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STRONG FIELDS ON TAP FOR VIRGINIA GOLD CUP

ANDI’AMU leads to the finish in the 2019 Virginia Gold Cup (NSA/Todd Marks)

BY Don Clippinger/NSA JUNE 23, 2020 

The Virginia Gold Cup will present a strong lineup of races on Saturday, with two timber champions and an Eclipse Award winner among the 117 horses remaining eligible for the 10 races at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains.

NOTE: In-person attendance will be limited to necessary personnel, and the races will be livestreamed beginning at 12:15 p.m. at http://nsa.network.video/. First post time is 12:30 p.m.

(CLICK HERE for the Virginia Gold Cup overnight. Interesting note, the average age of the seven horeses enterd in the $40,000 feature race is 9.71 years of age, with the youngest horse being Storm Team who is six-years-old. Clearly, a race for old pros!)

Andi’amu and Doc Cebu, timber champions who finished first and second, respectively, in the Middleburg Hunt Cup on June 13, again will test each other and five other opponents in the $40,000 Virginia Gold Cup at four miles.

ANDI’AMU winning the Middleburg Hunt Cup (NSA/Todd Marks)

Ballybristol Farm’s Andi’amu is defending his 2019 Virginia Gold Cup victory, a brilliant three-length score in which he set all the pace. Thomas Garner, who rode the French-bred to a geared-down 3¾-length win in the Middleburg Hunt Cup, again will ride for trainer Leslie Young.

Doc Cebu, owned by Charles Fenwick Jr., Mike Hankin, and Charles Noell, is one of four entrants from the barn of champion trainer Jack Fisher. In his only start last year, the Hard Spun gelding finished fourth in the Virginia Gold Cup, his first venture at four miles.

Michael Mitchell, the reigning co-champion jockey, has a return call aboard Doc Cebu, the timber champion in 2017 and 2018.

The third-, fourth-, and fifth-place finishers from the Middleburg race will again challenge the two champions. Hudson River Farms’ Codrington College made a late move to finish third, a nose ahead of Irv Naylor’s Super Saturday.

Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard gave Darren Nagle a return call aboard Codrington College, and Gerard Galligan again will ride Super Saturday for trainer Kathy Neilson.

Finishing fifth after pressing Andi’amu’s early pace was Schoodic, the only horse ever to finish ahead of Andi’amu over timber, in last fall’s International Gold Cup. Andi’amu finished second, 2½ lengths behind the Grade 2 hurdle winner.

Trainer Fisher named Graham Watters to ride Schoodic, who is owned by his mother, Dolly Fisher. Willie McCarthy, who rode Schoodic in the Middleburg Hunt Cup, is recovering from injuries sustained in a subsequent race.

Fisher also will saddle Bruton Street-US’s Lemony Bay and Storm Team, owned by Sheila Williams and Northwoods Stable. Lemony Bay was pulled up in Middleburg’s steeplethon over mixed obstacles and will be ridden by Aaron Davis. Sean McDermott returns aboard Storm Team, a maiden timber winner at Middleburg.

Also on the program is the $35,000 David Semmes Memorial Stakes, which attracted Bruton Street’s 2017 Eclipse Award winner Scorpiancer. McDermott was named to ride the Irish-bred, who would be making his first start since finishing second in Far Hills’ Grand National (Gr. 1) last October.

Fisher also named McDermott aboard Bruton Street’s Snap Decision, the reigning novice champion after his victories in Belmont Park’s William Entenmann Memorial Novice Stakes and Far Hills’ Foxbrook Champion Hurdle.

Another Fisher contender is Riverdee Stable’s Gibralfaro, winner of the David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial Stakes (Gr. 2) over the Great Meadow course on the International Gold Cup program. Mitchell has the mount.

Also coming out of the Ferguson is Stonelea Stables’ Balance the Budget, who was sixth. Trainer Julie Gomena named Ross McDermott to ride.

Sheppard will send out Hudson River Farms’ Iranistan, the 2018 novice champion who finished fourth in Middleburg Spring’s Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 3) after setting the early pace. Nagle will ride.

Here is the field for the Virginia Gold Cup in post-position order. All starters will carry 165 pounds.

Doc Cebu. 2010 b. g., Hard Spun—Berga, by Jade Hunter. Owners: Charles C. Fenwick Jr., Michael Hankin, and Charles Noell. Jockey: Michael Mitchell. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Breeder: Graceville Breeding (Ky.) 2020 record: 1-0-1-0, $3,600. 2019 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 2018 record: 5-4-0-1, $102,000. 2017 record: 5-4-1-0, $96,600. Timber champion, 2017, 2018. Stayed well to finish second in 2020 Middleburg Hunt Cup. Finished fourth in 2019 Virginia Gold Cup after losing rider late in My Lady’s Manor. Won International Gold Cup for a second time to lock up 2018 timber title. Also won Shawan Downs’ 2018 Brown Advisory Legacy Chase by 3 1/2 lengths and scored a second victory in the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup by seven lengths. Won Willowdale Steeplechase for a second straight year in 2018 after third in Middleburg Hunt Cup. Clinched 2017 timber championship with 11-length victory in International Gold Cup.

Super Saturday. 2009 gr. or ro. g., Any Given Saturday—Lady Aloma, by Cozzene. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: Gerard Galligan. Breeder: Walton Breeders (Ky.) 2020 record: 1-0-0-0, $1,000. 2019 record: 3-0-1-3, $29,900. 2018 record: 6-1-2-1, $51,800. 2017 record: 6-0-1-1, $13,400. Finished fourth in 2020 Middleburg Hunt Cup. Finished second in Virginia Fall’s 2019 National Sporting Library and Museum Cup, then was third in International Gold Cup and Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. Finished third in 2019 Virginia Gold Cup, then fell in Radnor Hunt Cup. Finished fifth in Middleburg Hunt Cup. Finished second in 2018 International Gold Cup and Pennsylvania Hunt Cup after fifth in National Sporting Library & Museum Cup. Won 2018 Middleburg Hunt Cup, then was third in the Virginia Gold Cup and fourth in Radnor Hunt Cup.

Lemony Bay (GB). 2009 b. g., Overbury—Lemon’s Mill, by Roberto. Owner: Bruton Street-US. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Aaron Davis. Breeder: G. R. Waters (GB). 2020 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 2019 record: 3-0-1-1, $13,050. 2017 record: 2-1-1-0, $36,000. 2016 record: 5-3-2-0, $38,400. Pulled up in Middleburg Spring’s 2020 Alfred M. Hunt steeplethon. Finished third in 2019 My Lady’s Manor, then was second in Willowdale Steeplechase and fourth in Radnor Hunt Cup. Won 2017 My Lady’s Manor, then was game second in Virginia Gold Cup. Closed 2016 season with victory in Steeplechase at Callaway timber allowance race. Won Virginia Gold Cup’s Steeplethon and Middleburg Spring’s Alfred M. Hunt after second in division of John Rush Streett maiden timber at 2016 My Lady’s Manor.

Schoodic. 2010 b. g., Tiznow—Aunt Henny, by Hennessy. Owner: Dolly Fisher. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Graham Watters. Breeder: Edith R. Dixon (Ky.) 2020 record: 1-0-0-0, $800. 2019 record: 6-5-1-0, $109,500. 2018 record: 6-0-1-2, $35,800. Pressed early pace in 2020 Middleburg Hunt Cup and finished fifth. Won the 2019 International Gold Cup and Genesee Valley Hunt Cup. Opened his timber career in 2019 with three straight victories, including 16¾-length romp in Iroquois Steeplechase’s Mason Houghland Memorial and an open-length win in Fair Hill novice timber, then was second in Shawan Downs’ Brown Advisory Legacy Chase. Was a Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed over hurdles.

