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January 16, 2013
Ready To Defer
Updates as of January 16, 2013
Re-live the EXCITEMENT of Ready To Defer's WIN
on January 6th here.
He came out of the race in good order and Bruce is looking at an optional
claimer on the 10th of February.
January 07, 2013
Ready To Defer
Updates as of January 7, 2013
RTD WON the3rd race Sunday, January 6th at The Big A! Bruce said the
strategy was win the race to the first turn and beat the #1 horse out of the
gate then see if you can hold on to the lead all the way to the wire. Jose “
Save 5 lbs” Ortiz executed the plan to perfection and got RTD to relax a bit
mid-stretch so he had a bit left when he needed it at the wire, which he
certainly did! So RTD won his first open condition and moves up to the
second open condition, the “Allowance (or optional claimer) 2 other than” or
open company horses. So far so good ~ he came out of the race
fine, so we are good to go!
January 07, 2013
Updates as of January 7, 2013
exciting WIN on December 26, 2012 here. No
matter how many times you watch it, the horse is still very impressive!
And he wins it every time ~ Imagine that!
December 27, 2012
Updates as of December 27, 2012
The Bluff Man WON the
8th race at Fair Grounds yesterday, December 26th!What a nice Christmas present. Al pretty much called it. He entered
Bluff MTO thinking that the race would come off the turf and it did. He thought
the distance would not be a factor against this group many horses trying the
turf as a last resort and it wasn’t. He said the 2 week layoff would
probably be just right as it would take the edge of and it did! The outside
post actually did us a favor because Jumpin Jack Flash had to settle in behind
the leaders and relax in third, then second going down the back stretch. Bluff
was on the bit the whole way down the backside tugging the jock all the way to
the head of the lane. When the time was right he launched his offensive and
never looked back. So far he came out of the race fine and will move up to the
next LA bred condition for his next start. Congratulations to all on our 2nd
Victory at the 2nd best track in the US of A!
December 03, 2012
Ready To Defer
Updates as of December 3, 2012
RTD WON! by 4½ lengths on Wednesday and was in command
the whole way! Re-live the EXCITEMENT by visiting our YouTube
November 28, 2012
Ready To Defer
Updates as of November 28, 2012
By 4 and a ½ but was in command the whole way. He broke sharp, set some nice
fractions and was gone! A lot of credit goes to Jose, our new favorite Bug boy!
He rode him with confidence and then relaxed on the lead until they turned for
home and then turned on the afterburners! It was all over at the top of the
November 11, 2012
Updates as of November 11, 2012
Bluff destroyed the field in the 3rd
race at Delta Downs on Saturday evening at Delta Downs!I think he has finally
got it figured out as he WON this race by 11
½ lengths. He broke with the pack and proceeded to press for
the lead to the first turn. He then sat off the leader until they turned for
home. It looked like our Jock had plenty of horse. I guess he did! Half way
into the turn he collared the leader and set sail for home widening his
advantage with every stride! Wow finally a great aggressive ride by Bluff's new
favorite jock “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and a very strong finish! Congrats to all
the connections, especially the ones that showed up!! Wait until you see this Win Picture!
September 24, 2012
Updates as of September 24, 2012
the 2nd race at Finger Lakes on Saturday! This was a very satisfying win
for me and perhaps the most important win in a long time. We saw the old RGG
here, stalking the leaders and then drawing off just at the right time. She was
well within herself and put away her competition with ease. She is a sound
filly and now that she has finally crossed the finish line first it should turn
her head around! We now have some options with her and should be able to earn
some money with her before years end. Congrats to all of her very patient
June 26, 2012
Won O Won
Updates as of June 26, 2012
Won O Won WON the 4th
race on Monday
night, June 25th at Momentous Mountaneer Park. He broke
lazily and veered to the right after breaking from the 10 hole with "Low Down Dirty Dog" De
Shawn Parker in the irons. LDDDDe S Parker put him in
good position going into the turn as he sat 3 wide going down the backstretch.
He took the lead turning for home and held on for a win by the length of his
head! Doug Johnson his trainer said we had to worry about a couple of
"bears" in the race, it looks like we turned out to be the BEAR!
Another nice win for WOW We will see what comes up next but we should be
looking to stretch him out next time. This is where he should be a factor to
reckon with. Congratulations
June 04, 2012
Won O Won
Updates as of June 4, 2012
Won O WonWON the 4th race on Monday, June 4th at
Momentous Mountaneer Park. He broke sharp from the 4 hole with "Low Down Dirty Dog" De
Shawn Parker in the irons. WOW stalked the pace and
entering the turn he started to make a 4 wide move and eventually collared the
leader and prevailed! Nice little win for WOW and he sure deserved it after
that useless ride up in NY last time out. We will see what comes up next but it
looks like we found the sweet spot for WOW! Congratulations to all! Nice way to top off another
exciting weekend of racing and WINNING!!!!!!!!
June 03, 2012
Ready To Defer
Updates as of June 3, 2012
Ready To Defer WON the 3rd race on Sunday, June 3rd at
Beautiful Belmont Park. He broke sharp from the 4 hole with Ramon Dominguez and
never looked back! Ramon never moved his hands through fractions of 22, 45, 56!
As the race progressed the margin steadily widened. At the top of the stretch
he opened up an 8 length lead then in the words of the chart caller:
"….Increased the lead from upper to mid-stretch, under a mild hand ride,
got geared down at the 16th pole, allowed to complete the contest handily"...
I think that about sums it up! He finished in 109 and 2! Sundays so far have
been very good luck for PGR!!
Congratulations to all! This is one awesome horse!
Nice way to celebrate
June 01, 2012
Updates as of June 1, 2012
Our lovely lady is doing fine after her exciting
WIN on Sunday. To re-live the excitement of Sunday visit our YouTube
May 27, 2012
Updates as of May 27, 2012
the 9th race
on Sunday, May 27th
at Beautiful Belmont Park. She broke sharp from the 5 hole with 'Jalapeno' and
he put her in good position until about the 5/8ths pole where she almost ran up
the leader's you know what and Javier had to jerk her head off to get her to
the out side. Any other horse would have packed it in right there but she just
continued in stride. Javee saved ground behind the leaders, the favorite went
wide and he went for the hole on the rail and the rest my friends as they say
is history. She flew down the stretch and held off a repeated challenge from
the fancy 4yo and prevailed under strong urging. She loves a little give in the
ground and I think she likes the mile distance. Congratulations to all! Nice
way to celebrate the Holiday weekend
May 07, 2012
Ready To Defer
Updates as of May 7, 2012
Watch RTD's impressive WIN at Beautiful Belmont
Park on April 29th on our YouTube channel here.It was certainly a
nice way to wrap up April!
April 30, 2012
Ready To Defer
Updates as of April 30, 2012
Ready To Defer WON
the 1st race on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Beautiful Belmont Park!This is some horse.
When I saw him go to the lead I was like: 'what the heck is Cohen thinking?'
