03/06/2020. Arqana, Tatts Ireland and Osarus Reveal New Yearling Sale Dates // Gulfstream Park: spring/summer meet // Godolphin Takes The Wraps Off First Juveniles // Arrogate Euthanized After Suffering From Undetermined Illness // First Two Winners For Freshman Sire Mehmas


Arqana, Tatts Ireland and Osarus Reveal New Yearling Sale Dates

Arqana’s August Yearling Sale has been moved to late September | Arqana

Arqana, Tattersalls Ireland and Osarus have agreed on revised dates for their 2020 August and September yearling sales, the details of which were revealed on Wednesday.

The Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale will run from Sept. 21 to 23, beginning one day earlier than originally planned. Arqana will shift its flagship yearling sale, initially set for Aug. 15 to 17, to Sept. 24 to 26.

Osarus’s September Yearling Sale will be amalgamated with the Arqana October Yearling Sale on Oct. 19 to 23, with a small number of Osarus yearlings also to be rerouted to the Arqana Autumn Sale on Nov. 16 to 18.

Tattersalls Ireland Chief Executive Officer Matt Mitchell said, “These are unprecedented and difficult times, but all of us at Tattersalls Ireland, Arqana and Osarus are pleased to have been able to agree terms for a revised sales schedule which we strongly believe will work well for all concerned. There has been a real spirit of cooperation between our respective firms and discussions have at all times been conducted with the best interests of Irish and French breeders and the wider bloodstock industry as the primary concern.”

Arqana President Eric Hoyeau added, “We are delighted to have reached a mutually beneficial agreement with Tattersalls Ireland which has allowed Arqana to reposition the August Yearling Sale without disruption to the smooth running of the European yearling sales calendar. We were also conscious that Osarus faced similar challenges with their September Yearling Sale and we are pleased to have been able to accommodate their requirements in the best interests of French breeders at all levels of the market.”

Osarus Managing Director Emmanuel Viaud also praised the industry for working together, saying, “The amalgamation of the Osarus September Yearling Sale with the Arqana October Yearling Sale is a wonderful example of the industry working together for the greater good. The Osarus team is looking forward to working with Arqana to achieve a vibrant and successful joint fixture in October.”

fonte : TDN


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Godolphin Takes The Wraps Off First Juveniles


Charlie Appleby sends out Godolphin’s first 2-year-olds of the season | Racing Post

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today’s Observations features the first juvenile runners of the season for Godolphin.

2.25 Newmarket, Mdn, £5,400, 2yo, 6fT
MAGICAL LAND (IRE) (Frankel {GB}) is the first Godolphin juvenile runner of 2020 from the Charlie Appleby stable and is due to start favourite with the G2 Coventry S. looming. Out of a listed-winning daughter of the G2 Cherry Hinton S. scorer Misheer (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), the February-foaled bay has some precocity and speed on the dam’s side to mix with the stamina that Frankel is imparting.

3.00 Newmarket, Mdn, £5,400, 2yo, 6fT
CREATIVE FORCE (IRE) (Dubawi {Ire}) is the second Godolphin 2-year-old representative on this fascinating card and another likely favourite on the forecast. Again with Charlie Appleby, the €400,000 Goffs Orby purchase is a half-brother to the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. heroine Persuasive (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) who meets 10 others on this initial foray. 

3.35 Newmarket, Mdn, £6,400, 2yo, f, 6fT

SKY ANGEL (IRE) (Dark Angel {Ire}) is the third of the Appleby eyecatchers, being an €800,000 Godolphin purchase at the Arqana Deauville August Sale, where she was the second highest-priced filly. Out of the G3 Prix Allez France scorer Mayhem (Ire) (Whipper), the April-foaled bay hails from the excellent Kilfrush Stud family of Cerulean Sky (Ire) (Darshaan {GB}).

fonte : TDN


Arrogate Euthanized After Suffering From Undetermined Illness

Arrogate Wins the Pegasus | Coglianese photo

Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song–Bubbler, by Distorted Humor), the richest North American racehorse in history, was humanely euthanized Tuesday morning at Juddmonte Farms in Lexington, Kentucky, after suffering from an undetermined illness, Juddmonte Farms announced via press release. He was 7-years-old.

“It is with great sadness that Juddmonte confirms that Arrogate was euthanized this morning, after a battle to save him [from] an illness that began last week. It is still unclear what the illness was and a post -mortem is currently being carried out,” the release said.

“Arrogate had a very successful breeding season this year, until last week when his breeding was suspended due to an initial suspected sore neck,” it continued. “Later in the week, he fell to the ground in his stall and efforts to get him back up proved unsuccessful. He was transported to the Hagyard Clinic under the care of Dr. Bob Hunt and Dr. Nathan Slovis with Dr. Steve Reed representing the insurance company.

“They worked tirelessly with the staff from the Hagyard Clinic eliminating all the obvious causes and performing all available tests, including spinal tap evaluation, X-ray, ultrasound, CT Scan and many blood tests.

“Unfortunately, Arrogate was still unable to stand after four exhausting days for him. His will to fight, so valuable to him on the racetrack, became a challenge in his care. When serious secondary health issues set in, the decision was made to put him to sleep.”

Garrett O’Rourke, general manager of Juddmonte USA, said Tuesday, “We will never forget the ride Arrogate took us on. Those four amazing races established him as one of the great racehorses of our time, breaking two track records, taking down champion California Chrome in a battle for the ages and then running by Gun Runner in another worldly performance in Dubai. We hope that the heartbreak of losing him so young can be soothed by proudly watching the achievement of his runners”.

Trainer Bob Baffert told TDN after hearing the news, “I was crushed when I heard this. There is a real empty feeling. I feel bad for the people at Juddmonte because they were with him everyday.”

