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Mobile Bay Back to Defend LA Champions Day Classic

Louisiana Champions Day features seven stakes races worth total of $750,000.

 

If Mobile Bay can race well off an extended layoff, the grade 2 winner looks well-positioned to register a second straight Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes win Dec. 9 at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots.

The $150,000 Classic is the most lucrative race on a card that features six other black-type stakes for Louisiana-bred Thoroughbreds. Those seven stakes will offer total purses of $750,000.

Tigertail Ranch homebred Mobile Bay closed out his 2016 season with a 4 3/4-length romp in last year’s Louisiana Champions Day Classic then opened 2017 with a clear victory in the LA Bred Premier Night Championship Stakes Feb. 11. at Delta Downs. But the son of Lone Star Special has not raced since picking up the eighth stakes win of his career in that February test.

Winner of the 2015 Super Derby (G2), Mobile Bay will carry high weight of 124 pounds in Saturday’s 1 1/8-mile race. He enters the race off a strong work pattern for trainer Victor Arceneaux, including a five-furlong breeze in a bullet 1:00 1/5 Dec. 2 at Evangeline Downs.

In the six other stakes:

  • Juvenile fillies will get the day started in the $100,000 Lassie Stakes, where Brittlyn Stable homebred Minit to Stardom (Star Guitar ) will try to make the class jump from impressive debut maiden winner to stakes winner when she makes her second career start in the six-furlong test.
  • In the Ladies Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, Allied Racing Stable’s Invenian Viam (Half Ours ) will try for a second straight win on the course after taking the Si Cima overnight stakes Nov. 18.
  • In the 1 1/16-mile Turf, Scrivener Stables’ Trust Factor (Paddy O’Prado) will try for his second stakes win of the season. He enters with a win or runner-up finish in each of his past four starts.
  • In the six-furlong Juvenile, Brittlyn Stable again figures prominently with a Star Guitar 2-year-old entered off an impressive maiden debut win in Divine Bean.
  • In the Sprint, at six furlongs, Dare to Dream Stable’s Jockamo’s Song (Half Ours) will try to secure a third straight stakes victory.
  • Closing out the day will be the six-furlong Ladies Sprint where Town and Country Racing’s My Miss Chiff (Into Mischief ) enters off a clear victory in the Happy Ticket Stakes.

ENTRIES: LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY LASSIE S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, December 09, 2017, Race 5

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 3:05 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Cool Spring (LA) Florent Geroux 117 Danny Pish 8/1
2 2Girls Life (LA) Ashley Broussard 122 Karl Broberg 8/1
3 3Sarah’s Holy Belle (LA) Chantal Sutherland 117 Ricky Courville 8/1
4 4Andthebandplayedon (LA) Corey J. Lanerie 122 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 7/2
5 5Yes Gorgeous (LA) Jose Valdivia, Jr. 122 Scott Gelner 4/1
6 6Minit to Stardom (LA) Colby J. Hernandez 122 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 5/2
7 7Just a Bandit (LA) Kerwin D. Clark 122 Allen Landry 10/1
8 8She’screative (LA) Jansen Melancon 122 J. R. Caldwell 10/1

 

ENTRIES: LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY LADIES S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, December 09, 2017, Race 6

  • STK
  • About 1 1/16m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo’s & up Fillies and Mares
  • 3:35 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Mr. Al’s Gal (LA) Diego Saenz 115 Justin Jeansonne 4/1
2 2Seaside Candy (LA) Colby J. Hernandez 118 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 8/1
3 3Pera (LA) Chantal Sutherland 118 Ricky Courville 15/1
4 4Safari Calamari (LA) Jose Valdivia, Jr. 118 Ron Faucheux 8/1
5 5Inveniam Viam (LA) Shaun Bridgmohan 122 Brad H. Cox 5/2
6 6Dontmesswithjoanne (LA) Florent Geroux 115 Brad H. Cox 3/1
7 7Tenpins Tempo (LA) Ashley Broussard 115 Lee Thomas 20/1
8 8Calamity Jane (LA) Miguel Mena 118 Edward J. Johnston 10/1
9 9Pacific Pink (LA) Corey J. Lanerie 118 Edward J. Johnston 10/1

