Tuesday, July 22, 2003
LATEST TOTE ANTE-POST PRICES
Tote International (Ascot July 26th)
5 Ratio, 7 Mine, 9 Wizard of Noz, 10 New Seeker, 14 Crafty Calling, Camp Commander, Funfair, 16 Hurricane Floyd, Tough Love, Desert Opal, Attache, Capricho, 20 Millennium Force, Royal Millennium, With Reason, 25 Bar
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Ascot 26th July)
11-4 Alamshar, 9-2 Kris Kin, Nayef, 5 Sulamani, 8 Falbrav, 12 Victory Moon, 16 Indian Creek, Warrsan, Bollin Eric, Leadership, 20 Millenary, 25 Grandera, 33 Mamool, 40 Magistretti, 100 Narrative, 150 Izdiham
William Hill Mile (Goodwood August 1st)
7 Adekshan 10 Funfair, 12 Unshakable, 14 Desert Opal, Lafi, New Seeker, Putra Pekan, 16 Camp Commander, Inverness, Norton, Smirk, Tough Love, Wizard of Noz, Grand Passion 20 Atalantic Ace, Audience, Farquad, Morahib, Nuit Sombre, With Reason, 25 Bar
Vodafone Stewards Cup (Goodwood August 2nd)
5 Patavellian, 8 Fire Up The Band, 10 Mutawaqed, 12 Torosay Spring, 14 Dazzling Bay, Ratio, 16 Fayr Jag, Frizzante, Lochridge, 20 Bond Boy, By Far, Capricho, Danger Over, Flying Express, Halmahera, Impressive Flight, Loyal Tycoon, Ringmoor Down, 25 Bar
TICKET ONLY THIS FRIDAY 25TH JULY AT NEWMARKET RACES
Following on the success of last Friday evening's race meeting, Newmarket Racecourses have once again announce that admission for this Friday evening's event, featuring a post-racing concert by Liberty X, will be by pre-paid ticket only. This also applies to children under 16 who require an admission badge for all the Newmarket Nights events this year. Course officials are advising the public, including children under 16 years of age, not to turn up without a ticket as there will be no admission tickets available on the night. At the time of writing, a small number of Day Member admission badges are available for sale on 08707 200 201.
Newmarket also races on Sunday, July 27, which has been designated NSPCC Family Raceday. Newmarket Racecourses will be donating £2 to the NSPCC from each ticket sold in advance. There is something for all the family on Sunday with a whole range of activities including a charity auction, circus workshop, the NSPCC's "Happy Kids" and a raffle. Tickets for Sunday can be be purchased by calling 08707 200 201.
INFORMATION ON SATURDAY'S TOTE INTERNATIONAL
The Tote International Stakes will be run at 3.10pm on Saturday, July 26, 2003 at Ascot. This will be the sixth running of this very valuable seven-furlong handicap for three-year-olds and upwards.
2 The Race Conditions
The Tote International Stakes (Showcase Handicap) (Class B) is for three-years-old and upwards over seven furlongs.
Total prize fund: £150,000. £87,000 to the winner, the second to receive £33,000, the third £16,500, the fourth £7,500, the fifth £3,750 and the sixth £2,250.
Penalties, after June 28, a winner of a race value £10,000, 3lb.
1 Any horse rated above 115 (or 122 if such a horse is three years old) shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 7lb. Subsequently, the excess over 115 (or 122 if such a horse is three years old) in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted to that horse without limitation to the highest weight to be carried.
2 Any horse rated below 90 shall be treated as having a rating of 90 for the calculation of the weights.
3 Any horse in training outside of Great Britain at June 25 may also be entered and ratings for horses without them in Great Britain will be discussed between the authority in the relevant country and the senior BHB Handicapper.The decision of the latter shall be final and, at his absolute discretion, he may decline to rate any such horse, in which case the initial entry stake will be refunded.
3 The Course
Right-handed triangle, galloping and stiff, with few undulations, just over 1m6f round, with a two and a half furlong run-in. Straight mile and round mile. All races up to seven furlongs take place on the straight course.
4 History of the Tote International Stakes
The Tote first sponsored the Tote International Stakes in 1998. The aim is provide a competitive summer target for seven-furlong horses at just below Group class that is valuable enough to attract the attention of overseas owners and trainers. The international character of the race has been emphasised by appearing on the same afternoon as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes since 2000.
As Andy Clifton (Tote PR Director) says "Seven furlongs is a fascinating distance with horses that seem best at that trip taking on those stepping up from six furlongs and back from a mile; throw in the draw in a big field over the straight track at Ascot and you have a mouth-watering race for punters and purists alike.
