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  1. The June 4 Tiller Stakes at Belmont Park may only be an $80,000 race, but the return of New York racing has helped draw an accomplished field of older horses for the 1 3/8-mile event on the Widener Turf Course. View the full article
  2. The retirement of unbeaten grade 1 winner Nadal due to injury has cleared the way for fellow top-level victor Tiz the Law to reclaim the lead position in this week's National Thoroughbred Racing Association Top 3-Year-Old Poll. View the full article
  3. Maxime Guyon had barely turned 20 when he won his first group 1, but for trainer Frederic Rossi the long wait is over after Dream And Do won the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French One Thousand Guineas). View the full article
  4. In the days leading up to the May 23 Tepin Stakes at Churchill Downs, connections of Sharing wondered if their filly would be able to perform at the same level at 3 that had won her the Breeders' Cup Fillies Juvenile Turf (G1T) crown at 2. View the full article
  5. Trainer Christophe Clement admits he would have preferred to find any easier spot for the United States debut of Call Me Love (GB) than the $100,000 Beaugay Stakes (G3T). View the full article
  6. One punter was all smiles after having a successful $500 win bet on Dinkydi Asset at Warragul on Friday, in what proved to be one of the shrewdest investments with TAB in recent times. Exiting Box 5 as an $8.50 chance, the Jason Nibbs-trained greyhound capitalised on some interference out in front, sweeping to the lead along the rail and scoring an easy seventh length victory (replay below). It was Dinkydi Asset’s first win in start number three, and equated to a $4,250 collect for the punter. A day earlier, two substantial bets from a person totalling $10,000 was placed on Simon Told Helen (pictured above) at $1.50 in a Gr8 Eight event at Sandown Park. That punter would’ve breathed a huge sigh of relief when David Burnett’s speedster held on in a thriller over Tiggerlong Tonk. Below is a list of the more prominent greyhound bets placed with TAB in recent days… WINNERS ARE GRINNERS $20,000 at $2.50 on Caveman Yap (Bendigo Race 6 on May 27) REPLAY $20,000 at $2.30 on Mepunga Wonder (Geelong Race 8 on May 29) REPLAY $10,000 at $2.40 on Spring Hummer (Warragul Race 8 on May 26) REPLAY $10,000 at $1.55 on Polly’s Yohanna (Ballarat Race 6 on May 27) REPLAY $10,000 at $1.50 on Simon Told Helen (Sandown Park Race 4 on May 28) REPLAY WATCH: Race caller James Van de Maat struggles to separate SIMON TOLD HELEN (1) and TIGGERLONG TONK (5), which would have caused a moment of angst for the person who placed $10,000 on the former. BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME $15,130 at $1.50 on Fernando’s Boy (Shepparton Race 12 on May 28 – Unplaced) REPLAY $10,000 at $1.90 on Pure Magic (Geelong Race 7 on May 29 – Unplaced) REPLAY $8,000 at $1.80 on Extra Speed (Warragul Race 11 on May 26 – Unplaced) REPLAY $7,590 at $1.45 on Fernando’s Boy (Shepparton Race 12 on May 28 – Unplaced) REPLAY $7,000 at $2.80 on Fortuna Bale (Warragul Race 9 on May 26 – Unplaced) REPLAY ROUND OF APPLAUSE $600 at $10 on Madalia Brodie (Warragul Race 7 on May 28) REPLAY $500 at $10 on Groundbreaking (Bendigo Race 3 on May 29) REPLAY $500 at $8.50 on Dinkydi Asset (Warragul Race 2 on May 29) REPLAY WATCH: DINKYDI ASSET (5) overcame a tardy start before careering away to an easy win at Warragul on Friday paying $8.50. The post Bold and the bet-iful appeared first on BOAY Racing News. View the full article
  7. Italian reinsman Frankie Dettori has picked up a Classic ride and will be aboard one of four possible Coolmore G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas contenders on June 6th for Aidan O’Brien at Newmarket, Racing Post reported on Monday. G2 Coventry S. winner Arizona (Ire) (No Nay Never) is second favourite among the 15 entries as of Monday, while O’Brien also has GSW & G1SP Wichita (Ire) (No Nay Never), New World Tapestry (War Front), and G2 Royal Lodge S. victor Royal Dornoch (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}) entered at this stage. The Rosegreen quartet will be going up against European champion Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) for Godolphin, and Qatar Racing’s Group 1 winner Kameko (Kitten’s Joy). “Aidan has been in touch and I’ll be riding for Ballydoyle in the 2000 Guineas,” Dettori, who will be aboard the Mark Johnston trainee MGSW & MG1SP Raffle Prize (Ire) (Slade Power {Ire}) in the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas the day after told Racing Post. “Ryan [Moore] obviously has first choice, but I’m standing by for one of the others and I’m excited about it.” The post Dettori Called Up by Ballydoyle for 2000 Guineas appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  8. Franklin (Ky) Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate has denied a motion