Andi’amu (Fr). 2010 b. g., Walk In The Park—Sainte Parfaite, by Septieme Ciel. Owner: Ballybristol Farm. Trainer: Leslie Young. Jockey: Thomas Garner. Breeder: Therese Bouche (Fr). 2020 record: 1-1-0-0, $12,000. 2019 record: 4-3-1-0, $115,500. 2018 record: 2-2-0-0, $36,000. Timber champion, 2019. Set all the pace in 2020 Middleburg Hunt Cup and won easily. Easily won Virginia Fall’s 2019 National Sporting Library and Museum Cup, then was second in International Gold Cup. Won the 2019 Virginia Gold Cup by three lengths and Middleburg Hunt Cup by 5¾ lengths. Won Middleburg Spring’s 2018 Alfred M. Hunt steeplethon, then added Virginia Gold Cup’s Steeplethon Stakes. Finished second in 2017 Noel Laing Handicap and third in 2017 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1).

Codrington College (Ire). 2010 ch. g., Duke of Marmalade—A.P. Easy, by A.P. Indy. Owner: Hudson River Farms. Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard. Jockey: Darren Nagle. Breeder: Laundry Cottage Stud Farm (Ire). 2020 record: 1-0-0-1, $2,000. 2019 record: 4-1-0-2, $22,500. 2018 record: 1-1-0-0, $9,000. Closed ground to finish third in 2020 Middleburg Hunt Cup. Won Shawan Downs’ 2019 Brown Advisory Legacy Chase, then was fourth in International Gold Cup. Finished third in Grand National’s 2019 Western Run Plate and in Iroquois Steeplechase’s Mason Houghland Memorial. Won his timber debut at 2018 Queen’s Cup.

Storm Team. 2014 ch. g., Candy Ride (Arg)—Stormy Dude, by Stormy Atlantic. Owner: Sheila J. Williams and Northwoods Stable. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Sean McDermott. Breeder: Colts Neck Stables (Ky.). 2020 record: 1-1-0-0, $6,000. 2019 record: 8-2-1-2, $104,700. Made transition to timber and won 2020 Middleburg Spring maiden timber by 5¾ lengths after setting all the pace. Closed out a busy 2019 season with victory in Steeplechase at Callaway’s Aflac Supreme Hurdle for novices.

Here in post-position order are the eight remaining entrants for the David Semmes Memorial, a 2 1/8-mile race over National Fences. The horses’ National Steeplechase Association ratings are at the end of their profiles.

Winner Massagot (Fr). 2011 ch. g., Muhaymin—Winnor (Fr), by Lesotho. Owner: Jacqueline Ohrstrom. Trainer: Richard Valentine. Jockey: Kieran Norris. Breeders: Christian Ballet and Jean Luc Terrieres (Fr). 2019 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 2018 NSA record: 2-1-1-0, $33,000. Pulled up in 2019 Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 2). Won Montpelier’s 2018 Noel Laing Handicap impressively after second in Far Hills ratings handicap, his U.S. debut. Won lower-level handicap at England’s Fontwell Park before export. (133)

Snap Decision. 2014 b. g., Hard Spun—Salute, by Unbridled. Owner: Bruton Street-US. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Sean McDermott. Breeder: Phipps Stable (Ky.) 2019 record: 6-4-2-0, $176,400. Novice champion, 2019. Won Belmont Park’s 2019 William Entenmann Memorial Novice Stakes as odds-on favorite, then won Far Hills’ Foxbrook Champion Hurdle impressively. Drew away impressively to win Saratoga allowance hurdle by 38½ lengths. Secured maiden win at Monmouth Park in July 2019 after second-place finishes at Queen’s Cup and Iroquois. Previously trained by Shug McGaughey and had two wins on the flat. (145)

Balance the Budget. 2009 ch. g., Bellamy Road—Every Day Is Good, by El Corredor. Owner: Stonelea Stable. Trainer: Julie Gomena. Jockey: Ross Geraghty. Breeder: Liberation Farm & Oratis (Ky.). 2019 record: 1-0-0-0, $2,250. 2018 record: 2-1-0-1, $97,500. Finished sixth in David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2) in his only 2019 start. Won 2018 Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup (Gr. 1) and finished third in Virginia Gold Cup’s David Semmes Memorial (Gr. 2). Won International Gold Cup’s 2017 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2) by nine lengths after setting all the pace. (136)

Chief Justice (GB). 2015 b. g., Acclamation—Freedom Pass, by Gulch. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Cyril Murphy. Jockey: Graham Watters. Breeder: G. B. Partnership (GB). 2019 NSA record: 3-0-0-1, $17,500. Finished third in Belmont Park’s 2019 William Entenmann Memorial Novice Stakes, then was fourth in Far Hills’ Foxbrook Champion Hurdle. In U.S. debut for former trainer Gordon Elliott, closed well to be fourth in Iroquois Steeplechase’s 2019 Marcellus Frost Novice Stakes. Won his send-off race, a quality handicap race at Aintree on Grand National day. Tested at Cheltenham in Fred Winter Handicap and finished in midpack. Won three straight races as a three-year-old in 2018. (130)

Redicean (GB). 2014 b. g., Medicean (GB)—Red Halo, by Galileo (Ire). Owner: Sharon E. Sheppard. Trainer: Leslie Young. Jockey: Thomas Garner. Breeder: Cheveley Park Stud (GB). 2019 NSA record: 3-1-0-0, $67,500. Finished fifth in 2019 Grand National (Gr. 1). Graduated from novice ranks with victory in Saratoga’s 2019 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes, his first U.S. start after respectable career in England, then was sixth in Belmont Park’s Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1). Departed with 11th in Scottish Champion Hurdle in April. (140)

Gibralfaro. (Ire). 2012 b. g., Dalakhani (Ire)—Ronda, by Bluebird. Owner: Riverdee Stable. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Michael Mitchell. Breeder: Sarl Darpat France (Ire). 2019 record: 5-2-1-0, $144,000. 2018 record: 5-1-3-0, $77,250. Won International Gold Cup’s 2019 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2). Finished second in Saratoga’s New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1) after fourth in A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1). Opened 2019 with victory in Queen’s Cup MPC ’Chase for novices, then was sixth in Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1). Finished second in Far Hills’ 2018 Foxbrook Champion Hurdle division and Aflac Supreme Hurdle. (138)

Scorpiancer (Ire). 2009 b. g., Scorpion (Ire)—Janebailey, By Silver Patriarch. Owner: Bruton Street-US. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Sean McDermott. Breeder: Mary O’Connor (Ire). 2019 record: 4-1-1-0, $177,000. 2018 record: No starts. 2017 record: 2-2-0-0, $150,000. Eclipse Award winner 2017. Won Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) for a second time in 2019 before fifth in Belmont Park’s Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1) and second in Grand National (Gr. 1) at Far Hills, N.J. Missed 2018 season and was pulled up in his first 2019 start, the Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 2). Claimed 2017 Eclipse Award with victories in Calvin Houghland Iroquois and Temple Gwathmey. Won Belmont Park’s 2016 Lonesome Glory Handicap (Gr. 1). (154)

Iranistan. 2014 dk. b. or br. g., Einstein (Brz)—Miss Vindictive, by Stephen Got Even. Owner: Hudson River Stables. Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard. Jockey: Darren Nagle. Breeder: Crossed Sabres Farm (Ky.) 2020 record: 1-0-0-0, $6,500. 2019 record: 2-0-0-0, $3,750. 2018 NSA record: 5-3-1-1, $145,000. Champion novice 2018. Finished fourth in 2020 Temple Gwathmey Handicap (Gr. 3). In first 2019 start, pulled up in Grand National (Gr. 1) after leading early, then finished fourth in Aflac Supreme Hurdle for novices. Finished game second in Saratoga’s 2018 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1), then was third in New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. 1), while favored in both. Won 2018 Marcellus Frost Champion Hurdle for novices by six lengths. (126)

More Signs, Part 2

ALICIA HUGHES, NTRA Communications

Editor’s note: I was expecting a small backlash about my Jason Wilson post, but I anticipated it would come from the MANY women who comprise the ranks of owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, exercise riders, assistant trainers and grooms.

