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Estrechada, Castellano Capture Waya Stakes

Sunday, August 06, 2017

The next time a horse from the barn of Mike Puype shows up in the entry box at Saratoga Race Course, treat its mere presence as a massive endorsement. Only twice in his career has California-based Puype put one of his charges on a plane to the Spa—and both times, they have returned with graded stakes success. The latest such achievement came Aug. 5 as Estrechada struck the front in midstretch and held strong in the final strides to take the Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes (G3T) going 1 1/2 miles on the inner turf, for her first graded victory. Watch Video Puype's only prior Saratoga starter came nearly six years ago to the day when he saddled Turbulent Descent to a victory in the 2011 Test Stakes (G1). Having finished sixth to fellow Waya entrant Apple Betty in the July 9 River Memories Stakes at Belmont Park, Estrechada was dealing with a bit of deja vu early as that rival was again out front, setting fractions of :24.36 and :49.60, with Estrechada rating fourth after having to ta Continue...
 

Link to America's Best Racing Profile on Mike Puype

Friday, September 09, 2016

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Home Journey Too Tough in Las Cienegas

Saturday, April 11, 2015

In their last meeting, Go West Marie tracked down and passed Home Journey in the stretch in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint Jan. 24, but there was no catching the speedy mare in the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes (gr. IIIT) (VIDEO) April 11 at Santa Anita Park. The daughter of Good Journey led every step of the way on the Santa Anita downhill turf course and held off another late run from her rival to win by a length, capturing her first graded stakes win in her first try at the level. It was also the first graded stakes victory for co-owner and breeder Mark Giardino. "It was worth it," said Giardino, who bred Home Journey in California with Daryle Ann Giardino and Jock Elick. "We've been trying for a long time—over 25 years." The 5-year-old mare left the gate at 3-1 odds and ran the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:13.09 with jockey Rafael Bejarano over a turf course rated firm, after setting fractions of :21.77 and :43.85 through a half-mile. "She ran really fast last Continue...
 

Mizdirection Sells for $2.7 Million at F-T

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Two-time Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) winner Mizdirection brought a final bid $2.7 million to become the second-highest priced offering as the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale went over the mid-point Nov. 4. The 5-year-old mare was purchased by Mandore International on behalf of Qatar-based entity Al Shaqab Racing for $2.7 million Consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, the daughter of Mizzen Mist was a late sale arrival after improving her record to 11-4-1 from 17 starts with earnings of $1,719,621 when she won her second consecutive Breeders' Cup Sprint coming off a five-month layoff. She was trained by Mike Puype for a partnership group that includes Bill Strauss and sports media personality Jim Rome's Jungle Racing and was offered by Three Chimneys Sales as a broodmare prospect. Three Chimneys' Case Clay said he was surprised by the final bid for Mizdirection, but noted that she had been popular since arriving at the Lexington sales grounds. Clay said the most im Continue...
 

Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint: Mizdirection does it again

Monday, November 04, 2013

ARCADIA, Calif. - Some things never change with Mizdirection. She’s unbeatable on Santa Anita’s turf course, especially in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on the track’s hillside course. Barbara D. Livingston Mizdirection (second from left) comes down the middle of the course to repeat in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. Mizdirection won the 2012 Turf Sprint in a 6-1 upset after a layoff of more than five months. Saturday, Mizdirection did it again, winning the $1 million BC Turf Sprint in her first start since early June. This time, her backers were ready. Sent off as the 5-2 favorite, Mizdirection rallied wide through the stretch under jockey Mike Smith to win by a half-length over Reneesgotzip and Tightend Touchdown, who finished in a dead heat for second in the field of 13. [BREEDERS' CUP SATURDAY: Video replays and race results] “Mike Smith gave her a perfect ride,” said winning trainer Mike Puype. “Any other ride and she may not get there.” Mizdirection ($7.40) Continue...
 

Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint: Mizdirection does it again

Monday, November 04, 2013

ARCADIA, Calif. - Some things never change with Mizdirection. She’s unbeatable on Santa Anita’s turf course, especially in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on the track’s hillside course. Barbara D. Livingston Mizdirection (second from left) comes down the middle of the course to repeat in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. Mizdirection won the 2012 Turf Sprint in a 6-1 upset after a layoff of more than five months. Saturday, Mizdirection did it again, winning the $1 million BC Turf Sprint in her first start since early June. This time, her backers were ready. Sent off as the 5-2 favorite, Mizdirection rallied wide through the stretch under jockey Mike Smith to win by a half-length over Reneesgotzip and Tightend Touchdown, who finished in a dead heat for second in the field of 13. [BREEDERS' CUP SATURDAY: Video replays and race results] “Mike Smith gave her a perfect ride,” said winning trainer Mike Puype. “Any other ride and she may not get there.” Mizdirection ($7.40) Continue...
 

Mizdirection wins again in Turf Sprint

Monday, November 04, 2013

Mizdirection defended her title in the $1 million GEICO Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park, taking down Reneesgotzip and Tightend Touchdown with a brilliant stretch run while favored at odds of 5-2. Swung wide off the turn by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in the 6 ½-furlong event down her beloved downhill turf course, the 5-year-old daughter of Mizzen Mast finished in 1:12.25 as the two she edged by half a length finished in a deadheat. Unbridled's Note was fourth. "I broke better this time [compared to last year's race]," Smith said. "Much more alert. I took advantage of the break and I took the rail right away...you get a lot of momentum coming out of that turn going left. Man, she was right there. I was worried I might have been a little too close, but I'm glad I was because the lead horses weren't stopping. Reneesgotzip wouldn't give up." The other female in the field of 13, 4-year-old Reneesgotzip sprang out to the lead through a quick quarter in :21.47 a Continue...
 

Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint: Mizdirection repeats as champion

Monday, November 04, 2013

What's going on at the Breeders' Cup? The traditional home of longshots has been playing favorites. For the third race in a row, the favorite -- in this case Mizdirection -- won at Santa Anita in the Turf Sprint on Saturday. It was also the second race in a row that had a repeat champion. Groupie Doll was the repeat winner of the Filly & Mare Sprint. Mizdirection, partly owned by radio talker Jim Rome, came charging through the stretch to win by half a length. The 5-year-old mare is seven-for-seven on the downhill 6 1/2-furlong turf course at Santa Anita. The owners plan to retire and sell the horse later this year. It was jockey Mike Smith's 20th Breeders' Cup win. Interestingly Mizdirection and Reneesgotzip were the only two females in field of 14. Reneesgotzip finished in dead for second with Tightend Touchdown. Mizdirection paid $7.40, $4.40 and $3.40. Reneesgotzip returned $3.60 and $4.80 while Tightend Touchdown paid $6.80 and $8.60. If in fact this was Mizdirecti Continue...
 

