Racing Roundup: McGaughey Wins #2,000; Derby Dreamers Earn Points

Gulfstream Park Replay Show March 3, 2018 Credits: Gulfstream Park
Shug McGaughey and the Phipps Family Stable, celebrate the trainer's 2,000th win after Gulfstream Park's $200,000 guaranteed, Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes on March 3, 2017. Credits: Adam Coglianese | Gulfstream Park
Fly So High races on the far outside in Gulfstream Park's $200,000 guaranteed, Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes on March 3, 2018. Credits: Andie Biancone | Gulfstream Park
Fly So High wins Gulfstream Park's $200,000 guaranteed, Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes on March 3, 2018. Credits: Adam Coglianese | Gulfstream Park
Fly So High wins Gulfstream Park's $200,000 guaranteed, Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes on March 3, 2018. Credits: Adam Coglianese | Gulfstream Park
Fly So High wins Gulfstream Park's $200,000 guaranteed, Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes on March 3, 2018. Credits: Kenny Martin | Gulfstream Park
Fly So High wins Gulfstream Park's $200,000 guaranteed, Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes on March 3, 2018. Credits: Lauren King | Gulfstream Park
Fly So High wins Gulfstream Park's $200,000 guaranteed, Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes on March 3, 2018. Credits: Leslie Martin | Gulfstream Park
Midnight Disguise wins Aqueduct's $200,000 Busher Stakes on March 3, 2018. Credits: Joe Labozzetta | NYRA

Claude R. McGaughey, III is his name. To his legion of his friends and fans around the race track he is simply known as “Shug.”

The Hall of Fame trainer added another milestone to an all-star career when he sent out Fly So High for his lifelong clients, the Phipps Family Stable, to win Gulfstream Park's $200,000 guaranteed, Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes Saturday afternoon.

When the 3-year-old filly crossed the finish line a 3-length winner, she earned 50 qualifying points for the May 4 running of Churchill Downs', Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and she became her trainer's 2,000th lifetime winner in a career that began in 1979, the same year Davona Dale won racing's Triple Tiara for fillies and was named the Eclipse Award winner for 3-year-old fillies.

Sign Up for E-News

McGaughey's big break came in 1986 when Ogden Phipps hired him to train his stable of classically-bred horses. Along the way, although his list of champions shows both sexes and all ages, he became known as the trainer of award winning fillies. McGaughey trained females that captured four runnings each of the Spinster, Alabama, Beldame and Bonnie Miss Stakes.

The 67-year-old McGaughey scored a very difficult triple by training Personal Ensign to win the Breeders' Cup Distaff. He had a double when her daughter, My Flag won the race and notched the triple when her daughter, Star Flag Flying, also won.

He joined the list of Kentucky Derby winners when Orb galloped home in 2013. He also owns the trainer's trophy that came with Easy Goer's win in the 1989 Belmont Stakes.

Fly So High is one of the few fillies the Phipps Family did not breed. The daughter of Malibu Moon from the Quiet American mare Quiet Flight was purchased out of the 2016 Keeneland September Sale for $675,000.

After finishing third in her first asking, the bay filly broke her maiden at Aqueduct in November and then won an allowance at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 4.

She became a stakes winner when her regular rider, Eclipse Award winner Jose Ortiz, kept her just off the pace set by the eventual runner up, Take Charge Paula, early on in the Davona Dale. Ortiz kept his patience intact when Alter Moon took the lead passing the half mile pole.

He sent Fly So High after the leaders around the far turn. She widened out to a 3-length win at the wire at odds of 7 to 5. Take Charge Paula and Paco Lopez were second with Heavenhadmynikki and Irad Ortiz, Jr. another three parts of a length back in third. The Longines teletimer stopped in 1:38.69 after the mile trip out of the chute around one turn on a fast track.

The win for Fly So High gives her a record of three wins from four starts. The Gulfstream check boosts her earnings to $190,180 for the Phipps Family.

Post race press conferences were not on McGaughey's agenda. Shortly after Fly So High crossed the finish line, Ortiz aborted her gallop out and pulled her up before entering the club house turn. The rider said “She just felt a little funny.”

Before the running of the Mac Diarmida Stakes, Caton Bredar told her TVG audience McGaughey reported to her Fly So High “cooled out just fine.” The trainer felt Ortiz' quick pullup was “precautionary.”

New York-based jockeys and trainers dominated the 14-race afternoon and finished with The featured Fountain of Youth, a prep for the Florida Derby, being run as the sun was setting over the Florida mainland.

Irad Ortiz, Jr., Jose's older brother, won the third race with Amace, the 4th with Holy Helena for trainer Jimmy Jerkens and the Grade 3 Canadian Turf with Hogy for Michael Maker.

In addition to his win with Fly So High and Promises Fulfilled, Jose Ortiz took the honors with The Way I Am for trainer Graham Motion and a maiden special with Hoffburg for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.

Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez scored a riding double when he won the Sand Springs Stakes with Team of Teams for Jimmy Jerkens and the Palm Beach Stakes with Maraud with for mega trainer Todd Pletcher.

At the Big A...

