**Reminder – BID ON an OLD FORESTER SEASON! LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society has been auctioning off a season to leading sire OLD FORESTER, which was donated by owner/breeder DENNY ANDREWS.
Bidding now stands at $2,000 for this three time leading Canadian sire. Top pick for this year’s Sovereign Horse of the Year honours is Pink Lloyd, a son of Old Forester. Remember, last day for bidding is Friday, February 9, 2018 and bidding goes in increments of $250. Call the LongRun office at 416-675-3993 ext. 1-3440 to place yours!
HIS NAME IS CITIZEN GELLER!
Fleet racehorse named for Woodbine Track Announcer
During the winter months, Woodbine track announcer ROBERT GELLER makes his home in the south, very much south, in New Mexico as he is also the track announcer for Sunland Park.
It was there that the personable Geller, born in England and raised in Australia, met Larry and Denise Nichols. He became friends with the couple and in 2012, when Geller was sworn in as a US citizen, they stood with him at the ceremony in Las Cruces, N.M.
The Nichols’ also breed racehorses and they were seeking a name for their newest addition, a grey fellow by Pro Prado.
“My friends Larry and Denise are officially UKUSA stables, he American and she British, and they accompanied me to my swearing in ceremony ,” said Geller this week. “They wanted to name a horse after me and he was foaled on my half birthday, January 31,”
The grey was christened CITIZEN GELLER and the now 6-year-old is considered one of the best New Mexico bred runners in recent memory.
CITIZEN GELLER won the Mt. Christo Rey Stakes at Sunland last weekend for his ninth win in 34 races. His earnings are over $390,000.
Robert says the gelding has a lot of similarities to his namesake.
“He is salt ‘n pepper like me, lazy in the morning but all focus by racetime like me, and you can lay all over him and he won’t mind, like me.”
You can check out Citizen Geller’s latest win on the attached video!
SOVEREIGN AWARD NOMINEES DREAM IT IS/ADMIRALTY PIER breezing
The Barb Minshall trained duo of graded stakes winning 2-year-old DREAM IT IS (at left in photo below) and stakes winner ADMIRALTY PIER have been speeding up their gallops in South Carolina as they begin getting ready for the 2018 season. DREAM IT IS, unbeaten last year and winner of Saratoga’s Schuylerville Stakes (Grade 3) is owned by Hoolie Racing and Admiralty Pier, winner of the Display Stakes at Woodbine is owned by Hoolie and Bruce Lunsford.
FASIG TIPTON KENTUCKY MIXED SALE
Canadians who made purchases from the first day of the Fasig Tipton Kentucky Mixed Sale included:
Ian de Souza, $4,000 yearling colt by Jersey Town – Gold Club by Majestic Warrior
Tod Mntn Thoroughbreds from BC bought EXPENSIVE TASTE, a 4-year-old by Giant’s Causeway – Windy by Wind Rush, offered as a racing or broodmare prospect.
Pierre Esquirol bought E LOOE $1,000, a Lure mare
Brad Auger bought a Verrazanop yearling for $17,000 and a Canadian-bred Tapiture yearling filly out of Victory With Class
Result for Canadian-breds (if they have gone through the ring after session 1)
310 – M – BM – MIDNIGHT SEARCH – VYING VICTOR – THESEARCHASENDED – CHIEF’S CROWN – CROSS TRAFFIC – BRITISH COLUMBIA – BRANDYWINE FARM (JIM & PAM ROBINSON) AGENT
1 – NOT SOLD 39,000 F – R/BMP – ULTRALIGHT BEAM – GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – FLEET OF FOOT – GONE WEST – N/A – ONTARIO – PARAMOUNT SALES AGENT X
4 – $16,000 BRAD AUGER F – Y – TAPITURE – VICTORY WITH CLASS – STORM VICTORY – N/A – ONTARIO – VINERY SALES AGENT VI
