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August 18, 2018: Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc.: Champion Unique Bella injured, retired


Reigning champion female sprinter Unique Bella has been retired after she was found to have suffered a fractured sesamoid bone following a workout Saturday morning at Del Mar. Owner Haras Don Alberto confirmed the retirement via Twitter.

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Unique Bella was clocked in 1:01, breezing, in a five-furlong move, her second published work since her victory in the July 29 Clement L. Hirsch (G1) at Del Mar. Her next intended start would have been the Zenyatta (G1) at Santa Anita on September 30.

A charismatic gray known for her blazing early speed, Unique Bella retires with a record of 12-9-2-0, $1,272,400. She won five of six starts at age three in 2017 and, despite a seven-length defeat in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) as the 11-10 favorite, garnered Eclipse Award honors following wins in the Santa Ynez (G2), Las Virgenes (G1), Santa Ysabel (G3), L. A. Woman (G3) and La Brea (G1).

Unique Bella won three of her first four outings this season, all around two turns. In addition to the Hirsch, she captured the Santa Maria (G2) by nine lengths and the Beholder Mile (G1) by 2 1/4 lengths. She was upset by Unbridled Mo in the Apple Blossom H. (G1) at Oaklawn in April, when she started slow, rushed back into contention, and tired late in a second-place effort. Unique Bella was ridden throughout her career by Mike Smith.

Bred in Pennsylvania by Brushwood Stable, Unique Bella is by Tapit and out of Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) winner Unrivaled Belle, by Unbridled's Song. She was a $400,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase.






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Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc. also known as BRIS provides on-line information and data used by horse breeders and the horse racing industry. It produces handicapping and pedigree reports to racetracks, horse owners and breeders, horseplayers, and racing-related publications. The company was founded in 1972 and is based in Lexington, Kentucky. As of June 11, 2007, Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Churchill Downs, Inc.



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August 16: Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc.: North American Maiden Winners August 16

Bustin Stones-Repreive by Successful Appeal; CARTWHEELIN LULU, f, 2, FL, Msw, 8-16, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-Roddy Valente & Dr. Jerry Bilinski (NY.). Declaration of War-Sabel Browne (IRE) by Footstepsinthesand (GB); ANDARTA, f, 2, SAR, Msw, 8-16, 5 1/2fT, 1:03 2/5. B-3 C Thoroughbreds (NY.). Discreet Cat-Commercialize by Robyn Dancer; DISCREETGREYCAT, c, 2, EVD, Msw, 8-15, 5f, :59 3/5. B-John Bernard (LA.). $9,500 2018 ESLTYO. Distorted Humor-Carnival Court by Street Sense; CARNIVAL COLORS (GB), f, 2, AP, Msw, 8-16, 1 1/16m, 1:45 1/5. B-Godolphin (GB.). Exchange Rate-Considerate by Leroidesanimaux (BRZ); TRADEABLE, f, 2, SAR, Msw, 8-16, 5 1/2fT, 1:04 3/5. B-Edward J. Messina & William Butler (NY.). He's Had Enough-Realgoodlookin by Unbridled's Song; LOVELY LUVY, f, 2, GP, Msw, 8-16, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-Rustlewood Farm, Inc. (FL.). $32,000 '17 OBSOCT; $70,000 2018 OBSAPR. Mast Track-Greensong by Forestry; MAKEOURDAY, g, 2, NP, Mcl 12000, 8-15, 3 1/2f, :41 2/5. B-Sybil Palmer & Highfield Investment Group (AB.). C$2,500 '17 ALBSEP. Orb-Coralina by Tiznow; CELESTIAL COWBOY, c, 2, RET, Msw, 8-15, 7 1/2fT, 1:30 1/5. B-Lantern Hill Farm (KY.). $9,000 2018 OBSAPR. Sidney's Candy-Wild Hope (MSW$492,916), by Quaker Ridge; SIDNEY'S HOPE, g, 2, ALB, Msw, 8-15, 5f, :58. B-Elaine Pennington, Julie Rini & Felix Johnson (KY.). $18,000 '17 FTKOCT. Square Eddie-Puff Pastry by Momentum; SQUARE PEGGY, f, 2, DMR, Msw, 8-15, 5 1/2f, 1:04 4/5. B-Reddam Racing LLC (CA.). $160,000 2018 BES2YO. Square Eddie-Berengaria by Golden Missile; TAKEO SQUARED, g, 2, DMR, Msw, 8-16, 1mT, 1:37 4/5. B-EC Racing LLC & Steve Rothblum (CA.). With Distinction-Queen of Swords by Street Sense; WICKED KISSER, f, 2, PID, Mcl 25000, 8-16, 5 1/2f, 1:05 3/5. B-Stonehedge, LLC (FL.). Algorithms-Exploding Star by Exploit; STAR FORMULA, f, 3, EVD, Mcl 5000, 8-15, 6 1/2f, 1:20.

