update - DAILY RACING FORM clocker reports on RIVER SEVEN this morning as he has a big workout before next Saturday’s DONN HANDICAP – Grade 1

Mike Welsch : “River Seven :24.75, :36.93 5/8′s in 1:00.51 did it very easily, out 1:14.33 looked sharp again for Donn Handicap.”

 

ARAGORN AMI BEATS HER FRIENDS IN MARTHA WASHINGTON

 

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JOSE PAYE captured this image of Canadian-bred ARAGORN AMI winning the Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park yesterday for owner/breeder IVAN DALOS.

 

 

 

 

 
She went unsold at the CTHS Woodbine yearling sale 2 years ago: she was bought back for $30,000 by her breeder IVAN DALOS.
She went into the MARTHA WASHINGTON STAKES at Oaklawn Park yesterday with just a maiden win on Polytrack and was trying 1 mile and dirt for the first time.
But ARAGORN AMI could be any kind of filly as she won that $100,000 stakes race for Dalos and trainer JOSIE CARROLL and she is headed to the next race in the series, the HONEYBEE STAKES.

ARAGORN AMI (by top turfer Aragorn (Ire) is a 4th GENERATION runner for Dalos. The 4th dam, SILLY BILLIE, produced SYBELLE AMI (by Secret Claim) the 3rd dam of the 3yo filly. Sybelle Ami produced 6 winners including stakes winner SECRET AMI, the 2nd dam.
SECRET AMI is the dam of Princess Elizabeth Stakes winner VICTORIOUS AMI and the unraced GALLOPING AMI, the dam of Aragorn Ami.

Galloping Ami, by the Dalos-bred VICTORY GALLOP (he won the Belmont Stakes) has had 2 other foals, no other winners.

STORY FROM HOTSPRINGSDAILY.COM:

Ivan Dalos’ Aragorn Ami, making just her second career start, survived a rider’s objection to earn her first career stakes victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes.

With leading rider Norberto Arroyo Jr. in the irons, Aragorn Ami assumed a stalking position in third behind the front-running Euphrosyne through an opening quarter mile in 23 3/5, moved into second before a half mile in 49 and drew off from her rival to win by 1 ½ lengths after gaining the lead at the top of the stretch.  The winner drifted in slightly late, but the stewards found no reason for disqualification. She completed the one mile in 1:41 over a fast track.

“He (Arroyo) came down a little; enough to stop my filly’s forward momentum,” said Euphrosyne’s jockey Channing Hill. “It was just the greenness of the two fillies.”

“I did what I was told to do and laid right off the pace,” said Arroyo. “I worked this filly three times in the morning so I really got to know her.”
 
http://hotspringsdaily.com/aragorn-ami-pulls-mild-martha-washington-upset/

 

 

MATADOR 4TH -  BEAR, 5TH in SAM F. DAVIS

Matador gets rival jockey’s whip on snout at top of stretch!

Canadian-bred colts MATADOR (Malibu Moon) and ASSERTING BEAR (Bear’s Kid) were 4th and 5th in the Sam F. Davis at 1 1.16 miles at Tampa Bay Downs yesterday behind the 1-2 finishers from the Todd Pletcher stable.
Matador, trained by Mark Casse, had a rally around the last turn and finished in a group that was just 1 length from the winner, Vinceramos (Pioneer ofthe Nile, also the sire of CAIRO PRINCE).

That was pretty good considering the colt was hit flush on his face by Joe Rocco Jr.’s whip off the turn (watch the video)
ASSERTING BEAR had a lovely stalking trip in 3rd but stalled in the stretch and was 3 3/4 lengths behind the winner. He is trained by Reade Baker for Bear Stables.

MATADOR received a career best 80 BEYER SPEED FIGURE, ASSERTING BEAR dipped a bit from his to with a 76.

replay (click the box on bottom to make it bigger)

 

http://www1.drf.com/displayVideo.do?track_id=TAM&raceDate=20140201&raceNumber=09&day_evening=D&country=USA

 

 

CANADIAN-BREDS NUMBER 12 IN TRIPLE CROWN NOMINATIONS

There are a dozen Canadian-bred nominees of the 413 nominated to the American Triple Crown series according to the release issued yesterday.
The Canadian-bred list is led by Grade I winner WE MISS ARTIE, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and bred by Richard Lister in Ontario.

