Joanne Nor: Monday May 6, 2013 TDN Letter To The Editor
It is so refreshing and worthy that the Derby victory can go to a truly deserving team that allows the horse to dictate if he is ready to go in the Derby, and not a horse, who has been impatiently pushed beyond his growth limitations, in a hurry to make the Derby date. Orb is wonderfully bred, being a descendent of the great Ruffian, from the prolific sire line of A.P. Indy. Shug is one of the last of the great horsemen in racing from an era gone by when there was respect for the horse. It seems so many horses of today are simply treated as disposables. The lineage, and the owner/breeders of Orb have set the bar unusually high at a time when this industry needs a new hero. It wasn't just winning, it was the way he won on all levels. Superior jockey in Joel, superior training job, superior breeding, and just an all around team of consummate professionals. We need more of these old school leaders in our industry to carry on the sport of kings. Bravo!
"I bred, raised, raced and owned this filly's mother, grandmother and great grandmother. They were all on an organic feed program with filtered water and NO GMOS ". -- Joanne H Nor
FIRST LADY S. GI, $400,000, KEE, 10-5, 3yo/up, f/m,
1mT, 1:39 3/5, yl
1--BETTER LUCKY, 124, f, 4, by Ghostzapper;
1st Dam: Sahara Gold (GSW, $248,742), by
Seeking the Gold;
2nd Dam: Desert Stormer, by Storm Cat;
3rd Dam: Breezy Stories, by Damascus
O-Godolphin Racing LLC; B-Darley (KY); T-Thomas Albertrani; J-Julien R Leparoux. $240,000. Lifetime Record: 13-5-2-4, $828,950. *1/2 to Sahara Heat (A.P. Indy), GSW, $170,858. Werk Nick Rating: B.
2--Dayatthespa, 124, f, 4, City Zip--M'lady Doc, by Doc's Leader. ($50,000 yrl '10 TNAUG). O-Jerry& Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon & Bradley Thoroughbreds; B-Castellare DiCracchiolo Stable, Cracchiolo & Goldsher (NY); T-Chad C Brown. $80,000.
3--Daisy Devine, 124, m, 5, Kafwain--Devil's Dispute, by Devil's Bag. ($5,500 yrl '09 KEESEP). O-James M Miller; B-Reiley McDonald, Thomas Gaines & Olin Gentry (KY); T-Andrew McKeever. $40,000.
The Lexington skies opened up just before this event, but Better Lucky didn=t seem to mind the rain as she out-gamed Dayatthespa, who took the GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup over the course nearly a year ago when Better Lucky was third. Better Lucky finished off her sophomore season with another meeting with the QEII winner, belying 35-1 odds to take Betfair Hollywood Park=s GI Matriarch S. as Dayatthespa finished a nightmarish fifth. The Sheikh Mohammed homebred returned to be fourth--upgraded to third after Daisy Devine was later DQ=d for a medication violation in this venue's GI Jenny Wiley S. Apr. 13, and took to yielding turf when second to Stephanie=s Kitten (Kitten=s Joy) in Belmont=s GI Just a Game S. June 8. Better Lucky was coming off a third in Elmont=s GIII Noble Damsel S. Sept. 14, and was looking to provide her sire with a graded stakes double at Keeneland following Judy the Beauty=s exploits in the GII Thoroughbred Club of America S.
Content to travel in a distant fourth as Daisy Devine and longshot Winding Way (Malibu Moon) knocked heads up front, the
9-2 gamble tipped wide on the home bend as Dayatthespa took an inside path. The old adversaries disposed of Daisy Devine at the eighth pole, and inched away in the run to the line to prove best. AToday she was >Better Lucky,
offered Darley President Jimmy Bell.
