Category Archives: Races

New season with a new team started sensational.

First and second week of the new season racing behind us with a great results. After last year collapse due to a EHV virus in the yard, we started with fresh, not yet super fit horses, but looks like we are on the right way.
First week new imported Puramente, raced for the first time and finished 3th with our apprentice rider Shu Murakami on board.
Second week 3yo Tie Em Up Tel, ran for the first time this year against older horses and was 2nd coming from the tail of the group at the end.
On the same day we raced our 8yo stallion Zwegat, after a year of no racing in Gd 3 race over 1400m. He was holding his record time on AW track from 2016, but not only that he won again, but he broke the record by 1s.
I am proud on my new team, their time spent for wellbeing of the horses and results are coming.

Looking forward for another thrilling weekend ahead…but more on that on Monday 🙂

Last Sunday we scored 2 x 2

Last Sunday my “girl’s power” placed second. Twice!

Eva Gore (GB) had a bit of bad luck at the start. She was left at the end of the pack and nevertheless managed to gobble the lost ground and in the middle of the finishing straight it aleva-gore-raceready looked as she was going to win, but the extra effort she had to put in catching the leaders emptied her resources and she was beaten a length at the end. Still I am happy with her performance and am looking forward to her next race that should come up quite soon.

 

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Viva Lea (CZE) obviously prefers larger tracks with longer straights. Under the master ride of Jaroslav LINEK she missed the first place by only 1/2 a length… and she was still coming. If the racviva-lea-racee would develop a bit different, I am sure, she would be able to win. Unfortunately this was her last chance to become a black type winner (there are no black type races for her in the racing calendar of the tracks around us), so we will have to settle with a national Listed placing.

 

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(all photos by: Zsanett Berta – Photo Finish)

Budapest, 18. 9. 2016

This Sunday I send the “all woman team” to Budapest. Well, to be exact, Zoran will join them too, but I refer to the horses, of course 🙂 .

For the first time we are going to see where we stand with EVA GORE (GB), a filly running in the colors of Star Kingdom Racing (the same, as MATIDIA (GB), who won Hungarian Oaks and is aimed at St. Leger two weeks later).

Eva was racing quite intensively in the UK, winning on two occasions, so she is the absolute favorite for the 2YO “all fillies” race over 1.300m. I expect she will not disappoint and will confirm the predictions and expectations.

The other contestant is VIVA LEA (CZE), who will most probably retire from racing after this season and continue her career as a broodmare. She is improving from race to race, but lacks the luck. She always encounters the traffic problems or is bumped so much, that she can not produce her best performance. Some of the “bumpers” are entered in this race as well, but I believe that Hungarian stewards are not going to be so generous to them as the stewards in Slovakia, if they repeat this unsportly feature at the Kincsempark track as well. Viva will run in 2.000 m “all fillies and mares” race, where she is proclaimed as the second favorite, but I believe there are at least 3 horses in the race that we should consider as a very serious competition.

Both girls have Jaroslav LINEK in the saddle, they both feel good, worked well, so I expect another successful raceday (of course, we can not repeat the success from the beginning of September each time, but another Listed win would not be that bad, wouldn’t it? 🙂 ).

 

5 starts, 3 wins, 1 third and 1 fourth place (plus another fourth)

The biggest surprise was brought to us with a Zdenko ŠMIDA winning ride of VALOROUS INFLUENCE (SVK) that was really something we did not consider feasible. As I wrote in my previous post, announcing the race day, he is our little experiment and we learn from him (and about him) each and every race. Even though we are deciding on retiring him at the end of the season, he still may participate in a race or two.

