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Old Dominion Horseracing News Ceases Publication July 1, 2021

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Stakes Photos June 23

PEARL TIARA winning the $77,200 Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Sakes Fillies on June 23, 2021 at Indiana Grand. (Winner by Majestic Harbor, out of Pearl Pendant, by Mineshaft)(Bred in IN by David W Osborne, Loren C Hebel-Osborne & Carol W Hebel)(Coady)

HARD LUCK JUSTICE winning the $77,150 Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stakes Colts and Geldings on June 23, 2021 at Indiana Grand. (Winner by Harry’s Holiday, out of Grace of Gold, by Cactus Ridge)(Bred in IN by Justice Farm, Greg Justice)(Coady)

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Douglas Lees Photos of Maggie Bryant

Maggie Bryant center with Dr. William Allison of the Virginia Gold Cup right and Charlie Sheilmeir. (Douglas Lees)

Carol Stadfield with her champion terrier Angel, Will Allison, Mrs. Bryant and Julianne Larese. (Douglas Lees)

The Terrier Race participants with Mrs. Bryant at the 2011 Virginia Gold Cup. (Douglas Lees)

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Stakes Photos June 20-22

JOAN OF ARC (IRE) winning the $1,192,970 Prix De Diane Longines G1 on June 20, 2021 at Chantilly. (Winner by Galileo (Ire), 1st Dam: You’resothrilling (GSW-Eng & Ire, $219,415), by Storm Cat, 2nd Dam: Mariah’s Storm, by Rahy, 3rd Dam: Immense, by Roberto)(Bred in IRE by Coolmore)(Scoop Dyga)

ATOMIC FORCE (IRE) winning the$95,437 Prix Du Bois Longines-Fond Europeen De L’Elevage G3 on June 20, 2021 at Chantilly. (Winner by by Cotai Glory (GB), 1st Dam: Atlas Silk (GB), by Dansili (GB), 2nd Dam: Marani (GB), by Ashkalani (Ire), 3rd Dam: Aquamarine (GB), by Shardari (Ire))($14,307 Wlg ‘19 GOFNOV; $26,230 Ylg ‘20 GOFSPT) (Bred in IRE by David Barry)(Scoop Dyga)

ERASMO (GB) winning the $95,437 Prix Paul De Moussac Longines G3 on June 20, 2021 at Chantilly. (Winner by Oasis Dream (GB), 1st Dam: Sant Elena (GB) (SP-Can), by Efisio (GB), 2nd Dam: Argent du Bois, by Silver Hawk, 3rd Dam: Wiener Wald, by Woodman)($194,280 Ylg ‘19 TATOCT)(Bred in GB by Car Colston Hall Syndicate)(Scoop Dyga)

NORTHERN RULER (GER) winning the $95,437 Prix Du Lyus Longines G3 on June 20, 2021 at Chantilly. (Winner by by Ruler of the World (Ire), 1st Dam: North Sun (Ger), by Monsun (Ger), 2nd Dam: North Queen (Ire), by Desert King (Ire), 3rd Dam: Nona (Ger), by Cortez II (Ger))(Bred in GER by Stall Ullmann) (Scoop Dyga)

ECRIVIAN (FR) (center) winning the $95,437 Prix Bertand Du Breil Longines G3 on June 20, 2021 at Chantilly. (Winner by Lope de Vega (Ire), 1st Dam: Sapphire Pendant (Ire) (GSP-Ire), by Danehill Dancer (Ire), 2nd Dam: Butterfly Blue (Ire), by Sadler’s Wells, 3rd Dam: Blush With Pride, by Blushing Groom (Fr))(Bred in FR by Wertheimer et Frere (IRE)(Scoop Dyga)

SHAMROCK HILL (JPN) winning the $808,288 Mermaid Stakes G3 on June 20, 2021 at Hanshin. (Winner by Kizuna (Jpn), 1st Dam: Laragh (GISW-US, $581,877), by Tapit, 2nd Dam: Rose of Summer, by El Prado (Ire), 3rd Dam: Cherokee Crossing, by Cherokee Colony)(Bred in JPN by Shadai Farm)(JRA)