August 14: Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc.: Churchill Downs Racing Club's Distant Shore easily wins debut at Indiana Grand

The stands were a little fuller, the excitement was a little higher and the cheers were a little louder Tuesday, August 14 during the sixth race at Indiana Grand. The race included first time starter, Distant Shore, who is owned by the Churchill Downs Racing Club. Approximately 75 members of the Club made the trip to Indiana to watch their horse race and break his maiden in the $31,000 two-year-old maiden race going 5 0.5 furlongs.

"This is our first time in the Racing Club and our first time to Indiana Grand," said Linda Willett of Louisville, Kentucky. "My gosh, this is just unbelievable and I am thrilled to death. We were going to the races a lot this spring at Churchill and we got a letter in the mail so my husband and I decided to try it out. And Gary Palmisano has been so awesome with communicating the information about Distant Shore."

Willett said her first encounter with Distant Shore was a "meet and greet" at the barn of Tom Amoss. There, she not only met the horse and the trainer, but she also met Palmisano, the Racing Club Manager, who was also in attendance for the debut of Distant Shore.

"We have 200 owners who put up $500 each to be in the Churchill Downs Racing Club," Palmisano said. "This is Club Number 6. This is our first Club with Tom Amoss. We have people here from everywhere to watch, including Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky and we even have people watching online from Connecticut. It's open to people everywhere across the nation."

The members of Churchill Downs Racing Club No. 6 will have Distant Shore through the duration of his career. If he makes enough earnings, the Club will purchase another horse when Distant Shore is no longer racing for the ownership club.

One owner of Distant Shore is Gina Rodriguez of Kokomo, Indiana, who is also a two-time owner in Indiana Grand's racing club, Grand Gesture Stable.

August 14: Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc.: BRIS Speed Stakes Ratings August 6-12

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/6-8/12) - 3&up Dirt Routes Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed Tricky Escape 5M 1 1/4m (ft) SAR 8/12 Fasig-Tipton Waya S. 107 Calgary Caper 7G 1 1/8m (ft) HST 8/6 British Columbia Cup Classic H. 97 Champagne Problems 4F 1m (ft) ELP 8/12 Groupie Doll S. 97 Mywomanfromtokyo 5M 1m 70y (ft) PRM 8/11 Donna Reed S. 97 Barkley 5H 1m (ft) EMD 8/12 Longacres Mile H. 94 Reginella 4F 1 1/8m (ft) EMD 8/12 Emerald Distaff H. 93 Decorated Soldier 5G 1 1/16m (ft) WO 8/12 Seagram Cup S. 92 One Fine Dream 5G 1 1/16m (ft) PRM 8/11 Governor Terry E. Branstad S. 91 Sir Bronx 5G 1 1/16m (ft) NP 8/11 Westerner H. 90 Dugaboy Brown 5G 1 1/8m (ft) ARP 8/12 Arapahoe Park Classic S. 89 Plentiful 4G 1 1/16m (ft) ASD 8/11 Monsoon Rain S. 89 Notis the Jewell 5M 1 1/16m (ft) HST 8/6 British Columbia Cup Distaff H. 85 Shanghai Starlet 3F 1m (gd) GP 8/11 Panama City S. 82 Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/6-8/12) - 3&up Dirt Sprints Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed Altissimo 5G 6f (ft) TDN 8/11 Honey Jay S. 101 Curlin's Approval 5M 6f (ft) GP 8/12 Sugarloaf Key H. 101 Yuvetsi 4F 6 1/2f (ft) DMR 8/12 Rancho Bernardo H. 96 Always Sunshine 6H 6f (ft) SAR 8/10 Tale of the Cat S. 95 Itsallaboutyou 7G 6f (ft) PRM 8/11 Dan Johnson Sprint S. 95 Laki 5G 7f (gd) LRL 8/12 Polynesian S. 95 Amapola 4F 5 1/2f (ft) MTH 8/11 Incredible Revenge S. 85 Mrshakey 10G 4 1/2f (ft) WYO 8/11 Parker Speed S. 83 Sea Harbor Go 7M a5f (ft) TIL 8/8 OTOBA Miss. Tillamook County Purse S. 68 Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (8/6-8/12) - 3&up Turf Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed Voodoo Song 4C 1m (gd) SAR 8/11 Fourstardave H. 100 Ritzy A. P. 4C 1 1/16m (fm) SR 8/11 Joseph T. Grace H. 99 Cordiality 5M 1m (fm) DMR 8/10 Solana Beach S. 96 Daring Duchess 6M 1 1/2m (gd) WO 8/11 Flaming Page S.

