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Yearlings/new sires to watch at Fasig Tipton July

July 15th, 2013

By J.J. Hysell

The Fasig-Tipton July Yearling Sale has arrived, and there are several youngsters by new sires who will go through the ring.

The most intriguing new sires according to In the Money projections:

1. Lookin at Lucky – Classy racehorse who rarely ran a poor race, he delivers classic Mr. Prospector – Danzig bloodlines

2. Eskendereya – Many of his foals appear to be sizeable, grand physical specimens. Pedigree reads like a Hall of Champions.

3. Warrior’s Reward – Plenty of options with this sire by the prolific Medaglia d’Oro who boasts Mr. Prospector on the dam side. It will be interesting to see the response to his youngsters at this sale.

4. Majesticperfection – Speedy son of Harlan’s Holiday was a freak on the track; quickness in the genes and could produce some win-early types.

Additional sires represented by their first yearlings in the sale are: Midshipman, Summer Bird, Hold Me Back, Munnings, Tale of Ekati, Super Saver, Line of David, Temple City, Desert Party, Quality Road, Tizdejavu, Kantharos, and Blame.


HIP 27 – filly by Warrior’s Reward – Invasion by Dynaformer

Versatile pedigree 

HIP 40 – Bright Blue, a black colt by Midnight Lute – Lady Gallapiat by Gallapiat

Texas-bred half-brother to Lady Giacomo

HIP 49 – colt by Midnight Lute – Lights Out Lewie by General Royal

Classic meets the new star as A.P. Indy and Secretariat bloodlines join Midnight Lute

HIP 61 – filly by Awesome Again – Mamselle Aries by Artax

Appealing blend of speed and stamina

HIP 67 – colt by Discreetly Mine – Miss Jeanne Cat by Tabasco Cat

Half-brother to Murjan, champion in Peru

HIP 71 – colt by Flower Alley – Most Awesome by Awesome Again

Lots to like about this route-running pedigree

HIP 75 – colt by Warrior’s Reward – Nakiska Moon by Malibu Moon

Serious bloodlines at likely a nice price

HIP 109 – colt by Desert Party – Rokeby Rosie by Prized

Dam is half to Silverbulletday

HIP 133 – filly by Midnight Lute – Skipstone out of Montbrook

Black filly boasts some classy names in the pedigree

HIP 162 – colt by English Channel – Ting a Folie (ARG) by Careafolie (IRE)

That’s a unique pedigree

HIP 174 – filly by Eskendereya – Uncontrollable by Wild Again

Half-sis to Meistersinger, Southern Truth; could be value here

HIP 203 – filly by Warrior’s Reward – Betty’s Baroness by Smarty Jones

Dam is half of Excellent Meeting



HIP 64 – Chosen Road, filly by Quality Road – Meter Maid by Geiger Counter

HIP 72 – colt by Tapit – Mother Russia by Myakovsky

HIP 89 – colt by Flashy Bull – Pleasure Cat by Cat’s Career

HIP 103 – filly by Pulpit – Refernedum by Unbridled

HIP 116 – colt by Super Saver – Sagamoon by Malibu Moon

HIP 130 – colt by Malibu Moon – Silver Reserve by Silver Deputy

HIP 153 – colt by Malibu Moon – Sweet and Savory by Storm Cat

HIP 213 – colt by Wildcat Heir – Carol’s Amore by Two Punch

HIP 240 – Seeking Paradise, filly by Blame – Eden’s Storm by Stormy Atlantic





ITM 2-year-old to Watch Ride on Curlin sets track record at Ellis Park

July 13th, 2013

By J.J. Hysell

In the Money 2-year-old to Watch Ride on Curlin set a track record in an impressive win at Ellis Park Saturday.

The son of Curlin, making his second start, took the early lead and drew off to win by more than seven lengths, finishing the five and a half furlongs in 1:03.

Calvin Borel was aboard, and he was the rider when Ride on Curlin made his debut at Churchill Downs on June 21. In that effort, he got off to slow start but rated well and rallied to finish second behind the highly regarded Mark Casse trainee Conquest Two Step.

Kentucky-bred Ride on Curlin is trained by William Gowan and owned by Daniel J. Dougherty.


Trainer Mike Maker seeking a Super Saturday

July 12th, 2013

By J.J. Hysell

Trainer Mike Maker is hoping for a Super Saturday of racing nationwide as he has several contenders entered in stakes at Arlington, Colonial and Canterbury. Not surprisingly, many of those entered are by sire Kitten’s Joy. All but one of the stakes races is scheduled for turf.

