Haveyougoneaway Ballerina 2016

Haveyougoneaway Breaks Ballerina Stakes

It won’t be long now before Haveyougoneaway is a million dolllar winner. This past weekend, the five-year old mare stormed the Ballerina Stakes in a decisive win as an outside shot to take her record to 11-4-6 in 26 starts. She has now won $897,425 and will likely head to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. That was part of her reward for winning on Saturday.

Carina Mia entered the Ballerina Stakes as the favorite and she looked perfect as a wild pack bristled around the final turn. She was overtaken by By The Moon close to the wire along the inside, but Haveyougoneaway found another gear on the outside and was able to slip by to steal the win. Those three finished in that order in a wild finish that you can witness in the video below.

Haveyougoneaway delivered $22.00, $8.30, and $4.80 across the board. By the Moon rewarded $10.80 and $6.30, and Carina Mia paid out $2.70 in third.

The big plus for Haveyougoneaway was a recent shift to trainer Thomas Morley who has seemingly gotten the best out of her yet. During 2016 alone, she has won the Ballerina, Honoerable Mississippi Handicap, Dancin Renee and the Spring Fever while also picking up second at the Critical Eye and Carousel. That’s a busy schedule, and Morely even admitted that he’ll have to plan carefully to get his five-year old mare to the world championships.

“Now obviously we’ll have to plot our route to California carefully,” Morley said. “She’s run three times in pretty quick succession. She ran at the back end of Belmont and won a stake, came up here and won opening week, and then came back and won the Ballerina in just under four weeks. She’s had three big efforts in relatively quick succession, so we might just train up to the Breeders’ Cup.”

Monmouth Park Shippers Policy Waived Thanks to Donation

An anonymous contribution of $60,000 to their racehorse aftercare program was received by Monmouth Park. The funds will be used to eliminate the current fee of charging $1,000 for each horse that leaves to race at Suffolk Downs and promptly returns. Horsemen will still need to get racing secretary approval before being shipped off to New England. The current Monmouth Park meet ends on September 25th.

The fee was put in place to support the non-profit Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement, a volunteer-run organization that serves the New Jersey Thoroughbred population.

“A very kind benefactor came forward with a very large contribution because he wanted peace, even though he agreed with our original policy,” New Jersey THA President John Forbes. “The money, which was always earmarked for charity, will go to Second Call and their good work to place retired horses with new homes.”

The policy did have its detractors who voiced their opinions against the shipping policy. It wasn’t put in place to punish horsemen, but rather protect the track’s investment in New Jersey racing.

“We are here to promote Monmouth Park and Monmouth racing, period,” said Forbes. “Suffolk Downs offers nothing in return; (there is) no reciprocity. Monmouth Park expends millions to maintain a stable area, training surface, and provide workers’ compensation insurance for trainers on our grounds. In addition, we provide a bonus to every trainer who races with us.

“The overwhelming consensus from the horsemen on our grounds was an absolute adoption of our policies. Controversy only came to light by those who decided to ship out, even though they all had advance notice, and were assessed the fee.”

Purses at Monmouth this summer have averaged $333,233/day, which is down from last year’s figure of $410,868.

2016 Ballerina Stakes

2016 Ballerina Stakes Results

The 2016 Ballerina Stakes was meant to be a bit of a shodown between Wavell Avenue and Carina Mia. The latter was a 5/1 second choice on the board along with Sheer Drama, but the latter was the even money favorite. To everyone’s surprise, neither was able to cross the line first in what ended up being an immensely entertaining race. Carina Mia was caught at the line by Haveyougonaway, a five-year old mare who is trending in all the right directions since syncing up with trainer Thomas Morley.

There wasn’t much happening in the first half-mile of the race, so Carina Mia simply tore off to try and create some distance and give herself an advantage. What ended up happening was that she dragged the other top rivals in the field around the final bend with her. By The Moon slipped past her on the inside, while Haveyougoneaway had just a bit more as she travelled the longer route on the outside.

