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Wedding Toast Coasts To Beldame Victory
Updated - 9/28/2015

Godolphin Racing’s Wedding Toast added another victory to her sparkling record at Belmont Park with a comfortable score in Saturday’s Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame Invitational.

The 5-year-old daughter of Street Sense, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, is now five-for-six at the Long Island oval, three of those wins in graded stakes company. Her last start was a romping win in the G1 Ogden Phipps Stakes June 5.

“[The layoff was] not much of a concern if you saw her worktab,” McLaughlin said. “Last week, she worked three-quarters [of a mile] in 12, so she’s been fit. She just had a little foot issue and we had to skip the [Grade 1] Personal Ensign [at Saratoga] and then, thinking about it, we thought this was a better spot anyway because she loves the one turn. As good form as she’s in, she’ll be able to handle two turns [in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff]. She’s won at two turns. But this race was here and it’s a Grade 1, so it worked out well.

“I don’t say it very often, but I asked him [Jose Lezcano] not to give her a hard race if he didn’t have to because she looked that good on paper. We have a big race in five weeks. Couldn’t have asked for better, it really went perfect.”

Piloted by Jose Lezcano, Wedding Toast set out for the front early, leading her rivals by daylight into the stretch and pulling away to win in dominant fashion. Curalina, the lone 3-year-old in the field, was second, and Catch My Drift finished third.

“She broke good and I let her go at her own pace,” Lezcano said. “When I asked her in the stretch, she went on and did it easy. I never touched her with the whip or anything.”

Final time for the nine furlongs was 1:47.67 after opening splits of :24.11, :47.57 and 1:11.28.

Bred by Darley in Kentucky, Wedding Toast is out of the Coronado’s Quest mare Golden Sheba, a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Congaree.

“We’re not sure when we’re going to go to Kentucky [for the Breeders’ Cup],” McLaughlin said. “She’s been training at Greentree on the synthetic and as long as the weather cooperates, we’ll probably keep her there. She could go fine on the dirt at Keeneland or here or at Oklahoma, so we’ve got a lot of options.”

Wedding Toast blitzes Beldame Stakes rivals
Updated - 9/28/2015

Report: USA, Saturday

Belmont Park: Beldame Stakes (Grade 1) 1m1f, dirt, 3yo+ f/m

GODOLPHIN'S North American offshoot will go to the Breeders' Cup with high hopes of success in the Distaff via Wedding Toast (Kiaran McLaughlin/Jose Lezcano), who came back after a layoff for a comfortable victory in the Beldame.


The five-year-old made all as she took her record on the Belmont dirt to five out of five as she added a second Grade 1 triumph to her CV after claiming the Ogden Phipps on Belmont Stakes day on her previous outing.

Zipping from the gate, Wedding Toast beat dual Grade 1 winner Curalina by two and three-quarter lengths as the 3-5 favourite.

According to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, the mare had not run for three and a half months owing to a minor foot issue. Next comes the Breeders' Cup Distaff on October 30 at Keeneland.

“As good form as she's in, she'll be able to handle two turns,” McLaughlin said. “She's won at two turns but this race was here and it's a Grade 1 so it worked out well. I don't say it very often, but I asked him not to give her a hard race if he didn't have to because she looked that good on paper. We have a big race in five weeks. Couldn't have asked for better, it really went perfect.”

Bernardini Colt Makes His ‘Mark’ at Big Sandy
Updated - 9/23/2015
Tabbed the 4-5 chalk in this delayed unveiling after scratching at the gate up at Saratoga Aug. 21, MARKING (c, 3, Bernardini–Seventh Street, by Street Cry {Ire}) rolled home a three-length winner at Belmont Park Wednesday and gained ‘TDN Rising Star’ status in the process. Out of MGISW Seventh Street who also raced for Godolphin, the bay was one of the slowest away at the break, but was already tugging his way past horses three deep for the backstretch run. Very keen as he made his bid for the lead turning for home still perched well off the pine, the Kiaran McLaughlin trainee was the outside part of a trio that clocked the half-mile in :45.43. In charge from there under a hand ride from Jose Lezcano, Marking sailed across the wire three lengths to the good of Dannie’s Deceiver (Quality Road), who made up some late ground to be second. The final time for the 6 1/2 furlongs was 1:15.44. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0. O-Godolphin Racing LLC. B-Darley (KY). T-Kiaran P. McLaughlin.
All Frosted in Pa Derby
Updated - 9/21/2015
10th at PRX GII Pennsylvania Derby ($1,000,000) [1 1/8m] Winner: Frosted, c, 3 by Tapit
Frosted #3 with Joel Rosario riding won the $1,000,000 Grade II Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania on Saturday September 19, 2015. Second place finisher was Iron Fist #4 and Mike Smith Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

