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Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Liberty Finals

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Liberty Finals


Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show – Scottsdale, Arizona site for this exciting Arabian Freestyle Liberty Class. Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is held each year at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Video and editing by Bridle & Bit.

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A Horse of a Lifetime: Gun Runner Stands Tall in Pegasus

Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}–Quiet Giant, by Giant’s Causeway) had absolutely nothing to prove heading into Saturday’s $16-million GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. Crowned a most deserving Horse of the Year and champion older male dirt horse at Thursday night’s Eclipse Awards, he had earned Beyer Speed Figures north of 110 in ths last six races he contested on these shores, beginning with his victory in the 2016 GI Clark H. up to and including his 2 1/4-length defeat of Collected (City Zip) and fellow champion West Coast (Flatter) in November’s GI Breeders’ Cup Classic. One could quietly assume that he would also have earned a lofty number for his runner-up effort in the G1 Dubai World Cup behind inaugural Pegasus winner Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song).

Pegged at 4-5 on the morning line, Gun Runner opened at 7-5, something of a vote of no confidence given that he drew gate 10 with a short run to the first turn at the nine-furlong trip, not to mention the presence of those that filled the four of the next five placings behind him at Del Mar 11 weeks ago. The slick chestnut touched 4-5 at one point during the latter stages of the betting and the tote read even money when the field of 12 loaded the gate about 10 minutes later than the advertised post time. Ultimately, those that took the 11-10 about the favorite were left feeling they received good value for their betting dollar, as Gun Runner never looked a loser at any point of the race, reporting home two lengths clear of West Coast, with Gunnevera (Dialed In) a mile further back in third.

Despite the apparent poor draw, Gun Runner and Florent Geroux figured to be able to work out a good trip, assuming a clean break. The 5-year-old showed in his victories in the GI Stephen Foster H. and in the Classic that he could set a strong pace and still keep finding, but arguably more importantly, had demonstrated a rating gear in taking out the GI Whitney S. and the GI Woodward S. at Saratoga last summer.

It appeared that the latter tactic would win out, with the likes of Collected and the outstanding GI Cigar Mile H. winner Sharp Azteca (Freud) drawn underneath him, but when the latter was not aggressively ridden away from the machine by Irad Ortiz, Jr., Gun Runner was easily able to slide across the face of the field and into a two-path trip, the best possible outcome to make use of his high cruising speed.

With Collected hustled away from there by Mike Smith, he was able to secure the lead, but had to go reasonably hard through an opening quarter in :23.41. Gun Runner lobbed along under an easy hold from Geroux while West Coast got the best trip inside from fourth. Sharp Azteca was set a hopeless task, racing in the breeze three and four wide, while late runners and horses for the course like Gunnevera and Fear the Cowboy (Cowboy Cal) bided their time in the rear, hoping that their classier rivals might come back to them late.

Gun Runner raced full of run into the far turn, appearing to have Collected whenever he wanted, and with three-eighths of a mile, Geroux released the hand brakes and the chalk looked ready to blow the race open, especially with Javier Castellano hard at work atop the rallying West Coast. Still confidently ridden, Gun Runner turned them in and led clear into the final eighth of a mile.

As is his wont, he hopped off onto his incorrect lead when cracked left-handed inside the final eighth of a mile, but there was no quit in him and he remained clear to the wire, then galloped out well in front. West Coast stamped himself as the future king of the hill while pulling better than 10 lengths clear of some good horses.

“I’m so impressed for him to come through like he did today, to overcome the draw. I’m just so proud of the horse. What a dream come true,” said winning trainer Steve Asmussen. “He has improved with every opportunity. Even when he didn’t have success, he moved forward from it. So pleased to be in his presence. This memory will be with us forever. To be able to share it with my family, just a wonderful ownership group. What a special horse.

Asmussen continued, “It’s the cherry on the top, this one. This race, the world’s richest horse race after him being named Horse of the Year on Thursday night. For him to be able to go out on top and go back to his next career with everybody feeling the way that we have, and it’s built up to this point. I’m just so proud of the whole team and happy for them. How much love that this team and Florent have for this horse is just a beautiful thing. You’re rooting him on. But when he broke like he did and got in the position that he did, we felt wonderful about it.”

And so a brilliant career at the races gives way to another in the breeding shed at Three Chimneys. Winner of the GII Risen Star S. and GII Louisiana Derby, Gun Runner was third in the GI Kentucky Derby and was runner-up in the GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile before walloping his elders in the Clark. His 2017 campaign commenced with a towering success in the GIII Razorback H. and might have won the World Cup but for one of the great performances in recent history. Gun Runner retires with 12 wins and five minor placings from 19 starts for earnings of $15,988,500.

