I’m off to Lexington, Kentucky today to hopefully purchase some yearlings. If anyone wants me to look at anything while I’m there just drop me an email at email@example.com and I would be only to glad to have a look for you.
This will be the last Newsletter until I return late next week.
I would like to thank all of the purchasers of our consignment in the CTHS Yearling Sale on Tuesday and wish you all the luck and we hope you win many races with them,
its pretty quiet today on the racing front unless you spent the day at Thunderbird Park mostly in the rain looking at many of the fine yearling being offered in this years sale. The rain I think kept away a number of lookers but those that did show-up appeared keen and eager to buy.
SALE TOPPER CONTEST
We haven’t had a contest for awhile so lets try one for Dinner for 4 at Derby Bar and Grillif you can guess the sale topper. To enter just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and just give us your guess by HIP #. your name and email address so we can contact you on how to collect your prize if you guess correctly. Entry’s close at 2:00pm, Tuesday, September 11th.Winners will be announced in tomorrows newsletter.
There is only 10 days of live racing left at Hastings Racecourse, where did time go and the season seemed to go by so quickly.
Just awaiting the new conditions for waiver claiming races for the last 10 days of the meet. We will publish the new condition sheets the minute we receive them from the racing office for both Saturday and Sunday.
Keeneland News on Day One of book one which goes thru till Thursday.Book 2 kicks off on Saturday morning at 10:00am
Monday’s Opening Session of Keeneland September Yearling Sale
The highly anticipated first crop of yearlings by 2015 Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah, who won the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland to close his career, and the participation of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin highlighted Monday’s opening session of the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Godolphin paid $2.2 million for a colt by American Pharoah to top the session and record the highest price for a Thoroughbred sold at public auction in North America to date this year.
On Monday, Keeneland sold 138 yearlings, including five that fetched more than $1 million each, for gross sales of $48,620,000. The average was $352,319, and the median was $260,000. Monday marked the first of four sessions of the premier Book 1, which runs through Thursday and has 989 elite yearlings cataloged. Last year, Book 1 covered a single session with 167 yearlings in the catalog.
“It was a strong session with competitive bidding at the top,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “It is hard to do comparisons to last year because of the format change this year. Last year on the first day we had 167 horses (cataloged) in Book 1 and then three days of Book 2. This year, we have four days of a blended Books 1 and 2. If you try to do some comparisons, look at the numbers after four days. Every one of those indicators was dynamite. We are very encouraged that the sale started off like we wanted it to.”
American Pharoah led all sires on Monday with 12 yearlings selling for $6.335 million.
Godolphin was the session’s leading buyer, spending $7.28 million on 11 yearlings. In addition to the sale-topping American Pharoah colt, Godolphin’s purchases included a $1.3 million Medaglia d’Oro colt who is the first foal out of Grade 2 winner Moulin de Mougin consigned by Lane’s End, agent; $875,000 for a colt by Into Mischief from the family of Triple Crown winner Affirmed consigned by St. George Sales, agent; and $800,000 for a colt by Medaglia d’Oro out of multiple Grade 2 winner Hungry Island consigned by Gainesway, agent.
Darley America President and Racing Manager Jimmy Bell said Sheikh Mohammed’s appearance at Keeneland and his nearby Godolphin breeding operation after several years had thrilled many people.
“As you know he’s a very busy man, and everybody – obviously the staff of the farm – is so excited for him to come over here and have the opportunity to go through the farm and see the yearlings,” Bell said. “He just enjoys the horses so much, and he loves the sales. He is here with his wife and children. He is having a great stay, and we are delighted he is here. It makes it exciting for everybody.”
“It is an honor for us when Sheikh Mohammed is able to clear his schedule and come here,” Elliston said. “It has been about 10 years since he was last here. He has been such a huge supporter of Keeneland and the September Sale. To see him on the grounds and participate the way he did today is very rewarding for all of us here at Keeneland.”
Monday’s high seller, a son of the stakes-winning Indian Charlie mare Kindle, was consigned by Peter O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm, agent.
“He was a really special horse,” O’Callaghan said. “He’s probably the best yearling we’ve ever had, so I hope (his success) proves to be the case on the race track. Just very grateful for Sheikh Mohammed to come here and buy him. When (Sheikh Mohammed) saw (this colt) today, his eyes lit up. I just had a feeling he was going to try hard to buy him.”