47 –1,200 C MOORE M – BM – ATLANTIC RAINBOW – STORMY ATLANTIC – RAINBOW’S CLASSIC – REGAL CLASSIC – N/A – ONTARIO – SHAWHAN PLACE LLC AGENT FOR HOUSATONIC STABLES
55 – $20,000 ROCKBRIDGE BLOODSTOCK M – BM – BEAM REACH – STORMY ATLANTIC – QUIET REWARD – SEEKING THE GOLD – PALACE MALICE – ONTARIO – SELECT SALES AGENT XX
57 – 21,00 MACABEE BLOODSTOCK M – BMP – BEAR’S PRIDE – KENTUCKY BEAR – MOLLY’S PRIDE – MARIA’S MON – N/A – ONTARIO – SOUTH POINT SALES AGENCY AGENT VI
67 –OUT M – BM – BLINDSIDEHIT – BLUEGRASS CAT – HEART LAKE – UNBRIDLED – PALACE MALICE – ONTARIO – STUART MORRIS AGENT I
70 – NOT SOLD 20,000 M – BM – BLUES DANCING – SURVIVALIST – LA BELLE BLEU – BEAU GENIUS SHACKLEFORD – ONTARIO – SOUTH POINT SALES AGENCY AGENT VII
74 2,00 HARDIN FARM – F – BM – BOURBON’S RECOLETA – NOT BOURBON – RECOLETA – WILD AGAIN – JERSEY TOWN – ONTARIO – HUNTER VALLEY FARM AGENT
112 20,00 PTDEH– F – Y – MR SPEAKER – CLOUDLINE – CHEROKEE RUN – N/A – ONTARIO – SOUTH POINT SALES AGENCY AGENT VII
131 –OUT M – BM – DENE COURT – CITY ZIP OPERETTA – ASCOT KNIGHT – N/A – ONTARIO – SHAWHAN PLACE LLC AGENT II
132 –34,00 KEN AND SARAH RAMSEY C – Y – TEMPLE CITY – DENE COURT – CITY ZIP – N/A – ONTARIO – SHAWHAN PLACE LLC AGENT II
179 –22,00 LANGSGEM FARM C – Y – GOLDENCENTS – FREDERICKA LA ROSE – FUSAICHI PEGASUS – N/A – ONTARIO – SOUTH POINT SALES AGENCY AGENT VII
204 –NOT SOLD F – Y – GIROLAMO – GOT SMARTS – SMART STRIKE – ONTARIO – SOUTH POINT SALES AGENCY AGENT VII
277 – 1,200 C – Y – SUMMER FRONT – KRISTA’S QUIK CHIC- FORESTRY – N/A – ONTARIO – SHAWHAN PLACE LLC AGENT II
299 –15,00 TANNER WINGO C – Y – TAPITURE – MACHO WOMAN – MACHO UNO – N/A – ONTARIO – VINERY SALES AGENT VI
selling today –
303 – C – Y – SUMMER FRONT – MAGIC SCHOOL – IN EXCESS (IRE) – N/A – ONTARIO – SHAWHAN PLACE LLC AGENT II
321 – M – BM – MONEY MY HONEY – RED BULLET – COLLECT THE CASH – DYNAFORMER – NYQUIST – ONTARIO – HUNTER VALLEY FARM AGENT
358 – M – BM – PERFECT WILDCAT – PERFECT SOUL (IRE) – DANISH WILDCAT – DANEHILL – ALGORITHMS – ONTARIO – VINERY SALES AGENT XIII
375 – F – Y – MAGICIAN (IRE) – PROXIMITY (GB) – NAYEF – N/A – ONTARIO – SHAWHAN PLACE LLC AGENT II
433 – M – BM – SIBONET CONGRATS – SWEET QUEENS CAT – TALE OF THE CAT – FED BIZ – ONTARIO – HILL ‘N’ DALE SALES AGENCY AGENT
445 – F – R/BMP – SOCIAL CIRCLE – STAY THIRSTY – PERSONALLY YOURS – HARLAN’S HOLIDAY – N/A – ONTARIO – BROOKDALE SALES AGENT FOR ESTATE OF
TOMMY G. LIGON
497 – M – BM – TREE POSE – OLD FORESTER – ALPHA ANGEL – ALPHABET SOUP – MILWAUKEE BREW – ONTARIO – TAYLOR MADE SALES AGENCY AGENT
504 – G – HORA – BOURBON – EXTENSION – NOT BOURBON – EXTEND – UNBRIDLED’S SONG – N/A – ONTARIO – PARAMOUNT SALES AGENT XIII
517 – H – R/S – SPEIGHTSONG – SPEIGHTSTOWN – SONG OF THE LARK – SEEKING THE GOLD – N/A – ONTARIO – ROYAL BLOODSTOCK AGENT V
524 – F – R/BMP – SCAT JOY – SCAT DADDY – JOYCE JENKINS – AFLEET ALEX – N/A – ONTARIO – BLUEWATER SALES LLC AGENT XIX
533 – M – BM – CONQUESTADORY – SPEIGHTSTOWN – CHRISTIE VILLAGE – DEPUTY MINISTER – AMERICAN PHAROAH – ONTARIO – DARBY DAN FARM
CHIP LEADER ADDED TO BARBADOS GOLD CUP
Has won four in a row for Louie Roussel, now owned by Derek Smith
CHIP LEADER, a 6-year-old gelding by Giant’s Causeway, has been added to the list of nominees for the Barbados Gold Cup in the first week of March. The front running gedling has won three allowance/optional claiming races in succession at Fair Grounds and Arlington and seemingly has been sold to Derek Smith for his Barbados run.
