Yet Again, Another Enchanted Evening

This time for newcomer Efrain Hernandez, who won four races, including the feature; for Mark Cloutier, whose stable got a triple, vaulting him into second place in the trainer standings; for leading jockey Amadeo Perez, who took down three victories, further padding his lead; for leading owner North American Thoroughbred Horse Company and leading trainer Glen Todd, who won the feature and scored a double; for Mr. and Mrs. David Pihl, who were the breeders of two winners on the card, including the feature and their own homebred; for the sire Bakken, whose offspring won a pair and finally, for all the rest of us, who had fresh, clean air to breathe, a welcome relief after last week’s smoke filled days and nights.

All in all, it was a great afternoon/evening to be at the Track, which completed its 22nd Day of Racing this season without fans and patrons in attendance.



  • Jockey Efrain Hernandez wins four.
  • Jockey Amadeo Perez gets a triple.
  • Trainer Mark Cloutier scores a hat trick.


    • Trainer Glen Todd and Owner North American Thoroughbred Horse Company each win a pair.
    • Mr. & Mrs. David Pihl have a breeding double.
    • Bakken sired two of today’s winners.
    • BC breds win 6 out of 9 races.
  • The Mutuel handle was $433,585. 



Miss Earl Beats the Boys


The first on the program, an open maiden optional allowance was won in gate to wire front running fashion by the only filly in the race, Elaine Holgate’s lightly raced chestnut three-year-old Miss Earl (5.90, 3.20).

Breaking on top, rider Alexander Marti produced sufficient early speed to allow Miss Earl to cross over in front of the 4/5 favourite He’s Relentless. Once establishing the lead, Marti took hold of Miss Earl and slowed the pace down to a pedestrian opening quarter of 23.44 and a leisurely 47.36 half with He’s Relentless on the outside. From the quarter pole home, it was it was a two-horse race which saw Miss Earl courageously holding off the well-named He’s Relentless by a short and diminishing head at the wire.

Miss Earl is conditioned by the capable Keith Pedersen, who scored his third training victory within the last 24 hours. Miss Earl is by Bakken out of My Special Angel by Finality and was bred in Beautiful British Columbia by Sharon and Mark Johnson. The winning groom is Kim Eftok.



Chef Finds the Winning Recipe

Start with a slow beginning, simmer along at a leisurely pace, add in three parts rail, then turn up the heat and finally mix in a mad dash down the home stretch and there you have it, a perfect, baked to perfection winner’s circle.

The second on the card, an open 4K/5K claimer, went to Marty Miller’s good-looking eight-year-old bay gelding Chef (8.90, 3.60, 2.30) in a last to first come from behind performance. Leading rider Amadeo Perez had Chef well back in the early going and began to pick up steam approaching the far turn for the final time and from there motored on to a two-length margin of victory over Square Dancer, who while running gamely every step of the way was forced wide on the last turn, otherwise the finish would likely have been a lot closer.

Trained by Mark Cloutier, who also doubles as his barn’s main exercise rider, Chef is by Congrats out of Irish Dixie by Giant’s Causeway and was bred in Kentucky by KatieRich Farms. Chef, who won for the third time this season, is groomed by Mark and Toni Cloutier’s daughter Stevie Cloutier.

The winning time for the 1 1/16 was a very rapid 1:45.20.


Home Run Guy Swings for the Fences


The third race on the card, an allowance for 3-and 4-year-olds who have not won 3 lifetime, was taken down by Century Plaza Stable’s courageous hard-running three-year-old chestnut gelding with a great face, Home Run Guy (13.40, 7.60, 8.80).

Efrain Hernandez took advantage of the rail and a quick break putting Home Run Guy right on the lead, although only a head in front of the even money favourite Cascade Billy, who joined right alongside. From there the pair fought it out heads apart, carving out speedy fractions of 22.05, 45.13, and 1:10.43 until the top of the lane, where Cascade Billy began to weaken and drop back, leaving the lead to Home Run Guy, who was able to hold off the charging Ranger Up to claim the victory by a half-length at the finish.

