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    • Though he won one of two races for 2-year-olds held last week at Churchill Downs, trainer John Hancock had hoped to do better. A day after the filly Hopeful Princess (Not This Time) broke her maiden, stablemate Cuz (Ironicus) finished seventh in a maiden race for juvenile colts. Hancock said he believes the reason Cuz didn’t fare better was because he was, under new rules in place at Churchill, not allowed to run on Lasix. “[Cuz] is an exceptionably nice colt,” Hancock said. “We scoped him and he showed signs of bleeding. There is a place for Lasix and a need for it.” Among a number of tracks looking to phase out the use of Lasix, Churchill Downs has instituted house rules banning the medication in all races for 2-year-olds. In 2021, Lasix will not be allowed in stakes races at Churchill. The Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association countered, filing a lawsuit last week in an attempt to block Churchill’s new rule. The horsemen are seeking a restraining order and an injunction to stop Churchill Downs and Keeneland from running 2-year-old races without Lasix. Hancock, a member of the HBPA’s Board of Directors, supports the lawsuit and wants to see Lasix allowed once again in 2-year-old races. “These animals positively need this,” Hancock said. “Taking Lasix away from these horse is not fair to the public, not fair to the animals themselves.” But not every trainer agrees with him. As has been the case since Lasix first surfaced on the racetrack as early as the 1970s, opinions on the drug are all over the map. There are many trainers who, like Hancock, believe Lasix is a vital drug and taking it away will be detrimental to the sport. Others believe the medication is unnecessary and sullies American racing’s image and support efforts to wean the sport off the drug. “I don’t agree with what they are doing,” trainer Kenny McPeek said of the HBPA’s lawsuit. “Internationally, there are so many jurisdictions that do just fine without Lasix. Personally, I don’t understand why it is such a hot issue for the Kentucky HBPA. I wish they’d spend their money on other things like opening up content rather than worrying about Lasix. I know the argument that it has its purposes, but, at same time, there aren’t that many horses that truly need it. I think people will learn that horses run just as well, if not better, without it.” Wesley Ward finished third in the Churchill maiden for fillies and second in the race for colts. “It wasn’t any problem racing them without Lasix,” he said. No trainer has been more affected by the ban on Lasix in 2-year-old races than Ward, who traditionally dominates the early season juvenile races in terms of wins and total starters. It’s been an unusual spring for the trainer, as he has won only two 2-year-old races so far and has seen several of his first-time-starters lose at short prices. The majority of Ward’s 2-year-old starters have come at Gulfstream, which has also banned Lasix in 2-year-old races. “Not at all, Lasix has nothing to do with it,” he said of his slow start to 2-year-old season. “It might be a problem with older horses, but not for 2-year-olds. Our horses have been running well, we’ve just been a little unlucky. Look at how many of them have finished second.” McPeek agrees, saying Lasix is not necessary for 2-year-olds. “If young horses are doing well at that stage in their career then they are not fatigued and they typically eat well,” he said. “The ones who aren’t, you don’t press on with them anyway. I am pretty content running without it. I think it will be fine.” Bret Calhoun sent out two starters in Thursday’s maiden race for males and came away with a fourth and tenth-place finish. He said neither horse bled, but that doesn’t mean that he is a fan of the Lasix ban. “We all know it’s probably safer with Lasix,” he said. “With the two I have run it’s been fine, but I know full well it is going to be a problem and probably sooner than later. Personally, I think it is in the best interests of the horse to run with Lasix from the beginning and not take any chances.” Trainer Phil Schoenthal, whose filly Cool Enough (Tamarkuz) finished fifth in Thursday’s maiden, doesn’t see it that way. “As a horse trainer, I don’t feel like I need Lasix,” he said. “There are horses that bleed that do benefit from it. To me, though, it’s not the end of the world if we can’t have Lasix. I feel like we would adjust without it, go on and it would be fine. I have never understood why all these prominent names in the industry have come out and are so pro-Lasix.” Judge Thomas Wingate will hear the KHBPA’s motion for temporary injunction on May 27 via teleconference. Wingate can clear up the question of whether or not Churchill can ban the drug, but settling the debate will be beyond his reach. The post Among Kentucky Trainers, No Consensus On New Lasix Rules appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