What They Said:

“Turning for home I thought Gun Runner might be a little empty but his tank is so big and he just kept going. He’s just a great horse. He just kept on running. I was proud of my horse [West Coast]. He just keeps getting better. I can’t really complain. We just got beat by a really good horse. He was tested the whole way around there. It was a good horse race. I just came up a little short.” –trainer Bob Baffert

The one good thing about this race is I won’t have to deal with [Gun Runner] anymore; he’s retired and I think my horse is really gonna step out and become a top, top horse.” –Javier Castellano, jockey, West Coast

“I’m so happy and so proud for my horse. The horses that beat him were both champions. I don’t think many people thought he had a chance to win but he showed he’s a very good horse and he ran a big race.” –Antonio Sano, trainer, Gunnevera

Pedigree Notes:

Gun Runner is one of 12 Grade I winners for his outstanding Lane’s End-based stallion, five of which are out of Storm Cat-line mares. Another, ‘TDN Rising Star’ Mastery has a second dam by the former legendary stallion. Gun Runner’s dam won the 2011 GII Molly Pitcher S. for the Estate of Edward Evans and was purchased by Ben Leon’s Besilu Stable for $3 million at that year’s Keeneland November Sale. Gun Runner is her first foal. A daughter of SW & GSP Quiet Dance (Quiet American), Quiet Giant is a half-sister to 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam (Saint Ballado)–himself the sire of HOTY Havre de Grace from his lone crop to race–SW Dance Quietly (A.P. Indy), GSW Congressionalhonor (Forestry), MGISP Miss Besilu (Medaglia d’Oro), GSP American Dance (A.P. Indy) and SP Funtastic (More Than Ready). Another of Quiet Dance’s daughters, Quiet Now (Tiznow), is the dam of GSW Lull (War Front). Gun Runner’s third dam was a half-sister to Irish champion Minstrella. Quiet Giant, now 11 years old, is the dam of a 3-year-old Tapit filly that Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm bought for $1.4 million at Keeneland September in 2016. The mare is represented by a 2-year-old Tapit filly and her 2017 produce is a full-brother to Candy Ride. She was not bred last year.

Saturday, Gulfstream Park
PEGASUS WORLD CUP INVITATIONAL S.-GI, $16,300,000, GP, 1-27, 4yo/up, 1 1/8m, 1:47.41, ft.
1–GUN RUNNER, 124, h, 5, by Candy Ride (Arg)
1st Dam: Quiet Giant (GSW, $405,389), by Giant’s Causeway
2nd Dam: Quiet Dance, by Quiet American
3rd Dam: Misty Dancer, by Lyphard
O-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC & Three Chimneys Farm;
B-Besilu Stables LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen; J-Florent
Geroux. $7,000,000. Lifetime Record: Horse of the Year & Ch.
Older Dirt Male-US, G1SP-UAE, 19-12-3-2, $15,988,500. Werk
Nick Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus*. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–West Coast, 124, c, 4, Flatter–Caressing, by Honour and
Glory. ($425,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Gary & Mary West; B-CFP
Thoroughbreds LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert. $1,600,000.3–Gunnevera, 124, c, 4, Dialed In–Unbridled Rage, by
Unbridled. ($16,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Margoth &
Gallo Stables; B-Brandywine Farm & Stephen Upchurch (KY);
T-Antonio Sano. $1,300,000.
Margins: 2HF, 10 3/4, HF. Odds: 1.10, 3.70, 13.70.
Also Ran: Fear the Cowboy, Seeking the Soul, Stellar Wind, Collected, Sharp Azteca, Giant Expectations, War Story, Singing Bullet, Toast of New York. Scratched: Game Over, Giuseppe the Great. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.



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An All-Encompassing Entertainment Experience

In the post-race press conference for the GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational, Gulfstream Park track announcer Pete Aiello characterized Saturday’s event as “innovative and exciting,” and anyone in attendance for the 12-race card would be hard-pressed to refute that assertion. While the richest race in the world is a novel concept in its own right, the on-site experience at the Hallandale Beach oval provided ample entertainment options for racegoers to accompany a thrilling afternoon of racing. By the end of the day, Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg})’s victory in the Pegasus to cap off his spectacular career provided a fitting conclusion to a memorable day in South Florida.