Home Run Guy is conditioned by long-time veteran trainer Carl Lausten and groomed by his partner, the very capable Gabriele Mathussek. Home Run Guy is by Bakken out of Notis Her by Stephanotis and was bred in Super Fabulous British Columbia by Charles Harris and Patricia Marini, the owners of the ultra-consistent Aditya.

The final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was a decent 1:17.77 (triple lucky sevens).

Dancin Shoes Kicks Up Her Heels


The beautiful gray, Dancin Shoes, showed her other dance partners who was going to lead tonight.

Straight out of the box she went to the front and kept her mind on business, not distracted by the Foxy Brunette who attended her closely. Dancin Shoes stayed with that rival down the backstretch and through the final turn before really showing her best moves in the stretch, drawing away to win by three-and-three-quarter lengths under the careful handling of leading jockey Amadeo Perez.

Dancin Shoes is the four-year-old daughter of Cross Traffic and Andtheliviniseasy by Gone West and was bred in Beautiful British Columbia by her owners David and Delaurlyn Pihl.

Dancin Shoes is trained by the super sharp Mark Cloutier and is groomed by Mark’s wife Toni Cloutier, who certainly had the filly looking glamorous today.

Dancin Shoes was a popular partner at the mutuels, returning 4.30, 3.30, and 3.00 across the board.

The time of the race was a solid 1:17.29, the fastest sprint on the card.


Sanawar Awarded Top Prize


Sanawar who finished a fast closing second to Mustachio was moved to the top of the podium through a judge’s decision. Mustachio was found guilty of interfering with Molesley approaching the first turn and was demoted to fifth place.

Sanawar, unhurried away from the gate, dropped back into a position where he and rider Amadeo Perez could carefully observe all of the field and jointly plan their next move. On the far turn Sanawar moved sharply from along the rail and maintained that momentum into the lane. Down the stretch he closed quickly and finished very close to the top spot.

Sanawar is owned by R. N. H. Stable (think Edmonton Oilers) and is conditioned by the veteran trainer Barb Heads, who is assisted by Madison Zielke. Alyssia Dirkson as groom was responsible for his handsome look this afternoon.

The striking seven-year-old chestnut gelding is by Plan out of Beauseant by Tapit. Sanawar was bred in Super Wonderful British Columbia by Salishan Meadows.

Sanawar returned 8.80, 4.40, and 2.70 across the board.

The time of the race was 1:46.15.


Northern Graystar Shows the Way Home


Once again, the magnificent Northern Graystar shone brightly in the sixth, an allowance feature race for fillies and mares.

Northern Graystar was away well, and immediately took the lead, controlling the pace through the first and second turns and down the back stretch. Into the final turn, she was able to maintain her advantage and comfortably widen the margin of victory in the final stages under the confident handling of Efrain Hernandez.

The runner up was Solarity, who was very brave and ran like she didn’t want to lose but certainly couldn’t outshine Northern Graystar, even though it was a sunny afternoon.

Northern Graystar’s conditioning is the responsibility of the productive leading trainer Glen Todd. The leading owner North American Thoroughbred Horse Company campaigns Northern Graystar. The winning groom is Sherri Smith.

Northern Graystar is a four-year-old filly who is the daughter of Graydar and Fancy Vintage by Hennessy. She was bred in Tremendous British Columbia by Mr. and Mrs. David Pihl for their second breeding victory on the card.

As a popular pick, she paid 5.90, 3.10, and 2.20 across the board.

The time of the mile and a sixteenth was a rapid 1:44.86, the fastest route of the day.


Lizzies Girl is Golden


She’s a bay, actually, but ran on like a precious metal in the second race on the card, a maiden 4K/5K claimer for the girls, taking home for her connections the lion’s share of the purse.

