Curlin to Mischief Half Sibling Commands $8.2M

Lexington, KY (September 13, 2019)-Hip 498, a filly, is a daughter of American Pharoah and Leslie’s Lady and was purchased by Whisper Hill.

Hip 498 hails from one of the strongest and most active racing and breeding families in the business. She is the 13th foal born to the 23-year-old Tricky Creek mare Leslie’s Lady, who was named broodmare of the year in 2016.

Curlin to Mischief is also a half sibling to noted sire Into Mischief, multiple champion Beholder and first year sire Mendelssohn.

Into Mischief went on to win the CashCall Futurity (G1) before retiring to stud at Spendthrift Farm. He is now one of the most in-demand stallions in North America. The sire of 57 stakes winners and three champions, his progeny earnings total just over $55 million.

Leslie’s Lady returned to the spotlight in late 2012 thanks to her daughter Beholder. The 11-time grade 1 winner and four-time champion earned more than $6 million in her time on the racetrack and is now a broodmare with Spendthrift.

The latest of Leslie’s Lady’s progeny to make headlines was Mendelssohn, a grade 1 winner who was purchased by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier for $3 million from Clarkland’s consignment to the 2016 Keeneland September Sale. The son of the late Scat Daddy retired to stud at Ashford in 2018 and stood for a fee of $35,000 in 2019.

Curlin to Mischief has two winners from two starters with his first crop racing in 2019.

First Winner For Curlin to Mischief

San Miguel, CA (August 16, 2019)- Curlin to Mischief, owned by Climax Stallions LLC and standing at Rancho San Miguel, sired his first winner when Monstrodamous destroyed a Golden Gate Fields group of maiden juvenile colts by three lengths.

Monstrodamous is the second starter for his sire Curlin to Mischief, whose first crop of juveniles hit the track this season. Monstrodamous is joined by Back to Mischief who earlier this month placed third at Emerald Downs.

Monstrodamous was produced from the Rock Hard Ten broodmare Monstro Ness and was bred in California by Barbara Corey & Tony Citarella.

Curlin to Mischief also had a yearling sell earlier this week at the Norcal August Sale of Yearlings for $24,000 to Robert Jones.

Curlin to Mischief is by 2-time Horse of the Year & Classic Winner Curlin out of the blue hen broodmare Leslie’s Lady; producer of Into Mischief, Mendelssohn and Beholder.

Beau Recall Comes Out on Top in Yellow Ribbon Handicap

Steve Andersen
DEL MAR, CA (August 3, 2019)–Through a lengthy photo finish process and the longer review of an objection, there were anxious moments for the backers of Beau Recall in the minutes after Saturday’s Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar.

Beau Recall ($6) beat 10-1 Storm the Hill by a nose, but the result was confirmed only after the stewards reviewed an incident on the far turn when Beau Recall raced in tight quarters with Lemoona, who faded to finish last of six.

The stewards did not change the order of finish, giving Beau Recall her third stakes win in her last four starts.

Storm the Hill, who set the pace and led by 1 1/2 lengths in the stretch, finished a half-length in front of 9-10 Vasilika, who was beaten for the first time this year in her fifth start, all in graded stakes.

Beau Recall ran 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:41.23. The $200,351 Yellow Ribbon Stakes was run for fillies and mares.

Beau Recall led only in the final stride, a margin winning jockey Drayden Van Dyke said would have been wider without the incident on the turn. He said there was brief contact between Beau Recall and Storm the Hill.

“I had a lot of stuff to overcome,” he said. “When we made contact, it cost me a half-length. It took away my momentum.”

Storm the Hill, the winner of two Grade 3 races at Santa Anita last year, led for much of the race through a slow pace of 23.98 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 48.02 for a half-mile under jockey Rafael Bejarano.

“She tried every step,” Bejarano said. “I thought I won the race.”

Vasilika, who won the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita on May 27, was ridden for the first time by Julien Leparoux, a replacement for Flavien Prat who rode at Saratoga on Saturday. Vasilika was third on the backstretch and turn, but was fourth in the stretch before closing with interest.

“I think the slow pace really hurt her chances,” Leparoux said. “From the three-eighths pole, it was a sprint. I had to ask her to keep up.”

Valedictorian, the winner of the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes at Monmouth Park in June, finished fourth, followed by Elysea’s World and Lemoona. Causeforcommotion, Toinette, and Youngest Daughter were scratched.