The crowd arrived early and was enthusiastic throughout the afternoon, creating the impression that it contained a blend of both veteran racing fans and weekend thrill-seekers participating in the unique experience. The Pegasus trophy was on display near the winner’s circle and fans stopped to enjoy the photo opportunity while contributing a donation to the nearby Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Despite some typical Florida weather that saw brief periods of clouds and mist early in the day, there was ample sunshine to keep the crowd engaged on the track apron and in the paddock area. As was the case with the inaugural Pegasus in 2017, there seemed to be a place and an experience for everyone.

The distinctively Miami atmosphere at Gulfstream not surprisingly stood in sharp contrast to big days at storied venues such as Saratoga or Keeneland. Trackside speakers pumped in music up until post-time, providing constant action for patrons. Celebrities, from Lenny Kravitz to Rick Pitino, filed in on a red carpet adjacent to the trackside V.I.P. cabana prior to the race, while rappers Ludacris and Post Malone took to a concert stage near the top of the stretch.

The day provided a fitting build-up to the main event, with the crowd growing increasingly loud in the races leading up to the Pegasus. As the time for the race finally arrived and the sun descended low in the sky, people climbed on top of pillars and benches to get a close look at Gun Runner and others. Drones buzzed over the starting gate as the runners loaded and the crowd gave a large cheer when the latches were opened. As Gun Runner rebuffed a brave bid from West Coast (Flatter) in upper stretch and strode home a decisive winner, spectators gave a roar of approval and an equally warm round of applause when he returned to be unsaddled.

Taken as a whole, in its second year of existence, the Pegasus has seemingly succeeded in bridging the gap between Thoroughbred racing and pop culture, introducing a new demographic of customers to the game at its highest level.

 



Uncle Mo Filly Racks Up Another Victory for Eclipse-Winning Owner

COGNITIVE (f, 3, Uncle Mo–Dream Sweeper, by Salt Lake), backed down to 6-5 to carry the famed pink and green silks of Thursday evening’s Eclipse Award-winning owner Juddmonte Farms to victory, ran to the money with a stalk-and-pounce trip. Settling in just behind the speed while saving ground, the $500,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga grad tipped out turning for home as Spend Spend Spend (Majestic Warrior) assumed command with a strong move. Spend Spend Spend dug in gamely in the run to the line, but Cognitive’s kick was relentless and she wore her rival down late by a half-length in 1:05.08. The winner was produced by a stakes-placed half-sister to MGISW Dream Rush (Wild Rush)–the dam of GISW Dreaming of Julia (A.P. Ind) and stakes-winning young sire Atreides (Medaglia d’Oro)–and is a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed Dreams to Reality (Lookin At Lucky). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0.
O-Juddmonte Farms. B-Dr Rod Orr (Ky). T-Bob Baffert.

 



Organic Farming in the Philippines: Living Asia Channel Documentary Organic Negros Occidental

Organic Farming in the Philippines: Living Asia Channel Documentary Organic Negros Occidental


Negros Occidental showcases its top Agri Tourism sites and showing why it is the Organic Food Bowl of the country in this 2014 Living Asia Channel Documentary.

INTRODUCTION:

Organic Farming, more than a method, has become a movement that has been around for more than a century.

Today it’s often associated with Sustainable Agriculture, Health Advocacy and Agriculture independence.

As the movement continue it’s struggle… But a new avenue may provide the means to branch out further to Farm tourism, with the intention to bring together Sustainable Agribusiness and Eco tourism.

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One such province in the Philippines is daring to take on this big ambition.

Join us as we explore the farm tourism industry of Negros Occidental and meet the people willing and open to share their business insights.



Top ‘Gun’ Lands Horse of the Year

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla.–The 47th Eclipse Awards were held Thursday evening at Gulfstream Park’s Sport of Kings Theatre, and Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}) took home the highest honor as 2017 Horse of the Year. With the speedy chestnut’s final career race looming in Saturday’s GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream, the award took on added meaning for his connections.

“This is bittersweet, knowing that in a week, Gun Runner won’t be part of our racing stable, but it’s a great honor and pleasure to stand here and be part of his career and legacy,” said Ron Winchell while accepting Gun Runner’s earlier honor as champion older dirt male.

After sharing the microphone with co-owner Goncalo Borges Torrealba of Three Chimneys Farm, Winchell later added, “Every year, I look at every horse and dream of which one could get a little bronze trophy at the end of the year. I never dreamed that I could get a gold trophy.”

