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Breeders’ Cup enhances Convicted Trainer Rule for 2015

The Board of Directors of  Breeders’ Cup Limited announced Saturday it has unanimously voted to modify its Convicted Trainer Rule to prohibit the pre-entry or entry of any horse found to have tested positive for any substance listed under Class One or Class Two, Penalty Category A, in the twelve month period preceding the Championships.  As part of the Board revision of the Convicted Trainer Rule, Breeders’ Cup will also implement rule modifications prohibiting the participation in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships by assistant trainers or other employees that affected trainers may transfer horses to following the imposition of sanctions under the rule.

 

The rule modifications will be implemented for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup and all subsequent Championships.

 

The current incarnation of the Convicted Trainer Rule states that “No person may participate as a trainer of a horse pre-entered or entered in a Breeders’ Cup World Championships race if that person, during the twelve months preceding the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, has been found by any racing regulatory agency, whether a governmental agency or a non-governmental regulatory body, to have violated a racing regulation prohibiting the possession or use of any substance listed under Class 1, carrying Category “A” or “B” penalties, or Class 2, carrying a Category “A” penalty, in the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances or a racing regulation prohibiting the possession or use of steroids and the appeal periods for such finding shall have expired or all appeals, if any, will have received final disposition (a “Drug Conviction”).”

 

The rule has come into the spotlight leading up to this year’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park on October 31 and November 1 due to the fact that trainer Doug O’Neill is currently serving concurrent suspensions levied by the California Horse Racing Board and New York State Gaming Commission for a prohibited substance found in the horse Wind of Bosphorus at Belmont Park in June 2013.

 

 

While the Breeders’ Cup announced that O’Neill would not be able to pre-enter any horses in this year’s event under the Convicted Trainer Rule, some of his trainees –  including defending Dirt Mile winner Goldencents – were transferred to race under the name of his top assistant Leandro Mora, thus allowing their participation in the upcoming Breeders’ Cup races.

 
“Our Board is strongly committed to the principle that the most important asset of the Breeders’ Cup is integrity, and there is no place in the Championships for those who are unable to comport with the rules prohibiting the administration of prohibited substances,” Breeders’ Cup chairman Bill Farish said in a statement.

 

While the contemplated changes will not be applicable for the 2014 event, Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO, indicated that the goal of the rule changes is to put owners and trainers on notice that serious medication violations will have consequences at the highest level of the sport.

 

“We are hopeful that in selecting a trainer, owners will exercise the utmost care to assure themselves that a horse in that trainer’s care will not be treated improperly. A commitment to playing by the rules is vital to the future of the sport.”

 

WinStar Farm acquires half interest in Grade I winner Daredevil

Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm announced Friday it has acquired half interest in Grade I Champagne Stakes winner and expected Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contender Daredevil in a partnership with Let’s Go Stable.

 

The deal calls for the son of More Than Ready to stand alongside his sire at WinStar Farm at the close of his promising racing career. Todd Pletcher will remain as trainer.

 

Daredevil is unbeaten in two career starts to date, breaking his maiden by 6 1/4 lengths at Belmont Park on September 13 before taking the one-mile Champagne by 2 1/2 lengths under jockey Javier Castellano.

 

“We had been patiently looking for a top son of our leading sire More Than Ready to bring alongside in the WinStar stallion ranks, and we believe Daredevil is the most exciting one to come along yet,” said Elliott Walden, president and CEO of WinStar. “He is a Grade I winner on dirt, and extremely fast. We are grateful to be partners with Let’s Go in this promising young star, and we hope to share in all of the success they have had in such a short amount of time. We can’t wait to race Daredevil, and eventually add him to our stallion roster.”

 

 

The chestnut colt hails from the multiple Grade I-producing Forty Niner mare Chasethewildwind, and was purchased for $260,000 by Pletcher as agent for Let’s Go Stable at the 2013 Keeneland September yearling sale. Daredevil has earned $345,000 to date.

Report of mares bred shows slight increase

Edited release:

The Jockey Club today released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2014 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through October 13, 2014, The Jockey Club reports that 1,547 stallions covered 34,540 mares in North America during 2014, up slightly

 

The annual statistics represent approximately 92% of the mares that eventually will be reported as bred in 2014. According to historical trends, The Jockey Club expects to receive RMBs representing an additional 2,000 to 3,000 mares bred during the 2014 breeding season.

 

The number of stallions declined 8.9% from the 1,698 reported at this time in 2013, and the number of mares bred increased 1.1% from the 34,174 reported at this time last year.

 

The number of stallions covering 100 or more mares increased from 88 in 2013 to 97 in 2014. These stallions accounted for a greater percentage of the total mares reported bred this year — 36.4% of all mares bred in 2014 versus 34.0% of all mares bred in 2013 as reported at this time last year.

 

Further book size analysis shows an 8.3% increase in the number of mares bred to stallions with a book size of 100 or more in 2014 when compared to 2013 as reported at this time last year; a 12.9% increase in mares bred to stallions with a book size between 75 and 99; a 4.8% decrease in mares bred to stallions with a book size between 50 and 74; a 1.2% increase in mares bred to stallions with a book size between 25 and 49; and a 9.2% decrease in mares bred to stallions with a book size fewer than 25.

 

The stallion Kitten’s Joy led all stallions with 204 mares bred in 2014. Rounding out the top five were Into Mischief, 203; Scat Daddy, 202; Midnight Lute, 186; and Violence, 181.

 

Kentucky traditionally leads North America in Thoroughbred breeding activity. During 2014, Kentucky’s 233 reported stallions covered 16,826 mares, or 48.7% of all of the mares reported bred in North America. The number of mares bred to Kentucky stallions increased 7.2% percent compared with the 15,695 reported at this time last year.

 

Of the top 10 states and provinces by number of mares reported bred in 2012, Kentucky, Florida, and California, New York, and Maryland stallions covered more mares in 2014 than in 2013, as reported at this time last year. The following table shows the top 10 states, ranked by number of mares reported bred in 2014 through October 13:

 

State/Province 2013 Stallions 2014 Stallions Pct. Change 2013 Mares Bred 2014 Mares Bred Pct. Change
Kentucky 235 233 -0.9% 15,695 16,826 7.2%
Florida 126 122 -3.2% 2,853 2,910 2.0%
California 136 143 5.1% 2,332 2,472 6.0%
New York 62 51 -17.7% 1,560 1,614 3.5%
Louisiana 137 116 -15.3% 1,833 1,609 -12.2%
New Mexico 97 84 -13.4% 971 871 -10.3%
Oklahoma 89 67 -24.7% 928 813 -12.4%
Pennsylvania 53 55 3.8% 902 809 -10.3%
Maryland 30 33 10.0% 647 751 16.1%
Texas 105 88 -16.2% 865 735 -15.0%

Note: Each incident in which a mare was bred to more than one stallion and appeared on multiple RMBs is counted separately. As such, mares bred totals listed in the table above may differ slightly from counts of distinct mares bred.

 

 

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.

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