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  1. The New York Racing Association has canceled the Feb. 27 live racing program at Aqueduct Racetrack because of dangerously high winds forecast to impact the New York City metropolitan area throughout the day. View the full article
  2. America's second-leading rider by races won in 2019, Puerto Rican native Luis M. Quinones, a mainstay in Ohio and West Virginia, has been selected as the winner of the prestigious 2020 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. View the full article
  3. A repositioning of the Stephen Foster Stakes (G2) to closing day and the creation of a new Stephen Foster preview night midway through the meet highlight a record 41-race, $14 million stakes schedule this spring at Churchill Downs. View the full article
  4. Shadwell Stable's Haikal is among several in a field of 11 older horses in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Mile Stakes (G2) Feb. 29 that are returning to stakes company for the first time since efforts in major stakes last year. View the full article
  5. Imperial Hint missed a chance to vie for a $1.8 million purse in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) when he suffered a foot blister and was scratched by onsite veterinarians at Santa Anita, much to the chagrin of trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. View the full article
  6. In this continuing series, TDN’s Senior Editor Steve Sherack catches up with the connections of promising maidens to keep on your radar. In this edition, Union Maiden (Union Rags) is highlighted following a better-than-it-looked fifth-place finish after missing the break on debut at Gulfstream Park earlier this month. Previous runners featured in this column include: MGISW and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Paradise Woods (Union Rags), GSW Backyard Heaven (Tizway), MSW and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Gidu (Ire) (Frankel {GB}); and the highly regarded runaway Santa Anita maiden winner Honor A. P. (Honor Code). Despite an off-the-board finish as the 4-5 favorite on debut, Union Maiden (f, 3, Union Rags–Pantanal, by Congrats) flashed plenty of potential in her six-furlong unveiling at Gulfstream Park Feb. 16 (video). The bay, drawn widest of all in post nine, lost all chance after hitting the gate at the start and trailed the field through an opening quarter in a sharp :22.45. She finally entered the picture approaching the quarter pole, cornered for home while about four/five wide and came rolling down the center of the course to finish an encouraging fifth, easily clocking the fastest final eighth of the field in :12.44. Union Maiden cut the final deficit to 2 1/4 lengths behind a ‘TDN Rising Star’ performance from visually impressive first-time starter Remanded (Elusive Quality). Bloodstock agent Mike Ryan went to $425,000 to acquire Union Maiden on behalf of Allen Wise’s Wise Racing as an OBS March 2-year-old following a :21 1/5 breeze from the Eddie Woods consignment last spring. She is trained by Chad Brown. “The winner got the ‘TDN Rising Star’ and is a nice filly, but I think this filly was the best in the race,” Ryan said. “She got left many many lengths and got beat 2 1/4 lengths, galloping out past the winner before they got to the turn. If she would’ve come out of the gate clean, she would’ve won. I was very impressed with the effort she put in down the lane. A lot of first-time starters aren’t going to do that. I think she’s a quality filly and is Saturday afternoon class. We’re very optimistic that she’s going to improve tremendously. Ryan continued, “She was a lovely filly at the sale. Eddie Woods does a superior job. Her breeze was spectacular–when you see them breeze like that, it’s not rocket science. I’m a huge Dixie Union fan-Gerry Dilger and myself bred [GISW] Hot Dixie Chick (Dixie Union). This filly had a lot of Dixie Union in her. He was a great sire that left us too soon.” Bred in Kentucky by Haymarket Farm LLC, Union Maiden is a half-sister to last year’s GI Woody Stephens S. third Borracho (Uncle Mo). The granddaughter of three-time stakes winner Selva (Forest Wildcat) also RNA’d for $110,000 as a KEENOV weanling and brought $220,000 from Apogee Bloodstock as a KEESEP yearling. Primacy is another maiden 3-year-old daughter of Union Rags selected by Ryan ($240,000 OBSAPR purchase on behalf of Pick Five Racing, LLC) and trained by Brown to keep an eye on. She rallied from very far back to finish a strong second at first asking at Gulfstream last Sunday (video). “That filly was back a country mile,” Ryan said. “She’s a very nice filly–that was a monstrous effort.” The post Second Chances: Union Maiden appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  7. Trainer Patrick Biancone has been down this road before. That is, the road to the Triple Crown. A Grade I winner at two and three, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Lion Heart finished second, 2 3/4 lengths behind victor Smarty Jones in the 2004 GI Kentucky Derby. Fast forward to 2020, Biancone has not one but two chances to go one better on the first Saturday in May. Few will argue that the current star of the barn is recent GIII Sam F. Davis S. scorer Sole Volante (Karakontie {Jpn}), however, a victory by Ete Indien (Summer Front) in Saturday’s GII Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth S. might blur that line of demarcation. Jockey Florent Geroux will fill in for the colt’s regular rider, the injured Luca Panici. Campaigned by a partnership consisting of Linda Shanahan, Sanford Bacon, Dream With Me Stable and Horse France America, the dark bay was unveiled going five furlongs on the Gulfstream turf last September–coming from off the pace to win by a neck–before finishing eighth routing for the first time in the GIII Bourbon S. at Keeneland the following month. Given a brief freshener, the colt returned to the Hallandale oval for his next start–a one mile optional claimer on the dirt Dec. 20-and led for most of the way en route to a comfortable, albeit slightly green, 2 1/2-length victory (video). “That day he won, he was drifting out in the stretch and looking everywhere,” the Frenchman recalled. “Well, we addressed that problem.” Explaining the decision to try him on the dirt despite having already shown ability on the turf, Biancone said, “He’s bred fifty-fifty turf and dirt. His [grandfather] is by War Front; they go on dirt, they go on turf. I mean when you have a good horse, all the good races on the turf are from July to September, so we have nowhere to run except a few little [turf] stakes. While he was running really good on the turf, we decided to put him on the dirt once and see how it goes. A mile in 1:35[.07] was enough for us to know that he liked it.” Installed the 4-1 third choice in his latest start in the Feb. 1 1 1/16-mile GIII Holy Bull S., he set the pace, but was caught late by favored Tiz the Law (Constitution) and had to settled for second, beaten three lengths (video). “I think he ran a very good race,” said Biancone of his charge’s Holy Bull effort. “We changed a few things [leading up to the Holy Bull] and he ran very well. He missed the start a little bit. I mean, I don’t think it would have changed the result, but he’ll need to progress on that. It’s all a question of how much they progress.” Asked to compare his two sophomore stars at this point, Biancone said, “Ete Indien’s very different [type of horse] than Sole Volante, a horse who has a lot of confidence in himself. I will say [Ete Indien] is a little bit more like most of the War Front family, he’s a little bit more anxious and doesn’t learn as fast.” Subsequent to his Holy Bull effort, Ete Indien worked seven furlongs in 1:23.20 over the Palm Meadows turf course Feb. 16 before following up with a bullet four-furlong move [1/13] in :48.00 over the training center’s main track Feb. 26. Asked about his propensity to work horses on both the dirt and the turf, Biancone offered a practical explanation. “I work them all on the turf, not just him,” he said. “Even the ones who are not as good and not so famous. I think the [turf] track is extremely good [at Palm Meadows] and it’s a beautiful training facility. We have the chance to [work over] it four times a week, so we try to take advantage of it. It’s also kinder on the legs and so far it seems to work.” Given the step up in class to face the likes of some heavy hitters, including multiple stakes winning Chance It (Currency Swap) and graded winners Dennis’ Moment (Tiznow) and Shotski (Blame), Biancone admits that a solid finish in the Fountain of Youth would be needed to forge ahead to the Churchill Downs. “He’ll tell us what to do next,” he said. “At this age, it’s just a question of improvement. They need to improve from race to race, without a hiccup. You also need to be lucky. Then we’d decide the next step after that. We can dream and talk about Derby, and while he is a very talented horse, he will have to improve a lot to have a chance in the Derby. “ The post Hope Springs Eternal with Ete Indien appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  8. Beginning with Saturday’s race card, Oaklawn Park will increase purses up to $4,000 for all overnight races. “This is only possible because of the tremendous support we continue to receive from our horsemen and fans,” said Oaklawn President Louis Cella. “We promised a New Level of Racing at the beginning of the season and we are delivering. Our field sizes (9.5 avg.) are among the highest in nation, we have horsemen participating from both coasts as well as the Midwest, and the fans are responding. We could not be more excited about the rest of the season.” First level allowance races will be worth at least $90,000, after receiving a $4,000 increase, and maiden special weight races will be boosted to $87,000, with a $2,000 increase. Purses for all claiming races with a claiming price of $20,000 or more will also receive a $2,000 bump, and all other overnight purses are increasing by $1,000 per race. “Everything is coming together nicely,” said Oaklawn General Manager Wayne Smith. “We have completed the expansion of our casino, and construction is moving right along on the hotel and event center. This is an exciting time for Oaklawn and we are very happy to share our good fortune with the horsemen. It’s awesome to be offering the richest winter racing in North America with allowance races starting over $90,000.” “I think it’s great,” said trainer Mike Puhich, who is among several new trainers wintering at Oaklawn this year. “Most tracks are kind of hoarding the money, and these guys are throwing it back to the horsemen, which is always good. You love to see that.” The post Oaklawn Announces Purse Increase appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  9. The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation approved expenditure of $1,389,637 to fund 17 new projects at 13 universities, four continuing projects, and the Storm Cat Career Development Award. Since 1983, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has distributed over $28.8 million to underwrite 383 projects at 45 universities. One of the projects, to fund sample collection, storage, and cataloging of tissue related to nocardioform placentitis for future submitted research, was accepted because it is directly affecting the 2020 Kentucky foal crop. “All of our projects are important and designed to help the most horses with the most relevant and critical research, and I’d like to thank all of our many donors and supporters,” said Dell Hancock, chairman of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. “However, some projects are extremely time-sensitive, such as the one for nocardioform placentitis, which is affecting our foals in Central Kentucky right now. Nocardioform placentitis cannot be replicated, so we urge farms to provide tissue samples to the University of Kentucky to help solve this terrible problem.” The University of Kentucky has made arrangements with local veterinarians, who have been supplied with the proper testing kits. Veterinarians who would like additional information should contact gluck@l.uky.edu. All of the testing for this research will be done at no cost to enrolled mares on participating farms. Additionally, the Storm Cat Career Development Award, inaugurated in 2006, grants $15,000 to an individual considering a career in equine research. This year’s recipient is Sherry A. Johnson, Colorado State University. Dr. Johnson completed her sports medicine and rehabilitation residency in conjunction with her master’s program and now is in the second year of her PhD program. Her project, “Validation of Blood Flow Restriction Training in Horses,” represents her passion of researching soft tissue injury and rehabilitation. For more information on all of the new projects, click here. The post GraysonJC Approves $1.3M in Equine Research Funding appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  10. Ontario Racing (OR) announced its $5.89 million Thoroughbred Horse Improvement Program (TIP) Breeders Awards package for 2020-21, including a new Ontario Sired Reward of Excellence program. Rewarding breeders of Ontario-bred horses at Woodbine and Fort Erie, the distribution is based on first, second and third-place finishes in most classes, including Grade I races. Additionally, a new $200,000 Ontario Sired Reward of Excellence program awards prizes to the breeders of the top three highest earning Ontario-Sired horses worldwide. A total of $50,000 each is being offered in the 2-year-old colt/gelding, 2-year-old filly, 3-year-old colt/gelding and 3-year-old