Sir Prancealot’s 2020 Fee Set at $15,000

By Eric Mitchell
San Miguel, CA (October 22, 2019)-Reverse shuttler Sir Prancealot , who will be at Rancho San Miguel in California for 2020 Northern Hemisphere season, will stand for $15,000 to approved mares, the farm announced Oct. 22.

Imported progeny by the Irish-bred son of Tamayuz have made an impact on American turf racing this year, led by three-time graded stakes winner and millionaire Beau Recall, winner of the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes (G2T) and Yellow Ribbon Handicap (G2T) this year and runner-up in both the Longines Just a Game Stakes (G1T) and Rodeo Drive Stakes (G1T). The 5-year-old mare is being aimed for the Dec. 1 Matriarch Stakes (G1T) at Del Mar.

Other top U.S runners include two-time grade 3 winner and grade 1-placed Lady Prancealot and Ginger Nut, who captured black-type at Keeneland in the Limestone Turf Sprint Stakes.

“This is a unique situation in that Sir Prancealot is already proven to be an elite stallion in North America before even standing here. It’s unprecedented to have a horse with the hype of a young incoming freshman stallion along with proven graded stakes results from small crops,” said Adrian Gonzalez, manager of the Sir Prancealot syndicate.

Sir Prancealot stood at Cornerstone Stud in South Australia during the Southern Hemisphere breeding season. He has been represented by seven black-type winners to date, of which four have won graded/group stakes.

Curlin to Mischief Juvenile Colt Powerful in Maiden Special Win

Arcadia, CA (October 19, 2019)-Curlin to Mischief‘s juvenile son Shuster scored at first asking in a maiden special at Santa Anita.

Taking the field of Cal-breds wire-to-wire Shuster won by over four lengths in dominate fashion.

Racing for breeder/owners William Branch & Arnold Hill Shuster is out of the Unusual Heat broodmare Roses for Joni. He earned $30,000 for his win.

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 the sire phenom Into Mischief; as well as Mendelssohn and Beholder.

Castle Sets NCR in $100,000 California Flash H

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by Santa Anita Publicity
Arcadia, CA (October 19, 2019)-Claimed for $40,000 last time out, trainer Mark Glatt’s Castle broke sharply and made every pole a winning one in Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap, as he prevailed by neck under Abel Cedillo in 1:01.51–the fastest 5 ½ furlongs on turf at Santa Anita’s current Autumn Meet.

Castle is a full sibling to stakes winner Zakaroff  and maiden special winners Concise Advice and Misirlou.

With even money favorite Tribalist unexpectedly far back early, Castle cleared off by a length heading into the far turn, with eventual second place finisher Grinning Tiger tracking in second.

“It looked like there was a lot of speed in the race and all Mark said was ‘Stay Close,’ said Cedillo, who was aboard the 6-year-old Slew’s Tiznow gelding for the first time. “My horse broke really good and we made the lead very easy and that was good for me.”

Claimed out of a close sixth place finish going five furlongs on turf Aug. 25 at Del Mar, Castle was off at 5-1 and paid $12.00, $5.00 and $3.00.

“I thought he was a little lightly raced for his age, so I was a little skeptical for the $40,000, but (the owners) were willing and I couldn’t see a reason not to claim him,” said Glatt. “Like with a lot of horses, I think the (extra half furlong) has helped him. Personally, I don’t care for the five eighths races, it takes a specialized horse. That extra furlong makes a difference.”

Owned by Where We At (stable), Castle, who is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Grand Advice, picked up his first career stakes win and his sixth win from 14 overall starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he now has earnings of $208,947.

Ridden by Heriberto Figueroa, Grinning Tiger was clearly second best on the day, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of King Abner. Off at 7-1, Grinning Tiger paid $9.00 and $5.80.

King Abner, ridden by Martin Garcia, had two horses beaten going into the far turn and just touched second choice What a View by a nose for third money. Off at 8-1, King Abner paid $5.40 to show.

Tribalist, off at even money, finished fifth.

Fractions on the race were 22.41, 44.52 and 55.66.

Lady Prancealot Runs Down Blowout to Win Valley View

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by Marty McGee
LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 18, 2019)-See, Chad doesn’t win them all.