Frosted | Equi-Photo

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s day started out at Belmont, where he saddled the $2.2-million 2014 co-Keeneland September sale-topper Mohaymen (Tapit–Justwhistledixie) to a determined debut victory at Belmont Park for Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stable. His day ended in suburban Philadelphia at Parx Racing, where Frosted (Tapit), a homebred raced by Sheikh Hamdan’s brother Sheikh Mohammed, sat a midfield trip and proved two lengths too tough for eight other rivals in the $1-million GII Pennsylvania Derby.

Saturday, Parx
PENNSYLVANIA DERBY-GII, $1,000,000, PRX, 9-19, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:50.04, ft.
1–FROSTED, 124, c, 3, by Tapit
1st Dam: Fast Cookie (GSW, $557,4800), by Deputy Minister
2nd Dam: Fleet Lady, by Avenue of Flags
3rd Dam: Dear Mimi, by Roberto
O-Godolphin Racing LLC; B-Darley (KY); T-Kiaran P
McLaughlin; J-Joel Rosario. $576,000. Lifetime
Record: GISW, 12-3-6-1, $2,062,800. Werk Nick
Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus*.

Harlan’s Holiday Colt Delivers at Parx
Updated - 9/21/2015
3rd at PRX Maiden Special Weight [5 1/2f] Winner: Annual Report, c, 2 by Harlan's Holiday

3rd-PRX, $84,900, Msw, 9-20, 2yo, 5 1/2f, 1:06.02, ft.
+ANNUAL REPORT (c, 2, Harlan’s Holiday–Pension, by Seeking the Gold), a $600,000 FTFMAR purchase earlier this year, posted a series of works at Saratoga and Greentree Training Center dating back to late May. Sent to Bensalem to make his career debut in this lucrative event, the 3-2 favorite was sent to the front and sparred along the rail through a quarter-mile in :23.07. Shaking clear on the turn under moderate handling from veteran pilot Joe Bravo, the bay widened readily and reported home 5 1/4 lengths clear of Believe in Luck (Afleet Alex). The winner, whose second dam is GISW Furlough (Easy Goer), is a half to Flores Island (Giant’s Causeway), MSP, $244,070. His dam produced a colt by Giant’s Causeway last year, a colt by Ghostzapper this year, and was bred back to Hard Spun. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $50,400. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Godolphin Racing LLC; B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. (KY); T-Kiaran P. McLaughlin.

Mohaymen Lives Up to Hype for McLaughlin
Updated - 9/21/2015
Unveiled in Saturday's first race, $2.2 million yearling purchase Mohaymen lived up to the hype with a gritty half-length score in a six-furlong maiden race for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and Shadwell Stable.
The most expensive purchase from last year's Keeneland September sale, Mohaymen broke sharply and got away with a soft opening quarter-mile of 23.30 seconds but was confronted by $900,000 2-year-old buy Seymourdini around the turn. The two continued to tussle all the way to the eighth pole, when Mohaymen stuck his neck in front and went on to victory.

"He was a little green, I think, but he dug back in," McLaughlin said of the talented juvenile. "It was a nice first start. I'm not sure exactly what we'll do with him but we're happy that he won first time out."

According to McLaughlin, the Grade 2, $200,000 Nashua on November 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack will likely be Mohaymen's next race. In 2013, McLaughlin won the Nashua impressively with Cairo Prince.

After winning the opener at Belmont with Mohaymen, McLaughlin's Saturday got a lot better when Grade 1 TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial victor Frosted won his first race since the Wood in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby.

Coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Travers, in which he dueled with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah for much of the 1 ¼-mile journey, Frosted had an easier trip in the Pennsylvania Derby. The 3-year-old son of Tapit, owned by Godolphin Racing, tucked inside behind a moderate early pace. Guided outside for running room by jockey Joel Rosario turning for home, Frosted swept by the front-runners and went on to a two-length triumph, earning a career best Beyer Speed Figure of 106 for the effort.

"Frosted was great. He deserved to win another nice race, and he did," said McLaughlin. "It was a little nerve-wracking running him back in three weeks, but he couldn't have been doing any better. He runs so well for Joel."

Frosted will now train up to the Grade 1, $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, according to McLaughlin, where he will likely meet Travers 1-2 finishers Keen Ice and American Pharoah.

McLaughlin will also point Sentiero Italia, runaway winner of the Grade 2, $500,000 Sands Point on September 12 at Belmont, to the Breeders' Cup, with a start in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup in between.

Depending on how she performs in the Q.E. II, McLaughlin said Sentiero Italia will target the Grade 1 Filly & Mare Turf, which he believes is already within her scope.
"I absolutely think she's Breeders' Cup quality," said McLaughlin. "We'd be back in three weeks after the Queen Elizabeth, but if she runs like she has been and wins, we might in fact do it because there's nothing else for her."

Source: NYRA Communications
Frosted, Upstart take a chance on quick turnaround in Pa. Derby
Updated - 9/17/2015
 By Jim Dunleavy

Frosted and Upstart will compete in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday just three weeks after racing in the Travers, a demanding 1 1/4-mile race if there ever was one.

The quick turnaround cost Sam Elliott, the director of racing at Parx, the horse he had been courting for three months, American Pharoah. Although owner Ahmed Zayat and trainer Bob Baffert would have each received at least a $200,000 participation bonus on top of any purse money earned, another cross-country commute just was not in the cards after his second-place finish to Keen Ice.

The connections of Frosted and Upstart wish they had more time between races – the difference is usually four weeks, but a late Labor Day tightened things up this year – but both camps are happy with how their horse has progressed since the Travers.

Kiaran McLaughlin said Frosted, whom he trains for Godolphin, “came out of the Travers great; that’s the nice thing about it.” To McLaughlin, the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby is an attractive target for several reasons.

“It’s not the norm for our stable to come back in three weeks, but I’ve talked it over with Godolphin,” he said. “The chain is Jimmy Bell to John Ferguson to Sheikh Mohammed, and we all agree it’s a great spot. It’s two turns, it’s against straight 3-year-olds, and it’s a mile and an eighth. The other option is the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but it’s against older, at 1 1/4 miles, and it starts on the turn.”

Following the Pennsylvania Derby, McLaughlin and Godolphin will decide what is next for Frosted, who won the Wood Memorial in April and has since finished second in the Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy and third in the Travers. The $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is an option, but so is the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan in March.

“We’ll have to determine whether it is possible to go to the Breeders’ Cup and Dubai or to the Breeders’ Cup or Dubai,” McLaughlin said. “So, we’ll have to take it one race at a time for now and figure out if we can do both.”

Upstart signaled he was ready for the Pennsylvania Derby in a workout at Aqueduct last Saturday. Trainer Rick Violette timed him going four furlongs in 47.80 seconds and galloping out five furlongs in “a minute and high change, or 1:01.” After the work, Violette said, “He went awfully easy,” and then took Upstart for a roll in his barn’s sand pen, which the colt seemed to enjoy.

The Pennsylvania Derby likely will be the final race of the year for Upstart, according to Ralph Evans, who co-owns the son of Flatter with WinStar Farm. Upstart won the Grade 2 Holy Bull in January and then was disqualified to second in the Fountain of Youth after crossing the wire 2 3/4 lengths in front. He was fourth in the Travers following a third-place finish in the Haskell Invitational.

“I’m kind of excited about the race, not about coming back on three weeks, but about the race itself,” Evans said. “He had a good period of time after the Derby. We didn’t go to the Preakness or Belmont, but now he’s had two pretty tough races. The plan is to put him away for the rest of the year and hopefully have a good 4-year-old.”

