on Wednesday helped jockey Channing Hill vault to the top of the Arlington Park standings.

Hill won three straight races on the card – two for trainer Wayne Catalano and one for Danny Peitz. One of those wins was aboard Ascot Eye, an impressive 3-year-old debut runner for Peitz and Shadwell Stable.

Hill has tallied 17 wins from 68 starts for earnings of $458,306.

Hill returned to Arlington Park this season after riding in Saudi Arabia for a few months late last year.


Rydilluc, Noble Tune headline Penn Mile entries

May 29th, 2013


Entries for Saturday’s $500,000 Penn Mile Stakes going a mile on turf at Penn National:

1. Noble Tune (J. Castellano/C. Brown)

2. Pitch N Roll (H. Villa-Gomez/R. Potts)

3. Yougotthatgoinforu (E. Flores/J.M. Rogers)

4. Are You Kidding Me (L. Saez/R. Attfield)

5. Triple Cross (M. Pino/A. Rice)

6. Jack Milton (J. Velazquez/T. Pletcher)

7. Rydilluc (E. Prado/G. Contessa)

8. Charming Kitten (J. Rosario/T. Pletcher)



Najjaar likely to make next start in Arlington Handicap

May 28th, 2013

Najjaar, who dueled with Atigun behind winner Dark Cove to finish third in the 1 1/2-mile Louisville Handicap on turf at Churchill Downs, is likely to make his next start in the Arlington Handicap at Arlington Park.

“He ran really well and against some good horses,” said trainer Danny Peitz.  “We will aim for the Arlington Handicap.  I think he may want a distance just short of a mile and a half.  Hopefully we’ll get a little more pace in front of him.”

The Grade 3 Arlington Handicap, scheduled for July 13, is 1 1/4-miles on turf.

Midnight Lucky could start next in Prioress Stakes

May 28th, 2013

By J.J. Hysell

Midnight Lucky

Midnight Lucky



Midnight Lucky, impressive winner of Monday’s Grade 1 Acorn Stakes, could make her next start in the Prioress as a stepping stone to the Test Stakes at Saratoga.

Trainer Bob Baffert posted the update via twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

The Prioress, at six furlongs, is July 27 and the Test is August 24.



Jockey Joao Moreira tallies a win, enjoys visit to U.S.

May 27th, 2013
Moreira and Judy the Beauty

Moreira and Judy the Beauty

Singapore’s leading rider says he’ll be back

By J.J. Hysell

Jockey Joao Moriera’s whirlwind weekend started at Arlington on Saturday and ended with a second-place finish in a stakes race at Churchill Downs on Monday.

Moreira, an internationally recognized rider who is a three-time champion jockey in Singapore, came to the U.S. to ride for trainer Wesley Ward. His trip was delayed a couple of days due to a visa snafu, but once he got here, he immediately acclimated to the American racing scene.

In his first race at Arlington, Moreira finished third on the Ward-trained Finura in a turf test. He was second aboard Sisterhood for Ward and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey in the Grade 3 Arlington Matron.

Moreira picked up a mount in an additional stakes race with the absence of Garrett Gomez, who took the day off after being involved in a spill at Hollywood Park on Friday. Moreira guided Procurement to a fifth-place finish in the Arlington Classic for Tom Proctor and Glen Hill Farm.

The next day, Moreria – who has raced at venues throughout the world, including Australia, France, Dubai and Hong Kong –  made his first visit to Churchill Downs. After a spin over the track that resulted in a third place finish with Seans Silverdancer in an allowance, Moreira found the winner’s circle.

He tallied his first North American victory with a 25-1 shot, Princess Millie, in the last race of the day for Ward, the trainer that made it all happen.

On Monday, Moreira completed his U.S. tour with a second aboard favorite Judy the Beauty in the Grade 3 Winning Colors.

“It’s been fantastic,” the native of Brazil said of the trip.

When asked if he eyed the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in November at Santa Anita for his return, he replied: “I hope so. . . if I can get a good ride.”

“If there is really an opportunity for me (to ride in the U.S.), I will definitely grab it.”


Verrazano returns to work tab

May 27th, 2013






Verrazano, whose undefeated streak came to an end when he finished 14th in the Kentucky Derby, returned to the work tab Monday at Belmont Park.

The son of More Than Ready, with John Velazquez aboard. went four furlongs in :48.06. The Todd Pletcher trainee is being pointed to the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on June 16.

Let’s Go Racing tweeted an update Monday: “Verrazano zips 47 4/5 out 100.0 Todd P happy – Johnny V said he was on cruise control throughout. Big first step back!”

Verrazano took some time off after the Derby. He suffered a gash on his leg during the Derby.