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Declaration of War to Ashford Stud for 2015

Multiple Group I winner Declaration of War,  third in his only start on dirt in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, will re-locate to Ashford Stud for the 2015 breeding season.

 

The son of War Front, who was beaten only a nose and a neck by Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge in the Classic, is out of a half-sister to Champagne Stakes and Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags. Declaration of War stood his first season at Coolmore’s headquarters in Fethard, Co. Tipperary where he commanded a fee of €40,000.

 

Unbeaten as a two-year-old in France for Jean-Claude Rouget, Declaration of War recorded two wide-margin successes by a combined 11 lengths. Having joined Aidan O’Brien he last year contested five straight Group I races in Europe during a nine-week period in mid-summer. winning both the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

 

“Declaration of War has an incredibly similar profile to (fellow Ashford Stud stallion) Giant’s Causeway who also joined us after standing a single season in Ireland,”  Ashford manager Dermot Ryan said in a release. “Both were unbeaten at two, both won some of Britain’s key Group I races over a mile and a mile-and-a-quarter and both ran incredible races on their first starts on traditional dirt in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. And then of course they’re both by top sires out of daughters of Rahy from great American families. Bred by Joe Allen in whose colors he ran, Declaration of War was one of the best yearlings ever raised here on the farm and we’re delighted to be getting him back.”

A fee will be announced at a later date.

Record 201 horses pre-entered for Breeders’ Cup

A record 201 horses, including 38 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, surpassing the prior record total of 194 pre-entered in 2011.

 

The 31st Breeders’ Cup World Championships will consist of 13 races with purses and awards totaling $26 million. It will be held at Santa Anita Park for the third consecutive year on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1. There will be four Breeders’ Cup races on  Friday and nine Breeders’ Cup races on Saturday.

 

The Breeders’ Cup will be televised live by NBCSN and NBC. The $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will be broadcast live and in primetime on Saturday, November 1 on NBC (8-9 p.m. ET).

 

Goldencents (Dirt Mile), Ria Antonia (Juvenile Fillies), Magician (Turf); Secret Circle (Sprint) and Dank (GB) are the five 2013 winners pre-entered for this year’s Breeders’ Cup. A total of 37 horses have received automatic qualifying berths into the races through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” series.

 

An oversubscribed field of 15 horses have been pre-entered for this year’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic going 1 1/4-miles, headed by champion Shared Belief and dual classic winner California Chrome.

 

Friday’s headline event is the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at 1 1/8 miles for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and up. Juddmonte Farms’ Close Hatches was the undisputed divisional leader off a 4-for-4 record this year for trainer Bill Mott but will need to rebound from a disappointing fourth-place finish behind Don’t Tell Sophia in Keeneland’s Grade I Juddmonte Spinster on October 5. The 4-year-old daughter of First Defence, who was second to Beholder in last year’s Distaff, won Oaklawn Park’s Apple Blossom in April, the Phipps and Personal Ensign prior to her loss in the Spinster.

 

While the Classic and Distaff figure to have deserving and identifiable favorites, the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf and $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf are shaping up as deep and wide open affairs. The Turf, run over 1 ½ miles, is led by Flaxman Holdings’ homebred Main Sequence, who has done little wrong in winning all three U.S. starts—in grade I company—for trainer Graham Motion. Coolmore’s defending Turf champion Magician will also attract support, although the 4-year-old son of Galileo, has won just once this year, but has been second in three group one races, including the Arlington Million.

 

The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, run at 1 ¼ miles, is led by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Stephanie’s Kitten, who could be the favorite off her sharp win in Belmont’s Grade I Flower Bowl on September 27 for trainer Chad Brown. Tough competition should come from defending champion Dank, who has started just twice this year, most recently a fifth place finish in Prince of Wales at Royal Ascot.