Maker’s strongest hand appears to be at Arlington, where he has five entered in four stakes races. Leading the list is Dark Cove, the even money favorite on the rail with jockey Rosie Napravnik in the Grade 3 Stars and Stripes set for 1 1/2-miles. The son of Medaglia d’Oro, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, is having a solid year so far and is coming in off a win in the Grade 3 Louisville Handicap.

Artemus Kitten, a 5-year-old mare by Kitten’s Joy, is 8-1 on the morning line of the Grade 3 Modesty at 1 3/16-miles. Julien Leparoux will be aboard. Leparoux is also slated to ride 3-1 favorite Admiral Kitten in the Grade 2 American Derby, one of two for Maker in that race. Also a son of Kitten’s Joy owned by the Ramseys, Admiral Kitten is a consistent grass runner whose only off race was on synthetic in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway. Maker’s other contender is Moro Tap, an allowance winner with Rosie Napravnik aboard who is 10-1.

Maker sends a 20-1 longshot in the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap in Beer Garden. This is the son of Tapit’s first stakes try and he’ll have Leparoux in the saddle.

Fear the Kitten at Keeneland

Fear the Kitten at Keeneland

Maker also has top barn members at Colonial Downs for the Virginia Derby card. In the marquee race, Maker has Illinois-bred Fear the Kitten – one of three sons of Kitten’s Joy in the 1 1/4-mile test –  who is seeking his first win since an allowance victory in November. Out of a Dynaformer mare, Fear the Kitten, at 15-1 with Horacio Karamanos aboard, is an interesting long shot.

Shaun Bridgmohan gets the call on the three other Maker trainees at Colonial. Always Kitten, winner of last year’s Happy Ticket Stakes, is 8-1 in the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks at 1 1/8-miles. Veteran competitor Bernie the Maestro, a consistent 6-year-old gelding, is the 5-2 favorite in the 1 1/2-mile Kitten’s Joy Stakes, a race named for the 2004 Virginia Derby winner. Thank You Marylou is a Virginia-bred 2-year-old filly by Birdstone making her debut in the Tippett Stakes. She drew the rail post and is 9-2.

Maker is also hoping for success at Canterbury Park, where he has Awesome Flower in the Lady Canterbury Stakes and Derby Kitten in the Mystic Mile Stakes – the only non-turf race in the lineup. Both are slated to be ridden by Chris Landeros.






Freedom Child likely for Jim Dandy

July 11th, 2013

West Point Thoroughbreds announced Wednesday that Freedom Child, 13th in the Belmont Stakes in his last start, is likely for the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 27.

Freedom Child, a son of Malibu Moon, romped over a sloppy track in the Peter Pan on May 11. In the Belmont Stakes, he tangled with Frac Daddy and Oxbow for the early pace through the opening mile before fading in the 1 1/2-mile test.

Freedom Child, owned by West Point, St. Elias Stable and Spendthrift Farms and trained by Thomas Albertrani, is 2 of 7 for his career with earnings of $167,072.


Analysis: 2-year-olds to Watch

July 10th, 2013

ITM analysis of the top 2-year-olds to watch from: July 2 – July 10

(* denotes a previous ITM Horse to Watch)


*Closing Report (filly, Closing Argument – Majestic Report by Corporate Report) – We tabbed her as one to watch after her impressive debut win, and she followed up with another win while moving up to stakes company. The Bret Calhoun runner snatched the lead early and drew off to win the TTA Sales Futurity at Lone Star by more than three lengths. The Louisiana-bred is tops among the Lone Star-based juvenile fillies.

Skylander Girl (filly, Stroll – Heliotrope by Northern Score) – She’s following in the footsteps of her prolific dam, a Nassau Stakes winner who was quite successful at Woodbine, showing promise by winning the My Dear Stakes on synthetic in her second start for trainer Alexander Patykewich. She’s also one of several recent winners for sire Stroll.

Skydreamin (colt, Sky Mesa – Unfinished Dream by Silver Deputy) – The Jeff Bonde runner is 2 for 2 – both stakes wins – after notching an easy win in the Everett Nevin Stakes at Pleasanton. Sharp final time of 1:03.74 for the 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt; he’s won on two surfaces.

Gallivanting (turf) (gelding, Henrythenavigator – Gone to Utah by Salt Lake) – Second to Long On Value in the Jamestown Stakes in his debut, this Virginia-bred is one to monitor on grass.

