Liam’s Map Colt Tops OBS Opener

by Brian DiDonato & Jessica Martini

The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s October Yearling Sale opened Tuesday with competitive bidding for the top lots leading to an increase in both average and median and a colt by hot freshman sire Liam’s Map bringing top price of $230,000.

In all, 121 yearlings sold for $5,605,200. The average was $46,324–a 13% increase from the 2018 select session–and the median was up 25% to $35,000.
Of the 225 yearlings catalogued for Tuesday’s session, 186 went through the ring. With 65 yearlings failing to meet their reserves, the session’s buy-back rate was 34.9%.
Sixteen horses sold for six figures in Ocala Tuesday, compared to nine in 2018 when the top price was $340,000.

Ocala horseman Nick de Meric was the day’s leading buyer. His three purchases included the session’s top two-priced lots.

“There was a degree of competition for the ones you wanted, but not every horse in there was one you wanted,” de Meric said. “It’s never easy to buy the ones you want and that was certainly true today.”

De Meric made the day’s highest bid for the second-to-last horse through the ring Tuesday, purchasing hip 224 for $230,000 from the Select Sales consignment. He also made the day’s second-highest priced purchase, going to $190,000 for a son of Empire Maker (hip 185) consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield.

“Right now, they are most likely going to be heading to the races, although nothing is written in stone,” de Meric said of plans for the yearlings. “They were bought for a New York-based stable with the intent that they would go to the stable. There is always the possibility that either or both could end up in a sale, but they were bought with the intention for racing.”

Hip 224 is out of Dad’ssilverpitcher (Giant’s Causeway), a half-brother to stakes winner Melodic (Tale of the Cat) and from the family of Group 1-placed Oiseau de Feu.

“I loved his balance and his athleticism,” de Meric said. “I liked the fact that he was a little bit immature and there is a lot to come with him. But he was very balanced and a beautiful-moving colt, with lovely clean angles and top line, a la Unbridled’s Song. For me, all the parts fit. Liam’s Map is off to a superb start and he felt like a very good fit. We are focused on colts with pedigrees and he fit that criteria.”

The gray colt was purchased by the Brogdens’ Machmer Hall for $37,000 as a weanling at last year’s Keeneland November sale. He was supplemented to the October sale after RNA’ing for $100,000 at last month’s Keeneland September sale.

The two-day October sale continues Wednesday with an open session beginning at 10:30 a.m. —@JessMartiniTDN

Right Place, Right Time for Brogdens

For Carrie and Craig Brogden of Machmer Hall, a last-second decision at last year’s Keeneland November sale resulted in a big score on Tuesday in Ocala. Carrie Brogden purchased the OBS October session topper, a son of Liam’s Map, for just $37,000 as a weanling based purely on faith in her husband’s keen eye.

“That horse was in Book 1 at Keeneland November, and my husband Craig came home from shortlisting and said, ‘There’s this Liam’s Map colt who’s unreal. He’s my favorite foal in Book 1, he’s amazing, he’s incredible, I love him.’ And, if you know Craig, it’s unusual for him to say that kind of stuff,” an elated Brogden said.

Fast forward to sale day last November and Carrie Brogden, also a partner in Select Sales, was in the back ring at Keeneland to watch a horse go through immediately after the Liam’s Map colt.

“There’s a gray horse in the ring, and they’re like ‘$20,000, $22,000, $25,000’–very unusual [to be that inexpensive] in Book 1. So, I look up at the board and say, ‘That’s a pretty colt.’ I opened the catalog to find out who he is, and I have my husband’s book and it’s the horse–it says ‘Love this horse’ with stars and hearts and stuff he never writes,” said Brogden. “So, I run over to the consignor and find out how he vets and they said he vetted fine. I bid once or twice and I got the horse. After signing the ticket, I called my vet, Dr. Michael Hore, and asked him to go and vet the horse. He goes to the barn, scopes the horse and X-rays him and says he vets great. So, I told him the story and he said, ‘Well, if Craig feels that way, I’ll take a leg of the horse, too.’… Today’s result was insane–I bought and signed the ticket for the horse without ever laying eyes on him physically, only on the TV screen from the back ring.”

The colt was re-offered at last month’s Keeneland September sale, but developed an ulcer on his epiglottis and, despite Brogden guaranteeing his throat, RNA’d for $100,000. The issue cleared up just days after he returned to Machmer Hall, and he was subsequently supplemented to OBS only to see sire Liam’s Map pick up his second Grade I winner in his first crop with ‘TDN Rising Star’ Wicked Whisper in Sunday’s GI Frizette S.