Haveyougoneaway delivered $22.00, $8.30, and $4.80 across the board. By the Moon rewarded $10.80 and $6.30, and Carina Mia paid out $2.70 in third. It’s very hard to say that it was a massive disappointment for Carina Mia but it is certainly disheartening. Some better choices and you’d probably be reading about a different outcome at the 2016 Ballerina Stakes.

“Perfect trip,” said jockey John Velazquez who rod Haveyougoneaway. “She broke well and got in good position. I was just trying to follow Joel Rosario. Then, all of a sudden, he took off at the half-mile pole and I sat there and decided to wait. I didn’t want to make a premature move. When I asked at the quarter pole, she responded right away.”

The 2016 Ballerina Stakes winner is granted entry to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. Morley indicated that getting her to California was a priority but that his team needed to do so under the right conditions. Haveyougoneaway has run in six races this season, going 4-2-0. This particular triumph, however, was the first at the grade-I level for both Morley and the five-year old mare.

Cavorting Rallies to Win Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga

Cavorting Earns Breeders’ Cup Distaff Berth with Personal Ensign Victory

The Personal Ensign preview showed five fabulous fillies ready to run for an all-fees paid spot in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff November 4-5 at Santa Anita. And on a super Saturday of racing at Saratoga, Cavorting showed her love for the track with another win in the $750,000 Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes. She’s now 4-for-4 over the Saratoga surface.

A 4-year-old daughter of Bernardini trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Cavorting recorded a final time of 1:48.61 for nine furlongs over the fast main track at Saratoga.

“She broke out of the gate and rushed up to the lead,” jockey Javier Castellano said of Cavorting. “I didn’t expect her to be in front and I had to take her back a little bit, nice and easy, and covered up. My concern was that it was going to be two turns for her for the first time, and a mile and an eighth. I had to save some ground and save something for the end. If I got too far back, I wasn’t going to catch them because they were running pretty quick.”

I’m A Chatterbox continued to extend her lead, running freely down the backstretch to record a half-mile time of :48.77 with a 1 1/2-length lead over Curalina. Though Cavorting was in last, she was only five lengths off her lead. Approaching the far turn, the field began to bunch together toward the leader. Curalina was the first to challenge I’m A Chatterbox, and was quickly joined by Forever Unbridled. Those three made the top of the lane three-wide across the track, stride for stride together, with Castellano, holding Cavorting just outside Paid Up Subscriber, electing to wait to angle out around them until straightening out in the stretch.

Once he guided Cavorting to clear racing down the center of the track, the filly was very strong in her run to the wire as the top four came towards the wire together in a thrilling finish.

“The way the race developed was amazing,” Castellano continued. “I was able to cover up a little bit, and then turning for home, the way she did it was amazing. I had a lot of horse under me and I absolutely felt the power.”

The Personal Ensign win was worth $400,000 and Cavorting surpassed $2 million in career earnings with her eighth win in 13 starts. As the 2-1 second choice, Cavorting paid $6.90 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.50 to show. Race favorite Curalina finished second to pay $3.00 and Forever was third.

Cavorting, who captured last year’s GI Test Stakes., has won her last three starts: the Grade II Ruffian Stakes, Grade I Ogden Phipps Stakes and the Personal Ensign. Her next stop is the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

“She’s a top filly. She’s definitely one of the best fillies I’ve ever trained, if not the best filly,” said McLaughlin. “To win graded stakes at 2, 3, and 4 is quite impressive.”

Arrogate Awesome in Travers Stakes Triumph

Arrogate Sets Track Record with 13 Length Win in Travers

Jockey Mike Smith unleashed Arrogate as they turned for home in the $1.25 million Travers Saturday, and the nearly 50,000 fans at Saratoga and a NBC television crowd were about to witness a riveting finish and track record.

Saturday’s at Saratoga are usually special, but this day became awesome when Arrogate turned in a record time performance to annihilate 12 challengers and win the 147th running of the Travers Stakes. The final time covering 1 ¼ miles was 1:59.36, a track record for the distance and a new Travers record that was set in 1979 by General Assembly.