“The memories Gun Runner has allowed us for the year that he’s had, they will stay with us forever,” added trainer Steve Asmussen, who became the first trainer in Eclipse Award history to train four Horses of the Year.

Nick Luck began the evening with a few good-natured barbs at trainers Steve Asmussen and Chad Brown while roaming the crowd and interviewing Brown, the trainer’s family, bloodstock agent Bradley Weisbord and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. Minutes later, Keeneland’s Bill Thomason dished it right back to the charismatic host, joking that Luck may have enjoyed himself too much at the pre-show cocktail hour.

Clearsky Farms took home the award for outstanding breeder for a season that was capped by the achievements of standouts Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) and Abel Tasman (Quality Road). Bernard Cleary of Clearsky credited the award to his team back at the farm and his late father, Eamon, who he said put in 16 hours of work every day after founding Clearsky, despite being ill.

“That’s why this is quite meaningful to me and my family,” he said. “We don’t feel like it’s our award, we feel like it’s his.”

Keeping with the theme of Arrogate, Juddmonte Farms notched its second-straight and fourth overall Eclipse Award for champion owner on the heels of a season that saw them take home nine North American Grade I races.

Gary and Mary West’s West Coast (Flatter) was honored as champion 3-year-old male and Gary West was quick to credit racing manager Ben Glass and the rest of his sales team for making shrewd purchases in the auction ring–an aspect of racing that West likened to the NFL Draft. He also credited the patience shown by trainer Bob Baffert with the later-developing colt.

“If there’s one piece of advice I have for anyone new in this game, it’s to have patience with horses,” West said. “If a trainer tells you the horse isn’t ready to run, they’re not ready to run…We’ve waited 40 years for this award and if we’d won in our first 5-10 years, it wouldn’t mean nearly as much as this does.”

China Horse Club and Clearsky Farm’s Abel Tasman landed the Eclipse Award for champion sophomore filly and a large group was on stage to celebrate the award.

“Tonight, many in Asia and China were waiting to see if Abel Tasman would be recognized,” said Teo Ah Khing of China Horse Club, who was joined by Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister of St. Lucia, while mentioning a new racetrack project he is developing on the island nation.

Charles Fipke’s homebred Forever Unbridled (Unbridled’s Song) was crowned champion older dirt female after a memorable 2017 season that wrapped up with a victory in the GI Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Sheep Pond Partners’ Lady Eli (Divine Park) claimed a well-deserved first ever Eclipse Award as champion female turf horse, providing a fitting conclusion to her storied career. Co-owner Sol Kumin, who noted that Lady Eli was named for his wife Elizabeth, thanked both trainer Chad Brown and his team and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., while Jay Hanley gave a special thanks to Lady Eli’s farriers for devoting themselves to her recovery from Laminitis.

“She really forever changed my life and my family’s life,” Kumin said. “We fell in love with this sport on the journey she took us on. People talk about the highs and lows of horse racing, and I never really knew what that meant until I had Lady Eli.”

Live Oak Plantation homebred World Approval (Northern Afleet) captured three Grade I turf miles to close out his 2017 season, good enough for recognition as champion male turf horse.

The first award of the evening, champion female sprinter, went to recent GI La Brea S. winner Unique Bella (Tapit) in a tightly contested division. The fleet-footed gray became the first 3-year-old to win the award since Indian Blessing in 2008.

“Our family has a long history and tradition in our home country of Chile,” said Don Alberto’s Carlos Heller. “We had a dream of racing and breeding at the highest level in America and tonight, we have confirmation that our dream has come true.”

Roy H (More Than Ready) took home the male sprinter award on the heels of a five-win campaign from six starts that culminated with a victory in the GI Twinspires.com Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Co-owner David Bernsen and trainer Peter Miller accepted the award, with the latter delivering a heartfelt thank you to both his owners and help.

“Without the people backing you up, you’re nothing,” Miller noted.

Famed announcer Tom Durkin provided some mid-evening comedic relief, joking that people need to put their Eclipse Awards in perspective before revealing his own statuette he was holding behind his back and talking about sleeping with the award. He also gave Winchell advice on how to polish and maintain it.

The awards for champion 2-year-old male and female went to Good Magic (Curlin) and Caledonia Road (Quality Road), respectively. Caledonia Road gave her sire his second Eclipse of the evening, following in the footsteps of Abel Tasman, and became the first Eclipse winner for trainer Ralph Nicks. The award was accepted by Luc Paiement, who reached the stage with the aid of crutches after recently rupturing his Achilles tendon.