SKY FIELD (AUS) winning the $450,851 Premier Cup Handicap G3 on June 20, 2021 at Sha Tin. (Winner by SKY FIELD (AUS), 125, g, 4, by Deep Field (Aus), 1st Dam: Laravissante (NZ), by O’Reilly (NZ), 2nd Dam: Mer du Sud (Ire), by Bluebird, 3rd Dam: Make Plans, by Go Marching)($123,235 Ylg ’18 NZBJAN) (Bred in NSW by M Ryan)(Kenneth Chan)

SMASHER (JPN) winning the $609,633 Unicorn Stakes G3 on June 20, 2021 at Tokyo. (Winner by Smash (Jpn), by King Kamehameha (Jpn), 2nd Dam: Lofty Aim (Jpn), by Sunday Silence, 3rd Dam: Witchful Thinking, by Lord Avie)(Bred in JPN by Miyauchi Farm)(JRA)

SOUTHERN LEGEND (AUS) winning the $450,851 Premier Plate Handicap G3 on June 2, 2021 at Sha Tin. (Winner by Not A Single Doubt (Aus), 1st Dam: Donna’s Appeal (Aus), by Carnegie (Ire), 2nd Dam: Donna Natalia (Ire), by Anabaa, 3rd Dam: Marskin (Aus), by Marscay (Aus))($210,464 Ylg ’14 INGEAS)(Bred in NSW by Corumbene Stud)(Getty)

OLEKSANDRA (AUS) winning he $250,000 Poker Stakes G3 on June 20, 2021 t Belmont. (Winner by Animal Kingdom, 1st Dam: Alexandra Rose (SAf) (GSW & MG1SP-SAf, GSW-USA, SP-UAE, $169,923), by Caesour, 2nd Dam: Alexandra Bi (Ire), by Darshaan (GB), 3rd Dam: Miss Habit (Fr), by Habitat)($1,450,000 RNA 6yo ’20 KEENOV)(Bred in AUS by Team Valor Pty Ltd)(Chelsea Durand/NYRA)

VIGILANTE WAY winning the $165,000 Eatontown Stakes G3 on Jue 20, 2021 at Monmouth. (Winner by Medaglia d’Oro, 1st Dam: Salute (MGSP, $103,838), by Unbridled, 2nd Dam: Personal Ensign, by Private Account, 3rd Dam: Grecian Banner, by Hoist the Flag)(Bred in KY by Phipps Stable)(Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)

SOUOPER STONEHENGE wining the $126,610 Jacques Cartier Stakes G3 on June 20, 2021at Woodbine. (Winner by Speightstown, 1st Dam: Onepointhreekarats (MSW, $260,299), by Medaglia d’Oro, 2nd Dam: Beaties for Real, by Unreal Zeal, 3rd Dam: Beaty Sark, by Deputy Minister) (Bred in FL by Live Oak Stud)(Michael Burns)

RESTRAINEDVENGENCE winning the $100,500 American Stakes G3 on June 20, 2021 at Santa Anita. (Winner Hold Me Back, 1st Dam: Cupids Revenge (MSW, $215,694), by Red Ransom, 2nd Dam: Gaye’s Valentine, by Irish Tower, 3rd Dam: Turquoise Gal, by Navajo)($67,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP)(Bred in KY by Westwind Farms)(Benoit)

WARREN’S SHOWTIME winning the $101,500 Wilshire Stakes G3 on June 20, 2021 at Santa Anita. (Winner by Clubhouse Ride, 1st Dam: Warren’s Veneda (GISW, $932,112), by Affirmative, 2nd Dam: More Cal Bread, by Flying Continental, 3rd Dam: Nature’s Way, by Nain Bleu (Fr))(Bred in CA by Benjamin C. Warren)(Benoit)

