Our Best Turf Routers Racing in Year 49

Name A S Source Sire Dam Dam Sire St 1st 2nd 3rd Earn Comments
Revelation Park 4 C Homebred Court of Miracles Sandstone Park Elysian Park 15 4 2 4 196k Grade 1 winner at 3
Split Tail 5 G Homebred Reithan Split and Tattered Tattered 17 5 5 2 163k Grade 1 placed at 3
Rock On 4 G Homebred Pierro Heart Mark Trafalgar 14 2 2 2 154k GPS SW at 2
Secret Aspects 5 G Homebred Secret of the Fox Attributes Fact Not Fiction 16 4 5 2 123k Multiple graded stakes placed
Subplot 3 F 2yo   2.0m  Sideshow Fond Farewell Xanduro 9 4 0 1 101k Stakes winner at 3



Our All Time Best Turf Routers

Name YOB S Source Sire Dam Dam Sire St 1st 2nd 3rd Earn Comments
MORNING BECOMES YR40 M SB 1.0m Barrons Eclectic Farscape 28 9 9 4 1037k G1 at 4 and 5, G3 at 6
REITHAN YR34 M SB   4.872m Andre Rockapella Frayed 29 9 7 7 828k Multiple graded SW, 92 fig
HEARTS RULE YR39 F Homebred Authentic Royalty Hearts Are Trumps Tattered 36 9 12 7 481k SW at 5, G2 at 6, W at 7
AUTHENTIC ROYALTY YR28 M Homebred Fact Not Fiction Queen of Aces Black Condor 21 7 2 4 401k Multiple G2 SW
SHEMSHAL YR37 M Ylg  2.5m Regulus Arcturus Frayed Edges Frayed 33 10 4 5 349k Graded stakes winner



Prior Notable Thoroughbred Turf Routers

Year 40 Dark Bay Thoroughbred Colt
(Barrons x Eclectic, by Farscape)
28: 9-6-4  $1,036,500

From the beginning, MORNING BECOMES seemed an unlikely candidate to retire as a top ten earner for Magic Raven Ranch.  He was acquired as a yearling at a Steward-bred auction for the relatively modest price of just over a million dollars.  A "stakes" galloper throughout his career, his 5f workout time was rather pokey, though his 6f time did hit the Top 50 for his age and gender.   He did show promise early on, and won his debut at Futurity Park and followed it up with a victory in a listed stakes.  But when he tried the Grade 1 Magellan, he was badly beaten.

At 3, MORNING BECOMES debuted with a third in a 8.5f Grade 3, and then was victorious in another Grade 3, when sent to Francce and stretched out to 10.5f.  He was kept at classic distances, and placed in his next three graded stakes, including a second in the Grade 1 Canadian Breeders Stakes.   He shipped to Japan to try the Grade Japanese St. Ledger Stakes, but could only beat one competitor in a six-horse field.

At 4, MORNING BECOMES debuted in the Middle East, and won a Grade 3 while being cut back to nine furlongs.  He shipped to Australia and competed in marathon events for his next three starts, but could only get a third in the Grade 1 Caulfield Cup.   He was then sent to Japan, where he finished the season with a surprising victory in the Grade 1 Hong Kong  Turf Cup at ten furlongs.

His 5yo season did not start well, with sixth place finishes in his first two efforts, both in Asia.  Then MORNING BECOMES turned in another stunner, and won the Grade 1 Abeno-ku Stakes by more than three lengths.  He shipped to Argentino to finish second in the Grade 1 Gran Premio Carlos Pelligrin, and then to Canada to be second in the Grade 1 Toronto International.  He returned to Japan to be third in the Grade 1 Japanese Fall Marthon.  He was well beaten, however, in his final start of the year, the Grade 1 Japan Trophy.

