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(click here for details, news thru Aug12) Prayer For Relief wins $750,000 W.Va Derby; also read the Blood-Horse Magazine feature on EQB {click here for a copy


(click here for details, news thru Aug12) Prayer For Relief wins $750,000 W.Va Derby; 3 MSW big wins for EQB at Saratoga today; also read the Blood-Horse Magazine feature on EQB {click here for a copy of article}

Three news items here:

{scroll down for link to major Blood-Horse Magazine article

on EQB  and to chart for $750,000 W. Va Derby}


1)  Yesterday’s 2 year olds’ 3 MSW wins details:

8th-MTH, $45,000, Msw, 2yo, 5 1/2f, 1:04 2/5, ft.

MANAGED ACCOUNT (c, 2, Malibu Moon–Catinca)

O-Klaravich Stables Inc and William H Lawrence.

B-Brushwood Stable (PA). T-Teresa M Pompay.

{GISW, $864,775}, by Storm Cat), given a 6-1 chance,

was content to stalk a crisp opening quarter in :21.61.

Rounding into the homestretch three wide, the dark bay

drew off with authority to score by 5 1/4 widening

lengths over Well Spelled (Spellbinder). Sales history:

Purchased by EQB for $110,000 2 year old 2011 OBSAPR;

KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $27,000.
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the chart.
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Taylor Made.

 3rd race MSW APX 8/13/2001 2yo


(c, 2, Kitten’s Joy–Mortgage the House, by Chester House)

O/B-Kenneth L & Sarah K Ramsey (KY).

T-Wayne M. Catalano

was a well-beaten fourth

in his debut going six panels on the main track here

July 30. Granted a 7-2 chance this time, the bay settled

near the back of the field early and continued began to

improve his position along the backstretch. Swung out

six wide for the stretch drive, the homebred closed

with determination late to graduate by a half-length

over Ormond Quay (English Channel).

Sales history: $18,000 2yo  2011 OBSAPR.

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Record: 2-1-0-0, $20,462.

An EQB consulting program graduate.

6th-SAR, $54,000, Msw, 2yo, 6f, 1:11, ft.


(c, 2, Congrats–Cajun Dawn, by Awesome Again)

O-Klaravich Stables Inc & William H Lawrence.

B-Curtis G Mikkelsen & Patricia J Horth (FL).

T-Chad C Brown

seemed to be up against it facing the

3-5 Pletcher/Repole representative How Do I Win

(Corinthian), but a fast pace duel softened that foe up

and Clip the Coupons took advantage. A $100,000

OBSAUG yearling who made a favorable impression in

the pre-race warm-ups, Clip the Coupons tucked in

behind in fourth as the chalk and rank outsider Right to

Vote (Political Force) battled up front through a half in

:45 1/5. As that pair fought hard to the eighth pole,

bumping several times, Javier Castellano tipped Clip the

Coupons out, and they ranged up three wide on their

way to a half-length decision. Right to Vote stayed on

well, finishing second, with Love to Run (Pulpit) rallying

for show money. How Do I Win failed as the odds-on

choice for the second straight race, fading to fourth.

The winner is a half to Peace At Dawn (Peace Rules),

GSP, $182,811. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $30,000.

An EQB culling consulting program graduate.

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Ahmed Zayat’s 3 year old colt by Jump Start,

out of Sparklin Lil, by Mr. Sparkles,

bred by G.R. Aschinger (KY),

trained by Bob Baffert,

and ridden by Raphael Bejarano,

validated his recent Iowa Derby win

where he upset a strong field, when he

won the Grade 2, 

$750,000 West Virginia Derby

at Mountaineer Park Racetrack & Casino today,

as he surged to the lead in the stretch.

(see race chart below)

Prayer For Relief  was an

$80,000 EQB auction purchase

for  Zayat Stables  at the

Keeneland September yearling auction. 

P.S. An EQB auction purchase also

won the W.VA derby in 2009 (Soul Warrior).




8th Race – Mountaineer Park – Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Conditions: 1 1/8 MILES STAKES. West Virginia Derby (Grade II). FOR THREE YEAR OLDS. Money to be divided: $435,750 to Winner; $150,000 to Second; $75,000 to Third; $37,500 to Fourth; $15.000 to Fifth; $5,250 to Sixth through Twelfth. WEIGHT 122 lbs. Winners of Two Grade I races at One Mile or Over in 2011… 2 lbs. additional; Non-winners of a Grade I race at One Mile or Over in 2011… allowed 2 lbs.; Non-winners of a Grade II race at One Mile or Over in 2011… 4 lbs.; Non-winners of a Grade III race at One Mile or Over in 2011… 6 lbs.; Non-winners of $150,000 atOne Mile or Over in 2011… 8 lbs.; Non-winners of a Sweepstakes at One Mile or Over in 2011… 10 lbs. The owner and trainer of any West Virginia Derby starter who has won a leg of the Triple Crown shall each receive a bonus of $25,000 per race. TROPHY TTO THE WINNING OWNER, TRAINER AND JOCKEY. CLOSED MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 WITH 57 NOMINATIONS.
Purse: $750,000 Value of Race: $750,000 1st $451,500 2nd $150,000 3rd $75,000 4th $37,500 5th $15,000 6th $5,250 7th $5,250 8th $5,250 9th $5,250 Mutuel Pool: $273,861 Pick 3 Pool: $31,488 Perfecta Pool: $179,191 Superfecta Pool: $55,975 Trifecta Pool: $128,623