“He has a stride that is tremendous,” Smith said. “Although we were going quick, he was well within himself.”

Arrogate Travers Winners CircleSent off at 11-1, Arrogate moved to the lead at the half mile marker in a brisk 46.84 just ahead of stablemate American Freedom. Those two maintained their position around the far turn for trainer Bob Baffert, who had to be grinning ear to ear as his two horses came down the stretch. Especially the big gray Arrogate, who’s powerful and smooth stride extended the lead and continued his steamroll past the final furlong to win by 13 1/2 lengths.

“I was amazed how he lengthened his stride and opened up,” Smith said.

Arrogate paid $25.40, $12.60 and $8.40. American Freedom was second for $6.70 and $4.60.  Gun Runner finished third for a $2 trifecta payoff of $2,028. The $2 exacta paid $134.50.

“We ran into a freak today,” said Steve Asmussen, the trainer of Gun Runner. “He never slowed down.”

Preakness Stakes winner and race favorite Exaggerator was never a factor and failed to fire with his usual closing kick in finishing 11th. Belmont Stakes champion Creator didn’t close either and finished seventh.

“Turning for home, I sat back, and I just thought, wow, he is just what I was hoping he was like, and I knew there was no way they were going to catch him. He was just getting in gear,” Baffert said.

The Midsummer Derby was Baffert’s first Travers win since 2001 with Point Given. Arrogate won his fourth straight race and is 4-for-5. The lightly-raced colt by Unbridled’s Song has been brought along slowly, but he’s clearly special. Arrogate earned an automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup Classic November 5 at Santa Anita, as the Travers is a ‘Win and You’re In’ Breeders’ Cup race.

Arrogate won’t be overlooked when he returns to the West coast and makes his way to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. A star hit the scene Saturday at Saratoga, and reminded us that patience and preparation can payoff.

Personal Ensign Preview

Five Fabulous Fillies Entered for Personal Ensign at Saratoga

The $750,000 Grade I Personal Ensign Stakes for fillies and mares at 9 furlongs has only five entrants. But four of them are Grade I winners and the other has a Grade II on her resume. All have earnings in excess of $1 million, and you can make the case for every runner to win, which makes it a race worth watching. FOX Sports (FS2) carries the TV coverage while NBC TV has the coverage of the featured $1.25 million Travers Stakes. The winner of Saturday’s Personal Ensign receives an automatic entry to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff as part of the ‘Win and You’re In’ Challenge Series.

All five fillies have at least four wins on the record and three of them have won at least 50 percent of their career starts.

Curalina is the 9-5 morning-line favorite after a 9 1/4-lengths win in the Grade III Shuvee in the slop on July 31 at the Spa. She also won the Grade I Troienne on a fast strip at Churchill Downs. She’s never been off the board in four starts at Saratoga and should be stalking and ready to strike down the stretch..

I’m a Chatterbox comes off back-to-back wins including a victory in the Grade I Delaware Handicap in which she defeated Paid Up Subscriber. She’ll likely break to the lead from the inside post and has finished off the board in just two of her 14 career starts. Paid up Subscriber was bumped sideways at the start of the Delaware Handicap and recovered to be runner up.

Cavorting and Forever Unbridled were 1-2 in the Grade I Ogden Phipps at Belmont in their last start. Cavorting loves this track and won the Test and Priorness Stakes at Saratoga last summer. She’s in good form but has never raced this far. Forever Unbridled had to steady when looking for running room in her last race, but still finished second. She won her two previous races including the Grade I Apple Blossom at Oaklawn in April. A bullet five furlong work over the Saratoga surface last week suggests she’s progressing, and a good late kick gets her home in front as your pick at a better price.

