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Purebred Woodford program enhanced by quarantine

isolation Florida’s half-brother Mark Valeski . Meydan horse. The 5-year-old boy rushed home to win, leaving his opponent 5 1/2 distances ahead in a one-turn land race.

Shannon Machholz, Woodford’s director of marketing and customer relations, said: “As Mark Valeski retired from racing, people from Airdrie Stud, Brereton Jones and his son, Brett, approached John Sykes; they thought he would be a good fit for the Florida market.” Purebred said. “(They) wanted us to consider standing him on the ranch. At the time, Woodford was standing a few stallions.

“After looking at him, Mr. Sykes decided he wanted to have him on the farm, and he wanted to continue buying stalls as well. Our philosophy was, ‘If we’re going to own a stallion. , we’ll support it.'”

Mark Valeski initially stood at the Purebred Woodford before returning to his racing relationships, Airdrie Stud, in Kentucky to stand.

Hip 357, John Sykes, shipper, OBS March 2021 Sale
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Woodford’s operations have two properties, one in Kentucky and the other in Florida. Isolate was born on Woodford’s 1,000-acre farm in Florida from Unbridled’s Song mare Tranquil.

“It’s great to be able to say that a Florida-bred, Florida-bred, ranch-based horse can succeed and compete on the highest stage,” said Macholz. “Mr Sykes is pleased to be able to say that his farm horse was a success after (the operation).”

Isolate was chosen to shine at Keeneland’s November 2018 Breeding Sale as her breeder’s weaner.

“When we sold Isolate as a short-term teenager, we thought he was a good individual, and we’re taking him to Kentucky to try and keep an eye on him more in the future,” Macholz said. industry,” Macholz said. “Mark Valeski has performed very well on the track, and we’re confident in explaining exactly who he is and promoting the Mark Valeskis we’re selling in Kentucky.

“This pony is beautifully packaged; it’s extremely well proportioned, long-legged and has a good look. We love showing it to people, says Mark Valeski, and Jimmy Gladwell was one of those who did. meet it.”

Dean Reeves of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing purchased the weaner for $70,000 in November of that year.

“Jimmy (the buyer for Reeves) is from Florida, so it wasn’t too difficult for us to sell him the stallion, he knows him well and he also has a great eye for horses. overjoyed to get $70,000 for the horse when he sold it,” recalls Machholz. “Selling him was the purpose and getting more attention to the horse. If we left him and sold him at OBS, it would be a market in Florida, there’s a chance someone wants to hook a needle and we feel like this isn’t the pony crochet. He’s an end-user type horse, and that’s what he’s become.”

Trainer Katherine Ritvo saw the horse through her first steps on the oval, where the foal will win her debut at Gulfstream Park at the age of 2 before running into Nashua Stakes (G3) falling on the third start.

Isolate wins Tale of the Cat Stakes Wednesday, August 10, 2022 in Saratoga
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Isolate was led by owners Patti and Dean Reeves to the winner’s ring after winning the Saratoga Tale of the Cat Stakes Racecourse in 2022

The next year at age 3, Isolate was on the board in three of his four races, all at six or 6 1/2. He moved into Tom Amoss’ barn for the final two starts of 2021, ending the season with a four-match win in a claimant for the six-mile allowance option at Fairgrounds. In 2022 at the age of 4, he won the All Week Work Share and the Cat Story Share, and was also the runner-up in the Louisville Thoroughbred Society Stakes.

From November 2022 until its first start this year in Dubai, the horse changed hands, sold to RRR Racing (Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi) and assigned to new trainer Doug Watson. Meydan Racecourse has proven to work in his favor; he finished 2nd in both Al Shindagha Sprint (G3) and Mahab Al Shimaal (G3) to prepare for the win in group 2 on March 25th.

“As a commercial operation, our goal is to get these graded horses and when that happens it enhances our program but also provides an affirmation that we are trying trying to do the right thing. Achieving success, that’s one of the things that doesn’t happen.’ It doesn’t happen very quickly. Sometimes you have to be patient,” Machholz said.

“I think that has a lot to do with the key to his success; he used to be a super nice and steadfast horse. Maybe now that he’s five years old and fully grown, he’ll be the main one. myself, this wouldn’t surprise me when breeding it.”

Purebred Woodford continued to sell Tranquil Song during the Keeneland November 2018 Sale but still considers her part of the family because her new owner, Beth Bayer, was a former Sykes sales manager. The mare gave birth to seven race-age horses with six winners. Isolate is her best pony to date, but a Cloud computing 3 years old, My Aunt Snookie , is poised to attract attention with similar ties to Reeves Thoroughbred Racing owner and coach Amoss. The Dirty currently holds the 2-1-0 record after five starts. The mare is 2 years old attractive pony and a pony tacitus both were bred by Bayer in Florida.

Earlier this year, two horses bred by Woodford Thoroughbreds won the distinction of graded/group bets: Kentucky Derby contender (G1) Missiles can , winner of Holy Bull Stakes (G3); And Mimi Kakushi winner of the UAE Oaks (G3).

Isolation, Tyler Gaffalione, Godolphin Mile, track, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai UAE, March 25, 2023, Mathea Kelley
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