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Today's Tracks

Sunday April 22nd

  • Greyville (SAf)    6:45am
  • Stratford (UK)    9:00am
  • Navan (IRE)    9:10am
  • Wincanton (UK)    9:15am
  • Market Rasen (UK)    9:25am
  • Saratoga Harness    12:15pm
  • Aqueduct    12:20pm
  • Tampa Bay Downs    12:25pm
  • Harrahs Philly (Chester)    12:40pm
  • Hippodrome 3R    12:50pm
  • Woodbine (TB)    1:00pm
  • Keeneland    1:05pm
  • Laurel Park    1:10pm
  • Scarborough Downs    1:30pm
  • Fonner Park    2:30pm
  • Santa Anita Park    2:30pm
  • Remington Park    2:30pm
  • Century Downs H    3:15pm
  • Golden Gate Fields    3:15pm
  • SunRay Park    3:15pm
  • Turf Paradise    3:25pm
  • Lone Star Park    3:35pm
  • Rosecroft Raceway    4:40pm
  • Hastings Park    4:50pm
  • Emerald Downs    5:00pm
  • Flamboro Downs    6:00pm
  • Rideau Carleton    6:15pm
  • Pocono Downs    7:00pm
  • Pompano Park    7:20pm
  • Los Alamitos (QH)    8:30pm
  • Australia A    10:35pm
  • Australia B    11:30pm

Monday April 23rd

  • Gulfstream Tropical    12:35pm

Carryover Information

Carryover Wager Type Track Date
$18,072 Pick 6* AQUEDUCT Apr 22
$68,130 Pick 6 KEENELAND Apr 22
$6,398 JP Hi 5 WOODBINE Apr 22
$2,407 JP Pick 6 LONE STAR PARK Apr 22
$1,095 JP Pick 5 FONNER PARK Apr 22
$50 JP Hi 5 SUNRAY PARK Apr 22
$6,403 Pick 5 POMPANO PARK Apr 22
$949 Pick 6 POMPANO PARK Apr 22
$5,752 Superfecta POMPANO PARK Apr 22
$1,337 Pick 4 CENTURY DOWNS Apr 22
$736 Pick 5 CENTURY DOWNS Apr 22
$2,631 JP Pick 5 POCONO DOWNS Apr 22
$775 Pick 5 Rosecroft Apr 22
$2,220 Pick 5 Miami Valley Apr 22
$2,374 JP Pick 6 Golden Gate Fields Apr 22
$6,156 JP Pick 6 Laurel Park Apr 22
$103,769 JP Pick 6 Santa Anita Park Apr 22
$522,243 JP Pick 6 Gulfstream Park Apr 22
$278 JP Hi 5 MAHONING VALLEY Apr 23
$336 JP Pick 6 MAHONING VALLEY Apr 23
$4,048 Hi 5 WESTERN FAIR Apr 23
$39,711 JP Hi 5 WOODBINE@MOHAWK Apr 23
$848 JP Hi 5 PLAINRIDGE Apr 23
$3,064 Pick 5 The Meadows Apr 23
$29,622 JP Hi 5 HAWTHORNE Apr 25
$1,083 JP Pick 6 HAWTHORNE Apr 25
$4,851 JP Hi 5 PENN NATIONAL Apr 26
$7,898 JP Pick 6 PENN NATIONAL Apr 26
$4,420 Pick 6 CAL EXPO Apr 27
$200,837 JP Hi 5 L MEADOWLANDS Apr 27
$19,509 JP Hi 5 E MEADOWLANDS Apr 27
$5,174 Pick 5 JAPAN RACING Apr 28
$25,578 JP Pick 6 CHARLES TOWN May 3

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Racing News

Goodonehoney Dominates Weber City Miss In Second Lifetime Start

Goodonehoney Dominates Weber City Miss In Second Lifetime Start

Making her stakes debut four weeks off a sharp debut victory, Kasey K Racing Stable and Final Turn Racing’s Goodonehoney turned in another impressive performance to win Saturday’s $125,000 Weber City Miss by seven lengths at Laurel Park.