filly categories ($25,000 for first place, $15,000 for second place, $10,000 for third place in the standings). “The Breeders Awards are critical to Ontario Racing’s objective of rewarding breeding excellence through its Horse Improvement Programs,” said David Anderson, an Ontario Racing board member and thoroughbred breeder. “It is our continued intention to invest in the Thoroughbred breeding sector, including the Ontario Sired program, to grow the province’s horse racing and breeding industry.” Among the Breeders Awards program incentives, bonuses for the Triple Crown and Triple Tiara races have also been raised, including Woodbine’s Queen’s Plate and the Woodbine Oaks, which now offer an added $50,000 and $30,000 bonus, respectively. The Canadian-bred juvenile stakes Coronation Futurity and the Princess Elizabeth S. offer a $25,000 bonus each. Up to $33,000 will go to a winner of a Grade I; maiden allowance races offer up to a $13,000 added reward to an Ontario-bred winner, up from $5,100 in 2019, while maiden Ontario Sired allowance winners can earn an extra $10,000 through Breeders Awards, up from $3,600 last year. A list of the rewards offered for each division and class can be viewed at 2020 Breeders Awards here https://bit.ly/387IIrI. For more info. on the Breeders Awards program including the Ontario Sired Reward of Excellence, as well as other Ontario Racing and TIP plans, click here. The post OR Announces $5.89M Breeders Awards Package appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  11. The new date for the GII Stephen Foster H. and the creation of a new mid-meet Stephen Foster Preview Night highlight a record 41-race, $14-million stakes schedule for the upcoming 38-day Spring Meet at Churchill Downs that runs Apr. 25-June 27. The Stephen Foster, which will be contested closing day June 27, will also receive a $100,000 boost in purse to $700,000. The nine-furlong event anchors a seven-race stakes card-totaling $1.85 million in purses-includes the GII $300,000 Fleur de Lis S. and the GII Wise Dan S. and a pair of newly-created one-mile turf stakes; the War Chant S. and the Tepin S. Additionally, a new Stephen Foster Preview Night, scheduled for May 30, features seven stakes worth a total of $975,000. The Preview Night is hosted in conjunction with Downs After Dark, presented by Budweiser. Highlighting the card is the new Blame S. at 1 1/8 miles, contested four weeks after the GIII Alysheba S. on the Kentucky Oaks undercard. The 2020 season, which will see seven newly-created stakes races, while 13 stakes will received purse hikes that range from $25,000 to $100,000. Over $32 million in total prize money is expected to be offered during this year’s Spring Meet. “We’ve meaningfully raised purses in the last year and the results were an extremely competitive racing product with more entries and high-quality horses that appealed to bettors nationwide,” said Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery. “We believe this exciting new ‘big event’ series created by our racing team will help keep the momentum moving forward and be embraced around the country by both horsemen and horseplayers alike.” Derby week (Apr. 25-May 2) kicks off the spring racing season with 18 stakes that total a record $10.18 million over the six-day stretch, culminating with the 146th running of the May 2 $3-million GI Kentucky Derby. Derby Day features seven stakes, including four Grade Is–Kentucky Derby; Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic; Churchill Downs and Derby City Distaff (formerly known as the Humana Distaff). The other three Grade II events on the card each received $100,000 increases: the $500,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile; $500,000 Pat Day Mile; and $500,000 American Turf. The Derby’s female counterpart the day before, the $1.25 million GI Longines Kentucky Oaks highlights six stakes that day, totaling $3 million. The first condition book of scheduled races is expected to be published in early March. Stall applications are due by Friday, Mar. 6. For the complete 2020 Spring Meet schedule, visit www.churchilldowns.com The post Churchill Releases Spring Stakes Schedule appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  12. The Manganaro name is a very familiar one in the horse racing game. A third generation horse owner, Paul Manganaro finds it difficult to recall a time when horses, and racing, was not part of his life. Manganaro got his first taste of racing at a young age, courtesy of his grandfather John, who was a plasterer by trade, and