OUTADORE winning the $102,065 Woodstock Stakes on June 20, 2021 at Woodbine. (Winner by Outwork, 1st Dam: Adore You (SP, $276,240), by Tactical Cat, 2nd Dam: Autumn Music, by Unbridled’s Song, 3rd Dam: October Beauty, by Flying Paster)($140,000 Wlg ’18 KEENOV; $290,000 Ylg ’19 KEESEP)(Bred in KY by Deann & Greg Baer DVM (KY) (Michael Burns)

BIG CITY LIGHTS winning the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Futurity on June 20, 2021 at Santa Anita. (Winner by Mr. Big, 1st Dam: Champagne Exchange, by Exchange Rate, 2nd Dam: Youcan’ttakeme, by He’s Tops, 3rd Dam: Takeaway, by Fly So Free)($22,000 Ylg ’20 FTCAYR)(Bred in CA by Bar C Racing Stables Inc)(Benoit)

AT THE SPA winning the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Debutante on June 20, 2021 at Santa Anita. (Winner by Outwork, 1st Dam: Spa Creek (SP, $368,291), by Smoke Glacken, 2nd Dam: Rutledge Dancer, by Sky Classic, 3rd Dam: Look Who’s Dancing, by Affirmed)($37,000 RNA Ylg ’20 FTCAYR)(Bred in CA by Terry C. Lovingier)(Benoit)

TOP EXECUTIVE winning the $50,000 Auburn Stakes on June 20, 2021 at Emerald Downs. (Winner by Street Boss, out of Severn Shore (SP, $120,610), by Pure Prize)($26,000 RNA Wlg ’18 KEENOV; $52,000 Ylg ’19 FTKOCT)(Bred in KY by Frankfort Park Farm & Dr. R. Mason)(Emerald Downs Photo)

SHELTERED BAY winning the $40,704 Chariot Chaser Handicap on June 20, 2021 a Century Mile. (Winnner by Gemologist, out of City by the Bay (MSW, $172,240), by City Zip)($1,500 Wlg ’18 KEENOV; $3,229 Ylg ’19 ALBMIX)(Bred in KY by Oak Ridge Farm)(@Horse Racing Alberta)

MS LYNN winning the $50,000 Seattle Stakes on June 20, 2021 at Emerald Downs. (Winner by , Linchpin,out of Point Da Harbor, by Harbor the Gold)(Bred in WA by Ronald LeRoy Bohlman)(Emerald Downs Photo)

BEREN winning the $100,000 Crowd Pleaser Stakes on June 22, 2021 at Parx Racing. (Winner by Weigelia, 1st Dam: Silmaril (MGSW, $1,032,973), by Diamond, 2nd Dam: Kattebuck, by Spend a Buck, 3rd Dam: Kattegat’s Pride, by North Sea)(Bred in PA by Susan C. Quick & Christopher J. Feifarek)(Barbara Weidl/Equi-Photo)

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Travers-Winning VA Owner Magalen Bryant Passes Away At 92


TDN June 28, 2021:

by Bill Finley

Magalen O. “Maggie” Bryant, an entrepreneur, conservationist, and racehorse owner in the U.S. and France, died overnight Sunday at her home in Virginia, according to the Jour de Galop. She was 92 years old.

Her biggest success in U.S. flat racing came in the 2014 GI Travers S. when her V.E. Day (English Channel) won by a nose. V.E. Day was retired in 2016 after making four starts in France and currently stands at Buck Pond Farm. Bryant was 85 when she won the Travers.

Outside of racing, Bryant was known as a prominent environmentalist based in Virginia. According to, Bryant owned Locust Hill Farm in Middleburg, Va., a 2,400-acre Angus and Hereford cattle operation in Virginia and was among the first property owners in the area to place her land in a conservation trust. She became the chairperson of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and received the Land Trust of Virginia’s Conservationist of the Year Award in 2011.

Jonathan Miller, the former Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in Africa, was a friend and racing advisor for many years.

