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Jess’s Dream Becomes a Reality in ‘Rising Star’ Performance
Updated - 8/24/2015
 

Stonestreet Stables homebred JESS’S DREAM (c, 3, Curlin–Rachel Alexandra {Ch. Horse of the Year & Ch. 3yo Filly & MGISW, $3,506,730}, by Medaglia d’Oro), the first foal produced by 2009 Horse of the Year and $3.5-million earner Rachel Alexandra by Stonestreet’s Hall of Famer and two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, ran to his monumental pedigree with a dramatic last-to-first ‘TDN Rising Star’ performance Monday afternoon. Carrying the same silks as his sire and dam once did at odds of 3-1, the dark bay was away from the gate a step slowly and dropped back to trail the field by nearly 20 lengths as favored All Rise (Mineshaft) carved out fractions of :23.03 and :47.85. The colt gained a head of steam on the far turn, angled to the center of the strip turning for home and rallied past all of his rivals to post a half-length score over Securitiz (Tiznow). The final time for nine furlongs was 1:49.06. Rachel Alexandra’s first foal to race, the 2-year-old filly Rachel’s Valentina (Bernardini), graduated in her debut here Aug. 2, also earning ‘TDN Rising Star’ status. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,800.
O-Stonestreet Stables LLC. B-Stonestreet Stables & The Estate of Harold T McCormick (KY). T-Kiaran P McLaughlin.

 

Frosted Continues Travers Preparations
Updated - 8/23/2015
successful 2-year-old campaign that included a second-place finish in the Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct Racetrack, Frosted stepped his game up as a sophomore. The son of Tapit finished second in the Grade 2 Holy Bull to kick off 2015, and then won the Wood two starts later on the heels of a disappointing fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth.

Frosted was sent off at odds of 10-1 in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, and finished fourth behind American Pharoah after a wide trip. The Godolphin Stable color-bearer again encountered American Pharoah in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, this time finishing second, beaten 5 ½ lengths by the Triple Crown winner.

With American Pharoah's Travers status still in limbo, McLaughlin is somewhat ambivalent about having to face the Bob Baffert trainee for a third time this year.

"Obviously, we've been beat by him twice, so we prefer not to run against him, but if he shows up it's great for the game," said McLaughlin. "We'll deal with it. We're not adjusting our schedule."

Should the Triple Crown winner not show, McLaughlin is confident his colt is capable of firing a winning race, including turning the tables on Grade 2 Jim Dandy winner Texas Red, who beat Frosted by a half-length in his most recent outing.

"We like our chances," he said. "With equal weights it should help us against Texas Red, but there are good horses [pointing to the Travers]. It'll be a good race, either way. We're ready."

On MondayJess's Dream will make his long-awaited debut for McLaughlin and Stonestreet Stables in the sixth race, a 1 1/8-mile maiden race. A son of two Horse of the Year honorees - Curlin and Rachel Alexandra - Jess's Dream will hope to follow in the footsteps of his younger sister, Rachel's Valentina, a daughter of Rachel Alexandra who enjoyed a winning debut earlier in the meet. He is the first foal out of 2009 Woodward winner Rachel Alexandra.

"It's exciting," said McLaughlin. "To be honest, I don't know that I've ever run a horse a mile and an eighth first time out. Here it's either 6 ½ [furlongs], seven [furlongs] or a mile and an eighth. He's not a sprinter. It's a tough distance and he might get a little tired, but we're excited to get him in the gate and go from here. He's got a bright future."

Two races later on Monday, McLaughlin will saddle Rachel Alexandra's full sister, Samantha Nicole, in the $100,000 Summer Colony.

"She's in tough, but if we can finish first, second or third it's great for her resume," said McLaughlin. "We could have run her in an allowance race, but we opted for the stake. It's a tougher spot, but maybe we can get lucky, and she always tries hard."

Source: NYRA Communications
Sentiero Italia was best in the Lake Placid (G2)
Updated - 8/17/2015
 

The 2015 Lake Placid (G2) at Saratoga had a contentious field of five, all of whom had been defeated by the Chad Brown trained, unbeaten superstar, Lady Eli. Without Lady Eli in the field, Sentiero Italia was able to win her first graded stakes in this $300,000 mile and an eighth turf event for three-year-old fillies.