August 14: Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc.: Top BRIS Class Ratings August 6-12

Horse Track Dist(Cond) Date BRIS Class Tricky Escape SAR 1 1/4m (ft) 8/12 121.2 Instagrand DMR 6f (ft) 8/11 121.2 Patternrecognition SAR 7f (gd) 8/11 121.1 Champagne Problems ELP 1m (ft) 8/12 121.1 Yuvetsi DMR 6 1/2f (ft) 8/12 121.0 Robert Bruce (CHI) AP 1 1/4m (fm) 8/11 120.8 Voodoo Song SAR 1m (gd) 8/11 120.8 Sue's Fortune SAR 6 1/2f (gd) 8/11 120.6 Inspector Lynley SAR 1 1/16m (gd) 8/11 120.6 Moon Gate Warrior MTH 1 1/4m (ft) 8/11 120.6 Browse SAR 5 1/2f (ft) 8/12 120.5 Miss. Avalon PRX 1m 70y (ft) 8/7 120.2 Sistercharlie (IRE) AP 1 3/16m (fm) 8/11 120.1 Ticonderoga SAR 1 1/16m (yl) 8/9 120.0 Altissimo TDN 6f (ft) 8/11 120.0

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August 11: Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc.: Carrick sticks it to Analyze It, wins Secretariat

It was a classic win-the-battle-lose-the-war scenario for Secretariat Stakes (G1) favorite Analyze It, who put away Real Story and Hunting Horn before being collared in the final furlong by Carrick.

Jockey John Velazquez was aboard Carrick for the second time after a troubled trip in the Kent Stakes (G3). The Racing Hall of Fame rider said the plan today from trainer Tom Morley was to stay close but in the clear. The plan paid off, and Carrick ran past Analyze It even after that one put away pacesetter Real Story and presser Hunting Horn.

"How about our team of Morley and Velazquez," said a beaming Jerry Crawford, principal of the Donegal Racing partnership that campaigns Carrick. "We were confident that he'd run well but knew it was a tough field. We thought we had a shot if we fired our best shot."

That shot came as a longshot, as Carrick was dismissed as a 38-to-1 chance, but really, he and 4-to-5 favorite Analyze It were the only two threats to win in the late stages of the race.

"I didn't want to let (Analyze It or Hunting Horn) get away from me, so I asked my horse a little bit to keep up and knew I was in a spot that if I had horse left I could win," Velazquez said. "He had a ton of trouble in his last start but today was clean and did very well. I knew if we could get to Analyze It we could win."

It was the third consecutive runner-up performance as the favorite for Analyze It, who previously had been defeated by Catholic Boy in the Pennine Ridge (G3) and Belmont Derby (G1).

"I thought it was a solid effort considering we were there with the speed and put them away," trainer Chad Brown said of Analyze It. "We overtook them but didn't have enough left to fight off the winner."

The $78.20 win payoff on Carrick is the highest by far since at least 1992. It is the second win in this race for Donegal, which won with Paddy O'Prado in 2010.

"I told everyone we can be world champion for a day if we win today," Crawford said.

August 07: Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc.: Top BRIS Class Ratings July 30-August 5

Horse Track Dist(Cond) Date BRIS Class Diversify SAR 1 1/8m (sy) 8/4 125.8 Bellafina DMR 6f (ft) 8/5 121.7 Separationofpowers SAR 7f (ft) 8/4 121.2 Mr. Freeze MNR 1 1/8m (ft) 8/4 121.2 Aztec Sense PRX 1m 70y (ft) 7/30 120.8 Golden Mischief MNR 6f (ft) 8/4 120.7 Hence ALB 1 1/8m (ft) 8/4 120.7 Uni (GB) SAR 1m (sf) 8/4 120.5 Leofric MNR 1 1/16m (ft) 8/4 120.4 Your Love SAR 7f (ft) 8/1 120.4 Sandy'z Slew SAR 5 1/2f (sf) 8/5 120.3 Sal the Turtle SAR 6 1/2f (ft) 7/30 120.2 Cambodia DMR 1 1/16m (fm) 8/4 120.1 Someday Jones PEN 1 1/16m (ft) 8/4 119.9 Winston's Chance SAR 7f (gd) 8/5 119.8

