Feathered proves uncatchable making turf debut in EdgewoodPosted on May 2, 201505/01/2015 2:13PM
Feathered proves uncatchable making turf debut in EdgewoodBy Nicole Russo
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Feathered, who has hinted at talent while knocking heads with top fillies on dirt, made her first start on turf a winning one, leading throughout and holding off favored Quality Rocks to take the Grade 3, $150,000 Edgewood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Friday at Churchill Downs.
Feathered’s pedigree hints at turf ability. She is out of a Dynaformer mare, and from the family of multiple graded stakes winner Optimizer.
“She’s kind of the size and shape of a filly who might get over the turf well,” said Todd Pletcher, who trains Feathered for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. “And with a pedigree like that, it seemed like the logical play.”
Leaving from post 5 under Javier Castellano, Feathered broke well enough to clear the field in the run through the stretch the first time, and, with Lady Zuzu on her flank, ticked off moderate early fractions of 24.22 seconds, 49.22, and 1:13.40.
Turning for home, Feathered kicked away to a clear lead, and had enough in the tank to hold off a late bid by Quality Rocks, finishing two lengths in front. She stopped the clock in 1:42.05 for 1 1/16 miles on turf rated firm.
“Plan A was we thought we might be sitting behind [Quality Rocks] and [My Year Is a Day],” Pletcher said. “She broke well, and a couple of those didn’t, and Javier called an audible and went ahead and took advantage of it.”
After Quality Rocks in second, it was 2 3/4 lengths back to Lady Zuzu, who held third.
Pletcher and Castellano team up with Eskenformoney in the Kentucky, as well as with unbeaten Materiality in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
Eclipse Has Monster Double-Win Florida Derby Day Including G3 $150,000 Appleton S. With War CorrespondentPosted on March 30, 2015
A fantastic day for the baby blue and black of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners on Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Florida. War Correspondent earned his first graded stakes victory in the $150,000 Appleton Stakes (Grade 3) and Curalina broke her maiden in only her second career start – first time out since last August.
Under a masterful ride by Hall of Fame jockey John Velasquez, War Correspondent was fourth the opening half-mile one and one-half lengths off the lead while racing along the inside. War Correspondent, a five-year-old son of War Front, angled out three wide entering the stretch run. John Velasquez describes the race to the wire, “He was getting there little by little, but once I got to the 16th pole, I was almost sure that he was going to get there. He takes a little bit to get going, but once he gets his stride together, man, he’s sweet.”
Aron Wellman, President of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, said, “War Correspondent has been unlucky not to have won the Autumn (Grade 2) at Woodbine and/or the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (Grade 1), so to get the big one Saturday was hugely gratifying on many levels.”
In only eight career starts, War Correspondent, a full brother to Grade 1 winner Declaration of War, has four wins, two seconds (including the Autumn Stakes) and two thirds (including the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap). Under the guidance of Christophe Clement, he has career earnings of earnings of $225,189.
Curalina, needing time after finishing second in her career debut at Saratoga last summer, gave a tremendous effort coming off the bench winning at Gulfstream Saturday by a lengthening length. Almost knocked down at the start when the filly to her outside bumped hard into her, the three-year-old daughter of Curlin, was sixth early on and third after a half-mile a half length to the outside of the leaders. While constantly crowded by the filly to her inside throughout the stretch run, Curalina, ridden by John Velasquez, would not be denied.
Aron Wellman commented, “Curalina was rightfully asked to make multiple moves up the long backstretch and preserved ideal position despite being tackled from all angles. Her class and superior natural ability allowed her to overcome several obstacles.”
Curalina is trained by Todd Pletcher and will soon head to New York on the lookout for stakes opportunites.
Brian Spearman Joins Eclipse Thoroughbred PartnersPosted on March 24, 2015
Spearman is a senior vice president at PepsiCo and has held numerous senior roles in sales, marketing and operations in his 30+ year career at the Fortune 50 company. A lifelong horse racing enthusiast, he worked his way through college as a summer employee at the historic Saratoga Race Course. More recently he has taken his passion to the ownership level by participating in partnerships with Dogwood Stable and Eclipse.
