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
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
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
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
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,
2–Avie’s Flatter, 126, c, 3, Flatter–Avie’s Empire, by EmpireMaker. O-Ivan Dalos; B-Tall Oaks Farm (ON); T-Josie Carroll.
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
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.
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