ALast couple of times she=s been a little unlucky, took wide trips and ran great races. We=ve been
looking at this race for quite a while. Julien [Leparoux] gave her a great ride and [trainer] Tommy [Albertrani] had her to the minute tuned up
Better Lucky Best in Matriarch
Longshot Better Lucky (Ghostzapper) took advantage of a miscue by favored Dayatthespa (City Zip) and charged home to a one-length victory at 35-1 in Sunday=s GI Matriarch S. at Betfair Hollywood Park. The Godolphin colorbearer angled to the inside soon after the break and was tucked in at the rail racing in mid-pack around the first turn as Summer Soiree (War Front) set the pace with Dayatthespa in close attendance. Entering the backstretch, Dayatthespa jumped a shadow and nearly unseated jockey Javier Castellano, leaving Summer Soiree alone on the lead after a quarter in :23.35. Summer Soiree was five lengths in front after a half in :46.09 and still maintained a clear lead after three-quarters in 1:09.76. But Better Lucky loomed a menacing presence once tipped to the outside for the stretch run, and the bay filly stormed to the lead in the final furlong to win going away by one length. After her adventurous trip, Dayatthespa was fifth.
"This is certainly a great way to cap off the year", said Godolphin=s Jimmy Bell. Of Better Lucky, who was winning her second graded event, Bell added, "She very game, tries and is dead honest. She=s really blossomed, which gives us something to look forward to."
Better Lucky had hit the board in three of four starts since moving to the lawn this spring. The Godolphin colorbearer captured the May 28 GII Sands Point S. over the Belmont turf course before a runner-up effort in the July 25 GII Lake George S. Fifth, beaten 2 1/2 lengths, in the Aug. 19 GII Lake Placid S., she was coming off a third-place effort behind Dayatthespa in the Oct. 13 GI Queen Elizabeth II Cup. As for what is next for the Matriarch winner, Bell commented, AShe probably get a little vacation in Florida. There are some good spots to pick, but right now we=re just going to enjoy what she=s accomplished and how she=s kept
Better Lucky is out of Sahara Gold (Seeking the Gold), a graded stakes winner for Stonerside Stable. Acquired by Godolphin with the purchase of all the Stonerside horses in 2008, Sahara Gold has a Medaglia d Oro yearling filly and a Bernardini weanling colt. She is also the dam of graded stakes winner Sahara Heat (A.P. Indy). The 15-year-old mare RNA'd for $1.45 million as a Keeneland July yearling of 1998.
Cowboy Cal (Giant's Causeway x Texas Tammy by Seeking The Gold)
This stallion's mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother were owned by Joanne H Nor. They were given no drugs, fed organics and clean water for their diet.
Music Chart (Exchange Rate - Conchita, by Cozzene) wins UAE 1000 Guineas Trial (2 seconds of track record)
TB Daily News Jan 18, 2013
Music Chart opened with a promising half-length score going seven furlongs in a Newmarket maiden Aug. 24, but slipped to fourth when stepped up one panel for a Sept. 8 Ascot conditions test in her only other go next time. She was swamped by the pack after breaking smartly from the inside box in this return, and was rousted along to remain in touch through the early fractions. Making headway on the home turn, she loomed large wide of the field passing the two pole and ran on strongly under a power drive inside the final eighth to deny fellow Godolphin colorbearer Shuruq nearing the line. AWe thought she would run well and obviously the [Feb. 14 G3] Guineas itself is the next target but we also have a lovely filly called Lovely Pass (Ire) (Raven=s Pass) for that race as well.@ The winner is out of a half-sister to connections= G1 Fillies= Mile winner White Moonstone (Dynaformer) and hails from the family of GI Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Desert Stormer (Storm Cat).
BLACK ONYX WINS, PAYS UP (Joanne raised three generations of this gelding's female line)
(TDN March 24, 2013)
The deadline to make late entries to the Triple Crown was scheduled for 11:59 p.m., Eastern time, Saturday evening. With about six hours to spare, Black Onyx (Rock Hard Ten) was nominated to the series, a
decision made much easier by the gelding's 15-1 upset over ncaptured (Lion Heart) in the GIII Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Racing Spiral S. at Turfway Park.