The victory in just her second lifetime start earned Goodonehoney ($8.40) an automatic bid to the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) Friday, May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course. Ridden by Steve ‘Cowboy’ Hamilton for trainer Jason Egan, she hit the wire in 1:43.49 for about 1 1/16 miles over a fast main track.

Restricted to 3-year-old fillies, the Weber City Miss was the third of five stakes worth $550,000 in purses on an 11-race Spring Stakes Spectacular program highlighted by the $125,000 Xpressbet Federico Tesio for 3-year-olds.

“She really opened our eyes the first time she ran. I have to thank the owners for giving me the opportunity to work with her,” Egan said. “Steve’s done a great job, both first time out and he’s helped us out in the morning doing some work with her and been instrumental in kind of making today happen. We’re really fortunate to have a filly like this. It’s just really exciting and a lot of fun.”

 

Goodonehoney is the first foal out of the Tenpins dam Diva’s Gold, whom Kasey K claimed for $15,000 at Monmouth Park in 2010 and went on to be multiple stakes-placed and earn nearly $400,000.

“She was a personal favorite of ours,” Krangel said. “We’re kind of a claiming partnership, so when the time came to stop racing her we just said, ‘Let’s try breeding her,’ and here we are.”

Breaking from the rail in a field of nine, Goodonehoney trailed 45-1 long shot Firth through a quarter-mile in 23.59 seconds before assuming the lead after a half in 46.76. Goodonehoney remained in front after six furlongs in 1:11.69 and opened up on her rivals under Hamilton’s urging through the stretch.

Indy Union closed fast on the far outside after overcoming some trouble to get up for second, a half-length ahead of 8-5 favorite Shamrock Rose. Stakes On a Plane, another nose back in fourth, was disqualified to sixth for interference elevating Blue Union Rags to fourth.

“She did everything the right way today. Quite frankly I wasn’t waiting around on anybody. I was just trying to get to the wire first,” Hamilton said. “Coming off a sprint race she was going to be a little keen and I was happy the way she broke. They outran us a little bit but once she got through and got the lead she just pricked her ears and relaxed and I was able to leave her alone a little bit. My hat’s off to Jason for getting the filly ready from first-time out breaking her maiden and sprinting to going long in this kind of race. She’s a nice filly.”

Egan said he expected to take advantage of the all-fees-paid berth to the 1 1/8-mile Black-Eyed Susan.

“We will see how she comes out,” he said. “If all is well and she’s thriving in the next four weeks I’m sure I’ll talk it over with the owners but I think we’d be more than happy to represent the home team in the Black-Eyed Susan with a Maryland-bred.”

The post Goodonehoney Dominates Weber City Miss In Second Lifetime Start appeared first on Horse Racing News | Paulick Report.

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He’s Had Enough, Mineshaft Colts Lead Final Under Tack Session At OBS

He’s Had Enough, Mineshaft Colts Lead Final Under Tack Session At OBS

Colts by He’s Had Enough and Mineshaft, both consigned by Envision Equine, Agent, breezed quarters in :20 3/5 to post the fastest works at the distance at the sixth and final session of the Under Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2018 Spring Sale of Two Year Olds in Training. Hip No. 1149, a bay colt by Mineshaft out of graded stakes winner Two Trail Sioux, by Indian Charlie, is a half brother to stakes placed Cheyenne Pass. Hip No. 1158, a gray or roan colt by He’s Had Enough, is out of Up for Grabs, by First Samurai, from the family of gradd stakes winner Sea of Secrets.

Three horses worked quarters in :20 4/5

  • Hip No. 1064, a bay colt by Violence consigned by Q Bar J Thoroughbreds LLC, is out of Street Show, by Street Boss, a daughter of stakes placed Reality Show.
  • Hip No. 1147, a gray or roan filly by The Factor consigned by All Dreams Equine, is out of Twilite Rendezvous, by Mr.Greeley, a half sister to stakes winner Twilights Prayer.
  • Hip No. 1164, consigned by Ocala Stud, is a chestnut colt by Kantharos out of Valid Concorde, by Concorde’s Tune, a full sister to stakes winner Rocky River.