As a Virginian, names like Penny Chenery, Marion DuPont Scott, Isabelle Dodge Sloan, Alice Mills, Liz Whitney, Emily Church, Nellie Mae Cox, Emily Day, Peggy Augustus, Maggie Bryant, Donna Rogers, Carolyn Rogers, Carolyn Nicewonder Beverly, Sara Collette, Beverly Steinman and Mimi Able Smith immediately come to mind as I mentally comprise the list of owners and breeders.

Not to mention other horsewomen the likes of Gill Gordon Moore, Robin Richards, Anne Poulson, Stephanie Nixon, Susan Cooney, Susie Chatfield-Taylor, Donna Dennehy, Diane McClure, Paula Parsons, Janet Elliott, Linda Rice, Michelle Nevin, Susan Hart (both of ‘em), Carol Holden, Cynthia Curtis, Robin Schuler, Robin Mellen, Anne Tucker, Alix White, Robin Traywick Williams, Sam Maloney and Colonial Downs’ Jill Byrne and Allison DeLuca as well as jockeys Diane Crump, Kathy Kusner, Rosie Napravnik, Julie Krone, Chantal Sutherland, Barbra Jo Murphy, Rosemany Homeister, Haley Turner, to name just a handful of the most famous.

Add to that impressive list that the President of the Virginia Equine Associates is Debbie Easter and the day-to-day hands on the wheel at the Virginia Gold Cup have long belonged to Diane Jones.

That said, I didn’t expect push back from my great long-time pal Chris “The Great Nordini” Norden — who usually loves a good political debate! But, as we say in the Petty house “I ain’t scared,” so I’ll forge ahead at my own editorial peril with Part Deux of my political diversity posts per below.  As an industry, we have made many mistakes and put the industry we all love in a perilous position. Like Ms. Hughes, I don’t think any of us wants us to end up on the wrong “side of history.”

Thoroughbred Daily News – Wednesday, June 24, 2020 

ALICIA HUGHES, Director of NTRA Communications

As a person of color in this sport, this is a topic that is extremely personal. This is my life. When you talk about what racing can do to be more diverse, in my mind, racing needs to start by acknowledging the issue of a lack of diversity in positions of power and influence. That is something that we have yet to do. I have pulled transcripts from symposiums and round tables, but there has been no discussion. The issue of the lack of diversity in this industry has not even been brought up.

And it’s not just with people of color–it’s women, the LGBTQ community, and so many other forms. The sport needs to look itself in the mirror. You can’t fix the problem until you acknowledge its existence.

If you look at all of our boards in this sport, from one organization to another, they all have a homogeneous makeup. There’s little representation from women and an even smaller representation from people of color.

In racing, we talk about wanting to be seen as a mainstream sport. Well every other mainstream sport worth its salt has already taken measures to try to reflect the nation’s demand for greater inclusivity and diversity, while racing has remained largely stagnant. So if we’re going to make any progress, we need to get with the times and have the hard conversations that make people uncomfortable. And then we need to start taking action to make meaningful change. It’s not just about filling quotas, you have to value people’s experience and knowledge that they bring to the table, and allow them to make your sport better.

The power of representation is huge. We’ve seen that in many other different venues.

We have a generation of tennis players–Coco Gauff, Sloane Stephens, and Naomi Osaka, who would not be in the sport if they did not grow up watching the Williams sisters and thinking, ‘I could do that someday. That is a road that is open for me.’

Where is our representation for people of color in this sport? On our boards, or for track announcers, bid spotters, auctioneers? Where can somebody of color look and say, ‘I could do that.’

I’m a big fan of hockey, and the NHL has many similar socioeconomic challenges as horse racing. To its credit, the NHL looked themselves in the mirror and acknowledged that they have a problem. They asked themselves how they could become more inclusive and more diverse. They’ve been working on their Hockey is for Everyone initiative. They hired Kim Davis, who in 2012 was ranked in Essence magazine’s “28 Most Influential Black Women in America,” as their Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives, and Legislative Affairs. They are trying.

We’re also seeing it play out in real time right now with NASCAR. Everybody knows NASCAR’s roots with the Confederate flag. NASCAR is now saying that they’re done with that, they want to change, and they’re banning the Confederate flag. A couple weeks ago, they stopped the cars before a race and NASCAR president Steven Phelps came out and delivered a speech acknowledging their issues. It’s been a long time coming for them, and something they probably needed to do a long time ago, but they are now working to solve their issues.

Anyone who has a problem with what these organizations are doing is probably part of the problem.

We need that representation, and until we address the issue, nothing will change. We wonder why nothing changes in this sport, but we’ve been recycling the same people in the same positions over and over again, and we act surprised when we get the same result.

It’s high time that our sport has its feet held to the fire on this. I love this sport, but as a person of color you want this sport to love you as much as you love it. There’s been very few organizations and entities in this industry that have spoken up during all of this. Don’t think that the silence has not been unnoticed.

I am grateful to work for an organization in the NTRA that has stepped up and spoken out and is taking meaningful action toward improving these issues through our work with the Legacy Equine Academy.

This issue does not have to be political, it is an issue of humanity. If we can’t stand up against racism, what does that say about the sport? Every other sport is figuring this out, why can’t we? If we want to be treated as a mainstream sport, here’s our chance to be part of the mainstream conversation.

There’s a reckoning coming for the world right now, and racing needs to figure out what side of history it wants to be on.

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Well said, Ms. Hughes, fingers crossed. Stay tuned. — G. Petty

Book Review: American Pharoah

Among the changes in our Covid-19 world is more time to read those books stacked up on the nightstand. However, this particular book marked the first time I have read a book via Kindle on my iPhone. I have read others via Kindle, but typically on an iPad, this was my first crack at the smaller screen of a mobile phone. That said, I can’t figure out why subsequent generations have embraced watching TV, movies on video in such a small format. My generation always subscribed to the simple fact that when it comes to TV screens bigger is always better. Yet, I survived and enjoyed Drape’s tale.

Joe Drape has been writing about the intersection of sports, culture and money since coming to The New York Times in 1998. He has also pursued these lines of reporting as a book author, most recently in the Times best-sellers “American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Champion’s Legendary Rise” and “Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains With the Smith Center Redmen.”

In the introduction of his American Pharoah book, he notes that he too believed that he would never see another Triple Crown winner. He was a young child when Secretariat, Affirmed and Seattle Slew achieved the noted sweep. Drape’s father taught him how to read the Daily Racing Form and along with is horse-loving mother, the family spent many afternoons at the racetrack. As a journalist, he continued to cast an eye toward the Sport of Kings and has since visited more than ninety tracks in seven countries.

Add to the mix, Drape has also owned racehorses which helped him appreciate the “high costs, great responsibility, and great thrill that come with being part of the sport.” Over the past two decades, drape wanted to see “a great horse up close, a Triple Crown champion.” As such he has witnessed seven June afternoons at Belmont Park looking to fulfill that wish and ultimately learned to manage his expectations and doubted if the 37-year drought would ever end.

He notes in the intro to “American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Champion’s Legendary Rise” that “Every single person in attendance wanted the same thing. We wanted American Pharoah to win, to achieve something most thought impossible. We wanted to be able to say that we were there when a great horse made history”

He was, and he did.

