By Nigel Reid
The New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society received some welcome news last week when the Kentucky-based Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) re-accredited the organization, making New Stride one of only 71 officially sanctioned aftercare programs in North America.
The TAA, which is backed by Breeders’ Cup, The Jockey Club and the Keeneland Association, as well as a host of high-profile industry stakeholders, is the only accrediting body in Thoroughbred aftercare.
Beginning with just 21 accredited organizations in 2012, the TAA now has 71 accredited organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico that operate with the highest standards – and New Stride is one of just two accredited aftercare programs in Canada.
With the rigorous accreditation and inspection process, the TAA accreditation seal is recognized as the gold standard in Thoroughbred aftercare.
The TAA-accreditation process has made aftercare organizations stronger, more efficient, and has helped them raise more funds and grow responsibly, allowing them to help more horses exiting the racetrack.
The news of New Stride’s reaccreditation comes hot on the heels of a recent motion adopted by the British Columbia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), to substantially increase, and guarantee, a level of financial commitment to New Stride’s program going forward.
The unanimously accepted motion, raised by Glen Todd, came as a total surprise but is typical of Todd’s generosity-of-spirit and forward thinking approach to our sport. Like everyone connected with New Stride, Mr Todd understands that, from this point forward in the Thoroughbred industry, everyone involved with horseracing in North America will no longer be judged only on the care we take of the horses during their racing careers, but on how we embrace the lifetime management of each and every horse under our supervision.
Thoroughbred advocacy has gone about its business on the fringes of the racing industry for many years, but has found itself thrust into the spotlight of late. It is becoming obvious, to even the most skeptical, that the lifetime care and management of our noble equine athletes is going to be an essential and integral part of any future horseracing has.
After all, the question of what happens to racehorses once they have finished their racing careers has never been more often asked – and that’s certainly a good thing.
A registered charity, New Stride has been working behind the scenes at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver for the past 18 years, and has retrained and rehomed more than 160 Thoroughbreds during that time.
New Stride’s work, and the work of every TAA accredited aftercare program, is dedicated to the development of transitioning strategies for horses who are no longer suited to the demands of racing. Its collective undertaking to advocate on behalf of the racehorse for its entire life is not just important, it has become essential. No less than the very existence of our sport is at stake.
|James R. Brown|
|November 16 – Turf Paradise|
|Lord of the North||Race 8||Claiming $8,500|
|November 18 – Turf Paradise|
|All Under Control||Race 4||Allowance Optional Claiming $20,000|
|November 16 – Turf Paradise|
|Papa Papa Papa||Race 7||Allowance Optional Claiming $20,000|
|November 17 – Turf Paradise|
|Bad Girl||Race 7||Claiming $3,500|
|November 17 – Turf Paradise|
|You Got This||Race 5||Claiming $8,500|
Thousand Words © Benoit Photo
Young talent will be in the Del Mar spotlight Saturday when six two-year-old colts, all of them winners in their brief careers, will match strides in the featured $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes at seven furlongs.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who has sent out three of the five winners of the Bob Hope Stakes since the race’s inauguration in 2014, will saddle two runners – Thousand Words, with Flavien Prat, and High Velocity, to be ridden by Drayden Van Dyke.
Thousand Words, a son of Pioneerof the Nile, won his career debut stylishly in late October, while stablemate High Velocity, by Quality Road, also scored first time out in mid-October at Santa Anita. Both were favored, Thousand Words at 13-10, and High Velocity at odds-on, 7-10.
Seeking to thwart the Baffert twosome will be Rager, a maiden winner on grass who will have Martin Garcia aboard; Howbeit, a two-time winner to be piloted by Rafael Bejarano; Zimba Warrior, who broke his maiden at the Fresno Fair, with Jose Valdivia to ride, and Strongconstitution, runner-up in the Sunny Slope Stakes, beaten only a neck by Fore Left, with Abel Cedillo scheduled aboard. Strongconstitution won his debut on grass last summer at Del Mar.
Post time for the first of nine races will be 12:30 p.m.
Threefiveindia © Benoit Photo
Claimed for $40,000 in mid-September, Threefiveindia, an impressive winner on Breeders’ Cup weekend early this month, continued to pay off on his new owner’s investment with a sparkling triumph in Thursday’s featured event.
Sent postward at 1-2 odds under jockey Abel Cedillo, Threefiveindian was part of the pace from the start and drew off in the upper stretch to win by three and one-half lengths in a fast 1:09.20 for the six furlongs.