The whole pre-race jargon was about all the speed in the race and our horse was
never mentioned. So we are on the lead and then the first fraction comes up and
I thought I heard Tom (The NYRA Pavarotti) Durkin say 22 and change and I go
'What the HELL?' and then I am up out of the chair! But then, lo and behold, I
see the Cagey man sitting with his hands in his lap and he is absolutely
sitting “Chilly” - Chilly like the scene from The Black Stallion when Mickey
Rooney is telling the kid how the Ice Man used to ride as he sits on a bale -
Chilly he keeps saying, sitting Chilly! So that is exactly what I saw - Cagey
must have known something we all didn’t because he KNEW he had plenty of horse
and more and led right to the wire! Yes I know the other horse was coming and
some may think that we would have gotten caught but I say off with their heads,
the naysayers. Do they not know the heart of a lion when they see one. And to
top it all off he ran with a ¼ crack that popped during the race and was
apparently bleeding a little in the Winner’s Circle. Now what do you think - Is
this horse a monster or what? He’ll get a patch, 6 days of walking and then
it’s back to the racing wars!
January 25, 2012
Won O Won
Updates as of January 25, 2012
WOW! WOW ran 1st in the 7th at Tampa Bay today!
YAAAY, finally!! He had his customary lackadaisical break but was in good
position. He started picking up horses and I liked his inside position because
I knew if the hole opened he would take advantage of it and it did and he WON!! We
are so happy to finally get this hard luck horse to the Winner's Circle. Yay
and wow Won O Won!!!
January 09, 2012
Ready To Defer
Updates as of January 9, 2012
Ready To Defer didn’t just WIN the 2nd race at the Big A on
Saturday, he won it with authority. I was more nervous about this race than I
have been in a long time. Bruce called me the day before and said he was taking
off the blinkers and wasn’t sure about a 2 turn mile and 70 yards. I
asked him what the tactics will be and he said he would tell Ramon to put him
on the front end. This made me more nervous because we were going to: A)
change equipment (which didn’t do him any harm in the first place) and; B)
change tactics and get the lead first. Needless to say I was thinking that this
would be interesting, to say the least, but at the same time I had the little
jockey devil on my right shoulder whispering “he is going to get burned up in a
speed duel and finish last” and the little jockey angel on my left shoulder
whispering “don’t listen to him, he will be fine. You’ve got Ramon for
crying out loud, he will control the pace and stroll home." When the
horse loaded in the gate the two angels finally shut up with a:
“Here. We. Go!"
Lo and behold the little
jockey angel was absolutely correct! Ramon went to the front and
controlled the pace after getting the horse to pay attention. He was
looking around a bit right out of the gate (which was my first “Oh boy no
blinkers, he’s not focusing”) but then I looked at our Jock. The thing
about Ramon Dominguez is his hands. You watch his hands, if his hands are not
moving he knows he has plenty of horse beneath him and his hands never
moved. The rest is history. He won by 7 and never looked
back. He came out of the race in good order and should be ready to run
again in about 4 weeks. CONGRATULATIONS to everybody, including my band of
very merry “Lucky Losers” who got in on this winner!
December 19, 2011
Updates as of December 19, 2011
The Kid did it!
Kid Blast WON the 6th race on Saturday, December 17th!
Albeit the hard way, with plenty of sightseeing and leaning coming down the
stretch but when all was said and done he put his head straight when it counted
in the final strides and got to the wire first. Why does he look around
and lean on other horses? Inexperience and an immature attitude about what
he is supposed to be doing. He seems to like it but right now it’s the
social atmosphere and not the competition that has his interest at the
moment. It’s the event, the run, and not the eye on the prize that
motivates him right now. Everybody, including the Jockey (who did a
momentous job) and the commentators on OTB and TVG all use the same word:
green. He is running green, he is acting green, you’d think he was a
leprechaun on the eve of St Patty’s Day the way they throw around this term -
it's easy for them to say. The question is when does he start to turn
Blue and run like a Blue Blood? He has it, he just has to find it.
He did great and everybody is very happy! Despite the color green, he is
a winner and when he finally figures it out and the green starts to fade ~
September 21, 2011
Updates as of September 21, 2011
Tom Durkin put it best when
he said "and it is Wholelottashakin who's got it goin on!"
the 5th race @ Beautiful Belmont Park today! She broke sharp from the
outside, was 5 or 6 wide until she got to the stretch, circled the field and
drew off to win by 3 1/4 lengths. We had a big group there and everyone
was going absolutely crazy! It was so exciting to see this filly win a
sprint on the turf when we were looking for a race going long. She
galloped out very strong with no one passing her. This sets her up
beautifully for her next race. We are so proud of her ~ CONGRATULATIONS
Check out our YouTube channel to
re-live the excitement!
September 03, 2011
Updates as of September 3, 2011
Jilly Willy WON the 5th race on Saturday, September 3rd, at
Finger Lakes going 5 1/2 furlongs on the dirt. She broke well, sat off
the leader and opened up turning for home. She won easy against this bunch and
it is about time we got a win with all the trials and tribulations.
Congratulations to all!!
I will be at the Barn tomorrow morning to welcome her
home and give her a big hug and some Champagne in her oatmeal!!!!!
You can relive the excitement of Jilly's race on our YouTube Channel - Enjoy!
February 18, 2010
Hooked On Hope
Updates as of February 18, 2010
Hooked On Hope WON the 4th race at Gulfstream Park on February 18th by 5 ½ lengths drawing away! HOH LOVES Gulfstream Park and Alan Garcia. She was very relaxed, sat in good striking position, made her move and drew off to win. Yabba Dabba Doooo! I can get used to this very quickly! To sum it all up, as Alan dismounted the horse he said, “I guess she just missed me all this time.” Congrats to everybody - this win was a long time coming!
February 08, 2010
Updates as of February 8, 2010
City Broad Does It!!!
"...City Broad within striking distance, moved when ready approaching the quarter pole, zipped past the leader while still not being asked for her best, was put to a light drive after entering the stretch and drew off..."
Equibase.com Race Results, February 7, 2010.
Congratulations to all the City Broad owners who've patiently waited many months for her first entry as a PGR horse and were rewarded with a spectacular win! She ran in the 7th race at Aqueduct yesterday, February 7th with Ramon Dominguez up. After a perfect break, City Broad made an effortless move towards the front. When I saw City Broad turning for home and spied Ramon sitting relaxed with his hands in his lap, I knew that he was thinking 'I'm sitting on plenty of horse' and that it was all over. CB seemed to stroll to the lead and took the win by 5 1/2 lengths.
It was a wonderful win for CB, for her owners, and a great way to kick off PGR's new year of racing. We're excited to look forward to more PGR entries and continuing the momentum. Hold onto your hats, my friends, we've only just begun!
December 27, 2009
Ready To Defer
Update as of December 27, 2009
The Mighty Mr M blew by the field in the 7th race on December 27th at Philadelphia Park. As Bruce said he "just galloped" and won convincingly by 2 1/2 lengths. So the strategy worked and we were able to steal a race get a nice purse and keep the horse. He really knows when he wins and this will definitely pick his head up and put him in a good spot for his next outing. Notch another one for the "Little Bullet"! And what a way to end a great year, with a very nice WIN!! Congratulations to everybody!
August 29, 2009
Update as of August 29, 2009
Separatist Won WON WON the 1st race on TRAVERS DAY, August 29th,
breaking from the 6 hole with Romancin' Ramone Dominguez aboard. He broke sharp in front of
the stands and seemed
to handle the off going right from the start. Ramone put him in good
position, saving ground, and when the field turned for home lo and behold
Sep started to pass the only horse in front of him (my heart be still)
and continued to move forward and drew off to win by 3 and 3/4 lengths.The heavens opened up and Sep
responded by skipping over the off track. I think he knows he did good
because he was quite the handful in the Winners Circle! Ah nothing like
it, another win at the Spa and because so many horses stayed in the
race the purse was boosted to over $99,000.