Drape is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, he previously worked for The Dallas Morning News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and currently the New York Times. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and son.

According to Joe McClung in USA Today on April 30, 2016:

“The fleet-footed American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise (Hachette, 258 pp.) rides into the winner’s circle via effortless prose, well-reported insider details, a compelling human cast of characters — and an irresistible horse: smart, focused and fast.

Drape opens in the breeding shed and introduces us to farm manager Frances Relihan, who had her eye on the exuberant colt from the start. The baby sprinted “so quickly, it was as if he had been shot from a cannon,” she says.

The story continues with colorful owner Ahmed Zayat, soulful trainer Bob Baffert and likable jockey Victor Espinoza, who guided Pharoah masterfully through the Derby, the muddy Preakness and then the glorious Belmont.

Drape briefly visits the darker side of racing, but this is a feel-good tale of triumph, emotion, adoration. And why not? You can’t help but fall for Pharoah, a horse as sweet-natured as a pet, but one who floated as if on a cloud when he raced.”

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Well done, (as they say in New York Times parlance) Mr. Drape.

More Signs of the Crazy Times We Currently Live

Editor’s note: When we add into our new reality the Covid-19 pandemic and the rash of police killings of people of color dominating the headlines, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to be insensitive to any issues that negatively impact our daily lives.

Be it law enforcement, the judicial or health care systems, the pandemic as pushed all of it in the direction of hitting the “reset” button. This editorial below was originally published in The Thorougbred Daily News on June 23, 2020 and having just watched a ZOOM presentation organized by my lovely bride’s employer (the PATH Foundation) regarding racsism in the U.S. I was moved to post something relevant.

That said, being a white male (with all the privilege that entails), I have long made note of how our industry has been predominately the workspace of white men with only the occasional woman, Afro-american and Hispanic man infiltrating the ranks as owners, trainers, assistant trainers, exercise riders or jockeys. As tough as it is for women to break through the glass ceiling, it must me even more difficult for people of color. Kudos to Jason Wilson. — G. Petty

Diversity in Racing: Jason Wilson

Jason Wilson | The Jockey Club 

As many people in the United States and around the world question their personal views on diversity and racial inclusion, we decided to look inwardly on our industry, and we found it wanting. So we asked a tough question to several industry members- How do we make racing at its highest level more diverse?

JASON WILSON, President and COO of Equibase 

I am keenly aware that I am the only African-American in the executive ranks of horse racing. I used to joke that Equibase’s advertising meeting was the most diverse meeting in racing (only one of seven members is a white male). Sadly, any meeting I am in is probably the most diverse meeting in horse racing.

There is more to say on this topic than can be printed in one issue of the TDN. Diversity encompasses a broad range of activities. It includes hiring, employee development, corporate culture, and those with whom we do business (fans, owners, and vendors). I will focus my comments on hiring.

The starting point should be to ask why we want to encourage diversity. There are a whole host of reasons, but I will mention the one that should appeal to everyone: Diverse companies are more profitable. McKinsey & Company has studied the performance of diverse companies three times over the past five years, and each time reinforced the hypothesis that diverse companies greatly outperform non-diverse companies, and the greater the representation, the higher the likelihood of outperformance. Moreover, in each of the three studies, the likelihood of outperformance continues to be higher for diversity in ethnicity than in gender. The diversity winners are adopting systematic, business-led approaches to diversity and inclusion, and the results are 36% greater profitability for those that are ethnically diverse and 25% for those that are gender diverse. (Full results of the study here).

Companies need to have a commitment to diversity and meaningful accountability. Early in my career, I was in-house counsel at a growing tech company in Silicon Valley. I raised my hand to chair a diversity task force to increase diversity at the company. After several months of work, the consultant that we hired to help us sat me down and said, “Listen, everybody here means well, but I do not sense that there is an organizational commitment to diversity. Until this becomes the fabric of key performance indicators, performance reviews, and compensation structures, very little will change.” So it requires more than good intentions. It requires the same rigor that we bring to the rest of our business.

Next, we need to look at our hiring practices. I have often heard that we need to hire somebody with racing or horse experience for any given role. That reduces the available talent pool and is a built-in impediment to any diversity. I can point to a handful of people who I work with that came to the sport without any industry experience and have flourished. Rather than recruit primarily from our networks, look to establish alternative pipelines for talent: create scholarships and recruit at historically black colleges and universities and establish internships to give a range of younger people exposure to racing. Equibase and other companies affiliated with The Jockey Club are looking at these strategies.

Honest conversations about diversity are uncomfortable. An incredibly talented and successful college classmate of mine, Mellody Hobson, gave a TED talk on this topic. I encourage anyone interested in the future of the sport to watch it. I also encourage anyone who is interested in speaking about this topic to reach out to me at jwilson@equibase.com.