There were three quarters in :21 flat

  • Hip No. 1120, consigned by Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent, is a bay colt by Majesticperfection out of Tiz Fate, by Tiznow, from the family of grade one stakes winner Epitome.
  • Hip No. 1165, a bay filly by Prospective consigned by Ocala Stud, is a half sister to stakes winner Rocky River out of Valid Silk, by Valid Appeal.
  • Hip No 1172, consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, is a dark bay or brown filly by Successful Appeal out of Victory Dancer, by Victory Gallop, a half sister to graded stakes winner Kiss the Devil.

Fourteen horses worked quarters in :21 1/5.

  • Hip No. 1020, consigned by Brick City Thoroughbreds, Agent, a bay filly by Warrior’s Reward, is a half sister to stakes placed Catsadiva out of Song’n Dance, by Carson City.
  • Hip No. 1038, a chestnut filly by Graydar consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, is a half sister to stakes placed OBS graduate On Her Honor out of graded stakes placed Special Grayce, by Smart Strike.
  • Hip No. 1066, consigned by Doble Jak LLC, Agent, is a dark bay or brown colt by Strong Mandate out of Stunning Drama, by Henny Hughes, a half sister to graded stakes placed stakes winner Sharp Sensation.
  • Hip No. 1081, a gray or roan filly by Flashback consigned by Gayle Woods, Agent, is out of Super Girlie, by Closing Argument, a half sister to stakes winning OBS graduate Gabbywitha G.
  • Hip No. 1083, a bay filly by Declaration of War consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, is a half sister to graded stakes winner Evidently out of stakes winner Supposedly, by Polish Numbers.
  • Hip No. 1098, consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, is a bay colt by War Front out of grade one stakes winner, Broodmare of the Year, Take Charge Lady, by Dehere, and is a half brother to champion Will Take Charge and grade one winner Take Charge Indy.
  • Hip No. 1101, a dark bay or brown filly by Real Solution consigned by Nice and Easy Thoroughbreds, is out of stakes winner Talking Treasure, by Catienus.
  • Hip No. 1115, also consigned by Eddie Woods, is a bay filly by Bernardini out of graded stakes placed stakes winner Third Chance, by Kafwain.
  • Hip No. 1122, consigned by Q Bar J Thoroughbreds, is a bay colt by Can the Man out of champion Too Late Now, by Raj Waki, and is a half brother to stakes winner Sudden Ghost.
  • Hip No. 1166, a bay colt by Super Saver consigned by Randy Bradshaw, is a half brother to graded stakes winner Takeover Target out of Vanquished, by Empire Maker.
  • Hip No. 1201, a bay colt by Quality Road also consigned by Brick City Thoroughbreds, is out of Winning Bet, by Dixie Union, a half sister to grade one winner Finder’s Fee.
  • Hip No. 1205, consigned by Hoppel’s Horse & Cattle Co., Inc., Agent, is a bay filly by Uncle Mo out of Witch Craft, by Crafty Prospector, a daughter of graded stakes winner Vivano.
  • Hip No. 1211, consigned by Gayle Woods, is a chestnut filly by Gemologist out of Woodford Lady, by Sharp Humor, a half sister to graded stakes winner Sara Louise.
  • Hip No. 1213, a bay filly by Kitten’s Joy consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, is out of Woollahra, by Proud Citizen, a daughter of champion Woolloomooloo.

Eleven youngsters shared honors for the day’s fastest eighth, stopping the timer in :9 4/5.