“We were very, very close friends,” said Miller. “I not only did things with her which revolved around horses, but she had a passion for conservation as well. She was very close to Randall Moore, who created an elephant sanctuary in Botswana. People would come up with creative ideas for her and she was always willing; for example, after the Civil War had decimated Angola, she financed the moving of the surplus of elephants from Botswana to Angola. That wasthe sort of creative way in which she was always helping. She was involved in a major conservation activity with 6,000 acres in Mississippi. She was very interested in everything. She burned the candle in 84 different ways simultaneously. She had a love of life that was insatiable. She was a scratch tennis player, a scratch golfer, a superb fox hunter. She was an entrepreneur. She financed the first private toll road in over 100 years in the Dulles Greenway. She was a real risk taker and I mean that in the most positive way.”

In racing, Bryant enjoyed most of her success in the steeplechase ranks, both in the U.S. and in Europe. Her biggest passion in racing was for French steeplechasers. Taking over the family stable after her father, George Ohrstrom Sr., passed away, she was the first female owner to win the G1 Grand Steeplechase of Paris, the oldest and most prestigious jump race in Paris, which she did in 2015 with Milord Thomas (Fr) (Kapgarde {Fr}). She then went on to win it in 2016 with So French (Fr) (Poliglote {GB}), who came back to win it again in 2017.

“It has been an honor and a huge pleasure to have been involved with Maggie Bryant,” said Richard Powell, who kept and raised Bryant’s breeding stock at Haras du Lieu des Champs. “She was more than an owner to me but a close member of my family. She was always with me in the good times, but as well in the not good ones, when I needed her the most.”

Bryant’s stable of jumpers in France was active at the time of her death. As recently as Wednesday, her Want of a Nail (Fr) (Kapgarde {Fr}) finished third in a Group 3 jump race at Auteuil. In the U.S., she won the 2013 GI Lonesome Glory H. with Gustavian (Giant’s Causeway) and her Ptarmigan (Unbridled Jet) won the Life=s Illusion Filly and Mare Championship in 2011

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Stakes Photos June 19

DREAM OF DREAMS (IRE) winning the $835,117 Diamond Jubilee Stakes G1 on June 19, 2021 at Ascot. (Winner by Dream Ahead, 1st Dam: Vasilia (GB), by Dansili (GB), 2nd Dam: Kangra Valley (GB), by Indian Ridge (Ire), 3rd Dam: Thorner Lane (GB), by Tina’s Pet (GB)) ($51,350 Wlg ‘14 TATFOA; $52,490 RNA Ylg ‘15 DNPRM(Bred in IRE by Prostock Ltd)(

WONDERFUL TONIGHT (FR) winning the $190,884 Hardwicke Stakes G2 on June 19, 2021 at Ascot. (Winner by Le Havre (Ire) ,1st Dam: Salvation (GB), by Montjeu (Ire), 2nd Dam: Birdie (GB), by Alhaarth (Ire), 3rd Dam: Fade (GB), by Persepolis (Fr))($47,718 Ylg ‘18 ARAUG)(Bred in FR by Ecurie La Cauviniere)(PA Media)

CREATIVE FORCE (IRE) winning the $89,476 Jersey Stakes G3 on June 19, 2021 at Ascot. (Winner by Dubawi (Ire), 1st Dam: Choose Me (Ire) (SW & MGSP-Ire, $388,395), by Choisir (Aus), 2nd Dam: Hecuba (GB), by Hector Protector, 3rd Dam: Ajuga, by The Minstrel)($477,188 Ylg ‘19 GOFOR)(Bred in IRE by Owenstown Bloodstock Ltd)(

ACCLIMATE winning the $100,500 San Juan Capistrano Stakes G3 on June 19, 2021 at Santa Anita. (Winner by Acclamation, 1st Dam: Knows No Bounds, by Boundary, 2nd Dam: Graceful Rose, by Editor’s Note, 3rd Dam: Fancy ‘n Fabulous, by Somethingfabulous)($30,000 Ylg ’15 BAROCT)(Bred in CA by Old English Rancho, Sal & Patsy Berumen)(Benoit)

