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    • Morton Fink, an Illinois-based Thoroughbred owner and breeder for nearly five decades best known for getting his lone remaining broodmare to produce two-time Horse of the Year winner Wise Dan, died Nov. 20, according to a notice posted by the Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, which is handling his services. Fink was two weeks shy of his 90th birthday. No cause of death was listed, but Horse Racing Nation reported that late in life Fink had been undergoing dialysis treatments. According to a 2013 profile in Trainer magazine, Fink, a lifelong Chicago-area native, first got introduced to the sport by accompanying his mother to the races. After graduating from Roosevelt University with a degree in business administration, Fink inherited a group of movie theaters from his father and eventually sold them to a national chain. Around 1971, he and a group of friends claimed a horse for $4,000. That runner never won a race, but the experience hooked Fink on the sport for life. A few years later, Fink and a business partner, Roy Gottlieb, teamed up to form Carelaine Farm, named after a combination of their wives’ names. According to the Trainer profile, Carelaine Farms bred and raced the MGISW mare Annoconnor (named to honor a deceased employee) and bred Producer, a Group 1 winner in Europe who sold in foal to Northern Dancer for $5.25 million in 1983. By the mid-1990s Carelaine Farms disbanded. Fink continued to own and breed horses on his own–primarily, he said, so he could watch them run close to home at Arlington Park. But within a decade, Fink began to downsize his own operations. In 1995, Fink bought a Wolf Power (SAF) mare for $29,000 at the 1995 Keeneland September sale. He named her Lisa Danielle, after his granddaughter. She won only one race, breaking her maiden at Arlington, and Fink later admitted he kept her as his last remaining broodmare after her racing career was over primarily for sentimental reasons. Fink bred Lisa Danielle to a series of modest stallions, and a 2007 mating to Wiseman’s Ferry produced the MGISW Wise Dan, who won 23 of 31 races over a 4 1/2-year racing career while emerging as America’s dominant turf miler of the 2010s decade. Wise Dan won the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile in both 2012 and 2013, and in each of those years he swept an Eclipse Awards trifecta by being named Champion Older Horse, Champion Grass Horse, and Horse of the Year. “When you get to be my age, you need something to get up in the morning and look forward to,” Fink said in his 2012 Eclipse Awards acceptance speech. “This horse has made me so happy that I can’t even express it in words.” A year later, after his 2013 Eclipse Awards wins, Fink told the Chicago Tribune “I was in it strictly for fun when I started out. The first horse I got into was with a group of 10 guys. We got lucky on some of our breeding and bought better horses. But I never had any idea I’d ever have a horse like this.” Charlie LoPresti, who trained Wise Dan and other horses for Fink, remembered him as a horse-first, hands-off type of owner. “Basically, he never put any pressure on me,” LoPresti told Horse Racing Nation. “He let me manage [Wise Dan], train him how I saw fit, and run him where I wanted to run. There was never any concrete schedule, or a gun held to my head…. Those kind of owners, there are very few anymore. He was a dream to work for.” Services for Fink will be held Monday, Nov. 25, at 2:30 p.m. at Shalom Memorial Funeral Home in Arlington Heights, Illinois. A remembrance guestbook, plus details on internment and shiva, are available here. The post Morton Fink, Breeder and Owner of Wise Dan, Dies at 89 appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
    • Two new cases of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) have been diagnosed at Remington Park. The confirmed EHV-1 cases on Nov. 21 follow an EHV-1 diagnosis on Nov. 14 that led to the euthanization of a 3-year-old Thoroughbred filly at Remington, triggering a quarantine to one barn that had 66 exposed horses. According to an Oklahoma Department of Agriculture notice posted on the Equine Disease Communication Center website, “A second horse in the quarantined barn has been tested positive by PCR for EHV-1; this horse is clinically normal and has not had a fever. A third horse in a different barn has also been tested positive by PCR; this horse is clinically normal and has not had a fever. The new barn has been quarantined. Approximately 100 horses have been exposed.” Also on Thursday, the New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC) ordered Zia Park and the Downs at Albuquerque to close their barn areas to horses originating from Remington. This means at least nine Oklahoma shippers will be scratched from the seven-stakes “Land of Enchantment” card scheduled at Zia next Wednesday. “The sole reasoning behind the decision is to protect our New Mexico horse population and horsemen from suffering the way they did during the EHV-1 outbreak of 2016,” NMRC Executive Director Ismael Trejo said in a press release, referring to an outbreak nearly four years ago in which 73 horses tested positive for the virus and brought live racing to a halt at Sunland Park for over a month. The highly contagious EHV-1 can spread during any time of the year, but the onset of winter typically brings a spike in cases nationwide. According to Daily Racing Form, at least two other tracks are prohibiting ship-ins from Remington: Delta Downs and Oaklawn Park. The Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma posted on its Twitter feed Friday that Remington will be host a “town hall” meeting on Monday at 11:00 a.m. in the track kitchen to answer questions about shipping and quarantine protocols. The post Two New Cases of EHV-1 at Remington appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