Mizdirection Outside for Turf Sprint Defense

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Despite 2012 winner Mizdirection returning to try for a double, a full field of 14 entered this year’s Geico Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park. Mizdirection, who won last year from post 11, drew the 12 hole this time around. Owned by Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing, Bill Strauss, Kevin Nish, Daniel Grohs, Mike Kramek’s MSK Racing Ventures, and Boris Beljak, Mizdirection hasn’t started since finishing fifth on yielding turf in the June 8 Just A Game Stakes (gr. IT) over one mile at Belmont Park. But the 5-year-old daughter of Mizzen Mast —Deceptive, by Clever Trick, won last year’s Turf Sprint off an even longer layoff, and trainer Mike Puype says that she is "freaky good right now." Earlier this year at Santa Anita, Mizdirection captured three graded stakes at Santa Anita, two at the Turf Sprint distance of about 6 1/2 furlongs down the hill. She has not lost in five starts over that course and distance. Mike Smith, who rode her last year, returns in the sa Continue...
 

Breeders' Cup: Rome is racing ambassador

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It takes a lot to make Jim Rome miss work, but the allure of the Breeders’ Cup is enough to make the 49-year-old sports-talk superstar take off Friday to be on hand at Santa Anita. Rome owns a stake in Mizdirection, the defending champion in the $1 million BC Turf Sprint on Saturday. Mike Puype, the trainer of Mizdirection, said Rome will be here Friday and Saturday not only as a co-owner but as one of 15 Breeders’ Cup ambassadors who receive VIP treatment as they help to spread the word about horse racing to the world at large. “Jim is freaky in love with this game,” Puype said. “With the huge audience he has, and as much time as he spends talking about racing on his shows, the sport is extremely fortunate to have him. He goes out and gives us all this free publicity and is completely genuine about it. It’s great.” Rome is the longtime host of a syndicated radio show estimated to have 2.5 million daily listeners in the United States and Canada, as well as a CBS Sports televi Continue...
 

Mizdirection, Authenticity to Sell at F-T

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

High-profile broodmare prospects Authenticity, Love and Pride, and Mizdirection have been added to the Fasig-Tipton November sale, Three Chimneys Sales announced Oct. 16. Authenticity, a grade II winner and multiple grade I-placed, is a daughter of top broodmare sire Quiet American . "Fappiano and his line have always been successful broodmare sires and, in fact, arguably the three hottest sires in North America are all out of Fappiano line mares," pedigree analyst Bill Oppenheim said in a release. "The 3x2 inbreeding to Dr. Fager contributes to what is described as 'hybrid vigor' and no doubt is another reason why Quiet American is such a sought-after broodmare sire." Love and Pride, by A.P. Indy from the immediate family of Bernardini , was a multiple grade I winner and earner of nearly $1 million. Love and Pride is in foal to Distorted Humor . "(Love and Pride) is tall and beautiful with good bone," said Three Chimneys sales director Guinness McFadden. "She's a lovel Continue...
 

Del Mar: Alberts Hope delivers as favorite in Best Pal Stakes

Monday, August 05, 2013

DEL MAR, Calif. – Trainer Mike Puype celebrated his 47th birthday in style Sunday at Del Mar by sending out two winners, including Alberts Hope, who tenaciously fought off a spirited bid from Celtic Moon to capture the Grade 2, $150,000 Best Pal Stakes for 2-year-olds. Benoit & Associates Alberts Hope, with Alonso Quinonez up, wins the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes by a half-length over Celtic Moon on Sunday at Del Mar. Alberts Hope ($7), the favorite in a field of six, settled comfortably behind the contested pace of Alpine Luck and Guns Loaded, advanced toward the leaders on the turn, took the lead a furlong out, then had to hold off 11-1 shot Celtic Moon, who sneaked through along the rail and made Alberts Hope earn it. At the wire, Alberts Hope prevailed by a half-length, with Guns Loaded another 2 1/4 lengths back in third. Ontology, Alpine Luck, and Skydreamin completed the order of finish. Under Alonso Quinonez, Alberts Hope completed 6 1/2 furlongs on Polytrack in 1:16. Continue...
 

Alberts Hope Gets Well-Timed Best Pal Victory

Monday, August 05, 2013

Trainer Mike Puype celebrated his 47th birthday with a victory by favored Alberts Hope in the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) (VIDEO) for 2-year-olds Aug. 4 at Del Mar. It was the second win on the program for the Phoenix, Ariz. native, who saddled the the unbeaten son of Run Away and Hide for Jaam Racing. Puype also won the first race with Blues and Silvers. Jockey Alonso Quinonez snapped an 0-for-31 streak at the Del Mar meet as he guided Alberts Hope to a half-length victory over a game Celtic Moon in a time of 1:16.71 for 6 1/2 furlongs on Polytrack. Guns Loaded finished third in the field of six juveniles. The fast-improving Alberts Hope is 2-for-2 after tallying in his debut at odds of 33-1 over maiden special weight rivals at five furlongs July 14 at Betfair Hollywood Park. He won his Cushion Track bow by three-quarters of a length. Bred in Kentucky by R. Kirk, J. Bates, G. McDonald, M. Riordan, and S. Whisenant, Alberts Hope was originally sold for $20,000 at t Continue...
 

Schiaparelli Reigns Supreme in Royal Heroine

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Favored Schiaparelli, making her first start around two turns, held on gamely in the $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile (gr. IIT) July 6 at Betfair Hollywood Park for her initial graded stakes score (VIDEO). With regular pilot Joe Talamo aboard, Schiaparelli led all the way and staved off the stalking Egg Drop by half a length to make it consecutive stakes wins over the Hollywood Park turf course. She won the six-furlong Great Lady M in frontrunning fashion by 2 1/2 lengths for her first stakes score May 26. Schiaparelli, who had never raced longer than 6 1/2 furlongs previously, was timed in 1:34.11 for the mile over a firm course. She was sent off as the 11-10 favorite. "My filly was traveling really well," Talamo said. "I know the fractions were pretty quick but she was doing it well within herself. But I'll tell you what, it was all her. She was pressed all the way, and had to really fight the whole race to get the job done." Trained by Mike Puype, Schiaparelli is a Kentucky Continue...
 

