Our Best Turf Milers Racing in Year 49

Name A S Source Sire Dam Dam Sire St 1st 2nd 3rd Earn Comments
The Acrobat 5 H SB  1.75m Gold Ship Signs of Success Star Sigs 22 7 7 4 743k  GPS stakes at 2, G1 at 3, SW at 4, G1 placed at 5
Renovation 4 C Homebred Choyaku Thompson Square Mark Twain 14 4 3 2 288k Grade 1 at 2, SW at 3
Adjusted Tactics 4 G SB (ph)  3m Old Majesty Tactical Regard Legionnaire 13 6 3 1 166k Stakes placed at 2 and 3, stakes winner at 4
Time Capsuled 3 F Homebred War Lock Messages Do No Harm 10 3 4 1 154k G1 placed at 2, stakes winner at 3
Bold Headline 6 G Ylg  75k Early Edition Black Giant Send in the Giants 24 4 8 7 142k Multiple G1 placed at 2
The Movement 4 F Homebred Chautauqua We The People Eohippus 17 5 6 2 147k G3 at 2
Decipher 4 G Homebred Pierro Beautiful Grin Silver Screen Star 15 5 3 1 156k GPS stakes at 2
Mother Italy 5 M Homebred Pierro Haradaspun Haradasun 20 3 5 3 122k Graded placed at 2 and 4
War Dancing 3 G Homebred War Lock Danced in Circles Speak in Rounds 9 2 0 2 119k GWC at 2
Warring Dawn 2 C Homebred War Lock Light of the Dawn Eohippus 3 3 0 0 112k G1 at 2
See the Magic 3 C Homebred See the Keys Magic Jungle Animal Kingdom 8 2 1 2 103k Stakes winner at 2

 

 

Our All Time Best Turf Milers

Name YOB S Source Sire Dam Dam Sire St 1st 2nd 3rd Earn Comments
WAR LOCK YR33 M Homebred Held High Performing Spells Performing Tricks 23 17 3 2 3312k SIMMY each year he raced; 10 G1 victories
MESSAGES YR41 F Homebred Do No Harm Magic Author Mark Twain 23 11 7 2 1569k European SIMMY at 2; multiple G1 at 3; G1 at 4; MGSW at 5
SIR ISAAC NEWTON YR 43 M SB   4.5m Declaration of War This Woman's Work Eohippus 23 9 8 1 1009k Swept GPS at 2, G3 at 3, G1 at 4, G3 at 5
SEATTLE SOUND YR41 F SB   2.1m Dr. Stawickery Z Karma Florida Keys 25 15 4 2 983k Multiple SW at 2, G1 at 3, G3 at 4, G1 at 5
THE ACROBAT YR44 M SB   1.75m Gold Ship Signs of Success Star Sigs 22 7 7 4 743k STILL RACING

 

 

 

Prior Notable Turf Milers

SIR ISAAC NEWTON
Year 43 Bay Thoroughbred Horse
(Declaration of War x This Woman's Work, by Eohippus)
23: 9-8-1  $1,009,000


SIR ISAAC NEWTON was the third most expensive purchase for MAgic Raven Ranch when the hammer fell at $4.5 million for the Steward-bred yearling auction of Year 43.  He was a "stakes" galloper that broke his maiden by three lengths with an 89 fig in London.  His first stakes try resulted in a length beating after much trouble, and he was shipped to the U.S., where he won both legs of the Game Point Sired Stakes.  He finished off his juvenile year with a fifth in the Steward's Cup.

SIR ISAAC NEWTON was shipped to Africa, where he spent his entire sophomore season.  His only victory was in a Grade 3, but he had three seconds in higher events, including the Grade 1 South African 2000 Guineas.  He remained in South Africa for his first three starts at 4, and took the Grade 1 Great White Plate.  He was sent to the South Pacific for the remainder of the season, and was first or second in all four starts.

At five, SIR ISAAC NEWTON took the Grade 2 Australian Mile, and then went to the UAE for a poor career effort in the Dubai Millenium Mile.  He finished up his career in England, where he won a sponsored game point sired stakes to become a millionaire, and was second in a Grade 2.  After all was said and done, he had finished first or second in 17 of 23 starts.  He was retired to stud in France.

  Sir Isaac Newton

 

MARIE DE MEDICI
Year 42 Bay Thoroughbred Filly
(Make My Own Luck x Golden Dawn, by Eohippus)
24: 10-6-5  $661,950


When top player Eric Nalbone held an auction of culled allowance yearlings, it was a no brainer that the turf milers had the best chance of financial success.  That becmae less unlikely, however, when I had to go to $400,000 to get MARIE DE MEDICI. 

Racing in Europe, she broke her maiden at first asking, in restricted company.  She was then second in two stsakes, including the Grade 2 English Rose Stakes.  She was shipped to Argentina for the Los Campeones, but was off the board.  Remaining in South America, she was third in a Grade 3, and then won an allowance race.  Back in stakes company, she got two placings, including a second in a Grade 2.   She was shipped to North America to run in two allowance races, and she won the second one to close out the season.  A gallop revealed that she had advanced to "stakes" level.

At four, MARIE DE MEDICI was shipped to Africa, and she proved the gallop improvement by getting her first stakes victory in a listed event.  She placed in her next three efforts, and then won the Grade 3 Mandera Handicap.  She was then shipped to Japan, where she got a third, and then closed out the season with three-length thrashing in the Grade 1 Japanese Mile.  It was tempting to retire her then, but it was decided to race one more season.  That proved to be a fortuitious decision.

At five, she was shipped to Europe, and won her seasonal debut.  She was second in a Grade 3, and then reeled off three victories in a row, on three different continents, two of which were graded.   She was shipped to yet another continent to close out her career -- the U.S. -- and was third in the Grade 1 Ladies Acadia Mile, before finishing poorly in the Steward's Cup.

