Pleasant Acres Adds Ride on Curlin

Pleasant Acres Stallions farm owners Joe and Helen Barbazon out of Morriston, Florida, welcomed a new stud for the 2017 breeding season to their stable in the form of Ride On Curlin. The stud fee for Ride On Curlin has yet to be announced.

“It has been my goal since opening a stallion station in 2014 to bring new bloodlines to Florida,” said Joe Barbazon. “Ride On Curlin fits our program by being the first son of Curlin to come to our state and is out of a brilliant female family. I look forward to diversifying my broodmare band to complement this fine young stallion.”

In 22 career starts, the Kentucky-bred Ride On Curling has earned $795,175. The bay son of Curlin was special from the get-go, setting an Ellis Park track record after running 5 1/2 furlongs in a time of 1:03. Upon retirement, the famous Curling was the leading money winning in North America with an impressive sum of of $10,501,800. Curling was twice named Horse of the Year (2007 and 2008), and was a 2014 Hall of Fame inductee.

2014 was a banner year for Ride on Curling, with two third place finishes in the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) and Rebel Stakes (gr. II), as well as two second place finishes in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

“Ride on Curlin is a stunning individual,” said Pleasant Acres Director of Bloodstock Michelle Hemingway. “Being a track record-setter in July of his 2-yr-old campaign will make him very attractive to Florida breeders. In my mind, Curlin looks to be an up-and-coming sire of sires, and we are so pleased to have the first son of Curlin to stand in Florida right here at Pleasant Acres Stallions.”

Ride On Curlin moves on to Pleasant Acres

Ride On Curlin Joins Pleasant Acres Stallions

The runner-up from the 2014 Preakness Stakes is heading to Pleasant Acres Stallions to join the stud roster. Daniel Dougherty announced intentions to move Ride On Curlin to the Florida based farm located in Morriston. He will partake in the 2017 breeding season.

Ride On Curlin earned $795,175 in his 22 career starts with highlights coming during his three-year old season where he placed 7th at the Kentucky Derby, 2nd at the Preakness Stakes and 11th in the Belmont Stakes. This was the same year California Chrome almost captured the Triple Crown. As a son of Curlin, the new five-year old horse never truly lived up to his potential and failed to win a stakes race. He stands with a 3-3-5 record over those 22 starts, having won a pair of allowances along with a maiden.

Even still, the bloodstook of Curlin is at an all time high since Exaggerator’s upset victory at the 2016 Preakness Stakes. It will be interesting to see if the other horses he sired garner as much attention from stallion farms across the country. Ride On Curlin moving to Florida is also a considerable move for thoroughbred racing within the state.

“It has been my goal since opening a stallion station in 2014 to bring new bloodlines to Florida,” Joe Barbazon said in a release. “Ride On Curlin fits our program by being the first son of Curlin   to come to our state and is out of a brilliant female family. I look forward to diversifying my broodmare band to complement this fine young stallion.”

“Ride on Curlin is a stunning individual,” Michelle Hemmingway said. Hemmingway is the bloodstock agent for Pleasant Acres Stallions. “Being a track record-setter in July of his 2-yr-old campaign will make him very attractive to Florida breeders. In my mind, Curlin looks to be an up-and-coming sire of sires, and we are so pleased to have the first son of Curlin to stand in Florida right here at Pleasant Acres Stallions.”

Exaggerator arriving at Belmont Stakes for the final leg of the Triple Crown

Exaggerator Arrives for Final Leg of the Triple Crown

Exaggerator arrived at Belmont Park on Sunday, May 29th to compete in the final leg of the Triple Crown. The small journey, which spans about 300 miles, was manned by a four-person crew and was reportedly to be uneventful. No news is good news.

Driven by Julie Clark, assistant trainer to Keith Desormeaux, Exaggerator arrived safely and was taken to Barn 29 by his groom, Victor Vargas. He will be stationed there for the next two weeks as he preps for the Belmont Stakes on June 11th. As expected, he will be favored when the $1.5 million race kicks off.