    • Hi Centaur, He was called Kingy (by Kingdom Bay) and trained by Andrew Campbell. Kingy was an impressive individual weighing close to 540KG  He had 3 starts in NZ for 2 wins and a 7th in the Manawatu Sires Produce won by San Luis. I am pretty sure he set a 1100m track record at Otaki as well. During his stint in HK probably his best performance was running 2nd to the Champion galloper Silent Witness .He won in Class 1 in HK (Premier) but I believe he could have been more successful in a top HK stable. However HK Owners in many instances give their horses to trainers that they know or maybe their friends have horses in that stable. Many horses do not reach their potential in HK as proved by the number that come back to NZ and win again. Kingy was retired back to my stable and was a babysitter to a lot of horses until he passed away. Through that horse I made a lot of HK contacts and also made a mate in Andrew so in a way he was a special horse to me.
    • Today’s the day that trainers in Britain can make entries for the first race meeting to be staged in Britain since March 17. Never will there have been so much interest in a Class 6 handicap at Newcastle as there will be next Monday at 1pm when the gates ping back to deliver a long awaited resumption of activity. As we have seen in France and Germany with last-minute interventions and location changes, it is perhaps unwise to assume that racing will actually take place on Monday in Britain, but the appearance of Brant Dunshea, the BHA’s chief regulatory officer, on both British racing channels on Sunday gave the clearest indication yet of the confidence behind racing’s return. And, let’s face it, after the week the British government has just had, any amount of good news it can deliver to the people—even if it’s just the minority of people who follow or work in racing—has to be a bonus. Another new development in British racing this week has been the introduction of training partnerships. Father-and-son teams Simon and Ed Crisford and Paul and Oliver Cole have already signaled their intent to train in tandem, as have husband and wife Daniel and Claire Kübler. Lest there be any doubt, I will not be asking my husband whether he would like me to join him in training the horses. As a wise person once said, never ask the question if you don’t want to hear the answer. Deauville Detour, Ascot Additions The Poules d’Essai have returned to Deauville after racing was again shut down in the France’s coronavirus red zone around Paris last Tuesday. While moving races from their traditional homes is far from ideal, the French Guineas equivalents worked perfectly well at the Normandy seaside track in 2016 and 2017, and in fact some trainers expressed a preference for keeping them there in order to run those Classics over the straight mile. This year’s races, which will be run next Monday, will be a solely domestic affair, with no international runners allowed in France until the middle of that month. Horses from overseas will be allowed to participate in Britain—only in the three Group 1 races at Newmarket during the first fortnight of action, and thereafter in group and listed races during Royal Ascot week. To steal a line from my TDN colleague T.D. Thornton in his American wrap yesterday, who in turn was paraphrasing lines from one of the best Rolling Stones songs: you can’t always get what you want, but sometimes, you get what you need. What we all want is to be able to go racing, but what we need is for racing to happen in any way, shape or format. I’ll admit that I loathe changes to the traditional race programme but in this dreadful year I’m prepared to accept anything that resembles normality. And who knew watching racing on TV from Bordeaux Le Bouscat while still figuring out what to have for breakfast could be so much