"The success of Crystal Castle from France last year showed that foreign horses can win such a valuable handicap and trainer John Hammond looks to have a fair chance of completing the double with Ratio, who is stepping up in trip having dead-heated in the Wokingham over six furlongs."
6 Route to the Tote International Stakes
The quality of the winning horses certainly meets the aims of the Tote and the Ascot executive. Crystal Castle (USA) had won a Group 3 (Prix de Cabourg) at two before he chipped a knee at the end of the season. He had a quiet three-year-old campaign before finishing fourth in the 2002 Wokingham, winning the Tote International and then going on to win the Prix de Meautry (Deauville G3) and the Brunswick Diadem Stakes (Ascot G2). Four of the five runners had run well at Royal Ascot in their winning year.
9 Facts and Figures
Size of field:
Largest: 28 (2001 and 2002)
Smallest: 24 (2000)
Average: 26 (1998 & 2002)
Safety limit: 30
Highest weight to win: 9st 7lbs Russian Revival (USA) (1999)
Lowest weight to win: 8st Crystal Castle (USA) (2002)
Widest: 3 1/2 lengths Jo Mell (1998)
Smallest: Short head Atavus (2001)
Russian Revival (USA) (1999) at 9/1 (joint favourite with Caribbean Monarch)
Winner's Starting Price
Longest: 14/1 Jo Mell (1998) and Crystal Castle (USA) (2002)
Shortest: 9/1 Russian Revival (USA) (1999)
Oldest: 6y-o. Russian Revival (USA) (1999)
Youngest: 4y-o. The last three winners - Tillerman, Atavus and Crystal Castle (USA)
No trainer/jockey/owner has won more than once. John Gosden had the first two home in 1999 (Russian Revival (USA) and Mubrik (IRE))
KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER FERDINAND BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN SLAUGHTERED IN JAPAN
Lexington, Kentucky, July 21, 2003 - In an exclusive report in the July 26th issue of The Blood-Horse magazine, the Thoroughbred industry's premiere weekly news and information magazine, 1986 Kentucky Derby-winning horse Ferdinand is reported to have been apparently slaughtered in Japan. Upon retiring from racing, Ferdinand originally stood at stud in Kentucky but was later exported to Japan.
The following news item published on bloodhorse.com summarizes Barbara Bayer's exclusive feature in The Blood-Horse magazine:
Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner who went on to capture the following year's Horse of the Year title with a dramatic victory over 1987 Derby hero Alysheba in the Breeders' Cup Classic, is dead. The Blood-Horse has learned the big chestnut son of Nijinsky II died sometime in 2002, most likely in a slaughterhouse in Japan, where his career at stud was unsuccessful.
Reporter Barbara Bayer, as detailed in an exclusive story in the July 26 issue of The Blood-Horse, attempted to learn of Ferdinand's whereabouts after a member of the Howard Keck family that owned and bred the horse inquired about having him returned to the United States, where he began his career at stud in 1989. As a racehorse, Ferdinand won eight of 29 starts and earned $3,777,978, retiring as what was then the fifth leading money winner of all time. His victory in the Kentucky Derby gave trainer Charlie Whittingham his first success in that classic, and it was the final career Derby win for jockey Bill Shoemaker.
Ferdinand was retired to stud in 1989 at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., where he was foaled. His initial stud fee was $30,000 live foal, but he achieved little success as a stallion from his first few crops of runners.
Sold to Japan's JS Company in the fall of 1994 at a time when Japanese breeding farms were aggressively pursuing American and European breeding stock, Ferdinand spent six breeding seasons at Arrow Stud on the northern island of Hokkaido, from 1995-2000. Initially popular with local breeders (he was mated to 77 mares his first year), Ferdinand was bred to just 10 mares in his final year at Arrow, and his owners opted to get rid of him.
After efforts by the farm staff to place Ferdinand with a riding club failed, he passed into the hands of a Monbetsu, Japan, horse dealer named Yoshikazu Watanabe and left the farm Feb. 3, 2001. No attempt was made to contact either the Keck family or Claiborne Farm.
Bayer at first was told by Watanabe that Ferdinand had been "given to a friend." When she asked for more information, she was told Ferdinand "was gelded and I think he's at a riding club far away from here. "In fact, records showed Ferdinand was bred to six mares in 2001 and then two in 2002. He spent a period of time at Goshima Farm near Niikappu, where a former handler at Arrow Stud had seen him.
