Djulpan Breaks Maiden At Laurel Park
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I’m delighted to have trained him, but sad to announce the retirement of our Graded Stakes Winner Legendary (GB). After a lack luster performance in his final start, it has been decided that it’s best he moves on to a new career away from the track. I would like to thank the Swinburn family and everyone at their Genesis Green Stud for their trust and support in giving me their lovely homebred to train. Legendary is retiring healthy, happy and sound. He will remain a part of our family and begin his retraining as my wife’s riding horse in the spring, after a nice vacation at a nearby farm.
The Racing Biz press release can be read here.
The carefully campaigned seven year old savored the cool weather and soft turf, finding the winners circle for the first time in over three years. The much loved son of Macho Uno consistently runs his races in his typical come from behind style. Today he changed it up, sat close to the lead and got his neck in front as he reached the wire. Macho has enjoyed a long successful career thanks in part to owners Signal Hill Farms who ensure he gets his well earned winter vacations which have helped keep him fresh and sound. Congratulations to his connections and our team! Watch the replay here.
2014Miss Atomic Bomb (GB) wins in American debutSensational 3yr old filly owned by Walter Swinburn Ltd. took Aqueduct’s 5th race on November 8th. She sat off the leaders early on and easily sprinted home across the yielding turf to finish 3 lengths ahead of the field. We owe a special thank you to trainer Jeremy Noseda who conditioned the filly prior to her import to the states. She’s certainly one to keep an eye on in the coming months, we anticipate a great year for this talented filly. Watch replay here.Countryman (GB) gets the win at Laurel Park, giving owner Laurence Bellman his first winner in his America colors. A tough field of 14 gave Countryman plenty to do as he picked his way through the Starter Allowance field to finish by 3/4 of a length. We’re really proud of this cool horse. Despite being terribly unlucky in previous starts, he always tries his heart out.Legendary enjoying a sunny vacation in Florida The G.3 Red Smith at Aqueduct set up just as we hoped it wouldn’t. A slow pace left Legendary little to do but hit the front and make all on his own. Although he didn’t cross the wire with a win, he still made us very proud. He wrapped up an unbelievable season and far exceeded any expectations we had upon importing him earlier in the year. It’s been really rewarding to watch Legendary develop throughout the year and possibly more gratifying to send him on a well earned, not forced, vacation. He’s wintering in Ocala at Gold Mark Farm before heading back to Fair Hill to prep for the 2015 turf season.
Following his win in the Japan Racing Association Stakes, Legendary returned to New York for the Grade 3 Knickerbocker. Winning his two previous starts at Belmont, Legendary once again took a liking to the day’s yielding turf. At the sixteenth pole with a four length margin over Canadian Horse of the Year Up With The Birds, Legendary was geared down by jockey Sheldon Russell as they neared the wire, capturing another stakes victory. Legendary came out of his race in great form and is aiming towards the Grade 3 Red Smith at Aqueduct on November 15th. Watch the replay here.
Walter Swinburn’s Legendary attended the pace in the $200,000 Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) and kicked clear to hold off 2-1 favorite Up With the Birds Oct. 11 atBelmont Park, collecting his first graded score.
It was also the first graded win for Fair Hill-based conditioner Niall Saville, a former steeplechase jockey who began training on his own in 2008.
Off at odds of 4-1 in a field scratched down to six due to yielding ground, 5-year-old Legendary raced well in third under jockey Sheldon Russell as Plainview galloped off to the early lead 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Winning Cause. The pacesetter went opening fractions of :23.90 and :49.07 with Winning Cause creeping closer, but both tired after completing three-quarters in 1:14.30 over the taxing ground.
Legendary, winner of the Sept. 6 Japan Racing Association Stakes at Laurel Park in his last start, was ready to pick up the pieces and did so with a strong move around the turn under Russell’s hand ride. The Exceed And Excel gelding struck the front straightening out for home and carried on through a 1:38.94 mile to victory by 1 1/4 lengths.
“It was a perfect set-up,” Russell said. “I know the inside horses had a little bit of speed; I was happy that (Legendary) broke well and put me in a great spot with such a short run into the first turn. After then, well, he’s so good. As long as he’s on the outside, he comes home real good. Being from England, he’d run on softer courses, so I knew today wasn’t going to be a problem for him.”
The final time for the 1 1/8-mile event on the inner turf course was 1:51.65.
“This is my first graded stakes; this horse won my first stake a month ago,” Saville remarked. “I’m very, very pleased. I was a little nervous with the long stretch here, but they weren’t catching him.
“It’s a huge honor to train for Walter Swinburn, and for them to send me a horse like this it’s just been great. I’d won at Saratoga Race Course and at Aqueduct Racetrack, but until this year I hadn’t gotten it done at Belmont. This race had been the goal.”