Personal Ensign Stakes – 1 1/8 miles

Saturday, August 27. Race No. 6 at Saratoga. Post time 2:21 ET

Dads Caps Retires

Multiple grade I winner Dads Caps has retired, according to owner Vince Scuderi. The son of discreet Cat came from Seeking the Silver and was the half sister of Paulassilverlining. In his career, Dads Cap placed in or won a total of 14 stakes, all of which took place in the New York Racing Association circuit. At the time of his retirement he had earned $1,110,467 million under trainer Rudy Rodriquez. dadscaps

The biggest accomplishment of Dads Caps’ career was winning the Carter Handicap (gr. I) in back-to-back years in 2014 and 2015. He almost made it a hat trick, but he finished in third place this year.

“We’ve had a tremendous run with Dads Caps,” said owner Scuderi. “For four seasons he took on the best sprinters of his generation and his record is a testament to his consistency and heart.

“We could campaign him another season, but we have had a few farms looking into his availability as a stallion and he has certainly earned that opportunity. I have not finalized any plans as of yet, but I am weighing all options for his future.”

Paulassilverlining, Dads Caps’ multiple graded stakes winning half sister, is scheduled to compete in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) that is part of the Travers Stakes undercard on August 27th. In his last race, Dads Caps finished second to Joking in the True North Stakes (gr. II) after setting the pace in the early going.

Travers Stakes preview

Preakness Winner Favored At Travers

The 2016 campaign has been a ridiculously profitable one for Exaggerator and his connections. Already at 6-3-1 in thirteen starts, this year’s Preakness champion has raked in well over $3.5 million. He could definitely add to his earnings, as well as his decorated trophy case, by cashing in at the Travers Stakes.

Heading in to the Triple Crown season, Exaggerator was a bit on the outside but began to gain steam closer to the spring. he demolished the Santa Anita Derby to become the second favorite in the Kentucky Derby and fell just short of upsetting Nyquist at the wire. He would go on to win the Preakness before finishing a strangely disappointing 11th at the Belmont Stakes. Many doubted that he would become the impact player that he is known as now, and a rebound effort at the Haskell Invitational re-affirmed his stock and talent.

Now Exaggerator is pointed towards this weekend’s Travers Stakes where he will battle a full field of fourteen other competitors. Already the 3/1 favorite, there is a lot of competition that is being very awkwardly valued by the oddsmakers. Even with so much racing done this year, Exaggerator’s expectations and workload have been expertly managed by Keith Desormeaux. It’s albeit impossible to assume that he’ll finish anywhere out of the top-three. There’s simply too much fight in this horse.

The main challenge to his crown, at least on the betting board at the Travers, is a horse named Connect who won the Curlin. Coincidentally, the namesake of that horse is also his father as well as the father of Exaggerator. At 3-0-1, the Chad Brown trainee remains an intriguing take and one that should find his way in to the mix one way or another.

Gift Box finds himself with 12/1 odds heading in to the Travers Stakes but has managed to hit the podium in all six of his races. With odds like that, he’s undeniably attractive and his results could very well justify padding a box bet with him included.

There’s also a buffet of very familiar faces in this race thanks to the publicity of the Triple Crown itself. Laoban is 15/1 after winning the Jim Dandy, while Belmont Stakes champion Creator and Gun Runner share those same odds. Governor Malibu, who was a new shooter in the Belmont and runner-up at the Jim Dandy, comes in at 10/1, odds he currently holds alongside Destin.

The rest of the field is a real dart board, but the one horse that many players are finding it nearly impossible to ignore is American Freedom because of his rousing performance at the Haskell Invitational where he came second to Exaggerator. As the third choice at the Travers with 6/1 odds, there’s a lot of upset potential here. If you’re looking for a savvy stand alone bet, then this is probably the best choice overall.

In no particular order, my favorite horses in this race remain Exaggerator, American Freedom and Gift Box. I’m willing to let Connect prove me wrong as there’s just not enough information on him to really take a swing considering how strong the remainder of the Travers Stakes field actually is. How you bet your money is up to yo, but some combination of those three is my preference.