In the name of Cavalier Bloodstock, O’Callaghan purchased the colt as a weanling for $400,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
“It was the most I’d ever paid for a foal,” O’Callaghan said. “He was exceptional the day we bought him, and he just continued to get better and better. He was a tenacious physical specimen, but his temperament and his demeanor (were) almost as big.”
Larry Best’s OXO Equine purchased a son of Curlin who is the first foal out of Grade 1 winner Molly Morgan, by Ghostzapper, for $1.8 million. The colt was consigned by Summerfield, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised.
“It’s a good pedigree; I think it’s flawless,” Best said. “Now the big question is can he run? I don’t have a Curlin. I’ve always wanted to find a quality Curlin, and now I’ve found one.”
Sold to Don Alberto Corporation for $1.4 million, the session’s top-priced filly is a daughter of Tapit who is a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner and sire Liam’s Map and Grade 3 winner Not This Time. She was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
The filly, out of the Grade 3-winning Trippi mare Miss Macy Sue, was bred by Albaugh Family Stables, which sold Liam’s Map at the 2012 September Sale for $800,000 and campaigned Not This Time.
“We want to buy a lot of colts at this sale, so we decided to sell her,” Albaugh General Manager Jason Loutsch said. “It was a tough decision. We’re happy that she’s going to a great home, and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s a great family and that mare has done so much for us and we couldn’t be more thankful.”
“She is one of the best fillies we have ever raised,” Taylor Made President and CEO Duncan Taylor said. “It may look like a lot of money, but with that pedigree she could produce million-dollar yearlings every year. I think the buyers made a great buy.”
The half-brother by leading sire Tapit to Horse of the Year and 2014 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner California Chrome sold for $1.1 million to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier. Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, consigned the son of the Not For Love mare Love the Chase.
“He’s a very nice horse,” Magnier said. “The mare is a good producer and he’s a brother to a very good horse. He’s going to stay here and go to (trainer) Todd Pletcher. Let’s hope he’s good. He’s by a good sire, obviously, in Tapit, and if he’s anything the way (Coolmore’s) Cupid turned out (to be a Grade 1-winning millionaire), he (will be) quite remarkable.”
“I am delighted with the buyer – it is always great when a horse is under their management,” said Tom Ryan of breeder SF Bloodstock. “This was a superstar colt from Day One, and that was reflected in the price. The market seems to be holding up very well and it is great to have Coolmore and Godolphin on the grounds today with a lot of domestic buying going on as well.”
Taylor Made Sales Agency was Monday’s leading consignor with 25 horses sold for $9.55 million.
Every horse sold during this year’s 13-session September Sale is eligible to earn cash rewards through Keeneland’s September Sale Seller Bonus Program introduced in 2017.
The program offers cash rewards to sellers (owners at the time of sale) of horses sold at the September Sale that win Grade/Group 1, 2 or 3 stakes as a 2- or 3-year-old. Sellers receive cash rewards for yearlings that were sold at the September Sale based on the following criteria: $10,000 Seller Bonus value for your first Grade/Group 1 stakes win; $7,500 for your first Grade/Group 2 win; and $5,000 for your first Grade/Group 3 victory.
A graduate is eligible for a Seller Bonus based on its highest level of graded stakes win. Should a graduate step up and win another race at a higher grade during its 2- or 3-year-old campaign, the Seller will receive the difference in value between the previous grade and the higher grade, with a maximum lifetime payout of $10,000 available per horse. For more information, please visit September.Keeneland.com.
The September Sale continues through Sunday, Sept. 23, with the second of four Book 1 sessions starting tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET. The Wednesday and Thursday sessions also will begin at 1 p.m.
Click here for a video of Hip 91, a $2.2 million American Pharoah-Kindle colt
Click here for a video of Hip 211, a $1.8 million Curlin-Molly Morgan colt
Click here for a video of Hip 203, a $1.4 million Tapit-Miss Macy Sue filly
Click here for a video of Hip 218, a $1.3 million Medaglia d’Oro-Moulin de Mougin colt
Click here for a video of Hip 141, a $1.1 million Tapit-Love the Chase colt
Watch for a number of changes to the race conditions starting on Wednesday for Saturday’s races and all claiming races until the end of the meet.
The horsemen’s associations and track management in an effort to hold on to horses and attempt to stop people from claiming horses and never returning to Hastings to race.
The exact conditions and will be available in the race office hopefully today or tomorrow which will give owners the option to protect their horses from being claimed at all claiming levels till the end of this meet .