 

ENTRIES: LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY TURF S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, December 09, 2017, Race 8

  • STK
  • About 1 1/16m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo’s & up
  • 4:35 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Hail to the Nile (LA) Corey J. Lanerie 118 Sturges J. Ducoing 10/1
2 2Who Datawaki (LA) Chantal Sutherland 118 Lee Thomas 20/1
3 3Jack Snipe’s (LA) Florent Geroux 119 Gary M. Scherer 12/1
4 4Trust Factor (LA)Keeneland Sales Graduate Robby Albarado 122 Michael J. Maker 8/5
5 5Gentlmens Agrement (LA) Colby J. Hernandez 118 Leo G. Gabriel, Jr. 8/1
6 6Fort Pulaski (LA) Jose Valdivia, Jr. 122 Danny Pish 3/1
7 7Impressive Student (LA) Jamie Theriot 115 Joe O. Duhon 15/1
8 8Extra Credit (LA) Shaun Bridgmohan 118 Brad H. Cox 5/1
9 9Harbor Pilot (LA) Gerard Melancon 118 Scott Gelner 15/1

 

ENTRIES: LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY JUVENILE S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, December 09, 2017, Race 9

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo
  • 5:05 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Pound for Pound (LA) Eddie Martin, Jr. 122 Jose Grimaldo 8/1
2 2Prayer Boy (LA) Kerwin D. Clark 122 Allen Landry 20/1
3 3Ready Prospector (LA) Gerard Melancon 122 Oscar Modica 4/1
4 4Uncle Herbie (LA) Jamie Theriot 122 Tracy A. Norris 30/1
5 5Divine Bean (LA) Colby J. Hernandez 122 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 7/2
6 6Cajun Creed (LA)Keeneland Sales Graduate Florent Geroux 122 Danny Pish 9/2
7 7Greeley Went West (LA) James Graham 122 James E. Hodges 8/1
8 8Singing Deacon (LA) Aubrie Green 122 James E. Hodges 8/1
9 9Exigent (LA) Miguel Mena 122 W. Bret Calhoun 6/1
10 10Aceguitar (LA) Ted D. Gondron 122 Danny Pish 6/1

 

ENTRIES: LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY CLASSIC S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, December 09, 2017, Race 10

  • STK
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo’s & up
  • 5:35 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1One King’s Man (LA) Gerard Melancon 118 F. Dewaine Loy 20/1
2 2Mageez (LA) Mitchell Murrill 118 Delmar R. Caldwell 5/1
3 3Mobile Bay (LA) Diego Saenz 124 Victor Arceneaux 5/2
4 4Classy Bird (LA) Eddie Martin, Jr. 118 Lonnie Briley 12/1
5 5Seaside Candy (LA) Colby J. Hernandez 115 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 6/1
6 6Grande Basin (LA) Miguel Mena 118 Edward J. Johnston 5/1
7 7Underpressure (LA) Corey J. Lanerie 121 Chris Richard 4/1
8 8Extra Credit (LA) Shaun Bridgmohan 118 Brad H. Cox 5/1

 

ENTRIES: LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY SPRINT S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, December 09, 2017, Race 11

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo’s & up
  • 6:05 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Hunker Down (LA) Corey J. Lanerie 118 Delmar R. Caldwell 12/1
2 2Philly (LA) Colby J. Hernandez 118 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 12/1
3 3Stand Him Up (LA) Gabriel Saez 120 Howard Alonzo 7/2
4 4Jockamo’s Song (LA) Gerard Melancon 120 Michael Stidham 5/2
5 5Just Kissing Buck (LA) Diego Saenz 118 Dale White, Sr. 8/1
6 6Nubin Ridge (LA) Ashley Broussard 118 Alan Klanfer 4/1
7 7Biblical Strength (LA) Mitchell Murrill 118 Jason H. Meaux 20/1
8 8My Friend Flavin (LA) Robby Albarado 118 Leo G. Gabriel, Jr. 8/1
9 9Outofthisgalaxy (LA) Kerwin D. Clark 120 John Rannie Ladner 15/1
10 10Double Barrel Man (LA) Shaun Bridgmohan 118 Lee Thomas 12/1

