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  2. Murray Baker is pleased with last start winner Vibrato heading into Saturday’s Listed Courtesy Ford Ryder Stakes (1200m) at the Levin Racing Club’s race meeting at Otaki. The two-year-old son of Sacred Falls followed two trial wins and a luckless debut with a classy win over 1230m at Rotorua on June 26, leading from start to finish. “He hasn’t raced for a month but we’re happy with him and we think he’s probably improved a bit,” said Baker, who trains in partnership with Andrew F... View the full article
  3. Few people in Queensland racing circles are surprised New Zealand-bred gelding Victory Eight has been the quiet achiever of the winter carnival. After all, his trainer Trevor Miller has been a a key player in the state's racing industry with no fuss for decades. Victory Eight, who has won his past two starts in impressive fashion, steps up to open company in the TAB Handicap (1800m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday. The gelding is the latest in a long line of smart horses to come out of Miller's Caloun... View the full article
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  5. The son of Broken Vow completed a successful raiding trip for trainer Steve Asmussen when he captured the $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes July 23 at Fort Erie, denying Queen's Plate winner One Bad Boy a chance at the OLG Canadian Triple Crown. View the full article
  6. Wanganui conditioner Raymond Connors will take a five-strong team to Awapuni on Thursday and the future paths for a number of his runners will be dictated by their performance at the Palmerston North track. Talented jumper Max will contest the LJ Hooker Hurdle (2750m) in preparation for a likely tilt at the Civil & Landfill Construction LTD Pakuranga Hunt Cup (4900m) at Ellerslie next month. The nine-year-old son of Gallant Guru has been in fine form of late, winning the McGregor Grant Steeplech... View the full article
  7. Tone Broke, third behind both One Bad Boy and Avie’s Flatter in the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine June 29, finished fastest to turn the tables on his more heralded rivals in Tuesday evening’s middle jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown. Perched out in the clear through splits of :23.50, :48.03 and 1:12.59 doled out by One Bad Boy, he was scrubbed on for a bit more as Avie’s Flatter ratcheted up the pressure on the frontrunner heading for home. Avie’s Flatter seized a narrow lead in upper stretch as One Bad Boy boxed on, but neither could match strides late with Tone Broke as he leveled off and kicked away over the top. Tone Broke romped by 15 1/4 lengths to graduate at third asking in a rained-off Remington Park heat back in September, and resurfaced to take an optional claimer there Nov. 23. Fourth behind subsequent graded stakes-winning stablemate Long Range Toddy (Take Charge Indy) in the Springboard Mile Dec. 16, he was subsequently brought to Meydan for two far-back finishes. The dark bay turned things around markedly since resurfacing Stateside–he was second behind King for a Day (Uncle Mo) in Pimlico’s restricted Sir Barton S., and was further flattered when that one bested Maximum Security (New Year’s Day) in the Pegasus S. at Monmouth. He was far from disgraced while trying a synthetic surface for the first time in the Queen’s Plate, and was shedding the blinkers this time after three outings with them on. The colt was also being reunited with Ricardo Santana, Jr., his Hall of Fame trainer’s go-to pilot and the rider aboard for the Sir Barton. This was Santana’s first time riding at Fort Erie. The winner’s dam is a half to the dam of Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry’s Mr Havercamp (Court Vision), upset winner of the GIII Forbidden Apple S. on Saratoga’s opening day card. A year-younger full-sister to Tone Broke brought $210,000 at KEESEP from agents Solis and Litt and has been prepping for her debut at Woodbine, most recently covering a half-mile in :48 flat (4/21) over the Tapeta July 19. Mendocino Beano produced a Hard Spun filly last term. Stakes-winning ‘TDN Rising Star’ half-sister Stallion Heiress (Exchange Rate) was bought for $125,000 by SF Bloodstock and Newgate Farm at this year’s Keeneland January sale. Third dam Trishyde was a Group 2 winner in France and GSW/MGISP in the U.S. Tuesday, Fort Erie PRINCE OF WALES S., C$400,000, Fort Erie, 7-23, (C), 3yo, 1 3/16m, 1:56.56, ft. 1–TONE BROKE, 126, c, 3, by Broken Vow 1st Dam: Mendocino Beano (GSP), by Smart Strike 2nd Dam: Trishyde Slew, by Seattle Slew 3rd Dam: Trishyde, by Nureyev ($40,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). 1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. O-L and N Racing LLC; B-Sean Fitzhenry (ON); T-Steven M. Asmussen; J-Ricardo Santana, Jr. C$240,000. Lifetime Record: 10-3-1-1, $347,760. *1/2 to Stallion Heiress (Exchange Rate), SW, $109,187. 2–Avie’s Flatter, 126, c, 3, Flatter–Avie’s Empire, by EmpireMaker. O-Ivan Dalos; B-Tall Oaks Farm (ON); T-Josie Carroll. C$80,000. 3–One Bad Boy, 126, r, 3, Twirling Candy–Cumulonimble, by Stormy Atlantic. ($65,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Sayjay Racing LLC, Greg Hall & Brooke Hubbard; B-Ron Clarkson (ON); T-Richard Baltas. C$40,000. Margins: 2, NK, 6 1/4. Odds: 5.60, 2.35, 1.00. Also Ran: He’s a Macho Man, Skywire. Click for the Equibase.com chart. The post Broken Vow Colt Turns the Tables in Prince of Wales appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  8. I stand by what Reefton and I stated..however I take your point about costs. That could/can be easily dealt with - if there's the will - logistics not a problem with appropriate planning. However, that is all pie-in-the-sky if the ship sinks.