Brown recently gave a very encouraging update on Lady Eli’s battle with laminitis that first set in after she stepped on a nail walking back to her Belmont Park stall following her win in the Belmont Oaks (G1) on the Fourth of July.


"She's doing very well. She continues to improve every week and increase her exercise around the barn," said Brown, who trains Lady Eli for Sheep Pond Partners. "She's walking twice a day and doing great, so we're very happy with her progress to this point."


From the start of the Lake Placid; Heath, Consumer Credit, and Miss Temple City would lead the race as a trio in that order from the rail out. The three fillies stayed in position, virtually unchanged, well into the clubhouse turn with Sentiero Italia about a length behind the top three and Strict Compliance a few lengths behind her in fifth place. The early fractions were 25.10, 49.25, and 1:12.54.


As the field turned for home Consumer Credit and Heath began to fade and Miss Temple City, the Graham Motion runner who most recently had finished fourth in the Coronation (G1) at Royal Ascot in England, inherited the lead. At the same time it was Sentiero Italia who was moving the fastest. This Godolphin owned and Kiaran McLaughlin trained daughter of Medaglio d’Oro was able to easily take the lead while running down the middle of the Mellon Turf Course.


McLaughlin described his filly’s the winning trip, "You never know with a short field, but Joel [Rosario] rode her great. He saved a little ground the first turn and waited. We were angling out and I knew that we were going to finish strong. I had a lot of confidence in her; she was doing great. She's a very talented filly and has a big kick, so it worked out very well today."


Sentiero Italia, which means “The Grand Italian Trail”, is also a 6166 km long hiking trail that winds its way throughout Italy. This was McLaughlin and jockey Joel Rosario’s first victory in the Lake Placid.


Sentiero Italia was sent off as the 8-5 betting favorite and paid $5.30, 3.10, and 2.40. For the place Miss Temple City paid $4.20 and 2.70. Strict Compliance lugged up for a distant third place finish paying $2.20. The time for the nine furlongs was 1:49.25 with the final furlong being run in 11.16. The margin of victory for Sentiero Italia was 1 ¼ lengths.


In the end McLaughlin talked about plans for the winner and about Lady Eli, "She [Sentiero Italia] had a rough trip last time and ran into Lady Eli, who's the best of this group by quite a ways. We were the only one that ran further than her that day. We were in the way outside post. Today worked out great. We'll go forward from here, maybe the Queen Elizabeth at Keeneland or something in between, but this is a big win and we'll soak this up for a little while before we find the next spot."

Frosted Gets Back on the Tab for Travers Prep
Updated - 8/17/2015
Grade 1 TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial winner Frosted returned to the track Friday for his first serious work since finishing second in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on August 1 at Saratoga Race Course.

The gray colt breezed four furlongs in 51.25 seconds over the Saratoga main track under regular exercise rider Rob Massey in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 29.

"He usually works a little bit quicker, but he's fit and ready to go. Rob thought he was going a little faster than that, but the track might have been a little dull at 5:40[a.m.], or maybe Frosted was a little sleepy," said Frosted's trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin.

"Everything is set," McLaughlin added. "We'll work back next ThursdayFriday,Saturday or Sunday, depending on weather. He'll go a little quicker, but it's not a big deal. He's fit."

After a successful 2-year-old campaign that included a second-place finish in the Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct Racetrack, Frosted stepped his game up as a sophomore. The son of Tapit finished second in the Grade 2 Holy Bull to kick off 2015, and then won the Wood two starts later on the heels of a disappointing fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth.

Frosted was sent off at odds of 10-1 in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, and finished fourth behind American Pharoah after a wide trip. The Godolphin Stable color-bearer again encountered American Pharoah in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, this time finishing second, beaten 5 ½ lengths by the Triple Crown winner.

With American Pharoah's Travers status still in limbo, McLaughlin is somewhat ambivalent about having to face the Bob Baffert trainee for a third time this year.

"Obviously, we've been beat by him twice, so we prefer not to run against him, but if he shows up it's great for the game," said McLaughlin. "We'll deal with it. We're not adjusting our schedule."