  • Hip No. 1024, Carotari, a bay colt by Artie Schiller consigned by TIP Thoroughbred Investment Posibilities, Agent, is a half brother to stakes winner Fuerza Naval out of Soother, by Rahy.
  • Hip No. 1027, Broken Oath, a bay filly by Broken Vow consigned by Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent, is out of stakes placed Sounds of the City, by Street Cry (IRE), and is a three quarter sister to graded stakes placed stakes winner Pool Winner.
  • Hip No. 1041, Bastone Girl, consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, is a chestnut filly by Capo Bastone out of Speightstown Girl, by Speightstown, from the family of grade one stakes winner Star Over the Bay.
  • Hip No. 1113, a bay colt by Majesticperfection consigned by Mayberry Farm, Agent, is out of The Gray Goose, by Malabar Gold,  from the family of undefeated Army Mule, three for three and runaway winner of Aqueduct’s Carter Handicap (G1) last Saturday.
  • Hip No. 1163, True Validity, a chestnut filly by Yes It’s True consigned by Cary Frommer, Agent, is out of stakes placed Valid A. J., by Ocean Terrace.
  • Hip No. 1173, My Agape, consigned by Crystal Eclipse Stable, is a dark bay or brown filly by Capo Bastone out of Video Commander, by Deputy Commander, a half sister to grade one stakes winning OBS graduate Valid Video.
  • Hip No. 1182, a dark bay or brown filly by Midnight Lute consigned by TIP Thoroughbred Investment Possibilities, Agent, is out of stakes winner Weekend Romance, by Old Forester.
  • Hip No. 1184, consigned by Brick City Thoroughbreds, is a bay colt by Strong Mandate out of stakes placed Western Resolve, by West by West, and is a half brother to stakes placed OBS graduate No Shenanigans.
  • Hip No. 1197, a bay filly by Medaglia d’Oro consigned by Randy Bradshaw, Agent, is a half sister to grade one stakes winner Stormello out of Wilshewed, by Carson City.
  • Hip No. 1216, is a gray or roan filly by Graydar consigned by King’s Equine, Agent, out of stakes placed Yachats, by Forest Camp, and is a half sister to graded stakes placed La Song.
  • Hip No. 1221, consigned by Hemingway Racing & Training Stables LLC, is a bay colt by Shanghai Bobby out of graded stakes placed stakes winner Your Flame in Me, by Boundary.

There were 24 eighths in :10 flat.

