Archive for May, 2013

2013 Bluebonnet Stakes

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

2012 NCHA Western Nationals

Friday, May 10th, 2013

David Booth claims Non-Pro title

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

David Booth

David Booth, Acton, Calif., captured the 2012 NCHA Western National Non-Pro Championships title on May 8, the last day of a week-long showdown in Reno, Nev. for 12 division titles. Tracy Barton won the open division on May 2 riding NRR Cat King Cole.

Booth, reserve champion of the 2012 Western Nationals $15,000 Novice Non-Pro division, made his winning run with 216.5 points aboard the 10-year-old High Brow Cat daughter Cat N Charm, and concluded his day with a fourth-place finish on Pure Redwhiteandblue in the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro division.

Theresa Gillock and Holly Jones tied for second in the Non-Pro finals with 215 points, respectively, on Gunna Getcha, by Playgun, and BLN Lucky Duck, by Blue Duck Okie. Jones, from Walla Walla, Wash., won last year’s $35,000 Non-Pro Western National Championship on BNL Lucky Duck, as well. Gillock, Las Vegas, Nev., placed third on Cat In White Nikes in last year’s $15,000 Novice Non-Pro division.

Check back here later today in “Results” for details on all Western National Championship division finalists.

Kentucky Derby 2013: A mudder win for Orb

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Orb winning Florida Derby,

Covered in mud from the heels of his rivals, Orb made his move, six horses wide, coming out of the backstretch. When he drove past the wire by 2 1/2 lengths, 18 horses followed in his wake, including the 16 he had passed on his way to win the $2 million Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4.

Trained by Shug McGauhey, ridden by Joel Rosario, and sent off as the 5-1 favorite, Orb covered the 1 1/4 miles in 2.02.80, on a sloppy track. It was the fifth consecutive win for the son of Malibu Moon and the first Derby win for both McGauhey and Rosario.

Golden Soul, at 34-1, finished second, while second-favorite Revolutionary, with 3-time Derby winner Calvin Borel aboard, placed third.

“I was so far behind, but he did it so easy,” said Rosario, who won the world’s richest race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup, six weeks ago on 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. “I let him be calm and relaxed. This guy today, it was all him.”

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said Hall of Fame and Eclipse Award winning trainer McGauhey, who has saddled horses for Orb’s owner and breeder, Phipps Stable, since 1988.

It was 23-1 longshot Palace Malice, ridden by Derby veteran Mike Smith, who lead the charge down the backstretch with near record fractions of 22.57 and 45.33, and tired to finish twelfth. Palace Malice was one of five horses sent off by trainer Todd Pletcher, who also had four contenders in Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks for fillies, including the winner, 38-1 longshot Princess of Sylmar.

The order of finish for the 2013 Kentucky Derby: Orb, Golden Soul, Revolutionary, Normandy Invasion, Mylute, Oxbow, Lines of Battle, Will Take Charge, Charming Kitten, Giant Finish, Overanalyze, Palace Malice, Java’s War, Verrazano, Itsmyluckyday, Frac Daddy, Vyjack, Falling Sky. Check here for pre-race details on individual entries.

Orb and Verrazano lead field to Kentucky Derby

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Here is the field, listed in post position and with morning line odds, for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. The best odds for winning trainer? Todd Pletcher with five contenders, including morning line second-favorite Verrazano.

1 BLACK ONYX by Rock Hard Ten
Morning Line odds: 50-1
50 pts/Winner G3 Spiral Stakes
Career: 5s 3-1-0 – $407,810
Trainer: Kelly Breen
Rider: Joe Bravo
Owner: Sterling Racing

2 OXBOW by Awesome Again
Morning Line odds: 30-1
36 pts/Runnerup to Will Take Charge in G2 Rebel Stake
Career: 9s 2-1-1 – $383,500
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Rider: Gary Stevens – 3 Kentucky Derby wins
Owner: Calumet Farm
NOTE: Caught in traffic to place 5th in GI Arkansas Derby

3 REVOLUTIONARY by War Pass (deceased, 1st crop)
Morning Line odds: 10-1
110 pts/Winner of G2 Louisiana Derby and G3 Wither Stakes
Career: 6s 3-1-2 – $748,300
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Rider: Calvin Borel – 3 Kentucky Derby wins in last 6 years
Owner: WinStar Farm
Comes into Derby off of 3 consecutive wins