Beau Recall, a 5-year-old Irish-bred mare by Sir Prancealot, races for Slam Dunk Racing and Medallion Racing and is trained by Brad Cox. Beau Recall has won 7 of 24 starts and earned $990,512.

The Yellow Ribbon Stakes was her second Grade 2 win of the year, preceded by the Grade 2 Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs on May 4. Beau Recall was second in the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park on June 8.

Sir Dancealot Returns to Form to Record Back-to-Back Wins in the Lennox G2

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By Maddy Playle
Sir Dancealot (Sir Prancealot) became just the second horse to win the Lennox Stakes twice as he struck at 6-1 for David Elsworth and Gerald Mosse on Tuesday at Glorious Goodwood.

The win signalled a return to form for Elsworth, who had not enjoyed a winner since Dandhu’s Fred Darling success in April. Sir Dancealot emulated Nayyir, who won the Group 2 contest in 2002 and 2003.

The five-year-old got on top in a narrow finish last year but it was more straightforward this time as he overhauled the well-backed 5-2 favourite Hey Gaman in the final furlong to score by a length.

“He’s a very good horse and he’s run a series of solid races,” Elsworth said of the gelding, who won the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury following his success in the race last year.

He was also full of praise for Mosse, who has ridden him exclusively for his last 11 starts, saying: “I’m his biggest fan. He’s a wonderful jockey and he did a brilliant job.”

Suedois finished third this time around, following a third-placed effort in 2017 and a narrow second last year. Speak In Colours, who endured a luckless trip on his first try at seven furlongs, was back in fourth.

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Sir Prancealot to Stand at Rancho San Miguel

San Miguel, CA (July 23, 2019)-In a deal signed earlier this month, Cornerstone Stud stallion Sir Prancealot (Ire) will be shuttling from South Australia to Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel in California commencing with the 2020 breeding season.

Bursting onto the scene as champion freshman sire in Europe, Sir Prancealot (Ire) has quickly grown to become a truly international success story.

To date Sir Prancealot (Ire) has had 13 runners in the U.S. for 9 winners, including 5 stakes performers, 4 of which are stakes winners.

“The statistics in America were becoming quite freakish so the United States became the next natural home for him in the Northern Hemisphere,” said Sam Hayes of Cornerstone Stud.

The flag bearers for Sir Prancealot (Ire) in the USA have been Beau Recall and Madam Dancealot both of which are multiple G2 winners and G1 placed. Beau Recall was an impressive winner on Kentucky Derby day in the G2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile before running second in the G1 Just A Game Stakes at Belmont on June 8.

“The team at Rancho San Miguel share our excitement regarding Sir Prancealot’s (Ire) obvious potential and we are most grateful to Adrian Gonzalez from Checkmate Thoroughbreds who made the introduction and brokered the deal,” said Hayes.

“We are very excited to bring Sir Prancealot (Ire) to the U.S., and more specifically to California,” said Gonzalez. “It’s amazing to think that this horse began his stud career in Europe, moved to Australia and now his top runners are running in the U.S. With his statistics, he could arguably be the most useful stallion in the world. He’s been the big fish I’ve been after my whole career and I’m thrilled to syndicate him and begin selling shares immediately. Sam Hayes has been incredible to work with and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work together with him and Cornerstone Stud. With Rancho San Miguel, we’ve had tremendous success promoting Danzing Candy in his first two seasons at stud. Clay Murdock along with his staff at Rancho San Miguel, will give us the best opportunity to properly introduce Sir Prancealot (Ire) as a new and unique offering to the U.S. breeding market”.

Sir Prancealot (Ire) gives California breeders a spectacular opportunity to be involved with a stallion that has Grade 1 stakes performers from a limited number of starters,” said Clay Murdock of Rancho San Miguel.

A stud fee has yet to be determined.

For seasons and syndicate share inquiries please contact Clay Murdock at (805) 610-2290 or Adrian Gonzalez at (805) 720-5395.

More Power to Him Closes Strong to Win Mount Rainier S.

by Randy Goulding
Auburn, WA (July 21, 2019)-More Power to Him came from well back to beat El Huerfano in the $50,000 Mount Rainier Stakes on Sunday at Emerald Downs. He paid $10.20. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up was the final local prep for the Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile on Aug. 11 and anchored an all-stakes pick four that paid $961.70 for a 50-cent ticket.

It was the third win and second stakes victory on the day for jockey Kevin Orozco.