 

The defection of two-time defending race winner Wise Dan from the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile has opened up the race considerably as 25 horses have been pre-entered. The Europeans expect to have the top contenders leading with Al Shaqab Racing’s Toronado, who won the group one Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer Richard Hannon. The 4-year-old son of two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf winner High Chaparral lost the Prix de Moulin de Longchamp by just a head in his most recent start on September 14. Wertheimer et Frere’s Anodin, a full-brother to three-time Mile winner Goldikova, was second in the Group I Jacques le Marois at Deauville in August for Freddy Head and was third to Toronado in the Queen Anne.

 

A maximum of 14 starters are allowed in each of the 13 Breeders’ Cup World Championships races with the exception of the Dirt Mile (12). 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. 20, to officially rank the oversubscribed fields. The Racing Secretaries and Directors Panel (the “Panel”) ranked all 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 Monday, Oct. 27 by 10:00 a.m. (PT). At the time of entry, a maximum of 14 horses (or 12) will be accepted for each race based on the order of preference established at pre-entry.

 

There will be up to two (2) 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 8:00 a.m. PT, Friday, Oct. 31.

 

For the complete list of pre-entries, visit: http://www.breederscup.com/sites/default/files/bc14-preentries.pdf

 

Champion Beholder to miss Breeders’ Cup Distaff after spiking fever

Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder will miss her expected title defense in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff this year after spiking a high fever Sunday morning, Spendthrift Farm’s general manager Ned Toffey confirmed.

 
Beholder had worked seven furlongs in a bullet 1:23.80 at Santa Anita Park on Saturday but her Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella noted the fever Sunday and informed owner Spendthrift Farm there was “no scenario” given its severity that she would contest this year’s Breeders’ Cup.

 
“She had a great work yesterday and this morning had pretty high fever,” Toffey said Sunday. “At this point we just have to look out for the filly.”

 
Beholder  won the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and the 2013 Distaff en route to earning the divisional honors, the latter victory coming in sublime fashion over a field that included fellow champion Royal Delta. The 4-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes was attempting this year to join three-time Mile winner Goldikova as the only horses to win three consecutive Breeders’ Cup races.

 
“We’re trying to keep some perspective on it,” Toffey said. “Obviously that would have been an accomplishment to try and go after (three Breeders’ Cup wins) but at the same time, this game is full of disappointments and this filly has given us so many great moments.

 
“We need to remember to be appreciative of that. Right now it’s about taking care of her.”

 
Beholder had most recently captured the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita Park on September 27, her second win from three starts this year. The outing was the first start for the bay filly since she emerged from a fourth-place finish in the Grade I Odgen Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7 with a deep gash in her left hind pastern.

 
Even with fellow Grade I  winners Close Hatches, Don’t Tell Sophia and Untapable in the field, Beholder was expected to be the favorite in the Distaff as she is 8-for-9 lifetime over the Santa Anita Park surface.

 
Bred by Clarkland Farm, Beholder is scheduled to be sold at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton November sale on November 3. Toffey said the intention is still to offer her at the auction provided her illness does not become something more serious.

 
“She had a pretty good fever so we need to see how this plays out,” Toffey said. “That is our intention (to sell) but at the same time, if this were to unexpectedly drag on and it would preclude her from shipping…obviously if you can’t ship, you can’t ship. But we’re not at that point yet.”

 
A six-time Grade I winner, Beholder has won 10 of 15 career starts with $3,368,300 in earnings.

 

 
“This is not the first time we’ve gotten a call like this and it won’t be the last,” Toffey said. “This game is not for the thin skinned but the No. 1 thing is to do what is best for the filly.”

 

 
Alicia Wincze Hughes: (859) 231-1676.  Blog: horseracing.bloginky.com. Twitter: @horseracinghl.

Lane’s End Farm acquires interest in classic winner Tonalist

Lane’s End announced Saturday evening it has purchased an interest in Belmont Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner, Tonalist. The 3-year-old son of Tapit is currently being pointed toward a start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park November 1.

 

Trained by Christophe Clement, Tonalist has won three graded stakes this year and became just the second 3-year-old to accomplish that feat since Easy Goer in 1989.

 

“We are extremely excited to acquire an interest in this outstanding colt. His sire is quickly becoming the most important stallion in America” said Lane’s End owner Will Farish. “Tonalist is his only Grade I-winning son at a mile and a quarter and the only multiple Grade I-winning son.”

