Archive for October, 2010

Acoma a disappointment no more

Regardless where Acoma finishes in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, the 5-year-old daughter of Empire Maker has already proven she belongs in the depth-laden field.

For the connections that have so willingly stuck by the temperamental mare, that alone is a marked achievement.

After falling short in four previous tries in Grade I company, Acoma finally notched her elusive top level triumph when she captured the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at Keeneland on October 10 in what was originally slated to be her final career start.

The quest to get her a Grade I win was the whole reason the multiple graded stakes winning daughter of Empire Maker was kept in training this season, but that plan didn’t look so great after she ran seven in the Beverly D. Stakes on August 21. Now that Acoma has lived up to the ability owners Helen Alexander and Helen Groves always believed she had, she has a shot at the Breeders’ Cup over the Churchill strip where she sports a 2-for-2 record on the main track.

“After last year, nine out of ten times she would have been retired but we always believed there was a Grade I in her,” trainer David Carroll said after working the bay mare four furlongs in :50 flat Sunday morning. “We always felt she was a Grade I filly  but for some reason, she just didn’t show up. She’d let us down and then you start thinking ‘is it me or is it her’ and you start to doubt yourself a bit.

“They gave her the opportunity and she rewarded them. It really is the most rewarding thing that she is a Grade I winner now.”

Quality Road “as good as ever” in final move

Edward Evans’ multiple Grade I winner Quality Road led a contingent of Todd Pletcher trainees on the track at Churchill Downs this morning, covering a solid four furlongs in :48.60 in company with stablemate Aikenite in his final serious move before starting in the Breeders’ Cup Classic this Saturday.

“I thought he worked as well as he’s ever worked this morning,” Pletcher said. “That is what we’re accustomed to seeing: a really, really good breeze well in hand without being prompted at any point.  He picked it up down the lane and galloped out really well. He gives me every indication he’s ready to run a big race.”

With wins in the Grade I Donn Handicap, Met Mile and Woodward Stakes already this year, Quality Road would almost certainly lock up Horse of the Year honors should he capture the $5 million Classic. The big knock on the son of Elusive Quality, however, is that he’s never won at the Classic’s 1 1/4-mile distance but Pletcher is warning the public to write the 4-year-old colt off at their own risk.

“I don’t think if he wins on Saturday there are going to be too many people surprised,” said Pletcher, who is set to saddle 11 Breeders’ Cup starters this Friday and Saturday. “Until he (wins at a 1 1/4-miles) I think it’s a fair question but to me, he gets 1 1/4-miles no problem.

“I know of one thing, if the Donn was 1 1/4-miles, he might have won by 25 lengths that day.”

Quality Road – who will be retired to stud at Lane’s End Farm following the Classic – captured the 1 1/8-miles Donn by 12 3/4 lengths in an effort Pletcher deemed “as good as any race any horse has run this year.”

Pletcher’s loaded Breeders’ Cup hand also includes Grade I Champagne Stakes winner Uncle Mo and his stablemate Stay Thirsty. The duo worked four furlongs together on Sunday, covering the distance in :50.60 as they get ready to head to the gate for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

“It was a little slower than I wanted it to be but it was the right kind of slow,” Pletcher said of the pair. “They went each eighth faster than the previous one and in particular Uncle Mo galloped out really well. He was all the way back to the half mile pole before he actually pulled up.”

Owned by Mike Repole, who also owns Stay Thirsty, Uncle Mo has dazzled in his two career starts winning his maiden by 14 1/4 lengths prior to taking the Champagne by 4 3/4 on October 9. The 1 1/16-miles Juvenile will mark his first time around two turns but Pletcher does not envision stamina being an issue for the son of Indian Charlie.

“He’s got a tremendous stride to him and covers a lot of ground which reminds me of the way (2010 Grade I Wood Memorial winner) Eskendereya used his stride,” Pletcher said of Uncle Mo. “They both kind of lower their heads and get down and get low and just reach out way in front of them. We’ve been blessed with a lot of good 2-year-olds over the years and most of them found their peak in May, June, July, August. This horse didn’t start until late in August and is peaking at the right time for a race like the Breeders’ Cup.”

Team Zenyatta thrilled after final work

The connections of Zenyatta are used to gushing on her behalf and in her final tune-up before the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the superlatives were flowing again for the six-year-old mare.

With proud owners close to a hundred fans looking on, undefeated Zenyatta  put forth a six-furlong workout in company in 1:11 4/5 over the main Hollywood Park track on Saturday.