(see the video here, race number III. Rubellos Trophy)

Valori Magna

 (Photo: Marek FRATRIK)

The next win came in the form of emerging superstar of my yard, PRETORIAN (GB), who literary demolished the opposition in the prestigious 1.000m Listed sprint, named in the honor of the famous OVERDOSE (GB), who sadly passed away in Germany last year. PRETORIAN took command of the pace early and when Jaroslav LINEK asked him to go, he responded instantly, to finish the race in 57.2 seconds, with the winning margin of 5 lengths. (video)

Pretorian Overdose

(Photo: Zsanett BERTA)

“The bomb from Austria” as the Hungarians nicknamed ZWEGAT (GER) is back. This time he beat the filed of respectful milers on the distance that was somehow eluding him. With Jaroslav LINEK in the saddle he was able to prevail in another prestigious Listed race – this one named by the famous IMPERIAL (HUN), and nail the most dangerous oponent BATHORY (HUN), who faded in the finishing straight. (video)

Zwegat Imperial

(Photo: Zsanett BERTA)

BRUCE FRENKY (FR) was unlucky again.  Mid-race collision threw him off the pace and he fell from the prominent “covered” position at the beginning of the pack to dead last. Being a big horse he needed the time and distance to get rolling again, which he did and managed to finish third. I decided not to protest, since there was too little time in between the races and there was the most important race at Magna Racino coming up. (see the video here, race number V. ToiToiToi – Galub ans Glück Rennen)

Bruce Magna

(Photo: Marek FRATRIK)

We were all waiting to see MATIDIA (GB) get away from the colts, but a race is a race. It is a unique one time event, where the horse and the jockey do not get a second chance. When it is done, it is done and if one judgement or decision proves wrong later on, there is no chance to correct it anymore. MATIDIA finished fourth, what is still good, but somehow I can not get rid of the impression that the pre-race instructions would result in at least a better placing. She will get her chance to revenge in Hungarian St. Leger in the beginning of October. (see the video here, race number VII. 148. Österreichiches Galloper Derby)

Matidia Magna

(Photo: Marek FRATRIK)

 

What was happening in Bratislava on 17.7.2016?

A lot of people are asking (or sending) the above question, so… here is my view of it.

The raceday was full of controversial Steward decisions…

In Cena Mysa (1000m, Kat I) they decided that the protest I filed regarding the run of the winner EFILY (FR), who went from lane 3 to lane 10 and pushed our PRETORIAN (GB) from lane 7 to (at least) lane 12 is not justified – that being even before they decided on the protest. It is very unusual that the award ceremony is happening while an ongoing protest procedure is still on-going, don’t you agree? But that is not the end of it. They fined EFILY’s jockey LUKAŠEK for that kind of ride. So, why would you fine someone if he did not impede anyone? The reasoning of the stewards was that both horses had to “run longer distance”, where the fact that EFILY was in full flight and PRETORIAN was still gaining speed was not important for them. One of the men, who was involved in this controversial “dealing of the justice” opposed to the others that there was just a small distance between EFILY and PRETORIAN at the finish line and at such short margins the breach of the “running in straight line” rule means a lot, but his reasoning did not prevail. I guess we have to accept that we run on foreign territory, what should be accepted by the betting community, trainers and owners as well.

You will find the video of the race here.

Later on it was our jockey, Alberto SANNA, riding VIVA LEA (CZE) in Cena Pat’s Music (2000m, L), who protested, because he got “squeezed” in between two horses and got bumped from both sides several times. The stewards explained that this is OK and if he had no room, he should make room… SANNA followed their instruction and made some room in the Slovak Derby, riding GLOBAL GENTL (GER), and this time he got fined… So even the jockeys should accept that they ride in foreign territories…

The squeezing and pushing VIVA faced in the race and left her with lacerations on her hind legs is very obvious on Bohumil KRIŽAN photo (see photo No. 26).

The rules are the rules and we should respect them. Unfortunately they are not uniform throughout the racing world, but still… if the authorities use the same rules differently several times in one day, then you begin to ask yourself what in fact is allowed and what is not.

According to turf.sk the Stewards’ decision regarding the run of EFILY was controversial even in the “historical view” of the decisions, accepted and enforced by the people, who should watch over the integrity of Slovak racing. They mention disqualification of GHIMMAMAH in Cena Whisky and demotion of STORMY JAIL in Velka Jarna Cena.