Bob Edwards of e Five Racing Thoroughbreds also became a first-time Eclipse Award winner and credited co-owner and breeder Barbara Banke of Stonestreet Farm and his bloodstock agent Mike Ryan, among others, to contributing to the championship season.

“All I do is just bring the luck,” Edwards said with a laugh.

Scorpiancer (Scorpion {Ire}) was honored as champion steeplechaser despite an abbreviated two-start campaign.

Chad Brown was named champion trainer for the second consecutive year and stressed how the award is more a reflection of his entire team than him as an individual. Jose Ortiz claimed his first Eclipse award as champion jockey and got emotional while dedicating the award to his brother and competitor Irad Ortiz, Jr. Southern California-based Evin Roman took home the award for champion apprentice jockey.

Frank Stronach received the Eclipse Award of Merit and spoke of the challenges faced by horse racing while outlining the goals of The Stronach Group to bring about positive change in the industry.

“I can only imagine what this game would have been like without him,” said The Stronach Group CEO Tim Ritvo as he introduced Stronach.

“We as horse people need to sit down and think, ‘Where are we going?’ In life, you have to know where you’re going,” Stronach asserted. “Horses are alike all around the world. There are no politics involved, no religion.”

Eclipse Special Award: Courage in the Face of Tragedy
Special Eclipse Awards were handed out to the first responders to both the San Luis Rey Downs wildfire and Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico’s Camarero Racetrack, recognizing their efforts to provide relief to horse and human populations alike under dire circumstances.

“We cannot thank everyone, but the spirit of this award is all-encompassing,” Gulfstream Park announcer Pete Aiello noted in a video message that recounted heroic relief efforts in response to both tragedies. Nick Luck went on to note that the racing community has raised nearly $900,000 in donations to aid the San Luis Rey relief efforts.

Kelly Stobie and Shelly Blodgett of Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare Inc. accepted the special award on behalf of the first responders in Puerto Rico, thanking their colleagues for their continual efforts while stressing that the situation requires ongoing attention. Blodgett thanked TDN‘s Sue Finley among others for raising awareness of the catastrophe in its aftermath. She also thanked Charlotte Weber, the TRF and “countless individuals” who donated.

Peter Miller, who lost five horses in the San Luis Rey blaze, took the stage next and delivered a heartfelt speech that emphasized the contrast between the devastation of the fire and the “sheer kindness, selflessness and generosity of horsepeople from around the world” in response to the tragedy. Miller specifically thanked his grooms and hotwalkers for risking their own well-being to save the stable.

“San Luis Rey is a special place. It’s more than a training center–it’s like a family, a community,” said Miller.

“We’re there for each other, we care about each other and we help each other.”

Miller concluded that the response to the fire “Restored my faith in people–especially horse people.”

A second Eclipse Award of Honor was given to the NTRA for their efforts advocating for new IRS regulations in favor of horseplayers on Capitol Hill.



Valiant Minister Retired to Bridlewood

Baoma Corporation’s Valiant Minister (Candy Ride {Arg}–Spooky Minister, by Deputy Minister), a $680,000 OBSOPN buy, has been retired and will stand stud at Bridlewood Farm in Florida for a fee of $2,500 S&N.

“Valiant Minister could have been any kind, everything about him suggested he was a serious racehorse,” said George G. Isaacs, Bridlewood general manager. “He showed at both OBS and Santa Anita that he was a special talent, but unfortunately had a significant stall accident that cut his career short. I believe Florida breeders will be the benefactors now, because this horse has quite a lot to offer. He’s a great blend of Candy Ride and Deputy Minister: big, strapping physical, very well made, a lot of substance, and Candy Ride is on fire with a lot of exciting colts going right now.”

Valiant Minister made just one start for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, graduating by 2 1/4 lengths on debut at Santa Anita Jan. 14 of last year. The now-5-year-old completed that six-furlong test in 1:08.84 and earned $32,400.

Valiant Minister is a full-brother to GISP Moe Candy and GSP Holy Candy. His second dam is GISW Lunar Spook (Silver Ghost).

 

 



The legendary Arabian horse is Egypt’s pride

The legendary Arabian horse is Egypt’s pride


From the ancient deserts of the Middle East comes one of the best known horses: the Arabian. As they say, My kingdom for a horse and these horses have fired up the passion of equestrians all over the world. One famous stable in Egypt is ensuring the genetic purity of these horses.




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