New Replay Technology For Champions Day

A new HD replay system for British stewards will be used for the first time on British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday. The system, which has been used by officials on the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand and at the Super Bowl, facilitates multiple screen views of continually synchronised content from up to 16 HD cameras. The playback footage is controlled via a touchscreen system. The system has been developed by Belgian company EVS and will gradually be rolled out at all of Britain’s 59 racecourses from Apr. 1, 2018.

Paul Barton, Head of Stewarding at the BHA, said, “The new EVS system gives the stewards every possible angle at the touch of the button, and will make the post-race review quicker and more comprehensive than it has been previously. It will also allow for more footage to be called on in an enquiry, if required, and give stewards and participants clearer evidence on which to base their discussions and decisions.”

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Aclaim To Stand At National Stud

This year’s G1 Prix de la Foret winner Aclaim (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}-Aris {Ire}, by Danroad {Aus}) will enter stud next year at the National Stud in Newmarket.

Trained by Martyn Meade, Aclaim won his lone start at two and at three became his sire’s highest-rated 3-year-old with a win in the G2 Challenge S. Aclaim improved further this year, finishing second in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest before winning the G2 Park S. and the Foret. Aclaim is the first foal out of the juvenile stakes-placed Aris, a half-sister to the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner and multiple stakes producer Again (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}). The third dam is Floripedes (Top Ville {Ire}), who produced the great Montjeu (Ire). Aclaim’s stud career will be managed by John Ferguson and Mark McStay in conjuction with National Stud manager Tim Lane.

Ben Sangster, chairman of the National Stud, said, “how exciting to have a new stallion of such obvious commercial appeal joining the National Stud. I’d like to thank Aclaim’s owners for having faith in us.” The Duke of Roxburghe, who succeeds Sangster in January, said, “Having Aclaim on the

roster is marvellous news. The National Stud is delighted to be standing a fast young stallion with Classic bloodlines and a bona fide chance of being a big success.”

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Oct. 20 Insights

By Christie DeBernardis

3rd-BEL, $75K, Msw, 2yo, 6 1/2f, 2:01 p.m. ET

Robert LaPenta’s NAVISTAR (Union Rags), purchased for $900,000 at OBS March after breezing in :10 flat, makes his career bow in this spot for trainer Todd Pletcher. The bay’s dam Delightfully So (Indian Charlie) is a half-sister to Canadian champion Delightful Mary (Limehouse) and MGSW GISP Delightful Kiss (Kissin Kris). Chad Brown unveils another pricey colt in Lanes End Racing’s $685,000 KEESEP buy Mask (Tapit). He is a son of SW Hidden Expression (Yonaguska), who is a half-sister to GISW Bullsbay (Tiznow) and GSW Our Khrysty (Newfoundland). TJCIS PPs. @CDeBernardisTDN

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Notable US-Breds in Japan: Oct. 21 & 22, 2017

In this ongoing series, Alan Carasso takes a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners entered for the upcoming weekend at the tracks on the Japan Racing Association circuit, with a focus on pedigree and/or performance in the sales ring. Here are the horses of interest for this weekend running at Tokyo and Kyoto Racecourses, including the 2-year-old half-sister to a prominent ‘TDN Rising Star’ who is preparing for an appearance on Breeders’ Cup Saturday at Del Mar:

Saturday, October 21, 2017
4th-TOK, ¥13,400,000 ($119k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1600mT
DELTA BAROWS (c, 2, Into Mischief–Sweet Seventeen, by Hard Spun) is the first foal for his dam, winner of the 2012 Busher S. for owner Debby Oxley and trainer Graham Motion. A $200K FTSAUG yearling who fetched the same price after covering a furlong in :10 2/5 at FTFMAR, the February foal is a maternal grandson of SW MGSP Play Ballado (Saint Ballado). Yuichi Fukunaga has the call for top conditioner Noriyuki Hori. B-John C Oxley (KY)

5th-KYO, ¥13,400,000 ($119k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1600mT
As her ‘TDN Rising Star’ half-sister Unique Bella (Tapit) continues to train forwardly towards an appearance in the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly Mare Sprint Nov. 4, RELICARIO (f, 2, Malibu Moon–Unrivaled Belle, by Unbridled’s Song) gets her career underway here. The Pennsylvania-bred, whose dam won the 2010 GI Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic before being purchased by Betty Moran’s Brushwood Stable for $2.8m at KEENOV in 2011, is a granddaughter of MGSW Queenie Belle (Bertrando). Unrivaled Belle was subsequently sold to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm for $3.8m in foal to Tapit at KEENOV in 2016. B-Brushwood Stable (PA)