fun? I’m already mentally stringing out the bunting and ordering Jocelyn Targett to rustle up a stack of his finest homemade meringues in a bid to emulate the traditional first-day-of-Ascot picnic. And the great news is we have five days of super-charged Ascot cards to keep us entertained, with six extra races to look forward to, including the Palace of Holyrood H., a 3-year-old sprint which will presumably be heavily targeted by Mark Johnston. Scotland’s extra-strict lockdown rules mean that sadly Nicola Sturgeon will not be available for the prize-giving, though Dominic Cummings may be available. Just What The Doctor Ordered Royal Ascot does sadly lose much of its lustre without the Queen. Perhaps a daily Zoom conference could be staged from Windsor Castle to reveal the colour of Her Majesty’s hat. Another regular we’ll be missing is Wesley Ward. But, fear not, because even though America’s surely soon-to-be-knighted trainer won’t be able to wiggle his way out of quarantine, he is still planning to fire a few 2-year-old bullets over Berkshire. Looking after them in Newmarket, he revealed on the Luck On Sunday show, will be the fairly useful stable-hands Frankie Dettori and Kieren Fallon. “We’re going to get over there if at all possible. It’s certainly feasible right now,” said Ward on Sunday morning. “We’ve got a plan in place and we’re all set. We’re going to go to the English National Stud. I am not unfortunately going myself but I have a some staff in place who have worked for me over the course of the winter who have already gone home to England in early March and are waiting for these horses to come. Fortunately I have been in touch Frankie and Kieren Fallon and they are going to help me over there, so we’re looking good right now.” Ward indicated that he plans to send the 3-year-old filly Kimari (Munnings), who was beaten a head when second in last year’s G2 Queen Mary S., as well as Bound For Nowhere (The Factor), who will be making his fourth consecutive visit to Ascot. Having been fourth in the G1 Commonwealth Cup at three and third in the G1 Diamond Jubilee S. in 2018, the 6-year-old stallion is likely to run this time in the G1 King’s Stand S. on the opening day of the meeting. The trainer’s juvenile runners are likely to include the topically-named Fauci (Malibu Moon). Ward said of his 2-year-olds, “I think they’re doing well. We’ve been having to switch things around with the virus here and we brought the horses to Keeneland in early March and then we had to circle right around and bring them back to Florida. My best ones are yet to start. We are looking to have certainly a smaller team than in years past but real quality.” He added, “I have a really nice colt for my owners Ice Wine Stable, who owned No Nay Never in partnership with Coolmore. They named their horse after after Dr Fauci, who is leading the virus situation on the medical side. He’s a very talented horse and he’s scheduled to run on the opening day at Belmont on June 3 and we have a flight scheduled for him on June 5.” Karlshof On A Roll Germany got the action rolling again in Europe in early May and one farm which looks to have a particularly exciting season ahead is Gestüt Karlshof. The stud owned by Bruno and Michaela Faust is probably best known as the breeder of the Classic-winning Monsun (Ger) full-siblings Samum (Ger), Schiaparelli (Ger) and Salve Regina (Ger). Karlshof also bred last season’s Horse of the Year in Germany, Rubaiyat (Fr) (Areion [Ger}), who made a winning return in Berlin on May 10 and is now on course for Monday’s G2 Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (German 2000 Guineas) in Cologne. The colt was sold as a yearling to Darius Racing, which is managed by the Fausts’ son Holger, but the family kept the 3-year-old filly No Limit Credit (Ger) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}), who opened her season with a Group 3 victory at Cologne on May 17. Her juvenile form was also recently boosted by the Classic trial win of Soul Train (Fr) (Manduro {Ger}), whom she beat at Baden-Baden last October. “I do believe that Rubaiyat is the best horse in Germany,” said Holger Faust. “The ground will probably be good to firm on Monday and we believe he is better on softer ground but he is certainly fitter now than he was for his first start this year.” He continued, “No Limit Credit has done nothing wrong so far. She can be