4 GOLDEN SOUL by Perfect Soul
Morning Line odds: 50-1
14 pts/4th G2 Louisiana Derby; 2nd G3 Lecomte
Career: 5s 1-2-0 – $117,400
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Rider: Robby Albarado
Owner: Charles Fipke
NOTE: Fipke also owns Java’s War

Morning Line odds: 12-1
44 pts/Runnerup by a neck in G1 Wood and by a nose in G2 Remsen
Career: 5s 1-2-0 – $300,240
Trainer: Chad Brown
Rider: Javier Casettano
Owner: Fox Hill Farms
NOTE: Closer

6 MYLUTE by Midnight Lute (1st crop)
Morning Line odds: 15-1
42 pts/Runnerup by a neck to Revolutionary in G2 Louisiana Derby
Career: 9s 2-3-2 – $417,695
Trainer: Tom Amoss
Rider: Rosie Napravnik
Owner: GoldMark Farm
NOTE: Napravnik will be just the fifth woman to ever ride in the Kentucky Derby

7 GIANT FINISH by Frost Giant (1st crop)
Morning Line odds: 50-1
10 pts/3rd G3 Spiral Stakes
Career: 5s 2-1-1 – $133,050
Trainer: Tony Dutrow
Rider: Jose Espinoza
Owner: Sunrise Stables

8 GOLDENCENTS by Into Mischief (1st crop sire)
Morning Line odds: 5-1
129 pts/Winner of G1 Santa Anita Derby and G3 Sham Stakes
Career: 6s 4-1-0 – $1,250,000
Trainer: Doug O’Neil – won Kentucky Derby in 2012 with I’ll Have Another
Rider: Kevin Krigger -Goldencents’ regular rider in all 6 starts
Owner: W.C. Racing, Dave Kenney, and RAP Racing
NOTE: 9 Santa Anita Derby winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby, including I’ll Have Another

9 OVERANALYZE by Dixie Union
Morning Line odds: 15-1
110 pts/Winner G1 Arkansas Derby and G2 Remsen Stakes
Career: 7 s 4-0-1 – $956,381
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Rider: Rafael Bejarano

Owner: Repole Stable
NOTE: Ridden by Bejarano in Arknsas Derby win

10 PALACE MALICE by Curlin (1st crop)
Morning Line odds: 20-1
50 pts/Runnerup by a neck to Java’s War in G1 Blue Grass Stakes
Career: 6s 1-3-1 $262,000
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Rider: Mike Smith
– won 2005 Kentucky Derby on Count Giacomo
Owner: Dogwood Stable
NOTE: Blinkers ON

11 LINES OF BATTLE by War Front
Morning Line odds: 30-1
100 pts/Won G2 UAE Derby
Career: 6s 3-1-0 – $1,276,204
Trainer: Aidan O’Bien
Rider: Jamie Moore

Owner: Joseph Allen; Mrs. John Magnier
NOTE: First-time Lazix; first start on dirt

12 ITSMYLUCKYDAY by Lawyer Ron (deceased, 2nd crop)
Morning Line odds: 15-1
50 pts/Winner G3 Holy Bull by 2 lengths
Career: 10s 5-2-0 – $625,600
Trainer: Eddie Plesa Jr
Rider: Elvis Trujillo

Owner: Trilogy Stables and Laurie Plesa
NOTE: Runnerup to Orb in GI Florida Derby; this is second start off layoff

13 FALLING SKY by Lion Heart
Morning Line odds: 50-1
30 pts/Winner G3 Sam Davis Stakes
Career: 6s 3-0-1 – $249,800
Trainer: John Terranova
Rider: Luis Saez

Owner: Newtown Stud, Covello and Bulger

14 VERRAZANO by More Than Ready
Morning Line odds: 4-1
150 pts/Winner of GI Wood Memorial and G2 Tampa Bay Derby
Career: 4s 4-0-0 (all at 3) – $861,300
Trainer: Todd Pletcher – won 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver
Rider: John Velazquez – won 2011 Kentucky Derby on Animal Kingdon
Owner: Let’s Go Stable, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith
NOTE: Verrazano has been ridden by Velazquez in all 4 starts