 

ENTRIES: LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY LADIES SPRINT S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, December 09, 2017, Race 12

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo’s & up Fillies and Mares
  • 6:35 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Sunny Oak (LA) Corey J. Lanerie 118 Edward J. Johnston 9/2
2 2Dr Liz (LA) Chantal Sutherland 116 Ricky Courville 50/1
3 3Discreetly Grand (LA) James Graham 118 Morris G. Nicks 20/1
4 4My Miss Chiff (LA) Mitchell Murrill 116 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 9/5
5 5Play Unified (LA)Keeneland Sales Graduate Miguel Mena 118 W. Bret Calhoun 20/1
6 6Bitsy’s C C (LA) Ashley Broussard 116 Sam B. David, Jr. 15/1
7 7Elektracutioner (LA) Jose Valdivia, Jr. 116 Ray Sibille 12/1
8 8Wheatfield (LA) Florent Geroux 118 Danny Pish 2/1
9 9Fairwell Tax Break (LA) Gabriel Saez 118 Howard Alonzo 20/1
10 10Look Into My Eyes (LA)Keeneland Sales Graduate Robby Albarado 118 Efren Loza, Jr. 6/1

Devilish Sound is Big Band Sound’s First Winner

 

 

Grade 2 winner Big Band Sound notched his first winner as a sire Nov. 21, when his daughter Devilish Sound broke her maiden at Delta Downs Racetrack in her second start.

Owner/trainer Samuel Breaux bred Devilish Sound in Louisiana, out of the winning Ide mare Devilish Pride, who Breaux also trained for owner/breeder Henry McNamara Jr. and later Barry Scott Racing. Devilish Sound is the mare’s first foal to race.

Big Band Sound is a 10-year-old son of Bernstein—Ensnare, by Seeking the Gold, who was bred in Kentucky by Richard Shultz. Raced by Shultz in partnership with Kendel Standlee, Big Band Sound hit his stride at 5, when he won the Play the King Stakes (G2T) on the turf at Woodbine and finished second in three other graded stakes—the King Edward Stakes presented by TVG (G2T), Connaught Cup Stakes (G2T), and the Virgil Stakes (G3) on Woodbine’s all-weather main track.

Ensnare, bred in Kentucky by Ogden Mills Phipps, has also produced black-type winner Silver Prospector and stakes-placed winner Roman’s Run. The first four dams in Big Band Sound’s female family were all bred by Phipps.

Big Band Sound stood at Gulf Coast Equine near Sunset LA., from 2014 through 2017. Ray Paul and Anna Paul currently stand Call Me George, and Koh I Noor.

Star Guitar’s Fee Raised to $7,500

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Multiple Louisiana champion has 11 juvenile winners and three stakes winners in 2017.

A strong crop of 2-year-olds in 2017 prompted Evelyn Benoit’s Brittlyn Stable to raise the stud fee for homebred Star Guitar  to $7,500 for the 2018 breeding season.

The four-time Louisiana Horse of the Year and winner of 22 black-type stakes out of 30 starts has been represented this year by 11 juvenile winners from 21 starters. His top 2-year-olds include stakes winners Testing One Two, a daughter out of Yes Sir (Scat Daddy) who won the Louisiana Jewel Stakes, and Aceguitar, a colt out of Cherub Heart (Dehere) who won the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Stakes and finished second in the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity. Star Guitar also sired Givemeaminit, out of Powerful Nation (Turkoman), who finished third in the grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

“Star Guitar is certainly passing on his will to win that he demonstrated with his race record of 24 wins from 30 starts,” said Benoit, who has stood Star Guitar at Clear Creek Stud near Folsom, La., since he entered stud in 2013 at $4,000.

