Thursday, April 30, 2020

Thumbs Up Racing's Sleep Eyes Todd burst from the starting gate in the $54,000 Bosselman/Gus Fonner Stakes April 29 and was never threatened by his eight rivals. He drew off to win by 6 1/2 lengths under jockey Quincy Hamilton.

Off as the 7-5 favorite in the 1 1/16-mile feature for 3-year-olds and up, Sleepy Eyes Todd took command in the three-turn race and set fractions of :23.60, :47, and 1:12.20 through six furlongs. The leading margin continued to grow as the 4-year-old Paddy O'Prado colt rounded the final turn and burst down the home stretch. He hit the wire in 1:44.40 on a fast track.

"I only had one set of instructions, and that was to let the speed go and sit behind it—that's what I was told to do—but the horse was pretty keen early, and I guess maybe I didn't outsmart myself that time," Hamilton said. 

Sleepy Eyes Todd was bred in Kentucky by Two Hearts Farm and Kristen Goncharoff out of the Wild Rush mare Pledge Mom. The gray or roan colt was consigned by Legacy Bloodstock as a weanling at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, where Jonathan Wong purchased him for $9,000. With five wins and a second in 10 starts, he has earned $240,765 for Cobb. Sleepy Eyes Todd also has a runner-up finish to Owendale in last year's Oklahoma Derby (G3) on his resume. 

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Breaking from post 7 under Samy Camacho as the 2/1 bettors’ choice, Killybegs Captain was intent to fight for the early lead, dueling between Singanothersong to his inside and Mooji Moo Jr. opposite. Together, the trio posted opening 1/4-mile in :22.20, but the favorite’s two foes began dropping off at the top of the far turn.

Holding a growing advantage as he straightened for home, Killybegs Captain ran them off of their feet in the stretch before being geared down to a light jog in the shadow of the wire. Even though He Hate Me rallied strongly to take second, the winner was never in doubt.

The John Terranova II-trained Killybegs Captain crossed 2 3/4 lengths the best in a final time of 1:09.24 for the 6-furlong sprint over the fast main track.

“I had a lot of confidence in my horse and (Terranova),” Camacho said. “He’s a big horse with a big heart. I checked behind me at the 3/8 pole and thought, ‘I’ve got the race,’ because he got the bit very hard and very easy. He’s very easy to ride and a very nice horse.”

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Jockey Eric Cancel's instructions prior to Saturday's $250,000 Xpressbet Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) at Laurel Park couldn't have been simpler.

Given the call on Curragh Stables' Killybegs Captain, a horse he rode to a pair of third-place finishes in graded-stakes earlier this summer for trainer John Terranova, Cancel followed his orders perfectly.

Settled in behind runaway pacesetter Old Time Revival for more than a half-mile, Killybegs Captain ($7.80) came with a steady run once straightened for home and fought off multiple stakes winner Altissimo for a three-quarter-length victory in the De Francis.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

In a quiet show ring outside Keeneland's Barn 8, Tommy Eastham of Legacy Bloodstock has been pleased with the turnout of trainers, buyers, and pinhookers—both domestic and international—who have turned up to see his Quality Road colt

"He's a nice horse," Eastham said of the colt. Consigned as Hip 436 to the Sept. 11 final session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale's Book 1, the bay has had little time to rest since arriving on the sales grounds over the weekend. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019
4th-Saratoga, $90,000, Msw, 8-15, 2yo, 5 1/2fT, 1:01.06, fm.
MYSTIC LANCELOT (c, 2, Into Mischief–Roadbug, by Quality Road), acquired by these connections for $450,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at this spring’s Fasig-Tipton Timonium Sale, became the fourth maiden winner by the red-hot sire Into Mischief at the Spa this summer.
Monday, July 31, 2017

The topsy-turvy sophomore division, thrown into disarray with Good Samaritan (Harlan’s Holiday)’s upset win in Saturday’s

GII Jim Dandy S. at Saratoga, continued its roller-coaster ride at Monmouth Park Sunday as Brad Grady’s 9-1 outsider Girvin (Tale of Ekati) just got a desperate nose in front of 7-1 shot McCraken (Ghostzapper) in a thrilling renewal of the

GI Haskell Invitational.

“This is my favorite track,” Grady said from the winner’s circle after the Haskell. “Monmouth Park always rolls out the red carpet. The family came, it’s a family environment and I just love it.”


Monday, July 31, 2017

The 16-1 longshot in the field of seven, long-distance specialist Hunter O'Rileysurged down the inner turf course stretch at Saratoga Race Course July 29 and managed to snag a win in the final strides of the $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes (G2T)

Under jockey Florent Geroux, the 4-year-old Tiz Wonderful ridgling came flying from last in the 1 3/8-mile event, moving stride for stride alongside grade 1 winner Bigger Picture, and scored by a neck in his first graded victory for owners Sean Shay and Michael J. Ryan.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Brad Grady’s Girvin (Tale of Ekati) took his dirt record to two-for-two and earned 50 points towards a spot in the GI Kentucky Derby starting gate with an 8-1 upset of Saturday’s GII Risen Star S. at Fair Grounds. Away alertly from the one-hole, the dark bay saved ground in fifth as an eager Local Hero (Hard Spun) ticked off opening splits of :23.70 and :47.02 while well clear of 3-2 favorite Mo Town (Uncle Mo), who led the rest of the pack in second. Advancing on the far turn to be second, Girvin was tipped out to the three-path to take on the pacesetter in the lane, collared that rival in mid-stretch and continued clear to score his first black-type success. “TDN Rising Star” Untrapped (Trappe Shot), who was also sent off at 8-1, got up for second and Local Hero held third. Favored GII Remsen S. winner Mo Town, who ran off with jockey John Velazquez in the post parade, faded to finish fifth, just a nose ahead of sixth-place finisher Shareholder Value (Uncle Mo).

Friday, March 11, 2016
Kentucky Oaks Top 10: Casey’s Picks– There have been quite a few changes in the Oaks landscape since I went over my top ten horses for the Kentucky Oaks. We all know there are some top fillies on both coasts but there are some on other continents, as well! Let’s see how my top ten has changed!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mo d'Amour took command midstretch of the $125,000 Busher Stakes Saturday, Feb. 27 at Aqueduct Racetrack on her way to her first stakes victory in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.


Monday, February 1, 2016
Trainer Richard Baltas may have tipped his hand on how he felt about Forever Darling when he sent her to Keenelandto run in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) off her maiden-breaking score in September at Santa Anita Park.

The Breeders’ Cup run didn’t go great for the daughter of Congrats  , when she bobbled at the start and finished eighth, but she showed her potential again Jan. 2 when she took the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.