Two-time Sovereign Award winner Up With the Birds, Canada’s 2013 Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male, closed with a strong last-to-first rally but ran out of ground to catch the winner. Mshawish was 1 1/2 lengths farther back in third.
Legendary returned $10.20, $4.80, and $2.90, while Up With the Birds paid $3.60 and $2.70, with Mshawish bringing $2.90. Plainview, Speaking of Which, and Winning Cause completed the order of finish. Za Approval and Tricky Hat were scratched, and Easter Gift was entered for the main track only.
Bred in Great Britain by Genesis Green Stud out of the Polar Falcon mare Red Carnation, Legendary improved his record to 6-5-2 from 19 starts, good for earnings of $293,219. The Knickerbocker was his fourth victory from six outings since coming to the U.S. this spring.
Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87940/legendary-collects-knickerbocker-score#ixzz3N8TLhB3y
Legendary gets Niall first stake win with the Japan Racing Association Stake at Laurel Park. Sheldon Russell (who also piloted Niall’s first ever winner) guided Legendary over the 1 1/16 mile turf course in 1:41.52. The mile split was 1:35.63 and the final sixteenth finished up in under 6 seconds. The final time was just off the track record of 1:40.99 which was set in 2006. Sheldon gave Legendary a stellar ride and made the trip look flawless, not an easy feat on this developing 5 year old. Since arriving in America Legendary has racked up earnings of over $160,000 in 5 starts with his stake win at Laurel, 2 wins at Belmont, a second at Keeneland and a third in the Lure Stakes at Saratoga. Not a bad summer campaign for the English bred son of Exceed and Excel. We were very fortunate to have Legendary’s owner and breeder Mr. Swinburn stateside for this win as well as for a close second with his mare It’s My Time, against allowance company the day before. Many thanks to the Swinburn family, and their Genesis Green Stud for their support and for trusting Niall to condition their talented Legendary. Much gratitude to our staff for their long hours and dedication to the racing game. Especially Legendary’s work rider Jo Robinson and his trusty groom Ovaldo who looks after him day in day out. Without our team of owners and staff we wouldn’t be able to do what we love or love what we do. Click HERE to read more about Legendary in the DRF, HERE to watch the race replay and HERE to view the race chart.August 30th North Star Boy faces up against Wise Dan.NSB ran the biggest race of his career in the Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga, finishing just 2 1/4 lengths short of two time horse of the year Wise Dan. His ground saving trip left him stuck down on the rail with a lot to do at the finish, but he put in a brilliant effort and made us all proud in his final race of the Saratoga meet. His determination on and off of the track makes NSB a very special trainee in our stable and has earned him a well deserved break from the races until the fall Aqueduct meet. We look forward to the fall turf season.On July 19th North Star Boy brought home his second Saratoga win in a $90,000 2nd level allowance race. He’s shown us once again that Saratoga is a race course that he loves, consistently putting in big efforts against top class turf runners. Winning by the narrowest of margins, NSB left us all on the edge of our seats as he bobbed noses home with Pletcher trainee Pyrite Mountain.Legendary (GB) came home a winner over the Belmont turf in his second start for Niall. We’re very pleased for owner/breeder Genesis Green Stud, UK (Walter R. Swinburn) and proud of Legendary’s big effort. This imported son of Exceed And Excel is definitely one to look out for at the upcoming Saratoga meet.
This Is Nice gets the job done at Pimlico. After a long winter faced with tough competition and troubled trips, This Is Nice (IRE) took her first win on American soil. It was well earned, holding on by a neck to take home her share of the $30,000 purse. We are very pleased for her connections who stuck by her to the winners circle, Congratulations! Watch the race HERE.Our spring turf season thus far can be summed up in two words…Neck & Noses. Our horses have lit up the turf course in fine form, but until the win from This Is Nice, they seemed to be shut out at the wire by a neck or a nose. North Star Racing’s North Star Boy ran huge in a second level Allowance, only to get to the front a stride too soon and caught at the wire for third. Although he seems to think he won and we couldn’t be more proud of him, it would have been really special to have our first Keeneland win with North Star Boy.Spun Silky was next out of the gate, also facing Allowance competition. After her prep race at Gulfstream she was ready to hit the track running. She’s a special filly who always gives her all and we were devastated when she was out of the winner’s circle by a short neck. Watch the race HERE (April 23, race 4.)
North Star Racing’s Countryman (GB) shipped up from Gulfstream to run among Starter Allowance company at Pimlico on April 12th. A wide trip and a pull to avoid horses in the stretch, took it’s toll when he got his photo taken at the wire with a Jonathan Sheppard trainee. Finishing second by a nostril (less than and inch, I measured!) he galloped out in front and bounced back to the barn. Two second place finishes in three starts has us anticipating a big run from Countryman who will likely head to New York in his next start. Watch the race HERE.
