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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.

Heiligbrodt Strikes Again at OBS

Under the banner of his East Hickman Racing, owner William Heiligbrodt purchased the two top-priced offerings at the 2017 OBS Winter Mixed Sale, going to $110,000 for a daughter of Shanghai Bobby–Yankee Victoria (Yankee Victor) and $90,000 for an Into Mischief filly out of Maren’s Melody (Unbridled’s Song). The Texan was forced to go a little deeper, but succeeded in landing the priciest lot during Wednesday’s renewal of the sale, going to $200,000 through agent Susan Montanye for hip 30, a filly from the third crop by boom sire Violence from the consignment of Gem Racing Inc.

Despite a preferred portion of the catalogue that was about a third larger than last year, the turnover of $3,567,000 was well more than double that of 2017, while the average of $24,772 and median price of $14,000 represented strong gains of 42.1% and 40%, respectively.

“I thought the went very well,” said OBS’s Director of Sales Tod Wojciechowski. “I’ve always said that when our consignors bring us good stock, the buyers reward them and that’s how it played out today. There was good activity at all levels. We saw a rise in the median and that’s a good thing.”

One especially pleasing statistic was the buyback rate of 31.1%, which compared very favorably to last year’s 43.5%. “There’s a liveliness to the stock market and the economy and I thought the quality of horses was higher,” Wojciechowski reasoned.

Lot 30 was bred in Florida by Georg and Sharon Maharg’s Maharg Management from the mare Carphonic (Lion Heart), winner during her racing days of the 2009 Joe O’Farrell Juvenile Fillies for trainer William White and Gem Racing Inc, who consigned Wednesday’s top lot. Lot 30 is the second foal from the mare, whose now 3-year-old daughter Sauce On Side (Violence) broke her maiden at Santa Anita Jan. 5 and was runner-up in her first start against winners 15 days later. Montanye, who operates SBM Training and Sales, had a high opinion of the March foal from the start.

“I went through and gave [Mr. Heiligbrodt] a list of my top five horses and we evaluated all of them, went over the notes and at the end of the day she was my top pick of the sale,” Montanye commented. “She’s a big strong filly with very good bone, a great walk and a very good mind. She’s extremely well built, she had all the right angles to her and I loved everything about her. She is the kind that looks like she could go very fast, but at the same time, it looks like she’ll stretch out and go long. She looks like an Oaks-type filly.”

The Winter Mixed Sale was off to a fast start when hip 5, a filly by More Than Ready, fetched $170,000 from de Meric Sales, and with that in mind, Montanye knew that the horse that she had assessed to be superior to that filly would not come cheaply.

“I thought this filly was going to definitely be the top horse in the sale,” she said. “The More Than Ready was a beautiful filly as well, and when we saw what she made and comparing the two horses, we thought we might have to stretch a little.”

Montanye said her purchased would be sent to the farm “to be a horse again” and that a decision about her future will come at a later date.

Carrie Brogden elected to retain hip 5 when she was led out unsold on a bid of $55,000 at the Keeneland November sale two months ago, and the decision was validated Wednesday.

“She grew a lot [over the last two months],” Brogden said. “We sent her to Michelle Redding and she just blossomed, she really grew up. When I saw her when I got here, I was blown away with how much she improved. We’ve had a lot of luck with the de Merics. We’re thrilled, the reserve was very low, but she had 12 scopes and she was very well received.”

Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield agency consigned the session’s top broodmare in the form of hip 21, the 9-year-old Hard Hat (Hard Spun), who was purchased by Gainesway for $62,000. A half-sister to Grade I winner Albert the Great (Go For Gin), the bay was offered in foal to Broken Vow, the sire of the mare’s 2015 produce–a filly–who realized $145,000 as a weanling at that year’s Keeneland November sale. Hard Hat’s current 4-year-old daughter Honey Jade (Harlan’s Holiday) is now a three-time winner from five starts on the dirt in Japan, including an impressive last-to-first victory at Kyoto Jan. 8. Among the underbidders on hip 21 was Chris Knehr’s Catalyst Bloodstock, which sold Hard Hat carrying the aforementioned Broken Vow filly ($60,000 ’14 KEENOV) and Honey Jade as a yearling at FTKJUL in 2015.