father John Jr., and uncles Frank and Anthony. Anthony Manganaro went on to found the boutique breeding operation Siena Farm, currently spanning 225 acres in Paris, Kentucky. “When my grandfather retired, his only interest was horseracing,” recalled Manganaro. “So we started claiming horses at Suffolk Downs in the early 1970s.” And what was the thing that got him immediately hooked? “It definitely starts with the love for the horse and the animal,” he said. “I remember going to the track in the morning, hearing the pounding of their hooves and their nostrils flaring. Then it just developed from there into the competitive nature of the sport, the people you get to meet from a diverse background, and the thrill of going to an auction and on race day.” According to Manganaro, his passion for horses and racing ensued throughout his teenage years. “I remember the summer before my senior year at the University of Massachusetts, my good friend and roommate, Ned Toffey, we decided we didn’t have any girlfriends or a job, so we lived in Lexington for the summer,” Manganaro explained. “I took a class at UK, and we toured all the farms during the day. And we really had a good opportunity to see horses like Alleged, Affirmed, Alydar and Seattle Slew. Unfortunately, we were just greenhorns at that time, and I remember we had a book of notes, physical notes on these horses, and most of it just says, ‘Nice big brown horse.’ Obviously, it evolved from that to now, where my buddy is the General Manager of Spendthrift Farm.” {"id":3,"instanceName":"Articles No Playlist","videos":[{"videoType":"HTML5","title":"","description":"","info":"","thumbImg":"","mp4":"https://player.vimeo.com/external/393553375.sd.mp4?s=60c501e5f7359fe9b5532bebb6561c87c76081dd&profile_id=165","enable_mp4_download":"no","prerollAD":"yes","prerollGotoLink":"prerollGotoLink","preroll_mp4_title":"preroll_mp4_title","preroll_mp4":"https://player.vimeo.com/external/387502120.sd.mp4?s=a8008fd8c5a935b701a0ca1d58baf3c085f4df50&profile_id=165","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\/"} In partnership with his father, Manganaro bred graded stakes winner Saint Anddan (A.P. Indy) and was among the Centennial Farms partnership that campaigned 2014 GI Wood Memorial winner Wicked Strong, fourth in the GI Kentucky Derby and GI Belmont S. Gradually expanding his bloodstock holdings over the ensuing years, Manganaro currently owns a variety of equine interests, including mares, foals and 25 stallion shares, in addition to six horses in training, raced under his name or in partnership. Chief among his current bloodstock holdings is Remanded (Elusive Quality), campaigned under his nom-de-course Manganaro Bloodstock and David Ingordo. The 3-year-old earned TDN Rising Star status when coming from off the pace to graduate at Gulfstream Park Feb. 16. “She was training like a winner and she proved it that day,” said Manganaro. He added, “David and I purchased her late at the [2018] Keeneland [September] sale. She was hip number [3615], and the intent was to pinhook her. We took her to the OBS April sale and she breezed wonderfully, but just didn’t get the attention we thought she warranted, so we took her back. Thus the name–Remanded.” In regards to what’s next for the daughter of Sleepless Dixie (Dixie Union), he added, “I’m hoping she can get to a mile, mile and a sixteenth, and we’ll let her take us along for the ride. We’ll obviously point to something at Keeneland.” Further expanding his stake in the industry, Manganaro joined forces with Ingordo to form Belladonna Racing. Launched in 2019, the partnership currently has six fillies in training with Cherie DeVaux, who is currently at her winter base of Payson Training Center in Indiantown, Florida. “I always thought about starting a partnership because I have many friends back in the New England area that wanted to get involved, but I knew the risk in the business,” explained Manganaro. “I have a business relationship, and now friendship, with David Ingordo and Cherie DeVaux. So, when the idea came about to start a partnership and join with David and Cherie, I thought it was a good time to do that.” When asked about his initial impression of DeVaux, who worked as an assistant for trainer Chad Brown for eight years before venturing out on her own in the spring of 2018, Manganaro said, “I met Cherie about a year and a half ago when she was just getting started. I think I was one of her first clients. I saw a very intelligent woman, who loves her horses, who’s dedicated, and who had a good background. And