Eastwood Retired to Diamond B Farm

Eastwood, a sound and speedy son of G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and prominent sire Speightstown, will stand for $2,500 at Glenn and Becky Brok’s Diamond B Farm near Mohrsville, Pa., for the 2019 breeding season.

After posting eye-catching victories in his first two starts as a 3-year-old, Eastwood was bought for $800,000, the second highest-priced horse at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton summer horses of racing age sale.

Shannon Potter of Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, signed the ticket for the colt on behalf of Louise and Kiki Coutelis’ Paris, Ky.- based Town & Country Farms. Consigned by Baccari Bloodstock, agent, the strapping chestnut is the first foal out of the Deputy Minister mare Fifth Avenue Ball.

In Eastwood’s career debut, he won a six-furlong contest at Belmont Park by 2 1/4 lengths May 27, followed by a gutsy head score in an allowance race at the same distance at the New York track.

Later in his career, Eastwood scored impressive victories in a pair of allowance contests at Saratoga and Keeneland. Still running sound as a 7-year-old, he was runner up in the 2017 G3 Los Angeles Stakes at Santa Anita Park, defeating G3 winner Kentuckian and stakes winner Grazen Sky. Eastwood retired from racing with earnings of $265,545.

Eastwood was originally a $240,000 purchase at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when Baccari bought him from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. He was bred in Kentucky by Fred W. Hertrich III.

“Speightstown is revealing himself as a sire of sires,” said Glenn Brok. “We’re excited about bringing this son of Speightstown home to Pennsylvania.”

Social Inclusion Relocated to Diamond B Farm

Social Inclusion at Woodford Stallions

Social Inclusion, an impressive track record-breaker and classic performer, will relocate from John and Susan Sykes’ Woodford Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla., to Glenn and Becky Brok’s Diamond B Farm near Mohrsville, Pa., for the 2019 breeding season. He will stand for $5,000, live foal.

“He was a super impressive racehorse… we are always trying to get good sire power in Pennsylvania and I think we’ve succeeded in identifying a horse like him,” Brok said. “He’s got a great disposition. He’s a big horse, standing 16.3 hands; he’s got a lot of bone, with a big hip and shoulder. He’s built like a horse that can get you both speed and distance.”

Social Inclusion is one of the fastest sons of the exceptional stallion Pioneerof the Nile, who also sired Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Social Inclusion and American Pharoah are his track record-setting sons.

Campaigned by Rontos Racing Stable Corp., Social Inclusion demonstrated pure, raw talent in his first two starts. He broke his maiden first time out by a decisive 7 ½ lengths, going six furlongs in 1:09.35 at Gulfstream Park.

In his second start, he won an open allowance race in wire-to-wire fashion, defeating future champion older horse Honor Code by 10 lengths, and covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.97, a new track record.

Social Inclusion followed that effort with respectable third-place finishes in the G1 Wood Memorial (won by Wicked Strong), G1 Preakness Stakes (won by California Chrome), and G2 Woody Stephens (won by Bayern). He completed his race career with earnings of more than $450,000.

Social Inclusion is out of the G2 stakes-placed mare Saint Bernadette, a daughter of Saint Ballado, who had a huge influence on the Florida breeding program. All four of Saint Bernadette’s foals to race are winners.

“I don’t think there are any other horses with this sire line in Pennsylvania,” Brok said. “And of course, the outcross of the Saint Ballado mare on the female side makes it easy to nick. That being said, he’s an exciting, good individual.”

Social Inclusion’s first foals hit the ground this year and have already made a strong impression on breeders. Prominent Florida consignor and breeder Beth Bayer has a weanling Social Inclusion filly out of the Indian Charlie mare Naughty Matilda.

“I bred to (Social Inclusion) because I like the Pioneerof the Nile cross, and Social Inclusion was a nice, precious stallion for Florida at the time,” she said. “This filly was my last foal born and is probably the best. She’s a big, strong filly.”

Uptowncharlybrown Get First Graded Stakes Winner

Uptowncharlybrown gets his first Graded Stakes winner when DIXIE SERENADE closes fast to take the G3 Victory Ride S. at Belmont Park on July 7th, increasing her earnings to $266,750. DIXIE SERENADE is out of the Malibu Moon mare, Moonlight Serendade.

