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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Evangeline Downs is announcing that the 2019 Thoroughbred season will be extended by two additional days. View the full article
  10. Stallion died in 2018 following bout of laminitis View the full article
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. South Australia-based stallion Sir Prancealot (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}–Mona Em {Ire}, by Catrail) will shuttle from Cornerstone Stud to Rancho San Miguel in California for the 2020 breeding season, it was announced Tuesday. Europe’s champion freshman sire in 2016, the 9-year-old has been well represented in the States, with nine winners from 13 runners, including four stakes winners. Included in that group has been Beau Recall (Ire) and Madam Dancealot (Ire), both multiple Grade II winners and Grade I-placed and both successful on the Southern California circuit. “The statistics in America were becoming quite freakish so the United States became the next natural home for him in the Northern Hemisphere,” said Sam Hayes of Cornerstone Stud. “”The team at Rancho San Miguel share our excitement regarding Sir Prancealot’s obvious potential and we are most grateful to Adrian Gonzalez from Checkmate Thoroughbreds who made the introduction and brokered the deal.” “We are very excited to bring Sir Prancealot to the U.S. and more specifically to California,” said Gonzalez. “It’s amazing to think that this horse began his stud career in Europe, moved to Australia and now his top runners are running in the U.S. With his statistics, he could arguably be the most useful stallion in the world. He’s been the big fish I’ve been after my whole career and I’m thrilled to syndicate him and begin selling shares immediately. Sam Hayes has been incredible to work with and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work together with him and Cornerstone Stud. With Rancho San Miguel, we’ve had tremendous success promoting Danzing Candy in his first two seasons at stud. Clay Murdock along with his staff at Rancho San Miguel, will give us the best opportunity to properly introduce Sir Prancealot as a new and unique offering to the U.S. breeding market.” San Miguel’s Clay Murdock added, “Sir Prancealot gives California breeders a spectacular opportunity to be involved with a stallion that has Grade I stakes performers from a limited number of starters.” A stud fee has yet to be determined. For season and share info, contract Adrian Gonzalez (805) 720-5395 or Clay Murdock (805) 610-2290. The post Sir Prancealot to Reverse Shuttle to California 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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