Kentucky Derby 2014: Who is bred for the distance?
By Joe Nevills
Barbara D. Livingston
Intense Holiday's pedigree ranks as the best of this Kentucky Derby field by distance capabilities.
No matter their résumé heading into the race, each horse in the Kentucky Derby field will be entering uncharted territory on Saturday when they stretch out to a mile and a quarter.
For most, the Derby’s 10 furlongs will be the longest distance they will ever have to run in competition. Since there is no racetrack performance to base an opinion on, one helpful tool to measure a horse’s distance capability is the average winning distance of the sire’s and dam’s progeny.
Taking into account the comparative AWDs of the sires and dams of this year’s Kentucky Derby runners, Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes winner Intense Holiday emerges as the horse that appears the most capable of handling the classic distance from a pedigree standpoint.
Intense Holiday, owned by Starlight Racing, is out of the unplaced Unbridled’s Song mare Intensify, who had the highest AWD number among all the dams in this year’s Kentucky Derby field at 8.25 furlongs. Intense Holiday is Intensify’s lone winner from two foals to race, with wins at a mile and 1 1/16 miles. Those starts create the dam’s high average, which is admittedly somewhat misleading as it is solely based on Intense Holiday’s own race record.
The dark bay or brown colt is by the late Harlan’s Holiday, who ranked sixth among this year’s Derby sires with an AWD of 7.07 furlongs from eight crops of racing age. The offspring most applicable to Triple Crown discussion is Denis of Cork, who finished third in the 2008 Kentucky Derby, then returned to finish second in the Belmont Stakes at 1 1/2 miles.
Intense Holiday is the field’s only starter to have both his sire and dam rank in the top six by average progeny winning distance.
Owned by Centennial Farms, Wicked Strong is out of the winning Charismatic mare Moyne Abbey, who is the dam of three winners from as many foals to race. She ranks fifth among Derby mares with an AWD number of 7.99 furlongs. Wicked Strong has won both at a mile and 1 1/8 miles, while half-sister Abbey Street, by Street Boss, won her maiden at 1 1/16 miles. Moyne Abbey’s first foal to race, a Fusaichi Pegasus colt, won his maiden going 1,300 meters (about 6 1/2 furlongs) in Korea.
Also of note, this year’s Kentucky Derby field features two sires represented by first-crop runners: 2009 Kentucky Derby runner-up Pioneer of the Nile (AWD of 7.11 furlongs, fifth among Derby sires), who is the sire of Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes winner Vinceremos; and Two Step Salsa (AWD of 6.43 furlongs, 17th), sire of Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes winner Dance With Fate.
This year’s field also has three horses that are the first runners by their dams. Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome is out of the winning Not For Love mare Love the Chase (AWD of 7.17 furlongs, 12th), while Grade 3 Spiral Stakes runner-up Harry’s Holiday is out of the unraced Orientate mare Daisy Mason (AWD of 6.33 furlongs, 18th). Pablo Del Monte is out of the winning Bring the Heat mare One Hot Wish (AWD of 5.5 furlongs, 20th).
The Derby stallion with the highest AWD number among this year’s field is the late Dynaformer, the sire of Blue Grass Stakes runner-up Medal Count, whose 22 crops of racing age have won at an average distance of 9.13 furlongs. Dynaformer, the sire of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, is the field’s only sire with an AWD number over 1 1/8 miles, and he is one of just two in the field with a figure greater than a mile. The other is Giant’s Causeway, sire of Pablo Del Monte, at 8.54 furlongs.
Rankings of Kentucky Derby starters by pedigree distance capabilities
Average progeny winning distance of sires represented in the Kentucky Derby
Average progeny winning distance of mares with offspring in the Kentucky Derby
RULER OF LOVE
Ruler of Love the NCTA horse of the year also received Florida's award for 3 year old of
CONGRATULATIONS to all the connections, they are all members of the NCTA. Ruler of Love was bred and broken by our former and now new member, FAYE LITTLE, Ruler of Love is owned by our member's FRANK CONIGLIO, SID RITMAN, RICHARD RENDINO, AND NICK REBRO.
