11/06/2020 (USA). U.S.-based Sharing Takes Aim at Royal Ascot // Trainer John Shirreffs Joins TDN Writers’, Room to Talk Triple Crown Hopeful Honor A.P. and Zenyatta’s Daughter Zellda


U.S.-based Sharing Takes Aim at Royal Ascot


Sharing winning last fall’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf | Horsephotos

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable’s Sharing (Speightstown), winner of last fall’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita, remains on course for Royal Ascot’s G1 Coronation S. June 21. Sharing, winner of the May 23 Tepin S. at Churchill Downs, is trained by Maryland-based Graham Motion.

“She is doing really well since she last ran,” said Motion. “The weather here has been beautiful and I think that has really helped. Everything has been going pretty smoothly so far.”

Victorious in three of four starts last season, including Laurel’s Selima S., the chestnut filly is out of Shared Account (Pleasantly Perfect), who herself is a winner on Breeders’ Cup day when taking the 2010 renewal of the GI Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill Downs.

Explaining the decision to head overseas for the sophomore’s next start, Motion explained, “Part of it was because the filly has a great disposition, she takes thing very well. She has the quality and from a mental point of view, I thought she could handle it.”

He added, “The race at Churchill really came out of nowhere. We didn’t know that race was going to be there, but it fell right into the wheelhouse of the week that we had hoped to run her in order to get her to Ascot. I don’t think we were still planning on coming to Ascot before running her [at Churchill] because we didn’t even know if it was practical and we didn’t know how she was going to run, even though I felt very good about running her. Once she ran and ran well, it got the thought process going again and [Gainesway’s] Antony [Beck] was very much onboard in running. That’s how we got to where we are.”

No stranger to Royal Ascot, Motion, who ran Animal Kingdom at the Royal meeting in 2013, was most recently represented at the Royal meeting by Miss Temple City (Temple City), who recorded her best finish when fourth in the 2015 Coronation.

“For me, who grew up in Newmarket, my parents lived in England most of their lives, to come back to Royal Ascot with a legitimate chance, you can’t top that,” said Motion. “It’s a bucket-list item for me. Of course, that’s not why we’re doing it, but it’s something that’s been on my radar and I thought this was a filly we could do it with.”

Sharing is expected to breeze at Motion’s Fair Hill base June 13 before vanning to Lexington, Kentucky, Sunday evening. After serving a few hours in quarantine at Keeneland, she is expected to fly out of Indianapolis before arriving in Newmarket the evening of June 16.

“We are going to come in very late before this race and I want her to have her last workout in America before she left, I thought that was very important,” Motion said. “I won’t be able to travel, so I  wanted to be able to see the filly as much as I could before she left. I like to think we learned from our past experiences..I like that this race is for straight 3-year-old fillies and that it’s not a straight mile because it’s a harder race for [U.S.-based horses] to adjust to. We are taking a different angle than we have in the past.”

Also previously acquainted with the Royal meeting, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Judy In Disguise, graded placed in the U.S., finished 10th in the 2012 renewal of the G3 Albany S.

“Everyone’s feeling the pain of the pandemic and numerous cultural and social issues that are going on in the world and this is sort of a gesture of unity, of sportsmanship and trying to bring the world closer together,” said Wellman, outlining the thought process behind the trip to England. “Owners and partners of ours are becoming more sophisticated. They have an appetite for a more global flavour, so to speak, and as the industry on a global scale is somewhat contracting, the big events, the big days, the big races, that’s really where people want to be and to be able to do that on an international scale would be something that Eclipse is very intent on proving.” (fonte : TDN)


Trainer John Shirreffs Joins TDN Writers’, Room to Talk Triple Crown Hopeful Honor A.P. and Zenyatta’s Daughter Zellda

 It’s not every year that John Shirreffs, a patient trainer with a small stable of mostly older horses, has a GI Kentucky Derby contender. In fact, the last time most remember him being in the spotlight was with a certain mare named Zenyatta (Street Cry {Ire}), four-time champion and arguably the most popular horse of the 21st century. But with newly-minted Grade I winner Honor A. P. (Honor Code) looking like a leading challenger for the Run for the Roses, Shirreffs joined the TDN Writers’ Room presented by Keeneland Wednesday as the Green Group Guest of the Week to talk about his colt’s development and yes, reminisce some about Zenyatta.
   Expectations were high at an early stage for Honor A. P., an $850,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga buy in 2018. They only ratcheted up after he flew home from last to be second debuting at six furlongs Aug. 17 at Del Mar and powered away to a 5 1/4-length maiden win when stretching out to a mile Oct. 13 at Santa Anita.

   “I think we started seeing something in Honor A. P. when he started to gallop and started to lengthen his stride,” Shirreffs said when asked at what point he took notice of elite potential in his pupil. “If you ever see him, he just floats over the ground. For a big horse, he doesn’t hit the ground at all. It was pretty exciting that way.”
   As exciting as the Santa Anita Derby winner undoubtedly is, it didn’t take long for the conversation to shift to Zenyatta, who still has fans across the racing world nearly a decade after she last ran. Shirreffs was asked what he thought made and continues to make the mare so popular.

   “I think it was everything about her,” he said. “Her desire to win. She really wanted to win. Then her personality was so unique. She just liked people. When you put the saddle on her and took her to the racetrack, she was one thing. Then when she was out there with a halter on a lead shank, and people were taking pictures of and visiting her, she was another thing. If you went into the forest and you saw a giant sequoia, that would be Zenyatta. I always tell people, ‘If hugging a tree grounds you, makes you feel better, then you have to come and stand next to Zenyatta and lay your hands on her,’ because she just made you feel better.”

  Elsewhere in the show, the writers reacted in real time to the news of Maxfield (Street Sense)’s injury and recapped a massive weekend of racing action. Then, in the  West Point Thoroughbreds news segment, they broke down the frustrating impasse at Arlington Park and discussed their early impressions of OBS Spring.
fonte : TDN