BOARDROOM winning the $126,681 Whimsical Stakes G3 on June 19, 2021 at Woodbine. (Winner by Commissioner, 1st Dam: Money Madness, by Rahy, 2nd Dam: Money Madam, by A.P. Indy, 3rd Dam: Mesabi, by Minnesota Mac)($40,000 Ylg ’18 FTKJUL; $475,000 2yo ’19 OBSAPR)(Bred in KY by Polo Green Stable, Inc.) (Michael Burns)

MISIA NENA (CHI) winning the $39,141 Tanteo De Potrancas G1 on June 19, 2021 at Hipodromo Chile. (Winner by Verrazano, 1st Dam: Mary P. Jones, by Smarty Jones, 2nd Dam: Miss Mary (Arg), by Southern Halo, 3rd Dam: Miss Peggy (Arg), by Fitzcarraldo (Arg))(Bred in CHI by Haras Paso Nevado)(

JIMMY BLUE JEANS winning the $152,000 Snow Chief Stakes on June 19, 2021 at Santa Anita. (Winner by James Street, 1st Dam: Blue Blizzard, by Marino Marini, 2nd Dam: Excessive Cindi, by In Excess (Ire), 3rd Dam: New Cindi Lou, by General Meeting)(Bred in CA by Perry Bruno & John Gezon)(Benoit)

FI FI PHAROAH winning the $151,000 Melair Stakes on June 9, 2021 at Santa Anita. (Winner by American Pharoah, 1st Dam: My Fiona (MSW, $478,743), by Ghostzapper, 2nd Dam: A Vision in Gray, by Two Punch, 3rd Dam: Red Border, by Red Ransom)(Bred in CA by Terry C. Lovingier)(Benoit)

SPORT MODEL winning the $150,000 New York Stallion Stakes on June 19, 2021 at Belmont. (Winner by Freud, 1st Dam: Just Say Hey, by Rockport Harbor, 2nd Dam: Party Chatter, by Pleasant Colony, 3rd Dam: Pat Us, by Caucasus)($70,000 Wlg ’18 FTNMIX; $100,000 Ylg ’19 SARAUG)(Bred in NY by Mr. & Mrs. James Curran & Dr. & Mrs. John McDermott)(Chelsea Durand/NRA)

OCALA DREAM winning the $150,000 New York Stallion Stakes on June 19, 2021 at Belmont. (Winner by Effinex, 1st Dam: Eleni’s Daughter, by Freud, 2nd Dam: Smoke N Shadows, by Smoke Glacken, 3rd Dam: Halomatic, by Halo)($50,000 2yo ’20 OBSMAR)(Bred in NY by Mahwhinney, Lieberman, Beglin & Coutsodontis)(Coglianese)

CAN’T BUY LOVE winning the $110,710 Star Shoot Stakes on June 19, 2021 at Woodbine. (Winner by Twirling Candy, 1st Dam: Pay the Kitten, by Kitten’sJoy, 2nd Dam: Spent Gold, by Unaccounted For, 3rd Dam: Spend a Dream, by Spend a Buck)($47,000 RNA 2yo ’20 OBSAPR)(Bred in KY by Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey)(Michael Burns)

BELLL’S THE ONE winning the $109,300 Roxelana Overnight Stakes on June 19, 2021 at Churchill Downs. (Winner by Majesticperfection, out of Street Mate, by Street Cry (Ire))($155,000 Ylg ’17 FTKJUL)(Bred in KY by Bret Jones)(Coady)

KANDREL winning the $82,500 Siren Lure Stakes on June 19, 2021 at Santa Anita. (Winner by Candy Ride (Arg), out of Stormica (SW & GSP-US, MSP-Fr, $167,472), by Storm Cat)(Bred in KY by Wertheimer et Frere)(Benoit)

THE CRITICAL WAY winning the $76,500 Get Serious Stakes on June 19, 2021 at Monmouth. (Winner by Tizway, out of Critical Factor (GISP, $188,840), by Star de Naskra)($17,000 Wlg ’14 KEENOV; $65,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP; $75,000 2yo ’16 OBSOPN)(Bred in PA by Blackstone Farm LLC) (Ryan Denver/EQUI-PHOTO)

