Racing for Seth Klarman's Klaravich Stables and mega-trainer Chad Brown, Separationofpowers closed out Belmont's Breeders' Cup qualification on Oct. 8 with a win in the $400,000, Grade 1 Frizette for 2-year-old fillies.
The daughter of Candy Ride from the Empire Maker mare Shehadmefromhello was the best in a field of 10 fillies who were seeking an expenses-paid start in the $2 million, Grade 1 Breeders' Cup.
Jockey Jose Ortiz kept the bay filly within striking nuisance of the leaders until they reached the furlong pole. After drifting out during the run for the wire, Separationofpowers was corrected by the rider and finished 3-1/2 lengths ahead of Caledonia Road and Junior Alvarado. Maya Malibu and Javier Castelano were third another 8-1/2 lengths back.
Separationofpowers ran the one-turn mile in 1:38.66 over a Belmont track labeled “good” to record her second win from three starts and boost her purse earnings to $324,800.
Trainer Brown was asked to asses his fillies chances around the 1-1/16 miles and two turns of the Del Mar Turf Club's main track.
He replied, "We're confident. This horse always gave us the impression she would be better around two turns. You look at her pedigree and you look at her physically and how much she's grown through the course of this summer. I'm excited to get her around two turns."
Keenland hosts several ‘Win and You’re In’ races
As a result of 'Win-and-You're-In' races on the opening weekend of the Keeneland fall meeting, four horses are heading for Del Mar — some with stops at Churchill and one via Europe.
Suedois, the winner of the $1 million, Grade 1 Shadwell Mile will return to Europe with trainer David O'Meara before his expenses paid trip to Del Mar for the Nov. 4 running of the Breeders' Cup Mile.
Finley'sluckycharm, the winner of Keeneland's $250,000, Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America, accompanied trainer Bret Calhoun back to his home base at Churchill Downs before making her way to Del mar for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.
Free Drop Billy and trainer Dale Romans also went back to Churchill to await an Oct. 16 ride to Del Mar for the $2 millon, Grade 1 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile. They earned that trip with a win in the $500,000, Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity.
Zipessa, a 16 to 1 long shot winner of the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes, earned her way to Del Mar for a start in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Trainer Mike Stidham said after his filly's win he will keep Zipessa at Keeneland “as long as we can” before shipping West.
Bob Kulina Retiring From Monmouth Park
Saying, “It has been my honor and privilege to be associated with Monmouth Park for nearly my entire life,” Robert J. (Bob) Kulina, President of Darby Development, the operators of Monmouth Park, has announced his retirement from the race track effective New Year's Day, 2018.
Kulina, the son of a Throughbred trainer, grew up with horse racing.
After graduation from the University of Charleston in West Virginia in 1971, he worked in various capacities within racing until his appointment as racing secretary at Monmouth in 1977.
Under his auspices, Monmouth became the first major track to develop overnight stakes, a program that has become an industry standard.
Kulina became Monmouth's General Manager for Thoroughbred Racing in 1991. Shortly thereafter, he assumed that mantle at New Jersey's Meadowlands supervising Thoroughbred racing operations for the N.J. Sports and Exposition Authority until 2012.
As Monmouth's GM, he developed the Haskell Invitational into one of the sport's premier races and the next step to stardom for the 3-year-olds following the Triple Crown.
When the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association signed the lease for Monmouth Park in 2012, Kulina was named president of Darby Development, the track's managers.
“For the past six years, and decades before that, Bob has embodied everything that is good about Monmouth Park and horse racing in New Jersey,” said Red Bank, N.J. attorney Dennis Drazin who is Chairman and CEO of Darby.
“Through his stewardship, Monmouth Park and our racing brand have enjoyed exponential growth and continue to be a premier destination for horsemen and racing fans. I thank him for his years of service to this industry and his dedication to ensure its success for many years to come,” he said.
“The reality is that it’s time to embark on the next chapter of my life and enjoy it with my wife, Sue, and my children and grandchildren, Kulina said. “With the management team I’ve assembled, I know I leave Monmouth Park in good hands for many more generations to enjoy,” he said.
Meadowlands Ups Number of Turf Races
Based on encouraging betting numbers, the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands all-turf race meet increased its offering to eight races per night from what had been its usual five starting Oct. 7.
Through the first four Saturday's, M-at-M's average on-track handle is up 116% while simulcast betting is up 36%. Total handle is averaging $1.38 million per night.
Those increases can be attributed to field size which is up to 9.96 horses per race, a boost of 12.8%.
The M-at-M meeting continues Saturdays through October with a 7 P.M. post time. The Oct. 28 card will begin at 5:30 p.m.
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