Look Quickly (filly, Run Away and Hide – Fame’s Flame by Western Flame) – The California-bred is 2 for 2 after coming from off the pace for a driving win in the Juan Gonzalez Memorial at Pleasanton.

Circustown Flyer (colt, Early Flyer – Rockin Regent by Gold Regent) – He moved his record to 2 for 2 with a win over state-bred company at Lone Star in the TTA Sales Futurity; one of many promising 2-year-olds for trainer Bret Calhoun.


Boji Moon (gelding, Cactus Ridge – Philadelphia Moon by Malibu Moon) – This Iowa-bred gave one of the best debut performances of a juvenile so far this season with his head-turning 12-length romp at Prairie Meadows. Pedigree of the Chris Richard trainee is a good mix of speed and stamina.

The Boot Wildcat (gelding, Wildcat Heir – Sally Got the Boot by Storm Boot) – This is one swift Florida-bred, one of several impressive winners for sire Wildcat Heir recently at Gulfstream Park. Under the guidance of Hugo Sanchez, this Larry Pilotti runner sped clear from the gate and crossed the finish line in track-record time: :51.56 for the four and a half furlongs.

Stop Smiling (filly, It’s No Joke – Starinthemeadow by Meadowlake) – This Florida-bred’s eye-catching late rally at 15-1 in her debut at Hollywood Park signaled she’s one to watch for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. She went five furlongs in :58.21. She’s a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Weemisfrankie. A solid run for second by Florida-bred Abide in Me (Tiz Wonderful).

Richies Party Girl (turf) (filly, Any Given Saturday – Very Special Lite by Majestic Lite) – After a disappointing seventh place finish on dirt in her debut at Churchill Downs, this Wesley Ward trainee turned it around with a switch to grass in a very sharp performance. She broke well – an improvement over her awkward start in the debut – and, when the challengers came at her, she repelled them with an energetic second wind. She had plenty left at the wire and covered the six furlongs in 1:09.70. Another to watch from the race is Todd Pletcher’s Paradise Alley (Flower Alley), a daughter of Sealy Hill who should improve with experience.

All in Moon (colt, More Than Ready – Cloud Rise by Buddha) – Is he a prelude to what’s coming at Saratoga from Todd Pletcher? If so, look out. Perfect debut under Javier Castellano at Belmont, as he stalked Patent and drew off untested for a sharp win at five furlongs in :57.51. Some nice prospects behind him, including Patent (A.P. Indy), who should develop with more experience and distance.

Joedini (colt, Bernardini – Melisa Jo by Fusaichi Pegasus) – Professional debut by this well-bred Tom Amoss trainee at Indiana Downs, who went five furlongs in :57.86. He sat off the pace, made his move and strolled clear with ease. His dam is multiple graded stakes-placed Melissa Jo and that’s a future router’s pedigree.

Yes Liz (filly, Yes It’s True – For Scarlett by Red Ransom) – Speaking of Pletcher, he has another promising Stonestreet filly in this debutante winner, who easily dispatched her foes going five furlongs in :57.99 over a track rated good.

I Will Be Free (filly, Kodiak Kowboy – Mrs. M by Mecke) – She dominated the competition in her second start at Calder; a half-sister to Dan the Tin Man, she boasts a nice pedigree for an off track.

Nevada Deputy (turf) (filly, Pollard’s Vision – Northern Deputy by Deputy Commander) – After a troubled trip in her debut on dirt, she switched to grass and showed a notable late kick – and a gutsy move to split horses in the stretch – to win the 7 1/2-furlong test for trainer Steve Asmussen.


Bellarada (filly, Rockport Harbor – Temporada by Summer Squall) – This Illinois-bred benefitted from a smooth, ground-saving inside trip by jockey Julio Felix for a debut win over the synthetic at Arlington Park. She’s a full sister to Banner Bill, who started off his career 3 for 3 including wins in the Colin Stakes and Victoria Stakes at Woodbine.

Copy Catter (colt, Wildcat Heir – Raebear by Our Emblem) – Speedy 8-length romp by this Stephen DiMauro first-time starter who sprinted 4 1/2 furlongs in :51.71. Pedigree indicates he could handle added distance, too.

Forever Juanito (turf) (gelding, Badge of Silver – West Kentucky by Yankee Victor) – After a slow start, he rallied up the rail for a nice third-place finish at 18-1 in his debut going five furlongs on grass at Hollywood Park. The race winner, Celtic Moon, is the first winner for sire Denis of Cork.