STARSHIP NTERPRISE winning the $75,000 Martha Washington Stakes on June 19, 2021 at Gulfstream. (Winner by Honor Code, our of Smarty Deb (MSW, $171,055), by Smart Strike) ($40,000 Ylg ’19 OBSOCT)(Bred in KY by Scott & Evan Dilworth)(Ryan Thompson)

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Virginian R. Larry Johnson’s Can’t Buy Love Wins Woodbine Stakes

Virginia-based R. Larry Johnson’s CAN’T BUY LOVE wins the $110,710 Star Shoot Stakes under Justin Stein by 3/4 of a length on June 19, 2021 at Woodbine. The filly is trained by Michael J. Trombetta and has now earned $119,493. (Michael Burns)

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Stakes Photos June 16-18

LOVE (IRE) wining the $835,945 Prince of Wales’s Stakes G1 on June 16, 2021 at Ascot. (Winner by Galileo (Ire), 1st Dam: Pikaboo (GB), by Pivotal (GB), 2nd Dam: Gleam of Light (Ire), by Danehill, 3rd Dam: Gold Runner, by Runnett (GB))(Bred in IRE by Coolmore)(PA Media)

KENMARI (GB) winning the $238,841 Queen’s Vase G2 on June 16, 2021 at Ascot. (Winner by Dubawi (Ire), 1st Dam: Koora (GB) (GSW-Eng, $136,783), by Pivotal (GB,), 2nd Dam: Kithanga (Ire), by Darshaan, (GB), 3rd Dam: Kalata (Ire), by Assert (Ire))($558,678 Ylg ‘19 TATOCT)(Bred in GB by Fittocks Stud)(PA Media)

INDIE ANGEL (IRE) winning the $167,189 Duke of Cambridge Stakes G2 on June 16, 2021 at Ascot. (Winner by Dark Angel (Ire), 1st Dam: Indigo Lady (GB) (SW-Ire & GSP-Fr), by Sir Percy (GB), 2nd Dam: Seal Indigo (Ire), by Glenstal, 3rd Dam: Simply Gorgeous (GB), by Hello Gorgeous)($838,017 Wlg ‘17 TATFOA)(Bred in IRE by Ringfort Stud & Paul Hancock) (Edward Whitaker/Racing Post)

QUICK SUZY (IRE) winning the $95,488 Queen Mary Stakes G2 on June 16, 2021 at Ascot. (Winner by Profitable (Ire), 1st Dam: Snooze (Ire), by Marju (Ire), 2nd Dam: Alarme Belle (GB), by Warning (GB), 3rd Dam: Dazzlingly Radiant, by Try My Best)($23,873 Ylg ‘20 GOFOCT)(Bred in IRE by Oghill House Stud & Jasleen) (

SUBJECTIVIST (GB) winning the $448,10 Gold Cup G1 on June 17, 2021 at Ascot. (Winner by Teofilo (Ire), 1st Dam: Reckoning (Ire) (MSP-Eng), by Danehill Dancer (Ire), 2nd Dam: Great Hope (Ire), by Halling, 3rd Dam: Aspiration (Ire), by Sadler’s Wells)($86,046 Ylg ‘18 TAOCT)(Bred in GB by Mascalls Stud)(

PERFECT POWER (IRE) winning the $95,442 Norfolk Stakes G2 on June 17, 2021 at Ascot. (Winner by Ardad (Ire), 1st Dam: Sagely (Ire), by Frozen Power (Ire), 2nd Dam: Saga Celebre (Fr), by Peintre Celebre, 3rd Dam: Saga d’Ouilly (Fr), by Linamix (Fr))($22,205 RNA Ylg ‘20 TATOCT; $131,296 2yo ‘21 GOFTY)(Bred in IRE by Tally-Ho Stud)(PA Media)