The territorial treatment of foreigners in Bratislava I describe above is not the only instance of the pro-domestic decisions this year. Would you believe that our VALOROUS INFLUENCE (SVK) got “awarded” with a 16 kg raise of his handicap mark for a second place in a Kat III race (usually the horses get from 4 to 6 kilos for a win), putting him just 1 kg below the handicap mark of his brother VAN DAMME (SVK), who won in the same category several times. The excuse for this was that the winning horse had a high flat handicap. OK, you will say, that is the justified position. But why does that not happen with the other horses? Check the horses that were running with our BRUCE FRENKY (FR) that has a high handicap mark due to his placing in Austrian Derby Trial (1700m, L) two years ago. His handicap had no influence whatsoever on the handicap marks of the horses he beat or was placed before them in his races in Bratislava.

It is a pitty that the Stewards in Bratislava operate that way. The track stuff and racing authorities, who are not involved in providing the integrity of the racing, really work hard in keeping the racing alive (what their colleagues in Austria were not able to achieve despite the generous sponsorship of Mr. Stronach), but with such attitude of the “judges” I guess Mr. Prescott will – again – scratch his entries in the future Slovak classic races. Regarding the interference and breaching of the “finish riding in a straight line rule” I would suggest that Bratislava Stewards – instead of being full of arrogance (the respect is easy to achieve from the point of power, much harder from the point of professionalism) – see the footage of GLENEAGLES run in Prix Jean-Luc Legardere. Maybe they will learn something from their French colleagues.

 

 

PRETORIAN (GB) succsessful at Kincsem Park

Pretorian Zoran Pretorian

The bookies did not favour him as the potential favourite (the story is repeating), only to face a headache when Pretorian stuck his head over the finish line ahead of all the other horses. He proved that his 4th place in Turf Gala was in fact the consequence of (too) deep running and the result in that race would be completely different if the sky did not literary open up just before the race.

We are really looking forward for his next races and we are confident that he is going to confirm his abilities again soon. Maybe this time the bookies will learn to respect more the Pretorian/Zdenko Smida tandem. Zdenko’s fall at the start of Pretorian’s previous race was just an unfortunate event and not something to joke about.

valorous Influence

Valorous Influence (SVK), on the other hand, had his own ideas about the race and gave Zdenko Smida no chance to use his jockey skills. He finished on the 8th place and we have to rethink the plans about his further racing activities.

(All photos by: Zsanett Berta)

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It is going to be a fine race day in Budapest. It is the Derby day and the people at Kincsem Park really give their best to organize a real racing experience for the visitors and the contestants as well. We are happy that we can attend, but, unfortunately, no Derby entries for my horses this year.

Pretorian (GB) will run in category I., 1200 m, hopefully with more luck at the start this time, and Valorous Influence (SVK) will run in category II., 2000 m, where he will try the feeling of the all-weather for the first time in his life.

Zlaty Bičik, Bratislava, 26.6.2016

On the upcoming Sunday ZWEGAT (GER) will try to win the prestigious Zlaty Bičik in Bratislava for the third time. Even though this is a 1400m race, where he should not have too many rivals, somehow this race is not meant to be. He ALWAYS finishes third, what is probably the result of the shorter finishing straight of the Bratislava racetrack. This year we have managed to secure the ride of Zdenko Šmida, ZWEGAT feels great and had a nice preparatory gallop on Magna Racino two weeks ago, so we hope for the best. They forecast a huge thunderstorm again for the raceday, so we can just hope that the sky does not open up the same way as it had opened on Turf gala day. Swimming is somehow not a featured domain of a racing thoroughbred 🙂

Hope to see you there. We should have some spare ZWEGAT caps for our fans, so look up for any of our team members and feel free to ask.

Tomorrow races

 

5Y5A3703We are all very excited about the weekend in front of us…. On the traditional 33. Turf Gala day in Bratislava, we have 3 horses:

Pretorian (GB) in the highest ranking race in this region, Gd.3, 1200m with Zdenko Šmida booked for the ride.

In very respectful company of rivals in Listed race over 1800m, All Yours (IRE) with Pierantonio Convertino in colours of her owner Konjicki klub Lastin Put, and

Valorous Influence (SVK) in kat.III race over 1700m under Zdenko Šmida as well.

Tomorrow our Sakhee’s Secret son, Pretorian (GB), will challenge his rivals over 1200m straight race I. category on Kincsem Park-Budapest racecourse with Zdenko Šmida in the saddle.

Photo: Marek Fratrik

Photo: Marek Fratrik