Travers Stakes – Saratoga Racecourse on Saturday, August 27th (5:44pm EST)
1 1/4 Miles — 3 Year Olds — $1.25 Million

PP Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Arrogate Mike Smith Bob Baffert 10/1
2 American Freedom Rafael Bejarano Bob Baffert 6/1
3 My Man Sam Manuel Franco Chad Brown 50/1
4 Governor Malibu Joel Rosario Chris Clement 10/1
5 Forever d’Oro Luis Saez Dale Stewart 30/1
6 Anaximandros Leonel Reyes Mikhail Yanakov 50/1
7 Exaggerator Kent Desormeaux Keith Desormeaux 3/1
8 Destin Javie Catellano Todd Pletcher 10/1
9 Gift Box Junior Alvaredo Chad Brown 12/1
10 Connect John Velasquez Chad Brown 4/1
11 Majesto Gustavo Delgado Ricardo Santana 20/1
12 Creator Irad Ortiz Steve Asmussen 15/1
13 Laoban Jose Ortiz Eric Guillot 15/1
14 Gun Runner Florent Geroux Steve Asmussen 15/1
Fourstardave results 2016

Tourist Finally Wins Race at Fourstardave

It’s been a long and arduous career for Tourist, a five-year old horse who is 5-3-3 in 16 races. He has been to the Breeders’ Cup Mile twice in the last two renewals and placed 8th and 13th, but the 2016 campaign has been a resurgent effort from the William Mott trainee. He punctuated that sentiment over the weekend with a win at the Fourstardave Handicap.

The one-mile race at Saratoga on August 20th and saw King Kreesa open the pace as an 8/1 outside shot. The first quarter-mile was hit with a time of :24.53. That rate didn’t speed up as they approached the half-mile with the lead horses clocking in at :48.43, setting up the closers for a promising finish at the Fourstardave. Tourist sat in second, running a profoundly strategic effort.

Jockey Joel Rosario and Tourist made their move heading in to the final turn where they surged past King Kreesa to seize the lead and the pair never let up. A Lot would also explode through the middle to capture second, while Grand Arch snuck past King Kreesa at the line to take third.

“It was important for a horse like him” Mott exclaimed after the victory. “He’s been a good horse for us, multiple grade I-placed. To win the Fourstardave in Saratoga was very important. There have been some nice horses win it in the past and I’m sure we’ll have some more in the future. But it was his day today.”

The Fourstardave win was the first for Tourist in a stakes race since he won his competitive debut at the Sir Cat way back in 2014. Rosario reflected on that win, which also happened at Saratoga. “Nice horse, he really put a nice run. It was all him today. I remember his first time here, he really ran a big race before. That was a big performance from him here today.”

OBS Looks to Stop Declining Sales

The last three yearling sales have each dipped in sales from the year before, as the gap between the top tier of the market and the rest continues to widen. The next test to see if the trend can be broken will be the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s auction that begins on August 23rd and runs until the 25th.

The OBS sale will take place in Ocala, Florida, and starts with a one-day select session. It is followed up with two open selling days, with each session beginning at 10:30 AM EST.

There were originally 1,047 horses cataloged but 103 have already been withdrawn from the sale. Still, it is larger in size than last year’s sale (813 cataloged in 2015). Last year’s sale saw 563 yearlings sold for a combined gross of $12,402,900. The average sales price last year was $22,030 and the median was $13,000. The sales topper went for $320,000.

“I think we will see a lot of what we have seen already,” said OBS Sales Director Tod Wojciechowski, referring to the three previous auctions and their results. “I don’t think this will be a lot different.”

The three most recent Fasig-Tipton sales saw dips in both gross and and average, ranging from 5.5 percent to 21.2 percent declines. Wojciechowski remains optimistic for his sale.

“We have a lot of good horses cataloged throughout the sale from Tuesday through Thursday,” said Wojciechowski. “We are staying optimistic and are looking forward to a good sale. There is something for everyone.”