From two crops of racing age, Star Guitar sired 28 winners that have earned more than $1.3 million. He has a third black-type winner in Bermuda Star, who won or placed six times in eight starts as a 3-year-old. One of her wins includes the Equine Sales Oaks at Evangeline Downs. The filly out of Bermuda Bride (Runaway Groom) also placed in the Elge Rasberry Stakes and the Louisiana Legends Soiree Stakes.

Star Guitar is a 12-year-old son of Quiet American—Minit Towinit, by Malagra, and a half brother to black-type winners Favorite Minit and Grand Minit, who were all bred and initially raced by Brittlyn Stable.

Industry Groups Working to Send Aid to Camarero

Plan is to set up base at Hipodromo Camarero.

 

Various equine industry groups are working together with the Humane Society of the United States to form a plan to provide aid to horses in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit the island Sept. 20.

Marty Irby, senior advisor of equine protection and rural affairs for HSUS, said Sept. 26 that the current plan is to make Hipodromo Camarero the base for receiving aid. Groups involved include the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, The Jockey Club, and the United States Equestrian Federation. Irby said the groups will reconvene Sept. 28 to discuss further plans.

“We all sort of have a list of tasks that we’re working on to help basically move feed, hay, and supplies into the region and specifically sort of make—and this is subject to the proper approvals—the track in San Juan (Camarero) a home base, to first help there and afterward others (around the island) who may need supplies and things,” Irby said.

“The AAEP said that they have access to a large amount of supplies … HSUS has about 1,100 bales of hay that’s ready to go anytime,” he added. “We’re just waiting to hear back from the guys who are handling the flight arrangements because there’s an issue of proper chain of command and paperwork and there’s also an issue of debris and whether they can land the plane. We’re trying to work through those things, but everyone on every end is willing to move forward, it’s just working through the logistics.

“It is really great to see everybody from all of these organizations chip in and go head first and try to do everything they can to help.”
 

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/223810/industry-groups-working-to-send-aid-to-camarero

Bull Market for Yearlings in 2017

Now that Keeneland’s marathon September yearling sale is complete, a clear trend has emerged showing greater demand in a smaller marketplace when compared with the same period a year ago.

With 2,555 horses sold during the 12-day Keeneland auction for a total of $307,845,400, the average price of $120,487 and $57,000 median were both records for the world’s largest yearling sale. The gross, average, and median prices represented gains of 12.8%, 23.2%, and 42.5%, respectively, over 2016 levels.

Yearling-only auctions and mixed sales through Sept. 25, 2017, have offered 6,747 yearlings, of which 4,890 sold for gross receipts of $425.9 million, according to data compiled by BloodHorse MarketWatch. The gross represents a 10.2% gain over the $386.5 million paid for 5,586 from 7,906 offered through the first nine months of 2016 at comparable auctions.

The number offered at the 23 sales where yearlings changed hands so far this year has declined by 14.6% and the total sold is down 12.4%.

Fasig-Tipton’s boutique Saratoga selected yearling sale produced the second-highest gross and highest average and median prices, with all three increasing by double-digit percentages this year. Fasig-Tipton reported 156 yearlings sold from 194 through the ring, with gross receipts of $52.995 million, 16.3% over the $45.570 million total paid for 156 of the 203 offered a year ago. The Saratoga sale average also increased 16.3% to $339,712 from $292,115 in 2016, and the median price of $300,000 was 26.3% higher than the previous year’s median of $237,500.

The accompanying table shows the top five equine auctions this year ranked by gross receipts and comparisons with 2016.

Besides the overall gains in cumulative gross, average, and median prices for all yearlings sold to date, there has been a significant improvement in the number sold at the top and upper-middle parts of the market.

Sixteen yearlings were sold for seven figures this year, compared with 11 through the first nine months of 2016. A total of 151 yearlings attracted final bids of $500,000 or more compared with 116 yearlings sold at that level at the same point a year ago. Within the upper-middle market price range of $175,000-$249,999, there were 252 yearlings sold this year, compared with 243 in 2016.