5th-TOK, ¥13,400,000 ($119k), Newcomers, 2yo, 2000mT
RAMSES BAROWS (c, 2, Curlin–Devious Intent, by Dixie Union), a $425K KEESEP yearling purchase, breezed his eighth of a mile in :10 2/5 at this year’s OBSMAR sale and was hammered down for $375K. Ramses Barows’s GIII Gardenia S.-winning dam, a half-sister to SP Devious d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro), was sold to Stonestreet carrying the colt in utero for $350K at the 2014 FTKNOV sale. Top jockey Mirco Demuro has the mount. B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY)

Sunday, October 22, 2017
9th-TOK, ¥19,000,000 ($169k), Allowance, 2yo, 1400mT
MOLTO ALLEGRO (f, 2, Speightstown–Mo Chuisle, by Free House) got her career off on a high note with a victory over the dirt at Hakodate June 24 (video, gate 8). The $525K KEESEP yearling, a half-sister to the late champion Points Offthebench (Benchmark) and GSW Bench Points (Benchmark), gave a good account of herself when switching to the turf last time, finishing runner-up at Sapporo Sept. 3 (video, gate 7). B-Town Country Horse Farms LLC Frank Kim Taylor.

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14 Try to Peak in Valley View

By Joe Bianca

A full field of 14 sophomore turf fillies line up in Friday’s GIII Pin Oak Valley View S., where the toughest task may be making a morning line in the wide-open event.

The horse given the slight favoritism nod at 5-1 is James M. Miller’s Lovely Bernadette (Wilburn), who comes off a win in the Indiana Grand S. last out Sept. 6, beating several of today’s rivals. Prior to that, she was third in a pair of stakes, both times behind a pair of re-opposing foes, finishing third in the GIII Pucker Up S. and Ta Wee S.

First in the Pucker Up was Agave Racing Stable’s Fault (Blame), a $50,000 claim for Michelle Lovell earlier this year who came to hand over the summer. She followed her Arlington heroics with a good third at nearly 15-1 in the GII Sands Point S. Sept. 16 at Belmont.

Sam-Son Farm’s Journey Home (War Front) started her career two-for-two, taking last November’s GIII Jimmy Durante S. at Del Mar, but has gone just one-for-six since. Sweeping Paddy (Paddy O’Prado), a dominant winner of the GIII Regret S. June 17, tries to bounce back after finishing last of 10 in Saratoga’s GIII Lake George S. July 21.

Michael House’s Fizzy Friday (GB) (Royal Applause {GB}) is an intriguing longshot. Brought over from Ireland after taking the first two outings of her career, the bay is winless in four North American starts, but ran big when second in the Riskaverse S. Aug. 24 at Saratoga, getting her last quarter-mile in :21.84. Prior to that, she was fifth in the Lake George, coming home in :28.09 for her final five-sixteenths.

Defiant Honor (Speightstown) captured the Risakverse, but will need to rebound after checking in last of eight in the Sands Point.

Three Diamonds Farm’s progressive I’m Betty G (Into Mischief) has a big chance. Off the board in three dirt starts to open her account, the $150,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic buy has been in the trifecta in all four starts since moving to turf, finishing second at 23-1 in the Indiana Grand and third at 10-1 last out in the GIII Commonwealth Oaks Sept. 30 at Laurel.

Finally, a pair of fillies with no stakes experience also merits looks. Clairborne Farm homebred Chastise (Blame) broke her maiden over this course last October and pulled off a 21-1 shocker Aug. 19 at Saratoga in her only start as a 3-year-old thus far. Don Alberto Stable’s Dolce Lili (Scat Daddy) moved forward steadily in four turf starts this summer at Monmouth and stamped herself as a promising sort with a powerful allowance score there Sept. 10.

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Dabirsim Filly On Top At Arqana

As was the case during the opening session of the Arqana October Yearling Sale on Tuesday, a daughter of leading French-based first-season sire Dabirsim topped trade during the sale’s third session on Thursday. The price of €105,000 paid by Willie Browne on behalf of George Mullins for Haras des Granges’s lot 512 was well off Tuesday’s top price of €500,000 while the sale winds down, but statistics remain on par with last year. A total of 151 yearlings changed hands on Thursday for €3,958,500 at a clearance rate of 81.2%. The day’s average of €26,215 was down 2.7% from last year’s corresponding session, while the median climbed 10% to €22,000. Cumulatively, 408 lots have been sold this week for €19,474,500. The average is up 3% to €47,732, and the median is down slightly (3%) to €32,000.

Thursday’s session-topping filly was bred by Mathieu Daguzan-Garros of Granges in partnership with Frederic Bragato, and Browne said after signing the ticket, “I am keen on the sire but above all, the filly appealed to me. She is a very correct individual with a lovely walk and a nice head.”

Agent Federico Barberini paid €95,000, the day’s second-highest price, for a colt by another popular French sire, Kendargent (lot 542). The Haras d’Ommeel offering is out of the American stakes-placed Hunter Forward (Aus) (Galileo {Ire}).

