Saturday, February 18, 2017

Man o' War feature in North American Trainer

The year's first issue of North American Trainer is now available online (and will soon be out in print):

Features include my profile on Man o' War (direct link to article), my favorite racehorse of all time and one who needs no introduction to any follower of racing. Next month marks the 100th anniversary of his birth, so what better time could there be to revisit and celebrate his life?

I've been learning about Man o' War since I first read Walter Farley's book on him, but I officially began researching him last May. It eventually got to a point where I had to stop poking around the archives because I had more information than I would ever be able to use for the magazine. As it is, the article is over 7,000 words long. I'm still not sure how my publisher and friend, Giles Anderson, let me get away with that... I had so much fun and feel like I got to know "Red" on a personal level, and I hope a little of that translates to everyone who reads the article, whether or not they already knew a lot about Man o' War.

If you are in Lexington and have not already done so, take the time to visit his grave at the Kentucky Horse Park. And if you are in Lexington in 2017, plan accordingly -- the Horse Park has some Man o' War-related events scheduled.

Herbert Haseltine's statue over Man o' War's grave at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

This issue of NAT also has articles on Arnaud and Leigh Delacour, Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally and his buddy Murray Friedlander, five little-known trainers who have saddled the winners of more than 3,600 races each, a compelling read about contamination on the backstretch, a Q&A with Brisnet's Happy Broadbent, and Sid Fernando's regular column on the last page.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Probable Kentucky Derby 142 Field

By Frances J. Karon

As of May 1st, these are the 20 expected starters, listed in order of qualifying points, in the May 7th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

All of the photographs are from Churchill except those of Nyquist, taken when he was in residence at Keeneland. Danzing Candy and Trojan Nation are scheduled to ship in to Kentucky on Monday.

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1. Gun Runner (Candy Ride -- Quiet Giant, Giant's Causeway colt)

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Three Chimneys Farm
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Florent Geroux
Breeder: Besilu Stables (KY)
Sales: none

~1st Louisiana Derby-G2, Risen Star S.-G2

Lifetime record: 5-4-0-0, $906,920.

2. Nyquist (Uncle Mo -- Seeking Gabrielle, Forestry colt)

: Reddam Racing LLC
Trainer: Doug O'Neill
Jockey: Mario Gutierrez
Breeder: Summerhill Farm (KY)
Sales: $180,000 Keeneland November weanling; $230,000 Keeneland September yearling; $400,000 Fasig-Tipton March two-year-old

~Champion two-year-old male; 1st Breeders' Cup Juvenile-G1, Florida Derby-G1, FrontRunner S.-G1, Del Mar Futurity-G1, Best Pal S.-G3, San Vicente S.-G2

Lifetime record: 7-7-0-0, $3,322,600.

3. Exaggerator (Curlin -- Dawn Raid, Vindication colt)

Owner: Big Chief Racing LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Rocker O Ranch LLC, et al
Trainer: Keith Desormeaux
Jockey: Kent Desormeaux
Breeder: Joseph B. Murphy (KY)
Sales: $110,000 Keeneland September yearling

~1st Santa Anita Derby-G1, Saratoga Special S.-G2, Delta Downs Jackpot S.-G3
~2nd Breeders' Futurity-G1, San Vicente S.-G2
~3rd San Felipe S.-G3

Lifetime record: 9-4-2-1, $1,671,120.

4. Outwork (Uncle Mo -- Nonna Mia, Empire Maker)

: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Breeder: Repole Stable, Inc. (KY)
Sales: none

~1st Wood Memorial S.-G1
~2nd Tampa Bay Derby-G2

Lifetime record: 4-3-1-0-0, $701,800.

5. Brody's Cause (Giant's Causeway -- Sweet Breanna, Sahm colt)

: Albaugh Family Stable
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Luis Saez
Breeder: Gabriel Duignan, William Arvin Jr., & Petaluma Bloodstock (KY)
Sales: $350,000 Keeneland September yearling

~1st Blue Grass S.-G1, Breeders' Futurity-G1
~3rd Breeders' Cup Juvenile-G1

Lifetime record: 6-3-0-1, $1,123,138.

6. Creator (Tapit -- Morena, Privately Held colt)

: WinStar Farm LLC
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.
Breeder: Mt. Brilliant Broodmares I LLC (KY)
Sales: $440,000 Keeneland September yearling

~1st Arkansas Derby-G1
~3rd Rebel S.-G2

Lifetime record: 8-2-4-1, $768,320.

7. Lani (Tapit -- Heavenly Romance, Sunday Silence colt)

: Ms. Yoko Maeda
Trainer: Mikio Matsunaga
Jockey: Yutaka Take
Breeder: North Hills Co. Ltd. (KY)
Sales: none

~1st UAE Derby-G2

Lifetime record: 6-3-1-0, $1,366,618.