she’s got a steady hand. She doesn’t get too high after a good victory, or too low when something goes wrong. And, she definitely loves her horses like they’re her own kids.” Outlining the initial partnership structure, he offered, “It all starts with the athlete and then we look at the pedigree and we see if it fits our budget. We bought fillies mainly because of the residual value they have, and we went out and purchased six fillies. The ultimate plan is to increase their value through their race record, and eventually be sold either privately or through public auction.” Acting as a scout for the partnership, Ingordo’s 2019 purchases included Bayerness (Bayern), who was purchased for $350,000 at the Fasig Midlantic sale; and a quartet of fillies at the OBS April sale: Veruca (Twirling Candy), purchased for $335,000; Curlinesque (Curlin), purchased for $250,000; Andiama (Lea) purchased for $190,000; and Akor (Munnings), purchased for $90,000. The group’s final acquisition was a Kitten’s Joy filly–named Coastana–purchased for $290,000 at the OBS June sale. Sidelined by illness last season, the full-sister to Grade I winner Real Solution just returned to the Payson worktab Feb. 17. The 20-strong partnership has had five starters, four winners, including first-out winners Bayerness, Curlinesque and Akor. Following her Keeneland graduation last fall, Bayerness returned to win going a mile in the slop at Churchill Downs Nov. 30. “She’s an elegant looking filly with some pedigree and just a tenacious will to win,” Manganaro said of Bayerness. “We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but we’re hoping she’s [GI Kentucky] Oaks caliber, but she’ll have to prove that on the way up.” And one of the stepping stones to sort out the women from the girls will be GII Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth S. weekend, with the big race contested at Gulfstream Park Feb. 29. “Right now, the plan is on [Friday, Feb. 28], we have Curlinesque pointing her for an allowance race and we think she is stakes caliber too,” he said. On the Fountain of Youth undercard, Belladonna’s Veruca will contest the GIII Herecomesthebride S., while stablemate Bayerness is scheduled to line up in the GII Davona Dale S. Veruca, third in her career debut sprinting on the turf at Keeneland, took her dirt bow at Churchill in November before finishing seventh in the seven-furlong Gasparilla S. at Tampa Jan. 18. “Bayerness and Veruca will be tested for class in their upcoming starts, but we think they have a bright future,” he said. Looking ahead to whether the Belladonna program might be altered in 2020, Manganaro added, “It’s got to be slightly changed. The meat of the program is going to be the same, but we’re going to up the ante a little bit and look to purchase between eight and 10 2-year-olds, starting with the OBS March sale. And we’ll mix in a couple of colts this time, too. Originally, it was all fillies, but this time we’re going to look for a mixture, but we’re not going to set a number, we’re going to pick the best available athlete.” Manganaro, whose recent success has been built on four decades of experience in the business, acknowledges that the thing that makes it all worthwhile is something that doesn’t come easily in the game. “I’ve learned in this business over the years, you see people from the most successful businesses in the world at the highest point, they’ve had everything go right in their lives, still turn into little children when their horses win,” he said. “There’s nothing like it because the lows are pretty low, but the highs are extremely high. And you really have to be humble and respect the opportunity your given. And when you can win a race, we’re in a sport where, if you’re winning 20% of the time, you’re an all-star. So, you really learn how to appreciate that.” The post Manganaro on a Mission appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  13. Trainer George Baker plundered a significant international prize a fortnight ago when his Wargrave (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) took the feature event at Switzerland’s St. Moritz White Turf meeting, the Longines 81st Grosser Preis von St Moritz, and the Surrey-based trainer looks to double up with Graignes (Fr) (Zoffany {Ire}) in the $1-million stc 1351 Cup at Riyadh on Saturday. “We pulled off the first half of the February double up that mountain and I can’t wait to see if we can pull off the second half in Saudi Arabia,” Baker said on Thursday. “It would be beyond our wildest dreams to see him win