Weekend Stakes Photos

TIZ THE LAW winning the $1,000,000 NYRA Bets Belmont Stakes Gr.I on June 20, 2020 at Belmont Park. (Winner by Constitution, out of Tizfiz by Tiznoq, 2nd dam Gin Running by Go For Gin, 3rd dam Crafty and Evil by Crafty Prospector) ($110,000 Ylg’18 SARAUG) (Bred in NY by Twin Creeks Farm) (NYRA)
GAMINE winning the $300,000 Longines Acorn Stakes Gr.I on June 20, 2020 at Belmont Park. (Winner by Into Mischief, out of Peggy Jane by Kafwain, 2nd dam Seattle Splash by Seattle Chief, 3rd dam Grand Splash by Bucksplaher) ($220,000 Ylg’18 KEESEP; $1,800,000 2yo’19 EASMAY) (Bred in KY by Grace Thoroughbred Holdings LLC) (NYRA/Elsa Lorieul)
NO PAROLE winning the $242,500 Claiborne Farm Woody Stephens Stakes Gr.I on June 20, 2020 at Belmont Park. (Winner by Violence, out of Plus One, by Bluegrass Cat, 2nd dam License Free by Miswaki, 3rd dam Star Deputy by Deputy Minister) ($75,000 Ylg’18 KEESEP) (Bred in LA by Coteau Grove Farms) (NYRA/Chelsea Durand)
OLEKSANDRA (AUS) winning the $250,000 Jaipur Stakes Gr.I on June 20, 2020 at Belmont Park. (Winner by Animal Kingdom, out of ALexandra Rose (Saf) by Caesour, 2nd dam Alexandra Bi (Ire) byDarshaan (GB), 3rd dam Miss Habitat) (Bred in AUS by Team Valor Pty Ltd) (NYRA/Joe LaBozzetta)
DECORATED INVADER winning the $150,000 Pennie Ridge Stakes Gr.II on June 20, 2020 at Belmont Park. (Winnr by Declaration of War, out of Gamely Girl by Arch, 2nd dam Helstra by Nureyev, 3rd dam Hail Atlantis by Seattle Slew) ($200,000 Ylg’18 KEESEP)
FACTOR THIS winning the $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes Gr.II on June 20, 2020 at Churchill Downs. (Winner by The Factor, out of Capricious Miss (GB) by Singspiel (Ire), 2nd dam White House (G) by Pursuit of Love (GB), 3rd dam Bering Cruise by Danzig) ($2,7600 Ylg’16 KEESEP; $11,000 2yo’17 OBSAPR) (Bred in KY by Maccabee Farm) (Coady)
SWEET MELANIA winning the $145,500 Wonder Again Stakes Gr.III on June 20, 2020 at Belmont Park. (Winner by American Pharoah, out of Sweet N Discreet by Discreet Cat, 2nd dam West Side Dancer by Gone West, 3rd dam Bering Cruise by Danzig) ($600,000 Ylg’18 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by St. Elias Stables,, LLC) (NYRA/Elsa Lorieul)
TOINETTE winning the $100,000 Wilshire Stakes Gr.III on June 20, 2020 at Santa Anita. (Winner by Scat Daddy, out of I Bet Toni Knows by Sunriver, 2nd dam Ibetyouwishyouknew by Mr. Greeley, 3rd dam Wish for Candi by Candi’s Gold) ($120,000 RNA Ylg’16 KEEJAN; $110,000 Ylg’16 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by J D Stuart, PC Bance &A R Enterprises Inc.) (Benoit)
COLLUSION ILLUSION winning the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes Gr.III on June 20, 2020 at Santa Anita. (Winner by Twirling Candy, out of Natalie Grace by First Dude, 2nd dam Midway Squall by Storm Bird, 3rd dam Oh So Precious by Best Turn) ($50,000 Ylg’18 KEESEP; $300,00 2yo’19 OBSAPR) (Bred in FL by Donald R. Dizney, LLC) (Benoit)
INDIAN PEAK winning the $150,000 Snow Chief Stakes on June 20, 2020 at Santa Anita. (Winner by Comic Strip, out of Only Me by Runaway Groom, 2nd dam Star Lane by Cahill Road, 3rd dam Plum Quick by Terresto) (Bred in CA by William T. Gray) (Associated Press)
FIELD PASS winning the $100,000 Audubon Stakes on June 20, 2020 at Churchill Downs. (Winner by Lemon Drop Kid, out of Only Me by Runaway Groom, 2nd dam Rackliff Island by Polish Numbers, 3rd dam Foggy Moon by Grey Dawn II) ($37,000 Ylg’18 EASOCT) (Bred in MD by Mark Brown Grier) (Coady)
PALACE PIER wining the $281,708 St. Jame’s Palace Stake G1 on June 20, 2020 at Royal Ascot. (Winner by Kingman (GB), out of Beach Frolic (GB) by Nayef, 2nd dam Night Frolic (GB) by Night Shift, 3rd dam Miss d’Quilly (FR) by Bikala (Ire)) (600.000gns Ylg’18 TATOCT) (Bred in GB by Highclere Stud & Floor Farming) (Racingpost.com)
HELLO YOUMZAIN (FR) winning the $281,708 Diamond Jubilee Stakes G1 on June 20, 2020 at Royal Ascot. (Winner by Kodiac (GB), out of Spasha (GB) by Shamardal, 2nd dam Spa (GB) by Sadler’s Wells, 3rd dam Sandy Island by Mill Reef) (Bred in FR by Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd) (Skysports.com)
ALPINE STAR (IRE) winning the $281,708 Coronation Stakes G1 on June 20, 2020 at Royal Ascot. (Winner by Sea The Moon, out of Alpha Lupi (Ire) by Rahy, 2nd dam East of the Moon by Private Account, 3rd dam Miesque by Nureyev) (Bred in IRE by Niarchos Family) (Racingtv.com)
NANDO PARRADO (GB) winning the $67,610 Coventy Stakes G2 on June 20, 2020 at Royal Ascot. (Winner by Kodia (GB), out of Chibola (Arg) by Roy, 2nd dam Coice (Arg) by Confidential Talk, 3rd dam Che Constanza by Mariache II) (165,000gns Wlg’18 TATFOA; 200,000gns RNA Yld’19 TADEYG) (Bred in GB by Mrs. James Wigan) (AFP)
CAMPANELLE (IRE) wining the $56,314 Queen Mary Stakes G2 on June 20, 2020 at Royal Ascot. (Winner by Kodiac (B+GB), out of Janina (GB) by Namid (GB), 2nd dam Lady Dominatix (Ire) by Danehill Dancer (Ire), 3rd dam Spout House (Ire) by Flash of Steel (Ire)) (190,000gns Ylg’19 TATOCT) (Bred in IRE by Tallly-Ho Stud) (Media Image)
AVIATEUR (FR) wining the $30.987 Dortmund Grand Prix Grosser Preis Der Wirtchaft G3 on June 20, 2020 at Dortmund. (Winner by Intense Focus, ot of Attachante (Ire) by Teofilo, 2nd dam Abbatiale (Fr) by Kaldoun (Fr), 3rd dam Anna Edes (Fr) by Fabulous Dancer) ($24,790 RNA Ylg’16 ARAUG) (Bred in FR by Jean-Charles Coude) (Marc Ruhl)
LADY PENELOPE (IRE) winning the $53.524 Plusvital Irish EBF Palonia Stakes – Listed on June 20, 2020 at Naas. (Winner by Night of Thunder (Ire), out of Step Sequence by Nayef, 2nd dam Crossove (GB) by Cape Cross (Ire), 3rd dam Somfas by What A Pleasure) ($ 30,424 RNA Wlg’17 GOFNOV; $36,058 Ylg’18 GOUKPR; $50,700 RNA 2yo’19 ARQMA) (Bred in IRE by Kiltown Bloodstock LTD) (Healy Racing)
MAKE A CHALLEGE (IRE) wining the $42.256 Sole Power Sprint Stake – Listed on Jne 20, 2020 at Naas. (Winner by Invincible Spirtit (Ire), out of Crinoline by Street Cry (Ire)) ($7,324 2yl’17 GOYHIT) (Bred in IRE by Godolphin) (Healy Racing)
MOTAMARRIS (IRE) winning the $47,327 Grand Prix De Compiengne – Listed on June 20, 2020 at Compiegne. (Winner by Le Haver (Ire) out of Thamarat (G) by Anabaa. (Bred in IRE by Shadwell Estate Company) (France-Sire.com)
BLITZKRIEG winning the $102,000 American Stakes Gr.III on June 21, 2020 at Santa Anita. (Winner by War Front, out of Bauble Queen by Arch, 2nd dam Muneefa by Storm Cat, 3rd dam By Land by Sea by Sauce Boat) (Bred in Ky by Ramona S. Bass) (Benoit)
RED KING winning the $101,5000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes GR.III on June 21, 2020 at Santa Anita. (Winner by English Channel, out of Youre Speeding Luv by A.P. Indy, 2nd dam Lovage by Roberto, 3rd dam Proud Delta by Delta Judge) (Bred in KY by Calumet Farm) (Benoit)
JEAN ELIZABETH wining the $125,000 Whimsical Stakes Gr.III on June 21, 2020 at Woobine. (Winner by Adios Charlie, out of Rooney Doodle by Lit de Justice, 2nd dam Jewelofthesea by Theatrica (Ire), 3rd dam Slew All by Seattle Slew) (Bred in IL by Lary Rivellli & Richard Ravin) (Michael Burns)
CAFE PHAROAH winning the $630,72 Unicorn Stakes G3 on June 21, 2020 at Tokyo. (Winner by American Pharoah, out of Mary’s Follies by More Than Ready, 2nd dam Catch the Queen by Miswaki, 3rd dam Wave to the Queen by Wavering Monarch) ($475,000 2yo’19 OBSMAR) (Bred in KY by Paul Pl Pompa) (JRA)
WARREN’S SHOWTIME winning the $150,000 Melair Stakes on June 21, 2020 at Santa Anita. (Winner by Clubhouse Ride, out of Warren’s Veneda by Affirmative, 2nd dam More Cal Bread by Flying Continental, 3rd dam Nature’s Way by Nain Bleu (Fr)) (Bred in CA by Benjain C. Warren) (Benoit)
BIG RUNNER winning the $83,100 Siren Lure Stakes On June 21, 2020 at Santa Anita. (Winner by Stormy Atlantic, out of Elusive Luci by Elusive Quality) ($95,000 Ylg’16 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by Mercedes Stables, LLC) (Benoit)
BREDENBURY (IRE) winning the $80,000 Lady Shipman Stakes on June 21, 2020 at Belmont Park. (Winner by Night of Thunder (Ire), out of Areyaam by Elusive Quality, 2nd dam Yanaseeni by Trepolino, 3rd damInca Princess by Big Spruce) (11,000gns Ylg’18 TAOCT) (Bred in IRE by Rabbah Bloodstock Limited) (NYRA/Chelsea Durand)

Sign Of The New Times

TIZ THE LAW practicing social distancing in front of the empty Belmont Park grandstand. (NYRA)

VGC Saturday, June 27

How it looked pre-Covid-19.

