IRISH HUSTLE stakes placed in the Elge Rasberry S

IRISH HUSTLE  (Data Link) broke her maiden in February at the Fair Grounds. After some time off, she ran 2nd in allowance company at Evangeline Downs. Next again at Evangeline and racing a mile, she was unhurried early and then cleared the field for win # 2. Now she has added black type to her pedigree page running third in the Elge Rasberry S. The three-year-old filly is owned by Martin Racing Stable LLC  and trained by  W. Bret Calhoun. She was a member of the Gallop Group at Fasig Tipton Florida.

REALM third in the Grand Prix American Jockey Club Invitational Stakes

Stakes winner and also multiple Graded Stakes Placed, REALM (Haynesfield) added other stakes placing running 3rd  in the Grand Prix American Jockey Club Invitational Stakes at Belmont.  Bred in Virginia by Morgan’s Ford Farm, Realm was selected by Tagg from the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling sale, paying $75,000.  He’s earned just over half a million dollars.

DEFENSE WINS 3rd in the G1 Del Mar Futurity

Second in his first start, DEFENSE WINS (Flatter) a $175,000 Kirkwood consigned 2 year old,  stepped directly into G1 stakes company and was just nosed out for the place. He is trained by Doug F. O’Neill for owners  C T R Stables LLC (Calvert), Great Friends Stable, LLC, Kramer Racing, RAP Racing, K T Racing, Steven  Keh, and Tom Mansor. This promising 2-year-old still has all his allowance conditions ahead of him.


Mucho Gusto, runner-up in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 20 ran a strong third in the Travers G1.

Mucho Gusto was a $625,000 two-year-old purchase at Timonium prepared and  consigned by Kirkwood

Said Jimmy Barnes, assistant to Bob Baffert, trainer of Mucho Gusto: “He’s trying. They’re tough races we’re competing in. He ran a great race. We had reason to jump up at the end and root for him. Take nothing away from the winner. He just breezed by us. We’ll go on from here. Not sure where, but we’ll find a spot.”

Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Mucho Gusto worked five furlongs in 59.20 seconds, the fastest of 39 workers at the distance. Baffert said Mucho Gusto will be shipped on Tuesday, and that his assistant Jimmy Barnes will be at the race.

Mucho Gusto won a pair of Grade 3 events at Santa Anita Park, the Laz Barerra and the Affirmed in his two previous starts before the Haskell, where he finished 1 ¼ lengths behind the winner, Maximum Security. He’s hit the board in all eight career races, including three wins, a second and a third in 2019. The chestnut colt has career earnings of $630,8


KIRKWOOD STABLES is proud to have 2 starters in the 150th TRAVERS


MUCHO GUSTO (Mucho Macho Man) recently 2nd in the  Haskell Invitational Stakes (Gr. 1) will start from post 7. He is owned by Michael Lund Petersen  and trained by Bob Baffert.  Next to him in post 8 is CHESS CHIEF (Into Mischief)  who was recently 2nd in the West Virginia Derby (Gr. 3). CHESS CHIEF is owned by the  Estate of James J. Coleman, Jr. and trained by Dallas Stewart.

MUCHO GUSTO was consigned by Kirkwood and sold for $625,000 to his owner at  Fasig Tipton Timonium. CHESS CHIEF was prepared for racing at Kirkwood Stables.


GSW and Millionaire COAL FRONT 3rd in the G3 Monmouth Cup S.

A winner of the Godolphin Mile G2 at Meydan earlier this spring, Coal Front had to settle for third in the Monmouth Cup G3.  The 5-year-old Stay Thirsty ridgling,  also won  Razorback Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn Park in his first start of the year. He closed an abbreviated 2018 campaign with a win in the Dec. 22 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park. As a 3-year-old, he won the Gallant Bob Stakes (G3) at Parx Racing and the Amsterdam Stakes (G2) at Saratoga Race Course.

Bred in Kentucky by Michael Edward Connelly out of the Mineshaft  mare Miner’s Secret and owned by Robert LaPenta and Sol Kumin’s Head of Plains Partners, Coal Front now has earning of $1,725,280.

Consigned by Kirkwood Stables to the 2016 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, Coal Front went to LaPenta for $575,000.

MUCHO GUSTO a very gutsy 2nd in the Haskell G1

A $625,000 two year old purchase at Timonium consigned by Kirkwood, Mucho Gusto has competed in six straight graded stakes races since breaking his maiden at 2 on Sept. 18 and has yet to miss the board. This will be his second try in G1 company. He raced wide and right on the pace throughout most of the race and then engaged in a furious duel with Maximum Security through the stretch. He finished Mucho Gusto was a clear second, eight lengths ahead of Robert P. Donaldson’s Spun to Run. He has now earned $630,800 for owner Michael Lund Petersen  and trainer Bob Baffert.