“She’s always splendid,” said co-owner Jerry Moss.  “It was beautiful and it looked like she had a lot left. The riders are all happy. It was the kind of work you want.”

Working with stablemates, El Vino and Sarbonne, Zenyatta ran her opening eighth of a mile in 12 4/5 seconds, the quarter in 25 2/5, a half-mile in 48 3/5 and five furlongs in 1:00. She covered the final eighth in 11 4/5.

“She went better than good,” said regular rider Mike Smith, who was aboard for the work. “It was excellent. She went really, really well and probably a little better than last year. She galloped out strong and was happy coming back. She’s ready. I’m always super confident with her. It’s racing. She’s going to have to get the trip, but if she does, I think we are going to see something phenomenal.”

“It was a tune up,” trainer John Shirreffs added. “She finished fast, so it wasn’t necessarily a ‘fast work.’ She was fast at the end. That’s her style. From here we have fun. Just play. She’s got everything done we needed to do. Now we have fun.”

Zenyatta will walk the shedrow on Sunday and jog Monday at her normal training time of 9 am. She is scheduled to leave California for Kentucky on Tuesday aboard a chartered Tex Sutton flight along with several other Breeders’ Cup contenders.

Life At Ten, Paddy O’Prado lead Saturday worktab

The Todd Pletcher trained duo of Life At Ten and Malibu Prayer each put in their final moves Saturday morning in preparation for their expected starts in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Churchill Downs.

Life At Ten, winner of the Grade I Beldame Stakes in her most recent outing on Oct. 2 at Belmont, worked four furlongs in company in her first trip over the Churchill surface, covering the distance in :48.20.

“She generally does a little better in company and I thought this work went smoothly,” Pletcher said. “I thought she got over the track really well.”

Malibu Prayer, who captured the Grade I Ruffian on August 1, also worked a half mile Saturday morning in :49 flat and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02. Unlike her stablemate, Malibu Prayer has run at Churchill before – and successfully at that. The daughter of Malibu Moon won the Grade II Chilukki under the Twin Spires last November 7 in what was the first graded stakes win of her career.

“I thought Malibu Prayer was her typical self, she’s generally a very genuine work horse,” Pletcher said.

Another Breeders’ Cup hopeful turning in her first work over the Churchill track for Pletcher was R Heat Lightening, who is bound for Friday’s Juvenile Fillies. The winner of the Grade I Spinster breezed four furlongs in :48.40 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.60.

Trainer Dale Romans had both his Breeders’ Cup Classic contenders in action Saturday. Grade I winner Paddy O’Prado and Preakness Stakes runner-up First Dude each worked five furlongs in their final serious moves with the former covering the distance in 1:01 and First Dude clocking in at 1:01.20.

“Both of them worked just like we wanted,” Romans said. “They galloped out strong and just kept galloping. All the big work’s done. Now we just take it easy. It’s a good feeling – no more stress. As long as everything is good tomorrow, then we just coast from here.”

Super Saver still drawing a crowd

There is a story from years ago that recounts how when Charismatic was being led back to the barn following his upset win in the 1999 Kentucky Derby, someone from the crowd yelped out ‘He’ll never win another race’ only to have Mike Maker, then an assistant to trainer D. Wayne Lukas, shoot back ‘He doesn’t have to.’

Indeed, for any horse fortunate enough to capture racing’s most famous contest, there is a limitless amount of luster they will carry with them no matter if they ever reach the finish line first again.

Unfortunately for his connections, Super Saver’s win in this year’s Kentucky Derby will go down as his final career triumph as he was winless in his last three outings before being retired earlier this week. To the plethora of fans and breeders that turned out to visit the son of Maria’s Mon at WinStar Farm Saturday afternoon, however, that victory in May was all that mattered.

Amanda Duckworth photo

Amanda Duckworth photo

The idyllic fall weather provided an appropriate setting today as WinStar hosted its ‘welcome home’ gathering for its Derby winning homebred Super Saver, allowing the public to view the bay colt as he prepares to stand his first season at stud in 2011.

While there were certainly a fair share of breeders in attendance, there was definitely ample fan representation on the grounds – always a welcome thing for a sport that needs to make its stars more accessible to the people who follow them.