From the Virginia Gold Cup Association:

WARRENTON, Va., June 15, 2020 – Having been rescheduled from May 2 to running without spectators on June 27, the Virginia Gold Cup is celebrating its 95th year. The event usually draws around 60,000 participants and its tailgate and hat contests are exceptional.

On Saturday, June 27, the Virginia Gold Cup will be livestreamed starting at 12:30 p.m. EDT. This is the first time the event has been run without spectators, due to COVID-19. Jockeys, trainers, grooms and only essential personnel are allowed on the race grounds. The livestream is available at no cost and may be seen at this link http://nsa.network.video/.

Typically, the Virginia Gold Cup is run in May on the same date as the Kentucky Derby, and is one of the largest steeplechase events in the nation. It has often been considered Virginia’s answer to the Kentucky Derby.

Virtual tailgate and hat entries will be accepted by uploading photos to Virginia Gold Cup social media: www.facebook.com/vagoldcupwww.instagram.com/virginiagoldcup/  or @vagoldcup. Be sure to include #vagoldcup2020. Entries must be sent by midnight Saturday, June 27. Winners will be selected by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 29 and notified on the week of June 29.  The winning tailgate (first place) will receive an Oakwood Box to the 2020 International Gold Cup.  Runners up and hat contest winners will receive Gold Cup t-shirts, commemorative cups, and Gold Cup hats.  For the tailgate contest, three winners will be selected in first, second and third place based on creativity, theme and quality of menu. For the hat contest, five winners will be selected—most glamourous, most outrageous, best racing theme, best men’s hat and best child’s hat.

In addition, the Virginia Gold Cup will run trivia questions on its social media platforms throughout the day asking questions about the livestream. First respondents with correct answers will be able to win tickets to future Gold Cup races, hats, shirts, etc.

“We hope some of our many Virginia Gold Cup fans will celebrate the day with safe-distancing watch parties, tailgating and hat contests,” stated Dr. William Allison, chairman of the Virginia Gold Cup Association.

With race meets having had to cancel all spring, many in the horse industry are facing unprecedented hardship. The steeplechase community has come together to try to maintain the employment of more than 1,000 jockeys, trainers and many others on farms who exercise and care for the horses. The 95th running of the Virginia Gold Cup will provide purse money for participants. Even more importantly, it will provide a viable and tangible boost to keep many working in the equine industry employed.

The equine industry is important to Virginia’s economy. A 2018/19 report by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported that the horse industry brings more than $2 billion annually in economic development to the Commonwealth. The report noted that there are more than 183,643 horses in the state that provide approximately 38,874 jobs. It also stated that there are 30.5% or one million households that contain horse enthusiasts. “The viability of the horse industry is an important component for the Commonwealth’s economy,” Allison added.

For more information on the 95th running of the Virginia Gold Cup, visit vagoldcup.com.

The 2020 Virginia Gold Cup Races are presented by Brown Advisory, the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the Virginia Thoroughbred Association, Virginia Equine Alliance and the Virginia Breeders Fund.

Blast From The Past

The gate assistants cast long shadows as the field starts the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014. (Al Bello/Getty Images North America)

VA Gold Cup Entries/Preview: Andi’Amu, Doc Cebu Clash Again

By Don Clippinger, via NSA June 17, 2020

Andi’amu and Doc Cebu, timber champions who finished first and second, respectively, in the Middleburg Hunt Cup, will meet again on Saturday, June 27, in the Virginia Gold Cup, the signature race of the Gold Cup meet at Great Meadow Race Course in The Plains.

The Virginia Gold Cup program attracted 136 entries, with 104 horses in its 10 races and 32 on also-eligible lists with a chance to draw into the races if scratches occur.

Also on the program is the David Semmes Memorial Stakes, which attracted two Eclipse Award winners, Scorpiancer (2017) and Zanjabeel (2018), in a field of 11. The Virginia Gold Cup also will feature the Steeplethon over mixed obstacles and two divisions of a ratings handicap.

In addition, the program includes three maiden hurdle divisions, with one of them limited to four-year-olds, and two maiden claiming hurdles. The maiden races and the ratings handicaps all have also-eligible lists.

Like last Saturday’s Middleburg Spring Races, the Virginia Gold Cup will be run without spectators and under strict health and safety restrictions to protect against the new coronavirus. The races will be broadcast by the NSA Network. The Virginia Gold Cup also will host virtual tailgating, hat, and trivia competitions.

Ballybristol Farm’s Andi’amu, the reigning timber champion trained by Leslie Young, won last year’s four-mile Virginia Gold Cup. Owned by Charles Fenwick, Mike Hankin, and Charles Noell, Doc Cebu was the timber champion in the preceding two years and finished fourth in the 2019 Gold Cup, his first attempt at four miles.

Andi’amu set all the pace in the 3¼-mile Middleburg Hunt Cup and won as he wished, with jockey Thomas Garner gearing down the French-bred through the final sixteenth-mile for a 3¾-length victory.

Well-placed in midfield by jockey Michael Mitchell, Jack Fisher-trained Doc Cebu closed ground and was best of the rest in a top-quality field.

Three other Middleburg Hunt Cup starters will be returning to take on the two champions at the longer distance. Hudson River Farms’ Codrington College closed ground late under Darren Nagle to finish third, 3¼ lengths behind Doc Cebu and a nose ahead of Irv Naylor’s Super Saturday.

Trainer Jonathan Sheppard named Nagle to a return engagement on Codrington College, winner of Shawan Downs’ 2019 Brown Advisory Legacy Chase, and current leading jockey Gerard Galligan has a return call on Super Saturday, who is trained by Kathy Neilson.

Finishing fifth at Middleburg was Dolly Fisher’s Schoodic, the only horse to finish ahead of Andi’amu in a timber race, in the International Gold Cup on the Great Meadow course last October. Trained by Fisher, Schoodic pressed Andi’amu in the Middleburg Hunt Cup before tiring in the stretch.

Completing the field is S. Rebecca Shepherd’s Curve of Stones, who finished fifth in the International Gold Cup and was scratched from the Middleburg Hunt Cup. Trainer David Bourke named Barry Foley to ride the Virginia-bred, who also was entered in the Steeplethon.

All starters will carry 165 pounds. Here is the field for the Virginia Gold Cup.

Schoodic. 2010 b. g., Tiznow—Aunt Henny, by Hennessy. Owner: Dolly Fisher. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Breeder: Edith R. Dixon (Ky.) 2020 record: 1-0-0-0, $800. 2019 record: 6-5-1-0, $109,500. 2018 record: 6-0-1-2, $35,800. Pressed early pace in 2020 Middleburg Hunt Cup and finished fifth. Won the 2019 International Gold Cup and Genesee Valley Hunt Cup. Opened his timber career in 2019 with three straight victories, including 16¾-length romp in Iroquois Steeplechase’s Mason Houghland Memorial and an open-length win in Fair Hill novice timber, then was second in Shawan Downs’ Brown Advisory Legacy Chase. Was a Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed over hurdles.