by the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (KHBPA) that sought a temporary injunction that would have kept Churchill Downs and Keeneland from running Lasix-free 2-year-old races. Wingate also granted a motion from the defendants to dismiss the case for “lack of standing.” Much of the KHBPA’s case resolved around its assertion that only the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) could make rules regarding Lasix. The ban on the medication at the two Kentucky tracks were house rules, written into the conditions by the tracks themselves. The KHRC’s rules regarding a Lasix ban in 2-year-old races have yet to take effect. “Obviously we are disappointed with the ruling. We felt that this is the responsibility of the racing commission and not the individual tracks to decide an issue as important as medication,” said KHBPA Executive Director Marty Maline. “That is a key component to what we were trying to argue, not whether you agree with Lasix or don’t agree with Lasix. We didn’t feel like the court necessarily covered the issues we were trying to address.” The court ruled that under Kentucky racing regulations, a track can select International Medication Protocols as a race condition and use it to bar Lasix in a race. Wingate did not agree with the HBPA’s stand that its rights had been violated and members will suffer injury due to the Lasix ban, which are conditions for granting a temporary injunction. The court noted that the two tracks announced their intention to ban Lasix in 2-year-old races in April of 2019. “The Defendants argue that the KHBPA cannot suddenly allege, notably after Churchill has successfully held multiple Lasix-free races, irreparable and immediate harm when, for over a year, its members were aware of Defendants’ plan,” Wingate wrote. The KHBPA was also asserting that there was a possibility that horses would be harmed if racing without Lasix. To that point, the court noted that an injunction cannot be granted on the grounds of an anticipated danger. The Court also found that the KHBPA did not have “associational standing” and noted that “…The KHBPA is merely required to show that it represent(s) at least one member with an injury in order to obtain relief, but the Court finds that the KHBPA cannot satisfy this simple requirement.” In addition, the court filing brought up the question as to whether or not the KHBPA represents the position of the majority of owners and trainers in the state. “Confusingly, the KHBPA claims to have a membership of 5,150 owners and trainers, yet the KHBPA brings this action without identifying one affected member,” Wingate wrote. Wingate wrote that he was not passing judgment on the merits of the medication. “It must be emphasized that the Court is not determining whether Lasix should be provided on race day to horses,” Wingate wrote. “Ethical and medical debates on the administration of Lasix on race day to Thoroughbreds are beyond the scope of this litigation. Instead, the Court is solely focused on its task of interpreting the relevant law to ensure that the actions of Defendants do not exceed the permissible bounds.” Maline said the KHBPA will consider an appeal of Monday’s ruling. The Breeders’ Cup, The Jockey Club and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association filed Amicus Briefs in support of Keeneland and Churchill Downs. The post Judge Denies KHBPA’s Motion for Temporary Injunction in Lasix Case appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  9. Two-time G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) will point for the July 5 G1 Coral-Eclipse S. at Sandown for her seasonal bow, Racing Post reported on Monday. Royal Ascot’s June 17 G1 Prince of Wales’s S. has been ruled out for the John Gosden trainee. The bay was second to Waldgeist (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) in the 2019 Arc in her final 2019 outing. “Enable is in good form and has enjoyed a couple of spins up the Al Bahathri in the past few weeks,” Gosden told Racing Post. “But with all of the uncertainty about when racing was going to restart and even whether Royal Ascot was going to go ahead earlier this year we’ve decided to wait for Sandown.” The post Enable Pointing to Eclipse at Sandown appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  10. Victor Ludorum blew away his rivals June 1 with an emphatic display in the group 1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French Two Thousand Guineas). View the full article