He may have disappointed in his final few starts but Super Saver did his part to please his followers on Saturday. Full of dapples and looking much more filled out than he did during the Triple Crown season, Super Saver dutifully posed for every camera aimed his way and repeatedly participated in the I’m-going-to-stick-my-tongue-out cuteness that never fails to draw its share of “awwwws” from a crowd. (For those familiar with WinStar stallion Sharp Humor and his love of that game, we’re pretty sure Super Saver learned that trick from him).

Amanda Duckworth photo

Amanda Duckworth photo

After sending out a handful of his Breeders’ Cup contenders for their final works at Churchill in the morning, trainer Todd Pletcher stopped by to visit the horse who ended his 0-for-24 streak of futility in the Derby and sign autographs. Pletcher is known far more for his reserved nature than any outwardly emotional displays, so it was especially poignant to see him engage his now former charge in a couple playful tugs of his tongue and witness how much joy he took in just being around the laid-back colt.

Now that his career is officially over, some will dismiss Super Saver as a one-hit wonder who picked a good day to have his best day ever. Regardless what you think of his ability on the track, Super Saver’s Derby win automatically makes him an ambassador for the sport, an all-important drawing card for a game that needs to do all it can to both attract new fans and give the followers they do have reason to stick with it.

It is perhaps the most vital role Super Saver has played thus far in his young life. And judging by his outing on Saturday, he appears poised to score another huge victory.

Amanda Duckworth photo

Amanda Duckworth photo

Runnymede’s Rogue Romance confirmed for Juvenile

Runnymede Farm announced Friday they have decided to enter its homebred Rogue Romance in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on November 6 rather than the Juvenile Turf.

The son of Smarty Jones has won two of his three starts, all of which have been on turf, but the 1 1/16-miles distance of the Juvenile compared to the one-mile Juvenile Turf was considered a better fit for the Ken McPeek-trained colt.

The race will mark a historic first for Runnymede and the Clay family. While Runnymede is the oldest continually operated Thoroughbred nursery in Kentucky, founded by Catesby Clay’s grandfather Col. Ezekiel Clay in 1867, Rogue Romance will be the first horse to carry the family’s traditional green and black colors in a Breeders’ Cup race.

“Rogue Romance’s breeding and his training during the summer over the main track at Saratoga indicate he will perform well on the dirt,” Runnymede general manager Martin O’Dowd said. “He’s bred top and bottom for it and everything about his conformation suggests the dirt. His talent is what has propelled him to his success on the turf.”

Rogue Romance enters the Juvenile off two consecutive wins, both over 1 1/16 miles on grass, the first in a maiden special weight race at Saratoga and the most recent in the Grade III Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland on October 10. Jockey Julien Leparoux guided the colt to both victories and will be aboard for the Breeders’ Cup.

One of Rogue Romance’s prime rivals in the Juvenile will be Zayat Stables’ impressive Jaycito, winner of the Grade I Norfolk Stakes in his most recent start. Like Rogue Romance, Jaycito was bred by and raised at Runnymede and offered at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale, so in that sense the farm will have two chances in the championship contest.

Additionally, Runnymede will be represented as a breeder by Breeders’ Cup Marathon contender Awesome Gem, another Grade I winner bred, raised and sold by the farm. The versatile Awesome Gem has earned more than $2.2 million while racing for West Point Thoroughbreds and will be making his fourth Cup appearance after previously running twice in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, including a third-place effort to Horse of the Year Curlin in 2007, and once in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver retired

WinStar Farm’s homebred  Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver has been retired from racing and will enter stud at the Versailles farm for the 2011 season. A stud fee has not yet been announced.

“The final decision to retire Super Saver was a difficult one that may not be popular with fans but should be very popular with our breeders. The bone bruising, discovered by Dr. Larry Bramlage DVM, which limited his performance during the latter half of this year should subside with time. However, it created a slight risk that he would not return to the form he showed as a two year old and through the Kentucky Derby,” said Elliott Walden, vice president and racing manager of WinStar. “He has nothing more to prove.”

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Super Saver broke his maiden by seven lengths in his second start at Belmont Park before shipping to Churchill Downs where he established a stakes record time of 1:42.83 for the 1 1/16-mile, Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.

Although Super Saver just missed in his two 3-year-old preps leading up to the Kentucky Derby, the son of Maria’s Mon took advantage of the off track and another superb ride by jockey Calvin Borel to score a 2 1/2-length win in the first leg of the Triple Crown. The victory was the first Derby win for Pletcher and gave WinStar – which had bred 2003 Derby winner Funny Cide – its first triumph as owner and breeder in the classic.