A 3-year-old turf filly named Lady Prancealot reeled in the Chad Brown-trained Blowout in the final 100 yards Friday when rallying for a 10-1 upset in the Grade 3, $150,000 Valley View Stakes on the Keeneland turf.

Blowout was one of three fillies representing the Brown stable amid a full gate of 14 in the 29th Valley View, which was run before an ontrack crowd of 17,166. After leading from the start of the 1 1/16-mile race, Blowout finally gave way when Lady Prancealot edged off to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:43.25 over a course rated good.

Giving Joe Bravo his third win in the Valley View, Lady Prancealot returned $22.60 when finishing three-quarters of a length before Blowout, who saved second by a nose over The Mackem Bullet. Bravo’s well-spaced prior Valley View wins came with Mingling Glances (1997) and Colonia (2018).

Lady Prancealot, a stretch-running Irish-bred filly, was scratched last Saturday at Keeneland from the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, a Grade 1 turf race won by the Brown-trained Cambier Parc. Patience clearly paid off for the connections of Lady Prancealot, as she came through with her fourth career win from 16 starts.

“You’ve got to get a trip when you have a closer like her,” said Baltas. “Joe did an awesome job. This is a very sweet victory.”

The owners of Lady Prancealot are Jules and Michael Iavarone, best known for their partial ownership in the IEAH Stables that raced 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, and Jerry McClanahan. The daughter of Sir Prancealot now has earned $367,841 when finishing third or better 11 times.

Amid perfect autumn weather, Blowout, the 19-10 favorite under John Velazquez, led through splits of 23.72 seconds, 48.26, and 1:13.57 as the opposition began to come under rides. Down the stretch, Blowout was staving off all challenges, but the sustained outside run of Lady Pracealot got her home first.

“Johnny had a nice filly ahead of us, but my filly knew it was all over,” said Bravo.

Brown, the defending three-time champion trainer in North America, has dominated turf racing in recent years, particularly with fillies going longer distances. He had three starters in the QE II, just as he had three in the Valley View. His other starters Friday, Catch a Bid and Turf War, wound up fourth and 12th.

Dennis Yokum is New Farm Manager

Rancho San Miguel is pleased to announce that Dennis Yokum will be joining the Farm as Farm Manager, effective October 28th.

Dennis is well known and widely respected in the thoroughbred industry in California and throughout the country. Now in his fifth decade in the business, he has enjoyed success in virtually every aspect of the sport from racetrack groom to stud groom, from racing columnist to jockey’s agent, from barn foreman to owner-breeder and from assistant to farm manager.

On the racetrack, he worked for such legendary horsemen as Charlie Whittingham, Dickie Dutrow and John Gosden and at farms for such famous operations as Hobeau Farm, Mrs. Markey’s Calumet Farm (where he took care of Alydar upon his retirement), Leslie Combs’ Spendthrift Farm and Domino Stud.

As farm manager for Mercedes Stables, he directed their rise to one of the top twenty racing stables in the country. Among several graded stakes winners there during his tenure were G1 winner Seattle Smooth (finalist for Eclipse Award for older filly and mare) and Rock Hard Ten (Eclipse Award Finalist for Horse of the Year). In addition, he purchased the dams of numerous graded stakes winners such as G1 winner Stormy Lucy, Notional, Adios Charlie, Broadway Empire and Lady Ten, herself the dam of recent G1 Del Mar Futurity winner Nucky.

Dennis comes to us from Premier Thoroughbreds where he has managed that farm for the past four years. He has assisted in Premier’s recent rise in California racing and breeding as they own last year’s leading California second crop sire and 2017‘s leading freshman sire Smiling Tiger and California Sprint Filly Champion Miss Sunset. Dennis has led their effort to invest in an outstanding group of broodmares to support Smiling Tiger.

A longtime friend and protégée of the late Clay Murdock, Dennis said, “ No one can replace Clay but it is an honor to have the opportunity to continue the work he has done in building California’s number one breeding operation”. Tom Clark, owner of Rancho San Miguel, said “We are very excited to have Dennis join our team and build upon Clay’s legacy”.

Dennis can be reached at 714-292-9685 or 805-467-3847 and after October 28th.

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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