Uptowncharlybrown has 5 winners from 7 starters so far this year.

Diamond B Stallions Represented by Two in the Danzig S.

UTCB Stud Midtowncharlybrown finished a game 2nd in the PA-Bred $100,000 Danzig Stakes going 6 furlongs at Penn National with Mychel Sanchez.
He is by the Diamond B stallion UPTOWNCHARLYBROWN out of the Speightstown mare, Torchwood (who is half to stakes winner Mo Don’t No & G1-Placed Big Blue Nation).

Sepicato rounded out the trifecta and is by the Diamond B stallion GOT THE LAST LAUGH out of the Candy Ride Mare, Candy Buttons.

El Areeb Continues Win Streak in Withers

M M G Stables’ El Areeb defeated nine rivals and notched his fourth consecutive victory in the G3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack Feb. 4.

Ridden by jockey Trevor McCarthy, he was sent off as the 1-2 favorite in the $250,000 race. The strong favoritism was due to the 3-year-old of Exchange Rate’s 11 ¼-length score in the G2 Jerome Stakes on Jan. 2.

In the Withers, El Areeb finished 4 1/4 lengths in front in 1:44.47 on a fast track. He now has 20 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard.

“He made his (sixth) start today, he’s got a good enough foundation there. He’s got another 10 (Road to the Kentucky Derby) points,” trainer Cathal Lynch said. “If we’re going to take a shot at these other three things (the Triple Crown), it’d probably be nice to have a little break before we do.”

The colt is one of several successful racing prospects Glenn Brok of Diamond B has purchased on behalf of M M G Stables.

Brok bought El Areeb for $340,000 under the M M G name at the 2016 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March sale of 2-year-olds in training, where he was consigned by Eisaman Equine, agent.

El Areeb was bred in Kentucky by Dixiana Farms out of the A.P. Indy mare Feathered Diamond.


Midtowncharlybrown Breaks Maiden in Decisive Fashion

Uptowncharlybrown’s 3-year-old son Midtowncharlybrown scored a smashing 11 1/2-length victory in his third start, a maiden event at Penn National Jan. 25.

The 3-year-old chestnut colt led throughout the 5 ½ furlong dirt contest, recording fractions of :22.14, :45.37, and :57.43. He opened up his advantage down the stretch, leaving eight rivals struggling in his wake.

Midtowncharlybrown completed the distance in 1:03.89 for trainer Edward Coletti Jr. and owners Fantasy Lane Stable and Godric LLC.

Bred by Godric, Midtowncharlybrown is out of the Speightstown mare Torchwood. He has earned $21,430 from his three career starts.

Uptowncharlybrown ranked third on Pennsylvania’s 2016 first crop sire list. His top runner last year was Alan’s Legacy. Out of the Dixie Union mare Glorious Union, Alan’s Legacy demolished a field of juvenile maidens with a 22 1/2 score at Parx Racing last Nov. 16. The colt has won or placed in three of five starts and earned $47,870.

Uptowncharlybrown stands for $1,500 at Diamond B.

El Areeb Wins Jerome, Becomes Viable Derby Prospect

M M G Stables’ El Areeb conquered two turns and stamped himself as an early Kentucky Derby prospect when the son of Exchange Rate captured the G3 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack Jan. 2.

El Areeb is one of several successful racing prospects Glen Brok of Diamond B has purchased on behalf of M M G Stables.

Brok bought El Areeb for $340,000 under the M M G name at the 2016 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March sale of 2-year-olds in training, where he was consigned by Eisaman Equine, agent.

“He seemed like a big, strong horse that got over the ground well,” Brok said. “I loved him from the beginning and felt like he was the best horse I had ever bought. So far he has proved me right.”

The Jerome is a Road to the Kentucky Derby points race, awarding 10 points to the winner, four to second, two to third, and one to fourth. The points are used to determine the field should more than 20 horses be entered in the 1 1/4-mile classic.

The Jerome proved to be El Areeb’s best start to date, as he bested six other 3-year-olds in the one-mile and 70-yard contest to score a dominating 11 1/4-length victory. The effort marked a successful graded stakes debut for the gray or roan colt, who has won his last three consecutive starts for trainer Cathal Lynch.