excused for her final run last year at Krefeld when the track was very heavy and she was outside all the way on the deeper ground. She is heading now for the 1000 Guineas on June 21 and then we will take it step by step. We have some international plans for her but we need to see how it continues and where the races will be opening up by then.” Faust added that No Limit Credit’s dam Nasrine (Barathea {Ire}) has a 2-year-old filly by Deutsches Derby winner Isfahan (Ger), who is in training alongside her elder half-sister with Andreas Suborics. The mare also has two younger colts by Karlshof’s resident stallion, Counterattack (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}). Daring To Dream Only two seasons ago Almond Eye (Jpn) significantly enhanced the profile of her young sire Lord Kanaloa (Jpn) when becoming only the fifth horse to win Japan’s Fillies’ Triple Crown, and the first since the mighty Gentildonna (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) in 2012. Both those fillies had been beaten on debut at two and ended their 3-year-old campaigns by beating male and elder rivals in the Japan Cup. Now, Japan looks to have another superstar filly in the making in Daring Tact (Jpn), a first-crop daughter of 2014 Japan Cup winner Epiphaneia (Jpn). On Sunday the Haruki Sugiyama trainee, who is owned by hundreds of members of the Normandy Thoroughbred Racing syndicate, extended her unbeaten record to include the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) following her victory in April in the Oka Sho (1000 Guineas). We will have to wait until Oct. 18 to see whether she can emulate Gentildonna and Almond Eye with a Triple Tiara, but in the meantime Daring Tact will prove to be a great poster girl for the JRHA Select Sale, which will be held in Hokkaido on July 13 and 14. Yearlings on offer this year include a full-brother to the G1 Nassau S. winner Deirdre (Jpn) (Harbinger {GB}) and half-brothers to Classic winners La Cressonniere (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}) and Covert Love (Ire) (Azamour {Ire}). Daring Tact was herself sold as a yearling for ¥12,960,000 (£98,000/€110,000) and how now won just shy of ¥300 million (£2.2 million/€2.5 million) in four starts.   The post The Weekly Wrap: The Final Countdown? appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
    • In the front field of Timber Town Stables along Lexington’s Leestown Road, a quiet gray grazes contentedly while keeping a close eye on her two-month-old foal napping nearby. The mare takes a step towards you when approached, but the foal remains in a deep slumber, her four limbs stretched out in all different directions as she enjoys the afternoon sunlight. She opens her eyes slowly when you speak, begrudgingly making her way onto her nimble legs only when coaxed While she enjoys the care-free life of a newborn now, the young filly has much to live up to someday when she steps onto the track. Her mother, Unrivaled Belle (Unbridled’s Song), is a three-time graded stakes winner and Breeders’ Cup Champion. Her full sister, TDN Rising Star Unique Bella (Tapit), is a three-time GI winner who was named champion female sprinter in 2017 and champion older dirt female the next year. {"id":3,"instanceName":"Articles No Playlist","videos":[{"videoType":"HTML5","title":"Unique Bella Full Sister at Timber Town Stables ","description":"","info":"","thumbImg":"","mp4":"https://player.vimeo.com/external/421233379.sd.mp4?s=eaea98bd90327771a89ba038f9ff1a86e9f02a73&profile_id=165","enable_mp4_download":"no","prerollAD":"yes","prerollGotoLink":"prerollGotoLink","preroll_mp4_title":"preroll_mp4_title","preroll_mp4":"https://player.vimeo.com/external/410338234.sd.mp4?s=3ea94ca9ef52d5e706a3ffdbbed20df7c89b4025&profile_id=164","prerollSkipTimer":"5","midrollAD":"no","midrollAD_displayTime":"midrollAD_displayTime","midrollGotoLink":"midrollGotoLink","midroll_mp4":"midroll_mp4","midrollSkipTimer":"midrollSkipTimer","postrollAD":"no","postrollGotoLink":"postrollGotoLink","postroll_mp4":"postroll_mp4","postrollSkipTimer":"postrollSkipTimer","popupAdShow":"no","popupImg":"popupImg","popupAdStartTime":"popupAdStartTime","popupAdEndTime":"popupAdEndTime","popupAdGoToLink":"popupAdGoToLink"}],"instanceTheme":"light","playerLayout":"fitToContainer","videoPlayerWidth":720,"videoPlayerHeight":405,"videoRatio":1.7777777777778,"videoRatioStretch":true,"videoPlayerShadow":"effect1","colorAccent":"#000000","posterImg":"","posterImgOnVideoFinish":"","logoShow":"No","logoPath":"","logoPosition":"bottom-right","logoClickable":"No","logoGoToLink":"","allowSkipAd":true,"advertisementTitle":"Ad","skipAdvertisementText":"Skip