“All the stars aligned, but I was still shocked by the price,” Brogden said. “He had a ton of vet activity and we knew he was popular, but I never expected that result. The greatest thing with that horse is I knew, whoever got him, when they got him home they were going to call me and tell me how much they love him. He’s just that kind of horse. He’s never had to have a lip chain on at the barn–just easy, easy, easy–straightforward, correct, clean. It’s a dream come true.” —@BDiDonatoTDN

Rainbows Find Pot of Gold at OBS

Among the day’s top lots and most profitable sales in Ocala Tuesday was hip 103, a colt from the second crop of Palace Malice consigned by Lyn and Bill Rainbow’s The Acorn LLC. He brought $170,000 from Golden Star Farm.

The first foal out of stakes-placed juvenile Like a Queen (Corinthian), the chestnut was purchased by the Ocala-based couple for just $28,000 as a Keeneland November weanling.
“We’re absolutely thrilled–we’re still walking on clouds,” said Lyn Rainbow. “I thought he’d go for over $100,000 because I thought he was that nice a colt and the response had been so good, but I didn’t know that he’d go that high.”

The youngster had been purchased in part to keep the lone colt in the Rainbows’ crop of homebred yearlings company.

“We were sitting in the Keeneland dining room on the Sunday that I bought him, and we realized that snow was coming in on Tuesday, and we’d been walking, and looking and bidding on weanlings forever and getting outbid on everything that I needed for a babysitter,” Rainbow said. “So, my husband announces, ‘We have to get out of here tomorrow–it’s going to snow. We have get back to Florida.’”

“I had to resort to Plan C and started scrambling,” she recalled. “We got up to Barn 41 and realized the colt we had come to look at was already down in the back ring.”
Luckily, Rainbow’s son Bo, a veterinarian with Equine Analysis Systems, was back down the hill.

“I called Bo and asked if he was worth coming down to see, and he said, ‘Oh ya, he’s worth it,’” Rainbow said. “He was a nice colt with a fairly correct walk. Bo went in and checked the
X-rays, we put it all together and everyone else went to sleep in the pavilion and I got him for $28,000. That’s the only way I figured I could get him.”
Rainbow said the colt had, unsurprisingly given the price difference, blossomed since November. Click for walking video.

“He grew a lot more than I thought he would,” Rainbow said. “He just developed into a lovely horse. He’s just one of those horses where every day, when you walked out to the barn, he looked better. He’s got a great, beautiful walk, which he had as a baby. He had a wonderful walk and that’s the first thing I’m looking for. I like to have fairly correct legs to go with it or else all the wheels fall off later if they grow. He just went in all the right directions, which is what you need to happen to do something like this.”

Rainbow certainly has the pedigree herself for weanling-to-pinhook success. She grew up on her parents Carolyn and Sam Rogers, Jr.’s White Oaks Farm. White Oaks was a longtime leading consignor known for its success with pinhooks.

“Our routine used to be Fasig July, then Saratoga, then August OBS then Keeneland September, then finish up at Timonium with mom and dad under the White Oaks banner,” Rainbow said. “What mom and dad were known for was buying weanlings and selling yearlings, so for years I’ve been doing that. Since we’re older now, I’ve just kind of concentrated on filling in the gaps. We have a certain number of mares ourselves, we do a little bit of racing, but I don’t go out there having to have something.”

The Rainbows have raced the likes of stakes-winning near $310,000 earner Surprise Wedding (High Cotton).

Because of the OBS October sale’s popularity with local pinhookers, Rainbow said she tends to focus on horses who will have appeal in the 2-year-old market. The Acorn offered two yearling fillies at last year’s October sale: a Wicked Strong filly who was acquired at KEENOV after RNA’ing for $37,000; and a Tale of the Cat filly purchased for $27,000 at the same auction. The former failed to meet her reserve at October, but was turned over to the Rainbows’ longtime friends Nick and Jacqui de Meric, and blossomed into a $150,000 OBS March juvenile; while the latter went to Tristan and Valerie de Meric for $60,000 at OBSOCT and blossomed into a $420,000 OBSAPR seller.