 

Bill Farish continued, “We’ve had great success with classic stallions and he certainly adds to that legacy. A.P. Indy, Lemon Drop Kid, Curlin and Union Rags won races like the Belmont and Gold Cup; we feel Tonalist will continue that success.”

 

 

Alcibiades winner Peace and War to miss Breeders’ Cup

Qatar Racing’s Peace and War, winner of the Grade I Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland on October 3, will miss the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita Park on November 1 due to a slight tear of the tiny XYZ ligament at the base of her fetlock, trainer Olly Stevens posted on his Robins Farm Racing website.

“A late night phone call from (trainer) Kellyn (Gorder) broke the news that we had not even considered among the jubilation: a minor injury,” Stevens said in a release. “It (the tear) is tiny however we strongly feel that Peace and War has a very exciting year next year with a great program that could include (some of but not all of) The Ashland, The Kentucky Oaks, The Coaching Club Oaks, The Alabama, The Spinster and even another tilt at the Breeders’ Cup.”

Stevens, who formerly worked as an assistant to Gorder before returning to England and going out on his own as a trainer, added that Peace and War would stay at WinStar Farm before returning to  Chiddingfold in England.

Peace and War scored a half length win in the Alcibiades in what was her first start stateside. The 2-year-old daughter of War Front broke her maiden at Lingfield  in England in late May and has two wins from four career starts.

“While this setback is unfortunate Peace and War was our first Grade I winner, bought by sporting and understanding owners as a potential broodmare,” Stevens said. “Her future is bright and we look forward to more Stateside ventures in the spring…back to ‘our old Kentucky Home’.”

Multiple graded stakes winner Revolutionary retired to WinStar Farm

Edited release:

Multiple graded stakes winner  Revolutionary has been retired from racing and will stand the 2015 breeding season at WinStar Farm, it was announced on Tuesday.

 

Revolutionary’s stud fee has been set at $7,500 stands & nurses, and he will participate in WinStar’s Dream Big Program, which offers breeders the opportunity to earn a lifetime breeding right in Revolutionary after producing just two live foals from his first books.

 

“Revolutionary has the talent, class, looks, and pedigree to be any kind of sire, and he’ll get every advantage that other successful homebreds like Distorted Humor and Super Saver have gotten in their respective stallion careers,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar President and CEO. “It is very rare that you can take a great conformation photo of a stallion prospect while he’s still in training, but Revolutionary is the exception. His great looks and strong female family are big reasons why we already have several of our own mares committed to his first book. He’s a fantastic opportunity in our Dream Big Program, which has been very popular with our breeders. Last year, we booked Overanalyze very quickly on the Dream Big Program, and we anticipate Revolutionary will be just as well-received.”

 

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Revolutionary captured the 2013 Grade III Withers and Grade II Louisiana Derby in his first two starts of his sophomore season en route to running third in last year’s Kentucky Derby. The dark bay son of War Pass was freshened following a fifth place finish in the Belmont Stakes and returned to win two of five starts this year, including the Grade III Pimlico Special.

 

In his final career start, Revolutionary finished sixth in the Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 14. Out of the Grade I winning, A.P. Indy mare Runup the Colors, he retires with five wins from 13 starts and $1,353,125 in earnings.

 

Revolutionary is available for inspection at WinStar. For more information about Revolutionary, visit his website at RevolutionarySire.com.

Belmont Stakes winner Jazil dead at age 11

Edited release:

Regally-bred Jazil, winner of the 2006 Belmont Stakes, died from injuries sustained in an accident in his paddock Saturday at Shadwell Farm in Lexington, it was announced Monday. The son of Seeking the Gold was 11 years old.

“It is a tragic loss, a sad day for all of us at Shadwell,” Shadwell Vice President Rick Nichols said in a release.  “ Jazil was a wonderful horse to be around.  He gave us many great memories from his thrilling stretch runs when he would launch an amazing finish from far back.  Jazil will be greatly missed.”