# Horse A/S M/E Wgt PP St 1/4 1/2 3/4 Str Fin Jockey Odds
1 Prayer for Relief 3 C LA 118 1 1 32 32 32 21 11/2 Bejarano Rafael *1.30
5 Rush Now 3 C L b 116 5 2 12 12 11 1/2 11 1/2 22 1/2 Velasquez Cornelio H. 4.80
6 Sherriff Cogburn 3 C L 116 6 3 2hd 21/2 2hd 32 3hd Compton Perry 13.30
2 Infrattini 3 C L 117 2 4 9 9 9 71 4hd Borel Calvin H. 5.10
4 Awesome Bet 3 C LA 114 4 8 7hd 86 88 51/2 55 1/2 Garcia Alan 10.90
3 Little Drama 3 G LA 116 3 9 84 71 51/2 4hd 6hd Carmouche Kendrick 12.10
8 Dreamy Kid 3 C L bf 120 8 5 5hd 5hd 4hd 6hd 74 3/4 Talamo Joseph 4.70
7 Skipping the Score 3 C L f 115 7 6 69 67 7hd 9 8nk Parker Deshawn L. 47.70
9 Loranger Native 3 G LA b 117 9 7 41 42 62 83 9 Graham James 26.60
Off Time: 5:38 Start: 9 went. Good for all. Won driving. Track: Fast Weather: Cloudy 84o
Fractions: :24, :48, 1:122, 1:373, 1:503 (:24.18, :48.13, 1:12.45, 1:37.73, 1:50.68)
# Horse Win Place Show
1 Prayer for Relief 4.60 3.00 2.60
5 Rush Now 5.60 3.80
6 Sherriff Cogburn 3.60
Pedigree: 1 – Prayer for Relief, Dark Bay or Brown Colt, 3, by Jump Start – Sparklin Lil by Mr. Sparkles
Wager Type Payoff Winning Numbers Pool
$2 Pick 3 $181.20 3-1-1 (3 Correct) $31,488
$2 Perfecta $27.40 1-5 $179,191
$2 Superfecta $969.60 1-5-6-2 $55,975
$2 Trifecta $227.20 1-5-6 $128,623
Race Summary

PRAYER FOR RELIEF stalked the pace while saving ground through the far turn, circled out in upper stretch taking aim on an angling RUSH NOW running that one down in the last yards. RUSH NOW sent clear set a rated pace in the two path through the backside, maintained a clear margin on the far turn digging in to upper stretch, angled out toward mid track late couldn’t hold to outside pressure from PRAYER FOR RELIEF in the closing strides. SHERRIFF COGBURN sat close up pursuing RUSH NOW through the far turn, angled six wide in upper stretch was kept to stiff urging though proving no match late. INFRATTINI dropped back early trailing through the far turn, swung eight then nine wide upper stretch gaining steadily the final eighth. AWESOME BET unhurried early stayed back through the far turn, taken seven wide upper stretch gave even late response. LITTLE DRAMA rated back early tried to mount a bid racing five wide on the far turn, would level off near mid track in upper stretch. DREAMY KID went evenly through the backside, gave a mild move on the far turn then flattened out in the four path upper stretch. SKIPPING THE SCORE saved ground racing evenly to the half then gave way on the far turn. LORANGER NATIVE raced mid pack to the half then wavered on the far turn folding along the inside upper stretch.

Owners: 1 – Zayat Stables, LLC; 5 – Cottle, David and Smart Angle LLP; 6 – Dream Walkin Farms, Inc.; 2 – Z Thoroughbreds, LLC; 4 – Mike McCarty; 3 – Harold L. Queen; 8 – Robert S. Evans; 7 – Troy Rankin; 9 – Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd.
Trainers: 1 – Bob Baffert; 5 – Anthony W. Dutrow; 6 – Don Von Hemel; 2 – Paul J. McGee; 4 – Steven M. Asmussen; 3 – David Fawkes; 8 – Neil D. Drysdale; 7 – Troy Rankin; 9 – Michael Stidham
Breeders: 1 – G. R. Aschinger (KY); 5 – Chris Cahill & Kirt Cahill (KY); 6 – Eldon Farm Equine, LLC (KY); 2 – Z Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY); 4 – Phillips Racing Partnership (KY); 3 – Harold L. Queen (FL); 8 – Robert S. Evans (KY); 7 – Troy Rankin (KY); 9 – Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson (LA)
Scratched: Fred High

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The Blood-Horse Magazine about EQB