“I have decent taste, but the stars don’t always align–today they aligned,” Rainbow said. “We’ve sold horses for more money, but it’s been a long time since we did anything this spectacular at OBS. Years and years ago, for clients, we sold the top weanling and top broodmare one day, but it’s been a long time.” –@BDiDonatoTDN

Gonzalez, Pickerrell Active for Pinhook Prospects

Among the less familiar names at the top of the buyers list at OBS October was Golden Star Farm, which purchased four colts for a combined $412,000, including the aforementioned Palace Malice colt from The Acorn LLC. While Golden Star is a new entity, its principal has been involved in the sport for decades.

Mickey Gonzalez races as M Racing Group LLC, and has campaigned the likes of 2014 GIII Oklahoma Derby winner Tonito M. (Rock Hard Ten) and 2009 GIII Generous S. hero Who’s Up (Graeme Hall), as well as a number of stakes winners in his native Puerto Rico. The semi-retired businessman, whose professional background is in the insurance industry, recently sold his mansion in Las Vegas and purchased a farm in Ocala.

With help from Joe Pickerrell of Pick View LLC and agent Christina Jelm, Gonzalez has been acquiring his first group of yearlings this season to be resold at next year’s 2-year-old sales.

“He’s new to pinhooking, but he’s not new to racing,” said Pickerrell. “He’s been in the horse business for 30-plus years, some in Puerto Rico, and he races a lot now in California.”
Gonzalez met Pickerrell at OBS June after paying $400,000 for a Pick View-consigned Tapit half-brother to MGISW Verrazano–now named Golden Star Rock and in training at Santa Anita–at the behest of Jelm. Gonzalez was particularly active at Keeneland September this year, where he purchased five youngsters–all colts–for $1.55 million.

“We became friends after June,” Pickerrell said. “Christina Jelm helped a lot at Keeneland, but she’s not here, so I’ve been helping Mickey. He mostly picks the horses himself, though. He looks at the pedigrees, and he goes around and looks at everything. He’s very active–I’m just a small advisor.”

Pickerrell likely had some particularly useful insights when it came to hip 103, considering he sold recent GIII Pilgrim S. winner Structor (Palace Malice) for $850,000 this March after purchasing him for $160,000 last September.

“We thought there was a lot of upside to that colt,” Pickerrell said of hip 103. “It was a little more than we wanted to pay, but we felt like with the way the stallion’s on an upward trajectory, it was a good opportunity to get a good, quality colt.”

As for the market as a whole, he added, “I think it’s healthy for the good horses. The good horses were selling for 25%-30% more than where we wanted to be, but for those ones, it’s really where you’ve got to be to get them home. Mickey’s excited–he’s semi-retired and he’s looking to enjoy the horses and enjoy Ocala.” –@BDiDonatoTDN

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LTBA Announces Breeders Awards Increase

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will be increasing breeders awards for Louisiana-sired accredited Louisiana-breds to 20% beginning with the 2019-20 Delta Downs Thoroughbred meet which opens Tuesday. Breeders awards for accredited Louisiana-breds by stallions standing outside the state will continue to be paid at 18%. The increase was passed at the LTBA Board Meeting at L’auberge Casino in Lake Charles Oct. 2.

“The Louisiana breeding program is one of the strongest in the country,” said LTBA President Warren J. Harang, III. “The board wanted to reward breeders who make their stallion selections among the many outstanding choices we have here in the state.”

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Clement Joins WHOA

Trainer Christophe Clement has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance, a grassroots movement in support of federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of horse racing.

Clement issued a statement in support of the organization, which follows.

“In my opinion, we are long overdue for one nationwide medication policy. Unfortunately, the sport has been enduring a lot of negative publicity lately, and now is a pivotal moment to ensure the sustainability of horse racing. We need to unite as an industry and should all be working together towards a cohesive policy dedicated to ensuring the safety of our horses, the ethics of the sport, and also a clear system with outlined rules and regulations that fans can understand and respect. Many outside of our industry question the ethics of the sport, and we need to make sure we provide no reason for this to continue and remind people why we are ‘the Sport of Kings.’  As a trainer, I feel morally responsible to ensure that my team always operates with the highest ethics, consistently putting the horses first, and working daily to ensure we follow the rules outlined for us. I’m very proud of our team that has been able to avoid any medication suspension for the entirety of my career.

