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DISCREETNESS SHOWS GRIT IN SMARTY JONESBy Tom LaMarra
Discreetness, winner of the Springboard Mile in his first start around two turns, followed up with another two-turn victory in the Smarty Jones Stakes
for 3-year-olds Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park.
The one-mile race provided Discreetness 10
points on the "Road to the Kentucky Derby." Dwight
Pruett's Xpress Thoroughbreds purchased the Dis-
creet Cat colt out of the Elusive Quality mare Fond-
ness for $105,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s
March 2-year-olds in training sale.
Discreetness, trained by William "Jinks" Fires
and ridden by Jon Court, sat third most of the way,
launched his bid on the far turn, and inched past
a stubborn Gordy Florida. Heavily favored three-
time stakes winner Toews On Ice dueled with Gordy
Florida most of the way and faltered in the stretch.
Synchrony rallied nicely for third.
"We felt we could be competitive in this race," Pru-
ett said, "and we have a nice horse apparently."
The goal for Discreetness is the April 16 Arkansas
Derby (gr. I). Other local preps are the Feb. 15 Southwest
Stakes (gr. III) and March 19 Rebel Stakes (gr. II). BH
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IN TODAYS EDITION
NO TIME TO REST FOR TEAM PHAROAH 3
STRONG SIRE LINEUP FOR BARRETTS SALE 4
GODOLPHIN HAS NUMBERS AT TATTERSALLS 5
$1M 'DREAM' RACE SET FOR SOUTH AFRICA 6
BOB BARRY: IN SEARCH OF A PATH FORWARD 7
LEADING LISTS 12
Discreetness edged past Gordy Florida to win the Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park
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NO TIME TO REST FOR TEAM PHAROAHBy Ron Mitchell
There was no time to rest for the connections of unanimous Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male American Pharoah following Sat-
urday's late-night conclusion of the Eclipse Awards
ceremony as they left the following day for Lon-
The Zayat family, whose Zayat Stables received
outstanding breeder and owner awards, along
with the family of trainer Bob Baffert, who secured
his fourth Eclipse, and regular jockey Victor Espino-
za departed South Florida late Jan. 17 on a transat-
lantic flight to London, where the Longines World's
Best Racehorse for 2015 will be announced Jan. 19.
American Pharoah, Triple Crown and Breeders'
Cup Classic (gr. I) winner, is likely to be crowned
the world's best racehorse as he led the standings
last released at the end of November.
"Being named the best racehorse in the world
would be a huge statement," Justin Zayat, who also
squeezed in a friend's wedding over the weekend,
said via text message. "This isn't just America; it's
an international award, which is an unbelievable
honor for us." BH
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HOLD ME BACK TO STAND IN NEW YORK Hold
Me Back, among the nation's top 10 second-crop
sires in 2015, has been sold to stand in 2016 at
Irish Hill Century Farm near Stillwater, N.Y.
JAN. 18 HOLIDAY CARD AT AQUEDUCT
CANCELED Due to the forecast of high winds,
and out of an abundance of caution for the
horses and jockeys, the New York Racing
Association canceled live racing at Aqueduct
Racetrack for Jan. 18.
BERMAN TO HEAD FLORIDA HBPA Glen Berman
will start as executive director Feb. 15, replacing
Kent Stirling who stepped down last year.
FIRST REPORTED FOAL FOR WILL TAKE CHARGE
Three Chimneys reported that the first reported
foal for champion Will Take Charge was born at
Siena Farm near Paris, Ky., on Jan. 13.
FIRST REPORTED FOAL FOR ASHFORD'S
VERRAZANO Multiple grade I winner Verrazano
was represented by his first reported foal when
Night Brigade produced a filly last weekend at
Anchor and Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md.
FILLY IS GOLDENCENTS' FIRST REPORTED FOAL
Spendthrift Farm's Goldencents, the back-to-
back Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner, sired
his first reported foal Jan. 14 when a filly was
born at Le Mesa Farm near Carencro, La.
The Zayat family celebrated the evening of Jan. 16 with Eclipse Awards for outstanding owner and breeder as well as Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male for American Pharoah
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STRONG SIRE LINEUP FOR BARRETTS SALEBy Tracy Gantz
Nearly 200 horses, ranging from broodmares and horses of racing age to yearlings and 2-year-olds, will be offered Jan. 20 at Barretts
mixed sale, which is highlighted by sire power
from both California and nationally.
The sires represented include champi-
on Acclamation and millionaire Coil, both of
whom stand in California, and Kentucky-based
champion Shanghai Bobby. Their first foals are
2-year-olds of 2016. Awesome Again, City Zip,
Distorted Humor, Flower Alley, Giant's Cause-
way, Lucky Pulpit, Smarty Jones, Square Eddie,
Tapit, and Unusual Heat are among the proven
sires with cataloged horses.
The sale, which begins at 11 a.m. PST and will
be held at Del Mar for the first time, features a
consignment dispersing horses of the late E.W.
"Buddy" Johnston owned in partnership with
Patsy Berumen. Andy Havens' Havens Blood-
stock Agency is handling the group.
Johnston, a longtime major California owner
and breeder, died last year. Several of the part-
nership's horses were sold at the 2015 Barretts
fall yearling and mixed sale. BH
Aisling Duignan, Dermot Ryan, Charlie OConnor,Adrian Wallace or Scott Calder. Tel: 859-873-7088. Fax: 859-879 5756.
...now watch out for thefirst juveniles by champion 2yo
MO TOM won Lecomte Stakes-Gr.3 by 2 L.
THE CHAMPION 1ST CROP SIRE OF 2015
THE CHAMPION 2ND CROP SIRE OF 2015
NEVER GONE SOUTH won Frank Whiteley S.-L.R. by 7 L.
California-based Acclamation, the 2011 champion older male, is among the sires represented at the Jan. 20 Barretts mixed sale
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A f l e e t A l e x
LGB, LLC 2016
Bill Oppenheim's Value Pick$12,500 LFSN
"But the value pick among proven sires under $15,000 might still be available: thats Afleet Alex,
still a bargain, $12,500 at Gainesway. His 2015 crop of 3-year-olds includes
three Grade I winners:Texas Red, Materiality, and Sharla Rae.Id say thats a mighty strong performanceId say thats a mighty strong performance
for a $12,500 stallion."Bill OppenheimTDN - 12/5/15
130 mares bredin 2015
GODOLPHIN HAS NUMBERS AT TATTERSALLSBy Clive Webb-Carter
Tattersalls has cataloged 387 lotsmore than 60 from Godolphinfor its Feb. 4 mid-winter mixed sale.
The Godolphin offerings include winning
3-year-old Soofiah, a sister to the Dubai Duty Free
(UAE-I) winner Sajjhaa; Doldrums, a half sister to
grade I winner Vacare in foal to Exceed And Excel;
and Desert Sunrise, a half sister to the Middle
Park Stakes (Eng-I) winner Primo Valentino in foal
Juddmonte, whose drafts attract plenty of interest,
offers 18 lots, including Midst, a sister to group III win-
ner Flying Jib, a daughter of grade II winner Jibboom.