Medal Count retired
Medal Count broke onto the scene as a two-year-old with a 6 1/4-length debut win on dirt. After an unplaced finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), the bay colt opened his three-year-old campaign with a victory over turf allowance foes at Gulfstream Park before capturing Keeneland's Transylvania S. (G3) on Polytrack two starts later.
Returning on just eight days rest after the Transylvania, Medal Count finished a strong runner-up in the Blue Grass S. (G1) to earn a berth into the Kentucky Derby (G1). The Run for the Roses proved to be rough journey for Medal Count, who finished a troubled eighth, but he came back with a valiant third in the third jewel of the Triple Crown, missing by only a length in the Belmont.
He made only two starts this year, wrapping up his racing career with a seventh in the June 27 Firecracker (G2) at Churchill Downs, and Medal Count retires sound with earnings of $480,671 from a 14-3-2-1 record.
"Medal Count is a unique Dynaformer because he was precocious and had Grade 1 ability on the dirt," said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. "You don't see many of them win their debut on dirt as two-year-olds, and then become Classic-placed on dirt as three-year-olds. Like Temple City, Medal Count has a strong dirt female family, and is more refined than your typical Dynaformer, while still possessing the soundness and toughness that's synonymous with that sire line. We believe breeders are going to like Medal Count and the value he presents."
Out of the graded stakes-placed Unbridled's Song mare Brisquette, Medal Count is a half-brother to Garden District (Dixie Union), a Grade 3-winning filly. Bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Medal Count was a $360,000 yearling purchase by Spendthrift at Keeneland September.
For more information about Medal Count, Spendthrift's Share The Upside Program, or to set up an inspection during the Fasig-Tipton July sale, please contact Des, Mark, or Brian at 859-294-0030, or visit SpendthriftFarm.com.
Belmont to host two 'Super Saturdays' of Breeders' Cup preps
Rounding out the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series races are the $500,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (G1) for turf distaffers, the $500,000 Champagne (G1) for two-year-olds and the $400,000 Frizette (G1) for two-year-old fillies. The $400,000 Kelso H. (G2) at a mile and the $500,000 Hill Prince (G3) for three-year-olds on the turf complete the graded stakes on the card.
"With the Breeders' Cup scheduled at the end of October, it afforded us the opportunity to present two blockbuster days of racing instead of one," said Martin Panza, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations for the New York Racing Association. "We anticipate both to be 'must-see' days at Belmont Park this fall."
The spotlight will shine on the Empire State on Saturday, October 24, when the top New York-breds gather at Belmont Park to complete in eight stakes races worth $1.75 million, highlighted by the $300,000 Empire Classic at 1 1/8 miles.
Fans can watch and wager on all the Breeders' Cup action at Belmont Park and the simulcast center at Aqueduct Racetrack on October 30 and 31, with live racing action at Belmont to include the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm (G3) for fillies and mares on Friday and the $200,000 Bold Ruler (G3) at seven furlongs on Saturday.
The meet will conclude with the $100,000 Pumpkin Pie for filly and mare sprinters on Sunday, November 1.
Thoroughbred action moves to Aqueduct beginning Wednesday, November 4, for the Big A's fall meet, the centerpiece of which is Cigar Mile Day on Saturday, November 28.
Joining the $500,000 Cigar Mile H. (G1) will be the $300,000 Comely (G3) for three-year-old fillies and a pair of prestigious Grade 2 events for juveniles, the $300,000 Remsen and the $300,000 Demoiselle for fillies, both at 1 1/8 miles.
Immediately preceding Cigar Mile Day will be the $250,000 Fall Highweight H. (G3) on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, and the $300,000 Go for Wand H. (G3) for fillies on mares on Friday, November 27.
Kicking off the meet will be the first two of 27 stakes worth $4.8 million: the $200,000 Nashua (G2) for two-year-olds and the $200,000 Tempted (G3) for two-year-old fillies, both at a mile.