Most countries worldwide run without race day medication or pre-race medication the last week before the race. American horse racing is such a wonderful sport full of incredible history; let’s not lag behind. We have constantly been in the media this year, let’s turn these headlines into something a lot more appealing like ‘Horseracing, a class act’ and show the public that we mean it when we say that we believe in the well-being of our horses. Today, the future of horse racing is uncertain and we cannot be thinking about just the well-being of our individual stable, farm, racetrack, etc., but rather need to come together to save the sport that we all love.”

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Mid-Atlantic Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Equine Safety

More than 60 industry stakeholders from the Mid-Atlantic region met at Delaware Park Oct. 2 to discuss the next steps for the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities. Adopted in March, the Strategic Plan is the product of a collaboration of the region’s racetrack operators, horsemen’s organizations, breeders’ organizations, racing commissions and regulatory and racetrack veterinarians. Its goals are the establishment of regional safety best practices, improved methods to identify horses at increased risk of injury, the implementation of protective factors to reduce the risk of injury, information sharing and communication, and improvement of the general health and welfare of the horse.

During its Oct. 2 meeting, the group agreed unanimously to immediately move to adopt rules that will prohibit the administration of any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to a horse within 48 hours of a race, and all intra-articular joint injections within 14 days of a race.

The rules will need to go through the regulatory process in each jurisdiction for the changes to be adopted.

“NSAIDs and corticosteroids are therapeutic treatments used not just here in the U.S., but worldwide, to the benefit of the health of the horse,” New York’s Equine Medical Director Dr. Scott Palmer said. “However, sound medical practice dictates that we allow our veterinarians and horsemen the proper time to evaluate these horses following treatment and before returning them to high-speed exercise. Amending our regulations to reflect this best practice is a vital step in implementing the Strategic Plan.”

The Mid-Atlantic stakeholders announced a ban on the use of bisphosphonates in horses under the age of four in March and formally adopted a model rule to effectuate the ban during last week’s meeting.

Also during the six-hour meeting, Palmer gave presentations on risk management programs, mortality review protocols, and injury clusters.

Professor Mick Peterson, Ph.D., who serves as director of the University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Equine Programs and is Executive Director of the not-for-profit Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, provided a presentation on track maintenance and how the region can develop and implement best practices to assess racing surfaces to ensure a consistently safe racing environment.

The Mid-Atlantic stakeholders and regulators who have committed to the Strategic Plan include Delaware Park, DTHA, Delaware Racing Commission, Maryland Jockey Club, Maryland State Fair (Timonium) MTHA, Maryland Racing Commission, Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Monmouth Park, NJTHA, New Jersey Racing Commission, New Jersey Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Finger Lakes Racetrack, NYRA, Finger Lakes HBPA, NYTHA, New York State Gaming Commission, New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc., Penn National Gaming, PARX, Presque Isle Downs, PATHA, Pennsylvania HBPA, Pennsylvania Racing Commission, Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association, Colonial Downs, Virginia Racing Commission, Mountaineer Park, Charles Town HBPA, Mountaineer HBPA, West Virginia Racing Commission and National Steeplechase Association.

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Vinnie Blengs, Longtime Trainer, Dies at 90

Retired trainer Vinnie Blengs, a well-respected New England horseman who later expanded his stable to Maryland and Florida and saddled numerous ship-in winners in New York, died Oct. 5 in Hollywood, Florida. He was 90.

No cause of death was listed in his Boston Globe obituary, which noted Blengs “passed away peacefully.”

According to Equibase, Blengs won 1,981 races and earned over $24 million in purses in a career that spanned 1963-2010. But those totals do not include stats that pre-date the online database. In newspaper clippings from an earlier era, Blengs said he won his first race at Lincoln Downs in Rhode Island around 1949.

A native of Revere, Massachusetts, where Suffolk Downs was located, Blengs served in the United States Army prior to learning the Thoroughbred trade and rising through the ranks at his hometown track.

His top-earning horse was Dr. Root, who won the GI Sword Dancer H. at Belmont Park in 1991.

Blengs trained horses for longtime New England friends as well as the racetrack executives David Romanik and Barry Schwartz. He was also known for mentoring the jockey careers of Rene Douglas and eventual Hall-of-Famer Edgar Prado.

Blengs won four training titles at Suffolk Downs, and he won the 1991 training title at Laurel Park shortly after relocating from New England. That Laurel title came in the midst of a five-year run in which his horses earned more than a million dollars in purses each season between 1990 and 1994.

Blengs was a regular buyer at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company, and he relished the challenge of the bidding process nearly as much as he did training horses.