“I’ve dreamt of winning the Kentucky Derby since I was six years old,” Pletcher said. “Super Saver was my fastest 2-year-old last year, and his stakes-record performance in the (Kentucky) Jockey Club told me he was a Derby horse. I just had to harness that speed and get himready. Thank God it happened just that way.”

Super Saver retires with a record of 3-2-1 from 10 career starts and earnings of $1,889,766.

Super Saver is out of the A.P. Indy mare Supercharger, who is a sister to graded stakes winners Daydreaming, Girolamo and Accelerator. Supercharger is also the sister to She’s a Winner, the dam of leading freshman sire and fellow WinStar stallion Bluegrass Cat.

“Super Saver is a special horse. He made a lot of dreams come true for the entire WinStar team,” said Doug Cauthen, president of WinStar. “Having him back at the farm this past month has been like having a family member return home. We ultimately felt like it was best for him to retire now and we’re thrilled to have the rare opportunity to stand a horse of his caliber here where he was born and raised. With his impressive mix of speed and a classic pedigree, Super Saver is an exciting stud prospect.”

Fans and breeders are invited to celebrate the homecoming of Super Saver to the WinStar Stallion Barn on Saturday October 30th from 11am to 1pm.

Zenyatta leads list of Breeders’ Cup pre-entries

Undefeated champion Zenyatta leads the list of a record 184 horses pre-entered, 26  from overseas, for the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs Nov. 5-6.

“The overall depth and quality of this year’s pre-entered fields are higher than at any previous occasion,” said Tom Robbins, Chairman of the Breeders’ Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel. “The international contingent is particularly strong and is bolstered by high ratings for Zenyatta, Workforce and Goldikova.”

Zenyatta came from last to first to win the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic, becoming the first female to capture the race, and the first horse to win two different Breeders’ Cup races. (In 2008, she was the winner of the Ladies’ Classic.)  Zenyatta returned as a 6-year-old mare this year and has won all five of her starts to increase her unbeaten streak to 19 consecutive races.

Tiznow, in 2000 and 2001, is the only horse to win back-to-back Classics.

If Zenyatta is to repeat, she will have to do it against one of the strongest Classic fields ever assembled. Among the 16 horses pre-entered for the 1 ¼ mile race is  Adele Dilschneider’s and Claiborne Farm’s 4-year-old Blame, winner of the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs and the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga, before finishing second in the Jockey Club Gold Cup; the Bob Baffert-trained Lookin at Lucky, the nation’s top 3-year-old, who won the Preakness Stakes, the Haskell Invitational and the Indiana Derby; the 4-year-old Quality Road, who had to be scratched at the gate prior to last year’s Classic, but returned this year with sparkling victories in the Donn Handicap, the Metropolitan Handicap and the Woodward Stakes, and the versatile 5-year-old Gio Ponti, who finished second to Zenyatta in last year’s Classic and was both champion older male and champion turf horse of 2009. Trained by Christophe Clement, Gio Ponti has two grade I stakes victories on turf this year in the Man O’ War at Belmont and the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.

Others prominent in the pre-entered Classic field are Haynesfield, a front running 4-year-old who defeated Blame in the Jockey Club Gold Cup; Fly Down, second in the Travers Stakes and Paddy O’Prado, the top 3-year-old American turf horse, and also third in this year’s Kentucky Derby. The Classic is brought further intrigue by the Japanese 5-year-old Espoir City,  who won last year’s Japan Cup Dirt and was twice victorious in three 2010 starts.

Zenyatta is not the only superstar shooting for an unprecedented third consecutive Breeders’ Cup win. Alain and Gerard Wertheimer’s 5-year-old Goldikova is seeking her third consecutive $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile on turf, leading the charge of overseas participants in this year’s Breeders’ Cup.

Goldikova, trained by Freddie Head, has won four of five starts this year, three of them over males in the Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp, the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, and most recently, the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp. Challenging Goldikova will be Juddmonte Farms’ 5-year-old mare Proviso (GB), who has won her last four starts on the turf this year for trainer Bill Mott, including the Frank Kilroe Mile over males at Santa Anita Park; Woodbine Mile winner Court Vision, who was fourth in last year’s TVG Mile and Paco Boy (IRE), a formidable rival to Goldikova this year, having lost the Prix de la Foret to her by just a half-length. Gio Ponti is also pre-entered in the Mile as a second preference.

