Friday, May 31, 2013

PICTURE OF THE DAY


Olivier Peslier riding Gloomy Sunday (2R) on their way to winning The Seymour Pierce Henry II Stakes at Sandown racecourse on May 30, 2013 in Esher, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

THE TURF TEN

GENERAL ELECTION (Four-footed Photos)
By Nick Hahn

Nick's picks for the top ten three year old horses in North America with at least one start on the turf in 2013 and perhaps with an inclination of running in the $500,000 Virginia Derby (G2) at Colonial Downs on July 13th.

1. NOBLE TUNE – Solid run in the American Turf over Derby weekend places Chad Brown’s colt by Unbridled Song atop the Turf Ten. The Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf runner up has 4 wins in his 5 starts and is the most proven over the last nine months. Shortens up in his next start Saturday night in the $500,000 Penn Mile but finds a tough field.

2. UP WITH THE BIRDS – Before an easy victory in Woodbine’s Marine stakes on the synthetic over Memorial Day weekend, Malcolm Pierce’s Stormy Atlantic colt certainly saw some tough foes, perhaps the best on this roster. Only Javier Castellano’s nifty ride aboard on the winner kept this Canadian-bred on the winner from winning the Transylvania. It may be tough to lure him south of the border for the Virginia turf.

3. JACK MILTON – If Todd Pletcher’s lightly raced colt had a few more outings, he may be ranked even higher. His Transylvania win was over a talented field. Gary Barber’s late foal didn’t have a start as a two-year old. Clashing with “co-Titan” Noble Tune in Saturday evening’s Penn Mile.

4. WAR DANCER – Ken McPeek’s War Front colt ran out of turf in his stretch run in the American Turf. Jockey Alan Garcia may not wait so long in his next start. The winner’s in the turf races he lost? Noble Tune and Jack Milton. He has been working on a weekly basis at Churchill Downs.

5. RYDILLUC – The Palm Beach stakes winner at Gulfstream couldn't hold on to the lead in the Bluegrass on the synthetic. His front running style might be more questionable if Silver Max hadn’t virtually wired the Virginia Derby field last year. He’s perfect on the turf in three outings. The distance of the Penn Mile will certainly be an advantage.

6. ADMIRAL KITTEN – Another “admiral” ride by Mike Smith was nearly good enough to collect the Arlington Classic over Memorial Day weekend. The Ramsey home-bred is one of many Kitten’s Joy to be watching this summer. Only one career win on the turf for Michael Maker’s pupil but he’s been running well in tough company.

7. GENERAL ELECTION – The Battaglia winner and first runner up in the Lexington Stakes made his first turf start a winning one in the Arlington Classic with a perfect Rocco ride. Winstar Farm’s colt by Harlan’s Holiday out of a Kingmambo mare sets behind runner up Admiral Kitten here but perhaps only for the moment.

8. TATTENHAM – Bill Mott’s Rock Hard Ten colt has only two starts for Juddmonte Farms, both impressive wins on the turf at Tampa. He’s been up north at Belmont Park since late April with solid morning works. Runs Thursday, May 30th at Belmont Park in an optional claiming allowance.

9. CHARMING KITTEN – A suitable Derby effort for Ramsey’s homebred in the Kentucky Derby slop shouldn't setback Pletcher’s student in a transition back to the turf in Saturday’s Penn Mile. Looks the flirt with the Triple Crown dirt is over. In March, he won the Kitten’s Joy at Gulfstream, named after his sire.

10. REDWOOD KITTEN – Wesley Ward will be bringing of portion of his stable to Colonial Downs this summer so Kitten’s Joy was a Virginia Derby prospect even before winning the Murphy over Preakness weekend at Pimlico.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

VIRGINIA-BRED WINNERS

Bay Button Bill (g, 8yo), Ball's Bluff - Magic Dot by Dancing Count. B - Virginia Tech Foundation Inc. Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races, 5/24/2013, clmg, $6,820, 4.5 f, 0:52.71.

Big Dividend (g, 4yo), Whywhywhy - Head Start Joanie by Royal Academy. B - Mr. & Mrs. Sidney B. Cox Jr. Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races, 5/23/2013, clmg, $9,600, 6.5 f, 1:20.18.