Finally, when Bayer told Watanabe she wanted to see Ferdinand, the story changed yet again. "Actually, he isn't around anymore," she was told. "He was disposed of late last year." Ferdinand's registration in Japan was annulled Sept. 1, 2002, Bayer learned.
"In Japan, the term ‘disposed of' is used to mean slaughtered," Bayer wrote in The Blood-Horse. "No one can say for sure when and where Ferdinand met his end, but it would seem clear he met it in a slaughterhouse."
"Unfortunately, to those well-versed in the realities beyond the glitter and glory of the racetrack, it comes as no surprise,"Bayer wrote. "Ferdinand's story is the story of nearly every imported stallion in Japan at that point in time when the figures no longer weigh in his favor. In a country where racing is kept booming by the world's highest purses and astronomical betting revenues, Ferdinand's fate is not the exception. It is the rule."
"That's just disgusting," said Dell Hancock, whose family operates Claiborne Farm, upon hearing the news of Ferdinand's likely fate. "It's so sad, but there is nothing anyone can do now except support John Hettinger's efforts to stop the slaughter of Thoroughbreds in this country. That wouldn't change anything in Japan...to have this happen to a Derby winner is just terrible."
While the Japanese are among the societies that consume horse meat, it is more likely a slaughtered Thoroughbred would be used for pet food, since the meat consumed by humans is a certain breed of horse raised specifically for that purpose. The slaughter of no longer useful imported breeding stock and many domestic Japanese Thoroughbreds is not uncommon. Shortages of land and the high cost of maintaining a pensioned horse are reasons slaughter is considered an alternate. As in the U.S., where slaughter is also an option available for horse owners, a number of organizations are attempting to provide homes for retired and pensioned racehorses, stallions, and mares. The Japan Racing Association funds one program that currently benefits 90 horses.
Among the people Bayer met and spoke with while trying to learn of Ferdinand's fate was Toshiharu Kaibazawa, who worked as a stallion groom at Arrow Stud during the horse's years there. He called the former champion "the gentlest horse you could imagine. He'd come over when I called to him in the pasture. And anyone could have led him with just a halter on him. " He'd come over to me and press his head up against me. He was so sweet."
"I want to get angry about what happened to him," Kaibazawa added. "It's just heartless, too heartless."
IRISH THOROUGHBRED NEWS
WELD LANDS FAMOUS AMERICAN DOUBLE
Two weeks after sending Dimitrova out to win the American Oaks, Dermot Weld landed the American Derby for the second time in his career with Evolving Tactics at Arlington Park.
Sent off the even-money favourite, the Irish-bred son of Machiavellian gamely held off the late surge of Californian to win by a neck in Sunday's Grade 2 contest.
Owned by the Moyglare Stud Farm, Evolving Tactics was previously third in the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot and earlier in the season won his maiden at Cork.
He will now be aimed at the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes on August 16 while Dimitrova remains on course for the Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes on the same day.
Weld had also won the American Derby with Pine Dance in 2001. His Jazz Beat was runner-up in the race last year.
PRINCELY VENTURE TAKES GROUP 2 SCOTTISH DERBY
Entrepreneur was the sire of the Scottish Derby winner Princely Venture at Ayr on Monday the 21st. Bred by Ballymacoll stud this son of the great race mare Sun Princess beat the Godolphin (ex Dermot Weld) trained Sights on Gold (Indian Ridge).
Injured when running in the Irish Derby last year, this Michael Stoute trained chestnut looks set to challenge for the major prizes this season, with a step back up to 12 furlongs possibly bringing more improvement.
DANEHILL FILLY WINS SILVER FLASH
The David Wachman-trained Maroochydore maintained her unbeaten record when winning the EUR50,000 Listed Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown on Wednesday.
A winner of a maiden race over seven furlongs at the same course in June, Maroochydore went to the front over a furlong out and impressed everyone with a one and a half length success.
The winning trainer said, "She is a good filly with a high cruising speed and there is more to come. She heads for the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh on August 10."
BLUE CORRIG CONTINUES TO IMPROVE
Blue Corrig, winner of the Ulster Harp Derby at Down Royal in June, continues to improve and landed the EUR50,000 Listed Challenge Stakes at Leopardstown last Wednesday.
Joe Crowley's three-year-old, owned and bred by Richard Forristal, arrived with a late challenge and proved too strong for favourite Handel in the closing stages.
The son of Ballyhane Stud's Darnay could next run in a Listed race and may make the step up to Group class after that.
TATTERSALLS AUGUST SALE
The Tattersalls (Ireland) August Sale catalogue invariably produces a host of top class performers and will be available on Wednesday 23 July. There are just over 900 lots catalogued for this year's sale which takes place from the 13th to the 15th of August.
