OHIO THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS & OWNERS
2018 MIXED SALE ACCEPTING ENTRIES – CLOSES TUEDAY AUGUST 14
The O.T.B.O. will hold its Mixed Sale on Sunday, October 7 at Majestic Farm in Batavia at 1:30 p.m. The sale is open to thoroughbreds of all ages and is not restricted to Ohio-breds.
“We moved the date back this year, so it would fit between the two Kentucky sales,” said Executive Director John Engelhardt. “Last year we had 103 entries. After entries are accepted they will be posted on-line through several entities. We will be widely distributing the catalogues to all regional HBPA offices, active racing venues, consignors, advertisers and individuals upon request. With over $7.43 million available to Ohio-bred winners and breeders this is a great time to get in the game. The yearlings purchased last year are just starting to run as two-year-olds. Show Me Some Sass won a $30,000 maiden race recently and in three starts has bankrolled $24,000, for a horse that sold for under $1,000 eight months ago – that’s not bad”
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MAGIC TALE CONJURES UP A MAGICAL TRIP
IN THE $75,000 CLEVELAND KINERGARTEN
Bruce Tallisman is a O.T.B.O. member that has been active in the Ohio Program for decades. He’s had success at every level of the game as both and owner and breeder. His homebred mare Proper Discretion (Discreetly Mine-Prizes-Prized), has been his stable star for several seasons as a multiple stakes winner and earner of over $331,000. After selling her privately to Loooch Racing Stables, it was time to search for a new headliner to run in his silks and it looks like he found a very promising one.
“Last spring, I was looking for horses at the March Ocala Sale,” said Tallisman. “My trainer Kelly Breen was there and we had a list of horses. I started to look for Ohio-breds and a colt by Tale of the Cat out of the Indian Charlie mare Conjuress caught my eye. We looked at the video of his breeze, Kelly checked him out and he vetted out. I told Kelly, ‘I’ll go to $70,000 on him,’ and that is exactly where the hammer fell.” Magical trip was bred by the Klosterman’s Langsem Farm.
“From the sale he went to a farm in Ocala and was sent to Kelly in May, and at first he was just another horse in the barn,” Tallisman recalled. “Breen has a great outfit, in my opinion he is one of the best trainers I’ve ever had. Magic Tale started taking to his lessons at his Monmouth Park base and he was suddenly posting bullet works against some talented older horses. That said, I was still shocked by his first race when he just ran away from the field by 13 ½ lengths at Thistledown.”
With the cat out of the bag, Magic Tale was sent away as the even-money favorite in the 6-furlong $75,000 Cleveland Kindergarten. Undefeated in two starts, Diamond Dust, coming out of a win in the $75,000, 5 ½ furlong Hoover Stakes at Belterra Park was installed as the second choice. Ohio Player took up the third spot in the wagering off a smashing 7 ½ length at Belterra Park, where he established a new track-record going 4 ½ furlongs in :53.
The field broke cleanly and developed into a match race quickly between Magic Tale and Diamond Dust. They raced stride for stride while setting sprite fractions of 21.88 and 45.66 and steadily separated themselves from the rest of the field. Into the stretch Jockey Albin Jimenez began to urge Magic Tale for more and the match race scenario was soon ended. Jimenez gave the leader a courtesy call with a left-handed stick at the furlong marker and he drifted out a bit, he was quickly righted and won in hand by three lengths in 1:11.82. Diamond Dust easily secured the second spot by 11 ¾ lengths over his stablemate Private Drive.
In the post parade to the winner’s circle, Magic Tale appeared to have about 100 lbs. on his competition. “Yes, he carries a lot of flesh, he’s big and we are excited about what the future holds,” Tallisman commented. “There is a lot of time from now to the $150,000 Best of Ohio Juvenile on October 13. Hopefully we can find a spot where he can try two turns in between.”
SCHOOL BOARD PREZ GETS BACK TO HER WINNING WAYS
IN THE $75,000 VIVACIOUS HANDICAP
With the 5-year-old School Board Prez it’s all about “patience, patience, patience.” She likes her races well-spaced, he connections prefer to wait for a route race and her jockey needs to relax with her come-from-behind style and not make their move too soon. Luckily, she is owned and was bred by O.T.B.O. Board member John Royer who has had racing in his blood since his teenage years and knows you have to let the horse do what they do best. “It’s been over a year since she’s had a win and she’s had lots of seconds when you have her running style,” Royer said after her well-time last-to-first win the $75,000 Vivacious over the Belterra Park turf. “The way she runs offers opportunity for a troubled trip and a lot of races just didn’t set up for her. She runs well fresh and that certainly showed today. That was a very deep field top to bottom with horses out of the Pletcher and Maker barns, half the field could have won and you wouldn’t be surprised.”