Trainer Eddie Plesa paid $110,000 for the 3-year-old filly Bring Joy (Twirling Candy) to top the horses-of-racing-age section of the Winter Mixed Sale. The former $100,000 Keeneland September yearling, a half-sister to SW Courtside (Cindago), was consigned by Eisaman Equine, agent, and worked three-eighths of a mile in :32 4/5 during an under-tack preview Jan. 22.

The Winter Mixed Sale continues with an open session Thursday beginning at 10:30 a.m. For full results visit www.obssales.com.

G8/P5: Irrigation types for GS3 & Fertilizers, Organic Farming

G8/P5: Irrigation types for GS3 & Fertilizers, Organic Farming

Language: Hindi, Topics Covered:
1. Factors of agricultures: irrigation
2. Irrigation level in the country
3. Types of irrigation in the country
4. Canal irrigation
5. Tank irrigation
6. Tube well irrigation
7. Canal irrigation
8. Problems of canals
9. Under-usage of canal water
10. Reason for under-usage of canal water
11. Command area development prog
12. Tank irrigation
13. Tanks in south India and its decline
14. Tube well and Ecological problem involved
15. Status of various irrigation technique
16. Sustainable irrigation technique
17. New schemes by govt. for irrigation development
18. Factors of agricultures: nutrition
19. Source of Soil-nutrition
20. NPK: imbalance
21. Soil health card scheme
22. Problems of chemical fertilizers
23. Organic farming:
24. Paramparagat Krishi sinchai yojana
25. Green manure
26. Vermin-compost
27. Benefits of vermi-compost

Powerpoint available at http://Mrunal.org/download
Exam-Utility: UPSC CSAT, Prelims, Mains, CDS, CAPF
Faculty Name: Ms. Rajtanil Solanki
Venue: Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration (SPIPA), Satellite, Ahmedabad, Gujarat,India

Bolt d’Oro, Good Magic Top TJC Juvenile Rankings

Multiple Grade I winner Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) and GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Good Magic (Curlin), both finalists for Eclipse champion 2-year-old honors, were ranked co-toppers of The Jockey Club’s 2017 annual Top 2-Year-Old Rankings. The rankings were formerly known as the Experimental Free Handicap.

Both colts were listed at 126 pounds, three pounds ahead of GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy). GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filles winner Caledonia Road (Quality Road) was the top-rated filly on the list at 123 pounds.

The Jockey Club’s annual Top 2-Year-Old Rankings are a weight-based assessment of the previous year’s leading 2-year-olds, with the weights compiled for a hypothetical race at 1 1/16 miles. All 2-year-olds of 2017 who started in graded or listed stakes races run in the United States and Canada are eligible to be weighted.

The racing secretaries on the weighting committee were P.J. Campo of the Stronach Group, Ben Huffman of Churchill Downs and Keeneland, Steve Lym of Woodbine Entertainment, Martin Panza of The New York Racing Association Inc., and Thomas S. Robbins of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Kentucky-foaled juveniles outranked all other states and provinces with 149 weighted males and 132 fillies; Florida was second with 18 males and 18 fillies. Ireland led foaling countries outside of North America with 16 fillies and nine males. Scat Daddy was the leading sire of weighted males with six and Malibu Moon led fillies with five.

The complete rankings can been on the resource section of The Jockey Club’s website.

Arabian Horses swimming in the Horse Swimming Pool, Sharjah Equestrian Club, UAE

Arabian Horses swimming in the Horse Swimming Pool, Sharjah Equestrian Club, UAE

Two Arabian Horses – ” Muntasser ” (14 Years) and ” Murjana ” (3.5 Years) belonging to Mr. Abd Al Nasser Kojak – swimming in the Horse swimming pool at Sharjah Equestrian Club, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. 15.06.2012.

Video by: Dr. Norman Ali Bassam Khalaf-von Jaffa.

With Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Video Camera.

Calder Joins Cambridge Stud

Scott Calder will return to his native land as a member of the sales and nominations division of Cambridge Stud when new owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay take over from Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan on Apr. 1.

“I am absolutely delighted that Scott has agreed to join us at Cambridge Stud,” said Henry Plumptre, incoming CEO of Cambridge Stud. “He is a person of the highest integrity, he possesses great horse skills and most importantly is passionate about the New Zealand thoroughbred industry. He will be a great asset for our senior team going forward and we look forward to welcoming him back to New Zealand at the end of March.”