Ad","skipAdText":"You can skip this ad in","playBtnTooltipTxt":"Play","pauseBtnTooltipTxt":"Pause","rewindBtnTooltipTxt":"Rewind","downloadVideoBtnTooltipTxt":"Download video","qualityBtnOpenedTooltipTxt":"Close settings","qualityBtnClosedTooltipTxt":"Settings","muteBtnTooltipTxt":"Mute","unmuteBtnTooltipTxt":"Unmute","fullscreenBtnTooltipTxt":"Fullscreen","exitFullscreenBtnTooltipTxt":"Exit fullscreen","infoBtnTooltipTxt":"Show info","embedBtnTooltipTxt":"Embed","shareBtnTooltipTxt":"Share","volumeTooltipTxt":"Volume","playlistBtnClosedTooltipTxt":"Show playlist","playlistBtnOpenedTooltipTxt":"Hide playlist","facebookBtnTooltipTxt":"Share on Facebook","twitterBtnTooltipTxt":"Share on Twitter","googlePlusBtnTooltipTxt":"Share on Google+","lastBtnTooltipTxt":"Go to last video","firstBtnTooltipTxt":"Go to first video","nextBtnTooltipTxt":"Play next video","previousBtnTooltipTxt":"Play previous video","shuffleBtnOnTooltipTxt":"Shuffle on","shuffleBtnOffTooltipTxt":"Shuffle off","nowPlayingTooltipTxt":"NOW PLAYING","embedWindowTitle1":"SHARE THIS PLAYER:","embedWindowTitle2":"EMBED THIS VIDEO IN YOUR SITE:","embedWindowTitle3":"SHARE LINK TO THIS PLAYER:","lightBox":false,"lightBoxAutoplay":false,"lightBoxThumbnail":"","lightBoxThumbnailWidth":400,"lightBoxThumbnailHeight":220,"lightBoxCloseOnOutsideClick":true,"onFinish":"Play next video","autoplay":false,"loadRandomVideoOnStart":"No","shuffle":"No","playlist":"Off","playlistBehaviourOnPageload":"opened (default)","playlistScrollType":"light","preloadSelfHosted":"none","hideVideoSource":true,"showAllControls":true,"rightClickMenu":true,"autohideControls":2,"hideControlsOnMouseOut":"No","nowPlayingText":"Yes","infoShow":"No","shareShow":"No","facebookShow":"No","twitterShow":"No","mailShow":"No","facebookShareName":"","facebookShareLink":"","facebookShareDescription":"","facebookSharePicture":"","twitterText":"","twitterLink":"","twitterHashtags":"","twitterVia":"","googlePlus":"","embedShow":"No","embedCodeSrc":"","embedCodeW":720,"embedCodeH":405,"embedShareLink":"","youtubeControls":"custom controls","youtubeSkin":"dark","youtubeColor":"red","youtubeQuality":"default","youtubeShowRelatedVideos":"Yes","vimeoColor":"00adef","showGlobalPrerollAds":false,"globalPrerollAds":"url1;url2;url3;url4;url5","globalPrerollAdsSkipTimer":5,"globalPrerollAdsGotoLink":"","videoType":"HTML5 (self-hosted)","submit":"Save Changes","rootFolder":"https:\/\/wp.tdn.pmadv.com\/wp-content\/plugins\/Elite-video-player\/"} Timber Town owners Wayne and Cathy Sweezey have monitored the filly’s development since she was foaled earlier this year on March 19. “The foaling itself was pretty normal,” Wayne said. “Unrivaled Belle is fairly professional when it comes to that.” This filly marks Unrivaled Belle’s sixth foal, and the third foaled at Timber Town since owner Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm went to $3.8 million for the elite mare in 2016. The champion mare has checked back in foal to Tapit for next year. “This baby wasn’t very big at birth, but has grown nicely,” Wayne said. “She’s very correct and we won’t have to do any sort of corrective work, so that will make our lives easier.” Wayne said he found several comparisons between the foal and her dam. “I would say the baby is going to grow to be pretty much like the mare. They have the same shoulder and hip, both very well conformed in front.” Last September, the Timber Town consignment sold Unrivaled Belle’s 2018 Tapit colt, now named Vanishing Point, for $1.5 million to Japanese interests. “He was exceptionally correct and handsome,” Wayne said of the now two-year-old colt. “He was a well-balanced individual, and this filly will also be really pretty when she grows up.” But Wayne said he suspects that this year’s filly will not find herself in the sales ring come next fall. “I would guess that Mandy will probably keep this one. She favors grays and this one is going to be gray at the end of the day. I wouldn’t be surprised if it stays in the racing division.” The Sweezeys have enjoyed a close relationship with client Many Pope for decades. “I was at Darby Dan for 20 years prior to