Last year 28 horses were claimed at Hastings after Derby Day and 18 of those never returned to Hastings in 2018 but are running elsewhere.
MADIEN CLAIMING $8000 FOR 2 YEAR OLDS
The racing associations are also have asked the racing office to write some maiden 2 year old races for claiming price of $8000 and will be offering Maiden 2 year old $8000 claiming races early next season for owners who have horses that are not able to compete at the higher 2 year old levels next year.
CTHS YEARLING AND MIXED SALE PARAGE TODAY AT 3:00PM
We hope to see a large turnout for today’s stars of the future at the CTHS Parade of Yearlings at 3:00pm today. Hope to see you all there.
Hard to believe but its BC Cup Day already as we move into August and day 31 of the current 52 Live Day season at Hastings Racecourse.
Monday will have 7 Stakes races that include the BC Cup Marathon and 2 Maiden Special Weight races for 3 yr olds & up that have the last of the Owner – Breeder Bonus. The last for 3 yr old & up that is as all of the MSW 2 year old races have the Bonus all season.
My opinion is that at least 4 of the$50,000 Stake races will be won by BC Breds.
Nominations are the highest in recent history with 99 horses being nominated.
The total payout of purses could be as high as $540,000.00 over the 9 races to be run.
BC Breds that win any of the stakes races except the BC Cup Marathon carry an $25,000 bonus to the winner if won by a BC Bred. Also the two MSW races have the $10,000 Owner – Breeder bonus clause as well.
The total purse money is $370,000 and the total bonus amount available to BC Breds is $170,000.
It should be a great day of horse racing and would I would believe the total handle for the day will be well over a million dollars and I think it will be the largest day in many years.
Entry day is Wednesday morning and the entries should be out in the early afternoon.
ALL OF THE NOMINATION LISTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF TODAY’S NEWSLETTER AS WELL AS ALL OF THE INCENTIVE PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018-19
The new Wintering Incentive Program carries a total of $4000.00 for horses who’s last start is for $6250.00 or less.
We will reach the half way mark of the 2018 Live Racing season at Hastings this coming Sunday.
Here are our stats after 24 days of the 52 day season.
In total we have run 152 overnight races and 12 stakes races. The overnight payouts including wintering funds is $2,698,149.00 or an average of $17,751.00 per race. The total includes $225,617.00 to BC Bred Bonus, $11,033.00 to 9-12 finishers and $200,000 in incentives programs.
The average daily payout of overnight races is $113,836.00 and the total average payout per day including stakes races is $129,090.00.
The 12 stake races so far have paid out a total of $600,000.00. The breakdown of that number is $406,050.00 from the total purse pool, $20,000 from sponsors and $173,950 from nomination fees.
FRESH HORSE PROGRAM
The fresh horse program which by the way has been extended until September 5th has paid out a total of $41,000.00 so far to sixteen owners.
MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT PROGRAMS
The MSW Program has paid out a total of $45,000 to date. The program pays a total of $10,000 to the winner of a BC Bred in MSW races. The owner and breeder split the $10,000 with each receiving $5000.00. The purse pool pays $7500.00 and Breeders BAP Program pays $2500.00.
So far a total of five 3 year olds and up winners have received the bonus. The last 3 year old and up MSW race will be offered on BC Cup Day. The balance of the season will be Opt/$50,000 Maiden Races for 3 yr & up without the bonus.
Only one 2 year old so far has won a MSW race but the program covers all MSW races for 2 year old BC Breds for the entire 2018 season at Hastings.
AVERAGE STARTERS PER RACE
The total of 164 races to date has had 1140 starters for an average of 6.95 horses per race which I think is remarkable considering we have had only 392 actual horses start. That average is about on par for 2018 compared to 2017.
THE RACING ASSOCIATIONS HAVE ANNOUNCED SEVERAL PROGRAM CONTINUATIONS FOR 2019 AND WORKING ON NEW INCENTIVE PROGRAMS FOR 2019
The most notable change so far for 2019 is the wintering incentive program for horses that make their last start at Hastings in 2018 and don’t race else where over the winter and who have started for a claiming price of $6250.00 or less in their last start of 2018. The Wintering Incentive Program has been increased to $4000.00. The payout out will be $2000.00 on their first start and $1000 for each of the 2nd and 3rd starts. Horse will only be eligible who race the entire 2019 racing season at Hastings Racecourse.