In 2009, European horses won six Breeders’ Cup races.

There has yet to be a winner of both the Arc de Triomphe and the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf in the same year, but trainer Sir Michael Stoute is going to try with Khalid Abdullah’s 3-year-old Workforce, who also captured the Epsom Derby earlier this year. The $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf, run at 1 ½ miles on the Matt Winn Turf course, will also have Behkabad, who qualified for the race by winning the Prix Niel at Longchamp through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series and also won the Grand Prix de Paris. Two other Breeders’ Cup Challenge winners who have been pre-entered for the Turf are Debussy (IRE), winner of the Arlington Million for trainer John Gosden and Champ Pegasus, who won the Clement Hirsch at Oak Tree at Hollywood Park. Winchester, winner of both the Manhattan Handicap and the Turf Classic at Belmont Park, has also been pre-entered.

On Championship Friday, for the first time ever, the Breeders’ Cup will finish under the lights, and the focus will be on the female races, headlined by the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at 1 1/8 miles.

Leading the field is the fast closing 3-year-old filly Blind Luck, who has won five races this year, including the Kentucky Oaks, the Delaware Oaks and the Alabama Stakes for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Contrasted with Blind Luck is the front running 5-year-old mare Life At Ten, who has been beaten just once this year in six starts. Trained by Todd Pletcher, who leads all trainers with 11 pre-entered horses, Life At Ten has captured two grade 1 races this year in the Ogden Phipps and the Beldame Stakes.

Juddmonte Farms’ Midday came from Great Britain to Santa Anita last year and scored a one-length victory in the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Midday is back as one of six previous Breeders’ Cup Champions pre-entered for this year’s event (along with Zenyatta, Goldikova, California Flag, Informed Decision and Forever Together). Trained by Henry Cecil, the 4-year-old filly has won three times in four starts in 2010, including consecutive Group I victories in the Nassau Stakes, the Yorkshire Oaks and the Prix Vermeille.  She will face the likes of the French 4-year-old filly Plumania who defeated male rivals in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and was second to Midday in the Prix Vermeille. The 3-year-old Harmonious, trained by Shirreffs, could also be dangerous in this race with grade 1 wins to her credit in the American Oaks at Hollywood Park, and recently, the Queen Elizabeth II at Keeneland.

The competition in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at 1 1/16 miles shapes up as a battle among a pair of two-year-old stars on each coast. In the East, Boys at Tosconova was the summer’s early star after capturing the Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga, but the latest Eastern star is Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo, a dominant 4 3/4-length winner of the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park for trainer Todd Pletcher.   In California, Gem Stable’s J P’s Gusto dominated the Western division with wins in the Best Pal and Del Mar Futurity before being upset by Zayat Stables’ Jaycito by one length in the Norfolk Stakes at Oak Tree at Hollywood Park.

Trainer Bob Baffert has won the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies two times. This year he sends out Zayat Stables’ A Z Warrior, winner of the Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park. The Todd Pletcher-trained R Heat Lightning was the favorite in that race following a victory in the Spinaway.

The $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at 6 furlongs appears wide open with Smiling Tiger, winner of two grade 1 races in the Bing Crosby at Del Mar and the Ancient Title at Oak Tree at Hollywood Park the top runner from the West. The 5-year-old Kinsale King journeyed from California this spring to win the Golden Shaheen Stakes in Dubai.

The $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at 7 furlongs drew 22 pre-entered horses. The Jonathan Sheppard-trained Informed Decision is back to defend her title following a hard charge to finish third in the Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland behind the 5-year-old mare Dubai Majesty. Others who could figure prominently in the wide open race are the 3-year-old Test Stakes winner Champagne d’Oro and Ballerina Stakes winner Rightly So.

The $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile also appears to be wide open. The 5-year-old Tizway arrives off a five-length victory in the one mile Kelso at Belmont Park. Here Comes Ben, a 4-year-old Street Cry colt, has won his last four races, capping the streak with the Grade I Forego at Saratoga. D. Wayne Lukas, the leading all-time Breeders’ Cup trainer with 18 victories, has also pre-entered 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.

California Flag seeks to win a second $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at 5 furlongs, the shortest of the 14 races, for trainer Brian Koriner. The 6-year-old gelding faces Woodford Reserve winner Silver Timber and the 3-year-old filly Rose Catherine, a winner of five races this year.