Should the Triple Crown winner not show, McLaughlin is confident his colt is capable of firing a winning race, including turning the tables on Jim Dandy winner Texas Red.

"We like our chances," he said. "With equal weights it should help us against Texas Red, but they're good horses [pointing to the Travers]. It'll be a good race, either way. We're ready."


Source - NYRA Communications
McLaughlin Enjoying Outstanding Saratoga Meeting
Updated - 8/17/2015
Currently third in the trainer standings with 10 wins, Kiaran McLaughlin is enjoying his best year at the Spa since 2012, when he won four Grade 1 races, and is on pace for a personal-best number of victories. Though he is striking at a torrid 42 percent clip and has won with seven of nine starters entering Sunday, McLaughlin still found himself 10 wins shy of leading trainer Todd Pletcher.

"We were leading trainer in 2008 with 17 [winners]. Seventeen won't get it done this year; Todd and Chad [Brown] are already past it," McLaughlin said with a chuckle. "We're having an unbelievable run, though. Everything's going right and it's pretty incredible."

McLaughlin has found success with all different types of horses at the stand. He's won the Grade 1 Test with Cavorting, Grade 2 Maker's Mark Lake Placid with
Sentiero Italia and the Alydar Stakes with Bay of Plenty, but also, atypically, has two winners in the claiming ranks to go along with a bevy of maiden winners.

On Saturday, the way McLaughlin's meet is going was on full display. The trainer saddled three horses, a pair of outsiders and Elraazy, a promising 3-year-old filly for Shadwell Stable. As luck would have it, both "outsiders" won and Elraazy finished ninth at odds of 5-2.

The day also took on special meaning for McLaughlin because it was Allen Jerkens Day at the Spa. The Kentucky-born horseman currently occupies Jerkens' old barn.

"We ran three and we thought the filly, Elraazy, probably had our best chance, so it's just the way it goes," said McLaughlin. "Everything is going great. It was great to win two on his day out of his barn."

McLaughlin's success has had a trickle-down effect, as well. Godolphin Racing, his biggest client, is currently leading owner with six wins, and his other victories have been distributed evenly among other major clients Stonestreet Stables, Shadwell, and Cheyenne Stables.

"Everything has fallen into place. It's been fun," said McLaughlin.

Source: NYRA Communications
Sentiero Italia Rallies to Take Lake Placid
Updated - 8/15/2015
9th at SAR GII Maker's Mark Lake Placid S. [1 1/8m (T)] Winner: Sentiero Italia, f, 3 by Medaglia d'Oro
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Sentiero Italia unleashed a powerful late rally to secure her first graded stakes victory in Saratoga’s Lake Placid S. Friday afternoon. Supported as the favorite in this competitive five-horse affair, the bay broke well and tracked from a patient fourth just off the heels of the leading trio. Tipped out for a three-wide bid turning for home, the hombred surged past Miss Temple City, who had seized control in early stretch and was attempting to run away with the race, to secure her first black-type victory in style.

“You never know with a short field, but Joel [Rosario] rode her great,” winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. “He saved a little ground the first turn and waited. We were angling out and I knew that we were going to finish strong. I had a lot of confidence in her; she was doing great. She’s a very talented filly and has a big kick, so it worked out very well today.” McLaughlin added that the GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S. at Keeneland Oct. 10 was under consideration as a future target for the winner.

Godolphin Stable racing manager Jimmy Bell was equally pleased. “Very nice, with a small field today, obviously Joel [Rosario] had a very good ride,” Bell said. “He was patient, stayed behind and bided his time and she has a very good kick to her. She’s got all the credentials, versatility, very good mind and a lovely body.”

Seventh behind Strict Compliance on debut in a Gulfstream turf sprint Mar. 11, Sentiero Italia showed marked improvement with a front-running score to earn her diploma when stretched out to 1 1/8 miles on the sod at Aqueduct Apr. 19. A decisive allowance winner over the Belmont lawn May 28, she was fourth behind undefeated Lady Eli (Divine Park) last time in the GI Belmont Oaks Invitational S. July 4. The sophomore is a half to Ashkal Way, winner of the GI Citation H., GII Kelso Breeders’ Cup H. and GII Bernard Baruch H.