The British Columbia Horse Racing Industry Management Committee met on Thursday morning at the offices of BCLC in Vancouver.
The committee had received several complaints about the track condition, the lack of a odds board and the continuing decay of the backstretch buildings and facilities etc etc.
Patrons, horse owners and trainers had taken to social media sites to expound their frustrations.
If I had a dollar for everyone who questioned me on the Tote Board or lack of, I would be able to buy a good stake horse.
Several patrons and horsemen implied Hastings is now a Ghetto and other choice words.
When the meeting agenda came out on Tuesday, I noticed several of the management team of GCGC were attending the meeting to discuss these very serious issues.
I then reached out to Chairman Jim Lightbody and asked if I could invite the Presidents of our Associations to attend as well. On receiving approval I then asked the three presidents if they would like to attend along with me to hear GCGC answers. Of course all three immediately accepted the invitation and rushed together an Executive Summary and an additional letter for me to present to the Committee as well as GCGC. They are attached below for your reading.
My personal opinion was we received some satisfaction on the tote board and it would be replaced very shortly and a few other items but an overall upgrade is not going to happen in the near future if at all or likely not in my lifetime.
David Milburn and I are meeting with Hastings Management and GCGC senior staff members today to do a walk about on the backstretch to point out the unacceptable conditions.
Stay tuned more to come.
The license for slots came with an obligation to run a six-month season and insure the stability of racing.
GCGC has failed to meet that commitment as evidenced by the decay and disrepair at Hastings.
The breeding sector has suffered greatly due to GCGC’s lack of interest in racing.
The current absence of a functioning totalizator board at Hastings illustrates GCGC’s lack of commitment.
GCGC did nothing to fix the board at Hastings despite knowing it would not work.
The lack of a functioning tote has done significant damage to the Hastings brand.
GCGC insisted the money come out of a fund created to ameliorate the disrepair at Hastings.
GCGC attempted to extract stall rent at Hastings for the 2010 racing season.
In 2012, GCGC proposed a 29-day season at Hastings.
While their stock price soars, GCGC refuses to invest in racing.
Owners of thoroughbreds annually make an investment in the range of 15-20 million dollars.
Short-term agreements and leases must cease. They mitigate against stability.
The thoroughbred associations have created incentives that have increased horse ownership and breeding. However, it will be difficult to succeed with GCGC as the track operator.
The thoroughbred associations request that the HRIMC assist us in finding a new track operator.
FURTHER LETTER PRESENTED TO BCHRIMC
Mr. Glen Todd
British Columbia Horse Racing Industry Management Committee
Dear Mr. Todd:
The thoroughbred industry in BC is being damaged by the ongoing neglect of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC), operators of Hastings Racecourse. GCGC made certain commitments when they received the gaming license for the Hastings slots. They included running a 6-month racing season in a manner that would assist and promote the well-being of the industry, including the agricultural component that comprises the breeding sector. All aspects of the industry have suffered under GCGC’s “stewardship”, or more accurately, lack thereof.
GCGC’s disinterest is manifested by a refusal to make the investments necessary for maintaining a facility that has fallen into a state of disrepair. It can be seen in the current situation at Hastings vis a vis the totalizator (tote) board. The tote board has not functioned at all this season to the frequently and emphatically expressed dismay of Hastings patrons who consider it an essential source of information
GCGC knew well in advance the board would not be functional. After learning about it shortly before the season began, the thoroughbred associations asked GCGC to fix it. We were advised that it would cost approximately $140,000 and the money would have to come from a fund that had been created to begin to ameliorate the disrepair brought about by years of neglect. After discussion, GCGC agreed to allow $60,000 in manure disposal money, a charge paid by the horsemen themselves, to be repaid to the fund. The other $80,000 that would have gone into repairs must now be diverted to meet GCGC’s obligations.
This is only the latest example of GCGC’s attempt to take every possible edge in relation to other industry stakeholders. In 2010 they attempted to extract stall rent at Hastings during the racing season. The BC Horse Racing Industry Management Committee (HRIMC) stepped in to overrule the introduction of an extra cost that is customarily borne by the track operator.
In 2012, GCGC proposed a 29-day season for Hastings. The original operating agreement with the City of Vancouver was for 71 days. By 2012 that had been reduced to 54 days. However, GCGC stated that in order to run 54 days, the horsemen would have to pay for the other 25. Twenty-nine days would have been impossible economically for the industry. Further, it would have destroyed the jobs racing provides. The frontside union workers would have been hard hit. Backstretch workers, many of them difficult to place in other situations, would have been decimated. Fortunately, the HRIMC stepped in to insist on a 6-month season.