A graduate from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Management (1st Class Honours), Calder was a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar and worked at Curraghmore Stud before taking part in the Godolphin Flying Start Programme. Calder worked at Coolmore Stud since then, first in Ireland in marketing for 18 months, followed by a sales and marketing position at Coolmore America for the past five years.

Added Calder, “I couldn’t be more excited to be returning home to play a part in the future of Cambridge Stud under Brendan and Jo Lindsay’s leadership. During my time abroad, I’ve had some fantastic opportunities and learnt from world-class people at Coolmore and Godolphin. This experience has also made me even more appreciative of the New Zealand breeding industry’s ability to punch above its weight and there is no better example of that than Cambridge Stud.”

The Village Organic Farm – Part 1

The Village Organic Farm – Part 1

Our farm at Crystal Waters Eco-village at Conondale, on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland (AUS) – adventures from 1999 to 2008. Sadly no longer but great memories!
Song is: Sadagora Hot Dub (Shantel Remix) Amsterdam Klezmer Band 2006 from Putumayo Presents Gypsy Groove

Mott Penalties Upheld, Due Process Fight to Continue in Court

Bill Mott’s nearly 3 1/2-year battle with the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) over two alleged medication overages and the state’s failure to provide him with split samples to defend those allegations reached a regulatory conclusion Jan. 22. But the fight over testing principles is far from over, and will continue as a civil rights case in the court system, the Hall-of-Fame trainer’s attorney has vowed.

The NYSGC voted to concur with a hearing officer’s recommendation on Monday that Mott is responsible for an overage of the therapeutic drug flunixin (Banamine) in Saratoga Snacks (Tale of the Cat), who finished sixth and last at Belmont Park Sept. 20, 2014. But the hearing officer also deemed that Mott presented substantial evidence that he was not responsible for an improper third-party administration of furosemide (Lasix).

Yet based on the Banamine overage responsibility alone, the NYSGC voted to uphold the original 15-day suspension and $1,000 fine handed down by the Belmont stewards.

“We are infuriated at this travesty of justice,” Mott’s attorney, Andrew Mollica, said via phone after Monday’s NYSGC meeting. “Justice doesn’t always come fast, but we will continue to seek it in this case.”

Mollica spoke under the caveat that he has yet to read the full hearing officer’s report and NYSGC decision, and is going off of what he heard verbally at Monday’s NYSGC meeting.

“But to say the least, anyone who reads the transcript [of Mott’s seven-session series of hearings, which took nearly eight months to complete 2017] will see that this is a travesty of justice.”

When Mott initially attempted to obtain a split sample from New York’s contracted testing lab to have his own independent testing done, Mollica said he was not provided with one because the sample size was either inadequate or had been destroyed.

Mott initially sued NYSGC regulators in federal court over the alleged violation of his civil rights for being denied the opportunity to confront the overage evidence against him. Mollica said that federal case was dismissed, but not on merit–it was deemed to be a state, not federal, matter and was re-instituted in a New York court. The suit has remained active, but the court has been waiting on the NYSGC adjudication prior to letting it proceed.

Now that Mott’s penalties have been affirmed, Mollica said there is a court conference on Thursday to potentially allow the New York suit to move forward.

Previous published news stories have reported that Mott has spent six figures not only trying to clear his name, but to spare other trainers from being denied their own rights to due process when accused of medication violations.

In a way, Mollica said, Mott’s case has already helped other horsemen, as evidenced by the protocol change that started in November allowing horsemen at New York tracks to have the option of sending a “referee sample” to an independent lab to verify results in the event of a positive test. That program is primarily funded by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.

“Bill has put an inordinate amount of money, time and effort into not only protecting his rights, but the rights of all horsemen,” Mollica said. “The proof of the justice in our fight is that split testing is now available in New York for all horsemen. But the gaming commission wants to punish Bill Mott for something that they know is wrong, because they never would have instituted split sampling if they thought they didn’t have to. We forced their hand, but now they want to punish Bill. This is a disgrace.”


Gus Gus – Arabian Horse

Gus Gus – Arabian Horse

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