Texas Red’s Success No Surprise to Mayberry Farm’s Margarita Urtubey

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Texas Red may have surprised his rivals in last year’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita, upsetting 10 rivals by 6 ½ lengths at odds of 13-1, but the talented son of Afleet Alex did not sneak up on Margarita Urtubey. As the assistant trainer to Jeanne Mayberry at Mayberry Farm in Ocala, Fla., Urtubey gets her hands on her share of fashionably-bred youngsters. Her job is to teach them how to become racehorses. Texas Red, who is expected to square off against Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in Saturday’s historic renewal of the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, owes his foundation to Mayberry and Urtubey. A winner in three of eight lifetime starts for owners Erich Brehm, Wayne Detmar, Lee Michaels, Dr. Gene Voss and trainer Keith Desormeaux, Texas Red has already banked more than $1.6 million and is fresh … [Read more...]

Spendthrift Farm’s Breeding Programs a Boon to Small Breeders

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With innovative programs targeted to help the “little guy” breeder, B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., has paved the way for small-scale operations to have access to some of the finest stallion blood in the Thoroughbred industry. A scarcity of small breeders enjoying success at the top level of the industry sparked the creation of Spendthrift Farm’s Breed Secure and Share the Upside programs. To minimize commercial breeders’ risk, Spendthrift Farm four years ago introduced its Breed Secure program, which allows breeders to delay payment of stud fees to eligible stallions. Under the program, breeders don’t pay stud fees until the sale of the resulting foal as a weanling or yearling (breeders’ discretion) at public auction, and only if the sale is profitable. Once the foal is sold, Spendthrift receives the stud … [Read more...]

Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah Drills at Del Mar

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Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (with Martin Garcia aboard) worked four furlongs in :47.60 at Del Mar Sunday morning. Owners Ahmed and Justin Zayat were on hand as their superstar readies for his next appearance. While American Pharoah tops a list of 16 horses nominated to the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Aug. 29, trainer Bob Baffet indicated that he will make a decision on the Triple Crown winner’s next start following a scheduled breeze in one week. … [Read more...]

Illinois-bred The Pizza Man Delivers in Arlington Million

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The Pizza Man became the first Illinois-bred runner to win the Arlington Million, the state’s most prestigious race, with a shining performance in front of the home crowd on Saturday at Arlington Park. The recipient of a well-timed ride from Florent Geroux, Midwest Thoroughbreds’ The Pizza Man collared pacesetter Shining Copper in the stretch and held at bay a late rally from Big Blue Kitten to win the Arlington Million by a neck at the wire.  The Pizza Man traveled the 1¼-miles over a rain-soaked course (officially listed as yielding) in 2:02.20 for trainer Roger Brueggeman. “I’m always confident when I ride him,” Geroux said. “He loves to win and knows where the wire is. It looked like he was struggling over the very soft track, but when I put him outside he started to hold up and grabbed the bit again and I was thinking, ‘oh boy, … [Read more...]