The $200,000 Long Island (G3) for turf fillies and mares going 1 1/2 miles is slated for the first Saturday of the meet, November 7, with the $150,000 Discovery (G3) for three-year-olds on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, and the $250,000 Red Smith (G3) at 1 3/8 miles on the turf to be run on Saturday, November 14.
Following a winter recess from Monday, December 21 through Friday, December 25, racing will resume on Saturday, December 26 with the $100,000 Damon Runyon for two-year-old New York-breds and the $100,000 Gravesend for sprinters.
The final stakes of the year will be the $100,000 Alex M. Robb for state-breds on Thursday, December 31.
Breeders' Cup nomination discounts available to July 15
Following the July 15 deadline, the price for all non-nominated runners reverts back to the standard racehorse nomination fee of US$100,000 or more until October 20, when all runners must be pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup World Championships races.
Owners may nominate their horses of racing age online at members.breederscup.com or by calling the Breeders' Cup Racing department at (859) 514-9422.
Owners of horses or racing age by non-nominated stallions can also take advantage of discounted prices before July 15. Two-year-olds by non-nominated stallions can join the program for US$18,000; Northern Hemisphere three-year-olds and older for US$100,000 and Southern Hemisphere three-year-olds and older for US$50,000.
Below is the complete list of nomination prices and deadlines.
Horses of Racing Age sired by Nominated Stallion and Nominated before July 15:
Horses of Racing Age Sired by Nominated Stallion and Nominated after July 15:
Sired by NON Nominated Stallion and Nominated before July 15:
Sired by NON Nominated Stallion and Nominated after July 15:
The Breeders' Cup announced on Tuesday the election results to its Board of Directors by the 45 Breeders' Cup Members. Antony Beck, Bobby Flay, and Bret Jones were re-elected and will each serve a four-year term. Fred Hertrich was elected to the Board and will serve a one-year term. Following the election, the Board of 14 Directors is as follows: Barbara Banke; Stonestreet Stables; Antony Beck, Gainesway Farm; William S. Farish, Jr., (Chairman), Lane's End Farm; Bobby Flay, Chef and Restaurateur; Craig Fravel, President & CEO of the Breeders' Cup; Roy Jackson, Lael Stables; Bret Jones, Airdrie Stud; Tom Ludt, Owner/Breeder; Clem Murphy, Coolmore Stud; Bill Oppenheim, Journalist and Pedigree Consultant; Dan Pride, Darley; J. David Richardson, M.D., Chief of Surgery, University of Louisville; Elliott Walden, WinStar Farm and Fred Hertrich, Owner/Breeder...
Golden Horn (Cape Cross), the first horse to sweep the Dante S. (Eng-G2), Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) and Eclipse S. (Eng-G1), has been given a rating of 130 by British Horseracing Authority handicapper Phil Smith. His new rating marks a rise of four points from the 126 he was assigned after the Derby. Golden Horn joins Frankel as the only British-trained three-year-olds since 1996 to achieve a rating of 130. Frankel was given a mark of 130 after winning the Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1), and rose to 135 by the end of his three-year-old campaign and 140 upon the conclusion of his career. The Irish-trained Sea The Stars Cape Cross) ended his career as a three-year-old with a rating of 135. "I would be disappointed if Golden Horn cannot go on and prove himself better than 130 as the season progresses, as he is clearly a fast-improving colt who on Saturday showed his versatility by making the running for the first time (in the Eclipse)," Smith said. "If agreed by the International Handicappers this week, it will make Golden Horn the highest-rated horse in the world so far this year. Life will become harder for Golden Horn as the three-year-old weight-for-age allowance reduces by two pounds per month across each distance as the season progresses, but I have little doubt that he will be able to take that in his stride and continue to show that he is equally effective at 10 furlongs and 12 furlongs."...