Andi’amu (Fr). 2010 b. g., Walk In The Park—Sainte Parfaite, by Septieme Ciel. Owner: Ballybristol Farm. Trainer: Leslie Young. Jockey: Thomas Garner. Breeder: Therese Bouche (Fr). 2020 record: 1-1-0-0, $12,000. 2019 record: 4-3-1-0, $115,500. 2018 record: 2-2-0-0, $36,000. Timber champion, 2019. Set all the pace in 2020 Middleburg Hunt Cup and won easily. Easily won Virginia Fall’s 2019 National Sporting Library and Museum Cup, then was second in International Gold Cup. Won the 2019 Virginia Gold Cup by three lengths and Middleburg Hunt Cup by 5¾ lengths. Won Middleburg Spring’s 2018 Alfred M. Hunt steeplethon, then added Virginia Gold Cup’s Steeplethon Stakes. Finished second in 2017 Noel Laing Handicap and third in 2017 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1).

Super Saturday. 2009 gr. or ro. g., Any Given Saturday—Lady Aloma, by Cozzene. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: Gerard Galligan. Breeder: Walton Breeders (Ky.) 2020 record: 1-0-0-0, $1,000. 2019 record: 3-0-1-3, $29,900. 2018 record: 6-1-2-1, $51,800. 2017 record: 6-0-1-1, $13,400. Finished fourth in 2020 Middleburg Hunt Cup. Finished second in Virginia Fall’s 2019 National Sporting Library and Museum Cup, then was third in International Gold Cup and Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. Finished third in 2019 Virginia Gold Cup, then fell in Radnor Hunt Cup. Finished fifth in Middleburg Hunt Cup. Finished second in 2018 International Gold Cup and Pennsylvania Hunt Cup after fifth in National Sporting Library & Museum Cup. Won 2018 Middleburg Hunt Cup, then was third in the Virginia Gold Cup and fourth in Radnor Hunt Cup.

Codrington College (Ire). 2010 ch. g., Duke of Marmalade—A.P. Easy, by A.P. Indy. Owner: Hudson River Farms. Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard. Jockey: Darren Nagle. Breeder: Laundry Cottage Stud Farm (Ire). 2020 record: 1-0-0-1, $2,000. 2019 record: 4-1-0-2, $22,500. 2018 record: 1-1-0-0, $9,000. Closed ground to finish third in 2020 Middleburg Hunt Cup. Won Shawan Downs’ 2019 Brown Advisory Legacy Chase, then was fourth in International Gold Cup. Finished third in Grand National’s 2019 Western Run Plate and in Iroquois Steeplechase’s Mason Houghland Memorial. Won his timber debut at 2018 Queen’s Cup.

Doc Cebu. 2010 b. g., Hard Spun—Berga, by Jade Hunter. Owners: Charles C. Fenwick Jr., Michael Hankin, and Charles Noell. Jockey: Michael Mitchell. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Breeder: Graceville Breeding (Ky.) 2020 record: 1-0-1-0, $3,600. 2019 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 2018 record: 5-4-0-1, $102,000. 2017 record: 5-4-1-0, $96,600. Timber champion, 2017, 2018. Stayed well to finish second in 2020 Middleburg Hunt Cup. Finished fourth in 2019 Virginia Gold Cup after losing rider late in My Lady’s Manor. Won International Gold Cup for a second time to lock up 2018 timber title. Also won Shawan Downs’ 2018 Brown Advisory Legacy Chase by 3 1/2 lengths and scored a second victory in the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup by seven lengths. Won Willowdale Steeplechase for a second straight year in 2018 after third in Middleburg Hunt Cup. Clinched 2017 timber championship with 11-length victory in International Gold Cup.

Curve of Stones 2011 gr. or ro. g., Arch—Exceptionally, by El Prado (Ire). Owner: Sarah Rebecca Shepherd. Trainer: David M. Bourke. Jockey: Barry Foley. Breeder: Audley Farm (Va.) 2019 record: 6-1-1-0, $21,800. 2018 record: 3-0-0-0, $2,100. 2017 record: 8-0-0-1, $18,100. Finished second in Callaway Gardens timber allowance after fifth in International Gold Cup. Won timber maiden at 2019 Virginia Fall meet. Made change to steeplethons in 2019 and finished fifth at Middleburg Spring and fourth at the Virginia Gold Cup.