After bouncing off the starting gate and being bumped by rival Gypsy Jane, Dr. William B. Wilmot and Dr. Joan M. Taylor's home bred Midnight Disguise stormed down the stretch, made the lead 70 yards out and came away a 1-1/4-length winner in Aqueduct's $200,000 Busher Stakes.

The 50 points the 3-year-old filly earned virtually assured the New York-bred daughter of Midnight Lute from the Yes Its True mare Thin Disguise a trip to the May 4 running of Churchill Downs', Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. A win earlier in the Big A's Busanda Stakes earned her ten points for a total of 60.

After recovering from a fifth place start in the six-filly race, jockey Trevor McCarthy started his advance from 5/16 out. When the field straightened away for the run for home, McCarthy went five wide to score the win over Sara Street and Dylan Davis who earned 20 Oaks points. My Miss Lilly and Manny Franco took third money and 10 points.

Midnight Disguise was clocked in 1:39.15 for the one mile, one turn race over a fast surface. She has now earned $257,600 for her owner-breeders.

Although a trip to the Oaks would be a first for the filly's New York-based trainer Linda Race, the next item on the Midnight Disguise agenda will be the mile and a furlong Gazelle on the Wood Memorial under card on April 7.

“We're pointing for the Gazelle,” the trainer said. “That would be the natural stepping stone to

Promises Fulfilled Wins Fountain Of Youth Stakes

Promises Fulfilled, racing for Robert Baron and trainer Dale Romans, made every call a winning one when he came out of the outside Number 10 stall, crossed over the field and settled on the front end of the $400,000, Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes, Gulfstream's primary prep for the March 31 $1 million, Grade 1 Florida Derby.

After repelling challenges from Strike Power, the eventual runner-up and 2-year-old Eclipse champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Good Magic, Promises Filled and his Eclipse Award winning jockey Jose Ortiz, galloped home with his fourth lifetime win from five starts and his first in stakes company.

Doing it all on his own, the son of Shackleford from the Marquetry mare Marquee Delivery held his challengers at bay until Ortiz asked him for more in the stretch and went on to win by 2-1/4 lengths at odds of 18 to 1.

After the race, Ortiz said Romans “Told me to go to the lead. That's what I did. He was right.” When asked if he had any concerns during the race, the rider said, “When he changed leads, he jumped right into the bit.”

Romans allowed, “I'm always nervous about one making his first start of the year.” And, he said, “With the outside box, I told him to push the gas and go.”

The trainer acted as buyer's agent for owner Baron when he took Promises Fulfilled out of the Keeneland 2016 September sale for a bargain $37,000. Romans explained, “His daddy was good to me.”

The “Daddy” (Shackleford) was the winner of the 2011 Preakness and a handful of other major stakes.

When asked for his future plans, Romans was quick to say, “He likes this track. We might as well come back for the Florida Derby...” where he is sure to get bet down to odds at lot shorter than 18 to 1.

See more Equestrian news at

Find us on Facebook

Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox.

Download the FREE TAPinto App! Click here for Android - Click here for iOS to get news as it is happening.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Rockstar Racecar Tour To Stop in Bloomfield

July 9, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Rockstar Racecar, the Bloomfield based punk glam rock band, will take take from performing on the road to make two appearances in the township.

On Friday July 13, Rockstar Racecar will perform at the BRG at 54 Broad St at 5:45 p.m.

On Wednesday Aug 8, they will perform at Bloomfield Center Cruise Nights on Broad St at Bloomfield Ave at 7:30 p.m. 


Bloomfield Police vs. Firefighters at Annual National Night Out Softball Game Aug 7

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - It will be Bloomfield's Finest' against 'Bloomfield's Bravest' at the annual matchup of police versus firefighters at the National Night Out softball game Tuesday August 7 in Memorial Park.  

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, July 15, 11:00 AM

The Eclectic Chic Boutique, Montclair

Grand Opening of The Eclectic Chic Boutique


Mon, July 16, 1:00 PM

Whole Foods Market - West Orange, West Orange

West Orange Emergency Blood Drive - 1st 30 donors ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Tue, July 17, 2:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Rizzo’s Wildlife Discovery

Education Green


Tue, July 17, 7:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair


Arts & Entertainment

Wed, July 18, 10:00 AM

Cancer Center Resource Room, Belleville

Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease Support ...

Health & Wellness


Wed, July 18, 10:00 AM

Paterson Board of Education , Paterson

Teacher Job Fair


Bloomfield Police Department Blotter June 25 to July 1, 2018

July 6, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The following police blotter has been issued by Lt. Anthony Sisco of the Bloomfield Police Department.


6/26/18- Robert Jimenez Age 37 of Paulsboro, NJ-Officers were dispatched to 60 Orange Street (Home Depot) on report of a shoplifter in custody. Mr. Jiminez was observed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise valued at $417.00. He was ...

Ironbound Residents Plea for Parking at Zoning Board Meeting

July 15, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The city zoning board of adjustment yesterday approved variances for one of three new residential Ironbound developments despite a group of residents voicing concerns over parking.