Jay Hovdey: Puype's streak ends and plans for Breeders' Cup begin

Friday, June 28, 2013

Mike Puype was at a loss for an explanation. After his exhilarating stretch of sending out six straight winners at Betfair Hollywood Park between June 20 and 22 he found himself suddenly mired in a two-race losing streak with no end in sight . . . or at least not until later this week, when he runs another one he expects to win. The Puype streak infused one of those quiet, early summer racing weeks with a little spark at a time when so many lives are put on hold until the curtain rises for Saratoga and Del Mar. Leading over six consecutive starters and winning with every single one of them is no mean feat, whether it happens at Hollywood, Finger Lakes, or the Yavapai County Fair. “Yeah, I got slowed up a little bit on Sunday,” Puype said. “But I didn’t jump off a bridge Sunday night or nothing. We’ll just have to try and start a new streak on Friday. “I had a lot of good entries and a lot of good rides,” Puype said of the streak. “A lot of things came together. I take nothing Continue...
 

PUYPE WINS 6TH IN A ROW AT HOLLYWOOD, TIES MARK

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Trainer Mike Puype tied a longstanding Betfair Hollywood Park record when he earned his sixth consecutive victory in the nightcap June 22. The win Saturday by 2-1 favorite Hustlin Nu in the ninth race (VIDEO), a $20,000 maiden claimer, continued a streak that began two days earlier for the 46-year-old Puype. The Arizona native matched the record set by Allen Drumheller Sr. July 4-5, 1955. Puype can break the record Sunday if Moonlight Splitter, 8-1 on the morning line, wins the sixth race. Change of Plan ($5) began the trainer's roll by capturing the second race June 20 (VIDEO). Puype won twice the following day, taking back-to-back races with Smart N Dreamy ($6.20) in the fourth (VIDEO) and Bella Viaggia ($3.80) in the fifth (VIDEO). He tripled Saturday with 11-1 Muchos Besos posting a $25 upset in the first (VIDEO) and Insideondoutside ($6) in the fifth (VIDEO) preceding Hustlin Nu's heroics. "It doesn't get any better than that,'' Puype said. "Six wins in a row and tyin Continue...
 

Deep Closing Calidoscopio Captures Brooklyn

Saturday, June 08, 2013

He raced practically in the Bronx in the early going, but Dona Pancha's Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. II) victor Calidoscopio caught up with seven opponents when it mattered to take the $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) June 7 on a sloppy track at rainy Belmont Park (VIDEO). Spotting the field 22 lengths after a half-mile under jockey Aaron Gryder as 7-2 shot Percussion led through opening fractions of :24.16 and :48.54, the 10-year-old iron horse remained at the back of the pack by daylight before unleashing his giant run rounding the far turn of the 1 1/2-mile event. The Argentina-bred bay horse is the first 10-year-old in history to win a graded stakes race on dirt. "He wasn't even in the race and before you know it, he started gobbling up ground," trainer Mike Puype said. "He absolutely just exploded when it was time to do his thing. I couldn't be happier. Belmont is such a long track. You have so much running to do here. Aaron hit him left-handed and got him in the sweet pa Continue...
 

Mizdirection heads Just a Game

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Call Mike Puype confident, but not quite cocky. Bringing 2012 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection to Belmont Park for the $500,000 Longines Just a Game Stakes June 8, the California horseman has no doubt she's best of the bunch -- and that's saying something. Five Grade 1 and two Grade 2 winners make up a field of seven fillies and mares for the one-mile turf event, including Centre Court, Stephanie's Kitten, and Hungry Island. But Mizdirection, a 5-year-old charcoal gray with earnings of $1,154,621, has been something special with nine wins and three seconds from 12 turf starts. She has chalked up four straight graded scores launched by that Breeders' Cup effort against the boys -- when she came off a five-month layup last November to get the job done. Belmont is a new track for the daughter of Mizzen Mast , and with rain in the forecast for June 7 and 8, there are questions about the surface she has traveled to traverse. "The big unknown equation with her is not her qu Continue...
 

Mizdirection Keeps Winning in Las Cienegas

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Odds-on pick Mizdirection, prepping for bigger things to come, posted her fifth consecutive win on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita Park when she captured the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 13 (VIDEO). Last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I) winner over males, Mizdirection defeated her Mike Puype stablemate Schiaparelli by a half-length. Mizdirection, ridden by David Flores subbing for Mike Smith, completed the about 6 1/2-furlong distance in 1:12.61 over firm ground. Mizdirection, racing for sports radio personality Jim Rome's Junge Racing and partners, earned her fourth straight victory overall as the 2-5 choice. The 5-year-old mare by Mizzen Mast , could be headed for New York and the $500,000 Just A Game Stakes (gr. IIT) at one mile June 9 at Belmont Park, Puype said afterward. "Right when you think she's beat, she finds another gear, she digs deep, and finds a way to get it done," said Rome. "She's so tough. She does not want to lose." Bre Continue...
 

Santa Anita: Mizdirection's plans call for mix of turf sprints, miles

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

ARCADIA, Calif. – Mizdirection will run in a mix of turf sprints and miles in coming months after reaffirming her versatility with an impressive win in Monday’s $150,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita. The Grade 2 Buena Vista was Mizdirection’s first start at a mile on turf since August 2011 and has left trainer Mike Puype with options throughout the nation this spring and summer. Tuesday, Puype said that no race plans had been made for Mizdirection, a 5-year-old who has won 9 of 14 starts and $1,094,621. He was more relieved that a small wound that Mizdirection suffered to the heel of her left front foot was not a problem. Mizdirection was believed to have grabbed a quarter at the start of the Buena Vista, a race she won by 2 1/4 lengths over In the Stars. “It looks like she’ll be okay,” Puype said. “I don’t think we’ll miss any time.” Mizdirection won her third consecutive stakes in the Buena Vista, a streak that began with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint again Continue...
 

