General Election tops G3 Arlington Classic
Saturday, May 25, 2013
WinStar Farm’s General Election survived a claim of foul to prevail by a length in the Grade 3, $150,000 Arlington Classic on Saturday at the north Chicago racetrack. The 3-year-old son of Harlan's Holiday, winner of the John Battaglia S. earlier this year at Turfway Park, has now bankrolled $211,110.

Well back in the early stages of the 1 1/16-mile contest on the good turf, General Election was ninth of 12 for the first six furlongs, which went in a slow 1:14.28. With Joe Rocco, Jr. aboard, General Election made his move up the rail coming into the stretch.

The adventure started in deep stretch. Gefest, Dorsett and General Election were rallying as one. Dorsett appeared to come and bump Gefest at around the same time contact was made with General Election, who went on to cross the wire a length in front of Admiral Kitten, with Dorsett a head back in third and Gefest a nose behind in fourth.

“I felt it (the contact) hindered my horse more than he hindered others because when they contacted him, it turned my horse’s butt sideways. I feel like we were going to draw off from there, but it made him pause - then he went on from it. I think all the pressure was from the outside (Dorsett),” explained Rocco Jr.

Jockey Rosemary Homeister, Jr., aboard Gefest, lodged a claim of foul against both the winner and the third-place finisher Dorsett for contact in deep stretch. Trainer Dorochenko subsequently launched a trainer’s claim of foul in support of his jockey’s objection.The stewards disallowed the claim against the winner.

Assistant trainer John Ortiz, deputizing for Kellyn Gorder, was very pleased after the horse was ruled the winner. “We came into this race very confident. He’s a smart horse; very sensible. He trains unbelievable. He does whatever you ask him to do.”

General Election is now 3-2-0 in seven starts. Bred in Kentucky by Meg and Mike Buckley, WinStar purchased General Election for $150,000 at the 2012 OBS March Select 2-year-old sale. As a yearling, he was a Buy WinStar sales offering, bringing $70,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling auction.

Harlan's Holiday leads all sires with 74 winners in 2013, as well as repeat winners, with 22. His progeny have earned $2.8 million this year, led by two-time graded stakes winner Summer Applause, who took Pimlico's Grade 3 Allaire DuPont Distaff last weekend.
WinStar promotes Wilson to Stallion Seasons Director

WinStar promotes Wilson to Stallion Seasons Director

Kyle Wilson has been promoted to Stallion Seasons Director to oversee that department at WinStar Farm, and he has brought on Caroline Walsh to join the Nominations team...

[read more]

Donworth is dominating at Delaware title=
Tiznow

Donworth is dominating at Delaware

Donworth drew off to a devastating 11-length victory in Saturday’s $50,000 Stanton S. at Delaware Park...

[read more]

Super Saver colt equals sale record at OBS title=
Super Saver

Super Saver colt equals sale record at OBS

A son of Super Saver consigned by Bobby Dodd, Agent, went to The Three Amigos for $575,000 to top the third session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 June Sale...

[read more]

G1 winner Gemologist shuttling to Chile title=

G1 winner Gemologist shuttling to Chile

Grade 1 winner Gemologist will shuttle to Haras Santa Olga Farm in Santiago, Chile for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season, and the regally-bred Grade 1 winner is set to enter quarantine next Monday, with his last mares to be covered from his American book this Sunday...

[read more]

Pioneerof the Nile: A Triple Crown sire title=
Pioneerof the Nile

Pioneerof the Nile: A Triple Crown sire

Zayat Stables’ homebred superstar American Pharoah made history on Saturday, winning the Belmont S. (G1) to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner...

[read more]

Speightstown’s Rock Fall crushes foes in True North S. (G2) title=
Speightstown

Speightstown’s Rock Fall crushes foes in True North S. (G2)

Rock Fall earned his fifth straight victory and first graded stakes win June 5, taking the $250,000 True North S. (G2) at Belmont Park by 3 ¾-lengths...

[read more]

Cocked and Loaded fires winning salvo in Tremont S. title=
Colonel John

Cocked and Loaded fires winning salvo in Tremont S.

Colonel John has a rising star on his roster with Cocked and Loaded, who ran his record to a perfect 2-for-2 with a come-from-behind victory in the $250,000 Tremont S...

[read more]

Zindaya streaks to second straight stakes triumph title=
More Than Ready

Zindaya streaks to second straight stakes triumph

Zindaya pulled away in the Belmont Park turf course stretch to score by 2 ½-lengths in Thursday’s $150,000 Intercontinental S., the second consecutive stakes victory for the 4-year-old daughter of More Than Ready...

[read more]

Drosselmeyer, Belmont S. & Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, sires first winner title=
Drosselmeyer

Drosselmeyer, Belmont S. & Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, sires first winner

WinStar Farm's freshman sire Drosselmeyer, the Belmont S. (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner by Distorted Humor, was represented by his first winner Thursday when 2-year-old filly Find Joy debuted with an impressive 4 ½-length victory in a $40,000 Maiden Special Weight at Pimlico...

[read more]

Crittenden’s rally carries him to first stakes win title=
Distorted Humor

Crittenden’s rally carries him to first stakes win

Crittenden rallied at just the right moment to take the first running of the $75,000-added PDJF Stakes Saturday, May 30 at Indiana Grand...

[read more]