August 08, 2009
Ready To Defer
Updates as of August 8, 2009
The Mighty Mr. M WON the 3rd race at Monmouth on August 8th, breaking from the 2 hole with Eddie Castro up. It was a brilliant ride with an inside rail move that resulted in a nice win for the little speedball. He broke sharp this time and relaxed in 4th place just behind the leaders and at the top of the stretch he inched his way up untill the rail opened up and Mr. M saw daylight and took advantage of it. He was never headed and coasted home for the win!! Congrats to everybody!!!!
June 25, 2009
Updates as of June 25, 2009
NK WON the 8th race at Belmont today, a stake race called The Sabalina. It was a perfect ride by Rajiv Maragh in a small field on a sultry afternoon. NK got left in the gate but it worked to her advantage because Rajiv was able to put her behind horses and get her to relax. Words cannot describe the excitement of watching NK turn for home with plenty of steam, swinging 3 wide before easily getting in front, making what Tom Durkin called, 'A decisive win'. Congratulations to all her owners!
June 10, 2009
Ready To Defer
Updates as of June 10, 2009
Mr. Magenta WON today, June 10th, in the 1st race at Monmouth! He broke from the 6 hole with Eddie (Castration) Castro aboard, sat patiently on the far turn, then made his move and never looked back. It was great to see how easily he won and how comfortable he was compared to his last race. He was cruising! You know you are in good shape when the Jock looks under his arm on his way to the wire! Congratulations to everybody!
May 25, 2009
Updates as of May 25, 2009
Avery gave everybody a veryhappymoment when she battled to the wire to win the 5th race at Belmont today. Yabba Dabba Dooooo....... she got it done and got it WON! We are so proud of her!! She broke a little bit sharp and Eibar took her back and got her behind horses. She fought him at first but then she relaxed and ducked in and got into a nice rythm. It looked to me like Eibar was patiently waiting for the hole to open up on the rail turning into the stretch. When the rail closed down on him he swung to the outside and Avery took him 4 wide and turned for home. Unfortunately the 7 horse got the jump on her but she fought gamely for the lead, looked her foe in the eye untill she folded and Avery moved away to the wire. It was incredible! Thanks to everybody who came down to cheer her on and all the text messages and call of congratulations. It has been quite a week for PGR and we could not have done it with Eibar, Ramon, Barclay, Robin and they're whole crew. It takes a lot of people to achieve theses goals and I would like to thank all of them. And we thank all of you for your support, cheering, toasting and just having a great time!
May 21, 2009
Updates as of May 21, 2009
Reeley WON the 6th race at Belmont Park today, May 21st with Romancin' Ramon Dominguez aboard. She ran just like Mine That Bird ran in the Preakness. She broke nicely from the 2 hole, relaxed and hung back, then starting at the 3/4 pole, she made her move on the turn, going from last to first in a 1/4 mile. She went 5 wide, opening up to win by 2 or 3 lengths. It was a brilliant, and Oh what a relief it is, to finally win with an 8 to 5 shot. WOW. It's absolutely fabulous. It's only her 3rd race and she ran like a good horse. So far she looks beautiful! Congratulations to all the owners and members of PGR. We have a lot to celebrate at next week's meeting.
March 23, 2009
Hooked On Hope
Updates as of March 23, 2009
Well, some members went to the IRS window and some didn’t. Those who didn't are still trying to figure out how they are going to cash in and not share with Uncle Sam. We won’t name names and aren't concerned.
The one we are concerned about is a certain young woman who the EMT’s are still trying to peel off the ceiling of her living room. Her fingernails are so deeply embedded in the 2x4’s after launching skyward as she cheered HOH to the finish line, they can’t seem to pry her loose. They should have her extricated soon and we will keep you updated on that.
What a race! What a race! If you haven't figured it out by now, Hooked On Hope won the 3rd race at Gulfstream Park yesterday by a neck. To watch for yourself, click on this link: Hooked On Hope Win at Gulf Stream Park March 22, 2009
It was one of those races where all of a sudden you are just screaming like a banshee and doing all kinds of physical things you haven’t done in years. The chiropractors will be busy today!
I guess Derek, Barclay Tagg's Assistant, was right when he said she was just starting to come into herself. After a perfectly timed ride from Alan Garcia who had her very relaxed on the backside, Hooked On Hope launched into her drive at the top of the stretch with her ears pinned and look of gritty determination on her face. She would not be denied. She put her head down and with each surge of Alan’s hands, she kept her head just enough in front to get there and get the job done. One member switched and canceled flights three times so I am glad we got that close and prevailed. It was worth all the time we waited and it is a very amazing thing when it all comes together. HOH came out of the race just fine.
One of the Hooked On Hope owners said, “Our first horse, our first race and a WINNER….. I have dreamed about a day like this for over 40 years and today my dream was realized..........WOW.”
Congratulations to Everybody!
September 12, 2008
Dirty Water Dog
Update as of 9/12/08
He WOOOOOOOOOOOOON the 5th race with Eibar aboard. Welcome back to Belmont!!
DWD stalked the pace, waited patiently for a hole to open up on the rail, switched leads and whoosh; got there first. Unfortunately he no longer belongs to us but that's what happens when you run for a tag and put them in where they can win. There was only one claim in the box and it was Mr. Ken Ramsey so good luck Ken you got a nice horse! From our point of view he was just good enough to get the NY Bred A other than and then he would be right back in the claiming ranks so we got the next 2 purses with the claim and the open company owner's awards. All the owners are happy and we move on to the next one. We are selling the ½ brother by Tale of the Cat next Thursday at Keeneland so this was a great and timely update to the catalogue page! Good Luck Big Dog, it was great fun and we wish you all the best!
Congrats to everybody!!
August 06, 2008
Update as of 8/6/08
Nehantic Kat, managed by Tom Gallo and owned by Tom Gallo and Statehouse Stables, WON the 8th race on August 6th going a mile and 3/16ths on the turf with Eibar Coa aboard.
She ran an amazing race and finished strong with a lot left to give. If you saw Thursday's Saratogian, yup that was me. I managed to get my big mug right in the middle of the win picture - hey you gotta savor every win! Barclay Tagg is looking at an overnight NY Bred Stake on the turf going a mile, on Wednesday, August 27th.
July 09, 2008
Dirty Water Dog
Update as of 7/9/08
DWD WON the 1st race on July 9th in the open never win 2 lifetime for $35,000.
He broke sharp and turning for home the hole opened up on the rail and DWD shot through like a dog without a bone. He improved his margin at the 1/16th pole and never looked back! DRF gave him an 82 for his effort and now he is eligible for a starter handicap before we go for the A other than!! Whooppeeee!!! Go DOG! Congratulations to all the Dog lovers out there!!!