Hillside Ace Mizdirection Wins Monrovia Again

Monday, January 07, 2013

Mizdirection, making her first start since defeating males in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), ran down speedy Kindle in the shadow of the wire to register a repeat victory in the $150,000 Monrovia Stakes (gr. IIT) over the hillside turf course at Santa Anita Park Jan. 6 (VIDEO). The 9-10 favorite in a field of five older fillies and mares, Mizdirection was ridden to a half-length victory by Mike Smith. The 5-year-old mare by Mizzen Mast improved to 4-for-4 over the hillside course for trainer Mike Puype and her owners, sports radio personality Jim Rome's Jungle Racing, Danny Grohs, William Strauss, Kevin Nish, and Mike Kramek. Mizdirection, who surpassed $1 million in career earnings with the victory, has now won six of her past seven races dating back to December 2011. But she had to dig in to get this one. "Right when you think maybe she's beat, she just digs deep and finds a way to do it," Rome said. "And as I always say in this moment, I could not be more proud Continue...
 

Mizdirection Takes Turf Sprint Over The Boys

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Mizdirection provided a rumble in The Jungle at Santa Anita Park Nov. 3, taking the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) in a thrilling stretch drive in near-record time (VIDEO). The 4-year-old gray daughter of Mizzen Mast , one of two fillies in the 14-horse field, is co-owned by TV and sports radio personality Jim Rome, whose program is known as The Jungle. Trained by Mike Puype, she was ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who notched his 17th victory in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. He became the leading rider by wins on Nov. 2 when he took the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) on Royal Delta. Smith gave Mizdirection a patient ride in the about 6 1/2-furlong event, which unfolded with the hottest pace seen yet during Breeders’ Cup weekend at Santa Anita. Jerry Hollendorfer’s Chosen Miracle and Aidan O’Brien’s Starspangledbanner went a blistering opening quarter in :21.11 and the half in :42.39. As the field cross the dirt path off the hill and Continue...
 

BELLA VIAGGIA WINS CAL CUP DISTAFF!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Two races later in the second division of the Cal Cup Distaff, SLO Racing Stable's Bella Viaggia continued her winning ways with a two-length score under jockey Joe Talamo. The Mike Puype pupil was made the 9-1 fifth pick in the nine-distaffer field despite boasting triumphs in her past two races, and gave nice payouts of $21.40, $9.60 and $6.40.

Bella Viaggia saved ground when settling along the inside while running over the downhill turf and inched away late to secure the victory in 1:12.

"Before she actually ran I worked her about seven or eight times so I was very familiar with her," Talamo said. "We just had a great trip. Mike had her ready to go today. The rail opened up good and we just shot on Continue...

 

Turbulent Descent Gets Season Started in Win

Monday, June 18, 2012

Making her first start of 2012, Turbulent Descent remained undefeated at Betfair Hollywood Park with a victory in the $72,570 Desert Stormer Handicap June 17 (Continue...

 

Turbulent Descent returns with Desert Stormer win

Monday, June 18, 2012

Three-time Grade 1 winner Turbulent Descent won her four-year-old debut Sunday in a tough edition of the $72,570 Desert Stormer Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park.

She wore down pacesetter Izzy Rules in the final sixteenth for a 1 ¼-length win under David Flores.

Sent off as the 1.50-to-1 favorite, the Congrats filly overcame a rough start to patiently stalk in fourth behind Izzy Rules through an opening quarter-mile in :21.92. Turbulent Descent began to move closer to the leader in the turn, but Izzy Rules responded when challenged. Turbulent Descent outgamed Izzy Rules in the late stages to pull away, covering six furlongs in 1:09.25 on Hollywood’s Cushion Track.

“She’s been working very, very well. The race came up perfect for us,” Flores said. “I was comfortable the whole way…. She showed what she’s made of today.”

Izzy Rules finished 4 ½ lengths ahead of Mild Continue...
 

Santa Anita: Mizdirection may ship to New York for Just a Game

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mizdirection’s win in the Las Cienegas Handicap on the main track on Saturday will not result in a different focus for the 4-year-old filly’s career. Trainer Mike Puype said on Sunday that Mizdirection will race mainly in turf stakes this year. He mentioned the $500,000 Just a Game Stakes over a mile on turf for fillies and mares at Belmont Park on June 9 as a possibility for her next start. “She will be on the grass next time,” he said. “The Just a Game at Belmont would be under consideration.” One option at the upcoming Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting is the $70,000 Great Lady M Stakes for fillies and mares over six furlongs on turf on May 27. The Las Cienegas was scheduled for about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course and was transferred to the main track after considerable rain on Friday. Only four started in the Las Cienegas. Mizdirection closed from last in the final three furlongs to win by a half-length, extending her winning streak to four. Mizdirec Continue...
 

Santa Anita: Las Cienegas

Saturday, April 14, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. – Unzip Me, the 10-time stakes winner, will have a changed role in Saturday’s $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap at Santa Anita.

For the first time since the 2010 Las Cienegas, a race she won, Unzip Me will not be favored in a turf sprint for fillies and mares. The presence of a red-hot rival in Mizdirection makes Unzip Me the likely second choice in the Grade 3 Las Cienegas,run over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course.

The unique course at Santa Anita has been Unzip Me’s territory in recent years. She has won 7 of 11 starts and $448,510 on the hillside, including the restricted Wishing Well Stakes here on Jan. 29. On Jan. 2, she finished third behind Mizdirection in the Grade 3 Monrovia Stakes on the hillside, a result certain to play a role in betting for the Las Cienegas.

Furthermore, trainer Marty Jones warns that Unzip Me is at a disadvantage after she was scratched from the Irish O’Brien Stakes when the Continue...

 

Santa Anita: Mizdirection cruises in Clocker’s Corner Handicap

Saturday, February 25, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. – Mizdirection gave Mike Smith his 4,991st career victory in Saturday’s $75,260 Clocker’s Corner Handicap at Santa Anita.

Mizdirection won the minor stakes over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course by 2 1/2 lengths under a hand-ride, a win that Smith said was as easy as it looked.

“I wish they were all that easy,” said Smith, 46. “The whole time I stayed out of her way, all the way to the wire.”

Mizdirection ($2.40) was timed in 1:12.22. She led throughout, holding a one-length advantage on the hillside, which was extended in the stretch. Givine finished second, 1 1/2 lengths in front of Remit in the field of five fillies and mares.