15 CHARMING KITTEN by Kitten’s Joy
Morning Line odds: 20-1
20 pts/3rd G1 Blue Grass Stakes
Career: 7s 2-2-2 – $257,000
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Rider: Edgar Prado

Owner: Ken and Sarah Ramsey
NOTE: First start on dirt

16 ORB by Malibu Moon
Morning Line odds: 7-2
150 pts/Winner of G1 Florida Derby and G2 Fountain of Youth
Career: 7s 4-0-1 – $921,050
Trainer: Shug McGaughy
Rider: Joel Rosario
(4th in 2010, in 1st Derby ride)
Owner: Stuart Janney III; Phipps Stable
NOTE: John Velazquez rode Orb in colt’s 2 graded stakes wins

17 WILL TAKE CHARGE by Unbridled’s Song
Morning Line odds: 20-1
60 pts/Winner of G2 Rebel Stakes
Career: 7s 3-1-0 – $545,371
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas – 4 Kentucky Derby winners
Rider: John Court
Owner: Willis Horton
NOTE: Starting off of 49-day layoff

18 FRAC DADDY by Scat Daddy (2nd crop)
Morning Line odds: 50-1
44 pts/Runnerup to Overanalyze in G1 Arkansas Derby
Career: 6 s 1-3-0 – $270,596
Trainer: Kenny McPeek
Rider: Victor Lebron

Owner: Magic City Partners
NOTE: Game duel as runnerup by a nose in GII Kentucky Jockey Club

19 JAVA’S WAR by War Pass (deceased, 1st crop)
Morning Line odds: 15-1
122 pts/Winner of the GI Blue Grass Stakes
Career: 7s 5-1-1 – $561,772
Trainer: Kenny McPeek – 2nd in 1995 Kentucky Derby with Tejano Run
Rider: Julien Leparoux
Owner: Charles Fipke
NOTE: Runnerup to Verrazano in the GII Tampa Bay Derby

20 VYJACK by Into Mischief (1st crop sire)
Morning Line odds: 15-1
70 pts/Winner of G3 Gotham Stakes; 3rd G1 Wood Memorial
Career: 4s 4-0-0 – $397,200
Trainer: Rudy Rodriguez
Rider: Garrett Gomez
Owner: Pick Six Racing

21 FEAR THE KITTEN by Kitten’s Joy
Morning Line odds: 50-1
10 pts/2nd G3 Southwest Stakes
Career: 7 2-1-1 – $160,715
Trainer: Michael Maker
Rider: Alan Garcia

Owner: Frank Irwin

Open crown for NRR Cat King Cole

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Tracy Barton

Tracy Barton.

NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Tracy Barton marked 225 on NRR Cat King Cole to win the Open finals at the NCHA Western National Championships, presented by 6666 Ranch in Reno, Nevada, Thursday.

Barton rode first to the herd on the 6-year-old, bred and owned by North Ridge Ranch of Pierre, South Dakota.

NRR Cat King Cole is by High Brow Cat out of  Uno Del Rey, a Smart Little Uno mare that has produced earners of more than $240,000. Barton won the Western States Fall Classic on the horse last year, and NRR Cat King Cole has earned more than $64,000.

Barton and NRR Cat King Cole had a profitable show; they also placed third in the $3,000 Novice, and made the finals of the $10,000 Novice.

Cat Splash takes $3,000 Novice at Western Nationals

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Cat Ichi got his second champion of the NCHA Western National Championships Thursday when Cat Splash and Kenny Pugh Jr. won the $3,000 Novice finals. A day earlier, Ichi Mama and Josh Sleeman won the $10,000 Novice finals.

Pugh marked 223 on Cat Splash to win by one point over Sleeman on Dual Lena Bars.

Bred by Hare Quarter Horses, Cat Splash is a 6-year-old mare by Cat Ichi out of Haidas Little Shorty. She is a three-quarter sister to Pounce, the NCHA Derby reserve champion that has earned over $200,000. Cat Splash is owned by Amy Becken of Gig Harbor, Washington. The 2011 Oregon Futurity champion had earned more than $23,000 prior to the Western Nationals.