Author: Wynn Elliott

Mendelssohn Returns With Patton Stakes Victory

By Bob Kieckhefer Mendelssohn, making his first start since winning the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T) at Del Mar, led a 1-2-3 sweep for trainer Aidan O’Brien in the 32Red Patton Stakes at Dundalk March 9. The victory moved Triple Crown-nominated Mendelssohn into a tie for the lead in the European Road to the Kentucky Derby standings, but O’Brien said the plan is to point the 3-year-old Scat Daddy colt to Dubai rather than start in the final race of the European Road points series this month. Should Mendelssohn race well in the UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) March 31—part of the North American Road to the Kentucky Derby points series—O’Brien plans to send him to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). On Friday, Kentucky-bred Mendelssohn was the even-money favorite in the one-mile race on Polytrack that runs left-handed. Under Ryan Moore, Mendelssohn took position in third behind stablemates Threeandfourpence and Seahenge. Threeandfourpence led the way into the stretch and continued to press the winner to the finish even after being passed. Read More Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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Saenz, Broberg Repeat Titles As Delta Downs Meet Wraps Up

Delta Downs Press Release Delta Downs closed out its 2017-18 Thoroughbred season on Saturday night with a special 12-race program. During the night, the track honored its leading horsemen for the 84-day meeting that began on October 18. Jockey Diego Saenz won his second consecutive and fourth leading rider title overall at Delta Downs this year while Karl Broberg won his seventh consecutive leading trainer crown. The title of leading owner went to End Zone Athletics, Inc. for the sixth time in the last seven years. End Zone Athletics, Inc. is made up of Karl Broberg and Matt Johanson. Saenz led all jockeys in terms of wins and mount earnings as he enjoyed 109 trips to the winner’s circle while his mounts earned a total of $2,530,635. The 39-year-old resident of Carencro, Louisiana had previously won titles during the 2009-10, 2013-14, and 2016-17 seasons. Following Saenz in the final jockey standings were Timothy Thornton (93 wins), Gerard Melancon (69), Ashley Broussard (55), Roberto Morales (53), Luis Negron (47), Jansen Melancon (34), Jose Guerrero (30), Steve Bourque (27), and Eddie Martin, Jr. (26).   Karl Broberg saddled 83 winners to capture the leading trainer crown during the season and his barn also led all trainers in earnings with a total of $1,801,310. The 47-year-old resident of Arlington, Texas began his current streak of leading trainer titles at Delta Downs during the 2011-12 season...

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Smith To Ride Forever Unbridled In Dubai World Cup

By Bloodhorse Staff Jockey Mike Smith will get a chance to defend his 2017 Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) victory as the Hall of Fame rider has picked up the mount on champion mare Forever Unbridled in this year’s $10 million race at Meydan. Smith, who guided Arrogate to a memorable victory in last year’s Dubai World Cup, has been named to ride Charles Fipke homebred Forever Unbridled, who will be making her seasonal debut in the Dubai World Cup. The race also will mark the first start against males for the 6-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song, who in November under John Velazquez closed out a perfect 3-for-3 season with a score in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). “He’s obviously a great rider and he won the race last year,” Stewart said. “Last fall, he told me he would love to ride her sometime and obviously (previous rider) Johnny (Velazquez) had a prior commitment. Smith was Chuck (Fipke’s) next choice and I’m glad to have him.” Read More Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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Servis, Lopez Team For Saturday Stakes Sweep

Gulfstream Press Release HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Jason Servis and jockey Paco Lopez teamed to capture both five-furlong turf stakes on Saturday’s 13-race program at Gulfstream Park, scoring with Blue Bahia in the $75,000 Captiva Island and Vision Perfect in the $75,000 Silks Run. Blue Bahia, who captured the Dec. 2 Claiming Crown Distaff Dash at Gulfstream, bounced back from a troubled off-the-board trip in the Jan. 27 Ladies’ Turf Sprint under a ground-saving ride by Lopez. The 5-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir rated behind pacesetter Girls Know Best along the backstretch and around the turn. Morticia, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, grabbed the lead at the top of the stretch after stalking the pacesetter, only to be challenged to her inside by Blue Bahia in deep stretch. The Servis trainee, the 2-1 second choice, prevailed by a three-quarters of a length. Morticia finished a half-length ahead of the Servis-trained Just Talkin. Blue Bahia ran five furlongs over a firm turf course to capture the turf sprint for older fillies and mares in 55.68 seconds off fractions of 21.26 and 43.75. “I had a perfect trip. I loved my position today. My filly likes to come from behind and she always tries. I was very lucky today,” Lopez said. “My filly didn’t stumble like she did the last time. The last time I got in perfect...

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Apprentice Heriberto Figueroa Rides First Winner At Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Press Release Heriberto Figueroa, a 10-pound apprentice rider from Puerto Rico, earned his first victory in the United States aboard Establo Heluce’s Mr. G T in Thursday’s fourth race. A 3-year-old Florida-bred colt trained by Alexis Cordero-Lopez, Mr. G T ($20.60) held off K K’s Revolver down the stretch of the one-mile claiming event to win by a half-length in 1:41.75 over a fast main track. It was the fifth mount for Figueroa, 18, since arriving in the U.S., all at Gulfstream. He graduated Jan. 1 from the Escuela Vocacional Hipica, Puerto Rico’s famed state-run jockey academy and won three of 10 starts before coming to South Florida last month. “I am very happy, and I am grateful to the trainer for giving me the opportunity to ride his horse,” Figueroa said through an interpreter. “I’m very thankful for all the people that have helped me to be here riding horses, and with God’s blessing I’m going to continue to do my best.” Retired Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. had been working with Figueroa, whose brother, Luis, rode last spring and summer at Gulfstream and the fall at Gulfstream Park West. Figueroa said he plans to remain through the Championship Meet, which ends April 1. “After that, if everything is good, I hope to go to New York,” he said. Share this:PrintTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like...

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