Trained by Mike Puype, Mizdirection has won 5 of 9 starts and $300,111 for a partnership that includes sports television and radio talk-show host Jim Rome. A 4-year-old filly by Mizzen Mast, Mizdirection won the Grade 3 Monrovia Stakes on the hil Continue...

 

Santa Anita: Mizdirection closes strongly to take Monrovia

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif.- Mizdirection won her first graded stakes in Monday’s $100,000 Monrovia Stakes, giving sports talk show host Jim Rome his first graded stakes win as an owner and leaving trainer Mike Puype optimistic that the filly can show further improvement. Ridden by the red-hot Garrett Gomez, who won his third stakes win in two days, Mizdirection ($8.40) ran about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:11.64, finishing 1 3/4 lengths in front of 28-1 Wild Mia. Separate Forest, who set a torrid pace of 21 and 42.75 seconds, finished in a dead heat for third with 6-5 favorite Unzip Me. Gomez had Mizdirection in sixth and then fifth on the hillside, farther back than expected. She moved into third, within 3 1/2 lengths of Separate Forest with a furlong remaining, and finished extremely well. “I didn’t expect to have that many horses in front of me,” Gomez said. “I dropped her head and let her place herself. I didn’t want to hold her up too long when we got over the d Continue...
 

Santa Anita: Turbulent Descent makes late push for Eclipse votes in La Brea

Friday, December 30, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. – In all likelihood, Turbulent Descent lost the Eclipse Award for the outstanding female sprinter of 2011 with a troubled fifth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

The setback has not stopped trainer Mike Puype from campaigning on the filly’s behalf in advance of Saturday’s $300,000 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita.

“Hopefully, the Eclipse Award voters haven’t filled out their ballots,” he said.

A win by Turbulent Descent in the La Brea would be her third Grade 1 race of the year, preceded by the Santa Anita Oaks in March and the Test Stakes at August. She also won the Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland in April. All of those wins were against 3-year-olds.

Swaying the opinions of Eclipse Award voters may be difficult at this late date. Winning the La Brea Stakes may not be as tough.

Owned by a partnership, Turbulent Descent will b Continue...

 

Turbulent Descent Seeks to Rebound in La Brea

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Aiming for her fourth grade I victory, Turbulent Descent will start as the heavy favorite against eight opponents in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Dec. 31.

Turbulent Descent, making her first appearance since a fifth-place finish in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) nearly two months ago, drew post 2 for the seven-furlong La Brea. The final graded race of 2011 is for 3-year-old fillies. Post time for the La Brea is 4:07 p.m. PST.

Her loss in the Breeders' Cup as the 7-5 choice probably cost the Florida-bred daughter of Continue...
 

Hovdey: Turbulent Descent, Flores veterans of bumpy rides

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Take a close look at the horse and her rider strolling postward on Friday as favorites for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs. After what they’ve been through, the race ought to be a piece of cake.

Turbulent Descent displays very apparent scars on a knee and an ankle from a nightmare moment during her first plane flight, 18 months ago, from Orlando to Memphis. David Flores, on the other hand, sports fresh facial wounds suffered two Mondays back, when a car turned in front of his Yamaha 800 on a busy highway east of Santa Anita Park.

And they say horse racing is dangerous.

In each incident, the outcomes fell under the category of “lucky” or “could have been.” The filly needed diligent first aid and special care to close the tricky gash on her ankle (a homeopathic honey turned out to be the key ingredient), but by the fall of 2010 she was in glorious action, winning all three of her starts Continue...

 

Breeders' Cup: Puype happy with post 3 for Turbulent Descent in Filly and Mare Sprint

Monday, October 31, 2011

Drawing a post position near the rail in a one-turn race might not meet with everyone’s approval, but trainer Mike Puype was very happy that Turbulent Descent was assigned post 3 as the solid favorite for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Friday. “That’s what she got when she broke her maiden” in her career debut last fall, Pupye said. “I’ve got no problem with the 3-hole at all. She’s the kind of horse who wants to get right to the rail and get to running. We’re good.” Turbulent Descent, with David Flores to ride, has been pegged as the 6-5 morning-line choice in a field of 13 in the seven-furlong Filly and Mare Sprint. Next on the odds line are Switch (Joel Rosario, 3-1) and Pomeroys Pistol (Javier Castellano, 6-1), with all others listed in double digits. Puype said Turbulent Descent shipped Sunday without incident from California and that he planned to have her school in the starting gate Wednesday before going through a normal gallop. “She’ll just Continue...
 

Bakers Dozen Set for Raven Run

Friday, October 21, 2011

Saturday's Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland is the lone graded stakes in North America Saturday and a well-matched field of 13 sophomores fillies will square off over seven furlongs on Polytrack in the $250,000 race.

 

Roman Treasure, Hot Summer, Strike the Moon, Groupie Doll, Mizdirection, Funny Sunny, Great Hot and Honey Chile are all potentially dangerous.

 

Roman Treasure, who finished third to leading Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint contender Turbulent Descent in the Grade 1 Test Stakes three back, exits an eight-length romp in the September 23 Positive Gal at Belmont Park. The Michael Hushion-trained filly recorded a half-mile bullet workout (:47 1/5) at Keeneland last Saturday in advance of her synthetic debut and will pick up the services of Keeneland's leading rider, Julien Leparoux.

 

Hot Summer defeated Roman Treasure when winning the Grade 3 Victory Ride Stakes at Saratoga on August 27 and the David Fawkes pupil will ent Continue...
 

Del Mar: Mizdirection gives TV sports commentator Jim Rome first stakes win

Monday, August 22, 2011

DEL MAR, Calif. – Mizdirection’s front-running win in Friday’s $90,285 Sandy Blue Handicap at Del Mar was a milestone first stakes win for the filly and one of her co-owners.

The one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies was TV sports commentator Jim Rome’s first stakes win as an owner. Rome shared a first-place purse of $54,171 with partners Michael Kramek, Tom Lenner, Alan Peterson, and Robert Strauss, but the prize money was not foremost on his mind after the race.

“What I made today doesn’t equal the way it feels,” Rome said in the winner’s circle.