Friday, Saratoga
MAKER’S MARK LAKE PLACID S.-GII, $294,000, SAR, 8-14, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, 1:49.25, fm.
1–#@SENTIERO ITALIA, 114, 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. $180,000. Lifetime
Record: 5-3-0-0, $321,100. *1/2 to Ashkal Way (Ire)
(Ashkalani {Ire}), GISW, $798,349. Werk Nick Rating:
No Rating. *First SW from this cross. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.


2–Miss Temple City, 118, f, 3, Temple City–Glittering
Tax, by Artax. ($10,000 RNA Ylg ’13 KEEJAN).
O-Sagamore Farm, Allen Rosenblum & The Club
Racing LLC; B-Bobfeld Bloodstock (KY); T-H. Graham
Motion. $60,000.


3–Strict Compliance, 118, f, 3, Into Mischief–Diva
Dyna, by Grand Slam. ($40,000 Wlg ’12 OBSOCT;
$75,000 Ylg ’13 FTKJUL; $100,000 2yo ’14
OBSOPN). O-Klaravich Stables Inc & William H
Lawrence; B-Mr & Mrs Richard Thompson & Linda
Thompson (FL); T-Chad C Brown. $30,000.

Cavorting powers to victory in Saratoga’s Test
Updated - 8/10/2015
 

After Cavorting won Belmont Park's $150,000 Jersey Girl following two poor efforts, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said they believed the 3-year-old filly was a Grade I horse. Cavorting proved just that, blowing from near-last to win Saratoga's $500,000 Longines Test Stakes by 2 ½ lengths over 15-1 shot Bar of Gold.

Now Cavorting also looks like a serious candidate for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Keeneland.

Take Charge Brandi -- last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and 2-year-old filly champion making her first start since being derailed in February by a minor fracture -- set a methodical pace before weakening through the stretch to last.

With Irad Ortiz aboard, Cavorting had to come wide but finished with authority to run down Bar of Gold, who had inherited the lead from Take Charge Brandi. By the Moon, who was challenging for the lead in mid-stretch, finished another 1 ¾ lengths back in third in the field of ten 3-year-old fillies.

Cavorting finished seven-eighths of a mile in 1:22.81, paying $7.60 to win as the tepid favorite.

Cavorting, a daughter of Bernardini purchased for $360,000 as a weanling at Keeneland, won her first two starts, including Saratoga's Grade II Adirondack before being drilled in Belmont's Grade I Frizette and Gulfstream's Grade II Davona Dale, both at a mile. She's now 4-0-0 in six starts for Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stables, earning $662,000 with the $300,000 payday.

"I thought it would be a faster pace early, but it worked out well," McLaughlin said. "I knew she was running and was hoping she would get space to run. She normally doesn't like a lot of dirt in her face but she was covered in dirt today. Irad rode a great race and she ran huge. She deserves a Grade I win and she got it. She's a very nice filly."

Bay Of Plenty Back In The Winner’s Enclosure
Updated - 8/10/2015
Posted 10 August 2015, 06:00 GMT

Bay of Plenty (Kiaran McLaughlin/Joel Rosario) returned to winning ways in the Listed Alydar Stakes (1m 1f) when making all for a comfortable success at Saratoga, USA, on Sunday, August 9.

Cavorting Passes the Test
Updated - 8/9/2015
 

Stonestreet Stable’s Cavorting (Bernardini) came from well back and bound clear late to score an easy 2 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s GI Longines Test S. at Saratoga. “It’s a great win,” said winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “Grade I wins are hard to come by and it was a great team effort. It’s great to win for [owner] Barbara [Banke] and her team also. The Grade I wins are most important for fillies, and it’s great she’s by Bernardini, who stands at Darley, who I train a lot of horses for. It’s a win-win for everybody.” Last year’s champion juvenile filly Take Charge Brandi (Giant’s Causeway), making her first start since winning the Jan. 31 Martha Washington S., set a moderate pace to upper stretch before fading badly and finishing 10th and last.