starting Timber Town. When Mandy came on board 24 years ago, her goal was to sell a horse at the Fasig-Tipton July sale for a hundred thousand dollars,” Wayne recalled. That goal was quickly met through one of Whisper Hill’s first sells. A colt named Sam P. (Cat Thief) was sold as a yearling in 2005 for $200,000 and went on to place third in the GI Santa Anita Derby before making it to the Kentucky Derby. “As time went on, we had higher goals and everything fell into place over the years,” Wayne said. “When Cathy and I started Timber Town, Mandy joined our operation. She’s by far our largest client and she obviously has the finest mares. It’s been a pleasure to work with these mares because I don’t know that there’s a band of broodmares anywhere as fancy as these unless you go to some of the big farms. Her dedication to the program makes it that much more fun to work for her.” While the breeding season rolls on no matter the circumstances, this spring looks very different at Timber Town. “The pandemic has kept Mandy from coming up here, and I know that has upset her because this is her favorite time of year,” Wayne said. On the management side of the business, social distancing protocols have kept the Timber Town team from accompanying their mares to the breeding shed. “All of our mares usually go the breeding shed with someone from our farm,” he said. “Being a horseman, I want to know what kind of cover I got. So that’s been frustrating for me, but on the flip side, we’re having a super year as far as getting mares in foal, so it’s still business as usual.” In the meantime, they’ve embraced the trend of an enhanced social media presence occurring at many major farms throughout the Bluegrass. “Our social media manager, Michelle Pitts, did a live video in the front field with Unrivaled Belle,” Cathy said.  “We were astounded with how many people were sending comments and questions. Michelle was like ‘hang on guys, I’ve never done this before!’ People loved it.” But racing fans aren’t the only ones in awe of the stacked roster at Timber Town Stables. Wayne and Cathy said that every day, they are grateful for the quality of stock on their farm. “Every night we jump in the Polaris and go for a cruise around the property,” Cathy said. “We look at the mares and foals and the new trees almost every single night. We try not to take anything for granted because we’re very fortunate, especially this time of year when it’s so beautiful.” There’s quite the stacked roster of mares and foals to enjoy on their scenic drives. Songbird (Medaglia d’Oro), Plum Pretty (Medaglia d’Oro), Havre de Grace (Saint Liam), and Groupie Doll (Bowman’s Band) join Unrivaled Belle as some of the top GI winners roaming the Timber Town pastures. “It’s fun to have horses here that have competed against one another,” Wayne said, citing Unrivaled Belle’s win over eventual 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace. “We’re very lucky,” Cathy said. “But let me tell you–in the beginning with the likes of Havre de Grace and Plum Pretty– I mean if you really thought about it, you wouldn’t sleep at night.” “We could handle it then, it was just a whole lot to think about,” Wayne added. Cathy agreed. “Those days are over. We can handle it now.” The post Unique Bella Full Sister Has Big Shoes To Fill appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
    • The 2020 Japan Racing Horse Association (JRHA) Select Sale catalogue, featuring 13 yearlings from the penultimate crop of the late Deep Impact (Jpn), was released on Monday. Despite the ongoing challenges presented by the coronavirus, the live-format sale at the Northern Horse Park offers 257 yearlings on July 13th, with 239 weanlings catalogued for the day after. The JRHA is also preparing to take bids over the phone, as well. Print catalogues will be available the first week of June. Deep Impact’s thirteen yearlings-divided between 10 colts and three fillies-include colts out of French GSW & G1SP Camprock (Fr) (Myboycharlie {Ire}); GII Santa Ynez S. heroine Forever Darling (Congrats); Absolute Lady (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the dam of French dual Classic heroine La Cressonniere (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}); Palace Rumor (Royal Anthem), responsible for 2013 GI Belmont S. winner Palace Malice (Curlin); GI American Oaks winner Cambina (Ire) (Hawk Wing); Sheave (Mineshaft), whose first foal is 2016 GI Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia (Street Boss); another American Oaks winner in Decked Out (Street Boss); French highweight, G1 Prix Rothschild and G1 Coronation S. victress Qemah (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire})’s dam Kartica (GB) (Rainbow Quest); GI Alcibiades S. heroine Wickedly Perfect (Congrats), who has already foaled G2 Hopeful S. winner Hartley (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}); and American Grade II winner Seduire (Elusive Quality). His trio of fillies are out of the mares Teddy’s Promise (Salt Lake), who won the GI La Brea S. and is the dam of Japanese Group 3 winner My Rhapsody (Jpn) (Heart’s Cry {Jpn}); Japanese GSP Tiz Tremendous (Tiz Wonderful); and GI Beverly D. S. winner Euro Charline (GB) (Myboycharlie {Ire}). Among the other high-profile yearling lots are: a full-brother to MG1SW and G1 Nassau S. heroine Deirdre (Jpn) (Harbinger {GB}); a colt by Duramente (Jpn) out of Eclipse Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Proud Spell (Proud Citizen); a Heart’s Cry (Jpn) half-brother to U.S. Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Champagne Room (Broken Vow); a full-sister to Japanese 1000 Guineas/Oaks victress Daring Tact (Jpn) (Epiphaneia {Jpn}); MG1SW & G1 Irish Oaks winner Covert Love (Ire) (Azamour {Ire})’s Heart’s Cry (Jpn) half-brother; a Just a Way (Jpn) filly out of G1 German Oaks heroine Enora (Ger) (Noverre); and a Kitten’s Joy colt out of GI Santa Margarita S. winner Joyful Victory (Tapit). The weanlings set to go through the ring are just as mouth-watering, although there are none by Deep Impact set to be offered. Kitasan Black (Jpn) is the sire of a colt out of South American Group 1 winner Malacostumbrada (Arg) (Lizard Island), making him a half-brother to 2019 Japanese Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Resistencia (Jpn) (Daiwa Major {Jpn}). Heart’s Cry appears to be the recipient of a host of the mares set to go to Deep Impact last term, as he has a full-brother to MG1SW and GI Woodward S. hero Yoshida (Jpn); a half-brother to Japanese 2000 Guineas winner Epoca d’Oro (Jpn) (Orfevre {Jpn}); a colt out of the aforementioned Sheave; a filly out of Chilean champion Divina Preciosa (Chi) (Crocker Road); a colt produced by U.S. Champion 2-Year-Old Filly She’s a Tiger (Tale of the Cat); Argentinean champion juvenile filly Seresta (Arg) (Jump Start)’s 2020 filly foal; and a colt out of MG1SW and G1 Argentina 1000 Guineas victress Giuliet Seattle (Arg) (Seattle Fitz {Arg}) just to name a few. Lord Kanaloa (Jpn) is also well-represented across both days and fields colts out of Group 1 winners Final Score (Ire) (Dylan Thomas {Ire}), Weemissfrankie (Sunriver), Crisp (El Corredor), and Kirramosa (NZ) (Alamosa {NZ}). He also a filly who is a half-sister to Japanese MG1SW Mikki Isle (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}). Plenty of foreign sires also have lots to sell in Hokkaido including American Pharoah, Caravaggio, Dark Angel (Ire), Drefong, Frosted, No Nay Never and The Factor. Last term, the two day sale grossed ¥20.5 billion (£151m/€168m/$188.2m) for 416 sold. The average was ¥49.3m (£363,182/€404,242/$452,665) and the clearance rate was a sparkling 91.4.%. Topping the yearling portion was a son of Deep Impact (Jpn) out of the French MGSW and Italian/Hong Kong G1SP Musical Way (Fr) (Gold Away {Ire}) (lot 51) consigned by Northern Farm. The full-brother to Japanese Champion 3-Year-Old Filly and G1 Japanese Oaks heroine  Mikki Queen (Jpn) brought ¥360,000,000 on the bid of Riichi Kondo. Kondo was also the buyer of record, again from the Northern Farm draft, of the foal topper, too, another Deep Impact colt. This time, lot 358 was out of Titan Queen (Tiznow) and was knocked down for ¥470,000,000. He is a half-brother to three group winners and  G1 NHK Mile Cup third Gilded Mirror (Jpn) (Orfevre {Jpn}). In Hokkaido, the COVID-19 lockdown will be eased on May 26th, but immigration restrictions still apply including self-isolating for 14 days after arriving in the country. For the current safety protocols, go to www.jrha-selectsale.com. These will be updated closer to the sale.   The post Baker’s Dozen of Deep Impact Yearlings in JRHA Select Sale appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
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