Trainer David Wachman says his Ribblesdale S. (Eng-G2) winner Curvy (Galileo) is "improving all the time," and the three-year-old -- who is riding a four-race win streak -- is set for another class jump in the July 18 Irish Oaks (Ire-G1). The John Magnier colorbearer opened her season with a pair of handicap scores at Navan before besting Giovanni Canaletto Galileo) in The Curragh's Gallinule S. (Ire-G3) May 24. She successfully moved up to the next grade when besting Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) winner Pleascach (Teofilo) in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot June 18. "Curvy is in good shape," Wachman said. "We're happy with her and she has come back from Ascot in good form. She's improving all the time, but she needs to improve again to win a Group 1." Wachman said his charge has the right attributes to be competitive at the highest level. "She has a good pedigree and has the physique, as well as the size and strength. She was a bit weak as a two-year-old, but she has kept stepping forward. They all level off at some point, but hopefully she hasn't yet."...
Cozmic One (Bernardini), the first foal out of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, is entered at Belmont Park in Wednesday's 7TH race, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight for three-year-olds and up. Set at morning line odds of 4-1, he has drawn post 8 in the field of nine and will be ridden by Rajiv Maragh. The dark bay sophomore had failed to fire in his highly-anticipated debut, finishing last in a Santa Anita maiden special weight event last April. Lately, however, Cozmic One has been sharp on the worktab, posting back-to-back bullets in his last two works. "He's training well," said trainer John Shirreffs. "He's had some very good works lately. I thought his last race was a good experience for him and the timing is good now." Shirreffs added that Cozmic One will join the trainer's Saratoga operation again this summer.
LOS ALAMITOS NOTEBOOK
JULY 8, 2015
by John Mucciolo
A single graded race kicked off the action during the opening weekend at Los Alamitos.
Los Alamitos Derby (G2): Watson, Weitman and Pegram's GIMMA DA LUTE (Midnight Lute) took a short lead in early stretch and held off a game late challenge from Prospect Park (Tapit) en route to a nose win under Martin Garcia. The Bob Baffert trainee clocked 1 1/8 miles on the fast main oval in 1:47 to earn a second straight graded win.
From a total of 34 races held over the California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 29 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 53 percent of the wins. Eleven races were won in wire-to-wire fashion (32 percent).
Five of the nine winners on Saturday won when leading at every call. But since 10 of the 11 wire jobs this past week occurred in sprint runs, often by logical horses, we can't tab a definitive bias just yet.
HORSES TO WATCH
3RD -- WARM ENDOWMENT (Unusual Heat) couldn't catch the favored winner but put in a nice run to be a clear second in a fine debut showing for conditioner Dean Pedersen. The juvenile filly could be sitting on a win in her comeback race.
7TH -- MAGIC MARK (Benchmark) tracked in second, confronted the early leader in the lane and then powered home a convincing winner at a nice price for trainer Ron Ellis. The five-year-old gelding could be tough right back in what could be the start of a nice form cycle.
8TH -- LILY POD (Bernstein) did everything right but win this race in a very good first try for Richard Baltas. The filly, who was hammered at the windows, opened up a big lead and just missed late, and we expect her top graduate before long.
1ST -- BLUE CILANTRO (Square Eddie) showed early foot and closed with good energy at first call for trainer Ben Cecil, who rarely has his first-time starters primed up. The sophomore miss should be expected to improve next out which would make her very dangerous.
1ST -- SURFSIDE TIARA (Scat Daddy) couldn't get the winner but finished more than eight lengths clear of third in a race that featured a fine top duo. The Jerry Hollendorfer pupil will be a winner in the very near future in our estimation.
5TH -- We didn't think TURNOVER (Big Brown) beat much in this one for trainer Bob Baffert, but the gelding did so in impressive fashion making his seasonal debut. The four-year-old could be almost any kind in the second half of this season.
8TH -- PROSPECT PARK showed improvement in his second run off the layoff and we still think this one has a few big trophies coming his way for conditioner Cliff Sise Jr. The sophomore colt has some improved early foot and still owns that late burst, and he has room for improvement.
8TH -- SUPER MAJESTY (Super Saver) has been spectacular from a pair of lifetime runs and the brilliant sophomore filly surely should be graded stakes-bound after running this field off their respective feet, crossing the wire 15 1/4 lengths in front while geared down late.
A Look Ahead
Saturday will play host to the $200,000 Great Lady M S. (G2) for fillies and mares.
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