Evans, a resident of Greenwich, Conn., is retired after spending his career “on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.” He purchased Upstart for $130,000 out of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale of 2013. In April, he sold a minority interest to WinStar.

“I kind of liked his pedigree,” Evans said. “I pick out pedigrees I lean to and think I can afford. Then I take them to Rick, and he usually nixes them and picks out horses by conformation. On this one, we agreed.”

From 10 races, Upstart has earned more than $1.2 million.

Making Her ‘Point’
Updated - 9/14/2015
BEL Winner: Sentiero Italia, f, 3 by Medaglia d'Oro
sentiero%20italia%20sands%20point3Sentiero Italia | NYRA/Coglianese

With the brilliant unbeaten Lady Eli (Divine Park) remaining on the sidelines as she continues her brave battle with laminitis, Godolphin’s Sentiero Italia (Medaglia d’Oro) continued her rise through the ranks with a second straight impressive display in Belmont’s GII Sands Point S. Saturday afternoon. Backed as the 8-5 favorite despite the presence of several formidable- looking European invaders, she tracked a slow early pace as the rain began to pick up. The Sheikh Mohammed homebred took over into the lane and kept finding to win without any resistance by three lengths. British invader Blond Me (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}) was a good second with a less-than-ideal trip, while Miss Temple City (Temple City) rounded out the trifecta. “She just continues to impress,” racing manager Jimmy Bell said. “So professional and she just gives everybody so much confidence. I think she’s still climbing the ladder in getting better. We’ll have to speak with Sheikh Mohammed, but we’re probably looking forward to the [GI] Queen Elizabeth II at Keeneland [Oct. 10] and we’ll see what we get to from there.”

A debut seventh at Gulfstream Mar. 11, Sentiero Italia has done little wrong since. The bay defeated older fillies and mares in her Big A graduation Apr. 19, then added a Belmont allowance May 28. Fourth behind Lady Eli in the GI Belmont Oaks Invitational S. July 4, she entered the Sands Point off a convincing defeat of Miss Temple City in Saratoga’s GII Lake Placid S. at this distance Aug. 14.

“She’s honest,” jockey Joel Rosario said. “She gives it when you ask her, she just keeps going. I was happy I was a little closer because last time it took just a little bit of time to get her into the race and then she just runs all day.”

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin added, “I’d like to give my brother Neal and his wife Trish and their team a lot of credit. They’ve done a great job with this filly. She’s a really nice filly and Joel did a great job with her [today]. I didn’t expect her to be that close, but [Joel] made a good decision and was just going easy. I was surprised to see her that close, but I was happy turning for home.”

He continued, “She had her issues early in her career, but she’s gotten good. Once we got her going she hasn’t had any issues; she’s run every race we’ve pointed for. She’s top shelf.”

Sentiero Italia was the final foal produced by Golden Way (Ire).


Saturday, Belmont Park
SANDS POINT S.-GII, $500,000, BEL, 9-12, 3yo, f,
1 1/8mT, 1:48.83, gd.
1–SENTIERO ITALIA, 120, f, 3, by Medaglia d’Oro
1st Dam: Golden Way (Ire), by Cadeaux Genereux (GB)
2nd Dam: Diavolina, by Lear Fan
3rd Dam: Diamond Spring, by Vaguely Noble
O-Godolphin Racing LLC; B-Darley (KY); T-Kiaran P.
McLaughlin; J-Joel Rosario. $300,000. Lifetime
Record: 6-4-0-0, $621,100. *1/2 to Ashkal Way (Ire)
(Ashkalani {Ire}), GISW-US, $798,349. Werk Nick
Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2–Blond Me (Ire), 116, f, 3, Tamayuz (GB)–Holda (Ire),
by Docksider. (65,000gns Ylg ’13 TAOCT). O-Mrs.
Barbara M. Keller; B-Wardstown Stud Ltd. (IRE);
T-Andrew Balding. $100,000.
3–Miss Temple City, 116, f, 3, Temple City–Glittering
Tax, by Artax. ($10,000 RNA Ylg ’13 KEEJAN).
O-Sagamore Farm, Needle In A Haystack & The Club
Racing LLC; B-Bob Feld Bloodstock (KY); T-H. Graham
Motion. $50,000.

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