Added Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, “It’s a sad day. He was too young to go and he was just starting out his stud career. For him to go so young is sad. He will be greatly missed. He got to breed a little bit so we will see a few of them, but I would have loved to see him get a big chance at being a sire.”

A $560,000 purchase at Keenealnd September, Arrogate was named a ‘TDN Rising Star’ for a powerful second-out graduation in June of 2016. Two starts later, he shattered the 33-year-old track record for 10 furlongs at Saratoga when romping to a devastating 13 1/2-length score in the GI Travers S. in 1:59.36, earning a 122 Beyer (video).

“He was truly one of the fastest race horses of all time,” said Smith. “Running under two minutes that day in Saratoga to win the Travers was just incredible. I honestly won with room to spare. He could have gone faster. When he ran his A-race he was like a train going downhill with no breaks. He just continued to go faster and faster and faster.”

Trained up to the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic by Baffert, he ran down Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) to win by a half-length, securing Eclipse champion 3-year-old male honors.

“He did things effortlessly,” said Baffert. “Once he got rolling, he was just a machine. And he had the pedigree to back it up. He had it all.”

Cruising to victory in the inaugural GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational S. in his 4-year-old debut, the hulking gray produced a jaw-dropping performance, arguably his career best, when overcoming a disastrous break to win the G1 Dubai World Cup (video) with ease over eventual Horse of the Year Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}).

“The Dubai race is probably the greatest performance by any horse I have ever trained,” recalled Baffert. “For me, it was so emotional. He gave me goose bumps. Secretariat has always been the bar. You always want to have a horse like Secretariat. That night, Secretariat would have had a tough time with Arrogate.”

Arrogate was runner-up in the GI TVG Pacific Classic two starts later before finishing his career with a fifth when defending his title in the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic.

“I have gotten to train three of the most gifted horses ever, American Pharoah, Justify and Arrogate,” said Baffert. “One of those horses would be a horse of a lifetime for any trainer and I got three in a row. Fortunately, [Arrogate] has three crops. I have tried to steer a lot of people his way as a sire because I knew his greatness.”

In addition to his 3-year-old championship, Arrogate was named the Longines World’s Best Racehorse in 2016 and 2017. Bred by Clearsky Farms and out of a MSW/GSP Bubbler (Distorted Humot), he entered stud at Juddmonte in 2018 and his first crop will sell as yearlings this year.

“This is very hard on everyone at Juddmonte, most especially on Steve Dotsey, Stallion Manager and Jorge Chavarria who cared for Arrogate daily and who had such a great rapport with him,” Douglas Erskine Crum, CEO Juddmonte Group said. “It was a bold decision to ask Bob Baffert to purchase and train top dirt horses for Prince Khalid and, assisted by Donato Lanni, the selection of Arrogate was one of the success stories of the decade on the racetrack. Arrogate has bred three crops at stud, has his first yearlings to present to the sales this year and his physical and personality traits are passing very strongly to his offspring.”

fonte : TDN


First Two Winners For Freshman Sire Mehmas

Muker, the second winner for Mehmas | Racing Post

First-season sire Mehmas got off the mark with his first two winners within 30 minutes on Tuesday at Newcastle and Rome.

4th-Rome, Cond, €17,600, 2yo, 1400mT, 1:28.20.
BRIDGE DRESS ME (IRE) (c, 2, Mehmas {Ire}-Prom Dress {GB}, by Mount Nelson {GB}) was off a step slow and soon established a position wide of his rivals as they scrimmaged for position in the opening furlongs. Under a ride heading into the turn, Bridge Dress Me was five-wide turning into the straight. He failed to change leads in the lane, but nonetheless got up in the dying strides to run out a convincing 1 1/2 length winner over Hard Way Winner (Ity) (Mujahid {Ire}), in the process becoming the first winner for his first season sire (by Acclamation {GB}). Sales history: €1,000 wnl ’18 GOFNOV; €6,200 yrl ’19 GOFOCT. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0. Click for the chart and replay.
O-Aloisi Sbariggia Cinzia. B-M Phelan (Ire). T-Sbariggia Pierpaolo.

5th-Newcastle, £6,400, Mdn, 6-2, 2yo, 5f (AWT), 1:00.68, st/sl.
MUKER (IRE) (c, 2, Mehmas {Ire}–Naias {Ire}, by Namid {GB}) broke sharply and led from the outset of this debut. In control throughout, the 20-1 chance was last off the bridle inside the final quarter mile and kept on well under urging in the closing stages to hold the late thrust of Significantly (GB) (Garswood {GB}) by a neck, becoming the second winner for his Tally-Ho Stud-based freshman sire (by Acclamation {GB}). “Muker was ready to go to Doncaster [before the shutdown] and Phil’s done a good job to keep him ticking along nicely until now,” said trainer’s representative Sammy Jo Bell. “He’s been really good at home, we’ve done plenty with him and we make sure they know their job, which he did today. He’s been really professional and he couldn’t have done it nicer. The owner will be absolutely thrilled to go to [Royal] Ascot. If he won, or ran well today, that was the plan.” Muker is the fourth winner out of a half-sister to dual G3 Phoenix Sprint S. victor Snaefell (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) and stakes-winning G2 Flying Five runner-up Daganya (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), who in turn is the dam of G3 Eyrefield S. winner Degraves (Ire) (Camelot {GB}). The March-foaled chestnut is kin to a yearling colt by Cotai Glory (GB). Sales history: €32,000 Wlg ’18 GOFNOV; £27,000 Ylg ’19 GOFFPR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $5,170. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
1ST-TIME STARTER. O-SYPS (UK) Ltd; B-Joe & June Staunton (IRE); T-Phillip Makin.

fonte : TDN