Kentucky Derby Horse has Connections to NCTA Member We Miss Artie ... will race in the Derby this year and Hubert Vester, of Nashville plans to travel to watch the race. . The horse is the colt of a horse owned by Vester. . Vester said he purchased a broodmare, Russian Bride, in 2001 and bred her her in 2004, to the 2000 Derby winner, Fusaichi Pegasus. . Athena's Gift was born in 2005, sold as a yearling at the 2006 Keeneland September Yearling Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. She was bought by Canadian, Richard Lister. . Vester said that Athena's Gift had a career ending injury, was retired and became a broodmare. When Lister retired in 2013, he sold off his band of brood mares at the Keenland November Breeding Stock Sale. That is when Hubert Vester bought back the mare, Athena's Gift. . We Miss Artie is her colt, sired by *Artie Schiller. Vester said. We Miss Artie is now owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Todd Pletcher, that colt is running this Saturday, the first Saturday in May. . When We Miss Artie was born, there were around 37,000 Thoroughbreds born the same year. Only three-year- olds can compete in the Derby, so a horse gets one chance only. We Miss Artie won the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in March, which qualifies him for the 2014 Derby. . "A horse only gets one shot to win a Derby" Vester said. "The next year, he's too old." . Vester considers himself a small Thoroughbred owner and breeder, but he's well known in the industry. In 2011 he was named the North Carolina Thoroughbred Association's owner and breeder of the year. . We Miss You Artie was bred for the turf, so Vester said the dirt track might prove to be a slight handicap. But he is proud that the horse has qualified to run this year in the Derby, having won the Spiral Stakes. . "If he ends up dead last, you still got a special horse," he said. "Anything can happen." . Hubert Vester plans to attend the May 3rd Derby and is excited about being there. . "I always said I wouldn't go unless I had one in it and I guess this is as close as I'll get," Vester said. . E. S. Williams *The sire Artie Schiller has North Carolina roots. He was bred by and owned by the late Tom Walsh. His wife Denise of Southern Pines, NC, still own shares in the stallion.
Written by: Eileen S. Williams____________________________________________
“Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement Program Drafts a Veteran, Builds a Bigger Team and sends one of its own to Training Camp”
May13, 2014 -Helmetta, NJ- Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement, Monmouth Park Racetrack’s Aftercare Program, teams up with New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) accredited organization.
Managing and caring for Monmouth Park’s retired racehorses continues to be a seemingly daunting and non-ending task. Year after year, the number of Thoroughbreds needing homes/careers grows and options diminish. The good news is there is always hope and hope brings potential. For New Jersey’s Thoroughbreds it lies in the form of a new partnership between Second Call and New Vocations. Laurie Condurso-Lane, Second Call’s Executive Director and Anna Ford, Program Director, of New Vocations, paths initially crossed at the premiere All Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, at Turfway Park, KY in 2001. Thirteen years later, they meet again.
explains. “Second Call’s primary goal has always been to ensure the safety and health
of any horse who’s racing days, for whatever reason, are over.” The primary imperative piece to achieve that
goal comes from two of Second Call’s New Jersey lay-up facilities. She
continues, “Our farm managers, they have something special when it comes to
horses…they have rehabilitated some of the best Jersey breds I have ever seen….it
still amazes all of us how the farm managers can take an injured horse and
nurse it back to health. The challenge of finding new homes however does not
end just because a horse is sound….now for the next step….we need to make sure
the horse goes from racehorse to trained riding horse….and that is where Anna
steps in.” Ford is a seasoned veteran
when it comes to retraining racehorses and for Lane it is a natural fit. “We are very honored to have the
opportunity to work with Second Call and look forward to expanding the services
we provide to the Monmouth Park horsemen…Second Call is a great example of how
horseman and aftercare programs can work together to provide resources and
networking to assist in helping horses retiring from the track receive the
proper rehabilitation and retraining needed to find suitable second
careers," shares Ford.
Second Call rehabilitates the horse and with a stipend (from funds raised) sends it to New Vocations for retraining and re-homing. Second Call’s most recent candidate to enroll in New Vocations training camp is Themanmythnlegend,or as his friends call him, Manny. For an update on Manny and future Second Call/New Vocations horses, please visit:
Second Call, founded in 2012, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement Program dedicated to New Jersey’s off-the-track Thoroughbreds. Serving as the exclusive "After Care Program" for Monmouth Park, the mission is to assist, and ensure that retired racehorses find a SECOND calling and/or profession. Thoroughbreds accepted into the program are rested, evaluated, re-acclimated, retrained and placed into loving homes. The business model allows Second Call to focus specifically on the local racing jurisdiction that gives back so much to our communities. By aligning with Monmouth Park and its horsemen, we can channel all our resources and activities where they are needed the most.
In 1992 New Vocations first opened their barn doors to retired racehorses looking for new careers. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio the program has grown to have six facilities, which are located in: Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Serving over 40 racetracks, New Vocations works directly with owners and trainers in need of an aftercare program for horses leaving the track. Their soul mission is to stand in the gap for retiring racehorses and provide skilled hands to assist in their development as pleasure mounts. These horses are then placed in experienced, loving homes that will continue their education so each has a skill and therefore a future. Currently the program takes in over 400 horses a year. The program has a sound adoption system in place that is proven to move a large number of horses in a rather short period of time.
