Liveyourbeastlife going in the Preakness!

Sending RACING LUCK to our Gulfstream Gallop graduate!
 NYRA Press Office | 09.26.2020 | 3:19pm

Trainer Jorge Abreu

A week after a quicker than anticipated breeze of Liveyourbeastlife, trainer Jorge Abreu said he wanted something a little easier from the 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper, and he got just what he was looking for with a six-furlong work in 1:16.20 on the Belmont Park main track in preparation for the Grade 1, $1 million Preakness on October 3 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.

Last week, the dark bay colt worked five-eighths in a swift 59.89, prompting Abreu to breeze Liveyourbeastlife without blinkers on Saturday morning. The conditioner said the equipment would remain on the horse for the Preakness.=

“He had a nice maintenance breeze this morning; nice and steady. I wasn’t looking for anything crazy,” Abreu said. “He had a nice, long gallop out which is just what I wanted. Last week, he breezed a little quick. I didn’t want him to do too much, so I took the blinkers off for the work.”

Owned by William H. Lawrence, Liveyourbeastlife was a late-closing second to Mystic Guide in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on September 5 at Saratoga in his most recent start, where he registered a career-best 94 Beyer Speed Figure at 14-1 odds.

Bred in Kentucky by Phillips Racing Partnership, Liveyourbeastlife is out of the multiple black-type producing Kris S. mare Ellie’s Moment, whose notable progeny include Time and Motion – a Grade 1 winner on turf. Despite the fact that Liveyourbeastlife boasts a pedigree that would suggest turf, Abreu said the horse does not handle the grass as well as one would think.

“I worked him on the turf one day at Saratoga last summer and he didn’t work well at all. He went [five-eighths] in 1:05,” Abreu recalled. “But he does well on the dirt, so no need to change anything.”

Liveyourbeastlife will give Abreu, who took out his trainer’s license at the end of 2016 after working as an assistant for Chad Brown, his first contender in an American Classic. Abreu said he is looking forward to the milestone opportunity.

“I am very excited. The horse is going into the race in very good shape, so we’ll take the shot and see what happens,” Abreu said.

A 4 1/4-length winner on debut last September at Belmont Park for a $62,500 tag, Liveyourbeastlife did not find the winner’s circle again until August 12, where he won a first-level allowance event at Saratoga that included graded stakes placed Candy Tycoon prior to his runner-up effort in the Jim Dandy.

Abreu said the horse has continued to show gradual improvement throughout the summer.

“The horse isn’t a flashy horse in the morning,” Abreu said. “Nobody expected him to run that big in the Jim Dandy, but he’s just getting better with age and with more racing experience.”

Liveyourbeastlife is expected to ship to Pimlico Race Course on Tuesday morning and will be ridden by Mid-Atlantic based rider Trevor McCarthy.

In other Preakness Stakes related news, Paul Pompa, Jr.’s Country Grammer, who went a half-mile in 50.25 seconds over the Belmont main track Saturday, has been confirmed for the final leg of the 2020 Triple Crown and will look to give Brown his second victory in the prestigious event after saddling Cloud Computing to a victory in the 2017 Preakness. The son of second-crop sire Tonalist won the Grade 3 Peter Pan on July 16 at Saratoga and was a last-out fifth in the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers.

REASON TO SOAR wins his 6th

5 year old stakes placed REASON TO SOAR (Soaring Empire) won his 6th race – going 6 furlongs on the dirt at Churchill. He won easily by 3 1/2 lengths geared down. As a three-year-old REASON TO SOAR broke his maiden right off the bat with a huge come from behind rally. Next, he ran third in the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Sophomore Stakes at Tampa Bay, and then back in NY,  he added another third in the New York Stallion Stakes at Aqueduct. He is now trained by  Robertino Diodoro and owned by M and M Racing (Mike Sisk). He is closing in on 1/4 million in earnings.

Madone Rallies to Win Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf

Courtesy of the BloodHorse Madone wins the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes at Del Mar
Madone wins the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes at Del Mar

Benoit Photo

Madone Rallies to Win Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf

Vancouver filly remains perfect in two starts.