For now, all we wanted to see was Exaggerator being his old self upon touching down at the New York track. Like Nyquist, the Preakness Stakes winner is undergoing a light training schedule that is intended to keep him fresh for the final leg of the Triple Crown. The Belmont Stakes is a 1 1/2 mile gauntlet, meant to test the mettle of the best horses in the three-year old class. That’s why it’s called the Test of the Champion.

So far, everything’s up to par. “That is very normal for him,” Clark noted. “They usually walk two days after a race and then walk on Thursdays and Sundays, and then we fit in another walk day—just to be make it more exciting for the hotwalkers.”

“The first day back (to train on May 24), he was actually pretty strong, and the second time, (May 28), he was very relaxed,” she went on. “We have a different rider, Peedy [Landry], who just has a way of putting the horses to sleep and we love that. He went on a loose rein and was happy to go whatever speed Peedy wanted him to, without trying to dictate.”

The oddsmakers and horse players around the country will be pulling for the horse, hoping that Exaggerator arrives at the finish line first in the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Rainbow 6 Solved Saturday at Pimlico

Rainbow 6 Pays Out $230,597 For One Bettor

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 hit Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore when Ruston Vow captured the 10th-race finale for a $230,597.20 payoff.

Two horses were live for the Rainbow 6 jackpot into the last race, and Ruston Vow made a lucky winner of a Pimlico patron when the 3-year-old finished first on the turf, running the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.10 at 9-2 odds to pay $11.80.

A total of $54,251 was wagered into the popular multi-race wager on Saturday, which included a carryover of $187,186.95 from Friday’s program. The winning numbers in the six-race sequence were 2-5-8-6-7-1.

The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.

On Sunday, the Rainbow 6 begins anew covering Races 4-9 and includes the featured eighth race, a $35,000 allowance for fillies and mares 3 and up going five furlongs on the turf course which attracted a field of 12.

Live racing will continue Monday, May 30 Memorial Day with post time at 1:10 ET.

Governor Malibu

Who Is Governor Malibu?

There is currently a ten-horse field for the 2016 Belmont Stakes that is largely made of up familiar faces from both the derby trail and the first two legs of the Triple Crown. One new shooter, however, has emerged and that’s Governor Malibu. So who exactly is this horse?

Governor Malibu is the son of Malibu Moon out of Akilana. He is trained by Chris Clement, who won the 2014 Belmont Stakes with Tonalist. The three-year old has posted a record of 2-4-1 in seven races, most recently placing second at the Peter Pan Stakes in an effort that inspired Clement to submit his name for the Belmont Stakes. This is presumably because both are run on the same track.

“When you run so well in the Peter Pan, I had to consider the Belmont Stakes,” Clement stated. “He has never stopped stepping up. We came from a New York-bred stakes in the winter to the [Federico Tesio], which he won but was disqualified. We ran a really good race in the Peter Pan, finishing well all the way to the wire.”

Clement went on to admit that the Belmont Stakes are a rather formidable challenge for Governor Malibu but was adamant in giving the horse a chance. “He wants to go long on dirt, he trains at Belmont, and he belongs to people who really enjoy New York racing. It is ambitious, but I think he deserves a shot at it.”

It’s obvious that the still unproven Governor Malibu will enter the race as a longshot, but it’s not unheard of for those types of bets to come through. D’Tara won at 38-1 back in 2008, while Ruler on Ice claimed the title at 20/1 in 2011. Most recently, Palice Malice won for Todd Pletcher in 2013 at 15/1. While a new shooter in the Triple Crown, it’s important to remember that Governor Malibu will be just one month removed from the Peter Pan Stakes. He is in competition shape. Whether that means it’s enough to challenge a strong three-year old class remains to be seen.


Miller Earns Millennium Farms Promotion

On May 26th, Millennium Farms announced the promotion of longtime Farm Manager Bobby Miller to the position of Vice Chairman. The vacated role of Farm Manager will be bestowed upon current Assistant Farm Manager Jose Rodarte.

