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.
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.
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.
New Diamond B Farm stallion Flashback has experienced a profitable fall season, with six of his offspring posting impressive efforts in both maiden races, stakes races, and graded stakes contests.
Flashback’s juvenile daughter Boujie Girl has won or placed in three stakes races the past four months. Out of the Closing Argument mare Super Girlie, the filly launched her career with a 3 ½-length victory in a five-furlong maiden event at Del Mar. She promptly stepped up in company with third-place finishes in the G2 Sorrento Stakes and G1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes.
Trained by Peter Miller for Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen, Boujie Girl most recently ran third in the Nov. 12 Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar. She currently has earnings of $105,600.
Flashback’s juvenile son Tripwire has also had a strong season, with a third in the G3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine Oct. 21. Out of the Milwaukee Brew mare Mazucambera, he is trained by Mike Maker for Ken and Sarah Ramsey.
Flashback has also had four other offspring win maiden events this season, including Forever Changed, who edged clear to an impressive 3 ¾-length victory in the first race at Aqueduct on Nov. 8. She completed the six-furlong contest in 1:00.48. Out of the Eltish mare Elle Tish Slew, Forever Changed is trained by Charton Baker for Happy Face Racing Stable.
Flashback, a G1-placed runner and G2 winner, is currently the leading first crop general sire by graded stakes horses. He will stand for $3,500 in 2019.
Grade 1-placed, graded stakes winner and freshman sire Flashback has been relocated to Glenn and Becky Brok’s Diamond B Farm near Mohrsville, Pa., for the 2019 breeding season.
Owned by Gary and Mary West, Flashback is the sire of grade 1-placed winner Boujie Girl and Tripwire, who came in second by a half-length in the Grey Stakes (G3) at Woodbine in his second start.
Flashback is also represented by impressive maiden winner Forever Changed, who edged clear by 3 ¾ lengths in the first race at Aqueduct Nov. 8.
Flashback was bred in Kentucky by Dr. William Andrade and Michael Hernon out of the winning Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line. Besides Flashback, the mare has produced grade 1 winner Zazu, graded-placed winner Art Princess, and black-type winner Corinthian’s Jewel.
The 8-year-old son of Tapit was trained by Bob Baffert for all but one of his starts. At 3, he won the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G2) and was runner-up in the San Felipe Stakes (G2) and Santa Anita Derby (G1). He retired with a 2-3-1 record in seven starts and earned $405,730.
“We are very excited about Flashback coming to Diamond B. He has active 2-year-olds, and they are doing well,” said farm owner Glenn Brok. “We have so much respect for Gary and Mary West and are happy they have chosen to enter the lucrative Pennsylvania breeding market. The state-bred program has a lot to offer breeders, and Flashback will enhance their choices when it comes time to book their mares.”
Flashback will stand for $3,500 in 2019, with a live foal guarantee and special consideration given to mares foaling in Pennsylvania.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.