The new faces in the crowd were Takechargedelilah and Touch of Bling. Takechargedelilah is a daughter of Take Charge Indy out of Ohio Broodmare of the Year Lilah by Defrere and she was bred by Steve DeMaiolo and purchased as a yearling for $170,000. She is a half-sister to two-time Ohio Horse of the Year Mo Dont No and races in the colors of StarLadies Stable. The 3-year-old filly had won 2 of 4 lifetime starts at Gulfstream Park, Aqueduct, Belmont and Delaware Park for trainer Todd Pletcher. She was transferred to the barn of Tom Drury, Jr. for the Vivacious. Touch of Bling is a 5-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat out of Got Bling by Langfuhr that was bred by Langsem Farm. Trained by Mike Maker she must travel with him wherever he goes. Eight of her last twelve starts were made at different tracks and all but two were run on turf. Only 9 of her 21 lifetime starts had come on main tracks and she entered the grassy Vivacious with earnings of $232,433.
School Board Prez was the last of 10 in the early going as favored True Cinder dueled with Touch of Bling through the early fractions, including a sharp opening quarter of 22.78 seconds on the yielding turf. School Board Prez had worked her way to fifth by upper stretch as the leaders faded. Pedro Cotto Jr., swung her wide in the lane and she exploded in the final 1/16 for a perfectly timed half-length victory over a rallying Takechargedelilah, finishing the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.48. It was another 2 3/4 lengths to Snowie Hill in third. Multiple stakes winner True Cinder faded to seventh, finishing off the board for the first time since her career debut in 2016.
School Board Prez was recording the seventh stakes victory of her career, but it was her first since winning the same race two years ago, she was second last season. She is trained by Doug Matthews at Arlington Park. She came out running as a juvenile winning the first three starts of her career in 2015, all in stakes, capped by the John W. Galbreath Stakes on the Best of Ohio showcase program. She added three more stakes victories in 2016, including that year’s Vivacious. Since then, she has placed in four stakes, including a runner-up effort in last fall’s Best of Ohio Distaff, and a runner-up effort in the J. William Petro Memorial Handicap last out. She now has a record of 23-8-5-2 for earnings of $480,540.
BABY NINA LIVES UP TO HER PEDIGREE IN THE MISS OHIO
In the $75,000 Miss Ohio at Thistledown July 21, Drillit, who defeated Baby Nina by 21 lengths the last time they met, was sent away a heavy odds-on favorite. Drillit, a Robert Gorham trainee, was coming off a second-place finish vs. the boys in the $75,000 Hoover Stakes at Belterra Park. Her stablemate Candy Lane shot out of the gate strongly at the start and held a 1 ½ lead at the top of the stretch. At this point jockey Scott Speith, who had maneuvered Baby Nina into the second spot, let the daughter of Flatter loose and she pulled away with ease from the field by nine widening lengths.
Owned by an extended Loooch Racing Stables, Inc., Anthony Quartarolo trains Baby Nina. She toured the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:07.28 while Candy Lane secured the second spot over stablemate Drillit. Baby Nina is a product of decades of breeding to this female family by former O.T.B.O. President Fleming Fraser and has continued to keep it flourishing by his son James, who is the current O.T.B.O. Vice-President.
Baby Nina was purchased out of the 2017 Saratoga Sale of Selected Yearlings for $120,000 by Steven W. Young on behalf of Ron Paolucci. Her full brother is Silver Tongued ($320,237) a multiple stakes winner and the 2012 Two-Year-Old Champion in Ohio. Her half-brother by E Dubai is the multiple stakes winner Dubacious ($262,965) who captured the Best of Ohio Endurance. Whitelaceerpromises, dam of Baby Nina is a half-sister to Muir Woods ($129,904) the 2011 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly in the state.
MAGNA ROSE BLOOMS IN THE NORM BARRON QUEEN CITY OAKS
Respected author Tom Ainslie wrote in his Encyclopedia of Thoroughbred Handicapping- “Don’t ever bet on a horse to do something it hasn’t done before.” I guess trainer Brendan Walsh skipped that chapter when he entered Magna Rose in the $75,000 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks. She had never run outside of California, never competed on a dirt surface, had never run 1 1/8 miles and had never won a race.