June 20, 2008
Update as of 6/20/08
NK won the 7th race on Friday June 20th We had Alan Garcia in the irons because Eibar got hurt in the 3rd race and took himself off all his remaining mounts. It was a pretty normal race until the ¾ pole and then there was no place to go. I am screaming expletive deletives to the poor little jock and lo and behold he takes the horse to the outside and starts to ride. He switched his whip three times in the stretch to get Kat to switch leads and every time he did she accelerated. She was no where at the top of the stretch, by the 1/16th pole I thought we could get second and lo and behold me on the ground and excuse all my French, she got up just in time to get the BIG prize. One of the owners said this is why people should own a race horse and experience the heart attack sensations these horses give you over and over again. After mass diffribulations the successful owners got to the winners circle to accept the victory. She came out of the race very well and it turned out to be her best effort to date rating her an 82 beyer!
Congratulations to everybody!!
June 12, 2008
Dirty Water Dog
Update as of 6/12/08
DWD won the 4th race today at Belmont Park.
DWD was in behind horses the whole way and got stuck in down on the rail and it looked hopeless right up to the 1/16th pole. Then DWD said "get me out of here" and he broke through made his own hole and lo and behold he flies by the leader and gets to the wire in front. Congratulations to everybody!!
May 12, 2008
Update as of 5/12/08
The newDave had a great trip to run 2nd in a very aggressive race on Sunday. He got beat by a head in the 1 & 1/16th mile Kingston (we was robbed - they shortened the race this year). For a replay of the race, click on the below link:
I don't know about you, but I saw a horse with renewed confidence and enthusiasm. The jockey confirmed my suspicion of why Dave was sitting close and kicked into gear at the top of the lane like he did. Eibar said Dave put him into position and took off at the top of the stretch. There we were, making a move to the front to become the horse to catch for a change! Eibar said he was basically just along for the ride. It was so exciting and the two leaders finished well ahead of the pack and really closed on a yielding turf course. They went 1:42 and change, which jumped Dave back up to his customary very good beyer of 97. I am telling you, this is a new horse at 7 years young and I think we will see a lot of exciting things going forward. Eibar Coa apologized for not expecting the ride he got and the response he received from Dave right from the break. He does want to ride him back - now that he's had a race on the Amazing Dave, he's hooked!
May 05, 2008
Wow Wow WOW WOW WOW
Sweetie kicked ass in the 6th race today at Belmont. She sat a distant 7th until the ½ mile pole and just sat there cool as a cucumber and then before entering the turn she kicked into gear and never looked back. Still 6 lengths out of it at the top of the stretch she flew down the stretch, collared the leaders and flew home!. The fractions on yielding turf were phenomenal! 22, 45 and 2, 57 and 3, the 3/4s in 1:10 and 2. That is some filly and boy did she ever move up on the turf!! Tom Bush was as giddy as a school girl and said he was headed to his Limo and won't stop 'till he hits Toga and the bar at the Parting Glass!! Hey guys we are a force to be reckoned with on the turf going short and long!! Winning Move, move over, her comes Parting Glass Racing!!
The streak is alive!! Congratulations To Everybody Again!!
April 30, 2008
Update as of 4/30/08
Amber was freaking AWESOME in the 7th race today at Belmont. She broke sharp relaxed in 7th place going down the backside, made a slow but trepidacious move to the front, got blocked, got checked, had to alter course, kicked into gear and flew home by 3. Rajiv hand rode her to the wire and she just floated over the yielding turf course! When I finally got Tom Bush on the phone he was giggling like a school kid. His words to me" This filly sure has a tiger in her tank!!" And OH Boy she certainly does!! Congratulations to every body! If this isn't Cute Cognac all over again I don't know what is! Yahooooooo!!
April 11, 2008
Update as of 4/11/08
Amber WON the 5th race at Aqueduct today! She broke from the 7 hole with Rajiv Maragh up, who vindicated himself with a beautiful ride. She broke in the pack, got a little jostled going down the front side, then settled into position nicely. Rajiv noticed right away that her stride was so much longer and she was so much more comfortable running on the grassy surface. On the backside, a horse shot by Amber but Rajiv was able to hold her in position. When they turned for home, that was ALL SHE WROTE and Amber finished with a 6 length lead in a hand ride.
Tom Bush says that after this performance, she'll be ripe for her next condition, the A Other Than against NY Breds on the turf going long. So far she came out of the race fine and we'll keep you posted. And oh boy, do we have a horse headed to Saratoga this year!
One of her owners was lucky enough to see the race live, and sent this note, "It was one of the best experiences I've ever had?.to quote Rajiv "this horse is a freak!" (That's a good thing for those not familiar with this slang!)
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY!
January 28, 2008
Update as of 1/28/08
How SWEET it is!
Sweetie won the 4th race yesterday at Aqueduct! With Alan Garcia up, she broke perfectly, sat patiently until the final stretch, then blew by the competition for a solid first place finish!
Tom said that she's still a handful and is going to need a strong rider because, as you could see as she was coming down the stretch, she was looking around, but winning a race in your 3rd start is a wonderful thing. So far, Sweetie came out of the race fine.
January 17, 2008
Update as of 1/17/08
Deewanee won her race today at Aqueduct! It was the first race of the day with Rajiv Maragh up. Post-race Tom Bush said, "Get the Guinness out ~ I'll be right there!" Tom Bush has always liked this filly and is delighted that she won the race and will gain some confidence for the future. She ran without blinkers, the jockey rode her perfectly, and Tom Bush's plan was executed to a "T". Deewanee came out of her race fine.
And how about this?: if you can't make it to the races, do what owner Paula Hayes did - she sent her sister to Aqueduct, who saw the race and got into the win picture holding up a big photo of Paula! How's that for Parting Glass Racing ingenuity?
Congratulations to everybody!
November 12, 2007
Update as of 11/11/07
"And Dave is roaring down the center of the racetrack!...and here comes Dave! It's Dave to win!"
As called by Tom Durkin, November 10, 2007 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Parting Glass Racing is thrilled and proud to report that Dave WON the $150,000 Grade 2 Red Smith H. Stakes Race at Aqueduct on Saturday, November 10th. "Jersey Joe" Bravo took Dave on the perfect ride, showing infiinite patience as Bravo watched the top 3 favorites pass him during the first 2/3rds of the race. As he made the last turn, Bravo let Dave "do his thing", and was rewarded with an incredible first place finish.
Dave came out of the race just fine and will ship to Florida for some much deserved R&R. In the meantime, it'll be champagne for all AGAIN this Thursday at the Parting Glass Pub. We couldn't be more proud - a Grade 2 stakes win! Yahooo!
October 22, 2007
Update as of 10/22/07
Congratulations to Everybody! Cute Cognac won the 5th race at Belmont on Saturday, October 20th, in the Office Miss Stakes race. She broke sharply from the gate, relaxed in the rear, and then tried to make her way through the pack with some jostling and jarring. Eibar said, "I show her the hole, and she take me through it. She a very very nice filly". Come to our meeting on Thursday night ~ we'll be celebrating her win and watching the replay!
September 16, 2007
Update as of 9/16/07
CC WON the 6th race at Belmont today. It was an allowance optional claimer on the turf going a 1 & 1/8th . The jockey, Eibar Coa, told Barclay that he had her in on the rail and luckily there were horses on the outside of her because she kept wanting to pull into the middle of the racetrack. Right from the start she was eager to go, and Eibar kept her inside horses until the time was right, and then he let her loose, and she just glided past the finish line and pulled away after the finish line. What a gutsy little filly! She just loves to run, and she bested her career time by almost a full second, going 149 and 2, so that should move her number up. Now she moves up to the next condition. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY!
