Sometimes the numbers sneak up on you. For example, Shug McGaughey had his best money-making season in nearly a decade, and his 63 wins from 372 start through November are the most since 1995. McGaughey will admit that the purses. His garage in New York and Kentucky has skyrocketed, but the winners don’t lie, as the coach continues to emphasize quality over quantity in a career that began in earnest in the 1980s. , with big-shouldered Thoroughbreds like Easy Goer, Seeking the Gold, Vanlandingham, and Individual Pennants.
celestial city the son of Uncle Mo owned and bred by Stuart Janney III, has been standing strong in the McGaughey stables this year with nine starts, nearly $350.00 earnings and a recent 2nd place win in the Hill Prince Stakes (G2T) on the field at Aqueduct race track. That 9-mile race was good enough to get the pony on a plane to Del Maron Saturday he will try to win the Hollywood Derby (G1T) from 10 opponents, including grass conversion Craftiness from the Todd Pletcher warehouse.
If the Derby feels like an East Coast field trip, invite two athletes from Graham Motion to accompany seven local athletes. The one-mile and one-eighth test has always been ready for invaders to take over, especially since it was rescued by Del Mar in 2014 from the ruins of Hollywood Park. Chad Brown has won three of the last six, plus another by Tony Dutrow in brilliant form. dream town . In the final extension at Hollywood Park, the Derby featured horses trained by John Gosden, Bill Mott, Barclay Tagg, Tom Bush and McGaughey himself, who won in 2004 with Good reward , son of the champion and Hall of Famer Heaven Award. Shug also trains her.
That’s pretty much on par for the McGaughey course. When a foal arrives at the door, it can often tell you everything about its mother, grandmother, and types of siblings. Celestial City is located outside the Malibu Moon mare Lunar Evening, who represents the third generation of women handled by McGaughey.
The star of the family, so far, has been Hymnbook half brother to Lunar Evening, who won Donn Handicap (G1) in 2012. McGaughey was asked if younger brother gives him similar vibes.
The hymn book in the winner’s circle after the 2012 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park
“The hymn book is a different story,” says McGaughey. “He ran really badly the first time, so I cut him off. He was back in his thirties on a lost track in Monmouth and he won. He ended up winning just one million dollars.
“Hopefully Celestial City can follow in his footsteps,” said McGaughey. “But Hymn Book is a dirt horse, and Celestial City told us from the start that he wanted grass. He is very good, physically fit and does well in his races. I was ready to retire after the race in Saratoga, but he told me he wanted to continue, and he ended up winning the Hill Prince.”
It’s no surprise that the coach is looking forward to a pitch campaign next year with Celestial City, who could join an army of McGaughey’s main characters early in the game.
“She’s resting a bit in Ocala right now, then we’ll bring her back next year,” the coach said. “Hopefully she’ll be good enough to compete in the grassy drag races around New York.”
At 71, McGaughey clearly shows no signs of slowing down. And why should he? Once the topic of Celestial Cities and other stable stars was settled, he did his best to tout the prospect of a pair of 2-year-olds starting this weekend in New York: Public Joe Allen’s hometown battlefield member by War front takes place on Saturday, while Courtlandt Farm’s Allamericanbeauty $700,000 is coveted by into naughty run Sunday.
Then, on Monday, December 5, McGaughey began his suspension.
Such a title is the rival of “The Man Who Bites the Dog”. McGaughey was quoted in Kentucky for a post-race test from the foal smoke exceed the allowable limit for acepromazine, a sedative that sometimes takes longer than the recommended withdrawal period. The test cost McGaughey $500 and a 30-day ban, which was later reduced to 15 days because his record was violated only three times since 1983.
“We did everything we could and couldn’t come up with an answer,” said McGaughey. “We asked our veterinarians here and in Kentucky as well as everyone in the warehouses in Belmont and Churchill Downs. We even went down to the blacksmith. The horse was hoofed the week before it was moved, and sometimes you’ll give a horse that’s behaving badly a sedation. But he doesn’t, and it won’t be acepromazine if he needs something. It will be something short term.
“So we don’t know what to say, but I’m not the one who’s going to appeal this or that,” added McGaughey. “Obviously, it’s in the horse’s system. I’ll take my lump and hope nothing like that happens again. I’m in Florida, so I guess I’ll just sit back and rest, make a few phone calls, play a little golf and maybe go fishing.”