“To be able to add an individual of the caliber of Brian Spearman to our team as an equity partner and as an executive is a massive feather in Eclipse’s cap,” said Eclipse President and Co-Founder Aron Wellman. “Brian is a class-act, and when you factor in his industry knowledge, a keen enthusiasm for the sport and the depth of his business experience, it’s a true win-win-win for the Eclipse organization and our partners.”
“I’m excited to join Aron and the Eclipse Team,” said Spearman. “In a relatively short period of time, they have established Eclipse as a premier horse racing partnership. I met Aron through Cot Campbell’s endorsement during the Dogwood and Eclipse merger and I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the organization both on and off the racetrack. I believe Eclipse has only begun to reach its full potential and I look forward to contributing to making the racing experience the best in the industry for our partners.”
Eclipse races in every major racing jurisdiction from coast to coast and has bases in Del Mar, California; Aiken, South Carolina; and with the addition of New York/Connecticut resident, Spearman, the company will have a strong presence in the New York area and arguably America’s most significant racing center, Saratoga Springs, New York.
March Madness Indeed! Eclipse Sends Out A Quartet This Weekend Coast To CoastPosted on March 5, 2015
The upcoming weekend will be busy for the baby blue and black silks of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. We have horses racing across the country – two in Florida and two in California.
While Patrioticandproud’s appearance in the $1 Million Santa Anita Handicap (Grade I) is the highlight, we will begin the weekend with Feathered’s return to action in an Allowance race at Gulfstream Park on Friday. This three-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie was entered to run this past Saturday at Gulfstream however racing was cancelled after the fifth race when torrential rain hit the area. It has been rescheduled as the tenth race at 5:30 PM EST. The distance is seven furlongs and she will be ridden by Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Feathered broke her maiden in her second career start winning by ten lengths at Saratoga last August. She continued her two-year-old campaign finishing third in the $500,000 Frizette Stakes (Grade I) (Belmont) and fourth in the 14 Hands Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I) at Santa Anita. Feathered completed the year finishing second to Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Take Charge Brandi in the $350,000 Starlet Stakes (Grade I) beaten only one-half length at Los Alamitos. Only four fillies were ranked above Feathered in the 2014 Experimental Free Handicap.
A big effort in this race puts Feathered on the trail leading to the Kentucky Oaks on the first Friday in May.
On Saturday, Patrioticandproud will run in the featured event at Santa Anita, the $1 Million Santa Anita Handicap (Grade I). The initial proud color-bearer of the Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners silks back in October 2011, Patrioticandproud has gone to the post 28 times amassing earnings of $492,855. Trained throughout his career by Mark Casse, this six-year-old son of Proud Citizen has won the $150,000 Toronto Cup Stakes (Woodbine) and placed in seven other graded events. He has shown great versatility handling any type of surface – dirt, turf and synthetic. Patrioticandproud has raced in Canada and five states stretching from California to Florida.
The Santa Anita Handicap will cover the classic distance of one mile and one-quarter going as the eleventh race at 5:00 PM PST. Elvis Trujillo will ride.
No Surrender, purchased by ETP last March, will run in the $60,000 Challenger Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday. He also was scheduled to run last Saturday at Gulfstream but the rain hit before his scheduled post-time. In his first appearance for ETP on Kentucky Derby Day, No Surrender broke on top in an Allowance race and never looked back winning by a half-length. After a lackluster performance in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes on Belmont Day, this four-year-old son of Into Mischief was then given a vacation. Over the past six weeks, he has been training “lights out” in the morning for Todd Pletcher in Florida and we look forward to seeing him race that way in the afternoon. The Challenger Stakes will cover a distance of one mile and one-sixteenth. Going as the eighth race at 3:53 PM EST, No Surrender will be ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Whisk, a three-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality, will make her second career start covering six and one-half furlongs down the hill over the Santa Anita turf course. Trained by Michael McCarthy, Whisk finished mid-pack in a very educational race in early February and we expect she’ll move forward on Saturday. Meet leading rider Rafael Bejarano will ride Whisk in the third race at 1:00 PM PST.