With over 800k in earnings, MORNING BECOMES was kept in training at age 6, with the hope of reaching millioinaire status.  That wasn't promising in his Year 46 debut, when he was off the board in a listed stakes in Japan.  He then accomplished a rare feat of wining two races in a row -- a listed stakes and a Grade 3.  He was shipped to New Jersey and badly beaten in the Grade 1 United Freedom Stakes.  A victory in a sponsored CA-bred stakes would get him to seven figures in earnings, and he was sent to the opposite coast, where he accomplished the feat, beating his four rivals by 6.5 lengths while running a career best 90 speed figure.   He stayed in California for his final start, where he was second in the Grade 2 Inglewood Turf Championship.

Having traveled much throughout his 4.5 seasons of racing, MORNING BECOMES was shipped a final time to South Africa, where he was retired to stud.
  Morning Becomes


Year 34 Bay Thoroughbred Colt
(Andre x Rockapella, by Frayed)
29: 9-7-7  $828,000

At the Steward-bred 2yo sale, going into Year 36, I decided to take the plunge and spend a lot of money.  So, for $4,872,000, I came away with the fifth highest priced horses in the sale, REITHAN, which was easily the most I'd ever paid for a horse.  It was a little disappointing that he only galloped "stakes", but I was determined to be patient with him, and to look upon him as a long-term stakes horse who was likely to have his best year at five or even six. 

REITHAN didn't debut until Week 11 of his juvenile year, and he placed in his first two starts.  When stretched out to 9f, he won easily with an encouraging 79 speed figure.  His 3yo season started with a NW3 victory over more accomplished horses.  He was then jumped up to Grade 1 company, and finished third, beaten less than a length, in the Grade 1 Brisbane Derby.  Shipped to Europe, he was was close second in a Grade 2, and then got his first stakes victory in the Grade 2 Cyprus Derby at 11f, scoring an 83 fig.  Next was the Grade 1 Irish Derby, where he ran an 86 figure, while beaten a nose and a neck.  I suspected at that point that he might have turned "scary good", but his next gallop didn't support that.  Though he was second of five in the Grade 2 Swiss Classics Derby, I went ahead and ordered his headshot.  The Steward sent me a brief message saying that the order had her "twitching with excitement". 

REITHAN received his headshot in time for his appearance in the Grade 1 English Champion Stakes against older horses, his final start of the season, where he was third.  At four, he only won twice, but perhaps ran his greatest races in losing efforts, including the Grade 1 Brisbane Trophy, where he lost by a neck, while scoring a 92 speed figure.  At five, he was more lackluster, and I was on the verge of reluctantly retiring him, when he ended the season with a game victory in a Grade 2.

When he turned six, despite the gallop scale being adjusted, he finally moved up to being "scary", and won his seasonal debut easily, in a Grade 3 with an 87 speed figure.  However, he could only place in stakes after that, and was retired to stud at the end of the season.  With $828,000 in career earnings, he was the fourth wealthiest horse ever campaigned by Magic Raven Ranch.  Ironically, with little interest from outside breeders, his only stakes winner at stud, thus far, is a turf miling son who earned over $2 million.

 I like the accuracy of his figure-8 in this headshot, and his long, rangy head gives him a unique character.


Year 28 Dark Bay Thoroughbred Colt
(Fact Not Fiction x Queen of Aces, by Black Condor)
21: 7-2-4  $400,750

This exciting colt got cooked in speed duals in both his 3yo Grade 1 efforts, but winning three Grade 2 races in a single season seemed to qualify just as well.  His 4yo season was disappointing in that it lacked a stakes victory, and he was retired to stud early in his 5yo year.  Despite few foals, he has sired Magic Raven's top turf route filly, multiple stakes winner Hearts Rule.  I love the purple browband, as nod to the RLM silks.  Also, it inadvertently ties to his name, since purple is often associated with royalty.  I love the "I'm a spirited racehorse!" look in ihs eye.  The stripe down his face came out particularly well, especially for this angle.  The sharp brightness of the lead chain and halter buckles are nice, too.

AUTHENTIC ROYALTY got almost no interest at stud, but he did sire Magic Raven's most successful female in the division, the multiple graded stakes winner Hearts Rule.

  Authentic Royalty



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