Silvino Morales breaking from the nine post got Lizzies Girl off and running early clearly looking for an upfront position heading into the first turn, but unfortunately the four riders and horses to her inside all had the same plan. The result was a 5-wide around the turn trip for Lizzies Girl, only to be followed up by a 3-path for final turn voyage. Throughout it all, Lizzies Girl never stopped moving forward, collaring the leading Alafair (28 to 1) at the head of the lane and extending her margin of victory by two lengths over the fast closing Wild Woman (14 to 1). The 7/2 second choice Lizzies Girl, combined with longshots Wild Woman and Alafair produced a fantastic $2 triactor payout of $2,026. Those astute enough to add the 6/5 favourite La Belle Fleur in the 4th position were rewarded with a $1 superfecta in the amount of $6,125.05.

Lizzies Girl’s shining coat today was supplied courtesy of her conditioner, trainer Tara Neigel and her groom Sabrina McDonald. She is a three-year-old by Paynter out of Officer Big Red by Officer and was bred in Kentucky by Connie & Richard Snyder.

Lizzies Girl (9.00, 6.00, 4.80) is owned by D & E Racing, who locked down their first win of the year after numerous second place finishes this season with the stable’s other runners.


Boundary Bay Holds Them at Bay


The penultimate contest of the evening, a 6,250/8K claiming event, was won easily with energy to spare by North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s five-year-old classy gelding Boundary Bay (6.30, 4.40, 2.90).

Facing speed to the inside, Efrain Hernandez was able to get Boundary Bay well enough away from the gate to cross over from his 7 post and lap onto the leading Ring of Kerry. After rattling off fractions of 22.08 and 45.61 with Boundary Bay breathing down his neck the whole way, Ring of Kerry by the head of the lane wanted no more and decided a retreat was in order, leaving sole occupancy of the lead to the hard running Boundary Bay. From there to the wire it was just a matter of keeping distance on the fast closing trio of Zetamarie, Bills Smokn Bullet and Sargent Rick to seal the deal and the winner’s circle for the third time in 2020 by a comfortable two lengths.

While Boundary Bay as the favourite produced pedestrian straight pool payoffs, the addition of the longshot filly Zetamarie (31 to 1) in the second place yielded very decent 131.30 exactor, 675.50 triactor and 1,453.70 superfecta payouts.

Boundary Bay is conditioned by leading trainer Glen Todd, who registered his second victory on the card, while for rider Efrain Hernandez it was his third winner of the day. The winning groom is Julio Lopez.

Boundary Bay is by Harbor the Gold out of Flying Memo by Memo and was bred in Washington by Bret Christopherson.

The winner was claimed for $6,250 following a two-way shake by Willow Creek Farms, whose trainer is Steve Henson.

The running time for the 6 ½ furlongs was a decent 1:17.87.


 Ombre’ Rose Fights it Out


The 9th and final event of the day, a maiden 4K/5K claimer for fillies and mares, went in the direction of Roy and Dixie Jacobson’s homebred three-year-old dark bay filly Ombre’ Rose (18.30, 4.70, 4.00).

Perhaps named after the timeless classy fragrance or maybe named for something or someone altogether different, one thing for sure today was that Ombre’ Rose is a game, hard-trying filly. After getting his mount out of the gate on top, Efrain Hernandez was forced out 3-wide into the first turn by the speed on his inside eventually taking up a two-horse battle with the 3/2 betting favourite Day Pass. The two fillies fought it out side by side down the backstretch and around the final turn, although by the head of the lane Ombre’ Rose began to slowly slip away, extending her margin of victory over Day Pass to a clear length by the wire.

Ombre’ Rose’s win gave her rider Efrain Hernandez his fourth victory on the card and provided trainer Mark Cloutier with a hat trick and sole possession of second place in the trainer standings only one back of the leader Glen Todd.

Ombre’ Rose is by Storm Victory out of Miss Rose Parade by Quiet Cash and was bred and raised in Supernatural British Columbia by her owners Roy and Dixie Jacobson.

The winning groom is Bismark Sylva.


After 22 days of racing, the Leader Board looks like this:


North American Thoroughbred Horse Company continues in the lead with 15 victories. Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds is in second place with 10 wins and in third position are Rob and Sheena Maybin with 7 scores, followed by Russell J. and Lois Bennett, who have had 6 trips to the winner’s circle.