Cavorting was unhurried out of the gate and raced at the tail of the field as Take Charge Brandi rushed up to set the pace through fractions of :23.21 and :46.21. Cavorting inched closer along the rail on the turn and swept out to the middle of the track for running room at the top of the stretch. Bar of Gold assumed command and opened a clear lead, but her advantage was short-lived as Cavorting was finding her best stride and reeled in that foe in the final sixteenth before striding home a confident winner.

“I thought it would be a faster pace early, but it worked out well,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “I knew she was running and was hoping she would get space to run. She normally doesn’t like a lot of dirt in her face, but she was covered in dirt today. Irad [Ortiz, Jr.] rode a great race and she ran huge. She deserves a Grade I win and she got it. She’s a very nice filly.”

Bar of Gold, a 15-1 outsider, was producing a breakout performance Saturday after a troubled sixth-place effort in the June 6 GI Acorn S. and a fourth-place finish in the July 11 GIII Delaware Oaks.

“We wheeled her into the Acorn off of a couple of New York-bred wins and she got annihilated basically at the start,” explained trainer John Kimmel. “I think he engaged a little early and she just had a bad trip. Then we marched her down for her first two-turn race and I thought she made a winning move there. She broke the track record that day and looked like she got flat the last sixteenth of a mile; I thought maybe just shorten her a little bit. She looks like her pedigree says run all day, maybe this is what she’ll do this year. Maybe next year she grows up a little bit, she’ll be able to carry herself a little further. She got me screaming a little bit. This was a good race. I was reminiscing about my first Grade I win, the Test with Twist Afleet.”

Tabbed a ‘TDN Rising Star’ after an 11-length debut victory at Belmont last July, Cavorting returned to capture the GII Adirondack S. in her second outing. She tired to seventh after setting the pace when stretched to a mile in the Oct. 4 GI Frizette S. and resurfaced with a dull ninth-place effort at that same distance in the Feb. 21 GII Davona Dale S. She regained the winning thread when reverting to six furlongs last time out with a 3/4-length victory in the June 5 Jersey Girl S. at Belmont.

Cavorting’s dam Promenade Girl, who sold for $1.125 million as a 5-year-old at the 2007 Keeneland November sale, brought $335,000 while in foal to War Front at the 2012 Keeneland November sale. Her then-weanling colt by Stay Thirsty sold for $240,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale, while her then-yearling filly by War Front brought $290,000 at the Keeneland September sale. The mare, who was a graded stakes winner and multiple Grade I placed on the racetrack while racing for her breeder Sondra Bender, produced a colt by The Factor this spring and was bred back to Uncle Mo.

Saturday, Saratoga Race Course
LONGINES TEST S.-GI, $500,000, SAR, 8-8, 3yo, f, 7f, 1:22.81, ft.
1–&CAVORTING, 118, f, 3, by Bernardini
1st Dam: Promenade Girl (GSW & MGISP, $678,990), by Carson City
2nd Dam: Promenade Colony, by Pleasant Colony
3rd Dam: Dance Review, by Northern Dancer
($360,000 Wlg ’12 KEENOV). O-Stonestreet Stables
LLC; B-Swettenham Stud (KY); T-Kiaran P.
McLaughlin; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr. $300,000. Lifetime
Record: 6-4-0-0, $662,000. Click for the

Bernardini Firster Becomes a ‘TDN Rising Star’ at the Spa
Updated - 8/7/2015
Watershed (c, 3, Bernardini–Thousand Islands {GB}, by Dubai Millennium {GB}), a half-brother to Footbridge (Street Cry {Ire}), GISP, $242,836, overcame a tardy beginning to become a ‘TDN Rising Star’ at first asking at the Spa. Backed at odds of 3-1, he was away slowly from his rail draw. With Joel Rosario aboard, the bay was outsprinted through a sizzling opening quarter in :21.96. He began to rally once swung off the rail on the turn for home and came charging down the center of the course in the stretch to win going away by an impressive 4 1/2 lengths. Fellow firster Come as You Are (Run Away and Hide), a half to the speedy Reneesgotzip (City Zip), was second. The final time for six furlongs was 1:09.44. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0. O-Godolphin Racing LLC; B-Darley (Ky); T-Kiaran McLaughlin.
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