  • Hip No. 1022, a bay filly by Tapizar consigned by C & J Stable, is a half sister to stakes placed OBS graduate Purple Heaven out of Song to the Moon, by Successful Appeal.
  • Hip No. 1045, consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, is a bay filly by Algorithms out of Spirit Rising, by Dehere, from the family of graded stakes placed stakes winner Outta Here.
  • Hip No. 1055, a bay colt by Midshipman also consigned by Wavertree, is a half brother to stakes winning OBS graduate Small Bear out of Stella Prima, by El Prado (IRE).
  • Hip No. 1062, consigned by Randy Miles, Agent, is a dark bay or brown colt by Quality Road out of grade one stakes winner Stormy Kiss (ARG), and a half brother to graded stakes placed Futile.
  • Hip No. 1063, consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, is a bay colt by Teuflesberg out of Strategic Sue, by Strategic Mission, from the family of grade one winner Navarone.
  • Hip No. 1069, a bay colt by Bellamy Road consigned by All In Sales (Tony Bowling), Agent, is out of Successful Katie, by Successful Appeal, a half sister to graded stakes placed stakes winning OBS graduate Abbondanza.
  • Hip No. 1071, consigned by SGV Thorougbreds LLC (Steven Venosa), Agent, is a dark bay or brown filly by Rattlesnake Bridge out of Successful Verdict, by Successful Appeal, from the family of graded stakes winner Smelly.
  • Hip No. 1072, a bay filly by Point of Entry consigned by McKee Bloodstock LLC, is out of stakes winner Sudden Ghost, by Ghostzapper, a daughter of champion Too Late Now.
  • Hip No. 1076, a bay filly by Oxbow consigned by Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent, is out of Summer Street, by Street Cry (IRE), a daughter of grade one stakes winner Summer Colony.
  • Hip No. 1085, Veldt, consigned by Harris Training Center LLC, Agent, is a bay filly by First Samurai out of Sward, by Indian Charlie, a three quarter sister to grade one stakes winner Lea.
  • Hip No. 1100, a bay filly by Justin Phillip consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent, is out of Talihina Sky, by Malibu Moon, a daughter of graded stakes placed stakes winner Miss Mambo.
  • Hip No. 1102, a dark bay or brown filly by Violence consigned by Off the Hook LLC, Agent, is out of Tapit Ten, by Tapit, a half sister to graded stakes winning OBS graduate Cinco Charlie.
  • Hip No. 1107, consigned by Whitman Sales LLC, Agent, is a gray or roan colt by To Honor and Serve out of Tell Me Twice, by Harlan’s Holiday, a half sister to stakes winner Bear’s Pride.
  • Hip No. 1123, Secured Assets, a dark bay or brown filly by Central Banker consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, Agent for Chester & Mary Broman, is out of Top of the Class, by Deputy Minister, a daughter of grade one stakes placed Grand Girlfriend.
  • Hip No. 1124, Maximum Factor, a dark bay or brown colt by The Factor consigned by Harris Training Center LLC, Agent, is out of Top Tier, by King of Kings (IRE), a half sister to graded stakes placed stakes winning OBS graduate Stopshoppingmaria.
  • Hip No. 1132, a bay colt by Trappe Shot consigned by SBM Training and Sales, Agent, is out of Traffic Blimp, by Medaglia d’Oro, a daughter of graded stakes placed stakes winner Akronism.
  • Hip No. 1141, a dark bay or brown colt by Fed Biz consigned by Crupi’s New Castle Farm, Agent, is a three quarter brother to graded stakes placed Dream Kirari out of Truant, by Gone West.
  • Hip No. 1161, consigned by Woodside Ranch, Agent, is a bay colt by Goldencents out of Urloveisasymphony, by Forest Wildcat, a daughter of stakes placed Lifting the Veil.
  • Hip No. 1168, consigned by Timber Creek, is a chestnut filly by Flat Out out of Venus Rosewater, by Grand Slam, and is a three quarter sister to graded stakes placed OBS graduate Sheer Flattery.
  • Hip No. 1178, Flatout Winner, consigned by Bobby Dodd, Agent, a dark bay or brown colt by Flat Out, is a half brother to stakes winning OBS graduate Yes I’ll Go out of Walkinforkisses, by Kissin Kris.
  • Hip No. 1180, a gray or roan colt by Tapit consigned by King’s Equine, Agent for Aaron and Marie Jones LLC, is out of graded stakes winner Warbling, by Unbridled’s Song.
  • Hip No. 1191, consigned by Harris Training Center LLC, Agent, is a chestnut colt by Overanalyze out of Wickie’s Flame, by Kafwain, from the family of grade one winner Lunar Spook.
  • Hip No. 1204, consigned by Mayberry Farm, Agent, a chestnut filly by Data Link, is a half sister to stakes winner Maybe So out of Wish On, by Grand Slam.
  • Hip No. 1206, a gray or roan filly by Graydar out of stakes winner Wizardry, by Teuflesberg, is consigned by SBM Training and Sales,Agent.

Under Tack results and videos are posted on the OBS website at obssales.com and can be viewed on kiosks in the breezeway and in the Video Room adjacent to the Horsemen’s Lounge. In-room viewing is available at The Courtyard by Marriott, Homewood Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, Residence Inn and the Ocala Hilton, plus lounge viewing is available at the Hilton.

The Spring Sale is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24th through Friday, April 27th with each session beginning at 10:30 a.m. Hip No’s 1-306 go on the block Tuesday, Hip No’s 307- 612 will be offered Wednesday, Hip No.’s 613-918 sell Thursday and Hip No’s. 919-1222 will sell on Friday.

Current information about OBS sales, consignors and graduates is now also available via social media sites Facebook and Twitter. A link on the homepage directs users to either site.