Breaking from the outside post in the eight-horse field, More Power to Him stayed outside while settling near the back of the pack early. He started to make his presence known midway on the second turn, continued his move going four wide coming out of the turn, and got up in the last few jumps to edge El Huerfano who had dueled with Oh Marvelous Me from the quarter pole. Oh Marvelous Me finished third.

“He wasn’t comfortable with the dirt hitting him early,” Orozco said. “Once I got him outside, he settled down and he just went around them on the second turn.”

The final time was 1:42.62.

More Power to Him is trained by Taylor Faith. The five-year-old horse by Slew’s Tiznow was bred in California by his owner, Brett Mason. He has six wins and $323,420 in earnings.

Summersimage Takes $65,500 Oak Tree Sprint S.

PLEASANTON, Calif. (July 4, 2019)–Slew’s Tiznow‘s multiple stakes winning son Summersimage finished steadily to win the $65,500 Oak Tree Sprint Stakes at the Alameda County Fair.

Summersimage is by Slew’s Tiznow, out of the Siberian Summer mare Summer Swimmer, was bred by owner William Hedrick and is trained by Ricardo Perez. He has seven wins in 19 starts and earnings of $231,143.

The 5-year-old intact horse ran the six furlongs in 1:10.88 winning by one-half length.

Slew’s Tiznow is a multiple stakes winning son of champion sire Tiznow and earned $321,100 in his career. He set a track record as a three-year-old in winning the War Chant Stakes running the eight and a half furlongs in 1:40.34.

Mikes Tiznow Always a Winner in Albany Stakes

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Chuck Dybdal
Albany, CA (June 8, 2019)-Mikes Tiznow ($5.20), bet down to favoritism in the final ticks on the tote board used his speed to good advantage, dominating the five-furlong $65,750 Albany Stakes on the turf Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

The 4-year-old Slew’s Tiznow gelding broke sharply under jockey Ricardo Gonzalez and led runner-up Summersimage (also by Slew’s Tiznow) every step of the way as the pair ran one-two all the way around. Mikes Tiznow was timed in 56.83 (0.58 off the track record), beating Summersimage by 1 1/2 lengths. Morning-line favorite Brandothebartender, who was sent off the second choice, edged comebacking Tribal Storm by a nose in the final stride, one length behind Summersimage (an earner of $190,743).

Gonzalez shot to a one-length lead, going the opening quarter in 21.14 seconds. Gonzalez relaxed Mikes Tiznow during the second quarter, but still led by a length through a 44.47 half-mile.

“Sometimes you have to use that type of speed to your advantage,” said trainer Andy Mathis. “They may want to go with you, but if they do go for the lead, you may win the battle but lose the war.”

“He’s pretty aggressive out of the gate,” said Gonzalez. “But he’s so relaxed, you’d think he was running 23 and 46.

“Andy just said, ‘You know him’ for instructions. Once he took that lead like that, it was pretty easy for me.”

Mathis credits Gonzalez with teaching Mikes Tiznow patience and said, “He’s very relaxed on the horse, and that slows him down. If you pushed him, he might not be able to finish as well. He’s taught the horse how to run.”

Mathis tries to space Mikes Tiznow’s races.

“With a horse with that much speed, you can’t overrun them,” he said.

Mikes Tiznow, owned by Mike Schott, earned $39,450 for his second straight wire-to-wire score. In winning his stakes debut, Mikes Tiznow improved his career record to $157,555 with four wins, two seconds, and a third in eight starts.

Master Juba Becomes First Winner For Typhoon Slew

San Miguel, CA (April 28, 2019)-Rancho San Miguel stallion Typhoon Slew has sired his first career winner when Master Juba won on Saturday at Santa Anita by over five lengths.

Master Juba, from the first crop of Typhoon Slew, is only his sires second runner; Master Juba has started twice and has earned $19,551.

The three-year-old gelding was bred by Woodstock Racing Stable and is owned by Woodstock Racing Stable and Jim Syren. Master Juba was produced from the Bertrando broodmare Promenade.

Typhoon Slew was a maiden special winner at two and placed in the Grade 3 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga as a juvenile. Additionally, he finished fourth in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (Gr. 1) that same season.

Typhoon Slew is by Champion Sire Stormy Atlantic out of the multiple stakes producing Hepatica (Slewpy) and is standing at Rancho San Miguel for $1,000 live foal.