Amadeo Perez is in first place with 42 trips to the winner’s circle. Scott Williams continues in second place with 30 wins, and Efrain Hernandez is in third with 27 victories.


Glen Todd is in first place with 16 victories. Mark Cloutier’s three wins today moved him into second place with 15 scores, one ahead of Barbara Heads, who is in third place with 14 wins, followed by Christine Ammann, who has 13 scores.



Wildman Jack Heads Friday’s Grade II, $200,000 Eddie D Stakes

Wildman Jack Heads Friday’s Grade II, $200,000 Eddie D Stakes
September 20, 2020 0Share


ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2020)–A graded stakes winning turf sprinter who was most recently a close fourth in a Grade I sprint on dirt, trainer Doug O’Neill’s Wildman Jack looks like the horse to beat among a field of seven 3-year-olds and up in Friday’s Grade II, $200,000 Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita.  The Eddie D, to be run at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, will serve as the main event on a 10-race Autumn Meet opening day card.

A W.C. Racing homebred 4-year-old gelding by O’Neill’s 2013 Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents, Wildman Jack was last seen at Santa Anita winning the Grade III Daytona Stakes three starts back on May 23.

Fresh off the best race of his career, California-bred El Tigre Terrible returns to turf for trainer Peter Miller and retains the services of Flavien Prat, who comes off another meet-leading performance at Del Mar this summer.

Named in honor of the retired all time great Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, the Eddie D was run as the Morvich Stakes prior to being renamed in 2012.  Delahoussaye won the 1984 Morvich aboard the Eddie Gregson-trained Tsunami Slew.


Owner:  W.C. Racing, Inc.

Trainer:  Doug O’Neill

Head and head for the lead throughout, Wildman Jack, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding, had to settle for fourth money when beaten 1 ½ lengths going six furlongs in the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes on Aug. 1.  Following his win in the Daytona here in May, Wildman Jack was off as the 3-1 favorite in a Grade II turf sprint going 5 ½ furlongs at Keeneland, but trailed throughout, finishing last by 7 ¾ lengths.  With his performance in the Crosby serving as notice he’s back to his best, he should be tough to beat in Friday’s Eddie D.


Owner:  Slam Dunk Racing & Michael Nentwig

Trainer:  Peter Miller

Off as the even money favorite in the state-bred Real Good Deal Stakes going seven furlongs at Del Mar July 31, this 3-year-old gelding by Smiling Tiger rallied four-wide turning for and won going away by 4 ¾ lengths.  Well beaten at 7-2 two starts back in the one mile turf Oceanside Stakes July 10, he was a close second in the Desert Code Stakes going 5 ½ furlongs on turf here June 6–which was his first start of 2020.  A winner versus open company of the 2019 Speakeasy Stakes going five furlongs on turf here on Oct. 6, El Tigre Terrible, who was purchased for a bargain $18,000 out of the 2018 Barretts October Yearling Sale, has won four out of his eight starts and has banked $210,510.


Race 7 of 10 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT

Wildman Jack–Abel Cedillo–126
Give Me the Lute–Drayden Van Dyke–124
Mr Vargas–Tyler Baze–126
Grit and Curiosity–Luis Saez–124
Sparky Ville–Mike Smith–126
El Tigre Terrible–Flavien Prat–120
Big Runnuer–Juan Hernandez–124
With the Grade II Eddie D and the Grade III, $100,000 Chillingworth Stakes serving as co-feature, first post time for a 10-race card on opening day, Friday, is at 12:30 p.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

Foley Aims Stable Stars Major Fed, Sconsin to Keeneland Fall Meet

Major Fed

It was a memorable Kentucky Derby Week for trainer Greg Foley and his owners Lloyd Madison Farm as the group teamed to win the $300,000 Eight Belles presented by TwinSpires.com (Grade I) with Sconsin and had their first runner in the Kentucky Derby with Major Fed. The 3-year-old tandem returned to the Churchill Downs work tab on Sunday and will aim to make their next starts at the upcoming Keeneland Fall Meet.