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August 07: Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc.: BRIS Speed Stakes Ratings July 30-August 5

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/30-8/5) - 3&up Dirt Routes Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed Leofric 5H 1 1/16m (ft) MNR 8/4 West Virginia Governor's S. 103 Diversify 5G 1 1/8m (sy) SAR 8/4 Whitney S. 101 Hence 4C 1 1/8m (ft) ALB 8/4 Downs At Albuquerque H. 98 Big Dollar Bill 4G 1 3/4m (ft) SAR 8/2 Birdstone S. 97 Realm 5G 1 1/8m (ft) SAR 8/5 Alydar S. 96 Someday Jones 5H 1 1/16m (ft) PEN 8/4 Robellino S. 93 K P Wildcat 5M 1m (ft) ALB 8/4 Albuquerque Distaff H. 90 River Deep 4C 1m (ft) LRL 8/4 Hansel S. 85 Paulita 3F 1m (ft) LRL 8/4 William M. Backer S. 76 Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/30-8/5) - 3&up Dirt Sprints Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed P Boo 4F 6f (ft) LAD 8/4 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint S. 100 Golden Mischief 4F 6f (ft) MNR 8/4 West Virginia Secretary of State S. 99 Your Love 4F 7f (ft) SAR 8/1 Shine Again S. 98 Heartwood 4C 6f (ft) MNR 8/4 Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial S. 97 Monte Man 5G 6f (ft) LAD 8/4 Louisiana Cup Sprint S. 97 Warleigh 7G 4 1/2f (ft) MNR 8/4 West Virginia Legislature Chairman's Cup S. 89 Altamura 3F 5 1/2f (ft) LRL 8/4 Camptown S. 86 Desert Wonder 5G 6f (sy) SUF 8/4 MA Stallion S. 86 Homespun Hero 5H 5 1/2f (ft) LRL 8/4 Meadow Stable S. 83 Unstoppable Colby 7G 6 1/2f (ft) GPR 8/5 Sprint Series Third Leg S. 79 Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (7/30-8/5) - 3&up Turf Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed Sandy'z Slew 8G 5 1/2f (sf) SAR 8/5 Troy H. 99 Uni (GB) 4F 1m (sf) SAR 8/4 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose S. 99 Cambodia 6M 1 1/16m (fm) DMR 8/4 Yellow Ribbon H. 98 Go On Mary 4F 5f (fm) DMR 8/3 Daisycutter H. 98 Fiesta 4F a5f (yl) SUF 8/4 Jill Jellison Memorial Dash S. 97 I'm Betty G 4F 1m (fm) ELP 8/5 Kentucky Downs Preview Ladies Turf S. 96 The Tulip (IRE) 5M 1 1/16m (fm) SR 8/4 Luther Burbank H. 95 Jazzy Times 5G 5 1/2f (fm) ELP 8/5 Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Sprint S.

August 06: Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc.: The state of Eclipse Award races three months out from Breeders' Cup

We're about three months away from the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs, a weekend that should decide most divisional championships that are still undecided at that time.

As usual, early August is far too early to speculate on either of the juvenile races. However, each week brings ever more clarity on other divisions. Here's how we see things at this juncture.

Three-Year-Old Male: Justify, of course, clinched this honor with his Triple Crown coronation on June 9. Monomoy Girl strolled clear of Midnight Bisou in the Coaching Club American Oaks (Photo by NYRA/Coglianese/Chelsea Durand)

Three-Year-Old Filly: Monomoy Girl obviously has a big (perhaps insurmountable) lead with consecutive wins in the Rachel Alexandra (G2), Ashland (G1), Kentucky Oaks (G1), Acorn (G1), and Coaching Club American Oaks (G1).

Dethroning her is made less easy by her likely absence from the August 18 Alabama (G1). Would-be rivals for the honor will at most have two more opportunities to do so, presumably the Cotillion (G1) and Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1). For a rival like Midnight Bisou, who has already lost to Monomoy Girl twice this year, she'd have to win out.

Wonder Gadot has won the first two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, both restricted to Canadian-breds, and is bound for the Travers (G1), a race no filly has won in more than a century. A mild upset by her there would undoubtedly boost her credentials, but not enough to overtake Monomoy Girl unless she later makes amends for her Kentucky Oaks loss.