Ridden by a confident Garrett Gomez, Mizdirection led by as much as 1 1/2 lengths, with a furlong remaining, and held off an unlucky Bauble Queen to win by three-quarters of a length, finishing in 1:34.39. Bauble Queen broke slowly but rallied well late. Great Hot finished third in the field of six.

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All A's for Turbulent Descent

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Turbulent Descent flashed her true ability when she ran away from the field in the $250,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) as the 9-10 favorite at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 6 (VIDEO).

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TURBULENT DESCENT AFTER SMOOTH TRIP IN TEST

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Undaunted by Turbulent Descent's defeat as the odds-on choice in the Acorn Stakes (gr. I), Southern California trainer Mike Puype returns to New York to try his filly in the $250,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 6.

Turbulent Descent caught a muddy track and a superb rival in Continue...

 

DEL MAR: Fillies bring Puype into spotlight

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The confidence has always been there – in himself and his horses.

For the first time in his training career, Mike Puype has more than 60 horses in his care, including a team of 30 that will race at Del Mar this summer. It is a group that could provide Puype with a more visible role nationwide in coming weeks.

“My arrow is going up,” he said last weekend.

Led by the Grade 1 winner Turbulent Descent, Puype’s stable has won 35 races this year, a personal best for the trainer who will turn 45 on Aug. 4. Puype is expected to be at Saratoga that day, preparing Turbulent Descent for a start in the Grade 1 Test Stakes two days later.

Second in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes over a mile at Belmont Park in June, Turbulent Descent will be after her fifth stakes win in her eighth start. Puype describes Turbulent Descent’s condition as “exceptional. She’ll be cutting back to seven-eighths,” he said. “She’ll ge Continue...

 

Saratoga start likely for Turbulent Descent

Friday, June 17, 2011

Turbulent Descent, second as a heavy favorite in Saturday's Grade 1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park, was scheduled to return to trainer Mike Puype's stable at Hollywood Park on Monday afternoon, but is likely to be back on an airplane for New York later this summer. Puype said on Monday that Turbulent Descent emerged from the Acorn without mishap and remains a candidate for the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 6. The Test is run over seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies and has a purse of $250,000. "Saratoga would be my guess," Puype said of Turbulent Descent's next start. "It's eight weeks, and with travel again it's no shame to have a little break." Puype said plans would not be finalized until he discussed the filly's campaign with Scott Sherwood of Blinkers On Racing, part of the partnership that owns Turbulent Descent. Turbulent Descent has won 5 of 7 starts and $678,350. In the Acorn, she was second to It's Tricky by 3 3/4 lengths after racing within a length of Continue...
 

TURBULENT DESCENT HEADLINES ACORN

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Turbulent Descent, the only filly with grade I status entered in the TVG Acorn Stakes (gr. I), will be tough to beat if the excellent form she has exhibited on the California circuit and at Keeneland carries over to Belmont Park June 11. The one-mile Acorn for 3-year-old fillies is the sixth race on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard and has an approximate post time of 2:34 p.m. Turbulent Descent, trained by Mike Puype for a partnership that includes Blinkers On Racing, Dave Aureilo, Robert Butler, and Joleen Coons, has never finished off the board during her six-start career. The daughter of Congrats broke her maiden last October during the Oak Tree meet at Hollywood Park, and followed that effort with scores in the Moccasin and Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Hollywood. After posting a runner-up finish to Zazu in the Feb. 5 Las Virgenes (gr. I) at Santa Anita, Turbulent Descent then turned the tables on that rival when scoring a neck victory over her in the March 5 Continue...
 

TURBULENT DESCENT SOARS TO BEAUMONT TRIUMPH

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Heavily favored Turbulent Descent dominated her five rivals in the $150,000 Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) before 18,873 at Keeneland April 17, winning by five lengths (VIDEO). Racing three wide all the way around, Turbulent Descent confronted front-runners Gran Lioness and Honey Chile in upper stretch for jockey David Flores. The Southern California shipper, sent off at 3-5 odds, took three cracks of the whip to get control at mid-stretch and sailed home in a time of 1:26.12 for the seven furlongs and 184 feet on Polytrack. Honey Chile, ridden by Jose Lezcano, finished second, a half-length in front of Coax Liberty, with Garrett Gomez aboard. In her first try outside of Southern California, Turbulent Descent won for the fifth time in six lifetime starts. She registered her third graded stakes victory for owners Blinkers On Racing, William Strauss, Robert Butler, et al. Though she has twice won grade I events around two turns, including Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) March 5, trainer Continue...
 

Turbulent Descent Ships East for Beaumont

Friday, April 15, 2011

Turbulent Descent takes on 5 in the Beaumont at Keeneland.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

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TURBULENT DESCENT BACK ON TOP IN SA OAKS WIN

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Turbulent Descent, who lost a decision to Zazu in last month's Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I), turned the tables on her rival with an exhilirating neck victory as the even-money favorite in the $250,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) March 5 (VIDEO). Ridden by David Flores for trainer Mike Puype, the 3-year-old Congrats filly held a two-length advantage in mid-stretch but had to dig in for the final strides to hold off the hard-charging Zazu.The final time in the 1 1/16-mile race was a stakes record 1:41.05, breaking the mark of 1:41 1/5 set by Bold ‘n Determined in 1980. Owned by Blinkers On Racing Stable, Bill Strauss, and Tiger Racing, Turbulent Descent won the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) in December. She likely needed an outing when Zazu swept past her in deep stretch to take the one-mile Las Virgenes by 1 1/4 lengths Feb. 5. Turbulent Descent has defeated Zazu in three of their four meetings since last fall's Mocccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park. Puype said after the race that Continue...
 

Turbulent Descent looks tough to beat in Las Virgenes

Saturday, February 05, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. – The perfect record that Turbulent Descent amassed in three starts in 2010 will be at risk when she makes her 3-year-old debut in Saturday’s $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita.

Well, technically, it will be at risk, though trainer Mike Puype perceives little danger of Turbulent Descent not extending her unbeaten streak in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes, run over a mile for fillies.

“Her training is forward, she’s eating, and her works have been outstanding,” Puype said. “So far, by design or not, she’s gone for a perfect progression of races. She’s done it all and you have to be confident. It all looks good.”

Owned by a partnership that includes Blinkers On Racing, Bill Strauss, and Scott Regner’s Tiger Racing, which recently acquired a 10 percent share, Turbulent Descent will be heavily favored in the Las Virgenes, which drew a field of seven.