In his previous outing, November 1 at Santa Anita, the six-year-old gelding won by seven lengths traveling seven furlongs in the fast time of 1:22.81.
Haltered by trainer Peter Miller for the Rockingham Ranch of owner Gary Hartunian of Brentwood, Ca., Threefiveindia, a son of Street Hero, scored the sixth victory of a 22-race career and paid $3, $2.40 and $2.10.
Runner-up in the five-horse field of older sprinters was 16-1 longshot Koa, paying $6.20 and $2.60, while Awesome Anywhere was third, returning $2.40.
Drayden Van Dyke was the riding star of the afternoon as he booted in three winners – Hariboux at $4.80 in the second, Speedy Justice at $4.80 in the fourth and Kittyhawk Lass at $7 in the sixth.
Glen Hill Farm paid $170,000 for Inflamed, whose son Mo Forza won the Qatar Twilight Derby (G2) on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, to record the highest price of Thursday’s ninth session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Paramount Sales, agent, consigned Inflamed, a 9-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat in foal to Tapiture.
Keeneland sold 263 horses on Thursday for $4,465,300, for an average of $16,978 and a median of $11,000.
Cumulative sales for the auction are $196,173,500 for 2,159 horses, for an average of $90,863 and a median of $37,000.
Mo Forza, by Uncle Mo, is the first foal out of Inflamed, a full sister to Grade 2 winner Burns. Glen Hill’s Craig Bernick said he is familiar with Inflamed’s family, having competed against Burns, and is “not surprised the mare threw a stakes horse.”
“The 3-year-old is a good horse,” Bernick said about Mo Forza. “The hope is he’ll run in the Hollywood Derby (G1) and get some Grade 1 black type, and if he wins, it’ll be great. She’s still a Grade 2 producer.”
Bernick said “the thought is for now to breed her to Kitten’s Joy. If (Mo Forza) wins the Hollywood Derby, I might have to breed her back to Uncle Mo.”
Machmer Hall acquired the second- and third-highest-priced horses of the day when it went to $135,000 for Alana B., a daughter of Animal Kingdom in foal to Midshipman, and $80,000 for Lyrical Diva, a daughter of Unbridled’s Song in foal to Collected.
Alana B., a 4-year-old mare out of Surf Club, by Ocean Crest, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Awesome Humor. She is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Emcee, Group 2 winner Surfer and Baffled, dam of Grade 1 winner and sire Constitution. Alana B. was consigned by Godolphin, the session’s leading consignor with sales of $591,000 for 20 horses
“How could you not love the family?” Machmer Hall’s Carrie Brogden said. “We thought at that level, she made sense. We’re trying to upgrade, keep the higher-level mares, the higher-level families. Obviously, her family is moving and successful. All of the daughters and granddaughters and the nieces are all being really, really well-bred. She was on our radar to buy.”
Brogden said Alana B. would be bred to Into Mischief in 2020.
Ashview Farm, agent, consigned Lyrical Diva, a 9-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song from the family of Grade 1 winner Secret Status. She is out of the winning Giant’s Causeway mare Code Book.
The session’s highest-priced weanling is a colt from the first crop of Midnight Storm from the family of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah sold to Dailey Bloodstock for $58,000. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned the colt, whose dam is the Salt Lake mare Margarita Salt.
K.O.I.D. was the leading buyer, purchasing 10 horses for $241,000.
Three days remain in the November Sale, which continues Friday. All sessions begin at 10 a.m. ET.
The entire sale is streamed live on Keeneland.com.
|November 15 – Del Mar|
|Conformation||Wgt-122||Race 2||Claiming $8,000|
|Kissable U||Wgt-122||Race 3||Maiden Special Weight|
|November 16 – Del Mar|
|Buck Duane||Wgt-124||Race 1||Claiming $16,000|
|Hit the Seam||Wgt-122||Race 3||Allowance Optional Claiming $20,000|
|Prima Valentina||Wgt-120||Race 7||Allowance Optional Claiming $80,000|
|November 17 – Del Mar|
|Coilette||Wgt-122||Race 1||Claiming $16,000|
|Elgofranco||Wgt-120||Race 3||Maiden Special Weight|
|Acai||Wgt-120||Race 6||Starter Optional Claiming $50,000|
|November 14 – Del Mar|
|Too Late finished 4th beaten 8 1/2 lengths||Race 4|
|Samandah finished 7th beaten 7 1/4 lengths||Race 6|
|Descartes finished 3rd beaten 2 1/4 lengths||Race 8|