Possessed of an either/or sort of pedigree, Black Onyx was ticketed for the turf for each of his first two career starts, but each time, the race was washed onto the main track. A debut second in a modestly rated affair at Belmont Oct. 11, the dark bay broke his maiden going Aqueduct's one-turn mile Nov. 11 before heading south for the winter. Fourth, but beaten 19 lengths in a main-track allowance won by Bradester (Lion Heart) Jan. 1, Black Onyx finally got his crack at the grass and made the most of the opportunity in his first start for Kelly Breen, scoring by 1 1/4 lengths Feb. 23, with yesterday's Rushaway S. hero Crop Report (Medaglia d=Oro) back in third.
Sluggish to begin, Black Onyx was about four or five wide leaving the stretch for the first time, as Mac the Man (El Corredor) led from Giant Finish (Frost Giant). Uncaptured was not far away in fourth and Black Onyx, though still a bit wide, got some cover behind Taken By the Storm (Stormy Atlantic). Still unable to get in, jockey Joe Bravo sent his mount four wide into the far turn and came to tackle Taken By the Storm at the head of the lane. He edged to the lead under a lefthanded stick nearing the eighth pole and plugged away gamely as Uncaptured gained inches late. Giant Finish rallied past Taken By the Storm for third.
HORSESHOE CASINO CINCINNATI RACING SPIRAL S.-GIII, $550,000, TPX, 3-23, 3yo, 1 1/8m (AWT), 1:51 4/5, ft. 1--BLACK ONYX, 123, c, 3, by Rock Hard Ten 1st Dam: Kalahari Cat, by Cape Town 2nd Dam: Desert Stormette, by Storm Cat 3rd Dam: Breezy Stories, by Damascus
($125,000 yrl '11 FTSAUG). O-Sterling Racing; B-Clover Leaf Farms II Inc (KY); T-Kelly J Breen; J-Joe Bravo. $317,130. Lifetime Record: 5-3-1-0, $407,810. *1/2 to Francois (Smarty Jones), SW, $130,334; Quality Council (Elusive Quality), GSP, $111,957.Werk Nick Rating: A.
Black Onyx Works at Churchill Downs...
GIII Spiral S. winner Black Onyx (Rock Hard Ten) breezed five panels in 1:00.60 at Churchill Downs in his first work since taking the Turfway Park Derby prep
Mar. 23. The Sterling Racing colorbearer worked to the outside of the Eddie Kenneallytrained Golden Gulch (Thunder Gulch) and Gombey Dancer (Dixie Union), covering fractions of :12.20, :24, :35.80, :48.20 and alloping out six furlongs in 1:14. "It looked good and he did everything right," trainer Kelly Breen said. "I couldn't have asked for a
better workout. We were looking for company and Eddie Kenneally was happy to supply us with some horses. We didn't want him to go too fast and he didn't. It was just a perfect workout."
Congratulations to Josephina Nor Lanntzman and Cello Z on their recent placings at Blenheim Equisports Grand Prix events. Phina has incorporated a clean water and organic diet for all her horses.
San Juan Capistrano, CA - On another gorgeous breezy Southern California afternoon, sixteen horse and rider combinations attempted the track set by internationally renowned course designer Guilherme Jorge in the $30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix, presented by The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. The challenges on course resulted in only three fault-free rounds with the victory going to the only double clear of the day, Brazilian Josephina Nor-Lantzman and Chello Z.
"It's a grand prix where a lot of people are moving up as well as having some experienced riders. My idea is to build a course where we can have a good level of competition but still have a jump-off," Jorge commented. With a solid understanding of course design, that is precisely what he achieved.
Nor-Lantzman was fifth to go and first clean. Nine rounds later, fourteenth in the order, Jamie Barge and Lasse, zipped around clean. Then Eduardo Menezes on his talented La Fleur 4 made it three when he wrapped up the first round going fault-free.
It was an exciting three gray horse jump-off with two Brazilians and an American battling it out over a Brazilian course designer's track. The gorgeous gray Chello Z, with Nor-Lantzman in the irons, was flawless in the jump-off in a time of 38.67. After Barge and her gray mount Lasse had eight faults, it was a Brazilian showdown, as fellow countryman Menezes attempted to beat the leading time on his dapple-gray mare. His efforts were good enough for second, with a four fault score in 40.92.