The board approved variances for YK Group Development Consulting, based in Newark and Lakewood, to build a four-story 28-residential unit development at 526-532 Mulberry St. with 16 on-site parking ...

Nutley Police Rescue Woman Locked in Burger King Restaurant

NUTLEY, NJ - Officers from the Nutley Police Department responded to a 911 call on Sunday at 5 a.m. from a woman who was locked in the Burger King restaurant off Franklin Ave.

The woman fell asleep in the ladies room sometime prior to closing and woke up only to find all of the employees gone and the doors locked. 

Nutley police responded and entered the building to allow her to leave.

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Presbyterian Church Steeple, a Roxbury Landmark, Gets Overdue Attention

ROXBURY, NJ - The long-sought restoration of the iconic, but decaying steeple atop the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna is underway.

Using a massive hydraulic boom lift, workers from Main Street Custom Homes and Remodeling of Succasunna, got a close-up look today at the 165-year-old structure. The company, headquartered a few doors away, is volunteering the project management ...

Belmar: Hub of Fun from Dawn to Dusk on July 18

July 15, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — From sandcastles to classic cars, Belmar will be hosting two marquee events on Wednesday, July 18.

While the 32nd Annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest will converge upon the beachfront during the day, Belmar Cruise Night will move onto Main Street in the evening. Here’s a look at each destination event.

Sandcastle Contest: Begins at 8 a.m. at 18th Avenue ...

Festival of the Sea at St. Francis in Brant Beach August 8-12

BRANT BEACH - Everyone enjoys the excitement of a summer carnival.  It brings out the child in all of us.  Since 1975, St. Francis of Assisi Parish has been hosting the Festival of the Sea Carnival, annually.   The Festival of the Sea begins Wednesday, August 8, and continues through Sunday, August 12. The carnival will be open nightly (weather permitting) from 6:00 to ...

Entrepreneurs Continue Bloomfield's Centuries' Old Pioneering Tradition

July 5, 2018

To the Editor:

The initial patent for the land that would become Bloomfield Township was granted to the English Puritan colonists of Newark, and the area assigned to Essex County in 1675, and Newark Township in 1693. From the 1690s to about the 1720s, much of the northern and eastern land was sold to descendants of New Netherland colonists who had settled Acquackanonk, and the remainder mostly ...

Bringing Affordable Housing to New Jersey

It is no secret that the cost of living in New Jersey is among the highest in the nation. Coupled with a severe shortage of affordable housing, many of our residents struggle every day to make ends meet. The state would have to provide at least 155,000 new units of affordable housing by 2025 to meet the need for more housing.

Municipalities have not received guidance on how to create and ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July 12, 2018

WAYNE - Honey! Cancel our Aug. 9th anniversary dinner! I've got other plans! That's the night you can join this bozo and scores of others at "Lace," a Wayne "gentleman's club" where America's favorite tramp - Stormy Daniels - will strip live and in person. Stop at the bank, trade in your wad of 20s for stacks of singles.

Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)


If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...

The Anatomy of Escape by Mike Blue

The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure by Mike Blue (Available on Amazon)


Imagine that you could just say, “Chuck it,” and walk away from the bonds that keep you tied to what Mike Blue, author of The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure, defines as the restrictive Work-Consume-Die cycle. To most of us, becoming what Blue terms “a ...

The Death of Koko the Gorilla

Koko's Kitten, Koko's Story, The Eduction of Koko all by Dr. Francine Patterson


Last night when I heard about the death of Koko, the lowland gorilla who was educated to communicate through American Sign Language by Dr. Francine Patterson, I went numb with grief. I have followed the life of Koko, her two gorilla companions, Michael and Ndume, as well as Dr. Patterson for forty ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)


A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey

July 12, 2018

How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

We want to hear from you!

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you. 

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

Thank you.  We appreciate your support and ...

Starting and Managing Your own Small Business in New Jersey

UNION, NJ - Learn about what it takes to start a business in New Jersey - and what it takes to succeed at SCORE's seminar on July 19.  

The seminar takes place Thursday July 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Unity Bank 952 Stuyvesant Ave Union NJ 07083 

Space is limited, attendees are asked to register by July 16. 

This seminar is $35, which includes a copy of our ...

Butterfly Tent Safari Coming to Essex County Environmental Center

ROSELAND, NJ – The public can experience the “Butterfly Tent Safari” at the Essex County Environmental Center. The Butterfly Tent Safari is an interactive display where visitors can observe hundreds of butterflies while walking through a tent. It will be held as ...


Jun 10, 1983 - Jun 17, 2018
Ryan M. Lucas, 35 Proud Marine Veteran and Nutley Firefighter Ryan M. Lucas, a lifelong ...
Read more
Sep 4, 1943 - Jun 10, 2018
William “Bill” Tangorra, 74, of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away Sunday June 10, ...
Read more

The End of Jets Mini-Camp

After a week of crystal clear cerulean skies over 1 Jets Drive, the New York Jets just wrapped up their mandatory full squad mini-camp.

New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles held press conferences after practices last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Jets fans have lots of questions at this time of year on what to expect from their team this fall. The press questions covered a wide ...