  11. Jason Milligan has been promoted to Vice President of Racing at Oaklawn Park, effective immediately. “We are so happy to have Jason step into the role of Vice President of Racing,” General Manager Wayne Smith said. “Having a career of over 25 years here, 11 as Director of Operations, Jason truly knows the ins and outs of all things Oaklawn. He has worked closely and built great relationships with the racing office, racing officials, and horsemen and we look forward to the knowledge and enthusiasm he will bring.” A Hot Springs native, Milligan began working at his hometown track in 1994. He spent his first two years at Oaklawn in customer service as a Red Coat, before taking a job as a field analyst with the Daily Racing Form. He returned to Oaklawn in 1997 and held various management roles before being named Director of Operations in 2009. “I have grown up both personally and professionally here at Oaklawn,” Milligan said. “As a child, I have so many fond memories of coming to watch the horses run. The thrill of racing was something that excited me 40 years ago and is still with me today. Oaklawn is one of the top Thoroughbred racetracks in the country and there is no place I’d rather be. I look forward to using my experience to help Oaklawn continue to achieve a new level of racing.” The post Milligan Promoted to VP of Racing at Oaklawn Park appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  12. Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Tuesday’s Insights features a son of MG1SW Just the Judge (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}). 4.30 Kempton, Mdn, £5,400, 3yo/up, 11f 219y (AWT) SWIFT VERDICT (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) was the €1.4million topper at the 2018 Arqana Deauville August Yearling Sale and gets the call from John Gosden to make his debut for a partnership between the China Horse Club and Ballylinch Stud. Out of the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas and GI E. P. Taylor S. heroine Just the Judge (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}), the bay will most likely need the experience based on the fact that he has been passed over by Frankie Dettori in favour of Nat Rothschild’s Galsworthy (GB) (Dansili {GB}), a twice-raced grandson of the G1 Sun Chariot S. winner Spinning Queen (GB) (Spinning World). The post Son of Just the Judge Introduced at Kempton appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  13. The 2-year-old filly Community Adjusted (Summer Front) has been added to the Empire Racing Club’s roster of runners, the group announced Monday. The dark bay filly will race for the partnership of Rob Masiello and ERC, and will be trained by Christophe Clement. Out of Rimini Road (Dynaformer), the filly was purchased by Masiello for $100,000 at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. “Community Adjusted is a lovely filly with a nice neck and shoulder, and looks like she will be able to get a route of ground,” said Masiello. “Highly regarded during her time at the farm this winter, she has been training very well since joining Christophe Clement’s Belmont Park string last month and I am looking forward to running this filly with the Empire Racing Club in New York this summer.” Launched by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) in 2019, the Empire Racing Club is a non-profit organization designed to introduce fans to racehorse ownership. The second season of the ERC will be limited to 200 members. The cost to join is $500 for the term, with no further outlay by the participants, providing members with the racing and horse ownership experience without the pitfalls and costs often associated with the business. To learn more, visit https://empireracingclub.wildapricot.org/. The post Summer Front Filly Added to Empire Racing Club Roster appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  14. A Circuit Court Judge has dismissed the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent Association's lawsuit seeking to prevent Churchill Downs and Keeneland racetracks from enforcing race conditions that prohibit use of Lasix in 2-year-olds. View the full article
  15. Godolphin Flying Start graduate Jack Carlino and current Flying Start trainee Liza Hendriks have launched Wanamaker’s, an online auction house for Thoroughbreds. The website will host a sale each month, with the first going live June 17. TDN‘s Gary King finds out more. TDN: Could you give us a little information about your background(s) in the industry to date. JC: I was most recently the Sales Coordinator at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm which was a great position to learn about the sales process and operations of a highly successful farm. Prior to my time at Hill ‘n’ Dale, as you mentioned, I was a trainee on the Godolphin Flying Start course. I fell in love with racing on a chance visit to Del Mar which ultimately led me to the University of Louisville to start my involvement in the industry. LH: I am currently a trainee on Godolphin Flying Start, which has been an incredible opportunity. Before Flying Start, I worked for NYRA in the TV department for a year with an amazing team around me that gave me a great introduction into my professional career in the racing industry. I grew up in Pennsylvania with two parents as trainers, Elizabeth Merryman and Richard Hendriks. Being