Two Uptowncharlybrown SWs on PA’s Day at the Races Card

Labor Day Monday, Parx Racing celebrated the 20th renewal of Pennsylvania’s Day at the Races. The holiday program, run strictly for horses bred in Pennsylvania, featured five $80,000 stakes for state-breds with purses for the day totaling $740,000.

Progeny of the Diamond B Farm stallion Uptowntowncharly scored in a pair of the races.

The Storm Cat Stakes went to front running Wait for It. Allowed to control leisurely fractions under jockey Anthony Nunez, the five-year-old gelded son of Uptopwncharlybrown finally shook loose of longshot Tudox Expectations coming to the quarter pole, opened a clear lead turning for home and then pulled away late to win by a comfortable two and a quarter lengths.

Owned by Uptowncharlybrown Stud and trained by Ed Coletti, Wait for It went off as the public’s choice at 7-5 and paid $4.80 to win. He covered the one mile and one-sixteenth over a fast track in 1:44.26 to become his sire’s latest blacktype winner.

Just after the Storm Cat, the Uptowncharlybrown outfit came right back to win the Banjo Picker Sprint with Midtowncharlybrown. Right on the heels of blazing pace setter Dancing Bull through wicked fractions of 21.55 and 44.11, Midtowncharlybrown fell about three lengths behind as the field came into the stretch.

The six-year-old son of Uptowncharlybrown, however, refused to surrender As the pace began to finally take its toll on Dancing Bull, Midtowncharlybrown started to close the gap again as they passed the eighth pole. He finally surged ahead with about 70 yards to go and then moved away at the end to win by just over a length over his full brother Midnightcharly. Finishing third was Final Shot, the latest blacktype runner for another Diamond B stallion Talent Search.

It was the second straight win in the Banjo Picker Sprint for Midtowncharlybrown, trained again by Ed Coletti and ridden to victory by Roberto Rosado. Part of a favored entry at 4-5, he paid $3.60 to win and finished the six furlongs in 1:10.65.

Impressive First Winner for Social Inclusion

Social Exclusion became the first winner for Social Inclusion, besting a field of 2-year-old fillies racing five furlongs on the turf at Gulfstream Park in her July 1 debut.

Social Exclusion flew out of the gate under jockey Emisael Jaramillo and quickly established the early lead. She then blazed through the first quarter-mile in :21.29 with the Wesley Ward-trained Gem Thief pressing her from the outside.

After cutting the corner coming into the stretch, Social Exclusion turned in a half-mile in :44.26 while pulling away from Kay’s Project who tried to go with her, but was clearly outrun. The winner opened a 4 3/4-length margin at the wire and finished in a final time of :56.50 over the firm turf.
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Trained by Steve Klesaris for owner Joseph Imbesi, Social Exclusion went off at odds of 10-1 and was followed to the wire by runner-up Kay’s Project at odds of 29-1. The favored Gem Thief finished third.

Bred in Florida by Steven Smith, Social Exclusion is out of the Tale of the Cat mare Genuine Treasure and she is the second starter for her sire.

Social Inclusion, who began his stud career at Woodford Thoroughbreds in Florida at a fee of $4,000, now stands at Diamond B Farm in Pennsylvania for $5,000.

After breaking his maiden first time out by 7 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream as a 3-year-old, Social Inclusion followed with a 10-length allowance score at the south Florida track over eventual dual grade 1 winner and sire Honor Code .

The son of Pioneerof the Nile then earned three placings at the graded level while racing for Rontos Racing Stable and trainer Manuel Azpurua. He first placed third in the Wood Memorial (G1) won by Wicked Strong , then again in the Preakness Stakes (G1) won by California Chrome , and finally, behind Bayern  in the Woody Stephens (G2).

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Flashback’s British Idiom Named Eclipse Award Champion

The speed figure British Idiom earned in her winning debut at Saratoga Race Course gave trainer Brad Cox the confidence to move forward, and the chestnut daughter of Flashback  did the rest. Back-to-back wins in two-turn grade 1 races were more than enough to separate her from the rest of the pack, and she was an easy pick to earn the Eclipse Award as top juvenile filly.

Bred in Kentucky by the late Hargus Sexton, his wife, Sandra, and Steve and Brandi Nicholson’s Silver Fern Farm, British Idiom was a $40,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearling Sale purchase by bloodstock agent Liz Crow (signing the ticket as X-Go Ranch).

British Idiom is a daughter of the Tapit son Flashback, who stands at Glenn and Becky Brok’s Diamond B Farm in Pennsylvania.

Racing for Michael Dubb, Stuart Grant’s The Elkstone Group, Sol Kumin’s Madaket Stables, and Bethlehem Stables, British Idiom debuted Aug. 15 at the Spa in a maiden special weight race for sale horses sold for $45,000 or less. The result was a 3 1/2-length win going six furlongs.

“She did all of her pre-training in Kentucky, and we shipped her to Saratoga. She had showed enough in the mornings that she would be a ‘Saratoga filly,'” Cox said. “She received a good figure off of that, and we were pointing toward the Pocahontas (Stakes, G2, Sept. 14 at Churchill Downs) … we worked the week before, and I just wasn’t happy with the work and the way she came out of the work, so we took a step back and circled around to the Alcibiades and she proved that day she was a grade 1 horse.”