“It was a really awesome week for our family and owners,” Foley said. “Both horses came out of the races in good shape and we’re looking at more options this fall to continue their campaign.”

Major Fed, who finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby after chasing the early pace of Authentic, is eligible for a first-level allowance condition. The son of Ghostzapper worked an easy half-mile in :49 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.20.

“It was a disappointing trip in the Derby,” Foley said. “We know this horse is talented and we will regroup. It was a pretty uncomfortable spot early into the Derby being boxed in between horses into the first turn.”

Sconsin, the 7-1 upset winner of the Eight Belles, cruised a half-mile Sunday in :46.40 with exercise rider Lindsey Hebert aboard. Sconsin recorded the fastest half-mile time of 67 horses at the distance on the Sunday tab. Options for the homebred filly include the $200,000 Raven Run (GII) on Oct. 17 and the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (GI) on Nov. 7.

“She ran a really big race in the Eight Belles and showed how talented she is,” Foley said. “She’s a homebred for Lloyd Madison Farm so that made things even more special about that win.”

PESSIN POINTING DERBY CITY DISTAFF WINNER BELL’S THE ONE TO BREEDERS’ CUP Lothenbach Stables’ classy sprinter Bell’s the One, the narrow victor of the $500,000 Derby City Distaff presented by Derby City Gaming (Grade I), will search for Breeders’ Cup glory in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint (GI) on Nov. 7, according to trainer Neil Pessin.

Bell’s the One, ridden by Corey Lanerie, stormed from off the pace to defeat 2019 Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Serengeti Empress by a scant nose on the wire of the Derby City Distaff. The victory vaulted the Majesticperfection filly to one of the top contenders for the season-ending championship event at Keeneland.

“This filly amazes us every time because how hard she tries,” Pessin said. “It was an unbelievable stretch drive in the (Derby City Distaff) with a very classy filly in Serengeti Empress. It was a great horse race.”

Pessin reported Bell’s the One is likely to bypass Keeneland’s local prep for the Filly & Mare Sprint, the $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (GII) on Oct. 3, and will train up to the Breeders’ Cup.

ACK ACK STAKES PROBABLES – Saturday’s $100,000 Ack Ack (Grade III) field continues to take shape. The race could serve as a prep for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile (GI) on Nov. 7 at Keeneland.

Here are the current probable entries, according to Churchill Downs assistant racing and stakes coordinator Dan Bork: Bourbon Calling (trainer Ian Wilkes); Dinar (Cherie DeVaux); Ebben (Steve Margolis); Mocito Rojo (Shane Wilson); Mr. Money (Bret Calhoun); Proverb (Richard Baltas); Sagaponack (D. Wayne Lukas); and Warrior’s Charge (Brad Cox).

Entries for Saturday’s card will be taken on Wednesday.

TV SCHEDULE – The final six days of the September Meet will air daily on the Fox Sports family of networks. Here’s the day-by-day schedule:

•Sunday, Sept. 20: FS1 (12:30-4 p.m.), FS2 (4-5:30 p.m.)

•Wednesday, Sept. 23: FS2 (12:30-5 p.m.)

•Thursday, Sept. 24: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.)

•Friday, Sept. 25: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.)

•Saturday, Sept. 26: FS1 (12:30-1:30 p.m.), FS2 (1:30-8:30 p.m.)

•Sunday, Sept. 27: FS2 (12:30-6 p.m.), FS1 (6-7 p.m.), FS2 (7-8 p.m.)

MILESTONE WATCH – Trainers Bernie Flint (498 wins) and Tom Amoss (497 wins) are approaching 500-career victories at Churchill Downs. Amoss had one horse entered on Sunday.

DOWN THE STRETCH – First post for Sunday’s 10-race program at Churchill Downs was 12:45 p.m. The 20-cent Single 6 Jackpot stood at $11,078 and spanned Races 5-10. … The final five days of the September Meet will span Wednesday-Sunday with first posts of 12:45 p.m. For the latest handicapping information for the September Meet, visit www.churchilldowns.com/handicapping.


at Keeneland September sale yearlings in Lexington, KY on September 19, 2020.