These instances illustrate certain core issues. However, the larger problem is the day-to-day lack of interest, coupled with an unwillingness to make the investments necessary for any undertaking to succeed.
While GCGC stock prices soar, it refuses to provide the resources that would give the industry a chance to flourish. At the same time, thoroughbred owners annually make an investment in the range of 15-20 million dollars. This is spent on workers, veterinarians, farriers and the purchase of horses and feed from the agricultural sector.
For the industry to advance and continue to provide the jobs and economic activity it generates, changes are required. If GCGC is not committed to the industry, as appears to be the case, another operator should be given the opportunity, along with the financial incentives and structures now available to GCGC.
Short-term operating agreements must cease. The industry and its agricultural component, breeding, require long-term stability. It is not possible to plan or invest on a three-year time frame that becomes two and then one year as the agreement moves forward.
The racing associations have created incentives designed to increase horse ownership and breeding. Despite their best efforts, it will be difficult to succeed without a track operator, a partner, who has a vision for the future and a desire to implement that vision.
The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation has made no secret of its view of the thoroughbred industry’ s future. In an article that appeared in the Vancouver Courier on March 9, 2012, the Great Canadian CEO Rod Baker described thoroughbred racing as “sunsetting “. Great Canadian’s corporate policies would appear to be designed to guarantee that this view becomes reality.
Thus, given GCGC’s palpable lack of interest in racing and its refusal to meet its obligation to make reasonable efforts on behalf of the industry, the thoroughbred associations request that the HRIMC assist us in finding an operator who wants to be a part of the thoroughbred industry in this province.
Grant Watson – President – Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (BC Division)
Ole Nielsen- President – BC Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
David Milburn- President – Horsemen’ s Benevolent and Protective Association of BC
Goods news for the 2018 Live Season at Hastings Racecourse the stall applications are ahead of 2017.
Trainers are moving in on a daily basis to prepare their horses for opening day on April 21st.
Last years leading trainer its reported has 45 horses, Craig McPherson has applied for 53 stalls and Craig is currently in Florida preparing a number of his horses in the sunshine state.
Last year’s leading owner, NATHC has 50 horses plus several still in Phoenix at Turf Paradise that will come north by opening day.
Greg Tracy who is currently racing at Charles Town has applied for 39 stalls and Swift Thoroughbreds and Mark Cloutier have 27 horses each.
All and all the horse population looks good for 2018.
HASTING 2018 STAKE BOOK
Hastings Racing Secretary, Nichelle Milner is just putting the finishing touches on the 2018 Stake Book and it should be available shortly.
We should see a number of upgrades around the track as soon as the weather gets a bit brighter. The track and horsemen’s associations have worked together since last fall and have agreed on a number of upgrade projects and we should start seeing some of them shortly.
RACING SURFACE IMPROVEMENTS
We continue to here nothing but positive reports on the track refurbishments that started late last summer and continued over the winter. It’s been reported even with the few days of heavy rain the track was in excellent condition. Yesterday the track was even harrowed and not floated. Now we just have to keep it that way?
My two daughters Shelley and Dana and I made our annual trip to Las Vegas for the Super Bowl. We had a great weekend although I didn’t fair to well at gaming end.
Shelley my oldest daughter arrived home and repacked and headed to Lexington, Kentucky today as she now oversees our breeding operation in Kentucky.
We have several mares due to foal in the next week or so and some are mares we raced here at Hastings. Due soon are Marketway who is in foal to Orb, Mariglianella a full sister to Taylor Said and she is due to drop a foal any minute by Lookin at Lucky, Casinette Dancer is in foal Sky Mesa and is ready to foal as well. We have several others that are due later in the month or early March.
NATHC also bought several yearlings at the Keeneland Sale and Barrett’s with the intention of entering them all in the CTHS Mixed Sale in September. We have bought several very good yearlings over the years at Keeneland and we hope these ones that we are offering for resale are good ones too.
HASTINGS OPENS FOR TRAINING
Reports from trainers who have already moved in is that track which had new material and leveling etc. over the winter is the best its been in many years. That is good news for horsemen.
The track now opens for training at 7:30am and closes at 11:30am and as it gets lighter in the mornings those times will change.