Contact: Tatiana Verenicin-Chan 609-977-3409; email@example.com (Freelance writer/Director of Marketing Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement)
Special Thanks to Eileen Williams for all of her racing result updates.
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We have two WINNERS from this weeks Racing: Friday July 11th
MISSDIXIEACTIVIST: was a WINER by 14 Lenght on July 10 at Penn National going 1 1/16 miles in a Claiming Race and was claimed, She is bred by Jim Chandley and was owned by JIm. Dam of winner was by Jim's stallion Misbah.
MICHAEL'S TRIBUTE: was a WINNER by a neck on July 9 going 6 furlongs at Penn National in a Maiden Claiming Race. Bred and owned by Jim Chandley. She is the daughter of Jim's stallion Misbah.
MUY MAN: bred by Jim Chandley ran 4th at Finger Lakes on July 8 going 6 furlongs in a Claiming Race.
Congratulations to Jim and his Winners.
RACE RESULTS for Friday, July 11th
TOBIAS: is entered at Delaware Park on July 12 going 1 1/16 miles in a Maiden Special Weight, Race 2, PP 5, owned by Johnny Eason.
RACE RESULTS for Friday, July 4th
MATISSE: raced on the rail, was up for 3rd running at Parx Racing on July 4, going 1 mile and 70 yards in a Starter Allowance, Race 6, PP 3, owned by George and Stephanie Autry.
MAGGIE MAGGIE: was "SCRATCHED" at Parx Racing on Friday, July 4, race 3, owned and bred by Nancy Shuford.
PRIDE OF SILVER: was a "WINNER" rated nicely, came off the rail and prevailed gamely, entered at Lone Star Park on July 4 going 1 1/2 miles on the turf in a Starter Allowance, Race 2, PP 4, bred by Nancy Shuford.
RACE RESULTS for Sunday, June 28, 2014
TIZ MARVELOUS: was marvelous and a "WINNER" after breaking awkwardly, rallied on the turn and dueled to the wire to win by almost 2 lengths, racing on Saturday, June 28 at Gulfstream Park going 6 1/2 furlongs in a Maiden Special Weight, Race 10, PP 5, bred by Hubert Vester.
RACE RESULTS for Friday, June 27
SUYETA:was unplaced entered at Louisiana Downs on June 27, race 2, bred by Jim Chandley.
SCONNIE NATION: was "SCRATCHED" from running at Churchill Downs on June 27, race 10, bred by Hubert Vester
RACE RESULTS for Thursday, June 26
MISSDIXIEACTIVIST: was 3rd racing at Penn National on June 26 going 6 furlongs in a Claiming Race, Race 5, PP 3, bred by Jim Chandley.
PIGEON CHRIS: set the pace, finished unplaced, entered at Charles Town on June 26 going 1 1/16 miles in an Allowance, Race 8, PP 1, owned by Bob Raines.
WONDERWORKS: dueled for the lead, but finished unplaced entered at Belterra Park on June 26 going 1 mile in a Maiden Claimer, Race 3, PP 6, bred by Jim Chandley.
TRAWEE: "SCRATCHED" from running at Presque Isle Downs on June 26, race 4,owned by a partnership with Bill Thompson.
RACE RESULTS for Tuesday, June 24
MISSMOONSHINE: was unplaced raccing at Parx Racing on Tuesday, June 24 going 1 mile in an Allowance, Race 9, PP 4, owned by a County Life Farms in a Racing Syndicate that includes James Jones.
RACE RESULTS June 21
U CANT FIND ME: raced
along the rail, finished 2nd entered at Finger Lakes on Saturday, June 21,
going 6 furlongs in a claiming race, Race 7 PP 4, bred by Hubert Vester.
Sunday, June 15
DARING KATHY: was a "WINNER" her third straight win, ran Sunday, June 15 at Gulfstream in the $75,000 Starfish S. going 1 1/16 miles on the turf for 3 yo fillies, race 6. NCTA - Bred and owned by STEVE LAYMON in partnership with J EATMON.
SCONNIE NATION: was unplaced , race 7 on the dirt at Churchill Downs, June 15, Bred by Hubert Vester, NCTA.
ICE FOR THE LADY: ran was a "WINNER" .racing at Canterbury Park, June 15, going 1 mile on the turf in the $75.000 National Pride Oaks S. race, race 9, pp 6, NCTA member W. Kenen Rand.