There are 11 Mark Casse-trainees and another  10 owned by Canadians.

the CANADIAN-BREDS:
Ami’s Holiday        C     B     Harlan’s Holiday     Victorious Ami     Tall Oaks Farm     Josie Carroll     Ivan Dalos

Asserting Bear        C     B     Bear’s Kid     Star Guest     John Carey     Reade Baker     Bear Stables,

Coltimus Prime        C     DK B/     Milwaukee Brew     Certainly Special     J. Horner     Justin J. Nixon     Cabernet Racing Stables

Eirigh        C     DK B/     More Than Ready     Pleasant N Low     Cavendish Investing Ltd.     Thomas Morley     Donegal Racing

Leif Erikson        C     B     Henrythenavigator     Gumboots     Eaton Hall Farm     Michael J. Doyle     Eaton Hall Farm

Majestic Sunset        C     B     Artie Schiller     Sunset Cocktail     Ron Clarkson     Mark E. Casse     John C. Oxley

Mangusta        C     CH     Street Boss     Ethan’s Car     Josham Farms Limited     Michael Mattine     Theodore F. Burnett
Manhattan Johnnie        C     DK B/     Roman Ruler     Fancy Deed     R. Harvey & A. Wortzman     Eddie Kenneally     Joseph Bucci

Matador        C     B     Malibu Moon     I’m Breathtaking     Windhaven Farms Limited     Mark E. Casse     John C. Oxley

Recall Dynaformer        C     DK B/     Dynaformer     Recoleta     Charles Fipke     Roger L. Attfield     Charles E. Fipke

Rhythm Blues        C     CH     Tale of the Cat     Its a Ruby     Garland E. Williamson     Michael R. Matz     Hillsbrook Farms

We Miss Artie        C     DK B/     Artie Schiller     Athena’s Gift     Richard L. Lister     Todd A. Pletcher     Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K.

Mark Casse trainees are:

AWESOME SKY, COASTLINE, CONQUEST AFLEET, CONQUEST TITAN, CONQUEST TOP GUN, DYNAMIC IMPACT MAJESTIC SUNSET, MATADOR and THUNDERGRAM

Other Canadian connected horses are

 

BIG BAZINGA, BOND HOLDER, DYLAN WARD, INDIAN BRITT, INDY’S MILLIONS, RUM POINT, THE CUSTODIAN, UNBRIDLED FOREVER and VAN FRASSEN.

 

TRIPLE CROWN NOMINATIONS SOARS TO 413
BLOOD-HORSE.COM STORY
RON MITCHELL

Led by a record 42 nominees from Todd Pletcher’s barn, 413 3-year-olds were nominated to the 2014 Triple Crown series during the early nomination period, which closed Jan. 25.

The list of early nominations, which cost $600 per horse, was released Feb. 1 and heralds the official start of the Triple Crown season. The 2014 late nomination period, which requires a payment of $6,000 for each nominated 3-year-old, opened Sunday, Jan. 26, and continues through Saturday, March 22.

Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/83151/early-triple-crown-nominations-soar-to-413#ixzz2sAkC5DSP

ENTIRE LIST IS HERE:
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/triple-crown/nominations
MORE CANADIANS

 

ONTARIO-BRED Stormy Pacific won his maiden at Tampa Bat on Saturday in his second career race. He was a $105,000 Keeneland yearling purchase from Josham Farms and Yvonne Schwabe.

Chart from THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS:

11th-TAM, $20,400, Msw, 3yo, 6f, 1:13 1/5, ft.
STORMY PACIFIC (g, 3, Stormy Atlantic–Classic Neel {SW & GSP, $139,646}, by El Corredor), third on debut over a sloppy 5 1/2 furlongs here Dec. 29, was sent off at 7-1 for this second attempt. The bay kept tabs on the pacesetters from fifth just off the rail. Three-wide at the top of the lane, he sailed past his rivals to score by a half-length in the final strides. Dickens (Ghostzapper) was the runner-up. Sales history: $105,000 yrl ’12 KEESEP. Lifetime Record:
2-1-0-1, $13,600.
O-Savoy Stable. B-Josham Farms Limited & Yvonne
Schwabe Thoroughbreds (ON). T-Dale Bennett.