Meanwhile at the other end of the spectrum, 2,927 yearlings sold below $50,000 in 2017, compared with 3,698 in 2016.

Three major sales companies have yearling sales scheduled for next month, beginning with the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale Oct. 2-3. That will be followed by Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Oct. 10-12 selected and open yearling sale, Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall sale Oct. 16,  the Barretts fall yearling and horses of all ages sale Oct. 17, and the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale from Oct. 23-26.

 

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/223785/bull-market-for-yearlings-in-2017

TOBA Announces Regional Owners of the Year

Juddmonte Farms, John Oxley, Spendthrift Farm, Klaravich Stables take the honors.

 

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Aug. 30 that Juddmonte Farms, John Oxley, Spendthrift Farm and Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence have been selected as the TOBA Regional Owners of the Year.

The TOBA National Owner of the Year will be announced live at the TOBA National Awards Dinner, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 9 at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky.

TOBA will also honor breeders from 22 states and Canada. The National Breeder of the Year and the National Small Breeder of the Year will also be disclosed at the TOBA National Awards Dinner.

Other TOBA winners include Leslie’s Lady, dam of Beholder, who has been named as the National Broodmare of the Year and Royal Posse, who will be honored with Claiming Crown Horse of the Year, presented by the National HBPA.

The Rood & Riddle Sport Horse of the Year will go to Zine Dine, owned by Hailey Rogge.

The Heubeck Family will receive the Robert N. Clay Award, which recognizes a member of the Thoroughbred community who has made an outstanding contribution to preserving land for equine use.

“The winners of the TOBA awards represent extraordinary achievements in our sport,” said Dan Metzger, president of TOBA.  “We are honored to celebrate with them on what promises to be a memorable evening at Calumet Farm, as Thoroughbred owners and breeders arrive in Lexington for the September yearling sales.”

Tickets to the TOBA National Awards Dinner can be purchased at http://www.toba.org or by calling Meredith Downey at (859) 276-6793.

A complete list of state and regional winners is as follows:

Regional Owners of the Year:
East Region: Juddmonte Farms
Midwest Region: John Oxley
South Region: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence
West Region: Spendthrift Farm

State Breeders of the Year:
Arkansas: Bill McDowell
California: Heinz Steinmann
Canadian: Adrian and David Munro
Florida: Gilbert G. Campbell
Illinois: Barney and Anne Gallagher
Indiana: Michael E. and Penny S. Lauer
Iowa: Allen Poindexter
Kansas: Lance and Valerie Gabriel
Kentucky: WinStar Farm
Louisiana: Irwin Olian
Maryland: Robert Manfuso
Massachusetts: Ken Posco
Michigan: Lisa Campbell
Minnesota: Rick Bremer and Cheryl Sprick
New Jersey: Daniel Lopez
New York: Chester and Mary Broman
North Carolina: Nancy Shuford
Ohio: Tim Hamm
Oregon: Neil Knapp
South Carolina: Franklin Smith Sr.
Texas: Craig Upham
Virginia: Mrs. William M. Backer
Washington: Jean and Jeff Harris

TOBA National Awards Dinner sponsors include Calumet Farm, Stoll Keenon Ogden, The Stronach Group and Adena Springs, H.E. “Tex” Sutton Forwarding Company, Jackson Family Wines (Official Wine Sponsor of the 2017 TOBA National Awards Dinner), Tito’s Handmade Vodka, West Sixth Brewing (official beer sponsor of the 2017 TOBA National Awards Dinner), National HBPA, FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips, NTRA Advantage and John Deere, The Horse and BloodHorse LLC.

Sam Houston Shelters Horses Displaced by Texas Flood

More than 100 horses being stabled as of Aug. 29.

 

So far the Texas Thoroughbred industry appears to have escaped the worst of Hurricane Harvey, which battered the Gulf Coast with damaging winds when it made landfall Aug. 25 and has since saturated the Houston area with a record 49 inches of contiguous rain.