Pedro The Great is another French-based first-season sire who is catching the eye, and Jean-Claude Rouget, who handles his stakes-winning daughter Feralia (Fr), will also train lot 499 after securing him for €90,000. The sale was a memorable moment for breeder Alain Clavier, who had bred the colt’s dam, Double Mix (Fr), as a result of a free nomination to Sagamix (Fr) won at a breeders’ benefit. Double Mix was later sold on, but Clavier and his neighbour Roger-Yves Simon of Haras du Saz were able to get her back for €7,000 at the 2014 Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale. This colt was the result of another free nomination secured at the same breeders’ benefit.

“Again we won a nomination at the ASSELCO raffle, to Pedro The Great who is a sire we wouldn’t necessarily have used,” said Clavier. “This colt has always been so straightforward and as we have only a couple of yearlings every year, he was the apple of our eyes since the beginning. It is a great achievement for small breeders like us to sell a yearling at that price and to go to such a successful stable.”

Other highlights of the day included an Iffraaj (GB) colt bought by Johnny Collins of Brown Island Stables for €82,000 (lot 466). A pair of colts by exciting young sires each fetched €80,000: lot 431, a Camelot (GB) colt who is a half-brother to three stakes horses, and lot 517, a son of leading second-crop sire Nathaniel (Ire) out of a half-sister to Lope de Vega (Ire).

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Dansili’s With You Takes the Reservoirs

By Tom Frary

IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU

It has been a lean year for the French juveniles, but it could be that the best has been saved until last as ‘TDN Rising Star’ With You (GB) (Dansili {GB}) dominated this end-of-term test with a performance hallmarked with Classic promise. Emphatic on her debut when successful by six lengths over this mile trip at Saint-Cloud on Sept. 21, the full-sister to the same connections’ G1 Prix de l’Opera heroine We Are (Ire) was backed into 7-10 favouritism and was sent to the lead soon after the start by Aurelien Lemaitre. Travelling easily there, the imposing bay shook off Connivence (Fr) (Motivator {GB}) from early in the straight and stayed on powerfully under hand riding to register a 2 1/2-length verdict over Altea (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}).

With You has the jump on We Are at comparable stages of their careers, with the latter unable to race at two. She proved a quick learner once she did make the track in 2014, taking the G1 Prix Saint-Alary on her third start only to later be stripped of it due to elevated testosterone levels resulting from a tumor, but she later made amends by winning the Opera in which she was also third in 2015.

Pedigree Notes…

She is one of now four black-type performers out of the G3 Prix de Flore winner In Clover (GB) (Inchinor {GB}), also alongside Dream Clover (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) who captured the Listed Prix de la Cochere and Listed Prix de Saint-Cyr and was third in the G3 Prix de Lieurey and her listed-winning full-sister Incahoots (GB). The G3 Prix de Royaumont-winning second dam Bellarida (Fr) (Bellypha {Ire}) counts among her descendants the G1 Hong Kong Vase-winning champion stayer Dominant (Ire) (Cacique {Ire}), his G2 Lennox S.-winning half-brother Es Que Love (Ire) (Clodovil {Ire}) and his SW and MGSP half-sister Listen In (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}). Others of note include the Australian group winners Adjusted (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) and Observational (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and the G3 Chartwell Fillies’ S. scorer and G1 Matron S. runner-up Lily’s Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) and her half-sister Zurigha (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}), who placed in Dubai’s G2 Cape Verdi and G2 Balanchine. In Clover’s 3-year-old colt Call the Wind (GB) (Frankel {GB}) will race for this stable, while she also has a yearling full-sister and foal full-brother to the winner and We Are.

 

Wednesday, Deauville, France
PRIX DES RESERVOIRS – ETALON KENDARGENT-G3, €80,000, DVL, 10-18, 2yo, f, 8fT, 1:44.76, vs.
1–WITH YOU (GB), 122, f, 2, by Dansili (GB)
1st Dam: In Clover (GB) (GSW-Fr, $222,716), by Inchinor (GB)
2nd Dam: Bellarida (Fr), by Bellypha (Ire)
3rd Dam: Lerida (Fr), by Riverman
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. O/B-George Strawbridge (GB); T-Freddy Head; J-Aurelien Lemaitre. €40,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, €53,500. *Full to We Are (Ire), G1SW-Fr, $437,651, 1/2 to Dream Clover (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), MSW GSP-Fr, $163,406. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report 5-cross pedigree.
2–Altea (Fr), 122, f, 2, Siyouni (Fr)–Ensis (Spa), by Zieten. O/B-Carlos Vazquez Gonzalez (FR); T-Philippe Sogorb. €16,000.
3–Prontamente (GB), 122, f, 2, More Than Ready–Specific Dream (GB), by Danehill Dancer (Ire). (22,000gns Wlg ’15 TATDEC; €42,000 RNA Ylg ’16 ARAUG; 47,000gns RNA Ylg ’16 TATDEC; €110,000 RNA 2yo ’17 ARMAY). O-Ecurie Jean-Louis Bouchard Mrs A G Kavanagh; B-Newsells Park Stud (GB); T-Fabrice Chappet.€12,000.
Margins: 2HF, 1, HF. Odds: 0.70, 7.80, 6.30.
Also Ran: Connivence (Fr), Tosen Gift (Ire), Miss Sienna (GB), Auenperle (Ger). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Classic Empire Retired to Coolmore’s Ashford Stud

Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile-Sambuca Classica, by Cat Thief), champion 2-year-old colt of 2016, has been retired from racing and will stand at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud in 2018, it was announced Wednesday. A two-time Grade I winner at two, having annexed the GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (video) and GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (video), Classic Empire captured the GI Arkansas Derby (video) this April and most recently ran second in the May 20 GI Preakness S.

“Unfortunately we just ran out of time to get him to the [Nov. 4 GI] Breeders’ Cup Classic,” said trainer Mark Casse. “I could never get him completely over his foot abscess and it wasn’t possible to train him the way I needed in order to bring him back at the highest level, which is where he deserved to be. He’s an extremely talented horse that can do anything and he overcame a lot of adversity to achieve what he did. I still believe he was the most talented horse of his generation.”

Classic Empire retires with a record of 9-5-1-1 and earnings of $2,520,220. Bred in Kentucky by Steven and Brandi Nicholson, the colt was acquired by owner John Oxley for $475,000 as a Keeneland September yearling.

“Classic Empire was an exceptionally talented 2-year-old,” said Ashford’s Director of Sales Charlie O’Connor.” He broke his maiden over 4 1/2 furlongs in early May and ended his juvenile campaign winning a very strong running of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for which he earned a 102 Beyer Speed Figure. Not only was he the champion 2-year-old, but he backed it up again this year with a Grade I win at three. His brilliance on the track is reinforced with a pedigree full of black type that traces back to Harlan’s Holiday. We couldn’t be more excited to be standing him.”

A stud fee will be announced at a later date.

 

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Hogan, Heffernan Win Curragh Awards

Trainer Denis Hogan and jockey Seamie Heffernan received top honours at Tuesday’s Tipperary Crystal Curragh Racing Awards when taking the Training and Riding Performance of the Year categories. Heffernan won for his winning ride on Capri (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the G1 Irish Derby, while Hogan was recognized for the victories of Tithonus (Ire) (Glory Of Dancer {GB}) in the Tote Rockingham and Tote Scurry Premier handicaps.

Trainer Takashi Kodama received a special achievement award for the win of Elusive Time (Ire) (Elusive City) in the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire, as did 17-year-old jockey Cian MacRedmond for winning his very first race. Aidan O’Brien was crowned leading trainer at The Curragh in 2017 with 34 wins. Ryan Moore was leading jockey with 17 wins and Mrs. Sue Magnier was leading owner.

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Three Galileo Foals For Goffs

Goffs will offer three Galileo (Ire) foals at its November Foal Sale. The sale takes place Nov. 20 to 22, increasing in quality each day, with Part II on Nov. 25 and 26. The Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale splits those sales on Nov. 23 and 24.

Goffs will be the only breeding stock sale this year to offer foals by Galileo, and all three are consigned by The Castlebridge Consignment: lot 541, a full-sister to G1 Criterium International winner and this weekend’s G1 Caulfield Cup favourite Johannes Vermeer (Ire) and G2 Kilboy Estate S. winner Elizabeth Browning (Ire); lot 569, a colt out of Australian Group 1 winner and stakes producer Melito (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}); and lot 732, a filly who is the first foal out of New Zealand Group 2 winner Fix (NZ) (Iffraaj {GB}) whose third dam is Juddmonte’s G1 Cheveley Park S. winner Prophecy (Ire) (Warning {GB}).

The Goffs November Foal Sale will also offer buyers a first look at the progeny of first-season sires like Golden Horn (GB), Gleneagles (Ire), Muhaarar (GB), Night Of Thunder (Ire), Free Eagle (Ire) and Make Believe (Ire).

“Goffs November Sale is a sale that goes from strength to strength each year, with the last three renewals providing the top-priced foals in Europe, and to be the only sale in the world to offer Galileo foals is a wonderful endorsement of the quality associated with the November Sale,” said Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby. “We have received incredible support from Irish breeders once again which has resulted in a catalogue of great strength and depth packed with potential at every level, be it for end users or those looking to buy to re-sell.”

“Reacting to client feedback from both vendors and purchasers the format was revised to allow maximum inspection time for the premier foals and we believe those selling later in the week will also benefit from the knock-on effect of being viewed during the sale,” Beeby added.

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