it but I would be disappointed if he didn’t run well. We went a little off-piste going to St Moritz and this is totally different again.” Graignes was beaten a nose when second in the G3 Prix Djebel last spring before finishing fourth in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains, and later in the season he ran with credit in races like the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois and G3 Prix du Pin for trainer Yann Barberot. Graignes will be making his first start for Baker on Saturday, having been bought for €600,000 by his new connections at the Arqana Arc Sale in October. A good showing on Saturday would pay tribute to popular young bloodstock agent Sebastien Le Forban who tragically died aged 35 just a month ago. Le Forban purchased Graignes as a yearling for €40,000 and pinhooked him at two for €90,000, and bought him back on behalf of the new owner at Saint-Cloud last fall. “We bought him in Paris at the sale the night before the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and he was an exciting buy,” said Baker. “He was bought by our bloodstock agent in France, Sebastien Le Forban, as a yearling and he had followed his career ever since. We had an owner who wanted a proper horse so Sebastien earmarked him as the perfect horse. “Sadly Sebastien died in Florida last month and he had been pivotal to our success in France so this horse is very much carrying his mark and he will be doing his hardest to give us a push from above. It would be a bittersweet win for us, but also a force of nature.” Baker admitted the 1351 metre trip on Saturday could be slightly short for the horse, but said the 4-year-old’s preparation is based around the G1 Prix de la Foret in October, in which he was fifth, beaten five lengths, last year. “It looks a very tough race and the trip might just be on the sharp side as he will end up being a 1400 or even 1600-metre horse,” Baker said. “We will work back from the Foret and look at all the big mile races. He will probably end up in France at some point due to the premiums and he probably is best with a bit of cut in the ground.” The Saudi Cup will be televised in the U.S. live on FOX Sports 1 at Noon ET (DIRECTV ch. 219, Dish ch.150) with the undercard airing on TVG. In the UK, it will be shown on Sky Sports Racing and Racing TV. The post Baker Eyeing International Double appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  14. Puerto Rican native Luis M. Quinones, America’s second leading rider by races won in 2019, has been selected the winner of the 2020 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. Given annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the award will be presented to Quinones in a winner’s circle ceremony Mar. 22. Quinones, who competes along the midwest and southern racing circuit–including Ohio’s Mahoning Valley Racecourse and Thistledown and Mountaineer Park in West Virginia–outpolled five finalists: veteran riders Tyler Baze, Javier Castellano, Chris Emigh and James Graham. “It’s a great honor just to be on the ballot for this award,” said the 41-year-old. “Winning the Woolf Award is incredible. I’m looking forward to coming out there and I know this is something I will never forget.” In 2019, Quinones won 314 races from 1,331 mounts, finishing second nationally to Eclipse Champion Irad Ortiz, Jr., who had 324 winners. A married father of three daughters, Quinones has nearly 2,000 career winners. The Woolf Award winner is selected by a nationwide vote of riders. The award recognizes riders whose careers and personal character garner esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. The post Quinones Wins 2020 Woolf Award appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  15. RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – The anticipation continued to build ahead of the $29-million Saudi Cup card, with a large crowd of locals and visitors on hand Thursday to watch contenders gallop over the mammoth King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh two days before the country’s biggest-ever day of horse racing. Among the Americans on hand trackside on a chilly morning which quickly turned warmer as the sun rose was West Point Thoroughbreds’ Terry Finley and bloodstock agent Bruno DeBerdt. “I’ve been to Dubai a couple of times, but I was really excited by the opportunity to come here,” Finley said. “I’m all for the Thoroughbred business and trying to make things better and I think when we can do something like this and everyone can learn and all of us can meet each