Excessiveness (f, 3yo), Exchange Rate - Vicki Vallencourt by Regal Classic. B - Audley Farm.
Churchill Downs, 5/23/2013, clmg, $15,420, 8.5 f, 1:45.06. ($75,000, yrlg, 2011, keesep)

Idle Dice (f, 4yo), Defrere - Dark Plume by Labeeb (GB). B - Glenn Thompson & Hill Haven, Inc. Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races, 5/23/2013, mdn clmg, $6,600, 7 f, 1:31.22.

Liam and Alex (g, 4yo), Afleet Alex - Doctoressa by Doc's Leader. B - Morgan's Ford Farm &Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. Penn National, 5/25/2013, clmg, $8,400, 8.5 f, 1:48.15. ($45,000, Wnlg, 2009, keenov; $80,000, yrlg, 2010, keesep)

Starship Storm (g, 4yo), Broken Vow - Storm Minstrel by Storm Cat. B - Edward P. Evans.
Calder Race Course, 5/26/2013, clmg, $7,500, 8.5 f, 1:43.19. ($10,000, yrlg, 2010, keesep)

Tirion (c, 5yo), Royal Academy - Domenica's Dream by Woodman. B - Lady Olivia at North Cliff LLC. Longchamp, 5/26/2013, hcp, $31,606, 7 f, 1:22.45. ($37,000, Wnlg, 2008, keenov; $62,000, yrlg, 2009, keesep)

PICTURES OF THE DAY

Kasey K Racing & Brier Creek Farm LLC’s Big Sur took command right from the start and held off all challengers to give trainer Ramon Moya and his son, jockey Ramon Moya, a victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Majestic Light Stakes at Monmouth Park. (Monmoth Park/Equiphoto/Facebook)
Shane Kelly riding Kingsgate Native (L, red) win The Betfred Temple Stakes at Haydock racecourse on May 25, 2013 in Haydock, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Channel 4 Racing presenters Graham Cunningham (R) and Jim McGrath prepare for the show in the mobile studio at Haydock racecourse on May 25, 2013 in Haydock, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
A general view of racing during racing at Huntingdon race course on May 22, 2013 in Huntingdon, England. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe)
Coffee Pot Stables Imposing Grace after winning the $150,000 Arlington Matron Gr.3 at Arlington Park. (Arlington Park/Facebook)
Midnight Lucky coasted to victory in the $300,000 Acorn Stakes Gr.1 beneath Rosie Napravnik. (New York Racing Association, Adam Coglianese)
Jake Duffy riding Mr Make Believe wins the ALH Group Handicap during Melbourne Racing at Caulfield Racecourse on May 25, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images AsiaPac)
 Paul A. Pompa Jr.’s Silverette captured the $60,000 Red Cross Stakes at Monmouth Park on Monday, giving jockey Paco Lopez a stakes sweep on the Memorial Day card. (Monmoth Park/Equiphoto/Facebook)
Brad Rawiller riding Virenque wins the Taralye-Listen,Learn,Speak Plate during Melbourne Racing at Caulfield Racecourse on May 25, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Beat the Blues, under Miguel Mena, broke through with a determined gate-to-wire victory in the Winning Colors Gr.3 over 4-5 favorite Judy the Beauty at Churchill Downs on Monday. (Churchill Downs/Facebook)
Comma To The Top and jockey Edwin Maldonado win the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap Gr.3, Monday, May 27, 2013 at Betfair Hollywood Park, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)
Dark Cove, under Rosie Napravnik, wins the Louisville Handicap horse race over Atigun and Najjaar, Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Churchill Downs, Reed Palmer Photography)
Discreet Marq kicked off the stakes action with a front-running score in the $200,000 Sands Point Gr.2 for Christophe Clement Racing Stable on Monday at Belmont Park. (New York Racing Association, Adam Coglianese)
William Twiston-Davies riding Magic City (L) win The Reheat Stakes at Goodwood racecourse on May 24, 2013 in Chichester, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Midnight Lucky coasted to victory in the $300,000 Acorn Stakes Gr.1 beneath Rosie Napravnik. (New York Racing Association, Adam Coglianese)

Obviously and Joe Talamo win the $150,000 American Handicap Gr.2 Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)