After winning one spirited bidding war in 2002 against a competitor with far deeper pockets, Blengs quipped to Daily Racing Form, “Only in America can a guy like me outbid a zillionaire like him. What a country!”

Blengs also earned an unintended slice of New England racing lore for one of his horses that didn’t win at Suffolk Downs.

On July 4, 1966, an intruder ran onto the track just as the field was barreling down the stretch for the closing-day Mayflower S. Despite running directly into the path of the leaders, the trespasser was only grazed, spun around, and knocked to the ground. The Suffolk Downs photographer managed to snap off a remote camera shot that framed the bizarre incident perfectly, and the photo was reproduced around the world.

Blengs, who trained Taunton, the second-place finisher, didn’t see the incident because his view from near the rail was blocked by the large crowd. After the race, he asked Taunton’s jockey why he had pulled up prior to the finish. When Blengs was told what happened, he said, “Boy, I’ve heard a lot of excuses in my day, but never one like that.”

Blengs was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Theresa.

According to the Globe obituary, celebration of Blengs’ life will be held at a date to be determined at Gulfstream Park.

Donations can be made in memory of Blengs to a charity that he supported, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (online link here).

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Preservationist Retired, to Stand at Airdrie

Centennial Farms’ Grade I winner Preservationist (Arch–Flying Dixie, by Dixieland Band) has been retired from racing and will take up stud duty at Mr. and Mrs. Brereton C. Jones’s Airdrie Stud for the 2020 breeding season.

Bred in Kentucky by Emory A. Hamilton, Preservationist was a $485,000 yearling purchase by Centennial before going on to become one of this year’s top-rated older horses following wins in the GI Woodward S. at Saratoga and Belmont Park’s GII Suburban H. Trained throughout his career by Jimmy Jerkens, Preservationist retires with a record of 11-6-1-2 and earnings of $1,084,550.

“Preservationist was bred top and bottom to be a special horse, and that is exactly what he was,” said Airdrie Stud’s Bret Jones. “While it’s well documented that his greatest achievements came as an older horse, everyone we have spoken to about this horse has told us that he has been revered as a special talent from his absolute earliest days as a 2-year-old. He had exceptional ability, and when combined with his blue-blooded pedigree and the over-the-top good looks that made him Arch’s most expensive yearling of his sale year, we really believe we have an exceptional stallion prospect. The team at Centennial Farms is absolutely top class, and we are very grateful to them for giving us the opportunity to stand their special horse.”

“Preservationist was one of the most gifted and generous horses I’ve ever trained,” added Jerkens. “I’ve said multiple times that the two best training horses I’ve ever had were Preservationist and Quality Road. I’m convinced he would’ve stamped himself as a top miler had he not so excelled at the longer distances.”

Preservationist will stand his initial season at Airdrie for a stud fee of $10,000.

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What Would You Fix First? Eric Hamelback

It is difficult to draw down on what I think is our industry’s most pressing problem and even more difficult to offer solutions that I believe would fix the specific issues. However, how did we get here? At what point did the issues multiply? Can you look individually at an issue and walk yourself back to a common point?

I think I can. I learned many years ago from Mr. John Nerud that the two most important stakeholders in our industry are owners and handicappers. To me, an overarching issue is that owners do not only deserve a seat at the table, they should head the table. Yet today, racehorse owners remain unable to develop through their leadership groups the policy platforms, messaging, and negotiating leverage needed to exercise their proper authority and rights throughout all jurisdictions.

Unless racehorse owners are able to organize themselves and respond to challenges with one voice from their representative horsemen’s organizations, the industry will weaken. This is a high-level view, but I believe this is an origin point of many industry issues we currently face.

As an example: Craig Bernick in his “What Would You Fix First?” column for TDN pushed for Equibase to provide basic past-performances for free for all North American tracks. While Equibase is co-owned by The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Racing Associations, the company makes money through the statistical data generated by horse owners’ property–yet the owners have no voice in how their horses’ performance is used.

Specific issues such as this could be more effectively and constructively addressed if owners’ representative groups worked to educate and coordinate cooperatively at the forefront of the industry’s policy and decision making.

At some point along the way, owners have lost their leverage–leverage they deserve because of their willingness to financially support this industry.

We need for owners to have the control to negotiate challenges and adapt with the good of the industry in mind. Horseracing is the only major sport– indeed the only entertainment business– in which the owners of the talent do not currently exercise primary control over the enterprise.

