Racing 7 furlongs in the dirt at Churchill Downs, 2-year-old FROLIC MORE (More Than Ready) took off in the top flight just off the rail. When asked he split hoses to reach the front and win by 1 3/4 lengths. He went off the heavy favorite. The colt is owned by Andrew Farm & On Our Own Stable, LLC; and his trained by Dallas Stewart. He has a record of 4-1-1-1 and $59,570 in earnings.
CONQUEST BIG E ( Tapit) captured the G2 Gulfstream Park Hardacre Mile for his first graded tally Mar. 31 but has been off the board since then. Today racing 7 furlongs at Gulfstream West, the 5-year-old came through along to rail to take control and then drew off in the lane to win by 5 3/4-lengths.
Lifetime Record: GSW, 25-6-2-1, $429,290
O-Daniel C. Hurtak
B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. (KY)
T-Donna Green Hurtak.
Recent winner of the Molly Pitcher Stakes (Gr. 3), Robert Masiello, West Point Thoroughbreds, and Chris Larsen’s BERNED (Bernardini) added black type running 2nd in the G2- Chilukki S at Churchill on Breeders’ Cup Day. She had also added black-type running second in the ROYAL DELTA S at Belmont. She has upped her earnings over $438,000.
Bred by AR Enterprises out of the Giant’s Causeway mare First Passage, Berned was a $550,000 purchase by West Point Thoroughbreds when she was consigned to the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services.
SPLASHY KISSES gallops straight from the KIRKWOOD GULFSTREAM GALLOP contingent to the BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES-GI, $2,000,000. She was selected from Fasig Tipton Gulfstream by Dennis O’Neill for his trainer/brother Doug O’Neill. We wish all the connections the best of luck. She is now owned by ERJ Racing, LLC, Phoenix Thoroughbred III and Dave Kenney.
Off the favorite Chroniqueur, c, 2, (Artie Schiller–Nellie Bly, by Congrats) angled out to circle rivals to bread his maiden going 7 furlongs at Delta Downs. He is trained by Merrill R. Scherer and is owned by Carolyn K. Friedberg.
Kirkwood has a booth and is the sponsor of the TRAINERS PANEL. October 29 and 30 at the Kentucky International Convention Center.
Last year, Kip Elser of Kirkwood Sales embarked on a somewhat unorthodox project in the world of 2-year-old Thoroughbred sales. Working with an undisclosed client, Elser picked up five yearlings over the course of the sale season with the express purpose of selling their purchases at The Gulfstream Sale, Fasig-Tipton’s selected 2-year-olds in training sale.
Under the name “Gulfstream Gallop,” the yearlings were purchased by Kirkwood Sales as agent and eventually sent to The Gulfstream Sale with the understanding that they would gallop, not breeze, during the under-tack show. While the tactic was unexpected, Elser considered the endeavor to be a success—one that he hopes to repeat with similar returns.
“There are plenty of people that still want some horses, and there are some very nice horses here that missed a sale for a little bit of this or that,” Elser said, “October is a great time to sell these horses now that they’ve had a chance to grow up some.”
Among the most successful horses from last year’s experiment was a Noble Mission gelding purchased by Elser for $27,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase. Bred in Kentucky by Mt. Brilliant Farm out of the Bernardini mare Mahkama, the gelding was purchased by Caves Farm for $120,000 at The Gulfstream Sale.
Another yearling who galloped to the tune of six figures was a Blame filly bought by Elser for $30,000 from Eaton Sales consignment to the Turf Showcase. Named Splashy Kisses, the filly was bred in Kentucky Winchester Farm out of the Cherokee Run mare Indian Valley. Knocked down to Dennis O’Neill and ERJ Racing for $100,000, Splashy Kisses placed second in the Sept. 15 Pocahontas Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs.
“It was it was very successful last year,” Elser said. “The big filly, Splashy Kisses, (was) pre-entered today for the Breeders’ Cup. We’re going to do the project again with a few more horses. We had five last year and we’re going to aim to do it this time around with seven or eight, maybe as many as 10 horses this year. But we will keep it tight. We’re not trying to re-invent the wheel.”
Elser bought two yearlings under the Gulfstream Gallop banner on Day 1 of the October sale. Hip 1, a Munnings colt consigned by Paramount Sales, agent for Pine Ridge Stables, was purchased for $50,000. A registered New York-bred, the chestnut colt is the fourth foal produced by the Hat Trick (JPN) mare Ubusuku.
“This is always a very solid sale,” Elser said. “You never get to buy all the ones you want. If you did the market would be in pretty bad shape. There have been a few standouts and we’ve gotten a couple so far, but when you’re trying to fit into a little slot it’s never easy—and it’s not supposed to be.”
Phillips Homebred SOAR FROM SHADOWS (Bernardini–Shine Softly (SP), by Aldebaran) graduated at Laurel racing 1/16m on the turf. She tucked in along the rail early and then swung out and closed well for the victory. The 3-year-old filly is trained by Francis Abbott, III. She is from the wonderful Phillips family of millionaire MGSW SOARING SOFTLY. We are very proud of our association with both the Phillips family and Darby Dan and with this wonderful equine family as well.
Mucho Macho Man | Horsephotos
MUCHO GUSTO (Mucho Macho Man) lived up to his name and then some with an ultra-impressive debut victory at Los Alamitos Thursday to become his freshman sire (by Macho Uno)’s fourth winner and first ‘TDN Rising Star.’ Hammered down to even-money favoritism, the $625,000 EASMAY buy broke on top from his rail draw and was just loping along under a motionless Joe Talamo as he zipped through a first quarter in :21.96. He floated out three wide turning for home, but was still going easily, registering a half-mile in :45.75. Confronted by a rival to his inside at the top of the stretch, the chestnut instantly powered clear when given the signal by Talamo, pouring it on down the lane to win by a geared-down four lengths. Vantastic (Dialed In) completed the exacta.
Picked up for just $14,000 at Keeneland January, Mucho Gusto brought $95,000 in his next trip through the Keeneland ring that September. The colt RNA’d for $55,000 at the OBS March sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat over the synthetic and was sent through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale two months later, where he summoned $625,000 from Michael Lund Petersen after working a quarter-mile over a sloppy dirt track in an eye-catching :21 1/5. He is currently the most expensive offspring of 2013 GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Mucho Macho Man to be sold at auction.
Mucho Gusto hails from the family of Canadian Horse of the Year and MGISW Peaks and Valleys (Mt. Livermore) and MGSW millionaire Alternation (Distorted Humor). The winner’s dam Itsagiantcauseway (Giant’s Causeway) did not produce a foal in 2017, but had a Jack Milton colt Apr. 15 of this year and was bred back to Alpha.
3rd-Los Alamitos, $40,690, Msw, 9-20, 2yo, 6f, 1:10.14, ft.
MUCHO GUSTO, c, 2, Mucho Macho Man
1st Dam: Itsagiantcauseway, by Giant’s Causeway
2nd Dam: Countervail, by Seeking the Gold
3rd Dam: Strike a Balance, by Green Dancer
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $24,000.