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Turbulent Descent Shakes Loose In Starlet

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Undefeated Turbulent Descent passed her first distance test with relative ease when she took command in the stretch and held sway to win the $409,250 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) (VIDEO) by 1 1/4 lengths Dec. 11 at Hollywood Park.

Making her third lifetime start for Blinkers On Racing and partners and trained by Mike Puype, the good-looking 2-year-old Continue...

 

Turbulent Descent solidifies status as West's top juvenile filly in Hollywood Starlet

Sunday, December 12, 2010

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Turbulent Descent has made a smooth ascent to the top of the California 2-year-old filly division this fall.

Saturday, Turbulent Descent stretched her unbeaten streak to three races in her first start around two turns in the $412,250 Hollywood Starlet Stakes at Hollywood Park. The style of the win left jockey David Flores delighted at the way she handled her Grade 1 debut and longest race of her career.

Of course, Flores had a lot to do with the outcome, confidently guiding Turbulent Descent to a victory by 1 1/4 lengths over the 37-1 outsider Big Tiz.

 “I’m excited,” he said. “I can tell what kind of horse she is.”

Flores’s confidence in the filly soared in the Starlet when he asked Turbulent Descent to rally around pacesetters Nina Fever Continue...

 

Congrats Rolls On with Turbulent Descent

Friday, November 26, 2010

It certainly comes as no surprise when a stallion prospect suddenly jumps up out of Florida. Mr. Prospector, Kris S., Saint Ballado, started out there before making the move to Kentucky, and within the last 15 years or so, it’s been the springboard to freshman sire crowns for End Sweep, Valid Expectations, and Successful Appeal  .

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Turbulent Descent makes taking the Moccasin look easy

Sunday, November 21, 2010

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - It will be interesting to see how Turbulent Descent runs when she has to try. It has not happened yet.

She won a maiden special weight on Oct. 3 under a mild hand ride from jockey David Flores, who used the same style to guide Turbulent Descent to a convincing win in Sunday’s $100,000 Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park.

“She did it easy and in a soft way,” Flores said. “Right now, we’ll keep it as easy as we can.”

The win will lead to a start in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 11, trainer Mike Puype said.

In the Moccasin, Turbulent Descent ($3.40) finished 1 1/2 lengths in front of Zazu, running seven furlongs in 1:23.15. Turbulent Descent was part of a four-way battle for the lead, racing three-wide to the outside of Tales in Excess and Sugarinthemor Continue...

 

Turbulent Descent Dazzles in Moccasin Stakes

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A stylish debut winner Oct. 3, Turbulent Descent was even more impressive Nov. 21 at Hollywood Park, toying with her five opponents in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes.

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Turbulent Descent looks to build on debut in Moccasin

Saturday, November 20, 2010

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Expectations are sky-high for 2-year-old filly Turbulent Descent, a potential star that makes her second career start Sunday in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Based on a deceptively easy debut victory, Turbulent Descent will be favored over Zazu and four others in the seven-furlong stakes. If Turbulent Descent repeats her crushing debut, the Moccasin could be history.

“I’ve never had a horse break it’s maiden first out and run as easy as she did,” trainer Mike Puype said. “She won by [three-quarters)] with a 91 Beyer [Speed Figure], and he never let her run.”

Confidently handled by David Flores, Turbulent Descent raced inside and behind horses, eased out for the drive, cruised to the front in midstretch, and inched clear in 1:09.90 with little urging. She beat a legitimate field; four exiting that Oct. 3 race won next out.

Puype could have run Turbulent Descent back in the Continue...

 

Owner willing to pay big bucks to put Supreme Summit in Sprint

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

 INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Trainer Mike Puype spent part of Tuesday evening watching a replay of the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes at Hollywood Park from Oct. 9, a race in which his horse Supreme Summit finished a fast-closing second.

The more he watched the race, the more Puype became convinced that the 4-year-old Supreme Summit belongs in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6. Supreme Summit, who has yet to win a stakes in his 12-race career, will be supplemented to the BC Sprint for $100,000 by owner Joseph Lacombe, Puype said. Lacombe will need to pay an additional $60,000 in starting and entry fees, Puype said.

Puype’s confidence stems from Supreme Summit’s stretch rally in the Ancient Title when he closed from seventh at the quarter pole, trailing by 6 3/4 lengths, to finish a half-length behind race winner Continue...
 

$100,000 John C. Mabee Cal Cup Mile Presented by TVG BRUCE’S DREAM

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Oct. 30, 2010) – Favored Bruce’s Dream wore down Colgan’s Chip in a stretch duel of grays to win Saturday’s $100,000 John C. Mabee California Cup Mile Presented by TVG at Oak Tree at Hollywood Park.

Bruce’s Dream is 4-year-old gelding by Atticus, out of the Smokester mare Remember Dorothy, was bred by Bruce Corwin, is owned by Corwin Racing, trained by Mike Puype and was ridden by Joe Talamo, his fourth winner on the card.

“Man, what a day. I wish it was always like this,” said Talamo. “He’s such a nice horse and it’s always such a pleasure to ride him. He lays it down every time. He’s one of those horses who knows where the wire is. He just loves to win. This horse is the real deal.”

Bruce’s Dream has six wins in eight starts, earnings of $293,940 and was coming off Continue...

 

Bruce's Dream nails longshot at wire

Monday, July 26, 2010

By Jay Privman

DEL MAR, Calif. - Bruce's Dream closed resolutely in the stretch and just did get up in the final jump to beat 19-1 shot Colgan's Chip in a thrilling edition of the $100,000 California Dreamin' Handicap for California-bred older turf horses on Sunday at Del Mar.

Bruce's Dream ($5.80), the second choice, prevailed by a head after closing from fifth in the six-horse field. Colgan's Chip finished 1 1/4 lengths in front of third-place Cayambe. Bold Chieftain, the 6-5 favorite, trailed throughout. His trainer, William Morey Jr., said before the race that Bold Chieftain would be retired if he ran poorly. Bold Chieftain, 7, won 17 times in 38 starts and ea Continue...

 

Quisisana Takes Millions F&M Sprint by a Nose

Friday, February 26, 2010

Stalking Quisisana took advantage of a heated pace duel to register her first stakes victory by a nose over streaking Dubai Majesty in the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita Jan. 30 (VIDEO).