able to observe their training operations has helped me understand the need for greater accessibility to buy and sell horses year-round. TDN: When did you come up with the concept for Wanamaker’s? JC: The planning and development phase of Wanamaker’s began in November of last year. TDN: And what inspired you to select that specific company name? JC: Wanamaker’s was originally one of the first department stores in the U.S. and a driving force behind the evolution of retail. When brainstorming a name, we wanted to stick with an auction house type of name such as Christie’s or Sotheby’s and felt Wanamaker’s fit this goal well along with the fact that John Wanamaker is a distant relative of Liza. TDN: We have seen a few online sales platforms launched over recent months. How does Wanamaker’s differ, and what do you see as your source of advantage? LH: While utility was our first task in designing the Wanamaker’s platform, we put significant energy into the design, user-friendliness, and security of the platform. We feel that users will find the experience on wanamakers.com equal to and better than the e-commerce platforms they use every day. Our entire payment system is integrated with Stripe, an international leader in the payment space for security and convenience used by the likes of Uber, Amazon, and DoorDash. TDN: Lately, some of the bigger auction houses seem to be getting involved in this sphere. How do you compete against them, and is there room for everyone? JC: We feel that the inclusion of the major auction houses in this sphere is confirmation of the need for a model like ours. Competition is incredibly healthy for any market and there is absolutely room for multiple players as can be seen in a place like Australia where online Thoroughbred auctions have really taken off. We plan to compete by offering up an exceptional user experience, a high level of flexibility with our customers, and a sole focus on our online auctions. TDN: What benefits does the platform provide for both the buyer and seller? JC: Giving customers opportune timing and maximum visibility along with a large reduction in costs and labor that go into traditional auctions are important advantages that we’ve identified. Our monthly auctions create a scenario where sellers can get year-round market value by merging the advantages of selling at auction with the ease and efficiency of e-commerce. TDN: Have you solicited the advice from many industry participants so far? What has the feedback been like? LH: Generally speaking, the feedback has been very positive, and the sense of urgency was noticeably heightened in feedback after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers have pointed out and are excited to have more freedom and power in the buying and selling process. We will constantly be looking for feedback and are ready to quickly implement changes that our customer base wants. TDN: How often are you planning on conducting a sale? JC: Our sales will be monthly, with entries open for approximately three weeks and the catalog live for nine days with bidding taking place on the final day. We felt this was a good time frame to introduce the market to this new way of buying and selling horses. It especially gives buyers ample time to inspect horses in-person if they choose to do so. Our first sale’s entries will close on June 16 and the catalog will be live the next day. TDN: Could you break down the bidding process? LH: When a catalog is released, pre-bidding is open. This allows potential buyers to set a max bid. A max bid authorizes the Wanamaker’s bidding system to bid up to that amount but never more than necessary to win. These bids are kept fully confidential and if two users enter the same bid, the first user to enter the bid is given priority. On the final day of the sale, bidding will go live at 8:00 AM ET. At that point, bidders can bid live in set increments and the system will begin to act upon any max bids. At 5:00 PM ET, listings will begin to close in a staggered fashion. If a bid is placed in the final three minutes of an auction, the countdown clock for that listing will extend back to three minutes remaining until there are no more bids. When entering a horse, sellers are able to set a reserve and a starting price. TDN: How does the cost structure work in terms of listing fees, commissions, etc.? LH: We have a flat fee of $300 to enter a horse into an auction and our commission is 5% on sales and 0% on RNAs. Given the nature of an online sale, our ability to offer 0% commission on RNAs is something we felt was fair and deserving for sellers. As a company, we’ve decided to donate .1% of total sales to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) and collect .05% from sellers to be donated to the TAA as well. The post TDN Q&A: Jack Carlino and Liza Hendriks 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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