Miller, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, has 40 years of equine experience under his belt, which includes spending the last ten as Millennium Farms’ Farm Manager. Before that, he spent 18 years at Walmac International in a similar role.

“Bobby is one of the most respected horsemen in our industry. He has been the architect of the strong foundation of horsemanship and bloodstock management that our customers have come to expect and appreciate,” said Millennium Farms Owner Ro Parra. “He has been such an integral part of our operation that I can’t imagine not being able to lean on Bobby for advice, counsel, and direction going forward.”

Rodarte is no slouch himself when it comes to equine experience. He’s been with the company for 14 years and has experience in a multitude of different areas such as handling stallions and working with broodmares.

“I have worked with Jose for over 20 years and it has been a pleasure watching him grow personally and professionally. He is an excellent horseman, has top notch ethical standards, and has earned the respect of employees and customers,” said Miller.

Miller continued: “I decided to make the transition now because I am 100% confident that Jose will make an outstanding farm manager. “I look forward to the next stage of my career. I plan to continue to live at the farm and be readily available for Jose, J Ted, Ro, and our customers.”

Suddenbreakingnews Bound for Belmont

Strong Closer Suddenbreakingnews One to Watch in Belmont Stakes

Suddenbreakingnews is bound for the Belmont and will be fresh and ready to run when he breaks from the gate in the grueling 1 1/2 mile Belmont Stakes June 11.

The hard-charging fifth place Kentucky Derby finisher worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 May 23 in his first workout since the Derby. His running style and closing kick makes him one to watch when he saddles up for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes with jockey Luis Quinonez aboard.

“It looks like with the way he ran in the Derby and with his pedigree the mile-and-a-half distance should suit him well,” trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said. “It’s one of the few mile-and-a-half races we have left in America so I think we need to go run in it. Pace is always an issue and we’ll have to see how that shapes up, but he can go a mile-and-a-half so we’ll do what we can do.”

Suddenbreakingnews finished second in the strong Arkansas Derby April 9 and has three wins and four places in nine career starts. His great-grandsire Seattle Slew won the 1977 Triple Crown. His two grandsires, A.P. Indy and Afleet Alex were both deprived of a Derby victory most people felt was theirs for the taking.

Suddenbreakingnews was unable to make front page news in the 1 ¼ mile Kentucky Derby despite his strong late kick. He was jammed up after the start and steadied early, but finished with a late burst after weaving through traffic to get fifth place. He’s a dead one-run closer, and he will join Exaggerator, Brody’s Cause and Cherry Wine as strong closers looking to cash in big in the Belmont. Suddenbreakingnews was farthest wide for the drive in the 1 1/8 mile Arkansas Derby, but closed hard and fast from seventh place in the stretch to finish second to Creator. The added Belmont distance to 1 ½ miles should be to his liking in a race that could become a war of attrition late.

Suddenbreakingnews is a classy racehorse with an explosive turn of foot out-that can out-close anyone down the stretch with a powerhouse of a move that has him flying at the end of every one of his races. His pedigree and past performances could help him prevail knowing he’s perhaps best prepared and able to get the added distance.

The big day of racing at Belmont June 11 will feature nine stakes races highlighted by the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.

Nyquist recovering well after preakness stakes

Nyquist Recovering Well Post Preakness

There’s finally good news out of the Reddam Racing camp this week. Nyquist recovering from the low grade fever that will keep him out of the Belmont Stakes has been the main focus of Reddam Racing and trainer Doug O’Neill. The road to recovery will take him back to his home in California where he will continue to train back up after spiking a fever that has taken him out of the last leg of the Triple Crown. The season isn’t over yet for Nyquist and his connections are taking great care of him.

Nyquist remained at Pimlico to manage his health and news continues to be positive in the wake of his Belmont Stakes withdrawal.  “He’s doing great,” remarked Jack Sisterson, an assistant trainer to Doug O’Neill. “We got the blood back yesterday and, as you guys know, with a slightly elevated white count. His temperature just spiked a little bit again. Doug wants to do the right thing by Nyquist and get him 100 percent right before we make a plan moving forward.”