LOVING DREAM (GB) winning the $206,870 Ribblesdale Stakes G2 on June 17, 2021 at Ascot. (Winner by Gleneagles (Ire), 1st Dam: Kissable (Ire) (SW & GSP-US, G1SP-Ire, $225,919), by Danehill Dancer (Ire), 2nd Dam: Kitty O’Shea (GB), by Sadler’s Wells, 3rd Dam: Eva Luna, by Alleged)(Bred in GB by Lordship Stud)(PA Media)

MOHAAFETH (IRE) winning the $89,476 Hampton Court Stakes G3 on June 17, 2021 at Ascot. (Winner by Frankel (GB), 1st Dam: French Dressing (GB) (SW-Eng), by Sea The Stars (Ire), 2nd Dam: Foodbroker Fancy (Ire), by Halling, 3rd Dam: Red Rita (Ire), by Kefaah)($485,747 Ylg ‘19 TATOCT)(Bred in IRE by Normandie Stud Ltd)(PA Wire)

IMA HAPPY CAT winning the $50,000 Hasting Stakes on June 17, 2021 at Emerald Downs. (Winner by Smiling Tiger, out of Infernal McGoon (MSW, $153,965), by Wekiva Springs)($14,000 RNA Ylg ’16 WASSEP) (Bred in CA by Dale Mahlum)(Emerald Downs Photo)

PAPA’S GOLDEN BOY winning the $50,000 Budweiser Stakes on June 17, 2021 at Emerald Downs. (Winner by Harbor the Gold, out of Brookie Girl, by Proud Citizen)($9,000 Ylg ’17 WASSEP)(Bred in WA by Bar C Racing Stables Inc) (Emerald Downs Photo)

ALCOHOL FREE (IRE) winning the $509,272 Coronation Stakes G1 on June 18, 2021 at Ascot. (Winner by No Nay Never, 1st Dam: Plying, by Hard Spun, 2nd Dam: Nasaieb (Ire), by Fairy King, 3rd Dam: Atyaaf, by Irish River (Fr))($47,744 Wlg ‘18 GOFNOV)(Bred in IRE by Churchtown House Stud)(PA Media)

CAMPANELLE (IRE) winning the $417,558 Commonwealth Cup G1 on June 18, 2021 at Ascot. (Winner by Kodiac (GB), 1st Dam: Janina (GB) (SW-Eng), by Namid (GB), 2nd Dam: Lady Dominatrix (Ire), by Danehill Dancer (Ire), 3rd Dam: Spout House (Ire), by Flash of Steel (Ire))($263,691 Ylg ‘19 TATOCT)(Bred in IRE by Tally-Ho Stud)(PA Media)

ALLENQUER (FR) winning the $206,870 King Edward VII Stakes G2 on June 18, 2021 at Ascot. (Winner by Adlerflug (Ger), 1st Dam: Wild Blossom (Ger), by Areion (Ger), 2nd Dam: Wind in her Hair (Ger), by Turtle Island (Ire), 3rd Dam: Waitotara (Ire), by Habitat)($21,484 Wlg ‘18 ARQDE; $110,027 Ylg ‘19 TATOCT)(Bred in FR by Gestut Romerhof)(PA Media)

SANDRINE (GB) winning the $77,546 Albany Stakes G3 on June 18, 2021 at Ascot. (Winner by Bobby’s Kitten, 1st Dam: Seychelloise (GB), by Pivotal (GB), 2nd Dam: Starlit Sands (GB), by Oasis Dream (GB), 3rd Dam: Shimmering Sea (GB), by Slip Anchor (GB))(Bred in GB byKirsten Rausing)(PA Media)

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Washington Post Article Critical of Baffert

BOB BAFFERT (Darron Cummings (AP) & Washington Post)

The Washington post recently published an article:

A few thoughts regarding some quotes from article:

“He’ll do anything to win, and he’s got all his bases covered politically,” Barry Irwin, owner of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, said of Baffert. “And because of that, he has become arrogant as hell. He’s Mr. Teflon.”