All the leading sires have progeny catalogued including: Accordion, Alflora, Anshan, Arctic Lord, Bob Back, Classic Cliche, Darnay, Flemensfirth, Good Thyne, Kayhasi, Kings Ride, Lord Americo, Luso, Moscow Society, Norwich, Oscar, Over the River, Overbury, Presenting, Roselier, Saddlers Hall, Shernazar, Supreme Leader, Un Desperado and Zaffaran.
Graduates of Tattersalls (Ireland) have had enormous success on the racetrack this year including: Queen Mother Champion Chase winner, Moscow Flyer, Gold Cup winner, Best Mate, and Grand National Winner Monty's Pass to name just a few. Indeed six of the last seven Cheltenham Gold Cup winners are graduates of Tattersalls (Ireland). Also Tattersalls (Ireland) graduates have won no less than 454 point to points in the UK and Ireland this year.
There is an abundance of attractive lots on offer including 3 and 4yo geldings/fillies, horses in training and some younger stock. In addition all 3 and 4 year old fillies are eligible for the valuable Bewleys Hotel and EBF National Hunt Fillies Scheme.
As with all sales all overseas purchasers will have their travel costs reimbursed by Irish Thoroughbred Marketing.
The sale commences at 9.30 am. each day, beginning on Wednesday 13 August. Catalogues should be available on line by Monday 21st July and will be posted on Wednesday 23.
LOOK HONEY TAKES PRIX EUGENE ADAM
Look Honey was the winner of the Prix Eugene Adam Group 2 at Maisons-Laffitte last week. Third to Vespone in the Prix Jean Prat Group 1 on his previous start, this son of Sadler's Wells gained due compensation with a comfortable success here. Bred by Orpendale he looks set to step up to Group 1 company again before the end of the season.
VINTAGE TIPPLE HEADS FOR PARIS
The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is the end of season target for Darley Irish Oaks heroine Vintage Tipple according to veteran trainer Paddy Mullins.
The daughter of Entrepreneur is likely to clash with the likes of Kris Kin, Dalakhani, High Chaparral and Sulamani in the Longchamp spectacular in October, and Vintage Tipple will head for Paris after a possible crack at the Bord Bia Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in September.
Vintage Tipple has been awarded a handicap mark of 116 which see her join Irish Oaks winner Yesterday at the top of the ratings for middle-distance three-year-old fillies.
BUDWEISER IRISH DERBY HERO ASCOT BOUND
John Oxx reports his Budweiser Irish Derby winner Alamshar in good shape for the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot next weekend.
The son of Key Of Luck looks certain to start favourite as he faces older horses for the first time in his career. "Everything has gone fine since the Irish Derby. He always bounces out of his races well and has shown no ill-effects form the Curragh."
Two Oxx-trained horses were added to the field for the Bord Bia Irish Champion Stakes. Sea Dart and Alisar have been given second stage-entries along with the French-trained Bright Sky and Irish Oaks winner Vintage Tipple.
"We are delighted with the level of interest in the Champion Stakes. At this stage, there are 77 horses in the race, an increase on last year which clearly demonstrates that the event is continuing to grow in stature," said Leopardstown general manager Matt O'Dwyer.
MONTY'S PASS ON TRACK FOR LISTOWEL
Aintree Grand National winner Monty's Pass is set to miss the Galway Plate in favour of another tilt at the Kerry National at Listowel in September.
Mike Futter, his high profile owner explained, "Galway Racecourse is the wrong way round for Monty's Pass. He prefers going left-handed and will wait for the Kerry National and after that will probably stick to hurdles until Aintree next year."
BALLYCASSIDY LANDS VALUABLE SUMMER PLATE
Barry Geraghty and Ballycassidy scored a big mid-season success when teaming up to win the Tote Scoop6 Summer Plate Handicap Chase at Market Rasen on Saturday.
The seven-year-old son of Insan, a graduate from the Irish point-to-point field, scored an easy six length win and may bid to follow up in the Galway Plate next Wednesday.
Geraghty's success came less than 24 hours after he won the Midlands Grand National on the Pat Fahey-trained Kirmar at Kilbeggan.
ITM TO HOST OWNERSHIP INFORMATION FORUM IN GALWAY THIS YEAR
Are you heading to Galway races this year? Would you like to be in with a chance to visit the Winners' Enclosure next year? For a full insight into racehorse ownership in Ireland come and listen to the first hand experiences of some of Ireland's successful owners and trainers, and to the impartial advice of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM).