8. Mor Spirit (Eskendereya -- Im a Dixie Girl, Dixie Union ridgling)

: Michael Lund Petersen
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Gary Stevens
Breeder: Elkstone Group, LLC (KY)
Sales: $85,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling; $650,000 Fasig-Tipton March two-year-old

~1st Los Alamitos Futurity-G1, Robert B. Lewis S.-G3
~2nd Santa Anita Derby-G1, San Felipe S.-G2, Kentucky Jockey Club S.-G2

Lifetime record: 7-3-4-0, $658,400.

9. Mohaymen (Tapit -- Justwhistledixie, Dixie Union colt)

: Shadwell Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Breeder: Clearsky Farms (KY)
Sales: $2,200,000 Keeneland September yearling
           *co-highest-priced yearling sold in N.A. in 2014

1st Fountain of Youth S.-G2, Holy Bull S.-G2, Remsen S.-G2, Nashua S.-G2

Lifetime record: 6-5-0-0, $852,850.

10. Danzing Candy (Twirling Candy -- Talkin and Singing, Songandaprayer colt)

: Halo Farms & Jim and Dianne Bashor
Trainer: Clifford Sise Jr.
Jockey: Mike Smith
Breeder: Halo Farms (KY)
Sales: none

~1st San Felipe S.-G2

Lifetime record: 5-3-0-0, $358,650.


11. Destin (Giant's Causeway -- Dream of Summer, Siberian Summer colt)

: Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Breeder: James C. Weigel & Taylor Made Stallions Inc. (KY)
Sales: $400,000 Keeneland September yearling

~1st Tampa Bay Derby-G2, Sam F. Davis S.-G3

Lifetime record: 5-3-1-0, $390,700.

12. Suddenbreakingnews (Mineshaft -- Uchitel, Afleet Alex gelding)

: Sam Henderson
Trainer: Donnie K. Von Hemel
Jockey: Luis Quinonez
Breeder: Branch Equine, LLC (KY)
Sales: $72,000 Keeneland September yearling

~Southwest S.-G3, Clever Trevor S.
~2nd Arkansas Derby-G1, Remington Springboard Mile S.

Lifetime record: 8-3-4-0, $670,032.

13. Oscar Nominated (Kitten's Joy -- Devine Actress, Theatrical colt)

: Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey (previously raced by Amerman Racing LLC)
Trainer: Mike Maker (previously trained by Bill Mott)
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Breeder: Mrs. Jerry Amerman (KY)
Sales: none
           *claimed for $75,000 on October 16, 2015 (maiden claimer at Belmont; first win/third start)

~1st Spiral S.-G3, Black Gold Overnight S.

Lifetime record: 7-3-2-0, $371,860.

14. Shagaf (Bernardini -- Muhaawara, Unbridled's Song colt)

: Shadwell Stable
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Breeder: Shadwell Farm, LLC (KY)
Sales: none

~1st Gotham S.-G3

Lifetime record: 4-3-0-0, $328,800.

15. Whitmore (Pleasantly Perfect -- Melody's Spirit, Scat Daddy gelding)

: Robert LaPenta, Harry Rosenblum, & Southern Springs Stables
Trainer: Ron Moquett
Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Breeder: John Liviakis (KY)
Sales: none

~2nd Rebel S.-G2, Southwest S.-G3
~3rd Arkansas Derby-G1

Lifetime record: 6-2-2-1, $475,000.

16. Tom's Ready (More Than Ready -- Goodbye Stranger, Broad Brush colt)

: G M B Racing
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.
Breeder: Blackstone Farm LLC (PA)
Sales: $145,000 Keeneland November weanling (not sold); $145,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

~2nd Louisiana Derby-G2, LeComte S.-G3, Street Sense S.

Lifetime record: 9-1-4-0, $302,220.

17. My Man Sam (Trappe Shot -- Lauren Byrd, Arch colt)

: Sheep Pond Partners, Newport Stables LLC, & Jay Bligh
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: TBA
Breeder: Jay Bligh (KY)
Sales: none

~2nd Blue Grass S.-G1

Lifetime record: 4-1-2-0, $251,200.

18. Majesto (Tiznow -- Unacloud, Unaccounted For ridgling)

: Grupo 7C Racing Stable
Trainer: Gustavo Delgado
Jockey: TBA
Breeder: Diamond A Racing Corp. (KY)
Sales: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling

~2nd Florida Derby-G1

Lifetime record: 6-1-2-2, $239,500.

19. Trojan Nation (Street Cry -- Storm Song, Summer Squall colt)

: Julie Gilbert & Aaron Sones
Trainer: Paddy Gallagher
Jockey: Aaron Gryder
Breeder: Dr. Aaron Sones (KY)
Sales: none

~2nd Wood Memorial S.-G1

Lifetime record: 6-0-1-3, $213,920.

20. Mo Tom (Uncle Mo -- Caroni, Rubiano colt)

: G M B Racing
Trainer: Tom Amoss
Jockey: Corey Lanerie
Breeder: Hargus and Sandra Sexton & Silver Fern Farm (KY)
Sales: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling

~1st LeComte S.-G3, Street Sense S.
~3rd Risen Star S.-G2, Kentucky Jockey Club S.-G2

Lifetime record: 7-3-0-3, $291,526.