KY Yearling Sales Gross Down a Third Through Book 3

Through the best eight days of North American yearling sales there are going to be this year, namely Fasig-Tipton’s two-day Yearling Showcase and Keeneland September Books 1-3, the effect of 2020 on the North American yearling sales is pretty clear.

Broodmare Nutrition: Preparing for Fall and Winter

Mares in good body condition have a reservoir of stored fat that can be used during cold winter weather.

Broodmare Nutrition: Preparing for Fall and Winter

All broodmares should have their body condition assessed regularly, as mares in good body condition have a reservoir of stored fat that can be used during cold winter weather. Good body condition helps barren and maiden mares establish normal cycles sooner in the breeding season and results in higher conception rates. Similarly, mares in good body condition at foaling are easier to rebreed than thin mares.

Owners can usually assess a horse’s body condition by evaluating the amount of fat deposited on the ribs, along the neck and spine, and behind the shoulder. The typical scoring system uses a 1 to 9 scale, where a horse with a score of 1 is emaciated and 9 is obese. A horse with a condition score of 5 is considered to have “moderate” body condition. Mares that enter the breeding season with a condition score below 5 have reduced reproductive efficiency. Therefore, the target body condition score for broodmares is at least 5. While there is no advantage to a mare having a very high score (being very fat), if she has a score of 6 in late fall she will have a small reserve of fat during winter when she will be burning extra calories to stay warm.

Horses with body condition scores between 5 and 6 have ribs that can be felt easily, but that are not visible. In addition, these horses have enough fat cover over their topline that the loin area is relatively flat. Their necks are not thin and blend smoothly into the shoulder. A horse with a score higher than 7 has ribs that are difficult to feel and so much fat along the spine that there is a deep crease in the loin area. On the other hand, if the spine is visible along the loin area and the ribs are also visible, then the body condition score would be closer to a 4. If more of the mare’s bony structures are visible (e.g., the shoulder or hip bones are prominent) then the body condition score would be below a 4.

Many mares that nursed a foal during the summer and early fall as well as mares used for strenuous competitive activities during the summer (racing, endurance competition, polo, etc.) often enter the fall with condition scores below 5. These horses will need to consume extra calories in the fall to ensure they are in good body condition for the next breeding and foaling season.

Mares that have been grazing abundant, high-quality pasture all summer and fall might have body condition scores above 7. Although high condition scores have not been shown to negatively affect reproduction, they might increase a mare’s risk for limb and hoof problems, including laminitis. If a horse is overweight, winter is a good time for weight loss because the pasture is less nutritious and the cold weather increases calorie use.

Pasture and Hay

As pasture quality and quantity decline in late fall, owners should supplement mares’ forage intake with hay. Some horse managers in Central Kentucky begin feeding hay to pastured mares beginning Nov. 1, but make a decision based on the condition of your individual mares and pasture. If the mares are losing body condition, the nutrients available to them are likely insufficient. Even if the mares seem to be maintaining body condition but the pasture is showing signs of overgrazing, it is probably time to offer hay. Providing hay in the fall will serve two purposes: First, it ensures mares will have enough to eat; and second, it might reduce overgrazing of the pasture. Overgrazing in the fall can weaken the plants, thus reducing their vigor the next spring and summer. Overgrazing can also allow more weeds to invade the pasture.

The best way to evaluate whether pastured mares need hay is to put some in the pasture. If the horses ignore the hay, then the pasture is probably meeting their forage needs. If they eat some but not all of the hay, then the amount of hay fed can be reduced until the amount that remains at the next feeding is small. If the horses devour the hay rapidly, the pasture quality is clearly declining and the horses need hay.