In the Oct. 4 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (G1) British Idiom cruised to 6 1/2-length victory under Javier Castellano. In her immediate wake was the grade 1-winning Perfect Alibi.

“With her physical make up and pedigree (she is out of Rose and Shine, by Mr. Sekiguchi) we thought she’d stretch out just fine,” Cox said. “She’s not overly aggressive in her training. She’s really mild-mannered and has a great mind, so I think that gave us a good indication she’d stretch out.”

Still, there was another bell to answer. Shipping across the country and facing grade 1 winner Bast and the well-regarded Donna Veloce, British Idiom rated well in the 1 1⁄/6-mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and had to grind her way past Donna Veloce in deep stretch to post a neck victory.

A 3-for-3 campaign, including the score in the division’s top race, sealed the deal for British Idiom.

Two -year-old Eclipse Award voting breakdown (first-place votes): British Idiom (222), Bast (12), Sharing (6), Alms (1).

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First Foal For Eastwood is a Filly

The first foal by the speedy Speightstown son Eastwood was born in Pennsylvania during the third week in January.

The gorgeous filly was bred by Martina Rojas and is the third foal out of the mare I’m Just Sayin, a winner of nearly $150,000.

Eastwood was a wickedly fast winner at Belmont Park, Saratoga and Keeneland before knocking heads with Southern California’s top sprinters. The $800,000 Fasig-Tipton was 2nd in the G3 Los Angeles S. at Santa Anita and bankrolled $265,545.

The gorgeous filly was bred by Martina Rojas and is the third foal out of the mare I’m Just Sayin, a winner of nearly $150,000.

Eastwood was a wickedly fast winner at Belmont Park, Saratoga and Keeneland before knocking heads with Southern California’s top sprinters. The $800,000 Fasig-Tipton was 2nd in the G3 Los Angeles S. at Santa Anita and bankrolled $265,545.

Diamond B Farm Stallion Open House Set for Sunday, January 26

Diamond B Farm in Mohrsville, Penn., will host a stallion show on Sunday, Jan. 26, from noon to 3 p.m. Eastern.

The show will be an opportunity to inspect Boisterous, California’s leading freshman sire of 2018 and leading second-crop sire of 2019, who moves to Diamond B Farm for the upcoming breeding season. The Grade 1-winning son of Distorted Humor will stand for an advertised fee of $3,000.

Also at Diamond B Farm is Flashback, the sire of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and Eclipse Award finalist British Idiom. A son of leading sire Tapit, Flashback will stand the upcoming season for $3,500.

Uptowncharlybrown, a son of Limehouse, will stand for $5,000 for Pennsylvania-foaling mares and $7,500 for outside mares. He is the sire of graded stakes winner Dixie Serenade.

Eastwood, a speedy, graded-placed son of Speightstown, stands for $2,500 and will see his first foals arrive in 2020.

Social Inclusion will see his first 2-year-olds hit the track this year. The son of the late, great Triple Crown sire Pioneerof the Nile stands for $5,000.

Rounding out the group is Talent Search, a son of Catienus whose runners include stakes winner Hollywood Talent. He will stand the upcoming season for $2,500.

Flashback’s Breeders’ Cup Heroine British Idiom Officially Eclipse Award Favorite

The unbeaten British Idiom was named an Eclipse Award finalist and is a heavy favorite to be crowned Champion Two-Year-Old Filly at the January 23 ceremony at Gulfstream Park.

The daughter of Flashback was a debut winner at Saratoga on August 15. She then reeled off a pair of Grade 1 victories in the Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita where she defeated fellow finalist Bast.

Flashback’s British Idiom Victorious in $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)

Up against a talented but untested maiden winner in 2-1 favorite Donna Veloce, G1 Alcibiades winner British Idiom used her experience to her advantage to capture Friday’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Owned by Madaket Stable, Michael Dubb, the Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables, British Idiom and Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano tracked the early pacesetters then pounced in the stretch, running down the game favorite to win by a neck on the wire.

The 2-year-old daughter of Diamond B Farm’s Flashback ran 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita’s fast main track in 1:47.07.

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First Grade 1 Winner for Second-Crop sire Flashback

Flashback earned his first Grade 1 winner when BRITISH IDIOM crushed her foes by more than six lengths in the G1 Alcibiades S. at Keeneland on October 4th. The undefeated Brad Cox trainee has increased her earnings to $281,250. The contest is also a Win And You’re IN for the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Future Stars Friday at Santa Anita Park.

BRITISH IDIOM is out of the Mr. Sekiguchi mare Rose and Shine, from the Storm Cat sire line. Flashback joins Noble Mission (GB) and Cross Traffic as the only stallions of his crop to sire a Grade 1 winner.

Uptowncharlybrown Exacta in the Banjo Picker Sprint Stakes

It was an Uptowncharlybrown exacta at Parx in the Banjo Picker Sprint S. August 3rd. Midtowncharlybrown earned his third stakes victory over his fellow stakes-winning full brother Midnightcharly. The pair showed versatility as Midtowncharlybrown dueled for the lead and Midnightcharly rallied from last.

The pair are out of the Speightstown mare, Torchwood, and their combined earnings have surpassed $750,000.