Trained by Lexington native Kiaran McLaughlin, Jazil’s victory in the Belmont Stakes marked the first in a Triple Crown race for Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum.  Bred in Kentucky by Skara Glen Stables, Jazil was out of Better Than Honour, the 2007 Broodmare of the Year, and is a half brother to champion Rags to Riches, who became the just third filly ever to win the Belmont Stakes and first since 1905 when she defeated eventual champion Curlin in the final leg of the Triple Crown in 2007.Jazil was purchased as a yearling for $725,000 at the 2004 Keeneland September sale from the Lane’s End Farm consignment.  In addition to his win in the Belmont Stakes, Jazil was runner-up in that year’s Grade I Wood Memorial and fourth in the Kentucky Derby. He was on the board in eight of eleven starts and retired to Shadwell Farm in 2008 with earnings of  $890,532.During his career he sired 11 stakes horses, including Comediante, Horse of the Year in Venezuela.

Champion Wise Dan to miss Breeders’ Cup due to injured cannon bone

Two-time defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan will miss his run at a third consecutive Breeders’ Cup Mile win next month due to a non-displaced fracture at the bottom of the cannon bone of the right front fetlock, owner Morton Fink informed Breeders’ Cup officials Monday.

 
Fink, who also bred the 7-year-old Wiseman’s Ferry gelding, said trainer Charlie LoPresti called him Sunday night to inform him of the champion’s ailment. LoPresti has noticed swelling in the right front ankle and subsequent x-rays identified a non-displaced “half-moon shaped” fracture of the bottom of the cannon bone.

 
Fink said the fracture will not require surgery and that Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital recommended they wait at least 30 days and assess Wise Dan’s progress before making any further decision on whether he can return to racing.

 
“This horse has been everything to me, especially with the various illnesses I’ve had the last 10 years,” Fink said when reached Monday afternoon. “He’s the best medicine I’ve ever had. They’re telling me that the next 30 days will tell the story. If it grows back normally, we’re okay. If it doesn’t I will not run him unless he is 100 percent in any kind of race. He’ll be retired if it doesn’t grow back normal.”

 
Wise Dan had just notched a stellar one-length victory in the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland on October 4, his second win since returning from emergency colic surgery on May 16. LoPresti said the chestnut gelding would be hand walked “as many time a day as we want him to” as part of his recovery.

 
“He’s not in any kind of pain, no one would even know it to watch him walk” LoPresti said. “I just noticed he was a little bit off in his right front when we jogged him. He’s going to be fine, I know he will be fine. He doesn’t even know there is anything wrong with him.

 
“The biggest thing is I don’t want him to get hurt. The most important thing to  me is he is still standing.”

 
A six-time Eclipse Award winner, Wise Dan began his 2014 campaign with victories in the Grade I Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland and Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs before being felled by a bout of colic.

 
The colic surgery ended up being a best-case scenario given the situation as Wise Dan did not have to have any portion of his bowel resected.
The champion gelding made a complication-free recovery and notched his comeback victory in the Grade II Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga on August 30, winning that test by a nose over Optimizer. He then followed that outing up with his win in the Shadwell Turf Mile where he recovered after missing the break.

 
“It’s hard to put into words but he’s certainly lifted me up,” Fink said of his charge. “He certainly took me to a place where I was feeling really good. If Bramlage says it will be perfectly safe to run him, I’ll run him. But no other way.”

 
Wise Dan has won 23 of 31 career starts including 11 Grade I triumphs and has career earnings of $7,552,920. He was attempting to join the champion mare Goldikova as the only horse to win three consecutive Breeders’ Cup races.

 
“We are very disappointed with the news this morning from Morton Fink that Wise Dan will not be able to defend his title before his many devoted fans at this year’s Breeders’ Cup,” added Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “Over the course of his brilliant career, Wise Dan has demonstrated extraordinary prowess, grit and determination on the racetrack as a two-time Breeders’ Cup champion and Horse of the Year.

 
“All of us at the Breeders’ Cup wish Wise Dan a speedy recovery.”