Privately Speaking (filly, Discreet Cat – Silk Degrees by Mutakddim) – Sharp debut for the Allen Iwinski trainee at Monmouth Park; the field wasn’t strong, but she won handily.

Run for Logistics (colt, Bernstein – Shiner’s Sister by Mr. Greeley) – Speedy debut for this Eddie Plesa trainee, who jumped to an early lead and drew off to win by more than five lengths going five furlongs at Monmouth Park.

Bad Boy Peter (colt, Fusaichi Pegasus – Fancy and Free by Future Storm) – This Illinois-bred was unchallenged in his victorious debut at Arlington Park. Jockey Kent Desormeaux particularly enjoyed this win, as he guided sire Fusaichi Pegasus to his Kentucky Derby victory in 2000. Final time of five furlongs in :58.92 on synthetic.

Mizzo’s Gold (colt, Private Gold – Mizzo by Free At Last) – He lived up to his billing as the favorite in his debut, romping in front-running fashion for trainer Frank Lucarelli; another rising star from prolific Washington-based sire Private Gold.

Ima Happy Strike (turf) (colt, Smart Strike – More Happy by Vindication) – Dropping to the claiming ranks aided his cause and he’s quite green, but this Allen Milligan runner has flashed talent in his last two starts and has a pedigree for later development.

Pioneer’s Era (gelding, Time Bandit – Pioneer Gal by Pioneering) – This Louisiana-bred endured the widest of trips from the far outside post, yet still managed to close for the win against some experienced rivals in his debut at Evangeline Downs.

Holiday Babe (filly, Harlan’s Holiday – Blinx Babe by Wild Again) – Steady progression by this Hastings Park-based Greg Tracy trainee, who made the winner’s circle when stretching out to six furlongs in her third start.


Graydar back in training, headed to Saratoga

July 9th, 2013

By J.J. Hysell

Donn Handicap and New Orleans Handicap winner Graydar is back in training and is headed to Saratoga this weekend, owner Twin Creeks Racing reported Tuesday.

Graydar underwent surgery in April to remove a bone chip from his front left ankle and has been recuperating at WinStar Farm.

Twin Creeks posted recent pictures of Graydar training at WinStar on Facebook:

Graydar, trained by Todd Pletcher, is a 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song who is 4 for 5 for his career and has earnings of $601,560.


Finnegan’s Wake re-routed to Belmont

July 8th, 2013

Team Donegal reported Monday via twitter that Finnegan’s Wake, fourth in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap, will not travel to Arlington and instead will head to Belmont.

Dale Romans

Dale Romans

The son of Powerscourt is being pointed to the Man o’ War Stakes at 1 3/8-miles on turf on July 13.

Dullahan remains on track for a start in the Arlington Handicap at 1 1/4-miles on turf on July 13. The son of Even the Score worked five furlongs in :59.40 at Churchill Downs Sunday.

Both are trained by Dale Romans.


Bellarmine could return to turf

July 8th, 2013

By J.J. Hysell



Bellarmine could return to turf for his next start.

The son of Magna Graduate, trained by Ken McPeek, is being considered for the $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby for 3-year-olds at Canterbury Park on Aug. 3. The race is a mile on the grass.

Bellarmine, owned by Magdalena Racing, had his two-race win streak halted when he finished fifth in the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes in his last start. He started from the No. 9 post in a field of ten and endured a wide trip in that test.

Bellarmine began his racing career on turf at Gulfstream in February. Sent off at 20-1, he checked on the turn of the 1 1/16-mile race, dropped back to seventh, and rallied to finish second to Kid Lightning.



Lava Man to lead Hollywood Gold Cup post parade

July 4th, 2013

Lava Man, a three-time winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup, will lead the post parade of Saturday’s race, the last edition as Hollywood Park is slated to close.

Lava Man (Photo copyright J.J. Hysell)

Lava Man (Photo copyright J.J. Hysell)

Lava Man, who serves as a stable pony for trainer Doug O’Neill, earned over $5.26 million in 47 starts.

Native Diver is the only other horse to register three straight Gold Cup wins (1965-67).

Lava Man, a California-bred son of Slew City Slew, was a Grade I winner on three surfaces – dirt, turf and synthetic – at Hollywood Park.

A post on the Doug O’Neill Racing Stable Facebook page stated: “Thank you to the management of Hollywood Park for remembering the champ and offering him the opportunity.  We appreciate it!”