MARIE DE MEDICI retired as the fifth most successful turf miler ever campaigned by Magic Raven Ranch, and had far surpassed her purchase price.  It was all the more promising for her second career when she was assessed to be a "star" broodmare.

  Marie de Medici

 

MESSAGES
Year 41 Bay Thoroughbred Filly
(Do No Harm x Magic Author, by Mark Twain)
23: 11-7-2  $1,569,000
YR43 European Champion 2YO Filly, YR44 European Champion 3YO Filly


Magic Author, a half-sister to War Lock, was the least accomplished of her dam's offspring on the track. However, she retired to be a "formidable" broodmare, and her first foal was a 300k+ earner.  She then went through a long string of disappointing offspring, before being bred to Do No Harm.  That mating resulted in the only Thoroughbred bred by Magic Raven Ranch to be given the relatively new gallop designation of "freak".  Named MESSAGES, she was given a charming and kind-looking headshot before she ever raced.

MESSAGES owned up to expectations at first asking.  She won her debut easily, scoring an 86 speed figure, and then took a listed stakes by a whopping eight lengths, while earning a 93.  She was second in the Grade 1 London Debutante, but turned the tables on that rival by taking the Grade 1 Paris Grand Criterium.  With the SIMMY championship sewn up for the region, she was shipped to the U.S. for the Steward's Cup, where she finished second.

MESSAGES was returned to Europe for her 3yo campaign, where she earned another championship.  She raced exlusively in Grade 1 company and won three of five starts.  She then made another attempt at the Steward's Cup, and was third, beaten less than a length.  At four, she was badly beaten in the inaugural Pegasus Turf Mile against males, and then was shipped to South Africa, where she took the Grade 1 Gold Reef Mile Stakes.  It was then back to the U.S., where she finished second in the Grade 1 Inglewood Mile.  She remained in North America to finish second in a pair of Grade 2s, and then was off the board in the Steward's Cup.

At five, MESSAGES raced most of the season in Europe, where she won a trio of Grade 3 races, and was second in a listed race.  A race was sponsored for her in Alaska, which she won easily.  She then finished off her career by running fifth in the Steward's Cup. She retired as the fifth most successful horse ever campaigned by MAgic Raven Ranch.  It was thrilling when the Bloodstock Agent announced her to be a "blue hen" broodmare.


  Messages

 

SEATTLE SOUND
Year 41 Gray Thoroughbred Filly
(Dr. Stawickery x Z Karma, by Florida Keys)
24: 15-4-2  $982,500
It was probably to SEATTLE SOUND's advantage that she was in the same crop as stablemate MESSAGES (above), as what she lacked in earnings, she made up for with consistency, and retired as one of the most winning horses in Magic Raven's history.  She was a $2.1 million Steward-bred juvenile and a "stakes" galloper.  She debuted in Argentina with an easy MSW victory.  She went to California for a trio of stakes, and won two Grade 3s.  She finished the season well-beaten in the Steward's Cup.

SEATTLE SONG's 3yo season was outstanding, as she won five of six starts, with victories on three continents, and concluding the season by taking the Grade 1 Japense Mile.  At four, she continued her frequent travels, winning four of seven starts, and never off the board.  At five, she was well beaten in the Pegasus Turf Mile against males, and then won three races in a row, including the Grade 1 Nakayma Mile.   After two further starts, she retired to be a "formidable" broodmare.

 
  Seattle Sound

 

A TASTE OF RAIN
Year 42 Bay Thoroughbred Filly
(Rillian x A Spot of Light, by A Darker Day)
18: 6-7-1  $594,000
A TASTE OF RAIN was a 1.4 million Steward-bred auction yearling that was acquired on a pinhook for $3 million.  She was a "stakes" galloper that spent her juvenile season in Europe, where she won a listed stakes, and was second in two Grade 1 stakes to the division super star.  She was shipped to South America for most of her sophomore season, and won three of four starts, including the Grade 1 South African 1000 Guineas, which earned her a headshot.  She took a Grade 2 in Asia two races later, but was badly beaten in the Steward's Cup.

At 4, A TASTE OF RAIN spent most of the season in the South Pacific, but couldn't find the winner's circle.  She could only place in three listed stakes and was retired at the end of the season. 
  A Taste of Rain

 

SPEAK IN ROUNDS
Year 33 Bay Thoroughbred Colt
(Florida Keys x Send Me Love, by Le Dauphin Noir)
18: 7-3-5  $471,500
Magic Raven Ranch has acquired more than 40 Steward-breds at auction, but this boy is the only one that had a message from the Steward in the notes, and it was "Love This!"  I thought it was referring to the pedigree, though it was only a B- nick.  She later told me that she was referring to his name.  In any case, SPEAK IN ROUNDS got right to work with winning races, though he was forever doomed to be considered a lesser horse than his "scary" stablemate, homebred War Lock.  However, when the two met as undefeated rivals in the Steward's Cup Juvenile Turf, it was SPEAK IN ROUNDS that earned purse money, managing to get up to fifth while still scoring a 77 speed figure.  He got back to winning stakes races in his first start at three, and closed out the season with a close second in the Grade 1 Birthday Candles Stakes.  At 4, he was a Grade 3 stakes winner by mid season, but had lost his closing kick by his final two starts, and was retired to stud. 

While never popular in the shed, SPEAK IN ROUNDS did have a repeat patron in The Steward, and her two foals by him both became Grade 1 stakes winners, including millionaire filly With the Twilight.  Through Year 45, he had an amazing 10% stakes winners, 85% winners, and average earnings of more than $62,000.

Ilike his studious appearance in this headshot, and especially the white that extends over his muzzle.
  Speak in Rounds

 

 

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