Mucho Gusto Another Sale Find for Owner Petersen

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Mucho Gusto wins the Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita Park
Mucho Gusto wins the Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita Park

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Owner bought Mucho Gusto out of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale.

Michael Lund Petersen is game when it comes to buying horses at

Mucho Gusto Another Sale Find for Owner Petersen
Owner bought Mucho Gusto out of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale.
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Michael Lund Petersen is game when it comes to buying horses at public auction, as evidenced by the record $1.8 million he paid for an Into Mischief filly at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

At that same sale a year ago, Petersen stepped up to acquire a colt from the first crop of Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Mucho Macho Man for $625,000, a move that looks most fortuitous now that the colt, named Mucho Gusto, is the 2-1 morning-line second choice for the July 20 Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1).

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Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Mucho Gusto has won or placed in all seven starts for earnings of $430,800. The colt’s five wins include four grade 3 stakes, and he comes into Monmouth Park’s premier race off back-to-back victories in the Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) and Affirmed Stakes (G3), both at Santa Anita Park.

“Michael Lund is a player,” said Kentucky-based agent Donato Lanni, who selects sale horses, including Mucho Gusto, on behalf of Baffert and his owners, as well as other clients. “He loves the game, he loves horses, and he is an old-school player. He takes his lumps and moves on.”

Among the additional graded winners raced by Petersen was Baffert-trained Mor Spirit , a multiple grade 1 winner earner of nearly $1.7 million selected by Lanni and purchased by Petersen and Bernard Schiappa for $650,000 as a 2-year-old.

Mucho Gusto was consigned to the Midlantic sale by Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables, which also offered the colt at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales March 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, where he was bought back on a final bid of $55,000.

At Midlantic, the colt worked the fastest quarter-mile time in :21 1/5 over the dirt track at the Maryland State Fairgrounds near Timonium, where the sale is conducted. Prior to the OBS sale, the colt’s eighth-mile breeze in :10 on the Safetrack artificial surface was co-second-fastest during the under tack show.

Elser said the colt matured between the sales but was surprised he did not attract more buyer attention at OBS.

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“They didn’t even look at him at the first sale,” Elser said. “I was mystified when they didn’t buy him the first time. I can’t tell you he would have brought all that money the first time, but I certainly thought he would bring more than we bought him back for. I was a little puzzled the first time (RNA) and pleasantly surprised the second ($625,000).”

Lanni said there were considerable differences in Mucho Gusto’s two sale workouts.

“I went back and looked at his OBS workout video, and he moved so differently on dirt than he did on synthetic,” Lanni said, adding it is not a negative reflection on synthetic surfaces but merely his observation of how Mucho Gusto handled the two surfaces. “I think it probably had a lot to do with the way he looked.”

Lanni said he observed Mucho Gusto some 10 times—a typical number of looks for prospective athletes he is interested in at 2-year-old sales—and was impressed with the colt’s demeanor.

“He was a horse that was obvious, which is why he brought what he did,” Lanni said. “He worked well, came back well, cooled out well, and vetted well. He kept his weight and kept his mind. He just did everything right. He got better and better. I knew he was going to be that kind of horse if he just stayed healthy.”

The fact the colt was from the first crop of Mucho Macho Man did not play into the decision on whether to buy Mucho Gusto because the focus was on the colt’s mental and physical attributes, the agent said.

Haskell Invitational
“Mucho Macho Man was the unknown factor,” Lanni said. “We try to focus on the individual and his performance. We base it more on performance than anything else because you get to see them move on the track, and that is more of a key indicator than other factors. He was just a horse that did everything right. He jumped through every hoop.”

Lanni said Mucho Gusto has lived up to expectations so far, and he believes he has the talent to be competitive in the Haskell.

“You hope when you buy one that they are the real deal and they perform well and stay sound,” Lanni said. “He’s a very quiet and unassuming horse. He just tries. I think Bob has managed him so well. He’s learned to put it all together and figure out what he’s doing. He has a lot of speed and is very tactical.”

Produced from the winning Giant’s Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway, the colt is from the extended female family of Canadian Horse of the Year and sire Peaks and Valleys and multiple grade 2 winner Alternation . He was bred in Kentucky by Teneri Farm and Bernardo Alvarez Calderon.

The Midlantic sale marked the fourth time Mucho Gusto has gone through a sale ring.

As a “short yearling” consigned by Shawhan Place to the 2017 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, the colt was purchased by Kelly Lively for $14,000. Sent to the Keeneland September Yearling Sale as part of the Select Sales consignment, he was sold to S.R. Schwartz for $95,000.