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  10. Freda, Reefton in making off the cuff statements that are clearly incorrect in defence of the status quo needed to be pointed out. The South Island is clearly not supporting the 1000 & 2000 Guineas races with horses numbers. The reason I brought it up is that there have been discussions over the last couple of years by trainers in the North is that these two races are clearly being filled by North Island horses and with the huge cost and logistics of getting to and back from Christchurch that these two races should be brought North. Those discussions became louder following the transport difficulties in getting horses down to Christchurch last November. Capacity fields actually do increase turnover and those two Guineas races are in all likelihood able to create more turnover run up North. It makes economic sense all round.
  11. Reefton, just a thought. A breakaway conglomerate , Tracks and Clubs in jeopardy from the report, banded together eg TNZ or Super Racing Inc and run own meetings with own turnover and jurisdiction, know it won't happen overnight but if it's the only option available , I'd be happy to see that in place. It may been seen as the 2nd tier of Racing , but then again , they said the Pyjama Cricket wouldn't work .....
  12. Fox Hill Farms' Omaha Beach returned to the work tab July 23 with a three-furlong move on Del Mar's main track. View the full article
  13. That old saying 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' applies here, surely. This thread is about bouncing ideas around with the view to try and refloat the sinking ship. The Cup carnival in ChCh is one of the few things in NZ racing that works. Leave it alone and try and be constructive..there have been some good points put forward, as well as the sobering reality of just how broke we are. Your notion of moving the Guineas races is just more deckchair shuffling for no obvious benefit, it wont increase turnover/ revenue and that is the bottom line in all this.
  14. Gary and Mary West's Maximum Security, winner of Saturday's $1 million TVG.com Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park, has moved back into the Top 10 in the latest Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings poll, grabbing the No. 7 position. View the full article
  15. Del Mar has responded to a complaint filed on behalf of Jerry Hollendorfer in San Diego County Superior Court in which the trainer is seeking reinstatement saying that allowing the Hall of Fame trainer to compete was a public relations risk it was not willing to take on. The story was broken by USA Today, which obtained a copy of a 13-page filing submitted by Del Mar by their attorney, Chris Jaczko. The story said that Del Mar claimed Hollendorfer was a “radioactive public-relations hit for the sport.” Four horses under Hollendorfer’s care had to be euthanized at the Santa Anita meet that ended in June. He also trained two horses that had to be put down at Golden Gate Fields. According to USA Today, Hollendorfer accounted for 15% of the horse deaths at California racetracks up to the time he was banned by The Stronach Group, which owns both Santa Anita and Golden Gate. “The racing industry in California is in the midst of an almost existential crisis amid calls from the public, media, Governor’s office, the California legislature, Congress and the (California Horse Racing Board) to pull out all reasonable stops to assure everyone that the industry is doing everything it reasonably can to ensure the safety of horses,” an attorney for Del Mar, Chris Jaczko, wrote in 13-page filing in San Diego County Superior Court, according to the newspaper. Jaczko also wrote: “Criminal investigations are ongoing in Los Angeles relating to what led to 30 thoroughbred race horses losing their lives in the first six months of this year at Santa Anita, and animal rights activists have called for the industry in California to be shut down. Ordering DMTC to permit Hollendorfer to train and race horses at Del Mar will lead to cries that DMTC is not doing what it can to ensure horse safety, and if a fatal injury were to occur to one of his horses, the clamor to end horse racing would be deafening.” The paper also reported that Del Mar’s president, Josh Rubenstein, submitted a statement to the court as well, claiming that Hollendorfer’s attorney, Drew Couto, told him, “We get it. Jerry’s radioactive.” Attorneys representing Hollendofer and the California Thoroughbred Trainers have argued that Del Mar’s ban of the trainer is arbitrary and capricious and in violation of an agreement between the track and the CTT. A ruling is expected to come from a San Diego County judge on Friday. The post Report: Del Mar Claims Hollendorfer Became ‘Radioactive PR Risk’ appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  16. not in NZ old boy!! doesnt count... There is a small error in my stats above ..(23 wins by boys: 1 colt, 22 from geldings) Interesting though that the girls are outperforming the boys, and the older they get the better the girls get...