Stakes Photos June – Week 2

SISKIN winning the $280,122 Tattersall’s Irish 2000 Guineas G1 on June 12, 2020 at Curragh, (Winner by First Defence, out of Fird Blosn (GB) by Oasis Dream (GB, 2nd dam Silver Star (GB) by Zafonic, 3rd dam Monroe by Sir Ivor) (Bred in KY by Juddmontey Farms Inc.) (Pat Healy)
LEO DE FURY (IRE) winning the $112,049 Coolmore Magna Grecia Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes G2 on June 12, 2020 at Curragh. (Winner by Austarila (GB), out of Attire (Ire) buy Danehill Dancer (Ire), 2nd dam Asnieres by Spend A Buck, 3rd dam Albertine (Fr) by Irish River (Fr) ($140,601 Ylg ’17 GOFOR) (Bred in IRE by B V Sangster) (Patrick McCann)
CROSSFIREHURRICANE winning the $56,040 Coolmore Ten Sovereigns Gallinule Stakes G3 on June 12, 2020 at Curragh. (Winner by Kitten’s Joy, out of Louvakhova, by Maria’s Mon, 2nd dam Louvain (Ire) by Sinndar (Ire), 3rd dam Flanders (Ire) by Common Grounds (GB)) (Bred in KY by Glen Hill Farm and Scott C Heider) (Racingpost)
SHE’S A JULIE winning the $300,0000 Ogden Phipps Stakes Gr.I on June 13, 2020 at Belmont. (Winner by Elusive Quality, out of Kydd Glovers By Dubai Millenium (GB), 2nd dam Parade Wueen by A.P. Indy, 3rd dam Spanish Parade by Roberto) ($160,000 Ylg’16 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by Godolphin. (NYRA/Chelsea Durand)
ADMISSION OFFICE winning the $100,000 Louisville Stakes Gr.III on June 13, 2020 at Churchill. (Winner by Point of Entry, out of Miss Chapin by Royal Academy, 2nd dam Society Dream(Fr) by Akarad (Fr), 3rd dam Society Bride by Blushing Groom (Fr)) (Bred in KY by Jerry Amerman) (Coady)
OWLETTE winning the $85,850 Star Shoot Stakes on June 13, 2020 at Woodbine. (Winner by Frac Daddy, out of Itstartswithadream, by American Chance, 2nd Dam Regents Signet by Commemorate, 3rd dam Regency Gold by Vice Regent) ($7,500 Ylg’18 KEESEP) (Bred in ON by Michael C Byrne) (Michael Burns)
NEWSTONE winning the $74,531 Woodtock Stakes on Jun 13, 2020 at Woodbine. (Winner by Goldencents, out of Newstouse, by Unbridled’s Song, 2nd dam Double Cat by Storm Cat, 3rd Hollywood Wildcat by Kris S) ($27,000 RNA Ylg’18 KEESEP; $30,000 2yo’19 EASMAY) (Bred in PA by Equivine Farm) (Michael Burns)
KANDEREL winning the $75,900 Alcatraz Stakes on June 13, 2020 at Golden Gate Fields. (Winner by Candy Ride (Arg), out of Stormica by Storm Cat, 2nd dam Lovlier Linda by Vigors, 3rd dam Linda Summer by Crozier) (Brid in KY by Wertheimer and Frere) (Vassar Photograpy)
TIGER DAD wining the $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes on June 13, 2020 at Santa Anita. (Winner by Smiling Tiger, out of Q T Shae by Unusual Heat). (Bred in CA by Mark Devereauz & Scotts & Mark Gross) (Benoit)
GINGHAM winning the $83,500 Angels Flight Stakes on June 13, 2020 at Santa Anita. (Winner by Quality Road, out of Chapel by Pulpit, 2nd dam Owsley by Harlan, 3rd dam Isipid by Sham) ($420,000 Ylg’18 KEESEP) (Bred in KY by Stone Farm) (Benoit)
PEACEFUL (IRE) winning the $280,212 Tattersall’s Irish 1000 Guineas G1 on June 13, 202 at Curragh. (Winner by Galileo (Ire), out of Missvisky by Stravinsky, 2nd dam Muss U Fran by Brocco, 3rd dam Careless Aly by Alydar) (Bred in IRE by Coolmore) (PA Wire)
MAGIC WAND winning $89,668 Lanwades Stud Stakes G2 on June 13, 2020 at Curragh, (Winner by Galileo (Ire), out of Prudenzia (Ire) by Dansili (GB), 2nd dam Platonic (GB) by Zafonic, 3rd dam Puce (GB) by Darshaan (GB)) ($1,569,190 Ylg’16 ASAUG) (Bred in IRE by Ecurie Des Monceaus and Skymarc Farm Inc.) (Racingpost.com)
LANCASTER HOUSE winning the $56,042 Coolmore Calyx Gladness Stakes G3 on June 13, 2020 at Curragh. (Winner by Galileo (Ire), out of Quiet Oasis (Ire) by Oasis Dream (GB), 2nd dam Silent Heir (Aus) by Sunday Silence, 3rd dam Park Heiress (Ire) by Sadler’s Wells) (Bred in IRE by Barronstown Stud) (PA Wire)
CENTURY DREAM (IRE) winning the $41,471 Mansionbets Beaten By A Head Diomed Stakes G3 on Jun 13, 2020 at Newbury. (Winner by Caper Cross (Ire), out of Salacia (Ire) by Echo of Light (GB), 2nd dam Neptune’s Bride by Bering (GB), 3rd dam Wedding of the Sea by Blushing Groom(Fr)) (Bred in IRE by Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd.) (Newschain.uk)
NAMOS (GER) winning the $30,829 Grosser Preis Der Landeshauptstadt Dresden G3 on June 13, 2020 at Dresden. (Winner by Medicean (GB), out of Namera (Ger) by Areion (Ger), 2nd dam Najiskaja (Ger) by Tannenkonig (Ire), 3rd dam Nad Al Sheba by Alzao) ($71,748 Ylg’17 BBAGS) (Bred in GER by Gestut Brummerhof) (Frank Sorge)
HOSTWIN SATURN (AUS) winning the $83,869 Macau Gineas on June 13, 2020 at Taipa. (Winner by Startum (Aus), out of Brightlands Star (Aus) by Starcraft (NZ), 2nd dam Eastern Charm by King’s High (Aus), 3rd dam Dubai Lass (Aus) by Bletchingly (Aus)) ($51,364 Ylg’17 MGMMAR; $164,365 2yo’17 MMOCT) (Bred in AUS by T-NIcholas Moore) (MJC.MO)
NEPTUNE’S STORM winning the $251,350 San Francisco Mile Stakes Gr.III on June 14, 2020 at Gold Gate Fields. (Winner by Stormy Atlantic, out of Immortal Live (Ire) by Iffraaj (GB), 2nd dam Pursuit of Life (GB) by Pursuit of Love (GB), 3rd dam Biosphere (GB) by Pharly (Fr)) ($50,000 Wlg’16 KEENOV; $70,000 Ylg’17 KEESEP; $130,000 2yo’18 OBSMAR) (Bred in KY by Tracey Farmer) (William Vassar)
CAPTAIN BOMBASTIC wining he $100,000 Mike Lee Stakes on June 14, 2020 at Belmont. (Winner by Forty Tales, out of Stolen Star by Cat Thief, 2nd Unbrideld Star by Unbridled, 3rd dam Crystal Vous by Crystal Water) ($80,000 2yo’19 OBSMAR) (Bred in NY by Chester & Mary R. Browman) (NYRA/Susie Raisher)
SOTTSASS (FR) wining the $201,753 Prix Ganay G1 on June 14, 2020 at Chantilly. (Winer by Siyouni (Fr), out of Starlet’s Sister (Ire) by Galileo (Ire), 2nd dam Premiere Creation (Fr) by Green Tune, 3rd dam Alwaki by Miswaki) ($381,089 Ylg’17 ARAUG) (Bred in FR by Ecurie des Monceaux) (Scoopdyga.com)
TAWKEEL (GB) winning the $168,127 Saxon Warrior Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary G1 on June 14, 2020 at Chantilly. (Winner by Teofilo (Ire), out of RTafaaday (GB) by Oasis Dram (GB), 3rd dam Secrete Marina by Mujadil) (Bred in GB by Shadwell Estate Company Ltd.) (Scoopdyga.com)
SAN HUBERTO (IRE) winning the $108,876 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier G2 on June 14, 2020 at Chantilly. (Winner by Speighstown, out of Sediciosa (Ire) by Rail Link (GB), 2nd dam Seditieurse (Ire) by Night Shift, 3rd dam Star Point by Shahrastani) ($78,459 Ylg’17 ARAUG; $84,963 RNA 2yo’18 ARQMAY) (Bred in IRE by Gestut Zur Kuste AG) (Scoopdyga.com)
CIMA EMERGENCY (IRE) winning the $172,670 Premio Parioli G3 ON June 14, 2020 at Capannelle. (Winner by Canford Cliff (Ire), out of Golden Song (GB) by Singspiel (Ire), 2nd dam Pemier PRixe (GB) by Selkirk, 3rd dam Spot Prize by Seattle Dancer) ($20,544 Ylg’18 SGASEL) (Bred in IRE by Allevamento le Gi Massimo Parri) (Mondoturf Photo)
DAIWA CAGNEY (JPN) winning the $728,586 Epsom Cup G3 on June 14, 2020 at Tokyo. (Winner by King Kamehameha (Jpn), out of Triplex (Jpn) by Sunday Silence, 2nd dam Triple Wow by Coastal, 3rd dam Iva Reputation by Sir Ivor) (Bred in JPN by Shadai Farm) (JRA)
SUMMER SCENT (JPN) winning the $641,040 Mermaid Stakes G3 on June 14, 2020 at Hanshin. (Winner by Harbinger (GB), out of Primrose Lane (Jpn) by Sunday Silence, 2nd dam Oenothera (Ire) by Night Shift, 3rd dam Fruition (Ire) by Rheingold (Ire)) (Bred in JPN by Darley Japan Farm) (JRA)
DOGTAG wining the $81,600 Possibly Perfect Stakes on June 14, 2020 at Santa Anita. (Winner by War Front, out of Diamond Necklace by Unbridled Song) (Bred in KY by LNJ Foxwoods) (Benoit)
ALWYS INTHE MUNNY winning the $75,000 Bara Lass Stakes On Jun 14, 2020 at Lone Star. (Winner by Munnings, out of Slways A Star (Ire) by Danehill, 2nd dam Coralita (Ire) by Night Shift, 3rd dam Mumble Peg (Ire) by General Assembly) Bred in TX by Eurieka Thoroughbred Farm) (Dustin Orona Photography)
REDATORY winning the $75,000 Richard King of Turf Stakes on June 14, 2020 at Lone Star. (Winner by Oratory, out of My Silver Song by My Golden Song) (Bred in TX by Janes Wessel) (Dustin Orona Photography)