04/06/2020.Trainer Shug McGaughey Joins, TDN Writers’Room to Discuss Stable Star Code of Honor and New York’s Return to Racing // Freshman Sire Shalaa Off the Mark at Clairefontaine // Goffs UK & Arqana 2020 Breeze-Up Sales Move Back to Doncaster

Trainer Shug McGaughey Joins, TDN Writers’Room to Discuss Stable Star Code of Honor and New York’s Return to Racing  
     There was no better place to be in American horse racing than Belmont Park Wednesday morning as the track prepared to reopen New York racing later in the day after months of being shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic. That’s where Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey called in from as the Green Group Guest of the Week on this week’s TDN Writers’ Room podcast  presented by Keeneland. In a wide-ranging discussion, McGaughey talked about the return of stable star Code of Honor (Noble Mission {GB}), racing finally resuming at his Big Sandy home base, his reaction to the FBI’s indictments of Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro and more.
   ”He had a little bit longer vacation than I expected,” McGaughey said of Code of Honor, last year’s GI Runhappy Travers S. winner and runner-up for champion 3-year-old male who is slated to make his return in Saturday’s GIII Westchester S. at Belmont. “But I don’t think that’s hurt anything. We gave him off until the 1st of February and put him back in training, and he’s an athletic type of horse, so it doesn’t take a whole lot to get him ready, and I think he’s ready.”
   Known as one of the cleanest big-name trainers in racing, McGaughey was asked for his opinion on the bombshell indictments from March and what it’s like, as a person who tries to do things the right way, to lose races to people he knows are cheating. The pill was especially bitter to swallow for McGaughey last year when Code of Honor finished second in the Eclipse voting behind Servis-trained Maximum Security (New Year’s Day).
   ”Navarro never was a big problem for me, because I didn’t run against him much, but Servis was,” he said. “I had a hard time with a horse that breaks his maiden for $16,000, winning the Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby and all that it did. I read every sentence of those indictments and it’s pretty disappointing.”
   Elsewhere on the podcast, in the West Point Thoroughbreds news segment, the writers remembered the great Arrogate after Tuesday’s news of his tragic death, and conducted a fantasy draft of 3-year-olds for a new contest that will run through the end of the Triple Crown.

fonte : TDN


Freshman Sire Shalaa Off the Mark at Clairefontaine

Cherie Amour is the first winner for Shalaa | Scoop Dyga

Cherie Amour (Fr) (Shalaa {Ire}) makes all at Clairefontaine to become the first winner for her Haras de Bouquetot-based freshman sire (by Invincible Spirit {Ire}).

3rd-Clairefontaine, €22,000, Mdn, 6-4, 2yo, f, 7fT, 1:26.80, sf.
CHERIE AMOUR (FR) (f, 2, Shalaa {Ire}–Angel Falls {GB}, by Kingmambo), a May 21 third-of-four contesting a five-furlong newcomers’ test at Deauville last time, was sharpest from the gates and seized immediate control of this return. In command throughout, the 13-10 pick was bustled along when tackled by Chiri Tsubaki (Ire) (Siyouni {Fr}) passing the quarter-mile marker and kept on well underneath the stands’ side rail to deny that rival by a comfortable two lengths, becoming the first winner for her Haras de Bouquetot-based freshman sire (by Invincible Spirit {Ire}). She is the latest foal and fourth winner from as many runners produced by an unraced daughter of G3 Prix d’Aumale winner Anna Palariva (Ire) (Caerleon), who in turn is out of G3 Park Hill S. victress Anna of Saxony (GB) (Ela-Mana-Mou {Ire}). The March-foaled bay is kin to G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere-winning sire National Defense (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), the dual stakes-placed Nordic Defense (Fr) (Makfi {GB}) and Listed Chalice S. third Cascading (GB) (Teofilo {Ire}). Cherie Amour’s dam Angel Falls (GB) (Kingmambo) is herself a half-sister to GSW G1 Irish 1000 Guineas runner-up Anna Salai (Dubawi {Ire}), MGSP Listed Surrey S. victor Iguazu Falls (Pivotal {GB}), MSW G3 La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte second Advice (GB) (Seeking the Gold) and G3 Abu Dhabi Championship runner-up Seniority (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). Anna Salai is also kin to the dam of three black-type performers, headed by stakes-winning G1 Woolavington 2000 third Dubai Gina (Aus) (Dubai Destination), and from a family featuring GI Flower Bowl Invitational heroine Ave (GB) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), G1 Premio Vittorio di Capua and G2 German 1000 Guineas winner Anna Monda (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}) and MG1SW sires Helmet (Aus) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) and Epaulette (Aus) (Commands {Aus}). Sales history: €250,000 Ylg ’19 ARAUG. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-1, €14,300.
O-Lady Bamford; B-Ecurie des Monceaux, Ecurie Loick Fouchet, Ralphy Meahjohn & Kastro Stud Farm (FR); T-Andre Fabre. (by TDN)