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NAKATANI TAKES WILSHIRE ON GORGEOUS GOOSE

Monday, May 04, 2009

There was a stakes race for jockey Corey Nakatani to win on Saturday after all.

After missing out on a ride in Saturday's Kentucky Derby when Square Eddie was withdrawn earlier this week, Nakatani found a substitute mount with Gorgeous Goose in the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Nakatani made the most of the opportunity, guiding Gorgeous Goose from sixth on the turn to a victory in her first graded stakes. Gorgeous Goose ($25.80) ran a mile on turf in 1:34.54, beating 9-10 favorite Diamond Diva by three-quarters of a length.

The Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap was Gorgeous Goose's first stakes win since the Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita in December 2007. Owned by breeders Mary Denes and Mary Woelfel and trained by Mike Puype, Gorgeous Goose has won 4 of 14 starts and $223,574.

The Wilshire was the second time that Nakatani rode Gorgeous Goose. Last summer at Del Mar, Nakatani was aboard for a third-place finish in the Sandy Blue Handicap.

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Gorgeous Goose Takes Wing in Wilshire Win

Monday, May 04, 2009

 
Gorgeous Goose wins the Wilshire Handicap at odds of 11-1.
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MUNY WINS OAK TREE DERBY

Sunday, October 26, 2008

* Muny extended his winning streak to three with a front-running victory in the Grade 2, $150,000 Oak Tree Derby, the day's final race.

Ridden by David Flores, Muny ($22.80) held off a late run from an unlucky Madeo, who was stuck in traffic along the rail in the stretch. Dixie Chatter finished third in the field of 14.

Muny ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.69. The winning streak coincides with his move to two-turn races. At Del Mar, Muny won a one-mile maiden race on the main track and an optional claimer over a mile on turf.

 

Jerry Bailey Rides Dee Dee's Legacy in Legends Race!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

According to the Oak Tree Racing Association’s morning line odds, retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey will record one more victory, the 5,894th of his career, in the Oct. 18 unprecedented “Living Legends Race” at Santa Anita Park.
 
The unique competition, which brings eight Hall of Famers out of retirement for a single pari-mutuel betting race, will be presented as the fourth race on a ten-race program that begins at 12:30 p.m. PT
 
The sport’s Living Legends will compete in a $47,000 allowance race for California-breds at seven furlongs. Unlike other “Old-Timer’s Day” attractions, this is not an exhibition, but an official race that is counted as such statistically while offering a broad range of wagering options.

 “This truly is an event that will be difficult to ever duplicate with such a distinguished, accomp Continue...

 

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Quisisana looks enticing off comeback

By STEVE ANDERSEN

DEL MAR, Calif. - Quisisana's comeback race, a third-place finish in the Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar on July 20, left trainer Mike Puype encouraged about the filly's future.

The Fleet Treat was Quisisana's first start since she won an $80,000 claiming race for maidens at Hollywood Park last December. The Fleet Treat was restricted to California-bred 3-year-old fillies, and Quisisana and was beaten 2 1/2 lengths by the graded stakes winner Lethal Heat.

The performance will make Quisisana the favorite to win an optional claimer for statebred females over 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on Wednesday. Quisisana is part of a field of 10 fillies and mares.

"I offer no excuses," Puype said. "She should be ready to run. It's a good spot."

The Fleet Treat has turned out to be a productive race. Race winner Lethal Heat returned to beat males in the Real Good Deal St Continue...

 

MIKE on the Jim Rome radio show

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

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Remembering Dorothy - UPDATED!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Reprinted with permission from David Corwin.

The story is so amazing, it has to be told: The 6th race at Hollywood Park this Sunday will carry special significance I thought you might be interested in...
 
On August 3, 2000, the Corwin family set south on our annual summer trip to San Diego with obligatory stops at Qualcomm Stadium and the Del Mar racetrack.  Arrangements for the day at the races had been set for that Thursday for weeks, and we decided to proceed with our plans even though we were mourning the death of my incredible grandmother (Dorothy aka Dee Dee) who passed away eight days earlier.  After all, she loved horses...gray ones in particular.
 
Toni and Bruce headed down first with Kara and me and Danny and Zoe to follow.  By the time I had opened the newspaper to see that a horse named Remember Dorothy was running at Del Mar, I could not reach my dad because he was trying to call me with the news at the sa Continue...

 

Rome touts Thoroughbred ownership on "The Jungle"

Saturday, March 01, 2008

by Frank Angst
Courtesy of Thoroughbred Times

The enthusiasm poured through the radio on Monday, when, despite a busy sports weekend, nationally syndicated sports talk host Jim Rome talked about Thoroughbred ownership on his show.

As part of Little Red Feather Racing, Rome owns part of Wing Forward, who won his North American racing debut in dramatic fashion on Saturday. The Arch three-year-old colt rallied from last in a field of 12 to win a one-mile allowance race by a neck on the turf at Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park.

“It was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had,” Rome told his listeners.

Rome, who has offered more horse racing coverage on his radio show than most national hosts, said he has considered horse ownership for years. Billy Koch, managing partner of Little Red Feather, approached Rome about Wing Forward and the host of “The Jungle” took the plunge.

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Mongoose tallies first stakes winner

Friday, January 11, 2008

By JoAnn Guidry
Courtesy of Journeyman Stud News

In winning the Blue Norther Stakes on December 30 at Santa Anita, Florida-bred Gorgeous Goose became the first stakes winner for Florida stallion Mongoose. Owned by Gary and Mary West, Mongoose stands at Brent and Crystal Fernung’s Ocala-based Journeyman Stud.
The Blue Norther Stakes victory was also the initial stakes win for Gorgeous Goose. The lightly-raced filly was bred and is campaigned by Mary Ann Denes and Mary Ellen Woelfel. In but four starts in 2007, Gorgeous Goose notched two wins and earned $75,620.

Gorgeous Goose broke her maiden on November 14 at Hollywood Park, winning by a nose over Cheryl’s Surprise with Royal Humor third. Trained by Mike Puype, Gorgeous Goose was clocked in 1:42.17 for the eight and a half furlongs.

From there, Gorgeous Goose moved straight into stakes company and rewarded her connections’ confidence. She captured the Blue Norther Stakes by a Continue...