Sales results will be available on the OBS website, updated hourly during each session of the Spring Sale. In addition, the latest news regarding OBS graduates, sales schedules, nominations, credit requests, travel information and other news relevant to OBS consignors and customers is also available. E-mail should be addressed to obs@obssales.com.

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Awesome Again Gelding Gets the Money at CT

Awesome Again Gelding Gets the Money at CT

Something Awesome (Awesome Again) continued his upward progression with this big payday here.

Previously campaigned by Daniel Vella predominantly over the synthetic at Woodbine, the bay put an eight-race losing streak to bed with a pair of optional claiming victories on dirt at Laurel Park late last term for Jose Corrales.

A close third in the Fire Plug S. Jan. 20, Something Awesome registered a career high with a narrow tally in the seven-furlong GIII General George S. Feb. 17. He stretched to 1 1/8 miles successfully with another victory in Laurel’s Harrison E. Johnson Memorial S. Mar. 17, good for a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 100.

Something Awesome raced in sixth as favored GISW Diversify (Bellamy Road) showed the way through a half-mile in :48.48. He hit the gas with a flashy move while three deep entering the far turn and outslugged War Story to the line to get the money.

Pedigree Notes:

Two-time GII A Gleam Invitational H. heroine and millionaire Somethinaboutlaura, purchased by Adena Springs for $560,000 at the 2008 FTKNOV Sale, had a filly by Candy Ride (Arg) in 2017. Calumet Farm acquired the 16-year-old for $150,000 while in foal to the aforementioned Candy Ride at the 2016 KEENOV Sale.

Saturday, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN CLASSIC S.-GII, $1,150,000, CT, 4-21, 4yo/up,
1 1/8m, 1:50.84, ft.
1–SOMETHING AWESOME, 120, g, 7, by Awesome Again
1st Dam: Somethinaboutlaura (MGSW & GISP, $1,129,365), by Dance Floor
2nd Dam: Crystals of Ice, by It’s Freezing
3rd Dam: Stingy, by Full Pocket
O-Stronach Stables; B-Adena Springs (ON); T-Jose Corrales;
J-Edgar S. Prado. $681,000. Lifetime Record: 24-9-2-6,
$1,082,051. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Werk Nick Rating: A+.2–War Story, 118, g, 6, Northern Afleet–Belle Watling, by
Pulpit. ($90,000 Ylg ’13 KEESEP; $58,000 RNA 2yo ’14
OBSMAR; $51,000 2yo ’14 EASMAY; $545,000 RNA 3yo ’15
FTKHRA). O-Imaginary Stables & Glenn Ellis; B-Jack Swain
(KY); T-Jorge Navarro. $227,000.3–Fear the Cowboy, 118, r, 6, Cowboy Cal–Whom Shall I Fear,
by Soto. ($1,500 Ylg ’13 FTKFEB; $145,000 RNA 4yo ’16
FTKHRA). O-Kathleen Amaya & Raffaele Centofanti; B-Animal
Science Dept / U of K (KY); T-Efren Loza, Jr. $113,500.
Margins: NK, 1, NK. Odds: 9.30, 1.50, 9.10.
Also Ran: Afleet Willy, You’re to Blame, Discreet Lover, Diversify. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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Kumin Eyes New Target, The Kentucky Derby

Kumin Eyes New Target, The Kentucky Derby

Sol Kumin is a specialist. He prefers to buy into horses that have already raced and shown talent and prefers to focus on quality fillies and mares, particularly ones that run on the grass. It’s a program that is working as Kumin has gone from an unknown in the sport to one of the game’s most visible and successful owners, doing so in a very short time.

The only problem is that’s no way to win a GI Kentucky Derby and what major owner doesn’t want to be part of a Kentucky Derby winner? So Kumin, who has approached horse ownership with a pragmatic business plan where the primary goal is to make money, has decided to change things up a bit and buy into the Derby dream. He’s been involved with a handful of good 3-year-old colts in the past, but never anything like this. Kumin is set to be the co-owner of three Derby starters, ‘TDN Rising Star’ Justify (Scat Daddy), Audible (Into Mischief) and My Boy Jack (Creative Cause). He is also the co-owner of GII Remsen S. winner Catholic Boy (More Than Ready), who is no longer on the Derby trail.