Richard Hughes riding Our Queenie win The Goodwood Maiden Auction Stakes at Goodwood racecourse on May 24, 2013 in Chichester, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Sahara Sky and jockey Joel Rosario capture the $750,000 Met Mile Gr.1 at Belmont Park, in Elmont, N.Y., Monday, May 27, 2013. (AP Photo/New York Racing Association, Adam Coglianese)
Sahara Sky and jockey Joel Rosario.  (AP Photo/New York Racing Association, Adam Coglianese)
Jim and Susan Hill's Solid Appeal demonstrated a tremendous turn of foot over the expansive E.P Taylor Turf Course to win Saturday's Grade 2 $213,200 Nassau Stakes, at Woodbine. (WEG/michael burns photography)
Something Extra and Eurico Rosa da Silva went gate to wire to successfully defend his title in Sunday's Grade 2, $201,600 Connaught Cup Stakes, at Woodbine on Sunday. (WEG/michael burns photography)
Tannery, with Luis Saez aboard, captures the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes Gr.2 at Belmont Park in New York, Saturday, May 25, 2013. (AP Photo/New York Racing Association)
Tiz Miz Sue and Joseph Rocco, Jr. came running to defeat a game Authenticity in the $400,000 Odgen Phipps Handicap Gr.1 on Monday at Belmont. (New York Racing Association, Adam Coglianese)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

PREAKNESS WEEKEND STAKES

Cramer Racing LLC’s Bayonne and Erik Ramirez winning the $40,000 Kattegat’s Pride Starter Allowance on Friday at Pimlico.  (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
The Jim Stables’ Ben’s Cat and Julian Pimentel winning the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes on Friday for trainer King Leatherbury. (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Tim E. O’Donohue’s Debt Ceiling with Eric Camacho up winning the $75,000 Rollicking Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico.  Debt Ceiling is trained by John Robb. (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Joel Rosario and Fiftyshadesofhay winning the $500,000 Black Eyed Susan Stakes Gr.3 at Pimlico on Friday.  (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
CJZ Racing Stable’s I’m Mom’s Favorite and Russell Sheldon winning the $100,000 Miss Preakness Pink Warrior Stakes on Fraidy at Pimlico. (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
John D. Gunther’s Last Gunfighter, with Javier Castellano up, winning the $300,000 Pimlico Special Gr.3 on Friday for trainer Chad Brown. (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Pianist and Mike Smith winning the $150,000 Gallorette Handicap Gr.3 (again for trainer Chad Brown) at Pimlico on Friday. (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Redwood Kitten and Joel Rasario winning the $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes on Saturday.  Wesley Ward trains. (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
John Velazquez and Sage Valley capture the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap Gr.3 on Preakness Saturday for trainer Rudy Rodriquez and owner Michael Dubb. (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Three Lyons Racing’s Sensible Lady and Angel Serpa winning the $100,000 Very One Stkes for trainer Tim Salzman on Friday. (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Gary Stevens scores an upset win for trainer D. Wayne Lukas with Calumet Farm’s Skyring in the $300,000 Dixie Stakes Gr.2 on Saturday at Pimlico. (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Gil Campbell’s Summer Applause and John Velazquez winning the $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes Gr.3 at Pimlico on Saturday.  Chad Brown trains the winners. (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Zayat Stables LLC’s Zee Bros and Martin Garcia winning the $100,000 Chick Land Stakes on Saturday for trainer Bob Baffert.  (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Monday, May 20, 2013

VA-BRED WINNERS

Cho Cho Cat (f, 5yo), Tale of the Cat - Cho Cho San by Deputy Minister. B - Edward P. Evans. Evangeline Downs, 5/18/2013, stk, $30,000, 5 f, 0:55.32. ($19,000, 2yo, 2010, keenov)

Code West (r, 3yo), Lemon Drop Kid - Charitabledonation by Saint Ballado. B - Edward P. Evans. Pimlico, 5/18/2013, alwc, $29,640, 8.5 f, 1:46.67. ($340,000, yrlg, 2011, keesep)

Eldarion (g, 5yo), Aragorn (IRE) - Pagan Dance by Valley Crossing. B - Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin III.
Presque Isle Downs, 5/19/2013, str alwc, $12,000, 6 f, 1:11.73. ($11,500, yrlg, 2009, keesep)

Razzo Succo (g, 4yo), Indian Charlie - Cryptos' Best by Cryptoclearance. B - Lazy Lane Farms, Inc. Arlington Park, 5/17/2013, alwc, $23,400, 8 f, 1:37.73. ($130,000, yrlg, 2010, keesep; $325,000, 2yo, 2011, ftffeb)

Snowball Fight (g, 3yo), Two Punch - Enough Tough by Cox's Ridge. B - Althea Richards.
Pimlico, 5/16/2013, clmg, $9,690, 6 f, 1:14.58.