If our industry is to survive the current challenges, racehorse owners and their representatives must establish and engage an owner-centric strategy enabling them to exercise influence, commensurate with their investment, in the decision-making of the industry. This fix would ensure the proper course for the future of our industry.

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Schafer Secures Pitons Cup Slot

Entrepreneur Dan Schafer has bought a slot in the Pitons Cup at Royal Saint Lucia. The Michigan native made news when purchasing a $1-million spot in the inaugural GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational S. in 2017 and has now done the same for the richest race in the Caribbean Dec. 13.

“Since my involvement in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup, I have been in search of more opportunities to help grow the horse racing industry,” Schafer said. “Though my Pegasus World Cup experience was short lived, I valued the opportunity and acquired an education from some of the industry’s most influential leaders.”

Schafer has expanded his business interests from a portfolio of highly successful pizza shops to now include Michigan’s Sports Creek Raceway in a partnership with AmWest Entertainment. Spots Creek Raceway closed four years ago and the collective hope of the investors is to reinvigorate the sport in Michigan by bringing Thoroughbred racing to the facility in the near future.

“While continuing to work towards positive legislation in favor of the industry in Michigan, I have been seeking other opportunities to invest into the ‘Sport of Kings’,” Schafer said. “When I heard about the Pitons Cup, I was instantly intrigued. Saint Lucia is a luxury lifestyle destination and I believe the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club will build the race track and its surroundings to define the new standard of luxury in horse racing and entertainment.”

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Multiple Grade I Winner World of Trouble Retired

Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables’ dual-surface Grade I winner World of Trouble (Kantharos–Meets Expectations, by Valid Expectations) has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms for the 2020 breeding season, Hill ‘n’ Dale announced Monday. A victor of the GI Carter H. on dirt and GI Jaipur Invitational S. on turf this year, the bay retires with a record of 13-9-2-1 and earnings of $1,263,300.

“He’s the fastest horse I ever owned,” said Dubb. “My jaw dropped every time he raced. He was such an easy horse, as he could run on anything. He won Grade I races on both dirt and turf in New York this season, something that probably will not happen for me ever again. Since we couldn’t make the Breeders’ Cup due to a foot bruise, we decided it’s best for him to start making babies.”

Breaking his maiden by 14 lengths in his debut, the Jason Servis trainee improved steadily as a 3-year-old in 2018, finishing his campaign with a neck second to eventual champion turf male Stormy Liberal (Stormy Atlantic) that earned him a 118 Beyer, the highest figure for a sophomore last year. He ran 100+ Beyers in his last seven starts and was victorious in seven of his last eight starts.

“With his mind, temperament, disposition and desire, I can’t wait to breed to World of Trouble myself,” said Servis. “He could run on anything, winning stakes on fast and sloppy dirt and firm and yielding turf. It didn’t matter; he would throw down those fast fractions that would lead him to victory regardless of the surface, track, or competition.”

The 4-year-old will now stand alongside his sire at Hill ‘n’ Dale, who acquired Kantharos in 2017 after a blazing start to his stallion career in Florida.

“As the most successful son of the rapidly rising Kantharos, we know breeders will love the horse,” said Hill ‘n’ Dale president John Sikura. “World of Trouble was a world-class racehorse with brilliant effortless speed.”

World of Trouble will stand for a fee of $15,000 S&N.

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New Vocations Launches 2019 Breeders’ Cup Pledge

New Vocations has officially launched their annual Breeders’ Cup Pledge. The program is seeking owners and trainers of Breeders’ Cup contenders to pledge a percentage of their Championship earnings to support their mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses. This will be the 10th year for the fundraiser, which has raised over $500,000 to date.

“The Pledge is a great way for owners and trainers to give back and support New Vocations aftercare efforts,” shared Anna Ford, New Vocations Program Director. “It’s a very exciting time for all the Breeders’ Cup connections. We hope that many participants will consider joining the Pledge to help us raise the much-needed funding for daily operations that ultimately help these retired athletes transition into new homes and careers.”

Last year, over 45 Championship contenders had owners and/or trainers who pledged a percentage of their Breeders’ Cup earnings. Of those, Bulletin, Monomoy Girl and Newspaperofrecord ended up winning their Championship races. This year, New Vocations hopes to grow the list of pledges to ensure yet another successful event. The program will continue to seek pledges from owners and trainers until Nov. 1. All Pledge information can be found at or by contacting or

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