Legendary (GB) made his American debut on Keeneland’s turf, stretching out over 1 1/2 miles for the first time. He showed up in fine form and finished second, beaten by Graham Motion trainee Draw Two. Owned and bred by Genesis Green Stud UK (W.R.Swinburn), Legendary will be an exciting horse to follow throughout the summer turf season in New York. Watch his race HERE (April 17, Race 6.)
Syndicate NewsOne share remains in the 2014 North Star Racing Winter Partnership, check out our ownership page for more details!
The Gulfstream meet greeted us with rain, a lot of rain. Time after time, it poured down in conjunction with our turf entries. We entered, scratched off the turf…entered, ran on the slop…entered, scratched and so on. It seemed like an eternity of bad weather luck, but we when our runners finally hit the track they did it in style. Some of our starts include:
North Star Boy was second in his first start of 2014.
This Is Nice (finally on the turf after 5 tries) ran a good second in her Florida debut.
Zero Game coming off out of a less than perfect run, hit the board in a very close and exciting third in a $100,000 Allowance/Optional Claimer.
Malibu Yankee kicked off 2014 in a photo for fourth in the $150,000 Gr.3 Suwannee River Stakes.
We recently welcomed another import of turf and poly horses from Europe, including North Star Racing’s 2014 Winter Partnership horses as well as a precocious 3yr. old filly for Omega Racing. All of which look to have a good chance on Gulfstream’s turf before heading to Keeneland’s Poly track in the spring. We’re really looking forward to getting some runs in and learning more about each of them.
All in all we are very pleased with the start of our winter season. Along with avoiding the frigid winter up north, our horses have run hard and have pulled off some very exciting finishes for the stable.
Happy New Year! I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays and are ready to kick off 2014. North Star Boy wrapped up the year up for us with a second in the Claiming Crown Emerald Stake at Gulfstream Park. He ran like a champ, but was just beaten by a better horse on the day.
All in all, 2013 was a good year. My goal was to improve on 2012 and build the stable to compete in NY, specifically Saratoga. We did that, resulting in four NY winners, two at Saratoga and numerous placed horses. Although we had fewer starters than in 2012, we finished the year with the same number of winners and earned more purse money than ever before. Our Stake results included two seconds and a fourth, which were well earned efforts from our horses who continued to improve as the season carried on.
So here’s to a successful 2014! As you know I’m not one to sit and wait for the winners, so I’m off to work on once again improving upon years past. I’m confident that I have the stock to produce my first Stake winner and I can’t wait to take on the 2014 season.
December 1, 2013We’ve had a few busy weeks preparing for our annual ship south for the winter. Our turf horses have shipped, some off to Palm Meadows in Florida and the rest to the farm for a few weeks vacation before joining us for the Gulfstream winter meet. Our first runner, Otto The Great kicked off the South Florida turf season on the slop. Unfortunately his race
was pulled off of the turf due to a late rain storm. Otto didn’t seem to mind running on the sloppy main track too much, finishing a strong third. Today This Is Nice scratched off the turf…more rain, but this didn’t keep North Star Boy from making an appearance in Gulfstream’s paddock during the 1st race as he schooled in preparation for next Saturday’s Claiming Crown. NSB and his stable buddies have settled in to Florida life and are happily training in their new digs.
November 10, 2013
Spun Silky and North Star Boy impress in very exciting allowance wins.
Family First LLC’s Spun Silky kicked off the week with an allowance win at Laurel Park under apprentice Jockey Trevor McCarty. Never intimidated by the early speed, Trevor patiently sat tight, settling back (out of camera view) allowing the filly up to run her race and close as she likes -fast. Hitting the stretch 8 ½ lengths off the leader, her tremendous turn of foot landed her at the wire 1 ¼ lengths in front. Spun Silky finished the 5 ½ furlong turf sprint just off the track record in 1:01.97 (see chart here) after running impressive 21.77, 43.78, 55.74 fractions. We are very proud of Silky and thrilled for her owners, to date she has been stakes placed and has earned over $108,000 since being claimed into our stable for $25,000 this past May. View her thrilling finish here.
North Star Boy (IRE) secured his second US win at Aqueduct last Saturday (Watch Race Here, See Chart Here). Owned by North Star International’s Racing division, North Star Boy broke on top and aggressively carried the field home, concurring his NW1x Allowance condition. Sneaking by the handicappers, NSB paid $6.50 to win and helped jockey Javier Castellano (wearing NSR’s Green and Black) secure his 6th win of his 7 race card, tying Dominguez’s year-old wins/day NYRA record. (Read more about it here). North Star Boy, claimed by Niall and partner Amy Weaver in England at Royal Windsor was imported and syndicated by North Star International this past June where he joined their American Racing Division. A success thus far, NSB has banked over $108,000 in 5 starts with 2 wins, 1 second, 1 third and 1 fourth (See Stats Here). This was a nice win to take with us to the Gulfstream meet and we cannot wait to see where North Star Boy takes us next!