Obviously, everyone wants to know what Nyquist’s next race will be but Sisterson was quick to pump the brakes on that topic. Nqyuist recovering from his fever remains the priority.  “He’s great. We’re taking the right precaution with the aspect of getting him back right. We’ll get him back to California once he’s 100 percent. We won’t make any major plans as of yet.”

While a competitive outing at the Belmont Stakes would’ve done Nyquist’s future breeding potential wonders, there’s no doubt that he’s firmly planted himself as a stud down the road. Going 7-0-1 with three major wins at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby are sure to secure his value. The obvious target for him in 2016 is the Breeders’ Cup again, but it remains to be seen if he’ll bother to go toe-to-toe with expected entrants such as Beholder and California Chrome, two mature horses who are hitting their all-time peaks.

For now, it’s simply a relief to see Nyquist recovering well after a week of bad news that included his first career loss and a fever that will withhold him from the third largest American Classic. Don’t expect to see him until at least mid-summer, and let’s wish him the best as he makes his way back at west.

Belmont Stakes field led by Exaggerator

Belmont Stakes Field Begins To Take Shape

The biggest news coming out of thoroughbred racing this week is the loss of Nyquist on the Triple Crown circuit. The Reddam Racing champion has come down with a low grade fever, and trainer Doug O’Neill has removed him from consideration for the final leg of the classics series, cutting the Belmont Stakes field down by at least viable contender.

“He is officially out,” the trainer stated matter of factly. “Right about the time we got his blood work back this morning, which showed an elevated white blood count, his temperature went back up. We just have to get strong with the antibiotics and get him right. He’s under the weather now, which we all get once in a while. Thank God it’s nothing leg-related. We’ll live to fight another day.”

The rest of the Belmont Stakes field is likely to feature just three entrants from the Preakness Stakes. Exaggerator and Cherry Wine, who finished in the top two positions, are slated as probable. The certifiably insane and awesome Lani out of Japan is also scheduled to run in the Belmont after a 5th place finish at Pimlico last weekend. I love that weird horse.

Four runners from the Kentucky Derby are also likely for the Belmont Stakes field after skipping out on the Preakness Stakes. Coincidentally, these are also the horses that finished 5th thru 8 at Churchill Downs a few weeks ago. These include Suddenbreakingnews, Destin, Brody’s Cause and Mo Tom who placed just out of the top-four in that order.

While many other new shooters will probably declare for the Test of the Champion, only one has been announced so far. Governor Malibu enters the fray with a record of 2-3-1 in six races. He recently placed second at the Peter Pan Stakes, and holds a lone stakes victory from the Gander Stakes. The Christopher Clement trainee likely won’t have much support at the window compared to rest of the Belmont Stakes field.

$600,000 Colt Sold at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

During the early stages yesterday at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic two-year-olds training sale a Medaglia d’oro colt was sold for $600,000 to Mike Recio. The winning ticket was signed by Recio on behalf of Rockbridge Bloodstock/Brett Santangelo.

The $600,000 price tag proved to be the largest of the early part of the auction sale that is scheduled to last two days and is being held at Timonium, Md. Two Tapit colts earlier in the day went unsold, with Hip 5 bought back for $375,000 and Hip 12 not selling on what was a final bid of $700,000.

The $600,000 purchase Recio made was consigned as Hip 21 by Cary Frommer. The colt comes from the Lemon Drop Kid mare Kid Majic, who is a dam of Miss Mischief.

“He is a big two-turn horse who makes you dream about the classics,” said Recio. “He should get better as he gets older. He is still maturing.”

“The owner did the right thing. He is a mid-May foal and had some issues that needed maturing and he waited for this sale rather than pressuring me to go to an earlier sale,” said Frommer. “He’s a lovely horse and we will be reading about him.”

The Colt, bred in Kentucky by Allen Poindexter, was originally bough back at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale for $190,000.