All that changed at Belterra Park on July 22. Sent away at odds of 6-1, she was in contention all the way over the sloppy sealed track and pulled away with authority through the lane to win by 6 ¾ lengths. “She just squeezed herself out of there running and I could tell she was a classy filly the way she took the bit and then let me relax her around the first turn,” said jockey John McKee. “We just let Jesus (Castanon aboard Distinctive Flower) go down the backstretch and when I called upon her that class prevailed and was all guts that final furlong.”
Distinctive Flower held on to the second spot and 4-5 previously unbeaten Marathon ran third for the entire nine furlongs. Magna Rose is a daughter of Magna Graduate out of the Woodman mare Woodflower. She was a part of the dispersal of the late Elisabeth Alexander, former President of the O.T.B.O., that was part of the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Horses of Racing Age Sale. She was purchased for $70,000 as a yearling and races for Ten Broeck Farm Inc. Amanda Olds was on hand to accept the trophy. She personally rides Magna Rose in the mornings since she was moved to Kentucky for training. “She’s been training on dirt since she came to Keeneland and has no issues,” said the assistant to trainer Brendan Walsh. “Like John said, she just exudes class.”
As has become tradition, Judy Barron and her extended family was on hand not only to present the trophy, but to pose with the jockeys and present a generous donation to the PDJF in memory of her husband Norm.
TRUE CINDER SCORES A SLAM DUNK IN THE BUCKEYE NATIVE
The $75,000 Buckeye Native at Belterra Park brought together the cream of the crop of accredited-breds on July 22. Over the past two seasons Eightthehardway ruled the males and Leona’s Reward was crowned the top of the female division. It looks like True Cinder is throwing her tiara into the ring to compete for top honors this year.
Owned and trained by Mike Rone, who is having the best season of his career, True Cinder finally got to turn the tables on Leona’s Reward. She had lost four of her last five starts to the “Queen of the Accredited-breds.” The Buckeye Native was scheduled for 1 1/16 on the turf, but three days of rain moved it to sloppy sealed track. True Cinder came into the race with two 2018 starts at six furlongs – a second to Leona’s Reward and a big win in the Angenora – both at Thistledown.
Neither the distance or surface gave Rone cause for concern. She won her only “off track” start vs. stakes company and sported a record of 5-2-2-1 at the distance. She was sent away as the even money favorite against her male counterparts and lived up to her billing while widening her lead at every point of call. Mobil Solution chased in second for most of the race, while Leona’s Reward did the same in third. Mike Rones’ riding instructions must have been “bring home a clean pair of silks” because that’s exactly what jockey Gerardo Corrales did. They covered the gooey distance in
True Cinder is by former Ohio sire Alcindor (it is believed he was sold to South American connections) out of Be True by Shakespeare and was part of the dispersal held at the Lebanon farm of the late Larry Beyer. Rone signed for several trailers full of Alcindor offspring and mares in foal, including Be True carrying a full sibling to True Cinder. A man of few words, Rone was asked what the key to his success with the offspring of Alcindor was, he stated, “Keep them healthy and happy and they’ll tell you when they are ready to run.” The way she performed in the Buckeye Native, you must believe True Cinder is quite healthy and happy.
GALLOPING OUT…The ageless wonder Perry Ouzts celebrated his 64th birthday at Belterra Park over the 4th of July holiday with one win and a placing in the Cincinnatian Stakes. Ouzts is the subject of an Eclipse Award winning documentary available for viewing on You Tube at “Ironman: Perry Ouzts”. A rare occurrence took place on the 22nd when Mario Pino came to ride in Cincinnati. It featured the 9th and 10th leading riders in the history of the sport. Ouzts (6,958 wins) passed Pino (6,874) passed Pino last season.
* In celebration of the 50th anniversary of his Ohio Derby win aboard Te Vega, retired jockey Mike Manganello gave out the trophy. Manganello was a standout rider on the Thistledown circuit in his early days of racing and had plenty of his old acquaintances stop by to greet him throughout the afternoon.
*2-year-old Ohio Player was on fire in his debut when he rallied to set a new track record at Belterra Park on July 6, pulling away by 7 1/2 lengths to stop the timer in 53.07 while going 4 ½ furlongs. He is the last of the line for his sire Alphabet Soup, who retired to Old Friends Retirement following his final season as a stallion that produced Ohio Player who was bred in Ohio by Hal Snowden, Jr.
*Mike Rone-trained Trigger Warning came out his third-place finish in the Grade 3 Ohio Derby in fine order. He took on a solid field next out in the Grade 3 $500,000 Indiana Derby and was nipped in the final stride for the win. Rone was featured nationally after that effort on Horseracingnation.com.
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