September 16, 2007
Update as of 9/16/07
Dave WON the 9th race at Belmont today. It was the Ashley T. Cole with Alan Garcia aboard. I was elated to see CC win, just tickeled to death, but our big project was Dave coming up in the 9th race with a new jockey. This time, everything worked. It was a nailbiter with Dave sitting out of the picture almost the entire race. Alan had a ton of patience to a point where he was making me nervous but he did exactly what we wanted him to do! He waited, took Dave to the outside where he had a clear run, and just got there with a photo finish, winning by a whisker! Dave has vindicated himself, and our decision was vindicated by Alan Garcia by taking him outside and having a clear run to the wire. It was an incredible race. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY!
July 09, 2007
Update as of 7/9/07
CONGRATULATIONS! Cute Cognac won the 9th race at Belmont yesterday, a win with many great implications for the future of this gutsy little filly. After Eibar Coa got off the horse, he said the filly took herself out of the gate and sprinted for the first 1/8th of a mile to put herself in what Barclay described as the "sweet spot" behind the leader down in on the rail. The jockey did not want to fight her so he let her go and do her thing. As soon as she got in position, she relaxed and waited patiently until the magic moment came. She swished her tail and pinned her ears just before the wire because she did not like being hit with the whip. I can't blame her, can you?!! Many thanks to Barclay for spotting the perfect race for Cute Cognac ~ and he's just tickled to death with the way this filly's coming along.
April 30, 2007
Update as of 4/29/07
Pouf finished first in the 9th race at Aqueduct today! It was a maiden claiming race for 3yo and up, going 1 mile on the dirt. After breaking in the air out of the gate with Eibar Coa up, Pouf steadily climbed from the outside, from 4th, to 3rd, to 2nd, and finished in the lead by at least 8 lengths. It was an exciting finish with Pouf acting confident and relaxed. What a nice win! And it was so fun to watch on TV those who made it to the winner's circle for the photo. That's what it's all about.
So far Pouf came out of the race fine. We'll have more details on Pouf and the jockey's version of the race tomorrow ~ in the meantime, congratulations to all the Pouf Positve owners - you deserve it, especially after your long wait to get to this point. We couldn't be happier.
September 17, 2006
Update as of 9/17/06
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Nehantic Kat ran a great race. As she did in her first race, she did her usual thing, came from behind and passed everybody to win. Looks like she might be a little bit special, so Barclay is going to give her 4 to 5 weeks before deciding what her next race is going to be. I assume it's going to be the non-winners of 2 against NY Bred fillies, maybe going 7 furlongs.
She came out of the race fine and we'll see where we go from here. In the meantime, enjoy the win!
August 20, 2006
Update as of 8/20/06
She won she won she won she won she won she won she won!
1st time out in the 5th at the Spa today. I am on cloud 9 and I still can't believe it. She was a picture in the paddock and she gave us some agida after the break, but once she got into gear she wore them down and coasted home for a decisive come from behind win!!!!
Congrats to all and to all a very good night!!
May 14, 2006
Change of Scene Suits Dave and Yields Kingston Victory
By Francis LaBelle Jr.
The Three Colleens Stable and Partingglass Stable's DAVE, making his second start for trainer Barclay Tagg, rallied from off the pace and won Sunday's 28th running of the $114,100 Kingston Handicap for New York-breds at nine furlongs on the "good" inner turf course by a length over Golden Commander.
Ridden by Javier Castellano, the 5-year-old Ends Well gelding bided his time behind dueling leaders Unnerving and Retribution, as they went in fractions of :23.32; :57.50 and 1:11.79, then kicked in late to win comfortably in 1:49.13.
Previously trained by John Hertler for the late Joe Gerrity, Dave was purchased by Tom Gallo for the partnership of Three Colleens Stable and Partingglass Stable who turned him over to their trainer, Barclay Tagg. Away from the races since last October, Dave, making his first start for new owners, finished a close-up second on April 28th, in an open NW-3X condition allowance turf race run at Aqueduct.
"I was worried about running back a little quick after he ran so big off the layoff," Tagg said. "He was feeling good, and the kid rode him perfectly. There were a bunch of nice horses in there. He looked to me like the kind of horse that always wanted to come off the pace and then make a quick burst. Everything worked out great today. We'll talk to the owners and find a race for him."
Castellano did well in giving Dave a patient ride.
"I saw Edgar Prado (aboard Golden Commander) move down the backstretch, but I didn't want to go with him," Castellano said. "It all worked out perfect. I went around horses at the quarter-pole and he was right there. He waits; he wants to hang out. (With) a horse like him, you have to move at the right moment."
Dave returned $12 to win to his backers in the crowd of 6,007 for his fifth victory in 23 career starts.
Golden Commander was strong in his first start since last July.
"He ran big, considering he was coming off a soft-tissue injury," said trainer Phil Serpe. "We're very proud of him and he should move forward off this race."
Pa Pa Da closed late for third, followed by Foreverness, Chestertown Slew, Certifiably Crazy, Irving's Doers, Retribution, No Parole, Charimount and Unnerving.
Spite the Devil, Dynergy, Touchdown Kid and Tergesti were all scratched as they were entered for the main track only.
May 11, 2006
Looks like the 7's came up lucky for Soul Possession yesterday
...breaking from the 7th hole in the 7th race at Belmont. Barclay's instructions to Richard were to just sit back off the leaders, let her relax, and collect herself, and then make a run. That's exactly what Richard and Soul did. Richard said he noticed the rider on the horse in front of him lost the inside rein, and when he saw the rein flopping in the wind, he knew that would make room for him on the inside. So he saved ground and shot her in on the rail, and did what he needed to win.
Soul showed speed and tenacity when the horse outside of her came back right at the end, but she dug in to win the prize. Everybody was real excited because she's coming back after a 9 month layoff and we were really just running her in this race to get her into a race and get her fit. The race went 1:09 and 3, so her numbers should move way up after this, and Barclay said it should set her up perfectly for her usual distance of a mile and 1/16th. She came out of the race fine and everything's good.
January 29, 2006
King of Clubs
There's an old saying in the horse biz: "the best hop is the drop". This adage certainly worked for us with King in the 4th race at Mountaineer tonight. The Jockey said he had so much horse he did not know what to do with him. He won by 8 and the jock really never sat on him. We still have him - Doug thinks the drop to maiden 10 probably scared people away. So he will get to run another time for us and maybe steal another race. He liked the track and never looked back. We will see how he comes out of the race and plan from there, but a win is a win and this one was a long time coming.
November 10, 2005
1st Race - Aqueduct - NW-1X Condition Allowance - State-bred Fillies and Mares, three year-olds and up - One Mile - Purse $44,000
CHRISTINA'S MELODY drew off through the stretch to win by six-lengths against a field of state-bred condition allowance fillies and mares. The NW-1X race was run over the main track at a mile. Owned by Three Colleens Stable, managed by David Stack, and Parting Glass Stable, a racing partnership group managed by Tom Gallo, Christina's Melody is trained by Barclay Tagg and was ridden to victory by leading apprentice jockey Channing Hill, who's winning with 12-percent of his mounts. Bred by Mia Gallo of Blue Stone Farm in Cambridge, N.Y. and Deborah Petrisak, who along with husband Dennis, own the beautiful Langpap Farm in Honeyoye Falls, which is south of Rochester, N.Y., Christina's Melody is by Unbridled's Song, and is out of the Deputy Minister mare, Adorable Minister, who's a half-sister to Gratiaen (Cure the Blues), who won the 2000 Albany Stakes run at Saratoga Race Course. The $26,400 winner's share of the purse qualifies and breeders (Gallo and Petrisak) for a $2,640 breeder's award and boosts the three-year-old gray filly's earnings to $63,395 in seven-lifetime starts.
