06/03/2013 5:20PM

DRF Breeding Weekend Wrap: State-breds shine at Belmont, Barretts grads roll at Hollywood


There were no graded stakes scheduled at Belmont Park on Saturday but still plenty of quality racing, as members of one of the strongest state-bred programs in the nation took center stage in seven stakes races on New York Showcase Day.

Sequel Stallions New York’s Freud picked up two victories on the program with Bouwerie Stakes winner Lovely Syn and Mount Vernon Stakes winner Shakeira.

Lovely Syn, who annexed her second consecutive stakes win, is the leading earner for Freud thus far this season. She dominated the opposition in the Bouwerie, winning by 10 1/4 lengths and finishing seven furlongs in 1:21.58 for a Beyer Speed Figure of 85. Homebred by Joemar Racing Stables, the 3-year-old filly is out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Lemon Drop’s Love and is from the family of Grade 2 winner Lykatill Hil and Grade 3 winner Classic Account.

Shakeira rallied to win the one-mile turf Mount Vernon by a neck in 1:35.75, good for an 82 Beyer. The 5-year-old mare was purchased as a yearling by William Schettine for $16,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale, and was claimed by Michael Dubb and trainer Chad Brown in early 2012. She is out of the stakes-placed Magisterial mare Cerita and is from the family of dual Grade 3 winner Mister Marti Gras—runner-up in the Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park last week—among several other stakes winners.

Freud, a full brother to leading sire Giant’s Causeway, currently ranks second on the New York general sire list with nearly $1.8 million in progeny earnings through June 2. The 15-year-old son of Storm Cat led the state’s general sire earnings list in 2008 and was second from 2009-2011.

The other stakes winners on New York Showcase card were Saginaw, a son of Peruvian, in the Affirmed Success Handicap; Amberjack (Indygo Shiner) in the Mike Lee Stakes; Clear Pasaj (Smoke Glacken) in the Dancing Renee Handicap; Readtheprospectus (Read the Footnotes) in the Commentator Handicap; and King Kreesa (King Cugat) in the Kingston Stakes. King Kreesa earned the highest Beyer of the group, notching a 101 when covering one mile on the turf in 1:33.99.

On the other end of the continent, Clubhouse Ride and Tiz a Minister took both graded stakes at Hollywood Park over the weekend, capping off a strong two days of racing for Barretts sales graduates in the Golden State.

Clubhouse Ride had been keeping good company this spring, finishing second to divisional standout Game On Dude in three consecutive graded stakes heading into the Grade 2 Californian at Hollywood on Saturday. The 5-year-old son of Candy Ride broke through in a big way with his first graded stakes win under Garrett Gomez, defeating Liaison by 2 1/4 lengths and earning the weekend’s top Beyer of 106 for his final time of 1:51.02 over Hollywood’s synthetic Cushion Track.

Clubhouse Ride, who is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Seeking Results, sold as a juvenile at the 2010 Barretts January mixed sale for $22,000 to Six S Racing Stable. That outfit now campaigns the horse in partnership with Nikolas Petralia. He has a career record of four wins, eight seconds, and eight thirds from 28 starts and is inching close to the seven-figure mark in earnings with $959,620.

Candy Ride, who stands at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., will be profiled this week as DRF Breeding’s Hot Sire.

On Sunday, Tiz a Minister also landed his first graded stakes win, rallying to capture the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap by a length. The 3-year-old Ministers Wild Cat colt won the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes this January at Santa Anita and then finished third, fourth, and fourth in the San Felipe, Santa Anita Derby, and Snow Chief, respectively, before winning on Sunday. He finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.79, good for an 86 Beyer.

Tiz a Minister was bred in California by Dahlberg Farms and is out of the unraced Cee’s Tizzy mare Tiz a Mistress. He sold for a mere $6,500 to Simon Hudy at the Barretts October yearling sale in 2011. Tiz a Minister was claimed by S.A.Y. Racing after his second start last summer at Del Mar. He has earned $420,780 to date.

Unusual Way made it a stakes trifecta for Barretts grads in California over the weekend, taking the one-mile turf Capanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday by 2 1/4 lengths. A $65,000 Barretts yearling in 2011, the 3-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat is out of the stakes-placed Great Above mare Way Up and is from the family of Canadian champion juvenile colt Added Edge and Grade 3 winner Shimatoree. She earned an 85 Beyer for her final time of 1:36.81 in the Capanile.

Weekend notes: Penn National claimed its share of the spotlight last Saturday as the Grantville, Pa. racino held its most lucrative race ever in the $460,000 Penn Mile. Rydilluc, who faded late as the favorite in the Blue Grass Stakes in April at Keeneland, rebounded nicely with a strong three-quarter length win in the one-mile turf event.

The 3-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro covered the distance in 1:33.99 and earned a 90 Beyer Speed Figure. He has now won four of six starts and earned $471,990. Bred in Kentucky by Hill ‘n’ Dale Holdings and Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds, he was purchased by Carl Bowling’s Straightaway Farm as a yearling for $55,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September sale, and then pinhooked by Bowling via his Secure Investments agency for $150,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale to Gary Contessa, who trains Rydilluc for a partnership.

Rydilluc is out of the stakes-winning Clever Trick mare Swift and Classy and is a half-brother to stakes winner Gold Wonder and to stakes-placed winners Dangerous Guy and Whambam. Swift and Classy is a half-sister to stakes winner and graded stakes producer Seducer and to Silvery Swan, the dam of Grade 1 winners and sires El Corredor and Roman Ruler, Grade 3 winner Silver Tornado, and Grade 1-placed winner and young sire Maimonides.

The top Beyer on the Penn National card came from runaway Pennsylvania Governors Handicap winner Tightend Touchdown, who covered five furlongs on turf in :54.62 for an impressive 105 Beyer. The 4-year-old Pure Precision gelding picked up his first stakes win; he is out of the Marquetry mare Starry Mark.

Robert LaPenta’s Easter Gift, winner of the Mountainview Handicap, also notched a triple-digit Beyer at Penn National, earning a 101 for his final time of 1:49.96 over 1 1/8 miles. The Hard Spun colt, who is out of the stakes-winning Allen’s Prospect Angel Gift, has won three times from four starts this year and picked up his first stakes win since the Grade 3 Smarty Jones at Parx Racing last fall.

At Churchill Downs, Scatman picked up his first career stakes win when he outfinished Jasizzle by a neck in the Grade 3 Aristides. The 4-year-old Scat Daddy colt covered six furlongs in 1:10.56 over a sloppy, sealed track, scoring a 90 Beyer. He emerged as a talented 3-year-old in spring 2012 with solid runs in the Southwest Stakes and the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn but picked up his first stakes win going shorter for owner/breeder JEOG Racing.

Scatman is out of the Grand Slam mare Hit It Here Café. His dam is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Strawberry Morn, who is the dam of English Group 2 winner Strawberrydaiquiri.

Preeminent international sire Galileo picked up more Group 1 hardware over the weekend in England and France as his sons Ruler of the World, St. Nicholas Abbey, and Intello captured the Epsom Derby, Coronation Cup, and French Derby respectively (with St. Nicholas Abbey winning his third consecutive Coronation Cup). Galileo’s dominance is the subject of a forthcoming analysis by John Sparkman in the June 9 edition of DRF Breeding.