On Monday, Chip Leader worked four furlongs at Palm Beach Downs and it is expected he will enter quarantine before heading to Barbados.
A fast front runner, Chip Leader’s style is the same as SHINING COPPER, who is one of 2 horses nominated for Ken and sarah Ramsaey, along with Queen’s Plate winner SIR DUDLEY DIGGES.
The following horses have been nominated at the 2nd and final subscription stage for the XXXVII
SANDY LANE BARBADOS GOLD CUP (GR.1. – INT. – BAR) scheduled to be held on Saturday 3rd
GOLD CUP RATING
CAMPAIGNERS GOLD (CTA Stables) (96)
CHIP LEADER (P) (Mrs. Gay Smith) (127)
DORSETT (Messrs. Steve & Allan Madoo) (118)
INFRARED (Messrs. Dan & Martin Raizman) (116)
JUST A FASHION (Aysha Syndicate) (108)
MARCUS ANTONIUS (Sir David Seale) (104)
NO NOT AGAIN (Sir David Seale) (76)
SHINING COPPER (Mr. Kenneth L. & Sarah Ramsey) (USA) (140)
SIR DUDLEY DIGGES (Mr. Kenneth L. & Sarah Ramsey) (USA) (128)
TRINI NAVIGATOR (Mr. Baskaran Bassawh) (T&T) (94)
WON GRAND (Mr. Peter Oneill & Mrs. Angela Simpson) (76)
1st sub 13 @ $500.00 = $ 6,500.00
2nd sub 11 @ $1,500.00 = $16,500.00
MORE WINX UPDATE – CHIPPING NORTON STAKES NEXT
Trainer Chris Waller has announced that Winx will not run in the Apollo Stakes on February 17 after jockey Hugh Bowman failed in his bid to have a suspension overturned.
Instead, Waller will wait until the Chipping Norton Stakes on March 3 when Bowman will be available to ride Australia’s greatest horse.
Bowman has been a huge part of the Winx story and Waller said in press release that was posted on Twitter that he would rather give the mare another barrier trial than look for a replacement.
He said: “Following consultation between the owners of Winx and I, the decision has been made for Winx to resume her racing on March 3 in the Group One Chipping Norton over 1600m.
“Hugh Bowman is a very important part of Winx and we feel that we can go straight into the Chipping Norton first up without the need to resume in the Apollo Stakes as we had originally planned.
“She races well fresh and we are well ahead of schedule with her, so I will simply give her a third trial to ensure her fitness levels are high enough to compete at her best in this race.
“Should Hugh have been suspended in the middle or late in the preparation closer to her significant targets we would have opted to use a suitable replacement rider for Winx, however we are in the fortunate position that we can alter her starting point without affecting her main targets this preparation.”
HOW ABOUT THESE NUMBERS?
Dubai World Cup nominations by race
Nominations for the $10,000,000 Group 1 Dubai World Cup closed on January 11th with 136 of the globe’s premier Thoroughbreds. Scheduled for March 31st, 2018, the 2000m dirt fixture has been won by such superstar champions as Cigar, Dubai Millennium, Invasor, Curlin, California Chrome and Arrogate.
In 2018, nominations for the Dubai World Cup include American champions West Coast and Forever Unbridled, as well as Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Talismanic, Group 1 Japan’s Champions Cup winner Gold Dream and the previous two winners of the Group 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, Diversify and Hoppertunity. Other Group 1 winning nominees of note include Thunder Snow, Apollo Kentucky and Seeking the Soul, while top-class Group 2 winning athletes Gunnevera, Second Summer and Good Samaritan add significant depth.
Total Nominations : 1412
Total Horses : 739
$10m Dubai World Cup Group 1 2000m (dirt) : 136
$6m Dubai Sheema Classic Group 1 2410m (turf) : 153
$6m Dubai Turf Group 1 1800m (turf) : 253
$2m Dubai Golden Shaheen Group 1 1200m (dirt) : 155
$1m Al Quoz Sprint Group 1 1200m (turf) : 175
$2m UAE Derby Group 2 1900m (dirt) : 140
$1m Dubai Gold Cup Group 2 3200m (turf) : 93
$1m Godolphin Mile Group 2 1600m (dirt) : 250
$1m Dubai Kahayla Classic Group 1 (PA) 2000m (dirt) : 57