“We’ve been training this horse since the March sale and he’s just been getting better and better,” Lynch told The Blood-Horse. “We have a lot of 2-year-olds, maybe 20, 22 each year, and he’s probably the best horse I’ve trained in 20 years. I think today he’s proved he’s a legit contender.”

El Areeb completed the Jerome distance in 1:46.17 on the muddy and sealed track.

“Cathal [Lynch] has done a great job with him and the owners [M M G Stables] have had so many good horses, I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to ride for them and win some good races for them,” jockey Trevor McCarthy told The Blood-Horse. “It was a big deal today and a big performance by him that we were expecting.”

While El Areeb would take three starts to earn his first career victory, the gray or roan 3-year-old has figured things out. He scored a front-running, 8 3/4-length victory in a maiden special weight test at six furlongs Oct. 15 at Laurel Park before taking the James F. Lewis III Stakes there Nov. 19 by 5 1/4 lengths on the front end, also at six furlongs.

“We’ve been working him two turns in the morning … he really seems to finish and like the two turns, so hopefully it goes forward like that,” McCarthy told The Blood-Horse. “We’ve worked him on dead tracks and fast tracks, and it seems like he gets over on anything. He can run on broken glass. Anything you ask him to do, he’ll do for you. It’s super exciting for the whole barn.”

The colt’s 2017 debut would prove his most impressive effort to date as he rated just off the early pace set by Takaful and Jose Ortiz and responded impressively in the far turn. He has won his past three starts by a combined 25 1/4 lengths.

“He’s a fast horse but he can carry his speed,” Lynch said. “We’ve worked him long and we expected him to go long sooner; we just didn’t get the opportunity. The races at Laurel come up three-quarters and that’s our home track.

“We’ve [sat him off horses] in the morning. We’ve worked three or four babies and he’s had no problem sitting behind. He can rate. He’s shown a lot of speed the last two times and everyone thought he had to be on the lead, but he’s ratable. [A wet track] is still not his preference. He’s just a good horse. Good horses run through their class.”

El Areeb is the first stakes winner for the winning A.P. Indy mare Feathered Diamond. While El Areeb is Feathered Diamond’s first stakes winner, all four of her starters are winners.

Peace and Justice to Stand in Pennsylvania

Peace and Justice, a multiple winning miler by top international sire War Front, will stand at Diamond B Farm in Pennsylvania for 2017, according to agent Steven W. Young.

Out of the winning Smart Strike mare, Strike the Sky, Peace and Justice offers a unique opportunity to breeders as the only son of War Front standing in Pennsylvania.

Bred in Kentucky by Jay W. Bligh, Peace and Justice was consigned by Claiborne Farm at the 2011 Keeneland September Sale and sold for $425,000 to David Ingordo, agent for Justice Family Racing.

“He was a gorgeous yearling,” said Ingordo. “Strong, athletic walk. A really well-balanced War Front colt with a lot of scope. From the first day we put tack on him at Mayberry Farm we always felt he was special.”

Peace and Justice won his debut at Belmont by two lengths, going wire-to-wire defeating a field that included future stakes winners Mail and Catholic Cowboy.

A winner from coast to coast, he scored twice at Santa Anita, including a 5 ¼ length romp over graded stakes winner Quiet Force.

He followed that win with another impressive victory, defeating Grade 1 winner Drill and Grade 2 winner My Best Brother. He completed the turf mile in 1:32.36 (22:47  44:54  1:08.05  1:20.20), while running a 97 Beyer Speed Figure.

Peace and Justice is half-brother to multiple stakes winner Hudson Steele, winner of the Dixie Stakes (gr.II) and placed in both the Fort Marcy (gr.III) and Oceanport Stakes (gr.III). He is also half-brother to Lauren Byrd, runner-up in the Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland and dam of Grade 1 performer My Man Sam.

“We have a lot of confidence in this horse,” said Young. “At 16.2 hands, he’s a great physical and a brilliant son of one of the best sires in the whole world.”

Peace and Justice is owned by A1A Racing and will stand the 2017 season for $3,500.