Tirion (c, 5yo), Royal Academy - Domenica's Dream by Woodman. B - Lady Olivia at North Cliff LLC Maisons-laffitte, 5/18/2013, clmg, $12,193, 8 f, 1:38.60. ($37,000, Wnlg, 2008, keenov; $62,000, yrlg, 2009, keesep)

THE TURF TEN - MAY 20, 2012


By Nick Hahn

Nick's picks for the top ten three year old horses in North America with at least one start on the turf in 2013 and perhaps with an inclination of running in the $500,000 Virginia Derby (G2) at Colonial Downs on July 13th.
Redwood Kitten, the James Murphy winner on Preakness day at Pimlico, is one of three Kitten's Joy-sired colts in Nick Hahn's Turf Ten. Kitten's Joy won the 2004 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs. (Photo-Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club)
  1. 1. NOBLE TUNE – Solid run in the American Turf over Derby weekend places Chad Brown’s colt by Unbridled Song atop the Turf Ten.  The Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf runner up has 4 wins in his 5 starts and is the most proven over the last nine months.
  2.  UP WITH THE BIRDS – Malcolm Pierce’s Stormy Atlantic colt has certainly has seen tough foes, perhaps the best on this roster.   Only Javier Castellano’s nifty ride aboard on the winner kept this Canadian-bred on the winner from winning the Transylvania.
  3. JACK MILTON – If Todd Pletcher’s lightly raced colt had a few more outings, he may be ranked even higher.  His Transylvania win was over a talented field.  Gary Barber’s late foal didn’t have a start as a two-year old.
  4. WAR DANCER – Ken McPeek’s War Front colt ran out of turf in his stretch run in the American Turf.  Jockey Alan Garcia may not wait so long in his next start.  The winner’s in the turf races he lost? Noble Tune and Jack Milton.
  5. ADMIRAL KITTEN – The “admiral” ride by Mike Smith was nearly measured perfectly by one of many Kitten’s Joy to be watching this summer.  Only one career win on the turf for Michael Maker’s pupil for the Ramsey home-bred but he’s been running well in tough company.
  6. RYDILLUC – The Palm Beach stakes winner at Gulfstream couldn’t hold on to the lead in the Bluegrass on the synthetic.  His front running style might be more questionable if Silver Max hadn’t virtually wired the Virginia Derby field last year.  He’s perfect on the turf in three outings.
  7. PROCUREMENT – Perhaps the “best in the west” with his LaPuente win, Tom Proctor knows the road to New Kent as he trained Banned, the 2011 Virginia Derby morning line favorite.  The Milwaukee Brew Florida-bred has three wins in six starts on the turf. 
  8. TATTENHAM – Bill Mott’s Rock Hard Ten colt has only two starts for Juddmonte Farms, both impressive wins on the turf at Tampa.  He’s been up north at Belmont Park since late April with solid morning works.
  9. CHARMING KITTEN – A suitable Derby effort for Ramsey’s homebred in the Kentucky Derby slop shouldn’t setback Pletcher’s student in a transition back to the turf.  In March, he won the Kitten’s Joy at Gulfstream, named after his sire.
  10. REDWOOD KITTEN – Wesley Ward will be bringing a portion of his stable to Colonial Downs this summer so Kitten’s Joy was a Virginia Derby prospect even before winning the Murphy over Preakness weekend at Pimlico.
         Also eligibles-Infinite Magic, Animal Style, Examen, Joelito, Rosengold, Fire Guard, I'll Call, Chamois

OXBOW UPSETS PREAKNESS


Oxbow #6, ridden by Gary Stevens, leads the field out of the fourth turn to win the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Molly Riley/Getty Images)
Oxbow #6, ridden by Gary Stevens, leads the field to the finish line to win the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
The field races during the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
The field breaks the gate at the start of the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes. (Molly Riley/Getty Images)
Orb #1, ridden by Joel Rosario, breaks the gate to start the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes. (Molly Riley/Getty Images)
Trainer D. Wayne Lucas leads Oxbow #6, ridden by Gary Stevens to Winner's Circle after winning the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Gary Stevens smiles atop of Oxbow #6 in Winners Circle. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
The field breaks the gate at the start of the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Molly Riley/Getty Images)
Jockey Gary Stevens (3L), and trainer D. Wayne Lucas (4L) celebrate with the trophy in Winner's Circle after Oxbow #6 won the Preakness. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Jockey Gary Stevens hugs his daughter Madison in the Winner's Circle. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)