If she were to win the Alabama in the same style she won the Delaware Oaks (G3) and Black-Eyed Susan (G2), Red Ruby would become an interesting contender for the championship. She'd almost certainly accumulate fewer top-level wins than Monomoy Girl by season's end, but hasn't yet met the divisional leader and thus hasn't lost to her.

August 03: Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc.: Triple Crown winner Justify arrives at WinStar Farm

Recently retired Triple Crown hero JUSTIFY completed his cross-country trek on Wednesday from California, arriving in Kentucky via plane before boarding a van for the trip to his new home in Versailles with co-owner WinStar Farm.

"This is a horse of a lifetime," David Hanley, general manager of WinStar Farm, said upon Justify's arrival. "One of the best three-year olds I think I'm ever going to see."

Justify became just the 13th horse to sweep the famed Triple Crown comprised of the Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness Stakes (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1) when taking the latter event on June 9. The chestnut son of Scat Daddy also broke the "Apollo Curse" by becoming the first unraced juvenile since Apollo (1882) to win the Kentucky Derby.

Justify heads to the breeding shed with an unbeaten six-for-six mark, having accumulated $3,798,000 in career earnings.

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July 31: Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc.: North American Maiden Winners July 31

Awesome Patriot-Kool Charm by Eddington; KOOL PATRIOT, c, 2, MNR, Msw, 7-30, 4 1/2f, :54 2/5. B-Rebecca Roaden & Johnny Scott Roaden (KY.). Congrats-Win Crafty by Giant's Causeway; MAGGIE'S MOOSE, g, 2, PID, Msw, 7-30, 1m, 1:43. B-Woodford Thoroughbreds (KY.). Crossbow-Stephanies Wildcat by D'wildcat; CROSSBOW'S WILDCAT, f, 2, LAD, Msw, 7-31, 4 1/2f, :53 2/5. B-Keene Thoroughbreds, LLC (TX.). Kentucky Dane-Nesfield by Paynes Bay; DANEFIELD, g, 2, TDN, Msw, 7-31, 5 1/2f, 1:07 2/5. B-W. John Bourke, Jeff Barbee & James Kerins (OH.). Awesome Again-Happy Bird by Showing Up; CONSUBSTANTIAL, f, 3, FL, Mcl 7500, 7-31, 5 1/2f, 1:07 1/5. B-Filip Sterba (NY.). $20,000 '15 KEENOV; $22,000 2017 OBSAPR. Cape Blanco (IRE)-Davanti (IRE) by Danehill Dancer (IRE); MERLINS MUSE, f, 3, SAR, Mcl 40000, 7-30, 5 1/2fT, 1:04 3/5. B-W & T Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (NY.). Drosselmeyer-Queen of Mongolia by Dixie Union; DIAMOND DAVE, g, 3, FP, Mcl 4000, 7-31, 6f, 1:14 3/5. B-Mongolian Stable (KY.). Drosselmeyer-Sunrise Slew by Seattle Slew; DISTORTED SUNRAYS, f, 3, PID, Mcl 12500, 7-30, 1m, 1:40 1/5. B-Dr. K. K. Jayaraman & Dr. V. Devi Jayaraman (FL.). *1/2 to Sunrise Smarty (G3). Ice Box-Comanche Wind by Forestry; MY KINDA ICE, c, 3, MNR, Mcl 4000, 7-30, 1m, 1:45 1/5. B-Jeanne Bruce & Jim Taylor (KY.). $4,500 '15 KEENOV. Into Mischief-Elusive Honey by Elusive Quality; POP CULTURE, g, 3, LAD, Msw, 7-30, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. David Garner (KY.). $120,000 '16 KEESEP. *1/2 to Elusive Jozi ($263,336). Jersey Town-Roberto's Heat by Heatseeker (IRE); WORKIN ON A DREAM, c, 3, PRX, Msw, 7-31, 6f, 1:12 4/5. B-Joel Zamzow (KY.). $22,000 '16 KEESEP; $60,000 2017 OBSAPR. Mauk Four-City Prayer by Miesque's Son; UKNOWIAINTLYING, f, 3, LAD, Mcl 5000, 7-30, 5 1/2f, 1:08. B-Robert E. Hewlett (LA.). Nonios-Box Office Launch by Trajectory; MEDIA STORM, f, 3, FE, Mcl 6250, 7-31, 5 1/2f, 1:07.

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