“We’re trying to do smart things and take care of our money, which we’ve worked so hard to make,” Kumin said. “But we are also doing this for fun.”

Kumin has never gone into anything he has done in racing without a plan, and his quest to be part of a Derby winner is no different. He is not, and says he never will be, a major player at the yearling or 2-year-old sales, so the only way he is going to have his name etched into Derby history is to buy into a top, established horse. That’s what he did in March when he, along with partners, bought a 15% share in both Audible and Justify. Kumin’s Monomoy Stables owns 50% of My Boy Jack a horse his team bought for just $20,000 at Keeneland September 2016.

“My view is, instead of buying a bunch of yearlings and 2-year-olds and hoping you wind up with the one that turns out to be really good, why not wait until a little bit later when you have more data and more information and take a shot,” he said.

That theory worked out perfectly in 2016 when a Kumin-led group bought into Exaggerator (Curlin), who would go on to finish second in the Derby and win the GI Preakness S. He didn’t fare nearly as well last year when he bought into “a bunch of horses” and more or less came away empty.

“Whether they win the Derby or not, it’s fair to say we have already hit with Justify and Audible,” he said. “Since we bought in, they are three for three in terms of wins, with two Grade I wins. The Derby is a big day and I love to have a horse in the race. We had two two years ago (Exaggerator and My Man Sam (Trappe Shot)), none last year, and this year three. This year, we’ve been super lucky.”

Kumin said he normally prefers to buy more than 15% of a horse but that’s all that was offered to him in the case of both Justify and Audible. He declined to go into specifics when asked whether or not the 15% entitled him to share in the stallion rights of the two horses.

Of his three potential Derby starters, My Boy Jack is clearly the third best on paper. But Kumin admits he will be pulling hardest for that one as he has more ties to the winner of the GIII Stonestreet Lexington S. than the other two.

It’s not that Kumin won’t spend money at a yearling sale. It’s just that he is only looking for bargains.

“I have done a lot of work on the data and I think that (buying at the sales) is a pretty tough game,” he said. “I try to know what I know and know what I don’t know and I feel that if I went to a sale and spent multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars on multiple horse I am going to lose financially in the long run. I might hit on one every now and then, but in general it is difficult to have that be financially viable over time. Some people are really good at it and I have no edge over them.”

That’s why Kumin has relied on Keith Desormeaux, the trainer of My Boy Jack, to buy a few yearlings for him. Desormeaux has an excellent record of purchasing horses for minimal amounts that go on to great success.

“Keith had a great track record, so I let him buy me horses and I split those with one other group,” Kumin said. “But he does have a budget.”

“‘Jack is my sentimental favorite for all the reasons I’ve already discussed,” Kumin said. “A win by him is what would make me happiest.”

Logically, he knows My Boy Jack may be up against it, which could be the case for 18 other Derby starters who will be facing a horse with immense potential in Justify.

“I can come up with a scenario where none of them win and a scenario where any one of the three could win,” he said. “As far as Justify goes, I haven’t had a lot of horse with Bob Baffert. I went to the [GI] Santa Anita Derby with my son and spent some time around Bob. I don’t know him as well as some other trainers so I don’t know how to read his confidence, like I do with a trainer like Chad [Brown]. But Bob sure seems confident in this horse. To listen to him and Mike Smith talk, they really feel this horse is the real deal. So I guess if I had to place a wager it would be on Justify.”

Kumin is also a co-owner of Monomoy Girl (Tapizar), who will be among the favorites for the Kentucky Oaks. None of which means he’s going to shift his focus to dirt 3-year-old fillies and colts. It’s just that you can only get so much fun out of winning what seems like every turf stakes for fillies and mares run in the U.S. The Derby stands alone, and Kumin, like most, is not immune to its call.

 

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