  17. Saratoga is the logical jumping-off place for hurdlers imported to compete in summer-fall championship races, and three newcomers will make their debuts July 25 in the A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Stakes (NSA-G1). View the full article
  18. Cairo Cat is scheduled to make his race return in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes July 26 at Saratoga Race Course. The Cairo Prince colt was last seen winning the Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs in September before being sidelined. View the full article
  19. Bog tracks in the North at this time of the year!!! At least do some homework before making such statements. The following stats blow what you have stated out of the water. . Ellerslie's meetings in early November for the last ten years have been. Good 3 tracks for nine and a Dead 6 for the other. Last years 2000 Guineas at Riccarton was run on a slow 9.
  20. Evangeline Downs is announcing that the 2019 Thoroughbred season will be extended by two additional days. View the full article
  21. Stallion died in 2018 following bout of laminitis View the full article
  22. Red Baron's Barn's Itsinthepost will transfer from the lawn to Del Mar's main track July 24 when he faces six others in the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (G3). View the full article
  23. Godolphin jockeys James Doyle and William Buick will return to their old agent Michael Haggas, Racing Post reported on Tuesday. The pair had been represented by George Baker since last September. “We started the season with our friend and former weighing room colleague George Baker booking our rides but things haven’t really worked out the way we had planned,” the duo said in a statement. “George is an absolute gentleman and we would both like to thank him sincerely for the time and effort he has put in…Michael knows us very well and has agreed to step in and look after our rides for the rest of the year, which gives us some breathing space. That will allow us to explore every eventuality before we appoint a new agent for 2020.” The post Doyle, Buick Rejoin With Agent Haggas appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  24. John Morrison’s brilliant season in the sulky continued when he scored his 100th career win at Rangiora on Sunday. The Canterbury reinsman brought up his tonne when guiding the talented Only In America to win for trainer Mike DeFilippi. Morrison admitted the thought of reaching three figures this term never entered his mind at the start of the season. “I didn’t think I would drive this many winners this season,” he said. “I drove 20 last season, so it was a bit surprising when I start getting close to the hundred.” “Its been very good to get all of the success that I have got this season, I never thought that would happen.” Fast forward nearly 12 months and it is will only sit second on his achievements in his break out season. With 63 wins this season, Morrison is just days out from being confirmed as the national junior drivers premiership winner for 2018-19. With two major accomplishments behind him, the reinsman will be left searching for a new goal to chase down at the start of the next season on August 1. Morrison said it was likely his focus would be to try to do have an even better season next term. “I always try to drive more winners than the season before and it has worked out so far.” “Every year I have driven more winners than I have the previous season, so I’ll try to do it again next year.” Morrison’s family were on hand to witness and celebrate his 100 win milestone on Sunday. He admitted his parents may have been more excited about the achievement than he was. The junior reinsman got to 100 wins with a front running steer behind Only In America for DeFilippi – the 1000-race winning reinsman who knows a thing or two about bringing up driving milestones. The Tin Tin In America 4yr-old made it back-to-back wins when holding out Rake by three-quarters of a length. Though the pacer has been patiently handled, having had just three starts as a rising 5yr-old, Morrison thought the horse could be even better with more time. “He is a nice horse.” “He is still a bit green, with another six months of racing he will develop in to a lot sharper horse.” “He has come a long way, he trialled quite good early on and I liked him and he has kept improving.” Morrison took his career stake earnings to $971,396 with his win behind Only In American. Barring the reinsman having an incredible last weekend of driving this season, he should crack the $1,000,000 mark early next season. View the full article