September 09, 2005
At Finger Lakes
Bubba WON the 9th race at Finger Lakes today and it was a long time coming. He broke on top from the outside post, dragged the jockey to the lead, and held on with a gutsy battle right down to the wire. You could almost feel the grit and determination of the Bubba man not letting the other horse get past him. It was a heart attack but Bubba is back in the winners circle a place he really likes to be. He won a race this day last year at Belmont when Bruce won the General Douglas McArthur with Clever Electrician. Deja vu all over again!!
August 09, 2005
At Fort Erie
Hidden Curves sat chilly of the leader and overtook her in the stretch and drew off to win by 2 lengths in the7 furlong turf event Tuesday August 9th at Ft. Erie. She handled the distance and the surface well and FINALLY broke her maiden (won her first race). Lane never doubted her ability but had a question about the distance, but she did fine and so far is no worse for the wear. The Equibase comments were "Hidden Curves: pressed pace, vied far turn, inside stretch, proved best". On to A other than maybe at Woodbine and hopefully going a distance. Everybody is proud of her!!
July 16, 2005
Mikethemoondog shines in Belmont turf mile
Now two-for-two in 2005 over Belmont grass under jockey Richard Migliore, four-year-old MIKETHEMOONDOG led throughout in Belmont's second of two restricted N1X turf mile contests for three-year-olds and up on Saturday, scoring for the second time in 23 days as the 4.90-to-1 third choice among nine starters. After the bay gelding had broken his maiden going a mile and an eighth over Belmont's lawn on June 23, New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) 2003 Trainer of the Year Barclay Tagg had given him two moderate Belmont workouts. The second victory increased the earnings for Mikethemoondog -- whose trainer and jockey both are NYTB champions in their respective professions (Migliore was NYTB 2004 Jockey of the Year) -- by $26,400 to $51,930 while improving his record to two wins in four starts. The gelding has three ownership entities: The Three Colleens Stable of David Stack of Oak Ridge, New Jersey, Fredrick Gorsline's Fred Gorsline Stable, and the Saratoga Springs-based Partingglass Stable of racing partnerships coordinated by Thomas Gallo. He had been consigned to Fasig-Tipton's 2002 Saratoga preferred New York-bred yearling sale by the Thomas J. Gallo Sales Agency, where he initially was purchased by Dennis and Deborah Petrisak's Langpap Stable of Honeoye Falls for $34,000 and then sold privately to the current owners. Mikethemoondog was bred by Patricia Calandro of Barely Able Farm in Holmes in partnership with Mia Gallo, collectively qualifying those two for a $2,640 breeder award. Sired by former New York stallion Belong to Me, Mikethemoondog is among seven starters, all winners, produced from his New York-bred Aqueduct-winning dam, NYTB 2003 Broodmare of the Year Final Accord, by pensioned New York stallion D'Accord. The emerging turf standout's New York-bred half-siblings include Grade 1 winner Buy the Sport ($356,581 in the U.S. and England) and other stakes winners Haggs Castle ($296,262), Try N Sue ($236,590), and Winter Dreams ($142,824). A yearling half-sister to this glittering array of stakes winners and to Mikethemoondog, Hip No. 284 (from the first crop of Eclipse Champion Sprinter Orientate), has been consigned by breeder Calandro to Fasig-Tipton's 2005 Saratoga New York-bred yearling sales and is scheduled to sell Sunday evening, August 14.
June 27, 2005
MikeTheMoonDog (Photo by Adam Coglianese)
MIKETHEMOONDOG, making his third career start, took the lead coming off the far turn of 1-1/8th turf race and drove to the wire holding off a fast closing Cranky Pants by 3/4s of a length at the wire. Owned by Fred Gorsline Stable, Partingglass Stable and Three Colleens Stable, the four year-old bay gelding had been idle for more than 8 months but was sharp for his return. The state-bred maiden race for three-year-olds and up was run over the inner turf course, listed "firm", and had a field of 10-horses load into the starting gate. Trained by Barclay Tagg, Mikethemoondog broke from the four post position and was ridden to victory under the clever handling of Richard Migliore. Consigned to the 2002 Saratoga Fasig-Tipton New York Preferred Yearling sales by the Thomas J. Gallo Bloodstock agency, Mikethemoondog was initially purchased by Dennis and Deborah Petrisak's Langpap Stable and then sold privately to the current partnership. Bred by Patricia Calandro and Mia Gallo, Mikethemoondog is out of the Grade I and multiple stakes-producing D'accord mare, Final Accord. Her prolific progeny include Buy the Sport (Devil's Bag) winner of the 2003 running Gazelle Handicap - Gr. I, and stakes winners Haggs Castle (Husband), Winter Dreams (Distinctive Pro) and multiple stakes winner Try N Sue (Sir Harry Lewis).
June 17, 2005
Jet Pass Win in June 2005 (© Tom Cooley)
JET PASS is really turning into a professional race horse. He got to the lead, slowed it down, and when horses came to him he let it out a notch and had plenty left to vanquish his opponents. "Bad Boy" Badamo really has his number and told Mike he had a ton of horse under him throughout the race. Now we jump up and try the A other than and go for the gold. What fun this is!
June 11, 2005
Christina's Melody (Photo by Adam Coglianese)
CHRISTINA'S MELODY making her second career start put in a professional performance under jockey Edgar Prado to break her maiden against state-bred fillies and mares in today's finale. Owned by the partnership of The Three Colleens Stable and Partingglass Stable, a racing partnership managed by Thomas J. Gallo, Christina's Melody broke alertly to gain forward positioning in the seven-furlong race run over the main track and when asked glided to the front and held off a late challenge by Precise Strike for a two-length victory. Bred by Mia Gallo of Blue Stone Farm in Cambridge, N.Y. and Deborah Petrisak, who along with husband Dennis, own the beautiful Langpap Farm in Honeyoye Falls, which is south of Rochester, N.Y., Christina's Melody is by Unbridled's Song, and is out of the Deputy Minister mare, Adorable Minister, who's a half-sister to Gratiaen (Cure the Blues) winner of the 2000 Albany Stakes run at Saratoga Race Course.
April 29, 2005
Soul Possession wins at first asking for Partingglass Stable
Soul Possession (Photo by Adam Coglianese)
SOUL POSSESSION was an impressive first out maiden winner gamely battling for the lead to the top of the stretch before drawing off to win by more than four lengths. Owned by the racing partnership of Partingglass Stable, managed by Thomas J. Gallo, the three-year-old chestnut filly broke from the three-post in the 9-horse field. The state-bred race for fillies and mares was originally carded for the turf but was moved to Aqueduct's main track, listed "fast," and run at a mile around one-turn. Trainer Barclay Tagg, who recently shipped north from ulfstream Park, worked the filly twice over Belmont's main track and had the first time starter primed for her debut. Tagg, who has won with three of the five horses he's saddled at Aqueduct, named journeyman jockey Shaun Bridgmohan to ride the daughter of Belong to Me out of the multiple stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Try N Sue (Sir Harry Lewis) a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Buy the Sport (Devil's Bag), and stakes winners Winter Dreams (Distinctive Pro) and Haggs Castle (Husband). Soul Possession was foaled at Silvernails Farm in Pine Plains, N.Y. and was bred by Mia Gallo (Blue Stone Farm) and Coffee Pot Stable (Robert Cummings).