By way of editorial comment, I know Barry Irwin, he’s a tough guy and a straight shooter…

And like all things, success leads people to think they are bullet proof when it comes to following the rules. That said, the drug rules are so complicated that now they are almost impossible to follow and my racehorse trainer friends tell me they constantly have to guess about what the right dosage for each horse will be so it doesn’t trigger a positive test. They also tell me that the new no tolerance rules make it worse not better. Suffice to say, it’s complicated.  I have published a few blog post regarding these issues here: and here:

Another pull quote from WP article, I have to say I agree with what the lawyer for Medina Spirit’s owner said:

“The lawyers said that taking into account Baffert’s estimate of how many horses he has in his care, a count that differs from the starts data, “the number of deaths of horses in Bob’s barn is consistent with what would normally be expected from the horse population in general.”

If you look at the table at the beginning of the article it shows Baffert as having the most deaths per 1000 starts. The trainers on the list average 61.7 horse deaths.

When I used the lawyers’ number of 72 deaths as opposed to 74, Baffert’s number is 8.07 which is a pinch lower than Jeff Bonde’s (8.12) who is 2nd on the WP list. If I scale the number back to 70 as the attorney suggest, his number is 7.85 which is still seems too high. When you do the math the percentage for all ten on that list it’s 6.22. But, when you do the math the total number of deaths is still shocking as it adds up to be 98,760…

The national rate for all of U.S. is 1.53 and that is why California has been under so much scrutiny the last 5 years.

ARCI President Ed Martin said the rules limiting race-day medications have been tightened not out of concern for performance enhancement but to prevent breakdowns. “There’s a recognition that certain substances are normal in equine care,” Martin said, “but if that horse still requires that, then maybe you shouldn’t run the horse.”

Arthur and CHRB investigators inspected Baffert’s barn, reviewed veterinary records and interviewed Baffert, who was flanked by an attorney. According to Arthur’s report, he found that Baffert was dispensing Thyro-L, or thyroxine, a prescription thyroid hormone, to all horses in his care. And Baffert’s veterinarians were prescribing it at his request without conducting laboratory tests to see whether the horses needed the drug, according to Arthur’s later report.

Arthur indicated in his report that thyroxine was suspected to cause heart problems for horses during exercise, and at least four of the sudden deaths involved confirmed or suspected cardiac failure. “How carefully the dosage was followed was not determined,” Arthur wrote. “Per Baffert, barn staff including grooms, were involved in administering the thyroxine in feed.”

Baffert told investigators he used the drug for about five years to “build up” his horses, which Arthur noted was unusual because it was typically used to slim them down. The veterinarian chalked up Baffert’s response to ignorance. “It’s not uncommon to find trainers who don’t understand medications and how different medications work,” Arthur said.

Here is a related piece from the LA Times:

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TDN June 23, 2021 — Rick Williams has been named Safety Officer for Colonial Downs, it was announced Tuesday. Williams will begin his role when the Colonial backside opens up July 5 ahead of its summer race meet, which kicks off July 19. Williams has a diverse racing background that includes stints as a groom, jockey agent, and in several front side departments including photo finish, mutuels and track maintenance. Before retiring in 2012, he spent his prior 15 years in a regulatory position with both the Ohio and Kentucky Racing Commissions and was involved in the Breed Development Fund in both states.

“I learned something at every stop along the way,” said Williams. “In regulatory roles, I served on a lot of committees that addressed rules, safety and medication issues. I really enjoyed that part of it–digging into the rule book and making changes that helped better the game. In Ohio for instance, we came up with a process of reviewing the rule book annually—to take a chapter each year and tear it apart. Of all the things l’ve done, that aspect made me feel best–the process itself of a project I was working on.”

Jill Byrne, Colonial’s VP of Operations, said, “Rick will be another set of eyes, watching horses in the barns, on the track, and reporting to track management with something that may not look up to our standards, the safety and integrity and care of horses and the horsemen that we expect. He’ll also work with Dr. Caruthers (VRC Equine Medical Director) in assisting her veterinary team as well as the stewards and racing office.”

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