Kaleem Shah’s Madone split horses at the head of the stretch and went on gamely under Flavien Prat to capture the $83,500 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes Sept. 6 by a half-length.

Madone, trained by Simon Callaghan, stumbled at the break and broke in, then rallied from ninth off quarter-mile fractions of :24.03, :50.53, and 1:15.38. The Vancouver filly finished the mile on firm Del Mar turf in 1:39.09.

The victory gave Prat a record 14th stakes win of the meeting. Rafael Bejarano had the previous record with 13 victories in 2012.

Madone paid $5.20, $3.00, and $2.40 as the favorite and earned $48,300 for her second victory in two starts. She has winnings of $81,300.

Nimbostratus finished second but was moved back to third for interference in the stretch with Ivy League, who was moved up from third to second.

Madone sold three times at auction. Consigned by Shawhan Place as a weanling to the 2018 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, she was first purchased for $70,000 by Nicoma Bloodstock, agent. S. R. Schwartz, agent, then went to $50,000 to buy her out of the Mill Ridge Sales consignment at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. At this year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sale March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, Shah, with Ben McElroy as agent, purchased the filly for $125,000 from the Kirkwood Stables consignment.

Bred in Kentucky by Glendalough, Madone is the sixth foal out of the Cherokee Run mare Indian Love Call, who has produced five winners. Indian Love Call has a yearling filly by Astern and a Cairo Prince  colt born in April. She was bred to Gormley  for 2021.


Madone Rallies to Win Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf

Vancouver Filly Remains Unbeaten in Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf

Courtesy of the TDN

Vancouver Filly Remains Unbeaten in Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf

Madone Benoit photo

Kaleem Shah’s Madone found running room late and surged to  victory in the Del Mar Juvenile FilliesTurf S. Sunday evening. The favorite was unhurried early and fell well back in the field. Racing keenly behind tepid splits, she took closer order but ran up on heels in the tightly bunched field. Full of run but with nowhere to go nearing the home stretch, the dark bay filly finally found a seam to run through and surged to the wire ahead of Nimbostratus (Fr) (Wooton Bassett {GB}) and Ivy League (Medaglia d’Oro), who had both taken the overland route. Nimostratus just got her nose in front of Ivy League on the wire, but the stewards ruled that the filly had come out and impeded the third-place finisher and their placements were reversed.

The first Northern Hemisphere black-type winner for her reverse shuttle sire, Madone opened her career with a late-running one-length victory over this same course and one-mile distance July 31. The dark bay filly was a $70,000 KEENOV weanling and a $50,000 KEESEP yearling before selling for $125,000 at this year’s OBS March sale. Madone’s dam has a filly of 2019 by Astern (Aus) and a colt of this year by Cairo Prince. From the family of GI NYRA Mile H. victor Gold Fever (Forty Niner) and SW Emanating (Cox’s Ridge), herself the dam of Grade I winner Boisterous (Distorted Humor), she was covered by Gormley earlier this year.

DEL MAR JUVENILE FILLIES TURF S., $83,500, Del Mar, 9-6, 2yo, f, 1mT, 1:39.09, fm.
1–MADONE, 122, f, 2, by Vancouver (Aus)
                1st Dam: Indian Love Call, by Cherokee Run
                2nd Dam: Mood Music, by Kingmambo
                3rd Dam: Lead Kindly Light, by Majestic Light
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. ($70,000 Wlg ’18 KEENOV; $50,000 Ylg
’19 KEESEP; $125,000 2yo ’20 OBSMAR). O-Kaleem Shah, Inc.;
B-Glendalough LLC (KY); T-Simon Callaghan; J-Flavien Prat.
$48,300. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $81,300.

LIVEYOURBEASTLIFE adds G2 black-type in the Jim Dandy

LIVEYOURBEASTLIFE (Ghostzapper)  won a salty Saratoga allowance race last out. He raced back in the Jim Dandy G2, dropped back and then made a huge rally to be second. He is trained by Jorge R. Abreu and his owned by  William H. Lawrence. The breeder is the Phillips Racing Partnership.

Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
8 2 1 1 $110,035