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April 22, 2005
Jet Pass wins by a length and a ¼ at Finger Lakes
Jet Pass sat off the leaders and made a move to pass them by the time they hit the wire. Joey Badamo rode him with confidence and when they turned for home knew he had enough horse left to get past the two front runners and hand ride him to the wire. No whipping and driving and Jet Pass responded positively to being finessed. JP seemed relaxed and confident and ran like a mature horse who is really getting the hang of it. We will leave Badamo on him for his next start and Jet Pass will get a much deserved and hard earned rest( for 2 weeks at least) before we decide where we will run him next. Congratulations to everybody and kudos to the group of supporters who drove all the way out there to cheer him all around the track right to the wire, I could hear you screaming back in Saratoga!
An email from one of our members who was there for the win:
"OK... I can die now... (Only kidding, God). But really...I am still walking around with a smile on face and the remnants of hives on my forehead (allergic reaction to my kiss on JPs big white face). I knew in the stretch they weren't going to get him and it felt like everything went into slow motion and my feet came floating off the ground. I'm sure the FL crowd of about 80 thought I was some loon who thought I was at the Kentucky Derby and my horse was a sure thing. I hit soprano notes that I never knew existed. My goal when I joined PGR was to experience the thrill of being in the winner's circle as an owner, and, coming down to wire, it happened. I am so glad I did this?? "
November 28, 2004
Parade Out Front
Parade Out Front breaks his maiden by 12
Parade Out Front won at Pimlico today by 12 and ¼ lengths in a hand ride. The comments were "PARADE OUT FRONT cleared early, set a rated pace towards the inside, opened up a commanding lead nearing the lane and continued to widen while never being asked."
Barclay got stuck in torrential downpours and traffic caused by a tractor trailer accident just over the Delaware Memorial Bridge, arriving just in time to saddle but not enough time to get the colors to the saddle room. As a result, Parade's first win picture will be in Pimlico replacement silks, but it's a win picture just the same. Barclay was tickled to death that the horse won. Barclay was confident that Parade would win the race but was surprised that he won by this much. Barclay thought that this would give him confidence to move up in his next start. For those of you who missed the race, the jockey was looking under his arm for any horses coming to him turning for home, but they were nowhere to be found.
Now Parade is on his way to Gulf Stream Park.
October 15, 2004
Bubba Sparks guts it out to win open claimer
Partingglass Stable's BUBBA SPARKS, making his first foray against open company horses, defeated a small field of open claimers ($75,000-$65,000) today at Belmont Park in a one-turn one-mile event run over the main track, listed "fast". Trainer Bruce Levine, who's having a super fall meet winning with 35% of the horses he sends to the track, named Richard Migliore to ride the three-year-old dark bay colt. Partingglass Stable is a racing partnership, ably managed by Thomas J. Gallo, III, a bloodstock agent and owner, along with his wife Mia, of Blue Stone Farm in Cambridge, New York.
Coined for Success along with Brush With Fame led the field onto the main track from the chute with the New York-bred Coined for Success taking command in the run down the backstretch through an opening first half-mile in a snappy 46 seconds flat. Bubba Sparks moved into second around the far turn as Coined for Success continued to show the way. Under strong urging by Migliore, Bubba Sparks began to close the gap as Coined for Success valiantly battled back and looked to have won the scrimmage only to lose in the final stride as a gutsy Bubba Sparks put his head in front at the wire. Pay Attention closed for third-money. Final time was 1:38 seconds.
Bred by the late Gerald Nielsen and his wife Joanne at their beautiful Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford, New York, Bubba Sparks was purchased privately by the racing partnership of Partingglass Stable, named after a favorite watering spot in Saratoga Springs. With his second consecutive victory and fourth victory in eleven-career starts, Bubba Sparks boosts his lifetime earnings to $126,260 and Joanne Nielsen and Partingglass Stables for $5,280, each, in breeder's and open owner's awards. Out of the Distinctive Pro mare, Elise', who is a half-sister to multiple stakes winners Copper Mount (Cormorant) and Currency Arbitrage (Green Dancer). The sire, Williamstown, is owned by a syndicate, who qualified for a $1,848 stallion owner's award, and stands at Metropolitan Stud in Pine Plains, New York. With seven-crops to the races, Williamstown has now sired 166 winners including 15-stakes winners of which two were victorious in graded stakes. The son of Seattle Slew has progeny earnings of $1,060,000 in 2004 and over $9,800,000 lifetime in progeny earnings.
September 10, 2004
Bubba Sparks wires allowance field at Belmont Park
Partingglass Stable's BUBBA SPARKS led at every call of the one-turn 8-1/2-furlong race for NW-2X state-bred allowance horses, today, at Belmont Park. The trainer/jockey team of Bruce Levine and Richard Migliore teamed up for their second winner of the opening day afternoon card as Bubba Sparks put in a gutsy performance. The three-year-old dark bay colt hadn't raced since July 14th, when he first tried NW-2X horses, but was conditioned throughout the month of August at Saratoga Race Course and was sharp in victory. The race was run over a "fast" main track and had a field of 9-horses go to the starting gate.
Yourstocommand gave way to a determined Bubba Sparks nearing the first quarter as the pair opened up by two-lengths on the field. Migliore rated Bubba Sparks through an opening first half-mile in 46.1 seconds and was still in command at the top of the stretch but was under severe pressure from a revved-up River Spirit. Racing head-to-head, Bubba Sparks and River Spirit opened up daylight on the field with Migliore vigorously urging Bubba Sparks to hold off his nemesis in deep stretch, finally drawing clear nearing the wire by 1-3/4-lengths. Tomorrows Banquet was up for third-money. Final time was 1:43.1 seconds.
Bred by the late Gerald Nielsen and his wife Joanne, who qualified for a $5,520 breeder's award, Bubba Sparks was purchased privately by the racing partnership of Partingglass Stable, named after a favorite watering spot in Saratoga Springs, is managed by Thomas J. Gallo III, of Cambridge, New York. With his third victory in tenth-career starts, Bubba Sparks boosts his lifetime earnings over the century mark to $104,520. Out of the Distinctive Pro mare, Elise', who is a half-sister to multiple stakes winners Copper Mount (Cormorant) and Currency Arbitrage (Green Dancer). The sire, Williamstown, is owned by a syndicate, who qualified for a $1,932 stallion owner's award, and stands at Metropolitan Stud in Pine Plains, New York. With seven-crops to the races, Williamstown has now sired 161 winners including 15-stakes winners of which two were victorious in graded stakes. The son of Seattle Slew has lifetime progeny earnings of over $8,600,000.