other from around the world, I don’t think that can be anything but a win.” While West Point colors won’t be seen during this Saturday’s card, Finley is hoping the partnership will be represented in Riyadh in the future. “We don’t have anything running, but I thought on the business side it would be good to come and just get a lay of the land,” Finley explained. “They certainly plan on the Saudi Cup being in a prominent spot at the beginning of the year, so I would hope in the years to come that we have a runner. I would hope that it would happen in 2021.” Both Finley and DeBerdt toted catalogues for the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale courtesy of the company’s Reed Ringler, with DeBerdt opening the book to point out a trio of juveniles he will consign to the Apr. 1 auction through David Scanlon and Finley saying with a laugh, “The first person I ran into at the breakfast today was Reed Ringler and I picked up a Fasig-Tipton catalogue–I know [Fasig-Tipton President] Boyd Browning will be really happy to read that.” DeBerdt brokered the deal which saw Prince Faisal Bin Khaled purchase Saudi Cup contender Mucho Gusto (Mucho Macho Man), winner of last month’s GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. The California horseman is a Saudi veteran, but DeBerdt’s wife Rachel is enjoying her first trip to the country. “We arrived Tuesday night and everyone has been really welcoming,” Rachel DeBerdt said. “It’s been great. It’s been very different to anywhere I’ve ever been. Bruno has been here many times, so I wasn’t coming completely blind, but I’ve felt very welcomed here.” Among the local trainers out welcoming visitors to their home track was Abdulaziz Khalid, who will send out a trio of horses on Saturday’s historic card. “It’s very exciting to see all the horses from around the world here,” Khalid, son of owner Mishref Khalid and a third-generation horseman, said. Khalid, who trains a stable of 27 runners, will saddle Dramatic Device (GB) (Dansili {GB}) in the Longines Turf H. and Manguzi (Fr) (Planteur {Ire}) and Mesquite (GB) (High Chaparral {Ire}) in the Saudia Sprint. “They will be very challenging races,” Khalid admitted. “I think Imperial Hint (Imperialism) will be very tough in the Sprint and the Frankel (GB) [Mekong {GB}] coming from Dubai is a very good horse.” Bob Baffert will saddle two of the major contenders in the $20-million Saudi Cup in Mucho Gusto and ‘TDN Rising Star‘ McKinzie (Street Sense), but the trainer admitted it will be a tough race. “They all have to bring their ‘A’ game,” Baffert said. “They are two top individuals, but then you have Maximum Security (New Year’s Day). I hated it when I heard he was coming over here because he’s so good, he’s so fast. And you’ve got the filly [Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute)], she looks good. I always root for Midnight Lutes because I trained Midnight Lute. Sheikh Mohammed sent his good horse [Benbatl (GB) (Dubawi {Ire})] over here. I think it’s going to be a great race.” Midnight Bisou had been catalogued to sell at last year’s Fasig-Tipton November sale, but co-owner Jeff Bloom admitted the inaugural Saudi Cup was a major reason to withdraw the champion filly from that auction. “We were supposed to be selling Midnight Bisou at the November sale,” Bloom said. “We decided the day before the Breeders’ Cup that we were going to go ahead and race her another year. And one of the things that went into the equation in making that decision was that there was a $20-million race on the horizon.” Bloom has been impressed with how Midnight Bisou has travelled to Saudi Arabia. “The filly adapts to pretty much anything you throw at her,” he said. “So traveling over here really took nothing out of her. And she has trained exceptionally well since she got here.” Of his chances Saturday, Bloom said, “I’m probably not going to sleep for the next couple of days. They are all going to have to have their running shoes on. This is quite a cast that has been assembled. This is a world-class horse race. And you can make a case for every one of these horses if they have their best day. We think we have a horse who could win the race.” The Saudi Cup will be televised in the U.S. live on FOX Sports 1 at Noon ET (DIRECTV ch. 219, Dish ch.150) with the undercard airing on TVG. In the UK, it will be shown on Sky Sports Racing and Racing TV. The post Momentum Continues to Build Ahead of Inaugural Saudi Cup 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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