ITM are hosting a Racehorse Ownership Information Forum, chaired by Gearoid Moynihan, in the Menlo Park Hotel in Galway on the afternoon of Tuesday 29th July (in plenty of time to get to evening racing!) and anyone interested is welcome to attend.
Prizemoney in Ireland has rocketed in recent years from EUR17.78 million in 1996 to EUR50 million in 2003 and with up to twenty members permitted in a syndicate, there really has never been a better time to own a racehorse in Ireland.
Attendance is FREE and all those who register their place in advance will be entered into a draw for tickets to the races on the day. Numbers will be limited so please register early to be guaranteed a place, CALL 1850 30 11 11.
TOMORROW'S JOCKEY CLUB ENQUIRIES
Panel: Lord Halifax (Chairman), William Bethell and Alastair Macdonald-Buchanan
9am - Fergal Lynch
The Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, on 23rd July 2003, will hold an enquiry to consider whether or not Fergal Lynch, the jockey, is in breach of Rule 220(ii)(a) of the Rules of Racing concerning his conduct towards the Stewards and Stewards' Secretaries during, between and after the Stewards' Enquiries in which he was involved at Ripon on Monday 7th July 2003.
10am - Tom George / CORLETTO (POL)
The Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, on 23rd July 2003, will hold an enquiry to consider the analysis of urine taken from CORLETTO (POL), trained by Tom George, after the gelding finished first in the Symes Bains Solicitors Handicap Chase at Market Rasen on 21st November 2002. The urine was found to contain morphine, which is a prohibited substance.
11am - Chris Bealby / HI LILY
The Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, on 23rd July 2003, will hold an enquiry to consider the analysis of urine taken from HI LILY, trained by Chris Bealby, after the gelding had finished first in the Horse Racing info @punterworld.com Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase at Southwell on 18th March 2003. The urine was found to contain tetramisole, which is a prohibited substance.
12pm - Debbie Moutain, Di Haine and Greg Chung
The Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, on 23rd July, will hold an enquiry to consider whether or not Ms Debbie Mountain, a former Assistant Trainer to Mrs Di Haine and Greg Chung and now a licensed trainer, has committed a breach of Rule 50 (i) (a) of the Rules of Racing in respect of her carrying on a business of training and running horses in races without the necessary trainer's licence, in light of the day-to-day responsibilities carried out by her for the care and decision-making relating to nine horses, whilst she was employed by Mrs Haine and Mr Chung. The Panel will also consider whether Di Haine and Greg Chung, have committed a breach of Rule 220 (i) in respect of their aiding and abetting Ms Mountain.
2.30pm - Shaun Keightley
The Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, on 23rd July 2003, will hold an enquiry into a report that TOLEDO STAR, trained by Shaun Keightley, refused to enter the starting stalls and was withdrawn from the Bazuka Handicap Stakes at Yarmouth on 2nd July 2003. The matter was referred to the Stewards of the Jockey Club by the Yarmouth Stewards following their enquiry of the same date, this being the third occasion that TOLEDO STAR had been reported within the previous 12 months.
In Absence - Richard Fahey / NIGHT FLIGHT
The Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, on 23rd July 2003, will hold an enquiry to consider the analysis of urine taken from NIGHT FLIGHT, trained by Richard Fahey, after the gelding had finished fourth in the Bet Direct on ITV's Pop Rivals Handicap (Div 1) at Wolverhampton on 29th November 2002.
The urine was found to contain morphine, which is a prohibited substance.
In Absence - John White / STOCKS 'N SHARES
The Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, on 23rd July 2003, will hold an enquiry to consider the analysis of urine taken from STOCKS 'N SHARES, trained by John White, after the gelding finished first in the Stan James 0800 038 3384 Selling Hurdle at Hereford on 3rd December 2002. The urine was found to contain morphine, which is a prohibited substance.
In Absence - Tom Taaffe / GOOD SHUIL (IRE)
The Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, on 23rd July 2003, will hold an enquiry to consider the analysis of urine taken from GOOD SHUIL (IRE), trained in Ireland by Tom Taaffe, after the gelding was pulled up in the Lombard Properties Handicap Chase at Cheltenham on 13th December 2003. The urine was found to contain morphine, which is a prohibited substance.
In Absence - Ayr Racecourse
The Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, on 23rd July 2003, will hold an enquiry to consider whether or not the Committee of the Western Meeting Club, the Managing Executive of Ayr Racecourse, has committed breaches of Rules 80 (ii) (a) in light of Rule 80 (ii) (b) and Jockey Club General Instruction 11 concerning the medical procedures and provisions in place for their meeting on 30th August 2002.
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