 

 

Champion and Hall of Famer Cigar dead at age 24

It wasn’t part of his 16-race win streak nor his 11 career Grade I wins and didn’t add to his nearly $10 million in career earnings. But the simple act of Cigar being Cigar was enough to leave Mike Pons awestruck one random afternoon.

 
“One of the first times I saw him at Kentucky Horse Park…there was a girl who had a baby in her stroller and Cigar was in the ring,” Pons recalled of the champion who was born on his family’s Maryland-based Country Life Farm. “While the gal was talking about him, the handler just let him go and he reached his neck over the ropes so this little girl – maybe a year old – could reach up and pet him on the nose.

 
“It was almost like a circus act. You had to see it to believe it.”

 

 
Sentiments of wonder became the go-to reaction when it came to Cigar’s exploits.

 

 
The two-time Horse of the Year and racing Hall of Famer now leaves the Thoroughbred community grieving after passing away at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital Tuesday evening at the age of 24 due to complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis in his neck.

 

 
The charismatic bay horse, who was bred and campaigned by Allen Paulson, had been a most popular resident at the  Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions since his arrival there in 1999.

 

 
Kathy Hopkins, director of equine operations for the Horse Park, said Wednesday that Cigar “had been experiencing arthritis-related health issues over the past six months” and that “medical therapies had failed to relieve the pressure that the arthritis was causing on his spine, which had resulted in instability in his hind legs.”

 

 
Surgical correction was performed by a team led by Dr. Brett Woodie, of Rood and Riddle, Dr. Laura Werner, of Hagyard Equine, and Dr. Steve Reed, of Rood and Riddle who pioneered the special procedure performed.

 

 
Though Cigar initially appeared to come out of the surgery in good order, Dr. Reed said the son of Palace Music “suffered a vertebral fracture” during recovery and passed away.

 

 
“Every good horse I’ve ever been around knows they’re a good horse and knows they’re special. And Cigar certainly had that,” Wes Lanter, who oversees the Hall of Champions at the Horse Park, said of Cigar Wednesday morning. “There are people who would specifically plan their vacations and time every year just to come here and see him. He loved to stand at the fence, he loved being seen.

 

 
“He will certainly be missed here. Every day there is someone here who comes specifically to see him. He means a lot to the park, a lot to the Commonwealth and to us individually.”

 

 
Cigar’s death comes almost exactly seven years after the Horse Park lost fellow Hall of Famer John Henry. In terms of transcending the sport the last two decades, Cigar was arguably without peer.

 

 
His first nine starts were undistinguished as he toiled mostly in the allowance ranks on the turf under the care of trainer Alex Hassinger Jr.  After being transferred to Bill Mott at the start of 1994, the son of Palace Music found new form when his Hall of Fame conditioner tried him back on the dirt following four more losses on the turf, going one mile in an allowance test at Aqueduct that October 28.

 

 
A journey toward immortality began that day. His front-running, eight-length triumph kicked off a streak of 16 straight wins that would feature 10 Grade I triumphs.

 

 
Eight of those top-level triumphs came during his 10-for-10 championship campaign of 1995, an untouchable run that was capped with legendary announcer Tom Durkin famously calling him “the unconquerable, invincible, unbeatable Cigar” as he hit the line 2 1/2 lengths in front during the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Belmont Park.

 
“I’m the ultimate worrier. But I never worried about him because he had such quickness from the gate, had such a high cruising speed,” said Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, who rode Cigar in his final 19 career starts. “I could get out of any situation I might find myself in. He was never in trouble because he allowed me to use him to the degree that I was always outside in a perfect stalking position.
“I got to the point where I thought there was nothing this horse could not do.”

 

 
In 1996, Cigar traveled to Dubai for the inaugural running of the Dubai World Cup – now the world’s richest race with a $10 million purse. His victory in that test not only put the World Cup itself on the map as a top global race, but solidified Cigar as an international star of the sport.

 

 
“It was like there was gold dust everywhere he went and he would sprinkle it around,” Pons said.