Sam Houston Race Park, which is located northwest of downtown Houston and adjacent to the Sam Houston Tollway, has not sustained any major damage or flooding, according to Roland Tamez, who is with the track’s security team. The track did not have any racehorses on the grounds when the storm hit because its live racing season ended in May.

The barn area is now being used to provide free shelter for horses being evacuated out of flooded areas. Several horses had been sent to the track ahead of the storm because their owners had experienced flooding in the past.

“We’ve got over 100 horses in three barns right now,” said Tamez, who added that anyone who needs shelter for their horses can call the track at (281) 807-8790 and arrange for a security officer to assist.

“These stalls do not have gates,” Tamez said. “So horse owners need to provide a gate or stall webbing, hay, feed, bedding, tubs, and buckets. The track is providing water.”

Tamez said the roads around the racetrack are clear, and he noted there is no flooding along the nearby segment of the tollway and the feeder roads. He said roads also are clear between the racetrack and I-45.

Sam Houston president Andrea Young said the barn area will be available as long as necessary.

“There are areas that may take three weeks to a month before people can get back into their homes, because that’s how long it will take for the water to go down,” Young said. “We’re prepared to help as long as we need to.”

Heavy rains much farther inland did effect the Gillespie County Fairgrounds, which had to cancel live racing this weekend at its track near Fredericksburg and will conduct three of its Quarter Horse stakes races at Retama Park in San Antonio, which is about 70 miles away. No damage was done to the facility, but state stewards determined the saturated racing surface was unsafe.

Aside from the horses being sheltered at Sam Houston, the Texas Thoroughbred Association has not fielded many calls for assistance over the past few days, according to TTA executive director Mary Ruyle.

“We are compiling and will publish a list of resources,” Ruyle said. “But it is surprising we haven’t heard more.”

One reason, she said, may be because a majority of the farms are located inland from the hardest hit areas. James Leatherman, racing secretary at Retama, said the racetrack only got two inches of rain with winds of 45-50 mph, which caused only minor damage to some fencing.

In Louisiana, the Equine Sales Company has announced that its Consignor Select Yearling Sale set for Aug. 31 in Opelousas, will be held as scheduled starting at 10 a.m. local time. The sales facility and the surrounding area have not been significantly affected by Hurricane Harvey.

New Withholding, Reporting Rules Near Enactment

A document outlining upcoming federal regulatory actions released July 20 by The White House indicates that modernized tax guidance relating to withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel winnings is nearing enactment, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said.

The “Current Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” describes the Amendment of 3402(q) Regulations providing new rules for pari-mutuel wagering as in the final rule stage.

The regulation, detailed by the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Treasury in the Dec. 30, 2016 Federal Register in a section titled “Withholding on Payments of Certain Gambling Winnings,” accomplishes goals started and spearheaded by the NTRA three years ago.

“We are pleased to see this latest indication that the regulation continues to make its way toward final approval,” said NTRA president and CEO Alex Waldrop in a release. “We take nothing for granted, though, and will continue to work closely with our allies in Washington, D.C., to get this important change completed. We urge Treasury and the IRS to act quickly so horseplayers, the racing industry, and the federal government can all start benefitting from these landmark rules.”

The proposed regulations, developed with the NTRA’s guidance, clarify “the amount of the wager” to include the entire amount wagered into a specific pari-mutuel pool by an individual—not just the winning base unit as is the case today—so long as all wagers made into a specific pool by an individual are made on a single tote ticket if the wager is placed onsite. The proposed regulations would have the same positive results for advance deposit wagering customers and would not impact how those wagers are currently made.

Currently a $1 trifecta wheel of 10 combinations is viewed as 10 bets of $1 each. If a payout of $600 or more at odds of 300-1 or higher is awarded, that payout must be reported to the IRS. If that same wager pays $5,000 or more on odds of 300-1 or higher, some of the winnings must immediately be withheld for taxes.