    • After prepping for a late-season campaign with a close runner-up finish in the Damascus Stakes Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, Roadster finds the equivalent of open highway Nov. 23 in the $100,000 Native Diver Stakes (G3) at Del Mar. View the full article
    • Santa Anita Park, which will open for its 83rd Winter/Spring Meeting Thursday, Dec. 26, has announced a complete stakes schedule through closing day, June 21. The schedule, which includes a total of 93 added money races, will be keynoted by a pair of Grade I stakes on opening day–the $300,000 Malibu, for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs and the $300,000 La Brea, for 3-year-old fillies at the same distance. The Malibu and La Brea will again be complemented by the GII San Antonio S. and GII Mathis Brothers Mile. The GI American Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies at a mile and one quarter on turf, will serve as Santa Anita’s final Grade I offering this year Saturday, Dec. 28. The GI Santa Anita Derby will be run Saturday, Apr. 4. First run in February, 1935, the GI Santa Anita H. will be contested for the 83rd time Saturday, Mar. 7. The post Santa Anita Announces Winter/Spring Stakes Schedule appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
    • Very close indeed , but no cigar. Ricky in the bike. This bloke does look a little like Inky Lord but unlike him was unable to win the NZ cup at his crack at it against another Ex-pat kiwi in Lightning Blue just before Inky Lord came along. This bloke ended up in Brisbane here for a very high sale price but never reached the Dizzy heights of Lightning Blue and Village Kid.
    • The Jockey Club and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced Nov. 22 that the ninth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held June 23, 2020, at the Keeneland sales pavilion in Lexington. View the full article
    • Japanese-based horses compete for a total of 17 points on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby in Saturday’s $175,000 Cattleya Sho (allowance) over the metric mile at Tokyo Racecourse. American Pharoah has already sired three winners from five runners in Japan and two of those offspring–one colt and one filly–are among the full field of 16 juveniles. Danon Pharaoh (Jpn) has drawn the outside gate and has done little wrong in his two career trips to the post, both over Saturday’s course and distance. Hustled along to take up the running in his Oct. 26 bow, he carried the lead into the final furlong, gamely repelled a rival immediately to his outside, but could not resist a late rally from the re-opposing Dieu du Vin (Jpn) (Declaration of War) and settled for second (video). Driven through to lead after 400 meters of his latest Nov. 10, he carried a clear advantage into the final eighth of a mile and was able to hold off favored Newton Tesoro (Distorted Humor) (see below, gate 1) as the duo pulled well clear of their rivals. The 22-5 second favorite ante-post, Danon Pharaoh is a son of GI Santa Anita Oaks winner Crisp (El Corredor) and was purchased in utero for $350,000 at Keeneland November in 2016. The colt was resold for ¥180 million ($1,629,000) as a yearling at last year’s JRHA Select Sale. Dieu du Vin is the 27-10 favorite as of this writing and will be piloted by the visiting Frankie Dettori.   WATCH: Danon Pharaoh breaks through at second asking   American Pharoah’s daughter Clepat overcame a very wide trip to graduate at third asking at Hanshin Sept. 15. Make Happy (Square Eddie) beat the boys in last year’s Cattleya Sho and Serein (Uncle Mo) is well in the market to follow suit. Bred by Cres Ran LLC, the $500,000 Keeneland September yearling is a out of GISW Tiz Miz Sue (Tiznow) and opened her account with a determined first-out victory at Sapporo July 28 (video, gate 13). The North Hills runner, the joint-third choice at just under 5-1, was a good second in her first try against winners over track and trip Oct. 15. American Baby (Jpn) (Bernardini), carrying the same colors as last year’s Japanese contender Master Fencer (Jpn) (Just a Way {Jpn}), will have his fair share of backers off his lone trip to the races, an easy five-length score at this track Nov. 2 (video, gate 2). His dam, Nile Queen (Pioneerof the Nile), is a half-sister to GI Preakness S. hero Exaggerator (Curlin) and fetched $525,000 carring the colt in utero at KEENOV in 2016. American Baby was a ¥29 million ($254,330) graduate of the 2017 JRHA Select Foal Sale. The Cattleya Sho offers Kentucky Derby points on a 10-4-1-2 scale. The Japan Road to the Derby continues with the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun (1600m, 20 points to the winner) at Kawasaki Dec. 18, the Listed Hyacinth S. (1600m, 30 points) back at Tokyo Feb. 16 and the Fukuryu S. (1800m, 40 points) at Nakayama Mar. 29. The post Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby Kicks Off in Cattleya Sho appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
    • Not sure what this has to do with the discussion but could you explain the above in a bit more detail please? I tried 111 but they didn't seem to know much about it.
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      Today we have seen the only remaining truly independent racing industry publication "hang the bridle on the wall."  The Informant has ceased to publish.
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