A maximum of 14 starters are allowed in each of the 14 Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. Breeders’ Cup Limited has adopted a field selection system to select runners in the event fields are oversubscribed. This system ranks horses in order of preference based on (i) Breeders’ Cup Challenge race winners, (ii) a point system, and (iii) the judgment of a panel of racing experts.  The field selection system was implemented following the taking of pre-entries on Monday, Oct. 25, to officially rank the oversubscribed fields.  The Racing Secretaries and Directors Panel (the “Panel”) will ranked all the horses pre-entered in the oversubscribed races.  After pre-entry, any vacancies in the fields will be filled by horses in order of panel preference. Entry for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships races will be Tuesday, Nov. 2 by 10:00 a.m.  At the time of entry a maximum of 14 horses will be accepted for entry in each race based on the order of preference in the rankings established at pre-entry.

There will be up to two  also-eligible horses for each Championship race. The also-eligible horses will be designated in accordance with the Breeders’ Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel’s order of preference for each Championship race that is oversubscribed at the time of pre-entry. Scratch time for all Championships races to be contested on both Championship Friday and Championship Saturday will be 7:00 a.m. ET, Friday, Nov. 5.

Smarty Jones to be relocated to Pennsylvania

Dual classic winner and champion Smarty Jones, who retired to Three Chimneys in 2004, will be relocated to Ghost Ridge Farms in York, Pennsylvania for the 2011 breeding season.

Roy and Pat Chapman, who owned Smarty Jones during his racing career, sold 50 percent interest in him as a stallion, which was syndicated by Three Chimneys Farm.

“Smarty Jones racing ability was the result of his remarkable good looks, balance and athleticism. Smarty Jones in recent weeks has produced several winners nationwide including Grade III winner Rogue Romance. We all anticipate a strong effort at the Breeders’ Cup,” said Robert Clay. “He has a huge base of support from breeders, owners and fans on the East Coast, especially in Pennsylvania, and his progeny have proven quite profitable in that region. The goal in relocating him was to bring him closer to his primary base of mare support, giving him the best chance for greater success at stud.”

In addition to Rogue Romance, winner of the Grade III Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland on October 9, Smarty Jones has 84 winners from 134 starters, including Backtalk, Keiai Gerbera, Kiddari, and Sarah Cataldo.

“When Roy and I made the decision to stand Smarty at Three Chimneys, it was because of their dedication to doing whatever is in the best interest if each horse and their attention to the fans and general public,” said Pat Chapman. “They have gone above and beyond in making Smarty accessible to the public and have been trusted advisors to my family and me throughout his career at stud. We’ve had many discussions over the past year about what is in Smarty’s best interest and I am thankful for the Clay’s support in my decision to bring Smarty Jones back to his home state of Pennsylvania to stand at Ghost Ridge.”

Smarty Jones won eight of nine lifetime starts. In addition to the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, the son of Elusive Quality won the  Arkansas Derby, Rebel Stakes, Southwest Stakes and Count Fleet Stakes, and amassed lifetime earnings of $7,613,144. His only loss came in a second place effort to Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes by a length.

“Smarty Jones is one of the most recognizable names in the horse the industry,” said Ghost Ridge Farms General Manager Carl McEntee. “His physical is near-impeccable, his on-track accomplishments speak for themselves, and he has the heart of a Champion. We are honored and privileged to offer the breeders of the Mid-Atlantic region a stallion of this caliber.”

Retired from racing in 2004 due to bone bruising in all four cannon bones, Smarty Jones originally stood for a stud fee of $100,000 in 2005. His 2010 fee was $10,000. While a 2011 stud fee has not been announced, Ghost Ridge Farm is currently accepting nominations.

Three Chimneys invites fans to come to the farm to say goodbye to Smarty Jones at an open house event on Wednesday, November 3 from 10:00-1:00 p.m.

Record 184 horses pre-entered for Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup announced today that a record 184 horses have been pre-entered for the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be held at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5, 6. The full list of all horsed pre-entered for all 14 races of the Championships will be announced on Wednesday.

“Based on the commitments received by our racing department, if the fields hold together as projected, we’re looking at perhaps the deepest, most talented group of horses in the history of the event,” said Greg Avioli, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “With Arc de Triomphe and English Derby champion Workforce, French champion Goldikova, and Japanese champion Espoir City joining our reigning US champion Zenyatta, we have an unprecedented number of the greatest horses in the world competing in this year’s Championships.”

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