June 25, 2004
Bubba Sparks sparkles at 9 fur. with blinkers on
When Parting Glass Stable's BUBBA SPARKS encounters change, he seems to get better. Stretched out from six furlongs to a mile as a two-year-old at Aqueduct last November, he broke his maiden by 2 1/4 lengths. Outfitted with blinkers for the first time and extended to a one-turn mile and an eighth -- a sixteenth of a mile beyond his longest previous effort -- for Belmont's seventh race on Friday, a $44,000 restricted N1X allowance for three-year-olds and up, the dark bay colt won by 4 3/4 lengths. It was his second start off nearly a four-month layoff and second effort under the care of trainer Bruce Levine, who had given the three-year-old one easy five-furlong drill on Belmont's training track on June 19 following the colt's third-place Belmont finish going 7 1/2 furlongs on May 31.
Race-ridden for the third -- and second consecutive -- time by jockey Michael Luzzi, Bubba Sparks went off as the 2.60-to-1 second choice among eight starters, breaking on top from the outside post position. He contested the early pace that was set by 50.50-to-1 last choice Mike's Greenfields and prompted by 8.30-to-1 fifth choice Finnegans in Again while three wide before taking the lead coming out of the turn, as Finnegans in Again quickly faded but longshot Mike's Greenfields remained in contention. In the stretch, the Parting Glass Stable standard-bearer pulled away, opening up a three-length mid-stretch advantage and then adding almost two more lengths to his margin, as 2.15-to-1 favorite Always a Hero closed from fifth to place second after being bumped at the start, followed by Mike's Greenfields.
Owned by the Parting Glass Stable of racing partnerships that was jointly founded by bloodstock and sales agent Thomas Gallo III, Saratoga Springs pub owner (The Partingglass) Joan Desadora, and pedigree analyst Alan Porter, Bubba Sparks increased his earnings by $26,400 to $71,660. He improved his record to 2 - 1 - 1 in eight starts over seven different distances -- ranging from 5 1/2 furlongs to a mile and an eighth -- at all three NYRA tracks. A $2,000 purchase at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2002 August yearling sale, Bubba Sparks qualified his breeders and consignors to that sale, Joanne Nielsen of Darien, Connecticut and Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford and the estate of her late husband, Gerald Nielsen, for a $5,280 breeder award.
Bubba Sparks is by syndicated New York stallion Williamstown and is the first offspring to race that is out of the Nielsens' New York homebred Elise', who won an open allowance race at Aqueduct in her fourth start as a two-year-old and is by New York stallion Distinctive Pro. Elise' is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Without Feathers ($499,866) and to New York-bred multiple stakes winners Currency Arbitrage ($343,902) and Copper Mount ($251,871) and also to the granddam of New York-bred stakes winner Compelling World ($244,585). Currency Arbitrage and Copper Mount both were bred by Gerald Nielsen, who had purchased the dam of those stakes winners (and the dam of Elise'), Damerelle, for $165,000 through Bedford Hills, agent, at Keeneland's 1988 November breeding stock sale.
(Seattle Slew - Winter Sparkle, by Northjet), the sire of Bubba Sparks, has out at least 23 winners in 2004 and 155 lifetime, with cumulative progeny earnings of more than $9.2-million to date from his first six crops. Bubba Sparks' latest victory qualified the syndicate owners of Williamstown, who stands at Metropolitan Stud
(managed by Michael and Debra Lischin) in Pine Plains for a 2004 fee of $5,000, live foal, for a $1,848 stallion award. Williamstown was a Grade 2 record-setting miler (1:32 3/5) at Belmont and has sired 15 stakes winners from his first four crops, and his three-year-olds usually tend to blossom in the latter half of the year. A Hypo-Mating
check of Bubba Sparks' pedigree indicates that he is inbred 4 x 5 to Hall of Fame member Round Table. See Brisnet.com chart
November 16, 2003
Bubba Sparks sparkles in maiden mile effort
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Stretched out to a one-turn mile for his first venture beyond six furlongs, Partingglass Stable's two-year-old BUBBA SPARKS scored by 2 1/4 lengths in Aqueduct's fourth race on Sunday, a $42,000 restricted maiden special for New York-bred juveniles, becoming Sunday's second Big A winner bred by Gerald and Joanne Nielsen. Race-ridden for the first time by Shaun Bridgmohan and sent off the 5.20-to-1 third choice among 12 starters, the dark bay colt broke from the seventh post position and briefly led while racing outside of 11.40-to-1 sixth choice Captain Spaulding and 4.80-to-1 second choice Fifty Three Cards. The latter gained command in the second quarter-mile and opened up a length and a half advantage, but Bubba Sparks overcame that margin in the third quarter before drawing off to a 4 1/2-length mid-stretch lead, as 2.50-to-1 favorite Dylans Destiny took up pursuit while the front-runners faded. Still learning how to compete, Bubba Sparks tried to bear out on the latter part of the turn, and he drifted in slightly before switching leads at mid-stretch, but at the finish he was racing like a professional. Dylans Destiny held on to place second by a head in a close three-way finish for runner-up money. For jockey Bridgmohan, it was the first of two winning rides on Aqueduct's Sunday card.
Owned by the Partingglass Stable of racing partnerships that was founded by bloodstock and sales agent Thomas Gallo III, Saratoga Springs pub owner (The Partingglass) Joan Desadora, and pedigree analyst Alan Porter, Bubba Sparks increased his earnings by $25,200 to $38,320. In his first three starts going 5 1/2 furlongs (twice) and six furlongs, the New York-bred had finished fourth at Saratoga on August 27 and second and fourth at Belmont on September 21 and October 13, respectively. During the next 34 days, trainer Joseph Orseno had given the juvenile colt three easy half-mile workouts on Belmont's training track -- the most recent being five days prior to Sunday's race.
A $2,000 purchase at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2002 August yearling sale in Florida, Bubba Sparks qualified his breeders and consignors to that sale, the Nielsens of Darien, Connecticut and Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford, for a $5,040 breeder award that is more than 2 1/2 times his yearling price. By New York stallion Williamstown, the noticeably-improving two-year-old is the first starter produced from the Nielsens' New York homebred Elise', who had won an open allowance race at Aqueduct in her fourth start as a two-year-old and is by New York stallion Distinctive Pro. Elise' is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Without Feathers ($499,866) and New York-bred multiple stakes winners Currency Arbitrage ($343,902) and Copper Mount ($251,871) and to the granddam of New York-bred stakes winner Compelling World ($244,585). Currency Arbitrage and Copper Mount both were bred by Gerald Nielsen, who had purchased the dam of those stakes winners (and the dam of Elise'), Damerelle, for $165,000 through Bedford Hills, agent, at Keeneland's 1988 November breeding stock sale.
Bubba Sparks is the third winner from the first New York-conceived crop of Williamstown (Seattle Slew - Winter Sparkle, by Northjet), most of whose progeny improve as three-year-olds and up, and his victory qualified the syndicate owners of that stallion for a $1,764 stallion award. Williamstown, who has been standing at James and Lorna Mack's Silvernails Farm in Pine Plains, is still at that same location, which has been combined with two other stallion farms as Metropolitan Stud under the management of Michael and Debra Lischin. Williamstown was a Grade 2 record-setting miler (1:32 3/5) at Belmont and has sired 15 stakes winners from his first four crops, including three four-year-olds that have won stakes in 2003. A Hypo-Mating check of Bubba Sparks' pedigree indicates that he is inbred 4 x 5 to Hall of Fame member Round Table. Reprinted with permission from Rab Hagin; http://www.nybreds.com/