FIRST DEFENDER: was unplaced racing at Belterra Park, race 6. Bred by Jim Chandley
WONDERWORKS:was unplaced running at Belterra Park, race 8. Bred by Jim Chandley
MISS ARTIE: was
a "WINNER" racing at Woodbine in the $150,000 Plate Trial, 1 1/8
miles prep race, qualifying for the July 6, Queen's Plate, Canada's Triple
Crown equivalent. Hubert Vester NCTA, bred his mare Russian Bride,
whose filly / mare is Athena's Gift, dam of We Miss Artie who finished 10th in
the 2014 Kentucky Derby on May, 3, 2014
Tobias - Johnny Eason- Ran Maiden Special Weight, 1 Mile on the Dirt, Finishing in 4th place at Deleware Park on 6/11/2014
MAGGIE MAGGIE: ran second at Parx on June 9 going 4 1/2 furlongs in a Maiden Special Weight, for 2 year old fillies and finishing second, she is owned by Nancy Shuford.
Playitagain Howie bred by Beth Murihead came in 5th in the race 6 at Fairmont Park, 6 furlong claiming race on 6/6/14
Pigeon Chris - Bob Raines ran at Charles Town in Race 7 on the dirt 7 furlongs on 6/6/14 Allowance Optional Claiming, Pigeon Chris finished 7th
No Surrender Partnership Randy Pozar- ran 1 1/16 mile at Belmont park in $150,000 stakes on 6/7/14 finished 8th
County -Hubert Vester- ran 6/7/14 at Golden Gate Fields on the turf 1 1/16 miles in race 8, claiming, finished 7th
WINE BURGLAR bred by Hubert Vester - Winner! Maiden claiming 1 mile on the turf at Belmont Park Race 7 June 6th.
BET YOU CANT FIND ME: Was a WINNER at Finger Lakes going 6 furlongs in a Claiming Race, on June 5, bred by Hubert Vester..
MORE THAN SPECIAL: was special and a "WINNER" raced into the stretch and drew off determinedly to win, entered at Woodbine on Sunday,June 1, going 6 1/2 furlongs in an Allowance, Race 6, PP6, bred by Beth Murihead.__________________________
MISS MOONSHINE: was "SCRATCHED" from racing at Pimlico on Sunday, June 1, race 3MATISSE: was a "WINNER" after made the pace along the rail, then drew clear at the wire, entered at Penn National on Saturday, May 31 going 1 mile in an Allowance, Race 9, PP 2, owned by George and Stephanie Autry.
LITTLE JOURNEY: was 3rd running at Santa Anita in The American Oaks, $350,000 G1, race 8, pp 3, on Saturday, May 31, going 1 1/4 miles on the turf. Owned by a partnership that includes Steve Laymon.
MICHAEL'S TRIBUTE: is entered at Penn national on July 9th going 6 furlongs in a Maiden Claiming Race, Race 9, PP 4, bred by Jim Chandley.
MUY MAN: is entered at Finger Lakes on July 8 going 6 furlongs in a Claiming Race, Race 5, PP 2, bred by Jim Chandley.
MISSDIXIEACTIVIST: is entered at Penn National on July 10 going 1 1/16 miles in a Claiming Race, Race 9, PP 8, bred by Jim Chandley.
WINE BURGLAR: is entered at Belmont Park on July 11 going 1 mile on the turf in a Starter Allowance (not entered for a tag) Race 3, PP 5, bred by Hubert Vester.
BROCK SAYS; is entered at Emerald Downs on July 11 going 6 furlongs in a Claiming Race, RAce 6, PP 2, bred by Hubert Vester.
Best of luck to Jim and Hubert this week.
PRIDE OF SILVER: is entered at Lone Star Park on July 4 going 1 1/2 miles on the turf in a Starter Allowance, Race 2, PP 4, bred by Nancy Shuford
CHOSEN: is entered at Presque Isle Downs on July 2, going 6 furlongs on the All Weather Track, in an Allowance, Race 1, PP 8, Bred by Jim Chandley.
MATISSE: is entered at Parx Racing on July4, going 1 mile and 70 yards in a Starter Allowance, Race 6, PP 3, owned by George and Stephanie Autry.
MAGGIE MAGGIE: is entered at Parx Racing on July 4, going 4 1/2 furlongs in a Maiden Special Weight, Race 3, PP 10, owned and bred by Nancy Shuford.
ABEL A: is entered at Parx Racing on July 5,going 5 1/2 furlongs in a claiming race, Race 2, PP 5, owned and bred by Nancy Shuford.
BET U CANT FIND ME: is entered at Finger Lakes on July 3, going 5 1/2 furlongs in a claiming race, Race 6, PP 7, bred by Hubert Vester.
TOBIAS; is entered on June 28 at Delaware Park going 1 1/2 miles on the turf in a Maiden Special Weight Race 6, PP 10, owned by Johnny Eason.
TIZ MARVELOUS: is entered on June 28 at Gulfstream Park going 6 1/2 furlongs in a Maiden Special Weight, Race 10, PP 5, bred by Hubert Vester.
INDIANA LASS: is entered on July 1 at Indiana Grand Racecourse going 6 furlongs in Race 6, PP 4, bred by Jim Chandley.