Goffs UK & Arqana 2020 Breeze-Up Sales Move Back to Doncaster

The Goffs UK/Arqana 2020 Breeze-Up Sales will be held in Doncaster after all with the breeze to be held on Doncaster Racecourse on Sunday 28th June and the sale at the Doncaster Sales Complex on Wednesday 1st July.
Provisional plans had been made to hold the sales in Ireland but the return to Doncaster follows in depth discussions with Tattersalls to simplify logistics for all vendors and purchasers across all UK Breeze-Up Sales whilst the dates react to the recently announced racing programme for the resumption of British racing that sees racing at Doncaster on Friday 26th June.

Due to COVID-19, restrictions will be placed on the number of people attending the sale at Doncaster and all buyers who wish to attend must first register their interest with Goffs UK. Strict social distancing protocols in accordance with UK Government directives will be in place for the duration of the sale whilst BHA race day protocols will be implemented for the breeze on Doncaster Racecourse. Goffs UK will circulate details to all potential attendees in the near future whilst accommodation has been arranged with local hotels which can be booked directly with the hotel via a link from Goffs UK.

To acknowledge one of the key differences between Goffs UK and Arqana’s payment and billing conditions, a 5% Agents levy will be deducted from the sales proceeds of each lot sold from the Goffs UK and Arqana Breeze-Up catalogues, and paid to the purchasing Agent. Full details will be available in the modified Conditions of Sale which will be available closer to the sale. Those Conditions will apply to both catalogues to ensure all 2YOs are sold on the same basis and include the standard Goffs commission rates for both sales.

Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent commented:

“The teams at Arqana and Goffs UK are doing everything we can to stage successful Breeze-Up Sales so holding them in Doncaster will make logistics far simpler. We are taking every precaution to make the sale as safe as possible and so we ask that all prospective buyers contact Goffs UK and/or Arqana to register their interest in attending. 

“The extra time between breeze and sale acknowledges the additional challenges for buyers this year and we have worked with GBRI and ITM to provide conformation footage of all the two year olds to aid pre-sale decision making. In addition we will be offering a new on-line sale facility for those who cannot attend for which registrations will be taken in the week prior to sale. We will also have the full Goffs UK and Arqana teams on site to take phone bids, meaning bids can be taken in one of three ways, in person as usual, over the phone or via the internet.

“In advance we would like to thank BHA and all at Doncaster Racecourse for their help and positivity whilst acknowledging the offer of Naas Racecourse and HRI who were prepared to assist in hosting the breeze had that been necessary. We have also been pleased to work with Tattersalls to make the process as easy as possible for our many mutual vendors and purchasers”.

Arqana Executive Director Freddy Powell added:

“The current context requires agility and cooperation, and this is what we are trying to deliver along with Goffs UK and Tattersalls. By holding all European breeze-ups in the same country, utilizing an on-line platform and providing a choice of bidding options, we are hoping to make buyers and vendors’ lives easier and give the sale every chance to succeed.”

The start times of the breeze on Doncaster Racecourse and the sale will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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