 

 
The toll of crisscrossing the country and racing at 10 different tracks over a year and a half caught up with the seemingly tireless horse in August 1996. Cigar’s win streak was broken when he ran second to Dare and Go in the Grade I Pacific Classic.

 

 
He was retired following a third-place finish in that’s year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, ending his career with 19 wins from 33 career starts and a then North American-record of $9,999,815 in earnings.

 
“For the first half of my career, I had like a doctor-patient relationship (with horses),” Bailey said. “I rode the horses, I worked them out in the morning and I went home. And it was nothing else. Until Cigar. He made me fall in love with horses.”

 

 
Cigar’s retirement was as splashy as his career. After begin paraded at Madison Square Garden during the 1996 National Horse Show, he was sent to stand at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles but was moved to the Horse Park after he proved to be infertile.

 

 
The breeding shed’s loss was a gain for the public as Cigar’s presence proved a great ambassador for the Horse Park. Year in and out, countless fans across the country would make the trip just to see the bay runner who remained in top flesh and full of attitude until the end.

 

 
“Cigar was an incredible horse who left an everlasting mark on the racing world,” said Ted Nicholson, interim executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “We are honored that Cigar was able to spend so many years of his life here at the park where he was visited by so many fans and will always be remembered.”

 

 
Like the other Hall of Champions horses who died in retirement at the park, Cigar will be buried on the Memorial Walk of Champions. A public memorial service will be held for Cigar at a future date, yet to be determined.

 

 
“He’s a horse who changed my life so to speak. Most horses you can’t say that about,” Mott said Wednesday. “Because of him, we were able to go so many places and meet so many great people, some that have remained friends today.

 

 
“He did a lot more than just win races for us.”

 

 
Alicia Wincze Hughes: (859) 231-1676.  Blog: horseracing.bloginky.com. Twitter: @horseracinghl.

Grade I winner My Conquestadory retired

Conquest Stables’ My Conquestadory, winner of the Grade I Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland last October, has been retired trainer Mark Casse said Tuesday morning.

My Conquestadory had been pointing towards a start in Saturday’s Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland where she was expected to be among the race favorites. Casse said Tuesday he was unsatisfied with how the 3-year-old daughter of Artie Schiller had trained while at Keeneland and the decision was made to let her begin her second career in the breeding shed.

“I just didn’t feel watching her train at Keeneland that she was at her very best. And if you’re going to run in a race like the one this weekend, you have to be at your very best,” Casse said. “The owners and I talked about it and our feeling was she’s already a Grade I winner, she’s done a lot of things. She’s sound and she could have gone on and ran another year….I just didn’t want to risk any problems with her. So she’s already at Lane’s End.”

My Conquestadory captured the Alcibiades in her second career start after winning the Grade II Summer Stakes at Woodbine while facing males in her career debut last September. All of her six career starts have come against graded stakes company and her most recent start saw the dark bay filly run third in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks on August 16.

The sentimental value surrounding My Conquestadory is huge as well as she became the first Grade I winner for owners Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell, who operate Conquest Stables.

“She’s named after Dory and I think every time she runs and does anything, everybody worries and holds their breath because she’s just so special to them,” Casse said. “So it is bittersweet but I think there is also some relief that now she gets to go and be a mommy. They’re more excited about that than racing.

Bred by Paul Tackett, My Conquestadory retires with two wins from six career starts and $503,526 in earnings. The only time she was worse than third came when she finished fourth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

“I’m sorry to see her go but hopefully we’ll have lots of little My Conquestadorys in the future,” Casse said.

My Conquestadory is the second major contender to be declared out of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup this week. On Monday, Team Valor announced that Euro Charline, impressive winner of the Grade I Beverly D. at Arlington on August, would miss the race after lameness was discovered in her right hind ankle. She is slated to undergo a nuclear scan later this week to confirm if bone bruising is present.

Keeneland racing secretary Ben Huffman said Tuesday that Grade III winner Speed Seeker is now slated to join the QEII lineup. The list of probables also includes Aurelia’s Belle, Ball Dancing, Crown Queen, Daring Dancer,  Minorette, Personal Diary, Sea Queen,  and Xcellence.

 

 

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