October 18, 2013Zero Game (IRE) followed up Classy Broad’s win with a win of her own. Claimed for $8,000 at Lingfield race course and brokered by North Star International, Zero Game dominated in her first start on American soil. Coasting home in a $25,000 allowance optional claiming at Laurel Park under jockey Sheldon Russell. Owner’s Omega Racing took home the winners share of the $50,000 purse, congratulations and well done! Watch the race here
October 14, 2013
Perseverance paid off last week as Classy Broad broke her maiden at PARX by 8 lengths. A filly that we’ve believed in from the start. After being faced with a troubled trip last time out at Laurel, Classy was cleverly ridden out by Kendrick Caramouche for Family First LLC. We’re pleased that after many frustratingly close finishes Classy got more than her nose out in front to find the winners circle. After a string of poor finishes, this win was just what the stable needed as we were starting to think we had a dark cloud hovering over our barn. Back on form, we look forward to the coming week with runners at Laurel and Belmont. In the coming weeks we’ll be gathering our horsepower as we aim toward the Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park in early December. Malibu Yankee is working to make a return in the Tiara and better last year’s 2nd place finish. This past summer we focused on importing runners to add to the Claiming Crown roster. Pending upcoming starts, we hope to have a strong stable to represent us at the South Florida winter meet.
August 13, 2013The past several weeks have been a long time in the
making. As the Saratoga Special reported, (read here
pgs.46/48) Niall wasn’t going to go to Saratoga until he
had the horse power to do so and this year he made good on that promise by kicking off the meet with 2 wins, 1 third and 2 fourth place finishes from 5 starters.Majestic Jess (IRE) started the meet for us with an unlucky 4th place finish. He broke from an inside post, got boxed in up the stretch and came up short by 1 ¼ lengths. His repeat performance 10 days later much the same, unlucky, stuck down on the rail and running out of running room to finish 3rd.
Spun Silky wowed us in her first start, coming home with a win in a 5 1/2f starter optional claimer with Rosie Napravnik aboard. Rosie gave Spun Silky a confident ride, resulting in her pulling away in the final yards to give Niall and owner’s Family First LLC their first Saratoga win (watch video here). This filly continues to impress us with her speed, ability and desire to get her nose out in front.
North Star Boy (IRE) carried on with the winning ways in the 11th race on August 10th. Javier Castellano guided NSBaround the inner turf track finishing in front as 2nd favorite. (watch race here) He was due a huge run after finishing 2nd at Belmont in his debut and then scratching off the AE’s at the start of the meet. This win was especially memorable as we were joined my nearly all of his connections who traveled from Europe to see their horse in his element. As great supporters and lovers of the racing game, we are very
pleased that we were able to share this day with them.
July 14th, 2013New beginnings for the month of July. Our conditioned horses are working away and prepping for their starts at Saratoga while our youngsters draw closer to their first starts as race horses. Once again, we welcomed another recent import (pictured below) Majestic Jess (IRE), who joined our stable last week and look forward to his American debut. Check out our updated photo page to see what all we’ve been up to over the past few weeks.
June 30th, 2013June has been a crazy month in regards to the weather, I don’t know if it has ever rained so many consecutive days at Fair Hill. We have been under tornado watches, waited out severe thunder storms and trained through torrential downpours. Luckily the worst of it seems to be
over and hopefully we can enjoy a nice July.We are experiencing a bit of 2nd and 3rd itis at the moment, but all the horses are running well. In the month of June we had 4 starters resulting in 1 second and 2 thirds.We welcomed our new addition North Star Boy that we claimed from England. We were thrilled when he finished a close 2nd (beaten a neck) in his American debut for Amy Weaver just 4 days off the plane. We were very happy with that as he departed England on a Monday, shipped to Belgium to board a plane on Tuesday, spent 42 hours in quarantine in New York, shipped to Fair Hill for two days training and shipped back to New York to race. He has definitely earned a well-deserved rest and is charging up with Saratoga in mind.Although it has been a good month generally, it did end in the worst possible way. One furlong after the finish, our Julius Geezer suffered a tragic accident while galloping out after running a game 3rd at Colonial. Unfortunately we had no other option and he had to be put down. He was a very cool horse, he was very much loved by all of us in the barn as well as all of his connections. He had a great fan base in England who were following his stateside career. He truly loved being a race horse and trained himself with the same great enthusiasm day in and day out. We all miss him dearly and are grateful for the time we had with him. Below is a painting of Geezer leading his groom Hugo to the saddling paddock.