  25. Trudeau will join stablemate Who Dares Wins (pictured) in the Gr.3 Winning Edge Presentations Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton next Saturday. Weight relief may have been the deciding factor in a short-margin result in the Oamaru Cup (1600m) at Ashburton on Tuesday. The race was taken out by the Tony and Lyn Prendergast-trained Trudeau, who nosed out King Cougar into second, with Owen Patrick a head back in third. The five-year-old son of Pins was initially set to carry 56.5kg, however, with a number of jockeys unable to make the weight, the Prendergast’s elected to utilise apprentice jockey Tina Comignaghi’s one kilogram claim. “It was really satisfying to get the win,” Tony Prendergast said. “There was a real saga over riders. Jacob Lowry, who normally rides him, couldn’t make the weight at 56.5kg. He gave it a fair go, but he was a kilo over. “We switched to Jason Laking and he had a go and he was a kilo over. We ended up claiming a kilo (with Comignaghi) and that probably tipped the balance in the finish.” Trudeau took solid form into Tuesday’s contest with two wins from his last four starts and his last start fourth placing over 1400m at Ashburton prompted his connections to make a late entry for the Gr.3 Winning Edge Presentations Winter Cup (1600m) at Riccarton next Saturday. “We were really confident with him (heading into the Oamaru Cup),” Prendergast said. “We had put in a late nomination for the Winter Cup with him after he raced so well in his last start. “Most of his wins have been run at 1400m, he did win a mile at Riccarton, so that prompted us to have a go at this.” Trudeau won’t be the only stable representative vying for stakes glory next Saturday, with Who Dares Wins also set to line-up in the Winter Cup. “Who Dares Wins, he is on target for the Winter Cup as well,” Prendergast said. “He trialled nicely the other day and is coming up well.” View the full article
  26. FULL-BROTHER TO WORLD OF TROUBLE DEBUTS AT THE SPA 6th-SAR, $90K, Msw, 2yo, 5 1/2f T, 3:55p.m. Wesley Ward unveils a full-brother to MGISW World of Trouble Wednesday in ALFIE SOLOMONS (Kantharos). The $285,000 KEESEP buy gets his career started on turf, the same surface on which his brother is a treble stakes winner, including a last out score in the GI Jaipur S. and close second in last term’s GI Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint S. World of Trouble is also a top-level scorer on dirt, having won the GI Carter H. at Aqueduct in April. Alfie Solomons is also a half-sibling to stakes winner Money or Love (J Be K) and his dam is a half to MGSW turf sprinter Bucchero (Kantharos). Another firster with a grassy pedigree is the Graham Motion-trained Irish Mias (Sky Mesa). The New Jersey-bred is a half to stakes winner Regally Irish (Regal Ransom) and their dam is a half-sister to MGSW and GI Belmont S. runner-up Irish War Cry (Curlin), as well as MGSW turfer Irish Strait (English Channel). Motion saddles another first time starter in Close Shave (Uncle Mo), a son of MSW Awesome Ashley (Unbridled’s Song), who is out of MGISW Queens Court Queen (Lyphard). TJCIS PPs PRICEY CANDY RIDE FILLY MAKES CAREER BOW AT DEL MAR 7th-DMR, $61K, Msw, 3yo/up, f/m, 5fT, 8:00p.m. SHE’S OUR CHARM (Candy Ride {Arg}), a $600,000 KEESEP acquisition, makes her first trip to the post Wednesday at Del Mar for trainer Don McAnally. She is out of MSW & MGISP Charm the Maker (Empire Maker), who is a daughter of GSW Charm the Giant (Ire) (Giant’s Causeway) and a half-sister to GSW Liam the Charmer (Smart Strike). Diamond A Racing Corp homebred Distorted Win (Distorted Humor) makes her belated career bow in this spot for Hall of Famer Richard Mandella. The 4-year-old is a daughter of stakes winner and MGSP Winning Point (Point Given). She hails from the family of GSW & GISP ‘TDN Rising Star’ Talk Veuve to Me (Violence). TJCIS PPs The post July 24 Insights appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  27. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Jose and Irad aren’t the only ones with the last name Ortiz that should be on your radar this summer at Saratoga. Up-and-coming trainer John Ortiz (no relation) will saddle his first starter in New York when he tightens the girth on the overachieving Honey Bunny (Tapizar) in Wednesday’s GII Honorable Miss H. at the Spa. “It feels great to come out here and represent my whole barn, my owners and my crew,” Ortiz, 33, said back at ‘Horse Haven’ on the Oklahoma backstretch on an overcast morning after getting on a handful of runners for his buddy and fellow trainer Ray Handal. “It’s a very special moment.” Born in Colombia and raised in New York, Ortiz is the son of former rider Carlos Ortiz. It didn’t take long for the married father of two to find his way onto the backstretch. “I always wanted to be a jockey and follow in my dad’s footsteps, but that didn’t work out. I’m too big and too hungry,” the slender Ortiz, still sporting his black safety vest, said with a laugh. “This is something that’s been in my family for a long time. I was introduced to it at a very young age.” Just 16 at the time, Ortiz’s first job at the racetrack came for Bill Mott and he worked his way up the ladder to eventually serve as an assistant to the Hall of Famer. Stints under trainers Graham Motion and Barclay Tagg followed, and, after serving as an assistant to Kellyn Gorder, Ortiz ventured out on his own in 2016. “I chose to follow around some top trainers and learn what I could from them-you know, do what the good guys do,” Ortiz said. From 267 starters in 2018, Ortiz posted a record of 53-39-44 (20% winning percentage) and earnings of $1,454,894, including his first graded victory in Keeneland’s GIII Sycamore S. with Zulu Alpha (Street Cry {Ire}). He’s already saddled 28 winners from 170 starters this year, good for earnings of $1,031,590, through Monday’s action. The Louisville-based conditioner currently trains 33 head. “Right now, we’re very comfortable at 30,” Ortiz said when asked about goals for his stable. “It gives me just enough to keep me occupied. When I was an assistant for Kellyn, we used to run about an 80-horse barn. I do expect to grow bigger, but it all depends. I want to make sure that I do it the right way. I don’t want these horses getting away from me. I’m very involved. I ride my own and I check my own every day. We have a handful of 2-year-olds that we’re very happy about, too.” Ortiz has a pretty nice 5-year-old mare to be happy about as well. The aforementioned Honey Bunny, claimed for just $16,000 last spring, capped a five-race winning streak with a tally in Churchill’s GIII Winning Colors S. May 25. The Hooties Racing LLC, WSS Racing LLC and Brent Gasaway colorbearer finished with interest to check in a close fourth–beaten only 1 1/4 lengths–to the reopposing ‘TDN Rising Star’ Mia Mischief (Into Mischief) in the Roxelana S. beneath the Twin Spires June 22. “Honey Bunny was very special from the beginning,” Ortiz said of the 14-time winner. “We had just finished winning a race at Oaklawn. We dropped the claim and it was a 12-way shake. We happened to win that, so that in itself was a victory. She’s a filly that has her own personality and attitude. It’s her way or the highway–and believe me, I ride her enough to know.” Honey Bunny, drawn in post three with Joel Rosario slated to ride, will face five rivals in the Honorable Miss. She is listed at 10-1 on the morning line. A good performance Wednesday could extend her stay in upstate New York for the GI Ketel One Ballerina S. Aug. 24, a ‘Win and You’re In’ for the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. “She’s blossomed into this beautiful mare and she knows how to win now,” Ortiz concluded. “We came here to take a shot. I think we can compete with the horses here.” The post A ‘Sweet’ Debut on Tap for Ortiz Wednesday appeared first on TDN | Thoroughbred Daily News | Horse Racing News, Results and Video | Thoroughbred Breeding and Auctions. View the full article
  28. Good on you for having some thoughts, but do 12 months on a committee at a smaller club having discussed your views with the wonderful folk at NZTR then come back and let us know what you think. I'm sorry absolutely no hope of anything positive you have said that would benefit the smaller clubs and NZracing would have any hope of getting off the ground unless there was a massive change in regime. RITA isn't there to fix racing it's there to see if there is another way of shuffling the chairs around to keep it from sinking.
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