Many types of hay are acceptable for broodmares, but the main selection characteristics should be safety and nutrition. Most tall fescue in the southeastern United States is infected with a fungal endophyte that can negatively affect mares in late gestation. Unless tall fescue hay has been tested and is known to be endophyte-free, it should not be used for mares, especially pregnant mares. Any hay that is fed to horses should also be free of toxic weeds, dust, and mold.

Legume hays (e.g., alfalfa and clover) are higher in nutrients than most grass hays (timothy, orchardgrass, etc.). In a recent study conducted at the University of Kentucky (UK), Thoroughbred mares in mid and late gestation were able to eat enough good-quality alfalfa hay to meet their protein requirements. Mares fed timothy hay were able to eat enough hay to meet their protein requirements in mid-gestation, but not in late gestation. When applied to practical feeding situations, these results mean horses fed good-quality alfalfa hay will require less concentrate (sweet feed or pellets) than horses fed timothy hay.

In addition to considering the type of hay to use, a broodmare owner might want to estimate how much hay he or she will need to provide during the fall and winter. In the UK study mares consumed about 2-2.25 pounds of hay for each 100 pounds of body weight. So a medium-sized Thoroughbred mare (1,250 pounds) would consume about 25-28 pounds of hay daily. Remember that this figure represents the amount of hay consumed, not the amount fed. There will always be some wasted hay, so the amount fed should be slightly greater than the amount to be consumed. However, the mares in the study received only a small amount of concentrate each day, and mares fed greater amounts of concentrate would need less hay. If hay is fed at 30 pounds/horse/day from Nov. 1 through March 30, then a little more than two tons of hay will be needed to feed the medium-sized mare over this period. If the hay feeding period is longer or shorter, or the mare is expected to eat more or less hay, then the total amount of hay would change.

Concentrates and Supplement Pellets

In addition to pasture and/or hay, broodmares are usually fed either a commercially manufactured concentrate or supplement pellet (sometimes called a balancer pellet). The term “concentrate” refers to a feed that is a concentrated source of calories. Common concentrates such as oats, corn, and other cereal grains are good sources of calories but they are low in calcium and other necessary nutrients. Commercially manufactured concentrates usually include cereal grains, but they also contain additional nutrients. If a concentrate is formulated for a broodmare, the level of nutrient supplementation will be targeted to meet her needs. Concentrates are added when the forage portion of the diet does not provide enough calories to meet a mare’s needs. Most Thoroughbred-type mares should receive 5-10 pounds of concentrate in late gestation. Mares from small, thrifty breeds will usually be fed less concentrate in late gestation.

Supplement pellets are concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals, and sometimes protein. They are fed in small amounts (usually 1-2 pounds per day) when the pasture or hay provides all the calories a mare needs. For example, if a mare can maintain a condition score of 6 on pasture or hay alone, then she does not need the extra calories provided by a concentrate. But, she does need many of the minerals provided in the supplement pellet. Supplement pellets are not needed if a mare is getting at least 4 pounds of a commercially manufactured broodmare concentrate. However, a supplement pellet can be combined with a plain cereal grain (such as oats) if an owner prefers not to use a commercially manufactured feed.

Laurie Lawrence, PhD, a professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky, provided this information.


Hastings Daily Results and Activity


Sunday, September 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Optional Claiming – $50,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $10,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Allowance $16,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Waiver Claiming – $8,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Waiver Claiming – $6,250 $10,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Allowance $16,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $4,000 $10,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Waiver Claiming – $6,250 $10,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $4,000 $10,000 Overnight Overnight

Early Entries

Thursday, September 24 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $8,000 $11,000
Race 2 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $10,000
Race 3 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $10,000
Race 4 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $10,000
Race 5 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $10,000
Race 6 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $10,000
Race 7 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $4,000 $10,000
Race 8 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $9,000

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Friday, September 25 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $59,000
Race 2 Claiming – $40,000 $36,000
Race 3 Claiming – $40,000 $38,000
Race 4 Claiming – $50,000 $43,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 6 Chillingworth S. $100,000
Race 7 Eddie D S. $200,000
Race 8 Claiming – $25,000 $25,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $57,000
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $20,000