The change would affect how the 300-1 threshold is determined. Under the change, the $10 ticket in the scenario above would be considered a $10 wager. To reach 300-1 odds, the payout must be more than $3,010, which means far fewer big payouts will need to be reported.

The NTRA said the regulations will positively impact a significant percentage of winning wagers, particularly those involving multi-horse or multi-race exotic wagers, and result in tens of millions of dollars in additional pari-mutuel churn.

Gentlemen’s Bet Retired to Journeyman Stud

Gentlemen's Bet Retired to Journeyman Stud
Photo: Coady Photography

Gentleman’s Bet retires with seven wins and $744,155 in earnings

Gentlemen’s Bet, a three-time black-type stakes winner and twice grade 1-placed son of Half Ours  , has been retired and will stand the 2018 breeding season at Brent and Crystal Fernung’s Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.

Racing for owner Harry Rosenblum, Gentlemen’s Bet won five of his first six starts. Overall he won seven of his 22 lifetime starts and collected $744,155 in earnings. Among his victories was the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes and Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn Park and the Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows.

In addition, Gentlemen’s Bet placed in the Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint and Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (both G1) and the grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap.

“Gentlemen’s Bet is the perfect horse for Florida,” said Brent Fernung. “He is a big, beautiful, fast horse with a great pedigree. The Frank J. De Francis Stakes has made quite an impact in Florida in the past. Among the winners of that race to go to stud in Ocala are Wildcat Heir, Montbrook, and Yes It’s True, arguably the best three stallions to stand in Florida in the past 20 years.”

In the Frank J. De Francis, Gentlemen’s Bet defeated Palace  , a grade 1 winner of more than $1.5 million, Stallwalkin’ Dude, a graded winner of $1.4 million, and Trouble Kid, a graded winner of more than $500,000.

Gentlemen’s Bet placed a close-up third in the 2013 Breeder’s Cup Sprint. Beaten less than two lengths in the Sprint by Secret Circle  , Gentlemen’s Bet finished ahead of champion sprinter Trinniberg   and graded winners Private Zone, Justin Phillip  , The Lumber GuyBahamian Squall  , Fast Bullet, Majestic Stride, and Sum of the Parts.

One of three foals out of the Gentleman mare Lady of Sun, Gentlemen’s Bet descends from the family of grade 1 winner Consolidator (by Storm Cat). His stud fee for 2018 will be announced at a later date.

Grade 1 Winner Bonapaw Euthanized

Grade 1 Winner Bonapaw Euthanized
Photo: Rick Capone

Bonapaw at Old Friends

Grade 1-winning sprinter Bonapaw was euthanized July 7 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Ky., due to complications caused by the equine protozoal myeloencephalitis. He was 21.

Bonapaw (Sabona—Pawlova, Nijinsky II) was nothing short of a Cinderella horse for his owners, Louisiana-based twin brothers Dennis and James Richard, who purchased the bay gelding as a yearling for $6,500 at the 1997 Keeneland September sale. Bonapaw took his owners far and wide. He captured 18 of 49 starts and earned more than $1.1 million.

He broke his maiden as a 2-year old at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, and over the years became the pride of the track, where he won five stakes.

Bonapaw’s first graded stakes victory came in 2001 at Oaklawn Park, where he won the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3). In 2002, at the age of 6, he journeyed to the United Arab Emirates for a chance at the group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen, where he ran sixth. He then captured the Hanshin Cup Handicap (G3) at Arlington International Race Course before he won the grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park.

His Vosburg win encouraged the Richard brothers to invest a $90,000 supplemental fee to enter Bonapaw in the NAPA Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Arlington, but he finished 10th in a field that included Kona Gold, Xtra Heat, and winner Orientate  .

Retired from racing in 2005, he was donated to Old Friends in 2009 by James Richard Jr.

“We are so grateful to have had these years with Bonapaw,” said Old Friends president Michael Blowen. “He was a great racehorse, and he meant so much to his owners, as well as all of his many fans. Jamie (Richard) even donated Bonapaw’s Vosburgh trophy to us, and we will cherish it always.”

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